Kanemura would make his first appearance after the bankruptcy just two days later as he along with Kodo Fuyuki who had align himself with Kanemura once again showed up at a IWA Japan show which would be Kanemura's first appearance for the promotion since 1994 as they would both attack Takashi Uwano & Keizo Matsuda during a match. Just three days after that, Kanemura would show up for the DDT promotion which Kodo Fuyuki had earlier struck an alliance with as he would become their Commissioner, and then the next day Kodo Fuyuki announced that he would run in place of the scheduled FMW events as Fuyuki Army Promotion shows, and would soon create his own full time promotion.
Kanemura would also return to Big Japan on March 3, 2002 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym as he would take his former friend Hido as their friendship had ended after Hido had left FMW and been working in the American Independents in the mean time and had sided with them in their feud against Big Japan. Kanemura would face off against Hido in a singles match for the first time in almost five years in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match with Kanemura hitting the Baku YAMA Senton Special on his former friend for the Big Japan win. Kanemura would also team up with Ryuji Yamakawa and Men's Teioh against Jun Kasai, Hido, and The Winger for the main event of the Big Japan show at Korakuen Hall on March 8, 2002 with Teioh hitting his Miracle Ecstasy on Winger for the Big Japan win over the heels.
The opening of the Fuyuki Army Promotion would start on March 10, 2001 at Korakuen Hall as Fuyuki would give FMW a 10 bell salute, but then out would come Atsushi Onita who would blame Fuyuki for hiding money and being a main reason FMW would go under. Kanemura along with Fuyuki would beat Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Yoshihito Sasaki when Fuyuki would pin Sasaki, but afterwards Onita would lay a challenge down for the both Kanemura and Fuyuki as a 6 man tag would be made for the next Fuyuki Army Promotion Korakuen Hall show on April 9th.
Kanemura would once again work under the ring name W*ING Kanemura for the first time in over four years and wrestle in the main event of a independently funded promotion called Rainbow Promotion against former W*ING friend Mitsuhiro Matsunaga on March 21, 2002 at the Tokyo Differ Ariake in a Barbed wire Spider net Nail Board Lights Out Death Match with Matsunaga picking up the win over Kanemura.
A new feud for Kanemura would start on March 25, 2002 at a DDT show as Kanemura would team with former W*ING wrestler Koichiro Kimura who was now going by the name Super Uchu Power who had feuded with Kanemura back in 1994 as they would team up and defeat the team Poison Sawada JULIE and Sanshiro Takagi after Sawada would turn on Takagi in the match allowing Kanemura to get the pin. Afterwards, both Takagi and Sawada would have to kiss for one minute do to a stipulation before.
Kanemura would then go from DDT to appearing for Pro Wrestling NOAH in one of their biggest shows of the year as he would accompany Kodo Fuyuki in his match against Mitsuharu Misawa on April 7, 2002 at Tokyo Differ Coliseum. Kanemura would become the first wrestler to send Misawa through a table during a match, but Misawa would still manage to get the pinfall victory over Fuyuki.
Kanemura would then team with Fuyuki and Chocoball Mukai against Atsushi Onita, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, and Ricky Fuji on April 9, 2002 in a battle over the FMW name, with Onita pinning Mukai with a Fire Thunder Powerbomb. Fuyuki who days before the show announced that the new promotion he was starting would be called WEW announced that he had intestinal cancer and would have to get it removed immediately causing him to retire right away.
Mitsuharu Misawa would promote a Kodo Fuyuki Retirement show and celebration on April 14, 2002 at the Tokyo Differ Ariake in which Kanemura would be right beside his friend during the ceremony and along with Kyoko Inoue, Chocoball Mukai, and Shinjuku Shark would all do the TNR Dance one last time for Fuyuki.
Kanemura would then go on to win the DDT Iron man Heavy Metal Championship after pinning champion Sanshiro Takagi once again on April 18, 2002, but the reign would not last long as Takagi would win the title back by pinning Kanemura on April 25, 2002.
Kintaro Kanemura would then get the opportunity once again to wrestle at the Tokyo Dome this time by making his New Japan debut as apart of Big Japan as he would wrestle an injured Daisuke Sekimoto in front over 50,000 fans in the opening matches in what turned out to be a disappointing match as Sekimoto would take away from the match as Kanemura would end up getting the win after a Thunder Fire Powerbomb for the pinfall.
Kanemura would then go on to DDT's big show at Korakuen Hall and take over Fuyuki's role as DDT commissioner for the show on May 3, 2002 as he would start out by attacking Sanshiro Takagi to try and win Takagi's Iron Man Heavyweight Title. Kanemura would then participate along with Team FMW consisting of Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Chocoball Mukai along with friend Poison Sawada JULIE in a 4 on 4 elimination match against the DDT team in which DDT's Takashi Sasaki would end up defeating Kanemura for the last elimination of the match for the win to Team DDT.
Kanemura would return though the next day at Korakuen Hall to wrestle for Atsushi Onita's new Onita FMW promotion in which he would team up with Tetsuhiro Kuroda in the main event to take on Atsushi Onita and Masato Tanaka. Tanaka would also the score the victory over Kanemura in the match which would be a wild brawl all over Korakuen Hall, but as it would turn out to be one of Kanemura's busiest weeks, and he would then have to travel to Kawasaki Stadium for the next day.
Kintaro Kanemura would appear for his friend Kodo Fuyuki's first ever WEW promoted show at Kawasaki Stadium on May 5, 2002 with Kanemura facing off against NOAH's Vader with Kanemura getting squashed with very limited offense before being hit with the Vader Bomb for the win. Kanemura and the rest of the WEW wrestlers would also appear for Kodo Fuyuki's retirement ceremony following his cancer diagnosis.
Kanemura would be use to living a life style of over $100,000 a year and WEW being a home promotion out of loyalty to his friend Kodo Fuyuki would not get him anywhere close to that what he made in FMW. Kanemura would begin working all different promotions on top of Big Japan and DDT. He would work for the Toryumon promotion on May 19, 2002 at the Tokyo Differ Ariake where he would take on Stalker Ichikawa in a comedy match with Kanemura abusing the much smaller Ichikawa before getting the win over him. Kanemura would also begin working for Osaka Pro and ZERO-ONE.
Kintaro Kanemura would team up with Tetsuhiro Kuroda against Sanshiro Takagi and Dick Togo on May 27, 2002 for the first WEW show at Korakuen Hall with Kanemura going up against Togo for the first time with Togo using his explosiveness to clothesline Kanemura over the top rope to the outside. Togo and Kanemura would begin brawling to the outside before Togo would begin using a chair to bust Kanemura open. Kanemura would fight back by going low and would place Togo on a table and would dive off the top turnbuckle to the outside sending Togo through the table. Kanemura would then take the broken table and begin smashing into into Takagi's crotch. Takagi would come back and deliver a Stunner to Kanemura followed by Togo picking up a piece of the table and smashing it over Kanemura's head. Togo would place Kanemura in the Crossface with Kuroda having to make the save. Togo would then pick up Kanemura and grab a hold of him when Takagi would come charging at Kanemura but Togo would shove Kanemura out of the way and turn on Takagi by delivering a lariat to him. Togo would then deliver a Pedigree to Takagi and a Diving Senton followed by Kanemura delievering a Thunder Fire Powerbomb on Takagi for the win as Kanemura and Togo would raise their arms in celebration. Kuroda would get upset about Togo joining up with Kanemura and shove Togo resulting in them brawling to the back. Takagi would get up himself and go after Kanemura but Kanemura would set him up for another Thunder Fire Powerbomb when TAKA Michinoku would hit the ring and smack Kanemura in the face with a Superkick clearing Kanemura of the ring.
Kintaro Kanemura would challenge Sanshiro Takagi in a match for both the DDT KO-D Title as well as the DDT Iron Man Title on May 31, 2002 at the Tokyo Korakuen Geopolis with Kanemura walking way holder of both belts after Takagi would suffer an injury during the match and Kanemura would get the win with a Thunder Fire Powerbomb. Kanemura would end up losing the Iron Man Title after being pinned in his sleep by friend Chocoball Mukai on June 6, 2002 at the Tokyo Shibuya Club ATOM although he would manage to defend the KO-D Title later that day against GENTARO successfully.
Kintaro Kanemura along with Tetsuhiro Kuroda would make their ZERO-ONE debuts on June 29, 2002 at the Sapporo Teisen Hall as they would face off against Shinjiro Otani and Masato Tanaka for the NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Titles with Otani getting the pin over Kanemura with a Spiral Bomb to successfully defend the titles for the third time.
Kintaro Kanemura and Tetsuhiro Kuroda would team up on June 30, 2002 at Korakuen Hall for the WEW show as they would face off against Sanshiro Takagi and TAKA Michinoku with Takagi being able to have a partner that would not turn on him during the match and Takagi would end up getting his revenge on Kanemura by hitting him with the Stunner to put him away for the win. Kanemura and Kuroda would go their separate ways as a team in WEW after the match.
Even though they had broken away as a team in WEW both Kintaro Kanemura and Tetsuhiro Kuroda would continue to team in other promotions including ZERO1 for their big show on July 7, 2002 at the Ryogoku Sumo Hall where they would lose to Kohei Sato and Ryoji Sai after Sato would make Kuroda submit to an Armlock. They would then go over to Big Japan that same day at Korakuen Hall show and defeat Ryuji Yamakawa and Shadow WX with Kanemura pinning his former tag partner and friend Yamakawa with a Thunder Fire Powerbomb for the win.
Kintaro Kanemura and Chocoball Mukai would team up on July 14, 2002 at the Tokyo Differ Ariake against the former FMW team of Masato Tanaka and Yoshihito Sasaki with Tanaka would get the win over Mukai. Kanemura would then go on to team with Masao Orihara and Chocoball Mukai on July 22, 2002 at the WEW Korakuen Hall show against Tetsuhiro Kuroda, TAKA Michinoku, and Takashi Sasaki and would lose in a bloody match as Kuroda would get the pinfall over Chocoball with the Technan Buster DDT as Kanemura would then set off to participate in the Fire Festival tournament.
Kanemura would then be entered into ZERO1's second annual Fire Festival Tournament with Kanemura's first opponent being the newly renamed King Joe who be better known as Samoa Joe on July 28, 2002 at the Tokyo Differ Ariake. Kanemura would turn this match into his kind of match getting a table involved as he would dive twenty feet in the air sending Joe through the table, but Joe's power would be the factor as he would eventually overpower Kanemura and get the victory for Kanemura's first lost in the tournament.
Kanemura's second opponent would be a very familiar one in Masato Tanaka. Kanemura would face Tanaka on July 30, 2002 at the Osaka Prefectural Gym # 2 for the first time the two would be facing off in a singles match since their November 12, 2000 Yokohama Bunka Gym WEW Hardcore Title match, which Kanemura had won. This time Kanemura was hoping to get his first win in the tournament to stay alive in the tournament. The two would wrestle all over the building bringing along a table which Kanemura would repeatedly smash Tanaka's head into it causing a huge gash to be opened, as Kanemura would work on opening the gash even more, Tanaka would begin to lose more and more blood which would lead to him going for the win right away before passing out due to blood loss, what would end up happening is both going for a clothesline against each other and both smashing their elbows right into each other's face knocking both wrestlers out cold as the referee would declare the match over rewarding both men a point for the match, but would most likely eliminate Kanemura from the tournament due to his lost to King Joe the day before. Kanemura would wrestle TAKA Michinoku the next day on July 31, 2002 at Korakuen Hall and have to win for any chance of winning his bracket and he would do so by putting away TAKA with a senton onto a stack of chairs for his first win in the tournament.
Kanemura would wrestle his last match in the tournament on August 2, 2002 at the Oita Prefectural Gym against Shinjiro Otani. Kanemura would attack Otani before the bell would ring for the match to start and brawl into the crowd and then back to the ring where Kanemura would leave Otani laying by the ring. But as Kanemura would head back in the ring, Otani would be back up, and climb the top turnbuckle and deliver a dropkick off the ropes on Kanemura and as the referee would call for the bell and the match to start, Otani would hit the suplex for the three count ending the match in three seconds for Kanemura's final Fire Festival match eliminating him from reaching the finals.
Although Kanemura had been eliminated being able to win the Fire Festival he had made it to the finals Big Japan's World Extreme Cup tournament. Kanemura had defeated the likes of O.D.D, Mark Manson, Abdullah Kobayashi, and Shadow WX to reach to the finals of the tournament. Kanemura would face off against former friend and tag partner Ryuji Yamakawa returning back to his real and original name Seiji Yamakawa for a match August 18, 2002 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym in a Glass Death Match. It was the first time the two partners had faced each other since Kanemura defeated Yamakawa in FMW to win back the WEW Hardcore Title but like the times before Kanemura would be unable to defeat Yamakawa in Big Japan as Yamakawa would win the bloody encounter after defeating Kanemura with a Reverse Tiger Driver to win the World Extreme Cup Tournament.
Kanemura would respond to that lost by challenging Tetsuhiro Kuroda for the WEW World Title which had been vacated due to Kodo Fuyuki retiring back in April on August 23, 2002 at the Tokyo Differ Ariake. The two would hit their signature spots as well as Kanemura would work on making Kuroda bleed just like he did Masato Tanaka the month before, but as it seemed Kuroda going to finally going to put Kanemura away, WEW's Garuda came out and attacked Kuroda and then hit 450 Firebird Splash on Kuroda as Kanemura picked up Kuroda and put him away with the Thunder Fire Powerbomb for the win and the WEW World Title once again around Kanemura. Kanemura will now go on to the Tokyo Differ Ariake on September 14th to team with Masao Orihara and Dick Togo against Tetsuhiro Kuroda, TAKA Michinoku and a mystery partner for the Mobius promotion's Apex 6 man Tag Titles.
Touring with ZERO-ONE, Kanemura would take on ZERO-ONE's Tatsuhito Takaiwa on August 25, 2002 at the Tokyo Daigo Gran Dome for Takaiwa's 10th Year Anniversary Match. Kanemura would send Takaiwa through a table and throw a stack of chairs in the ring but Takaiwa would smash one of the tables in Kanemura's face and get the pin over him after hitting Kanemura with the Death Valley Bomb for the win.
Kanemura would then finish the ZERO-ONE tour on August 31, 2002 at Korakuen Hall by teaming with the legendary team of Yoshiaki Fujiwara and Don Arakawa as they would take on the young team of Kuroge Wagyuta, Fugofugo Yumeji, and Fuyuki Takahashi with Fujiwara getting a Stomach Hold on Takahashi to get the win.
Kintaro Kanemura would end up finally dropping the KO-D Title in DDT to Sanshiro Takagi on September 7, 2002 at the Chiba Lalaport Ring after Takagi would hit him with the Sanshiro Stunner 2000 to win the title pretty much ending Kanemura's run in DDT.
Kanemura would team up with the team of Masao Orihara and Dick Togo on September 14, 2002 at the Differ Ariake against the team of Tetsuhiro Kuroda, TAKA Michinoku, and Hido for the vacant Apex of Triangle Title Match as Hido would end up turning on Kuroda and help Kanemura's team get the win after Orihara would hit the Moonsault on Kuroda to get the win to win the Apex of the Triangle Titles which they would end up holding on for years as Kanemura and Hido were back on the same side.
Kanemura would return to the Differ Ariake just two days later on September 16, 2002 for ZERO-ONE as he would take on Hirotaka Yokoi and get the win over Yokoi after hitting him with a lariat.
Kanemura and Gosaku would enter into the Maximum
Tag Team Tournament for Big Japan starting on October 8, 2002 at Korakuen Hall
as Shadow WX and The Winger would be their first opponents in a Fluorescent
Light Tubes Board Death Match with Shadow WX getting the win for his team after
hitting Gosaku with a Brainbuster for the win. Kanemura and Gosaku would
then continue in the tournament on October 10, 2002 in Mito against the team of
Men's Teioh and Daisuke Sekimoto with Sekimoto getting the win over Gosaku as it
would essentially eliminate the Kanemura and Gosaku team already.
Kanemura and Gosaku would get their first win in the tournament on October 13, 2002 at the Sapporo Teisen Hall in a Barbed wire Board Death Match as they would defeat the team of Mad Man Pondo and 2 Tuff Tony after Gosaku would hit a Powerbomb on Tony on to the barbed wire board to get two points in the tournament. They would finish up the next day in another Barbed wire Board Death Match on October 14, 2002 at the Sapporo Teisen Hall against Ryuji Yamakawa and Great Kojika with Kojika applying an Iron Claw to get the win over Gosaku to finish Kanemura and Gosaku's tournament run with two points and failing to advance.
Kintaro Kanemura would team up with Masao Orihara on October 23, 2002 for WEW's Korakuen Hall show against the team of Kamikaze and Tomohiro Ishii as Kanemura and Orihara would work on Kamikaze as Kanemura would deliver a Powerbomb followed by a Moonsault by Orihara with Kamikaze managing to kick out. Ishii and Kamikaze would counter by doing the same thing as Ishii would deliver a Powerbomb to Kanemura followed by a Moonsault by Kamikaze. Ishii would then hit a Brainbuster on Kanemura but Orihara would break it up by throwing a chair at Ishii. Orihara would set up Kamikaze on the turnbuckle in an attempt to Spider German suplex him when Kamikaze would try and break it up but Kanemura would come over and deliver a suplex to Kamikaze clearing him of the ring allowing Orihara to hit his Spider German Suplex and hit Ishii with a Moonsault for the win. Kanemura and Orihara would raise Ishii's arm afterwards but it would not be the last time that Kanemura and Ishii would end up interacting.
Kanemura would go on to the Yokohama Bunka Gym on November 4, 2002 against Masato Tanaka for the WEW World Title. The match would just be as brutal as their Fire Festival match. The two would brawl all over the Gym before Kanemura would place Tanaka on a table and climb up a scaffold to dive off of right on Tanaka. Tanaka though would get up while Kanemura was climbing it and meet Kanemura at the top, the two would begin to trade punches before Kanemura would win by knocking Tanaka off the scaffold and sending him through the table that was placed for him. Then Hido come to the ring with a barbwire baseball bat, Kanemura would set the bat on fire. While Kanemura would attempt to get Tanaka in position, the fire on the bat would get larger and larger until finally the fire bat would be placed in the ring. Kanemura would then Powerbomb Tanaka on the barbwire baseball set on fire. Tanaka would still kick out, as the flaming barbwire baseball bat was put out, Kanemura would finish Tanaka off with another Thunder Fire Powerbomb for the win and to retain the WEW World Title for the 1st time. The show would end with Team No Respect and The Far East Connection doing the TNR Dance together.
Kanemura would return to Big Japan for the first time in over four months on December 6, 2002 at Korakuen Hall to take on Yuji Kamijo in his return match with Kanemura defeating him rather easily after hitting him with the Baku YAMA Senton Special. Kanemura and Ryuji Yamakawa would reunite as a team on December 19, 2002 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym in a Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match against Great Kojika and Men's Teioh with Kodo Fuyuki interfering and hitting his Charging Lariat on his old rival Kojika to set up Yamakawa to get the pin for the former WEW Hardcore Tag Team Champions.
After his victory and WEW World Title defense against Masato Tanaka, Kanemura would go on a string of very big matches for the next month. Kanemura's first big match would be against Zero-One's Shinya Hashimoto in the main event of Zero One's December 29, 2002 Korakuen Hall show. Kanemura would be accompanies with fellow WEW wrestlers as well as Kodo Fuyuki. Kanemura would bring his weapons in the match, using a table for the most part. Kanemura would get some very hard hitting smashes against Hashimoto's head using the table. But Hashimoto would basically no sell all attacks on him and begin to just beat the crap out of Kanemura with stiff punches and kicks as well as dropkicks. Fuyuki and the rest of WEW would interfere on behalf of Kanemura, but Kanemura would ultimately get defeated after two DDT's by Hashimoto for the win. This would begin to spark up the Hashimoto/Fuyuki feud.
The tag team of Kintaro Kanemura and Ryuji Yamakawa looked to be back like how it was years earlier as they would team up again on January 2, 2003 in Big Japan at Korakuen Hall as they would take on Big Japan's Jaki Numazawa and WEW's Gosaku in a Hardcore Rules Match with Kanemura hitting the younger Numazawa with a Baku Yama Senton Special to get the win for his team.
Kanemura's next big match would be against Zero-One's Shinjiro Otani in the main event of the WEW Korakuen Hall show on January 7, 2003. This would be a rematch of their Fire Festival Match in which Otani manage to beat Kanemura in just 3 seconds. This time the match would go longer, but the outcome would remain the same. Kanemura who would be busted open early in the match, would attempt use usual arsenal of chairs and tables, but Otani's stiff kicks, drop kicks, and his Spider Bomb would finish Kanemura off in just over 10 minutes to win the match.
Kanemura would then face All Japan's Satoshi Kojima at a Rainbow Promotions show on January 25, 2003 at Korakuen Hall. The two would put on one of the better matches on the show, with Kanemura using some creative ways to use a table as a weapon during the match. Kojima would become extremely bloody as both wrestlers would be put through a table during the match, as well as be smashed by a piece of table repeatedly. Kojima would get much more offense on Kojima than his two singles matches against the Zero-One wrestlers, but Kojima would end up winning the match after hitting Kanemura with his lariat for the win. After the match, Kojima would ask for a handshake but not be given one and as a bloody Kojima would walk to the back, Kanemura would call him back to the ring. Kanemura would then get Kojima to do the TNR Dance together to Come out and Play.
January 31, 2003 at Korakuen Hall, Kanemura and Kuroda would team up to take on the Pro Wrestling NOAH team of Daisuke Ikeda and Takeshi Sugiura in a 60 minute Iron Man Match. Both Kanemura and Kuroda were no strangers to Daisuke Ikeda who worked for FMW for Battlarts in 1995-1996 and then again in 1998-1999. The team of Kuroda and Kanemura would start with the early lead as Kuroda would score a pinfall over Sugiura in less than a minute into the match. Kanemura would then get a pinfall over Ikeda giving the WEW team a 2 falls to 0 lead. The NOAH team would come back though as Sugiura would get a pinfall over Kanemura cutting the lead to 2-1. Both Kuroda and Ikeda would then begin to brawl into the crowd as referee Marty Asano would count both men out of the ring at a little past the 30 minute mark.. The WEW team would be in the lead 3-2 until Sugiura would score another pin fall over Kanemura to tie the match up. Daisuke Ikeda would then cause the NOAH team to take the lead after hitting a muscle buster on Kuroda to cause Kuroda to be pinned for the first and only time during the match. With the NOAH team up on WEW 4-3, Kuroda would hit a lariat on Ikeda and get the pin fall to tie it back up at 4-4. But with only 9 minutes left in the match, Ikeda while on a table set up at the top turnbuckle would hit a Burning Hammer on Kanemura right through another table to get the pinfall and the lead at 5-4. Neither Kuroda or Kanemura could get a pinfall in the remaining members and the NOAH team would win the Iron Man match at 5-4. All four men would congratulate each other on such a well performed match afterwards, and both Kuroda and Kanemura would state that they were very happy with how they did in the match despite the loss.
February 2, 2003 at Tokyo Differ Ariake, Kanemura would once again main event a Zero One show, this time teaming with Kuroda to take on Shinya Hashimoto and Tengu Kaiser who would be former Big Japan wrestler Kamikaze dressed up in a Hayabusa like outfit. Kodo Fuyuki would interfere in the match attacking Hashimoto while Kanemura brawled with Kaiser all around the ring, but Fuyuki would end up collapsing after hitting Hashimoto with a Charging Lariat and Hashimoto would end up finishing Kuroda off with a DDT for the win.
Kanemura would team up with fellow WEW wrestler Gosaku in the main event of Big Japan's Korakuen Hall show on February 14, 2003 as they would face off against Shadow WX and The Winger in a Barbed wire Death Match with Gosaku taking the fall after The Winger would hit him with his Okano Bomb for the win.
Kodo Fuyuki's cancer had spread throughout his body, causing him to have to live in the hospital for the rest of his life knowing his days were numbered. Fuyuki's dream would still to wrestle Shinya Hashimoto at the May 5, 2003 Kawasaki Stadium Show. Fuyuki would inject many pain killers and leave the hospital to attend the WEW show at Korakuen Hall on March 11, 2003. Fuyuki would come to the ring along with former FMW booker and referee Go Ito and announce Go Ito as the new booker for WEW once he dies. Kanemura would come to the ring after Fuyuki would be in too much pain to finish his sentences and would finish them for him. It would be announced that if Fuyuki were not able to make it to the Kawasaki Stadium show, then Kanemura would take his place in the main event. Kanemura would then team up with Kuroda and defeat the team of Takeshi Sasaki and GENTARO in the main event for the WEW Tag Team Titles after Kanemura would finish Sasaki off with a Thunder Fire Powerbomb to bring the WEW Tag Team Titles back to WEW.
Just 8 days later, on March 19, 2003 at a Yokohama Hospital, Kodo Fuyuki would die at 6:50 PM while wife Kaoru, his two children, Kanemura, Kuroda, and Chocoball Mukai watched on. Many wrestlers would rush to the hospital after hearing the news. A funeral and vigil with tons of wrestlers from many different promotions attending would be held on March 23 and March 24 in Yokohama to give their last respects to Kodo Fuyuki. Kanemura would lead a special TNR Dance in memory of Fuyuki at the vigil and announce that he will live his friends last dream of wrestling Shinya Hashimoto on May 5, 2003 at Kawasaki Stadium in a Exploding Barbwire Death Match.
Zero-One would hold a 10 bell salute ceremony to the late Kodo Fuyuki on March 27, 2003 at Korakuen Hall. Kanemura and Kuroda who were slated to take on Zero-One's Tengu Kaiser and Kuroge Wagyuta would have it changed to an 8 Man match with Kanemura teaming with Kuroda, Hido, and Chocoball Mukai to take on Tengu Kaiser, Kuroge Wagyuta, Fuyuki Takahashi & Shinsuke Z Yamagasa. The WEW team would defeat the Zero One team after Kanemura would end up pinning Yamagasa to win the match.
Kanemura would then return to the Yokohama Bunka Gym to participate in Big Japan on March 30, 2003. Kanemura would face Shadow WX in the main event of the show with Kanemura getting the win in a bloody Light Bulbs and Glass Death Match to win the vacant Big Japan King of the Death Match Championship after pinning Shadow WX with a Thunder Fire Powerbomb.
Kanemura would team up with fellow WEW wrestlers Hido and Gosaku on April 29, 2003 at Korakuen Hall to take on the Big Japan team of Ryuji Yamakawa, Shadow WX, and Abdullah Kobayashi in a Barbed wire Death Match with Kobayashi getting the win for the Big Japan wrestlers after hitting a Diving Elbow on Gosaku to get the win as Kanemura would then travel to Ariake to defend his WEW World Title.
Kanemura would then defeat friend and team mate Tetsuhiro Kuroda to defend the WEW World Title on April 29, 2003 at Tokyo Differ Ariake. The two brawled all over the arena, including setting Kuroda on to a table, as Kanemura would dive off the balcony of the arena right on to Kuroda. They would fight back in to the ring where tables and chairs would begin to get involved. Kanemura would crotch Kuroda with a table as well as suplex him off a table set on the turnbuckle through another table. Both wrestlers would bleed heavily during the match, as Kanemura would honor Kodo Fuyuki by hitting Kuroda with the Charging Lariat for 2. Kanemura would eventually get the win after hitting Kuroda with a Thunder Fire Powerbomb on to a pile of chairs for the win.
Kanemura would then team up with Tetsuhiro Kuroda to take on Zero-One's Shinjiro Otani and Masato Tanaka on May 3, 2003 at Korakuen Hall in the main event. Kanemura would be busted open in the same spot that he was for his match against Kuroda earlier in the week, and would bleed big time once again. Otani would end up hitting a dragon suplex on Kuroda and then finishing him off with the Spiral Bomb for the win. After the match, a video of Shinya Hashimoto played talking about his match against Kanemura at Kawasaki. Hashimoto stated that although he in inexperienced at an exploding barbwire death match, he will defeat Kanemura. Hashimoto stated he made a promise to Fuyuki that he would give it his all for the match, and Kanemura is going to have to pay as a result of that promise. Kanemura would reply to the video by stating that he is going to symbolize all of WEW and its fighters for this match, in memory of Fuyuki.
Kintaro Kanemura would main event Kawasaki Stadium for the second time in his career on May 5, 1993 as he would come out along with Kodo Fuyuki's wife Kaoru, Go Ito, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, TAKA Michinoku, Hido, Gosaku Goshogawara, Shinjuku Shark, and Chocoball Mukai to gather in the ring with a picture of Kodo Fuyuki. Kanemura and Kaoru would speak to the crowd about Fuyuki. A 10 bell salute would play and Kodo Fuyuki's "Shoot It '95" theme would play as all the wrestlers exited in the ring. Kanemura would now have to live Fuyuki's last dream of wrestling Shinya Hashimoto on May 5, 2003 at the WEW Kawasaki Stadium main event which would draw 18,500 fans. Kanemura would enter the ring wearing Fuyuki's robe and would perform the Team No Respect Dance. The late Shinya Hashimoto would come out, and would be given the box of Kodo Fuyuki's ashes by his wife Kaoru. With both men in the ring, Hashimoto with Fuyuki's ashes would fling himself into the Exploding Barbed wire letting many of Fuyuki's ashes spill out onto the ring. Kanemura would then take the ashes and fling himself into the Exploding Barbwire letting more of the ashes fall onto the ring. Kanemura would then start the offense early, trying to throw Hashimoto into the Exploding Barbed wire. He would manage to knock Hashimoto down onto the mat with several clotheslines, and then Kanemura would manage to throw Hashimoto once again into the Exploding Barbed wire, causing a huge explosion. WEW wrestlers around ringside would throw in a barbwire baseball bat as Kanemura would begin to choke Hashimoto with it. Although, Hashimoto would begin to overpower Kanemura and then would begin hitting him with lethal kicks and then would throw Kanemura into the Exploding Barbwire. Hashimoto would then deliver a DDT on Kanemura and then would finish Kanemura off with a Brainbuster for the pinfall victory. Afterwards, Kintaro Kanemura would grab the mic and say that although he is disappointed in the outcome, he hopes that he was able to make Kodo Fuyuki proud of his performance.
Kintaro Kanemura would team up with Shinya Hashimoto on May 29, 2003 at Korakuen Hall to face The Predator and John Heidenreich, with Hashimoto announcing that if Kanemura would not show his fighting power in the match, then Hashimoto would end the Zero-One relations with WEW. Kanemura would be matched up against the much larger Predator, but Kanemura would still mange to carry his own against the Predator, and would lay Predator on a table on the outside, and come off the top turnbuckle sending Predator through the table. Predator would immediately get up and begin using his chain in the match. Kanemura would retaliate by grabbing his barbwire baseball bat to fend off the swinging chain. The Predator would swing the chain at Kanemura's bat, and as it would get stuck to the bat, a tug of war would begin with Hashimoto and Kanemura tugging the bat, and Predator and Heidenreich tugging the chain. Kanemura would eventually let go of the bat, causing the bat to fly into The Predator. Predator would retaliate with a big boot to Kanemura's face, knocking him to the ground. Kanemura would be double teamed by Predator and Heidenreich, before finally managing to tag in Hashimoto. Hashimoto would place The Predator in an armbreaker, but after letting go, would signal for Kanemura to climb up the top rope. Kanemura would come off the top rope, but would be met with a clothesline. The Predator and Heidenreich would deliver a double Brainbuster. The Predator would wrap his barbwire baseball bat with the chain still wrapped around it, and begin trying to choke Kanemura out. The Predator would then deliver a dropkick with the bat still on Kanemura, and would score the pinfall victory over Kanemura. Despite the loss, Hashimoto would agree to Kanemura to continue to keep Zero-One relations with WEW going.
Kanemura's King of the Death Match Title would be put on the line in Big Japan on June 1, 2003 at Korakuen Hall against Abdullah Kobayashi in a Barbed wire Death Match with Kanemura getting the win after hitting Kobayashi with his Barbed wire Baseball Bat to get the victory and defend his title for the first time.
After Go Ito would take control of WEW, the booking of WEW's June 6th Korakuen Hall show would be given to Goro Tsurumi's International Pro Wrestling, with WEW agreeing to send their talent for the show. Kanemura would face former FMW wrestler Goro Tsurumi in a Chain Match with both wrestlers being locked to the chain. Tsurumi would be attacked before the match, and then begin to be choked out by Kanemura with the chain. Both wrestlers would be busted open from the chain, and Tsurumi would end up being swung into the referee, knocking him out. A International Pro Wrestling Referee would hit the ring, but Kanemura end up being swung into him, and knocking him out. Hido & Gosaku Goshogawara would come into the ring, and help Kanemura deliver a Baku YAMA Senton Special on Tsurumi. The International Pro Wrestling Referee would wake up first, and grab the key and give it to Tsurumi to unlock the chain. The International Pro Wrestling Referee would announce Tsurumi the winner of the match for unlocking the chain, but the first referee would manage to wake up, and explain that is not how victory is determined, and announce an invalid match as the final decision.
With Go Ito in control of WEW, the decision to turn the Entertainment Pro Wrestling based promotion into a more hardcore and street fight oriented promotion would be made by the former FMW booker. The name of the WEW promotion would be changed back to the Fuyuki Army Promotion, with the promotion agreeing to work with WMF. The first show would entitled a FMW Reunion show on July 7, 2003 at Korakuen Hall. Kanemura would team up with Genichiro Tenryu & Masao Orihara to face Mr. Gannosuke, Mammoth Sasaki, and TAKA Michinoku. Kanemura would face off against his former FMW and Team No Respect friend Mr. Gannosuke for the first time since the finals of the WEW Tag Team Title Tournament on December 21, 2002. This time, Mr. Gannosuke would not act friendly towards Kanemura, after the separation as a result of the WMF and WEW splitting up the FMW alliance. Kanemura would work on a bloody Mammoth for a majority of the time, but Gannosuke would see an opening at Kanemura, and deliver his Praying Powerbomb on Kanemura. With Gannosuke & Mammoth looking to double team Kanemura though, Gannosuke would look to send Mammoth into the turnbuckle to nail Kanemura, but instead, would send Mammoth back to the other turnbuckle, and deliver a clothesline by himself. Gannosuke would continue to attack Mammoth before walking out on his team. Kanemura would take the opportunity and and with Tenryu & Orihara's help, Kanemura would finish Mammoth off with a Baku YAMA Senton Special for the victory for his team. Kanemura, Tenryu, and Orihara would end the show by doing the TNR Dance.
Kanemura would then team up with Tetsuhiro Kuroda to enter a round robin tournament for the vacant All Japan All Asian Tag Team Titles, with the winner having the most points at the end of the tournament. Their first match would be against Hideki Hosaka & Kuroge Wagyuta in All Japan on July 10, 2003 at the Fukouka Hakata Star Lanes, and Kanemura would get to place Hosaka in the turnbuckle, and place a table at his crotch, and begin smashing the table with a chair into Hosaka's crotch. Kuroda would manage to finish off Wagyuta with a lariat to score the victory, and earn the team two points in the round robin tournament. Afterwards, both teams would do the TNR Dance together, with Kanemura shaking hands with his former W*ING friend Hideki Hosaka. Their second opponents would be Shigeo Okumura & Nobukazu Hirai on July 16, 2003 at the Niigata Joetsu Welfare Hall, but due to both teams continuing to brawl outside, it would end up costing both teams, as all four wrestlers would be counted out, and both would be rewarded only one point. Their next opponents would be Zero-One's Kohei Sato & Hirotaka Yokoi on July 17, 2003 at the Yokosuka Sports Center, but again due to brawling outside for too long, Hirotaka Yokoi and Kanemura would be counted out, and both teams would again be rewarded one point.
Kanemura & Kuroda would wrestle in their final match of the tournament against Tomoaki Honma & Kazushi Miyamoto, with the winner moving on to the finals for the All Japan All Asian Tag Team Titles. Kanemura & Kuroda would face Honma & Miyamoto on July 19, 2003 at Budokan Hall, which would be Kanemura's debut at the building. Kanemura would bring a ladder into the match, and place the ladder over both Honma and Miyamoto's head, with Kuroda smashing the ladder while over their heads. Kanemura and Kuroda would begin double teaming Honma using the ladder, and busting Honma open. Kanemura would suplex the bloody Honma off the top turnbuckle, sending Honma through a table. Kuroda eventually take over trying to finish Honma off with lariats, but Honma would end up catching a Kuroda lariat, and turning it into the Gannosuke Clutch and would manage to score the victory over Kuroda, eliminating Kanemura and Kuroda from the tournament. Honma and Miyamoto would go on later in the show to win the All Japan All Asian Tag Team Titles.
Kanemura would face off against young up and comer in Big Japan in Ryuji Ito on July 21, 2003 at Korakuen Hall in a Barbed wire Board and Ladder Death Match. Kanemura would just be too much for the youngster and finish him off with a Thunder Fire Powerbomb although it would not be the last that Kanemura would have to deal with Ito.
Kanemura would make his WMF debut on July 25, 2003 at Korakuen Hall, as the Mystery Partner for Mammoth Sasaki & Tetsuhiro Kuroda to take on Mr. Gannosuke & The GUN's with the future of WMF being on the line. Kanemura would go after Gannosuke right away, but would be cut off by Mr. Rocknosuke & Mr. Iwaonosuke, although Kanemura wouldn't get much of a chance to go up against Gannosuke, he would take care of Mr. Rocknosuke by delivering a elbow off the top rope on him. Mammoth Sasaki would manage to finish off Mr. Iwaonosuke with the 29 Year Old Jack Hammer to score the victory to keep WMF going.
Kintaro Kanemura would then enter into his second Fire Festival Tournament, and would be entered into the A block. Kanemura would be put in the same block as Shinjiro Otani, Arashi, Hirotaka Yokoi, and Yoshiaki Fujiwara.
Kanemura's first Fire Festival match would be on July 27, 2003 in All Japan at the Ishikawa Industrial Exhibition # 1, where he would face Arashi. Kanemura would struggle at the beginning, after being thrown off the top turnbuckle to the outside through a table. Kanemura would manage to follow it up by blowing mist into Arashi's eyes, and then throwing powder in Arashi's face with Arashi then being knocked down to the mat, and then Kanemura would roll him up for the upset victory and two points in the tournament right away. Kanemura's second match would be against Hirotaka Yokoi on July 30, 2003 at Korakuen Hall, Kanemura would ambush Yokoi before even making it to the ring, and would begin brawling all over the Korakuen Hall crowd. Yokoi would manage to fight back while making it back in the ring, and fight off Kanemura, with Kanemura bringing a table into the match, and flying off the top turnbuckle to the outside to send Yokoi through a table. Kanemura would begin smashing a piece of the table over Yokoi, but Yokoi would counter with a lowblow, then a hard punch to the face knocking Kanemura to the mat, and Yokoi would begin choking out Kanemura, with the referee stopping the match, and giving the victory to Hirotaka Yokoi.
Kanemura's biggest challenge in the tournament would be on July 31, 2003 at the Osaka Prefectural Gym # 2 against Shinjiro Otani, with the winner being a good spot to win their bracket. Otani who had defeated Kanemura in 2002 in just three seconds with a Dragon Suplex. Kanemura would attack Otani before the match would start and attempt to get revenge on Otani for the year before by deliver a Thunder Fire Powerbomb on Otani right as the match would start to finish Otani off in three seconds, but Otani would manage to kick out. Kanemura and Otani would begin brawling around ringside where Kanemura would become busted open, but also bring in a table to the ring. Kanemura would send Otani through the table, and smash it over Otani's head as well. Kanemura would also mock Otani by delivering several kicks to Otani's face, and then following with Otani's signature running kick towards the turnbuckle. Upsetting Otani would turn out to be a mistake, as Otani would begin to control Kanemura for a majority of the match, trying to finish Kanemura off, but Kanemura being able to kick out each and every pinfall attempt. Kanemura would deliver a one last ditch effort by rolling up Otani for the Samson Clutch out of nowhere, but Otani would be able to kick out, and finish off Kanemura with a Spiral Bomb for the victory, and once again eliminating Kintaro Kanemura for the Fire Festival Tournament as a result.
Kanemura would not be done with the Fire Festival though, and would still have one more match with Yoshiaki Fujiwara on August 1, 2003 at Korakuen Hall, Fujiwara would manage to start the match in his tempo, starting it out slow. Kanemura would follow by turning the match into more of his tempo, by taking the match outside and brawling around ringside. Kanemura would bring out a table, and send Fujiwara through it after diving off the top turnbuckle. Fujiwara would be busted open as both wrestlers would go back inside of the ring. Fujiwara would bring a weapon of his own back in the ring, attempting to use a chair on Kanemura. Kanemura would grab the referee and shield himself from the chair using the referee. Kanemura would then throw the referee into Fujiwara, allowing Kanemura to grab the chair from Fujiwara. But as Kanemura would attempt to swing the chair, Fujiwara would grab Kanemura by the arm and place him in the Fujiwara armbar. Kanemura would begin to tap, but the referee would still be out after being thrown into Fujiwara. Fujiwara would let go to see why the referee was not in position to end the match, but as the referee would get up, Kanemura would roll up Fujiwara for the pinfall victory in his last Fire Festival match. Kanemura would end the tournament with 4 points, just one point away from being able to advance to the finals.
Kanemura would then defend his Big Japan King of the Death Match Title on August 24, 2003 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym against Ryuji Ito in a Cage Death Match. Kanemura would control a majority of the match, using fluorescent light tubes on Ito, but would he would be unable to put away Ito yet again. Ito would take control and lay Kanemura on top of a table in the ring, and then hit his Dragon Splash off the top of the cage and sending Kanemura through the table to score the win over Kanemura to win the Big Japan King of the Death Match Title ending Kanemura's reign as top champion in Big Japan. Kanemura and Ito would shake hands and a new tag team would be formed.
Kanemura would have little time to recuperate, as he would face off against former friend Mr. Gannosuke on August 25, 2003 at Korakuen Hall, who would come into the match, prepared for a battle by bringing a chair to the ring. Kanemura would grab a chair of his own, and the two would begin dueling. Gannosuke would win the duel and smash the chair over Kanemura's head, busting Kanemura open right away. Gannosuke would begin working on the cut, but Kanemura would grab Gannosuke and the two would begin brawling in the crowd, where Kanemura would lay Gannosuke on the table, and dive off the entrance way sending Gannosuke through the table. Gannosuke would get revenge when both would make it back in the ring by delivering a Fire Thunder off the apron of the ring, sending Kanemura through a table. Gannosuke would grab a piece of the broken off table, and attempt to smash it over the bloody Kanemura's head, but Kanemura would counter with a lowblow, and smash it over Gannosuke's head. Gannosuke would come back with a fierce lariat. Gannosuke would then knock out the referee as TAKA Michinoku, GENTARO, and Hido would hit the ring and attack Kanemura. Mammoth Sasaki, GOEMON, and Onryo would come out to make things even as Mammoth would smash a chair over Gannosuke. Go Ito would rush to the ring and substitute for the referee, as Kanemura would deliver a Fire Thunder Powerbomb to Gannosuke with Go Ito counting the pinfall victory for Kanemura. Afterwards, Kanemura would ask that all the Independent wrestlers form an alliance together to take out the major promotions, most notably Zero-One. Go Ito, GOEMON, Onryo, TAKA Michinoku, GENTARO, Takashi Sasaki would all agree to join Kanemura. Kanemura would turn his attention to Gannosuke and ask him to join the group. With the crowd, and every wrestler in the ring asking for Gannosuke to join the group, he would accept. The new group would be called, the Apache Army.
The Apache Army would make their debut at WMF's 1st Year Anniversary show on September 6, 2003 at the Tokyo Differ Ariake, and also bring back The Brief Brothers for the first time in five years. Kanemura, Mr. Gannosuke, Hido, TAKA Michinoku, and GENTARO would all dawn to the crowd their white briefs for huge laughs from the crowd.
Kintaro Kanemura & Mr. Gannosuke would reform their team on September 19, 2003 at Korakuen Hall, and show that the Apache Army was a legitimate threat to Zero-One while facing Shinjiro Otani & Masato Tanaka. The match would start right away in the Apache Army favor as Gannosuke would manage to hook his Gannosuke Clutch to Otani, right at the start of the match for a near victory. The rest of the Apache Army would make their presence known by attacking Otani every time he was thrown outside the ring. Kanemura& Gannosuke would cut open Otani, who would begin bleeding from his forehead while Kanemura & Gannosuke would deliver their special double team maneuvers together for the first time in years. Kanemura, who had asked Masato Tanaka before the match to return to his roots and join the Apache Army, would be telling Tanaka to join them all through the match. Finally, Tanaka would grab Otani, looking like he was to join the Apache Army, when Kanemura & Gannosuke would attempt to clothesline Otani while Tanaka held on to him. Instead, Tanaka would throw Otani to the match and spear both Kanemura & Gannosuke to stay with Zero-One. Tanaka would hit a Stunner on Gannosuke, and a DDT on Kanemura at the same time, and then deliver a swinging arm DDT to both, before tagging in Otani. Otani would deliver a Full Nelson Suplex to Gannosuke, but as Kanemura would come in to make the save, he would bring a chair to smash it over the back of Otani, and then over the referee to knock the referee out of the match. Otani would manage to fight back, as another Zero-One referee would come in to replace the injured referee. Otani would deliver a Spiral Bomb to Kanemura, but as the second Zero One referee went to make the count, the Apache Army would grab him and throw him out of the ring. Tetsuhiro Kuroda, GOEMON, Onryo, Hido, and GENTARO would all begin attacking Otani with chairs. The group would drop the stack of chairs in the ring as Gannosuke would deliver a Fire Thunder to Otani on the stack of chairs, as Go Ito would rush to the ring as Kanemura would deliver the Baku YAMA Senton Special to Otani, and with Go Ito delivering the count, Kanemura & Gannosuke would get the victory, with Kanemura scoring his first pinfall over Otani. The Apache Army wouldn't be done, as they would hold on to Zero-One President Nakamura who would begin protesting the decision, and allow Go Ito to deliver a spinning heel kick to Nakamura. The Apache Army would end the show doing the TNR Dance, as they had already made their mark in the war against Zero-One.
The Apache Army would follow up the big win by facing a Zero-One team again on September 22, 2003 at Korakuen Hall, as Kanemura would team up with Mr. Gannosuke & Tetsuhiro Kuroda to face Masato Tanaka, Hideki Hosaka, and Yoshihito Sasaki. Kanemura would jump Tanaka right away by delivering a dropkick and kicking Tanaka out of the ring, and would begin brawling outside while Kuroda and Sasaki would begin going at it. Gannosuke and Hosaka would begin going at it, but both Kanemura & Kuroda would come in to help, and deliver a Super Powerbomb to Hosaka. A stick would be broken off, and the three Apache Army members would begin carving their former friends arm and forehead up. The three would then kiss with Kanemura & Gannosuke dropping elbows on Hosaka, with Kuroda following it by stepping on Hosaka. Kanemura would grab a piece of a table to hold back Tanaka from making the save for Hosaka. Hosaka would manage to grab the piece of table from Kanemura, and the bloody Hosaka would smash it over Kanemura's head. Tanaka would make a come back by delivering a clothesline to Kanemura. Gannosuke would manage to make the save for Kanemura, and deliver a Praying Powerbomb to Tanaka. Gannosuke would end up by nailed with a 3D by Tanaka & Hosaka, when Go Ito would hit the ring with a chair and throw it at Tanaka, as Tanaka was climbing the top rope looking for a frog splash on Gannosuke. Zero One President Nakamura would then hit the ring, but would be pulled in the ring by Gannosuke, who would allow Go Ito to deliver his own frog splash on Nakamura before leaving the ring. Kuroda and Sasaki would manage to go at it, with Kuroda delivering several lariats to Sasaki, before finishing off Sasaki with a Shining Wizard to score another victory for the Apache Army over Zero-One.
Kanemura would then team up with Tetsuhiro Kuroda and once again compete for the All Japan All Asian Tag Team Titles, this time in Zero-One by challenging the champions Hirotaka Yokoi & Kohei Sato on October 10, 2003 at Korakuen Hall, Kanemura would start right away with Sato, by making the match into his style, and diving off the top turnbuckle to send Sato through the table, and begin delivering chair shots to Yokoi. Kanemura and Kuroda would manage to control a majority of the match, and Kohei Sato would manage to come back by delivering a Suplex on Kanemura on to a chair, but Kanemura out of nowhere would deliver a lowblow to Sato, and roll him up for the Samson Clutch to claim the All Japan All Asian Tag Team Titles with Tetsuhiro Kuroda. Zero-One President Nakamura would refuse to wrap the belts around Kanemura & Kuroda's waist, upsetting the Apache Army. The Apache Army would grab Nakamura and tear his shirt off when Go Ito would come to the ring with a barbwire bat. Kanemura would take the bat away from Ito, and instead hit Nakamura with the bat himself as the Apache Army celebrated.
The team of Kanemura and Ryuji Ito would make their first appearance on October 14, 2003 at Korakuen Hall against the team of Shadow WX and Abdullah Kobayashi in a Barbed wire Street Fight Death Match with Ito delivering a German Suplex to Kobayashi to get the win.
Kanemura would team with fellow Apache Army members Mr. Gannosuke, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, and Hido to face the Zero-One team of Shinjiro Otani, Masato Tanaka, Hideki Hosaka, and Wataru Sakata on October 18, 2003 at the Osaka Prefectural Gym # 2 in a Single Elimination match with over the top rope eliminations rule applied. Gannosuke would get the first elimination on Hosaka by rolling Hosaka up with the Gannosuke Clutch. Sakata and Kuroda would begin brawling over the top rope on to the apron, and end up falling off, eliminating each other. Kanemura would begin brawling with Tanaka, and manage to throw Tanaka over the top rope, but Tanaka would land on the apron. With the help of Go Ito interfering and holding on to Tanaka, Kanemura would manage to eliminate his long time rival. Otani would manage to eliminate Hido with a Spiral Bomb next, but with Kanemura & Gannosuke double teaming Otani, Kanemura would deliver a Baku YAMA Senton Special and both Kanemura and Gannosuke would pin Otani to score the victory, and another Apache Army victory over Zero-One, and Kanemura's second straight pinfall victory over Otani.
Kanemura would team with Mr. Gannosuke, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, and TAKA Michinoku to face off against the Zero One team of Shinjiro Otani, Masato Tanaka, Tatsuhito Takaiwa, and Yoshihito Sasaki on October 24, 2003 at Korakuen Hall, in a Captain Falls Elimination Match. Kanemura & Otani would be represent their teams as the captains for the match. Kanemura would make his presence known in the match by throwing a chair at Yoshihito Sasaki's face, and then climb the top turnbuckle when Go Ito would rush to the ring and hurricanrana Kanemura on top of Sasaki. Zero-One President Nakamura would once again come to the ring to try and get revenge on Go Ito, but once again, he would get grabbed by Kanemura, and Go Ito would deliver a spinning heel kick to the face of Kanemura, as Otani would grab Kanemura and begin brawling around ringside. Otani would lay Kanemura on a table, and Yoshihito Sasaki would come off the top turnbuckle, sending Kanemura through the table. Kanemura would come back in the ring, with a piece of the table and would smash it over Sasaki's head. It would turn out to be a mistake, as it would set a fire in Sasaki, who would grab Kanemura, and place him in the Canadian Backbreaker, with Kuroda making the save for Kanemura. Kuroda would stay in the ring to face Takaiwa, but it would turn out to be a mistake for the Apache Army, as Takaiwa would end up hitting Kuroda with a Death Valley Driver and score a pin over Kuroda, eliminating Kuroda from the match. Kanemura would come in for the eliminated Kuroda, but Otani would come in as well and get the advantage over Kanemura, and would begin kicking Kanemura in the face hard before Gannosuke would come in to help Kanemura out, and Kanemura & Gannosuke together would deliver a Double Powerbomb to Otani. Kanemura would then deliver a Baku YAMA Senton Special on Otani, but Otani would manage to kick out. Sasaki would then grab Kanemura and deliver a German Suplex to Kanemura, with Otani following up by putting Kanemura in a Crossface, forcing Kanemura to tap out to give Zero-One the victory. Zero-One would not be done though, as they would pile all four members of the Apache Army on top of each other, and pose over them victorious before leaving. An upset Apache Army would take it out on a Zero-One trainee Osamu Namiguchi, as they would attack Namiguchi, and leave him busted up before recognizing Shinya Hashimoto watching from the entrance way. Kanemura would call out Hashimoto, and Hashimoto would be hesitant by finally coming into the ring. Kanemura would begin calling Hashimoto out before the two would finally begin brawling, with Hashimoto knocking Kanemura to the ground. The Apache Army would all begin ganging up on Hashimoto, with Hido, Kuroda, Gannosuke all delivering clotheslines, with GENTARO & TAKA Michinoku delivering Superkicks to Hashimoto, before Kanemura would deliver Kodo Fuyuki's Charging Lariat to knock Hashimoto on the ground to the Apache Army celebrating with Hashimoto leaving the ring, and the Apache Army ending the show with the TNR Dance.
Kanemura would team up with fellow Apache Army members Mr. Gannosuke, Hido, and GENTARO looking for revenge against Zero One on November 5, 2003 at the Shonan Town Gym, facing off against Shinjiro Otani, Masato Tanaka, Hideki Hosaka, and Jun Kasai in a winner moves on format. Shinjiro Otani and Hido would start off first with Hido's game plan to make sure Otani is eliminated no matter what, and would manage to keep Otani outside of the ring, brawling with him for them both to be counted out, with both being eliminated. Kanemura and Jun Kasai would then go at it, with Kanemura eliminating Kasai after rolling him up with a cradle for the elimination. Yoshihito Sasaki would then come in next, and would do his job by fighting with Kanemura outside of the ring, causing both of them to be counted out and eliminated. Masato Tanaka would manage to be the survivor for the Zero One team after eliminating Mr. Gannosuke & Tetsuhiro Kuroda for the Zero One victory.
Kanemura & Kuroda would team up on November 7, 2003 at Korakuen Hall, to face off against Wataru Sakata & Osamu Namiguchi, who would be making his professional debut in the match. Kanemura& Kuroda would brutalize the rookie during the match, and would just be far too much for the rookie to handle, as Kanemura would manage to finish Namiguchi off with a Baku YAMA Senton Special for the win.
Kanemura would team up with GOEMON & Chocoball Mukai to face off against the Michinoku Pro team of Jinsei Shinzaki, Seiji Ikeda, and Kazuya Yuasa on November 20, 2003 at Korakuen Hall for WMF, as Kanemura would face off against Shinzaki, and would also show Shinzaki that he had not changed over the years by mocking Shinzaki with his own walking of the ropes on Shinzaki and coming down, but it would be Ikeda to score the victory pinfall over GOEMON with a lariat for the Michinoku Pro victory.
Kanemura & Kuroda would then successfully defend their All Japan All Asian Team Titles on November 24, 2003 at Tsukuba Kapio in Zero One, after defeating the team of Tatsuhito Takaiwa & Wataru Sasaki, after Kanemura would roll up Takaiwa with the Samson Clutch for the victory. It would be their first title defense, but then on the next day, on November 25, 2003 at the Kira Messe Numazu, in Osaka Pro, they would defend their tag titles for the second time against Big Boss MA-G-MA & Daio QUALLT, and would defeat the Osaka Pro team after Kuroda would deliver a lariat to QUALLT for the victory, and the second successful title defense.
Kanemura would then announce for the next Fuyuki Army show, that he would team with Mr. Gannosuke & Tetsuhiro Kuroda against the Zero One team of Shinjiro Otani, Masato Tanaka, and Tatsuhito Takaiwa on December 5, 2003 at Korakuen Hall, but the day of the show, it would be announced Kanemura was being pulled off the show after an emergency injury. It would turn out that Kanemura's injury would be from a lymph infection, that caused an incredible amount of swelling all around Kanemura's mouth. The injury would be caused from an enormous amount of germs of someone else's blood that would get inside of Kanemura's body through a cut that had failed to heal. Kanemura would be force to stay in the hospital due to the injury, and would be told to not wrestle for several months due to the injury. Mammoth Sasaki would end up replacing the Apache Army in the War Games match on December 5, 2003 at Korakuen Hall, and would become the newest Apache Army in the process. The Zero One team would once again win after Otani would hit a bloody Kuroda with the Spiral Bomb with the win. Due to the injury, Kanemura & Kuroda would vacate the All Japan All Asian Tag Team Titles. Mr. Gannosuke & Tetsuhiro Kuroda would end up winning the vacant titles, but would lose them to The Great Kosuke& Shiryu a week later in All Japan.
Kanemura would make his first public appearance at a New Years Party for Fuyuki Army, heavily bandaged from the swelling of his mouth, and would announce his return to the Fuyuki Army Promotion at Korakuen Hall on January 14, 2004.
Kanemura would return to the ring to team with Mr. Gannosuke & Hido to face the Zero One team of Tatsuhito Takaiwa, Jun Kasai, and Yoshihito Sasaki on January 14, 2004 at Korakuen Hall, with Sasaki going right at Kanemura to start the match, but Kanemura would immediately deliver a hurricanrana to Sasaki. Kasai would bring a piece of a table in the ring, and attempt to smash it over Kanemura's head, but Kanemura would manage to grab a hold of the table, and as Sasaki would charge Kanemura, Kanemura would grab the piece of table and smash it over Sasaki's head, and then Kasai's head. Takaiwa would grab Kanemura, and deliver a Death Valley Driver to Kanemura, but would fail to put Kanemura away. Sasaki would come in and attempt to put a Canadian Backbreaker on Kanemura, but Gannosuke would come in to attempt to make the save, but Sasaki would grab Gannosuke and put him in the Canadian Backbreaker. Gannosuke would manage to get out, and deliver a lariat to Sasaki, and then tag in Kanemura who would deliver a Baku YAMA Senton Special on Sasaki to score the pinfall victory for the Apache Army.
Kanemura would check himself back into the hospital on January 22, 2004, where doctors would be furious with him for wrestling while not being cleared to. The doctors would demand that Kanemura stay in the hospital for 20 days due to his injury, and to make sure, that he doesn't risk making his injury worse by getting in the ring.
Kanemura would be force to cancel out of a scheduled match for WMF on February 11, 2004 at Korakuen Hall, as it would fall on the 20th day of his hospital stay, but the first day of being cleared from the hospital, Kanemura would participate on the Fuyuki Army Promotion show on February 12, 2004, where Kanemura would team up with TAKA Michinoku and Big Japan's Daisuke Sekimoto against Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Mr. Gannosuke, and DDT's Sanshiro Takagi in a Captain Falls Match, with Kanemura and Kuroda as the teams captain, and the winning captain fighting Shinya Hashimoto on March 19, 2003 at Korakuen Hall, on the one year anniversary of Kodo Fuyuki's death. Kanemura would face off against Sanshiro Takagi for the first time since their feud in DDT in 2002, and with Takagi's help, Kuroda would charge Kanemura with a lariat, but Kanemura would manage to block it, but would be unaware of another lariat by Kuroda right after, and Kuroda would get the victory over Kanemura, in the disappointing match to earn the right to face Hashimoto at the next Korakuen Hall show.
Kanemura would participate at Osaka Pro's Super J Cup on February 21, 2004 at the Osaka Castle Hall, in a non tournament match, Kanemura would team up with with Kageki's Azteca and Osaka Pro's Big Boss MA-G-MA to take on Men's Teioh, Tomohiro Ishii, and MIKAMI as Kanemura would go at it right away with Ishii as the two would brawl MIKAMI would insert him into the brawl as well with his ladder. Kanemura would end up using the ladder on MIKAMI as a weapon instead although the ladder would end up costing Kanemura's team as MIKAMI would deliver a swan dive off the top of the ladder on to Azteca with Ishii following up and delivering a brainbuster to Azteca to score the pinfall for his team.
Kanemura would make his return to Big Japan on February 27, 2004 at Korakuen Hall teaming up with Ryuji Yamakawa and Mr. Big Japan to defeat the team of Shadow WX, GENTARO, and Daisaku Shimoda with Mr. Big Japan getting the win over Shimoda after hitting him with Yamakawa's signature Reverse Tiger Driver for the win.
Kintaro Kanemura would then make his return to the Yokohama Arena for the first time since participating in Big Japan's December 2, 2001 Yokohama Arena show by teaming with Masato Tanaka & Tetsuhiro Kuroda on March 7, 2003 at HUSTLE-2 against The Gladiator, Sabu, and Justin Credible. It would be the first time since the April 29, 1997 Yokohama Arena show that Kanemura had even teamed up with Tanaka, but due to Tanaka turning on Otani in February to align himself with Kuroda, Kanemura would put his differences aside with his rival for the match. It would also be the first time that Kanemura would face The Gladiator in any type of match since July 10, 1998 after Gladiator nearly broke Kanemura's neck with a Kamikaze Awesome Bomb. Tanaka would do the TNR Dance before the match, the first time while doing so in the ring with Kanemura. Sabu would deliver a triple jump Moonsault on to Kanemura, and The Gladiator would deliver an Awesome Bomb off the apron, sending Kanemura through two tables. Tanaka would manage to get the pinfall victory over Justin Credible after delivering a rolling elbow, but afterwards, words would be exchanged between Kanemura & Tanaka, who would not let their differences be put aside, and Tanaka would end up walking off as Kanemura & Kuroda would do the TNR Dance together. Kanemura would make $3,000 for the show as well all future Yokohama Arena shows for HUSTLE and $2,000 for Korakuen Hall shows for the promotion.
Kanemura & Hido would then team up on the one year anniversary of Kodo Fuyuki's death on March 19, 2004 at Korakuen Hall, to challenge the All Japan All Asian Tag Team Titles against The Great Kosuke & Shiryu. Before the show, every wrestler on the card would present a yellow flower in the ring with a cardboard cut out of Kodo Fuyuki would be placed in the ring. Kodo Fuyuki's widow Kaoru Fuyuki would announce that the Fuyuki Army Promotion would be coming to a close on May 5, 2004 at Kawasaki Stadium. Kanemura would start off going against Kosuke, exchanging slaps, before Kanemura would deliver a hurricanrana to Kosuke, but Kosuke would counter with a spine buster. Kanemura would deliver a lowblow to Kosuke, and then unmask Kosuke to show Satoshi Kojima's face. An upset Kojima would begin punching Kanemura outside of the ring, and the two would begin brawling around ringside. Kanemura and Kojima would come back in the ring, with Kanemura bringing a table with him, and would begin smashing Kojima's face over the table, busting Kojima open. Hido would come in, and help work on making the cut worse for Kojima, as Kanemura would come back in the ring and begin scratching Kojima's cut on the forehead. Kanemura would place Kojima on the turnbuckle, and then begin ramming the table at Kojima's groin, and then follow it up by throwing a chair at the table into Kojima's groin. Kojima would finally manage to tag in Shiryu, who would deliver a hurricanrana and then a spinning heel kick to Kanemura. Shiryu would deliver a German Suplex, causing Kanemura to land directly on his head while tagging back in the bloody Kojima. Kojima would deliver a elbow off the top rope on Kanemura, and begin working on Hido with a chair. Kanemura would grab the chair, but would hit with a Superkick to the face by Shiryu, and then a Moonsault. With Hido's help, Kanemura would gain control on Shiryu with a double team, and deliver a Praying Powerbomb to Shiryu. Kanemura would suplex Shiryu off the top turnbuckle onto the table, but with the table failing to break, Kanemura would end up smacking his back against it. Kojima and Hido would exchanging lariat but Shiryu would help double team Hido, and Kojima would manage to finish Hido off with a lariat to successfully defend the All Asian Tag Team Titles, the titles that Fuyuki had held three times.
Kintaro Kanemura would begin to get frustrated with Tetsuhiro Kuroda, and his recent friendship with Kanemura's long time rival Masato Tanaka, and on March 26, 2004 at Korakuen Hall in Zero-One, Kanemura would team up with Jun Kasai to face Masato Tanaka & Tetsuhiro Kuroda, but before the match, Kanemura would straight up ask Kuroda to make up his decision, on whether he was going to stay a friend with Tanaka, or rejoin with Kuroda. Kuroda would make his decision quickly, and clothesline Kanemura to start the match. Kuroda would end up defeating Kasai with a lariat to win the match for his team, as Kuroda would leave the Apache Army for Masato Tanaka & Yoshihito Sasaki's group in Zero One.
As punishment for Kuroda deciding to turn his back on Kuroda, Kanemura would announce that Kuroda would have to face Kintaro Kanemura, Jado, and Gedo in a handicap match at Fuyuki Army's next Korakuen Hall show. Kuroda would square off against Kanemura, Jado, and Gedo in the handicap match on April 8, 2004 at Korakuen Hall, with Kanemura's team getting the upper advantage on Kuroda right away, by triple teaming him. Kuroda would begin brawling with Gedo in the crowd, but when Kuroda would make it back in the ring, he would be attacked by Kanemura who would work on busting Kuroda open. Kanemura would work on scratching Kuroda's cut open forehead, making more blood spill out, but Kuroda would manage to fight back at every opportunity. Kanemura would just respond with a lowblow kick, and tag in Gedo to work on Kuroda's cut. Jado would end up coming, and putting Kuroda in the Crossface, but would fail to make Kuroda tap. Kanemura would then tag in, when Go Ito would rush to the ring, and climb the top turnbuckle. Kanemura would set Kuroda down for Go Ito to be able to hit the frog splash on Kuroda, but instead Go Ito would deliver a flying dropkick to Kanemura, turning on his long time Team No Respect friend. Go Ito over Kanemura making the match unfair would be attacked by Gedo, but would manage to block Gedo's punches, until Jado would blindside Go Ito with a lariat. Kuroda would manage to come back and deliver a lariat to Gedo, but the numbers again would be too much for Kuroda, as Jado and Gedo would pick Kuroda up and allow Kanemura to deliver a Super Powerbomb to Kuroda, as Gedo would then deliver a Frog Splash, and Kanemura would come off the top rope with a Baku YAMA Senton Special, and would finally manage to score the victory over Kuroda for the win. Kanemura would then announce a challenge to Riki Choshu for the upcoming May 5th Kawasaki Stadium show.
Kanemura would come to the ring at the Zero-One April 30, 2004 Korakuen Hall show after the main event, and would finally challenge Riki Choshu to a match at Kawasaki Stadium. Choshu would accept the challenge, but Choshu's partner Shinya Hashimoto would ask to make it a tag team match between Hashimoto and Choshu facing Kanemura and a Mystery Partner. Kanemura would eventually turn down that offer of the match, and announce the main event to be Kanemura and Hido facing World Japan's Riki Choshu and Tomohiro Ishii.
Kintaro Kanemura and Hido would team up on May 5, 2004 at the very cold Kawasaki Stadium, in the last Fuyuki Army Promotion match, to face World Japan's Riki Choshu and Tomohiro Ishii with Kanemura attacking Choshu right away, but Choshu getting the upper hand, and throwing Kanemura face first into the turnbuckle. Kanemura would be thrown inside the ring, and Ishii would take off the turnbuckle padding and smash Kanemura's head into it, and begin clawing at Kanemura's head, causing Kanemura to be busted open within the first minute of the match. Choshu would come in and smash Kanemura's head against the unprotected turnbuckle as well, and Ishii would begin head butting Kanemura. Kanemura would manage to fight back against Ishii, and Hido would finally have enough of his partner being double teamed, and would begin to go after Choshu. Choshu and Hido would begin brawling outside the ring, with Kanemura throwing Ishii out of the ring, and with the rest of the Apache Army holding onto Ishii, Kanemura would set up a table, and Powerbomb Ishii off the apron of the ring into the table. Kanemura would then bring a bloody Ishii back in the ring, with a piece of the table, and place it on Ishii's groin, and begin hitting the table piece with a chair. Kanemura would hit Ishii in the head with the piece of the table, but Kanemura would tag in Hido, and Ishii would begin fighting back against Hido. Kanemura would run back in, but Ishii would deliver a powerslam to Kanemura, and tag in Choshu. Choshu would deliver a lariat to Kanemura, and then place the Scorpion Death Lock on Kanemura. Hido would manage to make the save for Kanemura by delivering chair shots to Choshu until the move would be broken. Choshu would not be done with Kanemura though, but when Choshu would go over to pick Kanemura up, Kanemura would deliver a lowblow to Choshu. Hido would Kanemura the piece of the broken table, and Kanemura would smash the piece of table over Choshu's head incredibly hard. Choshu would fight back with hard strikes to Kanemura, and tag in Ishii. Ishii would deliver a superplex off the top turnbuckle, followed by a brainbuster on Kanemura, with Hido making the save for Kanemura. Ishii would then charge Kanemura with a lariat, but Kanemura would manage to duck it, grab his arms around Ishii's waist and attempt to suplex Ishii. Ishii would manage to block the suplex, and reverse it, but Kanemura would deliver a kick downstairs to Ishii, and roll him up for the Samson Clutch to score the victory for Kanemura and Hido on the final Fuyuki Army Promotion show. Kanemura would announce that the war between the Apache Army and World Japan was not over, and that the Apache Army would be fighting World Japan on May 27, 2004 at Korakuen Hall, as the show would end with a bloody Kanemura, and the rest of the Apache Army doing the TNR Dance together.
Kintaro Kanemura would then team up with Sabu & The Gladiator for HUSTLE-3 on May 8, 2004 at the Yokohama Arena, to this time face off against Masato Tanaka, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, and Tomoaki Honma in a Weapons Hardcore match, with weapons appearing on the ramp during the match. Kanemura would be accompanied by Apache Army members Hido & MIYAWAKI to the ring. Kuroda would attack Kanemura right away, but when Kuroda would attempt a lariat, Kanemura would deliver a hurricanrana to Kuroda to the outside of the ring. MIYAWAKI would attack Kuroda, and would Kuroda on a table as Kanemura would climb the top of the turnbuckle, Sabu would take the advantage and jump off the top rope and deliver a leg drop to send Kuroda through the table. Kanemura would remain on the top turnbuckle when another table would placed, but Honma would climb up and deliver a hurricanrana to Kanemura, but Kanemura would only crack a little bit of the table before falling off and hitting the floor hard. The first weapon to appear would be a guitar, but Masato Tanaka would manage to get it, and smash it over The Gladiator's head. Tanaka then would begin delivering elbows to Kanemura, and then set up Kuroda to deliver a lariat, as Tanaka would deliver a frog splash and make the cover, with Kanemura kicking out. Tanaka and Kuroda would bring Kanemura to the ring where Kuroda would deliver a DDT to Kanemura on the ramp. Another weapon would appear on the ramp, in a bicycle. Hido would be the first to grab the bicycle and begin riding it right into a lariat by Kuroda. Kuroda would grab the bike, and as Tanaka would lay down Kanemura and Hido side by side, Kuroda would roll it over both of them, but would keep going and be nailed with a vicious flying clothesline by The Gladiator. Kanemura would come back in the ring and deliver a Baku YAMA Senton Special to Honma, but Honma would manage to kick out. The next weapon to appear would be a trash can, that would end up getting put on Kanemura's head as Honma would deliver a dropkick off the top rope on the trash can over Kanemura's head. Tanaka would place Kanemura upside down on the turnbuckle with Kanemura's head again in the trash can, as Tanaka would place a chair besides the trash can, and Honma would deliver a running kick to the chair to the trash can. The next weapon would be Giant Silva, who Honma would walk over to grab, but would end getting attacked by Silva. Silva would walk to the ring, attacking Tanaka and Kuroda on his path as The Gladiator would deliver a running Awesome Bomb on Honma from the ramp to the ring. The Gladiator and Honma would then begin climbing the top rope as Kanemura would place a table next to the turnbuckle. The Gladiator would deliver a lowblow to Honma, and deliver a Kamikaze Awesome Bomb to Honma, with Honma's head barely making a nudge on the table. Kanemura would help The Gladiator deliver another Kamikaze Awesome Bomb to Honma through the table again, and this time it would be enough to get the victory over Honma.
Kintaro Kanemura would team with Apache Army members Mr. Gannosuke, Hido, and GENTARO to face World Japan's Riki Choshu, Tomohiro Ishii, Ichiro Yaguchi, and Takashi Uwano on May 27, 2004 at Korakuen Hall, as the World Japan team would attack Kanemura right away with all four members going after Kanemura. Kanemura and Ishii would go right at it, with Kanemura winning and placing the bloody Ishii on a table, as Kanemura would jump off the top turnbuckle sending Ishii through the table. Gannosuke, Hido, and GENTARO would all deliver a clothesline to Ishii once he got back in the ring, but once Kanemura would charge at Ishii, Ishii would come back and clothesline Kanemura and tag in Choshu. Choshu would get revenge on Kanemura for Kawasaki by delivering a piece of table shot to Kanemura's hard, and then slam a chair over Kanemura's back. Hido would be tagged in eventually and would go after Ishii, and would attempt to finish Ishii off with a Piledriver. Choshu would deliver a lariat to Hido before he could deliver the move, and would allow Ishii to deliver a brainbuster on Hido and score the victory for the World Japan team.
The team of Kanemura, Ryuji Yamakawa, Hido, and Shadow WX would team up in the main event of the Big Japan show on June 27, 2004 at Korakuen Hall against the team of Ryuji Ito, Abdullah Kobayashi, Jaki Numazawa, and Gosaku in a Street Fight Weapons Death Match with Gosaku getting the huge upset win after rolling up Yamakawa with the Gedo Clutch to get the win to set him up for a Death Match Title Match.
Kintaro Kanemura would hold his own promoted show called the Kintaro Kanemura Festival on July 4, 2004 at the Chiba Blue Field, teaming with Hido to face Big Japan's Ryuji Ito & Daisuke Sekimoto in a Hardcore Rules Match, with all four wrestlers bleeding after using weapons throughout the match, and brawling all around the arena, using the barbwire baseball bat, and Kanemura would end up scoring the victory over Sekimoto for the victory. Kanemura afterwards would announce that the Apache Army would be running their own show at Korakuen Hall on August 30th.
Kanemura would team up with Spanky and Zero-One's Jason the Legend on July 10, 2004 at the Niigata City Gym to once again defeat the World Japan team of Riki Choshu, Tomohiro Ishii, and Takashi Uwano in a Steel Cage match after Kanemura would pin Uwano for the victory.
Kanemura would team with Ryuji Yamakawa and Shadow WX against the team of Daikokubo Benkei, Abdullah Kobayashi, and Jaki Numazawa in a Street Fight on July 18, 2004 at Korakuen Hall with Yamakawa delivering a Reverse Tiger Driver on the youngster Numazawa to get the win.
Kintaro Kanemura would return to the Yokohama Arena on July 25, 2004 for HUSTLE-4 in a Hardcore Battle Royal against Steve Corino, Flying Vampire # 16, Tomoaki Honma, Masato Tanaka, and Tomohiro Ishii. Kanemura would manage to eliminate Ishii after several chair shots would be enough to manage to throw Ishii over the top rope for the elimination. Kanemura would eventually be eliminated by Steve Corino after being tossed over the top rope but Masato Tanaka would eventually win the Battle Royal after smashing Corino with a guitar shot and then pinning him for the victory.
Kanemura would enter into his third Fire Festival Tournament and would be placed in the B bracket with Shiro Koshinaka, Kohei Sato, Masato Tanaka, and Shinjiro Otani. Kanemura's first opponent in the tournament would be his long time rival Masato Tanaka on July 27, 2004 at the Iwaki City Gym # 2 with the match starting out with both Tanaka and Kanemura bringing chairs to the ring and doing a dueling chair spot right at the beginning of the match. Kanemura would take a cheap spot and smash the chair into Tanaka's midsection, but Tanaka would come back with a running elbow towards Kanemura. Tanaka would then grab a chair and smash it over Kanemura's head, but when Tanaka would once again go for a charging elbow, Kanemura would counter by jumping up and delivering a hurricanrana sending Tanaka to the outside. Kanemura would take the match to the outside, but when trying to swing Tanaka into the guard rail, Tanaka would reverse it and send Kanemura right into the steel railing instead. Tanaka would grab chair from the audience and use it to the deliver a Tornado DDT on Kanemura on the floor. Tanaka would then take a table and bring it in the ring, but when this time when trying to send Kanemura into it, Kanemura would manage to reverse it and send Tanaka flying into the table. Kanemura would then grab his own table and place Tanaka on it and climb up the top of the turnbuckle and send Tanaka straight through the table. It would be revealed that Tanaka had been busted open. Kanemura would then take Tanaka and sandwich him in between two tables and rush straight into the top of the table to smash right into Tanaka's bloody head. Kanemura would then take a piece of the board and smash it over Tanaka's head, but it would make Tanaka stronger as Tanaka would spit a mist of blood in Kanemura's face. Tanaka would come charging back with an elbow to the head, and then deliver a brainbuster to Kanemura. Tanaka would try to take advantage and deliver a powerbomb on the piece of table, but Kanemura would manage to counter it and pick up Tanaka and deliver a Reverse Fire Thunder sending Tanaka's head straight into the board. Kanemura would take advantage by placing two tables on the turnbuckle, but as Kanemura laid Tanaka down on the tables and Kanemura climbed the top turnbuckle, Tanaka would get up and deliver a Death Valley Driver sending Kanemura through two tables, but before being able to get a three count Apache Army member MIYAWAKI would make the save for Kanemura. Tanaka would come back with a Diamond Dust, but when trying to deliver a suplex, Kanemura would deliver a lowblow and roll up Tanaka with the Samson Clutch with Tanaka barely kicking out. Kanemura would try one more time to finish Tanaka off with a Thunder Fire Powerbomb but again Tanaka would kick out. Both Kanemura and Tanaka would struggle to get back up, but when Kanemura would charge at Tanaka, Tanaka would deliver a kick to the face on Kanemura and then nail the Roaring Elbow which would be enough for Tanaka to score the pinfall victory and Kanemura's first defeat in the tournament losing to Tanaka in a singles match for the first time in almost five years. The bad luck for Kanemura would be that on the next day that Tanaka would end up with an injured shoulder and not be able to participate in the Fire Festival tournament anymore. Everyone in Kanemura's bracket except Kanemura would be given points via forfeit because of Tanaka's injury.
Kanemura's next match in the Fire Festival tournament would be on July 29, 2004 at Korakuen Hall with his opponent being Kohei Sato. Kanemura's bad luck due to the Tanaka situation would become worse after the match with Sato as Kanemura would have less success and Sato would manage to put away Kanemura with a German Suplex causing Kanemura to start out 0 for 2 right away in the tournament.
Kanemura would then move on to July 30, 2004 at the Osaka Prefectural Gym # 2 to face off against Shiro Koshinaka in a match that would not last long. Kanemura and Koshinaka would end up brawling right away and neither would be able to make it back to the ring for the count as both Kanemura & Koshinaka would be counted out. It would pretty much eliminate Kanemura from having any shot to win the Fire Festival, but he would earn his first point in the tournament as a result.
Kanemura's last match in the Fire Festival would also be his toughest opponent in Shinjiro Otani on August 1, 2004 at Korakuen Hall, which would also be Kanemura's last chance at a win the tournament. Kanemura had lost the two previous years to Otani in the tournament with the first one being a second match between the two in favor of Otani. Kanemura would try to revenge those losses against Otani by along with Takashi Sasaki and MIYAWAKI jumping Otani before the match. Otani would be thrown out of the ring, and Kanemura would take the opportunity to rub Otani's flag against his crotch. Sasaki and MIYAWAKI would setup a table and place Otani on it with Kanemura sending Otani through the table. Kanemura would bring Otani into the ring, but as he would charge at him, Otani would meet him with a kick to the head. Otani would ask for the bell to be rung to start the match, and attempt to set him up for a Suplex and pin Kanemura again, but Kanemura would deliver a lowblow as the bell would ring and roll up Otani with the Samson Clutch and just barely get the victory over Otani in three seconds himself. Kanemura would be handed a piece of the table by the Apache Army but Otani would be up and kick Kanemura in the face before Kanemura could use it, and instead Otani would smash the table piece over Kanemura's head repeatedly. Otani would deliver his running kick to the face on Kanemura against the turnbuckle, as well as the flying dropkick, but as Otani would setup for the Spiral Bomb, the Apache Army would interfere once again and put a stop to that. Otani would clear the ring, and this time attempt another Suplex, but Takashi Sasaki would come from behind with a chair and smash it over Otani's back. Kanemura would take the advantage and rollup Otani with the Samson Clutch and get the victory over Otani in just 76 seconds. Although Kanemura would finish the tournament with just three points and unable to advance to the finals of the Fire Festival, he would end in a high note getting revenge on Otani for the three second lost two years earlier as well as being the one to eliminate Otani from the tournament finals as a result of the win. Kohei Sato would end up winning the B Bracket and winning the Fire Festival after defeating Takao Omori in the finals later in the show.
Due to his hatred for Masato Tanaka, Kanemura would find an unlikely friend in Shinjiro Otani who shared his hatred for Tanaka. Kanemura would team up with Otani and Takao Omori to face Riki Choshu, Tatsuhito Takaiwa, and Tomohiro Ishii on August 15, 2004 at Korakuen Hall as Kanemura and Ishii would show their hatred for another during the match that had built up due to the Apache Army vs. World Japan feud as Kanemura would end up getting the win over Ishii after hitting the Baku YAMA Senton Special as Kanemura and Shinjiro Otani had become unlikely partners.
Kintaro Kanemura & Hido would team up on August 19, 2004 at Korakuen Hall for the new Riki Pro group that was formed after Riki Choshu's World Japan went under. Kanemura & Hido would challenge for the vacated WMG Tag Team Titles against Tomohiro Ishii & Kendo Kashin. Kanemura would not do any favors screaming at the referee Yoshiaki Fujiwara. Kanemura would get slapped in the face for disrespecting Fujiwara before the match would even start. Hido would setup Ishii on a table early in the match, but before Kanemura could jump off the top turnbuckle to the outside, Kashin would push him off the turnbuckle and instead body slam Hido through the table. Kanemura and Hido would make their comeback using weapons with Hido using a barbed wire bat on Kashin and Kanemura about to use a chair on Ishii, but as Kanemura would go to pick up the chair, Ishii would clothesline the chair into Kanemura's face. Kashin would eventually attack Fujiwara from behind and with the referee down he would begin beating Kanemura and Hido with a chair and then throw it at Hido as soon as Fujiwara was getting up. Fujiwara would head butt Hido for believing he had been the one to attack him from behind, but Kashin's temper would eventually cause him to go crazy and leave his partner and just begin fighting with the Dojo boys in the crowd. This would leave Ishii in a handicapped situation and Kanemura & Hido would take advantage of it and eventually Kanemura would deliver the Baku YAMA Senton Special to Ishii and score the pin to win the WMG Tag Team Titles and his first tag team title with Hido since winning the FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Titles in 1997.
Kanemura would then team up with Hido and Dick Togo to face Riki Choshu, Tomohiro Ishii, and Ichiro Yaguchi on August 30, 2004 at Korakuen Hall for the first ever Apache Army show which would be promoted by Kanemura. Choshu would deliver a cheap shot to Kanemura after delivering a lariat to him knocking him out before the bell. Choshu would continually stomp at Kanemura with Kanemura fighting back up just to get kicked back down. After continuing to knock Kanemura down, Choshu would follow up by putting Kanemura in the Scorpion Death Lock with Hido having to break Kanemura out of it with a chair. Choshu would tag Ishii in and Ishii would do a number on Kanemura with Choshu and Yaguchi helping him. Kanemura would fight back and deliver a belly to belly supplex on Ishii and tag in Dick Togo. Kanemura would eventually be tagged back in and begin a chop exchange with Ishii with Kanemura getting the last blow by delivering a kick down low to Ishii sending him to the ground. Kanemura would tag Hido, but Ishii would eventually manage to tag Choshu who take apart Hido with a lariat. Choshu would put Hido in the Scorpion Death Lock with Kanemura and Togo having to work together to make him break it. Hido would then follow up by putting Choshu in the Scorpion Death Lock himself with Choshu breaking it out of it himself. Hido would try to setup Ishii for Kanemura to deliver the Baku YAMA Senton Special, but Choshu would get in the way and knock Kanemura off the top of the turnbuckle to the outside. Yaguchi would help Ishii get the advantage back, and Ishii would never look back finishing Hido off with multiple brainbusters to score the victory over Hido for Choshu's team. Despite the loss, Kanemura would announce that the war between the Apache Army and Riki Choshu was not over, and the group would do the TNR Dance to end the show.
Kanemura would end up turning on Shinjiro Otani on September 12, 2004 at Korakuen Hall in a match between Otani and Masato Tanaka. Kanemura along with Wataru Sakata who had been apart of Shinjiro Otani's Army would turn on Otani after defeating Masato Tanaka in the main event. Kanemura and Sakata would announce they were leaving Otani's Army to join Tanaka's Army that consist of Masato Tanaka, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Yoshihito Sasaki, and Jun Kasai. Kanemura would team up with Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Wataru Sakata, Jun Kasai, and Yoshihito Sasaki to face the Zero-One team of Shinjiro Otani, Takao Omori, Aniki, Ikuto Hidaka, and Minoru Fujita in a 5 vs. 5 single elimination match with over the top rules applied on September 19, 2004 at Korakuen Hall with Kanemura once again scoring a pinfall victory over Otani with the Baku YAMA Senton Special for the victory for his team. It would be the second straight year in a row that Kanemura had score a pinfall victory over Otani on September 19, 2004.
Kintaro Kanemura would team up with Masato Tanaka and Wataru Sakata to face off against Piranhian Monster, Psycho the Death, and Super Virus better known as Super Crazy for HUSTLE-5 on September 20, 2004 at the Yokohama Arena in a Hardcore Match. Although Kanemura's team would be in control most of the match with Tanaka delivering an Awesome Bomb to Psycho the Death, the HUSTLE team would manage to escape with the victory after Psycho the Death would manage to rollup Wataru Sakata for the victory over Kanemura and his team.
Kanemura would team up with Yuichi Taniguchi to take on long time partner Ryuji Yamakawa and Shadow WX on September 26, 2004 at Korakuen Hall in Yamakawa's final match before taking a long time rest as Yamakawa would end up getting pinned by fellow original Big Japan wrestler Taniguchi after Taniguchi hit a Senton Splash on Yamakawa to get the win.
Kanemura would promote another Kintaro Kanemura Festival show on October 10, 2004 at the Chiba Blue Field, but this time the show would be entitled Kintaro Kanemura Autumn Festival with Kanemura teaming up with TAKA Michinoku and Dick Togo to face Takashi Sasaki, GENTARO, and MIYAWAKI with Kanemura getting the pinfall victory with the Blast YAMA Senton Splash on MIYAWAKI for the victory.
Kanemura would then face off against Necro Butcher on October 22, 2004 at Korakuen Hall with both Kanemura and Butcher brawling early hitting each other with chair shots around ringside. Although Kanemura would take control most of the match, it would be a struggle trying to put on a good performance with Necro Butcher. Kanemura would spend most of the match hitting Necro with chair shots, sending him through a table, as well as brawling in the crowd and bloodying Butcher up before pinning him with a backslide for the victory.
Kanemura would team up with Masato Tanaka & Tetsuhiro Kuroda once again for HUSTLE-6 at the Nagoya Aichi Prefectural Gym on October 23, 2004 in a Hardcore Match against Tomohiro Ishii, Jun Kasai, and Tomoaki Honma with Tanaka getting the victory over Kasai after delivering a Roaring Elbow for the pinfall.
Kanemura would return to the Yokohama Bunka Gym on December 18, 2004 against Jaki Numazawa in a Tornado Bunkhouse Death Match with both Kanemura and Numazawa brawling all over ringside before Kanemura would end up rolling Numazawa up for a cradle to get the win.
Kanemura would team up with Tetsuhiro Kuroda to get another shot at facing Riki Choshu as he would be teaming up with Tomohiro Ishii on December 27, 2004 at Korakuen Hall with a brawl between the Apache Army and Riki Choshu's group taking place before even the match would start with everyone fighting each other in the ring. Finally after everything was clear the match would start with Kuroda and Ishii going at it, but soon enough another brawl between the Apache Army and Riki Choshu's group taking place as Kanemura and Ishii would begin brawling all over Korakuen Hall before order would have to be restored. Kanemura would begin pounding on Ishii with Choshu having to make the save for Ishii. Kanemura would grab a chair and begin smashing it over Choshu although it would end up doing little damage as Choshu would take down Kanemura and then place in the Scorpion Death Lock for extremely long time. Kanemura would not be the same and Choshu would take advantage of that and finish off Kanemura with the lariat for the victor. Another brawl would take place after the match between the Apache Army and Riki Choshu's group. Kanemura would announce that if Riki Choshu were to beat him again in a singles match on January 5th that Kanemura would allow Riki Choshu to take over the Apache Army which would upset all the members of the group for Kanemura announcing that.
Kanemura would team up with fellow Apache Army teammate Takashi Sasaki to face Ryuji Ito and Shadow WX on January 2, 2005 at Korakuen Hall in a Barbed wire Board Street Fight that would see each wrestler get cut up badly with Takashi Sasaki and Ryuji Ito both bleeding from their back as Ito would end up placing a barbed wire board on top of Sasaki and then deliver the Dragon Splash on Sasaki to score the victory.
Kintaro Kanemura would finally get his shot at facing Riki Choshu in a singles match on January 5, 2005 at Korakuen Hall, Kanemura would make sure to jump Choshu early before the bell and begin delivering chairshots to Choshu's head. Kanemura would bring Choshu back in the ring, but would make the mistake of charging at Choshu who would deliver a stiff shot to Kanemura's head. Choshu would grab a chair and begin smashing it over Kanemura causing Kanemura to be busted open as Choshu would work on the cut. Kanemura's way out of the beating by Choshu would be to shove the referee at Choshu and deliver a dropkick to him. Kanemura would then begin taking apart the bottom rope and begin choking Choshu out with it. Kanemura would then deliver several more chair shots to Choshu and then deliver a Baku YAMA Senton Special to Choshu but would fail to even get a two count. Kanemura would attempt his own lariat to Choshu but right before he would make it Choshu, he would be the one knocked out with the lariat by Choshu. Choshu would beat Kanemura over the head with punches and then deliver another lariat to Kanemura for the pinfall victory. Because of the win, it would give Riki Choshu complete control of the Apache Army. Kanemura would agree to the stipulation and announce that Riki Choshu was now in control of the group causing Hido to go berserk and attack Kanemura. It would not be done as Kanemura and Hido would get in a shouting fight in the hallway at Korakuen Hall with Hido extremely upset over Choshu being in charge of the group when the Apache Army's whole meaning was to be against someone like Choshu. Hido would announce that he did not want to be apart of a group that had Choshu control of, and that he was starting his own Apache Army called the Real Apache Army with Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Takashi Sasaki, and GENTARO while Kanemura would still be in the original Apache Army with Choshu and be aligned with Choshu's wrestlers. Kanemura and Hido would vacate their WMG Tag Team Titles shortly afterwards.
Kanemura's first match against Hido since the split would be on January 23, 2005 at the Chiba Blue Field for the Kintaro Kanemura Festival with Kanemura teaming up with Tomohiro Ishii to take on Hido and The Winger in a Hardcore Street with Hido scoring the huge pinfall victory over his former friend Kanemura to score first blood for causing a split in the Apache Army.
Due to an already booked card before their differences occurred Kanemura would be force to team up with Hido, Takashi Sasaki and MIYAWAKI for a Big Japan show on January 28, 2005 at the Kawasaki City Gym in a Scaffold Spider net Barbwire Death Match against Ryuji Ito, Men's Teioh, Shadow WX, and Abdullah Kobayashi with the barbwire being placed over the ring. Kanemura would focus mostly on Men's Teioh outside the ring and brawl around ringside as Takashi Sasaki and Ryuji Ito would climb the scaffold and brawl with Takashi Sasaki tossing Ryuji Ito off the scaffold into the barbwire spider net. It would not be soon after that Hido and Takashi Sasaki would turn on Kanemura and leave him laying for easy prey for the Big Japan Army to finish him off. Ryuji Ito would get back on the scaffold and deliver a Dragon Splash on Kanemura off the scaffold to score the pinfall victory over him. Afterwards, Ryuji Ito would help Kanemura up and a alliance between Kanemura and Ryuji Ito would be formed.
Kanemura would team up with Riki Choshu for the first time on January 31, 2005 at the Nagoya City Gym # 3 to face his former friends Hido as well as Tetsuhiro Kuroda with Hido going after Kanemura right away to start the match. But with Choshu by Kanemura's side both Kuroda & Hido would have no shot and Kanemura would take advantage of it and finish off Hido with numerous chair shots knocking him and allowing Kanemura to get the pin for the victory.
Kanemura would team up with Riki Choshu and Tomohiro Ishii to face Masato Tanaka, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, and Tatsuhito Takaiwa in a Hardcore Match on February 11, 2005 at the Nagoya Aichi Prefectural Gym for HUSTLE-7. Kanemura and Tanaka would square off against each other at the beginning of the match with Kanemura delivering a hurricanrana to Tanaka. But it would be Choshu who would once again make things easy again for Kanemura and Ishii as Choshu would end up finishing off Kuroda with the lariat to score the pinfall victory.
Kanemura would team up with Ryuji Ito and Men's Teioh to face the team of Hido, Takashi Sasaki, and Jun Kasai in a Barbwire Fluorescent Light Tube Death Match on February 22, 2005 at Korakuen Hall where Hido would make sure to go right after Kanemura for a majority of the match. Kanemura would end up being knocked off a ladder and landing into the barbwire although it would be Ryuji Ito who would take the most punishment after several light tubes would smash right against his back although he would still manage to put away Takashi Sasaki after placing several light tube sticks across Sasaki's chest and then deliver the Dragon Splash for the victory.
Kanemura and Dick Togo would team up in the new Zero-One MAX promotion that was spawned after Zero-One had financially claimed bankruptcy. Kanemura and Togo would face off against Masato Tanaka & Super Crazy on February 27, 2005 at Ikebukuro Sunshine City Gym. The match would start right away with Kanemura and Crazy brawling around the arena. Masato Tanaka would intervene and hold on to Kanemura while Super Crazy climb a set of stairs to the balcony where he then delivered an Asai Moonsault from the balcony landing on Kanemura. Kanemura and Tanaka would both get busted open during the brawl around the building when Kanemura would set up a table and place Tanaka on it and dive off the stairs sending Tanaka through the table. When all four wrestlers would finally make it back in the ring, Kanemura would stack several chairs on top of one another. Super Crazy would attempt to put Dick Togo through the chairs with a powerbomb, but Masato Tanaka instead would use Togo's body to superplex Kanemura through the stack of chairs. Finally, the match would come down to the long time rivals of the last 10 years in a punching match blood running down both their faces when Tanaka would finally deliver the Roaring Elbow to pin Kanemura for the win.
Kintaro Kanemura would then team up with Ryuji Ito for another Kintaro Kanemura Festival on March 12, 2005 at the Chiba Blue Field facing off against Hido & Jun Kasai in a Bunkhouse Street Fight with Hido getting another shot at hurting Kanemura. As Kanemura was taking care of Jun Kasai, Hido would come up from behind and nail Kanemura in the back with his barbwire baseball bat as well as Ryuji Ito. Hido would lay down Kanemura on several fluorescent light tubes as Kasai would come off the top rope and splash on Kanemura breaking several of the fluorescent light tubes. Hido would try to nail Kanemura with a lariat, but Kanemura would catch Hido and roll him up for the victory. The Apache Army would not be done with Kanemura though as Hido and Kasai along with Takashi Sasaki, GENTARO, Shinjuku Shark would begin stomping away at Kanemura and then light a chair on fire to reprise Kanemura getting powerbombed into fire in W*ING. Just as they were about to powerbomb Kanemura into the fire, all of a sudden Mammoth Sasaki would rush to the ring and clear house of Hido's Apache Army. Mammoth had just aligned himself with Kanemura and his Apache Army.
Kanemura would go on to challenge for the brand new HUSTLE created title made out of giant golden bat being called the HHH which would stand for the Hustle Hardcore Hero Title Bat on March 18, 2005 at Sumo Hall for HUSTLE-8. Kanemura would take on 6 other men in Masato Tanaka, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Leonardo Spanky, Wataru Sakata, Flying Vampire # 16, Giant Silva, and Dan Bobish in a Hardcore Match. Kanemura would go up against Giant Silva which would not be a wise move due to Silva's height and power. Kanemura would try to even things up with Silva by bringing in a ladder and climbing it to be closer to Silva's height although all it would result in would be Dan Bobish pushing Kanemura off the ladder and sending him into the ropes with the rope getting caught between his legs. Kanemura would help everyone else involved eliminate Giant Silva after he was sent through a table and everyone would jump on him to make the cover and eliminate him. Kanemura would eventually end up going through a table himself after Tanaka would supplex Kanemura off a table into another table with Flying Vampire # 16 on it. Kanemura would eventually end up brawling with Wataru Sakata outside near the entrance way when Sakata would end up tying Kanemura to the chair. Kanemura would be stuck to the chair unable to the move screaming for help with Sakata would bringing out boiling hot sushi to Kanemura. Sakata would try shoving it down Kanemura's mouth but Kanemura would close his mouth each time causing it to land on his face. After the third time and the hot juices dripping on Kanemura's face it would be enough for Kanemura who would finally give up and be eliminated. Masato Tanaka would eventually win the match after last eliminating Flying Vampire # 16 to win the HHH Title Bat.
Due to the vacancy of the WMG Tag Team Titles after Kanemura and Hido had split, both wrestlers would have a shot at winning back the titles on April 16, 2005 at Korakuen Hall. Kanemura would choose Tomohiro Ishii as his partner, where as Hido would choose Tetsuhiro Kuroda as his partner. It would be Hido to score the upset pinfall over Tomohiro Ishii though, as Hido and Kuroda would end up walking away from the show the brand new WMG Tag Team Champions.
Kintaro Kanemura would team up with Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Mammoth Sasaki on April 17, 2005 at the Tokyo Differ Ariake for a benefit show for Sabu entitled "WE LOVE SABU". The show would go towards paying for Sabu's hospital bills with both Kanemura and Mr. Gannosuke who have heat with each other that caused the WMF group to split with the Apache Army to put their differences aside and help book the show. Kanemura's team would face off against the team of Masato Tanaka, Minoru Fujita, and Ikuto Hidaka in the main event. Kanemura would start off the match right away against Tanaka with Tanaka getting the early advantage with a running elbow at Kanemura. Both Kanemura and Tanaka would begin to brawl outside on the ramp where Tanaka would end up backflipping Kanemura onto the ramp. Kanemura's lack of success against his rival would continue in the match as Tanaka would eventually get the winning pinfall over Kanemura with the Bullet Elbow for the victory for his Zero-One MAX team to end the show. Afterwards, the entire roster of the show would come out a long with Sabu and have a beer bash in honor of Sabu as they would all do Sabu's trademark point to the sky to end the show.
Kanemura would again challenge for the Hustle Hardcore Hero Title Bat on May 10, 2005 at the Niigata City Gym in a Hardcore Battle Royal against champion Masato Tanaka, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Demon Spider, Monster C, and the Piranha Monster at HUSTLE-9. Although an alliance would form in the match with Kuroda despite their differences against the Demon Spider. Kanemura would once again fall to rival Masato Tanaka after Tanaka would deliver a Death Valley Driver off the top rope through two tables to eliminate Kanemura and eventually go on to win and defend his HHH Hardcore Bat.
Kanemura would then take on his long time friend Hido at the Riki Pro show on June 5, 2005 at Korakuen Hall in a Lumberjack Death Match. Both Kanemura and Hido would be quick to begin dueling chairs at one another with Hido winning and smashing a chair over Kanemura's head. Hido would have the early advantage in the match, but Kanemura would come back delivering a hurricanrana to his former friend. Hido would be the first one up after it though and as a result would manage to throw Kanemura outside the ring. Takashi Sasaki & GENTARO would take the opportunity to swing away before the other lumberjacks the likes of Tomohiro Ishii, Dick Togo, Yoshihito Sasaki and Ichiro Yaguchi would manage to stop them. Kanemura would be sent back in the ring and Hido would continue beating on Kanemura. Hido would grab the chair again and although Kanemura would attempt to fight back, Hido would smash the chair over Kanemura's head. Hido would then clothesline Kanemura causing both to flip over the top rope. Sasaki and GENTARO would go after Kanemura again but Togo, Yoshihito Sasaki, Ishii, and Yaguchi would try to calm things down but Dick Togo could not resist taking punches at Hido himself before both Kanemura and Hido would go back in the ring. Kanemura would attempt to deliver a powerbomb to Hido, but before managing to get him up at the exact same time Takashi Sasaki & GENTARO would hit flying dropkicks to Kanemura. The bloody Kanemura and Hido would again begin headbutting each other with Hido getting a cheap shot punch to the face knocking Kanemura down, but Kanemura would quickly get up and deliver a spin kick to Hido with both men falling to the ground. Hido would get up first and attempt to clothesline Kanemura, but Kanemura would manage to duck Hido and grab him by the back and deliver a German Suplex followed by a Roaring Elbow to Hido for again another two count. Kanemura would go for another senton, but this time Hido would make it to his feet and deliver a supplex off the turnbuckle on Kanemura. Kanemura would manage to kick out, and would also manage to move out of the way when Hido would attempt a moonsault. Kanemura would attempt an Asai Moonsault off the middle rope, but Hido would also manage to move out of the way and get up to deliver a lariat to Kanemura. Hido would fail to get the cover, and when attempting another lariat but Kanemura would again dodge it and this time deliver several rolling German Suplexs to Hido, followed by a Thunder Fire Powerbomb, and then the Baku YAMA Senton Special to Hido to score the victory over his former long time friend. Kanemura would pick up Hido and even before he could offer his hand out in friendship Hido would deliver a kick to the stomach with the Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Sasaki, and GENTARO rushing in the ring to stomp away at him with the rest of the lumberjacks having to make the save for Kanemura.
Kanemura and Hido's feud would continue once again on June 8, 2005 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym for Big Japan as Kanemura would team up with Daisuke Sekimoto to take on Hido and GENTARO in a Hardcore Street Fight with Hido and Kanemura once again going at it with Hido getting the pinfall victory over Sekimoto for the win.
Kanemura would team up with Dick Togo on June 19, 2005 at the Chiba Blue Field for the Kintaro Kanemura Festival against Takashi Sasaki and GENTARO when Kanemura would pin Sasaki with the Gedo Clutch for the win.
Kanemura would end up suffering a serious knee injury on July 3, 2005 at the Wakayama Prefectural Gym while teaming with Asian Cougar against Takashi Sasaki and Jun Kasai in a Barricade Death Match. Cougar would end up have to finishing the match as Kanemura would be hobbling around and not be able to do much but Cougar would end up delivering his Sky Canal on Sasaki to get the win. Kanemura would get his knee looked at and he would have to miss three months as a result of the injury.
After Hido and Jun Kasai would defeat Takashi Sasaki and GENTARO would win the main event on August 5, 2005 at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring, Hido would call out Kanemura to the ring. Hido would offer Kanemura a reconciliation between the two with Kanemura accepting it. The two would agree to reunite as just one Apache Army
Kanemura would return to the ring after missing three months to wrestle at the Apache Army October 2, 2005 Korakuen Hall show teaming up with Hido and Hi69 to face Toshiaki Kawada, Tomoaki Honma, and Taichi Ishikari. It would be the first time that Kanemura would be in the same ring against the former All Japan Triple Crown Champion. Kanemura and Kawada's exchanges would be the hottest part of the match with Kanemura going toe to toe with Kawada as far as forearms to the face. Kawada would eventually win the exchange and would eventually put away Kanemura with a hard kick straight to the face to score the victory.
Kanemura would return to Korakuen Hall on October 6, 2005 for Riki Pro teaming up with Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Hido against Riki Choshu, Daisuke Sekimoto, and Takashi Uwano. Kanemura and Choshu would go right at it with their hatred for each other back in full force, but it would not take long for the rest of the Apache Army to interfere with Choshu trying to fight off each member and still manage to put Kanemura in the Scorpion Death Lock before GENTARO would manage to break the move with a flying dropkick. Hido would eventually put away Uwano with a Hido-Chan Bomber for the Apache Army victory. The entire Apache Army of Kanemura, Kuroda, Hido, Mammoth Sasaki, Takashi Sasaki, GENTARO, Jun Kasai, MIYAWAKI, Saburo Inematsu, and Shinjuku Shark would all celebrate the group being back together in a Riki Pro ring.
Kanemura would return to HUSTLE for the HUSTLE-House 10 on October 27, 2005 at Korakuen Hall teaming with Masato Tanaka to take on Giant Silva and Monster C with Kanemura getting the pinfall victory over Monster C with the Baku YAMA Senton Special. After celebrating their victory, Hayabusa's theme would begin to play as Genichiro Tenryu as Big Hayabusa would attack Kanemura and lay out the former FMW wrestlers and challenge Kanemura and Tanaka for the upcoming HustleMania 2005 at the Yokohama Arena on November 3rd. Kanemura and Tanaka would accept the challenge.
Kanemura would make his return the Yokohama Arena on November 3, 2005 to team with Masato Tanaka for HustleMania 2005 to challenge Genichiro Tenryu and Tadao Yasuda for the HUSTLE Super Tag Team Titles as Tanaka and Kanemura would put up their best fight but would be no match for the older veterans as Tenryu would manage to put away Kanemura with the 53 Years Old for the victory and to win the HUSTLE Super Tag Team Titles.
Kanemura would team up with Masato Tanaka and Tetsuhiro Kuroda on November 23, 2005 against the Sasaki team consisting of Mammoth Sasaki, Takashi Sasaki, and Yoshihito Sasaki in a Barbed wire Board Street Fight. Mammoth would be the Sasaki to eventually fall as Kanemura would put him away with a Baku YAMA Senton Special on the Barbed wire Board to get the victory.
Kanemura would team up with fellow Apache Army members Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Hido, and Saburo Inematsu for Big Japan's December 21, 2005 show at the Yokohama Bunka Gym against the foreign wrestlers Mad Man Pondo, MASADA, Jayson Ray, and Mad Dog with Inematsu getting the pinfall victory over Mad Dog for the Apache Army team. Takashi Sasaki would denounce his alliance with the Apache Army and would siding with the Big Japan team.
Kanemura and Tanaka would team up one more time
to end 2005 for the HUSTLE-House Christmas Special at Korakuen Hall on December
25, 2005. Kanemura and Tanaka would defeat the team of Wataru Sakata and Ryoji
Sai when Tanaka would pin Sai with the Superfly Splash.
Kanemura would take the last week of 2005 off to rest his body for the upcoming 2006 year. Kanemura would spend the final week of 2005 with his sister and his nephew and reflect on the year that he lost his father in, and suffered his knee injury that caused him to be out of action for three months.
Kanemura would open up 2006 teaming with Takashi Sasaki and Hido against the Big Japan team of Abdullah Kobayashi, Ryuji Ito, and Naoki Numazawa for Big Japan's January 2, 2006 show at Korakuen Hall. Sasaki who had been booked for the match before his decision to leave the Apache Army group would argue with Kanemura and Hido throughout the match but would be able to pin Numazawa with a D-Geist to a barbed wire bat to Numazawa's face in a Barbed wire Texas Tornado Death Match as the rivalry between Takashi Sasaki and the Apache Army was now under way.
Kanemura would return to the Tokyo Dome for only the third time in his career with Masato Tanaka and Hido both making their first appearance in the building facing the CTU team of Jushin Thunder Liger and former Team No Respect members Jado and Gedo on January 4, 2006 for New Japan's Tokyo Dome show. Kanemura, Tanaka, and Hido would quickly make the match in their favor by taking it to the outside and making the match become a brawl. Jado and Gedo would return to their FMW roots for the match, but Jushin Liger would have to adapt to a style of wrestling that he was not use to. Kanemura would eventually put away Jado with the Baku YAMA Senton Special for the victory to embarrass the CTU group as the rivalry between the Apache Army and CTU had just been started.
The Apache Army and CTU rivalry would continue the next day on January 5, 2006 at Korakuen Hall for the Riki Pro. Kanemura would team up with Hido to face off against Jado and Gedo. Jado would end up catching Kanemura in the Crossface of JADO, but GENTARO would end making the save by delivering a flying dropkick to help break the move. Hido would not be so lucky though as he would end up being nailed with a Super Powerbomb and then Jado would place the Crossface of JADO on Hido while Gedo would take down Kanemura to prevent him from making the save as Hido would be force to tap for the CTU getting their revenge over the Apache Army, but it would not be the end of the two groups rivalry.
Kanemura would team up with Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Saburo Inematsu against Ryuji Ito, Takashi Sasaki, and Naoki Numazawa on January 27, 2006 at the Kawasaki City Gym in a Big Japan vs. Apache Army Double Ring Scaffold Spidernet Death Match with the Big Japan team coming out on top after Ito would deliver a Dragon Splash off the scaffold into the ring on Inematsu for the victory.
The Apache Army along with their feud with the CTU would feud with the Big Japan group due to Takashi Sasaki's dislike for the Apache Army and his friendship with the Big Japan wrestlers so Ryuji Ito and Daisuke Sekimoto would team with Sasaki against Kanemura, Hido, and GENTARO on January 15, 2006 at the Chiba Blue Field with the Big Japan getting the victory after Sasaki would finish Hido with the Right Leg Hold to make him tap. The Apache Army was now about to begin two separate wars with two different promotions.
The Apache Army consisting of Kanemura, Kuroda, GENTARO, and Hido would invade the New Japan Office on January 26, 2006 with Kanemura challenging Yuji Nagata to a match and officially declaring war on CTU and Jushin Thunder Liger. Nagata would turn down the challenge with Kanemura stating he was a celebrity now.
Kanemura would team up with Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Saburo Inematsu against Ryuji Ito, Takashi Sasaki, and Naoki Numazawa on January 27, 2006 at the Kawasaki City Gym in a Big Japan vs. Apache Army Double Ring Scaffold Spidernet Death Match with the Big Japan team coming out on top after Ito would deliver a Dragon Splash off the scaffold into the ring on Inematsu for the victory.
Kanemura would team up with Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Hido against Jushin Thunder Liger, Jado, and Gedo on January 28, 2006 at Korakuen Hall in New Japan with the match ending in a no contest after Kanemura and Gedo would both attack the referee for getting in the way.
Kanemura would team up with Saburo Inematsu to take on Dick Togo and Hi69 on February 5, 2006 at the Chiba Blue Field with Togo delivering a diving senton on Inematsu for the win. Kanemura would leave the ring thinking it would be his only match on the show, but that would not be the case as the main event match of Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Mammoth Sasaki, and GENTARO against Ryuji Ito, Takashi Sasaki, Daisuke Sekimoto would see MIYAWAKI interfering and turning on the Apache Army to help Takashi Sasaki's team win with Sasaki getting the pinfall victory over his former tag team partner. The Apache Army had just lost a member to the enemy and Kanemura was out to issue a challenge to Sasaki, Ito, Sekimoto, MIYAWAKI, and Katsumasa Inoue against Kanemura, Kuroda, Mammoth, Hi69, and Saburo Inematsu but once again Takashi Sasaki's group would come out on top after Sasaki would deliver a Right Trail to Inematsu for the victory.
Kanemura has one of the best sense of humors in the wrestling business, he is known as someone who can make you laugh hysterically, is willing to give his body for a good match, and has one of the biggest hearts. Since wrestling for just about every promotion since FMW closed, he is now known as the Boss of the Indies, and is given much respect by all his working piers. Despite the humor and heart Kanemura brings, he also demands to be heard, and once flicked a lit cigarette in TAKA Michinoku's face for not shutting up. Kanemura is one of the hardest workers in the business, and for every match he's in, he'll show the fans his humor, guts, and heart in every match he's in for his love of professional wrestling.
The Apache Army promotion would return to Korakuen Hall for the first time in over 6 months on April 14, 2006 as the Apache Army would continue its battle with New Japan's CTU, this time with the Apache Army having the home crowd cheering them on. Jushin Thunder Liger would make short work of Hido in their match, but afterwards a brawl would culminate with Kanemura and Kuroda issuing a challenge for a 6 man main event with Kanemura, Kuroda, and Hido taking on Jushin Thunder Liger, Jado, and Gedo in a Street Fight. Kanemura, Kuroda, and Hido would all end up being bloody during the fight between Liger and the former FMW tag team, but Kanemura would finally one up CTU as Kanemura would pin Gedo with the Thunder Fire Powerbomb for the victory with the entire Apache Army celebrating afterwards with the win.
Kintaro Kanemura afterwards would regain his focus on the war that Takashi Sasaki was causing within the Apache Army as a singles match would be set between the two on June 4, 2006 at the Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring in a Lumberjack Death Match. Sasaki would end up scoring the upset victory after Hido would turn on Kanemura during the match and help Sasaki get the upper hand victory over the Apache leader. There was now a war within Apache along with having feuds with New Japan and Big Japan.
Kanemura would then head to the Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring on June 16, 2006 for NOSAWA's promoted show that would sell out the building. Kanemura would face in what might be his last ever match in Japan in Sabu. It would be the first time the two would be going up against each other since November 20, 1998 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym. The match would have the same result though as Kanemura would begin bleeding easily from the day before, and after several dives assisted by chairs, Sabu would put away Kanemura with an Atomic Arabian Facebuster for the win.
Kanemura would team up with Masato Tanaka and Tomoaki Honma at the Saitama Super Arena for the June 17, 2006 HUSTLE-Aid show to take on Buh Buh Ray, D-Von, and Spike Dudley. Kanemura and Tanaka would do the TNR Dance while Honma would be doing push ups as their introductions. Buh Buh and Kanemura would go at it weapons would be brought into the match very quickly. Kanemura's forehead would be shredded by the cheese grader causing Kanemura to bleed all over. D-Von would come again and deliver a clothesline to the bloody Kanemura. Kanemura would end up making the tag to Tanaka, and Buh Buh Ray would end up coming back in, but Tanaka would bring his weapon and smash it over Buh Buh's head. Honma would be tagged in and deliver a supplex to Buh Buh Ray, but D-Von would make his way back in the ring, and Honma would end up getting nailed with the 3D and covered by D-Von for a victory for Team 3D.
Kintaro Kanemura, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Jun Kasai, and GENTARO representing the Apache Army would team up to take on Takashi Sasaki, Hido, Hi69, and mystery partner TAKA Michinoku who would be revealed as the mastermind behind Sasaki's new group on June 25, 2006 at the Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring with the Apache Army getting the victory after Kanemura would pin Hi69 with the Human Torch for the win.
Kanemura would face off against Toshiaki Kawada for only the second time in his career on on July 11, 2006 at Korakuen Hall for HUSTLE House-17. Kanemura would team with TAJIRI faced off against Toshiaki Kawada and Monster C in Kanemura's first main event of a HUSTLE show. Kanemura mostly went up against Monster C including putting him through a table, where as TAJIRI went up against Kawada most of the time. Both TAJIRI and Kawada exchanged their hard kicks, with Kawada coming up on top after pinning TAJIRI with a hard kick for the pin.
Genichiro Tenryu would promote his last WAR show on July 27, 2006 at Korakuen Hall. Kanemura and GENTARO would team up to face off against Jado and Gedo in a Apache vs. CTU match. Jado and GENTARO would start the match off with GENTARO taking the match to the outside after hitting an Asai Moonsault on Jado. Jado would bring the match back inside the ring and deliver a German Supplex on GENTARO before following up by placing him in the Crossface of JADO. Kanemura would make the save and would eventually go at it with Gedo as Gedo would deliver a hurricanrana to Kanemura. Kanemura would eventually get rid of Gedo out of the ring, and begin setting up several chairs in the ring. It would eventually turn out to be a mistake as Kanemura would get thrown off the top rope into the chairs by Jado. Jado and Gedo would then setup GENTARO for the old Fuyuki Super Powerbomb spot with Jado delivering the powerbomb off the top rope on GENTARO. Jado would then place Kanemura in the Crossface of JADO as Gedo would deliver the Superfly Frog Splash on GENTARO and score the pinfall victory.
Kintaro Kanemura and Tetsuhiro Kuroda would team up on July 30, 2006 at Korakuen Hall for a CTU promoted show against Jado and Gedo. The Apache Army would continue their slump as Gedo would score the Gedo Clutch on Kuroda for the pinfall with another CTU win over Kanemura and an Apache partner.
Kintaro Kanemura would team with TAJIRI for the second straight HUSTLE-House show at Korakuen Hall on August 8, 2006 to face the team of Sodom also known as Mark Jindrak and Commander An Jo (Yoji Anjo) in the main event. Sodom ended up pinning Kanemura with the Mad Dog at 11 minutes, 45 seconds but after the match a big brawl between the HUSTLE Army and the Takada Monster Army took place with Yinling, Naoya Ogawa, and Razor Ramon HG running helping out Kanemura and TAJIRI. The show would end will five of them doing the HUSTLE dance. Kanemura and TAJIRI would team up the next day on August 9, 2006 along with Shinjiro Otani to face Toshiaki Kawada, Giant Vabo (Hiroshi Nagao) and Sodom with Otani hitting a missle kick on Vabo for the win.
Kanemura would team up with Tetsuhiro Kuroda and former All Japan Triple Crown Champion Satoshi Kojima to take on Takashi Sasaki, New Japan's Togi Makabe, and Shiro Koshinaka with TAKA Michinoku as their manager Mr. T who is built up as the man that originated the plan to destroy the Apache Army in a Street Fight Barbed wire Board Death Match on August 28, 2006 at Korakuen Hall. It was the first time in his 15 year career that Kojima would be wrestling in a match with barbed wire involved. Kojima who stated he was nervous going into the match would be the one targeted by Koshinaka and Makabe right away due to being a "death match virgin". Makabe put Kojima through the barbed wire board right away and then followed up by Koshinaka and Makabe delivering a double brainbuster to Kojima causing him to be cut open and start bleeding right away. Everyone but Koshinaka who refused to be put through any barbed wire before the match ended up going through the sharp wire before Kanemura would eventually hit a Super Thunder Fire Powerbomb off the top rope on Sasaki through a barbed wired board for the pinfall victory with Go Ito running in the ring to make the count in an excellent match and most likely the best match in the Apache Army promotion for 2006.
Kanemura would then participate in the 20th HUSTLE House show at Korakuen Hall on September 7, 2006. Although Kanemura would have Naoya Ogawa and Shinjiro Otani as his partners, the competition of former All Japan Triple Crown Champions Toshiaki Kawada and Genichiro Tenryu as well as Commander An Joe would turn out to be too much for Kanemura. Kanemura would take several of Tenryu's hard chops to the chest, followed by the enziguri kick to the head by Kawada before Tenryu would finish off Kanemura with the Bond of Monster.
Kanemura would then resurrect the WEW World Title for the first time in three years to make his match against New Japan's Togi Makabe a title match on September 24, 2006 at Korakuen Hall. Their match would be a Barricade Chain Death Match with Makabe taking full advantage of the stipulation by choking out Kanemura with the chain. Both men bled during the match, but Kanemura's cut was a gusher with blood pouring down his face most of the match. Makabe ended up finishing off Kanemura with three straight lariats to get the victory to win the WEW World Title for New Japan.
Kanemura would gain a small bit of revenge on Togi Makabe on October 21, 2006 at the Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring by teaming up with fellow Apache Army member Mammoth Sasaki to defeat the team of the WEW World Champion Togi Makabe and Daisuke Sekimoto when Kanemura pinned Sekimoto with the Baku YAMA Senton Special . Makabe afterwards announced what most already knew would happen when he revealed that his partner alongside himself and Shiro Koshinaka would be friend Hiroyoshi Tenzan against Kintaro Kanemura, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, and Mammoth Sasaki in a battle of FMW vs. New Japan for November 2nd at Korakuen Hall.
Kanemura would team up with Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Mammoth Sasaki to take on the New Japan team of Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Togi Makabe, and Shiro Koshinaka on November 2, 2006 at Korakuen Hall. Tenzan would go right after Kanemura as the match with all six wrestlers brawling over the building. Tenzan and Kanemura brawl around ringside before Kanemura would get a chance to go at it with Makabe. Things seem to be going the Apache Army way with Mammoth delivering a Mammoth Home Run to Tenzan but Makabe would help save his GHB partner by delivering a lariat to Mammoth. Makabe putting a chain around his arm and delivering a lariat to Mammoth with the chain knocking Mammoth out and allowing Makabe to score the pinfall. Tenzan would deliver the Anaconda Vice on Kanemura preventing him from making the save for Mammoth while Koshinaka held on to Kuroda's leg preventing him from making the save as well as the GBH would come away with the victory. Tenzan would get on the mic and begin taunting the Apache Army crowd calling the Apache Army wrestlers weak and how he has tarnished himself working in a Apache Army ring in front of such filthy fans.
Kintaro Kanemura challenged for the WEW World Title by facing Togi Makabe at New Japan's LOCK UP show on November 18, 2006 at the Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. Kanemura would be triple teamed early in the as Makabe ended up having help from Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano who interfered for Makabe and cut Kanemura up badly. Kanemura would fight back, but he odds were too much as Makabe would end up putting Kanemura away a knee drop. Makabe would insult the Apache Army fans after the match but Tetsuhiro Kuroda hitting the ring to make the save for Kanemura in a missed opportunity at bringing home the WEW World Title.
Kanemura would then face off against friend Tetsuhiro Kuroda on December 16, 2006 at the Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring with Kuroda getting the win with a Dragon Suplex for the right to face off against Makabe for the next chance to win the WEW World Title.
Togi Makabe would issue a challenge to Mammoth Sasaki to show up at New Japan's January 27, 2007 Korakuen Hall show with Mammoth accepting but he would bring Kanemura along side with him. Kanemura and Mammoth would interfere in a match pitting Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Togi Makabe against Masahiro Chono and Giant Bernard with Kanemura and Mammoth attacking Makabe during the match with Kanemura using scissors to cut open Makabe badly. It would allow Chono an easy chance to put away the bloody Makabe as Kanemura had left his mark on the WEW World Champion Makabe.
Kintaro Kanemura would team up with Satoshi Kojima and Daisuke Sekimoto for a big Apache Army show on January 31, 2007 at the Nagoya Rainbow Hall Sub Arena against Toshiaki Kawada, Mammoth Sasaki, and Yoshihito Sasaki with Kawada nailing a low kick on Sekimoto for the pinfall in the disappointing attendance wise show.
Kintaro Kanemura and Tetsuhiro Kuroda would team up to take on the team of Togi Makabe and Takashi Sasaki in a Barbed wire Spider Net Captain Falls Death Match with Kanemura and Makabe being the captains for their team on February 2, 2007 at Korakuen Hall. Kanemura would take many blows during the match including being powerbombed onto a barbed wire board, as well as dropped on the barbed wire from his stomach, and his forehead sliced open from the barbed wire but Kanemura would end up making a come back on the bloody as well Makabe and scoring the pinfall by delivering a Death Valley Bomb on the spider net barbed wire on Makabe for the pinfall victory for the Apache Army win.
Kanemura and Kuroda would not fair the same success just two days later for New Japan's LOCK UP Korakuen Hall show on February 4, 2007 as Yano would score the pinfall on Kuroda. Makabe would end up retaining the WEW World Title against Mammoth Sasaki in the main event with Makabe mocking the Apache Army afterwards causing Kanemura to hit the ring and attack Makabe. Kanemura would grab the mic and state that he will kill Makabe if given another chance at him.
Kanemura would then team up with Daisuke Sekimoto
to take on Mammoth Sasaki and Tetsuhiro Kuroda on April 29, 2007 at the Tokyo
Shin-Kiba 1st Ring that would end up being a thirty minute time limit. A rematch
would be then made, with the wrestler getting the pinfall getting the next shot
at Makabe's WEW World Title. The rematch would take place on May 26, 2007 at the
Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring with Kanemura and Sekimoto once again going to a thirty
minute time limit draw with Mammoth and Kuroda.
Another match would be set for June 10, 2007 at the Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring, this time Kanemura would team up with Kuroda to face Mammoth and Sekimoto under Hardcore Rules, and this time Kanemura would get the pinfall victory over Mammoth with a lariat to earn himself another shot at bringing back the WEW World Title to the Apache Army.
Kintaro Kanemura would get one final shot at the WEW World Title on June 24, 2007 at Korakuen Hall challenging Togi Makabe for the title. The match would start with Makabe busting Kanemura open early. Kanemura would begin to bleed everywhere and Makabe worked on the cut by delivering multiple headbutts. Kanemura would fight back, cutting open Makabe himself. A bloody Makabe would then bring his signature chain into the match and begin to choke out Kanemura with it. Makabe would try everything that had put away Kanemura and the rest of the Apache Army wrestlers before, but this time Kanemura would manage to kick out of everything thrown at him. Makabe would deliver the King Kong Knee Drop and the lariat with a chain wrapped around his arm. Kanemura would manage to kick out to escape and kick out. Kanemura would gain control of the match after kicking Makabe low and eventually deliver a death valley driver to Makabe that Makabe would barely kick out of. Kanemura would then bring chairs into the ring and deliver another death valley driver with Makabe's head landing straight on the chairs to give Kanemura the pinfall victory for Kanemura to become the WEW World Champion for the fourth time. A very upset Makabe would not take the loss graciously and would begin to attack Kanemura after the match until Mammoth Sasaki would run in for the save. Kanemura and Mammoth Sasaki would embrace after the match and Kanemura would announce that Mammoth Sasaki would get the next shot at the WEW World Title. Kanemura had finally gained revenge on Togi Makabe once and for all.
The Apache Army promotion would return to Korakuen Hall on July 20, 2007 as Kanemura would team up with Masato Tanaka to take on the team of Mammoth Sasaki and Kohei Sato with both Sato and Mammoth delivering hard hits to Kanemura with Sato delivering a German Suplex, Mammoth hitting a lariat, followed by Mammoth nailing the 29 Years old on Kanemura for the win.
Kanemura would never get a chance to defend the WEW Title against Mammoth as he would have to defend the title against GBH's Toru Yano at LOCK UP's July 29, 2007 Korakuen Hall show with Yano delivering the Oni Koroshi for the win to bring back the WEW World Title to the GBH group after just being with the Apache Army for a month.
A knee injury would sideline Kanemura in August causing him to miss Apache Army, HUSTLE, and Big Japan shows in the mean time. Kanemura would return to Korakuen Hall on September 23, 2007 as he would defend the Apex of Triangle title with Masao Orihara and Dick Togo that was won back in 2002 against Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Daisuke Sekimoto, and Hi69 with Togo hitting the Diving Senton to score the pinfall on Hi69 to defend the titles. Mammoth Sasaki would end up bringing back the WEW World Title to the Apache Army later in the show as he would defeat Toru Yano for the title.
A serious injury to Apache Army wrestler Hi69 would take place that result in the Apache Army promotion holding a Hi69 AID show on November 12, 2007 at the Tokyo Shin-Kiba 1st Ring with Kintaro Kanemura teaming up with Kohei Sato and TAKA Michinoku to face Masato Tanaka, Mammoth Sasaki, and Daisuke Sekimoto with Tanaka nailing Kanemura with the Sliding D for the win.
Kanemura would team up with Tetsuhiro Kuroda and GENTARO to face off against the team of Riki Choshu, Shiro Koshinaka, and Super Strong Machine in a Apache vs. Legend match as Kanemura would get another chance at Riki Choshu after their several year feud on November 24, 2007 at LOCK UP's Korakuen Hall show, but once again Choshu would wind up on top after hitting GENTARO with a lariat for the win for the Legend team.
Kanemura would return to Korakuen Hall on December 30, 2007 teaming up with Kengo Mashimo to take on Tetsuhiro Kuroda and KAZMA with Kanemura getting a facekick on KAZMA to score the victory. Although Kanemura would end up getting the victory with a kick, another type of kick would end up doing much more damage to Kanemura the very next day. Hido would also end up making his return for the first time in two years after liver damage to help out the Apache Army at the end of the show clear out the ring of Togi Makabe and Tomohiro Ishii although the feud between Makabe and the Apache Army would pretty much finally be over after over a year of feuding.
Kintaro Kanemura and Tetsuhiro Kuroda who had began wrestling under mask for the HUSTLE promotion as Kintaman and Kurodaman would face off against the former Aja Kong known as Erica and Ryouji Sai on December 31, 2007 at the Saitama Super Arena for the HUSTLE Festival show in a Dynamite Hardcore Hustle Weapons Match One of the weapons for the Erica and Ryouji Sai team would be Mirko Cro Crop would march to the ring enter the ring and deliver a severe unprotected kick to the back of the head of Kanemura, the kick would be so hard that the back of his skull would be broken. Kanemura would be knocked out and Erica would pick up the pinfall win as a result. Kanemura would then travel to Korakue Hall for a Pro Wrestling Summit show later in the same day to participate at the Pro-Wrestling Summit New Years Eve show. But Kanemura would be found backstage with his eyes still open while snoring. The serious injury would cause Kanemura to not be allowed to wrestle on the show as Kanemura would pick Kuroda to replace him. Kanemura would be taken to the hospital afterwards with the the diagnosis being Kanemura had bleeding of the brain due to the kick, but Kanemura would check himself out of the hospital the next day
Kanemura would insist that he was capable of wrestling for Big Japan's January 2, 2008 Korakuen Hall but the Big Japan office would refuse to allow him due to the injury.
Kanemura would be able to convince the bookers for the Team Vader show that he was booked for as he would make his return to the ring on January 5, 2008 at the Tokyo Differ Ariake wearing a head bandage during his match with Mammoth Sasaki against Arashi and Yutaka Yoshie for a Team Vader show, the injury would come into play during the match although the wrestlers would obviously take care of Kanemura during the match, not doing much with him, with Arashi getting the pinfall on Kanemura who was still obviously showing signs of injury. Kanemura would be holding his head after the match, but seemed to be fine shortly afterwards.
Kanemura would then team up with Takashi Sasaki who had returned on the side of the Apache Army, Shadow WX, and Masao Orihara against Togi Makabe, Tomohiro Ishii, and the newest members of the GBH Jado and Gedo for LOCK UP's January 13, 2008 Korakuen Hall show inside a Steel Cage for a Death Match. Takashi Sasaki would be busted open early into the match with Gedo biting at his forehead to draw blood nearly right away but Sasaki would do his best to assist his team by bringing a table into the steel cage and set Tomohiro Ishii on the table and hold it while Kintaro Kanemura would come splashing off the top turnbuckle through the table. Togi Makabe would begin the comeback for his team as he would take a piece of the broken off table and smash it over his former partner Takashi Sasaki's head and Tomohiro Ishii would soon follow with delivering a Brainbuster off the top turnbuckle onto Kanemura's injured skull for the pinfall victory for the New Japan team.
Kintaro Kanemura's life would then be forever
changed on January 20, 2008 as he would arrive to the Chiba Blue Field for a Big
Japan show drunk on sake. Backstage Kanemura would go up to a young woman who
worked for Big Japan sending out newsletter e-mails to the Big Japan fans.
Kanemura in front of other wrestlers backstage would grab a hold of her and
begin rubbing her vagina through her pants while talking dirty to her in her ear
with the Big Japan wrestlers watching and not doing anything that they were
seeing. Kanemura would finally let go of her and would go to wrestle on the show
Kanemura would team up with young Apache Army wrestler Yusaku Obata as they
would defeat the team of GENTARO and Toshihiro Sueyoshi with Kanemura getting
the pinfall over Sueyoshi with the Death Valley Bomb. Kanemura's actions earlier
would not go unpunished though. The woman would go up to Big Japan booker Tosaka
and complain about what Kanemura had done to her. Tosaka would initially blow
her off, but she would threaten to go public if something was not done
immediately for Kanemura's actions. Tosaka would tell her that it would not be
good for anyone if she was to go public.
An e-mail would be sent out on February 18, 2008 to all the Big Japan fans that are newsletter receivers stating Kanemura what had done to the woman back on January 20th. Once Tosaka would hear about the woman going public, he would bad mouth the woman for going public to the Big Japan fans and defend Kanemura for his actions. That would cause the Big Japan fans to become irate with Tosaka as Tosaka would quickly have to backtrack and Tosaka would apologize for taking Kanemura's side and would then suspend Kanemura on February 19th from Big Japan for his actions.
With the incident going public and mainstream news stations picking up the story the Apache Army promotion would announce that they also would be suspending their leader indefinitely with him being taken off their upcoming February 22, 2008 show.
Kintaro Kanemura would hold a press conference on
February 20, 2008 along side with Tetsuhiro Kuroda by his side apologizing for
the entire incident. Kanemura would state the following: "I'm sorry for
having caused such a disturbance. I apologize for having started by my acts the
problem to Big Japan, all Apache members, and you the fans of the professional
wrestling community. Number one, I wish above all to apologize from the bottom
of my heart to the woman who was damaged by the act. I'm sorry. I want to
extensively accept responsibility and to apologize from the bottom of my heart.
I will exercise self-control in active participation of professional wrestling
until this problem solves itself. All my matches in all organizations are
cancelled. Although there is no telling whether I can meet my victim in the
future, I want to apologize, no matter what form it may be. Even if it becomes
that there is a formal criminal accusation, I will accept it obediently."
Tetsuhiro Kuroda would also apologize for the incident during the press
The Apache Army would hold their February 22, 2008 Shin-Kiba 1st Ring show with Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Takashi Sasaki and Mammoth Sasaki talking to the audience afterwards apologizing for what Kanemura had done. They would announce that the Apache Army promotion would be shutting down as Kanemura was one of the main backers financially of the promotion.
Kanemura would end up settling out of court on
March 2, 2008 to avoid going to trial for his actions of sexual harassment. The
settlement would eventually lead to Kanemura getting a chance to talk to the
woman on March 11, 2008 and a reconciliation between the two would take place.
All promotions would cancel bookings with Kanemura as no promotion would want the negative feedback of having Kanemura on their shows until Masao Orihara would take the risk on his friend.
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