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  1. Just finished Schneider’s Way of the Blade in three sittings. I have some issues with the formatting but the writing is excellent and reminds me why I fell in love with this place over 20 years ago. I’d definitely read another volume that delved deeper into sleazy lucha…
  2. I'll kick things off with my very early-2000s heavy list: Atlantis, Black Warrior, Emilio Charles Jr, Dr Cerebro, Dr Wagner Jr, Rey Bucanero, Satanico, Shocker, Super Crazy, and Villano III.
  3. Thanks Curt! I’m so happy that it hit the spot for someone other than me! If I’m honest, there’ll probably be at least four books… I’ve already written the first 2 chapters of the second, which will cover W*ING, WAR, Oriental-Pro, NOW, Michinoku-Pro, Pro-Wrestling Crusaders, IWA: Japan, IWA: Kokusai, and more!
  4. Aww, bless you! I get roughly the same amount from both so it's up to you what you prefer - I always go hard copy!
  5. My book on the history of Japanese independent wrestling is now available as an eBook from the Kindle store: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09WQCZC4W Here's the blurb: "In 1983, as the result of a dispute between the executives of New Japan Pro-Wrestling, the first independent wrestling promotion in Japan for over a decade was formed. This set off a chain of events that heralded a new era for the sport, sparking a revolution that took pro-wrestling in a thousand new directions. Featuring histories of the UWF, FMW, RINGS, and more, this is the story of the first 10 promotions of the independent era and the men who created them…"
  6. Issue 14 of the UK's premier* wrestling fact 'zine is out NOW! Featuring a history of wrestling mummies, Tiger Mask(s), the early days of Brian Christopher, and the story behind the first wrestling action figures in the US! (* only) 44 pages, black & white, 10pt Trebuchet MS You can get a copy posted to your house by sending £3.50 (£4.50 for anywhere outside the UK) through PayPal to [email protected] Please tick the "sending to a friend or family" box and put your address in the notes so I know where to send it to! Alternatively, you can use the webstore at wrestlingcanbeanything.bigcartel.com, but it costs an extra 50p! I also do PDF copies for £1 each! Also, my book is still available if you want the full (and I mean FULL) story of Japanese independent wrestling - bit.ly/BldThndr
  7. Thanks for your kind words and I'm glad the level of detail isn't too much! It became a worry when I realised that the story of these promotions (and there are another 40 before the 90s runs out) would be bible-length but I kept finding little details that needed to be included! And, yes, Lulu's print-on-demand means books like this can be made with limited money up front - it's a lovely system!
  8. So I wrote a book, the story of the first 10 promotions of the Japanese independent wrestling era, featuring the histories of the UWF, FMW, RINGS, UWFi and more. 500 pages! If you've got any interest in pro-wrestling, or are just curious about weird scenes, this might be the book for you! Just £15 ($20 US) + p&p! Physical copies only for now but digital to follow! (Oh, and it’s dedicated to DEAN~!, Rippa, Schneider, Rev Ray, Ganc, Pogo Pete, and Naimark because the DVDVR was life) https://www.lulu.com/.../paperback/product-nekjv7.html
  9. We're back! Issue 13 of Wrestling Can Be Anything is chock-full of the usual FACT FUN, including a career retrospective of Jushin Thunder Liger, a run-down of all the times Superman and wrestling have collided, and a look at the various gimmicks of Ron "The Yetay!" Reis. Throw in the story of lucha's Nazi teen idol and Big Daddy's assault on the charts and you have an issue for the ages! 40 pages, black & white, 10pt Trebuchet MS You can get a copy posted to your house by sending £3.50 (£4.50 for anywhere outside the UK) through PayPal to [email protected] Please tick the "sending to a friend or family" box and put your address in the notes so I know where to send it to! Alternatively, you can use the webstore at wrestlingcanbeanything.bigcartel.com, but it costs an extra 50p! I also do PDF copies for £1 each!
  10. I reached out to the guy and they've sold out! But he's looking into producing a "print your own" version for us non-Japanese Parent & Child fans...
  11. They said he hung himself in a schoolyard and they showed him throwing a rope noose over a tree. I mean, it’s sad enough as it is.
  12. I just spent six weeks writing about FMW for a project that never seems to end and the episode was fun, if slight. The only reaction you can have to Onita is: I love you but FUCK you. Fuyuki's book continues the narrative that Arai was too nice and a bad businessman, but in all honesty he screwed Arai as much as Onita, making the shows all about himself, but without the monetary success of the Onita years. The episode was described as Onita's FMW, though, so I guess they achieved their brief. The story of FMW's final hours, and Arai's mad dash around Tokyo to get the money to pay off the loan sharks, deserved an airing, and the inaccuracy about Arai's suicide made me mad, but I enjoyed the show.
  13. Hello hive mind… does anyone know where I could find results from the 80/90s Japan Women’s Pro-Wrestling, pre the split into JWP and LLPW?
  14. His dad Don was, and Dan Haggerty wrestled bears in exhibitions and was a member of the Calufilower Alley Club. Buy my 'zine.
  15. Not sure if this is the right place to ask but who can tell me anything about Lato Kiraware and Lawi Napataya from Fujiwara-gumi?
  16. If anyone would like to read more about Nick Gage, I did a two-part biography for my 'zine, which I've put up on a blog thing: Part 1 and Part 2
  17. SCREAM FOR ME, LONG BEACH! The VERY METAL issue of WCBA is here, with the full run down on ALL of WCW's heavy metal gimmicks, the lowdown on WARHORSE, the disaster that was the WWF's collaboration with Chaos! Comics, and the collision of wrestling and GWAR! 44 pages, black & white, 10pt Trebuchet MS You can get a copy posted to your house by sending £3.50 (£4.50 for anywhere outside the UK) through PayPal to [email protected] Please tick the "sending to a friend or family" box and put your address in the notes so I know where to send it to! Alternatively, you can use the webstore at wrestlingcanbeanything.bigcartel.com, but it costs an extra 50p! I also do PDF copies for £1 each!
  18. I’d like to introduce you to Cole Radrick. Who even wears a NASCAR-style ring jacket.
  19. Masa Fuchi after the splitters left to form NOAH. 36 years old and carried that company for the first year, post-split.
  20. Issue 11 of the ongoing scientific study to prove that Wrestling Can Be Anything dips into the NOW! with a look at the Marvel Comics/AAA lucha crossover, and then travels back in time for a story that involves Nazis, fake Nazis, champion boxers, skyscraper-heisters, and ghoststoppers, as well as finishing up the histories of W*ING & Kevin Sullivan! 44 pages, black & white, 10pt Trebuchet MS You can get a copy posted to your house by sending £3.50 (£4.50 for anywhere outside the UK) through PayPal to [email protected] Please tick the "sending to a friend or family" box and put your address in the notes so I know where to send it to! Alternatively, you can use the webstore at wrestlingcanbeanything.bigcartel.com, but it costs an extra 50p! I also do PDF copies for £1 each!
  21. Double post! Cagematch's entries for these monsters are all over the place. They list Bob Baragail as working a lot of them in W*ING when he only really turned up right at the end. They undersell Rafael Rodriguez's tenure as Jason considerably.
  22. Working out Puerto Rico history is tricky but Chicky Starr took credit for the gimmick, bringing in Moffat from a New Japan tour to play Jason. Moffat said he hadn't even seen any Jason movies at that time and had to rent them in Japanese while in Tokyo. After a six month run in PR, he took the gimmick back to Calgary.
  23. It was Doug Gilbert, as one of the masked Nightmares with Danny Davis.
  24. I just finished writing a history of W*ING for my 'zine (cheap plug: wrestlingcanbeanything.bigcartel.com) and based it around the various monsters. The first Freddy was Tommy Gilbert in Memphis, and Memphis also had the first Leatherface (Mike Samples). Jason started in Puerto Rico with Karl Moffat under the hood, and The Boogie Man (Eddie Gilbert), Crypt Keeper (Jose Estrada Jr), and Grave Digger were W*ING originals.
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