Samoa Joe Reportedly to Sign with WWE columnist Sean Radican is reporting that Samoa Joe is expected to sign with WWE and report to NXT as early as late April, 2015.

Joe parted ways with TNA just last week, and has already made an appearance with Ring of Honor, announcing his intentions for the Ring of Honor World Championship this past Sunday at the 13th Anniversary Show.

While his start date is unconfirmed, Joe is booked with Ring of Honor through the April 25th show in Minnesota.  If Joe reports to WWE Developmental after this date, he would not be participating in the War of the World co-events with New Japan Pro Wrestling.

More details as they develop.

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New Japan Pro Wrestling “The New Beginning” Sendai Results, with Two Championships Changing Hands

New Japan Pro Wrestling put on their “New Beginning” event in Sandai, Japan on February 14 at Sendai Sun Plaza.  The event was attended by 2900 fans and four titles were defended on the show.  Notable was that the NEVER Openweight Championship, which we saw Togi Makabe win at Wrestle Kingdom 9, was vacated when Makabe couldn’t make the show due to the flu.  So the title was put on the line tonight.

The following are the full results of the show, courtesy Wrestling Inc.

Captain New Japan and Manabu Nakanishi def. Satoshi Kojima and Yohei Komatsu by pinfall

rEDragon (Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly) def. Tiger Mask IV and Jay White by pinfall

Time Splitters (Alex Shelley and Kushida) and Mascara Dorada def. Bullet Club (Young Bucks and Kenny Omega) by pinfall

Kota Ibushi and Tetsuya Naito def. Kazushi Sakuraba and Toru Yano by pinfall

Kazuchika Okada and YOSHIoHASI def. Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale and Yujiro Takahashi) by pinfall

Meiyu Tag (Hirooki Goto and Katsuyori Shibata) and Hiroshi Tanahashi def. Bullet Club (Doc Gallows, Karl Anderson, and Tama Tonga) by pinfall

NWA Junior Heavyweight Championship Match
Jushin “Thunder” Liger (c) def. Chase Owens by pinfall to retain the NWA Junior Heavyweight Championship

NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match

Hiroyoshi Tenzan def. Rob Conway (c, w/Bruce Tharpe) to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship

NEVER Openweight Championship Match, title vacated by Makabe due to flu

Tomohiro Ishii def. Tomoaki Honma by pinfall to win the NEVER Openweight Championship

IWGP Intercontinental Championship

Shinsuke Nakamura (c) def. Yuji Nagata by pinfall to retain the IWGP Intercontinental Championship


Japanese Wrestling Legend Genichiro Tenryu Announces His Retirement

Japanese wrestling legened Genichiro Tenryu has recently celebrated his 65th birthday, and is still active in the ring with no signs of slowing down.  He has had a life-long commitment to wrestling, but today at a press conference he has announced his retirement.  His planned retirement date is November 13, 2015, which is exactly to the day he made his debut, November 13, 1976.

At the press conference, Tenryu said that he has had a good life in pro-wrestling, and it was truly most enjoyable.  He thanked the late Giant Baba, who he credited with helping him become a pro wrestler.  Tenryu recently appeared at an All-Japan show, competing at the 17th death anniversary show for Baba.

When asked why he made the choice to retire, he said that he needs to focus on his family, and his wife who is battling illness.  No location has been set for his retirement show, but Tenryu noted at the press conference that the Ryogoku Kokugikan might be a possible venue.  The show is being billed as “Genichiro Tenryu Retirement – Revolution Final Tour, 11/13/2015.”

You can read the full announcement on the Puroresu Spirit Facebook page.


New Japan Pro Wrestling Offers a Free Month of Their Streaming Service for New Subscribers

In a move similar to what WWE is doing with the WWE Network, New Japan Pro Wrestling is offering their video streaming service, New Japan World, for free during the month of February.  This offer is for new subscribers only.

You may need to use a translator to sign up for it, but those that have subscribed rave about the quality of the service.

If you are interested in signing up, please visit



Interview Highlights: Jim Cornette Talks about Heat with The Young Bucks, High Spots in Wrestling, and More.

Jim Cornette appeared on the In Your Head Radio show, and spoke about possible heat he has with The Young Bucks, and also pointed out some of the problems he sees with high spots in tag matches.  Below are some of the highlights. Continue reading


AXS TV Airing Block of Pro Wrestling Tonight, Including Hulk Hogan Interview

A brief review of the TV listings for tonight reveals that AXS TV will be airing a pair of the new New Japan Pro Wrestling shows tonight.  Starting at 9PM EST, they will air the first show, which will feature Kazuchika Okada vs. Hiroki Goto and an advertised six man tag.  That match will feature Lance Archer, Taka Michinoku, and Minoru Suzuki against Shinsuke Nakamura, Tomohiro Ishii and Jado.

The second broadcast will be at 10PM EST, and feature Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada.  This is listed as a premiere, so it could be the same match shown last week when the product debuted.

Adding to this is “The Voice vs. Hulk Hogan” interview.  That show is listed to air at 8PM EST.  So it looks like you can get a wrestling related fix for about three hours this evening via AXS TV.

I have not yet seen the AXS TV broadcasts of New Japan Pro Wrestling, but from what I have heard others say, it is a good hour of television.  If you check these out and want to share your thoughts, hit me on Twitter @Bill_SoonerFan or drop me a line (




Ring of Honor Talent and One Half of “Forever Hooligans” Announces “Indefinite Sabbatical” from Pro Wrestling

Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling talent Alex Koslov took to Twitter to state that he is stepping away from the squared circle.  On Twitter he wrote that “I am hesitant to say I’m retiring from pro wrestling, but I am taking a much needed indefinite sabbatical to focus on my life.”  He went on to say that thanks to social media he will “continue to entertain you in different ways.”

The 31-year old is known for teaming with Rocky Romero in the “Forever Hooligans” tag team, and the pair recently worked the Wrestle Kingdom 9 event at the Tokyo Dome.  He stated that he had given New Japan three months’ notice that he was going to be stepping away.  Also, he thanked the fans, his tag partner Romero, and New Japan for their support.

You can see the tweets, and follow Alex, on Twitter at this link.


Ring Rap Audio: 01/06/15 – Presenting the 2014 Ring Rap Year-End Award Winners, NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 9 Review, WWE Raw, TNA Impact, plus more!

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It’s time for our 2014 Ring Rap Year End Awards!  Where, YOU, the listener, have spoken and voted on topics like Match of the Year, Wrestler of the Year, Stupid Gimmick of the Year, and lots more!

In addition to that, Bill and Drew talk about the amazing New Japan Pro Wrestling “Wrestle Kingdom 9,” and contrast it to the absolutely, positively terrible WWE Raw this week.

Plus, a discussion on TNA’s debut this week, plus lots more!

Follow all of us on Twitter as well: @RingRapAudio and @RingRap.  Bill is on Twitter @Bill_SoonerFan.  Matt is on Twitter @bigmat75.  Drew is on Twitter too @PsionStorm.

Be sure to tune in to our shorter, more frequent solo audio show, Around the Ring with Ring Rap! (iTunes | Stitcher | TuneIn | RSS)

You can also follow us on Facebook and Google+!


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New Japan Pro Wrestling “Wrestle Kingdom 9″ Tokyo Dome Show Live Coverage 1/4/2015 – AJ Styles, The Young Bucks, The Forever Hooligans, rEDragon, Bullet Club All Scheduled To Appear, Tanahashi vs. Okada for the IWGP Championship, and More

It’s a special January pay per view weekend, as we bring you live coverage of this year’s New Japan Pro Wrestling “Wrestle Kingdom 9″ Tokyo Dome Show.  This is the Japanese equivalent of Wrestlemania, and this year it’s being brought to the United States via pay per view through Jeff Jarrett’s Global Force Wrestling organization.  The pay per view will air live at 2AM EST, and will have English commentary courtesy of WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross and Lucha Underground’s Matt Striker.

The card for this show is loaded, and is as follows:

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada; IWGP Heavyweight Championship

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kota Ibushi; IWGP Intercontinental Championship

Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson (Bullet Club) vs. Hirooki Goto and Katsuyori Shibata; IWGP Tag Team Championship

Tyusuke Taguchi vs. Kenny Omega; IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship

Tomohiro Ishii vs. Togi Makabe; NEVER Openweight Championship

rEDragon (Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly) vs. Forever Hooligans (Alex Koslov and Rocky Romero) vs. The Young Bucks (Nick and Matt Jackson) vs. The Time Splitters (Alex Shelley and Kushida); IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship under four-way rules

AJ Styles vs. Tetsuya Naito

Minoru Suzuki vs. Kazushi Sakuraba; match must end either by submission or knockout

Naomichi Marufuji, Mikey Nicholls, Shane Haste, and Toru Yano vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr., Lance Archer, Shelton Benjamin, and Takashi Iizuka; Eight Man Tag Match

Jeff Jarrett, Yoijiro Takahashi, and Bad Luck Fale vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima, and Tomoaki Honma

15 Man New Japan Rumble match

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