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Old 08-10-2018, 12:35 PM   #1001
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Re: ***Official Indy/Puro Thread***

Tanahashi makes G1 final after draw with Okada. Great decision.
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Old 08-10-2018, 01:45 PM   #1002
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I've been watching exclusively NJPW since somewhere around the time WWE decided to do a propaganda show for SA. I've been enjoying it but man there's nothing that kills my interest more than a draw. I just feel like I've wasted my time watching because there was no closure, and NJPW does it way way way more frequently than I'm used to given I watched mostly WWE for a decade. It's frustrating.
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Old 08-10-2018, 01:55 PM   #1003
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Don't really feel that way. Everyone knew going in that for Okada, a draw=a loss.
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Old 08-10-2018, 04:08 PM   #1004
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For the last couple of years there's been this drawn out storyline of whether Tanahashi still had it in him to beat the new Ace which saw it's recent chapter involve him attempting to defend his record only to lose to a single Rainmaker (I believe I am not misremembering here?). So now we come to the Finals of A block. Tanahashi. Okada. Potential main event of WK on the line. Can Tanahashi reclaim his former glory by taking down the person thats had his number and having the opportunity to hold the title again? Or has his torch - which was already passed to Okada - finally been snuffed out?

It's a great story set up against the backdrop of two of the best wrestlers on an enormous stage of the G1 tournament.

The result is "shrug who knows time ran out thanks for watching". It's deflating. Makes it hard to get invested in stories they are telling when they give no ending/closure to it.
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Old 08-10-2018, 04:48 PM   #1005
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Not knowing the backdrop of the past few years very well, I thought it was okay.

With the context you provided, I can understand some annoyance.
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Old 08-10-2018, 05:15 PM   #1006
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A 30-minute time limit G1 match really isn't the perfect spot to "close" the Tanahashi-Okada storyline anyway.

This match was pretty simple. Okada had to beat Tanahashi. Tanahashi did not HAVE to beat Okada. Tanahashi wrestled in such a way as to make it very hard for Okada to win in the time limit. He also had the upper hand at the point that the time limit expired.

I just don't see the problem with this finish, even with the long story arc between the two.

But then I'm just happy we will get a more fresh G1 finals matchup. Tanahashi-Naito, Tanahashi-Omega or Tanahashi-Ibushi. And they could go any of those directions. Much much better than Okada facing any of them.
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Old 08-11-2018, 11:03 AM   #1007
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The result is "shrug who knows time ran out thanks for watching". It's deflating. Makes it hard to get invested in stories they are telling when they give no ending/closure to it.
Haven't followed the tournament due to personal stuff, but I can see your point. I can imagine in the pre-shootout days in the NHL that people are bound to be really irritated when they spend their money, they see these great hockey players play for 60 minutes, 5 minutes of OT and that's it. Both gets a point and that's done. The game is over. There are no resolutions. Go home. I can imagine the people watching it seems very irritated in the end. I'm sure those people want, instead of a shootout, to go into more OT until next goal wins, but I don't think that idea would be too ideal from the NHL's Higher Ups perspective.

That stated, G1 Climax is a tournament where points do matter, and the cool thing is that rivalries aren't meant to be closed in the tournament and a rivalry can carry over into the Fall. From what I read in the above post, Tanahashi does not need to win in regulation to make the finals, Okada does, so of course, Tanahashi can be booked to map out a strategy to force out the time limit draw and do what he can to make Okada struggle to attempt to win. Plus with their history, there was no way that either of them can get a regulation win (all three? of their G1 matches went the time limit draw). As long as people understands that going into watching the match, I don't think people would feel as cheated at the end result.

That stated again, the 60 minute Omega/Okada match last year, I can understand where people are really irate about the end result. A big world title match is on the line, and almost 12,000 people paid to see it live, and they went the distance and no true resolution has been made (until the very next year). I say the crowd have every right to feel cheated even if the match really delivered as a main event. The G1 Climax 28 Day 17 main event? I don't think not so much.
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Old 08-11-2018, 04:14 PM   #1008
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So what are we going to get, people?

A Tanahashi win? If so, do we get Tanahashi-Omega or Tanahashi-Jericho? (I'll be shocked if Jericho drops the IC belt before WK.)

An Ibushi win? If so ... well we almost certainly have to get Ibushi-Omega with the storyline of Omega having never beaten Ibushi (and Omega almost certainly doing so at WK ... I'm on the record as predicting Omega will drop the gold in MSG to Okada).

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Old 08-11-2018, 05:15 PM   #1009
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Tanahashi wins G1, loses certificate to Jay White at KOPW. Also at that event, Toru Yano defeats Omega for the IWGP HW title. Jay White vs Toru Yano to headline Wrestle Kingdom.

But seriously, I think Ibushi wins, and we get Omega/Ibushi on January 4.
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Old 08-11-2018, 05:19 PM   #1010
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I was mad at the Jay White suggestion, then relieved when I got to the Yano bit.
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Old 08-11-2018, 05:29 PM   #1011
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What I find most fascinating is that there are four co-main event spots for WK 13.

Omega - lock as IWGP champion
Jericho - lock as IC champion (could lose before WK but I doubt it)
Tanahashi OR Ibushi - lock as G1 winner

Okada? Can he really NOT be part of one of the co-mains?
Naito? He almost certainly looks out unless he faces Jericho again.
The Tanahashi-Ibushi loser can't be totally dismissed.

So many scenarios.

The weird thing is, the match I'm most looking forward to is Omega-Ishii pre-WK. I Ishii.

Last edited by antidan444; 08-11-2018 at 05:32 PM. Reason: If Jericho does lose IC title pre-WK, my guess is the WK IC title match will not be the co-main.
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Old 08-12-2018, 04:33 AM   #1012
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Shibata!
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Old 08-12-2018, 09:56 AM   #1013
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Didn't really want that outcome, but great match.
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Old 08-12-2018, 01:26 PM   #1014
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Re: ***Official Indy/Puro Thread***

Tanahashi vs. Ibushi was the only match I watched from the tournament (so far). Ibushi sucks. That's what I got from the match. I liked him prior to this match.
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Old 08-14-2018, 04:11 PM   #1015
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Just heard Tanahashi's postmatch comments from the G1 final. Pretty clear the WK main will be Tanahashi-Omega. Still think it's a near-lock Jericho holds the IC title to WK. So who does he defend against? Okada? If not ... Okada really isn't in one of the two main events? I just find that really unlikely. Oddly, I don't really want to see Jericho-Okada, either.

Last edited by antidan444; 08-14-2018 at 04:13 PM. Reason: Tanahashi-Omega ladder match to make up for when Elgin had to sub in for Tanahashi against Omega the first time?
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Old 08-14-2018, 07:09 PM   #1016
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Poor Naito
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