The Casual Mark Podcast – Episode 35

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Segment 1: Introduction

Segment 2: Fire Pro Wrestling Game History – Mike

  • On the announcement that the NJPW roster will be in Fire Pro Wrestling, Mike talks about the history of the series and why this is significant to both brands.

Segment 3: Wrestle Kingdom 12 Results

  • Masahito Kakihara Wins New Japan Rumble
  • The Young Bucks defeated Roppongi 3K (c) to win the IWGP Jr. Tag Team Championships
  • Beretta, Toru Yano, and Tomohiro Ishii defeated Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa, and Bad Luck Fale (c), Ryusuke Taguchi, Juice Robinson, and Togi Makabe, War Machine & Michael Elgin, and Taichi, Takashi Iizuka, and Zack Sabre Jr to win the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championships
  • Kota Ibushi defeated Cody w/Brandi Rhodes
  • EVIL and SANADA defeated Killer Elite Squad (Lance Archer and Davey Boy Smith Jr.) to win the IWGP Tag Team Championships
  • Hirooki Goto defeated Minoru Suzuki © to win the NEVER Openweight Championship (Suzuki cut his hair off)
  • Will Ospreay defeated Marty Scurll (c), Hiromu Takahashi, and KUSHIDA in a Fatal 4 Way Match to win the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) defeated Jay White to retain the IWGP Intercontinental Championship
  • Kenny Omega (c) defeated Chris Jericho in a No DQ Match to retain the IWGP United States Championship
  • Kazuchika Okada (c) defeated Tetsuya Naito to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship

Segment 4:  New Year’s Dash

  • The Elite defeated Roppongi 3K and Rocky Romero
  • Omega saves Ibushi from Cody.  
  • Omega offers membership to Bullet Club to Jay White, who accepts, and then drops Omega.
  • Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa, & Bad Luck Fale defeated Beretta, Toru Yano, & Tomohiro Ishii (c) , to win the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championships
  • Suzuki Gun beats down Hiroshi Tanahashi
  • EVIL, Tetsuya Naito, BUSHI, SANADA, and Hiromu Takahashi defeated Kazuchika Okada, Gedo, Will Ospreay, Hirooki Goto, and YOSHI-HASHI
    • Takahashi hits Time Bomb on Will Ospreay
    • Evil hits Goto with Darkness Falls
    • SANADA with a TKO and Skull End on Okada
    • LIJ Stands Tall
  • Jericho sneaks in and attacks Naito
    • All hell breaks loose.

Segment 4 Cont.: New Japan Going Forward

  • The New Beginning in Sapporo (1/27/2018)  (Day 1)
    • Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs Minoru Suzuki for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship
  • The New Beginning in Sapporo (1/28/2018)  (Day 2)
    • The Young Bucks (c) vs Roppongi 3K for the IWGP Jr. Tag Team Championships
    • Kenny Omega (c) vs Jay White for the IWGP United States Championship
  • The New Beginning in Osaka (2/10/2018)
    • Special Singles Match: Tetsuya Naito vs YOSHI-HASHI
    • Will Ospreay (c) vs Hiromu Takahashi for the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship
    • Hirooki Goto (c) vs EVIL for the NEVER Openweight Championship
    • Kazuchika Okada (c) vs SANADA for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship
  • New Japan Cup (3/9/2018 – 3/21/2018)
  • Strong Style Evolved Live in Long Beach (3/25/2018)

A RAW 25 to Remember?

Tomorrow night is the 25th anniversary of RAW and as much as the show is a celebration of the past, it needs something special to cement its present and future. That “special something” is a brand-new WWE Universal Champion and that man to win it on tomorrow night’s show is Braun Strowman.

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Braun has been booked as an absolute monster these past few weeks and it would be a shame for him; as well as the fans to deny him a great payoff. We know that there is a very high chance that during the three-way match at the Royal Rumble is going to end with Kane eating the pin and Brock retaining the championship; so why don’t we mix things up for the week?

In the perfect scenario, Kurt Angle books a blockbuster match for the main event at RAW 25 by pitting Brock VS Braun in a Universal Championship match. The match goes down and in a surprising finish, Braun pins Brock clean. The crowd goes nuts, the fans at home goes nuts and for once Brock Lesnar has seemingly met his match when it comes to “The Monster among Men.” Strowman holding that championship in the air would be a tremendous way to close the anniversary show and unforgettable at that.

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“Roman Reigns VS Brock Lesnar still has to happen! It’s been booked for years!” you reply.

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I get it, that match must happen and at this point, it should. We can still put that booking back into play, we just simply have Brock regain the title at the Rumble. Kane and Lesnar team up to bring Braun down, still making Strowman look like a beast in the process and Kane still eats the pin; courtesy of Brock Lesnar. While Braun loses the belt, he technically was never pinned and somewhere along the lines will be owed a rematch; possibly against Roman Reigns as the new champion.

If RAW 25 ends with Kane, Braun and Strowman trading blows and being held back from each other by security, the only thing it proves that after 25 years; RAW is repetitive. Let’s make this Monday night something to remember, WWE!