January 5, 1997 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa would team up with Katsutoshi Niiyama as they would face off against The Headhunters with the Headhunters picking up the win after Headhunter A would finish off Niiyama with a moonsault for the win. A group of fans would then start to gather after the match around two men entering the ring. The two men would be a returning Mr. Gannosuke and Akihito Ichihara returning to FMW for the first time since leaving the promotion with Tarzan Goto since April 1995. Gannosuke would grab the microphone and begin calling Hayabusa a hypocrite and a dumbass. 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 what had just happened with him and his long time friend.
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 Supplex. 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 Suplex on Pogo # 2 to get the win for the Funk Masters of Wrestling.
Hayabusa would would get a call from his home on March 1, 1997 by Shoichi Arai that Hayabusa would be given a chance to meet with Giant Baba about setting up an FMW and All Japan relationship. It would actually be because of Atsushi Onita and his relationship with Giant Baba that the deal would be possible. Arai would ask for Hayabusa to wear a nice suit and meet with Giant Baba the following day. Hayabusa and the pregnant Harumi would find a nice suit for Hayabusa to wear in his closet. Hayabusa would meet with All Japan President Giant Baba for the first time on March 2, 1997 in Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo meet with All Japan President Giant Baba at a cafe. Hayabusa would walk in and see Baba sitting down smoking a cigar and sit down next to him. Baba would agree to allow Hayabusa to begin working for All Japan starting the next month. Giant Baba and Hayabusa would then hold a press conference on March 3, 1997 to announce that Hayabusa would begin working for All Japan starting on April 2, 1997 in Osaka. Hayabusa would be thrilled as this would allow him to brand out and he had already had a secret friendship with All Japan's Mitsuharu Misawa for the past year. Harumi would not be that thrilled with the news that her soon to be husband would be on the road even more than just touring for FMW.
March 14, 1997 at Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center, Hayabusa and Ricky Fuji would team up to take on two men that Ezaki went through the FMW Dojo together in Mr. Gannosuke and Katsutoshi Niiyama with Gannosuke putting away Ricky with a Northern Light Suplex for the win.
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 be very nervous during the match as he was an outsider and although he would receive some boo's from the loyal All Japan fans he would mostly get cheers including a fan in the second row holding up an FMW towel which Hayabusa would point to acknowledge it. 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 by pinning Shiga with the Fire Bird Splash. Giant Baba would say nothing to Hayabusa following the match but he would get booked for the end of the tour Budokan Hall show.
Eiji Ezaki would marry Harumi on April 7, 1997 after dating for almost 5 years at a shrine near their home in Ota, Tokyo. The wedding would be very private as only the parents of Eiji and Harumi would attend. Hayabusa would feel shame though during the wedding by not getting Harumi an engagement ring nor a wedding ring although Harumi would never bring it up as an issue.
April 18, 1997 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa, Masato Tanaka, Koji Nakagawa and Tetsuhiro Kuroda would defeat The Gladiator, Hisakatsu Oya, Mr. Gannosuke and Katsutoshi Niiyama when Tanaka would pin Niiyama in a Street Fight. The rest of the Funk Masters of Wrestling would attack Hayabusa following the match with Jinsei Shinzaki rushing to the ring to make the save for Hayabusa.
April 19, 1997 at Budokan Hall, Hayabusa would team up with Yoshinobu Kanemaru against Yoshinari Ogawa and Kentaro Shiga in Hayabusa's Budokan Hall debut with Hayabusa's team on the losing end when Ogawa would pin Kanemaru for the win.
April 29, 1997 at the Yokohama Arena, Hayabusa would face off against Mr. Gannosuke in a match with the stipulation that if Hayabusa were to win then Gannosuke would have to shave his head, but if Gannosuke would win, then Hayabusa must take off his mask forever. Gannosuke would put forth a good effort during the match but it would be cut short due to it being only the third match from the top. Hayabusa would manage to defeat Gannosuke after hitting him with a Falcon Arrow for the win. Hayabusa 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. 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 would over hear Hayabusa's crying and begins screaming at him and tell him to quit be so upset and to accept it.
May 8, 1997 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa would team up with Koji Nakagawa as Hayabusa would face off against Gannosuke for the first time since their Yokohama Arena match as they would go up against Mr. Gannosuke and Hisakatsu Oya with Hayabusa failing to get any type of revenge on Gannosuke as he would end up nailing Nakagawa with his Fire Thunder for the win.
May 13, 1997 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa would team up with Ricky Fuji along with Rock and Roll Express member Ricky Morton as they would take on The Gladiator, Hisakatsu Oya, and Mr. Gannosuke with the Funk Masters of Wrestling going over once again as Oya would finish off Morton with a Backdrop for the win.
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 6, 1997 at Budokan Hall, Hayabusa would return to All Japan to team up with Jun Akiyama to take on the team of Takao Omori and Kentaro Shiga with Akiyama having an issue with teaming with outsider Hayabusa right away. Akiyama would not come by to help Hayabusa as Omori and Shiga would stomp away at Hayabusa and then there would be conflict when tagging with one another. Akiyama would end up putting Shiga away and getting the win for the team and Hayabusa and Akiyama would shake hands afterwards but Akiyama would just walk away while still having their hands touching to show he was not friends with Hayabusa.
June 13, 1997 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa would team up with Ricky Fuji, Nanjyo Hayato, and Gosaku Goshogawara as Mr. Pogo # 2 as Hayabusa's team would again fail to the Funk Masters of Wrestling team of Mr. Gannosuke, Hisakatsu Oya, and The Headhunters when Headhunter would pin Mr. Pogo # 2 with a moonsault for the win.
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. Gannosuke upset about the loss would take some kerosene and then blow a huge fire ball at Hayabusa with Shinzaki shoving Hayabusa out of the way to make the save for his friend.
August 5, 1997 at the Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center, Hayabusa along with Koji Nakagawa and Ricky Fuji would participate in a FMW 6 Man Street Fight Tag Team Tournament with their opponents being The Gladiator, Hisakatsu Oya, and Mr. Gannosuke with Ricky being the focus of the Funk Masters of Wrestling as Gannosuke would hit Ricky with a lariat while Oya would hit him with a Backdrop with Hayabusa having to make the save. Gannosuke would then begin holding on to Hayabusa to prevent him from making the save again at Oya would finish off Ricky with another Backdrop for the win and to advance and eventually win the tournament and win the FMW 6 Man Street Fight Tag Team Titles over Kodo Fuyuki, Jado, and Gedo.
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 and 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 team 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 over Shiga as Shinzaki would make sure to keep Kobashi from making the save as Hayabusa and Shinzaki would win their first match at Budokan Hall as a team 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 not go very well, 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 16, 1997 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa, Jinsei Shinzaki, and Koji Nakagawa would take on the team of The Gladiator, Hisakatsu Oya, and Mr. Gannosuke with Gannosuke finishing off Nakagawa with the Fire Thunder to give the Funk Masters of Wrestling the win going into the big Kawasaki Stadium in less than two weeks.
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 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 on Hayabusa to score the pinfall victory for the All Japan win.
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 Tag Team 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.
Harumi Ezaki would give birth on the morning of October 19, 1997 in Tokyo to a 6.8 pound girl making Ezaki a father. They would name her Ayane. Ezaki would not be present during the birth as he would be touring with FMW in Sendai that day. He would take the subway back to Tokyo the next day to see his little girl for the first time before heading back to Niigata for the tour. Hayabusa would write an article about the excitement of becoming a father that can be found at http://fmwwrestling.us/PapaHayabusa.html
November 15, 1997 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa and Jinsei Shinzaki would enter in the 1997 All Japan Real World Tag Team Tournament. 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. as it would be a dream for Hayabusa to go up Hansen who was one of his favorites growing up. 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 as they would take on then All Japan Triple Crown Champion Mitsuharu Misawa and Jun Akiyama in a match where the four would pull out everything they had. Hayabusa would manage 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 take 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 fail again to gain anymore points as they would lose to the team of Steve Williams and Gary Albright after Albright would pin Shinzaki with a Powerbomb in which would be the teams sixth lost in seven 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 his 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 5, 1997 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa would face off against an old rival in Hisakatsu Oya with Hayabusa putting away Oya with the Falcon Arrow for the win. Oya who had previously joined ZEN but had issues with the former W*ING members that had merged with the former Funk Masters of Wrestling members would shake Hayabusa's hand after the match and announce that he was joining FMW and turning face for the first time since entering FMW in 1994.
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 with the Falcon Arrow. Hayabusa would then get on the microphone and tell the fans after his All Japan experience that he knew first hand 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. 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 Titles against the champions Mr. Gannosuke and 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 injured ribs by Kanemura who would quickly roll up Hayabusa for the Hayabusa 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 suplex 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 4, 1998 at a hotel in Tokyo, Hayabusa would be awarded the 1997 Fighting Spirit Award by Tokyo Sports and attend the award ceremony with all the great wrestlers like Masahiro Chono, Kenta Kobashi, and Toshiaki Kawada. Hayabusa would stand next to Megumi Kudo during the ceremony who would also win an award that year. The Fighting Spirit was an award to award the wrestler that showed the most heart and determination during their matches and previous years winners included the likes of Toshiaki Kawada, Shinya Hashimoto, Akira Taue, and Riki Choshu.
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 and Jado in tag match in the opening 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 and Jado would come 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.
February 6, 1998 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa and Masato Tanaka would team up to take on ZEN's Koji Nakagawa and Tetsuhiro Kuroda in the main event of the show with Hayabusa and Tanaka just being a class above Nakagawa and Kuroda with Hayabusa finishing off Kuroda by pinning him with the Phoenix Senton.
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 next round opponent in the tournament would be Jado. Jado would also 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. Gannosuke's help eventually 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 17, 1998 at the Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center, Hayabusa and Masato Tanaka would team up in a Gauntlet Tag Team Match. They would come out to face off against the former tag team champions Mr. Gannosuke and Yukihiro Kanemura with Hayabusa and Gannosuke brawling on the floor when Kanemura would smash Tanaka over the head but Tanaka would come back with an elbow to the face and then pick up Kanemura and put him away with the Death Valley Bomb to advance to the last team in the gauntlet match of the FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Champions Kodo Fuyuki and Hido. Hayabusa would focus on Hido while Tanaka would take care of Fuyuki. Hayabusa would hit Hido with the Fire Bird Splash with Hido barely kicking out and then Hayabusa would put away Hido with the Falcon Arrow for the win and to become the FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Champions with Masato Tanaka.
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 full time. 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 face off against Mr. Gannosuke for the FMW Double Titles in the very first DirecTV PPV show put on by FMW. Hayabusa would early on deliver a dropkick to Gannosuke's knee which would cause a severe injury to Gannosuke's knee. Gannosuke would still continue the match and put on a great of a performance while in extreme pain. Hayabusa and Gannosuke would still manage to put on a great match with one another. Gannosuke would attempt grounding Hayabusa and attempt to put Hayabusa away with his Fire Thunder and Gannosuke Clutch. The two would 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 had finally proven he was the top wrestler in FMW. Gannosuke would be taken to the hospital and would be out nearly six months due to his injury.
May 1, 1998 at the Tokyo Dome, at All Japan's first ever show at the Tokyo Dome,Hayabusa would team up with Kentaro Shiga and the legendary Giant Baba to take on Jun Izumida, Kimala II and Jinsei Shinzaki in a six man match. It would be Hayabusa's first ever Tokyo Dome show and his first and only time teaming with Giant Baba. He would be getting ready to go out when he would hear Giant Baba's theme begin to play. He would head to the dug out where he would be coming out of to see Giant Baba was already walking to the ring and way ahead of him. Hayabusa wanted to catch up with him but was so far behind and his Hayabusa character could never run to catch up so he began taking large steps to make catch up with Baba. Hayabusa would face off against Shinzaki during the match but it would be Izumida that he would end up getting the win over with the Fire Bird Splash for the win. 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 although their tag team would be put on hiatus until the following year. Hayabusa would get backstage and apologize to Giant Baba about being late during his entrance. Baba would laugh and tell Hayabusa that he left early on purpose to stress Hayabusa out.
May 5, 1998 at the Wakayama Prefectural Gym, Hayabusa and Masato Tanaka would defend their FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Titles for the first time after defeating Jado and Gedo and although Hayabusa would hit Jado with the Fire Bird Splash and be unable to put him away after Gedo would make the save. Tanaka would end up finishing off Gedo with a Rolling Elbow to finish him while Hayabusa would make sure that Jado would not make the save.
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 in one of the best FMW matches in the history of the promotion.
May 27, 1998 at the Fukuoka Hakata Star Lanes, Kodo Fuyuki and Yukihiro Kanemura would defeat Hayabusa and Masato Tanaka for their FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Championship after Kanemura would roll up Masato Tanaka to win the FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Titles and ending Hayabusa's first reign as tag team champion..
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 hit Gedo with a 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 then 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 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 and Rob Van Dam as Sabu would cover Shinzaki for the win and to successfully defend their ECW tag titles.
August 16, 1998 in Aomori, Hayabusa would return back to Japan and tour for Michinoku Pro and would face off against the young Naohiro Hoshikawa with Hoshikawa giving Hayabusa everything he could handle coming close on a win with a Dragon Suplex but Hayabusa would end up putting away Hoshikawa with a Falcon Arrow for the win.
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 earlier. Hayabusa this time would manage to finally put away Oya as he would successfully defend the FMW Double Titles for the third time by putting away Oya with the Falcon Arrow for the win.
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 if Hayabusa could get through Koji Nakagawa first with Hayabusa accepting.
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 be Hayabusa's second time as FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Champion but the team of Hayabusa and Daisuke Ikeda would not make one defense as champions before having to vacate the Tag Titles in January 1999 due to an injury to Ikeda.
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.
November 23, 1998 at the Ryogoku Sumo Hall, Hayabusa would return to compete in the in Sumo Hall for the first time in over two years as he would face off against the young masked Mexican wrestler Rey Buccanero, Jr. with Hayabusa controlling most of the match and making it a short performance before putting away Buccanero easily with the Fire Bird Splash for the win.
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, 1998 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa would team up with ECW's Tommy Dreamer to take on Sabu and Rob Van Dam and although Hayabusa would let Dreamer wrestle for a majority of the match it would still allow Hayabusa to face off against Sabu for what would turn out to be the final time in their careers, as well as deliver an Asai Moonsault to Rob Van Dam before Van Dam would eventually put Dreamer away 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 turn out to be Gannosuke's first singles victory over Ezaki 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 with Oya convincing that he even though they had bad blood from December that he could still trust him. But it would turn out to be all a set up as Oya would end up turning on Hayabusa and hitting a back suplex on hi,Hayabusa to setup an easy pinfall victory for Gannosuke on him. Gannosuke, Oya, Hosaka, and Leather would begin beating down on Hayabusa when Fuyuki who had been attacked earlier by Gannosuke's group would come out and save Hayabusa from them. Fuyuki would grab the mic and proclaim to Hayabusa that they should team up to face off against Gannosuke's Outlaws. Hayabusa would agree and would embrace Fuyuki as they would form a team enter in the FMW Tag Team Tournament to decide the new FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Champions. 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 and 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 would defeat Masato Tanaka and 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 20, 1999 at the Furukawa Gym, Hayabusa and Kodo Fuyuki would take on Koji Nakagawa and Gedo as their first opponents in the tournament and would manage to come away with two points after Hayabusa would put away Gedo with the Firebird Splash. Hayabusa and Fuyuki would then score another two points giving them a total of four points on March 21, 1999 at the Shizuoka Hamamatsu Act City when they would defeat Armageddon who would later to become Rosey and Jamal in WWE.
March 29, 1999 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa and 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.
April 20, 1999 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa and Kodo Fuyuki
would get back to their winning ways after defeating former Battlarts' friends
Daisuke Ikeda and Mohammed Yone after Hayabusa would put away Yone with the
Falcon Arrow to give them seven points and in the lead of the tournament.
April 25, 1999 at the Kyoto KBS Hall, Hayabusa and Kodo Fuyuki would clinch a spot in the finals already by earning another two points after defeating Mr. Gannosuke and Hisakatsu Oya when Hayabusa would pin Oya to get the win and earn nine points.
Hayabusa would appear at the Tokyo Dome on April 27, 1999 to throw out the first pitch of the game for the Nippon-Ham Fighters in his mask and attire. He would shake the hand of one of the managers Toshiharu Ueda as well as get a jersey of their start pitcher Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi while meeting him which was a dream come true considering Ezaki's first sports love was baseball.
April 28, 1999 at the Saku City Gym, Hayabusa and Kodo Fuyuki would continue to dominate the tag team tournament by defeating Yukihiro Kanemura and Hido after Hayabusa would finish off Hido with the Fire Bird Splash and then go on to defeat Super Leather and Hideki Hosaka on April 29, 1999 in Higashi-Toyama after Hayabusa would hit the Fire Bird Splash on Hosaka to get the win to earn thirteen points.
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 Kodo Fuyuki would go into the finals match of the tournament having defeated everybody but the team of Masato Tanaka and Tetsuhiro Kuroda. They would end up having to meet that team again after Tanaka and Kuroda would defeat Koji Nakagawa and Gedo earlier in the night. Tanaka would end up knocking out Fuyuki during the match and pinning Fuyuki for the win for the upset and to win the FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Titles. Fuyuki would lay motionless as Hayabusa would grab a bucket of water and would pore it over Fuyuki to revive him. Fuyuki would wake up extremely upset and would begin attacking Hayabusa as Team No Respect and Team FMW would have to hold them both back from going at it. The friendship between Hayabusa and Kodo Fuyuki would end that day as would the partnership of FMW and Team No Respect.
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.
Hayabusa would begin to rack his brain about what he was going to do going forward. He was 30 years old which should be the prime of a wrestler but all the injuries he had suffered in four years were effecting him everyday. He dealt with a left triceps muscle rupture, a ligament injury inside the left elbow, right and left shoulder joint dislocation, sprain, left elbow pain, left ulnar nerve paralysis, knuckle sprain in the left thumb, right elbow sprain, anterior ligament rupture in both his right and left knees, left ankle ligament rupture, a left foot thumb bone fracture, right third rib bone fracture, left eye iritis and traumatic glaucoma. He could still feel his right and left knee ligament injury pain even years after being paralyzed. The style he was working and expecting to do the highflying moves like the Fire Bird Splash every show were becoming too much. He was also told by a doctor that if he continued working that style that he would begin to feel the effects in his daily personal life for the rest of his life within the next two years. He was also back to taking pain killers daily as well as bar hopping to drink so much to drink so much that he could pass out because the pain was effecting his sleep so much. Hayabusa knew he was going to have to change his style but he also knew Hayabusa was expected to fly but something was going to have to give.
Eiji Ezaki would experience another positive in his life as Harumi would give birth to their second child on May 10, 1999 in Tokyo. It would be another girl and they would name her Shie. Hayabusa would get to attend this birth unlike for Ayane's birth as FMW would not be on tour although it would not be long before he would have to head out again.
May 14, 1999 at Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center, Hayabusa would team up with Tetsuhiro Kuroda for the Battlarts' promotion big show as they would take on Alexander Otsuka and Mohammed Yone with Yone picking up the win by pinning Kuroda for the FMW loss. FMW would cut ties with all the promotions they were partnering up with feeling that it was not worth the headache of the promotions always wanting to go over on the FMW guys. This would also mean that the two year relationship between FMW and All Japan was about to come to an end as well.
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 to eliminate him, Mr. Gannosuke would be disqualified after delivering a lowblow to Hayabusa, and Hayabusa would hit the Fire Bird Splash on Hido for the victory for Team FMW in clean sweep.
June 4, 1999 at the Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center, Hayabusa and Jinsei Shinzaki would defend their All Japan All Asian Tag Team Titles against Takao Omori and Yoshihiro Takayama known as Team No Fear to win the title after Omori would put away Shinzaki in a great match for the win.
June 15, 1999 at Korakuen Hall, Commissioner Kodo Fuyuki would show his abuse of power right 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 the Hayabusa gimmick would be force to retire in August. 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.
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 would team with Masato Tanaka and Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Mr. Gannosuke would form a team with Yukihiro Kanemura and Jado, Super Leather would team with Armageddon, and Kodo Fuyuki would team with the tag team champions Koji Nakagawa and Gedo.
July 18, 1999 in Osaka, Hayabusa along with Masato Tanaka and
Tetsuhiro Kuroda's first opponents to determine the placing of the matches for
the WEW 6 Man Tag Team Title would be Kodo Fuyuki, Koji Nakagawa, and Gedo with
no one being able to score a win after thirty minutes and the match going to a
time limit draw to give both teams one point.
July 19, 1999 in Gifu, their next tournament match against Super Leather and Armageddon would see them get upset after Leather would finish off Kuroda with a Tombstone Piledriver for the win keeping them at one point
July 29, 1999 in Takamatsu, the team of Hayabusa, Tanaka, and Kuroda would once again go to a thirty minute time limit draw against the team of Mr. Gannosuke, Yukihiro Kanemura, and Jado resulting them finishing at 2 points total which fell in the bottom two teams meaning they would have to face off against all three teams and win if they wish to become the WEW 6 Man Tag Team Champions at Korakuen Hall.
July 31, 1999 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa, Tanaka, and Kuroda would make quick work of the Super Leather and Armageddon team after Hayabusa would hit the Fire Bird Splash on Super Leather for the final time. Gannosuke, Kanemura, and Jado would then hit the ring and attack the Hayabusa team to get an advantage early on. Hayabusa's team would struggle with Gannosuke's team as the match would go over twenty minutes before Hayabusa would deliver a shotei to Jado, and manage to score the pinfall victory over him. Their next and final opponents would be Kodo Fuyuki, Koji Nakagawa, and Gedo and they would have the advantage of the Hayabusa team in their third match. Gannosuke, Kanemura, and Jado would also stick around to help out Team No Respect and the triple teaming and Charging Lariats by Fuyuki on Hayabusa would be too much as Fuyuki would finally finish off Hayabusa for the pinfall and to win the WEW 6 Man Tag Team Titles. Afterwards, the matches for the next two Korakuen Hall shows and the final show at the Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center show would be announced which would be Hayabusa's last match under the mask.
Eiji Ezaki would begin working on designs for his new gimmick in August 1999. Much like when he sat down and drew up the Hayabusa gimmick he would do the same for this gimmick. This gimmick would be completely different than Hayabusa. He would be a free spirit compared to the serious Hayabusa. He would have different color hair, he would have cut up jeans, he would have a tattoo across his chest, he would be H. Ezaki would bring up the idea of being H to Arai with Ezaki explaining he did not want to wrestle under his actual name like what was expected. H being the first letter of Hayabusa as well as being pronounced Eichi which was close to the pronunciation of Eiji meaning that H was a mixture of both Hayabusa and Eiji Ezaki. Arai would agree to his idea.
August 20, 1999 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa would revive the Darkside of Hayabusa persona one last time with dyed orange hair in preparation of dying his hair regularly as well as debuting his new chest tattoo that would take over 8 hours to get done. Hayabusa would team up with Tetsuhiro Kuroda and 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 and Kanemura. Hayabusa would debut the Uranage to his move set in the match, and when climbing the top rope he would be charged at by Hido and would spit green mist in his face before delivering the Fire Bird Splash to get the win under the Darkside Hayabusa persona.
August 23, 1999 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa would win the FMW Brass Knuckles Title for the third time as he would defeat Yukihiro Kanemura with the Fire Bird Splash 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 while defending his FMW Brass Knuckles Championship for the final time. Hayabusa and Gannosuke go all out for this match which would include Gannosuke hitting a Reverse Tombstone off the top rope in one of the most spectacular moves seen in FMW history. Hayabusa would pull out the Shooting Star Press that he had done away with years earlier but would miss the move although he would eventually end up defeating Gannosuke after nailing him with two Falcon Arrows for the win and the successful title defense. Kodo Fuyuki would come out to present Hayabusa with flowers again, but this time Fuyuki would end up smashing the flowers over Hayabusa's head as Team No Respect would jump in the ring and begin attacking Hayabusa as Team FMW would also rush in the ring but would get 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 as well as his brown ninja pants until Ezaki would just be in a jock strap as Sena Wakana would run and put a towel over him as Shoichi Arai would beg Fuyuki to stop feeling they had gone too far. Fuyuki would ignore Arai with Arai having to cover his own body over Ezaki. Arai would enrage Fuyuki for siding with Hayabusa until finally Masato Tanaka would make it to the ring and clear out both Fuyuki and Gannosuke. Hayabusa would get on the mic and proclaim that the Hayabusa name might be over but he was not finished with Team No Respect.
August 27, 1999 in Ashikawa, Eiji Ezaki would debut as H in a match with Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Hisakatsu Oya, Ricky Fuji and Yoshinori Sasaki as they would defeat the Team No Respect members Kodo Fuyuki, Mr. Gannosuke, Yukihiro Kanemura, and Hido with Gannosuke being eliminated after H would deliver a flying drop kick to it and the other members getting eliminated by H's new finisher the H Edge which would be the Uranage. It would be announced that Gannosuke in the hospital for his knee.
September 3, 1999 in Hokkaido, H, Masato Tanaka, and Tetsuhiro Kuroda would take on Kodo Fuyuki, Yukihiro Kanemura, and Hido with Mr. Gannosuke returning under a Hayabusa mask to attack H. Gannosuke in the Hayabusa costume would jump on the turnbuckle and take off the original Hayabusa mask and reveal another mask to fit his look better. Gannosuke would come off the top rope and nail H with a flying dropkick and begin to brawl with H around the ringside area. Kuroda would manage to to finish Hido off with a lariat to get the win. Fuyuki and the rest of TNR would take off to the back where Gannosuke would proclaim himself "Hayabusa". Gannosuke as Hayabusa would also announce that he would be doing a porno as Hayabusa along with Japanese porn star Chocoball Mukai.
September 24, 1999 at Korakuen Hall, H, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Flying Kid Ichihara, and Yoshinori Sasaki would team up to take on the team of Hayabusa, Koji Nakagawa, Gedo, and their mystery tag partner who would be revealed as Japanese porn star Chocoball Mukai. During the match, Hayabusa would tie Flying Kid Ichihara's valet Sena Wakana to a dog collar to degrade her but when Chocoball would see what Hayabusa was about to do to her, he quickly would push Hayabusa out of the way. Gannosuke would attack Mukai and the rest of the TNR members would Super Powerbomb Mukai. H would end up finishing off Gedo with the H Edge for the win. H would then grab the mic and challenge Hayabusa to an Anus Explosion Match where the loser would have a firecracker set off against their house much like both Ezaki and Honda had done to them following their singles debut at the camp site in Hokkaido back on June 22, 1991.
October 29, 1999 at Korakuen Hall, H would take on Hayabusa in an Anus Exploding Match. The two would brawl around the building for a majority of match until Hayabusa would lock H to the turnbuckle with handcuffs and then pull down H's shorts and then place a bottle rocket on his ass with the bottle rocket going off and Hayabusa laughing at the experience H had just gone through. Naohiko Yamazaki would finally manage to get the key and unlock H as Hayabusa would run laughing at the experience Ezaki just went through. Later in the show, Honda as Gannosuke would come back out with a baseball bat and call out Fuyuki for feeling like he was having an identity crisis on who he really was. Honda would blame Fuyuki for as it was his idea to have him become Hayabusa. H would then come out and attack Hayabusa as they would again brawl all over the building and eventually police and other wrestlers would have to separate the two. Ezaki would also realize that dying his hair regularly was beginning to kill his hair and he would just end up chopping a large portion off.
November 23, 1999 at the Yokohama Arena, H would take on Hayabusa in the main event with former WWE World Champion Shawn Michaels as the Special Referee. He would be introduced by getting lifted by a chord and pulled up over the FMW logo before being dropped down although the chord would be attached incorrectly and H would be in serious pain the entire time until finally getting detached after hitting the ground. Hayabusa early in the match many times would attempt to cheap shot referee Shawn Michaels before being Super Kicked to a very loud pop from the fans in the arena. As Hayabusa was down, Shawn would go over to Hayabusa and begin to pull off his mask. H would quickly go over and stop Michaels from doing so. As H was holding Shawn Michaels back, Hayabusa would get up and take the Hayabusa off and throw it down to reveal Mr. Gannosuke. H and Gannosuke would then go at it with Gannosuke delivering a reverse piledriver off the apron onto the outside. Both H and Gannosuke were told that there would be no count outs during the match but that had not been told to Shawn who would begin counting both men out. Gannosuke and H would get back in the ring and Gannosuke would bring back the Fire Thunder but still only get a two count on H. H would come back and hit the H Edge on Gannosuke and then begin delivering the Hayabusa moves as he would deliver the Fire Bird Splash and the Falcon Arrow. H would then go for the Phoenix Splash but would not place Gannosuke correctly in the ring causing most of his boot to smash against Gannosuke's face during the land which would frustrate Ezaki for botching the move and just laying over Gannosuke as Shawn Michaels would count to three for the H win. Shawn Michaels would then grab the mic and congratulate both H and Gannosuke for a hell of a match. Shawn would then tell Gannosuke to be a man and shake Ezaki's hand for great sportsmanship. H would put his hand out aware of the last time he did but this time Gannosuke would shake H's hand. Gannosuke would then grab the mic and state that he will not apologize for what he has done. H would tell Honda that it doesn't matter right now, and all that matters right now is that, is that the moment has come that the past is behind them now they're together once again. H and Gannosuke would end up hugging with one another and heading back together friends again finally.
December 1, 1999 in Osaka, Eiji Ezaki would team up with Masashi Honda for the first time since 1993 as they would defeat the WEW Tag Team Champions Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Hisakatsu Oya for the WEW World Tag Team titles in their first match together after H would hit the H Thunder on Kuroda for the pinfall victory. Although the friendship between H and Mr. Gannosuke was very high, Masato Tanaka would make it very clear to reporters that he was disgusted that H would become friends with Gannosuke after all that Gannosuke had done to him over the years.
December 3, 1999 in Nagoya, H and Mr. Gannosuke would team with Masato Tanaka in a 6 man match against Kintaro Kanemura, Koji Nakagawa and Gedo. H would end up getting the pinfall over Gedo with an H Edge but after the match Masato Tanaka would walk out of the ring after the match while H and Gannosuke were celebrating obviously still disgusted in their new friendship.
December 11, 1999 at Korakuen Hall, Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Hisakatsu Oya would be granted a rematch for the WEW Tag Team Titles against H and Mr. Gannosuke, but the Tag Team Champions would be again too much for Kuroda and Oya as Gannosuke would finish Oya off with the Fire Thunder for the victory to retain the Tag Titles. The four would congratulate each other on a great performance, as Tetsuhiro Kuroda would announce that he will get a victory over H and Gannosuke with Masato Tanaka as his partner the next day.
December 12, 1999 at Korakuen Hall, Tetsuhiro Kuroda would team up with WEW World Champion Masato Tanaka to take on H and Mr. Gannosuke in a non title match, and again the team of H & Mr. Gannosuke would be too much for a set of former FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Champions as they would defeat Tanaka & Kuroda after H would debut his new finisher the "H Thunder" on Kuroda for the victory in a great match. As the four look to shake hands, Tanaka grabs the mic and trashes H for forgiving Gannosuke so easily after all the two had been through in years past, and that H & Gannosuke were idiots and FMW is turning into a promotion for pussies with guys like them as Tag Team Champions. Tanaka would go and side with ECW's Balls Mahoney and Axl Rotten as they leave together while Kuroda shakes hands with H and Gannosuke and shows that he sides with them.
January 5, 2000 at Korakuen Hall, Kodo Fuyuki would return to FMW as the leader of the new ECW Japan faction with Kyoko Inoue, Pitbull # 1, and Balls Mahoney and defeat H, Mr. Gannosuke, Hisakatsu Oya, and Ricky Fuji in a bloody brawl after Fuyuki would pin Ricky with a lariat. Fuyuki would claim that Kyoko Inoue is the person he scouted in the group, and if anyone has a problem with that then bring it on. H would grab the mic and say that he'll run Fuyuki out of FMW again.
January 8, 2000 in Sendai, H would suffer an humiliating lost in a tag match with Mr. Gannosuke against Kodo Fuyuki and Kyoko Inoue as he would be pinned by women's wrestler Kyoko Inoue after Balls Mahoney would interfere to setup the upset victory. This would make Kodo Fuyuki and Kyoko Inoue the number one contenders for the WEW Tag Team Titles as a result of their win.
February 18, 2000 in the Kawasaki Club Citta, H would get even with Balls Mahoney in a bloody Street Fight where H would become busted open and bleed all over during the match. Mr. Gannosuke would help keep Fuyuki and Kyoko Inoue from interfering as H would send Mahoney through a table and then finish him off with a 450 Fire Bird Splash.
February 25, 2000 at Korakuen Hall, Kodo Fuyuki and Kyoko Inoue would defeat H and Mr. Gannosuke for the WEW Tag Team Titles after Chocoball Mukai who had told everyone he would pay his dues and train in the FMW Dojo before returning the ring would help turn on FMW and join with Fuyuki's ECW Japan. During all the confusion, Fuyuki would end up rolling Gannosuke up with the Samson Clutch for the three count and the victory to win the WEW Tag Titles from H and Mr. Gannosuke.
February 26, 2000 at the FMW office in Gotanda, Tokyo, Eiji Ezaki who was one of the members of the office would attend a meeting thinking that the meeting would be about the big May 5th show at Komazawa show coming up and how they were going to get there. Kodo Fuyuki would start the meeting by stating that Hayabusa needs to come back. Fuyuki would go over how ticket sales have gone down since the beginning of H and there was no sign of them improving unless Hayabusa were to return. Ezaki would take the notion that H was not working as a personal hit. Shoichi Arai would agree with Fuyuki and tell Ezaki that Hayabusa was going to have to have come back with Ezaki agreeing but having his feelings hurt that he could not make his H character work like he had hoped. Arai would write on the white board ideas on how to bring back Hayabusa. The options were fan voting, a heel would challenge Hayabusa, or H would start to become selfish and heel like. Ezaki would feel that the H becoming selfish and heel like would be the best option. He would decide to create the name "Superstar H" with the notion that H would have a huge ego. Fuyuki would also admit that the ECW Japan feud was not working either and the group would be going through a change.
March 11, 2000 at the Yokohama Arena, it would be the second time that Ezaki would compete at the Yokohama Arena in less than four months as he would team up with Naohiko Yamazaki to take on Big Japan's Ryuji Yamakawa and Tomoaki Honma in a FMW vs. Big Japan match for the Rikidozan Memorial show. H would end up working on Yamakawa where he would deliver a Falcon Arrow and a Fire Bird Splash with Yamakawa managing to tag out. Yamazaki would get tagged in and would end up getting double teamed by Honma and Yamakawa with them executing an Electric Chair off the turnbuckle with H making the save for Yamazaki. Honma would throw H outside the ring and then deliver a Flying Drop Kick off the top turnbuckle to the outside on H making sure he would not be able to save Yamazaki again as Yamakawa would manage to finish Yamazaki off with a Reverse Tiger Driver for the Big Japan win over FMW.
March 27, 2000 at Korakuen Hall, Mr. Gannosuke would be forced to miss to internal injuries and H would come out to the crowd and announce that he would be going by the name Superstar H from then on and that he would fill in for Gannosuke's spot in a WEW 6 Man Tag Team Title match where Team No Respect's Koji Nakagawa, Jado, and Gedo would defeat H and his partners Yoshinori Sasaki and Naohiko Yamazaki when Jado would pin Yamazaki with a Lariat. H would then take on Kyoko Inoue, and control almost the entire match. Kyoko would still manage to kick out of many of H's moves including the H Edge with H getting frustrated during the match that he could not put her away until he would use the Fire Bird Splash on Inoue to finally put her away. In the main event, Masato Tanaka who had left FMW for ECW a few months earlier would return and run in and attack Tetsuhiro Kuroda. H would run in and Tanaka would attack him as well. That would give Fuyuki the idea that Tanaka was joining ECW Japan but Tanaka would knock Fuyuki out instead and claim that ECW Japan was and that he was representing the real ECW that would take over FMW.
April 3, 2000 at Zepp Sapporo, Fuyuki would state earlier in the week that if he did not win on April 3rd and 4th that he would retire for good from wrestling. The first show would see H take on Kodo Fuyuki in a singles match and H would end up losing after a transvestite fan of Chocoball Mukai would interfere to help Fuyuki get the pinfall over H with a Charging Lariat.
April 4, 2000 at the Zepp Sapporo, in a Come out and Play match, H would come out for the FMW's Team as their last hope for Fuyuki to finally retire, and H would easily put away Chocoball Mukai in sixteen seconds with a Falcon Arrow. H would then defeat Kyoko Inoue right after with the Fire Bird Splash, and H would then defeat Kodo Fuyuki after using the Gannosuke Clutch for the win giving the FMW team the win over ECW Japan. Kodo Fuyuki, Kyoko Inoue and Chocoball Mukai would be kicked out of ECW Japan afterwards by Masato Tanaka for the loss. Fuyuki would later announce that he had announced that he would retire if he lost on on April Fools Day so the joke was on the fans and that he would never retire.
April 11, 2000 at Korakuen Hall, H would team up with the returning Mr. Gannosuke to wrestle Masato Tanaka and Balls Mahoney. At the beginning of the match, Balls Mahoney would attack H while on the top turnbuckle and deliver the Nutcrackers Suite. H would have to be carried off by Yoshinori Sasaki to the locker room. Mr. Gannosuke would have to go at it alone against Mahoney and Tanaka until Kodo Fuyuki would come out to even the odds and help Gannosuke through the match. Ezaki would be rushing while all was going on putting on his Hayabusa costume and putting on his makeup before rushing back out to the ring. Fuyuki would end up being laid out as well during the match though and right when it would seem that Gannosuke was back to defending against himself there would be a loud pop from the crowd as Hayabusa would return. Hayabusa would deliver his trademark Asai Moonsault with the crowd going crazy, but even with the return of Hayabusa, it would not be enough as Masato Tanaka would end up hitting the Diamond Dust on Hayabusa and getting the pinfall and his first ever pinfall over Ezaki in his career. Eiji Ezaki would go back as H after the match by pulling the mask off, but it would later be announced that Eiji Ezaki would return as Hayabusa for one more time on May 5th at the Komazawa Olympic Gym against Masato Tanaka. Ezaki would also send out an invitation on April 28th for Jinsei Shinzaki to appear at the show.
Eiji Ezaki would then fly to Hollywood, California on April 13, 2000 following the end of the tour. He would spend five days in Los Angeles to perform in the B movie Backyard Dogs. Ezaki would arrive on set and be given a trailer and ask for his script so that he would have time to learn it since it would be in English and it would not be the easiest thing for him. They would let him know that they could not give him the script yet out of fear of it be released too soon to the movie would allow for it to get out to the public. Hayabusa would end up spending most of his time in the trailer just sitting there for hours. He would eventually get the script just prior to the filming as he did not have much of a part in the movie he would only have to learn 5 pages of script. A make up artist would come in and when Ezaki would tell her that he did his own make up for the Hayabusa character she would respond that it was for him when he would not have the make up on as she was told that Ezaki did not look Asian enough and she needed to make him look more Asian. Ezaki would find it funny as when he lived in Mexico he would often get confused for being Samoan. Hayabusa would end up performing in a scene where one of the bad guys in the movie would attack him in the ring and he would end up performing his signature moves on him. Hayabusa would then return back to Los Angeles to film one more scene for the movie as well as perform for the E3 convention on May 12, 2000 as he would have a six man match with other FMW wrestlers to help promote new FMW DVD's that would be distributed by the Tokyo Pop company.
May 5, 2000 at the Komazawa Olympic Gym, Eiji Ezaki would return as Hayabusa in the main event against ECW Japan's Masato Tanaka. Jinsei Shinzaki would appear before the match and take a seat in the crowd and watch the match. Hayabusa would go all out against his former friend by delivering all the Hayabusa signature moves such as the Falcon Arrow, Fire Bird Splash, and Phoenix Splash. Hayabusa also take a beating from Tanaka with a Powerbomb into a table and a Powerbomb to the outside onto a table but still manage would get up. Tanaka would then hit Hayabusa with an Awesome Bomb as well as the Diamond Dust and Hayabusa would still manage to kick out. Tanaka would then deliver a suplex on Hayabusa where his head directly hit the mat and he would lose all feeling in his body for a few seconds before it would come back. Hayabusa would manage to fight back and eventually finish off Tanaka with the H Thunder. Shinzaki would get up and walk away after the match. Hayabusa would then take off his mask and issue a challenge to Kodo Fuyuki for his WEW World Title.
May 28, 2000 at Korakuen Hall, the new WEW World Champion Kodo Fuyuki would referee a three way dance between H and his friends Mr. Gannosuke and Tetsuhiro Kuroda to see who would become the number one contender for the WEW World Title. Gannosuke who had suffered a leg injury earlier in the month while in America would walk to the ring on crutches. H and Kuroda would wrestle the majority of the match as Gannosuke would mostly stand there and watch while some times coming over to help either H or Kuroda. Kuroda would begin to get frustrated with Gannosuke and begin kicking and attacking his cast. H would take this as an opportunity to try and rollup Kuroda for the win while Fuyuki would do an extremely fast count but still only get two. H and Kuroda would then begin trading off pinfall attempts as Fuyuki would continue giving very fast counts until H would hit a hurricanrana on Kuroda and get a very fast 3 count for the elimination. But just as H was getting up he would get hit with a crutch by Gannosuke with Gannosuke covering H and Fuyuki jumping on his back to make sure H would not kick out for the Gannosuke win. H would then grab the mic as it would appear that Gannosuke had aligned himself with Fuyuki once again. H would begin screaming that this decision better not stand with such a biased referee. FMW President Shoichi Arai would come out with Kyoko Inoue, Koji Nakagawa, and Chocoball Mukai and grab the mic and tell H that the referee decision was final and state maybe H should concentrate less on being such an egotistical bastard and learn how to win a match which would cause H to go right after Arai but he would then be attacked by Hideki Hosaka and Yoshinori Sasaki turning heel on H as Gannosuke and the others would begin beating on H and Tetsuhiro Kuroda. Hosaka and Sasaki would hold H up as Fuyuki would claim this new group of wrestlers have formed the new Fuyuki Army and would go over and slap H in the face with Arai going over and slapping H as well. That slap from Arai would upset H enough to manage to pull away from Hosaka and Sasaki and go right after Arai. Hisakatsu Oya, Naohiko Yamazaki, Flying Kid Ichihara and Ricky Fuji would run into the ring to help out H and Kuroda. Ricky would quickly go after Arai after not trusting Arai in the first place after he had been heel and feuded with Ricky the previous year and would throw Arai down and along with Oya begin choking Arai out as all of New Fuyuki Army would grab him and manage to retreat. Arai backstage would state that Ricky had just made the worst mistake of his life.
May 30, 2000 in Kanawa, Koji Nakagawa who had turned on Team No Respect on May 28th at Korakuen Hall and had joined the New Fuyuki Army would debut his new gimmick after the name of a legendary thief in Japan named GOEMON. During the match, H would hurt his knee causing him to miss a couple of house shows.
June 6, 2000 in Fukushima, Ricky Fuji who would be signing autographs at a souvenir stand when New Fuyuki Army would come over and begin attacking Ricky and quickly tie him up and throw him into their van and take off with him. They would then throw Ricky into a basement where they would feed him with grub and begin taking pictures of Ricky all tied up as Fuyuki would announce that they would blow up Ricky if H and his partner are not successful against himself and GOEMON at the June 16th Korakuen Hall show. H would announce several days afterwards that his upcoming partner for June 16th at Korakuen Hall would be "Hayabusa."
June 16, 2000 at Korakuen Hall, through out the entire show, Mr. Gannosuke would be shown with a tied up Ricky Fuji as he would begin mocking the tied up Ricky and announce that he would explode him after Fuyuki and GOEMON win their match. H would come out as the Darkside of H against Kodo Fuyuki and GOEMON without the announced Hayabusa as his partner. H would be wrestle a handicap match the first part and get cut open by GOEMON's fork and would be a bloody mess when the Hayabusa theme song would begin to play and Genichiro Tenryu would come out in the Hayabusa costume to help save H. Tenryu would quickly knock GOEMON out with a chair and begin attacking Fuyuki and would deliver a powerbomb on Fuyuki to set up H hitting the Fire Bird Splash on Fuyuki for the victory. Even though H and Tenryu had won the match, the big screen in the arena would show a huge explosion take place as H and the crowd had just realized the explosion had to do with Ricky Fuji being kidnapped. The crowd would begin chanting "Sexy Storm" as H would run out of the of the building to find out what had happened.
June 21, 2000 at Korakuen Hall, Mr. Gannosuke would come out and announce that he didn't have the guts to actually explode Ricky Fuji, as he had taken off with Ricky before the explosion had taken place. GOEMON would then come out and begin arguing that Gannosuke didn't get the job done and that Ricky was still alive as a result. H would be scheduled to team up with Hayabusa, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, and a mystery partner against Shin Fuyuki Army's Kodo Fuyuki, Mr. Gannosuke, GOEMON, and Kyoko Inoue. The mystery partner would turn out to be Ricky Fuji who would go right after GOEMON and Mr. Gannosuke while Tenryu and Fuyuki would go at it with one another. Tenryu would eventually rip off the mask and again deliver a powerbomb to Fuyuki to setup for H to hit the Fire Bird Splash on him for the win.
June 26, 2000 in Isesaki, Ezaki would continue to go as H due to the posters of the FMW events being published months in advance and H's still being on the top picture shown of the event. H would team up with Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Hisakatsu Oya as they would challenge for the WEW 6 Man Tag Team Titles against Kodo Fuyuki, Kyoko Inoue, and Chocoball Mukai with H hitting the H Thunder on Mukai and Mukai having no chance at kicking out as H would finally become a WEW 6 Man Tag Team Champion after a year earlier after chasing after them.
July 13, 2000 at Korakuen Hall, Eiji Ezaki would face off against his recent partner in Genichiro Tenryu in the main event of Tenryu's WAR promotion. This time though, it would be Ezaki in the Hayabusa costume instead of Tenryu. Hayabusa would return using all his Hayabusa signature moves, but he would end being defeated in a singles match as Hayabusa for the first time since February 21, 1999 against Mr. Gannosuke when Tenryu would deliver a Powerbomb on Hayabusa for the win.
July 22, 2000 at the Messe Wing, H and Tetsuhiro Kuroda would defeat The Samoan team of Eddie Fatu and Matty Smalls after H would nail Fatu with hit the H Edge for the win. H would then get on the microphone and announce that this would be his last match as H and starting the next day he would be going back as Hayabusa officially for good.
23, 2000 at the Differ Ariake, Eiji Ezaki would become Hayabusa permanently and
would be given his WEW World Title shot after pinning Fuyuki at the June 16th
Korakuen Hall tag match. But he would have to defeat all 10 members of Shin
Fuyuki-gun to win the WEW title. H would quickly put away Chocoball Mukai in
seconds, and then put away new Shin Fuyuki-gun member Flying Kid Ichihara who
would be on crutches in seconds as well, and then quickly defeat Shin Fuyuki-gun
members Kintaro Kanemura, Yoshinori Sasaki, Hideki Hosaka, Kyoko Inoue and
GOEMON, as then knock out Mr. Gannosuke and causing him to not even be able to
compete before the bell rings for the match to start. Kodo Fuyuki then would
come out and is quickly attacked by Hayabusa. Fuyuki would have all members of
his group throw Hayabusa into the crowd and begin to beating him down with
chairs to make it an easy win for Fuyuki, but as Fuyuki would begin to attempt a
Charging Lariat on Hayabusa, Masato Tanaka would come back from his near three
month absence and lay out Fuyuki with a Roaring Elbow as Tanaka would return to
Team FMW. Hayabusa would then try to put away Fuyuki, but he would go up to the
top rope for a Fire Bird Splash but Jinsei Shinzaki would come out and attack
Hayabusa. Shinzaki would deliver a Praying Powerbomb before leaving. Fuyuki
would then finish the job by delivering the Charging Lariat and nailing Hayabusa
with it to score the victory and retain his WEW World Title.
July 28, 2000 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa would team up with the returning Masato Tanaka as well as Hisakatsu Oya against Kodo Fuyuki & Jinsei Shinzaki & Mr. Gannosuke. Shinzaki & Gannosuke would beat on Hayabusa throughout the whole match and mock him as they do every key Hayabusa and Shinzaki tag team spot on Hayabusa, as well as both of them hitting a Praying Powerbombs on Hayabusa. But as Gannosuke grew more and more confidence with teaming with his former hated rival, the more he was surprised when he attempted to throw Shinzaki into the corner to hit Hayabusa, but was instead swung the other side of the ring and then hit with a flying backwards kick to the head and then hit again with flying kick to the head, this time by both Hayabusa & Shinzaki as the crowd began to go nuts that Hayabusa & Shinzaki were back together as friends. Shinzaki then would hit Gannosuke with a Praying Powerbomb and was followed by with a 450 Firebird Splash from Hayabusa for the pinfall and victory over Mr. Gannosuke.
August 20, 2000 at the Tokyo Differ Ariake, Hayabusa would team up with Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Hisakatsu Oya to face Mr. Gannosuke, Kintaro Kanemura, and GOEMON in a match where the losing team would have to take pies to the face by the winning team. GOEMON would end up getting the pinfall over Kuroda with the Gannosuke Clutch. Hayabusa, Kuroda, and Oya would all end up being force to take pie shots to the face, and then the fans would be allowed to come to the ring, and throw pies in the face of Hayabusa, Kuroda, and Oya.
August 28, 2000 at Korakuen Hall, Jinsei Shinzaki would get stuck in traffic and would be unable to participate in his match with Masato Tanaka against Kintaro Kanemura and GOEMON, so Japanese Independent wrestler Onryo would replace him in his FMW debut but would fall victim to Kanemura's Thunder Fire Power Bomb for the lost. Seconds after the match would end, Shinzaki would finally make it to the arena and quickly run to the ring as quick as he could, but would be ambushed by Gannosuke, Kanemura, and GOEMON and be triple teamed and receive a bloody beat down before Hayabusa would run out to make the save for his friend. Hayabusa would quickly knock out Kanemura and GOEMON. Hayabusa would then go after Mr. Gannosuke for their scheduled main event match for the right to have Hayabusa get another shot at Kodo Fuyuki's WEW World Championship Title. Gannosuke would have the early advantage through the match as Kanemura and GOEMON would interfere throughout the match. Just when it would seem like Hayabusa would be getting some offense started, Kodo Fuyuki would come out and help on the outside interference, including a Triple Team Powerbomb off the top rope. Gannosuke would then hit a picture perfect Thunder Fire, but still only gets a two. Gannosuke would then pick up Hayabusa as Kanemura would grab a chair and climb the top rope when Shinzaki run back out and send Kanemura flying off the top rope. This would distract Gannosuke and allow Hayabusa to hit him with a reverse flying kick to the head. Hayabusa would then pick Gannosuke up and hold him to allow Shinzaki to deliver a Praying shoulder block off the top rope. Shinzaki would then knock down GOEMON, and then hit a super kick to the head on Fuyuki sending him out of the ring. Hayabusa and Shinzaki would hit some of their signature tag team moves before Hayabusa would pick Gannosuke up and hit him with a H Thunder for the three count victory over his former best friend.
Hayabusa would travel to Roanoke, Virginia on September 12, 2000 for WCW where through Johnny Ace he would be booked for the WCW World Wide tapings earlier in the show for photos to be taken for the Japanese magazines. Hayabusa would meet up with his former friend The Gladiator while there as well as meet others for the first time like Kevin Nash and Vince Russo. Hayabusa's scheduled opponent would be The Frog but at the last moment the match would be scrapped as someone in WCW would decide it was pointless to have a match with an outsider that nobody knew about being put in a match on TV even though it was just a World Wide taping. Hayabusa would end up hanging out with Keiji Muto that night after the show and the two would decide to announce that they would be forming a Dream Tag Team of The Great Muta and Hayabusa for the January 4, 2001 New Japan Tokyo Dome show.
September 15, 2000 in Kumagaya, Hayabusa's WEW 6 Man Tag Team Title run would end at nearly six months after losing to the team of Kodo Fuyuki, Mr. Gannosuke, and Shinjuku Shark when Fuyuki would end up pinning Hayabusa after rolling him up with the Samson Clutch.
September 21, 2000 at the Sapporo Green Dome, the 15,000 Volt Thunderbolt Cage Death Match would start as Kodo Fuyuki would throw his jacket at the cage to set off a huge explosion as the bell would ring to stun Hayabusa, and set up Fuyuki to hit a Charging Lariat on Hayabusa right away to try and steal the win from Hayabusa in a matter of seconds. But Hayabusa would manage to quickly kick out. Both Hayabusa and Fuyuki would manage to throw one other into the cage setting off huge explosions until they both end up sending each other to the cage setting off another huge explosion which would knock out Fuyuki. Hayabusa smelling the end was near would go for the H Edge, but Fuyuki would kick out of, causing Hayabusa to deliver a 450 Fire Bird Splash on Fuyuki for the win in the Thunderbolt Cage to become the number one contender for the WEW World Championship once again while Fuyuki would be rushed into an ambulance and taken to a Sapporo hospital from the all the pain the explosions that he had suffered.
September 26, 2000 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa would prepare to do battle against Kodo Fuyuki in the first ever Japanese sixty minute Iron Man match. The two go to the mat to start things off slowly in the first few minutes, but then at the twenty minute mark begin trying to finish each other one off with signature moves before Fuyuki would get the first win with a Charging Lariat. Fuyuki smelling blood and seeing how worn out and tired Hayabusa already was, would go for another Charging Lariat and gets another pinfall over Hayabusa minutes later. Just a few minutes later after that, Fuyuki would begin to get tired and begin to make a few mistakes causing Hayabusa to get the offense and allowing Hayabusa to get his first pinfall as he would hit the H Thunder on Fuyuki to make 2-1 Fuyuki in the lead. Fuyuki would come back minutes later and unmask Hayabusa and then cut up Hayabusa's forehead with a piece of a table outside the ring. Fuyuki would come back in the ring to make it as the referee begins to count them both out. Fuyuki would wait for the tired Hayabusa to attempt to come back in the ring, and then as Hayabusa would slowly climb up to the apron, Fuyuki would hit a Charging Lariat sending Hayabusa back to the floor and allow the referee to count Hayabusa out and give Fuyuki a 3-1advantage.
Fuyuki would bring Hayabusa back in the ring, and hit a suplex on Hayabusa who lands on his feet and attempts to hit a palm strike on Fuyuki, but Fuyuki would grab Hayabusa by the arms and attempt another suplex but Hayabusa would manage to counter and roll Fuyuki up with Fuyuki's own Samson Clutch for the three count and the cut down on Fuyuki's lead to 3-2. Fuyuki would quickly take Hayabusa down after that and then put Hayabusa in a Fuyuki Special submission maneuver with Hayabusa grabbing the ropes to break the submission hold. Just as Fuyuki would let go, and begin to pick up Hayabusa, out of nowhere Hayabusa would spit red mist into Fuyuki's face blinding him, as Hayabusa would hit a spinning heel kick and then set Fuyuki up next to the turnbuckle for a 450 Firebird Splash for the pinfall to tie everything up with about 15 minutes to go in the hour.
The tired two would begin trading signature finishing moves before Fuyuki would bring Hayabusa to outside where they begin to brawl into the crowd as Fuyuki would powerbomb Hayabusa through the FMW announcing table. Fuyuki then would quickly throw Hayabusa back in the ring, but still can only manage to get a two count. Both men out of breath would try everything they had left for the last 10 minutes, as Hayabusa would even attempt a Charging Lariat of his own, but Fuyuki would manage to block it. With a few minutes left, Fuyuki would begin several Charging Lariats out of desperation, but Hayabusa would manage to kick out of everyone. With thirty seconds left, Fuyuki would attempt a powerbomb but Hayabusa would manage to block it with Fuyuki would turning it into a sunset flip for one last chance at a victory. Hayabusa would manage to kick out and turns over for a pinfall attempt at his own, but still only get a two. With only 10 seconds left, Hayabusa would get up and hit an H Edge on Fuyuki and with only seconds left at one last chance at the pinfall, but Fuyuki would kick out at two. The 60 minute time limit would expire, as both wrestlers wrestled to a draw. After the match, as they both lay on the mat to catch their breath. They both would get up, shake each others hand and hug. Hayabusa would grab the mic and ask for one more chance, which Fuyuki would agree to at the November 12, 2000 Yokohama Bunka Gym show. Hayabusa would later state that the match was the hardest match of his career.
October 10, 2000 at the Hakata Star Lanes, in a rematch from the May 27, 1998 at the Hakata Star Lanes, Hayabusa would team up with Masato Tanaka against Kodo Fuyuki and Kintaro Kanemura. Hayabusa and Tanaka would get their long awaited revenge against the former New Footloose as Hayabusa would pin Kanemura with the 450 Firebird Splash. After the match, Hayabusa would the mic and announce because of both injuries that he has received to his arms throughout the past five and half years with all the highflying, he will need surgery on both arms which will cause him to be out of action for 6 months after the November 12th Yokohama Bunka Gym show against Fuyuki, he announced he would return at the FMW May 5, 2001 Kawasaki Stadium show. This would cause the cancellation of the Hayabusa and The Great Muta tag team at the New Japan Tokyo Dome show for January 4th.
October 29, 2000 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa would team up with Onryo to do battle against Kodo Fuyuki and GOEMON in the main event. Fuyuki and GOEMON would attack Hayabusa's right arm throughout the whole match after cutting it open with GOEMON's fork the entire match. GOEMON even spit would red mist into Hayabusa's face blinding him before going back after Hayabusa's arm. In the end, Hayabusa would get revenge as Onryo would knock out GOEMON, and Hayabusa would hit his Firebird 450 Splash on Fuyuki for the cover and the win. After the match, Fuyuki would attack Hayabusa's injured arms once again trying to softened them up for their Yokohama Bunka Gym match on November 12th.
November 3, 2000 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa would team up with Masato Tanaka and Onryo as they would face off against Kodo Fuyuki, Kintaro Kanemura, and GOEMON in a Two out of Three Falls Match. Hayabusa's team would end up getting the victory after scoring two straight falls as Hayabusa would use a cradle on Fuyuki to pick up the win after just a minute. Hayabusa would then finish off Fuyuki for the second straight fall with the Fire Bird Splash for the win to setup him going up against Kodo Fuyuki in the main event of the Yokohama Bunka Gym.
November 12, 2000 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym, Hayabusa would wrestle his last match for the next 6 months against Kodo Fuyuki for the WEW World Championship. Fuyuki would spend a majority of the match taking it to Hayabusa on the mat going after Hayabusa's injured arms. Hayabusa would counter by hitting Fuyuki with all his key highflying moves including the Asai Moonsault, but a missed Phoenix Splash once again signals the end for Hayabusa as Fuyuki come back with several Charging Lariats before putting away Hayabusa to end their feud. Fuyuki would shake hands with Hayabusa and take off with his belts as Hayabusa would say goodbye to the fans for the time being. But as Hayabusa would be shaking the hands of the crowd, Tetsuhiro Kuroda who had been in the ring since Fuyuki won the match would go over to Hayabusa in the middle of the ring to shake his hand and then out of nowhere Kuroda would kick Hayabusa in the gut and hit Hayabusa with his Technan Buster DDT. Kuroda would grab the mic and claim that he doesn't care how long Hayabusa will be out, and that he will be the new ace of the promotion of FMW. Kuroda would leave to a loud chant of booing by the fans as Hayabusa would lay in the middle of the ring completely knocked out, before the new FMW Dojo students run in to the ring and pick up Hayabusa and help him to the back.
Eiji Ezaki would have a successful double elbow surgery on November 22, 2000 to heal both his injured arms after the pain they had started to cause him after years of his style in the ring catching up to him.
December 20, 2000 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa would return to an event for the first time since the double arm reconstructive surgery and watch Kodo Fuyuki, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, and Kintaro Kanemura take on Masato Tanaka, Jado, and Gedo in a Barbed wire Street Fight Death Match, also doing color commentating is Masashi Honda as Mr. Gannosuke had been retired from wrestling after a lost to Tetsuhiro Kuroda on November 12th at the Yokohama Bunka Gym. After Kuroda would get pinfall victory over Jado with the Technan Buster DDT, he would call Hayabusa to the ring who had been sitting at ringside watching the match. Kuroda would begin to mock Hayabusa and make fun of him, as well as screaming "CHICKEN! CHICKEN!" as Hayabusa would rip off his mask and head to the ring before Honda would come to the ring to hold Ezaki back as Kuroda would continue to mock the both of them as Ezaki and Honda would leave.
February 6, 2001 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa would make his second appearance since the surgery. Along with The Masked Sumo who was FMW's ring announcer Nakamura in a mask and attempting to wrestle would make his FMW debut earlier in the show would come out to confront Kuroda after the whole December 20th Korakuen incident. The Masked Sumo would turn on Hayabusa and the two would attack Hayabusa that would result in Kuroda grabbing a folding chair and pillmanizing one of Hayabusa's injured arms. As Team Kuroda would walk off celebrating their accomplishments and left the injured Hayabusa laying in the ring, all of a sudden the Michinoku Pro theme played and out came The Great Sasuke who went to the ring and helped Hayabusa up. Hayabusa would stare at Sasuke with an intense look but would end up walking out together with him.
February 23, 2001 at Korakuen Hall, Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Mammoth Sasaki would take on Kodo Fuyuki and The Great Sasuke in the main event. Kuroda would end up with the advantage over Sasuke during the match, when all of a sudden Hayabusa would run out all complete in his Hayabusa uniform to the ring and attack Kuroda as well as all the members of Team Kuroda sitting at ringside which would distract Kuroda and allow Sasuke to get the rollup pinfall victory on Kuroda as a result for the win.
April 1, 2001 at Korakuen Hall, Shoichi Arai would agree to reinstate Mr. Gannosuke back into FMW earlier in the show. In the Main Event, Hayabusa would come out to sit down to watch Kodo Fuyuki put up his WEW World Title on the line against Tetsuhiro Kuroda, during the match Fuyuki sets Kuroda for Fuyuki with the Muscle Buster when all of a sudden Gannosuke's music plays and out comes Gannosuke with a chair who charges the ring and begins swinging it at Fuyuki. Kuroda would get up and notice what Gannosuke was doing and charges right at him eye to eye before both of them notice Fuyuki getting up and both hitting him with a Double Drop kick. Hayabusa would get up and attack Gannosuke as Fuyuki would get back up and charge right after Kuroda, but Kuroda would block the clothesline and turn it into the Gannosuke Clutch for the victory to win the WEW World Title. Kuroda and Gannosuke then would begin a double team beat down on Hayabusa as The Great Sasuke would run out to help out Hayabusa. Sasuke would clear the ring of Kuroda, Gannosuke, and the rest of Team Kuroda and help get Hayabusa out of the ring. Hayabusa would grab the mic and issue a challenge for their upcoming Kawasaki Stadium match in a tag team match between Hayabusa and Great Sasuke against Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Mr. Gannosuke.
April 15, 2001 at Korakuen Hall, Kodo Fuyuki would announce main event match for Kawasaki Stadium as a Exploding Octagon Cage Death Match between Hayabusa and The Great Sasuke against Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Mr. Gannosuke. The beginning of the show would show Hayabusa walking to the building talking to the camera man, when out of nowhere a motorcycle would come from behind running over Hayabusa's foot which would knock him and the camera man down. Later in the show, Team Kuroda members Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Mr. Gannosuke, and Mammoth Sasaki would get the victory over The Great Sasuke, GOEMON, and Onryo when Kuroda would nail Onryo with his Technan Buster. Team Kuroda would then begin beating down on Sasuke as Hayabusa's music would begin to play, but instead of Hayabusa coming out, it would be Shinjuku Shark and Azusa Kudo holding an injured Hayabusa and throwing him in the ring to have Kuroda and Gannosuke would begin to beat down on Hayabusa and Sasuke. Gannosuke would end up tearing off Sasuke's mask and putting it on himself as the two would mock the injured and beaten down Hayabusa and The Great Sasuke leading up to their Kawasaki Stadium match.
Hayabusa would return to Kawasaki Stadium for the first time since 1997 in April 2001. The big stadium had actually been demolished and a much smaller baseball stadium had been reconstructed in its place. Hayabusa with his mask in his hand would stand at the pitchers mound and look at the building that he had some of his most memorable matches against Atsushi Onita, Terry Funk, and Kenta Kobashi in preparation for his Exploding Octagon Death Match with The Great Sasuke against Mr. Gannosuke and Tetsuhiro Kuroda as FMW would be returning to Kawasaki Stadium on May 5th for the first time in five years.
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