List of professional wrestling promotions in Japan

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This is a list of professional wrestling promotions in Japan which includes both national and independent puroresu and joshi companies from the post-World War II period up to the present day.

Major promotions[edit]

Puroresu[edit]

Name Location Owner(s) Years active Website Notes
Active
All Japan Pro Wrestling Tokyo Jun Akiyama 1972– Yes [1][2][3]
Dragon Gate Odaiba Takashi Okamura 2004– Yes Known as Toryumon Japan from 1997 to 2004.[1][4]
Inoki Genome Federation Tokyo Antonio Inoki 2007– Yes
New Japan Pro Wrestling Tokyo Bushiroad 1971– Yes [1][5][6]
Pro Wrestling Noah Tokyo Akira Taue 2000– Yes [1][7][8]
Wrestle-1 Tokyo Keiji Mutoh 2013– Yes
Defunct
International Wrestling Enterprise Tokyo Isao Yoshiwara 1967–1981 No Associated with the American Wrestling Association from 1970, and the Japan Pro-Wrestling Commission with New Japan Pro Wrestling until 1981.[9]
Japan Wrestling Association Tokyo Rikidōzan 1953–1973 No Affiliated with the National Wrestling Alliance from 1969 to 1973 when it merged with AJPW.[1][10][11]

Joshi[edit]

Name Location Owner(s) Years active Website Notes
Defunct
All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling Tokyo Kunimatsu Matsunaga
Takashi Matsunaga
1972–2005 Yes [1][12][13]
Gaea Japan Tokyo Yuka Sugiyama 1995–2005 Yes [1][14][15]

Independent promotions[edit]

Puroresu[edit]

Name Location Owner(s) Years active Website Notes
Active
666 Tokyo Crazy SKB
Onryo
2003– Yes
Apache Pro-Wrestling Army Tokyo Kintaro Kanemura 2004– Yes
Big Japan Pro Wrestling Yokohama Shinya Kojika 1995– Yes [1][16][17]
DDT Pro-Wrestling Tokyo Sanshiro Takagi 1997– Yes [1][18]
Diamond Ring Yoshikawa Kensuke Sasaki
Akira Hokuto
2003– Yes Previously named Kensuke Office.
Dradition Tokyo Tatsumi Fujinami 2008– Yes
Freedoms Tokyo Takashi Sasaki 2009– Yes
Fu-Ten Fukuoka Daisuke Ikeda 2005– Yes
Kaientai Dojo Tokyo Taka Michinoku 2002– Yes [1][19]
Michinoku Pro Wrestling Morioka Great Sasuke 1993– Yes [1][20][21]
Legend The Pro-Wrestling Tokyo Tatsumi Fujinami
Riki Chōshū
Shodai Tiger Mask
2011– Yes
Osaka Pro Wrestling Osaka Yuji Sakagami 1998– Yes [1][22][23]
Pro Wrestling Heat Up Tokyo Kazuhiro Tamura
Shota
2013– Yes Continuation of STYLE-E Pro Wrestling.
Pro Wrestling Zero1 Tokyo First On Stage Inc. 2001– Yes [1][24][25]
Real Japan Pro Wrestling Tokyo Satoru Sayama 2005– Yes
Ryukyu Dragon Pro Wrestling Kadena Gurukun Mask 2013– Yes
Secret Base Tokyo Mototsugu Shimizu
Jun Ogawauchi
2009– Yes Continuation of El Dorado Wrestling.
Tenryu Project Tokyo Genichiro Tenryu 2010– Yes
Defunct
Battlarts Koshigaya Yuki Ishikawa 1996–2011 Yes
Big Mouth Loud Tokyo Fumihiko Uwai
Kazunari Murakami
2004–2006 Yes
El Dorado Wrestling Tokyo Noriaki Kawabata
Koji Fujinaga
2006–2008 Yes Continuation of DragonDoor.
Federacion Universal de Lucha Libre Hisatsune Shinma 1990–1995 No Known as Universal Pro Wrestling from 1990 to 1993, the promotion was affiliated with the Universal Wrestling Association.[26]
Fighting Network Rings Tokyo Akira Maeda 1991–2002 Yes Continuation of Newborn UWF.
Revived as a pure mixed martial arts promotion (The Outsider series) in 2008.
Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling Greater Tokyo Area Atsushi Onita
Shouichi Arai
1989–2002 Yes [1][27][28]
Hustle Greater Tokyo Area Nobuhiko Takada 2004–2011 Yes [29]
IWA Japan Tokyo Tatsukuni Asano 1994–2014 Yes Continuation of W*ING.[1][30][31]
Kingdom Tokyo 1997–1998 No Continuation of UWF International.
Kokusai Promotion Chigasaki Goro Tsurumi 1994–2007 No Originally known as I.W.A. Kakutoushijuku from 1994 to 1998. The original IWA World Heavyweight Championship was later revived by the promotion.[32]
Pioneer Senshi Tokyo Ryuma Go
Apollo Sugawara
Masahiko Takasugi
1988–1991 No First-ever independent promotion in Japan.
Pro Wrestling Fujiwara Gumi Tokyo Yoshiaki Fujiwara
Masakatsu Funaki
Minoru Suzuki
1991–1995 No
Riki Pro Tokyo Riki Chōshū
Katsuji Nagashima
2004–2010 Yes Also known as World Japan Pro Wrestling or Fighting of World Japan.[1][33][34]
Smash Tokyo Yoshihiro Tajiri
Akira Shoji
2010–2012 Yes Continuation of Hustle.[35]
Social Pro Wrestling Federation Tokyo Yoshiaki Yatsu 1993–1997 No Also known as the Social Progress Wrestling Federation.
Super World of Sports Tokyo Hachiro Tanaka 1990–1992 No Associated with the World Wrestling Federation.[36]
Tokyo Pro Wrestling Tokyo Takashi Ishikawa 1994–1996 No
Universal Wrestling Federation Matsumoto Hisashi Shinma 1984–1986 No Revived as the Newborn UWF in 1988 and again in 1991 as Union of Wrestling Forces International (UWF International or UWFi).
UWF International Tokyo Nobuhiko Takada 1991–1996 No Continuation of Universal Wrestling Federation.
Wrestle Association "R" Tokyo Gen'ichiro Shimada
Masatomo Takei
1992–2006 No [37][38]
W*ING Tokyo Kiyoshi Ibaragi
Victor Quiñonez
1991–1994 No Associated with the World Wrestling Council.[39][40]
Wrestling Marvelous of the Future Tokyo Eiji Ezaki
Masashi Honda
2003–2005 Yes [1][41]
Wrestling New Classic Tokyo Yoshihiro Tajiri 2012–2014 Yes Continuation of Smash. Sister promotion of Reina Joshi Puroresu.
World Entertainment Wrestling Tokyo Hiromichi Fuyuki 2002–2008 Yes [1][42]

Joshi[edit]

Name Location Owner(s) Years active Website Notes
Active
Daijo Osaka Zabun Co, Ltd. 2010– Yes Sister promotion of Pro Wrestling Wave.[43]
Diana Kawasaki Kyoko Inoue 2011– Yes
Ice Ribbon Warabi Neoplus 2006– Yes
JWP Joshi Puroresu Tokyo Kiyoshi Shinozaki
Masatoshi Yamamoto
1992– Yes [44][45]
Ladies Legend Pro-Wrestling Tokyo Rumie Kazama
Shinobu Kandori
1992– Yes [46]
Oz Academy Tokyo Mayumi Ozaki 1998– Yes
Pro Wrestling Wave Tokyo Zabun Co, Ltd. 2007– Yes Sister promotion of Daijo.
Reina Joshi Puroresu Chiba Hideaki Hatakeyama 2012– Yes Sister promotion of Wrestling New Classic.
Sendai Girls' Pro Wrestling Sendai Meiko Satomura 2005– Yes
Stardom Tokyo Rossy Ogawa 2010– Yes
World Pro-Wrestling Association Tokyo Aki Kanbayashi 2013– Yes
Defunct
Arsion Tokyo Hiroshi Ogawa 1997–2003 Yes [47][48]
Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling Tokyo Jackie Sato 1986–1992 No Affiliated with Universal Wrestling Association. In 1992, the promotion split into two groups: the JWP Project and Ladies Legend Pro Wrestling.[49][50]
Ibuki Tokyo Mariko Yoshida 2005–2010 Yes
Jd' Tokyo Yoshimoto Kogyo Company
J Office Group
1995–2007 Yes [51]
Major Girl's Fighting AtoZ Tokyo Mariko Yoshida
Yumiko Hotta
2003–2006 Yes Continuation of Arsion.[52][47]
M's Style Tokyo Momoe Nakanishi
Mariko Yoshida
Akino
Michiko Ohmukai
2004–2006 No
NEO Kawasaki Tetsuya Koda 1998–2010 Yes [53][54]
Pro Wrestling Sun Tokyo First On Stage Inc. (FOS) 2006–2009 No Sister promotion of Pro Wrestling Zero1.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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