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Enter The 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 from 1995 onwards.
  • 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.

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Noriaki Kawabata

Akio Kobayashi

Keiichi Kono

  • Alliterative Name
  • 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.

Masaaki Mochizuki

Takashi Okamura

Yujo Suzuki

Yoshikazu Taru



Richard Byrne

JR Carson

Scott D'Amore

  • Acrofatic: A hefty dude that at his heaviest, could pull off moonsaults.
  • 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 McDonald, 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. He briefly used a golf club early in his career.

Doug Fisher

Geza Kalman Jr.

Lion Do

James/Jamie Magnum

Al Snow

Pete Taziello


Nobutaka Araya

Daikokubō Benkei

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


Masakazu Fukuda

  • The Apprentice: To Masayoshi Motegi and Shinichi Nakano.
  • 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 Wrestling: As well as amateur wrestling.
  • Power Stable: Fighting Club G-EGGS.

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.

Kōji Ishinriki

Jun Kikuchi

Masanobu Kurisu

Shunme Matsuzaki


Yuji Yasuraoka


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