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Katsuyori Shibata To Address Crowds in NJPW US Tour

New Japan has announced that a company legend will be making a small appearance at each of their US tour dates. Katsuyori Shibata is the head trainer of the company's Dojo in Los Angeles. The former NEVER Openweight Champion will be addressing the crowds before each of the dates in Los...

Katsuyori Shibata To Attend ROH’s Texas ‘Road To G1 Supercard’ Events

Ring Of Honor has announced that popular New Japan Pro Westling star, Katsuyori Shibata, will be in attendance for all three nights of their Texas ‘Road to G1 Supercard’ events this January. Shibata will be in attendance in order to sign autographs and take photos with fans as part of...

NJPW Releases Part One Of “California Dreaming” Documentary

New Japan Pro Wrestling has posted a new video to their YouTube channel. Documenting “The Wrestler” Katsuyori Shibata’s journey segueing into his new role as NJPW LA Dojo’s head coach, it is the first of a two part series and features English subtitles, running for just over 21 minutes. NJPW visited...

Katsuyori Shibata Makes Emotional Appearance at New Japan’s G1 Climax Finals

'The Wrestler' Katsuyori Shibata made his emotional return to NJPW at today's G1 Climax finals. He appeared halfway through the show to greet the crowd and stated "I'm alive! That's all!" Shibata suffered from a subdural hematoma during his last bout with Kazuchika Okada earlier this year and it was reported that...

Shibata Hospitalized After IWGP Title Match At Sakura Genesis

Katsuyori Shibata faced IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada in the main event of yesterday's Sakura Genesis show. After the bout, Shibata reportedly collapsed backstage and was rushed to a local hospital. Shibata was suffering from a subdural hematoma and underwent emergency surgery, he is now recovering but will miss New Japan's...

Zack Sabre Jr Debuts in NJPW and Joins Suzuki-Gun

Zack Sabre Jr made his debut appearance for New Japan Pro Wrestling at today's 45th Anniversary event in Tokyo, where he faced Katsuyori Shibata for Revolution Pro Wrestling's British Heavyweight Championship. During the match Minoru Suzuki interfered on Sabre Jr's behalf and used a Gotch style Piledriver on Shibata, giving Sabre...

NJPW Announces Matches for 45th Anniversary Show

New Japan Pro Wrestling have announced that several title matches will take place on March 6th 2017. The event is to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the promotion and will air live on New Japan World (5am est.) NJPW 45th Anniversary Show Lineup Jushin Liger and Hirai Kawato vs. Tiger...

Matt Riddle: Independent Wrestling’s New Chris Hero? (Editorial)

When it was announced that Chris Hero had re-signed with WWE and would be returning to NXT it created a chasm across the Independent wrestling scene, both in the United States and Europe. After his original departure from WWE back in 2013, Hero toured the world performing for numerous promotions...

NJPW ‘The New Beginning’ in Osaka Results

Here are the results from New Japan Pro Wrestling's 'The New Beginning' event that took place in Osaka, Japan to a gate of around 5,500 people: TAKA Michinoku b. Henare - TAKA took the win in just under 5 minutes after hitting the Heavy Killer Number 1 Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi...

NJPW ‘The New Beginning’ in Sapporo Results

Here are the results from New Japan Pro Wrestling's 'The New Beginning' show that took place in Sapporo, Japan: Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado b KUSHIDA & Hirai Kawato - Desperado hit the Guitara de Angel on Kawato to take the win for his team. He now looks set to...

Revolution Pro Wrestling – High Stakes 2017 Results

Here are the results from Revolution Pro Wrestling's first York Hall show of the year. The promotion has been growing rapidly in popularity over the past year and with this absolutely stacked card that trend looks set to continue: RPW Interim British Cruiserweight Championship Match: Josh Bodom b. Ryan Smile -...

Final Card for Revolution Pro Wrestling’s High Stakes 2017 Event

Here is the final card for this weekend's High Stakes event presented by Revolution Pro Wrestling. Tickets are still available for the event and if you are able to make it to York Hall in Bethnal Green, London then it is certainly worth the trip: British Heavyweight Championship Match - Katsuyori...

NJPW New Beginning Match Cards Confirmed

New Japan have officially announced the cards for their two 'New Beginning' shows that take place on February 5th/11th in Sapporo and Osaka, Japan respectively. Following the events of the New Years Dash show Suzuki-Gun are set to make a huge impact on the landscape of New Japan with the...

NJPW New Year Dash Results

Here are the results from New Japan's annual New Year Dash show. This is traditionally seen as New Japan's version of the 'Raw After Mania' and the main storylines/feuds heading into February's New Beginning shows start to take shape. Kyle O’Reilly, Ricochet & David Finlay b. Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger...

More Matches Announced for Revolution Pro High Stakes 2017

Rev Pro have announced more matches for their January show in the world famous York Hall in Bethnal Green, London. Having already announced two huge bouts in Riddle/Shibata and Scurll/Sabre Jr the mid card for the event is also starting to shape up nicely: Pete Dunne vs Yoshi-Hashi Trevor...