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Sunday, January 3, 2100

More About Me

Since the, "About Me" section of this blog is limited to a specific amount of characters, I decided to write a post that discusses more about what I have done in the pro-wrestling industry, beginning with when I first started in it and leading up to now.

Technically, I started back in the 1990s, contributing to, "Pro Wrestling Illustrated" and then, "Pro Wrestling Torch". In 1997, I contributed to The Official Website of the NWO. That same year, I briefly published my own newsletter, "The Wrestling Express".

In 1998, I taught myself how to design websites, and served as a consultant for various independent promotions. That next year, I worked as a website designer/maintainer for Dylan Summers (Necro Butcher) who was running the Texas-based Power Pro Wrestling Federation, and later was involved with Texas Outlaw Promotions.

During the period of 2000-2002, I was involved in many different projects at once. I was working as a website designer/publicist for talent, contributing to WCW.com, writing columns for independent promotions and the website of former WCW star The Stro, and writing for a variety of pro-wrestling media sites (including WrestlingObserver.com and PWTorch.com). In 2003, I began running my own website, World Wrestling Optimum, which consisted of news, articles, and interviews.

In 2004, I started working for the Michigan-based Ultimate Championship Wrestling as a publicist/columnist. They were an affiliate of American Wrestling Association Superstars Of Wrestling, and I soon became the publicist/columnist of the main governing body of AWA as well. During my time working for UCW, I played a major role in bringing in new talent, due to over the years my having had come into contact with many talents being underused and going unnoticed in the industry. Also, attendance increased by a significant amount.

In 2005, I started doing a column for 3PW. With DVDs sold nationwide, they had the potential to become much bigger than they already were at the time, and were very open to my ideas. 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. Unfortunately, the owner of the company instead opted to shut 3PW down, due to losing interest. Working for 3PW put me in connection with the UK-based 1PW, who I worked as a columnist for.

After 3PW shut down, I began working as a publicist for independent promotions, including CHIKARA. I also worked as a columnist for CZW. Interestingly though, it was 2006 at this point yet I was still most recognized for the work that I had done for 3PW and AWA/UCW.

In 2007 I started working as a columnist for XCW, a promotion that was seen nationally on MAVTV, had a national DVD deal, and also had PPV events. Working for a promotion of national status was my biggest achievement at that point, and two years later I reached a bigger achievement- Big Japan Pro-Wrestling. Along with working for them as a columnist and an Administrator for their Facebook page, I 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.

In October 2009 I assisted publicity & promotions company MGM Management with the HULKAMANIA- Let the Battle Begin tour by distributing their press release to pro-wrestling news sites that are popular with Australian fans, and conducting an interview with Solofa Fatu Jr. (better known as, "Rikishi"). Also, in 2012 I wrote a number of columns for Women Superstars United.

In May 2018 I did social media for Great North Wrestling.

In April and May 2021, I did blogging and social media for Kyushu Pro Wrestling. During that time, the promotion gained 220 new subscribers and 52,746 new views on its official YouTube channel.

Recently, I have done blogging and social media for Yanagase Pro Wrestling. Since the time I began writing for them, Yanagase Pro Wrestling announced an event at a 600-seat venue. All previous Yanagase Pro Wrestling events took place at a 50-seat venue.

I have also recently written for the China-based Middle Kingdom Wrestling in a Publicist capacity. My work is an essential piece in the multilingual activation, 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.

In 2019 I began writing for Michinoku Pro Wrestling, in charge of international wrestling. Since the time that I began writing for them, Michinoku Pro stopped choosing Shin-Kiba 1st Ring for its Tokyo events and began focusing on the much larger Korakuen Hall for its Tokyo appearances. The Korakuen Hall is 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. Michinoku Pro had a sellout, standing-room-only event on December 13, 2019 at the Korakuen Hall. The event had an attendance of 1,890. That was the highest reported attendance at the Korakuen Hall to date for a pro-wrestling event since April 2015.

I am open to new writing opportunities:

- News and articles
- Creative writing
- Promotional writing
- Website content

I offer:
- Sponsored content & event coverage
- Social media promotion
- International audience


info@harold-williams.com


This blog is now included in Google News, which has over 11 million visits every day, giving your product the opportunity to be promoted in front of millions.

Samples of my work: http://dld.bz/jeRzq

I graduated from university with a major in Business and a minor in Computer Applications, which makes me an asset not only as a writer but in a business and technological capacity as well.

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.