The Tag-Team Scene

The Tag-Team Scene

Back in the days of Tokyo Pure there were many great tag-teams around. The most famous were arguably the Brothers in Arms, Jun Ikeda and Kazuki Suzuki. The Warriors, Kenzo Kikuchi and Daiki Kubo were also one of the better teams in TPW. Both teams had various runs as tag-team champions, but they weren’t the …

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Pride Before a Fall

Pride Before a Fall

In 1999 Masa Abe was an up-and-coming star, member of The Pride and with the world at his feet. After coming to blows with Pride leader Naoki Yoshida, Abe left Tokyo and headed to the US. There, after several years of setbacks and disappointments, he finally found his place and made a name for himself …

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Red, Gold & Green

Red, Gold & Green

Shuji Satoshi was one of the biggest stars in Tokyo Pure, an athletic, exuberant and well-loved wrestler. His trademark green face paint and tights made him stand out, while his acrobatic moves won over the fans. But in 2010 Satoshi would disappear from the company after losing a championship match to Shinji Watanabe, which was …

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Pure No More: FRONTLINE’s rise and decline

Pure No More: FRONTLINE’s rise and decline

In late 2012 the small regional wrestling promotion Tokyo Pure Wrestling was purchased by Hanako Yamamoto and transformed into Pro-Wrestling FRONTLINE. Yamamoto had a history with Tokyo Pure, her father Masaru Yamamoto was the man who founded the company in the late 1980’s with his good friend Dragon Takeshi, having previously been wrestlers themselves with All Pro …

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