Onita followed in the steps of Antonio Inoki & Hiroshi
Hase, becoming the 3rd wrestler to be elected to the
diet. Onita ran on the liberal democratic ticket, which
is the top party in Japan.
Atsushi Onita wants
to establish a new independent promotion in July with Masato Tanaka
as the top star.
4/5 Tokyo Korakuen
Hall 2,150 sellout
In a Street Fight Kanaami 6 Man Tag Death Match, Onita & Masato
Tanaka & Hosaka beat Goto & Nakamaki & Motegi when Onita
pinned Motegi at 13:57..Inoki declared war against NJ, but for some
reason it doesn't start until May. Sometime during that month, he's
going to attack Inoki.
Onita is going
to use the 5 wrestlers that recently left FMW, (Masato Tanaka, Jado,
Gedo, Hideki Hosaka, & Kaori Nakayama) on his 4/5 Tokyo Korakuen
Hall show. He's challenged any 3 of them to face his team in a kanaami
Honkawagoe Pepe Hall Atlas 550
Tarzan Goto & Shoji Nakamaki beat Atsushi Onita & Ichiro Yaguchi
in a No Rope Yuushitessen Death Match when Nakamaki pinned Yaguchi at
Atsushi Onita will
have a singles match with Tarzan Goto on 2/17. This will be their first
meeting since 1995. Onita has formed a group called FMW Jado Gumi (FMW
evil team) to oppose Goto's new FMW Kishin Gumi group.
Tarzan Goto has
formed a new unit with Shoji Nakamaki & Masayoshi Motegi called
FMW Kishin Gumi (fierce god pair or devine devil pair). The idea is
that Goto dared to use the FMW name because he knew it would anger Onita,
and hopes that Onita will agree to try to take that anger out on him
in the ring. Goto would like to be Onita's opponent on the 2/17 Onita
show (probably would be a tag).
1/5 Tokyo Shibuya
ON AIR EAST
Onita & Nikame & Kikuzawa & Exciting Yoshida beat Ichiro
Yaguchi & Nakamaki & Shinigami & Yase Yaguchi when Nikame
pinned Yase at 14:35. After the match Tarzan Goto intruded demanding
a match against Onita. Onita said he remembered him from the old times
and would rather team with him on the All Japan Tokyo Dome show (both
started out in All Japan). Goto was either the #2 face or one of Onita's
top rivals throughout the first 6 years of FMW. They had a big falling
out over the power Goto wasn't going to get in post-Onita FMW, so he
jumped to IWA Japan just before Onita's 2nd retirement match, which
is how Hayabusa wound up getting the gig.
9/24 Tokyo DIFFER
Ariake 2,100 sellout
In a No Rope Yuushitessen One Side Open Street Fight Any Weapon Kenri
? Sodatsu (priviledge to recover titles) 8 Man Tag Death Match, Atsushi
Onita & Exciting Yoshida & Sambo Asako & Naoshi Sano beat
Ichiro Yaguchi & Shoji Nakamaki & Viking Taniguchi & Yaguchi
1/3 when Onita pinned 1/3 at 12:21. Now that Onita has returned to All
Japan, he wants to assist Masa Fuchi in negotiations for the New Japan
program .Basically, he says he should be a delegate because he's dealt
with them before and knows that they "suck the blood of others."
He's warned Fuchi that "the inside of New Japan's stomach is decayed"
and that their goal is to reaffirm their position as the #1 promotion
in Japan. Finally, Onita said he would like to return one of Baba's
favors and prevent his promotion from rotting at the hands of New Japan.
From Victor Szanyi:
Mitsunobu Kikuzawa and NOSAWA will work dates in the US this week on
the 21st and 22nd, the 21st for Revolution Pro, and the 22nd for XPW.
Kikuzawa has an interesting site loacted at http://www.os.xaxon.ne.jp/~kiku/index.htm
. It's all Japanese of course, but he has a good deal of "behind the
scenes" pictures and the like.
Crusher Maedomari retired on 7/15 on an Onita show. She teamed with
Shark Tsuchiya to defeat RIE and Miss Mongol. She also wrestled the
main event no rope barbed wire tornado tag match, teaming with Onita,
Kikuzawa, and Sanshiro Takagi to defeat Great Kendo, Ichiro Yaguchi,
Shoji Nakamaki, and Shark Tsuchiya. RIE retired on an Onita show on
7/20. She went to a 15 minute draw with Miss Mongol. Speaking of Mongol,
she has a message board now. It's located here: http://members2.boardhost.com/missmongol/
7/20 Tokyo DIFFER
In a match for the No Rope Yuushitessen Street Fight Tornado 6 Man Tag
Senshuken, Atsushi Onita & Exciting Yoshida & Mitsunobu Kikuzawa
& Naoshi Sano captured the titles from Ichiro Yaguchi & Shoji
Nakamaki & Great Kendo & Yaguchi 1/3 when Onita pinned 1/3 at
11:46. I guess they figure the fake Yaguchi is only 1/3 of a wrestler
and Yaguchi, Nakamaki & Kendo are all less than a whole as well,
so the sum may equal a three man team.
High flying Karasu,
who looks like Hayabusa but I guess he's supposed to be a crow instead
of a falcon, has been pumping iron to improve upon his frail, bony body.
His chest is 10 centimeters thick now. He's going to be working in DDT
because this was the last Atsushi Onita Pro-Wrestling show for a while
or perhaps ever.
7/15 Aichi Nagoya
Ekiminami Kyuu-Sasashima Eki Ato Chi?
In a Yuushitessen Street Fight 6 Man Tag Title Match, Atsushi Onita
& Sanshiro Takagi & Mitsunobu Kikuzawa beat Ichiro Yaguchi &
Shoji Nakamaki & Great Kendo to capture the titles when Onita pinned
Kendo at 11:45.
Masashi Aoyagi & Nobutaka Araya defeated Ichiro Yaguchi & Viking
Taniguchi when Aoyagi pinned Taniguchi at 1:20.
The death match
that Onita has been talking about seemingly for centuries on 6/25 in
Philadelphia was cancelled. The official reason it was cancelled is
that the evil Pennslyvania State Athletic Commission decided 4 days
before the show that they wouldn't sanction such a deadly death match.
Supposedly this was just CZW's face saving excuse since they hadn't
sold nearly enough tickets to make doing the match economically viable.
6/18 Kanagawa Chigasaki
In a No Rope Yuushitessen Handicap Match, Atsushi Onita & Nobutaka
Araya & Shigeo Okumura & Exciting Yoshida beat Ichiro Yaguchi
& Shoji Nakamaki & Great Kendo & Nise Kaijo & Yaguchi
1/3 when Onita pinned 1/3 at 13:23.
Nobutaka Araya & Shigeo Okumura retained the CAWF Cannum Tag Titles,
defeating Kishin Kawabata & Viking Taniguchi when Araya pinned Taniguchi
Due to the CZW run
in on 5/21, the 6/25 death match in Philadelphia has been changed to
Onita & Terry Funk & ? vs. 3 CZW wrestlers.
Atsushi Onita will
have his final independent performance on 7/20 at Tokyo Differ Ariake.
His match has yet to be announced, but he said he'd give his last message
to his fans.
5/21 Tokyo Zepp
TOKYO 1,920 sellout
In a No Rope Yuushitessen Handicap Death Match that was Mise Onita's
retirement match, Atsushi Onita & Dick Togo & Shigeo Okumura
& Mitsunobu Kikuzawa & Mise Onita defeated Ichiro Yaguchi &
Shoji Nakamaki & Great Kendo & Viking Taniguchi & Yase Yaguchi
when Mise pinned Yase at 14:52. CZW's Zandig & WifeBeater forced
their way in and came to the ring with their lawn mowing machine after
the match. They ripped Onita's shirt and demanded they be included in
first barbed wire amperage explosion death match on 6/25 in Philadelphia
that was scheduled to be Onita against Terry Funk. It's possible that
the death match will be changed to Onita & Funk vs. Zandig &
Since Mise Onita was retiring, before having his retirement ceremony,
they had him wrestle the real Onita in a special match with Atsushi
going over at 6:35. The 39-year-old Mise Onita has a malignant tumor
in his right shoulder and was supposed to leave the ring in January
to start getting medical treatment on it, but was able to put it off
for a few more months. He had wrestled for 5 years before adopting the
fake Onita gimmick in April of 1999.
Atsushi Onita had
surgery on last week in New York that allowed him to extend his 3rd
career. He's still bitching that Choshu won't wrestle him, but he's
'happy" he was able to confirm the first American amperage explosion
death match against Terry Funk for 6/25 in Philadelphia. Apparently
(the New Jersey plan didn't work out and the show also won't be on PPV,
but he's not going to admit that it's a disaster to the Japanese press
even if it winds up being one.
4/2 Kanezawa Ishikawa-ken
Sangyo Tenjikan 2 3,100 sellout
Ichiro Yaguchi & Shoji Nakamaki & Great Kendo made their first
successful defense of the Barbed Wire Street Fight 6 Man Tag Senshuken,
beating Atsushi Onita & Shigeo Okumura & Mitsunobu Kikuzawa
in a No Rope Yuushitessen Street Fight Tornado 6 Man Tag Death Match
when Yaguchi used a Jesus bomber (?) on Kikuzawa at 14:45.
3/25 Kanagawa Chigasaki
Seika Shi Dojo 2,120 300 sellout
In a No Rope Yuushitessen Street Fight Tornado 8 Man Tag Death Match,
Ichiro Yaguchi & Goro Tsurumi & Shoji Nakamaki & Yase Yaguchi
beat Atsushi Onita & Nobutaka Araya & Shigeo Okumura & Mise
Onita when Ichiro pinned fake Onita in a powerbomb at 13:55.
Araya & Okumura made their first successful defense of the CAWF
Cannum (?) Tag Senshuken, defeating the DDT team of Exciting Yoshida
& Takashi Sasaki when Araya pinned Yoshida with his moonsault at
3/14 Tokyo Korakuen
Hall 2,150 sellout
Atsushi Onita & Dick Togo Shigeo Okumura & Onita Jr. & Nise
Onita beat Ichiro Yaguchi & Shoji Nakamaki & Great Kendo &
Viking Taniguchi & Yase Yaguchi & Nise Kaijo (Fake Meeting Place)
in a No Rope Yuushitessen (Barbed Wire) Street Fight Tornado Barricade
Mat Handicap Double Hell Tag Death Match when Togo fisherman bustered
Yase at 15:46.
2/27 Tokyo Sundai
Gakuen (campus) Koko (senior high school) 2,550 sellout
Onita had the first high school graduation commemorative puroresu match
in history. It was a dream teacher and pupil tag match where 50-year-old
Sensei (Kazuo) Fujie & Atsushi Onita beat Taichi Suzuki (a 19-year-old
student that graduated with Onita) & Viking Taniguchi when Onita
pinned Taniguchi in 11:25 after Onita & Fujie each put one of Taniguchi's
arms in an udehishigigyakujujigatame. The proceeds from the show, about
300,000 yen, are being donated to charity.
In a No Rope Yuushitessen Street Fight Tornado 8 Man Tag Death Match,
Onita & Mitsunobu Kikuzawa & Nise Onita & Sambo Asako beat
Ichiro Yaguchi & Shoji Nakamaki & Viking Taniguchi & Yase
Yaguchi when Onita used his thunderfire powerbomb on Yase at 11:38.
Onita has been trying
to lose weight since the end of 1999, and so far he's lost 20 kilograms
to get down to 95. He's losing weight by running 5 kilometers a day,
doing weight training, and limiting himself to two meals a day where
he mainly eats a lot of rice.
God Of Thunderfire Tries To Rock & Roll
in a Prudential volunteer prize ceremony where he announced that his
plan after he retires from wrestling is to play in a band that's kind
of like Kiss. Onita is going to paint his face and do Gene Simmons-esque
theatrics. I wonder if Onita will release one CD then put out a live
album and a greatest hits compilation.:)
Onita will be teaming
up with CZW & AD Vision to do his American death match against Terry
Funk on 6/25 in New Jersey. AD Vision will be distributing a video of
the tape throughout the US. This may also be a US PPV.
The Onita tour called
~Jado FINAL COUNTDOWN~ has nothing to do with the wrestler Jado. Instead,
it has to do with Onita retiring. Jado means evil way or evil course,
so it's just saying that Onita isn't a "good guy."
Atsushi Onita, who
graduates from High School soon, is going to go to college. He's also
supposed to retire from wrestling sometime in May because his knees
are totally shot.
2/3 Tokyo Korakuen
Hall 2,150 sellout
Atsushi Onita gave notice that he would intrude on New Japan's 2/20
Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan show and demand that Riki Choshu agrees to wrestle
him in a singles match. Supposedly Onita is down to 10% body fat, which
I suppose might be more believable than RINGS claim that Akira Maeda
was down to 5% body fat for his final retirement match against Karelin,
In a match billed as Barbed Wire Board Street Fight 6 Man Tag Senshuken
Jiai=No Rope Yuushitessen Street Fight Tornado 6 Man Tag Death Match,
Ichiro Yaguchi & Shoji Nakamaki & Great Kendo or Mr. Pogo depending
on what source you believe won the titles from Atsushi Onita & Shigeo
Okumura & Mitsunobu Kikuzawa when Yaguchi powerbombed Kikuzawa at
14:49. Yaguchi's team are the third champions, so either the match from
the other day was billed wrong or the titles were vacated sometime in
Onita's Latest Gimmick Is Poisoning Himself
Atsushi Onita is
hyping his May death match in America. Supposedly this is going to be
the largest scale death match in history, with the biggest explosion
and the possibility of 100,000 fans (ROFTLMAO) coming to see it. The
reason the explosion can be the biggest ever is that the American fire
laws aren't as strict, so Onita isn't limited to the standard 2-times
400 volt time bomb. The unique gimmick of the match is that the barbed
wire will be poisoned. This way when the barbed wire breaks through
the skin, a deadly venom can run though your blood vessels. What exactly
this poison does once it's in there or if there's some kind of syrum
they can take after the match to counteract it's effect isn't clear.
I guess they'll work it like it's making them keel over or something?
1/30 Hokkaido Muroran
Shi Taiikukan 2,620 sellout
In a match billed as No Rope Yuushitessen Street Fight Tornado 10 Man
Tag Death Match, Atsushi Onita & Shigeo Okumura & & Onita
Jr. & Mitsunobu Kikuzawa & Satoru Asako defeated Ichiro Yaguchi
& Shoji Nakamaki & Great Kendo & Viking Taniguchi &
Yase Yaguchi when Onita thunderfire powerbombed Yase at 14:30.
1/29 Hokkaido Tomakomai
Shi Sogo Taiikukan 2,250 sellout
In a match billed as No Rope Yuushitessen Street Fight Tornado 8 Man
Tag Death Match, Atsushi Onita & Masashi Aoyagi & Shigeo Okumura
& Mitsunobu Kikuzawa defeated Ichiro Yaguchi & Shoji Nakamaki
& Great Kendo & Viking Taniguchi when Kikuzawa pinned Taniguchi
at 13:15 following a diving body attack.
1/28 Hokkaido Zepp
SAPPORO 650 sellout
In a match billed as Barbed Wire Board Street Fight 6 Man Tag Oza Ketteisen=No
Rope Yuushitessen Street Fight Tornado 6 Man Tag Death Match, Atsushi
Onita & Shigeo Okumura & Mitsunobu Kikuzawa beat Ichiro Yaguchi
& Shoji Nakamaki & Great Kendo when Onita thunderfire powerbombed
Kendo at 16:18. The title of the match states that this was a decision
match for the titles, but they just created these titles last month
with Yaguchi & Nakamaki & Pogo winning them,. so who knows?
Onita is actually getting into shape, supposedly for his match aginst
Choshu, to the point he took some of his clothes off to show what working
out has done for his body.
In memory of his
triumphant high school graduation at the age of 42, Atsushi Onita is
going to have a tag match with his teacher,Kazuo Fujie, against classmate
Taichi Suzuki's team. Fujie is supposedly has" judo step-3 ability."The
match, of course, will be held on the campus of the school he graduated
at so the students can witness this classic confrontation. Onita will
also do a barbed wire death match in the main event (with the usual
suspects). He's hoping to have a sumo tournament on the undercard.
12/26 Hyogo Kobe
Sanbo Hall 2,020 sellout
Atsushi Onita had a decision match for the newly created Barbed Wire
Street Fight 6 Man Tag titles. The match, contested under No Rope Yushitessen
(barbed wire) Street Fight Tornado 6 Man Tag Death Match rules, saw
the three best members of yesterdays main event losers Ichiro Yaguchi
& Shoji Nakamaki & Mr. Pogo beat Onita & Shigeo Okumura
& Mitsunobu Kikuzawa when Yaguchi powerbombed Kikuzawa at 11:05.
Similar belts were created by FMW in 1996, and Onita held them twice
after he came out of retirement.
Onita also challenged
Choshu to a no people match on 1/4 at the Tokyo Dome show. He said he
purchased a ticket for the 1/4 Dome show with his own money and he's
going to stay in his seat after the show until everyone is gone and
Choshu fights him. This really makes no sense because people won't leave
if they think there is going to be a fight. It would be great for selling
tapes of the Dome show, but if these two were really going to fight
then they'd do it before the audience because it would sell several
thousand tickets. Having a no people match would allow Choshu to face
Onita without going back on his word by officially coming out of retirement.
If they were really going to do this, the only logical course would
be to have Onita do something that made coming out of retirement to
face Onita the "only option" Choshu had. Then you could sell
a lot of tapes and probably more tickets for the rematch than the match
would sell right now. Onita has done uninhabited matches in the past,
the first of which was against Tarzan Goto in 1991.
12/25 Aichi Nagoya
Shi Kogaido (town hall) 1,550
Atsushi Onita & Masashi Aoyagi & Sambo Asako & Mise Onita
beat Ichiro Yaguchi & Shoji Nakamaki & Mr. Pogo & Mr. Pogo
Jr. Ichigo (#1) in a No Rope Yushitessen (barbed wire) Street Fight
Tornado 8 Man Tag Death Match. The finish came at 13:10 when Onita pinned
Pogo Jr. with his famous thunder fire powerbomb.
Nobutaka Araya & Shigeo Okumura beat Exciting Yoshida & Takashi
Sasaki in a decision match for CAWF Nintei Canam (?) Tag Senshuken when
Araya used his moonsault press on Yoshida at 19:12.
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