Crave a podcast that goes in-depth on the hotbed that is the Japanese pro wrestling scene? If so, the Eastern Lariat podcast from the MLW Radio Network is for you! Hosted by STRIGGA of Purolove.com and Cagematch.net and Dylan Harris of MLW's Lucha Talk, this bi-weekly podcast series explores the Japanese pro wrestling landscape with analysis, reviews and news on New Japan Pro Wrestling and beyond. Be introduced to new companies and their style of wrestling, insight on their business, wrestlers, rivalries, tours, big shows and much, much more.
Episode 214: Forbidden Lamp
With this huge episode The Eastern Lariat first catches up with NJPW Dominion, the G1 line up, the card for Forbidden Door and the question what could've been and what we're getting now. Then STRIGGA & Dylan discuss the big Cyberfight Festival and from there on focus on the two big topics coming out of that show: Keji Muto announcing his retirement and Tetsuya Endo suffering a concussion which led to him having for forfeit the KO-D Openweigth Championship. From there the two transition to King of DDT, TJPW's Additional Attack plus the card for Summer Sun Princess as well as GLEAT's big card for July 1st. The final topic of the show is the most recent All Japan show from Ota Ward that saw Kento Miyahara vs. Jake Lee for the Triple Crown.
Episode 213: Summertime Potpourri
With the two biggest junior heavyweight tournaments in Japan each year being on the closing stretch, the Eastern Lariat reflects on both DRAGONGATE's King of Gate and NJPW's Best of the Super Junior. STRIGGA & Dylan especially go in depth on the BOSJ ranking each performer and naming each wrestler's best matches. The show though starts with a heartfelt look back at the Hana Kimura Memorial show and a roundup on All Japan's current stable swap as well as their Ota Ward card. At the end of the show there's a brief preview of the Cyberfight Fes and the Eastern Lariat's take on the Kota Ibushi situation.
Episode 212: Golden Week 2022 V2
Golden Week 2022 is over and once again it was one of the busiest weeks in japanese pro-wrestling. This goes to show as this is the second episode dedicated to events, matches and stories going on in this particular week. This time STRIGGA & Dylan focus on the important shows Big Japan, DRAGONGATE, All Japan and New Japan ran between 4/29 and 5/5 with some additional topics at the beginning, among them the electric announcement of Fujita “Jr” Hayato's return.
Episode 211: Golden Week 2022 V1
This is part one of the Eastern Lariat's ride through Golden Week 2022! STRIGGA and Dylan start with a look at some of the bigger indies in Japan with Osaka Pro, HEAT UP, Kyushu Pro & Ganbare before turning their attention to a round up of Joshi companies running in Golden week such as Diana, SEAdLINNNG, Marvelous, Ice Ribbon, TJPW & Stardom. The two remaining topics on this episode are NOAH's Sumo Hall double shot including discussions about Nakajma and NOSAWA plus DDT's Mega Max Bump in Yokohama. What was the best match? What's next for Endo, MAO and Higuchi? Is Endo Burning?
Episode 210: The Revolving Door
Following the episode on the history of Sumo Palace earlier this week, The Eastern Lariat has a quick turnaround and stays on the topic at first with a preview of Pro Wrestling NOAH's double shot in that exact building. What's to be expected from these two shows? Who is X? What's with all the foreign talent coming in? From there, STRIGGA and Dylan take it to GLEAT and their three shows in April that saw Lindaman's first defense of the G-REX Championship. His stablemate T-Hawk is still in the running for the Champion Carnival, which is the 3rd topic on the show. Last, but not least, the Eastern Lariat team looks at New Japan Pro Wrestling following the announcement of the big AEW/NJPW supershow in June. Also Zeus. Zeus is always important.
History of Sumo Palace (Sumo Hall / Ryogoku Kokugikan)
Dylan hosts a very special historical episode of the Eastern Lariat, joined by his good friend Dr. Jonathan Foye, the author of Ganbaru, the story of how AJPW survived the 2000 NOAH split & his new friend, who happens to be a legendary journalist, who has experience in writing, podcasting, commentating, & working behind the scenes in Japanese wrestling for over 3 decades, Fumi Saito. We discuss many topics on this show centered around Sumo Palace (aka Sumo Hall). We start all the way from the original incarnation of the building nearly 200 years ago to the incarnations of the Kokugikan that followed, then the many big matches and events that took place there over the years and it's recent resurgence over the last month with STARDOM, Zero1, NJPW & NOAH all have or are about to run shows there in the span of a month. Historical content we touch on is too much to list but include:
Rikidozan's start in Sumo Palace and incident with Masahiko Kimura.
NJPW's success in the 80's and Inoki's ways & matches.
The IWGP Title inaugural tournaments.
The famous riots in 1984 & 1987 at the venue.
WWF running in Japan and their interactions with AJPW & NJPW in the early 90's.
Super J Cup and it's legacy among English speaking fans as well as Japanese.
The dark ages of wrestling in Japan in the 2000s and the many companies that ran it over the years.
Thank you for listening to our show and please follow Fumi @fumihikodayo , Dylan @Viva_Zero , Jonathan @JonthanFoye and of course the show @EasternLariat for updates on all things Japanese wrestling, and a new episode with Dylan re-joined by STRIGGA very soon!
Great puroresu podcast
Informative, engaging, one of my go-to sources re: puro talk. Cheers fellas and thanks for all the hard work.
It’s like Dylan said...
Dylan has been saying for a long time that as far as this show goes, STRIGGA is pretty cool, but Dylan seems to need to continually inform both Strigga, himself, and the audience that, no matter the opinion, Dylan already has been expressing it “from the beginning.” If he was so prescient you think he’d, like, use it for the good of the human race. This is a good podcast to keep up w/ the smaller Japanese promotions if you can tolerate the cranky, contrarian, self-aggrandizing banter of these two (particularly when they talk about NJPW). It’s sort of like bizarro Jim Cornette... you hear the same crap every episode from ostensibly intelligent people who seem like they’re intentionally missing the point.
The lunacy continues...
Gave it another shot, still garbage. The guy with the awful taste just wished for the best faction in the world to "disintegrate"... the guy that always interrupts agreed... Shame that there isn't a podcast with such a wide coverage, but by people who don't hate everything that's actually good about wrestling. For these two, you have to pretend it's opposite day. If they condemn something - you know it must be great.