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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. Since the time that I began blogging for them, Michinoku Pro had a sellout, standing room only event on December 13, 2019 at the Korakuen Hall. 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. The event had an attendance of 1,890. That was the highest reported attendance at the Korakuen Hall to date for a pro-wrestling event since April 2015.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

[Michinoku Pro] Tickets Still Available for 4/18/20 Shinkiba 1st Ring (Tokyo) Show!

Michinoku Pro presents 2020 Tokyo Conference Vol. 2 on April 18 at Shinkiba First Ring in Tokyo (7:00 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.

Ken45 will be making his return to the Michinoku Pro ring. He has not competed in Michinoku Pro since last year. And it was a highlight year for Ken45, as he was a co-holder of the Tohoku & UWA World Tag Team Title from November 2018 to June 2019, which has much history and value behind it. Ken45 is a freelance wrestler and has wrestled in many other promotions over the past 17 years such as BJW, NJPW, and DDT, but he has wrestled in Michinoku Pro more than any other promotion.



There will also be appearances by international talent, as Gaia from the Taiwan-based Puzzle Promotion and a talent from New Taiwan Professional Wrestling will be involved in the event.

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, and by Michinoku Pro ticket reservation- 019 (687) 2431.

Reserved seats are 5,000 yen (5,500 yen on the day). All other seats are 4,000 yen (4,500 yen on the day).

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Become a sponsor for Michinoku Pro!

Michinoku Pro is looking individuals and companies who can become sponsors for their events. This is a great opportunity- not only do they have events throughout the Tōhoku region, but Michinoku Pro occasionally has events in Tokyo, where they have sellouts at Shinkiba 1st RING, and had a sellout, standing room only event on December 13, 2019 at the Korakuen Hall. 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. The event had an attendance of 1,890. That was the highest reported attendance at the Korakuen Hall to date for a pro-wrestling event since April 2015.

There are many sponsorship plans according to the budget of each event. Plans start at only 10,000 yen! Benefits that a sponsor can receive are a supporting curtain in the venue, setting up a corporate curtain, broadcasting in the venue by the ring announcer, sampling, flyers, appearances by members of the Michinoku Pro roster for companies, invitation tickets, provision of goods etc. For more information, call the Michinoku Pro office at 019 (687) 2431!

Statement from Michinoku Pro regarding the outbreak of the coronavirus

Please cooperate in the following ways when watching Michinoku Pro events so that visitors can watch the show with peace of mind.

・ Please check your physical condition before visiting the venue.
Please refrain from visiting the venue if you have symptoms of a cold, such as high fever or cough.

・ We strongly recommend that you wear a mask, wash your hands, and use alcohol for disinfection.

・ If you feel sick after entering the venue, please exit immediately.


Monday, February 17, 2020

[Michinoku Pro][RESULTS] 2020 Tokyo Conference Vol. 1 2/15/20

Michinoku Pro returned to Shin-Kiba 1st Ring in Tokyo on February 15 for pro-wrestling action, highlighted by an appearance by former DDT Extreme Champion Masahiro Takanashi, and The Great Sasuke's final Michinoku Pro Tokyo Conference appearance before he goes to the United States to wrestle in April.



In the first match, Taira Ogasawara faced Tatsuya Hanami. Taira Ogasawara became a member of the Michinoku Pro roster this year.



Tatsuya Hanami, a member of the Chiba-based 2AW roster, appears on Michinoku Pro shows often.



If you like matches that are technical and strong style, featuring two young future starts of the industry, this was the match for you. The action went back and forth between the two.



After a hard fought battle, Tatsuya Hanami eventually trapped Taira Ogasawara in a half crab. Ogasawara attempted to reach the ropes so that he could escape, but Hanami prevented him from doing so. Ogasawara soon submitted, giving Hanami the victory.



Next was The Great Sasuke going against HAPPY-MAN.



The Great Sasuke usually doesn't wrestle in singles matches for Tokyo appearances, but this was a special night. He usually wrestles at every Michinoku Pro show, but Sasuke will not be at the next show, as he will instead be appearing at a show in California.



Coincidentally, HAPPY MAN is also not usually seen in singles action during his Tokyo appearances for Michinoku Pro, instead wrestling in six man matches.



HAPPY MAN, using his 17 years of experience, attempted to outwrestle The Great Sasuke, but he couldn't overcome Sasuke's 29 years of experience.



However, HAPPY MAN found an opening when he caught The Great Sasuke when Sasuke was about to attempt a move from the top turnbuckle and tossed him off.



But The Great Sasuke refused to stay down, until HAPPY MAN finished him off with a flying body press off the top turnbuckle.



In the next match, Kengo & Nogyo Boy Raito went against Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei.



Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei were quick to utilize their favorite tactic- spitting water at their opponents.



Staying in control, Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei then executed their trademark suitcase/bowling ball spot on Nogyo Boy Raito.



Kengo & Nogyo Boy Raito fought back against the wild offense of Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei.



But in the end, Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei and their unorthodox style came out on top.



In the semi-main event, Yasutaka Oosera faced Masahiro Takanashi. Yasutaka Oosera has been a member of the Michinoku Pro roster ever since his career began three years ago.



Along with being a former DDT Extreme Champion, Masahiro Takanashi is the current Union Pro MAX Champion. The Union Pro MAX championship belongs to BASARA, a sub-brand of DDT, which Takanashi is a roster member of.



The more experienced of the two, Masahiro Takanashi took control often early in the match.



Although Masahiro Takanashi is a former DDT Extreme Champion, Yasutaka Oosera showed that he can go extreme as well by taking the action outside the ring.



Now in control, Yasutaka Oosera kept the momentum going.



Despite Yasutaka Oosera's best efforts however, Masahiro Takanashi showed why he's the Union Pro MAX Champion by overcoming Oosera and picking up the win.



In the main event, MUSASHI, Taro Nohashi, and Rasse faced Rui Hyūgaji, Yapperman 1, and Yapperman 2.



A very interesting element of this match is that Rasse and Yapperman 1 & 2 were on opposing teams. Although Yapperman 1 & 2 are currently the Tohoku & UWA World Tag Team Champions, they held the Chiba Six Man Tag Team Championship with Rasse on three occasions last year. The picture below is from when they won the Championship at the August 24 Michinoku Pro show.



There was action in this match from bell to bell, and in the end, Rui Hyūgaji, Yapperman 1, and Yapperman 2 were victorious, with Rui Hyūgaji picking up the win for his team.



Michinoku Pro will return to Tokyo at Shinkiba First Ring on Saturday, April 18 (7:00 PM start time)! Tickets are available at Lawson Ticket, Tickets Pia, e+, Korakuen Hall 5F office- 03 (5800) 9999, Champion- 03 (3221) 6237, and by Michinoku Pro ticket reservation- 019 (687) 2431.

Reserved seats are 5,000 yen (5,500 yen on the day). All other seats are 4,000 yen (4,500 yen on the day).