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Japan Puroresu (ジャパンプロレス) or Japan Pro-Wrestling was the first renegade professional wrestling promotion in Japan. It was formed by Riki Chōshū and his Ishingun after leaving New Japan Pro Wrestling in 1984. The promotion co-promoted with All Japan Pro Wrestling until 1987 when it dissolved.
In August 1984, Riki Chōshū had formed Ishingun with Animal Hamaguchi, Isamu Teranishi, Yoshiaki Yatsu, and Masa Saito to feud with Antonio Inoki and New Japan Pro Wrestling. However, just as the feud was heating up, tensions both in and out of the ring forced Ishingun and a few others to leave NJPW that September. The next month, they formed Japan Pro-Wrestling and also announced a co-promotion with All Japan Pro Wrestling. However, like with NJPW years earlier, the relationship with AJPW would soon sour, as on March 23, 1987, Chōshū and JPW announced they have cancelled the contract with AJPW. By the end of March 1987, Japan Pro-Wrestling dissolved, as some went back to NJPW, while some stayed with AJPW. AJPW championships were stripped off of the JPW stars that went back to NJPW.
In 2003, Chōshū reformed Japan Pro-Wrestling in Fighting World of Japan Pro Wrestling, but after a year, due to financial issues with Kensuke Sasaki, evolved the promotion to Riki Pro and ran smaller scale shows, until Chōshu finally returned to NJPW in 2005 as booker.
- Riki Chōshū (returned to NJPW)
- Masa Saito (returned to NJPW)
- Haruka Eigen (stayed with AJPW)
- Animal Hamaguchi (retired)
- Kuniaki Kobayashi (returned to NJPW)
- Isamu Teranishi (stayed with AJPW)
- Shinichi Nakano (stayed with AJPW)
- Killer Khan (returned to WWF)
- Yoshiaki Yatsu (stayed with AJPW)
- Fumihiro Niikura (hiatus after suffering a heart attack during excursion in North America)
- Norio Honaga (returned to NJPW)
- Shinji Sasazaki (returned to NJPW)
- Masanobu Kurisu (stayed with AJPW)
- Hiroshi Hase (was on an excursion in North America during his entire tenure, went to NJPW)
- Kensuke Sasaki (went to NJPW)
- Hidetoshi Yamamoto (retired)
- Tatsumi Kitahara (was a trainee, transferred to AJPW Dojo upon dissolving)
- Akira Taue (was a trainee, transferred to AJPW Dojo upon dissolving)
Tag Team and Stables
- Calgary Hurricanes (Super Strong Machine (returned to NJPW), Hiro Saito (returned to NJPW), and Shunji Takano (stayed with AJPW))
Championships and accomplishments
- AJPW All Asia Tag Team Championship – Hamaguchi (1), Teranishi (2), Honaga (1), Machine (1)
- AJPW World Junior Heavyweight Championship – Hiro Saito (1), Kobayashi (1)
- NWA International Tag Team Championship – Chōshu (1), Yatsu (1)
- PWF World Heavyweight Championship – Chōshu (1)