Giant Ochiai Died During Fatal Training Session With Kenzo Suzuki

One of the most shocking and tragic wrestler deaths was the passing of Giant Ochiai during a training session with Kenzo Suzuki in Japan. The former WWE Superstar has seemed to have escaped consequences for causing the death of another wrestler, in one of the most controversial moments in the history of the sport. Nobody … Read more

NJPW’s Wrestle Kingdom Was Named After A Video Game

New Japan Pro Wrestling’s biggest show of the year is called Wrestle Kingdom, and is the Japanese equivalent of WWE’s WrestleMania event every year. Taking place on January 4th every year (although some years added a second night of action on January 5th), it is considered the biggest night in wrestling for many fans. Some … Read more

Shingo Tagaki Had To Shave His Head For Abusing A Monkey In Dragon Gate

In 2009, Japanese wrestling was shocked when the ritual abuse of a pet monkey was revealed to be rife throughout Dragon Gate. The wrestling promotion that prided itself on high-flying action and incredible professional wrestling was under the spotlight, as its dirtiest secret was revealed to the world. The animal abuse scandal of 2009 rocked … Read more

Dave Meltzer Reported Fake Dragon Gate Information In Hoax Scandal

Ever since he began reporting on wrestling with the creation of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter in 1983, Dave Meltzer has been one of the most accurate and consistent reporters in pro wrestling. He is arguably the most respected of the wrestling journalists, and has received inside scoops from talents like Ric Flair, Steve Austin, Chris … Read more

How To Watch Wrestle Kingdom 18 In The UK

Wrestle Kingdom 18 is the biggest show of the year for New Japan Pro Wrestling, with fans already excited for the next addition into the company’s annual Tokyo Dome show on January 4th, 2023. Often acclaimed as one of the best shows in wrestling each year, Wrestle Kingdom combines the best wrestlers from all across … Read more

Greatest Gaijin Wrestlers In Japanese Wrestling History

In Japanese wrestling, the word “Gaijin” is used to describe any foreign wrestlers. The term literally means “foreigner” or “outsider”, although it generally to anybody who is not of east Asian descent (usually white European or Americans). In the history of Japanese wrestling, there have been many gaijin who have become legends in Japan. There … Read more

Dave Meltzer’s Star Ratings For Every Wrestle Kingdom Show (NJPW)

Wrestle Kingdom is NJPW’s yearly wrestling event, taking place on the 4th January every year. It takes place in the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan, and the event follows on from their previously nameless show on that date each year. This page is the hub for the star ratings from every Wrestle Kingdom show in … Read more

NJPW Schedule For 2024 – All Upcoming Events

The following is a list of NJPW events scheduled to take place in 2024. This includes all pay per view events that are available to be broadcast on New Japan World, as well as other special episodes of New Japan Pro Wrestling and New Japan Strong. More events will be added to the 2024 NJPW … Read more

Wrestle Kingdom 2 Star Ratings (Dave Meltzer’s Star Ratings)

Wrestle Kingdom II was the second annual Wrestle Kingdom event put on by NJPW, in their traditional slot at the beginning of the year. Wrestle Kingdom II took place on January 4, 2008, and showed that the company were keen on establishing a WrestleMania-like brand for their biggest show of the year. This year’s edition … Read more

NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 18’s Star Ratings (Dave Meltzer’s Match Ratings)

Wrestle Kingdom 18 will take place on January 4th, 2023 and is the 18th annual edition of the yearly Wrestle Kingdom show. It is the 31st annual NJPW show to take place on January 4th in the Tokyo Dome, and features huge matches like Tetsuya Naito vs SANADA and Kazuchika Okada vs Bryan Danielson. This … Read more

Wrestle Kingdom 18 Predictions, Match Card & Logo Reveal

New Japan Pro Wrestling have revealed the new logo for the upcoming Wrestle Kingdom 18 event. The show was officially announced for the first time, with the event predictably taking place in the traditional January 4th slot. Wrestle Kingdom 18 will take place at the Tokyo Dome, the spiritual home of NJPW’s annual show. NJPW … Read more

Jay White Didn’t Take The Blade Runner From Bray Wyatt, But Another Wrestling Legend

Jay White debuted his Blade Runner finishing move in the early days of his New Japan Pro Wrestling debut. The Kiwi star was immediately earmarked as a future star, and once he returned from his excursion in the US he was pushed accordingly. Not long after Wrestle Kingdom 13, Jay White made history by beating … Read more

These AEW Stars Could Be At Wrestle Kingdom 18 In 2024

Wrestle Kingdom 18 looks to set to be one of the biggest shows in NJPW history, with a huge main event already set for the Tokyo Dome. IWGP World Heavyweight Champion SANADA will defend his title against G1 Climax winner Tetsuya Naito, in a huge clash between former LIJ teammates. However, the under card of … Read more

Konosuke Takeshita vs Kota Ibushi At WrestleDream Will Steal The Show

With AEW’s first WrestleDream show set to take place next month, the dream match between Konosuke Takeshita and Kota Ibushi looks set to steal the show in Seattle. The event is set to take place in Seattle on October 1st, 2023, in the hometown of AEW star Bryan Danielson. He is wrestling against Zack Sabre … Read more

NJPW Wanted Bret Hart On Commentary For Kenny Omega vs Chris Jericho

Wrestle Kingdom 12 saw one of the biggest matches in history, as former WWE Champion Chris Jericho wrestled Kenny Omega in a match that nobody ever thought they’d see. However, NJPW almost made the match bigger by signing another Canadian legend to do commentary, as Bret Hart was allegedly considered to be a part of … Read more

Biggest Wrestling Attendances In History (WWE, AEW & NJPW)

With AEW All In selling over 70,000 tickets, it stormed its way into being one of the biggest selling wrestling events in history. Their debut in the UK has renewed interest for British wrestling, and fans cannot wait to see their favorite American stars again. This comes on the back of a huge show last … Read more

2023 Is Enzo Amore’s Comeback Year With NJPW Debut

Six years after being unceremoniously fired from the WWE, 2023 could finally the year of Enzo Amore‘s big comeback in pro-wrestling. A rape allegation that was claimed to be false cost him his job in the WWE, and the diss track on the woman in question soured most promoters to signing Enzo for a number … Read more

CM Punk Wanted To Be In G1 Climax In 2023 (NJPW)

CM Punk wanted to wrestle for New Japan Pro Wrestling in this year’s G1 Climax, Dave Meltzer has revealed. The tournament was won by Tetsuya Naito, and featured AEW Star Eddie Kingston in a featured role. CM Punk only returned to the ring in May this year, but had ambition of travelling to Japan to … Read more

Who Are The Reiwa Three Musketeers In NJPW?

On June 30th, 2023, New Japan Pro Wrestling revealed the three young stars that were to be known as the Reiwa Three Musketeers. Following in the footsteps of the New Three Musketeers of the 2000s, they have been positioned as future top stars of New Japan Pro Wrestling and potential megastars in Japan. In this … Read more

Chris Jericho Made A Huge Amount Of Money In NJPW

Chris Jericho was paid a huge sum of money to wrestle in NJPW in 2018, owing to the huge star he was in the WWE. Jericho left the WWE that year, walking out on the company he had spent nearly two decades wrestling for. While he originally planned not to wrestle for anyone other than … Read more

Stardust Press: Why Tetsuya Naito’s Finisher Never Actually Lands

Testuya Naito has won numerous championships over the years, usually with his trusty “Destino” finishing move. However, the leader of the Los Ingernobles de Jopon has attempted to win some of his matches with his classic, high-flying finisher called The Stardust Press. This was his primary finisher from 2008 until 2015, when he abandoned his … Read more

Every 5-Star Match From G1 Climax 33 (Meltzer’s Star Ratings)

The G1 Climax 33 tournament is over, and 2023 is truly the year Tetsuya Naito. The Los Ingobernables de Japon leader went on a tear through the bracket this year, beating stars like Will Ospreay and Kazuchika Okada en route to an impressive third G1 Climax victory. It was a year filled with incredible matches … Read more

Tetsuya Naito Has Three Of The Best Finishers In NJPW

Tetsuya Naito has proven himself as one of the greatest of all time, following his win at the G1 Climax 33 finals. Hitting just one of his three finishing moves that made him a star, Naito pinned Kazuchika Okada to win the G1 Climax. This booked him his place at Wrestle Kingdom 18, for a … Read more

Tetsuya Naito vs SANADA Will Headline Wrestle Kingdom 18 At The Tokyo Dome

After his victory in the G1 Climax 33 Final, Tetsuya Naito has booked his place in the main event of Wrestle Kingdom 18. The match to headline the Tokyo Dome on January 4th, 2024 will be SANADA vs Tetsuya Naito, with SANADA’s IWGP World Heavyweight Championship on the line. He has held the title since … Read more

Will Ospreay Unveils New IWGP United Kingdom Championship In NJPW

Will Ospreay unveiled a new United Kingdom Championship in NJPW, following his G1 Climax loss to Tetsuya Naito. The English star battled Naito in a five-star rated match in the semi-finals of the tournament, with a chance to do battle with Kazuchika Okada in the final. Despite Naito being knocked out during the match, he … Read more

Tetsuya Naito Is Knocked Out In 5-Star G1 Victory Over Will Ospreay

NJPW star Tetusya Naito booked his place in the G1 Climax Final this morning, but suffered an injury that could cause him to miss the bout. He booked his place in the final match against Kazuchika Okada for tomorrow, following his impressive victory over Will Ospreay that has been rated as a 5-star match. Tetsuya … Read more

Finlay’s Shillelagh Is Being Used By His Son In NJPW

One of the most unique weapons in WWE history is Finlay‘s Shillelagh . The Norther-Irishman brought the weapon to the WWE for the first time in 2006, introducing the American audience to a key piece of Irish culture. This was quite nefarious, however. Finlay would use the weapon illegally, knocking out his opponents behind the … Read more

Every Will Ospreay vs Kenny Omega Match From Best To Worst

2023 in pro wrestling will be revealed as the year we saw Will Ospreay vs Kenny Omega finally wrestling. The two stars were two of the top gaijin in Japan, making names for themselves as two of the top stars in NJPW. The Englishman Ospreay stepped in to fill the shoes of Kenny Omega, once … Read more

G1 Climax 33 Analysis & Predictions (2023)

In this article, we’ll take you through out predictions and analysis for the G1 Climax 33 in 2023. With this year’s G1 Climax set into four blocks of 8 wrestlers, the competition for the tournament is fierce. 32 NJPW stars are battling it out in a grueling series of matches to decide who will take … Read more

Jon Moxley Has An “Unspoken Bond” With El Desperado After NJPW Bout

Jon Moxley claimed he shares an “unspoken bond” with NJPW star El Desperado, following their brutal death match at a recent New Japan show. Jon Moxley wrestled Desperado for the first time last July at NJPW’s Music City Mayhem show, which saw the Death Rider win a brutal and bloody match up. The pair battled … Read more

Wrestle Kingdom 8’s Fan Vote Made Tetsuya Naito A Bigger Star In Defeat

The tale of Tetsuya Naito is one of failure and redemption. First rejected by fans for failing to connect as a boring babyface, a detour to Mexico gave him a new personality and a new look on life. This helped him to avenge his rejected by fans at Wrestle Kingdom 8, and prove to himself … Read more

Dave Meltzer Reveals Why NJPW Is Better Than WWE

Dave Meltzer has explained in a recent interview why NJPW matches are better than WWE, in a shocking revelation from the controversial journalist. The Wrestling Observer founder is a controversial figure in wrestling, with both wrestlers and fans alike taking offense to his reporting over the years. The most contentious aspect of his journalism is … Read more

AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door 2023 Meltzer’s Star Ratings Revealed

AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door 2023 was broadcast on June 25th, 2023 from the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. It was the second annual edition of the event, with the first show taking place in 2022. This page will detail Dave Meltzer’s Star Ratings for AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door 2023 , looking at … Read more

Toni Storm Talks Helping Juice Robinson In NJPW

Toni Storm recently appeared to help her husband Juice Robinson during a NJPW match, making her debut in the company. Storm attempted a low-blow onto Juice Robinson’s opponent Fred Rosser, during their street fight at NJPW Resurgence. However, Rosser kissed her after revealing he was wearing a cup, but was soon laid out by the … Read more

Will Ospreay Calls Kenny Omega a “Mad Scientist” Over Wrestle Kingdom Match

Will Ospreay has heaped praise on Kenny Omega over their match at Wrestle Kingdom 17, calling him a “mad scientist”. The pair wrestled in one of the greatest matches of all time in the semi-main event, battling for Ospreay’s IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship. The bout has been lauded by fans and critics alike, being … Read more

Jay White Was Inspired By Shawn Michaels To Become A Wrestler

Making his debut in AEW last week, Jay White is one of the top stars in all of wrestling. The two-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion was the top heel in New Japan Pro Wrestling, holding wins over huge stars, like Kazuchika Okada and Hiroshi Tanahashi. He shockingly left the promotion in early 2023, following a WrestleKingdom … Read more

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