Japanese Wrestling (AJPW/NJPW)

AJPW and NJPW stuff primarily from Keith Harris and Nich Lichter

WWE press conference for Japan tour to announce...


What rumored signing of a major Japanese star could warrant a press conference? Hmmm... Plus, the latest on what's up with names like Prince Devitt and Kevin Steen joining WWE.

GFW partnering with New Japan; ROH sending talent


The company founded by WWE Hall of Famer Antonio Inoki announced a deal with Jeff Jarrett and incoming talent from Ring of Honor. Plus, TNA is rumored to be doing more with Japan's Wrestle-1....

Prince Devitt comments on WWE rumors


By sort of, kind of, denying them. Pro wrestling, everybody! He also discusses why he left New Japan in quotes from a recent podcast interview.

Antonio Inoki to promote another pro wrestling show in North Korea

Earlier today, it was announced that WWE Hall Of Famer and current Japanese politician, Antonio Inoki, would be promoting another state-sanctioned pro wrestling show in North Korea in late August under the theme of independence, peace and friendship. In late April 1995, Inoki, who then ran New Japan Pro Wrestling, held two shows in Pyongyang that both drew in excess of 150,000 fans, the two largest crowds in pro wrestling history, largely because the vast majority of people were practically ordered to attend. This move may get Inoki in trouble with the Japanese government again, as he was suspended from their parliament for 30 days in November last year when he made an unauthorised trip to the country. Although relations between the two countries have recently been slowly improving, there is still a lot of work left to be done, as Japan still seeks an agreeable final resolution on the issue of the abduction of several of their citizens by North Korea from 1977-1983.

ROH War of the Worlds: Live results & open thread

Complete results and open thread for tonight's (May 17, 2014) 'War of the Worlds' show from New York City on Internet pay-per-view.

ROH/NJPW War of the Worlds match card & rumors

Will Okada be added to Styles vs.Elgin for the IWGP Heavyweight title? Get the latest on that, and a full rundown of tonight's supercard from Manhattan, featuring The Briscoes going for gold, The...

ROH Global Wars now available for VOD purchase

ROH and New Japan delivered a solid night of wrestling (and more importantly, a reliable internet broadcast) this past Saturday. It's now available for on Demand viewing, just in time to get you...

ROH Global Wars: results & open thread

Complete results and open thread for tonight's (May 10, 2014) 'Global Wars' show from Toronto, tonight on internet pay-per-view.

ROH and New Japan: Border Wars tonight on iPPV

Jushin Liger, AJ Styles, The Young Bucks, Adam Cole and Kevin Steen are all on a supercard in Toronto tonight. But is it enough for fans to give iPPV another shot? We've included some video hype...

AJ Styles pads his phenomenal resume


by claiming the IWGP World Heavyweight title with a victory over Kazuchika Okada at New Japan's Wrestling Dontaku event. The Bullet Club stable (where Styles replaced the departing Prince Devitt) now holds a lot of NJPW gold, with AJ's big belt joining The Young Bucks' Junior Heavyweight Tag championship and Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson's World Tag titles. Photo via Club member Tama Tonga's Twitter.

KENTA leaves NOAH, is he headed to WWE?

Will we soon see the GTS in WWE rings again? No, CM Punk isn't returning, but the Japanese originator of the move, KENTA, has announced his imminent departure from Pro Wrestling NOAH and is rumored...

NJPW Invasion Attack results, AJ Styles debuts


Earlier today, Prince Devitt got a nice sendoff from New Japan Pro Wrestling, whilst AJ Styles replaced him as the leader of the Bullet Club and challenged Kazuchika Okada to an IWGP Heavyweight...

All DG Japanese wrestlers off DGUSA WM w/end shows

Dragon Gate USA disaster! A sheepish Gabe Sapolsky has to announce on Facebook that all Japanese Dragon Gate wrestlers are off their WrestleMania weekend shows.

Prince Devitt in NJPW Loser Leaves Town match

New Japan Pro Wrestling booking Prince Devitt in a Loser Leaves Town match on their Invasion Attack 2014 iPPV on Apr. 6th in Tokyo's Sumo Hall suggests that the Irish leader of the Bullet Club is...

Kensuke Sasaki retires due to neck injuries


Kensuke Sasaki shocked the Japanese wrestling world this week by announcing his immediate retirement due to neck problems, just two days after putting over his young protégé Katsuhiko Nakajima in...

KENTA receives WWE performance center tryout

According to Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com, Pro Wrestling NOAH's top star KENTA was at the WWE performance center on Sunday in order to receive a company tryout. Yes, the guy CM Punk stole his Go 2...

Triple H decides against signing American Wolves

The recent one week tryout at WWE's new performance centre for the American Wolves, Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards, didn't go well resulting in Triple H turning them both down for jobs.

Power Slam magazine releases The PS50

Power Slam, the UK's longest running monthly professional wrestling magazine, has traditionally published The PS50 in their year end edition, their annual list of the top workers in the business....

Antonio Inoki wins political office again


Japanese wrestling legend, MMA figurehead and WWE Hall of Famer Antonio Inoki was elected to the Upper House of Councilors for a second time last Sunday when the country's national elections took place. Despite running for the new nutty right wing Japanese Restoration party that had been damaged by founder Toru Hashimoto calling comfort women a necessary evil during World War II, Inoki's celebrity was enough to get himself 249,637 votes and comfortably win a seat in the Japanese Parliament. Which is pretty astonishing given that his first run as a politician from 1989-1995 was marred by scandals and his speeches were hard to take seriously. I suppose there's still hope for Linda McMahon yet, who is 6 years younger than elder statesman Inoki.

Keiji Mutoh to leave All Japan Pro Wrestling


The unpredictable nature of new All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) owner Nobuo Shiraishi has led to the departure of top star Keiji Mutoh, who in retaliation is trying to find financial backers to buy...

The Muta Scale or the Eddie Scale-You be the judge

The Muta Scale? Bah! In 2004, Eddie Guerrero created his own scale in a bloody affair at WWE Judgment Day.

Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. - new NWA World Tag Team Champions


Current IWGP Tag Team Champions, K.E.S. (Killer Elite Squad): Lance Archer (aka Lance Hoyt) & Davey Boy Smith Jr. (aka David Hart Smith) added the NWA World Tag Team titles to their collection of belts last night when they defeated Ryan Genesis & Scott Summers in Houston, TX. They are the biggest name tag team to hold the belts in the six years since TNA severed their business relationship with the NWA in May 2007. So the NWA vs. New Japan Pro Wrestling feud is certainly to the former organisation's benefit, even though the score is now 1-1.

Talent above and beyond: Jackie Moore

The Underrated and Under Appreciated Wrestler Series takes a look at the talent and career of arguably the most talented female wrestler to step into a WWE ring.

New Japan Pro Wrestling Invasion Attack results


Cagesiders, come find out the results of New Japan Pro Wrestling's Invasion Attack iPPV results from Tokyo's Sumo Hall. Most notably Kazuchika Okada became a two time IWGP Heavyweight Champion by...

This week in WrestleMania: All the event details

Want to know what's happening this "WrestleMania" week, Cagesiders? Check out this calendar of events covering not only WWE, but TNA, NJPW, CMLL, ROH, Dragon Gate USA, EVOLVE, CHIKARA, Pro...

The Martial Chronicles: Fighting Like a Girl-Pt 2

Cageside Guest Columnist John S. Nash brings us another feature edition of his fascinating series chronicling the origins of MMA. This time, we take a second look at women's prizefighting...

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