MFJJ Posted May 25, 2018 Share Posted May 25, 2018 ** Excerpted from The Wrestling Insider newsletter online archives ** ** A note on dates: This dates back to the period when the newsletter still existed in both online and physical forms. Through most of this time, Dick would post the text of the newsletter on Friday nights, but mail the physical copies out on the following Monday. Addenda to the Friday updates (usually PPV results) that would be included in the physical newsletter were archived as special updates. Since I only have full access to the online archive, and to avoid confusion with different dates of publication, I will simply refer to which week (1-4) of a particular month the report corresponds to. It is easier to avoid the confusion caused by different dates of publication. ** *From January 1997 Wrestling Insider (week 1)* -PGHW PGHW released a press statement to the Japanese wrestling media, flush off the success of their big show two weeks ago. Underneath the logo was a photo of Hito Ichihara holding the Glory Crown belt over his head after the main event of that show, which I covered in detail last week. The main point of interest in the release concerned the schedule of the upcoming year. I had it on good authority that PGHW intended on touring 7 or 8 months this year, running 3 houses a week, including TV. Well, it turns out they will be running two houses a week (again, including TV), but for nine months. I don't know what is behind the change, but I'd assume that with the physical style they work, it would be hard to use guys more than twice a week. The first tour of the year is being advertised as the "Spring Rising Series", and will run from February through May. They are running Tokyo in the first weekend of February, the second weekend of March, the third weekend of April, and the last weekend of May. New this year is the naming of these shows, "Night of RESPECT" is to be the first one. I have heard that they are close to signing a PPV deal for these events. In backstage news, it looks like Koryusai Kitoaji is in and Danger Kumasaka is out as head booker, although it is mostly semantics, as both have been in the inner circle since the company's founding, and Jimbo-san has the last word on everything anyway. *From January 1997 Wrestling Insider (week 2)* -PGHW The big news in PGHW this week was their signing of a PPV deal with J-Remote 1. No details have leaked, and the PPV market in Japan is not as closely attached to pro wrestling as it is in the states, but it is an additional revenue source that should help the company in their first full year of operations. Java and Rico Santana were informed at the conclusion of the last tour that they would not be brought back for the Spring tour. I don't know what the issue was with Santana, but Java was going to have limited availability since he has signed on with Stallings' company (and you still can't make me say the name). There had been talk that Koji Kojima and Koki Ishibashi would be on the next tour, but that appears to have been scuttled. The main event for Night of RESPECT has been announced as Yodo Nakane challenging for the Glory Crown against Hito Ichihara. Nakane was Kitoaji's first challenger last summer, and his history as Ichihara's primary tag partner last year adds an interesting wrinkle. More pragmatically, Nakane is easily the least over of the "First Four" (also including Ichihara, Kitoaji, and Kumasaka), so he should be used to draw money while he can. The only undercard match announced so far is Miwa/Hoshino vs. Kumasaka/Mushashibo. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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