As we get closer to the WWE Cruiserweight Classic (tonight) the excitement starts to get higher and higher. With 32 participants from all over the world competing in the 205 pound weight limit tournament, there’s seem to be some favorites going into the tournament. One of those favorites is Kota Ibushi from Japan.
Kota Ibushi started his career in the Japanese promotion DDT, and has wrestled in promotions such as Evolve, Ring of Honor, Chikara and in New Japan Pro Wrestling, where he’s spent most of his career. He is a 3 time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, 2011 Best of the Super Juniors and 2015 New Japan Cup winner.
If you don’t know about Ibushi, here’s 5 matches to get you familiar with him before tonight’s Cruiserweight Classic on the WWE Network. These matches include some familiar faces such as Prince Devitt (now known as Finn Balor), El Generico (now known as Sami Zayn), and Shinsuke Nakamura (now signed with WWE).
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Combat Zone Wrestling is known for their ultraviolent deathmatches which often include glass plates and fluorescent light tubes. I myself are not a fan of these matches, but over the years CZW have caught my attention with some of their non ultraviolent deathmatches.
A few months ago CZW started CZWstudios.com, a streaming site with over 150 CZW and WSU (Women Superstars Uncensored). In July, CZW Studios had a promotion where you could get your first month for 99 cents (normally $9.99/month), and I took advantage of the sale. I found some gems that normally a person who is not a fan of ultraviolent matches wouldn’t know about simply because they are turned off by the product (I know a few). If you are ever willing to join CZWstudios (and aren’t a fan of these hardcore matches), here are 10 non ultraviolent matches that you could watch on CZW Studios.