• Staab: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Pro Wrestling

    A Cold War era poetry quote isn’t exactly where I thought I’d find inspiration to start off an article on the subject of pro wrestling. Yet, the events of the world have transpired to put both you and I here. “How can we live in this fear? Says one....
  • What To Expect From New Japan’s Best Of The Super Juniors XXIV

    The card for the New Japan Pro-Wrestling Wrestling Dontaku show that just passed didn’t have me entirely excited. I knew going in that Kenny Omega vs. Tomohiro Ishii would be great and it was, but what had me most excited was the announcement of all the participants for the...
  • Q&A: r/NJPW’s EvanDeadlySins Talks State of New Japan

    With three major Wrestling Dontaku shows happening in the next week, New Japan Pro-Wrestling is set to kick off it’s busiest time of year. Fans of the promotion won’t get a rest after the big Dontaku show on May 3 with Best of the Super Juniors, Dominion in Osaka,...
  • Staab: Should Certain Pro Wrestling Moves Be Banned? Yes.

    The age-old question that divides society:  What role should the government play in people’s lives? Fundamentally, the debate over how to answer this question is what has divided people in this country since it’s founding. Considering it is such an important question that helps identify one’s overall outlook on...
  • Staab: Okada Masterful at Sakura Genesis, Shibata Takes ‘Strong Style’ Crown

    Expectations can either make you or break you. For every LeBron James, there’s a handful of players like Michael Olowokandi. Remember him? Probably not, my point exactly. Katsuyori Shibata, who was once labeled as one of the “New Three Musketeers” along with Hiroshi Tanahashi and Shinsuke Nakamura, has in...
  • Preview: New Japan’s Sakura Genesis ’17

    The event formerly known as Invasion Attack, Sakura Genesis, looks to be an exciting Sunday morning for fans of New Japan Pro Wrestling who already have their alarms set nice and early. While opening matches featuring the likes of Tanga Toa, El Desperado, Taichi, and Yano justify hitting “Snooze”...
  • Staab: The Match We Never Knew We Wanted

    Wrestling feuds are at their absolute best when the line between what’s real and what’s fake gets blurred. The crowning feud of the WWE in the 1990s, Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs the Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels, represented the pinnacle of that line-blurring storytelling that Vince McMahon has never...
  • Review: Some Hits, Misses In 2017 New Japan Cup

    Within all pro wrestling organizations, there exist multiple hierarchies: one pay-per-view means more than another. A particular championship is more sought after than another. Within the hierarchy of yearly singles tournaments in New Japan Pro Wrestling, the New Japan Cup sits firmly below both the G1 Climax and the Best...