Growing up, I’ve always watched American Pro Wrestling such as the WWF (now WWE) and WCW. When YouTube was invented, I started seeing my favourite North American wrestlers in a whole different setting: Japanese pro wrestling. Since then, I had dreamed of watching Japanese pro wrestling. My dream came true when I got tickets for the 15th night of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s (NJPW) G1 Climax 29 tournament in Hamamatsu on August 7th. I could not help notice the differences between American and Japanese pro wrestling, and pro-wrestling on TV and live.
On April 27th 2018, the WWE will hold its Greatest Royal Rumble event in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Pro wrestling fans and online magazines expressed their outrage towards the WWE for removing all matches featuring female wrestlers from the event. The WWE even went as far as removing female ring announcers from the event to avoid offending the Saudi government. Could trying to please this government be a form of support towards Wahhabism?
I’m a sucker for all things martial arts and pro wrestling. When I heard that one of my favourite wrestlers, David “Fit” Finlay was a shooter, I began searching the internet for matches in which I could see his catch wrestling wizardry and knowledge of the martial arts. One day, I came across a YouTube video in a language I never heard before (Welsh?) in which Finlay wrestled Masaharu Funaki in a promotion called Reslo. Could it be? Could this Masaharu Funaki who looked, dressed and wrestled like Masakatsu Funaki be THE Masakatsu Funaki? I had to find out.