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On a packed edition of the Pacific Rim Pro Wrestling podcast, Fumi Saito and I talk about the late Owen Hart's time in New Japan Pro Wrestling in the late 80s and early 90s, his friendship with Hiroshi Hase, winning the Junior Heavyweight title and some of his money-saving practices while on tour.
Hart tragically died twenty years ago this past Thursday.
Additionally, Fumi gives his analysis of a Japanese newspaper story about the size of the Japanese wrestling market, Nick Jackson makes some very pointed comments about NJPW, the politics that prevent a pro wrestling Hall of Fame in Japan, and which is Japan's most prestigious wrestling venue: Nippon Budokan, Korakuen or Tokyo Dome.
For those new to the show, Fumi is Japan's leading author, historian, and journalist. For years, we have looked at the top stories in Japan and across the world. Subscribers can listen to all of our recent shows in the archives. I also co-host the Portland Wrestlecast for the site, a podcast dedicated to the era of Portland, Oregon, wrestling.