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60 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
Eastern Lariat Special - Zeus buys Osaka Pro
In this special episode STRIGGA is joined by Izzac of Puro in the Rough to discuss former Triple Crown Champion and Osaka Pro trainee Zeus buying Osaka Pro Wrestling. Izzac and STRIGGA talk about Osaka Pro's history, the current Osaka scene as well as other companies and the future of Osaka Pro Wrestling.
126 minutes | Oct 12, 2021
Episode 196: The Potpourri of the Fall
After a huge weekend of professional wrestling in Japan the Eastern Lariat returns with a wide range of topics and promotions! STRIGGA & Dylan discuss the current situation in the G1 Climax and shed a light of the good, the bad and stuff in between. From there they take it to Tokyo Joshi Pro and Stardom, two promotions that ran big shows on the second weekend of October. What's there to say about the title picture in TJPW? What's the outlook for Stardom's main event scene? The title picture is the main focus for Pro Wrestling NOAH as well after Katsuhiko Nakajima won the GHC Heavyweight Championship and declared himself “NOAH” - what's next for the company and its new champion?
105 minutes | Sep 22, 2021
Episode 195: Tournament Headquarters 2021
Tournaments all over the place! STRIGGA & Dylan look back at the beginning of this year's G1 Climax where we saw highlights, but also lowlights and repetitive & tired tropes. The N-1 Victory and Stardom's 5 Star GP come across like fresher and more diverting tournaments – just because of their concepts? Besides these 3 tournaments The Eastern Lariat crew also looks at the most recent All Japan Korakuen Hall show, discusses Jake Lee as Champion and breaks down the Real World Tag League Line Up.
101 minutes | Sep 9, 2021
Episode 194: Machiavellian Heat Magnet
With Wrestle Grand Slam in the rear view mirror and the G1 Climax right around the corner STRIGGA & Dylan got back on track to discuss the two nights of New Japan Pro Wrestling in the MetLife Dome including big title matches, turns and a horrendous match between Yano and Owens. The Eastern Lariat crew gives their take on the G1 Climax line up and has a clear winner in mind. Other topics besides NJPW include the STARDOM 5 Star Grand Prix, GLEAT & ZERO1 in dispute over Hayato Tamura, Suwama challenging for the Triple Crown & DAMNATION disbanding.
149 minutes | Aug 21, 2021
Episode 193: Fourth Time's A Charm
With the resurgence of New Japan Pro Wrestling of America The Eastern Lariat for the first time in months presents an extensive look at the matches, stories and future events in NJPW. While this part of the show is mostly focused on the US side of things, STRIGGA & Dylan also discuss participants in this year's G1 Climax and whats up with White, Finlay & Robinson. The voyage over the big pond then leads the Eastern Lariat team to Pro Wrestling NOAH, their most recent Kawasaki Go event and the upcoming N-1 Victory. The show is then topped off by the “rapid fire tournament corner” as STRIGGA & Dylan discuss the Tokyo Princess Cup, Stardom's 5 Star Grand Prix being on hold and AJPW's Oudou Tournament 2021.
112 minutes | Aug 2, 2021
Episdoe 192: Speed Star Final
This episode of the Eastern Lariat revolves around Dragon Gate and their two day spectacle known as the Kobe Pro-Wrestling Festival 2021 that saw Masato Yoshino's final two matches and his emotional retirement while the question whether it was Kzy time was answered with a crushing no. Titles, masks and toilet wipes changed hands while the action was wild and unpredictable. Join us in our look back at some fond memories of Yoshino and the Dragon System itself while also looking into the future of Dragon Gate. Other topics on this show include TJPW's Princess Cup and the send-offs of Yuya Uemura & Yota Tsuji in NJPW.
130 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
Episode 191: Big Summer Potpourri IV
A lot has happened in late July in the world of japanese pro-wrestling so the Eastern Lariat duo got back together to discuss a wide range of topics led by New Japan Pro Wrestling's Wrestle Grand Slam in Tokyo Dome and its aftermath. The show though starts with a look back at All Japan's Summer Action Series and then moves to GLEAT's recent events (including the highly praised Takuya Nomura vs. Yu Iizuka bout) before STRIGGA & Dylan discuss current and future events in a trifecta of Joshi promotions in Stardom, Ice Ribbon and Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling.
222 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
Episode 190: Half Year Awards 2021
The Eastern Lariat once again proudly presents the Half Year Awards! In staggering 14 categories Dylan Fox and STRIGGA welcome POST Wrestling's WH Park back to the show to discuss all their choices as well as the choices that YOU, the listeners made! It's an incredible ride from New Japan Pro Wrestling over Dramatic Dream Team to Marvelous, from FREEDOMS over Sendai Girls to Ganbare Pro to Keita in the House! Almost none of the bigger japanese wrestling promotion, men's or women's, gets forgotten. This is your guide through the first 6 months of 2021!
137 minutes | Jul 5, 2021
Episode 189: Big Summer Potpourri III
After a month long hiatus the Eastern Lariat returns with one of its classic formats: The Big Summer Potpourri! A lot has happened since STRIGGA & Dylan too a look at the Japanese landscape for the last time and now it's time to gain an overview again of what's going on in places like All Japan, NOAH, GLEAT, DDT and Stardom. Join in on a fun ride as The Eastern Lariat discusses the Triple Crown Tomoe Battle, NOAH's Cage War, GLEAT's official launch, Takeshita, Higuchi, Hino and the Stardom 5*Star Grand Prix Line Up!
177 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Episode 189: CyberFight Festival & NJPW Dominion, Crash Landing on You
It's a special episode of the Lariat! STRIGGA is out winning at life this week so Dylan is joined by friend of the show, Happy Wrestling Land's Rob McCauley. They're here talking two huge shows in wrestling. First it's all about CyberFight Festival and they go through every match on the event featuring stars from NOAH, DDT, TJPW, & Ganbare Pro, and of course the discussion of Naomichi Marufuji's title win. After that they run down a full preview of the King of DDT tournament coming up and talk about all the matches. Finally to close the show they talk about the biggest company in Japan, NJPW. It was time for Dominion and we saw what ended up being the biggest upset of the year in the main event with a new IWGP champion crowned! We talk about Shingo Takagi's new run as champion and have a time doing it. It's a big one, there's lot to talk about, lots to say, hopefully you enjoy! Follow us on Twitter @DylanZeroSky - @BeMcCooley - @EasternLariat And subscribe to our Patreon for 100s of hours of Japanese wrestling content both past and present, along with Dylan & Rob's upcoming coverage of the King of DDT tournament, and big shows from Stardom, AJPW, NOAH, US Promotions and more just this month! patreon.com/easternlariat
127 minutes | Jun 5, 2021
Episode 188: New Shining Stars
This week the Eastern Lariat offers a very tasty tournament heavy main menu composed of All Japan Pro Wrestling's Jr. BATTLE OF GLORY and Dragongate's King of Gate with both tournaments making a new star in Akira Francesco and Kota Minoura. On the side there's discussions about the next IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, Corona in Japan and in BJW specifically as well as Dylan's rundown of the Mitsuharu Misawa Memorial show from Pro Wrestling NOAH.
144 minutes | May 28, 2021
Episode 187: Matane
The newest episode of The Eastern Lariat has a package of four very different topics to offer – be it from a storyline, an in ring or an emotional standpoint or even in regards of the overall state of the companies in discussion. First off STRIGGA & Dylan discuss the dysfunctional state of New Japan Pro Wrestling at the moment and discuss how to escape from this seemingly abysmal situation. Then they discuss the very promising GLEAT show from 5/26 as well as the highly emotional Memorial show for Hana Kimura from 5/23 that got the wrestling world together in a very wholesome way. Finally you get a big preview of the upcoming DDT/NOAH/TJP/Ganbare CyberFight Festibal on June 6 in Saitama Super Arena!
162 minutes | May 9, 2021
Episide 186: Golden Week Extravaganza
With Golden Week in the rear view mirror The Eastern Lariat crew got together to discuss major developments, matches and stories in some of the big japanes pro-wrestling companies. Following up Dylan's great Patreon series about the Champion Carnival he did with Rob (@BeMcCooley on Twitter) we once again got Rob onto the show to discuss the Carnival as well as other developments in NJPW, Kyushu Pro, TJPW, DDT and Dragon Gate in one of the busiest weeks of the year in Japan!
128 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
Episode 185: Champion Carnival Half Time Show
In this two parted episode the Eastern Lariat crew first looks at a bunch of different topics from last week including Samoa Joe being let go by WWE, TTT's new Indepenendent Championship, the 5/26 GLEAT card, DDT vs. NOAH and CyberFight, TJPW's amazing Still Incomplete show, Stardom's Cinderella Tournament and 2AW before STRIGGA & Dylan turn their attention to the first half of AJPW's Champion Carnival and put everything into perspective as they name their top five performers, top five matches and rate every performer's tournament so far.
123 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
Episode 184: NJPW Synopsis & Champion Carnival PickEm
This episode of the Eastern Lariat starts out with an hour long synopsis of the current state of New Japan Pro Wrestling after Sakura Genesis. This includes the new IWGP World Heavyweight Championship, Kota Ibushi's fall from grace, Will Ospreay's rise to such as well as Okada, Tanahashi and much, much more. After that STRIGGA & Dylan make their picks for the 2021 Champion Carnival of All Japan Pro Wrestling thus mapping out their ideas for storylines within the tournament. Join in for a fun ride!
111 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
Episode 183: Championship Edition
After a brief hiatus The Eastern Lariat returns with a mixed bag of topics starting out with our very own March Madness and shouting out the Bracketology podcasts. From there STRIGGA & Dylan first take it to the New Japan Cup before going into the championship situations in NJPW, DDT, NOAH and AJPW. The final topic of the show begins with Ryuichi Kawakami signing with GLEAT and ends with fantasy booking a whole GLEAT roster and championships. Join us for our discussion about a lot of gold!
199 minutes | Mar 6, 2021
Eastern Lariat Special - Joshi Puroresu March Madness Bracketology (w/Jumping Bomb Audio)
Both Aaron & Taylor from Jumping Bomb Audio join Dylan! We run through the entire Bracket of the best of women's wrestling in Japan! Every performer and matchup is spotlighted until we all come down to our winners, as well as the predictions of the polls. It was a lot of fun and a lot of great discussion throughout. Please enjoy and support both the Eastern Lariat and Jumping Bomb Audio, as well as Joshi Puroresu and all women's wrestling in general!
174 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
Eastern Lariat Special - Heavyweight Puroresu March Madness Bracketology (w/WH Park)
Dylan is joined by WH Park of POST Wrestling to discuss the Heavyweight Bracket of March Madness as in a whirlwind of a show where WH drifts into fantasy booking overdrive taking things to levels Dylan, and perhaps nobody could have predicted. A lesson is learned for all of us though: Theae things, and wrestling in general...are just for fun.
165 minutes | Mar 3, 2021
Eastern Lariat - The Jr. Puroresu March Madness Bracketology Special
Dylan's joined by Robert McCauley of Wrestle Inn breaking down the entire Jr. Heavyweight Bracket of March Madness and going through their picks! Every wrestler is profiled and every match is discussed with disagreements, predictions, and other assorted fun in the first of 3 completely different March Madness special episodes! @DylanZeroSky - @BeMcCooley - @EasternLariat
51 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
Eastern Lariat Special: The Life and Death of Hayabusa
5 years have passed since the untimely death of one of pro-wrestling's most beloved performers of all time: Hayabusa. On this show, originally released one day after Hayabusa's death on March 4, 2016, STRIGGA was joined by FMW expert Bret (@BAHUFMW on Twitter) to talk about the life and career of the man that started his career under his real name Eiji Ezaki and would rise to unparalleled heights until his accident in 2001 as Hayabusa.
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