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List of professional wrestling promotions in Japan

This is a list of professional wrestling promotions in Japan which includes both national and independent puroresu and joshi companies from the post-World War II period up to the present day.

Contents

Major promotionsEdit

PuroresuEdit

Name Location Owner(s) Years active Notes
All Japan Pro Wrestling Yokohama Jun Akiyama 1972– Affiliated with National Wrestling Alliance until 1990.[1][2][3]
Dragon Gate Kobe Gaora 2004– Known as Toryumon Japan from 1997 to 2004.[1][4]
DDT Pro-Wrestling Tokyo CyberAgent 1997– [1][5]
Inoki Genome Federation Tokyo Simon Inoki 2007–
International Wrestling Enterprise Tokyo Isao Yoshiwara 1967–1981 Associated with the American Wrestling Association from 1970, and the Japan Pro-Wrestling Commission with New Japan Pro Wrestling until 1981.[6]
Japan Wrestling Association Tokyo Rikidōzan 1953–1973 Affiliated with the National Wrestling Alliance. Membership was transferred to AJPW.[1][7][8]
New Japan Pro-Wrestling Tokyo Bushiroad 1971– [1][9][10]
Pro Wrestling Noah Tokyo Lidet Entertainment 2000– [1][11][12]

JoshiEdit

Name Location Owner(s) Years active Notes
All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling Tokyo Kunimatsu Matsunaga
Takashi Matsunaga
1972–2005 [1][13][14]
Gaea Japan Tokyo Yuka Sugiyama 1995–2005 [1][15][16]

Independent promotionsEdit

PuroresuEdit

Name Location Owner(s) Years active Notes
Apache Pro-Wrestling Army Tokyo Kintaro Kanemura 2004–2016
Battlarts Koshigaya Yuki Ishikawa 1996–2011
Cho Sento Puroresu FMW Greater Tokyo Area Akihito Ichihara
Yukihide Ueno
1989–2002
2015-
Previously named Frontier Martial Arts Wrestling.[1][17][18]
Diamond Ring Yoshikawa Kensuke Sasaki
Akira Hokuto
2003–2013 Previously named Kensuke Office.
Dradition Tokyo Tatsumi Fujinami 2008–
El Dorado Wrestling Tokyo Noriaki Kawabata
Koji Fujinaga
2006–2008 Continuation of DragonDoor.
Federacion Universal de Lucha Libre Hisatsune Shinma 1990–1995 Known as Universal Pro Wrestling from 1990 to 1993, the promotion was affiliated with the Universal Wrestling Association.[19]
Fighting Network Rings Tokyo Akira Maeda 1991–2002 Continuation of Newborn UWF.
Revived as a pure mixed martial arts promotion (The Outsider series) in 2008.
Hustle Greater Tokyo Area Nobuhiko Takada 2004–2011 [20]
IWA Japan Tokyo Tatsukuni Asano 1994–2014 Continuation of W*ING.[1][21][22]
Kingdom Tokyo 1997–1998 Continuation of UWF International.
Pro-Wrestling Basara Shinjuku Tokyo Isami Kodaka 2015– Continuation of Union Pro Wrestling.
Pro Wrestling Fujiwara Gumi Tokyo Yoshiaki Fujiwara
Masakatsu Funaki
Minoru Suzuki
1991–1995
Pro Wrestling Zero1 Tokyo First On Stage Inc. 2001– [1][23][24]
Real Japan Pro Wrestling Tokyo Satoru Sayama 2005–
Riki Pro Tokyo Riki Choshu
Katsuji Nagashima
2004–2010 Also known as World Japan Pro Wrestling or Fighting of World Japan.[1][25][26]
Secret Base Tokyo Mototsugu Shimizu
Jun Ogawauchi
2009– Continuation of El Dorado Wrestling.
Smash Tokyo Yoshihiro Tajiri
Akira Shoji
2010–2012 Continuation of Hustle.[27]
Super World of Sports Tokyo Hachiro Tanaka 1990–1992 Associated with the World Wrestling Federation.[28]
Tenryu Project Tokyo Genichiro Tenryu 2010–2015
Tokyo Gurentai Tokyo Nosawa Rongai
Mazada
2010–
Tokyo Pro Wrestling Tokyo Takashi Ishikawa 1994–1996
Universal Wrestling Federation Matsumoto Hisashi Shinma 1984–1986 Revived as the Newborn UWF in 1988 and again in 1991 as Union of Wrestling Forces International (UWF International or UWFi).
UWF International Tokyo Nobuhiko Takada 1991–1996 Continuation of Universal Wrestling Federation.
Union Pro Wrestling Shinjuku Tokyo Naomi Susan
DDT Pro Wrestling
1993–1995
2004–2015
Wrestle-1 Tokyo Keiji Mutoh 2013–
Wrestle Association "R" Tokyo Gen'ichiro Tenryu
Masatomo Takei
1992–2006 [29][30]
Wrestling International New Generations Tokyo Kiyoshi Ibaragi
Victor Quiñonez
1991–1994 Associated with the World Wrestling Council.[31][32]
Wrestling New Classic Tokyo Yoshihiro Tajiri 2012–2014 Continuation of Smash. Sister promotion of Reina Joshi Puroresu.

JoshiEdit

Name Location Owner(s) Years active Notes
Arsion Tokyo Hiroshi Ogawa 1997–2003 [33][34]
Ice Ribbon Warabi Neoplus 2006–
Jd' Tokyo Yoshimoto Kogyo Company
J Office Group
1995–2007 [35]
JWP Joshi Puroresu Tokyo Kiyoshi Shinozaki
Masatoshi Yamamoto
1992–2017 [36][37]
Oz Academy Tokyo Mayumi Ozaki 1998–
Pro Wrestling Wave Tokyo Zabun Co, Ltd. 2007– Sister promotion of Osaka Joshi Pro-Wrestling.
Pure-J Command Bolshoi 2017– [38][39]
Sendai Girls' Pro Wrestling Sendai Meiko Satomura 2005–
Stardom Tokyo Rossy Ogawa 2010–
Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling Tokyo Tetsuya Koda and Nozomi 2012–

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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