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Blake Goodwin

Blake Goodwin
Blake Goodwin is a 26-year-old writer living in Austin, TX and has been a wrestling fan since 1997. He can be reached on Twitter @blakegoodwinn and email him at blakegoodwin136@gmail.com.

NJPW G1 Climax 2015 Final Recap

NJPW G1 Climax 2015: Final Watch on: NJPW World Well, here it is, the final showdown.  Nineteen 3 plus hour shows, extending over a month and a half–A daunting task for even the most hardcore wrestling fan. However, this kind of lengthy tournament is best enjoyed by picking and choosing what you watch, following who has a buzz around them, ...

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NJPW G1 Climax 2015: Week 3 Results

Tuesday, August 4 Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Hirooki Goto The King of Strong Style #NJPW #G125 @ShinsukeN pic.twitter.com/MtACilDUYr — LARIATOOOOO!!! (@SenorLARIATO) August 4, 2015 At this stage in the G1, the wrestlers bodies are beginning to feel the pangs of working nearly every night of the week.  Yes, the tag matches that start the shows are good for a decent rest, ...

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The Essentials: NJPW G1 Climax 2015 Week 2

Enjoy what we do? Support Between the Ropes on Patreon! Your generous donation will help keep our lights on, and make it possible for us to do even more! Wrestling fans everywhere will thank you. Night 6: Tuesday, July 28, 2015 Satoshi Kojima vs. Kazuchika Okada At first glance, the card for night 6 didn’t really blow me away. The ...

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Five Matches to Watch From NJPW G1 Climax Week 1

  The G1 Climax garners a lot of attention every year, drawing in casual and lapsed fans alike back to the product with its prominence.   This is natural, though, considering that the winner of this month and a half long tournament will win a chance to compete for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at New Japans biggest show of the year, ...

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Finn Balor: The Demon Revealed Review

There’s no mistaking it, Finn Balor is poised to become one of the biggest stars in WWE.  Of course, he will have to be put in the correct positions, as well as the right creative environment to further his development. Fortunately, as of late, WWE’s track record has become much more reliable.  The Shield and Kevin Owens are prime examples ...

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Five Things We Learned from NJPW Dominion 2015

There’s something about coffee and wrestling on a Saturday morning that just feels so right, and it has become much more common as streamable shows become commonplace in wrestling. This Fourth of July weekend fans got to enjoy an incredible show in WWE’s Beast of the East, a live event that took place in Tokyo; a much-needed refresh for the ...

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NJPW Road to Dominion 2015 Recap – June 28, 2015

NJPW Road to Dominion 2015 June 28, 2015 Korakuen Hall-Tokyo, Japan Watch on: NJPW World Dominion 2015 is set to be one of NJPW’s biggest events the year. So many of the feuds going into Dominion have been building for upwards of 6 months, something that isn’t commonplace amongst modern day professional wrestling. The Road to Dominion has one purpose; ...

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NJPW Best of the Super Juniors XXII Final Recap

Best of the Super Junior XXII Main Event Breakdown Watch on: New Japan World Kyle O’Reilly vs Kushida Let’s not get it confused, this was a one match card as far as I was concerned, and while there were some great contests that occurred earlier in the night, my focus was entirely on the Best of the Super Junior final ...

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NJPW Best of the Super Junior Results – June 5, 2015

Best of the Super Junior Night 12 Report – 06/05/2015 Full disclosure: my interest in this tournament waned when it became apparent to me that the final was going to be Taguchi vs Kushida.  This match up, in my mind, was a sure-fire win for Kushida, who would then go on to compete for Kenny Omega’s IWGP junior heavyweight title.  Despite my ...

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NJPW Best of the Super Juniors XXII – Night 5 and 6 Results

NJPW Best of the Super Juniors XXII Night 5 May 29, 2015 Tochigi New Sanpia Tochigi A block – Komatsu Yohei vs Chase Owens Somebody call Tyson Kidd, because Chase Owens is committing gimmick infringement with the beats headphones he was wearing for his entrance attire. Anyways, Yohei Komatsu really stood out to me in his match with Kyle O’Reilly ...

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NJPW Best of the Super Juniors – May 27, 2015

BEST OF THE SUPER Jr. XXII Night 5 May 27, 2015 Aomori, Aomori Prefecture Budokan Watch on: New Japan World A block – Komatsu Yohei vs Kyle O’Reilly O’Reilly and Komatsu Yohei look almost identical standing next to each other, and this similar size and style usually tends to lend itself to great matches.  The two spent some time feeling one another ...

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NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Review – May 26, 2015

The fourth night of the BOSJ tournament consisted of 4 matches that exceeded those of the previous nights.  It’s been enjoyable to watch these matches on NJPW World, as they are broken down into separate videos making them very easily accessible to even the least astute New Japan fans. The BOSJ tournament rolls on and coverage will continue tomorrow, as ...

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NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Review – May 25, 2015

I’m already reeling as I look at the massive amount of scheduled matches and events that the Best of the Super Juniors tournament is producing.  Generally, before I started covering the NJPW events for Between the Ropes, I would catch the finals of the tournament, but the context and gravity of the matches were a little lost on me. Great ...

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Ring of Honor Global Wars 2015 Night One Recap

I was on the fence about purchasing this Ring of Honor Global Wars 2015.  The Toronto, Canada card didn’t completely grab me, but I ultimately enjoyed the show overall.  Seeing so many contrasting wrestlers match up was the most intriguing factor, and it was generally an odd scene in the ROH ring in every match.   The stream was solid, with ...

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Wrestling Dontaku 2015 Review

Wrestling Dontaku was kind of a sleeper show, being that the best of the Super Juniors tournament is on the horizon, as well as the cross promotion events between New Japan and Ring of Honor happening later this month.  Overall, the show had some really enjoyable spots, with a more than satisfactory main event between Hirooki Goto and Shinsuke Nakamura ...

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New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) Hinokuni Review

The crowd was scaled down, and the lights darkened for Wrestling Hinokuni, a smaller show that leads into Dontaku this Sunday on NJPWorld.  The show was essentially a Road to Dontaku event, but with a very impressive main event for the Never Open Weight title between Ishii and Togi Makabe.  When trying to follow NJPW, it sometimes seems daunting to ...

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Wrestling Dontaku 2015 Key Match Breakdown

Wrestling Dontaku 2015 will take place on May 3rd in Fukuoka, Japan with a stacked card.   While I chose only the major 6 matches to break down, there will be a total of 9 at Wrestling Dontaku. New Japan Pro Wrestling’s signature strong style will be present in several matches on the card, and the stars of the promotion ...

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