Mayu Iwatani, Hazuki, and Tam Nakano. Three of my favorites.
OK, manifesto might be a bit exaggerated, but this is an introduction to my professional wrestling blog, Top Rope Chronicles. Its launch is on January 1st, 2019. The general goal of the blog is to post-show reviews, match reviews, and occasional opinion articles written by me.
Who am I? Well, my real world name is Juan. I'm a 33 years old professional wrestling fan. I've gone by several names online, but my main handles have been "Xalazi", "Fadedendless", and just "Endless". I've been a fan for as long as I can remember. My interests as a professional wrestling fan vary and shift from time to time, but I have a little bit of experience with most of the various styles and major companies out there.
The show and match reviews will come from all over the place. Some will come from the usual major wrestling companies such as WWE and NJPW. Some will come from less covered companies such as Stardom, Rise, OVW, and others. Some will come from historic content from across the world. I happen to be lucky enough to have a reasonably extensive wrestling library, and I plan on using it for the blog.
I'll be the first to admit that I am not a great writer by any means. I'm not a journalist. I don't have scoops or rumors. I am not a scholarly essayist analyzing the subtler points of the art of grappling. I'm a fan. Period. I'm not writing this blog because I have the definitive opinion on anything. I merely want to share my thoughts with other fans, and maybe get them interested in wrestlers and wrestling companies that are great, but that isn't usually covered by most wrestling outlets. As I mentioned before I will be covering some WWE and NJPW, but not every WWE or NJPW show. Don't expect Raw and Smackdown reviews every week. On occasion, I may review a single weekly show match if I hear it's excellent, but I won't be checking out everything from the big two due to time constraints.
As a part of this introduction, I would like to give a shout out to quebrada.net. That's probably the biggest inspiration for Top Rope Chronicles. In 2018, I took a journey to find out as much as I could about Joshi Puroresu, Japanese Women's Wrestling, and Quebrada was easily one of the best resources for that. With news articles and results written during the Joshi dark ages of the early 2000s, and results of shows and videos ranging from the 1970s to all the way up to today, it's been an incredibly helpful resource. I recommend the site for anyone that is looking to jump into Japanese wrestling, Lucha Libre, MMA, Kickboxing, and other martial arts.
You may have noticed that this blog kind of sucks from a looks and features standpoint, and that's by design. Not to get too technical, but I made a choice during the planning stages to not use a regular Wordpress blog or Squarespace site. The reason for that is that I want whatever I write in 2019 to still be around in 2049 or later. Top Rope Chronicles is a simple HTML website with some basic CSS. If in some future update tags are discontinued and tech changes, the content will still be readable from any web browser. On a fancier and nicer looking modern blog platform, if the tech changes in 10 years the platform could really break and the blog could be unreadable without an update.
Due to that technical choice to stick with basic HTML and CSS, the blog won't have a few features like comments or a search. Hopefully, those will only be minor inconveniences. You should be able to find any review by companies via the main reviews section, and by wrestler via the wrestler index. You should also be able to share and comment about the posts on social media.
So let's start this professional wrestling journey. Up, up, and away.