BATT (professional wrestling)
Bad Ass Translate Trading
BATT was a professional wrestling stable that competed in both New Japan Pro Wrestling and All Japan Pro Wrestling from 2001 to 2002. The name: BATT is short for "Bad Ass Translate Trading", meaning a group of wrestlers that crossed borders. The groups is best known for the fact that its members were from different promotions: New Japan (Mutoh, Frye, & Ohtani), All Japan (Kea & Hase), and Michinoku Pro (Shinzaki).
In January 2001, Keiji Mutoh and Shinjiro Ohtani both made returns to New Japan after spending much of 2000 on learning execursions with Mutoh being in the United States for World Championship Wrestling, and Ohtani being in Canada and England for various promotions. The two made their return at Wrestling World 2001 as the two defeated Jushin Thunder Liger and Manabu Nakanishi in less than 6 minutes. At the Fighting Spirit 2001 tour, Mutoh and Ohtani continued to team up and formed an alliance. On February 3, 2001, Mutoh and Ohtani defeated Masahiro Chono and Don Frye after Frye turned on Chono, a few days later on February 11, Frye officially joined with Mutoh and Ohtani. On February 18, 2001, All Japan's Taiyo Kea and Michinoku Pro's Jinsei Shinzaki also became official members when they assisted Mutoh in a match against Kazunari Murakami, however, Ohtani would leave New Japan and BATT after the February 18 Sumo Hall show to join Pro Wrestling ZERO1.
Beginning in March 2001, Mutoh renewed his feud with Chono and Team 2000. On March 17, Mutoh officially named his group BATT (Bad Ass Translate Trading) and at the same show, former New Japan wrestler and Mutoh's former tag team partner: Hiroshi Hase joined the group. After exchanging victories against Team 2000 during the spring and early summer, the group would win their first title on June 8, 2001 when Mutoh defeated Genichiro Tenryu to win the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship.
Despite winning the Triple Crown, the group would see several setbacks at Dome Quake on July 20, 2001, Kea and Shinzaki would fail to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship, Mutoh would fall to Chono, and Frye would fail to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. A few weeks later, Mutoh would enter the 2001 G1 Climax, making all the way to the finals but would ultimately lose to Yuji Nagata.
BATT would bounce back in the fall as Frye would win the G1 World Climax Tournament but left New Japan shortly after to return to Mixed Martial Arts. On October 8, 2001 BATT main evented New Japan's Indicate of Next as Mutoh and Hase lost to Nagata and Jun Akiyama. A few weeks later on October 22, 2001, Mutoh and Kea would defeat Genichiro Tenryu and Yoji Anjo to win the World Tag Team Championship. Six days later on October 28, Mutoh and Kea defeated Tatsumi Fujinami and Osamu Nishimura in a title vs. title match to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship. In December 2001, Mutoh and Kea would continue their dominance as they would win the 2001 World's Strongest Tag Determination League given BATT their third tag team achievement in two months.
Breakup and aftermath
In January 2002, Keiji Mutoh shocked the Japanese Wrestling World by leaving for All Japan. Due to this, New Japan ended its business relationship with All Japan and BATT broke up with all the wrestlers returned to their promotions and Mutoh and Kea were stripped of the IWGP Tag Team Titles. After joining All Japan, Mutoh would lose the Triple Crown to Toshiaki Kawada on February 24, 2002. Despite BATT broken up, Mutoh and Kea would continue to defend the Unified World Tag Team Championship until they lost the titles to KroniK on July 17, 2002 afterwards they broke up. Two years later, on July 10, 2004, Mutoh and Kea would reunite at Pro Wrestling NOAH's first Tokyo Dome show: Departure 2004 as they challenged Mitsuharu Misawa and Yoshinari Ogawa for the GHC Tag Team Championship but they failed to win the title.
Championships and accomplishments
- All Japan Pro Wrestling
- New Japan Pro Wrestling
- Nikkan Sports
- Tokyo Sports
- Wrestler of the Year (2001) - Mutoh
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter