Originally Posted by Derek B
Ospreay vs Takahashi was fantastic again, those guys are totally insane. I'm not the biggest fan of flippy stuff for the most part, but this was just ridiculous. I have no idea how they can keep doing this when they are wrecking their bodies so often... they might not have the longest careers as a result but they might have some of the most exciting.
Sanada vs Okada was great too. I've enjoyed Sanada since I saw some of his TNA run years back... when I heard he made it to NJPW I was pretty excited because I knew they could make the most of him and his star continues to rise. Los ingobernables de Japon are the most ridiculously cool stable around just now, they seem to have the ability to do no wrong in the eye of the fans now and I look forward to seeing another Okada vs Naito match at some point in the future.
The G1 should be awesome again this year too. I am growing to love Minoru Suzuki more and more every time I see him too. The IC title is in insane hands with him and I hope he is in the G1 again this year too so that I get to see more of him. I love the NJPW booking as they don't overexpose matches... the G1 is going to give me so many exciting matches and I can't wait!!!
Ospreay vs. Hiromu was great, but I enjoyed Okada vs. SANADA more. The jrs do so much reckless stuff in their matches that I worried they were about to seriously injure themselves, and it took me out of the match a bit. With the main event I was just able to enjoy the story. The closing minutes of that match were so great, but that's no surprise with Okada. No one in wrestling puts together finishes like Okada.
I've been subscribing to NJPW World since summer 2015, so I've experienced the last 3 G1s. They've all been incredible, and I see no reason to think it won't be the same this year. Minoru is a lock to be back in the G1 unless he gets hurt. I think the field will be pretty much the same as last year. Obviously Nagata is out and Jay White is in for sure, but I struggle to think of anyone else that might be excluded from last year's field. Maybe Kojima and/or Tanahashi depending on their health? I guess Tama Tonga could be dropped too since no other tag specialists really get in anymore.
Now that the lineups have been announced, I'm now looking forward to the joint Honor Rising shows with ROH far more than I was before. Omega and Ibushi are teaming up against Cody teams on both nights, including a main event tag against Cody and Marty Scurll on night two that I think should be really fun.