Atsushi Onita and DDT President Sanshiro Takagi held a press conference on September 9, 2019 in Chiyoda, Tokyo to announce that they would be starting up a new promotion. The promotion will be called "Blasting Koshien 2019" which means "Explosion Series".
Sanshiro Takagi stated that the day after the Yoshihiro Takayama aid "TAKAYAMANIA" show at Korakuen Hall on August 27, 2019 he met up with Onita and the two talked for the first time in many years. Takagi told Onita that he wanted to start a promotion that would see a group of wrestlers having explosion matches with one another individually and not through DDT.
Onita stated that he worked with Takagi 20 years ago and that explosion matches are famous overseas and that he would like some Japanese wrestlers to carry the tradition of blowing up the world. Onita stated that the first show will be on November 17, 2019 at the Yokohama Tsurumi Fruit Market where he and Takagi will co-promote this show and they will both be competing in some type of an explosion match but other wrestlers are open to joining the promotion and that gender is not required. Onita stated he wants at least four wrestlers to wrestle in an explosion match on this show. Onita stated you did not even need to be a pro-wrestler to participate as a professional baseball player should be able to swing the exploding barbed wire bat just fine.
Takagi stated in regards to future development of this promotion they need to have the first show be a success but after it has been established they want to take this promotion outside the Tokyo region and eventually outside of Japan even. Takagi stated the young wrestlers are good to apply and they want passionate wrestlers who are frustrated with their careers right now and want to move up the ranks.
Onita brought up that he is currently applying for the trademark registration in Japan for Exploding Death Matches and Takagi apologized to Onita for wrestling one back in 2006 without Onita's permission. Takagi stated he wants to take this promotion into 120 countries around the world stating that DDT just ran in New York back in April and he wants this promotion to see the same growth and appeal. They asked for the people applying to enter their name, career information, and their specific skills among other things when applying for this promotion.
It was then announced on October 18, 2019 that the main event of the show would be Atsushi Onita teaming up with Kenichiro Arai and a Mystery Partner against Sanshiro Takagi, Shinya Aoki who is an MMA fighter and who has wrestled in DDT in the past, and their Mystery Partner in a "Explosion Match". The mystery partners will be determined by a four man tournament to be held on the show so the two winners instead of facing each other in a finals singles match will be paired up in the 6 man main event. No one has been mentioned yet for the tournament which will be announced on October 24th but Basara's FUMA has expressed interest in participating in this promotion. It was also announced that former NOAH President and Chairman Masayuki Uchida will be the chairman of this promotion.
Atsushi Onita would also participate in his second Big Japan match once again teaming up with Great Kojika as they would take on the team of Masaya Takahashi and Kankuro Hoshino on October 9, 2019 at the Hokkaido Shiraoi General Gym. The match would start with Onita going after Hoshino right away and begin brawling with him the crowd as Kojika would fight with Takahashi outside. Onita and Hoshino would get back in the ring where a chair would be placed and Hoshino would charge at Onita who would take him down with a drop toe hold head first into the chair and then spit red mist in Hoshino's face. Onita would go for the mist spot again but this time would accidentally spit red mist in referee Frank Atsushi's face with the referee just ending the match and ruling it a No Contest at 7 minutes, 10 seconds. Onita and Kojika would be unphased and would chant with the crowd before leaving. Onita's next two booked Big Japan shows will be on October 25th at Shin-Kiba teaming with Great Kojika and Yuichi Taniguchi against Masaya Takahashi, Toshiyuki Sakuda, and Drew Parker and then November 1st for a show in Iwate where he will team up with Great Kojika to take on Brahman Shu and Brahman Kei. Click here for highlights of Atsushi Onita & Great Kojika vs. Masaya Takahashi & Kankuro Hoshino 10/9/19
FREEDOMS would return to Hokkaido on September 8, 2019 as they would announce 234 fans at the Sapporo City Aoi Concarino. The main event would be a Weapons Death Match with Jun Kasai, Masashi Takeda, and Takashi Sasaki defeating the Los Nomadas team of Violento Jack, Mammoth Sasaki, and Ciclope with Kasai picking up the win at 15 minutes, 50 after pinning Ciclope with a Reverse Tiger Driver. Toru Sugiura would continue his build towards the King of Freedom World Championship as he would defeat Miedo Extremo in a singles match at 13 minutes, 49 seconds with the Over Easy. GENTARO would make Katsuo submit at 11 minutes, 47 seconds with a Ground Cobra Twist. Takashi Sasaki would team up with former FMW and WMF wrestler Tomoya Adachi as they would defeat Yuya Susumu and Tomoya Hirata at 9 minutes, 42 seconds after Tomoya would finish off Hirata with his SOD. The opening match would have Unchain's Kenji Fukimoto and Kamui defeat Naoki Kamata and Shunsuke Sayama at 11 minutes, 3 seconds when Fukimoto would put away Sayama for the win.
Their next show in September would be their now annual show at the Zoo on September 16, 2019 where they would run at the Saitama Tobu Animals Park Zoo Event Stage in front of an announced 66 fans for the show. The main event would Toru Sugiura continuing to get pushed for his title match teaming up with Takashi Sasaki and GENTARO and managing to defeat Unchain's Jun Kasai, Masashi Takeda, and Kenji Fukimoto with Sugiura pinning Fukimoto at 16 minutes, 7 seconds with the Over Easy. Minoru Fujita and Kamui would win the semi-main event over Violento Jack and Ciclope when Kamui would pin Ciclope at 9 minutes, 36 seconds with a Kamui Clutch. Mammoth Sasaki and Miedo Extremo would defeat Yuya Susumu and Naoki Kamata at 10 minutes, 1 second when Extremo would put away Kamata with the Miedo Attack. The opening match would be the White Tiger Dragon who last year it was Toru Sugiura defeating Capybara who was once again Tomoya Hirata this year at 8 minutes, 21 seconds when White Tiger would get the win with a Tiger Driver.
FREEDOMS would return to the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on September 26, 2019 for a show entitled "Now! To the 11th Year of FREEDOMS" where they would announce the standard 177 fans in attendance for the show.
The main event would be Toru Sugiura and Takashi Sasaki teaming up against Jun Kasai and Masashi Takeda in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match. All four would end up fight with one another right away with Kasai and Takeda sending Sasaki and Sugiura into the light tubes on one side but Sasaki and Sugiura would come back with drop kicks sending Kasai and Sugiura into the other side of light tubes. Sasaki would go after Kasai with a light tube but Kasai would pull out a knife and begin breaking the light tube with the knife and then try to use the knife on Sasaki who would block it and deliver a round house kick to Kasai. Sugiura would then charge at Kasai in the corner breaking a light tube over him and then setup a stack of light tubes against Kasain the corner as he would deliver a running flip breaking the light tubes over Kasai. Takeda would help out Kasai by placing a light tube behind Sugiura's shoulders and picking him up with a powerbomb followed by Kasai hitting a Pearl Harbor Splash on Sugiura but Sugiura would kick out at one and get up right away and hit a Brainbuster on Kasai followed by his Over Easy finisher with Kasai kicking out at one. Sugiura would then setup a stack of light tubes across Kasai's body and hit a running elbow breaking the light tubes over Kasai for the win at 14 minutes, 12 seconds to setup his title match against Kasai at Korakuen Hall just 5 days later. Click here for highlights of the main event of FREEDOMS 9/26/19
The semi-main event would be Violento Jack, Miedo Extremo, and Ciclope defeating Kenji Fukimoto, Kamui, and Minoru Fujita with Extremo getting the win at 14 minutes, 27 seconds after hitting a Firebird Splash on Fukimoto for the Los Nomadas victory. Yuko Miyamoto would defeat Tomoya Hirata at 12 minutes, 22 seconds with a Moonsault as they continue to slowly build up Hirata having him lose to named veterans. GENTARO would make Karate Brahman submit at 12 minutes to a Ground Octopus Hold. Kenichiro Arai and Yasu Urano would defeat Yuya Susumu and Dragon Libre with Arai pinning Susumu at 11 minutes, 31 seconds with a Schoolboy to setup their UWA Jr. Heavyweight Title Match at Korakuen Hall. The opening match would have Mammoth Sasaki destroying rookie Naoki Kamata at 7 minutes, 38 seconds in a Hardcore Match after getting the win with a Camel Clutch with assistance of a barbed wire bat.
FREEDOMS would hold their 10th Anniversary show on October 1, 2019 at Korakuen Hall drawing an announced 808 fans for the show which has to be a slight disappointment considering their 9th Anniversary show which was to begin the one year build to this show did 717 fans and they had tried building up Toru Sugiura for a majority of this year so at this point the only really significant proven draw for the company is Jun Kasai vs. Masashi Takeda which they are going to go to again for their Christmas Death Match show. The main event of the show would be Jun Kasai defending his King of Freedom World Championship against Toru Sugiura in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Glass Board Death Match.
Kasai would end up sending Sugiura through the first glass board with a German Suplex but Sugiura would come back by smashing a light tube over Kasai's head and then placing him in the corner with the other glass board placed over him as Sugiura would flip himself into the other glass board which would break all over Kasai. Sugiura would then grab a chair with light tubes attached to it and go for a charging elbow but Kasai would manage to just throw the light tube chair at Sugiura's head instead. Kasai would then follow that up with a Reverse Tiger Driver and then place a board with knives over Sugiura's body as he would go up for a Pearl Harbor Splash off a ladder, but Sugiura would manage to flip the board of knives around causing Kasai to land on them instead. Sugiura would then place a stack of light tubes on Kasai and hit a running elbow breaking them over Kasai to get the win at 21 minutes, 15 seconds to become the King of Freedom World Champion. Kasai would end up grabbing the title and giving the title to Sugiura and then hug him for him becoming at the level he has become over the last year with Toru Sugiura now becoming the man in FREEDOMS.
The semi-main event would be a special 10th Anniversary show GENTARO who has been with the promotion since the beginning, Tatsuhito Takaiwa who was a regular the first year of the promotion, and Tomoya Hirata who made his debut in 2017 defeating Takashi Sasaki who created the promotion, Isami Kodaka who wrestled some early FREEDOMS shows the first couple of years but was not really a fixture, and Shunsuke Sayama who has become an outside regular the past year with Hirata picking up the win at 14 minutes, 44 seconds after hitting Sayama with a German Suplex for the win with Sasaki and GENTARO who wrestled in the first FREEDOMS match back on September 2, 2009 embracing afterwards.
There would be a Unchain vs. Los Nomadas Single Elimination Weapons Death Match with Masashi Takeda, Kenji Fukimoto, Minoru Fujita, and Kamui defeating Violento Jack, Mammoth Sasaki, Miedo Extremo, and Ciclope. Violento Jack would be the first eliminated after fighting with Minoru Fujita on the apron and Takeda would manage to eliminate Jack at 6 minutes, 37 seconds after dropkicking him off the apron to the outside for the Over the Top elimination. Los Nomadas would tie it up 3 to 3 after Ciclope would eliminate Minoru Fujita at 9 minutes, 18 seconds after hitting with a Diving Footstomp. The Los Nomadas would then take the lead after Ciclope would hit a drop kick on Takeda sending him to the apron at 11 minutes, 55 seconds for the Over the Top elimination. Mammoth Sasaki and Kamui would end up eliminating each other as Mammoth would go for a choke slam off the top rope but Kamui would end up spitting blue mist in Mammoth's face and delivering a hurricanrana sending them both out of the ring at 12 minutes, 58 seconds for the over the top elimination. This would leave Kenji Fukimoto against both Miedo Extremo and Ciclope with Fukimoto first eliminating Ciclope at 14 minutes, 19 seconds and then eliminating Miedo Extremo at 16 minutes, 7 seconds with a Package Piledriver for the Unchain win. This would be Miedo Extremo and Ciclope's final match in Japan for the time being as they would go back to Mexico after this show.
Yuya Susumu would win back the UWA Jr. Heavyweight Title after defeating Kenichiro Aria at 9 minutes, 10 seconds with the Front Crash. Chikara and Dragon Libre would defeat Brahman Shu and Brahman Kei after Chikara would pick up the win over Kei at 9 minutes, 21 seconds with a Saber Chop. Naoki Kamata would wrestle his first Death Match in a Barbed wire Board Death Match against Takashi Sasaki with Sasaki getting the victory at 8 minutes, 12 seconds after putting the bloody Kamata in a Sharpshooter on a barbed wire board for the submission win. You can click here to watch highlights of FREEDOMS 10th Anniversary show.
FREEDOMS were to hold a show on October 13, 2019 at the Mie Yokkaichi City Workers Citizen Exchange Center which was to be promoted by Dragon Libre his first time promoting a show with the main event of Toru Sugiura, Takashi Sasaki, and Dragon Libre against Jun Kasai, Kenji Fukimoto, and Kamui in a Hardcore Match but the show would end up having to be canceled due to Typhoon Haibis hitting Mie the day before. Fans that had bought tickets were refunded with no return date announced.
The next FREEDOMS show will take place on October 24, 2019 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring with the main event of Toru Sugiura and Violento Jack teaming up for the first time against Masashi Takeda and Kamui in a Death Match. One would think that Jack will either turn on Sugiura here or challenge him after the match to be the first challenger for Sugiura's title at an upcoming show. Takashi Sasaki and Mammoth Sasaki team up randomly as well to take on Jun Kasai and Kenji Fukimoto in the semi-main event of the show. Kikutaro returns to FREEDOMS to take on Kikutaro. Yuya Susumu and Tomoya Hirata team up to take on the team of Gunso and Mataro Aoki. Naoki Kamata continues his trial to one day become a Death Match wrestler as he will face off against Minoru Fujitra in a Hardcore Match and Dragon Libre will open the show against Shunsuke Sayama.
FREEDOMS announced a good portion of their 2020 schedule. The first show will be the annual January 3rd tournament show at Shin-Kiba before Takashi Sasaki will once again promote his Pro-Wrestling Sengoku show at the Tokyo Dome to allow small independent wrestlers the chance to wrestle inside the Tokyo Dome while many exhibitions from other companies are going on at the same time while on the field of the Tokyo Dome. The big change this year is that they will be starting at Korakuen Hall earlier in the year as the first show will take place on February 10th (which I feel like will be the return of Daisuke Masaoka) before running their annual March show at the building on March 31st. The annual May 2nd show will instead take place on May 1st this year. The early July Korakuen Hall show will now be moved to July 28th followed by the late August show taking place on August 31st before returning on October 4th and finishing the year with the annual Christmas Death Match show on December 25th.
It was also announced through GCW that FREEDOMS will be running their first shows in the USA at WrestleMania weekend from April 2-4 at the Cuban Club in Tampa, Florida. I would imagine the entire roster will be coming in for these shows.
Atsushi Onita would return to the A-Team promotion for the first time in 10 months and first time since return from retirement match back on October 28, 2018. This show would be on September 8, 2019 at the Nara Company Seiwa Logistics Koryo Warehouse Special Ring and would announce a crowd of 380 fans for the show. Atsushi Onita would team up with Keita Yano and Raiden against HASEGAWA, TORU, and Masahiro Sase in a Exploding Barbed wire Baseball Bat Street Fight Falls Count Anywhere Death Match with Yano turning on Onita after Onita had accidentally hit Yano during the match. This would result in Yano officially being put on the other team against Onita's team during the match leaving it to be just Onita and Raiden against the four wrestlers with Onita still managing to pick up the win at 12 minutes, 1 seconds after pinning Yano after hitting him with the exploding bat to get the win.
The semi-main event would have Daisaku Shimoda defend his WEW Heavyweight Title against Daisuke Ikeda and get a huge win as he would defeat Ikeda at 12 minutes, 41 seconds after making him tap out to defend his title for the third time. Tomohiko Hashimoto and Gajo would become the number one contender for the WEW Tag Team Titles after defeating Naoki Tanizaki and Takumi Sakurai after Gajo would pin Sakurai at 14 minutes, 42 seconds with a Diving Body Press. Nobutaka Moribe and Rion Mizuki would defeat Yoon Kang Chul and SHIHO when Moribe would pin SHIHO at 15 minutes, 20 seconds with a Saison. Takeshi Irei would defeat Raito Shimizu at 9 minutes, 20 seconds after making him submit to a Scorpion Death Lock. Randy Preyer, Bryan Ishizaka, and Kazuki Enosawa would get the win over Tadanobu Fujisawa, Michio Kageyama, and Takeshi Mabayu when Preyer would get the pinfall over Mabayu at 12 minutes, 21 seconds with a lariat. The opening match would be Yuna defeating KONOHA at 8 minutes, 46 seconds with a Diving Mochi Drop.
The A-Team would then return to the Tokyo Kitasenju Theater 1010 on September 29, 2019 drawing an announced crowd of 120 fans for the show. The main event would be GENTARO returning to the promotion would win the WEW Jr. Heavyweight Title against Nobutaka Moribe at 16 minutes, 43 seconds after making him tap out. Kintaro Kanemura would come out afterwards making his first appearance for the promotion that is based from his Apache Army promotion and would end up doing the TNR Dance to end the show much like the Apache Army shows would end with him as the ace of the company.
The semi-main event would be Tomohiko Hashimoto and Gajo winning the WEW Tag Team Titles from Daisuke Ikeda and Keiichi Sato after Gajo would get the pin over Sato at 16 minutes, 43 seconds with a Diving Body Press. This will be Hashimoto's eight time as WEW Tag Team Champion in seven years all with different partners. The next match would be built as the person to get the win would become the number one contender for the WEW Jr. Heavyweight Title as HASEGAWA, Raiden, and Rion Mizuki would defeat Naoki Tanizaki, TORU, and Takumi Sakurai, with HASEGAWA getting the pinfall over Sakurai at 10 minutes, 22 seconds with a Moonsault to earn himself a shot at GENTARO's WEW Jr. Heavyweight Title at the next A-Team show. Randy Preyer, Hazard, and Bryan Ishizaka would defeat Daisaku Shimoda, HASHINOSUKE, and Ceska when Preyer would get the win at 13 minutes, 35 seconds with a Lariat. The opening match would have Masahiro Sase defeat Naoshi Sano at 6 minutes, 26 seconds with a DDT in a battle of wrestlers that have a lot of money.
The next A-Team show will be on October 20, 2019 at the Tokyo Kitasenju White Studio with the main event of Daisaku Shimoda defending his WEW World Title against Gajo. GENTARO will also defend his WEW Jr. Heavyweight Title against HASEGAWA in the semi-main event. Nobutaka Moribe and Raiden will team up against Rion Mizuki and Keiichi Sato. Randy Preyer will continue to get built up to possibly challenge for the WEW Title as he will take on Naoshi Sano. Tomohiko Hashimoto teams up with Hazard and Bambi against Takumi Sakura, Bryan Ishizaka, and Cheska. The opening match will be Daisuke Ikeda going up against HASHINOSUKE.
Satoru Shiga best known as Shadow WX made his first public appearance since October 2013 when it was announced that he had suffered an injury. WX announced that he had Basdow's disease which is a disorder causes hyperthyroidism which eventually resulted in him being diagnosed with thyroid cancer as well as dealing with cerebral infarction which is a blockage of the brain resulting in a lack of blood and oxygen to the brain all while trying to deal with getting surgery for ligament damage. Because of needing multiple surgeries because of all his health issue he and Big Japan decided he would no longer be contracted by them at the start of 2015. WX announced that he has been dealing with his health issues for the past 6 years and is now at a point that he would like resurrect his pro-wrestling career. WX announced on September 10, 2019 at a press conference that he will be starting his own death match promotion called Major Leaguers Wrestling (MLW). The first show will be held on December 13, 2019 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring in Tokyo and the second show will take place on December 15, 2019 at the Osaka Tsurumi Hanamizuki Hall. WX stated he has dealt with loneliness the last couple of years and he is training every day to make his return to the ring and feels this is a way of helping contribute to the world by opening more job opportunities to wrestlers and wrestling staff members.
Shadow WX stated he would like his friend The Winger to wrestle for MLW when it starts up. WX's final match in Big Japan before taking a hiatus was to put The Winger over on October 3, 2015. The Winger has also vanished from pro-wrestling ever since his 25th Anniversary put on by FREEDOMS back in November 2016. The Winger began ghosting Takashi Sasaki and everyone in wrestling after the show resulting in Sasaki not being able to renew The Winger's contract with FREEDOMS after nearly a year resulting in him being a free agent. I spoke with The Winger's wife in regards to this who told me that The Winger has been dealing with a neck injury forcing him away from the ring as well as deal with issues in regards to their their marriage as he has needed to get away from wrestling as a result.
Former FMW wrestler Rick Bognar who went by the name Big Titan passed away on September 20, 2019 due to undisclosed reason. It was not known of his passing until his brother posted it on his Facebook on September 28th about his brother's passing. Bognar began working FMW in 1991 through Fred Jung who was a promoter of an independent promotion in Calgary and Ricky Fuji who worked together on bringing in independent wrestlers from Calgary like Titan as well as Chris Jericho. Titan was going by the name Rick Titan but a translation error caused him to be listed as Big Titan instead. Big Titan made his FMW debut on September 13, 1991 where they put him along with foreign wrestlers The Gladiator and Horace Boulder who had already been with the promotion for a year at that point. Titan worked the first FMW show at Kawasaki Stadium on that tour on September 23, 1991 where he teamed with The Gladiator in defeating Ricky Fuji and Sambo Asako in a Elimination Street Fight.
They were very high on Titan as they brought him back to team up with The Gladiator in their Tag Team Tournament that year that went through November to December. The next tour they had Titan defeat Atsushi Onita on January 15, 1992 in Kobe in just his third tour for the WWA Martial Heavyweight Title which was the top belt in FMW at the time. He did not hold it long though as he dropped the title the very next show on January 30, 1992 in Osaka as he was the definition of a transition champion to get the belt off Onita and to put it on Goto so that Goto could lose it to Leon Spinks to set up the big Onita vs. Spinks show for the title in May 1992. The whole title belt exchange was very disheartening to Titan as he felt they did not give him a shot to really run with the title belt and it showed he was not really in their top plans to ever be a main event guy in the promotion which turned out to be correct. Titan would go on to join The Gladiator and Ricky Fuji when Ricky would turn heel in January 1993 and form Team Canada. They would be the top heels of the promotion until Mr. Pogo would come back from W*ING in July 1993 and take over that stop although they would continue to be protect. The Gladiator and Big Titan would win the FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Tournament in January 1994 to become the first team to hold those championship titles until losing them on April 21, 1994 to Mr. Pogo and Hisakatsu Oya. The team would then split up on May 5, 1994 at Kawasaki Stadium after a miscommunication spot left The Gladiator turning on Titan and leaving Team Canada as he was not even Canadian to begin with. This would result in a series of singles matches between the two with The Gladiator getting the first two wins over Titan on July 31, 1994 in Yokohama and their most famous match on August 28, 1994 in Osaka before Titan would get the win on September 7, 1994 in Sapporo followed by The Gladiator getting the last win on December 9, 1994 at Korakuen Hall in what would be Titan's last match with FMW.
FMW did not really have anything more plan to do with Big Titan at the time and with the uncertainty of FMW's future coming up with Atsushi Onita retiring in May, Titan was contacted by WAR to join them with a raise and several other Canadian friends to tour with including Chris Jericho and Lance Storm. He worked WAR from 1995 to 1996 when WWF offered him a job to become the Fake Razor Ramon which is what he sadly is best remembered for in wrestling. That gimmick would flame out shortly and he would end up in USWA in 1997 back as Rick Titan before getting a spot to tour with New Japan in 1998 where he worked returning under the Big Titan name as a member of NWO Japan until March 1999 when injuries would force him to retire from wrestling full time with his last match coming in June 2000 in Calgary. He would go on to become a motivational speaker in Canada and would do many interviews talking about his wrestling career and would address the sadness of The Gladiator Mike Awesome's passing wishing he had still be in Mike's life at the time to possibly try and change the outcome of it.
Titan's passing at the age of 49 came to a complete shock to those that knew him as there was no illness known other than him being diabetic. It was a sudden death as he had posted on Facebook earlier in the month and had talked about doing some upcoming podcasts. He is sadly another member of the FMW Family to pass away before the age of 50.
Megumi Kudo who had vanished from social media for two years ended up reappearing following her 50th Birthday back on September 20, 2019. She acknowledged being away for two years but did not say anything in regards to it and she has restarted back up her blog as well as created an Instagram account. She had previously had a Facebook account but did not post anything for two years before finally getting rid of it this summer. Kudo announced that she will be holding her first talk event in 5 years on October 22, 2019 in Shibuya, Tokyo (only fans that have bought tickets will be notified of the exact location) when she and Shark Tsuchiya will talk about their careers together in the first time they will be meeting since an Onita Pro show back in April 2001. This show is being promoted by Mickey Ibaragi who had previously held a talking event with Kintaro Kanemura and Shoji Nakamaki earlier this year. Kudo had promoted several talk events from 2012-2014 along with Hayabusa, Combat Toyoda, Masato Tanaka, and Ricky Fuji to talk FMW stories with the audience but had stopped doing them after getting a job with ZERO1 in 2015 to help promote their Super Fireworks sub promotion that she would do until 2017 before making an appearance back in August 2019 for the seldom used sub promotion. The event on the October 22nd besides being a talk event will also be a one month late birthday celebration for Megumi Kudo.
I just wanted to give everyone an update on the public YouTube page. It has taken over a month, but I am almost finished putting back every episode of the History of FMW on YouTube. I have learned through the process that the trick is to place a water mark logo over the Samurai TV logo. The problem is after Samurai TV logo switched to HD in 2012 the Samurai TV logo moved on the screen so just placing a water mark logo on the screen one time will work as I have to go through and check out every second of each video to make sure that a watermark logo is placed over where the Samurai TV logo is to make sure to keep these videos up. I messed up twice early on in this process and missed placing the watermark logo over the Samurai TV logo for 10-15 seconds and got two strikes as a result, but they did not touch any video that had the watermark placed correctly the entire time, so at least it proved to me that this method will work and I will be able to keep these videos for the public to watch, I just can not screw up again. I will start to work on getting the career music videos back up as well although all these videos are already up with no watermark logo on the History of FMW/Career Music Video page. My plan is to complete 50 episodes which will take me to going over 2020 with my goal of completing this around December 2020. The current Playlist can be found by clicking this link.
I also wanted to bring attention that I am selling DVD's/MP4's of other promotions non FMW related that you can find at the Video Library page. I have gone through and organized a bunch of my Michinoku Pro, W*ING, Guts World, Stardom, World Japan/Riki Pro, mostly 1990's All Japan, early and current NOAH, WAR, and just some miscellaneous videos as well for those that are interested in obtaining some older footage that is not readily available on the internet.
Tokyo Kitasenju White Studio
Daisaku Shimoda vs. Gajo *WEW World Title Match*
GENTARO vs. HASEGAWA *WEW Jr. Heavyweight Title Match*
Nobutaka Moribe & Raiden vs. Rion Mizuki & Keiichi Sato
Randy Preyer vs. Naoshi Sano
Tomohiko Hashimoto & Hazard & Bambi vs. Takumi Sakurai & Bryan Ishizaka & Chesuka
Daisuke Ikeda vs. HASHINOSUKE
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
Toru Sugiura & Violento Jack vs. Masashi Takeda & Kamui *Death Match*
Takashi Sasaki & Mammoth Sasaki vs. Jun Kasai & Kenji Fukimoto
GENTARO vs. Kikutaro
Yuya Susumu & Tomoya Hirata vs. Gunso & Matoro Aoki
Minoru Fujita vs. Naoki Kamata *Hardcore Match*
Dragon Libre vs. Shunsuke Sayama
Big Japan 10/25/19
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
Atsushi Onita & Great Kojika & Yuichi Taniguchi vs. Masaya Takahashi & Toshiyuki Sakuda & Drew Parker *Death Match*
Ryuichi Kawakami & Kazumi Kikuta vs. Daichi Hashimoto & Hideyoshi Kamitani *Big Japan Tag Team Tournament Match*
Ryuji Ito & Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuko Miyamoto vs. Abdullah Kobayashi & Orca Uto & Drew Parker
Ryota Hama & Yasufumi Nakanoue & Kazuki Hashimoto vs. Takuya Nomura & Akira Hyodo & Yuki Ishikawa
Yuji Okabayashi & Yuya Aoki vs. Kota Sekifuda & Takuho Kato
Frank Atsushi vs. Kikutaro
Tokyo Yasukuni Shrine Sumo Place
Yuji Hino vs. Shogun Okamoto *World Heavyweight Title Match*
Masato Tanaka & Takuya Sugawara vs. Yuko Miyamoto & Masashi Takeda *NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Titles Match*
Shinjiro Otani vs. Daichi Hashimoto
Kohei Sato & Yasu Kubota & TARU vs. SUGI & Hide Kubota & RAICHO
Ikuto Hidaka & Fuminori Abe vs. Chris Vice & Yoshikazu Yokoyama
Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs. Super Tiger
Towa Iwasaki vs. Tsugataka Sato
Jun Kasai Productions 10/27/19
Osaka Hirano Kumin Hall
Big Japan 11/1/19
Iwate Prefectural Gym
Ryuji Ito & Daisuke Sekimoto & Abdullah Kobayashi vs. Yuji Okabayashi & Ryuichi Kawakami & Takuya Nomura
Masaya Takahashi & Yuki Ishikawa vs. Kankuro Hoshino & Drew Parker *Death Match*
Atsushi Onita & Great Kojika vs. Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei
Ryota Hama & Yasufumi Nakanoue vs. Orca Uto & Kazumi Kikuta
Kazuki Hashimoto & Yuya Aoki vs. Toshiyuki Sakuda & Kota Sekifuda
Takuho Kato vs. Akira Hyodo
Tokyo Machida Best Western Hotel
Big Japan 11/4/19
Tokyo Ryogoku Sumo Hall
Isami Kodaka vs. Yuko Miyamoto *BJW Death Match Heavyweight
Title Four Giant Boards Ladder Death Match*
Kohei Sato vs. Daichi Hashimoto *BJW Strong Heavyweight Title Match*
Ryuji Ito & Takashi Sasaki vs. Jun Kasai & Toshiyuki Sakuda *Death Match*
Daisuke Sekimoto & WALTER vs. Yuji Okabayashi & Yuji Hino
Yuya Aoki vs. TAJIRI vs. Tatsuhiko Yoshino vs. Kota Sekifuda *BJW Jr. Heavyweight Title 4 Way Match*
Masaya Takahashi & Rickey Shane Page vs. Masashi Takeda & Takumi Tsukamoto *Tack Strip Death Match*
Hideyoshi Kamitani & Takuya Nomura & Fuminori Abe vs. Shigehiro Irei & T-Hawk & El Lindaman
Jake Lee & Naoya Nomura vs. Ryuichi Kawakami & Kazumi Kikuta
Great Kojika & The Great Sasuke & Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei & Kankuro Hoshino vs. Abdullah Kobayashi & Hideki Suzuki & Shinobu & Orca Uto & Drew Parker
Ryota Hama & Yasufumi Nakanoue & Kazuki Hashimoto vs. Takuho Kato & Akira Hyodo & Yuki Ishikawa
Atsushi Onita & Sanshiro Takagi Productions 11/17/19
Yokohama Tsurumi Fruit Market
Atsushi Onita & Kenichiro Arai & Mystery Partner vs. Sanshiro Takagi & Shinya Aoki & Mystery Partner
Tokyo Kitasenju Theater 1010
Kazuyuki Fujita & Masato Tanaka vs. Tomohiko
Hashimoto & HASEGAWA
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
Tokyo Kitasenju White Studio
Tochigi Oyama City Bunka Center
Jun Kasai Productions 12/25/19
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
Takashi Sasaki Productions 1/14/20
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
Yokohama Radiant 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: 10/17)
Atsushi Onita would make his Big Japan debut on August 25, 2019 at the Nagoya International Conference Hall. Onita and Great Kojika were never close while both in All Japan and then Kojika started up a rival death match promotion towards the end of Onita's run of owning his FMW and as a result there was never any desire on both sides to bring in Onita. Onita ended up facing off against Great Kojika in a tag match at the Giant Baba Memorial Sumo Hall show right before Onita's double knee replacement surgery. That tag match got Onita and Kojika talking for the first time in years and through Kojika it was agreed upon for Onita to work for Big Japan as a special attraction with the first show being at Big Japan's Death Mania III.
Atsushi Onita and Great Kojika would team up to take on the team of Masashi Aoyagi and Masaya Takahashi. This match marks the 30th Anniversary that Onita and Aoyagi went up against each other on July 2, 1989 in WKA in a Different Style Match that Onita got DQ'd for that resulted in the creation of FMW later that month and the main event of the first ever main event for FMW on October 6, 1989 in Nagoya.
Onita would go right after Takahashi and begin brawling with him outside the ring as Aoyagi and Kojika would brawl outside. Onita would end up crutching Takahashi against the turnbuckle with both Onita and Kojika pulling his leg. Onita would get back in the ring and throw Takahashi into the barbed wire board but as he would charge at Takahashi he would end up moving out of the way and Onita would go into the barbed wire board. Takahashi would begin smashing Onita with a chair. Takahashi would put Onita in a Spinning Toe Hold with Onita spitting red mist in Takahashi's face and delivering a DDT to him. Onita would tag in Kojika who would go for a piledriver on Takahashi but Aoyagi would come in and begin delivering karate kicks to Kojika. Takahashi would then grab a hold of Onita with Aoyagi charging at him and Onita would spit red mist in Aoyagi's face and Onita would smash a chair over Aoyagi's head with Kojika rolling Aoyagi with a school boy with Aoyagi kicking out at two but the referee still making the count to give Onita and Kojika the win at 7 minutes, 54 seconds in a horrible looking spot. Onita and Aoyagi would continue to brawl after the match as this would be the third time their rivalry has been reset despite the two hugging and putting an end to their feuds in 1989 and 2017. Onita and Kojika would shake hands afterwards with Onita agreeing to work future Big Japan shows coming up.
Onita's next show in Big Japan will be on October 9th at the Hokkaido Shiraoi General Gym where no match has been announced yet. The next match will then be on his 62nd Birthday which will be on October 25, 2019 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring which will be Yuichi Taniguchi's 25th Anniversary show where Onita will team up with Taniguchi and Great Kojika against Masaya Takahashi, Takayuki Ueki, and Toshiyuki Sakuda in a Death Match. Taniguchi was in the original Big Japan Dojo class along with Ryuji Yamakawa and Abdullah Kobayashi and even though Taniguchi is very limited these days he has a job as an opening match comedy guy due to having a job for life for starting out with the promotion. Taniguchi got into wrestling as he was a huge Onita fan during that time and jumped at the chance at joining the new Death Match promotion Dojo when Big Japan started up. I have even seen pictures of a young Taniguchi in the 90's following Onita around screaming for him as a fan.
The next show will take place on November 1, 2019 in Iwate for what will be Ryuji Ito's 20th Anniversary show with no matches announced so far although the show is being promoted as a Great Kojika promoted show much like a Jun Kasai promoted show is for FREEDOMS.
The next day Atsushi Onita would revise his feud with Kazuyuki Fujita as he would team up with Kazusada Higuchi and Ken Oka to take on Kazuyuki Fujita, Minoru Fujita going by FUJITA, and NOSAWA Rongai in a Barbed wire Board Death Match. This would be the first time that Onita would be wrestling at Korakuen Hall since his October 31, 2017 retirement show and it would be the first time Onita would face off against Fujita since that same show which Kazuyuki Fujita had attacked Onita after the match and stated he wanted to face Onita again because Onita would come out of retirement again.
Onita would go after Fujita right away and they would brawl in the crowd before NOSAWA would intercept Onita and throw him in the ring and begin attacking him with a chair but Onita would end up grabbing the chair and smashing it over NOSAWA's head. Onita would then smash the chair over Fujita's head who would no sell it and throw Onita outside the ring. NOSAWA would bring in a table but Onita would smash NOSAWA's head against the table and then piledrive NOSAWA through the table and get a two count. Fujita would then grab Onita and put him in a sleeper. FUJITA would then grab a hold of Onita as Fujita would charge at Onita with a barbed wire bat when Onita would spit his red mist in Fujita's face and give FUJITA a stunner. Onita would then toss NOSAWA into the barbed wire board. Onita would then take the broken table piece and smash it over FUJITA's head and then NOSAWA's head and give NOSAWA a Thunder Fire Powerbomb with FUJITA making the save for NOSAWA. Fujita would then pick up Onita and slam him into the barbed wire board with Onita kicking out. NOSAWA would then go to smash the chair over Onita's head but he would be met with red mist in his face instead and Onita would smash the chair over NOSAWA's head multiple times and multiple Thunder Fire Powerbombs before getting the win over NOSAWA at 12 minutes, 54 seconds as Onita would show respect to NOSAWA afterwards by helping him up which Fujita would take exception to and begin kicking Onita and get in Onita's face afterwards before leaving the ring. Onita would do a mini Onita Theater outside the ring with the crowd before walking out.
Atsushi Onita announced that he will be holding a talk event in Nagoya on October 31, 2019 with former FMW wrestlers although the only one that has been announced is Crusher Maedomari who is based out of Nagoya. Onita stated that he will tell FMW secrets that have never been told before as this event will symbolize the 30th Anniversary of FMW's first show
The Death Match Carnival for FREEDOMS would continue at the Osaka Tsurumi Green Grounds Hall on July 28, 2019 where they would draw an announce 401 fans for the show. Last year they originally were going to have the show outside which they had done previously but because of a threat of a tsunami which ended up going nowhere near Osaka they moved it to the building right to it and the show was considered a success financially and quality wise and they will probably continue to run the building every year in late July going forward. You can watch clips of the top two matches at https://youtu.be/TnoiF0K8EyU
The main event would be the Unchain team of Jun Kasai, Masashi Takeda, Kamui, and Kenji Fukimoto taking on the Los Nomadas team of Violento Jack, Mammoth Sasaki, Miedo Extremo, and Ciclope in a Scaffold Fluorescent Light Tubes Glass Board Barbed wire Board Death Match. Kasai and Jack would brawl on top of the ring truck set up on the outskirts of the building with Jack picking up Kasai and and tossing him off into a guard rail that had been set up on a stack of chairs next to the truck. Mammoth would bring in the glass board into the ring and hit Kamui with a Mammoth Home Run causing him to go flying into and breaking the glass board in the corner. Takeda would come in the ring and suplex both Mammoth and Jack at the same time followed by Kamui diving off the scaffold onto Jack and Mammoth. Kasai would then hit a lariat on Extremo and hit the Pearl Harbor Splash off the scaffold with Jack making the save for Extremo. Mammoth would then hit a lariat on Kasai followed by Mammoth and Jack hitting a lariat at the same time on Fukimoto and Ciclope would come off the scaffold with a stack of light tubes on Fukimoto with the Unchain members making the save for their partner. Takeda would then hit a suplex on Ciclope and then setup some light tubes next to Ciclope and deliver a running knee breaking the light tubes all over Ciclope and then get the win at 18 minutes, 35 seconds with a U Crash on a stack of light tubes for the Unchain win.
Toru Sugiura would take on Minoru Fujita in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Ladder Death Match in the semi-main event of the show. The ladder would come into play early as Sugiura and Fujita would both do side Russian leg sweeps into it before Sugiura would end up hitting a tope con hilo to the outside and follow that up by placing Fujita in the corner with light tubes pressed up against him as Sugiura would hit a running flip into him breaking the light tubes over him and then place another set of light tubes over Fujita and hit a running strike at them breaking them across his body. Sugiura would then go for the finish by hitting a Swift Driver and then finish Fujita off with another elbow to the light tube placed on Fujita to get the win at 18 minutes, 50 seconds as Sugiura's push continues.
Yuya Susumu would team up with Dragon Libre and Yasu Urano would defeat the team of Naoki Tanizaki, brother YASSHI, and Kohei Kinoshita with Susumu picking up the win at 14 minutes, 3 seconds with a Front Crash. Brahman Shu and Kei would defeat GENTARO and Tomoya Hirata when Kei would pin Hirata at 10 minutes, 4 seconds with his Unsatisfied finisher. TORU and Tida Heat would defeat Takashi Sasaki and his Osaka comedy buddy Dyna Mido when Heat would pin Mido at 10 minutes, 13 seconds with a Foot Stomping Shooting Star Press. The opening match would be Osaka comedy wrestler who is a masked wrestler that carries a stuff horse around his waist Idea who would defeat Naoki Kamata at 7 minutes, 24 seconds after making him tap out for the win.
FREEDOMS would then co-promote a show with small independent promotion Gamusara Pro which is based out of Southern Japan for a show on August 3, 2019 at the Fukuoka Moji Red Brick Place with no attendance announced. The main event would be a bloody brawl between Jun Kasai and Masashi Takeda against Gamusara's Tessho and Yoju in a Hardcore Match with Takeda getting the win over Tessho at 14 minutes, 4 seconds when Takeda would pin Tessho to conclude the show with FREEDOMS getting 5 wins over Gamusara's two. The semi-main event would be Los Nomadas consisting of Violento Jack, Miedo Extremo, and Ciclope defeating YASU, TOSSHI, and Trueno Guerrero with Jack picking up the win at 10 minutes, 44 seconds over TOSSHI. Takashi Sasaki, Toru Sugiura, and Naoki Kamata would defeat KENTA, Tsuchiya Crazy, and Rising Hayato when Sugiura would get the win at 14 minutes, 35 seconds over not that KENTA. The Gamusara promotion would get their biggest win of the night when SMITH, HIROYA, and Samson Sawada would defeat GENTARO, Yuya Susumu, and Tomoya Hirata when Susumu and Hirata would turn on GENTARO after acting like a heel all match and all five would end up pinning GENTARO at 10 minutes, 11 seconds to give Gamusara the win. Kamui and Kenji Fukimoto would defeat MIKIHISA and Goemon (not Koji Nakagawa) when Fukimoto would pick up the win at 10 minutes, 19 seconds over MIKIHISA. Mammoth Sasaki would have a three on one match against Dynamite Kyushu, BIG-T, and Takechan Man with Mammoth putting away BIG-T at 6 minutes, 49 seconds to put Mammoth over like he would do in WMF against the small indie wrestlers. The opening match would be Riki Raita defeating Dragon Libre at 10 minutes, 21 seconds to give Gamusara their first win of the night.
Kumamoto Pro would find a huge sponsor to hold an all star show on August 4, 2019 at the Kumamoto Grand Messe where they would announced 529 fans. The show would consist of every FREEDOMS wrestler on the card with the main event being Violento Jack challenging Jun Kasai for the King of Freedom World Championship in a Glass Board Weapons Death Match. Jack would end up throwing Kasai into a glass board in the corner early on in the match. Kasai come back and manage to suplex Jack into a board of broken cans. Kasai would then climb up to the top and honor Harley Race by delivering a diving headbutt while shouting Race's name. Kasai would then place the other glass board on a stack of chairs and lay it over Jack's body but as Kasai would climb to the top, Jack would get up and climb the top rope as well, but Kasai would shove Jack off sending him through the glass board. Kasai would then hit a Pearl Harbor Splash on Jack but Jack would get right up and deliver a brainbuster to Kasai. Kasai would again come back with a lariat and then hit the One Wing Angel by screaming out Kenny Omega's name and then deliver a Reverse Tiger Driver. Kasai would then set then up a stack of light tubes over Jack and hit the Pearl Harbor Splash on him breaking the light tubes for the win at 14 minutes, 45 seconds to defend the King of Freedom World Championship for the sixth time. Highlights of this match can be found at https://youtu.be/DZJV-R4Qo4c
The semi-main event would be a Fluorescent Light Tower Death Match between Miedo Extremo and Ciclope as they would defeat the team of Isami Kodaka and Yuko Miyamoto when Extremo would end up getting the win at 13 minutes, 35 seconds with a Moonsault while holding a light tube breaking it over Miyamoto for the win. Masashi Takeda and Takumi Tsukamoto would defeat Kenji Fukimoto and Tomoya Hirata in a Barbed wire Board Weapons Death Match at 12 minutes, 15 seconds when Takeda would hit the Reverse U Crash on Hirata. There would be a Single Elimination Match between the FREEDOMS team of Takashi Sasaki, GENTARO, Toru Sugiura, Kamui, and Dragon Libre defeating the Real Lucha Libre promotion team of Van Vean Jack, Van Veal Negro, El Faruko, Useyer, and Sacrament in a Single Elimination Match with one member of the FREEDOMS team surviving the match although there was no listing of who was the surviving member of the FREEDOMS team. The first match consisting of FREEDOMS wrestlers on the show saw Yuji Hino and Yuta Suzuki defeat Mammoth Sasaki and Naoki Kamata at 10 minutes, 55 seconds when Hino pinned Kamata with the Fucking Bomb.
The annual Unchain show would take place for FREEDOMS on August 11, 2019 as they would announce a crowd of 296 fans for the show. The main event would be Miedo Extremo and Ciclope defending their GCW Tag Team Titles against Masashi Takeda and Ciclope in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match. Takeda would end up setting up a light tube across Ciclope's shoulder and deliver a Powerbomb causing the light tube to breaking across his body followed by Fukimoto hitting a Package Piledriver on Ciclope with Ciclope kicking out. Ciclope would get his revenge by placing a light tube on Fukimoto's head and stomping at it breaking the light tube across Fukimoto's head. Extremo would then place light tubes over Fukimoto and hit a Moonsault on him followed by Ciclope coming off the top with light tubes breaking across Fukimoto once again to get the pin at 16 minutes, 54 seconds to successfully defend the GCW Tag Team Titles for the ninth time.
The semi-main event would be Violento Jack and Mammoth Sasaki defending their King of Freedom Tag Team Championship against Minoru Fujita and Kamui in a Barbed wire Board TLC Weapons Death Match. Kamui would climb up to the top rope but Mammoth would grab him by his throat and deliver a choke slam off the top rope. Jack and Fujita would brawl on the apron with Jack piledriving Fujita off the apron through a table. Fujita would come back with a dive off the top with a barbed wire bat on Jack and follow that up with a Tombstone Piledriver on Jack. Fujita would try to deliver a Frankensteiner on Jack through a barbed wire board but Jack would punch him low and hit the Amaturan on the barbed wire board for the win at 18 minutes, 14 seconds to successfully defend the King of Freedom Tag Team Titles as Jack himself has now held half of the tag titles for over 15 months straight now.
Jun Kasai would team up with non Unchain member Tomoya Hirata as they would take on the mystery team that would be revealed as Gunso and Mataro Aoki. Gunso would hit a Guillotine Drop on Hirata and then pull out an ice pick and begin cutting Hirata with it. Kasai would make the save for Hirata and begin using the ice pick on Gunso followed by Hirata hitting a powerbomb on Gunso. Hirata would go after Gunso with the ice pick but Gunso would move out of the way with Gunso going after it. Referee Barb Sasaki would get between the two trying to get rid of the ice pick when Hirata would pick him up and powerslam him resulting in the referee DQ'ing him at 11 minutes, 58 seconds with Kasai and Gunso continuing to fight over the ice pick afterwards. Kasai and Gunso would have words afterwards with both grabbing each other by the throat as a sign that Gunso was officially out as a member of Unchain after joining the group following a match against Kasai on December 26, 2016 at Korakuen Hall.
Toru Sugiura would defeat Yuya Susumu at 11 minutes, 25 seconds with his Over Easy finisher. Takashi Sasaki would defeat Dragon Libre and Naoki Kamata in a Handicap Match at 10 minutes, 12 seconds as Sasaki would make both Libre and Kamata submit to his Scorpion Death Lock. Former Unchain member Captain Abnormal who is Masato Inaba under a mask was originally suppose to be on the show but it was announced he canceled with no reason given so he would not appear on the show. He was suppose to face off against Chikara who he last faced off against at the Unchain show in 2018 that was apparently so bad that it was cut off DVD. This year GENTARO would take his place with GENTARO picking up the win at 10 minutes, 2 seconds after putting Chikara in the STF and the referee having to stop the match for the GENTARO win.
The annual Jun Kasai August Hiroshima show took place on August 25, 2019 at the Hiroshima Industry Hall East Building announced a crowd of 476 fans for the show. There has been no announcement of any airing of this show so I would imagine it will be a DVD exclusive like last years show was. The main event was a U.S. vs. Japan Death Match with Jun Kasai and Masashi Takeda taking on SHLAK and Alex Colon in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match with Kasai getting the win at 15 minutes, 24 seconds with a Reverse Tiger Driver over Colon for the pin. Violento Jack and Yuko Miyamoto would team up in a Hardcore Match as they would defeat the team of Takashi Sasaki and Toru Sugiura after Jack would put away Sugiura at 15 minutes, 23 seconds with Amatalan. Miedo Extremo and Ciclope would continue the Los Nomadas vs. Unchain rivalry by defeating Kenji Fukimoto and Minoru Fujita in a Barbed wire Board Death Match at 12 minutes, 15 seconds when Ciclope would hit a Moonsault on a Barbed wire Board that was over Fujita's body for the win. Gunso would continue his comeback with FREEDOMS by being the mystery opponent for Tomoya Hirata with Gunso getting the win at 7 minutes, 33 seconds. Kikutaro who has been on the tour helping GCW guys out due to his English being better than just about any other wrestler on these shows would team up with Hiroshima based wrestler the Devil Magician and Basara's Takumi Tsukamoto as they would defeat GENTARO, Rey Paloma, and Dragon Libre when Magician would get the win after throwing a fireball at Libre and getting the pin at 13 minutes, 16 seconds with a Fisherman Suplex. Joey Janela would make his FREEDOMS debut by teaming up with Yuya Susumu as they would defeat Kamui and Hiroshima wrestler Kenshin Kono when Janela would get the pinfall at 9 minutes, 44 seconds after hitting Kono with a Diving Elbow. The opening match would have local Hiroshima wrestler Takeshia Okada defeat Naoki Kamata at 6 minutes, 27 seconds after making him tap out to the Wakigatame.
The annual Death Match Carnival concluded at Korakuen Hall for FREEDOMS as the Jun Kasai promoted show on August 28, 2019 would announce a crowd of 1189 fans for the show. It is the biggest number at Korakuen Hall for them this year but it is way down from the 1654 that they drew last year for their biggest Korakuen Hall number with Jun Kasai celebrating his 20th Anniversary match against Masashi Takeda who was red hot at the time. This show seemed to be more a way to use the GCW guys for fresh matches and still draw a good number for the show. Clips of the top matches of the show can be found at https://youtu.be/59h5u-Ujiwc
The main event would be Jun Kasai and Masashi Takeda taking on Markus Crane and Jimmy Lloyd in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Glass Board Death Match. Crane and Lloyd would send Kasai and Takeda into the light tubes early on but Kasai and Takeda would come back and deliver drop kicks resulting in Crane and Lloyd to go flying into the other set of light tubes tied up to the ropes as well. Kasai and Takeda would then pick up Lloyd and attempt to suplex him into one of the glass boards in the corner but Crane would grab Lloyd and throw him into Takeda causing Takeda back first into go into the glass board instead. Lloyd would place a light tube over Kasai and hit Takeda with a powerbomb on Kasai with the light tube breaking over both of them. Takeda would then end up taking the other glass board and placing it over Lloyd's body on a stack of chairs on the outside. Takeda would climb up to the top and deliver a dive off the top into the glass board breaking it over Lloyd's body. Crane would then body slam Kasai into the razor cross board and would make the cover with Kasai kicking out. Crane would then hit a power slam on the razor board but Takeda would make the save. Takeda would then follow that up by delivering a suplex to Crane onto a light tube and Kasai would hit the Reverse Tiger Driver on Crane for the win at 19 minutes, 2 seconds over the razor cross board for the FREEDOMS win.
The semi-main event would be a Unchain vs. GCW Weapons Death Match with the GCW team consisting of G-Raver, Eric Ryan, and Big Japan's Toshiyuki Sakuda as they would take on Minoru Fujita, Kenji Fukimoto, and Kamui. During the match, Eric Ryan would end up grabbing a weed eater but he would mistake of holding up to show off to the audience too and he would be met with a kendo stick shot to the knees by Fujita causing him to drop the weed eater. Fukimoto would then pick the weed eater up and as Fujita would hold Ryan he would end up getting the weed eater shot to the head by Fukimoto in the spot of the match. The finish would see G-Raver come off the ropes with his Meteora to get the win at 11 minutes, 34 seconds after pinning Kamui.
Toru Sugiura would face off against Takashi Sasaki in a Barbed wire Board Death Match. Sugiura was just a young 21 year old from Nagoya working for a small promotion when Takashi Sasaki brought him into FREEDOMS in 2011. Sasaki gave Sugiura his first big opportunity by wrestling him in the main event of a Shin-Kiba show back on May 30, 2012. Sasaki of course won as Sugiura was still very far away from being ready. They would have another match 6 years on May 4, 2018 with Sugiura being much more effective but still coming short. Now Sugiura is being pushed to the main event of the promotion and will be tested to see if he is ready by the owner of FREEDOMS Takashi Sasaki. Sasaki would end up grabbing a stack of light tubes and swing at Sugiura with Sugiura dodging it and delivering a headbutt to Sasaki and then coming off the ropes with a punch breaking the light tubes breaking them over Sasaki. Sugiura would then deliver another head to Sasaki and finish him with an Over Easy to get the win at 17 minutes, 21 seconds as Sugiura's push towards the King of Freedom World Championship would continue.
The Los Nomadas team of Mammoth Sasaki, Violento Jack, Miedo Extremo, and Ciclope would defeat Yuya Susumu, KTB, Tony Deppen, and Drew Parker when Jack would get the pinfall at 8 minutes, 22 seconds after hitting Susumu with a Lariat for the win.
Tomoya Hirata would face off against GCW's SHLAK in a Falls Count Anywhere Scramble Bunkhouse Street Fight Death Match. SHLAK would first grab the bat but as he would swing and miss at Hirata he would instead just pull out a plastic bag and put it over Hirata's head. SHLAK would then begin cutting Hirata open with the barbed wire bat and then smash it across his back. SHLAK would then continue to work on Hirata's cut and then begin hitting Hirata with the bat over and over. They would end up brawling outside the ring where they would both end up tossing chairs at each others head with eventually Hirata hitting SHLAK over the head with a chair and then bodyslamming him on a chair and make pinfall attempt outside the ring. SHLAK would come back and smash a chair over Hirata's head and then toss Hirata back in the ring. Hirata would begin chopping and striking SHLAK before hitting him with a spear. Hirata would then swing the bat at SHLAK but miss and SHLAK would hit Hirata with a Choke Bomb at 6 minutes, 50 seconds for the win.
The opening match would have GENTARO and Dragon Libre defeat Kikutaro and Naoki Kamata under the Kikutaro mask going by the name Kamataro as they would end up taking the loss after Libre would get the win at 12 minutes, 10 seconds after hitting the Momo*Latch for the win over Kamataro.
FREEDOMS will return to Sapporo at the Sapporo City Aoi Concarino for their annual Fall show in Northern Japan although there does not look to be an annual Iwate show which had been a yearly tradition dating back to the Apache Army under Takashi Sasaki running in that area going back to 2009. The main event will be Jun Kasai, Masashi Takeda, and Takashi Sasaki taking on Los Nomadas of Violento Jack, Mammoth Sasaki, and Ciclope in a Death Match. Toru Sugiura will look to continue his momentum against Miedo Extremo in the semi-main event. GENTARO will go up against somebody named Katsuo in a singles match. Tomoya Adachi returns to the promotion as he teams up with Dragon Libre as they go up against Yuya Susumu and Tomoya Hirata. The opening match will be Kenji Fukimoto and Kamui going up against Naoki Kamata and Shunsuke Sayama.
FREEDOMS celebrated their 10 year anniversary of their first show which took place back on September 2, 2009 at the Shin-Kiba. The first match of the promotion was GENTARO defeating Takashi Sasaki and the first main event was TAJIRI and TAKA Michinoku defeating GENTARO and The Winger. The first show was a strong success after the Takashi Sasaki Apache Army promotion which predated it had been struggling for over a year at that point to gain any interest. FREEDOMS would go through some hard time as they started off as a very small promotion with a negative image to a very well received promotion and it seems like the only thing that can stop them at this point is simply Jun Kasai retiring whenever that would be. FREEDOMS will hold a 10th Anniversary show at Korakuen Hall on October 1st with no matches announced so far although top matches will probably be announced next week as the strong contender for the main event of the show is Toru Sugiura challenging Jun Kasai for the King of Freedom World Championship.
The Game Changer Wrestling promotion made their debut in Japan on August 22nd and August 23th at Shin-Kiba. FREEDOMS was a big help getting these shows off the ground for the promotion including lending GCW their ring for the show. Highlights of the August 22nd show can be found at https://youtu.be/nAhYuZ8r9J8
The first show on August 22, 2019 at the Shin-Kiba drew an announced sell out of 332 fans with the main event would of Masashi Takeda taking on Alex Colon in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match. Takeda and Colon would both send each other into the light tubes around the ring before Takeda would place Colon on a board outside the ring and dive off the top sending Colon through the board. Takeda would then try to hit a Spider Suplex off the turnbuckle and send Colon into a cactus but Colon would counter by grabbing a stack of light tubes and jumping off the top rope breaking them across Takeda who would also land head first into the cacti. Takeda would then setup Colon for a Powerbomb with light tubes behind his arms and deliver a running powerbomb followed by hitting a running kick that would break a light tube across Colon. Takeda would bring out a board of knives and try to hit the U Crash but Colon would escape and place a stack of light tubes over Takeda and hit a running knee kick breaking the light tubes across Takeda as he would fall back into the board of knives. Colon would then place the board of knives over Takeda and hit a running leg drop on the board over Takeda to get the pinfall at 13 minutes, 54 seconds for the GCW win.
Jun Kasai, Takashi Sasaki, and Toshiyuki Sakuda would team up to take on the GCW team of SHLAK, Markus Crane, and Eric Ryan in a Death Match. Sasaki would end up using a fishing pole and catching the hook on Crane's leg by the ropes as Sakuda would hit a 619 on Crane. Kasai would then set up a light tube board over Alex Ryan and hit a Pearl Harbor Splash followed by a Reverse Tiger Driver to get the pin at 12 minutes, 26 seconds over Ryan. Kasai would put his hand for Sakuda but Sakuda would instead give him the finger.
Los Nomadas taking on Jimmy Lloyd, G-Raver, and Big Japan's Drew Parker. Extremo and Ciclope would charge at Lloyd and G-Raver with light tubes but G-Raver and Lloyd would manage to smash the light tube across Extremo and Ciclope instead. Drew Parker would end up doing a standing 450 Splash with the assistance of Lloyd on Extremo followed by G-Raver hitting a Swanton Bomb to get the win at 8 minutes, 5 seconds over Extremo.
The next show would take place on August 23, 2019 where they would announce another sell out at Shin-Kiba of 336 fans. Highlights of the show can be found at https://youtu.be/auNjdQ15yWU. The main event would be Jun Kasai taking on G-Raver in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match. G-Raver would set up Kasai on the ramp and lay light tubes on him as G-Raver would hit a Swanton Bomb on Kasai breaking the light tubes across his body. G-Raver would then set up a chair and jump off the chair onto the ropes as he would try to dive at Kasai still on the ramp when Kasai would grab a stack of light tubes and just throw them right at G-Raver's face to a Holy Shit chant. Kasai would pull out broken planet vase but G-Raver would knock Kasai down and hit him with a Brainbuster onto the the broken pieces of the vase. G-Raver would then setup a stack of light tubes with knives attached on Kasai but as he would go for a Swanton Bomb, Kasai would turn the knives attached to the light tubes around and G-Raver would go crashing into them instead. Kasai would then hit a One Winged Angel through a stack of light tubes and then a Pearl Harbor Splash through a box of light tubes with G-Raver kicking out. Kasai would finish G-Raver off with a Reverse Tiger Driver at 16 minutes, 44 seconds to finally get the win. Kasai along with the other FREEDOMS wrestlers in the ring would state that the war would continue between the two promotions at Korakuen Hall show on August 28th.
The semi-main event of the show would be Joey Janela taking on The Great Sasuke in a rematch of their April 7, 2018 match at Spring Break 2 in New Orleans, Louisiana where Janela defeated Sasuke. They would end up climbing up the turnbuckle while standing on a board as Janela would end up hitting a Brainbuster through the board on Sasuke. Sasuke would come back by throwing Janela off the top rope through a stack of chairs. Sasuke would then place Janela on a board on the outside as Sasuke would climb up to the top and dive off the top to the outside with Janela moving out of the way causing Sasuke to go through the board in the spot of the match. Janela would then hit a Death Valley Bomb on the apron on Sasuke but Sasuke would find in it to come back and hit a Sasuke Segway onto Janela's arm to get the win at 16 minutes, 31 seconds for Sasuke's revenge win.
Miedo Extremo and Ciclope would defend their GCW Tag Team Title against SHLAK and Markus Crane with SHLAK charging at Extremo with a stack of light tubes in the corner as Crane would place a steel bird spike board over Extremo as SHLAK and Crane would pick up Ciclope and send him into the board in the corner causing the spikes to go up against Extremo. Crane would then put dry ice on a light tube board and send Extremo through the board and make the cover with Ciclope making the save by smashing a light tube over both GCW wrestlers. SHLAK would then pull out a weed eater but Ciclope would grab it from him and use it on SHLAK's stomach. Extremo would then a Fire Bird Splash and then a Fire Thunder on Crane for the win at 13 minutes, 17 seconds to defend the GCW Tag Title for the tenth time.
ZERO1 would bring back their sub-promotion Super Fireworks for their August 18, 2019 show at the Kawasaki Racecourse where they would announce 382 fans for the show. The show would be entitled "Kawasaki Legend 2019" which is a play off of the name for the FMW's show at Kawasaki Stadium back in the 90's. Megumi Kudo would come out to the ring at the start of the show and welcome the fans. This would be the first time that she would appear for the Super Fireworks promotion since a show held back on November 3, 2017. She also had appeared at a Ice Ribbon show in December 2018 at the Chiba Blue Field which held an exploding barbed wire baseball bat which made Onita so upset he talked about trade marking the exploding bat so promotions having nothing to do with him would appear. Kudo also apparently appeared for the SEAdLINNNG promotion back in July 2019 but I have no knowing about that appearance other than I saw a picture that it happened. Kudo has been very private compared to the last couple of years. She for years would regularly write a daily update on her Blog and post on Facebook regularly. She stopped posting anything online in August 2017 and recently just deleted Facebook all together after not posting anything in over a year. You can find clips of the two top matches of the show at https://youtu.be/_BR2TXf-rxA
The semi-main event of the show would be Masato Tanaka and Hide Kubota teaming up to challenge for the Bakuha-ō King Tag Team Titles against TARU and Chris Vice in a Exploding Ladder Death Match. The big surprise would be Kintaro Kanemura coming out with Tanaka and Kubota as they would do the TNR Dance together which would be the first time for that dance at a wrestling show with Kanemura since his retirement in December 2016. They would head to the ring as Shoji Nakamaki would also appear carrying a barbed wire board with him. TARU would be the first to use the exploding barbed wire bat as he would hit Tanaka with it. Chris Vice would hold onto Tanaka as TARU would go to hit him again but Kubota would end up making the save for Tanaka and grab the bat from TARU and hit Vice with it. Nakamaki would end up sliding the barbed wire bat in the ring and Kubota would hit Kanemura's Bakku YAMA Senton Special on Vice to get the win at 15 minutes, 34 seconds to win the Bakuha-ō Tag Team Title as Kanemura would lead the TNR Dance with the faces once again.
The main event would be for the Bakuha-ō Queen Title between Nanae Takahashi and Hiroyo Matsumoto in a No Ropes Exploding Barbed wire Exploding Table Death Match. Takahashi would end up placing a ladder over head and as the two would brawl it would end up going over Matsumoto's head as well as the two would go into the exploding barbed wire together. Matsumoto would then hit a powerbomb on Takahashi on a barbed wire board. Takahashi would lay a strike to Matsumoto who would go into the exploding barbed wire and Takahashi would then drop Matsumoto's head into the barbed wire board. Matsumoto would then turn on the exploding table as she would climb up the top of the ladder but as she was climbing it, Matsumoto would get up and grab her and powerbomb Takahashi through the exploding barbed wire table. Matsumoto would then throw the barbed wire board at Takahashi causing her to go into the exploding barbed wire and Matsumoto would hit a Back Drop to get the win for the Bakuha-ō Queen Championship. Megumi Kudo would come out and present Matsumoto the title and then go over to check on Takahashi with pretty much everything getting cut out of the clips shown on Samurai TV as Matsumoto would lay out a challenge to a former Megumi Kudo death match opponent in Mayumi Ozaki for the title for the Oz Academy which Ozaki would end up winning.
The A-Team will return after a short hiatus at the Nara Company Seiwa Logistics Koryo Warehouse Special Ring with Atsushi Onita making his return to the promotion after a little over 10 months as Onita will team up with Keita Yano and Raiden as they take on HASEGAWA, TORU, and Masahiro Sase in a Street Fight Falls Count Anywhere Exploding Barbed wire Baseball Bat Death Match. The WEW Heavyweight Title will be on the line as Daisaku Shimoda defends against Daisuke Ikeda who had only previously challenged for the FMW Double Titles 20 years ago against Kodo Fuyuki and had left FMW right before they started using the WEW Titles. Tomohiko Hashimoto teams up with Gajo who has officially joined the A-Team promotion as they take on Naoki Tanizaki and Takumi Sakurai. Nobutaka Moribe and Rion Mizuki team up to take on the team of Yun Ganchoru from the New Korean promotion and SHIHO. Takeshi Irei will take on Mototsugu Shimizu in a singles match. Randy Preyer teams up with Bryan Ishizaka and Kazuki Enosawa as they take on the team of Michio Kageyama, Tadanobu Fujisawa, and Mabayu Take and the opening match will be Yuna from REINA going up against Apricot Chamu from Shinshu Girls. The only match announced for their September 29th show in Kitasenju is Nobutaka Moribe defending his WEW Jr. Heavyweight Title against GENTARO.
Koji Nakagawa wrestled in his first match in over two years when he competed along with felloe FMW wrestlers Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Ricky Fuji on August 11, 2019 for the Osaka Style Wrestling promotion at the Tokyo Kitasenju Theater as the promotion takes the Osaka style that Osaka Pro is known for and runs small shows in Tokyo. The FMW team would take on the Osaka team of Miracle Man who is former FMW wrestler Nanjyo Hayato under a mask, Segari, and Yawaragi with Kuroda getting the pinfall over Yawaragi at 12 minutes, 6 seconds with a lariat. The FMW team along with Nanjyo and other would pose together at the end of the show. Nakagawa who is semi-retired is willing to take bookings to wrestle whenever he is not working his normal job, but the desire to book someone like Nakagawa has not been really high unless it is to form a mini FMW reunion like Nanjyo Hayato wanted to do for this show or whenever Onryo wants to team up with GOEMON for a 666 show at this point.
Kintaro Kanemura has announced that he will be starting up his own cooking restaurant starting up shortly. Kanemura stated that since his career has ended he has dealt with depression and has wanted to die young but did clarify he has never thought about suicide. Kanemura has mostly worked at a pachinko casino but he stated that he wants to live life positively going forward and even though it's gamble he has decided to open up his store in Ueno, Tokyo. Kanemura stated that his mom will help him with the food and he will use a traditional hot pot that sumo wrestlers use to eat. Kanemura stated he would like to do steaks, kimchi which is a Korean cuisine, and chankonabe which is a Japanese stew. Kanemura stated that Masato Tanaka and Tetsuhiro Kuroda have told him they will be going to eat at his restaurant and he also praised by Tomohiko Hashimoto for the idea. Kanemura stated he is aiming to open the restaurant by the end of the year.
Edit: 9/7 - They got the new YouTube account as well. So my plan at this point is to upload everything on a unlisted account where everything will be linked on this site and can only be found here which includes the History of FMW, Career Music Videos, and clips of highlights on the news section. I will also try to make one last public account where I place an FMW logo water mark over the Samurai TV logo as I have noticed videos over the years have managed to survive when editing that Samurai TV logo out of their video. If that does not work, then I will just continue with the unlisted account and everything can just be found on here.
Originally written on the 9/3 update: The situation is a difficult one because Samurai TV does not want anything of theirs being posted on YouTube but it becomes pretty much impossible to do a video without including any of their footage. I can unlisted the videos which I have done in the past, but I am spending so many hours on these videos I want the maximum amount of people that would want to watch the videos to have access to them. But then if I get too popular then Samurai TV finds out about my account and it gets deleted and I go from nearing 2,000 subscribers to struggling to get 100 subscribers in a week. I also can't really promote the videos too hard or else Samurai will just find the videos again and delete them. I have been told to use other video websites but realistically the only people that are going to go out of their way to find the videos on another video website are the ones that are going to find it unlisted on YouTube anyway. The videos are on my Facebook group History of FMW as no matter how many times they get taken down on YouTube they will always at least stay archived there.
Atsushi Onita promoted his 45th Anniversary show on July 13, 2019 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring which would be the first time he was coming back to the ring in under 5 months after getting double reconstructive knee surgery. The show was announced at 400 fans which would be beyond a sell out for Shin-Kiba. The main event would be Atsushi Onita, Hideki Hosaka, and Ricky Fuji the former FMW team taking on Tomohiko Hashimoto, Onryo, and Leatherface which was not anyone of note and looked to just be a Japanese wrestler under the Leatherface gimmick probably due to Chainsaw Tony not currently staying in Japan at the moment. This match would be an Exploding Barbed wire Baseball Bat Scramble Bunkhouse Street Fight Death Match. Hideki Hosaka would come to the ring wearing a Wild Seven mask in memory of his friend who was a independent wrestler that also worked Super Battle FMW undercard matches who passed away back on May 5th from cancer.
Onita would start off by throwing his jacket at Hashimoto and going after him at hitting a back drop on him before eventually finding Onryo and setting up a table in the ring to piledrive the lighter Onryo through. Hashimoto and Leatherface would end up throwing Onita into a barbed wire board before they would end up taking Onita outside Shin-Kiba 1st Ring with Leatherface holding Onita and Hashimoto hitting Onita across his chest with the exploding barbed wire baseball bat. They would bring Onita back in the ring with Onryo grabbing a hold of Onita but as Hashimoto would pick up the barbed wire bat and go to swing at Onita he would be met by red mist in his face by Onita with Onita then hitting Onryo with a Stunner. Onita would then grab a piece of the broken table from earlier and begin smashing all his opponents heads with it. Onita would then take Leatherface outside Shin-Kiba again and this time he would turn on the exploding barbed wire bat and hit Leatherface with it. Onita would end up bringing Leatherface back in the ring and once again would smash his head with the broken table piece before hitting a backdrop on him to get the win at 15 minutes, 4 seconds for the former FMW team. Onita would pour water on his knees as he had stated that his knees were very uncomfortably hot following the surgery. Onita would end up doing his Onita Theater to end the show.
The semi-main event would be Miss Mongol and 666 transvestite wrestler NENE mugen∞D.a.i. defeating the team of Stardom's Tam Nakano, Pandita, and Rena Ichinose who was making her debut in the match with Mongol hitting a Jumping Senton to get the win at 13 minutes, 21 seconds. Battle Ranger Z would team up with A-Team's HASEGAWA and Raiden as they would take on the team of Naoshi Sano, Masahiro Sase, and Takumi Sakurai with HASEGAWA getting the win at 15 minutes, 48 seconds with a Diving Footstomp. Kazuki Enosawa would get the win over Buatsushi Futonita (Fat Onita) in a Non Barbed wire Exploding Scramble Bunkhouse Wind Match after Futonita would get DQ'd by the referee for showing a negative influence to the education of children during the match in the opening comedy match.
Atsushi Onita and Big Japan President Great Kojika met in the ring prior to the show to talk about Onita working his first ever Big Japan show on August 25, 2019 at the Nagoya International Conference Hall. Kojika stated that Big Japan and Onita had never worked together going back to 1995 when Big Japan started up it had a rivalry with Onita's FMW since they were both doing death matches and using barbed wire (Big Japan only started up a month and a half before Onita retired from FMW originally) and there was too much conflict between Onita and Kojika as a result that it was never a priority to bring in Onita. Onita and Kojika though worked the Giant Baba Memorial show back on February 19, 2019 as a tag team and any conflict between the two has now been washed away. Kojika stated he wanted to team up with Onita one more time as he did not know how much longer he could go at 77 years old. Onita stated that he would take care of the match and even if the match they were in would end up going thirty minutes that Kojika would only need to be in the ring for two minutes. Big Japan booker Eiji Tosaka afterwards would state he would want to wait to see Onita's performance on the July 13th show and see how well Onita would do coming back from double reconstructive knee surgery before booking the match. Following the match Tosaka would end up booking the tag match of Atsushi Onita and Great Kojika taking on former Big Japan Death Match Heavyweight Champion Masaya Takahashi and Nagoya based Masashi Aoyagi which would mark the 30th anniversary of the Onita vs. Aoyagi feud that created FMW.
Atsushi Onita after the Big Japan show will then travel to Korakuen Hall on August 26th at Korakuen Hall for the Yoshihiro Takayama benefit show. Onita and Takayama worked a lot together in exploding death matches earlier this decade before Takayama was paralyzed. Onita was retired for the first Takayama benefit show last year so he could not participate but he wanted to help out his friend in anyway he can. None of the wrestlers will be paid for this show. Onita stated that he is still a volunteer wrestler at this point and is not getting paid for any of his performances in Japan.
Onita stated due to him not getting paid for wrestling on the shows is why he decided to release the DVD of several of his matches over the last couple of years. The matches listed are all from Onita promoted shows in 2017 as well as his come back in 2018 for the A-Team promotion. The matches on the DVD are Atsushi Onita, Raijin Yaguchi, and Ricky Fuji against Suwama, Atsushi Aoki, and KIYOSHI from July 16, 2017 in Yokohama, The Great Nita, The Great Tam, Ochimusha Hashimoto (Tomohiko Hashimoto), and Raiden against Jesus Yaguchi (Raijin Yaguchi), Onryo, Mr. Pogo # 2 (Hideki Hosaka), and NENE mugen∞D.a.i. on August 27, 2017 in Shin-Kiba which was the farewell to the Great Nita gimmick, the two matches from October 9, 2019 in Odaiba with Onita teaming up with Raijin Yaguchi, Hideki Hosaka, Masahiro Sase, and HASEGAWA against Matt Tremont, DJ Hyde, NOSAWA Rongai, FUJITA, and Chainsaw Tony in a Exploding Barbed wire Match followed by Onita, Yaguchi, and Hosaka taking on Kazuyuki Fujita, Kendo Kashin, and NOSAWA Rongai on October 9, 2017. The next match will be Onita's 2017 retirement match at Korakuen Hall on October 31st with Onita, KAI, and Shingo Takagi taking on Kazuyuki Fujita, Kendo Kashin, and NOSAWA Rongai then the last match will be from October 28, 2018 in Yokohama with Onita teaming up with Kendo Kashin and HASEGAWA against Kim Duk, Tomohiko Hashimoto, and Raiden in a Exploding Barbed wire Bat Death Match. The DVD will also include a shoot interview from Onita. I had a friend pick up the DVD last week and hopefully should be getting it in the next week or so.
Toru Sugiura would promote his 10th Anniversary show on June 30, 2019 in his home town of Aichi at the Kariya Industrial Center with the show announcing a crowd of 296 fans for the show. The main event would have Toru Sugiura teaming up with Takashi Sasaki and Mammoth Sasaki as they would take on the Unchain team of Jun Kasai, Masashi Takeda, and Kenji Fukimoto in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match with Sugiura smashing a light tube across Fukimoto with a right elbow to get the win at 18 minutes, 1 seconds with Sugiura being presented flowers for his 10th Anniversary in wrestling afterwards while still covered in blood. Kamui's first match as a member of Unchain would be in the semi-main event of the show as he would team up with Minoru Fujita as they would defeat Violento Jack and Tomoya Hirata in a Hardcore Match with Kamui getting the win at 15 minutes, 8 seconds with a Swanton Bomb on a ladder on Hirata for the pinfall. Yuya Susumu and Shinobu would defeat Brahman Shu and Brahman Kei when Susumu would pick up the win at 9 minutes, 35 seconds with a Front Crash for the pin over Kei. Shuichiro Katsumara would defeat Nagoya based wrestler Konaka Pale One at 9 minutes, 50 seconds with a Ninja Chop. GENTARO would defeat Naoki Kamata at 6 minutes, 58 seconds after making him submit to the Sharpshooter. The opening match would be a Nagoya DEP based match with Kengo Takai, Takaya Shibayama, and Yusaku Ito defeating Michio Kageyama, Satoshi Nemoto, and Dragon Libre at 11 minutes, 28 seconds with Ito getting the win with a Bonno Driver over Libre for the pinfall.
The 2019 Death Match Carnival would begin on July 3, 2019 for Jun Kasai's promoted show at Korakuen Hall drawing an announced crowd of 701 fans for the show. The main event would be a Fluorescent Light Tubes Razor Cross Board Death Match between Jun Kasai against Toru Sugiura in a non-title match as Sugiura had not earned the title shot yet. Sugiura would end up sending Kasai into the light tubes first but then Sugiura would end up setting up the razor cross board in the corner and charge at Kasai to try and send him into it when Kasai would move out of the way and Sugiura would instead end up going head first into the razors followed by Kasai hitting a DDT on Sugiura with him landing on the razor board. A bloody Sugiura would come back by hitting a powerbomb on Kasai through a light tube board which would result in Kasai exiting the ring to the outside but Sugiura would come back by hitting a Top Con Hilo on Kasai on the outside. Sugiura would then setup Kasai in the corner and place the light tubes on him and deliver a running flip which would break the light tubes across Kasai. Kasai would eventually come back and gain control of the match again and hit a Pearl Harbor Splash on a set of light tubes setup on Sugiura's body but Sugiura would get up immediately and hit a Michinoku Driver on Kasai. Sugiura would then set up another set up of light tubes on Kasai and Sugiura would hit a running elbow smashing the light tubes and breaking them across Kasai's body and make the cover with Kasai being able to kick out at two. Kasai would come back once again on Sugiura and hit a Reverse Tiger Driver on the Razor Cross Board but Sugiura would manage to kick out but Kasai would then hit his Stimulation Piledriver on the razor cross board and Sugiura would not be able to kick out of that as Kasai would pick up the win at 21 minutes, 13 seconds over Sugiura. Kasai would get on the mic afterwards and state that Sugiura had earned himself a shot at the King of Freedom World Championship the next time they fight with both of them fist bumping each other to end the show with Sugiura having earned Kasai's respect.
The semi-main event would be Los Nomadas consisting of Violento Jack, Miedo Extremo, and Ciclope going up against Masashi Takeda, Minoru Fujita, and Kenji Fukimoto in a Lucha Extrema No Touch Rules Weapons Death Match. Ciclope would end up pulling out broken pieces of a flower pot and then dropping Fujita face first into it before stomping his head into the sharp objects. Extremo would then put a barbed wire board across Takeda's body as Ciclope would end up hitting a diving body press on it with Extremo holding Takeda down to make sure that Ciclope would end up getting the pin at 11 minutes, 33 seconds over Takeda. Mammoth Sasaki would come to the ring with Jack shaking his partners hand before offering him a Los Nomadas shirt with Mammoth accepting and becoming the newest member of the group before Unchain would rush back in the ring including bringing in a bat to the clear them out of the ring as Unchain and Los Nomadas will continue to battle through out the Death Match Carnival.
Undercard matches saw Mammoth Sasaki once again add another victory over Kamui after 14 years of them squaring off as Mammoth would put away the newest member of Unchain at 14 minutes, 2 seconds in a Hardcore Match after hitting the 29 Years Old on a barbed wire bat for the win. Brahman Shu and Brahman Kei would defeat Takashi Sasaki and Tomoya Hirata after Shu would roll up Hirata at 12 minutes, 8 seconds with Nobody's Perfect. Yuya Susumu and Yasu Urano would defeat Kenichiro Arai and GENTARO after Urano would use a reverse cradle on Arai to get the win at 9 minutes, 26 seconds in what will most likely setup a UWA Jr. Heavyweight Title match between the two in August. The opening match saw Shunsuke Sayama and Naoki Kamata defeat Dragon Libre and ZERO1's Syouki Kitamura when Sayama would hit the Buzzsaw Kick to get the win at 7 minutes, 37 seconds over Dragon Libre.
The next show for the Death Match Carnival would take place on July 14, 2019 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring where they would announce a crowd of 292 fans for the show. One fan that attended the show criticized it for not being like a normal Death Match Carnival show as the intense death match action did not take place until the main event when usually the whole show is suppose to be death matches. The time of the show was also criticized as start to finish the whole show was over in 2 hours and 15 minutes.
The main event would be a Unchain vs. Los Nomadas Fluorescent Light Tubes Weapons Board Death Match with Jun Kasai, Masashi Takeda, and Kamui taking on Violento Jack, Miedo Extremo, and Ciclope. Ciclope would setup Takeda outside on the apron and would place light tubes on him before delivering a baseball slide kick which would break the light tubes across Takeda's chest causing him to go flying outside the ring onto the floor. Jack would end up grabbing a light tube but Takeda would end up giving him a knee kick breaking the light tube before Takeda would hit a DDT on Jack. Kasai would then setup a stack of light tubes in the corner and place Jack on his shoulders and carry him over and drop Jack face first into the stack of light tubes. Miedo Extremo would then pull out a board with broken cans on it with Kamui climbing the top rope. Extremo would also climb the to the top and grab a hold of Kamui and attempt to suplex him off but Kasai and Takeda would come over and attempt to make the save for Kamui to prevent him from being hit with a suplex off the top and try to powerbomb Extremo but instead Extremo would manage to hit the suplex on Kamui sending him into the board with broken cans attached. Kasai would still manage to climb to the top rope himself and hit a Pearl Harbor Splash on Extremo followed by Kamui getting up and hitting the Fire Bird Splash on Extremo to get the pin over him at 18 minutes, 39 seconds for the Uchain win. Takeda afterwards would get on the mic and challenge Extremo and Ciclope for the GCW Tag Team Titles for the Unchain show on August 11th followed by Kamui and Minoru Fujita challenging Violento Jack and Mammoth Sasaki for the King of Freedom Tag Team Titles as well with both teams accepting the challenges.
The semi-main event would see Toru Sugiura trying to earn his way up the card as he would take on Kenji Fukimoto in a Barbed wire Board Death Match. Fukimoto would end up pulling out a stapler from under the ring and stapling an item onto Sugiura's arm before then stapling another object on Sugiura's forehead. Fukimoto would then slam Sugiura on the barbed wire board but Sugiura would end up coming back and setting Fukimoto on a chair and hitting a flying drop kick on him before finishing off Fukimoto at 16 minutes, 45 seconds with an Over Easy on the barbed wire board for the win.
Undercard matches saw Mammoth Sasaki defeat Minoru Fujita in a singles match at 13 minutes, 5 seconds after rolling him up with a La Magistral. FREEDOMS would take on the Taiwanese PUZZLE promotion with Takashi Sasaki, GENTARO, and Tomoya Hirata defeated Togyo, AXE, and GAIA HOX with GENTARO making HOX tap out at 10 minutes, 38 seconds with a Bow and Arrow. Yasu Urano would continue to make his case for a UWA Jr. Heavyweight Title shot as he would team up with Shunsuke Sayama as they would defeat Yuya Susumu and Naoki Kamata after Urano would roll up Kamata at 11 minutes, 20 seconds with a Cradle for the win. Ryukyu Dragon's Ultra Soki would defeat Dragon Libre at 6 minutes, 48 seconds with a Neck Hanging Bomb for the win in the opening match.
The FREEDOMS sub-brand Youngdoms would make its return for the first time in over three months on July 15, 2019 at the Tokyo Oji Basement Mon*Star where they would announce a crowd of 53 fans for the small building. The main event would be Masashi Takeda taking on Shunsuke Sayama and defeating him at 11 minutes, 25 seconds with a Megaraba. The semi-main event would be Miedo Extremo defeating Dragon Libre at 12 minutes, 5 seconds after making him tap out to the Dragon Sleeper. Toru Sugiura would knock out the rookie Naoki Kamata at 10 minutes, 18 seconds after getting the win with a Right Elbow. Violento Jack and Ciclope would get the win over Tomoya Hirata and Ryukyu Dragon's Ultra Soki afer Jack would get the win at 11 minutes, 52 seconds after pinning Hirata. The opening match would have Yuya Susumu and Togyo defeat the Taiwanese team of AXE and GAIA HOX from the PUZZLE promotion after Togyo would get the win over AXE with a Powerbomb.
The next FREEDOMS show will take place at the Osaka Tsurumi Green Grounds Hall which is where they ran last year after they had to move from the park area on the property to the building because of a Tsunami threat. They must have liked the building better as they will return on July 28, 2019 for a Scaffold Death Match pitting the Unchain members Jun Kasai, Masashi Takeda, Kamui, and Kenji Fukimoto going up against the Los Nomadas team of Violento Jack, Mammoth Sasaki, Miedo Extremo, and Ciclope. The semi-main event will be a Death Match between Toru Sugiura and Kenji Fukimoto as the slow build of Sugiura continues as one of the top Death Match wrestlers for the promotion. Yuya Susumu will team up with Yasu Urano and Dragon Libre as they go up against Naoki Tanizaki, brother YASSHI, and Kohei Kinoshita. GENTARO and Tomoya Hirata after their battles over the past month team up as they take on Brahman Shu and Brahman Kei. Takashi Sasaki teams up with his regular Osaka partner Dyna Mido as they take on TORU and Tida Heat. The opening match will be Naoki Kamata going up against Osaka wrestler Idea.
FREEDOMS who usually runs at the Fukuoka Moji Red Brick Place in the Summer but ran their show in May instead this show will return to the building for a Summer show will co-promote the show along with Gamusara Pro a small indie based out of Southern Japan on August 3, 2019. The show will consist of FREEDOMS vs. Gamusara Pro matches with the main event of Jun Kasai and Masashi Takeda taking on Tessho and Yoju. The semi-main event will be Violento Jack, Miedo Extremo, and Ciclope taking on Trueno Guerrero, YASU, and TOSSHI. Takashi Sasaki teams up with Toru Sugiura and Naoki Kamata as they go up against KENTA, Toru Sugiura lookalike Tsuchiya Crazy, and Rising Hayato. The FREEDOMS team of GENTARO, Yuya Susumu, and Tomoya Hirata team up against SMITH, HIROYA, and Samson Sawada. Kamui and Kenji Fukimoto team up to take on MIKIHISA and not Koji Nakagawa but someone else going by the name Goemon. Mammoth Sasaki goes back to WMF in 2005 as he will have a handicap match where he will get to destroy younger smaller wrestlers in Dynamite Kyushu, BIG-T, and Takechan Man. The opening match will see Dragon Libre taking on Riki Raita.
The annual Unchain show on August 11, 2019 at Shin-Kiba has two matches announced with Mammoth Sasaki and Violento Jack defending their King of Freedom Tag Team Titles against Kamui and Minoru Fujita and Miedo Extremo and Ciclope defend their GCW Tag Team Titles against Masashi Takeda and Kenji Fukimoto with other matches being announced at a later date.
The A-Team would have a special sponsored show on July 7, 2019 at the Nara Royal Hotel where they would announce a crowd of 500 fans for the fancy ball room show. The main event would have Daisuke Ikeda and KENSO defeating the team of Tomohiko Hashimoto and Gajo when KENSO would get the win at 23 minutes, 13 seconds with a Hagakure over Gajo. The semi-main event would be Tatsumi Fujinami, Daisaku Shimoda, and Takumi Sakurai defeating Nobutaka Moribe, HASEGAWA, and Raiden with Fujinami making HASEGAWA tap out at 15 minutes, 9 seconds to the Dragon Sleeper. Koji Kanemoto and Rion Mizuki would defeat Akira Jo and Keiichi Sato when Kanemoto would pick up the win at 14 minutes, 31 seconds with a Moonsault on Jo. The women's match would see Koharu Hinata and Makoto defeat LINDA and Ann Chamda when Hinata would pin Chamda at 13 minutes, 41 seconds with a Diving Foot Stomp. Michio Kageyama and Randy Preyer would team up to defeat Tadanobu Fujisawa and Naoshi Sano when Preyer would lay out Sano at 11 minutes, 38 seconds with a Randy Bomb for the win. The opening match would see Takeshi Mayabu defeat Kazuki "USA" Enosawa at 5 minutes, 13 seconds after making Enosawa submit to the Cross Armbreaker for the win.
There will be no A-Team show in August but instead they will return on September 8, 2019 at the Nara Company Seiwa Logistics Koryo Warehouse Special Ring with Atsushi Onita returning for the first time in 11 months to the company as he will team up with Keita Yano and Raiden to take on the team of HASEGAWA, TORU, and Masahiro Sase in a Street Fight Falls Count Anywhere Exploding Barbed wire Baseball Bat Death Match.
Mr. Gannosuke returned to Tokyo for a couple of days after taking some holidays from his work in Kumamoto. Gannosuke first participated in a talk event in Shinjuku on July 4, 2019 that would actually be sponsored by old WMF President Tetsuya Yamada who still has a personal relationship with Gannosuke years after WMF has closed down. Gannosuke was joined by former Pro-Wrestling Weekly Magazine editor Tarzan Yamamoto (equivalent to Bill Apter in the U.S.) and the two talked about horse racing with Gannosuke giving tips on how to win money at the track as well, Yamamoto telling gambling stories and their love for the 1980's wrestling in Japan. Gannosuke would then return as a bartender to Stanley Club on July 5th in Shinjuku and then announce for the new Shin-Guts Army promotion on July 6th at the Tokyo Oji Basement Mon*Star. Gannosuke would then go visit former FMW wrestler Chocoball Mukai's bar Chocoball Family in Shinjuku with Gannosuke stating that Mukai has fully recovered from the stroke he suffered two years ago after much rehab although you can tell it has permanently messed up his eye. Gannosuke stated that he will not be able to take time off again at his job to go back to Tokyo until September.
Mickey Ibaragi has announced that his next W*ING reunion talk event will take place on August 4, 2019 in Ikebukuro, Tokyo although so far it looks to just consist of Ibaragi and Shoji Nakamaki. Kanemura stated the last one in June was fun but he has not been asked to attend this upcoming one just yet. Kanemura also stated that he ended up suffering right knee ligament damage after getting so frustrated he kicked a hard object and suffered the injury. The injury will require for Kanemura to have to begin using his cane once again to get around. He had previously been using it the past two years after his retirement match in 2016 but he had gone pretty much the entire 2019 without needing it until now.
I just wanted to go over a few things on here. First off I have began selling DVD's/MP4's of several new promotions including Michinoku Pro, Stardom, NOAH, All Japan, W*ING, and WAR as well as more to come. I have always had the collection it just has been a pain to put the time into making the match listings for everything. On top of that the external hard drive I have been using the last couple of years went dead this past week so I am having to go back to my entire DVD collection and upload every single DVD once again which last time was a several month project with so many more videos having been added since. That external hard drive is what made making the History of FMW videos possible because with having all the footage available it still took numerous amount of hours to make so without the footage readily available it is pretty much impossible to make so there might be a delay on making the next episode.
Also, I wanted to make mention that I do plan to eventually end the History of FMW after going over an episode about 2019 so that leaves me about 10-11 more episodes and I will be finished with these. They are incredibly time consisting these days because I am now having to spend many hours writing a script before I can even just record which takes up about a whole day in itself now and that is even before I put the footage to it. I get asked about doing another video series after I am finished and I just do not have the passion to do anything like this again over anything else again. These are just now going to be a YouTube series as well. The last episode for the podcast was the 2007 episode. I don't think they translated anymore to audio only very well anyway since I am doing such a break down of specific matches which I did not do when I was just answering questions earlier the series, but the main reason is simply just because the Death Match Cult Radio that housed the podcast part of it looks to be dead as well. Pretty much Steven who I did the History of FMW series with ended up passing on the project to his friend Mike who asked me to do another series called Kawasaki Dreamin' with him that I agreed to do. Mike from what I was told got caught up in a series of lies about his life online and people online found out about him and he has completely vanished from the internet leaving all the podcasts dormant as a result. It makes me very happy that I did decide to branch off and start doing the videos on YouTube so that no matter what these videos will be accessible to those who are interested in watching them.
Atsushi Onita announced the lineup for his return to action following his double reconstructive knee surgery back in February with the show also being his 45th Anniversary in pro-wrestling on July 13, 2019 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. The show be a very FMW heavy main event with Onita teaming up with Hideki Hosaka and Ricky Fuji as they go up against Tomohiko Hashimoto, Onryo, and Leatherface which I would guess to be Tony Myers going by that name instead of his usual Chainsaw Tony gimmick in a Exploding Barbed wire Baseball Bat Falls Count Anywhere Street Fight Death Match. Miss Mongol and NENE mugen∞D.a.i will team up as they go up against Tam Nakano who is also a member with Onita's agency thus she has a close business friendship with him as well as Pandita. Former FMW wrestler Yukihide Ueno returns as Battle Ranger as he teams up with HASEGAWA and Raiden as they take on Naoshi Sano, Masahiro Sase, and Takumi Sakurai. Onita's friend and comedy wrestler Buatsushi Futonita which means Fat Onita will take on Kazuki Enosawa. There will also be a Stardom Idols match on the show that has not officially been announced.
Atsushi Onita also announced that he will be releasing a DVD at the July 13th show to celebrate his 45th Anniversary in pro-wrestling. The DVD will have 5 matches with Onita hinting that two of them will be the July 16, 2017 match where Onita teamed up with Raijin Yaguchi and Ricky Fuji against Suwama, the late Atsushi Aoki, and KIYOSHI in Yokohama as well as the October 9, 2017 match that never made full professional video release of Atsushi Onita, Raijin Yaguchi, Hideki Hosaka, Masahiro Sase, and HASEGAWA against Matt Tremont, DJ Hyde, NOSAWA Rongai, Minoru Fujita, and Chainsaw Tony in Odaiba, Tokyo. Onita also stated the DVD will have his first ever shoot interview although it will obviously be in Japanese. Onita then criticized the producers for apparently having no budget by filming the shoot interview at a Mos Burger restaurant.
Atsushi Onita also announced that he will be making his Big Japan debut on August 25, 2019 at the Nagoya International Conference Hall. Big Japan usually tries to bring in some outside talent for this annual show. Onita has never worked for Big Japan as they were seen as a cheaper copy of FMW when Great Kojika and Kendo Nagasaki first started the promotion in March 1995 right before Onita's May 5, 1995 retirement. Even over the last couple of years while Onita would work a promotion like FREEDOMS he never worked Big Japan due to some issues with Great Kojika dating back to their All Japan days in the over 35 years ago. Onita and Kojika ended up working Onita's last match before his surgery on February 19, 2019 so it looks like any issue has been talked out and Onita finally be appearing for the promotion although as of right now it will just be a one shot deal.
FREEDOMS would return to Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on May 22, 2019 drawing an announced 141 fans for the show. The main event would be Takashi Sasaki, Violento Jack, and Kamui taking on Unchain's Jun Kasai, Kenji Fukimoto, and Minoru Fujita in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match. Kasai would brawl with Kamui leading to them on the ramp of Shin-Kiba and Kasai delivering a piledriver on the ramp to Kamui. Kasai would try to deliver a Reverse Tiger Driver on a broken planet holder when Jack would come over and help Kamui flip Kasai over on the broken plant holder. Kamui would then climb to the top but Kasai would end up kicking Jack sending Jack into the ropes knocking Kamui off the top to the outside. Fujita would then go low on Jack and Fukimoto would smash a light tube over his head with Kasai hitting a Pearl Harbor Splash on Jack but Jack would get up right away and hit a Brainbuster on Kasai. Kamui would then hit a Falcon Arrow and a Fire Bird Splash on Kasai with Fujita making the save. Sasaki would then come over and hit a D-Geist on Kasai on a stack light tubes with Kasai kicking out at one. Sasaki would then set up a stack of light tubes next to Kasai's head and delivering a kick and breaking the light tubes across Kasai's head to get the pinfall at 16 minutes, 52 seconds for the win over Kasai.
Toru Sugiura and Tomoya Hirata would get the upset win in the semi-main event against Masashi Takeda and GENTARO when Sugiura would hit GENTARO with a rolling elbow on GENTARO and Hirata would get GENTARO and hit a German Suplex for the pin at 11 minutes, 24 seconds with Hirata pinning GENTARO who had tortured him early on last year while Hirata was still just a rookie. Mammoth Sasaki would defeat TORU at 11 minutes, 10 seconds with a 29 Years Old. The 666 team of Yuko Miyamoto and Koju Takeda would defeat Yuya Susumu and Dragon Luibre when Miyamoto would make Libre tap out at 10 minutes, 52 seconds to an Octopus Hold. Masamune would make Naoki Kamata tap out at 10 minutes, 34 seconds to a Bow and Arrow Hold. Kenichiro Arai would defend his UWA Jr. Heavyweight Title for the fourth time by defeating Shunsuke Sayama at 10 minutes, 13 seconds in the opening match.
FREEDOMS would then run their annual Southern Japan tour as the first show would take place on May 25, 2019 at the Kumamoto Forest Center City Plaza with the main event of Takashi Sasaki and Toru Sugiura defeating Jun Kasai and Kenji Fukimoto in a Hardcore Match at 15 minutes, 24 seconds when Sugiura would hit Fukimoto with an Over Easy for the win. Violento Jack and Mammoth Sasaki would defeat the Unchain team of Masashi Takeda and Minoru Fujita in a King of Freedom Tag Team Championship Match at 14 minutes, 7 seconds when Jack would put away Fujita with a Senton at 14 minutes, 7 seconds to successfully defend their tag team titles for the fifth time. Yuya Susumu and Tomoya Hirata would defeat the team of GENTARO and Kenshiro Komura at 13 minutes, 42 seconds when Hirata would once again get the pinfall over GENTARO with a Spear. The Real Lucha Libre promotion wrestlers Vent Vert Jack and Vent Vert Negro would defeat Kamui and Dragon Libre when Jack would get the win at 11 minutes, 33 seconds over Libre with a Amanaka Kill. Kyushu Pro's Koji Niizumi would defeat Naoki Kamata at 12 minutes, 15 seconds with a Front Necklock in the opening match.
FREEDOMS would then return to Fukuoka Kitakyushu Moji Red Brick where they run every year on May 26, 2019 as they would announce 123 fans for the show. The main event would be Jun Kasai, Masashi Takeda, and Minoru Fujita defeating Takashi Sasaki, Violento Jack, and Mammoth Sasaki with Fujita rolling up Mammoth at 18 minutes, 22 seconds with a Samson Clutch for the win. The semi-main event would be Kenji Fukimoto teaming up with Toru Sugiura lookalike Tsuchiya Crazy as they would defeat GENTARO and Toru Sugiura when Tsuchiya would get the win at 12 minutes, 26 seconds with a Shining Wizard over GENTARO. Kamui and Dragon Libre would defeat Yuya Susumu and Tomoya Hirata when Libre would get the win at 11 minutes, 55 seconds with a Peach Clutch over Hirata. Nozomi Kubo would defeat Naoki Kamata at 8 minutes, 22 seconds with a Diving Senton. The opening match would be the annual Gamshara Pro-Wrestling mixed with FREEDOMS wrestlers match with Takashi Sasaki teaming up with Trueno Guerrero and HIROYA as they would defeat Masashi Takeda, Yoju, and Tessho with Guerrero getting the win at 11 minutes, 47 seconds over Tessho with the Guerrero Magic in the opening match.
FREEDOMS would then run on June 2, 2019 at the Osaka Miyakojima Citizen Center where they would draw an announced crowd of 320 fans for the show. Kamui would actually be the one promoting the show and he would have himself challenge Jun Kasai for the King of Freedom World Championship in a Scaffold Glass Board Death Match. Kasai would end up hitting a Reverse Tiger Driver on Kamui and then setting Kamui under a glass board set up on chairs as Kasai would begin climbing the scaffold. Kamui would manage to get up though and also climb up the scaffold and deliver an Enziguri which would cause Kasai to fall off going through the glass board. Kamui would end up taking off his shirt and then jump off the scaffold delivering a double knee drop on Kasai and covering Kasai with Kasai managing to kick out. Kasai would then come back with an Enziguri and deliver a Reverse Tiger Driver on Kamui followed by hitting the Pearl Harbor Splash off the scaffold with Kamui still being able to kick out. Kasai would then give Kamui a kiss of death and hit his Stimulation Piledriver for the win at 19 minutes, 4 seconds to defend the King of Freedom World Championship for the fourth time. Kasai would then get on the mic and begin to talk highly of Kamui's efforts and offer Kamui a chance to join Unchain by presenting him an Unchain t-shirt with Kamui walking out of the ring and Kasai letting him know the offer would still stand.
Violento Jack and Mammoth Sasaki would defend their King of Freedom Tag Team Titles against the Brahman Brothers in the semi-main event. Mammoth would try to go for a powerbomb on Kei but Shu would end up throwing powder in Mammoth's face and they would end up rolling up Mammoth with Nobody's Perfect with Mammoth managing to kick out. Mammoth would then get water spit in his face followed by Jack getting water spit in his face also. Mammoth and Jack would end up hitting a double clothesline of Kei with Kei kicking out and beginning to Hulk Up including pointing at Mammoth who would just grab Kei by the throat and deliver a choke slam to him followed by a 29 Years Old to get the win over Kei at 11 minutes, 20 seconds with the 29 Years Old to defend the titles for the fourth time. Unchain's Masashi Takeda and Kenji Fukimoto would end up defeating Toru Sugiura and Tomoya Hirata in a Hardcore Match when Takeda would put away Hirata at 11 minutes, 21 seconds with a Reverse U-Crash. Masamune would team up with CHANGO as they would defeat the team of Yuya Susumu and Dragon Libre when CHANGO would put away Libre at 11 minutes, 3 seconds with a Venus Fly Trap. Yuko Miyamoto would defeat TORU at 10 minutes, 25 seconds via Count Out. GENTARO and Drake Morimatsu would defeat the Osaka team of Dyna Mido and Idea when GENTARO would make Mido tap out at 11 minutes, 28 seconds with an Octopus Hold. Takashi Sasaki would win the opening match as he would defeat his student Naoki Kamata at 7 minutes, 2 seconds who he would make tap out with a Single Leg Crab.
FREEDOMS would then hold their monthly Shin-Kiba 1st ring show on June 13, 2019 where they would announce 161 fans for the show. Jun Kasai and Kenji Fukimoto would go up against Takashi Sasaki and Toru Sugiura in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match. Sasaki would end up smashing a light tube over Kasai's head and then follow that up by hitting a D-Geist on Kasai. Sasaki would then set up a a stack of light tubes over Kasai's head and go for the right leg kick but Fukimoto would end up grabbing the light tubes and would smash them over Sasaki's head instead. Sasaki would then end up hitting a lariat on Fukimoto and Sugiura would come off the top rope and deliver a flying drop kick to Kasai. Sugiura would then try to strike Kasai but Kasai would end up catching Sugiura's arm and delivering a DDT to him and then follow that up with a Pearl Harbor Splash with Sugiura managing to kick out. Kasai would then hit the Reverse Tiger Driver and get the win at 16 minutes, 30 seconds over Sugiura. Kasai and Sasaki would then go face to face before fist bumping each other with Sasaki challenging Kasai for the King of Freedom World Championship two days later. Kasai would once again call for Kamui and offer him the Unchain shirt to join his group with Kamui this time accepting the shirt and joining the Unchain faction.
The semi-main event would have GENTARO get revenge over the last month of losing to Tomoya Hirata as he would defeat him at 13 minutes, 45 seconds via KO after hitting a Release Dragon Suplex in a Last Man Standing match. Unchain's Masashi Takeda, Minoru Fujita, and Takumi Tsukamoto would defeat Violento Jack, Mammoth Sasaki, and Kamui when Takeda would put away Kamui at 15 minutes, 26 seconds in a Hardcore Match. Kenichiro Arai would defend his UWA Jr. Heavyweight Title against both Brahman Shu and Brahman Kei in a Three Way Match with Karate Brahman in their corner. Karate Brahman would come to the ring dressed as Ultimo Dragon and going by the name Ultimo Brahman as he would end up coming in and interfering as he would give Ultimo kicks to Arai before attempting an Asai DDT that he would need both Brahman Brothers help with by picking him up. Karate Brahman would then try to throw powder in Arai's face but Arai would end up moving out of the way and Karate would end up accidentally throwing it in Shu's face instead. Kei would then end up charging at Arai who was set on the turnbuckle with Arai rolling up Kei for the win at 10 minutes, 22 seconds to defend the title for the fifth time. Yuya Susumu who seems to have been gotten stuck in the midcard by not being a death match wrestler would defeat TORU at 8 minutes, 37 seconds with an Inside Cradle. The opening match would have Shunsuke Sayama team up with 2AW's Tatsuya Hanami as they would defeat Dragon Libre and Naoki Kamata when Hamani would use a Japanese Leg Roll Clutch to get the win at 9 minutes, 37 seconds over Kamata.
FREEDOMS would then run at the Sendai Miyagi PIT where Takashi Sasaki would challenge Jun Kasai for the King of Freedom World Championship. Sasaki knowing he probably does not have the credibility to challenge for the title in a bigger building any longer booked this match where they would announce a crowd of 222 fans for the main event of a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match. Kasai would try to hit a Reverse Tiger Driver on Sasaki on a set of light tubes but Sasaki would end up flipping Kasai over with Kasai landing and breaking the light tubes instead. Sasaki would then hit a D-Geist on Kasai through a set of light tubes with Kasai being able to kick out. Sasaki would then set up a set of light tubes against Kasai's head and try to deliver his Right Leg Kick on the light tubes against Kasai's head but Kasai would end up being able to move out of the way. Sasaki would then end up grabbing the light tubes and just smashing them over Kasai's head. Sasaki would then charge at Kasai but then be met with a lariat by Kasai. Kasai would then follow that up by hitting a Pearl Harbor Splash on a stack of light tubes that would break across Sasaki's body and then finish Sasaki off with his Stimulation Piledriver for the win at 18 minutes, 7 seconds to defend the title for the fifth time.
The semi-main event would be a Falls Count Anywhere non-title Hardcore Match between Violento Jack and Mammoth Sasaki going up against Masashi Takeda and Kenji Fukimoto. Takeda would pull out a pair of scissors and begin cutting open Mammoth's forehead. Mammoth and Jack would end up charging at Takeda who would move out of the way and both Jack and Mammoth would end up hitting clotheslines on each other instead with Takeda spearing them both. They would then brawl on the stage with Mammoth and Jack this time successfully hitting a double clothesline on Fukimoto and Jack would end up hitting a Heart Piledriver on the stage on Fukimoto at 8 minutes, 3 seconds for the non-title win. Kamui and Toru Sugiura would team up defeat former All Japan legend Tsuyoshi Kikuchi and GENTARO with Kamui hitting the Firebird Splash for the win at 14 minutes, 20 seconds after pinning GENTARO. Masamune and Yuya Susumu would defeat the young team of Tomoya Hirata and Shunsuke Sauama when Masamune would get the win at 12 minutes, 17 seconds using the Kaminari Setsu on Hirata. Brahman Shu and Brahman Kei would defeat Minoru Fujita and Aisawa # 1 when Kei would roll up Aisawa at 9 minutes, 24 seconds with Nobody's Pefect. Dragon Libre would defeat Naoki Kamata at 9 minutes, 14 seconds with a Missile Drop Kick for the win in the opening match.
FREEDOMS would then return to the Shizuoka Twin Messe where they would draw a crowd of 192 fans for the show. The main event would be Takashi Sasaki, Violento Jack, and Toru Sugiura defeating Unchain's Jun Kasai, Masashi Takeda, and Kenji Fukimoto in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match with Sugiura getting the win at 13 minutes, 55 seconds as he would hit the Over Easy on Fukimoto for the pin to build him up for his upcoming match against Jun Kasai. Minoru Fujita would defeat Tomoya Hirata in the semi-main event at 11 minutes, 26 seconds after rolling him with a Samson Clutch in a Hardcore Match. Mammoth Sasaki and GENTARO would defeat Brahman Shu and Brahman Kei at 10 minutes, 37 seconds after Mammoth would end up putting away Kei for the pinfall. Yuya Susumu would beat Shunsuke Sayama at 8 minutes, 24 seconds in a basic singles match. Kamui would defeat Naoki Kamata at 9 minutes, 5 seconds with an Arabian Press. The opening match would be a Shizuoka City Premium Friday Promotion as Premium Friday Mask and Dragon Libre would defeat Lazy Overtime Mask and Masamune when Friday Mask would get the win at 10 minutes, 58 seconds over Lazy Overtime with a Brainbuster.
Jun Kasai's annual Summer Death Match Carnival will begin on July 3, 2019 at Korakuen Hall with a main event of Jun Kasai taking on Toru Sugiura who has been rising up as a possible contender with great matches although he is coming away with losses in most of these high end challenges in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Weapons Board Death Match in what will be a non title match. Los Nomadas returns as Violento Jack, Miedo Extremo, and Ciclope will take on Masashi Takeda, Minoru Fujita, and Kenji Fukimoto in a Weapons Board Death Match. Mammoth Sasaki will take on his former WMF partner Kamui in a Hardcore Match. Takashi Sasaki and Tomoya Hirata team up to take on the Brahman Brothers. Kenichiro Arai and GENTARO team up to take on Yuya Susumu and Yasu Urano in what will probably set up a future UWA Jr. Heavyweight Title match down the line. Dragon Libre will team up with ZERO1's Syouki Kitamura as they go up against Shunsuke Sayama and Naoki Kamata.
Youngdoms returns as they will hold a show in the smaller Tokyo Oji Basement Mon*Star with a main event of Masashi Takeda going up against Shunsuke Sayama. Miedo Extremo will go up against Dragon Libre in the semi-main event. Toru Sugiura takes on Naoki Kamata. Violento Jack will team up against Tomoya Hirata and Ryukyu Dragon's Ultra Soki. The opening match will be Yuya Susumu teaming up with Togyo who works for the Taiwan Puzzle promotion as they take on AX and GAIA HOX who also work for the Taiwanese Puzzle promotion.
The A-Team returned to the Tokyo Kitasenju White Studio where they would announce 180 fans for the show. Nobutaka Moribe would successfully defend his WEW Jr. Heavyweight Title in the main event as he would end up putting away TORU at 21 minutes, 48 seconds with a Pulpo Guerrero to successfully defend the title for the fifth time. Daisuke Ikeda and Keiichi Sato defended their WEW Tag Team Titles in the semi-main event as they would defeat Daisaku Shimoda and Takumi Sakurai when Ikeda would put away the WEW Heavyweight Champion Daisaku Shimoda at 19 minutes, 49 seconds with his Dai-chan Bomber to successfully defend the titles for the first time. Naoki Tanizaki and Jiro Kuroshio would defeat HASEGAWA and Raiden when Kuroshio would hit hit Ikemensault to get the pinfall at 17 minutes, 1 second over HASEGAWA. FREEDOMS' GENTARO and Michinoku Pro's Takeshi Minamino would defeat Tomohiko Hashimoto and Gajo when Minamino would end up rolling up Gajo at 10 minutes, 20 seconds with a cradle for the win. The opening match would have Randy Preyer, Rion Mizuki, and Hazard defeat Masahiro Sase, Keita Yano, and Kazuki Enosawa when Hazard would put away Enosawa at 10 minutes, 41 seconds with a Tombstone Piledriver for the win.
Masashi Takeda would celebrate his wedding on June 9, 2019 in his hometown of Machida, Tokyo. Takeda would invite his friends Jun Kasai, Kenji Fukimoto, Takashi Sasaki, Shuji Ishikawa, and Hideki Suzuki. During the reception an impromptu match would end up taking place with Jun Kasai holding Takeda with Hideki Suzuki taking chops at him before Takeda would manage to escape and slam Kasai in front of everyone.
Mickey Ibaragi promoted a 2nd Anniversary of Mr. Pogo's passing Memorial Talk show on June 23, 2019 in Shinjuku. Ibaragi stated afterwards that Nakamaki was the big draw as the people attending who were hardcore W*ING fans had not had a chance to meet with Shoji Nakamaki as he had not appeared in over a decade for over anything wrestling related. Nakamaki after retiring from wrestling became a secretary for parliamentaries and he got to know many political and business people as a result. Kanemura and Nakamaki positively talked about their time in W*ING and Mr. Pogo. Both were asked what type of death match hurt them the worse with Nakamaki responding with thumbtacks and Kanemura responding with barbed wire and fire. Ibaragi stated he would like to do another one of these in August.
Hido made his first public appearance in over 6 years when would visit Mitsuhiro Matsunaga's Mr. Danger Steakhouse in Sumida, Tokyo on June 18, 2019. Hido who began suffering from liver disease ended up taking time off from pro-wrestling after November 2006. Hido would end up making a special appearance for the Apache Army show at Korakuen Hall on December 30, 2007 but would then disappear again. Hido would return to wrestling and wrestle from Summer to Fall 2008 as a part time wrestler appearing for Apache Army, ZERO1, and Onita Pro. Hido would end up working one show in 2009 on May 29th for Mickey Ibaragi starting up a new Shin-W*ING promotion. Hido would make another return into the ring in 2012 working for FREEDOMS and Real Japan before working his final match of his career on May 4, 2013 at Korakuen Hall as he would team up with his fellow W*ING allies Kintaro Kanemura and Hido as they would lose to the FMW team of Atsushi Onita, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, and Ricky Fuji. Hido would once again end up disappearing from the public eye. There has been questions about their marriage as Kudo before giving up social media in 2017 would post everything going on in her life except anything about her husband Hido. I do know they were still together as of 2014 when a friend of mine met up with them and took a picture and posted it to Facebook.
Hido would end up showing up to Matsunaga's restaurant noticeably thinner as his wrestling weight was around 230 pounds. Matsunaga asked him about his weight with Hido telling him that he was now about 158 pounds. It looks like the liver disease has resulted in him having Cirrhosis of the Liver which is something that will continue to effect his every day life for the rest of his life. It is not something he will probably die from any time soon, but it is something that can eventually kill you. Hido has had very little contact with anyone in wrestling as I asked Kanemura about Hido in my interview with him last year as the two go way back to 1993 in W*ING together and were always friendly with one another. Kanemura would state he tried to contact Hido by calling him following his December 2016 retirement and Hido did not pick up or ever get back with him. Hopefully everything will end up working out for his health as everyone I have talked to about Hido talk about that he is a really good guy.
Mr. Gannosuke following his retirement has been one of the best follows on Twitter over the last couple of months as he has been writing and telling stories about his early days in FMW including stories I had never heard about. Gannosuke first told a story about how in 1992 that FMW was working a show in a town that had no hotels available for them to be able to stay the night in. Go Ito who was charge back then of booking the hotels ended up booking all the babyfaces in a random families house to stay the night at before AirBNB's were a thing. Atsushi Onita ended up finding his own place to stay as he was traveling separately as well as the women wrestlers were located somewhere else as well as the heel bus stayed at another location but Tarzan Goto, Grigori Veritchev, Mr. Gannosuke, Eiji Ezaki, Ricky Fuji, Koji Nakagawa, and Sambo Asako all ended up having to stay in a family of threes house. Goto because of seniority got the family bed room, Veritchev ended up sleeping in the kids bed room upstairs, and all the other wrestlers ended up having to find room in the living room to sleep either on the couch or on the floor. Gannosuke stressed that it was not FMW or Go Ito going cheap but it was literally that they could not find anywhere in the location for them to stay. Goto was incredibly furious regardless at Go Ito for having them stay there with wrestlers having to sleep on the floor while trying to recover from their match the day before.
Gannosuke also told another interesting story about the real details of the Anus Explosion. Some one had wrote that FMW had bullied Ezaki and Gannosuke two rookies at the time to put fireworks up their ass as a way of hazing the new guys. Gannosuke responded that this was not the case at all. Gannosuke stated that again they were on tour in Hokkaido (this part I knew about) and there was only one hotel in the small town and the foreign/heels ended up getting the hotel leaving no place for the babyfaces to stay so they ended up staying at a camp site instead where they would all hang around the camp fire and fall asleep. There was a photographer for Pro-Wrestling Weekly with Eiji Ezaki going up to him and telling him he badly wanted coverage in the magazine again and the magazine photographer he had to do something to stand out to get in the magazine. Ricky Fuji then hearing this and having just bought fire works to set off while at the camp site suggested to Ezaki that he set off some of the fire works in his ass. The magazine photographer told him that would get him in the magazine. Mr. Gannosuke who was also drunk at the time would end up getting coerced into joining Ezaki and the both would end up doing it and making the magazine as a result. Battle Ranger also responded to this thread by saying he was watching the whole thing and just thinking how both Ezaki and Gannosuke were idiots for doing this.
Mr. Gannosuke also announced that he would be returning to Tokyo the first week of July as he will bartend at Naoshi Sano's Stanley Club on July 4th and attend the new Guts World promotion which goes by the name Shin-Guts Army on July 6th at the Tokyo Oji Basement Mon*Star.
Last year I was able to complete a goal of mine that I had set out to do a couple years prior not thinking I would be actually able to do it. I wanted to collect every FMW VHS video released from 1990 to 2000. I was finally able to do it after struggling to be able to find ironically the most rare/difficult video to find which was the FMW May 5, 2000 Commercial Video which had been very limited distributed as Toshiba EMI the FMW video distributor just focused on releasing compilation videos since video sales for actual shows were going down because of the product itself in decline as well as they were already airing in full on PPV. I have also been able to turn everyone of these cover arts into DVD cover arts and sell them along with DVD's of the specific show as well for anyone that is interested as I try and make back my money that I ended up spending to be able to complete this collection.
Atsushi Onita announced that he plans on
returning to the ring and wrestling a match on July 13, 2019 less than 5 months
following his double knee replacement surgery that took place on February 21st.
Onita announced that he will promote the show himself which will be his first
promoted show since December 3, 2017 when he tried his hand at being a referee a
little over a month after his retirement and did not like it. The show will be
promoted as his 45th Anniversary in pro-wrestling as he made his debut on April
14, 1974. Onita stated after two plus months his knees following the surgery are
still feeling very swollen, but he was told by his doctor prior to the surgery
that he would be capable of getting back in the ring after just four months.
Keiji Muto who had the same surgery ended up making his return to the ring just
a little bit over a year following the surgery and after wrestling two shows in
the U.S. last month has still not made his return to the ring in Japan. Onita
stated he set this goal of nearly 5 months to get back in the ring, so that he
could continue to keep rehabbing hard and as long as he does not give up, his
dream of making it back in the ring will come true. He mentioned that he will do
his best at rehabbing for the next couple of months until it is time to return
to the ring.
I mentioned on the previous update that Atsushi Onita met up with Damian while in New York during WrestleMania weekend and Onita accepted a deal to work an explosion match in Mexico. Onita gave the details following the meeting with Damian that he could not refuse the offer from Damian who played in early role in Onita's FMW. Onita stated that the explosion match will be for the Tijuana based promotion The Crash which Damian is the booker for. The show will take place in October and Onita stated it will be the first ever exploding barbed wire death match in Mexico. Onita mentioned again that he plans on having an explosion match in the UK and Australia afterwards as they had to be postponed due to Onita's injury. That is true about his talks with Melbourne City Wrestling as those talks began on January 3rd just prior to Onita announcing the pain both his knees were in. The UK deal though Onita has been talking about it since coming out of retirement in October and previously stating that he was going there in January to wrestle an explosion match but no promotion ever even announced anything with Onita as January came and went. Onita stated he will resume negotiations once he gets back in the ring.
FREEDOMS would return to the Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on April 18, 2019 and draw an announce crowd of 178 fans for the show. The main event would be a Fluorescent Light Tubes on all four sides of the ring with Jun Kasai and Masashi Takeda teaming up to take on the other two members of Unchain in Minoru Fujita and Kenji Fukimoto. Kasai would try for a Reverse Tiger Driver on Fujita but he would manage to end up kicking Kasai low and then hitting a Tombstone Piledriver on Kasai with Kasai being able to kick out before the three count. Fujita frustrated would then attack the referee and hit a Tombstone Piledriver on him as well. Fujita would then climb to the top with light tubes when Takeda would be able to grab him and deliver a Powerbomb on to Fujita with the light tubes smashing against his body. Kasai would then setup a stack of light tubes and deliver a Pearl Harbor Splash on Fujita followed by a Reverse Tiger Driver on the broken light tubes for the pinfall over Fujita at 17 minutes, 58 seconds for the win. Fujita afterwards would get on the mic and out of nowhere begin shaving his head due to the shame of losing to Kasai prior to his title defense against him with Kasai taking the hair and showing it off as a trophy to end the show.
The semi-main event would be a Hardcore Match between Takashi Sasaki, Violento Jack, and Mammoth Sasaki against Toru Sugiura, Kamui, and Tomoya Hirata with Jack getting the win over Hirata at 16 minutes, 53 seconds with a Amatulan. brother YASSHI and TORU would team up to take on the team of GENTARO and Kenichiro Arai. TORU would end up getting upset at YASSHI and shoving him out of the way and going to hit a Brainbuster on GENTARO when YASSHI would come over and attack his partner. YASSHI would then hit a Tombstone Piledriver on GENTARO and finish him at 11 minutes, 5 seconds off with a Big Head for the win to setup YASSHI challenging for Arai's UWA Jr. Heavyweight Title on May 2nd. Yuya Susumu would defeat Shunsuke Sayama at 10 minutes, 8 seconds with a Cross Facelock as it looks like Shunsuke Sayama might possibly be joining the promotion full time eventually after his home promotion Asuka Project shut down in March. Brahman Shu and Brahman Kei defeated ZERO1's Syouki Kitamura and Naoki Kitamura when Kei got the win at 7 minutes, 30 seconds with Nobody's Pefect. Masamune won the opening match at 7 minutes, 4 seconds over Tatsuya Hanami with the Koumori Tsuri Otoshi for the win.
FREEDOMS would run on April 21, 2019 at the Hiroshima Industry Center West Building with a main event and semi-main event as the Shin-Kiba show three days earlier. The show would announce a crowd of 377 fans for the show. The main event would be the exact main event match as Shin-Kiba with Jun Kasai and Masashi Takeda again teaming up to take on Minoru Fujita and Kenji Fukimoto in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Weapons Death Match with Kasai getting the win at 18 minutes, 45 seconds this time over Fukimoto instead of Fujita when he would hit the Pearl Harbor Splash for the win. The semi-main event would be Takashi Sasaki, Violento Jack, and Mammoth Sasaki once again teaming up to take on Toru Sugiura, Kamui, and this time Yuko Miyamoto instead of Tomoya Hirata in a Hardcore Match with Jack getting the win with the Amatalan at 12 minutes, 59 seconds over Sugiura. GENTARO and Kenichiro Arai would also team up on this show this time against Basara's Takumi Tsukamoto and Hiroshima based wrestler Devil Magician with GENTARO making Devil Magician tap out at 13 minutes, 40 seconds with an Octopus Hold. Yuya Susumu and Tomoya Hirata would defeat the Hiroshima based Kenshin Chikano and Takeshi Okada when Susumu would pick up the win at 10 minutes, 16 seconds with a Front Crash over Okada. Osaka based wrestler Idea would defeat Naoki Kamata at 5 minutes, 24 seconds with a cradle. The opening match would be Brahman Shu and Kei defeating Dove Pro's Rey Paloma and Rising Hayato when Kei would get the win 9 minutes, 51 seconds when Shu would get the roll up win at 9 minutes, 51 seconds with Nobody's Perfect.
FREEDOMS would return to Korakuen Hall on May 2, 2019 drawing an announced 985 fans for the show although this main event of Jun Kasai against Minoru Fujita was not at the level of the previous years show of Masashi Takeda vs. Violento Jack as far as hype and it still did 18 fans better although FREEDOMS were hoping to draw at least 1,000 fans for this show and considered it a slight disappointment.
Jun Kasai would defend his King of Freedom World Championship against Minoru Fujita who would come to the ring with a bag over his head before revealing his new hair style following him cutting his hair back on the April 18th show in a Razor Cross Board Death Match. Fujita would charge at Kasai with Kasai moving out of the way and Fujita going head first into the razor cross board. Fujita would come back by pulling out a cheese grader and using it to cut open Kasai. Fujita would then pull out several flower pot plants and begin smashing them and breaking them into pieces with a chair. Fujita would try to slam him on the broken flower pots but Kasai would end up managing to slam him across the broken pots. Kasai would go up for a Pearl Harbor Splash but Fujita would get up and pull out an actual stun gun and use it on Kasai's leg allowing Fujita to hit a Tombstone Piledriver on Kasai off the top rope. Kasai would still manage to kick out though. Fujita would then try to suplex Kasai but Kasai would manage to reverse it and follow that up by setting up a stack of light tubes across Fujita and hit the Pearl Harbor Splash with Fujita being able to kick out. Kasai would then end it at 22 minutes, 55 seconds by hitting the Reverse Tiger Driver to successfully defend the King of Freedom World Championship for the third time. Fujita would then put the belt on Kasai out of respect for him showing he was still the best and deserved to be champion. Kasai would do an interview backstage where he would begin to cry over the emotion of Fujita who was a senior to Kasai in the Big Japan Dojo in 1998 and all the struggles he has gone through the past couple of years including a divorce for Fujita to still have the positive attitude he showed struck a chord with Kasai that left him in tears.
The semi-main event would be GENTARO celebrating his 20th Anniversary of his debut and his 25th Anniversary in pro-wrestling going up against Masashi Takeda. GENTARO made his professional debut on May 8, 1999 for Wrestle Dream Factory as FM Taro as the five years prior he had been a University wrestler while attending Josai University in Saitama. GENTARO would end up dumping Takeda out of the ring and hitting a plancha on the outside on Takeda. GENTARO would then place Takeda in a figure four leglock around the turnbuckle with GENTARO eventually having to break the hold. Takeda would end up fighting back and hitting multiple German Suplexs on GENTARO before finally putting GENTARO away at 15 minutes, 27 seconds with a Dragon Suplex. Masato Tanaka make his return to FREEDOMS for the first time since December 25, 2012 as he would team up with Violento Jack and Mammoth Sasaki to take on Takashi Sasaki, Yuko Miyamoto, and Toru Sugiura in a Hardcore Match with Sugiura pulling out the upset win to continue his long term push as he would pin Jack at 13 minutes, 15 seconds with an Over Easy to build to their singles match the next day.
Kamui would defeat Kenji Fukimoto at 10 minutes, 8 seconds in a Barbed wire Board Gadget Board Death Match despite getting his masked ripped and bloodied including Fukimoto using a fishing hook to catch on to Kamui's lip before Kamui would get the pin at 10 minutes, 8 seconds after hitting Fukimoto with a Fire Bird Splash. Kenichiro Arai would successfully defend his UWA Jr. Heavyweight Title against brother YASSHI with Arai working on YASSHI's arm a majority of the match before eventually getting him to tap out at 9 minutes, 34 seconds with an Armbar to successfully defend the title for the third time. Dragon Libre would make his return after separating his shoulder back on December 16, 2018 which already is his second major injury since making his debut in 2016 as he would team up with Yuya Susumu against TORU and Shunsuke Sayama with Sayama making Libre tap out at 11 minutes, 58 seconds with a Cross Armbreaker. Tomoya Hirata would defeat rookie Naoki Kamata at 7 minutes, 53 seconds with a German Suplex in the opening match.
FREEDOMS would hold their annual Yokohama Radiant Hall show as part of Golden Week on May 3, 2019 drawing 167 fans for the show. The main event would be Violento Jack taking on Toru Sugiura with Jack starting off early by hitting a Piledriver on Sugiura and then sending him outside the ring and delivering a suicide dive on Sugiura. Sugiura would come back and manage to suplex Jack into a tunrbuckle and hit the Over Easy but Jack would end up grabbing Sugiura's arm and placing him in the Jack Jabe submission hold to get the win at 16 minutes, 17 seconds with the submission as Sugiura's long term push slowly continues. The semi-main event would be a Hardcore Match between Jun Kasai and Masashi Takeda going up against Takashi Sasaki and Kamui with Kamui bringing in a ladder in the match and dropping it on Kasai followed by attempting to hit a Swanton Bomb off the ladder but Kasai would end up moving out of the way instead. Sasaki would come in and make the save for Kamui and begin delivering kicks to the heads of both Kasai and Takeda. Kamui would come in and hit a Fire Bird Splash on Kasai with Takeda having to make the save. Kasai would then manage to get up and hit a lariat on Kamui and then deliver a Pearl Harbor Splash on him but Kamui would manage to kick out at two. Kasai would then finish Kamui at 15 minutes, 2 seconds with a Reverse Tiger Driver for the win. Minoru Fujita and Kenji Fukimoto would team up to take on Yuya Susumu and Tomoya Hirata with Fujita getting the win at 11 minutes, 12 seconds after Fujita would roll up Hirata for the win at 11 minutes, 12 seconds with a Samson Clutch. Mammoth Sasaki and GENTARO would team up to take on the outsider team of Shiuchiro Katsumara and Shunsuke Sayama with Mammoth putting away Sayama at 15 minutes, 30 seconds with a 29 Years Old. Naoki Kamata would participate in a Yokohama Festival Young Generation Five Match Trial with all the matches having a three minute time limit. Naoki Kamata would first face off against Ice Ribbon's Ibuki Hoshi as they would end up going to a three minute time limit. Kamata would then go to another three minute time limit against Ice Ribbon's Guilia. Kamata would then have another three minute with Actwres girl'Z's Himeka Arita, followed by another three minute time limit draw with British freelancer Amazon. The last match of the trial series would be against ZERO1's Syouki Kitamura with Kitamura getting the win with a Boston Crab at 2 minutes, 56 seconds just four seconds before the time limit would have expired. The opening match would have Shinobu get the win over Dragon Libre at 7 minutes, 8 seconds with a Missile Kick.
FREEDOMS would hold their first ever show at the Okinawa Miyakojima JTA Dome in the beautiful Miyako Islands drawing an announced crowd of 501 fans for the show. This island has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The main event would have Riki Choshu wrestling in his final FREEDOMS show one month prior to his second retirement as he would team up with Takashi Sasaki and Ryukyu Dragon's Guruken Mask as they would take on Shiro Koshinaka, Jun Kasai, and Toru Sugiura with Choshu putting the Scorpion Death Lock on Sugiura to get the win at 11 minutes, 42 seconds after Sugiura would tap out. Violento Jack and Mammoth Sasaki would team up to take on the Ryukyu Dragon team of Ultra Soki and Hijya Kidman with Jack getting the win at 11 minutes, 41 seconds over Kidman. Kamui and Dagon Libre would team up to defeat GENTARO and Tomoya Hirata when Libre would get his first win since coming back into action at 12 minutes, 18 seconds after hitting a Hurricanrana on Hirata. Hibiscus Mii would defeat Pork Tomato at 7 minutes, 21 seconds after she would hit a Diving Body Press for the win in the Ryukyu Dragon match. Yuya Susumu and Futa Shimadou would defeat Kenji Fukimoto and Naoki Kamata after Susumu would make Kamata tap out at 9 minutes, 24 seconds with a Cross Facelock for the win.
FREEDOMS will then run the next day on May 26, 2019 at the Fukuoka Kitakyushu Moji Red Brick which is an annual show for them to run at the building. The main event will be the Unchain team of Jun Kasai, Masashi Takeda, and Minoru Fujita going up against Takashi Sasaki, Violento Jack, and Mammoth Sasaki. The semi-main event will be GENTARO and Toru Sugiura teaming up against Kenji Fukimoto and Fukuoka wrestler Tsuchiya Crazy. Kamui and Dragon Libre team up once again this time against Yuya Susumu against Tomoya Hirata who will also be teaming for the second day in a row. Naoki Kamata takes on Fukuoka based wrestler Nozomi Kubo and the opening match will be the annual Gamshara Pro match with Turueno Guerrero, HIROYA, and a Mystery Partner taking on Yoju, Tessho, and a Mystery Partner on their team.
The A-Team would return to the Nara Nishiwa Distribution Center Special Ring drawing their usual announced crowd of 250 fans for the show. The main event saw Nobutaka Moribe successfully defend his WEW Jr. Heavyweight Title for the third time as he would defeat Akira Jo at 14 minutes, 1 second with a Phenomenal Forearm. The semi-main event saw Tomohiko Hashimoto and HASEGAWA team up with Antonio Inoki impersonator/comedian Antonokino Inoki as they would defeat Raiden, Rion Mizuki, and Shitamachi Pro's Antonio Koinoki with Hashimoto getting the win over Raiden at 14 minutes, 58 seconds with the XCT. Daisaku Shimoda and Gajo would defeat the team of Randy Preyer and Takeshi Irei after Shimoda would get the pin at 13 minutes, 16 seconds after rolling up Irei. Takumi Sakurai would go to a 20 minute time limit draw with Basara's Fuminori Abe. Daisuke Ikeda and Michio Kageyama would team up to defeat Tadanobu Fujisawa and Hiroaki Ura after Kageyama would pick up the win over Ura at 14 minutes, 13 seconds with a Brainbuster. The opening match would be Dream Fight Pro's Mototsugu Shimizu defeating Takeshi Mabayu at 6 minutes, 41 seconds after reversing a cradle for the pinfall.
The A-Team's next show would then be on April 21, 2019 at the Tokyo Kitasenju Theater 1010 where they would announce a crowd of 150 fans for the show. The main event would be Daisaku Shimoda defending his WEW World Heavyweight Title against Tomohiko Hashimoto with Shimoda getting the win at 13 minutes, 4 seconds after nailing Hashimoto with a Right Kick to the head to successfully defend the title for the second time. Daisuke Ikeda and Keiichi Sato would capture the WEW Tag Team Titles after defeating Raiden and Akira Jo when Ikeda would pick up the win over Jo at 18 minutes, 21 seconds with the Dai-chan Bomber for the win and the titles. TORU and HASEGAWA would defeat the team of Nobutaka Moribe and Takumi Sakurai after TORU would get the pinfall over Sakurai at 18 minutes, 29 seconds with a Brainbuster. Former W*ING wrestler Nobuhiro Tsuramaki would appear and take out Gajo at 7 minutes, 59 seconds with an Armbar. Kuniyoshi Wada and the masked Hazard would defeat Randy Preyer and Masahiro Sase when Hazard would pick up the win over Sase at 9 minutes, 45 seconds with a Tombstone Piledriver. The opening match would be Rion Mizuki defeating Kazuki Enosawa at 5 minutes, 38 seconds with a Right Kick to the head for the win.
The A-Team would then return back to the Tokyo Oji Basement Mon*Star for their May 12, 2019 show drawing an announced 110 fans for the show. The only announced main event would be Nobutaka Moribe defending his WEW Jr. Heavyweight Title against Michinoku Pro's Takeshi Minamino who once told me the world was going to end on December 12, 2012 and he would end up being defeated as Moribe would get the win at 12 minutes, 12 seconds with the Nandome no Aozoraka? for his fourth successful title defense. TORU afterwards would come out and challenge him to a WEW Jr. Heavyweight Title at the next show in June. Raiden and HASEGAWA would defeat Black Avalon and Keiichi Sato when HASEGAWA would pin Avalon at 12 minutes, 46 seconds with a Diving Foot Stomp. Gajo would defeat Takumi Sakurai at 9 minutes, 51 seconds with a Lariat. Daisuke Ikeda and Daisaku Shimoda would team up to defeat Hiroshi Yamato and Rion Mizuki when Shimoda would finish off Mizuki at 13 minutes, 43 seconds with a Right Kick to the head of Mizuki. The opening match would be Tomohiko Hashimoto teaming up with Yutaka Yoshie's brother Tsuneo Yoshie as they would defeat Masahiro Sase and Kazuki Enosawa at 14 minutes, 21 seconds when Yoshie would get the pin over Enosawa when Hashimoto would nail him with a Brainbuster.
The A-Team's next show will take place on June 23, 2019 at the newly renamed Tokyo Kitasenju White Studio. The main event will be Nobutaka Moribe defending the WEW Jr. Heavyweight Title against TORU. Daisuke Ikeda and Keiichi Sato defend the WEW Tag Team Titles against Daisaku Shimoda and Takumi Sakurai. HASEGAWA and Raiden look to have formed a regular team as they take on Naoki Tanizaki and Jiro Kuroshio. Tomohiko Hashimoto and Gajo team up to take on FREEDOMS' GENTARO making his first appearance for the promotion in a year as he teams up with Michinoku Pro's Takeshi Minamino. The opening match will be Randy Preyer and Rion Mizuki going up against Masahiro Sase and Kazuki Enosawa.
Kintaro Kanemura and Tetsuhiro Kuroda appeared at the Toudoukan store in Sugamo, Tokyo on May 11, 2019 to do a Special Talk Show in celebration of what would have been Kodo Fuyuki's 59th birthday. Kakuryou Yasuda was the host of the event as he asked questions to Kanemura and Kuroda about Fuyuki which Yasuda explained to start the show that you would have to live through that era to really understood what all Fuyuki meant to wrestling publicly and privately. Kanemura and Kuroda were both asked questions about Fuyuki's dealings with Mitsuharu Misawa, Shinya Hashimoto, and Atsushi Onita. It was described that they both told exhilarating stories, delicate stories, funny stories, and happy stories. One take away from the event was that Kanemura did not need a cain to walk around which he has needed ever since he retired in late 2016 although he still is wearing his emergency alert bracelet in case he were to fall.
Mickey Ibaragi announced he will hold a talk show event on June 23, 2019 which will be the two year mark of Mr. Pogo's passing to celebrate Mr. Pogo's life at the RENOAL at the Shinjuku Ward. Kintaro Kanemura will be attending the event although he will be promoted under his old W*ING name of Yukihiro Kanemura as well as Shoji Nakamaki will be appearing which Ibaragi is promoting is a big deal as Nakamaki has not made many public appearances since he retired although I saw a recent picture of him recently and he does not look in good shape. Ibaragi plans to talk memories of Mr. Pogo as well as Mitsuhiro Matsunaga, Jado, Gedo, and the late Koichiro Kimura. Ibaragi stated that they will go over many secret stories that just now he feels comfortable talking about since it has been so long. Fans will get pictures with Nakamaki and Kanemura afterwards.
Mr. Gannosuke most likely made a tweeted in jest but he stated that he will be turning 51 next month and he wants to return back to the ring like Onita as becoming middle age has been a difficult adjustment for him. I wrote about it earlier in the year but you can tell that Gannosuke has started to miss everything that came with being a wrestler although continuing to be a wrestler nearing 50 and his home promotion closing down made him decide he needed to get away entirely from wrestling by moving back to South Japan in Kumamoto and getting married and starting a brand new job working at nursing home facility. The marriage aspect did not work out as they were divorced before he could even move to Kumamoto with her due to such an age difference. Gannosuke has put a lot of his time and energy into horse racing which he will be airing on the Green Channel in Japan on June 9th to do a segment on the sport as it is a long time passion for him. Another thing he has put his time into is going on a diet as he had felt unhappy that he gotten up to 213 pounds and began a diet back on April 14th and has since lost 24 pounds and is now back down to 189 pounds. I don't see Gannosuke coming back to the ring as he is almost 51 and it is something he takes very serious in making sure he stay in wrestling shape which had become too difficult for him but it will be interesting to see here over the course of the next year or so if Gannosuke will be able to stay away from the addiction of the pro-wrestling ring or if it will be able to get him to come back once again in his fifties.
I wanted to update you guys on the Hayabusa white jacket I was able to purchase back in December 2016. This is the same jacket that Hayabusa wore to the ring starting on November 20, 1998 which also happens to be the very first big FMW show I covered up until August 11, 2001. There were three jackets made this one, his brown one he wore for his big matches from 1995 to 2000 which is now owned by a bar owner in Sapporo, and his red jacket that was worn from 1996 to 1997 that was won by a kid in a raffle at an FMW show in 2001 that I have not heard anything about since. I was able to finally get a shadow box created at a size that the jacket would be able to fit in. It can be opened and closed so I can pull it out when I need to as there is a part of me that would like to try and get it cleaned up more. When I first received the previous owner had not kept up with it at all and just kept in a room where a lot of cigarette smoking had taken place. I was able to clean out a lot of dirt and smoke that had stuck to the feathery part of the jacket and I was able to repaint it as much of the paint had began to came off but obviously I can not do a professional job that it deserves. I have tried looking for someone that would be able to clean it up professionally but because of the uniqueness of the jacket it is very difficult to find someone that would even know what to do on how to continue to keep it from deteriorating. This is my most proud wrestling item in my collection, and it is something I will do my best on trying to make sure it looks as good as I can personally make sure it is while displaying it in my home.
Atsushi Onita returned to the United States on April 4, 2019 for WrestleCon and Joey Janela's Spring Break. Onita had originally been booked to wrestle on Janela's first show on April 5th but because of the double knee replacement surgery on February 21, 2019 he was nowhere close to being able to wrestle. Onita stated after the surgery that he still wanted to America to take pictures and sign autographs for fans meaning he still wanted to attend WrestleCon in New York and attend the Spring Break show in Jersey City, New Jersey. The big obstacle was being able to deal with the 14 hour flight from Tokyo to New York. Onita also had to get his doctor to write a note in English stating that he had a medical prosthesis implant that had metal in it that would cause the metal detectors during security checks to go off. Onita's health has improved that he was able to get by with a walking cane and not a wheel chair.
Onita who also came with his wife had help from Kikutaro was he arrived get situated at his hotel. Onita then arrived to Times Square early on April 5th to attend WrestleCon. He dressed up in his wrestling gear and needing his cane to get around and he was seen before the event started smoking a cigarette while cursing to himself in English. Onita had a booth with many different memorabilia to sell as he saw this as a golden opportunity to make some good money during the weekend. Onita got a visa to be able to sell merchandise while he was there which Masato Tanaka who also was in New York and New Jersey was unable to do because he did not get a visa to be able to make any money off goods. He had old Pro-Wrestling Weekly Magazines from the 1990's and large sized infamous FMW photos taken of him from 1990-1994 to sign that he was willing to autograph for $25 dollars, he was taking pictures for $25 dollars, and both an autograph and a picture would go for $40 dollars, and he was selling four different t-shirts that he had worn in the last 10 years with three of them going for $200 dollars and one going for $500 dollars. One fan that Onita autographed his arm at the event went and got a tattoo on his arm of Onita's autograph that day.
Atsushi Onita also got to meet some people he wanted to take pictures with. Right away he spotted Greg Valentine who he knew more for being the son of Johnny Valentine who he worked with in San Antonio, Texas. Onita the next day on April 6th saw the Rock N Roll Express who he infamously worked with in 1981 in Memphis. Onita got pictures with both Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson. He also met with Damian while he was there who worked for Onita's FMW from 1991 to 1995. Onita while talking about Damian mentioned that his offer to go to Mexico this year for a Exploding Death Match is for October 2019 and he still plans on being able to perform by then. That would mean that Onita would be back in the ring after just 8 months or so from double knee replacement surgery. Keiji Muto in comparison needed 13 months after his double knee replacement surgery to be able to come back this weekend for a limited spot in a Battle Royal for the New Japan Madison Square Garden show.
Onita also met with Matt Tremont while at WrestleCon and took pictures with him. Onita mentioned that he considers Tremont his American Brother ever since Once in a Lifetime. Onita mentioned that he still wants to do an exploding match in United States which was what he was hoping to promote it himself before he needed to get the surgery. Onita also attended the Spring Break show but did not participate at the show itself and just had a booth selling his memorabilia and taking pictures with fans. Onita had an overall good time, and made some good money during his time in America and he goes back to Japan working on recovering and training with the mind set that he will be ready to be back in the ring by October.
FREEDOMS would return to the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on March 7, 2019 drawing an announced 160 fans for the show. The main event would be a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match between Jun Kasai and Kenji Fukimoto going up against Takashi Sasaki and Toru Sugiura. Sugiura would try to send Kasai into the light tubes early on but Kasai would end up reversing it and sending Sugiura into the light tubes instead. Kasai would then pick up Sugiura and drop him face first into a ligh t tube. Kasai would then charge at Sugiura going for a lariat but Sugiura would manage to deliver a drop kick on Kasai instead. Sugiura would then set up Kasai in the corner and Sugiura would do a somersault dive onto Kasai on a stack of light tubes as they would break across Kasai's head. Sugiura would then go to deliver a moonsault on Fukimoto on a light tube but Fukimoto would manage to get up and grab Sugiura and deliver a powerbomb on the light tube and then finish Sugiura off at 14 minutes, 59 seconds with a Package Piledriver on the stack of light tubes. Fukimoto would then attack Kasai afterwards and smash a light tube over his head and hit a Package Piledriver on him and challenge him for the King of Freedom World Champion on March 31st with Kasai accepting.
The semi-main event would be Violento Jack and Mammoth Sasaki defending their King of Freedom Tag Team Titles against GENTARO and Kenichiro Arai. Arai would kick Jack low and roll him up but the referee who had seen the kick would refuse to count the pinfall. GENTARO and Arai upset over the referee for not counting would grab the tag titles and begin leaving with them. The referee would begin counting them out as Mammoth would run on the stage and headbutt both Arai and GENTARO. Mammoth would then pick up GENTARO and deliver a Powerbomb off the ramp into the ring. Arai would then charge at Mammoth who would duck and sunset flip Arai as he would fly into the ring. Mammoth would then hit a Falcon Arrow on Arai followed by Jack getting the win with the Amatalan at 12 minutes, 51 seconds to successfully defend their tag titles for the third time. Chikara would then come in the ring and deliver a chop off the top rope on Arai and challenge him for the UWA Jr. Heavyweight Title with Arai accepting. Masashi Takeda and Minoru Fujita would defeat Yuko Miyamoto and Yuya Susumu when Takeda would make Susumu tap out at 11 minutes, 18 seconds with an Ankle Lock. Kengo Mashimo would go up against Tomoya Hirata with Hirata hitting a spear on Mashimo and then delivering a flying drop kick at him. They both would begin exchanging chops with one another with Mashimo beginning to hold his shoulder afterwards and going up to the referee in obvious pain with the referee stopping the match due to Mashimo's shoulder injury to give Hirata the win. The injury would not be too severe as Mashimo is already back in action. Kamui and Chikara would team up to defeat Masamune and TORU when Chikara would score the upset win over Masamune at 13 minutes, 17 seconds with a Backslide. Shunsuke Sayama would defeat Naoki Kamata at 8 minutes, 49 seconds with a Brainbuster for the win in the opening match.
FREEDOMS would then hold a show on March 24, 2019 at the Osaka Miyakojima Ward Citizen Center. The main event would have Yuko Miyamoto and Kamui defeating Jun Kasai and Minoru Fujita in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match when Kamui would deliver a Reverse Tiger Driver to get the win at 16 minutes, 52 seconds over Fujita. The semi-main event would be Kenji Fukimoto being built up for his title match the following week as he would defeat Toru Sugiura at 12 minutes, 36 seconds with a Package Piledriver on a chair. Violento Jack and Mammoth Sasaki would defeat Masashi Takeda and Tomoya Hirata when Jack would put away Hirata at 10 minutes, 48 seconds with a Amatalan. The Osaka team of Takoyakida, Ultimate Spider Jr. and Idea would defeat Takashi Sasaki, GENTARO, and Dyna Mido when Idea would pick up the win at 7 minutes, 47 seconds with a Backslide over Mido. Yuya Susumu and Masamune would defeat Onryo and CHANGO when Masamune would get the win at 9 minutes, 16 seconds with a Honebami over CHANGO. The opening match would have Tida Heat defeat Naoki Kamata at 9 minutes, 47 seconds with a Moonsault.
FREEDOMS held their first Korakuen Hall show of the year on March 31, 2019 drawing an announced 746 fans for the show. The March show tends to be the lowest attended Korakuen Hall show of the year as they tend to not put as much focus on the main event as they do later for their Summer Korakuen Hall shows. This show actually did 8 people better than both 2017 and 2018 which drew 746 fans for the show. The main event was a No Canvas Glass Board Death Match with Jun Kasai defending his King of Freedom World Championship against Kenji Fukimoto which this is the third time in four years that Kenji Fukimoto would be main eventing the March Korakuen Hall by challenging for the King of Freedom World Championship.
Kasai would break the first glass board by hitting a lariat on Fukimoto which would cause him to fall into the first glass board and break it with glass flying everywhere. Kasai would then take a part some of the wood in the ring and place the other glass board over the hole in the ring. Kasai would try to hit a Tiger Driver on Kasai through the glass board but Fukimoto would fight back and deliver Kasai with a Package Piledriver through the glass board sending them both under the ring. Fukimoto would grab a fishing pole and catch Kasai's mouth on the hook as he would bring up Kasai from under the ring. Kasai would fight back and manage to get back up and grab a vase and then begin breaking it with a chair to use as a weapon but Fukimoto would end up grabbing the chair and nail Kasai with it and follow that up by delivering a Powerbomb on Kasai on to the broken vase pieces with Kasai managing to kick out at two. Kasai and Fukimoto would then begin fighting on the top turnbuckle with Kasai delivering a headbutt and sending Fukimoto off the top rope into the broken vase pieces. Kasai would then grab a razor cross board and place it over Fukimoto and deliver the Pearl Harbor Splash with Fukimoto managing to kick out. Kasai would then deliver a Reverse Tiger Driver on the broken vase to get the win at 17 minutes, 33 seconds to successfully defend the King of Freedom World Championship for the second time. Kasai would begin mocking Fukimoto after once again defeating him which would lead to fellow Unchain member Minoru Fujita coming out afterwards to stop Kasai and then challenge him to a King of Freedom World Championship Match on May 2nd at the next Korakuen Hall show with Kasai accepting. Jun Kasai and Masashi Takeda also made a challenge to one another for a singles match at the Christmas Death Match show once again as that match is the big draw for the company and they are going to give it a one year rest.
Takashi Sugiura would take on Masashi Takeda in the semi-main event of the show in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match. Sugiura would be eager to show his willingness to go through a death match as he would stack light tubes on Takeda in the corner and deliver a somersault dive breaking the light tubes across Takeda's body. Sugiura's lip would end up getting cut open deep during this match after glass would end up flying into it and cutting it open deep. Sugiura would try to deliver a suplex to Takeda with a light tube but Takeda would turn it around and break the light tube across Sugiura's mouth causing Sugiura's blood from his mouth to go flying everywhere. Takeda would then throw a stack of light tubes at Sugiura with Sugiura catching them and Takeda would deliver a drop kick to them breaking the light tubes across Sugiura's chest. Sugiura would fight back by giving Takeda a head butt and then deliver his Over Easy finisher but Sugiura would grab a ladder looking to dive off it but Takeda would manage to get up and climb it and then smash a light tube over Sugiura's head and Takeda would dive off the ladder and finish Sugiura off with the U-Crash on light tubes for the win at 14 minutes, 30 seconds in the best match of the night. I felt like they were going to go with Toru Sugiura to just main event and lose at either this show or the May 2nd show but it looks like they are going to try and build him up slowly with long term plans and I see him taking the title eventually later in the year possibly at the 10 Year Anniversary show in October.
Violento Jack and Mammoth Sasaki would defend their King of Freedom Tag Team Titles against Takashi Sasaki and Tomoya Hirata with Hirata looking impressive early and showing some fighting spirit by delivering a spear to both Mammoth and Jack followed by a tope. Hirata would charge at Jack but get hit by a lariat by him instead. Jack would then hit a Swanton Bomb as Mammoth would finish Hirata off with a a 29 Years old at 14 minutes, 24 seconds to successfully defend the King of Freedom Tag Team Titles for the fourth time. Kenichiro Arai would defend the UWA Jr. Heavyweight Title against Chikara's dad Mitsuo Momota after Chikara would be unable to compete due to injuring his arm so badly that he would have to stay at the hospital. Chikara would accompany his dad during the match with his arm in a cast. Arai would attack Momota right away and begin attacking him with the belt. Arai would then bust open Momota. Arai would then charge at Momota but he would manage to sunset flip Arai for a two count. Arai would then go low and place Momota in the figure four leglock with Arai tapping out after Arai would grab a hold of the rope at 10 minutes, 21 seconds for his 4th title defense.
GENTARO and former WMF wrestlers Onryo and Kamui would defeat Yuya Susumu, Kazma Sakamoto, and TORU after GENTARO would make TORU tap out at 10 minutes, 24 seconds with a Sharpshooter. Minoru Fujita would defeat Masamune at 8 minutes, 35 seconds with a Samson Clutch to build him up for the next Korakuen Hall show. Shunsuke Sayama who now is without a home after Asuka Pro has closed down would team up with Tatsuya Hanami to defeat Naoki Kamata and Syouki Kitamura after Sayama would make Kamata tap out at 7 minutes, 46 seconds with a Crab Hold.
FREEDOMS subgroup Youngdoms would hold a One Day Tournament at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on April 9, 2019 drawing 75 fans for the show. The first round matches were Ryukyu Dragon's Ultra Soki defeating Leo Isaka at 5 minutes, 13 seconds with a Neck Hanging Bomb. Shunsuke Sayama would defeat Tatsuya Hamani at 3 minutes, 56 seconds with a high kick. ZERO1's Syouki Kitamura would make Naoki Kamata tap out at 5 minutes, 43 seconds with a Crab Hold. Tomoya Hirata would defeat Takahiro Katori at 6 minutes, 11 seconds with a Camel Clutch. Semi-Final matches had Shunsuke Sayama defeat Ultra Soki at 5 minutes, 34 seconds with a Victory Clutch and Tomoya Hirata get the big win over his rival Syouki Kitamura at 8 minutes, 41 seconds with a German Suplex. The one non tournament match had Violento Jack, Yuya Susumu, and Toru Sugiura defeat TORU, Fuminori Abe, and Shota Nakagawa when Jack would get the pinfall at 19 minutes, 22 seconds with a Violent Breaker on Nakagawa. The finals of the tournament had Shunsuke Sayama defeat Tomoya Hirata at 6 minutes, 42 seconds with a Buzzsaw Kick to win the Youndoms One Day Tournament with no tournament going over 10 minutes.
The next FREEDOMS show will take place on April
18, 2019 as they return to Shin-Kiba 1st Ring with the main event of Jun Kasai
and Masashi Takeda going up against Minoru Fujita and Kenji Fukimoto in a Death
Match. The semi-main event will be Violento Jack, Mammoth Sasaki, and Takashi
Sasaki going up against Toru Sugiura, Kamui, and Tomoya Hirata in a Hardcore
Match. GENTARO and Kenichiro Arai team up to take on brother YASSHI and TORU to
setup the UWA Jr. Heavyweight Title Match for May 2nd. Yuya Susumu will go up
against Shunsuke Sayama. Naoki Kamata and ZERO1's Syouki Kitamura form a team to
take on Brahman Shu and Brahman Kei. The opening match will be Masamune going up
against Tatsuya Hanami who works for Kaientai Dojo which will be going under a
name change as a promotion after April 13th in the opening match.
FREEDOMS will then return to the Hiroshima Industry Center West Building on April 21, 2019 as they will run a similar lineup as the Tokyo show three days earlier. The main event will be the same with Jun Kasai and Masashi Takeda teaming up to take on Minoru Fujita and Kenji Fukimoto in a Death Match so expect some 50/50 booking leading up to the May 2nd show. Violento Jack, Mammoth Sasaki, and Takashi Sasaki team up once again against Toru Sugiura, Kamui, and this time Yuko Miyamoto in a Hardcore Match. GENTARO and Kenichiro Arai will this time go up against the Hiroshima based Devil Magician as well as Basara's Takumi Tsukamoto. Yuya Susumu and Tomoya Hirata take on the Hiroshima based Kenshin Chikano and Takeshi Okada. Naoki Kamata takes on Osaka based Idea and the opening match will be Brahman Shu and Kei taking on Hiroshima based Rey Paloma and Rising Hayato.
Takashi Sasaki announced that this year the annual Okinawa show will take place at the Okinawa Miyakojima JTA Dome which is walking distance from the airport on May 19, 2019. Riki Choshu has been booked on this show. I went to Miyakojima last year and it is one of the most beautiful islands in the world let alone Japan. Takashi Sasaki when visiting the island for promotional work pretty much said the exact same thing after walking around it with Choshu.
Takashi Sasaki also made his first appearance in Big Japan on April 7, 2019 since defeating Masaya Takahashi on October 3, 2013. Sasaki who had been moved down the card in Big Japan towards his last year with the company had made the decision to pull himself and Jun Kasai out of working Big Japan reguarly with FREEDOMS becoming a full time company in 2014 enough so that he would rent out a building in Yokohama for an office in 2014. Sasaki who had originally wanted FREEDOMS to stay away from Death Matches because it would be too much like Big Japan ended up having to embrace the Death Matches because of how much better the shows with death matches on top were doing than non-death match main event shows. Sasaki decided that since they were going to be a Death Match promotion to prevent themselves from being like a smaller Big Japan company they needed Jun Kasai to no longer work Big Japan anymore so that when he would work a FREEDOMS show it would come off as more special for their company. FREEDOMS and Big Japan have stayed on good terms the whole time and had work co-jointed shows in 2015 and 2017 and FREEDOMS have lent Kenji Fukimoto multiple times as well as had Jun Kasai appear at Big Japan's November 11, 2018 Tokyo Ryogoku Sumo Hall show. Big Japan has also lent Toshiyuki Sakuda several times through out the years. Takashi Sasaki had a FREEDOMS match booked along with Jun Kasai, Violento Jack, and Kenji Fukimoto at the same location and day as the Big Japan show and had agreed to work the Big Japan show teaming up with Ryuji Ito in the main event. Takashi Sasaki during talks with Big Japan has also agreed to work their Yokohama Bunka Gym show on May 5, 2019 which will be the first time he will be working that building in six years.
The A-Team returned to the Tokyo Oji Basement Mon*Star building on March 10, 2019 to draw an announce crowd of 120 fans for the show. The main event had Nobutaka Moribe go up against Naoki Tanizaki for the WEW Jr. Heavyweight Title and without giving Tanizaki the title or Tanizaki actually having to job to a lesser wrestler they had had a Double KO finish at 12 minutes, 41 seconds with Moribe keeping the belt for his second title defense. Daisuke Ikeda and Keiichi Sato defeated the team of Tomohiko Hashimoto and HASEGAWA when Ikeda put away HASEGAWA at 15 minutes 20 seconds with a Daichan Bomber which earns Ikeda and Sato at the WEW Tag Team Titles. Rion Mizuki and Takumi Sakurai defeated Raiden and Akira Jo when Mizuki pinned Raiden at 11 minutes, 32 seconds after rolling him up with an inside cradle. Daisaku Shimoda and Mitsuyoshi Nakai defeated Kuniyoshi Wada who is now an A-Team regular as well as Takafumi Ito when Shimoda made Wada tap out at 8 minutes, 40 seconds with a Ground Cobra Twist. Randy Preyer defeated Naoshi Sano at 6 minutes, 52 seconds with a Powerbomb. Takahiro Tababa KO'd Gajo at 5 minutes, 35 seconds with a Standing Neck Lock. Josh O'Brien defeated Kazuki Enosawa at 8 minutes, 59 seconds with a Double Arm DDT in the opening match.
The next A-Team show will be on April 14, 2019 at the Nara Nishiwa Distribution Center where the main event will be Nobutaka Moribe going up against Akira Jo in a WEW Jr. Heavyweight Title Match. Tomohiko Hashimoto will team up with HASEGAWA and Antonio Inoki impersonator/comedian Antonokino Inoki as they going up against Raiden, Rion Mizuki, and Shitamachi Pro's Small Antonio Inoki now going by the name Antonio Koinoki. Takumi Sakurai will go against Basara's Fuminori Abe in a singles match. Daisaku Shimoda teams up with Gajo as they take on Randy Preyer and Takeshi Irei. Daisuke Ikeda will team up with former Mr. Gannosuke partner Michio Kageyama as they go up against Osaka talent Tadanobu Fujisawa and Hiroaki Ura. The opening match will be Secret Base's Mototsugu Shimizu going up against Takeshi Mabayu.
There was some conversation a couple of weeks ago on Twitter after Manami Toyota got upset over Bea Priestley using her Japanese Ocean Cyclone Suplex move that she created as she never had even heard of Priestley and when she retired in 2017 she had passed it down to Ikuto Hidaka and Tsukasa Fujimoto to use. Mr. Gannosuke commented on this as someone who had came up with the Gannosuke Clutch and the Fire Thunder stated that he did no care who used the move but he felt that it was rude for people to take the move and then change the name of the move as he is someone that wants to make sure that he is still credited in a way when someone used the "Gannosuke Clutch" as a finishing move. Ricky Fuji then responded to Gannosuke that anyone should be able to use whatever move they want and name it whatever they want asking does the person that created the head lock and wrist lock need to give permission for a wrestler to use that move or name? Ricky then mentioned that he stole his signature move the Kamikaze from Dan Kroffat/Phil Lafon in Canada back in 1988 and brought it to Japan and came up with the Kamikaze name himself. Gannosuke responded back that he did not know that the Kamikaze was used before Ricky but after so many years even though he did not actually create it eventually has become "Ricky's move" regardless if he actually invented the move.
Just a little update for those that do not know. Just after finishing the last update I found out that my YouTube account had been deleted. I created another account (just delete your cookies and create another gmail account and you can start fresh) shortly after at Bret FMW - I posted back up all the History of FMW videos as well as the Career Music Videos as well. A couple of weeks later I got another strike for the Hayabusa and Jun Kasai Career Music Videos. The music videos were behind the strikes on the previous account as well as they are much more popular in Japan due to no English being in them so Samurai TV tends to find out about them easier. Pretty much the music videos are sitting ducks in a pond when it comes to getting more strikes that will eventually lead to the new account to get deleted. So I made all the music videos private and have since created another YouTube account with just the music videos where they are unlisted. You can still find them though on this website in the music video section. I just have to hope that the History of FMW videos are able to remain up as I have spent an insane amount of time over the last year on each one and want as many people to be able to access them as easily as possible. If they do end up getting deleted, I will just end up having to do what I did for the music videos and that's put them unlisted on another YouTube account and promote them on this site.
Another option is I have created a History of FMW Facebook group where I have posted all the History of FMW videos on there so the videos will always be accessible in the video section of the group. I am also posting random FMW pictures and videos I have as well on there. It's a small group, but I do want to reward the fans of what I have been doing with some stuff whether it be matches or rare videos that you won't be able to find on YouTube.
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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