Osaka Miyakojima Citizen Center
Jun Kasai & Minoru Fujita vs. Yuko Miyamoto & Kamui *Death Match*
Kenji Fukimoto vs. Toru Sugiura
Violento Jack & Mammoth Sasaki vs. Masashi Takeda & Tomoya Hirata
Takashi Sasaki & GENTARO & Dyna Mido vs. Takoyakida & Ultimate Spider Jr. & Idea
Yuya Susumu & Masamune vs. Onryo & CHANGO
Naoki Kamata vs. Tida Heat
Big Japan 3/25/19
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
Abdullah Kobayashi vs. Isami Kodaka *Death Match Survivor Tournament Death Match*
Yuko Miyamoto vs. Jimmy Havoc *Death Match Survivor Tournament Death Match*
Ryuji Ito vs. Yoshihisa Uto *Death Match Survivor Tournament Death Match*
Masashi Takeda vs. Rickey Shane Page *Death Match Survivor Tournament Death Match*
Toshiyuki Sakuda vs. Takumi Tsukamoto *Death Match Survivor Tournament Death Match*
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
Jun Kasai vs. Kenji Fukimoto *King of Freedom World Championship Death Match*
Violento Jack & Mammoth Sasaki vs. Takashi Sasaki & Tomoya Hirata *King of Freedom Tag Team Title Match*
Masashi Takeda vs. Toru Sugiura *Death Match*
Kenichiro Arai vs. Chikara *UWA Jr. Heavyweight Championship Match*
GENTARO & Kamui & Onryo vs. Yuya Susumu & Kazma Sakamoto & TORU
Minoru Fujita vs. Masamune
Naoki Kamata & Syouki Kitamura vs. Shunsuke Sayama & Hanami Tatsuya
Jersey City, New Jersey White Eagle Hall
Masashi Takeda vs. Jimmy Lloyd *Death Match*
Jersey City, New Jersey White Eagle Hall
Masato Tanaka vs. LA Park
Nara Nishiwa Distribution Center Special Ring
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
Hiroshima Industry Center West Building
Tokyo Kitasenju Theater 1010
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
Yokohama Radiant Hall
Tokyo Oji Base Mon*Star
Okinawa Miyakojima JTA Dome
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
Kumamoto Forest Center City Plaza
Fukuoka Kitakyushu Moji Red Brick
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
Sendai Miyagi PIT
Tokyo Art Center White Studio
Aichi Kariya Industry Center
Jun Kasai Productions 7/3/19
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
Nara Royal Hotel
Jun Kasai Productions 7/14/19
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
Jun Kasai Productions 8/11/19
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
Jun Kasai Productions 8/28/19
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
I have gathered all the results of shows from Big Japan/ZERO1/666 shows in 2019 as well as matches from FREEDOMS/former FMW wrestlers working on shows and will continue to update it for the rest of the year. It can be found at http://fmwwrestling.us/MiscResults19.html (Last updated: 3/17)
Atsushi Onita announced on February 11, 2019 that he would be following the doctor's advice and would be getting double knee replacement surgery on February 21, 2019. Onita who had originally injured his knee on April 20, 1983 and had originally retired on it but came back in late 1988 and eventually started up FMW in October 1989 and has had well over 1,000 matches since then in these last 30 years. His injured knee has resulted in him putting so much pressure on the other knee during matches it had deteriorated and needed to be replaced as well. Onita announced that he would not be able to participate on the GCW Joey Janela Spring Break show set for New Jersey on April 5th as a result but he still wanted to fly to America and be there for the show and attend WrestleCon where he would sign autographs and take pictures with fans. There has been no time table announced of when Atsushi Onita would be able to come back to the ring but Keiji Muto had the same surgery last year in March 2018 and still has not returned back to the ring yet and it has almost been a year.
Onita would go in for surgery on February 21, 2019 with the surgery lasting three hours and being considered a success. Onita was told that he would not be able to walk normally for four months as a result of the surgery. Onita began posting to social media on February 25th stating how the inside of his knee is swollen and how much pain he is in and how both his knees feel like they are on fire and he is needing to try and ice them down constantly. He has been posting live videos on Twitter of his rehabilitation at the hospital where he is trying to relearn how to walk using a walker. He has not stated anything about being able to make a long flight to America just a little over a month into him not be able to walk normally for four months, but he has stated that his dream of promoting a Death Match show in America in the Summer which he announced at the beginning of this year will have to be postponed for now.
Before having his surgery Atsushi Onita announced that no matter how much pain he was in he would fulfill his two bookings in February. The first one would be on February 11, 2019 at the Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring for the Stardom Idols promotion whoch would draw an announced 250 fans for the show without its ace Tam Nakano on the show. Atsushi Onit would team up with Tomohiko Hashimoto, Hideki Hosaka, and 666's NENE mugen∞D.a.i against Kim Duk going by his old Tiger Toguchi name, Onryo, Hunter Gojo, and Akira Jo in a Scramble Bunkhouse Barbed wire Board Street Fight Death Match. Onita would set up Onryo for the piledriver through the table spot but would end up dropping too early and it would look as a very scary spot as Onryo would go through the table. Onita who had spit red mist in Kim Duk's face earlier would take a piece of the broken table and smash it over Duk's head. Hashimoto and Hosaka would then lift up Duk and suplex him into the barbed wire board. Onryo would try to suplex D.a.i but Hosaka would pick up a barbed wire bat and smash it over Onryo's back and D.a.i. would end up rolling up Onryo for the win at 11 minutes, 17 seconds for the Onita team win. Onita would then do a promo and the idol dancers would come into the ring as Onita would do his 1,2,3 Fire chant with the girls raising their hands up in the air with him.
The next match and final match for Atsushi Onita for a long time would take place on February 19, 2019 at the Tokyo Ryogoku Sumo Hall for the Giant Baba Memorial show which was put on by Giant Baba's niece. The show drew an announced 8,800 fans for the show with Onita's match being the third match on the show with Onita teaming up with Kendo Kashin, Hideki Suzuki, and Hideki Hosaka with Freddy Krueger randomly in their corner against Great Kojika, Shuji Ishikawa, Mitsuya Nagai, and Hikaru Sato in a Street Fight Tornado Death Match.
Onita would be facing off against Kojika for the first time in a match since 1984 and would end up smashing a chair over his head while all of Onita's partners would hold on to Kojika. Onita would then setup a table and tease piledriving Kojika through it but Kashin would convince Onita to do it to Sato instead which he would with the table breaking a little bit. Ishikawa would break up the fall and then bring in a barbed wire board that both Ishikawa and Kojika would throw Onita into. Sato would then grab a guitar and smash it over Onita's head and make the cover with Onita kicking out. The guitar shot would end up opening up a cut on Onita's head as he would begin to bleed from his head and not from a razor. Ishikawa would then try to choke slam Onita who would end up spitting red mist in his face. Onita and Suzuki would then toss Sato through a barbed wire boat with Onita smashing a chair over his head followed by Suzuki delivering a Double Arm Suplex on Sato to get the win at 6 minutes, 55 seconds with Onita afterwards picking up Sato and giving him a kiss while spitting mist in his mouth while tossing him outside and the ring with mist coming out of Sato's mouth.
Atsushi Onita would go to the hospital in Sumida Ward, Tokyo after the Giant Baba Memorial show as he would need stitches following him being busted open accidentally after the guitar shot to the head. He was diagnosed with a head laceration and underwent surgery for seven stitches. Onita stated that before this he was at 1499 stitches and the 7 stitches put him over 1500 now with 1506 total. Onita who has been keeping track of how many stitches he has had for his career announced back in August 1994 following his match against Masashi Aoyagi on August 28, 1994 in Osaka that he at the time had 1,0000 stitches which he claimed broke a world record for one person having the most stitches. Onita stated when he comes back into the ring he looks forward to reaching 2,000 stitches.
FREEDOMS would return to the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring for their February 10, 2019 show where they would announced a packed house of 363 fans for the show. The main event would be Jun Kasai defending his King of Freedom World Championship for the first time in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match. Kasai would put his hand out to shake but Sakuda knowing Kasai would flip him off at the same time Kasai would flip him off. Kasai would bring in an object that would have saws and light tubes connected to it and Kasai would end up hitting a bulldog on Sakuda into it with Sakuda's face going into the light tubes. Kasai would then set up light tubes on a stack of chairs and try to suplex Sakuda but Sakuda would counter and hit a Reverse DDT off the top rope sending Kasai through the lights stacked up on the chairs. Sakuda would then end up taking a skewer and sticking it through Kasai's mouth as pay back for the previous show. Sakuda would then up a stack of light tubes on Kasai and deliver a Fire Bird Splash with his knees connecting and breaking the light tubes across Kasai's body which would would wake Kasai up and take control of the match with Kasai delivering the Pearl Harbor Splash on Sakuda with Sakuda managing to kick out. Kasai would then shove the skewers in Sakuda's head and hit a Reverse Tiger Driver with Sakuda once again kicking out. Kasai would then finally finish off Sakuda with his Stimulation finisher and get the win at 18 minutes, 29 seconds to successfully defend the King of Freedom World Championship for the first time.
The semi-main event of the show saw Violento Jack and Mammoth Sasaki defend their King of Freedom Tag Team Titles against Yuya Susumu and Masamune with Mammoth picking up the win at 13 minutes, 52 seconds after reversing a La Magistral to get the pin on Masamune to successfully defend the titles for the second time. Kenichiro Arai would defend his UWA Jr. Heavyweight Title at 12 minutes, 36 seconds for the first time after making Dragon Libre tap out to the Fujiwara Armbar. Takashi Sasaki would team up with Toru Sugiura and Kamui as they would defeat Masashi Takeda, Kenji Fukimoto, and Australian Death Match wrestler Mad Dog McCrae making a surprise appearance on the show in place of Minoru Fujita with Sugiura getting the win over Fukimoto at 8 minutes, 56 seconds with the Over Easy. TORU and Shunsuke Sayama would defeat GENTARO and Naoki Kamata when TORU would pin GENTARO at 10 minutes, 5 seconds with a Backdrop. The opening match would be a handicap match between Brahman Shu, Brahman Kei, and Karate Brahman as they would defeat the team of Kengo Mashimo and Tomoya Hiarata when Karate would end up getting the pinfall at 8 minutes, 30 seconds over Hirata.
Jun Kasai made his first appearance in America since appearing for CZW in June 2014. Kasai who along with Masashi Takeda and Nikkan Lee were promised that while in America then that someone from CZW would take them sight seeing while they were in Delaware but no one from CZW ever ended up coming to get them to take them anywhere and they all just ended up being left in their hotel the entire time. All three had very bitter feelings towards CZW as a result and neither Kasai and Takeda have worked for CZW since. Takeda has since agreed to go to America to work for GCW the former Jersey All Pro-Wrestling that has taken CZW's spot as the top death match promotion in the USA but Kasai has always turned down any offer to go back to America because of what happened in the past as well as just how busy he has been while working for FREEDOMS and now having a family of two children. GCW and FREEDOMS have began working a lot closer recently with Daisuke Masaoka coming in back in January and finally Jun Kasai would agree to wrestle a Death Match in Atlantic City, New Jersey on February 16, 2019 at the Showboat casino. Kasai would be booked in the Hard Rock Casino in Atlantic City which coincidentally would be the same hotel that former ZERO1 wrestler CM Punk that worked with Kasai a bunch in 2003 was also staying. Punk was scheduled to do commentary for the MMA promotion CFFC the next day and they met up in the lobby to reunite for the first time in 16 years and take a picture together.
Jun Kasai made his GCW debut on February 16, 2019 at the Atlantic City, New Jersey Showboat Casino for a Fluorescent Light Tubes Glass Board Death Match against Alex Colon. Kasai came to the ring with a huge ovation with fans chanting Crazy Monkey at him during his theme. Colon did a majority of the bump taking as Kasai was in control a majority of the match early on including sending Colon through one of the glass boards and the main spot of the match which saw Kasai throwing Colon off from the turnbuckle to the outside through a spider net board with light tubes stacked on top of it. Colon would take control of the match and deliver a superkick to the light tube which would be break on Kasai's head and then deliver a double diving stomp on a stack of light tubes on Kasai which Kasai would get up immediately from and take control of the match from there. Kasai would end up sticking skewers in Colon's head and delivering a Reverse Tiger Driver followed by placing the second glass board over Colon's body and delivering a Pearl Harbor Splash breaking the glass all over Colon's body. Colon would get up right away but Kasai would end up finishing Colon with a piledriver through a stack of light tubes to finally get the win at 14 minutes, 13 seconds over Colon. Many of the GCW wrestlers including Nick Gage, Shlak, and Jimmy Lloyd would come to the ring as Kasai would challenge GCW to come to Japan as it would be officially announced that GCW will be running two dates in Tokyo on August 22nd and August 23rd. The buildings were not announced but when the wrestlers were originally told they all needed to go get their passports a couple of months ago for these shows they were told the shows would be taking place at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring.
FREEDOMS would run at the Nagoya Tsuyukashi Sports Center on February 24, 2019 drawing an announced 270 fans for the show. The main event was the Unchain team of Jun Kasai, Masashi Takeda, and Minoru Fujita defeating Takashi Sasaki, Toru Sugiura, and Kamui with Kasai getting the win at 19 minutes, 40 seconds with a Reverse Tiger Driver on a Bamboo Skewer Board over Sugiura. Sugiura afterwards laid out a challenge to Kasai for his King of Freedom World Championship on a future show. The semi-main event had Violento Jack and Mammoth Sasaki going up against Kenji Fukimoto and Mad Dog McCrae again making a surprise in the match in place of Toshiyuki Sakuda as the match would go to a Double Count out at 13 minutes, 41 seconds after Mammoth and Fukimoto would fail to make it back in the ring. Pro-Wrestling Shop Macky would sponsor the next match with the winners getting free VHS and DVD's at their shop for life which judging by the store's website which has not updated since 2010 it does not seem like they will be getting any new shows from the store as GENTARO and Kenichiro Arai defeated Brahman Shu and Brahman Kei when Arai used a Samson Clutch at 12 minutes, 42 seconds to get the win over Kei. Shuichiro Katsumara and Tomoya Hirata defeated the local Nagoya team of Konaka Pale One and Michio Kageyama when Katsumara would make Konaka tap out at 8 minutes, 57 seconds with a Sleeper Hold. Yuya Susumu would defeat Yusaku Ito at 6 minutes, 27 seconds with a Front Crash. The opening match would have Kengo Takai defeating Naoki Kamata at 6 minutes, 21 seconds after making him tap out to the Crab Hold.
The next FREEDOMS show will be on March 7, 2019 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. The main event will be Jun Kasai and Kenji Fukimoto going up against Takashi Sasaki and Toru Sugiura which is a match that will probably result in the standard 150 fans or so but will set up the main event of Kasai vs. Sugiura at the next Korakuen Hall show on March 31st. The semi-main event will be Violento Jack and Mammoth Sasaki defending their King of Freedom Tag Team Titles against GENTARO and Kenichiro Arai. Masashi Takeda and Minoru Fujita will take on Yuko Miyamoto and Yuya Susumu. Tomoya Hirata will take on his partner the previous month in Kengo Mashimo. Kamui and Chikara team up to take on Masamune and TORU and the opening match will be Shunsuke Sayama taking on Naoki Kamata.
ZERO1 would continue their Super Fireworks promotion on February 16, 2019 at the Kawasaki City Sports Cultural Center where they would announce a crowd of 689 fans for the show. The main event would be a battle of the Voodoo Murders' groups as Masato Tanaka, Takuya Sugawara, Yuji Hino, and Asuka would take on TARU, Chris Vice, Shogun Okamoto, and Yoshikazu Yokoyama in a Exploding Cage and Exploding Barbed wire Baseball Bat Death Match. The stipulation would be the first team to get all four members to escape would win. Yoshikazu Yokoyama would end up being the first one to escape for TARU's team in just 22 seconds. Yuji Hino who refuses to do any death match bumps would wear a leather jacket and take no bumps before escaping at 2 minutes, 5 seconds for Tanaka's team making it 3-3. Asuka would end up escaping at 5 minutes, 31 seconds followed by Okamoto escaping at 10 minutes, 3 seconds to make it 2-2. Chris Vice would end up escaping at 10 minutes, 43 seconds leaving TARU alone against Tanaka and Sugawara. TARU would end up turning on the exploding barbed wire bat and try using it on Tanaka who would get his hands to block the bat but an explosion would go off anyway on Tanaka knocking him to the ground. Tanaka would end up setting up TARU on a table and delivering a Superfly Splash off the top of the cage to send TARU through the table. Tanaka and Sugawara would both end up trying to climb the cage when Yokoyama would throw powder at both of them. The cage would then explode at the 15 minutes mark with both Tanaka and Sugawara right by where the explosions would be set off and TARU would manage to escape at 15 minutes, 45 seconds and get the win for his team. Tanaka would state the cage they had setup would remind him of the Exploding Cage that FMW used on November 23, 1999 in his match against Kodo Fuyuki at the Yokohama Arena.
Yusaku Obata who started off in the Kaientai Dojo promotion in 2005 but ended up joining up with Kintaro Kanemura's Apache Army promotion in 2007 before being offered a contract in 2012 to join ZERO1. He would eventually move up the card and defeat Masato Tanaka on January 1, 2018 for the World Heavyweight Title with the promotion finally making him the ace of the company. He would end up having a little over a 5 month reign before losing the title to Tanaka on June 13, 2018 in a match that would have to be stopped after Obata would pass out due to having a heat stroke during the match. Obata has not wrestled since and will be making an announcement on his career at the ZERO1 show on March 3, 2019 at Korakuen Hall. Kintaro Kanemura will be attending the show as it will also have a main event match of two of his best friends in Masato Tanaka and Yuji Hino.
The A-Team held their first show at the Tokyo Art Center White Studio where they announced a crowd of 150 fans for the show. The draw of the show was having all three WEW titles defended on the show. The main event would be Daisaku Shimoda defending his WEW World Title against former World Japan wrestler Kuniyoshi Wada with Shimoda getting the win at 14 minutes, 2 seconds with a Backdrop to successfully defend the title for the first time. The semi-main event was the WEW Tag Team Title Match with Raiden and Akira Jo defeating the new team of Randy Preyer and Freddy Krueger when Raiden would pin Krueger at 9 minutes, 30 seconds with a Diving Body Press. After the match, Daisuke Ikeda came to the ring and nominated that him and Keiichi Sato should challenge for the WEW Tag Team Titles. HASEGAWA then came out and stated he wanted a shot at the WEW Tag Team Titles and Tomohiko Hashimoto finally came out and stated he would team up with HASEGAWA to take on Ikeda and Sato on March 10th to determine the number one contenders for the WEW Tag Team Titles. Nobutaka Moribe defeated Rion Mizuki at 11 minutes, 6 seconds with the What's the Blue Sky? to defend the title for the first time with Naoki Tanizaki being named the next challenger for the WEW Jr. Heavyweight Title. Tomohiko Hashimoto and Keiichi Sato defeated Hazard and G.Hazard when Sato would get the pin at 12 minutes, 1 seconds with a Small Package. Takumi Sakurai and Masahiro Sase defeated Takafumi Ito and Josh O'Brien with Sakurai getting the win at 15 minutes, 50 seconds with a Diving Body Press. The opening match had Daisuke Ikeda defeating HASEGAWA at 9 minutes, 35 seconds after finishing off HASEGAWA with a Brainbuster with HASEGAWA just walking away silently after HASEGAWA lay in the ring officially ending their tag team of over 18 months.
The Bar045 which is a bar that opened last year in Yokohama by big wrestling fans and were fans of the Entertainment Pro-Wrestling era of FMW put on their second annual show to promote their bar in the area to wrestling fans. The show would take place on February 23, 2019 at the Yokohama Radiant Hall announcing a crowd of 330 fans for the show. The show had the entire FREEDOMS roster sprinkled through out the show as Takashi Sasaki frequents the bar since he lives in Yokohama and the FREEDOMS office is located near Yokohama. They booked a match that would reunite three FMW wrestlers to form a team with Masato Tanaka, Mammoth Sasaki, and Onryo who were all in FMW together for 6 total months from August 2000 to February 2001 before Masato Tanaka left the company. They would team up for a Street Fight Tornado Match against former Super Battle FMW wrestler KAI, UTAMARO, and Masayuki Mitomi with Tanaka getting the win over Mitomi at 11 minutes, 38 seconds after finishing him off with a Sliding D for the Team FMW win.
This is part two of my FMW collection through out the years. I have collected my favorite FMW poster of all time from 1996 during the NEO FMW era as well as a Super Battle FMW poster from 2016 which was the Hayabusa Memorial show at Korakuen Hall. In between I have made a framed collage of me meeting former FMW wrestlers through out the years including Hayabusa multiple times, Ricky Fuji, Terry Funk, Atsushi Onita, Masato Tanaka, Combat Toyoda, Kintaro Kanemura, Super Leather, Megumi Kudo, The Great Sasuke, Mr. Gannosuke, Mitsuhiro Matsunaga, and Sabu.
I also wanted to go over a couple of things. I just wanted to let you guys know that my co-host that I do the History of FMW podcast informed me that he was quitting the show. My YouTube page also got taken down recently because of someone reporting them for Samurai TV footage on them. I will do my best here to start it back up and get the videos back up for you to watch somehow. Update: Everything is now back up on a new YouTube account - Bret FMW.
Atsushi Onita held a talk show on January 3, 2019 at the Tokyo Shibuya Tokyu Department store where a Giant Baba Exhibition was going on from December 29th to January 7th. Motoko Baba's niece Riko Ogata who is the executive committee member of the Giant Baba Memorial show on February 19th at the Tokyo Ryogoku Sumo Hall also participated on the show. A Cadillac similar to Giant Baba's was on display at the event and Onita talked about getting his drivers license at 18 years old so that he could drive Giant Baba around in the Cadillac that looked just like the car on display. Onita talked about if he had not been injured he probably would have stayed in All Japan his whole career out of loyalty to Baba who he sees as a father figure and then he would not have been able to do the death matches that he did afterwards and so he wants to do a death match on the show as a farewell gift to Mr. Baba.
Atsushi Onita after the event met up with the Melbourne City Wrestling representatives after the talk show on January 3rd. They talked business and hit it off well in regards to coming up with a plan to bring Onita in for a show of theirs in Australia for this year for a death match.
Atsushi Onita who has spent the last couple of months doing interviews about participating on future shows across the world which he has been the one to initiate the conversations announced that all the plans will end up having to be put on hold for now. Onita announced that the major knee injury he suffered back on April 20, 1983 where his patella was crushed and eventually lead to him having to retire in January 1985 is back to giving him major issues. His retirement in 2017 was actually because of how much issues he has been having with both knees as he has been putting so much pressure on his right knee to make up for the fact that his left knee that suffered the original injury has been so bad that now both knees are in bad shape. Onita mentioned before retiring in 2017 that he struggled to be able to walk up stairs because of how bad off they were. Onita stated that after the three matches he has since his come back that he is now is struggling to walk. He has needed a wheel chair when going out privately because of how much pain he is in to walk. Onita stated he went to the hospital in Saga on January 16, 2019 where the doctor told him that if he kept up with what he was doing that his knees will hurt him the rest of his life and he will not be able to wrestle anymore and that he will need a wheel chair to walk permanently. Onita stated that he will still wrestle on both the Stardom Idols show on February 11, 2019 at Shin-Kiba and then the Giant Baba Memorial show on February 19, 2019 at the Ryogoku Sumo Hall. Onita stated he would participate on these shows no matter how much his knee hurts and that if he had to he would crawl to the ring. Onita mentioned that the Stardom Idols show will need him as their ace Tam Nakano will not be on this show. Onita stated he has not decided what kind of surgery will be done but he will undergo the surgery on both knees and that putting an artificial joint is an option for him. Onita stated that after February 19th that Onita Theater will be closed for awhile.
Onita then tweeted in English on January 30, 2019 that walking has been difficult and he will be having surgery after the Giant Baba Memorial show. Onita is still planning on coming to America for the Spring Break and WrestleCon events but him being able to actually wrestle seems to be out of the question at this point. GCW did not know anything about this and when Onita originally announced they felt it was a work to help promote the Stardom Idols show, but it is more looking like all the plans of Onita wrestling in Death Matches across the world in 2019 seem to be off for now. He was still talking about going to England in January once they found a building to be able to hold a death match but obviously that never happened as no promotion never even promoted Onita as coming in. Onita's dream of being able to promote his own death match show in America this Summer seem to be nearly impossible now to pull off. It will depend on the surgery but Onita might not be able to wrestle again until 2020 as a result of just how bad both his knees are.
The final two matches Atsushi Onita will be wrestling on for a good amount of time will be on February 11, 2019 for the Stardom Idols promotion at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring where he will team up with Tomohiko Hashimoto, Hideki Hosaka who he is teaming up with the for first time since 2017, and 666's NEN mugen D.a.i against Kim Duk, Onryo, Hunter Gojo, and Akira Jo in a Scramble Bunkhouse Barbed wire Board Street Fight Death Match. Onita will then participate on the Giant Baba Memorial show on Feburary 19, 2019 at the Ryogoku Sumo Hall show with Hideki Suzuki, Kendo Kashin, and Hideki Hosaka against Great Kojika, Shuji Ishikawa, Mitsuya Nagai, and Hikaru Sato in a Scramble Bunkhouse Tornado Death Match. This will be the first time that Onita and Kojika will be in the ring against each other since the 1980's in All Japan. Onita and Kojika have not had much of a relationship since Onita started up FMW and Kojika followed 5 1/2 years later by starting up Big Japan. Onita since becoming a freelancer 20 years ago has worked every promotion pretty much except Big Japan due to issues with Kojika that both never cared enough to resolve.
FREEDOMS would hold their annual one night tournament on January 3, 2019 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring announcing 223 fans for the show. This time the tournament would be for the King of Freedom Tag Team Titles. Village Vanguard a book store company was willing to sponsor the tournament this year and they wanted the tournament to have some stakes so the decision was made to make the tournament for the tag team titles by having Violento Jack and Daisuke Masaoka vacate the titles and then enter themselves in the tournament to try and win them back. Since there would be so many matches on this show the decision was made to have the first round matches be decided by the referring just making a one count. The semi-finals would be decided by a referee two count and the finals would be the traditional three count. The opening match had Violento Jack and Daisuke Masaoka win by defeating Kenji Fukimoto and Karate Brahman after Jack would get the win at 5 minutes, 28 seconds after finishing off Karate Brahman. Takashi Sasaki and GENTARO would defeat Mitsuo Momota and Chikara after GENTARO would roll up Momota with a Jack Knife at 6 minutes, 9 seconds for the one count. Toru Sugiura and Kamui would defeat Gunso and brother YASSHI after Kamui would get the win at 5 minutes, 57 seconds by getting the win over Gunso. Mammoth Sasaki and Kazma Sakamoto would defeat Jun Kasai and Masashi Takeda after Mammoth would hit the 29 Years Old on Kasai and before the referee count the one count on Kasai it would be Takeda that would grab the referee and place him in arm bar with the referee DQ'ing Takeda at 6 minutes, 7 seconds as a result. Kasai would be upset with Takeda but Takeda would plead with him that he had no other choice due to the one count rule. Tomoya Hirata would defeat Naoki Kamada at 8 minutes, 54 seconds after making him submit to the Crab Hold.
The Semi-Finals of the Tournament would have Violento Jack and Daisuke Masaoka defeat Takashi Sasaki and GENTARO when Masaoka would hit GENTARO with the Trance Rave at 6 minutes, 41 seconds to get the two count victory. Toru Sugiura and Kamui would defeat Mammoth Sasaki and Kazma Sakamoto when Sugiura would get the upset at 9 minutes, 23 seconds after getting a two count pinfall over Mammoth to advance to the finals. Kenichiro Arai would win the UWA Jr. Heavyweight Title from Yuya Susumu at 13 minutes, 31 seconds to win the title. Violento Jack and Daisuke Masaoka would become two time champions after winning the finals of the tournament after defeating Toru Sugiura and Kamui after Jack would finish off Sugiura at 12 minutes, 27 seconds with a Amatalan to win the King of Freedom Tag Team Titles.
Jun Kasai who had suffered a knee injury in a Hardcore Match with Kamui back on November 21, 2018 while delivering a Reverse Tiger Driver. Kasai knowing he could not risk taking any time off with his December 25th Korakuen Hall show coming up waited until January 4, 2019 to check on the condition of his knee as it was becoming unbearable for him. They were draining his knee when blood was coming out instead of water. There was fear that this was a result of a meniscus injury which would result in surgery and he would have to miss several months as a result. He went back in on January 10th and had an MRI with the test coming back as just medial ligament damage and not a meniscus. They drained more blood and water out of his knee with Kasai needing to rest for about two weeks as a result of the injury and he would be able to come back on January 27th.
Jun Kasai will now be able to make his return to America for the first time since 2014 as he will appear for GCW's show on February 16, 2019 at the Atlantic City, New Jersey Showboat Hotel where he will face off against Alex Colon in a Death Match.
Daisuke Masaoka also participated on a GCW show on January 12, 2019 at the Summit Park District in Summit, Illinois with Masaoka also facing off against Alex Colon. Daisuke Masaoka would end delivering a Shiranui on the outside off the ring post through light tubes on a board when his knee accidentally hit the hard floor under the tarp. Masaoka decided to keep going and did a spot where he hit Colon with multiple light tubes and then quickly finished Colon with a knee to the face for the win. Masaoka was helped to the back in very much pain. Masaoka would decline going into a hospital out of fear of cost and decided to wait until flying back to Japan to check on the damage. Masaoka would end up being originally pulled out of the Sengoku Tokyo Dome show on January 15th but then would decide since it an was opening tag match against young boys he could get by just walking to the ring and allowing Jack to take care of the match for him. Masaoka would then get x-rays where it would be revealed that his knee cap would be fractured and that he would need surgery right away on it. Masaoka would get the surgery despite not feeling like he could actually afford to get it done. All that has been announced is that he will out for a long time. He will not be able to walk on it for 6-8 weeks and it looks like he will be out for most of 2019 to recovery from this injury.
Takashi Sasaki's project Sengoku which he started up in August 2017 was to allow independent wrestlers from all over the country that would otherwise never get the chance to work Korakuen Hall the opportunity to wrestle in the historic building. Sasaki has ran three shows and each of them have not drawn well but it is known ahead of time that these are not going to do that well in comparison to a regular FREEDOMS show at Korakuen Hall. Sasaki decided for the fourth show that he would get wrestlers the chance to work the Tokyo Dome for the first time ever instead. Sasaki would book his Sengoku group at the Furusato Festival which is a nine day event at the Tokyo Dome that multiple events are taking place through out the nine day window. Different vendors would be located on floor of the Tokyo Dome and people would just pay to get into the event itself not for anything specific. Takashi Sasaki would run his show on January 15, 2019 at the Tokyo Dome and would be unable to know how many fans were actually watching the event he was putting on. The main event of the show would be Okinawa's Ryukyu Dragon promotion consisting of Guruken Mask, Ultra Soki, and Shikuwasa Z taking on EAGLE's Kazunori Yoshida, Hiroyuki Kondo, and Takahiro Katori with Yoshida getting the win at 14 minutes, 21 seconds with an Eagle Arrow. The semi-main event would have Unchain's Masashi Takeda filling in for Jun Kasai and Kenji Fukimoto defeating Hokkaido's Donan Ring's Tomoya Adachi who worked for FMW and WMF as well as Katsuo with Takeda getting the win at 9 minutes, 54 seconds with a Reverse U Crash. The Osaka women's team of Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru and Hibiscus Mii would defeat Aisawa # 1 out of Yamagata and Yuya Susumu going by the Susumu # 2 name when Ranmaru would pin Aisawa at 8 minutes, 53 seconds with the Art of Ninja. Takashi Sasaki, Mammoth Sasaki, and Toru Sugiura would defeat the Dotonbori team out of Osaka in Kuga, TORU, and Katsumi Oribe when Sasaki would pin Oribe at 9 minutes, 7 seconds with a Furusato Driver. The FREEDOMS team of GENTARO and Kamui would defeat DERA team out of Aichi of Kengo Takai and Grand Passion Mask # 4 when Kamui would pin Passion at 11 minutes, 4 seconds with a Moonsault. The Real Lucha Libre promotion out of Fukuoka had their own match as Van Vean Jack defeated Van Veal Negro at 7 minutes, 58 seconds after Jack would get the win with the Messiah. The opening match had Violento Jack team up with Mammoth Sasaki who was Daisuke Masaoka's replacement after he suffered his fracture knee cap as they would defeat Tomoya Hirata and Naoki Kamata when Jack would get the win at 8 minutes, 44 seconds over Kamata with a Lariat.
FREEDOMS would promote their fourth Youngdoms show on January 19, 2019 at the Yokohama Radiant Hall prior to their evening show that day. They would announce 54 fans for this show. The main event would be ZERO1's Towa Iwasaki and Syouki Kitamura continuing their feud with the young FREEDOMS wrestlers although Tomoya Hirata would pull out of this show after coming down with influenza and Naoki Kamata would take his spot in the main event teaming up with Asuka Project's Shunsuke Sayama as Iwasaki would get the win at 11 minutes, 21 seconds over Kamata. TORU would win the semi-main event of the show defeating Takahiro Katori at 11 minutes, 50 seconds with a Brainbuster. Masamune would defeat Akiyori Takizawa at 12 minutes, 22 seconds with a Tonbokiri. Violento Jack would get the win over Jun Masaoka at 10 minutes, 17 seconds with an Amatolan. The opening match would be Yuya Susumu and Toru Sugiura defeating Shota Nakagawa and Naoki Kamata when Sugiura would made Kamada tap out at 11 minutes, 51 seconds with a Crab.
FREEDOMS then ran their evening show on January 19, 2019 at the Yokohama Radiant Hall where they announced a crowd of 198 fans for the show. The main event would be for the vacant tag team titles following Daisuke Masaoka's injury. The main event would be Violento Jack and his new partner Mammoth Sasaki going up against Toru Sugiura and Kamui. Mammoth would brawl with Kamui outside the ring right away with Jack eventually getting to Kamui slamming him to the ground outside. Sugiura would fight back by eventually sending both Mammoth and Jack over the top rope to the outside. Kamui would then deliver an Asai Moonsault on to both of them as Sugiura would then hit his Over Easy finisher on Jack but Mammoth would make the save by grabbing Sugiura and hitting the 29 Years Old following Jack hitting a Shubain to get the win over Sugiura at 15 minutes, 35 seconds to become the new King of Freedom Tag Team Champions. The semi-main event would be Masashi Takeda, Kenji Fukimoto, and Minoru Fujita defeating Takashi Sasaki, GENTARO, and TORU replacing Jun Kasai with Fukimoto getting the win over GENTARO at 13 minutes, 19 seconds after hitting him with his Package Piledriver. Shuichiro Katsumara and Shunsuke Sayama would defeat Yuya Susumu and Kazma Sakamoto after Katsumara would choke out Susumu at 11 minutes, 14 seconds with a Ninja Choke. Masamune would defeat Chikara at 10 minutes, 42 seconds with a Reverse Suplex. Kengo Mashimo would defeat Katori Takahiro at 8 minutes, 11 seconds with a Mudo. Brahman Shu and Brahman Kei would defeat Takashi Sasaki replacing Tomoya Hirata and Naoki Kamata after Kei would get the win at 9 minutes, 2 seconds over Kamata with Nobody's Perfect which would be the third time that day that Kamata would take a fall.
FREEDOMS returned to the Osaka Hirano Kumin Hall on January 27, 2019 announcing a crowd of 238 fans for the show. The main event was Jun Kasai's return after being out for 24 days as he would team up with Unchain members Masashi Takeda and Minoru Fujita against Mammoth Sasaki, Toru Sugiura, and Kamui in a Barbed wire Board Street Fight Tornado Death Match with Kasai getting the win at 17 minutes, 26 seconds over Kamui with a Reverse Tiger Driver on a Bamboo Skewer Board. Violento Jack and Yuko Miyamoto would team up in the semi-main event to defeat the team of Yuya Susumu and Wrestle-1's Seiki Yoshioka when Jack would finish off Susumu at 16 minutes, 45 seconds with a Schwein. Brahman Shu and Brahman Kei would defeat Takashi Sasaki and his regular Osaka tag team partner Dyna Mido with the Brahman Brothers picking up the win at 14 minutes, 17 seconds when Shu would pin Dyna Mido. Kenji Fukimoto would win a Table, Gadget, and Chair Death Match over Tomoya Hirata at 9 minutes, 4 seconds with a Cabajo on the Gadget Plate. The Osaka team of Ultimate Spider, Jr. and Takoyakida defeated former FMW wrestler Onryo and Osaka wrestler Idea when Onryo would accidentally miss throwing powder at Sider and instead get Idea in the face and at 11 minutes, 40 seconds Spider would end up rolling Idea for the win. GENTARO would win the opening match by defeating Naoki Kamata at 10 minutes, 20 seconds after making him tap out to the Bow and Arrow submission.
FREEDOMS would return to the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on January 30, 2019 and announce a crowd of 188 fans for the show. The main event would be Violento Jack and Mammoth Sasaki defending their King of Freedom Tag Team Titles against the Unchain team of Masashi Takeda and Minoru Fujita when Jack getting the pinfall win over Takeda at 17 minutes, 41 seconds with a Amatalan. The semi-main event would be a very bloody Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match with Jun Kasai and Takashi Sasaki going up against Kenji Fukimoto and Big Japan's Toshiyuki Sakuda with Kasai doing the syringe spot on Sakuda once again before putting Sakuda away at 13 minutes, 43 seconds with a Reverse Tiger Driver. Kasai would offer a shot at his King of Freedom World Championship afterwards to Sakuda. Yuya Susumu and Masamune would defeat the team of Toru Sugiura and Kamui at 13 minutes, 3 seconds when Masamune would get the win over Kamui with a Watari Rai to earn a shot at the King of Freedom Tag Team Titles at the next show. Gunso, brother YASSHI, and Dragon Libre would defeat the team of GENTARO, Kenichiro Arai, and Tomoya Hirata at 14 minutes, 40 seconds when Libre would score the biggest win of his career over Arai. Chikara would defeat Shunsuke Sayama at 6 minutes, 7 seconds with a Backdrop and TORU would win the opening match against Naoki Kamata at 9 minutes, 53 seconds with a Dropkick.
FREEDOMS will hold their next show on February 10, 2019 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring with the main event of Jun Kasai defending his King of Freedom World Championship in a Death Match against Big Japan's Toshiyuki Sakuda. Violento Jack and Mammoth Sasaki will defend their King of Freedom Tag Team Titles against Yuya Susumu and Masamune. Kenichiro Arai will defend his UWA Jr. Heavyweight Title against Dragon Libre after Libre picked up the win over Arai in a tag match at the previous Shin-Kiba show. Takashi Sasaki, Toru Sugiura, and Kamui will take on Unchain's Masashi Takeda, Kenji Fukimoto, and Minoru Fujita. GENTARO would team up with Naoki Kamada as they take on TORU and Shunsuke Sayama. The opening match will have Tomoya Hirata with a mystery partner going up against Brahman Shu and Kei.
The A-Team held their first show of the year on January 19, 2019 at a new building for the promotion in the Tokyo Oji Base Mon*Star announcing a crowd of 100 fans for the show. The main event was Raiden defending the WEW Jr. Heavyweight Title against Nobutaka Moribe with Moribe winning the title at 13 minutes, 20 seconds with the Futari Sezon to win the WEW Jr. Heavyweight Title after having made his debut in wrestling for Kodo Fuyuki's WEW promotion back on January 31, 2003. Daisaku Shimoda winning back the WEW World Title from former W*ING wrestler Kim Duk at 10 minutes, 32 seconds after rolling him up and holding him down on the mat for the three count. Shimoda is listed as the 17th WEW World Champion so they are counting this lineage all the way up to August 2002 when Kanemura won the title in WEW following FMW closing down. Kuniyoshi Wada come to the ring and shake Shimoda's hand afterwards and challenge him for the title.
Rion Mizuki and Takumi Sakurai would defeat Naoki Tanizaki and Akira Jo when Mizuki would get the win at 13 minutes, 54 seconds with a roll up. Daisuke Ikeda and Keiichi Sato would defeat the former FMW tag team of NOSAWA and KIKUZAWA when Ikeda when would get the win over KIKUZAWA at 15 minutes, 37 seconds with a Daichan Bomber 5 Rush. The opening match would have Randy Preyer and Freddy Krueger defeat the team of Tomohiko Hashimoto and Masahiro Sase who had been a referee for the promotion following his retirement from wrestling in December 2017 when Krueger would get the win over Sase at 11 minutes, 42 seconds with a Diving Guillotine Drop.
The A-Team's next show will take place on February 24, 2019 at another new building called the Tokyo Art Center White Studio. The main event will be Daisaku Shimoda defending his WEW World Title for the first time against former World Japan wrestler/Riki Choshu disciple Kuniyoshi Wada in the main event. Raiden and Akira Jo will defend their WEW Tag Team Titles for the first time against Randy Preyer and Freddy Krueger. Nobutaka Moribe defends his WEW Jr. Heavyweight Title for the first time against Rion Mizuki. Tomohiko Hashimoto and Keiichi Sato go up against long time Apache Demolition masked heel Hazard and his new partner G.Hazard. Takumi Sakurai teams up with Masahiro Sase going up against Takafumi Ito and Josh O'Brien. The opening match will be tag team partners going up against each other as Daisuke Ikeda will face off against HASEGAWA.
Kyushu Pro-Wrestling a small independent promotion in South Japan participated at a Pro-Wrestling Festival on January 13, 2019 at the Aeon Mall and Keiji Muto, Great Kojika, and Mr. Gannosuke all participated as far as announcing for the show for the fans. Mr. Gannosuke stated that he would never believe in 28 years when he and Hayabusa were traveling to the FMW Dojo in Saitama that he would be working along side Keiji Muto and Great Kojika.
Mr. Gannosuke is kind of at a sticking point in his life. Gannosuke retired in 2008 due to just being in pain and knowing he could full time work on training the Ice Ribbon girls at the Dojo in Saitama near his home. Emi Motokawa who was ahead of the Ice Ribbon company at the time and who one wrestler who knew her well told me "she's insane" and eventually her and Gannosuke clashed over the training and Gannosuke ended up leaving Ice Ribbon. He found a job with Guts Ishijima for the Guts World promotion where he worked in the office until Ishijima convinced him to to come out of retirement in 2014. Gannosuke at 46 trained very hard to bring his body back up to a level that was acceptable as a pro-wrestler and had a really good come back run for several years. He ended up getting his face broken by Yuko Miyamoto in 2017 and was out of action for 4 months and could not train as a result. Getting back into wrestling shape at 49 proved to be even more difficult for Gannosuke but he was able to do it. Ishijima then decided to close down the Guts World promotion in April 2018 due to a bleak future of the company with the ace Daisuke retiring. Gannosuke decided at that point it was best to retire at this point as there was no point in training as much as he would just to be a freelance wrestler with his home promotion shutting down. Gannosuke decided it was time to change his life for good. He proposed to his much younger girlfriend and convinced her to move to Kumamoto with him. A friend of his got him a job at a nursing care center to take care of the elderly. Gannosuke got married in February 2018 but things started falling apart right there. His marriage according to Kintaro Kanemura only lasted one week due to age difference as they were not together by the time Gannosuke retired from wrestling and moved to Kumamoto in April. He now is working at the nursing care facility his first real job out of wrestling in his life and realizing how difficult a job like this is can be with no fame to come from it. He is at a point where going back into wrestling is no longer option, but you can tell he is really missing it at this point.
Ken Suzuki who covered FMW in the mid 1990's did commentary with Mr. Gannosuke during the Kyushu Pro show on January 13th. Suzuki decided since he was in the area to stay at Eiji Ezaki's mothers Hot Springs Inn. Mrs. Ezaki has made a shrine of her son with much of his collectables and many framed pictures next to his urn. I am also compiling all my Hayabusa collectables in certain spots in one room of my house as I slowly turn that room into a mini Toudoukan. Below is a picture of my Hayabusa figurine section with both professionally and custom made figures as I will post more of what I have collected FMW and Hayabusa related over the years through out the next couple of months on here.
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