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The State of SSS (and other ramblings) + schedule updated
So I’m going to ramble. I never do this, but have been reflecting and wanted to say some things.
I recently had a chat with an old friend and fellow puroresu fan from the first half of the 2000s. Talking about the old days of watching New Japan (and other promotions) made me realise something I already know but try to ignore.
Quite frankly, Strong Style Spirit is no longer the quality it used to be for various reasons and hasn’t been for a long time now.
But straying away from that for a while…
I first began posting Japanese pro wrestling news in the late 1990s on Usenet, before writing “Puroresu Wrap Ups”. By the way if you want to read them (they often caused quite heated debate in the community as I was very opinionated) and know a little more about puroresu in the early 2000s, most of them are archived at this link. I think you’ll find some of them pretty interesting, if you can get past my youthful angst.
Strong Style Spirit launched just over 13 years ago at the same time I was running the now defunct Wrestling Viewpoint!, a review site. 13 years is a long time to keep one website going, but I have and I’m quite proud of that.
The thing is, I’ve grown older (still not as old as some of you think though as I started all this when I was a teenager!) and it’s now basically impossible to offer the same time and commitment to this hobby.
When I first regularly started watching puroresu around 1998, scraping together money to buy VHS compilations of the best matches from each month, I had nothing much else to do and a fascination was born. I quickly fell in love with 1990s New Japan, FMW and Michinoku Pro, while also enjoying promotions like All Japan, Big Japan and W*ING.
I still LOVE pro wrestling (when you’ve watched it since you were 8, you’ll never get it out of your system), even though I watch precious little compared to in the past. Not having the disposable income to watch many of the New Japan iPPVs isn’t great when I used to pride myself on being up to date and knowing everything there was to know about New Japan. Nowadays, most of you probably see as much, if not more, than I do.
I think many would have closed this site by now and I have often thought about it. There are more thorough resources on the internet now and the era of Twitter and other social media means you can find news instantly. Finding the time and energy to update the site can be difficult sometimes, especially when New Japan release boatloads of cards that have to be typed out.
In its present state, SSS is mostly just an ongoing archive and not the (ridiculously) comprehensive total resource it used to be. I can’t put the same time into this and I make no money from it and never really have besides one or two fleeting sponsorships and donations that helped pay overheads. The puroresu community has always been a fairly niche, close-knit community, not one you can profit on (except those who sold tapes and DVDs back in the day).
And yet… even though I probably should at this point, I can’t bring myself to close it. When you’ve been running a website for 13 years, it’s hard to let go even when you know not many people probably visit it anymore compared to once upon a time.
So what’s the point of this post? Probably to make those who still visit here aware that I know SSS isn’t the standard it used to be or the standard I’d like it to be. Trust me, I’d love to be a teenager again with hours of stress-free time to obsess over New Japan (and other puroresu) with fellow fanboys on IRC.
But I also want to make clear SSS isn’t closing today. Or tomorrow. However, for the first time I have to say that maybe some day in the future updates will cease, depending on circumstances.
I still consider SSS to be a treasure of information. A lot of old stuff was lost in one of the crashes (much of it still on my computer, but again finding time to convert it all isn’t easy), but go deep into the archives and you’ll find a lot of stuff. For example, the results from 2000 that have “Details” on tours/shows/storylines from back then. And of course, title and tournament histories.
So if SSS has to ‘close’ some day, I’ll endeavor to keep the site stored somewhere as a permanent resource. For now, updates continue…
I’ve updated the 2014 results page with all scheduled shows up to September.
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