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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 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 Uncensored.

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

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

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 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

Monday, September 19, 2022

Secret Base

Secret Base was launched in February 2009, and has events in Tokyo and Osaka. Represented by Mototsugu Shimizu (who has been seen in Michinoku Pro, NOAH, AJPW, BJW, Ice Ribbon, ZERO1, and CHIKARA), Secret Base has a small but talented roster, and notable talents from outside of Secret Base have also competed in the promotion. Two examples are former Open the Brave Gate Champion and former Open The Triangle Gate Champion Super Shisa, and former All Asia Tag Team Champion Tetsuhiro Kuroda (who has also held the Captain Of The Secret Base Tag Team Championship).

Secret Base's next event will be WEST SECRET DRIVE 2022~AUTUMN~, which takes place this Sunday, September 25 at Osaka Okinawa Kaikan in Osaka's Taisho Ward, with a 1:00 pm start time.



The card for this event will include:

Amigo Suzuki (as seen in Stardom, NOAH, DDT, DG, AJPW, BJW, Ice Ribbon, and CHIKARA)
Mototsugu Shimizu
Ferist (as seen in BJW and Ice Ribbon)
vs.
HANAOKA (as in seen in AAA and NWA Mexico)
Maori Kawashima
Super Shisa

Shiori Akiba (as seen in BJW, Ice Ribbon, and JWP)
Sae (as seen in Ice Ribbon, ZERO1, WAVE, and PURE-J)
vs.
Nanase
Miyu

Space Galaxy Warrior Andros
May Lee (as seen in WAVE and PURE-J)
vs.
Idea (as seen in BJW)
Haruka Aikawa

Tetsuhiro Kuroda and many other talents will also be on the card as well.

For those of you who will be in Japan on September 25 and can attend this event at Osaka Okinawa Kaikan, tickets can be purchased here.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

[Michinoku Pro][PREVIEW] 10/22/22 Dojo Pro Wrestling Koji Kawamura Sayonara Series

Existing since 1993, Michinoku Pro was created with Iwate in mind, so many events in Iwate feature matches that are not seen anywhere else in the country. Michinoku Pro hosts shows at their dojo in Takizawa City regularly, and their October 22 show (4:00 PM start time) will be a special one, as it will be send-off for Koji Kawamura, who will be on an expedition in Mexico beginning this fall. His opponent at this special dojo event will be fellow New Generation member MUSASHI.



Also taking place at the October 22 Dojo Pro Wrestling event will be The Great Sasuke and Pretty Ota going against Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei, along with 2 other matches.

Tickets are available via Michinoku Pro Wrestling Telephone Reservation- 019 (687) 2431.

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Have a nice DIE!

Making its debut last year, Have a nice DIE! was founded by Toshiyuki Sakuda, a talented hardcore-style wrestler who has created a promotion that embraces that same style. Have a nice DIE! matches are no-ring, all-hardcore action, and DIE stands for "Deathmatch Innovatve Element", being that hardcore matches are best kown as "deathmatches" in Japan. Have a nice DIE! is based in Tokyo, but has also had events in Yokohama.

Have a nice DIE!'s next event will be on Saturday, September 24 at the Takashimadaira Community Center in Tokyo with a 6:00pm start time. The card will be as follows:


Toshiyuki Sakuda
vs.
Drew Parker (former BJW Death Match Heavyweight Champion)


Kamui
Toru Sugiura
vs.
Kyu Mogami
Shota Nakagawa


Risa Sera (former International Ribbon Tag Team Champion)
Super Hardcore Machine
vs.
Violento Jack
Suzu Suzuki


Orca Uto
vs.
Kentaro Hachisu

For those of you who will be in Japan on September 24 and can attend this event at the Takashimadaira Community Center, tickets can be purchased here.

Thursday, August 25, 2022

[Michinoku Pro] Ticket Information for Michinoku Pro's 9/19/22 event at Yamagata Big Wing in Yamagata!

Join Michinoku Pro on September 19 (1:00 PM start time) at Yamagata Big Wing! You can read a preview of the event here.

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. This is a part of contact tracing procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

[Michinoku Pro] Ticket Information for Michinoku Pro's 9/18/22 event at Sendai Hills Hotel Michinoku Hall in Sendai!

Join Michinoku Pro on September 18 (1:00 PM start time) at Sendai Hills Hotel Michinoku Hall! You can read a preview of the event here.

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. This is a part of contact tracing procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

[Michinoku Pro] Ticket Information for Michinoku Pro's 9/17/22 event at Yahaba Townspeople General Gymnasium in Iwate!

Join Michinoku Pro on September 17 (6:00 PM start time) at Yahaba Townspeople General Gymnasium, where The Tohoku Tag Team Championship will be on the line! You can read a preview of the event here.

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. This is a part of contact tracing procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic.