Tuesday Apr 30, 2024

The NWA in Japan

Dive into a fascinating exploration of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) Championship’s rich history and significance in Japan in this riveting podcast episode. Revisit an epic timeline that stretches from the late 1950s to the early 2000s, featuring legendary wrestling icons like Lou Thesz, Ric Flair, Dory Funk Jr., Harley Race, and Jack Brisco.

Understand the profound impact the NWA Championship had, not only in the United States but also on the Japanese wrestling scene. Gain insight into renowned title matches, thrilling rivalries, and the altering dynamics of wrestling scenes over the years. Learn how Japan's wrestling scene profoundly contributed to the NWA title's global appeal and influence.

Explore the era of Dory Funk Jr.'s reign as the NWA Champion and the indispensable role the Funks played in carving the trajectory of Japanese wrestling history. Get a glimpse of the interesting power shifts during Giant Baba's establishment of All Japan Pro Wrestling in 1972, illuminating the intricate dynamics of the wrestling world. For dedicated wrestling fans and ardent researchers, this episode unveils deep insights into the backstage works of wrestling promotions, alliances, and industry dynamics.

This episode takes listeners through the significant evolution the NWA underwent as wrestling shifted focus. Discover how the organization navigated through the changing wrestling landscape, grappling with its identity and reputation, and ultimately its impact on Japan's wrestling industry. Despite its challenges, the NWA remains a distinctive figure in wrestling history due to its vital role in shaping the global wrestling scene.

Trace the convoluted journey of the NWA World Title, navigating through the maze of American and Japanese wrestling history to its current place in the larger wrestling universe. Discover the influential times when the NWA World Title shifted hands, examine legendary bouts, and delve into hall-of-fame careers, shaping the title's legacy. Finally, the episode reflects on the evolution of wrestling consumption and technology's role, discussing how these changes influence the title’s prestige in the booming global market.

(This episode first aired in August 2022)

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