Originally published at https://www.postwrestling.com/2019/10/14/njpw-king-of-pro-wrestling-2019-post-show/
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John Pollock & Wai Ting review NJPW’s King of Pro Wrestling featuring Kazuchika Okada vs. Sanada for the IWGP Heavyweight title.
Kota Ibushi defends his Wrestle Kingdom title match contract against EVIL, Will Ospreay defends the IWGP title against rival El Phantasmo, Lance Archer replaces Jon Moxley to battle Juice Robinson for the vacant US championship, and Jushin Liger finally goes face to face Minoru Suzuki.
We discuss travel issues prohibiting Jon Moxley and Zack Sabre Jr. from appearing on this show, Moxley being stripped of the US title, and the outlook of the Tokyo Dome cards following this event.
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I’ll listen to the show before RAR tonight but I just wanna rip WWE and praise AEW for this, people keep doing this thing where it sounds like their mocking AEW for saying “Wins and losses matter”. Because for an American wrestling company it’s a foreign concept that you run it like a sport. Sanada is the super cool “Cold Skull Sanada” nothing gets him excited nothing gets him mad, this dude gave EVERYTHING to Okada and when he lost he was on his knees crying. I loved it a Win and Loss mattered, this wasn’t a DQ finish in Hell in a Cell where the Fiend “Gets his heat back”, this wasn’t Kofi being a 6 month champion, losing in 5 seconds and throwing pancakes the next week, this was sports. This was losing the conference championship and watching Okada take his dream of being champion and main eventing the Tokyo Dome, this win and loss mattered and that’s what every sport should be about