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Hamish Woodward

10 Stories About Antonio Inoki You Wont Believe

Antonio Inoki passed away in October 2022, ending the life of one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. In the ring, he transformed pro-wrestling in Japan, with his cross-promotional matches with the likes of Muhammad Ali and Don Frye transforming Mixed-Martial Arts. However, as a promoter, he also created the modern-day wrestling that Japan ...

Hamish Woodward

Analyzing The Real Most-Watched Wrestling Match Ever

Professional wrestling has grown from a circus and carnival act for wannabe strongmen to one of the biggest forms of entertainment all over the world, with nearly every country in the world hosting their own form of the sport. Over the years, there have been an incredible amount of huge wrestling matches that drew in ...

Hamish Woodward

Don Frye Had To Flee Japan After Retiring Antonio Inoki

Antonio Inoki wrestled the last match of his retirement tour against Don Frye at the Tokyo Dome, in one of his famouse “worked shoot” matches that blurred the line between reality and fiction. This put an end to a near-40-year career for Inoki, that brought him to the very top of the professional wrestlign world ...

Hamish Woodward

How Inokism Almost Killed New Japan Pro Wrestling

With the death of Japanese wrestling icon Antonio Inoki still fresh in everyone’s minds, it is time to explore the long-forgotten and disastrous idea of “Inokism” (or Inoki-ism). While some have compared it to the modern-day interpretation of “Strong-Style” that New Japan Pro Wrestling promote, it has some very key differences. In this article, we ...

Hamish Woodward

When Boxers Fought Wrestlers In The WWE (And Japan)

Wrestling and boxing have been intertwined for years. Boxers like Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson have made multiple appearances in WWE, usually in guest spots or as enforcers. However, some boxers have fought in actual wrestling matches. These have been normal matches, no dq matches or even special rules matches, all which will be detailed ...

Hamish Woodward

Ric Flair Details Horrific Time In North Korea

In 1995, Ric Flair travelled to North Korea for one of the most bizarre pro-wrestling events of all time. Collision in Korea was a 1995 collaboration between WCW and NJPW, following the death of Supreme Leader Kim Il-Sung. After Kim’s death, his son Kim Jong-Il wanted to make a statement, and was convinced by NJPW ...

Stewart Harper


Antonio Inoki’s WWF Championship Reign WWE Refuse To Acknowledge

Antonio Inoki is one of the most important figures in Japanese Wrestling history. In fact, he is one of the most respected wrestlers in the history of the business. He founded New Japan Pro Wrestling in 1972 after was fired from JWA (Japanese Pro Wrestling Association) after failing a takeover of the company . Fellow ...

Hamish Woodward

Sting vs Antonio Inoki Is A Terrible Match

It’s always a great thing finding matches you never expected to have happened. Seeing two legends whose paths you never expected to cross find themselves accross the ring from each other, ready to lock horns, in something that every wrestling fan has to enjoy. However, sometimes soon after, the actual match happens and yo become ...

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