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Saturday, January 2, 2100

More About Me

Since the, "About Me" section of this blog is limited to a specific amount of characters, I decided to write a post that discusses more about what I have done in the pro-wrestling industry, beginning with when I first started in it and leading up to now.

Technically, I started back in the 1990's, contributing to, "Pro Wrestling Illustrated" and then, "Pro Wrestling Torch". In 1997, I contributed to The Official Website of the NWO. That same year, I briefly published my own newsletter, "The Wrestling Express".

In 1998, I taught myself how to design websites, and served as a consultant for various independent promotions. That next year, I worked as a website designer/maintainer for Dylan Summers (Necro Butcher) who was running the Texas-based Power Pro Wrestling Federation, and later was involved with Texas Outlaw Promotions.

During the period of 2000-2002, I was involved in many different projects at once. I was working as a website designer/publicist for talent, contributing to WCW.com, writing columns for independent promotions and the website of former WCW star The Stro, and writing for a variety of pro-wrestling media sites (including WrestlingObserver.com and PWTorch.com). In 2003, I began running my own website, World Wrestling Optimum, which consisted of news, articles, and interviews.

In 2004, I started working for the Michigan-based Ultimate Championship Wrestling as a publicist/columnist. They were an affiliate of AWA Wrestling Superstars Live, and I soon became the publicist/columnist of the main governing body of AWA Wrestling Superstars Live as well. During my time working for UCW, I played a major role in bringing in new talent, due to over the years my having had come into contact with many talents being underused and going unnoticed in the industry.

In 2005, I started doing a column for 3PW. With DVDs sold nationwide, they had the potential to become much bigger than they already were at the time, and were very open to my ideas. I pushed for many changes behind-the-scenes. I had encouraged management to improve the production quality of their DVDs, which led to them dealing with a different production company. 3PW management had planned on waiting for it's fan base to increase before getting TV for 3PW. I explained how getting TV for 3PW is what would increase it's fan base, and I was then given the green light to find networks that were interested. Two networks were very interested, and I encouraged 3PW management to meet with them as soon as possible. Unfortunately, the owner of the company instead opted to shut 3PW down, due to losing interest. Working for 3PW put me in connection with the UK-based 1PW, who I worked as a columnist for.

After 3PW shut down, I began working as a publicist for independent promotions, including CHIKARA. I also worked as a columnist for CZW. Interestingly though, it was 2006 at this point yet I'm still most recognized for the work that I had done for 3PW and AWA/UCW.

In 2007 I started working as a columnist for XCW, a promotion that was seen nationally on MAVTV, had a national DVD deal, and also had PPV events. Working for a promotion of national status was my biggest achievement at that point, and two years later I reached a bigger achievement- Big Japan Pro-Wrestling. Along with working for them as a columnist and an Administrator for their Facebook page, I helped bring Big Japan Pro Wrestling together with Combat Zone Wrestling to form a working relationship after a previous working relationship between the two promotions had fallen apart. This new working relationship has led to Big Japan Pro Wrestling having their first event in the United States.

In October 2009 I assisted publicity & promotions company MGM Management with the HULKAMANIA- Let the Battle Begin tour by distributing their press release to pro-wrestling news sites that are popular with Australian fans, and conducting an interview with Solofa Fatu Jr. (better known as, "Rikishi"). Also, in 2012 I wrote a number of columns for Women Superstars Uncensored.

Recently, I have done social media for Great North Wrestling. I am currently blogging for Michinoku Pro Wrestling.

Friday, December 13, 2019

[Michinoku Pro][PREVIEW] 2019 Tokyo Conference Vol. 7 12/13/19

Michinoku Pro presents 2019 Tokyo Conference Vol. 7 on December 13 at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo (6:30 PM start time). Michinoku Pro is an Iwate-based promotion that has existed since 1993, and primarily has events in the Tōhoku region. However, they also occasionally have events in Tokyo, and when they do, they also present the Kantō region with a roster of talent that consists of names that fans in that region know, as well as ones they SHOULD know. The card will be as follows:

Fujita "Jr." Hayato (former Tohoku Junior Heavyweight Champion)
vs.
Kengo (former UWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion)

Rui Hyūgaji (former Tohoku Junior Heavyweight Champion)
vs.
Tatsuya Hanami

Jinsei Shinzaki
HAPPY-MAN
HAYATE
vs.
Dick Togo
Ultimo Dragon
Rasse (former Chiba Six Man Tag Team Champion)

Kenbai's Last Michinoku Match
Kenbai (former Tohoku Junior Heavyweight Champion)
vs.
MUSASHI (Tohoku Junior Heavyweight Champion)



Space War 14
Michinoku Pro's annual year-end special match! Filled with action, drama, comedy, and cosplay, this year's Space War will involve The Great Sasuke, Brahman Shu, Brahman Kei, Taro Nohashi, GAINA, Yapperman 1, Yapperman 2, Pretty Ohta, and more!



Tickets are going fast, so don't delay! They are available at Lawson Ticket, Tickets Pia, e+, Korakuen Hall 5F office- 03 (5800) 9999, Champion- 03 (3221) 6237, Shosen Book Grande- 03 (3295) 0017, and by Michinoku Pro ticket reservation- 019 (687) 2431.

Special ring side seats are 7,500 yen (8,000 yen on the day). Ring side seats 5,500 yen (6,000 yen on the day). Reserved seats A are 4,500 yen (5,000 yen on the day). Reserved seats B are 4,000 yen (4,500 yen on the day).

[Michinoku Pro] Tickets Still Available for 12/13/19 Korakuen Hall (Tokyo) Show!

Michinoku Pro presents 2019 Tokyo Conference Vol. 7 on December 13 at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo (6:30 PM start time). Michinoku Pro is an Iwate-based promotion that has existed since 1993, and primarily has events in the Tōhoku region. However, they also occasionally have events in Tokyo, and when they do, they also present the Kantō region with a roster of talent that consists of names that fans in that region know, as well as ones they SHOULD know.

The Korakuen Hall is known as a place where many historical moments in the Japanese pro-wrestling scene have occurred. It's to Japan what Madison Square Garden is to the pro-wrestling scene in the United States. And another historical moment will take place on December 13, as this 5 match event will feature the 14th edition of "Space War", Michinoku Pro's annual year-end special match! Filled with action, drama, comedy, and cosplay, this year's Space War will involve The Great Sasuke, Brahman Shu, Brahman Kei, Taro Nohashi, GAINA, Yapperman 1, Yapperman 2, Pretty Ohta, and more!



Also, this event will mark Kenbai's last match in Michinoku Pro, as he announced in October that he would be leaving at the end of the year. One of the top talents in Michinoku Pro, his work will be missed. Kenbai's career in Michinoku Pro was a successful one, with the Tohoku Junior Heavyweight Championship and the Tohoku Tag Team Championship having had been in his possession during his time in the promotion. Kenbai's opponent in his final match for Michinoku Pro will be MUSASHI, and they have history- MUSASHI is the current Tohoku Junior Heavyweight Champion, and Kenbai was the man who he defeated for the title. Will Kenbai avenge his loss on his final night in Michinoku Pro? Or will MUSASHI show why he is the Champion, and defeat Kenbai? Be sure to be at the Korakuen Hall on December to find out!



Tickets are going fast, so don't delay! They are available at Lawson Ticket, Tickets Pia, e+, Korakuen Hall 5F office- 03 (5800) 9999, Champion- 03 (3221) 6237, Shosen Book Grande- 03 (3295) 0017, and by Michinoku Pro ticket reservation- 019 (687) 2431.

Special ring side seats are 7,500 yen (8,000 yen on the day). Ring side seats 5,500 yen (6,000 yen on the day). Reserved seats A are 4,500 yen (5,000 yen on the day). Reserved seats B are 4,000 yen (4,500 yen on the day).



Sunday, December 1, 2019

[Michinoku Pro] The Tohoku & UWA World Tag Team Title: Two of the Most Legitimate Tag Titles in Pro-Wrestling

The UWA World Tag Team Title's roots began in 1982 in Mexico's Universal Wrestling Association, where it was held by Mexican talents such as Los Villanos, Los Brazos, Perro Aguayo, Los Cowboys, as well as the American/Canadian team The Can-Am Connection. The first holders of the title were the Japanese team of Riki Choshu and Gran Hamada. The title eventually permanently made its way to Japan after the company closed, via El Dorado Wrestling in 2008 with the new champions being Mazada and Nosawa. The team of Kagetora and Kota Ibushi held the title there as well.

Since then the title has been defended in many Japanese promotions, being held by talents such as Speed Of Sounds, Isami Kodaka, the team of Masato Shibata & Shuji Ishikawa, The Brahman Brothers, and Ikuto Hidaka and Minoru Fujita. It was during Hidaka & Fujita first reign that they unified the UWA World Tag Team Title with Michinoku Pro's Tohoku Tag Team Title, defeating The Brahman Brothers in June 2016 for the UWA World Tag Team Title while they were already the Tohoku Tag Team Champions.

The Tohoku Tag Team Title is a prestigious title in its own individual right as well, with the distinction of having legends a part of its legacy such as The Great Sasuke, Jinsei Shinzaki, Último Dragón, Kensuke Sasaki, and Dick Togo.

Both titles are currently held by Yapper Man 1 & Yapper Man 2, having had defeated Ikuto Hidaka and Minoru Fujita for them in October 2019.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

[Michinoku Pro][RESULTS] Tokyo Conference Vol. 6 10/19/19

Michinoku Pro returned to Shin-Kiba 1st Ring in Tokyo on October 19 for pro-wrestling action, and it was another eventful night, with history being made at the end of the night in the main event match for the prestigious Tohoku & UWA World Tag Team Titles.



In the first match Rasse faced Tatsuya Hanami. A very accomplished tag team wrestler (a former Tohoku Tag Team Champion and Chiba Six Man Tag Team Champion), it's rare to see Rasse in singles action. He does just fine wrestling solo as well however, with a 2006 Iron Man Tournament win being on his resume.



Tatsuya Hanami is a member of Chiba-based 2AW roster, and began appearing on Michinoku Pro shows this year.



The stronger of the two, Rasse controlled most of the match.



But Tatsuya Hanami resisted with a fighting spirit that caught Rasse by surprise.



In the end, Rasse's stregnth advantage proved to be too much to overcome, gaining him the victory.



Next was Jinsei Shinzaki, Nogyo Boy Raito, and Dinosaur Takuma going against The Great Sasuke, Brahman Shu, and Brahman Kei (w/ Pretty Ohta).



It didn't take long for the action to go outside the ring and into the crowd, which is exactly what the fans were waiting for.



When the action returned to the ring, Brahman Shu and Brahman Kei were in control, and they soon prepared to execute their trademark suitcase/bowling ball spot on Nogyo Boy Raito.



Their plan was intercepted by Dinosaur Takuma however, and after he, Jinsei Shinzaki, and Nogyo Boy Raito gained the upper hand, the suitcase/bowling ball spot was used against Brahman Shu and Brahman Kei, as well as Pretty Ohta.



There was one member of that team who was not a victim of that attack however- The Great Sasuke. Having had time to recover from his earlier participation in the match, he was able to re-involve himself and slap a submission on Nogyo Boy Raito, forcing him to tap out and gaining the win for his team.



Tengkwa In the next match, Taro Nohashi went against Tengkwa.



This was a very big moment in Tengkwa's career. Primarily wrestling in the Europe, one of his dreams has been to wrestle for Michinoku Pro. Tengkwa previously wrestled Taro Nohashi in France (winning the match), and Nohashi had enough faith in Tengkwa's talent to help him become a part of this event, his first event in Japan.



And Tengkwa did not let Taro Nohashi down, using his 15 years of experience to keep up with slightly more experienced Nohashi move for move, even outmaneuvering him at times.



Taro Nohashi won this time in their second encounter, and they showed their respect for each other after the match.



In the semi-main event, MUSASHI & Rui Hyūgaji faced Kengo & Kenbai.



This a very good match, with all of four wrestlers showing why they are some of the top talents in Michinoku Pro.



In the end, MUSASHI picked up the win for his team with a pinfall over Kenbai after delivering a Falcon Arrow.



In the main event, Ikuto Hidaka & Minoru Fujita defended the Tohoku & UWA World Tag Team Championship against Yapperman 1 & Yapperman 2. Hidaki is primarily seen in ZERO1 and Fujita wrestles for a variety promotions (including BJW and DDT), but there were in Michinoku Pro on this night to defend the championships they won in July at a 2AW event. I recently wrote about the history and value of the Tohoku & UWA World Tag Team Championship.



Yapperman 1 & Yapperman 2 have had much luck in their recent Shin-Kiba 1st Ring appearances, successfully defending the Chiba Six Man Tag Team Championship with Rasse at the July 6 event, and regaining them at the August 24 event with Rasse after losing them at a 2AW event.



This match had a lot of back and forth action, with Ikuto Hidaka & Minoru Fujita utilizing their advantage in ring experience, and Yapperman 1 & Yapperman 2 utilizing their advantage in high flying ability.



The match took a lot out of all four competitors.



In the end, the challengers rallied, and Yapperman 1 & Yapperman 2 became the new Tohoku & UWA World Tag Team Champions.



The now-former Champions congratulated them on their win in a show of respect.



Another win in Shin-Kiba 1st Ring for Yapperman 1 & Yapperman 2.



Michinoku Pro will return to Tokyo at the Korakuen Hall on Friday, December 13 (6:30 PM start time)! Tickets are available at Lawson Ticket, Tickets Pia, e+, Korakuen Hall 5F office- 03 (5800) 9999, Champion- 03 (3221) 6237, Shosen Book Grande- 03 (3295) 0017, and by Michinoku Pro ticket reservation- 019 (687) 2431.

Special ring side seats are 7,500 yen (8,000 yen on the day). Ring side seats 5,500 yen (6,000 yen on the day). Reserved seats A are 4,500 yen (5,000 yen on the day). Reserved seats B are 4,000 yen (4,500 yen on the day).