NJPW New Year’s Golden Series Night 1 Preview

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After three nights of Wrestle Kingdom 16 action, New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) returns on January 20th with New Year’s Golden Series. The title itself is a throwback to the early years of the promotion, perfectly fitting for the 50th-anniversary celebration.  As a gift for the fans, the opening night of the series will be […] READ MORE


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


Preview: NJPW vs. NOAH — Wrestle Kingdom 16 (1/8/22)

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Wrestle Kingdom 16 will come to a close this Saturday as it will be New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) competing against Pro Wrestling NOAH in a special 11-match card. There will be faction warfare, friends going head to head, and legends competing for the first time in a long time. When NJPW and NOAH came […] READ MORE


Injured KENTA is out of NJPW vs. NOAH event

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New Japan Pro Wrestling announced that KENTA has been removed from day three of Wrestle Kingdom as during his match on the second night of Wrestle Kingdom 16 he sustained a dislocated left hip, a broken nose, tendon damage to his finger, and severe lacerations to his back. The match itself was an IWGP US […] READ MORE



NJPW vs NOAH Matches Announced for Wrestle Kingdom 16 in Yokohama

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At today’s joint press conference of New Japan Pro Wrestling and Pro Wrestling NOAH the matches for the third day of Wrestle Kingdom 16 in Yokohama were announced. The event will be held on January 8, 2022 in Yokohama Arena and broadcast live on ABEMA Pay-Per-View.  Wrestle Kingdom 16 in Yokohama Matches Announced LIJ vs […] READ MORE


KENTA and Hiroshi Tanahashi US Title “No DQ” Match is Set

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It looks like KENTA and Hiroshi Tanahashi’s roads don’t split up yet, as NJPW’s Ace will get his rematch for IWGP United States Heavyweight Title.  At today’s World Tag League and Best of the Super Junior finals event, Tanahashi took part in an eight-man tag team match with he, TenKoji, and Yuji Nagata defeating Bullet Club. […] READ MORE


What the NOAH Partnership Means for NJPW Fans in the U.S.

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It is very hard in 2021 for fans outside of Japan to care about New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s product. Whilst boasting a roster of some of the most talented individuals in wrestling, NJPW shows never feel quite as can’t miss as they used to. A large part of this is due to travel restrictions brought about […] READ MORE



NJPW World Tag League 2021 Primer

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World Tag League arrives this Saturday as New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) brings a mix of their best teams and unique alliances together for another exciting year of tag team wrestling. Much like the Best of the Super Juniors this year, it will be 12 teams in one block. They will compete for an IWGP […] READ MORE