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





The Power of the Pin (6/28/21): Searching for Junkyard Dog

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The year was 1984. The summer weather was hot, and so was the career of The Junkyard Dog. The big man had just entered the WWF, after coming off one of the biggest runs in the history of southern wrestling. As the main star of Bill Watts‘ successful Mid-South promotion, JYD was considered a jewel […] READ MORE


Former NWA and WWF Star Barry O (Barry Orton) Passes Away at 62

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It was announced on Saturday that Barry Orton – best remembered as WWF enhancement talent Barry O – had passed away. He was 62 years old. Barry Orton is the younger brother of WWE Hall of Famer “Cowboy” Bob “Ace” Orton Jr., son of Bob Orton Sr., and uncle of current WWE Superstar Randy Orton. […] READ MORE


The Maine Event: 50 Years Ago Vince McMahon Became a Promoter

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Today, Vincent Kennedy McMahon – also known as Vince McMahon Jr., or simply “Mr. McMahon” – is a legend of the pro wrestling world. Both praised and vilified (and justifiable in both cases in many instances), Vince McMahon bought his father’s World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) in 1982 and turned it into the World Wrestling […] READ MORE


Lucky 27: The Historic Royal Rumble Number

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When it comes to the WWE Royal Rumble, statistics matter. From the total number of eliminations in a single match to the cumulative time that a wrestler has spent in Rumbles throughout history, this is one event where stats are the most interesting. When it comes to numbers that can be described as historic, one […] READ MORE


Thomas “Tiny” Lister Jr. Passes Away at 62

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Earlier today, news arose that Thomas “Tiny” Lister Jr., actor and professional wrestling star, passed away. In addition to roles in films including “The Dark Knight,” “Austin Powers in Goldmember,” and most notably, “Friday,” Lister worked for the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling during the 1990s. The news of Lister’s passing was first […] READ MORE