Emblem: A Week of Shinjiro Otani

> Back again, I’m taking a look at a long longtime fan favorite among puroresu followers. Otani really stood out in the 90’s, standing out in contrast to other Junior Heavyweight Wrestlers of the era, he being among the first to break out on his own as a “regular guy” … Continue reading

Sadism: A Week of Kana

> Sadism – “The tendency to derive pleasure, especially sexual gratification, from inflicting pain, suffering, or humiliation on others. (in general use) deliberate cruelty.” This week starts a very special edition of the series, as obviously Asuka will be getting a chance to accomplish a dream of hers, wrestling in … Continue reading

Subconscious: Week of Shinsuke Nakamura

An intriguing subject this week as we go to undoubtedly one of the most popular wrestlers worldwide, as he is right on the cusp of making his full time debut in America for the most popular worldwide wrestling promotion, WWE via their NXT branch. This man has numerous accomplishments in … Continue reading

World’s Strongest Arm: Week of Satoshi Kojima

Back again digging into requests (yes, I saved all of them…I’m pretty sure) I go into a great complement of Mogyu, my previous look at the other half of TenCozy, Hiroyoshi Tenzan. ( puroresuspirit.net/2015/11/week-of-hiroyoshi-tenzan ) Now the long story short on him is that he was very great and popular, … Continue reading

Fight With Dream: A Week of Hayabusa

Hello, my friends! It’s great to be back after these last 3+ months of being a sideline player in the puroresu scene, and let me tell ya it’s been a pretty bumpy ride, but there was no way I wasn’t gonna come back with my friends on the site and … Continue reading

Stardom ‘Appeal the Heart’ 2015 Results & Review

> Hello again, friends of good wrestling. We have a pretty sweet card on our hands today with a lineup consisting of first of all THREE new people debuting in 3 separate matches. First off we’ve got the young upstart Hiromi Mimura getting her shot vs. Kris Wolf. Then we … Continue reading

Stardom 2015 5★STAR Grand Prix Final Review

> Back for another round with the mostly lovely women of the most popular all women’s promotion in the world, today I take a look at the round robin tournament that kicks off right after the more famous tournament from New Japan ends. After Tanahashi gained a win in the … Continue reading

Wrestle Kingdom VI: January 4th, 2012, Live Perspective

by Philip Overby   Wrestle Kingdom VI. My second Wrestle Kingdom in a row. Last year saw Hiroshi Tanahashi capture the IWGP Heavyweight Championship from Satoshi Kojima. After a full year of defenses, Tanahashi defends against challenger Minoru Suzuki going for a record 11 defenses. I was surprised that my … Continue reading

ZERO-1, Tenkaichi Finals, September 17th, 2011, Live Perspective

by Philip Overby Returning to Korakuen Hall in Tokyo after my last New Japan visit in 2009 made me feel like coming home.  For some reason, Korakuen’s intimate environment lends itself to the best wrestling shows.  The crowds are lively, the wrestlers interactive to a greater degree, and the brawls … Continue reading