A Beginner’s Guide To The G1 Climax

Jamie Lithgow

Nobody does tournaments like New Japan Pro Wrestling. We’ve just finished a superb Best of The Super Juniors, there’s World Tag League, Junior Tag League, The New Japan Cup and the lesser-spotted Super J Cup. However, today we focus on the crown jewel in NJPW’s tournament catalogue; the G1 Climax. If you are new to NJPW or are intrigued to find out more, today Jamie looks at what the forthcoming ‘Mount Everest of Pro Wrestling’ entails. Continue reading

Icons of Wrestling #46 – Big Josh

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Jamie Lithgow

Height: 6’2″
Weight: 243 lb
Hometown: The North Woods
Glory Days: 1991-1992
Fun Fact: Big Josh’s finisher was a prototype version of the Whoopie Cushion which he used as Doink The Clown in the WWF. Basically, it was the Earthquake Splash.

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Icons of Wrestling #45 – Rocco

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Jamie Lithgow

Height: 2’6″
Weight: 7 lb
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Glory Days: June – August 1992
Fun Fact: Rocco actually made his debut at a house show but was introduced as ‘Freckles’, despite him not actually having any freckles. Reports claim that the gimmick bombed with the live crowd, yet the company still went ahead and wrote it into a TV storyline.

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Icons of Wrestling #43 – Master P

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Jamie Lithgow

Name: Percy Robert Miller aka Master P
Occupation: Rapper, actor, businessman, record executive extraordinaire
Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana
Glory Days: A couple of weeks in June of 1999
Fun Fact: One of the cited reasons for Master P’s direct involvement in WCW being so brief was his apparent unhappiness that the fans in Washington D.C. and New Orleans (his home town) did not react to him as expected i.e. loads of them booed the shit out of him.

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The Five Count: Needlessly Specific Gimmicks

Jamie Lithgow

An intricate backstory is a feature of many wrestling gimmicks. For example, as a child Kane was accused of starting the fire which killed his and The Undertaker’s parents, only it was actually started by a young Undertaker. This incident was the central focus of their initial feud and also facilitated Taker’s subsequent heel turn. However, in today’s Five Count, Jamie looks at wrestlers to have been afforded similarly specific details in their backstories but for no apparent reason or payoff. Continue reading