CyberFight

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CyberFight Co., Ltd.
CyberFight
Native name
株式会社CyberFight
Kabushiki gaisha CyberFight
Company typeSubsidiary
Industry
FoundedJuly 27, 2020; 3 years ago (2020-07-27)
HeadquartersShiratori Building, 1F, 2-1-2 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, ,
Japan
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
  • Increase ¥−104 million (2023)
Total assets
  • Decrease ¥291 million (2023)
Total equity
  • Decrease ¥−1.542 billion (2023)
ParentCyberAgent
Divisions
Websitecyber-fight.co.jp
Footnotes / references
[1][2][3]

CyberFight Co., Ltd. (株式会社CyberFight, Kabushiki gaisha Saibāfaito), operating simply as CyberFight (CF), is a Japanese professional wrestling parent company based in Tokyo. It is a subsidiary of the CyberAgent digital advertising company. CyberFight serves as an umbrella brand for three promotions: Pro Wrestling Noah, DDT Pro-Wrestling and Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling.

History[edit]

DDT Pro-Wrestling[edit]

In April 1997, following the success of the first Judgement event held on March 25, Sanshiro Takagi, Mikami and Nosawa Rongai left the Pro Wrestling Crusaders promotion to start their own promotion called Dramatic Dream Team with Takagi and Shoichi Ichimiya as owners. In June 2000, the promotion was incorporated as Dramatic Dream Team, Co., Ltd. (有限会社ドラマチック・ドリーム・チーム, Yūgen gaisha Doramachikku Dorīmu Chīmu) and Koichiro Kimura was appointed director. In 2003, Ichimiya was appointed representative director. In April 2004, the company changed its name to DDT Pro-Wrestling, Co., Ltd. (有限会社DDTプロレスリング, Yūgen gaisha Dī Dī Tī Puroresuringu). On December 28, 2005, Ichimiya announced his retirement from professional wrestling and stepped down from his position in the company, leaving Takagi as the sole owner and new president. In 2009, DDT changed its legal form of incorporation to a kabushiki gaisha.

Pro Wrestling Noah[edit]

On January 31, 1999, All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) founder Giant Baba died and left the company to his widow Motoko Baba as owner and Mitsuharu Misawa as president. Disagreements over the proposed direction for the company led Misawa to leave AJPW on May 28, 2000, to form a new promotion called Pro Wrestling Noah. He was followed in this venture by almost the entire AJPW roster. The promotion quickly rose in popularity and was even named best promotion in 2004 and 2005, as well as having the best weekly television show in 2003 by the Wrestling Observer.

On June 13, 2009, after taking a belly to back suplex from Akitoshi Saito, Misawa lost consciousness in the ring and was taken to a hospital. He was pronounced dead in the hospital later that day due to spinal damage.[4] Two weeks later, Akira Taue was named as Misawa's successor, taking over as president of Noah.

In March 2012, a scandal revealed that some of the Noah management had had ties to a Yakuza syndicate between 2003 and 2010. As part of the fallout, Noah lost its TV show. In the years that followed, many major stars such as Kenta Kobashi, Kenta and Jun Akiyama left the company.

On October 1, 2016, it was announced that Noah had been purchased by IT company Estbee, Co., Ltd. As a result, former AJPW president Masayuki Uchida replaced Taue as president.[5] On November 7, Estbee changed its legal name to Noah Global Entertainment, Inc. (ノア・グローバルエンタテインメント株式会社, Noa Gurōbaru Entateinmento Kabushiki gaisha). At the end of 2016, relations between Noah and New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) reportedly turned "extremely sour" and NJPW pulled all of its wrestlers from Noah. In the months following the end of the relationship, Noah's attendance numbers went down by 29%.[6] On January 29, 2019, Uchida announced that Lidet Entertainment had acquired 75% of Noah's shares.[7]

CyberAgent and the creation of CyberFight[edit]

On September 1, 2017, 100% of DDT's shares were sold to the CyberAgent company. Sanshiro Takagi remained as the DDT president. On January 28, 2020, it was announced that CyberAgent had purchased Pro Wrestling Noah from Lidet Entertainment.[8] On July 27, 2020, it was announced that Noah, DDT Pro-Wrestling and the DDT Foods company would merge in a new company that would eventually be called CyberFight.[9][3] The decision came after financial troubles faced by Noah and DDT due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sanshiro Takagi was named as president of the promotion and he established a plan of running events at the Tokyo Dome and overtaking NJPW in popularity.[10] It was also revealed that the Noah and DDT brands would not be retired and would maintain their unique and current brand names, logos, color scheme, etc. and would act as two separate brands within CyberFight.[11]

On June 6, 2021, CyberFight held its first event promoted under the CyberFight name, CyberFight Festival 2021, at the Saitama Super Arena.[12]

On December 15, 2023, the four brands of CyberFight were announced as founding members of the United Japan Pro-wrestling alliance, a joint effort to further develop professional wrestling in Japan through promotion and organization, with Seiji Sakaguchi being named as the chairman of the project.[13]

On January 31, 2024, a press conference was held to announce Ganbare Pro-Wrestling would become independent from CyberFight at the end of March, with the final GanPro event under the CyberFight umbrella to be held on March 28.[14]

On May 16, 2024, it was announced that Takagi would be stepping down as president of CyberFight to assume the position of executive vice president on June 1, and the new president become Yasuo Okamoto.[15]

Personnel[edit]

Current championships[edit]

DDT Pro-Wrestling[edit]

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days
held
Successful
defenses
Location Notes Ref.
KO-D Openweight Championship
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Yuki Ueno 1 November 12, 2023 245+ 4 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Chris Brookes at Ultimate Party 2023. [16][17]
DDT Universal Championship
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Mao 2 November 12, 2023 245+ 8 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Matt Cardona in a no disqualification match at Ultimate Party 2023. [16][18]
DDT Extreme Championship
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Shunma Katsumata 3 January 28, 2024 168+ 2 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Kazuki Hirata at Sweet Dreams! 2024. [19]
KO-D Tag Team Championship
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Burning
(Tetsuya Endo and Yuki Iino)
1
(5, 1)
February 7, 2024 158+ 1 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Damnation T.A (Daisuke Sasaki and Kanon) at Into The Fight 2024 Tour in Shinagawa. [20]
KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Championship
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Smile Squash
(Akito, Harashima and Yasu Urano)
1
(5, 1, 1)
June 5, 2024 39+ 0 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Damnation T.A (Daisuke Sasaki, Kanon and MJ Paul) at What Are You Doing? 2024 Tour in Shinjuku. [21]
KO-D 10-Man Tag Team Championship
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Schadenfreude International
(Masahiro Takanashi, Antonio Honda, Takayuki Ueki, Takeshi Masada and Mecha Mummy)
1
(1, 3, 1, 1, 1)
January 5, 2024 191+ 2 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Yuki Ueno, Shunma Katsumata, Toy Kojima, Yuni and Yoshihiko at Sweet Dreams! 2024 Tour in Shinjuku. [22]
O-40 Championship
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Azul Dragon 1 April 13, 2024 92+ 0 Fukuoka, Japan Defeated Makoto Oishi to win the vacant title at Dramatic Dream Tour 2024 in Fukuoka. [23]
World Ōmori Championship
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Soma Takao 1 November 27, 2022 595+ 1 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Chikara at UTAN Festa 2022. [24]
Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship
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Funky Kato 1 June 29, 2024 15+ N/A Tokyo, Japan Pinned Minoru Suzuki's towel aboard the Tokyo Sakura Tram at Toden Wrestling. [25]

Pro Wrestling Noah[edit]

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days
held
Successful
defenses
Location Notes Ref.
GHC Heavyweight Championship
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Kaito Kiyomiya 3 May 4, 2024 71 2 Tokyo, Japan Defeated El Hijo de Dr. Wagner Jr. at Noah Wrestle Magic. [26]
GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship
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Amakusa 2 July 13, 2024 1 0 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Daga at Destination 2024. [27]
GHC National Championship
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Ulka Sasaki 1 July 13, 2024 1 0 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Hayata at Destination 2024. [27]
GHC Tag Team Championship
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Naomichi Marufuji and Takashi Sugiura 3
(9, 10)
June 16, 2024 28 0 Yokohama, Japan Defeated Good Looking Guys (Jack Morris and Anthony Greene) at Grand Ship In Yokohama. [27]
GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship
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Eita and Shuji Kondo 1
(3, 2)
June 9, 2024 35 0 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Good Looking Guys (Yo-Hey and Tadasuke) at Star Navigation. [27]
GHC Hardcore Championship
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Shuji Ishikawa 1 May 4, 2024 71 0 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Ninja Mack at Noah Wrestle Magic. [26]

Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling[edit]

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days
held
Successful
defenses
Location Notes Ref.
Princess of Princess Championship
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Miu Watanabe 1 March 31, 2024 105 2 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Miyu Yamashita at Grand Princess '24. [28]
Princess Tag Team Championship
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Daisy Monkey
(Arisu Endo and Suzume)
1
(1, 1)
March 31, 2024 105 1 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Ryo Mizunami and Yuki Aino at Grand Princess '24. [28]
International Princess Championship
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Yuki Arai 1 January 4, 2024 192 3 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Max the Impaler at Tokyo Joshi Pro '24. [29]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 会社概要 [Company Overview] (in Japanese). CyberFight. Retrieved August 22, 2021.
  2. ^ 株式会社CyberFightの情報 [CyberFight Co., Ltd. Information]. catr.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved August 22, 2021.
  3. ^ a b プロレス事業会社 株式会社CyberFightの始動について [Pro-Wrestling Business: About CyberFight Co., Ltd. launch] (in Japanese). CyberAgent. 27 July 2020. Retrieved August 22, 2021.
  4. ^ Mainichi Japan (2009-06-15). "Pro wrestler Mitsuharu Misawa dies in ring after blow to head". Mainichi Japan. Mainichi Daily News. Archived from the original on June 18, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-15.
  5. ^ ノア正式発表 IT企業「エストビー」に事業譲渡. Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). 2016-11-01. Archived from the original on 2016-11-02. Retrieved 2016-11-01.
  6. ^ Meltzer, Dave (May 22, 2017). "May 22, 2017 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: NJPW business up, ROH War of the Worlds review, tons more". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Campbell, California: 8. ISSN 1083-9593. The only company down is Noah, which is down 29 percent after losing its affiliation with New Japan and losing Suzuki-gun as the regular top heels. For as much as the Noah fans hated Suzuki-gun and blamed them for the bad business, and they didn't pick business up the way hoped for, Noah has fallen significantly without them.
  7. ^ "【ノア】新体制移行を発表 新オーナー・リデット社「ビッグマッチ増やしたい」(東スポWeb)". Yahoo!ニュース (in Japanese). Retrieved 2019-04-17.[dead link]
  8. ^ Pratt, Emily (January 29, 2020). "Pro Wrestling NOAH's New Relationship With DDT Will Make It Easier To Watch Internationally". Uproxx. Retrieved 27 July 2020.
  9. ^ Thomas, Jeremy (July 27, 2020). "Pro Wrestling NOAH and DDT to Merge Into New Company CyberFight". 411Mania. Retrieved August 22, 2021.
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  11. ^ Yeates, Walter (July 28, 2020). "Breaking: CyberFight Will Place DDT, NOAH, TJPW Under Same Corporate Banner". theovertimer. Retrieved 7 September 2020.
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  13. ^ 新日、全日、ノアら9団体が「日本プロレスリング連盟」設立 来年5月には設立記念興行も [Nine organizations, including NJPW, AJPW, and Noah, establish "United Japan Pro-wrestling"; launching event to be held next May]. Nikkan Sports (in Japanese). December 15, 2023. Retrieved January 3, 2024.
  14. ^ ガンプロが3月いっぱいで株式会社CyberFightからの独立を発表 / 翔太、長谷川美子、リアラが3月末で退団 [GanPro announces independence from CyberFight Inc. at the end of March / Shota, Yoshiko Hasegawa, and Riara wwill leave at the end of March.]. proresu-today.com (in Japanese). January 31, 2024.
  15. ^ 【会見全文】CyberFightが新体制となり大改革!髙木三四郎が社長から副社長に。武藤敬司が新人発掘を担当。NOAHに佐々木憂流迦&Eitaが入団。WWEとの関係強化を明言 [[Press Conference] CyberFight underwent a major restructuring with a new organization! Sanshiro Takagi is now the vice president instead of the president. Keiji Mutoh is in charge of scouting new talents, Ulka Sasaki & Eita join Noah, and the company clearly states that it will strengthen its relationship with WWE.]. Battle News (in Japanese). Collabo Soken Inc. May 16, 2024. Archived from the original on May 16, 2024.
  16. ^ a b "Tokyo Ryōgoku Kokugikan "Ultimate Party 2023"" 東京・両国国技館「Ultimate Party 2023」 (in Japanese). DDT Pro-Wrestling. May 3, 2023. Retrieved September 26, 2023.
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  18. ^ DDT UNIVERSAL選手権. Extreme Party (in Japanese).
  19. ^ DDT EXTREME選手権. Extreme Party (in Japanese).
  20. ^ DDT Pro-Wrestling (February 7, 2024). "Into The Fight 2024 TOUR in SHINJUKU" (in Japanese). Retrieved February 7, 2024.
  21. ^ "DDT What Are You Doing? 2024 Tour In Shinjuku". Cagematch.net. Retrieved June 5, 2024.
  22. ^ KO-D10 人タッグ選手権(第3代から8人タッグ選手権). Extreme Party (in Japanese). Retrieved November 17, 2021.
  23. ^ O-40 選手権. Extreme Party (in Japanese).
  24. ^ 大森夢フェア認定世界大森級選手権. Extreme Party (in Japanese).
  25. ^ アイアンマンヘビーメタル級選手権. Extreme Party (in Japanese).
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  27. ^ a b c d Global Honored Crown(チャンピオン) (in Japanese). Pro Wrestling Noah. Retrieved November 17, 2021.
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  29. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip (January 4, 2024). "TJPW Tokyo Joshi Pro '24". cagematch.net. Retrieved January 4, 2024.