NJPW Power Struggle -Super Jr. Tag League 2018-

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NJPW Power Struggle -Super Jr. Tag League 2018- (match rating scale is out of 5 stars)
“(c)” = incumbent champions

8-MAN TAG TEAM MATCH
Ryusuke Taguchi, Chris Sabin, ACH, and Toa Henare def. Jyushin “Thunder” Liger, Tiger Mask, Volador Jr., and Soberano Jr.

MY PREDICTION: Taguchi, Sabin, ACH, Henare (1-0)

★★


6-MAN TAG TEAM MATCH
Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa) & Robbie Eagles def. Great Bash Heel (Tomoaki Honma, Togi Makabe) & Kushida

MY PREDICTION: G.O.D., Eagles (2-0)

★★★


TAG TEAM MATCH
Kazuchika Okada & Beretta def. Jay White & Bad Luck Fale

MY PREDICTION: White, Fale (2-1)

★½


TAG TEAM MATCH
Golden☆Lovers (Kenny Omega, Kota Ibushi) def. Hiroshi Tanahashi & David Finlay

MY PREDICTION: Golden☆Lovers (3-1)

★★★½


SUPER JR. TAG LEAGUE 3-WAY TAG TEAM FINAL MATCH
Roppongi 3K (Yoh, Sho) def. Shingo Takagi & Bushi and Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado

MY PREDICTION: Takagi, Bushi (3-2)

★★★½


NEVER OPENWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Hirooki Goto def. Taichi (c)

MY PREDICTION: Taichi (3-3)


RPW BRITISH HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Tomohiro Ishii (c) def. Minoru Suzuki

MY PREDICTION: Ishii (4-3)

★★★★½


SINGLES MATCH
Tetsuya Naito def. Zack Sabre Jr.

MY PREDICTION: Naito (5-3)

★★★½


IWGP INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Chris Jericho (c) def. Evil

MY PREDICTION: Evil (5-4)

★★★★½


Power Struggle ended New Japan’s year with a whimper instead of a bang. It was easily their weakest outing for a major show in 2018, but considering it was still middling overall and not bad, that’s still a step up from another major wrestling promotion I could name. Two definite worthwhile matches, but not much else worth watching.

Recommended matches: Ishii v. Suzuki and Jericho v. Evil
PPV RATING: C

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WWE Evolution (2018)

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WWE Evolution (match rating scale is out of 5 stars)
“(c)” = incumbent champions

TAG TEAM MATCH
Trish Stratus & Lita def. Mickie James & Alicia Fox

MY PREDICTION: Stratus/Lita (1-0)

★★½


MAE YOUNG CLASSIC FINAL MATCH
Toni Storm def. Io Shirai

MY PREDICTION: Shirai (1-1)

★★★½


6-WOMAN TAG TEAM MATCH
Sasha Banks, Bayley, and Natalya def. Riott Squad (Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan)

MY PREDICTION: Riott Squad (1-2)

★★★½


NXT WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Shayna Baszler def. Kairi Sane (c)

MY PREDICTION: Sane (1-3)

★★★★


WWE SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP LAST WOMAN STANDING MATCH
Becky Lynch (c) def. Charlotte Flair

MY PREDICTION: Lynch (2-3)

★★★★½


WWE RAW WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Ronda Rousey (c) def. Nikki Bella

MY PREDICTION: Rousey (3-3)

★★★


Overall, WWE Evolution was a good and entertaining show for WWE’s first all-women’s PPV.

Recommended matches: Lynch v. Flair and Baszler v. Sane
PPV RATING: B

NJPW King of Pro-Wrestling in Ryogoku Kokugikan (2018)

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NJPW King of Pro-Wrestling in Ryogoku Kokugikan (match rating scale is out of 5 stars)
“(c)” = incumbent champions

IWGP JR. HEAVYWEIGHT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru (c) def. Jyushin “Thunder” Liger & Tiger Mask

MY PREDICTION: El Desperado & Kanemaru (1-0)

★★


TAG TEAM MATCH
Great Bash Heel (Tomoaki Honma, Togi Makabe) def. Juice Robinson & Toa Henare

MY PREDICTION: G.B.H. (2-0)

★★½


8-MAN TAG TEAM MATCH
Bullet Club OG (Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa, Taiji Ishimori, Bad Luck Fale) def. Bullet Club Elite (Young Bucks, Hangman Page, Chase Owens)

MY PREDICTION: Bullet Club OG (3-0)

★★★


6-MAN TAG TEAM MATCH
Chaos (Will Ospreay, Tomohiro Ishii, Hirooki Goto) def. Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki, Taichi, Takashi Iizuka)

MY PREDICTION: Ospreay, Ishii, Goto (4-0)

★★★


8-MAN TAG TEAM MATCH
Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito, Sanada, Bushi, Shingo Takagi) def. Chaos (Kazuchika Okada, Toru Yano, Roppongi 3K)

MY PREDICTION: L.I.J. (5-0)

★★½


SINGLES MATCH
Evil v. Zack Sabre Jr.

ENDED IN A NO CONTEST

MY PREDICTION: Zack Sabre Jr.

No rating


IWGP JR. HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Kushida def. Marty Scurll

MY PREDICTION: Scurll (5-1)

★★★★


SINGLES MATCH FOR THE #1 CONTENDER CONTRACT TO THE IWGP HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP AT WRESTLE KINGDOM 13
Hiroshi Tanahashi def. Jay White

MY PREDICTION: Tanahashi (6-1)

★★★★


3-WAY IWGP HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Kenny Omega (c) def. Kota Ibushi and Cody

MY PREDICTION: Omega (7-1)

★★★★


King of Pro-Wrestling was a solid event all around, but nothing mind blowing. It set up interesting things to come with Chris Jericho appearing to attack Evil, the New Japan debut of Shingo Takagi, and Jay White, Gedo, and Jado officially defecting from the Chaos faction to join the Bullet Club OG faction which set up a likely White v. Okada match.

Recommended matches: Tanahashi v. White and Omega v. Ibushi v. Cody
PPV RATING: B

NJPW Fighting Spirit Unleashed

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NJPW Fighting Spirit Unleashed (match rating scale is out of 5 stars)
“(c)” = incumbent champions

6-MAN TAG TEAM MATCH
Jushin “Thunder” Liger, Ryusuke Taguchi, and ACH def. Roppongi 3K (Sho, Yoh, Rocky Romero)

MY PREDICTION: Roppongi 3K (0-1)

★★★


TAG TEAM MATCH
The Addiction (Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian) def. Hangman Page & Chase Owens

MY PREDICTION: Page & Owens (0-2)

★★½


6-MAN TAG TEAM MATCH
Flip Gordon, Chris Sabin, and Jeff Cobb def. Hirooki Goto and Best Friends (Chuckie T, Beretta)

MY PREDICTION: Goto, Best Friends (0-3)

★★★½


6-MAN TAG TEAM MATCH
Zack Sabre Jr. and Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith Jr., Lance Archer) def. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito, Evil, Sanada)

MY PREDICTION: ZSJ, K.E.S. (1-3)

★★★★


TAG TEAM MATCH
Jay White & Gedo def. Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kushida

MY PREDICTION: White, Gedo (2-3)

★★


IWGP JR. HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT SEMIFINAL MATCH
Marty Scurll def. Will Ospreay

MY PREDICTION: Ospreay (2-4)

★★★★


IWGP HEAVYWEIGHT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa) def. The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson, Nick Jackson) (c)

MY PREDICTION: Young Bucks (2-5)

★★★★½


IWGP UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Cody def. Juice Robinson (c)

MY PREDICTION: Robinson (2-6)

★★★★


TAG TEAM MATCH
Golden☆Lovers (Kenny Omega, Kota Ibushi) def. Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii

MY PREDICTION: Golden☆Lovers (3-6)

★★★★★


Fighting Spirit Unleashed was a really good, really fun show. I went into this one unhyped, but it turned out to be fantastic and probably my favorite of the New Japan U.S. shows for 2018. There was expected highlights such as the Golden Lovers v. Okada/Ishii and Ospreay v. Scurll, but I was absolutely not expecting the Young Bucks v. G.O.D. to be all that good and that match delivered! Easily the best match Tonga and Loa have been in this year.

Recommended matches: Bucks v. G.O.D. and GL v. Okada/Ishii
PPV RATING: A-

ALL IN (2018)

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ALL IN (match rating scale is out of 5 stars)
“(c)” = incumbent champions

SINGLES MATCH
Matt Cross def. MJF

★★½


SINGLES MATCH
Christopher Daniels def. Stephen Amell

★★


4-CORNER SURVIVAL MATCH
Tessa Blanchard def. Chelsea Green, Madison Rayne, and Britt Baker

★★★½


NWA WORLDS HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Cody def. Nick Aldis (c)

★★★


STREET FIGHT MATCH
Hangman Page def. Joey Janela

★★


ROH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Jay Lethal (c) def. Flip Gordon

★★★½


SINGLES MATCH
Kenny Omega def. Penta El Zero

★★★★


SINGLES MATCH
Kazuchika Okada def. Marty Scurll

★★★★


6-MAN TAG TEAM MATCH
The Golden Elite (Matt Jackson, Nick Jackson, Kota Ibushi) def. Rey Mysterio, Rey Fénix, and Bandido

★★★★


ALL IN was a pretty good event, but more entertaining than of high quality which I found to be surprising with a few of the matches. The biggest disappointing performances were from Christopher Daniels and Hangman Page. Cody was being built up as a guy that really struggled to win the NWA title his dad had held many times, but I felt it was pretty forced and the match wasn’t great either. On the good side of things, I was surprised by the good the women’s 4-way was. Kenny Omega and Penta El Zero delivered as did Okada v. Scurll and the 6-man tag main event.

Recommended matches: Omega v. Penta El Zero and Golden Elite v. Mysterio, Fénix, Bandido
PPV RATING: B

NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4

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NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4 (match rating scale is out of 5 stars)
“(c)” = incumbent champions

NXT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Undisputed Era (Kyle O’Reilly, Roderick Strong) (c) def. Moustache Mountain (Tyler Bate, Trent Seven)

MY PREDICTION: Undisputed Era (1-0)
★★★★½


SINGLES MATCH
Velveteen Dream def. EC3

MY PREDICTION: Dream (2-0)
★★★½


NXT NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Ricochet def. Adam Cole (c)

MY PREDICTION: Ricochet (3-0)
★★★★


NXT WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Kairi Sane def. Shayna Baszler (c)

MY PREDICTION: Sane (4-0)
★★★½


NXT CHAMPIONSHIP LAST MAN STANDING MATCH
Tommaso Ciampa (c) def. Johnny Gargano

MY PREDICTION: Ciampa (5-0)
★★★★


Recommended matches: NXT Tag Team Championship match and NXT North American Championship match.

PPV RATING: A-

NJPW G1 Special in San Francisco

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NJPW G1 Special in San Francisco (match rating scale is out of 5 stars)
“(c)” = incumbent champions

10-MAN TAG TEAM MATCH
King Haku, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa, Yujiro Takahashi, and Chase Owens def. Gedo, Yoshi-Hashi, Rocky Romero, Yoh and Sho

MY PREDICTION: Haku, Tonga, Loa, Takahashi, Owens (1-0)

★★½


TAG TEAM MATCH
Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano def. Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr.

MY PREDICTION: Ishii & Yano (2-0)

★★


TAG TEAM MATCH
Hangman Page & Marty Scurll def. Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kushida

MY PREDICTION: Tanahashi & Kushida (2-1)

★★½


NEVER OPENWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Hirooki Goto (c) def. Jeff Cobb

MY PREDICTION: Goto (3-1)

★★½


IWGP TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson, Nick Jackson) (c) def. Evil & Sanada

MY PREDICTION: The Young Bucks (4-1)

★★★★


TAG TEAM MATCH
Kazuchika Okada & Will Ospreay def. Tetsuya Naito & Bushi

MY PREDICTION: Naito & Bushi (4-2)

★★½


IWGP JR. HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Hiromu Takahashi (c) def. Dragon Lee

MY PREDICTION: Takahashi (5-2)

★★★½


IWGP UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Juice Robinson def. Jay White (c)

MY PREDICTION: Robinson (6-2)

★★★½


IWGP HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Kenny Omega (c) def. Cody

MY PREDICTION: Omega (7-2)

★★★★


G1 Special in San Francisco was a pretty tepid event. The first four matches were OK with a good moment here and there. Bucks v. Sanada/Evil was a step down from their Dominion match, but still very good. Okada/Ospreay v. Naito/Bushi followed with a surprisingly meh match. They must be taking off the night in preparation for the G1 that starts next week. Takahashi v. Lee was a very good match with some really hardhitting spots you’d expect out of these two. White v. Robinson had a number very good moments in a very good match. Omega v. Cody was super predictable, but was still excellent and led to more questions at the end of what everyone’s status is within the Bullet Club.

Recommended matches: Bucks v. Sanada/Evil and Omega v. Cody
PPV RATING: C+