Big Japan Pro Wrestling
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|Headquarters||Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan|
|Founder(s)||Shinya 'Great' Kojika|
Big Japan Pro Wrestling was founded in March 1995 by former AJPW wrestlers Shinya Kojika and Kendo Nagasaki, during the boom period for Deathmatch wrestling in Japan. Kendo Nagasaki left in 1999; Shinya Kojika is still president of the company to date.
The promotion followed in the footsteps of organisations such as Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling (FMW), Wrestling International New Generations (W*ING), and the International Wrestling Association of Japan (IWA Japan), who helped popularise a hard-hitting, violent and bloody style of wrestling known as the Deathmatch, or in more recent years, "hardcore" wrestling. These matches are usually weapon filled, using both "conventional" weapons (such as chairs and tables), as well as "extreme" weapons not usually seen in mainstream wrestling, and previously unused in wrestling at all. These weapons include, but are by no means limited to, nails, thumbtacks, fire and fluorescent light tubes. Barbed wire is also often used liberally in these matches, sometimes wrapped around other weapons, laid on the floor surrounding the ring, wrapped around the ring ropes or even replacing the ropes altogether. In it early years, BJW was unable to directly compete with the budgets of its competition. This led to the innovation of a number of unique gimmick matches, many of which helped hide its monetary shortcomings. These include:
- Circus Deathmatch- above the ring is a scaffold and under that scaffold there is a type of circus net made of barbed wire. When a wrestler falls off of the scaffold the barbed wire spider net is there to "catch" the wrestlers. After a wrestler, or a team of wrestlers, have been thrown into the net it is cut down and the match continues to a pin fall.
- Piranha Deathmatch- Barbed wire boards are placed in the corners. In the middle of the ring, there is a tank full of Piranhas. To win you must hold your opponent in the tank for ten seconds.
- Scorpion Deathmatch- This match is similar to the Piranha Deathmatch. However, instead of barbed wire boards, there are two cacti. And instead of Piranhas, there is a tank full of scorpions.
- Crocodile Deathmatch- Two wrestlers compete in a non-specific death match. The loser of the match must then go on to wrestle a crocodile.(This match has only been performed once in a death-match between Shadow WX & Mitsuhiro Matsunaga.)
- Fire Stone Deathmatch- Both the inside and outsides of the ring are lined with electrified space heaters wrapped in barbed wire. The match is won by pin fall.
- Big Japan W*ING Crisis Big Born Deathmatch (also known as "Crisis Big Born Deathmatch")- This is a Big Japan match which combines several different deathmatch types. The match starts out on a scaffold above a barbed wire net over a ring. The ring itself is surrounded by cactus, fire stones (electric space heaters wrapped in barbed wire) and dry ice. Thumbtacks are scattered in the ring. In the middle of the ring is a tank of scorpions. Various weapons including light bulbs, light tubes, baseball bats, drills, buzzsaws, and swords are permitted. The match is fought with all members of two teams active at the same time under hardcore street fight rules. When all the wrestlers have fallen into the barbed wire net, the next phase of the match begins. The barbed wire net is removed and the match still continues. Wrestlers leave and win the match by submission, by having their head put in the scorpion tank for ten seconds or by passing out.
- "Ancient Way" Death Match- Both fighters wrap their hands in hemp rope, which is then coated in honey and dipped in broken glass to make them deadly weapons.
- Big Japan CZW Crisis Big Born Cage of Death Deathmatch- a steel cage match with various weapons, objects, and plenty of wrestling violence which combining several types of deathmatches; a steel cage with various weapons and objects will be contested under "BJW's Crisis Big Born Deathmatch" rules. Electrified cage walls, tables, ladders, chairs, crowbars, Singaporean canes, barbed-wire-board, thumbtacks, bed-of-nails, circus-style-scaffold into a barbed-wire-trampoline, tub of scorpions, cactus plants, light tubes, light bulbs, glass, fire stones, dry Ice, barbed-wire-bat, drills, swords, knives, guns, buzzsaws and all other weapons have been used in it.
- Big Japan WWE Crisis Big Born Hell in a Cell Deathmatch- This is a 24-foot-high roofed cell structure which combining several types of deathmatches; a 24-foot-high roofed cell structure will be contested and competed under "BJW's Crisis Big Born Deathmatch" rules. The match starts out on a scaffold above a barbed wire net over a ring. The ring and the cell structure themselves are surrounded by cactus, fire stones (electric space heaters wrapped in barbed wire), dry ice, and all other weapons. Thumbtacks and Japanese kenzans are scattered in the ring and the cell. In the middle of the ring and the cell are all tanks of scorpions and every other thing else. Various weapons and objects including light bulbs, bats, drills, saws, swords, guns, and every other thing else whatsoever are permitted. The match is fought with all other different formats and stipulations (singles, tag team, gauntlet, etc.) active at the same time under street fight rules. There are no disqualifications, no count-outs, and no knock-outs (also no escape). The only way to win is by pinfall or submission inside the ring.
Away from the Deathmatches, BJW also has had well-established normal wrestling titles. On February 3, 1998, Yoshihiro Tajiri won a one night only 8 man tournament in Tokyo to crown BJW's first World Junior Heavyweight Champion. This match showed a distinct departure from the violent matches BJW is known for. The company also has had a World Heavyweight Championship, a World Women's Championship, a World Tag Team Championship, and a World 4-Man Tag Team Shuffle Championship. Although the World Tag Team and Deathmatch titles are the only ones still active.
Currently, the BJW roster is split into "Deathmatch BJ", "Strong BJ" and "Strong J". The deathmatch workers wrestle for the BJW Deathmatch Heavyweight Championship, the non-deathmatch heavyweight workers for the BJW World Strong Heavyweight Championship and the junior heavyweight workers for the BJW Junior Heavyweight Championship.
Big Japan Pro Wrestling Core
|Owner||Big Japan Pro Wrestling|
Big Japan Pro Wrestling Core (BJW Core) is a video-on-demand service owned by Big Japan Pro Wrestling. In November 2017, BJW announced "Big Japan Pro Wrestling Core", a new worldwide video-on-demand site for the promotion's events. The service features matches from the promotion's archives, dating back to 1995. The service has a current monthly subscription price of ¥888. In December 2018, BJW announced that the service would shut down at the end of the year, with plans to relaunch in February 2019 using a new service provider.
Big Japan has had interpromotional feuds with both New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) and Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW). These were both kayfabe feuds that were done in order to generate more income for both companies. During late 1996 and early 1997, BJW entered into an agreement with NJPW. Being a relatively new promotion, BJW was in need of mainstream publicity. NJPW agreed to a feud, which would allow Big Japan wrestlers to appear in their company and use New Japan's popularity to give exposure to their company. In return, Big Japan agreed to lose the feud and the majority of the interpromotional matches, therefore strengthening the New Japan brand. The situation provided an interesting clash of wrestling styles, as NJPW often favored a strong style of competition. The two promotions held Wrestling World 1997, the biggest event during the interpromotional feud and the fifth January 4 Tokyo Dome Show. In the late 1990s and into the 2000s, BJW competed against CZW. CZW was a relatively new American promotion at the time, and also largely focused on an extreme style of wrestling. Wrestlers feuded in both companies having matches in the United States and Japan. During the CZW feud, top star Tomoaki Honma departed the company to become a freelancer.
In 2008, BJW entered into a working relationship with Chikara. In October 2008, several BJW wrestlers went to America and faced Chikara in The Global Gauntlet. BJW did well, winning the best of five series on night one, but narrowly lost the Global Gauntlet match on the second night. In 2009, BJW hosted Chikara's inaugural Japanese tour.
In 2012, BJW established a three-way working relationship with CZW and German promotion Westside Xtreme Wrestling (wXw), which led to the creation of the World Triangle League tournament. The working relationship ended in 2016.
BJW has also had a long working relationship with the Union Pro Wrestling promotion, which has included BJW workers holding titles in Union Pro and vice versa. The relationship ended in 2014 when UPW shut down.
|Ring name||Real name||Notes|
|Abdullah Kobayashi||Yōsuke Kobayashi|
|Drew Parker||Drew Parker|
|Jaki Numazawa||Naoki Numazawa|
|Kankuro Hoshino||Naotake Hoshino|
|Masaya Takahashi||Masaya Takahashi|
|Ryuji Ito||Ryuji Ito|
|Yuki Ishikawa||Yuki Ishikawa|
|Ring name||Real name||Notes|
|Akira Hyodo||Akira Hyodo|
|Daichi Hashimoto||Daichi Hashimoto||Yokohama Shopping Street 6-Man Tag Team Champion|
|Daisuke Sekimoto||Daisuke Sekimoto|
|Hideyoshi Kamitani||Hideyoshi Kamitani||Yokohama Shopping Street 6-Man Tag Team Champion|
|Kazumi Kikuta||Kazumi Kikuta|
|Ryota Hama||Ryota Hama|
|Ryuichi Kawakami||Ryuichi Kawakami|
|Takuya Nomura||Takuya Nomura||BJW Tag Team Champion|
|Takuho Katoh||Takuho Katoh|
|Yasufumi Nakanoue||Yasufumi Nakanoue||BJW World Strong Heavyweight Champion|
|Yuichi Taniguchi||Yuichi Taniguchi|
|Yuji Okabayashi||Yuji Okabayashi|
|Yuya Aoki||Yuya Aoki||Yokohama Shopping Street 6-Man Tag Team Champion|
|Ring name||Real name||Notes|
|Kazuki Hashimoto||Kazuki Hashimoto|
|Kota Sekifuda||Kota Sekifuda|
|Takaaki Sato||Takaaki Sato|
|Tatsuhiko Yoshino||Tatsuhiko Kimura|
|Yuki Morihiro||Masaki Morihiro||Referee|
|Ring name||Real name||Notes|
|Brahman Kei||Kei Sato|
|Brahman Shu||Shu Sato|
|Hercules Senga||Tatsuhito Senga|
|Isami Kodaka||Isami Kodaka||Basara|
BJW Junior Heavyweight Champion
|Kohei Sato||Kohei Sato|
|Koju Takeda||Koju Takeda|
|Fuminori Abe||Fuminori Abe||Basara|
BJW Tag Team Champion
|Masashi Takeda||Masashi Takeda|
|Minoru Fujita||Minoru Fujita|
|Ocra Uto||Yoshihisa Uto|
|Ryuichi Sekine||Ryuichi Sekine||Basara|
|Shunma Katsumata||Shunma Katsumata||DDT Pro-Wrestling|
|Takayuki Ueki||Takayuki Ueki|
|Takumi Tsukamoto||Takumi Tsukamoto||Basara|
BJW Deathmatch Heavyweight Champion
|Toshiyuki Sakuda||Toshiyuki Sakuda|
|Tsutomu Oosugi||Tsutomu Oosugi|
|Yuko Miyamoto||Yuko Miyamoto||666|
|Yusuke Kodama||Yusuke Kodama|
|Ring name||Real name||Notes|
|Daikokubo Benkei||Kazumi Kotani||Retired wrestler|
|Eiji Tosaka||Eiji Tosaka||Announcer|
|Frank Atsushi||Atsushi Ohashi||Referee|
|Great Kojika||Shinya Kojika||Chairman|
|Mac Takeda||Hiroki Takeda||Referee|
|Ryohei Nakatani||Ryohei Nakatani||Referee|
|Ryuji Yamakawa||Seiji Yamakawa||Retired wrestler|
Makes occasional appearances
|Yuji Kumawaka||Yuji Kumawaka||Announcer|
|Yuji Shindo||Yuji Shindo||Announcer|
- Abdullah the Butcher
- Axl Rotten
- Crazy Sheik
- The Iceman
- James Keenan
- Jason Ray Nope
- Jun Kasai
- Kendo Nagasaki
- Kintaro Kanemura
- Kyoko Kimura
- Mad Man Pondo
- Mike Samples
- Mitsuhiro Matsunaga
- Necro Butcher
- Shadow WX
- Shinya Ishikawa
- Mr. Pogo
- Tarzan Goto
- Tomoaki Honma
- Towa Iwasaki
- Yoshihiro Tajiri
CZW Warriors (2000–2002)
As of July 30, 2021.
|Championship||Current champion(s)||Reign||Date won||Days held||Location||Notes|
|BJW Deathmatch Heavyweight Championship||Drew Parker||1||July 23, 2021||7+||Tokyo, Japan||Defeated Takumi Tsukamoto Barbed wire casket and Fluorescent light tubes Death Match at BJW.|
|BJW World Strong Heavyweight Championship||Yasufumi Nakanoue||1||January 2, 2021||209+||Tokyo, Japan||Defeated Yuji Okabayashi at BJW New Year 2021.|
|BJW Tag Team Championship||Astronauts |
(Fuminori Abe and Takuya Nomura)
|August 10, 2020||354+||Tokyo, Japan||Defeated Daisuke Sekimoto and Kohei Sato to win the title.|
|BJW Junior Heavyweight Championship||Kota Sekifuda||1||July 22, 2021||8+||Yokohama, Japan||Defeated previous champion Isami Kodaka at BJW.|
|Yokohama Shopping Street 6-Man Tag Team Championship||Daichi Hashimoto, Hideyoshi Kamitani and Yuya Aoki||1 |
(4, 5, 1)
|December 16, 2020||216+||Asahikawa, Japan||Defeated Akira Hyodo, Daisuke Sekimoto and Takuho Kato at BJW.|
|Championship||Final champion(s)||Date won|
|BJW Heavyweight Championship||Men's Teioh||September 5, 2004|
|BJW Women's Championship||Kaori Yoneyama||January 2, 2003|
|BJW Junior Heavyweight Championship (1998–2002)||Homicide||November 15, 2002|
|BJW 8-Man Scramble Championship||Kyoko Ichiki||May 14, 2000|
|Championship||Last champion(s)||Date won|
|FMW/WEW Hardcore Tag Team Championship||Saburo Inematsu and Ryuichi Sekine||April 12, 2015|
|Sakatako Intercontinental Tag Team Championship||Abdullah Kobayashi and Takayuki Ueki||October 2, 2016|
BJW also holds annual tournaments to decide the top wrestler or tag team in the promotion:
|Tournament||Latest winner(s)||Date won|
|Ikkitousen Strong Climb||Daichi Hashimoto||April 26, 2020|
|Ikkitousen Deathmatch Survivor||Isami Kodaka||April 14, 2019|
|Saikyo Tag League||Daichi Hashimoto and Hideyoshi Kamitani||October 20, 2020|
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