Category Archives: Japan

Japan – Japanese Wrestling

Zero Dream Series review (6.9.18)

Zero Dream Series review (6.9.18)

Zero1 Dream Series   June 9 2018   Zero1 suddenly has a YouTube channel and most of this show is on it…sort of. They’ve edited the matches into music videos. Fuck it though, what’s the worst that can happen?     Yoshikazu Yokoyama vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs. Hartley Jackson Firstly this made tape. I get… Continue Reading

NJPW Kizuna Road review (6.17.18)

NJPW Kizuna Road review (6.17.18)

NJPW Kizuna Road   June 17 2018   We’re in Tokyo, Japan at Korakuen Hall. There are talent announcements for G1 on this show so it’s garnered my interest amidst a sea of World Cup love. Incidentally I saw NXT Takeover Chicago II before this show and fuck me, was that ever a special night… Continue Reading

Fortune Dream 5 review (6.11.18)

Fortune Dream 5 review (6.11.18)

Fortune Dream 5   June 11 2018   We’re in Tokyo, Japan at Korakuen Hall. It’s basically a full house with 1400 in attendance. I love these Fortune Dream shows because it’s just Kenta Kobashi booking people he thinks are good. No politics. Just a bunch of nice Japanese lads, keen to impress in front… Continue Reading

Ryukyu Dragon Pro Wrestling review (4.29.18)

Ryukyu Dragon Pro Wrestling review (4.29.18)

Ryukyu Dragon Pro Wrestling   April 29 2018     This is a weird show for me because they’ve never aired on Japanese TV before and Cagematch don’t even cover them. I know a lot of the wrestlers from other places but this is genuinely a new experience for me. I’m excited!   We’re at… Continue Reading

NJPW Dominion review (6.9.18)

NJPW Dominion review (6.9.18)

NJPW Dominion   June 9 2018   We’re in Osaka, Japan at Osaka-Jo Hall. We open up with a mysterious video of Kidani ringing someone in New York before the show. It’s a way to introduce this man: Harold George Meij. The first gaijin president of New Japan. He’s worked in Japan for years, boosting… Continue Reading

Tokyo Joshi Pro 5th Princess Cup N1 review (6.3.18)

Tokyo Joshi Pro 5th Princess Cup N1 review (6.3.18)

Tokyo Joshi Pro: 5th Tokyo Princess Cup Day 1   June 3 2018   We’re in Tokyo, Japan at Shinjuku Village Studio C. I’ve never seen this venue before. I’ve seen one TJP show before, in January, but I keep hearing good things about it so I’m dipping back in. As per my ideal wrestling… Continue Reading

Toshiaki Kawada Produce Holy War (4.16.18)

Toshiaki Kawada Produce Holy War (4.16.18)

Toshiaki Kawada Produce Holy War   April 16 2018   You know how Kenta Kobashi has been throwing together cards of dudes he’s really into and calling it “Fortune Dream”? Well Kawada saw this and decided he was going to do his own thing and called it “Holy War”. This is what happened.    … Continue Reading

NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Day 12 (02.06.18)

NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Day 12 (02.06.18)

And so, our emotional odyssey comes to an end with Day 12 of Best of the Super Juniors, which I’m pretty sure is how the tournament ended in real life as well, with everyone one match short and no overall winner being crowned. KUSHIDA vs. Dragon Lee for the first time ever is a very… Continue Reading

NOAH Navigation with Breeze (5.29.18)

NOAH Navigation with Breeze (5.29.18)

NOAH Navigation with Breeze   May 29 2018   We’re in Tokyo, Japan at Korakuen Hall. NOAH is in disarray, again. Taiji Ishimori has defected to New Japan. Kenoh has announced his intention to depart NOAH, thus leaving the main events shy of the new ‘ace’. NOAH have once again fallen back onto Takashi Sugiura,… Continue Reading

NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Day 11 (31.05.18)

NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Day 11 (31.05.18)

Mopping up the stray final two shows from BOSJ so we can technically say we reviewed everything and I didn’t massively let the side down! Hooray! And in fairness there is a **** match to cover on this show… Flip Gordon vs. BUSHI This got good after a slow start. There was the usual stretch… Continue Reading