The History of Tiger Mask

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February 1, 2022 ushered in the Lunar Year of the Tiger. The Lunar Calendar, which was traditionally followed for centuries in many Asian nations, assigns one of twelve zodiac animals to each year. Each animal is colloquially assigned a set of characteristics thought to characterize the year itself and those born within it. Tigers are […] READ MORE


Preview: NJPW — New Years Golden Series (2/20/22)

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New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) will finish up their first tour of the year Sunday night as it is the final event of the New Years Golden Series. The match that everyone has been waiting for main events as Kazuchika Okada defends the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship against Tetsuya Naito. Here’s a look at the […] READ MORE


NJPW vs NOAH: Where Do We Go From Here?

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The rebirth of New Japan Pro-Wrestling and Pro Wrestling NOAH’s relationship in the back end of 2021 posed a great prospect. Their shared Wrestle Kingdom 16 in Yokohama Arena show was set up to be the defining moment in what could evolve to be a treasured alliance. While the show didn’t live up to admittedly […] READ MORE


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


Jeff Cobb Reportedly Injured at Wrestle Kingdom 16

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According to Dave Meltzer, Jeff Cobb suffered a knee injury on the first night of the NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 16 event in six-man tag action.  During Wrestling Observer Radio broadcast Meltzer stated that Cobb hurt his knee on night one of Wrestle Kingdom. According to him, the injury occurred in the early stage of a […] READ MORE