Episode 39: Lion's Pride: The Turbulent History of New Japan Pro Wrestling

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By Steve Cimino and Walt Schwenk, Steve Cimino, and Walt Schwenk. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

New Japan Pro Wrestling is arguably the hottest wrestling promotion in the world, second only to WWE in worldwide success. But their ups and downs are legendary, and documented brilliantly in Chris Charlton's book on everything from Antonio Inoki to Kazuchika Okada. Though it was written in 2015, before the rise of Kenny Omega and the arrival of Chris Jericho, Lion's Pride offers a detailed look at what helped NJPW reach its current heights. Join us as we break down the land that helped shape Finn Balor, Shinsuke Nakamura, and so many more.

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