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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

[YPW][TwitCasting] Yanagase Pro Wrestling on 4/20 LIVE

One week after the ladies of Ladius were in action, YPW will bring their men's division to SPORTS BAR M's Cafe this Saturday, April 20, with the event starting at 19:30 Japan Time. Every month, Yanagase Pro Wrestling is broadcast LIVE on TwitCasting, a livestreaming service based in Japan that has over 33 million registered users worldwide.



The card will be as follows:

"Exhibition", match
Yasu Kubota (ZERO1 star)
vs.
Macho Gallows (a trainee of YPW)

Michio Kageyama (as seen in NOAH, DDT, BJW, AJPW, and ZERO1)
Convoy Nishio
vs.
Yasu Kubota (former NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Champion)
Hide Kubota (former NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Champion)


Rekka (as seen in Michinoku Pro, NJPW, AJPW, DG, and BJW)
vs.
JADE (as seen in AJPW)

Kenta Kosugi (BJW star)
Lowther (as seen in DDT, AJPW, and BJW)
vs.
Jack Kennedy (as seen in DDT, BJW, and ZERO1)
Tomoya Haraguchi

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.

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

[WWE Speed][X] 4/17/24 Johnny Gargano vs. Angel

Get ready for a fast-paced encounter on the next episode of WWE Speed this Wednesday, April 17, 12 ET on the X platform, as two talented veterans known for their innovative offense will clash when Johnny Gargano faces Angel! WWE Speed features a unique format of its matches having a three-minute limit as Superstars compete to decide who will advance to the next round in a tournament to crown the inaugural WWE Speed Champion.



Although both Johnny Gargano and Angel have been focusing on the tag team scene this year, neither man is a stranger to singles success, with Gargano's championship accolades including a reign as WWE NXT Champion, and the WWE NXT Cruiserweight Championship being amongst the championships on Angel's resume.



Johnny Gargano and Angel were in NXT at the same time from 2019 to 2020, but a match never took place between the two. With Gargano having 19 years of experience and Angel having 15 years of experience, it will be very interesting to see what happens when these two veterans face each other in singles action for the first time in their careers. Both Gargano and Angel's ring styles are an asset in matches that feature WWE Speed's rapid pace. Angel's offense is always quick and includes agility-based moves that can put an opponent on the mat immediately and in position for a potential cover. Meanwhile, Gargano has the technical skills to keep an opponent grounded and put their shoulders on the mat for a three-count. Both men will deliver a match that features impressive displays of athleticism, but only one of them will make it to the next round and go against former WWE NXT North American Champion Bronson Reed in the semi-finals. Who will it be? Watch WWE Speed this week to find out!

[UPDATED- match can be seen below]



Monday, April 15, 2024

[HERO][UPDATE] The complete card for the 4/27/24 Tokyo event!

On Saturday, April 27, 6:45 PM (doors will open at 6:15 PM), HERO makes its return to Shinkiba 1stRING (1-6-24 Shinkiba, Koto-ku, Tokyo) for a very special event!



The card will be as follows:


"Barbed Wire Board Street Fight Death". match
Tomoryu (as seen in FMW)
Atsushi Onita (legend, FMW-E star)
Raijin Yaguchi (former FMW star)
[Mystery partner]
vs.
Wild Bear (as seen in ZERO1 and FMW)
Wild ZERO
Guts Ishijima (of TTT)
Takuya Kaiwa



Mineo Fujita (former ZERO1 International Junior Heavyweight and NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion)
vs.
Kaji Tomato (former BJW Junior Heavyweight Champion)




Makoto (former International Ribbon Tag Team Champion)
Maria (of Marvelous)
vs.
Misa Kagura (of JTO)
Koyuki




Shigeo Kato (former UWA Intercontinental Tag Team Champion)
Tomonori Chiba (former UWA Intercontinental Tag Team Champion)
vs.
Ricky Fuji (of 2AW)
Shirasu Kid (of Seisho Pro-Wrestling)




Shota Nakagawa produced match
Shota Nakagawa (as seen in AJPW, DDT, BJW, and WAVE)
Kuma Arashi (as seen in AJPW, BJW, ZERO1, and FMW)
vs.
Andy Wu (as seen in AJPW, DDT, BJW, ZERO1, and FMW)
Black Avalon

HERO events are operated by GPS Promotion, and tickets for HERO 40 can purchased at the GPS Web Shop here.

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Michinoku Pro 5/3/24 Akita City Event! Golden Week Series 2024!

The wrestlers of Michinoku Pro will be in action on May 3 at Selion Plaza in Akita City (2:00 PM), as a part of Golden Week series 2024.



The card will be as follows:


Yapper Man 1 (former Chiba Six Man Tag Team Champion)
Yapper Man 2 (former Chiba Six Man Tag Team Champion)
Ayumu Gunji
vs.
Manjimaru (former Tohoku Tag Team Champion)
Ken45 (former UWA World Trios Champion)
OSO11




Rui Hyugaji (former Tohoku Junior Heavyweight Champion)
vs.
ARASHI (as seen in Ice Ribbon)

GAINA (the first Tohoku, UWA World, Kyushu Pro Wrestling Triple Crown Tag co-Champion in pro-wrestling history)
Thunder Summers
vs.
Australian Wolf (former NWA AWA Tag Team Champion)
EC




The Great Sasuke (former Tohoku Tag Team Champion & UWA World Tag Team Champion)
Rasse (Tohoku Tag Team Champion)
vs.
Brahman Shu (former Tohoku Tag Team Champion)
Brahman Kei (former Tohoku Tag Team Champion)

Taro Nohashi (former Tohoku Junior Heavyweight Champion)
vs.
Ringo Yamaya

Tickets are available at Lawson Ticket, Ticket Pia, e +, and via Michinoku Pro Wrestling Telephone Reservation- 019 (687) 2431.

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.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

WWE Speed: The WWE Program Perfect for Japanese Wrestling Fans

In a previous blog post, I compared Japanese and American wrestling, looking at the differences between the two. Since that time, WWE has now created a show that has similarities to the Japanese wrestling style. The show is named "WWE Speed", a program that will focus on fast-paced, exciting, and unpredictable action, streamed exclusively via X (Twitter) on Wednesdays at noon ET/9 a.m. PT.


WWE Speed features an innovative format- its matches have a three-minute limit, promising nonstop action. Matches that don't have pauses of action are something that people who follow Japanese wrestling are familiar with. From promotions with a lucha libre-inspired style like Michinoku Pro to the aggressiveness of the wrestlers in Ladius (the ladies' division of the Gifu-based Yanagase Pro Wrestling), the Japanese wrestling scene is the breeding ground for exciting and energetic matches with an emphasis on athleticism.

Like Japanese wrestling, WWE Speed strives to spotlight high-flying maneuvers and impressive counters, and being that all WWE Speed matches are short, the pace will always be relentless, surely keeping fans on the edge of their seats. And while there is usually a major focus on feuds and promos in American wrestling, WWE Speed is all about action. Also, the condensed format of WWE Speed increases the chances that there will be many matches that will have unexpected outcomes.

WWE Speed includes wrestlers who had championship success in Japan, such as Ricochet, who is a former Open The Dream Gate Champion, and Dragon Lee, who is a former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion. They both have experience providing fast-paced action and high-flying moves that appeal to many fans of Japanese wrestling. This could lead to a more globalized wrestling audience for WWE.



WWE Speed offers a unique and action-packed viewing experience that complements the promos, comedy, and showmanship WWE provides for its audience, which would increase the growth of the WWE Universe. Not only fans of Japanese wrestling, but wrestling fans in general who enjoy the fast-paced style of wrestling.

Beyond the WWE Universe, WWE Speed's spotlighting fast-paced matches with limited downtime has the potential to revitalize the professional wrestling industry as a whole, with a renewed emphasis on in-ring action and athleticism. Also, the shorter format might provide new opportunities for wrestlers who excel in high-flying maneuvers or fast-paced action to shine, creating new stars who would further influence the overall wrestling style. And this new format might also inspire innovative spots by wrestlers in and outside of WWE.

It will be interesting to see how WWE promotes WWE Speed in the coming weeks and months, and what impact it will have on the pro-wrestling landscape. I believe that WWE Speed has the potential to be successful.

[YPW][TwitCasting] WAVE Stars Appearing for the Live 4/12 “Ladius Friday Night Match”!

Yanagase Pro Wrestling (YPW) presents, "Ladius Friday Night Match" this Friday, April 12 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. This week, star power will be added to the Ladius ring as Sae and Mari Manji will face WAVE stars Regina Di WAVE Champion Yuki Miyazaki and Kohaku!



Key members of Ladius, Sae and Mari Manji many times have faced visitors who step into their ring, and Sae or Manji usually are the winner of the match. Meanwhile, WAVE is among the most popular wrestling organizations in Japan, and Yuki Miyazaki and Kohaku will be providing competition at a high level. This will be an unpredictable match to not be missed, and 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.

And after you've watched the "Friday Night Match", check out the April 6 Yanagase Pro Wrestling event that was broadcast live on TwitCasting, to see what the men's division of YPW has to offer.

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.

Monday, April 8, 2024

Michinoku Pro 5/2/24 Hachinohe City Event! Golden Week Series 2024!

The wrestlers of Michinoku Pro will be in action on May 2 at Yew Tree in Hachinohe City (6:00 PM), as a part of Golden Week series 2024.



The card will be as follows:


GAINA
Taro Nohashi
(The first Tohoku, UWA World, Kyushu Pro Wrestling Triple Crown Tag Champions in pro-wrestling history)
vs.
Rui Hyugaji (former Tohoku & UWA World Tag Team Champion)
ARASHI (as seen in Ice Ribbon)




The Great Sasuke (legend, former Chiba Six Man Tag Team Champion)
Rasse (former Chiba Six Man Tag Team Champion)
Ringo Yamaya
vs.
Brahman Shu (former Chiba Six Man Tag Team Champion)
Brahman Kei (former Chiba Six Man Tag Team Champion)
Thunder Summers




Yapper Man 1 (former Tohoku & UWA World Tag Team Champion)
Yapper Man 2 (former Tohoku & UWA World Tag Team Champion)
vs.
Manjimaru (former Tohoku Tag Team Champion)
Ken45 (former Tohoku & UWA World Tag Team Champion)

OSO11
vs.
EC

Ayumu Gunji
vs.
Australian Wolf

Tickets are available at Lawson Ticket, Ticket Pia, e +, and via Michinoku Pro Wrestling Telephone Reservation- 019 (687) 2431.

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.

Saturday, April 6, 2024

[DIANA LIVE] World Woman Pro-Wrestling Diana on 4/7 LIVE

Active since 2011 and founded by former WWWA Champion Kyoko Inoue, World Woman Pro-Wrestling Diana features a mix of legends and new-generation talent, making it a promotion that has something for everyone who enjoys women's wrestling. On Sunday, April 7th, the women of Diana will be in action for "Diana Amistad Tournament vol.55". It will start at 13:00 Japan Time, and it will be broadcast via DIANA Live, the promotion's own live streaming service.



The card will be as follows:

"Jaguar Yokota Amista Tournament Regular Participation Graduation", match
Jaguar Yokota (former AJW star)
Ayako Sato (World Woman Pro-Wrestling Diana Tag Team Champion)
vs.
Mizuki Kato (as seen in ZERO1 and WAVE)
Maika Ozaki (former International Ribbon Tag Team Champion)

Miran (as seen in Stardom, Ice Ribbon, and PURE-J)
Rina (Stardom star)
vs.
Nanami (as seen in Stardom, ZERO1, Ice Ribbon, Sendai Girls, WAVE, and PURE-J)
Risa Sera (WAVE Tag Team Champion)

"Kakeru Sekiguchi 7th Anniversary Costume", match
Tae Honma (former Ice Ribbon star)
Yuma Makoto
vs.
Kakeru Sekiguchi (former Daily Sports Tag Team Champion)
Ancham (former International Ribbon Tag Team Champion)

Deborah K (as seen in ZERO1 and WAVE)
vs.
Kaori Yoneyama (former Pure-J Openweight Champion)

And after you've watched "Diana Amistad Tournament vol.55", check out, "Diana Amistad Tournament vol.54", which was broadcast live on DIANA Live on March 24.

Friday, April 5, 2024

Archive Interview: Nigel McGuinness

(originally published 1/30/05)


Raised on the mean streets of England while feeding off a diet of Punk Rock and Soccer riots, Nigel McGuinness eventually made his way to the United States, where he captured the H.W.A. Heavyweight, New Breed Heavyweight, H.W.A. Tag, and H.W.A. European titles. McGuinness currently works for ROH and IWA Mid-South. When he is in Britain, McGuinness works for All Star Wrestling.

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

A: Started training late 1998, been a fan since I was about twelve.

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

A: It was always my dream since I was about twelve. I tried other things but in the end nothing made me feel like wrestling did. I had it in my blood.

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

A: Various places. Originally learnt the basics and respect at Heartland Wrestling Association in Cincinnati. Then learnt much more of the British style while wrestling for All Star promotions from guys like Chic Cullen, Robbie Brookside and James Mason.

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

A: Telling people I'm a wrestler. Just kidding. I like the fact that it was what I always wanted to do. Achieving your dream is a pretty cool thing, not that I've gone all the way.

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

A: Not sure what a Tweener is. But I think I'm naturally a guy that people like to boo initially but after a while grow to cheer.

Q: What is your gimmick?

A: I guess I'm a punk rock soccer hooligan who wrestles an uncharacteristic technical style. Billy Idol meets Jonny Saint perhaps.

Q: Do you think that ROH has recovered yet from the blemish left by the Rob Feinstein controversy?

A: Absolutely, ROH has and always will be associated with hard work and quality matches. Nothing'd any different today than before.

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

A: Cannot say. I like different ones for different reasons.

Q: Which has been your favorite match so far?

A: See above.

Q: You worked for the Heartland Wrestling Association when it was a WWE developmental territory. Are you interested in wrestling for their current developmental territory, OVW?

A: Of course. I'd love the opportunity to be looked at by WWE.

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

A: American Dragon, Steve Regal, Triple H, the list goes on this early in my career.

Q: What do you do in your spare time?

A: Write, spend time with the old lady, try to relax.

Q: What is your long-term goal in the business?

A: Make some money and be seen on an international level. Make a name for myself up there with the best and be respected by my peers.

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

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

[YPW][TwitCasting] Yanagase Pro Wrestling on 4/6 LIVE

YPW will bring their men's division to SPORTS BAR M's Cafe this Saturday, April 6, with the event starting at 19:30 Japan Time. Every month, Yanagase Pro Wrestling is broadcast LIVE on TwitCasting, a livestreaming service based in Japan that has over 33 million registered users worldwide.



The card will be as follows:

Mari Manji (from the Ladius division)
vs.
Rekka (as seen in Michinoku Pro, NJPW, AJPW, DG, and BJW)

Kubota Brothers (former NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Champions)
vs.
Lowther (as seen in DDT, AJPW, and BJW)
Tomoya Haraguchi

Jack Kennedy (as seen in DDT, BJW, and ZERO1)
Konaka (as seen in Michinoku Pro, BJW, AJPW, Ice Ribbon, WAVE, and PURE-J)
vs.
Michio Kageyama (as seen in NOAH, DDT, BJW, AJPW, and ZERO1)
Shinya Ishida (as seen in DDT, AJPW, BJW, Ice Ribbon, and ZERO1)

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.

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Michinoku Pro 5/1/24 Fukushima City Event! Golden Week Series 2024!

The wrestlers of Michinoku Pro will be in action on May 1 at Will Fukushima Acty Oroshimachi in Fukushima City (6:00 PM start time), as a part of Golden Week series 2024.



The card will be as follows:


GAINA
Rasse (former Chiba Six Man Tag Team Champion)
Ringo Yamaya
vs.
Yapper Man 1 (former Chiba Six Man Tag Team Champion)
Yapper Man 2 (former Chiba Six Man Tag Team Champion)
ARASHI (as seen in Ice Ribbon)




Rui Hyugaji (former Tohoku & UWA World Tag Team Champion)
OSO11
vs.
Manjimaru (former Tohoku Tag Team Champion)
Ken45 (former Tohoku & UWA World Tag Team Champion)

The Great Sasuke (legend and the original holder of the J-Crown)
vs.
Taro Nohashi (former Tohoku Junior Heavyweight Champion)




Brahman Shu (former Tohoku Tag Team Champion)
Brahman Kei (former Tohoku Tag Team Champion)
vs.
Australian Wolf (former NWA AWA Tag Team Champion)
EC

Ayumu Gunji
vs.
Thunder Summers

Tickets are available at Lawson Ticket, Ticket Pia, e +, and via Michinoku Pro Wrestling Telephone Reservation- 019 (687) 2431.

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.

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Wrestler Spotlight: Yuma Makoto - A Joshi with a Dual Persona

Along with featuring many legends, World Woman Pro-Wrestling Diana also introduces the world to new-generation talents, and one of those talents is Yuma Makoto, who very early in her career is showing duality and potential as a part of Diana's future.



Yuma Makoto made her in-ring debut on October 8, 2023 at Korakuen Hall in a match with Himiko, and even though Makoto lost to her experienced opponent, Makoto left a lasting positive impression on the fans in attendance as they looked forward to seeing her grow as a wrestler in the future, with some fans feeling that it was the best debut match they had seen. Makoto displayed fearless determination and showed that she is a natural for the wrestling ring.


While still in the very early stages of her career, Makoto's style is already beginning to take shape. She presents a well-rounded moveset, as she executes both high-flying and technical maneuvers with grace and precision.

Along with a moveset, Yuma Makoto has also developed an in-ring persona. She has a dual persona- she can be the gentle "Makoto" or the fierce "Yuma", and it's not known in advance which version of her is going to show up. This has the potential to help her stand out more on the World Woman Pro-Wrestling Diana roster, and it is why Makoto refers to herself as, "the Janus god of Diana". In Roman mythology, Janus is the god of beginnings, transitions, doorways, and duality. He's often depicted with two faces, one looking forward and one looking back.


The face looking forward represents the future, beginnings, and new opportunities, as it signifies looking ahead with anticipation and readiness for what's to come. The face looking back symbolizes the past, experiences, and lessons learned, as it represents acknowledging the journey that led to the present and using that knowledge to move forward. Janus embodies the concept of duality and transitions by having two faces. Similarly, Yuma Makoto's dual persona of gentle “Makoto" and fierce “Yuma" reflects this transitional aspect. She can access both sides of herself depending on the situation, much like how Janus can look back on the past while also facing the future.

Yuma Makoto's dual persona fits perfectly in World Woman Pro-Wrestling Diana, which has a name that is Roman mythology-inspired- in Roman mythology, Diana is the goddess of the hunt, the moon, wilderness, and childbirth.

With Yuma Makoto's dedication, passion, as well as being on the same roster as veterans who she can gain invaluable knowledge from, Makoto is in a position where she can make a significant impact in World Woman Pro-Wrestling Diana. Makoto's journey surely will be one filled with excitement, challenges, and triumphs; and fans will be watching to see how she evolves as a wrestler.

Sunday, March 24, 2024

[YPW] Owner Yuhara Birthday Special 3/29/24 at SPORTS BAR M's Cafe (Gifu)

In 2017, Maki Yuhara launched Yanagase Pro Wrestling, a promotion based in Gifu, Japan, where it presents three events per month at SPORTS BAR M's Cafe (3 Chome-9 Yanagasedori, Gifu). This Friday, March 29 at 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:30pm), it will be the site of Yuhara's birthday celebration.



Two matches will take place during this special event, featuring wrestlers who frequently appear in Yanagase Pro Wrestling. One of the matches will be between M's Man, a member of the YPW roster, and Yusaku Ito (as seen in BJW, Ice Ribbon, and WAVE).



The other match will involve two more members of the Yanagase Pro Wrestling roster, as Jack Kennedy (as seen in DDT, BJW, and ZERO1) will go against Mari Manji, one of the key members of YPW's ladies' division (Ladius). Manji helped Kennedy with his training many times, so not only will it be a match between two YPW favorites, but it will also be student vs. teacher.



You can get ticket information by contacting YPW on Twitter here, by contacting Jack Kennedy on Twitter here, or by contacting Mari Manji on Twitter here.

[DIANA LIVE] World Woman Pro-Wrestling Diana on 3/24 LIVE

Active since 2011 and founded by former WWWA Champion Kyoko Inoue, World Woman Pro-Wrestling Diana features a mix of legends and new-generation talent, making it a promotion that has something for everyone who enjoys women's wrestling. On Sunday, March 24th, the women of Diana will be in action for "Diana Amistad Tournament vol.54". It will start at 13:00 Japan Time, and it will be broadcast via DIANA Live, the promotion's own live streaming service.



The card will be as follows:

Jaguar Yokota (former AJW star)
Haruka Umesaki (World Woman Pro-Wrestling Diana World Champion)
vs.
Nanami (as seen in Stardom, ZERO1, Ice Ribbon, Sendai Girls, WAVE, and PURE-J)
Yuma Makoto

Ayako Sato (as seen in ZERO1, Ice Ribbon, WAVE, and PURE-J)
vs.
Kakeru Sekiguchi (former PURE-J star)

Kyoko Inoue
Mizuki Kato (as seen in ZERO1 and WAVE)
vs.
Deborah K (as seen in ZERO1 and WAVE)
Maika Ozaki (former International Ribbon Tag Team Champion)

Miran (as seen in Stardom, Ice Ribbon, and PURE-J)
vs.
Yuko Sakurai (former Ice Ribbon star)

And after you've watched "Diana Amistad Tournament vol.54", check out "Diana Future Sight Vol. 19", which was broadcast live on DIANA Live on March 22. Also check out "Diana Amistad Tournament vol.53", which was broadcast live on DIANA Live on March 10.

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Wrestler Spotlight: OSO11 - Michinoku Pro's Most Unorthodox Wrestler

Michinoku Pro is unique in many ways, and one example is that it's the home promotion of OSO11, one of the most unorthodox wrestlers on the roster. Introduced to Michinoku Pro by Ayumu Gunji in July 2022 as his tag team partner, OSO11 is powerful, along with being amazingly fast and agile for someone who is 254 pounds, and his win-loss record includes wins over wrestlers such as legend The Great Sasuke and former Tohuko Junior Heavyweight Champion Taro Nohashi.



Bear-like in behavior, right down to carrying a fish around at times, OSO11's opponents are never sure what he's going to do next. And OSO11 has captured the attention of fans as well, because both in terms of ring style and persona, there has never been someone in Michinoku Pro quite like OSO11.



OSO11 is at a good stage of his career. Still young and developing a strong persona at this point sets him up well for the coming years, as there is time for OSO11 to adapt even more and also improve as a wrestler. And wrestling for Michinoku Pro gives him the opportunity to wrestle and learn from many experienced veterans, as he did in this match with Rui Hyugaji:



It will be interesting to see how OSO11 further develops both as a wrestler and as a performer, as he continues to wrestle experienced talents in Michinoku Pro's distinctive environment.

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

[YPW][TwitCasting] "Ladius Friday Night Match" on 3/22 LIVE

Yanagase Pro Wrestling (YPW) presents, "Ladius Friday Night Match" this Friday, March 22 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.

Sae and Mari Manji know each other better than anyone. Every year, they engage in a series of matches, testing their skills and improving along the way, as they push their limits. Winning Doutonbori Pro Wrestling's WDW Women's Championship two weeks ago appears to have been a boost to Manji's motivation, as she now has two wins in a row over Sae. Will this week be a hat trick for Manji with three wins in a row, or will Sae rally and pull out a victory? You can find out live on TwitCasting for only 1,000 yen, which is around 7 USD. Be there at 20:00 Japan Time!



And after you've watched the "Friday Night Match", check out the March 16 Yanagase Pro Wrestling event that was broadcast live on TwitCasting, to see what the men's division of YPW has to offer.

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.

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Michinoku Pro 5/4 Aomori Event! Tohoku Tag Team Championship on the Line!

Michinoku Pro will present a special event on May 4 at Aomori City Hamanasu Hall (2:00 PM start time). Not only will it celebrate the return of Ringo Yamaya to his hometown of Aomori, but he and Rasse will defend their recently won Tohoku Tag Team Champioship against Brahman Shu and Brahman Kei in the main event. The Tohoku Tag Team Championship has the distinction of having legends a part of its legacy, such as The Great Sasuke, Jinsei Shinzaki, รšltimo Dragรณn, Kensuke Sasaki, and Dick Togo.

This will be Rasse & Ringo Yamaya's first defense since winning the Tohoku Tag Team Championship last week. While this is Rasse's third reign, Yamaya has quickly shown his value as a tag team partner, accomplishing the impressive feat of becoming a co-holder of the championship with only one year of in-ring experience. Meanwhile, Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei have one of the most outstanding records as Tohoku Tag Team Champions, being the team with the most reigns, with four of them under their belts.



The rest of the card will be announced in the near future, but it's already clear that this will be a must-see event! Tickets are available at Lawson Ticket, Ticket Pia, e +, and via Michinoku Pro Wrestling Telephone Reservation- 019 (687) 2431.

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.

Wrestler Spotlight: Sae - Forging Her Own Path

Sae is a very active wrestler on the independent Japanese wrestling scene, as she maintains a strong presence at her home promotion of Yanagase Pro Wrestling and its ladies' division, Ladius, while simultaneously venturing out to other parts of the scene at least five times a month, showcasing her talent and ambition.


A resilient competitor who is willing to do whatever it takes to win whether it's wrestling a technical style, a more physical style, or breaking the rules, Sae is respected by fans for her skills.





Sae's career began in September 2017, making her debut in REINA, which was a small Chiba-based promotion that focused on women's wrestling. Less than a year later, Sae began appearing in larger promotions, wrestling for Ice Ribbon, ZERO1, WAVE, and PURE-J, honing her abilities all along. But Sae's main focus became the Kanagawa-based SEAdLINNNG, where she became co-holder of the SEAdLINNNG Beyond The Sea Tag Team Championship in 2019. That same year, Sae began wrestling in Yanagase Pro Wrestling, becoming one of the promotion's key lady wrestlers. Today she continues to be a tough challenge for wrestlers who are new to the Ladius/Yanagase Pro Wrestling ring.



Sae's style makes her stand out on the wrestling cards that she’s on. Sae enters the ring gracefully, but once the bell rings, she presents an aggressive moveset that keeps Sae's opponent on the mat, with one of her best combos being going from a hanging figure-four necklock to a flying front dropkick, which never ceases to impress fans.



Although Sae considers Yanagase Pro Wrestling to be her home promotion, Sae can also regularly be seen wrestling in many other promotions. She has been a singles and tag team championship holder in the Nagano-based Shinsyu Girls Pro Wrestling.



Sae also continues to wrestle for larger promotions, among them being BJW, and WAVE.



No matter the size of the promotion that Sae wrestles in, she is always prominent as someone who is forging her own path as she showcases her talents, ambition, and unique style. Whether it's in Yanagase Pro Wrestling where Sae represents the Ladius brand or it's one of the many other promotions that she wrestles in, Sae is someone to keep an eye on as she is on her way to leaving her mark on the Japanese wrestling scene.