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Gracies Turning To Pro-Wrestling?
Last Updated on Monday, 14 October 2013 07:28
Written by BabaluJack
Monday, October 14th, 2013

Daniel & Rolles Gracie were guests at today’s NJPW show.

Yes, you read that correctly, the legendary Gracie family will try their hand at professional wrestling and they will do it at Japan’s biggest wrestling show of the year on January 4th at the Tokyo Dome.

Before the singles match between Kazushi Sakuraba and Yuji Nagata at today’s New Japan Pro Wrestling PPV, Rolles & Daniel Gracie challenged any member of the New Japan roster to match at Wrestlekingdom 8, bragging that the Gracies were “King of Sport”. After defeating Sakuraba, Nagata accepted the challenge of the Gracies. Of course Saku knows a thing or two about the world famous Brazilian Jujitsu family so he also through himself into the mix and we will now get Nagata and Sakuraba teaming up to take on the Gracies next January at Wrestlekingdom 8.

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Scramble TV: Kazushi Sakuraba
Last Updated on Tuesday, 3 September 2013 10:38
Written by IQWrestler
Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

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Satoshi Ishii will likely face Mirko Cro Cop at Inoki Bom Ba Ye 2013 in the main event
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 August 2013 12:04
Written by admin
Thursday, August 29th, 2013

We reported in June that Aleksander and Mirko were set to fight with Legend and there was also a report that Cro Cop and Ishii may fight.

Numerous sources are now indicating that Ishii will in fact  meet Mirko in Japan at Inoki Bom Ba Ye.  The fight will be a full on mixed martial arts fight and will most likely be held at Saitama Super Arena.  We reported this week that Inoki has rights to Saitama, based purely on talk we had heard out of Japan.

CroCop first has to get past Aleksander Emelianenko, as the two will fight in a November bout.

The event will also likely mark the return of several of the normal faces around IGF’s MMA scene.  Satoshi Ishii has made a name with the IGF defeating former UFC champions and fighters alike.

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New Japan Pro Wrestling signs TV deal in Singapore
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 August 2013 07:01
Written by admin
Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

IWGP Champion Kazuchika Okada

New Japan Pro Wrestling and TV Asahi are going global.

According to Dave Meltzer, from The Wrestling Observer, NJPW has signed a deal that will bring the property to Singaporean televisions – translated in English.  No details were given as to who bought the rights from TV Asahi to broadcast the events, but it is a huge step forward for ANY Japanese pro wrestling outlet.  Prior to this, puroresu brands have been very reluctant to expand outside of Japan.  With the rise of MMA and the level of which Japanese wrestlers compete, there is likely a connection that will prove successful for the company.

NJPW took their brand to the internet this year with UStream, broadcasting shows via iPPV (internet pay-per-view) in a move that opened the doors for other companies.  Pancrase also jumped onboard the iPPV train, another huge step in globalizing these brands.

With the advent of streaming technology and the world shrinking in size (metaphorically speaking), it is multiples less expensive to get these types of deals done as variables such as satellites and acquiring a buyer of your content are steps that are able to be bypassed.

TV Asahi recently released a 20 minute video that showcased some of their biggest names, Shinsuke Nakamura, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Prince Devitt, and champ Kazuchika Okada.

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Satoshi Ishii makes short work of opponent at IGF 27
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 July 2013 02:47
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Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Another fight, another win, so goes the career of Satoshi Ishii.  On a five fight winning streak, Ishii fought American Clayton Jones this past weekend at IGF 27.  Jones, who is a relative unknown to most, was knocked out in 35 seconds by the judoka.  Ishii has supposedly been working on his striking and it appears a fight was setup for the Olympian in order for him to showcase what he has learned.

Ishii is possibly ready to step up in talent.  After rolling through a who’s who of the “Old Man All-Star Squad”, Ishii should use his athleticism and youth to compete with fighters that will be more competitive.  Ishii’s last defeat came against Fedor in 2011 when he was manhandled by the Russian P4P legend.

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NJPW KIZUNA Road & DG Kobe Pro-Wrestling Festival videos
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 July 2013 02:30
Written by IQWrestler
Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

New Japan

Dragon Gate

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Last Updated on Saturday, 20 July 2013 11:02
Written by IQWrestler
Saturday, July 20th, 2013

 Tiger Mask, Manabu Nakanishi, Tomoaki Honma & KUSHIDA vs Yujiro Takahashi, YOSHI-HASHI, Jado & Gedo

Overall, this was a pretty standard opening 8 man tag but as far as they go, it was a good one. Some fun moments to get the crowd warmed up, hit all the right spots and ran just long enough.

A total throw away match but none the less, a fun few minutes.

Rating: *1/2

IWGP Jr. Tag Championship


Alex Koslov & Rocky Romero (c) vs Taichi & TAKA Michinoku

This match was a blast, and really set the tone for the show. Taichi & TAKA were in mega heel mode, so it sort of forced Alex & Rocky to play face but the crowd quickly got behind them so the somewhat sudden shift worked really well. Ultimately, what made this such a good match, is what makes all Taichi & TAKA matches good; seeing them be douche bag heels just never gets old and the constantly come up with new antics.

A really well worked match and the best Jr Tag Title match in some time.

Rating: ***

Minoru Suzuki vs Tomohiro Ishii

Oh boy, this can only be described as a war! Suzuki is well known for making the guys he wrestles look like a million bucks and he made Ishii look like a main event guy. This pretty much broke down in to a striking match, after some early arm work from Suzuki that didn’t really lead to anything. But the exchanges were pure fire with neither man wanting to go down. A real blast to watch.

Rating: ***1/2

IWGP Tag Championship

Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan (c) vs Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka

The umpteenth meeting between these two teams and this might have been been their best match yet. The first half was just a wild brawl out in the crowd but it got the fans way into it and they really helped elevate the match. Also the few Kobashi tribute moments Kojima sprinkled in were really cool. Another great match right at the start of the show.

Rating: ***

NEVER Openweight Championship


Masato Tanaka (c) vs Tetsuya Naito

This match was a really pleasant surprise in my opinion. Tanaka is one of my all time favorites but his run as NEVER champ has been really lackluster and I fully expected Naito to take the belt. I was wrong and I can no longer say Tanaka’s run is lackluster, because this was a wonderful little match. Overall it displayed the strengths of both guys, High flying spots and hardcore moments, and did a great job of it. It looks like this could be a lasting feud, so if these two refine their formula a little bit, we could see some really outstanding matches.

Rating: ***

IWGP Intercontinental Championship


La Sombra (c) vs Shinsuke Nakamura

Right here is where the show shifted from really good to really great! La Sombra not only won me over, but I think he won a lot of other people over as well. This match was basically perfect, a number of incredible high flying moves by both wrestlers (including a corkscrew pluncha by Shinsuke and a moonsult off the scaffolding by Sombra), Mat wrestling, striking, everything you could look for in a truly great match.

Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe, Jushin Thunder Liger & Captain New Japan vs Bad Luck Fale, Karl Anderson, Tama Tonga & Terrible

Actually my least favorite match on the card. Not because it was bad, it wasn’t, but because it could’ve been so much more. Bullet Club didn’t really get a chance to do much, a big mistake considering they are trying to be pushed as top heels and have two top faces across from them. It was just a paint-by-numbers 8 man tag.

Rating: **

Katsuyori Shibata vs Hirooki Goto

How does match of the year sound? because that’s all I could think after this. The only thing standing in the way is the two other matches the guys have had this year. In terms of a match done purely Strong Style, it does not get any better than this match! The amount of violence in this match, makes some MMA fights look like tea parties. Shibata and Goto beat the snot out of each other, dropped each other on their heads repeatedly, left it all in the ring and I don’t think they are through.

Rating: *****

Kazushi Sakuraba vs Yuji Nagata

Another really good match, featuring the ever beloved Mr. Kazushi Sakuraba returning from a nasty elbow injury. Like all of Saku’s matches, this one was pure Shoot Style but it just seemed to be a little off. I’m not sure if it was timing issues or if Saku was a tad rusty but it just lacked that bit of fluidity and fire that made his match with Nakamura so incredible. Regardless it was a good match and it’s so much fun to see Sakuraba do his thing without being beaten to a pulp/

Rating: ***1/2

IWGP Heavyweight Championship

Kazuchika Okada (c) vs Prince Devitt

I think fans everywhere were expecting this to be fantastic and it delivered on every bit of hype. Shibata vs Goto was perfect Japanese style and fans of that style will love it to bits but any fan of pro wrestling, even just casual fans or people who don’t watch much wrestling, will love this match. It had just the right amount of everything and was fast paced from start to finish, cutting out the normal slow build style most HW title matches have and it worked perfectly for this match. Unlike the 8 man tag, Bullet Club got over huge in this match and Devitt looked ever bit the credible HW gaijin heel.

I fully expect a rematch during the G1 Climax, then probably another at Wrestle Kingdom and I can’t wait!

Rating: ****1/2

Overall Show Rating: ****

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