About 60MD

We publish articles on all aspects of storytelling and character in Japanese professional wrestling. From All Japan to Zero One, our writers give you their favourite stories, matches, characters and analysis in long-form articles, explainers and digests. We want to highlight the amazing character work and storytelling that goes into professional wrestling and provide space for fans to share their experiences and interpretations.

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Articles

  • HOUSE OF TORTURE: It’s Not Rule-Breaking, It’s Called Being A Family.

    “That within the best of us, there is some evil, and within the worst of us, there is some good.”- Martin Luther King Jr. The tried and true in pro wrestling when it comes to villainous factions within the sport is underhand tactics, being someone you aren’t, and not caring about anyone other than yourself. […]

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  • Little Legacy

    The most important tag match of 2023 happened on January 29th.  Well, for me anyway. On January 29th 2023 DDT Tag champions ShunMAO, in between a hectic schedule appearances in the US, faced the recently reformed Ω/Omega team of Makoto Oishi and Shiori Asahi. At a basic level, the match is one pair of idiots (fond) trying to outdo another pair of idiots (also fond).

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  • Jake Lee; GHC

    Jake Lee entered NOAH on 1st January 2023 an outsider, entering in the same costume and to the same entrance theme he used just weeks before in AJPW. Those elements haven’t changed but Jake’s hands (or at least his gloves) are now, quite literally, dyed the same green as the company whose highest belt he now holds. 

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  • Operation HEAT: A Difference In Power

    To reclaim the SAMURAI GYM signboard, but also take Minoru’s IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship from his grasp, YUJIRO would be the next from the group to step-up. On May 22, 2007, he’d get what was built as a double crown match. Winner would indeed take all in this one.

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  • The Extreme Sauna of Shunma Katsumata

    There’s few wrestlers in DDT that are as creative as Shunma Katsumata. To be honest, I don’t think I can count three as innovative as Shunma, not because they’re not good, but because they have a more “safe” approach of wrestling. The first time I saw Shunma wrestling I knew that crazy bastard just hated himself because of the amount of pain he went through for the sake of his own extreme performance.

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  • AMAKUSA: Thnks fr th mmrs

    AMAKUSA is a genius. In a matter of months he has overcome being cast as NOAH’s perennial loser, won (and lost) the GHC Junior Heavyweight championship and managed to turn denial of his past identities into a t-shirt slogan. Just in case you’re at all uncertain of my position I’ll say it again – AMAKUSA is a genius. 

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  • A Midwinter Night’s Dream

    The coin drops, much to everyone’s surprise and delight, including Kenny who is shocked at hearing the theme of his greatest rival. The same man he had those historic, boundary pushing matches against, every single one of which was incredibly taxing and probably took years off of both their careers. The matches most people laud as the greatest rivalry in modern pro wrestling and one of the greatest of all times. The series that pushed the boundaries of what pro…

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  • The Weight of Legacy – ISHIN vs Mochizuki Junior

    In perhaps no other storytelling medium is legacy as important as it is in wrestling. There are no different installments or clear breaks in continuity. The beginning and end of a character’s journey are marked by the abilities and limitations of a real person’s body as they grow, age and get injured. Having someone new carry the mantle forward is a very natural point to arrive at. Fans can indulge their nostalgia, wrestlers can honor those who inspired them and…

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  • Kenoh. The protagonist of Pro-Wrestling. Part Two.

    After reaching a level of prominence deeming him undeniable in NOAH, the winds of change would take Kenoh beyond the ark itself. Through opposing bigger names and brands, while continuing on “internal” growth through more familiar opposition, Kenoh would go on a path to become the protagonist of pro wrestling, getting his promotion, his unit onto the biggest stage.

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  • Kenoh. The protagonist of Pro-Wrestling. Part One.

    In Pro Wrestling, like in other mediums, part of the key to success is not going unnoticed. Making our presence felt in some way. There is one wrestler out there, vowing to change the hierarchy for years, now taking this statement to a whole other level.

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