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#1 Ship Canal

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Posted 17 November 2016 - 08:08 AM

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Hi folks, 

Long time no post for me here, but I thought I'd announce the recent launch of the Puro Pourri Podcast, in which myself and my friends George and David delve into a thematic look at pro wrestling in Japan. Our approach is a combination of serious discussion and complete irreverence and we are hoping that the show will be something of an alternative to the numerous podcasts out there that focus mainly on up to the minute reviews of modern puro in all its forms.

We'll be tackling different themes in a series of episodes which will form what I suppose you could term volumes. So far we've recorded 7 episodes, three of which will be up on Soundcloud by the end of today. We've also submitted it for Itunes approval.

The first three episodes act as an introduction to each of us as hosts and our fandom, with each of us going into detail about the first puro matches we ever saw and rewatching them afresh,

The forthcoming volume will cover invasion angles in Japanese wrestling, with particular reference to the New Japan vs UWFi feud: what it symbolized, how it played out and how influential it has been.

Expect obscure references to English lower division football and pop culture wherever necessary, alongside our more analytical discussions.

Episode 1+2 are available now at Soundcloud, with episode 3 following later today:

https://soundcloud.c...-pourri-podcast

You can find us on Twitter @puropodcast and on facebook @puropourri. We'll be using this thread to publicize all future episodes. All feedback and support is of course more than welcome. 

Cheers! 

-Daniel 

 

 


 



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Posted 17 November 2016 - 06:18 PM

Certainly seems like there's room for a niche puro podcast here. I like that you have an idea mapped out - complete with separate self-contained "seasons" within the larger project. Very cool.

I'm definitely gonna try and give these a listen soon. Not seeing any download option for 'em on my phone at the moment, but I'll check back later for that.

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Posted 19 November 2016 - 06:16 AM

Ok, now these are interesting. Three enthusiastic fans with amusing introduction stories to get us settled in, and then a really good break down on 06/09/95. Also enjoyed the second episode, although I have to admit to being more an AJPW/NJPW first fan when it comes to puro.

 

Any progress with episode 3?



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Posted 20 November 2016 - 03:09 PM

Thanks for the kind words guys! SomethingSavage, did you get the download links on another platform? They should be working as far as I know, I'll change the settings if not.

I should have mentioned also, we are now on Itunes too if that's easier for folks. 

Mick: the next episode is finished but we've got a delay in uploading as George and David are at the ICW show at the Hydro this weekend so it should be up in the next few days. Will post here when its up. 

If you are more of an NJPW/AJPW fan then you'll definitely enjoy our second volume Mick! Its covering the UWFi NJPW invasion. Our show will most likely always feature some kind of comment on the further reaches/less critically acclaimed styles of puro, we have a real mixture of tastes as hosts so we are hoping that we'll be able to attract different kinds of fans to the show. We really appreciate you giving the episode a chance even if it didn't cover the area you are specifically into though, when peoples time is so precious these days I can understand if we occasionally cover stuff that isn't to everyone's tastes and people skip a show or two.

We are hoping to get better equipment sorted at some point too, but retain the D.I.Y feel of a bunch of mates just chatting shit about wrestling.  

 



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Posted 23 November 2016 - 04:23 PM

Episode 3 is finally here!

This one sees the hosts looking at Daniel's first Japanese wrestling match, as they review one of the hardest-hitting fights you're ever likely to see outside of a Friday night in Newcastle. On this episode we explore the answers to life's mysteries, such as: What is Dan's holy book and why does it have so many star ratings in its pages? Does the fact that George went to a school with a house cricket competition and an army cadet force explain his accent? Will the boys ever go more than one episode without reviewing a Kawada match? All this and more on the Puro Pourri Podcast!

https://soundcloud.c...irst-puro-match



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Posted 11 January 2017 - 03:22 AM

Episode 4 drops!!!

Episode 4 sees the hosts begin their first story arc, as they start to explore one of the most famous and most controversial feuds in the history of puroresu - New Japan vs. UWFI.

Join George, Daniel and David as they give you the lowdown on the history of shoot style and New Japan's dalliances with martial artists, get into Street Fighter and Nuts TV, and discuss how long they think they'd have lasted in the ring with Rickson Gracie. All this, and more, on the Puro Pourri Podcast!
 

Matches: Yuji Nagata and Tokimitsu Ishizawa vs. Kazushi Sakuraba and Hiromitsu Kanehara (NJPW, 9 October 1995)
Shinjiro Otani vs. Kenichi Yamamoto (NJPW, 9 October 1995)
Takashi Iizuka vs. Yoshihiro Takayama (NJPW, 9 October 1995)

https://soundcloud.c...and-shoot-style



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Posted 11 January 2017 - 03:40 AM

Welcome aboard.



#8 Ship Canal

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 04:35 PM

Thanks! :) 



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Posted 13 February 2017 - 01:17 AM

Episode 5 is here! Currently streaming on our Soundcloud and Itunes, also due to be uploaded to the PWO network soon.

 

After a difficult gestation involving lost audio, a re-recording and one of the presenters' dogs shitting everywhere mid-episode, George, Daniel and David are back with another look at the famous NJPW vs. UWFI feud from 1995-1996. Continuing their look at the October 1995 Tokyo Dome show, the hosts bemoan booking, laugh themselves into a stupor at one of the most hilariously one-sided squash matches of all time, reveal which British supermarket has a better opinion on Wrestle Kingdom 11 than other leading brands, and fantasy book Jushin Liger against one of the UK's leading Brexiteers. All this and more on the Puro Pourri Podcast!
 

Matches:
Jushin Liger vs. Naoki Sano (NJPW, 9 October 1995)
Riki Choshu vs. Yoji Anjo (NJPW, 9 October 1995)
Kensuke Sasaki vs. Masahito Kakihara (NJPW, 9 October 1995)
Shinya Hashimoto vs. Tatsuo Nakano (NJPW, 9 October 1995)
Keiji Muto © vs. Nobuhiko Takada (IWGP Heavyweight Championship) (NJPW, 9 October 1995)

https://soundcloud.c...ii-fit-to-shoot



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Posted 14 February 2017 - 01:17 PM

AM I going mad, or is the file through Soundcloud 1.4 GB?



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Posted 17 February 2017 - 08:45 PM

Yeah I think we accidentally uploaded the wav! 

Here is a much smaller mp3 version for everyone, apologies!

https://drive.google...eENadEhDV0FCRHM



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Posted 25 February 2017 - 07:45 AM

Very entertaining show lads. Always nice to have very distinct accents to help with getting to know the participants in a new show.



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Posted 25 February 2017 - 01:38 PM

Updated SC link for PWO - this is the mixed down WAV with all tracks. Apologies for those that downloaded previous one:

 

https://soundcloud.c...-vs-uwfi-part-2



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Posted 04 May 2017 - 03:54 AM

Hello! 

It's taken us longer than anticipated to edit together our next lot of shows, so in the meantime we present to you a special double bonus episode covering Wrestlemania! 

Not merely another match by match, play by play rundown of the show, but filled with our usual brand of deep cut tangents. 

With scorching cold takes fresh from the barrel, the Puro Pourri Podcast boys are here with a slight deviation from the norm, as they look at Wrestlemania 33. Along the way we take in Daniel's visceral hatred of Mojo Rawley, David's small part in getting Impact cancelled in the UK, and the time George got his ass handed to him by a grandmaster (a chess grandmaster, not Brian Lawler). Give these three the green light, cos they're ready to go.

https://soundcloud.c...tlemania-part-1

The hosts conclude their look at the best Wrestlemania for at least twelve months. Between Daniel's impassioned defence of Roman Reigns, George's unaccountable love for Triple H and David's interior decorating, they take in fake wedding proposals, Love Actually, Bob Marley's disappointing children and, of course, when Pitbull will finally be given his long-sought green light.

https://soundcloud.c...tlemania-part-2



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Posted 07 May 2017 - 03:56 AM

Terrific show boys. If any of you find yourselves in Belfast I'd meet up for a pint.



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Posted 29 August 2017 - 12:46 PM

After our brief diversion into the strange and terrifying world of modern-day WWE, the boys are back on familiar terrain, though no less strange and terrifying. 1995 is solidly behind us as we move into what 1996 meant for the New Japan-UWFI feud, mourn the sad death of Yoji Anjo one more time, gush over one of the greatest wrestlers of all time (and talk about Antonio Inoki as well), and reference Takeshi's Castle even more than usual.
 

Matches:
Yuji Nagata, Shinjiro Otani and Tokimitsu Ishizawa vs. Kazushi Sakuraba, Hiromitsu Kanehara and Kenichi Yamamoto (NJPW, 4 January 1996)
Yoji Anjo vs. Hiromichi Fuyuki (NJPW, 4 January 1996)
Antonio Inoki vs. Vader (NJPW, 4 January 1996)

https://soundcloud.c...ders-gonna-vade



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Posted 29 August 2017 - 12:47 PM

EPISODE 7: HEAVEN IS A HASH FIGHT

The NJPW vs. UWFI saga marches to its heady climax as David, George and Daniel look at the death rattle in UWFI's dessicated throat. Marvel as Riki Choshu continues his Burial Tour '95-'96, a fat Elvis impersonator shows why he was the most badass action hero of all time, and the guys laugh at Yoji Anjo some more. They also somehow manage to mention a storyline where a sumo wrestler hatches out of an egg not once, but twice. A typical two hours' work from the Puro Pourri Podcast.
 

Matches:
Riki Choshu vs. Masahito Kakihara (NJPW, 4 January 1996)
Keiji Muto © vs. Nobuhiko Takada (IWGP Heavyweight Championship) (NJPW, 4 January 1996)
Nobuhiko Takada © vs. Shinya Hashimoto (IWGP Heavyweight Championship) (29 April 1996)

https://soundcloud.c...is-a-hash-fight



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Posted 29 August 2017 - 12:49 PM

EPISODE 8: Match Microscope (I): Kota Ibushi vs. YOSHIHIKO (feat. Jamie from Dramatic DDT)

Join George, Daniel and David for the first in a new series called Match Microscope, in which our intrepid hosts tackle a single puro match in detail and tie it in with what it meant to Japanese pro wrestling at the time. Then, in Part 2, the guys welcome Jamie from Dramatic DDT for an expert interview about the DDT promotion, and try to unpick the full story of this most offbeat of promotions. Featuring George making the case for the most underrated high-flyer of his generation, the time a pork cutlet won a pro wrestling belt, the flamboyant enigma that is Danshoku Dino, and all the good cheer you've come to expect from the Puro Pourri Podcast!

 

Matches:
Kota Ibushi © vs. YOSHIHIKO ©(KO-D Heavyweight Championship and DDT Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship) (DDT, 25 October 2009)

https://soundcloud.c...om-dramatic-ddt



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Posted 29 August 2017 - 12:50 PM

Episode 9 - Match Microscope (II): Billy Robinson vs. Nick Bockwinkel

Strap yourselves down and force your eyelids apart with cocktail sticks, as the boys are back with their second in a trilogy of in-depth looks at classic Japanese pro wrestling matches a little off the beaten track. This time around Daniel, David and George are hurtling back into the dim and distant past (the 1980s) to run the rule over a clash between two of the greatest technical wrestlers the Western world has ever produced. Along the way we'll take in exactly how the UK's most terrifying geezers were produced, which Japanese women's wrestling legend has a burning desire to visit Wigan, and revisit Daniel's love of Last of the Summer Wine in what is alarmingly not a first on this show.
 

Matches:
Billy Robinson vs. Nick Bockwinkel (AJPW, 11 December 1980)

https://soundcloud.c...nick-bockwinkel







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