Tokyo Yasukuni Shrine Sumo Wrestling Place
Kohei Sato vs. Masato Tanaka *World Heavyweight Title Match*
Yusaku Obata vs. James Raideen
Shinjiro Otani vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa *Legend Title Match*
Akebono & Shogun Okamoto & The Great Sasuke vs. TARU & Takuya Sugawara & Hartley Jackson
Ikuto Hidaka & Fujita Jr. Hayato vs. Kotaro Suzuki & Sean Guinness
Yoshikazu Yokoyama & Chris Orndorff vs. Minoru Tanaka & Mystery Partner
Hayabusa Memorial Anniversary 3/31/17
Kumamoto Circulation Information Hall
Mr. Gannosuke & Jinsei Shinzaki & Hayabucha vs. Masato Tanaka & Mammoth Sasaki & Yuko Miyamoto
Tetsuhiro Kuroda & Ricky Fuji vs. GOEMON & Onryo
Emi Sakura vs. Riho
Shinjuku Shark vs. Miss Mongol
Ichiro Yaguchi & Gosaku Goshogawara vs. Mt. Aso & Fugofugo Yumeji
Osaka Hirano Kumin Hall
Daisuke Masaoka & Kenji Fukimoto vs. Jun Kasai & Takashi Sasaki *Death Match*
Mammoth Sasaki & Toru Sugiura & MIYAWAKI vs. Yuya Susumu & HAYATA & Naoki Tanizaki
GENTARO & Keita Yano vs. Yasu Kubota & Hide Kubota
Onryo & Rapid vs. Kenichiro Arai & Dyna Mido
Drake Morimatsu & Maya Yukihi vs. Mochi Miyagi & Rina Yamashita
Yuki Tanaka vs. Dragon Libre
Daisuke Masaoka vs. Yuya Susumu
Kengo Mashimo vs. Dragon Libre
Jun Kasai vs. Fuminori Abe
Shuji Ishikawa vs. Chikara
Takashi Sasaki & GENTARO vs. Mammoth Sasaki & Toru Sugiura
Guts World 4/11/17
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
Mr. Gannosuke vs. Kuishinbo Kamen
Super Battle FMW 4/13/17
Aomori Hirosaki City Kawanishi Sports Center
Super Battle FMW 4/14/17
Aomori Hamanasu Hall
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
Tokyo Kitasenju Theater 1010
Tetsuhiro Kuroda & Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs. Tomohiko Hashimoto & Masashi Takeda *WEW Tag Team Title Match*
Jun Kasai vs. HASEGAWA
Daisaku Shimoda vs. Tatsuo Nakano
Toshiaki Terao & Keichii Sato vs. Mystery Opponents
Yosuke Enomoto vs. Rion Mizuki
Daisuke Ikeda vs. Takumi Sakurai
Super Battle FMW 4/27/17
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
Fire Pro-Wrestling 4/30/17
Hiroshima Marina Hop
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
Yokohama Radiant Hall
Guts World 5/5/17
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
Masked Mystery vs. Daisuke *GWC Title Match*
Mr. Gannosuke vs. Dick Togo
Super Battle FMW 5/16/17
Asahikawa Hokkaido Taisei Citizen Center
Super Battle FMW 5/17/17
Hakodate Hokkaido Distribution Hall
Super Battle FMW 5/19/17
Sapporo Hokkaido Susukino Mars Gym
Kumamoto Shintoshin Central Hall
Fukuoka Kitakyushu Moji Red Brick Place
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
Fire Pro-Wrestling 5/27/17
Gifu Graduate Plaza
Kyoto Nagaokakyo Central Lifelong Learning Center
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
Iwate Ichinoseki Central Gym
Okinawa Kadena Dome
Jun Kasai Productions 7/5/17
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
Jun Kasai Productions 7/17/17
Hiroshima Industry Center East Hall
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
I have gathered all the results of matches from shows in 2017 that have had FREEDOMS as well as former FMW/WMF/Apache Army wrestlers working in them and will continue to update it for the rest of the year. It can be found at http://fmwwrestling.us/MiscResults17.html (Last updated: 3/24)
Super Battle FMW returned at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on February 24, 2017 drawing an announced crowd of 300 fans with the main event between Atsushi Onita and The Great Sasuke in their fourth and final match between the two in a Lumberjack Death Match. The Lumberjacks were decided by a lottery as Hideki Hosaka, Raijin Yaguchi, and Tomohiko Hashimoto were put on Onita's side and Black Tiger VII, Ricky Fuji, and Pandita were put on Sasuke's side. FMW's Lumberjack Death Match have always been different than a regular Lumberjack as instead of the wrestlers out there to throw the wrestler back in the ring they are out there specifically to help out the side they are on. Despite being picked for Onita's side both Yaguchi and Hashimoto would attack Hideki Hosaka and then go after Onita early on in the match and with the help of Black Tiger VII set up a barbed wire board across two chairs and deliver a Double Chokeslam to Onita through the barbed wire board. Sasuke would climb the top rope and attempt a senton off the top turnbuckle but Onita would move out of the way and Sasuke would end up flying into the barbed wire board. Onita would then bring in a trash can of weapons before dropping all the weapons out and placing the trash can over Sasuke's head and smashing it with a barbed wire baseball bat and would then grab a guitar and smash it over Sasuke's head before finally finishing off Sasuke at 15 minutes, 53 seconds with a Backdrop on to the weapons and would get the pinfall and win their series 3-1. Onita would grab the mic and thank Sasuke and tell him that he would never forget him. Onita would then bring up that his next All Japan match will take place on March 12th and that his tag team partner Masa Fuchi is ill and will be unable to wrestle on the show and that he would be bringing back The Great Nita in his tag match against Suwama on this show as Onita, Sasuke, and the other Super Battle FMW wrestlers would celebrate in the ring to end the show.
Atsushi Onita before his match came out with a picture of Chavo Guerrero, Sr. from this past August who died back on February 11, 2017 for a 10 bell memoriam salute for his rival and friend. Guerrero who died at 68 due to liver cancer feuded with Onita going back to March 7, 1982 when Onita defeated Guerrero for the NWA International Jr. Heavyweight Title and after congratulating Onita for the win, Guerrero would attack Onita and then begin smashing the trophy that Onita had been rewarded. They teamed up together back on August 26, 2016 to put and end to their 24 year feud and despite Kendo Kashin attacking Guerrero with a trophy and then having Guerrero believe it was Onita that had done it resulting in Guerrero once again attacking Onita with one they would end up making peace after the match with Onita handing him the trophy as a peace offering to finally make it good with one another just 6 months before Guerrero would pass away.
Other matches for the Super Battle FMW show would have Hideki Hosaka, NOSAWA Rongai going as Black Tiger VII, and Kenichi Fujii defeating Raijin Yaguchi, Tomohiko Hashimoto, and Shocker # 1 when Hosaka would pin Shocker at 10 minutes, 52 seconds with a Death Valley Bomb. The FMW team of Ricky Fuji, Gosaku Goshogawara, and The Shooter would defeat the former Apache Army team of Tetsuhiro Kuroda, HASEGAWA, and Takumi Sakurai when Ricky would pinned Sakurai at 13 minutes, 44 seconds with a 9999 DDT. Miss Mongol and Kaori Yoneyama as Yone Mongol would defeat Kagetsu and Miss Koharu when Mongol would pin Koharu at 11 minutes, 40 seconds with a Kanbaya C. The Wild Army consisting of Wild Bear, Wild Seven, and Wild Dragon would defeat the team of Tomoryu, Raiden, and Pandita when Seven would get the win at 11 minutes, 4 seconds over Pandita with a Diving Body Press. The opening match would have Naoshi Sano defeat Toshiaki Terao at 7 minutes, 41 seconds after making him submit to a Single Leg Crab.
Super Battle FMW Commissioner Kaoru Izumi announced that Ray would be appearing at next months show on March 22nd. Ray who is still going through treatment for a malignant brain tumor has not been at any shows the last couple of months and will appear at the March 22nd show when the weather is warmer.
Super Battle FMW will return to the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on March 22, 2017 as the show will be promoted as the 1 Year Hayabusa Memorial show. No matches have been announced yet although Mammoth Sasaki has been booked for this show. Super Battle FMW will then return for a small tour on April 13, 2017 at the Aomori Hirosaki City Kawanishi Sports Center and then on April 14, 2017 at the Aomori Hamanasu Hall which is where they toured last year at this time and had successful shows. They will then go back to Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on April 27th as all the talk this time last year about holding a May 5th show at Kawasaki Stadium looks like a faded dream at this point for the promotion.
Atsushi Onita after winning an Exploding Barbed wire Royal Rumble back on January 22nd earned himself another shot at Masakatsu Funaki's Super Fireworks Title. Onita who lost the belt back on July 24th in Osaka and suffered a broken right arm during the match as well look to finally get his revenge after waiting over 7 months. Onita would early on spit red mist in Funaki's face but Funaki would come back with a chair attack on Onita and then turn on the Exploding Barbed wire Baseball Bat and smash it across Onita's body for the huge explosion but Onita would manage to kick out at two. Funaki would begin kicking Onita repeatedly but Onita eventually managing to dodge one and spit red mist again in Funaki's face before delivering a Back drop and then using the Barbed wire Baseball Bat himself on Funaki to get the win at 10 minutes, 10 seconds to win the title for the third time. The Voodoo Murderers along with Masato Tanaka who turned heel and joined the group back on February 19th rushed the ring and began attacking Onita. Funaki would make the save for Onita and begin kicking Tanaka and the rest of the Voodoo Murderers to clear of the ring. Onita would go over to Funaki for his gesture and the two would shake hands and then hug officially ending the FMW vs. UWF feud one year to the day that Onita had declare war at a Super Battle FMW show at Korakuen Hall after the UWF team had came out after a match of his and attacked him.
Onita after his match visited a clinic in Tokyo due to the pain he was suffering in his arm. They did x rays to reveal a crack under the plate that was put in back in July following Funaki breaking his right arm. Onita visited orthopedic surgeon as a result and learned that he will need to put a cast on his arm again and it will take 4 weeks to recover but Onita has already stated that he would not be missing any shows no matter what.
Atsushi Onita and Masakatsu Funaki met at the ZERO1 Dojo in Minato-ku, Tokyo where they announced that FMW and UWF would be teaming together for the first time on March 5, 2017 in Nagoya. Onita stated that although FMW and UWF go together like water and oil that he had always thought a tag team between him and Funaki would be the strongest and craziest tag team. They will challenge the team of Masato Tanaka and TARU in a Exploding Barbed wire Baseball Bat Death Match. TARU would respond that the match would only take place if the Super Fireworks Title was put on the line during the match with Onita accepting. The winner of the pinfall will end up being the new Super Fireworks Champion.
FREEDOMS ran at the Osaka Moriguchi Citizen Gym on January 29, 2017 drawing an announced crowd of 430 fans for the show. Daisuke Masaoka and Jun Kasai teamed up to take on the team of Mammoth Sasaki and Toru Sugiura in a Hardcore Match with Masaoka picking up the win at 18 minutes, 1 seconds after finishing off Sugiura with a Rokura off the top turnbuckle. Yuya Susumu and HAYATA defended their King of Freedom Tag Team Titles against Takashi Sasaki and Dyna Mido when Yuya hooked on an Arm Breaker to make Mido submit at 16 minutes, 51 seconds for Susumu and HAYATA's fourth successful tag team title defense. Kamui made his return after 9 months with his Mystery Opponent turning out to be Daisuke Masaoka who made short work of Kamui before defeating him at 6 minutes, 23 seconds with the Trans Rave. Kamui has not been booked for any show since so it looks like he was not fully healed prior to this match. The Osaka team of Masamune, MIYAWAKI, and Hide Kubota defeated Masashi Takeda, Kenji Fukimoto, and AK when Masamune scored the win over AK at 14 minutes, 38 with the Honebami. Drake Morimatsu & Kuishinbo Kamen defeated Takoyakida & Midori Idea when Morimatsu pinned Idea at 12 minutes, 48 seconds with the Drake Driver. Brahman Shu and Brahman Kei defeated Yuko Miyamoto and Konaka Pale One after Kei pinned Konaka at 11 minutes, 24 seconds with the Five Body Dissatisfaction. GENTARO and Yuki Tanaka defeated Fuminori Abe and Dragon Libre when Tanaka pinned Libre at 12 minutes, 36 seconds with the Hirakata Cutter to open the show.
FREEDOMS returned to the Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on February 11, 2017 for their Valentine 2017 show doing a very good announced number of 303 fans for the show. The main event had Masashi Takeda and Kenji Fukimoto defeat Daisuke Masaoka and Jun Kasai in a Weapons Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match when Fukimoto put Masaoka away at 16 minutes, 43 seconds after hitting him with a Package Piledriver on a Gadget Board. GENTARO and Yuko Miyamoto defeated the team of Mammoth Sasaki and Tatsuhito Takaiwa when GENTARO rolled up Takaiwa for the win at 14 minutes, 56 seconds with a Kido Clutch. Isami Kodaka got a win over Yuya Susumu after pinning him at 12 minutes, 27 seconds in a Special Singles Match between the two. Kazma Sakamoto who looks like he is being booked for a match with Mammoth Sasaki at a Korakuen Hall show defeated Mammoth's partner Toru Sugiura at 9 minutes, 3 seconds after rolling him up with a School Boy. The team of Brahman Shu, Brahman Kei, and Ryuichi Sekine going as Karate Brahman # 2 got the win over Takashi Sasaki, Mitsuo Momota, and Chikara when Karate Brahman # 2 got the pin over Chikara at 9 minutes, 36 seconds after picking up the pinfall while Chikara was busy putting a Sleeper on the original Karate Brahman and was not paying attention for Sekine to snatch up the win. The opening match saw Kenichiro Arai defeat Dragon Libre at 9 minutes, 58 seconds when using a Hurricanrana to get the win.
FREEDOMS returned to the Hiroshima Industry Hall West Center on February 19, 2017 drawing an announced 602 fans for the show. The main event saw Daisuke Masaoka lose another fall since becoming champion as he teamed up with Jun Kasai and they would lose to the team of Takashi Sasaki and Yuko Miyamoto in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Thumbtacks Death Match with Kasai getting his Korean BBQ sticks shoved into his forehead during the bloody match before Miyamoto would pin Masaoka at 18 minutes with a Moonsault off a ladder for the win. 67 year old Yoshiaki Fujiwara would team up with GENTARO as they would defeat the Unchain team of Masashi Takeda and Kenji Fukimoto when Fujiwara would slap on the Wakigatame to get the win at 10 minutes, 42 seconds after making Fukimoto tap out. Brahman Shu and Brahman Kei captured the King of Freedom Tag Team Titles for the first time under their own names and second time total as they also won the belts back in January 2015 under the masked gimmick names of El Hijo del Winger Uno and Dos as they would defeat Yuya Susumu and HAYATA ending their 5 months run as champions at 14 minutes, 20 seconds when Shu would roll up HAYATA for the School Boy in what was their fifth defense. Mammoth Sasaki and Toru Sugiura who were to get a shot at the tag team titles but now will have to wait due to the Brahman Brothers winning the titles were able to defeat GUNSO and Rey Paloma when Mammoth finished off Paloma at 11 minutes, 42 seconds with the 29 Years Old. Local talent Kenshin Chikano and the Devil Magician defeated Kenichiro Arai and Takumi Tsukamoto at 9 minutes, 51 seconds when the Magician pinned Arai. Tatsuhito Takaiwa and Dragon Libre defeated Takeshi Okada and Yuki Aoki when Takaiwa pinned Aoki at 11 minutes, 42 seconds with a Death Valley Bomb in the opening match.
The next show will be on March 2, 2017 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring with the main event of Daisuke Masaoka, Takashi Sasaki, and Yuko Miyamoto against the Unchain team of Jun Kasai, Masashi Takeda, and Kenji Fukimoto in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match.
The semi-main event will be a match to see who will challenge next for the King of Freedom Tag Team Titles as the former champions Yuya Susumu and HAYATA will take on Mammoth Sasaki and Toru Sugiura. GOEMON who will be appearing in FREEDOMS for the first time since May 2, 2010 as he will team up with long time partner Onryo against the team of GENTARO and Kenichiro Arai who at one time tried out for the FMW Dojo but was unable to graduate. Chikara will take on Ryuichi Sekine under his Karate Brahman # 2 gimmick with Karate Brahman in his corner. Dragon Libre who is getting tested early on in his career will go up against Atsushi Maruyama and the opening match will be a King of Freedom Tag Team Titles match between Brahman Shu and Brahman Kei will defend against Kazma Sakamoto and Hi69 for the first time.
HASEGAWA and Tomohiko Hashimoto held a press conference for the announcement of the A-TEAM's debut show on April 16, 2017 at the Kitasenju Theater 1010 in Tokyo which will be called TAKE OFF. HASEGAWA would announce that the promotion would be succeeding the Apache Army promotion due to Kintaro Kanemura's retirement. It will continue the flow of Fuyuki's WEW promotion but will be different than the Apache Army promotion. The WEW Tag Team Titles will remain active with the promotion and Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Tatsuhito Takaiwa will be defending the titles on the show. It was announced that although the WEW Heavyweight Title retired along with Kanemura that a newly created WEW Jr. Heavyweight Title will be created and be the main singles title for the promotion. Unlike the Apache Army due to the past issues with Kanemura this promotion will also partner with FREEDOMS as both Jun Kasai and Masashi Takeda are booked for the show. The main event will be Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Tatsuhito Takaiwa defending the WEW Tag Team Titles against Tomohiko Hashimoto and Masashi Takeda. Jun Kasai will take on HASEGAWA in a Singles Match to give HASEGAWA a chance to show what he has as the promotion looks to be focusing on him as he is the main financial backer of the promotion just like he was for the Apache Army. Daisaku Shimoda will take on Tatsuo Nakano in a UWF Style Match. Toshiaki Terao and Keichii Sato will go up opponents not yet announced. Rion Mizuki will go up against boxer Yosuke Enomoto and the opening match will have Daisuke Ikeda against Takumi Sakurai.
The Demon Devil Michio CHAN and the Far East Connection would continue for the Guts World promotion on February 21, 2017 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. There would be four random matches between the two groups selected and Mr. Gannosuke's opponent would end up being Masao Orihara. Gannosuke and Orihara who have been feuding since Gannosuke's return in 2014 would begin trying to put away each other early before Gannosuke would remove the turnbuckle pad but it would come back at him as Orihara would end up being the one to smash his head over the exposed turnbuckle busting him open. Gannosuke would end up lariating Orihara to the outside and they would brawl to the outside where Orihara would also begin to bleed and both would be unable to make it back into the ring in time for the 20 count as the referee would end the match at 6 minutes, 46 seconds due to a Double Count Out. The Demon Devil Michio CHAN would end up winning the 4 matches series 2-1 over the Far East Connection. The next show will be on March 19th where the team of Mr. Gannosuke, Guts Ishijima, and CHANGO will challenge for the GWC 6 Man Tag Team Titles against Masao Orihara, Dick Togo, and Ryan Upin at the Tokyo Shinjuku FACE.
Mr. Gannosuke announced the full lineup for the Hayabusa Memorial Anniversary show on March 31, 2017 in Hayabusa's home town of Kumamoto at the Circulation Information Hall as the main event will be the main draw of the show by far as it will have Mr. Gannosuke teaming up with Hayabusa's best friend in wrestling Jinsei Shinzaki along with HARASHIMA going as his Hayabucha gimmick as they will take on Masato Tanaka, Mammoth Sasaki, and Yuko Miyamoto. Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Ricky Fuji will team up to take on GOEMON and Onryo. Former FMW women's wrestler Emi Sakura will take on Riho who along with Gannosuke she helped train for the Ice Ribbon promotion. Shinjuku Shark will go up against Miss Mongol as the two represent two different FMW eras of midcard. The opening match will have Ichiro Yaguchi who became very close friends with Hayabusa due to their love for music teaming up with Gosaku Goshogawara against the team of Mt. Aso and Fugofugo Yumeji.
I just wanted to post an update on the Hayabusa costume that I purchased back in December. Years of neglect from the previous owner had resulted in much of the paint coming off, dirt having collected all over the white outfit including the white fur, and much of the white just becoming yellow. I spent many hours working on this and with the help of several people I feel like I have been able to restore it to the best that I possibly can. It will never look as brand new like when Hayabusa wore it to the ring for his matches from 1998 to 2001 but I am very pleased at how it looks today. My next step is to place it some kind of sealed case although finding one that it will fit in at a reasonable price will be the next challenge for me when it comes to this rare item.
Super Battle FMW ran their first show of 2017 on
January 5, 2017 at the Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring drawing an announced 350 fans for the show. The main event. The main event was changed at the last moment to Atsushi Onita and Hideki Hosaka teaming up with Ricky Fuji to take on Masato Tanaka and Tetsuhiro Kuroda who would now be teaming up with NOSAWA Rongai. The match would also be changed from a Scramble Bunkhouse Death Match to a Barbed wire Board Death Match due to Onita's pelvic injury there was no way he was going to be running to the ring to try and grab a barbed wire baseball first so this was changed to suit his injury better. Onita who has been doing much better was able to piledrive NOSAWA through a table and was able to be thrown into the barbed wire board by Tanaka. Tanaka would grab a cain and begin using it on Ricky which would be followed by Kuroda and NOSAWA suplexing Ricky into the barbed wire board and Tanaka coming off the top rope with a Super Fly Splash. Tanaka would then hit the Sliding D on Onita with Onita kicking out and then spitting red mist in Tanaka's face followed by a chair shot to NOSAWA and then he would hit NOSAWA with two Thunder Fire Powerbombs to get the pinfall at 11 minutes, 23 seconds for the win. Onita and Tanaka would embrace afterwards as Onita has chosen Tanaka to lead Super Battle FMW after he retires in October.
Madoka made his debut for the promotion teaming up with Hi69 as they took on the team of Raijin Yaguchi and Tomohiko Hashimoto. Hi69 and Madoka would have the early advantage as they would deliver a double superkick to Hashimoto but Hashimoto would grab Hi69 and deliver a choke slam with Madoka having to make the save. Hashimoto would grab Hi69 and deliver another choke but this time would turn it into a Crossface which he would end up getting the win at 11 minutes, 37 seconds with it for the submission victory.
Atsushi Onita had a special sit down talk segment with Mitsuhiro Matsunaga during the show. Onita and Matsunaga talked about their Exploding Barbed wire Death Match that they had on December 8, 1993 following Matsunaga leaving W*ING for FMW. Onita then announced officially that his Retirement show will be held in October 2017 with Onita asking Matsunaga if he wanted to be his opponent with Matsunaga just leaving it by not answering and just smiling as a response.
The women's match on the show saw Miss Mongol and Miss Koharu defeat the team of Aoi Ishibashi and Konami when Koharu would pick up the win at 12 minutes, 40 seconds with a Backslide. The team of Raiden, Naoshi Sano, and Tomoryu defeated the Wild team of Wild Seven, Wild Bear, and Wild Dragon when the referee would end the match at 13 minutes, 11 seconds after Bear would get DQ'd. The opening match had Katsunari Toi and Toshiaki Terao defeat Keiichi Sato and Shocker # 1 when Toi got the win at 13 minutes, 28 seconds with a Fisherman Buster on Shocker.
Atsushi Onita and Pandita held a press conference at Toudoukan in Suidobashi, Tokyo on January 26, 2017 announcing the main event of the next Super Battle FMW show on February 24, 2017 at Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. Onita had a mask covering his face so he had Pandita read at the press release stating that Onita had caught a cold two days earlier after throwing water all over the ring and the fans after the show in Osaka. Pandita would read that Onita was challenging The Great Sasuke to One Last Fight at Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on February 24, 2017 in a Lumberjack Death Match. Onita would have three Jado Army wrestlers around ringside and The Great Sasuke would have three Michinoku Pro wrestlers at ringside for him. This will be the 4th and final match between Onita and Sasuke as they had an Exploding Ring Exploding Barbed wire Death Match back on October 30, 1994 with Onita winning. The Great Sasuke would then defeat Onita on September 23, 2003 in a Exploding Barbed wire Death Match. Onita would win the third battle back on May 15, 2016 in a Exploding Barbed wire Baseball Bat Death Match. This match will be the first to not have any explosives. Onita wrote that they are comrades that have had similar paths in wrestling and that he wanted to face Sasuke one last time in a decisive battle.
Other matches on the show will be Hideki Hosaka teaming with Black Tiger # 7 who is most likely NOSAWA Rongai against the team of Raijin Yaguchi and Tomohiko Hashimoto in the semi-main event on the show. There will be an FMW vs. Former Apache Army match as Tetsuhiro Kuroda teams up with HASEGAWA and Takumi Sakura against the FMW team of Ricky Fuji, Gosaku Goshogawara, and The Shooter. The women's match will be Miss Mongol and Sachiko Yokozuna against Kagetsu and Miss Koharu. The Wild Army of Wild Bear, Wild Seven, and Wild Dragon will go up against Tomoryu, Raiden, and Pandita. The opening match will have Naoshi Sano against former Apache Army wrestler Toshiaki Terao.
Naoshi Sano promoted his New Years Eve show on December 31, 2016 at the Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring with a start time of 11:00 PM with the show drawing a crowd of 150 fans for the show. Originally the main event was suppose to be a rematch of Atsushi Onita vs. Naoshi Sano which took place over 8 years ago but Sano upon hearing the news that his friend Shota would need knee surgery in January 2017 decided to not only change the main event to Onita vs. Shota but the show would be a Shota AID show with the proceeds going to Shota's knee ligament surgery. That match would end up getting changed around again following Onita's pelvic injury on December 23rd with Onita unable to work a singles match. The match would be changed to Atsushi Onita, KAI, Hideki Hosaka, and Ricky Fuji against Shota, Kenichiro Arai, NOSAWA Rongai, and Trans-Am Hiroshi in a Street Fight. Onita would be limited but would be able to spit red mist and smash Shota over the head with a chair but it would be KAI that would end up picking up the win at 11 minutes, 43 seconds after KAI would hit him with a Thunder Fire Powerbomb which Onita was physically unable to do himself. Onita afterwards would apologize to Shota about having to make the match a tag team match due to his injury but stated once Shota comes back from his surgery he wants to have an Explosive Match with him. Onita and the other wrestlers then began pouring water all over Shota to end the show. Other matches saw the Guts World team of Mr. Gannosuke, Guts Ishijima, Masked Mystery, and Daisuke defeat Naoshi Sano, Leatherface, Wild Seven, and Kisarazu Clown after Daisuke would pin Sano at 14 minutes, 21 seconds after hitting him with a Frog Slash. Onryo and Masamune would also go to a twenty minute time limit draw during the show. Shota would have successful knee ligament surgery on January 24th and is currently recovering at the hospital.
Atsushi Onita and Masa Fuchi defended their All Japan All Asian Tag Team Titles on January 2, 2017 at Korakuen Hall against the team of Jun Akiyama and Masao Inoue in a Barbed wire Board Death Match. Onita was able to piledrive Inoue through a table and ended up getting thrown into the barbed wire board by Inoue before Inoue would hold Onita as Akiyama would smash him over the head with a guitar. Despite the abuse that Onita would take they would end up in victory as Fuchi would pick up the win over Inoue at 11 minutes, 36 seconds using a Backslide to get the win to successfully defend their titles for the first time. There is no official return date for Onita in All Japan but All Japan has given permission to allow the Exploding Barbed wire Baseball Bat the next time Onita appears.
Atsushi Onita has wanted a Exploding Death Match to take place in America since 1997 when he got FMW to form a talent relationship with ECW with the hopes of it being able to take place. It never came close. Onita as one of his last things he does before retiring in October this year is for an Exploding Match to finally happen in America. Onita had been in contact with Tommy Dreamer's House of Hardcore promotion about getting it done but that fell through. Onita looked to see if it was possible for it to take place in Europe instead but the licensing and the costs were too high. Onita then reached out to CZW's Matt Tremont who grew up as a huge FMW and Onita fan. Tremont has been working on getting a match with Onita since doing a promo back in September 2016 following a match in West Virginia stating Onita was scared of him. That promo got back to Onita through Twitter. Onita would respond back to Tremont on January 12, 2017 stating that he liked Tremont's passion and that he would give Tremont his match if he could get the Explosive Match to take place before Onita retires in October. Negotiations are now taking place between Onita's manager and the promoter for CZW with talks of Tremont getting to go to Japan for a match against Onita and Onita as well as his Jado Army being brought in to the United States for a show at CZW with an Explosive Match taking place on the show. There is no time right now for the match if it were to take place.
Super Fireworks held a show on January 22, 2017 at the what was originally named Osaka Prefectural Gym # 2 as the main event held the first ever Exploding Barbed wire Baseball Bat Royal Rumble between Atsushi Onita, Masakatsu Funaki, Masato Tanaka, Chigusa Nagayo, and TARU. Funaki would end up being the first one eliminated at 10 minutes, 21 seconds after Tanaka would toss him over the top rope. Tanaka would then get tossed over the top rope himself at 11 minutes, 12 seconds by Chigusa Nagayo. Onita would then eliminate his tag partner Nagayo at 14 minutes, 2 seconds after hitting her with the Exploding Barbed wire Baseball Bat. This would leave just Onita and TARU with Onita hitting him with the exploding barbed wire baseball at 17 minutes, 9 seconds to get the win. TARU would not take the loss well as he would then attack Marvelous' Takumi Iroha who had wrestled earlier on the show and lay her out in a bloody mess. This will setup for the next show on January 29th at the Fukuoka Hakata Star Lanes where the main event will be Onita, Nagayo, and Takumi Iroha against TARU, Kamikaze, and Hartley Jackson in a Exploding Barbed wire Baseball Bat Death Match. Also, on the show Masakatsu Funaki will defend his Super Fireworks Title for the first time since winning it back on July 24th as he will take on Masato Tanaka with no announcement if the match will be a Death Match or not.
Kintaro Kanemura's retirement could not have came at a better time as just days following his retirement match he began to feel numbness in his left knee to a point where the pain became severe. He visited a doctor and had an MRI done where it was discovered he had suffered lumbar vertebrae damage which is the spinal area around by rib cage and the pelvis. The injury was resulting in nerve damage and the pain in the knee that made it too difficult for Kanemura to walk on his own. This is the second time that Kanemura has suffered nerve damage as back in 2012 he one day just lost the feelings in his hands and feet. Kanemura is now walking with cane which he showed off in public for the first time as he along with Masato Tanaka met up with Steve Corino and Kevin Kelly on January 6, 2017 at the Tokyo Dome Hotel where they went and got dinner together before taking pictures with one another.
FREEDOMS ran their first show of the year on January 3, 2017 at the Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring drawing a very good crowd of 294 fans for the show for the 3rd Annual One Day Tournament with this tournament consisting of all singles matches. The 1st Round Matches had time limits of 5 minutes and after there would be a time limit the winner would be decided by rock, paper, scissors. The opening matches saw Takashi Sasaki and Dragon Libre go 5 minutes and be decided by Sasaki winning Rock, Paper, Scissors followed by Yuya Susumu eliminating Jun Kasai the same way after their 5 minute time limit. Daisuke Masaoka managed to defeat Kenji Fukimoto in just 3 minutes, 43 seconds after rolling him up for the pinfall. Chikara would last 5 minutes against Masashi Takeda and then manage to eliminate him by Rock, Paper, Scissor in the final 1st Round Match. The second round matches would go to 10 minute time limit draws. GENTARO and Yuko Miyamoto would have byes in to the second round with GENTARO getting the in over Miyamoto at 9 minutes, 20 seconds with a small package to advance. Mammoth Sasaki and Toru Sugiura would also get byes to the 2nd Round with their match going to a 10 minute time limit with Sugiura winning at the Rock, Paper, Scissor contest. Yuya Susumu would advance by defeating Takashi Sasaki at 7 minutes, 40 seconds after making him submit to the Crossface. Daisuke Masaoka would make the final 4 by eliminating Chikara at 5 minutes, 33 seconds after rolling him up.
The semi-final matches of the Tournament would consist of Yuya Susumu and GENTARO in a very mat based match with Susumu hooking on the Cross Armbreaker to get GENTARO to get the win at 10 minutes, 24 seconds with the submission. Daisuke Masaoka would quickly defeat Toru Sugiura at 1 minutes, 28 seconds after Sugiura would go for a Rolling Elbow with Masaoka avoiding it and delivering a hurricanrana and then finishim him off at 1 minute, 28 seconds with a knee to the head. MIKAMI and Tanomusaku Toba defeated the Brahman Brothers in the only non tournament match of the show after Toba would knock out Kei and get the pin at 11 minutes, 30 seconds with a swinging punch to the face. The finals of the One Day Tournament would see Daisuke Masaoka against Yuya Susumu with Masaoka managing to get out of the Cross Armbreaker and deliver a Dragon Screw to Susumu followed by a Thunder Fire and then finishing Susumu off at 11 minutes, 40 seconds with the Rokura for the pinfall victory and to win the One Day Tournament and winning a New Years Present for the win.
FREEDOMS returned to the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on January 26, 2017 drawing a normal size crowd of 184 fans for the show. The main event would have Takashi Sasaki, Jun Kasai, and Masashi Takeda defeat Daisuke Masaoka, Yuya Susumu, and HAYATA when Takeda would get the win over Masaoka at 18 minutes, 23 seconds after hitting him with a Reverse U Crash. Takeda would then challenge Masaoka for the King of Freedom World Title match which will most likely take place at Korakuen Hall on March 23, 2017 which back in March 2015 was the main event of the show and the first big Masaoka push into the main event picture for the promotion. GENTARO defended his UWA Jr. Heavyweight Title for the second time after defeating Tanomusaku Toba at 11 minutes, 46 seconds after delivering a Lou Thesz Press for the win. Chikara defeated Karate Brahman at 10 minutes, 14 seconds after the referee would be force to stop the match after Chikara placed a Body Stenosis Sleeper on Karate for the win. Mammoth Sasaki and Toru Sugiura defeated Kazma Sakamoto and Hi69 after Sakamoto would be DQ'd for attacking the referee at 12 minutes, 13 seconds in what would look to be a setup for a singles match between Mammoth and Kazma. Tatsuhito Takaiwa and Kenji Fukimoto would defeat Yuko Miyamoto and Kenichiro Arai after Fukimoto would score the upset pin at 13 minutes, 11 seconds after hitting Arai with the Package Piledriver. The opening match would have Isami Kodaka replacing MIKAMI who is out with a neck injury as he would defeat Dragon Libre at 9 minutes, 29 seconds after getting him to submit to the Hiza juji-gatame.
FREEDOMS will return to Osaka at the Moriguchi Citizen Gym on January 29, 2017 with the main event of Jun Kasai and Daisuke Masaoka taking on Mammoth Sasaki and Toru Sugiura in a Hardcore Match. Masashi Takeda and Kenji Fukimoto will team up with AK to take on the Osaka team of MIYAWAKI, Masamune, and Hide Kubota. Kamui will make his long awaited return after fracturing his arm back in April 2016 as his opponent will be a Mystery Opponent. Yuya Susumu and HAYATA defend their King of Freedom Tag Team Titles against Takashi Sasaki and Dyna Mido. An Osaka Mixed match will take place between Drake Morimatsu and Kuishinbo Kamen against Takoyakida and Midori Idea. Yuko Miyamoto and Konaka Pale One will team up against the Brahman Brothers and the opening match will have GENTARO and Yuki Tanaka going up against Fuminori Abe and Dragon Libre.
Mr. Gannosuke returned to the Guts World promotion show on January 24, 2017 at the Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. His group which called themselves the Demon Devil Michio CHAN which consisted of Gannosuke, Guts Ishijima, Michio Kageyama, and CHANGO as they took on the Tompachi Machine Guns along with the Far East Connection team of Dick Togo, Masao Orihara, Amigo Suzuki, and Ryan Upin in a Single Elimination Match. Gannosuke would end up being a surprised early elimination as he would be the first person in the match eliminated after getting tossed over the top rope at 8 minutes, 48 seconds by Amigo Suzuki for the elimination. The match would end up coming down to CHANGO who would go up against Dick Togo, Amigo Suzuki, and Ryan Upin. CHANGO would end up eliminating Togo by throwing him over the top rope and then he would eliminate Upin with a Jack Knife Roll up. This would leave CHANGO against Amigo Suzuki who he would eliminate at 21 minutes, 55 seconds with a Diving Senton for the Demon Devil Michio CHAN group. Tetsuhiro Kuroda would also debut for the promotion as a freelancer as he would defeat Fuminori Abe at 10 minutes, 9 seconds with his Technan Buster.
Mr. Gannosuke's next match will be on February 5, 2017 for Yuiga's Batoscafe promotion at the Itabashi Green Hall in a WMF vs. FREEDOMS match with the WMF team consisting of Gannosuke, Onryo, and Mineo Fujita as they go up against the FREEDOMS team with the alternative gimmicks of Takashi Sasaki wrestling as NANGO, GENTARO as BENTEN, and Toru Sugiura as DAEMON.
Mr. Gannosuke announced that he would hold a Kishindo Returns 21 show prior to his Hayabusa Memorial show on March 31, 2017 in Kumamoto. The main event will be Mr. Gannosuke taking on Isami Kodaka as Kodaka got one of his first breaks by appearing in Gannosuke's WMF promotion back in 2005 before he began working with Big Japan and teaming with Yuko Miyamoto and making a name for himself in 2009. The other matches on the show will have Yuko Miyamoto go up against Buffalo in the semi-main event of the show as there is some of what of a Tokyo vs. Osaka vibe going on for this show as Jun Kasai will take on Magnitude Kishiwada and KAI will go up against Atsushi Maruyama. Yasu Urano will take on Konaka Pale One and Mineo Fujita will face Big Japan's new acquisition Tatsuhiko Yoshino with the opening match being a women's match of Hikaru Igano and Micro against Papillon Akemi and Koharu Hinata.
Mr. Gannosuke attended the Tokyo Sports Awards on January 19, 2017 at the Tokyo Prince Hotel Takanawa as a substitute for Hayabusa who won the Pro-Wrestling Grand Prize Lifetime Achievement award. Gannosuke would deliver it to Hayabusa's mother on January 21, 2017 at Hayabusa's mothers home in Kumamoto where it can be displayed apart of the shrine that she has created in memory of her son.
I have added a new Music Video section to the front page as I recently have finished a Mr. Gannosuke Career Music Video to go along with my Hayabusa Career Music Video as well as a video of Hayabusa singing in English video that I filmed back in 2012. I will be working on creating more music videos of former FMW wrestlers through out the months whenever I find the time.
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