Post by Andrew MacDonald on Mar 25, 2013 22:08:04 GMT -5
I was thinking about this when I saw my first New Japan show live and beforehand when I heard of the title through the podcasts. On that show, the main event was for the NEVER Title between Masato Tanaka and Tomohiro Ishii, an amazing match by the way. I heard the title described as being similar to the NXT Title. My question is just a request for information on the NEVER Title, it's origins, it's contenders. And also, is the Kaientai Dojo the "NXT" of New Japan?
Post by strongstyleking on Mar 30, 2013 14:57:34 GMT -5
Hey guys, hope I am not too late for questions, it has been a busy April to say the least!
There are two things that I have been curious about this month relating to current events in wrestling.
First of all relates to the passing of Paul Bearer, and a curiosity of whether or not there is a strong "manager" system in Japan, and if there are any great managers. Having been watching recently I have watched how Taka acts for KES, and Gedo for Okada. Are these sorts of "managers" common in Japan, and again are there any really legendary or historically significant mouth pieces?
Second relates to Social media. How big are Japanese promotions, and in particular New Japan (Since it is the big dog) into social media circles? I ask this mostly because I have been following Prince Devitt on twitter, and it has been a real hoot. Going hand in hand with this what are your own personal thoughts on how the product blends with social media?
Thanks again guys! Can't wait for the show to hit!
Post by Tenese Sarwieh on Apr 10, 2013 9:25:18 GMT -5
Hello there, was just thinking of when I was younger growing up as a wrestling fan in the 90’s and it gave me first introduction to puro. It was mainly through the working relationships between WCW/NJPW, ECW/M-Pro, WWE/AJW, and etc. Just wanting to get you guy’s opinion on if you think there will be another big working relationship trading talent with WWE, TNA, or ROH? & if so which company between NJPW, AJPW, of NOAH would benefit from it the most? I would love to see Minoru Suzuki vs Kurt Angle.
My question to you is, I am moving to Japan this August to teach English and I recently found out I will be placed on Hokkaido, although I'm unsure where on the island yet. I was wondering, if possible, if you could give me a quick overview of the wrestling scene on Hokkaido. I'm assuming that it probably has the least amount of wrestling events due to the lesser population but for example are there indies based in Hokkaido? How about the big companies, do they at least visit Sapporo when they tour?
Any help you can give is much appreciated, keep up the great work with the podcast and maybe I'll see you guys at a show sometime.
Post by Chris.charlton on Jun 7, 2013 8:50:53 GMT -5
Hey all, WH and I will be doing a show next week, including a recap of the Best of the Super Juniors finals, since we'll be there live Sunday night. Keep questions rolling in and we'll get to them on the podcast..
Hey guys I'm not too big on Japanese wrestling but after all I'm hearing lately it sounds like its really something to check out. Is there anything I can check out with English commentary that perhaps I can get my feet wet on?
Post by wackayjunior on Jun 19, 2013 14:04:50 GMT -5
I've a question regarding NJPW. I am in the process of watching The New Beginning PPV and I was wondering if there is a weekly TV NJPW show that I could watch in between PPV's and if so where I might be able to view it.
Post by strongstyleking on Jul 11, 2013 3:14:18 GMT -5
With Wrestle-1 being a thing, I am curious about what competition between promotions is like in Japan? Being raised on North American wrestling, and being a product of the 90's all I really know is WWE vs WCW, where it was an aggressive attempt by WCW to sabotage and put the WWE out of business. Not the case based on what I see week to week.
Obviously while the final goal is to make money, what sort of terms are individual promotions on with each other? Is there any bad blood or rivalries in a business sense?
Any thoughts on this would be illuminating! Thanks you for your answers and thanks for the awesome podcast!
Post by Tom Kettwig on Sept 14, 2013 9:37:54 GMT -5
I was reading the top 15 PPV's of all time list on WWE.com: www.wwe.com/classics/15-best-pay-per-views/page-17 and in the comment section someone mentioned Weekly Pro at the Tokyo Dome I was wondering if either one of you have seen the show and what do you think of it?
My question is really broken into a few after watching 100's of hours of japanese content over the last few months..
What is your take on the "garbage wrestling" phase in the 90's from FMW ect.. Do you think it still has a place?? Does it still exist in any popular form in Japan nowadays?? (i havent seen much) And finally, after watching the few Onita matches from NJPW in the late 90's, in particular his AMAZING entrances and super heel heat he had, do you think NJPW missed the boat on something special or was it as much as you think it could have been??
I cant really handle watching a card of deathmatches or really enjoy watching that at all anymore but I feel like Onita could have been the guy to really make an impact regardless of the poor ability and history of selfish booking and whatnot. His few appearances with that character were magical despite the matches being abysmal at best. Not to mention the GREATEST WRESTLING ACTION FIGURE OF ALL TIME that came out of it.
Post by Chris.charlton on Oct 9, 2013 17:57:33 GMT -5
Just in case you think we're due a show (we are) but there isn't one in your feed yet (what gives?), we'll be recording at the end of the month this time, what with new baby stuff on the host end and crazy Russian excursions on the production side.
So there's a bit more time for questions and feedback, and we'll clear the docket at the end of the month. Fire away.
Post by Tom Kettwig on Oct 10, 2013 12:39:29 GMT -5
If you have answered this question already feel free to skip it.
What has changed (good and bad) in Japanese wrestling from your first show to your one year anniversary? Basically what has happened from your first show to your one year anniversary? Thanks in advance and congratulations Chris on the new child.