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WWW/PITR Korakuen Hall Attendance Tracker: July 2017

In January, we launched the Wrestling With Words/Puro In The Rough Korakuen Hall Tracker. The goal of this tracker to show the attendance numbers in the most used building for professional wrestling in Japan but also present what the trends would be for Japanese wrestling through charts and to show which wrestling shows fans in Tokyo decide to spend their money on. For the record, here is the data that I collected for the month of July and these numbers are cross referenced with what Weekly Pro
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PRO-WRESTLING MASTERS Review (February 8, 2017)

On December 7, 2016, Keiji Muto held a press conference with Riki Choshu to announce his project called PRO-WRESTLING MASTERS to showcase the masters of the ring aka the legends from the past and later went on to say that he wants a Japanese Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame to go along with it. When I heard about this, immediately I had visions of Tatsumi Fujinami’s MUGA/Dradition, the Original Tiger Mask Satoru Sayama’s Real Japan Pro Wrestling, and even Legend The Pro Wrestling (a promotion Fujinami
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WWW/PITR Korakuen Hall Attendance Tracker: January 2017

In Japan, it is hard to dispute that Korakuen Hall is the most used building for wrestling year in and year out. A total of 183 wrestling shows were held in Korakuen Hall during 2016 alone. Many promotions have filled (or attempted to) the seats dating back to 1962 with the greatest wrestlers to ever live. The range of wrestling goes from traditional places like New Japan, deathmatch federations like Big Japan, women’s wrestling promotions like Stardom, independent one time event shows and even
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Stardom 6th Anniversary (January 15) Review & Results

Coming off the heels of a good card with the Io Shirai vs. Mayu Iwatani Match of the Year Candidate to end 2016, Stardom came to Korakuen Hall for their 6th Anniversary. During this month’s tour, Queen’s Quest captured the Artist of Stardom Trios Titles from Oedo Tai as Kyoko Kimura had her last match in Stardom. This in a way, set up this card’s main event as Io Shirai tries to retain her World of Stardom Title for the 10th time against Oedo Tai’s Viper, who she already defeated in a good match
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Stardom Year End Climax Review & Results (12/22/16): The Queen Ace That Runs The Place

It’s been a significant amount of time since I last reviewed a Stardom event. At the time, questions surrounded the promotion as Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported before the October Showdown Korakuen Hall Show that World of Stardom Champion Io Shirai and Wonder of Stardom Champion Kairi Hojo were not only offered contracts by the WWE but Shirai told the promotion that she would be leaving as Kairi Hojo was still being persuaded by management (Owner Rossy Ogawa and Genera
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Stardom October Showdown Review, Results (October 30, 2016): And What’s the Future for Stardom?

At the last Korakuen Hall Show, Yoko Bito was crowned the Stardom 5* Star Grand Prix Tournament Champion and her challenging Io Shirai for the World of Stardom Championship on this show might have been the coronation of Bito becoming the new ace of the promotion. Another twist to the story was when Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported days before the show that Shirai and Wonder of Stardom Champion Kairi Hojo were offered contracts from the WWE for 2017. There were rumors go
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Megumi Kudo vs. Combat Toyoda: Backstory and Parallel to Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte HIAC

Wrestling fans across the world will be on edge as Sasha Banks and Charlotte will compete in the first ever women’s Hell in a Cell match for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship. This match was made weeks ago when Sasha challenged Charlotte on Raw with Mick Foley as Raw General Manager approving the dangerous match in storyline. It was later met with excitement as Foley would announce in a Facebook post that the two women would be the main event match at the Hell in a Cell PPV, a first in WWE PPV hi
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Stardom 5*Star Grand Prix Finals Review, Results (September 22, 2016): Bito vs. Blanchard

This year’s Stardom 5* Star Grand Prix had a cloud of unfortunate circumstances hovering over the tournament as Lucha Underground’s Ivelisse dropped out of the field at the last minute, Courtney Stewart left the tournament midway through (with conflicting reports whether she had family circumstances to take care of or she left the tour after backstage confrontations with Tessa Blanchard according to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter) and Kairi Hojo suffering a concussion vs. Io S
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Stardom 5*Star Grand Prix Day 3 Review, Results (August 28, 2016): Bito vs. Iwatani

Through the first two nights of the Stardom 5*Star Grand Prix, the story of the tournament has been the newcomers at the top of the standings of the tournament as Tessa Blanchard and Toni Storm lead their respective blocks with Io Shirai coming off of tailbone surgery while still being the cocky ace of Stardom as she proclaimed on Day 1 that she will be waiting for anyone in the Finals. Here are the current standings so far: The show starts with Kris Wolf continuing with the entertaining, off
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WWW/PITR Korakuen Hall Attendance Tracker: February 2017

Last month, we launched the Wrestling With Words/Puro In The Rough Korakuen Hall Tracker. The goal of this tracker to show the attendance numbers in the most used building for professional wrestling in Japan but also present what the trends would be for Japanese wrestling through charts and to show which wrestling shows fans in Tokyo decide to spend their money on. For the record, here is the data that I collected for the month of February and these numbers are cross referenced with what Weekly
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Stardom Io Shirai 10th Anniversary Show Review (March 9, 2017)

The future of Stardom has been in question ever since Dave Meltzer reported in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter back in October that World of Stardom Champion Io Shirai and Wonder of Stardom Champion Kairi Hojo were offered WWE contracts. The fallout of this news gave fans pause as the threat of the two top wrestlers in the company would be leaving for the biggest wrestling company in the world. That news came within a week of a show where most people thought Io was losing the World of Stardom
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WWW/PITR Korakuen Hall Attendance Tracker: June 2017

In January, we launched the Wrestling With Words/Puro In The Rough Korakuen Hall Tracker. The goal of this tracker to show the attendance numbers in the most used building for professional wrestling in Japan but also present what the trends would be for Japanese wrestling through charts and to show which wrestling shows fans in Tokyo decide to spend their money on. For the record, here is the data that I collected for the month of June and these numbers are cross referenced with what Weekly Pro
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WWW/PITR Korakuen Hall Attendance Tracker: May 2017

In January, we launched the Wrestling With Words/Puro In The Rough Korakuen Hall Tracker. The goal of this tracker to show the attendance numbers in the most used building for professional wrestling in Japan but also present what the trends would be for Japanese wrestling through charts and to show which wrestling shows fans in Tokyo decide to spend their money on. For the record, here is the data that I collected for the month and these numbers are cross referenced with what Weekly Pro Wrestli
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I Grew Old (And I’m Finally Ok With It)

The following is my response opinion piece to Quentin Moody’s article called “I Grew Wings” in which he explained his affection and connection with the second Kenny Omega vs Kazuchika Okada match from June 11th Dominion show. It’s been one week since New Japan Pro Wrestling put on a great show called “Dominion” in front of a sold out crowd at Osaka-jō Hall with the main event of Kenny Omega vs. Kazuchika Okada being once again the talk of the wrestling community. They put on a performance that
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WWW/PITR Korakuen Hall Attendance Tracker: April 2017

In January, we launched the Wrestling With Words/Puro In The Rough Korakuen Hall Tracker. The goal of this tracker to show the attendance numbers in the most used building for professional wrestling in Japan but also present what the trends would be for Japanese wrestling through charts and to show which wrestling shows fans in Tokyo decide to spend their money on. For the record, here is the data that I collected for the month and these numbers are cross referenced with what Weekly Pro Wrestli
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Manami Toyota Final Countdown Review Series: Early Beginnings

As we previously announced a couple of weeks ago, Wrestling With Words is doing a review series of notable matches from Manami Toyota’s incredible career until her retirement in November. The goal of this review series to look back on through the matches, get different perspectives, and ultimately see if she stands the greatest women’s wrestler of all time and one of the greatest overall. We jump to December 11, 1988 to see Toyota with a year’s worth of experience as she debuted on August 5, 19
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WWW/PITR Korakuen Hall Attendance Tracker: March 2017

In January, we launched the Wrestling With Words/Puro In The Rough Korakuen Hall Tracker. The goal of this tracker to show the attendance numbers in the most used building for professional wrestling in Japan but also present what the trends would be for Japanese wrestling through charts and to show which wrestling shows fans in Tokyo decide to spend their money on. For the record, here is the data that I collected for the month and these numbers are cross referenced with what Weekly Pro Wrestli
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Announcing The Manami Toyota Final Countdown Review Series

As we drew close to our WrestleMania weekend coverage, the news of a women’s tournament created by the WWE marks a new dawn for women’s wrestling. This site and other wrestling websites have chronicled the recent growth of women’s wrestling with WWE being in the forefront as the industry leader which is a contrast to their own history. But as one sun rises, another sun sets as a wrestler that influenced many of the women you see today across the world (WWE included) announced on March 17 that sh
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Stardom The Highest Review (03/20/2017)

Fresh off Io Shirai’s 10th Anniversary Show that occurred on March 9, Stardom came back to Korakuen Hall with 820 spectators for Shirai to defend her World of Stardom Championship against Kairi Hojo. For the 5th time in 4 years, Hojo and Shirai would facing against each other in a main event singles match going back to their first main event in the 2014 Stardom 5 * Star Grand Prix. All time against each other, Shirai is 3-2 against Hojo coming into this show, but Hojo is the last person to beat
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Stardom 5*Star Grand Prix Day 1 Review, Results (August 21, 2016): Ray vs. Iwatani

The summer months in Puroresu usually marks tournament time for most of the promotions in Japan and it’s no different for the biggest Joshi puroresu promotion, STARDOM, as their fifth annual 5*Star Grand Prix kicked off on August 21, 2016. The 5*Star GP is a standard Round Robin tournament that is divided into two blocks (Red Stars and Blue Stars) with a win earning two points, a loss earning zero points, and a draw earning one point. Tournament matches are a 15 minute time limit and the finals