Karl Fredericks Wins NJPW Young Lions Cup

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New Japan Pro Wrestling held the 12th Young Lions Cup Finals on Sunday at Destruction at Kobe, and on the end, it was US indie star and LA Dojo Young Lion Karl Fredericks who defeated Shota Umino (Jon Moxley‘s sideman) to capture the trophy. Karl Fredericks becomes the first gaijin to win the Young Lions Cup. The […] READ MORE


PREVIEW: PWA Black Label Presents: Wahlberg vs Ugg (3/23/19)

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Finally, after quite some time Pro Wrestling Australia’s (PWA) dominating champion Caveman Ugg has a clear number one contender gunning for the gold. Once again though PWA’s show isn’t just focused on the main event. Up and down the card, no matter where you look there is a potentially show-stealing matchup. Let’s take a closer […] READ MORE



Preview: CHIKARA Young Lions Cup XV Stages 1 & 2 (3/16/19)

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CHIKARA returns with two events on March 16th at the Wrestle Factory in Philadelphia, PA. This is the 15th edition of the Young Lions Cup for CHIKARA. Stage One will kick off at 3:00 PM and Stage Two will follow at 7:00 PM. Several of the matches for Stage Two depend on how the Young […] READ MORE


Preview: NJPW New Beginning In Sapporo (2/2/19 – 2/3/19)

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There will be two nights in Sapporo on the New Beginning tour from New Japan Pro Wrestling with three championships to be decided on night two. The faction wars are highlighted heavily as well as NJPW setting up young attractions as co-main eventers. EVIL, Zack Sabre Jr and SANADA all have big matches as wrestlers […] 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: Katsuya Kitamura: The Future Of New Japan

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Katsuya Kitamura is big. Like legitimately scary big. He is also currently one of New Japan Pro Wrestling‘s Young Lions, a term used for newer wrestlers on their way out of the New Japan Dojo. The Young Lions run to the ring, wearing black trunks and black boots. But in a role where everyone dresses the […] READ MORE