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AJPW Champion Carnival N13 (4.21.19) review

AJPW Champion Carnival N13 (4.21.19) review

AJPW Champion Carnival N13   April 21 2019   We’re in Sapporo, again, for Night 13 of the Champion Carnival. The end is in sight now. Two more shows before the Block finals and then CC 2019 finishes on April 29. Just over a week away.   Standings:   BLOCK A Zeus [8] Shuji Ishikawa… Continue Reading

Zero1 Yasukuni Shrine Show (3.31.19) review

Zero1 Yasukuni Shrine Show (3.31.19) review

Zero1 Hono Pro-Wrestling 16th Yamato Shinshu Chikara Matsuri   Or the Shrine Show for short.   March 31 2019   We’re at the Yasukuni Shrine. Over a thousand in attendance. Otani is in the studio to record comms for it. This takes ten minutes. He talks about some forthcoming cards and we get on with… Continue Reading

AJPW Champion Carnival N12 (4.20.19) review

AJPW Champion Carnival N12 (4.20.19) review

AJPW Champion Carnival N12   April 20 2019   For only the second time, after N2, we have five Carnival matches tonight. What a gift for the lovely people of Sapporo!   Standings:   BLOCK A Zeus [8] Shuji Ishikawa [7] Dylan James [6] Kento Miyahara [6] Ryoji Sai [5] Yuji Okabayashi [4] Atsushi Aoki… Continue Reading

AJPW Champion Carnival N11 (4.17.19) review

AJPW Champion Carnival N11 (4.17.19) review

AJPW Champion Carnival N11   April 17 2019   We’re back in Tokyo, at Shin-Kiba 1st RING. Only around 300 in the crowd but it’s a nice building and Tokyo brings the best out of certain wrestlers. Miyahara vs. Aoyagi is the big main event here. A chance for Yuma to step up. Four Champion… Continue Reading

AJPW Champion Carnival N10 (4.16.19) review

AJPW Champion Carnival N10 (4.16.19) review

AJPW Champion Carnival N10   April 16 2019.   I used to dream of a time I could watch every night of Champion Carnival as it happened. The reality of this situation isn’t quite as good but I’m still watching every last one god damn it. We’re in Hamamatsu, Japan for night ten. Daichi vs.… Continue Reading

AJPW Champion Carnival N9 (4.15.19) review

AJPW Champion Carnival N9 (4.15.19) review

April 15 2019   We’re in Kanazawa, Japan. This is another of the smaller shows after a double shot in Osaka. Given the standard of the smaller shows you won’t be surprised to learn I am not terribly fired up here.   Standings:   BLOCK A Shuji Ishikawa [7] Zeus [6] Ryoji Sai [5] Yuji… Continue Reading

AJPW Champion Carnival N8 (4.14.19) review

AJPW Champion Carnival N8 (4.14.19) review

AJPW Champion Carnival N8   April 14 2019   We’re still in Osaka for a second night in the Edion. About a hundred more fans in tonight compared to yesterday. Still not a great draw.   Standings:   BLOCK A Zeus [6] Shuji Ishikawa [5] Yuji Okabayashi [4] Dylan James [4] Yuma Aoyagi [4] Kento… Continue Reading

AJPW Champion Carnival N7 (4.13.19) review

AJPW Champion Carnival N7 (4.13.19) review

AJPW Champion Carnival N7   April 13 2019   We’re in Osaka, which means shit is about to get real. Osaka is a big city with big expectations and that’s where big tournaments start to improve after sluggish runs around the country performing to 400 yokels in a gym. If you were going easy on… Continue Reading

AJPW Champion Carnival N6 (4.11.19) review

AJPW Champion Carnival N6 (4.11.19) review

AJPW Champion Carnival N6   We’re in Fukuoka, Japan. This is another small tour show so hopes are not especially high but we do have a big Miyahara main event so perhaps we could get one strong contest out of tonight’s line up.   April 11 2019   Standings:   BLOCK A Yuji Okabayashi [4]… Continue Reading

AJPW Champion Carnival N5 (4.10.19) review

AJPW Champion Carnival N5 (4.10.19) review

AJPW Champion Carnival N5   April 10 2019   We’re in Hiroshima, Japan. This is the smallest venue of the tour and the crowd is 224. It’s a grim sight. We trundle through a couple a tags before we hit the CC action. Here are the standings:   BLOCK A Yuji Okabayashi [4] Dylan James… Continue Reading