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. 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 return to Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on May 22, 2019 with the main event of Jun Kasai, Kenji Fukimoto, and Minoru Fujita teaming up to take on the team of Takashi Sasaki, Violento Jack, and Kamui in a Death Match which will most likely set up Violento Jack as the next contender for Jun Kasai's title on July 3rd after Kasai defends his title against Kamui on June 2nd in Osaka. The semi-main event will be Toru Sugiura continuing to progress up the card as he teams up with Tomoya Hirata against the team of GENTARO and Masashi Takeda. Mammoth Sasaki will go up against TORU in a singles match. Yuya Susumu and Dragon Libre team up to take on the 666 team of Yuko Miyamoto and Koju Takeda. Masamune takes on Naoki Kamata in a singles match. Kenichiro Arai will defend his UWA Jr. Heavyweight Title against Shunsuke Sayama in the opening match.
FREEDOMS will again do their Summer tour of South Japan even earlier this year as it has went from the middle of July to early June to now late May. The main event will be Jun Kasai and Kenji Fukimoto teaming up against the team of Takashi Sasaki and Toru Sugiura in a Hardcore Match. Violento Jack and Mammoth Sasaki defend their King of Freedom Tag Team Titles against the other Unchain members Masashi Takeda and Minoru Fujita. GENTARO teams up with Kumamoto wrestler Kenshiro Komura against Yuya Susumu and Tomoya Hirata. Kamui and Dragon Libre team up against the Kumamoto based team of Van Vean Negro and Van Vean Jack. The opening match will be Naoki Kamata against Koji Niizumi.
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.
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
Jun Kasai & Kenji Fukimoto & Minoru Fujita vs. Takashi Sasaki & Violento Jack & Kamui *Death Match*
GENTARO & Masashi Takeda vs. Toru Sugiura & Tomoya Hirata
Mammoth Sasaki vs. TORU
Yuya Susumu & Dragon Libre vs. Yuko Miyamoto & Koju Takeda
Masamune vs. Naoki Kamata
Kenichiro Arai vs. Shunsuke Sayama *UWA Jr. Heavyweight Title Match*
Kumamoto Forest Center City Plaza
Jun Kasai & Kenji Fukimoto vs. Takashi Sasaki & Toru Sugiura *Hardcore Match*
Violento Jack & Mammoth Sasaki vs. Masashi Takeda & Minoru Fujita *King of Freedom Tag Team Titles Match*
GENTARO & Kenshiro Komura vs. Yuya Susumu & Tomoya Hirata
Kamui & Dragon Libre vs. Van Vean Negro & Van Vean Jack
Naoki Kamata vs. Koji Niizumi
Fukuoka Kitakyushu Moji Red Brick
Jun Kasai & Masashi Takeda & Minoru Fujita vs. Takashi Sasaki & Violento Jack & Mammoth Sasaki
GENTARO & Toru Sugiura vs. Kenji Fukimoto & Tsuchiya Crazy
Kamui & Dragon Libre vs. Yuya Susumu & Tomoya Hirata
Naoki Kamata vs. Nozomi Kubo
Turueno Guerrero & HIROYA & Mystery Partner vs. Yoju & Tessho & Mystery Partner
Big Japan 5/30/19
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
Ryuji Ito & Takashi Sasaki & Yuko Miyamoto vs. Masaya Takahashi & Takayuki Ueki & Toshiyuki Sakuda *Yokohama Shopping Street 6 Man Tag Team Titles Death Match*
Isami Kodaka vs. Drew Parker *Death Match*
Masashi Takeda & Takumi Tsukamoto vs. Josh Klein & Ryuichi Sekine *Death Match*
Yuji Okabayashi & Daisuke Sekimoto & Akira Hyodo vs. Ryuichi Kawakami & Kazumi Kikuta & Takuya Nomura
Ryota Hama & Yasufumi Nakanoue & Kankuro Hoshino & Fuminori Abe vs. Abdullah Kobayashi & Hideki Suzuki & Shinobu & Yoshihisa Uto
Kazuki Hashimoto & Yuya Aoki & Shinya Ishikawa vs. Tatsuhiko Yoshino & Kota Sekifuda & Koju Takeda
Daichi Hashimoto & Takuho Kato vs. Hideyoshi Kamitani & Kosuke Sato
Osaka Miyakojima Citizen Center
Jun Kasai vs. Kamui *King of Freedom World Championship Death Match*
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
Sendai Miyagi PIT
Tokyo Kitasenju White Studio
Daisuke Ikeda & Keiichi Sato v Daisaku Shimoda & Takumi Sakurai *WEW Tag Team Titles Match*
Nobutaka Moribe v TORU *WEW Jr. Heavyweight Title Match*
Aichi Kariya Industry Center
Jun Kasai Productions 7/3/19
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
Nara Royal Hotel
Atsushi Onita Productions 7/13/19
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
Jun Kasai Productions 7/14/19
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
Tokyo Oji Basement Mon*Star
Masashi Takeda vs. Shunsuke Sayama
Jun Kasai Productions 7/28/19
Osaka Tsurumi Green Grounds
Jun Kasai Productions 8/11/19
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
Hiroshima Industry Hall East Building
Jun Kasai Productions 8/28/19
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
Hokkaido Sapporo City Aoi Concarino
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
Mie Yokkaichi City Workers Citizens Exchange Center
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
Jun Kasai Productions 12/25/19
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: 5/19)
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.
A-Team will then hold another show on April 21, 2019 at the Tokyo Kitasenju Theater 1010 where Daisaku Shimoda will defend his WEW World Title against Tomohiko Hashimoto. Raiden and Akira Jo will defend their WEW Tag Team Titles against Daisuke Ikeda and Keiichi Sato in the semi-main event. Nobutaka Moribe teams up with Takumi Sakurai as they go up against TORU and HASEGAWA. Gajo will face off against former W*ING wrestler Nobuhiro Tsurumaki. Former World Japan wrestler Kuniyoshi Wada teams up with Hazard as they go up against Randy Preyer and Masahiro Sase. The opening match will be Rion Mizuki against the former Kisarazu Clown Kazuki Enosawa.
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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