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10 Hardcore Japanese Wrestling Stipulations You Won’t Believe Are Real

15 April 2015 3:25 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Oh Japan. You’re so weird.

When Atsushi Onita founded a brand new promotion, known as Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling (Fmw), he had a vision, a vision of company based around a more hardcore style of wrestling, of blood and glass and flesh meeting barbed wire.

Inspired by the death matches he’d participated in and witnessed during his time in Memphis, most noticeably the Tupelo Concession Stand Brawl (read about that Here *insert link to Honky Tonk Man article*) he set out to change the face of wrestling as he saw it, or at the very least cut its ear off and set it on fire. He accomplished this mission.

Fmw’s insane, capital letters Insane, levels of uncomfortable brutality set off a chain reaction and new deathmatch-oriented promotions like Wrestling International New Generations (W*Ing), the International Wrestling Association of Japan (Iwaj) and Big Japan Wrestling (Bjw), started cropping »

- Adam Blampied

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About The Honky Tonk Man

13 April 2015 1:57 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

The wrestling industry during the 80s and 90s was a different county; an acid-washed land of green and pink, of eye-bulging and shouting, of seemingly familiar creatures like hockey players, bin men and Elvis impersonators – but for some reason they’re all thumping the pudding out of each other.

The men were big. The gimmicks were bigger.

When you look back at the careers of these larger-than-life creatures, these forgotten souls, these mounties and mentors, it’s hard to realise just how much we’ve either forgotten or plain didn’t know about the men and women who were dedicated to our entertainment, but not lucky enough to have been called into the office and told: “Hey, how about an Undertaker?”

Roy Wayne Farris was one such superstar, joining the then-called WWF in 1986 and enjoying a few years on top before slipping down the card. He was famous for having long sideburns, »

- Adam Blampied

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