Today in Pro Wrestling History: (April 18) – Brody Arrives in New Japan

Today in Pro Wrestling History: In Tokyo, Japan, on April 18th, 1985 – Bruiser Brody’s short stint with New Japan Pro Wrestling began when he faced off against the company’s legendary founder, Antonio Inoki.

Today in Pro Wrestling History: (April 18th) – Bruiser Brody Arrives in New Japan

Today In Pro Wrestling History April 18

Brody, who for years had performed for rival All-Japan Pro Wrestling, made a surprise appearance for NJPW at Kourakuen Hall on March 21st but didn’t wrestle. Instead, Brody was in a suit and swinging his chain.

This would kick off a feud between Brody and Inoki, during which Brody went into the dressing room and injured Inoki’s elbow. During their series, many of their matches ended in no-contests or disqualifications.

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