This week on BoredWrestlingFan Radio, the guys try to sneak in as many wrestling theme song references as they can. Drowgoddess returns to recap and review the results from the G1 Climax Tournament in NJPW. Joe Russo and JT Hogan debate whether it’s “Bro” or “Brother.” We ponder what Michelob Ultra beer is superior than (with very little results). And of course we touch briefly on televised wrestling in the United States.
In the news, ESPN is expanding their coverage of professional wrestling (Editor’s Note: probably at the expense of it’s already minimal hockey coverage). Hulu discontinues it’s free service and leaves fans of watching a shortened version of RAW on their platform needing to pay for the service if they want to continue watching. WWE trademark applications are rejected. Updates on injuries to Shelton Benjamin and Paige. Cruiserweight Classic news. Joey Styles released by WWE. Billy Corgan is the new President of TNA, Seth Rollins is banned from another music festival, and much, much more. Tune in!
This week on BoredWrestlingFan Radio, we start late due to technical issues. Joe bails on the early part of the show. We’re joined by BWF Radio alumnus Drowgoddess, who catches us up on the G1 Climax tournament taking place in New Japan Pro Wrestling. We talk about the internet making things seem more epic than they may be, including Gargano/Ciampa in the Cruiserweight Classic, and Bobby Roode’s NXT Theme.
In the news, Shelton Benjamin is not coming to WWE after all, as a shoulder injury that requires immediate surgery has prevented him from performing. Nikki Bella is not cleared to return to the ring at the moment. The owner of Gawker files for bankruptcy, thanks to Hulk Hogan. Sasha Banks may or may not be married. Ric Flair and Ryback are both officially done with WWE. Eric Bischoff buries TNA, and much, much more. Tune in!
Well, we said that we wanted changes. NJPW gave them to us in abundance. The shock victories on Night #1 were fantastic, but when almost all of the wins are like that, the impact is diluted. After five of the nineteem shows, Makabe leads Block A, with Tenzan and Goto close behind. Nagata leads Block B, with almost everyone else tied for second place. We’re still in the early stages.
We are about at the halfway point of the G1 Climax Tournament in New Japan, and Drowgoddess has been watching each and every night of the tournament thusfar. Join Drowgoddess, along with ThinkSoJoE and G, as we recap the first nine days of the tournament and look ahead to the second half. Plus, Joe and Drow discuss the lineage of some of the current competitors, the legacy of the “Asian mist,” Drow recalls her experience at last night’s NXT live event, and much, much more! Tune in
This week on BoredWrestlingFan Radio, Joe checks out Xcite Wrestling in Binghamton, NY, headlined by a guy called John Morrison who looks an awful lot like Lucha Underground Trios Champion Johnny Mundo. JT drinks beer, and we actually talk about the week in wrestling, including RAW and SmackDown for once.
In the news, Vince Russo criticizes WWE writers and the “new era.” We find out more about the local talent in various RAW segments this past Monday. Jinder Mahal and Curt Hawkins reportedly are set to return to WWE. News on some WWE financials, including Network subscriptions. Mark Hunt calls Brock Lesnar a cheater. WWE 2K16 is announced as one of Xbox Live’s “Games With Gold” free games in August. Jeff Hardy talks about his “acting strange” at the Gathering of the Juggalos last week. News on Seasons 3 and 4 of Lucha Underground. A “Total Bellas” synopsis as only we can provide, and so much more. Tune in!
Everyone isn’t into the story of YOSHI-HASHI this year, but the flaws are what make it work. Yes, he looks uncertain, even afraid, and almost surprised when he wins. Yet he is determined to soldier on, and it’s that determination in spite of the fear of going it alone that makes him so compelling. YOSHI has a heavily-wrapped shoulder after his match with Honma as well. He and Shibata are either helping sell Honma’s finisher as really damaging, or this is a sign that Honma is going to seriously hurt someone by the time that G-1 ends. Whatever “Loose Explosion” means, wearing it across your buttocks is not helping you to be taken seriously. Please change that.
The first week of the nearly month-long G-1 Climax tournament from New Japan Pro Wrestling has reached its end, and there’s quite a bit to think about as compared to previous tournaments. For many fans, this is the highlight of the summer, as well as of wrestling fandom. We get nearly a solid month of the best wrestlers in the world doing their best collective thing and setting the general direction of feuds and title chases for the next five months, as well as for the January 4th Wrestle Kingdom show. What’s not to love???
The 2014 G-1 was widely hailed as one of the greatest wrestling events of all time, while the 2015 version drew some criticism for stagnation and repetition, despite having some fantastic matches. The 2016 G-1 offered the perfect opportunity to rectify those concerns, as NJPW lost five of its top players to the WWE after contracts expired at the end of January. Shinsuke Nakamura and AJ Styles were obvious major overall losses, but Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows, and Kota Ibushi had all played significant roles in past G-1 tournaments, and their absences were definitely going to be felt. That’s twenty-five percent of the total participation roster for G-1. NJPW seemed to embrace the WWE’s “anything can happen” motto with considerably more gusto than the company itself has, and the theme of the first week has been “surprises and upsets.”