The Wrestling Done Right Network has been bringing you stories, coverage, and YouTube videos for the past 8 years, of only the best professional wrestling in the world. In that time, rarely has there been a single company that has dedicated itself to what WDR believes is "legitimate" or "worthy" professional wrestling. Having always been a supporter of Pro Wrestling NOAH, it wasn't until recently that WDR has had the full, and total access to NOAH as we do today, thanks to Wrestle Universe. As such, WDR has taken a bold, and confident change, deciding to focus solely on the one company in the world that has consistently presented, and promoted, "Wrestling Done Right," Pro Wrestling NOAH. WDR plans to still feature, and promote the few amazing professional wrestlers outside of NOAH, but when we do, pieces written about these wrestlers will be done so as a suggestion to Pro Wrestling NOAH to consider bringing in for a tour. Welcome aboard the ARK to all WDR fans and supporters. NOAH found grace in the eyes of the Lord, and Pro Wrestling NOAH found grace in the eyes of the wrestling snob!
As is always the case, when I manage to find a wrestling company (not just random matches) that I can support as "Wrestling Done Right," I have this desire to stand on a rooftop and shout all about it at the top of my lungs. Thinking that I am finding others such as myself, my passion can get in the way of me realizing that 98% of wrestling fans today no longer really like "wrestling." Nearly all fans today like silly, over the top, goofy, drama, where guys smaller than people in the audience, in jeans, t-shirts, and Nike's, participate in choreographed tumble routines. Most fans today love wrestling "moves," the bigger, and the crazier, the better, and instead of being frustrated when these moves do little to no damage, they actually POP for that!
A sure fire way to get a "this is awesome" chant out of a pro wrestling crowd today is to have a wrestler kick out of a top rope Canadian Destroyer (or anything similar). When these "fans" watch something like Pro Wrestling NOAH, and see matches that have a good (slower) pace, and where selling is a major part of every match, and instead of it looking like a routine, the match looks like a struggle between two fighters, words like "boring" are always tossed around. Today's "fans" don't want to watch an entire show where every match is decided cleanly, in the middle of the ring. They don't want to watch a show where not one single table is broken. These fans don't want to watch an entire PPV quality show that doesn't have one single gimmick match. Funny thing, those type of things are exactly what I, and thankfully plenty of fans in Japan, and a few intelligent fans in America, see as "Wrestling Done Right," and I will hype, push, and promote it as if I was the owner of that company. That was a mistake tons of fans made back when Legacy Wrestling existed, so many thought and even told others, that I was the owner of the company, just because who could believe someone who wasn't the owner, would promote anything so heavily? Well, that's what I do for "Wrestling Done Right," and that is exactly what Pro Wrestling Noah is!
If you're tired of wrestling matches going 100mph, if you're tired of nothing being "sold," if you're tired of constant gimmick matches, if you're tired of wonky finishes, if you're tired of violent gymnastics and want wrestling to look like a fight, then Pro Wrestling NOAH is for you!
I have always been convinced that good, solid, well worked, professional wrestling has multiple millions of fans. The problem is, most of them have completely abandoned professional wrestling. I've been a fan of professional wrestling since 1977, and while the stuff that I loved is dead, and almost completely gone, the idea that wrestling COULD still be great, exists in my mind so much, that I can't completely stop being a fan, though I have come close, numerous times. While just about every major company over the last few decades have had great matches, none of them have presented that all of the time. Great matches always have to be surrounded by silliness, comedy, over the top, sports entertainment drivel, that insults wrestling fans that want it to be "done right." As of January 11th, 2022 the only two places where I can find "wrestling done right," are New Japan Pro Wrestling, Pro Wrestling NOAH, and World Wonder Ring, Stardom. I would have once included Major League Wrestling on this list, bust for some time now, it has been a Lucha company, and Lucha isn't something I have much interest in.
Ring of Honor's "Pure Division" rose up for a short time, and excited me like I've not been excited over American wrestling in many years. Shortly after though, the company went on hiatus, and from my understanding, when they return, the Pure title isn't coming back. While I love Jon Gresham, and "The Foundation," ROH's lack of support for the title they so recently brought back, doesn't inspire to me lend them a lot of support, but I am not saying I won't give them a chance, time will tell what ROH is going to be in April, when they come back.
Rising up in the place of ROH, and it's Pure Division, is "TERMINUS," a new company started by Jon Gresham himself, and his partner, Baron Black. They recently released the rules, or as they are calling them, "Directives," and they have me excited, they have me hopeful, and they have me ready to embrace the company with every ounce of passion that I have, and trust me, that's a lot of passion! Take a look at the directives here-
Here is the card for Terminus's first show, this Sunday, January 16th, 2022.
Liiza Hall vs. Janai Kai
Impact Digital Media Title Match
Jordynne Grace (c) vs. Kiera Hogan
Terminal Eliminator Four Way Match
Invictus Khash vs. JDX vs. Daniel Garcia vs. Adam Priest
Bandido vs. Baron Black
Tag Team Match
Fred Yehi & Tracy Williams vs. Dante Caballero & Joe Keys
Mike Bennett vs. Moose
Jay Lethal vs. Lee Moriarty
ROH World Title Pure Rules Match
Jonathan Gresham (c) vs. Josh Alexander
You can watch the show on FITE
I first discovered Will Ospreay in What Culture Wrestling, in his faction The Swords of Essex, and later in the Pacitti Club. It wasn’t too long after that, that the picture accompanying this article was taken, at a Ring of Honor show, in Philadelphia. Will was pleasantly surprised when I told him that I enjoyed his work in Swords of Essex, and we spoke about that a little bit. At the time Will was mostly known as a spot monkey style wrestler, by harsh critics such as myself, but I thought I saw something in him that could be more than that. I’ll admit, I started backing off of my fandom of Ospreay as the years went on because he didn’t seem to be coming out of the “spot monkey” stuff at all. However, I saw him take a beating from Matt Riddle in the midst of those years, selling so well for the former MMA star, that he won me over a little bit once again. When Kazuchika Okada took a strong interest in Ospreay, my interest was piqued once again, thinking that one of my favorite wrestlers saw what I saw in the young high flyer, and started paying attention to him again. It was at this time that Ospreay got caught up in a ton of social media drama, and while it didn’t cause me to stop liking him, it did deject me to some degree. Wrestling also was overly silly (in this authors opinion) during this time as well, and I was hardly enjoying anything.
When I learned that Ospreay had turned heel on Okada, and formed his own stable called “The United Empire,” in New Japan Pro Wrestling, my interest in Ospreay returned, and I especially enjoyed him defeating the beloved Kota Ibushi for the IWGP World Championship. I was still not fully invested in any professional wrestling at that time, but this did start nudging me toward being a bigger fan once again. Finally in January of this New Year, 2022, I decided to embrace New Japan Pro Wrestling, watching Wrestle Kingdom with undivided attention. All of this short article to say that Will Ospreay is no longer a spot monkey. While I am not here to say his matches are always “fiver star classics,” or that his main event with Okada was one of the best matches ever (both kicked out of too many things imo) I am here to say that Will Ospreay has arrived at the top of the professional wrestling world as a solid worker in the ring, and on the mic. The United Empire is one of the most “fun” factions in the business today, and I always enjoyed Will as a heel, more than a baby face, and I will argue that I saw shades of the United Empire is his early work in Swords of Essex. I can’t even say that Will Ospreay is one of my favorite wrestlers (think Jon Gresham, Shibata, Okada, Ishii, etc) but Will Ospreay is worthy of his place in New Japan, and I hope he is in line for an eventual long reign as the IWGP World Champion, and that The United Kingdom lasts for many, many, years.