Active Advance Pro Wrestling
This article relies largely or entirely on a single source. (February 2016)
Active Advance Pro Wrestling (2AW for short) is a Japanese professional wrestling promotion and training facility originally owned and promoted by Taka Michinoku. The promotion places emphasis on a style of puroresu that combines high-flying, technical wrestling and martial arts. The promotion was originally called Kaientai Dojo (or K-DOJO for short).
|Formerly||Kaientai Dojo (K-DOJO)|
This style was largely contributed to by Taka Michinoku and is gaining popularity in Japan and abroad. K-DOJO is also heavily influenced by American-style wrestling and places a large amount of importance on presentation. For instance, each Club-K 3000 show that K-DOJO runs is equipped with a large screen near the entrance gate, similar to the Titantron, where a short introductory vignette is played during each wrestler's entrance and where the crowd can follow the action on-screen.
They had a home building that doubles as their training facility, Chiba Blue Field, where all of their Club-K 3000 shows were held; in December 2011, the building was bought by all Women's professional wrestling promotion Universal Woman's Pro Wrestling Reina, but K-Dojo continues to run shows from the renamed Reina Arena. On April 1, 2013, the arena was again renamed Blue Field.
Kaientai Dojo originated in 2000 as a small wrestling school in Puerto Rico run by Taka Michinoku. After Taka returned to Japan in 2002, he established the Japanese branch of Kaientai Dojo, which would soon become a wrestling promotion. The small federation grew over the years and is now an independent league that runs as a promotion, wrestling school and talent loan organization to various other leagues such as AJPW, Dragon Gate and Michinoku Pro.
Until recently, K-DOJO was separated into two distinct sides, GET and RAVE, which ran separate shows but often joined together during large shows and tours. GET was led by Taka Michinoku while RAVE's leader was Hi69. After Hi69's departure, Taka Michinoku became commissioner of RAVE and 296 became commissioner of GET. On April 22, 2007, RAVE ran its last show; the two brands merged and now run joint shows.
A particular aspect of K-DOJO is that it is one of the few wrestling promotions to feature both men and women. Women can wrestle in the same ring as men, either during mixed tag matches or even singles matches. Also, they can challenge for championship belts, something that would be unheard of in most wrestling promotions.
In November 2018, it became known that Taka Michinoku had an eight-year-long extramarital relationship with a woman. After this scandal, the promotion fired him and sanctioned him for one year without payment.
In April 2019, the promotion announced that they were rebranding as Active Advance Pro Wrestling (2AW for short). This came as the company attempted to rebrand themselves after the Taka Michinoku scandal, also changing their colors to black & white. That same night, young wrestler Ayato Yoshida won the Strongest-K Championship, symbolically leading the company into the future.
On January 10, 2020, it was announced that 2AW is now part of the Allied Independent Wrestling Federations as their Japanese affiliate.
|Championship||Current champion(s)||Reign||Date won||Days held||Defenses||Location||Notes|
|2AW Openweight Championship||Shu Asakawa||1||September 1, 2019||137+||2||Tokyo, Japan||Defeated Ayato Yoshida in a tournament final at Grand Slam in Korakuen Hall to become the inaugural champion.|
|UWA World Middleweight Championship||Kyu Mogami||1||June 20, 2019||210+||0||Tokyo, Japan||Defeated Fuminori Abe.|
|UWA World Tag Team Championship||Yapper Man 1 and Yapper Man 2||5
|October 19, 2019||89+||0||Tokyo, Japan||Defeated Ikuto Hikada and Minoru Fujita at Michinoku 2019 Tokyo Conference Vol. 6.|
|Independent World Junior Heavyweight Championship||Keisuke Ishii||2||September 28, 2019||110+||2||Tokyo, Japan||Defeated Shuichiro Katsumura at DDT Ganbare Pro I Do Not Need A Comic Magazine! 2019.|
|Chiba 6-Man Tag Team Championship||Ayato Yoshida, Tank Nagai and Kotaro Yoshino||1
(2, 2, 3)
|November 10, 2019||67+||0||Chiba, Japan||Defeated Chango, Dinosaur Takuma and Kaji Tomato at Grand Slam in TKP Garden City Chiba.|
|Championship:||Final champion(s):||Date won:|
|Strongest-K Championship||Ayato Yoshida||April 13, 2019|
|Strongest-K Tag Team Championship||Kaji Tomato and Taishi Takizawa||April 13, 2019|
|UWA/UWF Intercontinental Tag Team Championship||Kazma and Kengo Mashimo||March 5, 2006|
|WEW Hardcore Tag Team Championship||Kunio Toshima and Yuma||April 17, 2016|
|Kitakami 6-Man Tag Team Championship||Kengo Mashimo, Tank Nagai and Yuki Sato||May 22, 2016|
|Tournament||Latest winner:||Date won:|
|Bo-so Golden Tag Tournament||Ayato Yoshida and Kyu Mogami||January 29, 2017|
|K-Metal League||Marines Mask||May 6, 2018|
|Kaio Tournament||Kengo Mashimo||August 26, 2018|
- "千葉BlueField名称変更のお知らせ". Kaientai Dojo (in Japanese). December 10, 2011. Archived from the original on December 13, 2012. Retrieved December 12, 2011.
- "KAIENTAI DOJO 17周年記念大会 GRAND SLAM in 後楽園ホール | KAIENTAI DOJO". www.k-dojo.co.jp. Retrieved 2019-04-14.
- "Welcome 2AW of Japan to AIWF Wrestling Family!". January 10, 2020. Retrieved January 10, 2020.