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Wrestling Omakase #58: NOAH Retrospective Vol. 1, Beginning (00-03)

On this week's edition of Wrestling Omakase, John is joined by returning guest Tanner (@Tanner1495) from the All You Can Hear Podcast (@AYCHPodcast) to talk the early days of Pro Wrestling NOAH! John and Tanner begin their tale back in 2000 talking the circumstances behind the famous All Japan/NOAH split, as well as some of the awkward final AJPW shows featuring NOAH talent and how All Japan had to get along after the split. The show then quickly turns to NOAH's first shows, as we go...


Wrestling Omakase #57: NJPW G1 Climax (Nights 12-15) w/ Hannah & Skylar

It's more G1 Climax coverage this week on Wrestling Omakase! John is joined by returning guest Skylar (@Twwitterdotcom) and first time guest Hannah (@HannahYoleau) to break down four more G1 shows, nights 12 through 15\. Hear our discussion on 20 more G1 matches, with the main highlight being a major show on August 4th in Osaka! What match did our hosts prefer between the highly hyped Omega-Ishii & Naito-Ibushi clashes? Plus we talk our ten favorite and least favorite matches of the entire...


Wrestling Omakase #56: G1 Climax & AJPW 7/29 Osaka w/ Joey Bay

This week on Wrestling Omakase we talk both of Japan's two longest running wrestling promotions! John is joined by first time guest Joey Bay (@joey_bay), as they begin the episode reminiscing over their first trip to Japan together in 2016 and then talk traveling to Japan more generally, as both have been on multiple trips (Joey leaves for his next one in just a few days!). Once that's out of the way they discuss the All Japan 7/29 show from Osaka, a big show that featured three title...


Wrestling Omakase #55: G1 Climax & DDT 7/22 Korakuen w/ Taylor

This week on Wrestling Omakase we're once again talking New Japan and DDT! John is joined by five-time returning guest Taylor Maimbourg (@tamaimbo) to break down some big shows from both promotions. First we've got a solid hour of Dramatic Dream Team talk, as we discuss their 7/22 DDT Korakuen (Summer Vacation 2018). Here us break down a bit of a disappointing show including the ongoing trials and tribulations of the Irie-gun unit, new tag team champions, the downfall of BIG LOVE and more....


Wrestling Omakase #54: G1 Climax, Extreme Rules & Attack on Titan w/ Kevin & Jack

This week on Wrestling Omakase our primary topic is the first 3 nights of the G1 Climax. John is joined by returning guest Kevin Brown (@darukinoi) and first time guest Jack Beckmann (@packerman120) as they discuss all 15 G1 Climax tournament matches so far, including some wildly diverging opinions on some of the biggest matchups (mainly centering around the 'ol knife pervert himself, Jay White). Plus there's some brief discussion of the truly hideous Extreme Rules PPV, which John caught a...


Wrestling Omakase #53: G1 Special in San Francisco & More w/ Jesse

This week on Wrestling Omakase we bring you yet another G1 Special in San Francisco review, albeit with the unique perspective of a lapsed ex-New Japan fan! Frequent returning guest Jesse (@K0jiii) promised to review a big New Japan show if her beloved Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup, and so here we are. Before we get to the show though there's a discussion of the Caps and hockey in general, this weekend's upcoming World Cup final, and the breaking news just before we recorded of...


Wrestling Omakase #52: Mid Year Awards w/ 4 Guests!

This week on Wrestling Omakase we present our first ever Mid Year Awards! I'm joined by a panel of guests as we take this moment, exactly halfway through 2018, to pick our award winners and contenders across a variety of the traditional Observer-style Year End Awards categories. Plus, we discuss who we think might rise or fall in the rest of the year as well! My guests include two first timers as well as two returning guests: returning are Jeff Hawkins (@Crapgame13) from Shake Them Ropes...


Wrestling Omakase #51: DDT 6/24 Review & NJPW G1 Climax Preview w/ Arrum

This week on Wrestling Omakase we talk the two biggest promotions in Tokyo, NJPW and DDT! John is joined by first time guest Arrum (@AHROOMEE) all the way from Indonesia, as she brings her passionate fandom of both promotions to the podcast. First they discuss the DDT 6/24 Korakuen show (WHAT ARE YOU DOING 2018!!!) as they break down all six matches on the card and discuss where things are going in the Dramatic Dream Team from here. Hear their thoughts on Shigehiro Irie's controversial...


Wrestling Omakase #50: Fantasy Draft Vol. 4 (US/UK Indies)

The Fantasy Draft series of Wrestling Omakase rolls on this week, as we turn our attention to the US & UK indies! John is joined by four great guests: the returning Sean Sedor (@SASedor2994), Andrew Rich (@AndrewTRich), and Jake (@oatgan), and new guest Nate (@epitasis), as they compete to draft the best possible rosters from a gigantic pool of the US & UK indies. Wrestlers from ROH, Impact, LU, PROGRESS, RevPro, and many other promotions are available. Who selected the best roster and put...


Wrestling Omakase #48: NJPW Best of the Super Juniors w/ Joe Gagne

It's time to wrap up the Best of the Super Juniors for 2018, and to do so John is joined this week by returning guest Joe Gagne (@joegagne) of the 5 Star Match Game and many other places and projects. John and Joe first discuss the last two nights of the tournament in detail, including all 8 matches from 6/3 and the outstanding final from 6/4\. Once that's out of their way they go competitor-by-competitor for each wrestler in the tournament, reading off their results and giving them a...


Wrestling Omakase #47: Fantasy Draft Vol. 3 (Indie Puro- AJPW/BJW/DDT/NOAH/more!)

It's back to our Fantasy Draft series this week on Wrestling Omakase! John is joined by returning guests and Burning Spirits co-hosts Brennan Patrick (@bren_patrick) and Kevin Hare (@stan__hansen), as well as first time guest Tanner (@Tanner1495) from the All You Can Hear podcast, as the four of them compete to draft from indie puroresu! Since so many wrestlers are eligible this time around we expand to doing 25 picks each, as we are able to draft anyone from All Japan, the entire DDT...


Wrestling Omakase #46: AJPW Super Power Series (5/24) & Puro Roundup w/ Eyean

This week on Wrestling Omakase John is joined by returning guest Eyean (@skrongstyle) to discuss the latest from All Japan Pro Wrestling! John & Eyean start the episode off with a recap of the Champion Carnival and some thoughts on their favorite matches from this year's league, including of course the Miyahara-Marufuji final. Once that's done we then turn our attention to May 24th's big Korakuen show, which again saw Miyahara take on Marufuji, this time for the Triple Crown! We go...


Wrestling Omakase #45: Fantasy Draft Vol. 2 (WWE women/Joshi)

We're back to the VOW Fantasy Draft series this week on Wrestling Omakase with our promised second edition! John is joined by returning guests and VOW writers Taylor Maimbourg (@tamaimbo), Lawson Leong (@LawsonComedy89), and Kelly Harrass (@comicgeekelly) as they turn their attention to women's wrestling. Each will pick 20 wrestlers from a pool of the WWE women's roster and anyone who has wrestled so far this year for three joshi promotions: STARDOM, Tokyo Joshi Pro, and Sendai Girls. Who...


Wrestling Omakase #44: WWE Backlash & NJPW Wrestling Dontaku w/ Kyle

This week on Wrestling Omakase, John is joined by first time guest Kyle (@ThroughMyKyes) of Sheet Sandwich to discuss WWE Backlash. The two of them break down each and every match on this truly wretched, no good, horrible show, from the very good opener to the very, very bad main event. Once they're done burying that awful piece of crap, they move on to a briefer discussion of the two NJPW Wrestling Dontaku shows, mainly based around the main events of each night and some other key angles...


Wrestling Omakase #43: Fantasy Draft Vol. 1 (WWE/NJPW)

A new series begins on this week's edition of Wrestling Omakase! Imagine, if you will, a fantasy world where some gigantic corporation has purchased both World Wrestling Entertainment and New Japan Pro Wrestling, the two largest wrestling companies in the world. John and their three guests have been named the General Managers of four new brands, and this draft is being held to create their initial rosters. We choose twenty picks each (singles wrestlers and teams) and then at the end of the...