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The Ocean Cyclone Show: Mid-Year Joshi Report Card
This monthly series brings the Threedom of Trent Breward, Ryan Dilbert and Scott Edwards together to discuss all things joshi! In this episode, it's time for the mid-year report cards! They look at a bevvy of joshi promotions (Sendai Girls, TJPW, Ice Ribbon, Wave, Stardom and a 'freelance' category) and give them a grade between A and F. Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
01:42:12
July 01, 2022
Noob Japan: Juice Robinson
In this episode, host CiaranRH is joined by Joe (@AwesomeOJoe) of the Wild Things podcast (@MoxPodcast) to discuss the career of the previously Flamboyant, but now Rock Hard, Juice Robinson! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
45:47
June 28, 2022
Flight of 5: Entrance Themes
In this episode, host Ryan Dilbert is joined by guest Rob McCauley, writer of the How I Met Your Puroresu series,as they each rank their top 5 favorite wrestler entrance themes! The discussion touches on nostalgia and musical taste as they chat about the songs wrestlers like Hiroshi Tanahashi, Drew McIntyre, and Jade Cargill, use as their entrance music. Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
55:46
June 21, 2022
Noob Japan: Jun Kasai
In this episode, host CiaranRH is joined by Loren (@LorenYDOD), the host of the Your Dose of Death podcast, to discuss the deathmatch wrestling legend Jun Kasai! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
01:02:08
June 14, 2022
Into the Wrestle-Verse: Episode 15 [Patreon Exclusive]
Into the Wrestle-Verse is our Patreon exclusive podcast that brings Libby, Trent and Ciaran together to talk the spicy topics the past week in wrestling, but we had so much fun making this episode that we wanted to share it for free! If you enjoyed this episode, you can sign up to our Patreon for just $1 a month. You'll get exclusive access to Into the Wrestle-Verse along with early ad-free access to all our other podcasts and any interviews we do. Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
55:03
June 12, 2022
A Drink at the Inn With: Speedball Mike Bailey
A strong contender for 2022 wrestler of the year, Speedball Mike Bailey is proving himself among the greatest in the world every week. The IMPACT Wrestling star was unable to enter the USA for five years and is now making up for lost time, seemingly appearing in every independent wrestling promotion across the country whilst lighting the X-Division on fire. In this interview, Speedball discusses his time in IMPACT and his upcoming Ultimate X match at Slammiversary, his time in DDT competing alongside Mao as Moonlight Express, his endless stream of content that he provides via Twitch and YouTube, his insanely packed WrestleMania weekend, his dream Forbidden Door opponents from AEW and NJPW, his return to PWG, films, spicy food and more! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
43:17
June 11, 2022
Flight of 5: Joshi Road Trip
In this episode, POST Wrestling writer Karen Peterson joins Ryan as they each rank the top 5 joshi wrestlers they would most like to travel with on a road trip. Who would be the best wrestler to talk with, go on a gas station snack run, or sing with in the car? Their light-hearted discussion touches on wrestlers from STARDOM, TJPW, and just about every corner of the joshi world. Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
58:37
June 07, 2022
The Ocean Cyclone Show: Mailbag
This monthly series brings the Threedom of Trent Breward, Ryan Dilbert and Scott Edwards together to discuss all things Joshi! In this episode, the trio answer the questions that you sent in! The questions span Stardom, TJPW, Ice Ribbon and more, and include questions such as "can Stardom reach AJW levels?" and "who should be TJPW's next main eventer?"! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
01:58:28
June 04, 2022
Noob Japan: Masahiro Chono
In this episode, host CiaranRH is joined by Curtis (@ELDESTRUCTO83) to discuss the career of NJPW legend Masahiro Chono! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
57:39
May 31, 2022
Flight of 5: Dream Best of the Super Junior Entrants
In this episode, Noob Japan host CiaranRH joins Ryan as they each rank their top 5 dream NJPW Best of Super Juniors entrants. They discuss the current state of New Japan before diving into their lists of junior heavyweights who would be huge gets for the annual tournament. Ciaran and Ryan grab their picks from AEW, Impact, WWE, the UK scene, AAA, and Big Japan. Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
45:58
May 24, 2022
Noob Japan: Hana Kimura
Exploring the world of Japanese pro-wrestling, one wrestler at a time! In this episode, host CiaranRH is joined by Trent (@1UpCulture) to discuss and remember Stardom's Hana Kimura.  Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
43:39
May 17, 2022
A Drink at the Inn With: Francesco Akira
The first European to ever win the AJPW World Junior Heavyweight Championship, Francesco Akira is no stranger to Japan. However, the Nova Fireball is now set to burn NJPW's junior heavyweight division to ashes as he prepares to make his New Japan debut by competing in the upcoming Best of the Super Juniors! In this interview, Francesco tell us what to expect from him in the upcoming tournament, he discusses his surprise appearance at Hyper Battle, being the newest member of the United Empire, the wrestling scene in his home of Italy, his ideal Forbidden Door opponents from AEW, his tremendous RevPro match with Gabriel Kidd, his time in AJPW and much more! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
22:01
May 11, 2022
Flight of 5: Fighting Against Wrestlers
In this episode, Monthly Puroresu writer and Wrestle Inn columnist Jamie Johnson joins Ryan as they each rank the top 5 wrestlers who they would least like to fight. They discuss the unsettling possibility of being in a bar fight with the likes of Minoru Suzuki, Jon Moxley, and others. Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
42:37
May 10, 2022
Into the Wrestle-Verse: Episode 10 [Patreon Exclusive]
Into the Wrestle-Verse is our Patreon exclusive podcast that brings Libby, Trent and Ciaran together to talk the spicy topics the past week in wrestling, but we had so much fun making this episode that we wanted to share it for free!  If you enjoyed this episode, you can sign up to our Patreon for just $1 a month. You'll get exclusive access to Into the Wrestle-Verse along with early ad-free access to all our other podcasts and any interviews we do. Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
48:44
May 08, 2022
A Drink at the Inn With: Clark Connors
The first member of NJPW's LA Dojo, Clark Connors has since graduated the Young Lion system and become a staple of New Japan Strong as the powerhouse Wild Rhino. His career in New Japan thus far has seen him compete in a bevvy of tournaments, both in Japan and USA, but none as important as his upcoming debut in Best of the Super Juniors! In this interview, Clark shares his excitement and tells us what to expect ahead of him making his Best of the Super Juniors debut, his feelings seeing Shibata wrestle again, his thoughts on the Forbidden Door and who he wants to face off against from AEW, his previous experiences wrestling in Japan, the growth of New Japan Strong and so much more! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
43:06
May 06, 2022
Noob Japan: Shoko Nakajima
Exploring the world of Japanese pro-wrestling, one wrestler at a time! In this episode, host CiaranRH is joined by Sam (@nambasanreacts) to discuss TJPW's Big Kaiju, Shoko Nakajima!  Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
42:50
May 03, 2022
The Ocean Cyclone Show: Remembering Hana Kimura
This monthly series brings the savant trio of Trent Breward, Ryan Dilbert and Scott Edwards together to discuss all things Joshi! The trio dedicate this episode to the memory of Hana Kimura, discussing her best matches and moments as well as looking at the Memorial Shows in her honour. Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
01:32:48
May 02, 2022
Flight of 5: Underappreciated Women
In this episode, Grapsody co-host Phil Lindsey joins the show. He and Ryan each rank their top 5 underappreciated women’s wrestlers of today. They discuss women who deserve more recognition including wrestlers from AEW, the indies, and joshi companies like Pro Wrestling Wave. Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
49:02
April 26, 2022
Noob Japan: Kota Ibushi
Exploring the world of Japanese pro-wrestling, one wrestler at a time! In this episode, host CiaranRH is joined by Joe (@thefeelite) to discuss the Golden Star, Kota Ibushi!  Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
53:38
April 19, 2022
Flight of 5: Discovering Joshi Wrestlers
In this episode, Karen (host of the Karen Watches Wrestling YouTube channel) joins Ryan as they each pick their top 5 newly discovered joshi wrestlers. Part of the joy of watching joshi is learning about and becoming fans of new stars, a process Ryan and Karen discuss in a conversation that touches on Sendai Girls, TJPW, ChocoPro, and elsewhere. Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
53:52
April 12, 2022
Noob Japan: Io Shirai
Exploring the world of Japanese pro-wrestling, one wrestler at a time! In this episode, host CiaranRH is joined by Trent Breward and Steven Howard to discuss the Genius of the Sky, Io Shirai! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
39:34
April 05, 2022
The Ocean Cyclone Show: All Time Stardom Draft
This monthly series brings the savant trio of Trent Breward, Ryan Dilbert and Scott Edwards together to discuss all things Joshi! In this episode, the trio try their hand at drafting their dream Stardom roster, ten rounds and eleven years of history to pull from! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
01:29:13
April 01, 2022
Flight of 5: Comedy Wrestlers
Host Ryan Dilbert welcomes a revolving door of guests to break down their top 5 picks for a variety of wrestling topics. In this episode, Wrestle Inn columnist ThumblySqueezed joins Ryan to explore the funny side of wrestling as each of them pick their top 5 comedy wrestlers of all time. Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
01:05:04
March 29, 2022
Noob Japan: KAIRI
Exploring the world of Japanese pro-wrestling, one wrestler at a time! In this episode, host CiaranRH is joined by Ryan Dilbert and Libby Cadman to discuss one of the daughter's of Stardom, KAIRI! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
48:33
March 22, 2022
Flight of 5: Wrestling Comfort Food
Host Ryan Dilbert welcomes a revolving door of guests to break down their top 5 picks for a variety of wrestling topics. In this episode, Adam of Monster Box Cards joins Ryan to talk about their top 5 picks for wrestling comfort food, shows and matches that they go back to time and time again. Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
50:19
March 15, 2022
Noob Japan: Katsuhiko Nakajima
Exploring the world of Japanese pro-wrestling, one wrestler at a time! In this episode, host CiaranRH is joined by Jamie Johnson to discuss NOAH's indomitable Katsuhiko Nakajima! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
43:11
March 08, 2022
The Ocean Cyclone Show: KAIRI
This monthly series brings the savant trio of Trent Breward, Ryan Dilbert and Scott Edwards together to discuss all things Joshi! In this episode big discussions are had surrounding the grand return of KAIRI to Stardom, as well as touching on the Nagaoka show and the NOMADs freelance group! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
01:08:10
March 05, 2022
Flight of 5: Wrestlers in Movies
Host Ryan Dilbert welcomes a revolving door of guests to break down their top 5 picks for a variety of wrestling topics. In this episode, Bleacher Report writer Chris Mueller joins Ryan as they both pick their 5 favorite acting performances from pro-wrestlers in movies! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
52:20
March 01, 2022
Into The Wrestle-Verse: Episode 1 [Patreon Exclusive]
The newest addition to the Wrestle Inn podcast network, Into The Wrestle-Verse brings together CiaranRH, Libby Cadman and Trent Breward to have fun and talk all things wrestling! From the UK to Australia, Japan and USA, the trio talk the hot topics of the week in wrestling. Episode 1 is available to everybody, but going forward this will be a Patreon exclusive series. Join our Patreon for as little as $1 to get exclusive access to Into The Wrestle-Verse, along with early access to all our other podcasts. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn
54:12
February 27, 2022
Noob Japan: Miyu Yamashita
Exploring the world of Japanese pro-wrestling, one wrestler at a time! In this episode, host CiaranRH is joined by Ryan Dilbert to discuss the Tokyo Joshi Pro-Wrestling's Pink Striker, Miyu Yamashita! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
32:11
February 22, 2022
Flight of 5: Dream Gaijins in NOAH
Host Ryan Dilbert welcomes a revolving door of guests to break down their top 5 picks for a variety of wrestling topics. In this episode, Wrestle Inn and Monthly Puroresu writer Jamie Johnson joins Ryan to each pick their 5 top non-Japanese wrestlers they’d like to see wrestle for Pro Wrestling NOAH. Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
50:04
February 15, 2022
A Drink at the Inn With: Michael Oku
Over recent years, Michael Oku has become synonymous with the positives surrounding the British wrestling scene, becoming the hottest name in UK wrestling, his potential evident to anyone that has seen perform. One of the UK's best kept secrets, Oku has suddenly taken the entire wrestling world by storm thanks to his instant 5 star classic with Will Ospreay in RevPro. In this interview, Oku provides deep insight into his match with Will Ospreay, his Twitter interaction with Kenny Omega, his thoughts on the British wrestling scene, his hopes for the future, his experiences previously wrestling NJPW names including Shingo Takagi, and much more! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
45:28
February 11, 2022
Noob Japan: J-Crown featuring Matt Charlton
Exploring the world of Japanese pro-wrestling, one wrestler at a time! In this episode, host CiaranRH is joined by special guest Matt Charlton to discuss the illustrious J-Crown and Charlton's newest book in his J-Crowned series!  Purchase Matt Charlton's J-Crowned on Amazon. Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
43:14
February 08, 2022
The Ocean Cyclone Show: Pilot
This monthly series brings the savant trio of Trent Breward, Ryan Dilbert and Scott Edwards together to discuss all things Joshi!  In this debut episode the trio discuss all things STARDOM including their recent Nagoya Supreme Fight show, where Joshi as a whole could go in 2022, Voices of Wrestlings and Shu Pro's match of the year lists and lots more! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
01:10:06
February 06, 2022
Flight of 5: Wrestler and Actor Buddy Cop Movie Duos
Host Ryan Dilbert welcomes a revolving door of guests to break down their top 5 picks for a variety of wrestling topics. In this episode, Wrestle Inn columnist and Monthly Puroresu writer Trent Breward joins Ryan as they each pick their best wrestler/actor combos for potential buddy cop movies. Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
59:44
February 01, 2022
Noob Japan: Mayu Iwatani
Exploring the world of Japanese pro-wrestling, one wrestler at a time! In this episode, host CiaranRH is joined by Trent Breward to discuss the Icon of Stardom, Mayu Iwatani!  Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
44:12
January 25, 2022
Flight of 5: Best Stardom Matches of 2021
Host Ryan Dilbert welcomes a revolving door of guests to break down their top 5 picks for a variety of wrestling topics. In this episode, columnist and podcaster Scott Edwards joins Ryan to each pick their top 5 STARDOM matches of 2021. Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
51:01
January 18, 2022
Noob Japan: Vader
Exploring the world of Japanese pro-wrestling, one wrestler at a time!  In this episode, host CiaranRH is joined by Jamie Johnson to discuss the legacy of one of the biggest and best gaijin of all time, Vader! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
28:59
January 11, 2022
Flight of 5: Biggest Blindspots in Wrestling Fandom
Host Ryan Dilbert welcomes a revolving door of guests to break down their top 5 picks for a variety of wrestling topics. In this episode, Ryan welcomes Adam to break down their top five biggest blindspots in wrestling, the most famous wrestlers that they know the least about. Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
01:05:18
January 04, 2022
Noob Japan: Shinya Hashimoto featuring Chris Dickinson
Exploring the world of Japanese pro-wrestling, one wrestler at a time! In this episode, host CiaranRH is joined by New Japan's own Chris Dickinson to discuss the legendary King of Destruction, Shinya Hashimoto! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
57:06
December 28, 2021
Flight of 5: Legends of Japan Today
Host Ryan Dilbert welcomes a revolving door of guests to break down their top 5 picks for a variety of wrestling topics. In this episode, Ryan welcomes CiaranRH to talk which five Japanese wrestling legends they would most like to transport to the present. Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
49:01
December 21, 2021
Noob Japan: Lulu Pencil
Host CiaranRH welcomes guests to explore the wonderful world of Japanese pro-wrestling one wrestler at a time. Each episode sees an enthusiast have a discussion with a noob about a wrestler from Japan, hoping to encourage the noob to broaden their horizons. In this episode, Trent and Libby join the podcast to learn all about the endearing Lulu Pencil! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
40:22
December 14, 2021
Flight of 5: Video Game Wrestlers
Host Ryan Dilbert welcomes a revolving door of guests to break down their top 5 picks for a variety of wrestling topics. In this episode, Ryan welcomes gamer and wrestling writer Caro to rank their top 5 wrestlers who should star in their own video game. Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
53:28
December 07, 2021
Noob Japan: Konosuke Takeshita
Host CiaranRH welcomes guests to explore the wonderful world of Japanese pro-wrestling one wrestler at a time. Each episode sees an enthusiast have a discussion with a noob about a wrestler from Japan, hoping to encourage the noob to broaden their horizons. In this episode, the seasoned Robert McCauley of Eastern Lariat joins the podcast to gush about DDT's Konosuke Taekshita! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
35:57
November 30, 2021
Flight of 5: First Time IWGP Heavyweight Champions
Host Ryan Dilbert welcomes a revolving door of guests to break down their top 5 picks for a variety of wrestling topics. In this episode, Ryan welcomes Jamie Johnson to rank the NJPW stars most likely to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship for the first time! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
33:07
November 23, 2021
Noob Japan: Kazuchika Okada
Host CiaranRH welcomes guests to explore the wonderful world of Japanese pro-wrestling one wrestler at a time. Each episode sees an enthusiast have a discussion with a noob about a wrestler from Japan, hoping to encourage the noob to broaden their horizons.  In this episode, Wrestle Inn columnist Adam joins the podcast to learn about NJPW's Kazuchika Okada! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
40:05
November 16, 2021
Flight of 5: Dream G1 Climax Entrants
Host Ryan Dilbert welcomes a revolving door of guests to break down their top 5 picks for a variety of wrestling topics. In this episode, CiaranRH joins Ryan to each pick their top 5 dream G1 Climax entrants! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
51:42
November 09, 2021
Flight of 5: Joshi Building Blocks
Host Ryan Dilbert welcomes a revolving door of guests to break down their top 5 picks for a variety of wrestling topics.  In the series’ first episode, Trent Breward joins Ryan to each pick their top 5 joshi building blocks. Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
59:01
October 12, 2021
G1 Climax 31 Preview
A panel of the Wrestle Inn team discuss their thoughts ahead of NJPW's G1 Climax 31, including some extra spicy opinions and cursed fantasy booking! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
56:14
September 10, 2021
A Drink at the Inn With: Les Thatcher
Les Thatcher is a man who's seen and done it all in his over 60-year career in professional wrestling. He's been a wrestler, a promoter, a TV commmentator, a trainer, and has even worked with WCW and WWF/WWE. He's also been a t-shirt designer (designed the first wrestling t-shirt sold, the "Brisco Booster") and helped work on some of the early WWWF magazines. From 1995-2003, Les ran the Main Event Pro Wrestling Camp and also the Heartland Wrestling Association (HWA) out of Cincinnati, Ohio.  During his time running HWA, he helped develop stars such as Nigel McGuinness, Shark Boy, Rory Fox, Chad Collyer, Charlie Haas, and The Island Boys (aka Three Minute Warning aka Rosey and Umaga) to name a few. During that time he also promoted the annual Brian Pillman Memorial Shows from 1998-2001 which featured stars from WWF, WCW, and ECW along with independent stars from HWA, OVW, and other independent promotions on the same show. In this near hour long conversation, Les and I chat about his distinguished career and how he got started in professional wrestling; what led to the creation of the HWA and the Main Event Pro Wrestling Camp, how the Brian Pillman Memorial Show anthology DVD project with Joe Dombrowski came together, the legacy of the Chris Benoit vs. William Regal match from Pillman 2000, promoting Pillman '99 at the legendary Cincinnati Gardens, how HWA became a developmental territory for both WCW and WWF, and why he ultimately stepped away from HWA in 2003. We also talk Jon Moxley, Nigel McGuinness, and so much more in this fantastic interview! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
58:18
June 24, 2021
A Drink at the Inn With: Tama Tonga
Record breaking, history making, Bullet Club founding. One of the greatest tag team wrestlers of all time, Tama Tonga is a record holding seven time IWGP Tag Team Champion. Alongside his brother Tanga Loa, Guerrillas of Destiny have built a legacy as the tag team in NJPW. Tama is one of the original members of Bullet Club, paramount in the worldwide success the group has had since being formed in 2013. Spending his whole career within New Japan, there aren't many that can match the illustrious career that Tama has had. In this compact interview, Tama talks about the G.o.D legacy; the tag teams he has battled over the years; the ever changing and growing Bullet Club; his beef with the ex-Bullet Club members in America; if he'll show up on AEW or IMPACT one day; which teams he'd like to see join NJPW; Will Ospreay winning the New Japan Cup; Andrade leaving WWE and much more! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
22:02
March 25, 2021
A Drink at the Inn With: Adnan Kureishy
A name and face you may not have seen before, but a voice you’ve definitely heard, Adnan Kureishy is the terrific ring announcer for NJPW Strong! A long-time New Japan fan, Adnan has found himself living the dream, an integral part of New Japan’s USA expansion, introducing stars including Jay White, KENTA, Jon Moxley and many more. In this lively interview Adnan talks about how he got his start with New Japan; how it felt going from buying a ticket to the Strong Style Evolved tour three years ago, to now being the ring announcer for that same tour; the highlights of his time with NJPW so far, including calling the IWGP US Heavyweight Championship match between Jon Moxley and KENTA; the work that goes into being a New Japan ring announcer; his hopes for the future; which NJPW wrestlers he’d like to play video games with (Minoru Suzuki?!) and much more! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
52:09
March 22, 2021
A Drink at the Inn With: Alex Coughlin
One of the first recruits of Katsuyori Shibata'a LA Dojo, Alex Coughlin is making a name for himself as a Young Lion in NJPW. He is the powerhouse of the LA Dojo and doesn't let the Young Lion restrictions hold him down, constantly able to explode in the ring with his versatile and unique neck-based offense. When Alex inevitably graduates from the LA Dojo and returns to Japan, he's going to turn heads in the best way possible, a guaranteed future champion. In this interview Alex talks about his life within New Japan under the tutelage of Katsuyori Shibata in the LA Dojo; his return from injury in an intense Strong match and back-to-back Bloodsport matches; why he puts so much effort into making his neck so powerful; his time spent in Japan including his Tokyo Dome debut; who he wants to face within New Japan; the "forbidden door"; his love of video games and much more! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
33:50
March 14, 2021
A Drink at the Inn With: Kevin Kelly
Always in the conversation for greatest commentator of all time, the incomparable Kevin Kelly has been part of the wrestling business for 30 years, most famously for his work as an interviewer during WWE’s Attitude Era, interacting with mega-stars such as The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin. For a number of years he was the lead commentator for Ring of Honor, before finding himself a second home in Japan as the English voice for New Japan Pro Wrestling, where he today provides sublime commentary to English speaking fans worldwide. In this interview, Kevin gave us a peak behind the commentary curtain, detailing his process from preparing his notes, to producing his fellow commentators and being a tremendous play-by-play commentator. He spoke about the numerous people who have joined him at the desk over the years, including wrestlers such as Juice Robinson, and even revealed that NJPW wanted to bring in Bret Hart to do commentary! Kevin regaled how Shinya Hashimoto ribbed Satoshi Kojima by filling his hotel room with cicadas, and how just a few years ago a number of the roster filled Kojima’s room with oranges, poor Kojima! This, and so much more, make this rare interview unmissable! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
50:51
March 10, 2021
A Drink at the Inn With: Rocky Romero
Rocky Romero is an unsung hero within NJPW. Newer fans may be entirely unaware of his Hall of Fame worthy career because the maestro can seemingly do it all; he’s on English commentary; he’s managing Roppongi 3K; he’s dropping awesome hip-hop tracks; he’s integral to the development and promotion of New Japan Strong. You’d be forgiven for not knowing that he is also one of the greatest junior heavyweight wrestlers of all time, a record holding 8 time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion and a former IWGP Heavyweight Champion (as Black Tiger Mask)! In this interview, Rocky discusses the unforgettable Wrestle Kingdom 15 and Kota Ibushi’s ascension to becoming God; the incredible Mega Coaches vs Roppongi 3K title match; his future as a wrestler; his life behind the commentary desk; who his favourite son is; whether the Okada cruise will return; how NJPW Strong is akin to NXT or AEW Dark; why he hates BUSHI and so (so so so!) much more! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
42:45
March 10, 2021
A Drink at the Inn With: Chris Dickinson
The dream of stepping foot in a NJPW ring became a reality for Chris Dickinson when he made his debut as the surprise new member of Team Filthy on New Japan Strong. A veteran of the independent scene, he has made his mark in recent years competing for the likes of Beyond and GCW, most notably competing against Jon Moxley at Bloodsport in 2020, and now he’s finally where he belongs! In this interview, Dickinson discusses his admiration for Japanese wrestling, from the fans to the wrestlers themselves; what the future hopefully holds for him within New Japan, and who he is most eager to step into the ring with; how it felt completing his first tour in Japan in early 2020; the big match against Jon Moxley; his love of music and drumming, and so much more! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
45:43
March 10, 2021
A Drink at the Inn With: Karl Fredericks
Karl Fredericks was a last minute recruit to Katsuyori Shibata’s LA Dojo, choosing to join NJPW over the WWE Performance Centre. He was the first to graduate the dojo, but in his time as a Young Lion he became the first foreigner to ever win the Young Lion Cup; his confidence and ability often unable to be restrained by the Young Lion regime. Touted as a guaranteed star in the future, Fredericks is a currently a constant on the main roster of NJPW’s weekly American show, New Japan Strong. In this interview, Fredericks discusses life at the LA Dojo under the tutelage of Shibata; what changed for him when he graduated from being a Young Lion; his thoughts on the “forbidden door” happenings; his experience making his Wrestle Kingdom and Tokyo Dome debut; competing in the World Tag League alongside Hirooki Goto; how he discovered he could hit his gravity-defying dropkick; his love of music and horror films, and so much more! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
44:14
March 10, 2021
A Drink at the Inn With: Danny Limelight
In a year of uncertainty, Danny Limelight has turned the pandemic into prosperity. A main-stay on New Japan Strong and marquee matches on AEW Dark have given Limelight a taste of the spotlight, but he’s not here for just a taste. In this interview, Limelight discusses his time with both NJPW and AEW, wrestling against the likes of Brian Cage, Matt Sydal and Rocky Romero and he gives us the five wrestlers on his 2021 bucket list. Plus there’s lots more wrestling talk and Limelight talks about his love of Marvel! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
20:20
March 10, 2021