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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 1990's, 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 AWA Wrestling Superstars Live, and I soon became the publicist/columnist of the main governing body of AWA Wrestling Superstars Live 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.

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 it's fan base to increase before getting TV for 3PW. I explained how getting TV for 3PW is what would increase it's 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'm 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 has led to Big Japan Pro Wrestling having their 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 Uncensored.

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

Recently, I have done blogging and social media for Kyushu Pro Wrestling.

I am currently writing for Michinoku Pro Wrestling. Since the time that I began writing for them, Michinoku Pro had a sellout, standing room only event on December 13, 2019 at the Korakuen Hall. 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. 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 available for more writing work. I create, edit, and rewrite promotional content on websites and social media platforms for companies, as well as design, develop, and direct their web presence and brand identity. I can be contacted via info@harold-williams.com

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

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

[Michinoku Pro][UPDATE] The complete card for the 6/04/21 Tokyo event!

On Friday, June 4, 6:00 PM start time, Michinoku Pro makes its return to Tokyo's Korakuen Hall, the Madison Square Garden of Japan! The card will be as follows:



Yappeman No. 1 (former Tohoku & UWA World Tag Team Champion)
Yappeman No. 2 (former Tohoku & UWA World Tag Team Champion)
vs.
Yasutaka Oosera
Koji Kawamura

"Gatoh Move" match



Emi Sakura (AEW star, legend, former Asia Dream Tag Team Champion)
Yuna Mizumori (former Asia Dream Tag Team Champion)
vs.
Mei Suruga (Asia Dream Tag Team Champion)
Baliyan Akki (Asia Dream Tag Team Champion)

GAINA (former Tohoku & UWA World Tag Team Champion)
Taro Nohashi (former Tohoku & UWA World Tag Team Champion)
vs. Rasse (former Tohoku Tag Team Champion) (undecided)

Rui Hiugaji
Manjimaru
Ken45 °
vs.
MUSASHI
Ayumu Gunji
Yasuyoshi Ogasawara

Coffin match
The Great Sasuke (former Chiba Six Man Tag Team Champion)
Jinsei Shinzaki
Great Kojika (former Yokohama Shopping Street Six Man Tag Team Champion)
vs.
Brahman Shu (former Chiba Six Man Tag Team Champion)
Brahman Kei (former Chiba Six Man Tag Team Champion)
X
(w/ Pretty Ota)

The action in Michinoku Pro is about to heat up, just in time for its return to Tokyo two weeks before the start of summer. But not only will this event be limited to only 713 seats, but Michinoku Pro will be appearing at Korakuen Hall only three times this year! So don't miss this event! Tickets are available for sale via Michinoku Pro Wrestling Online Shop, Lawson Ticket, Ticket Pia, e +, Famiport, Pro Wrestling Shop Champion, and via Michinoku Pro Wrestling Telephone Reservation- 019 (687) 2431.

Special ringside seats are 7,000 yen (7,500 yen on the day), Ringside seats are 6,000 yen (6,500 yen on the day), Reserved seat A is 5,000 yen (5,500 yen on the day), and Reserved seat B is 4,500 yen (5,000 yen on the day).

In 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 in order to be able to enter the arena. This is a part of contact tracing procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Monday, May 17, 2021

[Michinoku Pro][UPDATE] AEW star and Japanese legend Emi Sakura returns at the 6/04/21 Tokyo event!

Previously appearing at 2020 Tokyo Tournament-Struggle for Power in December, Emi Sakura will be making her return to Michinoku Pro at 2021 Tokyo Tournament-One Sword Cut on June 4 at the Korakuen Hall (6:00 PM start time). A legend of the ring, she is currently best known for her appearances in AEW, a United States-based company which presents a program on national TV every week.



Emi Sakura participated in an AEW Women's World Championship Eliminator Tournament in February, making it to the semi-finals.



Before joining AEW, Emi Sakura had already established herself as a legend during her career in Japan, her championship reigns including the AJW Championship, the NWA Women's Pacific Championship, the JWP Openweight Championship, the Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship, the JWP Tag Team Championship, and the Daily Sports Women's Tag Team Championship. Sakura was also the winner of the JWP Best Bout Award in 2012.



Along with having a greatly successful career as a wrestler, Emi Sakura is also an accomplished trainer. She has been responsible for launching the careers of over 40 wrestlers, the biggest achievers being current AEW Women's Champion Hikaru Shida and former AEW Women's Champion Riho. In 2019, Sakura competed with Riho in a match for the Championship at an AEW PPV event.



Emi Sakura will be returning to the Korakuen Hall on June 4 with wrestlers from Gatoh Move, a Thailand-based promotion that she is the founder of and where she has held the Asia Dream Tag Team Championship. Her match at this Michinoku Pro event will represent Gatoh Move, as she will team with Gatoh Move talent Yuna Mizumori (who has also held the Asia Dream Tag Team Championship) against Mei Suruga & Baliyan Akki, the current Asia Dream Tag Team Champions.



Don't miss this opportunity to see Emi Sakura and Gatoh Move! This Michinoku Pro event will be limited to 713 seats. Tickets are available for sale via Michinoku Pro Wrestling Online Shop, Lawson Ticket, Ticket Pia, e +, Famiport, Pro Wrestling Shop Champion, and via Michinoku Pro Wrestling Telephone Reservation- 019 (687) 2431.

Special ringside seats are 7,000 yen (7,500 yen on the day), Ringside seats are 6,000 yen (6,500 yen on the day), Reserved seat A is 5,000 yen (5,500 yen on the day), and Reserved seat B is 4,500 yen (5,000 yen on the day).

In 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 in order to be able to enter the arena. This is a part of contact tracing procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

[Michinoku Pro][UPDATE] Main event announced for the 6/04/21 Tokyo event!

On Friday, June 4, 6:00 PM start time, Michinoku Pro makes its return to Tokyo's Korakuen Hall, the Madison Square Garden of Japan!



It will be an exciting night of action, with the main event seeing The Great Sasuke, Jinsei Shinzaki, and BJW founder Great Kojika vs Brahman Shu, Brahman Kei, and a mystery partner (w/ Pretty Ota)!

There will be a lot of six man tag team experinece involved in this match, on both sides. The Great Sasuke is 2-time former Chiba Six Man Tag Team Champion, while Great Kojika is a former Yokohama Shopping Street Six Man Tag Team Champion, as well as second longest-reigning holder of the Championship in pro-wrestling history.

Meanwhile on the opposing team, Brahman Shu and Brahman Kei have seen six man tag team success as well, being former KO-D Six Man Tag Team Champions and former Yokohama Shopping Street Six Man Tag Team Champions. They are also 2-time Chiba Six Man Tag Team Champions, and ironically, their partner during both reins was The Great Sasuke.



However, this match will be a style of six man tag team match that all four men are not accustomed to, as this match will be a, "COFFIN" match! Although the format of the match has not been announced yet, it's a safe bet that the coffin's presense will be an intimidating factor in the match. One of the competitors in the match who may be able to maintain his composure though is Jinsei Shinzaki, being that he looked death in the eyes when he took on the legendary Undertaker at Michinoku Pro's 4th Anniversary event in 1997.

And who will be the partner of Brahman Shu and Brahman Kei? In the ever-changing world of pro-wrestling, it's anyone's guess who it will be.

Also in action when Michinoku Pro makes its return to Tokyo's Korakuen Hall will be:

Rui Hyugaji (Tohoku Junior Heavyweight Champion)

Nohashi (former Tohoku Junior Heavyweight Champion)

Ken45 ° (former Tohoku Tag Team Champion)

Manabu Murakami (former Tohoku Junior Heavyweight Champion

Rasse (former Tohoku Tag Team Champion)

Yappeman No. 1 and No. 2 (former Tohoku Tag Team Champions)

GAINA (former Tohoku Junior Heavyweight Championship)

MUSASHI (former Tohoku Junior Heavyweight Champion)

Ayumu Gunji (former Tohoku Tag Team Champion)

PLUS: Yasutaka Oosera, Koji Kawamura, Yasuyoshi Ogasawara, and MORE!

For more information on Michinoku Pro and tickets for this event, click here.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

[Official Kyushu Pro Wrestling Channel][Preview] Monday Night Vai! #2

The Official Kyushu Pro Wrestling Channel presents Monday Night Vai! #2. Matches in this video are as follows:

Billy Ken Kid (former GAORA TV Champion)
vs.
Naoki Sakurajima

Kuishinbo Kamen
Super Delfin
vs.
Batten Blabla
Kodai Nozaki

UWF Rules mtch
Takaku Fuke
vs.
Hitamaru Sasaki

Genkai (former Kyushu Pro Tag Team Champion)
Kengo Mashimo (former AJPW World Tag Team Champion)
vs.
Alejandro
Mentai Kid

Thursday, April 29, 2021

[Official Kyushu Pro Wrestling Channel][Preview] Minamioguniba Genki Ni Suru Bai

The Official Kyushu Pro Wrestling Channel presents Minamioguniba Genki Ni Suru Bai. Matches in this video are as follows:

Genkai (Kyushu Pro Tag Team Champion)
Naoki Sakurajima
vs.
Kodai Nozaki
Ryota Chikuzen

Mentai Kid (Kyushu Pro Champion)
vs.
Batten Blabla

Hitamaru Sasaki
vs.
Asosan (former Kyushu Pro Champion)

Sunday, April 25, 2021

[Kyushu Pro Wrestling] Location for the 6/7, "Monday Night Vai! #3" event announced!

Kyushu Pro Wresting will present, "Monday Night Vai! #3" on June 7 at Nishitetsu Hall (Solaria Stage 6F, 2-11-3 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka), with the venue opening at 6:30 PM and the event starting at 7:00 PM. Kyushu Pro Wrestling is an NPO (Non Profit Organization) that gives back to their community and also provides their community with exciting wrestling action. Its roster features a mix of talents who are familiar faces to fans of Japanese wrestling in general and talents who are popular with pro-wrestling fans in Kyushu.



"Monday Night Vai!" is making its return to the place where it made its debut in May, which was a very memorable event that included appearances by talent from Michinoku Pro Wrestling.

Don't miss this event! Tickets will be available via fan club advance telephone reservation on April 27 (Tuesday) at 1:00 PM. On April 30 (Friday), tickets will be available starting at 10:00 AM from Kyushu Pro Wrestling at 092-400-9938 (let them know if you are using the fan club ticket discount benefit), Three O'clock (at 092-732-1688 or www.3pm-net.com), Lawson Ticket, Ticket Pia, and Eplus

Front row seats are 6,000 yen, S seats are 5,000 yen, A seats are 4,000 yen, and B seats are 3,000 yen.
NOTE: There are no parent-child pair seats / student seats...Prices increase by 500 yen the day of the event...Preschoolers can attend for free (sitting on their parents knees, etc.)

If you will be unable to be in Fukuoka on June 7, you can see, "Monday Night Vai! #3" LIVE courtesy of The Official Kyushu Pro Wrestling Channel at 19:00 Japan time! 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.