Tetsuhiro Kuroda was born in Hakodate City, Hokkaido Japan on November 23, 1971.
Kuroda would join the newly created Pro Wrestling Crusaders promotion in January 1993 where he would train in their Dojo before making his debut against former W*ING wrestler Hideki Hosaka on March 18, 1993. The PWC promotion would minimize soon after forcing Kuroda to leave and join the FMW Dojo.
Kuroda's debut match in FMW would be teaming Masato Tanaka in a losing effort on October 15, 1993 in Kawagoe against two other former PWC wrestlers in Masaru Toi and Dark Ranger with Toi pinning Kuroda in the opening match. Kuroda would work in the opening match a majority of the time facing the likes of Masaru Toi, Dark Ranger, Katsuji Ueda, and Koji Nakagawa.
Kuroda would get his first career victory on November 23, 1993
over Gosaku Goshogawara who had just made his debut earlier in the week. Kuroda would get his biggest
win of his career at the time in the opening match in front of 54,000 people at Kawasaki Stadium on May 5, 1994 when he
would defeat Goshogawara.
In 1994, Kuroda would form a friendship with fellow FMW opening card wrestler Masato Tanaka and the two would team on many different shows. Their biggest win together would come on September 7, 1994 at the Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center against Koji Nakagawa & Gosaku Goshogawara when Tanaka would pin Goshogawara. The next show on September 17, 1994 would be followed up by Masato Tanaka again defeating Kuroda in the opening match.
The W*ING group who had been feuding throughout most of 1994 against the FMW group would promote their own show on January 17, 1995 and to embarrass Atsushi Onita, the ace of the promotion, they would book him in the opening match of the show against Kuroda for the opening match of the show. Kuroda would not stand a chance against Onita, and would get very little offense before being easily defeated by Onita with the Sharpshooter for the win.
Tetsuhiro Kuroda would team up with Masato Tanaka and Gosaku Goshogawara on March 30, 1995 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym show to face the W*ING team of The Gladiator, Yukihiro Kanemura, and Mitsuhiro Matsunaga and the young FMW wrestlers would not stand a chance against the W*ING team and be defeated rather easily after The Gladiator would pin Goshogawara.
Tetsuhiro Kuroda would wrestle in the second match in front of the biggest crowd of his career on May 5, 1995 at Kawasaki Stadium in front one of the biggest crowds he would ever compete in front of in 58,000 fans that had came to see the end of the Atsushi Onita ran FMW with Onita retiring. Kuroda would lose to Atsushi Onita's personal bodyguard outside of wrestling Katsuji Ueda.
Tetsuhiro Kuroda would wrestle in the first match of the New FMW era on May 17, 1995 in Saitama, losing to Koji Nakagawa. FMW would be in rough shape after Atsushi Onita had brought it to such heights and then retired and left it to former FMW preliminary wrestler Eiji Ezaki wrestling as Hayabusa and FMW Women's wrestler Megumi Kudo to keep the promotion alive despite being such a profitable promotion for the year.
The New Generation of FMW would consist of Hayabusa, Katsutoshi Niiyama, Masato Tanaka, Koji Nakagawa, Mach Hayato, and Tetsuhiro Kuroda. Kuroda would still remain in the opening matches for the most part despite the FMW roster being much smaller than the month prior.
July 18, 1995 at Korakuen Hall, Kuroda would face off in the opening match against Mach Hayato with Kuroda making the smaller Hayato submit to a Single Leg Crab. Kuroda would then be entered into the FMW Young Spirit Round Robin Tournament along with Masato Tanaka, W*ING Kanemura, Koji Nakagawa, Hideki Hosaka, and Hido.
Kuroda would first face off against W*ING Kanemura in the Young Spirit Tournament on July 19, 1995 in Fukushima with Kanemura being just too much for the younger inexperienced Kuroda as Kuroda would start off with a loss right off the bat. The next match on July 21, 1995 in Tsunoda would be another failure for Kuroda as he would lose to Hideki Hosaka and his chances of winning the tournament would already be slim. Kuroda would be pretty much eliminated on from the tournament on July 23, 1995 in Miyagi after Koji Nakagawa would put him away. Kuroda would remain the only person in the tournament without a win as Hido would also manage to defeat Kuroda on July 25, 1995 in Fukuoka. Kuroda's last chance at a win in the FMW Young Spirit Tournament would be against Masato Tanaka on July 27, 1995 in Chiba as the two would battle and end up knocking each other both out due to a double elbow smash and not be able to answer the referees ten count to make it back to their feet. Kuroda would end up being rewarded one point for the Double KO finish with Tanaka who would go on to win the tournament by beating Kanemura in the finals.
September 26, 1995 at Korakuen Hall, in a battle of the FMW Young Lions, Kuroda would team with Masato Tanaka and Koji Nakagawa to face W*ING Kanemura, Hideki Hosaka, and Hido with Tanaka getting the pinfall over Kanemura. After the match, five of the six wrestlers would join together in respect with one another with Hido being the only one to not want anything to do with showing any respect towards the FMW wrestlers.
December 21, 1995 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym, Kuroda would go up against Katsutoshi Niiyama and Kuroda would be shown he was still nowhere near the level of a top wrestler in FMW as Niiyama would end up easily putting away Kuroda with the Uranage for the win.
Both Kuroda and Goshogawara would remain the only wrestlers still struggling to make it out of repeated opening matches for FMW. But when Hayabusa would be out due to numerous injuries after a January 10, 1996 Barbed wire Death Match then FMW would give Kuroda his first real push of any sort.
February 23, 1996 at Korakuen Hall, in the main event teaming with Masato Tanaka and Ricky Fuji to face the W*ING team of Mitsuhiro Matsunaga, W*ING Kanemura, and Hido in a War Games Cage Match which would be the first great FMW style match that Kuroda would be able to take part of. Kuroda would hold his own despite being the least experienced in the Street Fight style, and the FMW team would manage to defeat the W*ING team after Tanaka would get the pinfall over Kanemura with the Roaring Elbow.
Kuroda's push would realistically be measured by where Masato Tanaka was on the card though, as Tanaka despite starting four months later than Kuroda, had jumped far past Kuroda as Kuroda continued to work opening matches when not teaming with Tanaka.
Kuroda would be placed in a meaningless match for the biggest show of the year on May 5, 1996 at Kawasaki Stadium by teaming up with Battlarts' Daisuke Ikeda and Shoichi Funaki to face off against Kamikaze, Katsutoshi Niiyama and Wild Shooter with Kuroda losing to Niiyama while Tanaka would work the main event of the show in a Exploding Ring Death Match.
But being friends with Masato Tanaka would also allow him to get a shot at first career title by teaming with Masato Tanaka & Koji Nakagawa to challenge for the FMW 6 Man Street Fight Tag Team Titles that were held by Super Leather & The Headhunters on June 28, 1996 in the main event of Korakuen Hall, and in a bloody street fight, Tanaka would manage to put away Headhunter B for the victory for Kuroda's first ever career title.
September 1, 1996 at the Nagoya City Park, Kuroda would participate in his first Exploding Barbed wire Death Match. Kuroda would team with Masato Tanaka and Koji Nakagawa against the W*ING team of W*ING Kanemura, Hido, and Hideki Hosaka in a Exploding Barbed wire Double Hell Death Match. Kuroda would end up being bloodied and choked by a chain during the match although it wouldn't be as bad as Nakagawa who would get thrown into the exploding barbed wire and then knocked into the exploding barbed wire outside the ring. Tanaka would end up being key to the team as he would take out all the members of W*ING and finish off Hosaka with a Powerbomb for the win.
They would even manage to successfully defend their titles on September 20, 1996 at the Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center, by defeating Terry Funk, The Gladiator, and Horace Boulder after Tanaka would manage to put away Boulder with the Roaring Elbow for the win. The title reign would finally come to an end on November 16, 1996 in Osaka after Hisakatsu Oya & The Headhunters would manage to win the FMW 6 Man Street Fight Titles after Headhunter A would hit a moonsault on Kuroda for the win. Kuroda would not taste gold for almost a year after that.
Kuroda's next big match would come on December 11, 1996 at the Komazawa Olympic Gym by teaming up with Masato Tanaka, the retiring Mr. Pogo, and the returning from retirement Atsushi Onita to face Terry Funk, Hisakatsu Oya, and The Headhunters with Tanaka pinning Headhunter A with the Roaring Elbow for the victory.
Kuroda would get another chance to team with Onita on March 14, 1997 at the Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center for Onita's second match since returning with Masato Tanaka & Koji Nakagawa to face The Gladiator, Hisakatsu Oya, and The Headhunters with Nakagawa this time picking up the win after pinning Oya.
Kuroda would be back down in the undercard for FMW's Yokohama Arena show on April 29, 1997 by teaming with Hayato Nanjyo to face Flying Kid Ichihara and the Crypt Keeper with the Funk Masters of Wrestling team winning after Ichihara would get the pinfall over Nanjyo.
Kuroda would get a big chance on May 8, 1997 and get to face Masato Tanaka in a singles match for the first time in years. Despite all the success Tanaka had over the last couple of years, and their friendship getting Kuroda in high profile matches, Kuroda would manage to take Tanaka to the limit and almost get the victory several times before Tanaka would manage to put away Kuroda with the Roaring Elbow. The respect the two would have for their match would be shown by both wrestlers afterwards.
Tetsuhiro Kuroda would manage to score the biggest win of his career September 28, 1997 at Kawasaki Stadium in front of over 50,000 fans by winning a Royal Rumble to open the show by last eliminating Ricky Fuji and in the process winning a 10,000,000 Yen Check. It would be the beginning to a start of Kuroda's new career, and he would no longer be treated or thought of as an opening card loser using Masato Tanaka's success to further himself.
After the Kawasaki Stadium show, Atsushi Onita would leave the FMW group and
form a new group using the former W*ING members Yukihiro Kanemura, Hido, and
Hideki Hosaka. Tetsuhiro Kuroda would be offered a spot in the group, and would
take full advantage of it to move away from the FMW group that he had so long
been apart of and had little success as a result with, and would be the only
former FMW group member to join Onita's new group ZEN which would be announced
on September 30, 1997.
October 14, 1997 at the Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center, Kuroda would win his first FMW title 4 years after debuting for the promotion as he, Atsushi Onita, and Hido crushed the FMW tag of Hayabusa, Masato Tanaka, and Koji Nakagawa for the FMW 6 Man Street Fight Tag Titles giving ZEN the first victory in their battle against Team FMW.
ZEN would begin to get bigger as the group known as The Funk Masters of Wrestling would split up and members The Gladiator, Mr. Gannosuke, and Hisakatsu Oya would soon join although Oya would make a quick exit from the group and join Team FMW.
Tetsuhiro Kuroda would team with Yukihiro Kanemura, Hido, and Hideki Hosaka on October 21, 1997 at Korakuen Hall and manage to defeat the team of Hayabusa, Jinsei Shinzaki, Masato Tanaka, and Koji Nakagawa with Kuroda again getting the biggest win of his career by pinning his old friend and partner who had shot past him in Masato Tanaka, who was also the reigning FMW Double Titles Champion. Kuroda would be over thrilled at finally getting a pinfall over Tanaka.
Kuroda would face off against former Dojo friend Gosaku Goshogawara under his new name of Mr. Pogo # 2 on November 28, 1997 at Korakuen Hall with Kuroda getting the win with the lariat. Kuroda would demand a shot at the FMW Double Titles due to Kuroda having pinned the champion a month earlier.
Kuroda would be granted a FMW Double Titles shot on December 5, 1997 at Korakuen Hall against Masato Tanaka
and although Kuroda would give Tanaka everything he had, it would just not be
enough to defeat Masato Tanaka in a singles match for the FMW Doubles Titles as
Tanaka would walk away still the FMW Double Titles Champion after defeating
Kuroda with the Roaring Elbow once again.
The ZEN group would change on December 22, 1997 in a 6 man cage match involving Hayabusa, Jinsei Shinzaki, and Masato Tanaka against Atsushi Onita, Mr. Gannosuke, and Yukihiro Kanemura as Hayabusa would pin Onita, Gannosuke and Kanemura had enough of ZEN and attacked Onita and locked him side in the cage and begin to slap and beat on Onita while ZEN members Kuroda and Hosaka tried helping to no avail, former Team FMW member Koji Nakagawa would come in with a chair to get Gannosuke and Kanemura out of the cage. ZEN would turn into a fan favorite group after with the members being ZEN leader Onita, Kuroda, Gladiator, Hosaka, and now Nakagawa while Gannosuke, Kanemura, and Hido would exit the group and form the own group with Fuyuki-gun members Kodo Fuyuki, Jado, and Gedo to form Team No Respect.
ZEN would hold their first promoted show on January 7, 1998 with Onita, Kuroda, and Nakagawa defeating the former ZEN members Gannosuke, Kanemura, and Hido in a
Street Fight after Nakagawa would pin Hido for the ZEN victory.
Kuroda would team with Nakagawa to take on Hayabusa and Masato Tanaka on February 6, 1998 at Korakuen Hall but could not handle the leader on the two top aces of FMW as Hayabusa would pin Kuroda with a Falcon Arrow.
February 19, 1998 at Korakuen Hall, Koji Nakagawa & Tetsuhiro Kuroda would challenge for the FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Titles against Mr. Gannosuke & Yukihiro Kanemura. FMW referee who had been beaten by Team No Respect a week earlier introduced the match while on crutches. But during the match, Go Ito would jump on the apron and smack his crutch against the back of Nakagawa making Gannosuke get the easy pin to retain over ZEN.
This would start the downward trend of ZEN, and the upward trend of Team No Respect would continue on March 13, 1998 at the ZEN promoted Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center show. Atsushi Onita, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Koji Nakagawa and Hideki Hosaka would be ambushed in their match against TNR members Mr. Gannosuke, Yukihiro Kanemura, their mystery partner Horace Boulder, and Hido. TNR would tie Kuroda and Hosaka to the ring post with dog collars and with help from Kodo Fuyuki and Go Ito with his crutch. TNR would beat down Onita and Mr. Gannosuke would be given the pinfall victory over Onita after laying his foot across Onita's body for the pin.
Things would get even worse as Kuroda and The Gladiator would team up on April 30, 1998 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym for FMW's first
Pay Per View against Team No Respect members Super Leather & Horace Boulder,
and would get destroyed as Boulder would pin Kuroda, and in the semi-main event of the show Kodo Fuyuki would defeat Atsushi Onita in a singles match. ZEN looked more down than ever.
Tetsuhiro Kuroda would get a chance to make his All Japan debut on May 1, 1998 in front of 58,300 fans at the Tokyo Dome as he would team with The Gladiator and Hideki Hosaka in a losing effort against All Japan team of Akira Taue & Takao Omori & Masao Inoue when Taue would pin Hosaka.
May 5, 1998 in Wakayama, Atsushi Onita & Koji Nakagawa & Tetsuhiro Kuroda would take on Kodo Fuyuki & Yukihiro Kanemura & Hido at a ZEN promoted show but again with interference all around Hido would score a victory on Nakagawa giving TNR another victory over ZEN. Onita would hold a meeting backstage with ZEN after the lost and announce that he was disbanding the official name of ZEN.
May 25, 1998 in Oita,with TNR running FMW, TNR would force Hideki Hosaka to a stipulation match where if he lost, he would be forced to join Team No Respect as their slave. Hosaka would lose the match and be captured by TNR.
May 26, 1998 in Kumamoto, Kuroda would be forced with the same stipulation, and with interference all around, Kuroda would lose his match and be forced to join Hideki Hosaka as TNR's slave.
May 31, 1998 in Ishikawa, as Kuroda and Hosaka were tied up and forced to watch at the top of the arena, Atsushi Onita would wrestle in his first match since disbanding ZEN to team with Koji Nakagawa to take on Fuyuki and Kanemura for the FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Titles, but as Go Ito would jump up on the apron with a crutch, Nakagawa would quickly grab him and snatched the crutch away from him. But to the shock of the crowd, as Onita was about to attempt to Thunder Fire Powerbomb Fuyuki, Nakagawa would smash Onita in the back with the crutch and would begin to help Fuyuki and Kanemura finish off Onita, by allowing Fuyuki to deliver several Charging Lariats on chairs to score the pinfall victory over Onita, as Koji Nakagawa had become the newest member of Team No Respect.
June 19, 1998 at Korakuen Hall, as a member of TNR, Kuroda was put into a match against Masato Tanaka who was leaving FMW for the rest of the year to tour with ECW. Kuroda put on one of the best performances of his career but Tanaka would get the victory in his farewell match over Kuroda.
July 10, 1998 at Korakuen Hall, TNR would force former ZEN members Kuroda and Hosaka to fight against each other to the delight of TNR. Kuroda would win the battle over friend Hosaka in the opening match as TNR's power kept growing and growing in the promotion.
July 20, 1998 in Ibaragi, FMW President Shoichi Arai would be attacked by TNR members as they showed Arai they had more power in the promotion than even the owner did while they pounding on Arai, Atsushi Onita would make his return for the first time since May 31, 1998 to help Arai. A match would set for a Onita promoted show as Onita would team with Arai and FMW prelim workers Mr. Pogo # 2 and Yoshinori Sasaki to take on TNR's Fuyuki, Nakagawa, Kanemura, and Go Ito where if Onita's side win then Kuroda and Hosaka must be free, but if TNR were to win than Arai would be stripped of all his power as FMW President.
August 11, 1998 at Korakuen Hall, a wild man brawl of Atsushi Onita,
Yoshinori Sasaki, Mr. Pogo # 2, and Shoichi Arai against Kodo Fuyuki, Koji
Nakagawa, Yukihiro Kanemura, and Go Ito would end with Onita getting his revenge
on Go Ito after powerbombing Ito and Arai jumping on Ito for the pinfall victory to free Kuroda and Hosaka from
Kuroda and Hosaka would then join Onita's newly created Team Zero group on August 21, 1998 in Kawasaki alongside Mr. Pogo # 2 and Yoshinori Sasaki to get revenge for Team No Respect for ending ZEN and torturing Kuroda and Hosaka. The group would come out in their new signature attire of kilts.
August 26, 1998 in Yamagata, Kuroda would get his first one on one singles match against Hayabusa. Kuroda would get in quite a bit of offense against the FMW Double Titles Champion and even come close to getting the biggest win of his career but Hayabusa would end up being just too good for Kuroda and would eventually put away Kuroda with the Fire Bird Splash.
September 1, 1998 at the Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center, Team Zero would put up their kilts on the line against Team No Respect's briefs as Kuroda would team up with Atsushi Onita, Hideki Hosaka, and Mr. Pogo # 2 against Kodo Fuyuki, Koji Nakagawa, Yukihiro Kanemura, and Hido as Onita would gain his revenge on Fuyuki and get the pinfall after hitting a Thunder Fire Powerbomb on him for the win. Team Zero would then crucify Team No Respect's briefs as the group would no longer be allowed to wear their signature underwear in FMW anymore.
September 8, 1998 at Korakuen Hall, Kuroda would take on former ZEN member Koji Nakagawa and although Nakagawa would end up getting the win after using his Jackknife roll up to get the win it was quite clear that Kuroda was about to begin his first real singles push of his five year career.
Tetsuhiro Kuroda would challenge Mr. Gannosuke who had been returning after a six month plus injury, which had kept him out of the ring from April 30, 1998. Kuroda was willing to show that he was ready for Mr. Gannosuke, so Kuroda would challenge Mr. Gannosuke's TNR friend Yukihiro Kanemura to a match on October 6, 1998 at Korakuen Hall, with Kuroda fighting Kanemura in his own Street Fight style match, with Kanemura busting up Kuroda's forehead, causing blood to drip all over his face, as the two would brawl all over Korakuen Hall, which would include Kanemura bodyslamming Kuroda off the stage through a table. Kuroda would hold his own against Kanemura, and when chairs would be entered in to the ring, Kuroda would defend himself from Kanemura's swings with his own, and out of nowhere Kuroda would manage to deliver a lariat out of nowhere to Kanemura and be able to score the huge upset victory over Yukihiro Kanemura, the biggest win of his career. Afterwards, Mr. Gannosuke's music would play and Gannosuke wearing Jinsei Shinzaki's monk outfit would slowly come down from the crowd into the ring. Kuroda would offer his hand in respect to Gannosuke, but Gannosuke would just pray instead before leaving. Tetsuhiro Kuroda had just scored the biggest win of his career, and looked to score another major upset by defeating the former FMW Double Titles Champion Mr. Gannosuke in his return match.
November 20, 1998 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym in Mr. Gannosuke's return match, Gannosuke showed no ring rust at all in this match, and Kuroda tried every move from lariats to even Gannosuke's own Fire Thunder, but Gannosuke would still get the victory over the young and improving Kuroda. Also on the show Atsushi Onita would wrestle his last match against Mr. Pogo and would officially end Team Zero. While the group was officially over, FMW wrestler Yoshinori Sasaki would accompany Kuroda in each of his match as a show of
loyal ship and friendship.
Just two days after his lost to Gannosuke, Kuroda was announced into the 16 man "Over the Top" single elimination tournament where the winner would be declared on January 5th at Korakuen Hall and meet FMW Double Titles Champion Kodo Fuyuki on March 19th in Sapporo. A very confident Kuroda began talking trash to each and every other wrestler saying how this was going to the tournament to skyrocket him in the standings of FMW.
December 9, 1998 in Osaka, Kuroda makes quick work of his first round opponent Former FMW Brass Knuckles Champion Super Leather and moves on to the second round where on December 13, 1998 at Korakuen Hall he would defeat Battlarts Mohammed Yone to move on to the next round later in the evening to do battle with Hisakatsu Oya who had defeated Hayabusa earlier in the show in the main event, the winner reaching to the finals of the tournament, but things wouldn't go the way Kuroda would want them as Oya defeated Kuroda and eliminated him in the tournament to reach to the finals against Mr. Gannosuke.
January 5, 1999 at Korakuen Hall, Tetsuhiro Kuroda would aim his goals even higher as he would battle with the star of FMW Hayabusa, but again Kuroda would fail at what he set out to do as Hayabusa defeated Kuroda in a well received match. In the main event of the show, Mr. Gannosuke would defeat Hisakatsu Oya to win the Over the Top tournament, Mr. Gannosuke would call out Hayabusa and as Hayabusa would enter the ring, Kuroda snuck in from behind and clothesline Hayabusa out of frustration from earlier. Kuroda would grab the mic and call out Masato Tanaka who had returned earlier in the show as well and challenged Tanaka to a match at the next Korakuen Hall to show Tanaka how much he has improved since Tanaka's farewell match against Kuroda the year before.
February 27, 1999 at Korakuen Hall, Kuroda would face Masato Tanaka in the main event and the two would put on another great match with each other, but again Tanaka would be too much for Kuroda to handle and Tanaka would finish Kuroda off with his new finish move "The Diamond Dust" after the match, Tanaka would grab the mic and congratulate Kuroda on a job well done even though he lost, and would ask Kuroda to a form with him and challenge the All Japan All-Asian Tag Champs Hayabusa & Jinsei Shinzaki on March 19th in Sapporo and then enter into the FMW 8 Team Round Robin Tournament for the vacant FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Champions.
Kuroda would reform his partnership with Masato Tanaka for the first time since 1997 but would come out on the losing end on March 19th at the Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center in a match that would go over 30 minutes before Hayabusa would pin Kuroda to keep the titles. Tanaka & Kuroda would then participate in the tournament where they would start out strong defeating the teams of Yukihiro Kanemura & Hido, Super Leather & Hideki Hosaka, Armageddon, and Mr. Gannosuke & Hisakatsu Oya but draws against Hayabusa & Kodo Fuyuki and Daisuke Ikeda & Mohammed Yone then a big time upset lost against the team of Koji Nakagawa & Gedo on April 20, 1999 at Korakuen Hall would cause them to have to take on Nakagawa & Gedo again the day of the finals for them to be able to meet Hayabusa & Fuyuki, the team they had went to a thirty minute time limit draw back on March 29, 1999 at Korakuen Hall.
May 3, 1999 in Nagoya, Kuroda & Tanaka would go on and crush Koji Nakagawa & Gedo in the playoff match, and would then go on and defeat Hayabusa & Kodo Fuyuki after Tanaka would hit Fuyuki with the roaring elbow and knock Fuyuki completely out for the victory and Kuroda's first taste of the Tag Team gold. The week wasn't over for Kuroda though, as only two days later Kuroda would experience the biggest night at the time of his six year plus career.
May 5, 1999 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym, Kuroda would again team up with Masato Tanaka in a rematch against Hayabusa & Jinsei Shinzaki with the wrestler scoring the pinfall getting the chance to challenge for Kodo Fuyuki's FMW Double Titles later on in the main event. Kuroda would get that shot as he would hit Hayabusa out of nowhere with his lariat to score the upset pinfall over Hayabusa and get the chance to battle Fuyuki later in the show. But instead of coming out by himself, instead Mr. Gannosuke, Yukihiro Kanemura, Koji Nakagawa, Jado, Gedo, and Hido followed out with him and Team No Respect was reborn again. After
interference all over the place for Fuyuki, and Kuroda bleeding like crazy during the match, Fuyuki would get the pinfall over Kuroda
with the Charging Lariat in the last ever FMW Double Titles match. The titles
would be split apart shortly afterwards. After the match, Team No Respect would
quickly hit the ring, and almost as quickly, Hayabusa would make it the ring,
and fly over the top rope. Team No Respect would be too much though, as the
bloodied Kuroda and Hayabusa would still be out numbered by Team No Respect as
fans began throwing trash in the ring while Hayabusa and Kuroda were taken out
until until Masato Tanaka, Hisakatsu Oya, Hideki Hosaka, and Ricky Fuji would all come out to help
out their FMW team mates. The new FMW team was formed, and Kuroda would now be allied with the top FMW aces Hayabusa and Masato Tanaka.
Kuroda would team up regularly with Hayabusa and Masato Tanaka and be entered in the WEW 6 Man Tag Tournament for the newly created belts but would lose in the finals on July 31, 1999 against Kodo Fuyuki, Koji Nakagawa, and Gedo. But before that, Koji Nakagawa & Gedo would again upset Masato Tanaka & Tetsuhiro Kuroda this time on June 13, 1999 in Okayama when Nakagawa would hit Kuroda with the title and score the victory and soon change the FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Titles into the WEW Tag Team Titles. Kuroda would get revenge though as he would team up on August 23, 1999 at Korakuen Hall this time with Hisakatsu Oya as the two would walk off with the Tag Titles. Days later Hayabusa would turn into H, and Kuroda team with the newly formed H as the battle against TNR would continue going into the Yokohama Arena.
November 23, 1999 at the Yokohama Arena, Kuroda and Oya would defend their Tag Titles against ECW Tag Team Champions Raven & Tommy Dreamer. Kuroda would hit Dreamer with the lariat and
successfully defend the Tag Titles while later on the show, Kuroda's team mate Masato Tanaka would defeat Kodo Fuyuki in a Loser Leaves FMW match for Fuyuki's WEW World Title and H & Mr. Gannosuke would rekindle a friendship that dated back to their childhood days. H & Mr. Gannosuke would challenge Tetsuhiro Kuroda & Hisakatsu Oya for the WEW Tag Titles and would walk away with them on December 1, 1999 in Osaka as H would pin Kuroda for the first time since Kuroda pinned Hayabusa back on May 5th earlier in the year.
While Kuroda remained friends with H & Gannosuke, Masato Tanaka was showing obvious signs of frustration as H going back with Mr. Gannosuke so easily, and the two getting a Tag Team Title shot so soon.
Kuroda would team with Masato Tanaka against H & Mr. Gannosuke on December 12, 1998 at Korakuen Hall, but H & Gannosuke would win the match over the former FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Champions as H would again defeat Kuroda, this time by debuting his new finisher the H Thunder. After the match, Tanaka would leave Team FMW and join Team ECW.
January 5, 2000 at Korakuen Hall, Tetsuhiro Kuroda would be granted another shot at Masato Tanaka for the WEW World Title and finally after many failed attempts Kuroda would be able to defeat Masato Tanaka in a singles match in a great match and win his first ever singles title by winning the WEW World Title. Kuroda's singles win over Tanaka would be the first time in years since the two were still preliminary rookies working the undercards, and Kuroda had finally won the top singles belt for FMW after over 6 years of working for the promotion.
Kuroda would go on to successfully defend the WEW World Title against the former Hido, Willie Takayama on February 25, 2000 and then wrestle Kodo Fuyuki to a no contest after Fuyuki had manipulated his way back into FMW as a member of ECW on March 27, 2000. ECW Japan would invade in the match, causing Team FMW to rush to the ring as well to start a huge brawl causing the referee to throw the match out.
May 5, 2000 at the Komazawa Indoor Park, Kuroda would defend his title against Kodo Fuyuki for the second straight May 5th show. The match would be somewhat similar like the year before, except with both Kuroda and Fuyuki using a fork to cut one another as both would begin to bleed all over the ring.. They would brawl backstage where Fuyuki would begin to use a fire extinguisher on Kuroda, and Fuyuki would place underwear over Kuroda's head blinding him from the Charging Lariats, although Kuroda would make a come back and deliver several lariats to Fuyuki, he would end up being nailed with a Muscle Buster from Fuyuki, and then finished off with another Charging Lariat, as Kodo Fuyuki had just won back the WEW World Title, and defeated Kuroda for the second straight May 5th show.
May 28, 2000 at Korakuen Hall, Kuroda, H, and Gannosuke were put into a Three Way Dance with Fuyuki as the Special Referee with the winner becoming the
number one contender for Fuyuki's WEW World Title, but Fuyuki showed obvious signs
of being biased against both H & Kuroda as both were treated to quick counts which would
ultimately cause Kuroda to be pinned by H by a hurricanrana as Gannosuke would
follow up the pinfall by smashing a crutch over H and with both Fuyuki and
Gannosuke jumping on H and Fuyuki making the quick cover for Mr. Gannosuke to
become the the number one contender for Fuyuki's WEW World Title.
Kuroda would soon lose momentum that had carried him to the main event status as he would get in a small feud Kyoko Inoue and defeat her on July 28th, but it wasn't until a feud with Mr. Gannosuke that caused his career to never look brighter.
September 26, 2000 at Korakuen Hall, after a brawl between Kuroda and Gannosuke five days earlier in Sapporo had taken place, Gannosuke would begin to go insane and would attack Kuroda backstage with a baseball bat because Kuroda had been with a Japanese Baseball player and Gannosuke had grown tired of FMW's Entertainment style. Kuroda would team up with Onryo on the show against Mr. Gannosuke & GOEMON and due to the injury Gannosuke had caused, he would be force to tap early after Gannosuke would apply an armbar to Kuroda's injured shoulder. After the match a frustrated Gannosuke would shove FMW President Shoichi Arai down which would cause Gannosuke to get fired from FMW. But that didn't cause Gannosuke to wreck havoc as he would attack Kuroda during Kuroda's match even causing Kuroda to lose FMW prelim wrestler Chocoball Mukai and Gedo. Arai agreed to bring back Mr. Gannosuke one more time, to go up against Kuroda on November 12th in the same building just a little less than two years ago, but if Gannosuke would lose, he would be forced to retire from professional wrestling.
November 12, 2000 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym, Kuroda and Gannosuke put on an even better match than two years before as Gannosuke who blades big time in the match hits Kuroda with every one of his finishers but that still isn't enough, and Kuroda eventually debuts his new finisher the Technan Buster DDT on Gannosuke for the win. After the match, Kuroda mocks Gannosuke by giving a quick 10 bell salute in memory of Gannosuke's career. Gannosuke in tears would say one last goodbye to the fans. But Kuroda's evening was not over, after Kodo Fuyuki
successfully defeated Hayabusa for the WEW World Title in Hayabusa's last match before having Double arm Reconstructive surgery and would be out until May 5th of the year, Hayabusa was saying goodbye to the fans as Kuroda was in the ring and as the two were about to shake hands, Kuroda out of nowhere hits Hayabusa with the Technan Buster DDT leaving Hayabusa laying as Kuroda would grab the mic and announce that no matter how long Hayabusa is out, from now on Kuroda will be the new ace of FMW.
November 28, 2000 at Korakuen Hall, Kuroda would team with former friend and rival Masato Tanaka to do battle against Jado & Gedo and Kodo Fuyuki & Kintaro Kanemura in a three way tag match, but even before the match takes place, Kuroda would jump Jado & Gedo and hit them with lariats and then turn on Tanaka by hitting him as well with a lariat. Kuroda would then join forces with Fuyuki and Kanemura. The match would turn into a 6 man match with Kuroda teaming with Fuyuki and Kanemura against Tanaka, Jado, and Gedo as the locker room filled with wrestlers, Kuroda would get Tanaka with the Technan Buster DDT and score the pinfall over Masato Tanaka.
December 20, 2000 at Korakuen Hall, Kuroda would team with Fuyuki and Kanemura again to take on The Complete Players of Masato Tanaka, Jado, and Gedo in a barbwire match in which Kuroda would get the victory after hitting Jado with a Technan Buster DDT on a barbwire bat. After the match, Kuroda would call out Hayabusa who was watching the match along with Mr. Gannosuke, Kuroda begged Hayabusa to get back in the ring, but as a pissed off Hayabusa began to get up, Mr. Gannosuke quickly held him back from going after Kuroda.
Kuroda would go on to team with Kodo Fuyuki and challenge for the WEW Tag Titles on December 23, 2000 at the Ariake Coliseum against the Pro Wrestling NOAH team of Tamon Honda & Naomichi Marufuji at the NOAH's biggest show to date. Fuyuki and Kuroda would capture the belts as Fuyuki would pin Marufuji for the victory bringing the WEW Tag Titles back to FMW.
The title reign would not last long, as on January 7, 2001 at Korakuen Hall, Kuroda would turn on Fuyuki against Tanaka & Gedo and hit Fuyuki with a Technan Buster in which Gedo pin Fuyuki and win the Tag Titles. Kuroda's new friends of
Azusa Kudo, Shinjuku Shark, and
Naohiko Yamazaki came in the ring and tied Fuyuki and put make up and a bra on Fuyuki as Kuroda announced this group would now as the ace of FMW he would start his own group called "Team Kuroda"
January 16, 2001 at Korakuen Hall, Fuyuki would get revenge on Kuroda for the embarrassment he had received at the last show by defeating Kuroda, but Shark, Yamazaki, Kudo, and the newest member of the group Mammoth Sasaki stuff Fuyuki in a bag and began hitting it with sticks until GOEMON & Onryo would run in to rescue Fuyuki.
Kuroda would scout Fuyuki's friend Kyoko Inoue to join his team, but the only way she agreed to join him is if she were to get the pinfall on Fuyuki in a 6 man match, than she would get to marry Kuroda.
A practice ceremony with what would be Kuroda
& Kyoko Inoue's wedding would be held, with Kuroda obviously hating the
thought of having to marry Kyoko Inoue while Inoue would be overzealous at the
thought of Kuroda as her husband.
February 6, 2001 at Korakuen Hall, Kuroda would team with Kyoko Inoue & Mammoth Sasaki to do battle against Fuyuki, GOEMON, and Onryo. Kuroda and Kyoko double team Fuyuki all during the match which setup Kyoko go for the cover on Fuyuki, but Kuroda would quickly make the save for Fuyuki to avoid having to marry Kyoko. Fuyuki would eventually hit Kyoko with a lariat for the victory. After the match, Kuroda would again call out Hayabusa, and this time alongside with The Masked Sumo, Hayabusa would come in the ring and begin screaming at Kuroda as The Masked Sumo hit Hayabusa with a chair giving Kuroda a change to go after Hayabusa's bad arms until The Great Sasuke would return to FMW for the first time in over three years to help out his friend Hayabusa.
February 23, 2001 at Korakuen Hall, Kuroda with Mammoth Sasaki took on Kodo Fuyuki & The Great Sasuke, during the match the entire Team Kuroda helped take care of Fuyuki by stuffing him in a casket leaving Kuroda all along to beat on The Great Sasuke, but out of nowhere Sasuke would roll up Kuroda and get the victory.
Kuroda would challenge The Great Sasuke for the next Korakuen Hall show, and
would request that it be made a "Naked Man Death Match" with the rules
of their match, that both would try to either tear off every bit of clothing as
possible for the win, or get the pinfall victory. Kuroda would show that he
meant business by driving up in his van and attacking The Great Sasuke who had
been in Tokyo promoting an upcoming Michinoku Pro show. Kuroda would attack
Sasuke as he was leaving the building, and begin beating him down on the streets
with the help of Team Kuroda as Kuroda would tear off every bit of clothing of
The Great Sasuke's in the streets of Tokyo, leaving him with nothing on but his
March 5, 2001 at Korakuen Hall, Kuroda and Sasuke would wear as much as possible to the ring to avoid having their clothes stripped all off during the match. Kuroda & Sasuke would begin battling all over Korakuen Hall removing each others clothes. Sasuke would eventually manage to pull down Kuroda's pants revealing Kuroda's Hello Kitty boxers underneath. The two would be stripped down to both of them wearing small underwear underneath their tights. Kuroda would eventually manage to get the pinfall victory over The Great Sasuke with the Technan Buster DDT for the win, a huge victory for Kuroda.
March 13, 2001 at Korakuen Hall, Kodo Fuyuki is proclaimed the FMW Commissioner once again and announces that Kuroda and Kintaro Kanemura will wrestle for the right to challenge for Fuyuki's WEW World Title on April 1st at Korakuen Hall. The match turns out to be one of Kuroda's bloodiest ever as Kuroda is hit with a Reverse Fire Thunder off the apron onto a table which causes him to bleed everywhere, Mr. Gannosuke in a Masked Sumo mask would run in and hit Kanemura with Thunder Fire of his own as Kuroda would go on to deliver the Technan Buster DDT on Kanemura the win. Kuroda would need to take a trip to the hospital shortly after to get many stitches after the huge cut that took place during the match.
April 1, 2001 at Korakuen Hall, earlier in the show, FMW President Arai would announce to Mr. Gannosuke that he will be reinstated by FMW. In the main event, Kuroda would another shot at Fuyuki with the WEW World Title on the line. This time the result would be different, as Fuyuki would begin to setup Kuroda with his Muscle Buster finish, Mr. Gannosuke's would begin music to play and Mr. Gannosuke would come out with a chair and begin to attack Fuyuki, as Hayabusa who had been watching the match from ringside would get up and begin to go after Mr. Gannosuke, as Kuroda would manage to end up getting Fuyuki into the Gannosuke Clutch for the victory and his second WEW World Title reign as Mr. Gannosuke would reveal himself as the newest member of Team Kuroda. Gannosuke and Kuroda would begin to beat down on Hayabusa when The Great Sasuke runs to the ring to try and help his friend out and gets beaten to a pulp as well. Soon after, it is announced that Hayabusa's return match at Kawasaki Stadium on May 5th will be teaming with The Great Sasuke against Tetsuhiro Kuroda & Mr. Gannosuke in a Exploding Octagon Cage match.
April 15, 2001 at Korakuen Hall, the new look Team Kuroda would make their debut as Tetsuhiro Kuroda would team up with Mr. Gannosuke and Mammoth Sasaki to take on the team of The Great Sasuke, GOEMON, and Onryo. Kuroda would end up getting the win for Team Kuroda after finishing off Onryo with the Technan Buster. They would not be done as Kuroda and Gannosuke would begin to rip off the mask of The Great Sasuke as Hayabusa who had been attacked earlier in the show would be too weak to help out Sasuke as Team Kuroda would lay a beating to both with Mr. Gannosuke ripping off The Great Sasuke mask and putting it on himself to mock their opponents to setup their Exploding Octagon Cage Match at Kawasaki Stadium.
May 5, 2001 at Kawasaki Stadium, Kuroda along with Mr. Gannosuke would finally meet Hayabusa almost six months after Kuroda had attacked Hayabusa back in Yokohama in November. Kuroda would team up with Mr. Gannosuke to face Hayabusa & The Great Sasuke in a Exploding Octagon Cage Death Match. Kuroda would mostly be paired up with Sasuke while Hayabusa and Mr. Gannosuke would go it. Kuroda end up taking a dangerous Sasuke Special II by Sasuke causing his head to hit up right against the cage to cause a huge explosion. Hayabusa & Mr. Gannosuke would end up throwing each other into the cage, nearly the same time the cage itself would blow up, causing the dust to be all over the ring. Kuroda would nearly get the victory with a Technan Buster on The Great Sasuke, but Hayabusa would manage to make the save for his partner. In the end, Gannosuke would end up being pinned by Hayabusa in the dust covered ring from the H Thunder. Kuroda would be helped out of the ring by Team Kuroda, wobbling out of the Stadium, with his feud with Hayabusa not being settled at all.
May 11, 2001 at Korakuen Hall, Kuroda would team up with fellow Team Kuroda members Mr. Gannosuke and Mammoth Sasaki to face off against Hayabusa, Hisakatsu Oya, and Ricky Fuji which would become the beginning of the end of Team Kuroda. A miscommunication spot would take place where Kuroda and Gannosuke would miss a clothesline and hit each other, it would cause the two would begin to argue as Sasaki would try to separate them. In the end Hayabusa would hit the 450 Firebird Splash on Kuroda and get the pinfall over him. An extremely upset Gannosuke would leave the ring no longer being apart of Team Kuroda as Kuroda would move on to May 22nd to defend the WEW World Title at the Sapporo Green Dome.
May 22, 2001 at the Sapporo Green Dome, Kuroda would finally get the one on one match with Hayabusa for his WEW Title in a Barricade Exploding Death Match with Kodo Fuyuki as the Special Referee.
Kuroda would put on one of the best matches of his career as both he and Hayabusa would be sent into the exploding barricades once
separately, and another knocking each other both on the same one. Gannosuke would try and interfere but instead cause Fuyuki to be knocked in to last barricade while Fuyuki knocked out from the explosion, Kuroda would hit the Technan Buster DDT on Hayabusa but with no referee, Kuroda could not get the win. As Fuyuki finally got back to the ring, Hayabusa would hit his finishing moves on Kuroda with Kuroda kicking out everyone until Hayabusa would hit his H Thunder on Kuroda, the same move that H would debut to beat Kuroda back on December 12, 1999 and again the move would finish Kuroda off as Fuyuki counted the three as Hayabusa finally got his revenge on Kuroda to win the WEW World Title.
June 8, 2001 at Korakuen Hall, Team Kuroda would officially end as Kodo Fuyuki would separate the sides of FMW with Shoichi Arai and Hayabusa with Kuroda siding with Arai and Hayabusa returning back to Team FMW. Kuroda would team up with Hayabusa to take on Mr. Gannosuke & Kintaro Kanemura in the main event of the show, but Hayabusa & Kuroda would end up taking the lost after Gannosuke would manage to roll up Hayabusa with the Gannosuke Clutch for the victory.
August 11, 2001 at the Komazawa Olympic Gym, Kuroda would face former Team Kuroda member Mr. Gannosuke in a best of three matches for the ownership of FMW. Kuroda and Gannosuke would battle
all over the arena, including to the top of the bleachers seats. But an arm injury would end up being the end for Kuroda as Gannosuke
would continue to punish the arm of Kuroda for the rest of the match and end up winning the match after Kuroda
would be force to submit to an
arm bar for Gannosuke's revenge of Kuroda retiring on Gannosuke back in November
of the year before.
Kuroda would go on to win the WEW 6 Man Tag Team Titles with Hayabusa and GOEMON on September 9, 2001 at Korakuen Hall when Hayabusa would pin Kintaro Kanemura and then a month later on October 9, 2001 at Korakuen Hall, Kuroda and Hayabusa would manage to win the WEW Tag Team Titles after Hayabusa would manage to roll up Mammoth Sasaki for the win. But on October 22, 2001 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa would suffer a severe injury after slipping on the rope after an attempted in the ring quebrada against Mammoth Sasaki and would land right on his head causing him to become paralyzed. The babyface FMW team of Tetsuhiro Kuroda, GOEMON, Onryo, Hisakatsu Oya, and Ricky Fuji would come to the ring as Hayabusa would be stretchered off and taken to a near by hospital in Tokyo where Hayabusa would begin to fight for his life. The ace of the promotion would go back to being Tetsuhiro Kuroda, although this time, it was not for a planned 6 months like the year before.
November 5, 2001 at Korakuen Hall, Kuroda would team with Hisakatsu Oya and Ricky Fuji against Kodo Fuyuki's Team WAR members Arashi and Kouki Kitahara. Fuyuki would go on to pin Ricky with a Charging Lariat, afterwards Genichiro Tenryu would return to FMW and attack GOEMON, Onryo, Hisakatsu Oya, and Kuroda laying them out when Fuyuki announced the new replacement for Hayabusa in Garuda. Garuda charged the ring, and dropkicked Fuyuki and then hit a 450 Firebird Splash on Fuyuki in front of Tenryu. The match would be setup in Kuroda teaming Garuda against Tenryu and Fuyuki on November 23rd at the Yokohama Bunka Gym. Also, on the show Kuroda would be stripped of the WEW Tag Titles and WEW 6 Man Tag Titles due to his partner Hayabusa suffering the injury.
November 23, 2001 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym, Kuroda would team with Garuda against Fuyuki and Tenryu with Garuda executing Hayabusa's 450 Firebird Splash and Falcon Arrow on Fuyuki but getting the crap beat out of him by Tenryu and Fuyuki and Fuyuki busting a beer bottle against Kuroda's head and busting his head wide open and causing Kuroda to bleed all over, in the end, Fuyuki would pin Garuda with a Charging Lariat but after the match, Mr. Gannosuke, Kintaro Kanemura, and Mammoth Sasaki would run into the ring and attack the entire WAR team and chasing them off. Gannosuke, Kanemura, Sasaki and the bloody Kuroda form their Team FMW and issue a challenge towards Team WAR for the next Korakuen Hall show.
December 9, 2001 at Korakuen Hall, Kuroda along with Mr. Gannosuke, Kintaro Kanemura, and
Mammoth Sasaki would take on Tenryu, Fuyuki, Kouki Kitahara and Arashi with all four FMW wrestlers focusing on teaming together to take out Tenryu, finally they would get Tenryu off his feet and take care of him and in the end Gannosuke would get the Gannosuke Clutch on Fuyuki
for the Team FMW victory. Kuroda would then be set up with Gannosuke for the next Korakuen Hall show in a one night tag tournament for the vacant WEW Tag Team Titles.
December 21, 2001 at Korakuen Hall, Kuroda and Gannosuke would enter the tournament with their first round opponents of the night GOEMON & Onryo and end up defeating them after Kuroda hit the Technan Buster DDT on Onryo to advance and go against Sabu & Yoshihito Sasaki and eliminate them after Gannosuke would hit his Fire Thunder on Yoshihito Sasaki to move onto the finals. In the finals, they would meet Kintaro Kanemura & Mammoth Sasaki in a incredible bloody match, the last good FMW match for the promotion, with Kuroda eventually pinning Mammoth Sasaki with the Technan Buster DDT to score the win and capture the WEW Tag Team Titles with Mr. Gannosuke.
January 6, 2002 at Korakuen Hall, Kuroda would team up with Mr. Gannosuke & Mammoth Sasaki to challenge Kodo Fuyuki's new group of foreigners in Balls Mahoney, The Sandman, and Vic Grimes. The match would have tables and ladders involved, and become extremely dangerous as Mr. Gannosuke would end up suffering a broken knee when Vic Grimes would come splashing off the top rope and going through the table with Gannosuke's leg still under the table, causing it to break. Gannosuke would be helped out and Kuroda & Mammoth would not be able to overcome the odds as Grimes would manage to pin Mammoth and get the win for the new group.
February 4, 2002 at Korakuen Hall, because of the injury that Gannosuke had suffered the month before, the WEW Tag Team Titles would become vacant once again. Tetsuhiro Kuroda this time would team up with Sabu to take on Kodo Fuyuki and The Sandman for the WEW Tag Team Titles. Kodo Fuyuki would manage to score the pinfall victory over Kuroda with the Charging Lariat to win the WEW Tag Team Titles. The match would turn out to be the last ever FMW match. Shoichi Arai after months of being in debt and owing money, and with both Hayabusa & Mr. Gannosuke injured, would finally make the decision to declare FMW for bankruptcy ending the promotion after 12 years. Kodo Fuyuki would quickly pick up the dates that FMW had planned over the upcoming months, and financially support them while Shoichi Arai would go into hiding.
March 10, 2002 at Korakuen Hall, Kuroda would team up with Yoshihito Sasaki to face Kodo Fuyuki and Kintaro Kanemura in the main event at the first ever Fuyuki Army Promotion show which was there to make up for the show that FMW had already booked for. Fuyuki would pin Sasaki but before the show, Atsushi Onita would appear and blame Fuyuki for the bankruptcy of FMW and challenge him to a 6 man match on April 9th at Korakuen Hall.
April 9, 2002 at Korakuen Hall, Kuroda teams up with FMW founder Atsushi Onita and FMW main stay Ricky Fuji as a Team FMW to take on Kodo Fuyuki's Team Fuyuki with Kintaro Kanemura and Chocoball Mukai. Onita would pin Mukai with a Thunder Fire Powerbomb for the win, and after the match Kodo Fuyuki announce that he had been diagnosed with internal cancer and would be retiring a week later at a Pro-Wrestling NOAH show. Shortly after, Kuroda would come to terms with Kodo Fuyuki and his new promotion called WEW.
April 25, 2002 at Club Atom, Kuroda would make his DDT debut as he would team with Onryo and Chocoball Mukai as apart of WEW with Kuroda and his team mates working as heel against MIKAMI & GENTARO & YOSHIYA with Kuroda getting a pinfall victory over GENTARO to get a win in his debut in DDT.
May 3, 2002 at Korakuen Hall, making his second appearance for DDT, Kuroda teams with Kintaro Kanemura, Chocoball Mukai, and Poison Sawada JULIE against the team of Takashi Sasaki & Shoichi Ichimiya & GENTARO & YOSHIYA. Kuroda and YOSHIYA would end up eliminating each other at the same time as the DDT team would wind up victorious with Takashi Sasaki last eliminating Kanemura for the win for the DDT team.
May 4, 2002 at Korakuen Hall, with Onita revising the FMW name for the show, Kuroda would team up with Kintaro Kanemura to take on Atsushi Onita and former rival Masato Tanaka. A wild brawl between the four former FMW stars with Kuroda and Onita brawling all over Korakuen Hall before Tanaka would get the pinfall over Kanemura after nailing him with the Roaring Elbow to get the win. It would be the first time since February 17, 2001 that Kuroda would face his former friend and rival Masato Tanaka, and the first time since December 11, 1998 that he would go up against his former leader of ZEN and Team Zero, Atsushi Onita.
May 5, 2002 at Kawasaki Stadium, at WEW's debut show in front of one of the biggest crowds that Kuroda has worked for in years, he goes up against Pro-Wrestling NOAH's Akira Taue, and while Kuroda does get in many of his signature moves, it was not the WEW guys night as Kuroda along with all the members of the WEW lose during the show.
11 days later on May 16, 2002 in the early morning, former FMW owner and President Shoichi Arai's body would be found by a jogger in a Tokyo Park after Arai had hung himself. The FMW owner would be declared dead at the age of 36 after a suicide.
May 27, 2002 at Korakuen Hall, before the show, Kuroda along with all the WEW wrestlers and many outsiders including Masato Tanaka and Hideki Hosaka as well as Megumi Kudo and Combat Toyoda all pay tribute to life of one of the key man that made FMW what it was as they honor him with a 10 bell salute for Shoichi Arai.. In the main event, Kuroda would team with Kanemura to take on Sanshiro Takagi and Dick Togo, and during the match, Togo would turn on Takagi leaving Kuroda and Kanemura to take Takagi apart and finish him off with Kanemura hitting a Thunder Fire Powerbomb for the win. After the match, TAKA Michinoku would show and agree to team up with Takagi against Kanemura and Kuroda on June 30th at the next WEW Korakuen Hall show.
June 28, 2002 at the Tokyo Korakuen Amusement Park, Tetsuhiro Kuroda would team with fellow FMW/WEW wrestlers Onryo and Shinjuku against Team DDT Sanshiro Takagi, MIKAMI, and Tanomusaku Toba in a Soccer Rules match, Kuroda would quickly get the first pinfall a little over a minute in on the match against Takagi, but after Shark would get pinned, and then Onryo and MIKAMI would trade pin falls, the end would be Sanshiro Takagi getting the pinfall over Kuroda for the victory.
June 29, 2002 at the Sapporo Teisen Hall, Kuroda would team with Kanemura to challenge Shinjiro Otani and Masato Tanaka for the NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Titles, in a match that would steal the show, the WEW wrestlers would come short as Otani would end up pinning Kanemura with the Spider Bomb for the victory and to keep the titles.
June 30, 2002 at Korakuen Hall, Kuroda would team with Kanemura against Sanshiro Takagi and TAKA Michinoku and once again would lose as Kanemura would once again be pinned, this time by Takagi. Masao Orihara would come and form an alliance with Kanemura which did not go well with Kuroda as the two would still team, but would face off on opposing sides at the next WEW Korakuen Hall show.
July 7, 2002 at Ryogoku Kokugikan, Kuroda would team with Kanemura once again at Zero-One's big show against Zero-One preliminary wrestlers Kohei Sato & Ryouji Sai and once again the team of Kanemura and Kuroda would lose but this time it would be Kuroda being the one getting the lost, as he would be pinned by Sato.
July 14, 2002 at Tokyo Differ Ariake, Kuroda would team up with Atsushi Onita for maybe the last time ever and take on Zero-One's Shinjiro Otani and Ryouji Sai, the person who had pinned Kuroda the week before, but this time it would be the FMW Team getting the win over the Zero One team as Onita would pin Sai for the win at the Onita promoted FMW show.
The WEW team of Kuroda and Kanemura would the enter themselves in the Zero-One Fire Festival Tournament. Kuroda would be placed in the B bracket along with
Hirotaka Yokoi, Steve Corino, Kohei Sato, and Yuki Ishikawa.
July 30, 2002 at the Osaka Prefectural Gym # 2, Kuroda would go up against former RINGS fighter Hirotaka Yokoi. Yokoi would end up blocking a Kuroda lariat in the match and land a hard punch to the head which would knock out Kuroda causing the referee to call for the bell to give Yokoi the win and 2 points in the Round Robin Tournament.
July 31, 2002 at Korakuen Hall, Kuroda would face off Steve Corino, Kuroda would focus on Corino's leg the entire match, by banging it against the ring post and then putting Corino in the figure four before out of nowhere delivering a Gannosuke Clutch on Corino to score get win and Kuroda's first two points in the tournament.
August 2, 2002 at the Oita Prefectural Gym, Kuroda would face Battlarts founder Yuki Ishikawa in a match to keep his chances alive to advance, Ishikawa would try to turn this into a technical match right from the start by using his ground attack, while Kuroda would go for his signature spots, and would finish Ishikawa off after being supplex on his head and getting up and hitting the lariat to put Ishikawa away for the victory, giving him 4 points in the tournament with one more match left to go against Kohei Sato, a match Kuroda would have to win to advance into the finals of the Fire Festival Tournament.
August 4, 2002 at the Kumamoto Gran Messe, Kuroda would open the show against Kohei Sato in a match, if he won would send him into the finals later on in the show against Shinjiro Otani. Kuroda would quickly finish Sato off with some quick lariats before hooking the Gannosuke Clutch on Sato for the win and 6 points, making him winner of the B Bracket of the Fire Festival Tournament. Kuroda would then face Shinjiro Otani in the 2002 Fire Festival Tournament Finals, Kuroda would attempt working on Otani's leg at the beginning of the match, as well as going after a cut Otani had suffered in the match prior to the finals. Although Otani would fight back with a Rolling German Supplex, and then followed up with Otani getting Kuroda in a single leg crab, although Kuroda would manage to escape it. Kuroda would end up giving Otani a lowblow to get back in control of the match, Kuroda would follow with multiple Rolling German Supplex of his own with the last one releasing Otani to land on his head. Kuroda would follow up with several lariats, but Otani would manage to duck one, and hook Kuroda with a full nelson before releasing Dragons Supplex causing Kuroda himself to land on his head, but Kuroda would get right back up and follow with an extremely hard lariat and cover Otani for the pin with Otani just barely managing to kick out. Kuroda would not be able to beat Otani up to his feet, and as a result Otani would manage to kick Kuroda in the gut and follow up with a Liger Bomb on Kuroda. Otani feeling the match is his would follow up with another Dragon Supplex with Kuroda landing on his head once again and Otani following up with the pinfall victory over Kuroda to win the 2002 Fire Festival Tournament.
After reaching the finals of the Fire Festival Tournament and making WEW look very good in process, Kuroda would then agree to work a deal with the new WMF promotion started by the FMW wrestlers that had not sided with Kodo Fuyuki's WEW promotion as a favor to his friend Hayabusa who had become the WMF Commissioner and the face of the promotion. Kuroda would meet with Hayabusa personally and it would be announced he would teaming with his former partner Hisakatsu Oya to take on Mr. Gannosuke & Jinsei Shinzaki for the debut show on August 28th at the Differ Ariake.
August 23, 2002 at the Tokyo Differ Ariake, Kuroda would challenge Kintaro Kanemura for the WEW World Title. But as a result of Kuroda working for WMF as well as WEW, Fuyuki would become so angry at Kuroda that he would send new WEW wrestler Garuda who had taken the name from the WMF wrestler Garuda, and would help hit Kuroda with a 450 Fire Bird Splash, leading to Kanemura to finish the match by hitting the Thunder Fire Powerbomb on Kuroda for the win and the WEW World Title. Afterwards, Fuyuki with help would handcuff Kuroda and then set firecrackers off on him for going behind his back and working for WMF.
August 28, 2002 at the Tokyo Differ Ariake, Kuroda would team up with Hisakatsu Oya to go against Kuroda's former friend and rival Mr. Gannosuke and Jinsei Shinzaki in the semi-main event. During the match, Mitsuhiro Matsunaga would interfere by attacking Gannosuke with a barbwire baseball match during the match, causing him to bleed, but as Kuroda would try to finish off the bloody Gannosuke, Kuroda would be cradled into Gannosuke's Gannosuke Clutch but Kuroda kick out right before the three count, and would get up and hit a lariat on Gannosuke for the three count and the victory for Kuroda and Oya. Afterwards, GOEMON would come down the ring and help attack Gannosuke and Shinzaki while Hayabusa watched on. The three men would show their alliance together, and then walk towards Hayabusa, and GOEMON would take a bottle of Hayabusa's water and spit right in Hayabusa's face. GOEMON would then proclaim the group of himself, Kuroda, Oya, and Soldier as Brand Double Cross.
September 14, 2002 at the Tokyo Differ Ariake, even though as a heel in WMF, Kuroda would return to WEW as a babyface to team with TAKA Michinoku and Hido to take on Kintaro Kanemura, Masao Orihara, and Dick Togo in a Apex of a Triangle Championship Match. While going up to the top rope though, Hido would climb up and supplex Kuroda off the turnbuckle and join with Kanemura's team to help beat on Kuroda and TAKA as Orihara would end up finishing off Kuroda with the pinfall victory. Fuyuki would then come down to the ring, with a bucket a raw soy beans in his hands and would plan to dump them on Kuroda's head for working with WMF, but before Fuyuki could do it, Kuroda would get his hands on the bucket and instead dump the bucket of raw soy beans all over Fuyuki's head leaving a horrible smell.
October 23, 2002 at Korakuen Hall, Kuroda would team up with TAKA Michinoku and Gosaku Goshogawara to take on the Zero-One team of Shinjiro Otani, Masato Tanaka, and Kuroge Wagyuta in a match for the vacated WEW 6 Man Tag Team Titles which would be Kuroda's chance to get revenge on Shinjiro Otani after his lost to him in the finals at the Fire Festival Tournament. In what would turn out to be a bloody street fight, TAKA would end up scoring the pinfall over Kuroge Wagyuta to get the win for the WEW team over the Zero One team and would give Kuroda his first championship title since his WEW Team Title reign with Mr. Gannosuke back on December 21, 2001.
November 4, 2002 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym, Kuroda would team up with TAKA Michinoku once again to take on the Zero One team of Shinjiro Otani and Kuroge Wagyuta, but this time the WEW team would fall short as Otani would end up scoring the pinfall over TAKA after hitting him with the Spider Bomb for the Zero-One victory.
December 12, 2002 at Tokyo Korakuen Hall, Kuroda would face off against former friend, Mammoth Sasaki in the main event of the show. Kuroda would go right after Mammoth, using lariats, although Kuroda would eventually end up getting choke slammed off the apron through a table that was set up for Mammoth go to through. They would then bring in pieces of the table as well as chairs in the match, and in the end, both would be dazed and bloody, and both would be swinging punches at each other before both would fall down on to the mat at the same time. Both Kuroda and Mammoth would manage to get up one more and swing away with hard at each other and again would both fall down on the mat as referee Marty Asano would count to 10 and declare the match a Double Knock Out.
December 15, 2002 at Ryogoku Kokugikan, Kuroda and Kanemura would return to Zero-One to fight against Josh Dempsey and Sean McCully in a Cage Death Match. The match would not go long though, as Kuroda would be knocked out for the second time in three days by Dempsey for the quick win for Dempsey and McCully.
December 21, 2002 at the Sapporo Teisen Hall, Kuroda would team Brand Double Cross Partner GOEMON against Mr. Gannosuke and Jinsei Shinzaki. During the match, Gannosuke would turn on his partner Shinzaki, and would begin to attack him with GOEMON's help. A shocked Kuroda would go to GOEMON wondering what is going on, and as a result would be attacked by both Gannosuke and GOEMON, causing Kuroda to officially be thrown out of Brand Double Cross. Later in the show, Gannosuke would attack Mammoth Sasaki after his match, but Kuroda would run in and make the save, chasing Gannosuke off. Kuroda would then get on the mic and proclaim that he was now siding with Mammoth Sasaki and the rest of the WMF team and would fight against Brand Double Cross.
January 7, 2003 at Korakuen Hall, Kuroda would team with Chocoball Mukai to take on the Zero One team of Masato Tanaka and Kuroge Wagyuta. Kuroda would face off against his former tag team partner and friend Masato Tanaka in the match, but Kuroda would end up scoring the pin on Wagyuta for the WEW victory heading into the next WEW Korakuen Hall show with Kintaro Kanemura against the Pro Wrestling NOAH team of Daisuke Ikeda and Takeshi Sugiura in a 60 minute Iron Man match.
January 31, 2003 at Korakuen Hall, Kuroda an Kanemura 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 Kuroda and Kanemura 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 the Tokyo Differ Ariake, Kuroda and Kanemura would team up along with Kodo Fuyuki who would be officially in the match despite standing on the apron for almost the entire match against Shinya Hashimoto and Tengu Kaiser on Zero-One's main event. Fuyuki would help Kuroda and Kanemura during the match despite not dressed to wrestle and would hit a running lariat on Hashimoto, but it would not be enough as Hashimoto would finish Kuroda off with a DDT for the win.
February 8, 2003 at the Tokyo Differ Ariake, Kuroda would make his Pro Wrestling NOAH in ring debut as he would team up with Chocoball Mukai to take on DDT's MIKAMI & KUDO in the first round of a two day Jr. Heavyweight Tournament put on by NOAH with many promotions being represented. MIKAMI & KUDO would end up defeating Kuroda and Mukai when MIKAMI would hit a Swanton bomb off his ladder to get the pinfall and advance into the second round. Kuroda and Mukai would team up once again on February 9, 2003 at the Tokyo Differ Ariake in a non tournament match as they would defeat the team of Jun Kasai and Gran Naniwa.
March 11, 2003 at Korakuen Hall, Kuroda would team up with Kintaro Kanemura and challenge for the WEW Tag Team Titles, which would be the first time Kuroda was challenging for them since vacating them on November 5, 2001 after his tag partner Hayabusa had been paralyzed. They would take on DDT's Takashi Sasaki and GENTARO in the main event of the show. Both teams would bring tables and chairs into the match, including Kuroda and Kanemura hitting a table with a chair right
in between GENTARO's legs. Kanemura would get the pinfall after a Thunder Fire Powerbomb to crown the new WEW Tag Team Champions. Also, on the show, a near death Kodo Fuyuki who had given himself many pain killers in himself before the show just to make it to the ring came to the ring and announced Go Ito as the new WEW Producer once he passes away, as well as would make his match with Shinya Hashimoto official. Fuyuki who was extremely tired and sweaty from just going to the ring needed help from Kuroda, Kanemura, Mukai, and the rest of WEW to leave the ring.
March 19, 2003 at a Yokohama Hospital, Kodo Fuyuki would pass away at the age of 42 with at 6:50 PM with Kuroda, Kanemura, Shark, Mukai, wife Kaoru, and his two children by his side at the time of his death. Kuroda had remained loyal to Fuyuki as Fuyuki was the first booker to ever push Kuroda and make him a top guy in FMW as well as later in WEW.
March 21, 2003 at the Tokyo Differ Ariake, Kuroda and Chocoball Mukai would wrestle for the first time since Fuyuki's death at an IWA Japan show as before the show they would hold up a picture of Kodo Fuyuki in memory as a 10 bell salute would take place. Kuroda and Chocoball would wrestle The Great Takeru and Kappa Kozou to a no contest in the main event of the show.
Kuroda would then attend Kodo Fuyuki's vigil and funeral in Yokohama on March 23rd and March 24th, to say goodbye to his former rival, tag team partner, booker, and friend for the last time along with everyone from WEW as well as wrestlers all throughout Japan.
March 27, 2003 at Korakuen Hall, Zero One would hold a 10 bell salute for Kodo Fuyuki and the WEW wrestlers of Kuroda, Kanemura, Hido, and Chocoball Mukai would take on and defeat Zero One's Tengu Kaiser, Kuroge Wagyuta, Fuyuki Takahashi, Shinsuke Z Yamagasa after Kanemura would pin Yamagasa in the match.
April 11, 2003 at Korakuen Hall, Kuroda would return to Korakuen Hall, this time for WMF's second ever Korakuen Hall show as he would take on Garuda in what would turn out to be Garuda's last match for a long time. Kuroda would finish off his partner from the November 23, 2001 Yokohama Bunka Gym show with a lariat and afterwards with WMF Commissioner Hayabusa watching. Garuda would announce that due to injuries, he would announce that he was taking as little as a year off from wrestling.
April 29, 2003 at the Tokyo Differ Ariake, Kuroda would challenge for the WEW World Title against Kanemura in the main event. The two friends would battle all over the arena and begin to use chairs and tables on each other just like they do when they team up together. Kanemura would end up defeating Kuroda after a Thunder Powerbomb through a stack of chairs and then another one to finish Kuroda off.
May 3, 2003 at Korakuen Hall, Kuroda would team with Kanemura to take on Zero One's Shinjiro Otani and Masato Tanaka. The two teams would brutalize each other with Kanemura bleeding heavily during the match as Kuroda would square off against his former FMW team mate Masato Tanaka through out most of the match before being finished off by Shinjiro Otani with a Spiral Bomb to lose the match as Zero-One would once again manage to defeat the WEW team.
May 5, 2003 at Kawasaki Stadium at the Kodo Fuyuki Memorial Ceremony. Kuroda would face off against former FMW partner and friend, as well as rival Masato Tanaka in the semi main event of the show for the first time since Kuroda defeated Tanaka for the WEW World Title on January 5, 2000. Kuroda and Tanaka would put on the best match of the show, with both wrestlers hitting each other as hard as they could. Tanaka would manage to defeat Kuroda after a Rolling Elbow to continue the WEW slump against Zero-One. Afterwards, Kuroda and Tanaka would shake hands as it would seem like their friendship was back.
July 7, 2003 at Korakuen Hall, Kuroda would team up with Masato Tanaka for the first time since their December 12, 1999 lost to H & Mr. Gannosuke. This time the two would team up defeat the team of Dick Togo and Ikuto Hidaka. Kuroda would once again be apart of the best match of the show as Kuroda and Tanaka would reprise their signature tag spots that they had used throughout FMW with Tanaka pinning Hidaka to win the match. Afterwards, both teams up would shake hands and hold each others hands up in respect for one another.
July 19, 2003 at the Nihon Budokan Hall, Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Kintaro Kanemura would team up in what would be both wrestlers in ring debut inside the historic building. They would face off against Tomoaki Honma & Kazushi Miyamoto in a play off match to determine the right to go on later in the show to fight Hirotaka Yokoi and Kohei Sato for the All Japan All Asian Tag Team Titles. The match would become a bloody brawl with a ladder and chairs getting
involved in the match. Kanemura would supplex Honma off a table on the top rope sending him through another table. Kuroda and Kanemura would put the ladder on Honma and begin swinging away at him using chairs. Honma would begin to bleed everywhere during the match, but as Kuroda would try to finish Honma off with a Lariat, Honma would counter and hook a Gannosuke Clutch on Kuroda for the three count and the right to move on later in the night.
July 25, 2003 at Korakuen Hall, Kuroda would team up with Mammoth Sasaki in what was originally suppose to be a match against Atsushi Onita & Mr. Gannosuke. Onita would pull out of the match due to an emergency Diet meeting and instead the match would be Kuroda and Mammoth with a mystery partner against The GUN's team of Mr. Gannosuke, Mr. Rocknosuke, and Mr. Iwaonosuke. The mystery partner would turn out to be Kintaro Kanemura and the Street Fight would turn into a match with all 6 wrestlers fighting all over Korakuen Hall. Eventually Mammoth would hit the 29 years old on Mr. Iwaonosuke for the win and Kuroda, Kanemura, and Mammoth would do the TNR Dance to end the show.
Kuroda would then turn his attention to the Zero-One Fire Festival Tournament as he would try to make it to the finals like the year before, but this time to win it. Kuroda would be put in the B bracket meaning he would face Masato Tanaka, Kohei Sato, Alexander Otsuka, and Satoshi Kojima in the Round Robin tournament.
July 27, 2003 at the Ishikawa Industrial Exhibition Hall for an All Japan show, Kuroda's first opponent would be Masato Tanaka. The match would turn out to be short and disappointing as Tanaka would finish off Kuroda with a Roaring Elbow at 8 minutes 7 seconds for a disappointing start to the tournament for Kuroda.
July 29, 2003 at Korakuen Hall, Kuroda would face off this time against Kohei Sato and would get his first victory of the Fire Festival after using a Gannosuke Clutch, just like he used against Corino a year earlier in the tournament to get the victory over Sato and two points into the tournament.
July 31, 2003 at the Osaka Prefectural Gym # 2, Kuroda would face All Japan's Satoshi Kojima for the first time in a singles match. Kojima who in the past year had defeated former FMW wrestlers Masato Tanaka, Mr. Gannosuke, and Kintaro Kanemura. Kojima would also manage to add Kuroda to his list as the two would battle giving each other stiff lariats and hitting their signature move before Kojima would finish Kuroda off just like the other three by removing his elbow pad and nailing Kuroda with a lariat for the win causing a miracle to need to happen for Kuroda to move on in the finals for the tournament.
August 1, 2003 at Korakuen Hall, Kuroda would face off against Alexander Otsuka and manage to score the victory over the former Battlarts wrestler in the final match of the tournament with a lariat for the victory giving Kuroda 4 overall points. The miracle would not take place as Kojima would end up winning in his match at the show and moving onto the finals to represent the B Block and defeating Shinjiro Otani to win the 2003 Fire Festival Tournament.
August 25, 2003 at Korakuen Hall, Kuroda would again be setup to team with Mammoth Sasaki, this time for the Fuyuki Army Promotion, but as the show would get started, Fuyuki Army Promotion booker Go Ito would put TAKA Michinoku in Mammoth's place instead and move Mammoth down to the undercard. Kuroda and TAKA would face off against Masato Tanaka & Yoshihito Sasaki as Kuroda would finish Sasaki off with a lariat. The big news though would be after the main event, that Kintaro Kanemura would ask that all the Independent wrestlers form an alliance to declare war against Zero-One. Kanemura, Mr. Gannosuke, Kuroda, TAKA Michinoku, GOEMON, Onryo, Hido, GENTARO, and Takashi Sasaki would all join the group that would become the Apache Army.
September 21, 2003 at the Tokyo Sunshine Bunka Hall, Kuroda and Kanemura would team up and defeat the team of Tatsuhito Takaiwa & Wataru Sakata after Kuroda would pin the Zero-One/UPW/NWA Jr. Heavyweight Champion Sakata with a lariat to set him up as the number 1 contender for the title.
September 22, 2003 at Korakuen Hall, the Apache Army team of Kuroda, Kanemura, and Mr. Gannosuke would defeat the Zero-One team of former FMW wrestlers Masato Tanaka, Hideki Hosaka, and Yoshihito Sasaki after Kuroda would nail a Shining Wizard on Sasaki and then finish him off in a bloody street fight with a lariat. Hosaka would have to be rushed backstage for attention as his arm was cut deeply during the match.
October 10, 2003 at Korakuen Hall, Kuroda and Kanemura would team up and challenge fort he All Japan All Asian Tag Team Championship match against Hirotaka Yokoi and Kohei Sato. Kuroda would choke slam Yokoi on a stack of chairs and Kanemura would manage to roll up Sato with a Samson Clutch for the victory for the All Japan All Asian Tag Team Titles. Zero-One President Nakamura would refuse to put the belts on Kuroda and Kanemura's waist causing Go Ito to rush to the ring with a barbwire baseball bat with Gannosuke & Hido holding Nakamura and Kanemura smashing the bat against Nakamura's bare chest in celebration for the Apache Army.
October 18, 2003 at the Osaka Prefectural Gym # 2, The Apache Army of Kintaro Kanemura, Mr. Gannosuke, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, and Hido would take on the Zero- One team of Shinjiro Otani, Masato Tanaka, Wataru Sakata and Hideki Hosaka in a Elimination over the top rope match. Kuroda and Sakata would be eliminated at the same time trying to throw each other over the top rope, but the Apache Army would score another victory over Zero One as Kanemura and Gannosuke would pin Otani in the last elimination to win the match.
October 19, 2003 at Tokyo Differ Ariake, Kuroda would face off against former Brand Double Cross member Soldier in Soldier's farewell match in WMF before going to Mexico to train and become a better overall wrestler while working as Black Garuda in IWRG. Kuroda would defeat Soldier with a lariat and shake his hand as a show of respect for Soldier's farewell.
October 24, 2003 at Korakuen Hall, the Apache Army team of Kanemura, Gannosuke, Kuroda, and TAKA Michinoku would face off against the Zero One team of
Shinjiro Otani, Masato Tanaka, Tatsuhito Takaiwa, and Yoshihito Sasaki in a Captain Falls Elimination Match. The luck for the Apache Army would end during this match as the Zero-One team controlling most of the match, including former FMW preliminary wrestler Yoshihito Sasaki getting in a good amount of offense on most of the Apache Army. Kuroda would be eliminated during the match after a Death Valley Driver by Tatsuhito Takaiwa. The Apache Army would not fair well with the 3 on 4 handicap disadvantage and Otani would manage to get Kanemura in a
Crossface causing Kanemura to tap and give the win to the Zero-One team.
Afterwards, Shinya Hashimoto would come to the ring and would get in a
heated argument. Kuroda and Gannosuke would both clothesline Hashimoto but not
be able to knock him down, TAKA Michinoku and GENTARO would follow up with
Double Superkick but just barely move Hashimoto before Kanemura would hit
Hashimoto with the Fuyuki Charging Lariat to knock Hashimoto off his feet as
Hashimoto would get out of the ring and the Apache Army would celebrate with the
November 5, 2003 at the Chiba Town Gym, a series of singles matches in a FMW Come out and Play style match between the Apache Army and Zero- One team would take place. The Apache Army of Kanemura, Gannosuke, GENTARO, Hido, and Kuroda would lose to the Zero One team of Otani, Tanaka, Jun Kasai, Yoshihito Sasaki, and Hideki Hosaka as Kuroda would be the last man out in the series of matches to face Tanaka who was fresh off defeating the tired Gannosuke earlier. Kuroda would start off well, but eventually Tanaka would become too much and pin Kuroda once again with a Roaring Elbow for the Zero-One win.
November 20, 2003 at Korakuen Hall, the Apache Army bad luck would continue but this time by another team as the Apache Army team of Kuroda, Kanemura, and GOEMON would lose to the Michinoku team of Jinsei Shinzaki, Seiji Ikeda, and Kazuya Yuasa after Ikeda would score a big time upset over GOEMON with a clothesline for the Apache Army loss.
24, 2003 at the Ibaragi Tsukuba Kapio, Kuroda and Kanemura would finally snap the
dry streak of the Apache Army by defending their All Japan All Asian Tag Team
Titles for the first time by defeating the team of Tatsuhito Takaiwa and Wataru
Sakata after Kanemura would get the pinfall victory over Takaiwa for some
Shortly afterwards, Kanemura would have take an emergency ride to the hospital after his mouth began to swell up incredibly huge. It would reveal that due to an amount of germs getting into Kanemura's body through a cut.
December 5, 2003 at Korakuen Hall, the Apache Army with Kanemura out would
announce they would reveal a new Apache Army member in their War Games Cage
Match against the Zero-One team of Shinjiro Otani, Masato Tanaka, and Tatsuhito
Takaiwa. Kuroda would be the first wrestler to represent the Apache Army as he
would run to the ring but Masato Tanaka would manage to get into the ring first
and throw the ladder that was setup to climb for the barbwire bat raised up and
right at Kuroda. Tanaka and Kuroda would brawl before Gannosuke and Takaiwa
would come out also but before they could get into the cage, Gannosuke would
toss Takaiwa into a row of chairs before both would get in the cage. Eventually
the last pair of wrestlers would come out as Shinjiro Otani would hit the ring,
but Mammoth Sasaki's music would play and out would come the newest member of
the Apache Army, Mammoth Sasaki. Kuroda would be busted open badly during the
match as well as his arm cut open, and with Gannosuke eventually handcuffed to
the cage, it would look bad for the Apache Army. Kuroda would attempt some
desperation rollups to try and get the victory including a Sampson Clutch on
Otani, but eventually Otani would throw Kuroda into the cage from the back of
his head and then finish him off with a Spiral Bomb for the pinfall victory on
Kuroda and another Zero-One victory over the Apache Army.
December 14, 2003 at Sumo Hall, Kuroda would finally challenge for the Zero-One/NWA/UPW Jr. Heavyweight Championship against Wataru Sakata. The two would put on a good match, before Sakata would manage to get the pinfall victory over Kuroda but the referee messed up and counted three when it was obvious that Kuroda had kicked out before the two count. The match was restarted and Kuroda charged Sakata but Sakata caught him and hit him with a Dragon Supplex to get the victory over Kuroda. Kuroda would announce afterwards due to Kanemura's injury that they would be vacating the All Japan All Asian Tag Team Titles.
December 24, 2003 at Korakuen Hall, Kuroda would team up with Mammoth Sasaki once again against the Zero-One team of Tatsuhito Takaiwa and Kohei Sato as the Apache Army would get the victory over Takaiwa and Sato after Kuroda would nail Sato with a lariat for the win.
December 25, 2003 at Korakuen Hall, Kuroda would team up with Mr. Gannosuke to take on the Zero-One team of Tengu Kaiser and Jun Kasai for the vacant All Japan All Asian Tag Team Titles. Gannosuke would finish Kasai off with a Fire Thunder for the win and Kuroda's second reign as an All Japan All Asian Tag Team Champion.
December 27, 2003 at Korakuen Hall, Kuroda would reveal his mystery partner to be Dick Togo with Kanemura still out to take on Seiji Ikeda & Kazuya Yuasa. Ikeda & Yuasa would put on an incredible performance with effort causing the match to go over 18 minutes before Dick Togo would hit a Pedigree and a Senton Splash and Kuroda would finish off Yuasa with a lariat for the win.
December 31, 2003 at a Tokyo Club Heights for Shinjuku Pro, Kuroda would team with Hido to take on the team of The Great Sasuke & Ryuji Ito who would bring ladders to the ring. Kuroda would be knocked out of the ring with a ladder shot and Sasuke would fly over the top rope and land on Kuroda. Kuroda and Sasuke would begin brawling around the club before making it to the back of the club and even continue their brawl into the elevator as they would go down to the lobby and begin fighting in the streets of Tokyo when Ito would hit a frog splash on to Hido laying on a ladder for the victory as Kuroda and Sasuke would continue brawling all over the streets of Tokyo. Kuroda would eventually make it back to the Club where he and all the other wrestlers would celebrate the new year in the ring as the clock ticked down to 2004.
January 2, 2004 at Korakuen Hall, Kuroda and Gannosuke would defend the All Japan All Asian Tag Team Titles against Satoshi Kojima and Kaz Hayashi under masks as Great Kosuke and Shiryu. Kosuke would nail Kuroda with a lariat and get the pinfall over Kuroda to end Kuroda's second reign as All Asian Champion after just 8 days.
January 14, 2004 at Korakuen Hall, Kuroda would face off once again against
Masato Tanaka in the main event for the Fuyuki Army Promotion show. Tanaka would
manage to hit drop toe hold on Kuroda sending him face first into a chair and
then dropkicking the chair right into Kuroda's face. Tanaka would then grab the
chair and smash it over Kuroda's head. Tanaka would then snap a kendo stick in
half and begin cutting Kuroda's forehead until blood was again coming from
Kuroda's forehead. Kuroda would manage to get a comeback by hitting a lariat as
well as Shining Wizard and a Samson Clutch, but Tanaka would come back with
several Roaring Elbows before finally finishing Kuroda off once again with a
Elbow Smash. It would be Tanaka's four singles victory over Kuroda in a 8 month
span, as his former FMW friend and tag partner showed he had Kuroda's number.
February 11, 2004 at Korakuen Hall, Kuroda would participate in what would thought to be WMF's last ever show. Kuroda would originally be booked in a match against Seiji Ikeda but changes would be made and instead a "Story of the F" match would be made putting Kuroda with GOEMON to face Ricky Fuji & Hideki Hosaka, four long time FMW wrestlers who had faced each other hundreds of times in FMW going at it one more time. Kuroda would manage to score the victory by defeating Ricky Fuji with the lariat. It would be later announced by Mr. Gannosuke that WMF would only be taking 6 months off although it would eventually turn out to be Kuroda's last appearance in WMF.
February 12, 2004 at Korakuen Hall, Kuroda would team up with Mr. Gannosuke and DDT's Sanshiro Takagi and face off against Kintaro Kanemura, TAKA Michinoku, and Big Japan's Daisuke Sekimoto in a Captain Falls Match. Both Kuroda & Kanemura would be the captains of their individual teams with the winning Captain getting the chance to face off against Shinya Hashimoto on March 19th in the main event of the 1 Year Anniversary of Kodo Fuyuki's Death. Although the match would represent many different styles, it would turn out to be a poor match. Kuroda with help from Gannosuke and Takagi would get Kanemura in the spot to nail him with a Shining Wizard before finishing him off with a lariat to score the pinfall and earn the big shot at facing Shinya Hashimoto.
March 7, 2004 at the Yokohama Arena, Kuroda would team up with Kintaro Kanemura & Masato Tanaka to face the team of The Gladiator, Sabu, and Justin Credible for HUSTLE-2. Masato Tanaka had recently ended his partnership with Shinjiro Otani, and decided to side with his friend Kuroda, although it would also mean he would have to side with his rival Kintaro Kanemura. Kanemura would have a problem with it from the beginning due to his dislike for Tanaka, but would agree to do it. The match would be built as former FMW champions vs. former ECW champions. Masato Tanaka would manage to get the victory over Justin Credible by nailing him with the Roaring Elbow to score the victory for the former FMW superstars. The conflict between Masato Tanaka & Kintaro Kanemura would not be over, as Tanaka would end up walking away without celebrating, as Kuroda was put in the middle of two of his friends hating each other.
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