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?!
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
While roaming and lurking on different pro wrestling fora or Reddit, I often see the question pop up, how Pro Wrestling is generally perceived in Japan nowadays. While Puroresu was highly popular from Rikidozan over Baba and Inoki all the way to the Four Heavenly Pillars (Misawa, Kawada, Kobashi and Taue of All Japan) and … Continue reading Perception of Pro Wrestling in Japan