Koji Nakagawa was born on June 26, 1969 in Tokyo, Japan.
Koji who had grown up as a fan of wrestling decided to get in the business and in 1991 he entered into the FMW Dojo where he would start his new life as a professional wrestler and live in the Dojo where he would train and test his body with physical activities to show his trainer Tarzan Goto that he had what it took to make in to the wrestling business. While living in the FMW Dojo, he would make friendships with Eiji Ezaki and Masashi Honda who were one year ahead of him in training.
Koji Nakagawa would wrestle his debut match on March 20, 1992 in Fukui against fellow FMW Dojo student Eiji Ezaki with Ezaki getting the win after making Nakagawa submit to a single leg crab.
Nakagawa's next match would be on March 22, 1992 in Ueda with Nakagawa going up against another FMW Dojo student in Mr. Gannosuke with Gannosuke getting the pinfall over Nakagawa.
Nakagawa would make his Korakuen Hall debut on April 23, 1992 in the opening match against Eiji Ezaki with Ezaki getting the pinfall over Nakagawa.
Although having only wrestled in a few singles opening match losses to the likes of Ezaki, Gannosuke, and Akihito Ichihara, Nakagawa would be put in a high profile match very quickly as he would main event the May 31, 1992 Korakuen Hall show with Atsushi Onita against Sambo Asako and Mr. Gannosuke. Onita would end up getting the pinfall for his team after hitting a Thunder Fire Powerbomb on Gannosuke to get the win.
Nakagawa would then follow that up by getting his first singles victory on June 16, 1992 in Chiba by defeating another FMW rookie in Shoji Nakamaki who was apart of Nakagawa's 1992 FMW Dojo class and who had made his pro-wrestling debut just two weeks prior to the match.
Nakagawa would continue for a couple of months in opening matches with losing to Ezaki when put up against him and defeating Nakamaki when put up against him.
Nakagawa would then be booked for his first Stadium show as he would take the place of the injured Mr. Gannosuke to team with Eiji Ezaki in the opening match on September 19, 1992 at the Yokohama Stadium against the team of Chris Jericho and Kevin Faule. The Ezaki and Nakagawa team would fail to get the win as Jericho would end up pinning Ezaki with a Double Missile Kick.
Nakagawa would continue to gain experience as he was mostly losing in opening matches to Eiji Ezaki and The Great Punk every night.
Nakagawa would score his first pinfall over a wrestler that had started after him as he would manage to defeat Mr. Gannosuke on January 5, 1993 at Korakuen Hall in Gannosuke's return match from injury. Nakagawa would follow that up the next day at Korakuen Hall on January 6th by getting knocked out by boxer Katsuji Ueda.
Nakagawa's next important match would take place on February 19, 1993 at the Minami Ashikaga Gym as he would take on his trainer Tarzan Goto for the first time in the opening match. Goto would manage to easily put away Nakagawa but with time Nakagawa was proving more and more of what he was made of.
Nakagawa would team with Mr. Gannosuke and Eiji Ezaki on March 17, 1993 at the Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center as the Dojo students would face the team of Sabu & Tiger Jeet Singh, Jr. & Judge Dread with Sabu putting away Nakagawa for the pinfall.
The next big match for Nakagawa would be on May 5, 1993 at Kawasaki Stadium in his singles Stadium debut against Eiji Ezaki. Ezaki would end up getting the pinfall on Nakagawa once again after hitting a Moonsault to score the victory.
Nakagawa's next win would take place on July 16, 1993 at Korakuen Hall as he would defeat new to FMW the 60 year old Mr. Chin in a comedy opening match.
Nakagawa would compete in another Stadium show the following week as he would team up with Battle Ranger Z on July 24, 1993 at the Kitakyushu Stadium against Damian and The Zombie with Damian getting the pinfall over Nakagawa
Nakagawa would manage to get his first Stadium victory at the Osaka Hyago
Nishnomiya Stadium on August 22, 1993 in Osaka against Chiaki Matsuyama after
making Matsuyama submit to a single leg crab.
Nakagawa would team up with Mr. Gannosuke on September 1, 1993 at the Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center as they would end up being destroyed by the bigger team of Big Titan and The Gladiator after Titan would knock the hell out of Nakagawa to end the match.
Nakagawa would then enter into his first tournament for the newly created FMW Independent Jr. Heavyweight Title. Nakagawa's first match would be against Eiji Ezaki on September 17, 1993 in Ibaraki with Nakagawa getting his first career pinfall over Ezaki after hitting him with a Moonsault. Nakagawa though would come down wrong on the Moonsault and end up injuring his shoulder. Nakagawa would need help after the match and his arm would end up needing to be put in a sling. Despite defeating Ezaki in the match, due to the injury, Ezaki would end up taking Nakagawa's place in the semi-finals of the tournament.
Nakagawa would make his return from his injury on November 19, 1993 at Korakuen Hall losing to FMW rookie Masato Tanaka.
Nakagawa would team up with fellow FMW Dojo wrestlers Katsutoshi Niiyama, Mr. Gannosuke, and Masato Tanaka to represent FMW against the W*ING team of Hisakatsu Oya, Masaru Toi, Hideki Hosaka, and Dark Ranger on December 8, 1993 at the Tokyo International Trade Harumi Dome with Niiyama hitting an Exploder on Ranger to get the win for the FMW team.
Nakagawa would team up with fellow undercard FMW wrestlers Battle Ranger Z and Masato Tanaka against on May 5, 1994 at Kawasaki Stadium to take on the Michinoku Pro team of The Great Sasuke & Hanzo Nakajima & Shiryu with Battle Ranger hitting the Hyper Tornado to pin on Nakajima for the FMW win.
Nakagawa would battle mostly in opening matches against the newer class of FMW Dojo wrestlers in Masato Tanaka, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, and Gosaku Goshogawara in the opening matches with Nakagawa usually getting the win.
Mr. Gannosuke would team up with Nakagawa on July 31, 1994 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym to take on the team of Ricky Fuji and Dr. Luther as Nakagawa was finally beginning to branch out with different opponents. Dread would end up putting Nakagawa away with the Dread Special for the loss.
Nakagawa would then make his debut outside Japan as he would participate in FMW's Russian Stadium shows. Nakagawa would team up with Mitsuhiro Matsunaga on the first two shows on August 9th and 10th and then teaming up with Masato Tanaka on August 11, 1994 to lose to the team of Tarzan Goto and Battle Ranger Z.
The opening match of the August 28, 1994 show at the Osaka Castle Hall would see Nakagawa team up with Katsutoshi Niiyama and Tetsuhiro Kuroda to defeat the team of Battle Ranger Z, Masato Tanaka, and Gosaku Goshogawara with Nakagawa getting the win for his team after hitting Tanaka with a Diving Shoulder Block.
The FMW undercard would be represented by Nakagawa, Katsutoshi Niiyama and Masato Tanaka as they would take on the W*ING team of Mitsuhiro Matsunaga, Yukihiro Kanemura, and Masashi Aoyagi on December 1, 1994 at the Hiroshima Green Arena with W*ING team being just too much for the younger FMW team as Kanemura would pin Tanaka for the W*ING victory.
The young FMW team would take on the W*ING team again on December 20, 1994 at the Nagoya Aiichi Gym, this time the FMW team would be represented by Nakagawa, Katsutoshi Niiyama, Masato Tanaka, and Gosaku Goshogawara against the W*ING team of Mitsuhiro Matsunaga, Yukihiro Kanemura, Hideki Hosaka, and Hido in a Single Elimination Match. Nakagawa would manage to eliminate Hido during the match and would be the last member of the FMW team going up against both Matsunaga and Kanemura which would just be too much for him as Matsunaga would end up putting away Nakagawa for another W*ING victory.
Nakagawa would main event Korakuen Hall for the first time since very early in his career as he would be apart of the FMW team of Atsushi Onita, Tarzan Goto, Mr. Gannosuke, and Katsutoshi Niiyama, and Gosaku Goshogawara against the W*ING team of Mr. Pogo, The Gladiator, Hisakatsu Oya, Mitsuhiro Matsunaga, Yukihiro Kanemura, and Hideki Hosaka on January 6, 1995 in a Yen on a Pole Street Fight with the W*ING team once again defeating the FMW team after Kanemura would come down with the Yen.
Nakagawa would score the biggest win of his career at the time on March 30, 1995 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym as he would defeat Hideki Hosaka after hitting a moonsault for the win to capture the FMW Independent Jr. Heavyweight Title which would be Nakagawa's first title in his three year career.
Nakagawa would main event one more time along
side Atsushi Onita before his upcoming Retirement Match as the FMW team would be
represented by Nakagawa, Onita, Katsutoshi Niiyama, and Masato Tanaka against
the W*ING team of Mr. Pogo, The Gladiator, Mitsuhiro Matsunaga, and Horace
Boulder on April 21, 1995 at Korakuen Hall in a Barbed wire Yen on a Pole Match
with Onita this time managing to grab the Yen for the FMW win over W*ING.
Nakagawa would then team with Judge Dread to defeat Tokyo Pro's team of former FMW Dojo wrestler Ryo Myoke and Douktare in a undercard match at the biggest FMW show ever on May 5, 1995 at Kawasaki Stadium in front of over 58,000 fans for Atsushi Onita's Retirement match.
Nakagawa would wrestle in the first post Onita match in FMW on May 17, 1995 as he would defeat Tetsuhiro Kuroda in the opening match in Saitama. FMW would have a completely different look to the promotion with Onita retiring and Tarzan Goto along with Mr. Gannosuke having left the promotion to join the IWA Japan promotion. Eiji Ezaki who had wrestled Nakagawa was now expected to become the leader of FMW as Hayabusa. Nakagawa had also reinvented himself wearing pink and black and wearing shades to match his favorite wrestler Bret Hart.
Nakagawa would then be entered into the FMW Young Spirit Tournament with the finalists of the tournament being placed into the FMW Grand Slam Tournament to challenge for the FMW Brass Knuckles Title. Nakagawa would start off slow by losing to Masato Tanaka in the first match of the round robin tournament on July 18, 1995 at Korakuen Hall. Nakagawa would then lose to Hido and although he would come back and defeat Tetsuhiro Kuroda, he would lose to W*ING Kanemura on July 23, 1995 which would pretty much eliminate him from the tournament. He would still manage to defeat Hideki Hosaka on July 28th but it would not be enough as he would finish with only four points, not enough to qualify for the finals.
The FMW Independent Jr. Heavyweight Title held by Nakagawa would end up being vacated with Nakagawa having to challenge once again to win back his title. Nakagawa would take on Ricky Fuji on November 20, 1995 at the Fukouka Hakata Star Lanes with Nakagawa getting the win over Ricky to once again win the title back.
Nakagawa would then main event for FMW's Yokohama Bunka Gym show on December 21, 1995 as he would team with Hayabusa and The Great Sasuke to take on the team of Super Delfin, Ricky Fuji, and TAKA Michinoku in a highflying six man match with Hayabusa getting the pinfall over Ricky with the Phoenix Splash
Nakagawa would then fly to the United States and make his only U.S. wrestling appearance
in ECW on December 29, 1995 in Queens, New York as he would be defeated easily
by getting choked by Taz in his one and only appearance for the promotion.
Nakagawa would then fly back to Japan and work one of the most brutal matches on January 10, 1996 in Chiba while teaming with Hayabusa & Masato Tanaka against Mitsuhiro Matsunaga, W*ING Kanemura, and Hido in a barbwire spider net Death Match. Nakagawa would be thrown into the barbwire several times, but it would be Hayabusa to take the brutal beating in the match after being tossed several times into the spider net barbwire, which would severe injuries to Hayabusa causing the ace of FMW to be out of action until May 5, 1996 for FMW's Kawasaki Stadium show.
The Kaientai DX team of TAKA Michinoku and Shoichi Funaki would then set their sights for Nakagawa's FMW Jr. Heavyweight Title. TAKA and Funaki would challenge Nakagawa and The Wild Shooter on February 23, 1996 at Korakuen Hall with Nakagawa getting the pinfall over TAKA. TAKA and Funaki would end up stealing the FMW Independent Jr. Heavyweight Title belt from Nakagawa afterwards with Nakagawa having to be held back by Gosaku Goshogawara and referee Ted Tanabe from going after them.
Nakagawa would then team up with Masato Tanaka to represent FMW with Hayabusa out of action in the main event of the March 15, 1996 show at the Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center against the returning Shoji Nakamaki and Headhunter A with Headhunter A getting the pinfall over Tanaka. Atsushi Onita would return to FMW for the first time since his retirement to chase off the new group consisting of IWA Puerto Rico wrestlers.
Nakagawa would then defend his FMW Independent Jr. Heavyweight Title for the first time on April 21, 1996 at Korakuen Hall against Shoichi Funaki with Nakagawa getting the pinfall over Funaki to setup a match against TAKA Michinoku on May 5, 1996 at Kawasaki Stadium for the title.
Nakagawa would put up his FMW Independent Jr. Heavyweight Title against TAKA Michinoku on May 5, 1996 at Kawasaki Stadium and although the match would turn out to be one of Nakagawa's best quality matches, he would end up losing his Jr. Heavyweight Title after TAKA Michinoku would hit the Michinoku Driver on Nakagawa for the pinfall and the title. Hayabusa would also take another absence after the show due to injuries he had suffered in his Exploding Ring Barbed wire Death Match loss to Terry Funk and Mr. Pogo.
Nakagawa would also be promoted as one of the bookers for FMW as he was the group leader that would represent the FMW wrestlers backstage and along with Victor Quinones who represented the foreigners with head booker Go Ito who would help book the matches for FMW.
Nakagawa would team up with Masato Tanaka and Tetsuhiro Kuroda on June 28, 1996 at Korakuen Hall to capture the FMW 6 Man Street Fight Tag Team Titles from Super Leather & The Headhunters, and after the celebration of winning the match, a mask less Hayabusa in shades and hat would appear in the back to watch the FMW team celebrate their victory. Nakagawa would spot Hayabusa and go right after him and attack Hayabusa until he would have to be held back by Tanaka and Kuroda. Nakagawa very upset over Hayabusa leaving FMW for the time being and causing Tanaka, Kuroda, and himself having to defend FMW against the W*ING team as well as the IWA Puerto Rican team.
Nakagawa would challenge Hayabusa who would be returning to FMW for the first time since his May 5, 1996 Kawasaki match at the Shiodome on August 1, 1996. Nakagawa and Hayabusa would never click in the match, and the match would be considered a very big disappointment by all the fans as well both Hayabusa and Nakagawa as Hayabusa would get the victory after both wrestlers would knock each other and Hayabusa barely getting up to beat the 10 count for the KO victory.
Both Hayabusa and Koji Nakagawa would go to FMW owner Shoichi Arai and ask for a rematch to make up for the bad match and the match would be made on August 23, 1996 at Korakuen Hall. Nakagawa would score the biggest win of his career as he would cleanly defeat Hayabusa in what was considered a much better match than the first.
Nakagawa would then wrestle in the most brutal match of his career on September 1, 1996 in Nagoya with Masato Tanaka & Tetsuhiro Kuroda against W*ING Kanemura, Hido, and Hideki Hosaka in a Exploding Barbed wire Double Hell Death Match. Nakagawa would take one of the sickest bumps after being thrown into the Exploding Barbed wire and then being kicked into the head and sent into the exploding barbed wire on the floor. Nakagawa would lay there motionless for several minutes as it would turn into a handicap math as a result. Hayabusa would come out and watch as Nakagawa would begin to crawl back into the ring. Nakagawa would end up getting revenge by throwing Kanemura into the Exploding Barbed wire on the floor which would help Masato Tanaka hit a Powerbomb on Hideki Hosaka to get the win for FMW. Hayabusa would be there watching and be by Nakagawa's side after the match as the differences between the two would end as Nakagawa would accept Hayabusa back into the FMW team.
Nakagawa would schedule himself to get the pinfall in the match which would not go over well with Go Ito as both Onita who was returning from retirement and Mr. Pogo was supposedly wrestling retiring were in the match. In the end, Nakagawa would be removed from the booking team for the most part as well as removed from the match and be replaced by friend Tetsuhiro Kuroda, and Masato Tanaka would then be booked to get the win in the match instead. Victor Quinones would also be removed for the most part from the booking team as well with Atsushi Onita along with Shoichi Arai would help book the matches with Go Ito.
Nakagawa would then begin to feud with friend Katsutoshi Niiyama who had just turned heel and joined the new members of the Funk Masters of Wrestling in Mr. Gannosuke and Flying Kid Ichihara.
Nakagawa would wrestle Katsutoshi Niiyama on April 29, 1997 at the Yokohama Arena. Nakagawa would get the win over Niiyama in a very good
match. Afterwards, Niiyama would help up Nakagawa despite being a heel and the
two would embrace afterwards. It would turn out to be Katsutoshi Niiyama's last
match in FMW after a 7 year career in the promotion.
Nakagawa would work just undercard matches or as Hayabusa's tag partner for the most part of 1997 until winning the FMW Street Fight Tag Titles again on August 31, 1997 at Korakuen Hall with Hayabusa & Masato Tanaka against The Gladiator & Hisakatsu Oya & Mr. Gannosuke.
Nakagawa would then wrestle at FMW's biggest show of the year on September 28, 1997 at Kawasaki Stadium in a 13 man street fight Royal Rumble, but would not fair so well after be eliminated very early in the match. After the show, Atsushi Onita would form a new group called ZEN after the W*ING team finally came to an end. Onita along with Yukihiro Kanemura, Hido, Hideki Hosaka, and Tetsuhiro Kuroda were officially the new group to try and take over FMW.
The ZEN group would start by winning the FMW 6 Man Street Fight Tag Titles away from Hayabusa, Tanaka, and Nakagawa on October 14, 1997 at the Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center after Onita would pin Nakagawa.
There would then be talk of releasing Koji Nakagawa by FMW as Nakagawa had shown much frustration in where his character was with the promotion. But the two would come to terms and would turn into a storyline as on November 28, 1997 at Korakuen Hall, Nakagawa would talk with FMW owner Shoichi Arai in the ring and would talk about his frustrations with where he was being positioned on the card and that if it did not change soon, then he would leave FMW. Arai agreed that there would be a change for Nakagawa in FMW. But that promise was not lived up to by Arai. Nakagawa would wrestle Mr. Pogo # 2 and wrestle against Yoshinori Sasaki in his debut match on December 8, 1997. Nakagawa would continue to work in undercard matches infuriating him inside about his spot and being lied to.
It would all explode on December 13, 1997 after Hayabusa would cut a promo praising FMW at the end of a show. A furious Nakagawa would knee his friend in the gut with all the FMW wrestlers in the ring watching. Nakagawa would begin screaming at Hayabusa for praising the promotion after it had lied to him and kept him down on the card after promising there would be a difference. Nakagawa would announce that he was quitting FMW.
December 22, 1997 at Korakuen Hall, ZEN would suffer a huge loss as Onita would be pinned by Hayabusa in a War Games Match. Afterwards, Onita would be turned on by his ZEN members Mr. Gannosuke and Yukihiro Kanemura and left in the cage where he was tied up, and beaten by the two until Nakagawa in all black came into the ring and attacked Gannosuke and Kanemura with a chair until they would leave officially gone from ZEN. Nakagawa would get on the mic and ask Atsushi Onita to let him into the ZEN group after FMW had turned its back on him and lied to him. Atsushi Onita would accept Koji Nakagawa into the new ZEN group as ZEN had become a new face group due to the emergence of the group consisting of Mr. Gannosuke, Yukihiro Kanemura, and Hido.
Nakagawa would make his presence known right away at ZEN's first ever promoted show on January 7, 1998 show at Korakuen Hall, with the team of Atsushi Onita and Tetsuhiro Kuroda would defeat the team of Mr. Gannosuke, Yukihiro Kanemura, and Hido after Nakagawa would score the pinfall on Hido for the win. After the show, Mr. Gannosuke, Kanemura, and Hido along with Kodo Fuyuki and Jado would form the new heel group "Team No Respect" that would battle both the ZEN team and the FMW team.
Nakagawa along with Atsushi Onita and Tetsuhiro Kuroda would capture the FMW 6 Man Street Fights at ZEN's second promoted show on February 13, 1998 defeating the TNR team of Mr. Gannosuke, Yukihiro Kanemura, and Jado after Nakagawa would choke out the bloody Kanemura for the win. But afterwards, the TNR team would attack FMW referee Go Ito's leg for stopping the match and giving the titles to ZEN which would apparently leave Go Ito on crutches after the attack.
Nakagawa would then team with Tetsuhiro Kuroda would then challenge Mr. Gannosuke & Yukihiro Kanemura for the FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Titles on February 19, 1998 at Korakuen Hall with Go Ito in the ZEN team's corner. But as Nakagawa would be climbing the top turnbuckle, Go Ito would jump on the apron and smash his crutch over Nakagawa's back helping Gannosuke get the easy pinfall over the injured Koji Nakagawa. Go Ito would become the newest member of Team No Respect.
Nakagawa would then be entered into the 8 man tournament for a shot at Gannosuke's Double Titles but would fail to advance past the first round on March 7, 1998 after losing to Yukihiro Kanemura
by a rollup after Go Ito would interfere in the match.
ZEN would then begin a losing streak, and on March 13, 1998 at the Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center, they would lose for the first time at a ZEN promoted show as himself, Hideki Hosaka, and Tetsuhiro Kuroda would be tied up and beaten by Team No Respect as the rest of members would attack Atsushi Onita before laying him out and Gannosuke getting the pinfall over Onita.
Nakagawa would then suffer an apparent shoulder injury while wrestling and would have to be bandaged up for every show, which would cause him to lose very quickly on April 30, 1998 in a Three Way Dance at the Yokohama Bunka Gym to Hisakatsu Oya and Chris Chetti after Oya would make him submit.
Nakagawa's losing streak due to the injury would continue in May as he would be pinned for the FMW 6 Man Street Fight Tag Titles by the team of Kodo Fuyuki, Yukihiro Kanemura, and Hido after Hido would pin Nakagawa on May 5, 1998 in Wakayama. After the show, a depressed Onita by losing on May 5th would announce to Nakagawa, Kuroda, The Gladiator, and Hosaka that he was officially ending ZEN.
Koji Nakagawa still with a bandaged arm would team with Atsushi Onita to challenge Kodo Fuyuki and Yukihiro Kanemura for the FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Titles on May 31, 1998 and after it seemed like Onita was about to defeat Fuyuki. Go Ito with a crutch would try to interfere in the match, but Nakagawa would grab the crutch from him, and then would shock the crowd by smashing the crutch over Onita's back just like Go Ito had done to him three months earlier as Onita was trying to Powerbomb Fuyuki. Nakagawa would pull of the bandage showing that it was a fake injury the entire time and would help Fuyuki and Kanemura defeat the beaten down Atsushi Onita. Go Ito would get on the mic and proclaim Koji Nakagawa, "Mr. Double Cross" and the newest member of Team No Respect.
Team No Respect would then reveal Nakagawa as their mystery partner in a match with Kodo Fuyuki and Yukihiro Kanemura for the vacant FMW 6 Man Street Fight Tag Titles against Hayabusa, Masato Tanaka, and Hisakatsu Oya with Nakagawa scoring the pin over Tanaka on June 1, 1998 in Osaka. Only one day after joining Team No Respect, Nakagawa was once again a FMW 6 Man Street Fight Champion.
June 28, 1998 at theTokyo South Owasa Multipurpose Plaza, Koji Nakagawa along with Kodo Fuyuki and Yukihiro Kanemura to defend their FMW 6 Man Street Fight Tag Team Titles against Hayabusa, Hisakatsu Oya, and Ricky Fuji. Nakagawa would bring out his fork again as he would carve Ricky Fuji's forehead during the match leaving him a bloody mess. Fuyuki would eventually end up getting the pinfall over Ricky after hitting him with a Lariat for the successful title defense for Team No Respect.
Nakagawa along with fellow Team No Respect members Kodo Fuyuki, Jado, and Gedo would team in a Single Elimination match against the FMW team of Hayabusa, Daisuke Ikeda, Hisakatsu Oya, and Ricky Fuji on July 10, 1998 at Korakuen Hall. During the match, Hayabusa would be unmasked, and Nakagawa would being to use his now signature fork in cutting and bloodying Hayabusa's forehead until he was a bloody mess. Hayabusa who would be the only one left would finally be able to grab the fork away from Nakagawa, but Nakagawa would spit mist in Hayabusa's face and roll him up for the pinfall and the win for Team No Respect to set up a feud between Nakagawa and FMW Double Titles Champion Hayabusa.
Hayabusa who was extremely upset over the loss to Nakagawa at Korakuen, would announce that he was not going to be the same Hayabusa when challenging Nakagawa in their next match.
Nakagawa would challenge The Darkside of Hayabusa on August 22, 1998 at a Tokyo TV Studio. Hayabusa would be dressed differently from his normal entire, showing more of a chaotic side. The match though again would be considered a let down as there were many mess up spots like their match two years at Shiodome, as well as a screw job finish as Hayabusa was going to the top turnbuckle to finish Nakagawa off. The light would turn off, and Mr. Gannosuke in Jinsei Shinzaki's ring attire would Powerbomb Hayabusa laying him out for when the lights were turned on, Nakagawa would roll over and get the pinfall victory on The Darkside of Hayabusa to set up Nakagawa for a future match with Hayabusa for the FMW Double Titles.
Nakagawa would first go through former FMW and ZEN friend Tetsuhiro Kuroda on September 8, 1998 at Korakuen Hall, and defeat Kuroda with his Jackknife roll up to set himself up as the number one contender for a match with Hayabusa for the FMW Double Titles at the next Korakuen Hall show.
Nakagawa would finally get his shot at a singles main event at Korakuen Hall for the FMW Double Titles on October 6, 1998. Again, their Korakuen match would turn out to be much better than their previous one, as Nakagawa would use his fork on Hayabusa to cut open his bicep. Nakagawa would suffer a bloody nose during the match, but would use every trick that he had used throughout his winning streak, but Hayabusa would end up fighting back and finishing off Nakagawa with the Falcon Arrow to end Nakagawa's main event run as a heel in FMW.
Nakagawa would then take on Hisakatsu Oya at the Yokohama Bunka Gym on November 20, 1998 in some what of a rematch of their last encounter at the Yokohama Bunka Gym. Nakagawa would defeat Oya with
the Jack Knife rollup for the win although Nakagawa would soon be getting pushed
down the card after this show.
Koji Nakagawa would then be entered into the 16 man single elimination tournament for a shot at Kodo Fuyuki's newly won Double Titles on March 19th at the Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center.
Nakagawa's first round opponent would be Mr. Gannosuke who had just returned to FMW after a knee injury had kept him out for most the year on December 12, 1998 at Korakuen Hall. Nakagawa would attempt using his fork by cutting open Gannosuke as well as putting him in the Sharpshooter, but Gannosuke would counter and end up putting into a submission which Nakagawa would quickly give up, ending his tournament hopes in the first round.
In what defiantly would show the sign that FMW had given up on Nakagawa's main push, he would take on the returning Masato Tanaka on January 5, 1999 at Korakuen Hall. It would only take Tanaka 33 seconds to get the pin on Nakagawa, debuting his new finisher "The Diamond Dust" for the victory.
Nakagawa would then begin to tag team with fellow Team No Respect member Gedo on a permanent basis with Gedo's usual tag partner Jado out of action with an injury. Nakagawa and Gedo's first real big match as a tag team would come on March 19, 1999 at the Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center against the All Japan team of Masa Fuchi & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi, and in the end it would be Nakagawa that would be pinned by Kikuchi in the match.
Nakagawa & Gedo would then be entered into the FMW Round Robin Tag Team Tournament with the winners of the tournament, winning the FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Titles.
Nakagawa & Gedo would start off slow and be defeated by the favorites of the Tournament, Hayabusa & Kodo Fuyuki on March 20, 1999 in Miyagi after Hayabusa would pin Gedo. Nakagawa & Gedo would get their first win over the team of Super Leather & Hideki Hosaka on March 26, 1999 in Mie, after Nakagawa would get the pin over former FMW Brass Knuckles Champion Super Leather. But they would fall and look to be out of it, after losing to the team of Mr. Gannosuke & Hisakatsu Oya on March 28, 1999 in Shiga after Oya would pin Nakagawa. Nakagawa & Gedo would seem to be out of the Tournament, but on April 20, 1999 at Korakuen Hall, they would score the upset of the Tournament by defeating the team of Masato Tanaka & Tetsuhiro Kuroda who were heavy favorites after Nakagawa would hit a jack knife roll up on Kuroda for the win.
After their major upset, they would score a pinfall over the team of Armageddon who would later become 3 Minute Warning in the WWE after Gedo would pin Armageddon # 2 with a Frog Splash to keep their hopes in the Tournament alive. Nakagawa & Gedo would then have to face two teams on the same day, and win both matches for them to be able to make a playoff match against Masato Tanaka & Tetsuhiro Kuroda to make it to the finals of the Tournament.
Nakagawa & Gedo would start off by defeating fellow Team No Respect members Yukihiro Kanemura & Hido on April 30, 1999 with Gedo pinning Hido. They would then face the Battlarts' team of Daisuke Ikeda and Mohammed Yone and defeat them after Nakagawa would roll up Yone for the win and the chance to wrestle in a playoff match to make it to the finals of the Tournament.
Before facing Tanaka & Kuroda in the play off match, Nakagawa would wrestle his only All Japan match and make his Tokyo Dome debut on May 2, 1999 along with Yukihiro Kanemura & Gedo taking on the All Japan team of Masa Fuchi, Johnny Smith, and Tamon Honda which the All Japan team would win after Honda would score the pinfall over Gedo.
Nakagawa & Gedo would then face Masato Tanaka & Tetsuhiro Kuroda on May 3, 1999 in Nagoya in the playoff to see who would face Hayabusa & Kodo Fuyuki in the finals. Nakagawa & Gedo would not lost last though, as they would be destroyed by Tanaka & Kuroda and Kuroda would pin Gedo in just over two minutes to eliminate Nakagawa & Gedo. Tanaka & Kuroda would go on to defeat Hayabusa & Kodo Fuyuki to win the Tournament and the FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Titles.
Nakagawa would then face All Japan's Tsuyoshi Kikuchi in a singles match on May 5, 1999 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym. Kikuchi would win the match after reversing Nakagawa's jack knife roll up for the win. Despite Nakagawa being a heel, the crowd would begin to show their anger towards the finish that Nakagawa should have won the match and that All Japan was abusing their power over FMW in their talent
exchanging. FMW would end their relationship with All Japan as a result.
Nakagawa & Gedo would continue to team up, despite Jado returning to action. They would be granted the first shot at Tanaka & Kuroda's FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Titles on June 13, 1999 in Okayama for scoring their upset win over them in the Tournament. This time, during the match. Nakagawa would grab the belt and smash it over Kuroda's head and get the pin on Kuroda as a result to become the new FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Champions.
Nakagawa & Gedo would quickly defend their newly won Tag Titles against the team of Sabu & Super Leather. Nakagawa & Gedo would successfully defend their Titles after Gedo would pin Super Leather with a Gedo Clutch. Soon afterwards, the FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Titles would be changed into the WEW Tag Team Titles and Nakagawa & Gedo would officially be declared the first WEW Tag Team Champions.
Nakagawa & Gedo along with Kodo Fuyuki would enter in to the 4 team 6 Man Tag Tournament to try to win the new WEW 6 Man Tag Team Titles. Their first match would be against the team of Hayabusa & Masato Tanaka & Tetsuhiro Kuroda on July 18, 1999 in Osaka. The match would go to a 30 minute draw giving both teams a single point to start off the Tournament. Their first win would be on July 24, 1999 after defeating the team of Super Leather & Armageddon after Super Leather would get disqualified in the match. But the next day, on July 25, 1999. They would defeat their fellow Team No Respect team mates of Mr. Gannosuke & Yukihiro Kanemura & Jado after Gedo would hit the Frog Splash on Jado for the win which would set up Nakagawa's team as getting the chance to wrestle in the Finals of the Tournament.
Nakagawa along with Kodo Fuyuki & Gedo would end up facing the team of Hayabusa & Masato Tanaka & Tetsuhiro Kuroda once again on July 31, 1999 at Korakuen Hall. The Hayabusa team had already wrestled two matches prior on the show, and after interference, Fuyuki would end up pinning Hayabusa after a Charging Lariat to score the pin on Hayabusa to become the first ever WEW 6 Man Tag Team Champions. Nakagawa was now both apart of the WEW Tag Team Champions, as well as part of the WEW 6 Man Tag Team Champions.
Nakagawa & Gedo though would not make it out of Korakuen Hall on August 23, 1999 still the WEW Tag Team Champions as they would lose the Titles to Tetsuhiro Kuroda & Hisakatsu Oya after Oya would make Gedo tap.
Then he would lose the WEW 6 Man Tag Team Titles to the team of Masato Tanaka & Tetsuhiro Kuroda & Hisakatsu Oya on September 23, 1999 in Kanazawa after Tanaka would pin Fuyuki in the match. The team of Masato Tanaka & Tetsuhiro Kuroda & Hisakatsu Oya would go on to vacate the 6 Man Titles though leaving the Titles vacant for the big FMW November 23, 1999 Yokohama Arena Show.
Koji Nakagawa would then team with Jado & Gedo and challenge Ricky Fuji & Flying Kid Ichihara & Chocoball Mukai for the vacant WEW 6 Man Tag Team Titles in a Ladder Match on November 23, 1999 at the Yokohama Arena in the opening match. Ricky Fuji would end up climbing the ladder and grabbing the Title belts for the win in the much better than expected match.
But Nakagawa & Jado & Gedo would get a rematch, and on December 11,
1999 at Korakuen Hall, they would defeat the team of Ricky Fuji & Flying Kid
Ichihara and Chocoball after Jado would Chocoball with a lariat for the win to
win the WEW 6 Tag Team Titles giving Nakagawa his second reign with the titles.
Koji Nakagawa & Gedo would then team up once again and take part in a 4 way Tag Team Match on February 25, 2000 at Korakuen Hall to become the number 1 contenders for the WEW Tag Team Titles. The teams of Hisakatsu Oya & Naohiko Yamazaki and Hideki Hosaka & Yoshinori Sasaki would be eliminated leaving Nakagawa & Gedo to take on Team No Respect friends Kintaro Kanemura & Jado. Nakagawa would end up getting a jack knife roll up on his fellow WEW 6 Man Tag Champion Jado for the win, making the team of Nakagawa & Gedo the number 1 contenders for the WEW Tag Team Titles.
Nakagawa & Gedo would face the WEW Tag Team Champions of Kodo Fuyuki and Kyoko Inoue who were apart of ECW Japan on April 1, 2000 in Yokosuka. Nakagawa & Gedo would win the match after Gedo would hit the Frog Splash on Kyoko Inoue to once again become the WEW Tag Team Champions.
Nakagawa & Jado & Gedo would go on to lose the WEW 6 Man Tag Team Titles to ECW Japan's Kodo Fuyuki, Kyoko Inoue and Chocoball Mukai on April 25, 2000 in Shibuya Ward after Fuyuki would pin Jado. Nakagawa, Jado and Gedo though would once again win back the WEW 6 Man Tag Team Titles on May 3, 2000 in Fukuoka over ECW Japan.
Nakagawa & Jado & Gedo would then successfully defend the WEW 6 Man Tag Team Titles over 4 other men in Willie Williams, Willie Takayama who was former Team No Respect team mate Hido as well as karate students Megane & Bouzu who were subbing for Tarec Pasca who could not make the show on May 5, 2000 at the Komazawa Olympic Indoor Park, after Nakagawa would make Takayama after putting putting him in the Cobra Clutch.
Nakagawa & Jado & Gedo would then defend the WEW 6 Man Tag Team Titles once again against Kodo Fuyuki & Kyoko Inoue & Chocoball Mukai on May 28, 2000. Nakagawa would once again show why he was nick named "Mr. Double Cross" after hitting team mate Gedo with the 6 Man Title belt and helping Fuyuki once again get the pin over Gedo. Almost two years, to the date that he would turn on Atsushi Onita and help out Kodo Fuyuki and officially join Team No Respect. This time, Nakagawa was officially leaving Team No Respect which would soon end up disbanding for good afterwards to join Fuyuki's new team of Mr. Gannosuke, Kyoko Inoue, Shoichi Arai, Chocoball Mukai and the new WEW Hardcore Tag Team Champions Hideki Hosaka & Yoshinori Sasaki. Nakagawa would later show up at the end of the show with Fuyuki, but would be dressed up in all black and would be introduced as no longer going by the name of Koji Nakagawa, instead going by the name of GOEMON.
GOEMON was the name of a famous Japanese thief. Although, Koji Nakagawa would no longer be going under his real name anymore, he would continue his nick name of "Mr. Double Cross".
Nakagawa would make his name under the GOEMON name on May 30, 2000 in Kanawa with Kodo Fuyuki & Hideki Hosaka against Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Ricky Fuji, and Hayabusa going under the name H. GOEMON would get the pinfall over Ricky Fuji for the win.
GOEMON would then team with Kodo Fuyuki to take on H & Genichiro Tenryu who would go under the Hayabusa name for the match on June 16, 2000 at Korakuen Hall. Tenryu would not show up until the end of the match, as both Fuyuki & GOEMON double teamed Hayabusa the entire match, working on his injured ankle, as well as GOEMON bringing back his Mr. Double Cross fork to use and bloody up on H's face. Tenryu would end up arriving and laying out Fuyuki and H would end up hitting a Fire Bird Splash on Fuyuki for the win.
GOEMON would then team with Kintaro Kanemura on August 28, 2000 at Korakuen Hall against Masato Tanaka & a newcomer to FMW, a wrestler by the name of Onryo. Onryo who was a zombie, coming back from the dead, mixed well with GOEMON's darkish gimmick. The two would mix it up for the first time against each other, and right off the back, worked well against each other. GOEMON's team mate Kintaro Kanemura would end up pinning Onryo in the match, but the GOEMON vs. Onryo feud had been set.
GOEMON would get the first win in a singles match between the two on October 10, 2000 in Fukuoka after getting the jack knife roll up on Onryo for the victory. A match between the two would be set up for November 12, 2000 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym. Onryo would also reveal his Belt of Curse, the belt that is said to have killed Onryo. The belt would be on the line in their match, with the loser having to keep the Belt of Curse.
GOEMON & Onryo's feud would be taken to the main event of Korakuen Hall on October 29, 2000 with GOEMON teaming up with Kodo Fuyuki to face Hayabusa & Onryo. GOEMON would focus on using his fork to cut open Hayabusa's arm to make up for the fact that Hayabusa was having troubles with his arms that were needed surgery on. Hayabusa would still manage to score the victory and defeat Kodo Fuyuki with the 450 Fire Bird Splash for the win.
GOEMON would face Onryo on November 12, 2000 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym. The match would turn out to be success with the two working well against each other, both attempting to using a roll up for the win. GOEMON would end up grabbing the Belt an attempt to use it as a weapon, but Onryo would end up kicking him in the leg, and then rolling him up for the Onryo Clutch and the win for Onryo. GOEMON would be force to keep the Belt of Curse, as he would be handcuffed to the belt, and right away would begin to spit blood out of his mouth.
GOEMON would get a rematch against Onryo on November 28, 2000 with the Belt of Curse on the line. GOEMON would be noticeably slower during the match, as well as wearing a half mask for the entire match. But once again, Onryo would end up getting the Onryo Clutch on GOEMON for the win. GOEMON would accept his faith and would not try and fight to get the belt away from him. He would then take off his mask, to reveal that half his face was just like Onryo, symbolizing that he was dying.
GOEMON would get one last shot against Onryo on December 10, 2000 at Korakuen Hall against Onryo. He would be wearing white for the match, and while walking to the ring, a doctor would try and stop him as they both knew he was dying because of the Belt of Curse. GOEMON who would be working even slower during the match, would begin bleeding, which his white outfit would show. Soon, the blood would begin to increase, and the entire suit would be filled with blood. GOEMON would attempt to lift Onryo with a Tiger Driver, but instead spit blood out and collapse. They would stretcher out GOEMON as Onryo would be awarded the match, and the Belt of Curse would be
laid on GOEMON's body as he would be stretcher out and pronounced dead.
Onryo would then announce a mystery partner for his match against Shinjuku Shark & Naohiko Yamazaki on December 20, 2001 at Korakuen Hall. GOEMON would come out back from the dead to team with his heated of the last four months, as they both has shared a bond in dying. GOEMON would end up scoring the pin on Yamazaki after a Swanton Bomb, and a new tag team in FMW was born.
GOEMON would also be given a new job for FMW at this time. He would named head trainer for
FMW in the FMW Dojo, taking over for Hisakatsu Oya. He would help train the wrestlers that would later become Garuda, Soldier, Zero One's Yoshihito Sasaki, Ikeda-kun, and Sun Paul.
Mammoth Sasaki would live in the Dojo and make sure that everything was straight
for when GOEMON would come in and train the wrestlers.
GOEMON and his new partner Onryo would team up to challenge the WEW Hardcore Tag Team Champions Mammoth Sasaki & Hideki Hosaka for the titles on January 7, 2001 at Korakuen Hall. The match would go all over the building, including outside of Korakuen Hall. But a miscommunication between Sasaki & Hosaka would leave Hosaka heated and end up Powerbomb Sasaki off a stage into a table. GOEMON would follow by hitting a Swanton bomb on Sasaki off the stage for the victory in the hardcore match to win the WEW Hardcore Tag Team Titles with Onryo.
GOEMON & Onryo would defeat the team of Chris Candido
and Pat Tanaka on January 16, 2001 at Korakuen Hall. Afterwards, GOEMON & Onryo would help make the save for Kodo Fuyuki who had been attacked by Team Kuroda. GOEMON & Onryo would form an alliance with Kodo Fuyuki, Kintaro Kanemura, and Chocoball Mukai against Team Kuroda. This was also GOEMON's official face turn.
GOEMON & Onryo would team with Kodo Fuyuki against Team Kuroda's Tetsuhiro Kuroda & Mammoth Sasaki along with Kyoko Inoue on February 6, 2001 at Korakuen Hall. Fuyuki would end up getting the pinfall after a Charging Lariat on Inoue after Kuroda would turn on Inoue during the match.
GOEMON & Onryo would then defend their WEW Hardcore Tag Team Titles on February 23, 2001 and put one of the better matches in 2001 for FMW against Kintaro Kanemura & Ryuji Yamakawa. All four wrestlers would battle using tables and chairs before Yamakawa would end up hitting Onryo with a Tiger Driver for the win and the WEW Hardcore Tag Team Titles from GOEMON & Onryo.
GOEMON & Onryo would team up with The Great Sasuke on April 15, 2001 at Korakuen Hall against Team Kuroda's Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Mr. Gannosuke, and Mammoth Sasaki. Kuroda would end up scoring the win after hitting the Technan Buster on Onryo for the win in another one of the better matches for FMW in 2001.
GOEMON & Onryo would then challenge for the vacant WEW Tag Team Titles on May 5, 2001 at Kawasaki Stadium against Super Nova & Super Crazy. Although, the match would turn out to be a disappointment, GOEMON would end up scoring the pin on Nova to become the new WEW Tag Team Champions with Onryo.
GOEMON & Onryo would right away defend their WEW Tag Team Titles on May 22, 2001 at the Sapporo Green Dome against the team of Mr. Gannosuke & Mammoth Sasaki. GOEMON & Onryo despite being the underdogs for the match, would walk away with the belts after Onryo would pin Mammoth Sasaki with a Onryo Clutch for the win. Onryo would end up injuring himself during the match, but would be fine in about a months time.
The entire FMW locker room would be called into the ring on June 8, 2001 at Korakuen Hall. Kodo Fuyuki would announce that along with Tokyo Pop backing him, they would be able to buy FMW from FMW owner Shoichi Arai. As it seemed like the entire FMW would have to be with Fuyuki, Hayabusa would announce that he had 5% stock in the company and asked for the FMW wrestlers to follow him. Many of the wrestlers would go on Hayabusa's side, and GOEMON would end up being shoved over to Hayabusa's side by Onryo. GOEMON would face Mammoth Sasaki on the show, but would end up taking not only a chair shot with his head against the turnbuckle by Mammoth which would knock him out, but then a Mammoth Home Run which would give Mammoth the win.
GOEMON & Onryo would then defend the WEW Tag Titles once again against Mammoth Sasaki & Chocoball Mukai on August 11, 2001 at the Komazawa Olympic Gym in a Octagon Cage Match. Although, the match would be used more for storyline purposes. Onryo would end up pinning Chocoball with the Onryo Clutch to keep the WEW Tag Titles.
GOEMON & Onryo would then once again defend the WEW Tag Team Titles against Mr. Gannosuke & Mammoth Sasaki at the Sapporo Green Dome on September 5, 2001. But this time, it would be Mammoth Sasaki who would get the pinfall over Onryo to win the WEW Tag Team Titles.
GOEMON would then team up with Hayabusa & Tetsuhiro Kuroda and win the WEW 6 Man Tag Team Titles against Kodo Fuyuki, Mr. Gannosuke, and Kintaro Kanemura on September 9, 2001 at Korakuen Hall. Although, they would never defend the Titles as on October 22, 2001 at Korakuen Hall, Hayabusa would end up landing on his head in a match against Mammoth Sasaki, and would be paralyzed from the neck down. The WEW 6 Man Tag Team Titles would be vacated on November 5, 2001.
GOEMON & Onryo would end up teaming once again on November 23, 2001 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym against the team of Superfly Jimmy Snuka & his protégé Jayson Ray. It would be turned into a very short match due to Snuka who was the attraction of the match, being so limited in the ring. GOEMON would end up pinning Ray to win the match which would be GOEMON's last time in the building.
GOEMON would lose be set up against Biomonster DNA who was long time FMW wrestler Gosaku Goshogawara on December 9, 2001 at Korakuen Hall. GOEMON would end up putting Biomonster over in the match clean after being hit with a Tombstone Piledriver.
GOEMON would then team with Onryo for what would turn out to be the last time in FMW on January 6, 2002 at Korakuen Hall against the team of NOSAWA & Mitsunobu Kikuzawa. Onryo would end up being pinned by NOSAWA in a good match, as FMW days were looking numbered.
GOEMON would then team with Kintaro Kanemura and Mammoth Sasaki on February 4, 2002 at Korakuen Hall against Vic Grimes, Paul LeDuc, and Mitsunobu Kikuzawa. GOEMON would end up taking an incredible beating during the match, and would also end up being the last wrestler to ever bleed in FMW as Mammoth would end up pinning Kikuzawa for the win. GOEMON who was incredibly bloody would walk off as Kanemura & Mammoth would do the TNR Dance in the ring together. It would turn out to be the last FMW show ever as FMW would declare bankruptcy on February 15, 2002. The FMW Dojo in which GOEMON worked with his students would also close shortly afterwards.
Kodo Fuyuki would group all the FMW wrestlers together and being to promote shows under the name "Fuyuki Army Promotion" in place of the scheduled FMW shows. The first show would be on March 10, 2002 at Korakuen Hall as GOEMON would team with Mammoth Sasaki and Onryo and defeat the team of Biomonster DNA, NOSAWA, and Chocoball Mukai after Mammoth would hit a Mammoth Home Run on NOSAWA for the win.
GOEMON would continue to tour with Fuyuki Army Promotion, but several of the wrestlers including GOEMON as well as Mammoth Sasaki and Flying Kid Ichihara would give notice to Fuyuki that they would no longer be working any of his shows.
GOEMON would stay for one last show for Fuyuki and team with Onryo & Satoru Makita against the DDT team of Sanshiro Takagi & MIKAMI & Tanomusaku Toba. GOEMON's team would lose to the DDT team after Takagi would pin Makita. After that show, many of the former FMW wrestlers would officially just stay away from wrestling for the summer of 2002.
GOEMON would challenge The Great Sasuke on June 2, 2002 for the NWA Middle Heavyweight Title at the Tokyo Club Heights. It would end up being a slow and poor match with Sasuke finishing GOEMON off with a Swanton Bomb for the win and another successful title defense.
The next day on July 3, 2002 at a Press Conference in Tokyo, it would be revealed that GOEMON along with many of the FMW wrestlers including Hayabusa that had stopped working for Fuyuki's group would be following Mr. Gannosuke into his new promotion which would be called WMF standing for Wrestling Marvelous Future.
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