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.
Before that though, Kanemura would once again work under the ring name W*ING Kanemura 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 in a Barbed wire Spider net Nail Board Lights Out Death Match with Kanemura losing to Matsunaga.
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. Misawa would promote a Fuyuki retirement match and celebration on April 14, 2002 in which Kanemura would be right beside his friend during the retirement 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. 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, but 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.
Kanemura would appear for Kodo Fuyuki's WEW show on May 5, 2002 at Kawasaki Stadium and would wrestle Pro-Wrestling NOAH's Vader, and while Kanemura was basically squashed in his semi-main event match, he was able to attend a 10 bell salute for friend Kodo Fuyuki's career along as he along with Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Biomonster DNA, and Chocoball Mukai would become full time WEW workers. But tragedy strike for all former FMW workers as on May 16, 2002 it was announced that FMW owner Shoichi Arai had committed suicide in Tokyo. A ceremony for Shoichi Arai would be held for Arai at the next WEW show on May 27, 2002 at Korakuen Hall. Kanemura along with other WEW members as well as former FMW members attended the ceremony for the show in which they honored a picture of Shoichi Arai flowers and a 10 bell salute to once owner of FMW. Kanemura would team with Kuroda for the main event of the show to wrestle his rival Sanshiro Takagi and Dick Togo, as Togo would turn on Takagi setting up Kanemura to get the pin on Takagi with a singles match between the two coming up very soon in DDT.
In a match for both the DDT Iron man Heavy Metal Championship and the DDT KO-D titles, Kanemura would wrestle Sanshiro Takagi in a Double Titles match at the DDT May 31, 2002 show and Kanemura would end up walking way holder of both belts after Takagi would suffer an injury during the match and Kanemura would get the win. Kanemura would end up losing the Iron man Heavy Metal title after being pinned in his sleep by friend Chocoball Mukai on June 6, 2002.
Kanemura would then team up with Tetsuhiro Kuroda and challenge Shinjiro Otani and Masato Tanaka for the NWA Intercontinental Tag Team titles on June 29, 2002 when Otani would pin Kanemura to defend the Tag titles.
The next day at Korakuen Hall on June 30, 2002 at an WEW show, Sanshiro Takagi would get his revenge on Kanemura after Takagi and TAKA Michinoku would defeat Kanemura and Tetsuhiro Kuroda after Takagi would finally get his pinfall victory over Kanemura. After the match, Kanemura and Kuroda would break up their friendship but would still team up at Zero One's July 7, 2002 show and would end up losing to Kohei Sato and Ryouji Sai after Sato would pin Kuroda. Kuroda and Kanemura would team up once again on the same day at a Big Japan Korakuen Hall show after beating Ryuji Yamakawa and Shadow WX with Kanemura pinning his former tag partner and friend Yamakawa with a Powerbomb to win.
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.
In his first Fire Festival tournament match Kanemura would take on the newly renamed King Joe better known as Samoa Joe 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 him 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.
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.
Kanemura would team up with Masao Orihara on October 23, 2002 at Korakuen Hall against the team of Kamikaze and Tomohiro Ishii with Orihara getting the win after pinning Ishii as both of Kanemura's opponents would turn out to be long time rivalries for Kanemura in the upcoming years.
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.
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 & 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 & 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.
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.
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