Lion's Pride: The Turbulent History of New Japan Pro Wrestling

Lion s Pride The Turbulent History of New Japan Pro Wrestling Japan has long been the most respected territory in the field of professional wrestling and the most appreciated by hardcore fans worldwide New Japan Pro Wrestling is the country s most recognisable

  • Title: Lion's Pride: The Turbulent History of New Japan Pro Wrestling
  • Author: Chris Charlton
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 432
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Japan has long been the most respected territory in the field of professional wrestling, and the most appreciated by hardcore fans worldwide New Japan Pro Wrestling is the country s most recognisable brand It attracts scores of fans to annual Tokyo Dome shows, has made household names of its most prominent talent, and is increasingly in demand by a rabid international auJapan has long been the most respected territory in the field of professional wrestling, and the most appreciated by hardcore fans worldwide New Japan Pro Wrestling is the country s most recognisable brand It attracts scores of fans to annual Tokyo Dome shows, has made household names of its most prominent talent, and is increasingly in demand by a rabid international audience Yet NJPW s 40 year history has been a rocky one The company has endured strong competition, scandals and riots, and for a time it seemed like poor decision making would sink what was once a national institution For the first time in English, Lion s Pride The Turbulent History of New Japan Pro Wrestling explores NJPW s triumphs and tribulations Starting with the origins of pro wrestling in post war Japan, Lion s Pride covers the company s inception in 1972, through its boom in the early 1980s, its influence on the medium at large in the 90s, and its downturn and subsequent revival in the last two decades Alongside a detailed and informative history are essays detailing the intricacies of Japanese wrestling psychology, how NJPW s key players shaped the company, and much besides A crucial reference guide for any wrestling fan, Lion s Pride offers an entertaining and insightful glance behind the scenes of the King of Sports.

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    1. Lion's Pride is the story of New Japan Pro Wrestling.As with a lot of guys my age who were wrestling fans during the 1980s and 1990s, Japanese wrestling always held some mystique. I didn't see a single Japanese wrestling match until the dawn of the internet made it much easier to get tapes and such. Lion's Pride lifts the veil and reveals the inner workings of one of Japan's biggest wrestling organizations.As with all talk of Japanese wrestling, the book starts with Rikidozan and the Japanese Wr [...]

    2. Chris Charlton writes a compelling history of New Japan Pro Wrestling, a company whose rise to status as the second largest wrestling company in the world was anything but certain. The first half of the book serves as something of a biography to Antonio Inoki, the young star that started the company in the wake of Japanese legend Rikidōzan's death. But as the company grows and contracts, it tells the tale of the changing style of the entire sport in Japan as straight up Japanese vs. America sto [...]

    3. A good summary of what is the History of the famous New Japan Pro Wrestling and in a sense a good explanation in why to understand its history you need to juggle it with what the mind of Antonio Inoki.It comes with various references of the most emblematic wrestlers of the promotion, it's venues and the different point of view between eastern and western philosophy regarding wrestling.As a fan of Japanese Wrestling Ive gotta say that this book is one I would have read in a day when I was younger [...]

    4. Excellent history and cirque of an iconic promotionA long time wrestling fan from the 1970s onward, ice been aware of NJPW, mostly through their cooperative work with NWA/WCW and ROH. As such, my familiarity was vague at best, so reading a more in depth explanation and history was something both entertaining and educational.Written in a very easy to read style, this book covers both the positive and negatives of the company, its various experiments and highs and lows. Highly recommend to ask wre [...]

    5. Good, but poorly editedThis is a very good book in desperate need of a good editor. I'm no expert, just an experienced writer who happens to have been a fan of New Japan Pro Wrestling for over a decade. I found dozens of careless mistakes that should have been caught had this book had an editor who knew the topic. The errors left me frustrated, and hence enjoying this book less than I wanted to. I give the finished product an A for content, but a C- for proofreading.

    6. Very educationalI started following NJPW this past January when I became hooked by Okada-Omega at Wrestle Kingdom. As my fandom has grown over the past year, I've found myself searching for old matches on NJPW World and reading Wiki pages for any and all wrestlers.Chris' book, which I discovered after stumbling upon his Twitter account, is an incredible summation of the history of the company. Anything you need to know about every aspect of the company, why and how it's constructed as you see in [...]

    7. Comprehensive and digestible account of the history of arguably the hottest wrestling promotion in the world today. I started watching NJPW at Wrestle Kingdom 11, and my obsessive personality meant that I needed to know as much as possible to get up to speed. Between this book and the Voices of Wrestling 2014, 2015 and 2016 NJPW year-end review books, I feel that I understand the product much better. This book is easy to read and touches on all the key moments, leaving no stone unturned and putt [...]

    8. Great read on the history of NJPW. The book was organized a bit weird for my liking, but it was easy to follow. It was cool to see the way they develop young lions as well as why foreign talent is always apart of the agenda.

    9. InformativeI learned quite a bit of the NJPW history A good read for those of us with casual interest in NJPW

    10. Very good read, the editing makes it slightly disjointed for example midway through the book is going indepth into the history during the 80s from my recollection only for the next chapter to talk about the top 10 juniors to then pick back up on the history part again. Apart from this weird editing the book is a must read for NJPW fans.

    11. History of Japanese WrestlingThis is a very long and involved volume that took me quite a while to get through. It is more of a history book stating situations rather than following any story lineI have only recently become aware that many current professional wrestlers learned and fought their way through the various wrestling groups coming out of Japan.I learned a lot, but I think this would be a much better match further longtime wrestling fans.

    12. Very informativeThis is pretty thorough look at a section of pro wrestling that is very under reported historically. The only complaint I have is that I wish it was double the size!

    13. Very surface level and doesn't get very in depth at all besides lightly outlining the broad, public history of NJPW.

    14. A thorough, well written history of New Japan Pro Wrestling and the early history of wrestling in Japan as a whole. A must read for any fan or anyone looking to get into Japanese pro wrestling.

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