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NJPW New Year’s Dash Results And Reaction

Hello friends.  How do you follow up an event with the first ever six star match?  Well let’s find out as New Japan starts out on a new journey and unlike last year, four top guys aren’t going to WWE so that’s a plus.  Although on a sad note, this is Steve Corino’s last show before he’s going to WWE.  Just my opinion, but he’s the best color man in the business right now. It’s January 5th 2017 and New Year’s Dash is at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo. Kyle O’Reilly,…

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NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 11 Results And Reaction

Hello friends, welcome the Wrestle Kingdom 11!  These aren’t the fastest results, but they’re the best and most detailed, perfection takes time.  I just had a five-star steak and shrimp dinner to celebrate and I suggest you do the same.  Get ready for one of the greatest cards ever assembled, let’s go! Wrestle Kingdom 11, January 4, 2017 from Tokyo at the Tokyo Dome. The pre-show featured the New Japan Rumble. New Japan Rumble – Match starts with 2 men and every 90 seconds a new entrant comes out.  You…

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New Japan Wrestle Kingdom 11 Preview

Hello friends.  I hope you had a Merry Christmas and I hope you have a Happy New Year.  Sure New Years is always a party but I’m more excited for four days after New Year’s.  I’m talking January 4th, I’m talking Tokyo Dome, and I’m talking Wrestle Kingdom 11! Before I do a preview, I need to do a little house cleaning with news.  If you’re interested in previous Wrestle Kingdom’s they’re free now on New Japan World so maybe give those a look. It also looks like New Japan…

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Better Know A Gaijin Champion Part 5: Brock Lesnar And Kurt Angle

Hello friends.  The last three entries of this series are probably pretty well known to most wrestling fans, that being Brock Lesnar, Kurt Angle, and AJ Styles.  While you might know about their time in America, you may not know about their time in Japan and that’s what we’ll be talking about. I know what you’re thinking.  “But I thought only Vader, Norton, Sapp, Lesnar, and Styles were IWGP Heavyweight Champions, where did Kurt Angle come from?”  Well that’s an excellent question, one that this column will answer. Before Brock…

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Better Know A Gaijin Champion Part 4: Bob Sapp

Hello friends.  I’m not going to lie, when I first came up with the, “Better Know a Gaijin Champion” concept, Bob Sapp was one of the one’s I was most looking forward to doing.  I’m a fan of the guy, to the point where I own his slot machine, and that’s a shoot brother. Bob Sapp is one of the most charismatic champions in the history of New Japan, if not wrestling as a whole.  His career is really quite fascinating and for as much success as he had, it’s…

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NJPW Power Struggle Results And Reaction

Hello friends and welcome to the final show before the big one on January 4th, it’s Power Struggle.  Although Jay Lethal has replaced Mike Elgin who had to have surgery on his orbital bone, let’s not let that stop us from enjoying the show, OK? This show is from the Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium in Osaka, Japan.  Let’s take a look at the results. Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi, and Teruaki Kenemitsu vs. Hiroshi Tenzan, Juice Robinson, and Satoshi Kojima Winners: Hiroshi Tenzan, Juice Robinson, and Satoshi Kojima at 5:49.  Juice hits…

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Better Know A Gaijin Champion Part 3: Scott Norton And NWO Japan

Hello friends, and welcome back to Better Know A Gaijin Champion.  We’re covering Scott Norton again in this two-part column.  The reason it’s two parts is because Norton’s reign as IWGP Heavyweight Champion can’t be explained without talking about nWo Japan, and nWo Japan can’t be explained without talking about Scott Norton.  I had planned to write about nWo Japan, but why not just kill two birds with one column? I’d like to start this week with an omission from last week.  A rather big omission actually.  I had mentioned…

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Better Know a Gaijin Champion Part 2: Scott Norton

Hello friends and welcome back to my coverage of the North American born IWGP Heavyweight Champions.  So far we’ve covered Big Van Vader and today we cover Scott Norton.  I also took a look at Kenny Omega who I anticipate will win the big one in January.  I only mention that because I noticed ESPN trying to steal my thunder, not the first time they’ve stolen an idea though. Scott Norton is probably best known for his role as the muscle of the New World Order.  A word on the…

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NJPW King Of Pro Wrestling Results And Reaction

Hello friends.  Welcome to Sumo Hall in Tokyo with more intense action than a Presidential debate moderated by Ken Bone, it’s NJPW King of Pro-Wrestling 2016. This is the penultimate show before Wrestle Kingdom.  Will Okada take the final step to being in the big Tokyo Dome main event yet again?  Will Kenny Omega still be the challenger?  Will the Tiger Mask anime be awesome?  Let’s find out together. The show opens with an anime of Tiger Mask.  Kevin and Steve try to explain it to the best of their…

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Better Know A Gaijin Champion Part 1: Big Van Vader

Hello friends.  Welcome to the first of five columns on the history of American IWGP Heavyweight Champions.  Why am I writing this?  Well in my hopes of expanding the New Japan fan base in the states I think it helps for people to know the history and seeing familiar names should help bridge that gap.  With that said let’s do a little house cleaning. First off, I’m not covering Salman Hashimikov, because he’s Russian not American, and his title reign only lasted 48 days and never successfully defended the title. …

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