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.”
This week on BoredWrestlingFan Radio, we jump right in and talk briefly about the WWE Draft and who’s going where. Joe decides not to go to SmackDown on Tuesday night in Buffalo because most of his favorite WWE stars were drafted to RAW. We discuss Ultima Lucha Dos that aired this past Wednesday on El Rey. And we get into a discussion about the WWE Battleground Pay Per View which airs tonight on the WWE Network.
In the news, Sin Cara and Simon Gotch get into a backstage fight. Roman Reigns returns as rumors about what drug caused his suspension swirl. Meanwhile, Brock Lesnar’s failed drug tests are also causing rumors of what, exactly, Brock was caught using. Heath Slater’s undrafted status makes us wonder where he can show up next. Rumors of talent returning to WWE are popping up again, with familiar names denying said rumors. Jeff Hardy was “acting strange” at the Gathering of the Juggalos…. But who isn’t acting strange there? WWE is being sued once again by a number of stars from the past. Booty-O’s Cereal is becoming a real thing. All this and much, much more. Tune in!
This week, BoredWrestlingFan Radio returns after a week off, and boy have things changed. Pokemon Go is the new big thing, and Impact Wrestling is praised for their original content of The Final Deletion while WWE is panned for their Wyatt Family Compound version of it. Meanwhile, Lucha Underground laughs at the other two companies’ futile attempts to re-create their product.
In the news, WWE’s lawyers are sending cease and desist letters over the names and likenesses of former talent in promotional material from indie promotions. Brock Lesnar may or may not have taken a former NFL opponent to Suplex City, but the USADA says he’s going to “fined for PEDs city” after he failed an anti-doping test following his UFC 200 fight. Chris Jericho refuses to sell merch – unless it’s on his Pro Wrestling Tees store, apparently. Our good friend Moose signs a deal with TNA Wrestling. Rhino gets endorsed by a local newspaper in his bid for a seat in the Michigan State House. All this, and much, much more on BoredWrestlingFan. Tune in!
This week on BWF Radio, it’s a slow week so we actually talk about wrestling! We discuss the week in wrestling television, among other wrestling related topics. In the news, Roman Reigns apologizes. Paul Heyman says he won’t be with Brock Lesnar at UFC 200. Charges against Jerry Lawler are dropped, as is his suspended. Fake Bobby Heenan fools everyone – including Twitter’s verification system. WWE searches for new talent. Tune in!
*Programming note* – we will not be on next Saturday due to a scheduling conflict.
This week on BoredWrestlingFan Radio, we discuss Brexit and what it means for not only the European and UK economies, but how if affects professional wrestling in the UK. We talk Money In The Bank, and MavenFan tries to figure out JT’s address.
In the news, Roman Reigns finds himself suspended for 30 days due to a wellness policy violation. Cody Rhodes is offered a WWE Legends Contract. The latest news on the WWE Crusierweight Classic. WWE Legal news including updates on Paige, Jimmy Snuka, and Jerry “The King” Lawler. More news on names being reached out to as potential talent coming back to WWE. Trevor Lee and Sput re-sign with TNA, but The Hardys, Drew Galloway, and EC3 have not. Scott Hall wants to work for WWE. Vader faces Will Ospreay this August. John Cena and PBR patch up their differences, Seth Rollins gets a role in Sharknado, and much, much more. Tune in!
This week on BoredWrestlingFan Radio, we talk about… wrestling? Yes folks, we actually spend a good chunk of the show talking about the wacky world of professional wrestling, including Joe’s excursions to two independent wrestling shows in the Northeastern United States over the past few days. We talk about the 105 minute block of commercials that aired instead of TNA’s live episode of Impact on Tuesday night. We gloss over RAW because there wasn’t much worth talking about on it.
In the news, The RAW rating sucked. The New Orleans Saints want to fight Luke Gallows. Adam Rose’s charges get dropped, while Jerry Lawler gets arrested for basically the same thing. Zack Gowen does well on American Ninja Warrior. DX Band frontman Chris Warren passes away suddenly. The names for the Crusierweight Classic are announced. TNA stays afloat thanks to Billy Corgan buying stake in the company. Jim Ross signs on to produce a movie, Joey Ryan pins a sleeping Rey Mysterio, and much, much more. Tune in!
This week on BoredWrestlingFan Radio, we make a wrestling reference 3 seconds in – which has got to be a new record. We talk about food and alcohol for a little while. Then we get back to wrestling, talking about how unmemorable RAW was, and debate who has come back from the dead more between Mil Muertes and The Undertaker.
In the news, Brock Lesnar’s opponent, drug testing policy, and country he’s representing at UFC 200 have all been revealed. Seth Rollins and Bret Hart exchange words. Nikki Bella needs a new finishing move when she returns. The Full Sail crowd may or may not have known who Paul Ellering was at TakeOver on Wednesday night. Bobby Roode makes his NXT debut at the Download Festival. Cody Rhodes has a bunch of bookings starting August 19th. Jeff Hardy wants one more WWE run before he retires. Gawker has filed for bankruptcy, thanks in no small part to Hulk Hogan. A woman pulls a gun at an indie wrestling show because she thought it was real, The Shockmaster is getting an incredible new (SDCC Exclusive) figure, Sheamus wants to be in Marvel movies, and much, much more. Tune in!
This week on BoredWrestlingFan Radio, The guys talk about concerts, beer, music, movies, and bad acting. Did someone say bad acting? On a wrestling podcast? We must have been talking about the “Brother Nero” segment from this week’s Impact. Either that or Sheamus’ role in the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. Or maybe both. Also, people still order TNA Pay Per Views?
In the news, Brock Lesnar is booked for a fight at UFC 200 against an opponent to be named Monday night. Goldberg appears in the new WWE 2K17 video game as a pre-order bonus. Roman Reigns appears on PornHub. Jimmy Snuka is not fit to stand trial. ROH contract news, Lucha Underground roster news, John Cena endorses trash bags, and much, much more. Tune in!