Mr. Gannosuke's second retirement took place on April 15, 2018 at the final Guts World show at the Shinjuku FACE in front of an announced sell out crowd of 600 fans. Gannosuke's first retirement took place on December 27, 2018 as Gannosuke had just turned 40 and he was dealing with numerous injuries from the style of matches he had through out a 17 year old career. Gannosuke after retiring stayed living by Saitama and would continue to promote his own shows, attend FREEDOMS shows regularly, and help train the Ice Ribbon girls as the Dojo was near his home. As the years went by Gannosuke would end up splitting ties with Ice Ribbon due to issues with Emi Motokawa and would begin working for the Guts World office as he formed a close friendship with owner Guts Ishijima. Guts World would announced their first Korakuen Hall in 2014 and Ishijima asked Gannosuke over and over to come out of retirement to work the show to help the show draw with Gannosuke eventually agreeing. Gannosuke would continue his career for 33 1/2 years before it the Guts World would announce its closing following the retirement of Daisuke. Gannosuke nearing 50 and his home promotion that he came back for to help support closing down announced that he would be retiring again. This retirement would be different than the last. He would be getting re-married and moving back to his home in Kumamoto and would get a normal job and would have nothing to do with wrestling anymore. Gannosuke would not want to make that big of a deal of this retirement since the previous retirement had been such a big deal with a show promoted around it as this one would have such smaller retirement ceremony after the semi-main event of the show.
Mr. Gannosuke would get to choose his retirement match and would choose to team up with Michio Kageyama who had become a regular tag team partner for him since returning as Kageyama had a very similar look and wore similar pants as they would take on Tatsumi Fujinami and Hiro Saito. Gannosuke who had a relationship with Fujinami as his Dradition promotion had a relationship with Gannosuke's WMF a decade ago and Fujinami was Gannosuke's second favorite wrestler growing up behind Riki Choshu. Gannosuke and Fujinami would square off for the first time since their singles match on September 20, 2008 as Gannosuke would try for the Praying Powerbomb but Fujinami would end up flipping him over. Fujita would then grab Gannosuke like he was going to suplex him but Gannosuke would kick him low and deliver the final Gannosuke Clutch with Fujinami kicking out at two. Gannosuke would then try to kick Fujinami with Fujinami catching his leg and delivering a Dragon Screw followed by placing Gannosuke in the Dragon Sleeper with Gannosuke submitting at 16 minutes, 41 seconds ending Gannosuke's career after 26 years and 10 months. Gannosuke afterwards would jokingly yell at Fujinami that he wanted a rematch with Fujinami responding with next time.
Mr. Gannosuke's retirement ceremony would take place with him being presented a picture of him and Tetsuhiro Kuroda wearing their All Japan All Asian Tag Team Titles that they won in December 2003. The FREEDOMS group of Mammoth Sasaki who Gannosuke who had been teamed and feuded with since 2001, GENTARO who he had a series of matches with going back to 2008, and Kamui who he helped train in the WMF Dojo back in 2004. Keita Yano, Yasu Urano, Shinjuku Shark, Chocoball Mukai recovering from his stroke, Gosaku Goshogawara also came out to present flowers to Gannosuke. Ichiro Yaguchi came out and the two did the GUNS pose officially ending the group that started in 2003 in WMF. The Ice Ribbon girls that he helped trained including Makoto, Hamuko Hoshi, Tsukasa Fujimoto, Aki Shizuku, and Miyako Matsumoto presented him with flowers and took a group photo together. Guts Ishijima would also come out to present flowers to his best friends as a 10 bell salute for Gannosuke would take place and Gannosuke's theme would play one last time with black and gold streamers being thrown into the ring.
Battle Ranger who did some promoting back in 2015 and a key person at starting up Super Battle FMW before pulling away from the promotion once it found a new sponsor later in the year decided he would be promoting in Osaka again regularly with his first show having an FMW reunion main event. The show would take place on April 1, 2018 at the Osaka City Miyakojima Citizen Center drawing an announced 168 fans for the show. The main event would Battle Ranger teaming up with Mr. Gannosuke, Hideki Hosaka, and Osaka based wrestler Nanjyo Hayato against the team of Masato Tanaka, Flying Kid Ichihara, Gosaku Goshogawara, and a masked man going by the name The Shooter # 3. The last wrestler to go by The Shooter name was Keita Yano a couple of years ago for the Super Battle FMW promotion as he wrestled in the semi-main event of this show. The match would be a 4 vs. 4 elimination match with Shooter # 3 eliminated Hideki Hosaka at 9 minutes, 16 seconds after sending him over the top rope to the floor. Nanjyo would end up evening up by eliminating Gosaku Goshogawara at 10 minutes, 14 seconds with a La Magistral pin. Battle Ranger who during his early days had much resentment towards Hayabusa but later in life made up with him with Battle Ranger recently going by Hayabusa's mother hotel to see his memorial would end up eliminating Flying Kid Ichihara at 13 minutes, 56 seconds with a Falcon Arrow. The Shooter # 3 would then tie it up by eliminating Nanjyo at 15 minutes, 4 seconds with a Grand Cross 2000. Gannosuke would eliminate The Shooter # 3 at 16 minutes, 17 seconds after rolling him up for the pin. This would leave Masato Tanaka against Mr. Gannosuke and Battle Ranger with Tanaka knocking out Battle Ranger at 17 minutes, 20 seconds with the Sliding D for the elimination. This would leave Tanaka against Mr. Gannosuke for the final time in their careers and Tanaka end up putting away Mr. Gannosuke one last time at 20 minutes, 33 seconds after he would finish off Gannosuke with the Sliding D for the win. All the FMW wrestlers would pose together after the show.
Mr. Gannosuke attended a photography exhibition at the Osaka Lingua World Cafe on April 2, 2018 put on by Isomi Nishijima who is a photographer that has attended many wrestling shows since Mr. Gannosuke returned to the ring in 2014 and taken many different excellent photographs over the years of Gannosuke matches including his match against Hayabucha in July 2016 and his match against Daisuke in October 2017. Gannosuke who was already in Osaka for the day before showed up to check out all the pictures across the wall she had taken him over the years.
Mr. Gannosuke made his one and only return to the ZERO1 promotion since coming out of retirement for a match on April 8, 2018 at the Tokyo Yasukuni Shrine Sumo Wrestling Place. His previous last match for the promotion was against Masato Tanaka on December 17, 2008 at the Shinjuku FACE. Gannosuke would team up with Jinsei Shinzaki for the final time as the two had been partners off and on since Gannosuke's WMF debut show on August 28, 2002 as they would take on the ZERO1 against Shinjiro Otani and Tatsuhito Takaiwa who Gannosuke feuded with back in 2003. Otani would set up Shinzaki for the face wash kick with Takaiwa grabbing Gannosuke to prevent him from making the save. Otani would end up delivering the kick to Shinzaki's face and in the process also kick Gannosuke in the head sending him into the crowd. Gannosuke would end up getting Takaiwa in the ring and would try for the Praying Powerbomb but Takaiwa would reverse it and flip Gannosuke over. Takaiwa would then set up Gannosuke for the Death Valley Bomb but Gannosuke would escape and kick Takaiwa and deliver the Falcon Arrow. Shinzaki would then take Takaiwa and deliver a Praying Powerbomb before putting him in the Nirvana Strangle with Takaiwa submitting at 15 minutes, 29 seconds with Gannosuke and Shinzaki winning their final time teaming up together.
Mr. Gannosuke worked for his student Miyako Matsumoto's promoted show on April 9, 2018 at the Tokyo Shinjuku MARZ which is a night club with Gannosuke teaming up with another fellow student Tsukasa Fujimoto as they would take on Jun Kasai and Miyako Matsumoto in a crazy brawl that would see all four wrestlers fight all over the bar including on to the second floor with Kasai trying to drop Gannosuke off the balcony and Gannosuke fighting back before managing to roll up Matsumoto at 10 minutes, 59 seconds with the Gannosuke Clutch for the win. Gannosuke would hug Matsumoto afterwards and give her encouraging final words as a teacher.
Atsushi Onita ended up falling short in his quest to become mayor of Kanzaki, Saga after he was defeated on April 15, 2018 by Shigeyuki Matsumoto in a final vote of 9,002 to Onita's 8,025 votes. Only 65.8% of the population voted in the city which was the lowest since 2006. Onita in his post election speech stated he did not feel he lost but his reality of of bringing back Kanzaki to what it had been in years past and that if the city continues to lose its business' that there will be no future for the children. Onita stated that he and his team fought with their heart and that he will remain a citizen in Kanzaki and that he will fight to become mayor again in four years and that he is the hope for Kanzaki and he just will need to flip 500 voters next time.
FREEDOMS returned to the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on April 12, 2018 where they would draw an announced 281 fans for the show as the main event would be the new formed team of Violento Jack and Daisuke Masaoka against Jun Kasai and Masashi Takeda. Jack would get the upper hand by headbutting Takeda with light tubes and then delivering a DDT to Takeda on the light tubes. Jack would then charge Takeda with light tubes but Takeda would move out of the way and drop kick the light tubes into Jack's stomach. Kasai would then lariat Masaoka and then pick Masaoka and drop him face first into light tubes set up on the turnbuckle. Kasai would then charge at Masaoka who would grab Kasai and deliver a backslide before rolling him up with La Magistral for the win at 17 minutes, 14 seconds with Kasai challenging Masaoka to a future match. Mr. Gannosuke would take on GENTARO for the final time and his final FREEDOMS match.
The Mr. Gannosuke vs. GENTARO rivalry would
actually start back before Gannosuke's first retirement on November 14, 2008
when the two would have a 30 minute time limit draw followed by a 10 minute over
time draw for the Apache Army promotion. Gannosuke would then have his first
singles match after coming back from retirement and defeat GENTARO on November
18, 2014 for his own promoted show and then defend his GWC Title for the first
time against GENTARO successfully on June 17, 2016 for the Guts World promotion.
This match would start with both using mat work and work on each others legs before Gannosuke would grab GENTARO and deliver a running arm
drag on him. Gannosuke would then charge at GENTARO with a lariat but GENTARO would catch
Gannosuke and begin choking out before delivering a Backdrop Suplex and rolling
him up at 22 minutes, 28 seconds with a Ashikiwame Kubigatame for GENTARO to
finally defeat Gannosuke in a singles match. Both would kneel on the mat towards
each other afterwards and shake hands out of respect towards one another.
The Unchain team of Kenji Fukimoto and Minoru Fujita would defeat the BASARA team of Isami Kodaka and FUMA in a Barbed wire Board Gadget Board Death Match as Fukimoto would finish off FUMA at 11 minutes, 12 seconds with a Package Piledriver. Yuya Susumu and Masamune would get the win over Gunso and brother YASSHI after YASSHI would get DQ'd at 9 minutes, 24 seconds for attacking Susumu with a chair. Kenichiro Arai would get the win over Kazma Sakamoto at 5 minutes, 55 seconds with a School Boy. The opening match would be Takashi Sasaki, Dragon Libre, and Tomoya Hirata defeating Mammoth Sasaki, Toru Sugiura, and Kamui when Sasaki would roll up Sugiura at 8 minutes, 48 seconds with a Shonan Gurodo Clutch for the win. Sugiura would challenge Mammoth and Sugiura for the King of Freedoms Tag Team Titles for the May 2nd Korakuen Hall show and would announced Ryukyu Dragon's Guruken Mask as his partner.
FREEDOMS would run a special show at the Shinjuku Loft 2nd Floor Basement Bar Space with the main event of Jun Kasai and Kenji Fukimoto getting the win after Fukimoto would pin Sugiura at 15 minutes, 46 seconds after using a Package Piledriver on the mat for the win in a Free Weapons Death Match. Violento Jack would get the win over rookie Tomoya Hirata at 8 minutes, 29 seconds when Jack would finish him off with a Lariat. Yuya Susumu and Dragon Libre would defeat GENTARO and trainee Miki Mamiki who has not yet made his debut as Libre would get the win after hitting a Missle Kick through a bar counter to get the win at 10 minutes, 9 seconds over Mamiki.
FREEDOMS announced the full lineup for their annual May 2nd show as Violento Jack will defend his King of Freedom World Championship against BJW Death Match Heavyweight Champion Masashi Takeda. Jun Kasai and Kenji Fukimoto will take on Isami Kodaka and FUMA as well as Daisuke Masaoka and Yuko Miyamoto in a Three Way Tag Team Death Match. Mammoth Sasaki and Toru Sugiura will defend their King of Freedom Tag Team Titles against Takashi Sasaki and Guruken Mask. Yuya Susumu will defend his UWA Jr. Heavyweight Title against brother YASSHI. GENTARO will go up against Gunso in a singles match and Minoru Fujita will go up against Kamui in a Hardcore Match. The opening match will have Chikara teaming up with Tomoya Hirata and Dragon Libre against the team of Chikara's father Mitsuo Momita, Kazma Sakamoto, and Masamune.
FREEDOMS will then run their annual Golden Week show at the Yokohama Radiant Hall on May 4, 2018 as the main event will be Takashi Sasaki taking on Toru Sugiura following their King of Freedom Tag Team Title match two days earlier. Violento Jack and Daisuke Masaoka team up to take on Masashi Takeda and Minoru Fujita as well as Mammoth Sasaki and GENTARO in a Hardcore Three Way Tag Team Match. Jun Kasai and Kenji Fukimoto will go up against the BASARA team of Isami Kodaka and FUMA. Yuya Susumu will take on Yuko Miyamoto in a singles match. Katsumara Shu returns to take on Chikara and the opening match will have Kamui and rookie Tomoya Hirata against Kazma Sakamoto and Dragon Libre.
FREEDOMS will then run on May 6, 2018 at the Shizuoka Mt. Fuji Messe with a main event of Violento Jack and Daisuke Masaoka against Jun Kasai and Takashi Sasaki in a Death Match. Mammoth Sasaki teams up with Kamui against GENTARO and Tomoya Hirata in the semi-main event. Masashi Takeda and Kenji Fukimoto will take on Yuya Susumu and Katsumara Shu. Toru Sugiura will go up against Chikara in a singles match. There will be a WAVE Offer Match and the opening match will have Keisuke Goto going up against Dragon Libre.
Super Battle FMW returned for the first time in 2018 as Gosaku Goshogawara was able to help promote two shows in his home town of Aomori with the first show taking place on April 7, 2018 at the Aomori Hamanasu Hall with an announced crowd of 500 but based on pictures the crowd looked more like around 50 fans. The main event had Ricky Fuji and The Iceman, Jr. defeat Masamune and Gosaku Goshogawara when Iceman pinned Masamune at 10 minutes, 34 seconds with the Lightning Off. Ricky replaced Hideki Hosaka for the main event because Hosaka was given babysitting duty for Miss Mongol's infant child who she brought on the tour for her first two matches back and she needed the baby watched while showering after her match. Keiichi Sato and Hayate defeated Kotaro Suzuki and Takuya Nakazato when Hayate got the pin at 12 minutes, 2 seconds with a Super Express Running Swing over Nakazato. Miss Mongol and Busu Mongol defeated Bambi and Koyuki when Miss Mongol got the win in her first match after giving birth by pinning Koyuki at 12 minutes, 43 seconds with a Mongolian Bomber. Hideki Hosaka easily defeated the former Kizarasu Clown now going by his real name Kazuki Enosawa at 6 minutes, 12 seconds with a Death Valley Bomb. The opening match had HASEGAWA defeat Naoshi Sano at 7 minutes, 45 seconds after he would make Sano submit with a Consolidated Side.
Super Battle FMW would run the next day on April 8, 2018 at the Aomori Hirosaki City Kawanishi Sports Center drawing an announced 700 fans which looked closer to around 100 fans based off pictures with the main event of Gosaku Goshogawara and Masamune defeating Ricky Fuji and Naoshi Sano when Goshogawara would get the win over Sano at 13 minutes, 11 seconds with a Hirosaki Bomber for the home town win. Hayate and HASEGAWA would get the win over Kotaro Suzuki and Tetsuya Nakazato when Hayate would pin Nakazato at 11 minutes, 40 seconds with a Hurricanrana. Miss Mongol and Buso Mongol would get the win over Bambi and Koyuki when Buso Mongol who is Koharu Hinata who was trained by Mr. Gannosuke would get the win after making Koyuki submit at 12 minutes, 43 seconds with a Mr. Gannosuke trained Nirvana Strangle that he used as a finisher in 1998. Keiichi Sato would get the pin over The Iceman, Jr. at 9 minutes, 59 seconds with a Flying Body Cross. The opening match had Hideki Hosaka on babysitting duty again so he would easily defeat Kazuki Enosawa at 1 minutes, 21 seconds with a drop kick.
Super Battle FMW have booked another show for May 25, 2018 at the Ibaraki Mito Citizen Gym Sub Arena with pretty much the same roster they used in April as well as Tetsuhiro Kuroda.
The A-Team held their 1st Year Anniversary show on April 13, 2018 at the Tokyo Kitazawa Town Hall where they announced a crowd of 294 fans for the show. The main event would be the WEW Openweight belt that they created nearly a year ago which they are now referring to as the New WEW World Title and continue lineage of the old title that Kanemura had would be given to the winner of the main event of Daisaku Shimoda against The Blue Shark with Shimoda getting the win at 12 minutes, 28 seconds after hitting Shark with 3 Backdrop Suplexs. Kintaro Kanemura was originally suppose to attend the show to hand Shimoda the title did not show as he also did not show for the Super Battle FMW shows in Aomori a week earlier so Kim Duk who worked for W*ING was the one that handed the title to Shimoda but afterwards got on the mic and challenged Shimoda for a shot at it which was taken more of a joke due to Duk's age. Shimoda's daughter came in the ring to celebrate with her father as all the wrestlers got in the ring and ended the show doing the Team No Respect dance. Raiden who had started off as one of Onita's undercard wrestlers who has transferred over to the A-Team defeated Akira Jo to win the WEW Jr. Heavyweight Title in the semi-main event at 9 minutes, 2 seconds with a Diving Body Press. Daisuke Ikeda and HASEGAWA defended their WEW Tag Team Titles against Brahman Shu and Kei with the match originally getting thrown out at 2 minutes, 12 seconds before the match would get a restart and HASEGAWA would win the second match at 10 minutes, 40 seconds after delivering a Foot stomp to Kei for the win to successfully defend their WEW Tag Team Titles. Tatsuhito Takaiwa defeated Masaru Kameda at 10 minutes, 42 seconds with a Death Valley Bomb. Tomohiko Hashimoto's 18th Year Anniversary match had him team with Hi69 and Gota Ihashi team up to defeat Kohei Sato, Nobutaka Moribe, and Keisuke Okuda when Hashimoto pinned Okuda at 11 minutes, 16 seconds with the XCT. Minoru Tanaka, Masamune, and Lion Fujiwara defeated Rion Mizuki, Keiichi Sato, and Takumi Sakurai when Fujiwara made Sakurai submit at 12 minutes, 38 seconds with the Wakigatame. Chikara defeated Toshiaki Terao at 8 minutes, 34 seconds with a Backdrop and the opening match had Hazard and Naoshi Sano defeat Kurone Shimizu and Shocker when Hazard pinned Shimizu at 10 minutes, 18 seconds with a Tombstone Piledriver.
Kintaro Kanemura's ING promotion which stands for Independent Next Generation will be holding its debut show at the Tokyo Meguro Rockmaykan which is a 250 person standing room concert hall so there will no seats for this show. The main event will be Masato Tanaka going up against Chikara and the semi-main event will be Hideki Hosaka against Raito Shimizu. Tetsuhiro Kuroda will take on WWS's MASAMI and the opening match will be Yuji Hino and Kotaro Suzuki against Kazushi Miyamoto and Gajo. Ricky Fuji's band will also be playing during this show.
Mr. Gannosuke attended his last ever event as Mr. Gannosuke on April 21, 2018 at Naoshi Sano's Stanley Club Bar in Shinjuku. Gannosuke who had not been a bartender since 2014 met and talked with his long time fans one last time until closing at 4 am in the early morning of April 22nd. Gannosuke then had the fans still there all come outside the bar and begin cutting his long blonde hair as he transitions into a normal life as a normal looking person. Takuya Kato who is a huge Hayabusa fan and has gone to Kumamoto several times to visit Hayabusa's mothers hotel stayed until the end wearing a Hayabusa mask that he has worn to all events for years. Kato cut Gannosuke's hair with the Hayabusa mask as a call back to April 29, 1997 after Hayabusa defeated Gannosuke in a Hair vs. Mask match but then did not want to cut his hair. This symbolized Hayabusa finally cutting Gannosuke's hair 21 years later. Gannosuke then who debuted his blonde hair on April 15, 1997 would go back to his natural color hair on April 22, 2018 as well as shave his beard to where Masato Tanaka would not even recognize him after seeing him. Gannosuke will be moving to Kumamoto with his new wife in a couple of weeks and will be getting a traditional job and will be living a traditional life before turning 50 in June.
I have started a new project of placing matches and clips on the YouTube videos of what we are talking about for the History of FMW Podcast series. I have created them for the first four episodes and have changed the links out on the music page to include them. This task does take awhile so please be patient as it will be awhile before I am able to replace all of them with content to give you a better understanding of what we are talking about.
Tokyo Meguro Rockmaykan
Masato Tanaka vs. Chikara
Hideki Hosaka vs. Raito Shimizu
Tetsuhiro Kuroda vs. MASAMI
Yuji Hino & Kotaro Suzuki vs. Kazushi Miyamoto & Gajo
Toshiaki Kawada Productions 4/26/18
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
Jun Kasai & Tomoya Hirata vs. Yuko Miyamoto & Isami Kodaka
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
Violento Jack vs. Masashi Takeda *King of Freedom World Championship Death Match*
Jun Kasai & Kenji Fukimoto vs. Isami Kodaka & FUMA vs. Daisuke Masaoka & Yuko Miyamoto *Three Way Tag Death Match*
Mammoth Sasaki & Toru Sugiura vs. Takashi Sasaki & Guruken Mask *King of Freedom Tag Team Title Match*
Yuya Susumu vs. brother YASSHI *UWA Jr. Heavyweight Title Match*
GENTARO vs. Gunso
Minoru Fujita vs. Kamui *Hardcore Match*
Chikara & Tomoya Hirata & Dragon Libre vs. Mitsuo Momota & Kazma Sakamoto & Masamune
Yokohama Radiant Hall
Takashi Sasaki vs. Toru Sugiura
Violento Jack & Daisuke Masaoka vs. Masashi Takeda & Minoru Fujita vs. Mammoth Sasaki & GENTARO *Hardcore Three Way Tag Match*
Jun Kasai & Kenji Fukimoto vs. Isami Kodaka & FUMA
Yuya Susumu vs. Yuko Miyamoto
Katsumara Shu vs. Chikara
Kamui & Tomoya Hirata vs. Kazma Sakamoto & Dragon Libre
Big Japan 5/5/18
Yokohama Bunka Gym
Masashi Takeda vs. Abdullah Kobayashi *BJW Death Match Heavyweight Title Fluorescent Light Tubes Nail Board Fork Board Death Match*
Hideki Suzuki vs. Daisuke Sekimoto *BJW Strong Heavyweight Title Match*
Yuko Miyamoto & Isami Kodaka vs. Ryuji Ito & Ryuichi Sekine *BJW Tag Team Title Death Match*
Jaki Numazawa & Kenji Fukimoto & Takumi Tsukamoto vs. Masaya Takahashi & Takayuki Ueki & Toshiyuki Sakuda *Death Match*
Daichi Hashimoto & Hideyoshi Kamitani vs. Kazuki Hashimoto & Yuya Aoki
Ryuichi Kawakami & Kazumi Kikuta & Taishi Takizawa vs. Ryota Hama & Yasufumi Nakanoue & Yoshihisa Uto
Tatsuhiko Yoshino & Kota Sekifuda & Fuminori Abe vs. Shinobu & Kankuro Hoshino & Yuki Ishikawa
Takuya Nomura & Masaki Morihiro vs. Takuho Kato & Akira Hyodo
Shizuoka Mt. Fuji Messe
Violento Jack & Daisuke Masaoka vs. Jun Kasai & Takashi Sasaki
Mammoth Sasaki & Kamuui vs. GENTARO & Tomoya Hirata
Masashi Takeda & Kenji Fukimoto vs. Yuya Susumu & Katsumara Shu
Toru Sugiura vs. Chikara
Keisuke Goto vs. Dragon Libre
Miyagi Sendai Miyagino Cultural Center
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
Super Battle FMW 5/25/18
Ibaraki Mito Citizen Gym Sub Arena
Osaka Moriguchi Citizen Gym
Gifu Sports Bar M's Cafe
HASEGAWA vs. Takumi Sakurai
Daisuke Ikeda vs. Toshiaki Terao
Tomohiko Hashimoto & Akira Jo vs. Daisaku Shimoda & Keisuke Okuda
Hideki Hosaka & Raiden vs. Nobutaka Moribe & Shocker
Nara Nishiwa Distribution Logistics Center Special Ring
Daisuke Ikeda & HASEGAWA vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara & Takumi Sakurai
Tomohiko Hashimoto & Kazushi Miyamoto vs. Akira Jo & Keisuke Okuda
Hideki Hosaka & Shocker vs. Maholova & El Quinto
Nobutaka Moribe vs. Toshiaki Terao
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
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
Jun Kasai Productions 12/25/18
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
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: 4/22)
Hayabusa was honored for the second anniversary of his passing on back to back days this past week. The first took place on March 26, 2018 at the Tokyo Shinjuku Cat's Hole which is a small concert hall. The event was promoted as the Hayabusa Memory - The Legend of the Phoenix talk show with former FMW wrestlers on stage. The former FMW wrestlers were Masato Tanaka, Kintaro Kanemura, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Hideki Hosaka, Koji Nakagawa, Ricky Fuji, Mammoth Sasaki, and Miss Mongol. Tanaka stated that the interesting part of FMW was always backstage in the locker room with all the wrestlers messing around with each other and making each other laugh and this show was no exception as all the wrestlers were telling old stories and making each other laugh before even getting on stage. Every wrestler was in a good mood and the show would end up being a financial success with people coming as far as Sapporo to attend the show. All the wrestlers got the chance to have a mic and speak about Hayabusa and their memory of their lost friend even Kanemura who never really got along with Hayabusa during their time in FMW but Kanemura mentioned that he saw Hayabusa as the main thing from NEO FMW and that was a time that he considers the best in his life. Yuko Miyamoto who also attended the show would state he would have a great time just listening to all the FMW wrestlers talk about the past but with all the seniors present it brought him back to his early WMF days and he felt like he needed to do some young boy chores as a result. A video screen would play Hayabusa clips through out the show and Ricky Fuji and his band would begin playing a song with Kintaro Kanemura grabbing a barbed wire bat he brought and begin playing it like a guitar as Kanemura was the star of the show with his jokes to the audience and other wrestlers as it was a very good night for all the wrestlers and brought back many good memories for all those that attended.
A video would play towards the end of the event announcing Kintaro Kanemura's new project called ING which stands for Independent Next Generation with the first even taking place on April 26th at the Tokyo Meguro Rockmaykan as it will be a similar in that it will be a wrestling show and concert mixed together with the Kanemura's friends in a 250 person standing room concert hall. The video then showed Super Leather wearing his old Team Phoenix jacket from 1998 proclaiming that he will be attending an event at one of the shows in the summer.
Mr. Gannosuke would promote his 25th Kishindo and final show at Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on March 27, 2018 drawing an announced crowd of 314 fans for the show. This would also be promoted as the 2nd Anniversary Hayabusa Memorial show as he would team up with Hayabucha which was HARASHIMA's third time going under the gimmick since Hayabusa's passing. Their opponents would be Mr. Gannosuke's student student Yuko Miyamoto who he also would be facing for the final time as well as Isami Kodaka who spent a lot of time in WMF a decade ago. Mr. Gannosuke and Hayabucha would come to the ring with Sana Sakura who was in Hayabusa's band presenting flowers to Gannosuke in celebration of his career. Gannosuke and Hayabucha would both point to Hayabusa in heaven before the match would start.
The match would come to an end as Gannosuke would deliver a Fire Thunder to Miyamoto with Hayabucha following that up with a Fire Bird Splash covering Miyamoto and Kodaka making the save for his partner. Kodaka would then give a diving double knee drop to Gannosuke's abdomen and Miyamoto would setup Gannosuke for a Praying Powerbomb but Gannosuke would out of nowhere turn that into a Gannosuke Clutch with Miyamoto kicking out at two. Miyamoto would then grab Gannosuke and deliver the Fire Thunder a move that Gannosuke gave Miyamoto permission to use after he retired originally in 2008 to finish off Gannosuke for their final match against each other as Miyamoto would get pinfall at 20 minutes, 22 seconds over his teacher.
Mr. Gannosuke would shake Miyamoto and Kodaka's hands afterwards with Miyamoto grabbing the mic and thanking Gannosuke for teaching him. Hayabucha would grab the mic and thank Gannosuke for giving him this chance to participate on this show as he was a big fan of Hayabusa. Gannosuke would grab the mic and state that Hayabusa was watching this match from heaven. Gannosuke also urged Miyamoto to polish up the Fire Thunder and to continue to use it as his finisher. Miyamoto thanked Gannosuke for that and told him that he loves him. Gannosuke then had everyone in the crowd stand up and did Hayabusa's catch phrase Let's have some fun to end the show. Gannosuke's music would then play and Guts Ishijima would enter the ring and all four wrestlers would pick up Gannosuke and tried to toss him up in the air as a custom retirement celebration but the timing was off and Gannosuke was getting no elevation in the air before just getting away from all of them with Gannosuke scolding them all in a playful way that it would be better to just stop with that.
The semi-main event of the show would have Kenichiro Arai defeat Yasu Urano at 17 minutes, 31 seconds with a Jumping Piledriver. W-1's Jiro Kuroshio would defeat Buffalo at 13 minutes, 38 seconds with the Ikemen Clutch. Mineo Fujita another student of Gannosuke who had wrestled on every Kishindo show besides one would get the win over Brahman Kei at 13 minutes, 39 seconds with a Swanton Bomb. Antonio Honda would finish off Shota at 12 minutes, 48 seconds with a Diving Fist Drop. Manabu Hara would get a TKO win over Fuminori Abe at 8 minutes, 38 seconds after delivering a high kick to the head of Abe that would force the referee to stop the match. Makoto would win the opening match over Papillion Akemi at 6 minutes, 18 seconds with a Japanese Leg Roll Clutch.
FREEDOMS returned to the Osaka Hirano Kumin Hall on March 11, 2018 drawing an announced 244 fans for the show. The main event continued the rivalry of Daisuke Masaoka and Kenji Fukimoto as they would go up against each other in a 4 Corners of Pain Death Match with this time Fukimoto picking up the win at 16 minutes, 40 seconds with a Package Piledriver on a fluorescent light tube before Fukimoto would head to Mexico to challenge for Violento Jack's King of Freedom World Championship. Jun Kasai and Gunso would team up to defeat Brahman Shu and Brahman Kei with Kasai getting the win over Kei at 11 minutes, 46 seconds with a Reverse Tiger Driver for the win in the semi-main event. Mammoth Sasaki, Toru Sugiura, and Kamui would defeat the Osaka based team of brother YASSHI, Naoki Tanizaki, and Kouhei Kinoshita when Kamui would pick up the win at 12 minutes, 4 seconds after delivering a Swanton Bomb off a ladder on Kinota for the pin in a Hardcore Match. Masashi Takeda would destroy the rookie Tomoya Hirata at 9 minutes, 23 seconds after making him submit to a Modified Cross Armbar. Masamune and Idea would defeat Takashi Sasaki and Dyna Mido when Mido would pick up the win at 13 minutes with a Diving Headbutt on Idea for the win. The opening match would have GENTARO and Chikara defeat Yuya Susumu and Dragon Libre when GENTARO would get the pin at 10 minutes, 1 second after delivering a Back drop on Libre for the win.
Kenji Fukimoto flew to Mexico to compete at DTU's show in Hidalgo on March 17, 2018 at the Autolabad VW Hall where he would challenge for Violento Jack's King of Freedom World Title in a Fluorescent Light Tube Empty Can Board Gadget Board Death Match with Jack picking up the win with a Package Piledriver on a gadget board and fluorescent light tube to successfully defend the title for the second time. This would result in the main event of the FREEDOMS main event at Korakuen Hall on March 22nd a non title match between Masashi Takeda against Kenji Fukimoto.
FREEDOMS returned to the Tokyo Korakuen Hall for their March 22, 2018 show where they would announce a crowd of 738 fans which is the exact same number the Korakuen Hall show last March drew. The main event of the show would have Masashi Takeda and Kenji Fukimoto in a 4 Corners of Pain Death Match. Takeda and Fukimoto would both open up cans of beers and begin chugging them before both would begin smashing the cans against the others heads. Takeda would then try to throw Fukimoto outside the ring but Fukimoto would catch the rope which would result in Takeda grabbing a light tube and kicking it right into Fukimoto sending him to the outside. Takeda would then take a glass board and set it up on a stack of chairs and deliver a suplex off the turnbuckle sending Fukimoto into shattering the glass. Fukimoto would then manage to block a Takeda kick and roll him into a Fujiwara Armbar before picking him up for the Package Piledriver with Takeda kicking out. Fukimoto would then try for a Package Piledriver on a light tube but Takeda would reverse it and Takeda would end instead drop Fukimoto on the light tube with a side suplex. Takeda would then grab a knife on the mat and place Fukimoto in a Megaraba and place the sawtooth up against his throat to make Fukimoto submit instantly at 15 minutes, 20 seconds for the Takeda win. Violento Jack after the match would rush the ring and attack Takeda and deliver a Package Piledriver on Fukimoto. Jack and Takeda would have a stare down before Kasai would rush the ring and attack Jack. Daisuke Masaoka would then come in to the ring to help Jack with Masaoka putting his hand out and asking to be Jack's partner with Jack accepting and shaking. The entire FREEDOMS roster came out to question Masaoka's actions with Takashi Sasaki declaring war on Jack.
The FREEDOMS vs. BASARA feud started with Jun Kasai, Takashi Sasaki, and Daisuke Masaoka taking on the team of Isami Kodaka, Ryuichi Sekine, and FUMA in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Ladder Death Match in the semi-main event of the show. Kasai would charge at FUMA but would get caught and FUMA would end up delivering an exploder to Kasai into the turnbuckle. FUMA would then climb the turnbuckle with a chair and deliver a dive off the top with the chair but Kasai would move out of the way. Kasai and Sasaki would then send FUMA to the ropes and would pick him up in the air and drop him to the glass covered mat. Kasai would hold on to FUMA as Masaoka would climb the top rope but Masaoka would come off the top with a Rokkura kai and FUMA would move out of the way resulting in Masaoka hitting Kasai instead. Sekine would pick up Masaoka and deliver a Kamikaze a tribute to his friend and gym buddy Ricky Fuji. FUMA would then climb a ladder and deliver a diving elbow onto Kasai but Kasai would kick out. FUMA would then try for a round house kick on Kasai but Kasai would duck and pick up a stack of light tubes and smash them over FUMA's head. Kasai would then climb the ladder and deliver the Pearl Harbor Splash on FUMA with FUMA kicking out. Kasai would then finish off FUMA at 15 minutes, 28 seconds with the Reverse Tiger Driver as Basara would claim that the feud would continue at the next FREEDOMS show.
Mr. Gannosuke would team up with his student Yuko Miyamoto as they would challenge Mammoth Sasaki and Toru Sugiura for the King of Freedom Tag Team Titles. This would be the final match with Gannosuke going up against Mammoth as the two had started out as a team in 2001 and became WEW Tag Team Champions near the end of FMW before feuding from 2003 to 2008 in WMF and Apache Army before Gannosuke's original retirement. Gannosuke and Miyamoto would send Sugiura into the turnbuckle and deliver a double super powerbomb off the turnbuckle. Sugiura would fight back and end up delivering a suplex with Gannosuke landing on his head. Mammoth would then pick up Sugiura and drop him right on to Gannosuke with both Mammoth and Sugiura covering Gannosuke's body with Miyamoto managing to make the save. Mammoth would then grab Gannosuke and try to chokeslam him but Gannosuke would reverse it into a Gannosuke Clutch with Sugiura making the save. Gannosuke and Miyamoto would then try to suplex Mammoth but he would reversing it and sending them both to the mat. Mammoth would then take Gannosuke and deliver the 29 Years Old with Gannosuke kicking out at two. Mammoth would then pick up Gannosuke and deliver a Falcon Arrow while shouting out "Hayabusa!" before pinning Hayabusa's childhood friend Gannosuke at 13 minutes, 18 seconds to defend the King of Freedom Tag Team Titles for a record tenth time. Gannosuke and Mammoth shook afterwards out of respect towards one another.
GENTARO and Kenichiro Arai took on the team of Gunso and brother YASSHI which would end up going to a No Contest after 10 minutes, 4 seconds when Gunso would cut up GENTARO so deep that his face covered in blood would end up making him attack his partner Arai in confusion causing the referee to throw the match out. Yuya Susumu and Masamune would defeat the team of Minoru Fujita and Chikara when Masamune would get the win at 8 minutes, 6 seconds with the Honebami on Chikara. Kazma Sakamoto would defeat Kamui at 6 minutes, 55 seconds with a Michinoku Driver II onto the chair for the win. Brahman Shu and Brahman Kei would defeat Tomoya Hirata and Dragon Libre when Kei would pick up the pinfall over Hirata at 7 minutes, 28 seconds with a Full Body Dissatisfaction for the win in the opening match. GENTARO would get a dark match win over a wrestler that is training with FREEDOMS and has not been a given a ring name yet and is only going by Trainee M.
FREEDOMS and DJ Namijin of the Head Rock Cafe in Shibuya, Tokyo will be promoting the 30th Anniversary show for the Kawasaki Club Citta with a main event of Takashi Sasaki and Daisuke Masaoka going up against Jun Kasai and Kenji Fukimoto in a Barbed wire Board Sawtooth Ladder Death Match. Mammoth Sasaki and GENTARO will team up to take on Ricky Hemano who is Ricky Fuji under a mask as well as Dragon Hermano but I could not tell who he really is. TAKA Michinoku will team up with Marines Mask as they go up against Violento Jack and Yuya Susumu. There will be a WAVE Offer Match of Ryo Mizunami going up against Hiroe Nagahama. The opening match will have Toru Sugiura and Dragon Libre taking on Kamui and Tomoya Hirata.
FREEDOMS will run at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on April 12, 2018 with a main event of Violento Jack and Daisuke Masaoka against Jun Kasai and Masashi Takeda in a Death Match. Mr. Gannosuke will wrestle his second to last match and his last singles match in the semi-main event against GENTARO who he wrestled his first singles match when coming out of retirement in November 2014. Kenji Fukimoto and Minoru Fujita will go up against Isami Kodaka and FUMA in a Death Match to continue the FREEDOMS vs. BASARA feud. Yuya Susumu and Masamune will take on Gunso and brother YASSU. Kenichiro Arai will go up against Kazma Sakamoto and the opening match will be Mammoth Sasaki, Toru Sugiura, and Kamui taking on Takashi Sasaki, Dragon Libre, and Tomoya Hirata.
The A-Team returned to the Nara Tenri Station Square Special Ring for their show on March 4, 2018 where they would announce a crowd of 290 fans for the show. The main event would have Tomohiko Hashimoto and Nobutaka Moribe defeating TORU and Chikara when Hashimoto would pin Chikara at 14 minutes, 23 seconds with the XCT. Akira Jo would become the newest WEW Jr. Heavyweight Champion after defeating Takumi Sakurai at 18 minutes, 47 seconds with the Cross Roads for the title. HUB and Raiden would defeat Kotaro Suzuki and Keiichi Sato when HUB would pin Sato at 11 minutes, 35 seconds with the Superstitious Wave Bomb. Koji Kanemoto would make Toshiaki Terao tap out at 15 minutes, 43 seconds to the Ankle Hold and Daisaku Shimoda would finish off Keisuke Okuda at 7 minutes, 49 seconds with a Backdrop. Maholoya, El Quinto, and Tenri Ramen Man would defeat Masaru Kameda, Rion Mizuki, and Kruone Shimizu when Maholoya would pin Shimizu at 8 minutes, 4 seconds with a Mu Fu. Daisuke Ikeda and HASEGAWA would defend their WEW Tag Team Titles against Yasu Kubota and Hide Kubota at 10 minutes, 26 seconds when HASEGAWA would get the pin over Yasu at 10 minutes, 26 seconds with Diving Foot Stomp to defend their tag team titles for the first time.
The A-Team will hold their next show on April 13, 2018 at the Tokyo Kitazawa Town Hall. The main event will be Daisaku Shimoda going up against The Blue Shark to become the New WEW Heavyweight Champion which will be the first champion since Kintaro Kanemura last won it on December 25, 2016. Akira Jo will defend his WEW Jr. Heavyweight Title for the first time against Raiden in the semi-main event of the show. Daisuke Ikeda and HASEGAWA defend their WEW Tag Team Titles against Brahman Shu and Brahman Kei. Tomohiko Hashimoto will have a 15th Anniversary match as he teams up with NOAH's Hi69 and DDT's Gota Ihashi against ZERO1's Kohei Sato, Nobutaka Moribe, and Keisuke Okuda. Tatsuhito Takaiwa will destroy Masaru Kameda and there will be a Jr. Heavyweight 6 Man Match with Minoru Tanaka, Masamune, and Lion Fujiwara going up against Rion Mizuki, Keiichi Sato, and Takumi Sakurai. Toshiaki Terao will go up against Chikara and Naoshi Sano will take on Shocker in the opening match.
Mr. Gannosuke competed for the final time for the Ice Ribbon a promotion that he helped train many of the wrestlers a decade ago as well as his final time competing at Korakuen Hall on March 25, 2018. Gannosuke would team up with Mochi Miyagi as they would take on the team of Minoru Fujita and Akane Fujita with Akane requesting the match be a Hardcore Match. Gannosuke would decline the match but the Ice Ribbon would announce that the fans want that match so it was going to happen. Akane would try multiple times to pin Gannosuke with a Schoolboy but Gannosuke would kick out at two each time and grab Akane and set her up for a Fire Thunder but Akane would manage to grab the rope and Minoru would hit Gannosuke with a bat from the apron. Gannosuke would manage to get up and deliver a lariat to Akane and then finish her off at 12 minutes, 26 seconds with a Powerbomb on a Lego Block, garbage can lid, bat, and chair for the win. Gannosuke would embrace his former trainees Akane and Miyagi afterwards for his final time in Ice Ribbon after 12 years and his final time at Korakuen Hall after 27 years.
Mr. Gannosuke will wrestle six more matches before retiring on April 15th at the Shinjuku FACE for the final Guts World show. His next show will be on April 1, 2018 at the Guts World show in Osaka as he teams up with long time IWA Japan rival Keizo Matsuda for the first time as well as Shota as they take on Guts Ishijima, Kenichiro Arai, and TORU. He will then compete later that day in the same building in Osaka for the Battle Ranger promoted show which will be an FMW match 4 vs. 4 Single Elimination Match with the teams not announced until the day of the show but the 8 wrestlers will be Gannosuke, Masato Tanaka which it will be the final that Gannosuke and Tanaka go up against each other in their careers, Hideki Hosaka, Gosaku Goshogawara, Nanjyo Hayato, Flying Kid Ichihara, Battle Ranger, and a masked man going by the name Shooter # 3. He will then compete at the Tokyo Yasukuni Shrine for the first time on April 8th for ZERO1 as he teams up with Jinsei Shinzaki for the final time as they take on Shinjiro Otani and Tatsuhito Takaiwa. He will then compete in his final singles match for FREEDOMS at Shin-Kiba on April 12th against GENTARO, and his final match will be on April 15th as he teams up with Michio Kageyama against Tatsumi Fujinami and Hiro Saito.
A little over a month ago I finished career music video of Mr. Pogo and today I finished a video of Masato Tanaka. Both I am very proud of as I feel like all these videos I have done do a great job at going over a wrestlers career the best possible way I can with good music that matches with what is going on. If you want to check them out they are on the Music Video page on my site along with all the other FMW wrestlers I have done other the last year and a half.
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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