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!
This weekend the G1 Climax kicks off, and it’s an occasion that ranks right up there with Wrestle Kingdom as one of the best times of year. (I guess Christmas just edges into the top ten). It’s New Japan Pro Wrestling’s annual round-robin tournament and is regarded as the most grueling tournament in wrestling. The month-long tournament involves two blocks […]
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 […]
Apologies for the lack of a podcast, I’ve been a bit crook (it’s not the COVID) and unable to speak for an hour straight (though some may argue I lack the ability to do it well while healthy anyway…) but to make up for it, here’s a special extra edition of the Roadtrip Music series. Of course this is for […]
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 […]
Note: This article was written in 2017 2003: Yoshihiro Takayama vs Tsuyoshi Kohsaka – vacant NWF Heavyweight titleWrestling World 2003 (attendance: 30,000)http://njpwworld.com/p/s_series_00162_1_10 Who? Tsuyoshi Kohsaka is a mixed martial artist who as of this writing has a record of 29-19 which includes losses to Mark Hunt, Randy Couture, Bas Rutten and Frank Shamrock (among others). Brought in to NJPW as […]
Note: This article was written in 2017 2002: Jun Akiyama vs Yuji Nagata – GHC Heavyweight titleWrestling World 2002 (attendance: 52,000)http://njpwworld.com/p/s_series_00159_1_10 GHC Heavyweight title? Yes, New Japan continues the co-operative approach with Pro Wrestling NOAH guest Jun Akiyama defending the Global Honoured Crown against NJPW’s Yuji Nagata. Jun Akiyama came through All Japan’s system and debuted against Kenta Kobashi in […]
Note: This article was written in 2017 2001: Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs Toshiaki Kawada – IWGP Heavyweight title tournament (semi-final)Wrestling World 2001 (attendance: 52,000)http://njpwworld.com/p/s_series_00157_1_6 It’s 2001 and a lot has happened in the last twelve months. Since both promotions came into existence in 1972, New Japan Pro Wrestling’s main competitor had been All Japan Pro Wrestling. NJPW was formed by Antonio […]