At Wrestlemania 34, Shinsuke Nakamura will take on AJ Styles for the WWE Championship, but it won’t be the first time they’ve fought for gold on a huge stage. In 2016, Styles and Nakamura had a match at Wrestle Kingdom 10 for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship, and if that bout is any indication of how their Wrestlemania encounter is going to be, it will be absolutely fantastic.
Zack Sabre Jr. is often heralded as the best technical wrestler in the world. He’s travelled the globe, applying his craft in promotions all over the planet, with great success. But when ZSJ debuted for New Japan Pro Wrestling on February 21st 2017, we saw a totally different side to the technical wizard, and the company have booked him perfectly ever since.
This is the one-hundredth post on my website. Thank you to anybody that has ever read one of my articles, shared one of my posts, or accidentally clicked on my website because they found the name of it very misleading.
To celebrate, I’ve decided to list a whole bunch of explanations as to why I spend hours every week watching and writing about the wonderful world of sports entertainment. Here are One-Hundred Reasons Why I Love Pro Wrestling.
After Chris Jericho had his first match rated five stars by Dave Meltzer at the age of 47 back in January, curiosity got the better of me and I had to find out who the oldest wrestlers to ever be in a five-star classic were (a list which you can read here). Naturally, once I’d spent hours of my life working out pro wrestlers’ ages down to the very day, channelling my inner professor Scott Steiner, something began to bug me – what about those at the other end of the scale? Who managed to earn this honour in the earliest days of their career? Well, once again, curiosity got the better of me, and I had to brush up once more on my Steiner mathematics, so here it is – the Top 20 Youngest Wrestlers That Were in a Dave Meltzer Five-Star Match.
New Japan Pro Wrestling is a company built on traditions, and one of its longest-running customs has been to send members of its roster on learning excursions – extended trips to work in other promotions around the world in order to develop their characters, improve their grappling abilities, or just to have time away from NJPW fans so they can come back to the company with a new character or mentality. Although most wrestlers are sent on excursion during their days as a Young Lion (New Japan’s rookie wrestlers), some are sent away once they are a permanent graduate member of the NJPW roster to improve even further. But of all the many talents that have been sent abroad over the years by New Japan, which had the most successful journeys? Who was the biggest hit in their foreign promotions, and who made the biggest impacts upon their return? Let’s find out – here are the Top 10 Most Successful New Japan Pro Wrestling Excursions.
Disney icons in Kingdom Hearts, Spider-Man in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, Wii Fit Trainer in Super Smash Bros. – we love it when our highly beloved characters show up in the most surprising of video games. When it comes to wrestling video games, we’ve seen a range of surprise inclusions, both fictional and real people, show up to grapple inside the ring (more about those here), but on very rare occasions, some of our favourite pro wrestlers have decided to step away from the ring, and show their face in an unexpected virtual space. Here are Five Times Real-Life Pro Wrestlers Appeared in Non-Wrestling Video Games.
Outside of WWE, Kenny Omega is the most talked about wrestler in the world today. His time leading Bullet Club shot him into a global spotlight, but it’s not just his cool black and white merch or iconic logo that give people reason to talk – he also just happens to be one of the best wrestlers of his generation. Every time he steps into a ring, Omega puts on an incredible show, and on certain occasions, makes history with the quality of his matches.
When Chris Jericho finally had his first-ever match rated five stars by renowned wrestling and MMA journalist Dave Meltzer on January 4th this year, it was a testament of how incredibly hard the former-WWE Champion works, and how when most wrestlers would have slowed down by now, Chris is still able to put on some of the best work of his career. To some, Meltzer’s opinion means nothing, to others, it’s the gospel. Personally, while I don’t always agree with his views, I do respect that somebody who’s been critiquing pro wrestling professionally for over four decades probably knows what he’s talking about, and as such, his ratings intrigue me. It’s incredible that in such a globally supported sport as pro wrestling, there’s only one critic who’s opinion really has any meaning behind it. Sure, you may be interested what other journalists, fans or personalities have to say, but a match is never referred to as five stars unless Dave Meltzer declares that it is. (Learn more about Dave Meltzer’s dedication to pro wrestling and why his opinion is so well respected by fans and competitors alike by reading my list of the Top 20 Five-Star Matches.)
DDT Pro Wrestling is known for being possibly the most ridiculous promotion in the wrestling world. We’ve all seen the clips and GIFs, we’ve all sat in awe at how incredibly bizarre the whole thing is – but have you ever bothered to really look into it? Have you ever tried watching a full match? A full event? A match that doesn’t involve fireworks or animals or inflatable dolls? Well, if not, you owe it to yourself to check out their streaming service – DDT Universe. But why should you sign up? How do you even sign up in the first place? How easy is it to use? Where do you go to see Joey Ryan use his penis on people? Don’t you worry! All of those questions and more will be answered in my exploration of A Dramatically Crazy Universe: A Matchguide and Tips for DDT Pro Wrestling’s Streaming Service.