I did a podcast on this show here:
This is Part 1 of my review. It's split up strictly due to size.
This is FMW's yearly 5/5 Anniversary show. Much like NJPW's 1/4 Tokyo Dome, FMW ran on 5/5 at Kawasaki Stadium yearly. It was always the biggest show of the year and usually had an exploding ring match of some sort.
Due to FMW being a smaller company, they usually would get a lot of outside talent for these shows, which led to some interesting match-ups and tons of big names. This show contains tons of other promotions wrestlers such as All Japan Women, Wrestle Association R, Ladies Legend Pro Wrestling and Michinoku Pro.
Tetsuhiro Kuroda vs. Gosaku Goshogowara
Kuroda would stay with FMW until its demise while Gosaku would be a no name lower card wrestler for the rest of his FMW career.
FMW vs Michinoku Pro - Battle Ranger Z & Koji Nakagawa & Masato Tanaka vs. The Great Sasuke & Hanzo Nakajima & Shiryu
This is your typical M-Pro trios match with FMW guys. Sasuke had started M-Pro a bit prior with Hanzo and Shiryu being two of his trainees. Shiryu is Kaz Hayashi who had a pretty good career and Hanzo just faded off into smaller indies. Tanaka ended up becoming an international star and Nakagawa ended up as an FMW midcarder who never really got his due.
|Hanzo Nakajima - I loved his look.|
|Battle Ranger Z vs Shiryu|
|A young Masato Tanaka looks on|
|The Great Sasuke is ready to take flight|
FMW vs LLPW - Combat Toyoda & Crusher Maedomari & Shark Tsuchiya vs. Noriyo Tateno & Eagle Sawai & Mizuki Endo
Toyoda would retire two years later and I think open up her own restaurant. Maedomari would kind of fade off with FMW and Tsuchiya had a decent late career heel resurgence with Eagle Sawai and Lioness Asuka. Tateno would keep wrestling until her retirement in the mid-2000's and now owns a bar with Harley Saito, Eagle would retire as well in the mid-2000's and fade away and Endo didn't do anything of note. This likely happened due to all of the women's promotions working together around this time with the Dreamslam and Big Egg shows.
|Check out Toyoda's cool haircut - yes, that's an animal's face of some sort|
Crusher and Tateno argued after the match with Tateno responding like this:
Sambo Asako & Mr. Gannosuke vs. Goro Tsurumi & Hideki Hosaka
Goro and Sambo were 80's AJPW midcarders while Gannosuke would become an FMW main eventer and Hosaka never really got past the midcard, despite being a good hand.
Kickboxer vs. Wrestler Mixed Match: Katsuji Ueda vs. Katsutoshi Niiyama
Ueda did a bunch of worked shoot FMW matches, but I honestly know nothing about either of these guys.
Sabu & Damien 666 vs. Dr. Luther & Yone Genjin
Genjin works a comedy caveman gimmick while Damien changed from his usual heel ways to comedy in FMW. I don't know anything about Luther and we all know Sabu.
|Damien 666 does Hulk Hogan and Sabu impressions!|
|"Choshu! Choshu!" - Damien doing Riki Choshu|
After the match, in his brilliance, Sabu tried to moonsault through a table. He hurt himself the first time, then got stuck and hurt himself on the second succesful try while Damien did Onita impersonations.
FMW vs AJW - WWA World Women's & Independent World World Women's Double Title Match - Megumi Kudo vs Yumiko Hotta
Kudo was on her way to becoming one of the top Japanese female stars while Hotta was already an established main eventer and would continue to be so even now.
|Kudo(Pink) vs Hotta (Red)|
|Kudo botches and Hotta makes her pay|
FMW vs W.A.R. - Big Titan & The Gladiator Mike Awesome & Ricky Fuji vs. Hiromichi Fuyuki & Jado & Gedo
Jado and Gedo now book NJPW while Fuyuki has passed away as has Gladiator. Fuji runs a gym and Titan would have a career low in a few years after this as the fake Razor Ramon. This was set up likely with FMW and WAR working together to build up the Tenryu/Onita main event.
|Big Titan sizes up Gedo|
|"We gonna kick you ass then get out of here." - Ricky Fuji|
|Gedo - Fuyuki - Jado|
Terry Funk vs The Shiek
Hey, a match where Terry Funk isn't the oldest guy in the ring!
|"Shiek! Shiek!" - Terry Funk|
Part 2 of my review is here: http://prowresblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/fmw-5th-anniversary-show-551994_22.html