Michinoku Pro Wrestling

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Michinoku Pro Wrestling
AcronymMPW
M-Pro
Founded1993
Style Lucha libre
Headquarters Morioka, Iwate, Japan
Founder(s) The Great Sasuke
Owner(s) Jinsei Shinzaki
Website www.michipro.jp OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg

Michinoku Pro Wrestling (みちのくプロレス, Michinoku puroresu) (originally known as North Eastern Wrestling) is a Japanese professional wrestling promotion founded by The Great Sasuke in 1993. It was the first independent wrestling promotion in Japan to not base its operations in Tokyo, but rather in Morioka, Iwate. Since the promotion is primarily focused on the Lucha libre style of wrestling, many of their wrestlers don masks and special motifs as they compete in the ring. However, Michinoku Pro has accepted wrestlers from various styles (such as shoot style and strong style) and backgrounds over the years. In 2003, Sasuke left the running of the promotion to Jinsei Shinzaki.

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History

Michinoku Pro Wrestling (Michinoku Pro or M-Pro) was founded on October 1, 1992 by The Great Sasuke as a community-based promotion for the north eastern greater Tohoku region of Japan. Their first ever pre-show was held on November 27, 1992 in Takizawa City, although due to disputes with the Universal Wrestling Federation (UWF), the promotion was put on the back-burner for the next several months. Gran Hamada joined M-Pro, and their first ever show was held on Match 16, 1993 in Yahaba, Iwate.

The stable Kaientai Deluxe (海援隊Deluxe) formed in 1996. Dick Togo, Men's Teioh, TAKA Michinoku, Shoichi Funaki, Hanzo Nakajima worked as young protagonists looking to make a break in business. This group competed against The Great Sasuke and Super Delfin. After a couple of years, TAKA and the rest of KAIENTAI moved to the US to compete.

In 1997, Michinoku Pro Wrestling entered into a working relationship with the World Wrestling Federation, with M-Pro founder The Great Sasuke wrestling in two matches for the promotion. The WWF would also send talent to Japan, such as The Undertaker, who would wrestle against M-Pro mainstay Jinsei Shinzaki. [1] During this period, the WWF was planning on holding a tournament to crown the first holder of the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship. It has been theorised in the wrestling press that although Great Sasuke was pushed to be the winner of the tournament, he had bragged to the Japanese media that he would only defend the title in Japan, and would refuse to drop the title on WWF television. [2] When the WWF heard Sasuke's comments, he was removed from the tournament, fired, and the MPW/WWF working agreement was terminated. [3] However, speaking on his Something to Wrestle With podcast in July 2017, Bruce Prichard disputed this version of events, suggesting the WWF never entered into any formal agreement with Sasuke, and that the company was only interested in signing TAKA Michinoku. [4] Michinoku Pro Wrestling alumnus TAKA Michinoku would end up winning the title.

By 1998 the promotion had gone on a temporary hiatus after Sasuke suffered a knee injury that required surgery. Delfin took charge of the promotion for the time being, but on January 17, 1999 he announced that he would be withdrawing the promotion and many of the wrestlers and backstage personnel would be joining him. This was in part due to differences in regards to the direction of the promotion. Delfin was joined by Gran Naniwa, Masato Yakushiji, Naohiro Hoshikawa, Masaru Seno, Hayato Kigawa, and referee Yukinori Matsui. Delfin formed Osaka Pro Wrestling. TAKA Michinoku and Dick Togo later returned after their stint in the US and competed from time to time. In 2003, Sasuke ran for public office, and Jinsei Shinzaki took over as the president of the promotion. The 10th anniversary of the promotion was held on November 2, 2003 at the Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo, Japan.

In July 2004, the promotion underwent a revival as Ultimo Dragon disbanded his then Toryumon X promotion and sent his talent to join the promotion, which was then dubbed Shinsei Michinoku Pro-Wrestling. Bear Fukuda, Ken45°, Murcielago, and Manabu Murakami were the firsts to join the promotion. Then in October, Taro Nohashi, Dynamite Tohoku, and Shu and Kei Sato joined the promotion. Then at the end of that year SUGI, Rasse, Kagetora, and Manabu Murakami made their debuts.

On December 13, 2013 Kenoh left the promotion and vacated the Tohoku Junior Heavyweight Championship due to signing with Pro Wrestling Noah. In 2014, Michinoku Pro reactivated the Okinawa Wrestling Championship which was won by Eisa8.

On December 13, 2019 at the Korakuen Hall, the promotion had a sellout, standing room only event with an attendance of 1,890, the highest reported attendance at the Korakuen Hall to date for a pro-wrestling event since April 2015. [5]

Current roster

Ring nameReal nameUnit [6] Notes
Australian Wolf [7] Mason ChildsMain Unit
Ayumu Gunji  [ ja ] [8] Ayumu GunjiMain Unit
Boso Boy Raito  [ ja ] [9] UnknownMain Unit
Brahman Kei [10] Kei SatoMu no Taisho
Brahman Shu [11] Shu SatoMu no Taisho
Dick Togo [12] Shigeki SatoMain Unit
Douki  [ ja ] [13] Tatsuya HayamaBad BoyPart-timer
Fujita "Jr." Hayato [14] Hayato FujitaBad BoyInactive; spinal tumor
Gaina [15] Kazuya YuasaMain UnitAlso wrestles under the mask of Shisao
Ikuto Hidaka [16] Ikuto HidakaN/APart-timer
Jinsei Shinzaki [17] Kensuke ShinzakiMain Unit Tohoku Tag Team Champion
UWA World Tag Team Champion
Ken45° [18] Kenichi SakaiBad Boy
Kenbai [19] Yuki SatoMain Unit
Kengo  [ ja ] [20] Kengo NishimuraN/APart-timer
Kesen Numajiro [21] Akihiro YonekawaMain UnitPart-timer
Also wrestles as Yone Genjin
Koji Kawamura [22] Koji KawamuraMain Unit
Manjimaru [23] Manabu MurakamiBad Boy
Minoru Fujita [24] Minoru FujitaN/APart-timer
Musashi  [ ja ] [25] Daichi SasakiMain Unit Tohoku Junior Heavyweight Champion
Rasse [26] Masaki OkimotoMain Unit
Rui Hyugaji  [ ja ] [27] Rui HyugajiMain Unit
Taira Ogasawara [28] Taira OgasawaraMain Unit
Taro Nohashi [29] Taro NohashiMain Unit
The Great Sasuke [30] Masanori MurakawaMu no Taisho Tohoku Tag Team Champion
UWA World Tag Team Champion
Último Dragón [31] Yoshihiro AraiN/APart-timer
Yapper Man #1 [32] Tatsuhito SengaMain Unit
Yapper Man #2 [33] Tsutomu OosugiMain Unit
Yasutaka Oosera [34] Yasutaka OoseraMain Unit

Championships and tournaments

Current

As of August18, 2021.

ChampionshipCurrent champion(s)ReignDate wonDays heldDefensesLocationNotes
Tohoku Junior Heavyweight Championship Musashi2July 17, 202132+0 Takizawa, Japan Defeated Rui Hyugaji at Michinoku Pro Hyakka Ryoran: Junji Takehana Death 3rd Memorial Event.
Tohoku Tag Team Championship The Great Sasuke and Jinsei Shinzaki 1
(4, 5)
May 4, 2021106+0 Yahaba, Japan Defeated Yapper Man #1 and Yapper Man #2 at Golden Week Tour 2021.
UWA World Tag Team Championship 1
(1, 1)

Tournaments

TournamentLatest winner(s)Date won
Iron Man Tournament Fujita "Jr." Hayato August 29, 2009
Fukumen World League Carístico September 19, 2016
Futaritabi Tag Team League Brahman Kei and Brahman Shu October 13, 2014

Former

ChampionshipLast champion(s)Date won
UWA World Welterweight Championship Vacated2004
UWF Super Welterweight Championship VacatedJanuary 4, 2000
UWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Championship Súper NovaMay 17, 2013
WWF Light Heavyweight Championship VacatedNovember 5, 1997
British Commonwealth Junior Heavyweight Championship VacatedDecember 7, 2003
Independent World Junior Heavyweight Championship Ikuto Hidaka February 17, 2002

Notable alumni

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