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As noted on a recent announcement from STARDOM, Kairi Sane will be competing at the tournament to crown the first-ever IWGP Women’s Champion. Kairi Sane is undoubtedly one of the most popular joshi wrestlers in the world right now. The Pirate Princess made a huge name for herself ever since debuting at World Wonder Ring Stardom and took her career to the next level when she signed with WWE in 2017. After finding success and winning the NXT Women’s Title and the WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles (alongside Asuka), Kairi Sane left WWE in December 2021 after deciding not to…

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AEW

MJF has been hyping up the great bidding war of 2024 to sign him when his contract expires, but he won’t go to New Japan. MJF recently returned to AEW at All Out by winning the Casino Battle royale with the help of Stokely Hathaway and The Firm. By winning the match MJF now has a guaranteed title shot for the AEW World Championship at a time of his choosing. However, he has made it clear that his winning the title will only be a bargaining chip for his favor from other companies. MJF has been talking about the ‘bidding…

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This morning it was announced that Japan will be allowing individual tourists back to the country, but how does this affect the wrestling business? Japan has recently started to open up its borders for international travelers starting in late August but only with organized tour groups. This morning prime minister Kishida announced that Japan will be allowing individual tourists back into the country. This has been a long time waiting for international tourists and many Japanese citizens as we all have been waiting for many people to see the wonders of Japan. Many Japanese citizens are pleased with individual tourists…

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As informed on a recent statement from New Japan Pro-Wrestling, KUSHIDA will be missing the upcoming 9/23 show due to some health issues. KUSHIDA is definitely one of the many Japanese wrestlers who made a huge name for himself outside of Japan. The Time Splitter left New Japan Pro-Wrestling in 2019 and signed with the WWE, competing in NXT and becoming one of the latest NXT Cruiserweight Champions. However, after losing the title to Roderick Strong and teaming up with Ikemen Jiro, KUSHIDA decided to not-renew his contract with WWE and left the company on April 2022. After leaving WWE,…

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AEW

NJPW’s Great O’Khan has given his thoughts on the AEW roster, claiming the company is full of ‘ill-educated’ wrestlers. It has been a few months now since the historic AEW x NJPW: Forbidden Door event, which became the first ever joint-event between both companies and awarded the fans with one of the best pro wrestling events of the year. Even though the event was full of many promising showdowns, one of the most interesting match-ups to see was the Three-Way Tag Team bout for the AAA, ROH and IWGP Tag Team Titles. The match featured FTR (Cash Wheeler and Dax…

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As noted on a recent tweet from Japanese wrestling apparel company HAOMING, Kenny Omega is now in Japan following his recent AEW suspension. It has been one week since the recent backstage brawl between CM Punk, Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks, which started when Punk slammed the already mentioned people, alongside ‘Hangman’ Adam Page and Colt Cobana, during the AEW All Out Media Scrum. The whole situation got to a huge breaking point when Omega and The Young Bucks threatened AEW President Tony Khan with leaving the company shortly after the heated confrontation. In the end, with no official…

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Jonah was supposed to move up to the main roster from NXT, which is why his North American title reign was so short. NJPW’s Jonah (FKA Bronson Reed) was once destined for greatness in WWE, but that ended when he was released. Before being cut, many thought he would be headed to the main roster after losing the NXT North American Championship. He only held the title for 42 days before dropping it and was working dark matches for the main roster. Sadly, he would find himself as part of the massive string of releases WWE conducted that year. Many…

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While speaking with Wrestling Republic’s Eric Novak, Japanese sensation Konosuke Takeshita stated he wants to live and wrestle in America. Konosuke Takeshita has been on a hell of a roll recently, with a successful four month tour to the United States of America as a prove of that. During those four months, Konosuke Takeshita was able to make his debut in All Elite Wrestling, putting in amazing performances on his matches at AEW’s Dynamite, Rampage and Dark shows against some of the company’s toughest competitors. However, after returning to Japan, Takeshita has joined Wrestling Republic’s Eric Novak at his ‘All…

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NJPW & Stardom have announced a tournament to crown the first ever IWGP Women’s Champion. The Japanese wrestling scene exploded when the IWGP Women’s Championship was created and sent shockwaves through Joshi Wrestling and wrestling as a whole. We have been wondering on how the first inaugural champion would be crowned, then the answer was finally announced during last night’s (as of writing) press conference regarding Historic X Over Chairman Sugabayashi and Stardom president Hiroshi Ogawa announced that the first ever champion for the IWGP Women’s Champion would be crowned with a tournament with the first-round matchup being held in…

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NJPW will kick off 2023 going back to their traditional one-night Wrestle Kingdom show. During the G1 CLIMAX 32 Finals, it was announced that New Japan Pro Wrestling’s biggest show of the year Wrestle Kingdom will be returning on its one-night 1.4 (January 4th) format along with the return of New Years Dash at Ota-ku General Gymnasium. NJPW’s Wrestle Kingdom was traditionally a one-night event where it would be their biggest show of the year, basically the Wrestlemania of Japan. The one-night format would be switched to a 2-night event in 2020 where a “Double Gold Dash” where both IWGP…

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