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It’s been too long since I saw a British show live. Not counting WWE or TNA shows, it’s been almost nine years since my last show… Sunday afternoon saw that run come to an end, after I swapped nine British pounds for a standing ticket at PROGRESS Wrestling’s ENDVR 15 show.

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Saturday night saw the WWE hold another Network-special, with a house show in Toronto being turned into their first-ever “Roadblock” event. With WrestleMania three weeks away, it was intended to be nothing more than a distraction, but there was some hope going in that this would reshape WrestleMania. In the end, it was just another house show, with a pretty good main event.

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New Japan wrapped up their 2016 New Japan Cup tournament on Saturday in Aomori, with a show that featured both sets of semi-finals and the tournament final, along with the usual variety of entertaining undercard bouts as the company set up their next big show – Invasion Attack – coming the week after WrestleMania.

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It’s that time again, as we continue our search on the world wide web for the freely available gems of matches that can provide a quick distraction from what the current wrestling scene. This week, most of our action comes from the United Kingdom, featuring a British legend and a former TNA champion.

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If you’ve been keeping score, we’ve been watching a fair bit of Japanese wrestling. Indeed, the Dragon Lee vs. Kamaitachi match from the New Japan/CMLL jointly-promoted “Fantasticamania” show on January 24 has been one of our favourite matches of the year so far. This past Friday night, back in Mexico, they went at it again… did it match their efforts in Tokyo?

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Following the sad news of the passing of Hayabusa, the second day of the New Japan Cup understandably could have been a muted affair at Korakuen Hall. New Japan held firm though, and put on another entertaining card as the final four in this year’s New Japan Cup were determined.

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With New Japan heading into their next big show – Invasion Attack – the company continues with its tradition holding a multi-night tournament to crown a number one contender for their April event. In America, holding such a tournament over more than one show is destined to lead to trouble (just look at how successful TNA’s Bound For Glory Series’ were!), but the tournament format can help to build up an unexpected challenger in just a few shows.

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