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What to Watch: NJPW World (February 2019)



You want to keep up with NJPW but who has the time to watch everything they release? This month New Japan put out five self-produced shows, their portion of the Giant Baba Memorial, two CMLL highlight videos and two crossovers with ROH. There have been over sixty matches released through NJPW World this month and if you don’t have the time for everything, I’m here to help. These are the matches that I’ve recommended throughout the month, which you can keep up with in real time on my show reviews, or wait for these monthly drops. The asterisks you see are different from the traditional star rating system. I recommend each of these matches. The more asterisks, the better.

February 2 – The New Beginning in Sapporo – (ENG/JPN)
– Minoru Suzuki vs SANADA*** (1:50:55)
– Zack Sabre Jr. vs EVIL** (2:18:30)
– Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kazuchika Okada vs Jay White & Bad Luck Fale** (2:52:00)

February 3 – The New Beginning in Sapporo – (ENG/JPN)
– Shingo Takagi & BUSHI vs Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado** (1:57:35)
– EVIL & SANADA vs Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr.* (2:27:50)

February 11 – The New Beginning in Osaka – (ENG/JPN)
– Taiji Ishimori vs Ryusuke Taguchi** (1:48:30)
– Kazuchika Okada vs Bad Luck Fale** (2:12:25)
– Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Jay White*** (2:43:30)

February 19 – Giant Baba Memorial – (JPN)
– Hiroshi Tanahashi & Yoshitatsu vs Kento Miyahara & Daisuke Sekimoto***

February 21 – Takashi Iizuka Retirement Show – (ENG/JPN)
– Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI vs Yuji Nagata & Shota Umino** (42:35)
– Roppongi 3K vs Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado* (1:02:20)
– Hiroshi Tanahashi & Will Ospreay vs Killer Elite Squad* (1:43:45)
– Takashi Iizuka, Minoru Suzuki & Taichi vs Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Kazuchika Okada & Toru Yano* (1:59:10)

February 23 – Honor Rising: Japan – (ENG/JPN)
– Zack Sabre Jr. vs Shota Umino* (26:40)

February 24 – Honor Rising: Japan – (ENG/JPN)
– Hirooki Goto & Will Ospreay vs Jeff Cobb & Dalton Castle* (57:20)
– EVIL & SANADA vs Guerrillas of Destiny* (1:53:55)

Robert McCauley hasn't missed an NJPW show since the launch of NJPW World. Always be on the look out for his reviews where he shares results and gives his honest opinions on the goings-on of New Japan Pro-Wrestling.