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'''Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling''' was a UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}ese ProfessionalWrestling promotion founded by Atsushi Onita in 1989. He started it due to the two main promotions, Wrestling/AntonioInoki's Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling and Giant Baba's Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling, rejecting his ideas about how "everything should be allowed in ''[=Puroresu=]''". Onita expanded on the brawling style he had encountered in Wrestling/JerryLawler's Continental Wrestling Association in Memphis, Tennessee and the use of barbed-wire in the World Wrestling Council in Puerto Rico. Baba derisively labeled the FMW style "{{Garbage Wrestl|er}}ing", though it is more respectfully labeled "Hardcore." While Onita was the focus, and many Japanese wrestlers (W*ING Kanemura, Wrestling/MasatoTanaka, Hayabusa, Tarzan Goto, Mr. Gannosuke) made their names there, it also was the promotion where American wrestler Wrestling/MikeAwesome made his career as "The Gladiator" and also where Wrestling/{{Sabu}} first made his name, and, as a result of competing in no-rope barbed-wire matches, became the "scarred-up freak" the world would come to know and love. Much of what FMW pioneered would later be brought to US audiences via Wrestling/{{ECW}}. The company closed down in 2002.

FMW's Anniversary Show, generally held on May 5, was their equivalent to ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}}'', the show that the whole year centered around.

The basics can be found at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FMW The Other Wiki]].

!!! "Frontier Martial-Arts Tropes":

* TenMinuteRetirement: Atsushi Onita
* TheAce: Atsushi Onita
* ActionGirl: Megumi Kudo, Kyoko Inoue.
** DarkActionGirl: Shark Tsuchiya and her Mad Dog Military
* ArchEnemy: The Japanese wrestling mainstream
* AscendedExtra: Randy [=Neverman=], who had previously been a {{Jobber}} in Wrestling/{{WWE}} under his own name, was the first [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/japan/fmw/wwa-bk.html FMW WWA Brass Knuckles Champion]] as Beast the Barbarian.[[note]]For about two weeks. That was as good as he got.[[/note]]
* AxCrazy: The Sheik, Sabu, Mr. Pogo.... Just read some of the match descriptions. It was a PROMOTION full of crazy.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Megumi Kudo took some horrible abuse over her career, especially in her retirement match against Shark Tsuchiya (unofficially, the DistaffCounterpart to Tiger Jeet Singh) in 1997, but was able to pose for Japanese photobooks in 1999 and later.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Mr. Gannosuke as a heel.
* {{Brainwash|ed}}ing: Team No Respect did this to FMW President Hiroshi Arai's niece.
* CanadaEh: Sudden Impact (Wrestling/ChrisJericho and Wrestling/LanceStorm)
* ChainsawGOOD: [[Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre Leatherface]]
** CaptainErsatz[=/=]WritingAroundTrademarks: Super Leather
* CoolMask: Hayabusa
* {{Crossover}}: Professional boxer Leon Spinks held the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/japan/fmw/wfda-ma.html FMW W.F.D.A. World Martial Arts Title]] for two months in 1992.
* DarkerAndEdgier: FMW was '''very''' violent.
* DoNotCallMePaul: The Head Hunters (A&B) would address ''each other'' as "A" or "B."
* EnemyMine: Victor Quiñonez's arrival from IWA Japan and his forming the Puerto Rican Army was impactful enough to get the regular FMW guys and the W*ING Alliance on the same side.
* [[ThreateningShark Everything's Even Worse With Sharks]]: Shark Tsuchiya
* FacialMarkings: Mr. Pogo, the Gladiator, Shark Tsuchiya
* FunWithAcronyms: Wrestling/TerryFunk's {{Heel}} faction, '''F'''unk '''M'''asters of '''W'''restling.
* {{Garbage Wrestl|er}}ing: The {{Trope Namer|s}}
** BatterUp: Often wrapped in barbed-wire.
** ChairmanOfTheBrawl: Mammoth Sasaki had his Home Run, where he would wrap a chair around his standing opponent's head and then smack him with a chair.
** PlayingWithFire: The Onita/[=Tarzan=] Goto vs. The Sheik[=/=][=Sabu=] No Ropes Fire Death Match from the May 6, 1992 show, which went to a No-Contest due to the fire getting out of control. The Sheik, then in his 60s, was left in the ring with the fire burning down everything. He had to be rushed to the hospital and treated for third degree burns.
* GimmickMatches: '''MANY'''. One of Onita's chief innovations was taking down the ring ropes and replacing them with barbed-wire.[[note]]In Puerto Rico and elsewhere in the U.S, barbed-wire, if it was used at all, would be wrapped around the ring ropes.[[/note]] This led to [[UpToEleven the barbed-wire being attached to electrical charges and/or C4 explosives.]]
** GoryDeadlyOverkillTitleOfFatalDeath: Oh, so much.
** At the 7th Anniversary Show, May 5, 1996, Terry Funk and Mr. Pogo d. Masato Tanaka and Hayabusa in a "No Rope Explosive Barbed Wire Time Bomb Land Mine Double Hell[[note]]This usually means two sides have barbed-wire in place of the ropes with no ropes on the other sides and something dangerous on the floor[[/note]] Death Match."
** At the 8th Anniversary Show (held on April 29, 1997, instead of the usual date of May 5), Megumi Kudo defeated [[WrestlingMonster Shark Tsuchiya]] in a "No Rope 200 Volt double hell Double Barbed Wire Barricade Double Landmine Crushed Glass Electrical Barbed Wire Death Match" to win the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/japan/fmw/fmw-wm.html FMW World Women's Title]].
** At the 10th Anniversary Show, which was held on November 23, 1999 as their November [=PPV=], [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/japan/fmw/fmw-wew-s.html FMW WEW Singles Champion]] Masato Tanaka d. Kodo Fuyuki in a "[[LoserLeavesTown Loser Leaves FMW]] Electrical Thunderbolt Cage Death Match."
* HumiliatingWager: At ''FMW Making of a New Legend- Day 2'', June 15, 1999, Hayabusa, Masato Tanaka and Tetsuhiro Kuroda defeated Hido, Mr. Gannosuke and Yukihiro Kanemura in a "Six Man Loser Eats Dog Food Ladder Scramble Match."
* IHaveTheHighGround: Hayabusa was the top high-flyer in FMW.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: While the name ''Onita'' reads like it would be pronounced "Oh-NEE-Ta," Japanese audiences pronounced it as "Oni-TA."
* [[LegacyCharacter Legacy Promotion]]: [=ECW=] in the U.S. and Big Japan Pro Wrestling.
* MaskedLuchador: Mascarita Sagrada, Wrestling/{{Konnan}}, El Hijo del Santo, Tinieblas Sr., Tinieblas Jr.
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Dr. Hannibal, Dr. Luther
* NonIndicativeName: Despite the words "Martial-Arts" being in the name, IKnowKarate was not a high priority. The name comes from the original idea of a shoot-style promotion which Onita concocted when he was refused entry to an UWF event. In all its history, Masashi Aoyagi was the only martial artist in the promotion.
* OneLetterName: Hayabusa renamed himself "H," and the Head Hunters are A&B. See DoNotCallMePaul above.
* OurTitansAreDifferent: At 6'6, when Onita, Tarzan Goto, W*ING Kanemura, Koji Nakagawa, Mr. Pogo and others were usually under 6', Big Titan (Rick [[TheOtherDarrin "The Fake Razor Ramon"]]/"Ric Titan" Bogner) was a definite Type 2.
* PandaingToTheAudience: Pandita
* PowerStable: There were a variety of factions in FMW. The following list is only some of them.
** [=ZEN=] (led by Onita after his [[FaceHeelTurn heel turn]])
** Team Canada (led by Ricky Fuji and featuring the Gladiator and Big Titan [Rick "The Fake Razor Ramon" Bogner])
** Team No Respect (led by Gedo and Jado and who made the supposedly "outrageous" [[Wrestling/DGenerationX DeGeneration X]] look mild and polite)
** Lethal Weapon (featuring Mr. Pogo, Ricky Fuji, the Gladiator and Wrestling/HulkHogan's nephew Horace Boulder)
** The Puerto Rican Army (led by manager/promoter Victor Quiñonez and featuring the Head Hunters, Mr. Pogo and the Gladiator).
** The Sheik Army (led by [[Wrestling/EdFarhat The Sheik]] and featuring his nephew [=Sabu=], the Gladiator, Mexican wrestler Damian 666, and the notoriously horrible Tiger Jeet Singh and his son Tiger Jeet Singh Jr.[[note]][=WWE=]'s Tiger Ali Singh[[/note]])
** Mad Dog Military (led by Shark Tsuchiya and featuring Yoshika "Crusher" Maedomari, Noriyo "Combat" Toyoda and Bad Nurse Nakamura)
* RealSongThemeTune:
** Atsushi Onita: The [=Troggs=]'s "Wild Thing"
* RingOldies: Terry Funk, the Original Sheik, Tiger Jeet Singh
* TheRival: Victor Quiñonez's International Wrestling Association Japan (the one which held the King of the Death Match Tournament on August 20, 1995).
** Also, W*ING. At ''W*ING Take Off 2nd'', June 12, 1996, there was a FMW (Tanaka[=/=]Koji Nakagawa[=/=]Tetsuhiro Kuroda) vs. W*ING ([=BADBOY=] Hido[=/=]Kanemura[=/=]Hideki Hosaka) Street Fight, which Team FMW won when Tanaka pinned Hido.
* SinisterScythe: Mr. Pogo used one.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent:
** Averts SeinfeldIsUnfunny because of how much of the '''really''' out there gimmicks (explosives, etc.) were not brought over to the U.S. by ECW. Wrestling/{{CZW}} has tried, but has not risen to the level of FMW at its best.
* StartMyOwn: What FMW was, Onita created the promotion because the majors didn't want to work with him.
* StuffBlowingUp: C4 explosives and landmines.
* TakeThat: The Great Nita, Onita's parody of New Japan Pro Wrestling's the Great Muta.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Electrified exploding barbed wire, C4 explosives, fire, sickles...