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Broken Crown: The Fall of Japan Pro Wrestling, 1971-1973 – Part Four: The Broken Crown

A last-minute merger attempt almost saves JPW, but a stubborn backout leads to their quick death. In the months that follow, its remaining stars sign with a begrudging Baba, who quickly moves to ensure none will threaten his plans for AJPW.

Broken Crown: The Fall of Japan Pro Wrestling, 1971-1973 – Part Two: Lion’s Birth

As Antonio Inoki builds NJPW, his former promotion makes a short-sighted decision which costs them the only other man who can keep them afloat.

Broken Crown: The Fall of Japan Pro Wrestling, 1971-1973 – Part One: Maborosi no Coup d’état

50 years after Antonio Inoki's firing, we look at the coup which spelled the beginning of the end for Japan Pro Wrestling. Part 1 of 4.

Introduction

In 2021, I created a thread on professional wrestling message board ProWrestlingOnly. In this thread, I shared information on the history of Japanese professional wrestling (henceforth puroresu) which I had gathered from Japanese-language sources. I continued to expand the thread for many months, and I intend to continue that further. However, this platform will give …

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