Wrestling With Sin: 245

Brian Damage

This is the 245th installment of the ‘Wrestling with Sin‘ series. A group of stories that delves into the darker, underbelly of pro wrestling. Many of the stories involve such subjects as sex, drugs, greed and in some cases even murder! As with every single story in the Sin series, I do not condone or condemn the alleged participants. We simply retell their stories by researching interviews, newspapers, magazines and various other sources of media. Continue reading

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Wrestling With Sin: 242

Brian Damage

This is the 242nd installment of the ‘Wrestling with Sin‘ series. A group of stories that delves into the darker, underbelly of pro wrestling. Many of the stories involve such subjects as sex, drugs, greed and in some cases even murder! As with every single story in the Sin series, I do not condone or condemn the alleged participants. We simply retell their stories by researching interviews, newspapers, magazines and various other sources of media. Continue reading

I KENTA Believe What I Just Saw! New Japan’s Version of Bash At The Beach ’96

 

After several rather disappointing, injury plagued years in both NXT and WWE, KENTA formerly known as Hideo Itami…emerged in New Japan Pro Wrestling. He was introduced to New Japan fans by his best friend Katsuyori Shibata in June of this year. Despite being put over by the much beloved Shibata, KENTA was exactly the most well received new star in NJPW. According to announcer Kevin Kelly, KENTA was seen as an outsider from all his years of success carrying the Pro Wrestling Noah banner…a sort of rival to New Japan.

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The Evolution of Chris Jericho

Brian Damage

To “make it” in professional wrestling takes a lot of talent and skill. To last in the business for as long as some have, it takes allowing yourself to adapt and evolve. It isn’t just about turning heel and or babyface a dozen times. It is about developing a character that connects with the audience and tweaking it when necessary. If there ever was a master at this practice, for me, it would have to be Chris Jericho. Continue reading

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