This coming Sunday, September 30th, New Japan Pro Wrestling will be hosting their next show in the United States, titled “Fighting Spirit Unleashed”. If you cant attend the event or watch the show live on NJPW World, you’ll be able to catch it next Friday, October 5th on AXS TV. After only three matches were announced back in August, the rest of the matches on the card — featuring two championship matches — were released this past Monday night, and WHOA; dat main event, doe… Continue reading “Check Out The Full Card For New Japan Pro Wrestling’s ‘Fighting Spirit Unleashed’ In Long Beach, CA!”
The Stars of Tomorrow, Showcases Their Talents Today. In professional wrestling, the independent circuit or “indy circuit” refers to the many independent promotions that are much smaller than major televised promotions. Essentially the indies are roughly analogous to the minor league for pro wrestling. The advent of the Internet (namely blogs and online video services) has allowed independent wrestlers and promotions to reach a wider audience (a far cry from the days of tape trading), and nowadays it’s possible for wrestlers regularly working the indy circuit to gain a larger and more substantial fanbase online. Plus, some of the more successful indies have video distribution deals (i.e., Ring of Honor, River City Wrestling, IWA, Anarchy Championship Wrestling, etc.), giving them an additional source of income and allowing them greater exposure and reach to a larger audience outside of their local areas. Continue reading “What Is Independent Pro Wrestling….AND MEMES!”
Fire Pro Wrestling (ファイヤープロレスリング) is a long-running professional wrestling video game series originating from Japan. The series started in 1989 by Human Entertainment until 1999 and continued today by Spike since 2000, encompassing over 28 games; and that’s not including the many spin-off games. The series is well-known for its grappling system, primarily based on timed button presses and strategy. Quite possibly the most popular and signature features in the Fire Pro Wrestling series is its Edit mode, the character creation feature with a multitude of options from customize wrestler appearances, wrestling maneuvers and artificial intelligence (A.I.) behavior. Continue reading “Are You Ready for FIRE PRO WRESTLING?!?!”
What I love about pro wrestling is that it can take larger-than-life personalities and fantasies, and make them as real as they can be, live and in living color (in living WHAT?!). Over in Oakland, popular video game franchise Street Fighter was real; at least for one night earlier this year. Oakland’s wrestling crew at Hoodslam took on Capcom’s fighter and put it in the ring for the live audience and the WHOLE INTERNET to watch of episode 14 of its series, titled “I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Hoodslam”. In case the video embedded above doesn’t start at the right spot for you, you’ll want to begin at 3:12. While some of the action before hand is pretty entertaining, you may want to check out Vega’s entrance at 3:12. That, and if you remember Vega from the 1994 Street Fighter movie (for the love of all things holy, IGNORE The Legend of Chun-Li), you’d figure out just how awesome Vega is. He’s pretty amazing in the above video too.
There are moves in pro wrestling with names that either explain what the move looks like and/or does, or, well, not at all. The piledriver is a professional wrestling driver move that proves the former, as one wrestler grabs his opponent, turns him upside-down, then drops into a sitting or kneeling position while driving the opponent head-first into the canvas. See? A piledriver. The move was created and innovated by pro wrestler “Wild Bill Longson, and its name is derived from the piece of construction equipment called a “pile driver”. See? There it is again. The most common piledrivers are your basic belly-to-back (a.k.a., a Texas piledriver) and The Undertaker’s Tombstone Piledriver, but there exist more intricate variants of the maneuver. Continue reading “The Piledriver: What Of It?”
One of my favorite wrestling promotions in the country is definitely CHIKARA (or “CHIKARA Pro”), based out of the city of Brotherly Love (a suspect nickname considering the generalization of the Eagles’ fan base), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Founded in 2002 by professional wrestlers Mike Quackenbush and “Reckless Youth” Tom Carter (who also serve as wrestling trainers), CHIKARA takes its name and logo from the Japanese kanji meaning of “strength”. The promotion is influenced by the lucha libre style, as its performers are grouped into técnicos (babyfaces, or good guys) and rudos (heels, or villains). Similar in the style of lucha libre, many of CHIKARA’s talent have also performed under masks and with unique gimmicks. Continue reading “CHIKARA Pro: A Quick Introduction”
Even though the history of the “Big Gold” World Heavyweight Title Belt goes back to the days of the National Wrestling Alliance and World Championship Wrestling, the WWE wants to pay tribute to the title that has been in the company since the title’s reintroduction into the WWE 10 years ago (yeah, THAT long ago) in August 2002 (during the initial brand division, and Brock Lesnar taking the WWE Championship to SmackDown).
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Much like how most people look at ballet, a Broadway show, a film or photography, professional wrestling is very much an art form in its own (or any) right. This photoblog on Tumblr, Pro Wrestling Is Art, is a collection of beautiful photography from various professional wrestling shows from around the world. The blog is a child project of DirtyDirtySheets.com, and its purpose is to highlight the beauty of the art form of pro wrestling and the photographers that capture the many moments of the in-ring (and out-of-ring) action. Continue reading “Follow the “Pro Wrestling Is Art” Tumblr Blog! NOW!!”
Dusty Rhodes, Cowboy Bill Watts, Jim Ross and Michael Hayes join host Gene Okerlund on the show WWE Classics for a roundtable discussion of the greatest Superstars to come out of Texas (for example: The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Terry Funk, Stan Henson, Dick Murdoch, Dusty Rhodes, Stone Cold Steve Austin, the Von Erich family, Eddie & Chavo Guerrero, Booker T, John Bradshaw Layfield, Paul London, Billy Gunn, etc.) and top events from the Lone Star State. (WrestleMania 17 & 25, and many more). Continue reading “WWE Classics on Professional Wrestling in Texas”
Once again wrestling fans, we take a trip back to the year 2000. This time, the match above is from the Texas Wrestling Alliance (TWA), an independent professional wrestling promotion based in San Antonio, Texas, owned and operated by WWE Hall of Famer “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels; TWA has since been rechristened as Texas Wrestling Entertainment. Back in 2000, the TWA had a weekly show on … Continue reading Texas Wrestling Alliance: Board of Education vs. American Dragon (Daniel Bryan) & Spanky (Brian Kendrick), 2000