FMW 1st Year Resurrection Anniversary Series ~ Hayabusa Honoring Charity Show, 4/27/2016 [Wed] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(1) Battle Royal: Kikutaro, Katsunari Toi, Raiden, Wild Seven, Pandita, Naoshi Sano, Raiden, Kisarazu Piero, Leatherface, Kenichiro Arai, Kotaro Nasu & KENSO
◆Winner: Pandita (9:46) via double fall on Nasu and Arai.
(2) W★ING Monster Army Tag Match: Kikutaro, Gosaku Goshogawara, Flying Kid Ichihara & Koji Nakagawa vs. W★ING Kanemura, Tomohiko Hashimoto, Buffalo & Onryo
◆Winner: Buffalo (10:07) following a Lariat on Gosaku.
(3) Joshi Offer Match Mongul Army vs Gokuaku Domei Tag Match: Miss Mongul & Miss Koharu vs. Dump Matsumoto & ZAP T
◆Winner: Mongul Army (7:21) via foul.
~ Hayabusa 10 Count Gong Honoring Ceremony was held.
(4) FMW Alliance vs UWF Alliance 6 Man Tag Match: [FMW Alliance] Ricky Fuji, Masato Tanaka & Katsuji Ueda vs. [UWF Alliance] Yoshiaki Fujiwara, Takuma Sano & Mitsuya Nagai
◆Winner: Fujiwara (12:18) with a Leg Lock on Ueda.
(5) FMW Alliance vs UWF Alliance 8 Man Tag Match: [FMW & W★ING Alliance] Atsushi Onita, Raijin Yaguchi, NOSAWA Rongai & Hideki Hosaka vs. [UWF Alliance] Masakatsu Funaki, Yoshihiro Takayama, Takaku Fuke & Alexander Otsuka
◆Winner: Onita (13:35) with a Fire Thunder Powerbomb on Fuke.
~ Onita challenged Funaki to an electric current blast deathmath with Funaki accepting the challenge.
[Kaki Aid News] Big Japan’s Eiji Tozaka announced that they will be holding a special event along with Kazuo Yamazaki as a way to earn donations for Masahito Kakihara, who is suffering from malignant lymphoma.
The event will be known as “Masahito Kakihara Support Rally Moving On ~Kaki Aid~” and it will be held on August 18th at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo.
Kakihara, currently 43 years old, made his debut back in August of 1990 in UWF, then UWFi (international), before then making his way through All Japan, NOAH, and then NJPW. One of the last big highlights of his career was wining the BOSJ in 2003 before he then retired a couple years later in 2006. He then joined the NJPW IWGP executive committee after his retirement. In 2011 he would make a minor return as a masked wrestler “ミヤマ☆仮面 / Miyama☆Kamen” and he competed in a U-SPIRIT match. Though in December of 2014 he announced publicly that he had been diagnosed with malignant lymphoma.
Kazuo Yamazaki, who was his senior in UWF, has already formed a “Kaki Oentai / Kaki Support Group” and is the lead representative. Yoshihiro Takayama, also from UWF back in the day, has also been at shows asking for donations for his ill friend.
Yamazaki stated that “Moving On” was the name of the original UWF event in which Kakihara made his debut. He stated that the all money earned excluding expenses, namely the amount that it costs to hold a show at Korakuen, will be given in full to help support Kakihara at this time. Yamazaki stated that no matches have been determined at this time but that he will be focusing on talent that either know Kakihara or wish to honor him with a match on the show. At least 5-7 matches will be planned and will feature both a mix of UWF rules and pro-wrestling rules.
Yoshihiro Takayama has already placed his name on the top of the list to be involved on the show and he wishes to take part in a UWF style match. Minoru Tanaka, who knew Kakihara from his days in NJPW, announced his participation. Minoru as of late has been using Kakihara own original move in the “Tornado Kaki Cutter” to claim the victory in matches.
[News] Yoji Anjo announced that he will be making his official retirement next year on March 19, 2015 at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo.
Anjo competed primarily under UWF International and is known for his entrance theme of “James Brown is Dead” by L.A. Style, in which his show will be playing homage to that as it is being called “Y.A. is Dead”.
Yanji Anjo (middle of pic) was joined by Kenichi Yamamoto (to Anjo’s left), Yoshihiro Tayama (to Anjo’s right), and Ryuki Ueyama (to Takayama’s right). Anjo did though mention to possible main event for the show as he looks to reform the “Golden Cups” with Yoshihiro Takayama and Kenichi Yamamoto. As for possible opponents, Anjo did mention Riki Choshu, Masakatsu Funaki, and Minoru Suzuki as those he has had plenty of history with in the past.
Anjo debuted in UWF back in July of 1985 and also competed in NJPW during the NJPW vs. UFWi era. This will mark his 30th year of competing. Anjo was more prominent during HUSTLE back in 2004 and following, but after the fall of HUSTLE Anjo had them become semi-retired.
The show in March is scheduled to have around 7-10 matches with Nobuhiko Takada and other special guests in talks of being in attendance.
[Real Japan News] RJPW recently held a press conference in Tokyo to announce the main event for their upcoming show on September 28th at the Korakuen Hall. The match will see the very first ever teaming of the First Tiger Mask and Masakatsu as they take on AKIRA and Mitsuya Nagai.
Masakatsu Funaki stated that this teaming will be a dream for himself as he looked up to Tiger Mask in his younger days. Funaki and Tiger are not strangers to one another though as they both appeared together in the Shinsetsu Tiger Mask movie in 2004. Funaki would then work with Tiger and received some technical guidance from him. Funaki would also attend Tiger’s Real Japan Pro Wrestling debut show in March of 2005. He would not compete though as at the time he was retired from active competition. The door has been open for Funaki to compete with Tiger Mask and it almost 8 years later it is finally going to happen.
A few months ago, Tiger and Funaki were at opposite sides of the ring as Tiger & Tatsumi Fujinami took on Funaki & AKIRA. Funaki mentioned that match was a huge opportunity for himself. He then went on to say that he originally dreamed of becoming the second generation Tiger Mask at one time, though that did not happen, funny enough Funaki was a lead to become another masked wrestler in Jushin Liger.
With the split from All Japan happening here recently and the formation of WRESTLE-1, Funaki felt it was a good time to rejuvenate himself and reach out to support Tiger Mask as well. On the other side of things, Funaki and AKIRA are no strangers in the ring as both trained together as rookies in NJPW back in the 80’s.
This match is being poised as another leg of rebuilding Tiger Mask’s ideal Strong Style and he believes the chemistry amongst the men in this match should very well lead to that. Funaki with his history of mixed martial arts and pro wrestling, AKIRA with his lineage in grappling and pro wrestling, and Mitsuya Nagai’s history in shoot boxing and following in pro wrestling.
Below is the announced card for the show, and the scheduled participating talent at this time.
Real Japan Pro Wrestling, 9/28/2013 [Sat] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(-) Main Event Tag Match: First Tiger Mask & Masakatsu Funaki [WRESTLE-1] vs. AKIRA [WNC] & Mitsuya Nagai [Dradition]
Also announced to be competing…
Tatsumi Fujinami [Dradition]
Riki Choshu [RikiPro]
Super Tiger [RJPW / 7th Generation Legends Champion]
Tiger Shark [RJPW]
Super Rider [RJPW]
Ultimo Dragon [Toryumon MEXICO]
Masao Orihara [Mobius]
Alexander Otsuka [AODC]
Daisuke Sekimoto [BJW]
Yuji Okabayashi [BJW]
Gran Hamada [Free]
Hayato Mashita [RJPW]
…and more to be announced later.