This week we turn to the dark side and take a look at Dark Side of the Ring’s documentary episode on Atsushi Onita and Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling (FMW). We also give our thoughts on the portrayals of Hayabusa and Shoichi Arai.
We join the WWF on their trip to the Tokyo Dome for a joint show with the intriguing puroresu promotion Super World of Sports. Hogan, Savage, the Road Warriors and more mix it up with Tenryu, The Great Kabuki, George Takano and more!
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 […]
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 […]
This weekend New Japan Pro Wrestling are running two events in the MetLife Dome (formerly Seibu Dome) in Saitama. These are the first two events the company has ran in the building since the 2014 G1 Climax. Over the last two years when New Japan has ran Wrestle Kingdom events at the Tokyo Dome, the events have opened with an […]
A trip to Mexico can really change a person. Tetsuya Naito learnt how to be tranquilo. Akira Hokuto became a demon and young Yoshihiro Asai became a dragon. Asai was a New Japan trainee struggling to get anywhere due to his size. He relocated to Mexico, learnt the lucha libre style from Bruce Lee (or so the canon seems to […]
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) […]
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 […]
After Hogan and the NWO I had to break the scope back open again. Rina Yamashita is a name unknown to many, even amongst a lot of western joshi fans. Rina is (as of writing) one of the top freelancers in Japan and one of the most unique wrestlers in her field. She has competed in many smaller promotions with […]
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 […]