Japan Wrestling Hall of Fame To Launch, First Five Names Announced

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A huge announcement was made on February 21, 2020, that seemed to get lost in the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic. In Japan, Japanese puroresu legend Genichiro Tenryu and others announced the creation of Japan’s first true pro wrestling Hall of Fame, Nippon Puroresu Hall of Fame (NPH). While originally slated to be opened this […] READ MORE


Inside the MDL: 25 Years Since WCW/NJPW Collision in Korea

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If you think WWE working with Saudi Arabia has been pro wrestling’s shadiest dealings with a suspect government, think again. Next week marks the 25th anniversary of Collision in Korea, a joint production from World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) held beyond the Military Demarcation Line (MDL) separating North and South […] READ MORE


Tyson Fury The Latest Boxer To Enter Wrestling

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Monday night’s episode of WWE RAW saw the continuation of the beef between professional boxing heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and wrestling superstar Braun Strowman. The duo had a heated exchange before security separated them in the ring. A match has now been rumored between Fury and Strowman at the end of October with Saudi Arabia […] READ MORE


NXT’s Next Monster: Jonah Rock

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As Australian wrestling continues to boom more and more of the local talent is being scouted by the major companies (i.e. WWE and NJPW). One such talent is the man known as ‘The King Of Monsters’ Jonah Rock, who is expected to join WWE’s next class of recruits at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando. […] READ MORE


“Godfather of Korean Wrestling” Lee Wang-pyo Passes Away at 64

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The man considered “The Godfather of Korean Wrestling”, “Super Dragon” Lee Wang-pyo, passed away on Monday after a lengthy battle with gallbladder cancer. He was 64. While fellow countryman Kim Sin-rak would pre-date Lee’s entry into pro wrestling by nearly 25 years, Kim would make his mark not in his home country, but in Japan, where he moved […] READ MORE


The Curious & Interesting Case Of NJPW Critique

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With the pomp and circumstance of World Wrestling Entertainment’s (WWE) Wrestlemania, and the litany of shows which took place during the now dubbed Wrestlemania Week in New Orleans, Louisiana, the fallout from New Japan Pro Wrestling’s (NJPW) Sakura Genesis hasn’t received proper coverage. Coverage of Sakura Genesis found the pages of outlets and airwaves of podcasts […] READ MORE


Kazuchika Okada: The Gaijin Killer

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In Japanese wrestling, the foreign wrestlers – known as gaijin – have been a integral part of Puroresu since its earliest days. As a nation rebuilding following World War II, fending off foreign threats was always a big draw to reclaim Japanese national pride. From Rikidozan‘s early battles against Lou Thesz, Antonio Inoki vs Frank Gotch […] READ MORE


#NewJapanWeek Preview: The History of NJPW

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Starting next week, on Christmas Day, Last Word on Pro Wrestling will begin #NewJapanWeek, a week long introductory look at New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) as we lead up to NJPW’s biggest show of the year, Wrestle Kingdom 12, at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan. We’ll begin with Dan Niles, our senior NJPW correspondent, […] READ MORE


TKO Outta Nowhere: 15 Boxer vs. Wrestler Matches

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With yesterday’s official announcement that 5x multi-weight MMA Champion and UFC MegaStar Conor McGregor would be facing 13x multi-weight boxing Champion (and MegaStar) Floyd Mayweather Jr., an absolute dream match became a realization. It will feature two of the best pound for pound fighters of the past 20 years in a boxing match and is sure to […] READ MORE