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First Black Champ - "Watch The Company You Keep"

The King of The Ring keeps going and we will definitely only have 1 winner for our contest. Cam is out and Bang really be knowing as we talk it out. We spend time talking about the newest makeshift tag team and how Andrade is bringing out Charlotte sexy. All that plus Bang's All Out review and the timeline AEW is on to compete with NXT on this Labor Day Weekend #FBCPod!

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As Justin Bieber readies to drop much anticipated new music, enjoy this Barber's Chair playlist of the best hits in Bieberveli's arsenal! 
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Ruthless Aggression - All Out

All Out, CM Punk at Starrcast, NXT Takeover: Cardiff, a King of the Ring update and post-Summerslam 2003!

Ruthless Aggression recap:
RAW 535
Smackdown 210

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Ruthless Aggression - Elimination Chamber predictions

It's Elimination Chamber weekend! The boys predict Sunday's PPV and talk about Kenny Omega to AEW, Kota Ibushi staying in Japan, The Top Guys winning the tag belts, and the continued road to Wrestlemania!

Ruthless Aggression recap:
RAW 506 & 507
Smackdown 182 & 183

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First Black Champ - Wrestling organizations need to get they Captain Planet on

Cody's All In Event was a huge success! So was Starrcast. Bang feels Kenny Omega is the best wrestler in the world today and if you name a certain three specific people, you can kiss his ass!

We talk the great ending of RAW and how it left the arena confused and the great moment in Black Wrestling history on Smackdown on this week's #FirstBlackChamp podcast!

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Ruthless Aggression EP 31 - All In preview
Ruthless Aggression EP 28 - It was you, Hunter

Rob Pierce and Chris review RAW 480 and Smackdown! 155, highlighted by Triple H looking for the culprit who beat up Shawn Michaels last week, and Brock Lesnar defending his #1 contenders match for Summerslam against Hollywood Hulk Hogan! Plus Ronda Rousey shines in her Monday Night RAW debut, Lincoln Ricketts joins Pierce to preview the final three nights of the G1 Climax, and we preview what we have in store for Summerslam week! (note: it has nothing to do with Summerslam).

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Ruthless Aggression EP 26 - the Evolution of Wrestling

The crew chat about the announcement of "Evolution", WWE's first all-women's pay per view!, Plus Tommaso Ciampa's NXT CHampsionship win, Roman-Brock IV and the Big Dog's ongoing Twitter feud with Tama Tonga, Matt Riddle to NXT rumors, Slammiversary, and the premiere of Miz and Mrs! We also go back to 2002 and review RAW 478 and Smackdown 153, and The Barber's Chair's resident indie wrestling lover Lincoln joins to talk NJPW's G1 Climax!

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Ruthless Aggression EP 24 - Still standing

This week the crew reviews RAW 475 & Smackdown 150, featuring the Ladder Match between Jeff Hardy & The Undertaker for the WWE Undisputed Championship, Brock Lesnar v. Ric Flair, & Hulk Hogan winning the tag titles with Edge! Plus our thoughts on ROH: Best in the World, the controversy between Kenny Omega & his CEO show, PCO calling out The Undertaker, the Bayley-Sasha saga and more!

New Japan returns stateside for its Strong Style Evolved show

New Japan Pro Wrestling returned to the United States for Strong Styled Evolved, giving us a decent card with a main event that everyone will be talking about. While this is just a preview of NJPW for the western hemisphere, this card is gearing us up for Sakura Genesis on April 1st

Bullet Club is NOT fine

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The crumbling of Bullet Club started at the beginning of the card when Cody/Marty took on the Guerillas of Destiny. Started off with some comedy with Marty getting all of the love and Cody getting BOO’d out the building. Cody is one of the biggest heels in the wrestling business, as everyone knows that he is the reason why Bullet Club has so much turmoil. Cody/Marty won but they kept assuring Bullet Clun was fine even though the world can see the dissension from miles away.

Let’s talk about that main event, Young Bucks vs. The Golden Lovers. The storytelling in this match was amazing. Wrestling fans knew coming in that this match had the potential to be match of the year contender. The tension was strong from the start as Matt Jackson of the Young Bucks was the most emotional wrestler out the four. Matt was the one in the face of the Golden Lovers until Nick had to intervene ferociously. Matt dared them to attack and scolded Omega to put him away with the One Winged Angel. Some may say that Matt was over-acting but they were trying to sell the fact that both teams had so much history together. The spots in this match were tremendous but I have a small problem with TOO much spots in a match. Matt was selling a bad back but throughout the 40 minute match we seen incredible spots that would be a 3 count pinfall in other promotions.

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Other than that, if you did not like the card itself, this match made up for it. Ibushi was my favorite wrestler in this bout because he was pushing Kenny to perform his moves to his former best friends. Ibushi was taking all of the spots inside the match as the Young Bucks kept Kenny outside especially with an elbow drop through a table. Omega truly is one of the best in the world as his actions were telling the story more than words he said in the ring. Kenny never wanted to hit Matt with his V-Triggers but he knew he had to if they wanted to win.

After the match, Nick shook Kenny’s hand as they reconciled but Matt was unwilling to give Kenny the same type of love. Is this the end of the friendship between Omega & The Young Bucks? We can assure that the next “Being the Elite” episode will be a must watch.

Quick Hits

Zack Sabre Jr. & Suzuki defeated Ishii & Okada giving them momentum towards Sakura Genesis on April 1st. Ishii never met a person like Suzuki as he actually brought the strongest wrestler in NJPW down. Okada has a full plate on his hands as he has to deal with ZSJ’s technical prowess.

Hangman Page & Jay White had a decent match but it included a spot that could’ve injured Page for a long time. White did a German Suplex to Page on the apron and his head missed the apron by inches, it was too close a call. White retained but this match left much to be desired.

Will Ospreay defeated Liger and challenged Mysterio that will have the wrestling universe anticipating that match. After he made the announcement, Marty Scrull interrupted and hit Ospreay & stole Mysterio’s mask, building up the heel’s contention to the IGWP Junior Heavyweight Championship.

NJPW Strong Style Evolved predictions
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NJPW

New Japan Pro-Wrestling will invade Long Beach, California, Sunday for an huge event featuring the promotion's most noticeable stars as they continue to grow their brand to the western hemisphere. The event will air on AXS TV at 8pm ET. NJPW also released the full card for Sunday's show on Wednesday, which you can check the predictions out below

Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi vs. The Young Bucks

A Dream match for indie darlings everywhere. If you have been following “Being The Elite”, Matt has been under the assumption that Kenny has been sending shots at the Young Bucks but this has been a ploy by Cody Rhodes to break the Bullet Club up. With the reunion still fresh on everyone’s minds, expect The Golden Lovers to win.

IWGP United States Championship Match: Jay White vs. Hangman Page

Hangman Page has been getting better with his tag matches with the Young Bucks but this is the first time we are going to see Page in a championship match in NJPW. Jay White just got his title so I don’t expect him to lose so quickly, White retains

Tomohiro Ishii and Kazuchika Okada vs. Minoru Suzuki and Zack Sabre Jr.

A Preview of the main event at Sakura Genesis on April 1. When this tag team match was announced, it was one of the hardest to predict. Okada will face the New Cup winner; Sabre Jr. and this will be an anticipated match up. Okada & Ishii will win further cementing CHAOS’s place at the top of NJPW.

Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Will Ospreay: Sadly, Rey Mysterio got injured last month and he had to be replaced, the good news is that Ospreay was the person who replaced him. Ospreay wins as Liger puts him over as one of the best young talents NJPW has to offer.

Dragon Lee, Kushida, Ryusuke Taguchi and Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Hiromu Takahashi, Bushi, Sakada and Tetsuya Naito: Naito has been on a bit of a losing streak ever since he lost his championship to Okada. Naito will continue to lose, as I feel that NJPW is creating a story with his current losing streak.

Tanga Loa and Tama Tonga vs. Marty Scurll and Cody: OG Bullet Club vs New Bullet Club, what a match. While I am a huge Tama Tonga fan (His persona is one of the best in the indies), Cody/Marty are winning to keep the momentum going for Cody & Kenny’s clash at ROH Supercard

Chuckie T and Toru Yano vs. Killer Elite Squad: Killer Elite Squad is winning……..unless Yano does something comedic and gets away with a win

David Finlay and Juice Robinson vs. Hirooki Goto and Gedo: Juice Robinson is rising within the ranks and he is over with the crowd in Japan. David Finlay & Juice Wins.

Roppongi 3K and Rocky Romero vs. Scorpio Sky, Frankie Kazarian and Christopher Daniels: Roppongi 3K wins as they continue to show why they are the best junior tag team in NJPW.

The return of the Golden Lovers

Usually indie wrestling is just wrestlers having great matches for the interest of the crowd. Rarely we get a story that last for years grabbing the attention of its viewers.

10 years ago Kota Ibushi and Kenny Omega, two of the best wrestlers in the world, were formerly the tag team known as The Golden Lovers. Once friends turned rivals, there has a been a lingering feeling on when these two wrestlers would either tag team again or face each other in the ring. At New Beginning in Sapporo for New Japan Pro Wrestling, we got our answer and The Golden Lovers were back.

The way that The Golden Lovers reunited was a great wrestling angle stemming from the friction within the Bullet Club. Cody Rhodes & Kenny Omega have not been on the best terms lately. Ever since Dominion 2017, Cody/Kenny has not seen eye to eye with each other. Cody has always felt that he can do whatever he wants to do. Cody wanted to not only prove he can beat Kota, but he is a better friend to Kenny than Kota has ever been. Ibushi defeated Cody (Rhodes’ best match on the indie scene) and Cody was not going to let it go.

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Tokyo Sport

The day after Wrestle Kingdom 12, Cody aimed a chair at Ibushi’s head and Kenny came in for the save. Kenny was trying to create unity within the Bullet Club while also saving his old friend. Then it happened, at the main event of New Beginning in Sapporo for New Japan Pro Wrestling, Omega lost his US Belt to Jay White and Hangman Page instantly challenged White but Kenny interrupted giving White his congratulations. Cody sneak-attacked him from behind with the Cross Rhodes and began to further damage Kenny, until Kota Ibushi made the save. The Golden Lovers reunited but the world wanted to know what was next for them, was Kota going to join the Bullet Club? Is Kenny leaving the BC?

Kota & Kenny went against opposing Bullet Club members Cody & Marty Scrull at NJPW/ROH Honor Rising and it was such a sight to see. Both men at the peak of their wrestling ability, showing that they never lost their chemistry in the ring. From their synchronized asai moonsaults, double teams of their signature moves, to their combination of the V-Trigger/kamigoye finisher (Vicious).

After their bout with Cody/Marty, they claimed that they were the best tag team in the world, but there is one tag team that took offense to that, the Young Bucks. An indie dream match has been made official, as The Young Bucks will take on The Golden Lovers at Strong Style Evolved show in Long Beach, California, on March 25. I wonder how this will play out in Being The Elite, as the build has been minimal so far.

The Golden Lovers' reunion has been monumental as they receive a pop everywhere they attend. This is reminiscent of the reunion of Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose, something we wanted as long as it was properly done. Let’s see how far this reunion goes, as 2019 is a new year and we don’t know if Kenny will head to the WWE, so they should capitalize while the iron is hot and push this duo as the faces of NJPW.

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It's a new year and we got a lot of content on deck! We talk Alpha vs Omega and Wrestle Kingdom 12, What virus or STD Enzo might have and more new Royal Rumble predictions. Also some wild GauranDAMNTees that just might happen on the grandest stage of them all! All that and much more on 2018's first #FirstBlackChamp Podcast!

Five things that happened at Wrestle Kingdom

It's Wrestle Kingdom, the pinnacle of New Japan Pro Wrestling. It's arguably the second-biggest wrestling show in the world, and as predicted, it delivered. There wasn't an all-time classic match - like Okada v Omega I from the year before - but as a whole it was a great card that delivered in many moments. 2017 was a banner year for NJPW, and with the inclusion of Chris Jericho, WK12 was going to be one of the biggest shows internationally. Let’s look at some takeaways from a contender for 'Show of the Year'.             

Chris Jericho v Kenny Omega

From the beginning with Jericho attacking Omega as he entered the ring, to the One Winged Angel on the same chair Jericho used viciously throughout the match, this bout was brilliant. Despite some shaky moments (a No DQ match with rope breaks and count outs?), it satisfied our huge expectations.

We haven’t seen heel Jericho like this in quite some time and it was so refreshing. From smacking Red Shoes (he's the referee for the match if you're new to NJPW) and putting his son in the Lion Tamer to cursing out the crowd, this was the Y2J that was desperately needed for this match. Omega SOLD all over the arena from the announcer table to the chair shots to the head.

Did I mention blood? There was blood in this match, a lot of blood.

Many were wondering if this would be a one-and-done for Jericho, but he appears headed towards a program with Naito. Y2J felt right at home, and the wrestling community were glad to see a dream match like this come to fruition.

Wrong Winner at the Right Time

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NJPW

Naito got the loudest pop of the night by far. The internets were buzzing, saying that it was Naito’s time to shine (I FULLY AGREE), but I chose Okada to win simply because he is Gedo’s golden boy. What we received is another win for the Rainmaker as he closes out the show, but this shouldn’t have happened.

Naito has become the most popular wrestler in Japan with his “Tranquilo” persona, and it was the right time to pull the plug on Okada and give the belt to Naito. Okada already has the record reign for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. Naito defeating Okada would have made more sense.

It was a great match, even though the ending just felt like a spot fest, but WK12 could’ve ended on an amazing note with Naito receiving the top title.

Young Bucks won……again

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I respect the Young Bucks, I really do, but this was the time for them to put Roppongi 3K over. YB have won the IWGP Jr. Tag Team Championships six times and could have put over the rising and upcoming stars in SHO & YOH.

It was still one of my favorite YB matches. They actually told a psychological story with Matt hurting his back throughout the bout. With less spots and more of a story during their contest, I thoroughly enjoyed the match, even though Roppongi 3K should have won.

Cody had his best Indy match

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@TheBrandiRhodes

Cody finally had a classic match in the indies everyone. Cody Rhodes has been getting over as a character than a wrestler ever since he left the WWE. His use of being wrestling royalty, believing he’s the best out cause of his bloodline is a great gimmick, but his wrestling never matched his big talk. His matches with Christopher Daniels, Okada & Juice Robinson left much to be desired, but in this match, Cody & Ibushi put on a clinic.

This could be a main event on any other show. Cody and Brandi Rhodes came off as the perfect heel couple. In one of the best spots of the night, Brandi feigned injury Ibushi tended to her, luring him into an attack. Their chemistry shows in the laughter they shared after their plan worked. Cody hit Ibushi with a SICK Cross Rhodes onto the ground from the apron. The springboard moonsault from Kota was also beautiful/ This match produced high quality all around. If Cody continues this run, he will receive no critique from me.

Ospreay finally breaks the curse

If you do not know the curse, Will Ospreay has been unable to beat Marty Scurll for years. The commentators told their story throughout the night. Ospreay hit Scurll with an OsCutter to finally defeat him and win the title.

Even though Ospreay was the worker of the match, Takahashi received the biggest pop in the match as he was on a wrestling spree, sunset flipping every opponent to the outside. This match may have been a tad bit too long, but it displayed each wrestler's qualities - from the heelish attitude of Scurll, the athleticism of Ospreay, the technique of KUSHIDA & the charisma of Takahashi.

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