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NJPW с турне в Австралия


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През последните месеци се говори доста за опитите на New Japan да пробият на американския пазар, но междувременно компанията се опитва да направи пробив и на друго място - Австралия. Местната кеч сцена там напоследък набира скорост и след като се видя, че най-големите draw-ове на инди ниво в Австралия са New Japan звездите сега NJPW ще имат 4 шоута там. Говори се, че продажбите вървят добре.




Saturday 17th February – MELBOURNE, Festival Hall
Sunday 18th February – SYDNEY, Quay Centre
Friday 16th February – ADELAIDE, Titanium Arena
Monday 19th February – PERTH, HBF Stadium

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Мелбърн и Сидни:




Доволно. Особено като се има предвид, че New Japan не ги дават по телевизията в Австралия. Силата на интернет в действие. :)

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Резултатите от NJPW SYDNEY:




- KUSHIDA defeated Rocky Romero

The fans loved both guys. KUSHIDA won by submission with the Hoverboard Lock.


- Yuji Nagata defeated Jack J. Bonza

They essentially had a squash match, with Nagata beating him with a backdrop hold. There was nothing wrong with this, but it was too short.


- SANADA & EVIL defeated Robbie Eagles & Mick Moretti

This was the only match where the fans were solidly behind the locals, though there were plenty of Los Ingobernables de Japon fans in the crowd. EVIL got the pin on Eagles in a very fast-paced bout.


- The Bullet Club (Kenny Omega, Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens & Guerrillas of Destiny) defeated TMDK (Jonah Rock, Damian Slater, Marcius Pitt, Slex & Elliott Sexton)

The best match of the night up to this point. The Bullet Club was super over, especially Omega. Everyone hit their big moves and all the Aussies got in some great offense, including an interesting spot where Slex got heat on Omega.

In the end, Omega hit the One Winged Angel on Slater for the finish. Omega spoke to the crowd after, mentioning that it's funny they're booed in Japan but cheered in Sydney. He thanked everyone and pointed out that Fale helped put the tour together.


- Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer defeated Juice Robinson & Toa Henare

Everyone was into everything Suzuki did. He was probably the third most over wrestler of the night (behind Okada and Omega), with the fans singing along to his theme music before and after the show.

The match was fun and ended when Suzuki hit Henare with a Gotch-style piledriver. Suzuki beat the heck out of Henare for most of the bout. The crowd also loved Suzuki when he did a brief post-match promo.


- Tomohiro Ishii defeated Gino Gambino

This match started slow -- there were mostly NJPW fans in the crowd and they clearly didn’t know many of the Australian wrestlers. Despite that, this got a big reaction by the end.

Ishii gave Gambino a lot and it was very back and forth. The ending seemed slightly botched as Ishii appeared to deadlift Gambino for a brainbuster. Ishii then stormed to the back, but maybe that’s how he is all the time.


- Chaos (Kazuchika Okada, Jay White & Will Ospreay) defeated The Bullet Club (Cody Rhodes & The Young Bucks)

The crowd hated Cody, and he played up being the bad guy throughout the match. There was a lot of comedy in the opening minutes, but it soon turned into a sensational bout and was probably the match of the night.

The MVP for the show had to be Ospreay, who was on fire. Everyone was great, though. The ending came when Okada hit Matt Jackson with a Rainmaker for the pin.

Everyone in Chaos spoke following the match. White got booed mercilessly when he accidentally called us Melbourne fans instead of Sydney fans. Ospreay was rolling on the mat laughing -- even Okada mocked him when he had the microphone. Okada also said NJPW will definitely be coming back to Australia for another tour.


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