What is GLEAT?
Hundreds, maybe thousands of promotions make up today’s professional wrestling landscape. Amongst the crowd, very few companies stand out. Then there is GLEAT.
Mid-pandemic, Lidet, the former parent company of Pro Wrestling NOAH, announced their new wrestling venture called GLEAT. From the very beginning, GLEAT offered something unique in the space. GLEAT is focused wrestling.
The GLEAT Experiment
GLEAT sets itself apart by partaking in a great experiment. They offer viewers two distinct divisions: G PROWRESTLING—wrestling in a reasonably modern “pro wrestling” style—and LIDET UWF—a revival of UWFi rules, I.E. “shoot-style” wrestling.
With GLEAT’s robust talent pool and Lidet’s willingness to work with other promotions, GLEAT’s divisional approach results in a dynamic unlike anything else in wrestling. The final product gives off an air of legitimacy and a youthful aura.
One might, reasonably, call GLEAT’s focus into question. After all, how can two essentially different styles integrate into a cohesive product?—This is where GLEAT shines. GLEAT focuses on delimited wrestling, bell-to-bell.
GLEAT doesn’t aim to be high art or an entertainment spectacle. The Lidet team understands their role, deliver wrestling qua wrestling. Against the current, GLEAT abandons fluff and offers good-to-great wrestling on every show and nothing more; as of September 2021, the promotion has yet to produce anything second-rate.
GLEAT has had a fantastic 2021. Likewise, GLEAT’s work with New Japan, Actwres girl’Z, Zero1, HIT HARD, and other promotions I’m sure I’m missing, indicates solid connections that should lead to some excellent wrestling. Consequently, if GLEAT keeps down this wrestling focused road, I could see the brand becoming can’t miss in the very near future.
How to Watch GLEAT
If GLEAT has sparked your interest, watching it is straightforward. Specifically, The GLEAT Official YouTube channel is very active, offering heaps of wrestling and subtitled interviews, all for free. When the time comes for a GLEAT Pay-Per-View, they run their premium shows on Niko Niko Wrestling’s nicovideo.jp channel. Unlike YouTube, nicovideo.jp can be hard to navigate for English speakers; thankfully, Kevin from Joshi City has an excellent post detailing how to sign up for the service.
The GLEAT experiment is ongoing. Allowing two opposite styles to exist on the same card might prove to be untenable, but until that time comes, I can’t get enough GLEAT.