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Megumi Kudo renewed her 30 year rivalry with Shark Tsuchiya on December 26, 2020 at the Tokyo Shinjuku FACE. Their first singles match against one another was on August 22, 1990 with Kudo defeating the rookie Tsuchiya. Their rivalry would really start in 1991 though after Tsuchiya and Crusher Maedomari would end up joining Combat Toyoda's Combat Army. Combat Toyoda would eventually turn face although would eventually turn heel again before going back to being a face for good in 1994. Combat Toyoda's final face turn would open the door to Shark Tsuchiya becoming the top heel in the women's division and her feud with Megumi Kudo becoming the most notable thing of her career.

They would have the first ever women's No Rope Barbed wire Death Match in the main event of Korakuen Hall on December 22, 1995 with Kudo bleeding tremendously before getting the win. Their rivalry would come to an end on April 29, 1997 at the Yokohama Arena for Megumi Kudo's retirement show in a No Ropes Exploding Barbed wire Double Hell Death Match with Kudo taking extreme punishment including being powerbombed out of the ring into the exploding barbed wire boards laying outside the ring. The finish would see both of them go into the exploding barbed wire with Kudo landing over Tsuchiya and getting the win in her retirement match.

Megumi Kudo had vowed to not break her retirement like so many others had including her friend Combat Toyoda who had came out of retirement per Onita's wishes in 1998 for his USO show. Kudo was asked to come out of retirement by Onita as well but she would turn the offer down and only referee a women's battle royal which would include Shark Tsuchiya in it. Kudo would continue to turn down offers through out the next decade for several Onita based FMW reunion shows. Kudo would then after 19 years to decide to see about coming out of retirement due to her position ZERO1 and her being in an angle with the heel VooDoo Murders but after training she decided that she was not capable of putting on a match that would not tarnish her legacy.

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Kudo would be offered another opportunity in December 2020 as the new OSU Premium promotion which is connected with ZERO1 offered her and many other former women wrestlers a chance to come to the ring on December 26, 2020 at the Shinjuku FACE. They were sold on the fact that these would be "performances" and not actual matches. This would take the pressure off of them being expected to actually have a wrestling match. The promotion plans on having several men do the same thing for the upcoming Sumo Hall show in March 2021. Megumi Kudo would agree to put on a performance as she would face off against Shark Tsuchiya who retired back in 2016. Megumi Kudo would come out in her attire with her pink robe and to her theme music. Shark Tsuchiya would come out with a little bit of her hair dyed green once again with her attire along with Miwa Sato who was apart of her Mad Dog Military heel faction in FMW.

The performance would start with Miwa Sato jumping Megumi Kudo right at the start as Tsuchiya would look to use her sickle but Kudo would pull it away from her. Tsuchiya would spit red mist in Kudo's face followed by Sato grabbing a hold of Kudo as Tsuchiya would grab scissors and begin cutting Kudo's hair to a call back to March 30, 1995 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym when Tsuchiya helped Bad Nurse Nakamura cut Kudo's hair that lead to Kudo and Nakamura having a match at Onita's retirement show at Kawasaki Stadium. Tsuchiya would then for a sickle shot but Kudo would grab a broken table board and hold it up to block the sickle in a call back to their December 22, 1995 barbed wire match.

They would then strike one another when Sato would interfere again and Kudo would tease delivering a Tiger Driver to her when Tsuchiya would come over and wrap a chain around Kudo with Sato choking her out with the chain against the rope as the referee would throw the performance out for getting out of hand at 9 minutes, 12 seconds with the FMW theme playing and Kudo bowing to the crowd before leaving.

This was pretty much a compilation of their stuff without either one them actually doing a wrestling move or taking a bump which I don't see either one them doing anything any differently if this were to actually lead to another performance against one another with Kudo getting the win. I would say if nothing happens at Sumo Hall in March between these two then that would be the end of this reunited rivalry between the two. You can watch highlights of Megumi Kudo vs. Shark Tsuchiya 12/26/20 by clicking here.

Atsushi Onita's feud with Japanese TV comedian Kuro-chan would lead to a singles match between the two on December 23, 2020 at the Tokyo Solomachi Sky Tree Garden as it would end up taking place right outside the Tokyo Skytree Tower.

The match would be an Exploding Barbed wire Bat Death Match with Onita being allowed to have three wrestlers accompany him which would be Sanshiro Takagi, Chris Brookes, and Maki Itoh as Kuro-chan would counter by having Super Sasadango Machine, Yuki Kamifuku, and Shinya Aoki along with him to hide the fact that this singles match was pretty much a 8 person Tornado Street Fight.

Onita would go after Kuro-chan but Aoki would get in the way with Onita focusing on Aoki instead, as he would hit him with a street cone. Onita would then go after Kuro-chan who would run away before Takagi would catch him and Itoh would end up slapping him in the face. Onita would then take the barbed wire bat and grind it against Kuro-chan's crotch. Takagi would place Kuro-chan on a long bench with Itoh getting in a cart and Brookes pushing her right into Kuro-chan. Onita would then turn on the exploding bat, but as Itoh would look to hit him with it, Sasadango would come over and make the save, but then Itoh would end instead nail him with the exploding bat. Onita would cover Kuro-chan after the blast but Aoki would make the save. Kamifuku would then rip Itoh's stockings and let Kuro-chan lick her knee to give him his pervert strength as Kuro-chan would attack Brookes and Takagi while Onita would find a table to piledrive Aoki through it.

Brookes and Takagi would grab a hold of Kuro-chan as Itoh would climb up a ladder and do a trust fall off of it onto Kuro-chan. Onita would then turn on the exploding bat and look to hit Kuro-chan in the crotch with it, but Kamifuku would turn it off and then Kuro-chan would get a hold of the bat as it would be activated and Kuro-chan would end up nailing Onita with it while Sasadango would hold Onita. Itoh and Brookes would go after Sasadango with a cone but Brookes would accidentally hit Itoh with it followed by Takagi holding Kuro-chan as Onita would look to smash a chair over his head but Kuro-chan would move out of the way as Onita would accidentally hit Takagi over the head with it. Onita would then turn on the exploding bat but Aoki would come over and attack Onita with kicks as Kuro-chan would hit Onita with the exploding bat once again and this time cover Onita and get the pin at 11 minutes, 16 seconds for the upset victory. Kuro-chan would taunt Onita afterwards and pour water over him how an entertainer has defeated a wrestler. Kuro-chan would then end up stealing Onita's leather jacket and declaring himself the new Evil Ways before the heels would take off with Onita screaming at him in what is certainly not the end of this program between the two. Click here to watch Atsushi Onita vs. Kuro-chan 12/23/20.

Jun Kasai would promote his 14th Christmas Death Match show on December 25, 2020 at Korakuen Hall. They would announce a crowd of 668 fans for the show. They would announce a crowd of 668 fans which is the highest number they have done since the pandemic started as it is safe to say the number for this show probably would have been double that under normal situations as Bloody Christmas is becoming the biggest drawing show for the promotion which the Death Match Carnival in August would usually be that until last year.

The main event would be Toru Sugiura once again defending the King of Freedom World Championship in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Glass Board Death Match. The match was originally planned for March but because of Takeda's injury and then the March show getting canceled it got pushed back to July where Sugiura won when Takeda ended up suffering another cut injury that caused the referee to have to stop the match upsetting both Sugiura and Takeda in the process. Takeda feeling the adrenaline of the match would try and change the booking plan and ask for a rematch with Sugiura in August but because the injury would be worst than Takeda had thought they would go back to their original plan of Jun Kasai facing Sugiura in August with Sugiura keeping the title.

Takeda early on would grab Sugiura's arm and try to get him to submit but Sugiura would over power Takeda and pick him up and powerbomb him into the first glass board. Sugiura would then follow that up by powerbombing Takeda through the light tubes set up on a wine rack. They would go to the outside where Takeda would break a light tube across Sugiura's mouth and then place him under the other glass board and go up to the top and dive off of it through the glass board with Sugiura under the glass as it would come crashing down on him. They would get back in the ring and Takeda would nail a German Suplex with the light tubes behind Sugiura and then Takeda would go for the Reverse U-Crash but Sugiura would reverse it and hit the Swift Driver on a stack of light tubes and then hit a running elbow into a stack of light tubes to get the win at 21 minutes, 23 seconds to defend the title for the seventh time and finally get his clean win over Takeda after 20 months from their awesome match back on March 31, 2019 that really began Sugiura's push to the main event.

The semi-main event would be a Rain of Blood X'Mas Death Match which would be multiple different boards including a Barbed wire Board, Knives Board, Power Saw Board, Light Tubes Board, and a Gadget Board as Jun Kasai and Kenji Fukimoto would take Toshiyuki Sakuda and Takayuki Ueki. This would start with Ueki grabbing Kasai and just running him head first into the barbed wire board followed by Ueki using a cheese grater on Kasai and then Sakuda would take a power saw to continue to make Kasai bleed. Sakuda would then look to deliver a hurricanrana to Kasai on a knives board but Kasai would get under him and powerbomb Sakuda onto it instead. Kasai would then setup a light tube board but Ueki would grab Kasai and deliver a Death Valley Bomb sending Kasai through it. Fukimoto would come over and help Kasai by sticking a needle through Sakuda's mouth followed by Kasai sticking skewers in Ueki's head.

Fukimoto would then end up taking Sakuda and hitting him with a Package Piledriver off the apron through a gadget board followed by Kasai hitting a Pearl Harbor Splash and then finish Ueki with a Piledriver on a trash can to get the win at 17 minutes, 4 seconds as it looks like the Kasai vs. Sakuda feud will be taking a break for now to avoid Sakuda having to lose to him once again as he will continue to get pushed since Kasai has always been so high on him.

Violento Jack and Mammoth Sasaki would defend their King of Freedom Tag Team Titles against the Brahman Brothers in their Homeless Man Death Match with both Brahmans coming to the ring wearing boxes. They would eventually pull out their El Hijo del Winger masks which was a call back to their 2015 gimmick when they last one the King of Freedom Tag Team Titles but those masks would end up getting pulled off during the match. They would both try to throw colored powder at Mammoth but he would move out of the way and they would nail each other in the face followed by Jack nailing Kei with a Violento Breaker to get the win over him at 11 minutes, 49 seconds to defend their tag team titles for a record 11th time and all but guarantees that they will have a two year run as tag champions.

Other matches on the show would see Kamui defend his UWA Jr. Heavyweight Title by defeating Rina Yamashita at 15 minutes, 37 seconds after rolling her up with the Kamui Clutch to defend his title for the third time which pretty much puts the reality of where she is with the company that she is not at the level of winning the Jr. Heavyweight Title let along the Freedom World Championship which many people believe she is at. Minoru Fujita would get his win back from Yuya Susumu from earlier this month in a tag as Fujita would roll Susumu up for the win at 10 minutes, 39 seconds with a Samson Clutch. The opening match would see Takashi Sasaki, Daisuke Masaoka, and Tomoya Hirata defeat Tatsuhito Takaiwa, GENTARO, and Dragon Libre with Masaoka getting the win at 9 minutes, 21 seconds after pinning GENTARO with a Tornado Clutch in Masaoka's first match back since injuring his neck at the previous Korakuen Hall show in November against Masashi Takeda. Click here to watch highlights of FREEDOMS 12/25/20.


FREEDOMS will run their first show of the year on January 2nd this time instead of the usual January 3rd date at Shin-Kiba as they will have a mini tournament which is tradition for the show. It will have Toshiyuki Sakuda taking on Tomoya Hirata as well as Daisuke Masaoka and Kenji Fukimoto with the winners of those matches meeting in the main event with the winner getting the next shot at Toru Sugiura's title on February 9th at Korkauen Hall. Toru Sugiura and Kamui will team up for the first time in awhile on this show as they will take on the tag team champions Violento Jack and Mammoth Sasaki in a non title match. Takashi Sasaki, GENTARO, and Dragon Libre will go up against Jun Kasai, Masashi Takeda, and Rina Yamashita in a FREEDOMS vs. Unchain match as well as Yuya Susumu, Kengo, and Alejandro will take on Tatsuhito Takaiwa, Brahman Shu, and Brahman Kei.

This is a recap of former W*ING owner Mickey Ibaragi and at the time owner of Super Battle FMW Hideki Takahashi that was done back on August 1, 2015 not too long after Takahashi had started back up Super Battle FMW. It is a very informative interview about the beginning stages of FMW which Ibaragi and Takahashi were apart of. I have wanted to do more history pieces as I enjoyed getting to write some of them earlier this year when news was bare but as things pick back up these news updates take a good amount of time to complete. This part just covers the FMW side as also spoke about the early stages of W*ING later on in the interview.

This was a interview done by Ken Suzuki who formerly worked for Pro-Wrestling Weekly magazine and attended pretty much every big FMW show live to report on it. Suzuki would start by introducing Mickey Ibaragi and Hideki Takahashi to the crowd and introduce Takahashi after recently reviving the Super Battle FMW promotion and asking the former sales manager for FMW why he decided to bring back FMW.

Takahashi stated he had been working for All Japan from 2000 after leaving FMW following their November 23, 1999 Yokohama Arena show but had parted ways from All Japan in February 2015 and saw that Hayabusa had been wanting to walk to the ring in Hayabusa costume but there was no active home promotion for him and he wanted to create a new FMW for Hayabusa to be able walk to the ring in. Takahashi got in touch with some sponsors that were willing to help finance the promotion.

Suzuki would ask Takahashi if Ibaragi was one of the sponsors with Takahashi responding that even though he is on good terms with Mickey he did not think adding a W*ING office member into the FMW office would be a good mix due to their past rivalry.

Suzuki would ask how Takahashi and Ibaragi met one another and Ibaragi would state that he was working for Tokyo Sports in the late 1980's and went to cover the old JWP promotion and he went backstage and met Takahashi who was working for the promotion sitting next to a really fat man that would later be known as FMW wrestler Sambo Asako.

Takahashi would state that Gran Hamada was the booker for the original JWP promotion but he needed someone that could speak English to call and bring in foreigners. Ibaragi made it known that he could speak English so he and Wally Yamaguchi were hired to make calls to America and Canada to bring women in. Next thing Ibaragi knew it he was making calls to get Sherri Martel, Rhonda Singh, and Vivian Vachon booked for the promotion.

Takahashi and Ibaragi worked there until early 1989 as the promotion began to cut salaries in the office and they both left the promotion around the same time. Onita who had began working for the promotion as a trainer had came out of retirement in December 1988 for the promotion about a month before Ibaragi and Takahashi ended up quitting so they ended up meeting him there.

Onita went on to work for Ryuma Go's Pioneer Senshi promotion in April 1989 and came away it feeling like he could also create his own independent promotion that he would be the top wrestler of like Go had just done. Onita's original mindset for the promotion would be a promotion that there would be a women and midget division which no other promotion had multiple divisions.

Onita asked Ibaragi to meet up with him at the Shinjuku station and Ibaragi asked if he wanted to meet at the coffee shop inside the Shinjuku station but Onita was so poor he could not even afford to buy a coffee to sit down at the shop so they met at the station itself where Onita asked if Ibaragi would join him in starting up his new promotion where he would do his old JWP job of making calls to bring foreigners in. The first four people working for the future FMW promotion were Onita, Ibaragi, Ted Tanabe, and Wally Yamaguchi.

Takahashi would end up joining after FMW had already established in December 1989 after Ted Tanabe had quit the promotion following the first two shows FMW ran in October 1989 with Takahashi's first day being December 10, 1989 the day of the first no ropes barbed wire death match took place at Korakuen Hall. By that point Shoichi Arai had already joined the promotion as the ring announcer and staff member as well.

The promotion was so poor that they could not afford an office building so Wally Yamaguchi decided to close down his wrestling shop "Maniacs" and use that space as the FMW office which there was also a basement that had a ring in it. Jado, Gedo, and Men's Teioh would go down to the basement and practice every day. Every day was a financial struggle until August 1990 when they ran at the Shiodome.

Ibaragi knew about an open space in Shiodome that the Japanese National Railways owned and he knew if he could book the land there would be enough space to run to fit thousands of people paying for tickets and the Railways would have no idea how valuable the space would be and would barely charge any rent to run there so the promotion would make a lot of money holding a successful show which is exactly what happened.

The promotion has tallied up a lot of debt over the first year so that show was able to help pay a lot of it off and things began to go smoother after that show. Ibaragi stated he called Ricky Fuji to come in from Canada but it was Sambo Asako's idea to bring him in. Ibaragi mentions that it was his idea to bring in Megumi Kudo, Reibun Amada, and Combat Toyoda to FMW though knowing that they could help with the struggling women's division as well as Masanobu Kurisu and Kendo Nagasaki. Ibaragi also mentions that he and Onita went to America together in 1990 and attended a WWA show in Texas and that's where they found Wild Bullman and Damian who would become Amigo Ultra.

Suzuki would ask about Beast the Barbarian with Ibaragi stating that he just saw his name on a pamphlet and he looked like an interesting wrestler so he did some research and found his address and phone number to call him to bring him in with Suzuki responding that's amazing he could accomplish that before the internet.

Suzuki would then bring it back to the rumor of the Shiodome show where they didn't use real tickets and instead just used cut up poster paper with the seat numbers marked on the back of the paper with Takahashi stating he didn't know if that was true but they use to do that at the original JWP promotion so that could be the case.

Suzuki asked about what happened with FMW booking the Ryogoku Sumo Hall for their first year anniversary show and then having to move it to the Komazawa Olympic Gym. Takahashi stated it was because Sumo Hall had stated because they found out FMW would be running a death match that they would not let them book the building unless they guaranteed 10,000 people would attend the show which FMW had never done at that point so they could not make the promise and would have to switch to Komazawa as a result. The Gladiator was then brought up with Ibaragi stating that he came from Florida through Tarzan Goto but Ibaragi was the one that came up with The Gladiator name for him.

They talked about Damian becoming Ultraman before the name being changed to Amigo Ultra with Takahashi stating that was because of Tsuburaya Productions who owns the Ultraman name refused to allow the name to be used without their consent so they just changed it to Amigo Ultra due to Damian being hispanic.

Suzuki then brought up about Ibaragi quitting FMW. Ibaragi mentioned that FMW videos were produced and sold by Ibaragi's private company "Miracle" which cost $10,000 dollars to film and distribute the videos and FMW would pay him back. But then Onita all of a sudden decided he wanted BMG to distribute the video because they were a big video company so the footage that Ibaragi's company had shot would end up being sent to be distributed by BMG instead of Miracle and Ibaragi would not get paid the money back for the show so Ibaragi just stopped going into work as a result.

Ibaragi feels that Onita did that to him to get him out of the company as he feels Onita had become distrustful of many people of the original staff that started FMW with him as everyone but Arai and Takahashi were gone before the first two years.

Mr. Pogo though who was going back and forth from Japan and Puerto Rico at the time came back to Japan and saw Ibaragi was gone and was so upset by it that he, Ibaragi, and Kazuyoshi Osako who was another FMW office member that Onita didn't trust and was gone by that point all met up in Shibuya and agreed to start up W*ING to rival FMW.

Added: 12/16

The Blasting Koshien sub promotion would return after three months off on November 29, 2020 at the Yokohama Tsurumi Fruit Market with them not announcing an attendance number once again. The main event would be Atsushi Onita teaming up with Mecha Pandita and the former Rocky Kawamura now going by Rambo Kawamura as they would take on Takashi Sugiura, NOSAWA Rongai, and Hidetaka Monma who is a former Japanese MMA fighter and would have little to do in this match. This match would be the first ever Aerial Exploding Death Match to celebrate 30 years of Atsushi Onita having the first Explosion match in Japan back on August 4, 1990 against Tarzan Goto. They would include the usual Exploding Barbed wire Bats for this match as well.

Onita would go after Sugiura right away and begin brawling in the crowd with him. They would then do their best of Onita/NOSAWA spots as Onita would piledrive NOSAWA through a table and then NOSAWA would come back with guitar shot over Onita's head. Sugiura would try for a barbed wire bat shot while NOSAWA would hold Onita but Onita would move out of the way instead of spitting red mist in his face. Rambo Kawamura would then come in with his machine gun but he would get knocked out by Sugiura's barbed wire baseball bat.

Onita would then begin smashing the broken table over NOSAWA's head as the count down would begin and Onita would begin to cover to protect the referee when the aerial explosions above the ring would take place. It was the closest thing to an exploding ring match nowadays but it the spectacle was nothing and those watching on video did not seem like it was anything different than every Onita explosion. Fans were in the building felt differently as being there in person and how loud the actual explosion was definitely stood out to them in ways it did not translate to video. Fans live also applauded the explosion afterwards. Onita would still be in the corner covering the referee selling the aerial explosion when Sugiura would come over and turn on the exploding bat and hit Onita with it and then cover him but Onita would rather job to NOSAWA than Sugiura.

NOSAWA would then turn on the exploding bat as Sugiura would hold Onita but Onita would move out of the way as NOSAWA would accidentally hit Sugiura with the exploding bat. Sugiura would not sell the explosion long before turning the bat on himself and hitting Mecha Pandita and cover Panda to get the win at 12 minutes, 28 seconds as NOSAWA and Sugiura would pose for the cameras after their win before leaving and Onita would then do his limited Onita Theater with the sponsors of the show.

Everything before the explosions was a bad Onita match because of the corona virus there was no reaction to anything happening for the first half as Onita matches are usually just the same match but the crowd reaction plays such a factor in an Onita match. The explosions woke the fans up though as they were cheering regardless afterwards so things were able to pick up towards the end when they began using the exploding bats although this match was still just all about the explosions. Click here to watch Onita/Pandita/Kawamura vs. Sugiura/NOSAWA/Monma 11/29/20 Aerial Explosion Death Match.

Atsushi Onita's next show for the ABEMA TV DDT show that he has done several time this year will be on December 23, 2020 at the Tokyo Sky Tree Office Building. The Sky Tree is recognized as the tallest building. Onita's opponent for the show will be Kuro-chan who is a Japanese comedian. Kuro-chan refused to take part of the September 1st Amusement Park Death Match that took place but then ended up making the save when Onita would end up covering his opponent and then Kurod-chan would end pressing the button that would send a rocket at Onita so Onita would end up hitting Kuro-chan with the exploding barbed wire bat and cover him with Onita requesting a singles match with him. That singles match was officially made as a Christmas Current Blast Death Match. The match will most likely be an Exploding Bat Death Match that will take place in a office building in the Sky Tower as I would imagine other people would end up showing up as I can't see Onita and Kuro-chan being able to got 10 minutes just by themselves even with the gimmicks of being able to fight in a office building and use office supplies on one another before Onita finishes Kuro-chan off with the exploding bat to get the win.

FREEDOMS would hold their annual Heel Don't Think 2020 show on November 19, 2020 at the Shin-Kiba and announce a crowd of 116 fans for the show which would be their lowest number in Shin-Kiba since June when only 100 people were allowed in Shin-Kiba and they announced 97 in the building.

The main event would be Unchain's Jun Kasai and Masashi Takeda going up against Toru Sugiura who would be teaming up with Takashi Sasaki who was filling in for Daisuke Masaoka after Masaoka would end up injuring his neck back on November 10th at Korakuen Hall with this match being a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match. Takeda would end up taking apart Sasaki in this match after delivering a kick breaking light tubes across Sasaki and then hitting a Reverse U-Crash to get the win at 14 minutes, 25 seconds as Sugiura would jump on Takeda and begin attacking him immediately following the match as Takeda and Kasai would head out of the ring victorious.

The semi-main event would have Kenji Fukimoto take on the new heel of the promotion Toshiyuki Sakuda in a Shin-Kiba Ocean Death Match which would pretty much be a Weapons Death Match. Fukimoto would use his fishing poll and hook it in Sakuda's mouth while he was on the top rope and yank it to send Sakuda flying from the top. Fukimoto would then place a needle through Sakuda's mouth, but Sakuda would end up returning the favor to Fukimoto and then hitting him with a 619 before nailing Fukimoto with a Gyakuuchi at 11 minutes, 45 seconds as Sakuda looks to take out every Unchain member he can.

Violento Jack, Mammoth Sasaki, and Tomoya Hirata would take on Minoru Fujita, Kamui, and Rina Yamashita as Jack and Yamashita would square off with Yamashita rolling Jack up with a Victory Roll but Jack would kick out and then roll Yamashita up with a Juji katame to pick up the win at 12 minutes, 44 seconds over Unchain. Tatsuhito Takaiwa and GENTARO would defeat Dragon Libre and Alejandro when Takaiwa would get the win at 14 minutes, 55 seconds over Dragon Libre with a Death Valley Bomb. The opening match would be Yuya Susumu and Kengo defeating the 2AW team of Tatsuya Hanami and Daiju Wakamatsu when Susumu would make Wakamatsu tap out at 10 minutes, 41 seconds to the Crossface. Click here for highlights of FREEDOMS 11/19/20

FREEDOMS would return to the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on December 10, 2020 and announce a crowd of 135 fans which is a better number than the previous month but still not a sell out of what is allowed in the building. This was the first NicoNico PPV show for the promotion as you could stream the show live for 2,000 yen.

The main event would be the Unchain team of Jun Kasai, Masashi Takeda, Kenji Fukimoto taking on Toru Sugiura, Takashi Sasaki, and Tomoya Hirata in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match. Sugiura would nail Takeda with his Over Easy and then go for a running elbow after placing a stack of light tubes in Takeda's arms but Takeda would move out of the way and smash the light tubes over Sugiura and place him in a Front Neck Lock with the referee calling to stop the match 17 minutes, 39 seconds and give the win to Takeda.

The semi-main event would be Toshiyuki Sakuda continuing his push in FREEDOMS by taking out each Unchain members leading to the Christmas Death Match show as he would take on Rina Yamashita in a Double Board Death Match as Yamashita would end up dropping Sakuda on a board set up on a stack of chairs on the apron outside the ring. They would get back in the ring and Sakuda would headbutt her and then slam her on a barbed wire chair followed by a 619 and would then finish Yamashita off at 12 minutes, 51 seconds with the Gyakuuchi. Sakuda would then continue to beat Yamashita and place her in a Crossface with Kasai running in to make the save. Sakuda would then challenge Kasai to a tag match at the Christmas Death Match show and reveal his partner for the show as a masked man would appear before he would rip off the mask and reveal it to be Takayuki Ueki. Kasai would end up accepting the tag match challenge.

Violento Jack, Mammoth Sasaki, and GENTARO would defeat Brahman Shu, Brahman Kei, and Alejandro when Jack would look to hit a Package Piledriver on Alejandro when Shu would come in and rip Jack's mask off right away earning himself a DQ loss at 12 minutes, 2 seconds as Jack would put a towel over his face and make a challenge to the Brahman Brothers at the Christmas Death Match show for the tag team titles. Yuya Susumu and Dragon Libre would defeat Minoru Fujita and Kamui as Fujita would look to hit Susumu with a Tombstone Piledriver but Susumu would instead small package Fujita and get the pin at 13 minutes, 42 seconds to get the win over the Big Japan Death Match Champion. The opening match would see Tatsuhito Takaiwa finish off Kengo at 9 minutes, 47 seconds with a Death Valley Bomb for the win. Click here for highlights of FREEDOMS 12/10/20

FREEDOMS would then run on December 12, 2020 at the Yokohama Radiant Hall and announce 137 fans for the show. The main event would be a Hardcore Match between Toru Sugiura and Tomoya Hirata against Masashi Takeda and Kenji Fukimoto when Sugiura finishing Fukimoto off with a Swift Driver at 18 minutes, 13 seconds to get the win leading up to his big match against Takeda on Christmas. The semi-main event would be a match sponsored by a Maid Cafe in Yokohama as Violento Jack, Mammoth Sasaki, and Takashi Sasaki would defeat Unchain's Jun Kasai, Minoru Fujita, and Rina Yamashita with Yamashita taking off her clothes during the match to reveal a maid outfit before Sasaki would get the win over her at 15 minutes, 57 seconds after rolling her up with inside cradle. Kamui and Toshiyuki Sakuda would end up going to a Double DQ at 12 minutes, 20 seconds after the referee would both would begin using weapons on each other. Yuya Susumu and Kengo would defeat Tatsuhito Takaiwa and GENTARO when Kengo would get win back over Takaiwa at 12 minutes, 35 seconds after rolling him up with a hurricanrana. The opening match would see the Brahman Brothers get built up for their tag title match on Christmas as they would defeat Shuichiro Katusmara and Dragon Libre when Kei would get the win at 8 minutes with a Gotai Fu Manzouku over Dragon Libre.

FREEDOMS announced the lineup for the Jun Kasai promoted Christmas Death Match show on December 25, 2020 at Korakuen Hall with the main event of Toru Sugiura taking on Masashi Takeda in what is nicknamed a Madness Hell Dungeon Match which will be a Fluorescent Light Tubes Glass Board Death Match as well as one mystery weapon being used as well. The semi-main event will be Jun Kasai and Kenji Fukimoto going up against Toshiyuki Sakuda and Takayuki Ueki in a Death Match. Violento Jack and Mammoth Sasaki will defend the King of Freedom Tag Team Titles for the 11th time as they take on the Brahman Brothers in the annual comedy Tokyo Desert Homeless Death Match. Kamui will defend the UWA Jr. Heavyweight Title against Rina Yamashita which goes to show to the people believing that Yamashita will be a contender for the Death Match title soon that FREEDOMS is not as high on her at the moment otherwise she would have been put in the tag match against Kasai instead of focusing of going for a Jr. Heavyweight title. Minoru Fujita looks to get his win back from earlier this month against Yuya Susumu in a singles match. The opening match will see the return of Daisuke Masaoka back in the ring after his neck injury last month as he teams with Takashi Sasaki and Tomoya Hirata to go up against GENTARO, Tatsuhito Takaiwa, and Dragon Libre in the opener. This show will air on Samurai TV on January 5th.

On top of the Christmas Death Match show lineup it would be announced that Jun Kasai would be making a serious announcement at the press conference. It was obviously to tease him announcing his retirement since he turn 46 back in September. I have learned through out the years to not believe Kasai is going to retire until he actually retires as rumors of his retirement due to his style and age have been around since 2012 when he teased he would retire if he did not win the Death Match tournament. It was also a ploy to get people to go to FREEDOMS YouTube page which worked as the stream did not work for some people because of how many people were watching it. The important announcement was that not only would Jun Kasai be releasing an autobiography on January 15, 2021 but also a documentary movie of him will be released in May 2021. Kasai wrote the book the earlier this year while out of action for the first half recovering from injuries. The chapters listed in the book are boyhood, going to Tokyo to become a wrestler, joining Big Japan, making his death match debut, withdrawal from Big Japan, ZERO-ONE era, his battle with Ryuji Ito, the Death Match Tournament, wrestling in other promotions, and resting and effects of the coronavirus.

The documentary will premier some time in May at the Tokyo Cinemart in Shinjuku as well as the Osaka Cinemart in Shisaibashi. It will then air in theaters across not only Japan but other countries as well. Those will be announced later. You can watch a trailer of the Jun Kasai documentary by clicking here.

ZERO1 announced on November 20, 2020 that Megumi Kudo would be returning to the ring to go up against Shark Tsuchiya on December 26, 2020 at Shinjuku FACE. There is a little more to that though. The show is entitled "Oshinin PREMIUM SHOW" as Oshinin is the sponsor of the show and will actually be sponsoring the ZERO1 Ryogoku Sumo Hall show on March 14, 2021. The show on December 26th will be the pre-show to the Sumo Hall show in March. The people making the money decisions for Oshinin are huge fans of "The Golden Era" of the Japanese wrestling era. They have already signed up Genichiro Tenryu, Tatsumi Fujinami, Riki Choshu, Akira Maeda, The Great Kabuki among others to appear at the Ryogoku Sumo Hall show to do "performances".

Since Megumi Kudo already works for ZERO1 they were able to get her to agree to a "performance" for the December 26th Shinjuku FACE show against her long time rival Shark Tsuchiya. Exactly what a "performance" will be known on December 26th but it will more than a "Talk Battle" where the wrestlers just sit in the ring and talk and it will not actually be a wrestling match. Kudo originally did not know what a performance was when they brought it up to her as she had thought they were asking for a match which she has turned down every possible opportunity of coming back into the ring even when Atsushi Onita asked for her to back in 1998 to appear at a show of his. Kudo in 2016 did think about possibly coming back while working for Super Fireworks but besides being thrown in the ring and kicked  by TARU that was the only thing she was able to do physically anymore and she decided that it would be best that she not return to the ring. Shark Tsuchiya also be unable to have an actual wrestling match as she had to get one of her legs amputated and has a prosthetic leg now as a result which forced her to retire in 2016 after not having had a match since 2010. Kudo has even expressed to fans online to not go into the show thinking that they are going to have a match but just a performance.

Kudo also told a story that when Shark Tsuchiya announced her retirement she nominated Megumi Kudo to appear for her retirement ceremony in November 2016 with Kudo receiving the phone call about it but then stating that her heart was not in the appearance for her long time rival. Chigusa Nagayo who had a rivalry with Tsuchiya in FMW in 1995 ended up appearing for it and eventually laying down for Tsuchiya to pin her before they would hug. Kudo would state that this would be her chance to make up for not attending Tsuchiya's retirement as this will be the first time since their Yokohama Arena main event back on April 29, 1997 that just them two would be appearing in the ring together against one another in this performance. Click here to watch Shark Tsuchiya's retirement ceremony 11/24/16.

The A-Team would run two set of shows on November 22, 2020 at the Tokyo Kitasenju White Studio with the show announcing a crowd of 50 fans as the main event would be a Fluorescent Light Tubes and a Barbed wire Board Death Match as Isami Kodaka and HASEGAWA would defeat Kenji Fukimoto and Masahiro Sase with Kodaka finishing Sase off with a diving double knee drop on fluorescent light tubes at 17 minutes, 2 seconds to get the win for his team. The semi-main event would be Nobutaka Moribe defending the WEW Jr. Heavyweight Title against MIKAMI at 14 minutes, 25 seconds after rolling him up with a Samson Clutch to defend the title for the second time. Super Tiger and Daisuke Ikeda would defeat Tomohiko Hashimoto and Gajo with Ikeda getting the win over Gajo at 12 minutes, 40 seconds with an Ikeda Rock. Daisaku Shimoda, Rion Mizuki, and Jin would defeat Iori Sugawara, Bryan Ishizaka, and Hashinosuke when Shimoda would get the pinfall at 12 minutes, 51 seconds with a Backdrop. A Hitachi Pro Offer match would take place on this show as Kosaku Tonosaki would defeat Kento DiCaprio who worked the last Super Battle FMW show back in 2018 with booker HASEGAWA with Tonosaki getting the win at 6 minutes, 59 seconds with a running front kick. The opening match would be Naoki Tanizaki defeating Takumi Sakurai at 11 minutes, 26 seconds with his Implant finisher.

The A-Team would run their second show of November 22, 2020 as they would once again announce 50 fans at the Tokyo Kitasenju White Studio. The main event would be a WEW Heavyweight Title Match with Super Tiger winning the title for the first time after defeating Tomohiko Hashimoto at 11 minutes, 34 seconds after making him submit to the chicken wing face lock to end Hashimoto's second run as champion. The semi-main event would have MIKAMI and HASEGAWA defend their WEW Tag Team Titles for the first time defeating Shunsuke Sayama and Keiichi Sato with MIKAMI getting the win at 19 minutes, 20 seconds with a Sliding School Boy. Masashi Takeda and Takumi Tsukamoto would team up to defeat the A-Team tag team of Gajo and Takumi Sakurai in a Barbed wire Board Death Match with Takeda picking up the win at 14 minutes, 7 seconds after finishing Sakurai off with a Face Crusher on the barbed wire board. Nobutaka Moribe, GENTARO, and Naoki Tanizaki would defeat Rion Mizuki, Hashinosuke, and Bryan Ishizaka when Mroibe would get the pinfall over Hashinosuke at 13 minutes, 29 seconds with his Demon Extermination finisher. Daisaku Shimoda would beat Chikara at 10 minutes, 41 seconds with a high kick to the head and then the opening match would see Raito Shimizu defeat Kosaku Tonosaki at 6 minutes, 9 seconds with a Rock Bottom.

Hideki Hosaka back on September 14, 2019 that he was diagnosed with stage 4 colon and liver cancer. There was a 14% chance that Hosaka would live another 5 years after being diagnosed. Hosaka spent several months living in the hospital while getting treated and there was a picture that he posted in December that was a very uncomfortable picture of him due to how much weight had lost while not being able to eat or drink very much while getting cancer treatment. Hosaka stated that all the treatment he got while living in the hospital and was being given anti cancer drug treatment for about 5 hours a day was able to numb the cancer enough that he would be able to begin radiation treatment in July. Hosaka stated that the radiation resulted in him losing all the hair in his body and he still is still uncomfortable touching anything cold but he was finally able to leave the hospital for the first time in some time and enjoy being with his family for the holidays. He still is needing to go in daily for more cancer treatment but he took a more recent picture with his hair having grown back some since the summer and he looks much better than he did back in December at the very least.

I just wanted to let everyone know that  my public YouTube page is back up at https://www.youtube.com/c/bretfmwworld. Hopefully there will not be any issues here any time soon with it. I had simply messed up on one of the History of FMW videos two separate times and it is something where if I am going to mess up, they are going to find out and I will get a strike. I ended up getting two strikes so I needed to wait out the 3 months for the strikes to go away to not chance the account getting deleted again. Everything will be public except for the very early FMW matches from 1990-1991 that were in my Top 100. Those will continue to be unlisted but can still be found by going to the Top 100 list on the YouTube account itself.

The reason being that Mickey Ibaragi's old Miracle company owns that first year of footage and sold the rights to the Quest Company to distribute it on DVD about 10 years ago. Quest has people looking to make sure their matches/shows are not on YouTube in a public setting so I would like to stay clear of that. I recently read a interview with Mickey Ibaragi and former FMW employee/Super Battle FMW owner Hideki Takahashi from a couple of years ago where they talk about the early days of FMW and W*ING with Ibragi talking about his Miracle Company distributing the FMW videos the first year and it actually lead to him leaving FMW and joining up with W*ING. I hope to be able to write a review of that interview for here for the last update of the year on this site.

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Atsushi Onita announced that he would be celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the first ever No Ropes Exploding Barbed wire Death Match between him and Tarzan Goto back on August 4, 1990 for DDT's Blasting Koshien promotion on November 29, 2020 at the Yokohama Tsurumi Fruit Market. Onita mentioned that it would be the first time in a long time that he would be in a true explosion match hinting that the match would be a No Ropes Exploding Barbed wire Death Match which he has not been in since October 9, 2017 and before that he was in one two days earlier at the Yokohama Tsurumi Fruit Market so the building is capable of holding it.

The match was then announced as Atsushi Onita, Mecha Pandita, and Rambo Kawamura taking on NOAH's Takashi Sugiura, NOSAWA Rongai, and MMA fighter Hidetaka Monma and although it would not be a No Ropes Exploding Barbed wire Death Match it instead would be the first ever Aerial Explosion Death Match where the explosions will be set off above the ring as well as there will be three exploding bats in the match also. Onita's feud goes back with Takashi Sugiura over 7 years when Onita and Sugiura faced off in a Tornado Street Fight on July 7, 2013 for NOAH although neither one of them will ever actually pin the other. The feud was then brought back on August 25th this past year at Korakuen Hall when they faced off again in a 6 man Street Fight.

Mecha Pandita who also made his debut at the August 25th Korakuen Hall Blasting Koshien show with his origin story being that when Onita was in the country of Laos back over the Summer choosing which coffee beans that he would want for his LAJA coffee shop he noticed there was a machine being used to pick the coffee beans. Onita ended up taking the machine back to Japan and reprogramming it into a robot Panda that could wrestle.

Onita would be backstage controlling his Mecha Pandita robot as it would take on Shunma Katsumata but all of a sudden the robot would gain a life of its own during the match and would be doing a 450 Splash, an Asai Moonsault, and a Michinoku Driver # 2 during the match although it would still lose to Katsumata, it would be revealed that Onita's robotic panda would be its own wrestler without Onita needing to control it any longer. Onita's other partner Rambo Kawamura is the former Rocky Kawamura that Onita also teamed up with at the last Blasting Koshien and then hit with an exploding barbed wire bat on August 29th at Kawasaki Stadium with the explosion causing Kawamura to change his Sylvester Stallone gimmick to Rambo Kawamura.

Onita's next match will then at an event called New Years Explosion Party at the Shinjuku FACE which does not allow explosions in the building. This will be the 2nd annual event that Onita would taking part with no match announced yet for him.

Atsushi Onita has also announced that he would be attending the Giant Baba 22nd anniversary of Baba's passing which will take place on February 4, 2021 at Korakuen Hall along with Masa Fuchi, Great Kojika, Tsuyoshi Kikuchi, Shiro Koshinaka, and Masao Inoue.

FREEDOMS would return to Korakuen Hall on October 4, 2020 for their 11th Anniversary show and would announce a crowd of 543 fans for the show which is pretty much near the max allowed at Korakuen Hall for the time being.

The main event was Toru Sugiura defending the King of Freedom World Championship against Takashi Sasaki in a in a 4 sided Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match. Sasaki would nail Sugiura with a Right Leg Kick breaking a set of light tube across Sugiura's head but then Sasaki would go for the spot again and this time Sugiura would move out of the way and throw the stack of light tubes at Sasaki and break them across Sasaki with a running right elbow. Sugiura would follow that up with a Swift Driver and then delivering running elbow breaking the light tubes across Sasaki again this time to get the win at 25 minutes, 19 seconds to defend the title for the 6th time. Takeda would come to the ring and want a rematch after losing to Sugiura via referee stoppage which was not planned but then Daisuke Masaoka would hit the ring and want to be the next challenger as it would agreed upon that Takeda and Masaoka would face off against each other at the next Korakuen Hall show on November 10th with the winner getting a shot at Sugiura's title on December 25th at Korakuen Hall.

The semi-main event would be a Glass Board Death Match with Jun Kasai and Masashi Takeda against Minoru Fujita and Rina Yamashita. Fujita and Yamashita would end up double drop kicking Kasai and Takeda through the first glass board in the corner. Fujita would then place the other glass board on a stack of chairs as Yamashita would look to hit a powerbomb on Takeda through the glass board but he would escape and instead hit a German Suplex sending Yamashita through the glass board making her the first woman to go through a glass board. Kasai would look to hit Yamashita with a Pearl Harbor Splash but she would get her knees up and then kick Takeda low and superkick him with Fujita rolling him up with a Samson Clutch. Yamashita would then drop a barbed wire chair on Takeda but Takeda would prove to be too strong as he would drop Yamashita on the chair head first and then finish her off with a Reverse U Crash at 13 minutes, 57 seconds to get the win as Kasai, Takeda, and Fujita would welcome Yamashita to their Unchain group following the match.

Daisuke Masaoka would then take on Tomoya Hirata in a Barbed wired and Thumbtacks Board Death Match with Masaoka picking up the win at 13 minutes, 33 seconds after nailing Hirata with a Fire Thunder for the win. Violento Jack and Mammoth Sasaki who continue their record long King of Freedom Tag Team Title run by defeating Kamui and Kenji Fukimoto in a Hardcore Match. Kamui would climb up a ladder but Mammoth would end up hitting the ladder with a chair and then suplex Kamui off of it while Jack would end up finishing Fukimoto with the Package Piledriver that he was banned on using again after Fukimoto pinned him but Jack this time would get the pinfall over Fukimoto at 15 minutes, 7 seconds to defend the titles for the ninth time. GENTARO and Dragon Libre would get the win over Yuya Susumu and Kengo as Libre would get the biggest pinfall of his four year career after making Susumu tap out to a Heel Hold at 12 minutes, 35 seconds for the win. The opening match would see the Brahma Brothers and Takahiro Katori defeat Masamune, Vent Vert Jack, and Vent Vert Negro after Shu would roll Jack for the win at 7 minutes, 53 seconds with the Nobody's Perfect. Click here for highlights of the FREEDOMS 10/4/20 show.

Jun Kasai would promote his 4th annual Bloody Halloween show in Osaka this time at the Osaka Active Square Daito on October 18, 2020 which is about a week earlier than usual as they would announce a crowd of 238 fans for the show. The main event was a Fluorescent Light Tubes Tornado Death Match with Toru Sugiura, Daisuke Masaoka, and Takashi Sasaki defeating Jun Kasai, Kenji Fukimoto, and Kamui when Masaoka would pick up the win at 17 minutes, 31 seconds after nailing Fukimoto with the Rokkura Kai to continue to build him up for the upcoming Korakuen main event. Violento Jack and Mammoth Sasaki would get the win in a non-title match as they would defeat Masashi Takeda and Tomoya Hirata in a Barbed wire Board Death Match after Mammoth would pick up the win at 14 minutes, 26 seconds after finishing Hirata off with the 29 Years Old.

Minoru Fujita and Rina Yamashita would face off against the Brahman Brothers with the match originally going to a double count at 3 minutes, 1 seconds before getting restarted and going another 5 minutes, 55 seconds before the referee would rule it a no contest. GENTARO and Dragon Libre would defeat the team of Masato Kamino and Takato Nakano after GENTARO would hit Nakano with a Diving Elbow Drop at 10 minutes, 30 seconds to pick up the win. Drake Morimatsu and Idea who are usual FREEDOMS regulars for Osaka shows would defeat Tida Heat and another Osaka usual Dyna Mido going by the name Tida Mydo in a similar outfit with Morimatsu finishing off Mido at 9 minutes, 7 seconds with a lariat. The opening match would see Yuya Susumu defeating Rekka who was replacing Takahiro Katori who was injured with Susumu getting the pin at 8 minutes, 45 seconds with a Inside Cradle.

FREEDOMS would then run at the Chiba 2AW Square on October 25, 2020 for a FREEDOMS vs. 2AW show as FREEDOMS would announce crowd of 78 fans for the show.

The main event would be Takashi Sasaki, Daisuke Masaoka, and Tomoya Hirata against 2AW's Kengo Mashimo, Tatusya Hanami, and Kunio Toshida with the 2AW guys charging at the FREEDOMS team right at the start. Sasaki and Mashimo would face off with Sasaki knocking Mashimo down with a kick and tagging out. Hirata would come in and get knocked out by Mashimo followed by Hanami coming in. Hirata would get the better end of facing off against Hanami though as he would hit a spear and then nail him with a German Suplex at 17 minutes, 19 seconds for the FREEDOMS win.

The semi-main event would Toru Sugiura and Dragon Libre taking on Ayato Yoshida and Daiju Wakamatsu as this match would pit Sugiura and Yoshida against one another, the young champions of their promotions. Sugiura and Yoshida would start off but Libre would eventually come in and get met with a superkick by Yoshida followed by Yoshida finishing Libre off with a Back Drop at 18 minutes, 40 seconds for the 2AW win.

The Unchain team of Jun Kasai, Kenji Fukimoto, and Kamui would take on the 2AW team of THE Andrew King Takuma who is the former Dinosaur Takuma, former WWE contracted wrestler Taishi Takizawa, and Ayumu Honda with the match starting with all six men brawling before Kasai and Takuma would square off with Kasai nailing Takuma with a lariat and then hitting him with a Pearl Harbor Splash with Takizawa making the save. Kamui and Honda would then begin fighting each other for a chair with them both accidentally flinging the chair at the referee as he would call the match a Double DQ at 6 minutes, 54 seconds as Kasai would throw out the Honda and Takizawa out of the ring stick skewers in Takuma's head with Takuma screaming in pain.

Mammoth Sasaki and Violento Jack would team up as Mammoth would face fellow FMW wrestler Ricky Fuji and his tag partner Tank Nagai with Mammoth getting the win at 10 minutes, 24 seconds after rolling Ricky up for the win. GENTARO would take on Shu Asakawa with their match going to a 20 minute time limit draw and the opening match would see Yuya Susumu and Dragon Libre replacing the injured Takahiro Katori would defeat Kaji Tomato and Chicharito Shoki when Libre would pick up the win at 9 minutes, 57 seconds with the Morrida to get the pin over Shoki. Click here for highlights of FREEDOMS 10/25/20.

FREEDOMS would return to Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on October 29, 2020 and announce a crowd of 130 fans which is their lowest number in the building since June 10th when there was only 100 fans allowed in the building.

The main event would be a Single Elimination Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match with the FREEDOMS team of Toru Sugiura, Takashi Sasaki, Daisuke Masaoka, and Tomoya Hirata taking on the Unchain team of Jun Kasai, Minoru Fujita, Masashi Takeda, and Rina Yamashita. Hirata and Fujita would be the first ones eliminated from their teams as they would end up knocking each other over the top rope at 9 minutes, 50 seconds with them both being eliminated. Yamashita would then get Unchain the lead after knocking Sasaki out of the ring at 12 minutes, 40 seconds after hitting a German Suplex on the apron causing Sasaki to fall to the outside. Takeda would then end up tossing a stack of light tubes at Masaoka but Masaoka would catch them and throw them right back and then break them across Takeda and then lariat him over the top rope at 15 minutes, 40 seconds for the elimination. Kasai would then go for a clothesline but Masaoka would roll him up with his Tornado Clutch for the pin in only the second time Masaoka has ever pinned Kasai in his career to eliminate him to leave Yamashita as the only member of Unchain left. Masaoka would go up to the top but Takeda would come back in and break a light tube over Masaoka and then Yamashita would end up knocking Masaoka out of the ring at 19 minutes, 27 seconds for the elimination. Sugiura would then come in and hit a right elbow breaking light tubes across Yamashita to get the last elimination at 24 minutes, 41 seconds for the FREEDOMS win as Masaoka and Takeda would have to be separated before their Korakuen Hall main event against each other. Click here for highlights of the FREEDOMS 10/29/20 main event.

The semi-main event on the show would Yuya Susumu and Dragon Libre defeating Kamui and Kenji Fukimoto when Libre would end up getting his Morurida Ankle Lock to get Kamui to tap out at 12 minutes, 47 seconds with Libre challenging Kamui for the UWA Jr. Heavyweight Title at the next Korakuen Hall show. Violento Jack and Mammoth Sasaki would defeat Masamune and former W1 masked wrestler Alejandro as Mammoth and Jack would both deliver chops and clotheslines to Alejandro before Jack would finish him off at 12 minutes, 54 seconds with the Amaturan for the win. After the match, the newly formed team of GENTARO and Tatsuhito Takaiwa would challenge Jack and Mammoth for the tag team titles at the November Korakuen Hall show. The team of GENTARO and Tatsuhito Takaiwa was formed during the match before as GENTARO would be scheduled to take on a mystery opponent that would turn out to be Tatsuhito Takaiwa who had worked with FREEDOMS since the beginning of the promotion in 2009 but had been gone for the last couple of years after signing a full time contract with ZERO1 but would end up deciding to leave the company this year in between changes in management as Takaiwa will continue to work with FREEDOMS regularly once again and GENTARO and Takaiwa would end up going to a 20 minute time limit draw with both of them deciding to become a tag team after their match. The Brahman Brothers would open the show against Kengo and Kushinbo Kamen with Shu and Kamen managing to double pin each other at 7 minutes, 14 seconds to a draw.

FREEDOMS would then return to Korakuen Hall on November 10, 2020 announcing a crowd of 415 which is the lowest number they have had since returning back to the building after the pandemic with no title match for the first time.

The main event would be for the right to challenge Toru Sugiura for the King of Freedom World Championship at the Christmas Death Match show with Masashi Takeda going up against Daisuke Masaoka in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match. Masaoka early on would end up dropping Takeda on a stack of light tubes and then look to dive off a ladder onto Takeda on the outside. Takeda though would get up and and smash a light tube over Masaoka's head and climb up a ladder and hit Masaoka with a Fire Thunder off of the ladder to the outside on a stack of light tubes in what was an incredible spot only hurt by the fact that the crowd was not allowed scream during the spot. Takeda would then climb up the ladder again and dive off of it on Masaoka and then finish Masaoka off with a Reverse U Crash at 18 minutes, 59 seconds to earn himself another shot at Sugiura's title. Sugiura after losing to Takeda back on March 31, 2019 was suppose to get his win back in March 2020 at Korakuen Hall but Takeda's injury and then the Coronavirus made it to then their match in July was stopped short because of Takeda suffering an injury so now this will be Sugiura's chance to finally defeat Takeda unless FREEDOMS has decided that Sugiura's year plus run with the belt is already enough which I don't think is likely.

The semi-main event would be Jun Kasai, Kenji Fukimoto, and a mystery partner taking on Toru Sugiura, Takashi Sasaki, and Tomoya Hirata in a Weapons Death Match. Unchain's mystery partner would be be surprised as the newly freelance Toshiyuki Sakuda would come out to partner with Kasai and Fukimoto as all three would drink alcohol before the start of their match. Kasai would end up setting up to hit Sugiura with a Reverse Tiger Driver when Sakuda would end up stapling Sugiura's head. Kasai would go for another Reverse Tiger Driver but  then Sakuda would end turning on Kasai by taking his Unchain shirt off and placing it over Kasai's head and then stapling him and then leave the ring allowing Sugiura to nail  and leave allowing Sugiura to nail Kasai with a running elbow to put him away at 15 minutes, 29 seconds to setup Kasai vs. Sakuda for a future match between the two.

Minoru Fujita would face Rina Yamashita in a Unchain Barbed wire Board Death Match. Yamashita would use a knife on Fujita early but she would take Fujita to the corner and begin punching him when Fujita would grab Yamashita and powerbomb her onto the barbed wire board. Some of the barbed wire would get stuck in Yamashita's hair as Fujita would headbutt her but get some of the barbed wire stuck to her would cut him as well. Fujita would then pull out his bag of weapons and Russian Leg Sweep Yamashita on to them and then finish Yamashita off with the SAYANORA Tombstone Piledriver at 15 minutes, 31 seconds for the win as this would be her Unchain initiation.

Violento Jack and Mammoth Sasaki would defend their King of Freedom World Title against the new team of GENTARO and Tatsuhito Takaiwa as GENTARO would have the early advantage on Jack when he would climb up the top rope but Mammoth would come over and suplex GENTARO off the top and then Jack would nail GENTARO with the Amatalan on him to get the win at 15 minutes, 55 seconds to get the win and continue to break the record of ten title defenses for the tag team titles. Kamui would also manage to defend his UWA Jr. Heavyweight Title as he would defeat Dragon Libre after hitting him with a Tiger Driver to get the win at 9 minutes, 26 seconds to defend his title for the second time. The opening match would be Yuya Susumu and Kengo defeating Masamune and Alejandro when Kengo would end up rolling Kengo up at 9 minutes, 52 seconds with a inside cradle for the win.

The next FREEDOMS show to take place will be the annual Heel Don't Think show on November 19, 2020 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring with the main event of Toru Sugiura and Takashi Sasaki taking on Jun Kasai and Masashi Takeda in a Death Match. Daisuke Masaoka was originally suppose to team with Sugiura on this show but he will out recovering a neck injury he suffered during the Takeda match in what was probably from the Fire Thunder off the ladder to the outside spot. Toshiyuki Sakuda will take on Unchain member Kenji Fukimoto in a Death Match in what will be to setup Kasai vs. Sakuda down the road. Violento Jack, Mammoth Sasaki, and Tomoya Hirata team up to take on Unchain's Minoru Fujita, Kamui, and Rina Yamashita. GENTARO and Tatsuhito Takaiwa continue their team as they will take on Dragon Libre and Alejandro and the opening match will be Yuya Susumu and Kengo taking on 2AW's Tatsuya Hanami and Daiju Wakamatsu. Click here to watch highlights of the FREEDOMS 11/10/20 Korakuen Hall show.

Tetsuhiro Kuroda through out 2020 has been competing for the TTT promotion with the former FMW wrestlers that are still active entitled FMW Legend Show Downs. The first match was against Onryo back on February 25, 2020 with the match going to a Double Count Out between the two. The coronavirus delayed the series as Kuroda next faced off against Ricky Fuji on July 4, 2020 and defeated him. The next month he went up against Nanjyo Hayato on August 3, 2020 and defeated him via Count Out. The next match on September 3, 2020 he defeated former W*ING and FMW wrestler Masaru Toi now going by Katsunari Toi with Kuroda getting the pinfall win. Kuroda then defeated Miss Mongol on October 10, 2020 with another pinfall victory. Kuroda then went up against long time friend and rival Koji Nakagawa returning as GOEMON. Nakagawa who has been semi-retired for years now last competed for Nanjyo Hayato's OSW promotion on August 11, 2019 teaming with Kuroda and Ricky Fuji. Kuroda would end up putting away GOEMON at 10 minutes, 14 seconds with a Lariat as the two former ZEN friends would shake hands after the match. Although it does not look like Koji Nakagawa will actually ever retire, this would be a fitting away to end his 28 year career as a pro-wrestler although I am sure we will see him again one day.

Mammoth Sasaki came by and visited fellow former FMW wrestler Chocoball Mukai at his Chocoball Family Bar in Shibuya on November 14, 2020. Chocoball who suffered a stroke back in June 23, 2017 when he was at his bar and ended up regaining consciousness in the hospital where the left side of his body would be paralyzed. Chocoball lived in the hospital for four months working on his rehab before being let out in October 2017 and re-opened the bar in November 2017. Mammoth was coming by to celebrate the 3rd year anniversary of Chocoball re-opening his bar. Mammoth was not only in Chocoball's debut match on September 24, 1999 but also his retirement match on December 17, 2006 and they spent many hours training together since they were both young in the business together and lived in the FMW Dojo as well.

Tracy Smothers passed away on October 28, 2020 at the age of 58. Smothers knew in early 2019 that he probably had cancer with how his health was declining. Smothers announced that he was diagnosed with lymphoma on November 14, 2019 but really knew by August as he was going to chemotherapy at that time. He stated he was told it was non terminal, but he had been told by a specialist that the tumor in his lung was growing fast and eventually Smothers would end up passing away from the cancer.

Tracy made his Japanese debut for New Japan on July 15, 1988 defeating Osamu Kido at Korakuen hall. The next day he would begin tagging with his partner Steve Armstrong as the Southern Boys as they would lose to Riki Choshu and Kuniaki Kobayashi. Smothers would continue to tour with New Japan every so often through January 1990. He would then find his way back to Japan in 1993 after being fired from WCW and began working for Smokey Mountain Wrestling. Kevin Sullivan and Victor Quinones would help get him booked for W*ING as the New Jason the Terrible starting at the end of 1992.

Smothers made his debut as the New Jason the Terrible on December 20, 1992 as he helped interfere against the original W*ING babyface Jason the Terrible and caused him to lose to Freddy Krueger in a Loser Leaves W*ING match which Smothers attacked and laid out a bloody Jason afterwards. Smothers would join Victor Quinones' monster group and become the new Jason for W*ING while the original Jason would be out of the promotion for the next 3 months.

Smothers would make his in ring debut for W*ING on January 2, 1993 at Korakuen Hall as the Cuban Assassin and Muhammad Hussain defeated Mr. Pogo, Crash the Terminator, and Gypsy Joe. Smothers and Joe who were neighbors and loved each other one moment, and hated each other the next as they would end up getting in a backstage fight before this show over a past conflict but of course made up soon after. The next big match was Smothers and Rick Patterson teaming up to take on Mr. Pogo and Crash the Terminator on January 7, 1993 at Korakuen Hall which saw Smothers and Pogo brawl through out the crowd with Pogo hitting Smothers so hard in the head that he would need 18 stitches afterwards before Crash would end up pinning Patterson. Smothers afterwards would meet up with Mr. Pogo and begin beating him backstage for busting Smothers so hard. Smothers would work one more tour in February 1993 where he and Miguel Perez would once again lose to Pogo and Crash the Terminator and then Smothers would finish up with W*ING on February 5, 1993 at Korakuen Hall defeating Nobutaka Araya. The original Jason the Terrible would come back in March 1993 and Smothers would move on to All Japan.

Smothers would work two tours with All Japan with the first one going from August to September and then the Real World Tag Team Tournament Tour that would go from November to December 1993 with a match on December 1st where Smothers would team with Richard Slinger before losing to Giant Baba and Stan Hansen with Smothers screwing up the finish of the match and as a result Baba would never book Smothers again for the promotion.

Smothers despite hating the Jason the Terrible mask and it always coming off during the match would revise his Jason gimmick for the new IWA Japan promotion where he would defeat the original Jason in a Casket Match on July 14, 1994 at Korakuen Hall. Jason would get his revenge against Smothers on September 20, 1994 with Smothers finishing up the September 1994 tour as Jason and then finally getting rid of the gimmick once and for all. Smothers would return to IWA Japan on January 2, 1995 to team with the debuting Cactus Jack as they would defeat Terry Funk and Shoji Nakamaki in a No Ropes Barbed wire Death Match at Korakuen Hall to setup the Funk vs. Cactus rivalry. Smothers would come back every couple of months to team with Cactus including winning the IWA Tag Team Titles against the Headhunters on September 29, 1995 before losing them on October 1, 1995 against Tarzan Goto and Mr. Gannosuke. His last tour with IWA Japan would be in April 1996 as the promotion was in such a decline that it could no longer afford to bring in foreigners anymore for many years.

Smothers would not come back to Japan again until 2000. Smothers had stopped working for ECW after 1999 would begin working independents and through Kanemura who respected Smothers so much for helping him out earlier in his career would get Smothers booked for one tour. Smothers would join the ECW Japan group and would team up with Balls Mahoney, Chocoball Mukai, and Crazy Boy and lose to the team of Kintaro Kanemura, Hisakatsu Oya, Hido, and Hideki Hosaka on March 27, 2000 at Korakuen Hall in a midcard match. Smothers' final FMW would be just two weeks later on April 11, 2000 at Korakuen Hall as Kanemura and Hosaka would defeated Smothers and Crazy Boy in another midcard match with the ECW Japan angle pretty much coming to an end the following month.

Smothers would return to Japan for one more show on November 23, 2017 at the Yokohama Radiant Hall for the retirement of referee Junichi Sato. Smothers would team up with Doug Gilbert as they would defeat The Great Kabuki and Masao Inoue. Tracy Smothers' career in Japan was much like what it was in America. He worked everywhere but nowhere for very long, everyone always respected him after working with him, and he had a fun time at every stop. Click here to watch highlights of Tracy Smothers' final Japanese match on November 23, 2017.

Back in 2018 I was able to collect every FMW VHS tape that was released from 1990 to 2001. This past year I have gotten back into collecting VHS tapes as I have been able to makes purchases for several different promotions including IWA Japan, ZERO1, Big Japan, WAR, W*ING, Onita Pro, and Michinoku Pro as well as movies starring Atsushi Onita and Megumi Kudo in them. I don't know where this collection will go as I doubt I will be able to collect every video from a single promotion like I was in FMW but I must say it does bring back nostalgia getting an old VHS tape in. If only I could start my own Japanese Wrestling 1990's VHS rental store.

Later this week on November 20th, it will mark the 22nd Anniversary of this website focusing on FMW news/history (it had been just a video selling site for three months prior). I still remember thinking after FMW closed down back on February 15, 2002 that there was not going to be anyway I could continue the website. Even though that was 18 years ago, I still manage to find the passion to continue not only this website but now many other projects. So many projects that it becomes difficult to find the time for everything. I am looking to add memoirs that were written by Hayabusa that are very detailed, but I have been working on them for about 6 months and still not half way done with them because of how time consuming the translation part is. I have also got Kodo Fuyuki's book translated already, but I am going to need to go through and clean up all the grammar and make it readable for everybody before I post it. I will also be finishing up the History of FMW YouTube next Summer most likely which has taken a majority of my free time up. I have always tried to make this website different than the others. I have never wanted this site to just be focused on specific thing. I have taken the name 'FMW World' very literal and have done my best to try and build as many different ways for you to learn about FMW as possible and hopefully despite FMW closing down 18 years ago, all of my efforts to show passion stay relevant with those that want to continue to love FMW like I do. Thank you to everyone who has continued to visit this site.

Added: 9/20

Atsushi Onita returned to Kawasaki Stadium on August 29, 2020 for his first match in over 18 years for Hikaru Sato's Hard Hit promotion. As I mentioned previously, Kawasaki Stadium has gone through major renovation. They took out all the seats of the huge baseball stadium and left it to be just be a huge lot in 2000 which allowed FMW to run at the location one last time on May 5, 2001. Kodo Fuyuki took the booking for what was supposed to be their return to the location on May 5, 2002 but after FMW closed down it would end up becoming a WEW show where Fuyuki would end up booking Atsushi Onita and The Great Sasuke to take on Shinya Hashimoto and Shinjiro Otani in at the time was Onita's return to Kawasaki for the first time in over 4 1/2 years. No wrestling show had ran the location since Fuyuki's widow Kaoru promoted the May 5, 2004 which was a financial disaster of a show.

Artificial turf was then laid out over the area following that show in 2004 to turn the location into an American Football Stadium. They end up adding a new set of stands allowing 4,000 people to attend games in 2014 and then in 2015 the city of Kawasaki sold control of the building to the American Football team the Kawasaki Frontale which is owned by the company Fujitsu to allow them to have full control of the stadium.

Atsushi Onita tried to go through them to book his 2017 retirement show at Kawasaki Stadium, but because Onita wanted the show in October during playing season the team was not willing to let him book a wrestling show on their field during the season because of games and practices held there.

Hikaru Sato had a much easier time booking the stadium for his 20th Anniversary show for August 29, 2020 as the stadium has not been used in many months due to the Coronavirus and they were able to find a sponsor that was willing to eat the financial loss even with the discount to have the first wrestling show at Kawasaki Stadium since 2004.

Since Hikaru Sato had worked with Onita in All Japan back in 2016 and 2017 and because Onita has a working relationship with DDT which owns Hard Hit it was not hard to get Onita booked for the second of two Hard Hit shows that day in Kawasaki. Both shows announced that buying a ticket would mean you would get to sit and watch on the field as they knew they were not going to be filling many seats because of how small the promotion is. Fans did end up choosing to sit in the seats due to how hot it was in Kawasaki that day. Both shows no attendance were announced although they announced the sponsor had announced themselves but without mentioning who the sponsor was, it became impossible to find that information. Just looking it seemed to be about 200 people or so in attendance for the night show. Both shows have aired on NicoNico TV.

Atsushi Onita's match was with former FMW wrestler Ricky Fuji who was making his first Kawasaki Stadium appearance since 2001 and with Naoshi Sano who had grown up attending the FMW Kawasaki Stadium shows as a fan to take on the team of Yoshitatsu, Hideki Suzuki, and Rocky Kawamura in what was suppose to just be a Street Fight but ended up becoming an Exploding Barbed wire Baseball Bat Death Match with no mention as to why the change other than Onita and explosions at Kawasaki Stadium go together.

Suzuki would end up grabbing Ricky and nailing him an Exploder. Suzuki would then grab the exploding barbed wire bat and try to hit Ricky with it, but Ricky would move out of the way and Suzuki would end up hitting the turnbuckle instead causing a huge explosion. Yoshitatsu would then grab the exploding bat and activate it as Kawamura and Suzuki would place Onita on a chair with Yoshitatsu nailing Onita with the exploding bat and covering him with Ricky making the save. Yoshitatsu would then go for another bat shot to Onita with Suzuki holding him but Onita would spit his red mist in Yoshitatsu's face and then give Suzuki a stunner followed by a chair shot to Kawamura's head. Onita would then turn on the exploding bat and nail Kawamura with it and cover him and get the win at 9 minutes, 24 seconds as Onita would do his Onita Theater to just a little bit less fan fare compared to his May 5, 1995 match at Kawasaki Stadium. Onita would come out after the show and pose with Hikaru Sato and Suwama who main evented the show. Onita now is 6-1 at Kawasaki Stadium going back to 1991 with his one and only loss being to Genichiro Tenryu on May 5, 1994 which forced Onita to retire one year later. Click here for highlights of Atsushi Onita's return to Kawasaki Stadium 8/29/20.

The Blasting Koshien promotion returned after a 9 month hiatus due to the coronavirus as they would run a show at Korakuen Hall on August 25, 2020. Although the whole point of the promotion is for there to be some type of explosion match with Onita and running Korakuen Hall prevents any type of an explosion match from happening. Instead the main event would be a Street Fight Scramble Bunkhouse Death Match with Atsushi Onita teaming up with Yuko Miyamoto and Rocky Kawamura to take on NOAH's Takashi Sugiura, Kaz Hayashi, and NOSAWA Rongai. The show had such a low attendance number that no crowd number was announced. This match would be hurt by the fact that not only was there not many people there but also that they are not allowed to cheer at Korakuen Hall as Onita matches at this point are based on the crowd heat. Kaz Hayashi would try to send Onita into a barbed wire board in the corner but Onita would end up reversing it and sending Hayashi into the barbed wire for what might be the first time in his long career. NOSAWA would then set up another barbed wire board on a stack of chairs and Sugiura would end up slamming Onita through the barbed wire board. NOSAWA would then grab a hold of Onita as Hayashi would go to hit him with the barbed wire bat but Onita would move out of the way and Hayashi would end up accidentally hitting NOSAWA instead with it. Onita would then take the broken table piece and smash it over NOSAWA, Hayashi, and then Sugiura's head before doing the spot with NOSAWA where NOSAWA asks for Onita to continue to hit him over the head with it. Sugiura would then eventually end up grabbing the chair from Onita and smash it over his head followed by NOSAWA nailing over the head with a guitar. Miyamoto and Kawamura would come in with Kawamura putting Sugiura on a table and Miyamoto would deliver an elbow sending Sugiura through the table. They would then all leave the ring leaving it to just be Onita and NOSAWA with Onita smashing NOSAWA over the head with a chair repeated times before just finally knocking NOSAWA out and covering him for the pin at 15 minutes, 49 seconds for what seemed like a rerun of every Onita and NOSAWA match six man match in Super Battle FMW from 2015 to 2017. No announcement on when the next show for this promotion will take place again. Onita afterwards stated he felt like he broke some ribs during the match and that he would not be able to do his Onita Theater afterwards as even though he tested negative for the virus he still would not put the audience at risk. Click here for Onita/Miyamoto/Kawamura vs. Sugiura/Hayashi/NOSAWA 8/25/20

Onita's next show would take place for DDT on August 27, 2020 at the Tokyo Nerima Toshimaen Amusement Park which would be closing down on September 1, 2020 to eventually turn into a Harry Potter theme park in 2023. The show aired live on ABEMA TV as they announced 128,500 people watching live. Atsushi Onita announced that if his team lost then he would retire for an 8th time although with the Kawasaki Stadium taking place two days later it was confirmed that even if Onita was force to retire he would still compete at the Kawasaki Stadium as to not possibly mess with the ticket sales for the Hard Hit show.

The match was suppose to be Atsushi Onita, Sanshiro Takagi, and Chris Brookes taking on Konosuke Takeshita, Shinya Aoki, and Caol Uno but Onita would end up requesting that Kuro-chan who is a Japanese comedian enter the match as well although Kuro-chan would refuse and just stay around to watch the match. They would start with Onita throwing his jacket at Aoki and going after him as they would do a dueling FMW chair spot before Onita would take Uno and throw him in a tree. Aoki would then turn on the exploding barbed wire bat and try to hit Brookes with it but he would block with it a poster of the theme park. Takagi would then turn on the exploding barbed wire bat for Onita and he would hit Uno with it but no explosion would go off. Takagi would then grab a hold of Uno and they would try again and that would work as the huge explosion would go knocking Uno out but when Onita would cover Uno it would be Kuro-chan that would come over to make the save and as a result he would be placed in the match.

Onita would take a street cone and hit Kuro-chan with it but Takeshita would grab a hold of Onita as Uno would turn on the exploding bat and Aoki would take the exploding bat and go after Brookes again with it but again he would defend himself with a sign of the theme park. Aoki would then begin tying up Onita to the stage area and Kuro-chan would hit a button that would begin a cut down as a rocket which was similar to the Jado Rocket that Onita used one for a promoted show back on July 17, 2016 and then never again as the rocket would take off and hit the staging area that Onita was tied to while holding Aoki at the same time and just like the 2016 Jado Rocket it was very impressive looking but at the same time you could tell did no absolutely no damage to anyone other than possibly sparks falling down on them. Onita would end up slowly grabbing Kuro-chan who had walked over to Onita with Onita getting up and punching Kuro-chan before Onita would turn on the exploding bat again and nail Kuro-chan with it and cover him to get the pin at 15 minutes, 44 seconds to prevent Onita from having to retire for the 8th time. This match had a lot of dead time to it so it falls below the coffee shop match that Onita had back in June which I would consider a successful match for what they were going for, which I would not consider the case for this match. Onita requested a singles match with Kuro-chan afterwards although Onita has had bad luck with comedians this year as he has still not gotten a response from comedian Shinji Saito about getting a match at the popular comedian theater Yoshimoto Kogyo which he has been wanting to have since March. Click here to watch Onita/Takagi/Brookes vs. Takeshita/Aoki/Uno/Kuro-chan 8/27/20

The return of Fire Pro-Wrestling took place on September 13, 2020 at the Hiroshima Marina Hop. Fire Pro-Wrestling is a promotion that started in August 27, 2016 after a sponsor was willing to create a promotion based around Atsushi Onita and female wrestler Yumiko Hotta although it would not take long for Hotta to disappear from the promotion and it to become another promotion based around Atsushi Onita. The promotion would hold their last show on October 29, 2017 in Nagoya with Onita winning a 6 man tag after pinning Masashi Aoyagi in the match which was the conclusion of their one year feud for this promotion which was really the only storyline the promotion had going. The promotion seemed like it would just quietly vanish after Onita's retirement two days later on October 31, 2017 but it would come back 2 years and 11 months to hold a Exploding Barbed wire Bat and Fireball Landmine Death Match. They would end up announcing 555 fans for the show.

The main event would be Atsushi Onita, HASEGAWA, and Takeshi Okada taking on Takumi Tsukamoto, Naoki Tanizaki, and Devil Magician with the Fireball Mine Board being similar to a Double Hell Death Match with explosion pads outside the ring although these were much farther away from the ring than what FMW would have.

Onita would take Devil Magician and throw him in the crowd although a masked Onryo who was apart of this promotion back in 2016-2017 as well would come in the ring and try to set up a table but Onita would end up getting control and piledrive Devil Magician through the table instead. Okada would then place Magician on a chair as Onita would end up turning on the exploding barbed wire bat but Tanizaki would come over and turn it off as Tsukamoto would grab Onita and place him on the chair with Devil Magician turning on the exploding bat and nailing Onita across the chest with it.

Onita would come back and with the help of HASEGAWA manage to kick Devil Magician out of the ring as he would fall out of the ring next to the fireball land mind and although the explosion would be a decent explosion it again was obvious that it was not damaging the wrestler at all. Onita would come back and nail Devil Magician with a broken table piece and turn on the exploding bat again with Okada grabbing a hold of Tsukamoto but Devil Magician would come over and turn it off again. Devil Magician would then grab the bat and turn it on and hit the entire Onita team with it although HASEGAWA would take the biggest hit from it as Magician would end up covering Okada at 13 minutes, 54 seconds and get the win. Devil Magician would then grab a hold of Onita with Onryo trying to throw powder at him but Onita would move out of way and nail Magician accidentally instead. Onita would then take Onryo and throw him in the crowd before fighting with Tsukamoto and then Magician would end up just throwing a broken table piece at Onita before they would leave and Onita would do his Onita Theater to end the show. Click here to watch Onita/HASEGAWA/Okada vs. Tsukamoto/Tanizaki/Devil Magician 9/13/20

Jun Kasai would promote his annual Summer Death Match Carnival as this show would take place on August 31, 2020 at Korakuen Hall. They would announce a crowd of 546 fans obviously their lowest number that this show has ever done because of less tickets being available. It did better than last months show of 441 fans though as I think if you just multiply these Korakuen attendance numbers by two you will probably get a rough estimate the shows would have done under a normal set of standards.

The main event would be Toru Sugiura defending the King of Freedom World Championship against Jun Kasai the man he won the title against back on October 1, 2019 as this match would be a Fluorescent Light Tubes Glass Board Death Match. Kasai would end up suplexing Sugiura with the back of his head hitting the glass board causing it to break. Kasai would then try to hit a Reverse Tiger Driver on a razor board but Sugiura would manage to lift Kasai up and slam him onto it instead. Sugiura would then nail Kasai with a right arm breaking a stack of light tubes across Kasai. Kasai would come back and place a stack of light tubes over Sugiura and hit a Pearl Harbor Splash but Sugiura would kick out at one. Sugiura would then setup a stack of light tubes and hit a running elbow breaking it across Kasai and pick up the win at 19 minutes, 39 seconds to defend the title for the fifth time. Takashi Sasaki would come to the ring afterwards and challenge Sugiura for the next Korakuen Hall show on October 4th with Sugiura accepting.

The semi-main event would be Violento Jack and Mammoth Sasaki defending the King of Freedom Tag Team Titles against Minoru Fujita and Rina Yamashita in a Hardcore Match. Yamashita would end up placing a garbage can over her head and dive off the top rope onto Jack with Mammoth managing to make the save by hitting her with a chair. Yamashita would then throw a chair at Jack and nail him with a clothesline but Jack would kick out and pick up Yamashita and nail her with a Amatalan for the win at 14 minutes, 11 seconds to successfully defend the titles for the eight time. This was only the second title defense in a year from Jack and Mammoth but they have not held the title for 20 months and Violento Jack has pretty much been a tag champion non stop since May 2018. Fujita following the match would offer Yamashita a Unchain t-shirt and a spot to become a member with her accepting.

Daisuke Masaoka who had lost a lot of momentum in regards of being protected right before his knee injury that caused him to be out of action for 18 months still has not been pushed like he was back in 2016 and 2017 where there was meaning for him even when he lost as he would end up taking on Takashi Sasaki in a Needles Hell Death Match. Both Masaoka and Sasaki would place skewers in each others heads before eventually they would climb up a ladder with Sasaki placing a kenzan in Masaoka's head then suplexing him off that ladder and then finishing him off with a D-Geist to get the win at 13 minutes, 37 seconds as Sasaki would look to elevate himself for the next main event where as Masaoka continues to be an afterthought since coming back.

Yuya Susumu would defend the UWA Jr. Heavyweight Title against Kamui with Susumu trying to for a Front Crash but Kamui would manage to escape and deliver a running Pele Kick followed by nailing Susumu with a Fire Bird Splash at 11 minutes, 47 seconds to end Susumu's 10 month reign as champion with Kamui winning his first singles title in FREEDOMS. Masamune would come to the ring afterwards and challenge Kamui as they would get into an altercation to setup their September match. Kenji Fukimoto would defeat Tomoya Hirata at 8 minutes, 35 seconds with a Package Piledriver on a Barbed wire Bat. The opening match would have GENTARO, Brahman Shu, and Brahman Kei defeat Kengo, Dragon Libre, and Takahiro Katori when GENTARO would put away Libre at 11 minutes, 11 seconds with a Backdrop.. Click here to watch highlights of Jun Kasai 8/31/20 Korakuen Hall show.

FREEDOMS would return to the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on September 17, 2020 and announce a crowd of 151 fans which is pretty much what they were doing for a usual Shin-Kiba number before the pandemic anyway. The main event would be Toru Sugiura and Daisuke Masaoka taking on Takashi Sasaki and Jun Kasai in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match. Sugiura would place light tubes over Sasaki in the corner but when they wouldn't break Sugiura would nail them with a right arm over Sasaki. Sugiura would then go for a Spanish Fly on Sasaki but Kasai would come over and lift Sugiura on his shoulders and drop him face first into a light tube while Sasaki would powerbomb Masaoka and Kasai would follow that up with hitting a Pearl Harbor Splash on Masaoka. Sasaki would then nail Masaoka with a D-Geist and deliver a right knee to another stack of light tubes across Masaoka and once again pick up the win over him at 20 minutes, 50 seconds as Sasaki looks to build himself back up for the title match at Korakuen Hall.

Masashi Takeda would return to the ring for the first since his second severe cut back on July 28th as he would team up with Kenji Fukimoto to take on Violento Jack and Tomoya Hirata in a Barbed wire Board Empty Can Board Death Match. Takeda would be sporting a new haircut and would come with a more aggressive attitude and pull out his huge pair of scissors and begin cutting Hirata with them. Hirata would manage to fight back and suplex Takeda on the board with empty cans on it. Fukimoto though would come over and grab Takeda and end up suplexing his partner off the turnbuckle onto the empty can board followed by Takeda placing Hirata in the Mega Lover which is essentially a Crossface with the scissors against Hirata's throat to force him to tap out at 13 minutes, 27 seconds for the Takeda win as he looks to become a challenger again soon for Sugiura's title.

Other matches on the show saw Yuya Susumu, Masamune, and Kengo defeat BJW Death Match Heavyweight Champion Minoru Fujita, Kamui, and GENTARO when Kengo would use a Backdrop Koroshi Hold to pick up the pinfall at 14 minutes, 40 seconds over GENTARO. Mammoth Sasaki would defeat Takahiro Katori at 1 minutes, 4 seconds after Katori would end up hitting his head outside the early on and with it looking like he had suffered a concussion the referee would stop the match and reward the win to Mammoth. The opening match would see Chikara and Dragon Libre defeat Brahman Shu, Brahman Kei, and Karate Brahman when Libre would pick up the win at 6 minutes, 22 seconds over Karate with the Santa Muerte. The show will air on NicoNico on October 1st. Click here for highlights of the FREEDOMS 9/17/20 show.

FREEDOMS would return to the Sendai PIT in Miyagi on September 19, 2020 as this show was originally scheduled for June but had to be postponed because of the pandemic. The show drew an announced 188 fans which is just 44 fans down from the year prior which was pre-pandemic and had a title match of Jun Kasai vs. Takashi Sasaki on top. This main event was just your usual six man as Takashi Sasaki, Jun Kasai, and Kenji Fukimoto defeated Toru Sugiura, Daisuke Masaoka, and Tomoya Hirata in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Tornado Death Match with Sasaki once again picking up the win after delivering a right knee to a stack of light tubes to get the pin at 16 minutes, 38 seconds over Hirata. Violento Jack and Mammoth Sasaki wrestled in the semi-main event in a non-title match against Masashi Takeda and Aisawa # 1 with Jack getting the win at 13 minutes, 24 seconds with the Amatalan over Aisawa. Kamui defended his UWA Jr. Heavyweight Title for the first time after defeating Masamune at 15 minutes, 21 seconds with th eKamui Clutch. Kengo teamed up with Leo Isaka who was filling in for Takahiro Katori after his injury two days earlier at Shin-Kiba as they defeated Yuya Susumu and Dragon Libre when Kengo put away Libre at 11 minutes, 20 seconds with a Frog Splash. GENTARO, Tsuyoshi Kikuchi, and Chikara defeated Brahman Shu, Brahman Kei, and Karate Brahman after GENTARO rolled up Kei at 12 minutes, 54 seconds to get the win with a small package. The opening match had the small Kokubuchu Pro be offered the opening match as they had El Sasakama, Ryonosuke Takahashi, Magnum Ishinomaki defeat The Great Kannushi which means Shinto Priest, Hiroshi Yagi, and Bro. Winger when Takahashi would get the win at 5 minutes, 1 second after hitting Yagi with a Moonsault for the pinfall.

The next FREEDOMS show will be on October 4th as they return to Korakuen Hall for their 11th Anniversary show. Toru Sugiura will defend the King of Freedom World Championship for a sixth as he takes on the founder Takashi Sasaki in a Death Match. Jun Kasai and Masashi Takeda will look to see if Rina Yamashita is meant for Unchain as they will take on Minoru Fujita and Yamashita in a Death Match. Daisuke Masaoka looks to not fall any farther down the card as he will take on the youngster Tomoya Hirata in a Death Match. More matches will be announced later this week.

The A-Team returned to the Tokyo Kitasenju White Studio as they announced a crowd of 50 fans for the show. The main event had yet another WEW Tag Team Title change as MIKAMI and HASEGAWA teamed up to win the titles from the champions Takumi Sakurai and Bryan Ishizaka in a Two out of Three Falls Match. The first fall saw Sakurai get a win over MIKAMI right away at 33 seconds after pinning him with a Tornado Clutch. MIKAMI got revenge and pinned Sakurai at 12 minutes, 21 seconds to even things up with a 450 Splash. The deciding pin came when HASEGAWA got the pin at 3 minutes, 55 seconds over Ishizaka with a Ranhi to win the match overall at a time of 16 minutes, 49 seconds as this is MIKAMI's second time as champion and HASEGAWA's third time as champion. Nobutaka Moribe defended his WEW Jr. Heavyweight Title defeating Keiichi Sato at 12 minutes, 7 seconds with a Futari Season Version for his first successful title defense. Tomohiko Hashimoto, Daisaku Shimoda, and Super Tiger defeated Jiro Kuroshio, Naoki Tanizaki, and Chikara when Shimoda put away Chikara at 15 minutes, 12 seconds with a Backdrop. Ryouji Sai defeated former WEW Champion Gajo at 14 minutes, 55 seconds with a Running Knee Lift. GENTARO and former Kaientai Dojo wrestler Raito Shimizu defeated Daisuke Ikeda and Hashinosuke when Shimizu would get the win at 13 minutes, 12 seconds with a Raito Left on Hashinosuke for the win. Iori Sugawara got the win over someone named Justice at 7 minutes, 3 seconds with a High Right Kick for the victory in the opener.

The A-Team had scheduled a show on September 27, 2020 at the Nara Seiwa Logistics Center but have to decided to postpone the show citing the coronavirus. The next two shows will be the same time as well as the final A-Team show of 2020 as they will run both shows at the Kitasenju White Studio. The first show will have a main event of Isami Kodaka and HASEGAWA taking on Kenji Fukimoto and Masahiro Sase who is a big money supporter for the company. Tomohiko Hashimoto and Gajo will take on Super Tiger and Daisuke Ikeda and the opening match will be Daisaku Shimoda, Raiden making his return from being out with an injury over the past year, and Jun to take on Iori Sugawara, Bryan Ishizaka, and Hashinosuke. The next show will have Tomohiko Hashimoto defend the WEW Heavyweight Title against Super Tiger as well as Daisaku Shimoda going up against Chikara and Gajo taking on Raito Shimizu.

Today is Megumi Kudo's 51st birthday. She is one of more the interesting people from FMW since her career ended. Most FMW wrestlers like Hayabusa, Masato Tanaka, Mr. Gannosuke, and Kintaro Kanemura have been very public about their lives and are willing to write about their day to day situations or just post pictures of what they are up to. There are some wrestlers that have really not wanted much to do with the internet and have been mostly private which consists of Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Koji Nakagawa, and Hido. Megumi Kudo is the rare case where she has been on both sides. Kudo who retired in 1997 and then had a somewhat public wedding to Hido where magazines were allowed to take pictures. Kudo was also the Samurai TV daily host covering highlights so it might have came with the territory. Kudo after leaving the show in 2001 then became somewhat private as it seems like she found a random job that was not interacting with wrestling fans. She appeared again in 2003 for the Fuyuki Army promotion and did commentary for a Hido match where afterwards Hido blew her kisses while leaving following his loss to Shinjiro Otani. They then taped a segment for the Occupation of the Indies following that and allowed cameras to go around their house as they did interviews.

Then Hido's health began to decline due to his liver disease and he would be in and out of the business and Kudo would only appear seldom for wrestling shows for a Onita FMW reunion show and then Nanjyo Hayato's FFF promotion which was a FMW offshoot promotion in 2011-2012. Kudo then began running FMW reunion talk segments with the likes of Hayabusa, Combat Toyoda, and Masato Tanaka in 2012-2013. Then ZERO1 called her up and asked for her to become the face of their new sub-promotion Super Fireworks in 2015 with her doing an angle with the heel TARU and Kudo thinking about possibly finally coming back to the ring in 2016 before deciding not to. Something happened in 2017 though. Kudo hinted at Super Fireworks running at Kawasaki Stadium in November 2017 and that show never ended up happening and then she ended up disappearing from both the Super Fireworks promotion as well as all social media including her blog. She showed back up last year and began posting on her blog again and just apologized for being gone for two years and then she began appearing for the Super Fireworks promotion again. Now her role has increased with ZERO1 as of this year as she is training women wrestlers with the promotion looking to create a promotion 2021 as well as appearing at every ZERO1 promotion now. Kudo has also not posted anything about Hido since 2014. She is always willing to talk about her dogs every chance she gets, but nothing about Hido in 2014 so it has always left me curious to see if they are still together, or if she really just wants everything to be private about Hido's situation. But I am very glad that she is appearing more and more for ZERO1 as it is always a great thing when an FMW legend still is showing up and getting to meet with fans after all these years. Click here for the video of Occupation of the Indies visiting Megumi Kudo and Hido's house in 2003.

Update on the YouTube page for those that do not know. I kind of got a hang the past year in making sure that the account would stay up. I ended up messing up two different times on the most recent History of FMW video and as a result got two strikes. One more and the account is gone after 10 months of re-building it. I just do not want to start over because of mistakes I could have controlled. So I have to decided to make pretty much anything with actual wrestling on it private for it now. I will eventually switch everything to unlisted probably in this upcoming week. I am just trying to be safe as I can with it and will make everything public in December when the strikes are gone. But those that visit the site should have no issues finding the History of FMW or Career Music Videos as everything is already on this site and they will remain here even if something happens to that account. I will begin working on the next episode as I am planning on doing 5 more episodes of it, but I am also working on a long term project of making some YouTube videos reading through Hayabusa's memoirs that he wrote a decade ago that are very detailed written as I learn something new each chapter, so I look forward to having that available for everyone here in the future.

I wanted to show off some of the new Hayabusa items over the last couple of months. First off I was able to get the bronze Hayabusa statue that is probably the last big Hayabusa item that I have always wanted. This was made by Yoshinori Murata who ran a bar in Kumamoto that Hayabusa and Mr. Gannosuke would visit while they were in college. Murata became known for making a statue like this for Antonio Inoki and it doing very well in the early 90's. Murata has since made statues of Hayabusa, Mr. Gannosuke, and Hiroshi Tanahashi. Fumi Taguchi who was apart of Hayabusa's band was able to get me in touch with Murata to put the order in. My friend Martin was able to hold it for months for in Japan and then eventually because EMS seems to be shut down from Japan to America for awhile he was able to send it to my friend Max in Canada who was able to send it to me. So this was quite the process that spanned over 5 months to finally get it. I also was able to get a Hayabusa Wrestle Buddy made by the Brothers Gaddor which is their specialty. I also have been able to get several new custom Hayabusa minis including a new brown one, a new blue one, and a new black one as well. Next update I will show the many different Japanese Independent VHS tapes I have picked up over the last couple of months as well.

Added: 8/11

Atsushi Onita after retiring in 2017 decided what he wanted to do after his career was over was run for mayor of his mother's home town of Kanzaki in the Saga Prefecture. Onita ended up losing the election in April 2018. Onita felt like the reason he lost was because he had just recently moved to the area and felt like the people that voted against him did not trust him because he was new to the area. Onita vowed to remain living in Kanzaki and would run again for Mayor in 2022. Although Onita still came back to the ring in 2018 he still has had a lot of free time as he has gone several months not wrestling after getting his double knee replacement surgery in 2019 and now with the corona virus in 2020. Onita has managed to find another job between wrestling and that is running his own coffee shop in Kanzaki.

Onita earned his coffee sommelier license and opened up the coffee shop LAJA Coffee. Onita actually visited the country Laos earlier this year and was able to carefully select the coffee beans that has for sale as the shop promotes there are three different specialty blends from Laos although currently they are out and the order for the batch are on hold due to the corona virus and in the mean time the coffee beans used are known as Atsushi Onita specialty blends. The store also provides employment support for people with disabilities. The coffee shop saying is "keep following your dreams no matter how old you are".

Atsushi Onita's first match back in two months will be for the Blasting Koshien promotion which due to cancellations from the corona virus has not had a show since November 2019. This is a sub-promotion of DDT which now is under the same company umbrella with NOAH so many of the two promotions will be on this show. Atsushi Onita will end up teaming up with Yuko Miyamoto for the first time as well as Rocky Kawamura as they will go up against the NOAH team of Takashi Sugiura who feuded with Onita back in 2012-2013 as well as Kaz Hayashi and NOSAWA Rongai who is the booker of NOAH is most likely there to take the pin for Onita as this will be a Street Fight as no explosions are allowed at Korakuen Hall. 

The first wrestling show to be held at the old Kawasaki Stadium stomping ground since 2004 will take place on August 29, 2020 from the unlikely small shoot fight promotion Hard Hit. After an inspection of the stadium in December 1999 by the city of Kawasaki it was pointed out that a seismic earthquake could destroy the stadium. Kawasaki Stadium would end up closing down on March 31, 2000. They removed all the seats and tore the surrounding area down. FMW, WEW, and Fuyuki Army from 2001 and 2004 used the spacious area that once was Kawasaki Stadium for their big May 5th shows. Kawasaki would end up using the space in 2004 to begin building many different fields for sports with the main one being a high school football like size area for American Football to be played as stands were added to fit around 2700 people for that section. 

The Fujitsu Company ended up buying the naming rights to the area in 2015 and renamed it Fujitsu Stadium Kawasaki but it will always just be known as Kawasaki Stadium on this website. Atsushi Onita tried to book the stadium for his October 2017 retirement show but ended up growing frustrated when dealing with them because of how booked they were having American Football games being played so often in the area for the month of October. The Hard Hit promotion announced that that they would be running two shows at Kawasaki Stadium that day as I can only imagine they were able to strike a deal with the company since the stadium it is unlikely many sports are being played in the location due to the Corona virus. 

The first wrestling show to be held at the old Kawasaki Stadium stomping ground since 2004 will take place on August 29, 2020 from the unlikely small shoot fight promotion Hard Hit. After an inspection of the stadium in December 1999 by the city of Kawasaki it was pointed out that a seismic earthquake could destroy the stadium. Kawasaki Stadium would end up closing down on March 31, 2000. They removed all the seats and tore the surrounding area down. FMW, WEW, and Fuyuki Army from 2001 and 2004 used the spacious area that once was Kawasaki Stadium for their big May 5th shows. Kawasaki would end up using the space in 2004 to begin building many different fields for sports with the main one being a high school football like size area for American Football to be played as stands were added to fit around 2700 people for that section. 

The Fujitsu Company ended up buying the naming rights to the area in 2014 and renamed it Fujitsu Stadium Kawasaki but it will always just be known as Kawasaki Stadium on this website. Atsushi Onita tried to book the stadium for his October 2017 retirement show but ended up growing frustrated when dealing with them because of how booked they were having American Football games being played so often in the area for the month of October. The Hard Hit promotion announced that that they would be running two shows at Kawasaki Stadium that day as I can only imagine they were able to strike a deal with the company since the stadium it is unlikely many sports are being played in the location due to the corona virus 

The setup will be interesting as tickets will be 6,000 yen to get in and tickets will allow you an all field pass meaning there will not be seats most likely and the fans will be spread out through out the field to watch the shows. Onita's match will be on the second show that starts at 6:30 pm.

This will be the first time Atsushi Onita will be wrestling in the Kawasaki Stadium area since he teamed up with The Great Sasuke against Shinya Hashimoto and Shinjiro Otani for WEW's May 5, 2002 show. Before that the last time he wrestled was at the old Kawasaki Stadium back on September 28, 1997 against W*ING Kanemura in a Exploding Ring Death Match. Onita will team up with Ricky Fuji who will be wrestling at Kawasaki Stadium for the first time since FMW's last show in the area back on May 5, 2001. They will also team up with Naoshi Sano and they will go up against Hideki Suzuki, former WWE wrestler Yoshitatsu, and Rocky Kawamura in a Street Fight meaning there will be no explosives used for this event. 

The show will take place the same day that New Japan will be returning to the Tokyo Meiji Jingu Stadium which is the first stadium show that New Japan is running since August 29, 1999 when they held a main event of The Great Muta against the Great Nita in a Exploding Barbed wire Exploding Ring Death Match. Shingo Takagi who was an Onita fan growing up in high school has stated that he wants to have an explosion match on the show against Minoru Suzuki for the NEVER Openweight Title but the match was announced with no stipulation as it looks like they will not be doing any explosives for this show. Onita has compared the two shows as to September 23, 1991 when FMW ran their first ever Kawasaki Stadium show up against New Japan's Yokohama Arena show on the same day. 

ZERO1 after dealing with financial issues due to their new sponsors from the iFD company pulling out back in April due to the coronavirus. ZERO1 found a new sponsor in the Daiki Holdings Group which is an IT company as they will look to keep ZERO1 going. Hiroshi Kaminaga will be the new Chairman of the company.

Megumi Kudo's role as President of the sub group Super Fireworks will be given to Aja Kong while Kudo will now serve as talent recruiter for a ZERO1 women's division and help train them for the ring as the women's division will begin in March 2021 for ZERO1's upcoming Ryogoku Sumo Hall show. 

Aja Kong the newly appointed Super Fireworks President declared to protect the promotion from Atsushi Onita. Kong stated she did not intend to have Onita wrestle again for the Super Fireworks promotion as the promotion was originally created for Onita to be the ace of the promotion in 2015 but after Onita's retirement in 2017 and coming back in 2018 he has never reconnected with ZERO1 or the Super Fireworks promotion. 

The issue stems from when Onita came back out of retirement in 2018 and felt like promotions like Ice Ribbon and Super Fireworks were promoting a style that he created and were making a profit without him being involved when it was his invention. Onita ended up trade marking the symbols that translate into "Current Blast" in December 2019. Super Fireworks as a result changed the name of their explosion death matches to "Super Plasma Bomb Death Match"

The CEO of the Daiko Holdings Group admitted he had helped sponsor FMW shows while Onita was on top and as a result came away 50 million yen ($500,000 USD) in debt due to his partnership. Onita responded to Kaminaga's claim of being owed money by trying to turn into an angle stating that if "Mr. Zero One" had such a grudge against him, he should look to have a match with him in the ring for his revenge and Onita would bring his Current Blast weapon and not a Super Plasma weapon which Onita laughed while saying. Onita then stated he would be waiting for the offer, but when asked by fans if Onita would be returning to the ring against the new ZERO1 chairman it was just simply denied by the Super Fireworks side of the promotion.

FREEDOMS returned to the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on July 11, 2020 for what would be called a Jun Kasai promoted show at the last moment as they would announce a crowd of 142 fans for the show. The main event would see the Unchain team of Jun Kasai, Masashi Takeda, and Minoru Fujita defeated Toru Sugiura, Takashi Sasaki, and Daisuke Masaoka when Takeda would put away Masaoka with the Reverse U Crash at 18 minutes, 56 seconds in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match to setup the upcoming Sugiura vs. Takeda title match at Korakuen Hall later in July. The semi-main event would be the King of Freedom Tag Team Champions Violento Jack and Mammoth Sasaki defeating Unchain's Kenji Fukimoto and Kamui in a non title match when Jack would put away Fukimoto at 10 minutes, 40 seconds with a Dinastia. Yuya Susumu would successfully defend his UWA Jr. Heavyweight Title against Shuichiro Katsumara after pinning him at 13 seconds, 9 seconds with a Front Crash to get his second title defense. GENTARO, Tomoya Hirata, and Chikara would defeat Brahman Shu, Brahman Kei, and Karate Brahman when GENTARO would make Karate tap out at 8 minutes, 27 seconds after putting an Achilles Tendon Hold to get the win. Kengo would open the show defeating Takahiro Katori at 10 minutes, 11 seconds with a Frog Splash to set himself up as the next UWA Jr. Heavyweight contender.

FREEDOMS would run their first house show in months prior to running at Korakuen Hall as they would run at the Shizuoka Twin Messe on July 26, 2020 and draw an announce crowd of 132 fans. The main event would be Jun Kasai, Masashi Takeda, and Kenji Fukimoto defeating Toru Sugiura, Daisuke Masaoka, and Tomoya Hirata in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match with Kasai putting Hirata away at 14 minutes, 31 seconds with a Reverse Tiger Driver. Mammoth Sasaki and Violento Jack would defeat Takashi Sasaki and Chikara in the semi-main event at 12 minutes, 31 seconds when Jack would nail Chikara with a Lariat for the win. Kamui would beat GENTARO in a singles match at 13 minutes, 52 seconds after Kamui would put him away with a Firebird Splash. Hideki Shrek Sekine would make his FREEDOMS debut teaming up with Yuya Susumu as they would defeat Brahman Shu and Brahman Kei when Sekine would get the win at 11 minutes, 32 seconds after putting Kei away with a German Suplex. The opening match had Minoru Fujita who has been protected since March with his Yokohama Bunka Gym show main event against Ryuji Ito getting pushed back from May to August as he would get the win over Takahiro Katori at 10 minutes, 48 seconds with a Samson Clutch.

Jun Kasai would then promote his Death Match Carnival Part 1 show on July 28, 2020 at Korakuen Hall where they would announce a crowd of 441 fans which was not technically a sell out even for the reduced amount of seats allowed now at Korakuen Hall but it was close to the max allowed. One of the rules besides social distancing in the crowd is that fans are not allowed to scream during the match although some did anyway the fans are suppose to show their support by loud clapping and when Jun Kasai came out for his entrance his opponent Toshiyuki Sakuda reminded the fans they needed to be quiet for what is usually the biggest ovation from the crowd on the show. 

The main event was a Madness Hell Dungeon Death Match which included a Glass Board and device with light tubes stacked all across it. The spot of the match was Sugiura out of nowhere doing a flip into Takeda sending him into the glass board. Takeda would eventually end up elbowing a light tube into Sugiura and some of the glass would end up flying into Takeda unexpectedly. They would go about another into the match when the referee would spot the deep cut and blood running down Takeda's side at an alarming rate and would call for the match to end and award the victory to Sugiura at 12 minutes, 31 seconds for Sugiura's fourth successful defense. Sugiura seemed legit upset about the match stopping as the plan pretty much since March 2019 was for Takeda to put over Sugiura in a Korakuen Hall main event. The match was originally suppose to happen in March 2020 but Takeda ended up getting seriously cut then as well and was unable to wrestle on the show that ultimately got cancelled anyway due to the coronavirus. The plan after this match was for Kasai to come out and challenge Sugiura for the next Korakuen Hall show but Takeda and Sugiura did an audible with Takeda requesting a rematch at the next Korakuen Hall show which is on August 31st with Sugiura accepting. Kasai would eventually come to the ring like planned and request a future shot for the title.

Takashi Sasaki ended up driving Masashi Takeda to the hospital to inspect and treat the wound after the show. Sasaki was told he could not visit Takeda because of the influence of the corona virus so Sasaki decided to go home that night. Takeda ended up contacting Sasaki at 9:30 the next morning and stated they were able to safely remove the fluorescent light tube piece that remained inside the wound and they had sewn him up. There was no damage to the nerves or blood vessels, although there was damage to the chest and shoulder muscles and Takeda will end up needing at least over a month off for recovery. 

Jun Kasai would once again defeat one of his favorite new opponents in Big Japan's Toshiyuki Sakuda in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Knives Death Match with Kasai putting Sakuda away at 16 minutes, 1 seconds with a Piledriver as they did several of their signature spots that have done together whether it be in Big Japan or FREEDOMS including skewers in the head as well as placing sharp objects through each others gums. 

Violento Jack defeated his old partner Daisuke Masaoka at 13 minutes, 31 seconds with Masaoka trying to hit a hurricanrana on Jack but instead getting hit with a powerbomb and then placing Masaoka in a Keylock submission with Masaoka desperately trying to escape and trying to rip Jack's mask off in the process before tapping out at 13 minutes, 31 seconds to Jack the win. 

Minoru Fujita, Kenji Fukimoto, and Kamui defeated Takashi Sasaki, Mammoth Sasaki, and Chikara when Kamui would put away Chikara at 11 minutes, 11 seconds with a Swanton Bomb in a Scramble Bunkhouse Death Match. Yuya Susumu would successfully defend the UWA Jr. Heavyweight Title at 11 minutes, 16 seconds over Kengo after making him tap out to a Cross Facelock for his third successful title defense. The opening bout was a FREEDOMS vs. 2AW match with GENTARO, Tomoya Hirata, and Takahiro Katori defeating Shiori Asahi, Tatsuya Hanami, and Daiju Wakamatsu with GENTARO putting Wakamatu away at 10 minutes, 9 seconds with a German Suplex for the win. Click here for highlights of the Jun Kasai Death Match Carnival Volume 1 on July 28, 2020 at Korakuen Hall.

FREEDOMS ran their 5th Annual Unchain Night although this was the first time the show was not held on August 11th and instead was held on August 9, 2020 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring drawing an announced 156 fans. Masashi Takeda came out to start the show and apologize that due to his recent surgery he not only would not be able to wrestle on this show, but he would not be ready to face Toru Sugiura on August 31st at Korakuen. The main event saw the Unchain team of Jun Kasai, Kenji Fukimoto, and Takumi Tsukamoto who was Takeda's replacement for the show take on Toru Sugiura, Daisuke Masaoka, and Tomoya Hirata in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match with Hirata getting the upset win over Fukimoto at 18 minutes, 51 seconds after putting him away with a German Suplex to setup a singles match between the two at the upcoming Korakuen Hall at the end of the month. Kasai and Sugiura after the match got into a heated conversation to close the show out to setup Jun Kasai taking on Toru Sugiura for the King of Freedom World Championship at Korakuen Hall which was the original plan.

 Violento Jack and Minoru Fujita defeated Mammoth Sasaki and Kamui after Fujita would roll up Mammoth at 13 minutes, 48 seconds with a Samson Clutch. Fujita would end up kicking his partner Jack low after the match and challenge him and Mammoth to a tag team title match at Korakuen Hall with Fujita announcing this his partner would be Rina Yamashit.a Yuya Susumu, Kengo, and Takahiro Katori defeated Brahman Shu, Brahman Kei, and Karate Brahman when Katori would roll up Karate for the win at 8 minutes, 32 seconds with a cradle. Dragon Libre returned to the ring for the first time in months and would end up giving up at 7 minutes, 36 seconds to Hiroshi Yamato. Captain Abormal was originally suppose to take place in this match but for the second year in a row he has been announced for this show and then no showed. The last time he wrestled FREEDOMS was for the Unchain Night in 2018 in a match that ended up being cut out of the DVD which was the only time the promotion has done that. The opening match was GENTARO and Bakyun Mask who is a masked Takashi Sasaki impersonator defeating Takashi Sasaki and Chikara after Bakyun pinned Sasaki at 11 minutes, 33 seconds with the Wind of Shonan.

FREEDOMS announced the full lineup for the upcoming Jun Kasai Death Match Carnival Part 2 that will take place on August 31, 2020 at Korakuen Hall. The main event will be Toru Sugiura defending the King of Freedom World Championship in a Death Match in what will be a rematch of the best FREEDOMS match in 2019 which saw Sugiura win the title from Kasai back on October 1st. The semi-main event will be Violento Jack and Mammoth Sasaki look to continue their record breaking title run as they defend against Minoru Fujita and Rina Yamashita in a Hardcore Match. Daisuke Masaoka looks to get back on track as he takes on Takashi Sasaki in a Death Match. Yuya Susumu will defend the UWA Jr. Heavyweight Title against Kamui. Kenji Fukimoto looks to get his revenge against Tomoya Hirata in a Scramble Bunkhouse Death Match and the opening match will see GENTARO team up with Brahman Shu and Brahman Kei as they take on Kengo, Dragon Libre, and Takahiro Katori. Click here for highlights of the FREEDOMS August 9, 2020 Unchain Night event.

The A-Team returned for the first time in nearly 5 months as they held a show on August 2, 2020 at the Tokyo Art Center White Studio in front of an announced 50 fans which I don't think there were that many people there. The main event saw GENTARO and Nobutaka Moribe's WEW Tag Title reign come to an end on their first defense after they lost to the team of Takumi Sakurai and Bryan Ishizaka after Sakurai got the win at 16 minutes, 4 seconds after using a cradle on Moribe. TAKA Michinoku won a special singles match against HASEGAWA after making HASEGAWA tap out at 11 minutes, 11 seconds with the Just Facelock. The wrestler Jin made his debut while teaming up with MIKAMI and Gajo as they defeated Tomohiko Hashimoto, Chikara, and Raito Shimizu when Gajo pinned Shimizu at 12 minutes, 21 seconds with a Diving Body Press. Daisuke Ikeda and Keiichi Sato defeated Daisaku Shimoda and Hashinosuke when Ikeda put away Hashinosuke at 13 minutes, 55 seconds with the Dai-Chan Bomber. The opening match had Iori Sugawara defeated Rion Mizuki at 7 minutes, 52 seconds with the Right High Kick. 

I was able to finally get in the brown Hayabusa jacket that I purchased back on May 5th of this year. I did not expect this to go up for sale, but it was something I felt like I needed to purchase. Although I still do not exactly know where to put it as the white Hayabusa jacket has been placed in a shadow box takes up a large amount of space. This jacket is the most famous jacket that Hayabusa as well as the first one he had created. This is the jacket he wore for the first time against Atsushi Onita on May 5, 1995 at Kawasaki Stadium, his two 1995 singles matches against Hisakatsu Oya, his May 5, 1996 Kawasaki Stadium match against Terry Funk and Mr. Pogo, against Mr. Gannosuke in Yokohama on both April 29, 1997 and April 30, 1998 as well as on September 6, 1997 for his first time facing off against Kenta Kobashi in a tag match on September 6, 1997 at Budokan Hall. The jacket was always suppose to symbolize that the match he had was an important one. He ended up wearing it for the final time on September 26, 2000 right before his 60 Minute Iron Man Match against Kodo Fuyuki. 

The jacket ended up disappearing from Ezaki's home after he was paralyzed and ended up in a bar in Sapporo where many of friends and fans would go to take pictures with. The bar in Sapporo ended up selling it to Toudoukan earlier this year and they had it on display for a couple of months until deciding to sell it on May 5th. I will try my best to give it a good spot in my house. It is not in perfect condition as the jacket is 25 years old at this point, but it is much better condition than the white jacket that I got back in 2016 that I ended up having to do a lot of maintenance work on due to it just sitting in a cigarette smoke filled music shop in Yokohama for over a decade. This just now leaves the red jacket which I have not heard or seen anything about its where about it since 2001. 

Nichibu-kai or NBK for short was a big sponsor for the Hayabusa era of FMW up until the end of 1997. In some ways them pulling out their sponsorship was really the beginning of the end of FMW. They sponsored in the creation of the new red jacket which Hayabusa used for the first time against The Great Sasuke on December 11, 1996 and then one more time for his tag team match against Mitsuharu Misawa and Jun Akiyama on November 27, 1997. Because they sponsored in making the jacket their name was on the back of the jacket. After they pull out their sponsorship and Hayabusa not only had the brown jacket already but also got the white one made and wore it for the first time on November 20, 1998 before taking on Kodo Fuyuki there was no reason for Hayabusa to wear the red one to the ring again. FMW ended up raffling it off in January 2001 during an intermission of a Korakuen Hall show where a young kid probably not older than 12 ended up winning the jacket and taking it home to never be seen publicly again.

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Atsushi Onita wrestled his first match since March 26th when he teamed up with Chris Brookes and Maki Itoh with Onita joining the NEO Itoh Respect Army to take on the ALL OUT team of Konosuke Takeshita, Yuki Iino, and Shunma Katsumata in a Exploding Barbed wire Death Match. The show was for DDT's Money in the Bag event on June 19, 2020 with the Onita being the only match on the show to take place outside the Tokyo Chateau Amoeba Studio as their match took place over at the Tokyo Shibuya HARLEM instead. 

The stipulation of the match was that the ALL OUT team were the last surviving team going into the final match trying to win Japanese comedian Shinji Saito's money with them having to defeat the Onita team to to win it. The original team of ALL OUT was Takeshita, Katsumata, and Akito but after their first match of the night it resulted in Akito being scratched and Yuki Iino would take his spot for this match. 

The match would start and Onita would start right away by spitting red mist in Katsumata's face. Onita would then throw Katsumata into a wall and then a ladder followed by piledriving him through a table randomly placed in the area. Onita would then square off against Iino with Onita just grabbing the broken table piece and smashing it over his head. Takeshita would then take the broken table piece and hit it over Onita's partner Maki Ito's head which would be the weakest looking table shot to the spot you have ever seen with Ito selling it like she was dying. 

Onita would then take Iino into the women's bath room and pour his head in the sink followed by shoving toilet paper in his face. Katsumata would then climb up to the top of the coffee shop that was also in the lobby and do a somersault dive onto Takeshita, Iino, and Brookes. Takeshita and Itoh would then climb up a ladder with Ito headbutting Takeshita causing him to fall off the ladder into the arms of Iino and Brookes. Ito would then go up a much smaller ladder and dive off of it onto Takeshita and Iino. Onita would finally take Katsumata out of the bath room to smash him over the head with the broken table piece before placing a barbed wire bat on his crotch. Takeshita and Ito would then go outside to a stair case in the building with Takeshita turning on the exploding barbed wire bat and Takeshita would go to hit Ito with it but Chris Brookes would rush over and take the hit instead.

Onita, Katsumata, and Iino would then go outside the Shibuya HARLEM with Onita spitting red mist in Iino's face followed by chair shots to the head to both Iino and Katsumata. Onita would then turn on the exploding barbed wire bat nail Katsumata with it and then pin him  at 15 minutes, 36 seconds outside the entrance of the building. Comedian Shinji Saito would show up afterwards happy that the ALL OUT team would not be winning his money but Onita end up knocking Saito down with a punch with Onita upset that Saito back in March had suggested him having an Exploding Barbed wire Death Match at the Yoshimoto Kogyo which is a popular theater in Osaka that many famous Japanese comedians perform at and it had been three months since Saito's suggestion with it still not happening. Onita stated that the next time he sees Saito it will be for a wrestling match. You can watch the match by clicking this link Atsushi Onita/Chris Brookes/Maki Itoh vs. Konosuke Takeshita/Shuna Katsumata/Yuki Iino 6/19/20 

FREEDOMS would hold their first show in three months on June 10, 2020 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. Sasaki stated he contacted and consulted with the Disaster Management Department, the General Affair Bureau, and the Tokyo Administration Bureau to get approval for the event to have fans with the limit set at 100 with everyone social distancing. FREEDOMS Fan Club members would get first shot at purchasing tickets and then the rest would be sold in advance. No tickets would be on sale prior to the show. They would announce 97 fans in attendance although I believe they most likely wanted to stop just short of the 100 person limit. Click here to watch highlights of the FREEDOMS June 10th Shin-Kiba show.

No lineup was announced prior to the show but it was known before hand that Daisuke Masaoka would be returning to the ring on this show. The main event of the show would be a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match with Jun Kasai wrestling in his first match since December 25, 2019 due to taking time off to allow injuries to heal, Masashi Takeda making his return for the first time since February 3, 2020 when he was dropped on a knife that had not been dulled enough, and Daisuke Masaoka making his return since January 12, 2019 when he fractured his knee cap on a GCW show. They would go up against King of Freedom World Champion Toru Sugiura and King of Freedom Tag Team Champions Violento Jack and Mammoth Sasaki in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match.

The match would start with Sasaki and Kasai both grabbing light tubes and smashing each other over the head with them at the same time. Sasaki would try to hit Kasai with his Reverse Tiger Driver but Kasai would counter and hit Sasaki with it instead. Takeda would then come in with scissors and hit Sasaki with it. Sugiura and Masaoka would come in and while Sugiura would be trying to hit Masaoka with a piledriver he would end up getting skewers stuck in his head by Kasai followed by Takeda coming over and placing light tubes behind him and deliver a German Suplex on Sugiura breaking the light tubes. Kasai would then hit Sugiura with a Pearl Harbor Splash followed by Masaoka hitting a Rokkura Kai on him. Masaoka would then nail with a Superkick but then Sugiura would come come with a rolling elbow and then place a stack of light tubes next to Masaoka and hit a running elbow breaking the light tubes to get the pin at 20 minutes, 47 seconds over Masaoka. All six wrestlers would then pose in the ring together afterwards to end the show. 

The semi main-event would be Mammoth Sasaki and Kamui defeating Yuya Susumu and Tomoya Hirata when Kamui would pick up the win at 12 minutes, 47 seconds with a Kamui Clutch on Hirata. GENTARO would defeat EAGLE Pro's Takahiro Katori with the spot of the match being where Katori would flip over the top rope to the outside but GENTARO would only barely catch him and Katori would hold his knee in serious pain. Katori would manage to finish the match and would be able to wrestle at the next FREEDOMS show two weeks later so it would be apparent he didn't suffer any type of serious injury before GENTARO would finish him off at 13 minutes, 53 seconds with a Backdrop. The opening match would be the Brahman Brothers in full protective gear from the virus along with Karate Brahman taking on Minoru Fujita, Kenji Fukimoto, Chikara with Chikara picking up the win at 9 minutes, 50 seconds after hitting a Saber Chop on Kei to get the win.

FREEDOMS would then run at Shin-Kiba on June 25, 2020 announcing a sell out crowd of 132 fans. 32 extra fans were allowed to attend this show and every ticket was sold prior to the day of the show. Samurai TV will be broadcasting this show on July 5, 2020 which shows that Samurai is desperate need for airing recent programming as under normal circumstances this show would not have been picked up by Samurai if it happened at Korakuen Hall let alone Shin-Kiba which Samurai has not aired any FREEDOMS show to take place at Shin-Kiba since 2010. Click here to watch highlights of the FREEDOMS June 25th Shin-Kiba show.

 The only announced match was the main event of Toru Sugiura defending the King of Freedom World Championship against Takumi Tsukamoto  in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match. They would begin start the match smashing light tubes over one another's head until Sugiura would begin stabbing Tsukamoto in the forehead causing blood to gush out of Tsukamoto's forehead. Sugiura would then grab a stack of light tubes but Tsukamoto would end up punching with a right arm breaking them across Sugiura followed by Tsukamoto hitting Sugiura with a One Winged Angel but Sugiura would manage to kick out. Sugiura would then come back and nail Tsukamoto with an Over Easy on a light tube and then finish Tsukamoto off at 19 minutes, 22 seconds with a running right elbow breaking a light tube across Tsukamoto get the win and successfully defend the King of Freedom World Championship for a third time. Takeda would then rush in the ring and break a light tube over Sugiura's head and challenge him to a title match on July 28th at Korakuen Hall with Sugiura accepting.

The semi-main event would be Jun Kasai, Violento Jack, and Mammoth Sasaki going up against Takashi Sasaki, Daisuke Masaoka, and Tomoya Hirata in a Barbed wire Board Death Match. Masaoka would go up to the top for a Rokkura-kai but Jack would end up catching him and dropping him down as Kasai would go up to the top of a ladder and hit a Pearl Harbor Splash on Masaoka. Jack would then powerbomb Masaoka on the ladder, but Masaoka would manage to kick out. Jack would then pick Masaoka up and go to hit him with a Violento Breaker which is where he picks up a wrestler and then drops him on his knees but Masaoka on his way down would get his knees up and hit Jack with them and roll Jack up with what would be considered a Violento Breaker Cutback to get the win at 13 minutes, 55 seconds to pick back up the Masaoka vs. Jack feud that started back in February when Masaoka came back to FREEDOMS from his injury and Jack turned on him.

Masashi Takeda and Minoru Fujita teamed up to take on Kenji Fukimoto and Kamui in a Unchain Hardcore Match with Takeda pulling out a box of skewers and taking some of the skewers and sticking them in his own forehead before headbutting Fukimoto with them. Takeda would then lay a box of skewers on Fukimoto but as he would go up to the top and dive it would be Fukimoto would that reverse the skewers with Takeda going into them but it would not be long before Fujita would end up rolling Fukimoto up to get the win at 8 minutes, 55 seconds with a Samson Clutch. 

GENTARO would end up going to a 15 minute time limit draw with Masamune and then in a three way match Kengo would make his FREEDOMS debut teaming up with Takahiro Katori as they would defeat Yuya Susumu and Chikara as well as Brahman Shu and Brhaman Kei when Kengo would end up rolling Kei up at 8 minutes, 51 seconds with an inside cradle to pick up the win as Kengo who was a long time Apache Army regular looks to be a FREEDOMS regular for the time being. 

FREEDOMS has announced that they have already sold out the 132 tickets allowed for the upcoming Shin-Kiba show on July 11, 2020. No card has been announced yet as it looks to be the routine going forward that most if not all the matches will be not announced prior to the show since due to the limited number of tickets allowed to be sold they do not need to go all out to try and make sure they get as many people as possible. I would not be surprised if they do the same thing for the upcoming Korakuen Hall and just only announce the top three matches that have already been announced.

The beginning of the Jun Kasai Death Match Carnival will take place on July 28, 2020 with the top three matches being announced. It has been announced that they are only allowed to sell 494 seats for the building as Korakuen Hall is playing it as safe as possible by only allowing 494 tickets be available. That would mean they are considering 1,000 people to be the magic number that constitutes a sell out when Korakuen Hall can hold about twice that amount of people.

The main event will be Toru Sugiura defending the King of Freedom World Championship against Masashi Takeda in a Death Match. Takeda was originally going to be the opponent for Sugiura at the March Korakuen Hall show. They did something similar with Daisuke Masaoka as he lost to Takeda in March 2015 on his way up the card and when he finally became champion he ended up defending the title against Takeda successfully in March 2017. Takeda defeated Sugiura in a great match on his way up the card back in March 2019 and the plan was for Sugiura to get his win back and defend the title in March 2020 but Takeda ended up getting injured on the GCW show back in February and was not going to wrestle so they had Takeda's partner Tsukamoto take his spot in the match with Sugiura vs. Takeda being the plan for May 1, 2020 but because of the coronvirus both shows would end up getting canceled. Sugiura will finally get his chance at getting his win back on this show. 

Jun Kasai will take on Big Japan's Toshiyuki Sakuda in a Death Match in the semi-main event. Sakuda has gained a reputation as a great worker and Kasai obviously loves working with him. Sakuda despite being short and still being in the stage where he is paying his dues, if Big Japan can come out of this, it is obvious with how Big Japan has booked their most recent empty  building shows that he and Ishikawa are both in line to become their top new death match workers as Big Japan has been aware for some time that they need to push their younger wrestlers to try and get them out of this rut as they felt like the younger wrestlers did the same thing a decade ago when they were financially struggling. 

Daisuke Masaoka will wrestle his first singles match since suffering his injury as he will face off against his former tag team partner Violento Jack. This match was also suppose to take place at the March Korakuen Hall show as it will be interesting to see where they go with Masaoka after this as if they are going to build him up as a challenger for Sugiura's title here soon, he is going to need to be put over big in the next couple of shows especially after losing to Sugiura in his return match back on June 10th in Shin-Kiba.

A-Team announced that they would be running their first show since March 8th when they run at the Tokyo Kitasenju White Studio on August 2, 2020 with the main event of GENTARO and Nobutaka Moribe defending their WEW Tag Team Titles against Takumi Sakurai and Bryan Ishizaka. The semi-main event will have HASEGAWA go up against Just Tap Out's TAKA Michinoku. Daisaku Shimoda, Gajo, and Hazard will take on Tomohiko Hashimoto, MIKAMI, and Hashinosuke. Daisuke Ikeda will take on Keiichi Sato and the opening match will be Rion Mizuki against Iori Sugawara.

666 would return to Shin-Kiba on June 27, 2020 for Onryo's 25th Anniversary show. Onryo's anniversary was originally scheduled for June 6th but because of the corona virus they ended up pushing back the show when they could run at Shin-Kiba in front of fans where they would announce 666 fans for the 97th consecutive time.

Onryo would challenge Yuko Miyamoto in the main event for the 666 Chaos Undecided Freedom Championship which Miyamoto had held since winning the tournament back on December 23, 2018 after he defeated Onryo for it. Before the match would start, Onryo would read a letter he wrote to Miyamoto prior to their match. The letter would state that Onryo had known Miyamoto for 18 years going back to when Miyamoto tried out for the WMF Dojo. Gannosuke tried to push you to your limits but you were able to succeed and pass. After WMF closed you came up to me and asked if you could join 666 which I happily accepted your offer although you are always noisy about your money. I see your success through out the pro-wrestling industry and I am happy for you, but I am also a little jealous of you. I am old, my body is tattered and all my colleagues are all either dead, retired, or semi-retired. My time is coming up soon as well and this might be my last chance for the title. Today I want to beat the Yuko Miyamoto wall and become champion. 

Miyamoto early on would end up hitting a Fire Thunder off the apron sending Onryo through a table early on the outside and then smash the broken table piece over Onryo's head busting Onryo open before Miyamoto would hit him with a Moonsault. Onryo would fight back and roll up Miyamoto with an Onryo Clutch and eventually up putting Miyamoto in the 66 Lock with the referee ending the match and giving the win to Onryo. Onryo would end up declining the title belt because he did not pin or submit Miyamoto and rather won via referee stoppage but Miyamoto would also refuse to take the title belt after losing so Onryo would end up becoming the second 666 Chaos Undecided Freedom Champion. Onryo would state afterwards that this show was his 25th anniversary and if you count his time in college wrestling then he has been wrestling for 30 years going back to when he was 18 and Mr. Otsuka who is now referred to as Men's Teioh taught him as he began to cry with Teioh next to him backstage. Onryo then thanked the wrestlers, the staff, and the fans and thank you for today.

Onryo would state afterwards that this show was his 25th anniversary and if you count his time in college wrestling then he has been wrestling for 30 years going back to when he was 18 and Mr. Otsuka who is now referred to as Men's Teioh taught him as he began to cry with Teioh next to him backstage. Onryo then thanked the wrestlers, the staff, and the fans and thank you for today.

News came out on June 29, 2020 that Kohei Sato, Ikuto Hidaka, and Tatsuhito Takaiwa were all leaving ZERO1 due to financial issues with the company. You can watch the press conference that was held by clicking here. This is not the first time that ZERO1 has had financial issues as the original ZERO-ONE actually closed down back in 2004 due to financial issues.

The concept of ZERO1 began on April 7, 2000 after Naoya Ogawa defeated Shinya Hashimoto and Hashimoto was force to retire due to the lost. Hashimoto would end up returning back to the ring for New Japan at the Tokyo Dome on October 9, 2000 to defeat Tatsumi Fujinami. After the match though, Hashimoto stated he wanted a place where he fight against other promotions and he would establish a new sub-promotion called "New Japan Pro Wrestling ZERO" but this would cause conflict as New Japan had just began working with All Japan at the time and Shinya Hashimoto would be working with Mitsuharu Misawa's new NOAH promotion which would anger All Japan and the idea was ultimately dropped as a result. New Japan would end up announcing that they were dismissing Shinya Hashimoto on November 13, 2000 with Hashimoto declaring himself independent. Shinjiro Otani, Tatsuhito Takaiwa, and Yoshiyuki Nakamura who worked for the sales department in New Japan would all leave New Japan in support of Hashimoto and announce the formation of ZERO-ONE. 

They would hold their first show on March 2, 2001 at the Ryogoku Sumo Hall as Hashimoto would be made president and Nakamura would be managing director. Hashimoto would end up wrestling his last match for ZERO-ONE on August 31, 2004 after finally agreeing to have shoulder surgery which he had needed for over a year at that point as the promotion had began suffering huge debt. Hashimoto would hold a press conference on November 25, 2004 to announce that the promotion would be closing down as they had debt of about 100 million yen (about 1 million USD). 

All of the former ZERO-ONE affiliates besides Hashimoto would start up a new company called ZERO-1 MAX with former managing director Yoshiyuki Nakamura starting up the First Stage Company which was created to work with other promotions in need of help although the main focus would obviously still remain helping ZERO1-MAX. First Stage would take the failed Kings Road promotion for almost nothing in August 2006 and they would just absorb it into ZERO1-MAX. Big Mouth Loud would stop running shows and be sold to First Stage Company in September 2006 although they would just let the promotion die and not absorb it. 

The HUSTLE promotion would stop running shows due to massive financial losses in October 2009 and HUSTLE wrestler Wataru Sakata would take over the scraps of the promotion and run a much smaller independent based promotion called HUSTLE until 2011 when he would give up on it as well with First Stage Company buying the remains of that promotion to let the HUSTLE die for good. They were also the company that put on the Yokohama Fireworks shows in August 2012, February 2013, and August 2013 with Atsushi Onita and Akebono in the main event. They would also oversee the Super Fireworks promotion starting in 2015.

Yoshiyuki Nakamura would decide to step away from the wrestling industry on October 1, 2016 and focus on promoting martial-arts events instead and First Stage would become a new company called Dream On Stage with everything remaining the same except Yoshitaka Ohno would take Nakamura's spot as President. Ohno would end up retiring on July 4, 2018 and Katsumi Sasazaki would take his spot. 

Kasumi Sasazaki would then sell the company to a company called iFD on March 1, 2020 with them appointing Kazuhiro Iwamoto as the President and having former Dream On Stage CEO Sasazaki be the director (second in charge) since he had familiarity with the company. ZERO1 would announce at their Korakuen Hall the same day that iFD would be looking to spend money as they wanted to reform the promotion from scratch into the mold they wanted it to look like and were planning on running a show at Ryogoku Sumo Hall on March 14, 2021 for their 20th Anniversary show. They would be providing wrestlers with annual salaries along with giving them social security. 

But then on June 29, 2020 it would be announced that Iwamoto had resigned back in April and iFD had already pulled out due to the coronavirus and the lack of shows had resulted in a financial disaster for the company. Dream On Stage had taken back the company as a result but due to the financial issues were force to slash the payroll of the wrestlers 80% which is why Kohei Sato, Ikuto Hidaka, and Tatsuhito Takaiwa ended up announcing that they were leaving . Shinjiro Otani stated the company will continue and they are in talks with a new financial backer but it was difficult due to the coronavirus and it being difficult for wrestling companies to make money right now. ZERO1 will run its first show in front of people on July 5, 2020 at Shin-Kiba before running a tour that would conclude on August 2, 2020 at Korakuen Hall. 

Masato Tanaka tweeted that he was worried and feeling lonely after the financial news of ZERO1. Tanaka stated that if you decide to leave ZERO1 he will understand and consider you a friend. Tanaka went through a similar situation with FMW after they had fallen through hard financial issues with house shows having gone to hell after Hayabusa was out of action with double reconstructive elbow surgery and FMW President Shoichi Arai asked Tanaka in February 2001 that he was going to ask if any wrestler wanted out of their contract that he would give them their release and that he wanted Tanaka to take him up on his offer to help the company out financially. Tanaka would do what Arai asked of him but would later say he cried that night as it broke his heart having to leave FMW the company that he started in.

Hideki Hosaka has been tweeting more lately and been sharing some old FMW stories to everybody for the first time. Hosaka told a story how back in 1996 while the W*ING group was touring with FMW on tour they had a match that night and it was Hosaka, Kanemura, TAKA, Dragon Winger who is now Magnitude Kishiwada, referee Ted Tanabe, and someone else (I am thinking Funaki as Hosaka specifically said Hido was not there) would decide to start drinking at a karaoke bar. Hosaka would state everyone ended up getting drunk. Everyone was up on stage singing when TAKA and Kishiwada ended up getting hot at each other. They were about to start hitting each other while up on stage singing when Ted Tanabe would end up grabbing the microphone and while singing the song would include the words "Stop fighting!" before singing another note from the song followed by another "Stop fighting!" again to them before another song note. 

Hosaka then told a story about in 2000 while on the FMW bus he had stated that he was going to get up and just hitch hike to the next show. This was because Chocoball Mukai was in the seat in front of him and could not stop farting. Mukai would apologize with laughter to Hosaka after every time, but Hosaka was not finding it as funny as Mukai.

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Takashi Sasaki has announced that FREEDOMS will be holding their first show in over three months on June 10, 2020 in front of a live audience. As noted in the last update no promotion could hold any show unless the building specifically was letting them and Korakuen Hall and Shin-Kiba would not hold any shows until June 18th when then you could run the building but could not have any fans until July 9th. Sasaki who owns FREEDOMS has not wanted to run any show with no audience as they do not make much money at all due to video rights and it would be a guaranteed financial loss to run a show with no gate and having to pay the wrestlers. Sasaki had been forced to cancel every show since their March 6th Shin-Kiba as a result despite really wanting to hold a show as soon as possible. 

The last straw for Sasaki was being forced to cancel their May 28th Shin-Kiba as they waited until the very last minute to cancel it even though it was very obvious that they would not be to run a show at Shin-Kiba at that point especially with fans. Sasaki announced after the May 28th show was cancelled that he wanted to run an alternative show and then a week later announced that the alternative show replacing the May 28th date will take place on June 10th at Shin-Kiba in front of fans.

Sasaki stated he contacted and consulted with the Disaster Management Department, the General Affair Bureau, and the Tokyo Administration Bureau to get approval for the event to take place with fans. Sasaki stated that of course the show could be cancelled if a another wave of infections were to pop up but with it being so close to the show it seems very likely this show will end up taking place. 

Sasaki stated that FREEDOMS will be taking all the possible measures against the infectious disease according to the Tokyo Disaster Prevention Guidelines and there would be a limited number of 100 fans to be able to attend the show. The first 60 tickets were put on sale for the FREEDOMS fan club MOBADOMS first and all 60 of those sold out right away. The other 40 tickets have since been put on sale for the public with the announcement that no tickets would be on sale at the building. 

Sasaki also stated that customers to be able to cooperate with all the guidelines that are asked of them to attend the show. Fans will have their temperature checked at the door and will need to space out through out the building. 

No card will be announced for this show prior to the event taking place. Daisuke Masaoka has confirmed he will wrestling on the show for the first time in 17 months which his return was originally going to be on March 31st against Violento Jack. I would still save that match for when they return to Korakuen Hall on July 28th. Although not announced it looks like Jun Kasai and Masashi Takeda will also be returning to the ring as Takeda had planned on also returning for the March 31st Korakuen Hall show and Kasai had planned on returning on April 4th in Tampa and then May 1st at Korakuen Hall and both of them are going stir crazy and want to get back in the ring after being out 4-5 months. I would personally wait and spread out all of their returns to the ring especially Kasai, but when you have guys wanting to wrestle and wanting to get paid to wrestle it's hard to tell them to wait.

Masato Tanaka's run as DDT's KO-D Openweight Championship came to an end on night 2 of DDT's biggest show Peter Pan on June 7, 2020. The show took place was listed as as having taken place at a DDT TV Studio in Tokyo but the building was obviously an empty Tokyo Shinjuku FACE as promotions are not wanting to publicly acknowledge where they are holding these shows when they are not really suppose to until June 18th unless you are like FREEDOMS and get special permission. The show was originally suppose to take place at the Saitama Super Arena. 

Tanaka who won the title back on January 26, 2020 after defeating HARASHIMA at Korakuen Hall would end up dropping the title to Tetsuya Endo after Endo would put Tanaka away at 26 minutes, 19 seconds with a Shooting Star Press. This would look to be the end of Tanaka in DDT as this seems like a WWE move of bringing in a named outsider and giving him the title for a couple of months with the idea of dropping it at their biggest show of the year to their young star and then that big named star leaving after that. Tanaka though if asked would gladly come back as he has always been one to take whatever booking he can get which has always been one of the perks while contracted with ZERO1. 

Atsushi Onita will be appearing in his first match since March 26th for Big Japan in Kumamoto as he will return to DDT for the first time since March 11th when he competed in a Exploding Barbed wire Bat Death Match outside of the Saitama Super Arena. His match has not been announced but he will be appearing on June 19th at the ABEMA Studio for their "Money in the Bag" show.

Big Japan announced that they would be returning to the Yokohama Bunka Gym on August 29th to make up for their May 5th show that was force to be cancelled. Ryuji Ito will be defending the BJW Death Match Title against Minoru Fujita on the show which was the plan for the May 5th show. This show is being promoted as the last BJW show at the Yokohama Bunka Gym but on Big Japan's website calendar they have a showed listed for August 30th which will be the last Yokohama Bunka Gym before the building closes down. Big Japan will obviously be on the show, but this show might be put on by the building itself as a way to say goodbye to it. I never got the go inside of the building, I just walked passed it in 2010 with kids walking in looking like they were about to play a volleyball game in the building. 

The Yokohama Bunka Gym was built in 1962 for the 1964 Summer Olympics. FMW first ran the building on July 31, 1994 with a main event of Atsushi Onita and Mitsuhiro Matsunaga defeating Mr. Pogo and Hisakatsu Oya in a No Ropes Barbed wire Death Match in a match that was never professionally released. The Onita FMW would run the building one more time on March 30, 1995 with a main event of King Pogo defeating The Great Nita in a No Ropes Barbed wire Death Match. 

FMW under Shoichi Arai and Hayabusa would come back to the building on December 21, 1995 with a much different main event of Hayabusa, The Great Sasuke, and Koji Nakagawa defeating Super Delfin, TAKA Michinoku, and Ricky Fuji. They would not return back to the building until April 30, 1998 when they would start to really focus making the building one of their big shows of the year as their first PPV would take place on April 30, 1998 with Hayabusa defeating Mr. Gannosuke for the FMW Double Titles. They would then hold another show at the building on November 20, 1998 which would be Atsushi Onita's last FMW match as well as Kodo Fuyuki defeating Hayabusa for the FMW Double Titles. FMW would continue to hold shows every year at the building on May 5, 1999, November 12, 2000, and then their last show there on November 23, 2001. Kodo Fuyuki would continue the November tradition at the building as his WEW promotion would run on November 4, 2002 with a main event of Kintaro Kanemura defeating Masato Tanaka. No promotion that followed FMW would even try running at the building again as Korakuen Hall would be the main focus from there on out.

Big Japan has even more of a history with the building as their first show ended up taking place on March 16, 1995 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym as Big Japan's roots have always been based out of Yokohama. The main event of their first ever show would be Kendo Nagasaki and Shoji Nakamaki defeating Ron Power and The Iceman in a No Ropes Barbed wire Death Match. Big Japan would continue to run at the building holding a 1st Year Anniversary show on March 19, 1996 with freelancer Mr. Pogo and Shoji Nakamaki defeating Kendo Nagasaki and Great Kojika in a Barbed wire Board Street Fight Death Match to start the Pogo vs. Kojika feud that would take place a year later after Pogo would retire from FMW in December of the year. They would then hold a show on August 19, 1996 with a main event of a match that most people know early Big Japan for and that would be Kendo Nagasaki defeating Mitsuhiro Matsunaga in a Piranha Death Match. They would run the building one time in 1997 on June 7th with Shoji Nakamaki and Seiji Yamakawa defeating Tarzan Goto and Jun Kikuzawa in a No Ropes Barbed wire Board Thumbtacks Glass Death Match.

They would hold one show in December there in 1998 and 1999 as on December 5, 1998 they would have the main event of Shadow WX and Tomoaki Honma winning the vacant BJW Tag Team Titles against Jason the Terrible and Shadow Winger. That would be followed by a show on December 4, 1999 with Ryuji Yamakawa winning back the BJW Death Match Title against Shadow WX in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Board Death Match. 

They would move up the show a little earlier the next two years as they would run it on November 23, 2000 with the Big Japan vs. CZW feud in full swing as Tomoaki Honma would win back the BJW Death Match Title in a Glass Board Death Match against Zandig in the main event followed the next year with Mitsuhiro Matsunaga also winning the BJW Death Match Title against Zandig on August 19, 2001 in a Glass Board Thumbtacks Death Match. 

They would then begin running at Yokohama Bunka Gym in 2002 twice a year every year with one show in the Summer until 2010 when it would get moved to May followed by starting their tradition of always holding the show at the building on May 5th that would begin in 2011. Their second show there would almost always be in mid to late December other than in 2013 when they would run in the building on November 4th with Isami Kodaka defeating Shuji Ishikawa in a Cage Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match for the BJW Death Match Title before going back to December after that.

They returned back to the building on March 16, 2020 to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the promotion with Ryuji Ito winning the BJW Death Match Title against Abdullah Kobayashi with that match having been the main event of more Yokohama Bunka Gym shows than any other match.

The Yokohama Bunka Gym nearing 60 years was decided to be shut down for good on September 6, 2020. The new Yokohama Budokan building which will be across the street should be complete this month and I believe that will be the building Big Japan would run in its place since it will be similar size to the Yokohama Bunka Gym. They will then tear down the Yokohama Bunka Gym and begin building the new Yokohama United Arena which will be similar in size (16,000 people or so) to the Yokohama Arena and that is planned to open in 2024 with construction beginning next year.

The Yokohama Bunka Gym will go down as one of the more interesting buildings in Japan as it held around 5,000 people so sometimes both FMW and Big Japan would treat it like it was their biggest show of the year and put all their focus on running a successful show there, and then sometimes they would also would treat the building with their card like it was a typical monthly Korakuen Hall show and they did not care if they drew less than half the building held. It also did not help that Yokohama which is beloved by so many people in Tokyo since it's so close to the water would also have some of the most dead crowd reactions for shows no matter how many people were in the building, and how much the wrestlers were killing each other for the fans.

I also wanted to note that I finished my Kenta Kobashi Career Music Video. I tried to make it a little different with the music than the other videos I have made since Kobashi was a much different wrestler than those that I make videos for. I really enjoy making these, they are a lot more fun than making the History of FMW videos actually, but they can also be difficult in trying to obtain the proper amount of footage that goes into covering their whole career as well as finding the right music to go along with the wrestler and what footage I am showing. You can find the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtHgZbOGCBA&feature=youtu.be

Added: 5/25

The Japanese National State of Emergency was officially lifted on May 25, 2020 six days earlier than what was expected after it had been expanded to May 31, 2020 earlier this month. FREEDOMS had held on hope of being able to hold their show on May 28, 2020 at Shin-Kiba but less than a week before the show was to take place they decided to officially cancel it. Takashi Sasaki stated after officially canceling it that he would like to have an "alternative show" some time in June but did not give any details. I would have to imagine that means a no crowd show at the Chiba 2AW Square show just to get FREEDOMS started back up after this extensive break leading to a show where fans will be able to attend. They would have to get NicoNico TV to agree to broadcast it which should not be difficult, but it is apparent that Samurai TV who pays a lot more to air shows does not have any interest in airing a FREEDOMS show in front of no one on their network like they are All Japan, ZERO1, and Big Japan (Big Japan has decided to begin running out of their own Dojo going forward for shows to prevent having to pay 2AW to run at their building any longer) which that is the only money those companies are receiving aside from online sales. 

The rules for Japan were announced in regards to sports activities which pro-wrestling falls in that category following the country slowing opening back up.  No shows are still to take place at all from May 25th to June 18th. Obviously that goes for shows at Korakuen Hall or Shin-Kiba or other buildings ran by individual companies. The Chiba 2AW Square is a building owned by the 2AW promotion so as long as they do not have any fans attending the show, they can do whatever they want at that building which includes renting it out to other promotions for Samurai TV airings. This time frame has resulted in the 666 promotion officially postponing their annual June 6th Shin-Kiba show that they have ran every year since 2004. They have announced that they will air a show on NicoNico TV on June 6th to continue the tradition of running a show on that date at in undisclosed location in front of no fans which will probably be at their Tokyo Shinjuku Gyoen Mae Estate Building Basement. 

Starting on June 19th to July 9th a promotion will be able to run a show wherever they would like, they just can not have any fans attend the show. This will start back up the empty Korakuen Hall/Shin-Kiba shows there were taking place in late March and early April until the National State of Emergency was declared on April 7th. This will probably let Michinoku Pro have their annual June Korakuen Hall show on June 19th that is going to air on Samurai TV to take place although in front of no people obviously (they decided to cancel it since it was not worth losing the money of running the building and receiving no gate for it). This will also be interesting to see if FREEDOMS is going to want to keep their booking of June 25th at Shin-Kiba or if the "alternative" show in June that Sasaki was referencing would be a better option/possibly cheaper to run than paying a 1,000 dollars to rent Shin-Kiba out as it would make sense for FREEDOMS in the state they are in as a company to only have one empty building show leading up to a show that fans can attend.  

Then from July 10th to August 1st will be the last option having to do with FREEDOMS and most other companies besides New Japan which is only allowing half the fans come into a building the size of at least 5,000 people. That would give FREEDOMS the green light to run their first show back with a crowd on July 11th at Shin-Kiba. This would mean that only 150-180 people would be allowed to attend the Shin-Kiba show given how much the official number for a max crowd at Shin-Kiba is as you can usually squeeze close up to 500 people in the building with added chairs if you need but usually 300-360 are generally what consider a "sold out" crowd at Shin-Kiba. The 150-180 number is typically what FREEDOMS does at Shin-Kiba anyway but their last show in March due to people being nervous about the virus drew their lowest number ever at the building at 116 fans so it could be a situation like that, or it could be a situation where the fan base has not seen a wrestling show/a FREEDOMS show in over 4 months and they really want to come back and attend a live show. 

This would also allow the first Jun Kasai promoted Death Match Carnival show on July 28th at Korakuen Hall to take place which has always been worst case scenario start back up date show to take place unless the whole calendar year were to have been wiped out by the virus. Korakuen Hall's "sold out" crowd is also an interesting case of how many people is configured into a max number of people allowed in the building. The most crowded I have ever seen Korakuen Hall was for Atsushi Onita's retirement show on October 31, 2017 where he announced 2,000 fans. If you are using that number, then only 1000 people would be allowed at Korakuen Hall, but if you figure the standard "sell out" crowd at Korakuen Hall these days is in the 1800 range which would put it at around 900 or possibly a little less. The 800-1000 number is typically what FREEDOMS does at Korakuen Hall anyway but this show should have the return of Jun Kasai after 7 months, Masashi Takeda after nearly 6 months, and possibly Daisuke Masaoka if he does not wrestle the Shin-Kiba show earlier in the month make his return after 18 months in a match against Violento Jack. So the difference between 900-1000 might come into play on if they need to turn customers away. Then the following month on August 31st they will hold traditionally one of their two biggest shows of the years at Korakuen Hall that usually always does over a 1000 which would mean they would have to turn people away if they are following the rules laid out by the government.

After August 1st up to a date not yet announced then any promotion can run a building that can seat 5,000 but again would only be able to allow half the fans to attend. In regards to independent promotions, this could only possibly matter for Big Japan if they decide to run one more Yokohama Bunka Gym show since their May 5th show at the building could not take place and they would want to run it at least more time in the building that they ran their first ever show there back on March 16, 1995 before they close the building down at the end of the year. Added: 5/30 - Big Japan has decided to run two more Yokohama Bunka Gym shows on back to back days on August 29th which will be the make up of the cancelled May 5th show and then run their last ever show in the building on August 30th. 

Just another note based on my last update. Sadly, the Hayabusa/Jinsei Shinzaki vs. Kenta Kobashi/Manukea Mossman match from September 28, 1997 did not air when Samurai TV re-broadcasted the show on May 19th. I originally did not think it would air as it seemed like Samurai TV were just taking the previous airings from the 1990's and doing nothing with them other than making them into HD. Then Occupation of the Indies host Sayako Mita after being asked by Masato Tanaka if the Hayabusa match would air stated the match would air. I went to the Samurai TV website and the match was listed in place of the Atsushi Onita vs. W*ING Kanemura match that originally aired. I had to go off what she an employee of Samurai TV was saying as well as the website when I reported it here, but I got nervous a few days later when I was watching the Hayabusa Memorial show that Samurai TV put together in 2016 and they talked about the match on it but only aired pictures of it and not any clips which told me that they do not actually have this footage in their achieve. Then a couple of days before the show was to air I checked the website again and they had replaced the match with the Onita vs. Kanemura match showing that they had originally screwed up on the match listings and changed it when they realized it. 

So to me this means that the only way this match actually exists in anyway other than George Mayfield recording it with his video camera way back in the crowd would be through Toshiba EMI who were FMW's commercial video company but were not allowed to show the match on their video because Kenta Kobashi and Manukea Mossman had exclusive contracts to VAP which was All Japan's video company. The problem with that though is that Toshiba EMI which when they were releasing FMW videos from 1995-2001 was a company half owned by Toshiba and half owned by EMI Music with Toshiba selling their portion to EMI Music back in 2007. EMI was then bought out and absorbed by Universal Music Japan in 2013 officially closing the company down. That would mean that if the footage even was recorded by Toshiba EMI which there is no proof that even happened as Samurai TV cameras were at the show also and apparently did not record anything then this very big music company would own the footage and they probably will never even know it. The only thing that this company knows about anything ownership wise of FMW is that they own Atsushi Onita's Wild Thing theme song that was released on a FMW CD back in 1997 and that's only in the last year or so but nothing else including Hayabusa's theme song which they would also own. 

Added: 5/5

May 5, 2020 marks the 25th Anniversary of Atsushi Onita taking on Hayabusa in the biggest FMW match ever. The show drew 58,250 fans a sell out with those 250 fans actually watching on closed circuit outside the stadium with televisions set up outside. The show sold out before Hayabusa was even placed in the main event match. The original plan was for Onita to take on Tarzan Goto in a singles match. Tarzan Goto, Mr. Gannosuke, and Flying Kid Ichihara all left FMW two weeks prior to the show. Mr. Gannosuke stated he will never give a reason why he left and will take it to his grave. There are logical guesses on why Tarzan Goto might have left including Shoichi Arai's being that Onita had suggested Goto would develop a gimmick where he would become like Shoko Asahara who was a cult leader that lead a sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subways that lead to 13 people dying. But that does not go with why Gannosuke would be so secretive about leaving. 

Goto left FMW scrambling and with Shoichi Arai taking over FMW after the big show they decided they would go with the person that he was going to push as the top guy anyway and that was Eiji Ezaki. Ezaki returned back from living at Mike Awesome's house in Florida as Mike had been helping him bulk up in preparation of him becoming a heavyweight and top wrestler for the new FMW and got the word from Go Ito that he was going to be in the match against Onita. Ezaki met with Arai and since he had success with the Hayabusa gimmick in Mexico he felt it was best to continue on as the Hayabusa gimmick with Arai agreeing. Hayabusa would be in the main event match but they wanted to do an angle where Tokyo Pro's Takashi Ishikawa would actually be selected by Onita for the spot. Hayabusa though would end walking in during the press conference to announce the match and beg Onita for the match with Ishikawa agreeing to walk away.

Hayabusa would wrestle the biggest match of his career just 4 years into his career and it would be a No Ropes Exploding Barbed wire Exploding Cage Death Match. Hayabusa had just spent the past year learning a highflying style and now he was not going to have ropes to show off anything that he learned. Hayabusa would withstand going through the explosions of the cage including going into the cage when the ring would explode. This would leave him a burnt arm and 67 stitches. Hayabusa would also hit Onita with his own Thunder Fire Powerbomb that he had taken from watching when Tatsumi Fujinami would use Riki Choshu's Scorpion Death Lock on him. Hayabusa would then do the one highflying move that he could in a match without ropes and that was do a Moonsault off the cage which had never done been done at the time. Hayabusa would miss and it would lead the way for Onita to finish Hayabusa off. The crowd would be screaming for Onita as he would get on the mic and say things like "Hayabusa was not enough for me!" which some might take it as burying the person that was going to be take his spot in the company but that was not a priority from Onita and he was most likely just talking just to say things anyway.

Atsushi Onita would retire and come back 19 months later. Hayabusa would become the ace of the promotion and after a match like this begin to introduce moves that had never been seen before despite struggling to stay physically healthy for pretty much the entire time that Onita would be retired. FMW would change completely and pretty much start from scratch only to be pretty much brought back to Onita way before going in a complete 180 degree direction. Ego, politics, burnt and ripped skin, drama. This match was theater and it remains one of the most memorable matches in Japanese history as a result. 

 

The Japanese State of Emergency which was suppose to end on May 6th was extended until May 31st. As a result of the extension it was announced by FREEDOMS that three more shows will be cancelled. Dragon Libre's promoted show on May 24th at the Mie Yokkaichi City Workers Citizen Exchanger Center, Kamui's promoted show on June 7th show at the Osaka Higashinari Kumin Center which is the second Kamui promoted this show to be canceled due to the virus after his March show also got canceled, and the June 21st at the Sendai Miyagi PIT which that building was one of the first buildings to cancel shows due to everything so that was to be expected also. Takashi Sasaki stated that there is a bright spot to the May 24th show being cancelled as Dragon Libre's shoulder injury has not fully healed so this will allow him to be 100% whenever this show actually takes place. 

The one show that was not cancelled is May 28th at Shin-Kiba. Because of the state of the emergency there is no way that show is taking place on May 28th at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. It does make me wonder if that show will take the place for a Samurai TV taping as there is two unannounced shows that will most likely take place at the Chiba 2AW Square on May 16th and May 24th. There are many people that believe that the entire year is eventually going to be wiped out as a result of this. I am still under the belief the next show in front of people will either be July 11th at Shin-Kiba or July 28th at Korakuen Hall but it really just depends on bad this continues to get. Jun Kasai did confirm that he was originally suppose to appear at the March 31st Korakuen Hall and that his return to the ring in Japan would be for the May 1st Korakuen Hall show that was cancelled. So that means my original guess of him returning at the July 28th Korakuen Hall show still has life!

If the year were to be wiped out then Big Japan has stated that it will not be able to survive. The promotion had financial issues going into the year already. Great Kojika has made it known that not only will Big Japan not make it but no company besides New Japan will be able to survive. I asked Takashi Sasaki about this in regards to FREEDOMS being able to survive this pandemic. Sasaki told me that it will not be easy, but it is manageable. He does not know when the next show will be, but he wants to do a show soon. I do not know the FREEDOMS pay system, but I believe that since they do not have that much outside expenses like a Dojo which Big Japan has that the company itself will be fine, just the wrestlers are not getting paid and as a result they are out there trying to sell as much as merchandise as possible.

Because of the pandemic Samurai TV does not have as much first run shows to air. They are having promotions like Big Japan and ZERO1 run shows at the Chiba 2AW Square since that building is owned by 2AW and they can run as many empty building shows as they want compared to Shin-Kiba or Korakuen Hall which are ran by companies and have closed the buildings. Samurai is paying those promotions to run just to give them some content. Because of the lack of content though a gem has been announced. They are airing old shows as a result. Big Japan, Michinoku, Battlarts, WAR will all be having old shows from the early days of the channel. They will also be airing the FMW September 28, 1997 Kawasaki Stadium show on May 19th. I did not think much of this as I have the show already from when it aired in 1997 with Masato Tanaka hosting it but then Masato Tanaka asked a Samurai TV host if the show would have Hayabusa and Jinsei Shinzaki against Kenta Kobashi and Manukea Mossman and she responded it would. 

The show is going to cut out of the original main event which was Atsushi Onita vs. W*ING Kanemura and in return the Hayabusa and Jinsei Shinzaki vs. Kenta Kobashi and Manukea Mossman match will air on television for the first time ever. The match did not originally air on the FMW Commercial Tape of the show because VAP had contracts with Kenta Kobashi and Manukea Mossman that prevented them from appearing on FMW's Toshiba EMI video tape. I never understood why that meant it could not air on Samurai TV because that was a TV channel and not a commercial video. The only thing I could think of was that it simply was not filmed because it was not going to air on a commercial video but apparently the Samurai TV cameras were rolling. I have seen the handheld of the match which was filmed by George Mayfield in the crowd that night and when I first saw the match I thought it was the greatest FMW match I have ever seen although I have came down a little on it since on other viewing but getting to see it on Samurai TV will be one of those holy grails that will be finally unearthed after nearly 23 years.

I also got the chance to speak with Mitsuhiro Matsunaga over the weekend as there was something I always curious and he is pretty open about telling his side of things. I asked Matsunaga why he left FMW after the May 5, 1996 Kawasaki Stadium show. Matsunaga was originally scheduled to take on Cactus Jack as a big draw for the show but with Cactus being a newly signed WWF wrestler and attending an FMW show just a couple months after being an IWA Japan wrestler left IWA Japan really upset and they called WWF and reported that Matsunaga had hepatitis which made WWF force to change the match at the last minute and Kanemura ended up taking his spot. Matsunaga was then placed in a nothing six man midcard match and then was gone. 

Matsunaga stated that the Kawasaki Stadium show had nothing to do with the decision and that it was simply he hated being in FMW especially the new FMW. He stated the "Hayabusa and Tanaka FMW" were not courteous to him and he was stressed while working there and lost 22 pounds and just wanted out. I had not heard anything about Hayabusa and Matsunaga having issues in the past as Hayabusa wanted to make sure he made it to the January 10, 1996 No Ropes Barbed wire Spidernet Death Match between FMW and W*ING in Chiba so that he could lose to Matsunaga in the match to make up for Matsunaga putting him over in a singles match back in September 1995. Tanaka though is another story. Kanemura in my interview I had with him back in 2018 stated that after the War Games Cage Match back on February 23, 1996 between FMW and W*ING there was a blow up between Kanemura and Matsunaga after the match. Kanemura thought the match was awesome and the crowd was super hot and Matsunaga hated the match and grabbed a dumbbell and threw it across the locker room saying how the match was shit. Kanemura got in his face and told him that not only did he not like Matsunaga but neither did Masato Tanaka or Mr. Pogo as Pogo and Matsunaga always had a on again off again relationship. I believe that locker room confrontation was probably the end of Matsunaga in FMW as Kanemura was not listed as a reason, but I am sure he goes into the "Hayabusa and Tanaka FMW were not courteous to me" as it's an awkward situation with Matsunaga as you think he is fits in that category in the Onita and Pogo generation because he was a star so early in his career but Onita and Pogo started in the early 70's and were born in the 1950's and were stars. Matsunaga was top of W*ING but it's not like W*ING was some long term success that gives you free reign like FMW's success gave Onita and Pogo. Matsunaga also started in 1989 just a year before Kanemura and is just 2 years older than Hayabusa so he is pretty much in their generation and apparently he just did not ever feel like the W*ING stigma ever went away while in FMW and left to re-create his image in Big Japan doing an insane death matches which he fit better in anyway.

Just some other cool notes. Toudoukan put up the Brown Hayabusa outfit for sale on May 5th and I agreed to purchase it just moments later. I have not paid yet and I am working on ways to be able to receive it and not have to wait the possible four months it might take for normal packages to be sent internationally from Japan. This is the outfit that he wore for the first time for his May 5, 1995 Kawasaki Stadium match and the last time would be prior to his 60 minute Iron Man match against Kodo Fuyuki on September 26, 2000. Hayabusa specifically told me that the Brown Jacket was always suppose to symbolize a big match so it's his most famous jacket. This will be the second jacket I have been able to own after I purchased his white jacket that he wore from 1998 to 2001. I also have a couple other cool Hayabusa items that not too many people are in possession of I will show once I am able to get them in.

Also, the Atsushi Onita and Matt Tremont documentary that was taped following Onita's trip to New Jersey back in August 2017 aired. I was interviewed for this piece and I have not had a chance to watch it yet but it looks like I appear for sound bites through out. I was asked if I thought Onita would get into politics again and I did not think he would try again. He would end up trying again and running for Mayor of Kanizaki, Saga which he lost the election but wants to try for it again in 2022. You can watch it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHDcWvv3K88&feature=youtu.be

Added: 4/28

FREEDOMS officially announced that they are going to be canceling their upcoming Southern Japan tour scheduled for Mid May. The 30 day national state of emergency in Japan is scheduled to end on May 7th but there is the likeliness that another 30 days would be added on following May 7th and then you would have to cancel those shows regardless so it just seemed easier to get ahead and not bother taking the chance. Takashi Sasaki also stated that because FREEDOMS is not a promotion that has its own tour bus that there would be issues getting one during this time period as well as it's not worth having the wrestlers travel all across Southern Japan for a weekend and then expected to perform while all of this is going on. The shows that were suppose to take place were May 15th in Yamaguchi, May 16th in Fukuoka, and May 17th in Kumamoto. Sasaki stated he would like to reschedule the shows when all of this is over.

The next scheduled show currently for FREEDOMS is Dragon Libre's promoted May 24th show in Mie that will probably be on the chopping block next. As mentioned last report this would be the second time that Libre's first promoted show would be canceled due to something beyond anyone's control. 

DDT has also cancelled the Blasting Koshien show that was scheduled for May 17th at the Sapporo Susukino Mars Gym. This is the second cancelled show of the promotion that has currently only held one show far. This show was to be the finals of an explosion tag team tournament but after the March show which was to have the first round matches was cancelled it was only a matter of time before this show would be scrapped as well. 

Big Japan's scheduled June 7th show in Miyagi has also been cancelled. This was going to be Atsushi Onita and Great Kojika teaming up to take on the returning Jaki Numazawa and a Mystery Partner in what was going to be Onita and Kojika's first ever Glass Board Death Match. That is the farthest out show that has been cancelled as FREEDOMS had recently booked the Sendai PIT which is also in Miyagi for June 21st which is one of the first buildings that started canceling shows before the national state of emergency.

Some good news to report that whenever things start opening back up in America the Atsushi Onita documentary that was filmed in August 2017 which covered him coming to New Jersey to face off against Matt Tremont in CZW will finally be released. I was interviewed for this while I was there. I was contacted by the director recently as there had been issues with the documentary to the point where nobody felt like it was going to ever be allowed to be released. The film though right now is in a studio in Los Angeles that is closed but when everything opens back up he is going to give it to Mike Johnson of PWInsider to upload it to YouTube for everyone to be able to watch it for free.

Added: 4/7

FREEDOMS have officially announced that their next set of shows will be canceled. The shows that were scheduled for April 15th show at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring,  May 1st at Korakuen Hall, and May 3rd show at the Kitasenju White Studio will not be taking place due to Japan declaring a 30 day state of emergency on April 7, 2020 due to the corona virus pandemic. Every promotion that would want an audience to attend have canceled all their shows up to May 7th. The next set of shows that are scheduled  for them would be their annual tour to Southern Japan as they had planned on holding shows in Yamaguchi, Fukuoka, and Kumamoto from May 15th to May 17th. Dragon Libre who was suppose to promote his own show back in October 2019 in Mie but was force to postpone it then due to Typhoon Hagibis has rescheduled the show for May 24th, but it obviously now runs the risk of getting pushed back to a later date again. There is an internal feeling with the company that they might not be able to run another show again until July 28th at Korakuen Hall for the start of Death Match Carnival but everyone is under a wait and see approach for the time being. 

Added: 3/27

In times like this where there's uncertainty, fear, and anxiety across the world there is only one man that can show up and you know he's going to make things right and that man is Atsushi Onita. 

Onita would get his two upcoming bookings canceled due to the corona virus pandemic with his scheduled match on March 20th of him teaming up with Takumi Tsukamoto and HASEGAWA to take on Tomohiko Hashimoto, Onryo, and Leatherface for the Pro-Wrestling GOLD group after the Miyagi Sendai PIT would cancel all upcoming shows not wanting to risk anyone attending in their building. DDT would then cancel the return of Onita and DDT's joint group Blasting Koshien in Toyoma where Onita was going enter into a tag team tournament with Chris Brookes to take on Yumehito Imanari and Shota which eventually would lead to Onita reuniting his 2015 feud with Kazunari Murakami who appeared in the early days of the Super Battle FMW promotion teaming up with the W*ING Monster Army against Onita as it was being setup for them to meet in a exploding tag match in the finals of the tournament on May 17, 2020 in Sapporo.

DDT to make up for the canceled Blasting Koshien show would announce with very little notice that they were going to run a show on March 11, 2020 outside the Saitama Super Arena with no fans attending and the only way to watch would be through Abema TV which DDT would announce had 45,000 TV views for this match. The main event would be Atsushi Onita, Danshoku Dino, Chris Brookes, and MAO teaming up to take on Konsuke Takeshita, Shunma Katsumata, Yukio Iino, and Yukio Naya in a Exploding Barbed wire Baseball Bat Death Match. Onita would go after Yukio Naya and spit red mist in his face and hit him over the head with a chair and then would piledrive Katsumata through a table. Iino and Naya would then grab a hold of Onita as Takeshita would end up hitting Onita across the chest with the exploding barbed wire bat with Onita managing to kick out with Dino coming over to help Onita. Takagi would come over with the exploding barbed wire bat and go after Onita's partner MAO with MAO using a chair to block the bat shot and cause an explosion knocking Takagi off his feet. Dino would then go to use the exploding barbed wire bat on Takeshita but Katsumata would jump at Dino and Dino would hit him with the exploding barbed wire bat instead followed by an Onita DDT to Katsumata. Dino would then pull his pants down expecting Onita to shove Takeshita's face in it but Takeshita would counter and nearly shove Onita's face in it before Onita would pull away. Onita would then turn on the exploding bat and go to hit Takeshita but Takeshita would move out of the way and Onita would end up hitting Dino in the ass with the exploding barbed wire bat as Takeshita would cover him 

Onita would attack referee Yoshinori Matsuri after the match before comedian Shinji Saito who had attended the show suggested to Onita that he should do an Exploding Barbed wire Baseball Bat Death Match at the Yoshimoto Kogyo which is a very popular theater in Osaka that many famous Japanese comedians will do shows at with Onita liking that idea before attacking Saito telling him to make it happen. Click here to see the Atsushi Onita Exploding Barbed wire Baseball Death Match outside the Saitama Super Arena on March 11, 2020.

Atsushi Onita would then reform his tag team with Great Kojika along with long time Onita fan Yuichi Taniguchi on March 26, 2020 in Kumamoto as they would take on Abdullah Kobayashi, Kankuro Hoshino, and Drew Parker in a Barbed wire Board Death Match. Onita and Parker would square off first with Parker facing off against Onita for the first time with Onita delivering a Double Arm Suplex to him followed by a Back Drop. Hoshino would come over and take his sweet time talking to the crowd before trying to slam Onita into the barbed wire board but Onita would eventually end up hitting a DDT on Hoshino into the board instead. Hoshino would then try to slam Kojika in it instead but Onita would come over and spit green mist in Hoshino's face and Kojika would follow that up by hitting a Piledriver to get win at 11 minutes, 51 seconds over the green face Hoshino. Click here to see highlights of Atsushi Onita, Great Kojika, and Yuichi Taniguchi vs. Abdullah Kobayashi, Kankuro Hoshino, and Drew Parker 3/26/20.

It was also announced that Atsushi Onita and Great Kojika will be teaming up once again in Miyagi on June 7th with the 62 year old Onita and the 78 at the time Great Kojika both appearing in their first Glass Board Death Match on the show. It is officially announced as a tag team match but it might turn into a six man by the time of the show with their opponents not having been officially announced but Big Japan leaked that Jaki Numazawa would end up being one of their opponents if his body is recovered after being out for the past 16 months. 

Atsushi Onita and Keiji Muto's proposed six man exploding barbed wire death match that the two had been in talks with looks to be dead on arrival after the announcement that Keiji Muto's Wrestle-1 promotion will be closing down on April 1st. I believe that would kill any possibility of Muto wrestling against Onita once again unless he for some reason has an itch to be in a exploding match at this point in his career which I doubt. This is the second proposed match that Muto had been in talks with an FMW wrestler for after Muto and Hayabusa had agreed to team up on New Japan's January 4, 2001 Tokyo Dome show but Hayabusa would end up having to pull out due to needing double reconstructive surgery and there never would be talks again of Hayabusa appearing for New Japan again after it fell through.

FREEDOMS ran their very first Korakuen Hall show in the month of February on February 10, 2020 drawing an announced crowd of 870 fans. This would be considered a good number since they usually don't do all that well for the first Korakuen Hall show of the year which is usually in March especially with no Jun Kasai on the card but they knew the GCW guys helped them draw back for their August show so they knew with them all still in the country they wanted to take advantage of them being there to help them out.

Toru Sugiura would defend his King of Freedom World Championship in the main event taking on Yuko Miyamoto in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match. Sugiura would send Miyamoto out of the ring early and follow that up by hitting a top con hilo on him to the outside. Sugiura would bring Miyamoto back in the ring and take the light tube tower in the corner and place it over Miyamoto and deliver a running flip breaking the light tubes over Miyamoto. Sugiura would then charge at Miyamoto again but he would catch Sugiura and suplex him into another stack of light tubes in the corner. Miyamoto would then hit a Fire Thunder on Sugiura but he would kick out at one. Miyamoto would grab another stack of light tubes and place them over Sugiura and deliver a running knee breaking the light tubes over Sugiura. Miyamoto would then try for another Fire Thunder but Sugiura would manage to escape and deliver an Over Easy on the light tubes and then finish Miyamoto off with a Right Elbow breaking the light tubes over Miyamoto to get the win at 17 minutes, 29 seconds in an excellent match to successfully defend the King of Freedom World Title. Takumi Tsukamoto would come to the ring afterwards and challenge Sugiura to what was suppose to be the next Korakuen Hall show for FREEDOMS on March 31st with Sugiura accepting. This spot looks to have originally been setup for Masashi Takeda to put over Sugiura one year from the excellent match that they had that got the Sugiura as a main eventer push going but with Takeda having suffered the injury that he suffered he would not be ready to wrestle in any match leading up to the Korakuen nor would it be the best idea for him to have a serious death match in his first match back.

Violento Jack and Mammoth Sasaki would defend the King of Freedom Tag Team Titles against GCW's Matthew Justice and Chris Dickinson with Jack picking up the win at 12 minutes, 25 seconds after finishing off Dickinson at 12 minutes, 25 seconds with the Amatalan to successfully defend the tag titles for the seventh time. Daisuke Masaoka would make his first appearance since injuring his knee back in January 2019 and would look a little stockier than before the injury as he would come to the ring and present Jack his King of Freedom Tag Title which he held with Jack for 8 months before his injury as Jack and Masaoka would shake hands and hug. Masaoka would then get on the mic when Jack all of a sudden would attack Masaoka and lay him out. This would officially make Masaoka back to being a babyface as he had been the top heel in the promotion before his injury. 

There a Unchain vs. GCW 4 vs. Elimination Weapons Death Match with Danny Havoc, Jimmy Lloyd, Matt Tremont in his Korakuen Hall debut, and Alex Colon defeating Isami Kodaka, Kenji Fukimoto, Kamui, and Minoru Fujita with the GCW team picking up the win at 11 minutes, 33 seconds when it would end up just Tremont going up against Fukimoto and Tremont would get the last elimination over Fukimoto after using a Body Press on him to get the pinfall. Yuya Susumu would defend the UWA Jr. Heavyweight Title against Naoki Tanizaki with the finish seeing Susumu and Tanizaki rolling up one another before Susumu could lock on the Crossface which would get Tanizaki to tap out at 10 minutes, 58 seconds for Susumu's first successful title defense. Takashi Sasaki and Tomoya Hirata would team up to take on Takumi Tsukamoto and Rina Yamashita as well as GCW's SHLAK and Orin Veidt in a Three Way Tag Scramble Bunkhouse Death Match with Hirata picking up the win over Veidt at 10 minutes, 21 seconds after hitting him with a German Suplex. The opening match on the show saw 2AW's Ricky Fuji make his return to FREEDOMS and team up with fellow 2AW wrestlers Tatsuya Hanami and Daiki Wakamatsu as they would go up against GENTARO, Chikara, and Naoki Kamata with Ricky hitting a DDT on Kamata followed by Hanami getting the pin at 10 minutes, 57 seconds with a Swanton Bomb on Kamata. Kamata afterwards would announce that he would be taking an hiatus from wrestling due to family reasons. You can watch highlights of the FREEDOMS 2/10/20 Korakuen Hall here

FREEDOMS would hold their annual Yokohama Radiant Hall show on February 22, 2020 where they would announce a crowd of 167 fans. The main event would be Toru Sugiura and Takashi Sasaki taking on Takumi Tsukamoto and Kenji Fukimoto in a Hardcore Match. Sugiura and Tsukamoto would face off early on with Sugiura placing a ladder over Tsukamoto in the corner and delivering his flip onto him on the ladder. Fukimoto would come in and try for a Package Piledriver on Sugiura but Sasaki would make the save by delivering a Superkick to Fukimoto and then Sugiura would finish Fukimoto off at 15 minutes, 14 seconds with the Swift Driver. Yuko Miyamoto, Isami Kodaka, and Minoru Fujita would defeat Mammoth Sasaki, Violento Jack, and Rina Yamashita with Yamashita coming off the star of the match before Kodaka would end up rolling her up for the pin at 13 minutes, 50 seconds with a Modified Samson Clutch. GENTARO and Shuichiro Katsumasa would defeat Yuya Susumu and Masamune at 14 minutes, 4 seconds when Katsumara would make Masamune tap out to his Heat Clutch to setup what was suppose to be Yuya Susumu defending the UWA Jr. Heavyweight Title on March 31st against Katsumara. Brahman Shu and Kei would defeat Vent Vert Negro and Vent Vert Jack when Kei would pick up the win at 9 minutes, 12 seconds after Shu would throw powder in Jack's face. Kamui would defeat Takahiro Katori at 10 minutes, 15 seconds with a Swanton Bomb and Tomoya Hirata would open the show going to a 15 minute time limit draw with Chikara. You can watch highlights of the FREEDOMS 2/22/20 Yokohama show here.

FREEDOMS held returned to Shin-Kiba in Tokyo on March 6, 2020 and drew their lowest announced crowd ever for the building at 116 fans for the show. This was a combo of the corona virus keeping many people at home but also no Jun Kasai and a lineup that did not really interest people as Takumi Tsukamoto has been used the last 6 years in Big Japan as a guy that always challenges for the title but never has a legit shot at winning it and this show was simply just there to setup him as a legit contender for the title when the fans knew he is in fact not up there.

The main event would be Toru Sugiura, Takashi Sasaki, and Yuko Miyamoto teaming up to take on Takumi Tsukamoto, Minoru Fujita, and Kenji Fukimoto a Yuko Miyamoto in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match. Sugiura and Tsukamoto would both grab a hold of light tubes and begin trying to hit one another over the head with it with Sugiura grabbing the light tube away from Tsukamoto and smash it over his head. Fujita would grab a stack of light tubes and try to hit Sugiura over the head with it but Sugiura would catch it with Fukimoto coming up from behind and hitting him over the head with his allowing Fujita to also hit him over the head with his followed by Tsukamoto coming over and also hitting Sugiura over the head with his light tubes. Tsukamoto would then grab a bag and place is over Sugiura's head and hit Sugiura with his Chissoku Zudon to get the win at 13 minutes, 57 seconds over Sugiura to set up what was suppose to be their Korakuen Hall main event match. 

The semi-main event would be Violento Jack taking on Tomoya Hirata in a Barbed wire Board Death Match. Jack would send Hirata flying into the barbed wire board in the corner but Hirata would come back and spear Jack into the other and then take a chair and begin smashing the barbed wire board. Jack would come back with a lariat and then a Swanton Bomb on the barbed wire board covering Hirata before finishing him off at 12 minutes, 5 seconds with the Amatalan. Masaoka would then attack Jack after the match with a chair and rip off his mask and give Jack the finger as he would leave with Jack's mask and Jack would have to cover his face with a towel to walk out. 

Kamui and Shuichiro Katsumara would defeat the team of Mammoth Sasaki and Yuya Susumu when Katsumara would place the Ninja Choke on Susumu at 12 minutes, 17 seconds to get the win to continue to setup for their scheduled Korakuen UWA Jr. Heavyweight Title match at the time. Brahman Shu and Brahman Kei would defeat GENTARO and Rina Yamashita at 9 minutes, 43 seconds when GENTARO would get DQ'd during the match. 2AW's Ricky Fuji and Tatsuya Hanami would continue their feud against FREEDOMS as they would defeat Chikara and Takahiro Katori when Ricky would put away Katori at 9 minutes, 22 seconds with his 9999 DDT with the match having been set up following the opening match of Takahiro Katori and Tatsuya Hanami ending at 3 minutes, 19 seconds to a Double Count out. Click here to watch highlights of the FREEDOMS 3/6/20 Shin-Kiba show

FREEDOMS would then be forced to cancel their upcoming Korakuen Hall show on March 31st after Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike urged residents to stay indoors on March 25, 2020. This was due after more than 40 new infections were announced in Tokyo. Takashi Sasaki who had attended 2AW's Korakuen Hall show that same night was still in entry lobby of Korakuen Hall selling tickets for the show when the news came out. FREEDOMS had sold about 500 tickets so far for the show so they were looking at a gate of 600-700. Sasaki was force to cancel the show after the announcement as Koike specifically mentioned Korakuen Hall by name to stop holding shows with people attending. Korakuen Hall officials responded by stating they would not be letting any fans in the building for the show. This looks to be in place until April 14th with a great possibility of it going through Golden Week in May and an eventual lock down if the numbers do not stop increasing. Sasaki announced that refunds would be made on March 31st and was disappointed for the fans that had just paid for tickets that same day at the 2AW show and now he was going to have refund them right back. Other promotions like NOAH can live off of their television contract and hold a show at an empty building but FREEDOMS lives pretty much completely off fan attendance and could not put on a show where Toru Sugiura and Takumi Tsukamoto were going have their bodies cut up and not make any money off of it. 

I don't know if FREEDOMS were to even to have their scheduled April 15th show at Shin-Kiba if they will just blow off the Sugiura and Tsukamoto match there or to wait for their next Korakuen Hall show. Daisuke Masaoka was also suppose to make his return to the ring against Violento Jack in what will most likely get pushed back to May 1st with Masaoka possibly just making his return to the ring in a tag match against Jack on April 15th if the show happens and then have what was scheduled as a Betrayal Death Match between the two at Korakuen on May 1st. Jun Kasai was also suppose to appear at the March 31st Korakuen Hall show and announce he was returning to the ring for the May 1st Korakuen Hall show. That probably gets pushed back to him appearing at the April 15th show and then returning to the ring on May 1st if these shows even are to take place. 

The first ever FREEDOMS in the United States for April 4th in Tampa, Florida was also postponed by the GCW promotion which is promoting the show. GCW announced that the show was postponed rather than canceled meaning they would not be giving automatic refunds but that as soon they would be able to put on the show and a date and time was announced the tickets bought would transfer over to that show and you could make the call yourself if you wanted a refund. The goal would be to hold the show in Boston around August 21-22 for SummerSlam weekend if everything has cleared up by that point. That show was going to have a main event match of Jun Kasai and Masashi Takeda against Nick Gage and Matt Tremont in a Death Match. Kasai was originally going to just appear for pictures before the show and then do an angle with Nick Gage where they would have a confrontation before going at it with one another before that got changed after Kasai felt his body was healed up enough to be able to do a match as he is not able to have a match with Nick Gage in Japan due to Gage being prohibited from going to Japan after being arrested back on December 22, 2010 for bank robbery. 

The annual FREEDOMS March show in Osaka put on by Kamui which was to take place on March 22nd was also canceled back on March 3rd. It was canceled though just because ticket sales were down due to the virus and not because they were told or suggested it would be best to not have the show. Kamui though could not afford to lose the money that he was projected to lose, if he put on the show because ticket sales were so poor with so many fans just not wanting to go out and attend wrestling shows during this time period. Tickets that were bought will transfer over to Kamui's next promoted show in Osaka on June 7th if that show ends up taking place.

Takashi Sasaki would get much worst news after announcing that the FREEDOMS Korakuen Hall show was canceled on March 25th. He would get told not too long after that announcement that his father was not doing well at all. Sasaki would make it to his home town of Ichinoseki, Iwate the next day on March 26th and see his father before his father would end up passing away on March 27th. Sasaki stated it came from him fighting a long time illness and that he passed away without suffering. Sasaki stated he regretted the news but he would continue to do his best and make his father proud of his son.

Masashi Takeda after suffering cuts all over his back and arm after being hit with a U Crash on a set of kitchen knives that were not dulled as much as they should have been back on February 3, 2020 with him getting 50 stitches on his arm and back as well as getting surgery done to remove glass the size of a coin that had been stuck in his arm since the summer but he never could wanted to take time off to get it removed.  Takeda would be released from the hospital on March 9, 2020 a full five weeks after suffering the lacerations. Takeda would then train on getting back in ring shape over the next couple of weeks with the plan for his return to be at the FREEDOMS March 31st Korakuen Hall show followed by going to America and appearing on the FREEDOMS April 4th show in Tampa where he would team up with Jun Kasai to take on Nick Gauge and Matt Tremont. He would be disappointed to hear about the Tampa show being delayed to a uncertain date but then he would get very frustrated when finding out his scheduled return match on March 31st where he was to team with fellow Unchain members Minoru Fujita and Kenji Fukimoto taking on Takashi Sasaki, Mammoth Sasaki, and Tomoya Hirata would also end up canceled. Takeda right now has no booked match currently but he had already agreed to appear on Samurai TV's Battle Men on March 27th to help promote the FREEDOMS show but he would come on with nothing to promote. They would show clips of him getting dropped on the knives at the GCW show as well as clips of a match against the late Atsushi Aoki in February 2017 for a All Japan Jr. Heavyweight Tournament that he was participating in as Takeda would end the show telling the fans he looks forward to being able to bleed again some day.

Mitsuhiro Matsunaga who retired from professional wrestling in 2009 and had not wrestled for Big Japan since 2001 ended up getting the negative experience of the Big Japan office that many wrestlers have dealt with and came away with a very negative feeling afterwards. Big Japan booked their 25th Anniversary show on March 16, 2020 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym. They sent out injured Takayuki Ueki to Matsunaga's Mr. Danger Steakhouse where he asked Matsunaga if he would be interested in appearing on their anniversary show with Matsunaga telling him he would. That was enough for Big Japan to promote a Mitsuhiro Matsunaga produced match on the show which would mean that Matsunaga would get to book the wrestlers and the style of match. Matsunaga then would find out that Big Japan who already began promoting the match would not be paying Matsunaga for his appearance on the show. Big Japan has long had a "you're not wrestling, you're not getting paid" mindset. This infuriated Matsunaga who went to social media and blasted Big Japan for this stating that he was going to be losing money to attend this show as he would have to close his steakhouse for the night to go to Yokohama to attend this show. Matsunaga ultimately decided on attending the show as he stated he learned from Mitsuharu Misawa that no matter how you are feeling about something that if you are being promoted to appear that means someone has bought a ticket to see you and you don't want to let that person down.

Matsunaga agreed to appear on the show and let them know he wanted to bring back the Cacti and the Scorpions which were used in the early days of Big Japan with Matsunaga which Big Japan was more than happy to oblige. Then came the issue of who would be in the match. Mitsuhiro Matsunaga stated that he wanted Josh Crane in the match. Back in May 2019 both Drew Parker and Josh Crane were booked to tour with Big Japan. Parker was given rave reviews and given a spot as a full time wrestler in Big Japan if he agreed to move to Big Japan which he did as Big Japan is no longer flying in wrestlers from other countries multiple times. Josh Crane on the other hand was criticized for his behavior on the trip. Many of the wrestlers felt he was out of shape, sloppy, he blew off training sessions at the Big Japan Dojo, and he would be busy looking at his phone when out for dinner with sponsors. Masashi Takeda and Takumi Tsukamoto put their name on it about how they felt towards Crane after a Big Japan Korakuen Hall match on May 30, 2019. Takeda stated Crane's spirit was dead, he was unmotivated, and that he complained about being injured. Crane told his story about being abused as a child to get fans sympathy but it is the only time he will get that from the fans as he will never come back to Big Japan. Tsukamoto stated he had knee pain also like Crane, but that doesn't complain about it like Crane did, and that Crane only came to Japan to get his character cheered by the fans and nothing else and that was bullshit in his eyes with Tsukamoto agreeing he will never come back to Big Japan.

Mitsuhiro Matsunaga had a different feeling of Crane after Crane stopped by Matsunaga's steak house in May during the tour and told Matsunaga how Matsunaga had inspired him as a young boy to become a death match wrestler with Matsunaga absolutely falling in love with Crane and posting all over his Facebook pictures of the two and saying nothing but kind words after meeting him. Matsunaga wanted Crane in the match as he felt it was giving Crane a chance to wrestle in a match that his childhood hero wrestled in and in front of him no less. Big Japan agreed to allow Crane to wrestle but would not book his flight with Matsunaga having to pay for Crane's air fare to appear on the show.  Crane was booked to team up with Minoru Fujita who started up in the Big Japan Dojo to take on Takumi Tsukamoto who would have to put his past feelings aside of Crane for this match as well as Toshiyuki Sakuda is a great death match talent but is still green and is very short which will hinder him from becoming a star. 

Matsunaga came to the ring with the barbed wire wrapped around his forehead and his Mr. Danger jacket that he began wearing towards the last year of his career. They would brawl outside the ring early on with Sakuda climbing up to the second level and diving off onto everybody. Sakuda would end up piercing a cactus into Crane's mouth. Fujita would end up getting Sakuda in a Boston Crab over the box with scorpions in it and Crane would hit Sakuda with the cactus causing him to fall into the box of scorpions for five seconds with the referee ending the match after Sakuda had been in it for 5 seconds despite never having been touched by one before rewarding the win to Fujita and Crane. Matsunaga would raise Crane and Fujita's hand afterwards with Crane stating he had been waiting for this moment his whole life. Click here to watch the Mitsuhiro Matsunaga promoted Scorpion Death Match between Josh Crane and Minoru Fujita vs. Takumi Tsukamoto and Toshiyuki Sakuda 3/16/20

The A-Team held their first show of 2020 on February 11th at the Tokyo Kitanseju Theater 1010 where they would announce a crowd of 150 fans for the show. The main event was an A-Team vs. FREEDOMS Barbed wire Board Death Match with Toru Sugiura and Takashi Sasaki defeating HASEGAWA and Masahiro Sase with Sasaki hitting his D-Geist on Sase at 19 minutes, 48 seconds to pick up the win. GENTARO, Nobutaka Moribe, and MIKAMI would pick up the win in the semi-main event by defeating Tomohiko Hashimoto, Gajo, and Fuyuki Naoya when Moribe would get the win over Hashimoto at 15 minutes, 35 seconds by making him tap out to the Jujigatame. Daisaku Shimoda and Takumi Sakurao would go to a No Contest with the Brahman Brothers at 12 minutes, 27 seconds when the referee would throw the match out after getting attacked by both teams. Randy Preyer would successfully defend the Southern Hemisphere Heavyweight Title for the fourth time at 8 minutes, 48 seconds when he would roll up Leatherface. Daisuke Ikeda and Rion Mizuki would defeat Bryan Ishizaka and Hashinosuke when Mizuki would pin Ishizaka at 11 minutes, 7 seconds with an A Bomb. Pure J's Leon and Raideen Steel defeated Naoki Tanizaki and Yuiga when Leon would put away Yuiga at 12 minutes, 37 seconds with a Mud Splash. The opening match had Blue Demon defeat Naoshi Sano at 5 minutes, 31 seconds when he would use his Brain Tightening Claw move for the win.

A-Team would then run on March 8, 2020 at the Tokyo Kitasenju White Studio announcing a crowd of 120 fans. The main event saw GENTARO and Nobutaka Moribe win the WEW Tag Team Titles defeating the champions Tomohiko Hashimoto and Gajo when Moribe pinned Gajo at 16 minutes, 33 seconds with his finishing move he has called How many times is the sky blue? to win the WEW Tag Titles. This is GENTARO's third time as WEW Tag Champion and first time since he and The Winger lost the titles back on April 17, 2008 to NOSAWA and MAZADA. The semi-main event had Daisaku Shimoda and Tatsuya Nakano defeat Kazushi Miyamoto and Randy Preyer when Nakano made Preyer tap out at 8 minutes, 28 seconds to a Hadaka Shime. HASEGWA, Masahiro Sase, and Takumi Sakurai defeated Fuminori Abe, Tatsumi Fujinami's son LEONA, and Bryan Ishizaka when HASEGAWA got the win over Ishizaka at 17 minutes, 35 seconds with a Diving Foot Stomp. Rion Mizuki defeated Iori Sugawara who actually competed on the third last FMW show back on January 6, 2002 with when Mizuki picked up the win at 8 minutes, 47 seconds with an A-Bomb. Former ZERO1 wrestler Kiyoshi Wada defeated former Super FMW wrestler Tsuneo Yoshie at 7 minutes, 32 seconds with the Skull Tightening for the finish.

Megumi Kudo and Yumi Fukawa who started up in All Japan Women's in November 1993 before retiring in the Arsion promotion in March 2001 held a talk event for fans in Sugamo, Tokyo at the Toudoukan store on March 1, 2001. They talked about how in the 1990's there was no internet with fans and wrestlers had a comfortable understanding/a truce with one another that wrestlers can not have with fans in 2020 anymore. They talked about they lived two different worlds even though they were both in the wrestling industry around roughly the same time as Kudo would have bleed and wrestle in death matches but still remain in "idol" stigma due to her looks where as Fukawa was completely an "idol" wrestler while they worked for two different promotions. Kudo also mentioned during that because her and the FMW women were trained by Tarzan Goto during the Onita years of FMW that they all consider themselves of the grandchildren of Giant Baba because he had trained Goto. Fans got to take pictures Kudo and Fukawa afterwards and were presented a new book that has been released about the 25th Anniversary of All Japan Women's Tokyo Dome show from November 20, 1994 which is a tell all book from many of the wrestlers that competed from different promotions including Megumi Kudo and Combat Toyoda representing FMW on the show.

Shie Ezaki to commemorate the 4 years of passing of her father Hayabusa on March 3, 2016 wanted to make a video on March 5, 2020 as symbol of her coming of age and becoming an adult. Shie turned back in May 2019 and every May there is a Coming of Age Day ceremony in Japan for everybody that had turned 20 over the past year. Hayabusa obviously was not able to attend the ceremony so she wanted to honor him by putting on the Hayabusa make up the same way her father did before putting on a Hayabusa mask. Shie watched a YouTube video that is a clip of Hayabusa putting on the make up before putting on the mask from the FMW VHS tape Phoenix Best of Hayabusa where Hayabusa showed everybody how he put the make up on before he went out to compete on March 29, 1999 at Korakuen Hall. Shie posted the video on twitter and even though she rarely posts the tweet caught on and ended up getting over 5700 likes. I created a side by side video of the two doing it for nearly a minute before Shie's video would end up cutting off. You can find it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcXLcTYLSJk

Hopefully everyone remains safe out there. I do feel it will be awhile before everything can get back to normal. I had purchased tickets to go to the FREEDOMS show in Tampa on April 4th and will see about when and where it takes place on if I will be able to go now. I will probably be okay as far as my flight but I am probably going to have to eat the hotel fee/rental car after going through Priceline. I also had booked plane tickets for London and Rome in June which have not been looking good for awhile. I do recommend now that many people have more free time on checking out YouTube page if you have not already. I have been adding some FMW matches on there as of late as well my History of FMW series I recently finished Volume 42 going over the year 2014 as well as I not too long finished my The Great Sasuke Career Music Video. You can find these and much more by clicking the link here to find it. Hope you guys enjoy!

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Atsushi Onita appeared at Keiji Muto's Wrestle-1 promotion on December 31, 2019 show in Osaka and afterwards Onita got on the mic and laid a challenge out to Keiji Muto with no response coming from Muto following the show. Onita ended up meeting up with Muto on February 4th to discuss Onita appearing again for Wrestle-1. Nothing has been officially announced as it maybe awhile before it ends up taking place as it Wrestle-1 does not announce shows that far in advance but the speculation is that the next time Onita appears at a Wrestle-1 show it will be an Exploding Barbed wire Bat 6 Man Death Match between Onita and his side going up against Muto and his side.  

Atsushi Onita's alter ego The Great Nita made his return to the ring for the first time since walking off into the Shin-Kiba river back on August 27, 2017. Onita had come out as The Great Nita to referee a match right before he came out of retirement back in September 2018 but his make up was more based on The Joker than The Great Muta. Nita would return on January 13, 2020 at the Osaka Suminoe Maikun Hall for a co-promoted show along with Ganbare Pro which is a sub promotion for DDT. Nita would team up with Ken Oka and Nobutaka Moribe to take on Kenichiro Arai, Guts Ishijima who is now basing his look off of Tarzan Goto, and Shota. Nita's opponents would jump his team right at the start of the match with Shota getting green mist spit in his face by Nita. Nita would then begin cutting Shota with his sickle in the forehead and then take him to the outside where all the wrestlers would begin brawling in the crowd. Nita would come back to the ring with a table and piledrive Shota through it and then eventually Oka would end up putting Shota away at 17 minutes, 5 seconds with a Brainbuster off the turnbuckle for the win. 

Onita has taken some what of a break the first two months of 2020. Having only worked that Nita match back in January and then not having any matches booked for February. Onita will return to the ring on March 20th for Wrestling Tavern Gold at the Sendai PIT in which he will participate in an Exploding Barbed wire Bat Death Match. Onita will then return to Big Japan to team up with Great Kojika on March 26th in Kumamoto and then the return of DDT's Blasting Koshien promotion will take place on March 28th in Toyoma. I mentioned last update that Onita wanted to have an Exploding Death Match in America with the help of DDT during WrestleMania weekend and but Onita's recent track record of talking abut going to other countries to wrestle and actually going to that country to wrestle has not been good well he has gotten booked for April 5th for Dotonbori Pro in Osaka so that pretty much eliminating any chance of him doing anything for WrestleMania weekend in Tampa. His last booked show up until April will be another Big Japan show teaming up with Great Kojika on April 26th in Ishikawa. 

FREEDOMS would hold their annual first show of the year being a tournament show on January 3, 2020 at Shin-Kiba 1st Ring with an announced 215 fans for this show. The winner of the tournament would be given a chance at Toru Sugiura's King of Freedom World Championship on February 10th. The first round matches saw Kenji Fukimoto pull the upset by defeating Masashi Takeda with a Samson Clutch at 4 minutes, 37 seconds as Takeda had to catch a flight to America as he was competing in Brick, New Jersey later that day for the SAW promotion. Takashi Sasaki would defeat Rina Yamashita at 7 minutes, 9 seconds with a D-Geist as Yamashita was taking the place of Minoru Fujita who came down with the flu. Yuko Miyamoto would advance defeating Kamui at 4 minutes, 33 seconds with a Moonsault. Chikara would take Takumi Tsukamoto to the 10 minute time limit and would advance after being him in Rock, Paper, Scissor. Tomoya Hirata and Naoki Kamata would defeat GENTARO in a Handicap Elimination Match as GENTARO would roll up Hirata with a Jackknife for the elimination at 7 minutes, 33 seconds but then Kamata would knock him over the top rope at 12 minutes, 45 seconds for the win. The semi-finals tournament matches saw Takashi Sasaki finish Kenji Fukimoto at 6 minutes, 39 seconds with a Swinging Small Package and Yuko Miyamoto make Chikara tap out at 6 minutes, 50 seconds with a Octopus Hold. Violento Jack and Mammoth Sasaki would win a non title match against Toru Sugiura and Yuya Susumu when Mammoth would roll up Susumu for the win at 10 minutes, 42 seconds with a La Magistral. The finals would see Yuko Miyamoto defeat Takashi Sasaki at 7 minutes, 49 seconds with a Moonsault to earn himself a shot at Toru Sugiura's title on February 10th with Sugiura coming to the ring and going face to face with Miyamoto while holding the belt to end the show.

Takashi Sasaki would promote his Pro-Wrestling Sengoku on January 14, 2020 at the Tokyo Dome. This was similar to what Sasaki did last year. Sasaki originally began promoting Pro-Wrestling Sengoku in August 2017 as a chance for smaller independent wrestlers to wrestle at Korakuen Hall. Sasaki promoted two shows a year and although the shows were entertaining the crowds for the show were horrible as these small independent promotions are based all around Japan and their small fan bases were not traveling to Tokyo to see them wrestle. Sasaki last year scrapped the Korakuen Hall shows and instead has now turned Sengoku into an opportunity for small independent wrestlers to work at the Tokyo Dome instead. The Furusato Festival is a nine day event at the Tokyo Dome with multiple different vendors setting up shop on the baseball field. Sasaki for the second straight year has booked an area in the building to hold a show with fans being able to watch on.

The show was broken up into two parts. The first show saw GENTARO and Naoki Kamata team up to defeat Ehime Pro's Santaro Ishizuchi and Imabarita Towel Mascaras with GENTARO getting the win at 11 minutes, 34 seconds after hitting a Back Suplex on Mascaras. Nagoya's Team Dera promotion had Kengo Takai and Michio Kageyama team up to defeat Yamagata's Pro-Wrestling DEWA Aisawa # 1 and former ZERO1 wrestler Toshiki Iwaki when Takai picked up the win at 9 minutes, 51 seconds with a De La Hof Buster on Iwaki. The final match of the first part of the show saw Kamui and Kenji Fukimoto defeat Niigata Pro's Shigeno Shima and Big THE Ryokan with Kamui picking up the win over Ryokan at 13 minutes, 44 seconds with a Diving Senton. The first second half match of the show saw Masashi Takeda, Yuya Susumu, and Tomoya Hirata defeat Fukuoka's Real Lucha Libre's (which uses trampolines to make their spots more spectacular looking) Van Vean Jack, Van Veal Negro, and Yu-sel Estrella with Takeda picking up the win at 10 minutes, 56 seconds after hitting Jack with a Rokkinpo. Toru Sugiura and Takashi Sasaki would defeat Hokkaido's Hokuto Pro Shigeyuki Kawahara and Lou Lulu with Sasaki putting Lulu away at 12 minutes, 22 seconds with a G-Deist. Violento Jack and Mammoth Sasaki defeated the Okinawa based Ryukyu Dragon team of Guruken Mask and Hijya Kidman with Jack putting Kidman away at 8 minutes, 51 seconds with the Violento Breaker. The main event saw Tochigi's Eagle Pro team of Kazunori Yoshida, Hiroyuki Kondo, and Takahiro Katori defend their Battle Flag that they won at the previous Tokyo Dome show last year by defeating Hiroshima's Dove Pro team of Gunso, Kenshin Chikano, and Kohei Kinoshita with Kondo putting away Kinoshita at 13 minutes, 42 seconds with the EXB to defend their flag. 

FREEDOMS would run on January 19, 2020 at the Hiroshima Industrial Hall drawing an announced 447 fans for the show. The main event would see Yuko Miyamoto and Masashi Takeda defeat Toru Sugiura and Takashi Sasaki in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match with the spot of the match seeing Miyamoto dive off the back of a truck on Sugiura before picking up the win at 15 minutes, 25 seconds after finishing Sugiura off with a Fire Thunder. The special guest wrestler for this show would be Shiro Koshinaka as he would team up with GENTARO and Minoru Fujita to defeat Violento Jack, Mammoth Sasaki, and Tomoya Hirata when Koshinaka would use his hip attack in the corner to pick up the win at 14 minutes, 15 seconds to get the win over Hirata. Naoki Tanizaki and Kenshin Chikano would defeat Yuya Susumu and Masamune after Tanizaki would once again pin Susumu at 12 minutes, 35 seconds with a Implant to build to their Korakuen Hall match in February. Kenji Fukimoto and Kamui would defeat Takumi Tsukamoto and Hiroshima based wrestler Devil Magician in a Scramble Bunkhouse Death Match with Fukimoto putting Devil Magician away at 11 minutes, 55 seconds with a Package Piledriver. Secret Base's Amigo Suzuki would defeat Naoki Kamata at 7 minutes, 55 seconds with Caballo. The opening match would have Brahman Shu and Kei defeat Rey Paloma and Tsuchiya Crazy at 10 minutes, 10 seconds with Shu would roll up Paloma with a Jackknife for the win. 

FREEDOMS would run again at Shin-Kiba on January 24, 2020 where they would announce a crowd of 128 fans for the show. This is a bad number and the kind of number they would see back in 2012 when Jun Kasai was also out injured as have not done much lower than this in all of their Shin-Kiba shows over the past 10 years as this was looked as a skippable show by anyone not a hardcore loyal fan. 

The main event would be Yuko Miyamoto taking the spot of Jun Kasai in Unchain as he would team up with Masashi Takeda and Kenji Fukimoto to go up against Toru Sugiura, Takashi Sasaki, and Tomoya Hirata in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match. Miyamoto and Unchain would jump the FREEDOMS group right away and brawl outside with Takeda and Hirata staying in the ring. Takeda would grab a light tube and swing at Hirata with Hirata moving out of the way and charging at Takeda breaking the light across him. Hirata would then swing at Takeda and miss with Takeda placing a light tube in Hirata's mouth and breaking it. Sugiura and Sasaki would then focus on Miyamoto and begin breaking light tubes over his body but Miyamoto would come back with a lariat on Sugiura and then pick him up for a Fire Thunder but Sugiura would escape and pick Miyamoto up and hit him with a Swift Driver at 15 minutes, 4 seconds to pick up the win. This was a booking decision make you question if Sugiura is going to just have the typical long title run and make you think Miyamoto has a shot at winning the title at the next Korakuen Hall show on February 10th by making you think there is no way that Miyamoto will job in a tag match and then lose to Sugiura again in a singles match. The semi-main event would see GENTARO put away Naoki Kamata at 18 minutes, 15 seconds in a Barbed wire Board Death Match with a Barbed wire assisted Bow and Arrow for the submission win. Violento Jack would defeat Kamui at 13 minutes, 21 seconds in a Weapons Death Match after finishing him off with a Kneebar. Mammoth Sasaki and Yuya Susumu would team up in a FREEDOMS vs. BASARA match as they would defeat Takumi Tsukamoto and Takato Nakano after Susumu would get the win at 11 minutes, 35 seconds with a Front Crash over Nakano. Minoru Fujita would defeat Takahiro Katori at 11 minutes, 11 seconds with the Sayanora. The opening comedy match would see Chikara defeat Karate Brahman at 8 minutes, 8 seconds with Kikutaro as the special referee after Chikara would put Karatre away with a Doujime Sleeper for the win. Click here to watch highlights of the FREEDOMS 1/24/20 main event match

After having two successful shows back in August 2019 in Shin-Kiba the GCW promotion with the help of FREEDOMS were able have three successful shows in Shin-Kiba with all three announcing sell out crowds of 320 fans. GCW has a renegade vibe that has a cult like following like ECW did in the 90's in Japan although nowhere near the promotion that ECW got either as ECW was featured weekly in all the Japanese Wrestling Magazines back then which today only WWE gets.

The big news coming out of the three shows was Masashi Takeda's injury. The first show on February 3rd had a main event of Masashi Takeda against Orin Veidt in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match. Veidt would send Takeda into the light tubes early on which would send Takeda out of the ring but when Veidt would go to do a tope outside the ring he would be met by a light tube shot to the head by Takeda. Takeda would then take a light tube and put it in Veidt's mouth and break it across his mouth. Takeda would then hit a U Crash and then bring out a board with knives attached to it into the ring. Takeda would try for another U Crash on it but Veidt would reverse it and send Takeda into the knives with a back breaker into the knives. Referee Barb Sasaki would see the impact of the knives had done to Takeda's back and arm with how deep the gash was and call for the match giving the victory to Orin Veidt at 10 minutes, 32 seconds via Referee Stoppage. Takeda would roll out of the ring and begin to cut a promo as Tomoya Hirata and backstage helper 296 would bandage the wounds and press up against it to try and help the deep bleeding. 

Takeda would be helped out of the building by Takashi Sasaki and Kikutaro with all the fans standing outside chanting for Takeda. Takeda would be taken to the hospital and eventually after being moved to three different locations in the hospital Takeda would receive 50 stitches on his back and arm from the cuts. The knives which are knives brought from home by the wrestlers and are usually dulled with sandpaper, cardboard, and concrete before the show apparently were not dulled to a level that they usually are and as a result this incident happened. A similar incident had taken place to Kenji Fukimoto back in July 2016 with scissors against Masashi Takeda which resulted in him being out for a month. Takeda would be discharged from the hospital on February 5th with him announcing that he will be out of action for at least the rest of February. 

Takeda then posted on February 9th that he is able to move more freely than the previous couple of days but that he might have suffered sensory nerve damage to his lower back. He also mentioned that next week since he will be out of action anyway and that he will surgery on his arm to remove some large glass that has been stuck in it since last summer and he never took the time to get the surgery knowing he would have to be out of action for awhile following it.

The semi-main event would be Isami Kodaka teaming up with Matt Tremont returning to Japan for the first time since October 2017, and Danny Havoc taking on Jimmy Lloyd, Drew Parker, and Toshiyuki Sakuda in a Barbed wire Board Death Match with Havoc picking up the win over Parker at 10 minutes, 37 seconds with a Death Valley Bomb. Yuji Okabayashi would put away Chris Dickinson at 14 minutes, 19 seconds with a Golem Slam. Alex Colon would knock off Violento Jack in an upset especially in a match so low on the card when Colon would get the win at 9 minutes, 42 seconds after hitting a Spanish Fly with a light tube for the win. SHLAK and Matthew Justice would battle with chairs before SHLAK would get the win at 8 minutes, 10 seconds after putting Justice in a Camel Clutch and putting a chair around his throat to pick up the win. Toru Sugiura and Takashi Sasaki would open the show defeating KTB and Kikutaro after Sugiura would finish off Kikutaro at 9 minutes, 10 seconds with an Over Easy.

The second show would take place on February 4, 2020 with the main event of Matt Tremont having his first singles match in Japan this time against Ryuji Ito. They would end early on both take a seat in the ring and just begin punching one another before Tremont would end up grabbing a barbed wire bat and using it on Ito's forehead. Tremont would then grab a light tube but before he could use it Ito would also end up grabbing it and then headbutt it breaking it across Tremont's head. Ito would then place a barbed wire board over Tremont and begin smashing it against his back with a chair and then suplex Tremont off the top with him landing on a stack of chairs. Ito would then finish Tremont off by placing light tubes over Tremont and hitting a Dragon Splash breaking the light tubes over Tremont for the win at 12 minutes 26 seconds to pick up the win. Tremont afterwards would shake Ito's hand and then hug him with the crowd chanting GCW to end the show. Other matches on the show would see Danny Havoc and Alex Colon put away Isami Kodaka taking Takeda's spot in this match and Toshiyuki Sakuda with Havoc getting the win over Kodaka at 9 minutes, 21 seconds with a Death Valley Bomb. 

Masato Tanaka would appear on this one show to take on Matthew Justice. Justice would end up sitting Tanaka on a chair on the outside and then begin chopping Tanaka but Justice would climb up to the apron and deliver a dive off of it but Tanaka would move out of the way causing Justice to land right onto the chair. Tanaka would then suplex Justice off the top but Justice would come back right away with a brainbuster. Justice would then grab a chair and begin smashing it over Tanaka's head with Tanaka acting like it was Mike Awesome doing the chair shots and would power up and ask for more until Justice would knock him down with a chair shot. Tanaka would end up coming back with a rolling elbow and then smash a chair over Justice's head and get the win at 9 minutes, 1 seconds with a Sliding D. The FREEDOMS team of Toru Sugiura, Violento Jack, and Takashi Sasaki would defeat SHLAK, Orin Veidt, and Kenji Fukimoto when Jack would put Veidt away away at 11 minutes, 59 seconds with a Amatalan. Jimmy Lloyd would take Drew Parker to Camp Anawana and finish him off at 5 minutes, 59 seconds with an Awful Waffle. Yuji Okabayashi and Shigehiro Irie would defeat Chris Dickinson and KTB at 10 minutes, 4 seconds when Okabayashi would finish KTB off with a Golem Slam. The opening comedy match would see Kikutaro defeat Chinsuke Nakamura at 4 minutes, 18 seconds with a Brainbuster. Click here for highlights of GCW 2/3/20 and GCW 2/4/20 shows.

GCW's last show on February 5, 2020 at Shin-Kiba would have a main event of Isami Kodaka, Takashi Sasaki, and Kenji Fukimoto taking on Danny Havoc, Matt Tremont, and Alex Colon in a Death Match. The Japanese wrestlers would jump the GCW guys right at the bell and begin brawling outside with Havoc hitting an Asai Moonsault onto everybody. Havoc would then take a light tube and smash it against the mat breaking it and then slam Kodaka in it followed by breaking a light tube across Kodaka's face and Tremont would hit a kick to the lariat. Havoc would then go up to the top for a Moonsault with a light tube but Kodaka would get his knees up breaking the light tube over Havoc. Kodaka and Sasaki would then deliver kicks to the head to Havoc. Havoc would eventually end up picking Kodaka up for a Death Valley Bomb but Sasaki would nail him with a kick and then Kodaka would climb up a ladder with Sasaki holding a stack of light tubes over Havoc as Kodaka would end up picking up the win at 11 minutes, 31 seconds over Havoc. All the GCW wrestlers would get in the ring as Sasaki would get on the mic and state that the battles like these will continue at Korakuen Hall for FREEDOMS and Big Japan next week as the fans would be chanting GCW to end the show. 
 

Abdullah Kobayashi would take on SHLAK in the semi-main event in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match. Kobayashi would break a light tube and begin eating it to start the match and request SHLAK do the same which he would before taking Kobayashi to the outside and breaking a light tube over his head. SHLAK would take Kobayashi back in the ring and stick a fork in his forehead. Kobayashi would come back and begin tossing light tubes SHLAK with SHLAK also just throwing light tubes at Kobayashi but Kobayashi would deliver a round house kick like only Kobayashi could and then finish SHLAK off at 11 minutes, 32 seconds with a Diving Elbow off the turnbuckle for the win as they would pound fist afterwards with the crowd chanting GCW.

The Big Japan team of Ryuji Ito, Toshiyuki Sakuda, and Drew Parker would defeat the GCW team of Jimmy Lloyd, Matthew Justice, and Orin Veidt in a Death Match with Ito putting Veidt away at 8 minutes, 43 seconds with a Dragon Splash breaking light tubes over Veidt. Daisuke Sekimoto would end up defeating Chris Dickinson at 13 minutes, 58 seconds with a German Suplex. Toru Sugiura would put away KTB at 6 minutes, 47 seconds with a Spanish Fly. The opening match would see GENTARO and Tomoya Hirata defeat Shigehiro Irie and Kikutaro at 8 minutes, 38 seconds when GENTARO would get the win over Kikutaro and rolling him up with a Cradle. Click here for highlights of GCW 2/5/20

The next FREEDOMS show will take place on February 10, 2020 at Korakuen Hall with Toru Sugiura defending the King of Freedom World Championship against Yuko Miyamoto in a Tokyo Tower Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match. The GCW team of Matthew Justice and Chris Dickinson will challenge for the King of Freedom Tag Team Titles as they go up against Violento Jack and Mammoth Sasaki in the semi-main event. Isami Kodaka will take the place of Masashi Takeda as he will team up with the Unchain members Kenji Fukimoto, Kamui, and Minoru Fujita as they go up against the GCW team of Matt Tremont making his Korakuen Hall debut along side Jimmy Lloyd, Danny Havoc, and Alex Colon in a Weapons Death Match. Yuya Susumu will defend his UWA Jr. Heavyweight Title when he finally meets up against Naoki Tanizaki. A Three Way Team Death Match will take place as Takashi Sasaki and Tomoya Hirata will team up to take on Takumi Tsukamoto and Rina Yamashita who is becoming a cult like figure for being a female willing to have the insane death matches against the men and against GCW's SHLAK and Orin Veidt. The opening match will see Ricky Fuji return to FREEDOMS for the first time in years apart of the 2AW team along with Tatsuya Hanami and Daiki Wakamatsu as they go up against the FREEDOMS team of GENTARO, Chikara, and Naoki Kamata. I would expect to see Daisuke Masaoka appear after the main event of this show. 

FREEDOMS will then run their next show on February 22, 2020 at the Yokohama Radiant Hall as the main event is definitely booked to make it look like Yuko Miyamoto will be winning the King of Freedom World Title at Korakuen Hall on the 10th as Miyamoto will be in the main event teaming up with Kenji Fukimoto and Minoru Fujita as they will go up against Takashi Sasaki, Mammoth Sasaki, and Rina Yamashita. Toru Sugiura will then be in the semi-main event as he teams up with Violento Jack to take on Takumi Tsukamoto and a Mystery Partner who will be taking Masashi Takeda's place but has not yet been announced in a Hardcore Match. GENTARO and the returning Shuichiro Katsumara who has been in and out of FREEDOMS going back to 2015 will team up to take on Yuya Susumu and Masamune in what might look to setup the next UWA Jr. Heavyweight Title match at the next Korakuen Hall show in March. Van Vean Jack and Van Veal Negro who are both very talented small independent wrestlers will team up to take on the Brahman Brothers and the opening match will see Kamui taking on Takahiro Katori. 

The A-Team will hold their first show of the year on February 11, 2020 at the Tokyo Kitasenju Theater 1010. The show will have a A-Team vs. FREEDOMS show with the main event being HASEGAWA and Masahiro Sase two of the main backers of the promotion going up against Toru Sugiura and Takashi Sasaki in a Sawboard and Thumbtack Death Match. The semi-main event will be Tomohiko Hashimoto, Gajo, and Fukushi Naoya going up against GENTARO, Nobutaka Moribe, and MIKAMI. Daisaku Shimoda and Takumi Sakurai will take on Brahman Shu and Kei in a tag match and Randy Preyer will defend the Southern Hemisphere Heavyweight Title this time against Leatherface. Daisuke Ikeda and Rion Mizuki will team up to go up against Bryan Ishizaka and Hashinosuke. Leon and Raideen Steel of the female Pure J promotion will take on Naoki Tanizaki and his female partner Yuiga. The opening match will be Naoshi Sano taking on Blue Demon. 

Kintaro Kanemura announced on January 6th that he is planning on getting surgery done to help repair a lumbar vertebrae injury that has resulted in pain both his legs as well as a hernia. Kanemura who began walking with a cane following his retirement in 2016 had improved over the past couple of months and has been able to walk without it but as of last month he has had to go back to the cane. Kanemura went in the hospital on February 5th hoping that the doctors would schedule him for surgery but he ended up just going home with a lot of pain killers. Kanemura is hoping that a surgery can happen soon as all the damage he took in the ring for 26 years has caught up to him at the age of 49 and he is hoping a successful surgery will help him recover.

Hideki Hosaka who is battling Stage 4 cancer also recently posted a picture of himself and has been going Anti-Cancer treatment and chemotherapy and for time period felt like he was pretty much bed ridden as he did not have the strength to even walk around. He is still in good spirits and he is hoping he can be able to leave the hospital by the end of the year. He posted a recent picture of himself and it was a very sad picture of what cancer can do to someone. Hosaka also mentioned seeing Hayabusa fly over his hospital bed and looking over him before disappearing. Hosaka is very skinny now at this point and is almost unrecognizable besides still having his FMW trademark scarred forehead. Please keep Hosaka in your thoughts. 

Steve Gillespie who wrestled in FMW as Dr. Hannibal passed away in his truck on January 18, 2020 after suffering a heart attack at the age of 56. Gillespie made his debut for the North American Wrestling Association in 1987 before joining Bruce Hart's start up Stampede Wrestling in 1989 but it would close down shortly after. He would eventually find a home in the Canadian Rocky Mountain Wrestling promotion in 1992 and that is where he would meet Lenny Olson who had gotten a gig through Fred Jung's connection with Ricky Fuji like many other Calgary independent wrestlers to begin appearing for FMW in March 1992. Lenny adopted a new gimmick based on "Silence of the Lambs" and called himself Dr. Luther. The Luther gimmick got over fast as fans were terrified of him and would run away at the sight of him. Luther worked three more tours in 1992 before the annual FMW Tag Team Tournament began in November 1992 and Luther was asked to get a partner for it. Luther while in between FMW tours was working for Canadian Rocky Mountain Wrestling promotion and asked Gillespie if he wanted to come to Japan and team up with him which Gillespie jumped at the chance. 

Gillespie adopted a very similar gimmick to Luther to match him being partner and became Dr. Hannibal. Luther and Hannibal became a regular tag team after the tour as the gimmick was a popular midcard gimmick that fit the brawling style that FMW was famous for under Onita's ownership. Luther and Hannibal would join Ricky Fuji's Team Canada after Ricky had turned heel on Onita in January 1993 with the group consisting of Ricky, Big Titan, The Gladiator, and Dr. Luther which would see Hannibal main event in tag matches on certain show but Onita would end up nearly dying and would be out of action and when he would come back the Onita vs. Team Canada feud would not pick back up and Luther and Hannibal would pretty much remain in the midcard for the rest of their time in FMW. Hannibal would get to work on Kawasaki Stadium show on May 5, 1993 teaming up with Dr. Luther in a lost to The Sheik and Sabu in a entertaining match but he would end up missing the May 5th Kawasaki Stadium show in 1994 as Dr. Luther would end up teaming with Michinoku Pro's Yone Genjin instead as they would lose to The Sabu and Damian. Hannibal would come back for one more FMW tour in August 1994 teaming back up with Dr. Luther for the final time in FMW on September 4, 1994 as they would lose to the short lived tag team of Tarzan Goto and Hisakatsu Oya after being stretchered out to put over Goto and Oya's finishing team move and probably also was telling that FMW knew he was not coming back after this tour. Dr. Hannibal would work his final FMW match on September 7, 1994 at the Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center as he would end up defeating The Sheik after The Sheik would be DQ'd after just a little over a minute. Hannibal would never end up appearing in FMW again after that show and Luther would only appear one more time 7 years later on November 23, 2001. 

Hannibal would end up getting asked to come back one final time to Japan on September 29, 1999 for Atsushi Onita's Onita Pro. Hannibal would work the Korakuen Hall main event teaming up once again with Dr. Luther but this time as well with other Onita rivals Mr. Pogo, Shoji Nakamaki, and Ichiro Yaguchi against Atsushi Onita, Sambo Asako, Mitsunobu Kikuzawa, Nobutaka Araya, and Shigeo Okumura in a Falls Count Anywhere Street Fight Death Match with the heels picking up the win after the blonde Luther pinned Kikuzawa. Gillespie would retire in June 2000 before making a come back in 2012 for the RCW promotion before working one last time on March 22, 2013 for RCW in Calgary bringing back the Dr. Hannibal gimmick as he would in a Three Way Match to another FMW wrestler in Jason the Terrible. This leaves another FMW wrestler that was a part of the FMW Canadian Family is gone. He leaves his wife, children, and grandchildren. Click here to watch Dr. Hannibal's last Japanese match on September 29, 1999 at Korakuen Hall for Onita Pro.

Kazuo Sakurada better known as Kendo Nagasaki passed away at the age of 71 years on January 12, 2020 after he was found dead in his home in Ichihara, Chiba when an acquaintance found his body lifeless. Nagasaki had made his last public appearance at a fan event called Tokyo Con on January 5, 2020 in Shibuya, Tokyo where the picture was taken. He along side other former wrestlers Killer Khan, Kengo Kimura, Dream Machine, and Ultra Seven all had booths for fans to come up and meet, take pictures, and buy merchandise from. 

Sakurada made his debut on June 21, 1971 for the old JWA promotion against Kim Duk before both Antonio Inoki and Giant Baba left the promotion to start New Japan and All Japan in 1972 causing the JWA to close down in 1973. Sakurada being a free agent ended up signing a three year contract with the Japanese television channel Nippon TV and they transferred him over to All Japan. All Japan had him become their Dojo trainer and he helped train the first two All Japan Dojo graduates Atsushi Onita and Masanobu Fuchi. Giant Baba asked him for to go to Calgary in 1976 and became the heel Mr. Sakurada where heformed a team with Katsuji Adachi otherwise known as Mr. Hito. Sakurada and Hito while working for Calgary were asked by promoter Stu Hart to help train his son Bret and they both spent hours without being paid training Bret and teaching him everything there was on how to become a pro-wrestler. 

Sakurada would eventually begin working for the the CWF promotion in Florida, Houston Wrestling, NWA Big Time, Portland, Memphis and even randomly would come back to wrestle in All Japan before going back to North America. He would begin getting name changes including the names Chang Chung, Ten Gu, and Dream Machine in All Japan before getting the name Kendo Nagasaki while in Florida. His biggest wins while in America would be winning the Southern Heavyweight Title from Jerry Lawler in May 1982 and the NWA Florida Title from Mike Rotundo on January 22, 1984. Sakurada would tell Giant Baba in 1985 that he was retiring from his company having not worked a match for them since 1982. Sakurada would begin working with New Japan in October 1985 as Rambo Sakurada where he would feud with Bruiser Brody although the name change was not popular and he would go back to Kendo Nagasaki. 

He would end up forming a tag team with Mr. Pogo in New Japan in July 1986 that would eventually see them begin working Carlos Colon's WWC company in Puerto Rico from October 1987 to July 1988. He would return back to New Japan from 1988 to 1989 before finding a home in WCW as The Dragon Master from 1989 to 1990. Nagasaki then as Dragon Master worked with one FMW tour from March 24, 1990 to April 1, 1990 at Korakuen Hall where Atsushi Onita and Tarzan Goto would have an awesome Texas Street Fight match against Dragon Master and Masanobu Kurisu. Sakurada would leave after that and eventually join up with Genichiro Tenryu's upstart SWS promotion in September 1990 after Tenryu had received a lot of money to leave All Japan and lead this promotion. Dragon Master would become Kendo Nagasaki once again but the SWS would be a financial disaster and close down in June 1992. 

Nagasaki would then begin working with George and Shunji Takano and the three would create another new promotion called Network of Wrestling (NOW). But the Takano Brothers would end up leaving NOW before the promotion would even hold its first show Nagasaki taking over complete control of the company which saw him form a relationship with the Dallas based Global promotion with wrestlers Manny Fernandez, Booker T, Stevie Ray, the future JBL, and Tiger Jeet Singh all working the promotion. NOW would be a money loser from the beginning and end up closing down in November 1994. Nagasaki would begin working for Tenryu's WAR promotion before being offered an office spot by another former All Japan wrestler in Great Kojika for a start up promotion that would succeed Nagasaki's fallen NOW promotion with that promotion being called Big Japan which would start in March 1995. Nagasaki would begin training the Big Japan Dojo students and would have a famous match filmed by Terry Ito's production company of Nagasaki doing a training exhibition on July 1, 1995 against the young Big Japan boys before Nagasaki would get irate and then begin beating the crap out of all three young wrestlers all around the town with civilians watching on in horror. 

Nagasaki would end up leaving Big Japan after a disagreement with Kojika and in 1999 he would form a promotion called NEW NOW that would be a very small independent promotion that would not make it out of the year. Nagasaki is credited by some websites as being the masked Great Kendo for Onita Pro in 2000 which is where he would have worked his last show but I am not 100% sure that was actually him and the last match on record he worked as Kendo Nagasaki would be a DDT show on December 22, 1999. After leaving wrestling he would begin working for a fishing company that would supply fish to Killer Khan's restaurant. Nagasaki would end up retiring from the fishing company in 2009 and would just remain retired and would be seen hanging out with his friend Killer Khan at his restaurant or would do a wrestling public appearance by former W*ING owner Mickey Ibaragi. There has been no cause of death on what happened to Sakurada on January 11th but the wrestling community is sadden as he was one of the respected veterans in the United States, Canada, and Japan. 

Mr. Gannosuke who lives in Kumamoto visited the Beer Man Hall on February 9, 2020 which is the building that he and Hayabusa would go to all the time while in college in the 1980's because the man Yoshinori Murata was also a big time wrestling fan and the two could go out and drink beer and talk wrestling with him. Murata would end up becoming some what famous for creating an Antonio Inoki bronze statue that sold very well in the early 90's. Murata had since made Hayabusa and Mr. Gannosuke bronze statues as well statues of other wrestlers. He also sold a very limited set of Hayabusa and Mr. Gannosuke bronze statues as well for $100 dollars which is one of the few things I am still looking for to possibly own one day if ever available. Gannosuke posted that he got drunk and ended up placing an IWGP toy belt on his bronze statue as Gannosuke was a huge New Japan fan growing up but could not apply to join the New Japan Dojo in 1991 because he was only 5'9 and had to try out for the FMW Dojo which he got Hayabusa to join him and the rest is history. Click here to watch an interesting video focusing on Yoshinori Murata and him making the bronze statues that aired on national TV in Japan a couple of weeks ago.

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