The Young Lions Journey: A Guide to New Japan’s Rookie System

As somebody that adores New Japan Pro Wrestling, I absolutely love helping new and curious fans get into what I believe is the best quality grappling promotion in the world. In the past, I’ve written a beginner’s guide to the promotion’s biggest event, Wrestle Kingdom, and a guide to how to start watching NJPW. During my time trying to help New Japan Newbies, I’ve seen a few questions being asked repeatedly, both to myself and across social media and message boards: What is a “Young Lion”? Why are there wrestlers all wearing the exact same black boots and trunks? Why are people stood around the ring wearing red trousers and getting repeatedly beaten up?

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A Quick Guide to Wrestle Kingdom for New Japan Newbies

Wrestle Kingdom – the perfect place to start your New Japan journey. That’s how it started for me. After hearing about the hype surrounding Bullet Club back in 2014, I decided I needed to start watching some NJPW, and Wrestle Kingdom in 2015 was the perfect place to start. Three years on, I am completely hooked to what I believe to be the best quality wrestling in the world.

As somebody that only got into New Japan a few years ago and believes it to be the best promotion in the world today, I adore helping curious fans get into NJPW in any way that I can. Previously, I wrote a Beginner’s Guide to New Japan, which seemed to help a lot of people begin their viewing experience with the company, but as I know a lot of you will be tuning in for the first time on January 4th, I thought I would put together a quick of bullet point guide taking you through all of the vital information you need to know about how to watch the big event, what time it’s on, how to get around streaming issues, what to watch before and after Wrestle Kingdom, and a brief look through the match card and how each bout has come about. But let’s start things off with the most important part.

 

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End of Year Hairy Awards 2017

2017 has almost come to an end. In my opinion, this has been one of, if not the best year for pro wrestling that I’ve ever been witness to, especially when it comes to match quality. Full of amazing moments, history-making matches, and an endless amount of fantastic content for any type of fan to enjoy around the world, wrestling in 2017 has truly been a gift to us all. But with a year so packed full of scale-breaking MOTY candidates, shocking moments, history-making events, and breakout performances, how am I supposed to whittle down an impressive selection of nominees into the best of the best?! Well, after twelve months of deciding, I am proud to present the End of Year Hairy Awards – a celebration of the greatest wrestlers, matches, performances, etc in the world of wrestling in 2017. As it has been such a fantastic year, I’m keeping these awards as positive as I can, so look elsewhere for your negativity (but please stay on my website, I beg of you). With that being said, let’s take a look at the (not so) prestigious winners.

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Top 20 Matches of the Year: 2017 – Part Two

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Top 20 Matches of the Year: 2017 – Part One

2017 has almost come to an end. In my opinion, this has been one of, if not the best year for pro wrestling that I’ve ever been witness to, especially when it comes to match quality. Full of amazing moments, history-making matches, and an endless amount of fantastic content for any type of fan to enjoy around the world, wrestling in 2017 has truly been a gift to us all. But with a year so packed full of scale-breaking MOTY candidates, how on Earth could we whittle so many great bouts down to just the best of the best? There have been certain wrestlers this year that could fill a regular year’s MOTY list with their own matches alone, that’s how good the standard of pro wrestling is right now. An honourable mention in this list could have been a top five match ten years ago. We are experiencing a golden age when it comes to quality pro wrestling, and if you don’t believe me, just take a look at the unbelievable selection of matches we’ve been treated to in the last twelve months. Here is part one of my Top 20 Matches of the Year: 2017.

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Top 10 Wrestling Highlights of 2017

2017 has almost come to an end. In my opinion, this has been one of, if not the best year for pro wrestling that I’ve ever been witness to. Full of amazing moments, history-making matches, and an endless amount of fantastic content for any type of fan to enjoy around the world, wrestling in 2017 has truly been a gift to us all. But with a twelve months so full of wonderful moments, how could we possibly whittle it down to just ten of the best?! Well, don’t you fret my loyal readers, I’ve done all the hard work for you – here are the Top 10 Wrestling Highlights of 2017.

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Top 10 Things in the World of Wrestling to Look Forward to in 2018

2017 has almost come to an end. In my opinion, this has been one of, if not the best year for pro wrestling that I’ve ever been witness to. Full of amazing moments, history-making matches, and an endless amount of fantastic content for any type of fan to enjoy around the world, wrestling in 2017 has truly been a gift to us all. As brilliant as the last twelve months have been though, it looks like we are in for another memorable year in the wonderful and weird world of pro wrestling. Although it’s impossible to know exactly what will happen from January to December next year, there are plenty of things I’m already dying to witness in 2018. But what am I most excited to see happen from January 1st to December 31st, and what you should be excited for also? Well, let me tell you. Here are the Top 10 Things in the World of Wrestling to Look Forward to in 2018.# Continue reading “Top 10 Things in the World of Wrestling to Look Forward to in 2018”

The Story of Jay White: A Guide to New Japan’s Switchblade

Without telling a single soul, 19-year-old Jay White packed his bags in 2012, left his family home in New Zealand, and moved all the way across the world to start a new life in the UK, with the intention of becoming a professional wrestler. In January 2013, Jay began training, and just five years later, he has a match inside the Tokyo Dome against one of the most popular and important wrestlers in Japanese history, at the biggest NJPW show of the year.

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Another Top 15 Wrestle Crate UK Items

Wrestle Crate UK is a monthly service that sends out a random box of collectables, clothing, DVDs, and an assortment of miscellaneous, yet wonderful items straight to your doorstep. Although you may not know what you’re getting in advance, the small price tag in comparison to the gifts you receive is always well worth the mystery. Plus, it feels like you’re getting a mini wrestling Christmas every month, which never fails to get me a little excited. With prices starting at £11.99 a month (plus postage and packaging), it’s hard for any fan to resist this little monthly cardboard box of awesomeness.

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