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The Dojo: Shinsuke Nakamura

Shinsuke Nakamura as IWGP Heavyweight Champion


Shinsuke Nakamura

Billed Height:  6 ft 2

Billed Weight: 230lb

Born: Feb 24, 1980(31), Mineyama, Kyoto, Japan.

Trained by: Inoki Dojo, NJPW Dojo, Osamu Kido.

Debut: August 29 2002

  • Finishing moves
    • Boma Ye (High knee to the opponent’s face or the back of the head)
    • Crucifix armbar
    • Landslide (Samoan driver, sometimes from the second rope)
    • Shining Triangle (Nakamura steps off one of the kneeling opponent’s knees and quickly applies a triangle choke)
  • Signature moves
    • Bridging / Release German suplex
    • Death Valley driver
    • Double underhook piledriver
    • El Niño (Springboard moonsault)
    • Front facelock sleeper hold
    • Inverted powerslam
In a lot of ways Shinsuke Nakamura is New Japan’s equivalent to CM Punk. In the same way Punk represents the complete 180 of John Cena, Nakamura is on the other end of the spectrum from NJPW’s number one ace, the uber popular star, Hiroshi Tanahashi. The anti-Tanahashi, which is ironic as the two were once a very formidable tag team, even winning the IWGP tag team championships.

Shinsuke(left) and Tanahashi(right)

Outspoken, brash and arrogant, Nakamura backs it up with unparalleled psychology and technique. A fully trained mix martial artist, Nakamura has found great success since incorporating moves like his patented Boma Ye knee strike, reportedly fracturing the Tanahashi’s orbital bone, not to mention leading him to the IWGP Heavyweight title on more than one occasion.

Nakamura hits a Boma Ye on his opponent.

Debuting in 2002 and garnering much attention, Nakamura was dubbed “Super Rookie” and is recognized as the youngest IWGP Heavyweight Champion in history when he defeated Hiroshi Tenzan for the title. Nakamura would go on to join the BLACK stable, rechristening it RISE, with  Minoru, Milano Collection A.T., Hirooki Goto, Giant Bernard,Travis Tomko, and Prince Devitt. Nakamura would go on to defeat his former tag team partner and now rival, Hiroshi Tanahashi for yet another IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
Recently Nakamura was entered in the G1 Climax and went on to win seven out of his nine round robin stage matches, finished first in his block to advance to the finals of the tournament. On August 14, Nakamura defeated Tetsuya Naito to win the 2011 G1 Climax and earn another shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

Nakamura hits a German Suplex on Yuji Nagata


The Wrestler: The Scott Hall Story

In his prime, Scott Hall was a mountain of a man – 6-foot-7, 290 pounds of solidly sculptured muscle, appearing as close as invincible as they come. As Razor Ramon, he was one of professional wrestling’s biggest names and most villainous villains, busting chairs with the likes of Randy Savage, Bret Hart and Hulk Hogan in front of tens of thousands of screaming fans in sold-out arenas. And he loved the life that came with it: the parties, the women, the celebrity. But the high life soon started to slip away, and Hall has been desperately doing whatever he can since to hold on ever since. Hall’s slide seems to know no bottom – from his deteriorating physical and mental condition, to his ongoing battle with alcohol and substance abuse that has crippled his family life and resulted in pathetic public appearances in school gyms. But he’s hanging on, somehow. Now his only son, Cody, wants to follow in his father’s tortured bootsteps. E:60 chronicles the heartbreaking story of a man who is a shadow of his former self and desperate for one last taste of the glory days.

The Ladder Match 2: Crash and Burn

Reviewed by Adrian Surujbhan

WWE The Ladder Match 3: Crash and Burn


The sequel to WWE Home Video’s 2007 release “The Ladder Match” is another comprehensive look at wrestling’s greatest high risk, high drama contest, the ladder match. Hosted by WWE veteran and ladder match pioneer Christian, we’re presented with a slew of matches from WWE, WCW, OVW and SMW.

The Iconic Ladder Match

The Good:

From start to finish the breadth of great matches on the set is pretty staggering. The 3 disc set features twenty-one matches that run the gamut. The bulk of matches are from recent WWE history including from the first Money In The Bank PPV, as well as this years Extreme Rules PPV. The production is a pretty straight forward affair that plays great and definitely has repeat value. Considering this is the second dvd set dedicated to ladder matches, WWE Home Video has done a great job of mixing rare matches like an old WCW gem like Syxx vs. Eddie Guerrero for the US Title to classic, often seen matches like the legendary Razor Ramon vs Shawn Michaels Intercontinental Title match. As usual with WWE Home Video releases, the opening aptly sets the stage for the high risk, unbelievable offense and the OMG moments that follow. The little snippets we get of Christian between the odd match are a lot of fun and add necessary levity to the proceedings.

Mr.Kennedy wins Money in the Bank at Wrestlemania 23

The Bad:

The original set didn’t really cover a whole lot of ground in terms of history and excluding a brief origin story we don’t get any here either. The original did however give us promo videos to open a few of the more famous matches that really helped set the mood and get first time viewers up to speed. The lack of any back story might alienate newer wrestling fans from otherwise great matches. For instance, the Stone Cold Steve Austin vs Vince and Shane McMahon Ladder Match from King of the Ring ’99 really didn’t come across as important as it really was when I went in cold.  Having hit Youtube to recall what lead to this match it helped establish a sense of urgency and gravity to the match, which I felt was lacking on the original viewing. One thing I enjoyed from the original set was the small interviews from WWE superstars between chapters that added an interesting dynamic, really bringing home the danger that goes into these match-ups. Unfortunately like the original, volume two contains no extras. No interviews or personal accounts, no bonus matches, nothing but an online survey. The Blu-Ray contains a few extra matches, but nothing to write home about.

Sheamus vs John Morrison TLC 2010


Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship

Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon
- WrestleMania X 20th March, 1994

This match has been well documented but has stood the test of time.  This may not have been the original ladder match but in a lot of ways this match is the conception. A true classic, always worth a watch.

Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship

Christian vs. Rob Van Dam
- Raw 29th September, 2003

I can vaguely recall watching this match in my bedroom when I was 14 years old so I was so happy to get the chance to see it again. Van Dam and Christian had a lot of chemistry and told a great story in this one. A really engrossing match-up even knowing the outcome.

Ladder Match for the Undisputed OVW Women’s Championship

Katie Lea vs. Beth Phoenix
- OVW 23rd December, 2006

Had no idea this match existed until I bought the set. A really intriguing concept, that Phoenix and Lea pulled it off.

Ladder Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship

The Hardys vs. The World’s Greatest Tag Team -
One Night Stand 3rd June, 2007

I’ve only been able to stand The Hardy’s in a tag situation and even then it’s fleeting. The ladder match is where they shine. In a lot of ways their second run as a tag team was more fruitful than their first. They’d never shared the amount of success as Edge and Christian or The Dudleys. This time around they were the veterans and clearly in their element. The match was a great mix of athleticism, high risk and creativity.




TLC Match for the World Heavyweight Championship

Undertaker vs. Edge
One Night Stand 1st June, 2008

As much as I loved the rivalry between Edge and The Undertaker throughout 2008, including their epic Wrestlemania match and their subsequent rematches, I have never enjoyed their foray into the ladder match. The match was more or less a contrived spot fest. Very hokey and shallow. Not up to their usual standard.


Ladder Match

Tracy Smothers vs. Chris Candido -
Smoky Mountain Wrestling March, 1994

Talk about a head scratcher. I have no idea why this match was added to the set. Tracy Smothers and Chris Candido aren’t exactly big names but worse even is the match itself. Nothing that sets it apart as worthy of making the cut other than it’s classification as a ladder match.

Ladder Match for the Hardcore Championship

Mankind vs. Big Boss Man
Raw 30th November, 1998

Another “what were they thinking?” match, a quick, completely forgettable contest for the meaningless Hardcore championship.

Jeff Hardy Leg Drops Edge at Wrestlemania 23

The Verdict:

I’m honestly happy with my purchase. If nothing else, it’s a great companion piece to the original three disc set.  It may be very bare bones and I may have liked a few extras, interviews, etc, but you can’t argue with the result. It’s a focused production, it’s intention is to shed some more light on the ladder match and it does just that.

Repeat Value: 3/5

Presentation: 4/5

Match Quality: 4/5


I’d like to echo the sentiment of my fellow writer. I’m very much looking forward to many rousing debates and discussion about something that really has defined a great portion of my life.

Welcome to Wrestle Redemption

This is my first blog and is a joint effort with friends who have had a passion for pro wrestling for many years. Here we will post any interesting articles, interviews, spoilers, rumours and videos as it relates to the world of professional wrestling. We will also be doing our own reviews on ppv events and dvds from the past and present. Keep in mind we have a variety of interests and will be reporting mainly on the wwe as well as foreign companies such as New Japan Pro Wrestling. I hope that everyone enjoys the information and forum we have created here for self-proclaimed smart marks and hope to educate and engage readers. Thanks 🙂