We’re done. With the fifteenth episode of Big Egg Podcasting Universe, we have finally analysed every match on the ten-hour, 24-match wrestling festival card as well as its wider place in the history of joshi and women’s wrestling as a whole.
Idols and rookies, junior champions and shootboxers, sexy builders and living legends: we thought we’d seen everything, until we asked you to book your own modern-day Big Eggs and things somehow got weirder. In the last show notes of the series, we tip our hat to some of the more obscure references from the episode.
Where to watch the whole damn show
Here, for the final time, in all of its 10-hour glory, is the full-length video of AJW Doumu Super Woman Great War – Big Egg Wrestling Universe.
Although it doesn’t appear to be streaming anywhere in the UK or US at the moment, 2021 documentary Luchadoras is well worth the effort to track down if you can. It follows the in-ring and at-home challenges faced by four women who are full or part-time wrestlers in Juarez, Mexico, including Mini Sirenita.
Women’s amateur wrestling in India
India’s amateur wrestling scene for women means it would be genuinely possible to put a grappling exhibition in this spot and stay true to the spirit of the first Big Egg. Sakshi Malik vs Divya Kakran could feasibly be booked – and they really do both work for Indian Railways!
Ring Ka King
TNA-led wrestling show Ring Ka King had a brief run in 2012 before being cancelled for low ratings. Even so, it was pulling in around 10 million viewers, thanks in part to a feud between Jeff Jarrett and cricketing hero Harbhajan Singh. Jarrett talks about the angle on his podcast My World.
Potentially renamed to avoid the copyright-worrying reputation it was acquiring online, what is now Wrestling Reloaded was once Angaar TV – delightful backyard wrestling from a roster of Indian teenagers. They’ve done everything from re-using recordings of WWE commentary and entrance music to building their own Punjabi Prison.
Alas, some of the classic videos we referenced in the episode seem to have gone forever, but check out the rest on the Youtube channel.
If you were equally confused by David’s mention of the ‘Go Gundan’ show, it transpires that what he was actually talking about was Bridge of Dreams, a multi-promotional show run by Weekly Pro Wrestling magazine. It featured an offer match from the barmy Go Gundan promotion, which mostly involved its founder Ryuma Go fighting aliens. Truly, the forerunner of the likes of DDT.
Sadly, Bridge of Dreams only exists on tape in unofficial versions, the only one of which was removed from Youtube a couple of years ago. For now, here’s Ryuma Go in simpler times, wrestling a different type of madman in Atsushi Onita.
Our other podcasts
- David’s Partick Thistle fan podcast, Draw, Lose or Draw
- A special audio documentary by Draw, Lose or Draw focusing on Thistle’s run in the 1993 Tennents’ Sixes
- Sarah’s appearances talking classic women’s wrestling on Must See Matches
- George, David and Daniel’s regular Japanese wrestling chat on the Puro Pourri Podcast
- David, Sarah and George are among the contributors to the essential wrestling Substack Marshmallow Bomb, featuring reviews, recommendations and previews as well as articles on everything from King’s Road to the wrestling references in Salman Rushdie’s novels
- RAINN in the US and Women’s Aid in the UK benefit from the proceeds of Women Love Wrestling, which features an essay by Sarah
- George is the author of The Rise and Fall of Rikidozan, exploring a young man’s journey through 20th-century Japanese wrestling
- George plays mahjong, Pokemon, RPGs and even the occasional crossword on his Thursday night Twitch stream, Lord Tenpai
- David makes weird noise music including the joshi-themed album Thirteen Japanese Birds at Fastbuck on Bandcamp
- Show your support for the Partick Thistle fans getting crucial support to people in their local Glasgow community who need it by donating to or sharing the work of Jags for Good
- Our two episodes on the shoot fights would not have been possible without the insight and expertise of our good friend Zoe Boyd, so find out more about her by following her on Twitter
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The Puro Pourri Podcast on Twitter: @PuroPodcast
Sarah’s Twitter: @SarahParkin1