Previously on NJPW: The roster split up and did shows with RevPro, ROH, and CEO; Kenny and Kota’s golden tag team dreams were threatened by the American Nightmare; and Juice Robinson vowed to represent America in New Japan in a more kickass, positive way.
You can watch New Japan Pro Wrestling shows on their streaming service, NJPW World, which costs 999 yen (about 9 USD.) They feature a different free match on the site every week and you can do a free trial month, so it’s a pretty easy service to test drive. You can also watch certain NJPW shows with commentary by Jim Ross and Josh Barnett on AXS. This specific show also aired live on AXS TV.
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And now, the best and worst of the G1 Special In San Francisco.
Best/Disclaimer: Live At The Bovine Bungalow
With Spandex was invited by AXS TV to do press at this show, so this is very much a review of the live version. I watched the TV versions of the bits that I missed while running around doing press things afterwards, but that just one match and a few entrances this time, so you won’t get feedback on the production, commentary, etc., from me in this review. I’ll be interested to see what you guys have to say about that in the comments, because those aspects of the American shows always generate discussion.
Like in Long Beach, the live New Japan experience was super fun. The Cow Palace is a cool, very old school American venue that clashes aesthetically with the rest of San Francisco (although technically it’s in Daly City.) It’s a historic pro wrestling venue with photographs from past events lining the halls, and it was neat to see NJPW join that legacy.