Big Japan 3/21/18
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
Ryota Hama vs. Yasufumi Nakanoue *Big Japan Strong Climb Tournament Block A Match*
Takuya Nomura vs. Yuya Aoki *Big Japan Strong Climb Tournament Block A Match*
Hideki Suzuki vs. Yoshihisa Uto *Big Japan Strong Climb Tournament Block B Match*
Daisuke Sekimoto vs. Kazuki Hashimoto *Big Japan Strong Climb Tournament Block B Match*
Daichi Hashimoto & Hideyoshi Kamitani vs. Ryuichi Kawakami & Kazumi Kikuta
Masashi Takeda & Takumi Tsukamoto & Jaki Numazawa vs. Yuko Miyamoto & Isami Kodaka & Ryuichi Sekine *Fluorescent Light Tubes Barbed wire Board Death Match*
Ryuji Ito & Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei vs. Masaya Takahashi & Takayuki Ueki & Toshiyuki Sakuda
Shinobu & Tatsuhiko Yoshino & Kota Sekifuda vs. Kankuro Hoshino & Tsutomu Oosugi & Hercules Senga
Fuminori Abe vs. Takuho Kato
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
Kenji Fukimoto vs. Masashi Takeda *4 Corners of Pain Death Match*
Jun Kasai & Takashi Sasaki & Daisuke Masaoka vs. FUMA & Isami Kodaka & Ryuichi Sekine *Fluorescent Light Tubes TLC Death Match*
Mammoth Sasaki & Toru Sugiura vs. Mr. Gannosuke & Yuko Miyamoto *King of Freedom Tag Team Title Match*
GENTARO & Kenichiro Arai vs. Gunso & brother YASSHI
Yuya Susumu & Masamune vs. Minoru Fujita & Chikara
Kamui vs. Kazma Sakamoto
Dragon Libre & Tomoya Hirata vs. Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei
Ice Ribbon 3/25/18
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
Mr. Gannosuke & Mochi Miyagi vs. Minoru Fujita & Akane Fujita
Mr. Gannosuke Productions 3/27/18
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
Mr. Gannosuke & Hayabucha vs. Yuko Miyamoto & Isami Kodaka
Kenichiro Arai vs. Yasu Urano
Jiro Kuroshio vs. Buffalo
Mineo Fujita vs. Brahman Monkey
Shota vs. Antonio Honda
Manabu Hara vs. Fuminori Abe
Makoto vs. Papillion Akemi
FREEDOMS/Head Rock Productions 3/31/18
Kawasaki Club Citta
Takashi Sasaki & Daisuke Masaoka vs. Jun Kasai & Kenji Fukimoto *Death Match*
Mammoth Sasaki & GENTARO vs. Ricky Hermano & Dragon Hermano
TAKA Michinoku & Marines Mask vs. Yuya Susumu & Mystery Partner
Toru Sugiura & Dragon Libre vs. Kamui & Tomoya Hirata
Guts World 4/1/18
Osaka City Miyakojima Citizen Center
Mr. Gannosuke & Keizo Matsuda & Shota vs. Guts Ishijima & Kenichiro Arai & TORU
Battle Ranger Productions 4/1/18
Osaka Miyakojima Citizen Center
4 vs. 4 Single Elimination Match with Masato Tanaka, Mr. Gannosuke, Hideki Hosaka, Gosaku Goshogawara, Nanjyo Hayato, Flying Kid Ichihara, Battle Ranger, and The Shooter # 3 as participants
Tokyo Shinjuku FACE
Masato Tanaka & Tetsuhiro Kuroda & Hideki Hosaka vs. Kazuyuki Fujita & Kendo Kashin & NOSAWA Rongai *Street Fight Death Match*
Super Battle FMW 4/7/18
Aomori Hamanasu Hall
Masamune & Gosaku Goshogawara vs. Hideki Hosaka & The Iceman Jr.
Hayate & Keiichi Sato vs. Kotaro Suzuki & Tetsuya Nakazato
Bambi & Koyuki vs. Miss Mongol & Buso Mongol
Ricky Fuji vs. Kazuki Enosawa
HASEGAWA vs. Naoshi Sano
Super Battle FMW 4/8/18
Aomori Hirosaki City Kawanishi Sports Center
Masamune & Gosaku Goshogawara vs. Hideki Hosaka & Naoshi Sano
Ricky Fuji & Hayate vs. Kotaro Suzuki & Tetsuya Nakazato
Miss Mongol & Bambi vs. Miss Koharu & Koyuki
The Iceman Jr. vs. Keiichi Sato
HASEGAWA vs. Kazuki Enosawa
Tokyo Yasukuni Shrine Sumo Wrestling Place
Mr. Gannosuke & Jinsei Shinzaki vs. Shinjiro Otani & Tatsuhito Takaiwa
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
Tokyo Kitazawa Town Hall
Daisaku Shimoda vs. The Blue Shark *WEW World Heavyweight Title Match*
Daisuke Ikeda & HASEGAWA vs. Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei *WEW Tag Team Title Match*
Guts World 4/15/18
Tokyo Shinjuku FACE
Mr. Gannosuke & Michio Kageyama vs. Tatsumi
Fujinami & Hiro Saito *Mr. Gannosuke's Retirement Match*
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
Yokohama Radiant Hall
Shizuoka Mt. Fuji Messe
Miyagi Sendai Miyagino Cultural Center
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
Osaka Moriguchi Citizen Gym
Fukuoka Kitakyushu Moji Red Brick
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
Jun Kasai Productions 7/4/18
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
Iwate Ichinoseki Gym Main Arena
Osaka Tsurumi Green Forest Hanahumi Memorial Park
Takashi Sasaki Productions 8/6/18
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
Hiroshima Industry Center West Building
Jun Kasai Productions 8/28/18
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
I have gathered all the results of matches from shows in 2018 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/MiscResults18.html (Last updated: 3/18)
Atsushi Onita opened up his own office on February 25, 2018 in Kanzaki, Saga where he is running for mayor. Around 200 supporters gathered as Onita held a rally where he told everyone he was sincerely thankful to everyone who has greeted him since deciding to run for mayor of Kanizaki and that Saga's blood is flowing through him. He stated he wants to live in Kanzaki as that is where he was born as a child and that he plans on making Kanizaki the best city in the prefecture as he fought back tears stating this was the area his mother grew up in. He told everyone he was going to fight the issues going on with the town which includes the new government building, utilization of the hometown tax payment, child rearing support, medical treatment for the elderly. Onita is going up against Mr. Shogo Masayuki who is 67 years old. The election will take place on April 15th.
Super Battle FMW announced that the promotion would be returning and holding its first shows of 2018 on April 7th at the Aomori Hamanasu Hall and April 8th at the Aomori Hirosaki City Kawanishi Sports Center. These are buildings they have ran since the promotion started up in April 2015 so they have found sponsors willing to help promote these shows but the roster is incredibly thin. The wrestlers booked for the show are: Gosaku Goshogawara who is helping with the promotion as he is from Aomori, Hideki Hosaka, Ricky Fuji, Kotaro Suzuki, Naoshi Sano, Kazuki Enosawa, HASEGAWA, Hayate, Masamune, Miss Mongol, Bambi, Pandita, Leatherface, and Kintaro Kanemura will be appearing on both shows in a non wrestling capacity. I spoke with Ricky Fuji in 2016 about this promotion needing to come up with a new star as it was known Onita would be retiring 2017 and the whole promotion had been built around him. Ricky told me that he thought they would come up with a new star to take the top spot like Hayabusa did and lead the promotion. I felt they should have at least tried with Keiichi Sato and given him the chance to try and stand out but they failed to do any such thing and the promotion is now almost extinct with a limited roster and very limited fan base.
FREEDOMS would hold their February 8, 2018 show at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring where they would announce a crowd of 227 fans for the show. The main event of the show would Unchain's Jun Kasai and Kenji Fukimoto against Yuko Miyamoto and Daisuke Masaoka in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match. Masaoka would end up knocking Fukimoto to the mat and would begin climbing the ladder when Kasai would end up grabbing Masaoka from being able to jump off of it allowing Fukimoto to climb up the ladder and deliver a suplex on Masaoka off of it. Kasai would then deliver a lariat to Masaoka and place a stack of light tubes on Masaoka as Kasai would deliver the Pearl Harbor Splash with the light tubes breaking across Masaoka's body. Fukimoto would then setup Masaoka for the Package Piledriver but Miyamoto would come in with a light tube and break it over Fukimoto's head. Miyamoto would then grab Kasai and deliver a Fire Thunder off the apron through a table. Masaoka would then charge at Fukimoto but Fukimoto would nail him with a lariat and then finish off Masaoka at 17 minutes, 13 seconds with a Package Piledriver on a stack of light tubes for the win. Fukimoto would declare that he was the number one contender for the King of Freedom World Championship and challenge for Violento Jack in Mexico on March 17, 2018 for the DTU promotion.
The semi-main event of the show would have GENTARO and Kenichiro Arai defeat Masashi Takeda and Minoru Fujita when GENTARO would get the pin at 12 minutes, 57 seconds with a Ground Cobra Twist on Fujita for the win to become the number one contenders for the King of Freedom Tag Team Titles. Mammoth Sasaki, Toru Sugiura, and Tomoya Hirata would take on Takashi Sasaki, Guruken Mask, and Dragon Libre in the semi-main event of the show. Dragon Libre would come off the top rope with Mammoth catching him and just dumping Libre on the mat. Mammoth and Sugiura would then pick up Hirata and drop him on Libre with Sasaki and Guruken making the save. Libre and Hirata would begin to go at it with Hirata delivering a kick to the head of Libre and then delivering a Spinebuster to get the pin at 16 minutes, 20 seconds for the win with a singles match between Libre and Hirata being made at the next Shin-Kiba show. Yuya Susumu would defeat Chikara at 9 minutes, 5 seconds with a Calf Lock after making Chikara submit. Gunso would end up taking on Kazma Sakamoto and at 8 minutes, 12 seconds the match would be declared a No Contest.
Mr. Gannosuke would face off against his student Kamui who he along with Mammoth Sasaki trained in the WMF Dojo in 2004. Their last singles match took place on the second to last WMF show on July 27, 2008 where Gannosuke won but not before Kamui would accidentally nail him in the crotch with his foot while coming down on an Asai Moonsault. This match almost 10 years later would open the show with Gannosuke working the arm right away to hit Kamui with a running arm drag. Gannosuke would charge at Kamui but Kamui would deliver a hurricanrana to Gannosuke. Kamui would go for a Fire Bird Splash but Gannosuke would move out of the way but Kamui would follow up by delivering a Pele Kick to Gannosuke. Kamui would then try and lift Gannosuke for a Tiger Driver but Gannosuke would turn it into a Gannosuke Clutch to get the win at 10 minutes, 37 seconds over Kamui. Gannosuke and Kamui would hug afterwards.
FREEDOMS would return for their annual show on February 11, 2018 at the Hiroshima Industry Center West Building drawing an announced 481 fans for the show. The main event would have Takashi Sasaki, Daisuke Masaoka, and Yuko Miyamoto defeating the Unchain team of Jun Kasai, Masashi Takeda, and Kenji Fukimoto in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match when Masaoka would get the revenge pinfall over Fukimoto at 17 minutes, 1 seconds following Masaoka nailing the Rokkura Kai on Fukimoto for the pinfall. Yuya Susumu would defend his UWA Jr. Heavyweight Title defeating DOVE's Kenshin Chikano at 15 minutes, 53 seconds after Susumu would get Chikano to submit to the Calf Lock hold at 15 minutes, 53 seconds for Susumu's fifth successful title defense. Minoru Fujita, Gunso, and brother YASSHI would defeat the team of Mammoth Sasaki, Toru Sugiura, and Tomoya Hirata when YASSHI would get the win at 13 minutes, 49 seconds following a Nice German on Hirata for the win. Kazma Sakamoto would have local wrestler Devil Magician in his corner after Magician suffered a heart attack back in December and Takashi Sasaki would not clear him to compete on the show as Sakamoto would take on Rising Hayato with Cutie Elly on the show show with Kazma picking up the win at 8 minutes, 24 seconds after nailing the Michinoku Driver II on Hayato. GENTARO would end up picking up the win over Takeshi Okada at 8 minutes, 13 seconds after GENTARO would get the win via Count Out. The opening match would have Brahman Shu and Brahman Kei teaming up with Rey Paloma who would embrace the Brahman gimmick and go by Brahman Paloma as they would take on the team of Kamui, Chikara, and Dragon Libre with Chikara picking up the win at 9 minutes, 4 seconds following a Saber Chop on Kei for the win.
FREEDOMS held their Shin-Kiba 1st Ring show on March 1, 2018 to setup for their upcoming Korakuen Hall show with an announced crowd of 164 fans for the show which is down from recent shows. The main event had Takashi Sasaki and Daisuke Masaoka winning a Fluorescent Light Tubes Scramble Bunkhouse Death Match against Jun Kasai and Kenji Fukimoto at 16 minutes, 21 seconds with Sasaki delivering a Right Leg Kick to a light tube against Fukimoto's head for the win. FUMA afterwards would come out as a representative for the BASARA promotion and attack Kasai, Sasaki, and Masaoka and then challenge the FREEDOMS team to an interpromotional match at Korakuen Hall with the FREEDOMS team accepting. Mammoth Sasaki and Toru Sugiura defeated GENTARO and Kenichiro Arai at 19 minutes, 5 seconds when Mammoth used the Gannosuke Clutch to get the pin over GENTARO to successfully defend their titles for the 9th time. Mr. Gannosuke came out afterwards and proclaimed he would be winning the tag titles along with Yuko Miyamoto and bringing his title belt back to his new home in Kumamoto to hang on his wall. Masashi Takeda and Gunso defeated Mr. Gannosuke and Kamui in what was Gannosuke's first time taking on both Takeda and Gunso and Gannosuke would end up getting cut open during the match by Gunso after he would slice his forehead with scissors before Takeda would finish off Kamui at 13 minutes, 45 seconds with a Reverse U Crash. Minoru Fujita would end up defeating Chikara in a singles at 7 minutes, 50 seconds with a Samson Clutch. Yuya Susumu and Masamune teamed up to defeat Brahman Shu and Brahman Kei when Masamune got the win at 9 minutes, 27 seconds using a Japanese Leg Roll Clutch. Dragon Libre would get revenge for his tag team lost in February as he would defeat Tomoya Hirata at 10 minutes, 55 seconds after making him submit to a Triangle Choke in the opening match on the show.
FREEDOMS' next show will be on March 11, 2018 at the Osaka Hirano Community Hall which will have a main event of Kenji Fukimoto going up against Daisuke Masaoka in a 4 Corners of Pain Death Match just a couple of days before Fukimoto would head to Mexico to challenge for the King of Freedom World Championship. Jun Kasai and Gunso will go up against the Brahman Brothers in the semi-main event of the show. Mammoth Sasaki will team up with Toru Sugiura and Kamui against brother YASSHI, Naoki Tanizaki, and Kouhei Kinoshita. Masashi Takeda will go up Tomoya Hirata with the idea of Takeda destroying the rookie. Takashi Sasaki and Dyna Mido return as a team to take on Masamune and Idea and the opening match will have GENTARO and Chikara going up against Yuya Susumu and Dragon Libre.
FREEDOMS announced their lineup for their Tokyo Korakuen Hall show on March 22, 2018 with the main event of Kenji Fukimoto going up against Masashi Takeda in a Death Match with the match becoming a King of Freedom World Championship match if Fukimoto is to win the title from Violento Jack on March 17th and bring it back to Japan. The FREEDOMS vs. Basara feud begins as the semi-main event of the show will be Jun Kasai, Takashi Sasaki, and Daisuke going up against the BASARA team of FUMA, Isami Kodaka, and Ryuichi Sekine. Mammoth Sasaki and Toru Sugiura will defend the King of Freedom Tag Team Titles for the 10th time against the team of Mr. Gannosuke and his student Yuko Miyamoto in what will be Gannosuke's final Korakuen Hall show as well as the first time in almost 10 years and final time that Gannosuke will be going up against Mammoth Sasaki in the ring. Gannosuke has stated that this will be his final title match and after winning the titles he will bring his belt to his home in Kumamoto and hang it up on the wall. GENTARO and Kenichiro Arai go up against the Unchain team of Gunso and brother YASSHI. Yuya Susumu and Masamune team up against Minoru Fujita and Chikara who have seem to have bonded as a team. Kamui will take on Kazma Sakmoto in a singles match. The youngsters Dragon Libre and Tomoya Hirata will go up against the Brahman Brothers in the opening match and there will two FREEDOMS trainees competing against each other in a dark match.
The A-Team will run their next show on March 4, 2018 once again at the Nara Tenri Station Square Special Ring with a main event of Tomohiko Hashimoto and Nobutaka Moribe against the team of TORU and Chikara in a lackluster main event. Takumi Sakurai will defend his WEW Jr. Heavyweight Title for the first time against Akira Jo in the semi-main event. HUB will be brought in to team up with Raiden against Kotaro Suzuki and Keiichi Sato. Koji Kanemoto will destroy the youngster Toshiaki Terao and Daisaku Shimoda will go up against Keisuke Okuda. Kurone Shimizu will take on Maholva and the opening match will have Daisuke Ikeda and HASEGAWA defend their WEW Tag Team Titles against Hide and Yasu Kubota.
The A-Team will then return to Tokyo at the Kitazawa Town Hall on April 13, 2018 where they will determine a new WEW World Heavyweight Champion between Daisaku Shimoda and The Blue Shark. Kintaro Kanemura will be at the show to present the title to the winner. The original idea was for the WEW World Title to retire along with Kintaro Kanemura and the A Team even created a belt to be their new title called the WEW Open Weight Title. They have since changed their minds and Kanemura agreed to let them use the WEW Title to keep the title history going in this promotion. Daisuke Ikeda and HASEGAWA will also defend their WEW Tag Team Titles against Brahman Shu and Brahman Kei in the semi-main event if Ikeda and HASEGAWA can defeat the other set of Japanese twins Hide and Yasu Kubota on March 4th in Nara.
Mr. Gannosuke would compete on the final Guts World show at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on February 3, 2018. Gannosuke would take on Kenichiro Arai as Arai had tried out to join the FMW Dojo's in the early 1990's but would end up not passing the exit test. This would be the first time Gannosuke would face Arai with Gannosuke working on Arai's arm while bringing the match to the mat. Arai would fight out of it and manage to deliver a piledriver to Gannosuke. Arai would then grab Gannosuke by the throat and begin trying to choke him out with Gannosuke managing to escape but Arai would then begin working on Gannosuke's arm but that would allow Gannosuke to spin out of and and reverse Arai right into the Gannosuke Clutch for the win at 14 minutes, 47 in the third to final Guts World show. Gannosuke and Arai would both speak to each other afterwards before embracing.
Mr. Gannosuke married for the second time on February 9, 2018 in Tokyo. Gannosuke who is a very private individual had a private ceremony and only announced anything following the wedding. Gannosuke and his new wife will be moving to Kumamoto where Gannosuke has a job lined up and will live a normal life as he looks to get out of the wrestling business for good this time.
Mr. Gannosuke wrestled his final show in Yokohama on February 24, 2018 at the Yokohama Radiant Hall which was promoted by 045 Bay Arena which is a new bar in Yokohama with the owner being a big FMW of the late 1990's as an old FMW Entertainment Wrestling and Team No Respect t- shirts are on display there. The main event would have Mr. Gannosuke team up with Minoru Fujita, Koji Doi, and Hiroyo Matsumoto who Gannosuke helped train against the team of TAKA Michinoku, Takashi Sasaki, Hideyoshi Kamitani, and another Gannosuke trainee in Tsukasa Fukimoto. Gannosuke would end up knocked out by getting a super kick from TAKA Michinoku, followed by a right leg kick by Takashi Sasaki and then followed by laraits from both Kamitani and Fukimoto but as Sasaki would begin working on Gannosuke he would end up keeping his streak alive of using the Gannosuke Clutch successfully as he would roll up Sasaki at 13 minutes, 50 seconds with his Gannosuke Clutch for the win. The entire roster would come out after the match to a take a group photo to help promote the new wrestling bar.
Mr. Gannosuke's final set of matches have been booked as his next show will take place on March 10, 2018 for the REINA show on March 10th at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring as he teams up with Makoto to go up against Hikaru Sato and Kaori Yoneyama. Then on March 11, 2018 in Nagoya as he will team up with Michio Kageyama under the GUNs gimmick to take on former FMW women's wrestler Drake Morimatsu and Kengo Takai going by the identical gimmick also of Drake Takai. He will then compete at the Korakuen Hall show for FREEDOMS on March 22nd and then his last promoted show on March 27th at Shin-Kiba 1st Ring which will be a 2nd Year Hayabusa Memorial show and then on April 1st in Osaka he will compete on the second to last Guts World show as well as a Battle Ranger promoted show the same day followed by a Batoscafe show in Osaka where he will take on Manabu Hara who has recently come back from retirement on April 3rd before his final match on April 15th.
Mr. Gannosuke's final match and second retirement match will take place April 15, 2018 at Tokyo Shinjuku FACE for the final Guts World show with Gannosuke teaming up with friend Michio Kageyama as they take on Tatsumi Fujinami and Hiro Saito. Gannosuke who grew up a huge New Japan in the 1980's fan loved Riki Choshu the most but a close second was Tatsumi Fujinami who Gannosuke got to face off against in a singles match back on September 20, 2008 at Korakuen Hall for the Dradition promotion. Fujinami presented Gannosuke with flowers at Gannosuke's first retirement ceremony in December 2008 and it was Gannosuke's wish to face off against Fujinami for his final match.
The Bulls Eye Agent will be promoting a Hayabusa Memorial Talk Show segment with fellow former FMW wrestlers of his. Right now they have booked Masato Tanaka, Ricky Fuji, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Mammoth Sasaki, and Kintaro Kanemura. They are negotiating with 5 more former FMW wrestlers as well. The event will take place on March 26, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the Tokyo Shinjuku Cat Hole which is a small concert hall.
Although this story is nearly two years old it is the first time I have heard about it as I do not believe it was reported anywhere in English. Kaoru Fuyuki who was the wife of Kodo Fuyuki before his passing in 2003 would end up dating and eventually becoming engaged to Shinya Hashimoto who left his wife for Kaoru. Hashimoto would end up passing away in 2005 while at the dinner table with Fuyuki when he would suffer a brain aneurysm and collapse and be declared dead at the hospital that day. Over a decade went would go by following Hashimoto's passing before anyone would hear anything about Kaoru Fuyuki. Kaoru Fuyuki now going by the name Kaoru Nakamura would end up being arrested in April 2016 for suspicion of cheating a man out of money. Kaoru who married again after Hashimoto's death but left him citing physical abuse met the man who would only go by the name Mr. S in the story while out with friends and the two agreed to go on a date. Kaoru brought the two books she had published following Fuyuki's death in 2003 and Hashimoto's death in 2005 to show Mr. S who she was.
The two got engaged despite Kaoru stating she wanted to wait for marriage until they would sleep together. Kaoru asked for Mr. S to lend her $80,000 dollars and got her to sign an IOU for $30,000 dollars of that money. She stated that her father had just passed away and she needed money for her fathers funeral as well as for her two daughters college tuition money but that she would be getting back money to pay him back soon due to her fathers inheritance. Mr. S became incredibly ill shortly after lending her the money and had a lengthy stay in the hospital where Kaoru never visited him once there and then he could no longer get in contact with her despite them being engaged and also found out through investigation that her father had not even recently passed away like she said. Mr. S reported the money that she owed him to the Kanagawa Prefecture Police who gave her a deadline of having to pay back by March 31, 2016 which she still did not pay back and as a result was arrested on April 11, 2016 which is where the story ends and nothing new has been reported on this since.
Today marks the 2nd anniversary of Hayabusa passing away. He was somebody despite me only having three sit down conversations with really transformed my life a lot. I will never forget how the second time meeting him at concert he told everyone in the crowd about me as I was the first foreigner to attend a concert of his which everyone began clapping at me for. I will never forget how the following year when I was having my first real conversation with Mr. Gannosuke I was telling him about what a fan of FMW I was and he responded he knew already because Hayabusa told him about me last year. I will never forget how my last time meeting him he called for me after his concert to sit by him and he began just talking to me about his life and his love of pro-wrestling and we talked about each others girlfriends and personal lives and that one night I was friends with Hayabusa.
I will also never forget how on March 2, 2016 when I was at work thinking about how I was hoping that Hayabusa would be holding a concert around the 10 days that I was going to be in Tokyo that June not knowing that was probably right around the time period that he was waking up in the middle of the night and dying a tragic death. I will never forget how sad I was when his daughter Ayane reached out to me shortly after his passing and told me how he was suppose to attend her high school graduation two days before his death and now his younger daughter Shie graduated from high school today the second anniversary of her fathers death. I will never forget that Eiji Ezaki was by no means a perfect human or a wrestler. He messed up a lot in the ring and he messed up a lot in life decisions much of which he felt the last 14 years of his life was karma for. I will never forget that no matter much he was suffering everyone I know that were around him would say he was still a very positive person with a lot to live for. I will never forget you Eiji Ezaki.
Atsushi Onita held a press conference on January 18, 2018 at the House of Councilors in Saga City to announce that he would be running for mayor of the city of Kanzaki which is located in the Saga prefecture. Onita stated that his mother is from Saga and that is the location his mother was born and the location he will be buried in. Onita is scheduled to run as an independent and he has been backed by a member of the House of Representatives Kazuhiro Haraguchi.
Onita promised six things for Kanzaki if he were to be elected mayor of the city. The first would be build a 5 billion (50 Million USD) new town hall. The second would be there would be that none of his administration would have the distinction that they were above the citizens, the third would be a publicity for the Kanzaki brand, the fourth would be reduction of school supplies needed for the students as well as resume that school meals will be supplied by all schools. The fifth would be a Kanzaki City increase population plan, and the sixth would be enhancement of medical welfare for support elderly and disabled people. The election would be on April 15th so I would imagine if he were actually asked to attend WrestleMania in New Orleans on April 8th that he would unable to anyway with how close it is to the election.
Atsushi Onita appeared on January 27, 2018 the UWF Snake Pit in Koenji, Tokyo where UWF training takes place for a talk event. This was symbolic as it was 30 years after Onita went to a UWF show in Osaka when he was challenging UWF and was told he could not go into the building because he did not have a ticket for the show and was sent away. Shigeo Miyato a former UWF wrestler who runs the Snake Pit Gym participated in the talk show with Onita revealed to Onita that he was the wrestler at the entrance that told Onita he could not come in because he did not have a ticket. They talked about if FMW were to ever become a movie that interaction between the two would be the first scene of the movie as it would eventually lead to FMW and the Death Match wrestling that followed with both laughing about everything that came from it. Onita and Miyato took pictures with the fans afterwards.
Keiji Muto's Pro-Wrestling Masters promotion will have an FMW vs. Fujiwara-Gumi match on their February 16, 2018 show at Korakuen Hall as Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Hideki Hosaka, and Ricky Fuji who will be called the FMW Masters team will be taking on the Fujiwara-Gumi team of Yoshiaki Fujiwara, Kazuo Takahashi, and Takaku Fuke in a six man tag team match. Hisakatsu Oya will also be on the show as he takes on former FMW Jr. Heavyweight Champion Takuma Sano.
ZERO1 would run their first Super Fireworks show since November 3rd as they would return to the Osaka Prefectural Gym # 2 with a main event of Bakuha-ō King Champion Yuko Miyamoto taking on World Heavyweight Champion Yusaku Obata in a Double Titles Exploding Baseball Bats Death Match. Miyamoto would pick up Obata for the Fire Thunder but Obata would manage to escape and deliver a kick to the back of then the head of Miyamoto. Obata would charge at Miyamoto again but Miyamoto would grab him and then manage to hit the Fire Thunder on Obata. Obata and Miyamoto would eventually both grab exploding barbed wire bats and at the same time would both hit each other causing them both to be knocked out and the match would be declared a Draw after a Double KO at 14 minutes with the referee raising both wrestlers hands. Obata will defend his World Heavyweight Title on February 12th against Isami Kodaka.
Chigusa Nagayo who was declared the first Bakuha-ō Queen Champion by Atsushi Onita on August 13, 2017 would end up losing her title in a 4 Way Exploding Barbed wire Baseball Bat Death Match to Yoshiko when Yoshiko would get the win at 15 minutes, 21 seconds after pinning Akane Fujita who was also in the match. This look to setup a future match between Yoshiko and Nagayo for the title.
FREEDOMS would run their first show of the year on January 3, 2018 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring where they would announce 220 fans for the show. The show would be a 4 man tournament to determine the number one contender for Violento Jack's King of Freedom World Championship. The first match of the year had Dragon Libre get the win over Chikara at 7 minutes, 30 seconds after Libre got the win with the Deformation pinfall. Kenji Fukimoto would be the first to advanced to the main event of the show after he would defeat Takashi Sasaki at 7 minutes, 48 seconds after he would manage to roll up Sasaki with Small Package to move on. GENTARO would be the next to move on after he would defeat Daisuke Masaoka at 9 minutes, 36 seconds after working on Masaoka's ankle that got injured back on Christmas as GENTARO would end up making Masaoka submit to the Ankle Hold to advance to the main event. Yuya Susumu would defend his UWA Jr. Heavyweight Title for the fourth time after defeating Kamui at 11 minutes, 51 seconds after getting him to submit to the Calf Lock to defend the title for the fourth time. Mammoth Sasaki, Toru Sugiura, and Kazma Sakamoto would defeat the Unchain team of Masashi Takeda, Gunso, and Minoru Fujita in a Hardcore Match after Mammoth would finish off Fujita at 12 minutes, 5 seconds with a 29 Years Old on a ladder the pinfall.
Jun Kasai would take on the rookie Tomoya Hirata and would destroy Hirata the entire time including piledriving him on the stage and busting him open with punches to the head. Hirata would fight back with a lariat but Kasai would end up catching a punch by Hirata and place him in the Cross Armbreaker to get the win at 11 minutes, 37 seconds for the submission win over Hirata in the semi-main event of the show. The main event would have the winners from earlier in GENTARO going up against Kenji Fukimoto to become the number one contender for Violento Jack's title. GENTARO would end up making the mistake of going to the top rope with Fukimoto catching him and delivering the Package Piledriver to get the win at 13 minutes, 31 seconds with Fukimoto that he wanted to challenge Jack in Mexico for the title afterwards.
FREEDOMS would run at the Osaka Higashinari Kumin Center drawing an announced 384 fans for Kenji Fukimoto's 20th Anniversary Show as the main event would be Jun Kasai and Jaki Numazawa teaming up once again as they would take on Kenji Fukimoto and fellow Unchain member Masashi Takeda in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Saw Board Death Match with Kasai getting the win at 21 minutes, 13 seconds after delivering a Reverse Tiger Driver on Fukimoto directly on the saw board for the win. The Wrestle-1 team of Seiki Yoshioka and Andy Wu would defeat the team of Daisuke Masaoka and Kamui in the semi-main event after Yoshioka would get the pinfall at 15 minutes, 42 seconds using the La Magistral on Kamui. The team of Gunso, Hide Kubota, and Kabuki Kid would defeat the team of Mammoth Sasaki, Toru Sugiura, and Dyna Mido when Gunso would get the pinfall over Mido with a Diving Guillotine Drop with a ladder at 11 minutes, 27 seconds in a Hardcore Match. Yuko Miyamoto would defeat the rookie Tomoya Hirata at 11 minutes, 58 seconds with the signature move to defeat a rookie in the Single Leg Crap. Takashi Sasaki and GENTARO reunited as a team to defeat Yuya Susumu and Dragon Libre when GENTARO would hit a Flying Body Attack to get the win at 10 minutes, 21 seconds over Libre. The opening match had Kenji Fukimoto reunited with Karate Brahman who were tag partners for the King of Freedom Tag Team Tournament in 2014 as they would lose to the team of Drake Morimatsu and Idea when Morimatsu would get the pinfall at 8 minutes, 41 seconds over Karate.
FREEDOMS would return at the Yokohama Radiant Hall on January 27, 2018 drawing an announced crowd of 219 fans for the show with the main event of the FREEDOMS team of Takashi Sasaki, GENTARO, and Daisuke Masaoka against Unchain's Jun Kasai, Masashi Takeda, and Kenji Fukimoto. Kasai and Fukimoto would first work on double teaming Sasaki which would lead to Kasai delivering a Pearl Harbor Splash on Sasaki. Fukimoto would go to suplex Sasaki but he would counter and suplex Fukimoto instead. GENTARO would then hold on to Fukimoto as Masaoka would deliver a dive on to Fukimoto. GENTARO would then deliver a dive over the top rope onto the outside on to all the wrestlers on the outside. Sasaki would then pick up Fukimoto for the Michinoku Driver II but Fukimoto would manage to kick out. Sasaki would charge at Fukimoto with a lariat but Fukimoto would move out of the way and grab Sasaki and deliver a Package Piledriver at 19 minutes, 12 seconds for the Unchain win. The semi-main event had Toru Sugiura going up against Minoru Fujita with Fujita setting up Sugiura with his finisher the Tombstone Piledriver but Sugiura would manage to counter and deliver the Swift Driver instead with Fujita managing to kick out. Sugiura would go up to the top and deliver the Raging Tornado and at 14 minutes, 40 seconds would manage to pull the upset win over Fujita. Kamui would go up against Gunso with Kamui's game plan of taking the match to the outside and then making sure Gunso could not get back in as Kamui would deliver a drop kick to Gunso as soon as he would get back on the apron until the referee would count to 20 and reward the victory to Kamui at 11 minutes, 55 seconds via Count Out. Kazma Sakamoto and Chikara would defeat the team of Kenichiro Arai and Dragon Libre as Chikara would get revenge for the singles loss earlier in the month to Dragon Libre as Chikara would pick up the win at 13 minutes, 1 seconds following a Backdrop to Libre for the win. The opening match would have Takashi Sasaki team up with FREEDOMS trainee Miki Mamaiki would end up losing to Brahman Shu and Brahman Kei after Shu would get the pinfall win at 8 minutes, 28 seconds with a Camel Clutch over Mamaiki.
FREEDOMS will return to Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on February 8, 2018 with the main event of Daisuke Masaoka and Yuko Miyamoto taking on Jun Kasai and Kenji Fukimoto in a Death Match. GENTARO and Kenichiro Arai returned as a team against Unchain's Masashi Takeda and Minoru Fujita. Mammoth Sasaki and Toru Sugiura will team up with the rookie Tomoya Hirata once again as they take on Takashi Sasaki, Ryukyu Dragon's Guruken Mask, and Dragon Libre. Yuya Susumu will go up against Chikara and Kazma Sakamoto will take on Gunso. Mr. Gannosuke will return to FREEDOMS for the first time in over two years for possibly the last time to take on his former WMF Dojo student Kamui in their second singles match against each other with the first being back on July 27, 2008 in WMF prior Gannosuke's first retirement.
FREEDOMS will then run their annual February show at the Hiroshima Industry Center West Building on February 11th with the main event of Takashi Sasaki, Daisuke Masaoka, and Yuko Miyamoto going up against the Unchain team of Jun Kasai, Masashi Takeda, and Kenji Fukimoto in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Weapons Glass Board Death Match. Yuya Susumu will defend his UWA Jr. Heavyweight Title against Kenshin Kono. Mammoth Sasaki and Toru Sugiura will again team up with Tomoya Hirata as he takes on Unchain's Minoru Fujita, Gunso, and brother YASSHI. GENTARO will face off against Takeshi Okada and Kazma Sakamoto who will have Devil Magician in his corner who is recovering from recently suffering a heart attack will take on Rising Hayato. The opening match will be Rey Paloma becoming a Brahman Brother for the show as he teams up with Shu and Kei as they will take on Kamui, Chikara, and Dragon Libre in the opening match.
The A-Team promotion ran their first show of the year on January 28, 2018 at the Nara Tenri Station Square Special Ring and drew an announced crowd of 260 fans for the show. The main event had the old veteran team of Koji Kanemoto, Daisuke Ikeda, and Kotaro Suzuki defeated the main event of Tomohiko Hashimoto, Nobutaka Moribe, and Daichi Kakimoto with Kanemoto getting the win at 22 minutes, 15 seconds over Moribe with an Ankle Lock Submission win. Takumi Sakurai won the WEW Jr. Heavyweight Championship after defeating HASEGAWA in a Barbed wire Board Death Match after Sakurai would get the win at 14 minutes, 18 seconds after delivering a Diving Footstomp on the Barbed wire Board placed over HASEGAWA to win the title. NOAH's Hi69 defeated A-Team's Raiden after Hi69 would get the pinfall at 8 minutes, 52 seconds with the Stalker Splash. Koharu Hinata got the win in the Three Way Women's Match as she defeated Saki and ZAP at 4 minutes, 52 seconds after she would roll up Saki for the win. Daisaku Shimoda and Keiichi Sato would get the win over the team of Maholova an El Quinto when Shimoda would pick up the win at 10 minutes, 52 seconds after pinning El Quinto. Pandita would get the singles victory over Shocker at 3 minutes, 53 seconds after reversing a Figure Four to make Shocker submit for the win. The opening match had Akira Jo get the victory over Toshiaki Terao at 11 minutes, 7 seconds after using a Sliding Lariat on Terao for the win.
A-Team's next show will be on March 4, 2018 as they will return to the Nara Tenri Station Square Special Ring with a main event of Tomohiko Hashimoto and Nobutaka Moribe against TORU and Chikara. Takumi Sakurai will defend his WEW Jr. Heavyweight Title against Akira Jo. Raiden will team up with Okinawa based wrestler HUB against Kotaro Suzuki and Keiichi Sato. Koji Kanemoto will wrestle in a singles match against A-Team's Toshiaki Terao and Daisaku Shimoda will also go up against Keisuke Okuda in a singles match. Dream Fighter Pro's Kurone Shimizu will go up against Manyo Wrestling's Maholova and the opening match will be Daisuke Ikeda and HASEGAWA defending their WEW Tag Team Titles against the Kubota Brothers Yasu and Hide.
Mr. Gannosuke made his debut for the Gatoh Move promotion on January 27, 2018 at the Tokyo Oji Basement Monster show where he would team up with Riho who he helped train take on Emi Sakura and Masahiro Takanashi in the main event with Sakura getting the pin at 13 minutes, 15 seconds over Riho with the Hundred Dollar Driver. Gannosuke and Emi Motokawa who go back to IWA Japan in 1995 decided to become partners in 2006 when Motokawa who became Emi Sakura started up the Ice Ribbon promotion. Gannosuke would train the girls and would work mixed tag shows for the promotion. Gannosuke would retire at the end of 2008 but would continue training the Ice Ribbon girls until 2011 when he could not handle how insane Sakura was and the two split. Sakura left the promotion in 2012 herself and started up the Gatoh Move promotion. Gannosuke would work this show as a way to work with Riho as well as say goodbye to Emi Motokawa professionally after 23 years.
Mr. Gannosuke's next match will be the final Shin-Kiba 1st Ring show for the Guts World promotion as Mr. Gannosuke will take on Kenichiro Arai who entered the FMW Dojo in 1994 while Gannosuke was the live in Dojo house keeper trainer but was unable to successfully graduate from the FMW Dojo and was kicked out as a result. It will be the first singles match between the two veterans.
Mr. Gannosuke announced the full lineup for his final Kishindo show which will also be the 2nd Memorial of Hayabusa's passing. The main event will be Mr. Gannosuke and HARASHIMA returning under Hayabusa gimmick called Hayabucha as they take on Yuko Miyamoto and Isami Kodaka. Kenichiro Arai will go up against Yasu Urano in a match of two wrestlers that spent time in the FMW Dojo. Jiro Kuroshio will take on Buffalo who Gannosuke has known since IWA Japan in 1995. Mineo Fujita who was trained by Gannosuke will take on Brahman Monkey. Shota will take on Antonio Honda in a singles match as well as Fuminori Abe will go up against Manabu Hara. The opening match will have Makoto taking on Papillion Akemi.
I got married on January 14, 2018 and I was asked what kind of groomsmen cake I could have. It could be any design I want so naturally I chose to have an FMW ring with the Lightning Bolt logo. Sadly, she was unable to place the FMW letters on the apron but I feel it still came out looking good for a cake. My wife also ended up grabbing one of my Hayabusa figures and placing it in the ring as well as getting the DJ to play the Hayabusa theme song while we cut the cake which I did not know was going to happen. Here's a link to the video of us cutting the cake with the Hayabusa music playing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtRzH95ugYQ
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