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


Chronicling Hulk Hogan in NJPW

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Hulk Hogan is one of the most controversial and contentious figures professional wrestling has ever seen. Others revile him due to his politicking and various scandals. With that being said, one would be remiss not to mention how big of an icon “The Immortal One” was to the wrestling industry. He took the WWE, with the scorching […] READ MORE



The Curious & Interesting Case Of NJPW Critique

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With the pomp and circumstance of World Wrestling Entertainment’s (WWE) Wrestlemania, and the litany of shows which took place during the now dubbed Wrestlemania Week in New Orleans, Louisiana, the fallout from New Japan Pro Wrestling’s (NJPW) Sakura Genesis hasn’t received proper coverage. Coverage of Sakura Genesis found the pages of outlets and airwaves of podcasts […] READ MORE


Kazuchika Okada: The Gaijin Killer

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In Japanese wrestling, the foreign wrestlers – known as gaijin – have been a integral part of Puroresu since its earliest days. As a nation rebuilding following World War II, fending off foreign threats was always a big draw to reclaim Japanese national pride. From Rikidozan‘s early battles against Lou Thesz, Antonio Inoki vs Frank Gotch […] READ MORE