The Social Roundup: summer holidays edition



The Social Roundup: summer holidays edition

After the long struggle of the G1 Climax, there’s been time for a very short breather for many in NJPW, as batteries are recharged before the Super J-Cup this weekend and beyond to Royal Quest and then the Destruction tour. It’s all led to some very different content on social media as wrestlers take time away from the ring to relax, and to prepare. 


Will Ospreay is looking to cook up something special with Amazing Red in the main event of Super J-Cup night one in Tacoma on Thursday. All involved are looking to create a recipe for success, but SHO and YOH have been looking to cook up other recipes as well.


Roppongi 3K and Toru Yano were guests on a Cookpad Live app stream recently, helping inspire some summer creativity in the kitchen. 

While some were hard at work indoors, others were sampling the Great Outdoors, albeit not always with a great deal of success.


For Kazuchika Okada, a valuable lesson in mental grit before he defends the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at Royal Quest: ‘I got chased by a wasp; I thought I was going to die’


Ren Narita had to head online with cap in hand and head bowed as he got ready for a fan event with Shota Umino. ‘An apology: I said on Twitter yesterday that three lottery winners would receive a rhinoceros beetle. Unfortunately, I was not able to capture any beetles and therefore can not offer them as prizes. I humbly apologize.’

As summer vacations come to an end, the tough pace of the autumn schedule beckons. Nobody will be fighting harder than Kota Ibushi as he tries to retain his G1 Climax winning prize; the main event IWGP Heavyweight Championship match at Wrestle Kingdom 14 on January 4 (and potentially yet a second title match on January 5).



‘I managed to do what I wanted most- to win G1 Climax 29! From now on, we embark on a new era. With all the gratitude in the world, with everyone, together, we’re going to explode! But first, all my energy is going on recovery!!’

An Ibushi fully recovered from the rigours of the G1 could well be leading us all into a new era as 2020 rolls around.