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This article is about the professional wrestling tournament. For the Wiccan observance, see Wheel of the Year. For the 1985 film, see Fire Festival (film). For Fire festival of the Dagbamba of Ghana, see Bugum Chugu.
"Fire Festival" should not be confused with the traditional Himatsuri fire festivals in Japan.
2006 winner Masato Tanaka hoists the ceremonial Fire Sword.

The Fire Festival is an annual professional wrestling round-robin tournament held by Pro Wrestling ZERO1 to determine the top wrestler in the promotion, typically contested in late July/early August. In addition to ZERO1 members, it has frequently included outside stars, including 2003 winner Satoshi Kojima, Kensuke Sasaki and TAKA Michinoku.

Since 2002, it has featured two blocks, each with five participants, with the two block winners facing off in the final to determine the overall champion. The 2001 Fire Festival only featured four in each block, but held the same principle. The winner of the tournament is presented with the Fire Sword, which they carry for the following year until the next Festival.

Results[edit]

List of winners[edit]

2001[edit]

The 2001 Fire Festival was held from September 1 to September 15, over three weekly events on September 1, 8 and 15; four tournament matches were held at each, including the finals on 9/15.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Shinjiro Otani 6 Kohei Sato 4
Horshu 4 Samoa Joe 4
Sean McCully 2 Masato Tanaka 3
Daisuke Sekimoto 0 George Takano 1
Block A Horshu Sean McCully Shinjiro Otani Daisuke Sekimoto
Horshu X Horshu (Forf) Otani (8:32) Horshu (4:53)
Sean McCully Horshu (Forf) X Otani (3:08) McCully (3:49)
Shinjiro Otani Otani (8:32) Otani (3:08) X Otani (11:29)
Daisuke Sekimoto Horshu (4:53) McCully (3:49) Otani (11:29) X
Block B Kohei Sato Samoa Joe George Takano Masato Tanaka
Kohei Sato X Sato (8:25) Sato (7:21) Tanaka (8:56)
Samoa Joe Sato (8:25) X Joe (5:24) Joe (8:00)
George Takano Sato (7:21) Joe (5:24) X Draw (9:28)
Masato Tanaka Tanaka (8:56) Joe (8:00) Draw (9:28) X
Final
     
A1 Shinjiro Otani Sub
B1 Kohei Sato 13:05

2002[edit]

The 2002 Fire Festival expanded the tournament to include 10 participants, and was held from July 28 to August 4 over five shows, each featuring four tournament matches.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Shinjiro Otani 6 Tetsuhiro Kuroda 6
Masato Tanaka 5 Yuki Ishikawa 4
TAKA Michinoku 4 Steve Corino 4
Kintaro Kanemura 3 Hirotaka Yokoi 4
King Joe 2 Kohei Sato 2
Block A Kintaro Kanemura King Joe TAKA Michinoku Shinjiro Otani Masato Tanaka
Kintaro Kanemura X Joe (6:09) Kanemura (9:55) Otani (0:03) Draw (15:49)
King Joe Joe (6:09) X TAKA (6:38) Otani (7:15) Tanaka (9:24)
TAKA Michinoku Kanemura (9:55) TAKA (6:38) X Otani (15:11) TAKA (7:57)
Shinjiro Otani Otani (0:03) Otani (7:15) Otani (15:11) X Tanaka (14:06)
Masato Tanaka Draw (15:49) Tanaka (9:24) TAKA (7:57) Tanaka (14:06) X
Block B Steve Corino Yuki Ishikawa Tetsuhiro Kuroda Kohei Sato Hirotaka Yokoi
Steve Corino X Ishikawa (9:02) Kuroda (9:46) Corino (9:56) Corino (7:17)
Yuki Ishikawa Ishikawa (9:02) X Kuroda (11:52) Sato (6:53) Ishikawa (8:43)
Tetsuhiro Kuroda Kuroda (9:46) Kuroda (11:52) X Kuroda (7:42) Yokoi (8:45)
Kohei Sato Corino (9:56) Sato (6:53) Kuroda (7:42) X Yokoi (7:02)
Hirotaka Yokoi Corino (7:17) Ishikawa (8:43) Yokoi (8:45) Yokoi (7:02) X
Final
     
A1 Shinjiro Otani Pin
B1 Tetsuhiro Kuroda 17:53

2003[edit]

The 2003 Fire Festival was held from July 25 to August 1, with four matches on July 27 being contested in All Japan Pro Wrestling. The winner, Satoshi Kojima, is to date the only "outsider" to win the Fire Festival, representing AJPW.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Shinjiro Otani 5 Satoshi Kojima 6
Arashi 4 Masato Tanaka 5
Hirotaka Yokoi 4 Tetsuhiro Kuroda 4
Kintaro Kanemura 4 Alexander Otsuka 3
Yoshiaki Fujiwara 3 Kohei Sato 2
Block A Arashi Yoshiaki Fujiwara Kintaro Kanemura Shinjiro Otani Hirotaka Yokoi
Arashi X Fujiwara (5:01) Kanemura (4:50) Arashi (14:53) Arashi (9:24)
Yoshiaki Fujiwara Fujiwara (5:01) X Kanemura (7:54) Draw (11:24) Yokoi (6:51)
Kintaro Kanemura Kanemura (4:50) Kanemura (7:54) X Otani (10:38) Yokoi (7:21)
Shinjiro Otani Arashi (14:53) Draw (11:24) Otani (10:38) X Otani (6:48)
Hirotaka Yokoi Arashi (9:24) Yokoi (6:51) Yokoi (7:21) Otani (6:48) X
Block B Satoshi Kojima Tetsuhiro Kuroda Alexander Otsuka Kohei Sato Masato Tanaka
Satoshi Kojima X Kojima (12:52) Otsuka (12:46) Kojima (12:34) Kojima (26:05)
Tetsuhiro Kuroda Kojima (12:52) X Kuroda (9:03) Kuroda (10:36) Tanaka (8:07)
Alexander Otsuka Otsuka (12:46) Kuroda (9:03) X Sato (7:51) Draw (9:18)
Kohei Sato Kojima (12:34) Kuroda (10:36) Sato (7:51) X Tanaka (11:57)
Masato Tanaka Kojima (26:05) Tanaka (8:07) Draw (9:18) Tanaka (11:57) X
Final
     
A1 Shinjiro Otani Pin
B1 Satoshi Kojima 20:19

2004[edit]

The 2004 Fire Festival was held from July 27 to August 1, over five shows.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Takao Ōmori 5 Kohei Sato 6
Satoshi Kojima 5 Shiro Koshinaka 5
Wataru Sakata 4 Shinjiro Otani 4
Hirotaka Yokoi 3 Kintaro Kanemura 3
Tetsuhiro Kuroda 3 Masato Tanaka 2
Block A Satoshi Kojima Tetsuhiro Kuroda Takao Ōmori Wataru Sakata Hirotaka Yokoi
Satoshi Kojima X Draw (13:02) Ōmori (19:06) Kojima (14:52) Kojima (14:35)
Tetsuhiro Kuroda Draw (13:02) X Kuroda (11:16) Sakata (15:10) Yokoi (11:10)
Takao Ōmori Ōmori (19:06) Kuroda (11:16) X Ōmori (7:17) Draw (30:00)
Wataru Sakata Kojima (14:52) Sakata (15:10) Ōmori (7:17) X Sakata (9:50)
Hirotaka Yokoi Kojima (14:35) Yokoi (11:10) Draw (30:00) Sakata (9:50) X
Block B Kintaro Kanemura Shiro Koshinaka Shinjiro Otani Kohei Sato Masato Tanaka
Kintaro Kanemura X Draw (5:34) Kanemura (1:18) Sato (9:14) Tanaka (11:07)
Shiro Koshinaka Draw (5:34) X Otani (10:56) Koshinaka (8:32) Koshinaka (Forf)
Shinjiro Otani Kanemura (1:18) Otani (10:56) X Sato (17:32) Otani (Forf)
Kohei Sato Sato (9:14) Koshinaka (8:32) Sato (17:32) X Sato (Forf)
Masato Tanaka Tanaka (11:07) Koshinaka (Forf) Otani (Forf) Sato (Forf) X
Final
     
A1 Takao Ōmori Pin
B1 Kohei Sato 22:04

2005[edit]

The 2005 Fire Festival was held from July 29 to August 7, over five shows.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Shinjiro Otani 5 Kensuke Sasaki 6
Tadao Yasuda 4 Hirotaka Yokoi 4
Masato Tanaka 4 Takao Ōmori 4
Daisuke Ikeda 4 Chris the Bambikiller 4
Kohei Sato 3 Ryouji Sai 3
Block A Daisuke Ikeda Shinjiro Otani Kohei Sato Masato Tanaka Tadao Yasuda
Daisuke Ikeda X Draw (30:00) Draw (6:50) Tanaka (9:03) Ikeda (5:57)
Shinjiro Otani Draw (30:00) X Otani (13:39) Tanaka (17:11) Otani (10:49)
Kohei Sato Draw (6:50) Otani (13:39) X Sato (12:47) Yasuda (7:18)
Masato Tanaka Tanaka (9:03) Tanaka (17:11) Sato (12:47) X Yasuda (7:46)
Tadao Yasuda Ikeda (5:57) Otani (10:49) Yasuda (7:18) Yasuda (7:46) X
Block B Chris the
Bambikiller
Takao Ōmori Ryouji Sai Kensuke Sasaki Hirotaka Yokoi
Chris the
Bambikiller
X Ōmori (8:03) Chris (14:13) Chris (7:46) Yokoi (10:46)
Takao Ōmori Ōmori (8:03) X Ōmori (20:03) Sasaki (22:51) Yokoi (6:15)
Ryouji Sai Chris (14:13) Ōmori (20:03) X Sasaki (12:06) Sai (11:41)
Kensuke Sasaki Chris (7:46) Sasaki (22:51) Sasaki (12:06) X Sasaki (10:44)
Hirotaka Yokoi Yokoi (10:46) Yokoi (6:15) Sai (11:41) Sasaki (10:44) X
Final
     
A1 Shinjiro Otani Pin
B1 Kensuke Sasaki 20:00

2006[edit]

The 2006 Fire Festival was held from July 20 to July 29, over six shows. Due to a tie for first place in Block A, a four-way elimination match was made on the night of the finals to determine the winner of the block, with that man facing Block B winner Ryouji Sai later in the night. This would end up being Masato Tanaka, who also went on to defeat Sai and win the tournament. The top 4 in Block A are ranked below by order of elimination, with the first eliminated, Kazunari Murakami, ranked lowest.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Masato Tanaka 5 Ryouji Sai 6
Yutaka Yoshie 5 Takao Ōmori 5
Shinjiro Otani 5 Tatsutoshi Goto 4
Kazunari Murakami 5 Kohei Sato 3
Tomoaki Honma 0 Daisuke Sekimoto 2
Block A Tomoaki Honma Kazunari Murakami Shinjiro Otani Masato Tanaka Yutaka Yoshie
Tomoaki Honma X Murakami (5:58) Otani (11:57) Tanaka (11:08) Yoshie (10:41)
Kazunari Murakami Murakami (5:58) X Murakami (9:15) Tanaka (8:23) Draw (11:18)
Shinjiro Otani Otani (11:57) Murakami (9:15) X Draw (30:00) Otani (10:18)
Masato Tanaka Tanaka (11:08) Tanaka (8:23) Draw (30:00) X Yoshie (11:27)
Yutaka Yoshie Yoshie (10:41) Draw (11:18) Otani (10:18) Yoshie (11:27) X
Block B Tatsutoshi Goto Takao Ōmori Ryouji Sai Kohei Sato Daisuke Sekimoto
Tatsutoshi Goto X Ōmori (7:29) Goto (7:44) Sato (6:42) Goto (9:40)
Takao Ōmori Ōmori (7:29) X Sai (14:20) Draw (30:00) Ōmori (11:50)
Ryouji Sai Goto (7:44) Sai (14:20) X Sai (12:18) Sai (14:14)
Kohei Sato Sato (6:42) Draw (30:00) Sai (12:18) X Sekimoto (14:06)
Daisuke Sekimoto Goto (9:40) Ōmori (11:50) Sai (14:14) Sekimoto (14:06) X
Final
     
A1 Masato Tanaka Pin
B1 Ryouji Sai 23:00

2007[edit]

The 2007 Fire Festival was held from July 16 to August 2, over nine shows. Four of the ten participants were determined by each winning a qualifying match on May 27. Four more were determined by fan voting, and the final two were outsiders handpicked by ZERO1-MAX. On July 20, it was announced that Ikuto Hidaka would be replacing Kazunari Murakami, who was forced out of action after just one match due to a head injury, due to finishing in fifth place in the fan vote. In a similar situation to the 2006 tournament, Block A ended in a full tie with four points, leading to a five-way match on August 2 to determine the finalist. The participants and schedule are as follows:

Current standings
Block A Block B
Ryouji Sai 4 Masato Tanaka 7
Ikuto Hidaka 4 Kohei Sato 6
Shinjiro Otani 4 Daisuke Sekimoto 3
Yutaka Yoshie 4 Yoshihito Sasaki 2
Akitoshi Saito 4 Takao Ōmori 2
Block A Ikuto Hidaka Shinjiro Otani Ryouji Sai Akitoshi Saito Yutaka Yoshie
Ikuto Hidaka X Draw (14:22)1 Sai (13:34) Draw (12:08) Hidaka (12:25)
Shinjiro Otani Draw (14:22)1 X Sai (14:22) Otani (11:55) Draw (30:00)
Ryouji Sai Sai (13:34) Sai (14:22) X Saito (14:16) Yoshie (14:29)
Akitoshi Saito Draw (12:08) Otani (11:55) Saito (14:16) X Draw (30:00)
Yutaka Yoshie Hidaka (12:25) Draw (30:00) Yoshie (14:29) Draw (30:00) X
Block A Takao Ōmori Yoshihito Sasaki Kohei Sato Daisuke Sekimoto Masato Tanaka
Takao Ōmori X Sasaki (8:40) Sato (15:21) Ōmori (16:11) Tanaka (14:57)
Yoshihito Sasaki Sasaki (8:40) X Sato (12:11) Sekimoto (15:25) Tanaka (14:39)
Kohei Sato Sato (15:21) Sato (12:11) X Sato (12:30) Tanaka (12:05)
Daisuke Sekimoto Ōmori (16:11) Sekimoto (15:25) Sato (12:30) X Draw (30:00)
Masato Tanaka Tanaka (14:57) Tanaka (14:39) Tanaka (12:05) Draw (30:00) X
Finals
     
A1 Ryouji Sai Pin
B1 Masato Tanaka 23:52

1Kazunari Murakami wrestled this match; Hidaka was awarded the point upon replacing Murakami.

2008[edit]

The 2008 Fire Festival was held from July 27 to August 3 over six shows. It featured ten participants in two blocks, including outside participation from Big Japan Pro Wrestling's Daisuke Sekimoto, New Japan Pro Wrestling's Manabu Nakanishi and Togi Makabe and Dragon Gate's Masaaki Mochizuki. As a result of a tie for the lead in Block B, a three-way match between Nakanishi, Takao Ōmori and Masato Tanaka would be held on the final day to decide the finalist; Tanaka won the match by pinning Ōmori, and would defeat Makabe in the final.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Togi Makabe 6 Masato Tanaka 5
Masaaki Mochizuki 4 Manabu Nakanishi 5
Shinjiro Otani 4 Takao Ōmori 5
Kohei Sato 4 Daisuke Sekimoto 3
Kamikaze 2 Ryouji Sai 2
Block A Kamikaze Togi Makabe Masaaki Mochizuki Shinjiro Otani Kohei Sato
Kamikaze X Makabe (12:36) Mochizuki (11:17) Otani (12:55) Kamikaze (11:55)
Togi Makabe Makabe (12:36) X Makabe (9:06) Makabe (12:29) Sato (7:18)
Masaaki Mochizuki Mochizuki (11:17) Makabe (9:06) X Otani (15:36) Mochizuki (7:42)
Shinjiro Otani Otani (12:55) Makabe (12:29) Otani (15:36) X Sato (14:02)
Kohei Sato Kamikaze (11:55) Sato (7:18) Mochizuki (7:42) Sato (14:02)
Block B Manabu Nakanishi Takao Ōmori Ryouji Sai Daisuke Sekimoto Masato Tanaka
Manabu Nakanishi X Ōmori (17:24) Nakanishi (14:53) Nakanishi (16:55) Draw (30:00)
Takao Ōmori Ōmori (17:24) X Sai (13:27) Draw (30:00) Ōmori (19:05)
Ryouji Sai Nakanishi (14:53) Sai (13:27) X Sekimoto (16:40) Tanaka (21:25)
Daisuke Sekimoto Nakanishi (16:55) Draw (30:00) Sekimoto (16:40) X Tanaka (18:44)
Masato Tanaka Draw (30:00) Ōmori (19:05) Tanaka (21:25) Tanaka (18:44) X
Final
     
A1 Togi Makabe Pin
B1 Masato Tanaka 19:37

2009[edit]

The 2009 Fire Festival was held from July 25 to August 8 over seven shows. It featured ten participants in two blocks, including outside participation from Big Japan Pro Wrestling's Daisuke Sekimoto and Apache Army's Tetsuhiro Kuroda. Both blocks ended in a tie for first place after the group stage; a four-way tie in Block A between Kohei Sato, Akebono, Ikuto Hidaka and Shinjiro Otani, and a three-way tie in Block B between Ryouji Sai, Masato Tanaka and Daisuke Sekimoto. This marked the fourth year in a row that such a tie has occurred. Both ties would be decided in a three- or four-way match on the night of the tournament. Sato and Sai won their respective matches, and Sai would go on to win the final.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Kohei Sato 5 Ryouji Sai 5
Akebono 5 Daisuke Sekimoto 5
Ikuto Hidaka 5 Masato Tanaka 5
Shinjiro Otani 5 Magnitude Kishiwada 3
Shito Ueda 0 Tetsuhiro Kuroda 2
Block A Akebono Ikuto Hidaka Shinjiro Otani Kohei Sato Shito Ueda
Akebono X Draw (7:29) Otani (16:20) Akebono (6:55) Akebono (3:16)
Ikuto Hidaka Draw (7:29) X Hidaka (17:26) Sato (15:12) Hidaka (7:49)
Shinjiro Otani Otani (16:20) Hidaka (17:26) X Draw (30:00) Otani (9:19)
Kohei Sato Akebono (6:55) Sato (15:12) Draw (30:00) X Sato (9:55)
Shito Ueda Akebono (3:16) Hidaka (7:49) Otani (9:19) Sato (9:55) X
Block B Magnitude Kishiwada Tetsuhiro Kuroda Ryouji Sai Daisuke Sekimoto Masato Tanaka
Magnitude Kishiwada X Kishiwada (16:42) Sai (16:49) Draw (30:00) Tanaka (20:46)
Tetsuhiro Kuroda Kishiwada (16:42) X Sai (18:31) Kuroda (16:32) Tanaka (16:12)
Ryouji Sai Sai (16:49) Sai (18:31) X Sekimoto (20:33) Draw (29:52)
Daisuke Sekimoto Draw (30:00) Kuroda (16:32) Sekimoto (20:33) X Sekimoto (21:43)
Masato Tanaka Tanaka (20:46) Tanaka (16:12) Draw (29:52) Sekimoto (21:43) X
Final
     
A1 Kohei Sato Pin
B1 Ryouji Sai 24:14

2010[edit]

The 2010 Fire Festival was held from July 24 to August 4 over seven shows. It featured ten participants in two blocks.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Shinjiro Otani 5 Masato Tanaka 5
The Predator 4 Joe Legend 4
Daisuke Sekimoto 4 Kohei Sato 4
Yutaka Yoshie 4 Ikuto Hidaka 4
Takuya Sugawara 3 Ryouji Sai 3
Block A Shinjiro Otani The Predator Daisuke Sekimoto Takuya Sugawara Yutaka Yoshie
Shinjiro Otani X Otani (13:56) Draw (30:00) Otani (15:12) Yoshie (16:46)
The Predator Otani (13:56) X The Predator (15:00) Sugawara (7:42) The Predator (14:11)
Daisuke Sekimoto Draw (30:00) The Predator (15:00) X Draw (15:08) Sekimoto (14:32)
Takuya Sugawara Otani (15:12) Sugawara (7:42) Draw (15:08) X Yoshie (11:11)
Yutaka Yoshie Yoshie (16:46) The Predator (14:11) Sekimoto (14:32) Yoshie (11:11) X
Block B Ikuto Hidaka Joe Legend Ryouji Sai Kohei Sato Masato Tanaka
Ikuto Hidaka X Legend (23:11) Hidaka (13:36) Sato (16:13) Hidaka (21:43)
Joe Legend Legend (23:11) X Sai (12:36) Legend (13:05) Tanaka (13:52)
Ryouji Sai Hidaka (13:36) Sai (12:36) X Draw (21:16) Tanaka (17:45)
Kohei Sato Sato (16:13) Legend (13:05) Draw (21:16) X Draw (30:00)
Masato Tanaka Hidaka (21:43) Tanaka (13:52) Tanaka (17:45) Draw (30:00) X
Final
     
A1 Shinjiro Otani Pin
B1 Masato Tanaka 22:38

2011[edit]

The 2011 Fire Festival was held from July 24 to August 7 over eight shows. It featured ten participants in two blocks.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Kohei Sato 7 Daisuke Sekimoto 6
Akebono 6 Masato Tanaka 5
Shinjiro Otani 4 Ryouji Sai 4
Zeus 3 Atsushi Sawada 3
Kenta Kakinuma 0 Fujita Hayato 2
Block A Akebono Kenta Kakinuma Shinjiro Otani Kohei Sato Zeus
Akebono X Akebono (6:12) Akebono (16:31) Sato (6:48) Akebono (5:52)
Kenta Kakinuma Akebono (6:12) X Otani Sato (12:34) Zeus (8:57)
Shinjiro Otani Akebono (16:31) Otani X Sato (13:00) Otani (15:59)
Kohei Sato Sato (6:48) Sato (12:34) Sato (13:00) X Draw (12:52)
Zeus Akebono (5:52) Zeus (8:57) Otani (15:59) Draw (12:52) X
Block B Fujita Hayato Ryouji Sai Atsushi Sawada Daisuke Sekimoto Masato Tanaka
Fujita Hayato X Sai (14:42) Sawada (9:56) Sekimoto (13:46) Hayato (12:41)
Ryouji Sai Sai (14:42) X Sai (13:35) Sekimoto (18:41) Tanaka (16:19)
Atsushi Sawada Sawada (9:56) Sai (13:35) X Draw (9:50) Tanaka (8:23)
Daisuke Sekimoto Sekimoto (13:46) Sekimoto (18:41) Draw (9:50) X Draw (30:00)
Masato Tanaka Hayato (12:41) Tanaka (16:19) Tanaka (8:23) Draw (30:00) X
Final
     
A1 Kohei Sato Pin
B1 Daisuke Sekimoto 16:09

2012[edit]

The 2012 Fire Festival was held from July 20 to August 5 over eleven shows. It featured ten participants in two blocks.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Go Shiozaki 7 Masato Tanaka 7
Shinjiro Otani 6 Daisuke Sekimoto 5
Ryouji Sai 4 Kohei Sato 3
Tomoaki Honma 3 Mohammed Yone 3
Daichi Hashimoto 0 KAMIKAZE 2
Block A Daichi Hashimoto Tomoaki Honma Shinjiro Otani Ryouji Sai Go Shiozaki
Daichi Hashimoto X Honma (15:52) Otani (21:48) Sai (13:15) Shiozaki (14:02)
Tomoaki Honma Honma (15:52) X Otani (21:23) Sai (12:16) Draw (30:00)
Shinjiro Otani Otani (21:48) Otani (21:23) X Otani (16:01) Shiozaki (17:23)
Ryouji Sai Sai (13:15) Sai (12:16) Otani (16:01) X Shiozaki (20:59)
Go Shiozaki Shiozaki (14:02) Draw (30:00) Shiozaki (17:23) Shiozaki (20:59) X
Block B KAMIKAZE Kohei Sato Daisuke Sekimoto Masato Tanaka Mohammed Yone
KAMIKAZE X KAMIKAZE (12:28) Sekimoto (13:53) Tanaka (18:18) Yone (11:46)
Kohei Sato KAMIKAZE (12:28) X Sekimoto (16:06) Draw (30:00) Sato (11:49)
Daisuke Sekimoto Sekimoto (13:53) Sekimoto (16:06) X Tanaka (26:42) Draw (30:00)
Masato Tanaka Tanaka (18:18) Draw (30:00) Tanaka (26:42) X Tanaka (15:07)
Mohammed Yone Yone (11:46) Sato (11:49) Draw (30:00) Tanaka (15:07) X
Final
     
A1 Go Shiozaki Pin
B1 Masato Tanaka 20:48

2013[edit]

The 2013 Fire Festival was held from July 17 to August 4 over ten shows. It featured twelve participants in two blocks and was contested for the vacant World Heavyweight Championship. New Zealander James Raideen became the first foreigner to win the tournament. At 22 years old, he also became both the youngest winner of the tournament and the youngest World Heavyweight Champion in history.[2]

Final standings
Block A Block B
Masato Tanaka 8 James Raideen 7
Daisuke Sekimoto 7 Shinjiro Otani 6
Kohei Sato 5 Yuji Okabayashi 5
Kazma Sakamoto 5 Yutaka Yoshie 5
Yusaku Obata 3 Ryouji Sai 4
Maybach β 2 Daemon Ueda 3
Block A Maybach β Yusaku Obata Kazma Sakamoto Kohei Sato Daisuke Sekimoto Masato Tanaka
Maybach β X Obata (12:02) Sakamoto (12:41) Maybach (14:29) Sekimoto (10:41) Tanaka
Yusaku Obata Obata (12:02) X Sakamoto (14:12) Draw (30:00) Sekimoto (17:08) Tanaka (6:51)
Kazma Sakamoto Sakamoto (12:41) Sakamoto (14:12) X Sato Draw (30:00) Tanaka (15:18)
Kohei Sato Maybach (14:29) Draw (30:00) Sato X Sato (13:20) Tanaka (16:26)
Daisuke Sekimoto Sekimoto (10:41) Sekimoto (17:08) Draw (30:00) Sato (13:20) X Sekimoto (23:52)
Masato Tanaka Tanaka Tanaka (6:51) Tanaka (15:18) Tanaka (16:26) Sekimoto (23:52) X
Block B Yuji Okabayashi Shinjiro Otani James Raideen Ryouji Sai Daemon Ueda Yutaka Yoshie
Yuji Okabayashi X Otani (17:52) Raideen (13:36) Okabayashi (13:43) Okabayashi (12:39) Draw (30:00)
Shinjiro Otani Otani (17:52) X Otani (17:58) Sai (16:53) Otani Yoshie (14:24)
James Raideen Raideen (13:36) Otani (17:58) X Raideen (10:19) Draw (30:00) Raideen
Ryouji Sai Okabayashi (13:43) Sai (16:53) Raideen (10:19) X Ueda (10:54) Sai (13:42)
Daemon Ueda Okabayashi (12:39) Otani Draw (30:00) Ueda (10:54) X Yoshie (9:47)
Yutaka Yoshie Draw (30:00) Yoshie (14:24) Raideen Sai (13:42) Yoshie (9:47) X
Final
     
A1 Masato Tanaka Pin
B1 James Raideen 17:05

2014[edit]

The 2014 Fire Festival took place from July 13 to August 3 over nine shows. It featured twelve participants in two blocks, including outside participation from Big Japan Pro Wrestling's Daisuke Sekimoto and Kazuki Hashimoto, freelancer Hideki Suzuki and Wrestle-1's Kai. One of the matches in the tournament took place at an event held by Wrestle-1. 2014 marked the first time the tournament featured semifinal matches.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Kai 7 Kohei Sato 7
Ryouji Sai 6 Daemon Ueda 6
Daisuke Sekimoto 5 Masato Tanaka 6
Hideki Suzuki 4 Shinjiro Otani 4
Tama Williams 4 Kazuki Hashimoto 3
Yusaku Obata 4 Yoshikazu Yokoyama 2
Block A Kai Yusaku Obata Ryouji Sai Daisuke Sekimoto Hideki Suzuki Tama Williams
Kai X Kai
(10:31)
Kai
(16:37)
Draw
(30:00)
Suzuki
(12:21)
Kai
(9:34)
Yusaku Obata Kai
(10:31)
X Obata
(15:57)
Sekimoto Suzuki
(8:54)
Obata
(13:41)
Ryouji Sai Kai
(16:37)
Obata
(15:57)
X Sai Sai
(11:39)
Sai
(10:01)
Daisuke Sekimoto Draw
(30:00)
Sekimoto Sai X Sekimoto
(17:02)
Williams
(12:43)
Hideki Suzuki Suzuki
(12:21)
Suzuki
(8:54)
Sai
(11:39)
Sekimoto
(17:02)
X Williams
Tama Williams Kai
(9:34)
Obata
(13:41)
Sai
(10:01)
Williams
(12:43)
Williams X
Block B Kazuki Hashimoto Kohei Sato Shinjiro Otani Masato Tanaka Daemon Ueda Yoshikazu Yokoyama
Kazuki Hashimoto X Sato Otani Tanaka Hashimoto Draw
(9:23)
Kohei Sato Sato X Sato Sato Ueda
(8:52)
Draw
(9:21)
Shinjiro Otani Otani Sato X Tanaka
(21:53)
Ueda
(14:12)
Otani
(14:02)
Masato Tanaka Tanaka Sato Tanaka
(21:53)
X Ueda
(15:02)
Tanaka
(12:32)
Daemon Ueda Hashimoto Ueda
(8:52)
Ueda
(14:12)
Ueda
(15:02)
X Yokoyama
(12:54)
Yoshikazu Yokoyama Draw
(9:23)
Draw
(9:21)
Otani
(14:02)
Tanaka
(12:32)
Yokoyama
(12:54)
X
Semifinals Final
           
A1 Kai Pin
B2 Daemon Ueda
Kai Pin
Ryouji Sai
B1 Kohei Sato Pin
A2 Ryouji Sai

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