Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Yanagase Pro Wrestling: A Closer Look

Founded in 2017 by Maki Yuhara, Yanagase Pro Wrestling is a promotion based in Gifu, Japan, where it presents three events per month (with at least one of them being dedicated to their ladies' division), the final event of the year being an annual Christmas Special. 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. TwitCasting is a livestreaming service based in Japan that has over 33 million registered users worldwide.

Yanagase Pro Wrestling events usually take place at SPORTS BAR M's Cafe. With a permanent ring, projectors, and audio equipment, the sports bar has everything needed to present a show that is much more impressive than promotions of similar size.

As you can see from the picture, the ring is smaller than the usual ring. There are many benefits to this. The matches are more intense, action-packed, faster-paced, more strategic, and provide more opportunities for high-flying moves. It also allows for a more personal connection between the wrestlers and the fans, creating a more exciting and engaging atmosphere for them.

Yanagase Pro Wrestling matches are high quality, having the exact fast-paced, exciting, and unpredictable style you think of when you hear the words, "Japanese wrestling". However, YPW also features a unique blend of wrestling styles, combining the traditional Japanese style with the American wrestling style, as well as comedy wrestling when there is a place for it. This makes for a truly unique product that fans of all types of wrestling would enjoy.

Along with the great in-ring action, Yanagase Pro Wrestling broadcasts feature great production quality. The size of the ring combined with the stationary cameras allow for well-composed shots that capture all of the action, keeping the viewers engaged. Overhead camera shots are often done, which are very popular with many American pro-wrestling fans, although they are rarely shot these days in American promotions.

Ladius is the ladies' division of Yanagase Pro Wrestling. Its events feature Sae and Mari Manji, two talented wrestlers who can wrestle each other 1,000 times and never have the same match twice. They have wrestled in multiple notable promotions, with at least Sae or Manji being seen in BJW, Ice Ribbon, Sendai Girls, ZERO1, WAVE, and PURE-J.

They began their 2023 in Ladius with an exciting match that ended in a 20-minute draw. With Sae and Manji the key wrestlers of Ladius, the division has the potential to grow as much as Yanagase Pro Wrestling wants.

The same can be said for the men's division of Yanagase Pro Wrestling. Along with YPW's own talented roster, its events also feature wrestlers who have appeared in notable promotions outside of YPW. Wrestlers who are often on YPW cards include:

Kubota Brothers (Hide Kubota & Yasu Kubota): ZERO1 stars and the current NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Champions, Hide Kubota and Yasu Kubuta wrestle in Yanagase Pro Wrestling frequently. Yasu Kubota also gives wrestling classes at SPORTS BAR M's Cafe for YPW.

Kenta Kosugi: Kenta Kosugi has also appeared in BJW and ZERO1. He is the current Seisho Pro-Wrestling Openweight Champion in Chigasaki Pro-Wrestling.

Michio Kageyama: Along with wrestling in NOAH, DDT, BJW, AJPW, and ZERO1, Michio Kageyama has made many appearances in YPW over the past four years, including in Ladius.

Lowther: A freelance wrestler, Lowther has wrestled in many other promotions over the past 11 years such as DDT, AJPW, and BJW, but Yanagase Pro Wrestling is one of the promotions he has wrestled the most in.

Shinya Ishida: Shinya Ishida has also appeared in DDT, AJPW, BJW, Ice Ribbon, and ZERO1.

JADE: A freelance wrestler who has appeared in AJPW and many other promotions, JADE wrestles in Yanagase Pro Wrestling frequently.

Yanagase Kamen Fuerza: Called the ace of Yanagase Pro Wrestling because he made his wrestling debut in YPW and has wrestled in the promotion since its beginning, Yanagase Kamen Fuerza has also appeared in ZERO1.

Jack Kennedy: An American who wrestles in Japan, Jack Kennedy was trained by many talented Japanese wrestlers, including former WWE star and current All Asia Tag Team Champion Yoshitatsu. Although Yanagase Pro Wrestling is his home promotion, Kennedy has made many BJW appearances this year.

Yanagase Pro Wrestling also presents special guests occasionally, such as former KO-D Openweight Champion Yuji Hino and FantastICE Champion Akane Fujita.

If Yanagase Pro Wrestling can continue to produce high-quality wrestling and grows its fanbase, then it has the potential to become one of the top promotions in Japan.


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