(This article originally appeared in Japanese on Tokyo Sports under the headline “Minoru Suzuki: A wicked morning meeting with the innocent children at his old school.”)
Minoru Suzuki (49), known to pro wrestling fans as “the man with the worst personality in the world,” returned to his original elementary school, Hiranuma Elementary in Yokohama, on May 21. During his visit, he revealed one of the ideas behind his upcoming “Great Pirate Festival” event (June 23-24, at the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse). This event celebrates Suzuki’s 30-year wrestling career.
Suzuki appeared as a guest at the school’s regular morning meeting, where he offered advice to nearly 600 students on how to make their dreams come true:
Kagetsu (age 25), the leader of Stardom’s heel stable Oedo Tai, issued an ultimatum to Mayu Iwatani (age 25), the promotion’s icon, on May 14.
At Korakuen Hall on May 23, Oedo Tai (Kagetsu, Hana Kimura, Sumire Natsu and Hazuki) will face Iwatani’s stable STARS (Iwatani, Saki Kashima, Tam Nakano and Shiki Shibusawa) in an eight-woman tag match. In an unusual move for Stardom, it’ll be a three-fall match with a 30-minute time limit. Kagetsu had this to say… Continue reading “Kagetsu to Mayu Iwatani: A Final Threat”
Count 2.99 is a great wrestling bar in central Osaka. The bar hosts a regular YouTube series where owner Koji Kitayama and Sean Bradley break down hot topics in the Japanese wrestling scene for an international audience. I get to help out by writing Koji’s subtitles.
In episode 6, they talk about Japanese fan reactions to Wrestlemania 34 (including Maki Ito’s) and issues with fans posting GIFs of matches on social media.