50: New Japan Pro Wrestling Joins Half-Century Club of Wrestling Promotions’ Longevity

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On January 13, 2022, New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) officially celebrates its 50 year anniversary as a pro wrestling company, founded on that day in 1972 by legendary puroresu great, Antonio Inoki. Inoki, one of the star pupils of the father of puroresu, Rikidōzan, created NJPW after departing Rikidōzan’s Japan Pro Wrestling Alliance (JWA) in controversy the […] READ MORE


NJPW to Return to AXS TV

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After being absent from the network’s programming lineup since 2019, New Japan Pro Wrestling has announced its return to AXS TV. The rollout of NJPW’s return begins on January 20. Beginning January 20, AXS TV will air a block of classic episodes from NJPW’s initial run on the network, which began in 2015. The block […] READ MORE


The Pro Wrestling Merch Table: October 2021

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It’s a few days past Halloween and it’s time again to set the merch table for the month of October. The idea is pretty simple, we just take a look through some of the new pro wrestling merchandise released last month. We’ll go through the usual suspects like WWE and AEW, while also highlighting some […] READ MORE


“Filthy” Tom Lawlor: Where should he sign next?

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“Filthy” Tom Lawlor has been an integral part of the Major League Wrestling reboot that has unfolded over the past 4 years. Lawlor not only held the MLW World Heavyweight Championship at an important part in the promotion’s re-blossom to the wrestling scene, but has competed in a vast amount of important main event matches […] READ MORE


NJPW G1 Climax 31: Katsuyori Shibata Makes In-Ring Return

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In what has been a pleasant surprise coming out of a polarizing G1 Climax 31 Final, New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) legend, Katsuyori Shibata, made an in-ring return in an unannounced five minute exhibition bout against Zack Sabre Jr. Long-time NJPW fans will remember Shibata as the hard-hitting, mixed martial artist and puroresu master who was […] READ MORE


ACH Makes Shocking Return to Pro Wrestling World in Atlanta

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For over a decade, Albert Christian Hardie Jr. – better known simply by ACH – has been one of the greatest indie stars of the 2010s. Debuting in 2009, the Austin, Texas native rose through the rugged Texas indies to become a national star with Ring of Honor, dominated the US indie landscape, broke into […] READ MORE



Preview: NJPW G1 Climax Day 9-A Block (10/03/21)

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G1 Climax 31 continues to roll on, as the combatants make their way down to Aichi. It’s quite a loaded night of block action, and it’s all headlined by the match that was canceled a few months ago as IWGP World Champion, Shingo Takagi battles Kota Ibushi in the main event. The race is getting […] READ MORE


The Merch Table: September 2021

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If you’re a long time reader of LWO Pro Wrestling, you may have heard of a series called “The Merch Table” before. This series has been defunct on the website for roughly two and a half years, but it’s time to bring it back!  A special thanks to the site’s own Brandi for letting me […] READ MORE


Preview: NJPW G1 Climax 31 Day 7- A Block (09/30/21)

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G1 Climax 31 continues to roll on, and things start to become more clear. New Japan Pro Wrestling is back in Korakuen Hall for another night of action. Tonight’s card is without its original semi-main event. Fans were originally set for the first clash in seven years between the former NO LIMIT, Yujiro Takahashi and […] READ MORE