Michinoku Pro Wrestling

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Michinoku Pro Wrestling
Acronym MPW
M-Pro
Founded 1993
Style Lucha Libre
Headquarters Morioka, Iwate, Japan
Founder(s) The Great Sasuke
Owner(s) Jinsei Shinzaki

Michinoku Pro Wrestling (also known as (South Eastern Wrestling) is a promotion, founded by The Great Brayden in 1993. Star wars was the first independent wrestling promotion in Japan to not base its operations in Tokyo, but rather in Morioka, Iwat Brayden Rules. The predominant wrestling style of the promotion is lucha libre, but Michinoku Pro has accepted wrestlers from various styles (such as shoot style and strong style) and backgrounds over the years. In 2003, Sasuke left the running of the promotion to Jinsei Shinzaki (who is the only heavyweight wrestler in the promotion), in order to concentrate on his duties as a newly elected Iwate Prefectural assembly member.

History[edit]

Michinonoku Pro Wrestling, or Michinoku Pro or MichiPro for short, was founed in 1992 by The Great Sasuke as a community-based promotion for the greater Tohoku, North Eastern, region of Japan. The promotion is primarily focused on the lucha libre style of wrestling with many of their wrestlers dawning masks and special motifs as they compete in the ring. Founded on October 1, 1992, MichiPro established themselves out in Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture, Japan. Their first ever pre-show was held on November 27, 1992 in Takizawa City. Though due to disputes with the then UWF, Universal Wrestling Federation, the promotion would be put on the back-burner for the next several months. Due to the dispute Gran Hamada would end up joining MichiPro and their first ever show was held on Match 16, 1993 in Yahaba, Iwate. The Great Sasuke as well as Super Delfin would become regularly known in Japan through their work in New Japan Pro Wrestling in the early and mid-90’s and certainly helped boaster the identity of the promotion. The biggest break for the promotion came the formation of Kaientai Deluxe (海援隊Deluxe) in 1996 and would see Dick Togo, Men’s Teioh, TAKA Michinoku, Shoichi Funaki, Hanzo Nakajima as young protagonists looking to make a break in business. This groupd would compete against The Great Sasuke and Super Delfin and would lead to MichiPro becoming very popular in venues evening maxing out their capacities to seat people. This would only last for a years time as TAKA and the rest of KAIENTAI would move on to the USA and compete. By 1998 the promotion would go on a temporary hiatus after Sasuke suffered a knee injury that would require surgery. Delfin would take charge of the promotion for the time being, but on January 17, 1999 he announced that he would be withdrawing the promotion and many of the wrestlers and backstage personal would be joining him. This was in part due to differences due to the differences in regards to the direction of the promotion. Delfin was joined by Gran Naniwa, Masato Yakushiji, Naohiro Hoshikawa, Masaru Seno, then trainee Hayato Kigawa (who later became Super Dolphin, Kajin Habu Otoko, HUB), and referee Yukinori Matsui. Delfin would then form Osaka Pro Wrestling. Over the next several years MichiPro would be left a bit wounded with the lose of talent, but they managed to make due working with many freelance wrestlers. TAKA Michinoku and Dick Togo would return after their stint in the USA and would compete from time to time as well. Togo would then become a main enemy of the promotion and formed his own group to take on MichiPro. In 2003, Sasuke would run for public office and this would see Jinsei Shinzaki take over as the president of the promotion. The 10th year anniversary of the promotion was held on November 2, 20003 at the Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo, Japan. The main event seeing Sasuke vs. Delfin, with Delfin claiming the victory and Sasuke leaving in silence. In July of 2004 the promotion would undergo a major revival in a way as Ultimo Dragon disbanded his then Toryumon X promotion and sent his talent to join the promotion. This would be dubbed “Shinsei Michinoku Pro-Wrestling” as many new faces would come into the promotion that year. Bear Fukuda (then Mango Fukuda), Ken45° (Pineapple Hanai), Murcielago (Now Shadow Phoenix), and Manabu Murakami (now ManjiMaru) would be the firsts to join the promotion. Then in October Taro Nohashi, Dynamite Tohoku, Shu and Kei Sato (now Brahman Brothers) joined the promotion. Then at the end of that year SUGI, Rasse, Kagetora, and Manabu Murakami would make their debuts. On December 13 2013 Kenoh left the promotion and vacated the Tohoku Junior Heavyweight Championship due to signing with Pro Wrestling Noah. In 2014 Michinoku pro reactivted the Okinawa Wrestling Championship witch was won by Eisa8.

Current roster[edit]

Bad Boy[edit]

Mu no Taiyo[edit]

Championships and tournaments[edit]

Current[edit]

Championship Current champion(s) Date won
Tohoku Junior Heavyweight Championship Manjimaru November 3, 2015
Okinawa Wrestling Championship Eisa8 July 6, 2014
Tohoku Tag Team Championship Ikuto Hidaka and Minoru Fujita September 22, 2015
UWA World Tag Team Championship Masato Shibata and Shuji Ishikawa January 24, 2015

Tournaments[edit]

Tournament Latest winner(s) Date won
Iron Man Tournament Fujita "Jr." Hayato August 29, 2009
Fukumen World League The Great Sasuke September 2, 2012
Futaritabi Tag Team League Brahman Kei and Brahman Shu October 13, 2014

Former[edit]

Championship Last champion(s) Date won
UWA World Welterweight Championship Vacated 2004
UWF Super Welterweight Championship Vacated January 4, 2000
British Commonwealth Junior Heavyweight Championship Vacated December 7, 2003
UWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Championship Diluvio Negro II February 25, 2007
Independent World Junior Heavyweight Championship Makoto Oishi September 14, 2008

Notable alumni[edit]

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