Place to be Nation WrestleMania Week Update

It’s WrestleMania weekend and we have you covered with EVERYTHIIG Mania related. Here’s a taste of what you can find at

Dan’s WrestleMania XXXI Preview: 
The Definitive Ranking of the WrestleManias: 
The Five Count: Undertaker’s WrestleMania Opponents: 
The Great WrestleMania Re-Book series: 
Audio: PTBN Main Event – WrestleMania 30 Preview
Audio: Good Will Wrestling – WrestleMania vs. Starrcade
Audio: Good Will Wrestling: Bad Booking in WrestleMania
22-1 or 21-2?: The Future of WWE Collides with its Past at WrestleMania 31
The Ranking of Randy Savage’s WrestleMania Matches:
Audio: Wrestling Culture Podcast – The Complete WrestleMania Weekend Preview

Muraco’s Monday Morning Matches of the Week – [s2, e12]

NOAH: Naomichi Marufuji (c) vs. Minoru Suzuki – [3/15/15]
Shit yeah, buddy! Undoubtedly, one the best build-ups to any match so far this year. Finally, they collide. Minoru Suzuki’s invasion of NOAH has culminated in a title match against longtime NOAH pillar and current World Champion Naomichi Marufuji. Can the champ fend off Suzuki Gun and protect the honor of Pro Wrestling NOAH, or will the sadistic Suzuki bring the World Title back home to SZKG?

{NOAH} GHC Heavyweight Championship: (c… by Mosquitopilate1

While we’re at it, CLICK HERE for the playlist of the whole show, including the rest of Suzuki Gun going for all the other respective titles, and a fun curiosity match as Shelton Benjamin opposes ZERO1 Tag Team Champions “Dangan Yankees” Masato Tanaka & Takashi Sugiura.

WRESTLE-1: Keiji Muto (c) vs. KAI – [3/8/]
Gotta give Muto credit, from buying out WNC to fill out the undercard (a great move, as time has proven), to bringing in ZERO1 talent to strengthen the upper card (can never have too much ZERO1 on TV), to putting the title on the biggest star in the company -himself- and building it up as a cherished possession, the W-1 brand is worlds ahead of where it was when it started back in 2013. Hell, he even brought Bound For Glory to Kōrakuen Hall. Now we have our strongest contender to date, gunning for Muto’s title; KAI, who you could look at like a Wade Barrett type, always in the uppercard with all the tools to be “the guy”, but hasn’t been given the keys to the mansion yet. Does Muto pass the torch, or will he continue his improbable 2015 world title reign?

Keiji Muto (c) vs. KAI (Wrestle-1) by JAHMAL1111

BJW: Kazuki Hashimoto, Daisuke Sekimoto & Hideyoshi Kamitani vs. Yuji Okabayashi & Speed of Sounds – [3/10/15]
Big Japan is in the midst of its round-robin Deathmatch tournament, similar to the G1 Climax. Some of that shit has been insane. People rubbing barbed-wire, ladders and chairs is to be expected, but where they hook this customer is the creativity. Bloody wounds being doused in salt & lemon juice. It’s entertainment, and it can be found at the best “Official” You Tube page of any wrestling promotion:

However, even more entertaining for my tastes, we have Kazuki Hashimoto, Daisuke Sekimoto and Yuji Okabayashi, all in the same match. While this one doesn’t go 20+ minutes of stiff strikes and unflappable manliness, they’re still clearly speaking my language here. Plus, Kazuki & Sekimoto reunite as a tag team in the NOAH round-robin Tag Tourney next month, which should provide one or two pretty killer tag matches, if not more.

Daisuke Sekimoto, Kazuki Hashimoto & Hideyoshi… by JAHMAL1111

Next week is going to be a blast! KASSEN 2: ZERO1 vs. WRESTLE-1, a two day event.

Muraco’s Monday Matches of the Week – [s2, e11]

If you haven’t seen it already, be sure to check out the 2015 New Japan Cup at for only $8 per month. Some hilarious upsets, and strong tournament matches, all leading to NJPW’s next big show, “Invasion Attack” on April 5th. The winner of the tournament can choose to face IWGP Champion AJ Styles, Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura, or NEVER Openweight Champion Tomohiro Ishii. Serious respect to the latter two, as they have built up their respective titles to have as much worth as almost any other title in the world. Moving along…

BJW: Daisuke Sekimoto, Yuji Okabayashi & Kamitani vs. Kohei Sato, Kazuki Hashimoto & Ryuchi Kawakami – [3/1/15]

Some of the top guys in the industry matching up again in this one. ZERO1 World Champion Kohei Sato, supreme ass kicker Kazuki Hashimoto, and maybe the toughest tag team in the world in Sekimoto & Okabayashi. 

BJW: Yuko Miyamoto (c) vs. Jaki Numazawa – [3/1/15]

Here is the main event for that show, BJW Deathmatch World Champion Yuko Miyamoto facing the #1 contender Jaki Numazawa in a Needle Hell Deathmatch. This one features some very creative involvement from Mother Nature, as we’ve apparently gone gathering in the forest in preparation for this contest.


NOAH: Naomichi Marufuji, Katsuhiko Nakajima & Atsushi Kotoge vs. Minoru Suzuki, Takashi Iizuka & Taichi – [3/7/15]

As we get closer to the epic showdown of Minoru Suzuki challenging Naomichi Marufuji for the GHC World Heavyweight Championship, here is a look at their last two tag team encounters before the big show.

Naomichi Marufuji, Katsuhiko Nakajima & Atsushi… by JAHMAL1111

NOAH: Naomichi Marufuji & Muhammed Yone vs. Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka – [3/8/15]
Naomichi Marufuji & Muhammed Yone vs… by JAHMAL1111

MMA Fight Week Preview (plea for a plug)

Hey Scott, you have helped me in the past when you linked my CM Punk article. I was wondering (if time permits) if you could do the same for my fight week preview. While this weekend is not going to move the needle, it is a stacked lineup. It's been a while since we've seen an event that is a real value as far as start to finish.

I personally find the fights (and the sport) more compelling when I take a little time to study the technical aspects. I've written this article to be a user friendly overview, but I've included links throughout that allow the reader to read more into the subject (articles written by people smarter than me).

I also write as a lifelong pro wrestling fan, and a consumer who understands that sometimes the UFC company line is bullshit.

If you give me a plug, I'd appreciate it. 

​I was actually debating whether to fling my $10 a month, monkey-poo style, at either NJ World or Fight Pass, and went with NJ because I just can't see myself sitting through prelims and at least NJ World gives you the whole show live.  
Anyway, yeah, I'm looking forward to Overeem v. Nelson, actually.  Also, Rousey's buyrate numbers keep going up, with Dave now saying they're above Silva v. Diaz, which would put it probably over 800,000 buys by my feeble maths.  Go Ronda!  ​

Muraco’s Monday Morning Matches of the Week – [s2, e10]

Two big events this week. First off, as shown here, the ZERO1 14th anniversary show was pretty damn good. I recommend the entire show to anyone trying to catch up to what’s going on in Z1. Both of the Junior singles titles are on the line as Minoru Tanaka challenges double champion Jason Lee, both sets of tag titles (Junior & Heavyweight) are on the line as well, and U.N. champion Hideki Suzuki meets his most formidable opponent to date. Secondly, the New Japan Cup is going on this week, and it’s been great so far, exceeding my low expectations for it. For all New Japan shows (there’s been three or four live shows this week on the network), go to and sign up for $8 per month.

ZERO1: “Dangan Yankees” Masato Tanaka & Takashi Sugiura (c) vs. Daisuke Sekimoto & Kohei Sato – [3/1/15]
For the NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Championships, ZERO1’s version of the world tag titles. Another high quality main event from the good folks at ZERO1. After taking home all the trophies in Japan for 2014 Tag Team of the Year, Dangan Yankees look set to make another run at all the awards again this year. Killer tag matches like this one certainly won’t hurt their case. I was pleased to see that this show was well received by online puro fans, as Z1 normally gets slept on. Perhaps all the hard work and quality matches are starting to add up.

“Dangan Yankees” Masato Tanaka & Takashi… by JAHMAL1111

ZERO1: Hideki Suzuki vs. Masakatsu Funaki – [3/1/15]

This was a nice little piece of business right here. The NWA U.N. Champion Hideki Suzuki has been in some heated confrontations over the last two months with former AJPW Triple Crown Champion & founder of Pancrase, WON Hall of Famer Masakatsu Funaki. While their violent exchanges in recent tag matches have provided some entertaining moments, it was all leading to this very match right here. This is a different kind of deal. Not so much pro wrestling, more of a fight for honor. Not intended to go 30 minutes or hit five snowflakes, just an old school blowoff between two world class mixed martial artists.

This show in general was an extremely fun and breezy 2 hours of pro wrestling, as is always the case with ZERO1. Well worth checking out the whole show, if interested.

Hideki Suzuki vs. Masakatsu Funaki (ZERO1) by JAHMAL1111

DDT: Kota Ibushi & Daisuke Sasaki vs. Konosuke Takeshita & Antonio Honda – []

of Kota Ibushi & the 19-year old Takeshita will enjoy this one, and
while I hate Honda’s gimmick/persona, truth is he can go in the ring.
Good match right here.

Kota Ibushi & Daisuke Sasaki Vs Antonio Honda… by JAHMAL1111

Muraco’s Monday Morning Matches of the Week – [s2, e9]

The Tuesday Night Edition, as Blogger has been acting up over here the last 2 days. Nonetheless we move on, featuring one of the most beautiful segments of the year, a must see tear-jerker.

DG: BxB Hulk (c) vs. Uhaa Nation – [3/1/15]

A great title match, and more importantly the post-match is one of the most fantastic things you will ever see in this business. Go out of your way to watch the second video posted.

BxB Hulk (c) vs. Uhaa Nation (Dragon Gate) by JAHMAL1111

Uhaa Nation Graduation Ceremony (Dragon Gate) by JAHMAL1111


DG: Kzy (c) vs. Akira Tozawa – [2/28/15]
A trimmed down version of the always loveable Tozawa challenges for the Brave Gate title (DG’s version of the Cruiserweight title).
If you follow Tozawa at all, I’m sure you can appreciate his quest for singles gold. Very easy to root for here.

Kzy (c) vs Akira Tozawa (Dragon Gate) by JAHMAL1111 


Z1 vs. W1: Masato Tanaka vs. Shuji Kondo – [2/22/15]
The adventure continues for Masato Tanaka fans, as he defends ZERO1’s honor against the always impressive Shuji Kondo of Wrestle-1, who casual fans may recognize as the long time tag partner of former Jung Dragon Kaz Hayashi. Manly shit right here, as is always the case with Tanaka matches.

Shuji Kondo vs. Masato Tanaka (Wrestle-1) by JAHMAL1111

BJW: Isami Kodaka, Yuko Miyamoto & Kankuro Hoshino vs. Jaki Numazawa, Masashi Takeda & Takumi Tsukamoto – [2/9/15]
And finally, some death match violence for all of you purists out there. Kodaka & Miyamoto are one of the most underrated tag teams in the world, and Miyamoto is the Death Match World Champ in BJW right now, for those of you keeping track of this kind of stuff.

Muraco’s Monday Morning Matches of the Week – [s2, e8]

TITLE MATCHES! 4 big title matches here. Three great matches, and one of the biggest stories of the year when a main event title match ends in a legit bloody shoot (!) that will be referenced for years to come.

ZERO1: Kohei Sato (c) vs. Masato Tanaka – [2/8/15]

For the ZERO1 World Heavyweight Championship, as Sato defends against the legendary Tanaka. This match had everything I love about wrestling: Hardway blood from legit headbutts, vintage Masato Tanaka no-selling, and 2.9999 counts. Super heated down the stretch.

NOTE: The bullshit pop-up spam stops about halfway through.


BJW: Shuji Ishikawa (c) vs. Yuji Okabayashi – [2/2/15]

Big Hoss Style! Another absolutely killer match. Shuji Ishikawa defends his BJW Strong Style Championship against the recently returning Yuji Okabayashi. Two big fuckers beating the living shit out of each other. Another one that has the crowd losing their minds by the end.

Shuji Ishikawa (c) vs. Yuji Okabayashi (BJW) by JAHMAL1111

AJPW: Go Shiozaki (c) vs. Zeus – [2/7/15]

For the AJPW Triple Crown World Heavyweight championship. Granted, Shiozaki looks to be calling each move one-by-one, but you gotta give credit to the former ZERO1 U.N. champion Zeus (NOT Tiny Lister from HBO’s 1st & 10), dude has a ton of star power and moves well in there. Shiozaki puts together a pretty good match here, and Zeus plays his role to a tee.

Go Shiozaki (c) vs. Zeus (AJPW) by JAHMAL1111

STARDOM: Yoshiko (c) vs. Act Yasukawa – [2/22/15]

Finally, this one is the story of the week by far. For reasons we don’t fully know yet, Yoshiko & Act Yasukawa don’t even waste time trading holds, they just legit THROW DOWN. An ugly, ugly scene as Yoshiko absolutely thrashes Yasukawa, breaking multiple bones in her face.

Stardom Highlights (2-22-15) (Act Yasukawa… by Mosquitopilate1

Muraco’s Monday Morning Matches of the Week – [s2, e7]

President’s Day weekend.. Tuesday Edition.. For those who missed it, Tomohiro Ishii vs. Tomoaki Honma from 2/14/15 was one of the greatest matches you will every see, and a strong MOTYC. The easiest way to track it down is to drop ¥999 ($8 or so, U.S.) on a subscription to You’d also be able to check out AJ Styles regaining his IWGP Heavyweight Championship this week by defeating Tanahashi for the title, as well as Shinsuke Nakamura’s successful defense of the IC title against Yuji Nagata, and the Bullet Club regaining both sets of tag straps.

DDT: HARASHIMA (c) vs. Kota Ibushi – [2/15/15]
While Ishii/Honma could be the best match so far this year, this match right here is not far behind. This is an absolute killer main event, right on par with the biggest matches of the year (WK9, Rumble title match, etc). HARASHIMA has had a strong reign since defeating KUDO to regain DDT’s version of the World Title, but is he enough to stop the world class Kota Ibushi?

HARASHIMA (c) Vs Kota Ibushi (DDT) by JAHMAL1111

NOAH: “TMDK” Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls (c) vs. “Killer Elite Squad”Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. – [2/11/15]

Killer Elite Squad’s arrival in NOAH as part of the Suzuki Gun invasion reaches a head as they get their shot at TMDK’s tag titles. Two of the absolute best heavyweight tag teams in the world here. A modern day “fantasy booking” dream match .

Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs… by JAHMAL1111

DRAGON GATE: BxB Hulk (c) vs. Jimmy Susumu – [2/5/15]
This one comes via last week’s PPV, the main event for the World Title. BxB Hulk has put together a string of really good 30 minute, main event style defenses. Slow building epics that surprisingly may remind you more of Bockwinkle than they do of other past DG World Champions such as Ricochet. Susumu won January’s tournement to become the # contender and by the end of this one, they’re tearing the house down.

BxB Hulk (c) vs Jimmy Susumu (Dragon Gate) by JAHMAL1111

ZERO1: Atsushi Onita vs. Yoshihiro Takayama – [1/23/15]
was nice enough to grace us with an “Exploding Barbed Wire, Double
Blast Bat Death Match” for their new Deathmatch title. Onita, the o.g.
master of the style takes on Takayama (of Don Frye vs. Takayama fame) in
a death match between two guys who are a combined 105 years old.

Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Atsushi Onita (ZERO1 and… by JAHMAL1111

Wrestle-1/ZERO1: Hideki Suzuki & Yusaku Obata vs. Masakatsu Funaki & Jiro “Ikemen” Kuroshio – [1/30/15]
More ZERO1 goodness, this a bit more along the lines of what I like about them. NWA United Nations Champion Hideki Suzuki shows up in Wrestle-1 once again and teaming with ZERO1’s Yusaku Obata in a match against the #1 contender for the U.N. title, former AJPW Triple Crown Champion Masakatsu Funaki and his partner, the young and super talented Kuroshio, who TNA fans may remember from Bound For Glory. The tension between Suzuki & Funaki is intense and will result in a gigantic main event for the title, a couple weeks from now.


Masakatsu Funaki & Jiro “Ikemen” Kuroshio vs… by JAHMAL1111

Muraco’s Monday Morning Matches of the Week – [s2, e6]

Solid week of programming right here. The best 2 hour block of Puro on the BoD.

LEGEND PRO: Tomohiro Ishii & Akitoshi Saito vs. Daisuke Sekimoto & Tatsuhito Takaiw
a – [1/12/15]

This one finally aired this week. The dream match-up of NJPW’s Ishii & BJW’s Sekimoto collide.

Akitoshi Saito & Tomohiro Ishii vs… by JAHMAL1111

DDT: Kota Ibushi, Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi vs. Konosuke Takashita, Tetsuya Endo & HARASHIMA – [1/25/15]
More Sekimoto, as he teams with Kota Ibushi and the recently returning Okabayashi against teenage breakout star Takeshita, his tag partner Endo, and DDT World Champ HARASHIMA. Great match.

HARASHIMA, Konosuke Takeshita & Tetsuya Endo Vs… by JAHMAL1111

DDT: Akito vs. Makato Oishi for the DDT Extreme Title in a “No Rope Breaks” match – [1/25/15]
These two take the stip to a level higher than I expected. So many little things about this match to appreciate. Really good stuff here.

Akito (c) Vs Makoto Oishi (DDT) by JAHMAL1111

AJPW: Jun Akiyama, Takao Omori & Masunobu Fuchi vs. Go Shiozaki, Kento Miyahara & Kotaro Suzuki – [1/31/15]
Typical All-Japan main event tag style, and that’s a good thing.

Jun Akiyama, Takao Omori & Masanobu Fuchi vs… by JAHMAL1111

Muraco’s Monday Morning Matches of the Week – (s2,e5)

NOAH: Suzuki-Gun (Minoru Suzuki, Shelton X Benjamin, Killer Elite Squad & Taichi) vs. Naomichi Marufuji, Muhammed Yone, Taiji Ishimori & TMDK – [1/24/15]

The build to Minoru Suzuki challenging Naomichi Marufuji for the GHC Heavyweight Championship continues. Also the build to “Killer Elite Squad” Davey Boy Smith & Lance Archer challenging TMDK for the titles, as that appears to be the hottest tag program going in Japan right now. Plus there’s something supremely wacky about watching Shelton Benjamin taking on the likes of world class Jr. Heavyweight Taiji Ishimori. That could actually prove to be a great singles match eventually, with Benjamin playing the base to Ishimori’s high flying offense. Survivor Series style 5-on-5, with over-the-top-rope eliminations counting as well, as is the custom in Japan.

{NOAH} Naomichi Marufuji, Muhammed Yone, Taiji… by Mosquitopilate1

NOAH: Atsushi Kotoge vs. Daisuke Harada – [1/24/15]

Maybe the best Jr. division in the world. A rematch from December’s instant classic where Kotoge finally grabbed the brass ring. These two have incredible chemistry, and with both being in their mid-20’s, the future of the GHC Jr. division is looking as strong as any.

{NOAH} GHC Jr. Championship: Atsushi Kotoge (c… by Mosquitopilate1

UNION: Isami Kodaka & FUMA vs. Shuji Ishikawa & Masato Shibata – [1/24/15]An entire Union Pro show here, courtesy of the homeboy and all around good dude Gaijin Eric (the guy Jim Ross referred to during Wrestle Kingdom as that “guy from Philly going to all the shows”). One thing I love about Union is that they treat the tag champs, little as they may be, as a main event attraction and this show is no different as the straps are on the line in the night cap. Isami Kodaka is on an incredible year-plus run of good matches, and here he teams up with fellow Union Tag champ FUMA, taking on current BJW World Champion Shuji Ishikawa & Masato (“not Katsuyori”) Shibata. Everything after they restart the bullshit no-contest at the 1:49:00 mark is really strong. There’s also a big angle about halfway through the show. Good stuff.

Muraco’s Monday Morning Matches of the Week – (s2,e4)

Much like Raw, delayed because of the snow storm, or something. Nothing major this week, so we’ll deem this a Dragon Gate installment of 4MOTW.

DG: Dr. Muscle vs. Eita – [1/12/15]
The vacant “Open the Brave Gate” title is on the line here in the finals of a tournament to crown a new champ, as Flamita (kayfabe) walked away from the title in December. Here in the finals we have Eita, multi-time former tag champs with T-Hawk. He goes up against the mysterious Dr. Muscle, a man with ties to the Mad Blankey clan (more on that, next…)

Dr. Muscle vs. Eita (Dragon Gate) by JAHMAL1111

DG: Millenials (T-Hawk, Eita, U-T & Yosuke Santa Maria) vs. Mad Blankey (YAMATO, CIMA, Gamma, Cyber Kong & K-ness) – [1/16/15]
A sweet piece of business here, and one of the big building blocks of where the company goes from here. We have the Millenials, whose Mexican-based flavor and pride of being born 1990’s has led them to multiple titles over the course of the last few years. However, with Flamita’s departure they are running thin here having to go up 4 against 5 with the newly revamped Mad Blankey, who recently added some new members in Kzy, Don Fujii, CIMA & Gamma. However it’s what happens after the match that may even the sides up a bit.

T-Hawk, Eita, U-T, Yosuke ♥ Santa Maria vs… by JAHMAL1111

ALSO: Ricochet vs. Low Ki
This one surfaced on You Tube this week. Ricochet, the first ever American to become Dragon Gate World Champion (“Open the Dream Gate”) takes on the one and only Low Ki. The camera work sort killed this one for me, but hey it’s a rarity of a match-up between two of the modern greats.

This Week in 90’s Wrestling: January 25th-31st

From Place to be Nation this feature chronicles all of the happenings in the world of professional wrestling during the 1990’s.

Highlights from this week include:

Halftime Heat Empty Arena Match between Rock and Mankind
Coin Toss Between Bret Hart and Lex Luger, with the winner facing Yokozuna first at WrestleMania X
First Vignette Hyping the Debut of Mankind
Clash of the Champions XIV

And many more matches and interviews.

Click on the link below and give it a view.

Place to Be Nation – Royal Rumble Week

Good afternoon everyone…it’s Royal Rumble weekend and over at PTBN, we had some Rumble related content as well as some other pieces we feel you would enjoy, so check ’em out!

Aaron George reviewed and ranked all of the Royal Rumble matches: The Definitive Ranking of Royal Rumble Matches

Matt Davis delivers 101 Facts you may or may not have known about the Royal Rumble: 101 Facts You May Not Know About the Royal Rumble

Scott, Justin & Graham Cawthon looked back at Royal Rumble 2004: Place to Be Podcast Episode 358: Royal Rumble 2004

Our Royal Rumble rewind series checked out the 1991 and 1997 installments: Royal Rumble Rewind Series

Dan McGinn previews this Sunday’s event: 2015 Royal Rumble Preview


Charles Williams is back with his weekly This Week in 90s Wrestling column: This Week In 90’s Wrestling: January 18th – 24th

Round Three of the Greatest Song of the 90s Tournament wraps this weekend, so get in and catch up on voting if you haven’t yet: PTBN Greatest Song of the 90s Tournament

Graham Cawthon debuted his History of Wrestling podcast with a look at wrestling memories from the Meadowlands: History of Wrestling Podcast #1: Remembering the Meadowlands

Scott Keith joined the PTB Podcast for another trip through the mailbag: Place to Be Podcast Episode 359: Mailbag with Scott Keith #5

This Week in 90’s Wrestling: January 18th-24th

From Place to be Nation, here is all the happenings in the world of professional wrestling in the 1990’s from January 18th-24th. Highlights include:

Various Royal Rumble PPV’s
Various Clash of the Champions Shows
WCW 1998 Souled Out PPV
Ric Flair’s promo against Hulk Hogan from the 1/21/99 edition of WCW Thunder
Bret Hart appearing on Shawn Michael’s “Heartbreak Hotel” Segment

Plus all sorts of great matches from Japan and Mexico. Click on the link below to read and see everything that happened this week in the 1990’s world of professional wrestling.

Muraco’s Monday Matches of the Week (s2,e3)

NOAH: Naomichi Marufuji (c) vs. Satoshi Kojima – [1/10/15]

The most historical match of the week right here, as first we have Satoshi Kojima challenging for the GHC World Title. The obviously pro-NOAH crowd turns on Kojima and he heels it up accordingly. Good stuff, however that’s not the only thing of note in this video. The biggest news of the week is what follows, as NJPW’s Suzuki-Gun invades NOAH, setting up one of the biggest stories of the year.

Naomichi Marufuji (c) vs. Satoshi Kojima (NOAH) by JAHMAL1111

NOAH: Dangan Yankees (Masato Tanaka & Takashi Sugiura) vs. TMDK (Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls) – [1/10/15]

An absolute killer match right here as the team that racked up all the year-end awards for Tag Team of the Year, duel NOAH & ZERO1 tag champs “Dangan Yankees” puts NOAH’s version of the belts on the line against former champs TMDK. Having been defeated by the Yankees before, TMDK vows to either win the straps here or never challenge for them again. By the time you get to the 24:00 mark of the video, these motherfuckers are just beating the living shit out of each other.

“Dangan Yankees” Takashi Sugiura & Masato… by JAHMAL1111

ZERO1: Masato Tanaka, Shinjiro Otani, Kohei Sato, Hideki Suzuki & Yusaku Obata vs. Takashi Sugiura, Daisuke Sekimoto, Yoshihiro Takayama, Ryouji Sai & Akebono – [1/1/15]

ZERO1 is the best when it comes to grimy, underground, underrated, under-appreciated, completely slept-on quality stuff. All-star game type shit right here. Gauntlet style, and it goes over an hour in length, so it’s worth pacing yourself, and even more worth it to stick it out. This one features the defending champs in the previous video, Tanaka & Sugiura on opposite sides for the night, and that shit gets heated.

part 1:

Yoshihiro Takayama, Daisuke Sekimoto, Takashi… by JAHMAL1111

part 2:

Yoshihiro Takayama, Daisuke Sekimoto, Takashi… by JAHMAL1111

BJW: Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi vs. Shuji Ishikawa & Kohei Sato – [1/2/15]

And finally, we get some quality BJW~! If you’re a believer of the myth that Big Japan is only hardcore death match stuff, fear no longer. Top notch pro wrestling here. More Sekimoto, more Sato, and Okabayashi has finally returned after a year on the shelf. This one is from the BJW You Tube page which is always HD and free of Japanese commentary. Great picture, great audio, great match. The Big Japan roster never fails to deliver.

This Week in 90’s Wrestling: January 11th-17th

From Place to be Nation comes a feature that lists all of the top angles, interviews, and matches that took place this week in the world of 90’s wrestling from WWF, WCW, ECW, Memphis, USWA, All-Japan, Mexico, and more. Did I mention WCW? Anyway, highlights include:

Ric Flair & Mr. Perfect on the Funeral Parlor
Bret Hart & Owen Hart vs. Steiner Brothers
Kevin Nash vs. Giant, in his last match before signing with the WWF
Shawn Michaels Superkicking Marty Jannetty through the Barber Shop window
Doug Gilbert attacking Jerry Lawler
Raven making his ECW debut

Click on the link below to read the articles and the tap at the bottom of the page breaks it down by the date. There are a lot of incredible matches, angles, and interviews to go along with the WCW material. Give it a read and watch and lets get some decent discussion going on in this thread.

Muraco’s Monday Morning Matches of the Week – (s2,e2)

Because it’s still Monday here, and possibly early morning where you are.

As I sit here on vacation, one can’t help but LOL @ The Miz over Patera, and Jannetty over Muraco. Ah, the good old days, when heels on top drew money. Now on to something less depressing: PURO~!

Unfortunately, not a lot of 2015 stuff popping up on TV this week
though. That said, as some may know there was a huge angle at the end
of the NOAH show this week that will be the main focus for the remainder
of the year. Hopefully, we’ll have some video on it next week.

that being the case, there’s no shame in reviewing the two best matches
of the year so far which may in fact turn out to be the two best
matches of the year come December. If you haven’t seen them in their entirety yet, they are the definition of pro wrestling required viewing. Jim Ross & Matt Striker on the

NJPW: Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Kota Ibushi – [1/4/15]

2015.01.04- Shinsuke Nakamura vs… by dixonkyle4

NJPW: Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs. Kazuchika Okada – [1/4/15]
2015.01.04- Hiroshi Tanahashi vs… by dixonkyle4

Muraco’s Monday Morning Matches of the Week – (s2,e1)

Because it’s still Monday here, and possibly the early morning where you are.

Well, Wrestle Kingdom 9 delivered the goods, featuring two singles matches to end the show that either went full monty on the snowflakes, or damn near came close. For those who don’t subscribe to and missed the show that aired live earlier today, the matches for “NJPW New Beginning” in February were set up, featuring Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Yuji Nagata for the IC title, and AJ Styles challenging Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP title. Scott Hall’s son Cody Hall also debuted on the show as the “young boy” of the Bullet Club. With all that said, NJPW wasn’t the only company on TV this week, so let’s move ahead with Muraco’s Monday Morning Matches of the Week.

AJPW: Joe Doering (c) vs. Go Shiozaki – [1/3/15]
Former WWE/FCW product Joe Doering (previously Drake Brewer) has reigned supreme as the Triple Crown World Champion for the last 6 months, giving us visions of Triple Crown gaijin champions of the past such as Stan Hansen, Steve Williams, Terry Gordy, and Big Van Vader. Despite Shiozaki falling to Doering in his previous title shot back in September, he is receiving one last chance to bring the title back home to Japan. From Kōrakuen Hall, this main event is a strong one!

Joe Doering (c) vs. Go Shiozaki (AJPW) by JAHMAL1111

DDT: HARASHIMA (c) vs. Tetsuya Endo – [1/3/15]

Also featuring the World Champion of a promotion, also from Kōrakuen Hall, ALSO from January 3rd (as they apparently held both shows there that day). Long standing champion HARASHIMA takes on 1/2 of the tag team champions Tetsuya Endo. While this is no where near the epic that the Triple Crown title match is, this is a good place to start if you’re trying to get into DDT in 2015, and you’re only previous familiarity with the product involved Kenny Omega and/or Kota Ibushi. There’s also a 34-man tag team match on this show involving an Undertaker-like ropewalk that circles the entire ring. Because DDT.

Tetsuya Endo vs. HARASHIMA (DDT) by JAHMAL1111

BJW: Yankee Two Kenju (Isami Kodaka & Yuko Miyamoto) vs. Yuji Hino & Yuji Okabayashi – [1/1/15]
The very first match of the year, as the opening bell rang shortly after midnight. The finals of the New Year’s Eve tag tournament, featuring one of the most underrated tag teams in the world in Kodaka & Miyamoto. Once again, the legendary Kōrakuen Hall is the setting. I was going to post the main event of the 1/4/15 BJW show, because I know how much you all love death matches with light tubes, but then Takayuki Ueki got knocked out legit mid match and they had to wave it off. They never do that, scary shit.

Yuji Hino and Yuji Okabayashi vs… by JAHMAL1111

DG: BxB Hulk (c) vs. Shingo Takagi – [12/28/14]
And finally, the big main event from the final PPV of the year, as Dragon Gate’s heavyweight champion (“Open the Dream Gate Champion”) BxB Hulk defends against former champion, the big man Shingo Takagi. This match is the epitome of what a main event should play out like, when it has that big fight feel. Sure, NJPW had a good week, with huge match-ups, but they weren’t the only ones. This was a great way to go out for Dragon Gate, who had a fantastic year, and should garner some underdog votes for promotion of the year.

BxB Hulk (c) vs. Shingo Takagi (Dragon Gate) by JAHMAL1111

This Week in 90’s Wrestling: January 4th-10th

Place to be Nation presents a fantastic feature than recaps all of the major angles in the world of wrestling that took place in the 90’s as well as links to matches and interviews. It is an excellent feature and look back at the decade that should be able to drum up some discussion. Some of the highlights include:

Mankind winning the WWF Title on RAW (link to the match included)
The debut of Shotgun Saturday Night (link to the entire show included)
Plus links to a fantastic AJPW Women’s Tag Match, Dustin Rhodes vs. Arn Anderson from WCW Saturday Night and more.

Click on the link below and give this a read.

This Week in 90’s Wrestling from Place to be Nation: January 1st-3rd

Here is a new feature at Place to be Nation that highlights all of the major happenings in 90’s wrestling in chronological order. This will appear on Sunday’s. Click on the link below too view the article, which contains links to matches and interviews. January 4th-10th will be posted later tonight.