On the tenth anniversary of his death, we look at the life and impact of a titan of puroresu journalism and fan culture, and the magazine he built.
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.
As AJPW coalesces and NJPW starts to build momentum, Japan Pro Wrestling plummets ever further.
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.
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.
The life and impact of the father of Japanese amateur wrestling.
Jumbo Tsuruta's life before professional wrestling.
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 …