Sunday, December 10, 2023

[Michinoku Pro][PREVIEW] 2023 Tokyo Tournament Vol. 2- 12/15/23

It's that time of the year again: On December 15 (6:30 PM start time) at the Korakuen Hall (the Madison Square Garden of Japan), Michinoku Pro will present their biggest show of the year.

Michinoku Pro comes to the Korakuen Hall annually in December, and this event is always highly anticipated and very successful. Michinoku Pro’s December 2019 event at the Korakuen Hall was a standing-room-only sellout with an attendance of 1,890, the highest reported attendance at the Korakuen Hall to date for a pro-wrestling event since April 2015.

The main event will be the 18th edition of “Space War”, Michinoku Pro’s annual year-end special match filled with action, drama, comedy, and cosplay! This year’s Space War will involve The Great Sasuke, Yapper Man 1, Yapper Man 2, Taro Nohashi, Brahman Shu, Brahman Kei, and many more!

The rest of the card will be as follows:

Fujita Jr. Hayato (Tohoku Junior Heavyweight Champion)
Jinsei Shinzaki
Yoshitsune (Tohoku Tag Team Champion)
Dick Togo (former UWA World Trios Champion)

Ken45 (former UWA World Trios Champion)
Demus (as seen in Impact Wrestling)
Rui Hyugaji
Rasse (former Chiba Six Man Tag Team Champion)
Baliyan Akki (as seen in AEW)

"Gatoh Move" match
Mei Suruga (Asia Dream Tag Team Champion)
Kaori Yoneyama (Former Asia Dream Tag Team Champion and YMZ owner)
Tokiko Kirihara

Yasutaka Oosera
Ringo Yamaya

Don't miss this event! Tickets are available for sale via Michinoku Pro Wrestling Online Shop, Lawson Ticket, Ticket Pia, FamiPort, Korakuen Hall Pro Wrestling Shop Champion, and Michinoku Pro Wrestling Telephone Reservation- 019 (687) 2431.

Saturday, December 9, 2023

Wrestling Legend Tony Atlas: From Mr. USA to the Independent Circuit

Adapted from an interview published on 9/23/03

In the world of professional wrestling, few names hold the weight and legacy of Tony Atlas. A true legend, he has held numerous titles throughout his illustrious career, including the ICW Title, Georgia Wrestling Title, Mid Atlantic Title, and even the prestigious WWE World Tag Team Title.

Today, Tony Atlas continues to entertain audiences on the independent circuit, carrying the torch of his passion and experience. Atlas even runs his own promotion, Atlas Championship Wrestling, where he actively mentors future stars through his pre-show seminars.

Tony Atlas' journey in pro-wrestling began in 1975, encouraged by wrestling veteran Sandy Scott. Atlas honed his skills in Charlotte, North Carolina, but stood out from the crowd due to Atlas' unique physique. At 6'2" and 280 pounds, he was a professional bodybuilder at a time when wrestlers didn't typically have such physiques. This unique attribute undoubtedly contributed to Atlas' early success in the industry.

When asked about his favorite aspect of being a wrestler, Tony Atlas' response is simple: "A paid trip around the world."- this encapsulates the spirit of a true entertainer who thrives on performing and connecting with audiences globally. While he has countless matches etched in his memory, his encounters with the legendary Abdullah The Butcher holds a special place.

Throughout his career, Tony Atlas identifies most with the face role, embodying a heroic and positive character. His "Mr. USA" gimmick further cemented his image as a symbol of strength and resilience.

Even after decades in the ring, Tony Atlas' passion for wrestling remains undimmed. He harbors a dream to wrestle Brock Lesnar, a contemporary powerhouse, and test his mettle against a new generation of talent.

Beyond the ring, Tony Atlas' impact extends to mentoring future stars. His pre-show seminars at ACW events offer invaluable guidance and training, ensuring the legacy of pro-wrestling continues to flourish.

Looking back, Tony Atlas thinks that his return to WWE in 1990 as "Saba Simba" could have been handled differently. Atlas believes fans would have resonated more with a return as "Tony Atlas," acknowledging his past accomplishments as a WWE World Tag Team Champion.

When he's not captivating audiences in the ring, Tony Atlas enjoys working out and drawing. As for his future, Atlas remains open to returning to WWE or working for NWA-TNA.

Fans can look forward to an autobiography from Tony Atlas, chronicling his remarkable journey in the world of professional wrestling.

When asked about his proudest achievement, Atlas reveals a moment that transcends fame and accolades: "My mother seeing me on TV. She was so proud." This emphasizes the true essence of success, the love and support of loved ones.

Tony Atlas is a legend who embodies the spirit of professional wrestling. His dedication, passion, and unwavering commitment to his craft inspire generations of wrestlers and fans alike. As Atlas continues to impact the industry, both in the ring and beyond, his legacy is sure to endure for years to come.

I hope you enjoyed this adaption from an interview with Tony Atlas. In 2003, I began running my own website, World Wrestling Optimum, which consisted of news, articles, and interviews.

Friday, December 8, 2023

Top 5 WWE Shop Items for Fans

Whether you're a member of the WWE Universe or a casual viewer, there is something for everyone at WWE Shop. But with so many options, it can be difficult to know where to start. So here's a list of the top 5 items for WWE fans, plus a bonus at the end:

1. Replica Championship: Own a replica of the championship that is held or has been held by your favorite champion in WWE. There are variety of authentic replica championships, including the WWE Championship, the WWE Attitude Era Intercontinental Championship, the WWE United States Championship, and many more.

2. WWE Superstar T-Shirt: Show your support for your favorite WWE Superstar with a T-shirt. From The Undertaker's, "The Dark Days" T-Shirt to Charlotte Flair's, "Diamonds Are Forever" T-shirt, there's perfect option for every fan.

3. Authentic Entrance Jacket: Own a jacket that looks like the attire that you've seen your favorite WWE Superstar wear to the ring, like the Triple H The Game Denim entrance jacket. These jackets are perfect for cosplay, attending live events, or simply showing your support as a fan.

4. Autographed Photo: Own a piece of wrestling history with an autographed photo of your favorite WWE Superstar, like the Shawn Michaels WWE Autographed 16" x 20" WrestleMania 12 Holding Title photograph. These personalized items make the perfect collector's item and are sure to be treasured for many years to come.

5. Universal Championship Title Belt 500-Piece Puzzle: Challenge yourself with a Universal Championship Title Belt 500-piece puzzle. Featuring a vibrant image of the WWE Universal Championship, this puzzle will be a fun and rewarding way to spend an evening.

BONUS: Currently up for auction until December 21, 2023 is a unique piece of wrestling memorabilia, a Paul Heyman autographed #113 GameStop exclusive Funko Pop! figurine. Paul Heyman has played a significant role in professional wrestling throughout his career in WWE, WCW, and ECW; holding various prominent positions both on and off camera. He is known for his work as a manager, promoter, and commentator, and his influence on the industry is undeniable.

These are just some of the items available at WWE Shop. With so many options to choose from, you're sure to find the perfect gifts for yourself or a wrestling fan in your life!

Thursday, December 7, 2023

[YPW][TwitCasting] "Ladius Friday Night Match" on 12/8 LIVE

Yanagase Pro Wrestling (YPW) presents, "Ladius Friday Night Match" this Friday, December 8 at SPORTS BAR M's Cafe, with the event starting at 8:00 PM. Ladius is the ladies' division of YPW. Twice a month, "Ladius Friday Night" is broadcast LIVE on TwitCasting, a livestreaming service based in Japan that has over 33 million registered users worldwide.

When 2023 began, Sae and Mari Manji competed in a match that ended in a time limit draw and showed the fans watching in attendance at SPORTS BAR M's Cafe and internationally via TwitCasting what they are capable of. Since then, Sae and Manji have wrestled each other in a series of matches that continued throughout the year, exchanging wins and losses, and only one other match ending in a draw. This Friday, they will have their final 2023 match against each other. You can watch it live on TwitCasting for only 1,000 yen, which is around 7 USD. Be there at 20:00 Japan Time, and you can use a time zone converter to find out what time that is in your area to make sure that you don't miss any of the live pro-wrestling action.

Yanagase Pro Wrestling was founded in 2017 and presents 3 - 4 events per month (with 2 of them being Ladius events), the final event of the year being an annual Christmas Special. Along with YPW's own talented roster, its events also feature stars of the Japanese wrestling scene who have had impressive accomplishments outside of YPW. All YPW events can be watched live via TwitCasting and are available to watch in full for the following two weeks after the live broadcast.

To learn more about Yanagase Pro Wrestling and Ladius, check out my closer look at Yanagase Pro Wrestling.

[Michinoku Pro] Michinoku Pro Event 12/10/23 at Yamagata Big Wing

As Michinoku Pro continues to celebrate its 30th anniversary, one of pro-wrestling's most unique companies returns to Yamagata Big Wing on Sunday, December 10 (2:00 PM start time).

The card will be as follows:

Tohoku Tag Team Championship
Yoshitsune (Tohoku Tag Team Champion)
Kagetora (Tohoku Tag Team Champion)
The Great Sasuke (former Tohoku & UWA World Tag Team Champion)
Jinsei Shinzaki (former Tohoku & UWA World Tag Team Champion)

Ken45 (former UWA World Trios Champion)
Rui Hyugaji
Yapper Man 1 (former Chiba Six Man Tag Team Champion)
Yapper Man 2 (former Chiba Six Man Tag Team Champion)

Taro Nohashi (former Tohoku Junior Heavyweight Champion)

Rasse (former Tohoku Tag Team Champion)
Brahman Shu (former Tohoku Tag Team Champion)
Brahman Kei (former Tohoku Tag Team Champion)

Ayumu Gunji
Ringo Yamaya

Tickets are available at Lawson Ticket, Ticket Pia, and e +.

On an important note, if you purchase a ticket from someplace other than the online shop, you will have to write your address, name, and phone number on the ticket stub (the smaller one) in order to be able to enter the arena.

For more information regarding this event, contact Michinoku Pro Wrestling- 019 (687) 2431.

Harold Williams’ Weekly Wrestling: [WWE] 12/6/23

Hello WWE fans, today we will look at the results of recent WWE shows, my idea for a new WWE women's championship, and the top selling WWE Superstars at WWE Shop for 2023.

WWE Friday Night SmackDown
Bobby Lashley defeated Butch
Santos Escobar defeated Joaquin Wilde
Kevin Owens defeated Grayson Waller
Bianca Belair defeated Kairi Sane

Drew McIntyre defeated Sami Zayn
Nia Jax defeated Shayna Baszler
#DIY (Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa) defeated Imperium (Giovanni Vinci & Ludwig Kaiser) in a, "Best Two Out Of Three Falls" match
Katana Chance & Kayden Carter defeated Natalya & Tegan Nox
The Creed Brothers (Brutus Creed & Julius Creed) (w/ Ivy Nile) defeated Judgment Day (Dominik Mysterio & JD McDonagh)
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins defeated Jey Uso

Fallon Henley defeated Kiana James, Roxanne Perez, and Thea Hail (w/Jacy Jayne) in a, "Iron Survivor Challenge Qualifying Last Chance Fatal Four Way" match
Lola Vice (w/Elektra Lopez) defeated Tatum Paxley
Alpha Academy (Chad Gable, Maxxine Dupri, and Otis) (w/Akira Tozawa) defeated Meta-Four (Lash Legend, Noam Dar, and Oro Mensah) (w/Jakara Jackson)
Axiom vs. Nathan Frazer ended in a No Contest
Tyler Bate defeated Carmelo Hayes, Eddy Thorpe, and Joe Coffey in a, "Iron Survivor Challenge Qualifying Last Chance Fatal Four Way" match

With IYO SKY currently enjoying a well-earned reign as WWE Women's Champion, and Rhea Ripley having a firm grip on the WWE Women's World Championship, I think now would be a good time for a new women's championship to be introduced- the WWE Women's Television Championship. The women's divisions of Raw and SmackDown have experienced much growth and increased popularity, giving a good reason for depth and prestige to be added to them. A WWE Women's Television Championship would give women on both brands a new championship to compete for, further elevating the status of more women on the rosters as their talents are showcased.

Top names like Asuka, Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, and Bianca Belair will probably always be a part of the WWE Women's Championship / WWE Women's World Championship scene more often than not, but there is room for many other women in WWE to be utilized. I think Natalya is a great example. A total package of WWE's roster, she has a great mind for the business and represents the company very well. Plus, when WWE needs someone to work with newer female talent on the main roster or in NXT, Natalya is the wrestler WWE turns to. And with 23 years of in-ring experience, she is well-suited for the role of the first holder of the championship, defending it every week on WWE-TV. Overall, the WWE Women's Television Championship could be held by and defended against wrestlers who usually are not part of a singles championship scene and/or are not on TV often, such as Alba Fyre, Candice LaRae, Shayna Baszler, and Zelina Vega.

The WWE Women's Television Championship could be defended in NXT as well where there are also wrestlers who could be used more often, such as legend Meiko Satomura, Blair Davenport (who made a name for herself in the US, Japan, and the UK before joining NXT), and wrestlers who, although have had a presence in the NXT Women's Tag Team division, have not received as much opportunity in the singles division, such as Gigi Dolin, Cora Jade, and Jacy Jayne. Not only would the involvement of NXT wrestlers further strengthen the connection between NXT and the main roster, but it would also increase the value of the championship while providing additional opportunities for NXT wrestlers.

Top Selling WWE Superstars at WWE Shop (2023)

Cody Rhodes
Roman Reigns
LA Knight
John Cena
Rhea Ripley
Seth Rollins
The Bloodline
The Judgment Day
Rey Mysterio
Kevin Owens


Wednesday, December 6, 2023

The Future of Wrestling: How AI, VR, and the Metaverse Will Change the Game

The world of wrestling is on the cusp of a seismic shift. While scoop slams and suplexes are the most common tactics in wrestling today, tomorrow they will be accompanied by another common tactic: technology. AI, VR, and the metaverse are poised to transform not just how we watch wrestling, but how it's created, experienced, and even lived.

AI will basically become the ultimate tag team partner of the wrestling industry. Imagine a personalized training program designed by an AI that analyzes a wrestler's strengths and weaknesses. Or a virtual coach who critiques a wrestler's promos. AI is no longer science fiction; it's the future of athlete development, and wrestling is prime for its engagement.

Every seat will feel like a front-row seat. In fact, VR headsets will transport fans to the heart of the action, making them feel like they're inches away from the flying fists and aerial maneuvers. They will feel the energy of the crowd and the impact of the canvas. VR isn't just about watching; it's about experiencing. Today, VR headsets create a 360-degree visual and auditory experience that tricks the brain into thinking you're actually there. And a tech named, "haptic feedback" uses vibrations, forces, or textures to create the illusion of touch. So in the future, VR will blur the lines between a wrestling fan in the crowd or at home, and the wrestler in the ring.

As for the metaverse, it isn't just a game; it's a world, and wrestling will become a major player in that world and way of life for many. Imagine fans attending virtual live events with friends from across the globe, cheering on their favorite wrestlers in a digital coliseum that defies physical limitations. They will be able to own a piece of the action by purchasing virtual merchandise, and attend exclusive meet-and-greets.

The metaverse specifically is something that WWE already has begun to look into for its business. And along with exploring it, WWE filed multiple trademark applications expressing their intentions to enter the metaverse. Given its large and passionate fanbase, WWE is well-positioned to be a leader in this space. And it's a smart business move, because not only would the metaverse create opportunities for their fans to share experiences, but it could be a new revenue stream with WWE selling merchandise and virtual tickets to virtual events. Plus, the metaverse could help them WWE reach new fans around the world.

The future is here, and the technological revolution by AI, VR, and the metaverse is exciting, but it also presents challenges and needs guidance. While AI can help create the next wrestling superstars, we need to ensure that AI doesn't replace wrestlers. And we need to prevent the metaverse from becoming a breeding ground for toxicity, which unfortunately happens to many places on the internet. I minored in Computer Applications in college, which enables me to be a bridge between the wrestling industry and the technology industry. Although there are challenges, I know enough about technology to firmly believe that wrestling promotions can navigate the changing landscape, create engaging VR experiences, and establish safe and thriving communities within the metaverse; and it's something that I'm interested in helping happen. I think technology will enhance wrestling and the industry in more ways than it will potentially diminish it. I expect wrestling's next chapter to be most amazing one yet.

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

[Energyse Pro-Wrestling] [PREVIEW] “Big Japan x Doutonbori x Energyse ~Triangle Contenders 2024” 1/21/24

Hiroaki Moriya is known for his appearances in AJPW, DG, DDT, BJW, ZERO1, and Ice Ribbon, but he still has a goal in mind- for wrestling in Osaka to the world. Osaka is a city where pro wrestling has been popular for decades and has a rich history, as the wrestler there devote themselves to the industry. Moriya is a part of Energyse Pro-Wrestling, a promotion that gives wrestlers who live in Osaka and its surrounding area more opportunities to showcase their talents. On Sunday, January 21, Energyse Pro-Wrestling will be teaming with Big Japan Pro-Wrestling (BJW) and fellow Osaka-based promotion Doutonbori Pro to present "Triangle Contenders 2024", which will take place at Amamigado Community Center, with a 1:00 p.m. start time. The event will feature many top names.

- Daisuke Sekimoto (former BJW World Strong Heavyweight Champion)

- Abdullah Kobayashi (former BJW Death Match Heavyweight Champion)

- SAKI (WAVE Tag Team Champion)

- Kazuki Hashimoto (former BJW Junior Heavyweight Champion)

- Yuya Aoki (BJW World Strong Heavyweight Champion)

- Kota Sekifuda (former BJW Junior Heavyweight Champion)

- Yuki Ishikawa (BJW Death Match Heavyweight Champion)

- Hiroaki Moriya (as seen in AJPW, DG, DDT, BJW, ZERO1, and Ice Ribbon)

- Takashi Tachibana

- Mikiya Sasaki (WDWW Champion)

- Hiroyuki Iwahara

- Yuto Kikuchi (WDW Champion)

- Captain Amemura (former WDW Tag Team Champion)

- Harutoki (former WDW Champion)

- Flying Penguin

and others

Matches signed so far are:

Hiroaki Moriya
Daisuke Sekimoto

Flying Penguin

More matches will be officially announced in the coming weeks as Energyse Pro-Wrestling's first event of 2024 draws closer, and tickets can be purchased here.

[DEADLOCK Pro-Wrestling] "DPW 2nd Anniversary" 12/10

Active since 2021, DEADLOCK Pro-Wrestling is one of the most popular promotions in North Carolina, a state with a long and storied wrestling history that dates back to the early days of the business. DPW often brings name talent into North Carolina, and DPW roster members have appeared on AEW-TV. On Sunday, December 10th, DEADLOCK Pro-Wrestling will present "DPW 2nd Anniversary", as the promotion celebrates its second year of continuing the tradition of North Carolina being a great state for wrestling. The event will take place at Durham Convention Center (301 W Morgan St Durham, NC 27701). Doors will open at 6pm, and bell time will be at 7pm.

The card will be as follows:

DPW World Championship
Calvin Tankman (former DPW National Champion and former IWA World Champion)
Colby Corino (NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion)

DPW Women's World Championship
Emi Sakura (DPW Women's World Champion)
Miyuki Takase (as seen in NOAH, AJPW, DDT, ZERO1, Ice Ribbon, Sendai Girls, Michinoku Pro, JWP, and WAVE)

BK Westbrook
Andrew Everett (former Impact Wrestling star)

Nicole Matthews (former SHIMMER Champion)
Yuu (former DDT Iron Man Heavy Metal Champion)

Bryan Keith (as seen in WWE and AEW)
Titus Alexander (as seen in WWE and AEW)
Speedball Mike Bailey (Impact Wrestling star)
Jake Something (Impact Wrestling star)

LaBron Kozone (as seen in AEW)
Violence is Forever (former DPW World Tag Team Champions)
Tom Lawlor (NJPW star)
West Coast Wrecking Crew (NJPW stars)

DPW World Tag Team Championship
The WorkHorsemen (DPW World Tag Team Champions)
Motor City Machine Guns (former Impact World Tag Team Champions)

Tickets for this event can be purchased here.

Sunday, December 3, 2023

Achieving Wrestling Greatness for Your Promotion with Comprehensive Consulting

In the world of professional wrestling, where captivating storylines, talented performers, and a passionate fanbase are the cornerstones of success, many promoters possess the enthusiasm and dedication to create unforgettable experiences. However, navigating the complexities of the industry often requires more than just passion; it demands strategic expertise and a comprehensive approach that encompasses every aspect of the promotion. This is where the role of a comprehensive consulting service becomes indispensable

A comprehensive consulting approach goes beyond mere advice; it's a collaborative partnership that empowers promoters to achieve their goals by addressing every facet of their promotion. A seasoned consultant can identify and address specific challenges, providing tailored solutions that unlock the full potential of the promotion.

A consulting approach can help you with storyline development, as captivating storylines are crafted that resonate with audiences, keeping fans engaged and eager for more. It can also help you develop effective marketing stategies and branding, as a comprehensive marketing plan is developed that reaches your target audience and expands your fanbase. Social media platforms would be utilized effectively to connect with fans, generate buzz, and promote upcoming events. A strong brand identity would be created that distinguishes your promotion and resonates with your target audience.

A consultant can help you with event planning and promotion, creating memorable and engaging live events that engage audiences and leave a lasting impression as they tell friends about it the next day. Effective promotion campaigns would be developed that generate excitement, driving ticket sales and streaming consumption. Relationships with promoters would be built, securing lucrative partnerships and expanding your reach.

By partnering with an experienced consultant who offers a comprehensive approach, wrestling promoters can unlock the full potential of their endeavors, transforming their passion into a thriving enterprise. A consultant's expertise and guidance can help promotions achieve their goals, whether it's increasing attendance, expanding their fanbase, or enhancing brand recognition. For example:

- I helped Michinoku Pro sell out a show at the Korakuen Hall, known as a place where many historical moments in the Japanese pro-wrestling scene have occurred. It's to Japan what Madison Square Garden is to the pro-wrestling scene in the United States. My writing connected Michinoku Pro with the English-language markets in and outside of Japan, helping them grow in visibility.

- I helped Kyushu Pro Wrestling gain 220 new subscribers and 52,746 new views on its official YouTube channel via blogging and social media.

- I raised Yanagase Pro Wrestling awareness via blogging and social media, which was followed by the promotion announcing an event at a 600-seat venue.

If you're a wrestling promoter seeking to elevate your promotion to new heights, consider engaging the services of a comprehensive consulting professional. With their expertise and strategic guidance, you can transform your vision into a reality, achieving the success you've always envisioned for your wrestling promotion. Ready to unlock your promotion's full potential? Contact me today and discuss how I can help you achieve your wrestling dreams.

Saturday, December 2, 2023

Archive Interview: Solofa Fatu Jr. (Rikishi) Interview

Hulkamania: Let The Battle Begin was a professional wrestling tour promoted by Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff, which took place in Australia between November 21 and November 28, 2009. I played a crucial role in the success of the tour by effectively distributing press releases, conducting an interview with Solofa Fatu Jr. (better known as, "Rikishi"), and generating positive media coverage.

(originally published 10/20/09)

One of the most popular and charismatic stars in the history of professional wrestling, Solofa Fatu Jr. (previous ring name, "Kishi" and formerly contracted to WWE as, "Rikishi") is looking forward to taking part in the HULKAMANIA - Let the Battle Begin tour.

Q: When you were first contacted regarding the HULKAMANIA - Let the Battle Begin tour, what was your reason for being interested in being a part of it?

A: I was first contacted by KNOKX PRO ENTERTAINMENT awhile back. I wanted to be a part of wrestling history coming to Australia, Hulk Hogan's first time ever in the country. Also I miss the fans of Australia. It's been awhile since I've been there.

To be a part of this TOUR is a BIG deal. I mean everyone and anyone who's in the wrestling business are trying to get on. I mean who doesn't want to be on the same show as the ICON OF WRESTLING with the MAN HULK HOGAN, FLAIR. BLACK PEARL, MY BROTHER Eddie Fatu formerly known as "UMAGA", man the list goes on.

You got to be stupid not to accept an invitation. You mean I get paid to go to Australia and have fun. And be a part of WRESTLING HISTORY in Aussieland (Fun Place). That's awesome. I'm there!!

Q: Who will you be wrestling on the tour, and is there anyone in in particular that you would like to wrestle on the tour?

A: Really don't know yet. But I will be in a tag team match teaming up with my buddy GRANMASTA BRIAN CHRISTOPHER. It doesn't matter who we face, but you can bet GRANMASTA and myself will bust a move on who ever steps in to the ring with us. Bring your 'A' Game, boys.

I'm bringing the whole AUSSIELAND fans with us ......

Q: What do you think the tour will lead to in the future? Do you see it expanding to other countries, perhaps even growing into a full-time promotion?

A: Surely I have no doubt that Michael Condon of CONDON SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT GROUP AND Reno Anoa'i of KNOKX PRO ENTERTAINMENT can book any type of events there in Australia. Hell if they can bring WRESTLING ICON HULK HOGAN there with the help of Bischoff Hervey Entertainment, anything's possible in the future for these two groups as for ENTERTAINMENT EVENTS...

This event is BIG and STRONG enough to move into other countries and even GOOD enough to open a NEW WRESTLING LEAGUE. Just depends how far these 3 groups want to take it. My hope is that they are ALL able to work together in the future to give the WRESTLING/MMA fans a chance to see other LEAGUES beside the same two companies in US over and over again.

Q: How long is your commitment for this tour? Is it only for November, or are you planning on being a part of it if it goes longer?

A: For 4 events. I'm committed to Michael Condon of CONDON SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT GROUP and Reno Anoa'i of KNOKX PRO ENTERTAINMENT. I believe in these two gents. They are professional guys with BIG VISIONS for AUSTRALIA and other oversea countries for Pro Wrestling / MMA.

To have Australia have their own MAINSTREAM WORLDWIDE WRESTLING COMPANY like the other two in USA. Would be BIG. And I believe these two can pull it off.

Q: You have wrestled all over the word. How are Australian fans different in regards to fans in other countries where you have wrestled?

A: AUSSIELAND fans are full of energy and CRAZY. They're loud and come to see a fight or get entertained. Just fun people. I love them.....

Q: KnokX Pro is involved in promoting the tour, and you are one of the coaches at their school. Along with being a beneficial experience for the individual talents involved, do you think that the tour will be beneficial to KnokX Pro as a promotion as well?

A: YES. It's getting lots of media attention WORLDWIDE being involved with HULKAMANIA TOUR. Which is good for us. Along with CONDON SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT GROUP and Bischoff Hervey Entertainment.

Q: For fans who are interested in being trained to wrestle, in your opinion, why is KnokX Pro Academy the school that they should choose?

A: We provide our students the ALL around knowledge of the wrestling business. The ins and outs of the wrestling world. For one we know what we're talking about and also lived the life of wrestling. It's very easy to teach something that you've lived all your life. KnokX Pro has that. I have trainers who know what to teach to get our student ready for the wrestling world and business part.

We care about my students. They're like my own kids when they walk through that door of THE DOMAIN at KnokX Pro. We will teach them to be ready when they leave us for the PRO WRESTLING WORLD. At the DOMAIN we are all family. Tight and close bunch, who work hard together to help fulfill the dreams of each other in pro wrestling life.

We are committed to our students and each other. We WILL give them the BEST of the BEST training they can possibly get. To be THE NEXT BIG THING IN PRO WRESTLING 50 yrs of EXPERIENCE COMBINED .....


That's a GUARANTEE ...

Q: You are a very big part of a promotion that is based in Italy, and also has shows in Spain and Switzerland. Do you have in any interest in bringing the tour to those areas in the future?

A: But of course. We are looking in on that as we speak. Those markets are very big in Pro Wrestling / MMA. I mean they love it out there. So hopefully we are able to move into that part of the world with this tour OR any other CONDON SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT GROUP and KNOKX PRO ENTERTAINMENT event in the near future .

Sky's the limit here....

Q: With your involvement in the tour, combined with your work in Italy and coaching for the KnokX Pro Academy, it seems like your career is busier than ever. When you first started in the business, did you ever imagine that over 20 years later, you would be this active in the industry?

A: Yes I know huh!! Crazy. But I love this business it's what I'm good at. I am no longer working with the Italian company it was good while it lasted, but now its full-time with my students at The DOMAIN .....I got to give them 22 yrs of my mind in PRO WRESTLING BIZ .......

Q: During the rare opportunities that you have spare time, how do you use it?

A: FAMILY TIME, FAMILY TIME, FAMILY TIME. Just try to catch up lost time cause of being on the road. I like to cook for them. Maybe catch a DVD movie or else just simply relax and listen to some reggae music and chill. Or Billie Jean (Michael Jackson). I'm easy ..... Spend time with my lil boy everyday

,,,,,,,,,,, Now that's a full-time, but I love it.

Daddy at home.

KISHI/ JR FATU on the road .....

Fa'afetai lava ( Thank You Much ) Peace and Love to Australia and the World !!!!

I hope you enjoyed this interview with Solofa Fatu Jr. (Rikishi). In 2003, I began running my own website, World Wrestling Optimum, which consisted of news, articles, and interviews, including this one.

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Exciting Announcement: Partnership with WWE Shop

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I am pleased to announce my official partnership with WWE Shop, the ultimate destination for all things WWE. Through this partnership, I will have the privilege of showcasing WWE Shop's extensive selection of authentic WWE merchandise, bringing you closer to the action and allowing you to express your support for your favorite WWE Superstars. From iconic championship replicas to stylish apparel and accessories, WWE Shop has everything you need to celebrate your passion for WWE. I will be creating blog posts and social media content showcasing WWE Shop's merchandise.

WWE has a great roster of talent, and I'm very pleased with the current WWE administration, so this partnership is a good move for me. Perhaps it will even lead to something more, as I will continue to be involved with the Japanese wrestling scene, a scene that WWE has always had a particular interest in. Time will tell. In any case, my WWE Shop-related posts will be useful to WWE fans of all ages, as I introduce ways to express your love for WWE via their merchandise.

WWE Shop is committed to providing high-quality merchandise that captures the essence of what you see inside and outside the ring on WWE-TV in terms of the action, drama, and the personalities. WWE Shop's dedication to authenticity and innovation aligns perfectly with my own passion for the industry, which is another reason why I'm pleased to share this news with you, my valued readers, that I will be collaborating with this respected brand. I will be sharing exclusive content featuring WWE Shop's best and latest offerings, highlighting exciting products.

There will be updates as this partnership unfolds, but in the meantime, head over to WWE Shop to explore their vast collection of WWE merchandise and to show your support for your favorite WWE Superstars.

Unlocking Wrestling's Full Potential: The Power of Consulting

In the captivating world of professional wrestling, where larger-than-life personas clash in thrilling spectacles, there exists an untapped potential waiting to be unleashed. While the industry has captivated audiences for decades, many wrestling promotions find themselves struggling with challenges that hinder their ability to reach their full potential. This is where consulting can be utilized, to be guided towards a future of unparalleled success. As a recent example, I raised Yanagase Pro Wrestling awareness via blogging and social media, which was followed by the promotion announcing an event at a 600-seat venue.

Professional wrestling promoters face a unique set of challenges. They navigate a competitive landscape, constantly seeking to capture the attention of an audience that knows exactly what it wants, and will accept nothing less. Meanwhile, the promoter must balance the demands of producing high-quality entertainment while ensuring financial sustainability. With all of this responsibility, the promoter struggles to maximize the promotion's potential.

This is where consulting steps in, offering a strategic approach to unlocking a wrestling promotion's full potential. An experienced consultant brings a fresh perspective, armed with expertise and insights that can transform promotions from ordinary to extraordinary. They provide the guidance and support needed to overcome obstacles, seize opportunities, and propel promotions towards new heights of success. A consultant's potential impact on a wrestling promotion is boundless.

A consultant can enhance storyline writing, creating compelling angles that captivate audiences and leave a lasting impression. And it cultivates a loyal fan base, fostering a deep connection between promotions and their devoted supporters.

The power of consulting is a proven catalyst for success. Numerous wrestling promotions have been given an increased professional edge. For example:

- I played a crucial role in the success of the HULKAMANIA- Let the Battle Begin tour in 2009 by effectively distributing press releases, conducting an interview with Solofa Fatu Jr. (better known as, "Rikishi"), and generating positive media coverage.

- I helped BJW (Big Japan Pro-Wrestling) as a columnist via the BJW English website and my blog when it was one of the first Japanese wrestling companies to use the internet to attract the English market outside of Japan. I also helped bring Big Japan Pro-Wrestling together with Combat Zone Wrestling to form a working relationship after a previous working relationship between the two promotions had fallen apart. This new working relationship led to Big Japan Pro Wrestling having its first event in the United States.

- I helped Michinoku Pro sell out a show at the Korakuen Hall, known as a place where many historical moments in the Japanese pro-wrestling scene have occurred. It's to Japan what Madison Square Garden is to the pro-wrestling scene in the United States. My writing connected Michinoku Pro with the English-language markets in and outside of Japan, helping them grow in visibility.

- I helped Kyushu Pro Wrestling gain 220 new subscribers and 52,746 new views on its official YouTube channel via blogging and social media.

- I raised XWA awareness when they wanted to attract the wrestling fan market outside of the UK.

- I did a column for XCW (Xtreme Championship Wrestling), a promotion that was seen nationally on MAVTV, had a national DVD deal, and also had PPV events.

- I did a column for 3PW. During my time working for them, I pushed for many changes behind-the-scenes. I had encouraged management to improve the production quality of their DVDs, which led to them dealing with a different production company. 3PW management had planned on waiting for its fan base to increase before getting TV for 3PW. I explained how getting TV for 3PW is what would increase its fan base, and I was then given the green light to find networks that were interested. Two networks were very interested, and I encouraged 3PW management to meet with them as soon as possible.

- I worked for the Michigan-based Ultimate Championship Wrestling (UCW) as a publicist and columnist. UCW was an affiliate of the American Wrestling Association Superstars of Wrestling (AWA), and I soon took on the role of publicist and columnist for the AWA as well. During my time with UCW, I played a significant role in bringing in new talent, having established connections with many underutilized and overlooked individuals in the wrestling industry.

- I did social media for Great North Wrestling.

- I helped Middle Kingdom Wrestling activate its multilingual marketing campaign in a Publcist capacity, which raised awareness of the promotion among international fans. My work was essential, with it being adapted to traditional Chinese for readers in China. I am the first native English writer who has written for a Chinese wrestling organization in history.

You can see more samples of my writing work here:

A consultant can help a promotion improve its marketing and social media presence, generate new revenue streams, and develop a more cohesive brand identity.

With a deep understanding of the wrestling industry, an experienced consultant possesses the knowledge and skills to navigate its complexities and identify untapped opportunities. They are passionate about the professional wrestling business, committed to helping promotions achieve their full potential.

For wrestling promoters seeking to elevate their promotions to the next level, consulting is an invaluable investment. It provides access to a wealth of expertise, strategic guidance, and personalized support, empowering promoters to make informed decisions, overcome challenges, and achieve their long-term goals.

If you are a wrestling promoter seeking to unlock your promotion's full potential, I invite you to contact me. Through my consulting services, I can provide the expertise and guidance you need to achieve remarkable success. Together, we can elevate your promotion to new heights, captivating audiences, expanding your fanbase, and solidifying your position as a leader in the wrestling industry.

Embrace the power of consulting and unleash the full potential of your wrestling promotion. Together, we can create a future where professional wrestling continues to amaze, inspire, and captivate audiences worldwide. Contact me today and start transforming your promotion into a success story.

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

[Shi-En] [PREVIEW] 1/20/24 Pro-Wrestling Shi-En Event at Hulic Hall Kyoto

Pro-Wrestling Shi-En was launched in 2010 and founded by Kiai Ryuuken Ecchan, who is best known from his 2011 - 2015 appearances in DDT. Shi-En is the second-oldest Osaka-based promotion that is still active. Shi-En will be hosting an event on Saturday, January 20 at Hulic Hall Kyoto, with a 1:00 pm start time (doors open at 12:30 pm).

The card will be as follows:

Hiroto Okubo (who will be competing for the I Love Shi-En Championship at the December 17 Shi-En event! Will Okubo arrive in Hulic Hall Kyoto as the new champion??)
Eisa8 (as seen in NJPW, NOAH, AJPW, BJW, ZERO1, and Michinoku Pro)

TORU (as seen in AJPW, DDT, BJW, and ZERO1)
Hiroaki Taniguchi (former Pro-Wrestling Shi-En Six Man Tag Team Champion)
Bomber Okuno (as seen in ZERO1)
Jun Masaoka (as seen in NJPW, DDT, BJW, ZERO1, and Michinoku Pro)
Maro Kuriyama (former Pro-Wrestling Shi-En Six Man Tag Team Champion)
Raipachi Isobe (I Love Shi-En Champion and former Pro-Wrestling Shi-En Six Man Tag Team Champion)

Tickets for this event can be purchased here.

Monday, November 27, 2023

Leveraging Social Media to Grow Your Wrestling Promotion's Fanbase

In today's digital age, social media is an essential tool for any business, and wrestling promotions are no exception. By using social media effectively, you can reach a wider audience, promote your events/merchandise, book talent, and engage with your fans. For example, I used social media to raise awareness of Yanagase Pro Wrestling events.

There are many benefits to using social media if you have a wrestling promotion. Social media allows promotions to connect with a global audience on an unprecedented scale (providing you with a wider audience than you could ever reach through print ads), it allows you to interact with your fans and build relationships with them to create a community of fans around your promotion, it can be used to promote your events and drive ticket sales, streaming consumption, and it helps you to build brand awareness for your promotion.

To use social media effectively for your wrestling promotion, create high-quality, interesting, and engaging content that your fans will want to see. To keep them engaged, post regularly. For example, a promotion should post on Twitter 3-5 times a day, with the purpose of the posts being to make people more aware of the promotion and what it has to offer. Some of the posts should be news/information about the promotion (including who is on the roster and why people should care), and other posts would promote the promotion's upcoming shows, DVDs, etc.

Even though what is written is important, it's very important to know which hashtags would attract your target audience. Using hashtags that are relevant to your content and your target audience will help you reach new followers, and using a mix of popular and niche hashtags will help you reach a wider audience. But keep in mind that using too many hashtags can actually decrease engagement.

I can help your company with all of that. On a side note, social media platforms are not the only place that your company can utilize. I use this blog to publish articles that not only promote a company's wrestling shows, but are also informative. Articles about wrestling companies that are informative are appealing to fans, because most fans are always interested in learning about wrestlers and companies they are not familiar with. Also, my blog is indexed on Google News, which has over 11 million visits every day. Some examples of my work are that I helped BJW (Big Japan Pro-Wrestling) as a columnist when it was one of the first Japanese wrestling companies to use social media to attract the English market outside of Japan, I helped Michinoku Pro Wrestling sell out a show at the Korakuen Hall, I helped Kyushu Pro Wrestling gain 220 new subscribers and 52,746 new views on its official YouTube channel, I raised XWA awareness when they wanted to attract the wrestling fan market outside of the UK, I raised Yanagase Pro Wrestling awareness which was followed by Yanagase Pro Wrestling announcing an event at a 600-seat venue, and I helped Middle Kingdom Wrestling activate its multilingual marketing campaign.

You can see more samples of my work here:

I am a wrestling consultant and social media expert who has helped numerous wrestling promotions grow their fanbases and increase their ticket sales through the use of social media. I offer a variety of social media consulting services, including social media strategy development, content creation, and social media management. If you are looking for help with your social media, I am the expert you need. Contact me today to learn more about my consulting services.

By following the tips above, you can use social media to grow your wrestling promotion's fanbase and achieve your marketing goals. Are you looking for help with your social media? Contact me today at to learn more about my consulting services. I have helped numerous wrestling promotions grow their fanbases and increase their ticket sales through the use of social media, and I am a passionate advocate for the use of social media in the wrestling industry. I believe that social media is an essential tool for any wrestling promotion that wants to be successful.

Saturday, November 25, 2023

Archive Interview: Navajo Warrior

(originally published 9/01/03)

The Navajo Warrior has had many highlights during his extensive career. He has held the AWF Title, AWA Title, IWA Heavyweight Title, WSW Title, IZW Title, NWF Tag Title, UPW.COM Title, AWA Tag Team Title, FCW/NAWF Tag Team Title, WSW Tag Team Title, and the ICW Tag Team Title. Navajo has also worked for WWE.

Q: How long have you been involved in the business?

A: I started training in 1990.

Q: Why did you enter the pro-wrestling industry?

A: I attended my first live event at 10, and wanted to be a wrestler ever since.

Q: Where did you receive your training to become a pro-wrestler?

A: I was trained by WWF prelim wrestler Steve Gatorwolf.

Q: What do you like the most about being in the business?

A: I love performing in front of a live crowd.

Q: Which persona appeals to you the most: Face, Heel, or Tweener?

A: I am very comfortable as a Face.

Q: What is your gimmick?

A: Basically I am myself (Native American).

Q: Which do you feel has been your best match so far?

A: My personal favorite was against John Cena in 2002.

Q: Whom would you like to wrestle, that you have not yet done so?

A: Hulk Hogan.

Q: You have worked with WWE on many occasions, wrestling in televised and non-televised matches for them, as well as appearing on, "RAW" as a judge for the Scott Steiner-Triple H, "Posedown" contest this past January. Are you interested in working for WWE full-time, or do you prefer working for WWE while still making yourself available to independent promotions?

A: I would love to wrestle for WWE on a full-time basis.

Q: You had worked for World Wrestling Allstars, taking part in one of their PPV's. When WWA first began promoting, pro-wrestling fans had predicted that WWA would quickly become a strong competitor of WWE. Almost 2-years later, WWA only promotes in Australia. In your opinion, why have they not yet lived up to the previous expectations of the fans, and do you think that will change in the future?

A: I think the fans were expecting them to be direct competition with WWE, but I don't think the company was trying to reach that goal. I don't see that changing any time in the near future, I believe they are happy doing what they are doing.

Q: What do you do in your spare time?

A: Spend time with family.

Q: You have taken your knowledge and experience within the pro-wrestling industry and put it to use as a trainer at the Impact Zone Wrestling school. How does your school differ from others? Also, has it produced any talent that you predict big things for in the future?

A: I know that IZW has the most up to date training, especially with some of our trainers getting to work out with the WWE talent and get new ideas. One of my very first students went on to WCW, and then was released. He has now signed with WWE. I also have about 5 students that are getting work with WWE on televised and dark matches.

Q: What has been your proudest achievement in the business?

A: Getting to wrestle in front of my home crowd at a sold out WWE event.

I hope you enjoyed this interview with Navajo Warrior. In 2003, I began running my own website, World Wrestling Optimum, which consisted of news, articles, and interviews, including this one.

Thursday, November 23, 2023

[Shi-En] [PREVIEW] 12/17/23 Pro-Wrestling Shi-En Event at Tennoji Civic Center (Osaka)

Pro-Wrestling Shi-En was launched in 2010 and founded by Kiai Ryuuken Ecchan, who is best known from his 2011 - 2015 appearances in DDT. Shi-En is the second-oldest Osaka-based promotion that is still active. Shi-En will be hosting an event on Sunday, December 17 at Tennoji Civic Center, with a 1:00 pm start time (doors open at 12:30 pm).

The card will be as follows:

I Love Shi-En ChampionshipHiroaki Taniguchi
Raipachi Isobe (I Love Shi-En Champion)
Hiroto Okubo (former Pro-Wrestling Shi-En Champion)

Pro-Wrestling Shi-En Six Man Tag Team Championship
Kiai Ryuuken Ecchan (Pro-Wrestling Shi-En Six Man Tag Team Champion)
Rascal Fujiwara (Pro-Wrestling Shi-En Six Man Tag Team Champion)
Donguri Fujie (Pro-Wrestling Shi-En Six Man Tag Team Champion)
Hiroaki Taniguchi (former Pro-Wrestling Shi-En Six Man Tag Team Champion)
Bomber Okuno (as seen in ZERO1)
Ogyu Yoriaki

Tickets for this event can be purchased here.