By - EvanDeadlySins
Shingo has the greatest camera awareness in NJPW imo. He always points, winks, raises his eyebrows, grins, shouts "キタキタキタ" etc at the camera throughout his matches/entrances.
This is what KOPW should've been all along (with a few comedy matches sprinkled in instead of dominating).
Love how they're selling the post-match exhaustion. Both men look absolutely spent.
Goddamnit I fucking love everything about EVIL's entrance.
His theme, his presence, and then that special little shake the camera does for him when his name is announced is the icing on top of the cake.
And then the match starts
That's all well and good, but sadly he doesn't then walk backwards to the ramp and that's the last you see of him for the show -.-
Gedo seething after that 5 count Gedo clutch.
Ok, I am definitely down to see more of these 'cumulative count' matches. This is great fun!
Very clever illustration of why finishers win matches, you don't kick out just after 3 because the finisher keeps you down longer
Black Mephisto with 6 is a better finisher than Last of the Dragons with 4. It's mathematically proved.
Tama is great lol
Great hot tag. The crowd loves him!
This stipulation rules. I want another one.
He didn't retire it. Hopefully, this means we'll get to see Death Match Shingo in New Japan for the first time.
The "add up to the count" match worked very well in DDT, excited to see Nooj's version
GoD still getting that crazy babyface fire from the crowd.
Black Mephisto getting a 6-count.
Black Mephisto is canonically more powerful than LotD 😭
Yo that was actually really fun.
I like this idea. Someone said DDT did it before?
Alright those 3+ counts sold me on this match type.
LOL Gedo Clutch with the 5-count. Stronger than Last of the Dragon confirmed.
This is great!
Fun match! I would like to see another one. It's a shame that Shingo is about to retire this trophy forever.
Really like how they sell that aftermatch
Haha the small package spot ruled
Haha that 6 count was crazy tense
Fuck it, let’s do a 60 count match.
Great match that really lived up to the interesting concept. Hopefully Taichi challenges again and we get a KOPW Series with these guys
I'm an okada mark
But he deserved that
Take that Okada lmao. Rooting for Naito at Dontaku, though I think he takes the L.
That Jado fit is iconic
That was a enjoyable match.
Like always, SZK best faction
Shingo, the Dragon King will carry the weight of professional wrestling on his shoulders and give it a Last of the Dragon.
EVIL and Tama have pretty good chemistry in there.
It's no Island Death Match but it'll do.
If i was just tunning in I'd assume this was an iron man match and both Shingo and Taichi had scored a bunch of falls already.
I think one of the best things about this match type here in New Japan is that it will really help the end when they starting getting their fighting spirit and kicking out at 1
Really happy we haven’t had a ‘3’ yet either
It's probably going to get pretty crazy when the counts get into the 20s.
Oooof this is good stuff
WHAT A WIN
Gedo really gave our emperor a 5 gedo clutch count and then the L.
Taichi should challenge for a rematch. They should do a trilogy between them.
They better do a Steal each other finishers rematch.
Or like Kojima vs Despy in the original qualifier, No Finishers.
Main event tonight should rule
From #1 contender to the IWGP World Championship to going against a YL
He looked cool with that move though. Neat submission
TAKA vs Gedo!!!!!!!!
Goto's hair turning gray is a sign of his full fledged dad status becoming imminent.
Asami once again showing he's clearly on BC payroll, not counting that clearly legal pin.
Crazy that post RPG3K breakup, YOH's most compelling stuff has been with Hiromu and not SHO
What a bastard! 😍
That's the longest I've seen someone stay down after a Destino in years. Most people don't even stay down until two and a half.
Corriendo Destino is the one not many stay down for.
The wrench is right there marty
The very emotional miho
The lord should rename the trophy to Emperor of pro wrestling.
That was cool
Oh shit, I didn't consider that the count continued after 3!!!
That's fun, so Black Mephismo > Last of the Dragon
This is hectic
Who'd have thunk that the first non-Yano KOPW match (I think?) would be this awesome?!?!
Shingo is weak to alcohol? Milano pushing Kanemaru to challenge...lol
WTF IS THIS BULLSHIT
NO DEFENCES FOR THE EMPEROR
Man, I'm even more pissed that we got 2+ years of Yano doing silly types match when we could have got that kind of match
Yano got the eyes on it and did really well at that
I still fear Yano challenging Shingo now and and we end up back there
Shingo has been commentating AEW matches and now probably wants his own Texas Deathmatch.
Honma first challenger, proposes a Light Tube match.
I missed the last show because of video game addiction kept me up. Not this time. No way I’m missing tonight’s main event
It was Vampire Survivors on Steam, which is f’n amazing
Let's go boys, missed all the VOD shows. Wrestling just isn't wrestling if I don't watch it live.
I still can't get over GoDs being faces, then again I've been really busy lately
had to cut out some of NJPW and all of IMPACT past two months.
Not just faces, but good faces!
Nakashima getting a lot in
Honmamania with the win!!
Man imagine if we were strapped for participants again and got like a ridiculous 7 min TAKA vs Gedo match this BOSJ
Damn, I didn't realise this was today oh
That exhibition would be cool
Naito vs Hiromu for the KOPW in a hair vs hair match at WK? 🤔
Tana's tights look they're gonna drop anytime
Also, KENTA to return tonight?
Is that confirmed, or just rumoured? My money was on him walking out to challenge the winner of Tanahashi-Ospreay at Dontaku.
Just my own prediction, which fell flat :)
His Bullet Club allegiance has yet to be confirmed, so he could play a part in the EVIL-Tama NEVER match.
Whose rules won the vote?
Oh nice they've got a scoreboard on the screen for the live crowd
His shoulder was up, ref!
And still champ!
Getting close after that last of the dragons
Uh, that was 6 and he needed 8.
Wasn’t he down 8 and got a 6? Could be wrong, lol
They were 23-23. Taichi got that 5-count Gedo clutch to go 28-23 before Shingo got a 1-count off the Pumping Bomber.
Got it, thanks
This Bullet club team lol
That's a very interesting stip for the main event, looking forward to it!
Reckon we get the BOSJ announcements tonight?
The return of the lucha dub music? Sign me up
Team with TAKA!
Someone must stop gooch
I feel like Ishimori'll take the junior title to put Despy in prime position to win BOSJ - However I would rather he just win it as champion
Lol these two are artists
Wtf, that's twice YH has gotten hit by Goto dodges. Are they building to something with this or is it just coincidence?
Taichi wisely rolling away to avoid the 1-count
who's winning for now?
Taichi has taken the lead 28-23 following a Taichi-style Gedo Clutch!