Hannibal Buress Got His First Taste Of Japanese Wrestling At NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 10

01.06.16 2 years ago 11 Comments

Wrestle Kingdom 10 has come and gone. It was an awesome show, and once we posted our Best and Worst, we thought the American wrestling world in general would go back to relatively ignoring New Japan Pro Wrestling for anywhere from three to six months, depending on how highly you value Invasion Attack and the G1 Climax tournament. But then, Shinsuke Nakamura and the Bullet Club had to go and break the internet, so it looks like we’ll be talking about New Japan for a good deal longer. Be careful what you wish for, right?

I’m actually not here to Meltzer up some chatter about who is and isn’t going to NXT, though. Instead, I wanted to shout out an unlikely celebrity in the audience for Wrestle Kingdom. None other than comedian Hannibal Buress found himself in the Tokyo Dome, largely on a whim. It all started when he tweeted about things to do while in Tokyo.

A fan suggested he check out Wrestle Kingdom, and the very next day, Hannibal was in the crowd.

How cool is that? I’ve mentioned in the past that Ron Funches and Chris Gethard are probably the best wrestling fans in the world of comedy, and it’s always great to add names to that list. It looks like Buress enjoyed the event, particularly the match for the NEVER Openweight Championship.

Go check out his timeline for more of his thoughts on the event. He even got video of when Kazuchika Okada’s entrance screwed up and the whole Tokyo Dome went dark. I do have to disagree with him on a pretty important issue, though. New Japan’s entrance themes, composed by Yonosuke Kitamura, are some of the best in the wrestling world. Shinsuke Nakamura’s “Subconscious” theme is a particular work of art, but Hannibal was less than impressed.

…I’m not angry, I’m just disappointed. Maybe he’d like it better if it had a few lines of Young Jeezy failing to understand what a closet is.

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