Atsushi Onita returned to the ring for his first legitimate match in America in 25 years since FMW had a show in Los Angeles, California on May 16, 1992. He also technically was in a ECW match on June 27, 1998 at the ECW Arena in Philadelphia as he came out during a match as a mystery partner for The Sandman and Tommy Dreamer before attacking them and leaving them. Atsushi Onita appeared for the CZW promotion in Vorhees, New Jersey at the Flyer Skate Zone on August 5, 2017 against Matt Tremont in a No Ropes Barbed wire, Barbed wire Board, and Exploding Barbed wire Baseball Bat Death Match for the "Once in a Lifetime" show that drew an announced 1,000 fans for the show. Atsushi Onita and Matt Tremont were able to get a good majority of their signature spots in including both of them being sent into the barbed wire, both of them spitting mist into each other, and both of them using the exploding barbed wire baseball bat on each other before Raijin Yaguchi and Hideki Hosaka ran in and began attacking Tremont. A little bit later after Yaguchi and Hosaka had already stopped attacking Tremont and were on the outside when music hit and Danny Havoc and Rickey Shane Page came out with Onita getting on the mic and challenging Tremont to a six man match with Tremont accepting. The Onita vs. Tremont singles match went a little over 7 minutes and the 6 man alone went a little over 5 minutes before Yaguchi would end up hitting a Olympic Slam on Havoc on a barbed wire board for the FMW team win. Onita got on the mic afterwards and would call the explosions of the barbed wire baseball bat "cheap" and would challenge Tremont to come to Japan and have a real exploding death match with Tremont accepting. Onita and Tremont ended up having words with one another while going to their tables after the show with Onita pretty much saying the same thing asking if Tremont would promise to come to Japan and they will have real explosions there. Nothing has been made official but the talk is that Matt Tremont will be appearing around October 7-9 put on by undercard wrestler Masahiro Sase for his retirement show.
Onita making it to America did not go without a hitch. The travel situation ended up being much more difficult than they had planned. Onita, Yaguchi, and Hosaka all ended up meeting up at the Haneda Airport on August 3, 2017 at 7:00 am for the 8:30 AM flight to Beijing which would take them to JFK Airport in New York. They got word that the flight had been delayed so they decided to all go to an airport lounge where they ended up staying for 4 hours as the 8:30 AM flight did not end up taking off until 12:40 PM. Onita, Yaguchi, and Hosaka were all still at the lounge when they heard that their flight was ready and everyone needed to get on the plane immediately as they were taking off any moment. Onita, Yaguchi, and Hosaka all ended up having to get on the transportation vehicle to get them to their gate quickly so that they could take off. They ended up getting on the plane and taking off to Beijing. By the time they arrived in Beijing their flight to JFK had already taken off. So they had to get into line to process a new ticket. The problem was a country like China with billions of people resulted in a huge line in order to get the new tickets. They waited in line for another 4 hours before finally getting to speak with the airport staff. They were notified there was no more flights going to New York that night so they would have to wait until the next day in order to go which upset all of them. They all got on the bus that took them to a near by hotel called the Golden Phoenix. They got up in the morning and headed to the airport where they again dealt with another delay although this time a minor one before finally getting to take off to New York for the 12 hour flight. They went through all through customs and then met Daigo Matsukama better known as Pandita at the arrival at the airport. Pandita who took a different flight from Korea ended up arriving a day earlier but since he had no ride he ended up just staying at the airport throughout the night although while waiting he got to meet Evander Holyfield that was walking around. They rented their car which Onita had to drive as Hosaka did not the correct license to drive in the states and Yaguchi had a swollen foot so they headed out to their La Quinta hotel in Philadelphia.
The show took place the next day on August 5, 2017 and they arrived at the building at 1:30 PM. They were notified that the only explosion that was allowed by the fire department would be the Exploding Barbed wire Baseball Bats that former CZW owner John Zandig had made for them. As I mentioned last update that I could not expect for them to really think that they would be able to do an Exploding Barbed wire Death Match despite what CZW was saying as all buildings in Japan (which is a lot less restrictive) need a good amount of space between the ring and the audience to allow for an Exploding Barbed wire Death Match. This building which is owned by the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers is way too small and the front row seats were always set up right very close to the ring. The word going around was that the fire marshal did not notify them until right before the show that they could not do anything more than a Exploding Barbed wire Baseball Bat. But they knew well in advance that they were not doing a No Ropes Exploding Barbed wire Death Match which was a part of Onita's dream of coming to America and having a Explosion Match as it was something he was even settling for knowing there was no possible way they could actually come through in his real dream of having an Exploding Ring match in America. Onita considered the explosions of the barbed wire baseball bat cheap as the bat that he is use to in Japan lets out a very big loud explosion once it makes contact with someone where as the bats used on this show would explode after being swung. Onita due to coming up with the explosion death match ideas has always prided himself in having big explosions for his matches and thus he was upset about the outcome of the explosions and that is why he lashed out during his promo about them being cheap. Onita stated he felt regret that the explosions were not up to par but that the American fire laws were a big hurdle to overcome.
False stories were all over the place after the show. One was Onita held the promotion up for more money for a singles match and that is why they ended up doing a six man. This story was very much false as I mentioned last update that there was speculation that the match would become a 6 man over a month ago as Onita decided he wanted to continue to have another match with Tremont in Japan and did not want either one to beat the other so that it could be set up. Another false story was that Onita was charging $70 dollars for autographs after the show to try and swindle as much money as possible. This was false as well. The only money Onita made for this show was what CZW paid him for the match and the money he made off selling his own t-shirts that he brought. CZW was charging $40 dollars for meet and greets before the show with CZW making the money off of that. I know the line was so long that it seemed it was going to be difficult for Onita to meet with the people that had not paid in advance as they started 30 minutes later than plan 4:00 and it was only scheduled to last until 6:00. Onita then after the show went to the gimmick table and the deal was if you then bought a $40 dollar shirt from him than you could sit down and take a picture and get an autograph with him. Onita who was more in a tired frustrated mood after the show when meeting with fans than he did before the show later stated he signed 500 autographs that day and did not make any money off them. He feels CZW owes him and that they owe him for all the money he made them that night so they are going to use that money that he made them to buy a flight for Tremont to come to Japan. Onita stated afterwards this trip made him realize it was not a mistake to be a pro-wrestler even though it had made him incredibly jet lagged.
I attended the show and had a great time. I know many people watching the show did not like it but live it was an awesome experience and everyone I talked to in the building thought the same thing. This show though made me happy I am not covering for a mass audience. It was an incredible getting to meet Onita again and get to see him wrestle live probably for the last time.
Super Battle FMW ran the last show of their July tour on July 29, 2017 at the Gifu Aimesee Yamanashi where they would announced a crowd of 1,000 fans for the show. The main event would have Atsushi Onita, Tomohiko Hashimoto, and HASEGAWA take on Dragon Gate's Shingo Takagi, Raijin Yaguchi, and NOSAWA Rongai with Onita throwing his jacket at Takagi and taking him to the outside to brawl around ringside. Onita would end up setting up a table and grabbing NOSAWA to piledrive him through a table with Takagi making the save for NOSAWA. Takagi would then pick up Onita and spit red mist in his face and turn on the exploding barbed wire baseball bat. Yaguchi would set Onita down on a chair and smash the bat across Onita's chest but Onita would manage to kick out. Takagi would then grab the bat to hit Onita with it again when Onita would spit red mist in Takagi's face followed by Onita delivering a Backdrop and then Onita would turn the bat on and hit Takagi across the chest with it. Onita would then grab the bat and hit NOSAWA across the chest causing another explosion as Onita would pick up the win at 10 minutes, 53 seconds after getting the pinfall over NOSAWA. The semi-main event would have the former W-1 Team of Kotaro Suzuki and Keiichi Sato defeat Masao Inoue and Raiden when Sato would get the win at 13 minutes, 30 seconds with the K-1 Crush. Miss Mongol and Tam Nakano would continue their team as they would defeat Miss Koharu and Sachiko Yokozuna after Mongol would make her CPE employee Yokozuna tap out at 14 minutes, 59 seconds after placing her in a Cross Armbreaker. Hideki Hosaka would continue under his Mr. Pogo # 2 gimmick teaming up with WWS' Great Pogo as well as former Pogo Army member Katsunari Toi as they would defeat Naoshi Sano, Toshiaki Terao, and Shocker at 13 minutes, 43 seconds when Pogo would get the KO win over Shocker after hanging him across the ropes with a chain. The opening match was an Exploding Iron Wire Death Match between Pandita and Atsushi Dainita with Pandita getting the win at 11 minutes, 14 seconds after hitting Dainita with a hardwired steel wire bat for the pinfall win.
Super Battle FMW will begin their August tour with the first show taking place on August 24, 2017 at the Yamaguchi Messe Shimonoseki with the main event of Atsushi Onita, Tomohiko Hashimoto, and Ricky Fuji against Raijin Yaguchi, Hideki Hosaka returning under the Mr. Pogo # 2 gimmick, and NOSAWA Rongai in a Scramble Bunkhouse Death Match. Mr. Gannosuke makes his return to the promotion since March as he will team up with Kotaro Suzuki against Tetsuhiro Kuroda and HASEGAWA in the semi-finals match. Bambi will go up against a woman going by the name Busu Mongol on the tour which will not be Miss Mongol as she will be in her corner during the match. Kenichi Fujii and Yuki Takasugi will go up against Toshiaki Terao and Keiichi Sato. The opening match will be Pandita going up against Atsushi Dainita as they must like this opening match comedy match.
The next Super Battle FMW show will be at the Takamatsu Symbol Tower Exhibition Center with Atsushi Onita teaming up with Raijin Yaguchi and Ricky Fuji against Tomohiko Hashimoto, Mr. Pogo # 2, and NOSAWA Rongai in a Scramble Bunkhouse Death Match. Team Kuroda reunites in the semi-main event as Mr. Gannosuke and Tetsuhiro Kuroda team up to take on Kotaro Suzuki and HASEGAWA. The women's match will again be Busu Mongol against Bambi. The team of Kenichi Fujii and Keiichi Sato will go up against Toshiaki Terao and Yuki Takasugi and the opening match will against be Pandita against Atsushi Dainita.
The final show on the tour will be on August 26, 2017 at the Tokushima City Woodworking House with Flying Kid Ichihara who is from the area making his Super Battle FMW return for the first time in over a year he will team up with Atsushi Onita and Hideki Hosaka against Raijin Yaguchi, Tomohiko Hashimoto, and NOSAWA Rongai. Mr. Gannosuke and Tetsuhiro Kuroda will team up once again this time against fellow former FMW original Ricky Fuji as well as HASEGAWA. Busu Mongol wil again take on Bambi and Toshiaki Terao, Kenichi Fujii, and Yuki Taksugi will compete against each other in a Three Way Match. The opening match will once again be Pandita against Atsushi Dainita.
Atsushi Onita returned to Japan and contacted reporters on August 10th to be at the Tokyo Bay. They appeared and out came from the waters The Great Nita which is where Nita originally came out from on May 27, 2013 when he made his first appearance in over a decade except this time another person came out of the water with him as it Tam Nakano. The Great Nita announced that this was The Great Tam and she was Nita's sister. Nita came up with a story that they have different mothers but that Nita crossed the Pacific Ocean off Hawaii and moved to the East China Sea where he met Tam. Nita then announced that his Farewell Match on August 27, 2017 at the Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring where Nita and Team would team up with Tomohiko Hashimoto going by his Cowardly Warrior gimmick Ochimusha Hashimoto that he did last year for Halloween as they take on Raijin Yaguchi going by Jesus Yaguchi, Onryo, and 666's NENE mugen D.a.i with Nita stating after the show he will walk out of Shin-Kiba 1st Ring and go out to the sea near by for good. Other matches on the show Hideki Hosaka going up against Ricky Fuji for the first time in a singles match since FMW and Miss Mongol will go up against the unmasked Pandita going by the Mr. Hage (Bald) with the other matches being the regular fill ins of Naoshi Sano and Kancho Nagase against Masahiro Sase and Shocker along with Raiden and Tomoryu taking on HASEGAWA and Kenichi Fujii with the opening match of Futofuto Kobashi (Fat Kobashi) against Atsushi Dainita (Fat Onita) in a comedy match.
Atsushi Onita defended his Super Fireworks Title for the second time on August 13, 2017 at the Hyogo Kobe Tokiwa Arena against his partner Chigusa Nagayo in the first No Ropes Exploding Barbed wire Death Match in nearly 2 years with Onita getting the win at 13 minutes, 28 seconds after hitting her with a Exploding Barbed wire Baseball Bat and falling over her body for the win. There was some confusion on my part the day of the show as many pictures were taken afterwards of Onita handing the belt to Nagayo and putting it around her waist as she walked around the ring with the title making it look like she won the match. The actuality was that Onita got on the mic and stated that since he was retiring he proclaim Nagayo the Queen of Super Fireworks and felt with him retiring soon there needs to be a women's division to have explosion matches and she would be the champion. Onita then stated his next and final challenge defense will be against his pupil Masato Tanaka on September 24th in Nagoya as he wants Tanaka to be the future of the promotion for the men's side.
The Jun Kasai Death Match Summer Carnival continued as he promoted a show on July 30, 2017 at the Osaka Tsurumi Green Forest Hana Exhibition Park where the announced crowd of 540 fans saw the first ever Fire Death Match promoted by FREEDOMS. The main event had Daisuke Masaoka, Jun Kasai, and Kenji Fukimoto would main event the show against Violento Jack, Miedo Extremo, and Ciclope in a No Ropes Barbed wire Fire Scaffold Death Match. Kasai would end up grabbing a table and setting the table on fire on the outside for Fukimoto to Package Piledrive Jack but Jack would manage to get out of the move and instead he would end up Package Piledriving Fukimoto head first into the table on fire. Extremo would then grab a stack of light tubes and climb the scaffold and jump off it breaking the light tubes upon impact across Masaoka's body. Masaoka would end up gaining advantage on Extremo and would slam him setting up Kasai to attempt a Pearl Harbor Splash off the scaffold on him but Extremo would end up moving out of the way and Kasai would end up eating the mat instead. Kasai would then get up and be met with a Shining Wizard by Extremo. Fukimoto would try to make the save for his team with a light tube but Extremo would end up headbutting the light tube into Fukimoto's face. Extremo would then place his leg up against some of the fire and deliver a Shining Wizard with his leg on fire to Fukimoto's face with EXtremo making the cover and Fukimoto kicking out. Extremo would then grab a barbed wire bat and set it on fire but he would swing at Fukimoto and Fukimoto moving out of the way would mean he would accidentally hit Ciclope with it instead. Fukimoto would then grab the bat and hit Extremo across the back with it. Fukimoto would then set the light tubes on fire and deliver a Package Piledriver to Ciclope to get the pin at 17 minutes, 8 seconds for the victory.
Mammoth Sasaki, Toru Sugiura, and Kamui defeated the Dove Pro team of GUNSO, HAYATA, and Hide Kubota in a Falls Count Anywhere Street Fight Death Match with Kamui getting into a mini van during the match and driving it towards the ring but the Dove Pro wrestlers would see Kamui coming up and throw Mammoth Sasaki into the van busting up the windshield. GUNSO would then get Kamui out of the car and send him into the windshield as well. They would bring Kamui into the ring and begin triple teaming him when GUNSO would go for the pin but Mammoth would manage to make the save by throwing a chair at his back. They would then go back to the outside where Mammoth would set Kubota on two chairs and Kamui would climb up on the moving truck that brought the ring to the area and Kamui would deliver a Swanton Bomb off the truck sending Kubota on the table and getting the pin at 16 minutes, 17 seconds over Kubota. Yuko Miyamoto and Isami Kodaka teamed together to defeat the Sportiva team of Fuminori Abe and Yusaku Ito when Miyamoto would get the win at 8 minutes, 53 seconds with a Moonsault landing on Ito. Masashi Takeda would defeat Kazma Sakamoto in a Hardcore Match when Takeda would get the victory at 8 minutes, 57 seconds after delivering a Rolling Senton from the top rope onto a chair smashing into Sakmoto for the pin. Takashi Sasaki and Dyna Mido in a Drunk Match against GENTARO and Dragon Libre when Mido would pick the win at 11 minutes, 8 seconds with a Diving Headbutt onto Libre. Yuya Susumu would get the win in the opening match by defeating Yuki Tanaka at 5 minutes, 57 seconds after Yuya would lock on the Crossface to make him submit for the win.
Takashi Sasaki would promote his own small independent summit to give wrestlers from all over the country a chance to compete at Korakuen Hall where he would announce a crowd of 735 fans for the show. The main event would be given to Dove Pro out of Hiroshima where GUNSO, HAYATA, and Kabuki Kid would defeat YO-HEY, Kenshin Chikano, and Rey Paloma with GUNSO getting the pinfall at 9 minutes, 23 seconds after hitting Paloma with a Guillotine Drop. The semi-main event of the show would be the Okinawa based Ryukyu Dragon promotion with Hibiscus Mii, Shuri Joe, and Tida Heat defeating Guruken Mask, Churaumi Saver, and Ultra Soki with Heat getting the win at 13 minutes, 3 seconds after delivering a Swanton Bomb to Soki for the pin. Unchain vs. Los Nomadas would take place with Violento Jack, Miedo Extremo, and Ciclope defeating Jun Kasai, Masashi Takeda, and Kenji Fukimoto when Extremo would pin Fukimoto at 12 minutes, 2 seconds after delivering a Fire Bird Splash to him. The DEWA promotion out of Yamagata would have Tsuyoshi Kiuchi and Futofuto Kobashi defeat Yamada Man Pondo and Aisawa # 1 when Kikuchi would hit Aisawa with a Running Elbow at 8 minutes, 56 seconds to pick up the pin. Osaka Women's out of Osaka had Fairy Nihonbashi, Rina Yamashita, and Misaki Glico # 3 get the win over Police Woman, Nyanbar, and Kuroneko when Yamashita would defeat Police Women at 9 minutes, 11 seconds after a Lariat. The FREEDOMS team of Mammoth Sasaki, Toru Sugiura, and GENTARO would defeat Tottori Pro team out of Tottori consisting of Gaina Tiger, Inaba Buffalo, and G when GENTARO would make G tap out at 8 minutes, 38 seconds to the Crossface. Gamushara Pro out of Fukuoka would be represented by Yoki and Turueno Guerrero would defeat Tessi and YASU after Yoki would pick up the win at 11 minutes, 43 seconds with the YCD on YASU. B168 out of Osaka would be represented by FREEDOMS wrestlers Daisuke Masaoka and Kamui that also work for the promotion as they live in the Osaka area as they would team up with Idea to defeat Dyna Mido, Naoki Ito, and Sero Kaito with Kamui getting the win at 5 minutes, 43 seconds with a Senton Atomico on Mido. EAGLE Pro out of Tochigi would have Kazunori Yoshida and TAKU defeat Hiroyuki Kondo and Black Soldier when Yoshida would pin Soldier at 7 minutes, 30 seconds after delivering a Frankensteiner on him. The opening match would be represented by Team Aichi out of Nagoya with a 6 Man Battle Royal with The Intelligence Sensational Grand Pasion Mask # 4 would win at 6 minutes, 40 seconds after last eliminating Kengo Takai. The dark match would have FREEDOMS wrestlers Yuya Susumu go up against Dragon Libre in a singles match with Susumu getting the win at 3 minutes, 48 seconds after making him tap out to a Cross Armbreaker. Takashi Sasaki announced he would hold another show like this on December 26, 2017 at Korakuen Hall.
Jun Kasai would promote his Unchain Night on August 11, 2017 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring where they would announce a crowd of 263 fans for the show. Violento Jack would win in the main event against Unchain's Kenji Fukimoto in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match at 15 minutes, 32 seconds after making Fukimoto submit to the Mexican Stretch. Unchain's Jun Kasai and Masashi Takeda would also lose in the semi-main event to Miedo Extremo and Ciclope in a TLC Razor Board Death Match after Extremo would once again get the pinfall over Kasai at 15 minutes, 55 seconds with the Fire Bird Splash. Mammoth Sasaki and Toru Sugiura would go up against Daisuke Masaoka and Yuya Susumu and it would end up in a draw at 11 minutes, 57 seconds after Sugiura and Masaoka would both end up being counted out of the ring. Takashi Sasaki would defeat the returning Captain Abnormal who was played by Masato Inaba and a part of the group in 2012 before being kicked out after Sasaki would get the win at 9 minutes, 35 seconds with a Desired Cut. GENTARO going by his real name Gentaro Takahashi would team up with Karate Brahman in the opening match against Kamui and Dragon Libre with Kamui getting the pinfall over Karate at 12 minutes, 18 seconds after a punch to the face.
The next and final Jun Kasai promoted Death Match show of the Summer will take place on August 27, 2017 at Korakuen Hall with Daisuke Masaoka defending his King of Freedom World Championship for the fifth time against Miedo Extremo in a Death Match. Jun Kasai will get his rematch against Violento Jack who won the King of Freedom World Title from him back on July 13, 2016 as they will compete in a Death Match that will be announced later as well. Kenji Fukimoto will also compete in a Death Match against a Los Nomadas member in Ciclope. Masashi Takeda, Minoru Fujita, and GUNSO team up in a Hardcore Match as they will take on the team of Takahashi Sasaki, Yuko Miyamoto, and Toshiyuki Sakuda. Mammoth Sasaki and Toru Sugiura will team up against the Brahamn Brothers and the opening match will have GENTARO, Kamui, and Dragon Libre against Yuya Susumu, Kazma Sakamoto, and Chikara.
FREEDOMS will then run on September 3, 2017 at the Osaka World Hall Pavilion where the main event of the show will be Mammoth Sasaki and Toru Sugiura defending their King of Freedom World Championship against Daisuke Masaoka and Kamui, Masashi Takeda and Kenji Fukimoto, and Yuko Miyamoto along with Isami Kodaka in a 4 Way Tag Team Match. Jun Kasai will go up against Chikara in a singles match in the semi-main event of the show. Takashi Sasaki and Dyna Mido will team up against Dragon Gate's Naoki Tanizaki and Hiroaki Moriya while GENTARO will takes on Violento Jack in a singles match. A mixed tag team match will consist of Yuya Susumu and Hamuko Hoshi taking on B168's Idea teaming up with Mochi Miyagi and the opening match will be Dragon Libre against Hide Kubota.
The A-Team held a special show on August 5, 2017 at the Kumamoto Yu Palace Special Ring where they announced a super crowded number of 290 fans for the show. The main event saw Koji Kanemoto, Kendo Kashin, and KENSO defeated Tomohiko Hashimoto, Dick Togo, and Hi69 when KENSO picked up the win at 14 minutes, 8 seconds with the Hagakure. The semi-main event had Shiro Koshinaka and AKIRA with Masashi Aoyagi in their corner defeat Kotaro Suzuki, FUJITA, and HASEGAWA in a Handicap Match when Koshinaka got the pinfall over HASEGAWA at 12 minutes, 35 seconds with a Diving Hip Attack. Shogun Okamoto, Hitamaru Sasaki, MIYAWAKI, and Masashiro Sase defeated Daisuke Ikeda, Rocky Kawamura, Daisaku Shimoda, and Toshiaki Terao when Okamoto got the win at 6 minutes, 35 second swhen Okamoto used the Kaiketsu for the win over Terao. Hide Kubota and Keiichi Sato defeated the returning Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Takumi Sakurai with Sato gettin gthe win over Sakurai at 13 minutes, 20 seconds with his K1 Clutch. The opening match was the womens match with Aoi Ishibashi getting the win at 9 minutes, 50 seconds over Tam Nakano with a Flying Body Press.
The A-Team promotion then returned to the Tokyo Kitasenju Theater 1010 on August 11, 2017 drawing an announced crowd of 140 fans for the show to crown the first ever WEW Jr. Heavyweight Title which is the first WEW title created since WEW Hardcore Tag Team Titles were formed on April 25, 2000 in FMW. The first matches on the show saw the winners move on to the main event in a 4 Way Match to crown the champion. The first match saw Masamune defeat Rion Mizuki at 9 minutes, 10 seconds with an upper arm cut. HASEGAWA got the win in the second match on the show after defeating Keiichi Sato at 3 minutes, 30 seconds after rolling up Sato with a Jack Knife. The third match match on the show had Nobutaka Moribe get the win over Raiden at 5 minutes, 17 seconds with a Diving Body Press. The fourth and final first round match had former All Japan wrestler Tsuyoshi Kikuchi defeat Takumi Sakurai at 6 minutes, 50 seconds with a Fireball Bomb for the win. The Shoot Fight team of Daisuke Ikeda, Osamu Namiguchi, Akira Joh, and Kenichi Fujii defeated Hi69, Masaru Kameda, Toshiaki Terao, and Masahiro Sase when Joh got the win over Terao at 12 minutes, 28 seconds after Joh hit Terao with a Sliding Lariat for the win. The WEW Tag Team Titles were put on the line by Tomohiko Hashimoto and Masashi Takeda in their first defense against Daisaku Shimoda and The Blue Shark with Shimoda and Shark coming away with the titles after getting with win at 12 minutes, 28 seconds when Shimoda would deliver a Backdrop to Hashimoto for the win. The main event of the show was 4 Way Match between Tsuyoshi Kikuchi, Nobutaka Moribe, Masamune, and HASEGAWA. Masamune would be the first elimination at 5 minutes, 30 seconds by Moribe and Moribe would then be eliminated at 7 minutes, 45 seconds by HASEGAWA. Kikuchi would then finish off HASEGAWA at 11 minutes, 41 seconds with a Fireball Bomb for the win to become the first ever WEW Jr. Heavyweight Champion.
Mr. Gannosuke and Michio Kageyama teamed up on August 15, 2017 for the Guts World promotion at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring against two people Gannosuke know very well in Masked Mystery who defeated Gannosuke for his GWC Title last September and Tetsuhiro Kuroda who Gannosuke has known for over 24 years and were members together of Team Kuroda in 2001 as Mystery and Kuroda would end up getting the win at 17 minutes, 16 seconds after Mystery would finish off Kageyama with a Chokeslam. Their third partner Guts Ishijima would go on to win the GWC Title in the main event against Daisuke at 23 minutes, 21 seconds to become the new champion of his promotion. Mr. Gannosuke will go on to take on Buffalo in his first singles match since his injury on September 20, 2017 at the next Guts World show at Shin-Kiba 1st Ring.
I attended the CZW show and got to meet Onita and take a picture with him for the second time before the show. It was a lot of fun overall. I wrote up a review of the show of my experience attending live and going to Philadelphia the next day that you can find by going to http://fmwwrestling.us/CZW2017.html
I also was on the Culture Bum's Podcast for an hour earlier this week which he posted to YouTube that you can find by clicking this link. I had a good time on the show as the host is very knowledgeable also when it comes to the FMW topic. There is some audio issues as he lives in China and doing the show on Skype so I believe I fade out a couple of times early on and there was a delay going on but if you want to listen to me talk about FMW and its history as well as the Onita and Tremont match check it out. He has asked that a take part of couple of more shows with him next month discussing Death Match history.
Super Battle FMW 8/24/17
Yamaguchi Messe Shimonoseki
Atsushi Onita & Tomohiko Hashimoto & Ricky Fuji vs. Raijin Yaguchi & Mr. Pogo # 2 & NOSAWA Rongai *Scramble Bunkhouse Death Match*
Mr. Gannosuke & Kotaro Suzuki vs. Tetsuhiro Kuroda & HASEGAWA
Busu Mongol vs. Bambi
Kenichi Fujii & Yuki Takasugi vs. Toshiaki Terao & Keiichi Sato
Pandita vs. Atsushi Dainita
Super Battle FMW 8/25/17
Takamatsu Symbol Tower Exhibition Center
Atsushi Onita & Raijin Yaguchi & Ricky Fuji vs. Tomohiko Hashimoto & Mr. Pogo # 2 & NOSAWA Rongai
*Scramble Bunkhouse Death Match*
Mr. Gannosuke & Tetsuhiro Kuroda vs. Kotaro Suzuki & HASEGAWA
Busu Mongol vs. Bambi
Kenichi Fujii & Keiichi Sato vs. Toshiaki Terao & Yuki Takasugi
Pandita vs. Atsushi Dainita
Super Battle FMW 8/26/17
Tokushima City Woodworking House
Atsushi Onita & Hideki Hosaka & Flying Kid Ichihara vs. Raijin Yaguchi & Tomohiko Hashimoto & NOSAWA Rongai
*Scramble Bunkhouse Death Match*
Mr. Gannosuke & Tetsuhiro Kuroda vs. Ricky Fuji & HASEGAWA
Busu Mongol vs. Bambi
Toshiaki Terao vs. Kenichi Fujii vs. Yuki Takasugi
Pandita vs. Atsushi Dainita
Atsushi Onita Productions 8/27/17
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
The Great Nita & The Great Tam & Ochimusha Hashimoto vs. Jesus Yaguchi & Onryo & NENE mugen D.a.i
Hideki Hosaka vs. Ricky Fuji
Miss Mongol vs. Mr. Hage (Pandita)
Naoshi Sano & Kancho Nagase vs. Masashiro Sase & Shocker
Raiden & Tomoryu vs. HASEGAWA & Kenichi Fujii
Futofuto Kobashi vs. Atsushi Dainita
Jun Kasai Productions 8/27/17
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
Daisuke Masaoka vs. Miedo Extremo *King of Freedom World Title Match*
Jun Kasai vs. Violento Jack *Death Match*
Kenji Fukimoto vs. Ciclope *Death Match*
Takashi Sasaki & Yuko Miyamoto & Toshiyuki Sakuda vs. Masashi Takeda & Minoru Fujita & GUNSO *Hardcore Match*
Mammoth Sasaki & Toru Sugiura vs. Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei
GENTARO & Kamui & Dragon Libre vs. Yuya Susumu & Kazma Sakamoto & Chikara
Osaka World Hall Pavilion
Mammoth Sasaki & Toru Sugiura vs. Daisuke Masaoka & Kamui vs. Masashi Takeda & Kenji Fukimoto vs. Yuko Miyamoto & Isami Kodaka *King of Freedom Tag Team Title 4 Way Match*
Jun Kasai vs. Chikara
Takashi Sasaki & Dyna Mido vs. Naoki Tanizaki & Hiroaki Moriya
GENTARO vs. Violento Jack
Yuya Susumu & Hamuko Hoshi vs. Idea & Mochi Miyagi
Dragon Libre vs. Hide Kubota
Atsushi Onita Productions 9/9/17
Osaka Prefectural Gym # 2
Fire Pro-Wrestling 9/10/17
Hiroshima Industry Hall
Super Battle FMW 9/16/17
Fukuoka Hakata Star Lanes
Super Battle FMW 9/18/17
Kumamoto Distribution Information Center
Guts World 9/20/17
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
Mr. Gannosuke vs. Buffalo
Super Battle FMW 9/21/17
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
Tokyo Kitasenju Theater 1010
Super Fireworks 9/24/17
Nagoya International Conference Hall
Atsushi Onita vs. Masato Tanaka *Super Fireworks Title Death Match*
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
Yokohama City Tsurumi Fruit Market
Atsushi Onita vs. Jiro Hachimitsu *No Ropes Exploding Barbed wire Exploding Barbed wire Baseball Bat Death Match*
Okinawa SUN Beach Special Ring
Atsushi Onita & Raijin Yaguchi & Hideki Hosaka vs. Tomohiko Hashimoto & HASEGAWA & Takumi Sakurai *No Ropes Exploding Barbed wire Falls Count Anywhere Death Match*
Tetsuhiro Kuroda vs. Ricky Fuji
Daisaku Shimoda vs. Shuri Joe
Tam Nakano & Mystery Partner vs. Drake Morimatsu & Hibiscus Mii
Guruken Mask & Ultra Soki vs. Churaumi Saber & Keiichi Sato
Toshiaki Terao vs. Pandita
Naoshi Sano vs. Masahiro Sase
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
Jun Kasai Productions 10/29/17
Osaka Ikeno Citizen Center
Atsushi Onita Productions 10/29/17
Nagoya International Conference Hall
Atsushi Onita vs. Masashi Aoyagi
Atsushi Onita Productions 10/31/17
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
Jun Kasai Productions 12/25/17
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
Takashi Sasaki Productions 12/26/17
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: 8/19)
Super Battle FMW returned to the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring in Tokyo on July 15, 2017 for Mr. Pogo's Memorial show which would draw a legit full house crowd and announced at 350 fans for the show which is close to the actual number. Kintaro Kanemura would come out before the main event in his first appearance at a wrestling show with a picture of Mr. Pogo as they would conduct a 10 gong salute in Pogo's memory before the match. The main event would have Hideki Hosaka going by the Mr. Pogo # 2 name, Great Pogo who would go by that name for Pogo's WWS promotion, and Onryo as they would take on Atsushi Onita, Raijin Yaguchi, and Ricky Fuji in a No Ropes Barbed wire Bunkhouse Death Match. The four Pogo weapons on each side of the ring was scrapped in favor of just having a No Rope Barbed wire match.
Onita would square up against Hosaka right away with Hosaka grabbing a chair and Onita managing to knock it away and pick it up and smash Hosaka over the head with it while screaming out Pogo's name. Yaguchi and Ricky would set up a table as Onita would pick up Onryo and piledrive Onryo through the table. Hosaka would then come over and spit red mist in Onita's face. Onryo and Hosaka would then send Onita into the barbed wire. Hosaka would then take the Mr. Pogo chain and place it around Ricky's neck and throw him over the barbed wire to hang him as the referee would lift Ricky's arm three times to no response to call the match a KO victory at 12 minutes, 9 seconds for Hosaka, Pogo, and Onryo.
Tam Nakano after months would finally settle her feud with Miss Mongol in a Lumberjack Death Match although Mongol would control the match early and get Nakano in a Boston Crab when Naoshi Sano would come in the ring and push her off to save Nakano. Wild Bear would then come in with a barbed wire bat with Mongol holding on to Nakano but Nakano would move out of the way and Bear would end up hitting Mongol instead allowing Nakano to roll her up and get the pinfall at 11 minutes, 12 seconds to finally get her payback after being destroyed by Mongol for months. Kotaro Suzuki, Tomohiko Hashimoto, and Keiichi Sato would defeat NOSAWA Rongai, Leatherface, and Katsunari Toi when Sato would pick up the win at 12 minutes, 35 seconds after pinning Leatherface with the K1 Clutch. Tomoryu, Naoshi Sano, and Raiden would defeat Wild Seven, Wild Bear, and Shocker when Tomoryu would score the pinfall at 10 minutes, 17 seconds after hitting Shocker with Diving Elbow Drop. Kancho Nagase would defend his UWA Lightweight Title by defeating Shigeru Kato at 14 minutes, 32 seconds with a Small Package for his fifth successful title defense. Pandita would defeat Atsushi Dainita who is better known as Fat Onita in the opening match at 8 minutes, 47 seconds in a Iron Wire Death Match after using putting the Iron Wire around a bat and smashing it against Fat Onita for the pin.
Atsushi Onita promoted a show the next day on July 16, 2017 at the Yokohama Yacht Society Special Ring which was a ring set up right by the water and drew an announced crowd of 898 fans for the show. Atsushi Onita, Raijin Yaguchi, and Ricky Fuji would team up in the main event against the All Japan team of Suwama, Atsushi Aoki, and KIYOSHI in a Exploding Barbed wire Baseball Bat Death Match with Kendo Kashin as the referee. Onita and Suwama would brawl in the crowd before making it back in the ring. Onita would grab a chair and smash it over Suwama's head. Onita would then pick up Aoki and place him over the table and piledrive him through it. Aoki and KIYOSHI would end up grabbing Onita and placing him on a chair as Suwama would turn on the exploding barbed wire baseball bat and smash it across Onita's chest with Suwama only managing to get a two count. Aoki would then grab a hold of Onita while Suwama would look to hit him again with the bat when Onita would spit the red mist in his face and deliver the stunner Aoki and follow that with a Backdrop. Onita would then smash Aoki and KIYOSHI over the head with the table before smashing it over Suwama's head three times followed by a really bad DDT to Suwama. Onita would then turn on the exploding barbed wire bat and smash it over Suwama's back. Onita would cover Suwama but Suwama would manage to kick out. Suwama would end up getting a hold of the exploding bat and smash it over Ricky's chest to get the pinfall. Kendo Kashin would raise Suwama's hand but then raise Onita's hand with Onita throwing water in Suwama's face and Onita and Suwama squaring up face to face before Suwama and the All Japan team would leave the ring to allow Onita to do his Onita Theater to end the show.
Other matches on the show had Miss Mongol and Miss Koharu defeating Tam Nakano and Yuiga when Mongol would get the Kanbaya C submission win at 13 minutes, 4 seconds over Nakano officially putting an end to their feud as they would begin teaming after this show. Hideki Hosaka as Mr. Pogo # 2 and Tomohiko Hashimoto would defeat Daisaku Shimoda and Kazuhiko Matsuzaki when Hashimoto would put away Shimoda at 9 minutes, 47 seconds with the XCT. Ultra Seven, Wild Seven, Yuki Takasugi would defeat The Wild Team of Wild Bear, Wild Shooter # 2, and Shoji "Wild" Ono when Seven made Ono submit at 11 minutes, 50 seconds to an Octopus Hold. The team of Naoshi Sano, Masahiro Sase, and Shocker would defeat Raiden, Tomoryu, and Kancho Nagase when Sano would get the win over Raiden at 8 minutes, 4 seconds after hitting him with a Brainbuster. Nobutaka Moribe would win the opening match against Kenichi Fujii at 5 minutes, 13 seconds after making him submit to a Face Lock.
Fire Pro-Wrestling returned for the first time since the end of April for a show at the Nagoya Aichi Nishiku Rokushima Sports Center on July 17, 2017. No official release of results were posted which is the norm for this promotion so everything collected is me scouring the internet for hours looking to find results. I will not miss this promotion. Atsushi Onita teamed up with Raijin Yaguchi and the returning Crusher Maedomari as they defeat the team of Hideki Hosaka going by his Mr. Pogo # 2 name, Mayo-gun # 2, and Tomoko Watanabe with Masashi Aoyagi in their corner in a Exploding Barbed wire Baseball Bat Death Match. Aoyagi would end up getting in the ring and taking the exploding barbed wire bat and smashing it across Onita's chest. Maedomari would end up grabbing the bat herself and would end up hitting Mayo-gun # 2 with it to get the pinfall. Aoyagi would get in the ring after the match and would bump right into Onita and then Aoyagi would grab the mic and challenge Onita to his last Death Match in Nagoya on October 29th. Aoyagi would then state that he would kick Onita again. Onita would get on the mic and state to Aoyagi that it was there in Nagoya 28 years ago in FMW that they fought and that if there was no Aoyagi then there would be Atsushi Onita and that he would accept Aoyagi's challenge. Aoyagi then got back on the mic and stated that he had not kicked for two years since his motorcycle accident, but that he is reviving now because he wants to kick Onita's chest once more and on October 29th in Nagoya he will finish Onita once and for all with his kicks as the two would begin punching each other before having to be separated. Aoyagi suffered a serious motorcycle accident in May 2015 that shattered his knee in 30 places and was told by doctors that a return would be impossible. Onita at the time visited Aoyagi in the hospital and told Aoyagi he wanted to return to the ring so that he could feel his kick one more time.
Other matches on the show saw Yasuko Fujisaki defeat Tam Nakano after making Nakano submit. Mr. Gannosuke and Michio Kageyama going by Mr. Wannosuke played the twin brother act against actual twin brothers Hide and Yasu Kubota with Gannosuke getting the win over one of the Kubota Brothers with the Gannosuke Clutch. Guts Ishijima and Takaya Shibayama defeated Daisuke and Shota Nakagawa when Shibayama pinned Nakagawa. Nobutaka Moribe got the win over Kengo Takai and Pandita when Moribe pinned Pandita in a Three Way Match. Rocky Kawamura opened the show by defeating Mayo-gun # 2 with the Balboa Blow. Bad Nurse Rie Nakamura was originally booked for the show and most likely would have been in the main event of the show but she had to pull out after suffering from heat exhaustion as she could not get the heat out of her body and was feeling bad for a week and ended up having to go to the hospital prior to the show and was unable to compete as a result. The next and most likely final Fire Pro-Wrestling show will take place on September 10, 2017 at the Hiroshima Industry Hall.
Super Battle FMW would continue their tour on July 21, 2017 at the Ibaragi Mito Citizen Gym with a main event rematch from the previous show at Shin-Kiba with Atsushi Onita, Raijin Yaguchi, and Ricky Fuji taking on Hideki Hosaka as Mr. Pogo # 2, WWS' Great Pogo, and Onryo this time in a Exploding Barbed wire Baseball Bat Death Match and this time Onita's team would come out with the win after Onita get the pinfall over Onryo at 10 minutes, 10 seconds after hitting Onryo with the exploding barbed wire baseball bat. The semi-main event would have NOSAWA Rongai, Leatherface, and Katsunari Toi defeating Tomohiko Hashimoto, Kotaro Suzuki, and returning to Japan from a trip all over America HASEGAWA with Toi getting the win at 12 minutes, 41 seconds over HASEGAWA after hitting him with a Diving Footstomp. Miss Mongol and Tam Nakano would team up for the first time as they would defeat the team of Miss Koharu and Kaori Yoneyama returning under the Yone Mongol name with Mongol getting the win at 12 minutes, 37 seconds over Koharu with the Kanbaya C. Former All Japan wrestler Mitsuo Momota would team up with his son Chikara as they would defeat the team of Wild Seven and Magic Dragon which is the gimmick of an old All Japan wrestler from the early 80's that was close with Onita early on his career as Momota would end up picking up the win at 9 minutes, 11 seconds after hitting Dragon with a Backdrop. The Hitachi Pro would have an offer match on the show with Sunriser K which is a gimmick of a local hero in the town as he would defeat Kento DiCaprio at 8 minutes, 14 seconds after hitting him with a Fire Bird Splash. Naoshi Sano would open the show defeating Keiichi Sato at 7 minutes, 20 seconds after hitting Sato with a Brainbuster for the win.
Atsushi Onita would then go on to team up with Super Delfin for the first time in their careers as they would take on the female team of Chigusa Nagayo and Takumi Iroha in a Exploding Barbed wire Baseball Bat Death Match on July 23, 2017 at the Osaka Prefectural Gym # 2 for the combo ZERO1 and Super Fireworks show. Onita and Delfin who go back to 1989 when Onita was the first Japanese promoter to book Delfin in Japan as Delfin would wrestle his first match in Japan for the very first FMW show on October 6, 1989 in Nagoya as Monkey Magic Wakita. Onita would early on manage to set up the table and piledriver Nagayo through it. Nagayo and Iroha would come back by both spitting red mist in Onita's face and then Nagayo would set him up on the chair as Iroha would smash the exploding barbed wire baseball bat against Onita's chest. Iroha would cover Onita but he would manage to kick out. Nagayo and Iroha would then deliver a double superkick to Delfin. Nagayo and Onit would both turn on exploding barbed wire baseball bats and square up and just as they were about to swing at each other Iroha would run up in the middle of it as both exploding bats would hit each other causing the explosion to knock Iroha down. Delfin would then take Iroha would deliver a Swinging DDT and then place her in the Delfin Clutch to get the win at 18 minutes, 51 seconds for the win. Onita would go up to Nagayo and spit water in her face. Onita and Nagayo would then have words with each other before celebrating together to end the show. Onita will face off against Nagayo on August 13th at the Hyogo Kobe Tokiwa Arena as he will put up his Super Fireworks Title on the line in a No Ropes Exploding Barbed wire Death Match.
The final Super Battle FMW show for the month will take place on July 29, 2017 at the Gifu Aimesee Yamanashi where Dragon Gate's Shingo Takagi will appear on the show as it will be Takagi's first Death Match since he teamed up with Atsushi Onita and Masato Tanaka on November 3, 2014 against Yoshihiro Takayama, Kintaro Kanemura, and NOSAWA in a Exploding Barbed wire Death Match in Kumamoto and ended up suffering an injury to his shoulder as a result of the match. Takagi who was a huge fan of Onita and FMW growing up wants to have one match against Onita before Onita retires and Takagi is based out of Gifu. The match will be a Barbed wire Exploding Onibo Death Match as Onita will team up with Tomohiko Hashimoto and HASEGAWA against Shingo Takagi, Raijin Yaguchi, and NOSAWA Rongai. Masao Inoue will return to the promotion as he teams up with Kotaro Suzuki and Keiichi Sato as they take on the Pogo Army of Mr. Pogo # 2, Great Pogo, and Katsunari Toi. Miss Mongol and Tam Nakano will continue their team as they take on Miss Koharu and CPE's Sachiko Yokozuna. Wild Bear and Wild Seven will team up against Raiden and A Team's Takumi Sakurai and the opening match will have Naoshi Sano against Shocker.
Super Battle FMW will run a three day tour in August with the first show taking place on August 24th at the Yamaguchi Messe Shimonoseki then the next day on August 25th at the Takamatsu Symbol Tower Exhibition Center with the final show taking place on August 26th at the Tokushima City Woodworking House. Atsushi Onita will promote a show the following day on August 27th at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring which will be the final Great Nita show. Super Battle FMW will then tour in September on September 16th they will run at the Fukuoka Hakata Star Lanes for Onita's final show at the building, they will then run on September 18th at the Kumamoto Distribution Information Center and the final show on tour will take place on September 21st is being promoted as Onita's final FMW show in Tokyo at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. Even though the Super Battle FMW promotion has been completely based around Onita since it started up in April 2015 they do plan on continuing to run shows after Onita's retirement in October.
Atsushi Onita and HASEGAWA held a press conference on July 20, 2017 at Toudoukan to announce that the upcoming A-Team show on October 21, 2017 has changed locations and instead will take place at the Okinawa SUN Beach Special Ring. Onita stated that he has wrestled in exploding barbed wire death matches all over Japan but never in Okinawa and he wants to do one before he retires. Onita stated that the match he will be in will be a No Ropes Exploding Barbed wire Falls Count Anywhere Death Match. Onita stated that there were other ways to win the match as since it will be on the beach the winner can be determine if they dunk their opponents head under the ocean for more than ten seconds or if all three members of a team are buried in the sand. The match will have the Jado Army team of Atsushi Onita, Raijin Yaguchi, and Hideki Hosaka against the A-Team of Tomohiko Hashimoto, HASEGAWA, and Takumi Sakurai. The semi-main event match will be Tetsuhiro Kuroda against Ricky Fuji which will be the first time since FMW that they have wrestled in a singles match against each other. Daisaku Shimoda will go up against Ryukyu Dog's Shuri Joe and the women's match will have Tam Nakano team up with a Mystery Partner against Drake Morimatsu and Okinawa's Hibiscus Mii. Keiichi Sato will team up with Ryukyu Dog's Churaumi Saber as they go up against Guruken Mask and Ultra Soki. A-Team's Toshiaki Terao will face off against Pandita in a singles match and the opening match will have Naoshi Sano against Masahiro Sase.
Mr. Pogo's Farewell Memorial Party took place on July 27, 2017 at the Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. Pictures on one side Mr. Pogo and The Gladiator together with the FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Titles along with personal pictures such as his wedding in 1996 placed on the wall. The other side had a picture of Mr. Pogo holding both the FMW Brass Knuckles Title and Brass Knuckles Tag Team Title with pictures of him against Matsunaga and against Onita on the sides. A Battle Royal would take place with WWS wrestlers and afterwards Naoya Takase of WWS would announce that the promotion would be holding one last show on November 12, 2017 in Isezaki before closing down. Miss Mongol would then a play a compilation of Mr. Pogo on the Samurai TV show Occupation of the Indies over the years. Occupation of the Indies host Sayoko Mita would then have Ricky Fuji and Hideki Hosaka come to the ring and tell stories about their personal experiences with Mr. Pogo over the past 27 years. Hosaka would unable to speak much because of suffering a fractured jaw in a match the previous day. Ken Suzuki would then have Mitsuhiro Matsunaga come to the ring with Matsunaga telling the crowd that Mr. Pogo had no regrets and that without Mr. Pogo there is no Mr. Danger and that he really appreciated that. Matsunaga stated he went to various promotions with Mr. Pogo but he was always unable to exceed their match on March 8, 1992 in W*ING at Korakuen Hall. Atsushi Onita then came out and went in the ring by himself and told the crowd Pogo was his best ally and rival and admired him as a promoter of WWS. Onita stated he wish he could do another exploding ring match with him. Everyone attending would form around the ring and a 10 gong salute would take place in Pogo's honor. Onita and Matsunaga would then walk to the picture of Pogo and laid a bouquet of flowers down by it and said their goodbyes for the final time to their best rival.
Atsushi Onita's upcoming match for the CZW promotion on August 5, 2017 in Vorhees, New Jersey will be Onita's first match in America since May 16, 1992 when FMW had a show in Los Angeles, California. Onita will be bringing his friends Raijin Yaguchi and Hideki Hosaka who will be going the Mr. Pogo # 2 gimmick for the show. The show has sold out all 400 seats at the Skate Zone and the only tickets left are general admission. There has been speculation about the scheduled Atsushi Onita vs. Matt Tremont match. There has been talk that the match will only be an Exploding Barbed wire Baseball Bat and Exploding Barbed wire Board Death Match. Tremont himself is under the impression it will be an Exploding Barbed wire Death Match despite the show taking place in such a small inside building. There is also speculation that the match will start off as a singles but eventually Raijin Yaguchi and Hideki Hosaka will interfere and the match will turn into a 6 man with two CZW guys joining Tremont which would be Onita's idea. This would actually make for a better actual match as Onita as it would help better disguise Onita at this point and would allow him to conduct one of his signature spots he does every match which is piledrive his opponent through a table which would be difficult for him to do that to the much larger Tremont. It would leave many upset fans though at the last minute switch. Only three matches have been announced for the show but if Yaguchi and Hosaka are not going to be announced in a match prior to the start of the show it would be a big red flag as far as I am concerned. Onita is very much looking forward to coming to America as he has talked about doing an Explosive Match for over 20 years when he first tried to get WWF to do it followed by ECW and then XPW. Onita will be bringing his Super Fireworks Title but the match is not a title match. Onita will be meeting with fans for pictures and autographs for 40 dollars for two hours an hour before the show would start. The match will air live on HighSpots streaming network.
FREEDOMS returned to Okinawa for their annual show at the Kadena Dome on July 2, 2017 drawing an announced crowd of 234 fans for the show. The main event would be a FREEDOMS vs. Ryukyu Dragon Single Elimination Match with Daisuke Masaoka, Takashi Sasaki, Jun Kasai, Kenji Fukimoto, and Yuya Susumu teaming up to take on Guruken Mask, Churaumi Saber, Tida Heat, Ultra Soki, and Hijya Kidman. Kenji Fukimoto would score the first elimination as he would eliminate Kidman at 10 minutes, 28 seconds with a Package Piledriver. Jun Kasai would then follow up by eliminating Ultra Soki at 14 minutes, 34 seconds with a Pearl Harbor Splash giving the FREEDOMS team a 5-3 advantage. Guruken Mask would make the next elimination by eliminating Fukimoto at 18 minutes, 41 seconds with a Guruken Driver. Kasai would then end up eliminating Guruken at 22 minutes, 52 seconds by tossing him over the rope. Despite being down two guys to four and losing their captain the Ryukyu Dragon would begin to rally as Churaumi Saber would eliminate Kasai at 23 minutes, 5 seconds by tossing him over the top rope and then Saber would eliminate Yuya Susumu at 25 minutes, 16 seconds by also tossing him over the top rope. Daisuke Masaoka and Churaumi Saber would both end up tossing each other over the top rope at 28 minutes, 37 seconds for the double elimination. This would leave just Takashi Sasaki and Tida Heat with Tida Heat getting the last elimination over Sasaki at 31 minutes, 55 seconds by tossing him over the top rope for the Ryukyu Dragon victory. Other matches on the show saw Mammoth Sasaki and Toru Sugiura defeat the Ryukyu Dragon team of Hibiscus Mii and Pork Tachiko when Mammoth would get the win at 12 minutes, 7 seconds over Mii with a Powerbomb. Violento Jack would put away Shuri Joe at 14 minutes, 26 seconds with a Udegatame for the submission win. The opening match had GENTARO and Dragon Libre defeat Ryukyu Dog and Shikuwasa Z when GENTARO would put Shikuwasa away at 10 minutes, 58 seconds with a Backdrop.
The Jun Kasai promoted Death Match shows for the Summer would start on July 5, 2017 at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo where they would announce a crowd of 876 fans with a main event of Daisuke Masaoka defending his King of Freedom World Championship against Minoru Fujita in Glass Board Weapons Death Match. Fujita would wear barbed wire across his forehead and already come to the ring bleeding. Fujita would hit Masaoka with an exploder into the glass board right away and then come off the top rope with a light tube and send it into Masaoka. Fujita would charge at Masaoka but Masaoka would end up delivering a knee to Fujita's face. Masaoka would deliver an Asai Moonsault to the outside. Masaoka would then grab a bucket of thumbtacks and pour them down all over him into the mat with Fujita coming back and delivering back to back lariats sending Masaoka onto the thumbtacks. Fujita would then pull out Mr. Pogo's sickle in tribute and begin cutting Masaoka with it in the forehead. Fujita would then set up the other glass board on two chairs and attempt to suplex Masaoka through but Masaoka would counter and deliver a Tornado DDT off the turnbuckle sending Fujita through the glass board. Masaoka would then come off the top turnbuckle and hit Fujita with the Rokura for the win at 22 minutes, 14 seconds and to successfully defend the King of Freedom World Championship for the fourth time.
The semi-main event of the show had Jun Kasai and GUNSO team up to take on Masashi Takeda and Kenji Fukimoto in a Double Cross Board Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match with Kasai picking up the win over his friend Fukimoto at 15 minutes, 53 seconds with a Reverse Tiger Driver. Takashi Sasaki and Violento Jack teamed up against Miedo Extremo and Toshiyuki Sakuda in a Barbed wire Board Death Match with Jack picking up the win at 15 minutes, 25 seconds after hitting Sakuda with a Package Piledriver on the barbed wire board. Jack would then attack Sasaki after the match and deliver a Package Driver on him as he would show his allegiance to Extremo and Ciclope who had entered the ring would also attack Sasaki before laying him out while they would hold up the Mexican flag in victory. Yuko Miyamoto would defeat Ciclope at 11 minutes, 4 seconds after rolling up Ciclope after a failed Shining Wizard. Kamui would return to the ring full time after 15 month injury to his arm as he would team up with Mammoth Sasaki and Toru Sugiura as they would lose to Yuya Susumu, Kazma Sakmoto, and Chikara at 9 minutes, 40 seconds when Susumu would grab Kamui and put him in the Cross Armbreaker to make him submit. in a Tokyo Desert Homeless Straight Human Scrapping Death Match when GENTARO would get the win at 8 minutes, 30 seconds with an Ipponzeoi on Kei for the win.
The Jun Kasai Death Match Tour would continue on July 9, 2017 at the Nagoya Nakamura Sports Center Stadium # 2 drawing an announced crowd of 286 fans. The main event of the show saw Mammoth Sasaki and Toru Sugiura defending their King of Freedom Tag Team Championship against Miedo Extremo and Ciclope in a Hardcore Match with Sugiura picking up the win at 17 minutes, 54 seconds after finishing off Ciclope with a Swift Driver for the 5th title defense. The semi-main event had Jun Kasai and Kenji Fukimoto defeating Daisuke Masaoka and Violento Jack in a Barbed wire Board Death Match when Kasai would get the pinfall over champion Masaoka at 13 minutes, 35 seconds with a Reverse Tiger Driver for the pin. Kamui would go up against both GUNSO and Ryuichi Sekine in a Scramble Bunkhouse Three Way Death Match and would end up taking the fall at 10 minutes, 41 seconds after GUNSO would hit Kamui with a DDT on a Barbed wire Bat for the GUNSO win. Kenichiro Arai and Chikara would defeat GENTARO and Konaka Pale One in a Alcohol Drinking Match where the teams would have to take drinks during the match and would end up getting drunk during the match as Chikara would end up countering a Figure Four on Konak at 11 minutes, 18 seconds and would end up making Konaka submit for the win. Yuya Susumu would take on local talent Yusaku Ito and would get the win easily at 6 minutes, 53 seconds after putting him away with a Front Crash. The opening match would be a FREEDOMS vs. Nagoya with the Nagoya team of Kengo Takai, Michio Kageyama, and Takuya Shibayama getting the win over Takashi Sasaki, Dyna Mido, and Dragon Libre when Takai would pick up the pinfall at 8 minutes, 24 seconds after nailing Libre with a Lariat for the win.
The third Jun Kasai promoted show of the month took place on July 17, 2017 at the Hiroshima Industry Center East Hall drawing an announced 740 fans for the show. The main event would have Jun Kasai going up against Miedo Extremo in a Four Corners of Hell Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match with the winner getting a shot at Masaoka's King of Freedom World Title as Extremo would end up getting the win at 16 minutes, 23 seconds after hitting Kasai with a Gaijo Driver on the light tubes for the win. Extremo will now challenge Masaoka for the King of Freedom Title on August 27th at Korakuen Hall. Takashi Sasaki would try to get some revenge on the Mexican team for attacking him at Korakuen Hall as he would team up with Daisuke Masaoka against Violento Jack and Ciclope in a Barb wire Board Death Match with Masaoka getting the win at 16 minutes, 43 seconds with a Rokura on Ciclope. GENTARO, Kamui, and Dyna Mido would go up against the team of Kazma Sakamoto, Kenshin Kono, and Devil Magician in a Falls Count Anywhere Street Fight Tornado Death Match with a car getting driven up to the ring as Kamui would deliver a Swanton off the top turnbuckle on to the top of the car but Magician would end up picking up the win at 16 minutes, 21 seconds after hitting Mido with a Fisherman Buster on the top of the destroyed car for the win. Yuya Susumu would defend his UWA World Jr. Heavyweight Title against Rey Paloma as Yuya would end up getting the win at 14 minutes, 50 seconds with a Front Clash for his second title defense. Mammoth Sasaki would easily defeat Chikara at 7 minutes, 56 seconds with a Stretch Plum. The opening match would have Toru Sugiura, Kenji Fukimoto, and Dragon Libre defeat the team of GUNSO, Takeshi Okada, and Yuya Aoki when Fukimoto would hit Yuki with a Package Piledriver at 8 minutes, 37 seconds for the win.
Jun Kasai's next promoted show will be on July 30, 2017 at the Osaka Tsurumi Green Forest Hana Exhibition Park where the main event will be Daisuke Masaoka, Jun Kasai, and Kenji Fukimoto against Violento Jack, Miedo Extremo, and Ciclope in a Fire Death Match which will be the first Fire Death Match in the history of the promotion. Other matches on the show will be Mammoth Sasaki, Toru Sugiura, and Kamui against the Osaka team of GUNSO, HAYATA, and Hide Kubota. Yuko Miyamoto and Isami Kodaka will team up to go up against Fuminori Abe and Yusaku Ito. Masashi Takeda will take on Kazma Sakamoto one on one in a Hardcore Match. Takashi Sasaki and Dyna Mido continue their regular team as they take on GENTARO and Dragon Libre and the opening match will have Yuya Susumu taking on Yuki Tanaka.
Takashi Sasaki will promote a show on August 3, 2017 at Korakuen Hall as it will have many small level independent promotions across Japan and allow them to compete at Korakuen Hall some wrestlers for the first time. The main event will be a FREEDOMS match as it will have the Unchain team of Jun Kasai, Masashi Takeda, and Kenji Fukimoto against the Mexican team who call themselves Los Nomadas of Violento Jack, Miedo Extremo, and Ciclope. There will be matches on the show from Ryukyu Dragon based out of Okinawa, Gamushara Pro out of Fukuoka, Tottori Pro based out of Tottori will have three of its wrestlers take on Mammoth Sasaki, Toru Sugiura, and GENTARO. Dove Pro out of Hiroshima will have a six man match on the show. B 168 out Osaka will have a match consisting of Daisuke Masaoka and Kamui who frequently wrestle for the promotion team with Idea as they take on Dyna Mido and two other mystery B168 wrestlers. Osaka Women's Pro out of Osaka will have a 6 woman match. Chimu out of Nagoya will have a 6 man Battle Royal on the show. Eagle Pro out of Tochigi will have a tag team match. Pro-Wrestling DEWA out of Yamagata will be the opening match and Yuya Susumu will take on Dragon Libre in the Dark Match on the show.
Mr. Gannosuke made his return to the ring for the first time on July 16, 2017 for the Tsugaru promotion in Hirosaki as he teamed up with Koju Takeda against the team of Taro Yamada and Joji Otani in a 666/Guts World Match with Yamada and Otani coming away with the victory after Otani would pin Takeda. It marked Gannosuke's first match in 3 1/2 months after suffering 10 fractures to his face on April 1, 2017 after taking a knee to the face by Yuko Miyamoto. Gannosuke would end up losing 33 pounds due to the injury and due to his age would make it very hard to get back in ring shape. Gannosuke had originally agreed to come back to the Super Battle FMW promotion at the end of July but knew he would not be compete in the hard style matches he would be in and thus pushed his return back to August. He would them compete in a comedy match against the Kubota Brothers the next day for Fire Pro. His first match back for his home promotion Guts World took place on July 25, 2017 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring as he teamed up with Michio Kageyama as they defeated the IWA Army team of Keizo Matsuda and Yuji Kito when Gannosuke would hit Kito with the Fire Thunder at 12 minutes, 45 seconds for the win. Gannosuke's next match will take place on August 15th for the next Guts World show in Shin-Kiba 1st Ring before touring with Super Battle FMW at the end of the month.
I posted another career music video recently this time of Atsushi Onita ranging from the beginning of his career in All Japan to his retirement from FMW on May 5, 1995. That is the first part and I will finishing up later this year after Onita's retirement match on October 31st as well as when I am able to find songs that go with the footage as that ends up taking almost as much time as the actual editing and putting the video together with how picky I am at trying to find the perfect songs. I will also be traveling to Philadelphia on August 4th to attend the CZW show on August 5th to see Onita live one last time. I will be wearing my white FMW t-shirt and my fiancée will be wearing a Megumi Kudo t-shirt so if you are going and see us make sure to say hello. I look forward to meeting a bunch of FMW fans. No matter how the match turns out hopefully the energy and electricity especially the post match is anywhere near what I experienced last year following Onita's match at Korakuen Hall because that was something special to be a part of.
Tetsuo Sekigawa best known as Mr. Pogo passed away at the age of 66 on June 23, 2017 at 12:21 AM in Saitama (not his hometown of Gunma like most reports have). Pogo who has had severe back issues decided to get a spinal canal surgery for the second time because of the amount of back pain he had been in recently despite going through the surgery before back in 2014. His spinal canal surgery was originally scheduled for May 25, 2017 but the surgery had to be stopped in the middle of it because of the amount of blood he was losing during it and it was considered too dangerous to continue. Pogo remained in the hospital during this time as he was too weak to go back to a normal life and he had lost movement in his leg and had been dealing with a severe headache following it. He had the surgery again on June 22, 2017 but during the surgery his blood pressure ended up dropping dangerously to where he began to develop an irregular heart beat that would end up in him suffering a cerebral infraction also known as a stroke. He would be transferred to another hospital in Saitama to try and save his life but he would never end up coming back and would end up passing away. W*ING promoter would end up getting notified just 30 minutes later and would begin calling everybody and the news story would be posted online by 2 PM. Pogo had made many calls the day before on June 21st to friends and family including Atsushi Onita but Onita would end up missing his call. Despite not being known as the best worker during his run throughout the 90's where he was Atsushi Onita's best drawing opponent he was known as a good man. Everyone that dealt with him loved him and respected him. He was the person that got me into FMW originally 20 years ago and he will always have a special place in my heart for that as well as all the friends he had made after a 45 year career. I have written up a condensed biography of Mr. Pogo's career that can be found at http://fmwwrestling.us/Pogo.html
Super Battle FMW would return to the Tokyo Shinjuku FACE for the first time in nearly two years on June 8, 2017 as they would announce a crowd of 600 fans. The main event would be an FMW vs. All Japan Street Fight Bunkhouse Barbed wire Board Falls Count Anywhere Death Match as Atsushi Onita would team up with Hideki Hosaka and Kendo Kashin against Suwama, Atsushi Aoki, and Super Tiger who was taking Hikaru Sato's place following a surgery he recently got.
Onita would go after Suwama right away but Suwama would throw him outside the ring. Suwama would then take an axe he had brought to the ring and chop the barbed wire board in half. Suwama would setup Onita for a Powerbomb through a table when Black Tiger would end up making the save for Onita. Onita
would instead grab Aoki and use the table to piledrive him through it instead. Aoki would get up and spit blue mist in Onita's face and smash a guitar over his head and cover him with Onita kicking out. Aoki would then grab then grab the barbed wire bat but Onita would spit red mist in his face. Onita and Kashin would double suplex Kashina and Onita would smash the piece of table over his head and deliver a Back Drop on Aoki to get the win.
The semi-main event of the show had Raijin Yaguchi, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, and Ricky Fuji defeat NOSAWA Rongai under his Black Tiger # 7 gear, Tomohiko Hashimoto, and Chainsaw Tony when Kuroda would finish off Tony at 15 minutes, 27 seconds with a Lariat. Miss Mongol and Tamumi Nakano would continue their feud as Nakano would team up with Manami Katsu as they would defeat the team of Miss Mongol and Miss Koharu after Katsu would nail a diving elbow drop to get the win at 13 minutes, 44 seconds over Koharu. Kotaro Suzuki and HASEGAWA would defeat Keiichi Sato and Raiden after Sato would get the win at 12 minutes, 13 seconds over HASEGAWA with a Backslide. Rion Mizuki, Kancho Nagase, and Tomoryu would defeat Wild Seven, Wild Bear, and Shoji Ono as Nagase would get the KO win over Ono at 11 minutes, 10 seconds after applying the sleeper on him. Naoshi Sano would win the opening match defeating The Shocker at 6 minutes, 50 seconds with a Diving Body Press.
Atsushi Onita and Tamumi Nakano would co-promote a show at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on June 24, 2017 where they would announce a crowd of 284 fans for the show. The show would start with a Mr. Pogo tribute with a 10 bell salute in his memory. The main event would be changed due to Pogo's death as Hideki Hosaka would be moved to the heel side as he would paint his face with the Mr. Pogo logo that he used to wear during his first couple of years while in FMW apart of the Pogo Army so the main event would be Atsushi Onita, Tamumi Nakano, Pandita, and Tomohiko Hashimoto as they would take on Miss Mongol, Raijin Yaguchi, NOSAWA Rongai, and Hideki Hosaka in a Street Fight Bunkhouse Falls Count Anywhere Barbed wire Bra Exploding Coffin Death Match.
Pandita would start off by grabbing the barbed wire bra and putting it on Onita who would smash into Yaguchi, Hosaka, and NOSAWA. Mongol and Nakano would begin brawling outside with Mongol bringing Nakano back in the ring and grabbing the barbed wire bat and would have Yaguchi hold Nakano but Nakano would manage to move out of the way and Mongol would end up hitting Yaguchi. Mongol would pick up the bat and go after Onita but Onita would meet her with red mist to the face. Onita would then smash a chair over Mongol's head. Hashimoto would then bring Mongol outside and hold her while Nakano would turn on the exploding barbed wire baseball bat and hit her with it for some revenge. Hosaka and Yaguchi would grab Onita and suplex him into a barbed wire board as Mongol would put on the barbed wire bra and run into Nakano with it as Hosaka would place her into the coffin and Mongol would turn on the explosives of the coffin with Nakano in it for the win. The semi-main event of the show had Ricky Fuji team up with Kenichi Fujii and Yamada Man Pondo as they would defeat Hi69, HASEGAWA, and The Shocker with Ricky getting the win at 12 minutes, 18 seconds over Shocker with a 9999 DDT. Kenichiro Arai, Tomoryu, and Raiden defeat Wild Seven, Shoji Ono, and Wild Shooter # 2 when Raiden would pin Shooter at 11 minutes, 4 seconds with a Rollup. Pandita would open the show by defeating the small overweight Atsushi Dainita who has an Onita gimmick after Pandita would get the win at 3 minutes, 24 seconds in a Test Match for Dainita.
Atsushi Onita would be backstage following the show where he would place his Super Fireworks Title next to the picture of Mr. Pogo and stated that he would not have had the success he has had without Mr. Pogo and that he had many years of a relationship with him. Onita stated he called Pogo earlier this month and stated that after Pogo would have healed from his surgery he wanted to do an Exploding Barbed wire Baseball Bat Death Match with him one last time before Onita were to retire in October. Onita then stated he wanted the next Super Battle FMW show to be a tribute to Mr. Pogo with the FMW side taking on the Pogo Army.
Hideki Hosaka would do an interview afterwards as well would mention how he had always been loyal to Mr. Pogo and that a part of him had always remained a part of the Pogo Army as the team of Mr. Pogo, The Gladiator, and Hideki Hosaka teamed together every day for over a year with Hosaka stating he did not expect the break up of the team to end this way. Hosaka stated he wants to fight with Pogo's soul in him and he will now begin to challenge Onita like Pogo would have wanted.
The Super Battle FMW lineup was announced for July 15, 2017 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring as the main event will be Atsushi Onita, Raijin Yaguchi, and former Pogo Army member Ricky Fuji taking on Mr. Pogo # 2 who I would imagine to be Hideki Hosaka as he is not on another match on the show, Leatherface as it would make more sense to be Chainsaw Tony as Pogo is who brought him to Japan years ago, and Katsunari Toi who was a member of the Pogo Army in 1993-94 in a 4 Sides of Pogo Barbed wire Bunkhouse Death Match as I would guess that four of Pogo's usual weapons will be at each corner like his sickle. The semi-main event will have the Miss Mongol and Tamumi Nakano finally face other in a singles match as they compete in a Lumberjack Death Match. The former Wrestle-1 team of Kotaro Suzuki and Keiichi Sato will go up against Tomohiko Hashimoto and NOSAWA Rongai. The team of Wild Bear, Wild Seven, and Shocker will take on Naoshi Sano, Raiden, and Tomoryu. Kancho Nagase will defend his UWA Lightweight Title against Shigeru Kato, and the opening match will once again be Pandita going up against Atsushi Dainita.
Atsushi Onita also announced a lineup for a show he will be promoting himself on July 16, 2017 at the Yokohama Yacht Society where a special ring would be setup outside as the main event will be Atsushi Onita, Raijin Yaguchi, and Ricky Fuji against the All Japan team of Suwama, Atsushi Aoki, and a Mystery Partner in a Exploding Onibo Death Match. The team of Tomohiko Hashimoto and Hideki Hosaka will take on Kazuhiko Matsuzaki and A-Team's Daisaku Shimoda. There will be a women's match with none of the participants announced yet. The Wild team of Wild Bear, Wild Shooter # 2, and Shoji "Wild" Ono will take on Ultra Seven, Wild Seven, and Yuki Takasugi. The opening match will have Naoshi Sano, Masahiro Sase, and Shocker face Raiden, Tomoryu, and Kancho Nagase.
Atsushi Onita and Masanobu Fuchi put up their All Japan All Asian Tag Team Titles for the second time and first time in over 5 months following Fuchi's health causing him unable to compete as of late as they would take on the team of Atsushi Aoki and Hikaru Sato on June 20, 2017 at the Obihiro City General Gym as Aoki would end up grabbing Fuchi's arm and placing him in a Armlock for Fuchi to tap out at 13 minutes, 3 seconds ending the reign of the 100th All Asian Tag Team Champions after 7 months.
FREEDOMS would run their first show of the month on June 4, 2017 at the Kyoto Nagaokakyo Central Lifelong Learning Center announcing a crowd of 226 fans for the show. The main event would be a Hardcore Match with Daisuke Masaoka, Jun Kasai, and Kenji Fukimoto defeating the local team of brother YASSHI, Naoki Tanizaki, and Yasu Kubota when Masaoka would pin Kubota at 17 minutes, 10 seconds after hitting him with a Rokkura off the top of a ladder. Yuya Susumu would defend his UWA Jr. Heavyweight Title against PSYCHO where he would get the win at 13 minutes, 57 seconds after making him submit to the Crossface to successfully defend the title for the first time. Mammoth Sasaki and Toru Sugiura would defeat the local team of GUNSO and Kenshin Kono when Mammoth would score the win at 13 minutes, 14 seconds after finishing off Kono with the 29 Years Old. GENTARO and Yuki Tanaka would get the win over Takashi Sasaki and Dyna Mido after GENTARO would hit the Rainmaker on Mido for the win. Konaka Pale One would defeat Idea with the Zen Meditation Tone. Masamune and Keita Yano would defeat Violento Jack and Dragon Libre when Masamune would pin Libre at 8 minutes, 42 seconds after hitting him with a bat to get the win in the opening match.
FREEDOMS returned to the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring show on June 22, 2017 drawing an announced crowd of 216 fans for their annual show with Ryukyu Dragon in Tokyo before holding another show together in Okinawa. The opening match of the show would have the FREEDOMS team of Yuya Susumu and Dragon Libre defeating the Ryukyu team of Ryukyu Dog and Hijya Kidman when Yuya would get the pin over Kidman at 11 minutes, 52 seconds with a Neckbreaker. The next match would have the Ryukyu team of the former Apple Miyuki now Hibiscus Mii, Supermantaro, and Pork Tachiko defeat Daisuke Masaoka, GENTARO, and Toru Sugiura would Mii would hit a Neckbreaker to get the pin at 11 minutes, 52 seconds over GENTARO. The next 5 matches would be singles matches between the two promotions as the matches would be randomly selected. The owners of the promotions would first face off against as Takashi Sasaki and Guruken Mask would end up going to 15 minute time limit draw. Violento Jack would give FREEDOMS a 1-0 lead in the next match as he would defeat Tida Heat at 7 minutes, 33 seconds after making him submit to a Cross Armbreaker. Mammoth Sasaki and Ultra Soki would be the next match and they would also go to a 15 minute time limit draw. Churaumi Saber would then tie things up up for Ryukyu Dragon as he would defeat Kenji Fukimoto at 6 minutes, 20 seconds after rolling him up. The final match to determine who would win the 5 match series would come down to Jun Kasai and Shuri Joe for each promotion with Kasai getting the win at 12 minutes, 54 seconds after hitting Joe with the Pearl Harbor Splash for the win and to give FREEDOMS 2-1-2 victory over Ryukyu Dragon.
FREEDOMS ran at the Iwate Ichinoseki Central Gym drawing an announced 756 fans for the show with the main event of hometown Takashi Sasaki teaming with Jun Kasai and Violento Jack would get the win over Daisuke Masaoka, Masashi Takeda, and Kenji Fukimoto when Sasaki would pin Fukimoto at 19 minutes, 23 seconds with a Right Kick in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Weapons Death Match. The semi-main event would have the submission team of Yoshiaki Fujiwara and Yuya Susumu defeating GENTARO and Kenichiro Arai after Fujiwara would hook on the Fujiwara Armbar on GENTARO to get the win at 9 minutes, 55 seconds after making him submit. Minoru Fujita and Hibiscus Mii would team up in a mixed tag team and defeat the team of The Great Sasuke and Hirori when Mii would get the pin at 16 minutes, 26 seconds with a Dragon Splash. Mammoth Sasaki and Toru Sugiura would win a non title match by defeating the team of Yuko Miyamoto and Kazma Sakamoto at 11 minutes, 35 seconds after Mammoth would put away Kazma with the 29 Years Old. The match of The Brahman Brothers against Shinobu and Daichi Sasaki would originally go to a double count out at 2 minutes, 33 seconds but the match would get restarted and Shinobu would nail Kei with the S.E.X. for a total time of 8 minutes, 49 seconds win. The opening match would have Chikara, Fuminori Abe, and Keisuke Goto defeat Aisawa # 1, ASUKA, and Dragon Libre when Chikara would score the pin at 8 minutes, 35 seconds over Libre with a Saber Chop.
The next FREEDOMS show will be on July 2, 2017 at Ryukyu Dragon's home base of the Okinawa Kadena Dome where the main event will be a 5 vs. 5 Elimination Match with the FREEDOMS team consisting of Daisuke Masaoka, Takashi Sasaki, Jun Kasai, Kenji Fukimoto, and Yuya Susumu against the Ryukyu Dragon team of Guruken Mask, Churaumi Saber, Tida Heat, Ultra Soki, and Hijya Kidman. Mammoth Sasaki and Toru Sugiura will compete in a non title match against Hibiscus Mii and Pork Tachiko for the semi-main event. Violento Jack will go up against Shuri Joe in a singles match and the opening match will have GENTARO and Dragon Libre go up against Ryukyu Dog and a Mystery Partner.
The Summer Death Match Carnival shows promoted by Jun Kasai will then begin on July 5, 2017 at Korakuen Hall as Daisuke Masaoka will defend his King of Freedom World Championship against Minoru Fujita in a Glass Board Weapons Death Match. The team of Jun Kasai and GUNSO will go up against Masashi Takeda and Kenji Fukimoto in a Double Cross Death Match. Kamui will finally make his return after breaking his arm back in April 2016 and then reinjuring it following his one match back in January 2017 as he will team up with Mammoth Sasaki and Toru Sugiura against the team of Yuya Susumu, Kazma Sakamoto, and Chikara. Takashi Sasaki and Violento Jack will team up to take on the returning Miedo Extremo and Big Japan's Toshiyuki Sakuda in a Barbed wire Board Death Match. The Brahman Brothers will have their annual Tokyo Desert Homeless Straight Human Scrapping Death Match against GENTARO and Dragon Libre and the opening match will be Yuko Miyamoto going up against Mexico's Ciclope.
The next Jun Kasai promoted Death Match show will take place at the Nagoya Nakamura Sports Center Stadium # 2 on July 9, 2017 as the main event will have Daisuke Masaoka and Violento Jack teaming up to take on Jun Kasai and Kenji Fukimoto in a Barbed wire Board Death Match. Mammoth Sasaki and Toru Sugiura will put up their King of Freedom Tag Team Titles on the line against Miedo Extremo and Ciclope in a Hardcore Match. Kamui will go up in a Three Way Death Match as he will face off against GUNSO and Basara's Ryuichi Sekine. GENTARO and Konaka Pale One team up to take on Kenichiro Arai and Chikara. There will be a FREEDOMS vs. Nagoya match as Takashi Sasaki, Dyna Mido, and Dragon Libre will go up against Kengo Takai, Michio Kageyama, and Takaya Shibayama. The opening match will have Yuya Susumu going up against local wrestler Yusaku Ito.
The next week another Jun Kasai promoted Death Match show will take place on July 17, 2017 at the Hiroshima Industry Center East Hall with a Death Match not yet announced main event of Jun Kasai going up against Miedo Extremo. The Mexican team of Violento Jack and Ciclope will take on Daisuke Masaoka and Takashi Sasaki in a Death Match. GENTARO, Kamui, and Dyna Mido will team up against Kazma Sakamoto, Kenshin Kono, and Devil Magician in a Death Match. Yuya Susumu will defend his UWA Jr. Heavyweight Title for the second time against Rey Paloma. Mammoth Sasaki will take on Chikara in a easy singles match and the opening match will have Toru Sugiura, Kenji Fukimoto, and Dragon Libre take on an outsiders team of GUNSO, Takeshi Okada, and Yuki Aoki.
FREEDOMS referee Kaisei Shimizu who went missing before the FREEDOMS show on April 8, 2017 at the small Yokohama Nigiwaiza that Shimizu was suppose to promote is alive and well but it is still not known why he disappeared and stopped all contact with the promotion. Takashi Sasaki held a press conference at the FREEDOMS office on June 19, 2017 to announce he received the retirement papers in the mail from Shimizu. Sasaki announced that after Shimizu no showed the April 8th show he was suppose to promote he was suspended by FREEDOMS. There was no return address so Sasaki and the promotion still have no way of contacting Shimizu about exactly happened. Sasaki announced that he spoke with a lawyer about the situation and he has agreed to just leave everything alone at this point and let Shimizu retire from wrestling. Sasaki announced that FREEDOMS will work with the wrestler and the staff to recover trust due to this incident as well the issue with losing all contact with The Winger from earlier this year. The only thing I can think of is that Shimizu did not want to deal with any possible money loss from promoting the one show and he was willing to be done with wrestling in general as a referee he was not going to make very much with FREEDOMS and he was very young and probably immature on how to handle the situation of just wanting out and decided to just go ghost on everybody as a result.
W*ING's Mickey Ibaragi promoted a special sit down with Kintaro Kanemura on June 24, 2017 at Toudoukan in Suidobashi, Tokyo. The event would take place just one day following Mr. Pogo's death so the event would start with a one minute silent prayer in Mr. Pogo's memory. Kanemura would tell the fans that Pogo was a mentor to him while they would show footage of a W*ING match between Mr. Pogo and Kanemura from 1992. Kanemura would mention that the match would bring back a lot of nostalgic memories. Kanemura would state that he would pray for Mr. Pogo's soul from the bottom of his heart. Kanemura would tell the fans that he had no regrets and was satisfied with choosing to become a professional wrestler while smiling. Kanemura was suppose to bring the Kodo Fuyuki robe for pictures but instead would bring his W*ING bomber jacket and let the fans place the WEW World Title across their shoulder for pictures with him.
The A-Team promotion will return on August 11, 2017 at the Tokyo Kitasenju Theater 1010 to crown the first ever WEW Jr. Heavyweight Champion as it will be the first WEW Titles created in over 17 years since the WEW Hardcore Tag Team Titles were created in FMW. The show will have four tournament matches with all the winners moving on to the main event in a 4 Way Match with the winner of that match being crowned the champion. The four tournament matches will be Tsuyoshi Kikuchi going up against Takumi Sakurai, Nobutaka Moribe facing off against Raiden, HASEGAWA taking on Keiichi Sato, and Masamune will open up the show against Rion Mizuki with the only non WEW Jr. Heavyweight Title match on the show being Tomohiko Hashimoto and Masashi Takeda defending their WEW Tag Team Titles against Daisaku Shimoda and The Blue Shark.
Mr. Gannosuke returned to the public on his 49th Birthday at Guts World's June 20, 2017 show at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. Gannosuke who is still struggling to open his eyes completely after suffering 10 fractures to his face after taking a knee to the face by Yuko Miyamoto on April 1, 2017 in Kumamoto. Gannosuke announced he would be returning to Guts World on their next show on July 25, 2017 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring as he will team up with Michio Kageyama as they will take on Keizo Matsuda and Yuji Kito. Gannosuke later announced as he will be first participating for Fire Pro's show on July 17th in Nagoya although that will most likely be an easy GUNS style comedy match. Gannosuke stated he had lost 33 pounds due to the injury as it has been very difficult for him to eat. It also has been difficult to get back into shape as he had to stop training for over 2 months and at 49 it is difficult to get your wind back. Gannosuke was suppose to originally suppose to appear for the Super Battle FMW promotion in July but instead will be pushing it back to their August tour.
I am going to be out for the first 10 days or so of July as I will be out in Texas for a couple of days and then will be going to Toronto next weekend. I spent a lot of time these last couple of weeks updating/cleaning up the Kintaro Kanemura Biography to cover his entire career that you can check out in the Biography section of the site. It will most likely be the last time I update it for him.
Atsushi Onita held a press conference in Suidobashi, Tokyo at Toudoukan on May 10, 2017 to announce that his official retirement match will take place on October 31, 2017 at Tokyo Korakuen Hall. Onita stated that he has retied six times and this will be the seventh and final time. Onita apologized for the
inconvenience to various people for the coming out of retirement so many times. Onita stated that if you deduct the periods of time off due to retirement and political activities it adds up to about 40 years in pro-wrestling. Onita stated he was originally planning retire at Kawasaki Stadium due to the memories of FMW there but the stadium is now a stadium for American Football and with Football season going on in October he has given up with negotiations with the building because of how difficult they have been. Onita stated he began to think about his career from his debut which was at Korakuen Hall, his retirement while with All Japan at Korakuen Hall, how his teacher Giant Baba had a retirement ceremony at Korakuen Hall (his official retirement was at the Tokyo Dome after his passing). Onita stated that he could probably get more people to attend his retirement show if it was held elsewhere but he did not care and he wanted to retire for good at Korakuen Hall where there have been so moments in his pro-wrestling life has taken place.
Onita would nominate Masato Tanaka for his retirement match but it has not been
made official who his opponent will be.
Onita stated that beginning September 9th at the Osaka Prefectural Gym # 2 there will be an Onita Final Series Tour ending on October 31, 2017 at Korakuen Hall which is 6 days after Onita will turn 60 as the plan for the last four years has been for him to retire once he turns 60. He will then hold a show the following week on September 16, 2017 at the Fukuoka Hakata Star Lanes and then two days before his retirement he will hold a show on October 29, 2017 at the Nagoya International Conference Hall which might be where the last Onita explosion match takes place.
Super Battle FMW would return to Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on April 27, 2017 drawing an announced crowd of 300 fans for the show. Atsushi Onita would team up with Raijin Yaguchi and Hideki Hosaka
against Chicken Suwama who was an unknown man in a black mask holding a rubber Chicken through out the match along with MUTEKI who would be NOSAWA Rongai not even bothering to wear the mask he had been wearing for the shows earlier in the month, and Masao Inoue in a Falls Count Anywhere Exploding Onibo Death Match.
A Leatherface masked gimmick who would later to be known as Chainsaw Tony would come out and attack Onita making it a disadvantage early for Onita's team. They would take Onita to the outside of Shin-Kiba 1st Ring where Chicken Suwama would hit Onita with the Exploding Onibo.
Tamumi Nakano would try getting Chicken Suwama back inside when Miss Mongol would grab the exploding Onibo and smash her from behind with it as well. NOSAWA would bring Onita back inside in the ring with NOSAWA smashing a guitar over the head of Onita. Masao Inoue would grab the Onibo and with Chicken Suwama holding Onita he would go to hit him but Onita would manage to spit red must at Inoue and then deliver a stunner to Chicken Suwama. Onita would then take Chicken Suwama outside where he would hit him with the Onibo and then come back to the ring where he would hit NOSAWA with a Thunder Fire Powerbomb at 14 minutes, 34 seconds for the win.
The other matches on the show had Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Kotaro Suzuki, and HASEGAWA defeat Ricky Fuji, Naoshi Sano, and Keiichi Sato when Kuroda would finish off Sato at 13 minutes, 28 seconds with a Lariat. Miss Mongol and Miss Koharu would defeat Kaori Yoneyama and Tamumi Nakano at 13 minutes, 3 seconds after Mongol would make Nakano submit to the Kanbaya C with Mongol and Nakano getting in a scuffle after the match with Mongol throwing her down on the mat. Wild Seven would defend his Latin America Championship over Kenichiro Arai at 9 minutes, 2 seconds with a Modified Double Leg Lock to defend the title for the second time with Wild Bear being named the next challenger for the title. Gosaku Goshogawara and Shocker would defeat Daisaku Shimoda and Kenichi Fujii when Gosaku would get the win at 9 minutes, 43 seconds over Fujii and the opening match would have Wild Bear and Shuji "Wild" Ono feat Tomoryu and Raiden when Bear would get the pin at 9 minutes, 37 seconds after using a Backdrop on Raiden.
Fire Pro-Wrestling ran their first show of 2017 on April 30, 2017 at the Hiroshima Marina Hop. Shows for the promotion have become rather scarce as the originally booked show by the promotion on May 27th in Gifu has been taken by the CMA Kaiser promotion with Onita participating on that show instead. The main event had Atsushi Onita, Hideki Hosaka, and Takeshi Okada defeat Raijin Yaguchi, Mayo-gun # 2, and Devil Magician in a Exploding Barbed wire Baseball Bat Death Match with Onita getting the pin at 12 minutes, 35 seconds after hitting Magician with the exploding barbed wire baseball bat. Masashi Aoyagi would once again attack Onita and along with Yaguchi who on certain shows is Onita's friend and some times an enemy along with the rest of the Mayo-gun Army would hold Onita as Aoyagi would hold a sword across Onita's neck. The 666 team of Yuko Miyamoto and Onryo defeated the team of Hiroki Murase and Amigo Suzuki when Miyamoto got the win over Suzuki at 15 minutes, 3 seconds with the Valkyrie Splash. Mototsugu Shimizu and Rocky Kawamura defeated Tomohiko Hashimoto and Mayo-gun # 4 when Kawamura pinned Mayo-gun # 4 at 11 minutes, 35 seconds after knocking him out with a Balboa Blow. NENE mugen D.a.i defeated Shota Nakagawa at 7 minutes, 25 seconds after rolling him up and the opening match was a REINA Offer Match with Makoto defeating Hirori at 9 minutes, 29 seconds with a Double Arm Suplex. Fire Pro-Wrestling's next show for July 17th will be at the Nagoya Aichi Nishiku Rokushima Sports Center with Mr. Gannosuke booked for the show which as of now is his first booking since his injury back on April 1st. Crusher Maedomari and Bad Nurse Nakamura have also been booked for the show.
Atsushi Onita would team up with Chigusa Nagayo and Takumi Iroha on May 7, 2017 for the Super Fireworks promotion where a special ring would be set up in Tokyo at the Aoshino Industrial Transportation company against TARU, Takuya Sugawara, and Hartley Jackson in a Exploding Barbed wire Baseball Bat Death Match. Onita would set up a table early on and put Jackson through it by piledriving him with TARU having to make the save. TARU would then throw powder in Onita's face and hit him with the exploding barbed wire baseball bat. Onita, Nagayo, and Iroha would all attempt hitting TARU with the exploding barbed wire bat but no explosives would come out. Sugawara would then reveal that he had hidden the real exploding barbed wire bat under the ring and replaced it one not connected to the explosions. Sugawara would give TARU the exploding bat and he would hit Iroha with it and get the pin at 19 minutes, 20 seconds for the win.
Atsushi Onita would then participate at ZERO1's Nagoya City Tsuyuhashi Sports Center on May 12, 2017 which would be the building that the first FMW show was held back on October 6, 1989. The original main event match made would be Bob Sapp vs. Akebono in a rematch of their Shoot Fight in RIZIN back on December 31, 2015. Akebono's declining health would result in him pulling out and Atsushi Onita was put in his place. The original match would be Atsushi Onita vs. Bob Sapp in a No Ropes Exploding Barbed wire Death Match although that would be changed to a 6 person with Atsushi Onita teaming up with Aja Kong and Shogun Okamoto against Bob Sapp, TARU, and Jaguar Yokota and the Exploding Barbed wire Death Match would become a Exploding Onibo Death Match. Onita and Sapp would go at it right away with Sapp picking up and slamming Onita. Sapp would go right to turning on the exploding Onibo but Okamoto would turn it off quickly. Yokota would spit red mist in Onita's face and TARU would turn on the exploding Onibo and hit Onita across the chest with it while Yokota would be holding on to Onita. Sapp would then splash into Onita in the corner and hold on Onita while TARU would pull out a kendo stick. TARU would go to swing the stick at Onita while Sapp was holding on to him but Onita would spit red mist in TARU's face and stunner Sapp. Onita would smash a piece of a table over Sapp's head and turn on the exploding Onibo and hit TARU with it to get the pinfall at 16 minutes, 29 seconds. Onita would grab the mic and tell Sapp that next time he will face just him in a Explosion Match with Sapp screaming he is ready before posing and leaving.
Super Battle FMW would then run a three show tour for the Hokkaido region. The first show would be on May 16, 2017 at the Asahikawa Taisei Citizen Center where they would announce a crowd of 350 fans for the show. The main event would be Atsushi Onita, Raijin Yaguchi, and Hideki Hosaka defeating Kendo Kashin, MUTEKI who was NOSAWA Rongai under a mask, and Chainsaw Tony who is Tony Myers a New Jersey Death Match Independent wrestler who has been around awhile as he use to be a jobber for Jerry Lawler's USWA promotion in Memphis in the early 90's. The match would be an Exploding Onibo Death Match and Onita would end up hitting Tony and at 10 minutes, 2 seconds would be able to get the pin over Chainsaw Tony. Other matches on the show saw Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Kotaro Suzuki, and Ricky Fuji defeat Tomohiko Hashimoto, Hi69, and Keiichi Sato when Kuroda would get the win at 16 minutes, 30 seconds with the Tetsuchan Bomber. The FMW Joshi match on the show was Tamumi Nakano and Manami Katsu defeat Miss Mongol and Yuuko Fujisaki when Katsu would score the pin over Fujisaki at 14 minutes, 1 second with a Orange Blossom. A Team's HASEGAWA and Takumi Sakurai would defeat Pandita and Wild Seven when HASEGAWA would score the win at 8 minutes, 40 seconds with a Diving Footstomp over Pandita. The opening match had Tomoya Adachi who worked for FMW at the very end in 2001 and then began working for Mr. Gannosuke's WMF promotion afterwards who I have not seen his name in years appeared to team up with Naoshi Sano to defeat Gosaku Goshogawara and Kazushi Yoshida when Tomoya got the win at 10 minutes, 1 second with his SSD which is also known as the Michinoku Driver II on Yoshida for the win.
Super Battle FMW's next show on the tour would take place on May 17, 2017 at the Hakodate Hokkaido Distribution Hall with the main event of Atsushi Onita, Raijin Yaguchi, Hideki Hosaka, and Ricky Fuji defeating Kendo Kashin, TOSHIZO who was again NOSAWA Rongai in a different mask this time, Tomohiko Hashimoto, and Chainsaw Tony in a Exploding Onibo Death Match with Onita once again using the Exploding Onibo on Tony at 11 minutes, 53 seconds for the win. Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Kotaro Suzuki would defeat Tomoya Adachi and Keiichi Sato when Kuroda would pin Sato at 14 minutes, 29 seconds with the Tetsuchan Bomber. Miss Mongol and Tamumi Nakano would team up against Manami Katsu and Yuuko Fujisaki with Mongol getting the win at 10 minutes, 59 seconds when Mongol would make Fujisaki tap out to a High Angle Crab. Nakano would jump on Mongol in celebration for the win with Mongol shoving her off. Mongol and Nakano would end up getting involved in the main event as NOSAWA would grab the exploding barbed wire bat with Nakano jumping in the ring trying to help Onita from getting hit with the exploding bat. Mongol would hit the ring and hit Nakano with the exploding barbed wire bat which would result in Nakano being taken to the hospital afterwards. Hi69 and HASEGAWA would defeat the team of Gosaku Goshogawara and Kazushi Yoshida when HASEGAWA would score the win at 11 minutes, 15 seconds over Yoshida. The opening match would have Wild Seven and Pandita defeat Naoshi Sano and Takumi Sakurao when Seven would get the win at 9 minutes, 59 seconds with a El Quadrito over Sakurai.
The final show on the Hokkaido Tour would take place on May 19, 2017 at the Sapporo Susukino Mars Gym drawing an announced 600 fans for the show. Atsushi Onita, Raijin Yaguchi, Hideki Hosaka, and Ricky Fuji would take on Kendo Kashin, NOSAWA Rongai, Tomohiko Hashimoto, and Chainsaw Tony in a Exploding Onibo Death Match.
NOSAWA with no mask this time would throw Onita into the corner into a table. Hashimoto would turn on the Onibo but Onita would move out the away with Hashimoto hitting the table in the corner instead. Hashimoto would set up Onita on a chair with NOSAWA grabbing the Onibo and he would slam it into Onita creating a huge explosion. Chainsaw Tony would then grab Onita with Hashimoto would attempt to swing the Onibo but Onita would instead spit red mist in Hashimoto's face and deliver a stunner to Tony. Onita would then grab a piece of a table and smash it over NOSAWA's head and deliver a Thunder Fire Powerbomb with Kashin making the save. Kashin would hold on to Onita with Tony charging at him but Onita would move out of the way and Tony would end up hitting Kashin instead. Kashin would then pick up the Onibo but instead of using it on Onita he would hand it to Onita instead and Onita would use hit Tony with the Onibo to get the win at 13 minutes, 51 seconds. Onita and Kashin would shake hands afterwards ending their 15 month feud.
Miss Mongol and Yuuko Fujisaki would defeat the team of Tamumi Nakano and Manami Katsu when Mongol would make Nakano tap out at 10 minutes, 58 seconds to an Anacoda Reverse Kanbaka with Mongol flipping off Nakano afterwards to continue their feud. Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Kotaro Suzuki would defeat Hi69 and Keiichi Sato when Kuroda got the win at 11 minutes, 44 seconds with a Tetsu-chan Bomber over Sato. Tomoya Adachi and HASEGAWA would defeat Takumi Sakurai and Gosaku Goshogawara when Tomoya picked up the win at 14 minutes, 17 seconds over Sakurai with the SSD. The opening match had Naoshi Sano and Kazushi Yoshida defeat Wild Seven and Pandita at 9 minutes, 27 seconds when Yoshida would use a Jack Knife Roll up for the win over Pandita.
Super Battle FMW returns to the Tokyo Shinjuku FACE on June 8, 2017 with the main event of Atsushi Onita, Raijin Yaguchi, and Hideki Hosaka against the All Japan team of Suwama, Atsushi Aoki, and Hikaru Sato in a Street Fight Bunkhouse Barbed wire Board Falls Count Anywhere Death Match. The FMW team of Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Ricky Fuji, and Gosaku Goshogawara will take on NOSAWA Rongai, Tomohiko Hashimoto, and Chainsaw Tony which apparently Tony has forgiven NOSAWA for turning on him on the last show. Miss Mongol and Miss Koharu team up to take on Manami Kanada and Tamami Nakano to continue the Mongol and Nakano feud. Kotaro Suzuki and HASEGAWA team up to take on Keiichi Sato and Raiden in a tag match. The Wild Team of Wild Bear, Wild Seven, and Shoji "Wild" Ono will go up against Nagase Kancho, Tomoryu, and Rion Mizuki and the opening match will be Naoshi Sano against Shocker.
Atsushi Onita and Tamumi Nakano agreed to promote a show together on June 24, 2017 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. Onita went to Nakano following her being hit with the Exploding Onibo by Mongol on April 27th at the Super Battle FMW show and asked if she wanted another shot at Mongol after what she did. Onita stated that Super Battle FMW is Mongol's home so she could co-promote a show with him where she will have the home advantage instead as she gets another crack at Mongol with Nakano agreeing and shaking Onita's hand on the partnership.
Everything has been made official for Atsushi Onita to have his first match in America in over 25 years and to finally have his dream of having a Exploding Barbed wire Death Match that he has been wanting to have for the past 20 years. The match is scheduled for August 5, 2017 and will be held at the CZW regular building of the Flyers Skate Zone in Vorhees, New Jersey. I was told that the match will be a Exploding Barbed wire Death Match. Raijin Yaguchi and Hideki Hosaka are also scheduled for the show. Tickets went on sale as I was able to purchase 2nd row on the East side so if you are also planning on going make sure to stop by and say hi as this will be the first time in America I will be at a wrestling show that anyone will know me.
FREEDOMS returned to Korakuen Hall for their annual May 2nd show at the building drawing an announced 723 fans for the show. The main event saw Daisuke Masaoka defeat Kenji Fukimoto to defend his King of Freedom World Championship for the third time in a 4 Corners of Pain Death Match after Masaoka pinned Fukimoto at 22 minutes, 27 seconds with a Rokkura Kai off a ladder. Both Masaoka and Fukimoto would embrace after the match.
Mammoth Sasaki and Toru Sugiura successfully defended their King of Freedom Tag Team Titles as they defeated Jun Kasai and GUNSO as well as Takashi Sasaki and Shuji Ishikawa in a Hardcore Three Way Match when Sugiura would score the pin on Takashi Sasaki at 18 minutes, 58 seconds after hitting him with the Swift Driver for the second successful title defense. Violento Jack who will be with FREEDOMS the rest of the year teamed up with Minoru Fujita as they defeated Yuko Miyamoto and Kazma Sakamoto when Jack scored the the pinfall at 10 minutes, 50 seconds after hitting Sakamoto with a Package Piledriver. GENTARO would end up dropping his UWA World Jr. Heavyweight Title to Yuya Susumu at 13 minutes, 26 seconds after Yuya would lock on the Crossface Lock to get GENTARO to tap out for Susumu to walk out as the new champion. A 4 vs. 4 Single Elimination Match took place as Karate Brahman, Karate Brahman who is Ryuichi Sekine, Buddha Brahman was who Fuminori Abe, and Muay Thai Brahman who was Tanomusaku Toba defeated Mitsuo Momota, his son Chikara, Isami Kodaka, and Kenichiro Arai. The first eliminated was Arai at 5 minutes, 59 seconds after he was tossed over the rope by Karate. Buddha Brahman would be the next elimination at 7 minutes, 1 second after Kodaka tossed him over the top rope. Kodaka and Muay Thai Brahman would then be eliminated together at 7 minutes, 45 seconds as they would both toss each other over the top rope. Karate Brahman # 2 would then eliminate Momota at 8 minutes, 45 seconds with a Ryu Shoot but Karate Brahman # 2 would then be eliminatd at 10 minutes, 26 seconds after being sent over the top rope at 10 minutes, 26 seconds. This would leave just Chikara and Karate Brahman with Chikara getting the win at 10 minutes, 41 seconds after hitting Karate with a Saber Chop. The opening match had Takashi Sasaki defeat Dragon Libre at 8 minutes, 46 seconds after making Libre submit to a Boston Crab in Libre's Final Trial Match Series.
FREEDOMS then held their annual Golden Week show at the Yokohama Radiant Hall on May 4, 2017 drawing an announced 241 fans for the show. The main event was a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match with Daisuke Masaoka, Takashi Sasaki, and Violento Jack defeating the Unchain team of Jun Kasai, Minoru Fujita, and Kenji Fukimoto when Masaoka would get the pinfall at 17 minutes, 57 seconds with a Rokkura Kai on Fujita. Yuko Miyamoto defeated Toru Sugiura in the semi-main event at 15 minutes, 18 seconds with a Manji Cobra. Masamune and Kenichiro Arai defeated the 666 team of Shinobu and Koji Takeda when Masamne got the win at 14 minutes, 21 seconds using a Gory Special on Takeda. Mammoth Sasaki defeated Kazma Sakamoto in a match that had been hinted at since the start of the year when Sakamoto began working for FREEDOMS with Mammoth picking up the win at 11 minutes, 52 seconds after finishing off Sakamoto with the 29 Years Old. Onryo would win the opening match over Dragon Libre at 7 minutes, 35 seconds after making Libre tap out to the Roku Roku Lock.
FREEDOMS would run their first ever show in Kumamoto at the Kumamoto Shintoshin Central Hall on May 20, 2017 drawing an announced crowd of 210 fans for the show. The main event would have Daisuke Masaoka and Takashi Sasaki defeating Jun Kasai and Kenji Fukimoto in a TLC Weapons Death Match when Sasaki would get the pinfall over Fukimoto at 15 minutes, 3 seconds when he would nail him with a D-Geist on a chair. Mammoth Sasaki and Toru Sugiura would defeat Violento Jack and GENTARO at 13 minutes, 7 seconds when Mammoth would pin GENTARO with a Falcon Arrow in honor being in Hayabusa's home town. Mt. Aso would defeat Chikara at 8 minutes, 2 seconds with the Magma Splash. Yuya Susumu and Kazma Sakamoto would defeat Minoru Fujita and Dragon Libre with Sakamoto putting away Libre at 8 minutes, 39 seconds with a Enzigiri. A Gamushara Offer Match would have Yoki and Mitsuhiro Mihara defeating Tessei and Barong at 11 minutes, 2 seconds when Mihara would hit the Diamond Cutter on Barong. The opening match would have Toru Sugiura defeat Tuereno Guerrero at 10 minutes, 13 seconds when Sugiura would hook a Dragon Sleeper style Camel Clutch.
FREEDOMS would then run the next day at the Fukuoka Kitakyushu Moji Red Brick Place drawing which is a building they annually run in the summer months where they would draw an announced 141 fans for the show. The main event would be Daisuke Masaoka, Takashi Sasaki, and Violento Jack defeating Jun Kasai, Kenji Fukimoto, and Kazma Sakamoto after Sasaki would nail Kasai at 14 minutes, 11 seconds with a D-Geist. Mammoth Sasaki and Toru Sugiura would defend their King of Freedom Tag Team Titles against Mt. Aso and Minoru Fujita when Mammoth would finish off Fujita at 14 minutes, 38 seconds with a 29 Years Old to successfully defend the tag titles for the third time. GENTARO would defeat Chikara at 8 minutes, 52 seconds after countering a pin and Yuya Susumu would defeat Nozomi Kubo for the second year in a row at the building at 8 minutes, 44 seconds by making him submit to the Crossface Lock. Kenji Fukimoto, Tessei, and YASU would defeat Daisuke Masaoka, Yoki, and Tuereno Guerrero after Tessei would pin Guerrero at 10 minutes, 21 seconds with a Diving Headbutt. The opening match would be Takashi Sasaki once again defeating Dragon Libre at 8 minutes, 39 seconds with a Boston Crab.
FREEDOMS returned to the Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on May 24, 2017 drawing an announced a crowd of 193 fans for the show. The main event had Yuko Miyamoto, Minoru Fujita, and Kenji Fukimoto defeat Daisuke Masaoka, Takashi Sasaki, and Violento Jack in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match at 16 minutes, 50 seconds when Fujita would hit Masaoka with a Tombstone Piledriver on a Light Tube for the win. Fujita afterwards would challenge Masaoka for a King of Freedom World Championship Match on July 5th at Korakuen Hall with Masaoka accepting. Mammoth Sasaki and Toru Sugiura would defend their King of Freedom Tag Team Championship against Jun Kasai and GUNSO as GUNSO would end up taking the fall at 15 minutes, 7 seconds after getting nailed by a Mammoth Home Run with Mammoth pinning GUNSO to defend the titles for the fourth time. Ryuichi Sekine as Karate Brahman would KO GENTARO at 10 minutes, 41 seconds for the win with the Ryukiri which is a Buzzsaw Kick. Yuya Susumu and Isami Kodaka would defeat Kazma Sakamoto and Chikara after Susumu would make Chikara tap out at 10 minutes, 29 seconds with an Deformation Arm Lock. Kenichiro Arai would defeat 666's Kozu Takeda at 11 minutes, 24 seconds with a Jumping Piledriver. Brahman Shu and Brahman Kei made their return to FREEDOMS as they would defeat Fuminori Abe as Buddha Brahman and Tanomusaku Toba as Muay Thai Brahman when Kei would get the School Boy pin at 7 minutes, 43 seconds after throwing powder in Buddha's face for the win. Violento Jack opened the show by defeating Dragon Libre at 6 minutes, 42 seconds after finishing him off with the Violento Breaker.
FREEDOMS next show will take place on June 4, 2017 at the Kyoto Nagaokakyo Central Lifelong Learning Center with a main event of Daisuke Masaoka, Jun Kasia, and Kenji Fukimoto against brother YASSHI, Naoki Tanizaki, and Yasu Kubota. Takashi Sasaki will team up with Dyna Mido as they take on GENTARO and Yuki Tanaka. Mammoth Sasaki and Toru Sugiura will face off against GUNSO once again with his partner being Kenshin Kono this time. Violento Jack and Dragon Libre will take on the Osaka based team of Masamune and Keita Yano. Konaka Pale One will go up against Ieda and Yuya Susumu will open the show by defending his UWA Jr. Heavyweight Title against PSYCHO. Their next Shin-Kiba 1st Ring show will be on June 22nd which will be a FREEDOMS vs. Ryukyu Dragon show.
FREEDOMS announced that The Winger who has been with the promotion since the start in 2009 has left the promotion. The promotion has not heard from him since the start of 2017 and his contract expired back in March. FREEDOMS built a Korakuen Hall show back on November 17, 2016 around The Winger's 25th Anniversary where he faced off against TAJIRI as the two went back to the IWA Japan days in the mid 90's. He had a neck injury following the show and did not compete after that show but the promotion was in touch with him going into December. All contact with him was lost in January and the phone number that they had for him is no longer in service. This strange situation is coming right off of their referee Kaisei Shimizu who has had no contact with the promotion since March and they are unaware of his status as well still. I take The Winger situation as less dire as I do the Shimizu situation. The Winger is married to a woman I was told by Naoshi Sano that runs the relationship and is very head strong. If something had happened to him they would have been contacted by her. Shimizu being in his early 20's and just dropping off social media as soon as FREEDOMS stopped hearing from me is a concern about his well being. It is a sad situation that the promotion has dealt with two unique situations like this so close together. I have met The Winger several times while in Japan and he was super nice to me in 2009 and remembered me when I saw him again in 2010. Hopefully both The Winger and Shimizu's where about comes out eventually.
A-Team held their second show on May 21, 2017 at the Nara Company Seiwa Logistics Koryo Warehouse where a special ring would set up and they would announced a crowd of 280 fans for the show. The main event would be Atsushi Onita who after making peace with Masakatsu Funaki back in February now has the alliance with the UWF group behind him as he would team with Yoshiaki Fujiwara and Daisuke Ikeda as they would defeat the team of Tomohiko Hashimoto, Nobutaka Moribe, and HASEGAWA when Onita would get the pinfall at 13 minutes, 26 seconds over Moribe after delivering a Backdrop for the win. Eiji Nakamura would defeat Ryunosuke Morikawa after 2 three minute rounds via a Judgment decision in a Boxing Rules Match. Naoki Tanizaki who is the Apple Star Drunk Champion would team up with Rion Mizuki as they would defeat Daisaku Shimoda and Masahiro Sase after Tanizaki would implant Sase's head into the mat for the pin at 6 minutes, 14 seconds in a Tequila Drunk Match. Naoshi Sano would defeat Takumi Sakurai at 9 minutes, 39 seconds after finishing him off with a Brainbuster. Tadanobu Fujisawa and Takeshi Irei would defeat Pandita and Wild Seven after Irei would get the victory over Pandita at 9 minutes, 32 seconds after hitting him with a Spear. The opening match would be TORU defeating Toshiaki Terao at 8 minutes, 59 seconds with a Reverse Rollup for the win. The next A-Team shows will be August 11th and September 23rd at the Tokyo Kitasenju Theater 1010.
Katsuji Ueda a former FMW regular from 1990 to 1995 passed away on April 20, 2017 of a myocardial infarction otherwise known as a heart attack at the age of 71. Ueda who had a kick boxing background made his FMW debut on January 7, 1990 at Korakuen Hall in a One Night Tournament where he lost to Mitsuhiro Matsunaga in the 1st Round via DQ. After Onita's popularity increased and he became a rock star like figure in FMW he ended up hiring Katsuji Ueda to be his body guard. Ueda mostly worked mid card matches with his biggest win taking place on August 22, 1993 when KO'd former Boxing World Heavyweight Champion Leon Spinks. Ueda stayed on for two Korakuen Hall shows following Onita's retirement knocking out Gosaku Goshogawara on May 28, 1995 and then Katsutoshi Niiyama on June 27, 1995 before he would leave the promotion for good. He would come back four years later and begin working for Atsushi Onita's new promotion Onita Pro in 1999 and then work the new Onita FMW promotion that Onita started following FMW closing down in 2002. Ueda would make his return to the ring in over a decade on July 25, 2014 at the Onita promoted show at the Tokyo Shinjuku FACE. I would get to see him live on June 21, 2016 at Korakuen Hall as he would team up with Tomohiko Hashimoto and Kazuhiko Matsuzaki in a loss to Yoshiaki Fujiwara, Daisuke Ikeda, and Takaku Fuke in a No Ropes Barbed wire Death Match. His final match would take place on August 7, 2016 at the Itabashi Green Hall for the Super Battle FMW promotion as he would defeat The Shooter and HASEGAWA when he would KO The Shooter in a Triple Threat Match. His passing would come to a surprise as he kept himself in good shape into his 70's as well as the timing of the announcement as it took almost three weeks for the news to come out.
Two months ago I mentioned I planned on going a Japan this Summer to Kumamoto to visit Hayabusa's mothers hotel. I ended up collecting all the information I needed but things do not seem like they are going to work out. I was expecting this trip to be less wrestling oriented but after Guts World changed their scheduled July 19th show in Tokyo to the next week there would have been almost nothing wrestling related that I would have wanted to see. The trip which already would have been pretty expensive ended up getting even more expensive as the flight prices skyrocketed. I am already going to Toronto in July as well as New Jersey in August for CZW so I am already spending a lot for traveling anyway. I also got engaged this past weekend so my life will be changing for the better. I do plan on keeping up with this site as much as I have for the time being at least to cover Atsushi Onita's road to his retirement as best as I can.
The Hayabusa One Year Memorial show called "One Day Night" took place on March 31, 2017 at the Kumamoto Circulation Information Hall drawing an announced 600 fans for the show. The show was promoted by Mr. Gannosuke as an FMW reunion show in memory of his late friend. There was a shrine built in the corner of the building. Hayabusa's now now has has a picture of him on it with a full moon in the background and his crutches attached to it. Two sets of flowers were designed based off his chest tattoo to form wings as well as a heart with a framed picture of Hayabusa in the middle. Another framed picture of Hayabusa was placed at the top of it along with his mask. Laid out on the table next to it was the bronze statue of him, his blue and white ninja pants, the shirt he wore to the ring as H, his Darkside Hayabusa vest, the alternative red outfit and boots he wore for a match on July 27, 1997, his purple kimono, a black mask of his, and television playing matches of his career would all be placed for fans to look at. Hayabusa's musical partners Fumi Taguchi and Sana Sakura would sing a Hayabusa song that he wrote to start the show and Mr. Gannosuke would then sing a song he wrote in memory of Hayabusa while Raijin Yaguchi would play the guitar for him. Gannosuke would then get in the ring with a framed picture of Hayabusa as they would start with a 10 gong salute in Hayabusa's memory. I will be getting this DVD of this show in a couple of weeks.
The main event would be Mr. Gannosuke, Jinsei Shinzaki, and HARASHIMA returning under his Hayabusa costume to go by the name Hayabucha as they would take on the team of Masato Tanaka, Mammoth Sasaki, and Yuko Miyamoto. Shinzaki would grab Mammoth by the arm and climb up the top rope for a his Praying Rope Walk before delivering a chop to Mammoth's head. Shinzaki and Hayabucha would then deliver a running Bulldog and do the signature Hayabusa and Shinzaki pose together. Hayabucha would then do a dive to the outside onto Mammoth while Gannosuke and Tanaka would charge at each other with Tanaka knocking Gannosuke down with a lariat. Tanaka would then deliver a Superfly Splash with Miyamoto delivering a Running Knee to the face of Gannosuke. Gannosuke would make a come back and throw Miyamoto in to the ropes with Miyamoto doing a double hand spring elbow but Gannosuke would manage to catch him and deliver a suplex on Miyamoto. Gannosuke would then deliver a Praying Powerbomb while Shinzaki would pray with him. Hayabucha would then deliver a Fire Bird Splash on Miyamoto and Gannosuke would finish off Miyamoto at 14 minutes, 45 seconds with a Fire Thunder. All the wrestlers would gather in the ring as Gannosuke would grab the mic and thank Hayabusa before doing Hayabusa's "Lets have some fun!" signature ending line to end the show. Hayabucha would go over to Hayabusa's mother and shake her hands as she would openly weep.
Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Ricky Fuji would team up to take on GOEMON and Onryo in the semi-main event of the show. Ricky and Onryo would end up brawling on the outside with Onryo taking off and running to the corner of the building where the Hayabusa shrine is. Onryo would bow out of respect to Hayabusa and then run off with Ricky following him and bowing as well. Kuroda would do his signature run around the building before delivering a lariat to Onryo on the outside. Kuroda and Onryo would make it back in the ring where Kuroda would deliver another lariat and cover Onryo with Onryo catching the referee's hand before the three count. GOEMON and Ricky would get tagged in and GOEMON would deliver a sunset flip but to get Ricky down for the pin attempt he would have to pull Ricky's pants down. Ricky would then throw GOEMON into the ropes and deliver a hip attack with his ass still showing. Ricky would then pick up GOEMON and go for the Kamikaze and would shout "Hayabusa!" when doing the move and then cover GOEMON to get the win at 12 minutes, 53 seconds for the Kuroda and Ricky win. Kuroda and Ricky would both bow to a framed picture of Hayabusa facing the ring.
Emi Sakura who wrestled in FMW from 1999 to 2001 before suffering a neck injury would face off against Gato Move's Riho. Riho would deliver a Double Foot Stomp off the top rope on Sakura. Sakura would come back with a drop kick but then miss a moonsault attempt. Riho would then deliver and get the pinfall at 6 minutes, 25 seconds with a Kurukuru Ribon. Fugofugo Yumeji who was a person friend of Hayabusa would team up with Mt. Aso who is a masked volcano wrestler based off a huge active Aso volcano in Kumamoto would defeat the team of Raijin Yaguchi and Gosaku Goshogawara when Aso would pin Goshogawara at 7 minutes, 30 seconds with a Backslide. Miss Mongol would face off against Shinjuku Shark with Mongol going right at Shark but Shark refusing to do anything because she was a girl. Mongol would then grab her whip and begin whipping Shark in the back until Shark would come back with a punch to the face with his boxing glove. Shark would then try to bodyslam Mongol but would hurt his back and state that she was too big to slam which Mongol would respond by going low on him. Shark would come back and get the pin at 5 minutes, 39 seconds with a Jet Upper Punch knocking Mongol out for the pinfall. The opening match would be a local Kumamoto based match as Koji Nizumi and Kenshiro Yukimura would defeat Satoshi Ogawara and Van Vale Negro when Nizumi would get the win at 14 minutes, 19 seconds after pinning Vale Negro with a Small Package.
All the wrestlers stayed in Kumamoto for at least another day. Mr. Gannosuke, Masato Tanaka, Mammoth Sasaki, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Yuko Miyamoto, Ricky Fuji, Raijin Yaguchi, and Gosaku Goshogawara would perform for the 50th Anniversary of Yoshinori Murata's restaurant on April 1, 2017. Murata is a famous local due to his popular restaurant and he created the Antonio Inoki bronze statue that was a huge seller in the 1980's. Hayabusa and Mr. Gannosuke would frequently attend the restaurant while in college in the late 80's to get dinner and drinks and would still make it a point to visit every time FMW was touring in Kumamoto in the early 90's. Murata would eventually make bronze statues of both Hayabusa and Mr. Gannosuke as they are displayed at his restaurant. The show would be more of an exhibition so no results were ever released. Mr. Gannosuke would end up facing off against his student Yuko Miyamoto on the show where Gannosuke would suffer a serious injury after Miyamoto would deliver running knee to the face as Miyamoto would end up connecting too hard and fracture Gannosuke's face in ten places. Gannosuke's nose and eye socket area would be completely knocked out of place and although Gannosuke would manage to finish the match he would end up getting medical attention after the show and it would be ruled that he would be out of action for three months. This would mean he would miss the upcoming Super Battle FMW show on April 27th as well as the May 2017 tour that he was scheduled for. This also means that he would miss Guts World's big May 5th show at Korakuen Hall that he was scheduled to face off against Dick Togo on. Yuko Miyamoto would end up taking place for the match against Togo.
Super Battle FMW ran their first tour of 2017 on April 13th and April 14th in Aomori which they ran two successful shows last year. The announced numbers if anywhere close to true would be considered successes as well. The first show was at the Aomori Horisaki City Kawasanishi Physical Education Center on April 13th drawing an announced 1,500 fans for the show. The main event had Atsushi Onita, Raijin Yaguchi, and Hideki Hosaka defeat the All Japan team of Atsushi Aoki, Hikaru Sato, and their masked military mystery partner Ghillie Man in a Exploding Onibo Death Match with Kendo Kashin as the special referee. NOSAWA Rongai who last year joined up with the FMW side against their feud against UWF was in the corner for the All Japan team during the match. Kendo Kashin was also the referee for the match and despite the past year of differences between Onita and Kashin he ended up being no factor during the match and was a fair referee. Onita would end up picking up the win at 12 minutes, 4 seconds after using the Exploding Onibo on Aoki to get the pinfall. Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Gosaku Goshogawara defeated in what was probably the last match of the W*ING Army Monster Army of Tomohiko Hashimoto and NOSAWA Rongai when Gosaku used the Hirosaki Bomb for the surprising win at 11 minutes, 36 seconds over Hashimoto. Kotaro Suzuki and HASEGAWA defeated Ricky Fuji and Keiichi Sato when Suzuki used the Blue Destiny for the victory at 11 minutes, 41 seconds over Sato. The first FMW vs. WAVE match of the tour took place as Yumi Oka and Hiroe Nagahama defeated Miss Mongol and Miss Koharu when Oka used the Big Boots at 15 minutes, 25 seconds to pin Koharu. Daisaku Shimoda defeated Pandita at 7 minutes, 26 seconds with a Piledriver and Naoshi Sano got the opening match win at 10 minutes, 14 seconds over Takumi Sakurai with a Brainbuster.
Super Battle FMW's next show on April 14, 2017 took place at the Aomori Hamansau Hall drawing an announced 1,000 fans for the show. The main event again was another Exploding Onibo Death Match although the match was changed the day of from a 6 man to an 8 man with the FMW team of Atsushi Onita, Raijin Yaguchi, Hideki Hosaka, and Ricky Fuji taking on Atsushi Aoki, Hikaru Sato, Ghillie Man, and the masked MUTEKI who was NOSAWA Rongai who was all coverd up. Kendo Kashin was once again the Special Referee and was again neutral and played no factor in the match as Onita would once again get the win using the Exploding Onibo this time on Ghillie Man at 10 minutes, 39 seconds to get the win. Onita would end up unmasking Ghillie Man in this match to reveal Masao Inoue for the All Japan team. Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Keiichi Sato, and HASEGAWA would defeat the team of Tomohiko Hashimoto, Kotaro Suzuki, and Noashi Sano when Sato would pin Sano at 12 minutes, 14 seconds with a Rolling Cradle. The second FMW vs. WAVE match would have a different result as Miss Mongol and Miss Kohaur this time would defeat Yumi Oka and Hiroe Nagahama at 15 minutes, 13 seconds after Mongol would use the Kanbaya C. Gosaku Goshogawara would defeat Pandita twice the first time in 24 seconds with a Lariat and then again after a restart in 5 minutes with a Chokeslam. The opening match would be an A-Team match that would have Daisaku Shimoda defeat Takumi Sakurai at 8 minutes, 22 seconds when Shimoda would use a Backdrop for the win.
Super Battle FMW's next show will take place on April 27, 2016 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring in Tokyo. Onita originally had stated he wanted a match of himself teaming with Miss Mongol against Mongol's husband Samurai TV's Battle Men (recap show of all promotions) host Akinaga Toyomoto and a Mystery Partner in a Exploding Onibo Death Match as it has recently came out that Toyomoto was seeing another woman on the side as Mongol being able to hit Toyomoto with an explosion as revenge would help save their marriage. Toyomoto a very skinny man who is not a wrestler most likely turned down this idea. The main event instead will be the far less interesting match of Onita continuing his feud with All Japan as he will team up with Raijin Yaguchi and Hideki Hosaka against the team of the recently unmasked Masao Inoue, Chicken Suwama who most likely will not actually be Suwama as Onita had nicknamed him Chicken Suwama recently for not having a match with him, and a Mystery Partner in a Scramble Bunkhouse Exploding Onibo Death Match. Shin-Kiba does not allow explosions inside the building so the explosions with the Onibo will be taking place outside the building in the small parking lot. The other matches will be Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Kotaro Suzuki, and HASEGAWA against Ricky Fuji, Keiichi Sato, and Naoshi Sano. A FMW Women's Match. Wild Seven will defend his Latin American Title against Kenichiro Arai. Daisaku Shimoda will team up with Kenichii Fuji against Gosaku Goshogawara and The Shocker. The opening match will have Wild Bear and Shoji "Wild" Ono against Raiden and Tomoryu. This show will most likely not be able to draw very well compared to the previous shows this year.
It was announced that Atsushi Onita's dream of having an Exploding Death Match would finally be taking place in America. Onita who 20 years ago went to WWF Headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut and asked Vince McMahon if he could set this dream up. McMahon agreed to it and then nothing ever was followed up with it. Onita then later that year went to Paul Heyman in late 1997 to have a match in Philadelphia which Heyman wanted to happen but the cost of the match made it never a realistic possibility. Onita then went to XPW in 2000 in Los Angeles to have the match and Rob Black was never going to be able to actually have the match take place. CZW wrestler Matt Tremont who has grown up as an Onita fan has been calling out Onita for the past year so that he could have this Dream Match. Onita accepted if Tremont could come through and allow Onita to finally have his Exploding Death Match in America. The match was officially made for August 5th with Onita facing off against Tremont in CZW on August 5, 2017. The building has not been made official yet though. Onita is under the impression the match will take place in Philadelphia but that is not the case. Tremont is currently working on permits to allow a No Rope Exploding Barbed wire Death Match to take place. Tremont is working with the two regular CZW locations in Vorhees, New Jersey at the Skate Center.
FREEDOMS returned to Osaka at the Hirano Ward Hall on April 2, 2017 drawing an announced crowd of 252 fans for the show. The main event had Daisuke Masaoka and Kenji Fukimoto defeat the team of Jun Kasai and Takashi Sasaki when Fukimoto used his Package Piledriver to get the win at 18 minutes, 40 seconds over Sasaki. Fukimoto would challenge Masaoka for his King of Freedom World Title after the match for their next Korakuen Hall show on May 2nd with Masaoka accepting. Mammoth Sasaki, Toru Sugiura, and MIYAWAKI would defeat Yuya Susumu, HAYATA, and Naoki Tanizaki when Mammoth would finish off HAYATA at 19 minutes, 6 seconds with the 29 Years Old. Takashi Sasaki would come to the ring afterwards and challenge Mammoth Sasaki to a King of Freedom Tag Team Title Match with Sasaki and Sugiura defending against Sasaki and GENTARO the following week on April 8th in Yokohama with Mammoth accepting. The Kubota brothers Yasu and Hide would defeat GENTARO and Keita Yano when Yasu would use the Gedo Clutch at 13 minutes, 33 seconds to pick up the pinfall over Yano. Onryo and Rapid would defeat Kenichiro Arai and Dyna Mido when Onryo would his Onryo Clutch at 9 minutes, 50 seconds for the win over Mido. The women's match on the show would have Mochi Miyagi and Rina Yamashita defeat Drake Morimatsu and Maya Yukihi when Miyagi would pin Yukihi at 10 minutes, 21 seconds with the Metabolic Sand. The opening match would have Yuki Tanaka defeat Dragon Libre at 8 minutes, 23 seconds with the Hirakata Cutter.
FREEDOMS ran at the Yokohama Nigiwaiza on April 8, 2017 drawing an announced crowd of 116 fans. 21 year old FREEDOMS referee Kaisei Shimizu was promoting the show but strangely vanished prior to the show starting and has not been seen or heard from by any member of the FREEDOMS promotion since. The main event was Mammoth Sasaki and Toru Sugiura defending their King of Freedom Tag Team Titles against Takashi Sasaki and GENTARO for the first time when 18 minutes into the match Mammoth would use a La Magistral on GENTARO for the pinfall. Daisuke Masaoka would go up against Yuya Susumu and the match would end at 16 minutes, 38 seconds at a Draw when they would Double KO each other. Kengo Mashimo would would defeat Dragon Libre at 11 minutes, 18 seconds when Mashimo would use the Mudo for the pinfall over Libre. Jun Kasai would defeat Fuminori Abe at 10 minutes, 44 seconds with a Pearl Harbor Splash and the opening match would have Shuji Ishikawa defeat Chikara at 7 minutes with a Running Knee Lift for the pin.
FREEDOMS returned to Shin-Kiba 1st Ring in Tokyo on April 16, 2017 drawing 253 fans for the show. FREEDOMS as of 2017 has stopped releasing DVD's of their Shin-Kiba shows and instead are uploading the shows to their Mobile Fan Club which you can only watch the shows in Japan on a Mobile device now. This effects me receiving DVD's from FREEDOMS and getting them out to the public as the DVD company that releases the videos have been super easy in purchasing videos from them the past 4 years and I will now only be able to get in Korakuen Hall shows and shows outside of Tokyo that they release. The main event of the show saw Daisuke Masaoka and Yuko Miyamoto defeat Jun Kasai and Kenji Fukimoto in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match when Masaoka would pin his upcoming challenger Fukimoto at 18 minutes, 12 seconds with a School Boy for the win. Isami Kodaka and Yuya Susumu defeated GENTARO and Kenichiro Arai after Susumu would make GENTARO tap out at 16 minutes, 34 seconds to a Cross Armbreaker. Susumu would challenge GENTARO after the match for his UWA Jr. Heavyweight Title for the May 2nd show with GENTARO accepting. Takashi Sasaki, Masashi Takeda, and Kazma Sakamoto would defeat the team of Mammoth Sasaki, Toru Sugiura, and Ryuichi Sekine at 14 minutes, 14 seconds when Takeda would use the Reverse U-Crash on Sugiura for the win. Brahman Shu and Kei defeated Mitsuo Momota and Dragon Libre when Kei would pin Libre at 9 minutes, 22 seconds with the Furuerushita. Chikara would defeat Karate Brahman # 3 which would turn out to be Atsushi Maruyama at 6 minutes, 38 seconds after the referee would stop the match after Chikara would deliver multiple Saber Chops while Maruyama was on the mat. The opening match would have Ryuichi Sekine as Karate Brahman # 2 face off against Tanomusaku Toba which would end at 8 minutes, 28 seconds after going to a No Contest.
The off shoot promotion of the Apache Army promotion that shut down following Kintaro Kanemura's retirement at the end of 2016 resulted in the A-Team promotion being created. The promotion is ran by Tomohiko Hashimoto which the Apache Army the last 6 years was actually ran by as well as HASEGAWA who is able to help finance the promotion as he is very wealthy person. Their debut show took place on April 16, 2017 at the Tokyo Kitasenju Theater 1010 announcing a sell out crowd of 140 fans for the show. Every match on the show was sponsored by a company to show that they are looking for as much money as they can starting off. The main event saw Tomohiko Hashimoto become a 6 time WEW Tag Team Champion as he teamed with Masashi Takeda to defeat Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Tatsuhito Takaiwa when Hashimoto made Kuroda tap out at 13 minutes, 40 seconds to a Crossface in a WEW Tag Team Title match. Kuroda will not be a member of this promotion like he was the Apache Army as he is now a freelancer and Takaiwa has now officially joined ZERO1 so they were going to take the belts off them as soon as possible. This promotion will have FREEDOMS participation unlike the Apache Army which could not due to the past issues with Kanemura. Jun Kasai would defeat HASEGAWA at 15 minutes, 38 seconds in a Barbed wire Board Table Death Match where Kasai would destroy and bloody HASEGAWA before delivering a Balcony Dive and sending HASEGAWA through the table for the win. Tatsuo Nakana would easily defeat Daisaku Shimoda at 3 minutes, 50 seconds with an STF. LEONA and Yosuke Enomoto would defeat Rion Mizuki and Keiichi Sato when Enomoto would finish off Mizuki at 13 minutes, 30 seconds with a High Kick. The DDT team of Hoshitango and Tomomitsu Matsunaga would defeat the A-Team of Hazard and Toshiaki Terao at 13 minutes, 50 seconds when Hoshitango would make Terao tap out to a Crab Hold. The Blue Shark would defeat Iori Sugawara at 7 minutes, 42 seconds via Count Out. Daisuke Ikeda would win the first ever match of the promotion defeating Takumi Sakurai at 11 minutes, 59 seconds with a Dai-chan Bomber.
I have plugged this before but I wanted to put this out here again. If you like this site you would really enjoy my Instagram I have been posting on over the last 9 months at https://www.instagram.com/bahufmwworld/. I have posted over a thousand FMW related pictures now mostly from thousands of magazines I have picked up to post for this site. I also post pictures of the FMW merchandise I have collected over the years. The picture above is to show a majority of the FMW items I have managed to gather including the rare 12 inch Hayabusa figure released by the INSPIRE company back in 1999. I also list a back story if needed with each picture as well as pictures of me meeting up with certain wrestlers while on my trips to Japan.
Super Battle FMW ran their Hayabusa 1st Year Memorial show on March 22, 2017 at the Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring drawing an announced crowd of 300 fans for the show. Based on pictures of the building that seems close to legitimate as most of the building was packed. There was a video screen by the entrance ramp where they showed pictures of Hayabusa before the show but I did not see anything about it being used after the show started. There was also a table set up with a framed picture of Hayabusa with fans allowed to place flowers by the picture.
The main event which was seen as a fitting tribute to Hayabusa as 6 of the 8 participants in the match were FMW wrestlers. Atsushi Onita, Mammoth Sasaki making his second appearance for the promotion, Hideki Hosaka, and Ricky Fuji defeated Mr. Gannosuke, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Raijin Yaguchi, and Tomohiko Hashimoto in a Bunkhouse Barbed wire Board Death Match. Onita would piledrive Kuroda through the table early on but Gannosuke and Yaguchi would grab Onita and throw him into the barbed wire board and then both charge at him while stuck in the barbed wire. Gannosuke would grab a guitar and smash it over Onita's head an cover him with Hosaka making the save. Gannosuke would then go for the Praying Powerbomb on Ricky but Onita would make the save by spraying red mist in Gannosuke's face with Gannosuke screaming it as it had poisoned his eyes. Onita would grab a chair and smash it over Gannosuke's head and cover him but Hashimoto would make the save. Gannosuke would grab a barbed wire baseball and slam it across Onita's chest and cover him but Onita would manage to kick out. Kuroda would then grab the barbed wire bat and as he went to swing it he would be met by red mist to the face from Onita with Hosaka coming in and delivering a Death Valley Bomb followed by Mammoth hitting Kuroda with a Falcon Arrow. Mammoth would then smash a piece of the table over Kuroda's head and Onita would deliver a Back Drop to get the pin at 8 minutes, 55 seconds over Kuroda for the win.
After the match, Onita would get on the mic and begin to scream before going over to Gannosuke and pouring water over his head as the two would embrace ending their hostile relationship with one another. Atsushi Onita and Mr. Gannosuke the characters have not gotten along since December 1997 when Gannosuke turned on Onita following a War Games Match where he started up Team No Respect with Kanemura and Hido. Gannosuke feuded with Onita again in WMF in 2003 but before Onita would wrestle for the first time for the promotion he would cancel at the last minute due to an emergency political meeting he had as a member of the Japanese Diet. They would not interact again until December 31, 2014 shortly after Gannosuke's come back where he would be booked in a six man tag match against Onita and once again in March 2015. There was real life heat between the two in 1998 but that was the case with all the FMW wrestlers and Atsushi Onita as nobody in the company liked how Onita had came back and was politically trying to get his way to take back his spot as the top guy in FMW over Hayabusa. All the FMW wrestlers united and told Onita that he wanted he would need to leave the FMW. Onita got on the mic and stated he and Gannosuke are now friends and that he wished Hayabusa was there right now to celebrate with everyone before screaming Hayabusa Forever! 1, 2, 3 Fire! with all the wrestlers pointing their fingers up in the sky with some like Gannosuke pointing up to Hayabusa in heaven.
Mr. Gannosuke did an interview afterwards about how would not have worked the Super Battle FMW show if it was not a Hayabusa Memorial show. Gannosuke stated that he and Hayabusa had a conflicted past with Onita but he feels Hayabusa called him to return back to the company with the FMW name and end all the conflict that they had with Onita. The old FMW company is what made Hayabusa and Gannosuke professional wrestlers and FMW back then was Onita so he respects Onita for being the reason that he could get into the business. Gannosuke stated that that FMW was a great company but now everyone from it is in their 40's and some like him are about to be in their 50's with some like Kanemura already having retired that the wrestlers that carry the FMW name won't be able to that much longer so he was glad that he could do this now and wrestle in memory of Hayabusa. Gannosuke stated that there was no reason for him to not return to the promotion and he does not know if this now means that he and Onita will now partner. Gannosuke has since agreed to participate at the Super Battle FMW show on April 27th at Shin-Kiba 1st Ring.
Other matches on the Super Battle FMW show saw HASEGAWA and Konami defeat Miss Mongol and Shocker when HASEGAWA picked up the win at 8 minutes, 28 seconds with a Diving Footstomp on Shocker. Wild Seven defended his Latin American Title for the seventh time after defeating low level indie wrestler Kancho Nagase at 11 minutes, 32 seconds in a Chain Death Match via TKO after a towel was thrown after Nagase was getting choked over the top rope with the chain. Naoshi Sano, Raiden, and Tomoryu defeated Katsunari Toi, Masahiro Sase, and Toshiaki Terao when Raiden got the pinfall at 13 minutes, 21 seconds over Terao with a Diving Body Press. Gosaku Goshogawara debut his new Fritz Von Gosaku gimmick and defeated Pandita and Kenichi Fujii when Gosaku used the claw on Pandita and Fujii at 3 minutes, 56 seconds when he had the Iron Claw on both of them. Kotaro Suzuki opened the show by defeating Keiichi Sato at 7 minutes, 57 seconds with the Blue Destiny for the win. Ray did not appear on this show despite being announced for it the previous month to give an update on her health.
Atsushi Onita before the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring show sat down for an interview with Yahoo Sports. Onita brought up that Atsushi Aoki and Hikaru Sato of All Japan are going to appear in the main event of Super Battle FMW's two shows on April 13th and April 14th in six man tags but the third partner has not been announced. Onita stated he has requested that Suwama be their partner and if he does not appear on the shows it will be appear that he is a chicken and is afraid of Onita. Onita then spoke about his upcoming retirement. Onita stated that as of right now there is no opponent and no venue announced for the show. Onita wants the show to take place on his birthday on October 25th when he turns 60 but he is open to it being around that day. He stated he wants the show to take place at Kawasaki Stadium and he spoke with the administration of the building there and he came out of the conversation thinking the odds of him being able to rent that building out were not good. Onita stated that was okay though as he could look for other outdoor venues area in Tokyo or Kanagawa (Kawasaki, Yokohama) but he was going to need to research urgently with just seven months left. Onita also stated there is no opponent announced as the two main candidates have been Naoya Ogawa and Satoru Sayama. Onita stated that when Genichiro Tenryu announced his retirement in 2015 there was no venue announced until late June with the show taking place in November and no opponent announced until September so he still has time but very little of it. Onita ended the interview by stating that there would be no come back this time and that he can see the light at the end of the labyrinth (maze).
Atsushi Onita will appear for the Apple Star promotion on March 19, 2017 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring where he would team up with Hideki Hosaka, Ricky Fuji, and HASEGAWA as they would take on Akane Watase who is a female that Onita has been feuding with since last year in the promotion along with Raijin Yaguchi, Masahiro Sase, Kushinbo Kamen, and Keiicho Sato in a Barbed wire Board Exploding Coffin Demon Stick Death Match with the winner being the one to place someone in the coffin and then pressing a button to have the coffin explode. Onita would piledrive Kamen through a table early on the match but Onita would be met with red mist to the face sprayed at him by Yaguchi. They would then take Onita outside of the building and Wakane with Yaguchi helping her would swing the exploding barbed wire baseball bat at Onita's chest. They would bring him back in the ring and Yaguchi would hold Onita with Wakane charging at him but Onita would spray red mist in her face and then throw her gingerly into the barbed wire board. Onita and Hosaka would then place her in the coffin and Onita would set the alarm that would result in the coffin exploding officially ending the match and giving the win to Onita at 12 minutes, 1 second. Onita and Yaguchi would help her out of the coffin but Wakane would begin screaming at Onita letting him know that their feud was not over.
FREEDOMS returned to the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring in Tokyo on March 2, 2017 drawing 217 fans for the show. Daisuke Masaoka, Takashi Sasaki, and Yuko Miyamoto defeated the Unchain team of Jun Kasai, Masashi Takeda, and Kenji Fukimoto in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match when Miyamoto pinned Fukimoto at 16 minutes, 2 seconds when Miyamoto countered a Dragon Screw for the win. Mammoth Sasaki and Toru Sugiura earned a shot at the King of Freedom Tag Team Titles after defeating the former champions Yuya Susumu and HAYATA when Mammoth pinned Susumu at 16 minutes, 55 seconds after getting the win with the 29 Years Old. Koji Nakagawa retuned to FREEDOMS for the first time since May 2, 2010 as his GOEMON persona teaming up with Onryo as they defeated the GENTARO and Kenichiro Arai after Onryo got the win at 13 minutes, 24 seconds with a Onryo Clutch. Ryuichi Sekine as Karate Brahman # 2 defeated Chikara at 5 minutes, 46 seconds when scored the win at 5 minutes, 46 seconds with a Ryukiri with Karate Brahman in his corner. The opening match was the 3rd Trial Series for Dragon Libre as he lost to Atsushi Maruyama at 5 minutes, 37 seconds with a Tiger Suplex.
FREEDOMS held a special outside show on March 20, 2017 in Tokyo at the Kotoku Nanshan Topirek Plaza Parking with the main event of the show Yuya Susumu teaming up with a special mask wrestler representing the area they were fighting at in Topirek Mask as he teamed with Yuya Susumu as they went on to defeat Masamune and Black Topirek the evil rival of Topirek Mask at 11 minutes, 42 when Topirek Mask pinned Black Topirek with the Topirek Splash. Takashi Sasaki and Chikara defeated the team of Mammoth Sasaki and Dragon Libre after Chikara picked up the win over Libre at 8 minutes, 59 seconds with a Saber Chop off the top turnbuckle. The opening match was a WAVE Offer Match with Asuka defeating Hiroe Nagahama at 8 minutes, 15 seconds after delivering a Moonsault Press on her for the win.
FREEDOMS held their annual March show at Korakuen Hall on March 23, 2017 drawing an announced 738 fans for the show. The main event was a rematch from two years earlier where Masashi Takeda defended his King of Freedom Title against Daisuke Masaoka in a Death Match that put Masaoka on the map as a top guy for the promotion. Masaoka would get his shot at revenge against Takeda in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Thumbtacks covered Glass Board Death Match. Masaoka would set up a table of cut up cans and attempt a hurricanrana to Takeda through it but Takeda would counter and instead powerbomb Masaoka through it. Takeda would then set up the thumb tacked covered glass board and attempt to suplex Masaoka off the top turnbuckle but Masaoka would counter himself and deliver a hurricanrana sending Takeda through the thumb tack covered glass board. Masaoka would manage to deliver a powerbomb off the top turnbuckle on to Takeda and then finish him off with the Rokkura Kai to came away with the victory at 16 minutes, 11 seconds to successfully defend his title for the first time. Takeda got on the mic and stated that he now accepts Masaoka as champion as he really proved himself in the match that was a fit to be champion. GENTARO would successfully defend his UWA Jr. Heavyweight Title against Yuko Miyamoto for a second time after GENTARO would deliver 3 Back Drops to Miyamoto with Miyamoto would managing to kick out and come back with a standing moonsault using his knees to GENTARO. Miyamoto would then set up for a Fire Thunder but GENTARO would roll him up for the win with a the cradle at 18 minutes, 4 seconds over Miyamoto who wore traditional trunks for the mat based match.
Mammoth Sasaki won his first title in 5 years along with Toru Sugiura as they defeated the King of Freedom Tag Team Champions Brahman Shu and Kei. Brahman Brothers would work on Sugiura's knee that was taped up. They would hit it with a kendo stick as well as do their bowling ball spot but instead of the groin would toss it into Sugiura's knee. They would blown Indian ink in his face but as Mammoth would go to make the save for Sugiura the other Brahman Brother would charge at Mammoth with a street sign but accidentally hit his brother with it instead allowing Sugiura to come in and hit the Swift Driver for the win at 16 minutes, 1 seconds after pinning Kei with the Swift Driver for the title win. Takashi Sasaki and Shuji Ishikawa teamed up to defeat the Unchain team of Jun Kasai and Kenji Fukimoto in a Street Fight Style Hardcore Match with all four wrestlers dressed in a very nice street clothes for the fight with Sasaki picking up the win at 11 minutes, 37 seconds with a Michinoku Driver II on a baby stroller that Fukimoto brought to the match. Yuya Susumu and Kazma Sakamoto defeated Kenichiro Arai and Chikara when Yuya used the Modified Falcon Arrow to get the pinfall at 10 minutes, 41 seconds over Arai. The opening match saw Tatsuhito Takaiwa defeat Dragon Libre in Libre's 4th Trial Series Match at 7 minutes, 37 seconds after Takaiwa put away Libre with a Death Valley Bomb.
Daisuke Masaoka and Takashi Sasaki following the FREEDOMS show at Korakuen Hall got on a plane and went to Mexico on March 24th where they participated at a DTU show in in Pachuca De Soto, Hidalgo at Arena La Aficion where Daisuke Masaoka defended his King of Freedom Championship for the second time in two days as he defeated Cyclope at 15 minutes, 47 seconds with the Rokura Kai with a Fluorescent Light Tube for the win. Takashi Sasaki teamed with DTU's Ovett to defeat Violento Jack and Miedo Extremo at 16 minutes, 23 seconds in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match with a Right Foot Kick to a Fluorescent Light Tube against Extremo's head.
Mr. Gannosuke promoted his Kishindo Returns 21 show on March 7, 2017 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring drawing an announced crowd of 312 fans which is a very good number. The main event saw Gannosuke continue to put over the younger wrestlers that he helped work with 10 years in WMF as Isami Kodaka defeated him at 22 minutes, 33 seconds in the main event with the Isami-ashi-zan as Gannosuke and Kodaka hugged and celebrated following the show. Yuko Miyamoto defeated Buffalo at 10 minutes, 36 seconds with a Moonsault Press. Jun Kasai went up against Magnitude Kishiwada with at first the match being stopped at 2 minutes, 30 seconds after both were counted out. The match restarted and went another 7 minutes, 19 seconds before Kasai was DQ'd for ripping off Kishiwada's mask. KAI defeated Atsushi Maruyama at 15 minutes, 21 seconds after using the Gannosuke Clutch that Gannosuke taught him last year on how to perform. Yasu Urano defeated Konaka Pale One at 10 minutes, 46 seconds after getting the pinfall. Mineo Fujita scored the win over Big Japan's Tatsuhiko Yoshino at 11 minutes, 13 seconds after delievering a Footstomp to the groin for the win. Papillon Akemi and Koharu Hinata opened the show defeating Milo Hadacaras and Micro when Hinara pinned Hadacaras at 7 minutes, 25 seconds after Hinata used a High Kick to get the win over Hadacaras.
Mr. Gannosuke, Guts Ishijima, and CHANGO challenged for the GWC 6 Man Tag Team Titles at Guts World's Shinjuku FACE show on March 19, 2017 against the champion team of Dick Togo, Masao Orihara, and Ryan Upin who they have been feuding with for months. Gannosuke and Togo would square off against one another in the match and despite Gannosuke hitting Togo with a Falcon Arrow he would end up getting caught in the Crossface and be forced to submit for the loss at 23 minutes, 13 seconds as the Far East Connection would successfully defend their titles for the second time. Orihara afterwards proclaimed that their feud was over now but Gannosuke would grab the mic and challenge Dick Togo to a singles match on May 5th at Korakuen Hall. Togo would accept and all six wrestlers would begin brawling with one another. The match between Gannosuke and Togo has been in the works since last year as they will get time to have a great match between two veterans that are on their second stints of their careers. Gannosuke's next match in Guts World will be April 11th at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring against Kushinbo Kamen.
March 3rd marked one year of Hayabusa's passing. His death just like his life made a huge mark in my life. He is the reason that I started this website over 18 years ago as the first two things that made this site were FMW results and a Hayabusa Biography. He is the person that really made me love FMW and have the passion to defend what everyone else was criticizing it. His death is also what sparked something into me that made me spend countless hours over a month updating his biography to include his life story as well as a career music video. It also has gotten me into collecting everything I can of his from his personal worn white jacket to every figure made of him that I come across including the very rare 12 inch INSPIRE Hayabusa figure. It also has given me the preliminary thoughts of going to Kumamoto this Summer and visiting his mothers hotel where she has created a shrine for her son. No matter how much time goes by since his death there will always be a passion inside of me because of him to try and give the best way for people to learn more about Hayabusa and FMW which is what this website has always been about.
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.
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.
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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