Celebrating Wrestling in Japan: What the Hell Is Puroresu?

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Celebrating Wrestling in Japan: What the Hell Is Puroresu?

Anybody can agree that WWE is too mainstream. They did put wrestling on the map for America and it was very big in the early days like the 80s and 90s but that momentum has slowed down. People still put WWE as the highest bar in terms of quality wrestling. It really bugs me, has any of them seen a Japanese wrestling match? 

Puroresu. That is what Japanese wrestling is called. I think WWE has clearly defined the differences between them and puroresu or lucha libre. WWE is sports entertainment. Puroresu is also scripted wrestling, I'll give you that but it is more realistic. There is no outside interference, run-ins, or referees conveniently looking the other way. Blatant cheating draws boos from the audience, no matter how popular the wrestler. Almost every match ends clean, with no cheating and no disqualification.

Japanese wrestlers also like to do "stiff" matches which is pulling no punches. You hurt who you wanna hurt and its encouraged. Promos are rarely used and interviews usually occur after the matches rather than before, where they can be seen sweating and tired, as testimony to the match they have been in.

Let's honor some of the best wrestlers of Puroresu. If you haven't heard of any of them, then now is your chance. Witness what wrestling truly is.

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