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JWA July 1985 - JWA Japanese Championship Tournament

08 June 2017 - 12:47 AM

JWA Press Release: JWA Japanese Championship Tournament, July 1-28, 1985

 

Japan Wrestling Alliance is pleased to announce the 16 first-round match-ups for our July Tournament:

 

Antonio Inoki vs Shiro Koshinaka

 

Riki Choshu vs Blade Runner Sting

 

Tiger Mask Sayama vs Kazuo Yamazaki

 

Umanosuke Ueda vs Samson Fuyuki

 

Tatsumi Fujinami vs Anoaro Atisanoe

 

Yoshiaki Yatsu vs Siva Afi

 

Adrian Adonis vs Isamu “Carpenter” Teranishi

 

Ashura Hara vs Phil Hickerson

 

Jumbo Tsuruta vs Toshiaki Kawada

 

Shinya Hashimoto vs Tastustoshi Goto

 

Akira Maeda vs Masakatsu Funaki

 

Osamu Kido vs Yoji Anjo

 

Bruiser Brody vs Tiger Mask Misawa

 

Seiji Sakaguch vs Keiji Mutoh

 

Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs Nobuhiko Takada

 

Kengo Kimura vs Rusher Kimura

 

 

So: Who do you think will make the Final Four? What do you think will be the best matches of the first round? 

 

We look forward to your feedback!

 

 

Respectfully,

JWA President and Founder, Shohei Baba

JWA Vice President, Motoko Baba

JWA Managing Director, Hisashi Shinma

JWA Booker, gordi


JWA June 1985 - Factions Draft! Festival of Champions!

31 May 2017 - 11:58 PM

JWA Press Release: JWA Factions Draft, June 1, 1985

 

Captains: Giant Baba, Tatsumi Fujinami, Antonio Inoki, and Riki Choshu

 

The JWA factions are intended to be loose affiliations. Members of a particular faction can and occasionally will fight members of the same faction. Members of a particular faction can and occasionally will team with members of a different faction. In general, however, Members of a given faction will usually team up together, and fight against members of other factions.  

 

In the televised portion of the JWA Factions Draft, only the first three rounds were shown. Each captain chose a singles wrestler for their faction in the first two rounds, and a tag team in the third round. The results were as follows:

 

Giant Baba chose JWA Champion Tenryu, Jumbo Tsuruta, and The Tiger Masks (Sayama and Misawa).

 

Tatsumi Fujinami chose Kengo Kimura, Shiro Koshinaka, and The Young Lions (Shinya Hashimoto and Keiji Mutoh).

 

Antonio Inoki chose Seiji Sakaguchi, Yoshiaki Fujiwara, and Mighty Animals (Mighty Inoue and Animal Hamaguchi).

 

Riki Choshu chose Akira Maeda, Umanosuke Ueda, and The South Pacific Islanders (Anoaro Atisanoe and Siva Afi).

 

In general, the alignment and fan appeal of each group will hopefully work out as follows:

 

Team Giant Baba are good guys leaning slightly tweener. They will tend to have a lot of big names and hold major belts. Their appeal will be to fans of AJPW, to fans of hard-hitting action, and to “front-runners” who like to support the winning team.

 

Fujinami’s Family are pure good guys. They will generally be the loveable underdog group. We hope they will appeal to fans of NJPW, people who like classic pro wrestling, and people who like to root for the underdog.

 

The Inoki Federation are tweeners. They will hopefully appeal to fans of Inoki and anyone who likes shoot style wrestling and martial arts.

 

Choshu’s Army are straight up bad guys. That rebellious image holds appeal for certain young men, and office workers who are dissatisfied with their bosses.

 

Thus, our hope is that each group will be able to draw fans and sell merch, regardless of alignment.

 

The remaining composition of each faction will be decided by negotiation between individual wrestlers and team captains.  The unwritten expectation is that each group will have at least a couple of guys who can work Shoot Style, and around five guys who can work in the Middleweight Division.

 

The final composition of all four factions will be published shortly in the Asahi Shinbun newspaper.

 

Respectfully,

JWA President and Founder, Shohei Baba

JWA Vice President, Motoko Baba

JWA Managing Director, Hisashi Shinma

JWA Booker, gordi


JWA Revival Second Chapter - May 1985

05 May 2017 - 06:36 AM

JWA Special TV Event: Two Gauntlet Matches

Airing May 8th on Asahi TV

 

Match #1, 4-man teams, 30 minute time limit

“Batting Order”

 

Mil Mascaras                  Antonio Inoki

Dos Caras                      Seiji Sakaguchi

Kengo Kimura                Yoshiaki Fujiwara

Tatsumi Fujinami            Akira Maeda 

 

Match #2, 5-man teams, 60 minute time limit

“Batting Order”

 

Giant Baba                        Riki Choshu

Jumbo Tsuruta                   Stan Hansen

Genichiro Tenryu               Bad News Allen

Yoshiaki Yatsu                   Dick Murdoch

Andre the Giant                 Bruiser Brody

 

 

 JWA Gauntlet matches are wrestled as a kind of combination gauntlet match and lumberjack match, with the men not legally wrestling or up next in the batter’s box standing at ringside and legally able to interfere if someone is tossed outside.

 

 Here are the rules: Tags can be made, but only in the batting order provided. So, for example, at the start of the match Baba can only tag in Jumbo and  then Jumbo can only tag in Tenryu. If Tenryu is eliminated and Jumbo is the legal man, he can only tag in whoever the next remaining wrestler is on the batting order (in this case, it would be Sayama). The “next man up” in the batting order must stand on the ring apron holding the tag rope. A wrestler can be eliminated by pinfall, submission, count-out, disqualification, or referee’s decision. Outside of the ring, interference is permitted. Any in-ring interference whatsoever is grounds for disqualification. Eliminated wrestlers may remain at ringside but are removed from the batting order and may not be tagged back in to the match. The match is over when all members of one team have been eliminated, with the other team being declared the victor. In the case of the time limit being reached, the team with the most remaining wrestlers will be declared the victor.

 

Match #1, 4-man teams, 30 minute time limit: Mil Mascaras, Dos Caras, Kengo Kimura, and Fujinami vs Inoki, Sakaguchi, Fujiwara, and Maeda

 

With one very notable exception, this was straight-up, respectful, clean and scientific wrestling all the way. Starting out with Inoki facing off against Mil Mascara was our way of trying to advertise that JWA is the ultimate in big-time Japanese Professional Wrestling, the place where dream match-ups happen regularly.

They exchanged strikes, moves, holds, and counters… then Dos Caras was tagged in for more of the same, then Kimura… the big exception to the general rule of keeping it clean and respectful was that Inoki and Maeda took every available opportunity to cheap-shot Tatsumi Fujinami. They knocked him off the ring apron threw him outside to take beatings, hit him with closed fists behind Joe Higuchi’s back… This had the effect of enraging both Fujinami and his friend and frequent tag team partner Kengo Kimura. That, in turn, led to the first elimination of the match as Kimura made a mistake and got trapped in the opposing corner where he took a ton of punishment before being forced to submit to Inoki’s Octopus Hold. Fujinami came in all fired up and managed to put Sakaguchi away with a Dragon Suplex to even things up. With about seven minutes remaining, Yoshiaki Fujiwara caught Dos Caras with an Armbar to regain the advantage. Once again, a fired-up Fujinami came charging into the ring. He did everything in his power to put Fujiwara away, but Maeda and Inoki kept breaking up his attempted pins and submissions.

When the bell rang to signal the end of the match, and victory for Inoki’s team, Fujinami was visibly frustrated and had to be restrained from going after Inoki. This led to a bit of a shoving match between Fujinami and Mascaras, and ended with Mascaras and his brother challenging Fujinami and his friend to a match on the 16th in Osaka.

 

 

Match #2, 5-man teams, 60 minute time limit: Baba, Tsuruta, Tenryu, Yatsu, and Andre vs Choshu, Hansen, Bad News, Murdoch, and Brody

 

While the first match was mainly clean and scientific wrestling, this one was a full-on 60-minute bomb-throwing brawl. It started out hot with Baba and Choshu throwing down in the middle of the ring, showcasing a different side of the Japanese Giant from what our fans are used to seeing. By the 30-minute mark, almost half of the participants had been bloodied and everyone was fired up and swinging for the fences.

Brody levelled Yatsu with a huge Lariat, tagged in Choshu who added one of his own, and then finally Stan Hansen was tagged in and hit the third and final Lariat on the former Olympic wrestler to give Choshu’s team the advantage. Andre the Giant came into the ring determined to even things up and that led to the best sequence of the match, as he and Hansen went about ten minutes at full speed with Andre throwing everything he had at the big Texan and Hansen simply being too tough to stay down. When a stalemate was reached and the men went to tag in Baba and Bad News, respectively, the crowd rewarded their outstanding work with a loud ovation.

Baba almost put Bad News away, but the judoka managed to escape and hit the tag to Murdoch. Then Captain Redneck and Jumbo went back and forth until Murdoch surprised Tsuruta with a Flying Headscissors after which Brody hit a King Kong Kneedrop to pin Jumbo and put Choshu’s team up two falls to nil.

With only 15 minutes remaining, things were not looking good for Baba’s team. When Brody and Tenryu brawled out of the ring for a Double Count-Out, eliminating both men, thing really didn’t look all that much better.

Baba and Andre were determined not to lose, though, and with quick tags and teamwork they managed to quickly eliminate both Dick Murdoch and Bad News Allen to even things up with a little over five minutes remaining.

Listening to the crowd, Baba and Choshu tagged Andre and Hansen into the ring. The two huge, tough men came in ready to battle for five more minutes, winner take all. Hansen staggered the Giant with thunderous punches,and barreled into him with Lariats and Shoulder Blocks… but he could not take the Giant off of his feet. With less than a minute remaining, Hansen went for a big Bodyslam, but Andre shifted his weight and both men hit the mat with the Giant on top. Three counts later, Giant Baba’s team emerged victorious.  

As Andre and Baba were shaking hands in the ring, Inoki and Maeda made their way to ringside to show off their title belts and challenge the Giants to come and face The Fighting Sprits in the ring on May 16th in Osaka.

 


JWA: Japan Pro Wrestling Association - Revival

26 March 2017 - 10:05 AM

JWA: Japan Pro Wrestling Association

 

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President and Founder: Shohei Baba

Vice President: Motoko Baba

Managing Director: Hisashi Shinma

Head Booker: gordi

Head Trainer: Kotetsu Yamamoto

Referees: Joe Higuchi, Kyohei Wada, Red Shoes Unno, Verne Siebert

Ring Announcer: Hidekazu Tanaka

TV: Asahi TV World Pro Wrestling (ワールド・プロレスリング)

TV Commentary Team: Ichiro Furutachi, Takashi Yamada

 

MAIN EVENTERS:

 

Giant Baba – President and founder of JWA. Niigata. 6’10” 298. Running Neckbreaker, Coconut Crush.

Past his peak but still a huge star, ready and willing to step aside to make room for younger stars. Trainer and mentor to Tsuruta, Tenryu, Misawa, Fuchi, Koshinaka, Ishikawa, and many others.

 

Antonio Inoki – Iconic living legend. Yokohama. Brazil. 6’3” 224. Bridging Fallaway Slam, Octopus Hold (Manjigatame), Enzuigiri, Flying Kneedrop.

Past his peak but unwilling to admit it. Fancies himself the world’s greatest martial artist.  Incredibly popular in Japan. Hugely influential.

 

Akira Maeda – 6’3” 225. Osaka. Korea. Bridging Capture Suplex, Cross Armbreaker, Roundhouse Kick.

In his pprime. Inoki’s heir apparent. Shoot Style pioneer. Great striker, better grappler. Can be bad tempered and difficult to work with.

 

Tatsumi Fujinami – 6’0” 227. Oita. Dragon Sleeper, Dragon Suplex, Figure Four Leg Lock, Dragon Backbreaker, Diving Kneedrop.

In his prime, gifted worker, very popular. Ready to break out from under Inoki’s shadow.

 

Riki Choshu – 6’0” 260. Yamaguchi. Korea. Riki Lariat, Sharpshooter (Sasorigatame).

In his prime. Top heel,  very popular and influential.

 

Genichiro Tenryu – 6’1” 273. Fukui. Lariat, Folding Powerbomb.

In his prime. One of the best workers in the world. Former sumo star with a power style.

 

Jumbo Tsuruta – 6’6” 287. Yamanishi. Bridging Belly-to-Back Suplex, "Jumbo" Lariat, Powerbomb.

In his prime. One of the best workers in the world. Baba’s heir apparent. Former Olympian.

 

Satoru Sayama - 5’10” 190. Can work Jr. Yamaguchi. Tiger Suplex, Turning Moonsault, Crossface Chickenwing, Diving Headbutt.

Jr. Heavyweight and Shoot Style pioneer. At the end of his peak years, but still extremely popular.

 

Yoshiaki Fujiwara – 6’1” 225. Iwate. Fujiwara Arm Bar, Heel Hook, Headbutt.

Nearing the end of his peak years. One of the world’s greatest grapplers. Trained Anjo, Maeda, Yamazaki, Funaki…

 

SECOND-TIER STARS and TAG TEAM GUYS:

 

Seiji Sakaguchi – 6’5” 290. Fukuoka. Stomach Claw, Atomic Drop, Boston Crab, Chokebomb.

Past his peak, but still capable. Judo player. Inoki’s long-time second. Willing to help put younger guys over.

 

Kengo Kimura – 6’1” 236. Ehime. Jumping Leg Lariat, Triangle Scorpion, Piledriver.

Nearing the end of his peak years, but still in his prime. Fujiwara’s regular tag team partner. Makes the people around him better.

 

Super Strong Machine (Junji Hirata) – 6’0” 254. Kanagawa. Machine Suplex, Machine DDT, Machine Lariat.

Just entering his prime. Steady, reliable power wrestler who really shines as a tag team partner. - Currently on loan to Lute Int. 

 

Ashura “Fighting” Hara - 6’0” 245. Nagasaki. Hitman Lariat, Superplex.

Nearing the end of his prime. Former rugby star and IWE veteran. Tenryu’s frequent tag team partner, and friend. Has a gambling problem. Also has a great mustache.

 

Yoshiaki Yatsu – 6’1” 260. Gunma. Powerbomb, Powerslam, Piledriver, Jailhouse Lock (Double Chickenwing).

Former Olympic wrestler. Powerful and legitimately tough, inconsistent in the ring. Best in tag teams. Frequently works as Choshu’s partner, but also has a connection with Jumbo because of their shared amateur background.

 

Umanosuke “Professor” Ueda – 6’3” 260. Aichi. Cobra Claw (Neck Claw), Low Blow, Foreign Object Attacks.

Reaching the end of his prime. Probably the #3 native heel on this roster. Has a great sleazy look. Background n sumo and with the IWE, but is purely a brawler.

 

Rusher Kimura – 6’1” 275. Hokkaido. Rushing Lariat, Rusher Suplex (Double Arm Suplex), Piledriver, Argentine Backbreaker.

Former sumo wrestler and former ace of IWE. Cage match specialist. A little past his prime but still a very capable brawler. Good on the mic. Currently on loan to USWA

 

Osamu Kido – 5’11” 231. Kanagawa. Kido Clutch, Wakigatame (Judo Armbreaker), Fujiwara Armbar, Neckbreaker.

Karl Gotch trainee, entering a late-career peak. Solid basic wrestler, good on the mat. Not much personality.

 

Takashi “Onomi” Ishikawa – 5’10” 260. Kanagawa. Chokeslam, Lariat, Shoulder Block.

Former sumo wrestler, worked one tour with IWE. Near the end of his prime. Power style. Good tag team worker, who has won championships teaming with Hara and Mighty Inoue. 

 

THE HEAVYWEIGHT YOUNG LIONS

 

Shinya “Shogun” Hashimoto – 5’11” 287. Gifu. Vertical Drop Brainbuster, Jumping DDT, Kesagiri Chop, Spinning Heelkick.

Just starting his career. Great striker, being groomed as a potential future ace. Already has a strong grasp of ring psychology.

 

Keiji “Ninja” Mutoh – 6’2” 242. Yamanashi. Moonsault Press, Muta Lock, Dragon Screw, Figure Four Leglock, Flashing Elbow, Low Angle Dropkick.

Just starting his career. Very flashy and athletic. Being groomed as a future star. Already quite popular with the fans.

 

Masa “Charisma” Chono – 6’1” 212. Can work Jr. Seattle, Tokyo. STF, Kenka Kick, Flying Shoulder Block, Butterfly Lock, Manhattan Drop.

Just starting his career. Charismatic. Being groomed as a future star. Mainly works as a heavyweight despite his smaller size.

 

MIDDLEWEIGHTS (HEAVYWEIGHTS WHO ARE ALLOWED TO WORK AS JUNIORS)

 

The Cobra (George Takano) – 6’1” 254. Yamaguchi, Uganda. Kneeling Tombstone, Cobra Twist, Moonsault.

In his prime. Despite being 254 muscular pounds, The Cobra is a former NWA Jr. Heavyweight Champion and the current WWF Jr. Heavyweight Champion. A big bumper. Kind of a poor man’s Tiger Mask.

 

Shiro “Samurai” Koshinaka – 6’1” 234. Tokyo. Diving Hip Attack, Powerbomb, Samurai Driver '84.

Entering his prime. Charismatic and entertaining. Often works as the third man in trios matches with Fujinami and Kimura.

 

Tiger Mask (Mitsuharu Misawa) – 6’1” 235. Saitama. Elbow Strike, Tiger Driver, Tiger Suplex '85, Elbow Suicida, Stepover Facelock, Frog Splash.

Young star being groomed to eventually follow in the footsteps of Baba and Jumbo. Amazing seller and bumper for someone with only four years of experience. Teams with Sayama as “The Tiger Masks.”

 

Masanobu Fuchi - 6’0” 231. Fukuoka. Pinning Backdrop, Small Package Hold.

In his prime. Known in America for the Memphis Concession Stand Brawls. All-around talent with a good mix of brawling and mat wrestling. Just starting to develop his famously grouchy in-ring persona.

 

Toshiaki “Dangerous K” Kawada – 6’0” 240. Tochigi. Dangerous Backdrop, Powerbomb, Stretch Plum, Running Face Kick, Stepkick.

Near the beginning of his career. Tenryu protégé is already one of the stiffest and most intense workers on the roster. Has the potential and work ethic to become one of the best ever. Teams with Samson Fuyuki as “Footloose.”

 

Samson Fuyuki – 5’11” 235. Tokyo. Samson Striker (Muscle Buster), Fuyuki Special (Stretch Plum), Fuyuki Special 2 (Boston Crab).

Late bloomer got his start in 1976 with IWE, but he has yet to reach his peak. Is blossoming under the guidance of Tenryu, teaming with Kawada.

 

Animal Hamaguchi – 5’7” 227. Shimane. Animal Elbow, Airplane Spin Into Samoan Drop, Diving Elbow Drop , Neckbreaker Drop.

Nearing the end of his prime. Former bodybuilder and IWE wrestler. Has the strength to match up with heavyweights and the athleticism to match up with juniors. Often teams with Inoue.

 

Mighty Inoue – 5’9” 231. Osaka. Somersault Drop, Flying Shoulder Attack, Senton, Sunset Flip.

Just past his prime. One of the best workers to come out of IWE. Has a mix of European and Lucha Libre styles picked up on foreign tours. Solid mid-card veteran. Very good tag team wrestler.

 

Kuniaki “Tiger Hunter” Kobayashi – 6’ 0” 238. Nagano. Fisherman's Suplex Hold, Sliding Kick, Spinkick, Thrust Kick.

In his prime. Rival of Tiger Mask Sayama. Aggressive style. Makes the people around him look good.

 

TRUE JUNIOR HEAVYWEIGHTS

 

Kantaro “President” Hoshino – 5’7” 210. Kobe. Flying Body Press, Punch, Headlock Punches, Flying Headbutt.

Past his prime but still wildly entertaining. Very small but also very quick. Boxing background with the great punches to show for it. Often works as the third man with Inoki and Sakaguchi.

 

Gran Hamada – 5’4” 198. Gunma, Mexico. Hamachan Cutter, Huracanrana, Flying Swinging DDT, Plancha Suicida, Belly-To-Back Suplex.

Lucharesu pioneer. Still in the midst of a very long peak period. Great high flyer. Can also work Shoot Style.

 

Nobuhiko "Esperanza" Takada – 6’0” 210. Yokohama. Cross Ambreaker, High Kick, Missile Kick, Heel Hold.

Just entering his peak years. Nickname means “hope” and he is indeed one of the “hope for the future” wrestlers on this roster. Good striker. Very adept at combining Shoot Style with other styles. Charismatic.

 

Isamu “Carpenter” Teranishi – 5’9” 220. Toyama. Waterwheel Drop.

Another former sumo wrestler and IWE mainstay. Very good on the mat and makes the people around him look better (hence the nickname). Despite his scientific wrestling style, works really well as a heel. Despite his smaller size, usually works as a heavyweight.

 

JUNIOR HEAVYWEIGHT YOUNG LIONS

 

Keiichi “Thunder” Yamada - 5’7” 202. Hiroshima. Brainbuster, Koppo Kick, Romero Special, Shotei, Shooting Star Press.

Gifted athlete at the start of what could be a legendary career. Exciting, athletic, and innovative style. Absolutely being groomed as the future ace of the junior division. Already has a strong grasp of ring psychology.

 

Masakatsu Funaki – 5’11” 212. Aomori. Triangle Choke, Heel Hook, Cross Armbreaker, Roundhouse Kick.

Another outstanding young athlete at the beginning of his career. Being groomed as a future Shoot Style star. Fujiwara disciple.

 

Kazuo Yamazaki – 5’11” 185. Tokyo. Cross Armbreaker, Cross Kneelock, Tiger Driver, German Suplex.

Still early in his career. Throws great kicks and is very good working from underneath and selling. Student of Tiger Mask Sayama.

 

Naoki Sano – 5’11” 220. Hokkaido. Rolling Savate Kick, Northern Light Bomb, Diving Foot Stomp.

Recent NJPW Dojo graduate. Works a very aggressive and physical style. Interested in studying different styles of wrestling, such as Lucha Libre and Shoot Style.  

 

Yoshinari “Rat Boy” Ogawa – 5’11” 198. Ibaraki. Backdrop Hold, Jawbreaker, Enzuigiri.

Just beginning his career. Another Tenryu protégé, aligned for that reason with Kawada and Fuyuki. Has a sneaky, cerebral style.

 

Yoji “Mr. 200%” Anjo – 5’11” 220. Tokyo. Ground Cross 200% (Modified Figure Four), Cross Armbreaker, Roundhouse Kick.

Just beginning his career. Shoot Style specialist with a background in judo and muay thai. Doesn’t mind fighting dirty.

 

HEAVYWEIGHT GAIJIN

 

Adrian Adonis – 6’1” 265. Portland, New York. DDT, Goodnight Irene, Manhattan Drop, Diving Elbow Drop.

Nearing the end of his prime years. Great brawler, bumper, ring general, and tag worker. JWA's Top Gaijin heel.

 

"Captain Redneck"Dick Murdoch – 6’3” 275. Texas. Brainbuster, Calf Branding, Flying Headscissors.

Great bumper and brawler, when motivated. Legendarily hard partier. A little past his prime, but his team with Adonis, “The North-South Connection” is still one of the best in the world. - Currently on loan to JWA from USWA

 

Dos Caras – 5’10” 212. Mexico. Dos Caras Clutch, Flying Cross Chop, Sitout Powerbomb.

Still in his prime. Usually works as a heavyweight despite his smaller size. Brother to Mil Mascaras. Frequently tags with Canek. Very popular in Japan. Able to adjust his style to match up with various different kinds of wrestlers.

 

Anoaro Atisanoe – 6’0” 340. Hawaii, Samoa. Samoan Drop, Big Splash.

Still early in his career. Brother of Sumo legend Konishiki. Massive and powerful, works best as a monster heel.

 

Siva Afi – 5’10” 240. Diving Crossbody, Diving Splash.

Just entering his prime. Kind of a very poor man’s Superfly Snuka in the ring. Often teams with Atisanoe.

 

JUNIOR HEAVYWEIGHT GAIJIN

 

Black Tiger (Mark Rocco) – 5’8” 196. Manchester. Diving Knee Drop, European Uppercut, Neckbreaker, Tombstone Piledriver.

Still in his prime. At his best, he is the perfect fusion of British, Mexican, and Japanese junior styles. At his worst, he can be sloppy. Great at bumping, stooging, and working the crowd. Perennial rival of Tiger Mask.  

 

Black Terry - 5'5" 180. Mexico. Double Knee Backbreaker, Tope Suicida.

Former UWA World Lightweight Champion. Can work a technical style or just punch you right in the face. Currently on loan from CMLL

 

Babe Face - 5'7" 216. Mexico. La Canonera, Chops. 

Former National Light Heavyweight champion. Teams with Black Terry as "Los Guerreros del Universo" Currently on loan from CMLL

 

GAIJIN YOUNG LIONS

 

Bam Bam Bigelow – 6’4”390. Asbury Park, New Jersey. Diving Headbutt, Nuclear Splash, Moonsault, Powerslam.

Just beginning his career. Has a great look and is unusually athletic for a man his size. Has the potential to be a truly great monster gaijin heel.

 

Blade Runner Sting – 6’3” 251. Omaha, Nebraska. Scorpion Death Drop, Scorpion Death Lock, Stinger Splash.

Just starting his career. Muscular, athletic, and charismatic. Has almost limitless potential.Currently on loan to JWA from Lutte Int. 

 

ENHANCEMENT TALENT

 

Phil Hickerson - 6'1"308. Jackson, Tennessee.

Heat magnet. Very good brawler and tag team wrestler. Currently on loan from Smoky Mountain Wrestling.

 

Shinichi Nakano – 6’1’ 242. Yokohama. German Suplex, Dragon Suplex, Northern Light Suplex, Fisherman Suplex.

A decent technical wrestler with a judo background.

 

Shunji Takano – 6’7” 286. Fukuoka. Diving Double Knee Drop, Missile Kick, Double Arm Suplex Hold.

The Cobra’s tall and athletic brother has the talent to be a solid mid-carder, but on this roster he’s stuck at the bottom.

 

Tatsutoshi Goto – 5’10 209. Aichi. Backdrop Suplex.

Bleach blonde heel is also stuck in a jobber role on this roster.

 

Akira Nogami – 5’11” 198. Chiba. Flying splash, STF.

Another fairly talented wrestler stuck losing in openers in the JWA. Currently on loan to Smoky Mountain Wrestling.

 

Shunji Kosugi – 5’9” 216. Niigta.

Very good at making others look good in the ring.

 

Hirokazu Hata – 5’11” 207. Kobe.

The Barry Horowitz of the JWA.


Japan Trades and Loans

15 March 2017 - 09:50 PM

So, with big changes coming to Japan in April, we are going to try something a little different in terms of talent exchanges.

 

I'm going to list wrestlers who are available to travel to North America for a given three-month period (Jan-March, April-June, July-Sept, Oct - Nov). Any promoter can make an offer or ask for a loan of any wrestler on the list. I will have the option of accepting the offer, rejecting the offer, or making a counter-offer.  

 

The idea behind the three-month period is it will give us plenty of time to develop stories and feuds and so forth with the visiting wrestlers. 

 

If you just want a wrestler for a one-shot deal for a big show or something, you can make a request in this thread or send me a personal message. One-shots can be with any wrestler on the JWA roster, they are not just limited to the wrestlers listed here. 

 

If there is a wrestler on my roster that you would like me to make available in the Trades and Loans thread for next quarter or any time in the future, you can make a request in this thread or send me a personal message.