Characters / Universal Wrestling Federation Kitao Dojo
Bukō Dōjō

"It looks like there will be cooperation between the new Kitao promotion which opens 1/21 and WAR. Koji Kitao, who heads the group, used to wrestle for SWS, which preceded WAR, before being fired after a non-match with Earthquake John Tenta which nearly got totally out of hand and resulted in Kitao grabbing the house mic and telling everyone that pro wrestling was fake. Koki Kitahara of WAR will oppose Kitao in the first main event. Supposedly Kitao's group will work a shoot-style. The plan seems to be to build up for a Tenryu vs. Kitao match in June at Budokan Hall. Kitao's last pro wrestling match, in 1992, was against Nobuhiko Takada at Budokan Hall and sold out weeks in advance doing a monster gate. WAR wrestler Ishinriki will wrestle Michigan indie Al Snow in the semifinal on the first Kitao show. Pete Tazello (Tazmaniac), James Magnum (Minneapolis) and J.R. Carson (Minneapolis) will work against rookies from the Kitao dojo and Rico Fredrico vs. Wellington Wilkens Jr. opens the show."
Dave Meltzer

As a whole

  • Cut the Safety Rope: Not an actual example of this trope, but the promotion used a ropeless wrestling ring.
  • Fusion Dance: At the end of its short life, its dojo merged into Ultimo Dragon's Toryumon Gym.
  • I Know Karate: It was originally a Shidokan Karate dojo and also used their logo to mark it as an affiliate.
  • Spin-Off: It was sort of a offshoot brand of Wrestling Association R as they mostly featured other WAR wrestlers and sent the dojo's trainees to their shows.
  • Spiritual Successor: Sort of has one in Capture International, another sort of shoot style offshoot of WAR run by former Super Tiger Gym instructor, WAR and Kitao Dojo alumni Koki Kitahara.
  • Thunder Drum: Not an actual example of the trope, but the promotion used a drum in the place of a bell.

Nobutaka Araya

  • The Alcoholic: Its in his Red Baron.
  • The Apprentice: To Genichiro Tenryu, Ultraseven, El Gran Apache, El Texano, Miguel Perez and Silver King.
  • Guest Fighter: From Wrestling Association R.
  • I Have Many Names: Has wrestled as A-Chan, Araya Tsubo 8, Black A Ra Ya, Golden Cup #4, El Grand Arayada, El Hijo de Araya da Segundo, Johnny Dunn, Nobutaka Araya, Nobutaro, Nobuyoshi Araya (his real name), and Ultraseven #2.
  • I Know Sumo: A former sumotori.
  • Jobber
  • Red Baron: "Shōnan Suikoden" ("The Drunk of Shonan"), "Heisei no Namakizu Otoko" ("Heisei's Injured Man").

Daikokubō Benkei

Richard Byrne

JR Carson

Choden Senshi Battle Ranger

  • The Apprentice: To Atsushi Onita & Tarzan Goto.
  • Cool Mask
  • Guest Fighter: From FMW.
  • I Have Many Names: Has wrestled as Choden Senshi Battle Ranger, Choden Senshi Battle Ranger Z, Kamikaze Ninja, Policema~n, Ultra Tiger, and Yukihide Ueno (his real name).
  • I Know Karate: As well as Judo and amateur wrestling.
  • Start My Own: Co-founded Super Battle Pro-Wrestling FMW with Yoshiyuki Yamachika, Flying Kid Ichihara, and Hideki Takahashi

Scott D'Amore

  • The Apprentice: To Al Snow, Denny Kass, Doug Chevalier and Mickey Doyle.
  • Canada, Eh?
  • The Chessmaster: Is a booker for TNA.
  • Cool Teacher: Owns the Can-Am Wrestling School and trained guys like Alex Shelley, Billy Roc, Bobo Brown, Brad Martin, Brute Issei, Buddy Austin, Cat Power, Chris Sabin, Christy Hemme, CJ Otis, Cliff Mc Donald, Conrad Kennedy III, Covey Christ, De Angelo Williams, Dickie Bronson, Dyson Price, Eric Young, Isis, Jason Temple, Joe Doering, John E. Bravo, Johnny Devine, Jon Bolen, Larry Destiny, Matt Duval, Max Boyer, Mike Legacy, N8 Mattson, Petey Williams, Phil Atlas, Rhyno, Rosemary, SUSHI, Tony Smallz, Tyson Dux, Vinnie Da Vinci, etc.
  • Dirty Coward: In TNA.
  • Foreign Wrestling Heel: Always down playing Americans and claiming Canadians were superior athletes.
  • Fat Bastard: He loves his Canadian Bacon that's for sure. Heck, it's even his Red Baron.
  • Forgot Flanders Could Do That: Few people remember him as a pro wrestler. Not only is he an accomplished wrestler on his own merit, he can do the Canadian Destroyer.
  • Guest Fighter: From Border City Wrestling.
  • Hidden Depths: He is an owner of the Shots & Slices restaurant in Tecumseh, Ontario, a sports bar called "Stars of the Game" in La Salle, Ontario, and the bar South Detroit in Windsor, Ontario. Also, his family owns D'Amore Construction in Windsor, Ontario.
  • Put on a Bus: In TNA, after Team Canada's breakup. Prior to that, was out a good 3 months via moonsault from Lance Hoyt.
  • Red Baron: "Canadian Bacon", "The Guidance Counselor", "Coach".
  • Smug Snake: One of the biggest examples as he was TNA's Bobby Heenan and like this all the time especially whenever Team Canada is there to protect him or he did something illegal and didn't get caught. When he's all alone however and there's no one to protect him, his attitude quickly changes and he's begging for mercy. Faces like AJ Styles and Rhino ignored his pleas as they pummeled him.
  • Start My Own: Founded Border City Wrestling and co-founded Maximum Pro Wrestling with Jason A. Brown and Rob Etcheverria.
  • Weapon of Choice: A hockey stick, attached to a Canadian flag.


Doug Fisher

Masakazu Fukuda

  • The Apprentice: To Masayoshi Motegi.
  • Downer Ending: On April 14, 2000, Fukuda suffered a fatal head injury during a match with Katsuyori Shibata in the Young Lion Cup Tournament after taking a flying elbow drop. He was rushed to the hospital but died five days later on April 19 due to a brain hemorrhage; he was 27 years old. The rest of the tournament was dedicated to Fukuda's memory and was honored with a ten-bell salute and a tribute show in September of that year.
  • Guest Fighter: From Wrestling Association R.
  • I Know Sumo: A former sumotori.
  • Jobber

Nobukazu Hirai

  • The Apprentice: To Genichiro Tenryu.
  • Guest Fighter: From Wrestling Association R.
  • Put on a Bus: On May 29, 2011, Hirai was involved in a backstage fight with TARU, which led to Hirai suffering a stroke after competing in a match. He would eventually undergo successful surgery and is looking to eventually return to wrestling.
  • Wrestling Family: Is the son of Mitsu Hirai.

Koji Ishinriki

Hiroshi Itakura

Geza Kalman Jr.

Noriaki Kawabata

Jun Kikuchi

Akio Kobayashi

Masahiko Kochi

Keiichi Kono

  • The Apprentice: To Koji Kitao.
  • Butt-Monkey: In Dragon Gate. Not to the extent of Raimu Mishima or Akira Tozawa's early days, but he spent a good portion of his career trying to convince people to team with him or let him join their stables, only for them to turn on him at the last second.
  • Canon Immigrant: Went to Toryumon after Kitao Dojo closed.
  • Dummied Out: He was a Kitao Dojo trainee, but he never wrestled for the promotion and made his debut at a Capture International show.
  • The Dog Bites Back: In Dragon Gate he spent enough time being slapped around and mistreated that he eventually snapped, changed his name to Chocoflake K-ICHI and joined M 2 K.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: His final Toryumon appearance was a squash loss in 0:49 to CIMA.
  • Hidden Depths: He works in the food industry now since retiring from wrestling and owns several restaurants and pubs. He actually had a restaurant before wrestling but closed it after the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995.
  • I Know Karate: Another Shidokan Karate trainee.
  • Non-Indicative Name: His ring name in Toryumon, Chocoball KOBE was likely inspired from Chocoball Mukai, but he didn't sport the same gimmick (or any in particular).
  • Red Baron: "Brown Scalawag".
  • Sixth Ranger Traitor: Was TARU's assistant in Crazy MAX for a months until he betrayed them and turned face. Not very surprising, as KOBE was part of the Kitao Dojo team which was squashed by Crazy MAX when they recruited TARU.

Masanobu Kurisu

Lion Do

James/Jamie Magnum

Shunme Matsuzaki

Masaaki Mochizuki

  • The Apprentice: To Koji Kitao.
  • The Artifact: His wrestling style can be considered such, not only because shoot-style was hugely popular back when Mochizuki became a pro wrestler yet is pretty much forgotten today, but also because Masaaki's usage of it came from being a member of a shoot-style themed stable that disappeared from Toryumon in less of a year. Over the years, he adopted a more lucharesu-inspired approach to fit with the rest of the promotion, but he still stands out for his stiff kicks and holds.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Was a Nobuhiko Takada fanboy, and his moveset and its moves' names are based in Takada.
  • Badass Grandpa: He's the oldest guy in Dragon Gate.
  • Battle Strip: Over the years, he has been reducing his attire. He started wrestling in a sleeveless karategi, later changed it to just long pants and finally adopted regular tights. Since siding with Bx B Hulk though he went back to long pants.
  • Canon Immigrant: Went to Toryumon as a freelancer before becoming a permanent member.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Wore karate footguards during his gi times, though he later adopted boots.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: His Twister finishing move is a spinning brainbuster. He also created an inverted brainbuster version as a counter to YAMATO's Gallaria, and has also used a spinning Falcon Arrow called the Twister II.
  • Extremity Extremist: His offense consists primarily (though not at all exclusively) of karate-style kicks.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Especially when facing the younger talent.
  • Hurricane Kick: One of his signature moves, the Illusion, sees him throwing a roundhouse kick and transitioning it into a reverse roundhouse kick with the other leg if the opponent dodges the first.
  • Identical Stranger: He and former Pro Wrestling Noah wrestler Makoto Hashi could believably pretend to be brothers. The two had fun with it for promotional purposes after acknowledging it, and even teamed up in special occasions as a Similar Squad before Hashi retired from pro wrestling.
  • I Know Karate: Trained in Shidokan Karate and one of the first trainees of Kitao Dojo.
  • Red Baron: "Ontai" ("Boss"), "Saikyo" ("The Strongest", taken from Takada), "Tetsujin" ("The Iron Man"), "Tamashi no Shugeki O" ("The Spiritual King of Kicking", officially translated as "Soul of the King of the Kicker").
  • Roundhouse Kick: The Saikyo (left leg) and Shin Saikyo (right leg) High Kicks are among his most favored moves. As a karate-based striker he'll also throw side roundhouses, and there's also the Illusion mentioned above.
  • Something Completely Different: He was the first shoot-style wrestler in Toryumon, and technically the only one today, not counting the MMA influenced but otherwise lucharesu trained YAMATO.
  • Start My Own: He has a personal brand of events, Mochizuki Buyuden ("Mochizuki's Martial Story"), where he used to host matches with other shoot-stylists and wrestlers from other promotions.

Takashi Okamura

Al Snow

Yujo Suzuki

Osamu Tachihikari

Yoshikazu Taru

  • The Apprentice: To Koji Kitao.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Was a fan of Hiroyoshi Tenzan, and his visual style sometimes reflects it.
  • Ax-Crazy: Has (kayfabe) attacked fans and ring crew For the Evulz.
    • Got fired from All Japan Pro Wrestling for real when he reportedly lost his temper on another wrestler named Nobukazu Hirai and beat him in backstage. Hirai subsequently suffered a severe stroke. He has recovered, however, and TARU has made amends with him.
  • Batter Up!: His reliable baseball bat, decorated with the Crazy MAX's "Flower of Evil" logo. After leaving Dragon Gate, he replaced it with a simple lead pipe, perhaps symbolizing his bygone era or something.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Became a Crazy MAX member after they helped him in a match featuring Kitao Dojo trainees. He had already teamed up once with the gang in Mexico, so they probably clicked then.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Usually wrestles in a slow, even lazy brawling style, mostly based in cheapshots and illegal attacks. However, if the occasion requires it, he can be a skilled shoot-style and power wrestler.
    • Quite literally, as he said in an interview that the first time he went to Mexico, he spent more time with local females than training, which made Ultimo Dragon scold him.
  • Canon Immigrant: Another Kitao Dojo trainee that went to Toryumon.
  • The Casanova: According to interviews with other wrestlers from his time in México, he was often more interested in picking up girls than in training.
  • Groin Attack: One of C-Max's trademark moves was for two of the other members to stand an opponent on his head and pull his legs apart into a Y, and then TARU would axe kick him in the groin.
  • The Face: During his time in Crazy MAX, he served as their manager and mouthpiece.
  • Heel: Actually has it printed on his shirt.
  • I Know Karate: Trained in Shidokan Karate.
  • Lightning Bruiser: His moveset contains moonsaults and diving leg drops along with power moves and karate kicks.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: When not wrestling he generally wears tailored suits.
  • Only One Name: In Dragon Gate as TARU.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Despite his nasty character and personality, he is famously a fan of girly J-pop bands and female idols like Morning Musume, Q.T.Honey (not, not that one) and Misato Watanabe.
  • Spinning Piledriver: His finisher, the TARU Driller. He inherited it from Kitao, who used it as the Kitao Driller.
  • Start My Own: He founded the short-lived Ring Soul promotion, which actually was more of a El Dorado spin-off.
  • The Unfavorite: To the bookers of Dragon Gate, apparently. Of the four core Crazy MAX guys, CIMA and SUWA were the ones who contended for the UDG title, and Fuji formed a trios team with them, but TARU mostly teamed with whatever newcomer C-Max was trying to add to the stable (most notably JUN) and subbed into the trios team when one of the other three was injured or wrestling elsewhere.

Pete Taziello


Yuji Yasuraoka