Wrestling History Lessons w/ Sean Orleans

Sean Orleans here…

While it is a well-established fact that the stars of tomorrow are in MMWA & SICW, it is equally important to understand and appreciate the great matches and competitors of wrestling’s past.  Since I consider myself a purveyor of fine wrestling prowess, I’m going to take time out of my busy schedule to both educate, enlighten and—frankly—culture the bulk of you wrestling fans out there who believe the “Five Knuckle Shuffle” is the bees’ knees and think wrestling history begins and ends with Monday night television and Sunday night pay-per-view shows.

Today’s trip into the vault is from January 1990, a tag team bout from All Japan Pro Wrestling featuring the British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and the Dynamite Kid) taking on the original Tiger Mask and a young Kenta Kobashi.  Sit back and be quiet, knuckleheads; you might learn something.

I plan on posting new “lesson plans” when I get around to it, so be on the lookout.

By Sean Orleans

Pro wrestler and noted raconteur.


  1. It’s watching clips like these that makes me wish I would have stuck with my training when I was younger. I would have loved a chance to tour Japan just once. Even at the age of 34,I can’t help but want to step into a ring. I remember watching Misawa & Kobashi wrestle as once of the first puroresu matches I saw when I was 19. Changed my view on wrestling forever.

    1. Nick, I wouldn’t worry too much about age. We got a guy who’s 33 working with the current crop of trainees. He’s not a doughboy, but certainly not in wrestling shape and is trying to work his way onto The Show. If you really are interested, click the “Training” link at the top of this page and follow the steps to get in touch with the head trainer. Might as well try and chase this dream down while you’re still young.

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