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Cubed Circle Newsletter
This week’s newsletter is a tad bit shorter than usual, but don’t fret, next week we have a
huge issue for you, more about that at the end of the issue. As always you’re feedback is
welcomed either via email, the comments or the many social network options available.
New Japan Pro Wrestling New Beginning 2012
Overall Show Thoughts
Overall this was another well paced New Japan show, with a lot of good wrestling and
progression. However, I did feel that there were too many title changes on one show, you
could make the case for the Intercontinental title and maybe even the IWGP Heavyweight
title if that’s were they had to go, but the Jr. Tag Titles really didn’t need to change hands
and they could have done the Intercontinental title change on another show. But, if you
are looking for a fun show with some good wrestling and a great main event then this is a
show for you.
1. YOSHI-HASHI & Yujiro Takahashi vs. King Fale & Tomoaki Honma
This match was an opener, yes, that’s what it was. The match felt a bit clunky with Fale
and HASHI in there, although there were some good spots in the match, they didn’t fit
together very well. After getting some cheap shots in Takahashi pinned Fale in 7:51 with
a wonky looking jackknife cradle.
2. Jushin Thunder Liger, Tama Tonga & Captain New Japan vs. Takashi Iizuka,
Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano
In an awesome heel move, Iizuka ripped off the announcers shirt and poured water on
him, in complete bully fashion. Captain New Japan delayed and showboated on the ramp
while his partners were attacked from behind and double teamed. This was mostly a
comedy match, with Captain New Japan getting all of his wacky spots in. The crowd was
super behind Tonga, which made the fact that Tonga was pinned by Yano with a
powerbomb in 8:35 stupid, since you had a guy that could have clearly done the job in
Captain New Japan.
3. IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Title Match
Apollo 55 (Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi) (c) vs. No Remorse Corps (Davey
Richards & Rocky Romero)
I enjoyed this match more than the Dome match, it felt more important than the Dome
match, although the wrestling itself wasn’t necessarily better. The title change didn’t
really make much sense, given the amount of title changes on the show and the fact that
the titles were just changed. Richards pinned Taguchi in 15:10 with a powerbomb.
4. Ten Man Tag Team Elimination Match
Blue Justice Army (Wataru Inoue & Yuji Nagata), KUSHIDA, Tiger Mask & Togi
Makabe vs. Suzuki Army (Lance Archer, Minoru Suzuki, Taichi, TAKA Michinoku &
Just seeing Takayama enter the ring, let alone wrestle made me sad, although he
functioned better in this match than his last few. Participants in the match could either be
eliminated by pinfall, submission or being tossed over the top rope. Archer eliminated
KUSHIDA with a modified crucifix bomb, he then eliminated Tiger Mask soon after with
an F5. The crowd were really into the over the top gimmick and were into all the teases.
Inoue was thrown over the top rope to the outside by Archer, this made Archer look
really strong. Makabe eliminated Taichi and Michinoku in quick succession, after being
worked on and double teamed by the heel team. Makabe and Suzuki proceeded to trade
strikes, but Suzuki was able to get the upper hand as Makabe was worked on by the heel
team. Makabe continued to absorb punishment, until he finally got the big tag to Nagata.
Suzuki and Nagata traded strikes, until Nagata was eliminated over the top rope by
Suzuki, leaving Makabe as the last remaining member of the face team. Makabe took a
double chokeslam and a shining wizard, but he was still able to kick out. Makabe began
to clean house, taking on three guys at once, but Suzuki was able to lock in the sleeper,
he got Makabe up and hit the piledriver for the win in 19:43. There was a bit of post
match brawling with Nagata and a few members of the heel team, but not much. The
match did a great job of making Makabe look great, as well as Archer who came off like
a monster. Even though the match felt a bit sloppy at points, it still told a good fun story
and it served it’s purpose well.
5. IWGP Tag Team Title Match
Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima (c) vs. Bad Intentions (Giant Bernard & Karl
Even though a few months have past since the Tokyo Sports Awards, Bad Intentions is
still doing the anti-Tokyo Sports gimmick. This match much like the IWGP Jr. Tag Title
match felt more intense and far more emotionally fueled that their Dome match. Kojima
pinned Giant Bernard in 17:47 with a lariat. They shook hands after the match and
Tenzan cut a promo in broken English, saying that Bad Intentions were super.
6. IWGP Intercontinental Title Match
Masato Tanaka (c) vs. Hirooki Goto
Yujiro Takahashi interfered at the start of the match, attacking Goto on the ramp. Goto
hit an absolutely brutal Fireman’s carry neckbreaker from the top rope, where his knee
was driven right into the neck of Tanaka. Goto pinned Tanaka in 13:26 with the Shoten
Kai winning the Intercontinental Championship. Having a war like this, along with a big
name like Goto holding the Intercontinental Championship, gives it more meaning than it
had in the past, even if the championships are just going to be merged at some point.
Yujiro challenged Goto to a match after Goto won the championship.
7. Tetsuya Niato vs. Shinsuke Nakumura
They brawled a lot on the outside and on the ramp, Nakumura worked on Niato, until
Niato hit a big powerbomb which seemed to hurt the mouth of Nakumura. Niato pinned
Nakumura with the star dust press in 17:38 in a hard fought match. Niato is presumably
going to challenge Okada at the next big show.
8. IWGP Heavyweight Title Match
Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs. Kazuchika Okada
The match felt like a big deal, even though Okada doesn’t necessarily have a superstar
aura yet. Tanahashi lost a tooth early on and the camera crew did a good job on focusing
on it. Tanahashi hit the high fly flow to the outside, Okada hit the tombstone piledriver,
but was unable to make the cover. Okada then hit a big tombstone piledriver to the
outside, which Tanahashi sold well. Tanahashi hit a high fly flow to the back of Okada
and went up for a second to the stomach, but Okada got the knees up. We had an
assortment of nearfalls up until Okada hit the rainmaker (short clothesline) for the win in
23:22. The crowd was absolutely stunned and rightfully so, sure Tanahashi and Okada
had a good match, but putting the championship on him is a ridiculous and short sited
move. Tanahashi is really over and he has proven that he is a big draw for the company,
he has held the championship for a long time, but there have been no signs that he is
beginning to loose his drawing power. Who knows maybe Okada’s reign can work and
maybe he can draw, maybe New Japan’s houses will continue to grow, I don’t know. But,
if something like the Tanahashi title reign works, why change it?
Credit to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter at F4Wonline.com/Wrestlingobserver.com
for the match times.
Bits & Pieces
Vince Russo Gone!
Some may say that he was an influential part of the business, (not really) others may say
that he had his place at a certain time, while others may say that Russo was the reason for
the death of WCW and every negative aspect of modern day wrestling. Regardless of
what you think, Vince Russo has left his position at TNA a few weeks ago, but it was
only revealed to the public as well as most of the talent this week.
Russo was replaced last year by Bruce Prichard as head of TNA creative, which means
that in all likely hood this won’t make a major difference to what we see on TV. What
could make a difference though is the involvement of David Lagana, although Bruce
Prichard, Hogan and Bischoff are obviously still the ones in charge.
Hopefully this leads to a positive change for TNA, if the product doesn’t improve then
we can be sure that it is the Hogan, Bischoff and whoever else is there combo and that
will obviously be a very hard problem to fix. Hopefully we see a change like we did at
the start of the Storm Roode angle, because that will obviously be the best thing for TNA
and the best thing for the business as a whole.
Terrible Elimination Chamber Go-Home Show
To put it in gentle terms, this was the end of the good string of Raws over the past few
weeks this week’s Raw was bad. Excluding a great Triple H Michaels segment this show
had no redeeming qualities, unless of course train wrecks are your thing.
Well at least they built up the chamber well right? Wrong. Nothing on this edition of Raw
made me want to by the show, in fact it did just the opposite. Instead of captivating the
viewer to buy the show with good matches and good promos, we had a very boring match
between CM Punk and The Miz and a verbal debate of all things! The verbal debate
featured all six men in the Raw chamber and honestly it had no substance, but after all
how could six men in a verbal debate get me to by a pay-per view. The Miz was ribbed,
as his time expired and he continued to recite his lines, but other than that nothing was
very note worthy from the debate.
The Kane/Ryder/Cena/ Eve angle got far worse this week, with botched camera angles
and terrible writing. Ryder looks terrible and has basically lost all of his steam, I can’t
help thinking that this is just another rendition of the ECW situation. Maybe Vince just
wants to get rid of those pesky Ryder chants and boy did he succeed. If the site of Ryder
almost completely braced up isn’t enough to bring you to tears, just because of the pure
stupidity of it all, the Cena and Eve portion surely will.
Eve and Cena now seem to be locked into a romantic relationship, after all top baby faces
are always single and the former US champion is just a wimp anyway right? The show
ended with a terrible segment between Cena, Kane and Ryder, where Ryder was
completely emasculated by Cena. Kane said that Cena had embraced the hate, but that’s
splendid, you see Kane feeds off of hate, so I guess like Popeye and his spinach, Kane
will just eat the hate oozing from the pours of Cena and win the match. Kane pushed
Ryder off the stage, Mick Foley said on twitter that it was a bad bump, but the stage
really didn’t look that high, there were mats and Ryder was padded up.
Do you want to buy the Elimination Chamber now?
Next Week’s Issue
We have a big issue coming up next week, including the WWE Elimination Chamber in
depth, Raw, All Together 2 and so much more. For more on next week’s issue head over
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