Excalibur: But here comes Tozawa - house of fire! Holy… he’s not even… HE’S JUST DOING WHATEVER!
Chris Hero: HE’S JUST FUCKIN’ SHIT UP!!!!!!!!
NEVILLE: I think “wrestling” and “wrestler” used to be dirty words. That has turned around. We’re all here to say it’s not a dirty word. In fact, it’s a beautiful word.
ZAYN: We’re proud to be wrestlers.
NEVILLE: This is all we’ve ever wanted. And if you’re [on the main roster] and maybe you’re a little complacent — you’ve lost that fire — that’s fine, but just know that we’re going to be on your heels. We’re coming.
NJPW Road To DESTRUCTION 2014 in Korakuen Hall
Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma vs. Hirooki Goto & Kota Ibushi (***1/2)
Hiroshi Tanahashi & KUSHIDA vs. Tetsuya Naito & Ryusuke Taguchi (***3/4)
10 Man Elimination Match: Okada, Shinsuke, Ishii, YOSHI-HASHI & Gedo vs. Fale, Anderson, Gallows, Yujiro & Tonga (****)
Time Splitters & BUSHI vs. Ryusuke Taguchi, Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask (***1/4)
TenKoji, Naito & Honma vs. Nagata, Nakanishi, Ibushi & Captain New Japan (***1/2)
Okada, Shinsuke & YOSHI-HASHI vs. Fale, Anderson & Gallows (***1/4)
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Togi Makabe vs. Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata (****1/4)
These two shows did a hell of a job in hyping the upcoming Destruction double header in Kobe and Okayama. What at first looked like lackluster cards filled with a lot of filler matches, now look really exciting and full of potential.
Obviously the biggest success of the tour has been the booking of YOSHI-HASHI, who has gone from complete mid-card jabroni, to potential title holder in the course of a single show. He teams with Okada to challenge Tag champs Anderson and Gallows in Kobe, then in Okayama he squares off with Yujiro in the hope of winning the NEVER Title. Whilst I don’t necessarily believe he’ll leave either show with either strap, that fact that he is now seen as a credible contender for both has to be considered a success.