Kingdom (professional wrestling)

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Kingdom Professional Wrestling
Founded 1997
Defunct March 1998
Style Shoot style
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Founder(s) Former UWFi Wrestlers

Kingdom was a professional wrestling company in Japan from 1997 to 1998. It was essentially a continuation of UWF International, having most of its former roster: Nobuhiko Takada, Yoji Anjo, Kazushi Sakuraba, Daijiro Matsui, Naoki Sano, Masahito Kakihara, Yoshihiro Takayama, Kenichi Yamamoto and Hiromitsu Kanehara.


Kingdom : Birth Step 1 ( 5-4-1997 )

Match 1 : Hiromitsu Kanehara defeats Masahiro Kakihara (rear naked choke)

Match 2 : Kickboxing Match

Match 3 : Nico Gordeau defeats Daijiro Matsui (ko)

Match 4 : Kazushi Sakuraba defeats Naoki Sano (leg submission)

Match 5 : Nobuhiko Takada Exhibition Match

Match 6 : Yoshihiro Takayama defeats ? (leg submission)

Match 7 : Yoji Anjo defeats Kenichi Yamamoto (arm bar)

Kingdom : Birth Step 2 ( 6-20-1997 )

Match 1 :  ? defeats Daijiro Matsui (arm bar submission)

Match 2 : Kenichi Yamamoto defeats Nico Gordeau (leg submission)

Match 3 : Naoki Sano defeats Mark Hall (leg submission)

Match 4 : Yoshihiro Takayama defeats Masahito Kanehara (neck crank)

Match 5 : Yoji Anjo defeats kazushi Sakuraba (leg submission)

Kingdom : Birth Step 3 ( 7-29-1997 )

Match 1 : Daijiro Matsui defeats ? (arm bar submission)

Match 2 : Kenichi Yamamoto defeats Masahito Kakihara (KO)

Match 3 : Naoki Sano defeats Yoshihiro Takayama (arm bar submission)

Match 4 : Kazushi Sakuraba defeats Orlando Weit (rear naked choke)

Match 5 : Hiromitsu Kanehara defeats ? (kimura)

Match 6 : Yoji Anjo defeats Paul Varlens (tko)

Kingdom : One Night Tournament ( 8-22-1997 )

Match 1 : Naoki Sano defeats Masahito Kakihara (leg submission)

Match 2 : Kazushi Sakubara defeats Yoji Anjo (arm bar submission)

Match 3 : Masahito Kanehara defeats ? (leg submission)

Match 4 : Yoshihiro Takayama defeats Daijiro Matsui (rear naked choke)

Match 5 : ? defeats Alexander Otsuka (leg submission)

Match 6 : Naoki Sano defeats Kazushi Sakuraba (leg submission)

Match 7 : Hiromitsu Kanehara defeats Yoshihiro Takayama (arm bar submission)

Match 8 : Naoki Sano defeats Hiromitsu Kanehara (arm bar submission)


Kingdom's popularity did not reach or surpass that of the UWF International, which saw most of it's major events at the 2,000-seater Korakuen Hall in Tokyo. Attempts to rectify this by using talent from other shoot-style promotions including Battlarts did little to help, and it seemed that in the eyes of the Japanese fans the era of shoot-style wrestling had ended. As a result, Kingdom would go out of business in March 1998.

In the aftermath, Matsui, Sakuraba, Sano and Takada focused on competing for PRIDE as part of the Takada Dojo camp. Yamamoto and Kanehara jumped to RINGS, which had been a splinter promotion formed from the UWF much like UWF International had been. Meanwhile Kakihara and Takayama joined All Japan Pro Wrestling as free agents, while Anjo dabbled in K-1 before later reappearing in All Japan Pro Wrestling and Dream Stage Entertainment's HUSTLE as "Commander ANJOE".

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