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Posted by JWLPromoter (Member # 3978) on :
 
Includes one of the odder moments in wrestling history.

From the Coliseum in Kobe, Japan

Kunichi Oya pinned Masao Orihara

Shinichi Nakano & Goro Tsurumi defeated Don Arakawa & Hiroshi Hatanaka

Sampson Fuyuki defeated Tatsumi Kitahara

Minora Suzuki defeated Apollo Sugawara

Yoshiaki Fujiwara defeated Fumi Niikura

Masaharu Funiaki defeated Naoki Sano

The Great Kabuki & Takashi Ishikawa defeated Ishin Ricky & Kendo Nagasaki

Earthquake fought Koji Kitao to a no contest when Kitao broke character, refused to sell Earthquake's offense, and began shooting on Quake; after the bout, Kitao immediately went to the floor, grabbed a microphone, and told the audience that wrestling was fake as other Japanese wrestlers attempted to restrain him

George Takano pinned Bret Hart with a splash off the top

Genichiro Tenryu pinned Randy Savage with a powerbomb at 8:03

WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan pinned Yoshiaki Yatsu at 7:14


Source: http://www.thehistoryofwwe.com
 
Posted by bAzTNM (Member # 8494) on :
 
Here is YouTube video of that Koji Kitao - Earthquake incident..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8cwwpCpZwE
 
Posted by New Age Old School (Member # 6833) on :
 
What in the world was that all about?
 
Posted by Tabe (Member # 1083) on :
 
Perhaps somehow related to the fact that Earthquake was a sumo guy? Dunno.

This wasn't the only shoot Kitao was involved in. Other one - more a double-cross - didn't turn out so hot for him:



Tabe
 
Posted by james beard (Member # 658) on :
 
Kitao had heat with the SWS office, mainly because he would not come in and train the way they wanted him to. He, being a former Sumo Grand Champion, felt having to train with the green boys was beneath him. He also did not want to sell for or put over John Tenta because he looked at Tenta as inferior since he (Tenta) was a former Sumo as well and not as highly ranked as Kitao was.

Kabuki was instrumental in having Tenta no sell anything Kitao did and told John to shoot on him if he felt Kitao was not going to work with him. It was pretty obvious that there was not going to be any cooperation, so Kitao finally left the ring, saying something to the effect (over the mic) that the match was not real and Tenta could not beat him in a real fight.

It got worse in the back. Kitao was throwing things around and tearing stuff up. When Tenta got back there, the situation intensified even more. There was a pretty big disturbance and it caused quite a stir among the Japanese wrestling media and some more real heat behind the scenes in SWS.

I remember, many times, Kabuki telling myself and Hito (since we were the ones working with the green boys) that Kitao was supposed to be in the training center, yet he wouldn't show up or if he did come in, he would hang around and not work out. Several times, some of the SWS top guys and even Tenryu himself would come in with the idea of working out with Kitao and Kitao would no-show or have some excuse not to train. There were a lot of SWS officials and prominent wrestlers who were pretty upset with Kitao and his attitude about learning how to work.

[ 04-01-2010, 02:32 PM: Message edited by: james beard ]
 
Posted by CJ in Savannah (Member # 26303) on :
 
Was it safe to say he was blackballed because of it?
 
Posted by james beard (Member # 658) on :
 
Well, he was fired from SWS. SWS had enough publicity problems without having to deal with this embarrassment.

Kitao had a history of problems with authority going back to his Sumo days. But, he was a buddy of Tenryu and Tenryu sort of made a project out of him. Unfortunately, Kitao never had the professionalism and dedication Tenryu had and he never amounted to much of anything in the Pro ranks.

I know he tried MMA and had even less success in that. By the way, that match with Takada on utube above was supposed to have been a work, but Takada "changed the rules" right in the middle of things and knocked Kitao out. That was just another embarrassment for him and a good example of what a guy gets when he doesn't work hard for what he's received. Kitao tried to live off his notoriety as a former Yokozuna, but it really didn't get him far.
 
Posted by JWLPromoter (Member # 3978) on :
 
As Mitsuharu Kitao, he held the WAR World 6-Man Tag Team Title with Nobukazu Hirai and Masaaki Mochizuki. They were the last team to ever hold the belts.
 
Posted by Matt Farmer from WA (Member # 1177) on :
 
He always worked as Koji Kitao cept when he was in sumo. In fact he was the 60th Yokozuna (a huge honor in Sumo) under the name Futahaguro.

Kitao obviously had behavior problems dating back to his early years, when he was Yokozuna many of the young boys refused to serve under him (which is a huge deal). Shortly after this he got into an argument with his stable boss and supposedly hit his wife & threw him trough a wall.

Befor starting with SWS he had some trouble in New Japan, who had signed him for a huge money deal and his debut match with Bam Bam Bigelow drew at the time one of the largest audiences to watch pro wrestling at the time. I had heard that he had some kind of locker room fight with Riki Choshu, and had some issues with Steve Williams after Williams handled him roughly during a match.

He did fight once in UFC (9). He fought Mark Hall and lost by TKO when Hall broke his nose. He had a few other MMA matches, but I don't really believe these were shoots.
 
Posted by Cornette Fan (Member # 4170) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by james beard:
But, he was a buddy of Tenryu and Tenryu sort of made a project out of him.

Was this the reason he was Tenryu's partner at Wrestlemania VII against Demolition? Even when I was young I'd heard of Tenryu but I thought it was odd they'd bring in a guy like Kitao for the biggest show of the year.

Later,
Nate
 
Posted by elguapo1000% (Member # 4978) on :
 
Man, I would've loved to be in the dressing room after Takada KO'd Kitao. So what do you think happened? Takada waited for him after their "match" or ala Earl Habner has a car waiting for him to get the heck out? LOL.
 
Posted by james beard (Member # 658) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Cornette Fan:
quote:
Originally posted by james beard:
But, he was a buddy of Tenryu and Tenryu sort of made a project out of him.

Was this the reason he was Tenryu's partner at Wrestlemania VII against Demolition? Even when I was young I'd heard of Tenryu but I thought it was odd they'd bring in a guy like Kitao for the biggest show of the year.

Later,
Nate

That's exactly why. Tenryu was a huge star in Japan and his reputation was big enough to sell to American fans who may not be that familar with Japanese wrestling. Also, Tenryu was well versed in the American styles as he had spent time here as a young wrestler and used that experience to develop his own style, which was very good and effective. But, Kitao's only significance was as a former Sumo Yokozuna, which probably didn't mean a great deal to US wrestling fans and in particular to WWF fans at the time. So, from that standpoint, it was an odd pairing for such a big show, especially considering Tenryu could have brought in any number or big Japanese names that would be more recognizable to WWF fans as his partner.

The thing is, this was about the time that WWF/Vince was negotiating or finalizing a deal to associate with Tenryu and SWS. I'm sure Tenryu sold Kitao to Vince as a huge name in Japan who was going to be a featured star in SWS. Vince probably was going to go along with whomever Tenryu brought with him in order to further the deal or pacify Tenryu.

The problem with this from a real business standpoint is the perception in Japan of Kitao was much different and since SWS was going to be promoting in Japan, that perception was much more important than what WWF fans might think. Also, the idea of WWF making a deal with SWS was a problem in Japan since SWS had established and promoted itself as a wrestling company that was going to feature a strong style and even had a deal in place to associate with the new shoot style promotion run by Fujiwara. The WWF association was perceived as going against the original concept of SWS as a promotion. The big pushing of Kitao was also a problem in Japan as aside from his reputation as a problem child, he had not established himself as a legitimate Pro with the skills necessary to be such a featured star.

This was the beginning of the end for SWS even though it was actually near the beginning of the company's existance. There was already a perception in Japan that SWS was a "money company", built by offering big payouts to established stars of the other big Japanese companies. Associating with the big money and light working style of WWF at the time added to the negative press and perception of SWS.

Although the company lasted a while longer and the WWF/SWS pairing produced some big shows and had some relatively successful tours, it led to a confused and disjointed format in the eyes of Japanese wrestling fans and media. It also led to a number of significant Japanese wrestlers within SWS becoming uncomfortable with the situation and eventually to it splitting into 3 groups.

Kitao being pushed as a one of SWS's top stars and his antics in that match with Tenta just furthered the problems and embarrassed a lot of those involved with SWS. All this was a part of the downward spiral of that company that came about.
 
Posted by Tabe (Member # 1083) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by elguapo1000%:
Man, I would've loved to be in the dressing room after Takada KO'd Kitao. So what do you think happened? Takada waited for him after their "match" or ala Earl Habner has a car waiting for him to get the heck out? LOL.

Takada wouldn't have fled. He was the top dog in UWFI and had nothing to fear from Kitao whatsoever. Plus, that kick knocked Kitao loopy and he wouldn't have been able to do anything to Takada. And they shook hands after the match anyway.

Tabe
 
Posted by Matt Farmer from WA (Member # 1177) on :
 
I've heard that Kabuki was even punished for instigating Kitao that evening? At least publicly it appeared that way, cause he was stuck working openers after that for some time?
 
Posted by james beard (Member # 658) on :
 
Yeah, Kabuki got some heat from the office, but most of the boys were in his corner. He took a slap on the wrist, but everybody knew why he did what he did and it wasn't long before he was back in good graces.

Kitao was always pleasant enough when I was around him, but he had more than just Kabuki upset with how he went about business and failed to work on his skills.
 


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