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EXPLORING MEXICO PART FOUR: The Independent Scene

In the first three installments of this series, we looked at CMLL, AAA, and ELITE Lucha Libre. We return once more now to take a tour of the loaded indie scene, the talents, and some matches to check out. The promotions covered here will include DTU, IWRG, The Crash, Toryumon Mexico, CaraLucha, LLBoom, and Lucha Memes. Be sure that several others exist, and may be covered eventually, but for now those are the ones I will mention. First up, is Hidalgo’s Desastre Total Ultraviolento (Total Ultraviolent Disaster). The promotion is…

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BOLD PREDICTIONS FOR 2017 Part One

Every time that a new year rolls around, I like to take the opportunity to stare into the crystal ball of insanity and make some big claims. In this column, you can expect me to look at several top promotions and give some forecasts. Look back on this at the end of the year and feel free to give me grief and acclaim where suited. Starting with WWE, typically a very predictable company, may seem like a easy way to begin. I plan on making sure that feeling is lost…

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The Current Shape of the Wrestling Video Game Scene

Years ago, the video game scene was filled with several options for fans seeking a pro wrestling experience. Those days included games like No Mercy, Revenge, and Anarchy Rulz. The fact that there were multiple promotions making decent money helped allow this, but WWE is currently the only big name fed still making installments. Sure, TNA and AAA made attempts during the last gen of systems, but most agree those releases left much to be desired. That said, this column takes a look at the current scene of wrestling games…

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Battle Scars

Death match wrestling is one of the most polarizing genres that the sport utilizes. Companies that display the style are seen as trash promotions by some fans, usually due to them watching a few clips and making their stances based off those short moments of action. While I understand that the blood bath format isn’t for everyone, I have admittedly always enjoyed it. I may prefer a technical showcase, but I am really a fan of just about every form of wrestling that exists. If you have found yourself in…

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My Love Affair With the Torneo Cibernetico

Most wrestling fans will have a favorite match-type. For some, it’s the hell in a cell. Others prefer good, old-fashioned 2/3 falls matches. For me, it’s the cibernetico. While I have always loved a good ladder match, there is something special about a well-worked cibernetico. If you have read some of my previous columns here at PWPonderings, you’ll have seen me wax poetically about promotions like CMLL and CHIKARA. Those are the two promotions that utilize the gimmick, arguably better than any other. For those who may be unfamiliar, the…

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Emerald Spirit

Pro Wrestling NOAH, in many ways, defines what modern day puroresu is, a passionate promotion seeking to rekindle a flame. Ark Style has indeed found a way into hearts of fans since the promotions birth sixteen years ago, and some of their talent make up the world’s elite. Despite this, the promotion has seen ups and downs similar to that of many puroresu companies over the years. New Japan stepping fully into the spotlight has hurt them, but really much of their inflictions are self-made. The AJPW splinter federation, departing…

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The Star Attraction

Mark Haskins has spent the past ten years as one of the most underrated names in the business. The Farringdon native has worked for some of the biggest companies in the world, picking up titles in all that see his potential. Some fans may remember him from his short stint in TNA’s X-Division, but no matter where you know him from, people who have seen his true abilities will remember him for being a very capable competitor. His work ethic has allowed him to make appearances for Dragon Gate, Pro…

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Embracing CHIKARA

PG wrestling is currently one of the most polarizing things to modern fans. Many blame WWE’s lessened appeal to this, claiming that the days of the attitude era were the best time in the company’s history. Of course, many of those same people choose not to check out the numerous promotions that are geared towards pleasing them. Others see that the PG rating is a business tool that has allowed WWE to remain on mainstream networks and gain several sponsors that help keep things running smoothly. Despite the various stances…

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The Modern Revival of All Japan

Those of us old enough to remember the days, before internet made global wrestling access easy, of tape trading to get a glimpse of Japanese wrestling idolized that period. Names like Kenta, Misawa, Kawada, and Tsuruta all became legends to those of us who branched out. Since then, though, things have become riddled with drama the levels of a day time soap for the old giant that is All Japan. They have been through separate major exoduses and have had to play phoenix time and time again. The failure that…

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Exploring Mexico Part Three: ELITE Lucha Libre

Now that we have taken a decent look at the two top dogs in Mexico, it’s time to move into a different territory. A good way of looking at it is to think about wrestling in the states. WWE and TNA are the two top promotions. Below that you have a wide variety, ranging from ROH and EVOLVE, down to your local events like Inspire Pro and Renegade Wrestling Revolution. Mexico is similar, with CMLL and AAA being the WWE and TNA, and several lower promotions fighting for some meat….

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