UPDATE (3/22/2018): Due to an injury and rumored WWE return, Mysterio was pulled from the event: Rey Mysterio is off of Sunday's New Japan card in Long Beach, the new match is Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Will Ospreay — John Pollock (@iamjohnpollock) March 22, 2018 ORIGINAL STORY: It seems that Chris Jericho’s method of going from a recent WWE appearance and/or active participation to taking matches for … Continue reading After His Surprise Royal Rumble Appearance, Rey Mysterio Is Heading To New Japan Pro Wrestling
Well, it certainly appears that Christmas will be arriving both early AND late this year. After “The Cleaner” Kenny Omega successfully defended his IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship against Trent Barretta at New Japan’s Power Struggle event this past Sunday, Chris Jericho made an appearance on screen, challenging Omega to a match at Wrestle Kingdom 12 on January 4th at the Tokyo Dome. Now, while many long-time wrestling fans know that Y2J is no stranger to the Land of the Rising Sun, his connection to the WWE certainly raises a few eyebrows and makes the impact much bigger. Continue reading “Chris Jericho challenges Kenny Omega at New Japan’s Wrestle Kingdom 12 in January!”
Since Sega debuted this game series back in 2005 on the PlayStation 2, the Yakuza games have brought a unique flavor of open-world brawling to consoles worldwide. Think of it as modern Grand Theft Auto meets old-school River City Ransom set in Japan. I recall Area5 (you know, the former “1Up Show” people) referring to the series as “Shenmue done right.” Anyway, the PlayStation 4-exclusive Yakuza 6 is coming out soon in Japan, and it’s been reported by a Japanese gaming publication that New Japan Pro Wrestling stars will be appearing in the game as a rival gang. I love this; I want this; ALL of this; IN MY FACE! Continue reading “New Japan Pro Wrestling Invades The Upcoming ‘Yakuza 6’ Game”
Just so you know, Will Ospreay and Ricochet had an amazingly athletic and physical match during New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Best of the Super Juniors tournament back in May (highlights in the video above), however there are many detractors who isolated the “overly acrobatic” parts and accused the two of killing the business. You’d think by now that things have more or less cooled down, but not when Vader is one of the match’s most vocal critics. Keep in mind that Vader is an American wrestler who went to Japan (after being a recurring character on Boy Meets World) and performed quite a few moonsaults himself; that’s right Vader, Pepperidge Farms remembers, as do we wrestling fans… Well, after Ospreay and Vader went back-and-forth on Twitter, it looks like they’re about to lock horns in the squared circle in English wrestling promotion Revolution Pro pretty soon. Continue reading “Twitter Feud Leads to Match between Will Ospreay and Big Van Vader!”
Are you familiar with New Japan Pro Wrestling, then you’re PROBABLY also familiar with Rocky Romero. If not, you should know that he’s a longtime tag team specialist and sometimes dons the mask of Black Tiger, a legacy gimmick once held by the legendary Eddie Guerrero. He also has something in common with WWE stars John Cena, Shawn Michaels, and Tyler Breeze: he performs his own theme song, “RPG Vice Theme,” where he’s the vocalist AND producer. However, the story doesn’t stop there… Continue reading “Rocky Romero of NJPW Just Dropped An Album. Say What?!?”
Let me just preface this by stating the obvious; The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) are the most entertaining tag team in pro wrestling today. All they do is beat you up, take your title belts, perform DX crotch chops (all while screaming that same DX catch-phrase). Also, if it’s your birthday, they’ll even throw-in a superkick to your and for family member’s faces.
No, for real, like to injure you. This IS pro wrestling remember? Continue reading “The Young Bucks Superkick A Father and his Kid Because WRESTLING!!!!11!!11!!!!!!”
I figured that now was as good a time as any to talk about one of my favorite pro wrestling promotions NOT located in the United States, and show some love to Pro Wrestling NOAH, straight outta Japan! Pro Wrestling Noah (spelled in Japanese as “プロレスリングノア” pronounced “Puroresuringu Noa”, often referred to as “PW Noah” or just “Noah“) is a major Japanese professional wrestling promotion, founded in 2000 by former All Japan Pro Wrestling superstar Mitsuharu Misawa. The promotion’s name is inspired by the Biblical story of Noah, in which the people and animals in the ark survive the flood and make a new beginning in the world, a story which somewhat parallels to the story of many of the wrestlers’ departure from All Japan to the new promotion. Noah’s promotional symbol is an ark with a dove holding an olive branch, which directly refers to the story of Noah. Continue reading “A Brief History Behind Japan’s ‘Pro Wrestling NOAH’”