To Wrestle Kingdom 12 And Beyond

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This article does not contain spoilers. Wrestle Kingdom is the yearly January spectacle produced by New Japan Pro Wrestling (Shin Nihon Puroresu). The show not only represents the biggest box office opportunity for the promotion, it also provides wrestling fans with over five hours of pure wrestling entertainment. Wrestle Kingdom is no different from other […] READ MORE


Dash After Kingdom: All The Surprises That Went Down

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New Year Dash happened today in Japan, the event that directly follows up Wrestle Kingdom for NJPW and effectively kickstarts the new year for New Japan, in many ways what the first Raw and Smackdown after WrestleMania do for the WWE. And much like 2016’s Dash that saw AJ Styles ejected from the Bullet Club […] READ MORE


#NewJapanWeek Lion’s Gate: The NJPW Young Lions

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The Young Lion tradition in New Japan Pro Wrestling (Shin Nihon Puroresu) drew inspiration from the shisho-deshi (teacher-student) relationship which still exists in a modified form within the promotion. Young Lions are those who are currently training at the legendary New Japan Dojo which trained the likes of Keiji Muto, Shin’ya Hashimoto, Masahiro Chono, Jushin […] READ MORE


#NewJapanWeek The Record Breaker Kazuchika Okada

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Having overcome big rival Hiroshi Tanahashi and taken his mantle as NJPW’s Ace, Kazuchika Okada dropped the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship to Tetsuya Naito.  Two months later he regained it at Dominion 6.19.  At the time the move was met with apathy as fans wanted the hot, fresh and cool Naito to be champion. Little did we know that Okada would go on to […] READ MORE


#NewJapanWeek: Preview: Wrestle Kingdom 12 (1/4/2018)

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For the entire week, we’re hosting #NewJapanWeek, with previews, profiles and historical articles about New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), for those who are fans seeking more info or new fans looking to get up to speed leading up to NJPW’s biggest show of the year, Wrestle Kingdom. And the upcoming Wrestle Kingdom 12 proves to […] READ MORE


Elitism: Kenny Omega, Young Bucks and NJPW Begin New War

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Back in May of this year, we wrote a piece entitled “The Silent War Between WWE and New Japan”. In it, we chronicled WWE’s slow signing of Japanese stars in 2014, like Prince Devitt, El Generico and KENTA, the rehiring of Matt Bloom (NJPW veteran Giant Bernard), through the signing of the New Japan 4 […] READ MORE