Miss Mongol ran her debut show for her new World Pro-Wrestling Association promotion at Noon on December 31, 2013 at the Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring drawing a crowd of 167 fans for the show. The main event was a FMW vs. Death Match wrestlers as Atsushi Onita, Ricky Fuji, Hideki Hosaka, and Miss Mongol took on the team of Ichiro Yaguchi, Keizo Matsuda, Yuko Miyamoto, and Saburo Inematsu. Yaguchi would end up sending Ricky into the barbed wire as Onita would go after Yaguchi and begin brawling outside the ring with him. Onita would smash a chair over Yaguchi's head and then bring in a table where he would piledrive Yaguchi through it. Yaguchi would come back by bringing in a barbed wire bat and hitting Ricky and Hosaka with it. Yaguchi would then grab Miss Mongol and throw her into the barbed wire and would then hit her with the barbed wire bat causing a large gash of blood from the cuts of the barbed wire. Yaguchi would place Onita in a camel clutch as Miyamoto would deliver an elbow drop to Mongol followed by an elbow drop by Matsuda. Onita would make the save by grabbing a piece of the table and smashing it over Matsuda and Yaguchi's head. Mongol would get back up and deliver a lariat to Miyamoto. Mongol would then grab the barbed wire bat and smash it across Matsuda's stomach. Onita would grab Inematsu and deliver a Thunder Fire Powerbomb but only get a two. Hosaka, Ricky, and Mongol would all come together with Onita for a Union Thunder Fire Powerbomb on Inematsu with Mongol making the cover and scoring the pinfall at 11 minutes, 8 seconds over Inematsu for the FMW win.
Atsushi Onita would later face off against Miss Mongol in the main event of the CPE show at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on December 31st which would be the first time that Onita had ever faced a woman before. Onita would defeat Mongol after 5 straight Thunder Fire Powerbombs to finally put Mongol away at 20 minutes, 5 seconds. Onita would get on the mic and state that nobody has ever taken more than four Thunder Fire Powerbombs and been able to kick out like Mongol had. Onita told Mongol that he loved her and consider her a daughter to him. Atsushi Onita would then team up Ichiro Yaguchi and Hideki Hosaka to defeat the team of Naoshi Sano and mystery partners of Tsuneo Yoshie and Stun Gun Takemura when Onita would pin Takemura for the win on Naoshi Sano's late night promoted show on December 31st.
Akebono received a package on December 26, 2013 at his home with the package being addressed from "Jado Santa Claus." Inside there was a Christmas cake, champagne, and roast chicken wrapped up in barbed wire. He also received boiled pork ribs as well as a letter written by Atsushi Onita. The letter stated
"Dear Akebono, Merry Christmas. I congratulate you on your Triple Crown Heavyweight title coronation. I hope you like the Christmas presents that I sent you.
I am inviting you to a No Ropes Exploding Barbed wire Death Match on March 21st of next year in Hakata. We have fought in Exploding Barbed wire Death Matches and I have two wins and one loss. The Triple Crown Champion has lost two consecutive matches to me which makes All Japan Pro-Wrestling look bad. I will give you your chance at revenge. You can dispel the shame you have received in the Exploding Barbed wire matches. I do not want you to come to Hakata unarmed though. Bring the Triple Crown belt as a gift. I will fight fairly in the Exploding Barbed wire Death Match for it. 40 years has passed since I was initiated into All Japan Pro-Wrestling at the age of 15 and I made by debut at age of 16. Three title belts which became the origin of the Triple Crown which I yearned for when I enrolled in All Japan. I was Giant Baba's attendant and used to carry one of them, the PWF title and would polish it day after day. I wanted to appear in a title match constructed in the main event like Mr. Baba. However, my wish was not fulfilled, as I left All Japan Pro-Wrestling and never had a shot to win any of the heavyweight title belts including PWF. The one time boy who is now 56 years old demands a Triple Crown Title Match. This is not to be weepy. Although I am repeating, I have won successive matches against Triple Crown Champion Akebono. Also, I defeated another former Triple Crown Champion Yoshihiro Takayama the other day. I want you Akebono to accept honestly in a Exploding Barbed wire Death Matches for the Triple Crown on March 21st in Hakata next year. Atsushi Onita, December 25, 2013."
Jun Kasai promoted his BLOOD X'MAS 2013 show on December 25, 2013 at Korakuen Hall as Kasai took on Yuko Miyamoto in the main event of the show in a Construction Site Scaffold Glass Board Death Match. The show drew an announced 978 fans for the show. More details and pictures of the show can be found at http://fmwwrestling.us/Korakuen13.html
FREEDOMS announced the blocks of the tag teams for the King of Freedom Tag Team Scramble Tournament. The A block will consist of Takashi Sasaki & Tatsuhito Takaiwa, Jun Kasai & Masashi Takeda, Kamui & SUSUMU, Kenji Fukimoto & Karate Brahman, and HIROKI & Daisuke Masaoka. The B block will consist of Great Kojika & The Winger, Mammoth Sasaki & Toru Sugiura, Kenichiro Arai & Minoru Fujita, Brahman Brothers, and Daisuke & Tatsuhiko Yoshino.
FREEDOMS announced the lineup for their first show of 2014 on January 8th at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. The main event of the show will be a King of Freedom Tag Team Tournament Scramble A match with Takashi Sasaki & Tatsuhito Takaiwa taking on Jun Kasai & Masashi Takeda. The semi-main event will be another A Block match as HIROKI & Daisuke Masaoka will take on Kenji Fukimoto & Karate Brahman. The two B Block matches on the show will have Mammoth Sasaki & Toru Sugiura against Great Kojika & The Winger and the other B Block match will see Brahman Shu & Kei against Daisuke & Tatsuhiko Yoshino. The two non tournament matches of the will have Kamui taking on Minoru Fujita in a rematch of their main event match against each other back on December 4, 2012 after Fujita has returned to FREEDOMS as well as Kenichiro Arai against SUSUMU in the opening match.
FREEDOMS will then run on January 19, 2014 at the Yokohama Radiant Hall. The main event of the show will see Mammoth Sasaki return to the FREEDOMS side as he teams up with Takashi Sasaki and Jun Kasai despite feuding with them both for the second half of 2013 after joining the Jado Army as they team up to take on Kenichiro Arai and the Brahman Brothers. The tournament matches on the show will be an A Block match of Kamui & SUSUMU against the team of Kenji Fukimoto and Karate Brahman and the other tournament match being a B Block match of Great Kojika & The Winger against Daisuke & Tatsuhiko Yoshino. Other matches on the show will have Tatsuhito Takaiwa against Minoru Fujita, HIROKI against Keizo Matsuda, and Toru Sugiura against Daisuke Masaoka in the opening match of the show.
Mr. Gannosuke announced the full lineup for his February 18, 2014 "Kishindo Returns 15" show at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. The main event of the show will be DDT's Kenny Omega taking on Kenichiro Arai. This will be the first time Omega has appeared for a Gannosuke promoted show since "Kishindo Returns 2" back on December 29, 2009. The semi-main event of the show will be Yuko Miyamoto taking on NOSAWA Rongai who will be making his Kishindo debut. Masao Orihara will also be making his debut as he takes on Magnitude Kishiwada. Kishindo ace Kazuhiro Tamura will go up against Yuki Sato. Puerto Rican wrestler Mr. 450 will also make his debut as he takes on Yasu Urano. The Winger will take on Keita Yano and Mineo Fujita will face off against friend Shinobu. The opening match will have Gannosuke friends Guts Ishijima and Micro take on Nissan Ariga and Aki Shizuku with the dark match of the show having Naoshi Sano team with 666's La Soltrona against HARU and Southern Cross.
Atsushi Onita would wrestle in his fourth Exploding Barbed wire Death Match this year as he would face off against Yoshihiro Takayama at the Ibaraki Mito Prefectural Sports Center on December 13, 2013. No attendance was announced so it was not an overwhelming success like the show back on October 14th in Niigata was. The floor seats seemed to have done well but the upper floor seats were pretty much empty from the looks of it. It probably was in the 2000 range but not much was released about the show at all in general. It will air on Samurai TV on December 22, 2013.
Atsushi Onita faced off against Yoshihiro Takayama in a No Ropes Exploding Barbed wire Death Match in the main event of the show. Onita and Takayama would stare at each other before locking up but it would not be long before Takayama would begin using repeated boots to the face sending Onita into the Exploding Barbed wire first. Onita would come back with red mist to Takayama's face. Onita and Takayama would begin head butting each other before both would end up going into the exploding barbed wire together. Takayama would attempt to throw Onita into the exploding barbed wire but Onita would reverse it and end up sending Takayama in to the explosions instead. Onita would then throw Takayama in the exploding barbed one more time and then finish him off at 11 minutes, 50 seconds with a DDT for the win.
Atsushi Onita would also have had wrestle on the previous day at Korakuen Hall on December 12, 2013 for the Real Japan promotion. Atsushi Onita and Ichiro Yaguchi would lose to the team of Ultimo Dragon and Masao Orihara as it would be the first time that Onita would face either of the long time Junior Heavyweights with Dragon picking up the win over Yaguchi at 9 minutes, 48 seconds with a Schoolboy. The big note from the match would be afterwards as Sumo legend Takatoriki who Onita had been calling out to the media and challenging would arrive and the two would begin brawling in the hall way of Korakuen Hall before finally being separated. Onita would then challenge Takatoriki to a Exploding Barbed wire Sumo Ring Dea Match. Takatoriki has yet to respond to the challenge.
Atsushi Onita would enter into the Furinkazan Tag Team Tournament for the second year in a row. Onita would originally ask Akebono to be his partner for the tournament with Akebono rejecting his offer. Onita would instead choose a Jado Army member in Kenichi Fujii. They received a first round bye in the single elimination tournament and faced off against Shinjiro Otani and Masato Tanaka on December 10, 2013 at the Osaka Nasci Hall Umeda. It would be the first time in years that Onita had faced off against his pupil in Tanaka as Tanaka would end up picking up the win and eliminating Onita and Fujii at 10 minutes, 40 seconds after Tanaka would hit the Sliding D on Fujii for the win. The team of Demon Ueda and former Apache Army wrestler Yusaku Obata would end up winning the tournament on December 17th at Korakuen Hall against James Raideen and Tama Williams in the finals. Onita would then team up with Kintaro Kanemura on December 15th in Chiba against the team of Mineo Fujita and Yoshikazu Yokoyama and although one would imagine that Onita and Kanemura would pick up the win over the much younger tag team no results were ever released of the show. Onita and Kanemura would also pose with Tanaka backstage before the show in a picture in a mini FMW reunion shot.
Atsushi Onita will go on to appear for the 666 promotion on December 23rd at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring where he will team with Crazy SKB, Beggar, and Senpai to take on the four members of Crazy SKB's punk rock band Kyouaku Kyoujin Dan. Miss Mongol also announced that Onita will be facing off against her in a singles match for the main event of her CPE show on December 31st at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring which will be the second match of three matches that Onita will wrestle on that day.
FREEDOMS would return to the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on November 28, 2013 and draw an announced crowd of 162 fans. Jun Kasai would defeat SUSUMU in the main event of the show with SUSUMU looking for revenge after taking the fall in last months tag match forcing him to shave his head. Kasai would just be too much for the younger SUSUMU and Kasai would end up picking up the win at 15 minutes, 39 seconds with a Reverse Tiger Driver. Takashi Sasaki, Tatsuhito
Takaiwa, and The Winger would go to a Double Count Out against the team of Kenichiro Arai, Brahman Shu, and Brahman Kei with Brahman Karate in their corner. The match would start as a brawl all around ringside before going to a double count out at 3 minutes, 13 seconds. The referee would restart the match but the brawl all around ringside would continue and as Sasaki and Arai were brawling by ringside, Sasaki would make an effort to get back in the ring before the 20 count when Arai would grab Sasaki by his leg and make sure he did not get back in the ring for the double count at 12 minutes, 16 seconds. Mammoth Sasaki would defeat his former friend and student Kamui at 13 minutes, 55 seconds with the 29 Years Old. Toru Sugiura would pick up a big win for him by defeating Kenji Fukimoto at 9 minutes, 50 seconds with a Back Drop. Minoru Fujita and Masashi Takeda would defeat the team of HIROKI and Yusaku Ito when Fujita would get the win over Ito at 13 minutes, 32 seconds with a Piledriver. Guts World's Daisuke would defeat Daisuke Masaoka at 7 minutes, 20 seconds with the Sliding D in the opening match.
FREEDOMS returned to the Chiba Blue Field for the first time since August 1, 2010 when they ran their December 8, 2013 show drawing an announced 77 fans. The main event saw Jun Kasai defeat another young wrestler in a singles match when he defeated Ryuichi Sekine at 14 minutes, 54 seconds in a Hardcore Match after hitting Sekine with a Pearl Harbor Splash off a ladder. Kenichiro Arai looked to prepare for his upcoming title match when he defeated Toru Sugiura after making Sugiura tap to the gatame. Takashi Sasaki and SUSUMU teamed up to defeat HIROKI and his K-Dojo Mystery Partner which would be Daigoro Kashiwa when Sasaki delivering the Shonan for the win at 7 minutes, 52 seconds. Minoru Fujita going by Minoru Fukimoto teamed up with Kenji Fukimoto to defeat the Daisuke team of Guts World's Daisuke and Daisuke Masaoka when Fukimoto pinned Masaoka at 13 minutes, 45 seconds with a Package Piledriver. Mammoth Sasaki defeated Yusaku Ito at 1 minutes, 59 seconds after Referee Stoppage when Ito would end up dislocating his shoulder in the match. Ricky Fuji would make his return to FREEDOMS for the first time in 2013 teaming with Kamui in the opening match to defeated the team of Tatsuhito Takaiwa and The Winger when Kamui would get the win over Winger at 10 minutes, 3 seconds with Kamui Clutch.
Jun Kasai announced the full lineup for his BLOOD X'MAS 2013 show on December 25, 2013 at Korakuen Hall. The main event of the show will be Jun Kasai taking on Yuko Miyamoto in Miyamoto's most famous stipulation match of a Construction Site Scaffold as well as a Glass Board Death Match. Takashi Sasaki will defend his King of Freedom World Championship against Kenchiro Arai in a Barbed wire Board Death Match. Toru Sugiura will get a chance to take on Takumi Tsukamoto in what was suppose to take place back in August before Tsukamoto got injured as they will face off in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match. Mammoth Sasaki will face off against his former friend Kamui once again but this time it will be a Street Fight Death Match. The outsiders used for this show will be Michinoku Pro's Takeshi Minamino and Manjimaru as they take on Unchain's Masashi Takeda and Kenji Fukimoto in a Hardcore Match. The opening match will be a "Tokyo Deserted Man out of a Job Death Match" much like the Homeless Man Death Match last year between Brahman Kei against MASADA as the team of The Winger, Minoru Fujita, and HIROKI take on the team of Brahman SUSUMU, Brahman Shu, and Brahman Kei with Brahman Karate in their corner.
FREEDOMS announced starting on January 8, 2014 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring and finishing up on March 13, 2014 at Korakuen Hall they will be holding a tag team tournament called the "King of Freedom Champion Scramble Tag Team Tournament" to determine the first ever King of Freedom Tag Team Champions. It will be a round robin tournament with the two top teams in each bracket facing off against each other against the two top teams in the other bracket in Semi-Finals Tournament matches with the winners of the two matches facing off against each other in the main event. The groups will be Bracket A which will consist of Takashi Sasaki & Tatsuhito Takaiwa, Jun Kasai & Masashi Takeda, Kenji Fukimoto & Karate Brahman, and HIROKI & Daisuke Masaoka. Bracket B will consist of Great Kojika & The Winger, Mammoth Sasaki & Toru Sugiura, Kenichiro Arai & Minoru Fujita, Brahman Shu & Kei and Daisuke & Tatsuhiko Yoshino.
Mr. Gannosuke announced that he will be running his "Kishindo Returns 15" show on February 18, 2014 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. The only match announced so far for the show will be Magnitude Kishiwada taking on Masao Orihara. More matches will be announced in the upcoming days.
Hayabusa attended Tokyo Gurentai's "Tokyo Dream 2013" show on December 4, 2013 at Korakuen Hall. Hayabusa had a specialized Dos Caras style mask made for the show. Dos Caras would wrestle his Japanese Retirement Match on the show as Caras and his brother Mil Mascaras defeated NOSAWA Rongai and MAZADA in the main event. Hayabusa would meet with Caras backstage at the show and take pictures. Hayabusa's first favorite wrestlers at the age of 6 were Mil Mascaras and Dos Caras before Bruiser Brody and Stan Hansen would become his favorite and then Tiger Mask.
FREEDOMS ran on November 4, 2013 at the Yokohama Radiant Hall. The show started at 6 PM and thus the beginning of the show ran up against the main event of the Big Japan show at the Yokohama Bunka Gym. The buildings were only 6 minutes walking distance apart but it is interesting to see Jun Kasai not be apart of the big Big Japan show as a result of competing in the main event of the FREEDOMS show in a Death Match instead. The show ended up drawing an announced sell out crowd of 360 as Takashi Sasaki defeated Jun Kasai in a Weapons Death Match which the razor blades were brought into the match and cut up both Sasaki and Kasai's back as a result. Sasaki defended his King of Freedom World Championship for the third time at 20 minutes, 10 seconds with the D-Geist to pin Kasai. Following the match, Kenichiro Arai challenged Takashi Sasaki for a shot at the King of Freedoms Championship at Jun Kasai's Christmas Death Match show on December 25th at Korakuen Hall. Yuko Miyamoto who had competed earlier at the Big Japan show also came to the ring and challenged Kasai to a Death Match at the Christmas Death Match show as well in the main event with Kasai accepting. SUSUMU who was force to shave his head bald following his lost in the tag team main event match against Jun Kasai on October 30th appeared bald in public for the first time as he teamed with Toru Sugiura again to defeat the Unchain team of Minoru Fujita and Kenji Fukimoto when SUSUMU made Fukimoto tap out to right angle Torrance. Kenichiro Arai defeated Kamui at 11 minutes, 55 seconds after making him submit to the Figure 4 Leglock. Mammoth Sasaki destroyed Daisuke Masaoka at 8 minutes, 35 seconds with the 29 Years Old and the opening match saw Keizo Matsuda, The Winger, and HIROKI defeat Tatsuhito Takaiwa, Guts World's Daisuke, and Yusaku Ito when HIROKI finished off Ito at 14 minutes, 1 seconds with the Super Dance Version 2.
FREEDOMS announced the lineup for their upcoming November 28, 2013 show at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. SUSUMU looks to get revenge on Jun Kasai in the main event of the show for having to shave his head following last months tag team lost. Takashi Sasaki will team up with Tatsuhito Takaiwa and The Winger as he takes on next months challenger for his title Kenichiro Arai who teams with Brahman Shu and Brahman Kei. Kamui will finally get his shot at Mammoth Sasaki for turning on the FREEDOMS Army and joining the Jado Army back in June. Kenji Fukimoto will take on Toru Sugiura in a singles match and HIROKI will team up with Yusaku Ito against Minoru Fujita and Masashi Takeda. The opening match will be the battle of the Daisuke's as Guts World's Daisuke will take on Daisuke Masaoka.
FREEDOMS returns to the Chiba Blue Field for the first time since August 1, 2010 as they will run a show on December 8, 2013 in the building. The main event will be Jun Kasai taking on former FREEDOMS regular and current K-Dojo wrestler Ryuichi Sekine in a Hardcore Match. Takashi Sasaki and SUSUMU team up to take on the team of HIROKI and a Mystery Partner who is with the K-Dojo promotion. Kenichiro Arai looks to take out Toru Sugiura before his Christmas Day shot at the King of Freedoms Championship. Daisuke and Daisuke Masaoka will form a team following their singles match against each other as they take on Unchain's Minoru Fujita and Kenji Fukimoto. Mammoth Sasaki will destroy Yusaku Ito and in the opening match Ricky Fuji will make his return FREEDOMS for the first time in over a year as he teams up with Kamui to take on the team of Tatsuhito Takaiwa and The Winger.
FREEDOMS will be running more shows and traveling a lot more starting in 2014. They will run their first show of the year at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on January 8th. They will then return to the Yokohama Radiant Hall on January 19th following the success of the show this past month. They will then run the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring for the second time in the month on January 30th. They will then run at Osaka Dotonbori Arena on February 2nd and then the next week at a Okinawa Military Base on February 9th called the Okinawa Navel Kadena. They then return to the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on February 13th and then the Hiroshima Trade Center West Building # 4 Hall on February 16th. They run the Nagoya Sports Center on March 9th and then run a special big show at Korakuen Hall on March 13th. They then return to the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on April 9th followed by their now annual tradition of running Korakuen Hall on May 2nd.
The Apache Army returned to the Osaka Dotonbori Arena which was formerly known as the Osaka Move On Arena for their November 10, 2013 show drawing a sell out crowd of 377 fans for the show. The main event saw a FMW vs. W*ING match with Atsushi Onita and Tetsuhiro Kuroda defeating the W*ING team of W*ING Kanemura and Hideki Hosaka in a No Ropes Barbed wire Death Match with Kuroda getting the win with a Full Nelson Bomb. The WEW Tag Team Titles changed hands in the semi-main event as the team of Tomohiko Hashimoto and Tadasuke ended up winning the titles after Hashimoto pinned Shimoda with the XCT at 20 minutes. The Apache Demolition team of Kuga, Kenichiro Arai, and Hazard defeated the team of Magnitude Kishiwada, Kenichi Fujii, and HASEGAWA who was making his first non Battle Royal match as HASEGAWA ended up taking the loss to Arai for the Apache Demolition win. HIROKI against YO-HEY ended up going to a 20 minute time limit draw and Kikutaro defeated Kanjyuro Matsuyama via DQ after Matsuyama pulled off Kikutaro's mask during the match. The next Apache Army show will be them returning to the Osaka Dotonbori Arena on February 9, 2014.
Atsushi Onita ended up having some of his skin that was burnt during his Exploding Barbed wire Death Match against Yoshihiro Takayama and NOSAWA Rongai on October 14th infected from continue to wrestle just days after his burns. Onita as a result informed Mitsunobu Kikuzawa that he was going to be unable to wrestle a singles match against KIKUZAWA on November 6, 2013 for KIKUZAWA promoted show at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. KIKUZAWA teamed with FUJITA and Hikaru Sato to defeat the team of Atsushi Onita, Ichiro Yaguchi, and Kazuhiko Matsuzaki with KIKUZAWA getting the pinfall over Matsuzaki at 14 minutes, 43 seconds in a Scramble Bunkhouse Barbed wire Street Fight. Following the Apache Army show, Onita will not take any more bookings until his scheduled Exploding Barbed wire Death Match against Yoshihiro Takayama on December 13th which is exactly when Onita is suppose to have recovered from his burns. Onita will then wrestle three times at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on December 31st. The first show will be at 1 PM as Miss Mongol will be debuting her new promotion World Pro-Wrestling Association with the main event being an FMW vs. non-FMW Death Match wrestlers match as Onita will team up with Ricky Fuji, Hideki Hosaka, and Miss Mongol in a No Ropes Barbed wire Board Street Fight Tornado Death Match against Ichiro Yaguchi, Keizo Matsuda, Yuko Miyamoto, and Saburo Inematsu. The next show will be at 7 PM for Mongol's other promotion CPE with no matches announced yet and then Naoshi Sano will run a show at 11:30 with the main event being Atsushi Onita, Ichiro Yaguchi, and Hideki Hosaka against Naoshi Sano and two mystery partners.
Hayabusa will be turning 45 this upcoming November 29th. He has already started having his birthday celebrated at the venues that he sings at. His first birthday celebration was on November 11, 2013 at the KUSHI-ZARU in Tokyo following his concert. Hayabusa posed in the picture with his cake before eating. He then had another birthday celebration on November 17th at The Umeyashiki where he was given a very well designed cake of his likeness much like Mr. Gannosuke received for his birthday party back in June at the Stanley Club bar. Hayabusa will be performing on his actual birthday of November 29th at Chocoball Mukai's Chocoball Family Bar in Shinjuku, Tokyo.
Yesterday marked the 15th Anniversary of this website. I have now been doing this website half my life. I think it might at this point be the oldest
regularly updated website on Japanese Pro-Wrestling on the internet. I have spent thousands of dollars throughout the years through magazines and videos to try and gain as much knowledge on the product that I love to pass the word out to give some love to the wrestlers that sacrificed their bodies throughout the years during FMW and since FMW
has ended. Also, thanks to everybody who has been visiting this site the past 15
years as it's always comforting to know I still have people visiting this site regularly
after all this time.
ZERO1 with help from sponsors Ribera's Steakhouse and Akebono's Steakhouse promoted the Echigo Big Fireworks show on October 14, 2013 at the Niigata Toki Messe Exhibition Hall drawing an announced sell out of 3500 fans. The figure looks to be real as I saw a picture of the entire crowd and I guessed at 3000-3500 before ZERO1 announced the crowd at 3500 which they never do. The building can hold up to 5000 fans but due to the explosions it could only fit about 3500 fans as a result.
Atsushi Onita and Masato Tanaka teamed up to take on the team of Yoshihiro Takayama and NOSAWA Rongai in a No Ropes Exploding Barbed wire Death Match in the main event of the show. Onita and Takayama would pair up at the beginning while Tanaka and NOSAWA would go up against each other. Tanaka would be the first one sent through the exploding barbed wire when he would try to send NOSAWA into it but would get reversedand it would be the first time since August 2, 1997 that Tanaka feel the explosions of exploding barbed wire. Just moments later Onita would be the next to feel the explosion as Takayama would kick him in the face resulting in Onita going into the exploding barbed wire which would turn out to be highly explosive. It would create a small fire that would not only burn the skin off Onita's arm but would get caught in his hair resulting in his face getting burnt. Onita's leg would also get burnt as well in the process from some of the fire dropping down. Tanaka and NOSAWA Rongai would end up brawling to the outside where Tanaka and NOSAWA would battle up a scaffold. Tanaka would end up kicking NOSAWA off the scaffold and then placing him on a table where Tanaka would dive off sending NOSAWA through the table. Onita and Takayama would also brawl to the outside where Onita would grab some chairs and begin throwing them at Takayama before heading back in the ring when both of them would end up hitting the exploding barbed wire together. Onita would end up sending a fireball at Takayama's face but Takayama would end up no selling the flame and just begin attacking Onita. Onita and Tanaka would end up shoulder blocking Takayama resulting in Takayama being sent into the exploding barbed wire and then spitting red mist in his face. Onita and Tanaka would then setup a table where Onita would piledrive NOSAWA through that table. Onita would then end up grabbing a piece of a table and smashing it over NOSAWA's head followed by sending NOSAWA into the exploding barbed wire and then finishing him off with the Thunder Fire Powerbomb while Tanaka would hold on to Takayama preventing him from making the save as Onita would get the win at 16 minutes, 5 seconds over NOSAWA.
Onita would be interviewed and show off the skin burnt off his arm and face from the small fire caused by the exploding barbed wire. Onita would end up going to the hospital where he would be treated for the burns on his face, arm, and leg. His face, arm, and leg would be severely bandaged as a result.
Onita would be told by the doctors that it will take two months to heal from the burns. Almost exactly after two months from the burns he will once again be competing in a No Ropes Exploding Barbed wire Death Match as he will take on Yoshihiro Takayama in a singles match on December 13, 2013 at the Ibaraki Mito Prefectural Sports Center as the show will be entitled Hitachi Big Fireworks.
Although not suppose to wrestle due to his burns on his arm and face, Onita felt he had to wrestle on a show that he was promoting himself and so he competed in the main event of his Atsushi Onita Productions show on October 18, 2013 at the Tokyo Shinjuku FACE just four days after the burns. Onita wore bandages on his arm and face as he teamed with Masato Tanaka and Ichiro Yaguchi in the main event against Yoshihiro Takayama, NOSAWA Rongai, and Masato Shibata in a Scramble Bunkhouse Street Fight Death Match for a show that drew an announced crowd of 550 fans. Onita and Takayama would start off brawling in the crowd with Takayama placing Onita across a table where he would begin beating him over the table. Onita would end up making a come back once in the ring and pick up the barbed wire bat in the ring and nail NOSAWA across with it and then spit red mist in Masato Shibata's face before hitting Yaguchi would pick up the hitting the World Cup Slam on Shibata for the win at 9 minutes, 43 seconds.
The only other match of note on the show saw Mammoth Sasaki make his Atsushi Onita Productions debut as he teamed with fellow Jado Army members of Hideki Hosaka and Kenichi Fujii against the FREEDOMS Army team of Takashi Sasaki, Kamui, and Toru Sugiura in a Street Fight when Sasaki made Fujii tap out to the Sharpshooter at 13 minutes, 55 seconds for the FREEDOMS win. After the match, Mammoth met up with former FMW wrestlers Masato Tanaka and Megumi Kudo as all three posed together for a picture after the show.
Atsushi Onita would promote two more shows to conclude his one month tour as he would run on October 25, 2013 at the Kumamoto Mifune-cho Sports Center drawing an announced sell out crowd of 750 fans. The show would also fall on Onita's 56th Birthday as he teamed with Hideki Hosaka and Kazuhiko Matsuzaki to take on the team of Onita's all time rival Mr. Pogo, Ichiro Yaguchi as Black Yaguchi, and The Winger as Black Winger in a Scramble Bunkhouse Tornado Street Fight Death Match with Onita picking up the win after hitting Winger with a Thunder Fire Powerbomb at 8 minutes, 55 seconds. After the match, Onita was presented with two birthday cakes in the ring as the locker room entered the ring and celebrated Onita's birthday together. The next show on October 26, 2013 at the Oita Nakatsu Gym Center drew an announced 450 fans as the main event saw Onita team with with Hideki Hosaka, Naoshi Sano, and local Oita promotion AMW star The Atchee as they would take on the team of Mr. Pogo, Black Yaguchi, Black Winger, and Katsunari Toi when Atchee pinned Winger at 12 minutes, 54 seconds in a Scramble Bunkhouse Street Fight Tornado Death Match.
Atsushi Onita's next show will be a No Ropes Barbed wire Death Match on November 6, 2013 at the Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring against Mitsunobu Kikuzawa going by the name KIKUZAWA. It will be a KIKUZAWA promoted show and Kikuzawa has expressed frustration about early ticket sales. Kikuzawa has credited attending an FMW shows while in Osaka around 1991 and Onita in particular that made him want to be a wrestler and start up in 1994. The match was made by Kikuzawa so that he could live out his child hood dream match against Onita.
FREEDOMS ran their October 30, 2013 show at the Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring drawing an announced crowd of 131 fans which is their lowest drawing show in the building since December 4, 2012 although with a weak drawing main event it was to be expected. The main event saw Jun Kasai and Masashi Takeda team up to defeat the team of SUSUMU and Toru Sugiura in the main event after Kasai got the win at 15 minutes, 51 seconds after hitting SUSUMU with a Reverse Tiger Driver off the top turnbuckle to get the win. Takashi Sasaki afterwards chose Kasai for getting the win in the match the chance to face him for the King of Freedom Championship on November 4th in Yokohama. The semi-main event saw the team of Mammoth Sasaki and Hideki Hosaka defeat Takashi Sasaki and Kamui when Mammoth hit the 29 Years Old on his former friend Kamui to get the win at 14 minutes, 41 seconds in a Hardcore Match. Kenichiro Arai made his FREEDOMS debut defeating HIROKI at 14 minutes, 10 seconds using a Reversal. Minoru Fujita would use the name Minoru Fukimoto as he would team up with Kenji Fukimoto to lose to the Brahman Brothers after Shu would pick up the win over Kenji Fukimoto at 12 minutes, 12 seconds with a shot to the head. The opening match saw The Winger and Daisuke Masaoka defeat the team of Tatsuhito Takaiwa and Yusaku Ito when Winger used La Magistral to pick up the win at 14 minutes, 47 seconds over Ito.
FREEDOMS announced the official lineup for the November 4, 2013 show at the Yokohama Radiant Hall. Takashi Sasaki will defend the King of Freedom Title for the third time against Jun Kasai in the main event. It will be the rubber match between the two as Takashi Sasaki defeated Jun Kasai back on January 16, 2009 and Jun Kasai got his win back over Sasaki on December 25, 2010 in a Glass Death Match. Other matches have Minoru Fujita and Kenji Fukimoto team up to take on the team of SUSUMU and Toru Sugiura in the semi-main event while Kenichiro Arai takes on Kamui in a singles match. Mammoth Sasaki will go up against Daisuke Masaoka and the opening match will have The Winger, Keizo Matsuda, and HIROKI against the team of Tatsuhito Takaiwa, Yusaku Ito, and Daisuke with Daisuke being added to the match as the Guts World promotion will be holding a show earlier in the day in the same building.
Mr. Gannosuke promoted his "Kishindo Returns 14" show on October 22, 2013 at the Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring drawing an announced 260 fans which is a little bit compared to his previous shows. The main event saw Jun Kasai defeat Osaka Pro's Tigers Mask after Kasai hit the Reverse Tiger Driver off the turnbuckle to get the win at 15 minutes, 15 seconds. The semi-main event saw Kenichiro Arai defeat Minoru Fujita at 18 minutes, 37 seconds after Arai would injure Fujita's knee and force him to tap out to the figure four leglock. Yuko Miyamoto defeated Kazuhiro Tamura at 11 minutes, 2 seconds after making Tamura tap out to the Octopus Hold. Yasu Urano would defeat The Winger after delivering a Backslide to get the win at 13 minutes, 43 seconds. Magnitude Kishiwada would pick up the win over Guts Ishijima at 9 minutes, 14 seconds with the German Suplex. Mineo Fujita defeated Michael Nakazawa at 7 minutes, 18 seconds with the Chin Plant which is Gannosuke's old reverse Fire Thunder move. The opening match saw Taro Yamada and Aki Shizuku defeat Nissan Ariga and Micro when Shizuku pinned Ariga at 11 minutes, 31 seconds with a Death Valley Bomb.
The 666 promotion promoted a "FMW Class Reunion" match on their October 31, 2013 show at the Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. GOEMON returned to the ring for the first time since June 6th to team up with his long time partner Onryo to take on the former Team Kuroda team of Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Shinjuku Shark. It was Shinjuku Shark's first match since June 23, 2011 as he had a motorcycle accident in July 2011 which resulted in one of his arms having no strength at all. He made an appear for the Apache Army in October 2011 on the show but this was the first time he had been seen in two years at a wrestling. GOEMON and Onryo would end up winning the match and defeating Kuroda and Shark after GOEMON would end up rolling up Shark for the win at 18 minutes, 24 seconds with a Schoolboy.
Hayabusa posted a statement on October 23, 2013 about 12 years passing as of October 22nd of his career ending injury. "Yesterday was 12 years to the day that I was injured. The doctor told me "Please prepare to be bedridden for the rest of your life". When I was told that, I did not believe it honestly. Although I spent three months not knowing my body was there. It is despairing. There was one or two times I went berserk and used abusive language towards the nurses. I could not stop crying. I wanted to die. But now, I am sincerely glad to be alive from the bottom of my heart. There is plenty of serious things now of course, but when compared to the suffering I went through in those days, I would not change anything. Five years is clearly visible which was not visible three years ago. (He's not specific in this but he's talking about being able to walk without any assistance on his own.) I would like to convey gratitude from the bottom of my heart to those who are aiding, those who support, and all the people I have encountered, and want to convey my sincerity. Thank you again! I will continue working hard and shouting these words "Lets have some fun!" (Hayabusa's catchphrase he would do after every show)."
Just to explain why the website was down for about a week or so last week. Pretty much the server company I was using went out of business without telling anyone so what looked to just be a regular server crash to me turned out to be a much bigger problem after realizing after a couple of days the server that I was paying for and was never coming back up. I ended up registering to another service but it takes a long time to transfer over the 13,000 files I have for this site. Hopefully everything will be okay for now.
FREEDOMS returned to the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on September 27, 2013 drawing an announced crowd of 184 fans which has to be disappointing considering Atsushi Onita was on the show and they did a number similar to that with Masashi Takeda vs. Kamui as the main event match back in March. It looks like after a very successful May and June with Onita on top and them drawing over 250 the Onita vs. Kasai feud is starting to lose steam after 7 months when Kasai called out Onita. The main event saw Takashi Sasaki and Jun Kasai defeat the team of Atsushi Onita and Mammoth Sasaki in a Weapons Death Match. Onita and Mammoth brought a barbed wire board as their weapon and Sasaki and Kasai brought fluorescent light tubes as their weapons. Onita would end up spitting green mist into Takashi Sasaki's face during the match but the finish would see Sasaki place a fluorescent light tube against Mammoth and deliver a Right Leg Kick breaking the light tubes across Mammoth's body with Takashi pinning Mammoth at 8 minutes, 41 seconds. Atsushi Onita then issued an invite for both Sasaki and Kasai to appear at his October 18th show at Shinjuku FACE. There is also a Big Japan show that night at Korakuen Hall with Kasai booked for the show but Takashi Sasaki has not been. Jun Kasai then made a challenge to Takashi Sasaki for his King of Freedom Title although Sasaki did not accept that challenge. The other matches on the show saw Kamui and Toru Sugiura defeat Masashi Takeda and Kenji Fukimoto in a Hardcore Match when Sugiura scored the pin over Sugiura at 13 minutes, 24 seconds with a Brainbuster. Tatsuhito Takaiwa and The Winger defeated Minoru Fujita and HIROKI when Winger used a inside cradle at 20 minutes, 41 seconds to pin HIROKI. SUSUMU defeated partner Daisuke Masaoka with a Enziguri at 8 minutes, 57 seconds. In the best news of the show saw the return of Karate Brahman after 4 months as he was in corner of Brahman Shu and Brahman Kei lost to the team of Great Kojika and Yusaku Ito when Kojika got the pin at 12 minutes, 53 seconds when Kojika got the Choke Slam pinfall win over Kei.
Jun Kasai, the band Punk Drunkers, and the comedy group KEEP ON SMILING promoted a show on October 5, 2013 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. It was announced that there was no way of counting how many fans were at the show other than the building was packed. The three matches on the show saw HIROKI defeat Toru Sugiura with the Super Dance Ver. 2 at 5 minutes, 17 seconds. Two hours later the masked team of Itsu and THORN BALL MAN defeated The Winger and SUSUMU when THORN BALL MAN got the win over SUSUMU at 16 minutes, 10 seconds with a Death Valley Bomb. Two hours after that the main event of the show saw Jun Kasai and Kenji Fukimoto win a Pandemic Death Match at 21 minutes, 44 seconds over Takashi Sasaki and Kamui after Kasai pinned Kamui delivering the Pearl Harbor Splash on a Fluorescent Light Tube for the win.
Takashi Sasaki announced the lineup for the next Shin-Kiba 1st Ring show on October 30, 2013 as the main event will be Jun Kasai and Masashi Takeda teaming up against SUSUMU and Toru Sugiura with Takashi Sasaki watching the match and rewarding the most impressive performance a title shot at the Yokohama Radiant Hall on November 4, 2013. Sasaki will team up with Kamui as they take on the team of Mammoth Sasaki and Hideki Hosaka. Kenichiro Arai makes his FREEDOMS debut as he takes on HIROKI in a singles match. Brahman Shu and Kei will have Karate Brahman in their corner as they team up against Minoru Fujita and Kenji Fukimoto and the opener will have The Winger and Daisuke Masaoka against Tatsuhito Takaiwa and Yusaku Ito.
Most of the November 4, 2013 show at the Yokohama Radiant Hall was announced. The main event will be Takashi Sasaki defending his King of Freedom Title for the third time against who he chooses from the Jun Kasai/Masashi Takeda vs. SUSUMU/Toru Sugiura match. Since Takeda has already had a recent shot and SUSUMU and Sugiura have been nowhere booked near a title contender the most logical match would be Sasaki vs. Kasai for the title. Minoru Fujita and Kenji Fukimoto do not have matches on the show as they will most likely team with Takeda if he does not get picked to take on SUSUMU, Toru Sugiura, and a Mystery Partner. Other official matches are Kamui taking on Kenichiro Arai, The Winger and Keizo Matsuda reforming their tag team for the first time since June to take on Tatsuhito Takaiwa and Yusaku Ito, and Mammoth Sasaki taking on Daisuke Masaoka.
Tetsuhiro Kuroda had his third 20th Anniversary promotion this year. The first one being on the 20th Anniversary of his debut back on March 18, 2013 when he was the special guest at Naoshi Sano's Stanley Club Bar. Apache Army then celebrated his 20th Anniversary on September 1, 2013 as he lost to Kintaro Kanemura in the main event of the show. B-168 a sub promotion of Secret Base promoted by Dyna Mido celebrated Tetsuhiro Kuroda's 20th Anniversary of debuting in FMW back on October 15, 1993. The show was held at the Osaka Joto Kumin Hall on October 6, 2013. Tetsuhiro Kuroda teamed with Masato Tanaka who he teamed with in his debut back in October 1993 where they lost to the team of Masaru Toi and Dark Ranger. This time they defeated the team of Mammoth Sasaki and Hideki Hosaka in a FMW style match with Tanaka and Kuroda doing their signature double frog splashes together before Tanaka would finish off Hosaka with a Sliding D for the win at 15 minutes, 15 seconds. Kuroda was presented with flowers as all four posed together in the ring to celebrate Kuroda's 20 years in pro-wrestling.
Kintaro Kanemura paid a courtesy visit to the Meguro Rehabilitation Home where Atsushi Onita's mother is recovering from an injury. Kanemura and Onita officially setup a match for the Apache Army show on November 10, 2013 at the former Osaka Minami Move On Arena now just the Osaka Dotonbori Arena. It will be an FMW vs. W*ING No Ropes Barbed wire Death Match. The FMW team will be of Atsushi Onita and Tetsuhiro Kuroda against the W*ING team of the return of the W*ING Kanemura and Hideki Hosaka. Other matches on the show will be the team of Daisaku Shimoda and Rikiya Fudo defending their WEW Tag Team Titles against Tomohiko Hashimoto and Tadasuke. Kikutaro vs. Kanjyuro Matsuyama in a comedy match, Magnitude Kishiwada teaming with Kenichi Fujii and HASEGAWA against Apache Demolition members Kuga, Kenichiro Arai and Hazard and the opening match of HIROKI against YO-HEY.
Atsushi Onita announced his Mystery Partner for the Echigo Big Fireworks show on October 14, 2013 at the Niigata Toki Messe Exhibition Hall. Onita will team up with Masato Tanaka as they take on the team of Yoshihiro Takayama and NOSAWA Rongai in a No Ropes Exploding Barbed wire Death Match. Other matches on the show will see the ZERO64 team of Akebono, Takuya Sugawara, and Mineo Fujita against Shinjiro Otani, Kamikaze, and Yusaku Obata as well as Ikuto Hidaka and FREEDOMS' SUSUMU against the Chinese team of Jason Lee and Chon-Shiryu.
Two matches have been announced for Atsushi Onita's promoted show at Tokyo Shinjuku FACE on October 18, 2013. The main event will be Atsushi Onita, Masato Tanaka, and Ichiro Yaguchi going up against Yoshihiro Takayama, NOSAWA Rongai, and Masato Shibata in a Scramble Bunkhouse Street Fight Death Match. The other match is a Jado Army vs. FREEDOMS Army as Mammoth Sasaki will team with Hideki Hosaka and Kenichi Fujii against Takashi Sasaki, Kamui, and Toru Sugiura. No results were ever released of Onita's show on October 4th in Fukuoka and the only result from the October 6th show in Osaka was the team of Atsushi Onita, Masato Tanaka, and Ichiro Yaguchi defeating the Osaka team of Zeus, The Bodyguard and Naoki Setoguchi in a Scramble Bunkhouse Street Fight Death Match when Onita pinned Setoguchi with a triple Thunder Fire Powerbomb from Onita, Yaguchi, and Tanaka.
Kintaro Kanemura defended his WEW World Title for the first time at the VKF Naniwa show on October 13, 2013 at the Osaka Dotonbori Arena. Kanemura took on Yoshiaki Yago in a Hardcore Match. Kanemura and Yago started with the dueling chair spots with Kanemura winning and smashing the chair over Yago's back. Kanemura then placed Yago on a table and dove off the top turnbuckle sending Yago through the table. Kanemura then hit Yago in the crotch with a ladder and then would toss the ladder on top of Yago. Yago would fight back and smash Kanemura over the head with a broken table and then suplex Kanemura on a stack of chairs. Kanemura would try to come back with a chair but Yago would kick the chair hitting Kanemura in the head and bruising Yago's foot very badly as a result. Kanemura would come back and end up nailing Yago with the Baku YAMA Senton Splash on a stack of chairs to get the win at 15 minutes, 22 seconds. It would be the first time that Kanemura had successfully defended the WEW World Title since defending it against Tetsuhiro Kuroda back on April 29, 2003 at the Differ Ariake.
Ricky Fuji would come up short for his quest to win his first ever top heavyweight title for a promotion in his 25 year career as he would be defeated by Kengo Mashimo in Mashimo's first defense of Kaientai Dojo's Champion of STRONGEST-K Championship which took place on October 13, 2013 at the Sapporo Teisen Hall. Ricky would give it his all as the match would last 20 minutes, 47 seconds but Mashimo would end up pulling out the victory after delivering a Brianbuster off the turnbuckle to Ricky for the win. Ricky thanked everyone for the encouragement and stated that there was a new fire in his heart and that he would no give up by any means and would continue aiming for that belt.
Hayabusa performed at the Nagaharu Imai Memorial Show on October 1, 2013 at Korakuen Hall. The show was put on by many promotions to honor the late Imai who was the ring announcer for both All Japan Women's and Big Japan. Hayabusa who performed along with Ichiro Yaguchi and JWP's Comman Bolshoi mentioned that it was very emotional when performing as it was the first time he was singing in honor of someone who had just died recently.
FREEDOMS returned to the Iwate Ichinoseki City Gym U Dome Main Arena on September 16, 2013 for the second straight year. Previous years they had ran at the Sub Arena connected to the building. They ended up drawing 938 fans for the show which was down considerably to last years 1,382 fans with Tatsumi Fujinami and Riki Choshu as the main draws. The main event saw Takashi Sasaki defending his King of Freedom World Championship against Masashi Takeda in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death. Sasaki ended up avenging his lost to Takeda last month in the Death Match Tournament and defeating Takeda with a Right Leg Kick to the fluorescent light tube to get the pin over Takeda at 15 minutes, 28 seconds in his second successful defense. The semi-main event saw the Jado Army of Atsushi Onita, Mammoth Sasaki, Ichiro Yaguchi, and Hideki Hosaka defeat the FREEDOMS team of Jun Kasai, Kamui, Toru Sugiura, and Kenji Fukimoto in a Barbed wire Board Death Match when Mammoth nailed Sugiura with the 29 Years Old on the Barbed wire Board to get the win at 11 minutes, 8 seconds for the Jado Army win. The special male outside talent for the show was Yoshihiro Takayama who teamed with Minoru Fujita to defeat the team of HIROKI and Shinobu when Takayama got the win at 14 minutes, 5 seconds pinning Shinobu. Tatsuhito Takaiwa and The Winger defeated the team of Yuko Miyamoto and Yusaku Ito when Takaiwa delivered his Death Valley Bomb at 15 minutes, 33 seconds on Ito for the win. Aja Kong as the female outside talent of the show teamed with Hamuko Hoshi against Tsukasa Fujimoto and Tsukushi in the annual Ice Ribbon match on the show with Tsukushi pinning Hoshi at 13 minutes, 6 seconds with a Suplex. Tadanobu Fujisawa and the returning Gabbaiji-chan defeated Brahman Shu and Kei when Gabbaiji pinned Kei at 10 minutes, 14 seconds with a Samson Clutch. The opening match saw Fujita Jr. Hayato and Daisuke Sasaki defeat SUSUMU and Daisuke Masaoka when Hayato delivered the KID to get the win at 10 minutes, 34 seconds over SUSUMU.
FREEDOMS returns to the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on September 27, 2013 with the main event of Atsushi Onita and Mammoth Sasaki of the Jado Army against the FREEDOMS Army of Takashi Sasaki and Jun Kasai in a Weapons Death Match. The other matches on the show will have Masashi Takeda and Kenji Fukimoto against Kamui and Toru Sugiura in a Hardcore Match. Tatsuhito Takaiwa and The Winger take on the team of Minoru Fujita and HIROKI. SUSUMU takes on his partner Daisuke Masaoka and Great Kojika returns for the first time May to team with Yusaku Ito against Brahman Shu and Kei.
FREEDOMS will be holding a joint show on October 5, 2013 to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of Jun Kasai along with the band Punk Drunkers and the comedy group of KEEP ON SMILING at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. There will be three matches will consist of Jun Kasai and Kenji Fukimoto against Takashi Sasaki and Kamui in a Death Match as well as The Winger and SUSUMU against comedians from the KEEP ON SMILING Itsu and THORN BALL MAN and the opening match will be HIROKI against Toru Sugiura. Punk Drunkers will also perform and the KEEP ON SMILING will perform their comedy act on the show as well.
The main event of the Echigo Big Fireworks show on October 14, 2013 at the Niigata Toki Messe Exhibition Hall has been officially announced. Atsushi Onita will team up with a Mystery Partner against the team of Yoshihiro Takayama and NOSAWA Rongai in a No Ropes Exploding Barbed wire Death Match. ZERO1 is promoting the show with several main sponsors so most of the under card will end up being ZERO1 matches like it was last month for the Yokohama show.
The lineup for the first Atsushi Onita show of his one month tour takes place on September 23, 2013 at the Chiba Kisarazu Civic Gym. The main event will be Atsushi Onita teaming with Masato Tanaka and Ichiro Yaguchi against the team of Yoshihiro Takayama, NOSAWA Rongai, and KIKUZAWA in a Scramble Bunkhouse Barbed wire Board Death Match to setup for the Death Match next month. The other matches on the show will be a Jado Army vs. ZERO1 semi-main event of Hideki Hosaka, Kazuhiko Matsuzaki, and Kenichi Fujii against Kamikaze, Yusaku Obata, and Yoshikazu Yokoyama. Hido teams up with a close friend of his wife in Dump Matsumoto against the team of Katsunari Toi and Raideen. La Malcriada and Bambi team up against Aoi Ishibashi and Micro in the Joshi match on the show. Kikutaro will do double duty on the show as he faces The Winger and Leatherface opens the show against a Mystery Opponent. Megumi Kudo will also be at the show to pose for pictures with fans.
Mineo Fujita had one of the most stand out performances since joining the ZERO1 promotion two years ago while competing in the Tenka-Ichi Jr. Heavyweight Tournament on September 16, 2013 at Korakuen Hall. Fujita first defeated Hartley Jackson in the 2nd Round Match after applying defeating Jackson with the Gannosuke Clutch at 3 minutes, 16 seconds. Mineo Fujita then scored a huge win defeating Osaka Pro's Tigers Mask in the Semi-Finals Match at 9 minutes, 13 seconds with the Swanton Bomb. Fujita then faced off against HUB in the main event for the finals of the tournament as well as the NWA International Jr. Heavyweight Title and the NWA World Jr. Heavyweight Title. Fujita was taken to the limit and even managed to kick out of a Pedigree off the middle turnbuckle but HUB would end up getting the pinfall over Fujita at 21 minutes, 2 seconds with a Frog Splash to win the Tenka-Ichi Jr. Heavyweight Tournament.
Tetsuhiro Kuroda's 20th Anniversary show on October 6, 2013will be taking place for the Secret Base sub promotion B-168 at the Osaka Joto Kumin Hall. Kuroda's 20th Anniversary Match has been announced and as expected it will be Kuroda teaming up with his long time partner and rival Masato Tanaka against the the Jado Army team of Mammoth Sasaki and Hideki Hosaka in the main event of the show.
Ricky Fuji will be challenging for the first time ever the promotions top heavyweight singles title as he will be taking on Kengo Mashimo on October 13, 2013 for Kaientai Dojo's Champion of Strongest-K Heavyweight Championship in the main event at the Sapporo Teisen Hall. It will be Ricky's biggest match in sometime as he never got a shot at any top of FMW title his whole nearly 12 years with the promotion. He has won tons of Junior Heavyweight Titles and Tag Team Titles but this would be his first shot at actually challenging to hold the top title for a non very small indy promotion. Ricky was notified of the title shot after he and Daigoro Kashiwa lost K-Dojo's Strongest-K Tag Team Titles to Kengo Mashimo and Kazma Sakamoto on September 16th at the Chiba Blue Field when Mashimo pinned Kashiwa for the titles.
ZERO1 along with Ribera Steakhouse promoted the Yokohama Big Fireworks show on August 31, 2013 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym. ZERO1 does not announced crowds but from the looks of it and there not being anyone in the upper deck of the arena look to be around 2000 fans for the show. The main event saw Atsushi Onita come out as The Great Nita although with only half his face painted for the match simply because fans like Onita and his theme music more than they do the Nita character and his music. Nita would face off against Akebono's new gimmick KILLER "ANY" WHERE which also could be translated as as Kilauea a Hawaiian volcano in a No Ropes Exploding Barbed wire Megaton Human Bomb Exploding Barbed wire Baseball Bat Death Match.
Akebono would wear a different outfit while wearing a Muta like mask as well as having his face painted like Great Muta. Before the match Nobuo Shiraishi who would finally accept Onita's request would come to the ringside along with All Japan wrestler KENSO as there would be two specific seats for them to sit and watch the match. The match would start with Nita charging Kilauea and Kilauea spitting mist in Nita's face and then throwing Nita into one side of the exploding barbed wire followed by another side of the exploding barbed wire. Kilauea would make the pinfall attempt after the second explosion but Nita would manage to kick out with Kilauea taking off the mask and revealing the face paint at this point. Kilauea would then pick up Onita for the choke slam and like every other over the last 16 months Onita would use that as an opportunity to spit mist into Kilauea's face. Nita would then take this as an opportunity to leave the ring and fight outside in the crowd. Ichiro Yaguchi would attack Kilauea but would get tossed aside as a result while outside in the crowd along with the rest of the Jado Army until Nita would take the barbed wire bat and ram into Kilauea's stomach. Nita would make it back into the ring with the barbed wire bat but Kilauea would no sell Nita's bat shots to the stomach and throw him down on the mat. Kilauea would go for the splash with Nita moving out of the way. Nita would then spit red mist into Kilauea's face again. Nita would then pick up the exploding bat and hit it across Kilauea's stomach causing an explosion and Kilauea to back step into the exploding barbed wire. Nita would cover but still only get a two count. Shiraishi would then get up and put on the exploding vest that Nita had been asking Shiraishi to be apart of for the last month. KENSO would try to hold Shiraishi back from participating in the match. Kilauea would spit red mist in Nita's face but Nita would counter by lighting a fire ball at Kilauea's stomach causing him to roll out of the ring. KENSO would then rush into the ring with Nita spitting green mist in his face and throwing him into the exploding barbed wire. Shiraishi would then enter the ring and charge at Nita wearing the exploding suit and run into Nita causing an explosion as well as sending them both into the exploding barbed wire board. Shiraishi would fall down at Nita would make the pinfall on Shiraishi at 7 minutes, 8 seconds.
It would later be announced that the reason that Nita won the match was because it was announced before the match that the person that caused the Human Explosion would be the winner of the match and he just pinned Shiraishi anyway. Onita would help Shiraishi out of the ring and they would shake hands backstage where Onita would announce that Shiraishi had earned his respect and that All Japan was the number one promotion to attempt to give Shiraishi some rub with so many fans hating him and All Japan losing fans as a result. It will most likely be the last Onita vs. Akebono feud as Akebono signed with All Japan days later although the feud really should have ended back in February as the hatred between the two was no longer presented which made it work like it use to.
The next big show backed by ZERO1 will be at the Niigata Toki Messe Exhibition Hall which can seat either 5,000 fans or expand to 10,000 fans although due to not coming close to selling out the 4,900 seat Yokohama Bunka Gym, Il imagine they will stick with the 5,000 seat plan. Nothing has been official but NOSAWA Rongai challenged Atsushi Onita to a tag team match Exploding Barbed wire Death Match. Days later Atsushi Onita challenged Yoshihiro Takayama for a tag team Exploding Barbed wire Death Match. Takayama will team up with and NOSAWA to take on Onita. This may come from Onita's most successful promoted show back in April where Takayama, Tomoaki Honma, and NOSAWA Rongai beat Onita, Ichiro Yaguchi, and Hideki Hosaka in a Barbed wire Board Death Match.
Atsushi Onita also at that press conference announced that he would be wrestling in a one match show at the Aomori Koshiyama Skiing Area Special Establishment for the Aomori Rock Festival '13 on September 14th where it will be the Jado Army team of Atsushi Onita, Ichiro Yaguchi and Hideki Hosaka against the DDT team of Sanshiro Takagi, Yukio Sakaguchi and Michael Nakazawa. Onita joked about how this match will remind him of back when he as the owner of FMW co-promoted a Barbed wire Death Match Tournament show along with with a concert Tokyo Torisu Stadium on August 17, 1991.
Atsushi Onita also announced that he would be touring for a month starting from September 23rd to October 26th. His first show will be on September 23rd at the Chiba Kisarazu Civic Gym, then will hit Fukuoka at the Fukuoka Across on October 4th, then on October 6th at Osaka Higashinari Inhabitants Ward Center and then will take nearly two weeks off before returning to the Shinjuku FACE on October 18th. He will then run at the Kumamoto Mifune-cho Sports Center on October 25th and then the last show will be on October 26th at the Oita Nakatsu Gym Center. Talent on atleast one of the shows on the tour will include Onita, Masato Tanaka, Ichiro Yaguchi, Hideki Hosaka, The Winger, Yoshihiro Takayama, Hido, KIKUZAWA/Kikutaro, Zeus, Kuga, and The Bodyguard.
Jun Kasai promoted his PAIN LIMIT 2013 show on August 29, 2013 to crown a Death Match Tournament for this year at Korakuen Hall. The show drew an announced 807 fans for the show with Masashi Takeda meeting Jun Kasai in the finals of the show and defeating him to win the tournament. More details and pictures of the show can be found at http://fmwwrestling.us/Korakuen13.html
Takashi Sasaki and Masashi Takeda attended the press conference to announce the full lineup for the FREEDOMS show at the Iwate Ichinoseki City Gym U Dome Main Arena on September 16, 2013. Due to winning the 2013 Death Match Tournament and defeating Takashi Sasaki in the process Masashi Takeda has earned a shot at the King of Freedom Heavyweight Title in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Glass Board Death Match. The semi-main event of the show will have Yoshihiro Takayama and Minoru Fujita team up to take on HIROKI and Shinobu with Shinobu taking the place for Shuji Ishikawa who is out with a fractured wrist. Atsushi Onita will return to FREEDOMS to team with Mammoth Sasaki, Ichiro Yaguchi, and Hideki Hosaka to take on Jun Kasai, Kamui, Toru Sugiura, and Kenji Fukimoto in a Barbed wire Board Street Fight Death Match to start back up the Onita vs. Kasai feud that has been on pause since June 27th due to the Death Match Tournament. Yusaku Ito will take Shinobu's place as he will team up with Yuko Miyamoto take on Tatsuhito Takaiwa and The Winger. Aja Kong makes her FREEDOMS debut as she teams with Hamuko Hoshi against Tsukasa Fujimoto and Tsukushi in the annual Ice Ribbon/Joshi match on the show. SUSUMU and Daisuke Masaoka take on Iwate's Fujita Jr. Hayato and Daisuke Sasaki and in the opening match the Brahman Brothers take on Tadanobu Fujisawa and Gabbaiji-chan.
Mr. Gannosuke announced the full lineup for his Kishindo Returns 14 show on October 22, 2013 at the Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. The main event will be Jun Kasai against Osaka Pro's Tigers Mask and the semi-main event will be Minoru Fujita against Kenichiro Arai. Other matches scheduled for the show will be Yuko Miyamoto take on Kazuhiro Tamura, The Winger against Yasu Urano, Magnitude Kishiwada against Guts Ishijima, Mineo Fujita against Michael Nakazawa, and the opening match will have Nissan Ariga and Micro against Taro Yamada and Aki Shizuku in a mixed tag.
The Apache Army ran at the Tokyo Island BumB Sports Culture Hall on September 1, 2013. Not many details were reported from the show as Apache Army no longer updates their website. Kintaro Kanemura defeated Tetsuhiro Kuroda for the WEW World Title in the main event. This is Kanemura's fifth WEW World Title victory and fourth since FMW closed down. Daisaku Shimoda and Rikiya Fudo defended their WEW Tag Team Titles for the first time by defeating the team of Mitsuya Nagai and Masato Shibata when Shimoda pinned Shibata with a Backdrop Suplex at 16 minutes, 45 seconds for the successful defense. The originally scheduled match of Apache Demolition's Kenichiro Arai and Madoka against HIROKI and WNC's Yusuke Kodama was switched as Arai and Madoka did not get along causing Madoka to turn face and leave the Apache Demolition group as the match became Kenichiro Arai and Yusuke Kodama against HIROKI and Madoka with Arai and Kodama picking up the win. Tomohiko Hashimoto ended up letting me know that Tomohiko Hashimoto and Mika against Takafumi Ito & Aki Shizuku in a Different Style Match went to a draw with the the match did not work at all and Tanomusaku Toba defeated Shoichi Ichimiya in the opener.
Jun Kasai promoted his own show on August 21, 2013 at the Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring for the first round matches of the 2013 Death Match Tournament. The show drew an announced 229 fans which has to be a disappointing based off previous years where the Death Match Tournament took place in the building where they were all overwhelming sell outs which forced the move to Korakuen Hall last year. The main event saw Jun Kasai take on Mammoth Sasaki in a TLC Death Match. Mammoth who had always gotten the best of Kasai dating back to two years and then again back in June finally put Kasai over after the bloody fight that saw Mammoth kick out of both his own Mammoth Home Run against him as well as a Pearl Harbor Splash sending Mammoth through a table and breaking fluorescent light tubes across his body. Kasai would then introduce his new submission finisher the Scorpion Lock which is the Scorpion Death Lock/Sharpshooter but tying the arms up instead of the legs at 14 minutes, 15 seconds for the submission victory and to advance to the second round. Takashi Sasaki advanced to the second round by defeating the returning One Man Kru in a Barbed wire Board Death Match after placing the Sharpshooter on Kru on the barbed wire board to make him tap out at 11 minutes, 40 seconds. Kamui defeated former 2006 and 2011 Death Match Tournament Champion The Winger in a Street Fight Death Match with the Shrike Drop on a chair at 12 minutes, 3 seconds to advance. Masashi Takeda defeated Toru Sugiura at 12 minutes, 45 seconds after nailing Sugiura with the U-Crash on the thumbtacks for the win to advance. Violento Jack defeated HIROKI at 10 minutes, 40 seconds with his Package Driver for the win in a Freestyle Death Match. Kenji Fukimoto advanced into the second round by defeating SUSUMU at 7 minutes, 46 seconds in a Scramble Bunkhouse Death Match with a Vertical Brainbuster. Minoru Fujita opened the show defeating Brahman Kei in a Falls Count Anywhere Death Match at 10 minutes, 59 seconds with a modified insidle cradle for the win to advance.
Jun Kasai promoted his next show on August 24, 2013 at the Osaka Joto Ward Citizen Hall drawing an announced 408 fans for the show. The main event saw Jun Kasai defeat Kamui in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match with his Scorpion Lock once again crossing the arms instead of the legs to get him to submit at 17 minutes, 56 seconds to advance to the semi-finals of the tournament. Kuga, Masamune, and Keita Yano defeated The Winger, HIROKI, and SUSUMU when Masamune delivered the Koumori Tsuri Otoshi on SUSUMU at 12 minutes, 2 seconds for the win in a Hardcore Match. Takashi Sasaki defeated Kenji Fukimoto in a Thumbtacks Death Match as he took off Fukimoto's boot during the match and dropped Fukimoto's bare foot into the thumbtacks before placing him in the Sharpshooter on the thumbtacks at 10 minutes, 58 seconds. Violento Jack defeated Minoru Fujita after hitting Fujita with the Package Driver on a ladder to get the win at 15 minutes, 20 seconds to advance to the next round. Masashi Takeda defeated Brahman Shu at 12 minutes, 7 seconds in a Jack in the Box Death Match where several weapons were pulled out of the box including a dead fish and dog food before Takeda nailed Shu with the U-Crash at 12 minutes, 7 seconds for the win. MIYAWAKI and Toru Sugiura opened the show by defeating the teams of Mammoth Sasaki and One Man Kru as well as Brahman Kei and Dyna Mido in a Scramble Bunkhouse Three Way Tag Team Death Match when Sugiura placed his Dragon Sleeper Style Camel Clutch on Mido to get him to submit at 8 minutes, 41 seconds for the win for his team.
Jun Kasai announced the lineup for the upcoming PAIN LIMIT 2013 show at Korakuen Hall on August 29, 2013 which will have both the semi-finals and finals of the tournament. The Death Match Tournament Finals like last year with be a No Canvas Glass Death Match. The semi-main event will see Toru Sugiura wrestle in his first Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match against Yuko Miyamoto. Takumi Tsukamoto was originally the opponent for Sugiura but he was injured back on August 13th and looks to be out for awhile. Kamui will get his first crack at Mammoth Sasaki since Mammoth turned on the FREEDOMS Army and joined the Army as Kamui will team up with The Winger and Minoru Fujita against Mammoth Sasaki, Hideki Hosaka, and One Man Kru. The Death Match Tournament Semi-Finals Matches will see Jun Kasai face off against Violento Jack in a Dangerous Double Cross Death Match and Takashi Sasaki will take on Masashi Takeda in a Barbed wire Board TLC Death Match. The opening match will be a Tokyo Deserted Homeless Man Death Match which like last year was the Brahman Brothers having shopping baskets with them full of weapons during the match as Brahman Shu, Kei, and Kenji Fukimoto take on HIROKI, SUSUMU, and Daisuke Masaoka in the opening match.
The Yokohama Fire Works show for August 31, 2013 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym which is promoted by ZERO1 and Ribera Steakhouse. Originally planned to be Great Nita vs. Akebono's old Great Bono gimmick turned into Great Nita vs. Kilauea which is named after a Hawaiian volcano and was then slotted in the semi-main event position. It was then changed back to the main event and now Great Nita will be facing Akebono under the name KILLER "ANY" WHERE in a No Ropes Exploding Barbed wire Megaton Human Bomb Death Match.
Due to the match having already happened twice and Onita and Akebono no longer being blood rivals after their February 8th Death Match the stipulation of the match has become the biggest focus of the match. Onita announced he wanted All Japan President Nobuo Shiraishi to be the the Human Bomb Death Match which is the gimmick of the match that has never happened before. Shiraishi turned down Onita's offer to be exploded during the match. Onita as The Great Nita then demonstrated what the stipulation would be as he held up a chair that caused a mannequin with Shiraishi's face attached to it to exploded. Onita then came out along with Ichiro Yaguchi and Hideki Hosaka before the start of All Japan's Ota Ward Gym show on August 25, 2013 to announce that they were passing out a petition in the crowd and for fans to sign it if they wanted Shiraishi to take part in the Human Explosion Death Match. Shiraishi again rejected Onita's request despite the petition although stepped down as All Japan President due to so many fans disliking him as of August 27th but remains All Japan owner. As of 4 days before the show there is still no human for the Human Bomb Death Match.
Atsushi Onita continued his feud with Satoru Sayama during August 2013. Their first match against each other this month was at the MMA "Kick Guts" show on August 10, 2013 at Korakuen Hall which was a marathon of MMA matches with this match planted in the middle of the show. Atsushi Onita and Ichiro Yaguchi teamed up to take on First Tiger Mask and Masashi Aoyagi. Aoyagi who had previously sided with Onita back in December 2012 against Sayama was now Sayama's partner against Onita as the Onita vs. Aoyagi feud goes back to 1989 and was the main event of the first ever FMW show back on October 6, 1989. Onita and Aoyagi went at it at first and would begin brawling all over the crowd. Onita would be up to his usual tricks and spit green mist in Sayama's face but Aoyagi would end up using the barbed wire baseball bat brought in the ring and nail Yaguchi with it and then pin him over the barbed wire bat to get the win. This would lead Onita and Tiger Mask taking on each other in their third singles match on August 16, 2013 at the Sapporo Teisen Hall for Legend Pro-Wrestling. It would again be the usual brawl all over the building but Onita would end up getting DQ'd at 12 minutes, 59 seconds for throwing a huge fireball at Sayama. Onita would then team up with Masato Tanaka on August 26, 2013 at the Tokyo Shinjuku FACE for the Tokyo Gurentai promoted show against NOSAWA Rongai and KIKUZAWA in a Barbed wire Board Street Fight Tornado Death Match. KIKUZAWA who is Kikutaro without the mask was busted open completley and would lose a lot of blood as well as have green mist spit in his face but it would be Onita pinning NOSAWA at 11 minutes, 36 seconds with the Thunder Fire Powerbomb for the win.
The Apache Army announced the lineup for their September 1, 2013 show at the Tokyo Island BumbB Sports Culture Hall. The main event will be Tetsuhiro Kuroda defending his WEW World Title against long time friend Kintaro Kanemura. The match will be billed as Tetsuhiro Kuroda's 20th Anniversary in Pro-Wrestling. It is a rematch from last year on July 25, 2012 in the 1st Round of the Take Over the Independent Tournament when Kuroda went up against Kanemura and Kanemura took a bad bump in the match and dislocated his shoulder and fractured his collar bone as a result. The match had to be stopped and Kuroda was given the win with Apache Army announcing that they would try to have a rematch as soon as they could. WEW Tag Team Champions Daisaku Shimoda and Rikiya Fudo will defend their titles against the team of Mitsuya Nagai and Masato Shibata. Tomohiko Hashimoto and Mika will go up against Takafumi Ito and Aki Shizuku in a Mixed Tag Different Style Match as there will be 3 minute rounds during the match. HIROKI and WNC's Yusuke Kodama will face off against Apache Demolition's Kenichiro Arai & Madoka. Madoka who turned heel back in February 2012 and then proceeded to move to Okinawa for the rest of the year will making his return to the Apache Army as a heel. Former DDT wrestler Shoichi Ichimiya will take on current DDT wrestler Tanomusaku Toba in the opening match. It was announced that Atsushi Onita will be appearing at the Apache Army November 10, 2013 show in Osaka.
Mr. Gannosuke announced that he would be having the Kishindo Returns 14 show on October 22, 2013 at the Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. The two matches for the show announced so far are Jun Kasai against Osaka Pro's Tigers Mask and Minoru Fujita against Kenichiro Arai. More matches will be announced in the upcoming days.
FREEDOMS returned to the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on July 25, 2013 to draw a very successful 314 fans for the show for Jun Kasai's 15th Anniversary Show. The main event saw the long time Death Match wrestlers and the two top wrestlers in the company Jun Kasai and Takashi Sasaki take on the younger team of Masashi Takeda and Kamui in a Glass Board Death Match. Kamui ended up being the first one sent through the glass board and Kasai would be the other one to go through the glass. Kamui would bring in a ladder during the match but Sasaki would end up climbing it and suplexing him off the top off the ladder into the shards of glass. Kasai would end up getting the win after delivering a Reverse Tiger Driver to his friend Takeda to get the win at 19 minutes, 44 seconds. After the match all the faces in FREEDOMS including both GENTARO and Jun Kasai's son to celebrate and take a group picture in the ring together Toru Sugiura who was upset he was not included in the main event Death Match ended up participating in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match against The Winger in the semi-main event. Winger ended up defeating the Death Match rookie Sugiura at 15 minutes, 5 seconds with a Senton Splash. After the match, Violento Jack who was last seen in Japan back on December 25th at Korakuen Hall for Jun Kasai's Christmas Death Match show ran to the ring and attacked Sugiura and laid him out with a Powerbomb with Sugiura landing on his neck. Violento Jack then took some of the glass in the ring and poured it in his mouth before announcing that he was participating in the Death Match Tournament next month. Former WEW Tag Team Champions Mammoth Sasaki and Hideki Hosaka teamed up to defeat the team of Tatsuhito Takaiwa and Minoru Fujita after Mammoth delivered the 29 Years Old to get the pin at 12 minutes, 7 seconds over Fujita. Baramon Shu and Kei defeated Kenji Fukimoto and Eisa 8 in a match that went all over the building before Kei would get the win at 9 minutes, 13 seconds over Fukimoto with the No One's Perfect. The opening match saw HIROKI defeat SUSUMU at 14 minutes, 45 seconds with the GENTARO Clutch.
FREEDOMS announced at a press conference on July 26th in Chiyoda, Tokyo the 15 participants and the 1st Round matches for the 2013 Death Match Tournament. The 1st Round matches will take place on August 21, 2013 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. The main event will be Jun Kasai taking on Mammoth Sasaki in their first singles match as Kasai looks to get back for the pinfall losses he took in 2011 as well as this past June to Mammoth. The winner of that match will take on the winner of the semi-finals between 2006 and 2011 Death Match Tournament The Winger against Kamui. Minoru Fujita will take on Baramon Kei with the winner facing off against the winner Violento Jack against HIROKI. Kenji Fukimoto will go up against SUSUMU with the winner taking on the winner of Takashi Sasaki against the returning One Man Kru. Masashi Takeda will take on Toru Sugiura as the winner of that face will face off against Baramon Shu. Shu received a bye through the first round so that there would only be 7 matches on the show so they wouldn't have to be so rushed as well Kei already being on the show in a singles might result in too much Baramon. The second round matches will take place on August 24th in Osaka. They also revealed the new trophy that the winner will get at the press conference.
FREEDOMS did their annual two day tour in July across Southern Japan as the first show took place on July 14, 2013 at the Fukuoka Kitakyushu Palace drawing an announced 218 fans. The main event saw the Unchain team of Jun Kasai, Minoru Fujita, and Masashi Takeda defeat Takashi Sasaki, Tatsuhito Takaiwa, and The Winger when Fujita hit the Sasuke Segway on Winger at 12 minutes, 25 seconds for the win. Yuko Miyamoto defeated local talent Nozomi Kubo with the Moonsault Press at 15 minutes in the semi-main event. Osamu Namiguchi and Jun Ogawauchi defeated the team of Kamui and HIROKI after HIROKI left Kamui laying with Ogawauchi hitting the Demon Windmill on Kamui at 10 minutes, 10 seconds for the win. The Mystery opponent for Kenji Fukimoto turned out to be former Michinoku Pro volcano masked man Mt. Aso as he defeated Fukimoto at 5 minutes, 15 seconds with the 10,000 Tons. Gabbaiji-chan defeated Amigo Suzuki at 9 minutes, 6 seconds with the use of his cane. Takashi Sasaki and Toru Sugiura defeated SUSUMU and Daisuke
Masaoka when Sasaki made Masaoka tap out at 11 minutes, 23 seconds to the Sharpshooter. The opening match saw the local talent offer match with Sexy Rosy, TOSSHI and NISHIKI defeating Bamboo Man, Sachihiro Hayashi, and YASU when Rosy pinned Bamboo at 10 minutes, 19 seconds with the BooBooBoo Press.
FREEDOMS then ran at the Hiroshima Trade Center West Building # 4 Hall on July 15, 2013 drawing an announced 257 fans for the show. The main event saw Unchain once again defeat the FREEDOMS Army as Jun Kasai and Minoru Fujita defeated Takashi Sasaki and SUSUMU when Kasai hit the Reverse Tiger Driver at 15 minutes, 51 seconds for the win. Tatsuhito Takaiwa finished off Amigo Suzuki at 12 minutes, 12 seconds with the Death Valley Bomb. HANZO and HIROKI teamed to defeat The Winger and Kamui when HIROKI got some revenge on Kamui by pinning him at 9 minutes, 4 seconds with the Super Dance II. Secret Base's Jun Ogawauchi defeated Daisuke Masaoka at 8 minutes, 52 seconds with the Shandler's Light. Yuko Miyamoto and Sakigake defeated Unchain's Masashi Takeda and Kenji Fukimoto when Miyamoto got the pin at 14 minutes, 6 seconds over Fukimoto. Takashi Sasaki once again filled in for the injured Yusaku Ito to team with Toru Sugiura in the opening match as they defeated Osamu Namiguchi and Rey Paloma when Sugiura made Namiguchi submit at 11 minutes, 53 seconds to his Dragon Sleeper Camel Clutch for the win.
Takashi Sasaki announced that the FREEDOMS will return to the Iwate Ichinoseki City Gym U Dome Main Arena for their annual show on September 16th.
Non regulars on the show will include Atsushi Onita, Aja Kong, Fujita Jr. Hayato, Shuji Ishikawa, Yuko Miyamoto, Shinobu, and Daisuke Sasaki.
Atsushi Onita promoted his third show in three weeks on July 13, 2013 at the new Osaka Pro home of Osaka Nasci Hall Umeda. Most of the matches on the show had a former FMW wrestlers vs. Osaka Pro theme to the show. The main event saw Atsushi Onita, Ichiro Yaguchi, Hideki Hosaka beat Zeus, Takoyakida, and Naoki Setoguchi when Yaguchi got the pin over Takoyakida at 10 minutes, 1 second in a Scramble Bunkhouse Tornado Street Fight Death Match with a Powerbomb. The Osaka team of Tadasuke and Kazuaki Mihara won the semi-main event by defeating Magnitude Kishiwada and Kenichi Fujii when Mihara pinned Fuji at 16 minutes, 26 seconds with a Flying Splash for the victory. Flying Kid Ichihara wearing his old Onita Jr. outfit teamed with fellow former FMW wrestler Battle Ranger defeated the comedy team of Ebessan and Kuishinbo Kamen when Ichihara delivered a Moonsault Press on Kamen at 7 minutes, 1 second for the win. Hisakatsu Oya and Kazuhiko Matsuzaki defeated the team of Katsumi Oribe and Taiyo Yoneda when Oya delivered his Backdrop Suplex on Yoneda at 7 minutes, 1 seconds. The Great Nita destroyed Kanjyuro Matsuyama using his sickle and finishing off Matsuyama at 6 minutes, 51 seconds with a chair shot to the head. Billy Ken Kid and Ultimate Spider beat Naoshi Sano and Keita Yano when Spider used a Oklahoma Roll on Yano at 15 minutes, 5 seconds for the win. Yasu Kubota and Tabanobu Fujisawa beat Daisuke Masaoka and Michio Kageyama when Kubota got the pin over Masaoka at 10 minutes, 47 seconds with a Swanton Bomb to win the opening match. Kintaro Kanemura was in attendance for this show in the crowd watching.
After his match against Kanjyuro Matsuyama on July 13th, Great Nita issued a challenge to Akebono's Monster Bono gimmick for an Exploding Barbed wire Death Match match at the scheduled ZERO1/Ribera Steakhouse promoted show entitled "Yokohama Big Fireworks" for August 31st at the Yokohama Bunka Gym.
Atsushi Onita and Satoru Sayama's rivalry picked back up over the last couple of weeks as they had two tag matches against each other for the Legend Pro organization. The first match Atsushi Onita and Ichiro Yaguchi took on the First Tiger Mask and Tiger Shark on July 12, 2013 at the Osaka Body Maker Colosseum # 2 in a Texas Strap Match as Onita hit Sayama in the face with a barbed wire baseball bat to get the win at 12 minutes, 6 seconds. Tiger Mask and Tiger Shark were able to come back on July 14, 2013 and get the win at the Fukuoka Hakata Star Lanes as they defeated Atsushi Onita and Ichiro Yaguchi at 12 minutes, 26 seconds after Tiger Mask got the win over Yaguchi after a Diving Body Press. Onita and Tiger Mask will take on each other again in another tag match on August 10th at Korakuen Hall as Onita and Yaguchi take on Tiger Mask and Masashi Aoyagi in a mostly MMA show. It will be the first time in over a decade that Onita and Aoyagi will be facing off against each other with their rivalry resulting in the start of FMW back in 1989. Last time Onita and Aoyagi had interacted with each other was back in December when Aoyagi was helping Onita against Tiger Mask. Onita and Tiger Mask will then have a singles match against each other on August 16th at the Sapporo Teisen Hall for Legend Pro. It will be their third singles match against each other with Sayama winning the first one back and the next one resulting in a No Contest.
No official results were ever posted for the Apache Army's show on July 14, 2013 at the Osaka Young Lion Hall. Searching the internet for hours I was able to come find most of the results. Kintaro Kanemura defeated Magnitude Kishiwada in a Spectators Throw the Chairs Match after all the fans threw hundreds of chairs in the ring and Kanemura ended up hitting the Baku YAMA Senton Special with the chairs piled all on Kishiwada to get the win. Kanemura and Kishiwada shook hands afterwards and did the TNR Dance to end the show. Kanemura afterwards stated he was really happy to get this win over Kishiwada as his lost to Kishiwada years ago (back on November 3, 2007) had bothered him for some time since Kishiwada had been Kanemura's student for so many years. Bambi ended up winning a 12 Person Battle Royal last eliminating Tomohiko Hashimoto at 11 minutes, 50 seconds. Tetsuhiro Kuroda defeated Kenichiro Arai with a Lariat to defend the title for the fourth time. There was a spot in the match where the referee was down and Arai took the WEW World Title and acted as if Kuroda had hit Arai with the belt. The referee got up and called for the bell to DQ Kuroda for Arai to win the belt. Some Apache wrestlers came to the ring and ended up showing a replay to the referee of the footage with the referee restarting the match and Kuroda getting the long awaited win over Arai. Daisaku Shimoda and Rikiya Fudo ended up winning the WEW Tag Team Titles over Tomohiko Hashimoto and Shoichi Ichimiya after Hazard came in the ring and attempted to throw fire at Shimoda's face but Shimoda moved out of the way and Ichimiya ended up taking the fire to his face and Shimoda delivered a kick to the back of the head to get the pin over Ichimiya at 11 minutes, 31 seconds for the twin brothers to capture the titles together for the first time. Osaka Pro's Tiger Mask defeated YO-HEY at 8 minutes, 35 seconds and I was unable to find results of the opening match of Masato Shibata and Bambi against Kotaru Nasu and Mika as I do not believe the results exists on the internet anywhere.
The Apache Army GM Kazutaka Hasegawa announced that the Apache Army would be returning to Osaka Young Lion Hall again on November 10th as it looks like running that building every four months or so is the only way the promotion can run a profitable show. They were starting to lose money running every month at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring and then moved to ZERO1's Dojo the Takeshiba Coliseum but after running a couple of somewhat successful shows ZERO1 was forced to cut back on the number of shows allowed to take place in the building and the Apache Army was force to move again to the Tokyo Nishi-Chofu Martial Arts Arena where the little bit of loyal fans to the promotion did not follow and despite the small building they were not making money off those shows. While they were losing money in Tokyo they ended up running a very successful show in Osaka that drew a sell out resulting in this current plan they have now for the promotion.
With the very limited Apache Army schedule the two top stars of the promotion in Kintaro Kanemura and Tetsuhiro Kuroda have looked elsewhere to get some bookings. Kintaro Kanemura returned to the Wrestle New Classic promotion on July 25, 2013 at the Tokyo Shinjuku FACE where he came to the ring with TAJIRI with them both doing the TNR Dance together. TAJIRI announced a rematch for the promotions next Shinjuku FACE show on August 29th as TAJIRI and Kanemura will team up to go up against Osamu Nishimura and AKIRA in a Hardcore Match.
Tetsuhiro Kuroda began working for the Secret Base promotion on July 21st at the Tokyo Nishi-Chofu Martial Arts Arena as afterwards it was announced that the promotion would be holding a Tetsuhiro Kuroda 20th Anniversary show on October 6th in Osaka. Kuroda who made his pro-wrestling debut in March 1993 actually had a 20th Anniversary celebration at Naoshi Sano's Stanley Club Bar this past March but this celebration will go with him having made his FMW debut in October 1993. Masato Tanaka, Mammoth Sasaki, and Hideki Hosaka have been booked for the show as it looks like will be Kuroda teaming up with his long time partner Masato Tanaka against the Jado Army team of Mammoth and Hosaka but nothing will be officially announced for a couple more months.
ZERO1 held Naohiro Hoshikawa's 20th Anniversary show on July 17, 2013 at Korakuen Hall. Hoshikawa who started up in Michinoku Pro on July 26, 2003 ended up suffering brain damage back on October 17, 2004 from repeated blows to the head by Tatsuhito Takaiwa followed by a Death Valley Bomb off a cage. Hoshikawa who has been going to physical therapy since moving out of the hospital has been able to learn to walk with a cane and can speak a few words. Hoshikawa came to the ring and had a match with Naomichi Marufuji which was the first ever match for the ZERO1 promotion on March 2, 2001. Marufuji got down on his knees and let Hoshikawa slap him in the face a couple of times. Marufuji then laid down and Hoshikawa laid on top of him with Marufuji putting up his shoulders for a two count. Marufuji then had Hoshikawa slap him in the face a couple of more times before laying down again and letting Hoshikawa get the win pin for the win while the crowd was chanting Hoshikawa's name through out. Hayabusa who came to ring side to watch this commented that he was asked to come the day of the show so he didn't have much notice but was glad to get to see that Hoshikawa had improved a lot since he had last seen him when he went to visit Hoshikawa in a Sapporo hospital after the injury. All the ZERO1 wrestlers watched the match from ringside and all gathered in the ring to take a group picture with Hoshikawa. Masato Tanaka asked Hayabusa if he wanted to try and get in the ring and Hayabusa quickly said no as it would have been too much trouble for him to try and get through the ropes into the ring. Hayabusa who once wrestled Hoshikawa back on August 16, 1998 in Michinoku Pro took a picture with him as well as Naomichi Marufuji a former WEW Tag Team Champion backstage after the show.
Atsushi Onita promoted a 20th Anniversary show for his friend Ichiro Yaguchi on June 21, 2013 at the Shinjuku FACE drawing a standard sell out of 650 fans. The main event saw a hot match of Atsushi Onita, Masato Tanaka, and Ichiro Yaguchi defeat the team of Akebono, Ryota Hama, and Takuya Sugawara in a Street Fight Tornado Death Match when Onita used delivered a Thunder Fire Powerbomb on Sugawara and Yaguchi was able to pick up the win at 9 minutes, 59 seconds. Onita afterwards did his promo and poured water all over the fans at ringside to end another successfully promoted show.
After the show, Onita announced that along with help from ZERO1 that not only would there be a Yokohama Big Fireworks show on August 31, 2013 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym but there would also be a Echigo Big Fireworks show promoted by Onita and ZERO1 on October 14, 2013 at the Niigata Toki Messe Exhibition Hall which is a very famous huge building in Niigata that has an area that can seat 10,000 fans before a ring is setup or can be cut in half and seat 5,000 before a ring is set up.
Earlier in the show The Great Nita appeared in the ring for the first time since May 3, 2003. The Great Nita faced off against The Winger which was a quick squash as Nita unmasked Winger, blew mist in his face, used his sickle to cut open the masked less Winger and then finished him off with a Thunder Fire Powerbomb at 6 minutes, 37 seconds with The Winger getting no offense moves in at all during the match. Nita then did his own celebration by rubbing his left over mist on to fans at ringsides hands.
Atsushi Onita promoted his next show on July 6, 2013 at the Miyagi Kurihara Wakayanagi City Gym drawing an announced 560 fans to the show although was no where close to a sell out as the entire second floor row of seats were empty. This was the first time that Onita had been in the building in 20 years since he promoted an FMW show in the building back in 1993. The main event of the show saw Atsushi Onita, Masato Tanaka, and Ichiro Yaguchi defeat Akebono, Takuya Sugawara, and Mineo Fujita in a No Ropes Barbed wire Scramble Bunkhouse Tornado Death Match when Onita hit his Thunder Fire Powerbomb on Fujita to get the win at 14 minutes, 17 seconds. Other matches saw Hido and NOSAWA Rongai team up to defeat Hideki Hosaka and Kenichi Fujii when NOSAWA used a Shining Wizard to get the win at 13 minutes, 58 seconds over Fujii. The FREEDOMS Army defeated the Jado Army as Takashi Sasaki and The Winger defeated Kazuhiko Matsuzaki and Naoshi Sano when Winger used a La Magistral Cradle to pin Sano at 13 minutes, 21 seconds. The opening match saw Shinobu and Katsunari Toi defeat Leatherface and Keita Yano when Shinobu hit his SEX Star Press at 10 minutes, 22 seconds to get the pin over Yano. After his match Onita did an interview stating that he planned on destroying Misawa's NOAH and defeat No Mercy the next day.
Atsushi Onita, Ichiro Yaguchi, and Hideki Hosaka defeated the No Mercy team of Takashi Sugiura, Yoshihiro Takayama, and Genba Hirayanagi at NOAH's Tokyo Ariake Colosseum on July 7, 2013 in a Tornado Street Fight. Onita's team was in control a majority of the match due to the stipulations feeling them more than No Mercy. Onita spit red mist in Sugiura's face right away and then Onita used the piledriver to send Sugiura through it. Onita then took a piece of the broken table and smashed it over Takayama's head. Onita's team then brought out a Barbed wire Board and powerbombed Hirayanagi through it before Onita finally finished off Hirayanagi at 8 minutes, 34 seconds with a Thunder Fire Powerbomb for the Jado Army victory.
Takashi Sugiura responded to the Jado Army over No Mercy on July 10, 2013 in Tokyo in the NOAH office at Differ Ariake. Sugiura responded that the reason he and his team lost was because they did not bring any weapons to the Tornado Street Fight Death Match where as Onita's team brought tables and barbed wire boards. Sugiura who use to be apart of the Japan Self Defense Force (the closest thing Japan has to a military) and he learned all about weapons there but he can not bring any weapons from there for a wrestling match. He then brought up that there were tons of weapons at Akira Taue's house. Taue has a Japanese sword, a fishing rod, a hurley (a wooden stick), and a golf club. Sugiura mentioned that it would be difficult to bring all of Taue's weapons to a wrestling ring as well so he was challenging Onita to a Death Match at Akira Taue's house which would be called a "Taue House Death Match". Onita has yet to responded to Sugiura's challenge.
Atsushi Onita announced the lineup for his upcoming show at the new Osaka Pro home of the Osaka Nasci Hall Umeda for July 13, 2013. The show will be a mix of Jado Army/former FMW wrestlers against Osaka Pro wrestlers. The main event will see Onita team up with Ichiro Yaguchi and Hideki Hosaka against the Osaka Pro team of Zeus, Takoyakida, and Naoki Setoguchi in a Scramble Bunkhouse Street Fight Death Match. The semi-main event will be Magnitude Kishiwada and Kenichi Fujii teaming to take on the team of Tadasuke and Kazuaki Mihara. Flying Kid Ichihara who sometimes wrestles for a small Tokushima based promotion returns to team up with fellow 1990 FMW Dojo member Yukihide Ueno who will return as Battle Ranger against Ebessan which was a former Flying Kid Ichihara gimmick and Kuishinbo Kamen. Hisakatsu Oya returns to Osaka to team up with Kazuhiko Matsuzaki against Katsumi Oribe and Taiyo Yoneda. The Great Nita makes another special appearence to face Kanjyuro Matsuyama while Naoshi Sano and Keita Yano take on Billy Ken Kid and Ultimate Spider Jr. The opening match will see local wrestlers Yasu Kubota and Tabanobu Fujisawa against Daisuke Masaoka and Michio Kageyama.
FREEDOMS ran at the Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on June 27, 2013 drawing a successful 267 fans due to bringing in many Atsushi Onita loyal fans for the show as hell as Kasai vs. Onita has been a draw for the promotion. The main event saw Atsushi Onita, Ichiro Yaguchi, and Hideki Hosaka come out and reveal their mystery partner to be Mammoth Sasaki wearing an Atsushi Onita t-shirt as Mammoth was once a member of Onita's Team Zero faction in FMW back in 1998. Onita, Mammoth, Yaguchi, and Hosaka defeated the Unchain team of Jun Kasai, Minoru Fujita, Masashi Takeda, and Kenji Fukimoto in a Street Fight Tornado Death Match which saw all the wrestlers brawl all over ringside and in the crowd before a fluorescent light tube was brought in the ring once again and this time Mammoth Sasaki used it by hitting Kasai with the 29 Years Old on it to get the win at 9 minutes, 59 seconds in a really good heated brawl. Moments after the win Kamui would rush to the ring and hit a flying dropkick at Mammoth although he would start to get beaten down as Mammoth waived the Onita flag high and Onita poured water all over the ring until Takashi Sasaki and The Winger would rush to the ring as well as the Unchain members had made it back to the ring causing the Jado Army to retreat. Kamui would grab the microphone and begin screaming at Mammoth Sasaki who had been his partner and friend for 3 years since Mammoth returned to the ring for betraying the FREEDOMS Army for the Jado Army. Takashi Sasaki would get on the microphone and ask Jun Kasai for Unchain and FREEDOMS to join together to fight the Jado Army which Kasai would hesitate before accepting. Mammoth responded backstage about leaving FREEDOMS by stating that the promotion is named FREEDOMS and that symbolizes wrestlers to be able to do what they want freely and he is free to do what wants.
The semi-main event of the show saw Takashi Sasaki defend his King of Freedoms Championship Title for the 1st team by defeating Brahman Shu and Kei in a Three Way Match at 16 minutes, 55 seconds. GENTARO who had came out to watch the match before hand was brought in by Shu and Kei. He was held by one of the Baramons as the other put in black ink in their mouth to spit in GENTARO's face. GENTARO would move out of the way and the Brahman would end up spitting it in his brothers face. Sasaki would then unwisely to put some of the black Indian ink in GENTARO's mouth to spit it at the Brahman's but only a little bit of the ink would be spit out as GENTARO would swallow most of it. GENTARO would leave the ring to clean up as Sasaki would place both Brahman's in a Sharpshooter causing them to both tap out at the same time. Tatsuhito Takaiwa would defeat SUSUMU with a Death Valley Bomb. Kamui and Eisa 8 would defeat the team of HIROKI and Ryuichi Sekine as Kamui would hit the Swanton Bomb at 10 minutes, 53 seconds on HIROKI. HIROKI would be very upset over taking the pin to Kamui as he would attack him afterwards and then chase after him backstage. The opening match would see Mammoth Sasaki's last match as a member of the FREEDOMS Army as he would team up with The Winger and Keizo Matsuda to defeat the team of Toru Sugiura, Daisuke Masaoka, and Yusaku Ito when Mammoth would get the win over Ito at 14 minutes, 20 seconds with the Awesome Bomb.
FREEDOMS announced lineups for the three shows this upcoming month. They will return to the Kitakyushu Palace on July 14, 2013 as the main event will be Takashi Sasaki, Tatsuhito Takaiwa and The Winger against Unchain's Jun Kasai & Minoru Fujita & Masashi Takeda. Yuko Miyamoto will take on local wrestler Nozomi Kubo. Kamui and HIROKI have been booked to team up although that will most likely not go too well as they take on the team of Osamu Namiguchi & Jun Ogawauchi. Kenji Fukimoto will face off against Mystery Opponent while Amigo Suzuki goes up against Gabbaiji-chan. SUSUMU teams up with Daisuke Masaoka to take on the team of Toru Sugiura & Yusaku Ito and the opening match will be local talent of Bamboo Man, Sachihiro Hayashi and YASU against Sexy Rosy, TOSSHI and NISHIKI.
The next day on July 15, 2013 will be at the Hiroshima Trade Center West Building # 4 Hall as the main event will be Takashi Sasaki and SUSUMU against Jun Kasai & Minoru Fujita. Tatsuhito Takaiwa will face off against Amigo Suzuki, and Kamui and HIROKI a day after most likely they fight as a team will be against each other as Kamui will team with The Winger against HIROKI and his partner HANZO. Jun Ogawauchi will take on a Mystery Opponent and Sakigake returns to team with Yuko Miyamoto against Masashi Takeda and Kenji Fukimoto. The opening match will have Toru Sugiura and Yusaku Ito against Osamu Namiguchi & Rey Paloma.
FREEDOMS held their press conference on June 29, 2013 at Champions in Chiyoda, Tokyo as Jun Kasai was about to announce his match for the 15th Year Anniversary show when Masashi Takeda and Kamui would come out and state that since FREEDOMS and Unchain were now working together that they wanted a young vs. old match as Masashi Takeda and Kamui would team up to take on Jun Kasai and Takashi Sasaki in a Glass Death Match on July 25, 2013 at Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. Toru Sugiura upon hearing this would be upset that he would not be in the match and a match would be made for him against The Winger instead. Former WEW Hardcore Tag Team Champions Mammoth Sasaki and Hideki Hosaka reunite their tag team for the first time since they split up on January 7, 2001 when Mammoth accidentally hit Hosaka angering Hosaka so much that he broke one of Mammoth's toys that he had given to him as a present. They team up to take on the team of Tatsuhito Takaiwa and Minoru Fujita. Other matches will be announced at a later date.
Mr. Gannosuke promoted his Kishindo Returns 13 show on July 9, 2013 at the Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring drawing 241 fans for the show which is just 10 down from his successful previous show back in April. The main event saw Hikaru Sato defeat Kazuhiro Tamura when Sato used a leg scissors headlock to make Tamura submit at 12 minutes, 13 seconds. Jun Kasai defeated Kenichiro Arai in a bloody Hardcore Match at 19 minutes, 12 seconds after hitting the Pearl Harbor Splash. Kana made Aki Shizuku submit to a Face Lock at 8 minutes, 55 seconds. Magnitude Kishiwada defeated Yuko Miyamoto at 14 minutes, 13 seconds with the Last Ride Powerbomb. Mineo Fujita defeated CHANGO at 6 minutes, 21 seconds with the Marumi Rollup. Miyako Matsumoto defeated comedian and Kenta Kobashi look-alike Futotta Kobashi which translates to Fat Kobashi at 5 minutes, 18 seconds with the Mamma Mia. Daisaku Shimoda defeated Nissan Aruga 7 minutes, 46 seconds with a Back Drop. Yasu Urano and Yuki Sato defeated Guts Ishijima and Micro when Sato pinned Micro at 13 minutes, 8 seconds with a Sunset Flip.
Megumi Kudo held her Happy Share With event on June 22, 2013 at the Tokyo Sound Creek Doppo in Shinjuku, Tokyo. The show was considered a success due to the high ticket price and the building fit about as many people as it was going fit with about 40 or so people attending. The show included Hayabusa and Masato Tanaka and was a celebration of the 20th Year Anniversary for Tanaka. Most of the show was talking about the very early days of Masato Tanaka's career and then Megumi Kudo brought out a cake with Tanaka's name on it celebrating his 20th year. The show ended with Hayabusa and Fumi "Rock" Taguchi doing a small Hayabusa concert with Hayabusa singing about four songs while Hayabusa vs. Masato Tanaka from May 5, 2000 played on the screen. More details and pictures of the event can be found at the link below this.
I recently returned from my sixth trip to Tokyo from June 21st to July 1st. I was able to meet and talk with Hayabusa once again, I met Megumi Kudo for the first time. I saw Atsushi Onita live for the first time, I met a bunch of other wrestlers and went to a bunch of shows live and I took more pictures than ever before. My Japanese Diary can be found at http://fmwwrestling.us/Japan13.html and random pictures of the first half of my trip from June 21st to June 25th at http://fmwwrestling.us/Japan2013A.html and pictures of the second half of my trip from June 26th to June 30th at http://fmwwrestling.us/Japan2013B.html
FREEDOMS returned to the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on May 30, 2013 and drew an announced crowd of 258 fans. Higher than what they have been doing most likely due to Atsushi Onita on the show. The main event of the show was a rematch of earlier in the month from Korakuen Hall as Jun Kasai, Masashi Takeda, and Kenji Fukimoto defeated Atsushi Onita, Ichiro Yaguchi, and Hideki Hosaka in a Barbed wire Board Tornado Street Fight Death Match. Onita and Kasai started battling outside the ring at first but when they made it back in the ring it was Onita who would spit mist in Kasai's face. Hideki Hosaka would then begin to take control of Kasai as Ichiro Yaguchi would bring in fluorescent light tubes to the ring to mock Kasai. Hosaka would attempt to try and powerbomb Kasai through the light tubes but before he could get Kasai up out of nowhere Minoru Fujita would appear and kick Hosaka in the head. Kasai would take advantage of this and deliver a Reverse Tiger Driver to Hosaka and then place the barbed wire board over Hosaka's body where Kasai would deliver the Pearl Harbor Splash on Hosaka for the win at 9 minutes, 32 seconds. Onita would just miss making the save with a sliding kick and with Onita right there Kasai would take advantage of the situation and grab the fluorescent light tubes that Hosaka and Yaguchi had brought in and smash them over Onita's head to mock him for his hatred of fluorescent light tubes in Death Matches.
The rest of the show saw Takashi Sasaki defeat SUSUMU in the semi-main event of the show after hitting a Michinoku Driver II on a Ladder at 12 minutes, 18 seconds for the win. The match was SUSUMU's initiation as a full time FREEDOMS member. Tatsuhito Takaiwa defeated Kamui at 12 minutes, 7 seconds after delivering a Death Valley Bomb. Great Kojika defeated former Big Japan wrestler Minoru Fujita after Kojika threw powder in Fujita's face to score the win at 10 minutes, 50 seconds. Brahman Shu, Kei, and Captain Abnormal defeated Mammoth Sasaki, HIROKI, and Eisa 8 when Kei rolled up HIROKI at 10 minutes, 8 seconds with No One's Perfect. Keizo Matsuda and The Winger opened the show by defeating the youngsters of Toru Sugiura and Yusaku Ito when Winger hit the Cannon Bomb on Ito at 11 minutes, 54 seconds for the win.
FREEDOMS announced the lineup for their June 27, 2013 show at Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. Minoru Fujita has brought himself in the feud due to interfering in the last match so the main event of the show will be Unchain members Jun Kasai, Minoru Fujita, Masashi Takeda, and Kenji Fukimoto against Atsushi Onita, Ichiro Yaguchi, Hideki Hosaka, and Mystery Partner of theirs in a Street Fight Tornado Death Match. Both Brahman Shu and Kei challenged Takashi Sasaki for the King of Freedoms Championship after Sasaki defeated SUSUMU on May 30th. Sasaki will now defend the title for the first time in the semi-main event in a three way against both Shu and Kei. Tatsuhito Takaiwa will take on SUSUMU and Kamui will team up with Eisa 8 against HIROKI and Ryuichi Sekine. The other match scheduled on the show will see Mammoth Sasaki who has showed no direction with the promotion since returning from his injury last December teaming up with Keizo Matsuda and The Winger against Toru Sugiura, Daisuke Masaoka and Yusaku Ito.
The Great Nita ended up making an appearance at one of Akebono's Steakhouse Restaurant in Tokyo on June 4th. It is the first time that The Great Nita had showed his face in 10 years. Akebono was not at the restaurant but The Great Nita ended up spitting green mist at a poster of Akebono at the restaurant.
The idea of The Great Nita appearing in the main event against Monster Bono on Atsushi Onita's promoted show on June 21, 2013 at Shinjuku FACE looks to have been scrapped or pushed back to a future show. The main event will have Atsushi Onita team with Masato Tanaka and Ichiro Yaguchi against Akebono who will team with partners from the two separate factions he is currently in of Ryota Hama of SMOP and Takuya Sugawara of ZERO64 in a Scramble Bunkhouse Tornado Death Match. The rest of the card will see ZERO1 vs. Jado Army as Shinjiro Otani will team with Kohei Sato and Yoshikazu Yokoyama against Hideki Hosaka, Kazuhiko Matsuzaki, and Kenichi Fujii. Dump Matsumoto will team with Leatherface and Masaru Toi against West Gate Pro's Kunihiko Mitamega and Batten Tamagawa along with Raideen. The Great Nita will wrestle on the show as it was promised on the poster of the show as he will return for a match in over 10 years but it will just end up being a mid card match against The Winger. Miss Mongol returns as La Malcriada as she teams with Micro against Alex Lee & Bambi in the women's match and the opening match will see Naoshi Sano and Keita Yano teaming up against the old man team of Gabbaiji-chan and Exciting Yoshida.
Atsushi Onita also announced the lineup for the July 6, 2013 show at the Miyagi Kurihara Wakayanagi City Gym. The show will be similar but a little different than the Shinjuku FACE show. The main event will have the return of Onita wrestling in a No Ropes Barbed wire Street Fight Death Match as Onita will team with Masato Tanaka and Ichiro Yaguchi against Akebono, Takuya Sugawara, and Mineo Fujita which will be Fujita's first barbed wire death match of his career. The semi-main event will be a ZERO1 battle as Kohei Sato and Yoshikazu Yokoyama team up to take on James Raideen and Maybach Beta. Hideki Hosaka and Kenichi Fujii team up to take on the team of Hido and NOSAWA Rongai. Takashi Sasaki will appear on this show as he teams up with fellow FREEDOMS member The Winger to take on Kazuhiko Matsuzaki & Naoshi Sano. The women's match will be La Malcriada and Aoi Ishibashi against Charlie Simone Aussie & Alex Lee and the opening match will be Shinobu and Keita Yano against Masaru Toi and Raideen. Still no lineup for the July 14th Osaka show yet.
Atsushi Onita then made his presence known on June 7, 2013 at Korakuen Hall as he ended up appearing along with Ichiro Yaguchi and Hideki Hosaka at the Real Japan show and attacking First Tiger Mask prior to his match. Hosaka laid a table flat in the ring and then placed Tiger Mask's leg over it with Onita beginning to smash Tiger Mask's leg with a barbed wire bat. Tiger Shark ended up coming out and making the save for Satoru Sayama. Tiger Mask would end up losing the main event to Naomichi Marufuji so this was done as both to setup to reunite their feud that had not been active since January as well as save face for Tiger Mask losing in the match.
Two matches have been announced as a result of the attack as Atsushi Onita and Ichiro Yaguchi will team up on July 12, 2013 at the Osaka Body Maker Coliseum # 2 to take on First Tiger Mask and Tiger Shark for the Legend Pro promotion and then again on July 14, 2013 the same match will take place at the Fukuoka Hakata Star Lanes.
Atsushi Onita would attempt to reunite another feud that had not been active for months as he appeared at NOAH's Korakuen Hall show at June 13, 2013 following KENTA's win over Mohammed Yone. Onita would come out with a bouquet of flowers in memory of Mitsuharu Misawa who Onita who worked with and against in the early 80's in All Japan as Onita was one generation ahead of Misawa. Onita would bow to the picture of Misawa hanging from the rafters and then get on the mic with KENTA still in the ring following his match. Onita would throw the bouquet of flowers at KENTA and state "You didn't think you could escape from me?" Onita would then demand a rematch from their December six man tag match at the Ariake Colosseum. KENTA would state that he was too busy to accept Onita's challenge now that he was GHC Heavyweight Champion and would reject Onita's offer. This would upset Onita who would state that he would crush Misawa's NOAH and that he would destroy KENTA, Sugiura, and Marufuji before leaving the building. Takashi Sugiura in a interview on June 14th would reply back to Onita's comments about crushing NOAH and including his name in who he would destroy. Sugiura would issue a challenge to Onita for a match on July 7, 2013 at the Ariake Colosseum. No match of any kind has been made official as of yet.
The Apache Army announced their return show for the first time in nearly four months as they will be running on July 14, 2013 at the Osaka Young Lion Hall. It is the same building that they ran back in March that ended up being a successful show drawing 365 fans in. It is the only building in some time that they have been successful running at in the last year or so. The main event will be Kintaro Kanemura facing off against his former W*ING team mate Magnitude Kishiwada in a Spectator Throws in the Chair Match which is the same style of the match the first show of this Apache Army regime back on December 17, 2010 with the fans throwing all the chairs from the crowd into the ring at the 10 minute mark. The semi-main event will finally have Tetsuhiro Kuroda defend his Kenichiro Arai for the WEW World Title with this match having been built up for the last 6 months. The WEW Tag Team Titles will also be defended as Tomohiko Hashimoto and Shoichi Ichimiya will defend against the twin brother tag team of Rikiya Fudo and Daisaku Shimoda. Osaka Pro's Tigers Mask will also appear on the show against Osaka talent YO-HEY and Masato Shibata and Bambi will take on Kotaro Nasu and Mika in a mixed tag team match. Kintaro Kanemura will also be returning to the WNC promotion on July 7th in his home town of Mie, Tsu although no building has been announced yet with Kanemura teaming with TAJIRI in the main event to take on the team of AKIRA and Osamu Nishimura in a Hardcore Match.
Yusaku Obata will be making his Fire Festival Tournament debut for the ZERO1 promotion starting in July and ending in August. Obata will be inserted into the A Block along with Masato Tanaka who won last years Fire Festival, Kohei Sato, Daisuke Sekimoto, former WWE and K-Dojo wrestler Kazuma Sakamoto, and Maybach Beta. The B Block will consist of Shinjiro Otani, Ryouji Sai, James Raiden, Yuji Okabayashi, Yutaka Yoshie, and Shito Ueda going by the name Demon Ueda.
GOEMON and Onryo reunited as a tag team for the first time since November 1, 2010 as they faced off against former FMW members Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Hideki Hosaka at 666's show on June 6, 2013 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. It was the first time that Koji Nakagawa had wrestled in any match since May 3, 2012 for the Kaientai Dojo promotion losing to Ricky Fuji. The referee for the match was former FMW referee Goro Anezaki and Mr. Gannosuke was on commentary during the match as the entire building can hear the commentaries during 666 shows. Gannosuke had been drinking throughout the show and was a little tipsy during the match as he started reveal private information about all four wrestlers during the match causing them all of them to crack a smile during the match before Gannosuke was told to stop. The match had an FMW nostalgic feeling going the match still ended up being a good performance by all the wrestlers. Kuroda and Onryo worked well with each other much like they did in their previous match against each other for 666's show in March. The finish saw Kuroda end up kicking GOEMON low and then rolling him up with the Samson Clutch for the win at 20 minutes, 28 seconds for the strong FMW styled match. The next 666 show in September will be the 10 year anniversary show for Yuko Miyamoto.
I will not be able to update the site from June 20th to July 2nd. I will be in Tokyo for my 6th trip from June 21st to July 1st. I will be posting stuff on Twitter at @BAHUFMW in the mean time. I will be bringing a Nikon camera instead of a standard digital camera so hopefully the picture quality of what I take will be much better in the review of the trip. Nothing new planned since the last update although I have confirmed with Ricky Fuji that I will be going back to his Gym in Chiba. I have some things in mind I want to do besides wrestling shows I mentioned in the last update and the Happy Share With event with Hayabusa, Megumi Kudo, and Masato Tanaka. But I am going to just wait and see what exactly I want to do when I get there. I will also be able to still respond to e-mails as well.
Atsushi Onita and Ichiro Yaguchi held a press conference on May 22, 2013 to announce the upcoming three Atsushi Onita promoted shows. The first show will be on June 21, 2013 at the Tokyo Shinjuku FACE and will be Ichiro Yaguchi's 20th Anniversary show. No matches have been announced but Masato Tanaka, Hideki Hosaka, Dump Matsumoto, The Winger, Leatherface, Naoshi Sano, Aki Kambayashi, and Kenichi Fujii have been announced for the show. The next show announced will be on July 6, 2013 at the Miyagi Kurihara Wakayanagi City Gym which Onita stated that he has not been at in over 20 years since promoting an FMW show in the building. The main event will include a No Ropes Barbed wire Street Fight Death Match with the Onita regular as well as including ZERO1 talent in Masato Tanaka, Kohei Sato, Yoshikazu Yokoyama, Maybach Beta, James Raiden, Mark Coffey, and female talent Dump Matsumoto, Aki Kambayashi, Aoi Ishibashi, and Charlie Simone Aussie. The last show will be on July 13, 2013 at the new Osaka Pro home called Osaka Nasci Hall Umeda which include former FMW wrestlers Hisakatsu Oya, Battle Ranger, and Flying Kid Ichihara on the show as well local Osaka talent Zeus and Magnitude Kishiwada and as Osaka Pro wrestlers Kazuaki Mihara, Naoki Setoguchi, Ebessan, Takoyakida, and Kuishinbo Kamen.
Atsushi Onita then focused specifically on June 21, 2013 show at Shinjuku FACE and asked Ichiro Yaguchi if he wanted anything special for his anniversary show. Yaguchi stated that he wanted the return of The Great Nita to challenge Akebono's Great Muta gimmick from HUSTLE in Monster Bono as the main event of the show. Onita agreed to Yaguchi's request to bring back The Great Nita gimmick from the dead. It would be the first time that The Great Nita would be returning to the ring in over 10 years in Japan when The Great Nita fought Hiroshi Hase to a No Contest on May 3, 2003 in Osaka for the World Japan promotion. Apparently The Great Nita was blown up in a Exploding Barbed wire Death Match in Afghanistan which there is no data of that event taking place and was laid to rest in the Tokyo Bay. The Great Nita will also be appearing on the July 13, 2013 show in Osaka as well.
Ichiro Yaguchi went to the Tokyo Bay on May 27, 2013 to The Great Nita's burial site. Yaguchi began to pray by the grave for the resurrection of The Great Nita. After 10 minutes of prayer suddenly a body appeared from the bay and swam to shore with a trench coat covering the face of what was believed to be The Great Nita having been resurrected after being laid to rest 10 years ago.
FREEDOMS new sub group "FLYDOM" held its first show on May 12, 2013 at the Tokyo Kitasenju Theater 1010 drawing an announced crowd of 102 fans. The focus of the brand is Kamui, Toru Sugiura, and SUSUMU although no future shows for the group has been announced following the show. The main event saw Toru Sugiura go up against Kotaro Nasu with Nasu getting the win at 17 minutes, 14 seconds with a Back Drop. ZERO1's Mineo Fujita making his first appearance in anything FREEDOMS related defeated SUSUMU in the semi-main event at 15 minutes, 54 seconds after hitting the Swanton Bomb. Kamui got the only win of the three wrestlers the group was pushing for as he defeated Guts World's Daisuke at 10 minutes, 11 seconds with the Kamui Clutch. Karate Baramon won the Three Way comedy match against Jun Kasai and The Winger after making Winger submit to a head lock at 7 minutes, 21 seconds. Tatsuhito Takaiwa defeated Yusaku Ito at 10 minutes, 57 seconds with a Death Valley Bomb. The opening match saw Takashi Sasaki and HIROKI take on the team of Guts World Tatsuhiko Yoshino and Eisa when HIROKI getting the win with the GENTARO Clutch at 10 minutes, 43 seconds.
FREEDOMS announced the full lineup of their upcoming May 30, 2013 show Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. The main event will be a rematch of the Korakuen Hall show as Atsushi Onita will team with Ichiro Yaguchi and Hideki Hosaka once again to take on Unchain's Jun Kasai, Masashi Takeda, and Kenji Fukimoto in a Barbed wire Board Tornado Street Fight Death Match. The other matches will be Takashi Sasaki taking on SUSUMU which will be the official entry as a full fledge member of FREEDOMS for SUSUMU much like Toru Sugiura went through last year. Tatsuhito Takaiwa will go up against Kamui and Great Kojika will take on former Big Japan employee Minoru Fujita. The undercard matches will see Mammoth Sasaki, HIROKI, and Eisa 8 take on Baramon Shu, Kei, and Captain Abnormal with the opening match of Keizo Matsuda and The Winger against the youngsters of Toru Sugiura and Yusaku Ito.
Mr. Gannosuke announced the full lineup for his Kishindo Returns 13 show on July 9, 2013 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. The main event will be Kazuhiro Tamura taking on Hikaru Sato with the semi-main event being Jun Kasai facing off against Dragon Gate's Kenichiro Arai. Kana makes her Kishindo debut after having to cancel from the previous show as she will take on Aki Shizuku who she was originally scheduled for at the Kishindo Returns show. Gannosuke student Yuko Miyamoto will take on Magnitude Kishiwada and the other Gannosuke student Mineo Fujita will take on CHANGO. Miyako Matsumoto will take on third rate Japanese comedian Futotta Kobashi who resembles Kobashi facially although not in shape thus the name Futotta which means Fatty in Japanese. Apache Army's Daisaku Shimoda will take on Nissan Aruga and Yasu Urano and Yuki Sato will take on Guts Ishijima and Micro.
Megumi Kudo announced that she will be promoting her fourth Happy Share With event at the Tokyo Shinjuku Sound Creek Doppo on June 22, 2013. The event will have Megumi Kudo singing, Hayabusa singing along with Fumi Taguchi, and Masato Tanaka will be attending as Kudo will celebrate Tanaka's 20 years in pro-wrestling at the show. There will also be a lottery and the fans will get to take pictures with all the wrestlers.
Hayabusa ended up making an appearance at Kenta Kobashi's Retirement show on May 11, 2013 at the Tokyo Budokan Hall. Hayabusa would come out to open the show to do a speech on stage and would state "Welcome to Budokan. It was Budokan in which I received his chop for the first time. That pain still gives me strength to fight against my injury. Let me announce that Final Burning starts. Let's have some fun!" backstage Hayabusa would be interviewed where he would state "Kobashi's comebacks from various injuries have encouraged me incredibly. Today I wanted to let Kobashi know that I can still fight thanks to you. When I was in tough times while in FMW, I watched Kobashi's matches and thought I might be able to change my life if I'd be given an opportunity to have a match with him. His matches were that inspirational. He in fact gave me the opportunity without a hesitation when I challenged him in All Japan and I still appreciate him for it."
Hayabusa ended up facing off against Kobashi in three tag matches. The first one was September 6, 1997 at Budokan Hall as Hayabusa and Jinsei Shinzaki defeated Kenta Kobashi & Kentaro Shiga as Hayabusa pinned Shiga. The next match was Kobashi's one and only FMW match as Kenta Kobashi and Manukea Mossman defeated Hayabusa and Jinsei Shinzaki on September 28, 1997 at Kawasaki Stadium when Kobashi pinned Hayabusa. Their third and final match against each other would be on December 3, 1997 at Budokan Hall as Kenta Kobashi and Johnny Ace defeated Hayabusa and Jinsei Shinzaki in their final match of the Real World Tag Team Tournament when Kobashi once again pinned Hayabusa. Hayabusa and Kenta Kobashi met after Kobashi's match and took a picture with one another.
I ended up adding an extra days to my 6th trip to Tokyo next month. I will now be arriving to Tokyo on June 21st and leaving July 1st. Onita announced his show after I had already added the three days so I will most likely be able to attend his show on June 21st but I will have to hurry to try and make it as I will not arrive until 2:30 and after going through immigration, waiting for my bus to take me to my hotel to arrive, the 90 minute bus ride, then taking the 25 minute subway ride to Shinjuku and then finding Shinjuku FACE with the show starting at 7 will be a challenge to try and get there on time. The next afternoon I will attend Megumi Kudo's Happy Share With event with Hayabusa and Masato Tanaka and then that night I will be attending Mr. Gannosuke's 45th Birthday Party as well as celebrating his 22nd year in pro-wrestling at the Stanley Club Bar in Shinjuku. I will then go to DDT at Korakuen Hall the following day on June 23rd and then nothing is planned until June 27th for FREEDOMS at Shin-Kiba and then nothing is planned again until Big Japan runs at Korakuen on June 30th for my last night. I will probably visit Ricky Fuji at his Gym and head back to Soldier's BUU Bar some time during the week as well but if you have any other ideas on what I can do during the week please feel free to share them with me.
FREEDOMS returned to Korakuen Hall on May 2, 2013 drawing an announced crowd of 865 fans. Takashi Sasaki ended up capturing the King of Freedoms World Heavyweight Title from Tatsuhito Takaiwa in the main event. GENTARO made his first public appearance since his stroke back on August 5, 2012. GENTARO handed the belt to Sasaki and hugged his former tag team partner as the two embraced along with the rest of the FREEDOMS roster to end the show. More details and pictures of the show can be found at http://fmwwrestling.us/Korakuen13.html
ZERO1 promoted Masato Tanaka's 20th Anniversary in Pro-Wrestling on May 4, 2013 at Korakuen Hall. Masato Tanaka made his debut against Ricky Fuji on July 23, 1993 but ZERO1 promoted the show in May instead of July as they will be running the Fire Festival Tournament by that time. The show had Masato Tanaka main event against his long time rival and partner the last 10 years in Shinjiro Otani with Otani getting the win over Tanaka at 23 minutes, 41 seconds with the Spiral Bomb. Tanaka and Otani afterwards did their signature tag team pose together to end the show.
In a match to represent Tanaka's time in FMW there was an FMW vs. W*ING match with Atsushi Onita, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, and Ricky Fuji taking on the team of Kintaro Kanemura, Hido, and Hideki Hosaka with Onita getting pinning Hideki Hosaka with the Thunder Fire Powerbomb at 13 minutes, 11 seconds which was the finish of so many FMW shows in 1994-1995.
The ceremony for Masato Tanaka's 20th Anniversary happened earlier in the show as Mr. Gannosuke returned to ZERO1 for the first time in over four years to present Tanaka flowers to congratulate him. Former FMW women wrestlers Megumi Kudo, Kumiko "Tsuppari Mack" Matsuda, and "Killer" Keiko Iwami were next to present Tanaka with flowers to celebrate the anniversary as they all posed for pictures with one another for the ceremony.
Kintaro Kanemura made his in ring debut for the WNC promotion on April 25, 2013 at Korakuen Hall in a bloody brawl against Hoshito Takahashi. Kanemura's job was to show Takahashi what a real hardcore match was like and the two bloodied each other one another badly in a match that involved a pipe, chairs, and tables before Kanemura would deliver his Baku YAMA Senton Special on a stack of chairs to get the win at 16 minutes, 47 seconds over Takahashi in his first real test of a Hardcore Match.
Hayabusa returned to the Head Rock Cafe in Takadanobaba, Tokyo on May 5, 2013 for a concert with a surprise guest of Mr. Gannosuke showing up to interact with the fans that showed up. With the exception of Atsushi Onita there is no wrestler that May 5th has more to do with any wrestler than Hayabusa. Sana Sakura who is the female in the picture above and helps Hayabusa setup for each of his concerts and takes pictures during the show for his Blog ended up presenting Hayabusa with a small cake with candles to celebrate his memorial of 22 years of his debut.
Jun Kasai ended up appearing at the Onita promoted show at the Shinjuku FACE on April 12, 2013 prior to the main event as requested by Onita nine days earlier at the FREEDOMS show. Onita laid out a challenge to Jun Kasai for the upcoming May 2, 2013 show at Korakuen Hall for a six man Death Match with Kasai accepting. The two would get right in each others faces before Kasai would end up heading to the back. The six man will consist of Atsushi Onita, Ichiro Yaguchi, and Hideki Hosaka against the Unchain team of Jun Kasai, Masashi Takeda, and Kenji Fukimoto in a Barbed wire Death Match as it will be the first match of what will look to be a series of matches before eventually a singles match between Onita and Kasai.
Atsushi Onita's promoted show on April 12th at Shinjuku FACE was an overwhelming success drawing a near maximum allowed in the room as they announced a crowd of 890 fans in the usual 650 seat building. The main event of Atsushi Onita against Yoshihiro Takayama was the draw of the match as Onita teamed with Ichiro Yaguchi and Hideki Hosaka against Takayama, NOSAWA Rongai, and Tomoaki Honma in a Barbed wire Board Tornado Death Match. Onita who would spit red mist in Takayama's face would end up getting dropped into the barbed wire board and Takayama would end up getting the win with a Guillotine Drop at 14 minutes, 42 seconds although Onita would attempt to try and save face by kicking out just a millisecond after the three count. Onita afterwards would do his mic work to the crowd and pour water on everybody to end the show.
FREEDOMS returned to the Osaka Higashinari Inhabitants Ward Center for the first time since last August for the Death Match Tournament for their April 21, 2013 show which drew an announced crowd of 412 fans. The main event saw the Unchain team of Jun Kasai and Minoru Fujita defeat the former WEW Hardcore Tag Team Champions of Mammoth Sasaki and Kamui when Kasai delivered a Reverse Tiger Driver on a ladder and barbed wire bat to Kamui to pick up the win at 14 minutes, 37 seconds. Tatsuhito Takaiwa and The Winger took on Takashi Sasaki and HIROKI in a preview of the upcoming main event of the Korakuen Hall show between Sasaki and Takaiwa as Takaiwa ended up getting the win over HIROKI at 15 minutes, 40 seconds with a Powerbomb. Masamune would defeat Eisa 8 by making him tap out at 9 minutes, 59 seconds to the Ankle Lock. Guruken Driver and Yuki Tanaka defeated Osaka Pro's Super J and Keita Yano when Driver used his Guruken Leg Roll Clutch to get the win over Spider J at 11 minutes, 46 seconds. Masashi Takeda and Kenji Fukimoto defeated Independent Jr. Heavyweight Champion Nanjyo Hayato and Dai Maeda when Takeda used Rokkinpo Goroshi which is the name of the band that plays his theme song to put away Maeda at 10 minutes. Kuga used Signature Move to finish off Toru Sugiura at 7 minutes, 50 seconds. Baramon Shu, Kei, and Captain Abnormal defeated the team of MIYAWAKI, SUSUMU, and Dyna Mido when Abnormal defeated Mido at 10 minutes, 6 seconds with a Tombstone Piledriver to open the show.
FREEDOMS announced the full lineup for the upcoming May 2, 2013 show at Korakuen Hall. Takashi Sasaki against Tatsuhito Takaiwa will be the main event of the show for the King of Freedom World Championship. The Barbed wire Board Death Match of Jun Kasai, Masashi Takeda, and Kenji Fukimoto going up against the Jado Army of Atsushi Onita, Ichiro Yaguchi, and Hideki Hosaka will be the semi-main event of the show. Minoru Fujita has been added as a partner for Great Kojika's 50th Anniversary Match as Kojika and Fujita will team with TAJIRI and Gabbaiji-chan to take on Brahman Shu, Brahman Kei, Karate Brahman who is the best thing in wrestling these days, and Captain Abnormal. Mammoth Sasaki and Kamui will team up to take on what looks like to be the regular tag team of Keizo Matsuda and The Winger. The Okinawa Pro team of Menso~re Oyaji & Eisa 8 will take on HIROKI and SUSUMU and the opening match will be with the youngsters as Toru Sugiura takes on Ryuichi Sekine.
Mr. Gannosuke promoted his Kishindo Returns 12 show on April 9, 2013 at the Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. Gannosuke announced a crowd of 251 fans which has been the standard crowd he has received over the last couple of shows. Gannosuke showed off his new hair cut to the public which is much shorter as well as first time using a gray method to the bleach he usually does as he stated that if he did not bleach his hair it would be all gray at this point. The main event saw Masamune defeat Kazuhiro Tamura with the Honebami at 14 minutes, 31 seconds with Gannosuke and Tamura interacting with one another to end the show. Kazunari Murakami settled the score with fellow shoot fighter Hikaru Sato in a Lumberjack Match as Murakami won at 5 minutes, 56 seconds with a lariat. Magnitude Kishiwada defeated Kenichiro Arai at 12 minutes, 8 seconds with his Last Ride Powerbomb. Kaori Yoneyama used a Reverse Cradle on Aki Shizuku at 10 minutes, 32 seconds for the win in the joshi match. Yasu Urano, Isami Kodaka, and Cherry defeated the team of Guts Ishijima, CHANGO, and Micro when Urano pinned Micro at 12 minutes, 24 seconds. Mineo Fujita and Keita Yano defeated Yuko Miyamoto and Gabbaiji-chan when Yano used the Kei-chan Bomber!! at 14 minutes, 40 seconds. The Winger opened the show defeating Nissan Aruga at 11 minutes, 50 seconds with his signature Inside Cradle.
Nanjyo Hayato continued the streak of former FMW wrestlers winning the former FMW Independent Jr. Heavyweight Title as he ended up defeating long time rival Ricky Fuji for the title at Kaientai Dojo's Korakuen Hall show on April 14, 2013. Nanjyo ended up defeating Ricky for the title after hitting him with a Falcon Arrow and getting the pin at 11 minutes, 20 seconds. No title defenses have been scheduled for Nanjyo who might be defending the title for his future Osaka based FFF shows in the future.
I recently asked Apache Army's Daisaku Shimoda about the status of the Apache Army promotion which still has no upcoming shows booked. His reply was "No closed. But, I don't know yet."
Kintaro Kanemura appeared at the WNC show on March 31, 2013 at the Shinjuku FACE after Hoshito Takahashi won the opening match against Yankee Lion. Kanemura got on the mic and stated that he had been observing Takahashi and knew that Takahashi had been wanting to train under the ECW Hardcore style that his teacher TAJIRI had done years ago while in the states. It is the reason that Takahashi has been touring with Big Japan as of late. Kanemura told Takahashi that he was nothing but a wrestling freshman and that he was going to teach him what it is really like to be in a Hardcore Match. Kanemura will face off against Takahashi at the next WNC show at Korakuen Hall on April 25th in a Hardcore Pipe, Chair, and Table Match.
Atsushi Onita made his first appearance for the FREEDOMS promotion on April 3, 2013 after Jun Kasai had began calling him out starting on February 27, 2013. Onita finally physically answered back to Kasai as he had Ichiro Yaguchi and Hideki Hosaka charge the ring after Jun Kasai's match with a barbed wire bat and begin to attack Kasai with it. Onita then came to the ring as Yaguchi placed the barbed wire bat across Kasai's throat. Onita grabbed a mic and told Kasai that he did not like the New Generation of Death Match wrestlers and that he was legend due to the Death Match. He told Kasai to appear at his show on April 12th where the announcement of what type of match the two would be involved in at Korakuen Hall on May 2nd Onita stated to Kasai that it would not be a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match as that was something the New Generation of Death Match wrestlers do and that it was not a real Death Match like an Exploding Barbed wire Death Match was. Onita, Hosaka, and Yaguchi left afterwards with Kasai, Takeda, and Fukimoto agreeing afterwards that they will be appearing at Onita's show on April 12th at Shinjuku FACE.
The rest of the show which drew an announced crowd of 215 fans at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring saw the two Semi-Finals matches of the King of Freedom World Championship Tournament as the main event of the show saw Takashi Sasaki defeat Kamui at 18 minutes, 25 seconds with a D-Geist on a Ladder for the win and the right to advance to the finals. Tatsuhito Takaiwa also advanced to the finals of the tournament after delivering a Snowslide Powerbomb to Minoru Fujita to get the win at 14 minutes, 56 seconds to face Takashi Sasaki for the King of Freedoms Championship on May 2nd at Korakuen Hall. Jun Kasai, Masashi Takeda, and Kenji Fukimoto defeated Mammoth Sasaki, HIROKI, and SUSUMU when Kasai hit the Pearl Harbor Splash at 11 minutes, 33 seconds on SUSUMU to get the win prior to Onita coming out. The handicap match of Brahman Shu, Kei, Karate, and Captain Abnormal taking on Great Kojika and Gabbaiji-chan with the Brahman team hitting a Sliding Lariat on Kojika with Shu and Kei covering him with Shu getting credit for the win at 8 minutes, 12 seconds. Afterwards, the Brahman team continued attacking Kojika when TAJIRI would come to the ring to make the save. Kojika and TAJIRI agreed to form a team for Kojika's 50th Anniversary Match on May 2nd at Korakuen. Keizo Matsuda and The Winger defeated Guruken Driver and Eisa 8 when Matsuda hit the Lariat on Eisa at 12 minutes, 21 seconds to get the win. Ryuichi Sekine and Ayumu Honda defeated Toru Sugiura and Yusaku Ito when Sekine hit the Capture on Ito at 8 minutes to get the win in the opening match.
FREEDOMS announced the lineup for the April 21, 2013 show at the Osaka Higashinari Inhabitants Ward Center. The main event will see Mammoth Sasaki and Kamui reunite as a team to take on the Unchain team of Jun Kasai and Minoru Fujita. Takashi Sasaki and Tatsuhito Takaiwa will square off against each other in a tag prior to their singles match as Sasaki teams with HIROKI and Takaiwa teams with The Winger in the semi-main event. Masashi Takeda and Kenji Fukimoto team up to take on Osaka based talent Nanjyo Hayato and Dai Maeda. SUSUMU teams with Osaka based talent MIYAWAKI and Dyna Mido against Baramon Shu, Kei, and Captain Abnormal. Guruken Driver teams with Osaka based Yuki Tanaka and Keita Yano who is also now based out of Osaka will team with the Osaka based Spider J. Former Osaka Pro wrestler who recently left the promotion last will take on former Okinawa Pro Eisa 8 and former Osaka Pro Kuga will take on Toru Sugiura in the opening match.
The only match officially announced for the May 2nd show at Korakuen Hall is Takashi Sasaki against Tatsuhito Takaiwa in the King of Freedoms World Championship Tournament. Jun Kasai will be either facing off against Atsushi Onita in a singles match or a tag match of some sort and Great Kojika and TAJIRI will be on the same team most likely against the Brahman Brothers. The full lineup is expected to be announced on April 19th.
Atsushi Onita announced the lineup for his April 12th at the Shinjuku FACE as Onita will team up with loyal followers Ichiro Yaguchi and Hideki Hosaka against Yoshihiro Takayama, Tomoaki Honma, and NOSAWA Rongai in a Barbed wire Board Street Fight Death Match. Jun Kasai will be attending the show along side Masashi Takeda and Kenji Fukimoto to most likely set up what time of match will take place between them for May 2nd. Other matches will see Dump Matsumoto and Leatherface go up against The Winger and Raideen, Onita friends Kazushi Miyamoto & Kenichi Fujii will go up against the former W*ING team of Magnitude Kishiwada and Hido. The women's match on the show will have Aki Kambayashi in her masked La Malcriada gimmick teaming with fellow REINA wrestler Aoi Ishibashi against the foreign team of Charlie Simone Aussie & Alex Lee. The ZERO1 team of Kohei Sato, Kamikaze and Yoshikazu Yokoyama will go up against the freelance team of Kazuhiko Matsuzaki, Naoshi Sano and Keita Yano. ZERO1's Maybach Beta and Sebestian Concrete will team up against long time Independent wrestlers Masaru Toi and Masayoshi Motegi in the opening match.
The Apache Army held their last currently booked show on March 30, 2013 at the Tokyo Nishi-Chofu Martial Arts Arena and although no attendance was announced this show atleast this show was talked about by those in the promotion unlike the previous months show in the building which everyone involved pretty much acted as if that show never took place with how little it was talked about. The main event saw Kenichiro Arai and Tomohiko Hashimoto defeat the team of Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Kintaro Kanemura with Arai getting Kuroda in the Cross Armlock to score the pin at 12 minutes to continue to setup for the possible match of Kuroda defending his WEW World Title against Arai. Tanomusaku Toba defeated Iori Sugawara with a Backfist at 12 minutes, 18 seconds. The brother tag team of Rikiya Fudo and Daisaku Shimoda defeated the Apache Demolition team of Shoichi Ichimiya and Hazard Jr. when Fudo hit the Lariat on Hazard Jr. at 7 minutes, 17 seconds. Kotaro Nasu defeated Keita Yano at 7 minutes, 25 seconds with the Cross Armbreaker and HIROKI opened the show defeating Kikutaro at 6 minutes, 53 seconds with the Trance Rave. Nobody in the promotion has talked about any future shows following this show.
Pro-wrestling writer Ken Suzuki recently posted a link of a story a few months back about a fan of FMW in the late 90's living Saitama finding out that the grave of Shoichi Arai was in Saitama close by to his house. The grave was in the Saitama Kawaguchi Memorial Garden and after about 10 minutes of looking around the fan was able to find the Shrine of former FMW President and Owner Shoichi Arai with the FMW Entertainment-Pro Wrestling Making of New Legend 2002 logo on it as well as Arai's name and the date of his death of May 16, 2002 listed on it. Cans of beer and coke were left which is a Japanese tradition for the nourishment of the dead.
Atsushi Onita teamed with Shinjiro Otani and Masato Tanaka on March 6, 2013 at Korakuen Hall for ZERO1's 12th Anniversary show as they took on the team of Akebono, Takao Omori, and Daisuke Sekimoto. Onita was limited due to the burns on his arm suffered a month earlier in the Exploding Barbed wire Death Match. Onita bandaged the burns so that they not be exposed during the match. Despite Onita and Akebono's mutual friendship with one another following their Death Match the match started with Onita spitting mist in Akebono's face. Onita stayed out of the ring most of the match besides to smash a chair over over Sekimoto's head. The finish would see Akebono deliver three Yokozuna Press' on Otani to get the pin at 18 minutes, 27 seconds. After the match, Onita and Akebono sat together and continued to be friendly with one another despite opposing each other in the match.
Onita held a press conference on March 8, 2013 showing off how his arm looks after a month following the skin being burnt off. Onita addressed Jun Kasai's challenge to him a week earlier and stated he did not like the younger generation of Death Match wrestlers like Kasai and that he would be going to the FREEDOMS show on April 3rd and will issue a challenge to Kasai there for Onita's April 12th Shinjuku FACE show which the main event will be Onita teaming with Ichiro Yaguchi and Hideki Hosaka against Mystery Opponents which will most likely be Jun Kasai and two of his Unchain members in a Barbed wire Board Street Fight Death Match.
FREEDOMS ran their March 14, 2013 show at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring drawing an announced crowd of 182 fans. The main matches on the show were 2nd Round Matches of the King of Freedom World Championship Tournament. The main event saw Kamui score one of his biggest singles wins of his career as he defeated Masashi Takeda in a Hardcore Match. The spot of the match was Kamui delivering a Reverse Fire Thunder off the apron onto a ladder but Takeda's only barely grazed the ladder before they both landed on the outside. Kamui ended up using a chain to tie up Takeda with the Kamui Clutch to get the win at 14 minutes, 48 seconds. Minoru Fujita defeated fellow Unchain member Jun Kasai at 14 minutes, 48 seconds as well as Kasai ended up punching Fujita down to the mat and as Fujita was on the mat he quickly grabbed Kasai and rolled him for the cradle to get the win and advance. Takashi Sasaki defeated Guruken Driver when Sasaki delivered his D-Geist at 11 minutes, 52 seconds to advance. Tatsuhito Takaiwa advanced defeating Brahman Shu at 9 minutes, 39 seconds. Non tournament matches saw Mammoth Sasaki team with Ryuichi Sekine and Eisa 8 to defeat the team of HIROKI, SUSUMU, and Toru Sugiura when Sekine delivered the Rise Dragon on Sugiura at 12 minutes, 41 seconds for the win. Great Kojika and Gabbaiji-chan teamed up for the Road to Kojika's 50th Anniversary match as they lost to the team of Brahman Shu and Kei when Kei delivered a Sliding Kick to get the win at 10 minutes, 53 seconds over Kojika. The opening match saw former IWA Japan wrestlers Keizo Matsuda and The Winger defeat Kenji Fukimoto and Captain Abnormal when Winger used a inside cradle to get the pin at 6 minutes, 8 seconds over Abnormal.
FREEDOMS will return to the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on April 3rd for their Semi-Finals Matches of the King of Freedom World Championship Tournament. The main event match will have Takashi Sasaki take on Kamui in a Hardcore Match with the winner facing the winner of Minoru Fujita against Tatsuhito Takaiwa on May 2nd at Korakuen Hall in the finals of the tournament. Mammoth Sasaki will team with HIROKI and SUSUMU as they take on the Unchain team of Jun Kasai, Masashi Takeda, and Kenji Fukimoto in a Hardcore Match with Atsushi Onita scheduled to appear after the match to confront Jun Kasai for the first time face to face. Great Kojika and Gabbaiji-chan will team up in a Handicap Match as they take on the team of Brahman Shu, Brahman Kei, Karate Brahman, and Captain Abnormal. Keizo Matsuda and The Winger continue to team up as they will face off against Guruken Driver and Eisa 8. The opening match will see Toru Sugiura and Yusaku Ito team up against K-Dojo's Ryuichi Sekine and Ayumu Honda.
Apache Army ran at the Osaka Young Lion Hall on March 24, 2013 and announced a crowd of 365 fans a sell out for the building. It seems far fetched considering the low number they have been doing in Tokyo recently but everyone in the promotion was very proud of how well the show did. The main event saw a 19 Man Battle Royal won by Tetsuhiro Kuroda last eliminating Apache GM Hasegawa who competing in his first match of any kind of his career as Kuroda threw him over the top rope for the win. Kintaro Kanemura teamed with Yoshiaki Fujiwara and HIROKI to defeat the Apache Demolition team of Tomohiko Hashimoto, Shoichi Ichimiya, and Kenichiro Arai when Kanemura delivered the Baku YAMA Senton Special to Ichimiya at 10 minutes, 44 seconds for the win. Tetsuhiro Kuroda defended his WEW World Title for the second time as he defeated YO-HEY with the Lariat at 13 minutes, 23 seconds. Magnitude Kishiwada defeated Keita Yano at 15 minutes, 13 seconds with the Powerbomb. Daisaku Shimoda teamed with brother Rikiya Fudo and Osaka Pro's Tadasuke to defeat the team of Kuga, Hazard Jr., and Osaka Pro's Orochi when Shimoda delivered a Back Supplex to Hazard to get the win at 15 minutes, 23 seconds. Kikutaro defeated his former gimmick of Ebessen at 12 minutes, 5 seconds with the Shining Wizard. Daichi Matsumoto made his pro-wrestling debut in the opening match against Kintaro Kanemura with Kanemura getting the win at 4 minutes, 46 seconds with a Kick.
Apache Army announced the lineup for the March 30th show at the Nishi-Chofu Martial Arts Arena show with the main event of Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Kintaro Kanemura teaming up against Tomohiko Hashimoto and Kenichiro Arai. Daisaku Shimoda and Rikiya Fudo team up to take on Shoichi Ichimiya with a Mystery Partner on his side, Keita Yano will face off against Hazard Jr. in a singles match, Kikutaro will go up against Kotaro Nasu, and the opening match will see Tanomusaku Toba against Iori Sugawara. No shows have been announced as booked following that show for the promotion as well.
Ricky Fuji defended his Independent Jr. Heavyweight Title for the 1st Time on March 15th at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring at the K-Dojo show as he defeated Akito after he delivered a Maximum Over Drive which is a Piledriver with a nasty spike. The next challenger for Ricky's title is another former FMW wrestler in Nanjyo Hayato as Nanjyo will challenge Ricky for the former FMW title on April 14th at K-Dojo's Korakuen Hall show. It will be the first time that Nanjyo is challenging Ricky for that title belt but Nanjyo once challenged Ricky for the Rocky Mountain Middleweight Championship on August 2, 1997 in Shiodome with Ricky successfully defending the title back then.
FREEDOMS ran at the Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on February 27, 2013 with the first round matches of the King of Freedom World Champion Tournament drawing an announced 215 fans much higher than they had been doing for the standard Shin-Kiba 1st Ring shows. The main event of the show saw Takashi Sasaki defeat HIROKI to advance to the second round using GENTARO's Sharpshooter at 13 minutes, 53 seconds as a tribute to his friend. Minoru Fujita ended up defeating Mammoth Sasaki in the semi-main event after surviving from a Press Slam off the top turnbuckle and an Awesome Bomb from the ramp into the ring but Fujita would end up getting the quick roll up at 5 minutes, 16 seconds to advance. Tatsuhito Takaiwa defeated Keizo Matsuda at 10 minutes, 54 seconds to advance using the Death Valley Bomb. Kamui defeated Brahman Kei after Kei was holding on to Kamui to allow Shu to try and spit black into Kamui's face but Kamui was able to move out of the way causing the ink to be spit in Kei's face as Kamui rolled up Kei with the Kamui Clutch at 8 minutes, 32 seconds for the win. Jun Kasai defeated fellow Unchain member Kenji Fukimoto after a pair of saws were used in the match and despite having green mist spit in his face Kasai would still end up picking up the win after delivering a Reverse Tiger Driver on the pair of saws at 7 minutes, 41 seconds to defeat Fukimoto. Brahman Shu ended up defeating Captain Abnormal to advance at 4 minutes, 8 seconds using the Caterpillar. Masashi Takeda defeated Eisa 8 using the Armlock to get the submission at 8 minutes, 46 seconds for the win. Guruken Diver defeated The Winger at 8 minutes, 48 seconds to advance. Toru Sugiura and SUSUMU opened the show facing off against Ryuichi Sekine and Ayumu Honda with the match going to a 10 minute Time Limit Draw.
The next FREEDOMS show will be on March 14, 2013 at the Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring for the 2nd Round Matches. The main event of the show will be a Hardcore Match between Kamui against Masashi Takeda. The winner of that match will face the winner of Takashi Sasaki against Guruken Diver in the semi-finals of the tournament. Jun Kasai will take on another Unchain member in Minoru Fujita with the winner of that match going up against the winner of Brahman Shu against Tatsuhito Takaiwa. The other non tournament matches will have Mammoth Sasaki teaming with Ryuichi Sekine and Eisa 8 against HIROKI, SUSUMU, and Toru Sugiura. Great Kojika and Gabbaiji-chan return to take on Brahman Shu and Kei in a Road to Kojika's 50th Anniversary Match. The opening match will have Keizo Matsuda team up with The Winger against Unchain's Kenji Fukimoto and Captain Abnormal.
Following his victory over Kenji Fukimoto on February 27th at the FREEDOMS show, Jun Kasai was backstage talking to reporters when he began using Atsushi Onita's name to provoke Onita. Jun Kasai ended up doing it again on March 1st in Tokyo for the FREEDOMS press conference as it looks like they might be setting up for a Jun Kasai against Atsushi Onita match somewhere down the line most likely for the May 2nd Korakuen Hall show. Onita has not replied to anything from Kasai yet. At that same press conference on March 1st, Great Kojika announced that at the May 2, 2013 Korakuen Hall will be his 50th Anniversary Match on the show. Kamui, SUSUMU, and Toru Sugiura also announced that they would be starting their own sub-promotion called FLYDOM with a more basis of highflying moves in the match. The first show will be at the Saitama Kitasenju Theater 1010 on May 12th with Takashi Sasaki, Jun Kasai, The Winger, and Sakigake will also be on the show.
FREEDOMS announced the shows for the next couple of months following their Korakuen Hall show on May 2nd. They will return to Shin-Kiba on May 30th, then again on June 27th. They will return to the Kitakyushu Palace from last year on July 14th. Jun Kasai's 15th Year Anniversary show will be held at Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on July 25th and then Kasai will promote his Death Match Tournament show at Korakuen Hall on August 29th. They will return to the Iwate Ichinoseki City Gym U Dome Main Arena on September 16th, and already booked is Jun Kasai's Christmas Death Match show on December 25th at Korakuen Hall.
Atsushi Onita held a press conference on February 18th in Tokyo to reveal the recovery of his arm as it was still heavily wounded from the skin being burnt off during the Exploding Barbed wire Death Match against Akebono back on February 8th. During the press conference Onita would be given chocolates by Akebono as a Valentines Day present. Despite Onita and Akebono being on good terms and talking about forming a tag team in the future they will see themselves against each other once again as Atsushi Onita will team with Shinjiro Otani and Masato Tanaka against Akebono, Takao Omori, and Daisuke Sekimoto in the main event of ZERO1's 12th Anniversary show on March 6, 2013 at Korakuen Hall. Onita also announced that he would he will be promoting his own shows once again in 2013 as he will return to Shinjuku FACE on April 12th and then will run a show on April 20th at the Fukushima Iwaki Tachihira Gym.
Apache Army announced the lineup for their lineup of their upcoming show on March 24, 2013 at the Osaka Young Lion Hall. The main event of the show will have Kintaro Kanemura and HIROKI teaming with Yoshiaki Fujiwara against Apache Demolition's Kenichiro Arai, Tomohiko Hashimoto, and Shoichi Ichimiya. Tetsuhiro Kuroda will take on YO-HEY in what will now be a WEW World Heavyweight Title match after YO-HEY went to Kanemura personally and requested for the title shot as it will be Kuroda's first defense in over 5 months. Magnitude Kishiwada will take on Keita Yano, Kuga and Hazard Jr. will take on the twin brother tag team of Rikiya Fudo and Daisaku Shimoda who have reconciled after their singles match back on January 20th. Kikutaro will take on his former gimmick of Ebessen and the opening match will be Daichi Matsumoto's Debut Match as he will face off against Kintaro Kanemura.
Not much was ever reported of the Apache Army February 17, 2013 show at the Tokyo Nishi-Chofu Martial Arts Arena other than one blurb written about the show by Apache GM Hasegawa. The Apache Demolition team of Tetsuhiro Kuroda and HIROKI defeated Kenichiro Arai and Hazard Jr. with Arai challenging for Kuroda's title after the match. Tomohiko Hashimoto and Shoichi Ichimiya defeated Kintaro Kanemura and Masato Shibara after Hashimoto pinned Shibata to defend the titles for the 2nd time. Kanemura was subbing for Arashi who canceled the day before. Kintaro Kanemura wrestled his first singles match since his shoulder injury back on July 25, 2012 as he defeated Menso~re Oyaji. Daisaku Shimoda and Rikiya Fudo defeated Tanomusaku Toba and Kotaro Nasu and requested for a WEW Tag Team Title shot in the near future. Mozuki Man defeated Kikutaro in the opening match.
Kintaro Kanemura recently wrote about Tomohiko Hashimoto who runs the current Apache Army promotion as he participated in a MMA match on February 24th at Korakuen Hall and won. Kanemura mentioned how he would like to rest and begin to prepare to start training for MMA himself as a result of the recent success of Hashimoto. He then posted the picture of Mirko Cro Cop kicking him so hard in 2007 that it fractured his skull and he suffered bleeding of the brain. Kanemura then wrote under the picture "and then I would most likely die".
Mr. Gannosuke made some changes to his upcoming show on April 9, 2013. The main event has been changed back to Hikaru Sato vs. Kazunari Murakami as it will now be a Lumberjack Match so that the two can't brawl outside the ring to a count out and there must be a winner. Kazuhiro Tamura vs. Masamune has been moved back to the co-main event. Gannosuke also announced that Kana ended up double booking herself on April 9th and will not be able to appear on the show as well so the women's match has been changed to Aki Shizuku against Kaori Yoneyama with Yoneyama taking Kana's place.
Ricky Fuji will make his first defense of the Independent Jr. Heavyweight Title against Akito at K-Dojo's March 15, 2013 show at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. The match was setup after Akito pinned Ricky in the first round of the BO-SO Golden Tag Team Tournament on February 16th at the Chiba REINA Arena.
Ribera's Steakhouse and ZERO1 along with many other sponsors per match promoted the "Naniwa Big Fireworks" on February 8, 2013. Naniwa is the district in Osaka where the Osaka BODYMAKER COLOSSEUM which is the former Osaka Prefectural Gym is located. The building is able to hold up around 6,000 fans. I was able to watch a live steam of the show on Samurai TV and although no attendance is ever announced for anything ZERO1 is a part of it looked like around 3500-4000 fans attended the show, as the first floor of the building look nearly sold out but the second floor of seats were nearly empty.
The main event of the show saw Atsushi Onita against Akebono in a No Ropes Exploding Barbed wire, Exploding Barbed wire Board, Exploding Baseball Bat, and Barbed wire Chair Death Match. The exploding chair was changed into a exploding barbed board prior to the match and instead barbed wire was just placed around a chair.
Atsushi Onita would come to the ring with Sabu, Hido, Hideki Hosaka, Kenichi Fujii, and Ichiro Yaguchi by his side. The match would start with Onita and Akebono squaring right in the circle of the match much like the beginning of a sumo match. Akebono then got months of revenge as he out of nowhere spit red mist in Onita's face and then threw Onita into two sets of exploding barbed wire. Akebono made the cover right away and Onita was barely able to kick out to save himself from the quick squash. Onita was able to get out of the ring and begin walking into the crowd to try and collect himself as Akebono began chasing him into the crowd. Onita made his way back towards ringside when Akebono would come charging at him with Onita moving out of the way and Akebono running into the turnbuckle and then Onita then spitting red mist in his face.
Onita and Akebono would make their way back into the ring as Onita would begin using the barbed wire chair over Akebono. Onita would try to send Akebono into the barbed wire but Akebono would bring Onita into it with him as they would both hit the exploding barbed wire. Akebono would recover much faster than Onita and Akebono would throw Onita into the last exploding barbed wire set and again try for a pin with Onita barely kicking out again. Akebono would then pick up Onita by his neck and much like every match between them Onita would again spit more red mist into Akebono's face.
Onita would then press a button that was placed on one of the turnbuckles that would begin a siren much like the old FMW exploding ring siren that would send the electricity into the barbed wire bat and barbed wire board. Akebono would again charge at Onita but Onita would move out of the way and Akebono would send himself into the exploding barbed wire board. Onita would then grab one of the bats and would smash it across Akebono's stomach causing a huge explosion. Onita would then take another exploding bat while Akebono was down smash it over Akebono's back causing another huge explosion and would then roll over Akebono for the cover and the pin at 10 minutes, 12 seconds for the Onita win.
Akebono would get up to his feet and shake Onita's hand ending their 10 month feud. Onita would do one more promo before leaving. The biggest either would suffer would be most of the skin burnt off of one of Onita's arms but Onita would refuse any visit to the hospital that night and instead would be interviewed by reporters, shower, meet with many of his old FMW employees before heading back home. Megumi Kudo and Ricky Fuji covered the post game show following the show.
The semi-main event of the show saw Shinjiro Otani and Masato Tanaka take on the team of Sabu and Leatherface. Leatherface was not Mike Kirschner as originally expected. A bloody Sabu was able to deliver a top rope leg drop to the outside sending Tanaka through a table but Tanaka would end up recovering and delivering a Sliding D to Leatherface followed by Otani delivering a Dragon Suplex on Leatherface to pick up the win at 18 minutes, 29 seconds. Afterwards, the sponsors of the match Stamina Foods sent two women out a card to present to the wrestlers minus Leatherface for participating in a match to promote their store.
ZERO1's Kohei Sato, Ryouji Sai, and Osaka Pro's Zeus defeated the team of Magnitude Kishiwada, Hideki Hosaka, and Apache's Tomohiko Hashimoto with after Hosaka would fall victim to Sai's Naichi Waterfall at 14 minutes, 29 seconds. Takuya Sugawara defended his International Jr. Heavyweight and NWA World Jr. Heavyweight Titles by defeating YO-HEY at 13 minutes, 59 seconds with a La Magisterial.
In the "Spirit of F" Match the team of Hisakatsu Oya, Hido, Freddy Krueger, Naoshi Sano as Dark Ranger, Miss Mongol, Freddy Krueger, and Ichiro Yaguchi as Crypt Keeper (although Yaguchi would just have painted his face for the match and would resemble nothing of the old Crypt Keeper from FMW) would defeat the team of Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Ricky Fuji, Yukihide Ueno as Battle Ranger Z, Flying Kid Ichihara, and very old school FMW wrestler Masanobu Kurisu. The match would just be just everyone trying to get a spot in as it would start off with all the wrestlers brawling around ringside and Oya and Kurisu facing off against each other in the ring before also brawling into the crowd. Ricky Fuji and Miss Mongol would then face off as Mongol would end up pulling down Ricky's pants to show his ass with Ricky would thrust his backside into Mongol's face. Ichihara and Ranger would deliver some quick highflying moves, and Kuroda would deliver his running down the aisle in the crowd and hitting his lariat spot. The final spot would be Freddy Krueger of all people knocking down The Shooter and delivering a Moonsault which is a surreal sight to see to pick up the win at 11 minutes, 42 seconds. Following the match Krueger, Yaguchi, Hido, and Dark Ranger would all head out as soon as possible. Kuroda, Ricky, Ichihara, Ueno, Kurisu, and Shooter would all stay in the ring as the sponsor of the match Hotel The 21 would send an employee of theirs in Rie Nakamura to deliver them a card to promote their building. Hisakatsu Oya and Miss Mongol would stay and watch as Megumi Kudo would then head to the ring and begin singing her single from 1992 "Keep on Running" with Ricky and Kuroda trying to get the crowd into the song which result in a little bit of awkwardness due to the whole thing being rushed.
The rest of the show had Mineo Fujita, Shoichi Uchida, and Yasu Kubata defeat the team of Ikuto Hidaka, Yoshikazu Yokoyama, and Kenichi Fujii when Fujita nailed his Swanton Bomb on Fujii at 10 minutes, 12 seconds. The opening match which was also a Dark Match as Samurai TV just showed the announcers going over the card while the wrestlers were in the ring as Keita Yano and Gohaeng Ogawa defeated The Insurance Shop Teacher and Iga Ninja as Ogawa pinned The Insurance Shop Teacher.
Megumi Kudo appeared on Samurai TV's Battle*Men show along with Makoto Ohe who the two had co-hosted the similar wrestling highlight show called the Fighting Gong Show back in 2004 when Kudo worked for Samurai TV regularly. They went over Kudo's career and due to not having the rights to FMW footage they showed highlights of her AJW matches against Aja Kong back on December 6, 1993 and the Tokyo Dome Match on November 20, 1994 teaming with Hikari Fukouka against Takako Inoue and Cuty Suzuki. They then showed pictures of her retirement match against Shark Tsuchiya on April 29, 1997. They then had their special guest for the show in Sabu appear. Sabu came off as uncomfortable due to hate having to speak as well as having to communicate with a translator with everything that was asked and said. He was asked how he felt about Onita who he said was a father figure to him like The Sheik, if he would ever want to face off against Akebono which he would not because he was too big, how he felt about Hayabusa who he likes very much and thinks he was very talented and added that he stole his pants. He was asked about his upcoming match against Shinjiro Otani and Masato Tanaka. He stated he was excited to work with Otani again as he had worked with him in the mid 90's in New Japan and stated he was very excited to be facing off against Tanaka for the first time ever (they faced off against each other in a tag match in HUSTLE in 2004) who he said was like a brother to him and who lived with him in Michigan for half a year in 1998 while Tanaka worked for ECW. Backstage many of the former FMW wrestlers met and converse and took pictures with one another. Sabu gave a present in a set of his wrestling pants to Kudo as the two took a picture with one another. Sabu also took pictures with Kudo, Rie Nakamura, Kaori Nakayama as well as Nakayama's sons. Onita also took pictures along side with Kudo and Flying Kid Ichihara.
GENTARO was able to finally leave the hospital on January 22, 2013 after a 5 month stay from suffering a stroke back on August 5, 2012 in Sapporo after collapsing backstage following a 45 minute time limit draw match with Isami Kodaka. GENTARO stated that he is going to rehabilitation every day, would like to return to the ring one day, and thanked everybody for all the money raised for him over the last few months including holding a charity show back in September to help pay for his hospital stay.
The Apache Army will run with what looks to be their new smaller home base in the Tokyo Nishi-Chofu Martial Arts Arena on February 17th. Two matches have been announced for the show as Kintaro Kanemura will face off against Menso~re Oyaji in a singles match and the WEW Tag Team Titles will be defended for the first time since November 6, 2012 as Tomohiko Hashimoto and Shoichi Ichimiya defend the titles against Arashi and Masato Shibata.
Mr. Gannosuke announced the official lineup for his Kishindo Returns 12 show on April 9, 2013 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. The main event has been changed to Kazuhiro Tamura against Masamune so that Tamura and Gannosuke can once again interact with one another to end the show which has been the case for the last several shows. Also, an added match to the show will be Mineo Fujita teaming with Keita Yano against Yuko Miyamoto and the masked old man Gabbaiji-chan. The opening match will have The Winger take on 666 Young's Nissan Aruga.
ZERO1 promoted an old FMW vs. W*ING match on their February 3, 2013 at Korakuen Hall. The match was entitled "Remember F vs. W" with the FMW team of Atsushi Onita, Masato Tanaka, and Sabu against the W*ING team of Kintaro Kanemura, Leatherface which was not Mike Kirschner returning to Japan, and Hido. Onita would end up spitting black mist into Hido's face, Tanaka would end up busting open Kanemura, and Sabu would end up diving into the crowd from the top rope. The final sequence would see Onita piledrive Hido through the table and then pieces of the table would be smashed over Kanemura's head which would then be followed by Sabu delivering a Triple Jump Moonsault off the middle rope and nearly messing up the move before catching himself and delivering it to finish off Hido at 16 minutes, 59 seconds for the FMW win.
The full lineup for the big show on February 8, 2013 at the Osaka Prefectural Gym now known as the Osaka BODYMAKER COLOSSEUM. The show is being put on by Ribera's Steakhouse with the entitled name "Naniwa Big Fireworks" which each individual match besides the main event having its own sponsor for it. The main event will see Atsushi Onita try to gain revenge on Akebono for his Death Match loss back in August as he will go up against the sumo star in a No Ropes Exploding Barbed wire Death Match with a chair and barbed wire bat connected to the explosions as well. Shinjiro Otani and Masato Tanaka team up to take on the team of Sabu and Leatherface. Kohei Sato, Ryouji Sai, and Zeus take on the team of Apache's Tomohiko Hashimoto, Magnitude Kishiwada, and Hideki Hosaka. International Jr. Heavyweight and NWA World Jr. Heavyweight Titles Match will have Takuya Sugawara defend his titles against YO-HEY. Hotel The 21 which is a hotel in Osaka will sponsor the match entitled "Spirit of the F" as all 12 wrestlers atleast have their gimmicks traced back to some time period in FMW. The face team will have Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Ricky Fuji, Yukihide Ueno returning as Battle Ranger Z, Flying Kid Ichihara, a return of the gimmick The Shooter, and Masanobu Kurisu who was in FMW from its debut show on October 6, 1989 until May 19, 1990. They will go up against the heel team of Hisakatsu Oya, Hido, most likely Naoshi Sano as Dark Ranger, Miss Mongol, Freddy Krueger, and The Crypt Keeper in the most random match to represent the memory of FMW. Ikuto Hidaka, Yoshikazu Yokoyama, and Onita follower Kenichi Fujii against Mineo Fujita, Shoichi Uchida, and Yasu Kubata. The opening match will have Ogawa Gohaeng which is the name of an Osaka restaurant sponsoring the show teaming with Keita Yano against a wrestler by the name of The Insurance Shop Teacher and Iga Ninja. Megumi Kudo will also be singing on the show.
FREEDOMS ran their first show at Shin-Kiba 1st Ring for 2013 on January 20th drawing an announced crowd of 153 fans. The main event of the show was a 5 vs. 5 Elimination Match between the FREEDOMS Army against Unchain. Jun Kasai, Minoru Fujita, Masashi Takeda, Kenji Fukimoto, and Captain Abnormal defeated Takashi Sasaki, Mammoth Sasaki, Kamui, HIROKI, and SUSUMU. Captain Abnormal was the first one eliminated as he was thrown over the top rope by Takashi Sasaki at 10 minutes, 17 seconds. Mammoth Sasaki then eliminated Kenji Fukimoto at 12 minutes, 2 seconds with the 29 Years Old. Jun Kasai eliminated HIROKI at 14 minutes, 53 seconds and then Kasai and SUSUMU eliminated each other by falling over the top rope at 14 minutes, 53 seconds. Minoru Fujita got some sign of revenge for the previous months lost by eliminating Takashi Sasaki at 18 minutes, 59 seconds and then Kamui got some revenge on Fujita for the previous months lost as well by using his Kamui Clutch on Fujita at 19 minutes, 32 seconds for the elimination. This left Mammoth and Kamui against Masashi Takeda. Mammoth and Kamui set up for their Double Mammoth Home Run but Takeda was able to escape and would end up knocking Mammoth over the top rope and then spearing him to the outside for the elimination at 20 minutes, 41 seconds. This left Takeda against Kamui with Takeda finishing him off with the U Crash at 22 minutes, 9 seconds for the Unchain victory. Other matches on the show WAVE Offer Match of Yumi Oka and Sawako Shimono defeat GAMI and Misaki Ohata when Oka pinned GAMI at 15 minutes, 40 seconds with a Face Kick. Tatsuhito Takaiwa, Keizo Matsuda, and The Winger defeated Baramon Shu, Kei, and Karate in a 2 out of 3 Falls Match with the third fall taking place at 11 minutes, 5 seconds with Takaiwa hitting Kie with the Death Valley Bomb. The opening match saw Great Kojika and Gabbaiji-chan defeat Guruken Diver and Eisa 8 after Gabbaiji hit his old man Swaton Bomb to get the win 12 minutes, 36 seconds over Diver.
After the main event, the new King of Freedom World Title was introduced to the crowd and the wrestlers. They then held a random drawing for the tournament seeds. The 1st Round Matches will take place on February 27, 2013 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring with the finals taking place on May 2, 2013 at Korakuen Hall. The lineup announced is based off the tournament placement and I believe the actual match order of the card will be rearranged unless Eisa 8 will be main eventing his first show ever. Masashi Takeda will take on Eisa 8 with the winner of the match going up against the winner of Kamui versus Baramon Kei. The Winger will take on Guruken Diver with the winner of the match facing off against the winner of Takashi Sasaki versus HIROKI. Jun Kasai will take on fellow Unchain member Kenji Fukimoto with the winner facing off against the winner Mammoth Sasaki versus Minoru Fujita. Baramon Shu will take on Captain Abnormal with the winner going up against Tatsuhito Takaiwa versus Keizo Matsuda.
Apache Army ran at the Tokyo Takeshiba Coliseum on January 20, 2013 not announcing any attendance number. The main event saw Daisaku Shimoda defeat his twin brother Rikiya Fudo with a Running Low Face Kick at 20 minutes, 38 seconds. Dragon Gate's Kenichiro Arai and Tomohiko Hashimoto defeated Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Menso~re Oyaji after Arai used a cradle to pin Oyaji at 13 minutes, 30 seconds. Afterwards, the Apache Demolition attacked Kuroda as it would look like to setup a match between Kuroda against Arai. Arashi defeated Masato Shibata with the Powerbomb at 8 minutes, 1 seconds. Tanomusaku Toba defeated Kotaro Nasu at 8 minutes, 3 seconds via KO after a High Kick. The opening match saw Kintaro Kanemura and HIROKI team up to defeat Shoichi Ichimiya and Hazard Jr. when HIROKI used the inside cradle at 14 minutes, 39 seconds for the Apache Army win.
The Apache Army has downsized as a promotion once again as they will now be running after the seemingly low attended show at the Takeshiba Coliseum which can hold up to around 100 fans. They will now be running regularly at the even smaller Tokyo Nishi-Chofu Martial Arts Arena on February 17th and March 30th. They also have changed their Osaka World Hall Pavilion show on March 17th to the Osaka Young Lion Hall on March 24th. No lineup has been announced for the February 17th show as the promotion is obviously struggling going forward.
Mr. Gannosuke announced that he will be running his Kishindo Returns 12 show on April 9, 2013 at the Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. Most of the matches have been announced for the show. The main event will be a rematch of the MMA match between Hikaru Sato against Kazunari Murakami which last show spilled into the crowd and resulted in a no contest. This time the match will have a winner between the two. Former Dragon Gate Magnitude Kishiwada takes on current Dragon Gate wrestler Kenichiro Arai in the semi-main event of the show. Kazuhiro Tamura will face off against Masamune, Aki Shizuku will take on Kana who will be making her Kishindo debut. The opening match will have Yasu Urano, Isami Kodaka, and Cherry against Guts Ishijima, CHANGO, and Micro. Yuko Miyamoto has also been announced for the show.
Ricky Fuji defeated HIROKI on January 26, 2013 at the Chiba REINA Arena at 16 minutes, 8 seconds using a Tiger Driver to capture the Independent Jr. Heavyweight Title. It snapped HIROKI's reign that had lasted since November 6, 2011 and was defending the title for the 17th time. The reign was very special to Ricky as last year on February 5, 2012 he challenged HIROKI on a FREEDOMS show wanting back the title that he had held so long ago that still had the FMW letters across it. Ricky originally held the title belt when it was the FMW Independent World Jr. Heavyweight Title when he upset The Great Sasuke for it on December 20, 1994 and held it until it dropping it to Hideki Hosaka on February 6, 1995. Ricky attempted to win it back on May 5, 1999 before losing to Naoki Sano with FMW later dropping the recognition of the title later that month and it simply becoming the Independent Jr. Heavyweight Title as it would be defended across many different independent promotions in Japan. It still means something to Ricky Fuji to hold the belt that hadn't been his in nearly 17 years with the letters of the promotion across it that he will always be best known for.
Atsushi Onita and Ichiro Yaguchi announced on January 8, 2013 at a press conference at the Takeshiba Coliseum that their team now had an official name of the Barbed wire Bat Outlaws (BBO). The BBO teamed up on January 13, 2013 at Korakuen Hall for the Legend Pro-Wrestling promotion to take on The First Tiger Mask and Kuniaki Kobayashi in the semi-main event of the show. Onita ended up spitting mist in Kobayashi's face early in the match and Yaguchi would hold on to Kobayashi as Onita would swing the barbed wire baseball bat at Kobayashi. Kobayashi would eventually move out of the way and Onita would end up hitting Yaguchi. Kobayashi would deliver a kick to Onita to knock him down and Kobayashi would end up delivering a Fisherman Suplex to get the pin on Yaguchi at 13 minutes, 4 seconds with Onita being more concerned about spitting mist in Tiger Mask's eyes instead of trying to break up the pin. Onita would attack Kobayashi as Yaguchi would begin choking Sayama with the barbed wire baseball bat until finally retreating feeling like they had won the war despite losing the battle.
ZERO1 will be promoting an FMW vs. W*ING match at their next Korakuen Hall show on February 3, 2013. Atsushi Onita will team up with Masato Tanaka as well as Sabu which will be the first time in 20 years that Onita and Sabu have teamed up as they will take on the team of Kintaro Kanemura, Leatherface, and Hido. It is the only match so far announced for the show. No word on whether or not Leatherface will be Super Leather Mike Kirschner but the Leatherface that has been appearing for such
promotions as WNC the last year or so would stand out as a big sore in the match.
Two other matches have been announced for the big show on February 8, 2013 at the Osaka Prefectural Gym. Besides Atsushi Onita against Akebono in a No Ropes Exploding Barbed wire Explosive Bat and Chair Death Match the other matches will be the team of Shinjiro Otani and Masato Tanaka taking on the team of Sabu and Leatherface. In a "Spirit of F Match" they will take all the former FMW wrestlers/gimmicks and put them all in one match as Hisakatsu Oya teams with Hido, Miss Mongol, and Freddy Krueger against the team of Battle Ranger Z, Ricky Fuji, Hideki Hosaka, and Flying Kid Ichihara.
FREEDOMS ran their first show of 2013 at the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse on January 6, 2013. They held a New Year's Six Man Tag Team Tournament. The first round matches saw the Brahman Shu, Kei, and Karate defeat Keizo Matsuda, The Winger, and Antonio Honda when Karate used the La Magistral to pin Winger at 9 minutes, 22 seconds. The other first round match was The FREEDOMS team of Takashi Sasaki, HIROKI, and Kamui defeat Great Kojika, Gabaiji-chan, and Amigo Suzuki when Sasaki hit the Michinoku Driver II on Suzuki to advance at 11 minutes, 46 seconds. In a New Generation Match Yusaku Ito teamed with Ice Ribbon's Neka Nitta and Risa Sera to defeat Hiroshi Fukuda, Hideyoshi Kamitani, and Tank Nagai when Ito hit a Running PK on Fukuda at 8 minutes, 36 seconds. In the Semi-Finals Match Jun Kasai, Minoru Fujita, and Captain Abnormal defeated Baramon Shu, Kei, and Karate when Fujita cradled Karate in just a minute to advance to the finals. Takashi Sasaki, HIROKI, and Kamui advanced to the finals by defeating the Okinawa Pro team of Menso~re Oyaji, Guruken Diver, and Eisa 8 after HIROKI avoided the RKO by Eisa 8 and instead delivered the Super Dance II at 10 minutes, 5 seconds to advance to the finals. Unchain's Masashi Takeda and Kenji Fukimoto defeated Tatsuhito Takaiwa and SUSUMU when Takeda hit the U Crash on SUSUMU at 10 minutes, 49 seconds for the win. The New Year's Six Man Tag Team Tournament Finals saw the FREEDOMS team win it after Takashi Sasaki, HIROKI, and Kamui defeated Jun Kasai, Minoru Fujita, and Captain Abnormal after Kamui was able to avoid the choke slam by Abnormal and roll him up at 13 minutes, 51 seconds with the Kamui Clutch to win the match and the tournament.
FREEDOMS will return to Shin-Kiba 1st Ring for their first show of the year at the building on January 20, 2013. The main event will be a 5 vs. 5 Single Elimination Match between the FREEDOMS Army vs. Unchain as Takashi Sasaki, Mammoth Sasaki, HIROKI, Kamui, and SUSUMU all team up against Unchain's Jun Kasai, Minoru Fujita, Masashi Takeda, Kenji Fukimoto, and Captain Abnormal. The semi-main event will be a WAVE offer match as GAMI teams up with Misaki Ohata against Yumi Oka and Sawako Shimono. Tatsuhito Takaiwa teams up with Keizo Matsuda and The Winger against Brahman Shu, Kei, and Karate. The opening match will be Guruken Diver and Eisa 8 against Great Kojika and Gabbaiji-chan.
FREEDOMS announced that after over 3 years they will finally be creating their own singles title. The King of Freedom World Championship will be crowned on May 2, 2013 at Korakuen Hall. It will be a 16 man single elimination tournament starting on February 27th, the second round will take place on March 14th, the semi-finals will take place April 3rd and the finals to crown the champion taking place at Korakuen on May 2nd. The 16 men announced for the tournament are Takashi Sasaki, Mammoth Sasaki, The Winger, Kamui, HIROKI, Jun Kasai, Minoru Fujita, Kenji Fukimoto, Masashi Takeda, Captain Abnormal, Brahman Shu, Baramon Kei, Guruken Diver, and Eisa 8.
Apache Army will be running the same day as FREEDOMS on January 20, 2013 at the Tokyo Takeshiba Coliseum as the main event will be twin brother against twin brother in their first singles match against each other in 8 years as Daisaku Shimoda takes on Rikiya Fudo. Dragon Gate's Kenichiro Arai makes his Apache debut as he teams with Tomohiko Hashimoto against Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Menso~re Oyaji in the semi-main event in a possible setup for a future match between Kuroda against Arai. Arashi will take on Masato Shibata and in the opening match Kintaro Kanemura will team with HIROKI against Shoichi Ichimiya and the Apache Demolition masked referee Hazard Jr. HIROKI will be in the opening match to allow him time to make it to Shin-Kiba for the main event of the FREEDOMS show.
Ricky Fuji will be getting another shot at HIROKI's Independent Jr. Heavyweight Title on January 26, 2013 at the Chiba REINA Arena. Ricky who failed to defeat HIROKI back on February 5, 2012 at Shin-Kiba in FREEDOMS announced that he had made it a personal goal to win back the former FMW title that he once held that still has the FMW letters across the title. Ricky ended up pinning HIROKI in a tag match at K-Dojo's Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse show on January 6th as Ricky teamed with Yuji Hino and Saburo Inematsu to defeat HIROKI, Daigoro Kashiwa, and Kunio Toshima after Ricky used the Tiger Driver for the pin over HIROKI.
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