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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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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Why Jericho Vs. Omega is the Biggest Match Announcement in Wrestling History

The entire wrestling world is in utter shock right now.

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WWE 2K18: The Bray Wyatt of Video Games

WWE 2K18 is here! In fact, it’s been out a couple of weeks now, which means we’ve all had plenty of time to create our CAWs and win some championships because, let’s face it, none of us have lives. I could have reviewed this game as soon as it came out, but due to the sheer amount of different content and features in the latest yearly instalment from 2K Games, I wanted to put plenty of playtime into the new release before I critiqued it, to make sure my review was as thorough and detailed as possible. So, is 2K18 worth your hard-earned cash, or will you have to make 2K17 last for another year? Let’s find out.

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Things That Take Bumps in the Night: The Most Horrifying Halloween Havoc Moments

Tis’ the spooky season! So I’m celebrating by looking at the most ghoulish, terrifying, bone-chilling series of pay-per-views in all of wrestling – WCW’s Halloween Havoc! Every October from 1989 to 2000, wrestling fans were petrified by plastic pumpkins, terrible booking, and some of the most idiotic decisions in pro wrestling. Sure, this staple of World Championship Wrestling had plenty of memorable moments, from incredible matches such as Mysterio and Guerrero, multiple Texas Death Matches, Savage vs. DDP and the thundercage tag team match, to the wonderful little touches like beautiful seasonal sets, horror legend Elvira promoting the event, and Paul Heyman dressed as a vampire. However, Halloween Havoc is mostly remembered for the curse it cast upon those that appeared on it – the curse of fucking terrible wrestling. So, prepared to be spooked as we explore the worst moments in Halloween Havoc history.

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What Wrestling Means to Me – One Year Anniversary Special

On August 25th 2016, I started this blog as a way of expressing my views and knowledge on my biggest love in life – wrestling. It has dominated my life for as long as I can remember, in the last twelve months more so than ever, so for my one year anniversary, I am going to explain exactly why I spend hours upon hours every single week watching and writing about this wonderful, crazy sport we all adore. Here is what wrestling means to me.

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Five Potential WWE Tournaments

Wrestling fans absolutely love tournaments. Well, I know I do anyway. All across the world, tournaments are the highlights of every promotion’s annual calendar, such as NJPW’s Best of the Super Juniors, PWG’s Battle of Los Angeles, Lucha Underground’s Cueto Cup, WCPW’s Pro Wrestling World Cup, and Progress’ Super Strong Style. From the King of the Ring to the Cruiserweight Classic, tournaments have always been a part of WWE programming, yet in the last few years, they really have seemed to have made a comeback, with the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, and the upcoming Mae Young Classic. These tournaments always prove to be successful, pulling in a lot of praise and attention for their great in-ring action, surprising and memorable moments, and ability to create stars. With that in mind, perhaps it’s time for WWE to draw up a few more brackets and order a few more trophies. But what tournaments could WWE potentially do in the near future? Well, I have a few suggestions. Here are Five Potential WWE Tournaments.

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