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Fale Dojo 2019 June Intake

The Fale Dojo second intake for 2019 commenced training in the first week of June. It consists of eight young...
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Fale Dojo at NJPW Southern Showdown – Melbourne Recap

The wait was over for the Fale Dojo contingent after months of anticipation. The graduates led by Head Trainer Toks...
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King Haku – Celebrating 30 Years

This article celebrates 30 plus years of King Haku’s royal coronation. This event was televised on the 9th of July...
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Wrestling is a Metaphor for Life – Bullet Club OG vs. Being the Elite

‘Wrestling is a Metaphor for Life” is a series of articles that looks at past rivalries in pro wrestling. Influenced...
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Tome and Stevie Filip – Fale Dojo at NJPW Southern Showdown

Tome and Stevie Filip are an established addition to the Australian wrestling scene. The brother tag team from Melbourne known...
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Aaron Solow – Fale Dojo at NJPW Southern Showdown

Aaron Solow is a recent graduate of the Fale Dojo three-month pro wrestling training course. During which he competed in the...
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Andrew Villalobos – Fale Dojo at NJPW Southern Showdown

Australia’s Andrew Villalobos trained at the Fale Dojo as part of the June 2018 intake. Following the three-month pro wrestling...
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Gino Gambino – Fale Dojo at NJPW Southern Showdown

Gino Gambino is a Fale Dojo graduate, he is also the Dojo’s Australian liaison. Gambino’s role is to help set...
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Toa Henare – Fale Dojo at NJPW Southern Showdown

Before the Fale Dojo was established at its South Auckland location in 2016, its training programme and philosophy designed by...
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Michael Richards – Fale Dojo at NJPW Southern Showdown

Michael Richards is a product of both the Fale Dojo and New Japan Pro Wrestling Dojo systems. Richards is one...
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Fale Dojo 2019 June Intake

The Fale Dojo second intake for 2019 commenced training in the first week of June. It consists of eight young lions, five of whom have travelled from Australia, Japan and ...

Fale Dojo at NJPW Southern Showdown – Melbourne Recap

The wait was over for the Fale Dojo contingent after months of anticipation. The graduates led by Head Trainer Toks ‘Bad Luck’ Fale converged at the historic Festival Hall in ...

King Haku – Celebrating 30 Years

This article celebrates 30 plus years of King Haku’s royal coronation. This event was televised on the 9th of July edition of WWE’s flagship show, Superstars of Wrestling. I can ...

Wrestling is a Metaphor for Life – Bullet Club OG vs. Being the Elite

‘Wrestling is a Metaphor for Life” is a series of articles that looks at past rivalries in pro wrestling. Influenced by popular culture and the social behaviour of the times, ...

Tome and Stevie Filip – Fale Dojo at NJPW Southern Showdown

Tome and Stevie Filip are an established addition to the Australian wrestling scene. The brother tag team from Melbourne known as the “Natural Classics” have competed throughout Australia as well ...

Aaron Solow – Fale Dojo at NJPW Southern Showdown

Aaron Solow is a recent graduate of the Fale Dojo three-month pro wrestling training course. During which he competed in the main event of the first two ‘Fale Dojo Exhibition’ shows. ...

Andrew Villalobos – Fale Dojo at NJPW Southern Showdown

Australia’s Andrew Villalobos trained at the Fale Dojo as part of the June 2018 intake. Following the three-month pro wrestling training course, Villalobos was accepted to the New Japan Dojo ...

Gino Gambino – Fale Dojo at NJPW Southern Showdown

Gino Gambino is a Fale Dojo graduate, he is also the Dojo’s Australian liaison. Gambino’s role is to help set up Dojo try-outs in Australia and put forward talent to ...

Toa Henare – Fale Dojo at NJPW Southern Showdown

Before the Fale Dojo was established at its South Auckland location in 2016, its training programme and philosophy designed by Toks ‘Bad Luck’ Fale and is based on the New ...

Michael Richards – Fale Dojo at NJPW Southern Showdown

Michael Richards is a product of both the Fale Dojo and New Japan Pro Wrestling Dojo systems. Richards is one of four New Zealanders to train at the revered NJPW ...

Tony Kozina – Fale Dojo at NJPW Southern Showdown

Tony Kozina is a seasoned pro of the wrestling business with more than 20 year’s experience. Having wrestled extensively throughout North America, he has captured many championships on his travels, ...

Mark Tui – Fale Dojo at NJPW Southern Showdown

Mark Tui is the General Manager/Coach of Fale Dojo, he is also an experienced pro wrestler and amateur boxer which he applies into the Dojo’s training curriculum. Tui is an ...

Fale Dojo at NJPW Southern Showdown

Fale Dojo is pleased to announce that a contingent from the Dojo will be competing at New Japan Pro Wrestling’s second Australian tour ‘Southern Showdown’ on June 29 and 30 ...

Fale Dojo Scholarship – Giving Back to the Islands and Creating Opportunities

Fale Dojo is proud to announce the first Fale Dojo Scholarship for the Pacific islands. This initiative will give student athletes in the Pacific islands the opportunity to train for ...

Fale Dojo interview with “Switchblade” Jay White

It wasn’t too long ago when “Switchblade” Jay White was regarded as a ‘foreigner’. In one context, White is a foreigner (gaijin) to the New Japan Pro Wrestling landscape, and ...

Fale Dojo Young Lions Tome and Stevie Filip join NJPW Dojo

Fale Dojo is very pleased to announce that two more graduates are heading to the New Japan Pro Wrestling Dojo in Tokyo. Brothers, Tome and Stevie Filip from the 2019 ...

Fale Dojo Young Lions Liam Fury and Patrick Schischka join NJPW Dojo

Fale Dojo is proud to announce that Liam Fury and Patrick Schischka from the 2019 February intake have been accepted into the New Japan Pro Wrestling Dojo in Tokyo where ...

Fale Dojo interview with “Sniper of the Skies” Robbie Eagles

Dedication, Respect, Sacrifice, Integrity, Hard Work and Fighting Warrior Spirit! These attributes are what the Fale Dojo trainers look for in a person that attends and takes part in a ...

Fale Dojo interview with “Mr Juicy” Gino Gambino

Adam Krustofski is a Fale Dojo graduate, he is also the Dojo’s Australian liaison. Krustofki’s role is to help set up Dojo try-outs in Australia and put forward talent to ...

Fale Dojo Exhibition 2 – Showcasing NZ Strong Style

The week leading to Fale Dojo Exhibition #2 was filled with excitement which included the expected training sessions as well as promo videos by Liam Fury, Aaron Solow, Tome and ...

Interview with Fale Dojo referee Lloyd Morgan

The referee is a valuable component in a professional wrestling match. Tasked with the responsibility of cutting through the animosity between the wrestlers in physical conflict, the ref must ensure ...

ROH & NJPW G1 Supercard – 06/04/2019

By Scott Zaraki Courtesy of NBC Sports Radio – Pro Wrestling 24/7 ROH & NJPW G1 Supercard – 06/04/2019 New York, New York Madison Square Garden Commentary Team: Ian Riccaboni, ...

Fale Dojo Exhibition – Showcasing New Zealand Strong Style

Fale Dojo Exhibition took place on March 30 at the Dojo’s training facility in Otahuhu, Auckland. The festivities began with a BBQ as well as Silver Lion Sports selling New ...

Fale Dojo Exhibition – Welcome to New Zealand Strong Style

Fale Dojo is pleased to present the first “Fale Dojo Exhibition” event which will take place on Saturday, March 30 at the Fale Dojo training facility in Otahuhu, Auckland. “Exhibition” ...

NJPW New Japan Cup: Night 12, Tournament Final Results – 24/03/2019

By Scott Zaraki Courtesy of NBC Sports Radio – Pro Wrestling 24/7 NJPW New Japan Cup: Night 12, Tournament Final Night Results – 24/03/2019 Niigata, Japan Aore Nagaoka Commentary Team: ...

NJPW New Japan Cup: Night 11 Results – 23/03/2019

By Scott Zaraki Courtesy of NBC Sports Radio – Pro Wrestling 24/7 NJPW New Japan Cup: Night 11 Results – 23/03/2019 Niigata, Japan Aore Nagaoka Commentary Team: Kevin Kelly, Rocky ...

NJPW New Japan Cup: Night 10 Results – 21/03/2019

By Scott Zaraki Courtesy of NBC Sports Radio – Pro Wrestling 24/7 NJPW New Japan Cup: Night 10 Results – 21/03/2019 Shizuoka, Japan Act City Hamamatsu Commentary Team: Kevin Kelly, ...

NJPW New Japan Cup: Night 9 Results – 20/03/2019

By Scott Zaraki Courtesy of NBC Sports Radio – Pro Wrestling 24/7 NJPW New Japan Cup: Night 9 Results – 20/03/2019 Shizuoka, Japan Twin Messe Shizuoka Commentary Team: Kevin Kelly ...

NJPW New Japan Cup: Night 8 Results – 17/03/2019

By Scott Zaraki Courtesy of NBC Sports Radio – Pro Wrestling 24/7 NJPW New Japan Cup: Night 8 Results – 17/03/2019 Tokyo, Japan Korakuen Hall Commentary Team: Kevin Kelly and ...

Fale Dojo 2019 February Intake – Part 3

The Fale Dojo February Intake have reached the halfway point in their three-month journey. The students converged from various parts of the world to Otahuhu, Auckland at the Fale Dojo ...

NJPW New Japan Cup: Night 7 Results – 16/03/2019

By Scott Zaraki Courtesy of NBC Sports Radio – Pro Wrestling 24/7 NJPW New Japan Cup: Night 7 Results – 16/03/2019 Tokyo, Japan Korakuen Hall Commentary Team: Kevin Kelly and ...

NJPW New Japan Cup: Night 6 Results – 14/03/2019

By Scott Zaraki Courtesy of NBC Sports Radio – Pro Wrestling 24/7 NJPW New Japan Cup: Night 6 Results – 14/03/2019 Nara, Japan Nara Centennial Hall Commentary Team: Kevin Kelly ...

NJPW New Japan Cup: Night 5 Results – 13/03/2019

By Scott Zaraki Courtesy of NBC Sports Radio – Pro Wrestling 24/7 NJPW New Japan Cup: Night 5 Results – 13/03/2019 Okayama, Japan Zip Arena Commentary Team: Kevin Kelly and ...

NJPW New Japan Cup: Night 4 Results – 11/03/2019

By Scott Zaraki Courtesy of NBC Sports Radio – Pro Wrestling 24/7 NJPW New Japan Cup: Night 4 Results – 11/03/2019 Kagawa, Japan Takamatsu City General Gymnasium Commentary Team: Kevin ...

NJPW New Japan Cup: Night 3 Results – 10/03/2019

By Scott Zaraki Courtesy of NBC Sports Radio – Pro Wrestling 24/7 NJPW New Japan Cup: Night 3 Results – 10/03/2019 Hyogo, Japan Baycom Gymnasium Commentary Team: Kevin Kelly and ...

Fale Dojo 2019 February Intake – Part 2

The idea of community is vital in the wrestling industry as it is in any profession that functions on the collaboration between people. The wrestling industry – especially is crucially ...

NJPW New Japan Cup: Night 2 Results – 09/03/2019

By Scott Zaraki Courtesy of NBC Sports Radio – Pro Wrestling 24/7 NJPW New Japan Cup: Night 2 Results – 09/03/2019 Aichi, Japan Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium Commentary Team: Kevin Kelly ...

NJPW New Japan Cup: Night 1 Results – 08/03/2019

By Scott Zaraki Courtesy of NBC Sports Radio – Pro Wrestling 24/7 NJPW New Japan Cup: Night 1 Results – 08/03/2019 Tokyo, Japan Korakuen Hall Commentary Team: Kevin Kelly and ...

Fale Dojo 2019 February Intake – Part 1

Fale Dojo is excited to welcome the first of three intakes for 2019. The February intake is the biggest group yet which consists of ten Young Lions. These successful applicants ...

NJPW & ROH Honor Rising Japan: Night 2 Results – 23/02/2019

By Scott Zaraki Courtesy of NBC Sports Radio – Pro Wrestling 24/7 NJPW & ROH Honor Rising Japan: Night 2 Results – 23/02/2019 Tokyo, Japan Korakuen Hall Commentary Team: Kevin ...

NJPW & ROH Honor Rising Japan: Night 1 Results – 22/02/2019

By Scott Zaraki Courtesy of NBC Sports Radio – Pro Wrestling 24/7 NJPW & ROH Honor Rising Japan: Night 1 Results – 22/02/2019 Tokyo, Japan Korakuen Hall Commentary Team: Kevin ...

When You Invest in Yourself and Others

“You think I’m not ready? Well, look right in front of you I was ready a long time ago!” – ‘Switchblade’ Jay White, New Japan Pro Wrestling IWGP Heavyweight ...

NJPW The New Beginning in Osaka Results – 11/02/2019

By Scott Zaraki Courtesy of NBC Sports Radio – Pro Wrestling 24/7 NJPW The New Beginning in Osaka Results – 2/11/19 Osaka, Japan Edion Arena Osaka Commentary Team: Kevin Kelly ...

Jay White captures the IWGP Championship

Jay White has become the first New Zealander to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. In addition to holding this distinct honour, White, one of the first Fale Dojo graduates, is also the ...

When Wrestling Fans Become Elitists

The wrestling world is buzzing over the arrival of All Elite Wrestling. This new promotion was founded by Shahid Khan and his son Tony, and envisioned by Cody Rhodes and ...

NJPW New Year Dash!! Results – 05/01/2019

By Scott Zaraki Courtesy of NBC Sports Radio – Pro Wrestling 24/7 NJPW New Year Dash!! Results – 1/5/19 Tokyo, Japan Korakuen Hall Commentary Team: Kevin Kelly & Rocky Romero THE ...

NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 13 Results – 04/01/2019

by Scott Zaraki Courtesy of NBC Sports Radio – Pro Wrestling 24/7 NJPW Wrestle Kingdom XIII Results – 1/4/19 Tokyo, Japan Tokyo Dome Commentary Team: Kevin Kelly and Don  NEVER Openweight ...

Wrestle Kingdom 13: The Striker vs. The Grappler

It is an exciting time to be a pro wrestling fan. New Japan Pro Wrestling will start the 2019 wrestling calendar with their biggest event, Wrestle Kingdom 13. This extravaganza ...

Remembering ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund

“Well you know something, Mean Gene!” This phrase, made famous by Hulk Hogan is just one of many lines that are associated with ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund. The legendary wrestling broadcaster ...

The Young Lions journey with Michael Richards and Andrew Villalobos

In October 2018, Michael Richards and Andrew Villalobos joined the ranks of the New Japan Pro Wrestling Dojo in Tokyo. Prior to moving over to Japan, Richards and Villalobos first ...

Remembering the Dynamite Kid

Thomas Billington, known famously as the Dynamite Kid, was one half of the tag team, the British Bulldogs along with Davey Boy Smith. Dynamite was also an integral part of ...

Bullet Club dominates New Japan’s dream team

“You can’t beat me, you can’t beat us, you can’t beat the Bullet Club”. This was the statement that “Switchblade” Jay White roared throughout Tokyo’s Korakuen Hall as Bullet Club ...

NZ Strong Style – An Ally, Not A Colony

Since the reports began to surface about the WWE approaching the wrestlers on the NXT UK brand with new contracts that would prevent them from working with other UK promotions ...

Interview with Fale Dojo Head Trainer Tony Kozina

Tony Kozina is a seasoned pro of the wrestling profession with more than 20 years experience. Nicknamed the “Canadian Cougar”, @TTKozina1 has wrestled extensively throughout North America, having captured many championships ...

Interview with Veteran Wrestling Broadcaster Ken Resnick – His Return to Television

Ken Resnick is a veteran broadcaster. He is remembered for his roles as an interviewer with the AWA, and the WWE during the 1980s. Resnick continued into the ‘90s, lending ...

Bringing a Switchblade to a Gun Fight – Jay White joins Bullet Club OG

The search is over! Bullet Club OGs have welcomed three new members to the group. The reinforcements were made recently at New Japan Pro Wrestling’s King of Pro Wrestling event. ...

Remembering Gorilla Monsoon – 19 Years On

Gorilla Monsoon, the voice of my generation, passed away 19 years ago today. I wasn’t born when Monsoon was an active wrestler, but I always remember hearing Monsoon’s voice on commentary ...

The Pupil Meets the Teacher II – Toa Henare vs Bad Luck Fale

“I’m still breathing, and if I breathe, I fight”. This was the vow made to New Japan Pro Wrestling’s media by a battered yet determined Toa Henare, moments after his ...

NJPW Interview with Bad Luck Fale

This is a transcript of an interview conducted by New Japan Pro Wrestling with Bad Luck Fale.  In this piece, Fale talks to NJPW about the origins of the Bullet ...

Fale’s Pride – Young Lions join NJPW Dojo

  The team at Fale Dojo have a new reason to be immensely proud of their most recent intakes: Michael Richards, Andrew Villalobos, Ben Payne, and Nathan McCarter have been ...

Christopher Daniels Interview Recap

  Christopher Daniels is a 25-year veteran who has very little to do with mainstream wrestling, having spent most of his career wrestling for promotions such as IMPACT! Wrestling, New ...

Bret Hart Pays Tribute to Jim Neidhart

  Bret Hart posted to his Instagram, a tribute to his brother in law and tag team partner, Jim Neidhart who passed away on August 13. Bret “Hitman” Hart and ...

Interview with New Japan Pro Wrestling star Toa Henare

Aaron Henare, known to the wrestling world as Toa Henare, wrestles for the New Japan Pro Wrestling organisation, where he has competed since 2016. @HenareNZ is also the star pupil ...

Strong Style – Changing A Fan’s Perception

Lately, I started following New Japan Pro Wrestling, starting with the G1 Climax 28. The G1 was an awesome introduction to this hot product that has started to expand their ...

Welcome to Fale Dojo

  I recently had my first official meeting at the Fale Dojo wrestling training school in South Auckland. I entered the Dojo as a life-long wrestling fan, having to remind ...

The Pupil Meets the Teacher

In front of 13,000 people at Tokyo’s Nippon Budokan; Toa Henare, a graduate of Fale Dojo, meets his teacher, Bad Luck Fale in a special singles match at New Japan ...

Remembering Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart

    A piece of my childhood passed away today.  Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart was known best as half of the 1980s tag team, the Hart Foundation.  Along with his ...

Wrestling is a Metaphor 4 LIFE – Diamond Dallas Page vs. the New World Order

The year is 1996, a lot has changed in wrestling since the Hulkamania/Million Dollar Man rivalry, a decade earlier. A shift in power has occurred as the WWE’s competition, World ...

Partnership with Fale Dojo

I am very excited to announce ‘Ite Lemalu Writings’ partnership with ‘Fale Dojo’. I recently met with Mark Tui, the General Manager / Coach of Fale Dojo, and his wife ...

Wrestling is a Metaphor for Life – Hulkamania vs. the Million Dollar Man

As a young wrestling fan, I picked up some interesting knowledge I had yet to learn about in primary school; such as the names of American cities and states: As ...

Interview with Bad Luck Fale

This article discusses the baddest man in pro wrestling, Bad Luck Fale. Along with his fellow Tongans and ‘Firing Squad’ members, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa, and King Haku, this Polynesian branch of ...

Interview with IMPACT! Wrestling star, Fallah Bahh

Professional wrestling star, Fallah Bahh made his first international appearance on an episode of IMPACT! Wrestling in January 2017. His build and wrestling style reminded me so much of the ...

Simplicity is Success in Music and Wrestling

This article talks about understanding professional wrestling from a musician’s perspective. I have been a wrestling fan since the age of nine, and at an earlier age; I was blessed ...

Rude Awakening – Ravishing Rick Rude, From WWE Player to WCW Leading Man

This article will discuss the wrestling career of the late Ravishing Rick Rude, focusing on the years when Rick Rude wrestled in the WWE from 1987 to 1990 and soon ...

Rey Misterio Jr. vs. Eddie Guerrero, 1997 – How the WCW Cruiserweight Division Changed Wrestling

Hi, my name is Ite Lemalu, I am from Auckland, New Zealand, and I grew up watching wrestling from the late 1980s. My favourite wrestlers growing up were Greg Valentine, ...

Ite Lemalu

Thanks for joining me! I’m Ite Lemalu, I am a New Zealand born Samoan with experience in writing (GradDip Arts – Film, Media & Television Studies, University of Auckland) and ...

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