Category Archives: Japan

Japan – Japanese Wrestling

BASARA 85 (1.6.19) review

BASARA 85 (1.6.19) review

BASARA 85   We’re in Tokyo, Japan at Kitazawa Town Hall. This is available on DDTpro.com/universe.   Yasu Urano vs. Masato Kamino Masato Kamino came back last month after missing a huge chunk of time, with injuries and specifically a nasty concussion. He basically debuted in 2017 so his career isn’t exactly off to a… Continue Reading

Wrestle-1 Shining Winter (12.26.18) review

Wrestle-1 Shining Winter (12.26.18) review

Wrestle-1 Shining Winter   December 26 2018 (Aired on GAORA TV January 15 2019)   Every time I tune in to Wrestle-1 I’m somewhat jarred by how much they love U2. “Where the Streets Have No Name” blaring at me is not something I’m used to when tuning into a show.   Ryuji Hijikata vs.… Continue Reading

Sendai Girls Pro Wrestling (1.6.19) review

Sendai Girls Pro Wrestling (1.6.19) review

Sendai Girls Pro Wrestling   January 6 2019   We’re in Tokyo, Japan at Shinjuku FACE. FACE is a relatively small building but they’ve packed 500 fans in for this show just after Wrestle Kingdom with a large number of foreigners still strolling around the capital looking for wrestling related antics to attend.   Mei… Continue Reading

DDT Chiba City Monorail Wrestling (1.12.19) review

DDT Chiba City Monorail Wrestling (1.12.19) review

Mitsui Trading Co. Ltd presents Chiba City Monorail Wrestling   January 12 2019   To watch this head over to DDTPro.com/universe.   We’re in Chiba, Japan, on a train. As with DDT’s last match on a train it’s a battle royal with wrestlers joining the action at each stop. The attendance for this is 24,… Continue Reading

Big Japan Wrestling (1.2.19) review

Big Japan Wrestling (1.2.19) review

BJW   January 2 2019   We’re in Tokyo, Japan at Korakuen Hall. BJ Core isn’t running at the moment so I’m watching a burn from Samurai TV’s show that aired on 1/12 and is edited to less than two hours. There was a big crowd for this one; 1500+, including a lot of gaijin… Continue Reading

TJP Tokyo Joshi Pro ’19 (1.4.19) review

TJP Tokyo Joshi Pro ’19 (1.4.19) review

TJP Tokyo Joshi Pro ‘19   January 4 2019   We’re in Tokyo, Japan at Korakuen Hall and this was the TJP show that took place right before Wrestle Kingdom. This is the first time I’ve watched TJP on the new DDT player and it’s certainly an improvement over the fucking terrible last one. This… Continue Reading

Zero1 Happy New Year (1.1.19) review

Zero1 Happy New Year (1.1.19) review

Zero1 Happy New Year   January 1 2019   Happy New Year! I wish this aired live so my new year’s day morning had been the joyousness of Zero1.   Tomoya Hirata vs. Shoki Kitamura Hirata is making his Zero1 debut. He’s a regular for FREEDOMS. Kitamura is a Zero1 original (sort of). He started… Continue Reading

AJPW New Year Wars (1.3.19) review

AJPW New Year Wars (1.3.19) review

AJPW New Year Wars   January 3 2019   All Japan kicked off their new year the day before this but it was an unremarkable show on paper and resulted in an unremarkable show. Show two is far more exciting on paper so I’m here for the entire thing.   Yusuke Okada & Atsuki Aoyagi… Continue Reading

NOAH Navigation for the Future review (1.6.19)

NOAH Navigation for the Future review (1.6.19)

NOAH Navigation for the Future   January 6 2019   We’re in Tokyo, Japan at Korakuen Hall.   Masa Kitamiya vs. Kinya Okada Okada is from the latest crop of NOAH trainees to graduate to the ring. Kitamiya barely gives him the time of day, hitting moves until he stops kicking out and then casually… Continue Reading

NJPW New Year Dash review (1.5.19)

NJPW New Year Dash review (1.5.19)

NJPW New Year Dash!!   January 5 2019   We’re in Tokyo, Japan at Korakuen Hall. Hosts are Kevin Kelly and Chris Charlton.   Suzuki-gun (Killer Elite Squad & Takashi Iizuka) vs. Roppongi 3K (Rocky Romero, SHO & YOH) Heavyweights vs. Juniors so the small guys struggle to get going. Rocky has most of his… Continue Reading