Atsushi Onita and Megumi Kudo announced on December 21, 2012 that the upcoming show promoted by Ribera's Steakhouse on February 8, 2013 at the Osaka BODYMAKER Coliseum formerly the Osaka Prefectural Gym which holds around 6,000 fans will be an FMW reunion show. The main event of the show will have Atsushi Onita take on Akebono in a Exploding Barbed wire Death Match with explosions connected to a barbed wire bat and a chair. Former FMW wrestlers announced for the undercard are Masato Tanaka, Hisakatsu Oya, Ricky Fuji, Hideki Hosaka, Hido, Battle Ranger Z, Magnitude Kishiwada, Flying Kid Ichihara, and Miss Mongol. Ichiro Yaguchi will also wrestle on the show. Megumi Kudo will be appearing as well as she will be singing on the show the song "Keep on Running" which was a single that was released by FMW of her back in 1992.
Atsushi Onita promoted his fourth and final Tokyo Shinjuku FACE show of 2012 on December 21, 2012 drawing an announced sell out crowd of 680 fans. The main event saw Onita team with Masato Tanaka and Ichiro Yaguchi against the ZERO64 team of Akebono, Takuya Sugawara, and Mineo Fujita in a Captain Falls Texas Tornado Street Fight Death Match with Onita and Akebono as their teams captains. Onita would end up getting Akebono on the table for his signature Piledriver through the table spot he does in every match but due Akebono's weight Onita would instead attempt to DDT Akebono through the table. Onita would end up falling awkwardly while delivering the DDT as his ribs would hit the edge of the table. These would be the same ribs that he injured earlier this year that caused him to be out of action for a month. Onita would be an extreme pain and Akebono would take advantage and deliver a splash on Onita to get the pinfall over him at 14 minutes, 59 seconds. Onita would be an obvious pain afterwards as his ribs would be wrapped up and later while he was backstage ice would be taped to him.
Megumi Kudo would referee the semi-finals match of Dump Matsumoto and Leatherface against the team of Naoshi Sano and Raiden. Matsumoto would bring a cane to the match and right from the start begin hitting her opponents including Kudo. This would anger Kudo who would begin to slow count Matsumoto the whole match angering Matsumoto who would end up shoving Kudo as a result. Kudo would continue to slow count Matsumoto but Matsumoto would have Raiden down on the mat for so long that Kudo would have no choice but to finally count three and give the win at 10 minutes, 29 seconds to Matsumoto and Leatherface.
Satoru Sayama and Kuniaki Kobayashi would also make an appearance on the show before the main event as they had been invited by Onita. Sayama and Kobayashi would let the fans know that that they would be facing off against Onita and Ichiro Yaguchi in a tag match at the upcoming Real Japan show on January 13, 2013 at Korakuen Hall. There would be no conflict between them and Onita during this show as they would leave the ring before Onita would come out for his match.
Atsushi Onita and Masato Tanaka would end up advancing to the 2nd Round of the Furinkazan Tag Team Tournament. Their first round match on December 13, 2012 at the Zepp Nagoya would see Onita and Tanaka defeat Akebono and Takuya Sugawara after Onita would spit red mist in Akebono's face and Tanaka would deliver a Sliding D to Sugawara followed by Onita delivering the Thunder Fire Powerbomb on Sugawara for the win. Their second round match on December 14, 2012 at the Ibaraki Sports Center would be against Shinjiro Otani and Tatsuhito Takaiwa with Onita and Otani brawling on the outside before Otani would make it back in the ring before Onita and Onita would end up being counted out and eliminated from the tournament. Onita would then team with Masato Tanaka and Craig Classic on December 15, 2012 at the Roppongi Belle Salle as they would defeat the team of Akebono, Mineo Fujita, and Rion Mizuki in a Over the Top Rope Street Fight as they would manage to knock Akebono over the top rope to get the win on the last show of the tour. James Raideen and Zeus would end up winning the Finals of the Furinkazan Tag Team Tournament after defeating Shito Ueda and former Apache Army wrestler Yusaku Obata.
Jun Kasai promoted his Bloody X'Mas show on December 25, 2012 at Korakuen Hall. The main event saw Jun Kasai and Masashi Takeda defeat the Lucha Libre team of Violento Jack and Aero Boy in a Fluorescent Light Tubes No Ring Canvas Glass Death Match. More details and pictures of the show can be found at http://fmwwrestling.us/Korakuen12.html
FREEDOMS will return to the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse on January 6, 2013 for a New Year's Six Man Tag Team One Night Tournament. The opening match in the tournament see the Baramon team of Shu, Kei, and Karate take on Keizo Matsuda, The Winger, and Antonio Honda with the winner later advancing to take on The Unchain team of Jun Kasai, Minoru Fujita, and One Man Crew with the winner of that match reaching the finals of the tournament. The other side of the bracket will have the FREEDOMS team of Takashi Sasaki, Kamui, and HIROKI teaming up against the team of Great Kojika & Gabaijii-chan & Amigo Suzuki with the winner of that match facing off against the Okinawa Pro team of Guruken Diver, Menso~re Oyaji and Eisa 8 with the winner of that match reaching the finals. The match prior to the finals will be a non tournament tag team match of Tatsuhito Takaiwa and SUSUMU against the Unchain team of Masashi Takeda and Kenji Fukimoto in the semi-finals match of the show.
Mr. Gannosuke promoted his Kishindo Returns 11 show on December 18, 2012 at the Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring drawing an announced crowd of 228 fans which is about what the other shows he has promoted this year have done so it seems like he has the same fan case that will attend his 3 shows a year.
The main event of the show saw Dragon Gate's Jimmy Kagetora defeat Kazuhiro Tamura. Tamura last show complained that his Dragon Gate competition of Shachihoko Machine wasn't at the level of the competition he wanted from Dragon Gate. This match gave him his opportunity as the match was very stiff and mostly mat based before Kagetora would end up finishing off Tamura at 16 minutes, 17 seconds with the Ikkitousen.
Tamura afterwards grabbed the mic and asked for Mr. Gannosuke to come in the ring as Tamura would announce that he had left the Style-E promotion and started his own promotion a day earlier called HEAT UP. Tamura stated that he could no longer be the Kishindo Ace due to the new promotion with Gannosuke understanding. Gannosuke and Tamura would then do a end of the show chant with the crowd together when Taro Yamada would grab the mic and then begin to complain to Gannosuke about how could Tamura be the ace of the promotion anyway which lead to Gannosuke delivering a Northern Lights Suplex to Yamada with the referee counting three and raising Gannosuke's hand in victory to end the show.
The semi-main event of the show saw Hikaru Sato face off against Kazunari Murakami in a MMA style match with both men fighting a mat based match before they would end up fighting in the ropes which would lead to both of them spilling over the top rope to the outside with the fight continuing outside in the crowd between the two before the referee would count them both out at 9 minutes, 39 seconds to a Double Count Out No Contest. Yuko Miyamoto would face off against Dragon Gate's Kenichiro Arai with Miyamoto delivering a Moonsault and Arai countering it and turning it into a reverse cradle to pick up the win at 11 minutes, 56 seconds.
Mineo Fujita and Yasu Urano would reunite from their KHM days in WMF to team against another former WMF wrestler in Isami Kodaka and Keita Yano. Fujita would be a star of the match showing off his personality and his highflying moves before finishing off Yano with the Gannosuke Clutch on Yano at 12 minutes, 20 seconds for the win.
Masashi Takeda would take on Magnitude Kishiwada in a singles match with Takeda delivering all his main spots including a spear, a Northern Lights Suplex and a German Suplex but Kishiwada would end up finishing Takeda off at 11 minutes, 18 seconds with the Last Ride. Jun Kasai would take on Hiroyo Matsumoto in a Three Contests Match. The first contest would be a Riddle Contest with the fans judging Kasai the winner at 2 minutes, 48 seconds. The second contest would be a Blindfolded Watermelon Contest with Kasai losing his bat so when finally he would find the watermelon he would end up having to smash it with his own head to get the win at 5 minutes, 26 seconds. The third contest would be a Pro-Wrestling contest with Kasai getting the win after making Matsumoto tap out after placing the Single-Leg Crab to for the win at 5 minutes, 10 seconds to win all three contests.
The team of Guts Ishijima, CHANGO, and Micro would open the show by defeating the team of Tatsuhiko Yoshino, Taro Yamada, and Kouzy after CHANGO would deliver a Diving Kneedrop to pick up the win on Yamada at 11 minutes, 29 seconds. The Dark Match of the show would see Naoshi Sano and Yusha Amen take on the West Gate Pro team of Batten Tamagawa and Kunihiko Mitemaga with the match starting at 6:45 PM and ending at 6:57 PM due to the show needing to start on time so the match would be called a Time Limit Draw after 12 minutes.
The Apache Army promotion ran their final show of 2012 at the ZERO1 Dojo also known as the Tokyo Takeshiba Colisum drawing an announced crowd of 100 fans for the show. The main event which was originally scheduled as two out of three falls was changed to a one fall match as the team of WEW World Champion Tetsuhiro Kuroda would team with Kintaro Kanemura and Arashi as they would defeat the Apache Demolition team of Tomohiko Hashimoto, Shoichi Ichimiya, and their foreign partner from the PCW promotion in Australia Gabriel Wolf with Kanemura picking up the win after rolling up Wolf with an inside cradle at 14 minutes, 16 seconds for the Apache Army win. Rikiya Fudo would team up with other PCW wrestlers Chris Trance and Mad Dog to defeat the team of Daisaku Shimoda, Masato Shibata, and One Man Crew when Fudo pinned his brother Shimoda at 9 minutes, 24 seconds with the Lariat. HIROKI defeated former Okinawa Pro wrestler Golden Pineapple at 8 minutes, 36 seconds after forcing referee stoppage. The JWP Offer Match saw Arisa Nakajima who is turning into the star of the women's promotion defeat Sareee at 7 minutes, 10 seconds with a Diving Footstomp. Former Okinawa Pro wrestler Menso~re Oyaji defeated Kengo Nishimura at 9 minutes, 1 seconds with the Oyaji Nui. Shota opened the show defeating fellow Style-E wrestler Kotaro Nasu at 8 minutes, 29 seconds with the inside cradle.
The Apache Army announced that they will continue using the Takeshiba Colisum as their home base now for the promotion going into 2013. They have booked the building for shows on January 20th, February 16th, and March 30th. They will return to the Osaka World Hall Pavilion on March 17th.
Megumi Kudo promoted her 3rd Happy Share With event at the Tokyo Shinjuku Sound Creek
Doppo on December 15, 2012. Kudo appeared with both Hayabusa and Combat Toyoda for the event along with Dump Matsumoto making an appearance. Kudo would start the show playing the piano while singing. Kudo, Hayabusa, and Toyoda would then all talk with the audience before starting the show. Hayabusa would end up putting on his mask as Toyoda would put on a reindeer outfit and Kudo would put on a Santa Claus outfit. Kudo and Hayabusa would end up singing together which would be followed up by Kudo cutting cake for everybody in the audience in what would be a very
successful and fun show.
Atsushi Onita has been everywhere in December 2012. He has competed for Real Japan and NOAH and before the month is over he will compete on three ZERO1 shows, his own promoted show, and end it by competing for Miss Mongol's CPE promotion. Onita's biggest match of the promotion took place at NOAH's Ryogoku Sumo Hall show in front of an announced 7500 fans on December 9, 2012 as he would team up with Ichiro Yaguchi and Hideki Hosaka to go up against the No Mercy team of KENTA, Maybach Taniguchi, and Yoshihiro Takayama. Onita's team would also be accompanied by Kintaro Kanemura, Naoshi Sano, and Kenichi Fujii at ringside. Onita would haveearly success in the match as he would piledrive KENTA through a table as well as spit green mist into Yoshihiro Takayama's face. KENTA would end up getting Onita on his back as he would attempt to hit Onita with the Go 2 Sleep but Hosaka would manage to make the save by hitting KENTA with the barbed wire bat. Although it would save the Onita team at that moment it would end up doing them in as Maybach Taniguchi would grab a hold of the bat and begin using it on Hosaka before KENTA would place Hosaka over his shoulders and put him away with the Go 2 Sleep at 12 minutes, 27 seconds. Onita would then spit red mist right away in KENTA's face following the match and Kintaro Kanemura would enter the ring and begin using the barbed wire bat on KENTA before leaving with the war between the Jado Army and No Mercy just getting started.
The second match between Atsushi Onita and The Original Tiger Mask ended up settling nothing on December 7, 2012 at Korakuen Hall. Onita came to the ring with the Tiger Mask in hand and threw it to the mat and began stomping on it. He then noticed former New Japan Junior Heavyweight Kuniaki Kobayashi at ringside at a table to watch the match closely to help out Sayama in case the Onita team of Ichiro Yaguchi, Hideki Hosaka, and Hido got out of hand. Onita spot Kobayashi and begin throwing water from his water bottle right away at Kobayashi to taunt the legend. Onita and Sayama would begin to wrestle but Hido, Hosaka, and Yaguchi would constantly interfere throughout allowing Onita to spit red mist into Sayama's face and then the Jado Army would toss in the barbed wire bat which Onita would begin to choke Sayama with. Kobayashi having seen enough would enter in the ring and begin attacking Onita with a chair. This would cause former early days of FMW rival of Onita in Masashi Aoyagi to come to the ring and help out Onita and begin attacking Kobayashi causing the referee to throw out the match and rule it a No Contest at 13 minutes, 16 seconds. This would cause Sayama's Real Japan's allies to hit the ring to make the save for Sayama and Kobayashi. Onita and Sayama would trade words on the mic before Onita's side would leave the ring. Onita and Aoyagi would sit backstage and begin talking to reporters with Onita cutting a promo on Sayama and Kobayashi when Kobayashi would hunt Onita down backstage and get in his face and begin shouting in Onita's face. Onita would issue a challenge to Sayama and Kobayashi to meet him in his territory at his promoted show on December 21st at Shinjuku FACE.
Atsushi Onita and Megumi Kudo held a press conference on December 4th to announced the upcoming lineup for the Onita promoted show on December 21st at the Tokyo Shinjuku FACE. Onita announced that Megumi Kudo would referee the semi-main event mixed tag team of Miss Mongol and Raideen against Dump Matsumoto and Leatherface. Onita then announced the main event of the show would see himself teaming with Masato Tanaka and Ichiro Yaguchi as they go to battle against the ZERO64 team of Akebono, Takuya Sugawara, and Mineo Fujita in a Texas Tornado Street Fight Death Match. Onita has since stated he also wants Satoru Sayama and Kuniaki Kobayashi to appear after the show and he will confront them both afterwards as well. Other matches will see Shinjiro Otani and Yoshikazu Yokoyama go up against Hideki Hosaka and Kenichi Fujii, Mr. Pogo will take on former W*ING partner Masaru Toi and the early matches will include Kazumasa Nihei, Tomohiko Hashimoto, and Kazuhiko Matsuzaki against Fugofugo Yumeji, One Man Crew, and Naoshi Sano as well as the former and current Winger team of Magnitude Kishiwada and The Winger teaming up against James Raideen and Travis Banks.
Atsushi Onita will return to ZERO1 to participate in the Furinkazan Tag Team Tournament which would be the first tournament Onita has entered since in 18 years since he participated in a WAR 6 Man Tag Team Tournament in July 1994. Atsushi Onita and Masato Tanaka will team together to take on Akebono and Takuya Sugawara in the main event of the December 13th show at the Zepp Nagoya against Akebono and Takuya Sugawara in a Scramble Bunkhouse Death Match. The winning team will face the winning team of Shinjiro Otani and Tatsuhito Takaiwa against Daichi Hashimoto and Hiro Saito on December 14th. Other matches on the December 13th show will see the team known as the Dream Team of Kamikaze and Onryo going back to their Wrestle Dream Factory days take on Apache Demolition team of Kohei Sato and Tomohiko Hashimoto, Mineo Fujita and Rion Mizuki will take on Ikuto Hidaka and YO-HEY, and Yusaku Obata and Shito Ueda team up to take on Yoshikazu Yokoyama and Hayato Mashita.
FREEDOMS returned to the Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on December 4, 2012 drawing an announced crowd of 125 fans. The main event saw Minoru Fujita against Kamui who had unresolved issues dating back to the October 24th show when Kamui jumped Fujita backstage after their tag match against each other. Kamui made three out of the last four years that he would bring his automobile into Shin-Kiba with his 2009 match against MASADA being the most notable. This time Kamui drove in his van and first did Moonsault off the van and then set up for the spot of the match. Kamui placed Fujita in the middle of the ring and then placed a ladder on top of his van. Kamui then dove off the ladder but sadly completely missed by a long way and ended up hitting the ring apron and the ropes hard. Fujita didn't have any problems putting Kamui after that badly blown spot and finished him off at 19 minutes, 41 seconds with the Sasuke Damashi Segway for the Fujita win.
The newest member of the Unchain in Captain Abnormal made his Shin-Kiba debut as he teamed with Jun Kasai and Kenji Fukimoto as they defeated Takashi Sasaki, HIROKI, and SUSUMU when Abnormal hit the Tombstone Piledriver on SUSUMU for the win at 14 minutes, 1 second. The FREEDOMS Army and Unchain began to brawl after the match when Mammoth Sasaki would make his return after nearly 6 months out from injury and would have a face to face staredown with Abnormal before Mammoth would deliver a chokeslam to Abnormal. Last months dissention of Kasai and Takeda was also forgotten about as the two acted like best friends following the match. Tatsuhito Takaiwa against Isami Kodaka ended up going to a thirty minute limit draw with both wrestlers showing mutual respect towards one another. Great Kojika teamed up with Kyushu Pro's masked old man Gabaijii-chan after they defeated Baramon Shu and Baramon Kei when Gabaijii hit the Gabaijii Bomb on Kei for the win at 11 minutes, 10 seconds with the spot of the match being Gabaijii doing the Shinzaki walking the ropes spot with his cane. Keizo Matsuda, The Winger, and Antonio Honda defeated Baramon Shu, Kei, and Karate Baramon after Honda rolled up Karate with a Cradle at 12 minutes, 28 seconds. Guruken Diver and Eisa 8 defeated Ryuichi Sekine and Yusaku Ito after Eisa 8 pinned Ito at 10 minutes, 52 seconds with the RKO.
Jun Kasai announced that the main event of the Jun Kasai Promoted BLOODY X'MAS show on December 25, 2012 at Korakuen Hall will be a tag team match as he teams with fellow Unchain member Masashi Takeda for only the second time since they formed the group in March. Kasai and Takeda will team up to take on the Mexican Independent masked wrestlers Violento Jack and Aero Boy who have wrestled all over Mexico over the last 8 years. The match will be a No Canvas Ring (like Kasai vs. MASADA from the last Kasai show) Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match. The other change to the card will see Mammoth Sasaki returning to the ring since his vertebrae injury six months ago as he teams up with The Winger, HIROKI, and Ryuichi Sekine against Hido, Kenji Fukimoto, Captain Abnormal, and One Man Crew in a Scramble Bunkhouse Death Match.
Tomohiko Hashimoto promoted the Apache Demolition show on December 1, 2012 at the Tokyo Takeshiba Coliseum. No results were posted officially online. I was able to find a fan report of the show online as well as the undercard was posted on YouTube. The main event saw Tomohiko Hashimoto and Kohei Sato team up to defeat the team of Yoshiaki Fujiwara and Shoichi Ichimiya after Hashimoto hit his Chokeslam on Ichimiya to pick up in the win in the battle of the Apache Demolition members. HIROKI defeated Kengo Nishimura in the semi-main event. Rikiya Fudo defeated Leatherface in a brawl at 6 minutes 4 seconds after hitting a Clothesline. Hazard defeated Naoshi Sano with help from Nishimura after Nishimura delivered the Frog Splash on Sano with Hazard picking up the win at 4 minutes, 21 seconds. Arisa Nakajima defeated Rabbit Mito at 6 minutes, 50 seconds in the JWP offer match of the show. Koichiro Kimura and Hiroya Mine opened the show defeating Kotaro Nasu and Kazu Yoshida after Kimura made Nasu tap at 11 minutes, 22 seconds to a Single Leg Crab. No attendance was announced for the show.
The Apache Army returns to the Tokyo Takeshiba Coliseum on December 22, 2012 with the main event being Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Arashi teaming with the returning from injury once again Kintaro Kanemura as they take on Apache Demolition's Tomohiko Hashimoto, Shoichi Ichimiya, and PCW's Gabriel Wolf in a 2 out of 3 Falls Match. Rikiya Fudo will team up with other PCW wrestlers Chris Trance and Mad Dog in the semi-final against the team of Daisaku Shimoda, Masato Shibata, and One Man Crew. HIROKI will go up against Golden Pineapple, in the women's match Arisa Nakajima will go up against Saree, Kengo Nishimura faces off against Menso~re Oyaji, and the opening match sees a battle of Style-E wrestlers in Kotaro Nasu against Shota.
Atsushi Onita has made his presence known throughout several promotions over the last couple of weeks. Atsushi Onita announced in a press conference on November 27th for the Ribera Steakhouse promoted show on February 8, 2013 at the Osaka BODY MAKER Coliseum (Osaka Prefectural Gym) where the match between him and Akebono will be another Exploding Barbed wire Death Match except this time instead of a Double Hell Match as well there will be a barbed wire baseball bat and a chair connected to the explosions so when used for the first time there will be an explosion from them as well. ZERO1 announced that Atsushi Onita will be teaming up with Masato Tanaka to form the Teacher and Student Jado team for Furinkazan Tag Team Tournament that will go from December 13th to December 15th in what looks like it will have to be a single elimination tournament this year. Atsushi Onita then crashed the NOAH office in Tokyo along with Ichiro Yaguchi on November 29th demanding that he wrestle in the upcoming NOAH Tokyo Ryogoku Sumo Hall show on December 9th. KENTA responded on November 30th stating that his No Mercy team of himself, Maybach Taniguchi, and Yoshihiro Takayama will take on the team of Atsushi Onita and two other members of his group which Onita has revealed will be Ichiro Yaguchi and Hideki Hosaka.
FREEDOMS ran at the Yokohama Radiant Hall on November 18, 2012 drawing an announced crowd of 286 fans. The main event saw Takashi Sasaki, Kamui, and Ryuichi Sekine defeat the Unchain team of Jun Kasai, Minoru Fujita, and Kenji Fukimoto in a Home Run Hardcore Match. Masashi Takeda was in the corner for Unchain and would interfere through out the match but a miscommunication would cause him to run into Kasai which would lead to Kamui taking advantage of it and delivering an Overhead Kick and a quick roll up to get the win for the FREEDOMS team at 17 minutes, 13 seconds. Kasai and Masashi Takeda would get in a shoving match after the match as it looks like Takeda will be breaking away from the group soon enough. The rest of the show saw HIROKI defend the Independent Jr. Heavyweight Title for the 13th time over Guruken Diver at 16 minutes, 35 seconds with the GENTARO Clutch. Tatsuhito Takaiwa celebrated his first 20th Anniversary Match as he teamed with fellow former ZERO1 wrestler Osamu Namiguchi to defeat the team of The Winger and Keizo Matsuda when Takaiwa hit the Death Valley Bomb on Matsuda at 14 minutes, 38 seconds for the win. Isami Kodaka defeated SUSUMU at 13 minutes, 29 seconds with the Isamuashiki. The former Okinawa Pro team of Menso~re Oyaji, Eisa8 and Golden Pineapple defeated Great Kojika, Amigo Suzuki, and Karate Baramon with Eisa8 delivering the Luck8 to Karate Baramon at 7 minutes, 16 seconds for the win. The Mystery Opponent for One Man Crew turned out to be Kazuhiro Tamura who defeated the One Man Crew at 6 minutes, 36 seconds with a Cradle to start the show in the last match One Man Crew has booked in Japan for atleast awhile.
FREEDOMS will return to the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on December 4th entitled "ROAD TO BLOODY X'MAS" to setup the upcoming Christmas Death Match show on December 25th at Korakuen Hall. The main event will see Kamui who has showed a great dislike for Minoru Fujita since returning a shot at scoring another upset against an Unchain member as they will take on each other in a Hardcore Match. The semi-main event will be a FREEDOMS vs. Unchain match as well as Takashi Sasaki, HIROKI, and SUSUMU team up to take on Jun Kasai, Kenji Fukimoto, and the newest member of the group called Captain Abnormal which is based on Captain New Japan in a Hardcore Match. Tatsuhito Takaiwa takes on Isami Kodaka in what should be a good singles match. The Baramon Brothers will wrestle in back to back matches as their first match they will team with Karate Baramon to go up against the team of Keizo Matsuda, The Winger, and Antonio Honda. They will then face off against Great Kojika and his new partner Uversyota from Kyushu Pro who plays the role of an old Grandfather. Guruken Diver and Eisa8 who look to be regulars in the promotion team up to take on Ryuichi Sekine and Yusaku Ito to open the show.
Jun Kasai announced the entire undercard for his December 25, 2012 BLOODY X'MAS show at Korakuen Hall. Takashi Sasaki will take on Minoru Fujita in a Barbed wire Board Ladder Death Match in the semi-main event. Kamui will face off against one of the few active former FMW wrestlers he has never faced in a singles match as he goes up against Masato Tanaka in a Hardcore Rules Match. Hido returns to the promotion as he teams with Kenji Fukimoto and Captain Abnormal against The Winger, HIROKI, and a Mystery Partner of theirs in a Scramble Bunkhouse Death Match. Yuko Miyamoto will go up against SUSUMU in a Street Fight. Baramon Shu and Kei open the show against Guruken Diver and Eisa8 in a Death Match. The main event will be announced following the December 4th show but with no Masashi Takeda on the card right now it looks like he will either main event against Kasai on the show or end up being the Mystery Partner for the team of Winger and HIROKI.
Tatsuhito Takaiwa will be promoting his second 20th Anniversary Match under the FREEDOMS name for a three match show on December 2, 2012 at the Oyamadai Area Gym. The main event will see Tatsuhito Takaiwa team with The Winger against the team of Rikiya Fudo and Bear Fukuda with this Takaiwa 20th Anniversary Match being more of a highlight of the show instead of the middle of the card match like his previous one. Captain Abnormal will actually be revealed on this show as he teams with Jun Kasai to take on the team of Takashi Sasaki and HIROKI. The opening match will see Takaiwa's friend Osamu Namiguchi take on SUSUMU in a singles match.
Tomohiko Hashimoto who is actually the real President of the Apache Army promotion announced that the upcoming Apache show would actually be built as an Apache Demolition show with no Kintaro Kanemura or Tetsuhiro Kuroda booked for the show. The show will take place on December 1st at the Takeshiba Coliseum which looks to be the new home of the promotion going forward. The main event of the show will be an all Apache Demolition match as Tomohiko Hashimoto teams up with Kohei Sato who has been inactive for the promotion for most of the year against Shoichi Ichimiya and his partner the legendary Yoshiaki Fujiwara. One of the few Apache Army wrestlers in HIROKI will take on Kengo Nishimura in the semi-main event. Leatherface who had last been seen wrestling in WNC earlier this year will go up against Rikiya Fudo. The Joshi match on the show will see Arisa Nakajima take on Rabbit Mito and the opening match will be Koichiro Kimura returning to the promotion in over a year to team with EAGLE Pro's Hiroya Mine as they take on Kotaro Nasu and EAGLE Pro's Kazu Yoshida. It was decided on having an Apache Demolition show based on Kanemura's shoulder being banged up following the Barbed wire Board Death Match back on November 3rd and Kanemura being unable to compete due to his shoulder not being ready. It is touch or go whether Kanemura will be ready for the next show on December 22nd.
Poison Sawada JULIE who started up in Union Pro in 1994 and had wrestled in DDT over the last decade which included shots in WEW and Fuyuki Army over the years retired on November 25, 2012 at Korakuen Hall due to injuries. JULIE teamed with Takashi Sasaki going under the name of Takatoge going under his gimmick where he was completely under JULIE's control back in 2003 as well as HARASHIMA going by the name JARASHIMA who was also under JULIE's control for a time. They teamed up to take on the team of Hiroo Tsumaki, Tetsuya Endo, and Konosuke Takeshita with Takeshita getting the win over JULIE with his finishing move The Touchdown. Afterwards, many wrestlers from JULIE's past came out to present flowers to JULIE including Mr. Gannosuke who has known JULIE since the mid 90's from the independents and also faced JULIE at the end of his career in October 2008 when Gannosuke's GUN's faced off against JULIE in a six man in DDT.
Hayabusa returned to Takadanobaba in Tokyo at DJ Nemejin's Head Rock Bar on November 24th to perform a concert along with Fumi Rock playing the guitar and Ricky Fuji singing along with him. Afterwards, a birthday cake was presented to Hayabusa who turned 44 on November 29th. Hayabusa also ended up taking off his regular mask and putting on a Rey Mysterio mask for the concert as all. Megumi Kudo will bring back Hayabusa and Combat Toyoda for the third Happy Share With which take place on December 15th at the Sound Creek Doppo.
Atsushi Onita got his revenge over Akebono on November 6, 2012 at the ZERO1 show in Korakuen Hall. The match was a Lumberjack Death Match but only Onita had wrestlers on his side consisting of Ichiro Yaguchi, Ricky Fuji, Hideki Hosaka, and Ichiro Yaguchi who would interfere through out with a Barbed wire Bat. Akebono would be distracted with Yaguchi which would result in Onita blowing red mist in Akebono's face and then delivering a DDT to Akebono on the Barbed wire Bat to get the win over Akebono at 10 minutes. Onita would then begin using the barbed wire bat to choke Akebono out with a Camel Clutch. Onita ended up issuing a challenge to Akebono for an Electricity Blast Cage Death Match which seems like it will be more like the old FMW Thunderbolt Cage Death Match used at their Yokohama Arena show in 1999. Akebono accepted the challenge and the match will take place on February 8, 2013 at the Osaka BODY MAKER Coliseum which is the former Osaka Prefectural Gym. Onita will return to Real Japan on December 7th as he gets another shot at the First Tiger Mask in a singles match in the main event of the show at Korakuen Hall. Onita will have Ichiro Yaguchi, Hido, Hideki Hosaka, Kazuhiko Matsuzaki, and Masaru Toi with him for the match.
FREEDOMS announced the lineup for their upcoming show on November 18, 2012 at the Yokohama Radiant Hall. The main event will be a Home Run Hardcore Match with Takashi Sasaki, Kamui, and Ryuichi Sekine against the new version of Unchain consisting of Jun Kasai, Minoru Fujita, and Kenji Fukimoto. The show will consist of several former Okinawa Pro wrestlers with Guruken Diver challenging for the Independent Jr. Heavyweight Title against HIROKI in the semi-main event. The 20th Anniversary match for Tatsuhito Takaiwa will see Takaiwa team with fellow former ZERO1 wrestler Osamu Namiguchi against the newly formed team of the former IWA Japan wrestlers The Winger and Keizo Matsuda. Isami Kodaka will take on SUSUMU, the team of Great Kojika, Baramon Kei, and Amigo Suzuki will take on the former Okinawa Pro team of Menso~re Oyaji, Eisa 8, and Golden Pineapple and the opening match will see One Man Crew return to Japan after a month taking on a Mystery Opponent.
Apache Army returned to the Osaka World Hall Pavilion on November 3, 2012 drawing an announced crowd of 204 fans for the show. The main event saw the return to the ring of Kintaro Kanemura after injuring his shoulder back on July 25, 2012. Kanemura teamed with former W*ING partner Magnitude Kishiwada as they challenged the Apache Demolition team of Tomohiko Hashimoto and Shoichi Ichimiya in a Barbed wire Board Death Match for the WEW Tag Team Titles. Hashimoto and Ichimiya put away Kanemura and Kishiwada after Ichimiya who is best known for stealing other wrestlers identities put the bloody Kanemura away with his own Blast Yama Senton Special on the Barbed wire Board at 10 minutes, 47 seconds to defend the titles for the 1st time. HIROKI defended his Independent Jr. Heavyweight Title for the 12th time against former Okinawa Pro wrestler Menso~re Oyaji with the Super Trance II at 18 minutes, 28 seconds. Daisaku Shimoda defeated Quiet Storm at 9 minutes 19 seconds with a kick to the face. Kuga and Kengo Nishimura defeated YO-HEY and Keita Yano after Kuga delivered a Tornado Stomp on YO-HEY for the win at 9 minutes, 58 seconds. Apple Miyuki defeated Kuishinbo Kamen in the comedy match at 8 minutes, 44 seconds with a German Suplex. Former WEW Tag Team Champions Masato Shibata & Kotaro Nasu defeated Takeshi Irei & Tadanobu Fujisawa when Nasu pinned Irei at 11 minutes, 51 seconds with a Back Drop to start the show.
The Apache Army have moved their December 26, 2012 show at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring to December 22, 2012 to the Tokyo Takeshiba Coliseum as it looks like the Apache Army has downsized over the past few months and is too small of a promotion to reguarly run Shin-Kiba 1st Ring any longer due to poor crowds over the past couple of months this year.
Hayabusa attended the Lucha Fiesta 2012 show put on to celebrate Ultimo Dragon's 25 year career on November 7, 2012 at Korakuen Hall. Hayabusa who teamed with Ultimo Dragon in 1994 came out after the main event to present flowers to his old friend in the aisle as the two took pictures together. Hayabusa also got to see Negro Casas who helped trained him while in Mexico which was a highlight for him. Hayabusa returns to Takadanobaba, Tokyo on November 24th at DJ Nemejin's Head Rock which was one of if not the highlights of my trip to Tokyo back in June watching FMW matches with Hayabusa and Ricky Fuji. Ricky will also be there as well as he has been friends with DJ Nemejin over a decade.
Mr. Gannosuke announced the Mystery Opponent for Magnitude Kishiwada on his December 18th show at Shin-Kiba with it being the returning from injury Masashi Takeda. Takeda who had been out due to vertebrae damage since August will be returning to the ring full time at Big Japan's December 9th Yokohama Bunka Gym show against doctors wishes.
Next week on November 20th marks the 14 year anniversary that I have been running this website. I originally started this site back then as a FMW tape list site with all the matching listings of the FMW VHS tapes I had back then. I used the Message Boards on AOL at the time for news until around March 1999 when I began using the limited space I had on AOL back then to cover the news and happenings of FMW. The site has grown in so many different aspects as it is just something I love to do which is quite evident considering I am still covering the wrestlers from a promotion that ended over 10 years ago now.
Atsushi Onita returned to the ring for the first time since his Exploding Barbed wire Death Match against Akebono in August to team with Akebono's ZERO64 partners Takuya Sugawara and Mineo Fujita. Sugawara and Fujita had came to Onita on the Samurai TV show Battle*Men and asked that Onita partner with him due to Akebono' being out of his action while battling with pneumonia. Onita poured his Starbucks Coffee over Sugawara's head and then shook his hand and agreed to be his partner against the ZERO1 team. This led to the main event of the ZERO1 October 16, 2012 Korakuen Hall show of Atsushi Onita, Takuya Sugawara, and Mineo Fujita against Shinjiro Otani, Kamikaze, and Yoshikazu Yokoyama in a Scramble Bunkhouse Falls Count Anywhere Match. Onita ended up piledriving Yokoyama through two tables during the match as all six men ended up brawling all over the building while Yokoyama was busted open deeply during the match before Fujita would deliver his Swanton Bomb on Yokoyama to get the win at 18 minutes, 47 seconds. After the match, Sugawara and Fujita would turn on Onita and begin attacking him and laying him out. Akebono's music would then play as Akebono would make his return and challenge Onita to a singles match for the main event of the ZERO1 November 6th Korakuen Hall with Onita accepting.
The Apache Army made their debut at the Tokyo Takeshiba Coliseum which is also known as the ZERO1 Dojo on October 13, 2012. They announced a sell out of 98 fans for the show. It looks like they will run this building more regularly due to the poor Shin-Kiba 1st Ring shows that they had been totaling up over the months. The main event of the show saw Tetsuhiro Kuroda defeat One Man Crew to defend his WEW World Title for the first time. One Man Crew who was an FMW fan growing up used both a Falcon Arrow and a Praying Powerbomb during the match but Kuroda's Rolling Lariat would end up finishing off One Man Crew at 10 minutes, 15 seconds who I believe has returned back to America following his three month stay in Japan. Tomohiko Hashimoto and Shoichi Ichimiya won back the WEW Tag Team Titles for Apache Demolition as they defeated the Style-E team of Masato Shibata and Kotaro when Ichimiya hit a diving senton on Nasu at 13 minutes, 16 seconds for the title. Despite Kengo Nishimura getting the upper hand early by throwing powder in his face it would still end up being an easy win for Arashi as he put away Nishimura with a Powerbomb at 6 minutes, 6 seconds. The Joshi match saw Arisa Nakazima defeat Mika Iida at 8 minutes, 50 seconds with a German Suplex Hold. Daisaku Shimoda defeated Chon-Shiryu with a Backdrop Suplex at 8 minutes, 20 seconds. Naoshi Sano had to be called in for the opener to replace Kouzy as Sano teamed up with Yuko Miyamoto to defeat HIROKI and Shota with Sano getting the cradle win at 12 minutes, 9 seconds over Shota.
Kintaro Kanemura, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Daisaku Shimoda, and Hasegawa all went to Hodogaya, Yokohama on October 14th to visit Kodo Fuyuki's grave. They all said said a silent prayer as a group and then Kanemura went over and placed a basket on the grave while saying a silent prayer to his former boss as pictures were taken by a Pro-Wrestling Weekly Magazine photographer for a part in the magazine just like how Fuyuki would have preferred.
The Apache Army returns to the Osaka World Hall Pavilion on November 3, 2012 for Kintaro Kanemura's Return Match as he comes back several months too early to team with his former W*ING partner Magnitude Kishiwada as they challenge for the WEW Tag Team Titles against Tomohiko Hashimoto and Shoichi Ichimiya in a Barbed wire Board Death Match. Kanemura's first match involving barbed wire since August 2011. HIROKI will defend his Independent Jr. Heavyweight Title against former Okinawa Pro wrestler Menso~re Oyaji. Daisaku Shimoda takes on local talent Quiet Storm, Kuga and Kengo Nishimura will take on YO-HEY and Keita Yano, in another Osaka based match Apple Miyuki will take on Kuishinbo Kamen, and the opening match will see Masato Shibata and Kotaro Nasu take on Takeshi Irie and Tadanobu Fujisawa.
FREEDOMS returned to the Nagoya Sports Center for the first time by themselves in over three years on October 21, 2012 drawing an announced crowd of 207 fans. The main event saw Toru Sugiura return to action in his home town of Nagoya despite not really being ready to return due to a knee injury. Sugiura teamed with Takashi Sasaki and Kamui to take on Jun Kasai, One Man Crew, and Kenji Fukimoto in a Hardcore Match. Sugiura took a beating and attacked, beaten, and bloody throughout the match to prevent him from having to do much physically due to his knee before Kasai would finish him off with the Pearl Harbor Splash at 16 minutes, 37 seconds to get the win for Unchain in what looks to be One Man Crew's last match in Japan for awhile. Baramon and Baramon Kei defeated HIROKI and SUSUMU when Shu delivered the Zombie King on SUSUMU at 15 minutes, 18 seconds for the win. Keizo Matsuda and Bear Fukuda teamed up to defeat local talent Kengo Takai and Yusaku Ito when Matsuda made Ito tap out at 16 minutes, 27 seconds to a Single Leg Crab. The Winger used an inside cradle to get the win over Karate Baramon at 5 minutes, 21 seconds and Ryuichi Sekine opened the show by defeating local talent Michio Kageyama at 8 minutes, 35 seconds with a Dragon Cut.
FREEDOMS returned to the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on October 24, 2012 drawing a successful crowd of 229 fans for the show. The main event saw Jun Kasai announce Minoru Fujita as the newest member of Unchain. Masashi Takeda also joined them around ringside to watch the match as Kasai and Fujita faced off against Takashi Sasaki and Kamui in a Hardcore Match. Fujita would end up delivering a lowblow to Kamui which was followed by a backslide that Kamui was able to kick out but then Fujita would use the La Magistral to pick up the win for Unchain. Kamui and Fujita would end up brawling backstage afterwards as it looks like Fujita will remain a regular for the promotion following his long lay off from wrestling. The former Okinawa Pro wrestlers Guruken Diver and Eisa 8 defeated the team of HIROKI and SUSUMU after Diver delivered a Brainbuster on SUSUMU at 15 minutes, 26 seconds for the win. Isami Kodaka defeated Kenji Fukimoto in a Thumbtacks and Ladder Death Match after Kodaka delivered a Body Press off the ladder on Fukimoto to get the win at 14 minutes. Baramon Shu and Baramon Kei defeated the team of Tatsuhito Takaiwa and Ryuichi Sekine after Kei scored the upset by using the No One's Perfect on Takaiwa at 9 minutes, 19 seconds. The Winger and Antonio Honda defeated the team of Baramon Keizo and Karate Baramon. The match started with Antonio Honda making fun of Baramon Keizo's Baramon like wig with Honda stating that if they defeat the Baramon team than Keizo would have to shave his head to match the Baramon Brothers. Honda would end up delivering a Diving Fist Drop at 7 minutes, 10 seconds for the win which would result in Keizo shaving his head to match the Baramon Brothers. Keizo would issue a rematch and charge at The Winger with the bell ringing and Winger rolling him up with an inside cradle at 6 seconds to add humiliation to Keizo Matsuda.
FREEDOMS announced several upcoming shows for this year and 2013. They announced a show on December 4, 2012 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring which will be to setup for Jun Kasai's Christmas Death Match show on December 25th at Korakuen Hall. Their first show of 2013 will be on January 6th at the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse as Big Japan, DDT, K-Dojo, and Ice Ribbon will all also be running the building in the same two day span. They will then return to the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring for the following days of January 20th, February 27th, March 14th, and April 3rd. They will then run the Osaka Higashinari Inhabitants Ward Center on April 21st to setup their return to Korakuen Hall for May 2nd which looks to possibly become an annual tradition for the promotion with that date.
Mr. Gannosuke announced the full lineup for his Kishindo Returns 11 show on December 18, 2012. The main event of the show has now been changed to Kazuhiro Tamura against Dragon Gate's Jimmy Susumu which will lead to an easy transition when Tamura calls out Gannosuke and ends up sparring with him to end the show. Magnitude Kishiwada will end up facing against a Mystery Opponent, Tatsuhiko Yoshino, Taro Yamada, and Kouzy will take on Guts Ishijima, CHANGO, and Micro. Jun Kasai will take on Hiroyo Matsumoto in the opening comedy match of the show.
Abdullah Kobayashi defended his BJW Death Match Title against Yuko Miyamoto in a Construction Scaffold Glass Death Match on October 29, 2012 at Korakuen Hall. The spot of the match was Kobayashi just tossing Miyamoto off the scaffold onto the glass covered ring. Kobayashi would end up getting the win with a elbow drop off the scaffold for the win at 16 minutes, 50 seconds. Ryuji Ito ended up coming out and challenging Kobayashi for a title shot on December 9th at the Yokohama Bunka Gym with Kobayashi accepting. Masashi Takeda made an appearance on the show and grabbed the microphone and let everyone know that he was going to be back sooner than expected despite suffering vertebrae damage as he will return before the doctors give him clearance to compete. Takeda will also be returning to Stanley Club in Shinjuku on November 5th for a special Masashi Takeda benefit night as the prices will be raised for drinks that night to help pay for Takeda's hospital bills.
Hayabusa participated in his first official match since his injury back on October 22, 2001. Hayabusa officially faced off against Kyoko Inoue on October 8, 2012 at the Ropponagi Belle Salle. Inoue wrestled 25 matches with one minute time limits in celebration of her 25 year career. The only three men to face her out of the 25 were former FMW wrestlers as the first match was against Ricky Fuji which went to a one minute time limit, followed by Hayabusa who came down to the ring in his wheelchair and for the minute talked on the microphone to Inoue before cutting his signature "Let's have some fun!" promo that he would always cut after the end of every FMW show before the one minute time limit expired. This was followed by Kyoko Inoue facing off against Tetsuhiro Kuroda who Inoue had wanted to marry while in FMW for another one minute time limit match. The last match for Inoue saw her off against former AJW rival Bull Nakano. Hayabusa afterwards was one of the many to go out with Inoue to celebrate her 25 years in pro-wrestling. Following the 11 year mark of his accident on October 22nd which Hayabusa stated he considered it like his second birthday he ended up shaving his head completely bald on October 23rd. Hayabusa stated that his head being completely bald reminded him of his best friend Jinsei Shinzaki's look.
Megumi Kudo ran her Happy Share With FMW Women's Reunion on October 28, 2012 at the Osaka A-Toys along with Rie Nakamura, Kaori Nakayama and her two sons, and the mystery woman was revealed as Yoshika Crusher Maedomari. Maedomari who who has expressed her feelings being hurt over the years as no one in FMW had kept in contact with her was reunited with the former FMW women for the first time in over four years. Kudo stated that the show surpassed her expectations with the crowd turn out as fans watched as the four women talked about their days together in FMW before taking pictures with the crowd and with one another.
Atsushi Onita ended up appearing after the main event of the Real Japan show at Korakuen Hall on September 21, 2012. Onita came out along with Ichiro Yaguchi, Hideki Hosaka, and Katsuhiko Matsuzaki with Yaguchi attacking Satoru Sayama with a barbed wire baseball bat to clear him out of the ring. Onita began yelling at Sayama stating that the feud was not over between them. Onita then saw former New Japan Junior Heavyweight Kuniaki Kobayashi sitting in the front row watching the show and Onita began pouring his water bottle at Kobayashi due to Kobayashi also being a New Japan Junior Heavyweight at the same time that Onita was an All Japan Junior Heavyweight which created a natural rivalry. This caused an angry Riki Choshu to come out with a chair and begin attacking Yaguchi, Hosaka, and Matsuzaki clearing the ring out. Onita would get up on the apron and begin screaming at Choshu that he was now getting involved in this war which resulted in Choshu swinging at Onita and missing as Onita and the rest of the members of his group left. Onita announced that he was canceling his October 11th appearance for ZERO1 due to the injuries caused by his Exploding Barbed wire Death Match against Akebono. Onita also announced that his next promoted show will be December 21st at the Shinjuku FACE.
FREEDOMS ran their GENTARO-AID show on September 17, 2012 at Shin-Kiba 1st Ring drawing a sell out crowd of 380 fans for the show. All profited money for the show was donated for GENTARO's hospital bills. The money they off tickets for the show was 741,000 Yen which translates to 9,418 US Dollars. GENTARO-AID products sold at the show came out to 149,000 Yen translating to 1,894 dollars. A donation box that was placed at all FREEDOMS show as well as Big Japan's Korakuen Hall show totaled out to to 281,758 Yen translating to 3,581 US Dollars. There was also an after party for the show, a lunch prior to the show, and an auction which after everything totaled to FREEDOMS raising 1,504,147 Yen translating to 19,117 US Dollars to help pay for GENTARO's hospital bills. The show was a mix of FREEDOMS regular workers, DDT, K-Dojo, and even Apache Army sending talent due to GENTARO being a former member of their rosters and Ice Ribbon having an Offer Match on the show due to GENTARO's regular participation in the promotion.
The main event saw GENTARO's best friend and long time tag team partner Takashi Sasaki team with GENTARO's former DDT boss Sanshiro Takagi, and his most recent tag team partner before the stroke in Tatsuhito Takaiwa take on Baramon Shu, Baramon Kei, and Baramon Keizo. The match was the usual Baramon type match with the Baramon Brothers bringing a bowling ball in the match and rolling it into Takashi Sasaki's crotch against the corner as well a fight for the Baramon's powder which resulted in all the wrestlers being covered in the powder for the rest of the match. Takashi Sasaki would end up putting Keizo in the Sharpshooter in honor of GENTARO and making Keizo tap out at 15 minutes, 53 seconds for the win. Other matches on the show saw Jun Kasai and One Man Crew team up to defeat the independent team of former ZERO1 wrestler Fugofugo Yumeji and former 666 wrestler Nasty Black Panther when Kasai hit his Pearl Harbor Splash off a ladder on Panther at 14 minutes, 11 seconds for the win. Shuji Ishikawa and YOSHIYA defeated the team of Ryuichi Sekine and Kamui when Ishikawa hit his Splash Mountain Powerbomb on Kamui at 11 minutes, 36 seconds for the win. In a battle of former Kojika Army members Great Kojika ended up defeating protege Antonio Honda with his Iron Claw Slam at 12 minutes, 13 seconds. Apache Army's Rikiya Fudo teamed with Naoshi Sano and Secret Base's Amigo Suzuki to defeat the team of Keita Yano, Secret Base's Bear Fukuda, and Apache Army's Daisaku Shimoda when Sano used a cradle on Yano at 10 minutes, 36 seconds for the upset. The Ice Ribbon match saw Tsukasa Fujimoto and Tsukushi defeat Hamuko Hoshi and Kurumi when Tsukushi used the Denden Mushi on Kurumi at 11 minutes, 12 seconds for the win. DDT's Masa Takanashi, Style-E's Kazuhiro Tamura, and K-Dojo's Marines Mask II defeated HIROKI, SUSUMU, and Kotaro Nasu when Takanashi used an inside cradle on Nasu at 10 minutes, 1 seconds for the win. Yuiga defeated Karate Baramon with the Kasaya Hold at 5 minutes, 50 seconds in a Judo vs. Karate match and the opener saw The Winger defeat Ken Oka at 3 minutes, 22 seconds via DQ.
FREEDOMS announced the lineup for their next two shows. The first being on October 21, 2012 as they returned to the Nagoya Sports Center for the first time in years with the main event of the show being Toru Sugiura's homecoming of sorts as he is originally from the the Nagoya based DEP promotion. Takashi Sasaki, Kamui, and Toru Sugiura will take on the Unchain team of Jun Kasai, One Man Crew, and Kenji Fukimoto in a Hardcore Match. HIROKI and SUSUMU take on Baramon Shu and Kei, Keizo Matsuda and Bear Fukuda take on the local independent team of former WMF wrestler Kengo Takai and Yusaku Ito, The Winger takes on Karate Baramon, and Ryuichi Sekine opens the show against DEP wrestler Michio Kageyama.
FREEDOMS will then return 3 days later to Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on October 24, 2012. Minoru Fujita returns to FREEDOMS for the first time in 2 years and the first time in the ring in over a year prior to his return for Ikuto Hidaka 15th Anniversary show for ZERO1 a few weeks later. Fujita will team up with Jun Kasai in a Hardcore Match against Takashi Sasaki and Kamui in the main event. Okinawa Pro which closed down for the time being on August 26th due to Super Delfin focusing on an Osaka election that he is running in now has a bunch of wrestlers working free around Japan now. Two of those former Okinawa wrestlers Guruken Diver and Elisa 8 who worked the FREEDOMS in Okinawa back in May and will be returning to take on HIROKI and SUSUMU in the semi-main event. Isami Kodaka will take on Kenji Fukimoto in a rematch of their 1st Round Death Match Tournament match back on August 5th. Tatsuhito Takaiwa teams up with Ryuichi Sekine against Baramon Shu and Kei and the opening match will be The Winger and Antonio Honda against Baramon Keizo and Karate Baramon.
Mammoth Sasaki ended up suffering vertebrae damage during the Hardcore Match back on June 28, 2012 and that is why he is still out and will probably end up being out to the middle of 2013. The team of Mammoth Sasaki and Kamui ended up vacating their WEW Tag Team Titles at the K-Dojo show on August 22, 2012 where Takashi Sasaki and Kamui announced that they would be challenging for the vacated titles. Sasaki and Kamui ended up facing off against Kengo Mashimo and YOSHIYA on September 19, 2012 at the Shinjuku FACE with YOSHIYA getting the pin over Kamui for his 5th WEW Hardcore Tag Team Title and most likely his last as the team will be vacating the titles soon as YOSHIYA will be retiring on October 14th at Korakuen Hall.
The FREEDOMS show back on September 9th was actually held in the Iwate Ichinoseki City Gym U Dome Main Arena and not the Sub Arena which they usually hold their shows at. The main arena was able to hold their biggest attended show for the promotion of 1382. Also, Jun Kasai is only working FREEDOMS shows and not Big Japan because his body is still very banged up especially his knee and he is not physically able to work the regular schedule that the Big Japan schedule requires so he is only working twice a month for FREEDOMS and it was very important for him to participate in his own promoted Death Match Tournament back in August.
Apache Army held their monthly show at Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on September 21, 2012 drawing an announced crowd of 120 fans so the show most likely did a legit under 100 fans which has to be a disappointment for a show that had the finals of the tournament that had been taking place for the last 3 months. Apache Army has also stopped making DVD's as they might have been dropped by the DVD company that was making their monthly Shin-Kiba shows. The Take Over the Independent Tournament Semi-Finals Matches saw Takeshi Minamino defeat HIROKI with a Death Valley Bomb at 8 minutes, 40 seconds to advance to the finals. The other semi-finals match saw Tetsuhiro Kuroda once again defeat Arashi at 4 minutes, 20 seconds with the Gannosuke Clutch. The main event of the show saw finals of the Take Over the Independent which also had the WEW World Title on the line as Tetsuhiro Kuroda had apparently vacated it prior to the start of the tournament. Tetsuhiro Kuroda had Takeshi Minamino beat early on before the Apache Demolition team grabbed the ref before he could count three and threw him out of the ring and begin attacking Kuroda in the ring. Kintaro Kanemura and Arashi ended up rushing into the ring to make the save and clear the ring of the Apache Demolition allowing Kuroda to make his comeback and eventually make Minamino tap out at 13 minutes, 57 seconds to the Tequila Sunrise for the Kuroda victory as he wins the Take Over the Independent Tournament and wins his fourth WEW World Title. Other matches on the show saw Masato Shibata and Kotaro Nasu defeat the WEW Tag Team Champions Tomohiko Hashimoto and Kengo Nishimura after Shibata delivered a powerbomb to Nishimura to get the win at 12 minutes, 50 seconds. The Apache Demolition have their own referee named Hazard First which is a licensed referee that wears the dark Hazard mask that was attempting throughout to give the Apache Demolition the win by slow counting Shibata and Nasu and fast counting for Hashimoto and Nishimura. Eventually Hazard First was knocked out during the match and an unbiased referee came in to make the count to give the win and the titles to Shibata and Nasu. Shoichi Ichimiya and Rikiya Fudo defeated Daisaku Shimoda and Shota when Ichimiya used a lariat on Shota at 15 minutes, 30 seconds. One Man Crew opened the show getting the win over Yusha Amon at 3 minutes, 30 seconds with a Moonsault to set him up as the first challenger for Kuroda's title.
Apache Army lost their booking for the October 26th Shin-Kiba 1st Ring show. I am guessing due to a sponsor pulling out so they were force to relocate to the ZERO1 Gym in Takeshiba, Tokyo called the Tokyo Takeshiba Coliseum for October 13, 2012. The main event of the show will see Tetsuhiro Kuroda defend his WEW World Title against One Man Crew. One Man Crew in a interview stated he was a fan of FMW when he was 16 growing up in America in the early 2000's as he was a big fan of Hayabusa, Mr. Gannosuke, and Kintaro Kanemura so it is a big thrill for him to challenge for the FMW's top title of back then and he hopes to bring back the title to America and defend it as his 3 month work visa will be expiring soon. Other matches on the show will see Masato Shibata and Kotaro Nasu defend their WEW Tag Team Titles against Tomohiko Hashimoto and Shoichi Ichimiya for the first time. Yuko Miyamoto will make his debut for this Apache Army regime as he will be part of a 666 team along with fellow 666 wrestler/rock star KOUZY as they take on HIROKI and Shota. Arashi will squash Kengo Nishimura and the opening match will be a Joshi match of Arisa Nakazima against Mika Iida.
Mr. Gannosuke announced most of the lineup for his Kishindo Returns 11 show scheduled for December 18, 2012 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. The main event will be Yuko Miyamoto in a singles match against Dragon Gate's Kenichiro Arai. ZERO1's Mineo Fujita will team up with DDT's Yasu Urano against the team of Isami Kodaka and Keita Yano. Kazuhiro Tamura gets his wish from the previous show as he will face off against a Dragon Gate wrestler with some credibility in Jimmy Susumu and in a singles match former PRIDE fighter Kazunori Murakami takes on Pancrase Mission's Hikaru Sato. Other wrestlers announced for the show not in a match yet are Magnitude Kishiwada, Taro Yamada, Micro, Guts Ishijima, CHANGO, and Miyako Matsumoto as they will likely all end up competing in a 6 person match against each other.
Megumi Kudo ran a small FMW reunion in Shinbashi, Tokyo on September 1, 2012 with Hayabusa, Ricky Fuji, and Combat Toyoda participating. The event was called Happy Share With and it saw all four singing with one another. The four started the show by talking with the audience and to each other. They then took turns playing music as it first started with Hayabusa and his guitarist Fumi Rock singing alongside Ricky Fuji and his band The Heavyweighters with Fumi wearing a Heavyweighters t-shirt as well.
Megumi Kudo and Combat Toyoda then began to sing with old matches of them against one another playing on the screen behind them as Toyoda put on her old Combat Toyoda robe to sing with her long time friend. Kudo also held one of her old Street Fight t-shirts that she use to wear in the ring while singing as well.
Hayabusa and Megumi Kudo then sang together with Hayabusa matches playing in the background. All the wrestlers then took pictures with one another as well as the fans getting to take pictures with all the wrestlers as well. The event ended up being successful and Kudo has announced that she will be doing a FMW Joshi version of Happy Share With on October 28th in Osaka along with Kaori Nakayama and RIE.
FREEDOMS ran their annual September show at the Iwate Ichinoseki City Gymnasium U Dome Sub Arena on September 9, 2012. The crowd they announced was not only bigger than the previous two years announced crowd combined but was the biggest number they have ever announced ever for a show in 1,382 fans. FREEDOMS does not exaggerate their numbers so I am guessing there was some sort of special deal on tickets for the show I did not know about. Last years show did 516 announced. The main event saw the legendary team of Riki Choshu and Tatsumi Fujinami team up to defeat the team of Takashi Sasaki and HIROKI after Choshu hit his Riki Lariat on HIROKI to get the win at 9 minutes, 38 seconds. Shuji Ishikawa defeated Tatsuhito Takaiwa in the semi-main event at 12 minutes, 54 seconds with his Splash Mountain off the top turnbuckle. Jun Kasai and One Man Crew teamed up to take on the Michinoku Pro team of The Great Sasuke and Kesen Numagirolamo in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match with Kasai delivering his Pearl Harbor Splash on the light tubes to get the win at 15 minutes, 16 seconds over Numagirolamo. The 666 vs. Michinoku Pro match of Yuko Miyamoto and Shinobu against Fujita Jr. Hayato and Ken45° went to a twenty minute time limit draw. The Baramon team of Shu, Kei, and Karate defeated The Winger, Kamui, and Tadanobu Fujisawa when Karate pulling out the upset with an inside cradle at 10 minutes, 6 seconds on Fujisawa. The Ice Ribbon Offer Match saw Hikaru Shida and Tsukasa Fujimoto defeat Hamuko Hashi and Maki Narumiya when Fujimoto got the win over Hashi at 10 minutes, 49 seconds with the Venus Shot. The opening match saw Ryuichi Sekine and Michinoku Pro's Daichi Sasaki defeat Toru Sugiura and SUSUMU when Sekine used the Combine to get the win at 10 minutes, 37 seconds over Sugiura.
FREEDOMS announced the lineup for the September 17, 2012 show at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. The show will be entitled "GENTARO-AID" as all the money profited from the show will go to help pay GENTARO's hospital bills after his recent stroke. The main event will be GENTARO's best friend Takashi Sasaki teaming with his former DDT boss Sanshiro Takagi, and his most recent tag team partner from earlier in this year in Tatsuhito Takaiwa as they go up against the team of Baramon Shu, Baramon Kei, and Baramon Keizo who will be Keizo Matsuda doing the Baramon Brother gimmick. Jun Kasai will continue to team with One Man Crew as they go up against former ZERO1 wrestler who recently had been wrestling on the Onita promoted shows in Fugo Fugo Yumeji as well as the early days of the 666 promotion wrestler Nasty Black Panther. Shuji Ishikawa teams up with K-Dojo's YOSHIYA against K-Dojo's Ryuichi Sekine and Toru Sugiura. A battle of the former Kojika Army members will take place as Great Kojika will take on friend Antonio Honda in a singles match. Current Apache Army wrestler Daisaku Shimoda will make his FREEDOMS debut as he teams with Keita Yano and Bear Fukuda against his twin brother Rikiya Fudo who will also be making his debut for the promotion, Naoshi Sano, and Amigo Suzuki. Another Ice Ribbon Offer Match will take place as Tsukasa Fujimoto and Tsukushi team up to take on Hamuko Hoshi and Kurumi. The opening match will see Kamui, HIROKI, and SUSUMU against the team of DDT's Masa Takanashi, Style-E's Kazuhiro Tamura, and K-Dojo's Marines Mask.
The Apache Army announced the full lineup for their September 21, 2012 show at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. HIROKI against Takeshi Minamino will open the show for the semi-finals match of the Take Over the Independent Tournament with Tetsuhiro Kuroda against Arashi following that match for their semi-finals match. Shoichi Ichimiya and Rikiya Fudo team up against Daisaku Shimoda and Shota. The WEW Tag Team Titles will be put on the line as Tomohiko Hashimoto and Kengo Nishimura defend their titles against Masato Shibata and Kotaro Nasu. The main event will be the finals of the Take Over the Independent with the winners of Kuroda against Arashi and Minamino against HIROKI meeting to crown the winner.
Mr. Gannosuke has announced that his next promoted show will be on December 18, 2012 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring for Kishindo Returns 11. The only four wrestlers announced for the show so far have been Yuko Miyamoto, Hikaru Sato, Magnitude Kishiwada, and Kenichiro Arai.
Megumi Kudo recently posted old FMW pictures in anticipation of her FMW Reunion event. She posted a picture of herself, Katsutoshi Niiyama, Eiji Ezaki, Koji Nakagawa, Combat Toyoda, Yukie Nabeno, and somebody else I can not make out holding an FMW towel around late 1992 as well as a picture of her and Eiji Ezaki posing together around late 1995. Megumi Kudo also met with the editors of Pro-Wrestling Weekly to do an article on it being 15 years since her retirement from pro-wrestling. The article will be in the magazine that is released on September 19, 2012.
Kintaro Kanemura recently hung out with Big Japan talent for the first time publicly since his sexual harassment scandal broke in February 2008. Kanemura along with Daisuke Sekimoto, Ryuichi Kawakami, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Naoshi Sano, Keita Yano, and Mr. Kajimaru went to Tokyo Summer Land on September 7, 2012. Tokyo Summer Land is a water park and amusement park in Akiruno, Tokyo. It is best known for its wave pool that tends to have hundreds and thousands of people all in the pool at the same time. Here's a YouTube link of an example of the wave pool. The group went to the water park with Kanemura being force to keep his Bumblebee Transformer t-shirt on due to the parks strict no tattoos allowed to be visible rule.
Just a week after his Exploding Barbed wire Death Match and getting 30 stitches in his arm Atsushi Onita faced a much more familiar foe in Mr. Pogo for Pogo's WWS show in Saitama drawing a very good crowd of 927 fans. The main event saw Atsushi Onita team with Masayoshi Motegi and Kamikaze against Mr. Pogo, a Sumo wrestler by the name of Zentoryu, and Daisuke Kamata in a Scramble Bunkhouse Baseball Bat Match with Onita nailing his Thunder Fire Powerbomb on Kamata to pick up the win. Atsushi Onita will return to ZERO1 on October 11th at the Osaka World Hall Pavilion and former WAR sumo wrestler Riki Ishin's promoted Deep Pro-Wrestling which will be an all mixed tag team show with Onita teaming with Mayumi Ozaki against Riki Ishin and Kana in the main event.
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Ribera's Steakhouse and ZERO1 would put together a show that would see Atsushi Onita wrestle in his first No Ropes Exploding Barbed wire Double Hell Death Match in almost 9 years. Ribera's Steakhouse would be the money backer behind the show and ZERO1 would organize the show at the Yokohama Bunka Gym on August 26, 2012. No attendance was announced but from the look of pictures it seems like the show was a near sell out for the 4900 seat building Atsushi Onita would face off against Akebono in a No Ropes Exploding Barbed wire Barricade Mat Double Hell Megaton Death Match. Onita would be the first one to feel the explosions as Akebono would end up throwing him into the exploding barbed wire. Akebono feeling like he already had the match won would pick Onita off the ground by his neck when Onita would end up spitting red mist in Akebono's face. Onita and Akebono would then begin brawling into the crowd where Onita would toss Akebono over the guard rail into the explosions out the ring. Onita and Akebono would get back in the ring and begin fighting to send one another into the last explosion of the barbed wire which would result in both of them sending each other into the barbed wire together. Onita and Akebono would both begin to make it up to their feet when Onita would once again spit red mist in Akebono's face. Akebono would still be just too big for Onita to do anything with and finally Akebono would hit a Body Press on Onita for the win at 13 minutes, 35 seconds. Akebono would go to show respect to Onita by helping him up which would result in Onita setting a fire ball off right in Akebono's face. Onita would then grab his jacket and walk to the back pouring water as his loyal fans continued chanting his name to end the show.
Jun Kasai promoted his Death Match Tournament Pain Limit 2012 show on August 27, 2012 at Korakuen Hall. The show drew an announced crowd of 1089 which would be considered a successful show. The main event of the show saw Jun Kasai face off against MASADA in the finals of the tournament and finally after being eliminated the previous two years by MASADA getting the win over him. Kasai will not have retire like he stated he would if he were to have lost this tournament. Hido also appeared as Unchain's Mystery Partner in the semi-main event against the FREEDOMS team along with Kenji Fukimoto and Jaki Numazawa who was replacing Masashi Takeda who suffered a vertebrae injury at the Big Japan show three days earlier. More details and pictures of the show can be found at http://fmwwrestling.us/Korakuen12.html
Apache Army ran their show on August 27, 2012 at Shin-Kiba 1st Ring for the first time against a FREEDOMS show. This show announced a crowd of 180 fans although Apache Army works their numbers pretty big for their shows. The show had four 2nd Round Matches in the Take Over the Independent Tournament with the main event seeing Arashi face off against Kazushi Miyamoto. Arashi ended up getting the win and advancing after locking on the Storm Lock to Miyamoto with someone in Miyamoto's corner throwing in the towel to stop the match to give the win to Arashi at 11 minutes, 27 seconds via TKO. HIROKI who had wrestled earlier in the night at Korakuen Hall for the Jun Kasai promoted show would quickly travel to Shin-Kiba for the semi-main event of the show as he would defend his Independent Jr. Heavyweight Title as well by defeating Keita Yano at 16 minutes, 40 seconds with the GENTARO Clutch in honor of his injured friend. The eight man of Daisuke Shimoda, Shota, Kotaro Nasu, and their Mystery Partner Shinsuke Jet Wakataka against Tomohiko Hashimoto, Shoichi Ichimiya, Rikiya Fudo, and Kengo Nishimura ended up getting called off at 2 minutes, 24 seconds due to extreme interference. Another match was made as a result of Kintaro Kanemura in street clothes and still injured, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Daisaku Shimoda, Shinsuke Jet Wakata, Naoshi Sano, Shota, and Kotaro Nasu against Tomohiko Hashimoto, Shoichi Ichimiya, Rikiya Fudo, Kengo Nishimura, Hazard, and another masked man called Hazard First with Kanemura getting the pin over Nishimura at 9 minutes, 28 seconds for the Apache Army win. Tetsuhiro Kuroda advanced by defeating Manjimaru at 10 minutes, 56 seconds after hitting his Lariat for the win. The opening match saw Takeshi Minamino defeat Masato Shibata after interference from Manjimaru helped get Minamino the win at 5 minutes, 56 seconds to advance as well.
This leaves the last two rounds of the tournament to take place at the Apache Army show on September 21, 2012 at Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. The two semi-final matches Tetsuhiro Kuroda against Arashi which is a rematch of the February and April Shin-Kiba 1st Ring shows and the semi-main event of HIROKI and Takeshi Minamino with the two winners facing off against each other in the main event of the show.
Megumi Kudo will be promoting a FMW Class Reunion called The Happy Share With Project as Kudo, Hayabusa, Ricky Fuji, and Combat Toyoda will be appearing in Shinbashi, Tokyo on September 1, 2012. Fans will get to meet with all four former FMW wrestlers and then they will get to talk with Hayabusa and Ricky followed by Kudo and Toyoda. It will be the first time in many years that Hayabusa and Combat Toyoda will be meeting with one another.
GENTARO's injury as reported last week turned out to be much more serious than anyone had expected. It was announced that GENTARO suffered a stroke following his match against Isami Kodaka on August 5, 2012 in Sapporo. GENTARO faced off against Isami Kodaka for a 45 minute match and somewhere in there suffered a blood clot that went to his brain and he collapsed backstage in pain. He was rushed to a hospital in Sapporo where it was revealed he had suffered a stroke although it took several days for the announcement to be made of his condition. GENTARO will remain in the hospital for another week before traveling back to Tokyo. GENTARO has stated he wants to be able to return to the ring although knows it will be a long recovery. The severity of the stroke or what if any permanent damage it has caused was never announced. Takashi Sasaki announced that the upcoming FREEDOMS show on September 17, 2012 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring will now be the called the GENTARO AID show with profits going towards GENTARO's recovery. Sanshiro Takagi announced that DDT talent will be on the show to support the former DDT wrestler.
Jun Kasai promoted the 2nd Round Death Match Tournament Matches on August 19, 2012 at the Osaka Higashinari Ward Citizen Center drawing a very successful 551 fans for the show. The main event of the show saw Jun Kasai advance to the semi-finals of the tournament after defeating his Unchain partner Masashi Takeda at 15 minutes, 39 seconds with a Pearl Harbor Splash in a bloody Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match. MASADA also advanced to the semi-finals after defeating Kamui in a Barbed wire Board Double Ladder Death Match at 14 minutes, 42 seconds after hitting Kamui with the Slowslide on the barbed wire board and ladder to pick up the win. The team of One Man Crew, Kenji Fukimoto, and Keita Yano defeated Takashi Sasaki, MIYAWAKI, and Toru Sugiura in a Scramble Bunkhouse Death Match after Fukimoto delivered a Brainbuster on Sugiura at 12 minutes, 21 seconds for the win.
2006 and 2011 Death Match Champion The Winger failed to repeat after losing to Isami Kodaka in a Chain Death Match at 12 minutes, 14 seconds after Kodaka placed Winger in a Scorpion Death Lock using the chain to get him to submit and advance. Baramon Kei defeated Hideki Hosaka with a cradle after interference at 8 minutes, 58 seconds from Shu throughout the match in a Falls Count Anywhere Death Match. Baramon Kei and Baramon Sakigake defeated Mototsugu Shimizu and Dyna Mido in a Weapon Death Match after Shu delivered the Zombie Kick with a Condom Vending Machine on Dyna Mido to get the win at 8 minutes, 28 seconds. Kuga and Masamune defeated HIROKI and SUSUMU in the opening Hardcore Match after Masamune delivered the Blue Thunder on a chair to SUSUMU at 9 minutes, 44 seconds for the win.
Jun Kasai will promote his third show of the month on August 27, 2012 at Korakuen Hall. The show will hold the semi-finals matches of Jun Kasai against Isami Kodaka in a Ladder Death Match and MASADA will face off against Baramon Kei in a Tokyo Desert Death Match. The winners of the two matches will meet in the Finals in a Glass Death Match. The expected finals will be a rematch of the 2010 Finals with Jun Kasai against MASADA but this time Kasai will be putting up his career if he does not win. Other matches on the show will see Takashi Sasaki, The Winger, and Kamui against Unchain members Masashi Takeda, Kenji Fukimoto, and a Mystery Partner. ZERO1's Masato Tanaka will team up with Yoshikazu Yokoyama to face off against old FMW rival Hideki Hosaka and Toru Sugiura. The opening match will see Ricky Fuji return for the first time to a FREEDOMS ring in over 6 months as he teams with Ken45° and One Man Crew against HIROKI, SUSUMU, and Mototsugu Shimizu.
Originally HIROKI was suppose to go on first for the Apache Army show the same day in Shin-Kiba but once HIROKI was told he would go on first for the FREEDOMS show he will now compete in the semi-main event of the Apache Army show against Keita Yano who will just be working Apache that day as HIROKI will also put up his Independent Jr. Heavyweight Title in the match.
Undercard matches have been announced for the Yokohama Bunka Gym show on August 26, 2012 with Atsushi Onita against Akebono. Masato Tanaka will team up with Z1 wrestlers Kohei Sato and Ikuto Hidaka against NOAH's Takeshi Morishima, Naomichi Marufuji, and Super Crazy all three of which competed in FMW at one time or another. Dragon Gate's Jimmy Susumu and Jimmy Kagetora put up their NWA International Lightweight Tag Team Titles against Takuya Sugawara and Mineo Fujita. Yusaku Obata teams up with Jay Coffey as they face off against James Raideen and Shito Ueda in this mostly ZERO1 but with a different sponsor show.
Atsushi Onita promoted his most successful show of the year on August 3, 2012 at the Shinjuku FACE. They were able to sell a bunch of extra standing room only seats for the show as they announced 780 fans for the show. The main event of the show saw Atsushi Onita, Ichiro Yaguchi, and Hideki Hosaka challenge the ZERO64 team of Akebono, Takuya Sugawara, and Mineo Fujita in a Texas Tornado Falls Count Anywhere Street Fight. This was the third time these teams were facing off against each other in the past month but this result would be different as despite Akebono grabbing a hold of Onita and Onita spitting blue mist in his face it would still not stop Akebono from finishing off Hosaka with a Body Press to get the win at 10 minutes, 6 seconds for the ZERO64 win. The next time Onita will be in the ring against Akebono will be on August 26, 2012 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym in a Barbed wire Barricade Mat Double Hell Megaton Explosion Death Match with no undercard so far announced for the show. Masato Tanaka will also be given another shot at Akebono for the World Heavyweight Title in the near future after winning the Fire Festival Tournament for the 4th time on August 5th at Korakuen Hall.
GENTARO was seriously injured on August 5, 2012 at the Sapporo Teisen Hall. GENTARO faced off against Isami Kodaka and began to feel incredible pain after the match backstage and was rushed to a Sapporo Hospital as a result where nothing has still been announced other than he stayed in Sapporo while everybody else left following the show. GENTARO was unable to participate in the Death Match Tournament and has been canceled from appearing on all shows up to atleast September 9th.
Two shows were held on August 5th at the Sapporo Teisen Hall. One promoted by Takashi Sasaki under the FREEDOMS name and one promoted by Jun Kasai to start his Death Match Tournament The FREEDOMS 12:00 start time show drew an announced 216 fans for the show. Jun Kasai made his return to the ring in over three months to finally team up with his fellow Unchain members of Masashi Takeda and Kenji Fukimoto for the first time as they defeated Takashi Sasaki, The Winger, and Kamui in a Hardcore Match when Kasai hit a Pearl Harbor Splash on Winger to get the win at 17 minutes, 31 seconds. The semi-main event saw GENTARO wrestle Isami Kodaka to a 45 minute time limit draw in the longest match in FREEDOMS near 3 year history. As noted above GENTARO was taken to a Sapporo Hospital following this match and was pulled from the night show. Great Kojika and Tomoya defeated the Baramon Brothers when Kojika hit his Chokeslam at 11 minutes, 45 seconds on Kei. Hideki Hosaka made his FREEDOMS debut teaming up with American Independent wrestler One Man Crew and defeated the team of Tatsuhito Takaiwa and HIROKI when Hosaka hit his Building Bomb on HIROKI at 10 minutes, 54 seconds. Secret Base's Mototsugu Shimizu defeated Toru Sugiura at 7 minutes, 57 seconds with a Diving Footstomp. SUSUMU opened the show defeating Masaki Ikeda at 6 minutes, 53 seconds after making him tap to a Modified Facelock.
The 19:00 show promoted by Jun Kasai for the 1st Round Matches of his Death Match Tournament drew an announced 327 fans for the show. The main event saw Jun Kasai defeat Takashi Sasaki in a Weapons Death Match at 18 minutes, 15 seconds after nailing Sasaki with a Reverse Tiger Driver. HIROKI ended up taking GENTARO's spot in the Tournament due to GENTARO's injury and faced off against Masashi Takeda in a Barbed wire Board Death Match with Takeda advancing in the tournament after hitting HIROKI with a German Suplex on the Barbed wire Board for the win at 10 minutes, 3 seconds leaving cuts all over HIROKI's body as a result. Isami Kodaka moved on in the tournament after defeating Kenji Fukimoto in a Ladder and Thumbtacks Death Match when Kodaka hit his Isamuashi Zan for the win at 8 minutes, 58 seconds. Kamui defeating Mototsugu Shimizu in a Street Fight Death Match after placing a chain around Shimizu's neck and tossing him over the top rope for a Chain Hanging submission win at 13 minutes, 3 seconds. Baramon Kei moved on by defeating One Man Crew in a Hardcore Match with a Horizontal Cradle. Hideki Hosaka opened the show by defeating Toru Sugiura in a Scramble Bunkhouse Death Match at 10 minutes, 23 seconds after hitting a Powerbomb for the win.
This sets up the next show promoted by Jun Kasai on August 19th in Osaka at the Higashinari Inhabitants Ward Center for the 2nd Round of the Death Match Tournament. The main event will see Unchain members Jun Kasai and Masashi Takeda square off in a rematch of Takeda's personal favorite match of his career from December 25, 2009 in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match. Another rematch from December 25, 2009 will be the semi-main event of the show as MASADA will face Kamui. Their previous match was one of the more popular matches in the promotions history after Kamui brought out his car to fight MASADA on. The next match will be a non tournament match as Takashi Sasaki teams up with MIYAWAKI and Toru Sugiura against One Man Crew, Kenji Fukimoto, and Keita Yano. 2006 and 2011 Death Match Tournament winner The Winger starts his run of trying to repeat as he faces off against Isami Kodaka in a Death Match. The other tournament match will be Hideki Hosaka facing off against Baramon Kei in a Death Match and the opening match of the show will be HIROKI and SUSUMU teaming up to take on Osaka Pro's Kuuga and Masamune.
Takashi Sasaki announced the lineup for his annual promoted show at the Iwate Ichinoseki City Gymnasium U Dome Sub Arena on September 9, 2012. The main event will see the legendary team of Riki Choshu and Tatsumi Fujinami team up to take on Takashi Sasaki and HIROKI with Choshu making his FREEDOMS debut. Shuji Ishikawa who is from Iwate will take on Tatsuhito Takaiwa in the semi-main event match. Unchain members Jun Kasai and Masashi Takeda will team up to take on Michinoku Pro's The Great Sasuke and Kesen Numagirolamo who was formerly Kesen Numajiro in a Death Match. 666 will go up against Michinoku Pro as well as Yuko Miyamoto and Shinobu will team up to take on Fujita Jr. Hayato and Ken45° as Ken45° who was a FREEDOMS regular the first 18 months of the promotion will be making his return for the first time in 18 months to FREEDOMS. The Winger, Kamui, and Tadanobu Fujisawa will team up to take on Baramon Shu, Baramon Kei, and Karate Baramon. The second year in a row there will be a Ice Ribbon Offer Match on the show as Tsukasa Fujimoto teams up with Hikaru Shida against Maki Narumiya and Hamuko Hashi and the opening match on the show will be Toru Sugiura and SUSUMU against Ryuichi Sekine and Daichi Sasaki.
Hayabusa recently attended WWE's show at the Ryogoku Sumo Hall on August 9th. John Laurinaitis who has always been very welcoming towards Hayabusa due to getting to know him a little bit from Hayabusa competing in the All Japan Tag Team Tournament in 1997 gave Hayabusa a backstage pass to meet some of the wrestlers that he knew. Hayabusa took pictures with Alberto Del Rio whose father Dos Caras has been friends with Hayabusa for years as well as Rey Mysterio, Jr. who has also been friends with Hayabusa for years as the two trained together in AAA right when Hayabusa got to Mexico in 1993.
Kintaro Kanemura suffered a serious injury in the main event of the Apache Army July 25, 2012 show at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. Kanemura was taking on his friend Tetsuhiro Kuroda in the final first round match of the Take Over the Independent Tournament. Kanemura ended up taking a bump during the match that resulted him screaming in pain. The referee stopped the match immediately and rewarded the match to Tetsuhiro Kuroda at 7 minutes, 12 seconds via TKO. Kanemura was put on the stretcher and an ambulance was called as Kanemura continued to show signs of serious pain and agony. Kanemura was taken to St. Luke International Hospital in Tokyo where he was given x-rays. Apache Army PR man Hasegawa met up with Kanemura at the hospital where he was given the news that he had suffered a dislocated shoulder and a fractured collar bone.
This injury will put Kanemura out of action for several months if not the rest of his career. Hasegawa stated that the bump that Kanemura took did not look to be out of the ordinary but Hasegawa believes due to the disease that Kanemura had earlier this year where he suddenly could not feel his hands and feet were the result of this simple bump resulting in such a serious injury. Kanemura's body has also been breaking physically after 22 years of such a hard style. Hasegawa apologized to the fans for the abrupt finished of the match and promised that if Kanemura returns than they will have a rematch between him and Kuroda to make up to the Apache fans. Kanemura also apologized to the fans and stated that he hopes Kuroda goes on to win the tournament.
The show ended up drawing an announced crowd of 150. The number is a worked number but it does seem to be up from the month earlier due to interest in the tournament. The rest of the tournament matches from the show saw Manjimaru score an upset over fellow Apache Demolition member Tomohiko Hashimoto when he roll up Hashimoto after being hit with a Powerbomb at 4 minutes, 33 seconds. HIROKI defeat Daisaku Shimoda at 13 minutes, 18 seconds with the Super Dance II. Takeshi Minamino defeated Shoichi Ichimiya using a cradle at 5 minutes, 52 seconds for the win. Masato Shibata defeated Rikiya Fudo by DQ at 8 minutes, 6 seconds after Kengo Nishimura was interfering too much for the referee to allow and awarded the match to Shibata. Arashi quickly put Shota away with a Powerbomb at 44 seconds. Kazushi Miyamoto defeated Style-E's Kotaro Nasu at 5 minutes, 52 seconds with the Termeric Bomber. The opener saw Keita Yano defeat Kengo Nishimura at 11 minutes, 19 seconds with the G2A.
The next Apache Army will take place on August 27, 2012 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. It will also be the same day as Jun Kasai's Death Match Tournament show at Korakuen Hall. The main event will see Arashi face off against Kazushi Miyamoto in a match that will most likely see the winner reach the finals atleast. Tetsuhiro Kuroda takes on Manjimaru in the semi-main event. A match pitting all the previous losers of the first round will take place as Apache Demolition's Tomohiko Hashimoto, Shoichi Ichimiya, Rikiya Fudo, and Kengo Nishimura take on Daisaku Shimoda, Shota, Kotaro Nasu, and a Mystery Partner who will be taking Kanemura's spot. Takeshi Minamino will take on Masato Shibata and the opening match will see FREEDOMS' regulars HIROKI face off against Keita Yano. The match maybe made first to allow both to make it to Korakuen Hall to be able to compete on the Death Match show as well.
FREEDOMS ran their July 26, 2012 show at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. They were also up from the previous month in the building announcing a crowd of 161 fans. The main event saw the Farewell to the Kojika Army as Great Kojika and Antonio Honda to defeat former member GENTARO and the man that ended the group in Keizo Matsuda as Honda hit a Diving Fist Drop to put away GENTARO at 15 minutes, 25 seconds. HIROKI defended his Independent Jr. Heavyweight Title after rolling up Bear Fukuda with the GENTARO Clutch at 14 minutes, 40 seconds to defend the title for the 10th time. A Three Way Six Man Hardcore Elimination Match saw the team of Takashi Sasaki, The Winger, and Kamui defeat Unchain's Tomoaki Honma, Masashi Takeda, Kenji Fukimoto as well as Baramon Shu, Kei, and Karate Baramon. The first elimination saw Takeda deliver his E Crash on Baramon Karate at 11 minutes, 49 seconds for the elimination. Takashi Sasaki then the put away Fukimoto after nailing a Michinoku Driver II onto a ladder at 18 minutes, 16 seconds for the FREEDOMS win. Kasai entered the ring afterwards and met face to face before their August 5th 1st Round Tournament Death Match. Former WMF Jr. Heavyweight rivals in Kuga and Tomoya teamed up to defeat the team of Tatsuhito Takaiwa and SUSUMU after Tomoya delivered his SOD at 13 minutes, 35 seconds on SUSUMU for the win. Isami Kodaka made his FREEDOMS debut in the opening match and defeated Toru Sugiura at 13 minutes, 49 seconds after making him submit to the Scorpion Deathlock.
Mr. Gannosuke held his Kishindo Returns 10 show on July 24, 2012 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. The announced crowd for the show was 231 fans which is five fans up from the previous show as all Gannosuke produced shows do about in the 225-240 range.
The biggest note to come out of the show was Kazuhiro Tamura winning a Style-E vs. Dragon Gate match as his Dragon Gate Mystery Opponent turned out to be comedy wrestler Shachihoko Machine with Tamura getting the easy win at 8 minutes, 12 seconds with the Minoru Special. Tamura got on the mic and was very upset over the lack of quality in the opponent that was selected for him. Tamura wanted an opponent more of the quality of CIMA with Gannosuke laughing at the suggestion. Tamura then challenged Mr. Gannosuke himself to come out of retirement and face him in a one on one match then. Gannosuke told Tamura no that he has retired for good and would not wrestle anymore matches. Tamura ended up finally leaving but would end up returning at the end of the show when Gannosuke was in the ring to thank the fans for coming. Tamura traded words with Gannosuke again before Gannosuke would grab Tamura and deliver a Back Drop Suplex and follow that up by putting Tamura in the Scorpion Deathlock with the referee from the main event coming back in the ring to see Tamura tap out as the referee raised Gannosuke's hand in victory to end the show.
The main event was a Pancrase vs. Dragon Gate match as the previous losers of the last two main events faced off against each other as Hikaru Sato ended up trapping Kenichiro Arai in a Cross Armbreaker and making him tap out at 14 minutes, 6 seconds. The most intriguing match of the show between two guys that very rarely if ever job on a small independent show saw neither one of them job as Magnitude Kishiwada vs. Tomoaki Honma went to a Double KO after both knocked each other with clotheslines and both were unable to make it up for the referee's 10 count to end the match in a draw.
The rest of the show saw ZERO1's Mineo Fujita team up with Keizo Matsuda against former WMF Dojo friend Yuko Miyamoto and Masashi Takeda with the ending seeing Fujita accidentally hitting Matsuda with a Moonsault and that allowing Miyamoto to roll up Matsuda with a Backslide for the win at 10 minutes, 31 seconds. Osaka Pro's Masamune defeated Keita Yano with a Backslide as well at 9 minutes, 5 seconds. Kyoko Kimura defeated Gannosuke trainee Aki Shizuku when Kimura got the win at 10 minutes, 20 seconds with the Doujime Sleeper. The opening match saw FREEDOMS' Kamui, Guts World's Tatsuhiko Yoshino, and 666's Taro Yamada defeated Guts World's Guts Ishijima, Secret Base's CHANGO, and freelancer Micro when Yamada rolled up CHANGO at 8 minutes, 16 seconds with a modified La Magsitral for the win.
Hayabusa recently released a new app for the iPhone for $6.99. It includes four matches which are Hayabusa & Masato Tanaka vs. Terry Funk & The Gladiator from 9/24/96, Hayabusa vs. TAKA Michinoku from 11/16/96, Hayabusa, Masato Tanaka, and Tetsuhiro Kuroda vs. Mr. Gannosuke, Yukihiro Kanemura, and Hido from 6/15/99, and H vs. Hayabusa from 11/23/99. It also features Hayabusa pictures you can use for wallpaper, descriptions and clips of his moves, as well as a program that will include a picture of Hayabusa on your camera for picture taking. The app can be found here at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/iwrestling-ver-hayabusa/id543189578?mt=8
FREEDOMS ran two spots shows earlier this month. The first took place on July 7, 2012 at the Yonago Tenma Store 5th Floor Hall. They announced a crowd of 135 fans for the show. The main event saw Yuko Miyamoto take the place of the injured Mammoth Sasaki and team with Tatsuhito Takaiwa against the Akrangers team of Takashi Sasaki and GENTARO with GENTARO getting a long await victory over Takaiwa with a Japanese Leg Roll Clutch at 20 minutes, 11 seconds. The semi-main event saw HANZO makes his debut for the promotion and team with HIROKI against the team of The Winger and SUSUMU with HANZO hitting a German Suplex for the win at 13 minutes, 19 seconds over SUSUMU. Masashi Takeda and Kenji Fukimoto teamed up against the Baramon Brothers with the match originally going to a Double Count Out at 3 minutes, 22 seconds. The match was then restarted and Fukimoto got a Sliding Lariat at a total time of 16 minutes, 20 seconds over Kei. Keizo Matsuda and Bear Fukuda defeated Kamui and Secret Base's Jun Ogawauchi as Fukuda delivered the Final Flash on Kamui at 12 minutes, 58 seconds for the win. Sakigake defeated Toru Sugiura with a Sliding Lariat at 8 minutes, 50 seconds. The opening match was a Tottori Pro Offer Match with the team of Koksuke Kitani, Matsue DX, KEIGO defeating Kengo Yamaguchi, Toshiharo Yano, and Hideaki Kobashi with KEIGO getting Yano to submit at 6 minutes, 36 seconds to a Cross Armbreaker.
The next show took place on July 8, 2012 at the Kyushi Palace drawing an announced 210 fans for the show. The main event was a Tag Team Three Way Hardcore Match with Takashi Sasaki and Yuko Miyamoto against the Baramon Brothers and Masashi Takeda and Kenji Fukimoto. The Baramon Brothers eliminated Takeda and Fukimoto after Fukimoto had the Baramon Brothers Indian Ink spit in his face and was rolled up with a School Boy by Shu at 12 minutes, 3 seconds for the elimination. Sasaki ended up eliminating Kei at 14 minutes, 15 seconds for the win. Minoru Fujita returned to FREEDOMS for the first time in two years to team with HIROKI to defeat the former WEW Tag Team Champion team of GENTARO and The Winger with HIROKI delivered his Trance Rave on Winger for the win at 17 minutes, 14 seconds. Kamui defeated Toru Sugiura with a Hurricanrana at 13 minutes, 39 seconds. Keizo Matsuda and Bear Fukuda defeated Tatsuhito Takaiwa and Sakigake with Sakigake being Counted Out and no time being released for the match. SUSUMU took on Secret Base's Jun Ogawauchi to a 20 minute time limit draw. The opening match was a Reckless Pro Offer Match with the team of Kazuteru Nomoto and Sexy Rosy defeating Hiro Hayashi and Mr. Punch when Nomoto delivered a Piledriver to Punch at 6 minutes, 34 seconds for the win.
FREEDOMS next show will be on July 26, 2012 at the Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. The main event match will be a Farewell to the Kojika Army after 2 1/2 years as the two remaining members from the beginning in Great Kojika and Antonio Honda team up to take on former member GENTARO and the man that ended the group last month in Keizo Matsuda. A Three Way Tag Team Match will be the semi-main event as Takashi Sasaki, The Winger, and Kamui team up to take on Unchain's Tomoaki Honma, Masashi Takeda, and Kenji Fukimoto and against Baramon Shu, Kei, and Karate Baramon. HIROKI will defend his Independent Jr. Heavyweight Title against Bear Fukuda. Former WMF Jr. Heavyweights team up with Kuga and Tomoya taking on Tatsuhito Takaiwa and SUSUMU. Isami Kodaka makes his FREEDOMS debut in the opener against Toru Sugiura.
FREEDOMS and Jun Kasai will together promote two shows on August 5, 2012 at the Sapporo Teisen Hall. The FREEDOMS show will take place at 12:00 as the main event will see Jun Kasai make his return to the ring for the first time in over three months from his injuries by teaming up with his Unchain partners Masashi Takeda and Kenji Fukimoto against Takashi Sasaki, The Winger, and Kamui in a Hardcore Match. GENTARO will take on Isami Kodaka prior to their Death Matches later in the evening. Great Kojika and Tomoya will team up to take on the Baramon Brothers. Tatsuhito Takaiwa and HIROKI will take on making his FREEDOMS debut in Hideki Hosaka and a Mystery Partner. The Mystery Partner was suppose to be Mammoth Sasaki's spot as they were suppose to team up for the first time in over 11 years since they were WEW Hardcore Tag Team Champions in FMW. SUSUMU will face Masaki Ikeda in the opening match.
Jun Kasai will then promoted his 1st Round Death Matches at 19:00 PM in the same building. Mammoth Sasaki has had to pull out of the Death Match Tournament due to the injuries and feeling nauseas after his June 28th match at Shin-Kiba. The tournament will be a 14 man tournament with MASADA and The Winger receiving byes in the 1st Round for previous Death Match Tournament victories so they do not have to compete on this show. The first match of the tournament was suppose to pit the former team of Hideki Hosaka and Mammoth Sasaki against each other but with Mammoth pulling out Hosaka will now face a Mystery Opponent in a Scramble Bunkhouse Death Match. Baramon Kei will also face a Mystery Opponent although it will be a foreign opponent not yet named in a Hardcore Match. Kamui will take on Secret Base's Mototsugu Shimizu in a Street Fight Death Match. Isami Kodaka will go up against Kenji Fukimoto in a not yet specifically named Death Match as will GENTARO against Masashi Takeda. The main event will see Jun Kasai against Takashi Sasaki in a not yet named Death Match as well. The winners will all move on to the second round and be joined by MASADA and The Winger for August 19, 2012 at the Osaka Higashinari Inhabitants Ward Center. The winners of those matches will then have fight in two matches at Korakuen Hall on August 27, 2012 for the right to be 4th Death Match Tournament winner.
Jun Kasai announced last year on December 25th that if he were to not win the Death Match Tournament then he will retire. It was announced that if Jun Kasai does not win this Death Match tournament then his Retirement show will take place on December 25, 2012 for the Jun Kasai promoted Korakuen Hall Christmas Death Match show.
Not much to come out of the Apache Army promotion since their show last month. No match orders have been made official for the show on July 25th that will have 8 tournament matches. There has been talk of having Kintaro Kanemura vs. Tetsuhiro Kuroda go on first though but nothing has been made official of that. The tournament will actually only take three months as September 26, 2012 will now have both the semi-finals and the finals of the tournament on the show. Yusaku Obata has also officially joined the ZERO1 promotion and will compete on almost every show although despite being a 7 year pro will be treated as a young boy at first by the promotion which is also why he will not be in the tournament as ZERO1 runs a show that day. He will continue to work with Apache Army regularly as ZERO1 lets its workers work for other promotions and Obata remaining loyal to Kanemura.
Atsushi Onita announced the main event for his next show on August 3, 2012 at the Shinjuku FACE. It will be a rematch of a match that took place two weeks ago in ZERO1 as Atsushi Onita will team up with Ichiro Yaguchi and Hideki Hosaka against Akebono, Takuya Sugawara, and Mineo Fujita in a Texas Tornado Street Fight Death Match. The previous match that took place on July 8th at Korakuen Hall for ZERO1 saw Onita pin Mr. Gannosuke's former student Mineo Fujita with a Thunder Fire Powerbomb leading into Onita facing Akebono in a singles Death Match on August 26th at the Yokohama Bunka Gym.
The Apache Army held their Rikimaru 1st Year Memorial Anniversary show on June 25, 2012 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring announcing a crowd of 130 fans. Having been there live there was no way there were 130 fans as I counted about 70 at the start of bell time and about 5 more fans came in during the show.
The main event saw Kintaro Kanemura, HIROKI, and Daisaku Shimoda defeat the Apache Demolition team of Tomohiko Hashimoto, Rikiya Fudo, and Kengo Nishimura as Kanemura had HIROKI deliver a Frankensteiner on him to land on Nishimura followed by Shimoda picking up Nishimura and delivering a Backdrop to pick up the win at 15 minutes, 55 seconds. Kanemura, HIROKI, and Shimoda celebrated to end the show as Kanemura handed Shimoda a picture of Rikimaru to hold up as a few fans chanted Rikimaru's name.
Tetsuhiro Kuroda defended his WEW World Heavyweight Title for the 1st time as he defeated Apache Demolition's Shoichi Ichimiya when Kuroda nailed Ichimiya with a Lariat at 9 minutes, 16 seconds. Apache Demolition's Hazard interfered throughout the match and brought in the ring a metal object for Ichimiya to smash over Kuroda's head. Kuroda would end up grabbing the metal object and smashing it over Ichimiya before finishing him to retain his title.
The team of Arashi and Kazushi Miyamoto were too powerful for the team of Dark Ranger and Yusha Amon as Arashi ended up finishing off Ranger with a Powerbomb at 6 minutes, 9 seconds. Yusha Amon ended up with a bad botch as he would fly through the middle ropes to get to Miyamoto but instead would end up landing before reaching Miyamoto and falling on his face outside as a result. Tomokoa Nakagawa and Bambi defeated the team of Mika Iida and Micro as Nakagawa would use a Strong Arm on Micro at 12 minutes, 7 seconds for the win. Afterwards, former XWF and current T-1 President Sasehara would rush the ring and begin attacking Micro. Apache Army's PR man Hasegawa would rush to the ring to make the save for her but it would take Kintaro Kanemura coming to the ring to clear Sasehara of the ring to start an Apache Army vs. T-1 feud.
Tanomusaku Toba and Keita Yano opened the show defeating Yusaku Obata and Shota after Toba would deliver a Buzzsaw Kick on Shota at 14 minutes, 9 seconds in a good match.
During intermission balls were thrown into the crowd with the wrestlers names on them. The fans that caught the balls would then come to the ring and put the balls in blank envelops where they would randomly match two envelops to pull the balls out to make the matches for the Take Over the Independent Tournament which has been turned into a 16 man single elimination tournament that will go until October instead of the originally planned 10 man Round Robin Tournament that would go into December. The matches that were made for the tournament starting on July 25th at Shin-Kiba were Kintaro Kanemura vs. Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Tomohiko Hashimoto vs. Manjimaru, Arashi vs. Shota, Kazushi Miyamoto vs. Kotaro Nasu, Takeshi Minamino vs. Shoichi Ichimiya, HIROKI vs. Daisaku Shimoda, and Keita Yano vs. Kengo Nishimura.
The Jun Kasai Death Match Tournament that will be held on August 27, 2012 at Korakuen Hall had the participants of the tournament announced at the June 28, 2012 show. Takashi Sasaki, GENTARO, Mammoth Sasaki, Kamui Masashi Takeda, Kenji Fukimoto, The Winger, Baramon Kei with Shu as his manager, and Jun Kasai were all in the ring at the end of the show to announce they would be participating in the tournament. Kasai ran the ropes and did a flip in the ring to show that he will be ready come August. The details of the tournament were announced right after the show as it will be a 14 man tournament. Previous tournament winners The Winger and MASADA will receive first round byes. Other names in the tournament will be Hideki Hosaka (who I hope gets Mammoth Sasaki in the 1st Round) and Isami Kodaka. 2 more names will be added as one will be another foreigner and another will have won a tournament somewhere in the future.
FREEDOMS held their Shin-Kiba 1st Ring show on June 28, 2012 drawing an announced 135 fans which seems legit as FREEDOMS seems to always give the actual number of fans at their show.
The main event of the show saw Takashi Sasaki and Mammoth Sasaki defeat The Unchain team of Tomoaki Honma and Masashi Takeda in a Hardcore Match. Honma ended up pulling off Takashi Sasaki's jacket and wearing it early in the match as they squared off against each other most of the match while Mammoth went up against Takeda. Mammoth ended up pulling out the victory after delivering the 29 Years Old on Takeda on a stack of chairs at 15 minutes, 14 seconds. Mammoth afterwards pulled out of the upcoming FREEDOMS shows on July 7th and July 8th due to nausea and headaches following the match. Yuko Miyamoto will take his place on the shows.
GENTARO was too much for Kenji Fukimoto during their Hardcore Match. Fukimoto and GENTARO brawled through out the crowd but once they got in the ring a bloody GENTARO placed the Sharpshooter on Fukimoto over a stack of chairs forcing the referee to stop the match at 13 minutes, 55 seconds. GENTARO announced he would be in the Death Match Tournament following the match.
Keizo Matsuda ended up defeating the bloody Antonio Honda via DQ to officially end the Kojika Army after over 2 1/2 years in FREEDOMS. Matsuda busted open Honda during the match and begin wearing him down. Matsuda would make a pinfall but Great Kojika would enter the ring to break the count and then place the Iron Claw on Matsuda but as the referee would try and pull Kojika off he would get shoved as a result and the referee would have no choice but to give the DQ win at 14 minutes, 56 seconds to Matsuda to officially end the Kojika Army. Kuga and Bear Fukuda defeated the team of The Winger and HIROKI after Fukuda ended up picking up the win at 12 minutes, 12 seconds over HIROKI. Fukuda grabbed the Independent Jr. Heavyweight Title and laid it over HIROKI and issued a challenged to HIROKI for the title in the future with HIROKI accepting.
Tatsuhito Takaiwa and Kamui defeated SUSUMU and Toru Sugiura after Takaiwa delivered the Death Valley Bomb on SUSUMU at 12 minutes, 22 seconds for the win. The Kojika Army in their last match as a team of Great Kojika, Ken Oka, and Ryuichi Sekine defeated Baramon Shu, Baramon Kei, and Karate Baramon despite the Baramons throwing powder in the face of Kojika as Kojika ended up hitting the Iron Claw Slam at 7 minutes, 1 seconds on Karate Baramon for the win.
The singles match between the two top former Junior Heavyweights of the early 80's of All Japan and New Japan finally had a singles match against each other on June 20, 2012 at Korakuen Hall for Real Japan. Tiger Mask managed to defeat Atsushi Onita at 13 minutes, 58 seconds in a Lumberjack Death Match. Onita had Ichiro Yaguchi, Hideki Hosaka, and Keita Yano in his corner while Sayama had The Great Sasuke, Tiger Shark, and Tiger Mask IV on his side. Onita used chairs, a barbed wire baseball bat, and spray green mist in Sayama's face but the finishing sequence would see Yaguchi grab the barbed wire baseball bat and accidentally end up hitting Onita with it. Sayama would then take the barbed wire bat and smash Onita with it to finally put away Onita at 13 minutes, 58 seconds. After the match, Tiger Mask would put his hands out for Onita to shake and while Onita was shaking his hand he would end up spitting green mist in Sayama's face again before trying to tear off his mask as he would have to be pulled off of him. Onita will now go on to focus on Akebono as he will take on Akebono on August 3rd at the Shinjuku FACE in a six man tag team match before facing off against him in a Explosive Singles Match on August 26th in Yokohama.
I ended up conducting a 3 hour interview with Ricky Fuji last week while in Japan while at his gym in Chiba. The interview can be found at http://fmwwrestling.us/Ricky.html
I recently returned to Japan for the fifth time from June 21st to June 29th. I defiantly had experiences while there that I will never forget You can see a review of my trip at http://fmwwrestling.us/Japan12.html and some more random pictures from the trip at http://fmwwrestling.us/Japan2012.html
Atsushi Onita and Tiger Mask held a press conference on June 13, 2012 at Sayama's Gym to announce that their singles match for June 20th at Korakuen Hall for Sayama's Real Japan promotion would now be a Lumberjack Death Match. One side of the ring will be Onita's followers in Ichihiro Yaguchi and most likely the likes of Hideki Hosaka, Keita Yano, and Kazuhiko Matsuzaki. The other side of the ring will be Sayama's group which would consist of Tiger Shark, Masao Orihara, and The Great Sasuke among others. Both were presented swords during the press conference when Onita would begin running his mouth and the two would get right in each others faces while holding the swords as Yaguchi and Tiger Shark would have to have them separated. Nothing is official on Onita's next promoted show but Mr. Pogo was recently contacted by Onita about working a singles match against his long time rival in August.
FREEDOMS held a free show at the Yokohama Nishi-ku Wisteria Trellis which was an outdoor facility on June 10, 2012. Since there were no tickets sold for the show there was no track of how many fans attended but from the looks of it several hundred came to watch the show. The opening match saw HIROKI defeat SUSUMU at 6 minutes, 55 seconds with his WAR Special. The team of Great Kojika and Ryuichi Sekine defeated The Winger and Kamui after Kojika hit his Iron Claw Slam on Winger to get the win at 6 minutes, 21 seconds. GENTARO got the pinfall over Toru Sugiura at 7 minutes, 25 seconds. The main event saw Takashi Sasaki and Mammoth Sasaki defeat Baramon Shu and Baramon Kei at 9 minutes, 24 seconds when Sasaki hit his Michinoku Driver II on Kei for the win.
FREEDOMS announced a loaded lineup for their June 28, 2012 show at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. The main event will be made to look what was originally booked for their Korakuen Hall show last month as Takashi Sasaki and Mammoth Sasaki team up to take on Tomoaki Honma and Masashi Takeda in a Hardcore Rules Match with Jun Kasai in their corner. GENTARO will face Kenji Fukimoto with Kasai in his corner as well in a Hardcore Match as well in the semi-main event. Antonio Honda will take on Keizo Matsuda and if Matsuda wins the Kojika Army after 2 1/2 years will be ended. The Winger and HIROKI team up against Kuga and Bear Fukuda while Tatsuhito Takaiwa and Kamui will team to take on SUSUMU and Toru Sugiura. The opening match will see Great Kojika, Ken Oka, and Ryuichi Sekine against Baramon Shu, Barmaon Kei, and Karate Baramon.
FREEDOMS announced the lineup for two shows in July as the first one will take place on July 7, 2012 at the Yonago Tenma Store Fifth Floor Hall. The main event will see The Akrangers reunite in Takashi Sasaki and GENTARO as they take on Mammoth Sasaki and Tatsuhito Takaiwa. The Winger and SUSUMU will face former Michinoku Pro wrestler HANZO and HIROKI. Unchain members Masashi Takeda and Kenji Fukimoto take on The Baramon Brothers. Kamui will team up with Secret Base's Jun Ogawauchi to face Keizo Matsuda and Bear Fukuda. Toru Sugiura will go up against Sakigake and the opening match will be a Tottori Pro Offer Match.
The next show for FREEDOMS will take place at the Kitakyushu Palace on July 8, 2012 with former WEW Tag Team Champions GENTARO and The Winger in the main event against the returning Minoru Fujita and his partner HIROKI. A Three Way Hardcore Rules Tag Team Match as the semi-main event will see Takashi Sasaki and Mammoth Sasaki against The Baramon Brothers and Unchain's Masashi Takeda and Kenji Fukimoto. Tatsuhito Takaiwa will team up with Sakigake against Keizo Matsuda and Bear Fukuda. Kamui goes up against Toru Sugiura and SUSUMU will go up against Jun Ogawauchi with the opening match being a Wreckless Pro Offer Match seeing Hiro Hayashi & Mr. Punch against Kazuteru Nomoto & Sexy Rosy.
The Apache Army ran two spot shows themselves as their first show was on June 16, 2012 at the Shizuoka Hamamatsu Act City as the show apparently did not too well as there was no number released for the attendance. The main event saw Kintaro Kanemura return to the ring for the first time in almost four months by teaming with former ZEN partners Atsushi Onita and Tetsuhiro Kuroda who would also have Apache Army PR man Hasegawa in the corner against Tomohiko Hashimoto, Manjimaru, and Shoichi Ichimiya in a Street Fight with Manjimaru hitting a lariat on Kuroda for the win at 16 minutes, 12 seconds. Former WEW Tag Team Champions HIROKI and Yusaku Obata defeated the team of Takeshi Minamino and Kengo Nishimura after HIROKI hit his Super Dance move on Nishimura at 12 minutes, 45 seconds for the win. Another pair of former WEW Tag Team Champions in Kazushi Miyamoto and Daisaku Shimoda defeated Arashi and Keita Yano after Miyamoto delivered a Brianbuster on Yano at 11 minutes, 32 seconds. Shuri Okuda defeated Kikutaro in the comedy match of the show after delivering her Cajole move to get the win at 7 minutes, 30 seconds. Naoshi Sano opened the show by making Konaka Pale One submit at 7 minutes, 16 seconds to the Sharpshooter.
The next show took place on June 17, 2012 at the Osaka Abeno Citizen Hall which did a very good number as the promotion was very proud to announce 350 fans for this show. The main event saw Atsushi Onita, Kintaro Kanemura, and Tetsuhiro Kuroda team up once again with Hasegawa in their corner against the team of Tomohiko Hashimoto, Kengo Nishimura, and Shoichi Ichimiya in a Street Fight with this time the babyfaces going over the heels after Kuroda delivered a Lariat to Nishimura for the win at 13 minutes, 40 seconds. Hasegawa would end up getting involved as the Apache Demolition's Hazard kept interfering with Hasegawa making the save for his team. Hashimoto would end up grabbing Hasegawa and using a barbed wire baseball to bust open Hasegawa. Hasegawa would end up making the big coming back while bloody with a chair to smash it over Hazard's back followed by a round house kick to Nishimura and a Tornado DDT to Hashimoto to set up for the finish. The post match saw Hasegawa doing all of Onita's signature post match spots like spitting water in the crowd and tapping the ring. The semi-main event was Kuuga, Tadasuke, and Takeshi Minamino defeating HIROKI, Yusaku Obata, and YO-HEY when Minamino delivered a punch on Obata to pick up the win at 13 minutes, 59 seconds. Osaka Pro's Daisuke Harada defeated Manjimaru at 8 minutes, 26 seconds with a German Suplex. Shuri Okada once again defeated Kikutaro in the comedy match at 11 minutes, 3 seconds. Arashi and Keita Yano defeated Kazushi Miyamoto and Dark Ranger after Arashi delivered the Powerbomb to Sano under his Dark Ranger mask at 8 minutes, 33 seconds. Magnitude Kishiwada opened the show defeating Daisaku Shimoda at 11 minutes, 31 seconds with a Powerbomb as well.
The only new match on the Apache Army Shin-Kiba 1st Ring show on June 25th has been Shuri Okuda teaming up with Micro to take on the team of Tomoka Nakagawa and Bambi to go along with Tetsuhiro Kuroda defending his WEW World Title against Shoichi Ichimiya.
I will be returning to Tokyo for the 5th time tomorrow and will be there until June 29th so I will not be able to update the site at all in the mean time. My planned schedule so far is make it to Tokyo on June 21st and go to Big Japan's Korakuen Hall show followed by going to the Great Kabuki's Big Daddy Restaurant. Next will be visiting Shinjuku on June 22nd to go to WNC's Shinjuku FACE show and then Naoshi Sano's Stanley Club Bar where Masashi Takeda will be the guest for the evening. Then a Hayabusa concert on June 23rd in Takadanobaba and return to the Stanley Club where Yuko Miyamoto will be the guest for the night. The rest of the trip I am planning on going to DDT's Korakuen Hall show on June 24th, Apache Army's Shin-Kiba show on June 25th, interview Ricky Fuji at his gym in Chiba on June 26th, visit Soldier's BUU bar in Ikebukuro on June 27th, and the last night I plan on going to FREEDOMS show in Shin-Kiba on June 28th. I will be posting updates on Twitter if you want to follow along at @BAHUFMW. I will be writing up a Journal of the trip after I get back for this site.
The Apache Army held their monthly show on May 31, 2012 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring drawing an announced 121 fans. The main event saw The Apache Demolition team of Tomohiko Hashimoto and Kengo Nishimura defeat WEW Tag Team Champions Kazushi Miyamoto and Daisaku Shimoda after Apache Demolition masked member Hazard threw a flame of fire in Shimoda's face allowing Nishimura to roll him up for the pin at 16 minutes, 1 second to bring back the WEW Tag Team Titles to the Apache Demolition. Hashimoto then grabbed the mic and begin degrading the belts stating how they're worthless and would then throw the belts in a trash can. This would cause the Miyamoto, Shimoda, Shuri Okada, and Apache Army PR man Hasegawa to try and stop them but they would get laid out for their troubles until Kintaro Kanemura would rush to the rescue and clear the ring of them. Kintaro Kanemura who has suffered the loss of feeling in both his hands and feet as well as recent memory loss will be returning to the ring for the two spot shows in two weeks and will return to the regular schedule addressed the fellow Apache Army in the ring afterwards and raised Miyamoto and Shimoda's hand in a sign of unity.
The rest of show saw Tetsuhiro Kuroda team with former rival Arashi and Rikiya Fudo as they took on Takeshi Minamino, Manjimaru, and Shoichi Ichimiya with the match turning into total chaos and both teams being counted out at 16 minutes, 47 seconds. Afterwards, Shoichi Ichimiya was rewarded a title shot for Tetsuhiro Kuroda's first defense on June 25th in Shin-Kiba. Yusaku Obata teamed with Keita Yano as they defeated HIROKI and Shota when Yano scored the win over Shota with a Hangman Clutch II at 13 minutes, 1 second. Basara who will begin to wrestle under her real name Shuri Okuda faced Apple Miyuki as the two went to a 10 minute time limit draw. The opening match saw Naoshi Sano defeat Yusha Amon and Micro after pinning Micro at 7 minutes, 44 seconds with a Blockbuster.
The Apache Army announced that they will be having a 10 man round robin tournament called "TAKE OVER THE INDEPENDENT" which will have Kintaro Kanemura, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Daisaku Shimoda, Arashi, Tomohiko Hashimoto, HIROKI, Yusaku Obata, Takeshi Minamino, Manjimaru, and Kengo Nishimura all entered into it. There will be a random drawing on June 25th with all the wrestlers selecting at random either a red or blue to determine whether they will be in the A or B brackets. The tournament will start on July 25th with the finals taking place on December 27th.
FREEDOMS ran at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on May 30, 2012 drawing an announced 147 fans. The main event was changed as originally GENTARO was suppose to face Toru Sugiura but instead Takashi Sasaki put himself in the main event to symbolize Toru Sugiura official membership of the FREEDOMS promotion with Sasaki picking up the win at 20 minutes, 28 seconds with a Michinoku Driver II. The semi-main event became GENTARO and HIROKI taking on Unchain members Masashi Takeda and Kenji Fukimoto with Jun Kasai alongside them in a Scramble Bunkhouse Death Match as GENTARO would force the referee to stop the match on Takeda for the win at 11 minutes, 52 seconds. Mammoth Sasaki would team with Tatsuhito Takaiwa to defeat Baramon Shu and Baramon Kei with Mammoth hitting the 29 Years Old at 10 minutes, 22 seconds on Kei. SUSUMU got the upset over Kamui at 8 minutes, 45 seconds with a Sanma Roll. The Winger defeated newest the Baramon going by the name Baramon Karate who has become semi-well known on the independent circuit for doing such crazy things like putting fire in his mouth with Winger getting two school boys victory over him at 3 minutes, 34 seconds total. The opening match saw The Kojika Army of Great Kojika, Antonio Honda, and Ken Oha defeat Keizo Matsuda, Kuuga, and Bear Fukuda with Kojika getting the La Magistral on Matsuda at 13 minutes, 53 seconds as we near closer to Kojika's 70th Birthday in July.
FREEDOMS ran their first ever show in Okinawa at the Okinawa Delfin Arena on May 20, 2012 drawing an announced 104 fans for the show. GENTARO and Kamui teamed up in the main event to defeat Takashi Sasaki and Okinawa Pro's Guruken Diver with GENTARO delivering a Backdrop to finish off Diver at 13 minutes, 43 seconds. HIROKI defended his Independent Jr. Heavyweight Title against Okinawa Pro's Elisa 8 for the 7th time as he picked up the win at 19 minutes, 49 seconds with the Super Dance II. Madoka and SUSUMU defeated The Winger and Okinawa Pro's Menso~re Oyaj when SUSUMU delivered his Swan Dive Press on Winger to get the win at 12 minutes, 25 seconds. Mammoth Sasaki defeated Okinawa Pro's Mil Mongoose at 7 minutes, 29 seconds with the 29 Years Old. Okinawa Pro's Whale Shark opened up the show defeating Toru Sugiura at 7 minutes, 54 seconds with a German Suplex.
FREEDOMS announced the lineup for their free show on June 10, 2012 at the Yokohama Nishi-ku Wisteria Trellis with the main event being Takashi Sasaki and Mammoth Sasaki against The Baramon Brothers. HIROKI will take on SUSUMU who has had quite a bit of a winning streak in the promotion along with The Winger and Kamui teaming up to take on Great Kojika and Ryuichi Sekine and Toru Sugiura opening the show against GENTARO.
Atsushi Onita who has had somewhat a career resurgence in 2012 ended up cracking an upper rib in the chest area during his Barbed wire Board Street Fight 6 Man Death Match against Tiger Mask last month at Onita's own show. Due to the injury he was force to pull out of Mr. Pogo's WWS promotion a week later and will try to to work through four shows in 10 days with it. His first show will be on June 10th for the Guts World promotion as he teams with Daisuke and Naoshi Sano against Guts Ishijima and Secret Base's CHANGO and Amigo Suzuki. He will then work two Street Fights for the Apache Army on June 16th and June 17th and will then finally face off against The First Tiger Mask in a singles match on June 20th for Sayama's Real Japan promotion at Korakuen Hall. Also a 26 minute special broken into two parts documenting FMW in the Summer of 1991 was recently posted on YouTube. Most of it is never before seen footage and can be found at the links here at Part 1 and Part 2.
Hayabusa returned to Mexico for the first time since the Summer of 1999 he came alongside Kensuke Sasaki's Diamond Ring promotion as well as NOSAWA Rongai and his girlfriend Io Shirai. Hayabusa went for the Lucha Fan Fest V that was held on May 19, 2012. Hayabusa arrived and although was very jet lagged went sight seeing as he saw the ancient pyramids as well into the town where he was serenaded by a Mariachi band. Hayabusa attended the Fan Fest and met with the fans and took pictures. He got to meet and take pictures alongside his childhood hero Mil Mascaras as well as brother Dos Caras. He also sang one of his songs at the show. Hayabusa then found out the news after already returning back home along with everyone else that NOSAWA and Shirai who had came on the trip with them had been arrested on May 24th for bringing back marijuana in picture frames that fans had given them on the trip.
Atsushi Onita promoted his own show on May 11, 2012 at the Shinjuku FACE announcing a sell out of 600 fans to see Onita against Sayama in a tag match. Onita teamed with friend Ichiro Yaguchi and Hideki Hosaka against the First Tiger Mask Satoru Sayama, The Great Sasuke, and Gran Hamada in a Barbed wire Board Street Fight Death Match. It was the first Death Match of Sayama's long career. Onita charged at Tiger Mask right at the start of the match. Sayama would come back with hard kicks which would lead to both him and Onita brawling in the crowd and swinging chairs at one another. Yaguchi would come help out with a barbed wire baseball bat as he would begin choking Sayama with it as Onita would grab a chair and smash it over Sasuke's head. Yaguchi would go in the ring to try and suplex Sasuke through the barbed wire board but Sayama would make it back in the ring and deliver a kick to Yaguchi's head as Sayama and Sasuke would both send Yaguchi through the barbed wire board. Onita would make it back in the ring and deliver a shot to Sasuke with the barbed wire bat and then set him up for a piledriver through the table. Onita would then deliver a shot to Hamada with the barbed wire bat and then spit green mist in Sayama's face. Onita and Yaguchi would then pick up Sayama together and deliver a Thunder Fire Powerbomb with Onita getting the cover and the pinfall over Tiger Mask at 15 minutes, 20 seconds. Onita's unit of Leatherface, Keita Yano, General Nihei and others would enter the ring as Onita would place his boot over Sayama's throat to pose for pictures. Onita wouldn't be done as he would then begin trying to pull off Sayama's mask with referees trying to prevent him to before finally pulling him. As soon as Onita would be away from Sayama it would then be Hosaka's turn to try and pull off the mask before referees again would prevent his mask from being pulled out as Sayama would finally get out of the ring with Onita grabbing the mic and challenging not only Tiger Mask to a singles Death Match but other legends like Riki Choshu and Tatsumi Fujinami as well. Other former FMW wrestlers that attended the show were Kintaro Kanemura and Megumi Kudo who watched on. Mr. Gannosuke was suppose to also appear as he was excited to see Onita for the first time in years but he ended up having a schedule conflict and was unable to appear.
FREEDOMS returned to Korakuen Hall on May 2, 2012 announcing a very poor crowd of 594 fans for the show. A report of the show can be found at http://fmwwrestling.us/Korakuen12.html
FREEDOMS will be running their first show in Okinawa at the Okinawa Delfin Arena on May 20, 2012. They will team up with Okinawa Pro for the show as it will have many wrestlers from their promotion as well. The main event will be Takashi Sasaki teaming with Okinawa Pro's Gurukun Diver to take on the team of GENTARO and Kamui. The semi-main event will see HIROKI defend his Independent Jr. Heavyweight Title for the 7th time against Okinawa Pro's Elisa 8. The Winger and Okinawa Pro's Menso~re Oyaj take on the freelance FREEDOMS regulars of Madoka and SUSUMU. Mammoth Sasaki takes on Okinawa Pro's Mil Mongoose in a singles match and the opening match will be Toru Sugiura against Okinawa Pro's Whale Shark.
Takashi Sasaki announced the lineup for the FREEDOMS May 30, 2012 show at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. The main event will see Takashi Sasaki and HIROKI teaming up against Unchain members Masashi Takeda and Kenji Fukimoto with Jun Kasai in their corner. Toru Sugiura gets a chance to show what he is made of in the semi-main event as he faces off against GENTARO in a singles match. Mammoth Sasaki and Tatsuhito Takaiwa team up to face off against the Brahman Brothers with their new partner Karate Brahman in their corner. The Baramon Brothers will also be in the corner of Karate Baramon when he takes on The Winger. Kamui will go up against SUSUMU and the opening match will have the Kojika Army of Great Kojika, Antonio Honda, and Ken Oka against Keizo Matsuda, Kuga, and Bear Fukuda.
FREEDOMS also announced they will be holding a special free show outside on June 10, 2012 at the Yokohama Nishi-ku Wisteria Trellis with a special ring being setup. The show will have four matches on it with Takashi Sasaki, GENTARO, Mammoth Sasaki, The Winger, Kamui, Jun Kasai, Toru Sugiura, SUSUMU, The Baramon Brothers, and Great Kojika appearing on the show. The show will be canceled and not made up in case of rain that day.
The Apache Army announced two matches for their upcoming show at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on May 31, 2012. The first one would be a WEW Tag Team Title match as the champions Kazushi Miyamoto and Daisaku Shimoda defend against Tomohiko Hashimoto and Kengo Nishimura. The other match will be Basara going under her real name Shuri Okuda going up against Bambi who will be making her Apache Army debut.
Mr. Gannosuke announced that he will be running his Kishindo Returns 10 show on July 24, 2012 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. No matches have been announced but he announced the regular participants for the show including Mineo Fujita, Yuko Miyamoto, Kamui, Kenichiro Arai, Kazuhiro Tamura, Hikaru Sato, Taro Yamada, CHANGO, Keita Yano, Guts Ishijima, Makoto, Tatsuhiko Yoshino, and a Dragon Gate wrestler.
Last week I finished my Megumi Kudo Biography which you can find at http://fmwwrestling.us/Kudo.html. It was without a doubt the hardest biography to write up because of how much actual information I did not originally know and had to look up on her career due to me not really following the early 90's Joshi era of FMW with her as well as all her outside matches from other promotions through out the years. It actually took almost a year of planning and looking up information and pictures to be able to finally complete.
Tetsuhiro Kuroda won the WEW World Heavyweight Title for the third time in his career and first time since his near two month reign in FMW after defeating Kodo Fuyuki on April 1, 2001 and then losing it to Hayabusa on May 22, 2001. Tetsuhiro Kuroda challenged Arashi in the main event of the Apache Army April 26, 2012 Shin-Kiba 1st Ring show. No official release of the results has been made public yet by the Apache Army but Kuroda wore Kodo Fuyuki's old purple robe before the match in what would have been his last challenge for the title. Kuroda nailed Arashi with a Shining Wizard and then end up getting the win using Fuyuki's Lariat to defeat Fuyuki's old WAR friend to win back the title for the Apache Army. Afterwards a celebration was held as Kazushi Miyamoto, Daisaku Shimoda, Shota, and Naoshi Sano all poured beer on Kuroda for bringing the title back home.
The rest of show saw Tomohiko Hashimoto, Madoka, and Kengo Nishimura defeated HIROKI, Yusaku Obata, and Keita Yano in a Two out of Three Falls Match as Madoka scored the first fall over Obata, Yano scored the upset fall over Hashimoto, and then Nishimura scored the final fall over Yano. Shoichi Ichimiya was revealed as the newest member of Demolition as they tortured Yano after the match. Kazushi Miyamoto and Daisaku Shimoda won the WEW Tag Team Titles from the Demolition team of Takeshi Minamino and Manjimaru after Shimoda pinned Manjimaru as all the titles are now back with the Apache Army. Rikiya Fudo defeated Shota and Basara teamed with Yusha Amon to defeat Naoshi Sano and Micro when Basara delivered a German Suplex to Micro to open the show.
Kintaro Kanemura did not attend the show but sent a letter the next day congratulating Kuroda on bringing back the WEW World Title to the Apache Army after Arashi had held it almost one year. He made mention that Kuroda was now the top wrestler for the promotion. He also stated that even though he had gone to a hospital in Tokyo for an MRI on his brain that could not find anything wrong, that he would be going to a Aichi hospital to get a second MRI test done on his brain to try and discover why he has lost feeling in his hands and feet. He is staying with his mom in Mie in the mean time until he will find out what exactly is wrong with him.
Jun Kasai ended up severely injuring his right knee on April 23, 2012 in Big Japan at the Takako Techno Dome in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match. It was was announced right away that Kasai would miss the upcoming FREEDOMS Shin-Kiba show on April 25th as a result. Kasai then went to a hospital on April 24, 2012 where he had an MRI done on all of his injuries. He learned that he had an ACL rupture (front of the knee) that was originally injured back in March 2009 that he only missed two months for but realistically came back too early from and thus it never healed fully, lateral meniscus (knee cap) rupture which is a result of the ACL rupture, PCL damage (back of the knee), UCL damage (elbow), and a high ankle sprain. No time table on when Kasai will be back but Kasai has stated that whenever he will be able to deal with the pain, that he will be back in action especially with his three promoted shows with one being at Korakuen Hall that might be his retirement show just four months away. Kasai is using one crutch to get around now as he attended both the FREEDOMS April 25th and Big Japan April 28th Korakuen Hall shows.
FREEDOMS held their April 25, 2012 show at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring drawing an announced 148 fans which is considered decent considering Jun Kasai who is the top draw for the promotion did not wrestle. The main event was three single Hardcore Rules matches between the FREEDOMS Army vs. Jun Kasai's new group "Unchain". The first match saw Tomoaki Honma fill in for Kasai by making debut for the promotion by easily defeating Kamui at 4 minutes, 34 seconds with the Kokeshi. This gave Unchain a 1-0 lead as the next match saw Mammoth Sasaki defeat Kenji Fukimoto with the 29 Years Old at 7 minutes, 59 seconds tying things up as the final match would see Takashi Sasaki defeat Masashi Takeda at 8 minutes after nailing the D-Geist on a Ladder for the FREEDOMS Army win. It was said that both Takashi Sasaki and Mammoth Sasaki showed a vicious mean streak during their matches that had not been seen in quite some time. Keizo Matsuda, Kuuga, and Bear Fukuda defeated the team of HIROKI, Ryuichi Sekine, and Toru Sugiura after Fukuda delivered a Lariat to Sugiura to pick up the win at 11 minutes, 52 seconds. The Baramon Brothers defeated Madoka and SUSUMU after Kei hit the No One's Perfect at 8 minutes, 33 seconds on SUSUMU. The Kojika Army of Great Kojika, Antonio Honda, and Ken Ohka defeated the WAVE team of GAMI, Toshie Uematsu and their partner The Winger at 10 minutes, 39 seconds after Kojika used the La Magistral on Winger for the win. Partners next week faced off against each other in the opening match as Tatsuhito Takaiwa defeated GENTARO for the second this time this year at 14 minutes, 10 seconds with the Death Valley Bomb.
FREEDOMS was force to change their lineup for their upcoming Korakuen Hall show on May 2, 2012. The original main event was suppose to be Takashi Sasaki and Mammoth Sasaki against Jun Kasai and Tomoaki Honma in a Hardcore Rules Match. The main event will now be a singles Hardcore Rules Match as Takashi Sasaki takes on Tomoaki Honma in a FREEDOMS vs. Unchain Match. The semi-main event remains GENTARO and Tatsuhito Takaiwa against Dradition's Tatsumi Fujinami and WNC's AKIRA. Mammoth Sasaki has been moved down the card as he will now team with Kamui as they defend their WEW Hardcore Tag Team Titles for the first time against Unchain's Masashi Takeda and Kenji Fukimoto. HIROKI will defend his Independent Jr. Heavyweight Title against Kazuhiro Tamura. Keizo Matsuda, Kuuga, and Bear Fukuda take on former Kojika Army members Kazuhiko Ogasawara, Baramon Shu, and Baramon Kei. The Winger who was originally suppose to team up with Kamui against Unchain will now have his own match as he tries to get revenge on Kaori Yoneyama for his lost to her in the Drunken Tequila Death Match back in November as she will also team up with Emi Sakura in the Handicap Match. The Kojika Army of Great Kojika, Antonio Honda, and Ken Ohka will take on the K-Dojo team of Kengo Mashimo, Ryuichi Sekine, and Bambi. The opening match will see the two newest members of FREEDOMS in Toru Sugiura against SUSUMU.
Mr. Gannosuke promoted his Kishindo Returns 9 show on April 10, 2012 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring drawing an announced 226 fans for the show which is near what the two previous shows had done. The main event saw Jun Kasai defeat Hikaru Sato in a Street Fight with Sato trying to make the match more mat base and make Kasai submit and Kasai bringing in his weapons including a porno magazine Ladder during the match which he would use to deliver a Reverse Tiger Driver on it to put away Sato at 18 minutes, 32 seconds in the bloody fight.
After the show, Mr. Gannosuke came to the ring to thank fans for attending the show when 666's Taro Yamada would come to the ring and beg Gannosuke to do the usual chant and pose that has become the ending to every Kishindo show. Gannosuke would allow Yamada to do so but afterwards Gannosuke would nail him with a lariat and then deliver a Praying Powerbomb with the referee coming in to count the three and raise Gannosuke's hand in victory to send the fans home happy.
The rest of the show saw Jimmy Susumu defeat Kazuhiro Tamura in a Dragon Gate vs. Style-E match as Susumu got the win at 15 minutes, 2 seconds with the Mugen. In the Joshi match of the show and a battle of two of Gannosuke's former students it was Hiroyo Matsumoto defeating Aki Shizuku at 10 minutes, 45 seconds with a Backdrop Suplex. Mr. Pogo fought THE KABUKI to a Double Count Out at 8 minutes, 7 seconds, and Dragon Gate's Kenichiro Arai defeated Secret Base's CHANGO at 10 minutes, 50 seconds with a Tiger Suplex.
In a ZERO1 vs. Guts World match, Mineo Fujita who has become a heel in ZERO1 defeated Tatsuhiko Yoshino in a match that Fujita showed his brawling side by throwing Yoshino around ringside and into the crowd before hitting the Running Double Knee at 12 minutes, 12 seconds for the win. The opening match saw Madoka, Guts Ishijima, and Amigo Suzuki defeat Yuko Miyamoto, Masashi Takeda, and Taro Yamada when Suzuki delivered the Mescal at 10 minutes, 43 seconds on Yamada for the win. No scheduled date yet for Kishindo Returns 10.
Atsushi Onita returned to ZERO1 to team up with Masato Tanaka against World Heavyweight Champion Akebono and Shinjiro Otani on April 24, 2012 at Korakuen Hall. Onita and Akebono went at it against each other right away and brawled in the stands as Onita begin smashing a chair over Akebono's back. Onita then began brawling with Otani which lead to Onita piledriving Otani through the table. Tanaka would then grab a piece of the broken table and begin stabbing Akebono in the face with it leading him to gushing blood. Onita and Tanaka would deliver a double DDT to Akebono followed by Tanaka delivering his Frog Splash on Akebono but failing to get the pin. Akebono would finally make a come back and choke slam Tanaka but when he finally would get his hands around Onita's neck and pick him up off the mat he would get spit in the face with red mist by Onita. Onita would then grab a chair and smash it over Akebono's head leading to Tanaka to come at him with a Sliding D to get to win for the former FMW team at 16 minutes, 9 seconds. Before leaving the ring, Onita would flip off Akebono who would have to be held back backstage as a singles match between the two for the World Heavyweight Title looks to planned for the near future.
Onita also continues his feud with Satoru Sayama as Sayama will participate on Atsushi Onita's promoted Shinjuku FACE show on May 11, 2012. It will be Sayama's first Death Match of his career as The First Tiger Mask will team up with The Great Sasuke and Gran Hamada against Atsushi Onita, Ichiro Yaguchi, and Hideki Hosaka in a Barbed wire Board Street Fight Death Match.
After the first two FMW reunion like shows promoted by Nanjyo Hayato last year in Osaka under the name "FFF" turned out to be financial flops for him, he held his next two shows in the smaller Osaka Minami Move On Arena with no FMW talent on the show other than bringing in Megumi Kudo to just attend. He will be promoting his next FFF show on June 29, 2012 at the Osaka Minami Move On Arena which will be called "Frontier Road" as the roster for the show will continue to just be local Osaka talent except this time he will be bringing in former FMW wrestler Hido to compete on the show. It will be Hido's first match since April 30, 2010 when the Shin-W*ING promotion closed down. Nanjyo stated that it will be the first time that he will be seeing Hido in 13 years after Nanjyo last wrestled for FMW in June 1999 before resigning due to the Entertainment direction that Kodo Fuyuki was taking the promotion. Nanjyo also stated that he had already booked himself in a Barbed wire Death Match on the show so he will not be able to face Hido at the show, but he would like to in the near future fight Hido to make his wife Megumi Kudo his bride instead.
An emergency press conference was held at the Apache Army offices on March 19, 2012 in Sumida, Tokyo. Kanemura and Apache Army Public Relation Representative Hasegawa announced that 10 days earlier Kanemura had reported he was in poor health to the office and that his health had not improved and that he was having to cancel his appearances for the Apache Army shows on March 25th in Osaka and the March 28th in Shin-Kiba. Kanemura announced that he had lost feeling in both his hands and feet for almost a week and went to the hospital on March 15th because of it. The doctor feared that Kanemura had suffered motor nerve damage from brain damage that could have been suffered through 20 years of head bumps he had taken in the ring as well as Mirko Cro Crop's kick to the head that caused bleeding to his brain back on December 31, 2007. Kanemura was given an MRI on his brain as a result although no abnormalities were seen in the scan. Kanemura told Hasegawa after he had no problems with his brain that he wanted to fulfill his dates on the shows but Hasegawa stepped in and told him the fans would understand and that he needed to cancel his appearance for the shows. Kanemura then announced that he regretted to make such an announcement on the death day of Kodo Fuyuki and that he was sorry to the fans for having to cancel due to his poor health. Kanemura has also not been booked for the Apache Army show on April 26th at Shin-Kiba due to his health.
The Apache Army returned to the Osaka World Hall Pavilion on March 25, 2012 drawing an announced crowd of 210 fans. HIROKI and Yusaku Obata defended their WEW Tag Team Titles against the Demolition team of Takeshi Minamino and Manjimaru. It was the second chance for Minamino and Manjimaru after coming up short back on December 31st in Shin-Kiba but this time due to interference Minamino would end up rolling Obata up for the victory at 16 minutes, 3 seconds to end Obata and HIROKI's near 6 month reign as champions. Kintaro Kanemura's replacement on the show would be Tigers Mask as the match would become an Osaka Pro vs. Demolition match as Tigers Mask, Daisuke Harada, and Atsushi Kotoge would defeat the team of Tomohiko Hashimoto, Madoka, and Kengo Nishimura after Kotoge would pin Nishimura at 11 minutes, 30 seconds with a Moonsault. Basara who had worked for Super FMW and other small independents before taking a break from wrestling for awhile would make her Apache Army debut against TAKA Michinoku with TAKA nailing her with the Michinoku Driver at 9 minutes, 14 seconds as Basara will become a regular for the Apache Army going forward. The Apache Army team of Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Daisaku Shimoda lost to the JOKER team of Kuuga and Tadasuke as Kuuga used his Kido Clutch on Shimoda for the win at 11 minutes, 22 seconds. Naoshi Sano originally scheduled under his Dark Ranger gimmick for the show would go by his real name instead and team with Tadanobu Fujisawa and defeat Takaku Fuke and Keita Yano after Sano would score the upset over Yano at 10 minutes, 56 seconds with a Delfin Clutch. Rookie Takeshi Irei would get his first win of his career over Musa Yoshida at 6 minutes, 29 seconds with a Fisherman Buster to open the show.
The Apache Army returned to the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on March 28, 2012 drawing an announced crowd of 195 fans. Kintaro Kanemura's replacement for this show would be Daisaku Shimoda would do double duty as he would team with the returning Kazushi Miyamoto and Yusaku Obata as they would lose to the Demolition team of Tomohiko Hashimoto, Takeshi Minamino, and Kengo Nishimura after Minamino would make Shimoda submit to a Cross Kneelock at 12 minutes, 4 seconds for another Demolition win. HIROKI would defeat Madoka by DQ at 8 minutes, 8 seconds after Demolition would run in right as HIROKI was pinning Madoka and would then begin attacking Demolition leaving the referee no choice but . In "Kuroda's Revenge" Match, Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Daisaku Shimoda would not get any revenge on Arashi or Rikiya Fudo as Arashi would put away Shimoda with the lariat. Kuroda afterwards would state their last match had interference and that he wanted one more shot in a clean match to become WEW World Champion one more time. Manjmaru would make Shota submit to his Octopus Hold at 8 minutes, 3 seconds and Yuki Sato would defeat Keita Yano at 9 minutes, 54 seconds with a Frankensteiner in the opening match.
The Apache Army announced the card for their upcoming show on April 26, 2012 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. Tetsuhiro Kuroda will challenge Arashi one last time for the WEW World Title in the main event. Takeshi Minamino and Manjimaru will defend their WEW Tag Team Titles for the first time against Kazushi Miyamoto and Daisaku Shimoda. The Apache Army team of HIROKI, Yusaku Obata, and Keita Yano will face the Demolition team of Tomohiko Hashimoto, Madoka, and Kengo Nishimura. Rikiya Fudo will take on Shota and Basara will open the show against a Mystery Opponent.
Public Relations Representative Hasegawa announced the lineups for the Apache Army's two day tour in June with Atsushi Onita appearing on both shows. He also released posters of the events with the posters giving away the result of Arashi and Kuroda's WEW World Title match as Kuroda has the WEW World Title with him on the poster. Another interesting note is Tomohiro Waki is on the poster as he has not wrestled for the promotion since March 2011 and is not on the lineup of either show although there are mystery partners on both shows. The first show will be on June 16th at the Shizuoka Hamamatsu Act City with the main event being Atsushi Onita, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, and HIROKI against the Demolition team of Tomohiko Hashimoto, a Mystery Partner, and Kengo Nishimura. It is stated that if his health has still not improved by June then somebody will take his spot but right now Kintaro Kanemura is scheduled to team with Yusaku Obata against the team of Takeshi Minamino and Manjimaru. Arashi and Keita Yano team up to face Daisaku Shimoda and Shinobu, there will be a Shizouka Pro match, and Kikutaro will face off against Basara in the opening comedy match.
The next day they will return to Osaka so they will be able to include several Osaka Pro talent in the show. The show will be on June 17th at the Osaka Abeno Citizen Hall. Atsushi Onita will team with fellow former FMW wrestlers Kintaro Kanemura and Tetsuhiro Kuroda against Tomohiko Hashimoto, a Mystery Partner, and Kengo Nishimura. Kuuga will team with Takeshi Minamino against HIROKI and Yusaku Obata, Osaka Pro's Daisuke Harada take on Michinoku Pro regular Manjimaru, Kikutaro will take on Basara once again, Arashi will team up with a Mystery Partner against Shinobu and Keita Yano, and Magnitude Kishiwada will open the show against Daisaku Shimoda.
FREEDOMS held their "ROAD TO KORAKUEN" show on March 30, 2012 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring drawing a crowd of 168 fans which atleast is an improvement over their show earlier in the month in the same building. Takashi Sasaki and Jun Kasai teamed up in the main event against the HEY HEY HEY YOUNG BOYS team of Keizo Matsuda and Bear Fukuda with Sasaki finally getting his revenge over Matsuda and ending their feud after nailing him in the head with a Right Leg Kick at 15 minutes, 8 seconds. The former SMASH team of AKIRA and Hajime Ohara teamed up to defeat the team of GENTARO and The Winger with AKIRA delivering his Musasabi Press on GENTARO to get the win at 19 minutes, 21 seconds. Afterwards, AKIRA would want to be a part of the match between GENTARO and Tatsumi Fujinami with GENTARO agreeing to turn the match into a tag team match with AKIRA teaming up with Fujinami. Masashi Takeda defeated Kenji Fukimoto in a Scramble Bunkhouse Secret Item Death Match at 11 minutes, 42 seconds as Takeda hit the Rokkinpo on a barbed wire board for the win. Fukimoto showed his respect to Takeda afterwards as Fukimoto looks to become a regular in FREEDOMS now that his FUCK promotion has closed down. Kazuhiro Tamura and SUSUMU defeated the team of HIROKI and Kamui as Tamura made HIROKI tap to his Minoru Special hold. Mammoth Sasaki defeated Toru Sugiura in a EVEN MORE WRESTLING Match as Mammoth delivered his 29 Years Old on Sugiura for the win at 7 minutes, 19 seconds. The Kojika Army team of Great Kojika, Antonio Honda, and Ken Ohka opened the show against former members Kazuhiko Ogasawara, Baramon Shu, and Baramon Kei with Ogasawara getting DQ'd at 8 minutes, 30 seconds after attacking the referee during the match.
FREEDOMS will run their April 26th show at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. The top three matches will be randomly chosen between the FREEDOMS Army of Takeshi Sasaki, Mammoth Sasaki, and Kamui against the Kasai Army of Jun Kasai, Masashi Takeda, and Kenji Fukimoto. The opponents will be chosen at random at the show and they must first have a tug of war against their opponent before their match with all three matches being placed under Hardcore Rules. GENTARO will take on Tatsuhito Takaiwa in a singles match before they become partners the following week at Korakuen. The HEY HEY HEY YOUNG BOYS team of Keizo Matsuda, Kuuga, and Bear Fukuda will take on HIROKI, Toru Sugiura, and Ryuichi Sekine. Madoka and SUSUMU take on Brahman Shu and Brahman Kei and the Kojika Army of Great Kojika, Antonio Honda, and Ken Ohka will most likely face off against three women WAVE wrestlers although that has not been announced officially yet.
Some of the undercard matches have been announced for the FREEDOMS show on May 2, 2012 at Korakuen Hall. The top match announced is Tatsumi Fujinami and AKIRA teaming up to take on GENTARO and Tatsuhito Takaiwa. HIROKI puts up his Independent Jr. Heavyweight Title on the line against Kazuhiro Tamura, and Keizo Matsuda teams with Kuuga and Bear Fukuda against Kazuhiko Ogasawara, Brahman Shu, and Brahman Kei. The top matches will be announced after the April 25th Shin-Kiba show. There were talks of a Jun Kasai match against Tomoaki Honma on the show following Honma's release from New Japan but nothing has been mentioned about it lately.
Atsushi Onita who served as a police chief for one day on April 8th at the Chiba Inzai Police Station announced that he would be promoting another show at the Shinjuku FACE on May 11th following his financially successful show in the building back in February. The usual roster of Ricky Fuji, The Winger, Ichiro Yaguchi, Hideki Hosaka and others have been announced for the show but no matches have been announced officially. Ricky Fuji stated though that the main event would be Atsushi Onita against First Tiger Mask in a singles match.
It's that time of the year again. I am officially going back to Tokyo for my fifth trip this upcoming June. I will be arriving to Tokyo on June 21st and will be staying there until June 29th. As of right now I plan on going to Big Japan on June 21st at Korakuen Hall, DDT on June 24th at Korakuen Hall, Apache Army on June 25th at Shin-Kiba, and FREEDOMS on June 28th at Shin-Kiba as well as returning to Soldier and Naoshi Sano's bars sometime as well.
FREEDOMS returned to the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring for their March 13, 2012 show drawing 120 fans which is down number from recent shows held there but the card lacked an appeal the other shows have had recently. The main event of the show was the new Keizo Army team of Keizo Matsuda, Osaka Pro's Kuuga, and Secret Base's Bear Fukuda defeating the team of Takashi Sasaki, Mammoth Sasaki, and Kamui when Matsuda used a Japanese Leg Roll Clutch to get the pinfall over Takashi Sasaki at 12 minutes, 41 seconds. Matsuda afterwards said the name of the Keizo Army would be now known as HEY HEY HEY Young Boys. This feud between Takashi Sasaki and Keizo Matsuda looks to continue up until the FREEDOMS Korakuen Hall show on May 2nd. GENTARO defeated SUSUMU in the "EVEN MORE WRESTLING" Match with GENTARO using an inside cradle to defeat SUSUMU at 17 minutes, 23 seconds. The Baramon Brothers defeated Jun Kasai and The Winger when Kei used the No One's Perfect on Winger at 12 minutes, 7 seconds for the victory. The Style-E team of Masashi Takeda and Kazuhiro Tamura defeated Tatsuhito Takaiwa and HIROKI when Tamura used a Minoru Special to get HIROKI to tap out at 15 minutes, 1 seconds. EVEN MORE WRESTLING Match between Ryuichi Sekine against Toru Sugiura saw Sekine deliver a Dragon Cut on Sugiura at 8 minutes, 55 seconds for the win. The opening match saw The Kojika Army of Great Kojika, Antonio Honda, and Ken Oka defeat the 666 Army of Onryo, Yuko Miyamoto, and Shinobu with the Kojika Army getting the win after Kojika hit his Iron Claw Slam on Shinobu at 12 minutes, 1 second for the Kojika Army victory.
The next FREEDOMS show will be entitled "ROAD TO KORAKUEN" and will be held on March 30, 2012 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. The main event will be Takashi Sasaki and Jun Kasai taking on Keizo Matsuda and Bear Fukuda. GENTARO and The Winger team up to take on the former SMASH team of AKIRA and Hajime Ohara as they will be freelancers until a new promotion starts up for them. Kenji Fukimoto returns to the promotion as he takes on Masashi Takeda. Mammoth Sasaki will take on Toru Sugiura in a EVEN MORE WRESTLING match. HIROKI and Kamui team up against Kazuhiro Tamura and SUSUMU. The opening match will be the Kojika Army of Great Kojika, Antonio Honda, and Ken Ohka against former members of the Kojika Army in Kazuhiko Ogasawara, Brahman Shu, and Brahman Kei.
GENTARO at a FREEDOMS press conference issued a challenge to Tatsumi Fujinami for the May 2, 2012 Korakuen Hall show with Fujinami later accepting as that is the only match announced for the show so far. Jun Kasai at the same FREEDOMS press conference announced that he will be promoting three shows in August. One will be on August 5, 2012 at the Sapporo Teisen Hall, the next will be August 19th at the Osaka Higashinari Inhabitants Ward Center, and the the last one for the month will be August 27th at Korakuen Hall. The Korakuen Hall show will be the 2012 Death Match Tournament which Kasai has stated will be the show that if he does not win the tournament then he will retire from wrestling as a result.
The Apache Army returned to the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on February 29, 2012 with an announced crowd of 180 fans for the show. The main event of the show saw Arashi defend his WEW World Title for the 5th time after defeating his toughest challenge to date in Tetsuhiro Kuroda after Arashi put away the bloody Kuroda at 12 minutes, 28 seconds with a Powerbomb. Before the match Kuroda had stated that he felt this match would be his last shot ever at the WEW World Title after more than a decade now of challenging for the belt and coming up short each time but that might not be the case after looking at the lineup for the March Shin-Kiba show.
The semi-main event saw the Demolition team of Tomohiko Hashimoto and Kengo Nishimura defeat Kintaro Kanemura and Madoka after Madoka would turn on Kanemura during the match and join Demolition and help lay out Kanemura for Nishimura to hit the Frog Splash for the win at 7 minutes, 2 seconds. HIROKI and Yusaku Obata ended up putting their WEW Tag Team Titles on the line against the twin brother team of Daisaku Shimoda and Rikiya Fudo with the 20 minute time limit expiring before a winner was determined giving HIROKI and Obata their second successful title defense. The Demolition team of Takeshi Minamino and Manjimaru defeated Shinobu and Keita Yano when Minamino hit hit Toneri Thunder at 11 minutes, 7 seconds on Yano for the win. The opening match booked by Naoshi Sano was changed at the last minute and turned into a singles match as Shota defeated Micro at 9 minutes, 18 seconds with a Cazadora Cutback.
The next Apache Army show will be a return to Osaka at the World Hall Pavilion on March 25, 2012. HIROKI and Yusaku Obata will once again defend their WEW Tag Team Titles in the main event against the Demolition team of Takeshi Minamino and Manjirmaru who came up short back on the December 31st show. Kintaro Kanemura will look to get revenge on the Demolition team as he will team up with Osaka Pro's Daisuke Harada and Atsushi Kotoge against Tomohiko Hashimoto, Kengo Nishimura, and the newest member Madoka. Tetsuhiro Kuroda will team with Daisaku Shimoda against Kuuga and Tadasuke in a Apache Army vs. Osaka Pro match. Basara will make her Apache Army and return to wrestling in some time as she takes on TAKA Michinoku. The opening match will Keita Yano and Takaku Fuke against Tadanobu Fujisawa and Naoshi Sano reviving the Dark Ranger gimmick once again.
The Apache Army will then return to Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on March 28, 2012 with the main event of the show being another Apache Army vs. Demolition match as Kintaro Kanemura and Yusaku Obata team up with the returning Kazushi Miyamoto against Tomohiko Hashimoto, Takeshi Minamino, and Kengo Nishimura. It will be Kazushi Miyamoto's first back since breaking his ankle on June 23, 2011 at an Apache Army show. In a match entitled "Kuroda's Revenge" Tetsuhiro Kuroda will team up with Daisaku Shimoda as he looks to get revenge for his last month lost to Arashi who will team up with Rikiya Fudo. HIROKI will take on Madoka and Shota will face Manjimaru in Apache Army vs. Demolition singles matches, and Keita Yano will open the show against a Mystery Opponent.
Atsushi Onita make his debut for the Real Japan promotion on March 16, 2012 at Korakuen Hall. It was the first time that Onita who was the top Junior Heavyweight star in All Japan the same time faced off in the same match against Tiger Mask who was the top Junior Heavyweight star in New Japan at the same time. The match was made into a tag match just days before whether it be due to political reasons with Onita deciding he did not want to do the job or because they realized that the two would not be able to put on a successful ten minute singles main event match on the show as The Great Sasuke was added to Sayama's team while Ichiro Yaguchi was added to Onita's team. Although Onita would end up spitting mist into Sayama's eyes during the match it would still not be enough as Sayama would put away Yaguchi at 9 minutes, 53 seconds with a Tiger Supplex. Onita also announced the lineup for his next promoted show on March 20, 2012 at the Chiba Kisarazu Civic Gym as its similar to last months Shinjuku FACE show except this month Mr. Pogo has been added and will team up with Ichiro Yaguchi and Hideki Hosaka against Atsushi Onita, Ricky Fuji, and Masaru Toi in a Barbed wire Street Fight Death Match. Other matches will see The Winger and Kazuhiko Matsuzaki against KENJI and Leatherface, Dump Matsumoto against Micro, and Naoshi Sano teaming with Kunihiko Mitamega against Taro Yamada and Shota.
Hayabusa appears on the cover of the newest issue of the Super Luchas Magazine in Mexico. There is an article in Spanish inside with a Hayabusa interview talking about how he will be returning to Mexico in May for a Lucha Fan Fest and about his time in Mexico in 1993 and 1994. It will be the first time Hayabusa will be returning to Mexico since 1999.
Hayabusa attended a one year anniversary rally of the Japanese Earthquake on March 11, 2012 by the Yotsukura Train Station in Iwaki, Fukushima Japan which was one of the harder hit areas of the disaster. The ralley which saw people distribute shampoo, conditioner, and school bags to people still homeless and living in tents from the disaster was entitled "Kick Out". They held a moment of silence at 2:46 PM when the Earthquake hit. They also had a candle light visual in memory of the people that lost their lives and Hayabusa sang a song that he wrote following the Earthquake. Hayabusa then attended Kamata High School on March 15, 2012 and had a question and answer with the students of the school with many students asking why was he wearing a pink mask before Hayabusa would perform songs from his CD "NEXT STAGE". Hayabusa then met up with Kyoko Inoue and Tetsuhiro Kuroda later that night as the two recollected their times in FMW together in 2000 and 2001.
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Atsushi Onita would return to promoting his own shows as he is holding a 35th Anniversary of his career tour this year. His first show of the tour took place on February 24, 2012 at the Tokyo Shinjuku FACE drawing a near legit 580 fans to the show as the show was considered a success financially with tickets at higher than usual. Atsushi Onita teamed up with former FMW wrestlers Ricky Fuji and Masaru Toi to take on his best friend in wrestling Ichiro Yaguchi, Hideki Hosaka who was competing in the ring for the first time since November 22, 2010, and Kazuhiko Matsuzaki with a Tiger Mask on going under the name Tiger # 6 to symbolize that he was the new Tiger Mask for this one show in a Street Fight. The match ended up going all over the building as Onita delivered a Piledriver to Hosaka through a table. Onita would eventually end up hitting his Thunder Fire Powerbomb on Tiger # 6 to get the win at 13 minutes, 19 seconds. Onita then pulled off the Tiger Mask and put it on himself as he cut his promo and called out The First Tiger Mask Satoru Sayama who he will be facing on March 16th at Korakuen Hall for Sayama's Real Japan. The undercard saw The Winger team with one of Miss Mongol's alternate gimmicks La Malcriada as they defeated Dump Matsumoto and Naoshi Sano when Winger rolled up Sano with the La Magistral at 8 minutes, 40 seconds. The Leatherface gimmick was brought back as he teamed up with 666's Taro Yamada to defeat Super FMW's Nobuhiro Tsurumaki and Raiden when Leatherface hit Raiden with a Sledgehammer to get the win at 8 minutes, 42 seconds. Kana made Micro submit to her Armlock at 9 minutes, 45 seconds. Apache Army regular Shota won the opening match against Ariya Iitomo with a cradle at 5 minutes, 18 seconds. It was a nostalgia show as all shows based around Onita are but it gave the fans exactly what they wanted to see. Megumi Kudo was also at the show and it was announced the next show will be on March 20th at the Chiba Kisarazu Civic Gym.
FREEDOMS held two shows earlier this month. The first was on February 5, 2012 at the Yokohama Radiant Hall drawing an announced crowd of 235 fans. The main event was switched the day before as Mammoth Sasaki defeated Kamui in a Hardcore Match after Mammoth finished Kamui with his 29 Years Old on a Barbed wire Baseball Bat to get them both ready for their WEW Hardcore Tag Team Match for the next show. GENTARO teamed with Keizo Matsuda to defeat the team of Takashi Sasaki and Yuko Miyamoto after Matsuda scored the upset and made Sasaki submit to a Cross Kneelock. HIROKI defended his Independent Jr. Heavyweight Title against former FMW Independent Jr. Heavyweight Champion Ricky Fuji after hitting Ricky with his Trance Rave to defend the title for third time at 11 minutes, 16 seconds. Ricky announced afterwards that when the referee showed the belt to him before the match that he saw the letters FMW on the belt which brought back so many memories to him right away and Ricky announced that his goal for this year will be to win back that title belt. Tatsuhito Takaiwa and Masashi Takeda defeated Jun Kasai and Toru Sugiura when Takaiwa hit his Death Valley Bomb on Sugiura for the win at 13 minutes, 41 seconds. The Winger beat SUSUMU after bringing his Octopus Hold to the mat and rolling him up for the win. The Kojika Army of Great Kojika, Antonio Honda, and Ken Oka opened the show defeating the Secret Base team of Mototsugu Shimizu, Bear Fukuda, and Jun Ogawauchi as Kojika delivered a chokeslam on Shimizu at 10 minutes, 50 seconds for the win.
The next show took place on February 11, 2012 at the Osaka World Hall Pavilion. The main event was Mammoth Sasaki and Kamui regaining their WEW Hardcore Tag Team Titles against The Baramon Brothers after Kamui hit his Fire Bird Splash on Kei at 16 minutes, 48 seconds for the win. Kamui had put up his hair on the line if he had not won the match. The win marks Mammoth Sasaki's 5th reign as WEW Hardcore Tag Team Champion. HIROKI defended his Independent Jr. Heavyweight Title for the fourth time defeating Keita Yano at 21 minutes, 37 seconds after delivering the Trance Rave on him. The Osaka Pro team of Kuuga and Masamune defeated Jun Kasai and Toru Sugiura after Kuuga hit his Tower Stamp on Sugiura at 11 minutes, 51 seconds for the Osaka Pro win. Tatsuhito Takaiwa, Yuko Miyamoto, and Masashi Takeda defeated The Winger, the former Dragon Winger Magnitude Kishiwada, and SUSUMU after Takaiwa hit his Death Valley Bomb at 12 minutes, 35 seconds on SUSUMU. Takashi Sasaki teamed up with MIYAWAKI to defeat Great Kojika and Keizo Matsuda after pinning Kojika at 8 minutes, 14 seconds. The opening match saw GENTARO defeat Yuki Tanaka after making him submit at 8 minutes, 23 seconds to the Sharpshooter.
Takashi Sasaki announced a majority of the FREEDOMS March 13, 2012 lineup for the Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. Takashi Sasaki will continue his rivalry with Keizo Matsuda as the FREEDOMS Army of Sasaki, Mammoth Sasaki, and Kamui will take on Keizo Matsuda and two mystery partners in the main event. No word on whether the mystery partners will be announced before the show or right before the match. The Kojika Army of Great Kojika, Antonio Honda, and Ken Oka will team up to take on the 666 team of Onryo, Yuko Miyamoto, and Shinobu. GENTARO will take on SUSUMU in a match entitled "EVEN MORE Singles Match 2". Ryuichi Sekine will take on Toru Sugiura in "EVEN MORE Singles Match 1". Jun Kasai continues to be in undercard matches this year as he teams with The Winger against Baramon Shu and Kei. The opening match will have Tatsuhito Takaiwa and HIROKI team up against the Style-E team of Masashi Takeda and Kazuhiro Tamura. FREEDOMS also announced that they have booked another Shin-Kiba 1st Ring show for March 30, 2012 entitled "ROAD TO KORAKUEN" as it will most likely start to set up their return to Korakuen Hall on May 2nd. Ricky Fuji will be on far fewer shows for the promotion going forward as K-Dojo will his be top priority due to the promotion being based out of his home city of Chiba.
The Apache Army announced the lineup for their February 29, 2012 show at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. Tetsuhiro Kuroda will challenge for the WEW World Title a belt he has not held since losing it to Hayabusa on May 22, 2001 as he takes on Arashi for it in the main event. Kintaro Kanemura and Madoka will take on the Demolition team of Tomohiko Hashimoto and Kengo Nishimura in the semi-main event of the show. WEW Tag Team Champions HIROKI and Yusaku Obata will compete in a non title match against the twin brothers of Rikiya Fudo and Daisaku Shimoda. The Michinoku Pro team of Takeshi Minamino and Manjimaru will go up against Keita Yano and Shota and the opening match has been booked by Naoshi Sano as Sano will team up with Micro to take on the team of Strong Namka and his partner Pink Tiger in a mixed tag team match.
Mr. Gannosuke announced the full lineup for his Kishindo Returns 9 show on April 10, 2012 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring match. The main event will be Jun Kasai against Hikaru Sato in a No Time Limit Match. Style-E's Kazuhiro Tamura goes against Dragon Gate's Jimmy Susumu in the semi-main event. The Joshi match of the show will have Aki Shizuku take on Ice Ribbon's Miyako Matsumoto in a match of two of Gannosuke's former trainees. Mr. Pogo will take on Tenryu Project's THE KABUKI in THE KABUKI's first non Tenryu Project match. Dragon Gate's Kenichiro Arai will take on Secret Base's CHANGO as Arai looks to make up for his loss to Masashi Takeda at the last Kishindo show. ZERO1's Mineo Fujita takes on Guts World's Tatsuhiko Yoshino and the opening match will see Yuko Miyamoto, Masashi Takeda, and Taro Yamada team up against Guts Ishijima, Madoka, and Amigo Suzuki.
There were several former FMW wrestlers at SMASH's second last ever show on February 19, 2012 at the Tokyo Dome City Hall which drew 3000 fans for the show. Hisakatsu Oya returned to SMASH to team with AKIRA to defeat Tatsumi Fujinami and El Samurai in a match booked by AKIRA called "New Japan Alumni Match" with AKIRA hitting the Musasabi Press on Samurai for the win at 10 minutes, 57 seconds in what will most likely be Oya's last match in Tokyo for awhile again. Jun Kasai teamed up with the returning Sabu to take on All Japan's KENSO and VENENO in a Hardcore Rules Match with Sabu hitting his Arabian Facebuster on VENENO at 15 minutes, 45 seconds for the win. KENSO afterwards stated he wanted to have a Hardcore Match with Jun Kasai sometime in the future. Masato Tanaka teamed with ZERO1 partners Shinjiro Otani and Ikuto Hidaka as they defeated the FCF group of Starbuck, Hajime Ohara, and Jessica Love after Tanaka hit his Sliding D on Love for the win at 12 minutes, 40 seconds. Ricky Fuji teamed with fellow Hokuto Pro wrestlers Takuya Kito, Konaka Pale One, and Lou Rururu to defeat the Former IWA Japan team of Keizo Matsuda, Takashi Okano, Keisuke Yamada, and Katsumi Hirano when Kito would School Boy Matsuda at 9 minutes, 48 seconds for the win. Also on the show, Syuri won the SMASH Diva's Title over arch rival Kana with a High Kick and Dave Finlay defended his SMASH Title for the last time in SMASH against TAJIRI after beating him with a Tombstone Driver. SMASH will now run its last show on March 14, 2012 with the main event of TAJIRI and AKIRA against Starbuck and Hajima and in the semi-main event long time fan of FMW and this site Mentallo will team with Syuri against Ultimo Dragon and Kana.
Hayabusa appeared at Korakuen Hall on February 22, 2012 along with Politician Kota Matsuda called "Creation of STRONG TOKYO". Hayabusa did the first segment as he did a speech and then followed that up by singing two of his songs. Matsuda then did the last two segments talking about his campaign and ways to improve Tokyo post Earthquake.
Kintaro Kanemura attended the 2011 Tokyo Sports Awards ceremony on January 12, 2012 in Tokyo as an Apache Army representative. Although Kanemura won no awards, he still wanted to attend the party and meet with other wrestlers including getting his picture taken with New Japan's Hiroshi Tanahashi who won Wrestler of the Year and IGF's Shinichi Suzukawa who won the Newcomer of the Year Award.
Big Japan's Daisuke Sekimoto and Yuji Okabayashi who won the Tag Team of the Year award posed for pictures with putting bikini models in Argentine Backbreakers. Although Kanemura and Sekimoto were friends no pictures were taken with Kanemura due to the sexual harassment scandal Kanemura was involved in four years ago that saw him expelled forever from Big Japan.
The Apache Army ran their first show on 2012 on January 15, 2012 at the Niigata Nagaoka Hive with announcing an attendance for the show which is not a good sign for how the show did. The main event of the show was a special sponsor match as Shiro Koshinaka teamed up with Tetsuhiro Kuroda to take on the team of Masato Tanaka and Kintaro Kanemura with Kuroda getting the pin over his long time friend Kanemura with a lariat at 11 minutes, 24 seconds. After the match, Tetsuhiro Kuroda got on the mic and challenged Arashi to a WEW World Title match at the next Shin-Kiba 1st Ring show on February 29th with Arashi accepting. It will be Arashi's toughest defense to date as Kuroda is the only person to get a singles victory over Arashi in the Apache Army when he did it last year on February 26th after rolling him up with a Samson Clutch. It will be Kuroda's first shot at the WEW World Title since November 3, 2008 when he challenged and lost to Tomohiro Ishii for the now defunct LOCK UP promotion. The other sponsor match of the show saw the Apache Army team of HIROKI, Yusaku Obata, and Madoka upset the Demolition team of Yoshihiro Takayama, Tomohiko Hashimoto, and Kengo Nishimura when Obata hit a Backdrop on Nishimura to get the win at 12 minutes, 3 seconds. Apache Kosakai won in his last match as a member of the Apache Army promotion by defeating Keita Yano at 8 minutes, 45 seconds with a Buzzsaw Kick. Kosakai will now go back to under his real name as Hiroshi Kosakai as he will be focusing on MMA although he might still work for the Apache Army as a freelancer. Arashi and Shinobu defeated the team of Daisaku Shimoda and a wrestler by the name of BANDIT making his debut for the promotion as Shinobu hit his S.E.X. Shooting Star Press on BANDIT for the win at 13 minutes, 1 second. The opening match was a West Gate Pro offer match as Small Antonio Inoki defeated Tsuneo Yoshie at 6 minutes, 28 seconds with an Enzuigiri.
FREEDOMS will run one of their bigger shows of the year on February 5, 2012 at the Yokohama Radiant Hall. The main event of the show will see Takashi Sasaki and Yuko Miyamoto team up to take on the team of GENTARO and former IWA Japan wrestler Keizo Matsuda. Mammoth Sasaki will face off against his partner and former student in Kamui in a Hardcore Rules Match. HIROKI will defend his Independent Jr. Heavyweight Championship against Ricky Fuji who once held the title belt back when it was the FMW Jr. Title from December 1994 to February 1995. Jun Kasai will team up with Toru Sugiura to take on Tatsuhito Takaiwa and Masashi Takeda. The Winger will take on new SUSUMU who will now be a FREEDOMS regular on the shows. The opening match will have the Kojika Army of Great Kojika, Antonio Honda, and Ken Ohka against the Secret Base team of Mototsugu Shimizu, Bear Fukuda, and Jun Ogawauchi.
FREEDOMS then returns to the Osaka World Hall Pavilion for the first time in 11 months on February 11, 2012 with the main event of Mammoth Sasaki and Kamui getting their rematch for the WEW Hardcore Tag Team Titles as they challenge the champions of Baramon Shu and Baramon Kei with Kamui announcing he wil put up his hair on the line if he and Mammoth do not come away with the titles. The winner of HIROKI against Ricky Fuji on February 5th will defend the Independent Jr. Heavyweight Title against Keita Yano on the show. Jun Kasai and Toru Sugiura team up again to take on the Osaka Pro team of Kuuga and Masamune. A couple of more matches to the show will be added shortly.
Mr. Gannosuke announced that his Kishindo Returns 9 show on March 29, 2012 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring has had a date change and will take place on April 10, 2012 instead. Gannosuke announced two matches for the show so far as Jun Kasai will take on Hikaru Sato and in a match between two girls that Mr. Gannosuke has trained it will be SMASH's Aki Shizuku against Ice Ribbon's Miyako Matsumoto.
Yoshihito Sasaki made his All Japan debut on February 3, 2012 at Korakuen Hall as he teamed up with fellow Big Japan wrestler Daisuke Sekimoto and Yuji Okabayashi against the All Japan team of Keiji Muto, Akebono, and Ryota Hama with Sasaki taking the loss for his BJW team after Muto ended up hitting his Shining Wizard on Sasaki to get the win at 16 minutes, 28 seconds.
Atsushi Onita will be making his debut for Satoru Sayama's Real Japan promotion on March 16, 2012 at Korakuen Hall. He will face off against Sayama in his First Tiger Mask gimmick as the first time ever that the early 80's top Jr. Heavyweights from All Japan (Onita) and New Japan (Sayama) will be having a match against each other.
Hisakatsu Oya will be returning to the SMASH promotion on February 19, 2012 at the Tokyo Dome City Hall as he will participate in a match booked by SMASH wrestler AKIRA as a New Japan Alumni match with all four wrestlers starting their career in New Japan. Sabu also returns to Japan on the show teaming up with Jun Kasai against All Japan's KENSO and VEVENO.
Today marks the 10 year anniversary of FMW holding its last ever show which was on February 4, 2002 at Korakuen Hall with the last match ever for the promotion seeing Kodo Fuyuki and The Sandman win the vacant WEW Tag Team Titles against Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Sabu. Shoichi Arai would ended up declaring FMW bankrupt just 11 days later on February 15, 2002. I also recently completed a goal I have had for nearly 10 years for this website which was to collect results of every FMW show in the history of the promotion. I now have results of every show in the history of FMW on this site listed with just one show (5/3/01) missing the results of the first two matches. Everything else is now complete.
FREEDOMS held their first show of 2012 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on January 9th and announced a crowd of 212 which for just a regular Takashi Sasaki promoted show is the best number in the building since May 2010.
The main event of the show saw Mammoth Sasaki and Kamui defend their WEW Hardcore Tag Team Titles for the second time against Brahman Shu and Brahman Kei. The match started as all four men brawled all over the building including Shu and Mammoth fighting in the stands. Trash cans and ladders would be brought in the ring with Mammoth putting the ladder around his neck and swinging it around to hit both Brahman Brothers. Mammoth would then end up taking one of the Brahman Brothers on the ramp and delivering a Running Powerbomb into the ring. Both Mammoth and Kamui would then grab some chairs and deliver a double Mammoth Home Run to both Brahmans. Kamui would even grab a chain and place it over Brahman Kei's neck and then begin to hang him over the top rope but Shu would manage to save his brother before the referee would end the match by throwing powder in Kamui's face. Shu would end up bringing a barbed wire baseball bat in the ring and while Kei would make sure that Mammoth could not make it back in the ring to make the save Shu would deliver a Zombie Kick to Kamui on the barbed wire baseball bat to get the pinfall at 15 minutes, 33 seconds to win the WEW Hardcore Tag Team Titles to the brothers for the second time.
Another former FMW title was on the line in the semi-main event as HIROKI defended his Independent Jr. Heavyweight Title against Tatsuhito Takaiwa and although Takaiwa would deliver his Death Valley Bomb it would not be enough as HIROKI would manage to score the upset and deliver his Trance Rave on the former IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion and get the win at 17 minutes, 19 seconds for his second defense of the title. GENTARO teamed up with SUSUMU to take on the K-Dojo tag team of Kengo Mashimo and Ryuichi Sekine with GENTARO delivering a Mudo on Sekine to pick up the win at 13 minutes, 55 seconds to setup a match for GENTARO challenging Mashimo for his Champion of STRONGEST-K Title at K-Dojo's Korakuen Hall show on February 26th. The number one contender for All Japan's Triple Crown Takao Omori teamed up with former IWA Japan wrestler Keizo Matsuda as they defeated the FREEDOMS team of Takashi Sasaki and Jun Kasai after Omori delivered his Axe Bomber on Sasaki for the win at 13 minutes, 5 seconds. The Winger defeated Toru Sugiura with a La Magistral at 12 minutes, 31 seconds. The Kojika Army of Great Kojika, Antonio Honda, and Ken Ohka won the opener against Shinobu, Hercules Senga, and Tsutomu Oosugi after Kojika hit a Running Body Attack on all three men he was against to get the pinfall over all of them at 6 minutes, 42 seconds as Kojika enters his 50th year in pro-wrestling. The next FREEDOMS show will be a bigger than usual show at the Yokohama Radiant Hall on February 5th with the matches for the show being announced soon.
Apache Army held their New Years Eve show on December 31, 2011 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring announcing a larger crowd than usual at 250 fans for the show. Apache Kosakai came to the ring to start the show and announced that he would be returning to the ring for 2012 after an injury has taken him out of action the last few months. He announced that he has been training for MMA and would like to start in it sometime in 2012 and as a result was going to return under his real name Hiroshi Kosakai when he returns to the Apache Army on January 15th. The main event of the show saw the WEW Tag Team Champions HIROKI and Yusaku Obata defend their titles against the team of Takeshi Minamino and Manjimaru when Obata getting the pinfall over Manjimaru at 20 minutes, 32 seconds to successfully defend their titles for the first time. The semi-main event saw the heel group called Demolition consisting of Kohei Sato, Tomohiko Hashimoto, and Kengo Nishimura defeat Kintaro Kanemura, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, and Shinobu when Hashimoto hit his XCT finisher on Kanemura for the win at 18 minutes, 25 seconds. Arashi successfully defended his WEW World Title for the fourth time against his tag team partner Rikiya Fudo after he finished off Fudo at 13 minutes, 46 seconds with a Powerbomb. Daisaku Shimoda who was very vocally upset about not being put on Pro-Wrestling Weekly's annual roster almanac section which is a feature the magazine does every year that gives a small bit of information on every active wrestler in Japan, took out his anger about it right away on YOSHIYA before finishing him off with a Running Kneelift at 10 minutes, 21 seconds. Keita Yano and the former DDT wrestler Kenshin defeated the team of Madoka and Shota when Kenshin hit a Northern Light Bomb on Shota at 9 minutes, 32 seconds for the win. Hailey Hatred opened the show defeating REINA's Keiko Aono at 10 minutes, 16 seconds with a lariat. At the end of the show, the entire Apache Army roster came out to celebrate the 1 year anniversary of the promotion starting back up and a moment of silence was held while a picture of Rikimaru was held in memory of his death back in July.
The Apache Army announced their lineup for the first show of 2012 with it being held at Niigata's Nagaoka Hive. The main event has been built as a special sponsors match most likely meaning they were able to get a sponsor to help pay for the cost to bring in Masato Tanaka and Shiro Koshinaka as Kintaro Kanemura will team up with Masato Tanaka against Tetsuhiro Kuroda teaming up with Shiro Koshinaka. The semi-main event is also listed as a special sponsor match most likely the way they were able to bring back Yoshihiro Takayama as the Demolition team of Yoshihiro Takayama, Tomohiko Hashimoto, and Kengo Nishimura take on the Apache Army team of HIROKI, Yusaku Obata, and Madoka. Apache Kosakai returns under his real name of Hiroshi Kosakai as he takes on Keita Yano. West Gate Pro gets an offer match for the show as Small Antonio Inoki will face off against Yutaka Yoshie's older brother Tsuneo Yoshie. The opening match will have WEW World Champion Arashi teaming up with Shinobu to take on Daisaku Shimoda and a wrestler by the name of the BANDIT.
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