King's Road Pro Wrestling Podcast

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May 30, 2020 01:07:49
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King's Road: A 90s AJPW Retrospective Part 1

It's finally here. Any longtime followers of KOPW are aware of my love of 90s AJPW and my desire to chart the decade in podcast form. I have finally taken the plunge and present to you the first part of a series diving deep into the King's Road. In this episode we journey through the beginnings of puroresu, the major players at the genesis of AJPW, and the lead up to the pivotal matches that set the table for the 1990s in All Japan. Names like Rikidozan, Lou Thesz, the Destroyer, Giant Baba, Stan Hansen, and, of course, Jumbo Tsuruta and Genichiro Tenryu. In addition to the prologue we also take a look at three matches: * Tsuruta v Hansen 4/18/89 “The Triple Crown” * Tsuruta v Tenryu 4/20/89 "First Defense" * Tsuruta v Tenryu 6/5/89 "The Blueprint" I hope you will join me for this ride through one of the finest decades in the history of professional wrestling. Missing Pieces - I want to take a moment to discuss some of the pieces left out of the episode. Toyonobori is a name that western audiences may not recognize as much as Rikidozan, but he was a star in the early days of puro - second only to Rikidozan. His team with the JWA founder and battles against him propelled him to the number 2 spot in Japan. After Rikidozan's death, he would lead the promotion as it's top star until a schism that saw him depart to form Tokyo Pro Wrestling. He took along with him one of the hottest young talents of the promotion and promised to make him a star - Antonio Inoki. Within a few years TPW failed and they left ...

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May 24, 2020 00:48:00
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AEW Double Or Nothing 2020 Reaction

My immediate thoughts on AEW's Double or Nothing pay-per-view! What's my reaction to Stadium Stampede? What were my favorite matches? Did the PPV provide much needed enjoyment in a time that had been marked by darkness and tragedy in the wrestling community? (Spoiler alert: YES!) Check it out and hit me up with your feedback over on the Twitter @kopw72 Thanks for listening! ...

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May 23, 2020 00:45:18
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Hana Kimura, Shad Gaspard, & Owen Hart

No intro music, no flash, no script, ho hot takes - just some time spent thinking about Hana Kimura, fatherhood, loss, grief, love, compassion, and community. No anger or hate in here either. Take care and be well. Reach out for help if you need it. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 ...

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May 05, 2020 01:08:19
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CWF & Harley Race Documentary Reviews - 4:30:20, 12.01 PM

It's time to dive into some of the DVDs I've been watching during quarantine. First up - "Harley Race: The Greatest Wrestler on God's Green Earth" and the superb "Championship Wrestling from Florida: The Story of Wrestling in the Sunshine State". [Ellbow Productions](https://ellbowproductions.weebly.com) and [Highspots.com](http://www.highspots.com/p/cwf-story-of-sunshine-state-dvd.html) have done an excellent job on these docs and I give my thoughts on each. What's good? What's not so good? What's great? And should you give them a watch (spoiler: yes!) ...

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April 29, 2020 01:39:39
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Matt Charlton & "J-Crowned"

I had the pleasure of speaking to Matt Charlton again for this episode. We chat about his new - and first - book, "J-Crowned: An Illustrated Guide to the Champions of Japanese Wrestling" - the genesis of the project, favorite bits of art, decisions on the flow of the book, favorite matches, and so much more. It's always a joy to chat with Matt and this was no exception. We spent a bit of time at the front of the interview talking about the current lockdowns and circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic and while I feel it was a positive and interesting discussion, I know it might not be for everyone - that said, discussion about his book beings around the 19 minute mark. You can order your copy of "J-Crowned" in either electronic or print format at Amazon today! And don't forget to visit Matt on Twitter @shiningwizardds or instagram @shiningwizarddesigns for a commission or to check out his fantastic artwork. And be sure to check out Hybrid Shoot at @hybridshoot on Twitter or hybridshoot.com for more great titles coming soon! ...

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April 26, 2020 00:16:40
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State of the Podcast - April 2020

A quick update on the state of KoPW and what you can expect in the future! ...

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