Monday, 15 August 2016

NJPW World and Kenny Omega NJPW G1 Climax Victory

NJPW World and Kenny Omega’s G1 Climax Victory

As many of you know I recently subscribed to New Japan World. I have been able to do this thanks to New Japan Partnering with Paypal and making it a lot easier to sign up. 

Using Google Translate on the website and Sign up enter your Paypal details your ready to see all the great content that NJPW World has to offer. They have live shows, Recent Shows, Documentaries and more.

All of that for only 999 yen (Roughly £7) is a great deal)

 In addition NJPW World have just added an English Language channel with all their English Language content in one place too which makes it easier for fans to access content.

NPJW seem to keep building on this and improve NJPW World as much as they can. It will be interesting to see what NJPW do in the future and how NJPW world progresses.

The major advantage for me is that now I get to See What Kenny Omega and the Young bucks are doing in Japan either Live on NJPW World or later if I have to work :(

One of the advantages so signing up when I did to NJPW world was that G1 Climax Tournament 2016 had just started so there were new shows every couple of days featuring Tournament matches.

G1 Climax was a completely new concept to me and I’d never seen it before so another great element of signing up is that you get to see and experience different concepts in Pro Wrestling and introduced to a different ways that wrestling can be experienced and presented. For those Unfamiliar her is how the G1 Works

 There are two blocks Block A and Block B. New Japan Wrestlers are separated into each block and All Wrestlers in Block A wrestle each other once and All Wrestlers in Block B Wrestle once.

Every match you win you are awarded 2 points, 1 Point for a draw and zero for a loss. After all the matches have been completed the wrestler on top of Group A has a match against the wrestler who finished top of Group B - The winner of the match is the G1 Climax Champion.

Kenny Omega has had a tremendous G1 Climax tournament in 2016 No foreigner has ever won the Tournament. Kenny was Drawn in Group B and this is his journey through the G1 Climax (you can view all matches on NJPW World too)

Kenny Omega lost vs Yoshi-hashi (0 points)

Kenny Omega won vs Toru Yano (2 points)

Kenny Omega won vs Homma (2 points) 

Kenny Omega lost vs Michael Elgin (0 Points)

Kenny Omega won vs EVIL (2 points) 

Kenny Omega lost vs shibata (0 points)

Kenny Omega won vs Yuji Nagata (2 points)

Kenny Omega won vs Nakajima  (2 points) 

Kenny had one more match to go vs Naito and pressure was on as Kenny Omega had to win  

Kenny had to win his final match vs Naito in order to finish 1st and move on to the final and face the winner of block A. Kenny and Naito in my opinion had a match which I believe was match of the year. Omega and Naito showed that they are the top dogs in New Japan. They told a great story throughout their match it had all the elements that in my opinion make pro wrestling matches so great action, suspense, drama and more importantly made me suspend my disbelief.

Here is the match in Summary (Please do see it on NJPW World you wont regret it)

Naito went after Omega left leg and really focuses his attack there all match culminating in a modified figure 4 which looked like it would end the match however Omega got to the ropes. Omega came back with some insane offence if his own.

A power bomb over a guard rail and through a table then a dive from the top rope over the barrier and plunging down on Naito then when Naito gets back towards the ring Omega hits him with a dragon suplex on the ring apron!!! Naito tried to put Omega away but Omega fought valiantly with one leg and managed to hit the one winged Angel (after trying for it throughout the match) and got the pinfall victory!

Kenny Omega wins and gets 2 points which means Omega Finishes top of block B and is in the final!!! 

That lead to the Final Match Block A winner Goto vs Block B Winner Kenny Omega

The screen shots below from NJPW World 

This match was incredible Kenny Omega in my opinion had his 2nd match of the year in 2 days! Words really can't do this match justice it really can't. I became so emotionally involved in this match I cared so much and wanted to see Omega win and create history. Credit must go to Goto as well it takes 2 people to have a great match and his contribution to this match cannot be understated either.

Here is a summary of the final match

Goto used his intelligence and went after the leg that Naito had injured the day before and put Omega in some really jeopardy throughout this match and became very close to winning himself. Omega hit some high impact moves a powerbomb on the apron, a great moonsault and even flew off the top rope backwards with Goto on his back. Omega then did some moves you might recognise he did Bloody Sunday, Styles clash and even his arch nemesis Kota Ibushi Phoenix splash!!!! After all this Omega couldn't put Goto away but eventually omega managed to hit One winged Angel and get pinfall victory.  

With this victory Omega becomes the first foreign wrestler to win G1 tournament. Not only that Omega came from being a junior heavyweight and transitioning smoothly into a credible and dangerous heavyweight. Omega proved that hard work pays off, he proved that if your passionate enough you can achieve your dream. Omega has so much depth to him, I believe this is just the start.

What's next for Kenny Omega? Well.........The Bullet Club is stronger, The Elite are even more elite and Kenny did an interview after his match and said that his next target is IWGP World Champion Okada!! 

I for one can't see and can't wait for that and to see what else the future holds for Kenny Omega.

The G1 tournament was awesome and now I'm definitely hooked to NJPW World! :)

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Jonathan Orchard 

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Pro Wrestling Pride Preview Plymouth Sun 4th Sept 2016 W/ Raven, Grado, Doug Williams + More!!!

Pro Wrestling Pride Plymouth
Sun 4th Sept  2016
W/ Raven, Grado, Doug Williams + More!!!

Pro Wrestling Pride is coming to the Guildhall in Plymouth Sunday 4th September 2016 with Former WWE, WCW and ECW star Raven, TNA Star Grado, TNA Star and British legend Doug Williams and Wrestle 1 star Kazma Sakamoto!!

ECW legend Raven

TNA TV superstar Grado

TNA superstar & British legend Doug Williams

Wrestle-1 Japanese superstar 
 Kazma Sakamoto

Plus all your favourite pro wrestling Pride stars inc, Chris Andrews, Ultimo Tiger, The Magnums, Big Grizzly, the UK Dominator, Eddie Ryan, Scotty Essex, Lomaxx,& many more!!!

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Thanks for Reading
Jonathan Orchard

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Pro Wresting Pride Preview Sun 14th August Penzance w/ Sami Calihan, So Cal Val, Havoc and Jigsaw

Pro Wresting Pride Preview

Sun 14th August

The Ritz Theatre Penzance, Cornwall

 w/ Sami Callihan, So Cal Val, Havoc and Jigsaw

Special Guest Host  So Cal Val


"The beautiful knockout SoCal Val will be our special guest host, alongside Darren Saviour, announcing the bouts & taking part in the Post show meet & greet! One of the most beloved, intelligent & talented former TNA female superstars we are delighted to have Val join us for this very special event"

Former WWE NXT Star Sami Callihan


"One of the hardest hitting and illustrious independent stars in the world is making his Cornwall debut for pro wrestling Pride when he goes one on one with "Untamed" Ultimo Tiger in what could be one of the greatest matches all year, you will not want to miss this chaotic battle up close & in person"

Chikara, ROH & TNA star Jigsaw


"No stranger to pro wrestling Pride, Jigsaw is one of the very best wrestlers on the planet, with a unique, versatile moveset, incredible speed & surprising power he never fails to wow fans around the world! who will Jigsaw battle on Sunday Aug 14 & can they hope to defeat him?"

Former TNA Knockout Havoc


"Possibly the most formidable female pro wrestler in the history of TNA, we know Havok will not back down from any challenger, who would you like to see her go against?"

Plus  PWP World Champion Eddie Ryan PWP Catch Division Champion Ultimo Tiger, PWP Tag Champions Gideon and Lomax, Keizer, Big Grizzly, Chris Andrews, Adam Da Silva and more!!!!

Matches Announced so far
(Updated as they are Announced)

Ultimo Tiger vs Sami Callihan

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Pro Wrestling Pride - Penzance

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See you at the show!

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Jonathan Orchard

Sunday, 3 July 2016

The Elite - Entertaining Wrestling Fans Worldwide

The Elite - Entertaining Wrestling Fans Worldwide

Matt, Kenny and Nick

In 2016 we live in a very well connected world,  I can speak to friends thousands of miles away and keeps me in touch with so many people all over the world.

In Pro Wrestling the wrestling fans of the world are more connected than ever and its for the better. Fans are getting to experience many different styles of wrestling and the many different forms that it is presented.

Whether it be UK, USA, Japan, Mexico or companies like WWE,TNA Lucha Underground, PWG, ROH, NJPW, AAA each has their own style and their own way of presentation.

When I was a kid we only had WWF and we were only given their way of presentation and that became the accepted way to present Pro Wrestling because it was the most popular.

That's what I love about Pro Wrestling in 2016 there isn't one way to do it, its such an incredible art form that you can present the product as wrestling and one company can do it one way one can do it another way and they both can be entertaining and fun.

The Elite Logo

In my opinion I think that The Elite (A group consisting of Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) are presenting their form of professional wrestling and people are gravitating towards it.

I think because they are entertaining, catch the attention of the audience and keep the attention of the audience in 2016 that's no easy feat.  They understand what wrestling fans want and what entertains fans and they are tapping into that.

To capture the attention of the fan in 2016 I feel you need to be different, you need to be unique The Elite do that. The Elite  don't do the usual "whats done before pro wrestling" that your used to seeing.

We are always being told that in Wrestling the same thing is always being done and there isn't anything new...

The Elite are that something new, that something different.

Its about Superkick meters, Meltzer Drivers and over the top fun!

An Elite Day T Shirt

Bullet Club w/Superkick meter in the bottom corner

Their feud with New Day has Wrestling fans talking, it takes twists and turns and no one knows where it is going next its intriguing to people as it hasn't been done before and fans want to see where this will go.

New Day Sucks?
See the Video Below

The Follow up video An Elite Intervention
See Video Below

You have Numerous tweets from both sides, The Elite wearing New Day T shirts,  Big E going out on WWE TV with a broom (A nod to Kenny Omega) you have Xavier Woods saying New Day "are the Elite Tag Team in WWE on WWE PPV" and  Kenny Omega taking on Xavier Woods in CEO (Community Effort Orlando) 2016 in Street Fighter V.

They are blurring the lines in 2016, taking shots backwards and forward with each other you have a group from WWE (New Day) and a Group from New Japan (The Elite) its not happened before and is capturing the imagination.
Big E with the broom in WWE

Austin Creed (left) Kenny Omega (right)

The Elite have their own youtube channel and upload entertaining videos regarding their feud with New Day or just things that they find entertaining. They also have a documentary type series called
"Being the Elite" which shows Matt, Nick Kenny and Adam Cole and it documents their travels from Show to show all over the world from America to Japan and Everywhere in between.

Elite Youtube Page

Importantly this series gives the fan the opportunity to see more behind their favourite characters and the sacrifice and hard work that they put in order to be successful in Pro Wrestling. In my opinion it helps the fans invest more in the wrestlers they are seeing in the ring and gives fans context and another dimension.

A Great example of This is Episode 5 of "Being The Elite" it shows Matt and Nick leaving their family to head to Japan to Wrestle on NJPW Dominion show and what they get up too in Japan with Kenny Omega.

You check it out below

Fans are able to see these all over the world. The advent of technology has allowed us to do that, and The Elite have grabbed the opportunity with both hands and used this to create an opportunity for them and to increase their reach all over the world in professional wrestling.

The Result, they are one of the most Successful Groups outside of WWE in the World and continue to grow and prosper.

The Elite Work for many different companies across the globe have some of the biggest selling merchandise in the world.

They are clever unique and aren't afraid to take a risk and reap the rewards. The Elite might not be to  everyone taste and style but that's OK, in my opinion they don't need to bee they just need to be themselves.

I hope The Elite continue to innovate continue to go out on a limb, they are forging a new path in Professional wrestling lets see where this path takes them and what they can become.

Thanks for Reading

Jonathan Orchard

Saturday, 18 June 2016

WWE NXT show Review 17 June 2016 Plymouth UK

WWE NXT show Review 17 June 2016
Plymouth UK


Hugo Knox vs Wesley Blake 

Knox won via pinfall
Hugo Knox
Wesley Blake

Angelo Dawkins vs Alexander Wolfe (w/ Sawyer Fulton)

Wolfe won via pin after a distraction from Fulton

Baymella vs Alexa Bliss and Peyton Royce
Win for Baymella via pinfall

Bobby Roode vs No Way Jose

 Roode Wins via pinfall

Tye Dillinger vs Andrade “Cien” Almas

Almas gets the Tye Dillinger via pinfall

American Alpha vs The Revival (c)

NXT Tag championship match
Alpha Win via DQ as ref out of the ring

Asuka(c) vs Nia Jax
NXT Womens Title
Asuka wins via pinfall

Main Event

Finn Balor and Shinsuke Nakamura vs Samoa Joe and Austin Aries

Balor and Nakamura Win

My Family actually borough me a ticket for this show for my 30th Birthday and It was a great birthday present. I was really looking forward to seeing Shinsuke Nakamura as I'd been a fan sine seeing him in NJPW and wanted to se him up close.  

I was at NXT Cardiff in 2015 so this is my 2nd NXT show

Here's some notes from me on the show

I thought this was a tremendous show it was nice to see some new talent and to get to see some more of recently introduced talent like Andrade Cien almas.

I was pleased to see new established talents like Bobby Roode and Austin Aries. Roode was great to see and he had a fun and entertaining match with No Way Jose.

Roode did a good job of getting the crowd to hate him, especially as they were cheering him so much to begin with. Talents like Roode and Aries will be the solid performers that carry NXT forward in this New NXT Era

No Way Jose made people laugh, he was entertaining and he was pure fun, you need that and he looks very comfortable doing what he's doing will be interesting to see what they do with him and develop No Way Jose.

Tye Dillinger was great on the mic and he is fast becoming one of NXT homegrown success stories. He played the crowd so well and his line of "I'm a perfect 10, I don't associate with mediocre 3's" he really seems to know his character well and where he is going with it, I think he will be a big time player in NXT going forward.

Andrade Cien Almas I was very impressed with and as I said before he and Ty Dillinger worked together so well.

All the ladies match were fantastic tag team match had a great dynamic with lots of chants for Bayley and Carmella. Interesting seeing Peyton Royce on what happens with her going forward. Alexa Bliss is someone I think we could see a lot more of in NXT Women's title picture, she really knows how to make people hate her.

American Alpha and The Revival were both Consistently Brilliant, another rollercoaster match . No Pun intended but these two teams are reviving tag team wrestling, fans were really into it, and it shows that you get two cohesive teams that want to have the best natch possible what can be achieved, I have no idea how their feud will end but I cant wait to see it.

Balor and Nakamura as a team vs Aries and Samoa Joe as a wrestling fan I thought Id never see this match over a year ago (roughly) with Joe and Aries being in TNA and Nakamura in NJPW just shows how quickly things can change, Nakamura entrance is truly something tremendous to see and his style and charisma is unreal.

Balor was interesting again during his entrance he pointed to the Club on his titantron and did the too sweet sign a lot, also something of note, he did the "suck it" pose too during his match, maybe Balor Club is coming? or is Balor joining another club?

Overall this was well worth seeing if you didn't go, make sure you do when they come back, well worth the money  and a fantastic birthday present for me.

Thanks for Reading

Jon Orchard

All photos taken by me at NXT Plymouth