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  Japan Glossary - Sumo Wrestling
There are six great sumo tournament in Japan every year, three held at Ryogoku's Kokugikan in Tokyo, one in Nagoya, one in Osaka and one in Fukuoka.
Sumo wrestling is a strict hierarchy based on sporting merit.
Professional Sumo is practiced exclusively in Japan, where it originated, but wrestlers of other nationalities participate.
www.jref.com /glossary/sumo.shtml   (2629 words)

  Professional wrestling article - Professional wrestling performance entertainment sport carnival hook wrestling ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
Professional wrestling is a form of performance entertainment where the participants engage in simulated sporting matches.
The tapout is not a traditional part of professional wrestling; it was introduced during the mid-1990s in response to the increased popularity of mixed martial arts competitions, where the tapout has always been accepted.
When professional wrestling moved to increasingly fixed matches around the early 1900s, there was still a strong push for most of the century to promote professional wrestling as being a legitimate sport; this movement is where the concept of kayfabe originated from.
www.what-means.com /encyclopedia/Professional_wrestling   (1627 words)

 Encyclopedia: Professional wrestling in Japan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
In professional wrestling, a tweener is a character who is portrayed as being morally neutral or ambiguous (that is, they are between a face and a heel).
Female wrestling in Japan is usually handled by promotions that specialize in joshi puroresu, rather than divisions of otherwise male-dominated promotions as is the case in the United States (the only exception was FMW, a men's promotion which had a small women's division, but even then depended on talent from women's federations to provide competition).
Professional wrestling is a form of entertainment where the participants engage in simulated wrestling matches for means of entertainment.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Professional-wrestling-in-Japan   (1500 words)

 Professional wrestling / Female Single Combat Club
Professional wrestling is a form of performance art where the participants engage in simulated sporting matches in the boxing-like ring.
In essence, pro wrestling is a circus performance, a peculiar acrobatic clownery, which represents human relations in the hypertrophied and grotesque forms by means of "wrestling in the ring".
Female wrestling in Japan is usually handled by promotions that specialize in joshi puroresu, rather than divisions of otherwise male-dominated promotions as is the case in the United States (like FMW, a men's promotion which had a small women's division).
www.fscclub.com /vidy/profi-e.shtml   (2571 words)

 Professional wrestling in Japan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The biggest american to come to Japan is Stan Hansen, who made the Lariat famous.
Ken Shamrock was the first American who competed in shoot-style competition in Japan, he started out in UWF and later opened Pancrase with some other Japanese shootfighters.
As a result of the introduction of Lucha Libre into Japan in the early 1990s, major Mexican stars also compete in Japan, although they are less popular than American wrestlers and depend on their masked personas to gain recognition.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Professional_wrestling_in_Japan   (1216 words)

 Thompson (1986) Professional wrestling in Japan - media and message   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
This paper documents the important role of Western-style professional wrestling in the popular culture of Japan, focusing on the early years in which it was established, 1953-1963.
The star of professional wrestling in Japan during these years was the former sumo wrestler Rikidozan.
Explores the symbiotic relationship between the 'sport' of professional wrestling and the medium of television.
www.getcited.org /pub/103335456   (234 words)

 GameSpy: All Japan Women's Professional Wrestling: Queen of Queens
GameSpy: All Japan Women's Professional Wrestling: Queen of Queens
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 Anthro 254 | Professional wrestling   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
Takarazuka and pro wrestling are showy dream worlds, and attract passionate fans, a few of whom actually want to, try to, and are let in to be part of the dream "to be something, to be noticed." But once inside, they realize that front-stage back stage differences are profound.
The organization of professional wrestling in Japan has artisanal qualities in its social organization—the "promotions" or wrestling groups centered on a master wrestler/ superstar, supported by (and supporting) middle-ranked "journeymen," even younger "apprentices," and raw recruits.
And wrestling fans are divided between the naïve, who hold the contests to be real, and the sophisticates, who appreciate the gaudy drama and the violent action while winking knowingly at the choreographic results.
classes.yale.edu /02-03/anth254a/lectures/outline_4_5.htm   (291 words)

 New Japan Pro Wrestling - Encyclopedia, History, Geography and Biography
New Japan Pro Wrestling (新日本プロレス, shin nihon puroresu) is a major professional wrestling federation in Japan, founded by Antonio Inoki in 1972.
Owing to its TV program aired on TV Asahi, it is the largest promotion in Japan and one of the largest in the world.
These are annual tournaments New Japan holds to determine No. 1 contenders in a division, similar to the World Wrestling Entertainment's King of the Ring tournament.
www.arikah.net /encyclopedia/New_Japan_Pro_Wrestling   (392 words)

 The rec.sport.pro-wrestling FAQ: How did pro wrestling in Japan get started?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
There were a few failed attempts to start a regular professional wrestling circuit in Japan dating back as far as the 1880s, mostly by former Sumo and Judoka who had reasonable success in the United States.
The first man to make wrestling a regular attraction in Japan was the legendary Rikidozan - the father of "puroresu".
When he was murdered by a small time Yakuza in 1963, this caused the Japanese wrestling scene to come very close to collapse, as there were no other wrestlers even close to his status.
www.theearlyevening.com /faqomatic/cache/201.html   (314 words)

 Obsessed With Wrestling   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
Son of The Destroyer, professional wrestling legend who was inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2005, Kurt was raised in Tokyo, Japan, where his father enjoyed huge popularity.
After his father's academy, Kurt returned to Japan and became one of only a few foreigners to go through the hellish All Japan Professional Wrestling dojo, infamous for daily training schedules that included 1,600 sit-ups, 500 back extensions, 1,200 push-ups, 500 squats, hours of sparring and 300 to 500 "bumps" (body slams, back drops, etc.).
The ultimate highlight of Kurt Beyer's professional wrestling career came when he served as The Destroyer's tag-team partner for his father's last three matches in Kanagawa, Yokohama and, finally, Tokyo at a sold-out Budokan arena.
www.obsessedwithwrestling.com /profiles/k/kurt-beyer.html   (334 words)

 Kingdom (professional wrestling) - Encyclopedia, History, Geography and Biography
This article might not be written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia entry.
Kingdom, was a professional wrestling company in Japan from 1997 to 1998.
In the eyes of the Japanese fans the era of shoot-style wrestling was dead.
www.arikah.net /encyclopedia/Kingdom_%28professional_wrestling%29   (253 words)

 E-Budo.com - Professional Wrestling is Fake???
I hate to say it but all that professional wrestling is, is a dance...
He said that when the WWF went to Japan and trained at the Sumo camps, they were floored by the Sumos strength, toughness, and stamina.
Probably similar to wrestling but in wrestling, you can go to floor and that is not as demanding as standup wrestling.
www.e-budo.com /forum/showthread.php?t=21725   (1720 words)

 A Beginners Guide to Women's Pro Wrestling in Japan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
Joshi is Japanese for woman or girl, and puroresu is professional wrestling.
At it's most basic women's pro wrestling in Japan is little different from pro wrestling in the US.
The earliest example of women's pro wrestling in Japan dates back to the Inokari brothers, who ran the All Japan Women's Wrestling Club at strip clubs.
www.cherrybabe.com /michiku/info/guide1.html   (684 words)

 All Japan Professional Wrestling - Real Names List
All-Japan Pro Wrestling Real Names List Any questions/comments/corrections or additions are welcome at: lt_st434125@emunix.emich.edu Key: Real name birthdate ring debut alias promotion dates alias promotion dates...
(at age 14?) Chris Candido All-Japan 9/94- Chris Candido SMW ?/93-[8/94] Chris Candido WWA Chris Candido FMW (?) Eigen, Haruka 1/11/46 10/12/66 Haruka Eigen All-Japan ?/87- Haruka Eigen Japan 11/84-?/87 Haruka Eigen New Japan ?/73-9/84 Haruka Eigen JWA ?/66-?/73 Haruka Eigen Tokyo Pro ?/66-?/67 Fuchi, Masanobu 1/24/54 4/74 Masanobu Fuchi All-Japan [?/89]- Funk, Dorrance Jr.
Sun LA ?/82 Rusher Kimura New Japan ?/81-?/84 Rusher Kimura IWE ?/67-?/81 Mr.
www.wrestlingmuseum.com /pages/lists/allj.realnames.html   (391 words)

 Pro Wrestling Resource
All Pro Wrestling - showcases California professional wrestling.
Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) - competitive professional wrestling organization (in English and Spanish).
Wrestling - news and reports from the world of professional wrestling.
www.angelfire.com /home/Luke1971/wrestling.htm   (242 words)

 interviews just after PRIDE.9   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
Johnston, you left No holds barred fighting a few years ago and took up Professional wrestling in Japan.
That does happen in Pro wrestling, but the idea is to protect your opponent.
The new guys called "young boys' come out after the ring is set up and workout for two to three hours straight of wrestling and full blown shoot wrestling.
www.pridefc.com /interview/091800.html   (864 words)

 Pro Wrestling Insider - Pro Wrestling News Inside & Out
Rikidozan, who debuted in 1951, helped to popularize professional wrestling in post-WWII Japan, and would train Antonio Inoki and Giant Baba, who would become two of the most influential and powerful individuals in Japanese wrestling.
Because Koreans were heavily discriminated against in Japan, his real background was kept secret, not being revealed until long after his death.
The Funks had become hugely popular in Japan, breaking the unwritten rule that American wrestlers were always the heels in Japan.
www.pwinsider.com /ViewArticle.asp?id=15059&p=1   (1978 words)

 The Japanese Pro-Wrestling/Reality Based Martial Art Connection, by Sam Chan
In Japan, the line between the new reality based martial arts competitions and professional wrestling is blurred.
That story is how "worked" professional wrestling in Japan also developed into a legitimate sport.
It is important to remember that professional wrestling wasn't always the circus it is today.
www.bjj.org /editorials/19980215-prowrest   (2513 words)

 Interesting article about Pro wrestling connection with MMA - Deluxe Martial Arts Forums
Mention the words "professional wrestling" in the United States and most martial artists will picture in their minds bad acting, ridiculous costumes, and cartoon like tactics such as jumping off the top rope.
Both wrestlers, but particularly Karl Gotch, enjoyed the admiration they received in Japan and were impressed by the interest of Japanese wrestling stars in European "hooking".
While many people have been critical of Antonio Inoki, saying his wrestling skills were weak and noting (correctly) that he was a "work" fighter, he should receive credit for introducing the idea of mixed style matches.
www.defend.net /deluxeforums/showthread.php?t=949   (2935 words)

Samurai TV will be airing clips of the Ring of Honor and River City Wrestling events featuring All Japan stars from their weekend tour of the United States this past December on 1/27.
IWA Japan announced Steve Williams, Tommy Rogers, The Big Bossman (who's deal with WWE recently expired, but probably can get a new position there anytime he wants it), Mike Rotunda, and Bobby Fulton for their 3/12-3/17 tour.
In what is a major story, All Japan Pro Wrestling announced it would no longer run events in what was traditionally considered their "main event Arena", Budokan Hall in Tokyo.
www.1wrestling.com /columns/puroresu   (989 words)

 Open Directory - Sports: Wrestling: Professional   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
Extreme Midsouth Wrestling - Includes events, links, news, photographs, profiles, and a radio show focusing on wrestlers from the Midsouthern United States.
Pro Wrestling History - Includes supercards and tournaments, a video guide, and historical match results for a wide array of promotions.
Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum - Located in Schenectady, New York.
dmoz.org /Sports/Wrestling/Professional   (274 words)

 UGO.com Feature - Don Frye Interview (PRIDE Fighter)
Starting with wrestling in high school and college, he then moved on to professional boxing, professional wrestling in Japan, and now he's a force to be reckoned with in the PRIDE Fighting Championship.
I was real comfortable in front of a crowd, and that's the thing with some people, they get a little disturbed in front of a crowd.
I was going to go back into professional wrestling.
www.ugo.com /channels/sports/features/pridefc/interview_frye.asp   (1952 words)

 Pro Wrestling Insider - Pro Wrestling News Inside & Out
The JWA was founded by Rikidozan in 1953, and was the beginning of professional wrestling in Japan.
However, the formation of Antonio Inoki's New Japan Pro Wrestling and Giant Baba's All Japan Pro Wrestling pushed JWA out of the picture, with both major television outlets (NET and Nippon TV) dropping JWA for the new promotions.
It got the expected wrestling fan pops for the pro-war position and boos for the anti-war position, but otherwise was heatless.
www.pwinsider.com /ViewArticle.asp?id=9587&p=1   (2654 words)

 Victory Japan Pro Wrestling
To get back to 'indy wrestling,' of course, will be nice, but this is also a chance to mold a brand new wrestling group.
Matsumoto was last seen in Super Japan Pro-Wrestling, which he either left or was released from depending who you ask.
Our home base itself will be in Tokyo, home to the most loyal professional wrestling fans in the world.
www.freewebs.com /vjpw/news.htm   (2534 words)

 New Japan Pro Wrestling - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Owing to its TV program aired on TV Asahi, it is the largest wrestling promotion in Japan, although Pro Wrestling NOAH passed them in attendance and viewership in 2005, and one of the largest in the world.
Periodically, but infrequently, a junior heavyweight tag team tournament may also be held.
These are annual events New Japan holds similar to the World Wrestling Entertainment's Wrestlemania or SummerSlam shows.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/New_Japan_Pro_Wrestling   (401 words)

 Japanese Womens Wrestling
All Japan Women ran their normal new year shows on January 3 and 4 at Korakuen Hall with a few titles changing hands.
On January 3 Nanae Takahashi and Ayako Hamada captured the WWWA tag team titles from Kyoko and Takako Inoue in three falls and on January 4 Amazing Kong won the WWWA title from Ayako Hamada after 23:43.
Note that this section is not currently being updated.
homepages.which.net /~james.phillips/women.htm   (123 words)

 Anthro 282 | Syllabus of sessions and readings
Blood and Guts in Japanese Professional Baseball." In Sepp Linhart and Sabine Frühstück (eds.), The Culture of Japan as Seen Through Its Leisure, pp.
William W Kelly, "Sense and Sensibility at the Ball Park: What Japanese Fans Make of Professional Baseball," chapter 3 in William W Kelly (ed.), Fanning the Flames: Fans and Consumer Culture in Contemporary Japan.
Please note that the third course essay is due by Wednesday, April 21, at 2 p.m.
classes.yale.edu /03-04/anth282b/mechanics/syllabus.htm   (1264 words)

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