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The words 'Java' and 'headline BHOTWG' in the same sentence made me cringe.
Don't hate on Java!
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The words 'Java' and 'headline BHOTWG' in the same sentence made me cringe.
Lol it doesn't necessarily mean he was selling out arenas in the main event of a PPV. Can just mean he was involved in the main event of a tour show. Whether against a major name like Kikkawa, or as part of a multi-man tag.
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Lol it doesn't necessarily mean he was selling out arenas in the main event of a PPV. Can just mean he was involved in the main event of a tour show. Whether against a major name like Kikkawa, or as part of a multi-man tag.
I think coming in with the USPW hype (won a ton of titles there, including singles), his historical wins over legends like Miwa/Inukai (even if they were ages ago you can still bill it as having toppled former world champions), his solid enough brawling, performance skills not far off from infrequent title challenger Fugunaga, the fact that he's a big foreigner (which BHOTWG has a history of giving big opportunities too even if like Khoklov, they arent stellar in the ring), makes him a pretty great throwaway title defense for Kikkawa when he's been fighting the same main eventers since his return. Nakasawa has been out for ages, Hoshino just got back at the end of the year, NEO is staying away from the Burning World championship and 'feuding' with Toshusai, you're left with a slim list of Horri & Fugunaga to challenge for most of 2015 (and Khoklov in his brief time there). Java ends up being a very sensible defense choice at that point. I won't argue it's a great choice, only that it's something I can see being done and actually being a perfectly solid brawl . Think of it like a Michael Elgin, Bad Luck Fale, Karl Anderson headlining. It's not gonna excite anyone, but it's happened.
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Bad Luck Fale is actually who I was thinking of. Headlining isn't necessarily limited to those who draw, especially if paired against an opponent who will draw a crowd on their own.
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Bad Luck Fale is actually who I was thinking of. Headlining isn't necessarily limited to those who draw, especially if paired against an opponent who will draw a crowd on their own.
Exactly. And no wrestling company has ever been adverse to bad booking decisions or to title challenges so obviously one-sided, you question what's the point, whether that's a WWE or NJPW. Sometimes you've got throwaway title challenges (especially NJPW which is hyper structural and you pretty much 100% know that at New Beginning the champion is retaining, and that between the G1 and WK, the champion is pretty much guaranteed to retain so they're more prone to going out there with challengers).

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The Juniors of Yesterday

There’s a significant age gap between the Juniors of the first era, and the Juniors of the second era, and as I’ve highlighted far too many times, that’s because the initial attempt at a transition into a new era failed. Many of the workers who were part of that failed transition have since found success elsewhere, others have remained in BHOTWG with their legacy somewhat tarnished by their inability to grab the torch, and by being passed by those who came after them. Nevertheless, there isn’t any disrespect intended for those that follow, there are countless belts shared by these wrestlers and in many ways, the Four Heavenly Kings have been shaped by their rivalries with them.


"World Demon" Bairei Yasujiro

“World Demon” Bairei Yasujiro is a late-comer to the BHOTWG’s Junior division. At 45 years old, with 27 years of experience under his belt, Bairei is known for having worked the independent scenes the world over. He’s particularly distinguished for a run in Mexico during the early 90s, and for his time in WLW during the late 2000s. In the 2010s, Yasujiro has been finishing off his career in BHOTWG. With Universal titles for WLW, and one World title for MPWF, his intentions were clear in wanting to win the Burning Junior title. Unfortunately, Yasujiro may have stalled too long before joining the roster and faced with the Four Heavenly Kings who were younger and capable of athletic feats that had faded out of his game, Yasujiro was tragically unable to keep up. It’s been a few years since Yasujiro has been at his best, and we can say with certainty that it’s unlikely he’ll fulfill his goal of holding a Burning Junior belt.


"The All-Japan Warrior" Haru Kurofuji

The “All-Japan Warrior” Haru Kurofuji just turned 40 years old and is into his 22nd year in the business. Kurofuji spent most of his career with WLW, being a pivotal part of helping shape its image and culture for just under a decade. For the last decade, he’s been a part of the resurgent BHOTWG division and while he hasn’t found singles success, Kurofuji is a significant part of helping the Four Heavenly Kings fulfill their potential. His career in WLW saw him become a 3X World Tag Team Champion and a 1X Universal Champion, it’s that knowledge that Shimedzu and Hachigoro Maeda utilized which gave Kurofuji two Burning Junior Tag Team title reigns. Haru remains a fun part of the BHOTWG and his suicide headbutt is still one of the more cheered for moves in the entire company. It’s hard to say what’s next for Kurofuji but we wouldn’t be surprised if another wrestler came to him for a run at the Burning Junior Tag Team belts.


Shimedzu

Shimedzu, the other half of The Rebellion, is 45 years old and a 27 year pro who may be one of the best “what if” examples out there. An insanely intelligent worker, Shimedzu has been with the company for almost 20 years (featuring a 2 year spell with WLW), which saw him hold the WLW World Tag Team titles, the Burning World Tag Team titles, and the Burning Junior Tag Team titles, four of those coming with Natsu Miyamae and one with Haru Kurofuji. Shimedzu’s dedication to tag team wrestling came at the cost of little singles success, and his attempts to bulk up with Miyamae to become a heavyweight, stalled a greater part of his career, and ended in failure. Many have argued that if he had abandoned his ties with Miyamae earlier, he could have taken a greater role in the resurgent Junior division and even added a Burning Junior championship belt to his resume, such was his experience and in-ring knowledge. Others have even proclaimed that Miyamae was the one holding them down. With all of that said, Shimedzu’s career is clearly on a downhill slope, and few expect them to challenge for any belt once again.


The Incredible Koyama

The Incredible Koyama was once meant to become the star of WLW with an incredible array of accomplishments that include 5 WLW World Tag Team title reigns (each with Koki Ishibashi) and 3 WLW Show Stealer title reigns. In 2009, he shocked his mentors Koji Kojima and Koki Ishibashi by signing with BHOTWG’s resurgent Junior division. WLW faithfuls have often called Koyama a traitor for his transition, but it’s hard to blame a man for wanting to compete in the biggest company in the world. Unfortunately for Koyama, it did not pay off and he wasn’t able to match the rising stars of the Junior division, only highlight how much better they were than the ones of WLW. He’s only 34 years old, and still has 16 years under his belt, and while he’s an incredible high flyer, his best bet is to find a partner, or to take advantage of his peak years to head off the land of exiles or SAISHO where he might easily shine as a big fish in a smaller pond.


"The Sublime" Yoshii Shiomi

Lastly, “The Sublime” Yoshii Shiomi may have the best prospects of all the wrestlers so far mentioned. A 15 year pro at 36 years old, Shiomi has a unique background in that he went to Canada to learn from the Stones (specifically Jeremy Stone) before returning to Japan under a mask in 2003 and wrestling for BHOTWG ever since. His best success came in the late 2000s when he had two Burning Junior Tag Team title reigns with VENOM. VENOM’s departure for Kikkawa’s Army ended what could’ve been an extremely successful tag team, but with VENOM’s spot in the army in jeopardy, he’s turned back to Shiomi to reignite the best part of his career. Yoshii has struggled to find success on their own but they’re both dedicated to winning their 3rd Burning Junior Tag Team title reigns in 2016, something that could also secure a spot for Shiomi in Kikkawa’s Army.

Interestingly enough, what’s most distinct about these wrestlers that could’ve been but never truly was is that they were mostly only able to find success as tag team wrestlers, did not display the sort of loyalty expected in BHOTWG, and for the most part, seemed to have been brought in solely to refine the Four Heavenly Kings as they began their rise atop the Burning Junior division. For Koyama, Shiomi and Kurofuji, they’ll refuse any statement that says their career is on the downturn, for Yasujiro and Shimedzu, it’s hard to deny that their better years are long behind them.

We finally end the list with three young lions!
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The Young Lions

BHOTWG has been in an interesting situation with regards to Young Lions in recent years. Since Hinote Dojo began running events in 2005, the concept of a Young Lion mostly disappeared from BHOTWG vocabulary because most wrestlers debuting in BHOTWG typically had experience in Hinote Dojo or WLW and were familiar to crowds. These wrestlers would typically come in with some measure of momentum and be immediately transitioned into a competitive program, at-times with the King of Fighters, Openweight or World and Junior Tag Team belts to be fully legitimized in the eyes of BHOTWG. However, with Hinote Dojo no longer running events as of 2014, young lions have returned to the fray. There were officially four young lions in BHOTWG since the Dojo’s closing, with most of the workers that were signed on becoming a part of the midcard.


Crimson Ghost

Crimson Ghost doesn’t give the impression of a Young Lion at all and has left BHOTWG in a particularly intriguing situation. Ghost has never wrestled unmask much in the way masked wrestlers of old, and Lucha Libre masked wrestlers don’t have their identity known, but it’s tradition for Young Lions to work in the Burning Hammer orange trunks, boots and white knee pads without any additional accessory. Crimson Ghost had Kaneko’s support in his signing and was allowed to maintain his attire, the only way he would sign with the company. There has been a lot of criticism from the senior members of the roster and from BHOTWG loyalist that he shouldn’t have been signed with such disregard for BHOTWG’s rules. This has transitioned to an extremely tough time for Ghost on-screen and he’s often at risk of suffering more in matches than his fellow young lions. It’s not uncommon for him to be shunned by other young lions, or for his seniors to attempt to unmask him, often forcing the referee to come to his defense. Ghost will continue to have a hard time until he can prove himself, but that’s the result of his desire to preserve his identity.


Kazunori "BAD BOY" Yamura

Kazunori “BAD BOY” Yamura found quite a bit of success in Hinote Dojo with both a Dragon Warrior title reign and a Tag Team title reign with is PUNK NASTY Club partner Toju Munkata. The pairing have been in an awkward situation with Munkata shedding his young lion status at the end of 2015, while Yamura still has his. Furthermore, Yamura has gained some weight over the years and is now ineligible to compete in the Juniors division. There are plenty of rumors that Munkata will try and go up a weight division, and that he’ll be very open to continue teaming with Yamura despite his current status. Yamura & Munkata have suffered nearly as much as Ghost as young lions due to their frequently disrespect behavior but it has set them up to a top heel tag team if they can compete in the same division. A situation that often comes up with Yamura is that he'll warn the ring announcer to introduce him as Kazunori "BAD BOY" Yamura, both the ring announcer and the referee will refuse to do so. His attempts at bullying the announcer were once met with an absolutely vicious beat down from Kikkawa's Army to the point that he was bandaged up for several weeks afterwards. He never dared again. Munkata’s early promotion may be a blessing in disguise as he can work towards his heavyweight goal while Yamura continues wrestling as young lion.


Tetsuji Nishimoto

Tetsuji Nishimoto may be the truest Young Lion in the roster but even he still falls short of the BHOTWG ideal. Japanese but Australian raised and with some experience and the independent scene over there before he returned to Japan and made it to the Hinote Dojo. He only managed a year there before the company closed down. Both skinny and small, it’s often hard to tell with young lions but few believe Nishimoto will ever become a star, and few understand what was seen in him for him to even earn a contract. Nishimoto will have a huge uphill battle going forward and with only 7 months remaining on his contract, he’ll have to work hard to prove to BHOTWG that he deserves to become a long term member of the roster.

The young lions of BHOTWG are a mixed bag but it’s clear the BHOTWG fans aren’t remotely satisfied with the current crop. Ghost’s refusal to abide by tradition, Yamura’s complicated situation and negative behavior, and Nishimoto’s unimpressive skillset and origins have left fans wondering if Hinote Dojo head trainer Tasuku Shinozuka should be replaced to ensure a better crop of talent emerges from the school. Some have complained that it has been at least a decade since Sakai emerged from the dojo, and that it’s time for a change.

That's the end of the roster overview~ Stay tuned for a preview of our next few events.

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Burning Hammer’s New Tradition

The end of 2015 sparked quite a bit of controversy in Japanese wrestling when President Kaneko announced that BHOTWG would be adopting a new schedule closer to the Western style. He was careful not directly refer to the Modern Japan Movement that WLW, GCG, and several more Japanese companies have become aligned in, making it clear that BHOTWG’s recent isolationist policies would be continuing. BHOTWG would continue broadcasting smaller untelevised events across Japan but these events would be largely inconsequential and devoid of the company’s bigger stars.

BHOTWG would now focus on three key types of events:

Lords of the Ring: The longtime weekly television series of BHOTWG typically showcased highlights from the company’s touring shows, with the bigger matches getting full airings. Lord of the Rings will now be a full-length weekly event of 3hrs (including commercial breaks) similar to WLW’s LuchaResu television series. The event will tour Japan and is expected to be a chief source of income for the company. BHOTWG has not hidden their desire to the move the series to another network because of their inability to shop the show in the US. Lords of the Ring is set to be filmed and aired live on Wednesdays.

Lions of the Ring: The debuting Lions of the Ring is expected to be a showcase for the younger talent of BHOTWG, particularly with the newly reduced schedule. There has been interest in periodically separating the roster to facilitate the Lions of the Ring show testing the international market with shows outside of Japan. Like Lords of the Ring, Lions of the Ring will air live, although in this case it’ll be on Fridays.

Pay-per-views: Traditionally there have been 9 big PPVs in the BHOTWG schedule. There’s the iconic Night of the Burning Hammer which was typically hosted in October but in 2015 happened in December. Fire Dream of the Immortals and Best of the Super Juniors were the other big events of the year, happening in March and July respectively. Six more events occurred across the year to culminate touring months. In 2016, the expectations are that the 9 events will make a return in addition to four brand new events. One of these brand new events has been confirmed to be BHOTWG’s 50th Year Anniversary Show set to happen in May and to feature every singles title on the line in order to commemorate BHOTWG’s half-century year of existence.

This brings us to an extremely hectic start of the year. Kaneko announced that following the Night of the Burning Hammer, it will not be a time to relax and to recover, it will instead be the most intense part of the entire year, the start of The Burning Path on the road to Night of the Burning Hammer. The Burning Path will be the first event of the year and will happen on the very first day of the year. Surviving The Burning Path event will not be nearly enough. After Lords of the Ring, two more events are set to challenge the warriors who have stepped onto The Burning Path at the start of the year: Warrior Globe - another first-time event - and the Test of Prophecies. This is all set to happen before we even get to the second Lords of the Ring of 2016.

Warrior Globe is set to feature the first two title matches of the year: a Burning World Tag Team championship defense for Nissho Yuasa and Toshiki Shibanumo, a prime opportunity to prove their durability as champions; and a Burning Junior championship defense for Sensational Dragon who will have to face off against his rival “Purple Demon” Marihito Masuko whom he took the title from in November. The Burning Junior championship match will main event the show, highlighting the intensity of the rivalry and the classics the two have been engaged in over the years.

Test of Prophecies is set to feature two title matches as well: a Burning Junior Tag Team championship defense on the part of Hyosuke Kokan and Kansuke Konda who will be hitting their fourth month as defending champions; and a Burning World championship defense for “The King” Tadiyuki Kikkawa. For the three title matches yet to have challengers, Kaneko and his team are expected to observe both The Burning Path and Lords of the Ring for who might be worthy of a challenge for the belts.

BHOTWG The Burning Path in Yokohama:
The Burning Path is the first event of 2016 and will air from Kanagawa Stadium, the unofficial home of BHOTWG, likely in front of a crowd of approximately 28,000. The Burning Path’s design has been unveiled ahead of time and will feature a ramp long enough to mirror that of Night of the Burning Hammer to signify the long journey ahead to Night of the Burning Hammer at the other end of the year. No one envies the young lions who will have to carry the Burning Throne down it if Kikkawa decides to have one of his State of Affairs.

Kazunori Yamura & Toju Munkata vs. The Rebellion (Natsu Miyamae & Shimedzu)
Hachigoro Maeda & Haru Kurofuji vs. Sanetomo Shiraishi & Tetsuji Nishimoto
Bairei Yasujiro & Crimson Ghost vs. Helikaon & Hijo del Relampago
Eisaku Hoshino, Masakazu Kaima & Reijiro Hiraki vs. Java, Ninja Shunji & White Samurai
American Panther (American Optimus & Red Panther) & The Incredible Koyama vs. Hyosuke Kokan, Jin Miyamoto & Kansuke Konda
Elemental III, Golden Scorpion, Marihito Masuko & The Awesome Kiyaru vs. MYSTIC Dragon, Sensational Dragon, VENOM & Yoshii Shiomi
Chuichi Sanda, Eiji Hamacho, Gonkuro Kamioka, Murai Enomoto & Tadakuni Toshusai vs. Kinnojo Horri, Matthew Keith, Mitsunari Fugunaga, Taro Shionoya & Tatsuya Toshitala
Kikkawa’s Army (Heihachiro Sakai & Hirokumi Saito) vs. Ieyoshi Shimakage & Ryushi Sato
Atsumori Takemura & Hiroaki Nakasawa vs. Nissho Yuasa & Toshiki Shibanumo
Kikkawa’s Army (Masaaki Okazaki, Tadiyuki Kikkawa & Tasuku Iesada) vs. NEO (Koshiro Ino, Yasuhiko Taira & Yasunobu Masuno)

Some notes:
- PUNK NASTY Club pairing Kazunori Yamura & Toju Munkata are forbidden to use the name until Yamura graduates from his status as Young Lion. The Rebellion pairing of Natsu Miyamae & Shimedzu remain on amicable terms and while they aren't expected to begin teaming in pursuit of tag team titles, they are expected to pair up irregularly if the dynamics permit it. The same can be said of Hachigoro Maeda & Haru Kurofuji.
- Tadakuni Toshusai and Kinnojo Horri are said to be on disagreeable terms due to the miscommunication between each other and Hiroaki Nakasawa against the trio of NEO at Night of the Burning Hammer
- The match between Burning World Tag Team champions Nissho Yuasa & Toshiki Shibanumo against Hiroaki Nakasawa & Atsumori Takemori is a non-title match although a defeat by the champions would put Nakasawa & Takemori first in line for a shot at the belts.
- Due to 3 previous matches between Kikkawa's Army & NEO which resulted in NEO walking out in a main event, President Kaneko has vowed to suspend them for a half-year should the referee in charge decide that they've intentionally sabotaged the match.
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Can't wait to see them march along the Burning Path, not only to see the destination, but to watch the journey as well. (Idk, I tried to say something cool)

Kazunori Yamura & Toju Munkata vs. The Rebellion (Natsu Miyamae & Shimedzu)
Hachigoro Maeda & Haru Kurofuji vs. Sanetomo Shiraishi & Tetsuji Nishimoto
Bairei Yasujiro & Crimson Ghost vs. Helikaon & Hijo del Relampago
Eisaku Hoshino, Masakazu Kaima & Reijiro Hiraki vs. Java, Ninja Shunji & White Samurai
American Panther (American Optimus & Red Panther) & The Incredible Koyama vs. Hyosuke Kokan, Jin Miyamoto & Kansuke Konda
Elemental III, Golden Scorpion, Marihito Masuko & The Awesome Kiyaru vs. MYSTIC Dragon, Sensational Dragon, VENOM & Yoshii Shiomi
Chuichi Sanda, Eiji Hamacho, Gonkuro Kamioka, Murai Enomoto & Tadakuni Toshusai vs. Kinnojo Horri, Matthew Keith, Mitsunari Fugunaga, Taro Shionoya & Tatsuya Toshitala
Kikkawa’s Army (Heihachiro Sakai & Hirokumi Saito) vs. Ieyoshi Shimakage & Ryushi Sato
Atsumori Takemura & Hiroaki Nakasawa vs. Nissho Yuasa & Toshiki Shibanumo
Kikkawa’s Army (Masaaki Okazaki, Tadiyuki Kikkawa & Tasuku Iesada) vs. NEO (Koshiro Ino, Yasuhiko Taira & Yasunobu Masuno)

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Kazunori Yamura & Toju Munkata vs. The Rebellion (Natsu Miyamae & Shimedzu)
While Yamura is a Young Lion, he will do his job and do the job
Hachigoro Maeda & Haru Kurofuji vs. Sanetomo Shiraishi & Tetsuji Nishimoto
Same as above, but for Nishimoto
Bairei Yasujiro & Crimson Ghost vs. Helikaon & Hijo del Relampago
Same as above, but for Crimson Ghost
Eisaku Hoshino, Masakazu Kaima & Reijiro Hiraki vs. Java, Ninja Shunji & White Samurai
Java/Ninja/Samurai combo I think have relatively little mileage for you, while the Hoshino side have more upside
American Panther (American Optimus & Red Panther) & The Incredible Koyama vs. Hyosuke Kokan, Jin Miyamoto & Kansuke Konda
Tough one, I'll give it to these guys because I like Hyosuke Kokan and his render
Elemental III, Golden Scorpion, Marihito Masuko & The Awesome Kiyaru vs. MYSTIC Dragon, Sensational Dragon, VENOM & Yoshii Shiomi
Another tough one, so I'll go with team Marihito
Chuichi Sanda, Eiji Hamacho, Gonkuro Kamioka, Murai Enomoto & Tadakuni Toshusai vs. Kinnojo Horri, Matthew Keith, Mitsunari Fugunaga, Taro Shionoya & Tatsuya Toshitala
Think this side has the biggest upside overall
Kikkawa’s Army (Heihachiro Sakai & Hirokumi Saito) vs. Ieyoshi Shimakage & Ryushi Sato
Can't have both sides of Kikkawa's Army lose on one card, right?
Atsumori Takemura & Hiroaki Nakasawa vs. Nissho Yuasa & Toshiki Shibanumo
I think you've established that you are not a Shibanumo fan
Kikkawa’s Army (Masaaki Okazaki, Tadiyuki Kikkawa & Tasuku Iesada) vs. NEO (Koshiro Ino, Yasuhiko Taira & Yasunobu Masuno)
Give the invaders some momentum with a huge win in the main event
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Have to say that all the little touches you put in are great. Stuff like the young lion colours, how Hinote Dojo plays into the traditional young lion system, the division of Punk Nasty Club, etc... all really flesh out the world in ways I don't usually consider in a puro run. And even though I always envision BHOTWG as having a relationship with NOTBPW, your definition of the company as isolationist does harken back to King's Road AJPW, with Kikkawa almost akin to Genchiro Tenryu if he'd come back after SWS.
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The Rebellion (Natsu Miyamae & Shimedzu)
Hachigoro Maeda & Haru Kurofuji
Helikaon & Hijo del Relampago
Eisaku Hoshino, Masakazu Kaima & Reijiro Hiraki
American Panther (American Optimus & Red Panther) & The Incredible Koyama
Elemental III, Golden Scorpion, Marihito Masuko & The Awesome Kiyaru
Kinnojo Horri, Matthew Keith, Mitsunari Fugunaga, Taro Shionoya & Tatsuya Toshitala
Kikkawa’s Army (Heihachiro Sakai & Hirokumi Saito)
Atsumori Takemura & Hiroaki Nakasawa
NEO (Koshiro Ino, Yasuhiko Taira & Yasunobu Masuno)
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Have to say that all the little touches you put in are great. Stuff like the young lion colours, how Hinote Dojo plays into the traditional young lion system, the division of Punk Nasty Club, etc... all really flesh out the world in ways I don't usually consider in a puro run. And even though I always envision BHOTWG as having a relationship with NOTBPW, your definition of the company as isolationist does harken back to King's Road AJPW, with Kikkawa almost akin to Genchiro Tenryu if he'd come back after SWS.
Thanks! I actually noticed you mentioning that in another thread hence the emphasis on recent because I also noticed that was somewhat true. It feels like since maybe Kaneko came in or at some point before or after that, BHOTWG hasnt had a lot of relations with other companies. Past, I'd say maybe 2010, they seem to stop extensively hiring ex-WLW guys and having guys who have worked or went to work in NOTBPW. I dont have the game in front of me. It might just be a case of the BHOTWG roster remaining mostly stagnant from CV2010 to CV2016 as many companies seem to be and not really a push towards isolationism. Kanekos in-game refusal to work with other companies does make me sad.

Thanks all for the comments and predictions.
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Thanks! I actually noticed you mentioning that in another thread hence the emphasis on recent because I also noticed that was somewhat true.
Right, the post in What's going on in your game thread. 90s AJPW, man. Great and terrible at the same time.

I actually really like that touch of the trunks, to emphasize again. Orange is so not something you'd think of as a color, but I'm guessing that was a nod to Kenta Kobashi? Obviously completely at odds against somewhere like GCG which would use black.
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BHOTWG The Burning Path in Yokohama:
Kazunori Yamura & Toju Munkata vs. The Rebellion (Natsu Miyamae & Shimedzu) (I fully expect Yamura to get the taste slapped out of his mouth by both members of The Rebellion.)
Hachigoro Maeda & Haru Kurofuji vs. Sanetomo Shiraishi & Tetsuji Nishimoto (Nishimoto receives a good beating from Maeda & Kurofuji.)
Bairei Yasujiro & Crimson Ghost vs. Helikaon & Hijo del Relampago (As Kikkawa said after one of my BHOTWG shows, Helikaon is money, and Crimson Ghost is arguably the most hated young lion in BHOTWG. Helikaon beats him here.)
Eisaku Hoshino, Masakazu Kaima & Reijiro Hiraki vs. Java, Ninja Shunji & White Samurai (One of these men is not like the others... namely Hoshino.)
American Panther (American Optimus & Red Panther) & The Incredible Koyama vs. Hyosuke Kokan, Jin Miyamoto & Kansuke Konda (This is where matches get a bit harder to predict. Miyamoto seems like the odd man out here, though.)
Elemental III, Golden Scorpion, Marihito Masuko & The Awesome Kiyaru vs. MYSTIC Dragon, Sensational Dragon, VENOM & Yoshii Shiomi (I could be wrong, but at the moment, I rank Kiyaru & Scorpion a little higher than VENOM & Shiomi.)
Chuichi Sanda, Eiji Hamacho, Gonkuro Kamioka, Murai Enomoto & Tadakuni Toshusai vs. Kinnojo Horri, Matthew Keith, Mitsunari Fugunaga, Taro Shionoya & Tatsuya Toshitala (Like the Hoshino tag match above, Horri is noticeably higher up the card than any of his opponents.)
Kikkawa’s Army (Heihachiro Sakai & Hirokumi Saito) vs. Ieyoshi Shimakage & Ryushi Sato (This match smells of Sakai getting some easy momentum courtesy of pinning young Sato.)
Atsumori Takemura & Hiroaki Nakasawa vs. Nissho Yuasa & Toshiki Shibanumo (I'd pick the reigning champions over a non-established team, but looking at Nakasawa's popularity, I think he'd be really pissed to lose this match.)
Kikkawa’s Army (Masaaki Okazaki, Tadiyuki Kikkawa & Tasuku Iesada) vs. NEO (Koshiro Ino, Yasuhiko Taira & Yasunobu Masuno) (NEO gets the big win they need to establish them as a legitimate main event threat.)

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Kazunori Yamura & Toju Munkata vs. The Rebellion (Natsu Miyamae & Shimedzu)
Munkata's a young lion, give them time.
Hachigoro Maeda & Haru Kurofuji vs. Sanetomo Shiraishi & Tetsuji Nishimoto
Irregular team vs. tag team legend.
Bairei Yasujiro & Crimson Ghost vs. Helikaon & Hijo del Relampago
I believe that Yasujiro is the only non-jobber in this match at game start.
Eisaku Hoshino, Masakazu Kaima & Reijiro Hiraki vs. Java, Ninja Shunji & White Samurai
It is well established that I HATE Java. Hoshino is indeed a freelancer, so you may have Java win just to spite him, but I doubt it.
American Panther (American Optimus & Red Panther) & The Incredible Koyama vs. Hyosuke Kokan, Jin Miyamoto & Kansuke Konda
Coin flip.
Elemental III, Golden Scorpion, Marihito Masuko & The Awesome Kiyaru vs. MYSTIC Dragon, Sensational Dragon, VENOM & Yoshii Shiomi
Another coin flip, but Masuko losing has more storyline potential.
Chuichi Sanda, Eiji Hamacho, Gonkuro Kamioka, Murai Enomoto & Tadakuni Toshusai vs. Kinnojo Horri, Matthew Keith, Mitsunari Fugunaga, Taro Shionoya & Tatsuya Toshitala
Horri and Fugunaga on the same team? WIN.
Kikkawa’s Army (Heihachiro Sakai & Hirokumi Saito) vs. Ieyoshi Shimakage & Ryushi Sato
Sakai is your next ace, and Shimakage will get popped for drugs imminently.
Atsumori Takemura & Hiroaki Nakasawa vs. Nissho Yuasa & Toshiki Shibanumo
See John Lions. Also, Nakasawa getting and potentially winning a tag title match is feasible with a protégé.
Kikkawa’s Army (Masaaki Okazaki, Tadiyuki Kikkawa & Tasuku Iesada) vs. NEO (Koshiro Ino, Yasuhiko Taira & Yasunobu Masuno)
This was a toss-up. I even considered putting a draw down. Then I remembered the Burning Throne.
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