New Japan 50: The Long Road to the IWGP World Championship

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On January 13, 2022, New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) turned 50, joining a very small class of wrestling promotions that made it to at least a half-century of operation. There’s a lot of history for Japan’s premier organization (which we here at Last Word on Pro Wrestling will be covering throughout the year), but one interesting […] READ MORE


Chronicling Hulk Hogan in NJPW

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Hulk Hogan is one of the most controversial and contentious figures professional wrestling has ever seen. Others revile him due to his politicking and various scandals. With that being said, one would be remiss not to mention how big of an icon “The Immortal One” was to the wrestling industry. He took the WWE, with the scorching […] READ MORE


The State of New Japan Pro-Wrestling in 2021

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Ten years ago today, one would be surprised at the climate of New Japan Pro-Wrestling in 2021. At the beginning of the 2010s, the Japan-based wrestling promotion was one of the biggest in the world, filling out the Tokyo Dome yearly and putting together many of the decades best stars and matches. Wrestling had become […] READ MORE


Dark Side of the Ring: Blood & Wire: Onita’s FMW – What We Learned

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Dark Side of the Ring is here once more! Following on from last week’s tragic episode, which centered around the tragic life and death of Chris Kanyon, this week’s episode focused on an entire wrestling promotion: the Japanese, Atsushi Onita-founded Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling (FMW). A pioneering, deathmatch promotion which would inspire modern promotions such as […] READ MORE




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