Post by Chris.charlton on Dec 2, 2013 4:08:57 GMT -5
久しぶり！ I should be better about updating this thread.
We're doing the last jaw of the year Friday, probably. We'd like your questions, thoughts on Koji Kanemoto as we're doing a retrospective on him, AND! We're going to have our best of the year awards to give out. There's the obvious (best match, best card, best jr, heavy etc.) but are there any other award categories you'd like us to discuss? And what picks do you guys have? Feed, in a backward manner.
Appreciate the show guys, thanks. I've always enjoyed when ROH would bring a Japanese worker over to North America for a few dates (Ibushi, Marafuji & Nakajima to name a few). I guess my question would be the opposite - what North American worker do you think would benefit most from a stint in NJPW & why? I think Kevin Steen, the Young Bucks and Michael Elgin might not be the worst start. Also, (although overplayed for you both probably) A Jushin Liger or Kensuke Sasaki 3 match restrospective would be solid in a future podcast. That Liger/Muta match in 1996 (I think) was fantastic with the Liger mask spot. Anyway keep up the great work.
Post by deathmetaldan on Dec 10, 2013 11:21:29 GMT -5
Hey guys, just found out about this show in April and I have been really enjoying it so far. The Koji Kanemoto career retrospective pretty awesome, so keep those up. I'm going to ask a few questions here since you only had one for your most recent show.
1. What was your favorite interpromotional match or feud in Japan? Some of my more recent favorites include the entire NJPW vs NOAH feud of 2009-2010, particularly Nakamura and Goto vs Misawa and Sugiura at the Dome, and Nakamura and Milano Collection AT vs Go and Sugiura a few months after that. I also enjoyed Muto vs NJPW after he came back from AJPW and won the IWGP title. Finally, I am a big Masato Tanaka fan, so I liked his feud with Nagata over the Zero 1 title in 2008 and 2009.
2. Who is your all time favorite gaijin wrestler.
3. What has been your favorite example of a Japanese wrestler in North America. It can be something as small as a good match from a NOAH guy in ROH, or as large as Taka Michinoku whole career in WWE.
Post by Chris.charlton on Dec 30, 2013 8:35:10 GMT -5
As you might have heard in our plug on the Christmas R-A-W, we'll be at the Tokyo Dome live on the 4th, then doing a show, with the erstwhile Mr. Pollock guesting, on the fifth. If there's feedback for wrestle kingdom, or questions from that event, drop them here.
Post by Christian Small on Jan 5, 2014 4:19:43 GMT -5
Hey guys I've read the results for Wrestle Kingdom and can't wait to hear what it was like live as it sounds like a crazy show, really comes off as another Wrestlemania type event. Anyways I do have a question for you. I got into Japanese wrestling back in 2004 when here in the UK we got the Wrestling Channel which showed all types of wrestling. The main guys that got me hooked where Shinsuke Nakamura & Hiroshi Tanahashi, I became big fans of the guys individually but it was their feud/series of matches that got me hooked. So my question is was there a feud/series of matches that got you hooked to Japanese wrestling and on the opposite side was there a feud that you just hated? Thanks for the great show guys can't wait for the next one.
The whole Naito thing didn't work out as the Jado and Gedo intended and if you watch the tag match from Road to Wrestle Kingdom. You have a Rockstar, the bizarre one, the aloof young champion and a guy in a t-shirt, one of these things is not like the others. Who do you think NJPW should have gone with instead of Naito? Also do you think the Main Event next year is going to be Nakamura vs Okada?
This is a general question/comment. Maybe you could even do a mini-podcast on the topic. But I am sure there are a lot of us from North America that would love to travel to Japan but just don't know where to start. International flight/hotel booking can be a daunting task so pointers would be appreciated. I know this is general and you might not know since you have been over there for a while but any info will help.
Post by youngdondraper on Mar 11, 2014 11:16:29 GMT -5
Hey guys, I'm a big fan of the show and I appreciate all the time and effort you both spend on it. I have two questions, both focusing on the history of Japan and Japanese wrestling.
First, I was hoping you could both talk about your understanding of the history of the Yakuza in general, and also their involvement in puroresu from its beginnings to the present day. I know the story of Rikidozan and Kimura, but I’d be fascinated to know how involved they were in different eras of wrestling (and JMMA) and how they were removed from the business, if in fact they were removed. More generally, how does the Yakuza differ from other organized crime groups (the Italian Mafia in America, for instance)? Are there any books you’d suggest reading to learn more?
Second, you’ve both mentioned on occasion the different roots of American and Japanese wrestling. How has American wrestling’s roots in the carnival scene and Japanese wrestling’s roots in the post-war era affected the development of the sport in each nation? As a follow-up, do you know if American authorities got behind Japanese wrestling in the early years as a way of giving the population an outlet for their resentment towards their occupiers? Or was it a truly home-grown phenomenon?