Eiji Ezaki was born on November 29, 1968 in Kumamoto, Yatsushiro Japan.
He began watching wrestling in 1976 at the age of seven with Mil Mascaras being his first favorite wrestler to watch. His grandfather who was a huge wrestling fan as well would bring him to New Japan shows whenever they would come to the area. As the years would by, his favorite wrestler would become Tiger Mask in the early 80's.
Ezaki continued to follow and love wrestling throughout his teenage years at Yatsushiro East High School. He trained in Judo in high school as every male in school would participate in a sport with Ezaki as the tallest student in the group to earn a black belt.
In 1987, Ezaki at the age of 18 would attend Kumamoto Gakuen University and begin weight training at the local college gym. He would meet a student there by the name of Masashi Honda and the two would begin to bond right away due to their love of wrestling. Honda would eventually convince Ezaki to begin training for wrestling despite Ezaki's doubt it would turn into anything as he felt at 160 pounds that he was much too small for wrestling.
Both Ezaki and Honda would begin participating in the regional Kumamoto training promotion called Syodai Wrestling Association. It would to allow young men who were interested in wrestling to wrestle in front of a crowd and learn about how to work matches.
In 1991, after four years of college but not having enough credits to graduate, Ezaki and Honda would be on a bus together when Honda would suggest that he wanted to move to Kawagoe in Saitama. Ezaki confused and not even knowing where that was exactly would ask why. Honda would explain that he was going to join the FMW Dojo which is where it was located. Honda would suggest that Ezaki join him as well.
Ezaki only at age 22 would tell his parents about his plans to move and join his friend Honda in Saitama to the FMW Dojo. Ezaki's parents were very wealthy owners of a very rich hotel line and Ezaki would be cut off from them financially as well as lose his job they had planned for him in the hotel after he was suppose to graduate college if he were to leave before not graduating to go be a wrestler. They were also not fans of pro-wrestling like Ezaki's grandfather was. Ezaki would tell Honda that he would be unable to join him as he did not have the money after his parents were unwilling to pay for him to travel to Saitama.
Honda would end up leaving to Saitama with Ezaki. Other friends from the Syodai Wrestling Association would hear about the circumstance that Ezaki was going through and all of them would pitch in together and pay for a plane ticket for him. Ezaki would take a plane to the Haneda Airport in Tokyo where he would catch a bus to the Shinjuku District in Tokyo and then get on the subway to Kawagoe where he would meet up with Honda in Saitama before both would sign up for tryouts in the FMW Dojo.
Ezaki feeling was that he did not want a boring office job, and wanted to try something that he loved to do it and was willing to make that sacrifice. It would take many years for his years for his parents to finally fully accept his decision on his profession in life.
The two would enter the FMW Dojo with 40 other people with Tarzan Goto assigned as their trainer. Goto would make Ezaki, Honda, and all the other students do 500 squats, 300 push ups, and 100 sit ups to prove they were physically worthy of making it in the FMW Dojo. They would also have to be interviewed by Tarzan Goto as well. Only two people would pass of the 40 people trying out and they would be Masashi Honda and Eiji Ezaki as they were officially accepted in the FMW Dojo.
Ezaki and Honda would become the newest members of the FMW Dojo as Akihito Ichihara, Yukihide Ueno and Katsutoshi Niiyama known as The Shooter would already be living in the Dojo. Ezaki and Honda would not even know who Niiyama was until later on as he had only wrestled with a mask on so they were unable to identify him without the mask.
Tarzan Goto from the start of training would not bother to learn his students name and instead would give them names based on celebrities who he thought they looked like. Masashi Honda's Dojo name would be "Gannosuke" as Goto felt that Honda looked like Japanese actor Ashiya Gannosuke. Ezaki's name would be "Shimizu" as he felt that Ezaki looked like Japanese singer and actor Kentaro Shimizu.
Life in the Dojo would be extremely hard as they would be woken up at 6 AM to workout and then eat breakfast before Honda would have to drive the license less Ezaki to their job at the French Bed Co. in Kasukabe, Saitama which sold bed for the elderly and was the biggest sponsor that FMW had thus FMW made all their trainees work there part time from 8 AM until 3:30 PM to earn money which at the time was the only money that Ezaki was making due to not have any matches yet.
Then they would have to go to the grocery store and get food for dinner where Ezaki would always get Chanko after being advised by Akihito Ichihara as it was what Sumo Wrestlers ate to gain weight as it had a lot of protein with Ezaki desperately doing anything he could to be able to gain weight back then.
They then would start working out until 6 PM until 11 PM. Then they would eat dinner and have to scrub and clean the Dojo before finally getting to bed around 2 AM. It would be like 6 days a week with only Sunday being the day to catch up on their sleep. Also, with Tarzan Goto as the main instructor he would randomly come in at 2 AM after everyone had just gone to bed and make them work out again for a couple more hours. The only thing Ezaki always had going for him was that he was a fast learner and picked up on everything rather quickly which did not go unnoticed by Tarzan Goto or the other students.
The first time ever Ezaki would ever be in Korakuen Hall would be on February 26, 1991 to help set up the ring. It was not an easy as Korakuen Hall would be located on the fifth so wrestlers would have to bring up parts of the ring at time up the elevator. Ezaki's job would be to greet fans and help them to their seats. He was told to watch the matches but to not react to any of the matches. While watching a match between Yukihide Ueno against the debuting El Pandita who was doing his act for the first time causing all the fans in the crowd to laugh hysterically, Ezaki noticed himself laughing at Pandita as well and would stop right away hoping nobody had noticed. Later that night while back in the Dojo, Ezaki would be working with Tarzan Goto who would end up punching Ezaki right in the face very hard and stated that was for laughing at the show earlier.
May 5, 1991 at the Nagoya International Center, Eiji Ezaki would wrestle his first ever career match by accident as an injury to Amigo Ultra's partner Akihito Ichihara would cause a spot open on the card. FMW would decide to call for Ezaki their top student to fill in as a replacement and to make his debut for FMW. Ezaki would make his FMW debut teaming with Amigo Ultra, who would later become known as Damian, with them getting the win over the team of Yukihide Ueno and El Pandita after Amigo Ultra would get the pin over Ueno.
June 19, 1991 at the Akita Prefectural Gym, Ezaki's second match would be a handicap match as Ezaki would be booked in the match at the last minute to team Akihito Ichihara against The Gladiator to get over The Gladiator as a monster. It would be a quick squash for The Gladiator who was told to just go out there and destroy Ezaki and Ichihara and make them both pay their dues. In Ezaki's mind these two matches matches were not felt like real debut matches because they were not originally booked for him.
June 22, 1991 at the Hokkaido Haboro Elementary Gym, Eiji Ezaki would wrestle his first singles professional match against Yukihide Ueno, the same day Masashi Honda would made his debut against Akihito Ichihara. Both were very happy with the outcome although Ueno would be rather rough with his own Dojo classmate due to what Ezaki felt as jealousy of being the top student in the Dojo, and Ezaki would consider the match to be his real debut due to it being a singles match booked specifically for him.
After the show, the FMW roster would have a special event outside by a camp fire. Atsushi Onita would congratulate both Eiji Ezaki and Masashi Honda for their singles debut matches earlier and then would come up with the idea due to photographers from the Pro-Wrestling Weekly magazine there that he would try to gain some publicity by announcing that as a way to celebrate their debuts they would be using fire crackers but the twist would be that they would have to celebrate by setting the fire crackers off out of their anus. Ezaki would go first and Honda would follow and although both Ezaki and Honda would be in a certain amount of pain it would gain FMW attention after the pictures were published in the magazine and would be the first thing that casual fans would know about Eiji Ezaki and Masashi Honda.
Ezaki would then face off against Masashi Honda for the first time on on June 26, 1991 at the Hokkaido Ashikawa Prefectural Gym with Honda getting the victory over Ezaki. Ezaki would follow by getting his first victory over Honda on June 29, 1991.
June 30, 1991 at Korakuen Hall, Ezaki would make his Korakuen Hall again facing off against Yukihide Ueno and again Ueno would be very rough with Ezaki before getting the win over him in the first of many matches for Ezaki at the historic Korakuen Hall.
Ezaki would be considered the best of all the young students especially by Atsushi Onita whenever he would have the chance to watch the training going on in the Dojo. Ezaki would continue to gain experience losing in the preliminary matches against the likes of El Pandita, The Shooter, Akihito Ichihara, and Yukihide Ueno as well trading wins back and forth with Masashi Honda.
September 23, 1991 at Kawasaki Stadium, Eiji Ezaki and Masashi Honda would wrestle in the biggest match of their career at the time in the opening match of the biggest FMW show at the time against each one another. Ezaki would end up getting the win in the first ever FMW match at Kawasaki Stadium after pinning his best friend in what would eventually be the same result in the last ever match for FMW in Kawasaki ten years later.
Eiji Ezaki and Masashi Honda would go back to training in the Dojo and opening FMW shows when FMW Booker and Referee Go Ito as well as Tarzan Goto felt it was time to take Masashi Honda to the next level and give him a new name which would be the same name that everyone in the Dojo knew him as. Mr. Gannosuke. Mr. Gannosuke would be one of Atsushi Onita and Tarzan Goto's teammate in main events of FMW shows while Ezaki would continue in preliminary matches.
Ezaki would continue to work in preliminary singles and tag matches against the likes of The Gladiator, Katsuji Ueda, Lance Storm, and Chris Jericho. Gannosuke on the other hand would begin to team with Atsushi Onita and Tarzan Goto in the main event on those same house shows. The likes of The Gladiator and Katsuji Ueda, were told to simply beat Ezaki up, make him prove to everyone he was tough enough to be a professional wrestler in FMW. Ezaki would pretty much be nothing but a punching bag but Ezaki had a goal to continue to work his way up the ladder. His goal was to slowly move up the card from an opening match wrestler to a second match wrestler and so on.
November 24, 1991 in Tsuyama, Eiji Ezaki would wrestle Sabu in their first ever singles match with Sabu getting the easy victory over the young Ezaki in just over three minutes. Ezaki who was still a young boy would idolize The Sheik and Sabu although fear them at the same time. Ezaki would earn the respect of both after time and would eventually be considered The Sheik's favorite to where Ezaki could call him "Papa Sheik".
Ezaki would continue to live in the Dojo with Gannosuke in a small dark room and train at all times during the day. A new class of men wanting to become wrestlers would be accepted in the FMW Dojo as Shoji Nakamaki who was accepted due to him being a famous Baseball writer in Japan and FMW wanting the publicity of Nakamaki training to be a wrestler for the newspapers and magazines as well as Koji Nakagawa. Ezaki and Gannosuke would no longer be the young rookies any longer as Ezaki continues to grow his hair out and begin to incorporate more highflying moves to his arsenal like the Moonsault which at the time was a very rarely seen move in wrestling.
September 19, 1992 at the Yokohama Stadium, Eiji Ezaki and Koji Nakagawa would team up to take on Kevin Faule and Chris Jericho which would be the first ever stadium show for Ezaki. Jericho and Faule would be told before hand to make sure that Ezaki's Moonsault was protected during the match by the other member of the teaming breaking the count before the referee would count to three. Ezaki would end up hitting the Moonsault on Jericho with Kevin Faule coming in late and being unable to break up the count forcing Jericho to have to kick out of the move instead. Jericho and Faule would end up coming off the top rope with a double dropkick on Ezaki with Jericho scoring the pinfall over Ezaki.
November 20, 1992 at Korakuen Hall, Ezaki would work an eight man tag team match along with FMW wrestlers Sambo Asako, Ricky Fuji, and Florida independent wrestler Haystacks Calhoun, Jr. as they would take on the team of The Psychos and The Alligators with Ezaki taking the fall after Alligator Man # 1 would get the win to build them up for the upcoming Tag Team Tournament that was beginning.
November 27, 1992 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym, Ezaki would make his Yokohama Bunka Gym debut against Koji Nakagawa in the opening match and much like the beginning of every other FMW show it would result in Ezaki getting the win over Nakagawa with a Moonsault. The same result would take place for Ezaki with the same finishing move on December 7, 1992 at the Osaka Prefectural Gym for the finals of the FMW Tag Team Tournament.
January 5, 1993 at Korakuen Hall, Ezaki would continue to be a preliminary punching bag as Onita's personal body guard Katsuji Ueda would end up KO'ing him in the third round of their match with a punch. Ezaki would then lose to Dr. Luther the next day on January 6, 1993 at Korakuen Hall with Luther afterwards telling everyone backstage that he felt Ezaki had the talent to be a star in wrestling and should be protected better.
February 21, 1993 at Korakuen Hall, Ezaki and Mr. Gannosuke would team up together and would be labeled the Kyushu Express due to them both being from the southern part of Japan as they would team up together against The Gladiator and Dr. Hannibal. The Kyushu Express pull out some double teaming moves including Gannosuke delivering a drop kick the same time that Ezaki would deliver a spinning heel kick but the The Gladiator and Dr. Hannibal would be too much to powerful for the still young team as The Gladiator would finish off Ezaki with an Awesome Bomb.
March 5, 1993 at Korakuen Hall, the Kyushu Express would face off against each other as Mr. Gannosuke would defeat Ezaki as Gannosuke continue to climb up the ladder in FMW the way that Ezaki had wanted to although Onita still took a personal shining to Ezaki the way that Goto had taken a shining to Gannosuke.
March 17, 1993 at the Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center, the top three young wrestlers of Ezaki, Mr. Gannosuke, and Koji Nakagawa would team up against the foreign team of Sabu, Tiger Jeet Singh, Jr. who would go on to become Tiger Ali Singh in the WWF, and Judge Dread would defeat the green boys as Sabu would finish off Nakagawa for the win.
May 5, 1993 at Kawasaki Stadium, Ezaki would open Kawasaki Stadium once again, this time it would be against Nakagawa who Ezaki had worked with almost hundred times by this point. Ezaki would look to impress the largest audience ever seeing an FMW show at the time by using his highflying moves and finishing off Nakagawa with a Moonsault as it was becoming more apparent that Ezaki had was one of if not the best worker in FMW already.
June 8, 1993 at the Okinawa Air Force Base, a special show would see a special match as Atsushi Onita and Tarzan Goto would take on the younger FMW wrestlers in Battle Ranger Z, Eiji Ezaki, and Koji Nakagawa with Ezaki getting a rare chance at facing off against Onita as well as his teacher Goto. Ezaki would hit some of his highflying moves on Onita and busting him open but Onita would end up nailing Ezaki with his Thunder Fire Powerbomb to get the win in the handicap match.
July 24, 1993 at Kitakyushi Stadium, Ezaki would work a preliminary match teaming with Katsuji Ueda and Mr. Gannosuke against the team of Shirkroad, Chiaki Matsuyama and Abe with Gannosuke picking up the victory over Matsuyama. Ezaki would end up making his first impact on the main event of the show after Atsushi Onita would defeat Mr. Pogo in a Exploding Barbed wire Double Hell Death Match. Pogo would end up attacking Onita after the match with Mr. Chin an old IWE wrestler in his 60's and turned comedy opening card match wrestler would end up trying to make the save for Onita but Pogo would end up throwing Chin into the Exploding Barbed wire. Onita would end up covering Chin's body and Pogo would then blow a fireball at Onita's back. Ezaki would then rush the ring to cover Onita's burnt body and protect them both until more help could come. Ezaki and Masato Tanaka would both grab Chin's unconscious body and carry him to the back for safety.
September 17, 1993 in Ibaraki, Ezaki would be entered into the FMW Independent Jr. Heavyweight Title Tournament. His first round opponent would be Koji Nakagawa who Ezaki defeated numerous times throughout the last year. This time would be different though as Nakagawa would be the one to hit the Moonsault on Ezaki instead to get the pinfall and the win. Nakagawa though would end up breaking his arm after hitting the Moonsault and would be rushed to the hospital afterwards clinging to his arm. Nakagawa would be out of the tournament and Ezaki would take his spot in the semi-finals.
September 25, 1993 in Hiratsuka, Ezaki would face off against Battle Ranger Z in the Semi-Finals of the tournament to crown the new FMW Independent Jr. Heavyweight Champion. Ezaki would be out matched by the more experienced Battle Ranger who would end up defeating Ezaki and advancing to the finals where he would end up losing to The Great Sasuke.
September 27, 1993 at Korakuen Hall, FMW would decide for Ezaki to be sent to Mexico with Ezaki's last match against Masato Tanaka with Ezaki getting the win after delivering a Moonsault to the fellow Dojo student in the opening match of the show. Onita would let Ezaki know about the decision they had made and tell him right after his match with both Onita and Ezaki very emotional afterwards as Onita wanted Ezaki to learn more about the highflying style that he was already becoming known for.
Ezaki would have one week to prepare to live in another country as he would fly to Mexico on October 5, 1993 and be sent to Rey Mysterio Sr.'s WWA promotion which had been partners with FMW for a couple years to polish Ezaki's ring work for him to be able to reach his potential and learn a completely different style of wrestling. Ezaki would have to virtually start all over as nobody knew who he was and he would have to train in the Tijuana Dojo like he had never wrestled before. The Tijuana Dojo would also be completely different than the FMW Dojo as the FMW Dojo focused on squats, push ups, and pulls up in the Tijuana Dojo had you throwing your body all over the place and flying in and out of the ring. Ezaki would meet a young 18 year old Oscar Gutierrez who would become known as Rey Mysterio, Jr. while training at his uncles Dojo.
Ezaki growing up as a fan of Mil Mascaras realized that since he was in Mexico that he needed to fit in and came up with his own masked wrestler gimmick. Eiji Ezaki would design his own mask and costume and would name himself "Hayabusa" as "The bird that never dies". The first ever picture of Hayabusa would be taken as he was in a car in Los Angeles heading to Tijuana to make his debut when the person in the car would suggest they get out Ezaki climb up the top of the hill by the road and take pictures of him as Hayabusa before making his debut that night in Tijuana. The Spanish not knowing what to make of Hayabusa would start chanting "Chino, Chino" which is Chinese in Spanish. Fans would throw their cans and cups in the ring during the match as Hayabusa was very glad he had the mask on to cover his face of sadness during the match.
Ezaki would eventually tweak the Hayabusa gimmick shortly afterwards giving it more of a traditional Japanese look instead of the original ninja look it had. Ezaki would start up for the AAA promotion. One of the perks of working in Mexico for Ezaki would be getting to meet his first favorite wrestler as a child growing up in Mil Mascaras as well as Mil Mascaras' brother Dos Caras and wrestling on the same shows as them.
Before leaving for Mexico, Ezaki who was always worried about being too skinny for professional wrestling had managed to get up to 200 pounds after two years of training to gain weight. After his first six months in Mexico he managed to drop back to 180 due to the food not agreeing with his body at all. Ezaki then got the call from Shoichi Arai that he had been picked to return to Japan for an All Star Junior Heavyweight Tournament to help FMW's reputation that they provide good wrestling as well. Ezaki would tell Arai that it was impossible for him to return as it had only been six months and he wasn't ready to show himself off yet which would anger Arai to the point where he would just hang up on Ezaki. Arai would call a couple of days later and tell him that Atsushi Onita had made it official that Hayabusa would participate in the New Japan event called the Super J-Cup and that Jushin Thunder Liger would be his scheduled opponent which was Liger's own decision as Liger saw much talent in Ezaki wanted him as his first round opponent. Ezaki would ask FMW whether he should return to Japan as Eiji Ezaki since that is what Japan knew him as or as Hayabusa which he had only planned on going by in Mexico. They told him it didn't matter and Ezaki chose to debut his Hayabusa gimmick for the first time extremely nervous of the spotlight that was about to fall on him. Yukihide Ueno then known as Battle Ranger Z was also originally slated in Hayabusa's spot for the tournament before the decision was made by FMW to send the more talented Hayabusa to the tournament instead which upset Ueno greatly due to his years of already not liking the attention that Ezaki had always gotten over him from the beginning.
April 16, 1994 at the Tokyo Sumo Hall, Eiji Ezaki would debut as Hayabusa for the first time in Japan for New Japan's Super J-Cup Tournament in the first round against Jushin Thunder Liger and would quickly jump the legendary Liger and kick him out of the ring before diving out of the ring to floor at him. Hayabusa would show his completely new offense to Japan for the first time to many fans that had never even seen him as a young boy in FMW for years. He was still not polished on many of the highflying moves and although were able to perform the moves, was not able to execute them perfectly. Hayabusa would deliver his first ever Shooting Star Press in Japan, but also miss Liger completely as Liger would take advantage and eventually go on to defeat Hayabusa in a well received first match for Eiji Ezaki under his new gimmick as Liger would shake Hayabusa's hand and show him much respect for his skills as the two would eventually become close friends afterwards.
After the potential shown in the J-Cup Tournament, Victor Quinones of the IWA Japan promotion, which had yet to start running shows would offer Hayabusa a contract to the IWA Promotion for $3,000 a month, and a $10,000 signing bonus to become the top Japanese star of the promotion. Hayabusa would turn down the offer to remain loyal with FMW, and although he would stopped being booked by AAA, he would be earning $500 a week guaranteed by FMW.
Hayabusa would face an issue with his visa by not getting booked by AAA though. Hayabusa would happen to see Ultimo Dragon of EMLL at a after show party one night an introduce himself as Eiji Ezaki of Atsushi Onita's FMW promotion. Ezaki would explain his issue with no longer being booked and possibly being deported as a result and Ultimo Dragon would agree to help Hayabusa get booked for his EMLL promotion instead.
Hayabusa would be sent back to Mexico on April 19, 1994 just three days after his Super J Cup appearance along with Akihito Ichihara although this time they would begin working for the EMLL promotion as Hayabusa would end up taking taking Brazo de Oro's spot as the young flying sensation. While in Mexico, Hayabusa would also become closer to fellow Japanese masked wrestlers as Jushin Thunder Liger, Ultimo Dragon, and Koji Kanemoto as Tiger Mask III were also touring Mexico in May 1994. Hayabusa and Kanemoto would end up becoming very close friends during their time in Mexico as Kanemoto was very interested in Onita and FMW and would ask many different questions about the promotion.
May 17, 1994 at the Arena Coliseo in Mexico City, Hayabusa would not be wearing his usual attire as he would wear his non wrestling mask that he as well Zubaz pants on instead of his trademark silk pants he would make his EMLL debut teaming with La Sombra and Ringo Mendoza as they would defeat the team of Javier Cruz, Panico, and Tornado Negro I.
May 27, 1994 in Arena Coliseo in Mexico City, Hayabusa would team with Ciclon Ramirez and Pantera II in a losing effort to Mogur, Javier Cruz, and Cachorro Mendoza. The reports on Hayabusa after the match, were that he lacked experience in Lucha Libre style wrestling, but was obviously an incredible athlete from the moves he would deliver. Hayabusa would make his Arena Mexico debut teaming with Ciclon Ramirez and El Hijo del Solitario to defeat the team of Javier Cruz, Mogur, and Espectro Jr. Hayabusa would also learn how to deliver the 450 Splash after seeing Too Cold Scorpio perform the move while in the rival AAA promotion.
June 21, 1994 in Cuernavaca, Hayabusa would get to team up with Ultimo Dragon for the first time in his career as well as La Fiera to defeat the defeat the team of Angel Blanco Jr., Los Hijos de Angel Blanco I & II after Dragon would get the pin for the victory. Hayabusa would then team up with Ringo Mendoza, and El Hijo del Solitario to defeat Mogur, Jacque Mate, and Tornado Negro on July 5, 1994 at the Arena Coliseo as Hayabusa would slowly begin picking up and improving on the Lucha Libre style. Hayabusa would make his return to Arena Mexico on July 15, 1994 to team with El Hijo del Solitario and Blue Demon Demon, Jr. to defeat the team of Jacque Mate, Mocho Cota, and Cachorro Mendoza.
Hayabusa would then team with Super Astro to enter into a tag team tournament to crown new CMLL Tag Team Champions after the titles were vacated and their first round opponents would be El Dandy & Negro Casas on July 22, 1994 in the main event of Arena Mexico in front of 8000 fans, in Hayabusa's first ever main event match of his career. But Hayabusa & Astro would fail to pass the first round after El Dandy & Negro Casas would come away with the victory to move on. Also entered in the tournament would be the Wild Pegasus Chris Benoit, Vampiro, Miguel Perez, The Headhunters, Takashi Okano, and Silver King. The Headhunters would go on to win the tournament and the titles after defeating Negro Casas and El Dandy in the finals a week later.
Hayabusa would return to Arena Mexico on August 12, 1994 to team up with El Brazo & Brazo dr Oro, who was known to the EMLL fans as the young flying sensation before Hayabusa had came in to lose to Meno Negra, Archangel de la Murete, and El Hijo del Gladiator with Hayabusa again showing growth in the Lucha Libre style of match, and adding his own incredible moves like the 450 Fire Bird Splash, and the Phoenix Splash. Hayabusa would lose his last match before returning home to Japan on August 16, 1994 at Arena Mexico after teaming with El Brazo and Pantera II to lose to the team of Javier Cruz, El Hido del Gladiator, and and Gran Markus, Jr.
Hayabusa would then leave Mexico to return to Japan, and make his FMW debut under the mask. But first he would pose for pictures for the Japanese Magazine Pro-Wrestling Shu in Osaka prior to returning to FMW. Due to leaving right after the show and going back to Mexico, Hayabusa would be unaware of the new found popularity that he had received due to the new mask and participating at the Super J Cup Tournament back in April.
August 28, 1994 at the Osaka Castle Hall, Hayabusa would be put in a match against Sabu due to the Hayabusa gimmick being patterned after Sabu due to Eiji Ezaki being such a fan of Sabu's gimmick from years earlier in FMW. Sabu would try a dangerous spot of hitting a 450 Splash off the top rope to the outside onto a table that Hayabusa had moved out of the way of. Sabu would injure his back during the spot and Hayabusa would manage to get his first ever Japanese victory under the Hayabusa gimmick by beating Sabu. Sabu would show respect to Hayabusa afterwards by shaking his hand. Hayabusa would also assist Atsushi Onita for the only time under the mask in the main event. Atsushi Onita after doing his speech to end the show and would begin spitting water to the crowd would spot Hayabusa near the ring and spit water at him.
Hayabusa would make his return to EMLL on September 23, 1994 at Arena Mexico teaming with Ultimo Dragon & Masao Orihara to lose to El Satanico, Emilio Charles Jr., and Bestia Salvaje. Hayabusa would make only his second ever appearance in the United States on October 2, 1994 in Houston, Texas teaming with Atlantis and Ringo Mendoza to defeat Felino, Mano Negra, and Pirata Morgan in the main event. After the match, the heels of the losing team would attack Hayabusa and his partners leaving them laid out when Moadib, who would later become Ahmed Johnson would make the save for Hayabusa, Atlantis, and Mendoza.
Hayabusa would team up with Ultimo Dragon and enter into another tournament for the vacant CMLL Tag Team Titles on November 11, 1994 in Arena Mexico to defeat the team of Felino and Mano Negra to get passed the first round. While teaming with Dragon, Hayabusa would begin to learn how to use the Asai Moonsault, and would begin incorporating the move in his matches. Hayabusa & Ultimo Dragon would be eliminated from the tournament in the quarter finals on November 18, 1994 in Arena Mexico by the team of Emilio Charles, Jr. and El Santanico who would go on to win the tournament.
Hayabusa would team up with El Dandy and La Fiera to lose to Black Magic Norman Smiley, Mano Negra, and Mocho Cota at Arena Mexico on December 2, 1994, but Hayabusa would end up suffering his biggest injury at the time after attempting an Asai Moonsault to the floor, but still new to the move, would end slipping off top rope, and end up crashing down to the floor, and smacking his head hard against the concrete. It would be a scary spot, but Hayabusa would go on to recover from it, with only suffer a severe headache for several days as a result. Hayabusa would be considered lucky after the spot gone wrong, but sadly would not be so lucky the next time he would slip attempting an Asai Moonsault years later.
December 17, 1994 at Arena Mexico would mark Hayabusa's last match in Mexico. He would challenge Silver King for his CMLL Heavyweight Championship Match in a Two out of Three Falls Match. Hayabusa and King would brawl all over ringside at the start of the match with Hayabusa failing to beat the referees count for King to get the first fall win via count out. The second fall would have Silver King get DQ'd to tie it up going into the last fall. Hayabusa would deliver a Thunder Fire Powerbomb as well as a Moonsault but it would be Silver King that would come out on top by pinning Hayabusa to defend his CMLL Heavyweight Title to end Hayabusa's 15 month stint in Mexico.
Hayabusa would then begin wrestling in the Florida independent promotions from January to April 1995 where he would wrestle in the Florida Wrestling Alliance which was Horace Boulder's promotion. At the beginning, the fans would laugh at Hayabusa's ring attire as many of the Florida fans would scream at him with such insults that he looked like a Power Ranger. Hayabusa would end up earning those fans respect by showing off his maneuvers while some were not so crisp yet, many of the fans were stunned by the maneuvers at how impressive they actually were and a babyface turn would soon come for Hayabusa would defeat The Navy Seal with help from former FMW wrestlers Haystacks Calhoun, Jr. and Horace Boulder for the PCWF Heavyweight Championship in February 1995.
He would wrestle the likes of Green Beret, Vern Henderson, Bill Garrett and would eventually lose the title two weeks after losing it to Randy Fuller on April 6, 1995 in what would be Eiji Ezaki's only match where he would work as a heel.
The Gladiator would attack Hayabusa afterwards backstage with pictures being taken of The Gladiator lifting up Hayabusa and challenging him to a match at Kawasaki Stadium for the return of Hayabusa to FMW the following month. Hayabusa while staying in Florida would actually train The Gladiator every day and work over their schedule Kawasaki match and the matches that were to take place following it. Both Hayabusa and The Gladiator knew without Onita that their matches were going to be one of the top feuds in the promotion.
Hayabusa would return back to Japan for good on April 20, 1995 to get ready for his upcoming match against The Gladiator at the FMW Dojo in Saitama. Hayabusa would look to become one of the top guys in the promotion and top babyface along side Mr. Gannosuke and Katsutoshi Niiyama as Tarzan Goto would be the ace of the promotion on the neutral Lethal Weapon team of Hisakatsu Oya and Ricky Fuji. Goto would then find out that Onita was insisting that he go over for his Retirement Match and that would upset Goto very much so as he would be the person looked to lead the company after Onita's departure while not even being a baby face and losing to Onita once again in a big match. Goto felt that he was being setup to fail as the ace of FMW and he would make a decision that would change FMW as a result.
Hayabusa's trainer Tarzan Goto and best friend Mr. Gannosuke would announce that they would be leaving FMW for the IWA Japan promotion where he was promised to be the ace of the promotion. FMW which would include everyone associated with the promotion from Arai to Go Ito to all the wrestlers would decide that it was time to form a new FMW due to Onita's retirement and knowing that they would not be able to have the success with Onita's style without Onita himself in the promotion would call for Hayabusa to take the spot of Tarzan Goto to main event Kawasaki Stadium and become the new ace of FMW. Hayabusa had always been planned as a top guy for the promotion due to his potential, but everything was about to be thrown at him as he was about to wrestle in the biggest match of his career and then lead a completely new FMW without Onita.
April 30, 1995 at a FMW press conference in Tokyo, FMW would hold the press conference with Atsushi Onita about to announce Takashi Ishikawa as his main event opponent for the Kawasaki Stadium when Hayabusa would interrupt before Onita could make the announcement and make the challenge to Onita. Onita would become very upset over interrupting his press conference but Takashi Ishikawa would see Hayabusa's eagerness in the match and step aside from the match with Onita accepting Hayabusa's challenge for his May 5, 1995 Retirement Match.
Hayabusa would take a taxi hours before the show to Kawasaki Stadium to prepare for the biggest match of his life. Hayabusa would be very nervous for the entire day leading up to the show worried that it would not go as planned and over the fact that he had trained over the past year in highflying and now was going to be able to do very little highflying with no ropes in the match. Hayabusa would also meet with former FMW Dojo friends for the first time at the show including Katsutoshi Niiyama and Masato Tanaka following their match on the show as they were going to be pushed with Hayabusa as the ace of the new FMW following the show.
May 5, 1995 at Kawasaki Stadium, Hayabusa would wrestle in the biggest match of his career by facing the retiring Atsushi Onita in front of over 58,250 fans in a Exploding Ring Barbed wire Cage Death Match. The biggest Death Match to ever take place at the time, and the biggest match in the history of FMW. Both wrestlers would shake hands before starting the match. Onita would start off by slapping Hayabusa in the chest, and then attempting to grab Hayabusa in a head lock and sending Hayabusa into the Exploding Cage, but each time, Hayabusa would manage to stop short of hitting the cage. Hayabusa would manage to grab a head lock on Onita, but Onita seeing his opportunity, would attempt to fling Hayabusa into the Exploding Barbwire Cage, but Hayabusa would manage to hold on to the head lock, bringing Onita with him as both would hit the cage for a huge explosion. Hayabusa would take a majority of the explosion, as Onita would easily get up first, and begin working on Hayabusa's leg, from putting him in a Sharpshooter, to getting Hayabusa in a single leg crab. The sirens would begin going off, noting five more minutes until the ring would explode. Onita would finally let go, and put Hayabusa in another headlock, but Hayabusa would shove Onita, breaking the head lock, and sending Onita into the Exploding Barbed wire for another explosion.
Hayabusa would take advantage of Onita's fall, and would deliver a suplex, and then a standing Moonsault for the cover, with Onita kicking out. Hayabusa would then put Onita, in a Figure Four Leg lock, attempting to make Onita to submit. Onita would begin screaming in pain, due to Hayabusa working on Onita's severe leg injuries that had force him to retire from wrestling ten years earlier, but while in the figure four, Onita would begin slapping Hayabusa in the face and screaming at him, until Hayabusa would fight back with slaps of his own to Onita. Hayabusa would lose concentration of the figure four, and Onita would manage to break out and deliver a Fire Thunder Powerbomb to Hayabusa, with Hayabusa kicking out as the sirens would continue to get louder. Onita would then deliver a DDT, with Hayabusa kicking out. Less than ten seconds would remain until the ring would explode when Hayabusa would get up and deliver a spinning heel kick to Onita, and then charge at Onita, but Onita would move out of the way and send Hayabusa flying into the cage for a huge explosion at the exact time the ring would explode. The safest way to protect your body in a Exploding Cage match is to lay down in the middle of the ring, but Hayabusa would end up being put in the most dangerous position by already hitting the Exploding Barbed wire at the same time the ring explosions would set off right next to him. The explosions would end up leaving scars all over Hayabusa's body, but as the smoke of the explosions would clear, Onita would get up and deliver a Fire Thunder Powerbomb to Hayabusa, and Hayabusa would still manage to kick out. Onita would attempt another Thunder Fire Powerbomb, but Hayabusa would manage to reverse it, and turn it into a hurricanrana for the pinfall, but Onita would manage to kick out. Hayabusa would deliver his own Thunder Fire Powerbomb to Onita, and then would begin climbing the barbed wire cage that had been deactivated after the explosion. Hayabusa would climb to the top rope, and do one of the most dangerous spots seen in wrestling by moonsaulting off the top of the cage. Onita would manage to move out of the way, and Hayabusa would hit the mat hard and in pain. Onita would get up, with blood running down his arms and would deliver a Thunder Fire Powerbomb to Hayabusa, but Hayabusa would still manage to kick out to an incredibly loud reaction from the thousands of fans. Onita not believing that Hayabusa was able to kick out of the move, would deliver another Thunder Fire Powerbomb, and then follow it up with a third straight Thunder Fire Powerbomb and would finally manage to get the pinfall victory over Hayabusa.
Onita would begin pouring water on Hayabusa as a show of a respect for the fight he put on, and to water down the burns that he had suffered. Both Onita would Hayabusa would hold hands as Onita would symbolically be passing the torch of ace of FMW to Hayabusa. Onita would grab Hayabusa up and attempt helping him to walk before Hayabusa would fall down from just the punishment his body would take. Onita would pick up Hayabusa and walk around the ring while pouring water over Hayabusa's body as Onita's Wild Thing would be played, and name would be chanted by the fans. A stretcher would be brought to the ring for Hayabusa, and Hayabusa would be placed on the stretcher, the loud chants of Onita, would begin to become "Ezaki" chants, as Hayabusa would be stretcher to the back. Backstage, an incredibly hurt and mask less Eiji Ezaki would begin to break down in tears from the incredible amount and pain and emotion that he had gone through the match, and would be taken to a near by hospital on the burns and the cuts where he would need 67 stitches to close them afterwards. Hayabusa had attempted everything he could do in one match to show the FMW fans, that he was willing to risk his body on the line, just like Onita did, to become the new ace of FMW.
Hayabusa was now the ace of FMW. Following his burns and 67 stitches he would return to the FMW Dojo in Saitama where he would pose for pictures for the Weekly Pro-Wrestling Shu and give an interview as the new character had already sparked much interest to the fans even if it did not necessarily mean that he was ready to replace Onita as the draw or superstar that Onita had been for years.
May 17, 1995 at Saitama Fukaya City Gym, although Onita had sold incredibly well for Hayabusa in his retirement match, the loss Hayabusa suffered would undermine his credibility in the eyes of the fans that had followed Onita and FMW. Although the crowds were going to be down no matter what due to Onita's retirement and the whole promotion being built around Onita since the beginning, it was hard for many of the hardcore fan base of FMW to believe in Hayabusa and the new FMW. Many of the house shows at the beginning would only draw a 1000 fans for the show just twelve days after drawing 58,250 fans for the show with Megumi Kudo as the top draw for FMW. Hayabusa would team up with Katsutoshi Niiyama to face The Gladiator & Horace Boulder, and would be able to show the FMW fans for the first time his highflying skills inside and outside of the ring, and would debut to the fans, a running Moonsault off the top rope to the outside, but when climbing the top rope for a Phoenix Splash, would be caught by The Gladiator, and be hit with a Running Awesome Bomb with The Gladiator scoring the victory for the win. After the match, Ricky Fuji would call out Hayabusa, and question his ability to become the ace of FMW, and that FMW was at its weakest, and his new group consisting of Mr. Pogo, The Gladiator, Hisakatsu Oya, himself, and Horace Boulder called Lethal Weapon would take over the new FMW.
May 28, 1995 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa would return to Korakuen Hall for the first time since 1993, but this time as the ace of FMW. He would declare to the crowd with the rest of the FMW roster by his side that he was going to promise to the New Generation of FMW would continue to fight with the same spirit that Onita brought to FMW. Hayabusa would then team with Katsutoshi Niiyama & Masato Tanaka to face off against The Gladiator, Hisakatsu Oya, and Ricky Fuji, but again Hayabusa would be defeated, this time by Oya after being nailed with a back suplex on the head and covered for the loss to Lethal Weapon.
June 27, 1995 at Korakuen Hall, with Onita retired, the FMW Brass Knuckles Championship would become vacated. FMW announced that Hayabusa would wrestle Hisakatsu Oya for this vacated Title. Hayabusa would show the fans a much more slower mat based style match lead by Oya, with Hayabusa getting the victory on Oya after debuting "The Falcon Arrow" to win the FMW Brass Knuckles Championship. After the match, Hayabusa would be presented the belt in the locker room by Shoichi Arai but Hayabusa would decline accepting the title and a tournament would take place to crown the new FMW Brass Knuckles Champion. FMW would also lose a wrestler after the show as Yukihide Ueno going by Battle Ranger Z would quit the promotion after Hayabusa had been made the top wrestler in the promotion a spot he felt he deserved instead.
July 18, 1995 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa would team up with Katsutoshi Niiyama against The Gladiator and Hisakatsu Oya with The Gladiator being in control of the match delivering his power moves and Awesome Bombs to Hayabusa. Hayabusa would counter with his moves that many of the FMW fans had never seen before Hayabusa returned to FMW including a moonsault off the top turnbuckle to the outside. Hayabusa would end up getting the pinfall victory after a hurricanrana rollup counter would get the pinfall victory for the win to setup for their upcoming singles match later in the month.
July 30, 1995 at the Tokyo South Owasa Multipurpose Plaza, Hayabusa would face off against The Gladiator in their first singles match. Hayabusa would end up fighting off all of The Gladiator's offense, and multiple Awesome Bombs before turning the match into his style, with Hayabusa using his highflying arsenal on The Gladiator. The Gladiator would attempt a Kamikaze Awesome Bomb on Hayabusa, but Hayabusa would manage to reverse it and deliver a hurricanrana to The Gladiator instead. With The Gladiator down, Hayabusa would begin climbing the top turnbuckle when near tragedy would take place as Hayabusa would attempt a Shooting Star Press, and not turn his body completely over causing only just his face to nail The Gladiator's body. Hayabusa's neck would be injured as a result as well as cut open his lip with blood beginning to soak on Hayabusa's face under the face, but Hayabusa would still keep fighting and even go to the top rope once again looking to deliver the Phoenix Splash, but The Gladiator would end up catching Hayabusa still on the turnbuckle, and would deliver a Running Awesome Bomb with Hayabusa still managing to kick out,, but eventually The Gladiator would finish off Hayabusa with the Kamikaze Awesome Bomb for the pinfall victory. Hayabusa would call out The Gladiator on the mic saying that next time they face in a singles match, that Hayabusa was going to get him. Hayabusa would then be taken to an ambulance for the hospital for x-rays on his neck, and find out that he cracked a vertebra, but would be able to continue wrestle. The fact that Hayabusa's body hit against The Gladiator's body during the fall instead of the mat, as The Gladiator's body had broken the fall saved Hayabusa from a very serious injury.
FMW would announce in August 1995 that an eight man Round Robin Tournament for the vacant FMW Brass Knuckles Heavyweight Title which would culminate on September 26, 1995 at Korakuen Hall. The eight men announced for the tournament would be Hayabusa, The Gladiator, Hisakatsu Oya, Katsutoshi Niiyama, Super Leather, Masato Tanaka, Mitsuhiro Matsunaga, and W*ING Kanemura. Hayabusa would score his first victory in the tournament on August 22, 1995 after defeating Masato Tanaka, and then getting victory over W*ING Kanemura on August 25, 1995 at Korakuen Hall.
August 31, 1995 at the Osaka Prefectural Gym # 2, Hayabusa had won the three matches of the tournament with only one lost to Super Leather. His next scheduled match would be against Hisakatsu Oya and the two would end up having one of the best matches in FMW history as the match would turn out to be a thirty minute limit draw each giving Hayabusa and Oya one point in the tournament.
September 5, 1995 at the Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center, Hayabusa would face The Gladiator after taking severe punishment by The Gladiator, including a Kamikaze Awesome Bomb, and a sit out Awesome Bomb, before reversing an Awesome Bomb with a hurricanrana to get his first singles pinfall win over The Gladiator. It would give Hayabusa seven points in the tournament. Hayabusa would follow up by defeating Katsutoshi Niiyama on September 14, 1995. But Hayabusa would lose his first match on the tournament after being defeated by Super Leather on September 18, 1995 forcing his last match against Mitsuhiro Matsunaga to be a must win, to reach the finals.
September 24, 1995 at Hachioji Civic Hall in Tokyo, The Gladiator would defeat Super Leather earlier to earn a spot in the finals of the Tournament, and Hayabusa would face Mitsuhiro Matsunaga in a winner facing The Gladiator two days later at Korakuen Hall for the title. Hayabusa would take all of Matsunaga's kicks and maneuvers, but would be able to kick out at every pinfall attempt. Hayabusa would eventually hit a Shooting Star Press on Matsunaga to score the pinfall, and earn the right to fight The Gladiator for the vacant FMW Brass Knuckles Title.
September 26, 1995 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa would take on The Gladiator in the finals of the Grand Slam Tournament for the FMW Brass Knuckles Championship. Hayabusa would mostly go after The Gladiator's leg, as well as delivering some of his trademark moves including a moonsault over the top rope to the outside on The Gladiator. Hayabusa would eventually climb the top rope but The Gladiator would climb it as well and win the fight for control over it and The Gladiator would nail a Kamikaze Awesome Bomb off the top rope to get the pinfall victory over Hayabusa to win the tournament for the FMW Brass Knuckles Championship. Both Hayabusa and The Gladiator would embrace after and hug for such a hard fought tournament and finals for the title. Hayabusa would not see another chance at the FMW Brass Knuckles Titles for over two and a half years.
October 28, 1995 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa and Mitsuhiro Matsunaga would team up to take on Masato Tanaka and W*ING Kanemura a bloody fight where Masato Tanaka would pull of Hayabusa's mask in the middle of the match causing which would be the first time Hayabusa's mask would be taken off in a match.. Hayabusa and Matsunaga would still manage to put away Kanemura and Tanaka as Hayabusa would deliver the Falcon Arrow on Tanaka for the pinfall victory. After the match, Hayabusa, Matsunaga, Kanemura, and Tanaka would all show each other respect by raising their hands. But suddenly they would all be attacked by Ricky Fuji, Hisakatsu Oya, The Gladiator, Horace Boulder, and Super Leather. After the attack, Hayabusa & Mitsuhiro Matsunaga & Masato Tanaka & W*ING Kanemura would all form an alliance together to take out Lethal Weapon and Super Leather.
November 11, 1995 at Korakuen Hall, Kanemura would offer his W*ING friends Hideki Hosaka and Hido to join himself, Hayabusa, Tanaka, Matsunaga to help take out Lethal Weapon. Hosaka would accept, but Hido would reject the offer and side with Lethal Weapon and Super Leather. In the main event of the show, Hayabusa, Kanemura, and Masato Tanaka would defeat The Gladiator, Hisakatsu Oya and Super Leather after Tanaka would rollup Oya for the victory. Hido would run in and attack Hayabusa and Tanaka, but would be chased off by Kanemura.
November 20, 1995 at the Fukuoka Hakata Star Lanes, Mr. Pogo would return after a short leave from FMW and would side with Lethal Weapon & W*ING by teaming with Super Leather to take on the team of Hayabusa and Mitsuhiro Matsunaga. with Pogo placing a chain around Hayabusa's neck and throwing him over the top rope while Super Leather would hit Hayabusa across his bloody torso with a spiked nail board with Matsunaga having to make the save for his partner. Hayabusa would manage to fight back but Pogo would eventually deliver a powerbomb to Hayabusa on to a chair and follow it with helping Super Leather deliver another powerbomb to score the win over Hayabusa. Pogo would continue to attack Hayabusa with Masato Tanaka making the save for Hayabusa. Mr. Pogo though would come back and throw a giant fireball at Tanaka catching Tanaka's leg on fire with Hayabusa having to help out put out the fire on Tanaka's leg as Mr. Pogo would make his way out of the building.
November 26, 1995 in Gifu, W*ING Kanemura and Mitsuhiro Matsunaga would turn on Hayabusa and Tanaka while Hido and Super Leather turn on Horace Boulder during a match up, as Jason the Terrible, W*ING Kanemura, Mitsuhiro Matsunaga, Super Leather, Hideki Hosaka and Hido would reform the W*ING group.
December 10, 1995 at Korakuen Hall, in a 10 Man Street Fight W*ING members Jason the Terrible, Super Leather, Mitsuhiro Matsunaga, W*ING Kanemura and Hido would defeat the FMW team of Hayabusa, Masato Tanaka, Koji Nakagawa, Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Lethal Weapons Horace Boulder after Kanemura would pin Kuroda with a Thunder Fire Powerbomb for the W*ING victory over FMW.
December 21, 1995 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym, Hayabusa teams up with The Great Sasuke and Koji Nakagawa against Super Delfin, TAKA Michinoku, and Lethal Weapons Ricky Fuji which would see Hayabusa work with the Michinoku Pro wrestlers for the first time. Hayabusa would end up pinning Ricky with the Phoenix Splash in which Hayabusa's boot would catch Ricky in the face hard for the victory. Hayabusa would grab the microphone and talk to the FMW crowd one last time in 1995 and promise them that he would keep fighting for FMW in 1996.
January 5, 1996 at Korakuen Hall, the FMW team of Hayabusa, Masato Tanaka, and Koji Nakagawa would go up against the W*ING team of Mitsuhiro Matsunaga, W*ING Kanemura, and Hido in a Street Fight. Hayabusa would end up brawling with the W*ING team outside the ring that would lead to them taking out Hayabusa by having Hido piledrive him on top of several chairs causing an injury to his shoulder and leaving him out for the rest of the match as Kanemura would end up finishing off Tanaka with a Powerbomb for another W*ING win over FMW.
January 10, 1996 at the Chiba Koen Park Gym, in a Double Hell Barbed wire Caribbean Glass Death Match between Hayabusa, Masato Tanaka and Koji Nakagawa in a rematch against the W*ING team of Mitsuhiro Matsunaga, W*ING Kanemura, and Hido. Hayabusa would be dumped into the barbed wire net with glass in it and would be severely injured as he is pinned by Matsunaga eventually. Hayabusa would then hospitalized and treated for his scarred and bloodied back and stomach. Hayabusa would remain out of action for almost four months, but would be cleared to return to the ring for the big May 5th Kawasaki Stadium show to team with Masato Tanaka to do battle with the returning Victor Quinones' group of Mr. Pogo and a Mystery Partner in a Exploding Ring Barbed wire Double Hell Death Match.
May 5, 1996 at Kawasaki Stadium, Hayabusa and Masato Tanaka would team up to face Victor Quinones' team of Mr. Pogo and their Mystery Partner Terry Funk with the winner receiving 1 Million Yen in the Death Match. Before the match Hayabusa would see Atsushi Onita for the first time since their match the year before with Onita telling Hayabusa that he better win the match for FMW. Hayabusa would try everything he could during the match, including flying over the barbed wire ropes and the barbed wire land mines placed besides the ring to land on Mr. Pogo on the outside. Hayabusa would make it back in the ring and try to put Mr. Pogo away with a Falcon Arrow but Terry Funk would end up making the save for his partner. Hayabusa and Pogo would then continue to fight with another which would result in them both rolling each other out of the ring into the exploding barbed wire land mine. Mr. Pogo and Hayabusa would would get back in the ring and Mr. Pogo would drop Hayabusa into the exploding barbed wire Hayabusa's back causing a huge gash across his back just seconds before the ring would explode. Funk would then begin piledriving Hayabusa and then both Pogo and Funk would blow a huge fireball on to the back of Hayabusa's head. Mr. Pogo would then setup a chair on fire and both Pogo and Funk would toss Hayabusa onto a burning chair face first. Funk would then finally get the pin after a Powerbomb to finally put away Hayabusa.
Funk and Pogo would then begin to tear off Hayabusa's mask after the match was over. Hayabusa would be stretchered off as Terry Funk would grab the microphone and begin calling out Atsushi Onita in the stands watching the match. In the locker room, a unmasked Hayabusa would begin crying because of how much money he had just cost the promotion and felt he was full of shit to think he could be the leader of FMW. Atsushi Onita would go over to the locker room, and begin screaming at Hayabusa for doubting his leadership and would tell Hayabusa that if he wanted to lead this promotion to greatness like he did, he'll need to grow up and take these kind of incidents like a man would. Hayabusa would get and go back to his locker room before taking another trip to the hospital to receive over 110 stitches for his cut up stomach and arm. Just one stitch away from Atsushi Onita's record of stitches ever in a wrestling match of 111.
Eiji Ezaki remained out of action for a couple months as he healed and would not be booked for any FMW tours as a result with stitches all over his stomach. Ezaki would take a vacation to Florida in the United States and while there would be asked by his friend Jushin Liger to come by the WCW Pro tapings with him. Liger would ask Ezaki to join with New Japan Pro Wrestling, and would promise Ezaki would be pushed as one of the top Jr. Heavyweights for the promotion for much more money than he was receiving with FMW. Ezaki would sit back and waited awhile to make the decision that would probably affect the rest of his wrestling career although in the back of his mind knowing he was never going to leave FMW ever. He would stay loyal with FMW and remain with the promotion that he started. Liger was furious at Ezaki's for his decision. Liger would reply by ending his friendship with Hayabusa as the two would go several years without talking as a result of Hayabusa's decision.
June 26, 1996 at Korakuen Hall, the team of Masato Tanaka, Koji Nakagawa, Tetsuhiro Kuroda would defeat Super Leather and The Headhunters for the FMW 6 Man Street Fight Tag Team titles. Eiji Ezaki would come out in normal street clothes and watch the celebration from a far, but would be spotted by Koji Nakagawa who would charge after him and attack Ezaki with Tanaka and Kuroda having to try and break up the encounter. Nakagawa would be very upset over Hayabusa leaving after Kawasaki Stadium and deserting FMW in their battle against Victor Quinones and his Puerto Rican Army.
August 1, 1996 at Shiodome, Hayabusa would return to FMW to challenge Koji Nakagawa for the first time since their May 5, 1993 Kawasaki Stadium match when they were both still Dojo friends. This time Nakagawa would go at Hayabusa with a vengeance, but with Hayabusa still recuperating from injuries, and with ring rust, the match would turn out to be an absolute mess that would go on forever before both wrestlers would knock each other down. Both would stay down as the referee would make a ten count with Hayabusa barely making it up for the 10 count to get the victory over Nakagawa.
August 23, 1996 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa frustrated over the poor performance against Nakagawa, Hayabusa would request a rematch, and although the match would turn out much better than earlier in the month, Nakagawa would manage to sneak away with a pinfall victory over Hayabusa. Hayabusa and Nakagawa would put asides their differences afterwards as Hayabusa would prove to keep his loyalty to FMW.
September 11, 1996 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa would wrestle as a heel for the only time in his career in Japan for a W*ING promoted show. Hayabusa would face off against Hido with the crowd very much rooting for Hido and booing Hayabusa the entire time. Hido would bring his barbed wire baseball bat and unmask Hayabusa and begin carving away at his forehead causing Hayabusa to bleed to the crowds delight. Hayabusa would end up fighting back with the blood running down his face and fight back using chairs, the barbed wire baseball bat to cut Hido open as well as biting Hido's forehead to cause more blood to come out. A sadistic side of Hayabusa that had not been seen before had come out. Hayabusa would end up finishing off Hido with a Thunder Fire Powerbomb and then follow that up with the Falcon Arrow for the win.
September 15, 1996 in Saitama, Hayabusa would team up with Masato Tanaka, Koji Nakagawa and Tetsuhiro Kuroda to attempt win back some of the money that was lost at Kawasaki Stadium as they wrestle Hisakatsu Oya, Super Leather, and The Headhunters in a Yen on a Pole match, which turns out to be a wild brawl but results in Hayabusa climbing the ladder to win back some of the promotions lost Yen.
September 20, 1996 at the Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center, Hayabusa would take on rival Hisakatsu Oya once again a year after their incredible matches and although this match would not be at the level of their ones from a year before, it would still be considered a good match and Hayabusa's best since returning from his injuries. Oya would finally manage to put away Hayabusa for the first time in a singles match with his supplexs to show that Hayabusa was officially in a slump. After the match, Michinoku Pro's Jinsei Shinzaki would walk into the ring and pray to Hayabusa without saying anything. A match between the two faces for FMW and Michinoku Pro would be made for Michinoku Pro's biggest show ever for the company on October 10, 1996 at the Tokyo Sumo Hall as the main event of the show.
September 24, 1996 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa and Masato Tanaka would team up to take on Terry Funk and The Gladiator in a big street fight that goes all over the arena including the crowd, Hayabusa suffers a huge beating from the two before being pinned once again by rival The Gladiator with an Awesome Bomb. After the match, Hisakatsu Oya, Super Leather and The Headhunters would come out and put the American flag over Hayabusa's body as Terry Funk would announce this group was the REAL FMW and were called Funk Masters of Wrestling as Onita's FMW failing to have the heart that his F-M-W has.
October 10, 1996 at Tokyo Sumo Hall, Hayabusa would participate in Michinoku Pro's "These Days" show in the main event to take on Jinsei Shinzaki. The match would turn out to be a disaster as the two would not be able to click at all. Shinzaki would eventually away Hayabusa with the Praying Powerbomb for the win to continue Hayabusa's slump. Shinzaki would show respect to Hayabusa afterwards as The Great Sasuke would come into the ring and challenge Hayabusa to a match for an upcoming FMW show in which Hayabusa would accept.
December 11, 1996 at the Komazawa Olympic Gym, Hayabusa
would wrestle good friend Michinoku Pro's The Great Sasuke. Hayabusa would get
one of the bigger wins of his career by defeating Sasuke in a very mat based
match by pinning Sasuke with a Falcon Arrow off the top rope for the victory.
Hayabusa afterwards would state the match was a disappointment due to both
Hayabusa and Sasuke's injuries as well as Hayabusa is more fit to work against
bigger wrestlers unlike the smaller Sasuke who is fit to wrestle small guys his
size. The match would pretty much end the down year of 1996 for Hayabusa in a
positive way finally getting out of his slump although 1997 would bring a much
different scenario to Hayabusa. Atsushi Onita would also make his return to FMW
in the main event of the show as it would look like Onita was back to reclaim
his spot as the ace of FMW from Hayabusa.
January 5, 1997 at Korakuen Hall, after losing in a match against The Headhunters with Katsutoshi Niiyama when Headhunter A would pin Niiyama a group of fans would start to gather around two men entering the ring. The two men would be Hayabusa's child hood friend Mr. Gannosuke as well as Flying Kid Ichihara returning to FMW for the first time since leaving the promotion with Tarzan Goto since April 1995 to go to IWA Japan. Gannosuke would grab the microphone and begin calling Hayabusa a hypocrite and a dumb ass. Katsutoshi Niiyama would run after Gannosuke and attack him as Hayabusa would just sit there in the ring confused not knowing what to make out of his best friends tone towards him.
January 9, 1997 at Kawasaki Club Citta, Gannosuke and Ichihara would attack Gosaku Goshogawara backstage and leave him a bloody mess. Hayabusa and Tanaka would attend to the injured Goshogawara but Tanaka would begin screaming at Hayabusa. Tanaka would show much frustration that Hayabusa isn't declaring Gannosuke an enemy as Gannosuke walked out of FMW when the New Generation of FMW with the likes of Hayabusa and Tanaka couldn't afford to lose anymore of their own to a rival promotion and Hayabusa was just being passive about it. Hayabusa would be put in a big emotional battle due to the friend that he had grown up with that got him into the
wrestling actions towards himself and his FMW friends.
February 18, 1997 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa and Ricky Fuji would take on Mr. Gannosuke and Hisakatsu Oya in Mr. Gannosuke's return to FMW. Gannosuke would throw a chair at Hayabusa as he was diving off the top rope, causing his foot to get stuck. Gannosuke would end up putting away Ricky Fuji with a Suplex. Gannosuke would consider the victory a victory over Hayabusa and that proves that he was the right one to leave and that he and the Funk Masters of Wrestling are the "Real FMW."
February 19, 1997 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa would team up with Ricky Fuji and Gosaku Goshogawara debuting his new Mr. Pogo # 2 gimmick as Hayabusa would get another shot at Mr. Gannosuke as well The Gladiator and Crypt Keeper and Hayabusa would be unable to get revenge on Gannosuke once again as Gannosuke would hit a Northern Lights Supplex on Pogo # 2 to get the win for the Funk Masters of Wrestling.
March 2, 1997 in Tokyo, Hayabusa would meet with All Japan President Giant Baba to announce an agreement that Hayabusa will begin participating in All Japan Pro-Wrestling. Hayabusa would be the first wrestler from another promotion to wrestle for All Japan in years but Giant Baba after meeting with Hayabusa would absolutely love him and be very high on him despite Hayabusa wrestling for another promotion. Hayabusa's debut in All Japan is set for April 2nd in Osaka.
March 28, 1997 at Korakuen Hall, Gannosuke would get the pinfall victory over Hayabusa with Fire Thunder in a Tag Team match to setup their Yokohama Arena match. This would be the first pinfall Gannosuke scored on Eiji Ezaki since June 18, 1993. After the match, word spreads quick that Onita is being attacked by The Funk Masters of Wrestling, quickly Hayabusa, Tanaka, and Nakagawa just fresh off their match run to Onita's locker room where they see Gladiator, Gannosuke, and The Headhunters beating down on a badly bruised Onita.
April 2, 1997 at the Osaka Prefectural Gym, Hayabusa would make his All Japan debut and also becomes the first non All Japan to wrestle for All Japan in many years. Hayabusa would team up with the Masked Tornado to take on Kentaro Shiga and Manukea Mossman with Hayabusa getting his first win in a All Japan ring pinning Shiga with the 450 Fire Bird Splash.
April 29, 1997 at the Yokohama Arena, the stipulation of the match would be that if Hayabusa would win, then Gannosuke must shave his head, but if Gannosuke would win, then Hayabusa must take off the mask forever. Mr. Gannosuke would surprise many people by having such a good match with Hayabusa. Hayabusa would manage to defeat Gannosuke after a Falcon Arrow and would then grab the microphone and state that Gannosuke will not have to cut his hair, if he leaves The Funk Masters of Wrestling group and sides with Hayabusa and apologizes to the fans for leaving FMW. As Gannosuke looks at Hayabusa and puts out his hand, Hayabusa is about to shake it, but Gannosuke instead would kick Hayabusa in the stomach and becomes to smash a chair over Hayabusa, and then pull off Hayabusa's mask. As Gannosuke would begin to get ready to spit fire at Hayabusa, Jinsei Shinzaki would run to the ring to make the save. Gannosuke backstage would call Hayabusa naive and will never apologize to the fans for leaving. Hayabusa backstage would begin crying after being betrayed and embarrassed by his former best friend. Atsushi Onita who had returned on December 11, 1996 to the ring would over hear Hayabusa's crying and begins screaming at him and tells him to quit crying and just accept it.
May 25, 1997 at the Fukuoka Hakata Star Lanes, Hayabusa would get another chance at Mr. Gannosuke by teaming with Ricky Fuji to take on Gannosuke and The Gladiator but he would not be able to get the revenge that he was looking for as Gannosuke would end up delivering his Fire Thunder on Ricky and getting the pin and then to add insult to injury, Gannosuke would blow a fire ball at Hayabusa causing Hayabusa to dive out of the ring for safety.
June 12, 1997 at a Michinoku Pro show, Jinsei Shinzaki would announce that he would be wrestling for FMW fulltime as a Michinoku Pro wrestler, and as Shinzaki was leaving to the locker room, Mr. Gannosuke would attack him from behind with a Hayabusa mask on with a stick Shinzaki to bust Shinzaki's head open causing Shinzaki to bleed all over his face, as Gannosuke would rip off the Hayabusa mask and set it on fire, as Gannosuke would proclaim his revenge on Shinzaki for what he did at the Yokohama Arena.
July 27, 1997 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa would team up with Jinsei Shinzaki, Ricky Fuji, and Tetsuhiro Kuroda to take on the team of Hisakatsu Oya, Mr. Gannosuke, and The Headhunters. Hayabusa would come out to a new design created by Weekly Pro Wrestling Magazine made just for him for this show. The magazine had made a new costume and mask for Hayabusa with Hayabusa taking pictures in return for the magazine and Hayabusa making the cover of the magazine that week. Hayabusa would also come out to different music for the match, but the new look would not be enough to defeat the Funk Masters of Wrestling after Gannosuke would manage to put away Kuroda for the win.
August 2, 1997 at the Shiodome, Hayabusa and Jinsei Shinzaki would team up again looking for revenge against the Funk Masters of Wrestling team of Hisakatsu Oya and mainly Mr. Gannosuke. They would end up getting the win, but both Hayabusa and Shinzaki would not gain any revenge on Gannosuke as Hayabusa would end up putting Oya away with the Falcon Arrow for the win.
August 31, 1997 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa would team up with Masato Tanaka and Koji Nakagawa and win the FMW 6 Man Street Fight Titles against The Funk Masters of Wrestling team of The Gladiator, Hisakatsu Oya, and Mr. Gannosuke. Hayabusa would get hit with the Kamikaze Awesome Bomb through a table by The Gladiator andbut5 still manage to eventually end up rolling up Oya for the victory for the FMW 6 Man Street Fight Tag Team Titles.
September 6, 1997 at Budokan Hall, Hayabusa would make his Budokan Hall debut by teaming with Jinsei Shinzaki against Kenta Kobashi and Kentaro Shiga. It would be the first time that Hayabusa and Kobashi would square off against each one another. Hayabusa and Kobashi would start exchanging chops with one another with Kobashi managing to knock Hayabusa down but Hayabusa getting right back up. Hayabusa would end up hitting a spinning heel kick off the top rope on Kobashi and later nailing a dropkick to the back of Kobashi's head when Kobashi would attempt a Powerbomb on Shinzaki. Hayabusa would eventually put away Kentaro Shiga after hitting him with a Falcon Arrow with Kobashi making the save, and then following that up with a Fire Bird Splash to get the win as Shinzaki made sure to keep Kobashi from making the save as Hayabusa and Shinzaki would win their first match at Budokan Hall together.
September 13, 1997 in Amarillo, Texas, Hayabusa would make his return in the United States as he would team up with Jinsei Shinzaki and Masato Tanaka to take on Jake Roberts and The Headhunters for Terry Funk's Amarillo show. The match would be rather bad, but Hayabusa would manage to get the pinfall victory defeating Headhunter B with a Firebird Splash in Hayabusa's first American match in over two years.
September 28, 1997 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa would team up with Mitsuharu Misawa for the first and only time of their careers in All Japan. They would face off against Jun Akiyama and Satoru Asako with Hayabusa getting the pinfall victory over Asako after hitting Asako with a Falcon Arrow and following it with a Fire Bird Splash. After the match, while all four of the wrestlers would show respect for one another, Akiyama would hesitate to shake Hayabusa's hand and when finally doing it, would not even look Hayabusa in the eyes and walk away immediately in a disrespect towards Hayabusa. Hayabusa would then travel to Kawasaki to face off against another set of All Japan wrestlers.
September 28, 1997 at Kawasaki Stadium, Hayabusa and Jinsei Shinzaki would team up to take on All Japan's Kenta Kobashi and Manukea Mossman in one of the best matches of their career's as well as one of the best matches ever in FMW. The crowd would go crazy for Hayabusa and Shinzaki to get the upset victory over the All Japan team. Hayabusa and Shinzaki would do everything they could including double teaming Kobashi and Mossman and hitting their signature spots including a Praying Powerbomb by Shinzaki and then a 450 Fire Bird Splash by Hayabusa and Hayabusa would also pull out a perfect Phoenix Splash for the first time in front of the Kawasaki Stadium audience, but it would not be enough as Kobashi would end up delivering a vicious lariat to Hayabusa to score the pinfall victory over Hayabusa which would greatly upset the FMW fans that had cheered so hard to see their own to defeat the All Japan wrestlers.
October 11, 1997 at the Fukuoka Kokusai Center, Hayabusa and Manukea Mossman would team up to take on Jun Akiyama and Kentaro Shiga. Hayabusa and Akiyama would face off against each other with Akiyama's disrespect from weeks earlier still fresh in their mind. Akiyama would treat Hayabusa like he was below him during their encounters with one another with Hayabusa showing that he belongs and standing up for himself. Hayabusa would end up delivering a boot to the face of Akiyama causing Akiyama to go right up to Hayabusa and getting in his face. Hayabusa would stand up for himself and in return get in Akiyama's face as the two would have heated words towards one another. Hayabusa would eventually manage to put away Shiga with the Fire Bird Splash for the win. Akiyama would eventually come over and shake Hayabusa's hand in respect for real this time after the match.
October 14, 1997 at the Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center, Hayabusa would face off against Atsushi Onita in a match for the first time since Onita's Retirement Match over two years earlier. Onita who had just turned heel and formed his ZEN group would team with members Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Hido to defeat Hayabusa, Masato Tanaka and Koji Nakagawa for their FMW 6 Man Street Fight Titles after Onita would Thunder Fire Powerbomb Nakagawa for the win. Mr. Gannosuke & The Gladiator & Hisakatsu Oya would later leave the dying Funk Masters of Wrestling group to join Onita's ZEN group.
November 15, 1997 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa and Jinsei Shinzaki would participate in the All Japan Real World Tag Tournament League 97. They would end up winning their first match beating the team of Giant Kimala and Jun Izumida when Shinzaki would pin Izumida earning themselves their first two points for the tournament.
November 16, 1997 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa and Jinsei Shinzaki would end up losing their first match of the tournament as they end up losing to the team of Tamon Honda and Takao Omori in a brutal battle when Honda would pin Shinzaki with a Powerbomb keeping Hayabusa and Shinzaki at two points.
November 19, 1997 in Kochi, Hayabusa would end up suffering his first All Japan pinfall lost as the WWE's team of The New Blackjacks, Barry Windham and Justin Bradshaw defeat Hayabusa and Jinsei Shinzaki when Bradshaw would pin Hayabusa and cause Hayabusa and Shinzaki to be fighting to avoid last place in the tournament.
November 20, 1997 at the Kobe World Memorial Hall, Hayabusa would miss his first FMW show in over a year to take on the team of Stan Hansen and Bobby Duncum, Jr. Hayabusa and Jinsei end up suffering another lost in the tournament which ends up causing them to have no chance to reach the finals anymore as the legendary Hansen would pin Hayabusa for his second straight pinfall lost in a All Japan ring.
November 23, 1997 in Sendai, Hayabusa and Jinsei Shinzaki would meet another tough task ahead, as two former All Japan Triple Crown winners, Toshiaki Kawada and Akira Taue would be their next challenge. Hayabusa and Shinzaki would give it their all to pull the upset on the team that would eventually win the tournament, but Kawada would end up pinning Shinzaki with a Powerbomb as it would look that Hayabusa & Shinzaki would now be ranked as one the last teams in the tournament.
November 27, 1997 at the Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center, although eliminated Hayabusa and Shinzaki would take on their biggest task yet, taking on then All Japan Triple Crown Champion Mitsuharu Misawa and Jun Akiyama in a match where the four would pull out everything they had, with Hayabusa managing to deliver a perfect Phoenix Splash on Jun Akiyama with Misawa having to break up the count before Hayabusa was able to score the big upset over Akiyama. Akiyama would manage to recover and after an extremely hard fought match, Akiyama would manage to put away Hayabusa with a Suplex for the win.
November 28, 1997 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa and Masato Tanaka would taken on ZEN's Mr. Gannosuke and Yukihiro Kanemura for the vacant FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Championships after the team of Onita and Kanemura had vacated them earlier in the month. Hayabusa would suffer another lost, which would be the third in a one week span after Gannosuke would nail a Fire Thunder on Hayabusa for the pinfall to win the vacant FMW Tag Team Titles.
December 1, 1997 in Iwate, Hayabusa and Jinsei Shinzaki would team up and fail again to gain anymore points, this time it would be to Steve Williams & Gary Albright after Albright would pin Shinzaki with a Powerbomb in which would be the teams sixth lost in seven Tournament matches.
December 2, 1997 in Fukushima, Hayabusa and Jinsei Shinzaki would finally manage to get their second win of the Real World Tag Team Tournament against Wolf Hawkfield and Johnny Smith as Hayabusa would get the first pinfall win in the tournament for himself after pinning Smith to earn their team of four points in the Real World Tag Team Tournament on the second to last match.
December 3, 1997 in Niigata, Hayabusa and Jinsei Shinzaki wrestle in their last All Japan Real World Tag Team Tournament by facing Kenta Kobashi and Johnny Ace in a match that goes over twenty minutes before Hayabusa and Shinzaki suffer their last lost in the tournament when Kobashi would once again pin Hayabusa with a brutal lariat. It would be the end of the Real World Tag Team Tournament with Hayabusa & Shinzaki finishing up with four points, and although not much of a successful one, Hayabusa would come out of the Tournament a much better wrestler overall, and although losing a majority of the matches, still was able to compete highly with the top All Japan wrestlers.
December 13, 1997 at the Kawasaki Club Citta, Hayabusa would team up with Masato Tanaka and Hisakatsu Oya to defeat the team of The Gladiator, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, and Hideki Hosaka after Hayabusa would finish off Hosaka. Afterwards, Hayabusa would get on the microphone and talk to the fans about his All Japan experience and that FMW and FMW's fans were the number 1 fans in Japan. Koji Nakagawa would then hit the ring visually very upset over Hayabusa talking high about FMW after FMW had demoted him to just an opening wrestler after 5 years with the promotion. Nakagawa would knee Hayabusa in the ribs and storm off very upset as he would later officially quit Team FMW.
December 19, 1997 at the Komazawa Olympic Gym, Hayabusa and Jinsei Shinzaki would challenge for the FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Championship against the champions Mr. Gannosuke & Yukihiro Kanemura. Hayabusa would come into the match with his ribs badly taped, but would still manage to use his highflying arsenal against the ZEN members in a very good match. Gannosuke & Kanemura would manage to successfully defend their tag titles as Hayabusa would be coming off the top and ended up being kneed in the ribs by Kanemura who would quickly roll up Hayabusa for the loss.
December 20 in Osaka, due to the tension of Mr. Gannosuke, Yukihiro Kanemura, and Hido were causing towards the rest of ZEN due to Onita making sure he was still the main event of the promotion, Hayabusa, Masato Tanaka and Hisakatsu Oya would be able to defeat the team of Atsushi Onita, Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Hido after a miscommunication would help Oya supplex Hido for the win to become the FMW 6 Man Street Fight Tag Team Titles.
December 22, 1997 at Korakuen Hall, Gannosuke and Kanemura would go into the match extremely upset with ZEN leader Atsushi Onita after Onita had made his match against Masato Tanaka the main event of the Komazawa show instead of Gannosuke and Kanemura against Hayabusa and Shinzaki. Hayabusa would team up with Jinsei Shinzaki and Masato Tanaka in a six man War Games cage match with a barbed wire baseball bat hanging above the cage. Gannosuke and Kanemura would mainly ignore Onita throughout the whole match, and only attempt to help him when he was being covered. Gannosuke and Kanemura would eventually handcuff Shinzaki to the cage, but Tanaka would hit Gannosuke with a Roaring Elbow causing Gannosuke to fly back and right into arms of the cuffed Shinzaki who would choke Gannosuke out. Tanaka would then lay out Kanemura, and hold down Onita for Hayabusa to climb the top of the cage and hit a Moonsault off the top on to Onita as he had attempted to do and failed against Onita at Kawasaki Stadium two years earlier. Hayabusa who would admit to be scared of heights would nail Onita with it and cover him for the pin and get the victory for Hayabusa's first and only pinfall over Atsushi Onita. There would be little celebration though, as Gannosuke and Kanemura would quickly attack Hayabusa and Tanaka and toss them out of the cage as well Shinzaki who had just been unlocked from the handcuffs. Gannosuke and Kanemura would go over to the fallen Onita and begin to beat him down as well, and then lock him to the cage with the handcuffs and slap him in the face and hit him with a chair as ZEN members Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Hideki Hosaka would attempt to make the save, but would be unsuccessful. Koji Nakagawa who had quit Team FMW earlier in the month would come out in ZEN's colors of all black, and lay Gannosuke and Kanemura out with a chair to help save Onita. Gannosuke, Kanemura and Hido would walk out and form their own little freelancers group as Nakagawa and the rest of ZEN help Onita to the back.
January 6, 1998 at Korakuen Hall, Mr. Gannosuke would defeat Masato Tanaka for the FMW Double Titles with the Gannosuke Clutch. A tournament would be set up in the following months to crown a number one contender for Gannosuke's titles with Hayabusa being entered into the tournament. Hayabusa and Shinzaki would team up to defeat the team of Yukihiro Kanemura and Hido after Hayabusa would pin Hido earlier in the show with a Fire Bird Splash.
January 7, 1998 at Korakuen Hall on ZEN's first promoted show, Hayabusa and Jinsei Shinzaki would team up to defeat Fuyuki Army members Kodo Fuyuki & Jado in tag match after Hayabusa would pin Jado with the Fire Bird Splash. In the main event though, Atsushi Onita, Koji Nakagawa and Tetsuhiro Kuroda would defeat Mr. Gannosuke & Yukihiro Kanemura & Hido in a street fight, and after the match Fuyuki & Jado run out to help Gannosuke's group beat down Atsushi Onita and the rest of ZEN. They all leave the ring at the same time and in the locker room announced that Gannosuke's and Fuyuki-gun have formed together to create a new group called "Team No Respect"
January 16, 1998 in Yokkaichi, Team No Respect would debut the Brief Brothers, as the whole group would be in their white underwear and show absolutely no respect to anyone else in the promotion. They would harass FMW President Shoichi Arai before their match in which Mr. Gannosuke, Yukihiro Kanemura, and Jado would team up to challenge for Hayabusa, Masato Tanaka, and Hisakatsu Oya's FMW 6 Man Street Fight Tag Team Titles. The match would turn into a huge brawl with all the wrestlers fighting around the arena until Jado and Oya would find themselves in the ring, and Jado surprisingly rolling up Oya with the Gedo Clutch for the victory and the FMW 6 Man Street Fight Team Titles. Mr. Gannosuke would now hold the FMW Double Titles, FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Titles, and FMW 6 Man Street Fight Tag Team Titles with the rest of Team No Respect.
Hayabusa would then be placed in a Single Elimination Tournament to decide upon the number 1 contender for Mr. Gannosuke's FMW Double Titles for the April 30th Yokohama Bunka Gym show. Hayabusa's first round opponent would be against Masato Tanaka on March 13th the Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center.
February 19, 1998 at Korakuen Hall, at Kodo Fuyuki's Fuyuki Army promoted show, Hayabusa would face off against Kodo Fuyuki for the first time. Fuyuki would end up unmasking Hayabusa during the match and bloodying him up as Fuyuki's fellow TNR members watched on. Fuyuki would manage to get the huge victory over Hayabusa after several repeated charging lariats for the victory.
March 13, 1998 at the Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center show, Hayabusa would face Masato Tanaka in the first round match to determine the number one contender for the FMW Double Titles. Hayabusa would deliver several German Suplexs, and would barely manage to kick out of Masato Tanaka's running Death Valley Driver before Hayabusa would manage to score the victory over Tanaka with a Falcon Arrow in a incredible match between the two. The two would shake hands and embrace after such a hard fought and embrace afterwards as Hayabusa would move on to face Jado in the semi-finals of the tournament.
March 16, 1998 in Iwate, Hayabusa's Semi-Final opponent in the Tournament would be Jado, who would have Mr. Gannosuke in his corner for the match. Mr. Gannosuke would help out Jado every chance he could get by attacking Hayabusa behind the referees back, and tripping him before being able to attempt a move like the Asai Moonsault. But eventually Gannosuke's help would backfire and cost Jado the match after accidentally hitting Jado instead of Hayabusa which would lead to Hayabusa finishing off Jado with the Falcon Arrow and moving on to the finals to face The Gladiator with the winner meeting Gannosuke for the FMW Double Titles on April 30th.
March 17, 1998 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa would take on long time rival The Gladiator in the Finals of the Tournament for the right to wrestle Mr. Gannosuke for the FMW Double Titles in Yokohama on April 30th. Hayabusa would pull everything out to make up for the fact that The Gladiator had defeated in the Grand Slam Tournament for the Brass Knuckles Tournament back in 1995. Hayabusa would send The Gladiator through a table and then fly off the top rope onto the fallen Gladiator. The Gladiator would eventually setup Hayabusa for an Awesome Bomb off the top rope which put away Hayabusa back in 1995, but this time Hayabusa would turn it into a hurricanrana and get the pinfall over The Gladiator in their last singles match against each other and win the tournament for the right to face off against Mr. Gannosuke for the FMW Double Titles on April 30th at the Yokohama Bunka Gym.
April 21, 1998 at Korakuen Hall, Jinsei Shinzaki would finally get his revenge on long time rival Mr. Gannosuke in a street fight as he would pin Gannosuke with a Praying Running Powerbomb a week before leaving FMW to go back to Michinoku Pro. Hayabusa would team up with Masato Tanaka and Ricky Fuji in the main event losing to Yukihiro Kanemura, Jado, and Gedo with Gedo hitting a Flying Body Press on Ricky for the Team No Respect victory.
April 26, 1998 in Kyoto, Hayabusa and Jinsei Shinzaki would lose to Yukihiro Kanemura and Jado after Gannosuke would interfere by blowing fire at Hayabusa causing Jado to get the Brainbuster pinfall victory on Hayabusa. This would set up for Hayabusa taking on Mr. Gannosuke in four for the first time in a singles match in a year for the FMW Double Titles at the Yokohama Bunka Gym.
April 30, 1998 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym, Hayabusa would take on Mr. Gannosuke for the FMW Double Titles where early on Hayabusa would deliver a dropkick to Gannosuke's knee and cause a severe injury to Gannosuke's knee. Gannosuke would still continue the match and put on one hell of a performance as a result in pain with the two put on a great showing and both have one of their greatest matches in their career as Hayabusa would work on Gannosuke's injured knee, and try to take out Gannosuke with his highflying arsenal of the Asai Moonsault and 450 Fire Bird Splash, while Gannosuke would try grounding Hayabusa and deliver Hayabusa with his finishers like the Fire Thunder and roll him up for the Gannosuke Clutch in front of most of the FMW roster at ringside including Masato Tanaka and Jinsei Shinzaki watching at ringside. The two wrestle for over twenty minutes before Hayabusa would deliver a picture perfect Phoenix Splash on Gannosuke for the cover and the victory to win the FMW Double Titles. Hayabusa would hold up his newly won titles in glory with his friends except Shinzaki who would walk out without congratulating Hayabusa. Gannosuke would be helped out by his Team No Respect and taken to a hospital where he would later find out due to his knee injury he would miss the next 6 months. Hayabusa would finally gets his shot as the major player in FMW for the first time since he won the Brass Knuckles Heavyweight Title back on June 26, 1995.
May 1, 1998 at the Tokyo Dome, at All Japan's first ever Tokyo Dome showHayabusa would team up with Kentaro Shiga and the legendary Giant Baba to take on Jun Izumida, Kimala II and Jinsei Shinzaki in a 6 man tag. Hayabusa would face off against Shinzaki who had walked off right after watching Hayabusa win the FMW Double Titles the day before and the two would battle against each other, but Hayabusa would end up pinning Izumida with the 450 Firebird Splash in the end. After everyone would walk away from the ring, Hayabusa and Shinzaki would stay in the ring and stare at each other. Shinzaki would eventually shake Hayabusa's hand to a good ovation from the crowd as the two would walk off together still remaining friends after Shinzaki's full time FMW departure.
May 19, 1998 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa's first Double Titles defense would be against long time friend Masato Tanaka. The two put on one of the best matches of their careers as Tanaka would debut his new reverse DDT off the top rope which he would continue to use on Ezaki in everyone of their matches for the next two years. Hayabusa would eventually finish off Tanaka with repeated Falcon Arrows to get the victory in a excellent match for Hayabusa's successful title defense.
May 27, 1998 at the Fukouka Hakata Star Lanes, Kodo Fuyuki and Yukihiro Kanemura
would defeat Hayabusa and Masato Tanaka for the FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team
Championship after Kanemura would roll up Masato Tanaka to win the FMW Brass
Knuckles Tag Team Titles for Team No Respect.
June 19, 1998 at Korakuen Hall, Masato Tanaka would wrestle his last match before going to ECW for the rest of year. Hayabusa would announce a mystery partner as Battlarts' wrestler and former FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Champion Daisuke Ikeda to become his new number two side kick with both Jinsei Shinzaki and Masato Tanaka no longer competing regularly in FMW. Hayabusa, Daisuke Ikeda, Hisakatsu Oya and Ricky Fuji would defeat the team of Kodo Fuyuki, Yukihiro Kanemura and Gedo and the newest Team No Respect member Koji Nakagawa after Ricky Fuji would Gedo with a Rolling Brainbuster for the FMW win.
June 26, 1998 at the Sendai Miyagi Sports Gym # 2, Hayabusa would defend his FMW Double Titles against Yukihiro Kanemura. Kanemura would bring out his barbed wire baseball bat to use it against Hayabusa's chest. Hayabusa would eventually catch Kanemura while making a swing with the bat and come up from behind and deliver a suplex to Kanemura and put him away with the Falcon Arrow to successfully defend the FMW Double Titles for the second time.
July 10, 1998 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa would team up with Daisuke Ikeda, Hisakatsu Oya, and Ricky Fuji against Team No Respect members Kodo Fuyuki, Koji Nakagawa, Jado, and Gedo in a single elimination match. Hayabusa would be the last man left on his team to take on Fuyuki and Nakagawa. Fuyuki would quickly hold Hayabusa down and then unmask him as Nakagawa would bloody up Hayabusa's forehead with several shots from Nakagawa's fork. Just as Hayabusa would manage to grab the fork away from Nakagawa to use it as a weapon of his own, before Hayabusa could even use it, he would get spit with water in the face by Nakagawa who would quickly roll up Hayabusa for the last elimination and the Team No Respect victory. In the locker room, a frustrated and bloody Hayabusa would begin trashing the locker room and begin screaming at how he was sick of Team No Respect specifically Koji Nakagawa and that he was going to let his darkside out of on him.
August 2, 1998 in Dayton, Ohio, Hayabusa would make his one and only ECW appearance at the Heatwave 98 Pay-Per-View by teaming with Jinsei Shinzaki for the first time since January 7, 1998 to take on ECW's Sabu & Rob Van Dam for the ECW Tag Team Championship. Hayabusa would manage to hit a 450 Firebird Splash, but not really get to show off his real arsenal in the match as Hayabusa and Shinzaki would be sent through a table at the same time by Sabu & Rob Van Dam as Sabu would cover Shinzaki for the win and to successfully defend their ECW tag titles.
August 22, 1998 at a Tokyo TV Studio, Ezaki would let out the Darkside in him as he would come out as The Darkside of Hayabusa to take on Koji Nakagawa. The Darkside of Hayabusa would control Nakagawa most of the match, but as Hayabusa would climb to the top rope to finish off Nakagawa out of nowhere the lights would go out, and Mr. Gannosuke in a Jinsei Shinzaki outfit would deliver a Powerbomb on Hayabusa and lay Nakagawa on top of Hayabusa and make his exit right right as lights would turn back on. The referee would make the count and Nakagawa would get a pinfall over Hayabusa. An upset Darkside of Hayabusa would not allow that to be it as he would continue to attack Nakagawa before he could make his escape as well as deliver a Tombstone Piledriver on Go Ito to end the show.
September 1, 1998 at the Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center, Hayabusa would defend his FMW Double Titles against Hisakatsu Oya who had wrestled with him to a thirty minute time limit draw a month ago. Hayabusa this time would manage to finally put away Oya as he would successfully defend the FMW Double Titles with the Falcon Arrow.
September 8, 1998 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa and Daisuke Ikeda would defeat Kodo Fuyuki & Yukihiro Kanemura to earn themselves a shot at the FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Championship after Hayabusa would pin Kanemura. After the match, Fuyuki would attack Hayabusa and demand that he give him a shot at the FMW Double Titles at the Yokohama Bunka Gym on November 20th.
September 20, 1998 at the Tokyo Ariake Rainbow Stage, Hayabusa would successfully defend the FMW Double Titles against Team No Respect member Jado by finishing off Jado with the Falcon Arrow. After the match, Kodo Fuyuki would make an on the fly booking decision and make a handicap match with Hayabusa taking on Fuyuki, Koji Nakagawa and Gedo. Ricky Fuji would run in to help Hayabusa, and would officially become a part of the match as well. Fuyuki would manage to unmask Hayabusa as Nakagawa would focus on carving Hayabusa's forehead with his fork. A bleeding Hayabusa would then be body slammed through a table on the outside, and be carried out. Hayabusa would be carried out, with Ricky Fuji now being in a 1 on 3 match, and the result would not end up well with Ricky being Super Powerbombed by Fuyuki, Nakagawa, and Gedo before Hayabusa would finally come back with a different mask. Kodo Fuyuki would still manage to put away Hayabusa eventually with a Charging Lariat for the victory. It would then be announced that both Fuyuki & Nakagawa have earned FMW Double Titles shots for the victory. Fuyuki would announce that he will let Nakagawa get the first shot on October 6th at Korakuen Hall, and if he doesn't win then Fuyuki will get the next shot on November 20th at the Yokohama Bunka Gym.
October 6, 1998 at Korakuen Hall, Koji Nakagawa would be granted his shot at the FMW
Double Titles against Hayabusa but after a twenty five minute match and a bloody
mouth to Hayabusa which would cause his mask to be stained with blood, Hayabusa
finally pins Koji Nakagawa in a singles match after two years with a Falcon
Arrow to successfully defend the FMW Double Titles. Kodo Fuyuki would come out with a
champagne bottle which was suppose to be for Nakagawa's Championship victory,
and instead Fuyuki opens it as it splatters all over Hayabusa's face. Fuyuki
announces that he will be the one that will finally take the Titles from
Hayabusa on November 20th at the Yokohama Bunka Gym.
October 24, 1998 at the Saitama Kawagoe Gym, a new a style of match would debut in FMW called "Come out and Play" where two teams of seven would start off in a regular tag team match, once a wrestler is pinned he must go back to the locker room while another wrestler on his team comes out in the match, and it goes like that until all seven members of one team have been eliminated. This match which happens to hold the record for the longest FMW match of all time sees Hayabusa's Team Phoenix wrestle Kodo Fuyuki's Team No Respect with Hayabusa coming out at the near end of the match, and manage to last eliminate Kodo Fuyuki with the 450 Fire Bird Splash for the victory for Team Phoenix.
October 26, 1998 at the Chiba Koen Park Gym, Hayabusa and Daisuke Ikeda would defeat the team of Kodo Fuyuki and Yukihiro Kanemura for the FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Titles after Daisuke Ikeda would knock out Kanemura after several kicks to the head. It would Hayabusa's second time as FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Champion but the team of Hayabusa & Daisuke Ikeda would not make one defense as champions before vacating the Tag Titles in January 1999.
November 20, 1998 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym, Hayabusa would defend the FMW Double Titles for a record setting 6th time against Kodo Fuyuki. The two would put on a great match against each other. Fuyuki would work the hardest he had in years to put on the great match with Hayabusa by debuting the likes of a Reverse DDT off the top rope on Hayabusa as well as putting Hayabusa on his shoulders and hitting him with a devastating Muscle Buster. Hayabusa would manage to get his fair share of offense in nailing Fuyuki with many of his high flying moves like the 450 Fire Splash and the Asai Moonsault. Hayabusa's mistake would be going for the Phoenix Splash as he would end up missing it, giving Fuyuki an opportunity to take advantage of the situation and finish off Hayabusa with multiple lariats for the victory. It would end Hayabusa's six month plus reign with Fuyuki walking away as the FMW Double Titles Champion.
November 22, 1998 in Tokyo, FMW would announce a 16 man tournament called "Over The Top" to determine the number one contender for the FMW Double Titles, Hayabusa is put in the first round of the tournament against Gedo as the winner would end up taking on Fuyuki who had put himself in the tournament and Hisakatsu Oya. At this press conference, Hayabusa begins arrogantly speaking how he is glad he will be getting another shot at Fuyuki in the second round on December 13th, and that he will get his revenge by winning the Double Titles against Fuyuki on March 19th in Sapporo which gets Oya very upset with the attitude of that this will just be task for him.
December 5, 1998 in Osaka, In the first round of the "Over the Top" Tournament, Hayabusa takes on Gedo, and although Gedo would come close many times during the match, Hayabusa would eventually get the pinfall with the Falcon Arrow over the Team No Respect member. Hayabusa's next round opponent would be Hisakatsu Oya. Oya would come to the ring afterwards to shake Hayabusa's but as Hayabusa would go to shake Oya's hand, Oya would pull him and suplex him.
December 12, 1999 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa would team up with ECW's Tommy Dreamer to face Sabu & Rob Van Dam, although Hayabusa would let Dreamer wrestle for a majority of the match, Hayabusa would still face off against Sabu for what would turn out to be the final time of their careers, as well as deliver an Asai Moonsault to Rob Van Dam, before Van Dam would eventually pin Tommy Dreamer with a Five Star Frog Splash for the win.
December 13, 1998 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa would face off against Hisakatsu Oya in the second round of the Over the Top Tournament, and Hayabusa would spend most of the match on the offense, but also trying to avoid Oya's back suplex, with out of nowhere Oya grabbing Hayabusa and rolling him up for the victory. Hayabusa is completely shocked over what had just happened with Oya pointing at Hayabusa confidently as he would be moving on in the tournament instead of Hayabusa.
January 5, 1999 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa would take on Tetsuhiro Kuroda as the two would brawl all over the building with Hayabusa hitting a Hurricanrana in the crowd causing Kuroda to fall down the steps. As the two fight back to ringside, Hayabusa places chairs on Kuroda, and would deliver Moonsault off the guard rail right onto Kuroda. Hayabusa eventually puts away Kuroda with a Falcon Arrow for the victory in a great match.
January 16, 1999 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa and Jinsei Shinzaki would team together for the first time in a All Japan ring since the Real World Tag Team Tournament in 1997 as they would challenge Tamon Honda and Jun Izumida for the All Japan All Asian Tag Team Titles. Hayabusa & Shinzaki would fail to win the Tag Titles when a very bloody Shinzaki would be pinned by Honda with a Powerbomb.
February 13, 1999 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa and Shinzaki
would be granted another shot at the All Japan All Asian Tag Titles, and this
time Hayabusa and Shinzaki would finally manage to come away with the All Asian Tag Titles when Shinzaki
would pin Honda to become the 65th team to win the Tag Titles, and to be the first non All
Japan team to win an All Japan title.
February 16, 1999 at the Osaka Prefectural Gym # 2, Hayabusa and Masato Tanaka would defeat the newly formed alliance of Mr. Gannosuke and Hideki Hosaka with Tanaka pinning Hosaka with a Roaring Elbow. After the match, Tanaka would get on the microphone and proclaim that he does not want to be aligned with Hayabusa anymore and he would go at it by himself.
February 21, 1999 at the Fukuoka Hakata Star Lanes, Hayabusa would challenge rival Mr. Gannosuke in the main event for the third time in a singles match since Gannosuke's return to FMW. This match would turn into a near disaster though as Hayabusa would deliver a hurricanrana off the top turnbuckle which would result in him landing on his head instead. Hayabusa would not be able to come back from his mistake and Gannosuke would finish him off with the Fire Thunder to get the win. It would be Gannosuke's first singles victory over Hayabusa since June 18, 1993 and it would turn out to be his last as well. After the match, Hideki Hosaka and Super Leather would attack Hayabusa with Kodo Fuyuki running in to make the save for Hayabusa.
February 27, 1999 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa and Hisakatsu Oya would team up against Mr. Gannosuke and Hideki Hosaka at Korakuen Hall. Oya convinces that he even though they had bad blood from December, that he will still team with him but as it would turn out, it would be all a set up as Oya ends up turning his back on Hayabusa and hitting a back suplex on Hayabusa to setup an easy pinfall victory for Gannosuke on him. As Gannosuke, Oya, Hosaka, and Leather begin beating down on Hayabusa, Fuyuki who had been attacked earlier by Gannosuke's group comes out and saves Hayabusa from the beat down. Fuyuki grabs the mic and proclaims they should group up to take out Gannosuke's Outlaws, Hayabusa seeing that all his other friends have left him decides it would be for the better and hugs Fuyuki as a new team is formed and would enter in the FMW Tag Team Tournament to decide the new FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Champions after Hayabusa & Daisuke Ikeda had vacated it earlier in the year. In the main event, Masato Tanaka would defeat Tetsuhiro Kuroda on the show, and after the match, the two agree to form a team and announce that they want a shot at Hayabusa & Jinsei Shinzaki's All Japan All Asian Tag Team Titles at the March 19th Sapporo show, as well as that they would be entering the Tag Team Tournament.
March 19, 1999 at the Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center Hayabusa and Jinsei Shinzaki would defend the All Japan All Asian Tag Titles for the first time as they beat Masato Tanaka & Tetsuhiro Kuroda in a great match that would go over thirty minutes before Hayabusa would put away Kuroda with a Falcon Arrow for the pinfall victory.
March 29, 1999 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa & Kodo Fuyuki suffer their only non win in a the FMW Tag Tournament as they end up going to a thirty minute time limit draw with Masato Tanaka and Tetsuhiro Kuroda. Hayabusa would go on to defeat Koji Nakagawa and Gedo, Mr. Gannosuke and Hisakatsu Oya, Armageddon, Super Leather and Hideki Hosaka, Yukihiro Kanemura and Hido, and finally Daisuke Ikeda and Mohammed Yone at the April 20th Korakuen Hall show to reach the finals of the Tag Tournament for the vacated FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Titles on May 3rd.
May 2, 1999 at the Tokyo Dome for the All Japan Retirement show for the Late Giant Baba, Hayabusa would team Michinoku Pro's The Great Sasuke and Tiger Mask IV in a thirty minute time limit draw against All Japan's Manukea Mossman, Yoshinari Ogawa and Masahito Kakihara and have one of the best matches of the night in front of over 30,000 fans.
May 3, 1999 in Nagoya, Hayabusa and Team No Respect leader Kodo Fuyuki who had defeated every team in the FMW Tag Team Round Robin Tournament except a time limit draw with Masato Tanaka and Tetsuhiro Kuroda would end up meeting that same team in the finals for the vacant FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Championship. Tanaka would end up knocking out Fuyuki during the match and pinning Fuyuki for the win and the FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Titles. Fuyuki laid motionless as Hayabusa grabbed a bucket of water and pored it over Fuyuki to revive him. Fuyuki woke up extremely upset and went after Hayabusa as Team No Respect and Team FMW would have to hold them both back from going at it. The partnership of Team FMW and Team No Respect had officially ended, as well as well the Hayabusa & Kodo Fuyuki team, as the two would never team again.
May 5, 1999 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym, Hayabusa and Jinsei Shinzaki would team for the last time in FMW in a match against Masato Tanaka and Tetsuhiro Kuroda, with the winner of the pinfall getting a shot at Kodo Fuyuki for the Double Titles later on in the show. The four have a fantastic match as Kuroda ends up hitting Hayabusa with a Lariat out of nowhere to get the pin on Hayabusa which he had been trying for over 6 months to accomplish which allows him a shot at Kodo Fuyuki's Double Titles later in the show.
Later in the show, Kodo Fuyuki would come out with Mr. Gannosuke, Koji Nakagawa, Yukihiro Kanemura, Jado, Gedo and Hido to reform Team No Respect which would become too much for Kuroda to overcome having already wrestled earlier in the show with Fuyuki getting the pinfall over Kuroda with the lariat. As soon as the match would end, Hayabusa would come off the top rope to attack Fuyuki, but the numbers would be too much for Hayabusa as Team No Respect would lay out Hayabusa with fans throwing trash in the ring in disgust until Masato Tanaka would come and chase Fuyuki away as the rest of Team No Respect would follow. Hisakatsu Oya and Hideki Hosaka who had been dumped by Gannosuke so that he could rejoin TNR, would come out to try to calm Hayabusa down, but Hayabusa would begin screaming and crying with a new FMW team being created to challenge the newly reformed Team No Respect.
May 31, 1999 at Korakuen Hall, FMW President Shoichi Arai would come out with Kodo Fuyuki and announce that he had hired Fuyuki as the new FMW Commissioner. The FMW team start strong against Team No Respect in a 5 on 5 Elimination Match by getting a clean sweep as Kuroda would get slight revenge by eliminating Fuyuki, Tanaka would eliminate Koji Nakagawa, Hideki Hosaka would KO Yukihiro Kanemura by sending him through a table, Mr. Gannosuke would be disqualified after a low blow to Hayabusa, and Hayabusa would hit a 450 Fire Bird Splash on Hido for the victory for Team FMW.
June 4, 1999 at the Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center, Kodo Fuyuki would announce that FMW will no longer be associated with any other Japanese promotion for the time being, forcing All Japan to have a match where Takao Omori and Yoshihiro Takayama defeat Hayabusa and Jinsei Shinzaki after Omori would pin Shinzaki for the All Japan All Asian Tag Team Championship.
June 15, 1999 at Korakuen Hall, Commissioner Kodo Fuyuki would show his abuse of
at the start, and announce for Hayabusa to come out. Fuyuki would tell Hayabusa
that there is no need for Superhero types in his FMW, and would force Hayabusa
to take off his mask for good and go back to wrestling as Eiji Ezaki. An extremely
upset Hayabusa would charge at the ring, chasing Fuyuki off, but there was
nothing Hayabusa could do to change his decision. Fuyuki would announce that on August 25, 1999, the
Hayabusa gimmick would be force to retire. In the main event of the show, Hayabusa, Masato Tanaka, and Tetsuhiro Kuroda
would defeat Mr. Gannosuke, Yukihiro Kanemura, and Hido in a
Ladder Match with Hayabusa once again hitting a Moonsault off the ladder. Kuroda would
end up getting the pinfall over Hido with a lariat. Due to the pre stipulation before the
match, Kodo Fuyuki would have to eat dog food as a result. As everyone around ringside would look to see
if Fuyuki would actually do it, Fuyuki would put the dog food in his mouth, chew it
and then spit it all over Hayabusa's face causing Team No Respect and Team FMW
to rush the ring and begin attacking each other and throwing bags and bags of
dog food all over the ring until TNR would bail out.
June 23, 1999 in Tokyo, Hayabusa would have a meeting with Shoichi Arai to try and overrule Fuyuki's decision, but a brainwashed Shoichi Arai would stand by Fuyuki's decision to force Hayabusa to have to remove the mask.
July 2, 1999 at a Tokyo Press Conference, Kodo Fuyuki would announce that he will be replacing the FMW Titles with WEW Titles and the first WEW Title will be the WEW 6 Man Tag Titles and there will be a Four Team Round Robin Tournament to decide the seating for the Tournament on July 31, 1999 at Korakuen Hall. Hayabusa will team Masato Tanaka & Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Mr. Gannosuke will team with Yukihiro Kanemura & Jado, Super Leather will team with Armageddon, and Kodo Fuyuki will team with the Tag Team Champions Koji Nakagawa & Gedo.
July 31, 1999 at Korakuen Hall, after having two thirty minute time limit draws with Kodo Fuyuki, Koji Nakagawa, and Gedo on July 18, 1999 and then again with Mr. Gannosuke, Yukihiro Kanemura, and Jado on July 29, 1999, as well as losing in a upset to Super Leather & Armageddon, the team of Hayabusa, Masato Tanaka, and Tetsuhiro Kuroda would have to wrestle in three matches to win the newly created WEW 6 Man Tag Team Titles. Hayabusa would make quick work of Super Leather's team after delivering a Fire Bird Splash to Super Leather to score the victory, quickly after, Gannosuke, Kanemura, and Jado would hit the ring and attack Hayabusa's team. Hayabusa's team would have a hard trouble getting rid of Gannosuke's team, as the bout between the teams would go over twenty minutes before Hayabusa would deliver a shotei to Jado, and manage to score the victory over him. The team of Kodo Fuyuki, Koji Nakagawa, and Gedo would be next, and would attack the extremely tired team of Hayabusa, Tanaka, and Kuroda. With help from Gannosuke, Kanemura, and Jado sticking around after their lost, and the triple teaming and repeated Charging Lariats would let Kodo Fuyuki score the pinfall victory over Hayabusa to win the WEW 6 Man Tag Team Titles. Afterwards, Kodo Fuyuki would announce the big matches set for the next Korakuen Hall shows, with Hayabusa teaming with Tetsuhiro Kuroda & Hisakatsu Oya to face Koji Nakagawa, Yukihiro Kanemura, and Hido on August 20th, then challenging Yukihiro Kanemura for the FMW Brass Knuckles Title on August 23rd, and then the last match under the Hayabusa gimmick would take place on August 25th, at the Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center with Hayabusa facing off against Mr. Gannosuke.
August 20, 1999 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa would revive the Darkside of Hayabusa persona one last time, and would dye his hair orange for the match. Hayabusa would team up with Tetsuhiro Kuroda & Hisakatsu Oya to face Koji Nakagawa, Yukihiro Kanemura, and Hido in a match that would allow Japanese Bamboo sticks to be allowed during the match, as Hayabusa would show his Darkside once again for the match, smashing it over Hido & Kanemura. Hayabusa would debut the Uranage to his move set in the match, and when climbing the top rope would be charged at by Hido, but Hayabusa would spit green mist in Hido's face, and then deliver a 450 Fire Bird Splash on Hido to score the victory over Team No Respect in his last match under the Darkside Hayabusa persona.
August 23, 1999 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa would win the FMW Brass Knuckles Title for the 3rd time as he would defeat Yukihiro Kanemura in the advertised last Hayabusa match at Korakuen Hall. Hayabusa would be given a ceremony after the match to allow people to say goodbye to the Hayabusa as many people give flowers to Hayabusa, including Fuyuki who would shake Hayabusa's hand while presenting him the flowers. Everyone in attendance would be allowed to go to the ring and say goodbye to Hayabusa. Hayabusa's friends of Masato Tanaka, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Hisakatsu Oya, Ricky Fuji, and Flying Kid Ichihara all would pick up Hayabusa in the air and begin to lift him up to say goodbye to the Hayabusa gimmick.
August 25, 1999 at the Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center, Hayabusa would wrestle in a match promoted as his last match as "Hayabusa" against Mr. Gannosuke and defending his FMW Brass Knuckles title with Hayabusa and Gannosuke go all out towards each other including Gannosuke hitting a Reverse Tombstone off the top rope in one of the most spectacular moves seen in FMW history. Hayabusa would eventually end up defeating Mr. Gannosuke with two Falcon Arrow's to defeat Gannosuke once again. Commissioner Kodo Fuyuki would come out to present Hayabusa with flowers again, but Fuyuki would end up hitting Hayabusa over the head with the flowers and then begin attacking Hayabusa as Team No Respect would jump in the ring to help as Team FMW would come out to try and make the save, but would be quickly thrown out of the ring as Gannosuke and Fuyuki would continue to attack Hayabusa and tie a dog collar around his neck and then take out a pair of scissors and cut off Hayabusa's mask and begin to cut off his pants until Ezaki was almost completely naked in the ring until Sena Wakana would run and put a towel over him as Shoichi Arai would beg Fuyuki to stop. Fuyuki would ignore Arai with Arai having to cover his own body over Ezaki. Arai would enrage Fuyuki for siding with Hayabusa until Masato Tanaka would make it to the ring and clear out Fuyuki and Gannosuke.
Eiji Ezaki would decide that he would not go under his real name like originally announced, but would become a new persona and would begin wrestle under the name "H".
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