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The History of FMW
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The History of FMW is your one stop source for every question you may ever have about Japanese deathmatch wrestling including FMW, IWA, W*ing, BJW all with Bahu
 
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2002 started off with another set back as Mr. Gannosuke suffered a leg injury to put him out for the next few months. FMW only ran a handful more shows until they were dead by the end of February. A flurry of new promotions backed by Onita and Fuyuki sprang up until Fuyuki announced he had cancer. Through all of the tribulations of borrowing ma ...…
 
2001 ended with the worst news FMW could imagine when Hayabusa missed a moonsault and suffered a neck injury that ended his wrestling career forever, their debt situation was spiraling out of control and in the hands of very bad men, Onita was elected to the Japanese Senate and faced scandal on day 1, Big Japan's relationship with CZW exploded ...…
 
In 2001 FMW found themselves without their ace, Hayabusa, and attendance was abysmal. FMW missed payment to their wrestlers and had to have a meeting and offer them an out which a few took. FMW brought back the explosion matches, ECW declared bankruptcy, Onita is tapped to run for political office and much more. Please subscribe to our RSS feed ...…
 
In the second half of 2000 FMW is dealt a double blow as Hayabusa needs elbow surgery and Mr. Gannosuke has to stop wrestling. House show business plummets, the entertainment style is in full effect wuth cooking deathmatches, Onita gets destroyed by Riki Choshu and Hayabusa makes an appearance in WCW. Please subscribe to our RSS feed @ indiewre ...…
 
To start 2000 FMW was wooking for any new revenue possible and entered a few media deals to release their shows in America, H was forced to return to the Hayabusa character but starred in the Backyard Dogs movie, we cover the CZW attempted show with Onita vs. Funk and much more Please subscribe to our RSS feed @ indiewrestlingintl.libsyn.com/rs ...…
 
On this episode myself and Mike from Deathmatch Cult talk about -GCW Joey Janela Lost Summer -GCW branching out and finding new homes -IWA Midsouth running outside Memphis -VOW Lords of Anarchy -Deathmatch stipulations -Takeda vs. Kasai at Freedoms Tokyo Deathmatch Carnival -GCW expanding to Japan -Big Japan Saikyou Tag League -DTU vs. GCW Resu ...…
 
FMW went full WEW in this episode as we go over the famous exploding anus match including the storylines set up, FMW's relationship with the porn industryhow Shawn Michaels got involved in the November Yokohama show, FMW's spiral into debt and of course Hayabusa unmasking and becoming the new character "H" Please subscribe to our RSS feed @ ind ...…
 
1999 Started with a bang as Onita wrestled Masahiro Chono at the Tokyo Dome in an explosion match, Kodo Fuyuki took over booking duties for FMW which led to the birth of the WEW era, Hayabusa starts plans to lose his mask and change his style and character, business begins a heavy downturn and tons more. Please subscribe to our RSS feed @ indie ...…
 
The second half of 1998 started with FMW fully embracing the entertainment style to forge a new path, Onita is officially given his walking papers and told he will no longer be a part of the new FMW, he forms his own breakaway company as usual, Mr. Pogo returns and a LOT more in our longest episode yet Please subscribe to our RSS feed @ indiewr ...…
 
The first half of 1998 had FMW saw the debut of Mr. Gannosuke, Kintaro Kanemura, Kodo Fuyuki, Hido and others to form Team No Respect, FMW moves to PPV, Mr. Gannosuke emerges as the top heel and feuds with Masato Tanaka, Shinzaki and Hayabusa, Onita takes a lot of losses and sees his position in FMW in jeopardy as he tries to make moves in ECW ...…
 
The second half of 1997 had FMW return to Kawasaki Stadium with Onita vs. Kanemura, Hayabusa took a larger AJPW schedule as well as welcomed his first daughter, Onita turned heel and formed the splinter group ZEN, Terry Funk held his Wrestlefest with talent from all over and much more Please subscribe to our RSS feed @ indiewrestlingintl.libsyn ...…
 
1997 begin with Flying Kid Ichihara and Mr. Gannosuke returning to FMW without Tarzan Goto to start the long feud with Hayabusa who went on to debut for All Japan in 1997. Onita met with WWF and Vince McMahon about collaborating in the future, Megumi Kudo main evented the big Summer event for her retirement, Onita is back in FMW as a wrestler a ...…
 
Starting the second half of 1996 Mr. Pogo suffers a severe neck injury while wrestling Terry Funk that leads into a retirement storyline, Onita returns to wrestle this time and takes FMW for all they're worth, Hayabusa continues to struggle with injuries and politics, Megumi Kudo announces her retirement, IWA closes up shop and so much more. Pl ...…
 
With Hayabusa suffering severe injuries FMW's ace begin 1996 going on the shelf. FMW reverted to what they knew with deathmatches emerging in main events before Atsushi Onita started dropping hints he was coming back already! Terry Funk rejoins FMW, Victor Quinones is back, Megumo Kudo and Combat Toyoda push the limits and so much more in this ...…
 
Onita has left FMW and Hayabusa is now the ace with Mike "The Gladiator" Awesome as his main rival as they transition to a new style. IWA puts on their Kawasaki Dream King of the Deathmatches tournament to try and steal some thunder, Megumi Kudo rises, Mr. Pogo leaves, who were Hayabusa's friends and enemies, Sabu leaves ECW and much more Pleas ...…
 
We are at a turning point for FMW. Atsushi Onita has retired from FMW not only as a wrestler but also as the owner of the company. Hayabusa returns to Japan to emerge as the ace of FMW but Tarzan Goto (you won't believe the angle Onita had lined up for him), Mr. Gannosuke and Flying Kid Ichihara are on their way out. Tenryu and WAR find themsel ...…
 
In the second half of 1994 we discuss, in depth, Terry Funk joining IWA, why his rematches with Onita never happened, Kanemura on the run from the mafia, Hayabusa becoming a star in Mexico, Sabu, the quality of Russian groupies and much more! Please subscribe to our RSS feed @ indiewrestlingintl.libsyn.com/rss for more podcasts featuring The Hi ...…
 
In our longest episode to date (and we didn't even cover June) we go into the Tenryu vs. Onita Kawasaki match that led into Onita's retirement announcement, what Onita's post FMW plans were initially, W*ing closes while IWA Japan rises, we discuss Hayabusa's time in Mexico and his Japanese debut at the 1994 Super J Cup and much much more! Pleas ...…
 
The second half of 1993 saw FMW reconquer the domain of hardcore wrestling by signing away Matsunaga to begin a feud with Onita. Eiji Ezaki was sent off to Mexico to enter the next phase os his career (and you'll never guess why), Yukihiro Kanemura went up in flames and so much more. Please subscribe to our RSS feed @ indiewrestlingintl.libsyn. ...…
 
1993 saw Onita battling several injuries, business going up and down, Terry Funk coming in for the first exploding ring death match, Mr. Pogo was on the run from the yakuza before returning to FMW for some big money and much much more! Please subscribe to our RSS feed @ indiewrestlingintl.libsyn.com/rss for more podcasts featuring The History o ...…
 
1992 continued first with All Japan Women invading leading to a series of inter-promotional matches, W*ing continues to bring in new talent and push the limits, Shoji Nakamaki jumps ship and Onita jumps in the river. Please subscribe to our RSS feed @ indiewrestlingintl.libsyn.com/rss for more podcasts featuring The History of FMW, interviews w ...…
 
In 1992 FMW was on the move as they ran shows in the USA, Mexico, a Japanese air force base and a jungle island! The feud between Onita and The Sheik heats up, literally, W*ing takes off as Matsunaga rises, tons of new talent appears and a whole lot more. Please subscribe to our RSS feed @ indiewrestlingintl.libsyn.com/rss for more podcasts fea ...…
 
With Mr. Pogo leaving to form W*ing FMW marched on in 1991. They bet it all and won a Kawasaki Stadium show, they introduced yet another match as an exploding cage deathmatch, Onita became a television star, the future Mr. Gannosuke and Hayabusa became regulars and FMW ran a tag team tournament that brought tons of interesting players to the ta ...…
 
Onita has hung up his boots once again at the age of 60. Bahu and myself talk about the match, the angles leading up to it, the aftermath concerning Onita, Super Fight FMW, Zero 1 and their Explosion divisions and more Please subscribe to our RSS feed @ indiewrestlingintl.libsyn.com/rss for more podcasts featuring The History of FMW, interviews ...…
 
The first half of 1991 had the first landmine deathmatch, Russian Olympic athletes coming in to challenge Onita, Megumi Kudo's popularity exploding, the rivalry with Mr. Pogo heating up with an endless stream of bloodbaths all leading to an exodus of office talent led by Mr. Pogo and Victor Quinones to form W*ing! Please subscribe to our RSS fe ...…
 
Anyone who wants to follow puroresu, Japanese wrestling, knows about The real Hero Archive. It is the largest collection of Japanese wrestling you could ever want or need and I talk to Eric about how that archive came into existence. We cover the early early days of tape trading with a Japanese pen pal, memories of going to ECW shows, how we wa ...…
 
The second half of 1990 for FMW starts with the first ever explosion death match, Onita going to Puerto Rico for an ugly angle with Jose Gonzalez, the women of FMW finding their place, Mike Awesome and Victor Quinones, more blood, more brawls, more gimmicks and maybe the best first full year a promotion could ever hope for. Please subscribe to ...…
 
1990 saw FMW burst onto the scene with some Tokyo Sports Awards. Kurisu, Kendo Nagasaki, Ricky Fuji and finally Mr. Pogo debuted to challenge Onita. Bahu also talks about the talent exchanges with the Mexican promotions and Red Bastein. This year was so wild it had to be separated into 2 parts. Please subscribe to our RSS feed @ indiewrestlingi ...…
 
1989 saw the first shows that would be under the "FMW" banner. We discuss the first two shows in Nagoya and Tokyo headlined by Aoyagi vs. Onita, the early FMW roster, FMW's December tour, the first hardcore and deathmatches featuring barbed wire, Dick Murdoch, FMW's split from WKA and much more as we lead into 1990. Please subscribe to our RSS ...…
 
Brett Lauderdale, promoter of Game Changer Wrestling, joins us to discuss his start in the wrestling business, his time with CZW, The Nick Game Invitational Deathmatch Tournament, Tournament of Survival, booking Masashi Takeda and Daisuke Masaoka, Zandig, Matt Tremont and so much more I am happy to say I am expanding to cover what I love most, ...…
 
Welcome to the Indie Dub! Steven and Adam talk about international independent wrestling news, results, analysis and more from Japan, Mexico, the US, the UK and anything else we might find. In this episode we recount our August we spent in Japan watching live wrestling. We discuss the atmosphere and crowds we saw, compare the deathmatch styles ...…
 
The History of FMW with Bahu Episode 1: Onita before FMW, AJPW, feud with Aoyagi, profiles and more Today Bahu joins me to discuss the birth of FMW and you have to go all the way back to when Atsushi Onita started with AJPW as a young boy in 1972. We discuss his early start, excursion to Puerto Rico and Memphis, his feuds with Tiger Mask and Ch ...…
 
Today we kick off a long series of interview about the History of FMW with Bahu FMW. This special "Episode 0" will be a great way to introduce yourself to Bahu and myself. Bahu is the American FMW and Japanese death match historian. In this episode we talk about all things FMW, Onita, Hayabusa, the death and rebirth of FMW, the current Japanese ...…
 
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