The WMF tournament standings have been updated. Garuda was rewarded 2 points for Mammoth Sasaki's forfeit on November 28th and as a result leads everybody else with 6 points. Mr. Gannosuke against Mammoth Sasaki was the best match of the two shows as it was turned into a Street Fight right before the match. During the match, Mr. Gannosuke wrapped Mammoth around in barbwire and delivered a beating to him before getting the victory with the Gannosuke Clutch in Mammoth's first lost in WMF since December 27, 2003 against Tenryu. Next set of shows will be the first shows for WMF in 2005 on January 22nd and 23rd.
Hayabusa's Christmas concert on December 22nd has been postponed until January or February. Hayabusa apologized deeply to his fans and announced that refunds will be made to anybody that had already spent money on the event.
Hayabusa's next concert will be on December 22, 2004 in Sapporo will be called "Hayabusa's Christmas Special in Sapporo" at the Sapporo Sport Cafe. It will also be the first time that Hayabusa's concert will be picked up on radio as it will air on a Sapporo STV-Radio. Also, on the show will be a Christmas auction where the people in attendance can win Hayabusa merchandise. For sale will be a signed photo of Hayabusa from August 25, 1999 at the very last Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center show, as well as Hayabusa cigarette lighters. The show will also feature GOEMON once again with Hayabusa. The picture on the top right is of Hayabusa's two daughters right before his concert last month in their fathers masks.
The Apache Army vs. World Japan looks to hopefully end after 8 months of feuding at a Riki Choshu promoted show at Korakuen Hall on January 5, 2005. Kanemura and Kuroda will first team together on December 27, 2004 at Korakuen Hall for the main event against Riki Choshu and Tomohiro Ishii. Then a singles match between Kintaro Kanemura and Riki Choshu will finally take place on January 5th. Look for the Apache Army team to win on their show, and Kanemura to return the job to Choshu at his show. The Apache Army have been feuding with Choshu's group since April, and unlike the Apache Army vs. Zero One feud that did not last near as long, there has been little interest between the Apache Army and Choshu groups since it started.
WMF looks to be booking past their tournament as they have booked IWC's Balls Mahoney and Shirley Doe for April 2005. WMF had been originally interested in Mick Foley, not knowing that would have been almost impossible for them to pull off with the way they have been paying wrestlers.
Most of the WMF wrestlers are being paid almost nothing at this point by the promotion, but are sponsored by members of the Yakuza, with wrestlers of different rank being paid a different amount to spend time with members of the Yakuza and go out and eat with them to earn themselves their pay check. Times have been tough for Mr. Gannosuke gambling wise. Gannosuke reports on his site his horse track winnings and losses and announces that he has lost about 400,000 Yen which is about $3800 bucks American over the last two months and has not won one race in that time.
WMF announced the full lineup for their shows on December 18th and 19th. Flying Kid Ichihara will be returning in non tournament matches facing long time partner and rival Ricky Fuji on the first show, and then Big Japan's Winger is scheduled for the next day. The main event for the December 19th show has been changed from Mr. Gannosuke vs. Mammoth Sasaki to co-main event with Garuda vs. Soldier now main eventing the show, so there is lack of confidence in Mammoth's knee to hold up for a main event match with Mr. Gannosuke.
The biggest news story of the week is now that Shinya Hashimoto has left Zero One on bad terms, he is going to start another promotion next year. To help him start up the promotion, will be Kodo Fuyuki's widow Kaoru Fuyuki. Shinya Hashimoto who had been seeing Kaoru Fuyuki quietly for months finally went public recently on it after leaving his wife and their kids to be with Kaoru and her children.
This time of the year also marks the 6 year anniversary for this website. The site was started a couple of days after the FMW November 20, 1998 show after I started my own site on AOL with a recap of the show and my tape list.
I really feel this is the first time in all the time I have been covering that every Japanese promotion is in a scary spot. New Japan, All Japan, and Zero One are all declining or even near death, and NOAH is just really conservatively boring. With how the current business is, it's just impossible to have two promotions based on the former FMW wrestlers almost three years after the promotion closed. Kintaro Kanemura & Mr. Gannosuke have heat with one another at the moment, and that heat that has caused WMF & The Apache Army promotions to not be allowing their rosters on both shows is going to do nothing but hurt both promotions at a time when they need each other more than ever.
One of the most frequent questions I am asked is about on October 22, 2001 before Hayabusa would face off against Mammoth Sasaki on the night he was paralyzed, a Grim Reaper would appear and talk to Hayabusa and tell Hayabusa something. I am always asked what exactly what was said, and from asking Japanese people that were following FMW at the time, I was told that the Grim Reaper was telling Hayabusa that he had only two more years left until he was finished. It was suppose to be another angle that Kodo Fuyuki had came up with, but of course was dropped right away after the accident that occurred later in the show.
WMF held their first show at the Tokyo Takenotsuka Battle Sphere since June 1, 2003. The building was the original home for the promotion at the beginning due to its capacity size of 300, but due to the arena being known for its coldness throughout the arena and the promotion putting focus on Korakuen Hall shows, they would stop running at the building. The 8 participants of the tournament all took part in tournament matches on the show. It opened with Mineo Fujita getting the big win of his career by upsetting Garuda in the first match with a Tiger Supplex on Garuda for the pin. Garuda has been pushed in a huge slump, as he has failed to score a victory since June in New Japan. Garuda's work rate which has fallen greatly even compared to his rookie days in FMW as Tomokazu Morita possibly might be the reason for the lack of wins as of late. Tag team partners GOEMON & Onryo then faced off once again. Onryo who has owned GOEMON since their original feud in FMW in 2000 once again had GOEMON's number by placing the 66 Lock on GOEMON and making him tap for the two point victory for Onryo.
Mammoth Sasaki then faced off against Soldier in the best match on the show, with both wrestlers giving each other extremely stiff chops throughout the match, and both delivering extremely stiff shots at one another before Mammoth Sasaki would finish off Soldier with the 29 Years Old. The biggest upset on the show came in the main event as Mr. Gannosuke faced off against Seiji Ikeda once again, but this time, Ikeda would score the biggest victory of his 3 year plus career. Gannosuke would attempt to finish off Ikeda with the Gannosuke Clutch, but after Ikeda would kick out of it, he would manage to roll up Gannosuke right away and score the victory over Gannosuke for the win. Seiji Ikeda, Mammoth Sasaki, Onryo, and Mineo Fujita are now all tied up at 2 points for first place.
Mammoth Sasaki would end up suffering a knee injury in his match against Soldier and as a result, will not be able to participate on November 28th show against Garuda. Instead Garuda will now face Asian Cougar in a non tournament match on the show, and will most likely be given two points for the Mammoth forefeet. No word on if Mammoth will be ready for his next month, but I would bet so as the next show after the 28th is December 18th and there will be another show on the next day.
Triple Fight III turned out to be another success for Hayabusa and others on November 10, 2004 in Sendai. The Great Sasuke, Jinsei Shinzaki, GOEMON & Kesen Numa-jiro were all there live to participate in the event with Hayabusa. The former tag team partners of Hayabusa & Jinsei Shinzaki performed many songs together at the event. The next Triple Fight will be the Birthday Edition on November 29th for Hayabusa's 36th Birthday.
Ricky Fuji held his second promoted show on November 14th at the Tokyo Takenotsuka Battle Sphere. Ricky Fuji defeated Koji Nakagawa in the main event of his show after the referee was force to stop it. It was the first time Koji Nakagawa had wrestled under his real name since May 28, 2000 when he became GOEMON later in the show.
Ricky Fuji Promotions 11/14/04
Tokyo Takenotsuka Battle Sphere
Mad Man Pondo d. Gosaku Goshogawara (9:32)
Men's Teioh & Macho Pump d. Seiji Ikeda & Nobutaka Moribe when Teioh pinned Moribe (20:13)
Brain Trust Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: Ricky Fuji d. Koji Nakagawa (18:03) via Referee Stoppage to Defend the Title for the 1st Time.
Tetsuhiro Kuroda announced the lineup for his Festival show on November 28th at the Takenotsuka Battle Sphere with himself and Hido being in the main event to face Ryuji Ito and a mystery partner in the main event. Kintaro Kanemura will open the show with DJ Nira to face Mad Man Pondo an 2 Tuff Tony.
Well its been 5 weeks since my last update, just wanted to point out that this site is still a running one. I've been extremely busy with life, college, and there just has not been much to report in those 5 weeks. Today was really the first time something worth updating was released as the Apache Army announced the lineup for several of their shows later this month. Tetsuhiro Kuroda will also be promoting his own show like Kintaro Kanemura has done in the Chiba Blue Field for November 28th, the same day as a WMF show.
WMF's first show since August will take place tomorrow with the beginning of their round robin tournament. Mr. Gannosuke will take on Seiji Ikeda in the main event in a rematch of the Anniversary show.
With Zero One running a tour around the same time as the Apache Army will be running their shows, Kanemura was unable to book Zero One talent like Shinjiro Otani & Masato Tanaka like he had hoped, but was able to get All Japan wrestlers Satoshi Kojima and Tomoaki Honma for the shows.
Ricky Fuji's next promoted show will be on November 14th and will return to the Tokyo Takenotsuka Battle Sphere where he will face a former FMW rival Koji "The Hit Man" Nakagawa. The two had a series of matches in 1995 over the FMW Independent Jr. Heavyweight Title. The next 666 show will be again at the Tokyo Differ Ariake on December 26th to celebrate their one year anniversary and will have IWC talent on the show. Top matches from the Halloween 666 show were GOEMON & MASAMUNE defeating Garuda & Asian Condor when GOEMON pinned Condor at 15:56. The main event was Poison Sawada JULIE, Yusuke Inokuma, and Kaori Yoneyama defeating Onryo, Bolshoi 666, and Shinigami when JULIE pinned Onryo at 13:28.
Hayabusa will be holding two concerts this month. The Great Sasuke & Jinsei Shinzaki will participate for the November 10th Triple Fight III in Sendai. There will then be another concert called "The Birthday Edition" on November 29th for Hayabusa's 36th birthday with GOEMON.
I want to announce for the month of October, I will be having tape sale. For the entire month, 6 hours worth of tapes will be 10 dollars instead of $15.
Kintaro Kanemura announced the full lineup for his Autumn Festival on October 10th and will team with TAKA Michinoku in the main event to face off against the newest member of the Apache Army promotion Takashi Sasaki and GENTARO. I don't know the full correct name for Sambo Oishi's partner, but he has the name "Boss" in his ring name, and is from K-Dojo. Anyone who can help me out with his correct full name, it would be much appreciated.
The three shows for the Apache Army tour in November were also announced and will be held in Western Japan in buildings that are bigger than Korakuen Hall, which explains why Kanemura is hoping to get some big names for the shows to help draw them. The Apache Army will return to Korakuen Hall on December 27, 2004.
Mr. Gannosuke announced on September 28, 2004 the plans for the next two and a half months for WMF. There will be a Round Robin Tournament starting November 6, 2004 and ending February 20, 2005. The eight WMF wrestlers in the tournament are Mr. Gannosuke, Mammoth Sasaki, Garuda, GOEMON, Onryo, Seiji Ikeda, and Mineo Fujita. Each wrestler will face one another once throughout the next several months with the two wrestlers earning the most points facing each other in the finals. Every show will be held in the 300 seat Tokyo Takenotsuka Battle Sphere. Lineups have been announced for each show that will also have non tournament matches with younger Japanese Independent talent on the undercard for the shows.
The next 666 show will be held as expected on October 31, 2004 with Onryo & Mineo Fujita as the only WMF wrestlers listed for the show. Garuda will be participating in Michinoku Pro's annual Tag Team Tournament this month from October 9, 2004 to October 24, 2004.
After Kintaro Kanemura & Wataru Sakata turned on Shinjiro Otani at Zero One's September 12th show, they joined up with the Masato Tanaka, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, and Yoshihito Sasaki group due to their hatred for Otani. Kintaro Kanemura teamed with Masato Tanaka and Wataru Sakata on September 20, 2004 at the Yokohama Arena for Hustle-5. Kanemura's team faced off against Piranhian Monster, Psycho the Death, and Super Virus who is better known as Super Crazy in a Hardcore Match. The match consisted of tables and chairs with Tanaka Awesome Bombing Psycho through three stacks of tables, but the Hustle team would still manage to get the victory after Psycho would get the rollup on Sakata for the victory.
This had been a pretty depressing month for a fan of former FMW wrestlers with only Kanemura and Kuroda getting the only bookings. The only show right now scheduled for is Kintaro Kanemura's Autumn Festival in the 250 seat Chiba Blue Field on October 10, 2004. Although no lineup has been announced, the wrestlers that are booked for the show are Kintaro Kanemura, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, GOEMON, Onryo, Hido, GENTARO, Takashi Sasaki, Shinjuku Shark, TAKA Michinoku, Daisaku Shimoda, and two mystery K-Dojo wrestlers. After the show, the plans of the Apache Army running a tour in November for the first time since WEW ran a tour in November 2002. Trying to make sure that this tour is not a money loser, Kanemura is trying to get booked Satoshi Kojima, Shinjiro Otani, Masato Tanaka, Riki Choshu, and even the 60 year old Terry Funk for it.
Takashi Sasaki has officially left DDT to become an official Apache Army wrestler. He will still work DDT shows, but as a Apache Army wrestler. His partner GENTARO also officially left DDT to become a freelancer to work All Japan, WMF, and Fuyuki Army, but has also continued to work in DDT.
Hayabusa's next concert "Triple Fight III" that will be on November 10, 2004 in Sendai with also have The Great Sasuke & Jinsei Shinzaki on it because of the concert being in Northern Japan where Michinoku Pro runs in. Both Sasuke & Shinzaki are very close friends with Hayabusa and doing it as favor for their friend.
Pictures for the undercard of the Apache Army show were uploaded including of that of Undertaker Gosaku & Paul Bearer. You can access them at clicking here WMF 8/29/04 & Apache Army 8/30/04 Notes and Pictures.
Hayabusa has been spending the last couple of days writing on his blog about Triple Fight II on August 31, 2004 in Kumamoto where he was born and raised. Hayabusa states that he did not get the chance to go to his parents house while there, and regrets it although Ezaki has only remained on decent terms with them since he was 18 and wanted to become a pro wrestler. Hayabusa attended a pro wrestling shop before his concert and was amazed by how highly Hayabusa & Mr. Gannosuke are thought of by the fans in that region since they're the biggest names that come from that area. Hayabusa spent many hours with warm up practices before the show started with GOEMON right there by his side. When the concert finally took place, Hayabusa came out with his mask, but took it off before standing up and performing. Masahiko played the guitar while Hayabusa sang the songs from his song, including his single "Re-Birth". The crowd was extremely into the concert, and gave Hayabusa a round of applause and asked for an encore that cause Hayabusa to cry tears of joy from his fans cheering for him once again. It was announced that Triple Fight III will be November 10, 2004 in Sendai.
Kintaro Kanemura, who joined forces with Shinjiro Otani after their Fire Festival match due to their hatred for Masato Tanaka turned on him already on September 12, 2004. Masato Tanaka made his return to the ring after a injured shoulder in late July to have a team of his called Masato Tanaka's Army face off against Shinjiro Otani's Army that consisted of Kintaro Kanemura. Kintaro Kanemura defeated Yoshihito Sasaki in his match for the Otani Army with the main event being Shinjiro Otani facing Masato Tanaka with the winner winning the series. It was to make up for the Otani vs. Tanaka match that was canceled at the Fire Festival, and Otani ended up managing to score the victory over his former tag partner. Afterwards, both Kanemura and Wataru Sakata who had been Otani Army members turned on their leader and attacked him after the match. Tetsuhiro Kuroda defeated Jun Kasai earlier in the show.
Independent Dream held a show with WMF wrestlers at the Tokyo Takenotsuka Battle Sphere on September 12, 2004. Mr. Gannosuke teamed with Big Japan's Ryuji Yamakawa and Pro Wrestling Nightmare's Shinigami to defeat the team of Mammoth Sasaki, Shadow WX, and Ricky Fuji in the main event after Gannosuke finished off Ricky with a Fire Thunder at 17 minutes, 24 seconds. Katsumi Hirano returned as Mr. Iwaonosuke for the semi main event to face off against former GUN's partner Ichiro Yaguchi and won via DQ at 14 minutes, 35 seconds. Mineo Fujita teamed up with Koji Ishinriki to defeat Masayoshi Motegi & Yuichi Taniguchi after Ishinriki pinned Taniguchi.
Kintaro Kanemura's next promoted show will be on October 10, 2004 and has been booked for the Chiba Blue Field again, and it will be called the Kintaro Kanemura Autumn Festival.
I have put up more results in both the FMW New Generation Results and FMW Early Days Results throughout the last couple of weeks, and more results will eventually be posted throughout the weeks.
Pictures and details of WMF 8/29/04 & Apache Army 8/30/04 shows can be found by clicking WMF 8/29/04 & Apache Army 8/30/04 Notes and Pictures.
The next couple of days will be big days for former FMW wrestlers. WMF will run its 2nd Anniversary show tomorrow in Saitama, with Garuda facing the returning Soldier in the main event. Apache Army runs its debut show on August 30th at Korakuen Hall, with the main event finally being official with Kintaro Kanemura, Hido, and Dick Togo facing the World Japan team of Riki Choshu, Tomohiro Ishii, and Ichiro Yaguchi. Hayabusa will be holding his second concert called "Triple Fight II" on August 31st with GOEMON & Japanese guitarist Masahiko in his hometown of Kumamoto to perform in front of his friends and family.
The lineup for the Apache Army Korakuen Hall show has finally been announced. The card had been held back from being released due to talks with other promotions in trying to get them for the show. World Japan which filed for bankruptcy and will now be technically going under the name Riki-Pro. It will still will still be mentioned as World Japan though and they are still in talks for the main event of the show as the mystery opponents against the Apache Army. If I had to guess, it will most likely be Riki Choshu, Tomohiro Ishii, and somebody like Takashi Uwano to represent World Japan in the match. Tetsuhiro Kuroda who separated from the Apache Army to form a group with Masato Tanaka and Yoshihito Sasaki in Zero One back in March has been on bad terms with Kintaro Kanemura and the Apache Army since the decision to leave the group, and a result they will be sending an Assassin to get their revenge on Kuroda. Gosaku Goshogawara will be returning as Undertaker Gosaku, a gimmick that he started doing in 1994 in the opening match on FMW shows against the now late Mr. Chin. Gosaku will be teaming with someone going under the name Paul Bearer to face GOEMON & Onryo. No idea on who Stanley is that will be facing Daisaku Shimoda in the opening match other than it is a new rookie starting out.
Kintaro Kanemura & Hido became the new WMG Tag Team Champions after defeating the team of Tomohiro Ishii & Kendo Kashin on August 19, 2004 at Korakuen Hall for the vacant titles. Kashin and Ishii had problems throughout the match with each other, and Kashin did not bother to help out Ishii when Kanemura had the pinfall over him. It is the first tag titles that Kanemura & Hido have held together since winning the FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Titles on April 25, 1997. Tetsuhiro Kuroda took the injured Masato Tanaka's place in a tag team match with Yoshihito Sasaki against the World Japan team of Shiro Koshinaka and Takao Omori. The undercard matches with Mr. Gannosuke and Mammoth Sasaki have not been released yet.
World Japan 8/19/04
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
Shiro Koshinaka & Takao Omori d. Tetsuhiro Kuroda & Yoshihito Sasaki when Omori pinned Sasaki (13:05)
WMG Tag Team Championship Match: Kintaro Kanemura & Hido d. Tomohiro Ishii & Kendo Kashin when Kanemura pinned Ishii (19:29) to become the NEW WMG Tag Team Champions.
I got a friend to give me
the details towards Hayabusa's autobiography "Fight with Dream III"
which was actually released in October 2002. Hayabusa does not talk about
anything when it comes to the FMW financial or political situations, wanting his
book to be more family oriented and not have to deal with dirty stuff. Also,
Shoichi Arai (which has been reviewed on this site before) and Kodo Fuyuki's
book (which will be hard to ever get details of because it's said the FMW fan
should never read because of what it covers) goes over all of those situations,
as well as Hayabusa was not around to see what was going on during the end of
FMW to see what really happened.
He wrote about the low chances of actually getting into the wrestling profession, and he just had to take it for the great opportunity.
He also wrote about his child hood and college experience, first meeting with Masashi Honda in 1987.
His parents disowned him when he first became a wrestling because he was suppose to be the heir to their ryokan (Family oriented Japanese hotel). But when he made his debut, his family began supporting his wrestling career.
He believes the ring accident was because of excessive travel and sleep deprivation and it all just caught up to him. Eiji Ezaki still apparently suffers from a lack of sleep, even writing in his latest online journal entry that he is always getting a lack of sleep.
His wife who has always been known as a very strong woman, who is a nurse and sees so many terrifying injuries daily broke down in tears during the moment of her husband's injury.
When Hayabusa's hand was incredible pain and needed reconstructive arm surgery back in November 2000, his children at the age of 3 and 1 stroked his hand and told him "get well soon".
WMF announced the full lineup for the upcoming
2nd Year Anniversary show in Saitama on August 29th. Soldier's return to WMF
after 10 months in America and Mexico will be against former Dojo friend Garuda
in the main event. Mr. Gannosuke will take on Seiji Ikeda in the semi main
event. Mammoth Sasaki will team with DDT's Tomohiko Hashimoto and Seiya
Morohashi to face GOEMON, Onryo, and Junji Tanaka. Flying Kid Ichihara returns
to WMF for the first time since November 20, 2003 to team with GENTARO to face
Mineo Fujita and Masahiro Takanashi. Ichihara has been semi retired for the past
year as his interested in wrestling has gone south, and only takes selected
bookings for shows. Clearly the promotion is focusing on the Future with the
younger wrestlers getting in key spots on the show, including the main event.
No results of the WMF show were ever posted online, and there is one last source that still has not updated since the show, and that's the WMF website itself, so that looks like the last chance to get actual results for the show. I was able to get some details from the show. Senmu Yoshida of FMW in 2001 who was the Vice President and teamed with Kodo Fuyuki and Tokyo Pop to buy FMW had a mystery opponent for Ricky Fuji.. Super Hentai was in fact the mystery partner in his match. The show was labeled a success, so that most likely means it drew a sell out at the 250 seat Tokyo Kitazawa Town Hall. Soldier came back after for the first time in 10 months in WMF, and attacked Garuda after his match. Soldier offered a challenge to Garuda for a match at the 2nd year Anniversary show, with Gannosuke agreeing to step down from the match against Garuda to allow the two wrestlers that came up together in the FMW Dojo to fight. Seiji Ikeda challenged Mr. Gannosuke for a match in Saitama, and it was accepted. The Garuda vs. Soldier match had been the plan all along, even before the show was announced in June.
Nothing on the Beer Garden show, and most likely if I can't get the WMF results, I don't see much of a chance of being able to get Beer Garden results.
Chocoball Mukai was cleared of his charge of filming a porno at a public bar without a license earlier this year, after it turned out that the bar owner had paid Mukai to film the porno at his bar. Mukai still has another bigger charge against him coming up after being accused of picking up a underage girl on the streets of Tokyo, and convincing her to agree on filming a porno with him. Chocoball Mukai is now pretty much a full time IWA Japan wrestler after IWA President Asano was the one that bailed him out both times in prison.
Independent Dream Promotions, which is several independent promotions like WMF, Big Japan, and Pro Wrestling Nightmare will be running a joint show on September 12, 2004 at the Tokyo Takenotsuka Battle Sphere. The two matches announced so far are Onryo & Minoru Fujita taking on Yuki Ishikawa and Seiji Ikeda. Mr. Gannosuke will team with Ryuji Yamakawa and Shinigami to take on Mammoth Sasaki, Shadow WX, and Ricky Fuji.
666 which will be holding their fourth show on August 21, 2004 at once again at the Tokyo Takenotsuka Battle Sphere have announced the lineup for the show. Garuda and Mineo Fujita will team up to face Nasty Black Panther and Shinobu. The main event will be Onryo, GOEMON, Bolshoi 666, and MASAMUNE to face Asian Cougar, HERO!, The Great Takeru, and Baby M. The main event of the show will be Crazy SKB, Shinigami, and a Mystery Partner to face Sadako, Hanako, and a Mystery Partner.
Beer Garden Pro Wrestling hold its final show on August 8, 2004 and unlike many of the Beer Garden shows, the lineup would be announced before the show. No guarantee that results of the show will be released, as only one shows results made it to the internet because of a fan that attended the show on July 18th.
WMF will finally return after a 6 month hiatus for the Chapter 2 of the promotion on August 7, 2004 for the restart. The show will serve as a setup for the 2nd year anniversary show on August 29, 2004.
Beer Garden Pro Wrestling 8/8/04
Saitama Pepe Open Space
Mr. Gannosuke & Seiji Ikeda v Mammoth Sasaki & Kenji Sawaragi
Garuda & Mineo Fujita v Onryo & Cosmo*Soldier
Masahiro Takanashi v Kota Ibushi
Emi Sakura & Ichii v Zero & Chika Natsumi
Kenji Sawaragi v Shinobu
Zero One held a show on August 4, 2004 with the main event being wrestlers from the A Bracket facing wrestlers from the B Bracket. The A bracket team of Takao Omori, Wataru Sakata, and Tetsuhiro Kuroda would be force to team up to face the B bracket team of Shinjiro Otani, Kohei Sato, and Kintaro Kanemura. Despite the problems with the wrestlers on the teams, it would Takao Omori to score the victory over Kanemura for the A bracket victory.
For those interested, I recently finished up writing the History of FMW page that can be found at http://bahufmw.com/FMWHistory.html or also in the Biography section of the page. It is extremely detailed and took countless hours, and is the largest thing I have ever wrote for the site. I really enjoyed the Onita era on it, as I had never had the chance to write about FMW's early days, making it much more easier to write on it. The latter part became a little a little more difficult to write because I had written much about it in other Biographies, and many of it is very depressing to go back and write about what went on with Hayabusa, Shoichi Arai, Kodo Fuyuki, and Mr. Gannosuke towards the end of the promotion, and shortly afterwards. I feel it is one of my best written biographies though.
Kintaro Kanemura was able to save himself from embarrassment on August 1, 2004 at Korakuen Hall, for the final show of the Fire Festival tournament. Kanemura attacked Otani right away before the bell would ring just like the last two years against Otani, but this time with the help of Apache Army attacking Otani before the match, Kanemura would be successful at his attempt. The match would start, but not last long as Kanemura would manage to pin Otani in just 72 seconds to score his first ever singles victor over Otani, getting revenge for the last two years, especially from 2002 where Otani defeated Kanemura in just three seconds. Kanemura finished the tournament with 3 points, and eliminated two time Otani had who won the 2001 and 2002 Fire Festival tournament with the win.
Tetsuhiro Kuroda was eliminated a day earlier on July 31, 2004 at the Differ Ariake, by losing to Wataru Sakata in his final match, causing Kuroda to finish the tournament with three points. Kanemura and Kuroda would be booked the exact same in the tournament as they would end up scoring a big upset in the tournament (Kanemura beating Otani, and Kuroda beating Omori) they would end up fighting to a double count out with an opponent thought of as the favorite in the match (Kanemura with Koshinaka, and Kuroda with Kojima) and they would both lose matches to former the ROWDY tag team, as well as their rivals (Tanaka with Kanemura, and Sakata with Kuroda). Kohei Sato would win the tournament defeating Takao Omori in the finals on August 1st. Sato's win would help springboard him into a higher spot on the card as Shinya Hashimoto announced that in September, he would be getting shoulder surgery that he had needed even before he faced Kintaro Kanemura at WEW's May 5, 2003 Kawasaki show, and will end up being out for a year.
The Japanese movie "Mask de 41" that had Hayabusa in it playing "The Red Falcon" will begin to air on the movie screen at the Tokyo FM Hall on August 10th. The movie which had The Red Falcon wrestle the main star in the movie at the very end was filmed in 2001 with FMW's participation in the movie. Mr. Gannosuke and Emi Motokawa also had parts in the movie.
Here is the Japanese trailer of the movie for those interested. It may not work for some computers that are not updated to view it. http://www.tfm.co.jp/cinema80/special/maskde41/movie.asx
Speaking of Hayabusa, the one million dollar question I always get, and especially this past week is on Hayabusa's condition. If anything ever happens with Eiji Ezaki that would require updating, it will be up on this site immediately. But there is simply nothing to update. I read updates written by Eiji Ezaki more than once a week on his online journal, and the closest thing he has ever even mentioned about his situation was how he recently for the first time ever fell asleep in his wheel chair. He still trains three hours most days at a Rehabilitation Center to relearn to walk, but other than that he mostly focuses spending time with his kids watching Disney and Tom and Jerry DVD's, and his upcoming concert on August 31st in his home town of Kumamoto. Just recently doing advertising for Mask de 41 and the upcoming Giant Baba Anniversary show next year at Budokan Hall can be added to that. I promise, if anything ever happens concerning with his condition, it will be reported on this site.
Hayabusa accompanied Jinsei Shinzaki in Tokyo for a press conference with Motoko Baba on July 29th to announce that Jinsei Shinzaki would be taking part for the 6th year anniversary of the death of Giant Baba show on February 5, 2005 at Budokan Hall. Hayabusa also announced that although he's in the condition that he is in right now, that he wants to cooperate in the show as much as possible. Giant Baba and Hayabusa got along extremely well, as Baba was very high on Hayabusa and let Hayabusa become the first wrestler from another promotion to work All Japan. Giant Baba also insisted on teaming with Hayabusa for All Japan's debut at the Tokyo Dome on May 1, 1998. Before his death, Giant Baba booked Hayabusa & Jinsei Shinzaki to become the first outside All Asian Tag Team Champions out of respect to both Hayabusa and Shinzaki.
Kintaro Kanemura did not fair well against Kohei Sato on July 29, 2004 at Korakuen Hall, despite Kanemura turning the match into his style, bringing chairs and a table in the match, it would do Kanemura no good as Kohei Sato would hit a German Supplex on Kanemura and score the victory over Kanemura at 9:14. Kanemura would follow up on July 30, 2004 at the Osaka Prefectural Gym # 2 against Shiro Koshinaka with Kanemura turning it into a brawl early with Koshinaka that would result in both brawling outside the ring until the referee would count them both out at 5:34. Kanemura has had very little luck when it comes to the tournament as on July 29th at Korakuen Hall as his first opponent of the tournament Masato Tanaka would dislocate his right shoulder after a tag match. Spanky would dislocate Tanaka's right shoulder by hitting a flying dropkick at it. Masato Tanaka announced that he was going to have to forfeit every upcoming match in the Fire Festival tournament due to the injury, meaning the only person that would not be getting points from his injury would be Kintaro Kanemura who Tanaka earlier defeated. Kanemura now has 1 point going into the last match, eliminating him from making it to the finals with his last match being against Shinjiro Otani on August 1, 2004 at Korakuen Hall.
Tetsuhiro Kuroda would also not fair well against Kohei Sato's partner Hirotaka Yokoi on July 29, 2004 at Korakuen Hall, as Yokoi would end up knocking Kuroda out with a spinning sleeper hold and then scoring the victory over Kuroda at 11:10. Kuroda would follow up by getting one of the biggest wins of his career by upsetting Takao Omori on July 30, 2004 at the Osaka Prefectural Gym # 2 by rolling up Omori for the Samson Clutch to get the win at 11:16. Takao Omori who had just challenged for the Triple Crown on July 18, 2004 is now behind Kuroda in the standings of the A Bracket. Kuroda's next and final opponent will be Wataru Sakata on July 31, 2004 at Differ Ariake in a match Kuroda must win for a chance at reaching the finals like he did in 2002.
The 2004 Fire Festival tournament started today on July 27, 2004 at the Fukushima Iwaki Gym, with two long time rivals from FMW starting it out. Masato Tanaka defeated Kintaro Kanemura at 11:07. Tanaka who fractured a finger on his right hand during the match was busted open by Kanemura, but Tanaka managed to use the bloodshed as offense in the match by spitting the blood out of his mouth to Kanemura's face in mist like fashion. Tanaka starts the tournament with 2 points, with Kanemura starting out with 0 for the lost. It was the first time that Masato Tanaka had defeated Kanemura in a singles match since April 28, 2000 in FMW.
Kanemura and Tanaka's feud started in 1994 when Kanemura joined W*ING to face off against FMW with Masato Tanaka in the undercard. Their first singles match took place on May 17, 1995 in the first New Generation FMW show when Kanemura defeated Tanaka. Kanemura who had defeated Masato Tanaka on August 2, 1997 began a huge slump with Tanaka from 1997 to 2000 losing six straight singles matches against Tanaka before defeating him to retain the WEW Hardcore Title on November 12, 2000. After that, Kanemura had fought Tanaka to a Double KO in the 2002 Fire Festival, and then defeated Tanaka to retain the WEW World Title on November 4, 2002. The match also marked the first time Kanemura had been pinned since February 12, 2004 and the first singles lost for Kanemura since August 24, 2003 to Ryuji Ito in Big Japan. Kanemura's next opponent will be Kohei Sato on July 29, 2004 at Korakuen Hall.
Tetsuhiro Kuroda faced off against Satoshi Kojima for the third time, and had his greatest success against Kojima by taking Kojima to a double count out at 13:02. The match result earned both Kuroda and Kojima one point each. It was the third time that they had fought with Kojima defeating Kuroda in their 2003 Fire Festival match, and once again on May 5, 2004 at Kawasaki Stadium. Kuroda's next opponent is Hirotaka Yokoi on July 29, 2004 at Korakuen Hall.
Kintaro Kanemura returned to the Yokohama Arena on July 25, 2004 for the Hustle-4 Hardcore Battle Royal. Also in the Battle Royal were Masato Tanaka, Steve Corino, Tomoaki Honma, Flying Vampire # 16, and Tomohiro Ishii. Tomohiro Ishii was subbing for Riki Choshu who pulled out of the match, and Kanemura took out Ishii with several chair shots before eliminating Ishii by throwing him over the top rope. Steve Corino would end up eliminating Kanemura by throwing him over the top rope, but it was Masato Tanaka who got the victory after a guitar shot to the head of Corino would give Tanaka the pinfall victory for the Battle Royal.
Tomorrow is the start of the 4th Fire Festival Tournament, with the tournament starting in Iwaki with Tanaka and Kanemura renewing their near ten year feud, and Kuroda facing off once again against Satoshi Kojima.
I've added a bunch more results to the FMW Result achieve, with many results being added to FMW Early Days Results and FMW New Generation Results. More results will be added in the upcoming days.
It was announced that Hayabusa will be performing his second concert on August 31st, near his home in Kumamoto. Also, at the concert will be GOEMON, as well as Japanese guitarist Masahiko. The show will be entitled "Triple Fight II". Hayabusa's first concert turned out to be a success, and this time Hayabusa will get to sing in front of his friends and family.
Kintaro Kanemura & Tetsuhiro Kuroda will be participating in their third straight Fire Festival tournament, and for the third straight year will be in separate brackets. Kuroda will be in Bracket A, and Kanemura will be in Bracket B. Kanemura will face off against long time rival Masato Tanaka on July 27, 2004 at the Iwaki City Gym. It will be their first singles match since Kanemura defeated Tanaka on November 4, 2002 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym in WEW. Kanemura and Tanaka's last Fire Festival match in 2002 ended in a Double KO. Kuroda will face Satoshi Kojima on the same show, in most likely the main event of the show. It will be a rematch of their May 5, 2004 Kawasaki Stadium match, in which Kojima defeated Kuroda. Kuroda also fought Kojima in last years Fire Festival and lost as well. Kuroda will then face off against Hirotaka Yokoi on July 29, 2004 at Korakuen Hall, with Kanemura then facing Yokoi's tag partner Kohei Sato right afterwards.
Kintaro Kanemura will then face off against Shiro Koshinaka on July 30, 2004 at the Osaka Prefectural Gym # 2, with Kanemura having the challenge of getting a good match out of Koshinaka, after Koshinaka made Gannosuke look incredibly bad at the Kawasaki Stadium show. Kuroda will face off against Takao Omori on the show. Tetsuhiro Kuroda will then face Wataru Sakata on July 31, 2004 at the Tokyo Differ Ariake, in a rematch of their controversial match in Zero One on December 14, 2003 after the referee counted three on Kuroda when Kuroda clearly kicked out, and had the match restarted with Sakata taking the advantage and getting a quick pin over Kuroda to defend his Jr. Heavyweight Title. Kanemura will not have a tournament match on the show, but will most likely wrestle in a match announced later for the show. The tournament will then come to an end on August 1, 2004 at Korakuen Hall, with Kuroda already having wrestled every tournament match, and will wrestle in a non tournament match, and Kanemura for the third straight year facing Shinjiro Otani on the show. Kanemura was an incredibly embarrassed after losing to Otani in just three seconds in their 2002 Fire Festival match, and attempted to gain revenge by attempting to pin Otani in three seconds in their 2003 Fire Festival match. Otani won both Fire Festival matches against Kanemura, but since then, Kanemura has scored two pinfall victories over Otani. The finals of the tournament will be the main event of the show, with the top wrestlers from each bracket meeting to become the 2004 Fire Festival winner.
Before the Fire Festival tournament starts, Kintaro Kanemura will return to the Yokohama Arena on July 25, 2004 for Hustle-4. Kanemura will participate in a Hardcore Battle Royal, with weapons scattered all around the ring for the wrestlers to use. Riki Choshu, Masato Tanaka, Tomoaki Honma, Steve Corino, and a Mystery Takada Monster Army member will also be in the Battle Royal.
The 666 promotion headed by Crazy SKB and Onryo announced that they will be running their 4th show on August 21, 2004 at the Tokyo Takenotsuka Battle Sphere once again. No card has been announced. 666's show on June 6, 2004 turned out to be a huge success, drawing over 300 fans for the show. The main event saw Asian Cougar, HERO!, and Baby-M defeat Onryo, GOEMON, and Command Bolshoi when Onryo attempted to throw powder at HERO!, but instead ended up accidentally throwing it in GOEMON's eyes, and blinding him. HERO! then placed a mask over Onryo's head, and with the blind GOEMON seeing HERO's mask, and attack Onryo. Cougar would then take advantage of the laid out Onryo and finish him off at 14:59 in the main event. Other matches on the show, saw The Great Takeru & Asian Condor defeat Tomoya & MASAMUNE after Condor would hit a Fire Cracker Splash on MASAMUNE for the victory at 14:26. After the match, Takeru was handed the WMF Jr. Heavyweight Title, and Condor was given Onryo's Belt of Curse from FMW, and Condor began dying in the ring. Azusa Kudo defeated Mineo Fujita at 7:05 after Kudo began kissing Fujita and then laid down on him for the win. Crazy SKB and Shinigami defeated Yankee Miyamoto and Leonardo the Bear (a wrestler dressed in a pink bear suit) when SKB set off fire crackers on his arm and then delivered a clothesline to Miyamoto to get the win at 11:19.
Nothing was released on the Beer Garden July 10th show, as the shows are relatively small. The July 9th show saw Sugawara defeat Nobu, who is a 666 wrestler, who made his debut on the June 6th show. Mr. Gannosuke defeat Ikeda-kun with a Scorpion Death Lock, and Onryo and Junji Tanaka defeat Biomonster DNA via count out in the main event. Onryo will also be working the July 18th, 31st, and August 8th shows. Mineo Fujita will begin working on the next Big Japan tour that will also have Kintaro Kanemura and Gosaku Goshogawara on it.
IWC's Super Hentai was contacted and agreed to be the mystery partner for Onryo against Mammoth Sasaki and Tomohiko Hashimoto's for WMF's reopening show on August 7th against Mammoth Sasaki and Tomohiko Hashimoto. Soldier will now probably be the Mystery Opponent for Ricky Fuji in the opening match.
Well I finally got the site back up and running. For the past week, I was unable to update after going over the limit I paid for, well actually, I kicked its ass by going over three times before they finally caught on. I purchased a new account on a new server, as the site is now hosted by www.fmwwrestling.us which www.bahufmw.com will link to from now. You can also use www.bahufmw.com in the address as well. It's taking over for www.wepso.org. So from now on, if you want to skip the main page, for an individual page, it's best to use www.fmwwrestling.us in the address.
Thanks to Brandon for sending in images from Hayabusa's book, I will also be adding some more of the pictures to his Biography, and Kintaro Kanemura's Biography will be updated tomorrow.
Chocoball Mukai has announced that after two repeated incidents that has gotten him arrested due to porn, he is retiring from the Porno business, and after the jail time he is most likely is going to serve, he will focus his career on just pro wrestling.
Kintaro Kanemura announced after his Hardcore Match at the Kintaro Kanemura Festival show, that the Apache Army will be running their own show at Korakuen Hall on August 30th. I do believe the goal is for it become a promotion, that runs at Korakuen Hall every month like Fuyuki Army.
The lineups announced for Mr. Gannosuke's Beer Garden Pro Wrestling Shows for July 9th and July 10th were announced, although I have been unable to get results of the show, and don't know if they will even ever be put on the internet, but if I find results, I will put the results on the Results page.
Chocoball Mukai was served another warrant for his arrest, for violating a law for child pornography. Mukai and his manager found a 17 year old high school girl on the streets of Tokyo, and got her to agree to film a porno with them. This is Mukai's second arrest in two months, after getting arrested for filming a porno in a public facility without a license. Mukai is looking at more jail time for both incidents as a result.
Mr. Gannosuke & WMF have came up with a new promotion for the WMF workers to work and earn money while waiting for WMF to start back up. It will be called "Beer Garden Professional Wrestling" and will be sponsored by Mr. Gannosuke. Admission is free, but fans
must buy a beer and snacks before entering the show to be able to attend. Mr. Gannosuke, Mammoth Sasaki, Garuda, Onryo, Mineo Fujita, as well as freelancers will work for the
shows. Mr. Gannosuke will wrestle for every show on July 9th, 10th, 17th, 18th, 30th, 31st, and August 8th.
So far, Mammoth Sasaki & Garuda are booked for the July 18th, 30th, and August 8th shows. Seiji Ikeda will participate on July 9th, and July 10th before touring for Michinoku Pro. No shows for Onryo & Mineo Fujita have been announced.
The final show on the World Japan Tour lineup was changed, with a less interesting main event taking place. The Kawasaki Stadium rematch was changed to an 8 man Apache Army vs. World Japan match with the World Japan team winning after Ichiro Yaguchi pinned Hido with a Thunder Fire Powerbomb. The team of Shiro Koshinaka & Takao Omori defeated Mr. Gannosuke & Mammoth Sasaki when Omori pinned Mammoth in a shocking result.
World Japan 6/17/04
Shiga Prefectural Culture Exchange Hall
Katsumi Usuda d. Seiji Ikeda (10:35)
Mammoth Sasaki d. Daisaku Shimoda (8:06)
Takashi Sasaki & GENTARO d. Hisakatsu Oya & GOEMON when GENTARO pinned GOEMON (13:46)
Takashi Uwano d. Mr. Gannosuke (10:09) via DQ
Kintaro Kanemura & Hido & Daikokubo Benkei d. Riki Choshu & Tomohiro Ishii & Ichiro Yaguchi when Kanemura pinned Ishii (11:04)
World Japan 6/19/04
Nagasaki Peace Hall
Takashi Sasaki d. Seiji Ikeda (10:37)
Yoshiaki Fujiwara d. Mammoth Sasaki (10:38)
Takao Omori & Shiro Koshinaka d. Mr. Gannosuke & GOEMON when Koshinaka pinned GOEMON (12:42)
Kintaro Kanemura & Hido & GENTARO d. Riki Choshu & Tomohiro Ishii & Takashi Uwano when Kanemura pinned Uwano (10:32)
World Japan 6/20/04
Saga Imari WERUSAMPIA
Seiji Ikeda d. Ryuji Walters (8:19)
Mammoth Sasaki d. Kazuhiko Matsuzaki (10:14)
Shiro Koshinaka d. GENTARO (7:30)
Takao Omori d. Hido (10:05)
Mr. Gannosuke & GOEMON d. Ichiro Yaguchi & Takashi Uwano when Gannosuke pinned Uwano (11:59)
Riki Choshu & Yoshiaki Fujiwara & Tomohiro Ishii d. Kintaro Kanemura & Daikokubo Benkei & Takashi Sasaki when Choshu pinned Sasaki (9:40)
World Japan 6/21/04
Kumamoto Hungnam Hall
Seiji Ikeda d. Kazuhiko Matsuzaki (11:02)
Takashi Sasaki & Daikokubo Benkei d. Katsumi Usuda & GOEMON when Benkei pinned Usuda (11:42)
GENTARO d. Takashi Uwano (10:11)
Shiro Koshinaka & Takao Omori d. Mr. Gannosuke & Mammoth Sasaki when Omori pinned Mammoth (13:08)
Riki Choshu & Tomohiro Ishii & Ichiro Yaguchi & Takashi Uwano d. Kintaro Kanemura & Takashi Sasaki & Hido & GENTARO when Yaguchi pinned Hido (13:39)
After initially reading the results of the World Japan June 17th show, and seeing that Takashi Uwano had defeated Mr. Gannosuke in their match, I was about to give up on the entire wrestling scene in Japan. Takashi Uwano, who worked for SPWF, and would the be equivalent of Shinjuku Shark joining a promotion that had a vision that failed miserably, but because of ego, still continued to run and was still was put over by Mr. Gannosuke, because they booked it. Thankfully, I missed out on the part where it was a result of Disqualification. Gannosuke got his win over Uwano on his 36th Birthday today, using the Gannosuke Clutch. Tomorrow, is the last day of the tour, and biggest show. Mr. Gannosuke will team up with Mammoth Sasaki to lose to Takao Omori & Shiro Koshinaka. The rematch of the main event of the May 5th Kawasaki show will take place, when Kintaro Kanemura & Hido take on Riki Choshu & Tomohiro Ishii.
Kintaro Kanemura will be promoting his own show on July 4th at the Chiba Blue Field, where many K-Dojo shows take place. The show will be titled "Kintaro Kanemura Festival". The top matches for the show have been announced.
The WMF return is now scheduled to take place on August 7th at the 250 seat Tokyo Kitazawa Town Hall, which will be a setup for the 2nd Anniversary show later in the month. One of the main matches announced for the anniversary show will be Mr. Gannosuke facing off against Garuda in a singles match for the first time.
The lineups for the World Japan have changed, and are now complete. Hisakatsu Oya will appear at the June 17th show for the first time in over a year at a show with his former FMW allies to team with GOEMON to face the team of GENTARO & Takashi Sasaki. It will be a one time deal, as Oya will not return for the rest of the tour. Mr. Gannosuke will now be facing the team of Tomohiro Ishii & Ichiro Yaguchi on his 36th birthday on June 20th instead. The biggest show of the tour will be the last show as Kintaro Kanemura & Hido will team up in a rematch of the May 5th Kawasaki Stadium show to face off against Riki Choshu & Tomohiro Ishii on June 21st. The semi main event will be Mr. Gannosuke & Mammoth Sasaki teaming up to face off against Shiro Koshinaka & Takao Omori. The shows listed below are the matches former FMW/current Apache Army wrestlers will be in on the tour.
I have added a good amount of show results from 1994 in FMW, that can be found at http://fmwwrestling.us/FMWEarly.html. My ultimate goal is to try and get every FMW result listed on the site.
Garuda finished up the Best of the Super Juniors Tournament today with 3 points in his bracket. Garuda faced off against Masayuki Naruse on May 29th, and fell to Naruse after Garuda tapped to the Naruse Lock. Garuda then faced off against IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion Heat on June 1st at the Toba Citizen Gym, but once again lost after being defeated by the HEAT Clutch in only 5 minutes 11 seconds. Garuda then once again continued the slump the next day on June 2nd at the Minokamo Plaza Chutai, where Garuda lost to Rocky Romero, after Romero finished Garuda off with the cross armbreaker. Garuda still only had one point after this show, and was tied for last with the injured Curry Man with one point.
Garuda then competed in a non tournament match on June 5th, teaming with former fellow Animal Hamiguchi trainee Wataru Inoue to face off against Ultimo Dragon & Katsuhiko Nakajima at the Osaka Prefectural Gym, and once again Dragon managed to score the pinfall over Garuda with an Asai DDT. Garuda managed to score his second ever victory in New Japan in a non tournament match on June 6th, once again defeating Hirooki Goto in the opening match. Garuda would return to the tournament on June 7th at the Matsue City, but would lose to Tiger Mask after being nailed with a front cradle. Garuda would then team with El Samurai on June 8th, to take on Heat & Tiger Mask, but once again Heat would manage to get the victory over Garuda with the HEAT Clutch. Still tied in last place with one point, Garuda would take on 16 year old Katsuhiko Nakajima in the last match of the tournament for both wrestlers on June 9th, at the Kurashiki City Park Gym. Garuda would manage to make Nakajima tap to his camel clutch to score his first and only victory in the Best of the Super Juniors Tournament. Ending with 3 points, ahead of Nakajima and Curry Man.
The reactions towards Garuda in the tournament were negative, some feeling he wrestles still like a rookie does. Garuda continues to have severe neck problems, but with so many other promotions like New Japan and Osaka Pro interested in him for their big shows, Garuda has tried to ignore his neck injuries to continue to work. Hopefully, Garuda will take a two month break after the tour is over, and will rest for WMF's 2nd Anniversary restart show on August 29th takes place.
The lineups for the top matches for the World Japan June tour were announced, with the Apache Army being in everyone of the matches for the four show tour. The tour will open on June 17th, 2004 at the Shiga Prefectural Industry Exchange Hall, with the main event being Kintaro Kanemura & Hido taking on Riki Choshu & Ichiro Yaguchi, and the semi-main event being Mr. Gannosuke teaming up with GENTARO to face Tomohiro Ishii & Takashi Uwano. The next show will be on June 19, 2004 at the Nagasaki Peace Hall 3F Hall, with Kintaro Kanemura teaming up with Hido & GENTARO to face off against Riki Choshu, Takashi Uwano, and former FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Champion Yoshiaki Fujiwara in the main, with the semi main being Mr. Gannosuke & Mammoth Sasaki to face Tomohiro Yaguchi, and former GUN member Ichiro Yaguchi.
Mr. Gannosuke will take on Riki Choshu in a tag match for the second time of his career on his 36th Birthday, when he teams with Kintaro Kanemura & Hido on June 20th at the Imari WERUSAMPIA, taking on Riki Choshu, Tomohiro Ishii, and Ichiro Yaguchi. The tour will end on June 21st, at the Kumamoto Hungham Hall, when Kintaro Kanemura, Mr. Gannosuke, and GENTARO take on Riki Choshu, Tomohiro Ishii, and Takashi Uwano. Hido & Takashi Sasaki will team up to face Shiro Koshinaka & Kenshiro Yukimura. Mineo Fujita & Seiji Ikeda are also scheduled for the tour in undercard matches.
The World Japan team manage to defeat the Apache Army on May 27, 2004 at World Japan's Korakuen Hall show, after the team of Riki Choshu, Tomohiro Ishii, Takashi Uwano, and Ichiro Yaguchi defeated the team of Kintaro Kanemura, Mr. Gannosuke, Hido, and GENTARO after Ishii pinned Hido with a brainbuster. Mr. Gannosuke finally faced off against his childhood hero Riki Choshu during the match, but after the match, the Apache Army attacked Choshu and spray painted on Choshu's back, the word "Indy" in kanji to humiliate Choshu. The Apache Army will return to World Japan for the June 17th to June 21st tour for World Japan.
If you haven't checked it out yet, I finished an extremely long and detailed Biography based on Mr. Gannosuke. You can check it out at http://fmwwrestling.us/Gannosuke.html or go to the Bio's section on the front page.
Garuda wrestled in his second match in New Japan match on May 22, 2004 and would manage to score his first victory in the promotion after defeating Hirooki Goto with an arm lock before wrestling his first match in the Best of the Super Juniors. Garuda would take on Ultimo Dragon in the first match of the tournament on May 25, 2004 at the Tomi City Gym, with Ultimo Dragon delivering an Asai DDT to Garuda to score the pinfall. Garuda earned his first point in the tournament after wrestling Curry Man to a 20 minute time limit draw on May 26, 2004 at the Kira Messe Numazu. Garuda's next match will be on May 29, 2004 against Masayuki Naruse.
WMF announced that their return would be on August 29, 2004 at the Saitama Pepe Hall Atlas for their 2nd Anniversary show. Also many of the WMF wrestlers bookings were announced for the summer. Mr. Gannosuke and Mammoth Sasaki will take part in the World Japan May 27th Korakuen Hall show, and then Mineo Fujita will join them for World Japan's tour from June 17th to June 21st. Onryo's only scheduled booking is for June 6, 2004 at the Tokyo Takenotsuka Battle Sphere, and will be in the main event when teaming with GOEMON & Borishoi 666 to face Asian Cougar, HERO!, and Baby?M. Other matches on the show will be Tomoya Adachi and MASAMUNE teaming up to face Asian Condor and The Great Takeru. Azusa Kudo will also take on Mineo Fujita.
I've been working extremely hard and long since late March on making Mr. Gannosuke's Biography, which will be out on Thursday, as soon as I get results in for his World Japan debut match on May 27th.
Tetsuhiro Kuroda reported today that another former FMW wrestler in
Fumiharu "Sambo" Asako died earlier today, May 18th at the age of 40 due to an extreme case of diabetes. Asako who had lost his leg, and sight in one eye due to diabetes remained in extremely bad shape. Asako had fought the disease for years, and lived his life with one leg, and one eye for the past few years. Asako's friend Atsushi Onita held an Onita Pro charity show with WMF wrestlers on it to help raise money for Asako last year on May 25th due to the severity of it, and the hospital costs as a result.
Asako who made his debut in FMW on December 1, 1989 at Korakuen Hall, defeating Mitsuteru Tokuda via Count Out. His biggest match of his career was on August 17, 1991 at the Torisu Stadium where he headlined the show against Atsushi Onita in a Exploding Barbwire Death Match in front of 48,221 fans before losing via KO in just under 10 minutes to Onita after defeating The Gladiator earlier in the show to face Onita.
Asako remained as a midcarder throughout the early years of FMW teaming with the likes of Ricky Fuji, Mr. Gannosuke, and Katsutoshi Niiyama taking on the likes of Big Titan, The Gladiator, and Horace Boulder in
Street Fights. Asako would make the decision that due to Onita retiring and leaving the promotion, that he would retire at the beginning of 1995. Asako would retire on January 5, 1995 at Korakuen Hall losing to Atsushi Onita in his final FMW match.
Asako would ultimately be persuaded to come out of Retirement by Onita for his USO 12/11/98 Korakuen Hall show. A gimmick of the show, was that many of the former FMW wrestlers would come out of Retirement for the show including Sambo and Combat Toyoda. The show would also hurt the friendship of Atsushi Onita and Megumi Kudo after Kudo refused to wrestle on the show, and only agreed to referee. The promotion would change to Onita Pro in 1999 where Asako would work regularly with Onita in 6 man street fights. His last show would be on 11/7/01 for an Onita Pro show against Viking Taniguchi before the diabetes forced him to retire for good.
Hayabusa wrote, that Sambo Asako was one of the funniest and kindest people he has ever met. He was always nice to the young Dojo boys when visiting with them, except when he would pull a prank on them. He went through extreme struggle at the end of his life with only one leg and one eye, and it is now his time to rest slowly.
Today marks two years of the death of former FMW President and Owner Shoichi Arai. Arai who commented suicide in the early morning of May 16, 2002 in a Tokyo Park had been in hiding from the Mafia since he declared FMW bankrupt on February 15, 2002. Arai kept FMW going with the backings of the Mafia, but with Hayabusa paralyzed and had just finished fighting for his life for two months in the hospital let alone returning to the ring anytime soon for FMW, Mr. Gannosuke being out for 6 months due to a broken leg, 2 million dollars in debt and the Mafia looking to kill him. Arai decided the only thing he could do was give FMW up and declare for bankruptcy, officially ending the promotion. Arai remained depressed throughout the last 3 months of his life, as his wife had recently divorced him, and had taken his children with her, and he was ashamed that was unable to pay for Hayabusa's hospital bills.
Arai decided to write a tell all book, discussing everything that he dealt with when it came to FMW. From Megumi Kudo's hard behavior towards young FMW Joshi wrestlers, Crusher Maedomari being a lesbian, and Atsushi Onita being a sex addict who slept around with hundreds of women while on top of FMW in the early 90's. At the end of the book, it becomes very clear that Arai did not plan on being alive very much longer, and not planning on being alive when the book is released. Arai talked with Hayabusa days before his death, telling Hayabusa about his plan suicide, stating that he had life insurance and that if he were to die, his ex wife and children would given a very good sum of money. Hayabusa pleaded for Arai not to end his life, and felt by the end of the conversation, that he had changed Arai's mind on the situation. Sadly, Hayabusa was wrong, and Shoichi Arai woke up in the early morning and went to a Tokyo Park in his traditional business suit, and hung himself with his own neck tie. Arai was 36 years old at the time of his death. Although Arai held a close relationship with Hayabusa and Kodo Fuyuki, many of the FMW wrestlers did not like him. Masato Tanaka left FMW in 2001 when given the opportunity because of his personal dislike for Arai and how he was handling the promotion, although Tanaka and many other FMW wrestlers would still attend Arai's funeral out of respect. Hisakatsu Oya stated that the only time has laughed since FMW went under is when he found out about Arai's death.
When finding out about the death of Arai, Kodo Fuyuki who had just gotten out of the hospital days before after being treated for cancer, had to be taken back to the hospital due to a panic attack of losing his friend. Kodo Fuyuki, a close personal friend of Shoichi Arai as the two pushed for the Entertainment Pro Wrestling in FMW, would die of cancer just 10 months after Arai's death.
Project Hayabusa's event on June 11 in Sapporo will be a concert for Hayabusa, as he will sing in front of a crowd for the first time. GOEMON will also be at the event. I do believe that it will be WMF that returns and will take the August 28th booking.
I have collected every result of Hayabusa's career from his debut under the gimmick at the Super J Cup 1994 on April 16, 1994 to his last match on October 22, 2001. It can found at http://fmwwrestling.us/HayabusaResults.html and the link will also be put at the end of his Bio.
Mr. Gannosuke will accomplish one of his life long dreams on May 27th as he will be in the ring against his child hood hero Riki Choshu for the first time. The Apache Army team of Kintaro Kanemura, Mr. Gannosuke, Hido, and GENTARO will face off against Riki Choshu, Tomohiro Ishii, Ichiro Yaguchi (formerly Mr. Rocknosuke of the GUN's) and Takashi Uwano in a Single Elimination Match at World Japan's Korakuen Hall show.
Garuda made his New Japan debut on May 13th at Korakuen Hall, losing to El Samurai after submitting to Samurai's chicken wing arm lock. His next match will be against Hirooki Goto on May 22nd before his first Best of the Juniors match on May 25th against Ultimo Dragon.
After attending the Fuyuki Army 5/5 Kawasaki Stadium show, Onryo soon headed to a Tokyo Airport where he flew to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to make his debut in America. Onryo was entered into IWC's Super Indy III on May 8, 2004. His first round opponent would be his fellow WMF friend Soldier. Soldier, who now has a completely different look since his WMF days. He grew his hair out, and has changed his ring attire. The two put on a great match, with Onryo eventually winning, and moving on in the Tournament. Soldier was very over with the IWC fans as a babyface, as the fans have accepted him in the promotion. Onryo would next face Alex Shelly in the next round, but would eventually lose to Shelly in the Semi Finals. Chris Sabin would defeat Shelly to win the Tournament. While in America, Onryo would visit one of his favorite stores at the Mall, Hot Topic. Onryo would buy a ton of clothes for his girlfriend to bring back as souvenirs for his weekend trip to America. Thanks to Sam Panico for help with the info and picture.
Soldier is planning on returning back to Japan for August. He is scheduled for a match against Garuda. The match will take place on August 28th, but it is still not known, what promotion it will be. WMF is expected back from their 6 month hiatus in August, but it is also possible that Project Hayabusa may become a promotion for the old FMW wrestlers to take part in, with Fuyuki Army closing down. Project Hayabusa has scheduled an event for June 11th in Sapporo, but no card or any kind of info has been released other than ticket prices.
Garuda, who is beginning with New Japan later this month, in the Best of the Super Junior Tournament, which other than his Super J Cup appearance, will be his biggest career highlight of his short career, is still suffering from neck problems. Garuda has been having these same neck problems since early February of 2003. Garuda took off over 8 months last year due to the neck injuries, but was requested by his doctors that he take off a minimum of at least one year, and it would be better to take two years off. But, after getting the opportunity of the Super J Cup appearance, Garuda rushed back to the ring prematurely, and as a result, is feeling the effects of it now.
Before wrestling in his first tournament match, Garuda will face New Japan's Hirooki Goto on May 22nd. His first match in the Round Robin Tournament will be against Ultimo Dragon on May 25th. The next day, he will face Curry Man.
Garuda moves on to facing Masayuki Naruse on May 29th, and then against IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion Heat on June 1st. The next day he will face L.A. Dojo's Rocky Romero, and then will face Tiger Mask on June 7th. He will close the Tournament out on June 9th by facing 16 year old Katsuhiko Nakajima.
Kintaro Kanemura has requested that the World Japan May 27th Korakuen Hall show, become a 5 vs. 5 singles match series with the Apache Army against World Japan wrestlers. Kanemura stated that he wanted to face Riki Choshu in the main event of the show. The other Apache Army members in the series would most likely be Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Mr. Gannosuke, Mammoth Sasaki, and Hido.
Hayabusa will be making his singing debut in a newly released CD put out by Project Hayabusa today. The CD will also have GOEMON's FMW theme, as well as other songs sung by Hayabusa.
The 666 promotion has scheduled their third show for June 6th, which will be again at the Tokyo Takenotsuka Battle Sphere. Crazy SKB (who actually runs the promotion), Onryo (who helps SKB with it), GOEMON, HERO!, Yutaka Miyamoto, and other Independent wrestlers will be on the show.
The final Fuyuki Army Promotion show at Kawasaki Stadium pictures and notes can be found at http://bahufmw.com/FuyukiArmy5504.html
Kintaro Kanemura and Tetsuhiro Kuroda made their second Hustle appearance at the Yokohama Arena on May 8th. Kanemura who was accompanied with Hido teamed with The Gladiator for the first time since the two were in the W*ING faction in 1995 in FMW, and Sabu. Tetsuhiro Kuroda teamed with Masato Tanaka and All Japan's Tomoaki Honma in a Hardcore Match. The show drew an announced 12,057, which if legit, is only 1000 more fans for the show than FMW's November 23, 1999 Yokohama Arena show, and spent far more much money using big names (Kawada, Foley, Hashimoto, Ogawa, Choshu, Dusty Rhodes) in professional wrestling for it. The spot of the match would be Kuroda using a Bicycle on the ramp to run over Kanemura & Hido. After running over them, Kuroda would keep pedaling, and The Gladiator would charge Kuroda and hit a flying clothesline, knocking Kuroda off the bike. Giant Silva would end up interfering, and with the help of Kanemura, The Gladiator would finish off Honma with a Kamikaze Awesome Bomb through a table for the pinfall victory.
Garuda will be making his New Japan debut on May 13th at Korakuen Hall against El Samurai. Garuda will the be entered into the 11th annual New Japan Super Juniors Tournament that starts on May 22nd. Garuda will be entered into the B Bracket, where he will face IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion Heat, Tiger Mask IV, Curry Man, Ultimo Dragon, Masayuki Naruse, Rocky Romero, and 16 year old Katsuhiko Nakajima.
For those interested, I wrote up a History of Kawasaki Stadium history piece, to commemorate the history of Kawasaki Stadium, and the history that has happened in the Stadium, and on May 5th.
More about the final Fuyuki Army Promotion will come in a day or two, as I will have more info about the matches, and pictures. Due to the changing of the main events for a weaker main event, in favor of Kanemura being able to win the final Fuyuki Army match, as well as the 55 degree windy rainy weather, hurting the walk up crowd incredibly, the crowd for the show was only announced at 8250. Which is over a 10,000 person drop from last years show. After the win, a bloody Kanemura declared war on Riki Choshu and that he wanted a singles match with Choshu soon, and announced that he & The Apache Army will be at the World Japan May 27th Korakuen Hall show. The Apache Army will also be invading in All Japan and Zero One soon.
In yet another, and most likely the final update to the Kawasaki card, the tag team match has been moved back into the main event. Kintaro Kanemura has said that Tomohiro Ishii will not be much of a factor in the match, in that he is going to at Riki Choshu. Tetsuhiro Kuroda vs. Satoshi Kojima is now the semi main event, which I think is a good move, because Kojima vs. Kuroda as a straight match, just isn't going to cut it for Kawasaki, and I believe Go Ito realized that. Shinya Hashimoto is now back on the card, but will now be facing Mammoth Sasaki instead of being in the main event. Although, the show is pushing all three matches as "Main Events" by giving them each 60 minute time limits, which is usually only given to the main event. This puts Yoshihito Sasaki in Mammoth's spot in the all Zero One tag team match now. It was announced also that the show will go on no matter if it is raining or not. Right now it's early morning in Kawasaki on May 5th, and it's raining and windy, and 55 degrees, which will not help out the walk up crowd, at all. The last time a Kawasaki Stadium show had to deal with rain, was on May 5, 1996 for FMW, when it had rained heavily the entire day, and cause the show to start later in the day, before the rain cleared up.
Kintaro Kanemura teamed with former W*ING friend Hideki Hosaka for the first time since April 11, 2000 to defeat the team of Tomoaki Honma and Jun Kasai after Kanemura pinned Honma in a Hardcore Tag Match with a Thunder Fire Powerbomb for the win at the BAPE STA!! May 4, 2004 show at the Zepp Osaka.
Mammoth Sasaki defeated Tomohiko Hashimoto in a Hardcore Street Fight at DDT's May 3, 2004 Korakuen Hall show, and will now move on with short notice to face another Hashimoto, Shinya Hashimoto in one of the bigger matches of his career for the Kawasaki show.
In horrible news for the show, Shinya Hashimoto for some reason, most likely injury related has backed out of the show after announcing he would do it back on April 30th. Tomohiro Ishii will take Hashimoto's spot, and Hido will be Kanemura's partner. Due to the situation, Go Ito has moved the match to the semi main event, and Kojima vs. Kuroda will now be the main event, and there will be no Explosion match on the show. The card was coming along nicely, and this just ruined it, as now the March 19th Korakuen Hall show this past year looks like a bigger event, and that didn't even sell out the 2150 seat Korakuen Hall, where as Kawasaki Stadium can hold up to about 20,000 people. On top of that, the main event of the show, was already a Semi-Main event for a Osaka Prefectural Gym # 2 show, and that didn't draw that well for Zero One, only getting 1400 fans in the 1800 seat building. Something drastic is going to have to take place, so that this show doesn't die a horrible death at the gate, and live. Even to make things worse, it is expected to rain all day in Kawasaki on May 5th.
Another match has been added to the Fuyuki Army 5/5/04 Kawasaki show, in what possibly maybe the final match to the card. Sabu has officially agreed to wrestle on the show, and will take on Zero One's Jun Kasai in a Hardcore Rules match. This leaves Hido still not on the card, meaning either he was injured in his April 29th Big Japan loss to Ryuji Ito, or there possibly will be another match added to the show, as Yoshihito Sasaki & a Zero One foreigner were also listed as being apart of the show. Right now, there are 9 matches on the show, and there were 10 matches last year, so it is possible that another match involving Hido will be added.
Before the big Kawasaki show, Mammoth Sasaki will take on Tomohiko Hashimoto for DDT's May 3, 2004 Korakuen Hall show. The two have been feuding with one another since January, as DDT began feuding with WMF, and this match will finally settle the feud between the two wrestlers.
As it turns out, Chocoball Mukai after being arrested for lewd behavior by filming a porno in a Tokyo Bar, spent 27 days in prison for his action. That is the reason why Shinjuku Shark took his place on the April 8th card against Yuki Ishikawa. It was IWA President Asano that bailed Chocoball out finally for $40,000 bail.
Riki Choshu finally accepted Kintaro Kanemura's challenge at Zero One's April 30th Korakuen Hall show, for the Fuyuki Army 5/5/04 Kawasaki Stadium show, but Shinya Hashimoto who was Choshu's partner during the show, asked that he be apart of the show as well, and asked Kanemura to find a partner, and make it a tag team match between Shinya Hashimoto & Riki Choshu taking on Kintaro Kanemura and a Partner to be named later for the main event of the show.
Also, added to the show is New Japan's Jado & Gedo taking on their former partner from FMW, GOEMON & Garuda. GOEMON was moved up from the opening match for this match, leaving Takashi Sasaki with a Partner to be named later for the show.
This only leaves out one more match, and that's a match most likely a Death Match involving Hido. Sabu has not agreed to do the show yet, but will be in Japan for the Hustle 3 show later in the week, so if Sabu were to agree, it could turn into a tag match, with Sabu & Hido teaming up to take on Jun Kasai & Yoshihito Sasaki.
Six of the matches for the Fuyuki Army 5/5/04 Kawasaki Stadium show was announced today. The main event of the show which is still set to be Kanemura vs. Choshu was not announced, because Choshu still has not agreed to do the show. It will be announced after the Zero One 4/30/04 Korakuen Hall show whether Choshu will take part in the match.
Tetsuhiro Kuroda will take on Satoshi Kojima for the semi main event, which will be a rematch of their July 31, 2003 Fire Festival match. Mr. Gannosuke will take on former New Japan and World Japan wrestler Shiro Koshinaka. Masato Tanaka will team with Mammoth Sasaki to take on his former partners and friends in Zero One's Shinjiro Otani & Tatsuhito Takaiwa.
Despite his recent arrest, Chocoball Mukai will be able to be on the card, where he will get to lose to All Japan's Kendo Kashin. Onryo will team up with All Japan's Kaz Hayashi to take on TAKA Michinoku & GENTARO which looks to be a very good match. GOEMON who is labeled as a "Project Hayabusa" wrestler will team up with DDT's Takashi Sasaki to take on Shinjuku Shark & Daisaku Shimoda in most likely the opener.
Missing from the show right now that was listed besides Kanemura is Garuda, Hido, Yoshihito Sasaki, Jun Kasai, a Gaijan from Zero One, as well as well as possibly Sabu. The other possible matches if I had to guess on the show are Hido & Jun Kasai in a Death Match on the show, and Garuda taking on Sabu if he agrees to do the show, but if he turns out it down, then Garuda facing former FMW Dojo friend Yoshihito Sasaki would probably be put on the show instead.
One week after the May 5th show, Garuda will make his New Japan debut as he will be facing El Samurai at New Japan's May 12th Korakuen Hall show.
Although the picture is a little outdated, I wanted to note that Hayabusa & The Gladiator met and talked with one another while The Gladiator was in Japan a couple of months back. The Gladiator & Hayabusa talked about the old days of FMW and their history together. Hayabusa has remained friends with The Gladiator, as well as Jamal (who was Armageddon # 1 and Eddie Fatu while in FMW). Hayabusa keeps in touch with both of them when they tour for All Japan.
As of right now, there is no card for the Fuyuki Army 5/5 Kawasaki Stadium show. The lineup is expected soon, Riki Choshu has not agreed to the show as of yet, but most likely will tomorrow, or as late as of Zero One's 4/30/04 show. If Choshu does agree for the main event, he would take on Kanemura in the main event. Announced for the show is Fuyuki Army wrestlers Kintaro Kanemura, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Hido, Shinjuku Shark, and Daisaku Shimoda. WMF wrestlers for the show will be Mr. Gannosuke, Mammoth Sasaki, Garuda, GOEMON, and Onryo. Zero One's wrestler for the show will be Shinjiro Otani, Masato Tanaka, Tatsuhito Takaiwa, Yoshihito Sasaki, and a mystery foreign wrestler. All Japan Pro Wrestling will have Satoshi Kojima and Kaz Hayashi. K-Dojo & DDT will be represented by TAKA Michinoku and Takashi Sasaki. Negotiations for Sabu to wrestle on the show are under way.
Onryo who is coming to America after the Kawasaki Stadium show on May 7th and May 8th for the IWC promotion in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He will be facing Super Hentai on May 7th, and then NWA Champion A.J. Styles on May 8th. Mr. Gannosuke, Garuda, and Masashi Ikeda have all shown interests in coming to America to compete to gain international experience.
Fuyuki Army Promotion 4/8/04 Korakuen Hall pictures and notes can be found at http://fmwwrestling.us/FuyukiArmy4804.html
After the May 5th Kawasaki Stadium show, Onryo will be flying to the states to take part in IWC's May 7th show in Pittsburgh. Onryo who is good friends with Soldier is coming to the states to visit his friend and make his American debut.
Kintaro Kanemura will be making his World Japan debut against Takashi Uwano on April 25th, leaving Pro Wrestling NOAH as the only named promotion in Japan that Kanemura has not worked for.
I'll be out of town for the weekend, so the review and pictures of the Fuyuki Army 4/8/04 Korakuen Hall matches will be done on Monday hopefully. I'll still have a internet connection to check e-mails.
The big news coming out of the 4/8/04 show which will be the last show for the promotion at Korakuen Hall, is that Riki Choshu will be in the main event against either Kanemura or Kuroda for the 5/5/04 Kawasaki Stadium show in a Exploding Barbwire Death Match. After the main event, Kanemura challenged Riki Choshu to the main event match. But backstage, Kuroda asked Go Ito (with a new haircut) about how he wanted to take on Riki Choshu in the main event instead.
The Fuyuki Army Promotion released its full lineup for the April 8th Korakuen Hall show. The Semi Main has been changed to a Tables Match with Hido now teaming with TAKA Michinoku against Big Japan's Ryuji Ito & Daisuke Sekimoto. Mr. Gannosuke has been moved to facing GENTARO in a Singles Match.
Most likely due to Chocoball's arrest, he is now off the card and Shinjuku Shark will now face Yuki Ishikawa in his place.
The main event for the Fuyuki Army Promotion 4/8/04 Korakuen Hall show has changed. The main event will be a handicap match between Tetsuhiro Kuroda against Kintaro Kanemura and New Japan's Jado & Gedo. This will be the first Fuyuki show for Jado & Gedo since their 5/5/03 Kawasaki Stadium appearance. Yuki Ishikawa will also be facing off against Chocoball Mukai once again in a rematch from their 12/5/03 Korakuen Hall match for Chocoball's 5th trial match.
Chocoball was also arrested on March 25th in Tokyo for public obscenity. Mukai & Adult Video Actress Emi Kuroda were both arrested for having public sex at Tokyo's Member's Club Rock bar. It was being filmed for one of Mukai's porno videos, but no paperwork was ever filed for a porno to be filmed there.
Kintaro Kanemura, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Ryuji Ito, and Daisuke Sekimoto appeared at Tokyo's La Boneral Sports Store on March 25th to announce the partial card for the April 8th Korakuen Hall Fuyuki Army Promotion show. Kintaro Kanemura will face off against Tetsuhiro Kuroda in the main event of the show. The idea is for the main Fuyuki Army wrestlers to fight one last time in a singles match at the last Korakuen Hall show. The WEW World Title was not announced as on the line as of yet. For the semi-main event, in a match entitled "TNR vs. BJW", Mr. Gannosuke & Hido will take on Ryuji Ito & Daisaku Shimoda in a Death Match.
Sam Panico of the IWC promotion sent me this info the other day to update on Soldier's current stay in America.
Soldier made his IWC debut on 3/20, on the losing side of a tag match. IWC wrestler Shirley Doe and Sebastian Dark have been engaged in a long, bloody feud and the PA State Athletic Commission has decreed that they are not to ever wrestle in a singles match. Instead, they each chose a partner, Dark's being Soldier.
Dark's goal is to keep Doe from making his
4/26-5/7 tour of Japan's SGP, F*CK and DDT promotions, so he recruited Soldier
(who wore his "Black Garuda" gear to the ring). Doe brought out old
rival Balls Mahoney to a big surprise. Balls and Doe won when Balls hit the
Nutcracker Suite on Dark for the win.
Soldier made a great accounting of himself. He will attend the 3/26 and 3/27 UNION shows, wrestling Super Hentai and Sterling James Keenan.
Fuyuki Army Promotion 3/19/04 Korakuen Hall pictures and notes can be found at http://fmwwrestling.us/FuyukiArmy319.html
Ricky Fuji Productions held its debut show on March 20, 2004 at the rather cold Tokyo Takenotsuka Battle Sphere. After the 61 minute Iron Man match between Ricky Fuji and Men's Teioh, a familiar 1996 FMW theme of "Hit Man" played and out came GOEMON returning as "The Hitman" Koji Nakagawa which was his gimmick from 1996 in FMW. Nakagawa dressed up in the pink and black, and shades after being a long time Bret Hart fan challenged Ricky to a match for the next Ricky Fuji Productions show.
Men's Teioh d. Ricky Fuji in a Iron Man Match
Ricky Fuji and Men's Teioh fought to a Double Count Out (1-1)
Men's Teioh pinned Ricky Fuji (2-1)
Ricky Fuji pinned Men's Teioh (2-2)
Ricky Fuji pinned Men's Teioh (3-2)
Men's Teioh pinned Ricky Fuji (3-3)
Men's Teioh pinned Ricky Fuji (4-3)
Tomoya & Asian Cougar d. Garuda & Mineo Fujita when Tomoya pinned Fujita with the SOD
Riki Ganshu (Mr. Gannosuke) & Animal Junji (Junji Tanaka) d. Tadashi Sano & Banji Takada when Ganshu pinned Takada with a lariat.
Today marks the one year anniversary of Kodo Fuyuki's death. Results of the Fuyuki Army Promotion Korakuen Hall show are up, and pictures and descriptions of the matches will be up within the next two days. Kodo Fuyuki's widow Kaoru Fuyuki who has been the financial supporter for the promotion was accompanied by a life size cut out cardboard picture of Kodo Fuyuki while she came into the ring to announce that the Fuyuki Army Promotion will be running its last show on May 5, 2004 at Kawasaki Stadium. This possibly could be the last show that carries the FMW history with it. It was also announced afterwards that the apparent last Korakuen Hall show for the promotion will be on April 8th. After the main event, in which Shinya Hashimoto defeated Tetsuhiro Kuroda with a DDT in a match that went longer than anyone expected at 14 minutes 12 seconds, Kaoru and her two children came into the ring to Kodo Fuyuki's "Shoot It '95" and then proceeded to do the TNR Dance in memory of their late husband and father to end the show. Afterwards, Shinya Hashimoto said to reporters that he could feel the spirit of Kodo Fuyuki in the building during the show.
Soldier will be making his debut in America on March 20th for the IWC promotion in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Soldier will be working in America for three months and will be staying with fellow IWC wrestler Super Hentai who lived in the WMF Dojo during the time he worked a tour for WMF back in September and October of 2002. Soldier's Black Garuda gimmick was finally mentioned in Japan's GONG magazine with more pictures of his tag team matches teaming with Black Tiger (Silver King) in IWRG in Mexico.
So yeah, the great people over at Red Eye (a group of Brazilian hackers I was told who they were) decided to randomly select my website to hack in and delete the front page. I've spent the last couple of days working on it for hours and hours, and finally manage to finish at 2:30 AM Central time.
Also, while my site was down I decided to go to the Web Archive to pull up the old FMW website and get every result from the promotion dating back to June 1996 (minus ZEN 5/5/98). After hours of translating throughout the week, I finally got them done. http://fmwwrestling.us/FMW90s.html for FMW results from the debut show to the end of 1996. http://fmwwrestling.us/FMW9798.html for FMW results from the beginning of 1997 to the 4/30/98 Yokohama Bunka Gym show.
Masato Tanaka, Kintaro Kanemura, and Tetsuhiro Kuroda returned to the Yokohama Arena in a FMW vs. ECW style match on March 7, 2004 for the Hustle-2 show against The Gladiator, Sabu, and Justin Credible. The three would come to the ring and do the TNR Dance which would be the second time Tanaka has ever done the dance (first time would in memory of Kodo Fuyuki at Fuyuki's wake). Justin Credible brought in his cane, and Sabu would hit his signature spots including an Arabian Moonsault off a chair. The spot of the match would be The Gladiator and Kanemura reunite against each other for the first since July 10, 1998 in FMW. The Gladiator would once again send Kanemura through a table off from the outside of the ring. This time Gladiator would hit a sitting down Awesome Bomb through two tables on Kanemura. Tanaka would manage to get the win for the old FMW team after nailing Credible with a Rolling Elbow for the pinfall and the victory. Afterwards, Tanaka and Kanemura would get in another dispute and Tanaka would end up leaving as Kanemura & Kuroda would do the TNR Dance by themselves. The heat remains with Kanemura & Tanaka although Tanaka & Kuroda are on very good terms and will be teaming together for the next Zero One tour while Kanemura continues to rehab his lymph injury.
The most frequently asked question I get by far is on Hayabusa's health condition. It's a very difficult question because I only go by what has been reported on the internet when it comes to his condition which really hasn't changed since he was able to leave the hospital to live at home back on March 31, 2003. I came across a website the other day that was dated back from December 16, 2003. It covered a 30 minute interview did with Koji Nakagawa by his side in front of about 30 people in a hotel. When asked when he thinks he will be able to get back in the ring, a mask less Hayabusa stated that his goal he is shooting for to at the very least wrestle one more time would be in five years. Another main goal is that he hopes his body will just about be healed so that he can live a regular life in 10 years. When asked about his current lifestyle, he answered by stating how he still goes to the Rehabilitation Center to improve on his walking for three hours a day. For the rest of the day, he enjoys spending his time with his wife (who is a nurse) and his two children. Although this came after the interview, Hayabusa is no longer affiliated with WMF and shortly before the last show, he resigned as Commissioner of WMF to focus fully on his rehabilitation and his family.
WMF's February 11, 2004 Korakuen Hall show did end up airing on March 11, 2004 on Samurai TV, and was a one hour show.
Despite just recently aligning himself with the Apache Army, there are already problems between Masato Tanaka & Kintaro Kanemura. After, Masato Tanaka defeated former FMW rival The Gladiator at Zero One's 2/29 Sumo Hall show, Kanemura and Tanaka got into a shouting match and fingering pointing between the two before Tetsuhiro Kuroda had to
separate the two. Tanaka remains friends with Kuroda and Yoshihito Sasaki. The heat still remains between Tanaka & Kanemura due to all the years of their feuding between one
another. The three will try to put their differences as Tanaka, Kanemura, and
Kuroda will return to the Yokohama Arena. Kuroda and Tanaka will be returning
for the first time since the FMW 11/23/99 Yokohama Arena show, and Kanemura making his
first appearance at the building since Big Japan's 12/2/01 Yokohama Arena show
as they will form a three man FMW team at the big Hustle-2 show on March 7th.
They will take on three former ECW World Champions in The Gladiator, Sabu, and
Justin Credible on the show in a FMW vs. ECW match.
Yutaka Miyamoto gave word that he will not be returning to WMF when it returns for it's Chapter 2 restart up scheduled for August. Miyamoto who made his debut in WMF on August 2, 2003, and got his very first pinfall victory on February 11, 2004 will officially become a freelancer.
Onryo & Ricky Fuji are both now running their own funded independent promotion using their money that they have made throughout the years working in the business. Onryo's 666 promotion which is a gothic like promotion held their second show on February 29, 2004 at the Tokyo Takenotsuka Battle Sphere (which is where WMF ran a majority of their shows for the first 10 months before stopping due to how cold the arena was, and that they weren't making money there anymore). The main event was Onryo & GOEMON & Crazy SKB (the red haired wrestler in the picture) defeated the team of The Great Takeru, Asian Cougar, and Asian Condor when Onryo made Condor tap to his 66 Lock.
Ricky Fuji will also run his own show at the Tokyo Takenotsuka Battle Sphere on March 20th entitled "One Wild Night". The opening match will be Mr. Gannosuke revising his Riki Choshu gimmick as Riki Ganshu teaming with Junji Tanaka to take on Naoshi Sano & Gannosuke's former protégé Banji Takada. Garuda & Mineo Fujita will take on the team of Tomoya & Asian Cougar. In the main event, Ricky Fuji will take on his good friend Men's Teioh in a Iron Man match that will go 61 minutes.
Masato Tanaka & Tetsuhiro Kuroda teamed up for the first time since their July 7th FMW reunion show, but were defeated by The Gladiator & Dusty Rhodes, Jr. (Dustin Rhodes) when Rhodes pinned Kuroda with a Curtain Call on February 27th. Two days later, Kintaro Kanemura & Tetsuhiro Kuroda teamed up with Steve Corino, C.W. Anderson, and Yoshihito Sasaki to defeat Tatsuhito Takaiwa, Naohiro Hoshikawa, Jun Kasai, Akashi Tiger, and Osamu Namiguchi when Kuroda pinned Tiger with a lariat at the 2/29 Sumo Hall opening match. Shinya Hashimoto who defeated Riki Choshu in the main event reinjured his shoulder for the third time in the last 9 months. Hashimoto's doctors advised him to take a year off to get shoulder surgery, but Hashimoto may put it off as he really wants to work the Fuyuki Army 3/19 Korakuen Hall show against Kuroda in the main event. Kintaro Kanemura & Tetsuhiro Kuroda will go on to take Shinjiro Otani and a Mystery Partner (speculated to be Satoshi Kojima) at Zero One's March 5th Korakuen Hall show. Old friends and partners Kanemura & Hido will team up to challenge for the All Asian Tag Team Titles against The Great Kosuke (Satoshi Kojima) and Shiryu (Kaz Hayashi). The show will air on Samurai TV on March 28th.
Osaka Pro's Super J Cup Tournament had few actual winners coming out of the show due to the low attendance for the 8 man tournament with the rules being that you must have 6 years or less experience in pro wrestling. Garuda, who made his debut in FMW in September 2000 was one of those few winners after the show was over. Despite being pushed very poorly besides one tag victory over GOEMON since returning from his injury, Garuda was able to make it to the semi-finals of the Tournament. Garuda defeated Osaka Pro's Goa in the 1st Round of the Tournament after a hurricanrana at 7 minutes, 1 second. Garuda then faced Pro Wrestling NOAH's and former WEW Tag Team Champion Naomichi Marufuji with the two putting on one of the better matches of the show with Garuda getting a lot of offense in the match before beating defeated by Marufuji with an arm cradle at 10 minutes, 22 seconds. Afterwards, Marufuji told Garuda that he respected Garuda's fighting power, and that he would like Garuda to tour for Pro Wrestling NOAH in the future. Garuda afterwards backstage would announce that he would like to form a tag team with Osaka Pro's Tsubasa who defeated him at the WMF 12/27/03 Korakuen Hall show. Naomichi Marufuji was the winner of the Super J Cup 2004 Tournament as he defeated Osaka Pro's Takehiro Murahama in the finals. I've been getting a lot of questions about what's the status when it comes to the WMF wrestlers and WMF the promotion. As of right now, every WMF wrestler is technically a freelancer, but since the promotion still does exist, they still represent WMF unless they were to officially sign with another promotion which they are free to do.
Masato Tanaka officially join sides with the Apache Army after breaking up with tag team partner Shinjiro Otani and leaving Otani with no partner for his tag team matches after the two got in a fight after losing the NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Titles to Takao Omori and Shiro Koshinaka on February 19th at Zero One's Korakuen Hall show. Masato Tanaka joined sides with Kintaro Kanemura and Tetsuhiro Kuroda the next day and teamed with Kanemura and Kuroda to defeat the Zero One team of Kohei Sato, Hirotaka Yokoi, and Yoshihito Sasaki when Tanaka pinned Sasaki. This would be the first time they teamed since April 29, 1997 at the Yokohama Arena when Kanemura and Tanaka teamed with Atsushi Onita to take on Terry Funk, The Gladiator, and Cactus Jack. Since then, Tanaka and Kanemura have feuded in wars between FMW vs. W*ING, FMW vs. ZEN, FMW vs. Team No Respect, Tanaka's ECW Japan vs. FMW, FMW vs. Shin Fuyuki-gun, The Complete Players vs. Shin Fuyuki-gun, Zero One vs. WEW, and Zero One vs. The Apache Army.
In a, "what do they do on their time off?" activity. On a recent Occupation of the Indiez which is a very good hour long show on Samurai TV that covers the latest happening on Japanese Indies in Japan with clips, they visited Mammoth Sasaki at his "Toys Grocer's" store. The store which is opened from 2 to 11 PM is run by Mammoth Sasaki himself who his a big time collector of action figures. Items that are sold there are figures of Transformers, Dragon Ball Z, Spider Man, and tons of other Japanese figures and collectors items at the store. Mammoth also mentions that Kanemura visits the store time to time as they both share a love for action figures and other toys. Mammoth Sasaki on January 7, 2001 gave Hideki Hosaka a toy he had since childhood to show that they were still friends, but later on the show the two would break up their team when Mammoth would accidentally hit Hosaka with a Mammoth Home Run, and afterwards Hosaka would break the toy in the ring right in front of Mammoth.
Fuyuki Army Promotion 2/12/04 Korakuen Hall pictures and notes can be found at http://fmwwrestling.us/FuyukiArmy212.html
WMF 2/11/04 Korakuen Hall pictures and notes can be found at http://fmwwrestling.us/WMF211.html
Tetsuhiro Kuroda will face Shinya Hashimoto at the Fuyuki Army Promotion 3/19/04 Korakuen Hall show as he won in a Captain Falls Match after pinning Kanemura in the match.
The final WMF show at Korakuen Hall lineup has been changed again as it looks like Kanemura will not be able to work the show, but will still work the Fuyuki Army Promotion show in the same building the next day. Instead of Kanemura vs. Garuda and Kuroda vs. Ikeda, now Garuda will take on Masashi Ikeda in the semi main event of the show.
Kensuke Sasaki will defend after requested by Gannosuke his Hawaiian Championship Wrestling Heavyweight Title in the main event. Gannosuke requested the match as he wants to win the title and expand his horizon in where he wrestles.
GENTARO challenged Hi69 at K-Dojo's 2/1 Chiba show after defeating Tomoya earlier in the show for WMF Jr. Heavyweight Championship ended up defeating Hi69 for the title and will now face Onryo at the WMF show for the title.
Tetsuhiro Kuroda has been moved down to team with GOEMON and will take on Hideki Hosaka who is making WMF debut and Ricky Fuji in a old school FMW match, as these four wrestlers teamed and wrestled against each other in FMW hundreds of times.
The other addition is now Tomoya will face off against Asian Cougar in a battle between the two freelance WMF wrestlers that started with the promotion shortly after it started. It's also a rematch of the WMF Jr. Heavyweight Tournament Final from the July 25, 2003 Korakuen Hall show.
The announcement of the Mystery Partners in the Captains Falls match for the Fuyuki Army 2/12 show took place as Kanemura announced that TAKA Michinoku and Big Japan's Daisuke Sekimoto will be his partners with Kuroda announcing that Mr. Gannosuke and DDT's Sanshiro Takagi will be on his team. It was also announced that MIKAMI will be GOEMON & Onryo's partner in the 6 man for the show.
Fuyuki Army Promotion announced the lineup for the 2/12 Korakuen Hall show, and the show will have 6 mystery partners/opponents on the card. The main event will be a Captain Falls match between Kintaro Kanemura & 2 Mystery Partners taking on Tetsuhiro Kuroda & 2 Mystery Partners and the winning Captain will face Shinya Hashimoto on 3/19/04. Mr. Gannosuke who isn't booked for the show if I had to guess, will most likely be one of the mystery partners, particularly for Kanemura.
Mammoth Sasaki will return to the Apache Army to team with Hido to take on Big Japan's Ryuji Ito & K-Dojo's MIYAWAKI in a Barbwire Board Scramble Bunkhouse Street Fight match. Chocoball Mukai's 3rd trial match will be against as announced a "important figure in grappling work".
The feud of GENTARO/Takashi Sasaki vs. GOEMON/Onryo continues on as Sasaki & GENTARO bring in DDT's Tanomusaku Toba to take on GOEMON & Onryo and another Mystery Partner for the show. The show will air on Samurai TV on February 22nd. The WMF show has not been announced for TV yet.
The Super Luchas magazine did a feature on The Black Garuda who is now working for IWRG in Mexico. It's Soldier working as the evil version of Garuda who also worked in Mexico until WMF started up. Soldier who worked his last WMF match back on October 19th will be in Mexico for the next several months to learn the lucha libre style to become an overall better wrestler for when he returns back to Japan, and with WMF in the state it's in, he might end up staying there longer than expected just like Garuda after FMW ended.
WMF President Tetsuya Yamada released a statement about WMF and it's future the other day. Basically he's states that unless the 2/11 show does really well, it will be the last show for the promotion and really hopes that won't be the case.
I want to talk about having been reported by the newspapers
etc. the other day. It is a fact that February 11 may become the last WMF show.
There is no performance schedule for WMF after the 11th. Now, the organizations
management is in a very difficult state. Results cannot be achieved although
there has been a trial-and-error method from the start of the promotion to the
present. If profit does not go up, WMF will not longer be a business. Hopefully
profit will go up. However, neither an answer nor a formula is in business or
life. Results are everything. The promotion will be lost if you cannot be
provided with an interesting exciting professional wrestling organization. I
wish the show on the 11th does well, and the wrestlers work as hard as possible
on the show.
I do not want to make the show the wrestlers and managements last. Next, if we do our best with all the power involved, hopefully there can be another show booked after the 11th. Please lend your power. Thank you for your consideration.
WMF Tetsuya Yamada
The official lineup for most likely the last WMF show at Korakuen Hall has been announced. Mr. Gannosuke vs. Kensuke Sasaki will be the main event. The semi-main will now be Kintaro Kanemura vs. Garuda, with Kuroda now facing Masashi Ikeda. There is some worry though with Kanemura as he will just be one day removed from being out of the hospital before returning to the ring. The blow off to the WMF vs. DDT feud will most likely happen at this show with Mammoth Sasaki & Mineo Fujita taking on DDT's Tomohiko Hashimoto & Seiya Morohashi. I think it's disappointing that the promotions ace is working in a undercard match for the last show. The card overall does look good and probably the best looking lineup for a Korakuen Hall show since April 11, 2003.
It is now known that Garuda will be facing Osaka Pro's Goa at the Super J Cup 2004 in the 1st Round of the Tournament on February 21, 2004 at the Osaka Castle Hall.
WMF announced that their WMF 2/11/04 Korakuen Hall show will be their last. The promotion which has been going through trouble since the this past Summer with with Laing, Inc. pulling out due to the finance loss. Meaning the promotion the promotion will close down in mid February much like FMW did in 2002. Unlike FMW though, the wrestlers will be going into the show, knowing its the last for the company. It looks like Kensuke Sasaki vs. Mr. Gannosuke will be the last match for the promotion, although Mammoth Sasaki who has been the brightest shining star and the one person who really made a name out of himself out of the promotion has not been announced to a card yet. I expect most of the wrestlers to become full time Fuyuki Army Promotion wrestlers and take more Zero One bookings. The promotion really did start out hot at the beginning. Their debut show on 8/28/02 sold out the Tokyo Differ Ariake. Their 12/12/02 Korakuen Hall show was jam packed from the opening match to the main event and drew a very healthy 1700 fans. Then they started just focusing on the main event by paying wrestlers from other promotions to come out and main event a Korakuen Hall show. Bringing in Masato Tanaka to take on Mammoth Sasaki drew a decent 1500 fans, and got a good main event match up.
But I really felt WMF took a nose dive which really sticks out is on 5/24/03 with Mammoth Sasaki taking on Mr. Gannosuke at the Osaka Sky Dome Hall. The match had been setup in December, but was not followed through at all, so the interest was lost in Mammoth trying to defeat the top name in the promotion to become the undisputed ace of the promotion. Instead, the show drew a poor crowd, which resulted in the match being booked only 11 minutes with Mammoth winning in a disappointing match, and that was really the last big match that could have drawn good with a WMF wrestler vs. WMF wrestler. Then they tried running house shows, and that turned out to be a huge disaster by only drawing from 100 to 200 fans in North Japan. Then even a bigger disaster took place as their third Korakuen Hall show turned out to be a huge flop as they had advertised Atsushi Onita for months in the main event of the July 25, 2003 show. Onita canceled at the last minute for an emergency Japanese Diet meeting and left WMF high and dry by never coming back. Another major problem was the booking which I do believe was done by WMF President Yamada with Hayabusa having say on what would happen. When Kodo Fuyuki died, and Go Ito took over and WMF began working with Fuyuki Army Promotion, Go Ito began booking the WMF guys better than WMF was booking them (except Mammoth). By the one year anniversary show, you could tell that the promotion was not the same as the 6 man main event felt like just a regular house show main event and the show drew about half of what their debut show did. WMF began using Tenryu, and although Tenryu was a draw, and help draw decent crowds, the money it cost to bring him in almost wasn't even worth it. WMF lasted 18 months, and now it will be just the Fuyuki Army Promotion to carry on the FMW history, and hopefully it will continue and last much longer.
Kintaro Kanemura returned to the hospital on January 20th after a lymph infection on his mouth which is the reason why he has had to tape up his mouth due to the overwhelming swelling. It is caused when your body is met with enormous amount of germs from someone's blood getting inside of your body through a cut in your body which is what Kanemura goes through almost every match that he is in. The doctors did not give him permission to even return to the ring, and he will be force to stay in the hospital for 20 days. Which means he will get out on February 10th, and go right back to wrestling as he is booked with Kuroda to take on Garuda & Ikeda at WMF at Korakuen Hall for the promotions last show the next day.
Fuyuki Army Promotion 4/8/04 Korakuen Hall pictures and notes can be found at http://fmwwrestling.us/FuyukiArmy114.html
WMF ran its first show for 2004 on January 12th at the Saitama Pepe Hall Atlas. The show was highlighted by a tag team match of GOEMON & Onryo taking on Garuda & Masashi Ikeda. Garuda scored his first victory since coming back and biggest by pinning GOEMON. GENTARO came out to help his Apache Army friends, and as GOEMON held Garuda, GENTARO set up for a Super kick but Garuda moved out of the way causing GENTARO to connect with GOEMON. Garuda then finished GOEMON off with the 450 Firebird Splash. This gives Garuda momentum as he will wrestle an Osaka Pro wrestler in the 1st round of the Super J Cup Tournament on February 21st.
To end the show, Onryo last eliminated Ricky Fuji to win a 12 Man Battle Royal, afterwards though DDT wrestlers Seiya Morohashi & Tomohiko Hashimoto hit the ring and attacked Onryo & WMF President Yamada as DDT announced it was declaring war on WMF.
Right before the show started, President Yamada who came out with Hayabusa to start the show and address WMF's future for 2004 announced that Kensuke Sasaki will be appearing at WMF's next Korakuen Hall show on February 11th to face Mr. Gannosuke.
Fuyuki Army Promotion which had a real hot streak of shows in the second half of 2003 ran their first show of 2004 at Korakuen Hall, and most likely I will be able to get pictures and do small reviews of the matches, but as of right now, the only thing I know about the show is that Masato Tanaka defeated Tetsuhiro Kuroda at 17 minutes 1 second in the main event to end the show. Kintaro Kanemura also apparently made his return to the ring at this show. This show was promoted horribly especially compared to the past Korakuen Hall shows they've been doing. No website ever listed any lineup for the show, not even Samurai TV which means the show may not even air on TV.
Fuyuki Army Promotion held a New Years Party in Tokyo with all the wrestlers celebrating the new year by drinking and being with their fans who have supported them. Noticeable things that were at the party was Onryo who tried to stay in character at the party by just by not speaking, but did not put on the Onryo ghost makeup. Kanemura was also seen there with a huge bandage wrapped around his chin due to the injury that had caused him to be out of action recently.
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