Curious about Matt Charlton’s new book J-Crowned: An Illustrated Guide to the Champions of Japanese Wrestling? Abraham Delgado has a great review up at Voices of Wrestling:
“J-Crowned” is a trip through Japanese wrestling history, and for new fans or those interested to enter this world, it is a great pick up. In my case, I don’t have encyclopedic knowledge of the Japanese wrestling landscape since I focused mostly on NJPW, which I became a fan of after being blown away by Wrestle Kingdom 9 on PPV in 2015. It has been a learning process throughout the years, and Chartlon’s book has helped in putting in order the Triple Crown and GHC champions in my head and who I should pay attention to when I look for past matches and match playlists from AJPW and Pro Wrestling NOAH.
“J-Crowned” alongside “Lion’s Pride: The Turbulent History of New Japan Pro Wrestling” and “Eggshells: Pro Wrestling in the Tokyo Dome”, both by Chris Charlton, are great reads to get you started on the history of pro wrestling in Japan. Matt Charlton’s work can’t be out of your collection.
Check out the entire review here.