I created "WDR" to search out and find good, believable, exciting, professional wrestling. Ultimately I wish wrestling was just like it was in 1986/1987 but I know that's not meant to be. I know that's never going to happen. As a compromise, wrestling similar to Ring of Honor 2007 to 2010 would be perfect for me, and my tastes (I loved ROH back then). As I legitimately traveled all over the place in this search, I found companies like Evolve (years ago) as well as Lancaster Championship Wrestling, House of Glory, Traditional Championship Wrestling, and Legacy Wrestling, but over time all of those either went away, or morphed into the silly "sports entertainment" that we have today. This caused me to latch onto companies like New Japan, and Pro Wrestling NOAH. It wasn't long before New Japan got overly silly, and while NOAH is still pretty solid, most of their shows aren't televised, and I just can't get into a company where I can only see their shows periodically. Most of All Japan Pro Wrestling is good, but for some reason, while they use an old school style nearly all of the time, their main events morph into the Super Indy Style. Companies like Evolve and Ring of Honor, as well as the WWE's NXT and 205 Live, became "super indy style" too." Super Indy Style wrestling is when over the top moves are barely sold, and while looking amazing, seem to cause no damage at all. I'd argue that the Super Indy Style is the dominate style everywhere today including New Japan, Raw, and Smackdown. I'd go so far as to credit The Young Bucks for this style. That's another article, but I really believe their crazy success caused the entire wrestling world to follow their lead, and now every match is like a Young Buck's match. Get your stuff in, even if it leaves little time to sell any of said "stuff."
In late 2018 I had gotten to the point of giving up. After 40 years of fandom and many years of being "in" the business, I walked away from all of my commentator positions, from my writing, interviewing, opining, etc. I jumped over to MMA, and was determined to be content there. After about six months or so I began craving pro wrestling again, but there was nothing to fill my desire. Every major company was still "super indy" and the "independent" companies I used to turn to had morphed into some kind of goofy, social justice wrestling. Everywhere I turned independent wrestlers were more worried about virtue signaling in their matches, and promos, than they were actually "working" the match. If a company wasn't SJW focused (Wrestling is for everyone!) they used way too much comedy on their shows. From penis flips, to calling spots out super loud in the ring on purpose, to gimmicks that made me cringe, it was simply embarrassing to be a professional wrestling fan. When I thought it couldn't get any worse, "tampon gate" happened.
Then I remembered another Japanese company that I had posted a lot about over the years, but for some reason never really turned to full time, as "MY" company. A company filled with solid wrestlers, trained from their youth. A company where wrestlers take the business seriously, wear solid gear, don't use any over the top gimmicks, and work hard to make their matches look like legitimate fights. A company that may not work an "old school" style, but I think saying that they work a Ring of Honor 2007-2010 style is totally fair. Maybe I never slotted them in as my main company because it's an all women's company, if so...I apologize. Stardom is the best wrestling on Earth today, and they are here to Save the Wrestling World!
Thank you Stardom! I'll be covering Stardom regularly beginning this year, 2019. If you miss good wrestling without the nonsense and over the top flippy stuff, this is the company for you! If you miss the days of Daniel Bryan, CM Punk, Samoa Joe, and Nigel McGuinness in ROH, this is the company for you! Subscribe to Stardom World, and be a happy wrestling fan once again because Stardom is Wrestling Done Right!