Wrestling CvsC 2.0: Kingdom, the Worst International Defunct Wrestling Promotion

ReDevilContributor IIIJuly 5, 2011

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Worst International Defunct Wrestling Promotion

Kingdom was a professional wrestling company founded in Japan in 1997. Japan is a country that has a rich tradition and history of professional wrestling. The Japanese have developed their own style of professional wrestling called puroresu.

When it comes to professional wrestling, there are only a few places in the world where one can go and learn their craft to become the greats and Japan is one of those places. Stars like Dory Funk Jr, Terry Funk, Eddie Guerrero, Harley Race, Chris Jericho, Ric Flair have all wrestled in Japan.

Moreover many Japanese wrestlers like The Great Muta, Ultimo Dragon, Hayabusa are legends in the sport all over the world. And in the great land where professional wrestling flourishes, Kingdom just falls flat on its face.

Kingdom Professional Wrestling had a backing from many great Japanese wrestlers and mixed-martial artists like Nobuhiko Takada, who helped popularize the shoot-style wrestling, Yoshihiro Takayama and Hiromitsu Kanehara. All of those guys were huge stars in the Union of Wrestling Forces International (UWF International) which was a groundbreaking wrestling promotion because it involved more realistic, hard-hitting, shoot-style wrestling.

Kingdom was essentially a continuation of the UWF International but it could not just live up to the legacy of UWF International.

Kingdom did not draw crowds that UWF International drew and the venue for many of the promotion's major cards were set at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo which had the capacity of about 2,000 fans and most of the time even filling out the 2,000 seats was difficult.

Kingdom Professional Wrestling was focusing on re-creating an era of wrestling that was gone in the eyes of the loyal Japanese fans. The company was trying to go back into the past by relying more on older stars and not changing with the times. The shoot-style wrestling was dead and by attempting to re-create the glory days of the UFW International, Kingdom Professional Wrestling folded in just a year in 1998. 

A former trainee of the Kingdom Professional Wrestling named Hidetada Irie formed another promotion called Kingdom Ehrgeiz; however, the promotion was very obscure and it rarely drew over 100 fans in the few events that were periodically held.

Because of the lack of fan support, unwillingness to change with the times and the short life of the organization, Kingdom Professional Wrestling is the worst defunct wrestling organization.

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