NJPW's Recent Power Move With WWE

New Japan Pro Wrestling Is Finally A Major Player

Dominion 6.9 in Osaka Hall opened many eyes to what NJPW is doing for pro wrestling.

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New Japan Pro Wrestling is second when it comes to the hierarchy of pro wrestling promotions, but the match that occurred on June 9th between Kazuchika Okada and Kenny Omega pinpoints another shot in the arm in NJPW's war with WWE.

Okada/Omega's two-year rivalry culminated in a two out of three falls, no time limit match of the CENTURY.

Omega, having an up and down 2018, finally reached the pinnacle of his career by winning the IWGP Heavyweight Championship from Okada. A championship that has alluded Omega since he won the 2016 G1 Climax, he finally managed to overcome Okada's 700-plus day reign in a match that fans, critics, and myself are calling "THE best match of all time."

New Japan has an avid underground following as of late, with stars like AJ Styles, Finn Balor, and Shinsuke Nakamura either jumpstarting or revitalizing their careers that had WWE calling for them. Many fans also say that New Japan is a better promotion than WWE in terms of storylines and matches while WWE is second-rate. However, New Japan is on a level where their product and talent pool is on par with WWE. The quasi-war between both promotions, as well as ROH's role in the two, is a great time for fans to watch pro wrestling in general.

New Japan is providing an alternative product to fans that want hard-hitting matches, MA-rated content, and overall, wrestling.

Recently, WWE greats like Chris Jericho and Rey Mysterio have shown up in New Japan and put on amazing matches. Jericho's full-heel attitude (swearing, giving the finger, brawling) has drawn audiences not familiar with New Japan to it: an uncensored Y2J doing what he wants without worrying about PG-minded Vince McMahon. Additionally, New Japan has run shows in the U.S. that have sold out quickly, another sign that New Japan is eye-to-eye with WWE.

Okada's 2-year reign came to a remarkable end on June 9, 2018, when he and Omega went over an hour in a classic confrontation.

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On the other hand, WWE is not the loser at the moment.

In fact, WWE is still on top in a lot of fans' minds. Obviously, Lesnar's stale reign as Universal Champion and Vince's millionth attempt of pushing Roman Reigns down our throat is 2015-esque, but wrestlers like Seth Rollins and AJ Styles are having tremendous runs in the company that is drawing more and more fans to WWE. FOX's deal bringing Smackdown Live next year is also very interesting, and NXT's strong following adds more fuel to WWE's continued success.

It will be interesting to see what New Japan has in store with new champions like Kenny Omega and Chris Jericho, especially with Omega's reunion with The Young Bucks that has spawned the new faction "The Golden Elite" with Omega's old tag team partner Kota Ibushi. WWE's next event, Money in the Bank, will set the tone for the rest of their summer plans leading up to Summerslam. Let's hope that WWE can return the favor and have a match that contends with Omega/Okada IV this year.

However, New Japan just showed the world that they can compete with WWE on their level.

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9 Reasons You're Still In Love With Tim Riggins In 2019

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If you're a Friday Night Lights fan, you know very well who Tim Riggins is. And if you've never seen the show, he's basically just the bad boy football star and sensitive hottie of your dreams, all wrapped into one heart-throbbing package. If you haven't already fallen under the Tim Riggins spell, you're about to...


1. He's the star running back of the Dillon Panthers.

Basically every girl who has walked this earth has fantasized about having that cliche football relationship. No shame. #33 on the field, #1 in my heart.

2. He's actually really sensitive.

Tim Riggins may seem hard and dysfunctional on the outside, but he's really just a big softie. He's no JD McCoy, who grew up lavishly and extremely fortunate; Tim had a rough upbringing. He and his brother, Billy, had to work hard all by themselves just to stay above water, which is most likely what keeps him so grounded and humbled.

3. He loves kids.

Tim didn't even think twice about taking his neighbor under his wing when he moved in next door. And for some reason, there's just somethin' about cute boys holding babies that makes us girls swoon.

4. He's genuine and honest.

Sure, maybe he took advantage of his football-star status and slept with most of the rally girls, but once he fell in love with Lyla we saw his compassionate side. (You probably envied Lyla and maybe even hated her for a while because of it...I know I did.)

5. He knows how to have a good time.

It's 5 o'clock somewhere.

6. He's a family man.

Tim took the blame for his brother's crime and went to prison for it...if that's not loyalty then I don't know what is.

7. He's affectionate.

If you either hate Lyla or you want to be Lyla or a combination of the both, you are not alone.

8. He's protective.

Probably the only time you've ever wanted to be in a tornado was when you watched the episode where he shielded Julie from flying debris.

9. He's beautiful.

You're welcome for blessing you with this GIF.

May you all find your own Tim Riggins. Amen.

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Poetry On The Odyssey: It's a Girl

An ode to the little girl raised to be insecure.

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They raise little girls to be insecure

Little girls grow to be big girls

People always ask big girls why they're so insecure

Big girls aren't quite sure

Day after day the big girl can't keep up

She's exhausted

Her soul feels worn

The big girl learns to grow hard

In a way, she's a bit stronger

People call her a bitch

Bitch

What is that?

How can she let that affect her

It's simply the only way to be her

She mourns that little girl

Hoping that one day

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