Well, it is the beginning of January so not only is it another year on the planet, it means that New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Wrestle Kingdom show has taken place. This year NJPW’s biggest show of the year, NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 10 from the Tokyo Dome featured two heavily publicized matches and a meaty undercard as well.
Did the show stack up to the lofty expectations set by last year’s wonderful WK 9? Did Kazuchika Okada usher in the new era of NJPW? Or did Hiroshi Tanahashi cement himself as the ace yet again? was the Shinsuke Nakamura vs. AJ Styles dream match really epic? What about the NEVER Title match and the rest of the card?
Well, we break it down match by match, discuss the decisions, the match quality, what it means for the rest of the year of NJPW, in our NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 10 Review (3:00-1:22:00.)
At the end of the review, we give our final ratings and also discuss the HUGE news (1:22:00-End) that broke today about Shinsuke Nakamura, AJ Styles, Doc Gallows, and Karl Anderson all giving notice to NJPW and possibly heading for WWE. What will this do to New Japan? What does it bring to NXT and WWE? Who are the next in line to step up and be the leaders for NJPW? We try to answer all that and more.
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Wrestling 2 the MAX: NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 10 Review, AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura to WWE
Wrestling 2 the MAX is the “Every Wrestling Fan” Pro-Wrestling podcast because it covers everything from WWE, NXT, TNA Impact, and ROH to other global entities like Lucha Underground and New Japan Pro Wrestling. This show is informative, fun, and meant for every kind of pro-wrestling fan out there. Wrestling 2 the MAX airs live on early Friday mornings at 1AM EST (on Spreaker.com) and then is available immediately after airing on-demand via I-Tunes, Stitcher, LAST WORD RADIO on I-Tunes and Stitcher, Tune-In Radio, Youtube (Via W2M Network) the PodBean App, The Spreaker App, Player FM, VOC Nation Radio Network, Bluburry, Downcast, and other podcast hosting locations. W2M also has a Facebook group you can join and listeners can follow them on twitter @wrestling2max
Sean Garmer: studied Journalism at the University of North Texas. Sean loves pro-wrestling so much that he even trained to be a wrestler at the age of 17. Though he eventually had to quit wrestling to go to college, he still returned to do play-by-play commentary, help write storylines, and most of all, to watch matches. Sean started his love of pro-wrestling at the age of five after watching a Hulk Hogan match. Due to his family hating sports-entertainment, there were many years he missed. However, he returned full-time to being a fan in the late 1990’s. Since then, Sean has gone on to write for various wrestling websites in a number of capacities, but he discovered his true passion, Podcasting, two years ago when he and Gary started the Wrestling 2 the MAX Podcast.
Gary Vaughan: is a native North Texan with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas. His time in college actually rekindled his love of pro wrestling he had lost somewhere along the way. Gary’s enjoyment of the sport began around 1996. As a fan, he has become a student of the wrestling business and gains knowledge through many platforms. WCW is dear to his heart because of it being his introduction to the scene. Now, Gary is a proud podcast host, as well as a writer for wrestling columns.
Paul Leazar: is a recent college graduate from the University of North Texas with an immense amount of time on his hands because nobody wants to hire the idiot with the History degree. He was born an’ raised in the great state of Texas, and began his love affair with pro wrestling at the tender age of five after watching WWF’s Summerslam 1993 pay-per-view. The relationship turned serious with the growth of independent wrestling and the internet in the early 2000’s, which has seen the love affair turn into a full blown addiction that led him to write about it sporadically for various websites, and co-host the Wrestling 2 The Max podcast.