Wrestling: Michinoku Pro Wrestling
Michinoku Pro Wrestling
"It's high flying, it's action-packed. I'm going to be breathless just calling this."
, before the Michinoku Pro Six-Man Tag Match at ECW Barely Legal
(MPW) is a Japanese independent wrestling promotion founded in 1993 by The Great Sasuke
. It was the second lucharesu promotion created in Japan and the biggest one until 1999, when Osaka Pro split off from it and Toryumon Japan
came from Mexico.That Other Wiki has more info on MPW.
Michinoku Pro Tropes:
- The Ace: Not literally, but "ace" is a Japanese term for the top wrestler in the promotion, a place currently occupied by Hayato Fujita and Kenou (who ironically aren't lucharesu wrestlers).
- Ass Kicks You: Kesen Numajiro and Maguro Ooma use hip attacks in their matches.
- Ax-Crazy: Kowloon members had a shade of this.
- Badass Grandpa: The Great Sasuke, Jinsei Shinzaki and Kesen Numajiro are the elders in a promotion full of young wrestlers.
- Bald of Awesome: Jinsei Shinzaki.
- Bald of Evil: Maguro Ooma and the Sato twins.
- Bash Brothers:
- The Sato twins are this literally. They were one of the most strongly pushed tag teams in Japan, as they were ridiculously effective in tag team matches and almost never lost. At least, until they became the Brahman Brothers.
- The Yapper Men, also known as Speed of Sounds.
- Batter Up: Maguro Ooma's spiked bat.
- Big Beautiful Man: Katsuo.
- Bigger Bad: Ultimo Dragon turned out to be the mindmaster behind Kowloon.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Taro Nohashi is reportedly the smallest non-midget wrestler in Japan.
- The Brute: Mango Fukuda.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Kesen Numajiro and especially The Great Sasuke.
- The Comically Serious: Kinya Oyanagi.
- Commuting on a Bus: Atlantis is famous for his loyalty toward CMLL but was so popular he received an invitation to work for Michinoku Pro every year. He was allowed to take the Tohoku Junior Heavyweight Championship to help ensure he would return.
- Cool Mask: Almost all its wrestlers, at least during the 90s.
- Cool Sword: Yoshitsune and Kenbai had one in their entry ceremony.
- Cosplay: Many.
- After leaving the Ken Gundan, Rei changed his black attire to a purple and green one resembling the Evangelion Unit 01. No, really.
- The Yapper Men team, which is a tribute to Yatterman.
- Creepy Twins: Shu and Kei Sato.
- First with ECW, then with WWE. TAKA Michinoku, Dick Togo and Terry Boy all joined the Blue World Order and they had the big six-man tag against the Great Sasuke/Gran Hamada/Masato Yakushiji at ECW Barely Legal. Sasuke and TAKA faced each other at WWF in Your House 16: Canadian Stampede. TAKA stayed with the company through the end of 2001. Kaientai (Togo, Teioh and Shoichi Funaki) arrived on the March 30, 1998 Raw. Togo and Teioh left at the end of 1998. Funaki, however, stayed around through 2010!
- The Differ Cup Scramble Tag Team Tournament, hosted by DDT, IWA Japan, Michinoku Pro Wrestling, Pro Wrestling NOAH and Pro Wrestling ZERO1.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Kesen Numajiro is more than a stocky enka singer. When the occasion requires it, he can outwrestle his opponents with surprising badassery.
- Dancing Is Serious Business: Los Salseros Japoneses danced salsa music before their matches and kicked asses during them.
- Delinquent Hair: Taka Michinoku.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Maguro Ooma during his fisherman gimmick.
- Evil Costume Switch: When The Great Sasuke became SASUKE, he changed his red and black mask to a blue and black one.
- Rei changed his white attire to a black one when was forced to join the Ken Gundan.
- Evil Counterpart: The Nisemono Gundan, composed by Sasuke the Great (to The Great Sasuke), Masked Tiger (to Tiger Mask IV) and NANIWA (to Gran Naniwa).
- Expy: Terry Boy (aka Mens Teioh) was one to Terry Funk.
- The Fair Folk: Rei's gimmick was something of a fairy from the forest, or something.
- The Fighting Narcissist: Kenou as a heel.
- Force Feeding: Curry Man will force curry on his opponents.
- Fragile Speedster: Yoshitsune, Kenbai and slightly less Rasse.
- Fundoshi: Maguro Ooma wore it, as his old gimmick was a fisherman (fundoshi is used in Japan as a swimsuit).
- Garbage Wrestler: The Brahman Brothers can almost literally work an entire match without a single wrestling move. This is a case of Flanderization, as while they were prone to hardcore wrestling since their Face-Heel Turn, they always had been very technical wrestlers.
- Gay Bravado: Macho*Pump.
- Good Counterpart: Kenou started like one to Hayato Fujita: both were young, cocky shooters with a load of ambition. But then Kenou turned heel, and the tables were turned.
- Groin Attack: Ken45º has it as a casual signature move, and for some reason he doesn't get disqualified for it.
- Heroic Dolphin: Subverted, as Super Delfín was a heel.
- Hero Killer: Hayato Fujita after utterly destroying Yoshitsune and The Great Sasuke.
- Hot-Blooded: The Great Sasuke, and how...
- Human Notepad: Hakushi.
- I Have Many Names: Specially Yoshitune (Takuya Sugi) and Rasse (Masaki Okimoto): They have wrestled under many names and monikers.
- Idol Singer: The Sato brothers's first gimmick was a Boy Band named Sailor Boys. Back in Toryumon X they were completed by Taiji Ishimori, so The Great Sasuke tried to replace him in Michinoku Pro, with disastrous results.
- Jerkass: Kagetora and Hayato Fujita heel personas.
- Kappa: Shibaten's gimmick.
- Kick Guy: Hayato Fujita, Kenou and the Sato twins.
- Knight of Cerebus: The stable Kowloon had a darker tone than its precursors, and contributed to make M-Pro noticeably Darker and Edgier.
- Legacy Character: Shinjitsu Nohashi, whose gimmick was a little version of Jinsei Shinzaki.
- Tiger Mask IV, the first Tiger Mask oficially authorized by the original one, Satoru Sayama.
- Also Yonge Genjin, a character who was passed to the more famous Tsubo Genjin (Yone went to become Kesen Numajiro, by the way).
- Lightning Bruiser: Jinsei Shinzaki and Kagetora.
- Mighty Glacier: GAINA.
- Odd Friendship: The Great Sasuke and Jinsei Shinzaki. A loudmouthed, crazy ninja and a stoic, serene Buddhist pilgrim? Yeah, why not?.
- Power Stable: Many.
- Delfín Gundan (led by Super Delfín).
- Kaientai Deluxe (led by Dick Togo and Mens Teioh)
- SASUKE Gumi (led by the evil SASUKE).
- Los Salseros Japoneses (led by Takeshi Minamino).
- STONED (led by Kagetora).
- Kowloon (led by Hayato Fujita).
- Asura (led by Kenou).
- Bad Boy (led by Hayato Fujita).
- Real Men Wear Pink: Los Salseros Japoneses wore salsa music-styled colorful attires to complete their vicious heelism.
- Red Baron: Hayato "Junior" Fujita.
- Religious Bruiser: Jinsei Shinzaki, who is a Buddhist pilgrim.
- Sentient Vehicle: Los Carros Exóticos, a stable composed by wrestlers who behaved like cars. It was led by Berlinetta Boxer, naturally.
- The Stoic: Jinsei Shinzaki. All his selling seems to be grimacing mildly.
- Superpowered Evil Side: The Great Sasuke's evil version SASUKE, who was less of a jolly Crazy Awesome and more of a vicious Combat Pragmatist.
- "Super Sentai" Stance: The Michinoku Rangers used to do it.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Kenbai to Yoshitsune.
- Tag Team Twins: The Sato twins.
- Those Two Guys: Kinya Oyanagi and Kesen Numajiro.
- ¡Three Amigos!: Appropiately, Los Salseros Japoneses.
- Unknown Character: It hasn't been revealed who played the character Hayashi Rice Man, Curry Man's tag team partner. Many puroresu wisemen believe it was Kaz Hayashi, as Rice Man's size and moveset resembled his and his name was a very obvious pun.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: GAINA wore in green and sported green hair.