FREEDOMS 5/19/24
Okinawa Nishihara-cho Sawafuji Mirai Hall

Jun Kasai & Toru Sugiura vs. Toshiyuki Sakuda & Takayuki Ueki
Violento Jack vs. Ultra Soki
Takahiro Katori & Dragon Libre vs. Guruken Mask & Tiran Seaser
GENTARO vs. Brown Rat Fukki
Mammoth Sasaki & Daisuke Masaoka vs. Takashi Sasaki & Hiromu Nakamura

FREEDOMS 5/23/24
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring

Masashi Takeda & Jun Kasai & Daisuke Masaoka vs. Toshiyuki Sakuda & Takayuki Ueki & Kyu Mogami *Death Match*
Violento Jack vs. Kenji Fukimoto *Death Match*
Toru Sugiura & Takashi Sasaki & Mammoth Sasaki vs. Rina Yamashita & Kengo & Yusaku Ito
Takahiro Katori & Minoru Fujita & Dragon Libre vs. Jun Masaoka & Yuya Susumu & Gaia Hox
GENTARO vs. Rekka
Anarko Montana & HAKKA vs. Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei

Fire Blast Wrestling 5/25/24
Shimane Kunibiki Messe Exhibition Hall

Atsushi Onita & SAKI & HASEGAWA vs. Shadow WX & Sayaka Ungai & All Mighty Inoue *Meteor Fire Rocket Exploding Barbed wire Baseball Bat Exploding Coffin Tornado Death Match*
Yuko Sakurai & ChiChi vs. Tae Honma & ZONES
Kuroshio Tokyo Japan & Seigo Tachibana vs. SUGI & Joji Otani
Rey Paloma vs. PiKAL Alien

Fire Blast Wrestling 5/26/24
Osaka City Sumiyoshi Civic Center

Atsushi Onita & SAKI & HASEGAWA vs. Shadow WX & Sayaka Unagi & Rising Kid *Royal Rumble Style Barbed wire Barbed wire Board Bunkhouse Death Match*
Hiroaki Moriya & Naoshi Sano vs. PiKAL Kawari & PiKAL Mido
Kuroshio Tokyo Japan & Seigo Tachibana vs. SUGI & Tiiida

FREEDOMS 6/8/24
Yokohama Radiant Hall

FREEDOMS 6/20/24
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring

FREEDOMS 6/30/24
Shizuoka Shimizu Marine Building

Jun Kasai Productions 7/11/24
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

Jun Kasai Productions 7/21/24
Osaka Active Square Daito

FREEDOMS 7/24/24
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring

FREEDOMS 8/7/24
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring

FREEDOMS 8/18/24
Miyagi Sendai Yume Messe

FREEDOMS 8/24/24
Tochigi Oyama Citizens Cultural Center

Jun Kasai Productions 8/29/24
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

FREEDOMS 9/15/24
Yokohama Budokan

FREEDOMS 9/24/24
Aichi Kariya City Industrial Aioi Hall

FREEDOMS 9/27/24
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring

FREEDOMS 10/10/24
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

I have gathered all the results of shows from Big Japan/ZERO1/666 shows in 2024 as well as matches from FREEDOMS/former FMW wrestlers working on shows and will continue to update it for the rest of the year. It can be found at http://fmwwrestling.us/MiscResults24.html (Last updated: 5/14)

Added: 4/13

Atsushi Onita returned to the United States for the first time since August 2022 as he would appear for the Battleground Championship Wrestling promotion on April 5, 2024 at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Onita and a Mystery Partner would open the show against Bully Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley. Tommy Dreamer would come out as Onita's tag partner as he would wear Terry Funk's pants for the match. Onita and D-Von would start off by brawling on the outside with D-Von busting open Onita's face before throwing a beer at him. Onita would make it in the ring but D-Von would get him down on the mat as Bully would deliver a headbutt to Onita's groin. The Dudleys would then get a table out from under the ring and hit Dreamer with a 3D although the table would just barely manage to break as D-Von would pin Dreamer at 7 minutes, 52 seconds for the Dudleys win. Although Onita would only do some brawling around ringside for the most part, he would walk away with a bloody face. Click here for the Atsushi Onita/Tommy Dreamer vs. Dudley Boys 4/5/24 match.

While in the United States, Onita would take the opportunity to fly to Texas where he would go to the home of his mentor Terry Funk and visit Amarillo where he would go to visit Terry Funk's grave on April 10, 2024. Onita would lay flowers by Funk's grave and state "Everybody dies, but somewhere in my heart I thought Terry would live forever." Onita mentioned that when he got into a fight with the promoter in Santa Domingo and got beat up by five wrestlers he called Terry who told him to come stay at his house in Amarillo. Terry picked Onita up and let him stay at his house for a month and a half. Onita mentioned that Terry was always a big brother to him. Onita would then visit downtown of Armarillo where he would see a huge mural of Terry and make sure to take a picture next to it.

Atsushi Onita and the former Kojima Toy now going by To-y would defend their All Asian Tag Team Titles on March 30, 2024 in the Tokyo Ota City General in All Japan against Hikaru Sato and Dan Tamura in a Exploding Barbed wire Baseball Bat Death Match. Onita would spit green mist in the title belt presenter before the match that would start the match with Onita and Sato brawling into the crowd before making it back in the ring and piledriving Sato through a table. Onita would then take a barbed wire bat and begin hitting Sato with it before Tamura would come over and take the bat and turn it on to hit Onita across the chest with the exploding bat. Sato would try to hit Onita with the exploding bat again, but this time Onita would spit green mist in his face and take the bat from him. Onita would try to hit Sato with it, but he would move out of the way and Onita would accidentally hit To-y with the exploding bat instead. Tamura would throw Onita out to the apron of the ring as he would turn on the explosions again and both Tamura and Sato would hit To-y at the same time with double exploding bats as Sato would pin To-y at 10 minutes, 32 seconds to win the All Asian Tag Team Titles. Onita afterwards would state that he has now has eyes on the All Japan Tag Team Titles which are currently held by the Saito Brothers. Click  here to watch Onita/To-y vs. Hikaru Sato/Dan Tamura 3/30/24.

FMW-E will run the big Atsushi Onita 50th Anniversary show on April 14, 2024 at the Yokohama Tsurumi Fruit and Vegetables Market. The main event will be Onita teaming up with Raijin Yaguchi and Ricky Fuji against the All Japan team of Shuji Ishikawa, Yoshitatsu, and Black Menso~re in a Exploding Barbed wire, Exploding Barricade Mat, Exploding Landmines, Jado Rocket, and Exploding Barbed wire Baseball Bat Death Match. I would consider it disappointing that the big 50th anniversary that Onita wanted to build up for a year will end up being like all the other FMW-E shows with a 6 man main event at the Fruit and Vegetables Market, but at this point this is probably the most physically Onita is going to be able to participate in or expect to be able to draw as it pretty much closes the door of any possible one more Kawasaki Stadium match again for Onita.

FREEDOMS would return to the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on February 28, 2024 and announce a crowd of 142 fans for the show. The main event would be Masashi Takeda, Jun Kasai, and Daisuke Masaoka taking on Violento Jack, Toshiyuki Sakuda, and Kyu Mogami in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match. Masaoka, Kasai, and Takeda would all take turns working on Jack before Masaoka would go for a Rokkura Kai with Jack catching him and dropping him followed by a power bomb and then an Amatalan followed by rolling Masaoka up for the pin at 17 minutes, 10 seconds with a Crucifix as Jack would be setup as the next challenger for Takeda for the next Korakuen Hall show.

The semi-main event of Toru Sugiura going up against Dragon Libre would see it turn into a slap and elbow fest between each other with Sugiura trying for a rolling elbow but being met with a superkick. Libre would go for another superkick but get caught by Sugiura and dropped before hitting him with a Right Elbow at 18 minutes, 7 seconds for the win. Takahiro Katori and Minoru Fujita would defeat Jun Masaoka and Gaia Hox as Katori would hit Hox with the Luna Cult at 13 minutes, 49 seconds for the win to setup Katori as the challenger for the King of Freedom Jr. Heavyweight Title at the upcoming Korakuen Hall show. Yuya Susumu would also come out to announce that his partner for the upcoming Jun Masaoka promoted show would indeed be Seiki Yoshioka. Kengo and Yusaku Ito would defeat Takayuki Ueki and Brown Rat Fukki when Ito would pin Fukki at 12 minutes, 7 seconds with the Onimaru. Yuya Susumu, Rekka, HAKKA, and Rina Yamashita would defeat Takashi Sasaki, Mammoth Sasaki, GENTARO, and Tatsuhito Takaiwa when Susumu would get the win over Takashi Sasaki at 6 minutes, 29 seconds to a Cross Arm DDT. Click here to watch highlights of the FREEDOMS 2/28/24 show.

Jun Masaoka would promote his first show entitled "MJ AMBITIONS 2024" on March 10, 2024 at the Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring drawing an announced 158 fans for the show. The main event would be a match between F-SWAG's Masaoka and Gaia Hox against Yuya Susumu and his tag team partner in NOAH Seiki Yoshioka which would go to a Double KO at 23 minutes, 19 seconds when Masaoka and Susumu both could not get up by the 10 count. Dragon Gate's Kagetora would defeat Dragon Libre in the semi-main event at 14 minutes, 7 seconds with the Gurumakakari. Daisuke Masaoka and Takahiro Katori would defeat Van Vert Negro and Van Vert Jack when Katori would pick up the win at 11 minutes, 32 seconds with the Luna Cult. Kengo would defeat Tetsuya Goto at 13 minutes, 17 seconds with the Backdrop Suplex. The opening match would see the FREEDOMS wrestlers Jun Kasai, Takashi Sasaki, and Toru Sugiura defeat Keiichi Sato, TiiDA, and Donguri Fujie when Kasai would get the win at 13 minutes, 34 seconds with a Pearl Harbor Splash. Click here to watch highlights of the Jun Masaoka 3/10/24 show.

FREEDOMS would then run later in the day on March 10, 2024 and draw an announced crowd of 165 fans for the show. The main event would be Violento Jack and Brown Rat Fukki taking on Masashi Takeda and Jun Kasai in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match. Jack would grab a stack of light tubes but be met with a drop kick by Takeda breaking the light tubes across him. Takeda would then charge at Jack but get caught and powerbombed for a two count. Jack would then grab a stack of light tubes but both he and Takeda would headbutt the light tubes at the same time. Kasai would then come in and stick skewers in Jack's but be met with a kick to the head by Jack, followed by a Package Piledriver to pick up the pin at 15 minutes, 53 seconds for the ERE win.

The semi-main event would see Toshiyuki Sakuda and Kyu Mogami take on Kengo and Yusaku Ito with Ito taking his shirt off and throwing it in the referee's face and then pinning Sakuda at 16 minutes, 49 seconds for the win as all four would continue to brawl afterwards. Babyface Daisuke Masaoka would team up with heel Yuya Susumu as they would defeat Toru Sugiura and Dragon Libre when Susumu would get the win at 11 minutes, 48 seconds after hitting Libre with the Front Crash. Takashi Sasaki and GENTARO would reunite their team as they would defeat Mammoth Sasaki and Tatsuhito Takaiwa when GENTARO would get the win at 10 minutes, 48 seconds after hitting Takaiwa with a Backdrop. Minoru Fujita, Takahiro Katori, and Rina Yamashita would defeat Van Vert Negro, Van Vert Jack, and Tetsuya Goto when Katori would get the win at 13 minutes, 45 seconds with the Hyakki Yagyo on Goto. The opening match would see Jun Masaoka and Gaia Hox defeat TiiDA and HAKKA when Masaoka would pin Masaoka pin TiiDA at 9 minutes, 45 seconds with the 2trap. Click here for highlights of the FREEDOMS 3/10/24 show.

FREEDOMS would return to Korakuen Hall on March 22, 2024 drawing an announced 547 fans for the show for Violento Jack's 20th Anniversary show with him challenging Masashi Takeda for the King of Freedom World Championship. I would consider this to be a disappointing number, but also a sad realization that just any Korakuen Hall show that isn't either the Death Match Carnival in August or the Christmas Death Match show is going to draw in the 500-600 range at Korakuen. In comparison on May 2, 2018 the same main event of Takeda vs. Jack drew 957 fans.

Violento Jack's 20th Anniversary Match would be a Fluorescent Light Tubes Caribbean Barbed wire Lucha Extreme Death Match. There was concern that they would not be able to have the match be a Glass Board Death Match after the truck caring the boards ended up dealing with high winds resulting in the glass boards being broken in the process of transportation to the building, but the company was able to get them two new glass boards just in time before the show.

Takeda would charge at Jack in the corner, but get picked up and sent into the glass board with Takeda going to the outside. Jack would look to go for a tope, but Takeda would grab a light tube and throw it Jack's head but Jack would still come back with a tope. Jack would then grab a tequila bottle and smash it over Takeda's head and try for a Package Piledriver, but Takeda would come right back and knee Jack in the face and hit him with a U Crash followed by a Reverse U Crash on a board of forks to get the win at 22 minutes, 53 seconds to successfully defend his King of Freedom World Championship for the second time.

The semi-main event would see Jun Masaoka defending his King of Freedom Jr. Heavyweight Championship against Takahiro Katori with Katori getting another shot at the title after coming short back in July. The two would battle on the apron with Katori hitting a brainbuster on Masaoka on the apron and get back in the ring with Masaoka delivering a diving foot stomp off the turnbuckle on Katori. Masaoka would then deliver the Van Terminator to Katori. Masaoka would then charge at Katori in the corner, but Katori would grab Masaoka and suplex him into the the turnbuckle followed by hitting the Luna Cult to get the win over Masaoka at 17 minutes, 55 seconds to win the King of Freedom Jr. Heavyweight Champion for Katori's biggest win of his career.

The Unchain Graduation Match officially ending the group that began with Jun Kasai turning heel on March 30, 2012 along with Masashi Takeda and Kenji Fukimoto to feud against the FREEDOMS team. Kasai would end up getting hurt just weeks later and Tomoaki Honma would become the next member of the group. Minoru Fujita, Gunso, Kamui, and Rina Yamashita would eventually end up joining the group through out the years while original members Takeda and Fukimoto would end up exiting it.

Jun Kasai would team up with Daisuke Masaoka would be representing Kamui who is still out with a neck injury as Masaoka would wear the Kamui mask to the ring as they would take on Minoru Fujita and Rina Yamashita in a Double Cross Board Weapons Death Match. Both Yamashita and Fujita would try to present Kasai with graduation flowers but as Kasai would debate on who to choose to accept them from, Yamashita would charge at him with Kasai moving out of the way and she would end up hitting her partner Fujita with them the flowers instead. Fujita would then try to hit Kasai with his flowers, but he again would move out of the way with Fujita hitting Yamashita accidentally instead. Kasai would then charge at both of them with them both swinging the flowers and hitting Kasai knocking him down.

Yamashita would then deliver a superkick to Kasai followed by Fujita rolling up Kasai with a Samson Clutch for two. Kasai would follow that up by going low on Fujita and rolling him up with his own Samson Clutch to get the win at 15 minutes, 39 seconds to officially end Unchain as all four wrestlers would hold their different colored logo shirts of the group.

ERE's Toshiyuki Sakuda, Kyu Mogami, Takayuki Ueki and Brown Rat Fukki would defeat Toru Sugiura, Mammoth Sasaki, Kengo, and Yusaku Ito when Mogami would pin Ito at 4 minutes, 53 seconds with the EX Wolf Wrath. Yuya Susumu, Gaia Hox, and HAKKA would defeat Tatsuhito Takaiwa, GENTARO, and Dragon Libre when Hox would get the win at 10 minutes, 30 seconds with the Vanishing Shift over Libre. The opening match would see Takashi Sasaki defeat Hiromu Nakamura in his debut match at 10 minutes, 43 seconds after making Nakamura submit to the Crab Hold. Click here to watch highlights of the FREEDOMS 3/22/24 Korakuen Hall show.

FREEDOMS would return to the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on April 3, 2024 with a main event of Masashi Takeda and Takashi Sasaki taking on Takayuki Ueki and Kyu Mogami in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match. Takeda and Ueki would begin to fight over a light tube when Mogami would come over and knee the light tube breaking it across Takeda followed by Ueki hitting a Death Valley Bomb on Takeda with Sasaki barely managing to make the save. Ueki would then setup a stack of light tubes on a chair but Takeda would end up grabbing him and delivering a German Suplex sending him into the stack of light tubes on the chair. Takeda would then hit a Swanton Bomb on a stack of light tubes and then deliver a Rokkinpo breaking the light tubes to get the win at 15 minutes, 59 seconds over Ueki. Mogami would then attack Takeda afterwards and hold up the belt and make the challenge to Takeda for the next Korakuen Hall show on May 2nd.

This will most likely continue the problem that FREEDOMS has had where they are booking so many Korakuen Hall shows, but do not have the roster or the contenders in order to hold successful shows at the building. Kyu Mogami challenged Toru Sugiura for the title back in November and it was the lowest attended Korakuen last year drawing just 374 fans and it is the only Korakuen Hall show in the history of the promotion that neither Samurai TV or even their Commercial DVD company bothered to air/release this show because of lack of interest around it. Now Kyu Mogami who lost in that match will now get another title shot with his biggest win being a tag win over Yusaku Ito to build him up will now challenge again in a show that will again most likely draw something in the 300s unless they spice up the midcard with an interesting Jun Kasai match.

Jun Kasai and Daisuke Masaoka would team up in the semi-main event to defeat the team of Violento Jack and Brown Rat Fukki in a Barbed wire Board Empty Can Board Death Match with Kasai and Masaoka trying to pull off Fukki's mask until he would end up just ripping the mask off himself and going about the rest of the match as Kenji Fukimoto before Masaoka would get the pin over Fukki at 12 minutes, 12 seconds with a Tornado Clutch. Kengo would end up defeating Toshiyuki Sakuda at 11 minutes, 45 seconds wit ha Dropkick. Jun Masaoka, Yuya Susumu, and Gaia Hox would defeat Takahiro Katori, Rekka, and Van Vert Jack when Hox would use Katori's Luna Cult to get the win at 11 minutes, 54 seconds over Rekka with Hox becoming the first challenger for Katori's Jr. Heavyweight Title. Toru Sugiura, Mammoth Sasaki, and Dragon Libre would defeat Tatsuhito Takaiwa, GENTARO, and Minoru Fujita when Sugiura would pin GENTARO at 8 minutes, 33 seconds with the Meatball. The opening match would see HAKKA defeat Hiromu Nakamura at 6 minutes, 33 seconds with a Crab Hold. Click here to watch highlights of the FREEDOMS 4/3/24 show.

Chad Rowan best known in pro-wrestling as Akebono passed away this month at the age of 54. Akebono who got into sumo in 1988 ended up achieving the highest rank of Yokozuna in 1993 before retiring in 2001. Akebono would get into K-1 following his retirement before finding his way in All Japan in 2005 and then New Japan and HUSTLE before beginning to work for ZERO1. He began a feud with Atsushi Onita in 2012 that really began the Onita resurgence a decade ago that lasted until his 2017 retirement. The first was their No Ropes Exploding Barbed wire Death Match on August 26, 2012 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym which saw Akebono defeat Onita, but instead of showing respect to Akebono, Onita would light a fireball in his face. This would setup a rematch on February 8, 2013 at the Osaka Prefectural Gym in what would be the best match that the two would have due to smoke and mirrors, Onita would end up getting the win this time by hitting Akebono with the debut of the exploding barbed wire bat to get the win. This would lead to both Onita and Akebono shaking hands in what would look to be the end of the feud.

There was still money to be made though and a third match would take place on August 31, 2013 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym. This would be a match between Onita's alter ego Great Nita and Akabono's new alter ego KILLER "ANY" WHERE which was translated as Kilauea which was a Hawaiian Volcano. The magic between the two had been lost by this point as this match was not only not good by their standards, neither one of them wanted to job again and as a result All Japan owner Nobuo Shiraishi (who still technically owns Giant Baba's All Japan) would enter the ring and be thrown into the exploding barbed wire by Onita and then pinned for the Onita win as Akebono was already down the entrance aisle getting out of there officially ending their feud. A rematch would actually be announced for August 2014 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym but would eventually be canceled months before the show were to have taken place. Akebono would end up teaming with Atsushi Onita along with Masato Tanaka on October 30, 2015 for the Super Battle FMW promotion as they would defeat the W*ING Monster Army team of Raijin Yaguchi, Buffalo, and NOSAWA Rongai.

Another FMW wrestler would end up having a series of matches with Akebono in 2014 as Mammoth Sasaki would challenge Akebono to first a tag match on October 16, 2014 at Korakuen Hall where he and GENTARO would lose to Akebono and Takao Omori before Mammoth a former sumo wrestler as well would take on Akebono in a singles match on December 25, 2014 at Korakuen Hall and although Mammoth would tease powerbombing and sending Akebono through a table, he would take pretty much all the punishment at the hands of Akebono before getting pinned by a piledriver which would see Akebono's head get busted open during the match. Akebono began to suffer a heart condition in April 2017 that lead to him needing to be placed in a medically induced coma with Akebono's wife announcing that he had suffered from acute heart failure. Akebono would lose his ability to walk and had suffered memory loss only being able to remember his sumo days, but nothing about his pro-wrestling days. Akebono would end up passing away due to heart failure in April 2024.

Mr. Gannosuke will be returning to the Tokyo area to take part in a special interview on April 21, 2024 put on by Mickey Ibaragi at Toudoukan in Sugamo, Tokyo. Ibaragi who had promoted successful shows with Kintaro Kanemura and Megumi Kudo over the last year reached out to Gannosuke and see if he would be interested in doing the show. Gannosuke who had only known Ibaragi in passing at the very beginning of his pro-wrestling career as Ibaragi only worked for FMW while Gannosuke was a dojo student accepted Ibaragi's request of Gannosuke participating on the show with Kintaro Kanemura who is a long time friend of Ibaragi being a special guest of the show. Gannosuke agreed although he has not seen Kanemura in person since moving to Kumamoto in 2018 he has talked to Kanemura on the phone several times during that time. Gannosuke and Kanemura have a very estranged friendship.

Gannosuke will admit that Kanemura is his best tag team partner of his career as they were the two key pieces in forming Team No Respect in FMW. Their personal relationship has had its highs and lows though. In November 1997, just as they were really starting to connect and form their great heel tag team with one another they would end up getting in a fight at a bar while both were drunk and tired of what the other was saying with Jado and Gedo having to break it up. Kanemura told me that he likes Gannosuke personally, but Gannosuke does not like him. Gannosuke has never said anything negative about Kanemura, but it was known in pro-wrestling that there was a big riff between the two that that has not been made to public which resulted in the two not being able to be booked on the same independent shows from 2004 to 2008. After Kanemura's sexual harassment scandal in 2008, the two would work together for Gannosuke's retirement show on December 27, 2008 with Gannosuke pinning Kanemura and the two hugging afterwards. That would not really change much between the two as the two would pretty much stay away from one another until 2016 when both of them would work a match in 2016 against one another which would again lead to them interacting with one another at the end and them teasing like they were going to fight before kissing and then doing the Team No Respect Brief Brother Dance together. Gannosuke was publicly negative about Kanemura in October 2023 following Kanemura being arrested for accidentally hitting a bicyclist on the rode and still continuing to drive before hitting another car. Gannosuke has stated that he looks forward to seeing Kanemura once again and talking to him once again as well as well as talking to him about his recent issues with Atsushi Onita from earlier in the year.

Hayabusa's daughter's Ayane and Shie recently took a trip to their father's hometown of Yatsuhiro, Kumamoto on March 30th and March 31st to where Eiji Ezaki grew up from 1968 to 1991 before moving away to Saitama, Japan to live at the FMW Dojo to become a professional wrestler. Eiji's brother Takanori would pick up the girls and take them to his son Takuro Ezaki who is a professional soccer player who plays for Roasso Kumamoto in the Kyushu Soccer League. They then visited their grandmother who is living in a nursing because of her declining mental state over the last couple of years. Mr. Gannosuke who lives in the area would go see Hayabusa's mother every year at where she lived announced that she moved into the nursing facility in 2022 due to her inability to live by herself anymore with her declining mental state. Ayane mentioned that her grandmother who could only speak to them through the phone in a glass barrier due to rules since the girls were coming from a different region of the country. Ayane mentioned that her grandmother acted like she remembered who they were, but she could tell that she probably only has a vague memory of they were at best at this point in her current condition. They would then visit Yoshinori Murata's wrestling Beer Hall MAN restaurant which is where their father spent many hours drinking and eating as Murata told them stories about their father growing up. Ayane who did not know much about her father's wrestling career before his passing has  made an effort to learn more and more about her father's career and speak with the people like Murata who spent a lot of time with him as she gets to know more and more about why her father is such a beloved individual in pro-wrestling.

Added: 2/19

Atsushi Onita and Mr. Gannosuke have worked together professionally several times off and on through out the years, but like most of the people that Onita does business with they have never really been that close on a personal basis.

Gannosuke's two closest companions during his FMW days were his college friend Hayabusa and his trainer and mentor Tarzan Goto who both had issues dealing with Onita while in FMW. Gannosuke and Onita worked together as recently as 2017 when Mr. Gannosuke finally decided to agree to begin working for Hideki Takahashi's Super Battle FMW promotion.

Later that year Onita would retire, Super Battle FMW would stop running, and Mr. Gannosuke would retire as well and move to Kumamoto. So there wouldn't seem to be any reason that Onita and Gannosuke would have any reason to interact again.

Until former FMW women's wrestler Crusher Maedomari would be interviewed for Hochi Sports on January 19, 2024 about Atsushi Onita celebrating his 50th anniversary in pro-wrestling this April, where she would state that Onita had taken care of so many of his FMW children and made their dreams come true, and the fact that some of those children got together and kicked Onita out of his own company in 1998 was a terrible act.

Gannosuke saw this comment and criticized Maedomari for that statement because it was aimed towards both Shoichi Arai and Hayabusa who were the two main people in deciding that Atsushi Onita was hurting FMW more than helping it and he needed to leave and they had passed away and were not able to defend themselves for their decision. Gannosuke was one of almost all the FMW wrestlers that were in agreement that Onita needed to leave the company and was present for when Arai told Onita that he would no longer be working for FMW.

As someone who has followed FMW as closely as pretty much anyone not having worked there, I am in agreement with the Hayabusa/Arai side that Onita had to go. 1998 FMW was not 1994 FMW. The company had changed directions, Onita while still over, was not as over, but was still requesting to be paid like he still as over in 1994 when the company wasn't making the same amount of profits with him on the shows, and he was causing so many headaches to the point that FMW owner Shoichi Arai who everybody has labeled him as one of the nicest people ever in the business ended up choosing death over reconciling with Onita due to the frustrations that Onita had caused him after returning back to wrestling in 1996.

Hochi Sports would then did an interview with Atsushi Onita and asked him about Tarzan Goto leaving FMW in 1995. Onita would state that it would have been easier for Onita to retire and leave FMW to his long time friend Tarzan Goto, but it was not that simple. Onita stated that Goto was stubborn and a single-minded man. Onita trusted him with the training the wrestlers, but Onita stated he feared that him retiring would give Goto all the power to do whatever he wanted. Onita stated that he wanted to make a system where the wrestlers would be allowed to express their opinions to Goto. This is essentially Onita as the father telling the wrestlers as the kids, "kids if you have issues with mom's rules, then challenge her about it, because I have been on bad terms with her anyway lately and I am leaving the house soon regardless."

Onita then stated that Gannosuke and Akihito Ichihara who were in the meeting about the system being created which Goto was not apart of went to Goto and told him about it. Onita stated that he can't believe Gannosuke and Ichihara who both left FMW encouraged Goto to leave and then would eventually return to FMW two years later anyway. They were the reasons that Goto left and then came back anyway, with Onita stating that Ichihara would later apologize to Onita about it. Onita would state that he made peace with Goto and even worked his Shin-FMW promotion in 2009 and 2010 and while he was never paid for working the shows, which Onita stated he didn't care about, things ended up going wrong again between him with Goto and there was never another reconciliation between the two before Goto passed away in 2022.

Onita then brought up Hayabusa and felt he was the next generation ace and that he needed to be passed the baton over Goto as if Goto would have been made the ace of the company following Onita's retirement then Hayabusa would have been made the top heel and that wasn't something Onita wanted to do, so it was Onita's decision to pass the baton to Hayabusa instead and make him the ace. Onita also stated that while he was out of action in 1993 due to sepsis, that he saw how poor the Korakuen Hall shows did without him and it rattled him making him believe that Goto could not carry FMW on his shoulders as the ace as he was just not good enough and that Hayabusa would be. Onita says he stated to Goto that he wanted to make Hayabusa the ace, that Goto rejected what Onita was saying and told him that he would destroy Hayabusa if he became the ace. Onita stated that Goto was jealous and that Hayabusa was the only one that could replace him as the ace of FMW.

Gannosuke responded back to Onita on his YouTube channel reading the interview on his phone and commenting back. Gannosuke would state it was true that Onita had announced to the locker room he was coming up with a system that would allow the wrestlers to express their opinions about Tarzan Goto which Gannosuke felt was contradictory and strange to just allow the wrestlers to be able to go up to the man in charge of making the rules and challenge him. It would undermine Goto and Onita waited until he was retiring and leaving to come up with it. Gannosuke stated that this idea by Onita was actually the reason that Gannosuke was going to quit which eventually lead to Goto following him.

Gannosuke stated that Onita's words are what made him quit FMW and that has made Onita in his mind believe that Gannosuke was the perpetrator and the one who lied to Goto to get him to quit with him. Onita believes that Gannosuke and Ichihara went up to Goto to get him to quit FMW that day and Goto was not grasping the full story as when Goto confronted Onita about everything, Goto asked Onita if he was kicking Goto out of FMW which Onita stated was not the case.

Gannosuke stated Onita was lying as Gannosuke did not try and convince Goto to quit FMW. Gannosuke stated that he along with Goto, Ichihara, and Katsutoshi Niiyama all had a sit down meeting with Shoichi Arai on April 23, 1995 right before a Korakuen Hall show with Arai stating that he was going to follow Onita's orders and have the system that Onita had in place for Goto with Gannosuke not wanting to leave until FMW until that meeting where he got up and said he was going back home and at the moment was planning on leaving the wrestling business in general. Goto then got up and said "if you are going to quit, then so am I" and Ichihara followed them with Niiyama deciding to stay.

Gannosuke also stated that Onita was lying about Tarzan Goto rejecting Hayabusa being the future ace of the company and that he would crush him as Gannosuke stated he was around Goto all day, every day during that time period and would lunch and dinner with him and he never heard Goto one time say anything like that about Hayabusa. Gannosuke then stated it was Onita who destroyed Hayabusa. He's the one that came back and got in the way of Hayabusa's ace path when no one else wanted it. Gannosuke felt it was terrible that Onita was doing all this because Goto and Hayabusa are no longer with us to challenge what Onita was saying.

Gannosuke did state he respects Onita and owes him a debt of gratitude for being the reason he was in the business and then commented on Gannosuke and Ichihara coming back to FMW in 1997 stating that Go Ito had called him asking him to come back so he did. Gannosuke stated that nobody besides Mr. Pogo wanted Onita to come back, as he came back on his own.

Gannosuke asked Onita to stop telling lies and embellishing everything and if he had any issues with Gannosuke's response to his lies for him to address it with Gannosuke and they can have a separate discussion. Gannosuke then ended the video by showing a clip of one of my favorite segments in FMW where Gannosuke and Yukihiro Kanemura who were in Onita's ZEN heel group came up to him upset over Onita switching their match against Hayabusa and Jinsei Shinzaki on December 19, 1997 from the main event to the semi-main event making Onita vs. Masato Tanaka go on last instead. Gannosuke would begin screaming at Onita, with Onita screaming right back at him and Kanemura giving Onita one of the best death stares I have ever seen. Gannosuke stated afterwards that his passion that day was real as all his years of frustrations about Onita came out in front of the camera while keeping with a storyline that would eventually lead to Gannosuke turning on Onita three days later. Click here for the Onita/Gannosuke backstage confrontation.

Hochi Sports did write a retraction article following Gannosuke's YouTube video including all of Gannosuke's points in response to Onita which Gannosuke stated he was thankful for them doing. Onita responded by not specifically referencing Gannosuke by name but his post on Twitter stated "Have we become a world where people are okay with being raised by an organization and then betraying it? It's disgusting but I can't help but laugh."

This is my opinion on the situation. There was a break in the long time Onita/Goto friendship towards the end right before Onita was to retire. The wrestlers minus Gannosuke, Ichihara, and possibly Niiyama were frustrated with Goto and the rules he was making and there was a fear that Goto would have complete and total control as the ace of the company after Onita retired. It would be his show and was he really fit for the show to be based around him? Everything that Goto did afterwards in the business wise in regards to making good money points to no.

Goto was not liked by most of the wrestlers. Onita knew this and because of his friendship being pretty much over with Goto at this point sided with the wrestlers in making sure that Goto would not have complete power once Onita was gone. This did undermine Goto though and Gannosuke got so upset by the disrespect towards his mentor that when he decided to quit, and Goto couldn't just let his student quit over him and not quit also.

Gannosuke in a sense called out Onita for his plan that was disrespectful towards Goto and that upsets Onita. I don't think Onita made the wrong decision either though, as FMW under Hayabusa was the better long term decision for FMW which is also probably also why Arai went with Onita's decision because he had always loved Hayabusa and always saw the potential in him and Hayabusa at the time brought much more potential as a game changer than Goto who had just been a solid number two.

There here was going to be an issue with Hayabusa being the ace he needed to be with Tarzan Goto still being in the company. In the end it although there were definite hard times which was going to be the case running FMW without Onita anyway, in the end it did start to finally work and pay off with Hayabusa as the ace instead of Goto, until Onita decided he wanted to come back 18 months later and created the same problem that Goto and Hayabusa was going to be. Like most arguments, it's a complex situation, then you add in that all this was almost 30 years ago, and one of the people telling his side is Onita who is going to feel he is right regardless if he is or not because he's Onita.

Atsushi Onita wrestled his first match of the year on January 14, 2024 for DDT at the Yokohama Tsurumit Fruit and Vegetable Market where he would team up with Toy Kojima to challenge for the All Asian Tag Team Titles against Yukio Sakaguchi and Hideki Okatani in a Exploding Barbed wire Baseball Bat and Exploding Board Death Match. Onita would go after Okatani at first and brawl in the crowd and smash a can over Okatani's head. Onita and Okatani would make it back in the ring where Onita would Okatani a horrible looking stunner before Sakaguchi would come in to make the save and begin squaring off against Onita. Okatani would come over and place Onita on the chair as Sakaguchi would turn on the exploding bat and hit Onita across the chest with it. Kojima would come in to make the save and end up hitting Sakaguchi with the barbed wire bat himself. Kojima would then turn on the exploding barbed board and take Okatani up the turnbuckle but Sakaguchi would come over and powerbomb Kojima into the exploding barbed wire board with Onita making the save and spitting green mist in Okatani's face and smash a chair over his head. Onita and Kojima would then activate both exploding bats and hit both Sakaguchi and Okatani with them as Kojima would cover Okatani to get the win at 11 minutes, 36 seconds for Onita to win his third reign as All Asian Tag Team Champion. Click here to watch the Onita/Kojima vs. Sakaguchi/Okatani 1/14/24 match.

Atsushi Onita would then return to All Japan on January 27, 2024 at the Tokyo Hachioji Esforta Arena where he would team up with Great Kojika and Raijin Yaguchi against Mr. Pogo, Onryo, and Takumi Sakurai in a Exploding Barbed wire Baseball Bats Death Match. Onita would go after Pogo right away with Onita knocking Pogo down with a headbutt. Onryo would then get on the turnbuckle to turn on the exploding bat with Onita trying but failing to stop him as Pogo would hit Kojika over the back with the bat. Pogo would then wrap a chain around Kojika with him and Onryo pulling at it before Onryo would turn on the exploding bat and try to hit Kojika with it, but Onita would jump in front of Kojika just in time and take the bat shot himself instead. This would allow Kojika to grab a chair and hit Sakurai, Onryo, and Pogo over the head with it, but Pogo would grab Kojika who would kick him low. Onryo would then throw powder in Kojika's face. Pogo would then grab a hold of Onita as Onryo would go to swing his bat at Onita, but Onita would spit green mist in Onryo's face and turn on the exploding bat and hit Onryo with it and cover him at 10 minutes, 10 seconds for the pinfall. Onita and Kojika would hug afterwards. Click here to watch Onita/Kojika/Yaguchi vs. Pogo/Onryo/Sakurai 1/27/24.

Although when Atsushi Onita originally announced his one year 50th Anniversary tour starting in April 2023 he announced that the goal was to conclude with a show in May at Kawasaki Stadium. Like every time Onita has tried to get Kawasaki Stadium booked, it was just a dream. Even though Hikaru Sato is able to get Kawasaki booked every year and runs shows with very low attendance, Onita or FMW-E still can not get the building booked. The 50th Anniversary show for Onita will be on April 14th at the Yokohama Tsurumi Fruit and Vegetables Market. It will be promoted by FMW-E and it is the 50th anniversary date that Onita made his debut in pro-wrestling back in 1974. Sadly, this last show at Onita main eventing one last Kawasaki Stadium show on May 5th looks to just be another dream of his.

Atsushi Onita will also return back to America in April to coincide with WrestleMania 40 taking place in Philadelphia as Onita will renew his feud with Bully Ray Dudley from two years ago for the Battleground Championship Wrestling promotion on April 5, 2024 at the former ECW Arena in Philadelphia as Onita will team up with a Mystery Partner to take on Bully Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley.

FREEDOMS first show of the year would be on January 3, 2024 where they would announce a crowd of 266 fans for the show. The main event would be Masashi Takeda, Jun Kasai, and Daisuke Masaoka taking on Violento Jack, Crazy King, and Takayuki Ueki with Ueki getting the win over Masaoka at 16 minutes, 8 seconds after a Death Valley Bomb and then challenging Takeda for a King of Freedom World Championship Match at the February 8th Korakuen Hall show.

Minoru Fujita and Takahiro Katori would defeat Toru Sugiura and Dragon Libre after Katori would pin Libre at 13 minutes, 51 seconds with a Luna Cult. Rina Yamashita would defeat Brown Rat Fukki at 6 minutes, 8 seconds with a Samson Clutch.

Jun Masaoka, Yuya Susumu, and Gaia Hox would defeat Takashi Sasaki, Tatsuhito Takaiwa, and Kengo with Masaoka pinning Sasaki at 8 minutes, 14 seconds with a 2trap. Masaoka would get on the mic and proclaim that he beat the producer of FREEDOMS in Sasaki and that he could put on a better show himself as producer. Sasaki stated if that he thought that was the case, then he would give Masaoka permission to promote his own show under the FREEDOMS banner. The Jun Masaoka promoted show will take place on March 10th before the FREEDOMS show that day in Shin-Kiba.

Mammoth Sasaki and GENTARO would defeat Rekka and HAKKA at 10 minutes, 19 seconds when Mammoth would get the win with the 29 Years Old. Mammoth will be turning 50 years old this July. Just three years away from being able to call it the 53 Years Old. The opening match saw Toshiyuki Sakuda and Kyu Mogami defend the King of Freedom Tag Team Titles after defeating Brahman Shu and Brahman Kei at 7 minutes, 22 seconds for the first time with the Ressentiment. Click here for highlights of the FREEDOMS 1/3/24 show.

FREEDOMS would promote their first Osaka show of the year on January 8, 2024 at the Hirano Ward Citizen Hall. Usually Kamui releases DVDs of the Osaka shows he puts on, but FREEDOMS DVD sales have rapidly declined over the last couple of years and the Bloody Halloween show he promoted in October still has not been released as a DVD, so it doesn't look good that this show will ever end up being released either. They would announce a crowd of 232 fans for the show. The main event would be Jun Kasai and Daisuke Masaoka defeating Violento Jack and Crazy King in a Caribbean Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match with Masaoka finally getting a win over his former tag team partner Jack at 16 minutes, 37 seconds with a Rokura. The semi-main event would see the former Mammoth Busters team of Toru Sugiura and Mammoth Sasaki defeat Minoru Fujita and Rina Yamashita when Mammoth would pin Fujita at 13 minutes, 33 seconds with a 29 Years Old in a Weapons Death Match. Takayuki Ueki and Toshiyuki Sakuda would defeat Takashi Sasaki and HAKKA when Ueki would make HAKKA tap out at 15 minutes, 49 seconds with a barbed wire bat Camel Clutch in a Scramble Bunkhouse Death Match. Gunso and Brown Rat Fukki would defeat GENTARO and Idea when Fukki would pin Idea at 9 minutes, 14 seconds with a Package Piledriver. Takahiro Katori would defeat Gaia Hox at 8 minutes, 5 seconds with a Luna Cult. The opening match would see Jun Masaoka and Yuya Susumu defeat Dragon Libre and Tetsuya Goto at 10 minutes, 13 seconds when Masaoka would pin Goto with the Ambitions.

FREEDOMS would then return to Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on January 18, 2024 and announce a crowd of 161 fans for the show. The main event would be Masashi Takeda and Daisuke Masaoka taking on Violento Jack and Takayuki Ueki in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Weapons Death Match.

Takeda and Ueki would fight over a stack of light tubes with Takeda head butting the tubes breaking them over Ueki's head. Takeda would charge at Ueki but Ueki would deliver a drop top hold bringing Takeda down head first into Jack's knee in the corner. Ueki would then grab Takeda and bring him head first with a light tube into a board. Takeda would come back and manage to double suplex Ueki and Jack at the same time, but when he would go to break a light tube over Ueki with his knee he would get picked up and hit with a Death Valley Bomb and covered for the pin at 16 minutes, 36 seconds for the ERE win to setup their upcoming Korakuen match.

The semi-main event would be Jun Kasai teaming up with Takashi Sasaki and Minoru Fujita to take on Crazy King, Toshiyuki Sakuda, and Brown Rat Fukki in a Barbed wire Board Death Match. ERE would take turns on Kasai including the barbed wire from the barbed wire board getting attached to Kasai followed by Fukki hitting a Reverse Tiger Driver on Kasai with Sasaki and Fujita making the save for Kasai. Sakuda would then deliver a drop kick sending Sasaki and Fujita outside the ring as Crazy King with deliver a spinning top con hilo onto everyone outside the ring. Fukki would go for a lariat, but would miss and receive a punch in the face by Kasai followed by a Reverse Tiger Driver and then a Cross Arm Stimulation to score the pin at 15 minutes, 4 seconds over Fukki. Crazy King would then attack after the match and stick Skewers in Kasai's head and drop Kasai on his head with the skewers still stuck in his head to setup a singles match between the two on February 8th at Korakuen Hall.

Tatsuhito Takaiwa and Takahiro Katori would take on the team of Mammoth Sasaki and Dragon Libre with Takaiwa putting away Libre at 12 minutes, 3 seconds with the Death Valley Bomb for the win. Kengo would end up defeating GENTARO and Kyu Mogami in a Three Way Match where Kengo would end up pinning GENTARO at 7 minutes, 13 seconds with a Backslide as it would look to setup a possible future match up with Kengo against Mogami. The opening match would see Jun Masaoka, Yuya Susumu, and Gaia Hox defeating Toru Sugiura, Rekka, and HAKKA when Hox would get the win at 8 minutes, 25 seconds with the Vanishing Shift on Rekka. Click here for highlights of the FREEDOMS 1/18/24 show.

FREEDOMS ran their first Korakuen Hall show of the year on February 8, 2024 where they would announce a crowd of 492 fans for the show. The main event would be Masashi Takeda defending his King of Freedom World Championship in a Barefoot Fluorescent Light Tubes and Thumbtacks Death Match against Takayuki Ueki. Ueki would end up dropping Takeda bare foot first onto a light tube breaking it with Takeda screaming in pain. Ueki would then take a bucket of thumbtacks and drop them down and try to drop Takeda on them but Takeda would take Ueki down into the thumbtacks, but when he would jump at Ueki he would move and Takeda would go feet first into the thumbtacks. Ueki and Takeda would then begin fighting over a light tube with both of them headbutting it and breaking it over each others head. Takeda would manage to drop Ueki on the thumbtacks and toss a light tube at Ueki with Ueki catching it and Takeda giving a round house punch breaking the light tube over Ueki's head. Takeda would then deliver a rolling senton followed by a Reverse U Crash on a light tube and the thumbtacks to get the win at 19 minutes, 59 seconds to win and defend his King of Freedom World Championship Championship for the first time. Takeda would also win Ueki's personal cardboard barefoot title but declare he didn't want the title and would throw it up in the air and vacate the title. Takeda would later state that he would be walking funny the next day when bringing his daughter to school after having stepped on thumbtacks and glass through out the match.

The semi-main event would be a Razor Cross Board and Bamboo Skewer Cross Board Death Match between Jun Kasai and Crazy King with King blocking Kasai trying to hit him over the head with the razor cross board so Kasai would headbutt it against King's head instead. Kasai would then deliver a lariat to Crazy and then go to put the skewers in Crazy King's head but King would grab them from Kasai and put them in his own head instead and hit Kasai with a Death Valley Driver and a piledriver off the ropes. Crazy would then try to drop Kasai onto skewers in the ring but Kasai would back drop Crazy on them instead and then hit a Pearl Harbor Splash and finish King with a Cross Arm Stimulation to get the win at 13 minutes, 32 seconds in the bloody match.

Daisuke Masaoka would face off against Yusaku Ito in a Barbed wire Board Death Match. Ito would set up a stack of chairs and then hit a Tiger Driver off the chairs sending Masaoka's head against a chair. Ito would then setup a barbed wire board over Masaoka's body and go up to the top but Masaoka would get up and send Ito through the barbed wire board off the top rope. Ito and Masaoka would end up headbutting one another with Ito getting up and charging at Masaoka, but Masaoka would catch him and hit a Tornado Clutch to get the win at 10 minutes, 6 seconds with the former DEP partners from a year ago going head to head against one another before giving each other the middle fingers before leaving.

Violento Jack, Toshiyuki Sakuda, Brown Rat Fukki, and Kyu Mogami would end up defeating Takashi Sasaki, Mammoth Sasaki, Minoru Fujita, and Takahiro Katori when Jack would get the win at 9 minutes, 45 seconds with a Artouran on Katori in a Hardcore Match. Tatsuhito Takaiwa and GENTARO would defeat Rekka and HAKKA when GENTARO would pick up the pinfall at 10 minutes after hitting a Backdrop on Rekka. The opening match would be Toru Sugiura, Kengo, and Takahiro Katori defeating Jun Masaoka, Yuya Susumu, and Gaia Hox when Katori would pin Hox at 9 minutes, 53 seconds with a Leg Roll Clutch for the win to setup Katori as a future challenger for the King of Freedom Jr. Heavyweight Title. Click here for highlights of the FREEDOMS 2/8/24 Korakuen Hall show.

FREEDOMS would run at the Yokohama Radiant Hall on February 17, 2024 and announce a crowd of 157 fans for the show. The main event would be Jun Kasai, Daisuke Masaoka, Minoru Fujita, and Takahiro Katori taking on Violento Jack, Toshiyuki Sakuda, Takayuki Ueki, amd Kyu Mogami in a Hardcore Elimination Match. The first elimination would be the ERE teaming up on Fujita before Mogami would eliminate him with a Brainbuster for the elimination. Masaoka would then end up drop kicking Ueki into Mogami who would fall to the outside for the elimination. Ueki would then eliminate Masaoka with a Death Valley Bomb. Kasai would manage to eliminate Sakuda by hitting him with a ladder knocking him off of the apron for the outside elimination, but then Jack would shove Kasai off the apron for the outside elimination on him. This would lead Takahiro Katori against Jack and Ueki. Jack and Ueki would punish Katori until Katori would manage to roll up Ueki out of nowhere for the elimination. This would leave just Jack and Katori with Jack looking to powerbomb Katori over the top but Katori would deliver a hurricanrana sending Jack over the top for the elimination at 20 minutes, 50 seconds for the FREEDOMS win. This win would build up Katori as he looks to challenge Jun Masaoka for the King of Freedom Jr. Heavyweight Title.

The semi-main event would see Masashi Takeda, Takashi Sasaki, and Rina Yamashita defeat Brown Rat Fukki, Brahman Shu, and Brahman Kei when Yamashita would pin Kei at 10 minutes, 45 seconds with a Schoolboy. Jun Masaoka and Gaia Hox would defeat Toru Sugiura and Dragon Libre when Hox would pin Libre at 14 minutes, 54 seconds with the Vanishing Shift. Yusaku Ito would defeat Kengo at 11 minutes, 2 seconds with a Bonno Driver. The opening match would see Yuya Susumu, Rekka, and HAKKA defeat Mammoth Sasaki, Tatsuhito Takaiwa, and GENTARO when Rekka would pin GENTARO at 7 minutes, 40 seconds with the Daizanto for the win. Click here to watch highlights of the FREEDOMS 2/17/24 show.

Jun Masaoka announced the lineup for his promoted FREEDOMS show earlier in the day on March 10, 2024 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. This show is similar is the old FLYDOM Jr. Heavyweight sub-promotion that FREEDOMS did years ago. The main event will be Dragon Libre taking on Dragon Gate's Kagetora. Jun Masaoka and Gaia Hox will take on Yuya Susumu and a mystery partner who I am hoping will be Seiki Yoshioka. Daisuke Masaoka and Takahiro Katori will take on Van Vert Negro and Van Vert Jack. Kengo will take on Keisuke Goto and the opening match will be Jun Kasai, Takashi Sasaki, and Toru Sugiura taking on Keiichi Sato, TiiDA, and Donguri Fujie.

The FMW Independent Title was originally designed for Atsushi Onita to come out with it as a replacement for the FMW Brass Knuckles Heavyweight Title for his May 5, 1995 Kawasaki Stadium Retirement show. The belt was not ready though, so Onita ended up coming out with the original Brass Knuckles Title that had been been around since 1993. I don't know when exactly the newly designed belt was finished, but it was a whole year later when the new belt was introduced with the World Brass Knuckles Champion words on the belt which still confuses people to this day. The belt was called the FMW Independent Heavyweight Title and a 8 man single elimination tournament was held in the summer of 1996 with W*ING Kanemura defeating Masato Tanaka on August 1, 1996 for the belt. This meant there were two champions in FMW and the promotion decided to make things simpler to just unify the belts and thus FMW Brass Knuckles Heavyweight Champion The Gladiator would defeat W*ING Kanemura for the Independent Title on December 11, 1996 becoming the first FMW Double Titles Champion. The two belts would go together until Kodo Fuyuki would become the last FMW Double Titles Champion and Fuyuki who never liked either the Brass Knuckles or Independent belts and wanted his own designed belt would give the Independent Title to Mr. Gannosuke on May 18, 1999 at a press conference breaking up the belts.

Masato Tanaka would end up defeating Mr. Gannosuke for the Independent Title on August 20, 1999 and then defend the title on August 25, 1999 against Yukihiro Kanemura symbolizing Tanaka vs. Kanemura being the match to determine the first champion and last champion. The title would never be seen again after August 25, 1999 as Fuyuki would debut his new WEW Title the following month. I asked Tanaka the last champion if he knew anything about the belts since the final FMW 6 Man Street Fight Tag Team Champions got to just keep the belts after they were retired in 1998. Tanaka stated he had no clue of what happened to the belt. I was told by someone back in 1999 that both the Brass Knuckles and Independent Titles were auctioned off pretty soon after they were last seen. I would believe that since I have never seen anything about the belts ever again in the last nearly 25 years, but I was going to the FMW website every day back then and never saw any mention of the belts being auctioned off back then and all the wrestlers have no clue what happened to the belts. There has been no sign of anything about them, so whoever in Japan did end up getting them ended up just keeping them privately for themselves. So having an exact replica of this beautiful belt that I have in my display case with my white Hayabusa jacket will have to do for now in regards to keeping the history of this beautiful belt alive.

I just wanted to give a little bit of an update on me. I am doing somewhat better. This update was much easier than the last update to write. It was incredibly difficult to do the last update as wrestling has just been one of the last things on my mind as of late and I had to keep it short. I am still struggling with anxiety over just some really traumatic stuff going on in my life, but I am working on getting back on track and hope to have the passion for all of this soon enough. I have been running this website for 25 years now, and I have been saying this for years now, but I really don't know how much longer I am going to keep up doing at least this type of news update. I guess we will see how I feel once I am able to get back to normal. I do like writing about the history of FMW and wonder if that would be something suitable as a replacement of just writing about FMW stories similar to the Onita/Gannosuke top story in this update and then just shortening the FREEDOMS section as that tends to be where a huge amount of the time in doing these updates. It will be something I will need to think about. Thanks to all that have reached out to me over the last couple of months though, I know what I have pretty much given up half my life to is a pretty niche thing, but I am happy that I have been able to make so many other people happy by talking about a bunch of wrestlers that I love.

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