If you were to have a high profile match or attend a big time show and had a choice of wrestling arenas to wrestle or watch it from….what would be your top five arenas you would choose? It doesn’t matter how big or small or if the building still exists or not.
The fictional term of “The Forbidden Door” is used when a wrestling promotion that normally doesn’t do business with other companies, allows their contracted wrestlers to work with another promotion’s contracted talent. While WWE might be arguably the most forbidden of doors in all of wrestling…it has opened its door on occasion to work with other companies. In the past, they have had working agreements with ECW, USWA, New Japan Pro Wrestling and AAA based in Mexico. It has been accomplished, but more times than not…the WWF/WWE lives in its own bubble. On April 13th, 1990, the World Wrestling Federation cracked open their forbidden door to hold a super show with both New Japan and All Japan Pro Wrestling.
It has been called both an historic time in New Japan Pro Wrestling history and one of the darkest times in New Japan history. In the fall of 2002, former WWE superstar Chyna traveled overseas to the Land of the Rising Sun to compete for the promotion. Today on the blog, we look at the time that Joanie ‘Chyna’ Laurer wrestled for New Japan and the fall out from it.
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 →
In this latest series of posts, titled ‘Remember When?‘, we take a look at famous, infamous or obscure moments in wrestling history. Today we take a look at the joint show between the WWF and Super World of Sports on 30 March 1991 and the match between Earthquake and Kōji Kitao.Continue reading →
I just want to preface this piece by saying I am a big fan of Japanese wrestling…but am still a relative amateur to it compared to others. I fell in love with it after watching a bootleg tape of Kenta Kobashi vs. Mitsuharu Misawa a few years ago.
Believe it or not, there is an entire world professional wrestling outside of the WWE. While the United States has a deep and rich history in this form of entertainment…Japan has developed a great lineage as well. While a piece on the entire history of puroresu(pro wrestling) would in itself be fascinating…this piece will just cover some of the events and people who made Japanese wrestling what it is now. Continue reading →