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    Wrestle and Romance (PROJECT19)

    January 15, 2019 Tokyo, Japan Genichiro Tenryu held a public press conference at the Aristrist Omotesando in Tokyo, Japan to officially announce the return of Wrestle and Romance (WAR) to the professional wrestling landscape. Tenryu stated that while wrestling in Japan has received much exposure in recent years due to online steaming services and international tours, he feels that the “strong style” that once defined Japanese pro-wrestling has been lost as companies look to appeal more to Western audiences. Not only will the newest incarnation of WAR represent the “strong style” of wrestling but it will incorporate elements of “shoot style”, which defined and influenced many pro-wrestling companies during the late 1980s and 1990s, and was a direct precursor to the mixed martial arts boom in the mid-90s. Tenryu introduced a partnership with the UWF and representative, Yoshiaki Fujiwara. Fujiwara appeared with the old UWF Heavyweight Championship and revealed that he would be working alongside Tenryu to help introduce the “newest generation of fans” to the classic stylings of Japanese professional wrestling. The UWF Heavyweight Title would be restored and coveted as WAR’s top prize, only to be defended and challenged under “UWF Rules” – that is, by knockout, submission, doctor/referee order stop or judges decision. In addition to the UWF Heavyweight Title, Tenryu confirmed the return of the J-Crown Championship, the top junior heavyweight title, and the WAR World Six Man Tag Team Championship. Both the J-Crown and the six man tag titles will be decided in upcoming tournaments. Fujiwara, however, announced that the champion who best represents the philosophy of the UWF is none other than Hideki Suzuki. Suzuki was then brought on stage to accept the title belt from Fujiwara and Tenryu. Suzuki commented briefly that he was very honored to hold and defend such a prestigious championship, and that he would do his best to help elevate WAR as a promotion. However, before he could continue, Suzuki was interrupted by commotion in the back of the conference room...with the arrival of Minoru Suzuki and his Suzuki-gun stable, which includes Yukio Sakaguchi, Hikaru Sato, Shinya Aoki and Keisuke Okuda. Minoru stormed the stage and confronted both Hideki and Fujiwara. He said he felt “betrayed” by Fujiwara for not considering him for the UWF Heavyweight Title, considering their history with the UWF and Fujiwara-gumi. Minoru said that the belt belonged to him by right, and he will not stop until the belt is his. Tenryu intervened and made it clear that a 16-man “UWF Rules” tournament would take place to establish the top contender to the UWF Heavyweight Title. Tenryu said that Minoru would have to fight for a chance at the title, along with 15 other men, which will include legends such as Jun Akiyama and Yuji Nagata, as well as top foreign names Matt Riddle and Timothy Thatcher, among others. Tenryu said another short press conference will be held in the coming days regarding the tournament but for now, Minoru would have to wait his turn and if he or his Suzuki-goons did anything “uncharacteristic” of the new promotion, he would have no problem removing him from the tournament. Tenryu ended the conference by revealing the full roster of talent contracted to WAR (see above). In addition, Tenryu and Fujiwara have brought on Katsuyori Shibata and Josh Barnett to serve as trainers and mentors, and to help with the transition in style.
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    [2019-01-02-BJW] Daisuke Sekimoto vs Ryota Hama

    Legend-mode Daisuke Sekimoto has been one of my favorite things in the last year or so. He's simplified his style but he pours a lot of emotion and feeling into every little hold and slam. Hama is limited in what he can do but Sekimoto makes a little feel like a lot. The way he sells that butt splash in the corner like death, with a worried Okabayashi on the outside, was awesome. This isn't as good as the 2016 match between Hama and Okabayashi but it's still a pretty great match. Hama truly is the immovable object and Sekimoto plays the old-school fighting champion so well. Favorite match of the year so far (of the two matches I've seen).
  3. Wrestle and Romance (WAR) Owner Genichiro Tenryu Partner Yoshiaki Fujiwara Trainers Katsuyori Shibata Josh Barnett Referees Frank Atsushi Yukinori Matsui Titles UWF Heavyweight Championship - Hideki Suzuki J-Crown - vacant WAR World Six Man Tag Team Championship - vacant Heavyweight Roster Jun Akiyama Shotaro Ashino Kazusada Higuchi Tomohiro Ishii Shuji Ishikawa Kengo Mashimo Yuji Nagata Katsuhiko Nakajima Daisuke Nakamura Takuya Nomura Matt Riddle Alexander Rusev Yukio Sakaguchi Go Shiozaki Takashi Sugiura Hideki Suzuki Minoru Suzuki Timothy Thatcher Junior Heavyweight Roster Fuminori Abe Akito Shinya Aoki Jonathan Gresham Drew Gulak Kazuki Hashimoto Koji Iwamoto KENTA KUSHIDA TAKA Michinoku Keisuke Okuda Daisuke Sasaki Hikaru Sato Munenori Sawa SHO Tanaka Dick Togo Kota Umeda Units BAD HOMBREZ (Daisuke Sasaki, Dick Togo, TAKA Michinoku) Burning (Jun Akiyama, Go Shiozaki, KENTA) Escalante (Katsuhiko Nakajima, Kazusada Higuchi, SHO Tanaka) Kingslayers (Shuji Ishikawa, Kengo Mashimo, Kazuki Hashimoto, Kota Umeda) Lion’s Pride (Yuji Nagata, Tomohiro Ishii, KUSHIDA) Moon Vulcan (Hideki Suzuki, Takuya Nomura, Fuminori Abe, Koji Iwamoto) Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki, Yukio Sakaguchi, Hikaru Sato, Keisuke Okuda, Shinya Aoki) WAR International (Timothy Thatcher, Alexander Rusev, Shotaro Ashino, Drew Gulak) WAR Jam (Jonathan Gresham, Akito, Munenori Sawa)
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    PROJECT19

    Thanks! I don't really have much for him to do other than a "special attraction" match or maybe an English commentator. I don't see an issue with him working for both NJPW and UWF.
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    PROJECT19

    The only other "extras" I had on my list were: Josh Barnett Akito Daisuke Nakamura Kazuki Hashimoto
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    PROJECT19 Draft Thread

    UWF selects its head trainer, Katsuyori Shibata. UWF is done drafting. NJPW is up with two.
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    PROJECT19 Draft Thread

    UWF selects Munenori Sawa. ECW is up.
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    PROJECT19 Draft Thread

    UWF selects Yukio Sakaguchi. WCW is up next.
  9. superkix

    PROJECT19 Draft Thread

    UWF selects Sho Tanaka. WWE is up.
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    PROJECT19 Draft Thread

    UWF selects Keisuke Okuda. WCW is up.
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    PROJECT19 Draft Thread

    UWF selects Kengo Mashimo. IWC is up.
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    PROJECT19 Draft Thread

    UWF selects Go Shiozaki. ECW is up.
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    PROJECT19

    Based on my roster, there's a good chance UWF could be re-branded as the new incarnation of a Tenryu-backed WAR.
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    PROJECT19 Draft Thread

    UWF selects Kota Umeda. WWE is up.
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    PROJECT19 Draft Thread

    UWF selects KENTA. WCW is up.
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