Hey there wrestling fans, we are back once again to answer your questions related to the world of professional wrestling. This week we discuss the differences (if any) from IWGP and New Japan Wrestling. This and much much more.
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Lets start off with a little bit of Bad News.
The WWE Hall of Fame is a great way to symbolize the contributions of individuals to the business that not only I but you the readers love. As part of that induction process the WWE has given the receipents rings. Rings that I personally feel should be kept as a memento of the occasion; any hall of fame is a big deal and before I go any farther I understand that the ring becomes the property of the person and they can do what they want with it. I do have some bad news however as a couple of these rings of have been in the news recently as Sunny announced a few weeks ago that she was selling hers to “turn the page on her life” and on a recent episode of Pawn Stars that Paul Bearer’s ring wound up on there. I personally just find it sad that these icons and in Bearer’s case his family would sell their rings that they worked for years or in some cases decades to achieve.
Did you know?
Did you know that while it was highly promoted that Starrcade 83 was Ric Flair’s Flair for the Gold against Harley Race. This was actually his third championship win in the NWA, he won his first in 1979 against Dusty Rhodes.
Here are the questions
Eric kicks us off with a question about Japan wrestling.
Are IWGP AND New Japan pro wrestling the same thing or 2 completely different companies?
It is a lot like the old NWA back in the early 80’s. It is broken up into several different territories. IWGP stands for International Wrestling Grand Prix. New Japan Pro Wrestling is a governing body of IWGP. Five of the seven championships in New Japan carry the intials IWGP in the championship name. Such as the IWGP Championship, The IWGP Intercontinental Championship, The IWGP Junior Heavyweight and Junior Tag Team Championship. So essentially IWGP is not an actual wrestling organization, that is New Japan Pro Wrestling. IWGP is basically the top of the food chain that has wrestling promotions attached to its name.
Quinn from Palm Beach Florida chimes in
So I was watching the last two Smackdown episodes, and I know there is a lot of editing involved, but the crowd seems kind of fake. Is there anything to this?
There is a lot to this. If you listen carefully and also watch the crowd reaction. There is an obvious roar of cheers and boos when someone comes out, almost like a reaction from a video game. If you pay attention to the crowd, they are basically not moving, or appears to be dead and not in to the show. There is a ton of editing involved with Smackdown to fade out any mistakes, or botches that may occur during the show. The WWE spends many hours reviewing the show to edit, and insert crowd reaction when applicable. So you are not wrong at all, Quinn, there is massive editing, and it really isnt that great.
Byron from Vermont wants to know about champions from another company.
Has there ever been a wrestler win a championship from one promotion, but competed in another promotion?
It has happened on a couple of occasions. The first time that I can remember was when Tatsumi Fuianami defeated Ric Flair to win the WCW World Heavyweight championship during the Japan Supershow in 1991. While he was officially named the champion, the decision was ultimately reversed and the title was given back to Ric Flair. At the time Fujinami competed for IWGP and not WCW. It also happened when Tazz won the ECW World Championship while competing for the WWF back in the late 90’s. Finally, I suppose you could use The Rock, Chris Jericho, and Kurt Angle when they won the WCW Championship in WWE, however you could make the argument against it because at the time WWE owned WCW, but still they were still separate titles. The WCW United States title was also won by WWE members Kurt Angle, Tajiri, and Edge.
Casey from Milwaukee Wisconsin wants to know about the Golden One.
With all the talent that Goldust has in the ring. Why does the WWE make him into a comedian?
Pretty simply put, Goldust, or Dustin Rhodes, is really a funny guy backstage, and is a pretty good prankster. Some have said that even out of character he is one of the funniest wrestlers that they have ever seen. Goldust had his “serious” run as a serious wrestler, well if thats what you want to call it. He was a former 3 time Intercontinental Champion, and has had some really memorable matches. Truth be told, Goldust is in his mid 40’s right now, and is pretty much well past his prime. While I agree that he can still go in the ring, he will not be the wrestler that he used to be, and really enjoys what he does in the WWE right now. This is also World Wrestling Entertainment, and his character does just that, entertains. So to answer your question, Vince and Dustin mutually agreed to run with Goldust in this spectrum.
Casey takes us home with another question about Dustin Rhodes.
Dustin Rhodes was an up and coming star in WCW as a US Champ, and Tag Team champ. Do you think he would have elevated to a World Champion had he stayed with the WCW?
It is very possible that Dustin could have been involved in the main event circuit, and followed in his father’s footsteps to be the World Heavyweight Champion. However, Dustin is a smart guy, and really made the right decision to jump ship to the WWE. Why? Simple, he knew that Hulk Hogan was on his way to the WCW, and with that being done, he would have hogged the spotlight, which he did, and did everything that he could to stay on top. Dustin knew that his window of opportunity was around 1993 when he was the United States Champion. When Hogan came to WCW in 94, and won the championship, Dustin was basically regulated back to the mid-card, and he knew that he was not going to have a chance to do much in WCW. He moved to the WWE, where he made a lot more money, and really made a great career for himself as Goldust. While he was never a World Champion, he is a likely future Hall of Famer, due in part to what he accomplished in WWE.
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