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


WWE New Year’s Redemption: Which Superstars Are in Need?

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Uncertainty, abrupt changes of plans, and skeleton crews trying to keep the proverbial ship afloat have become the norm in a world grappling with the ongoing challenges of the global COVID-19 pandemic. All of these dynamics have impacted the world of sports entertainment, as it has other facets of life. In 2021, World Wrestling Entertainment […] READ MORE





Live Crowds Return to WWE Tribute to the Troops

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Although much has been irretrievably lost to the ongoing, global COVID 19 pandemic, in many ways our world is trying as best we collectively can to reclaim the traditions that have long sustained us, and enjoy the experiences that delight and bond us. Major sporting events, like pro wrestling shows, are among the facets of […] READ MORE



#AndNEW: King Nakamura Wins Second WWE Intercontinental Championship

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On this week’s edition of Friday Night SmackDown, Apollo Crews defended the WWE Intercontinental Championship against King Nakamura. Both men had their respective allies in their corners; while Crews was backed by Commander Azeez, Nakamura was backed by his energetic guitarist, Rick Boogs. Going into this match, Crews seemed to be the dominant competitor. However, […] READ MORE