The Kobe Sumo Shoot (April 1, 1991)

There seems to be some confusion about exactly WHEN Earthquake (John Tenta) had his “shoot” with Koji Kitao in Japan. Some sources – even JJ Dillon in his book Wrestlers are Like Seagulls – claim that it occurred in the Toyko Dome on March 30; it didn’t. While Tenta and Kitao did have a match, it was perfectly fine, and […]

Road Warriors Profile

Hawk Born: January 26, 1957 (Michael Hegstrand) | Died: October 19, 2003 Billed Hometown: Chicago, IL | Billed Weight: 270 lbs Animal Born: September 12, 1960 (Joe Laurinaitis) | Died: September 22, 2020Billed Hometown: Chicago, IL | Billed Weight: 305 lbs Michael Hegstrand (Hawk) and Joe Laurinaitis (Animal) were childhood friends with a passion for weight-lifting. They became bouncers at […]

Vader Profile

Born: May 14, 1955 (Leon White) | Birthplace: Lynwood, CaliforniaDied: June 18, 2018 (Heart Failure)Billed Hometown: The Rocky Mountains | Billed Weight: 450 lbsOther Aliases: Baby Bull, Bull Power, Big Van Vader, Super Vader, Vader Leon White started his pro wrestling career in 1985 with Verne Gagne’s American Wrestling Association, after his NFL career (1978-79 with the Los Angeles Rams) […]

Roadtrip Music: Brooklyn the Hole by Maki Itoh (Maki Itoh)

Sekai chi kawaii no wa? [Who is the cutest in the world?] Itoh-chan! Last week I wrote about the uniqueness of Rina Yamashita. This week we take a look at another extremely unique character in professional wrestling and somebody who just celebrated a birthday (July 22). Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling’s Maki Itoh. Itoh was an idol singer (a type of […]

NJPW Toukon Shidou Chapter 1 2006 – Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Katsuyori Shibata

Note: This article was written in 2017. 2006: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Katsuyori ShibataToukon Shidou Chapter 1 (attendance: 31,000)http://njpwworld.com/p/s_series_00167_1_8 We took a look at Shinsuke Nakamura for the 2004 event and in 2006 we meet the other two ‘New Musketeers’. Hiroshi Tanahashi and Katsuyori Shibata. Both graduates of the NJPW Dojo (alongside Nakamura), New Japan planned to build the future around […]