New Japan Pro Wrestling put on three absolutely amazing matches last weekend as a part of the G-1 Climax semi finals and finals. Tetsuya Naito defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi to win the block A and Kenny Omega defeated Kazuchika Okada to win block B, setting up a Naito/Omega final.
Naito/Tanahashi was a great match that was overshadowed by a stellar third Okada/Omega encounter. Omega was in a must win situation and had to do it in less than thirty minutes. Okada, however, could advance to the finals with a win or a draw due to a one point differential in his favor.
Okada went into the match with an injured neck he suffered in previous tournament bouts. Omega targeted the injury right from the onset and was relentless in his attack. Okada fought him off with everything he had but with a little over three minutes left in the match, Omega hit the One Winged Angel for the pin.
The Lowell Memorial Auditorium was once again treated to anaction-packednight of squared circle mayhem as Ring of Honor brought their All-Star Extravaganza pay-per-view event to the Mill City. The best way to describe theROHproduct for the uninitiated is to call it pro wrestling with a side of sports entertainment.
WWE’s presentation favors the reverse ideology, but there is a die-hard fan base thatROHcaters to that’s not intoall thepomp, circumstance, and melodrama. The storylines are simple enough to follow, but it’s the matches thatkeeptheROHfaithful coming back for more.
My fellow wrestling promoting partner in crime, Ryan and I attended the show withpiquedinterest since neitherusofgoto Ring of Honor shows that often. In fact, this was only my thirdROHlive experience and my first in twelve years. Plus, some of the biggest moments in wrestling history have occurred in Lowell, and All-Star Extravaganza could provide another. Continue reading →