Sakuraba to UFC Hall of Fame: Pro Wrestling & MMA

At last nights's UFC 212 event, it was announced that NJPW legend Kazushi Sakuraba was being inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. A crowning...

Big In Japan: Joe Doering Wins Triple Crown Following Brain Surgery

On October 21, 2017, Joe Doering captured his 2nd All-Japan Triple Crown - the top singles title in one of Japan's oldest promotions - at...

The Championship Report: June 2017

As of June 1st, 2017, here's a roll call of all the championship title holders for 36 major pro wrestling promotions/brands. NOTE: To avoid spoilers, champions are...

Japanese Legend Kazuo Sakurada Passes Away at Age 71

A 30-year veteran of the ring as a performer and trainer, Japan's Kazuo Sakurada, best known as either Mr. Sakurada or the Japanese version...

Japanese All-Star 1995 Event ‘Bridge of Dreams’ Released on YouTube

On April 2, 1995, twenty-five years ago this month, Japanese wrestling magazine Weekly Pro Wrestling presented Bridge of Dreams, a massive showcase of the...

Social Media Index: The Popularity of Wrestling Via The Internet

Since the internet began to gain public traction in the mid-90's, just in time for the emergence of the Monday Night Wars, it's become...

#AndNEW: Kento Miyahara Wins All Japan Triple Crown

Today at All Japan's Raising An Army Memorial event in Yokohama, Kento Miyahara became a 4x All Japan Triple Crown Champion, defeating Zeus in...

Suwama Named All Japan President of Talent Relations

All Japan Pro Wrestling, one of the world's longest running promotions and one of Japan's pioneer organizations, announced on Wednesday that former 6x All...

Match Point: Suwama vs. Shuji Ishikawa, AJPW Summer Action Series (7/25/20)

Match Point is an on-going series at Last Word on Pro Wrestling, where we look at intriguing matchups in indie wrestling and beyond. They...
Atsushi Aoki

All Japan Junior Heavyweight Champion Atsushi Aoki Dead at 41

The Japanese and world wrestling community was saddened by the news that reigning and 4x All Japan Junior Heavyweight Champion Atsushi Aoki passed away on...