Satoru Sayama wasn't the first wrestler to wear a mask and commit acts of flagrant derring do in a wrestling ring. By the late 1970's, that was de rigueur in the world of Mexican lucha libre and slowly making its way around the globe. Although not completely unique, there was something special about Sayama, who … Continue reading UWF: Tiger Mask Cometh (July, 1984)
Yoshiaki Fujiwara made his UWF debut against his protege Akira Maeda as the shootstyle revolution continued in Sumo Hall.
Jonathan Snowden explains why shootstyle still matters and what we are all doing here.
A brief history of the UWF excerpted from Jonathan Snowden’s book Shooters: The Toughest Men in Professional Wrestling.
The first UWF show was highlighted by a...brutal lucha libre bout? The gang explores the unexpected origin story of the revolutionary UWF.
The first Pancrase show dropped like an atom bomb on Tokyo's hardcore wrestling scene. Every other shoot style group, after years of calling out their traditional wrestling rivals and masquerading as the real deal, was suddenly exposed as little more than a collection of charlatans. Funaki, Suzuki and the rest were tired of waiting their … Continue reading Pancrase 2: Yes, We Are Hybrid Wrestlers 2 (10/14/93)