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For the first time in fifteen months, Pro-Wrestling CRIMSON returned to the list of active promotions at the newly restructured Miyako 1000 Tokuji Gymnasium for CRIMSON CONCERTO ~ RISING 2012! Before the event began President Yuki Nomura, Head Official
Hanzo Hijiyama, Akuma Toyota, Nobuyori Shimizu & Takayuki Ariwa greeted the faithful CRIMSON audience, thanking the fans for never forgetting about CRIMSON or their wishes for a full revival. Nomura pledged that this would just be the first step to a full revival to bring CRIMSON back to the top of the pro-wrestling world!
Naoki Daishi's first two graduates of his HYBRID FACTORY were given the opening match spot to show off their talents. Susumu Nakagawa and Katsunori Sekine; two junior heavyweight young men displayed crisp striking and basics in their CRIMSON debut. Nakagawa's extra experience paid off in the end as he tapped out the spunky Sekine with a chicken wing hold. The audience gave both men a rousing round of applause for their efforts ensuring future appearances in New CRIMSON.
After suffering a major back injury and only wrestling sporadically over
the last two years, Natsuo Sakoda make his return to Pro-Wrestling CRIMSON facing former CRIMSON wrestler Kojiro Kanesaka. Sakoda looked good against the always game Kanesaka, but in the end, his ring rust proved his downfall as Kanesaka used his Dead End Drive to score the victory. Sakoda was lax in details regarding his future but said he enjoyed the experience of returning to the CRIMSON ring...
Two former champions faced off in an international battle as Mexican sensation and former C-1 Tag Team Champion El Halcon faced off against former C-1 Junior-Heavyweight Kenta Arakaki. The two threw everything at
each other in a high paced exhibition until Arakaki finished off Halcon
with his running face kick; the Hikitsuri. Arakaki made his intentions crystal clear, challenging Ikuji Royama to decide the "rightful" C-1 Junior-Heavyweight Champion in "new" CRIMSON.
Perhaps no group of wrestlers were more active during the CRIMSON downtime then the group that became known as "DOUR BOYZ" in the local Tokyo area. Mikio Tsuruya, Akahito Yamada and the newly rechristened "Danger" Kobayashi made their return to CRIMSON bringing their new hardcore style to bear against the traditional stylings of Kenjiro Amagawa, Shinsuke Takahashi & the returning Shuji Kawashima. Kobayashi's new shaved head and scarred appearance shocked many fans, along with Tsuruya's new extra bulk...Despite a lively performance by the straight wrestling trio, the evil hardcore tactics of their opponents and Tsuruya's new size gave them the advantage with Tsuruya finishing off Kawashima with a lariat followed by the Murder Carnival piledriver.
Highly touted prospect Naohiro Yamaguchi made his debut against his mentor Takayuki Ariwa in the semi final. Having discovered Yamaguchi, this was the big test to see how the former Olympic hopeful would cope. The 6'2, 240 Yamaguchi exceeded expectations, using his size and athletic ability to keep up with Ariwa early on showing off an impressive ability at controlling the pace of the match. A rookie mistake, attempting to charge Ariwa in the corner allowed Ariwa to take back control, finally putting Yamaguchi down with two Angelos clotheslines. Ariwa helped his young protege to his feet in a sign of respect, allowing Yamaguchi to bow to all four sides before leaving.
In a celebration of the return of CRIMSON, five of the top stars of the promotion faced off in an epic eight man tag match main event. The team of Nobuyori Shimizu, Akuma Toyota, Makoto Saito & Ikuji Royama emerged victorious over the combined efforts of Hiroyuki Takano, Goro Iijima, "Texas Outlaw" Jake Bishop and Rui Kuriyama when Toyota pinned Kuriyama with a lariat. The focus of the match was placed on Kuriyama who proved his doubters wrong as he was more then a match for his star studded partners and opponents, and even in defeat rose his stock significantly.
After the match, the wrestlers on the show gathered in the ring along with President Yuki Nomura, who introduced the new "General Manager" of Pro-Wrestling CRIMSON; Toshiro Noguchi! Noguchi entered the ring wearing
a slick black suit, shaking hands of Nomura and the wrestlers. Noguchi explained that he would be overseeing the day to day operations of CRIMSON including the event structure. Noguchi made his first announcement, announcing that the POWER SOURCE tournament would return later this month! Noguchi further revealed that the winner of the tournament would be crowned the NEW C-1 Heavyweight Champion! This raised the ire of Takayuki Ariwa; who had never been beaten for the championship, but Noguchi explained the title hadn't been defended in fifteen months and this was the only "fair" way to decide the championship. Noguchi promised Ariwa a spot in the tournament, forcing a
disgruntled Ariwa to step back.
Noguchi promised further details in the days to come, and thanked the audience and wrestlers for tonight's show to close out the evening.
CRIMSON CONCERTO ~ RISING 2012!
Miyako 1000 Tokuji Gymnasium
1,148 (Super no Vacancy Full House)
June 10th, 2012
1. HYBRID FACTORY OFFER MATCH: Susumu Nakagawa (HYBRID FACTORY) defeated Katsunori Sekine (HYBRID FACTORY) at 6'19 with a chicken wing hold
2. RETURN OF SAKODA: Kojiro Kanesaka (FREE) defeated Natsuo Sakoda at 9'39 with the Dead End Drive
3. INTERNATIONAL DOGFIGHT: Kenta Arakaki defeated El Halcon (FREE) at 7'02 with the Hikitsuri
4. DEATH MATCH VERSUS STRONG STYLE: Mikio Tsuruya, Danger Kobayashi & Akahito Yamada defeated Kenjiro Amagawa, Shinsuke Takahashi & Shuji Kawashima at 14'29 when Tsuruya pinned Kawashima with the Murder Carnival
5. SHINE TOWARD NEW FUTURE: Takayuki Ariwa defeated Naohiro Yamaguchi at 6'39 with the Angelos
6. REVIVE THE CRIMSON SPIRIT~ NEW DAWN: Nobuyori Shimizu, Akuma Toyota, Makoto Saito & Ikuji Royama defeated Hiroyuki Takano, Goro Iijima, Rui Kuriyama & "Texas Outlaw" Jake Bishop at 25'22 when Toyota pinned Kuriyama with a lariat
-- After a decade, Pro-Wrestling FURY will finally come to an end on 10.25 in Osaka. In a press conference called from the site of the company's final event, the Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium, five men addressed a small gathering of reporters in front of the gymnasium: Company General Manager ZERO Kubota, current KOF Heavyweight Champion Norihiro Akashi, along with three of the company's most synonymous figures; Hiroaki Nakata, Tetsuhisa NAKAI, and Akira Takayoshi.
The five appeared in solidarity, aiming to reflect on a very tumultuous couple of years for the company. GM ZERO Kubota noted that the company has remained inactive since 5/31 of this year. He pointed out that the show appeared to have breathed life into the company, as Norihiro Akashi dethroned the seemingly insurmountable champion, Naoki Fukuda to become "King of FURY." The reality of the matter however, was the fight FURY had been in for the past few years has simply been, in the words of Kubota, "unwinnable." He stated that there were several factors and events that have brought us to this moment. He noted the Hiroshi Nishida tax scandal from years back that put incredible restrictions on the company, unknown to most. For example, Hiroaki Nakata revealed that the Japanese Police had froze the company's assets during the investigation, meaning the company was working under little to no resources for several months. During that time, the company took on severe debt. When the company's assets were finally released, there was not enough to pay back creditors.
GM ZERO said that 5/31 was a "last gasp" for the company. The hope was that a good showing would save the company long enough to stabilize itself... However, while it did pay off a lot of the debt, there was nothing left to continue on. Around the same time however, FURY had also engaged in a fierce letigation fight with an undisclosed party. The details weren't elaborated upon, but ZERO bluntly stated, "The law is not on our side."
With no funds to continue, the entire roster and staff felt devastated by the severity of the situation. However, as Akira Takayoshi himself explained it, a sense of debt was felt towards the fans, who have followed the company for its decade-long run. "It would be very disheartening to fans to know they were watching FURY's last event, unaware of that fact. And inconsiderate of us as well." While the fate of the company was determined, a decision was made to hold one final event, with 10.25.2012, the company's tenth anniversary being the only possible consideration. In that vein, there was no better place to hold the final event than the Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium, which has housed many of FURY's biggest events over the last decade.
Speaking formally as General Manager, Kubota vowed that the company would put everything they have into this event, saying it was everyone's top priority. Kubota noted that many of the wrestlers and staff had taken second jobs to help fund the event. Speaking on behalf of the wrestlers, Hiroaki Nakata said that it was a labor of love for the wrestlers, and said that it is all of their wishes to work the final event without pay, stating that none of them were doing this for monetary reasons. Unable to help himself, GM ZERO lightened the mood, saying, "...Well, speak for yourself. I'd like to get paid! ...But, we'll at least have food... So it'll be okay!"
Again, vowing to put their all into the card, GM ZERO formally outlined the event, stating that the central question everyone within the company have been asking is... Among the wrestler's who have strongly carried FURY's flag over the last ten years, who has meant the most? Which wrestler best personifies the last ten years? The question was even leaked into sports papers, where much debate was had between fans and even sports writers. In the end, a one-night tournament was decided to determine the "KING OF DECADE," as Pro-Wrestling FURY will hold the "F*TOP" tournament on its final night.
Limiting the field to eight men was extremely difficult according to GM ZERO, but said among those polled, four wrestlers stood out: current KOF Champion Norihiro Akashi, Hiroaki Nakata, Tetsuhisa NAKAI, and Akira Takayoshi. From there, Kubota said that the selection became more difficult, as different wrestlers meant different things to different people. In the end, it was mutually decided upon that eight of the would would each pick a wrestler to slot into the tournament, allowing the most important vote of all to come from those who will be competing in the tournament themselves. While not a definitive list by any means, the eight men represent the past, present, and what could have been the future of Pro-Wrestling FURY.
The Ace and current holder of the KOF Heavyweight title, Norihiro Akashi chose the man he defeated to lift the title from in May, Naoki Fukuda. Akashi said that Fukuda had become an incredible symbol of strength for Pro-Wrestling FURY as Champion, and said he was as deserving as any to be in this tournament. Showing that both heavyweights, AND juniors contributed to FURY's amazing legacy, Hiroaki Nakata selected Yoshihiro Shimoda to enter the tournament. Nakata said that since debuting, Yoshihiro Shimoda has been "the heart of Pro-Wrestling FURY," and said as a strategist and ring general, his skills were unmatched. Admitly a bias selection, Akira Takayoshi chose his friend and tag team partner Naoyuki Watanabe, stating that as one of the last renments of the "Burning Road," Watanabe's importance to Wrestling, and FURY couldn't be ignored. Finally, NAKAI named young Manabe Tsuji as his selection. Somewhat of a surprising pick, NAKAI said that while Tsuji lacked experience and results, he has amazing "GUTS," which he considers to be an important trait to have in this sport. NAKAI said that it is really wrestlers like Tsuji who are the saddest victims of circumstance, as they will never get the chance to ascend to the top of FURY. In NAKAI's mind, this is Tsuji's golden opportunity.
With the eight men selected, the event is all but official. First round pairings will be decided via lottery drawing in the coming weeks, along with additional card announcements. GM Kubota promised that every wrestler on the roster would be featured on the event, with 2-4 more special matches being added in addition to the tournament, which will span seven matches.
"10.25 Memorial ~ FINAL FURY in OSAKA" (Niconico Douga iPPV)
October 25, 2012
Osaka - Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium ~BODY MAKER Colosseum~
~ F*TOP ~ KING OF DECADE ~
- Norihiro Akashi
- Hiroaki Nakata
- Tetsuhisa NAKAI
- Akira Takayoshi
- Naoki Fukuda (Akashi Selection)
- Naoyuki Watanabe (Takayoshi Selection)
- Manabe Tsuji (NAKAI Selection)
- Yoshihiro Shimoda (Nakata Selection)
Rumors have circulated about the demise of Beauty Angels Japan since the company
hastily scrapped their big May 15th card, highlighted by new BAJ Singles
Champion Seiko Oshiro taking on former champion Rei Suzuki. Since then, there
has been little news about or from the promotion, with some stars taking
occasional bookings for other promotions during the apparently impromptu hiatus.
But Akira Yoshida finally addressed the public in an interview on BAJ's website,
stating that the promotion was still very much alive and that the previous card
was only scrapped because of the surprise pregnancy of Oshiro. Oshiro was then
forced to step down as champion, a move which she apparently tried to fight. In
the meantime, Yoshida decided to take time to restructure BAJ, which he said
needed to be done "to better fit today's climate". He said to expect news about
an updated card as well as the status of the Singles Title in the coming weeks.
Seiko Oshiro could not be reached for comment.
Since the confirmation of Singles Champion Seiko Oshiro's pregnancy, Beauty
Angels Japan have finally announced their first card of 2013, which will also
celebrate their 9th Anniversary. Entitled "Legacy", it will be a one night
tournament to crown a new Singles Champion. It is reported that Akira Yoshida
and the Tanaka Corportation were NOT pleased with Oshiro's news and have spent
months deadlocked on how to best handle it. As it is, inside sources report that
morale is down and that the company, for the first time ever, is in complete
disarray. There are even those that wonder if, for the first time ever, they can
even draw a crowd to Korakuen Hall.
Beauty Angels Japan 9th Anniversary Show: "Legacy"
- With little hype and promotion other than announcing the initial card, along
with teasing a special announcement from Kazuma Fujita, KINGDOM of JAPAN
Pro-Wrestling made a noticeable impression among the 1,700+ fans that came to
witness the company's inaugural event. Fans who attended were all given special
gift bags that included a full-color program, a KJPW logo T-shirt of random
color, and a special music CD of various KJPW wrestler's theme songs. The
company took all of the extra measures to give KJPW a "major league" feel.
- At gong time, every wrestler belonging to the KJPW roster were introduced
one-by-one beginning with the four rookies Uchikawa, Nishioka, Awano, and
Kisanuki. While not apart of the KJPW roster, Seiji Ebisawa and the other
members of SPIRIT International were introduced, and acknowledged as special
guests. Finally, Kazuma Fujita was introduced to the largest ovation of them
all. Fujita wasted no time in addressing the speculation that had formed earlier
in the week following a tabloid report claiming would be announcing his
retirement tonight. To the dismay of the Kansai faithful, Fujita confirmed what
had been claimed, and stated that he would indeed be announcing his retirement
tonight... While not exactly going into why, Fujita said that he had been
struggling with the decision for many years... However, Fujita said that he had
no intention of retiring TODAY, and stated that he would begin a "Final Road" of
matches later this year that will culminate in his retirement. An emotional
Fujita told the fans that his soul was still smoldering from Burning Spirit, and
said until that fated day later this year, he would give EVERYTHING he had in
the ring. Turning to both TAKU and Naoki in center ring, Fujita said that while
they may have surpassed him in overall strength, he would do everything in his
power to challenge their ability.
After that tense exchanged, the show appeared to be ready to begin as the
wrestler's began to file out of the ring. Fujita however remained, asking the
fans, "Oh... Did you think THAT was my announcement?" This got the usually
reserved Japanese fans buzzing. Fujita stated that KJPW's borders were open to
anyone willing to show their guts inside of the ring, and noted that upon KJPW's
inception, he received a call from one of the many graduates from the Kazuma
Fujita dojo; "Arguably my most successful student," Fujita added. After teasing
it long enough, Former MMA star KENJI TANAMURA made a shocking appearance in the
KJPW ring. All dressed in nice suits, Tanamura was followed by three other
individuals: Yuichi Miwa, Harumi Sakai, and Yusaku Kitajima; all members of
Tanamura's KT-Club dojo. Tanamura respectfully greeted the fans, and properly
introduced himself, along with his three disciples. Tanamura said that he owed
all of his accomplishments to Fujita, and said that after competing in his final
Mixed Martial Arts bout early last year (a losing effort to Russian phenom
Andrei Ishchenko), he wanted to see what he could accomplish in the battlefield
he "left behind." He promised to work his way from the bottom, and earn the
support of the fans. His three disciples did the same in properly introducing
themselves, along with explaining their desires to join KJPW. All four men came
across very well, and appeared to be accepted as members of the roster, as
confirmed by Fujita himself. Tanamura vowed to greet the Osaka fans next time as
an official member of the roster, and said he and his disciples would do their
- Through out the night, KJPW would present a card of various styles and
purposes, with laughter even on the agenda, as Hisai Tomagochi made a miraculous
one night return to the ring to face infamous wrestler and comedian, Atsushi
Ono! For years, dating back to Burning Spirit Pro-Wrestling, Ono provided much
comedy relief to the otherwise intense atmosphere BSPW provided with his
grandiose challenges (which he typically lost in hilarious fashion.) Hisai and
Ono had brushed paths before several times in BSPW and Pro-Wrestling FURY. Upon
the announcement of KJPW's creation, Ono began harassing KJPW Chairman Go
Taniguchi, demanding to face the sealed away Hisai Tomagochi. It wasn't until
Ono personally delivered a handwritten challenge to Taniguchi did he agree to
unseal the "Satan of Comedy Hell." However, Go failed to be held responsible for
the number of sides he ended up splitting... While a bit on the hyperbolic side,
both men entertained the fans immensely with their antics from the beginning,
when saw both men cosplaying as Kazuma Fujita. To make matters even funnier,
this coincided with Fujita sitting at ringside as a guest commentator. In the
end, "Hisaima" appeared to be sizing "Ojita" up for a lariat, only to suddenly
poke Ojita between the eyes, causing him to blurt out "OW OW OW!!! THAT HURT!"
Hisai easily caught Ojita with a backslide for the three count. There was some
funny interaction between Hisai and Fujita after the match. Ono would eventually
recover, leading to him challenging BOTH Hisai and Fujita to face him in a
Barbed Wire Explosion Deathmatch. The two completely disregarded Ono by leaving;
ignoring Ono's repeated "OI!!'s" The lights eventually faded on Ono. Dejected,
he finally left the ring...
- In addition to the debut of KJPW itself, the event saw the debut of four young
wrestlers; each with their own unique set of skills and attributes. The second
match pitted two of these men against each other, as Yutaka Awano faced Yukio
Kisanuki. Both men were rough around the edges, but shown great promise. While
lacking in technique, Awano shown character and personality, and seemed to gain
more popularity in losing to the more technically-skilled former Judoka,
Kisanuki. The other two would make their debut as a team, facing the more
experienced Mamoru Sekishima and Tetsujin. While having more in-ring time than
their opponents, Sekishima and Tetsujin are still very young into their careers,
and are just beginning to come into their own. Sekishima in particular had a
star aura to him with his more muscular tone and freakish (for Japanese
standards) height of 198cm. Shinji Uchikawa and Tsutomu Nishioka boldly attacked
their opponents before the bell; something rarely seen by debuting rookies.
Uchikawa appeared to be the most well-rounded of the four debutantes by having a
good body, showing decent skill and an incredible amount of potential.
Nishioka's skills stood out as well. However, it was his lean, muscular build
that made him stand out. Naturally, Nishioka's performance was full of muscular
poses; typically causing him to lose focus. Towards the end, both rookies had a
catastrophic miscommunication, allowing Sekishima to devastate Uchikawa with a
sickening knee kick to the body, leading to a one-footed pin. Despite their bold
attack, Uchikawa and Nishioka were humble in defeat, and received commendations
from their opponents.
- Despite being a 6th term graduate of the Kazuma Fujita dojo, Riki Ichiro has
been a wandering spirit since the beginning of his career, and has found himself
fighting in countless battlegrounds. However, after essentially being a Ronin
for so long, Ichiro announced his desire to fight alongside his teacher, Kazuma
Fujita. However, as a tribute to his old stomping ground, Pro-Wrestling
DYNAMITE, Ichiro sent a challenge to one of DYNAMITE's top stars, Yujiro
Higuchi. Having faced off many times within DYNAMITE's ring, both men knew each
other extensively. Never wrestler gave an inch, and laid into the other with
incredible force, displaying the full brutality of Pro-Wrestling with sickening
chops, face slaps, and bone-crunching suplexes and strikes. In the end, Ichiro
managed to evade Higuchi's H-Bomb, before nearly taking his head with an
incredible "Riki Lariat" to secure the victory. After the match, Ichiro invited
Higuchi to JOIN KJPW on his behalf! Showing amazing heart and intensity, the
Osaka fans were very receptive to the idea. Without a battlefield to properly
call his own, Higuchi accepted the invitation and clasped hands with Ichiro in a
hint of a possible alliance.
- The semi final pitted the home trio of Chikao Kessin, Masafuji Yoshida and
Kazuki Sendo against the outside team of SPIRIT International, Seiji Ebisawa,
Katsumi Gakusha, and Shino Hiriyama in a fairly standard six-man tag match, and
seemed to serve as more of a showcase for the SPIRIT International team than
anything. Despite shaking hands with the home team, Ebisawa and company were
very aggressive, and ended up TAPING Kessin and Yoshida to the ring posts,
allowing them to triple Sendo for the victory. The KJPW team were naturally
upset at SI's underhanded ways. Ebisawa took the microphone and gave a
half-hearted apology, saying they meant no offense with their "joke." With a
twinge of sarcasm, Ebisawa talked about how big of an honor it was to be in the
KJPW ring, and said he and his associates hoped to be invited back. A
hot-tempered Kessin pulled the microphone out of Ebisawa's hands, saying he
didn't like his attitude. He stated that if Ebisawa wanted to come back, he and
Yoshida would personally invite them in the form of a tag team challenge match.
Sendo, who suffered the most as a result of SI's "joke" challenged Hiriyama to a
singles match as well. Seemingly having the advantage in the situation, Ebisawa
said they would "consult their schedule" before slinking away...
- Upon KJPW's formation, Naoki Fukuda and TAKU were immediately positioned as
the two top wrestlers on the roster from the modern era. Fukuda spent almost
three years as the unequivocal Ace of Pro-Wrestling FURY, while TAKU is largely
known as one of the best tag team specialists in wrestling (due in part to his
"CHOJIN POWERS" team with Fukuda himself.) However, TAKU has shown time over
that he is a capable singles competitor, and made it clear at the initial
company press conference that he intended to surpass Fukuda in strength, and
firmly establish himself as the face of KJPW with a victory tonight.
Unfortunately for TAKU, despite an incredible effort, Fukuda's strength would be
too much to overcome in one try, as Fukuda secured the victory with his third
consecutive "Mastodon Crash" Frog Splash to cap off an incredible "big match"
level effort from both men. The passionate cries and calls from the 1,700 fans
helped to create an amazing atmosphere. The match was clearly important to both
men, who debuted brand new ring costumes for the match. Almost as if the two
planned it this way, both wrestlers were contrasting colors, with Fukuda wearing
a white costume with black trim, while TAKU wore slick black trunks with a mix
of white and red trim...
After the match, Fukuda called everyone to the ring, and thanked the fans for
their attendance. He praised everyone's efforts on the card, but said they would
work even harder for the fans in the future; himself included. He glossed over
the event, saying Hisai and Ono allowed him a brief moment of leisure amidst a
tense afternoon. He pointed out some of the best features of the four debuting
rookies, from Uchikawa's fighting spirit, to Nishioka's physique and strength,
to Awano's curious personality, to Kisanuki's amazing technique to overcome
larger opponents. Not to inflate their heads too much however, he told them
their road was only just beginning, and that the decisions they make today will
drastically affect their futures as Pro-Wrestlers... This led to him briefly
speaking on Kazuma Fujita's impending retirement. He said it still felt like a
lie to him, but he accepted Fujita's decision. He asked Fujita for a singles
match down the road, much to the excitement of the fans. Fujita naturally
accepted... Fukuda then turned his attention to Kenji Tanamura and his group of
disciples. After teasing some apprehension, Fukuda removed all false pretense
and welcomed Tanamura to the roster. The two had some brief banter back and
forth, until a challenge was laid down by Tanamura for the two to face off in a
tag team match. Fukuda naturally agreed, and said that after tonight, he was
feeling very nostalgic, and knew the perfect partner in mind, before turning his
attention to TAKU, who was still recovering in the corner. To the delight of the
crowd, Fukuda asked TAKU to re-form the "CHOJIN POWERS" for one night only! TAKU
appeared to take a moment to think it over. He finally pulled himself up from
the corner, BEFORE HITTING FUKUDA WITH A LARIAT! Without hesitation, TAKU
followed it up with the CHOJIN BOMBER, adding a definitive exclamation in
declining Fukuda's request! TAKU immediately left the ring, before exiting
through the isle way; only to be confronted by Seiji Ebisawa, Katsumi Gakusha,
and Shino Hiriyama of SPIRIT International. Words appeared to be exchanged
between Ebisawa and TAKU, culminating in the two shaking hands, and heading
backstage together... This left Naoki momentarily shaken in the ring. However,
while expressing anger at TAKU, he chalked this up to the unpredictability of
professional wrestling, and told Tanamura that he would face Tanamura and his
disciple alone if he has to. This led to TAKU's best friend, Go Taniguchi
stepping up as Fukuda's partner, and said he didn't understand what TAKU was
thinking... To end the show, all of the wrestlers joined hands in the center of
the ring in a show of unity, with everyone vowing to do their best in the coming
KINGDOM of JAPAN Pro-Wrestling,
January 23, 2013 (Samurai! TV)
Osaka - BODYMAKER Colosseum Second Hall (1,800)
1,733 Fans (No Vacancy)
1. Comedy Deathmatch: Hisaima Tomagojita beat Atsuzuma Ojita (4:56) with a
2. Yutaka Awano/Yukio Kisanuki Debut Match: Yukio Kisanuki Yutaka Awano (7:07)
with the Kimura Lock.
3. Shinji Uchikawa/Tsutomu Nishioka Debut Match: Mamoru Sekishima & Tetsujin
beat Shinji Uchikawa & Tsutomu Nishioka (8:52) when Sekishima used a knee kick
4. Last of D: Riki Ichiro beat Yujiro Higuchi (15:26) with the Riki Lariat.
5. KJPW versus SPIRIT International: Seiji Ebisawa, Katsumi Gakusha & Shino
Hiriyama beat Chikao Kessin, Masafuji Yoshida & Kazuki Sendo (14:19) when
Hiriyama used the Picture Perfect German Suplex hold on Sendo.
6. Begin the New Age ~ MY CROWN, YOUR LIFE!!: Naoki Fukuda beat TAKU (32:16)
with the Mastodon Crash.
KINGDOM of JAPAN Pro-Wrestling,
"SECOND STAGE ~ Birth By Soul"
February 08, 2013
Tokyo - Differ Ariake (1,800)
- Kazuki Sendo vs. Shino Hiriyama
- Chikao Kessin & Masafuji Yoshida vs. Seiji Ebisawa & Katsumi Gakusha
- Naoki Fukuda & Go Taniguchi vs. Kenji Tanamura & Yuichi Miwa
-- Taken from the Official Yahoo Group of KJPW,
- At a press conference held at Tokyo's Fighting Café Colosseo, Kazuma Fujita announced the full card
for KJPW's next event this coming Friday from Differ Ariake. The main attraction bout will see the "Historic First Meeting" between the KJPW seikigun and Kenji Tanamura's ARMADA faction, as Naoki Fukuda and Go Taniguchi face Tanamura and his strongest disciple, Yuichi Miwa. While both sides have been friendly, the hunger to be the strongest will no doubt bring the competition out of them. In a continuation from the last
card, the semi final bout will see the re-united "Sumo Brothers" team up once more as Chikao Kessin and Masafuji Yoshida battle SPIRIT International's Seiji Ebisawa and Katsumi Gakusha. Thus far, SI have been largely not welcomed by the majority of wrestlers within KJPW, but it might be due to their brazen arrogance after crashing the initial press conference to announce KJPW's formation, insisting on their inclusion. In fact, the faction has been seemingly stirring trouble for the locker room after befriending a frustrated TAKU following his loss to Naoki Fukuda. Speaking of which, the contract status of TAKU is currently up in the air following the last event. Fujita admitted that KJPW was still establishing themselves as a business, and thus many of the wrestlers were working on handshake arrangements until formal contracts could be worked out. While an agreement between KJPW and TAKU was made prior to its debut event, TAKU is now considering himself a Freelancer for the time being. Fujita said that TAKU was to be better prominently featured on the show, but refused
almost every match offered to him. Oddly enough, TAKU agreed to face rookies Tsutomu Nishioka and Yukio Kisanuki in a two-on-one handicap match. Fujita hoped that TAKU would "come to his senses" and return to the negotiation table soon, saying his participation is vital to the prosperity of Japanese Pro-Wrestling.In
addition, the other two members of Kenji Tanamura's ARMADA group will compete against one another, as Harumi Sakai faces Yusaku Kitajima. Both
coming from extensive kakutougi backgrounds, Fujita believed the philosophy of ARMADA as a faction will be seen in the match, and expects
a fierce battle, despite the two being partners. "Sometimes, competition brings out the best in friends." added Fujita, noting that same of his furious fights in the ring were against men he considered friends.Following KJPW's initial event, a partnership between former DYNAMITE contemporaries Riki Ichiro and Yujiro Higuchi was strongly hinted at following their singles bout against one another. The speculation was confirmed to be fact as Fujita stated the two would team up with one another to face Mamoru Sekishima and the wrestler formally known as Tetsujin. In announcing the bout, Fujita also revealed that Tetsujin would begin wrestling under his real name of Tetsuji Kawamura.Rounding out the card will be the previously announced singles bout between Kazuki Sendo and Shino Hiriyama. Sendo demanded the match after falling victim to Shino's Picture Perfect German Suplex, and has promised to show a "leveled up" performance in what he considered to be a very important singles match.After going over the card, Fujita largely reiterated his plans for retirement, with the official countdown beginning on May 31st of this year. He said he had no regrets about his decision, but said he was more motivated than ever to leave his mark in Pro-Wrestling, and stated that he will compete
as a full-time member of the roster, beginning with the company's next event on 2/23 in Osaka. Fujita said the match itself would be revealed in Tokyo on 2/08.
KINGDOM of JAPAN Pro-Wrestling,
"SECOND STAGE ~ Birth By Soul"
February 08, 2013 (Samurai! TV)
Tokyo - Differ Ariake (1,800)
0. Shinji Uchikawa vs. Yutaka Awano
1. Handicap Match: Tsutomu Nishioka Yukio Kisanuki vs. TAKU [FREE]
2. Kazuki Sendo vs. Shino Hiriyama [SI]
3. THIS IS ARMADA ~ S vs. K: Harumi Sakai vs. Yusaku Kitajima
4. Riki Ichiro Yujiro Higuchi vs. Mamoru Sekishima Tetsuji Kawamura
5. Chikao Kessin Masafuji Yoshida vs. Seiji Ebisawa [SI] Katsumi Gakusha [SI]
6. Historic First Meeting ~ KJPW vs. ARMADA: Naoki Fukuda Go Taniguchi vs. Kenji Tanamura Yuichi Miwa
-- Taken from the Official Yahoo Group of KJPW,
- Two weeks following their debut event in Osaka, KJPW returned with its follow up convention in Tokyo, drawing a respectable crowd of enthusiastic fans. Before gong time, Naoki Fukuda, Go Taniguchi, and other members of the roster greeted fans as they entered the hall. As fans continued filing in, a dark match was held between rookies Shinji Uchikawa and Yutaka Awano in front of much of the KJPW roster. Both wrestlers displayed exemplary polish when it came to the fundamental basics of pro-wrestling. Despite being a "dark" match, the fans who arrived were very supportive. Awano in particular struck a cord with the fans with his animated personality.
Unfortunately for Awano, he would be bested by Uchikawa a textbook German Suplex hold proceeding a lengthy crab hold submission.-
Kazuma Fujita appeared before the crowd to open the show, thanking them
for their support. He stated that he would be returning to the ring on 2/23 in Osaka, but said more would be said on that later... His main purpose for starting the show was to announce the EMPEROR'S CUP tournament, which will begin next month in Korakuen Hall, much to the delight of the Tokyo fans. Fujita said that tournaments have always been
an essential part to Pro-Wrestling, and sports in general. "Who is the strongest?" Fujita asked the fans. "This is always the question we ask."
He stated that the sixteen wrestler tournament would be held over the course of three shows, beginning on 3/08 in Korakuen Hall. The second round will take place on 3/10 in Osaka, with the semi and grand finals taking place on 3/15 in Korakuen. He didn't explicitly reveal what is in
store for the winner of the tournament, but said the winner would almost undoubtedly be considered KJPW's "Ace" player. As part of his vow
to give his all before winding his career down, Fujita announced his participation in the tournament, saying he still had something to prove.
- The first bout of the night was oddly enough, a handicap match pitting TAKU against two KJPW rookies, Tsutomu Nishioka and Yukio Kisanuki. TAKU was introduced as a Freelancer, which surprised many fans. TAKU made short work of the inexperienced duo, beating them in under three minutes after flattening Nishioka with the Chojin Bomber, and Kisanuki with the Kinniku Buster. TAKU left the ring about as fast as he came, leaving both rookies laid out. Backstage, TAKU refused comment from reporters; instead heading straight for the locker room specifically designated for members of SPIRIT International...- Speaking of
which, SI's Shino Hiriyama faced off against the spirited Kazuki Sendo.
Now in his fifth year as a pro, Sendo put on a superb performance alongside Hiriyama, as the two had incredible chemistry as competitors. Both wrestlers showed off flashy, but effective holds to try and secure themselves the victory. In the end however, it would be Hiriyama's devastating "Picture Perfect" German Suplex that would spell the difference. Hiriyama mocked Sendo after the match, saying that his level
was just too high for Sendo to reach. Backstage, Sendo vowed to comeback and return the favor to Hiriyama.-
The next match pitted ARMADA teammates against one another, as Harumi Sakai faced off against Yusaku Kitajima. Both men engaged in a intense series of grappling exchanges on the mat; showing their familiarity with
each other. Soon however, the spirit of competition was brought out of both men as fiery palms and kicks were traded back-and-forth. While into
the action, the fans were pulled further into the match after Kitajima landed a thunderous high kick to the side of Sakai's head, causing him to nearly fall! However, just before he knees gave, Sakai grabbed hold of Kitajima, before FOLDING HIM IN HALF WITH A SICKENING BACKDROP! Kitajima was slow getting to his feet, allowing Sakai to ascend to the top rope in a surprising move. There, Sakai followed with a missile kick
to the back of Kitajima's head! Sakai followed with the cover, only for
Kitajima to kick out after two. In doing so however, Kitajima fell into
Sakai's trap, as he immediately straightened out Kitajima's arm; effectively applying a V1 Armlock! Partially stunned, and with no where to go in center-ring, Kitajima was forced to submit! After the match, both Sakai and Kitajima briefly addressed the fans, promising to earn their keep in KJPW.- On KJPW's inaugural event two weeks ago, Riki Ichiro faced off against Yujiro Higuchi, before besting him with the Riki Lariat. Afterwords, the two expressed mutual respect for one another, going back to their time together in Pro-Wrestling DYNAMITE. Tonight, the two worked together as a
team, facing young upstarts Tetsuji Kawamura and the nearly 200cm Mamoru Sekishima. Prior to the gong sounding, Formally "Tetsujin," Kawamura reiterated his recent decision to begin wrestling under his real name, saying he would run wild and show his true personality. Kawamura also declared he and "Mamo-chan" as a full-time tag team. On cue, both he and Sekishima pulled off their plain black shirts, revealing the words "MONSTER HEAD DUO." Kawamura boasted that this would
be the "fearsome" name of their team, but the Tokyo fans didn't quite know how to initially respond. Amidst Kawamura appealing to the fans, Ichiro and Higuchi immediately began attacking to start the match. After
throwing Kawamura to the outside, Ichiro and Higuchi worked over the larger Sekishima with kicks and chops. Eventually, Sekishima managed to singlehandedly fight his two opponents off with BRUTAL knees to the body! This allowed Kawamura to capitalize with a diving crossbody attack
onto Ichiro! The upstarts showed great tenacity, and even better teamwork. The two even scored a near fall after Sekashima lifted Ichiro up in an Spinebuster position, allowing Kawamura to follow through with a
Bulldog Headlock from the second turnbuckle! In the end however, Kawamura's over zealousness would cause him to make a vital mistake after trying to lift Higuchi for a Chokeslam, allowing Yujiro to counter
with the DOUBLE GAUGE! The impact of the move sent shock waves through out Korakuen Hall, giving Higuchi and Riki Ichiro the victory!-
In the night's semi final bout, the re-united Sumo Brothers; Chikao Kessin and Masafuji Yoshida tried to exact revenge over SPIRIT International's Seiji Ebisawa and Katsumi Gakusha losing to the two, along with Shino Hiriyama in a six-man tag match. Ebisawa and Gakusha were not exactly gracious in victory, pressing the issue. Unfortunately for the Sumos however, the results would be similar after Ebisawa muscled the 124kg Yoshida over his head with an Exploder to secure the three count. As Shino Hiriyama stood behind them displaying a black flag
with "SPIRIT International" emblazoned across it, Ebisawa said that after going 2-0 over KJPW, he questions whether or not they're even at the level of a "Pro." Naming KJPW Match Maker Kazuma Fujita personally, Ebisawa asked to be given a decent challenge next time...-
The main event saw the pro-wrestling return of Kenji Tanamura, who pioneered modern Japanese kakutougi in the late 90's and early 2000's. He garnered an incredible amount of attention when he made the move to Pro-Wrestling in 2002, and even after returning to the kakutougi ring afterwords, he still kept close ties to Pro-Wrestling. Now with his martial arts days behind him, Tanamura has set his eyes on many of his unrealized goals in Pro-Wrestling, and took his first step tonight as a part of the KJPW roster. Along with protege and accomplished kakutougi fighter Yuichi Miwa, both faced a prepared Naoki Fukuda and Go Taniguchi. To the delight of the audience, Tanamura and Fukuda started the match off against each other. The contrasting styles made for an interesting confrontation. The two exchanged holds and takedowns, with the more technically proficient Tanamura to gain the advantage. Fukuda however came back with nothing more than sheer strength, and welcomed Tanamura back to the Pro-Wrestling ring with a powerful shoulder tackle.
After feeling each other out, both men tagged out to their respective partners, bringing in Go Taniguchi and Yuichi Miwa. Miwa immediately took control with powerful knees to the body to force Go into the corner. Taniguchi tried to fight back with chops whenever an opportunity
presented himself. Before long, Go caught Miwa impatiently rushing in, allowing him to raise his huge boot up just in time to catch Miwa in the
face! Go followed with the Running Neckbreaker Drop, before tagging out
to Naoki. Through out the match, Naoki and Go used many of the double team attacks they used during their respective tag teams with TAKU to form a unique amalgamation of the Chojin Powers and FURY Machineguns. Miwa was able to eventually comeback with a flurry of heavy knees to the
head of Naoki Fukuda! With Fukuda stunned, Miwa was able to tag out to Tanamura. Teacher and student showed masterful, if simplified, teamwork to continually keep the "Chojin Machineguns" off-balance! Miwa scored some near falls over Go, including a spectacular high-angle German Suplex hold to the 193cm Go Taniguchi! After Fukuda broke up the pin attempt, Miwa aimed to finish the match once and for all, as he unloaded
onto Go with a volley of strikes. As Yuichi LEAPT with a match-ending Jumping Knee, Go CAUGHT Miwa's knee, before carefully positioning him over his shoulder and delivering the TAMA TAMA DROP! With the vocal fans
putting their hands together, Go tagged out to Naoki Fukuda, who struck
upon the staggered Miwa with a powerful Lariat! Rather than going for the cover, Fukuda opted to further punish Miwa with the MASTODON SLAM! The match seemed decided as Go restrained Tanamura. However, through sheer determination, Tanamura managed to elbow his way free, and making the DIVING SAVE to shove Fukuda off his partner at 2.9! Unfortunately for him however, Go was quickly able to toss him to the outside once more, allowing Fukuda to ascend to the top and CRUSH Miwa with the "Mastodon Crash" Frog Splash! With Tanamura unable to break the fall this time, Fukuda was able to pick up the three count!The
audience applauded both teams efforts. After teasing tension, Fukuda welcomed Tanamura to the KJPW ring, and said he was more than impressed by his prowess. He said for the first time in years, his blood was boiling with the Burning Spirit of competition, and promised to assert his strength, and by proxy, KJPW's strength upon the wrestling world. He
directed his attention what Seiji Ebisawa had said earlier in the night, saying if SPIRIT International wanted a decent challenge, he would be more than happy to show them the "true power of KJPW," and said
he, Go, Chikao Kessin, and Masafuji Yoshida would meet them two weeks in Osaka! Oddly enough however, his response wouldn't come from SPIRIT International, but from TAKU, who suddenly made himself known at ringside! TAKU said Naoki's tough attitude was getting on his last nerve, and said he was tired of sitting back as a singles player. He acknowledged his ongoing contract negotiations with KJPW, and said he wanted to enjoy his time as a Freelancer for the time being, and expressed his interest in aligning with SPIRIT International for this suggested match. Naoki and TAKU argued for a few minutes, before a Captain's Fall Elimination Match was decided! Seiji Ebisawa briefly appeared with TAKU to confirm SPIRIT International's participation, before leaving alongside TAKU...Kenji
Tanamura also spoke afterwords, saying he had waited to return to the Pro-Wrestling ring for several years. He brought up Kazuma Fujita's upcoming in-ring return for 2/23 in Osaka, stating that he strongly desired to face off against his teacher! This of course brought out Kazuma Fujita, who while taking Tanamura's challenge very seriously, jokingly said he wasn't ready for a singles match this close before the Emperor's Cup... Fujita said he would be thrilled to face Tanamura, but suggested a six-man tag match. Fujita personally nominated RIKI ICHIRO and YUJIRO HIGUCHI as his partners, citing their performance earlier tonight. The match was agreed upon, and officially signed for 2/23 to closeout the show.
KINGDOM of JAPAN Pro-Wrestling,
"SECOND STAGE ~ Birth By Soul"
February 08, 2013 (Samurai! TV)
Tokyo - Differ Ariake (1,800)
1,160 Fans (No Vacancy)
0. Shinji Uchikawa beat Yutaka Awano (6:05) with a German Suplex hold.
1. Handicap Match: TAKU [FREE] beat Tsutomu Nishioka & Yukio Kisanuki (2:46) when he used the Kinniku Buster on Kisanuki.
2. Shino Hiriyama beat Kazuki Sendo (12:16) with the Picture Perfect German Suplex hold.
3. THIS IS ARMADA ~ S vs. K: Harumi Sakai beat Yusaku Kitajima (13:32) with a V1 Armlock.
4. Riki Ichiro & Yujiro Higuchi beat Mamoru Sekishima & Tetsuji Kawamura (14:23) when Higuchi used the Double Gauge on Kawamura.
5. Seiji Ebisawa & Katsumi Gakusha beat Chikao Kessin & Masafuji Yoshida (14:28) when Ebisawa used an Exploder on Yoshida.
6. Historic First Meeting ~ KJPW vs. ARMADA: Naoki Fukuda & Go Taniguchi beat Kenji Tanamura & Yuichi Miwa (18:13) when Fukuda used the Mastodon Crash on Miwa.
KINGDOM of JAPAN Pro-Wrestling,
"THIRD STAGE ~ RE:SURRECTION"
February 23, 2013
Osaka - BODYMAKER Colosseum Second Hall (1,800)
- Kazuma Fujita Chase The Dream "One More Time" Special 2/3 Falls Match: "Mr. Iron Man" Kazuma Fujita, Riki Ichiro & Yujiro Higuchi vs. Kenji Tanamura, Yuichi Miwa & Harumi Sakai
- KJPW vs. SPIRIT Intl' + TAKU ~ Captain's Fall Elimination Match:
Naoki Fukuda (C), Chikao Kessin, Go Taniguchi & Masafuji Yoshida vs. TAKU (C), Seiji Ebisawa, Katsumi Gakusha & Shino Hiriyama
KINGDOM of JAPAN Pro-Wrestling,
"GAME OF KINGS ~ 1st ANNUAL EMPEROR'S CUP Opening Round"
March 08, 2013
Tokyo - Korakuen Hall (2,100)
-- KJPW held a press conference in Osaka to announce the full card for its upcoming event on 2/23 from the sub-arena of BODYMAKER Colosseum. The show will air live-to-tape on FIGHTING TV Samurai the same night. While the two main bouts were largely confirmed following KJPW's 2/08 show in Tokyo, the matches were formally announced as the top match will pit the KJPW Seikigun consisting of Naoki Fukuda, Chikao Kessin, Go Taniguchi, and Masafuji Yoshida against Seiji Ebisawa, Katsumi Gakusha, and Shino Hiriyama of SPIRIT International, along with TAKU, in addition to the in-ring return of Kazuma Fujita, who teams with Riki Ichiro and Yujiro Higuchi to face the ARMADA trio of Kenji Tanamura, Yuichi Miwa, and Harumi Sakai. Three other bouts were announced to round off the lineup as well.
Company CEO and acting President Shigesato Ishiyama presided over the press conference, beginning by briefly recapping the company's 2/08 event, calling it a step in the right direction. He stated that the company had big plans for 2013, but said they would carry out their plan with calculation and precision. He cited the previously announced EMPEROR'S CUP tournament that begins on 3/15 in Tokyo as their first big move, with plans to air the events on terrestrial television! However, he stated that an entirely different press conference would be devoted to the Emperor's Cup later in the week.
Mr. Ishiyama briefly ran down the full card for the 2/23 event. In addition to the two previously announced bouts, three other matches will round out the card. Kazuki Sendo will face off against ARMADA's Yusaku Kitajima in what should be a spirited bout. Kitajima is relatively unknown to fans, but is an accomplished judoka. His arsenal will make an interesting contrast to Sendo's fast-paced mix of lucha, rope work, and knee strikes. Mamoru Sekishima and Tetsuji Kawamura, the newly named, "MONSTER HEAD DUO" will compete against rookies Tsutomu Nishioka and Yutaka Awano in a tag team bout. Sekishima and Kawamura have their sights set on the tag team ranks, and are using KJPW to begin the second
stage of their careers. While posing relatively little threat, the match will serve as a barometer to see just how much Nishioka and Awano have learned since their debut. Regardless of their result, the match will be vital experience. The same goes for the first bout of the match,
which will see the other half of KJPW's inaugural rookie class compete against each other in a singles bout, as Shinji Uchikawa faces Yukio Kisanuki. Despite the size advantage for Uchikawa, they are comparable in grappling when it comes to their respective backgrounds, and will provide a competitive start to the night.
revealing the card, Mr. Ishiyama brought in all right participants of the main event; separated by Ishiyama in the middle. There was a noticeably tense atmosphere as Fukuda and TAKU stared down the table at one another. Before questions could be taken, Fukuda asked TAKU to "put an end to this nonsense" and sign his contract to formally join KJPW. TAKU responded curtly, saying he needed to look out for his best interest right now, and was currently evaluating his options. He didn't expect Naoki to understand, and said he had to do what he needed to carve out a place for him in Pro-Wrestling. He promised to show his true
strength in the forthcoming Emperor's Cup tournament.
the match itself, and what it was made under Captain's Fall Elimination
rules, Fukuda said that he wanted to provide the Osaka fans with a suspenseful atmosphere, where anything could happen at any moment. He noted the complexity of the Captain's Fall rule, saying that you could isolate the captain by eliminating his allies, or boldly try to end the match by taking out its captain in one critical blow. Seiji Ebisawa, now
in his 40's, expected a drawn-out battle (much to his dismay, he said jokingly,) but said his team simply had the stronger wrestlers, as nobody has yet to impress him in KJPW sans TAKU and Naoki, who he called
"two of the strongest" going right now. Go Taniguchi took exception to Ebisawa's words, vowing to make him eat his words for underestimating them. This prompted Katsumi Gakusha to make an inaudible comment at Go's
expense, causing the usually timid Chairman of the Wrestlers to stand up from his seat and confront the disrespectful Gakusha. Surprisingly, it would be TAKU who would appear to calm Go down, allowing the press conference to continue.
Questions turned to TAKU's new found affiliation with Seiji Ebisawa's SPIRIT International faction. TAKU said he admired Ebisawa's wandering spirit, and admits to feeling a kindred spirit with him. However, the two did not meet until the events of KJPW's first event on 1/24. Revealing a little insight into his actions that night when he responded to Naoki's appeal to reform the "Chojin Powers" for one night only with two destructive lariats, TAKU admitted that it was hard falling to Naoki, but he claimed what made the matter worse was when after shedding his tears and blood in an attempt to win -- only to fail, everyone moved on,
and begun making plans on their own, such as Naoki's suggestion to reform the "Chojin Powers." He stated his future was a clean slate, and that he would take his career one match at a time for the time being. However, he vowed a dominating victory for his team.
second half of the press conference focused on the semi final of the show as all six men appeared before reporters, including Kazuma Fujita himself. The proceedings struck a stark contrast to the last segment, as
it had a much more civil atmosphere with self-admiration exchanged between Fujita and ARMADA team captain Kenji Tanamura. Like the main event, this will feature a unique stipulation in the form of 2/3 falls! One of Fujita's partners, Riki Ichiro said this match would be the opposite of the main event, promising a swift onslaught of offense from his team, and vowed a 2-0 sweep. Harumi Sakai of ARMADA seemed to take offense to Ichiro's comments, but said the sweetest rebuttal will be making Ichiro regret his words by beating him in both falls. While both men kept their composure, some tension appeared to be brewing.
the match itself, which will mark Kazuma Fujita's return to active competition before his impending retirement road begins later this year,
Fujita said he was eager to test himself in the ring again, and admitted that he might have lost some steps in being away for the last couple of years. He jokingly said that despite playing a PE Teacher in the long-running "Go! Go! Masaru!!" television drama, he didn't keep up his fitness routine. Tanamura himself politely interjected, and said he felt Fujita was being modest to a degree, and expects the "True Kazuma Fujita" to show himself in Osaka. Fujita laughed, saying that was his goal, but wondered if he would succeed... Either way, in his lovably cheesy fashion, he vowed to give "...more than 300%!"
KINGDOM of JAPAN Pro-Wrestling,
"THIRD STAGE ~ RE: SURRECTION"
February 23, 2013 (FIGHTING TV Samurai)
Osaka - BODYMAKER Colosseum Second Hall (1,800)
1. Shinji Uchikawa vs. Yukio Kisanuki
2. Mamoru Sekishima & Tetsuji Kawamura vs. Tsutomu Nishioka & Yutaka Awano
3. Kazuki Sendo vs. Yusaku Kitajima
4. Kazuma Fujita Chase The Dream "One More Time" Special 2/3 Falls Match: "Mr. Iron Man" Kazuma Fujita, Riki Ichiro & Yujiro Higuchi vs. Kenji Tanamura, Yuichi Miwa & Harumi Sakai
5. KJPW vs. SPIRIT Intl' + TAKU ~ Captain's Fall Elimination Match:
Naoki Fukuda (C), Chikao Kessin, Go Taniguchi & Masafuji Yoshida vs. TAKU (C), Seiji Ebisawa, Katsumi Gakusha & Shino Hiriyama
In the early breaking morning hours of February 27th, 2013 a letter was delivered to every major sports media outlet and sports station in Japan. This coordinated letter campaign would have been ignored if not signed by a particular brand; famous video game development and publisher corporation "RubySTAR Media", and personally signed by CEO Shoji "Big Boss" Yoshinaka. At the very same time all across the nation, the following news was quickly spread in this manner.
Shoji "Big Boss" Yoshinaka, in his late 40's, is known to be a cut throat individual in the world of Japanese business; largely a culture aimed at group cohesion and problem solving. Yoshinaka is known to have undercut all his rivals in RubySTAR and ultimately terminated many of his main competitors when he assumed power. Rumors have followed Yoshinaka through his career first as a game designer to his newly achieved status of CEO, of being aligned with "shady" aspects of Japanese culture; but this has never been proven. Regardless, Yoshinaka cuts a deep figure through the media world and is one name that no one would easily discard. He is known for his relatively tall stature, and his refusal to ever remove his dark sunglasses.
The letter, personally written by Yoshinaka himself; opens with Yoshinaka explaining his life-long devotion to combat sports beginning at the age of seven when he was enrolled in Judo at his father's desires. Yoshinaka admitted to never having been very good at Judo or any other sport, saying that he quickly learned intelligence was his main weapon of choice. But this early foray built a strong passion and love for fighting which translated to growing up watching the legends of Puroresu battle it out. From an early age; Yoshinaka said, he grew up watching Puroresu living vicariously through their achievements, using the power of legendary figures like Genji Yamato, Kazuma Fujita & Ryo Inoue to fuel his own ambition towards success.
And yet, Yoshinaka continues; the pro-wrestling landscape since 2010 has been a barren wasteland. Gone are all the heroes he admired and those that remain simply clasp onto the remnants of their fame to their own desire. But now, Yoshinaka; one of the most powerful men in Japanese media today, can fight back against the lack of desire, ambition, and strength in the puroresu world. And a man of Yoshinaka's strength and cut throat instincts knew who would be best suited to accomplishing this task. To fulfill his ambition to secure a new age for Puroresu; to revive the old spirit of strength lost in the modern era, Yoshinaka turned to the strongest man in this generation. Yoshinaka turned to Akuma Toyota to fuel his new war machine, to burn the wrestling world to it's foundation and remake it from the ashes to a new future.
The letter from here shifts from Yoshinaka to a page from who many consider the ace of the Pro-Wresting world, Akuma Toyota. The page reads like a manifesto, as if Toyota is preaching to the world with his thoughts. For six months after the failed relaunch of Pro-Wrestling CRIMSON by "insidious fear and lack of desire" as he put it; Toyota traveled the world reaching every continent on Earth, his holy pilgrimage to see with his own eyes if what he feared was true. He traveled the world to find strength; to seek out if any strength, passion, or desire still existed in the world of pro-wrestling. With disgust pouring from the words, Toyota described the international wrestling landscape as "disgusting", full of "pretend fighters" wanting to "be famous instead of being strong". Toyota claimed to have returned to Japan in disgust; no longer knowing what to do with himself or with this generation. That was when Shoji Yoshinaka contacted him with his appeal, and Toyota's heart sung with happiness at the possibilities.
Toyota described this new venture as the "holy ground of strength", the "Last bastion of true battle" and "the testing ground for immortality". Toyota issued an open invitation to any and all so called pro-wrestlers who looked upon the pro-wrestling landscape with disgust; who wanted to revive the old mentality without theatrics, without politics, without old hangers on keeping the limelight, without the need to glamour themselves up for the spotlight. Where real men could battle like men to decide who was the stronger man. The goal, Toyota said? To raise the level of pro-wrestling internationally, to weed out pretenders, and to decide once and for all who is "Strongest of the World".
The letter ended with contact information to Toyota and his chosen followers. Anyone wishing to compete can contact Toyota but in two days time, the finalized details would be released at the Hilton in Shinjuku's media room.
Destination BATTLE GROUND - Holy Ground of War were the final words on the letter.
Contrary to their promises of having a press conference at the Hilton
Hotel in Shinjuku within two days on the 1st of March in their letter to
the Japanese media, Shoji Yoshinaka and Akuma Toyota's press conference
did not take place until the second instead...No official word was given
for this change, but rumors have circulated that it was an attempt to
"keep reporters guessing" by Yoshinaka himself, as word was circulated
regarding the press conference just hours prior to beginning.
Reporters who appeared were greeting with a very sparse and spartan
atmosphere in the media room. Little to no effort had been taken to
"spruce" the room up, with only the Destination BATTLE GROUND logo
behind the stage and chairs situated around the room. Compared to the
usual offerings by companies, this came as quite a shock to reporters
who grumbled vocally at the lack of effort put in.
No one was allowed to go backstage and speak to Yoshinaka or Toyota
prior to the press conference, and the press conference did not begin as
advertised, forcing the reporters to wait thirty minutes before Toyota
and Yoshinaka greeted the stage. Yoshinaka wore a black suit, with his
trademark dark sunglasses and jet black hair somewhat smoothed
backwards. Toyota's appearance received an immediate reaction in his
light blue suit. Gone was Toyota's faux mullet; instead Toyota sported a
brand new short hair style with his neatly trimmed goatee.
Yoshinaka opened up the press conference with a keynote speech.
Yoshinaka asked the audience of reporters the question "What is
pro-wrestling?", to which Yoshinaka replied "A fight to determine who is
stronger". Yoshinaka claimed this was what was missing in today's world
and why the industry had collapsed. A generation had clung onto fame
desperately, keeping the next from experiencing "true fight". They could
never evolve as fighters and were left without any ambition or desires
towards being great. They were content instead of driving towards
success and desire. Yoshinaka directly called out individuals like
Kazuma Fujita and Ryo Inoue, two "old stars" who "took the limelight and
glory for themselves, leaving none for others". Pro-Wrestling, Yoshinaka
said, was not about strength anymore but instead entertainment and
trying to please not only the audience but also to please their
Destination BATTLE GROUND, Yoshinaka said, would be the "last home of
true pro-wrestling". No politics, no worrying about pleasing your
"superiors", no needing to dress yourself up like a sideshow character
to gain attention. Destination is about combat, to see who is the best,
to return Pro-Wrestling back to the old ways where men could be men and
not "pretend boy fighters".
With this, Yoshinaka gave the stage to "General Manager" Akuma Toyota.
Toyota stated that he was only interested in having strong fighters in
Destination. Regardless of ethnicity or style, the only thing that
matters is their ability to carry themselves as a warrior. Since the
letter campaign, Toyota claimed, he had been bombarded by wrestlers and
fighters from all over the world wanting to bring their battle prowess
to Destination. Toyota said many had been discarded with little regard,
not meeting his criteria of "true fighters". Despite this, Toyota said
that just in the three days since the letter, Destination now had a full
roster but that he wouldn't expose the roster yet, but that he would
reveal who he would face on the very first show on March 14th. With
that, Toyota introduced professional MMA fighter and former OLYMPUS FS
star, Akira Aoki!
Aoki, his muscles bulging out of his black suit came out to the stage
and vigorously shook Toyota's hand. The two posed for photos before
Toyota sat down to let Aoki speak. Aoki had little to say, simply
stating that he had retired from MMA competition in 2010 but had been
looking for a new competitive environment. When he heard Toyota's open
letter, even at his age, he felt the need to give it a try. Given Aoki's
skillset, the thirty seven year old stated that he would give Toyota all
he could handle in his professional wrestling debut!
The three men then opened up the floor to questions for the scant
reporters in attendance, but Yoshinaka announced they would only take
three questions so "make them good" he stated.
Question #1 was directed at Yoshinaka and Aoki. The question was simple:
"Why start in the pro wrestling business now?". Yoshinaka seemed annoyed
at the question before simply stating that he "wanted to". Aoki was more
gregarious, stating that he had always admired Akuma Toyota's prowess
and knew he wanted to take a shot as pro-wrestling at some point in his
career. Aoki said he might as well do it as he won't be getting any
Question #2 was directed at Yoshinaka again. "With the recent downturn
of business with RubySTAR have you faced any internal pressure in
regards to Destination BATTLE GROUND?"; if Yoshinaka was annoyed before,
he became absolutely livid at this point. With a stern face and obvious
concealed rage, Yoshinaka stated that Destination was only about
Destination and RubySTAR's ongoing business had nothing to do with the
activities of Destination BATTLE GROUND. He then pointed around the room
before stating "that is the last time I will ever answer a RubySTAR
related question at one of these."
After a long period of awkward silence, question #3 came, this time
directed to Akuma Toyota. "Destination BATTLE GROUND is not the only new
Pro-Wrestling company. Do you have any plans to cooperate with Kingdom
of Japan Pro-Wrestling?" Toyota immediately answered with a definitive
"No." However, this reporter wasn't satisfied, and asked "Why not?".
Toyota replied "I have no use for entertainers or ego driven "legends"."
Once again an awkward silence fell over the room before Yoshinaka called
the end to the press conference. However, right before everyone could
get up to leave, a sudden commotion in the western corner caught
everyone's attention. From a side hallway, in walked two men Akuma
Toyota knows very well: The ever growing rotundness of Mikio Tsuruya, a
long time enemy of Toyota and a man that Toyota helped train Akio
"Danger" Kobayashi. Tsuruya, with his long permed hair and pink shirt
came into the room, while Kobayashi had his blue face paint and no shirt
on. The two paused and looked behind as a third man walked into the
room. A spike haired blonde hair fit man, wearing a long trench coat, no
shirt, and large cross across his chest; former top gaijin of Project:B
ETA last decade, Stephen Priest! Priest's appearance, his first since
2008 in Japan, caused quite a stir as he took a swallow from a wine
bottle he was carrying, stumbling into the room as the red wine coated
Toyota leaped to his feet and demanded to know what they wanted. Tsuruya
sarcastically stated that he hadn't been invited and assumed it was a
mistake, so showed up on his own. Toyota pointed at Tsuruya, saying he
understood a "delinquent" like Tsuruya crashing the conference, and he
understood Kobayashi being Tsuruya's "underling". But Toyota pointed at
Priest, and stated that he didn't know why HE was here. Tsuruya
explained that when they showed up, Priest wasn't being let into the
building, so Tsuruya "convinced" the guards to let Priest in. Tsuruya
shrugged, saying Priest had followed them from there.
Toyota looked at Priest, who seemed to almost sway back and forth in a
stupor, before asking him in broken English "What do you want?". Priest
smiled and approached the table. Once there, Priest pointed at Toyota
before saying in a clearly rehearsed Japanese statement, "I came to be
strongest". Toyota stared at Priest, who simply smiled in return, before
asking "You come to fight?" to which Priest responded "I come to fight".
Toyota then slapped the table and screamed "Good! You fight!"
Priest seemed pleased while Tsuruya appeared bored out of his mind, and
Kobayashi simply scowled. Toyota's angry eyes burned a hole through
Priest. Priest nodded his head, took a mouthful of his wine and then
SPIT IT INTO TOYOTA'S FACE! Toyota seemed almost paralyzed with rage for
a second, before attempting to charge Priest. Yoshinaka and Aoki both
held Toyota back as Priest backed away, laughing hysterically as the
wine poured down his body. Within seconds, the three troublemakers were
After a few moments of instability, an end to the conference was
declared, with futher details to be released soon.
Destination BATTLE GROUND were true to their word this time, as within hours of the press conference ending a full lineup for their upcoming debut show was released. The roster is a mix of former CRIMSON wrestlers and freelancers.
In the opening match, Toyota's first two rookies he trained by himself (with no affiliation with CRIMSON or Ryo Suzuki) will debut. Keita Kokubunji stands 180 centimeters (5'11), and weighs 97 kilograms (215 pounds). Kokubunji had been a "follower" of Toyota for several years before finally being allowed to train with Toyota. His opponent is Kazuya Tanimoto who stands 183 cm (6') and weighs a robust 119.75 kg (264 pounds). Tanimoto is a former power lifter who injured his shoulder in training, and has since retired to try pro-wrestling.
In the second battle, Naoki Daishi's HYBRID FACTORY rookies Katsunori Sekine & Susumi Nakagawa, nearing their first full year as wrestlers face the team of Rui Kuriyama who has been training in America for almost a year, and the returning Kazuki Takagi. Takagi is a former favorite from CRIMSON who went to Pro-Wrestling DYNAMITE for a stint. A loveable brute who has never lived up to his enormous size, Takagi is attempting to restart his career.
Mikio Tsuruya and Danger Kobayashi get their wish with a tag team match against Akuma Toyota's good friend Masakazu Fujimoto and old school grappler Eiichi Aihara. This will be a battle of styles, as the evil duo bring a violent style against Fujimoto's size and strength, along with Aihara's ground based assault.
In the first of three "named battles", "Texas Outlaw" Jake Bishop goes to battle against the former sumo wrestler Izumo Yoritomo in a battle titled "MEGATON BRAWL". Yoritomo has been relatively inactive as of late but will go head to head with Bishop who many consider the top gaijin in all of Japan.
Stephen Priest returns to Japan, as the California Devil battles the bulked up Keiji Hirano. Hirano has went under a radical transformation since CRIMSON collapsed, finding a new routine that has shredded his body and allowed him to put on bulk. The result is a Hirano that presents a major test for the returning Priest.
And finally in the main event, "The Crusade of Discipline", the MVP of the wrestling world, Akuma Toyota goes toe to toe with former OLYMPUS FS star Akira Aoki in what is sure to be a unique battle. Toyota brings a straight forward power attack, but Aoki is one man who can match Toyota's strength and brings his fabled ground and pound to battle. In the end, only one man and one style can emerge victorious.
Destination BATTLE GROUND ~ War 001
Korakuen Hall (2,100)
1. BATTLE #1: Keita Kokubunji vs. Kazuya Tanimoto
2. BATTLE #2: Katsunori Sekine & Susumi Nakagawa vs. Rui Kuriyama & Kazuki Takagi
3. BATTLE #3: Masakazu Fujimoto & Eiichi Aihara vs. Mikio Tsuruya & Danger Kobayashi
4. BATTLE #4 ~ MEGATON BRAWL: "Texas Outlaw" Jake Bishop vs. Izumo Yoritomo
5. BATTLE #5 ~ REVIVAL OF THE CALIFORNIAN DEVIL: Stephen Priest vs. Keiji Hirano
6. BATTLE #6 ~ CRUSADE OF DISCPLINE: Akuma Toyota vs. Akira Aoki
Just days removed from the debut of Destination BATTLE GROUND several of the key backbone players and former HEAVY WAR members from CRIMSON held a photo op and press meeting at the Yoyogi Koen just west of Harajuku Station. Among those who attended were retired former pro-wrestler Naoki Daishi along with his two HYBRID FACTORY rookies Susumu Nakagawa and Katsunori Sekine, Rui Kuriyama, Masakazu Fujimoto, and Akuma Toyota. The only former HEAVY WAR member not in attendance was "Texas Outlaw" Jake Bishop who had not yet arrived in Japan from Texas.
After several photos taken posing in the gardens of Shinjuku Gyoen with a HEAVY WAR banner, the six gave statements to the press leading to the Destination BATTLE GROUND debut on the 14th.
Naoki Daishi; the only non-wrestler in the group spoke about his choice to retire in 2012. Daishi stated that his spirit was as strong as ever but he knew his chances at being competitive physically were gone. So, Daishi said, he opted to instead devote himself to preparing the next generation of stars; to instill in them the courageous fighting spirit and honor he'd shown in his career. Daishi praised Toyota's vision for pro-wrestling and even hinted that he could be coaxed out of retirement a few times to experience Destination for himself...
Susumu Nakagawa, Daishi's second and thus far less accomplished student spoke next. Nakagawa stated that he had learned much in a year, knowing full well that he was lagging behind his dojo partner Katsunori Sekine. Nakagawa stated his intentions to become a "perfect copy" of Naoki Daishi, the man he respected more then any other; and would show off his mastery of the Cross Armbar and the Northern Lights Bomb on the 14th. While impressed, Daishi cautioned his student from following the path of a "relic" too much and to strive to find his own way; but Nakagawa would have none of it.
The higher ranked of the two student, Katsunori Sekine was next. Sekine showed bravado as he stated his goal to "level up" further and further in Destination. The striker hybrid fighter added that Destination was the perfect place for his skills and gave his intentions to become a top figure within the company in the future.
Former Kazuma Fujita student and Toyota's disciple; stocky and powerful Rui "Mega Kuri" Kuriyama was next. Kuriyama mentioned the comments Toyota and Ishiyama had made against each other in the press, and vehemently stated his loyalty was with Toyota, who had become more then just a teacher to him during their time together. Kuriyama talked about his lengthy stay in the United States with Bishop, Kuriyama stated that he would display a "new" Kuriyama on the 14th. Kuriyama stated that he now believes he has the strongest lariat in the entire world, raising curiosity out of Akuma Toyota...
Akuma Toyota's best friend and entertainment media figure Masakazu Fujimoto was next. The mammoth Fujimoto first gave a short plug for his upcoming TV series titled "Ganbare! Taka-chan!", a boxing series featuring the clumsy but loveable Fujimoto as the star in his first heroic staring role. From there, Fujimoto discussed how his life had been since the wrestling industry collapsed, saying he had time to relax and take on new projects. But Fujimoto insisted that the time off hadn't dulled his skills and would show everything he had on the 14th!
The man himself Akuma Toyota had little to say that he hadn't already said in previous media appearances. He openly hoped for a "violent fight" with Akira Aoki on the 14th, saying his goal was to have a legendary bout people would never forget. Toyota reiterated that Destination was a "winners" promotion, and cautioned the others from losing their matches. All four of the others took this news with somber acceptance, but then Toyota lifted their moods with a cheer for the memories of HEAVY WAR and the future of Destination BATTLE GROUND!
After much attention from their efforts of self-promotion, the time came for Destination BATTLE GROUND to have their debut event in the hallowed halls of Korakuen Hall. The event opened without a video or even a promotion theme, as Akuma Toyota in a Destination t-shirt simply walked to the ring to give the opening address. Toyota praised the super sellout audience for their support in reviving traditional pro-wrestling. Toyota said tonight would see furious action and unlike some other groups, would have brand new hungry stars instead of "bloated hangers on". WIth that, Toyota personally introduced his first two trainees who jogged to the ring leading to the first match beginning!
Kazuya Tanimoto and Keita Kokubunji exchanged furiously from the gong in an effort to prove themselves in their debut match. The difference between the two was immediately evident as Tanimoto used his girth and physical strength to combat Kokubunji's speed and agility. Tanimoto in particular stood out, as the former power lifter displayed amazing feats of power including hurling Kokubunji high into the air sending Kokubunji crashing to the mat face first. After four minutes of action, Tanimoto sealed the deal with a powerslam followed by a vicious running double axe handle to the chest of Kokubunji; knocking him out for the three count. Backstage; Kokubunji remarked that he had already fallen behind Tanimoto but said that he was up to the challenge after fighting for so long for Toyota to train him. Tanimoto was full of confidence, saying that his power alone would allow him to march up the cards in no time at all...
In a match pitting two returning favorites against two rising young lions, Rui Kuriyama and Kazuki Takagi took on the HYBRID FACTORY graduates of Susumu Nakagawa and Katsunori Sekine. Kazuki Takagi, who has always been a well liked favorite, received a warm reception for his return to the big stage. However, the two stars of the bout were Katsunori Sekine who continued to impress far beyond his one year's experience should allow displaying blistering kicks and heavy suplexes on the much larger Kuriyama and Takagi. And yet, despite Sekine's shine, all eyes were on Rui Kuriyama. The former Kazuma Fujita Dojo graduate and Akuma Toyota protege was a new man having spent significant time in America over the last two years. He sported long black hair, and black spats, along with even more beef on his physique then before. Kuriyama projected an aura as he fought viciously against the two technical youngsters. In the end, Kuriyama definitively won the match with a blasting jumping face kick on Nakagawa followed by a second brutal jumping face kick to put the young fighter down. Sekine refused to accept this loss, shoving Kuriyama post match only to get a jumping high kick from Kuriyama for his troubles. Once backstage, Takagi couldn't believe his eyes at how far Kuriyama had come, nostalgically remembering when he first showed up years ago. Kuriyama thanked Takagi's kind words but said that tonight marked the beginning of a new guard evolution, and that his time as an elite pro-wrestler had finally come...
Two out of the three delinquents allowed into Destination were given their shot in the third battle, as Mikio Tsuruya and Danger Kobayashi took on Masakazu Fujimoto and Eiichi Aihara. Early on, several amusing events took place between Fujimoto and Tsuruya, who had what can only be called a "girth off". Fujimoto, 300+ pounds himself, could hardly believe the ever increasing protruding belly of Tsuruya after he took off his one size too small pink t-shirt. The two exchanged belly attacks, before Tsuruya had to cheat to turn the upper hand. The battle went as originally expected from there, as Tsuruya and his protege; the face painted Danger Kobayashi attacked Fujimoto and Aihara in various heel manners. Due to relaxed disqualification rules, Tsuruya & Kobayashi were able to use different forms of illegal attacks to gain the upperhand. Aihara, the elder journeyman technical wrestler was out of his element--or so you would think, as Aihara was able to brandish his own weapon displaying surprising skill with a kendo stick. Fate was not on the side of Aihara and Fujimoto; however, as a well placed low blow on Aihara allowed Tsuruya to hit his devastating Murder Carnival, a double underhook piledriver on Aihara for the three count. To continue his theme as one of the most perverse men in pro-wrestling, Tsuruya licked his own hand before smearing the sweat and saliva all over the fallen Aihara's face before getting off him. Fujimoto charged the ring, but Tsuruya who normally moves as slow as a glacier, suddenly rolled out of the ring. Fujimoto was incensed at the lack of respect shown by their opponents post match, but Tsuruya simply claimed to be "having fun", claiming that amusing himself was far more important then any wrestling match.
Two of the more physically dominating men in pro-wrestling today clashed in the "MEGATON BRAWL". "Texas Outlaw" Jake Bishop fought tooth and nail with former sumo wrestler, Izumo Yoritomo. Neither man attempted the slightest bit of technical wrestling, instead opting to charge into each other like runaway trucks over and over. The deafening sounds of their hammer blows echoed through the arena, making even the most sturdy fans in the audience groan. Aside from the sheer violence on display, the only thing that could be considered a "move", was when Bishop staggered Yoritomo with an elbow shot, and then hit the Texan Bomber! Instead of being KO'd Yoritomo fell back into the ropes, tangling himself and allowing Bishop to wail away with blows. When Yoritomo was finally freed, Yoritomo exploded (as much as a 6'3, 400 pound man can) out, catching Bishop with a Sea Typhoon Ozeki! Both men were KO'd from this, but when they revived, they went right back to clubbering each other as hard as possible. In the end, their mutual stubbornness overwhelmed them, causing the two to knock down Referee Toyama; not once, not twice, but three times finally forcing Toyama to call for the bell ruling the battle a no-contest. The audience jeered, but the match being over did little to stop the violence as the two bulls battered each other without pause. Finally a flood of officials and ringboys separated the two restoring order to the ring area. Bishop gave no statement, just screaming "YORITOMO! YOU ARE DEAD!" in anger. Yoritomo reverted back to his calm demeanor backstage, saying that the heat of battle simply overwhelmed him but that next time they battled, he would emerge victorious.
The return to Japanese soil of one of the more enigmatic foreigners in pro-wrestling history was next, as former C-1 Heavyweight Champion and the only man ever banned from CRIMSON for his violence, the "California Devil" Stephen Priest returned to the big stage for the first time since 2008. Priest continued his new look, coming to the ring in a long trench coat-style jacket, metal cross, leather style pants, and a red wine bottle. He was flanked by Mikio Tsuruya and Danger Kobayashi, once again reaffirming their alliance. His opponent, who also has undergone a reinvention was Keiji Hirano, who since the pro-wrestling crash reinvented himself with a strict diet and strength training program. Gone was Hirano's cocky demeanor and medium length bleached hair, instead replaced with a deadly serious expression, black trunks, and short cropped non-bleached hair. Hirano was flanked by old friend Izumo Yoritomo, who came out to help keep any eye on Priest's accessories. In what on paper appeared to be a mismatch, it was nothing close to that. Keiji Hirano surprised the Korakuen audience with his amazing speed and surprising strength proving to be more then a match for the former world champion. After several minutes of Hirano's dominance, Priest took over after Hirano missed a tope and showed just why he was banished so long ago. Priest brandished a sharp object of indistinguishable form, and used the object to carve at Hirano behind the referee's back, jabbing Hirano in the forehead multiple times. Along with his evil actions, Priest showed that he is still an amazing technical wrestler tying Hirano in knots with a variety of painful submission holds. Hirano wouldn't be put down so easily, as he fought back heroically despite his right arm having been gouged open by Priest's assault. After a beautiful release German Suplex, Hirano went up for a moonsault press only to be momentarily distracted by Danger Kobayashi. This distraction delayed Hirano's moonsault for several seconds, giving Priest plenty of time to recover and roll out of the way. Priest followed up with the Surreal Prophet exploder suplex on Hirano, but Hirano survived! Priest, undaunted then hit a second Surreal Prophet before grabbing Hirano's arms, flipping him over, and putting him in a side straightjacket chokehold! Hirano attempted to escape, fighting valiantly, but eventually passed out in the hold forcing the referee stoppage! After tugging and pulling on Priest, Priest finally relinquished the hold allowing Yoritomo to tend to the unconscious Hirano. Priest stood over the body of Hirano in a creepy manner with a faraway look in his eyes, before backing off and leaving the ring with incident. Backstage, Priest simply stood and slowly "drank" his red wine, more or less just spilling it all over his chest as Tsuruya talked for him. Tsuruya dubbed the crossarm chokehold move the "Black House". Tsuruya also named their faction "BLOOD SAVIORS" and that tonight was just the beginning for a new, violent, evil revolution in Destination.
Finally, it was time for the big battle that drew the audience into Korakuen Hall, as "CRUSADE OF DISCIPLINE" brought two of the strongest men from their respective fields to bear on one another. In one corner pitted the former Olympic freestyle hopeful and successful professional fighter Akira Aoki against the unquestioned ace of the pro-wrestling world, and general manager of Destination; Akuma Toyota! Both men regarded each other with high amounts of respect leading to a friendly handshake before the battle began. From the opening bell, the two styles made for a compelling stylistic contrast as Aoki constantly attempted to close the distance to use his wrestling while Toyota wanted to turn the match into a slugfest with both men throwing bombs at the other. Aoki scored the first major blow, as he suddenly shot in, spun behind Toyota and hit Toyota with a beautiful release German Suplex! Aoki immediately followed up by attempting to secure back mount, but Toyota wisely forced the break by grabbing the ropes. After a moment to collect his thoughts, Toyota re-engaged Aoki. Aoki tried the same move, but this time Toyota was ready and blasted Aoki head on with an elbow as he shot in. This stunned Aoki allowing Toyota to land a lariat! Toyota covered but Aoki kicked out at one, and fled the ring himself. This set the pace of the battle, as any time either man gained the upper advantage, the other would find a way to negate that advantage forcing the two back to a stalemate. Later in the match, Aoki was able to slam Toyota to the ground with a modified hip throw/powerslam, before securing full mount! Aoki unleashed with his world famous ground and pound, using palm strikes instead of fists due to the rules. Toyota covered up, but could do nothing to block all the shots coming his way. Very quickly, Toyota's face swelled significantly and he began to bleed from a cut over his eye. Sensing the weakness in Toyota, Aoki shifted gears and attempted to secure a cross armbar from mount! Toyota clasped hands and rolled, putting Aoki on his back before displaying his freakish strength by deadlifting all 250 pounds of Aoki, hitting a modified powerbomb to break out of the armbar! Both men laid on the ground spent for quite awhile before both struggled to their feet at roughly the same time. They decided to clash head on like men in one final exchange in the middle, trading blows. Aoki looked to be having the advantage with palm strikes, but Toyota suddenly ducked out of the way of a wild swing before CRASHING into Aoki's nose with a headbutt! This stunned Aoki allowing Toyota to hit a short range lariat to Aoki's chest! Aoki was flung backwards, bouncing off the ropes, and was met with a Lariat that Toyota threw his entire bodyweight and strength behind! Toyota collapsed on top of Aoki, securing the three count and the all important main event debut victory in Destination BATTLE GROUND's first event!
Both men were tended to after the match while the fans applauded their efforts. After several minutes, the two climbed to their feet and embraced before Aoki left the ring. Toyota wrapped a towel around his bleeding head and took a microphone. Toyota thanked the audience for "witnessing the rebirth" of pro-wrestling. However, Toyota's post-show speech was cut off as Stephen Priest meandered to ringside, causing a stir. Priest showed no particular hurry to get to the ring, which only served to increase Toyota's anger at Priest's interruption. Finally, Priest wandered into the ring and stood in front of Akuma Toyota with a sly smile on his face. Toyota demanded to know what he wanted, to which Priest said nothing. Toyota bellowed for Priest to say what he wanted, but still Priest would say nothing. Toyota finally had enough, his little patience snapping, as he shoved Priest hard in the chest. Priest bounced off the ropes, before coming off and field goal kicking Toyota directly in the groin! The great equalizer felled Toyota, as Priest pounced like a ravenous dog, ripping and tearing at Toyota's flesh. Priest even went as far as to attack Toyota's eye, almost attempting to rip it out all the while screaming incoherently in rage at Toyota claiming he would "kill" him. Priest was pulled off by ringboys, but Priest flung them off before leaving under his own accord but not before once again adopting a sly smile before vanishing backstage...
Destination BATTLE GROUND ~ War 001
2,192 (Super no Vacancy Full House)
1. BATTLE #1: Kazuya Tanimoto defeated Keita Kokubunji at 4'19 with a running double axe handle
2. BATTLE #2: Rui Kuriyama & Kazuki Takagi defeated Katsunori Sekine & Susumu Nakagawa at 8'08 when Kuriyama pinned Nakagawa with a jumping high kick
3. BATTLE #3: Mikio Tsuruya & Danger Kobayashi defeated Masakazu Fujimoto & Eiichi Aihara at 14'24 when Tsuruya pinned Aihara with the Murder Carnival
4. BATTLE #4 ~ MEGATON BRAWL: "Texas Outlaw" Jake Bishop fought Izumo Yoritomo to a no contest at 10'20
5. BATTLE #5 ~ REVIVAL OF THE CALIFORNIAN DEVIL: Stephen Priest defeated Keiji Hirano at 15'08 with the Black House
6. BATTLE #6 ~ CRUSADE OF DISCPLINE: Akuma Toyota defeated Akira Aoki at 14'01 with a lariat
Following the altercation after Destination BATTLE GROUND's debut event between Stephen Priest and Akuma Toyota, Akuma Toyota issued a declaration of intent backstage, announcing that he would be battling Stephen Priest at the next Destination BATTLE GROUND event. While the show has not been officially announced, the date is set to be April 7th at Korakuen Hall. Toyota was livid at how Priest attacked him and promised to send the "California Devil" back to the States permanently.
In addition to the main event, follow up battles are rumored to be scheduled including another "MEGATON" between Bishop & Yoritomo clash, along with a Tsuruya/Aihara followup after Tsuruya's disrespectful actions in their tag battle at War 001.
Further details should be released in the coming days.
Destination BATTLE GROUND ~ War 002
Korakuen Hall (2,100)
BATTLE #1 ~ CLASH OF THE EVIL KINGS: Akuma Toyota vs. Stephen Priest
The full lineup for Destination BATTLE GROUND's second event, cleverly titled "War 002" has been released. As expected, the event is main evented by a singles match between Akuma Toyota and Stephen Priest titled "CLASH OF THE EVIL WORLD", a play off the "California Devil" nickname and Akuma Toyota's name.
The secondary main event sees a sequel to Jake Bishop & Izumo Yoritomo's "MEGATON BRAWL" from War 001. Bishop brings his TEXAS ROUGHRIDERS partner Rui Kuriyama while Yoritomo brings friend Keiji Hirano for an exciting tag team contest.
The final named battle pits the slovenly disrespectful Mikio Tsuruya against the man he disrespected at War 001, veteran technical wrestler Eiichi Aihara. Aihara is looking for revenge for Tsuruya's actions but looks are deceiving as Tsuruya is a tough opponent on any day.
The other three "Battles" sees Akira Aoki have his first ever tag team match alongside Masakazu Fujimoto against Kazuki Takagi and Katsunori Sekine. Danger Kobayash goes head to head with the former power lifter Kazuya Tanimoto. And in the opening battle, HYBRID FACTORY graduate Susumu Nakagawa faces Keita Kokubunji in a youth battle.
Destination BATTLE GROUND ~ War 002
Korakuen Hall (2,100)
BATTLE #1: Susumu Nakagawa vs. Keita Kokubunji
BATTLE #2: Danger Kobayashi vs. Kazuya Tanimoto
BATTLE #3: Masakazu Fujimoto & Akira Aoki vs. Kazuki Takagi & Katsunori Sekine
BATTLE #4 ~ COLLISON OF RESPECT: Mikio Tsuruya vs. Eiichi Aihara
BATTLE #5 ~ MEGATON BRAWL PART TWO: "Texas Outlaw" Jake Bishop & Rui Kuriyama vs. Izumo Yoritomo & Keiji Hirano
BATTLE #6 ~ CLASH OF THE EVIL WORLD: Akuma Toyota vs. Stephen Priest
In a low-key media gathering in Iwate, four men instantly recognizable to any Pro-Wrestling fan greeted the press to announce the start of a new promotion. Yuki Nomura, Hanzo Hijiyama, Toshiro Noguchi & Nobuyori Shimizu announced the formation of "Shin CRIMSON Pro-Wrestling", the third iteration of the CRIMSON lineage. Nomura, along with backing of local businesses once again assumed the role of President, with Hanzo Hijiyama as head official and matchmaker. Retired Toshiro Noguchi steps into the roll of assistant and head of wrestler affairs. Showing their intent, a full lineup was produced and announced match by match.
The promotion will launch on April 10th at the rebuilt Miyako Tokuji Gymnasium, the home arena of BETA/CRIMSON/SHIN CRIMSON through the last decade. Many former CRIMSON stars will make their return to the promotion but noticeably absent are any wrestlers who have aligned themselves with Akuma Toyota's Destination BATTLE GROUND series of events. No mention of Toyota or any of these wrestlers were made.
In the opening match Hayato Saigo returns to CRIMSON to face off against new Ryo Suzuki graduate Atsushi Nana, a smaller junior heavyweight standing 173 cm (5'8) and weighing 80 kg (176 lbs). Saigo suffered a major knee injury in 2010, and re injured it in 2012, and this will mark his first major match since.
In the second match, long time CRIMSON roster member, former track superstar Shuji Kawashima will take on Takayuki Ariwa's protege, amateur wrestling powerhouse Naohiro Yamaguchi. A five year pro now, Kawashima desperately needs to progress before a supernova like Yamaguchi eclipses him.
The third match will see the revival of long-time traditions, as Kingdom of Japan Pro-Wrestling sends an offer match. Long have Kazuma Fujita's students along with himself and the CRIMSON offshoots been "sister promotions", and this continues that trend. The match sees Chikao Kessin, Masafuji Yoshida & Tsutomu Nishioka against Riki Ichiro, Yujiro Higuchi & Shinji Uchikawa. Kessin, Ichiro & Higuchi all have ties to CRIMSON, making this a very special offer match.
The long dormant PWC Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championships are revived in the fourth match, as champions since 2010 (!), PREDATORS of Hiroshi Kuroki & Kaisen Tiger defend against Ryoma Inoue and Akira Tomizaki. Inoue is a fresh faced father, and Tomizaki is coming off a disastrous MMA stint, with both men having something to prove.
The remains of BLOODY GEARS are revived in the semi final as Makoto Saito teams with Ikuji Royama and Kazuya Endo to take on the combined efforts of Goro Iijima, Kenta Arakaki & PHOENIX. Most notable is PHOENIX who vanished when CRIMSON collapsed, making this his return in some time...
And finally the main event pits two of the signature CRIMSON figures against two men trying to make their mark in the wrestling world. CRIMSON's heroic figure Nobuyori Shimizu teams with the last C-1 Heavyweight Champion Takayuki Ariwa to face off against the team of "TakaGawa", Kenjiro Amagawa and Shinsuke Takahashi. Near the collapse of CRIMSON, TakaGawa were beginning to make their mark in the promotion as a signature tag team and potential stars. This will be the biggest test of their careers, as Shimizu has been among the top stars in CRIMSON since his debut in 2002, and Ariwa peaked at the end of CRIMSON, historically winning the C-1 Heavyweight Championship at Sumo Hall!
In addition to the full lineup, Nomura hinted that if this event goes well, the historic POWER SOURCE tournament could potentially be revived, a tournament which has seen some of the greatest moments in pro-wrestling history take place!
Shin CRIMSON Pro-Wrestling ~ CRIMSON DAWN
Miyako Tokuji Gymnasium (1,000)
1. Atsushi Nana vs. Hayato Saigo
2. Shuji Kawashima vs. Naohiro Yamaguchi
3. KJPW Offer Match: Chikao Kessin, Masafuji Yoshida & Tsutomu Nishioka vs. Riki Ichiro, Yujiro Higuchi & Shinji Uchikawa
4. PWC Jr. Heavyweight Tag Championships: Hiroshi Kuroki & Kaisen Tiger (c) vs. Ryoma Inoue & Akira Tomizaki
5. Makoto Saito, Ikuji Royama & Kazuya Endo vs. Goro Iijima, Kenta Arakaki & PHOENIX
6. Nobuyori Shimizu & Takayuki Ariwa vs. Kenjiro Amagawa & Shinsuke Takahashi
Akira Yoshida met with press today to once again insist that Beauty Angels Japan
is not dead, despite no recent activity and most of the wrestlers competing in
other promotions recently. He was uncharacteristically candid, going into detail
on many of the problems plaguing the once proud promotion.
On BAJ Singles Champion Seiko Oshiro's surprise pregnancy: "It was indeed a
shock to us all and we were unsure of how to proceed. But I think fans will be
happy with what we have decided."
On the current change in climate for women's wrestling: "It is indeed tough and
frustrating. But we are confident that wrestling's queen will return. We have
new ideas, new formats, and new challenges. We hope that they faithful will
On the aborted Anniversary Show: "That was a huge blow. We are reeling but will
While cagey on which wrestlers were returning and/or still signed to BAJ,
Yoshida did reveal that both Ana Romanov and Teruko Yamaguchi have moved on.
Romanov has married her long time partner, Pandora Jiminez, and moved back to
the States while Yamaguchi, a promising rookie and sister of former BAJ wrestler
Mina Yamaguchi, never quite took to the sport. He stated that BAJ's return show
would be highlighted by a UWF-E Women's Title defense by Midori Tanaka taking on
May 12, 2013
UWF-EURASIA WOMEN'S TITLE: Midori Tanaka (C) vs Yui Minami
May 12, 2013
Full attendance unavailable at press time
The women of Beauty Angels Japan finally made their return to action. There are
no final attendance numbers, as of the time of this report, but it was described
by many in attendance as a "healthy crowd". BAJ president Akira Yoshida
addressed the throng briefly and thanked them for their continued support. He
said that he hoped that tonight would usher in a new beginning for the promotion
that has been plagued by backstage issues for some time. Regarding the status of
the BAJ Singles Title and the pregnancy of current champion Seiko Oshiro,
Yoshida stated that the Singles title would be disbanded and, in it's place,
there would be a new top tier championship, called the Queen of Beauty Angels
Japan title. He reported that this new championship would be decided via
tournament in the coming months, with both BAJ faithful and outsiders welcome to
1. Yumiko Ayasugi, Mika Kato, and Kato Okutsu vs Mai Inoue, Suki Hamada, and Emi
Comments: The big news coming into this match was MAI wrestling unmasked now and
under her real name, Mai Inoue. Her long-time partner, Suki Hamada, debuted a
new Mohawk-style look. The newcomers, Okutsu and Nakano, started the match with
bad blood, refusing to even shake hands. Ayasugi and Kato played the parts of
bullies, isolating Nakano and working her over with a series of double team
moves. But Mai and Hamada would have none of that, quickly intervening. The
story of the match had to be the interactions between Okutsu and Nakano who
worked well together and showed that they had been training during BAJ's down
months with Nakano, in particular, showing a lucha influence and Okutsu able to
match Ayasugi and Kato with brawling. But the end came when Okutsu was able to
surprise Nakano with a submission.
- Yumiko Ayasugi, Mika Kato, and Kato Okutsu defeated Mai Inoue, Suki Hamada,
and Emi Nakano at 14:23 when Okutsu submitted Nakano with STF
Comments: Afterwards, there was an intense staredown between Okutsu and Nakano.
2. Yumi Kimura and Miho Nakamura vs Commander HITOMI and Shawna Wilde
Comments: HITOMI and Wilde came out with their BAJ Triple Crown Tag Team
Championships although they were not on the line in this tag match. Before the
bell rang, Kimura and Nakamura rushed the duo and attacked, taking a page out of
the champions' book! They quickly sent the larger Wilde tumbling out of the ring
and focused an assault on HITOMI, wearing her down with double drop kicks and a
lethal Michinoku Driver/diving footstomp combination. With things back to one on
one, Miho displayed a new series of punching attacks, assaulting HITOMI with a
series of knockout punches and urakens. She tagged to Kimura, who used her high
flying assault, taking HITOMI down with cross body blocks and drop kicks. But
Commander was able to regain control, reversing a flying head scissors into a
power bomb. Eventually, the champions tossed Kimura and Nakamura from the ring
and brawled through the crowd with them, tossing Miho down a flight of stairs!
Things returned to the ring and the champions continued the advantage until
Nakamura slipped from a Death Dealer and caught HITOMI with her Miho Lock.
- Yumi Kimura and Miho Nakamura defeated Commander HITOMI and Shawna Wilde at
19:55 when Nakamura pinned HITOMI following Miho Lock.
Comments: Immediately after, Kimura and Nakamura grabbed the microphone and
demanded a rematch with the tag titles on the line! The irate champions accepted
and promised to crush the duo.
3. Aiko Miyamoto and Chiyo Kobayashi vs Angel Saito and Ai Toyota
Comments: Saito and Toyota came in with the experience advantage but Miyamoto
and Kobayashi were more than ready for them. Kobayashi and Toyota started things
with Toyota attempting to target Chiyo's legs, hoping to neutralize her kicks,
but Chiyo was having none of it as she basically kicked the HELL out of Toyota
before dropping her with a stiff thrust kick to the throat that nearly finished
her. Miyamoto entered next and worked a fast paced match but a missed lionsault
left her open to Toyota and her submission work. Ai worked her legs over and
kept her grounded, easy prey for Saito. Angel kept working where Toyota left
off, drop kicking the leg and locking in a Stretch Muffler. Miyamoto continued
to be in danger despite occasional flash pins and surprise moves, including
rolling Toyota up with a La Magistral for a near fall. Eventually, all four
women became involved, breaking out double team and various signatures moves,
but it was Saito who would eventually fall.
- Aiko Miyamoto and Chiyo Kobayashi defeated Angel Saito and Ai Toyota t 22:07
when Miyamoto pinned Saito following Starlight Dusk.
Comments: Afterwards, all four women shook hands in a show of respect. Saito,
who has played a largely behind the scenes role in BAJ lately, called for the
microphone and announced that she would be retiring soon, saying that she wants
to concentrate on her administrative duties and bringing BAJ back to prominence.
Her good friend, Toyota, was visibly upset at the news.
4. Poison Sakai and Michiko Shimoda vs Rei Suzuki and Naima Ito
Comments: Another highly competitive match but without an ounce of the last
match's sportsmanship. Both teams came to kill one another, starting with a
brawl that spilled outside of the ring and throughout the crowd. Shimoda showed
that she was able to hang with her more hardcore partner, using a baseball bat
to attack their opponents. But Suzuki and Ito were not to be outdone. They came
to the ring, carrying a table and chair, both weapons used during the course of
the match. The more powerful Sakai worked over Ito, tossing her around the ring
and choking her against the ropes. But Ito lashed out with a rake of the eyes
and smashed the chair over Sakai's head. Shimoda wasn't quite able to match the
aggression of Suzuki as Rei threw her around by her hair and stomped on her
neck. The match was a glorified brawl with flashes of wrestling, including a
Rei-Gun to Sakai and then Rei and Ito German Suplexing her through the table
before Ito finished off Shimoda.
- Rei Suzuki and Naima Ito defeated Poison Sakai and Michiko Shimoda at 16:13
when Ito pinned Shimoda following Shining Wizard.
5. UWF-EURASIA WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP: Midori Tanaka (C) vs Yui Minami
Comments: Both women kept the match fast paced with Yui immediately pouncing on
Tanaka, attacking with a series of flying headscissors that sent her out of the
ring. Minami then followed with a tope con hilo, flattening her. Things returned
to the ring and Minami worked her over with Boston crabs and leg locks. But
Tanaka was able to tag the ropes and eventually take control with a springboard
DDT and release German suplex. Then, she tossed Yui from the ring and caught her
with a running drop kick from the ring apron to the arena floor. The duo
returned to the ring and Tanaka continued with the pace, attacking with a series
of drop kicks and then planting her with a tombstone piledriver for a nearfall.
Tanaka attempted her Naginata but Minami side stepped and caught her with a
flying knee to the head! Minami pressed the advantage, nearly finishing her with
a moonsault. But a missed springboard leg drop had Tanaka taking over again,
slowing things with a Crossface submission. The champion continued the assault
with a series of kicks and a shining Wizard. She tried a top rope maneuver that
left her open to a superplex from the challenger. Minami continued her assault
before being taken down by Tanaka from seemingly out of nowhere!
- Midori Tanaka defeated Yui Minami at 22:27 with Roaring elbow.
Comments: The always brash Tanaka grabbed the microphone and stated that she
didn't believe in this upcoming title tournament because "BAJ already has a
queen!" She then raised her championship belt to applause.
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