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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.
* {{Acrofatic}}: Vic Grimes, the rotund spring boarder. Also, Mammoth Sasaki.
* 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]]
* AssShove: To win an Anal Explosion Match, you must stick a fire cracker in your opponent's ass and successfully detonate it.
* AxCrazy: The Sheik, Sabu, Mr. Pogo.... Just read some of the match descriptions. It was a PROMOTION full of crazy.
* BadBoss: Kodo Fuyuki, enemy of garbage wrestling and lover of [[EvilerThanThou something even lower]] than "The Japanese mainstream" or invaders from Puerto Rico, sports entertainment!
* BadassBiker: Kuroda rode with a group of them when entering arenas.
* 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. Averted by H, who had a lighter bleached blond cut in response.
* {{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]] Also went into CaptainErsatz and WritingAroundTrademarks territory with 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.
* DarkActionGirl: Shark Tsuchiya and her Mad Dog Military
* DarkerAndEdgier: Set out to be compared to All Japan and New Japan. FMW was '''very''' violent.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Hido became Willie Takayama after being defeated by Willie Williams and teamed up with him against his former No Respect stablemates.
* DelinquentHair: Bad boy Hido did with a ''bowl cut''
* {{Delinquents}}: H became one over due to his frustrations with Team No Respect
* DoNotCallMePaul: The Head Hunters (A&B) would address ''each other'' as "A" or "B."
* TheDreaded: The FMW Women's division quickly built up a fearsome reputation in the Wrestling/{{A|llJapanWomensProWrestling}}WJ locker room. Newer feds JWP and LLPW on the other hand said "{{Bring it}}".
* DreadlockWarrior: Kick boxer Willie Williams
* EasySexChange: Azuska Kudo became the woman known as Gosaku and then decided to change back, which somehow turned not just her into him but him into the half spider Bio-monster DNA.
* 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."
* {{Hypocrite}}: Kodo Fuyuki exposed the virtues of sports entertainment while demanding Hayabusa remove his mask because he didn't want "{{superhero}}es" in FMW. Then he turned around and gave the Hayabusa gimmick to Mr. Gannosuke.
* IHaveTheHighGround: Hayabusa was the top high-flyer in FMW.
* IllKillYou: Shouted skyward by W*ING Kanemura about Wrestling/BallsMahoney, from the roof of a skyscraper.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: While the name ''Onita'' reads like it would be pronounced "Oh-NEE-Ta," Japanese audiences pronounced it as "Oni-TA."
* JapanesePoliteness: Through all the blood, broken glass and electrocutions, the crowds tended to sit in near silence, popping bigger for the more conventional fights (excepting top face Masato Tanaka, Hayabusa, Megumi Kudo's death matches) and wrestling matches but still mostly being silent. The English commentators suggested the quieter than usual responses to the garbage matches was StunnedSilence.
* {{Keet}}: Tetsuhiro Kuroda took full advantage of FMW's referee's frequent neglect to count anyone out and would sprint all over the arena if allowed to by his opponents, in search of better weapons. He'd also {{no sell}} weapon strikes from non wrestlers while doing so.
* [[LegacyCharacter Legacy Promotion]]: [=ECW=] in the U.S. and Big Japan Pro Wrestling.
* MaleGaze: Unapologetic about it too, at least when it came to the non wrestling valets. A few of the wrestlers made threats to the cameras.(The male gaze didn't start until they started parodying the WWF [=McMahon=]Russo trends. Naturally this would be the one thing they played straight, even if not 100% of the time)
* MaskedLuchador: Mascarita Sagrada, Wrestling/{{Konnan}}, El Hijo del Santo, Tinieblas Sr., Tinieblas Jr.
* {{Mooning}}: Riky Fugi, although he didn't want to, Team No Respect pulled down his pants while he was climbing a ladder.
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Dr. Hannibal, Dr. Luther
* NiceHat: Hisakatsu Oya's "traditional attire" hat, Emi Motokawa's cowboy hat
* 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 Wrestling/UniversalWrestlingFederation event. In all its history, Masashi Aoyagi was the only martial arts wrestler in the promotion.
* OneLetterName: Hayabusa renamed himself "H," after Kodo Fuyuki forced him to stop using the Hayabusa gimmick 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 (started by commissioner Kodo Fuyuki, [[DragonInChief 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)
* RealMenWearPink: Chocoball Mukai wore pink and black, [[Wrestling/BretHart not unlike a certain someone]].
* RealSongThemeTune:
** Atsushi Onita: The [=Troggs=]'s "Wild Thing"
** Hisakatsu Oya had Tomomi Tanimoto perform during his entrance on the tenth anniversary show.
* RedBoxingGloves: Hido can wrestle and expertly apply submissions in them.
* RingOfFire: Infamously GoneHorriblyWrong in a no rope barbed wire match featuring Sabu and The Sheik. So much so that in WWC later, a disqualification would be drawn when a {{fireball|s}} was thrown in one of Sabu's barbed wire matches.
* RingOldies: Willie Williams, The Funk Brothers Dory and Terry, 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.
* SassyBlackWoman: [[Wrestling/{{Jacqueline}} Sweet Georgia Brown]] for about a year, the second year. She'd take you in a street fight if you talked back too. Also, [[Wrestling/CarleneMoore Jazz from ECW]].
* SinisterScythe: Mr. Pogo used one.
* ShoutOut: Kaori Nakayama wore a headscarf as entrance attire in tribute to Wrestling/{{Sabu}}.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: All Japan was trying to have a formal presentation the way a prominent sports get, while New Japan was trying to make its matches resemble athletic competition. Then came these guys taking ultra violent gimmicks from overseas further than anyone ever had before. For this reason it averts SeinfeldIsUnfunny even for foreign viewers 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.
** Commissioner Kodo Fuyuki got rid of the popular brass knuckles title belt and six man street fight title belts, adding "World Entertainment Wrestling"(WEW) title belts in their place. Yes, FMW was essentially using WWE for CheapHeat before WWE was WWE.
* 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...
* VillainOfAnotherStory: Wrestling/ShawnMichaels as a referee. Albeit, a referee who tried to steal the spotlight, a referee to whom seemed to miss the concept of "anything goes".
* WrestlingDoesntPay
** Chocoball Mukai, the wrestling porn star. Gedo, Jado and Koji Nakagawa tried to end his second source of income by kicking a ladder into his crotch.
** After Kodo Fuyuki gave the Hayabusa gimmick to Mr. Gannosuke, he cast Gannosuke in several porno graphic films in order to taint the Hayabusa legacy.