Dekinnoka! 7 Humanoid Robot Pro-Wrestling

"Best Martial Arts Screw Tournament On Earth!"




What: Dekinnoka! 7 - Humanoid Robot Pro-Wrestling
When: Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Where: Soka, Saitama-ken
URL: http://www.atamo-robot.com/dekinnnoka/scdl.html
Why: The top Japanese humanoid robot hobbyists are out to completely change biped robot entertainment, and are having an absolute ball doing it. Their robots not only mimic top professional wrestlers, they often out do them - and many of the builders dress up in cosplay costumes to get totally into the wrestling scene.
Admission: Free - open to the public
Comments: I'll be there, cheering for my favorite robot wrestlers.

Don't take my word for it - take theirs:



It's definitely the "Best Martial Arts Screw Tournament On Earth". :)

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