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NJPW Resurgence Review: Carrying the Torch

After a year and a half without running a show in front of a live audience in America, New Japan Pro Wrestling finally earned a gate in the U.S. with NJPW Resurgence. The event featured matches that had been promoted on NJPW’s pandemic-born studio show NJPW Strong, as well as,…

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Working With Marty Scurll: The Most Baffling Decision Yet Of NJPW’s International Expansion

During the buildup to Jon Moxley vs. Kenta, New Japan Pro Wrestling started promoting its pre-taped American studio wrestling show, NJPW Strong, harder than ever. Since airing its first episode in August 2020, Strong had gradually established a roster of NJPW guys who live in the U.S., LA Dojo trainees,…

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Details on Marty Scurll’s Role at Recent NJPW Tapings

Marty Scurll hasn’t had a televised wrestling match since February 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic drove his then-home company Ring of Honor to go on hiatus. It became unclear if or when he would be seen in the ring again when he and ROH “mutually decided to part ways” after…

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Welcomed with Open Arms: The Importance of NJPW Ignoring Allegations Against International Talent

As the 2020 G1 Climax approached, fans wondered how New Japan Pro Wrestling‘s annual heavyweight tournament would look in the time of a global pandemic. Travel restrictions in place because of COVID-19 had kept members of the NJPW roster who lived outside of Japan from entering the country for months,…

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NJPW Strong 8/21 Review: Florida Man Wins Red Briefcase

The August 21 episode of NJPW Strong brings the LEC Presents New Japan Cup 2020 In The USA to a close and with two post-match attacks, sets up some feuds for the show’s next phase. It also answers the question that discerning fans have been asking for months: would Jay…

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NJPW Strong 8/14 Review: When Gachimuchi Isn’t Enough

NJPW Strong‘s second episode (and first of the post-Yoshi-Hashi title win era of the human history) features dojo boys, indie wrestlers, and the semi-finals of the American New Japan Cup. A less eventful show than the pilot, it raises the question of how New Japan Pro Wrestling‘s stateside TV will…

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NJPW Strong Review: Bullet Boys, Collected

As the New Japan Pro Wrestling‘s tournament for the NEVER 6-Man Tag Team Championship began, so did NJPW Strong, the company’s new weekly American TV show. The first episode aired on August 7, featuring the first round of the tournament to become the next challenger for the IWGP U.S. Championship…

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