After going to Wrestling Dontaku in Fukuoka, the main event of NJPW’s Dominion was supposed to be epic: Kenny Omega and Kazuchika Okada. Two out of Three Falls. NO Time Limit. For the following days, I was wrestling with myself if I should actually do the trip to Osaka and catch that legendary matchup? I … Continue reading XP Report: NJPW Dominion 2018
In the first part of my overview about Junior Heavyweight Wrestling in Japan in the 1980/90s, I covered the legendary encounters of Tiger Mask and Dynamite Kid and the golden age in the mid-90s. Now, I'll cover the quasi decline in popularity for this style in the 2000s up until today. As mentioned in Part … Continue reading Junior Wrestling in Japan: History (2000/2010s)
This is going to be a three-parted write up. The first will follow the history of Japanese Junior Heavyweight Wrestling up until the early 2000s, while the second one will cover the time up until now. And for the third part I’m going to put on my most creepy Nostradamus cape and try my luck … Continue reading Junior Wrestling in Japan: History (1980/90s)
Golden Week had finally arrived in Japan! And with it, one of the biggest festivals that Fukuoka has to offer: the Hakata Dontaku Festival. A big parade in Kyushu’s biggest city, tons of food stalls, colorful costumes, as well as music and dance performances scattered across the city. Accompanied by warm weather and a nice … Continue reading XP Report: NJPW Dontaku 2018
It was the 1st of July in 2017, when New Japan Pro Wrestling first did their G1 Special in Long Beach, California. Their two events on the 1st and 2nd respectively brought a two-night-tournament for the new IWGP United States Championship to the close, where Kenny Omega was crowned champion in a very good main … Continue reading NJPW: Too many foreigners?!
This will be an ongoing series within the blog, where I will do a review of events I went to see live. I will start with the most recent one: All Japan Pro Wrestling’s Champion Carnival Day 7 from Hakata Star Lanes in Fukuoka. First I’ll give some info on the venue itself, then the … Continue reading XP Report: AJPW Champion Carnival 2018 – Miyahara vs Ishikawa, Hino vs Takagi
And we’re at it again! After a fantastic title defense against Zack Sabre Jr. in the main event of Sakura Genesis it was finally the ace himself, Hiroshi Tanahashi, who challenged Kazuchika Okada to a IWGP Heavyweight Title Match. Now let’s get one thing straight: I like Okada, but I LOVE Tanahashi. And while many … Continue reading The Last Chapter – Okada vs Tanahashi