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




Wrestlers of the Year 2021: Shingo Takagi

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As the calendar flips over to December, along with the cavalcade of festivities comes time to decide our respective Wrestler of the Year. I’ve shortlisted five names who are in the running for my Wrestler of the Year selection, with each being featured in their own piece. My second pick is the reigning IWGP World […] 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


Preview: NJPW G1 Climax 31 – A Block Finals (10/18/21)

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The G1 Climax 31 enters the final week of competition. After a long and surprising tournament, we approach the G1 Climax 31 A Block finals. Someone will punch their ticket toward the G1 Climax final match and get a day’s rest ahead of the B Block finals. There is a four-way tie for first place, […] READ MORE