Match Point: Zeus vs. Kento Miyahara (Champion Carnival 2020 Finals)

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Match Point is an on-going series at Last Word on Pro Wrestling, where we look at intriguing matchups in indie wrestling and beyond. They may be dream matches, first-time matchups, or hotly anticipated rematches. In this edition, we will take a look at the upcoming Champion Carnival 2020 finals pitting Zeus against Kento Miyahara. The […] READ MORE


Preview: AJPW Champion Carnival 2020

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The month of September for pro wrestling in Japan is one of the best times to get into wrestling around the world. Four tournaments are set for this month. These include Stardom‘s 5* Star Grand Prix, which will be making its return. Another event to keep an eye on will be the Champion Carnival for […] READ MORE


Japanese All-Star 1995 Event ‘Bridge of Dreams’ Released on YouTube

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On April 2, 1995, twenty-five years ago this month, Japanese wrestling magazine Weekly Pro Wrestling presented Bridge of Dreams, a massive showcase of the best of Japanese wrestling at the time. It was held at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan, and sold out with 60,000 in attendance. It was a massive gesture of goodwill, […] READ MORE


Wrestling Summit: How A Joint WWF, NJPW & AJPW Show Failed & Changed the 90s

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Thirty years ago this month, on April 13, 1990, three of the world’s most powerful wrestling promotions, Japan’s All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) and New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) and US juggernaut the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), united together for the Wrestling Summit, that would combine the talents of all three companies rosters for one giant event […] READ MORE


#AndNEW: Two Title Changes At AJPW’s Dream Power Series

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All Japan Pro Wrestling like many puro promotions have recently come back from the coronavirus outbreak that has been taking over the world, AJPW for the past few weeks has cancelled many events, but earlier today was the first event they have held in about almost a month. It was a special show as two […] READ MORE


Champion Carnival 2020 Participants Announced

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All Japan Pro Wrestling kicks off its annual Champion Carnival event in the coming months.  For those unaware, the Champion Carnival is a round-robin tournament contested between two blocks.  The block winners face off in the final with the winner crowned the champion, the same as the G1 or 5STAR GP.  At a recent show AJPW […] READ MORE


20 Best Wrestling Matches Of The Month: July 2019 Edition

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Every month, our own Dan Niles compiles his personal 20 Best Wrestling Matches list from around the world, from North America to Europe to Japan. Some are obvious best wrestling matches choices, some are dark horses, but they’re always fun to find some matches you may have missed the previous month! (DISCLAIMER: This list is […] READ MORE


The 20 Best Matches Of The Month: April 2019 Edition

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Every month, our own Dan Niles compiles his personal 20 Best Matches list from around the world, from North America to Europe to Japan. Some are obvious best matches choices, some are dark horses, but they’re always fun to find some matches you may have missed the previous month! (DISCLAIMER: This list is subjective and […] READ MORE


Command Bolshoi Retires

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Command Bolshoi’s promotion Pure-J today held her retirement show at Korakuen Hall in front of 1,530 fans.  Bolshoi’s career spanned almost 30 years as she wrestled for almost every major promotion in the world having thousands of matches and making use of her diminutive size. It's an incredibly important day as the legendary Command Bolshoi – a […] READ MORE


Arigato: Jushin Thunder Liger Sets Retirement Date (1/4/2020)

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On March 7th, Jushin “Thunder” Liger made a monumental announcement. During a New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) press conference, the legend wore a suit along with his red and white horned mask. He made an announcement that has not been uncommon so far in 2019. The veteran of 35 years announced that his storied career […] READ MORE