The Wrestling Estate's David Gibb and Juice Make Sugar's Nick Bond are here with their off-cycle supplement to the pleasantly in-depth discussion on what makes professional wrestling, well, professional wrestling (and, at least every other week) what that means for the world.
This week, we talk about New Japan Pro Wrestling, the eighth entry to our wrestling compendium. Dave and Nick break down what made New Japan a revelatory experience for many American performers, why the stories they tell focus more on Japanese performers and the ways in which the promotion continues to shape the industry today.
Our recommended matches from this episode require a New Japan World subscription, but both Dave and I highly recommend getting one (and it's cheaper than the WWE Network!)
Nick's pick: Scott Norton v. Big Van Vader, Battle Autumn '91
Dave's pick: Minoru Suzuki v. AJ Styles, G1 CLIMAX 2014
If you like the theme song, "Dog of War" by the Hell Yeah Babies, you should buy their album All The Things You Believe on Bandcamp