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
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.
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.
Weight: 272 lb
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Glory Days: 1998-1999
Fun Fact: Despite dressing like a biker and his WCW bio stating that he likes to ride Harleys, The Disciple never once rode or was even seen near a bike on WCW TV, not even at the Road Wild pay per view.
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.
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
Celebrities and WWE go together like rhubarb and custard. Almost every Wrestlemania since the very first one has been littered with famous faces, to varying levels of appreciation from fans. In today’s 5 Count Jamie looks outside of the known WWE universe and discusses five famous people he would like to see in a WWE ring. Continue reading
Today we start a new series on the blog. Our Top Five posts are usually collaborative efforts by several members of the team. However, The Five Count will see an individual writer cover five aspects of a chosen topic, in no particular order. Jamie kicks things off by looking at some matches from New Japan in 2018 to watch before Wrestle Kingdom 13 on January 4th. Continue reading
T’is the season. No, not Christmas, it’s Wrestle Kingdom season! We are still a couple of weeks out from January 4th but with the card for New Japan Pro Wrestling’s biggest show of the year now final, today Jamie provides a preview for the Japanese version of Wrestlemania; Wrestle Kingdom 13. Continue reading