Masashi Honda was born on June 20, 1968 in Nagasaki-shi Nagasaki, Japan.
Even in his early High School days, Honda aimed to become a Professional Wrestler. Honda had been a fan of New Japan Pro Wrestling while growing up, and idolized his favorite wrestler Riki Choshu. After graduating High School, he began going to Kumamoto University where he strived in Weight Training his Freshman year in 1987. While working out at the college gym, Masashi Honda would meet a young 18 year old by the name of Eiji Ezaki.
The two would become good friends and begin rooming with each other. Honda would quickly show Eiji Ezaki his interest in Professional Wrestling. Honda would suggest that Ezaki and he attempt to become professional wrestlers. Honda and Ezaki would both begin training for the Professional Wrestling life. Honda and Ezaki would begin working small local wrestling shows while still in college before Honda suggesting that they drop out of college to try and join the just over a year old FMW promotion. Ezaki would have second doubts about the suggestion
Masashi Honda would leave Kumamoto by himself to
join the FMW Dojo in February 1991, but as he arrived in Tokyo. Eiji Ezaki was
there waiting for him. The two would begin to train under Tarzan Goto in March
1991. The two would have to clean the Dojo every day, do numerous push ups, sit
ups, and much more torturous activities. Both he and Ezaki would officially pass
the FMW acceptance test and become officially FMW professional wrestlers in
April 1991. Atsushi Onita would come up with the idea of celebrating their
entering professional wrestling by putting firecracker on their ass and setting
them off with would gain much publicity by Japanese magazines.
Ezaki would make his debut on May 5, 1991and Honda would follow the next month by making his debut in a lost against Akihito Ichihara on June 22, 1991 at the Hokkaido Haboro Elementary Gym.
Masashi Honda would face off against Eiji Ezaki on June 26, 1991 for the first time ever at the Hokkaido Ashikawa Prefectural Gym with Honda getting his first ever victory in his career in only his fourth ever match. Ezaki would follow up by getting his first victory over Honda on June 29, 1991 and then again on July 22, 1991.
The two would continue working in preliminary matches while on tour, and then after tours going back and living in the FMW Dojo. The next bout against each other would see Honda defeat Ezaki on August 25, 1991at the Tokyo Hachioji Achiojo Gym and then again on September 20, 1991 Hyogo City Gym.
Masashi Honda and Eiji Ezaki would then be schedule to wrestle against each other in front of their biggest crowd as the two would take on each other on September 23, 1991 at Kawasaki Stadium in front of 33,321 fans in the opening match as Ezaki would nail Honda with a dropkick off the top rope and then follow it up with a cross arm breaker making Honda submit out for the Ezaki win.
Masashi Honda would team up with Ricky Fuji and The Shooter on October 14, 1991 at the Fukuoka Hakata Star Lanes as they would lose to the team of Chris Jericho, Lance Storm, and Amigo Ultra with Jericho picking up the win in Honda's first ever match at the Hakata Star Lanes but Honda would end up scoring the biggest victory of his young career by winning the main event 13 Man Battle Royal to end the show by last eliminating The Gladiator.
That would be the last time that Ezaki would get
a win over Masashi Honda for a long time as shortly after the match, it was
Atsushi Onita as well as newly assigned FMW booker and referee Go Ito who saw
more potential in the upper card environment for Honda.
Masashi Honda would be told that he would be going under a new in ring name, and it would be decided that his wrestling name would be "Mr. Gannosuke". It would be named after famous Japanese movie star Ashiya Gannosuke after Tarzan Goto would always call Honda "Gannosuke" in the FMW Dojo due to Goto thinking he looked just like the movie star . Masashi Honda would wrestle his last match under his own name on October 22, 1991 in Iida teaming with Tarzan Goto as they would defeat the team of Chris Jericho and Lance Storm in the semi-main event. Masashi Honda would make his debut as Mr. Gannosuke the next day on October 23, 1991 in Ibaragi by teaming with Atsushi Onita in the main event as they would lose to The Gladiator and Horace Boulder after The Gladiator would hit the Awesome Bomb on Gannosuke for the pinfall.
Mr. Gannosuke would get to team with Atsushi Onita in the main event at the Osaka University Center Parking Lot on November 4, 1991 as they would lose to the team of Tarzan Goto and Ricky Fuji with Goto pinning his student Gannosuke for the win. Mr. Gannosuke would suffer an injury during the match and miss the next two months of action as a result.
Mr. Gannosuke would finally make his return to ring on January 5, 1992 and for the first time in over since six months since making his debut he would debut at Tokyo's Korakuen Hall against Kevin Sullivan although the match would barely go over three minutes as Sullivan would destroy Gannosuke before putting him away.
Mr. Gannosuke's next appearance at Korakuen Hall would come the next day on January 6, 1992 although he would not fair any better against The Sheik who would also destroy Gannosuke and end up putting him away in just 88 seconds.
Mr. Gannosuke would team up with his college friend Eiji Ezaki for the first time on January 9, 1992 in Koga as they would name themselves the Kyushu Express due to them being from the Kyushu when they became friends as they would both go up against The Gladiator and Jim Peterson and although they would hit a spot on Peterson where Gannosuke would deliver a drop kick while Ezaki would hit a spinning heel kick at the same time a spot they would revise 8 years later when teaming again they would still fall to the more experience Gladiator and Peterson when Gladiator would put Ezaki away with an Awesome Bomb in under five minutes.
Gannosuke would begin to move into the midcard jumping past Ezaki who still remained a opening match wrestler. Gannosuke would wrestle Eiji Ezaki for the first time under his new name on January 31, 1992 and would get the victory over him. This would become a pattern as Gannosuke would go on to defeat Ezaki twelve straight times with the last being on June 18, 1993.
Mr. Gannosuke's next Korakuen Hall appearance would be on March 25, 1992 as he would go up against the kick boxer Katsuji Ueda in a Different Style Match with Gannosuke making it in to the 3rd Round before getting KO'd by Ueda for the loss.
FMW would run a special show on April 7, 1992 at the Wataru Air Force Base with all of those in attendance working for the Air Force. Mr. Gannosuke would main event the show in a tag team match teaming with Atsushi Onita against Tarzan Goto and Sambo Asako. Gannosuke would get tagged in and beaten down by Goto and Asako before making the tag back into Onita. But when Onita would become occupied with Asako and begin brawling with him on the outside that would leave Gannosuke to fight for himself against his trainer Tarzan Goto and he would not last for long as Goto would finish off Gannosuke rather easily. Onita would make his way back into the ring and pour water out of his water bottle all on Gannosuke to revise him as the four would shake each others hand out of respect for one another.
Mr. Gannosuke would open the first ever FMW show outside of Japan at the Tijuana Baja-California Mexico Arena on May 15, 1992 as he would team up with The American Eagle as they would defeat The Shooter and Akihito Ichihara in a Two out of Three Falls Match with Eagle getting the first fall over The Shooter and Gannosuke getting the second fall over Ichihara for the win for their team in two straight falls. Gannosuke would then team up the next day on May 16, 1992 at the Los Angeles California State Gym as Gannosuke would team up with Eiji Ezaki and Ultra Taro in a losing effort to the Los Merenarios Americanos when Mercenary # 3 would put away Ezaki for the loss.
Mr. Gannosuke would team up with Eiji Ezaki again to open the show on May 24, 1992 at the Tokyo Ariake Coliseum as they would lose to Ricky Fuji and The Great Punk who would later become known as Katsutoshi Niiyama when Punk would score the win over Ezaki.
Mr. Gannosuke would get to main event Korakuen Hall for the first time on May 31, 1992 as he would team up with Sambo Asako as they would lose to the team of Atsushi Onita and Koji Nakagawa in a established veteran teaming with a rookie match with Onita putting away Gannosuke with the Thunder Fire Powerbomb.
Mr. Gannosuke after now one year of competing would make his first appearance at the Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center on June 25, 1992 as he would team up with Tarzan Goto and Sambo Asako as they would defeat the foreign team of The Gladiator, Sabu, and The Body Snatcher with Goto putting away The Body Snatcher in a Street Fight for the win.
Mr. Gannosuke would main event Korakuen Hall once again on June 28, 1992 as he would team up with Atsushi Onita and Sambo Asako as they would defeat the team of The Gladiator, Horace Boulder, and The Body Snatcher when Asako would get the pinfall over The Body Snatcher in a Street Fight.
Mr. Gannosuke would team up with Atsushi Onita and Sambo Asako at Korakuen Hall again on July 19, 1992 but this match would just be a midcard match as they would lose to the team of Big Titan, The Gladiator, and Sabu when Titan would put away Asako for the pin in a Street Fight.
Mr. Gannosuke would suffer two injuries that would cause him to miss rather big shows. He would get injured on July 28, 1992 forcing him out of the September 19, 1992 Yokohama Stadium show where he was scheduled to team up with Eiji Ezaki to take on the team of Chris Jericho and Lance Storm. Gannosuke would make his return from the injury on January 5, 1993 at Korakuen Hall where he would lose to Koji Nakagawa in the opening match.
Mr. Gannosuke would team up with Eiji Ezaki on February 21, 1993 at Korakuen Hall as they would lose to the team of The Gladiator and Dr. Hannibal when Gladiator would put away Ezaki with the Awesome Bomb. The next show would also be a Korakuen Hall show on March 5, 1993 as Mr. Gannosuke would defeat Eiji Ezaki in the opening match of the show.
Mr. Gannosuke would team up with the FMW young boys of Eiji Ezaki and Koji Nakagawa on March 17, 1993 at the Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center as they would lose to team of Sabu, Tiger Jeet Singh, Jr. and Judge Dread when Sabu would pin Nakagawa with an Arabian Press. Mr. Gannosuke would team up with Koji Nakagawa on April 22, 1993 at Korakuen Hall as they would lose to the team of Gregory Veritchev and Katsuji Ueda when Veritchev would put away Nakagawa.
Gannosuke would then end up getting injured again on April 23, 1993 in Isezaki when he would be teaming up with Atsushi Onita against Big Titan and The Gladiator in the main event when Gladiator while punching Gannosuke would accidentally land it so hard it would break Gannosuke's jaw. Gannosuke would be force to miss the May 5, 1993 Kawasaki Stadium show as a result of the broken jaw. Gannosuke would make his return from the broken jaw on June 15, 1993 in Saitama by defeating Eiji Ezaki.
Mr. Gannosuke would return to the main event of Korakuen Hall as he would team up with Atsushi Onita and Sambo Asako on June 28, 1993 as they would defeat the team of Big Titan, The Gladiator, and Dr. Hannibal when Onita would pin Hannibal with a Thunder Fire Powerbomb in a Penalty Box Street Fight. Gannosuke would then face off against Sabu for the first time in a singles match at Korakuen Hall on July 16, 1993 with Sabu getting the victory over Gannosuke.
Mr. Gannosuke would team up with the team of Katsuji Ueda and Eiji Ezaki on July 24, 1993 at the Kitakyushu Stadium as they would defeat the team of unknowns of Shirkroad, Chiaki Matsuyama and Abe when Gannosuke would pin Matsuyama with the Gannosuke Clutch.
Mr. Gannosuke would team up with Sambo Asako on August 22, 1993 at Osaka Hyago Nishnomiya Stadium in a match against Big Titan and The Gladiator in a match that would see all four wrestlers brawl all over the stadium and climb up a scaffold and continue brawling up there. Gannosuke would get one of the biggest pinfall victories of his career in the match by pinning The Gladiator with his new finisher, the Gannosuke Clutch.
Mr. Gannosuke would team up with Katsuji Ueda on
August 28, 1993 at Korakuen Hall as they would lose to the team of Big Titan and
The Gladiator after Gannosuke would get put away by Big Titan for the pinfall.
Gannosuke would fall again to Big Titan and The Gladiator on September 1, 1993
at the Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center when he would up with Koji Nakagawa with
Nakagawa getting Powerbombed and knocked out by Titan with the referee awaring
the win to Titan and Gladiator.
Eiji Ezaki would announce on September 27, 1993 at Korakuen Hall that he was being sent to Mexico to train and learn the Lucha Libre style while Gannosuke would main event the show teaming with Atsushi Onita and Tarzan Goto as they would defeat the team of Mr. Pogo, Mitsuhiro Matsunaga, and The Great Punk when Goto would pin Punk in a Street Fight.
Mr. Gannosuke would compete in a Barbed wire Elimination Street Fight Death Match on October 28, 1993 at Korakuen Hall teaming with Atsushi Onita and Sambo Asako in the main event as they would lose to the team of Mr. Pogo, Mitsuhiro Matsunaga, and Hideki Hosaka with Gannosuke being the first one eliminated in the match after Matsunaga would put him away. Matsunaga would also end up getting the pin over Onita to win the match for the W*ING team.
The FMW team of Atsushi Onita, Tarzan Goto, Sambo Asako, and Mr. Gannosuke would team up on October 31, 1993 at Korakuen Hall as they would once again lose to the W*ING team of Mitsuhiro Matsunaga, Mr. Pogo, Masaru Toi, and Hideki Hosaka with Matsunaga pinning Onita in a Captain's Falls Street Fight.
Mr. Gannosuke would team up with the former Great Punk who was now going by his real name Katsutoshi Niiyama and joined the FMW Army along with Koji Nakagawa and Masato Tanaka to defeat the team of Hisakatsu Oya, Masaru Toi, Hideki Hosaka, and Dark Ranger on December 8, 1993 at the Tokyo International Trade Harumi Dome when Niiyama would put away the Dark Ranger for the FMW win.
Mr. Gannosuke would team up with Michinoku Pro's Hanzo Nakajima on December 26, 1993 at Korakuen Hall which would have heavy Michinoku Pro participation on the show as they would lose to Katsutoshi Niiyama and Shiryu who would later go by his real name of Kaz Hayashi with Shiryu picking up the win over Nakajima.
Mr. Gannosuke and Tarzan Goto would enter into a tournament to determine the first ever FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Champions. Their first round match in the A Block would be on January 7, 1994 in Chiba as they would defeat the team of Sabu and Damian when Goto would knock out Damian for the win in a Barbed wire Street Fight. Their semi-finals tournament match in the A Block on January 10, 1994 would see them defeat the team of Mr. Pogo and Goro Tsurumi in a Barbed wire Death Match when Goto would put away Tsurumi with the pin to advance. Their A Block Finals Match on January 16, 1994 in Nagato would see them to the eventual winners of Big Titan and The Gladiator when The Gladiator would pin Gannosuke with an Awesome Bomb in a No Ropes Barbed wire Death Match.
Mr. Gannosuke would team up with Katsutoshi Niiyama and Sambo Asako against the team of Hisakatsu Oya, Hideki Hosaka, and Masaru Toi on February 25, 1994 at Korakuen Hall in a Elimination Match. Gannosuke would end up being the last the man on his team going up against Hisakatsu Oya before Oya would end up putting away Gannosuke for the win.
Mr. Gannosuke would team up with his regular partners of Katsutoshi Niiyama and Sambo Asako as they would lose to the team of Big Titan, The Gladiator, and Ricky Fuji on March 17, 1994 at the Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center when Gladiator would put away Niiyama with the Awesome Bomb in a Street Fight.
Mr. Gannosuke would team up with Sambo Asako on May 5, 1994 at Kawasaki Stadium in front of a sold out crowd of 52,000 fans and defeat the team of Hideki Hosaka & Goro Tsruami after Gannosuke would pin Hosaka with the Gannosuke Clutch.
Mr. Gannosuke would return to the main event on May 27, 1994 at Korakuen Hall as he would team up with Atsushi Onita, Tarzan Goto, and Katsutoshi Niiyama as they would defeat the team of Hisakatsu Oya, Mr. Pogo, Goro Tsurumi, and Hideki Hosaka in a Captain's Falls Elimination Street Fight. Gannosuke would end up scoring an elimination over Goro Tsurumi and Onita would end up putting away captain Oya with a Thunder Fire Powerbomb for the FMW win.
Mr. Gannosuke and Katsutoshi Niiyama would team up to lose to the team of Big Titan and Dr. Luther on June 19, 1994 at Korakuen Hall as after three years Big Titan would again just be too much for Gannosuke and put him away for the loss. Gannosuke and Niiyama would team up again on July 17, 1994 at Korakuen Hall and get the win over Big Titan this time although it would be after Niiyama would pin his partner Ricky Fuji for the victory.
Mr. Gannosuke would wrestle at the Yokohama Bunka Gym for the first time on July 31, 1994 as he would team up with Koji Nakagawa as they would lose to the team of Judge Dread and Ricky Fuji with Dread putting away Nakagawa. Gannosuke would then team up with Sambo Asako and Battle Ranger as they would lose to the team of Big Titan, Dr. Hannibal, and Ricky Fuji on August 22, 1994 at Korakuen Hall after Ricky would put away Battle Ranger.
Mr. Gannosuke would team up with Atsushi Onita and Sambo Asako on August 26, 1994 at Korakuen Hall and despite Gannosuke getting handcuffed to the turnbuckle and having Mr. Pogo blow fire at his back the FMW team would defeat the team of Mr. Pogo, The Gladiator, and Hideki Hosaka when Gannosuke would pin Hosaka with the Gannosuke Clutch.
Mr. Gannosuke would then end up scoring a major singles win by defeating Sambo Asako at the Osaka Castle Hall on August 28, 1994. Later in the card, Eiji Ezaki would appear as Hayabusa for the first time in FMW a gimmick that he had came up with in Mexico. He would end up going back to Mexico after the show.
Mr. Gannosuke and Katsutoshi Niiyama who would become a regular team would end up going against their teacher Tarzan Goto and Hisakatsu Oya who Goto had recently befriended after a singles match on September 7, 1994 at the Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center. Gannosuke would end up taking the loss after Goto would force the referee to stop the match due to the brutal punishment that Goto had laid out on Gannosuke.
Gannosuke would take part in one of the biggest
matches of his career on September 25, 1994 at the Tokyo Jingyu Olympic Pool
Stadium in a Exploding Barbed wire Pool Death Match. Gannosuke would team with
Atsushi Onita & Katsutoshi Niiyama against Mr. Pogo, The Gladiator, and
Hideki Hosaka. The ring would be set up on a stage with a Pool surrounding it.
When a wrestler would be thrown off the stage into the pool, huge explosions
would go off, and that wrestler would be eliminated. Gannosuke would manage to
eliminate The Gladiator, dropkicking him into the pool and setting off the huge
explosion. Gannosuke would begin to fight with Mr. Pogo when both would fall off
the stage and into the Pool for the eliminating explosion. Onita would manage to
win the match after throwing Hideki Hosaka into a Exploding Barbed wire and then
pinning him with a Thunder Fire Powerbomb.
Mr. Pogo would create a new faction as former wrestlers from the defunct W*ING promotion in Yukihiro Kanemura and Hido would join along with The Gladiator, Mitsuhiro Matsunaga, Hisakatsu Oya, Hideki Hosaka, and The Dark Ranger to create the new W*ING faction.
Mr. Gannosuke would team up with Atsushi Onita on October 28, 1994 at Korakuen Hall as they would challenge Mr. Pogo and The Gladiator for the vacant FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Titles in a Falls Count Anywhere but Gannosuke be unable to secure his first ever championship as he would get pinned by The Gladiator after getting hit with an Awesome Bomb.
The FMW Army of Atsushi Onita, Mr. Gannosuke, and Katsutoshi Niiyama would take on the W*ING team of Mr. Pogo, The Gladiator, and Yukihiro Kanemura on November 23, 1994 at Korakuen Hall in a Penalty Box Elimination No Ropes Barbed wire Street Fight Death Match with the W*ING team earning a clean sweet after Niiyama would get eliminated first, followed by Gannosuke getting knocked out by The Gladiator's Awesome Bomb, and then Mr. Pogo getting the pin over Onita. Gannosuke would end up suffering an injury during the match and would end up being out for the rest of 1994.
Mr. Gannosuke would return on January 5, 1995 at
Korakuen Hall as he would team up with Tarzan Goto, Katsutoshi Niiyama, and
Tetsuhiro Kuroda as they would lose to the W*ING team of Mr. Pogo, The
Gladiator, Hisakatsu Oya, and Yukihiro Kanemura when Oya would put away Kuroda
for the win.
Mr. Gannosuke would come back the next day on January 6, 1995 at Korakuen Hall as he would team up with Atsushi Onita, Tarzan Goto, Katsutoshi Niiyama, Masato Tanaka, Koji Nakagawa, and Gosaku Goshogawara as they would take on the W*ING team of Mr. Pogo, The Gladiator, Hisakatsu Oya, Mitsuhiro Matsunaga, Yukihiro Kanemura, Hideki Hosaka, and Hido in a Scramble Bunkhouse Yen on a Pole Elimination Street Fight and although Gannosuke would not get eliminated during the match the W*ING team would come out victorious after Kanemura would end up climbing the pole to grab the money to get the win.
Gannosuke would win his first ever title on February 24, 1995 at Korakuen Hall by teaming with Atsushi Onita to defeat Mr. Pogo and The Gladiator in a No Ropes Barbed wire Street Fight for the FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Championship after Gannosuke would pin Gladiator with the Gannosuke Clutch to earn Gannosuke his first title in almost four years as a pro. The reign would not last long though as Mr. Pogo & Yukihiro Kanemura would win the titles on March 7, 1995 in Iwate after Kanemura would pin Gannosuke to end the 11 day title run.
Mr. Gannosuke would team up with Katsutoshi Niiyama and Koji Nakagawa on March 15, 1995 at the Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center as they would lose to the Lethal Weapon team of Tarzan Goto, Hisakatsu Oya, and Ricky Fuji in a Street Fight that would go over thirty minutes before Oya would finally put away Nakagawa for the win.
Mr. Gannosuke then team up with Atsushi Onita, Katsutoshi Niiyama, and Masato Tanaka on March 19, 1995 at Korakuen Hall as they would defeat the W*ING team of Mr. Pogo, The Gladiator, Yukihiro Kanemura, and Hideki Hosaka in a Yen on a Pole Street Fight as Tanaka would end up grabbing the money to win back the money that was lost from their match against W*ING in January. It would turn out to be Gannosuke's last match at Korakuen Hall in FMW for almost two years.
Mr. Gannosuke would begin to team with Katsutoshi Niiyama and begin feuding with the Lethal Weapon team of Tarzan Goto, Hisakatsu Oya, and Ricky Fuji. The team of Gannosuke and Niiyama would score one of the biggest wins of their careers after defeating Tarzan Goto and Hisakatsu Oya on March 30, 1995 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym after Niiyama would get the pinfall on Oya. This would setup a match scheduled for Atsushi Onita's Retirement show on May 5, 1995 between Gannosuke and Niiyama against Hisakatsu Oya and Ricky Fuji although the match would never take place.
Mr. Gannosuke would team with Atsushi Onita and Masato Tanaka on April 20, 1995 in Niigata as they would defeat the W*ING team of Mr. Pogo, The Gladiator, and Hideki Hosaka in a No Ropes Barbed wire Death Match after Onita would pin Hosaka with the Thunder Fire Powerbomb in the main event of the show. Little did anyone it would be Gannosuke's last FMW match in almost 22 months as Gannosuke and Tarzan Goto would end up no showing the next day on April 21, 1995 at Korakuen Hall with no explanation given.
Then one of the biggest stories of the year for FMW would take place on April 23, 1995 as Tarzan Goto would announce that along with Mr. Gannosuke and Flying Kid Ichihara that they were leaving FMW. Less than just two weeks before Atsushi Onita's retirement match on May 5, 1995 at Kawasaki Stadium to take place against Tarzan Goto. Goto refused to job to a retiring Onita and then be put as the ace of the promotion and felt he would become a failure as ace after losing once again against Onita in a big money show and would be and felt he would be the one blamed when FMW were to do bad business without Onita after being beaten by Onita. Goto got Gannosuke and Ichihara both his fellow trainees to follow him and announce their leaving of FMW. Onita would put Hayabusa in Tarzan Goto's spot, and let Eiji Ezaki, Masashi Honda's long time best friend as the new ace of FMW. Gannosuke was originally planned for the Kawasaki Stadium show to team with Katsutoshi Niiyama to face Mr. Pogo & Yukihiro Kanemura for the FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Titles. Instead, Hisakatsu Oya & Ricky Fuji were put in the spot and would win the titles.
Goto, Gannosuke, and Ichihara would all join the new upstart IWA promotion which had focused on Death Matches similar to FMW, but would use far less money for shows and their gimmicks. The three would run in on a IWA show on May 1, 1995 during a Crypt Keeper and Shoji Nakamaki match at Korakuen Hall and announce they were forming a Shin-FMW group to do battle against the IWA wrestlers. Kodo Fuyuki, Jado, and Gedo would rush to the ring and a brawl between the Fuyuki-gun and Shin-FMW wrestlers all over the building. Gannosuke would also align himself with Terry Gordy when Gordy would tour with IWA.
Mr. Gannosuke would team up with Tarzan Goto and
Dennis Knight at IWA Japan's Korakuen Hall show on July 5, 1995 against the team
of Shoji Nakamaki, Hiroshi Ono, and Keisuke Yamada in a Barbed wire Boards Death
Match. The Shin-FMW guys would place two barbed wire boards against the standing
Nakamaki and Goto would whip Gannosuke into the corner to deliver a drop kick to
the barbed wire boards smashing against Nakamaki's body. Cactus Jack would end
up interfering and attacking Goto and place barbed wire across his body as he
would come off the top rope with a splash on Goto before placing Nakamaki over
Goto to score the win for the IWA Japan team.
Gannosuke and Tarzan Goto would represent IWA Japan as they would team up for WAR's 3rd Year Anniversary show at the Tokyo Ryogoku Sumo Hall on July 7, 1995 as they would defeat the team of Jado and Gedo when Goto would bust open Gedo with a chair and finish him off with the Facebuster.
Mr. Gannosuke would team up with Tarzan Goto on July 25, 1995 at Korakuen Hall for the Big Japan promotion against Kengo Nagasaki and Bruiser Okamoto in a Big Japan vs. Shin-FMW Match with Great Kojika as the special referee who was in a feud with Goto. Goto and Gannosuke would beat and bloody Okamoto with Okamoto kicking out of everything they would do to him. Okamoto would finally manage to fight back and tag in Nagasaki who would throw Gannosuke to the outside and begin beating him with chairs and a table and eventually Nagasaki would put away Gannosuke with a Piledriver. Kojika afterwards would get on the mic and begin speaking to the crowd when Goto would attack him with a chair and throw him in the crowd busting Kojika open until Nagasaki would run in to make the save.
Gannosuke would wrestle in his biggest match in IWA on August 20, 1995 for the IWA King of the Death Match Tournament. Gannosuke's first round opponent would be Tiger Jeet Singh in a Chain Barbed wire Death Match. The match would turn out to be awful due to Singh's ability. Singh would win after choking Gannosuke with the barbwire board for the submission win. Afterwards, Gannosuke backstage would be seen throwing up in the sink. Gannosuke would only receive $100 dollars for the show, as each wrestler would only be given $100 a match, depending on how far they would reach in the tournament.
Gannosuke and Goto would team up the next day on August 21, 1995 in one of the strangest matches in professional history. The match would be a Bath House Death Match where Goto and Gannosuke would face The Headhunters and Shoji Nakamaki & Hiroshi Ono in two different matches. The matches would take place in a Bath House with the wrestlers fighting on a mat and to tag your partner, you having to go into the Bath House and tag your partner who is sitting in a Bath Tub which eventually would begin to get hotter. In both matches, would turn into wild brawls that would lead to the teams fighting in the girls bath house causing naked women to run from the wrestlers. Eventually Goto & Gannosuke would win both matches, but after defeating the team of Nakamaki and Ono, the Headhunters would attack Goto & Gannosuke and begin brawling with them outside in the streets.
Mr. Gannosuke would team up with the young Mitsunobu Kikuzawa as they would team up on September 29, 1995 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym and would lose to the team of Shoji Nakamaki and Keisuke Yamada in a Barbed wire Board Death Match after Yamada would get the pin over the bloody Kikuzawa.
Because of the favoritism IWA President Asano showed for Tarzan Goto, the Shin-FMW group would be pushed above everyone with Goto being portrayed as unstoppable. Gannosuke would capture the IWA Tag Team Championship Titles with Tarzan Goto on October 1, 1995 after defeating Cactus Jack & Tracey Smothers when Gannosuke would get the pin over Smothers for the title as Goto would pick up Gannosuke and carrying him on his shoulders in celebration. .
Tarzan Goto & Mr. Gannosuke would also win the NWA Tag Team Championship Titles in a Tournament on December 9, 1995 in Saitama after being given a bye all the way to the finals. Goto and Gannosuke would defeat the team of Cactus Jack and Tiger Jeet Singh with Gannosuke really shining and showing more potential as incredible worker than ever before. Goto would get the pinfall after hitting a Brainbuster on Cactus Jack for the win.
Mr. Gannosuke would team up with Tarzan Goto and Mitsunobu Kikuzawa against Cactus Jack, Leatherface, and Keisuke Yamada on March 3, 1996 at Korakuen Hall in a Barbed wire Ropes and Barbed wire Mat Death Match. Cactus Jack would end up laying a barbed wire board across Gannosuke's back and then jump into the board while Gannosuke lay across the barbed wire ropes. Goto would end up scoring the pin over Leatherface after a splash on the top rope as Leatherface lay across the barbed wire mat to get the win for the Shin-FMW team. Goto would attack a bloody Cactus Jack afterwards with a sharp stick.
IWA would then suspend operations going into 1996 as the promotion had began to lose tons of money, especially after their Kawasaki Stadium show and President Asano's money handlings. Tarzan Goto, Mr. Gannosuke, and Flying Kid Ichihara would all officially leave IWA Japan on October 26, 1996. Goto & Gannosuke would officially vacate the IWA & NWA Tag Team Titles and work until their last scheduled match for November 12, 1996.
Mr. Gannosuke would wrestle his last IWA Japan show teaming with Tarzan Goto on November 12, 1996 at Korakuen Hall. Gannosuke and Goto would team up to take on Shoji Nakamaki, Keisuke Yamada and Keizo Matsuda in a Barbed wire covering the ring, Glass Thumbtacks Death Match. Goto would try and fight off Nakamaki and Matsuda where as Gannosuke would brawl with Yamada. Gannosuke would begin carving Yamada's forehead with a barbed wire while cutting his arm with the glass. Yamada would end up fighting back and tossing Gannosuke into the bed of thumbtacks and eventually getting the pinfall on Gannosuke with a inside cradle on the barbed wire board in what would be Gannosuke's last IWA match. The Shin-FMW team would begin to work for the new Tokyo Pro Promotion.
Mr. Gannosuke would team up with Tarzan Goto to work in the main event for Tokyo Pro's biggest show ever on December 7, 1996 at the Tokyo Sumo Hall in front of a disastrous 2500 fans for the show. Goto and Gannosuke would defeat the team of Yoji Anjo and Shigeo Okumura when Goto would pin Okumura with a Brainbuster for the win.
The show would would be such a financial disaster
that Takashi Ishikawa would shortly after close the promotion. Akio Saito who
had originally been booker for IWA Japan would start up his own promotion called
FFF which stood for "Fighting for Future" they would book their first
show at Korakuen Hall in late December 1996 and would book Mr. Gannosuke, Tarzan
Goto, Flying Kid Ichihara, Kodo Fuyuki, Jado, and Gedo among others as well
would work with WAR as Masao Orihara was planned to be a regular for the
promotion. The show would never take place though due to such low ticket sales.
Fans could come to Korakuen Hall and get their money back as well as buy the
merchandise that was planned to be sold at the show but the FFF promotion would
end before it ever got started.
Due to FFF dying, the Shin-FMW group would end up getting in contact with Shoichi Arai to come back to FMW. FMW wrestlers would agree to bring Gannosuke and Ichihara back but would refuse to let Goto back as Goto would have a bad reputation among the FMW wrestlers due to the ego of a star that did not draw like a star, was not very good, and would not job too much.
Mr. Gannosuke would make his return to FMW on January 5, 1997
at Korakuen Hall after a match between Hayabusa & Katsutoshi Niiyama losing
to The Headhunters. Gannosuke and Ichihara would come to the ring with Gannosuke
grabbing the mic calling Hayabusa a hypocrite and a dumbass. Gannosuke upset
over Hayabusa not leaving FMW even though he was his apparent best friend.
Hayabusa would become torn over the situation. Not knowing whether to side with
his best friend Gannosuke or FMW.
Gannosuke and Ichihara would lay out a bloody Gosaku Goshogawara on January 9, 1997 backstage. With Hayabusa still not knowing where to decide, Masato Tanaka would begin screaming with him. Asking him if he remembered how Gannosuke left and forced FMW to start all over and how hard they had to fight together to keep FMW strong. Hayabusa would eventually side with FMW.
Gannosuke and Ichihara would join Terry Funk's Funk Masters of Wrestling and Gannosuke would return to FMW on February 18, 1997 at Korakuen Hall teaming with Hisakatsu Oya against Hayabusa & Ricky Fuji. Hayabusa would go after Gannosuke right from the start of the match, but while on the middle of the top rope about to make a dive after Gannosuke, Oya would throw a chair at Hayabusa causing his leg to get caught in the rope. While Oya made sure Hayabusa would not be able to get loose, Gannosuke would finish off Ricky Fuji with a Northern Lights Suplex for the victory. Gannosuke would consider the victory over Ricky Fuji a victory over Hayabusa.
The next night on February 19, 1997 at Korakuen Hall, the Funk Masters of Wrestling team of Mr. Gannosuke, The Gladiator, and Crypt Keeper would defeat the FMW team of Hayabusa, Ricky Fuji, and Mr. Pogo # 2 when Gannosuke would end up getting the win over Gosaku Goshogawara as his new gimmick of being the second Mr. Pogo with a Northern Lights Suplex for the win.
Long time FMW follower Katsutoshi Niiyama and both long time friend of Gannosuke & Hayabusa would turn his back on FMW and join Gannosuke and The Funk Masters of Wrestling and team with the new look Mr. Gannosuke on March 14, 1997 who would come to the ring with his new blonde hair, and new look on March 14, 1997 at the Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center after Gannosuke would get another victory over Ricky Fuji. A match would be signed for the Yokohama Arena where Gannosuke would face Hayabusa on April 29, 1997 with Gannosuke putting up his new blonde hair against Hayabusa's mask.
Gannosuke would get his first pinfall victory over Hayabusa since June 18, 1993 on March 28, 1997 at Korakuen Hall after teaming with Hisakatsu Oya & Katsutoshi Niiyama and defeating Hayabusa & Masato Tanaka & Koji Nakagawa when Gannosuke would debut his brand new finisher the Fire Thunder and scored the pinfall victory over Hayabusa with it. Afterwards, The Funk Masters of Wrestling would attack Atsushi Onita backstage before Hayabusa, Tanaka, and Nakagawa would quickly rush to Onita's locker room to try and make the save, but with the door lock, it would be too late as The Funk Masters of Wrestling would leave Onita badly bruised and beaten.
Mr. Gannosuke would then face Hayabusa in a singles match on April 29, 1997 at the Yokohama Arena in front of 16,000 fans against his long time friend. Gannosuke would start out with the advantage early after attacking Hayabusa, but Hayabusa would manage to come back after Gannosuke would charge Hayabusa, and Hayabusa would manage to deliver a hurricanrana to Gannosuke, sending Gannosuke to the outside. Hayabusa would stack chairs on top of Gannosuke while outside the ring and hit a standing Moonsault, as well as hit his 450 Fire Bird Splash, but Gannosuke would still kick out and put on one of the best matches of his career with his long time friend and begin working on cutting Hayabusa's arm with a stick thrown to him by manager Victor Quinones. Hayabusa would finally manage to defeat Gannosuke with a Falcon Arrow to win the Hair vs. Mask match. With Gannosuke sitting on the chair, waiting for his hair to be cut, Hayabusa would grab the mic. Hayabusa would tell Gannosuke that he didn't care about shaving Gannosuke's hair, and that he wanted to start over with Gannosuke and rebuilt their friendship, all Gannosuke would have to do is apologize to the FMW fans. Hayabusa would stick his hand out for Gannosuke to shake, but instead Gannosuke would attack Hayabusa and pull off his mask. As Gannosuke would get ready to blow a fireball at Hayabusa, Jinsei Shinzaki would rush to the ring and save Hayabusa from Gannosuke blowing the fireball at him. Gannosuke would get on the mic and call Hayabusa a stupid idiot, and call him to soft. Gannosuke would state that he would never apologize, and the war between him and Hayabusa would always continue. Hayabusa in tears from the betrayal of his friend would begin to align himself with Jinsei Shinzaki as Gannosuke would declare war on both of them.
Gannosuke would continue teaming with Funk Masters of Wrestling partners while taking on Hayabusa and his selected partners. Gannosuke would team with Hisakatsu Oya on May 8, 1997 at Korakuen Hall to defeat the team of Hayabusa & Koji Nakagawa after Gannosuke would pin Nakagawa. Gannosuke would then team up with The Gladiator & Hisakatsu Oya to defeat Hayabusa, Ricky Fuji and Ricky Morton in a 6 man tag on May 13, 1997 at Korakuen Hall after Oya would pin Morton.
Gannosuke would get revenge on Jinsei Shinzaki for making the bringing himself into his feud with Hayabusa at the Yokohama Arena by jumping Shinzaki at a Michinoku Pro show while making his entrance on June 21, 1997. Gannosuke wearing a purple Hayabusa mask would attack Shinzaki with a stick and begin to bust Shinzaki open, leaving an incredible amount of blood on the floor. Gannosuke would then go outside and pull the Hayabusa mask off and set it on fire outside and leave.
Mr. Gannosuke would team up with Hisakatsu Oya and Flying Kid Ichihara on July 8, 1997 at Korakuen Hall and challenge for the FMW 6 Man Street Fight Team Titles at the Fuyuki Army Promotion against the champions Kodo Fuyuki, Jado, and Gedo with Jado getting the pinfall over Ichihara to retain the titles.
Gannosuke's first meeting against Jinsei Shinzaki would take place on July 19, 1997 at the Osaka Takasishi Marine Sports Center, when he would team with The Gladiator & Hisakatsu Oya to take on and defeat Hayabusa, Jinsei Shinzaki, and Koji Nakagawa after Gannosuke would once again pin Koji Nakagawa for the victory. Gannosuke would then team up with Hisakatsu Oya on August 2, 1997 at the Tokyo Shiodome to face off against Hayabusa & Jinsei Shinzaki, but Gannosuke would not come out victorious like usual in his tag matches against Hayabusa as Hayabusa would manage to score the pinfall victory over Oya.
Gannosuke would then team up with The Gladiator & Hisakatsu Oya and enter themselves in to a four team 6 man tag team tournament on August 5, 1997 to win the vacated FMW 6 Man Street Fight Tag Team Titles at the Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center for a Fuyuki Army Promotion show. Gannosuke, Gladiator, and Oya would make it to the finals and defeat the team of Kodo Fuyuki, Jado, and Gedo after The Gladiator would score the pinfall over Fuyuki with an Awesome Bomb as Gannosuke would win his first set of FMW gold since returning back to the promotion.
Gannosuke would not stop at the FMW 6 Man Street Fight Tag Team Titles though, as he and Oya would manage to defeat W*ING Kanemura & Hido on August 21, 1997 at the Yokosuka City Gym, for the FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Titles after Gannosuke would score the pinfall victory over the bloody Hido for another title. Gannosuke would then participate in the first Death Match since returning to FMW on August 25, 1997 at the Osaka Central Park, and would team with The Gladiator & Super Leather and defeat the team of Jinsei Shinzaki, Ricky Fuji, and Ricky Morton after Gannosuke would pin Ricky Fuji in a Barbed wire Tornado Death Match.
Gannosuke's luck would run out soon after though, as The Funk Masters of Wrestling would drop the FMW 6 Man Street Fight Tag Titles on August 31, 1997 at Korakuen Hall to the team of Hayabusa, Masato Tanaka, and Koji Nakagawa after Hayabusa would survive taking some hellacious bumps including being Awesome Bombed off the top rope through a table before he would manage to suplex Oya for the victory and the title belts.
Gannosuke would then be set to defend the FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Titles with Oya at Kawasaki Stadium, against Jado & Gedo on September 28, 1997. This would be the first time Gannosuke would be returning to the Stadium since the IWA King of the Death Match Tournament on August 20, 1995. Gannosuke & Oya would successfully defend their Tag Team Titles after Gannosuke would pin Gedo after delivering a Fire Thunder on him in front of 50,012 in attendance. The second largest crowd that Gannosuke would wrestle in front of, only behind his May 5, 1994 match.
After the show, it was decided by FMW booker Go Ito that Gannosuke would be given a three month push period, where they would give Gannosuke the chance to become one of the top names in FMW, and to see how over he can possibly get in the promotion due to the heel heat he was getting, and how much he had improved in the year on his wrestling skills.
Gannosuke would go on to score one of the biggest singles wins of his career on October 14, 1997 at the Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center, as he would jump Jinsei Shinzaki from behind to start the match, and focus the entire match on busting Shinzaki's forehead open, and choking him out before scoring the easy pinfall victory at just a little over eight minutes by simply putting his foot over the beaten Shinzaki for the pin.
Gannosuke & Oya would team up to defend their tag team titles once again, this time against the newly created ZEN group. Led by a heel Atsushi Onita & Yukihiro Kanemura, they would challenge for the FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Titles, and win them on October 19, 1997 at the Sendai Miyagi Sports Center after Kanemura would pin Oya for the titles. Afterwards, Onita who had absorbed the old W*ING stable into his new ZEN group would offer a spot in the group, and both Gannosuke & Oya would become the newest members of ZEN. This would leave the Funk Masters of Wrestling to be put on life support with just The Gladiator, Super Leather, and Terry Funk still in the group, with Terry Funk having no future booked matches for the promotion.
The new ZEN members of Gannosuke & Oya would defeat the old Funk Masters of Wrestling's The Gladiator & Super Leather on October 21, 1997 at Korakuen Hall, after Leather and The Gladiator would accidentally collide against one another, and that would cause a shoving match between the two that would ultimately lead to The Gladiator Awesome Bombing Super Leather and declaring the Funk Masters of Wrestling officially dead as Oya would get the pinfall over Leather. With The Funk Masters of Wrestling dead, and ZEN striving, after a ZEN victory over the FMW team with ZEN's Kuroda pinning Masato Tanaka in the main event, The Gladiator would come to the ring and begin attacking the FMW wrestlers, including Awesome Bombing Hayabusa, The Gladiator would officially join ZEN.
Mr. Gannosuke would team up with Yukihiro Kanemura, and Hideki Hosaka wrestling as a Great Nita clone in The Great Fake on November 20, 1997 at the Fukuoka Kitakyushu Exhibition Hall against Kodo Fuyuki, Jado, and Gedo, which would be the first time Gannosuke and Kanemura had ever teamed with each other, and chemistry struck between the two, as the two got the loudest heel reaction from the fans, although Kanemura was DQ'd in the match, it would lead to something much bigger.
Gannosuke and Kanemura would begin to become to form a tag team with each other, as the two got along great, and worked incredibly well as a team, and with Onita & Kanemura vacating the FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Titles, the vacated titles would be put on the line in a match with Gannosuke & Kanemura challenging for them against Hayabusa & Masato Tanaka on November 28, 1997 at Korakuen Hall. Gannosuke & Kanemura would get such an incredible loud reaction for their heel tactics and showing no respect towards anyone else, and the two would manage to become successful as Gannosuke would score a pinfall victory over Hayabusa with the Fire Thunder to win back the FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Titles. After the show, ZEN would get in its first fight between one another as Hisakatsu Oya & Hideki Hosaka would get in a shouting match backstage, that would cause Oya to leave the ZEN group and to split up the Gannosuke & Oya team.
Gannosuke would keep his feud with Jinsei Shinzaki going despite being in ZEN, as he would steal Jinsei Shinzaki's ring clothes and wear them to the ring with Hideki Hosaka on December 5, 1997 at Korakuen Hall against Jinsei Shinzaki & Ricky Fuji. Gannosuke would manage to put Ricky Fuji in Shinzaki's Nirvana Choke for the victory to disrespect Shinzaki even further, and would defiantly get the better of Shinzaki on this day. Hisakatsu Oya would end up finally becoming a babyface for the first time in the promotion after losing to Hayabusa on the show, and siding with the FMW team.
Gannosuke & Kanemura would continue to get incredible heel heat in their matches while just having fun with each other, and would even create a new dance that they would debut on December 13, 1997 in which they would come out to Kanemura's Offspring "Come out and Play" theme and put their arms straight out during key parts of the song. The two as a team had became the biggest heels in the promotion, even surpassing Atsushi Onita, the leader of ZEN who was having a hard time being considered a heel to the fans after being such a lead babyface and hero to the fans in FMW for eight years. Gannosuke & Kanemura were scheduled a big match against Hayabusa & Jinsei Shinzaki where they would defend their Tag Team Titles in the match on December 19, 1997 at the very big Komazawa Olympic Gym show. Instead, Onita would put his match with Masato Tanaka as the main event of the show, which would incredibly upset Gannosuke & Kanemura. Onita & Gannosuke would get in a heated discussion backstage as well Kanemura having to be held back by Hido because of Onita. As a result, Gannosuke along with Kanemura & Hido were considered the true heels in the ZEN group.
Gannosuke & Kanemura would successfully defend their FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Titles against Hayabusa & Jinsei Shinzaki on December 19, 1997 at the Komazawa Olympic Gym, after Hayabusa who had bruised ribs coming into the match, would dive off the top rope, but Kanemura would stick his knee out, and cause Hayabusa's rib to be hit by Kanemura's knee and Kanemura would quickly roll up Hayabusa and score the pinfall victory over Hayabusa to retain their titles. Afterwards, Gannosuke & Kanemura would bash Onita for his decision to put himself in the main event of the show. Gannosuke & Kanemura would also be put in a match with Onita for the December 22, 1997 Korakuen Hall show against Hayabusa, Jinsei Shinzaki, and Masato Tanaka in a War Games match later in the tour.
Gannosuke would score another big time victory in his career the very next day, as on December 20, 1997 at the Osaka Seaside Sports Center, while teaming with The Gladiator & Kanemura against ECW's Terry Funk, The Sandman, and Tommy Dreamer, Gannosuke would manage to roll up and get the pinfall victory over the legendary Terry Funk. Gannosuke would then score another big victory the next day on December 21, 1997 at the Nagoya Aichi Gym, as he would manage to defeat his former tag team partner Hisakatsu Oya, although it would turn out to be a disappointing match.
Gannosuke would then team up with Atsushi Onita & Yukihiro Kanemura in a War Games Cage Match against Hayabusa, Jinsei Shinzaki, and Masato Tanaka on December 22, 1997 at Korakuen Hall. Gannosuke would enter second out of three with Masato Tanaka, but it would be Jinsei Shinzaki who he would aim at. Gannosuke would manage to handcuff Shinzaki to the cage and begin to slap him and attack him merciless until Hayabusa & Tanaka would make a huge comeback against ZEN with Tanaka hitting a smashing elbow on Gannosuke causing Gannosuke to fly back and be grabbed and held by the handcuffed Shinzaki. With Gannosuke being held by Shinzaki, Hayabusa would climb the cage and hit a Moonsault on to Onita and score a huge pinfall victory over Onita. Gannosuke & Kanemura would not take the loss from the egomaniac Onita much longer and as a result would begin to attack Onita and handcuff him to the cage. Gannosuke would slap Onita in the face as Hido would join in to help. Tetsuhiro Kuroda & Hideki Hosaka would come to the ring to try and make the save, but would quickly be thrown out of the cage by Gannosuke & Kanemura. It wouldn't be until Koji Nakagawa with a chair would come to the ring and become the newest member of ZEN by attacking Gannosuke & Kanemura and making the save for Onita. Gannosuke, Kanemura, and Hido would leave the ring, no longer members of ZEN, but they would go on to something much bigger.
With the three months push that Gannosuke received by Go Ito doing so extremely well and becoming the top heel in the promotion during that period, it was decided that Gannosuke would receive another three month push, but this time he'd have something to show for getting so over.
Mr. Gannosuke would challenge Masato Tanaka for the FMW Double Titles on January 6, 1998 at Korakuen Hall, just one day after the one year anniversary of Gannosuke returning to FMW. Gannosuke and Tanaka would put on an incredible match with Gannosuke focusing on Tanaka's hurt elbow, as Gannosuke would carve Tanaka's arm into a bloody mess. Gannosuke would also hit a Praying Powerbomb on Tanaka off the stage in the crowd down through a table. Tanaka would still show heart and spirit by coming back on Tanaka, but as Tanaka would look like he was about to put away Gannosuke, he would charge with an elbow that would be blocked by Gannosuke, and then turned into the Gannosuke Clutch which would get the three count victory and Mr. Gannosuke would become the brand new FMW Brass Knuckles Heavyweight Champion & FMW Independent Heavyweight Champion. Just one day after the year of returning to FMW, Gannosuke was now the lead heel in the promotion as he, Kanemura, Hido, and Miss Mongol would celebrate the victory that their group now had the FMW Double Titles and the FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Titles.
Gannosuke, Kanemura, and Hido would team up for the debut of ZEN holding their own show on January 7, 1998 at Korakuen Hall, and challenge Atsushi Onita, Koji Nakagawa, and Tetsuhiro Kuroda in the main event. The match would be a street fight with all six wrestlers fighting all over the building and Hideki Hosaka as The Great Fake coming out and spraying mist to help his ZEN team mates out. Nakagawa would end up scoring the victory over Hido using the Gannosuke Clutch, just one day after Gannosuke had used it for the Double Titles victory win. Afterwards, Kodo Fuyuki & Jado who had feuded with ZEN since the beginning of the group came out and began attacking Onita and the rest of ZEN which would lead to Gannosuke, Kanemura, Hido, Fuyuki, and Jado all leaving together. Backstage, the group would be together in a locker room, in which Yukihiro Kanemura would hold up a piece of paper and make the announcement, that the two groups were merging to become "Team No Respect".
Gannosuke, Kanemura, and Jado would team up as Team No Respect on January 16, 1998 at the Yokkaichi Australian Mansion, and would challenge for the FMW 6 Man Street Fight Tag Team Titles against Hayabusa, Masato Tanaka, and Hisakatsu Oya. The match would live up to the street fight name, as all six wrestlers would again brawl all over the building, which would include Hayabusa being thrown into stacks and stacks of the audiences seats. Jado would manage to end up scoring the pinfall victory over Oya using the Gedo Clutch to get the victory and win the FMW 6 Man Street Fight Tag Team Titles. Afterwards, as FMW President Shoichi Arai would come in the ring to deliver Team No Respect their belts and trophies for the win, the three would insult and verbally abuse Arai before pulling down their pants and showing the crowd their white underwear to show how much lack of respect they had forever. They would declare themselves "The Brief Brothers". Team No Respect because of Mr. Gannosuke now held every title in the promotion, from the FMW Double Titles, to the FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Titles, to the FMW 6 Man Street Fight Tag Team Titles. Team No Respect had already made a huge impact in FMW, after just being formed a week before.
The Brief Brothers would begin doing skits in the ring, as the chemistry between Gannosuke and Kanemura would manage to carry over for the promotion big. Gannosuke & Kanemura would team up on February 6, 1998 at Korakuen Hall, and take on Jinsei Shinzaki & Hisakatsu Oya. This would give Gannosuke another chance to humiliate Shinzaki, as the top rope would end up breaking during the match, in which Gannosuke would end up tying the broken rope around Shinzaki's neck and put him in Shinzaki's own Nirvana Choke forcing referee Ted Tanabe to have to stop the match and reward the victory to Mr. Gannosuke, as Gannosuke had once again defeated Shinzaki and humiliated him.
Team No Respect would then put up their FMW 6 Man Street Fight Tag Team Titles on the line for ZEN's second show on February 13, 1998 at the Chiba Koen Park Gym. They would defend the titles against Onita, Nakagawa, and Kuroda. ZEN would again get the better of TNR on their own show as Nakagawa would manage to choke out a bloody Yukihiro Kanemura for the KO victory as ZEN had taken away the FMW 6 Man Street Fight Tag Titles. This upset TNR extremely who began to attack FMW referee Go Ito for the decision, and attempt to break his ankle. Onita would have to make the save for his long time friend, and help his friend to the hospital where Go Ito would have to use crutches afterwards thanks to Team No Respect.
It would then be announced that FMW would hold an 8 man tournament to declare the number 1 contender for Gannosuke's FMW Double Titles and would win a shot at them for the big FMW April 30, 1998 Yokohama Bunka Gym show. The eight men entered in the Tournament would be Yukihiro Kanemura, Jado, Hayabusa, Masato Tanaka, Hisakatsu Oya, The Gladiator, Koji Nakagawa, and Tetsuhiro Kuroda.
Gannosuke & Kanemura would first have to be set on defending their FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Titles at the Fuyuki Army February 19, 1998 Korakuen Hall show, as they would defend the titles against Koji Nakagawa & Tetsuhiro Kuroda. Go Ito who would introduce the wrestler before the match would be on crutches while announcing, as Gannosuke & Kanemura would verbally abuse Go Ito, tear up his sheet, and then kick his injured leg. Nakagawa & Kuroda would charge after them to start the match, but as Nakagawa had advantage on Gannosuke during the match, and would begin to climb the top turnbuckle, Go Ito would jump up on the apron and smash the crutch over Nakagawa's back. Go Ito would celebrate as Gannosuke would manage to get the easy pinfall victory over Nakagawa to retain the FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Titles. Go Ito was now officially the newest member of Team No Respect and would serve as the groups manager. Later in the show, TNR would help Kodo Fuyuki defeat a bloody mask less Hayabusa in the lumber jack match in the main event, and afterwards, the group would get together and add another dance to Offspring's Come out and Play, as they would move their arms back and forth to the song, for what would become the TNR Dance.
The eight man tournament for a shot at Gannosuke's Double Titles would then start as Go Ito would help manage Kanemura to advance in the next round by beating Nakagawa, and to help Jado advance to beat Tetsuhiro Kuroda and move on to the next round. The Gladiator would manage to defeat Hisakatsu Oya, and Hayabusa would defeat Masato Tanaka to move on to the second round as well.
Team No Respect would announce that they would reveal a mystery partner and a new member to Team No Respect as they would challenge ZEN at ZEN's March 13, 1998 Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center. Mr. Gannosuke, Yukihiro Kanemura, Jado, would reveal the newest member of Horace Boulder to the group. They would take on the ZEN team of Atsushi Onita, Koji Nakagawa, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, and Hideki Hosaka. This time TNR would be ready for ZEN as they would manage to tie up a bloody Hosaka to the turnbuckle, and have Kodo Fuyuki come out and help and hit a charging clothesline. ZEN would just be soundly beaten by TNR as all four members would manage to knock Onita out and score the pinfall victory by putting their foot over Onita for the TNR win. Gannosuke would be the legal man at the time, and be credited with the pinfall victory over the legendary Atsushi Onita. Team No Respect had flat out beaten Onita and ZEN. Onita would manage to score a little revenge by waking up during the TNR Dance and clotheslining Go Ito and then hitting a Thunder Fire Powerbomb on him.
Gannosuke would accompany Jado & Kanemura to the ring for their second round tournament matches on March 16, 1998 at the Iwate Prefectural Gym. Gannosuke would manage to be no help to Kanemura as he would be quickly beaten and defeated by The Gladiator to back to back Awesome Bombs by The Gladiator in just a little over three minutes. Gannosuke would try his all to help out Jado in his match against Hayabusa, and interfere frequently, but it would not help as Hayabusa would manage to score the pinfall victory over Jado and move on, making the finals of the tournament for the next day at Korakuen Hall be between Hayabusa and The Gladiator.
Gannosuke would team up with Kanemura, Jado, and Horace Boulder to take on Jinsei Shinzaki, Masato Tanaka, Hisakatsu Oya, and Ricky Fuji in a Street Fight. During the match, with everyone brawling around ring side, Gannosuke and Shinzaki would begin to go at it against each other, and it would result in both of them staring at each other. Both Gannosuke and Shinzaki would just stand there in the ring as the other 6 men continued to fight until Boulder would hit the H Bomb on Ricky Fuji for the victory as Gannosuke and Shinzaki continued staring at each other until both of them would begin to go at it that would cause everyone else to have to hold them back as they would fight and roll out of the ring and continue going at it before finally being pulled apart by their team mates. Hayabusa would manage to defeat The Gladiator in the main event of the show to win the eight man tournament, and become the number one contender for Gannosuke's Double Titles at the April 30, 1998 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym.
The end of the Gannosuke & Kanemura FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team title reign would come to an end on March 29, 1998 at the Niigata Sanja Walfare Hall after fellow TNR members Kodo Fuyuki & Hido would defeat them after Fuyuki would hit a charging lariat on Kanemura and score the victory to win the titles.
Jinsei Shinzaki would then give word that he would no longer be touring regularly with FMW after the April 30th show, and as a result, a singles match would be scheduled for the April 21, 1998 Korakuen Hall show to finally settle the Gannosuke vs. Shinzaki feud. Gannosuke would take the upper hand right away in the match as Gannosuke & Kanemura would jump Shinzaki to start the match and with help from Kanemura, would set up a table outside the ring and hit a Praying Powerbomb on Shinzaki off the apron of the ring through a table, busting the back of Shinzaki's head open. Kanemura would eventually leave, finally letting the match become one on one as Gannosuke would have the easy early advantage, and would hope to capitalize on it, like he did by defeating Shinzaki on October 14, 1997. With the crowd louder than it had almost ever been at Korakuen Hall, Gannosuke would continue mocking Shinzaki be delivering low blows as well as Shinzaki's Praying Powerbomb to finish Shinzaki off. Shinzaki would kick out every time with the back of his head busted open, and eventually make a big come back on Gannosuke and hit a standing Moonsault kick to Gannosuke. Shinzaki would manage to kick out of Gannosuke's Fire Thunder and Gannosuke Clutch, and manage to setup Gannosuke for a huge Crucifix Praying Liger Bomb that would cause Gannosuke to land straight on the back of his neck for the three count and the victory as Shinzaki had finally gained revenge on Gannosuke for the year of humiliation.
After the defeat to Shinzaki, Gannosuke had to turn his attention to Hayabusa, who would be challenging him for his Double Titles at the end of the month. Gannosuke would interfere on April 26, 1998 and help Yukihiro Kanemura and Jado defeat Hayabusa & Jinsei Shinzaki after Gannosuke would blow fire at Hayabusa's back and help get Jado to get the Brainbuster pinfall victory over Hayabusa.
April 30, 1998 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym, Mr. Gannosuke would finally face Hayabusa once again. Just like it had been 104 after Gannosuke returned to FMW to wrestle against Hayabusa at the Yokohama Arena, it would be 104 days after Gannosuke won the FMW Double Titles, that he would be facing Hayabusa again in FMW. This time, Gannosuke's FMW Double Titles were on the line against his former friend. The two would begin to work the mat early on in the match, but as the match begin to pick up a little, Gannosuke would be dealt with a serious blow as Hayabusa would hit a flying dropkick on Gannosuke's knee, causing his knee to become dislocated. Gannosuke would fall to the ground in serious pain, but would get up and continue on with the match. The match would turn out to become an incredible match between the two, as both would attempt everything to put away the other, even with Gannosuke's injured knee, he would nail a Fire Thunder on Hayabusa, as well as get a Gannosuke Clutch on him, but Hayabusa would manage to kick out of both. Hayabusa would also attempt everything to put Gannosuke away, but would fail to do it, including hitting a Falcon Arrow on Gannosuke, which put away Gannosuke a year earlier, would only get a two count this time. Finally, Hayabusa would set up the incredibly injured Gannosuke, and hit a picture perfect Phoenix Splash on Gannosuke to get the pinfall victory over Gannosuke, and become the new FMW Double Titles Champion. Gannosuke would walk away from the ring in serious pain, as his ex best friend was now the champion of FMW, instead of him.
Gannosuke would be taken to a near by hospital, where he would find out the exact injury, and be informed that he would be not be able to wrestle for 6 months. Gannosuke would soon be transferred to a Tokyo hospital where he would pass the boredom away with porn and television while living in a hospital room, and one foot with a huge cast on it, being set up in the air.
Due to Gannosuke's injury, Kodo Fuyuki would take over leadership of Team No Respect and later add in Koji Nakagawa who would turn on Atsushi Onita to join the group. Gannosuke would appear in his hometown on Nagasaki on May 25, 1998 to do a skit with the Brief Brothers, but during the skit, tension would begin with Gannosuke and Kanemura as they would begin bickering with one another. Gannosuke would then be seen leaving the building while praying like Jinsei Shinzaki. Fuyuki would also begin to feud with Hayabusa as the top feud of the promotion while TNR would stay the top heel group while feuding with Team FMW and Onita's Team Zero. After Gannosuke would manage to walk and leave the hospital but not ready to come back yet, he would begin to travel Japan, and would visit the mountains and forests of Japan, where Gannosuke would find his inner spirit in Buddha.
Gannosuke would make his first appearance secretly on August 22, 1998 at a Tokyo TV Studio, and with the lights turning off during the middle of the match, Gannosuke would come out wearing Jinsei Shinzaki's Buddhist outfit and deliver a Powerbomb on The Darkside of Hayabusa and begin to leave when the lights would come back on and with the camera just catching a glimpse of his back leaving as Nakagawa would roll on top of Hayabusa for the victory. It would be quickly dropped and never brought up again.
Gannosuke would then make his return in front of a crowd back to Korakuen Hall on October 6, 1998 at Korakuen Hall, as he would come to the ring after Tetsuhiro Kuroda had scored the biggest pinfall of his career by defeating Yukihiro Kanemura. Gannosuke would come to the ring with the Jinsei Shinzaki Buddhist outfit on, and a bloody Kuroda would put his hand out to shake, and instead Gannosuke would just fold his hands together and begin to pray. Gannosuke's in ring return from the knee injury would be setup for November 20, 1998 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym against Tetsuhiro Kuroda.
November 20, 1998 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym, Gannosuke would make his in ring return in the very same building that he had injured his knee just almost seven months before and lost the Double Titles to Hayabusa. This time a sample a Jinsei Shinzaki's music would begin to play before Gannosuke's music would hit and out would come Gannosuke in a Black Buddhist outfit on a long with other Buddhist, for his return match against Kuroda. Yukihiro Kanemura would color commentate the match, as Gannosuke would work on Kuroda's elbow during the match, and when Kuroda would attempt long running lariat on to the entrance ramp, Gannosuke would catch Kuroda by the arm and get Kuroda in a arm drag on the ramp. Kuroda would manage to get back on offense during the match, and deliver Gannosuke with a lame ducked Fire Thunder. Gannosuke would eventually deliver put Kuroda away with the Nirvana strangle for the submission victory for Gannosuke's come back. Afterwards, Kanemura would come back to the ring asking Gannosuke where he stands with Team No Respect as Gannosuke had stayed out of touch with the group for months during his time off. Gannosuke would just blow Kanemura off by walking away without answering Kanemura. Mr. Gannosuke was now no longer a member of Team No Respect. Later in the show, Kodo Fuyuki would manage to defeat Hayabusa for the FMW Double Titles to bring the belts back in Team No Respect under the new leaders possession.
A 16 man single elimination tournament would be created on November 22, 1998, with the winner of the tournament earning a shot at Kodo Fuyuki's newly won FMW Double Titles called the "Over the Top" Tournament. Mr. Gannosuke would be entered into the tournament with his first round opponent being Koji Nakagawa, who had replaced Gannosuke in Team No Respect after Gannosuke had suffered his injury earlier in the year.
Gannosuke would face Koji Nakagawa on December 12, 1998 at Korakuen Hall in the 1st Round of the "Over the Top" Tournament, and would defeat Nakagawa after Nakagawa would attempt using his fork to cut open Gannosuke's forehead, but instead, Gannosuke would manage to swap the fork away from Nakagawa and get him in the Nirvana strangle to make Nakagawa tap and move Gannosuke into the next round. After the match, his next round opponent and former friend Yukihiro Kanemura would rush to the ring and attack Gannosuke with a chair to show his anger at Gannosuke for leaving TNR. This would set up their Semi Finals match for the next day.
Mr. Gannosuke would now face off against his former friend Yukihiro Kanemura on December 13, 1998 at Korakuen Hall, in the Semi Finals of the "Over the Top" Tournament. Again, an upset Kanemura would jump Gannosuke before the match with a chair, and try and get a head start on the match, but as Kanemura would charge Gannosuke with the chair, Gannosuke would deliver a dropkick to Kanemura. The two would begin brawling until both were busted open when Gannosuke would catch a Kanemura get and deliver a kick to the nuts and would finish it off with a Fire Thunder out of no where to advance to the Quarter Finals. His opponent would be Hido on the same day, in both of their second matches of the day. Gannosuke would come to the ring with his busted forehead taped up, as well as Super Leather along side of him to look out for him. Hido would attack Gannosuke early with a spinning heel kick to start the match off, and then begin punching Gannosuke's already busted forehead, but Gannosuke would manage to grab Hido's arm in a Full Nelson hold, and knock him down to the ground and put the Nirvana strangle on him and force Hido to submit. With the victory, it would move Gannosuke to the finals of the "Over the Top" Tournament, with his finals opponent being another former friend and tag partner, Hisakatsu Oya.
The finals of the "Over the Top" Tournament would take place on January 5, 1999 at Korakuen Hall, Gannosuke would face the resurgent Hisakatsu Oya who had defeated both Kodo Fuyuki & Hayabusa earlier in the tournament. The match between the two would mat wrestle, with the crowd remaining quiet throughout most of the match, as the two wanted to show their technical abilities through out the match. Gannosuke would get the upper hand on Oya, and nail him with a Fire Thunder, but Oya would manage to kick out to shock the crowd. Gannosuke would then try to end it with a Praying Powerbomb, but again Oya would kick out. Finally Gannosuke would manage to put Oya in the Nirvana strangle, and with no where else to go, Oya would be force to tap to end the match, and Mr. Gannosuke would become the number 1 contender for the FMW Double Titles after winning the 16 man "Over the Top" Tournament. Gannosuke would be presented with a trophy for winning the tournament, and then call out Masato Tanaka who had earlier on the show returned from a 6 month stint in ECW. Tanaka would come out, but from behind Kanemura would attack Gannosuke from behind, before Hideki Hosaka would come to the ring and make the save for Gannosuke with his night stick. Hosaka would deliver a Powerbomb on Kanemura, and Gannosuke & Hosaka would begin to stomp away at Kanemura before Kodo Fuyuki would come out to try and make the save for his friend, before long the entire locker room would be out, with Hayabusa grabbing the mic to try and put a stop to everyone's fighting before getting a lariat out of nowhere by Kuroda. Mr. Gannosuke would earn a shot at Kodo Fuyuki's FMW Double Titles for the March 19, 1999 Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center show. With both Hosaka & Super Leather by his side, a new group would be formed called "Gannosuke's Outlaws".
Mr. Gannosuke would have to overcome one more obstacle before proving to himself that he was ready to take back the FMW Double Titles, and that was by defeating Hayabusa. The third singles match between the two would be set up for February 21, 1999 at the Fukuoka Hakata Star Lanes, and although Hayabusa would be able to hit his signature moves, it would be Mr. Gannosuke that would control almost the entire match, by almost beating Hayabusa many times, including putting Hayabusa in the Nirvana strangle for several minutes before Hayabusa could get his foot on the rope, as Gannosuke would finally finish Hayabusa off with a Fire Thunder for Mr. Gannosuke's first singles victory over Hayabusa since June 18, 1993. Gannosuke's Outlaws would not be done after the match, by attacking Hayabusa until Kodo Fuyuki would come out and make the shocking save for Hayabusa.
Although the quiet monk similar to Jinsei Shinzaki gimmick did not take off the way, that FMW expected, FMW decided to make Gannosuke the lead heel of FMW as Team No Respect would be soon aligned with FMW, with both of them feuding with Gannosuke's Outlaws. Mr. Gannosuke & Hideki Hosaka would team together on February 27, 1999 at Korakuen Hall, against Hayabusa and Hisakatsu Oya with the two of them failing to get along since their Over the Top feud from the end of the year before. Although, Hayabusa & Oya would manage to get along for a majority of their match, Hayabusa would come off the top rope into an awaiting Oya who would grab Hayabusa and suplex him. Hisakatsu Oya had became the 4th member of Gannosuke's Outlaws, who would begin triple teaming Hayabusa before Gannosuke would finish Hayabusa and get the pin over Hayabusa for the second time in a week after a Reverse Fire Thunder for the pinfall victory. Again, Gannosuke's Outlaws would not be done with Hayabusa, until once again Kodo Fuyuki would come out to make the save for Hayabusa. This time with the ring cleared, Hayabusa would look at Kodo Fuyuki and the two would embraced by shaking hands and hugging. After the show, it would be announced that FMW were to be running a FMW Tag Team Tournament for the vacant FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Titles. The former holders of the titles, Mr. Gannosuke & Hisakatsu Oya would reunite and enter into the tournament, as well Hayabusa & Kodo Fuyuki, and Masato Tanaka & Tetsuhiro Kuroda being the three top favorites entered into the tournament.
Gannosuke would finally get his long awaited FMW Double Titles shot against Kodo Fuyuki on March 19, 1999 at the Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center, and would attack Fuyuki right at the beginning of the match by smashing his walking stick over Fuyuki's head. Gannosuke would begin bringing chairs into the match and smashing them over Fuyuki's back, but it would be Fuyuki that would eventually take control of the match, by grabbing the broken walking stick and begin cutting Gannosuke's forehead open to cause an extremely bloody Gannosuke. Gannosuke would fight back and show his strength by hitting a Fire Thunder on Fuyuki for two, and then delivering a Reverse Fire Thunder on Fuyuki, but it would still not put Fuyuki away. A table would be set up outside, and both wrestlers would attempt to supplex the other through the table out of the ring to outside. Fuyuki would manage to win the exchange and toss a bloody Gannosuke to the outside through the table. That would be the end for Gannosuke, as a piece of the broken table would be brought in the ring, and Fuyuki would smash it over Gannosuke's head, knocking him out, and Fuyuki would get the pinfall victory over Gannosuke to retain the FMW Double Titles. That match would eventually be the end of Gannosuke's monk gimmick, as well as the last time Gannosuke would receive a shot for the FMW Double Titles.
Mr. Gannosuke & Hisakatsu Oya would then begin in the Round Robin FMW Tag Team Tournament for the vacant FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Titles. The team would be predicted as one of the favorites, along with Hayabusa & Kodo Fuyuki, and Masato Tanaka & Tetsuhiro Kuroda. The team would get off to a good start on March 21, 1999 by defeating Yukihiro Kanemura & Hido after Oya would pin Hido for their first win, and then the next day on March 22, 1999, they would defeat their fellow Gannosuke Outlaws allies of Super Leather & Hideki Hosaka, after Oya would get the pin over Super Leather to earn Gannosuke & Oya a quick four points, and a share at the lead in the tournament. A huge loss would take place for Gannosuke & Oya on March 27, 1999 in Wakayama, as Masato Tanaka & Tetsuhiro Kuroda would defeat Gannosuke & Oya, after Tanaka would get the pinfall after a Rolling Elbow on Oya to score the pinfall in his hometown. They would manage to rebound by defeating the team of Koji Nakagawa & Gedo on March 28, 1999 after Oya would get the pin over Nakagawa.
Another big loss would take place on March 29, 1999 at Korakuen Hall, as they would end up losing to the Battlarts' team of Daisuke Ikeda & Mohammed Yone, after Ikeda would nail Oya with a lariat to score the pinfall victory, after it had looked like Oya had kicked out before the referee had counted three. Gannosuke & Oya did not handle the loss to the Battlarts' team, and something was going to come of it because of it.
The final blow to the Gannosuke & Oya team in the tournament would come on April 25, 1999 at the Kyoto KBS Hall after the team of Hayabusa & Kodo Fuyuki would defeat Gannosuke & Oya after Hayabusa would pin Oya to officially eliminate them from having any chance at winning in the tournament. Gannosuke & Oya would finish out the tournament with a win over Armageddon on April 30, 1999 after Oya would pin Armageddon # 1 to give the team of Gannosuke & Oya a total of 4 victories and 3 losses, which would result in 8 points overall.
Although no longer shooting for the FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Titles that would ultimately go to Masato Tanaka & Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Gannosuke & Oya would still be upset over their loss to the Battlarts' team. Gannosuke & Oya would challenge Daisuke Ikeda & Mohammed Yone on May 3, 1999 in Nagoya, and would to get their win back after Gannosuke would score the victory over Yone. Gannosuke would not be done though, as he would continue to fight with them, as TNR would get involved and begin helping Gannosuke attack Daisuke Ikeda, as the Gannosuke Outlaws & Team No Respect would align themselves to do battle against Battlarts' as TNR and Team FMW would end their alliance after the show when Hayabusa & Kodo Fuyuki would lose in the finals of the FMW Tag Team Tournament. A match to settle the feud against Battlarts' would be set for FMW's May 5th Yokohama Bunka Gym show. Gannosuke would also completely ditch the monk gimmick, and return back to the old Mr. Gannosuke persona before his injury.
Team No Respect & Gannosuke Outlaws would join together to make the team of Mr. Gannosuke, Yukihiro Kanemura, Hisakatsu Oya, Hideki Hosaka, and Hido to take on the Battlarts' team of Yuki Ishikawa, Daisuke Ikeda, Mohammed Yone, Katsumi Usuda, and Ryuji Hijikata in a 5 vs. 5 Elimination match on May 5, 1999 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym. Hido & Hideki Hosaka as well as Katsumi Usuda & Ryuji Hijikata would be eliminated early, leaving six wrestlers left until both Hisakatsu Oya & Yuki Ishikawa would eliminate each other over the top rope. This would leave Mr. Gannosuke & Yukihiro Kanemura left together to take on Daisuke Ikeda & Mohammed Yone. Kanemura would also be eliminated several times during the match by being tossed over the top rope, but each time Gannosuke would try his best to save his former friend. Eventually though, Gannosuke would not be able to make the save, and as Gannosuke tried to hold on to Kanemura , finally Kanemura was tossed over the top rope and kicked out to the floor to be eliminated, leaving Gannosuke against both Ikeda & Yone. Gannosuke would face both of them, and begin to be double teamed by both Battlarts' wrestlers until getting a hold of Mohammed Yone and putting him in the Nirvana strangle to make Yone tap, leaving it just be Gannosuke & Daisuke Ikeda against each other. In what was incredible match, turn out to have a weak result as the crowd began to get very into Gannosuke and would cheer him on against Ikeda, but eventually, Ikeda would nail Gannosuke with a hard hitting clothesline and get the pinfall victory over Gannosuke for the Battlarts' victory. Despite the loss, Gannosuke was the obvious star in a incredible match. But, Gannosuke would make his mark later in the show, as when Kodo Fuyuki would come out for his FMW Double Titles defense against Tetsuhiro Kuroda, The Offspring's "Come out and Play" would play and Mr. Gannosuke would be seen with every member of Team No Respect dancing together. Team No Respect was officially back together. They would interfere constantly during the match, and eventually help Kodo Fuyuki retain over Tetsuhiro Kuroda. Quickly, after the match, Hayabusa would jump in the ring and attack Fuyuki, but TNR would quickly make the save for their leader and Hayabusa would be Powerbombed and then put in Gannosuke's Nirvana strangle. Gannosuke had officially ended Gannosuke's Outlaws by rejoining Team No Respect, as Hisakatsu Oya & Hideki Hosaka would join Team FMW, and the battle between FMW vs. TNR would continue.
With the new Team No Respect, Kodo Fuyuki would announce on May 18, 1999 that he was vacating the FMW Double Titles, and would be giving Yukihiro Kanemura, the FMW Brass Knuckles Heavyweight Title, and Mr. Gannosuke would be given the FMW Independent Heavyweight Title.
Huge news for Team No Respect would take place on May 31, 1999 at Korakuen Hall, as Kodo Fuyuki would align himself with FMW President and Owner Shoichi Arai to become the FMW Commissioner. But TNR would not fair well against FMW at the show. In a 5 vs. 5 single elimination match, Kodo Fuyuki would tap to Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Masato Tanaka would pin Koji Nakagawa, Hideki Hosaka would send Yukihiro Kanemura through a table and knocking him out. This would leave 5 members of FMW against just Mr. Gannosuke & Hido. Gannosuke would hook Tanaka to a Gannosuke Clutch, but after Tanaka would manage to kick out and Hayabusa would come in, Gannosuke would quickly realize the defeat was eventual, and instead of being apart of the Handicap match, would deliver a lowblow to Hayabusa in front of the referee and be disqualified, leaving Hido in a 1 vs. 5 match, that he would eventually be pinned by Hayabusa for the sweep.
Big news would take place on June 15, 1999 at Korakuen Hall, as Commissioner Fuyuki would announce his tiredness of Hayabusa's super hero antics, and no longer wanted them apart of his FMW, and as a result, he would force Hayabusa to take off the mask soon, and wrestle just as Eiji Ezaki. But again, despite the big news for Team No Respect, they would eventually lose in the main event, as Hayabusa & Masato Tanaka & Tetsuhiro Kuroda would defeat Mr. Gannosuke, Yukihiro Kanemura, and Hido in a Street Fight Ladder match, and as a result of the TNR loss, Kodo Fuyuki would have to eat dog food. Kodo Fuyuki would take a bite of the dog food, but then spit in Hayabusa's face, and a brawl between FMW & TNR would take place in the ring, with dog food flying all over the ringside area.
Mr. Gannosuke, Yukihiro Kanemura, and Jado would then enter into a tournament to crown the newly created WEW 6 Man Tag Team Titles. Due to earlier match to determine, who would have to wrestle who. Gannosuke's team would face the winner of the Hayabusa, Masato Tanaka, and Tetsuhiro Kuroda vs. Super Leather & Armageddon on July 31, 1999 at Korakuen Hall. But the winner of that match, would then have to face the team of Kodo Fuyuki, Koji Nakagawa, and Gedo. After Hayabusa's team would win the first match, quickly Gannosuke's team would charge the ring and face off against the FMW team. Eventually though, it would Hayabusa's team to prevail after Hayabusa would nail Jado with a Shotei for the pin. Gannosuke, Kanemura, and Jado would stick around for the next match, and begin to help Kodo Fuyuki's team, who would ultimately win after Fuyuki would nail a Charging Lariat on Hayabusa for the pin and the new titles. Team No Respect once again owned all the titles in FMW, and had once again became the dominant stable that they were in 1998.
Mr. Gannosuke would be set to defend his FMW Independent Heavyweight Title against Masato Tanaka on August 20, 1999 at Korakuen Hall, with Kodo Fuyuki making himself the Special Referee for the match. Fuyuki would make sure that Tanaka released such moves at his five count, and when Tanaka would get Gannosuke in a figure four leg lock, Fuyuki would help roll Gannosuke to the rope so that the move could be broken. When a frustrated Tanaka would go to complain to Fuyuki, Gannosuke would use the chance to hit Tanaka from behind. Tanaka would eventually attempt a Rolling Elbow but would smash his arm into a chair by Gannosuke, and Gannosuke would begin to work on Tanaka's elbow for a majority of the match. With control of the match, Gannosuke would hit his reverse Fire Thunder and covering Tanaka, but even with a fast count on Fuyuki's part, Tanaka would manage to kick out and regain his composure to set up Gannosuke for the Diamond Dust. Gannosuke though would manage to get Tanaka off the top rope with several punches, before charging at Tanaka with a lariat, but Tanaka would manage to move out of the way, and Gannosuke would accidentally lariat Fuyuki instead. Both Gannosuke & Fuyuki would get up at the same time, but a running Tanaka would attempt a Elbow Smash on Gannosuke, but when Gannosuke would move out of the way, Tanaka would nail Fuyuki, and knock him out. An FMW referee would rush to the ring as Tanaka would attempt a Rolling Elbow, which would be blocked and then countered into the Gannosuke Clutch, the same move that he had defeated Tanaka with a year before, but this time, Tanaka would manage to kick out. While the referee would check out the unconscious Fuyuki, Gannosuke would once again try to finish Tanaka off with a Gannosuke Clutch, but again Tanaka would manage to kick out at the last second. Both Tanaka and Gannosuke would manage to get up at the same time, but Tanaka would be the one to deliver another Rolling Elbow on Gannosuke, with Gannosuke kicking out as the crowd would be going wild for the action. Tanaka would grab the shaky Gannosuke and bring him over the turnbuckle, where he would nail the Diamond Dust and score the pinfall victory over Gannosuke for the FMW Independent Heavyweight Title. Despite the loss, it would be one of Mr. Gannosuke's best matches of his career, and picked as the 1999 FMW Match of the Year.
Gannosuke would then challenge for the FMW Brass Knuckles Heavyweight Title against Hayabusa, in what would advertised as Eiji Ezaki's last match under the Hayabusa gimmick on August 25, 1999 at the Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center. Hayabusa would try to use each of his signature moves one last time, as Gannosuke would attempt to Powerbomb Hayabusa off the apron to the outside, Hayabusa would counter and hurricanrana Gannosuke to the outside, and then follow with an Asai Moonsault on Gannosuke to the outside. Hayabusa would also attempt a Shooting Star Press, for the first time in almost a year, but Gannosuke would manage to move out of the way, and Hayabusa would hit the mat. Gannosuke would try to take advantage, and begin climbing the top rope, but Hayabusa would deliver a hurricanrana on Gannosuke, and then followed by hitting a Phoenix Splash, but only would manage to kick him in the stomach, then hit Gannosuke perfectly with it, and Gannosuke would manage to kick out of it. Gannosuke would manage to fight off Hayabusa, and attempt to finish Hayabusa off with a devastating Fire Thunder off the middle turnbuckle, but Hayabusa would manage to kick out, as well as kick out out of the Gannosuke Clutch. Hayabusa would fight back and finally finish Gannosuke with two Falcon Arrows for the win. A ceremony for the retirement of the Hayabusa gimmick would take place, and as Kodo Fuyuki would come to the ring to present Hayabusa with flowers and then out of nowhere would attack Hayabusa with the flowers as Team No Respect and FMW would rush to the ring and begin fighting amongst themselves as Gannosuke & Fuyuki would tie a dog collar on Hayabusa's neck, and rip the Hayabusa pants and mask off. Even Shoichi Arai would realize that Fuyuki was taking this too far, and would try to stop Fuyuki and get pushed out of the way for his actions. Gannosuke would put on Hayabusa's mask and continue to beat down the stripped and embarrassed Hayabusa. Eventually, Team No Respect would leave the ring, but they had done their job of embarrassing Hayabusa. Eiji Ezaki would announce that he was not going to go by his real name, but instead, would go by the name H.
Eiji Ezaki would make his debut as H without the mask, with his hair dyed blue, and jean shorts on August 27, 1999 at the Hironari Asahikawa Gym, a 5 vs. 5 elimination match would take place between FMW against TNR. H would eliminate Jado, Hido, and Kanemura, all with his new finisher, the "H Edge". Gannosuke would be eliminated a different way, as H would hit a dropkick off the top rope at Gannosuke's knee, causing Gannosuke to fall to the mat in pain. Gannosuke would claim that his knee would be re-injured, and eliminated from the match as a result, and taken to a near by hospital. This would leave just Fuyuki, who H would pin with once again the H Edge to win the match for FMW. Gannosuke would be taken off the tour due to the injury.
But a huge surprise would take place on September 3, 1999 in Hokkaido, as a match between H, Masato Tanaka, and Tetsuhiro Kuroda against Kodo Fuyuki, Yukihiro Kanemura, and Hido would be treated with a surprised return of Hayabusa. Only, it would be Mr. Gannosuke in the Hayabusa mask who would climb the top rope and pull off the Hayabusa that he had ripped off of Ezaki a week before, to reveal his own style of a Hayabusa mask, before hitting a flying dropkick at H. Although, H would still manage to win the match, afterwards it would be Gannosuke proclaiming that he was the real Hayabusa, and that Gannosuke was still in the hospital, and that Hayabusa was the newest member of Team No Respect.
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