Alan’s Epic ProWres Voyage

With five shows down and eight still to come, I felt it was time to check in on the FGB with some thoughts on my “Epic ProWres Voyage 2013”. For those not aware, which is probably most of you reading, I am currently embarking on a 13 show wrestling viewing tour spanning five weeks and three countries. It wasn’t my intention to do something like this, things just kinda fell into place this way and when they did I asked myself if I was insane enough to take on such a schedule and the answer was a definitive YES!

First up I boarded a lovely Aer Lingus plane and made my way to not-so-scenic Oberhausen, Germany to take in the greatness of Europe’s most presitigious wrestling tournament, the 16 Carat Gold presented by wXw Germany. I had been to Carat in 2009 and 2011 and had witnessed some incredible stuff with some of the best performers in the world. So I knew what I had to expect this year, and I got it in abundance. The three day event, attended by arguably the most enthusiastic fans in the world, was off the charts. There was one great bout after another all capped off by the tournament final on Night Three between Pro Wrestling NOAH’s Zack Sabre Jr. and Holland’s Tommy End. It was a magical match that I consider among the three best I’ve ever seen live. If you’re into star ratings, I didn’t bat an eyelid giving this five stars and it’s definitely my working Match Of The Year. Continue reading

Tribute to the most insane man in wrestling!

Naohiro Hoshikawa Appreciation Reviews!

I feel like watching alot of Naohiro Hoshikawa matches over the next 10 days or so, and as a result all you readers are going to be forced to read my thoughts (I’m proficient in water-boarding, don’t test me).

So for those who don’t know, Hoshikawa is a wrestler whose extremely awesome (and under-appreciated) career was cut short due to an accidental injury while wrestling for the Zero 1 promotion in 2004. He fell into a coma and had severe brain and nerve damage. It looked really, really bad for him for a while. However he has made a really promising recovery in recent years, to the point where he visited a Zero 1 show this past Christmas and was able to stand and talk to fans. He was said to be in really great spirits as can be seen from this picture with his great partner and rival Ikuto Hidaka:

Hoshi and Hidaka

While there is no chance of Hoshi ever wrestling another match again (walking will be a miracle and that’s something he’s really trying for), he was able to assemble a catelogue of matches in his career that from what I have seen, compares admirably with the best juniors of his era. So lets dive right in, with a match from Hoshi’s first promotion – Michinoku Pro.

Super Delfin/Naohiro Hoshikawa/Masato Yakushiji vs Dick Togo/MENS Teioh/Shoichi Funaki (10-10-97)

OH MY GOD, This match ROCKED BALLS!!!!!!
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