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May 31, 2020
This week on Wrestling Omakase we talk some really good matches and, uh, some really bad ones too! If you haven't listened to a 5 Matches episode yet, every week John and the guest each choose 2 matches to watch and talk about on the episode. Then we each choose a third match, which is put up to a vote on the @wrestleomakase Twitter account, letting the listeners choose our fifth and final match of the week. It's a fun retro format featuring all sorts of different wrestling!As we talk about on the show, Wrestling Omakase is about to launch our brand new Patreon! We go live on Monday June 1st at www.patreon.com/wrestlingomakase. For just $5 per month you'll get: TWO bonus full 5 Match episodes of Omakase per month (our first two Patreon-exclusive guests will be Alan4L of PWTorch and Rich of the VOW Flagship!), our new 1 Match series where John will discuss an entire series of matches in bite-sized podcasts (each covering a single match) starting with every single Kazuchika Okada vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi match in chronological order, Anime Omakase bringing you our first ever anime-exclusive podcast on a wide range of shows, movies and more, and daily tournament coverage of the G1 Climax, Champion Carnival, D-ou and more! Join us on our new journey!John is joined by first time guest Chris (@funkyassdg), co-host of the Bad Wrestling Podcast (@badwrespodcast). We talk a little about recent events and also just playing Yakuza and EWR/TEW to get through the current quarantine, plus briefly discuss an absolutely amazing opening segment of Friday Night Smackdown from this past week. Once that's out of the way we get into our five matches of the week, and boy are they a doozy:1. Carlos Colon & Invader #1 vs. The Sheepherders of Butch Miller & Luke Williams, WWC 12/21/85 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSThGYoMgzM)2. Shuji Ishikawa vs. Kazusada Higuchi, DDT 9/25/16 (https://youtu.be/3PyPtBU7-gQ)3. Crazy Crusher vs. Hell Storm, EWR 12/19/04 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vo5RmTOTBb8)4. Homicide vs. Takeshi Morishima, ROH 2/17/07 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrUZBWHIhoQ)5. Jimmy Jact Cash vs. Hippy Dicky Moon, SWA 10/8/16 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqQFo4awoGI)Topics that come up along the way include: what the hell was going on in Puerto Rico that night, big boy slaps and unfortunately big boy headbutts too, the single craziest match you've never heard of with some absolutely insane spots described in detail, singles vs. multi-man ladder matches, Homicide's place in history, how to put a guy over for a big run, Jimmy Jact Cash somehow having a 20-year career with absolutely nothing to show for it, and Dennis John: What The Fuck? Yes, it's quite the packed episode.Support Wrestling Omakase with a donation through Red Circle! All donations are split with that week's guest. We really appreciate it: http://bit.ly/2o42FP6Wrestling Omakase has dedicated channels on TWO Discords! Come join either one where you can chat with John and show guests and submit questions for future episodes!Super J-Cast Discord: https://discord.gg/zWEgNK5VOW Network Discord: https://discord.gg/rGTXwXdMissed any of the 5 Matches episodes or just want to revisit one of the matches discussed previously but aren't sure what episode it took place on? Here's a handy Google Doc with links to every single match we've discussed on this series so far, which will continue to be updated every week: https://bit.ly/3dv3BjFSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/wrestling-omakase/donations
May 25, 2020
This week on Wrestling Omakase we talk, honestly, a whole lot of mid-to-late 2010s NJPW. If you haven't listened to a 5 Matches episode yet, every week John and the guest each choose 2 matches to watch and talk about on the episode. Then we each choose a third match, which is put up to a vote on the @wrestleomakase Twitter account, letting the listeners choose our fifth and final match of the week. It's a fun retro format featuring all sorts of different wrestling!John is joined by first time guest Liam, co-host of fellow VOW network podcast Wednesday War Games (@WarGamesPod). Before they get into the fun stuff, John and Liam do briefly touch on the tragic week in wrestling, including of course Hana Kimura's incredibly sad and sudden death, so I wanted to make sure you're warned about that here. We do not spend very long on this subject nor do we get into any details surrounding how it happened; John briefly talks about meeting Hana at the STARDOM NYC show last year and both talk a little about how much it upset them, but that's really about it. If you're in the US and need to talk to someone, the suicide hotline number is 1-800-273-8255. Please know people out there care about you.After that unfortunately tragic opening we thankfully move on to much lighter topics, including a brief review of the previous night's AEW Double or Nothing PPV (or at least the three matches John saw of the show). Then we get into our 5 Matches picks for the week, and here they all are in order:1. Nick & Matt Jackson vs. Bryan Danielson & Roderick Strong, PWG 5/22/09 (Highspots Network, match starts around 2:19:24)2. Kota Ibushi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, NJPW 1/4/15 (NJPW World: English or Japanese)3. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Sami Zayn, WWE NXT 4/1/16 (WWE Network)4. Tetsuya Naito vs. Kenny Omega, NJPW 8/3/16 (NJPW World: English or Japanese)5. Kazuchika Okada vs. Kenny Omega, NJPW 6/11/17 (NJPW World: English or Japanese)Topics that come up along the way include: Liam watching PWG as a 12 year old, Ibushi/Nakamura vs. Ibushi/Zayn, Naito vs. Omega both as a series and why this match is their very bets one, Liam gives a prepared speech about why Okada-Omega II is his favorite match ever and then John says it was Actually Bad (okay, not really, but not that great!), and then a long discussion on mid-to-late 2010s NJPW in general and their favorite and least favorite years at the very end. It's a real fun time that will hopefully get your mind off what an incredibly shitty week it's been in wrestling!Support Wrestling Omakase with a donation through Red Circle! All donations are split with that week's guest. We really appreciate it!Wrestling Omakase has dedicated channels on TWO Discords! Come join either one where you can chat with John and show guests and submit questions for future episodes!Super J-Cast DiscordVOW Network DiscordMissed any of the 5 Matches episodes or just want to revisit one of the matches discussed previously but aren't sure what episode it took place on? Here's a handy Google Doc with links to every single match we've discussed on this series so far, which will continue to be updated every week!Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/wrestling-omakase/donations
May 15, 2020
This week on Wrestling Omakase we talk one of the greatest AND one of the worst matches of all time plus a whole hell of a lot more! If you haven't listened to a 5 Matches episode yet, every week John and the guest each choose 2 matches to watch and talk about on the episode. Then we each choose a third match, which is put up to a vote on the @wrestleomakase Twitter account, letting the listeners choose our fifth and final match of the week. It's a fun retro format featuring all sorts of different wrestling!John is joined by Bryan Quinby from Street Fight Radio, making his first appearance on the show in a number of years. Before they get into the five match selections today John & Bryan catch up on a ton of topics, including how they're hanging in during this whole pandemic thing, wondering if you should even plan any live shows at all for the rest of 2020, what life might be like after this passes and whether or not John should go to Vegas, arcades, and some more talk on empty arena wrestling. Then we finally get into our 5 matches for the week, and it's honestly a pretty incredible list:1. WALTER & Timothy Thatcher vs. Dominic Garrini & Tracy Williams, EVOLVE 1/13/18 (Youku, match starts around 20:30)2. Sabu vs. The Sandman, ECW 11/30/97 (WWE Network)3. Brock Lesnar vs. Dean Ambrose, WWE 4/3/16 (WWE Network)4. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kohei Sato, Z1MAX 3/2/08 (Google Drive, match starts around 1:30:47)5. Kazuchika Okada vs. Katsuyori Shibata, NJPW 4/9/17 (NJPW World: English or Japanese)Topics that come up along the way include: where we wish US wrestling could have gone vs. where it ended up going, Timothy Thatcher rules actually, John didn't know who Dominic Garrini was and feels bad because he was great, setting up elaborate spots and botching every single one, Sandman's flips (are good), Brock Lesnar destroying WWE, interpromotional feuds and why they rule, and finally a detailed breakdown of one of the best matches of all time (and maybe it's more okay to love it now that things turned out a little better with Shibata at the LA Dojo). It's a really packed episode!Support Wrestling Omakase with a donation through Red Circle! All donations are split with that week's guest. We really appreciate it!Wrestling Omakase has dedicated channels on TWO Discords! Come join either one where you can chat with John and show guests and submit questions for future episodes!Super J-Cast DiscordVOW Network DiscordMissed any of the 5 Matches episodes or just want to revisit one of the matches discussed previously but aren't sure what episode it took place on? Here's a handy Google Doc with links to every single match we've discussed on this series so far, which will continue to be updated every week!Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/wrestling-omakase/donations
May 9, 2020
This week on Wrestling Omakase we talk two early 10s Shinsuke Nakamura matches, a 2016 DDT mat classic, an Aztec Warfare match and maybe the last good ladder match of all time. If you haven't listened to a 5 Matches episode yet, every week John and the guest each choose 2 matches to watch and talk about on the episode. Then we each choose a third match, which is put up to a vote on the @wrestleomakase Twitter account, letting the listeners choose our fifth and final match of the week. It's a fun retro format featuring all sorts of different wrestling!John is joined by Joel Abraham (@joeljabraham) of VOW's New Japan Pro Wrestling podcast the Super J-Cast (@thesuperjcast), and though we do talk some NJPW we also give Joel a chance to spread his wings a bit. Here's the full list of five matches that are discussed this week, along with the easiest place to find them:1. Chris Jericho vs. Chris Benoit, WWE 1/21/01 (WWE Network: https://watch.wwe.com/episode/Royal-Rumble-2001-11802, match starts at 22:51)2. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Hirooki Goto, NJPW 4/4/10 (NJPW World: https://njpwworld.com/p/s_series_00300_1_1 or https://njpwworld.com/p/s_series_00300_2_01)3. Aztec Warfare 2, LU 12/12/15 (https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6uc0ou)4. Isami Kodaka vs. Masa Takanashi, DDT 1/30/16 (DDT Universe: https://www.ddtpro.com/universe/videos/3170)5. Tetsuya Naito vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, NJPW 8/14/11 (NJPW World: https://njpwworld.com/p/s_series_00183_2_5)Topics that come up along the way include: a review of the Hi-Score Girl anime John recommended to Joel and some character discussion, Joel's starting point in wrestling fandom, spots that should absolutely never be done again, when exactly Goto started getting viewed as a geek (and many different ways he was done dirty by the booking), dropping into Lucha Underground and trying to make sense of it all, matches that build internally being better than just endless references to past matches, Stardust Genius Naito was Good Actually, what a Nakamura return to NJPW run might look like and whether or not he could actually pull it off, yet another "Nakamura-Zayn is just Nakamura-Ibushi reskinned" discussion, and much more.Support Wrestling Omakase with a donation through Red Circle! All donations are split with that week's guest. We really appreciate it: http://bit.ly/2o42FP6Wrestling Omakase has dedicated channels on TWO Discords! Come join either one where you can chat with John and show guests and submit questions for future episodes!Super J-Cast Discord: https://discord.gg/zWEgNK5VOW Network Discord: https://discord.gg/rGTXwXdMissed any of the 5 Matches episodes or just want to revisit one of the matches discussed previously but aren't sure what episode it took place on? Here's a handy Google Doc with links to every single match we've discussed on this series so far, which will continue to be updated every week: https://bit.ly/3dv3BjFSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/wrestling-omakase/donations
May 3, 2020
This week on Wrestling Omakase we give you a double dose of BIG VAN VADER, more Sting, a DDT Ironman Heavymetalweight Battle Royale, some 2014 DG action featuring Akira Tozawa and early weekly PPV era TNA! If you haven't listened to a 5 Matches episode yet, every week John and the guest each choose 2 matches to watch and talk about on the episode. Then we each choose a third match, which is put up to a vote on the @wrestleomakase Twitter account, letting the listeners choose our fifth and final match of the week! It's a fun retro format featuring all sorts of different wrestling!John is joined by returning guest Jake (@Oatgan) to discuss a very unique set of five matches. Before they get into this week's set of matches Jake and John briefly discuss the Yakuza game series which is now helping John pass these many lonely quarantine hours at home, plus there's some talk about some recent empty arena wrestling shows and how some of the new ones out of Japan have been improving as well. Once that's out of the way we get into our five picks for this week, and here they all are in order of discussion:1. T-Hawk vs. Akira Tozawa, DG 5/9/14 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYsTt1sfCXE)2. Vader & Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Rick & Scott Steiner, NJPW 6/26/92 (NJPW World: https://njpwworld.com/p/s_series_00107_1_1)3. Ken Shamrock vs. Sabu, TNA 7/24/02 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCEzmIFbsxs)4. Ironman Heavymetalweight Battle Royale, DDT 11/3/19 (DDT Universe: https://www.ddtpro.com/universe/videos/7212, match starts at 32:40)5. Sting vs. Vader, WCW 12/28/92 (WWE Network: https://watch.wwe.com/episode/Starrcade-1992-9818)Some of the discussion points that come up along the way include: DG units of the time period and where things went sideways with the Millennials, how Vader, Bam Bam and the Steiners came together here and then immediately went off in different directions never to meet again, TNA's long history of top heel units including lots of SEX talk, DDT jokes that are easy to get vs. harder ones, and where this particular match stands up in the Sting-Vader pantheon.Support Wrestling Omakase with a donation through Red Circle! All donations are split with that week's guest. We really appreciate it: http://bit.ly/2o42FP6Wrestling Omakase has dedicated channels on TWO Discords! Come join either one where you can chat with John and show guests and submit questions for future episodes!Super J-Cast Discord: https://discord.gg/zWEgNK5VOW Network Discord: https://discord.gg/rGTXwXdSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/wrestling-omakase/donations
April 26, 2020
This week on Wrestling Omakase we talk two Kobashi-Akiyama bouts, some FMW and Toryumon and a WCW classic! If you haven't listened to a 5 Matches episode yet, every week John and the guest each choose 2 matches to watch and talk about on the episode. Then we each choose a third match, which is put up to a vote on the @wrestleomakase Twitter account, letting the listeners choose our fifth and final match of the week! It's a fun retro format featuring all sorts of different wrestling!John is joined by JoJo Remy (@jojo_runs), ex-host of the Japan Audio Wrestling podcast and very longtime Japanese wrestling fan. JoJo is making his debut on Omakase but he and John go way back to John's very first trip to Japan in March 2016, right around the same time JoJo first moved to the country, so there's a lot of reminiscing and general "we've been watching this stuff a long time" discussion. JoJo also discusses what life in Japan has been like for the last four years and much more. Then we get into this week's 5 matches, and here they all are in order of their discussion on the episode, with links so you could watch them all:1. Jun Akiyama vs. Kenta Kobashi, AJPW 7/24/98 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhrWd4BHcKQ)2. Jun Akiyama vs. Kenta Kobashi, NOAH 8/6/00 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoHNsg55dqU)3. Jinsei Shinzaki v Mr. Gannosuke, FMW 4/21/98 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QnS7N1homE&feature=youtu.be&t=1218, match starts at 20:18)4. CIMA/Don Fujii/TARU vs. Dragon Kid/Masaaki Mochizuki/Ryo Saito vs. Darkness Dragon/Genki Horiguchi/Magnum TOKYO, Toryumon Japan 7/7/02 (https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4f0fjm)5. Sting & Lex Luger vs. Rick & Scott Steiner, WCW 5/15/91 (WWE Network: https://watch.wwe.com/episode/Superbrawl-1-9389)This obviously gives us a ton to talk about, including: early Western puro fandom (and their extreme Kawada bias), NOAH vs. the rest of Japanese wrestling in the early 00s and how that may have had an effect on a quickly dropped Akiyama move, different eras of FMW, 2002 Toryumon Japan stables, LEX LUGER DEFENSE SQUAD and much more!This week's Wrestling Omakase is brought to you by Roman and ZipRecruiter! Go to www.getroman.com/vow for a free consultation and free 2 day shipping, and head to www.ziprecruiter.com/vow for all your job listing needs!Support Wrestling Omakase with a donation through Red Circle! All donations are split with that week's guest. We really appreciate it: http://bit.ly/2o42FP6Wrestling Omakase has dedicated channels on TWO Discords! Come join either one where you can chat with John and show guests and submit questions for future episodes!Super J-Cast Discord: https://discord.gg/zWEgNK5VOW Network Discord: https://discord.gg/rGTXwXdSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/wrestling-omakase/donations
April 18, 2020
This week on Wrestling Omakase we talk some matches that are really all over the map! If you haven't listened to a 5 Matches episode yet, every week John and the guest each choose 2 matches to watch and talk about on the episode. Then we each choose a third match, which is put up to a vote on the @wrestleomakase Twitter account, letting the listeners choose our fifth and final match of the week! It's a fun retro format featuring all sorts of different wrestling!John is joined by returning guest Kevin Brown (@darukinoi) of the Bad Wrestling Podcast (@badwrespodcast), and fittingly the wrestling quality is all over the map this week: some bad, but also some good (even one match at least some of you might find surprisingly good). Here's the full list of matches we discuss this week in order, along with the easiest place to find them all:1. Vampiro vs. David Flair vs. Crowbar, WCW 1/16/00 (WWE Network: https://watch.wwe.com/episode/Souled-Out-2000-9737)2. Tetsuya Naito vs. Kazuchika Okada, NJPW 1/5/20 (NJPW World: https://njpwworld.com/p/s_series_00532_8_18)3. BJ Whitmer vs. Steve Corino, ROH 6/24/16 (Honor Club: https://rohwrestling.com/roh-tour/062416-best-world-concord-nc)4. Kota Ibushi vs. KAGETORA, El Dorado 12/29/07 (https://bilibili.com/video/av81956218, as a note do not try to watch BiliBili matches on mobile as it will only give you the first 5 minutes, but on desktop it works fine and it's free)5. Triple H vs. Eugene, WWE 9/6/04 (WWE Network: https://watch.wwe.com/episode/Raw-5256)That's quite the variety of stuff and gives us plenty of topics, including: WCW 2000 vs. WWE 2020, NJPW main event style and whether this Okada-Naito match is about as good as it gets there, the absolutely insane Whitmer-Corino build, DRUNK MATT TAVEN, John attempts to explain the very strange history behind El Dorado in like 2 minutes and probably fails, Eugene in general, and much more. Plus before we get into the matches we talk Hi-Score Girl and, yes, ATTACK ON TITAN and much more, so check it out!Support Wrestling Omakase with a donation through Red Circle! All donations are split with that week's guest. We really appreciate it: http://bit.ly/2o42FP6Wrestling Omakase has dedicated channels on TWO Discords! Come join either one where you can chat with John and show guests and submit questions for future episodes!Super J-Cast Discord: https://discord.gg/zWEgNK5VOW Network Discord: https://discord.gg/rGTXwXdSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/wrestling-omakase/donations
April 11, 2020
This week on Wrestling Omakase we debut our new format that we'll be using to get us through this current pandemic hell! Each week, John and the guest will each choose 2 matches to watch and talk about on the episode. Then we'll each choose a third match, which we'll put up to a vote on the @wrestleomakase Twitter account, letting the listeners choose our fifth and final match of the week! It's a fun retro format featuring all sorts of different wrestling!Our first guest for the 5 Matches format is none other than the King of Banter himself, Joe Lanza of the Voices of Wrestling flagship podcast (@voiceswrestling). Joe and John open things up with some talk about how they're each adjusting to pandemic life, and John explains a little about why they're not all that interested in covering the few empty arena wrestling shows that are still happening. Once that's out of the way they get into their matches, and here they all are in order along with where you can watch them yourself:1. Midnight Express vs. The Fantastics, WCCW 1/26/85 (WWE Network: https://watch.wwe.com/episode/WCCW-2268)2. Meiko Satomura vs. Sareee, Sendai Girls 4/16/19 (https://rutube.ru/video/844658c07b4ad72f6c4b6417ce3dd504/)3. Kota Ibushi vs. El Generico vs. Nick Jackson vs. Jigsaw, CHIKARA 3/28/09 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XesuznnHaA)4. Sanshiro Takagi vs. Minoru Suzuki, DDT 6/1/17 (DDT Universe, no subscription required: https://www.ddtpro.com/universe/videos/2040)5. Steve Austin vs. Chris Benoit, WWE 5/31/01 (WWE Network: https://watch.wwe.com/episode/SmackDown-4781)These matches give us all sorts of jumping off points including John and Joe's history attending many of the same shows and venues (and a few they didn't attend!), the current CINEMATIC WRESTLING boom, US indie style from 11 years ago leading into AEW, and much more. It's a packed two hours covering all sorts of different wrestling, this week!Support Wrestling Omakase with a donation through Red Circle! All donations are split with that week's guest. We really appreciate it: http://bit.ly/2o42FP6Wrestling Omakase has dedicated channels on TWO Discords! Come join either one where you can chat with John and show guests and submit questions for future episodes!Super J-Cast Discord: https://discord.gg/zWEgNK5VOW Network Discord: https://discord.gg/rGTXwXdSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/wrestling-omakase/donations
April 6, 2020
This week on Wrestling Omakase we're back on the air and ready to talk some Japanese wrestling! John starts off with a quick update on their health, as they're thankfully feeling better after a long and exhausting battle with (probably) COVID-19, which caused the show to miss a week (sorry!). They're joined by returning guest TJ of the @onewrestlingpod and formerly @w1_eng, so we start things out with a bit of a look back at Wrestle-1 after they recently wrapped up their run with the April 1st Korakuen show. John and TJ discuss the history of the promotion as well as what their legacy might look like going forward. Once that's out of the way they turn their attention to a pair of Korakuen shows: NOAH's 3/29 show with a divisive main event, and BJW's 3/21 Strong Climb show. Hear their thoughts on two very different events, one in front of fans and one in front of no one. We pack a lot into just one hour of podcasting, this week!Support Wrestling Omakase with a donation through Red Circle! All donations are split with that week's guest. We really appreciate it!Wrestling Omakase has dedicated channels on TWO Discords! Come join either one where you can chat with John and show guests and submit questions for future episodes!Super J-Cast DiscordVOW Network DiscordThis week's episode is brought to you by Roman. Go to www.getroman.com/VOW for your free online visit and free two-day shipping!Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/wrestling-omakase/donations
March 22, 2020
This week on Wrestling Omakase we talk DDT's return to running shows in front of audiences and Big Japan's 25th Anniversary Show! John is joined by returning guest Thomas (@rasslinratings) as the two talk a little about Coronavirus lockdowns (but not a lot, we promise....) and the controversial decision from virtually every promotion in Japan (save NJPW, which might be coming soon) to start running full shows in front of audiences again. We then turn our attention to two shows, one from one of the first companies to come back and one from a company that never actually stopped. First it's DDT Judgement from Korakuen Hall on 3/20, featuring a double title match main event with one that got a mixed reaction from our two hosts (one loved it, one not so much) and another that both were in stronger agreement on. Then it's Big Japan's 25th Anniversary Show from 3/16 in Yokohama, as John has a HOT TAKE to fire off about a match on this otherwise not super-interesting show. Plus, we take a brief look ahead at some other companies' upcoming comebacks: AJPW's 3/23 Korakuen and STARDOM's 3/24 Cinderella Tournament show (also from Korakuen). You probably don't have much better to do anyway, so sit back and listen to some more Japanese wrestling talk, this week!Support Wrestling Omakase with a donation through Red Circle! All donations are split with that week's guest. We really appreciate it: http://bit.ly/2o42FP6Wrestling Omakase has dedicated channels on TWO Discords! Come join either one where you can chat with John and show guests and submit questions for future episodes!Super J-Cast Discord: https://discord.gg/zWEgNK5VOW Network Discord: https://discord.gg/rGTXwXdSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/wrestling-omakase/donations
March 16, 2020
This week on Wrestling Omakase we cope with unsettling world events the only way this podcast knows how: by talking about some damn good Japanese professional wrestling. John is joined by returning guest Thomas Fischbeck (@rasslinratings) as the two of them open things up talking about the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, both in the US and Japan, and how it's affecting wrestling in both countries. They discuss some reason for cautious optimism that shuttered Japanese wrestling companies might slowly come back online soon, just as it looks like the US and other Western countries are getting ready to bunker down.Once the chat of world events is over they turn their attention to two Korakuen Hall events from promotions that never stopped running in the first place: Big Japan Pro Wrestling and ZERO1. The shows took place on 3/3 and 3/1 but didn't make tape until 3/10 and 3/12 respectively, so John and Thomas give their thoughts on these two shows full of hard-hitting action just a few days after they aired. First it's BJW filled with the first matches of the Strong Climb tournament as well as a huge tag team title match main event. We also take a brief look ahead at the upcoming BJW 3/16 show in Yokohama that's also still scheduled to take place as we record this. Then we move over to the land of ZERO1 and talk about a really great six-match show featuring old men whipping ass, big beefy battles, heel general managers (??) and much more. It's a trip through two promotions that are helping us keep a little bit of our sanity, this week!Support Wrestling Omakase with a donation through Red Circle! All donations are split with that week's guest. We really appreciate it: http://bit.ly/2o42FP6This week's show was brought to you by Roman. Go to GetRoman.com/VOW to set up your free online doctor’s visit and get two-day shipping!Wrestling Omakase has dedicated channels on TWO Discords! Come join either one where you can chat with John and show guests and submit questions for future episodes!Super J-Cast Discord: https://discord.gg/zWEgNK5VOW Network Discord: https://discord.gg/rGTXwXdSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/wrestling-omakase/donations
March 9, 2020
This week on Wrestling Omakase we're not gonna let a stupid virus get us down, it's time for empty arena madness! John is joined by first time guest Callum (@IceAgeComingSA) to talk four shows with (almost) zero fans between them, as Japan is still in the midst of their Coronavirus outbreak. After a brief discussion of where we stand there (and what might be coming soon to the US in the very near future) we get into all of these shows, starting with STARDOM's first ever live show on Youtube. Hear our thoughts on some surprise battle royale entrants, two very good tag matches, and a main event that was a bit all over the place but still came together into a great match in the end.Then we turn our attention to three shows from DDT's dojo, the 3/1 DDT show and the 3/1 & 3/8 Tokyo Joshi Pro events. What was the atmosphere like for these Dojo shows? We discuss strange debuts for much-hyped international wrestler, Owashi staring into our souls, two really fun Tokyo Joshi tournaments, green = blue in Japan, and much more! It's a packed show full of NO PEOPLE goodness, this week!Support Wrestling Omakase with a donation through Red Circle! All donations are split with that week's guest. We really appreciate it: http://bit.ly/2o42FP6Wrestling Omakase has dedicated channels on TWO Discords! Come join either one where you can chat with John and show guests and submit questions for future episodes!Super J-Cast Discord: https://discord.gg/zWEgNK5VOW Network Discord: https://discord.gg/rGTXwXdSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/wrestling-omakase/donations
March 2, 2020
This week on Wrestling Omakase it's time for our first fantasy draft of 2020 with our first historical draft ever, the 90s Puro Draft! With the Coronavirus unfortunately at least postponing the beginning of the New Japan Cup, we had to switch around this week's episode (and we still hope to bring you the originally planned NJC Pick 'Em down the line if things work out) but we've still got a really fun episode for you this week! John is joined by returning guests Gerard (@GerardDiTrolio) and Paul (@Darth_Dragon) and debuting guest Flae (@flaeblazer) for a great deal of draft fun. But before they begin their draft, the four of them break into a bit of a mini-discussion on the other breaking news out of Japan this week: the upcoming closure of the Wrestle-1 promotion. Hear their thoughts on some of the company's seven-year history, the sudden announcement of their closure and what could be (and what probably isn't) behind it, and they go over W-1's remaining schedule of shows as well. This is definitely a topic Omakase plans to revisit on future episodes so stay tuned!After that's over they begin their draft with the following simple rules: only men's wrestlers are eligible (so we can do a separate 90s Joshi Draft episode later on) and only wrestlers who appeared in at least 10 matches in Japan in the 1990s. After the order is picked all four of them each make 22 total picks, and once they've all made their picks they put together their dream supercards. In a day or two John will be posting a poll on Twitter where you can decide for yourself who put together the best 90s Puro dream supercard, so go to @wrestleomakase on Twitter and vote! It's a real fun time picking from the best of Japanese wrestling in the 90s!Support Wrestling Omakase with a donation through Red Circle! All donations are split with that week's guest. We really appreciate it: http://bit.ly/2o42FP6Make sure to check out this week's sponsors: ZipRecruiter and Roman! Go to ZipRecruiter.com/VOW to start hiring for free and GetRoman.com/VOW to set up your free online doctor's visit and get two day shipping!Wrestling Omakase has dedicated channels on TWO Discords! Come join either one where you can chat with John and show guests and submit questions for future episodes!Super J-Cast Discord: https://discord.gg/zWEgNK5VOW Network Discord: https://discord.gg/rGTXwXdSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/wrestling-omakase/donations
February 24, 2020
This week on Wrestling Omakase we talk FIVE big Korakuen shows from two different Japanese wrestling companies! John is joined by returning guest Hayley (@choerrycoloured) to discuss a very busy week of action, starting with four straight nights at Korakuen from New Japan. Hear their thoughts on the two very different retirements of Tiger Hattori and Manabu Nakanishi, four title matches, Hayley's opinion of the Tanahashi/Ibushi team in general from the perspective of a big Kota fan, the Naito-Hiromu feud and a possible burgeoning Naito-Ospreay rivalry, which unit they're very sick of, and much more! Once they're finished with all four shows from NJPW their attention turns to DDT's Into the Fight Korakuen from Sunday, featuring the crowning of a first-ever DDT Universal Champion, an awesome KO-D Openweight Title challenge for MAO, a SWORD changes hands multiple times, and more. Plus John and Hayley talk about the currently running anime series Magia Record (and the original Madoka too for good measure), debate what makes a good heel and much more. It's a packed episode of Korakuen action, this week!Support Wrestling Omakase with a donation through Red Circle! All donations are split with that week's guest. We really appreciate it: http://bit.ly/2o42FP6Wrestling Omakase has dedicated channels on TWO Discords! Come join either one where you can chat with John and show guests and submit questions for future episodes!Super J-Cast Discord: https://discord.gg/zWEgNK5VOW Network Discord: https://discord.gg/rGTXwXdSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/wrestling-omakase/donations
February 16, 2020
This week on Wrestling Omakase we talk a pair of Korakuen events from a men's and women's company, plus a whole lot more! First, John is joined by returning guests and VOW contributors Gerard Di Trolio (@GerardDiTrolio) and Paul Volsch (@Darth_Dragon) to break down All Japan Pro Wrestling's 2/11 Korakuen, featuring a somewhat controversial Kento Miyahara Triple Crown title match on top and a lot more. We take this chance to discuss the new Shuji Ishikawa booking regime more generally as well, as there's been a lot of changes already. The three also have a conversation on the Japanese wrestling scene more generally, including a lot of information on New Japan's new domestic TV deal, consolidation, the looming threat of NXT Japan and a whole lot more. They wrap this segment up with a breakdown of the Champion Carnival participants and full schedule, plus answer a number of listener questions.Then John does a solo segment for the second time in Omakase history, talking STARDOM's 2/8 Korakuen. John discusses an outstanding last three matches including an absolutely incredible Mayu Iwatani vs. Takumi Iroha main event, the new use of outsiders in STARDOM, the post-match angle with Saki Kashima and the new role for Oedo Tai (and whether their in ring work is really reflecting that so far) and much more. Plus, John answers your STARDOM questions and then finally does a brief preview of New Japan's 2/19-2/22 Korakuens as well as DDT's 2/23 Korakuen (all of which we'll be reviewing on next week's show). It's a packed episode of Omakase covering all across the Japanese wrestling spectrum, this week!Support Wrestling Omakase with a donation through Red Circle! All donations are split with that week's guest. We really appreciate it: http://bit.ly/2o42FP6Wrestling Omakase has dedicated channels on TWO Discords! Come join either one where you can chat with John and show guests and submit questions for future episodes!Super J-Cast Discord: https://discord.gg/zWEgNK5VOW Network Discord: https://discord.gg/rGTXwXdSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/wrestling-omakase/donations
February 10, 2020
This week on Wrestling Omakase it's time for our New Beginning in Osaka review! John is joined by longtime friend Bryan Quinlan (@IM_NOT_QUINLAN) to break down all the matches from New Japan's sellout Osaka Jo Hall event, as well as all the big news that broke during the show. They start at the very top of the card with what's sure to be a bit of a controversial Tetsuya Naito vs. KENTA main event, so tune in to hear their thoughts on it. They work their way down from there with thoughts on the wild Suzuki-Moxley brawl, the crazy Hiromu-Lee mile-a-minute match, a SANADA-White match that's also sure to divide people, all the undercard tags, the junior tag title match and more. They also break down the big news of NJPW's return to Madison Square Garden in August, their move to primetime television in Japan for World Pro Wrestling and more. Finally they wrap things up with a brief look ahead to NJPW's next tours as well as a look back at this past week's Korakuen Hall events. It's all things New Japan, this week!Support Wrestling Omakase with a donation through Red Circle! All donations are split with that week's guest. We really appreciate it: http://bit.ly/2o42FP6Wrestling Omakase has dedicated channels on TWO Discords! Come join either one where you can chat with John and show guests and submit questions for future episodes!Super J-Cast Discord: https://discord.gg/zWEgNK5VOW Network Discord: https://discord.gg/rGTXwXdSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/wrestling-omakase/donations
February 3, 2020
This week on Wrestling Omakase it's finally time to head back to New Japan land! John is joined by returning guests and VOW contributors Chris Samsa (TheChrisSamsa) and Thomas Fischbeck (@rasslinratings) to break down the two big New Beginning in Sapporo shows in detail, as they go match-by-match on both cards. Hear praise for a number of the undercard matches (except one in particular that gets ripped by pretty much everyone; you'll have to listen to find out which one) and then some strong opinions on the major matches of both shows: EVIL-Ishii, Shingo-Goto, ZSJ-Ospreay and Okada-Taichi. We then do a brief preview of the upcoming New Beginning shows from Korakuen Hall and Osaka and speculate on what could be coming later in the year in NJPW as well.Once that's wrapped up we turn our attention to the big story from Japanese wrestling this past week: the sale of Pro Wrestling NOAH to DDT's parent company CyberAgent. Hear us give some thoughts on why the sale might have gone down and how Japanese wrestling is consolidating with the specter of NXT Japan looming large. We then briefly discuss NOAH's latest Korakuen show (and first airing on DDT Universe) from 1/30 and look ahead to their major shows in February as well, plus as a bonus we take a look at the Big Japan Strong Climb lineup that was recently announced. It's a jam-packed episode of Japanese wrestling, this week!Support Wrestling Omakase with a donation through Red Circle! All donations are split with that week's guests. We really appreciate it: http://bit.ly/2o42FP6Wrestling Omakase has dedicated channels on TWO Discords! Come join either one where you can chat with John and show guests and submit questions for future episodes!Super J-Cast Discord: https://discord.gg/zWEgNK5VOW Network Discord: https://discord.gg/rGTXwXdSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/wrestling-omakase/donations
January 27, 2020
This week's Wrestling Omakase sees us review two very different wrestling shows from the opposite ends of the world. John is joined by returning guest and VOW contributor Jack Beckmann (@packerman120) to talk the WWE Royal Rumble and DDT's 1/26 Korakuen, Sweet Dreams. First, the Royal Rumble review touches on the entire main card, from a terrible falls count anywhere match to some very mixed (but mostly bad) title matches and, thankfully, two very good Royal Rumble matches that basically save the show. What did we think of The Brock Thing? Who were the stars of each Rumble? How did the third women's Rumble ever compare to the first two? We go through it all in great detail, from #1 to #30 of both Rumble matches as we go competitor by competitor. Once that's done we head to the land of DDT for the first time in a while, covering their 1/26 Korakuen Sweet Dreams. Hear our thoughts on some fun hair-based comedy, a really inventive mixed battle royale/ladder match, a weird decision by Daisuke Sasaki that any amount of thought quickly reveals was nonsense, a slightly disappointing match with a big guest star, and finally two really good title matches to close the show. It's two big shows from the same day on the opposite ends of the earth, this week! Support Wrestling Omakase with a donation through Red Circle! All donations are split with that week's guest. We really appreciate it: http://bit.ly/2o42FP6 Wrestling Omakase has dedicated channels on TWO Discords! Come join either one where you can chat with John and show guests and submit questions for future episodes! Super J-Cast Discord: https://discord.gg/zWEgNK5 VOW Network Discord: https://discord.gg/rGTXwXd Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/wrestling-omakase/donations
January 20, 2020
This week on Wrestling Omakase it's time to talk some Pro Wrestling NOAH! John is joined by returning guest Skylar (@Twwitterdotcom) to break down NOAH's two big shows that opened the year, the January 4th New Sunrise show that went head-to-head with night 1 of Wrestle Kingdom 14 and the January 5th Reboot show that was their New Year Dash of sorts, both from Korakuen Hall. Hear John and Skylar break down every match from both shows including an instant classic for the GHC Heavyweight Title between Kaito Kiyomiya and Go Shiozaki, a much-praised junior title win for veteran Yoshinari Ogawa, a lot of RATEL'S action, appearances from international stars Michael Elgin, El Hijo de Dr. Wagner Jr and more, and Japanese legends like Kazushi Sakuraba, Masaaki Mochizuki and Dick Togo making their presences felt as well. We also talk a bit of other wrestling as well, including Skylar's thoughts on modern New Japan/WK weekend, how John has come around on NJPW since 2018, a few AEW takes, a brief preview of next weekend's Royal Rumble extravaganza, and much more. Support Wrestling Omakase with a donation through Red Circle! All donations are split with that week's guest. We really appreciate it: http://bit.ly/2o42FP6 Wrestling Omakase has dedicated channels on TWO Discords! Come join either one where you can chat with John and show guests and submit questions for future episodes! Super J-Cast Discord: https://discord.gg/zWEgNK5 VOW Network Discord: https://discord.gg/rGTXwXd Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/wrestling-omakase/donations
January 13, 2020
This week it's time for Wrestling Omakase's third annual awards episode! The Omakase awards are open to each and every guest who appeared on the show during the calendar year, and for 2019 we received votes from 37 different people across the wrestling spectrum. Here to share their picks with John are six returning guests: Kelly Harrass ( https://twitter.com/comicgeekelly ) , Thomas Fischbeck ( https://twitter.com/rasslinratings ) , TJ ( https://twitter.com/aspir_ ) , Mongo ( https://twitter.com/mongo_ebooks ) , Jeff ( https://twitter.com/Smash_Ika ) and Suit Williams ( https://twitter.com/SuitWilliams ) ! We all go through our picks and then give the overall winners in the following categories (in their order of discussion on the show): Worst Weekly TV Show, Worst Major Show, Worst Promotion, Worst Feud, Worst Match of the Year, Best Weekly TV Show, Best Major Show, Best Promotion, Best Feud, Most Outstanding Wrestler, Best Tag Team, Match of the Year and finally Wrestler of the Year. As an aside, we made a concerted effort to get through the Worst categories very quickly this year, so the vast majority of the episode runtime is dedicated toward discussing our favorites of 2019. And don't forget to check out the full list of Top 10s in every award going up on Voices of Wrestling a day or two after this episode. Support Wrestling Omakase with a donation through Red Circle! ( http://bit.ly/2o42FP6 ) All donations are split with that week's guests. We really appreciate it! Wrestling Omakase has dedicated channels on TWO Discords! Come join either one where you can chat with John and show guests and submit questions for future episodes! Super J-Cast Discord ( https://discord.gg/zWEgNK5 ) VOW Network Discord ( https://discord.gg/rGTXwXd ) Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/wrestling-omakase/donations
January 5, 2020
Wrestling Omakase kicks off 2020 with full coverage of both nights of NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 14! To celebrate this historic two-night event we went live on Youtube with instant reaction streams right after both nights went off the air, so this week's episode is a combination of both those streams. For the first night John is joined by VOW contributors Chris Samsa (@TheChrisSamsa), Tyler Forness (@CCSTheRealForno) and Paul Volsch (@Darth_Dragon) and for the second night John is joined by Chris and Tyler again as well as Gerard Di Trolio (@GerardDiTrolio). Hear their thoughts immediately after each night went off the air, as well as some interactions with fans listening live and more. What were their favorite matches of a stacked weekend? How did John react to finally seeing Tetsuya Naito's big moment after all these years? And much more! Relive the journey of the two nights as we react in real time to each one! Please note that since this was recorded in an unusual way compared to every other Omakase episode that the audio is a little different; John did their best to fix it in post-production but they still sound a little lower than everyone else and the two parts sound a little different as well. We appreciate your patience and understanding, and think you'll still find this to be a really fun episode. We'll be back to our normal recording method next week. Support Wrestling Omakase with a donation through Red Circle! All donations are split with that week's guest. We really appreciate it: http://bit.ly/2o42FP6 Wrestling Omakase has dedicated channels on TWO Discords! Come join either one where you can chat with John and show guests and submit questions for future episodes! Super J-Cast Discord: https://discord.gg/zWEgNK5 VOW Network Discord: https://discord.gg/rGTXwXd Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/wrestling-omakase/donations
December 28, 2019
This week Wrestling Omakase's third annual Year in Review series reaches its conclusion! Each week we recapped the 2019 of a specific promotion, promotions, or type of wrestling, covering all their major shows and moments and giving our picks for the major award categories. It's a great way for you to catch up with wrestling you may have missed this year and identify matches you may want to watch or rewatch before doing your end of the year awards voting! We've reached the end of another Year in Review journey, and once again we've left one of the biggest promotions for last: New Japan Pro Wrestling. Hear to help John break down NJPW's very eventful 2019 is a real all star team of VOW podcasters: from the flagship (@voiceswrestling) it's Joe Lanza, and from our NJPW-centric podcast the Super J-Cast (@thesuperjcast) it's Joel Abraham (@joeljabraham) and Damon McDonald! John, Joe, Joel and Damon begin the episode by touching upon the recent video dropped by Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks on their acrimonious departure from NJPW before transitioning into the more macro topics of how the Elite's departure affected New Japan, whether they liked 2019 or 2018 better, and how most of NJPW's best stuff this year all came in the major tournaments. Then they begin a thorough month-by-month recap of NJPW's 2019, starting right from the top at Wrestle Kingdom 13 and going all the way through Road to the Tokyo Dome. What parts of the year stood out more than others for the crew? What matches may have you forgotten that are worth a second look? We discuss the rise of Jay White as a top heel, the simultaneous pushes to the forefront of Will Ospreay and Shingo Takagi, Tetsuya Naito & Kota Ibushi vs. The Safety Nerds, Taichi proving the haters and the losers wrong, and much much more! Finally we wrap things up with a quick edition of our NJPW 2019 awards. It's a packed three hours plus of talk on NJPW's year, this week! Support Wrestling Omakase with a donation through Red Circle! All donations are split with that week's guests. We really appreciate it: http://bit.ly/2o42FP6 Wrestling Omakase has dedicated channels on TWO Discords! Come join either one where you can chat with John and show guests and submit questions for future episodes! Super J-Cast Discord: https://discord.gg/zWEgNK5 VOW Network Discord: https://discord.gg/rGTXwXd Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/wrestling-omakase/donations
December 22, 2019
This week Wrestling Omakase's third annual Year in Review series continues! Each week from now until the end of the year we will recap the 2019 of a specific promotion, promotions, or type of wrestling, covering all their major shows and moments and giving our picks for the major award categories. It's a great way for you to catch up with wrestling you may have missed this year and identify matches you may want to watch or rewatch before doing your end of the year awards voting! We've almost reached the end of another Year in Review series. In our penultimate episode, John is joined by returning guests and VOW contributors Thomas Fischbeck (@rasslinratings) & Paul Volsch (@Darth_Dragon) to talk a great deal of the Japanese wrestling scene. Basically we're covering all the major men's puro companies other than NJPW & DDT today, and we start with a long look at the year of All Japan Pro Wrestling. Even though business stagnated a bit, how much is the booking to blame? And was the wrestling still among the best in the world? We then turn our attention to a promotion that's received a great deal of hype this year in Pro Wrestling NOAH, as we discuss that hype vs. the reality and also some of the positive business signs for the company. We then take a look at the always-perplexing world of Big Japan Pro Wrestling, talking how their year went in some wacky directions and discussing their big shows and tournaments. Then we take quicker looks at Dragon Gate, Wrestle-1 and ZERO1. Along the way we preview all the major early January shows for all these promotions, and then end up just playing a "Wrestle Kingdom Week: Path of Greatness" game where we map out what shows we would go to if we were going to Japan that week. If you happen to be going for the first time we also discuss the geography of various venues, in case you're wondering how quick it will be to travel between them. Then we pick our awards winners for all of these promotions in the usual categories, including a strong Match of the Year list and more. Finally we wrap things up with your questions on all sorts of different topics. It's a fun trip through a ton of different puro companies, this week! You can take a look at Thomas' doc for all the announced shows and matches for Wrestle Kingdom week here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-zlTqyAkdhA_JnVIKHP8Ahv-uuWKrcJln7sXhS9ys_k/edit?usp=sharing. Support Wrestling Omakase with a donation through Red Circle! All donations are split with that week's guest. We really appreciate it: http://bit.ly/2o42FP6 Wrestling Omakase has dedicated channels on TWO Discords! Come join either one where you can chat with John and show guests and submit questions for future episodes! Super J-Cast Discord: https://discord.gg/zWEgNK5 VOW Network Discord: https://discord.gg/rGTXwXd Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/wrestling-omakase/donations
December 16, 2019
This week Wrestling Omakase's third annual Year in Review series continues! Each week from now until the end of the year we will recap the 2019 of a specific promotion, promotions, or type of wrestling, covering all their major shows and moments and giving our picks for the major award categories. It's a great way for you to catch up with wrestling you may have missed this year and identify matches you may want to watch or rewatch before doing your end of the year awards voting! AEW and ROH are two American wrestling companies that had very different 2019s, and we discuss them both on this episode of Omakase. John is joined by returning guest and VOW contributor Sean Sedor ( @SASedor2994 ( http://www.twitter.com/@SASedor2994 ) ) and Nate ( @epitasis ( http://www.twitter.com/@epitasis ) ) of Everything Elite ( @EverythingAEW ( http://www.twitter.com/@EverythingAEW ) ) as we start out with some talk about Nate's upcoming trip to Japan and thus some NJPW talk, including who is walking out of Wrestle Kingdom with both belts. We then talk Ring of Honor's incredible decline. Was there anything they could have done to prevent their fall? Just how bad has it gotten in the back half of the year? We then move over to discussing the first calendar year in existence for All Elite Wrestling, as we break down how things are looking for them as they exit their proverbial honeymoon period. We talk some of the big mistakes they made in terms of perhaps trying to promise to be all things to all people, and why some types of fans may have turned on them recently. But of course we also talk some of our favorite matches, moments and Dynamite episodes so far. Finally we wrap things up with our award winners and another spirited mailbag. Support Wrestling Omakase with a donation through Red Circle! All donations are split with that week's guests. We really appreciate it: http://bit.ly/2o42FP6 Wrestling Omakase has dedicated channels on TWO Discords! Come join either one where you can chat with John and show guests and submit questions for future episodes! Super J-Cast Discord: https://discord.gg/zWEgNK5 VOW Network Discord: https://discord.gg/rGTXwXd Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/wrestling-omakase/donations
December 8, 2019
This week Wrestling Omakase's third annual Year in Review series continues! Each week from now until the end of the year we will recap the 2019 of a specific promotion, promotions, or type of wrestling, covering all their major shows and moments and giving our picks for the major award categories. It's a great way for you to catch up with wrestling you may have missed this year and identify matches you may want to watch or rewatch before doing your end of the year awards voting! What an eventful year it was for joshi pro wrestling in 2019. You really had it all: major purchases, WWE poking around trying to get NXT Japan started, the most exposure they've gotten in the west in years, and of course just flat out awesome shows and matches put on by outstanding promotions. Here to help me break it all down are Luke (@oystersearrings) from @apricotpod and VOW contributor Taylor (@tamaimbo), as the three of us discuss everything from macro topics like the future of joshi in an increasingly corporate-dominated scene to individual shows, matches and wrestlers. The promotions we cover, in order, are: STARDOM, Tokyo Joshi, Sendai Girls, SEAdLINNNG, Gatoh Move, Marvelous, Ice Ribbon, Actwres girl'Z, OZ Academy, WAVE, PURE-J, YMZ and Diana (well, we lament that they never make tape at least). Of course, some companies get much more attention than others, but the sheer number of promotions we were able to cover in some form or fashion truly makes this an amazing episode. Once we finish going company-by-company we head into our joshi awards, including a detailed look at our Top 10 MOTY lists for all of joshi pro wrestling that's one of the highlights of the episode. Finally, we wrap things up with a gigantic mailbag. It's a huge and packed episode of Omakase covering all things Japanese women's wrestling, this week! Support Wrestling Omakase with a donation through Red Circle! All donations are split with that week's guest. We really appreciate it: http://bit.ly/2o42FP6 Wrestling Omakase has dedicated channels on TWO Discords! Come join either one where you can chat with John and show guests and submit questions for future episodes! Super J-Cast Discord: https://discord.gg/zWEgNK5 VOW Network Discord: https://discord.gg/rGTXwXd Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/wrestling-omakase/donations
December 1, 2019
This week Wrestling Omakase's third annual Year in Review series continues! Each week from now until the end of the year we will recap the 2019 of a specific promotion, promotions, or type of wrestling, covering all their major shows and moments and giving our picks for the major award categories. It's a great way for you to catch up with wrestling you may have missed this year and identify matches you may want to watch or rewatch before doing your end of the year awards voting! Oh boy folks. Strap in for this one. John is joined by returning guests Garrett Kidney (@garrettkidney) and Kelly Harrass (@comicgeekelly) to review, yes, World Wrestling Entertainment's 2019. John wasn't sure if they even wanted to do this episode again this year but felt like they owed it to Garrett and Kelly, who reviewed all these terrible PPVs over the past few years for the VOW website and finally were done in by Hell in a Cell. So the three of us recap all the WWE PPV shows of the year, trying to find some diamonds in the rough along the way. We also talk a lot of the more macro topics of the year, including: WWE's terrible, awful, horseshit crowds; Kofi Kingston's big moment and the title reign that followed; Brock Lesnar's continued omnipotence; Seth Rollins the Geek; the very meta attempt at rehabilitating Roman Reigns and why it might actually work; MURDER MYSTERIES; and much more. Then we try to look through the smoldering wreckage of this year and pick out our award winners, plus answer a huge mailbag. It's all WWE, all the time, this week! Support Wrestling Omakase with a donation through Red Circle! All donations are split with that week's guest. We really appreciate it: http://bit.ly/2o42FP6 Wrestling Omakase now has dedicated channels on TWO Discords! Come join either one where you can chat with John and show guests and submit questions for future episodes! Super J-Cast Discord: https://discord.gg/zWEgNK5 VOW Network Discord: https://discord.gg/rGTXwXd Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/wrestling-omakase/donations
November 25, 2019
Welcome to Wrestling Omakase's third annual Year in Review series! Each week from now until the end of the year we will recap the 2019 of a specific promotion, promotions, or type of wrestling, covering all their major shows and moments and giving our picks for the major award categories. It's a great way for you to catch up with wrestling you may have missed this year and identify matches you may want to watch or rewatch before doing your end of the year awards voting! We kick things off this week with our DDT Year in Review 2019! John is joined by returning guest Jamie ( @JamieOD ( https://twitter.com/JamieOD ) ) of the Dramatic DDT blog ( @DramaticDDT ( http://twitter.com/DramaticDDT ) ), who brings nearly a decade of experience covering all things Dramatic Dream Team to the table! John and Jamie go through all the major DDT shows of the year, including the Korakuens and major events, plus identify a few matches worth watching on some lesser-known shows as well. How did DDT's 2019 compare to last year? Who were the standouts and how are the young talent on the undercards progressing? Once we finish recapping 2019, including right up through November 24th's latest Korakuen Hall show, we look ahead to the upcoming D-Ou league (DDT's equivalent of the G1) which starts in just a few short days. We run down all the participants and cards and give some guesses at who might come out on top. We also briefly discuss the annual New Year's Eve tag shuffle tournament with BJW, going over the teams for that as well. Then we give our awards picks for DDT's 2019, and at least one name on both of our Wrestler of the Year lists may surprise you. Finally we wrap things up by answering all of your mailbag questions on a ton of different DDT-related subjects. It's all things DDT all the time, this week! Support Wrestling Omakase with a donation through Red Circle! ( http://bit.ly/2o42FP6 ) All donations are split with that week's guest. We really appreciate it! Wrestling Omakase now has dedicated channels on TWO Discords! Come join either one where you can chat with John and show guests and submit questions for future episodes! Super J-Cast Discord ( https://discord.gg/zWEgNK5 ) VOW Network Discord ( https://discord.gg/rGTXwXd ) Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/wrestling-omakase/donations
November 13, 2019
This week on Wrestling Omakase it's our final "normal" show of the year before our Year in Review series gets kicked off, and we go out with a bang talking four big shows! John is joined by returning guests Taylor ( @tamaimbo ( twitter.com/@tamaimbo ) ) and Aaron Bentley ( @aaronlikethecar ( twitter.com/@aaronlikethecar ) ) of Everything Elite ( @EverythingAEW ( twitter.com/@EverythingAEW ) ), here to plug his new Patreon to that VAST Omakase audience ( http://patreon.com/everythingelite ). We're here to talk four shows from four very different promotions, starting with the AEW Full Gear PPV from this past weekend. Hear some very different thoughts on AEW's third PPV event, as we cover all the matches from top to bottom, and also talk more macro opinions on the company so far. Once we're done with that American stuff we thankfully turn our attention to Japan, beginning with NOAH's big 11/2 Sumo Hall show. There's again some varied opinions on some of the matches here, including but not limited to the big Kiyamiya-Kenoh main event. But we all loved 'OL IRON HEAD and AXIZ, don't worry. Then we head over to the world of joshi for SEAdLINNNG's 11/2 Kawasaki show, including the much-hyped Arisa Nakajima vs. Nanae Takahashi Hair vs. Hair match. Does it live up to those lofty expectations? Finally, we wrap things up with a quick trip through STARDOM and their 11/4 Korakuen Hall show, including again some varied opinions on Bea Priestley, Arisa Hoshiki and more. Everyone loves Big Saya, though, thankfully. A fun trip through four very different wrestling promotions, this week! Support Wrestling Omakase with a donation through Red Circle! All donations are split with that week's guest. We really appreciate it: http://bit.ly/2o42FP6 Wrestling Omakase now has dedicated channels on TWO Discords! Come join either one where you can chat with John and show guests and submit questions for future episodes! Super J-Cast Discord: https://discord.gg/zWEgNK5 VOW Network Discord: https://discord.gg/rGTXwXd Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/wrestling-omakase/donations
November 7, 2019
This week on Wrestling Omakase it's time to talk three gigantic Japanese wrestling shows! John is joined by returning guests Taylor ( @tamaimbo ( twitter.com/@tamaimbo ) ), Thomas ( @rasslinratings ( twitter.com/@rasslinratings ) ) and Jack ( @packerman120 ( twitter.com/@packerman120 ) ) to break down all the shows from this past weekend. We start with New Japan's Power Struggle show from Osaka, as we talk all the major matches and angles on the last major show before Wrestle Kingdom. We discuss a somewhat controversial final segment setting up the double title match, Hiromu Takahashi's incredible return, BUSHI and Will Ospreay putting on a banger, the finals of the Super Junior Tag League, another awesome Naito-Taichi match and more! We wrap up New Japan talk with a quick look ahead to their next US show in San Jose as well as the new matches booked for both nights at the Tokyo Dome. Then we head over to the Dramatic Dream Team for a long review of their gigantic Ultimate Party show from Sumo Hall! We talk all fourteen (!) matches from an incredible card, including a great Ironman Heavymetalweight battle royale, some very cool undercard sprints, the Tokyo Joshi girls stealing the show, ANTONIO HONDA SILENCING THE HATERS (and that Kenny Omega guy actually looking alive again), HARASHIMA rising up for olds everywhere and much more. Finally we wrap things up with a shorter review of BJW Ryogokutan, a more mixed bag of a show that still featured a ***** match (in two of our opinions)! Hear about the many ups and downs of the final Sumo Hall show of the weekend! A packed show full of puro goodness, this week! Support Wrestling Omakase with a donation through Red Circle! All donations are split with that week's guest. We really appreciate it: http://bit.ly/2o42FP6 Wrestling Omakase now has dedicated channels on TWO Discords! Come join either one where you can chat with John and show guests and submit questions for future episodes! Super J-Cast Discord: https://discord.gg/zWEgNK5 VOW Network Discord: https://discord.gg/rGTXwXd Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/wrestling-omakase/donations
October 28, 2019
This week on Wrestling Omakase it's our full preview of the upcoming Mega Puro Weekend! John is joined by returning guests Taylor (@tamaimbo) and ex-Burning Spirits co-host Kevin Hare (@stan__hansen) to preview four huge shows from Japan. Before they get into the shows there's a bit of Japanese travel chat as Kevin will actually be heading overseas for the first time to attend the three events at Sumo Hall, so we discuss his trip as well as give some thoughts and memories from John and Taylor's previous journeys as well. Before diving into the shows John also announces the results from last week's 2019 Omakase Fantasy Draft, and we discuss possible goals for the different companies when it comes to drawing fans and what the attendances might end up looking like in the end. Then we get going with the previews, starting first with Pro Wrestling NOAH's Sumo Hall show on 11/2. Hear our full thoughts on what we think of Kiyamiya-Kenoh as a main event, some wacky names on the undercard, whether or not AXIZ should be considered Tag Team of the Year contenders and more! Then we discuss the announced matches for NJPW's 11/3 Osaka show, Power Struggle. What do we think of the Okada-Ibushi build so far and where does the tag match on this show fit in? How about Naito-Taichi, Ishii-KENTA and White-Goto? Then we head to DDT, first with a quick rundown of their 10/27 go home show from Korakuen Hall including a couple great matches and a whole lot of build up. Then we break down the entire 11/3 Ultimate Party card in detail, including all fourteen (yes, really!) matches! What do we think of Kenny Omega's usage on the show and where could we see him going from here in DDT? Finally we wrap things up with a quick preview of Big Japan's Ryogokutan show on 11/4, the last of the three Sumo Hall shows, including sounding the alarm bells for NXT Japan. A fun preview episode of some major upcoming puroresu, this week! Support Wrestling Omakase with a donation through Red Circle! All donations are split with that week's guest. We really appreciate it: http://bit.ly/2o42FP6 Wrestling Omakase now has dedicated channels on TWO Discords! Come join either one where you can chat with John and show guests and submit questions for future episodes! Super J-Cast Discord: https://discord.gg/zWEgNK5 VOW Network Discord: https://discord.gg/rGTXwXd Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/wrestling-omakase/donations
October 21, 2019
This week on Wrestling Omakase it's our 2019 Worldwide Fantasy Draft! That's right, our fantasy draft is back but this year for one episode only, as we bring you our first-ever FIVE-WAY worldwide draft! Any wrestler in the world, for any promotion, who has wrestled since the start of September 2019 is eligible to be drafted, which gives all our participants a lot to work with! John is joined by two guests from Voices of Wrestling, Music of the Mat host Andrew Rich (@AndrewTRich) and contributor Jack Beckmann (@packerman120). In addition, for the first time we took volunteers from our two Discord channels, with one participant chosen at random from everyone who volunteered in each channel. Joining us from the SJC discord is Jeff (@Ika_LIJ) and from the VOW discord is Craig (@GothTiger). All five of us pick 25 wrestlers each and then arrange them into our dream card, and once you finish listening it's up to you to pick who put together your favorite card! See below for the link to vote, and we hope you enjoy this week's episode! Who had the best card? Vote for the winner! You have until Saturday night 10/26: http://www.strawpoll.me/18820715 For reference here are the full cards from all five shows. Make sure you listen to the episode first or else you'll get spoiled: https://docs.google.com/document/d/12eps6cHQKzfurqJ56mz_2oA5ZpvqikWEEX24x7jVN8I/edit?usp=sharing Support Wrestling Omakase with a donation through Red Circle! All donations are split with that week's guests. We really appreciate it: http://bit.ly/2o42FP6 Wrestling Omakase now has dedicated channels on TWO Discords! Come join either one where you can chat with John and show guests and submit questions for future episodes! Super J-Cast Discord: https://discord.gg/zWEgNK5 VOW Network Discord: https://discord.gg/rGTXwXd Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/wrestling-omakase/donations
October 14, 2019
This week on Wrestling Omakase it's time for King of Pro Wrestling! John is joined by first time guest Hayley (@choerrycoloured) to help break down NJPW's biggest show of the fall. But before we get into KOPW Hayley talks about how she got into wrestling in general and NJPW specifically (which coincidentally involves John and they had no idea) and there's also some more #animetalk on everything from Love Live to some recommendations for the new fall season and more. Once they get into the show they start right at the top of the card with lots of thoughts on Okada-SANADA and Ibushi-EVIL and how the whole double title/double dome thing is or isn't shaping up so far. Hayley as a huge Kota fan has some thoughts on whether or not his G1 win feels a bit overshadowed at this point as well. The rest of the card is covered in reverse order too including the makeshift US Title match, thoughts on the junior title battle that are sure to be controversial with some, the Liger-Suzuki showdown and much more. After going into KOPW in great detail and briefly looking ahead to the Super Junior Tag League, John and Hayley wrap up the show with a brief overview of the first two weeks of AEW Dynamite, including what's working for them so far and what isn't and what they would like to see change in the future. It's a fun show with a brand new guest, this week! Support Wrestling Omakase with a donation through Red Circle! All donations are split with that week's guest. We really appreciate it: http://bit.ly/2o42FP6 Wrestling Omakase now has dedicated channels on TWO Discords! Come join either one where you can chat with John and show guests and submit questions for future episodes! Super J-Cast Discord: https://discord.gg/zWEgNK5 VOW Network Discord: https://discord.gg/rGTXwXd Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/wrestling-omakase/donations
October 5, 2019
This week on Wrestling Omakase it's once again time for Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame talk! John is joined by the CAPTAIN Rich Kraetsch of the Voices of Wrestling flagship (@voiceswrestling) to once again break down every candidate in the Modern US/Canada and Japan categories. It's quite the dichotomy, as first we try our best to make a case for any one of a historically weak batch of US candidates including Bill Goldberg, CM Punk, Edge, Randy Orton, Sgt. Slaughter and more. Then we dive into a ridiculously deep slate of candidates from Japan including the "NJPW Modern 4" of Kenny Omega, Kota Ibushi, Tetsuya Naito and Tomohiro Ishii, modern legends like Jun Akiyama and Meiko Satomura, and other interesting historical candidates like Akira Taue and Hayabusa. Then we talk about a few of the non-wrestling candidates like Gedo, Stephanie McMahon and Ted Turner. Finally we wrap things up with a really packed mailbag featuring questions on WRESTLERS AS POKEMON, the last time we really enjoyed WWE, who Naito should face on 1/5, and of course a ton of questions on the Hall of Fame as well. It's an absolutely jam packed edition of Omakase looking at the Observer Hall of Fame, this week! Support Wrestling Omakase with a donation through Red Circle! All donations are split with that week's guest. We really appreciate it: http://bit.ly/2o42FP6 Wrestling Omakase now has dedicated channels on TWO Discords! Come join either one where you can chat with John and show guests and submit questions for future episodes! Super J-Cast Discord: https://discord.gg/zWEgNK5 VOW Network Discord: https://discord.gg/rGTXwXd Support this podcast at — https://app.redcircle.com/shows/89701c36-312e-4ab1-b159-fd2aa057df63/donations
October 1, 2019
This week on Wrestling Omakase we talk two New Japan US shows that we attended live, plus chat some DDT! First John is joined by returning guest Bryan Quinlan ( @IM_NOT_QUINLAN ( twitter.com/@IM_NOT_QUINLAN ) ) to talk NJPW's Fighting Spirit Unleashed shows from NYC & Philly. Hear us discuss 90 minute ambulance delays, unruly fans, much nicer fans, who was over and what the crowd reactions were like in general compared to past US shows (including the ROH/NJPW shows in some of the same buildings), and of course break down all the matches across both events. After those two reviews and a brief preview of the following week's Korakuen and King of Pro Wrestling, the two dive into a big mailbag featuring lots of questions on what kind of shows NJPW should run in the US, how the cards compared to past events here, yet more Naito at the Tokyo Dome questions and much more. After we wish Quinlan farewell for the week John gives the first solo review on Omakase, as they talk DDT's Who's Gonna TOP? 2019 Korakuen. John breaks down the entire card including two ****+ matches and one that was close, as this was a very good show. Plus, John talks about the announcement of the D-Oh competitors and runs down the card for the upcoming ULTIMATE PARTY show from Sumo Hall. A fun time talking New Japan and DDT, this week! Support Wrestling Omakase with a donation through Red Circle! All donations are split with that week's guest and we really appreciate it: http://bit.ly/2o42FP6 Come join the Super J-Cast Discord, which now features a dedicated Wrestling Omakase channel to chat with John and other show guests and submit questions: https://t.co/ce3q9Bad85?amp=1 Support this podcast at — https://app.redcircle.com/shows/89701c36-312e-4ab1-b159-fd2aa057df63/donations
September 25, 2019
This week on Wrestling Omakase we look at the end of a tour and two tournaments. John is joined by returning guest TJ (@aspir_) as they start by discussing their upcoming weekend, including two meet-ups ahead of NJPW FSU (NYC 3 pm at Pioneers Bar, Philly noon at Toll Man Joes!) and also a little bit of #animetalk. Once they actually get to the wrestling they start with New Japan, as John and TJ talk all about the Destruction in Kobe event. A lot of time is spent on the Naito-White main event as John breaks down all the reasons why they loved it, plus offers some takes on Naito's booking and some Naito fans that you may find a little surprising from them. Then the two of them break down the rest of the show, including an awesome Shingo-Goto match and the end of the Young Lions Cup. They wrap up the New Japan talk by looking ahead at the Fighting Spirit Unleashed cards plus King of Pro Wrestling and speculate about Power Struggle and the Dome. After NJPW they turn their attention to All Japan, as the two of them wrap up the Oudou Tournament that we started covering last week. We talk all four second round matches, two of which we both really loved, and then the semifinals and finals (which we disagree a bit on). Plus we discuss whether or not Jake Lee can still be saved and more. Then our last promotion discussed is STARDOM where we break down the finals of the 5STAR Tournament, Hana Kimura's last few matches in general, and TJ offers some recommendations for the rest of the tournament if you're way behind (like John was!). Finally, we tackle a big mailbag this week featuring lots of questions on all 3 companies, including: who will the next THREE World of STARDOM champions be? Who should beat Miyahara and when? What's the best inanimate object in STARDOM? Is there a ceiling for how good a Young Lion match can be? And much more! Support this podcast at — https://app.redcircle.com/shows/89701c36-312e-4ab1-b159-fd2aa057df63/donations
September 18, 2019
This week on Wrestling Omakase it's all about Japan's two oldest promotions! John is joined by returning guest and VOW contributor Gerard Di Trolio ( @GerardDiTrolio ( twitter.com/@GerardDiTrolio ) ) to discuss two shows from NJPW and the opening round of AJPW's annual Oudou Tournament. First we discuss New Japan's Destruction in Beppu, a not very good show that at least is nice enough to have an awesome main event. Then we talk Destruction in Kagoshima, a much better effort all around and featuring KENTA vs. Kota Ibushi, a match we're both stunned has turned out to be as divisive as it is. Finally we wrap up the NJPW talk with a look ahead at next week's Destruction in Kobe as well as possible match ideas for the US Fighting Spirit Unleashed tour. Then it's on to All Japan to discuss the first eight matches in the single elimination Oudou Tournament, and here John and Gerard actually disagree quite a bit on what the best match of the opening round was. We then look ahead at the rest of the tournament as well as the final two tours for AJPW this year. Plus we answer some questions on missing NJPW wrestlers, why Japanese wrestlers go to the fed, whether the heavyweight/junior divide will ever vanish in NJPW and if that would be a good thing, whether or not the Naito-White feud is really horny (spoiler: yes), and John presents their Theory of Why Sailor Mercury is Actually Bad, and much more! Support this podcast at — https://app.redcircle.com/shows/89701c36-312e-4ab1-b159-fd2aa057df63/donations
September 8, 2019
This week on Wrestling Omakase we're joined by returning guest and VOW contributor Thomas Fischbeck (@rasslingratings) for a trip around Japanese wrestling! It starts with a deep dive into All Japan based around their 9/3 Summer Explosion Korakuen show, though we also talk at length about their booking at the moment, Kento Miyahara's title reign, why we'd like to see more cooperation between AJPW and the other puro companies and whether things feel stagnant right now. But there's also much praise for two outstanding main events as well as a couple surprisingly good undercard matches. We wrap up the AJPW segment with a look ahead to the upcoming Oudou Tournament, going over all the first round matches and who are picks are to ultimately win the entire thing. Then we turn to NJPW to talk the Road to Destruction tour, with our main focus being the Young Lions Cup, as we discuss all eight YLC matches so far. We don't do full match breakdowns for the three Korakuens but we do talk some of the major angles and feuds so far including a weirdly horny Naito-White IC feud, Ishii/YH-GOD, and more. And we do brief breakdowns of the three Korakuen main events as well as a couple other recommended matches from the shows. Then we turn our attention to the rest of the Destruction tour, specifically previewing the big matches from the Beppu, Kagoshima and Kobe shows over the next few weeks. We also give an early look at the King of Pro Wrestling card, speculate on what one of the key matches for the US Fighting Spirit Unleashed tour could be, and even give some fantasy booking for what might happen with the IC and US titles between now and Wrestle Kingdom. Our last segments takes us to the land of Tokyo Joshi and DDT, as we talk two shows both from September 1st in Osaka. The TJPW review is full of praise for what was a really fun show up and down the card, including an amazing six-person tag with Yuka Sakazaki giving an arm wringer to a mop that John gave four stars, and another great Su Yung match. The DDT review on the other hand is of possibly our least favorite big DDT show in ages, with a lot of stuff on the card that disappointed. Once that's done we look ahead to TJPW's upcoming weekend back in Tokyo and DDT's next Korakuen show at the end of the month. Finally we wrap things up with a short but spirited mailbag, including an insane question asking two people who do not watch WWE to name all 18 (!) current WWE champions. You'll have to listen to hear how we did! A really fun show! Support this podcast at — https://app.redcircle.com/shows/89701c36-312e-4ab1-b159-fd2aa057df63/donations
September 1, 2019
This week on Wrestling Omakase we hit a double dose of action from across the Atlantic! John is joined by returning guest Quinlan to talk two big shows from the same day, starting with NJPW Royal Quest live from London. Hear their thoughts on a rocky live stream experience from FIVE TV marring what seemed like a good undercard, another pretty whatever IWGP Tag Team Title match, a NEVER title match that was going great until it suddenly wasn't, and finally two awesome main events that really saved the show. Once that's out of the way they turn their attention to AEW's second PPV and fourth show overall, All Out from Chicago. They run down the entire nearly 5-hour show including a women's casino battle royale that was much better than the first, a tag match that reminded them why they don't really like a lot of US indies, a fun main card opener, Omega-PAC which they (perhaps unsurprisingly) had very different viewpoints on, an absolute car crash of a 3-way, The Dark Order still not working out super well, a good joshi match that had to fight a dead crowd, Cody-Spears with a surprising finish, another Young Bucks ladder match where it looked like people were going to die, and finally a surprisingly great main event with the JUDAS IN MY MIND. A fun show talking two big wrestling cards, this week! Support this podcast at — https://app.redcircle.com/shows/89701c36-312e-4ab1-b159-fd2aa057df63/sponsor
August 26, 2019
DG, DDT, Tokyo Joshi and STARDOM! We talk five shows from four varied Japanese promotions, men's and women's! Support this podcast at — https://app.redcircle.com/shows/89701c36-312e-4ab1-b159-fd2aa057df63/sponsor
August 14, 2019
We wrap up the 2019 G1 Climax with a fiery defense of Naito fandom and much more!
August 4, 2019
Seven nights of G1 Climax action are covered in our big catch-up episode!
July 21, 2019
We talk four great nights of the G1 Climax as well as perhaps the 2019 show of the year from DDT and more!
July 15, 2019
It's a packed and varied episode of Omakase as we talk two more nights of the G1, AEW's third event and ROH's ongoing attendance woes.
July 7, 2019
We're live from Dallas for the G1 Climax 29 opener! Hear our thoughts on the entire card from a live perspective.
July 1, 2019
It's the 2019 Mid-Year Awards, as John is joined by five guests to break down the best and worst of 2019 at the halfway mark!
June 20, 2019
Fresh off our latest trip overseas it's an episode so big we had to split it in two. In Part 2 we cover the second half of our latest trip and tackle a huge mailbag.
June 20, 2019
Fresh off our latest trip overseas it's an episode so big we had to split it in two. In Part 1, we talk all about how to travel to Japan to watch pro wrestling!
June 5, 2019
Omakase's one hundredth episode sees John and an all star panel break down the BOSJ Finals and more live from Tokyo! Hear their thoughts just minutes after attending the show live!
May 26, 2019
John and returning guest Quinlan break down the AEW Double or Nothing PPV and Nights 7 through 10 of NJPW's BOSJ!
May 20, 2019
This week on Wrestling Omakase John is joined by returning guest Aaron Bentley (https://twitter.com/aaronlikethecar) from VOW podcast Everything Elite (https://twitter.com/EverythingAEW) to talk an eclectic mix of topics! We start things out with some general talk on AEW and how both NJPW and ROH have dealt with the aftermath of the Elite leaving before turning our attention to STARDOM's 5/16 Korakuen Hall show. As a gigantic Momo Watanabe fan there's no one better suited to help us eulogize her amazing Wonder of STARDOM title reign, so we talk both her latest match with Arisa Hoshiki as well as her reign in general. We also talk some of the undercard matches and promising young talent in STARDOM as well. Then we talk New Japan, namely the first six nights of the Best of the Super Juniors, with praise for some wrestlers and some vitiriol for others. Finally we wrap things up with AEW talking the future of the promotion in general and a quick preview of the Double or Nothing card, as well as thoughts on the big story from the past week, PAC-GATE. All this plus your mailbag questions on all of these topics and also Tokyo Joshi Pro and more, this week!
May 13, 2019
This week on Wrestling Omakase John welcomes back longtime guest Jesse (https://twitter.com/K0jiii) for her first apperance of 2019! We catch up a little at the start including talking the big KO-D Openweight Title win of Tetsuya Endo from DDT's US show last month before turning our attention toward King of DDT. John and Jesse break down all seven first round matches, the special Loser Resurrection battle royale, and the four second round matches. Once we're down recapping the first two rounds we turn our attention to DDT's big upcoming schedule, including the semis and finals of King of DDT next week, a very unique Osaka card to celebrate Referee Matsui's 25th anniversary in wrestling, and finally the major matches from next month's Wrestle Matsuyamania show in Ehime. Then we turn our attention to Big Japan's major 5/5 show, Endless Survivor, breaking down all nine matches from the card. We discuss a lack of deathmatches on the card and some possible explanations, another new young lion and the recent influx of young talent in Japan in general, an awesome All Asia tag title match, a disappointing Okabayashi vs. Sekimoto strong title match, and a strong main event with Isami Kodaka's triumph. Finally we wrap things up with a brief mailbag including your questions on future BJW challengers and more. It's all things DDT and BJW, this week!
May 5, 2019
This week on Wrestling Omakase John is joined by longtime returning guest Taylor Maimbourg (https://twitter.com/tamaimbo) to talk both men's and women's Japanese wrestling! First we talk New Japan's two Wrestling Dontaku shows (Friday 5/3 & Saturday 5/4) as we break them down match-by-match, talk some big debuts and future teases, and discuss where it looks like things are going for Best of the Super Juniors and Dominion. Then we turn our attention to joshi to talk a trio of shows, beginning with STARDOM's Cinderella Tournament from Korakuen Hall! This also includes a discussion of the recent Western fan controversy involving inappropriate fan behavior (at this show as well as some others). We then turn our attention to Sendai Girls' 4/16 Korakuen (that just made tape last week), an incredible show that includes a match both John and Taylor agree gets the full five stars! Our last review is of Tokyo Joshi Pro's 5/3 Korakuen, including a big title change, another great tag title match and more! Finally we wrap things up with a packed mailbag tackling your questions on whether the Jericho announcement means anything for NJPW's future US relationships, who the best theoritical carpenter on the NJPW roster is, John's choices for Taichi's possible G1 opponents, guesses on who might win BOSJ, best possible picks for Maki Itoh to face overseas, whether there's been too many debuts in NJPW lately and more! A packed show! **Please note that John makes a comment during this episode implying Tanahashi's injury may have been less than legit because he seems to take time off around this time every year; this was before they say the picture of his giant surgery scar going around and they now feel very stupid.
April 29, 2019
This week on Wrestling Omakase it's a deep dive through the highlights of the entire AJPW Champion Carnival and more! John is joined by returning guest Thomas Fischbeck (https://twitter.com/rasslinratings) and first time guest Gerard Di Trolio (https://twitter.com/GerardDiTrolio)  as we go night-by-night through the best matches of the entire Champion Carnival, all the way from Night 1 through the last two block shows at Korakuen Hall! Hear our picks for the best matches of the tournament, as we give you plenty to pick and choose from if you haven't seen it up till this point. Plus, some takes on whether or not one match in particular (James-Okabayashi) was indeed the Match of the Year candidate it's being hyped up in some places, yet more debate about Jake Lee's potential stardom, and much more. That takes up the bulk of the episode before we move into a brief overview of some major matches from the past week of NJPW's Dontaku tour, including Ibushi-ZSJ and the junior tag team title match. Finally we wrap things up with a full review of DDT's 4/28 Max Bump Korakuen match-by-match and a look ahead at the King of DDT tournament and Tokyo Joshi Pro Korakuen coming up. It's a packed episode!
April 18, 2019
This week on Wrestling Omakase we debut a brand new concept! Inspired by the annual STARDOM Unit Draft that just took place, we bring this concept to New Japan Pro Wrestling with the first-ever NJPW Unit Draft! John and four guests each take up a different leader of a New Japan unit as we go round by round and draft the entire rest of the roster into a fresh landscape. Joining us for this project are Andy LaBarre (https://twitter.com/trillyrobinson) , Andrew Rich (https://twitter.com/AndrewTRich) , Suit Williams (https://twitter.com/SuitWilliams) & Sean Sedor (https://twitter.com/SASedor2994) . Which units ended up fairly close to their original form and which ones ended up as something very different? We'd love to hear your thoughts on the results after you listen, either on the VOW forums or by tweeting @wrestleomakase (https://twitter.com/wrestleomakase) ! Once our draft is out of the way we turn our attention back to the real NJPW with a brief preview of the upcoming Wrestling Dontaku shows, as well as speculation on what the major matches will be for Dominion and talk on how the shows are doing business-wise so far. It's a fun episode!
April 10, 2019
This week on Wrestling Omakase it's a special bonus episode breaking down the last two big shows of Mania weekend! John is joined by returning guest and Music of the Mat (https://twitter.com/musicofthemat) host Andrew Rich (https://twitter.com/AndrewTRich)  as we start with a brief recap of Andrew's Mania weekend, including his full ranking of everything he attended and thoughts on the VOW podcast network karaoke crossover with the two of us and Super J Cast co-hosts Damon & Joel. Once that's out of the way we turn our attention to a full breakdown of the huge G1 Supercard show from MSG, as we break everything down match-by-match. Some nice things are said about the NJPW side and some, uh, very not-so-nice things are said about the ROH half of the card. We then do a more brief review of Wrestlemania, with both John and Andrew giving their very takes on a pretty good but mostly unmemorable (and of course, incredibly long) show. Finally we wrap things up with a packed mailbag featuring everything from people just straight up asking us both for money to thoughts on Pinano Pipipipi's retirement, Hikaru Shida signing with AEW, what the general hell is going on with ROH and more! It's a packed bonus edition of Omakase!
April 6, 2019
This week on Wrestling Omakase I'm joined by my longtime wrestling travel companion Bryan Quinlan (https://twitter.com/IM_NOT_QUINLAN)  to discuss the highs and lows of two packed days of wrestling at Mania weekend! We give you all our thoughts from attending these shows live, in chronological order, including a decent EVOLVE show featuring a good first half and a not-so-hot second; a pretty bad wXw show with a very weird atmosphere and discussion of how NOT to do the "introduce new fans to your promotion" type of show; a completely fantastic American debut for DDT in which pretty much every single thing went right (we go match by match on this one); a pretty average Wrestlecon US vs. the World show made worse by some logistical issues; and finally another amazing show from STARDOM, at least if you were in the building! A fun-filled tour of some major Mania weekend spots, this week!
April 1, 2019
This week on Wrestling Omakase John is joined by first time guest Kevin Kelly (@realkevinkelly (https://twitter.com/realkevinkelly) ), the English voice of New Japan Pro Wrestling! Kevin discusses what it's been like calling NJPW play-by-play in his nearly three-and-a-half year stint from the beginning, including what some of the biggest adjustments he had to make were, what he thinks of the Japanese pro wrestling schedule, how he approaches introducing newer fans to the promotion, what he thinks some of the differences are in how the Western and Japanese audiences approach the company, and more! We then give a brief preview of next weekend's huge Madison Square Garden show, G1 Supercard, which Kevin confirms on the air (apparently before it's dropped anywhere) that he'll be calling. Finally we wrap things up with your questions on a huge variety of topics, including: Kevin's favorite broadcast partner, what he thinks NJPW should do to get more fans to attend shows in the West, favorite and least favorite venues, Taichi, Okada's pants, his favorite match he's ever called and more. A fun chat on all things New Japan!
March 25, 2019
This week on Wrestling Omakase we finally finish our trip through the New Japan Cup and talk some more great Japanese wrestling as well! John is joined by longtime returning guest Taylor Maimbourg (@tamaimbo (https://twitter.com/tamaimbo) ) to break it all down, starting with our wrap up of the NJC. We talk the last two 2nd Round matches we had left from last week (Cabana-Yano & Suzuki-SANADA), all four quarterfinal matches, the two excellent semifinals and finally the finals of the tournament. What did we all think when it was all said and done, and what are our feelings heading into MSG? Afterward we turn our attention to All Japan with a breakdown of the top three matches from their 3/19 Korakuen show, talking the junior, tag, and Triple Crown title matches plus looking ahead at what might be next in the Champion Carnival. Next we talk DDT and their 3/21 Korakuen as we break down the entire show, talking two excellent tag title matches, the Riki Choshu vs. Gota Ihashi saga, red light green light, and more! We also do a quick look at some upcoming matches in DDT and lay out some possible scenarios for their big NYC show over Wrestlemania weekend. Finally we wrap things up with a packed mailbag with your questions on YMZ, Jay White, wrestler swaps, SANADA and EVIL's respective potential, and much more. It's a jam-packed puro episode, this week!
March 16, 2019
This week on Wrestling Omakase we talk an eclectic mix of wrestling. I'm joined by returning guest and my longtime wrestling travel companion Bryan Quinlan (@IMNOTQUINLAN (https://twitter.com/IM_NOT_QUINLAN) ) as we start in the land of World Wrestling Entertainment, breaking down a pretty decent Fastlane show and some of the more confusing aspects of the Wrestlemania build-up. Once that's out of the way we turn back to the New Japan Cup to cover nights 4-7, featuring an impassioned defense of SANADA (who took a verbal beatdown recently from a sister VOW network podcast), mixed thoughts on an Ospreay-Archer match everyone else seemed to love, lots of love for Ishii-Taichi and Tanahashi-Taguchi, and being slightly disappointed by a still great Ibushi-ZSJ match. Finally we wrap things up with thoughts on a recent match from STARDOM, Momo Watanabe vs. Jungle Kyona from about two weeks ago in Nagoya. All this and more, this week!
March 10, 2019
This week on Wrestling Omakase it's more New Japan action as we continue tracking their hot March. John is joined by first time guest Lorien (@divingmeteora (https://twitter.com/divingmeteora) ) as we break down the NJPW Anniversary Event from Ota City Gymnasium and the first three nights of the New Japan Cup. It all starts with the Anniversary Show, as we discuss two big junior title matches, everybody pointing at themselves, and a main event we both found a little underwhelming. Then it's on to the first three nights of the New Japan Cup featuring 12 out of the 16 1st Round matches! Night 1 from Korakuen we discuss our Dad Feelings for Nakanishi, the International Cabal of Taichi Pretenders, Chase dunking on the host of this podcast personally and an awesome old guy battle in the main. Night 2 we're much more down on as 3 of the 4 matches were really quite dire, so we discuss some stuff we really didn't enjoy. But then it ends back on a positive night for Night 3 again with a lot of awesome stuff, including Taguchi's big upset of Tenzan (and his near-war crime ankle locks), Tanahashi taking Umino to school, EVIL and ZSJ being kind of perfect opponents for each other, and finally an amazing blowaway MOTYC between Naito and Ibushi. We wrap things up with some mailbag questions including who Naito's best opponent is and whether or not Umino's dad calling his biggest match ever was a conflict of interest. A fun time breaking down some NJPW, both the hot and the not so hot!
March 4, 2019
This week on Wrestling Omakase we present our first ever live pick 'em roundtable! John is joined by returning guests and VOW contributors Damon from the Super J Cast (@thesuperjcast (https://twitter.com/thesuperjcast) ), Nate (@epitasis (https://twitter.com/epitasis) ) from Everything Elite, Suit Williams (@suitwilliams (https://twitter.com/SuitWilliams) ) & Andy LaBarre (@trillyrobinson (https://twitter.com/trillyrobinson) ). Before they get into the NJC they give a quick preview of the upcoming NJPW 47th Anniversary Event from Ota Ward Gym, talking about their most anticipated matches and giving a general overview of the card. Once that's out of the way we turn into the meat of the podcast: a live pick 'em for the entire New Japan Cup! Each of the five gives their winners for every 1st Round match and then continues filling their bracket all the way to the end. Who gets talked in or out of their picks as things go on? Who ends up angry at their own picks later in the same show? And what results end up with a ton of agreement and which ones end up all over the place? These questions and many more will be answered in the most thorough preview of the entire 32-man NJC you can get anywhere!
February 26, 2019
This week on Wrestling Omakase it's a giant puro blowout! There were about a million pretty big shows that took place over the past week or so in Japan and we decided to just try and cover them all (or at least the major matches). Joining us to do it is first time guest and relatively new VOW contributor Thomas Fischbeck (@rasslinratings (https://twitter.com/rasslinratings) ), as Thomas like John is a crazy person who tries to watch virtually everything. They break down, in order: the entire Giant Baba Memorial Show from Sumo Hall including an awesome tag team main event, NJPW's three Korakuens featuring a one of a kind retirement for Takashi Iizuka and two Honor Rising shows that frankly weren't great, AJPW's Excite Series Yokohama show featuring an amazing Miyahara-Suwama main event, a great Tokyo Joshi Pro show from top to bottom with the RETURN OF SAKISAMA~! (and we cover all of this one but especially why she's so great), and finally the return of the anytime/anywhere contracts in DDT. Other topics include looking ahead briefly to the New Japan Cup, Champion Carnival & DDT in America, Roman's return on RAW and Kenny Omega's case of unfortunate timing, your questions and more. It's a fun and jam packed episode!
February 18, 2019
This week on Wrestling Omakase we jump back into the world of the Dramatic Dream Team to talk two big Ryogoku shows! I'm joined by longtime returning guest and VOW contributor Taylor Maimbourg (@tamaimbo (https://twitter.com/tamaimbo) ) as we first start with the return of MUSCLE after 9 years. It's a four-hour comedy show that happens to have a few wrestling matches on it but we break down the entire thing from start to finish, including: qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Wrestlympics, a retirement match with a re-start, game show antics, a battle royale for a spot in a boy band, future AEW star Andreza the Giant Panda, and much more. Once that's out of the way we turn to DDT Judgment proper, a gigantic 12-match show that featured the crowning of a new KO-D Openweight Champion. We talk each and every match on the show and discuss how we felt it stacked up next to other recent DDT big shows. Finally we wrap things up with your questions on DDT and then a brief discussion on traveling to Japan.
February 14, 2019
This week on Wrestling Omakase John is joined by returning guest Emily Pratt (@emilyofpratt (https://twitter.com/emilyofpratt) ) of Uproxx to discuss an eventful NJPW New Beginning tour! John and Emily break down all the major matches across the entire tour, from the Road To shows to Sapporo to finally Osaka, and discuss in depth Jay White's IWGP Heavyweight Title win as well as what we thought of the tour overall. Once that's done we turn our attention to the upcoming New Japan shows, breaking down the entire New Japan Road & Honor Rising cards as well as discussing the Anniversary Show matches announced so far and speculating on what might be coming up in the New Japan Cup & MSG. Finally we wrap up by answering all sorts of your questions on NJPW. It's all things Shin Nihon all the time, this week!
February 2, 2019
This week on Wrestling Omakase it's time for us to cover the 2018 VOW Match of the Year (https://www.voicesofwrestling.com/category/vow-latest/columns/2018-match-of-the-year/) poll! John is joined by a roundtable of six guests, each MOTY voters (and from a wide range of wrestling backgrounds), to each discuss their own ballots and where the matches ultimately finished in the final poll. Returning guests Sean Sedor (@SASedor2994 (https://twitter.com/SASedor2994) ) and Kevin Hare (@stan__hansen (https://twitter.com/stan__hansen) ) are joined by first time guests Kevin Chiat (@kevinchiat (https://twitter.com/kevinchiat) ), Derek (@PrivateEyeball (https://twitter.com/PrivateEyeball) ), TJ (@aspir_ (https://twitter.com/aspir_) ) and MassRafTer (@mongo_ebooks (https://twitter.com/mongo_ebooks) ) to discuss the best of 2018 in puro, joshi, lucha, britwres, US wrestling, and even Australian wrestling. It's our final episode looking back at 2018, this week!
January 29, 2019
This week on Wrestling Omakase John is joined by returning guest Skylar (@Twwitterdotcom (https://twitter.com/Twwitterdotcom) ) to discuss WWE and DDT! First the two of them talk the WWE Royal Rumble 2019 PPV, discussing all the matches and major takeaways from the show, from Becky's big win to an awesome Brock-Finn match to some stuff on the card that they weren't so hot on. Once that's out of the way they turn their attention to DDT, talking the 1/27 Sweet Dreams Korakuen match-by-match and then giving a full preview of the upcoming major DDT Judgement Sumo Hall show. Plus they discuss the next big Tokyo Joshi Pro show and speculate on what the recently announced multi-brand crossover event in November might look like. All this plus your questions, ANIME CON CHAT, and more!
January 19, 2019
This week on Wrestling Omakase we're talking the three biggest wrestling companies in the world! I'm joined by returning guest and longtime friend/travel companion Bryan Quinlan (@IMNOTQUINLAN (https://twitter.com/IM_NOT_QUINLAN) ) as we start with a preview of the WWE Royal Rumble card. Quinlan is one of the few people left on earth who actually watch RAW & Smackdown every week, so he lets us know his thoughts on the build up to the major matches and more. Then we move on to discussing NJPW/CMLL Fantasticamania, as we talk the three shows that have already happened at the time of recording and preview the last two. Finally we run down the upcoming New Beginning tour, going through all the cards and our picks for who might win the major title matches.
January 10, 2019
This week on Wrestling Omakase it's time for our second annual year end awards! A panel of 48 Omakase guests from 2018 voted to decide the best (and worst) of the year, and we announce the winners as well as discuss our individual picks in the following categories (in order of podcast appearance): Worst Weekly TV Show, Worst Major Show, Worst Promotion, Worst Feud, Worst Match of the Year, Best Weekly TV Show, Best Major Show, Most Outstanding Wrestler, Best Promotion, Best Feud, Match of the Year, Tag Team of the Year and Wrestler of the Year. Our weirdly lucha-focused panel (not on purpose, it just kinda happened) consists of JR Goldberg (@wrestlingbubble (https://twitter.com/wrestlingbubble) ), Kevin Brown (@darukinoi (https://twitter.com/darukinoi) ), Michael Spears (@fujiiheya (https://twitter.com/fujiiheya) ) and Eyean (@skrongstyle (https://twitter.com/skrongstyle) ). All five of us had a great time discussing our most and least favorite things in wrestling from last year, and we hope you enjoy listening back as well.
January 4, 2019
It's a special bonus episode of Wrestling Omakase this week! John was joined by co-host of the Brit Wres Roundtable Robin Reid (@BritWresRound (https://twitter.com/BritWresRound) ) and VOW contributor Jack Beckmann (@packerman120 (https://twitter.com/packerman120) ) just minutes after all three had finished watching Wrestle Kingdom 13 live. Listen to their thoughts on this special live broadcast of Omakase, as we also interacted with some live listeners throughout as well. We cover every match including of course the Omega-Tanahashi and Naito-Jericho main events, Okada-White and the ballsy finish, all the match results and what it could mean going forward for a lot of the talent (especially the Elite guys), the major announcements that shake up NJPW's schedule, and much more. A fun show featuring three very tired humans, this week!
January 1, 2019
This week on Wrestling Omakase the Year in Review series comes to a conclusion with New Japan Pro Wrestling! Back for another year, the Year in Review series will focus on a different promotion each week and get you all caught up on them. Didn't see a ton from their year? Feel like you need a refresher course? We go through as much of the year as we can in chronological order, highlighting stuff you may have missed along the way. Then we discuss our picks from the promotion for the traditional Observer-style awards, including: Wrestler of the Year, Most Outstanding Wrestler, Best Major Show, Match of the Year and more. Wrestle Kingdom 13 is right around the corner, so what better way to prepare than by listening to our New Japan Year in Review episode? To talk all things King of Sports John is joined by an all star panel including NJPW Reddit moderator Evan (@EvanDeadlySinsW (https://twitter.com/EvanDeadlySinsW) ), Super J Cast co-hosts Joel Abraham & Damon McDonald (@thesuperjcast (https://twitter.com/thesuperjcast) ) and VOW contributor August Baker (@augustbaker12 (https://twitter.com/augustbaker12) ). Together the five of us break down NJPW's year, giving our various thoughts and opinions on virtually all the major shows and tours. Once we cover all the biggest events of New Japan's 2018 we hand out our awards for NJPW's Wrestler of the Year, Most Outstanding Wrestler, Best Major Show and more. Finally we wrap things up with a big mailbag full of your questions including on the future of the young lion system and much more. It's a packed edition of Omakase and a great way to wrap up our Year in Review series for 2018!
December 26, 2018
This week on Wrestling Omakase the Year in Review series reaches its penultimate episode as we cover the Dramatic Dream Team! Back for another year, the Year in Review series will focus on a different promotion each week and get you all caught up on them. Didn't see a ton from their year? Feel like you need a refresher course? We go through as much of the year as we can in chronological order, highlighting stuff you may have missed along the way. Then we discuss our picks from the promotion for the traditional Observer-style awards, including: Wrestler of the Year, Most Outstanding Wrestler, Best Major Show, Match of the Year and more. DDT's 2018 was filled with many ups and downs, and here to help John cover it all are the two most prolific guests in Omakase history: Jesse (@K0jiii (https://twitter.com/K0jiii) ) and Taylor (@tamaimbo (https://twitter.com/tamaimbo) ). All three discuss everything that happened in one of their favorite promotions, including: both D-ous and the King of DDT, the end of Takeshita's KO-D Openweight Title reign, the chaotic Irie era, the monthly Korakuens and two major supercards, Maji Manji, and much more, including even some Ganbare! We also look ahead toward 2019, give our awards picks (including a MOTY list separated into "comedy/gimmick" & "serious" to highlight the best of both), and answer your questions. It's a jam packed journey through a very interesting year, this week!
December 19, 2018
This week on Wrestling Omakase the Year in Review series marches on as we look back at an eventful year for Ring of Honor! Back for another year, the Year in Review series will focus on a different promotion each week and get you all caught up on them. Didn't see a ton from their year? Feel like you need a refresher course? We go through as much of the year as we can in chronological order, highlighting stuff you may have missed along the way. Then we discuss our picks from the promotion for the traditional Observer-style awards, including: Wrestler of the Year, Most Outstanding Wrestler, Best Major Show, Match of the Year and more. It was quite the year for ROH, which began kind of quietly and ended with the major bang of the Elite (with the exception of Marty Scurll) and the SCU all seemingly leaving. John is joined by the same guests from our 2017 ROH Year in Review episode, VOW contributors Joe Gagne (@joegagne (https://twitter.com/joegagne) ) & Sean Sedor (@SASedor2994 (https://twitter.com/SASedor2994) ), as we look to break down the year that was in ROH and look ahead to 2019. This includes a full chronological breakdown of their major shows, lengthy discussions on the Dalton Castle & Jay Lethal World title reigns and pushes for Kenny King and others, talk on the Women of Honor division and the relationships with STARDOM & NJPW, and more. We then shift into a full breakdown of the Elite leaving and what kind of hole that could leave for ROH in 2019, what AEW might look like (and who the hell is left to make up their talent roster), discuss the ROH signings that have come out in recent months, and much more. Finally we wrap things up with our ROH year end awards and answer a number of your questions (many of which include more 2019 speculation for both ROH & AEW). It's a wide-ranging chat on an eventful year for ROH and what's to come next, this week!
December 3, 2018
This week on Wrestling Omakase the Year in Review series continues, as we head to the wide world of joshi! Back for another year, the Year in Review series will focus on a different promotion (or type of wrestling) each week and get you all caught up on them. Didn't see a ton from their year? Feel like you need a refresher course? We go through as much of the year as we can in chronological order, highlighting stuff you may have missed along the way. Then we discuss our picks from the promotion for the traditional Observer-style awards, including: Wrestler of the Year, Most Outstanding Wrestler, Best Major Show, Match of the Year and more. Joshi is obviously an expansive topic featuring many different promotions, but luckily for us we have two great guests who both watch nearly all of it! John is joined by returning guest Taylor ([@tamaimbo](https://twitter.com/tamaimbo)) as well as first time guest Luke ([@oystersearrings](https://twitter.com/oystersearrings)) to discuss a cornucopia of joshi promotions, including: STARDOM, Tokyo Joshi, Sendai Girls, SEAdLINNNG, Oz Academy, Ice Ribbon, Marvelous, and WAVE! We break down each company's 2018, talking their major matches and moments as well as give our opinions on their overall year and how they might be set up for 2019\. Once that's done we move on to discussing our award picks from all of joshi, an interesting discussing featuring some strong contenders for all of wrestling this year. Finally we wrap things up with one of our longest mailbags in a while, as it turned out our listeners had a ton of joshi questions to share! It's a jam-packed episode of joshi goodness, this week!
November 27, 2018
This week on Wrestling Omakase the Year in Review series rolls on, as we get this one out of the way early. Back for another year, the Year in Review series will focus on a different promotion (or type of wrestling) each week and get you all caught up on them. Didn't see a ton from their year? Feel like you need a refresher course? We go through as much of the year as we can in chronological order, highlighting stuff you may have missed along the way. Then we discuss our picks from the promotion for the traditional Observer-style awards, including: Wrestler of the Year, Most Outstanding Wrestler, Best Major Show, Match of the Year and more. Yes folks, it's time to talk some World Wrestling Entertainment. John is joined by not one, not two, not three, but FOUR (!) returning guests, all of them VOW contributors: Jack ([@packerman120](https://twitter.com/packerman120)), Lawson ([@LawsonComedy89](https://twitter.com/LawsonComedy89)), Kelly ([@comicgeekelly](https://twitter.com/comicgeekelly)) and Suit ([@SuitWilliams](https://twitter.com/SuitWilliams)). All five of them break down the year that was for WWE on an episode that kind of felt vaguely like we were all on one long acid trip while we were recording it. Did any of this shit actually happen? Listen and tell us, I guess. We go month-by-month through the main roster's PPV events, talk the various NXT Takeovers more broadly, discuss which of the weekly TV shows were any good this year, give our picks for award contenders from the WWE as a whole, and finally wrap things up with plenty of listener questions. 2018 WWE is, if nothing else, a journey. We're not sure why we took that journey, exactly, but we're sure it was a journey, and we hope you'll listen along, this week!
November 21, 2018
This week on Wrestling Omakase it's a reunion from another former VOW podcast, as we kick off our 2018 Year in Review series! Back for another year, the Year in Review series will focus on a different promotion (or type of wrestling) each week and get you all caught up on them. Didn't see a ton from their year? Feel like you need a refresher course? We go through as much of the year as we can in chronological order, highlighting stuff you may have missed along the way. Then we discuss our picks from the promotion for the traditional Observer-style awards, including: Wrestler of the Year, Most Outstanding Wrestler, Best Major Show, Match of the Year and more. We begin this time around with Big Japan Pro Wrestling. John is joined by returning guests Drew ([@_burningspirits](https://twitter.com/_burningspirits)) & Kevin Hare ([@stan__hansen](https://twitter.com/stan__hansen)), both alumni of the ex-VOW show Burning Spirits. We break down BJW's entire 2018, talking both the deathmatch and strong divisions at length. Was the Masashi Takeda title reign the greatest deathmatch reign of all time? How did Hideki Suzuki's second reign compare to his first? And John unexpectedly has to go to the mat to defend Hideki against Drew's ONSLAUGHT~!! of, uh, polite criticism. Somehow Kenny Omega and KENTA KOBASHI (!) come up in this, we're not sure how. It's all an interesting discussion and one that you're sure to enjoy, this week!
November 15, 2018
It's another trip through wrestling's past this week on Wrestling Omakase! This is the sequel episode of sorts to our previous rating every year episode ([#62, Rating WWF/E From 96-06](https://audioboom.com/posts/7004096-wrestling-omakase-62-rating-every-wwf-e-year-from-1996-to-2006)), as this time around we look at World Championship Wrestling! John is joined by returning guest Rich Kraetsch of the Voices of Wrestling flagship ([@voiceswrestling](http://twitter.com/voiceswrestling)) and first time guest Scott ([@tapemachines](http://twitter.com/tapemachines)) to break down each year of WCW from 1994 through 2000! We start with the year of Hulk Hogan's debut up through the nWo years and end with the very depressing Russo era, and it's quite a trip. Hear us give each year a rating from 1-5, pick an MVP, Match of the Year, and Best & Worst PPV, and just generally give our thoughts and feelings on what we think is or isn't worth watching. What's fun bad and what's just brutally boring bad? What year of WCW is better on PPV and which are better for watching weekly Nitros? To be honest with you we give far more detail for the earlier years than the later ones, as the answer for what part of late WCW you should watch is really "not much". Still, there's a few gems buried in those final few years, and we'll definitely help you find them. It's all things WCW all the time, this week!
November 8, 2018
This week on Wrestling Omakase we're joined by a first time guest to break down NJPW's big November show, Power Struggle! Jasmine ([@bigsadboii](https://twitter.com/bigsadboii)) first introduces herself to Omakase by going a bit into her own history- both as a fan of wrestling in general and NJPW in specific. We then turn to a match-by-match breakdown of this past weekend's Power Struggle card, which also goes into a number of different tangents including one on the apparent end of the BULLET CLUB OG/Elite feud, Chris Jericho's NJPW run so far, and more. Once that's done we turn to a brief preview of the announced matches for Wrestle Kingdom 13 so far. Finally we wrap things up with your questions on a number of topics, including rebooking the title matches for WK13 (but with the same champions) and much more! It's a fun trip through the King of Sports, this week!
November 1, 2018
This week on Wrestling Omakase it's Jake ([@oatgan](https://twitter.com/Oatgan))'s pick for winning our 2018 Champions Fantasy Draft, and he chose to have us watch a rather infamous show: FIP Everything Burns 2017! At his behest we're also joined by the hosts of the now ex-podcast Everything Evolves, Aaron Taube ([@aptaube](https://twitter.com/aptaube)) & Aaron Bentley ([@aaronlikethecar](https://twitter.com/aaronlikethecar)). Journey back to 1/8/17 and the early days of the FloSlam era of WWN, as Gabe promised a new era would begin for this long-running indie promotion. He also promised an EDGY~! new direction, which results in a LOT of cursing on this show. This show is very strange, only running about 2 hours and 15 minutes but featuring nearly as much talking as wrestling. It also features a weird mix of guys who have popped up all over the rest of WWN/the indies in general after this (Austin Theory, Fred Yehi, Sami Callahan, Jason Kincaid, etc.) and guys who have barely been seen again (Teddy Stigma! others!). We talk hecklers, PLANTS, cursing ring announcers, and much more. Plus, we answer some of your questions, discuss how the Aarons are feeling just a couple days after announcing the end of their own podcast, and more! It's a weird trip back to a weird time for US indie wrestling, this week!
October 25, 2018
This week on Wrestling Omakase we dive into the Dramatic Dream Team for one of their biggest shows of the year! John is joined by our two most prolific Omakase guests, Jesse (@K0jiii) and Taylor (@tamaimbo), as we break down all twelve matches on this massive 6-hour show. Hear us talk the controversial Dieno-Sasaki main event, the CIMA-Takeshita semi-main, Irie's final appearance as a DDT roster member, GIANT PANDA BATTLES, and much more! We also get a little into the upcoming D-ou Grand Prix, mainly just going over the list of participants, and discuss some upcoming dates across both DDT and many of its sub-brands. Finally we wrap things up with your questions on a ton of DDT-related topics, including whether a full American expansion is a good idea, what karaoke song we'd sing with Shuji Ishikawa, Tokyo Joshi Pro's future, and more! A fun show focused all around maybe the most fun wrestling promotion in the world, this week on Omakase!
October 18, 2018
It's JOSHI-MANIA this week on Wrestling Omakase, as we cover two recent Korakuen Hall events from two undercovered joshi promotions, plus give an overview of the current joshi scene as a whole! First we cover women's wrestling in Japan in general, mainly focusing around the TV/streaming landscape and where you can watch various promotions, as well as some of what's been going on lately. Then we get into two specific show reviews: first Ice Ribbon's 10/8 show headlined by a tag team title match featuring the Lovely Butchers, Hikaru Shida's return to the company she left after four years and her daring the entire roster to fight her, and a brief discussion on whether we're okay with 15-year-old rookies in joshi.  Then we move on to SEAdLINNNG's 10/3 show featuring the first round of the tournament to crown their inaugural singles champion! We discuss the very cool way the tournament was built up, with the promotion highlighting all 8 wrestlers' past or current championship success to justify their inclusion in the tournament. We talk the LADY HOSS style of SEAdLINNNG and four really vicious singles matches, as well as the light-hearted six-man tag opener featuring a recently retired wrestler. Finally, we wrap things up with your questions, which touch on some topics like: STARDOM super rookie Utami Hayashishita, STARDOM training in general, Ice Ribbion's new TV deal, picking 1 man and 1 woman to build your new company around, Alex's old website Wrestling with Words, why there are so many freelancers in joshi, the most underrated/underappreciated joshi wrestlers right now, and more. It's a packed two hours of discussion on nothing but Japanese women's wrestling, this week on Omakase!
October 9, 2018
This week on Wrestling Omakase John is joined by returning guest Kevin Brown (@darukinoi) to give a full review of New Japan's latest Ryogoku show, King of Pro Wrestling. Hear their thoughts on this very up and down but newsworthy show match-by-match, including why some stuff may just not be for them right now in New Japan. There's a lot of macro thoughts about NJPW's place in the wrestling world and what both want to see out of it vs. what they're actually getting at the moment. Other big topics include Shingo Takagi's debut as the newest member of LIJ, Taichi-Ospreay being set up as the next NEVER title feud, the state of the junior division without Hiromu, White-Tanahashi and the major post-match angle involving the BC OGs, and finally the three way main event, which was.......interesting. Plus, some bonus topics include: other Japanese wrestling promotions you might want to check out if you're not into NJPW right now (and what their current states are), John goes to the worst anime con of all time, thoughts on Attack on Titan Season 3 so far and a few other interesting shows in the fall season, and more. And that's not even touching on an interesting mailbag featuring a lot of weird questions. It's NJPW and more, this week!
October 3, 2018
It's the final draft episode of 2018 this week on Wrestling Omakase! All the winners from past episodes compete: Winner of Vol. 1 (WWE Men/NJPW) Alex (@AlexWendland), winner of Vol. 2 (WWE Women/Joshi) & Vol. 3 (Indie Puro) John, winner of Vol. 4 (US/UK Indies) Jake (@Oatgan), and winner of Vol. 5 (Lucha) Mike Spears (@fujiiheya). This time around our draft board is EVERYONE IN THE WORLD, of any gender! WWE, NJPW, lucha, indies in America and Japan and around the entire world, joshi, no matter where anyone wrestles they are eligible! Each of us make 30 picks (the most picks of any of these drafts, although interestingly this ISN'T the longest draft episode...) and put together our rosters, then take them and put together our dream cards at the end! Once you've finished listening, head to the @wrestleomakase Twitter account and vote for who you think had the best card. Who wins the draft of champions is all up to you. We hope you enjoy our final fantasy draft episode of the year, this week on Wrestling Omakase!
September 27, 2018
It was a massive week of news for the Dramatic Dream Team and we've got you covered this week on Wrestling Omakase! John is joined by returning guest Jesse (@K0jiii) to break it all down, starting with the major news that DDT is running their first ever show in the US next year during Wrestlemania weekend! We do some major speculation on how that might all work out, speculate even more about Mania weekend in general (also talking the rest of WWN, wXw, Wrestlecon, GCW and more), and discuss whether or not we think DDT can draw. Once that's out of the way we talk another major news story, the news that longtime DDT stalwart Shigehiro Irie will be going freelance after the upcoming Peter Pan show next month. Then we talk a really good DDT Road to Ryogoku 9/23 Korakuen, featuring yet another major development with the debut of CIMA & the rest of the Strong Hearts faction! Finally, we wrap up the DDT segment with a look ahead at major upcoming matches, including the full card for next month's Peter Pan show at Ryogoku Sumo Hall! We then shift gears and talk a little Big Japan, breaking down their recent Death Vegas event and talking their upcoming major matches at their own Sumo Hall show in November. We end the show with your questions on all sorts of topics, including Wrestler of the Year picks and more. It's a fun show focused on DDT & BJW, this week!
September 19, 2018
This week on Wrestling Omakase we finally return to our Fantasy Draft series, with the penultimate draft of the year! We've covered WWE/NJPW, the Japanese indies, and the US/UK indies, so this week we turn our attention to lucha! John is joined by four participants this week, all returning guests: JR Goldberg (@wrestlingbubble), Skylar (@Twwitterdotcom), Mike Spears (@fujiiheya) and Andy (@trillyrobinson). All four will be selecting 25 picks each, with the requirement that the wrestlers must have worked at least 5 matches in Mexico in the past year. Once all the selections have been made each will put together a dream supercard, and then it's up to YOU to decide who wins! Go to the @wrestleomakase Twitter account and vote in our poll for the next week to pick your favorite supercard! Whoever wins will move on to our final Omakase fantasy draft of the year, the WORLDWIDE CHAMPIONS EDITION with previous winners John (WWE women/joshi & Japanese indies), Alex (WWE men/New Japan) and Jake (US/UK indies). So listen to this week's episode, pick your favorite lucha supercard, and decide who moves on to our final fantasy draft of the year!
September 12, 2018
This week on Wrestling Omakase we jump right into an ambitious discussion: rating every year of the WWF/E from 1996 through 2006, on a scale of 1 to 5! Joining me to tackle this interesting project are returning guests and VOW writers Alex Wendland (@AlexWendland) and Lawson Leong (@LawsonComedy89), as we break down each and every year. Which years did we love and which did we absolutely hate? Some of the answers may surprise you. Plus for each year we pick a Best & Worst PPV, Best Match of the Year, and MVP as well. It's a fun and free wheeling conversation as we jump through a turbulent ten years of the World Wrestling Federation (and Entertainment), this week on Omakase!
September 2, 2018
This week on Wrestling Omakase we come to you with a relatively quick (less than one hour, a new record for this show!) show breaking down the All In event, live from a nearby hotel room in Chicago! John is joined by returning guests Taylor (@tamaimbo) & Quinlan (@IM_NOT_QUINLAN) as the three of them give their thoughts just hours after attending the landmark event. Hear us break down each match as well as just the general feel and experience of being in the building, plus as a bonus the three of us decide whether or not we would attend a hypothetical All In 2\. A fun, quick show! (Please note that due to the impromptu recording conditions there's a few audio issues- nothing that makes it unlistenable or anything, but just wanted to warn people that there's much more background noise here than on a typical episode. Thanks!)
August 30, 2018
It's a packed episode of Wrestling Omakase! John is joined by returning guest Taylor (@tamaimbo) as they start by discussing three big Korakuen Hall shows from this past weekend. First it's the King of DDT 3rd Round show from 8/25, as they talk a stellar top four matches featuring the quarterfinals of DDT's big single elimination tournament. Then it's Tokyo Joshi Pro's 8/25 Korakuen featuring a huge Yamashita-Yuu title match main event, guest stars, superhero wasabi tricks, BETTER CALLBACKS THAN GARGANO-CIAMPA~!!, and more. Finally the three shows wrap up with the King of DDT Finals from 8/26, as we find out who is going to the main event of Peter Pan at Sumo Hall, say goodbye to a longtime DDT unit, and more. Once those three shows are done we dive deep with a big preview of the entire All In card this weekend, discuss things we're looking forward to and things we're very much not looking forward to, and John gives their case on why they aren't much excited for this show they're attending. Then we go through the upcoming NJPW Destruction tour with a quick preview of the main events and a few other big matches from the tour, as well as the next US show at the end of September. Finally, we wrap things up with a spirited mailbag, including TAYLOR'S ANIME PICKS. It's a jam packed episode full of all sorts of different wrestling talk, this week on Omakase!
August 21, 2018
This week on Wrestling Omakase it's our much anticipated review of WWE SummerSlam 2018! John is joined by returning guest Kevin Brown (@darukinoi) as the two talk maybe the first halfway decent WWE PPV since the Royal Rumble (or Mania, I guess, depending on how you felt about that one). They break down all the main card matches in some detail, including: two boring openers, the first of many squashes, the latest in the modern WWE specialty of "100% justified heel turns", the amazing Samoan cucking saga, a legitimately great Bryan-Miz match that the crowd weirdly wasn't that into (which spins off into a discussion on modern WWE crowds), CALLING ON YOUR INNER DEMON TO FIGHT A BALD GUY IN A VEST, Jeff Hardy nearly killing himself desperately trying to win the title Orlando Jordan once held for six months, a Klingon does judo, and finally, the most hilarious main event finish maybe in WWE history. It's quite the show and we have quite a lot to say about it, as a mix of funny-bad and some legitimately good stuff definitely never made it boring. Plus, we somehow spin off into a brief discussion of Inoki-ism, a topic surely no one is bored of hearing about at this point, and then wrap things up with your questions and even a tiny bit more Attack on Titan talk! It's a surprisingly packed show just for a WWE PPV review, this week on Omakase!
August 16, 2018
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 basically in chronological order (with some jumping around here and there) from the first show in NOAH through what we view as the beginning of "peak NOAH", Kobashi's title win over Misawa in March of 2003\. We hit a ton of major matches and moments along the way, but the matches we cover in the most detail include: -2000: first main event (Kobashi/Akiyama-Misawa/Taue), both Kobashi-Akiyama matches, Hashimoto-Omori -2001: Misawa/Ogawa-Hashimoto/Otsuka, Misawa-Akiyama GHC Title -2002: Misawa/Kobashi-Akiyama/Nagata -2003: Misawa-Kobashi GHC Title We discuss all the major title tournaments and title changes during this period as well as get side-tracked a bit into the circumstances behind Shinya Hashimoto leaving New Japan and forming Zero-One, as that plays into early NOAH quite a bit as well. Finally, we wrap things up by answering some of your listener questions. It's a fun filled trip down memory lane in the land of the green mat, this week on Omakase!
August 8, 2018
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 tournament so far, give our AVERAGE STAR RATINGS for every single G1 participant (yes, things get nerdy this week!), and answer a few of your listener questions! It's another exciting episode of G1 action, this week on Omakase!
August 1, 2018
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 changes! They also look ahead at the major matches on the next AJPW tour. After that it's back to New Japan and the G1 Climax, as the two break down the last four shows (7/26-7/30), including: more BC OG shenanigans, Kenny Omega fatigue, YOSHI-HASHI having two awesome matches (yes, really), Ibushi and Ishii continuing their amazing tournaments, ZSJ's first good New Japan run, and much more! John wraps things up with a quick list of their favorite and least favorite matches in this year's G1, and Joey looks ahead to the final nights of the tournament (including an update on ticket sales at the Budokan). It's a fun jam packed show this week on Omakase!
July 24, 2018
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. Once that's out of the way we run down some upcoming major cards in DDT, including this week's Maji Manji featuring the ladies of Sendai Girls in the main event and the upcoming Beer Garden lineups, including a 16-match first round of King of DDT all in one night!  Once that's out of the way we move on to breaking down four more NJPW G1 Climax shows, namely the three Korakuens from 7/19-7/21 and the Hachioji show from 7/22\. Hear us offer bountiful praise for the B block matches except for Tama Tonga's, praise for Tama Tonga's troop-insulting skills but not quite his wrestling, and some more mixed feelings on the A block contests. We then wrap things up with a brief look ahead at what's to come in the G1\. It's a packed, Korakuen-heavy edition of Omakase, this week!
July 18, 2018
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 little of and Jack unfortunately watched all of to review for the VOW website. We also tackle some listener questions including what could cause an NJPW crowd to reject a main event like WWE fans do routinely now and more. Finally, John & Kevin wrap things up with a surprisingly long discussion of their shared love/hate relationship with the Attack on Titan manga and a recap of its frankly insane story. Note that this does contain some major spoilers if you're watching the anime, but it's the last topic of the show and we clearly note when we're going to discuss spoilers so you'll have plenty of warning. It's a wild and wacky edition of Omakase, this week!
July 13, 2018
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 the upcoming ROH/NJPW show at Madison Square Garden. Once all of that is out of the way, we break down every match from the Moo Palace show, and why such a BULLET CLUB-centric event may not necessarily be for us. Hear our thoughts on the very long Kenny-Cody main event, a star making performance for Jay White, Hiromu's injury, the Young Bucks retaining the tag titles and whether it hurts EVIL and SANADA, and much more. Once that's out of the way we jump into a big mailbag featuring a lot of topics, but mainly centered around DDT & Big Japan. It's a wild and free ranging episode, this week on Wrestling Omakase!
July 2, 2018
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 and Taylor Maimbourg (@tamaimbo) of Voices of Wrestling. Making their debuts are Emily Pratt (@emilyofpratt) from Uproxx and Skylar (@Twwitterdotcom) from, uh, Twitter dot com! Here's the full list of awards we discuss on the show, though not in order of discussion: -Wrestler of the Year (Flair/Thesz) -Most Outstanding Wrestler -Feud of the Year -Tag Team -Best Promotion -Match of the Year -Best Major Show -Worst Major Show -Worst Promotion -Worst Match of the Year -Most Overrated (Overpushed) -Most Underrated (Underpushed) -Best Non-Wrestler We talk everything from NJPW to WWE (including NXT) to AJPW to DDT to CMLL to AAA to ROH and much more! Hear all of our picks for the best and worst of the half-year so far, this week on Omakase!
June 25, 2018
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 title reign and a big defense against Kazusada Higuchi, a hot KO-D 6-Man Tag Title match, some comedy (of course) and more. They then talk about the next few weeks of Manji Manji, DDT's weekly show, and some other upcoming matches. Attention is then turned to New Japan, where they give a full preview of the upcoming G1 Climax Tournament. John & Arrum go in alphabetical order through both blocks, listing each wrestler's matches in the G1 and then each picking a most anticipated matchup for every competitor. Finally, they wrap things up with a quick preview of the upcoming G1 Special in San Francisco show on 7/7\. It's all things DDT & New Japan, this week on Wrestling Omakase!
June 20, 2018
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 together the greatest supercard? Once you're done listening, head to the @WrestleOmakase Twitter account and vote on whose card you liked the best!
June 13, 2018
NJPW Dominion is the subject of this week's Wrestling Omakase, as John is joined by first time guest and retired indie wrestling star Gran Akuma (__AKUMA) to break down NJPW's 2nd biggest standalone show of the year! The two of them talk every match from start to finish, including obviously the huge Okada-Omega 2/3 falls main event, the wild Jericho-Naito brawl, the latest battle for the junior title, and much more! We then jump into a full mailbag, touching on both New Japan and non-NJPW topics. It's a fun filled episode with a great guest as we tackle a big show that more than delivered, this week on Omakase!
June 6, 2018
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 letter grade to sum up their performance. Who did they agree on and who did they see very differently? We also give a best and worst match for each competitor as well as list some other standouts to help you catch up if you've missed any or all of the tournament this year. Finally, we wrap things up with a brief preview of this weekend's big Dominion show! A fun all-Shin Nihon edition of Wrestling Omakase!
May 31, 2018
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 Universe, Big Japan, NOAH, Wrestle-1, Zero-1, and more! Who goes early and who drops surprisingly late? Once it's all said and done we create four very eclectic and different supercards, and it's up to you to go to the @WrestleOmakase Twitter account and vote for your favorite in our poll! Once again it's a fun time drafting and booking a variety of wrestlers and we hope you enjoy!
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