Shelly Deathlock cares too much about Japanese wrestling and, as Captain of the S.S. Strong Style, she’s here to welcome you on board and fill you in on what’s going on in the world of puro. In this series, she’s preparing for the G1 25.
Today was the day of the G1 Climax press conference, where all the guys turned up trying to look their best, as well as pose. Shelly covered New Japan’s finest fashion plates on Twitter, which we’ve collected below.
@TomBlargh is also going to weigh in because, having listened to every single episode of Josh Mathews’ Male Fashion Aficionado podcast, he is now EXTREMELY educated about fashion as it relates to wrestling. Let’s go!
Deathlock: Tanahashi looks dapper in pinstripes, blue, & cream, but I don’t think diagonal stripes are legal.
Tom: The Ace of the Century. The Japanese Shawn Michaels. The state of that tie. I also think he should have done something different with his (admittedly beautiful) hair, given the formal attire. Maybe a hair clip, I don’t know.
Deathlock: NEVER champ Togi Makabe wears his standard formal attire: suit, open shirt, chain. Very nice.
Tom: Your dad’s been kicked out by your mum again but he doesn’t give a FUCK.
Deathlock: AJ Styles wore jeans and a ballcap for the G124, so a suit, even without a tie, is a vast improvement.
Tom: How many hand gestures can one man do within the span of a few seconds? You just found out, baby, courtesy of Allan Jones Styles. Continue reading
Michael Elgin has become pro wrestling’s Amanda Bynes.
Muddled in controversy with Ring of Honor the last few months, Michael Elgin sat down with HighSpots to take part in a “shoot interview” to clear his name. Breaking the silence, Elgin answers everything about his citizenship issues, heat among wrestlers in the ROH locker room and why he lost the ROH Championship.
At the risk of exposing myself too much, I’m a softie at heart and many times when I go into watching a shoot interview of a wrestler I dislike, I tend to find sympathy for their side of a story and understand them a little better. This was not the case here.
Elgin shows a high level of arrogance and entitlement while passing the blame to everyone else for each of his issues. I wouldn’t recommend watching this unless you’re hooked deeply into the ROH vs. Michael Elgin story and even so, I can’t vouch for sitting through 2 hours of this.
HighSpots provides excellent content like The Kevin Steen Show and Project Paul London DVDs that are much more worth your money and time. For traditional shoots, there’s a $1 Davey Richards shoot on their DIYWrestling.com VOD site that was far more interesting than this.
7. “People like to just get butt hurt. That’s in our society.”
No, this quote was not about anal sex. Though, Michael Elgin does talk about his sex life later in the shoot thanks to Wrestling On Earth’s own @TomBlargh.
Elgin was asked about referring to himself as “Mr. Wrestlemania Weekend” and it rubbing the ROH locker room the wrong way. He admitted that many ROH wrestlers disliked him and were annoyed by the nickname but it was “funny” to him. Elgin says he’s a funny guy that just loves to make jokes and saying something like that is his concept of humor. More ridiculous is “Unbreakable” talking about how society gets offended too easily and that was the case with his fellow ROH wrestlers.
95% of the time in life when someone’s excuse for saying stupid is that society gets too offended these days, it’s because the person is unhappy with reaction to saying or doing something foolish. See: Daniel Snyder and NFL folks wanting to keep the insensitive “Redskins” name while holding on to the crutch that people are just too sensitive today.