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Puroresu Forum - Showa Puroresu http://www.puroresu.com/forum/ Classic pro-wrestling in Japan. Pre-1990s topics only. en Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:53:14 GMT vBulletin 10 http://www.puroresu.com/forum/images/misc/rss.png Puroresu Forum - Showa Puroresu http://www.puroresu.com/forum/ <![CDATA[R.I.P. Tsutomu "Tenshin" Yonemura (1946 - 2016)]]> http://www.puroresu.com/forum/threads/5189-R-I-P-Tsutomu-quot-Tenshin-quot-Yonemura-(1946-2016)?goto=newpost Wed, 22 Jun 2016 02:46:49 GMT Tsutomu "Tenshin" Yonemura, one of the original founders of All Japan Pro Wrestling and a mainstay of International Wrestling Enterprise, passed away at his home in Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima, Japan, on June 20, at the age of 69. No cause of death has been revealed at this time. ]]> Showa Puroresu DefLeppardVanHalen http://www.puroresu.com/forum/threads/5189-R-I-P-Tsutomu-quot-Tenshin-quot-Yonemura-(1946-2016) IWE wrestlers after the closing http://www.puroresu.com/forum/threads/5178-IWE-wrestlers-after-the-closing?goto=newpost Wed, 29 Apr 2015 05:12:49 GMT Joined NJPW: Rusher Kimura Animal Hamaguchi Isamu Teranishi Joined AJPW: Ashura Hara Mighty Inoue Tenshin Yonemura Joined NJPW:
Rusher Kimura
Animal Hamaguchi
Isamu Teranishi


Joined AJPW:
Ashura Hara
Mighty Inoue
Tenshin Yonemura
Hiromichi Fuyuki
Nobuyoshi (Apollo) Sugawara


Goro Tsurumi: W. Germany > AJPW
Mach Hayato: Mexico > original UWF
Masahiko Takasugi: Mexico > AJPW (as Ultra Seven)
Ichimasa Wakamatsu: Calgary (as a manager) > NJPW (as a manager)
Mr. Chin: semi-retirement > FMW
Great Kusatsu: retired


IWE president Isao Yoshihara joined NJPW as an advisor in 1984/07 but passed away in 1985/06. ]]>
Showa Puroresu Hisaharu Tanabe http://www.puroresu.com/forum/threads/5178-IWE-wrestlers-after-the-closing
List of the JWA wrestlers (and where they went aroud the time of the closing) http://www.puroresu.com/forum/threads/5172-List-of-the-JWA-wrestlers-(and-where-they-went-aroud-the-time-of-the-closing)?goto=newpost Thu, 15 Jan 2015 19:15:30 GMT NJPW founding members in 1972:
Antonio Inoki
Kotetsu Yamamoto
Katsuhisa Shibata (Katsuyori's father)
Motoyuki Kitazawa (Shoji Kai, former RINGS referee)
Osamu Kido
Tatsumi Fujinami
Youssef Turko (referee)

AJPW founding members in 1972:
Giant Baba
Motoshi Okuma
Tomotsugu Kutsuwada (Samson Kutsuwada)
Masio Koma
Mitsuo Momota
Akio Sato (of Orient Express or "Shinja" in WWF)
Joe Higuchi (referee)
Thunder Sugiyama (jumped from IWE)
Yasuyuki Fujii (Yasu Fujii, had been recently kicked out of IWE; not sure if he was a fulltime AJPW guy or freelance)


Left JWA for NJPW in 1973:
Seiji Sakaguchi (joined as the vice president)
Masashi Ozawa (Killer Khan)
Seiei Kimura (Kengo Kimura)
Tsutomu Oshiro (Daigoro Oshiro)
Yonetaro Tanaka (referee)


Joined AJPW after JWA closed:
Kintaro Ohki / KIM Il (eventually left AJPW)
Akihisa Takachiho (Great Kabuki)
Umanosuke Ueda (Great/Prof. Ito, eventually left AJPW)
Great Kojika (BJW founder)
Gantetsu Matsuoka (eventually left AJPW)
Mitsu Hirai (Nobukazu's father)
Kazuo Sakurada (Kendo Nagasaki / Dragon Master)
Mitsuo Hata (Rocky Hata)
Masao Ito (wrestled in Memphis in the 80s)


Overseas at the time of JWA closure (and where they went after returning to Japan):
Mr. Hito (IWE as a freelancer; Stampede mainstay)
Kantaro Hoshino (NJPW)
Haruka Eigen (NJPW)
Ushinosuke Hayashi (Mr. Hayashi, AJPW)
Masanori Toguchi (Kim Duk / Tiger Chung Lee, AJPW)

IWE was founded in 1966, several years before JWA folded. I don't remember anybody joining IWE from JWA in 1973. ]]>
Showa Puroresu Hisaharu Tanabe http://www.puroresu.com/forum/threads/5172-List-of-the-JWA-wrestlers-(and-where-they-went-aroud-the-time-of-the-closing)
Choshu in Florida http://www.puroresu.com/forum/threads/5157-Choshu-in-Florida?goto=newpost Mon, 11 Nov 2013 00:11:17 GMT From a "closed" Facebook group. Thanks to the poster.

Mitsu Yoshida (Riki Choshu) CWF Results & Listings

75/01/14 - Ft. Myers - Mitsu Yoshida drew Gene Lewis
75/01/21 - Ft. Myers - Hiro Matsuda & Mitsu Yoshida def Beautiful Bruce Swayze & Sonny Rogers
75/01/23 - Jacksonville - Mitsu Yoshida vs Sonny Rogers
75/01/24 - Ft. Lauderdale - Hiro Matsuda & Mitsu Yoshida vs Beautiful Bruce Swayze & Sonny Rogers
75/01/27 - Orlando - Hiro Matsuda & Mitsu Yoshida def Larry Sharpe & Karl Von Stroheim
75/01/28 - Ft. Myers - The Shadows def Mitsu Yoshida & Hiro Matsuda
75/01/30 - Punta Gorda - Mitsu Yoshida drew George McCreary
75/02/03 - Orlando - Mitsu Yoshida & Hiro Matsuda drew Tony Charles & Mike Pappas
75/02/04 - Tampa - Mitsu Yoshida def Skull Von Stroheim (sub for Bobby Duncum)
75/02/05 - Miami Beach - Bob Armstrong & Mike Graham def Mitsu Yoshida & Hiro Matsuda
75/02/10 - Orlando - Hiro Matsuda & Mitsu Yoshida def The Patriots
75/02/11 - Ft. Myers - Mitsu Yoshida & Hiro Matsuda def The Red Shadows
75/02/13 - Punta Gorda - Mitsu Yoshida def The Spider
75/02/14 - Tallahassee - Mitsu Yoshida vs Larry Sharpe
75/02/15 - Sarasota - Mitsu Yoshida vs George McCreary
75/02/18 - Tampa - Mitsu Yoshida drew Greg Peterson
75/02/24 - W. Palm Beach - Mitsu Yoshida def Larry Sharpe
75/02/25 - Ft. Myers - Mitsu Yoshida def The Red Shadow
75/02/28 - Ft. Lauderdale - Mitsu Yoshida vs Baron Scicluna
75/03/03 - W. Palm Beach - Mitsu Yoshida vs Red Shadow
75/03/05 - Miami Beach - Mitsu Yoshida def Larry Sharpe
75/03/07 - Ft. Lauderdale - Mitsu Yoshida vs Mike Graham
75/03/10 - W. Palm Beach - Mitsu Yoshida drew George McCreary
75/03/11 - Tampa - Hiro Matsuda & Mike Graham def Mitsu Yoshida & Greg Peterson
75/03/14 - Ft. Lauderdale - Judo Jacket Match - Mitsu Yoshida vs Hiro Matsuda
75/03/18 - Tampa - Bob Backlund def Mitsu Yoshida
75/03/21 - Tallahassee - Mitsu Yoshida vs Greg Peterson
75/03/25 - Tampa - Mitsu Yoshida def Ricky Fields
75/04/04 - Ft. Lauderdale - Mitsu Yoshida vs Skull Von Stroheim
75/04/11 - Ft. Lauderdale - Mitsu Yoshida vs George McCreary
75/04/18 - Tallahassee - Mitsu Yoshida vs Rick Fields
75/04/21 - W. Palm Beach - Danny Hodge def Mitsu Yoshida
75/04/25 - Ft. Lauderdale - Mitsu Yoshida vs Mike Snyder
75/04/28 - Orlando - Mike Snyder def Mitsu Yoshida
75/05/05 - W. Palm Beach - Mitsu Yoshida def Mike Snyder
75/05/06 - Tampa - Frank Hester & Mike Snyder def Mitsu Yoshida & Greg Peterson
75/05/12 - W. Palm Beach - Hiro Matsuda def Mitsu Yoshida
75/05/13 - Ft. Myers - Mitsu Yoshida def Wolfman John Smith
75/05/16 - Ft. Lauderdale - Mitsu Yoshida drew Beauregard
75/05/20 - Ft. Myers - Mitsu Yoshida vs Chris Markoff
75/05/26 - W. Palm Beach - Bob Backlund def Mitsu Yoshida
75/05/27 - Ft. Myers - Mitsu Yoshida vs Doug Somers
75/05/29 - Jacksonville - Mitsu Yoshida vs Doug Somers
75/05/30 - Tallahassee - Mitsu Yoshida vs Mark Starr
75/06/03 - Ft. Myers - Mitsu Yoshida drew Mike Snyder
75/06/06 - Tallahassee - Mitsu Yoshida vs Mark Starr
75/06/10 - Ft. Myers - Mr. Hayashi def Mitsu Yoshida
75/06/16 - W. Palm Beach - Mitsu Yoshida def Beauregard
75/06/20 - Ft. Lauderdale - Mitsu Yoshida vs Mark Starr
75/06/23 - Orlando - Mitsu Yoshida drew Mr. Hayashi
75/06/24 - Tampa - Mitsu Yoshida drew Mr. Hayashi
75/06/26 - Jacksonville - Mistu Yoshida vs Chris Markoff
75/06/30 - W. Palm Beach - Mitsu Yoshida drew Mark Starr
75/07/01 - Ft. Myers - Mitsu Yoshida drew Rick Martel (sub for Frank Martinez)
75/07/07 - Orlando - Doug Somers def Mitsu Yoshida
75/07/08 - Tampa - Doug Somers def Mitsu Yoshida
75/07/11 - Tallahassee - Mitsu Yoshida vs Ronnie Paul
75/07/14 - W. Palm Beach - Mitsu Yoshida vs Doug Somers
75/07/15 - Ft. Myers - Don Bass def Mitsu Yoshida
75/07/21 - Orlando - John Foley def Mitsu Yoshida
75/07/28 - Jacksonville - Mitsu Yoshida vs Doug Somers
75/08/01 - Tallahassee - Mitsu Yoshida vs Mark Starr ]]>
Showa Puroresu Hisaharu Tanabe http://www.puroresu.com/forum/threads/5157-Choshu-in-Florida
Osamu Abe http://www.puroresu.com/forum/threads/5154-Osamu-Abe?goto=newpost Mon, 01 Apr 2013 19:04:38 GMT I wonder about another puroresu great named Osamu Abe. I know he retired to become an actor and a referee for IWE. But on showapuroresu.com, they say he's already deceased. I was wondering when and how? ]]> Showa Puroresu DefLeppardVanHalen http://www.puroresu.com/forum/threads/5154-Osamu-Abe Inoki and Islam http://www.puroresu.com/forum/threads/5144-Inoki-and-Islam?goto=newpost Thu, 27 Dec 2012 03:11:29 GMT I'm not really sure at what point Antonio Inoki "converted" to Muslim, but it's not something that happened recently. Could be when he visited Sadam Hussein during the Gulf War, or after the infamous Pehlwan match in Pakistan in the 1970s. Actually, I'm not even sure if he's officially a Muslim.

Either way, I wouldn't take it too seriously. Inoki is said to have been involved in several religions over the years, including Mahikari. ]]>
Showa Puroresu Hisaharu Tanabe http://www.puroresu.com/forum/threads/5144-Inoki-and-Islam
Antonio Inoki - Catch Europe Tour 1978 http://www.puroresu.com/forum/threads/5104-Antonio-Inoki-Catch-Europe-Tour-1978?goto=newpost Wed, 14 Sep 2011 02:22:31 GMT Antonio Inoki - Catch Europe Tour 1978 : Europe (http://www.wrestling-titles.com/forum/europe/antonio-inoki-catch-europe-tour-1978-t4484.html) Antonio Inoki - Catch Europe Tour 1978 : Europe ]]> Showa Puroresu Hisaharu Tanabe http://www.puroresu.com/forum/threads/5104-Antonio-Inoki-Catch-Europe-Tour-1978 Karl Gotch results in Europe http://www.puroresu.com/forum/threads/5103-Karl-Gotch-results-in-Europe?goto=newpost Tue, 13 Sep 2011 13:34:32 GMT Not really a puroresu stuff, but I think this is worth mentioning here. Karl Gotch - Record 1951-56 : Europe (http://www.wrestling-titles.com/forum/europe/karl-gotch-record-1951-56-t4483.html) Not really a puroresu stuff, but I think this is worth mentioning here.

Karl Gotch - Record 1951-56 : Europe ]]>
Showa Puroresu Hisaharu Tanabe http://www.puroresu.com/forum/threads/5103-Karl-Gotch-results-in-Europe
JWA question http://www.puroresu.com/forum/threads/5101-JWA-question?goto=newpost Tue, 16 Aug 2011 20:05:26 GMT Hi.

I've a question about JWA. I read that JWA had two TV Shows (Apparently one with Nippon Television, and one with TV Station NET). And there was a particular thing : Giant Baba was on a show, and couldn't appear on the second show. And Inoki was part of this second show, and couldn't appear on the first show. Until then, all is well. But there was BI Cannon, a tag-team made of these two men, and they were champions from 1967 to 1971. How was it possible, if they weren't able to appear on the same show ?

Or these two shows were like Smackdown and RAW, and there was things like PPV ? I don't really understand what happened.

Thanks a lot ! ]]>
Showa Puroresu GoFlash http://www.puroresu.com/forum/threads/5101-JWA-question
Dr Wagner (Sr) in All Japan http://www.puroresu.com/forum/threads/5100-Dr-Wagner-(Sr)-in-All-Japan?goto=newpost Fri, 12 Aug 2011 12:14:16 GMT Does anyone know when Dr Wagner (Sr) had tours for All Japan Pro Wrestling? I'm pretty sure he had a couple of tours in Japan around 1979 and/or 1980. Does anyone have any results from his tours? I would also like to know how many tours he had in Japan.

Thanks in advance. ]]>
Showa Puroresu stunning_grover http://www.puroresu.com/forum/threads/5100-Dr-Wagner-(Sr)-in-All-Japan
Shinji Sasazaki http://www.puroresu.com/forum/threads/5096-Shinji-Sasazaki?goto=newpost Sat, 18 Jun 2011 00:21:25 GMT I was wondering about Kensuke Sasaki's first opponent, Shinji Sasazaki. Last time I heard of him was in the USWA as The Samurai. Any idea on when he retired from the ring? ]]> Showa Puroresu DefLeppardVanHalen http://www.puroresu.com/forum/threads/5096-Shinji-Sasazaki Question about a 1988 NJPW show http://www.puroresu.com/forum/threads/5016-Question-about-a-1988-NJPW-show?goto=newpost Sun, 21 Mar 2010 10:37:16 GMT Hisa (or anyone else who knows),

Could you tell me in which building the 1988-01-25 New Japan Pro Wrestling show was held?

Matches included:

Shirō Koshinaka vs. Keiichi Yamada
Nobuhiko Takada vs. Kazuo Yamazaki
Vader vs. George Takano & Kantaro Hoshino
Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Bob Orton Jr.
Riki Chōshū & Masa Saitō & Hiroshi Hase vs. Steve Williams & Buzz Sawyer & Owen Hart ]]>
Showa Puroresu stunning_grover http://www.puroresu.com/forum/threads/5016-Question-about-a-1988-NJPW-show
Inoki vs. Ali What could have been? http://www.puroresu.com/forum/threads/4998-Inoki-vs-Ali-What-could-have-been?goto=newpost Fri, 26 Jun 2009 12:58:11 GMT With Antonio Inoki being one of the best wrestlers of the 70's and Muhammad Ali being one of the best boxers of the 70's I would like to debate:


What would have happened, if Team Ali didn't put SO MANY restrictions on Inoki? K.O. by Ali? K.O. by Inoki??

I think it would have been a GREAT precursor to the modern MMA we see today. ]]>
Showa Puroresu The Great Gouki http://www.puroresu.com/forum/threads/4998-Inoki-vs-Ali-What-could-have-been
Tiger Mask http://www.puroresu.com/forum/threads/4989-Tiger-Mask?goto=newpost Tue, 07 Apr 2009 00:59:13 GMT OK!! So I am sorry if I should have posted this in the General Board, but here's a question for everyone:


It's no doubt that Satoru Sayama and the Tiger Mask character revolutionized Jr. Heavyweights all over the world, and then some!!!
Wrestlers such as Hayabusa, Sabu, Ultimo Dragon, and Rey Mysterio Jr. have mentioned how Tiger Mask was one of their biggest inspirations. Even wrestlers that pick up the mantel of Black Tiger, dreaded rival to TM, became stars in their own right.

My question is who do you think was your favorite wrestler to wear the Tiger Mask?

Although I like Misawa...I liked him AFTER he unmasked. My Favorite without any question has got to be the Original Tiger Mask Sayama. ]]>
Showa Puroresu The Great Gouki http://www.puroresu.com/forum/threads/4989-Tiger-Mask
Payoffs In Japan VS Payoffs In America? http://www.puroresu.com/forum/threads/4986-Payoffs-In-Japan-VS-Payoffs-In-America?goto=newpost Tue, 10 Mar 2009 01:58:27 GMT Just wondering when it came to the top stars, were they making more money than their counterparts in America? It seemed the Japanese wrestlers were WAY bigger stars in their homeland as opposed to American wrestlers in North America, except for say Hulk Hogan. What kind of money were the guys... Just wondering when it came to the top stars, were they making more money than their counterparts in America?
It seemed the Japanese wrestlers were WAY bigger stars in their homeland as opposed to American wrestlers in North America, except for say Hulk Hogan.
What kind of money were the guys like Fujinami, Choshu, Tsrusta, Tenryu, Hashimoto, Muta, Misawa, Kobashi, Tiger Mask, etc; making in their heydays of the 80's and 90's?
Baba and Inoki must have been making huge money. Also with all the "mainstream" media coverage of puroresu at the time the top guys were getting paydays doing commercial, music videos, movies, television, etc.
Was it well known knowledge as to what the wrestlers were making?
Also were they paid the same was as in North America where their payoffs were decided by the size of the house and where they were on the card?
Did they have the guaranteed contracts like WCW and WWF were paying in the 90's during the Monday Night Wars?
The promotions seemed WAY more competitive a lot earlier in time than the American promotions. But it did seem All Japan and New Japan were more interested in creating their own homegrown stars in their own dojos as opposed to rely on signing talent from rival promotions that was the norm in American wrestling at the time. Please explain.
Thanks.The Great Sasuke ]]>
Showa Puroresu carpetbeggar http://www.puroresu.com/forum/threads/4986-Payoffs-In-Japan-VS-Payoffs-In-America