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#1 joeg

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Posted 26 November 2017 - 04:55 PM

It is the spring of 1989. The Cold War has signifigantly thawed. Two years earlier Billy Joel had done a series of mega concerts exposing the Soviet people to Western music. Inoki had already ran a small show with a skelton crew in the USSR. This show featured NJPW mid carders against members of the Red Bull Army which was composed of Soviet amateur wrestlers and judokas who had been trained in pro wrestling by Inoki himself. But Inoki realizes its time for something bigger- a mega tour, stadium shows in several cities, with major stars, and world titles on the line. Each show will feature a major title defended in the main event.  Inoki will also fight a series of Mixed Styles fights against some pretty bad ass guys. The goal of this tour is to open up the USSR as a viable territory for wrestern style professional wrestling. 


Champions featured on the shows -


NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair

IWGP Heavyweight Champion Tatsumi Fujinami

Triple Crown Champion Genichiro Tenryu

IWGP Tag Champions Riki Choshu and Masa Saito



Prominent General Badasses Inoki will face in a Mixed Styles fight-


Kickboxing/ Karate World Champion Andy Hug

Former Soviet Bronze Medalist Olympic Super Heavyweight Boxer Aleksandr Miroshnichenko

Former Dutch Silver Medalist Judoka Willie Wilhelm, who a year earlier lost a mixed styles match to Meada

Two Time Sambo Russian Champion Volk Han

3 time World Bronze Medalist in Greco Roman Wrestling Evgeny Artyukhin



A Soviet IWGP Title will also be established on the tour.


Each show will basically follow the same format


Main Event- Title Match 

Semi Main- Mixed Styles Match

Semi Main- Tag Match which sets up the next night's title match

Mid Card match building setting up the next nights semi main event

Mid Card Match featuring Russians trained by Inoki vs American wrestlers

Mid Card Match featuring Russians trained by Inoki vs Japanese wrestlers

Prelim Junior match

Prelim  Match featuring Russians trained by Inoki




#2 joeg

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Posted 26 November 2017 - 07:35 PM



Japanese Heavyweight

Tatsumi Fujinami - IWGP Champ

Antonio Inoki

Kengo Kimura



Genichiro Tenryu - Triple Crown Champ

Samson Fuyuki


Ishin Gundan Reunion

Riki Choshu - IWGP Tag Champ

Masa Saito - IWGP Tag Champ

Yoshiaki Yatsu

Kuniaki Kobayashi


American Heavyweights

Ric Flair- NWA World Heavyweight Champ

Scott Norton

Brad Rhenigans

Big Titan

The Gladiator



European Heavyweights

Tony Halme

Otto Wanz


The Red Bull Army

Salman Hashimikov

Victor Zangiev

Timur Zalasov

Andrei Sulsaev

Evgeny Artyukhin
Habieli Victachev
Wakha Eveleov
Special Attraction Russian Shooters
Volk Han
Gregory Verichev
Aleksandr Miroshnichenko
Special Attraction Shooters
Andy Hug
Willie Wilhelm
Junior Heavyweights
Super Tiger
Chris Benoit
Ninja Sasuke
Eiji Ezaki
Blue Demon Jr
Jerry Lynn
Super Delphin

#3 dawho5

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Posted 26 November 2017 - 09:47 PM

Hell of a bold project here.  The Inoki mixed styles matches should be different than anything else in the project.  Hell of a juniors division.  Tenryu, Fujinami, Choshu and Flair all in the mix for main events should be all kinds of fun.  Oh and Volk Freaking Han!!  Love that guy.

#4 Lee Casebolt

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Posted 27 November 2017 - 07:10 AM

There is no bigger fan of the Inoki vs The World tours than me, plus I love the Russian shooters. Expect this to be amazing.

#5 gordi


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Posted 30 November 2017 - 08:15 PM

I'm hoping we get some behind-the-scenes stories about touring behind the iron curtain.

#6 Lee Casebolt

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Posted 04 December 2017 - 06:45 PM

I just got done watching Volk Han's debut match and now I hate joeg all over again. 

#7 joeg

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Posted 10 December 2017 - 05:33 PM

I hope to get the first two shows booked on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week... and sorry Gordi there will not be a behind the scenes tell all. Simply because no work of fiction could out do the Sports Illustrated article on the New Japan trip to North Korea.... and Lee, Han was A1 from day 1   

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