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    Union of Wrestling Forces International: Shooting From The Hip


    Union of Wrestling Forces International

    UWFi Timeline (Credit to ShinobiMusashi for letting me use his from the link):


    • 1982 New Japan Pro Wrestling was sitting pretty as the most successful pro wrestling company in the world. Inoki and his manager/booker Shinma had created enough buzz that New Japan sold out 90 percent of its house shows and drew 20 ratings weekly on Saturday night from 8 to 9 p.m. on the countries' No. 2 network. Antonio Inoki was the top box office draw and the president, with Shinma as the booker. Guys like Andre the Giant, Hulk Hogan, Riki Choshu, Tatsumi Fujinami, the original Tiger Mask (Satoru Sayama), Dynamite Kid, Abdullah the Butcher and Dick Murdoch were regular main eventers and they had more homegrown talent on the undercards.

    • August 12th, 1983 Satoru Sayama walks away from New Japan, frustrated over backstage politics. Even though New Japan was thriving, none of the wrestlers were seeing any of the big money. Inoki was injured sometime during this period and the New Japan shows continued drawing big money without him, but still the workers who were carrying the show, Sayama, Choshu, Fujinami, were not seeing the money. Instead Inoki was using money made from New Japan to fund failed business ventures elsewhere, such as a cattle farm in Brazil. After Sayama made a big stink Inoki was forced to step down as president of New Japan. He was able to stay on as a wrestler as Shinma took all of the heat for mismanaging money. Shinma was fired from New Japan.

    • 1984 Shinma breaks off on his own and starts Universal Wrestling Federation, or "UWF". The original plan was for Inoki to come with him but Inoki chose to stay with New Japan, so Shinma tried to build up his own superstar in Akira Maeda. Maeda, Nobuhiko Takada, and a Karl Gotch disciple named Yoshiaki Fujiwara all splintered out from under Inoki's wing and went to UWF. Fujiwara was one of Gotch's first students and supposedly one of his favorite. UWF was very similar in style to New Japan in the product for the first couple of months, but there were a pocket of wrestlers that were strongly under the influence of Fujiwara that wanted to push UWF into a more realistic shoot style. Keep in mind, this is 1984, there is no MMA yet, the shoot style was purely in reference to the old Catch Wrestling style that was passed down from the Snake Pit to Gotch and then to Fujiwara. Shinma and some of the older more traditional wrestlers in UWF were against this and thought it would be the death of the promotion. The big shakeup came when Satoru Sayama offered to sign with UWF if they got rid of Shinma. Sayama was a huge draw in Japan at the time so Shinma was ousted from the company he created in order for them to bring in Sayama, who didn't want to work with Shinma because of the scandal that rocked New Japan the year before. With Shinma out of the way, a lot of the older guys walked out as well. UWF was now being run by the wrestlers that were trained by Gotch and Fujiwara and they were free to bring their vision of a more realistic style to life. UWF would go on to put emphasis on shoot submissions and martial arts striking. Maeda would begin calling out all of the other promotions for being fake compared to UWF.

    • 1985-1986 After a bunch of backstage drama and scandals involving the Japanese mafia UWF fell apart and held their final show in September of 85. Satoru Sayama retired from wrestling for good and opened up his own dojo and in 1986 he started the promotion called "Shooto", which is pure shoot and while a little different was in all actuality the very first MMA promotion at heart. As for Maeda, Fujiwara, and Nobuhiko Takada they had to bite the bullet and go back to work for New Japan in January of 1986. Maeda in particular had a hard time with this because of the way he had talked so much shit about New Japan and Inoki and about how fake they were. New Japan brought the UWF workers and style into their show and soon enough the chicken wings, Fujiwara armbars or wakigatamaes, cross-knee locks, achilles tendon holds, etc. started getting over to the general public as finishing maneuvers.

    • November 1987 In an event known as "The Shoot Kick", tensions between Maeda and Riki Choshu boiled over in a six man tag team match. Neither man would sell for each other during the match until Maeda blasted Choshu with a kick that broke bones in his face. This eventually led to Maeda's release from New Japan. Maeda would go on to get the money to restart UWF.

    • May 12th, 1988 The new UWF debuts and becomes an instant hit, going on to thrive from 88 to 1990, selling out almost every show and drawing some of the biggest live gates in Japanese wrestling history. UWF passed up both New Japan and All Japan and forced both companies to reevaluate their business and their in-ring product.

    • 1990 A dispute between president Shinji Jin and Maeda eventually shuts UWF down by the end of 1990 despite the fact that business was still booming. So this is where this all gets interesting. After the second UWF dies this family of Japanese wrestlers split up and start different promotions.

    • 1991 After the death of the second UWF promotion in Japan 3 different puro promotions would launch as vanity promotions in 1991. Maeda would go on to start the promotion called "Fighting Network Rings", a worked shoot league that Maeda tried to put over as fully shoot, bringing in non-wrestlers, Russian Sambo guys and other martial artists to compete in carefully worked matches. As for Fujiwara he would go on after UWF and start "Pro Wrestling Fujiwara-Gumi" with Gotch with him training his workers, which included Minoru Suzuki, Masakatsu Funaki, and Ken Shamrock. As for Nobuhiko Takada? He would get backing and start UWFI, taking most of the old UWF wrestlers with him.



    I want to thank ShinobiMusashi for allowing me to use his UWFi history that's been linked above. If you wanna learn more about how the UWFi shows actually were like, read the link above, as it has his reviews of the first four UWFi Bushido TV shows. it'll be worth it.

    Nobuhiko Takada, after holding a press conference to announce the first ever UWFi show, announced that the UWFi and PWFG would work under a talent exchange agreement, as UWFi will be hosting a 16 Man Knockout-Style Tournament to crown the first ever "UWFi Real Pro-Wrestling Champion." The tournament has been dubbed the "Road To Glory Tournament," and that the UWFi will be announcing new combatants in the coming weeks. But for now, the first three men in the tournament will be:


    Nobuhiko Takada
    Bio: Takada of course is the mastermind behind UWFi. The man has became a former IWGP Junior Champion and IWGP World Tag Team Champion alongside Akira Maeda, however he's never been given the opportunity to shine as a world champion. Can he prove the doubters wrong and make history?


    Naoki Sano
    Bio: Sano is another former IWGP Junior Champion, who could very easily defeat any heavyweight in the world, but again was never given an opportunity to fully show what he is capable of. Working for Fujiwara Gumi, will Naoki take the Real Pro-Wrestling Championship over to PWFG?


    Wayne Shamrock
    Bio: Shamrock is a very popular UWF alumni, the youngster getting his start by fighting the likes of Yoji Anjo, Masakatsu Funaki and Bart Vale. Many are tipping him to be the future of pro wrestling, but can he meet those expectations earlier than expected and win the Real Pro-Wrestling Title?

    UWFi Road To Glory Tournament:


    Nobuhiko Takada
    Naoki Sano
    Wayne Shamrock
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    UWFi Rules:

    1: One 10 Minute Round, One 15 Minute Round for the Main Event and One 20 Minute Round for Championship Matches
    2: Win by Knockout, TKO, Submission or Judges Decision
    3: No Pinfalls
    4: No gloves, although minimum taping of hands is permitted

    5: If fighters commit a low blow, a headbutt, an eye poke, refuses to let go of a hold while the opponent is holding the ropes or disrespects the referee, he'll get a yellow card. If the fighter commits another foul, he'll be given a red card and immidiately disqualified.
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    Re: Union of Wrestling Forces International: Shooting From The Hip


    Next Four Road To Glory Combatants Announced!


    Yoshihiro Takayama
    Bio: Yoshihiro is a former Rugby player and lifeguard who is just starting out in professional wrestling. Takayama credits Nobuhiko Takada for getting into the business and looks to make a huge splash in the Road to Glory Tournament.


    Kiyoshi Tamura
    Bio: Tamura got his start in the UWF in 1989 and looked to be a promising rookie, but after suffering a fractured orbital bone, was forced to take a year out of commission. However, Tamura is back and looking to make history by winning the Real Pro-Wrestling Championship.


    Yoji Anjo
    Bio: Known for his flamboyant ring attire and cocky demeanour, Anjo is one of the most promising young talents in UWFi. Anjo has been in the business for 6 years and already has big victories over the likes of Minoru Suzuki, Masakatsu Funaki and Kiyoshi Tamura. Despite his eccentric appearance, Yoji is a big challenge for anyone, but is on the record of saying he wants to "slap the taste out of Tamura's mouth."


    Alexander Otsuka
    Bio: At 20 years of age, Otsuka is one of the youngest in the tournament. Otsuka, like Takayama, will be making is Pro Wrestling debut in this tournament and what better way to make a splash than by winning the UWFi Championship?


    UWFi Road To Glory Tournament:

    Nobuhiko Takada
    Naoki Sano
    Wayne Shamrock
    Kiyoshi Tamura
    Yoji Anjo
    Yoshihiro Takayama
    Alexander Otsuka
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    Re: Union of Wrestling Forces International: Shooting From The Hip


    Four New Fighters Announced!


    Bad News Allen
    Bio:Bad News Allen, also known as Bad News Brown, is an American professional wrestler with the WWF among many other companies like Stampede Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling. He was also the 1976 Olympic bronze medal winner in judo, in the heavyweight division. He's also a former 4-Time Stampede Wrestling Champion and at 47 years of age, Allen is looking to make his mark in the UWFi and take home the Real Pro-Wrestling Title.


    Masahito Kakihara
    Bio: Kakihara is another former UWF rookie wrestler who many people see as one of the next big stars in Japanese Wrestling. Masahito is coming into the tournament off of a loss to Kiyoshi Tamura at UWF Energy, so him advancing in this tournament would be a huge step in the right direction.


    Billy Robinson
    Bio: Robinson is one of Professional Wrestling's toughest fighters, having fought all over the world in Japan, America, his home country of Britain and Austrailia. His resume speaks for itself as he's a former 3-Time AWA British Empire Champion, a 2-Time AWA Tag Champion, NWA United National Champion, PWF World Heavyweight Champion, British Heavyweight Champion and European Heavyweight Champion. Billy at the age of 52, is looking to add the Road to Glory Tournament and the UWFI Real Pro-Wrestling Title to the list.


    Victor Zangiev
    Bio: Zangiev is a former Soviet amateur wrestler who later wrestled professionally in Japan. Among wrestling fans, he has been well known for his agility and flexibility in the ring. In 1989, Zangiev was invited by Antonio Inoki to train in his dojo and wrestle professionally in his promotion, NJPW where he debuted on February 22 at Sumo Hall. Now Zangiev is here in the UWFi and looks to put Japan back on notice.


    UWFi Road To Glory Tournament:


    Nobuhiko Takada
    Naoki Sano
    Wayne Shamrock
    Kiyoshi Tamura
    Yoji Anjo
    Yoshihiro Takayama
    Alexander Otsuka
    Bad News Allen
    Masahito Kakihara
    Billy Robinson
    Victor Zangiev
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    Final 5 Fighters Announcement and Brackets Revealed!


    Bob Backlund
    Bio: There's only one word you can use when describing "The Honorable" Bob Backlund, and that's "Legend." Backlund is the 2nd longest World Wrestling Federation Champion in history, holding the title for 2135 Days. Backlund has stated in interviews that he'd do anything to win the UWFi Real Pro-Wrestling Title, only time will tell if he'll achieve that goal.


    Salman Hashimikov
    Bio: Hashimikov is a World Championship Freestyle Wrestler. Salman is also a former IWGP World Champion, defeating Big Van Vader to become the first ever Russian Champion. Hashimikov is looking to return to pro wrestling with a bang.


    Gary Albright
    Bio: Albright is a mountain of a man, standing at 6'4 and weighing in at 353 pounds, Gary got his start in Stampede Wrestling, where he won the Stampede International Tag Championships. He has garnered a reputation for Suplexing his opponents until they can't continue, and he'll be looking to throw his opponents around before gaining the UWFi Real Pro-Wrestling Title.


    Kazuo Yamazaki
    Bio: Kazuo Yamazaki is who many people consider to be one of the most underrated athletes in Japanese Wrestling. Yamazaki is a former IWGP Tag Team Champion and on December 5th, 1984, Kazuo got a 5 Star rating from esteemed journalist Dave Meltzer for his match with Nobuhiko Takada, which Kazuo won. After losing his last 2 fights with Nobu, Yamazaki has said he wants a fourth fight to even the score and hopes to do that in the Road To Glory.


    Dan Severn
    Bio: Dan Severn is an Amateur Wreestler, who served as an alternate for the Olympics. During the 1984 Olympic Trials, Severn controversially lost to eventual Gold Medal Winner, Lou Banach. Ever since, Severn has supposedly won over 100 National and International Championships. Dan is looking to win his first Pro Wrestling title in the Road to Glory.

    At a press conference earlier today, Nobuhiko Takada announced that the tournament would be split up into 2 blocks, Block A and Block B. UWFi annouced that at their first event, UWFi Bushido 1, we will be seeing Block A matches, while at Bushido 2 the next month, we'll be seeing Block B matches. UWFi Bushido 3 will contain the Quarter-Final Matches and UWFi Bushido 4 will have the Semi-Finals and the Finals. The Brackets for Block A are (Red Corner) (Blue Corner):



    Yoji Anjo vs Kazuo Yamazaki


    Bad News Allen vs Naoki Sano


    Kiyoshi Tamura vs Dan Severn


    Billy Robinson vs Gary Albright

    Meanwhile, Block B's brackets will be:


    Alexander Otsuka vs Wayne Shamrock


    Masahito Kakihara vs Yoshihiro Takayama


    Victor Zangiev vs Bob Backlund


    Nobuhiko Takada vs Salman Hashimikov
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    Re: Union of Wrestling Forces International: Shooting From The Hip

    UWFI? Wow. Haven't seen anything like this before. Not sure what to expect in all truth which makes this very interesting. Can't wait to see what you have planned.
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    Milano Forever!

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    UWFi: Bushido Episode 1
    10/05/1991
    Korakuen Hall
    2500 Attendence

    We open up the show with the ring announcer hyping all 2500 fans in Korakuen Hall. We get a shot of the ring, where we see a purple canvas with the white UWFi logo in the centre, a white ring apron, Black ropes, two black turnbuckles and two red and blue turnbuckles. We then see a parade of fighters line up, like a precursor to PRIDE. We get a decent ovation for Yoji Anjo and Kazuo Yamazaki, pretty big reactions for Bad News Allen and Naoki Sano, another decent reaction for Kiyoshi Tamura and Dan Severn and a big reaction Billy Robinson and Gary Albright. Nobuhiko Takada is in the ring, not in action tonight as he's wrestling in Block B of the tournament. Takada bows to the audience before thanking everyone for attending and to the fighters for contributing to bringing "real wrestling back." Nobuhiko wishes all the fighters good luck as the fighters go backstage and we get ready for our first fight.

    Yoji Anjo (0-0) vs Kazuo Yamazaki (0-0)

    Match: We open up the show with two native stars, as Yoji Anjo goes head to head with former IWGP Junior Champion, Kazuo Yamazaki. Anjo, wearing his zebra tights and purple singlet, looks extremely confident heading into this, smirking at Yamazaki and refusing to shake his hand. Yamazaki, wearing his long black tights with white and blue designs, doesn't look at all impressed with the youngster. The two circle round each other, Anjo going right for Yamazaki with a beautiful array of slaps and kicks, but Kazuo fires back and the two are just teeing off, both of them just trading punches now! The crowd are going mental as the two men are battering each other's faces in until Yoji clinches Yamazaki and tries for a takedown, but Kazuo sprawls and is pushed into the ropes. Wow! Anjo picks up Yamazaki and runs backwards to slam him into the ground. Anjo starts mockingly slapping the former IWGP Junior Champion in the face and starts grinding his forearm into Yamazaki's face. Kazuo shoves Anjo's arm away and spits in his face! This fight is HEATED! Yoji tries to land some punches but Kazuo manages to escape the guard and throws some upkicks, which Yoji blocks easily. Yamazaki gets up and feigns a left hand, but lands a HARD right headkick! Dazing Anjo and Yamazaki starts kicking the hell out of the upper body of Yoji.

    Ending:
    Anjo somehow manages to survive this onslaught by grabbing Kazuo's leg and amazingly, nails a BIG Taz-style Capture Suplex! Yamazaki landed right onto the back of his head, but Kazuo gets straight back up, clearly dazed, but still trying to go for Anjo with some kicks to the body. Anjo dodges them easily and nails a BIG left headkick, knocking Yamazaki down! Yoji is about to get some ground and pound in but....TIME! The bell sounds for the end of the round and Anjo walks back to his corner, smirking at his handiwork. Yamazaki gets up on his own accord, smiling as well, as he believes he's won the fight. The referee takes both men to the centre of the ring as we hear who our judges have chosen.

    Judge 1: Yamazaki!

    Kazuo nods, Anjo looks a bit worried, but still confident.

    Judge 2: Anjo!

    Yoji gets a massive smile on his face, raising his arm in the air.....

    Spoiler:

    Judge 3: Anjo!

    Anjo wins the match by split decision!

    Yoji Anjo (1-0) defeated Kazuo Yamazaki (0-1) by Judges Decision (10:00)

    Anjo laughs as he acts extremely unprofessional towards Yamazaki, mockingly rubbing the back of his head and demanding Kazuo gets out the ring. Anjo starts signalling that it's only a matter of time before he wins the UWFi Real Pro-Wrestling Title, putting his fingers to his wrist and walking backstage with both his hands in the air, embracing the crowd's boos.

    Bad News Allen (0-0) vs Naoki Sano (0-0)

    Match: Next up we have a big match, as former 4-Time Stampede Wrestling Champion Bad News Allen, in his trademark black trunks, takes on Naoki Sano, reperesting PWFG wearing baby blue. Both men shake hands before the bout, Allen snarling at Sano as he does so. The match starts off tenitively, as the two seem hesitant to come at each other, but it's Allen who innitiates first, grabbing Sano and getting a nice trip, trying to smother him. Naoki tries to land some kicks to Bad News' side, but the veteran manages to move so Sano can't reach him. Allen lands some hammerfists to the face of Naoki and starts setting up an Americana, but Sano manages to scoot over to the ropes, standing both men up. As both men get up, Naoki starts landing some heavy kicks to the leg of Allen, but the former champ shoots in for another takedown, this time he scoops up Naoki and slams him down, away from the ropes. Allen gets into half guard with Sano and attempts a few punches but Sano blocks them perfectly.

    Ending: Allen again attempts a submission, this time an Ankle Lock of some sort, but as Allen transitions to full guard, Naoki manages to scramble and get to his feet, attempts a kick to Allen's head but the Judo Bronze medalist dodges and stands. Sano starts landing some bodykicks, but Allen catches one at it doesn't look good for Sano.
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    Wait, what on earth?! Sano in a move of desparation, has attempted a Flying Armbar! Naoki landed right on his head, but Allen is in HUGE trouble here! Sano flips Allen onto his back and the Armbar is synched in! Allen taps out straight away! Sano advances to face Yoji Anjo in the Block A Quarter-Finals!

    Naoki Sano (1-0) defeated Bad News Allen (0-1) by Submission (Flying Armbar) (07:43)

    Sano is happy with the result as he pumps his arms in the air. Allen looks pissed that he got caught, especially after dominating the majority of the fight, but respectfully shakes Sano's hand, but not before pulling him in saying "You better win man, cause I want that belt and I want it from you." Sano nods his head and the two bow as Allen lets Naoki have his moment.



    Kiyoshi Tamura (0-0) vs Dan Severn (0-0)

    Match: Our semi-main event is up next, as one of UWFi's most promising stars, Kiyoshi Tamura, wearing all red, takes on Dan "The Beast" Severn, wearing a Red, White and Blue, USA Singlet. Tamura and Dan shake hands before the fight and Severn charges in with a takedown on Kiyoshi. Tamura however is close to the ropes so he grabs immidiately and both fighters stand. Severn and Kiyoshi circle round each other and Dan shoots in for another takedown.

    Spoiler:

    Ending: OH MY GOD! A Brutal Knee to the jaw by Tamura! Severn just slumps face first and Tamura lands three knees to the head before the referee calls off the fight! Tamura wins by Knockout!

    Kiyoshi Tamura (1-0) defeated Dan Severn (0-1) by Knockout (Knees) (00:46)

    Kiyoshi, although advancing through to the next round, looks pretty angry. He goes up the referee and starts complaining about him not calling off the fight earlier. The ref and Tamura start getting heated, but in the end, cooler heads prevail as Kiyoshi and Severn shake hands, Severn laughing that he got caught so quickly.


    Billy Robinson (0-0) vs Gary Albright (0-0)

    Match: Up next is a legend of the sport, Billy Robinson in the blue trunks with no kneepads, taking on the "Master of the Suplex," Gary Albright in the bright red singlet. Billy looks confident heading into this one, the 52 year old looking determined. Albright also looks deadly serious heading into this one, shaking hands with the former NWA United National Champion and PWF World Heavyweight Champion. The bell rings Robinson shoots in for a takedown but Gary Albright nails a huge uppercut to the jaw, stunning Billy! Albright pushes Billy against the ropes and nails a nice Belly-To-Belly Suplex, and lands some big knees to Billy. Robinson manages to get Gary into his guard and attempts to scramble away, but Gary grabs the waist.... A Deadlift German Suplex!

    Spoiler:

    Ending: Albright hangs on and nails another vicious German Suplex! Albright quickly stands up and picks up Billy from behind! A DRAGON SUPLEX! Oh my god! The referee has seen enough as he calls for the bell! Gary Albright wins the fight and wow, what a performance by the "Rhode Island Rampage," winning the fight in just under 90 seconds.

    Gary Albright (1-0) defeated Billy Robinson (0-1) by TKO (Suplexes) (01:25)

    After the fight Gary helps Billy, checking to see if he's okay. Billy actually has a smile on his face, nodding at Gary and can audibly be heard saying "You're a tough bastard you are, ya piece of sh*t," to which Albright laughs and raises Robinson's hand as the Japanese fans give a big round of applause for the legend. Who is POSSIBLY going to stop Albright after that performance?! Albright poses in the centre of the ring as we close out the show.



    UWFi: Bushido Episode 2 Card:

    Alexander Otsuka vs Wayne Shamrock
    Masahito Kakihara vs Yoshihiro Takayama
    Bob Backlund vs Victor Zangiev
    Nobuhiko Takada vs Salman Hashimikov

    UWFi: Bushido Episode 3 Card:


    Yoji Anjo (1-0) vs Naoki Sano(1-0)
    Kiyoshi Tamura (1-0) vs Gary Albright(1-0)
    Alexander Otsuka/Wayne Shamrock vs Masahito Kakihara/Yoshihiro Takayama
    Bob Backlund/Victor Zangiev vs Nobuhiko Takada/Salman Hashimikov
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    Oh man I'm licking my chops with this one. I have been super busy so I had no idea this was up yet. I really love the shoot style of wrestling so fucking much, so much of the pre-UFC 1 stuff I've seen just totally blew my mind. It sucks that I got burned out on writing because I wish I could have kept my UWFI/PWFG/Rings review threads going, also had huge plans for my old UWF BTB fed that never got off the ground. I'm just fascinated by the history there with how this was the roots of MMA.

    I really love this so far, first show was really nice. Some good booking going on here with Albright going over Billy Robinson in such strong fashion, what a huge win. Tamura finishing Severn was also a nice surprise that I didn't see coming. All around just super intriguing stuff, I'm very interested to see where you take this thing. This got me wanting to get back into watching through those UWFI shows. I'm definitely going to follow along with this, I hope you keep it going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShinobiMusashi View Post
    Oh man I'm licking my chops with this one. I have been super busy so I had no idea this was up yet. I really love the shoot style of wrestling so fucking much, so much of the pre-UFC 1 stuff I've seen just totally blew my mind. It sucks that I got burned out on writing because I wish I could have kept my UWFI/PWFG/Rings review threads going, also had huge plans for my old UWF BTB fed that never got off the ground. I'm just fascinated by the history there with how this was the roots of MMA.

    I really love this so far, first show was really nice. Some good booking going on here with Albright going over Billy Robinson in such strong fashion, what a huge win. Tamura finishing Severn was also a nice surprise that I didn't see coming. All around just super intriguing stuff, I'm very interested to see where you take this thing. This got me wanting to get back into watching through those UWFI shows. I'm definitely going to follow along with this, I hope you keep it going.
    Cheers man, seriously I'm so glad you did those threads because I would never have gone back and looked for the UWFi & PWFG shows. I went on a 2-3 month spree of just watching GLORY Kickboxing, UFC, Bellator & PRIDE, unfortunately got burned out on wrestling for a while. I still watch it, and got back into it recently with PROGRESS and bingewatching loads of Puro like Dragon Gate, NJPW & a load of Joshi, but when I watched the UWFi & PWFG stuff, I was like "holy shit." I love Kiyoshi, I know he lost his PRIDE fights so people don't think he's that impressive, but I honestly believe if he was in PRIDE the same time as Sakuraba, he would've had way more success. I'm not looking to give shit away, but expect big things for Tamura. I will stick with this man, and even if I don't, I've got the entire tournament written out, so at least if I do pack it in the tournament WILL be finished. Thanks for commenting sir! Bushido 2 should be up either tomorrow or the night after.
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    UWFi: Bushido Episode 2
    06/06/1991
    Korekuen Hall
    2400 Attendence

    We open up the show with the ring announcer hyping up Korakuen Hall, as the crowd are ready to see Block B of the Road To Glory Tournament kick off! We get a parade of fighters like we did last episode, as tonight we see the 2nd side of the tournament go at it. We get a pleasant applause for Alexander Otsuka, A nice pop for Wayne Shamrock, Masahito Kakihara, Yoshihiro Takayama & Victor Zangiev, a big pop for Bob Backlund & Salman Hashimikov and of course, a huge ovation for the man of the hour, Nobuhiko Takada. We see at the front row the Block A winners, Gary Albright, Kiyoshi Tamura, Naoki Sano and Yoji Anjo, all dressed up smartly for their potential opponents.

    Alexander Otsuka (0-0) vs Wayne Shamrock (0-0)

    Match: Our first contest of the night, sees the debuting Alexander Otsuka, wearing white and black trunks with "Diet Butcher" on the back, taking on Wayne Shamrock, wearing plain black trunks. The two shake hands as we get underway! Both men stand in front of each other and Otsuka throws a bodykick....

    Spoiler:

    Ending:.... What?! Shamrock catches the kick and straight away has an Ankle Lock synched in! Otsuka taps out immiediately! Wow! Wayne Shamrock wins his first UWFi match in impressive fashion!

    Wayne Shamrock (1-0) defeated Alexander Otsuka (0-1) by Submission (Ankle Lock) (0:16)

    Shamrock roars and poses on the turnbuckles after this dominating display. He shakes Otsuka's hand, Alexander looks dejected as he walks backstage.


    Masahito Kakihara (0-0) vs Yoshihiro Takayama (0-0)

    Match: Our next fight is a battle of two youngsters, as it's a 19 year old Masahito Kakihara, wearing bright yellow trunks, taking on a debuting Yoshihiro Takayama, wearing black trunks. The two debutants shake hands and bow as we get underway. Yoshihiro, being the bigger man, backs Kakihara into the corner and attempts to lung at him with a barrage of strikes, but Masahito dodges and starts unloading with slaps,which for the most part Takayama is able to block, but three or four big shots do end up landing. Takayama shoots for the leg of Masahito, getting a single leg before trying to land some shots from half-guard, Kakihara gets caught with some big right hands, but manages to get up rather quickly. Takayama nails for hard kicks to the leg of Kakihara and a nice slapping combo, before attempting a huge right hand but Masahito dodges. The big man attempts a huge head kick but Kakihara takes down Takayama mid-kick! Yoshihiro gets on his stomach, allowing Masahito to get a headlock in, Takayama manages to stand up and nail a big Saito Suplex! Takayama starts setting up for an Armbar, but Kakihara quickly scrambles to the ropes, standing both men up. Masahito is clearly still rocked by that suplex however, and Takayama gets some good slapping and punches in, putting Kakihara on the defensive.

    Spoiler:

    Ending: Yoshihiro has managed to stay in control in this match, constantly landing some hard strikes to Masahito, cutting Kakihara's left eyebrow and constantly aiming for it. Kakihara, out of sheer despersation attempts a Flying Knee, but Takayama expertly catches it and turns it into a Spinebuster-like takedown! Yoshihiro has Top Mount and lands some huge bombs and there's blood everywhere, and the referee has seen enough and jumps in to stop the fight! Takayama gets a big debut win!

    Yoshihiro Takayama (1-0) defeated Masahito Kakihara (0-1) by TKO (09:49)

    Kakihara looks pretty disappointed, but Takayama raises his hand in victory, managing to control the match with big strikes and Ground & Pound. Takayama shakes Masahito's hand as he poses in the centre of the ring.



    Bob Backlund(0-0) vs Victor Zangiev(0-0)

    Match: Our co-main event is going to be a treat, as it's gonna be Russian Amateur Wrestler, Victor Zangiev, taking on former WWF Champion, Bob Backlund. Backlund wearing his red trunks and blue kneepads, while Zangiev is wearing his red USSR singlet. The two are very respectful towards each other as the two shake hands and Zangiev takes control at first, landing a nice Northern Lights Suplex, only for Backlund to wrap his legs around Victor and get behind Zangiev in a seated position. Backlund straight away attempts to lock in the Crossface Chickenwing, but Zangiev has it well scouted as he yanks his arm free and gets side control. Victor attempts to lock in a Cross Armbreaker, as he almost gets it in, but Bob manages to keep the arms locked, and after a minute of trying to get it in, Victor gives up and stands up. The crowd applaud the great grappling display as the former WWF Champion nods at Victor out of respect. Backlund and Victor clinch up and Bob knees Zangiev in the gut and nails a Suplex, before effortlessly floating into Full Mount. Backlund tries for some Ground & Pound, but Zangiev blocks it easily, so the former Amateur wrestler quickly moves into Side control and attempts an Armbar, but Victor manages to rush for the ropes.

    Spoiler:

    Ending: Victor and Bob circle round each other, before Backlund attempts a takedown, but Zangiev dodges and moves out of the way. Victor tries for his own takedown attempt, but Backlund not only sprawls, but gets on top on Zangiev! Backlund grabs the arm and is looking for the Crossface Chickenwing....He's got it! Victor tries to hold on, but Backlund falls to his back and teh Russian has to submit!


    Bob Backlund (1-0) defeated Victor Zangiev (0-1) by Submission (Crossface Chickenwing) (05:02)


    After the ring annoucement, Bob helps Victor to his feet and embraces him. The two smile as they raise their arms in the air while Backlund waves to the audience.

    Nobuhiko "Saikyou" Takada (0-0) vs Salman Hashimikov (0-0)
    Match: Finally we have our final Block B Match, it's Nobuhiko Takada, wearing his trademark all pink and purple getup, taking on former IWGP World Champion Salman Hashimikov, sporting the same red singlet his partner Victor Zangiev was wearing in the last fight. Tanaka looks like he's praying in the corner, as he raises his arm for the crowd, while Hashimikov stares a hole through Nobuhiko. This match is an absolute war. It's slow starting out, as the former IWGP World Champion tries to back Takada into a corner, only for Nobuhiko to dodge a punch and land an open handed slap. Nobuhiko attepts a bodykick, but Hashimikov grabs it, picks him up in a cradle like position and slams him! Salman lands some brutal knees to the ribs of Takada, but "Saikyou" manages to scramble to his feet and boots Hashimikov right in the face. Attempting to land a huge head kick to Salman, again Takada gets caught and Hashimikov lands some big right hands, stunning Nobu. Nobu manages to block some big strikes and attempts a takedown, but Salman grabs the head and has a headlock. Hashimikov tries to get his arm underneath Takada's arm, but the former IWGP Junior Champion manages to escape and grabs Salman's arm, attempting a Kimura! Hashimikov is quick to fight it off however and the two end up just whaling on each other, landing some stiff slaps and punches, with Hashimikov starting to bleed from the mouth, while Takada has a big cut above his eye. Salman takes "Saikyou" down with a single-leg and attempts a Kneebar, but Takada lands two brutal upkicks to the face, and Salman's right eye is starting to swell. Nobu starts daring Salman to fight in his guard, and Hashimikov dives for Takada with a Diving Punch! "Saikyou" rolls out the way and kicks the former four time European Gold Medalist in the ribs before getting on his back and attempting a Sleeper.....He's got it!

    Ending: Salman is in a dire position here, as he's close to the ropes, he just needs to find a way to grab them. Hashimikov tries to reach for the ropes with his legs but Takada menouvers him further away. the former IWGP Champ starts desperately attempting to stand..... And he succeeds! The crowd are on their feet as Salman rushes to the ropes and grabs them, forcing Takada to break. Nobuhiko breaks straight away, smiling at the heart of the Russian. He shakes Hashimikov's hand as they get back to the fight. Takada starts going for the kill, as he starts slapping the hell out of Hashimikov and hitting some big kicks to the legs! It looks like the ref is thinking of throwing the fight out....TIME! We hear the bell sound for the end of the round and both men embrace, smiling at the war they just put each other through. The referee grabs both mens hands as we await the judges decision.

    Spoiler:

    Judge 1: Takada!

    Nobuhiko smiles as fans cheer.

    Judge 2: Hashimikov!

    Salman smirks, he almost looks surprised.

    Judge 3: Takada!

    Nobuhiko Takada (1-0) defeated Salman Hashimikov (0-1) by Judges Decision

    Nobuhiko is overjoyed as he has a massive smile on his face. Hashimikov is disappointed to not be advancing in the Road To Glory Tournament, but shakes Takada's hand as he lets the man celebrate. Nobuhiko poses on the turnbuckles as we sign off.
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    This is intresting kind of like mma with brawl for all

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    Re: Union of Wrestling Forces International: Shooting From The Hip

    Quote Originally Posted by OMB View Post
    This is intresting kind of like mma with brawl for all
    But actually good and successful, yes.


    Like the main event. Takada winning was no surprise, but everyone was protected. Can see Takada wining the whole thing tbh. You never know though. Looking forward to reading what more you have. Good stuff, so far.
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    Great second show. Main event was a very well written shoot style match. Very interesting to see how this tournament unfolds, some intriguing second round matches coming up.

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    UWFi Bushido 3 Review.

    03/07/1991
    Author: Jackie Gould


    After a really good start with UWFi Bushido Episodes 1 and 2, the UWFi Quarter-Finals were decided on Bushido Episode 3, back at Korekuen Hall in front of 2700 fans. The event to this day is considered by many to be one of the greatest events the UWFi has ever produced, mainly due to the star-power of head honcho, Nobuhiko Takada and former WWF Champion Bob Backlund putting on a 15 Minute masterclass in technical ability, and one of the UWFi's most shocking and exciting matches between Kiyoshi Tamura and Gary Albright.



    The show kicked off with PWFG representative Naoki Sano (1-0) taking on a man who'd soon be synonymus with UWFi, Yoji Anjo (1-0). While the match wasn't anything too special or out of the ordinary, Yoji Anjo is certainly an absolute joy to watch. In a company where everyone has little flash and is legit, it's certainly refreshing in this setting to see a man so camp and flamboyant. You wouldn't expect it to work, but it does, because he can back it up in the ring. This match was essentially a Anjo showcase, as the Zebra striped eccentric hurt Naoki's knee and while Sano came close to squeezing out a win, catching Anjo in an Armbar, Yoji managed to escape and quickly locked in a Kneebar, and being in the centre in the ring, Naoki taps out and Yoji Anjo goes on to the semis.

    Not necessarily an exciting bout, it seemed more of a showcase to make Anjo look even more credible. Yoji is just great to see, even his post-match ordeal of taunting his opponent and bowing to the fans like he was in a high school play was funny as hell. This gets another quarter star for Anjo's performance.

    Spoiler:

    Yoji Anjo (2-0) submitted Naoki Sano (1-1) by Submission with a Kneebar at 5:16.
    **1/4



    Up next, we get a match which many consider to be the best matches in UWFi history, as "The Aloof Genius" Kiyoshi Tamura took on "Road Island Rampage" Gary Albright.You know, usually I wouldn't write out fights in full, but CHRIST this was good, so screw it. The two men stare each other down, the crowd are amped for this as Korekuen Hall are buzzing as the bell rings. Right off the bat, bombs are being thrown as Tamura attempts a huge headkick, but Gary dodges and starts reigning down punches! Kiyoshi starts slapping Albright and actually starts winning, getting Gary against the ropes! Albright shows why he's called "The Master of The Suplex" however, as he hooks the arms, pushes Tamura away from the ropes and nails a big overhead Belly-To-Belly Suplex, rocking Tamura. Gary picks up Kiyoshi and plants him with a VICIOUS German Suplex, "Pride Kara no Shikaku" landing right onto the head and neck! Albright attempts a Deadlift German Suplex, but Kiyoshi elbows Albright right in the eye! Gary is split open, as the Aloof Genius attempted a takedown, only for Albright to grab poor Tamura and Powerbomb him! "Rhode Island Rampage" looked PISSED, as he starts landing gigantic fists to the head of Tamura, Kiyoshi trying his best to cover up. Gary starts punching slower, clearly getting tired, allowing Tamura to lock in a deadly Trianle Choke. Albright is desperately attempting to reach the ropes but he's in the centre of the ring, so Albright shows his incredible strength by DEADLIFTING Kiyoshi up and dropping him with another Powerbomb, only for Tamura to keep the hold locked in! Albright is starting to fade, but attempts one more time to escape.....POWERBOMB AGAIN! Kiyoshi is STILL hanging on as Albright is fading, before finally going unconcious and the referee stopping the fight! A HUGE upset for Tamura! Kiyoshi let go of the hold and used the ropes to get up after an incredible bout. He raised his arm in the air, while Albright looks pretty sad in the corner. Gary & Kiyoshi shook hands and Albright applauds Tamura before leaving the ring, allowing Tamura to have his time in the spotlight after such an incredible win.

    There simply isn't enough words to describe this match. I've never seen anything like this, Tamura showed the world his heart and sheer will to fight through the strength of Gary, while Albright still looked great with his incredible feats of strength, dropping Kiyoshi onto his neck multiple times. Seriously, if you're reading this, go watch this. It'll be worth it.

    Spoiler:

    Kiyoshi Tamura (2-0) submitted Gary Albright (1-1) by Submission with a Triangle Choke at 4:12.
    *****



    It was certainly gonna be hard for PWFG's American destroyer Wayne Shamrock and inexperienced youngster Yoshihiro Takayama to follow such an incredible bout, and they didn't really, but it wasn't through lack of trying. While Shamrock did put in an impressive performance and Yoshihiro hit some impressive suplexes and at one point a VERY hard right hand to the jaw, stunning Shamrock, The match just wasn't exciting or varied enough to justify the Time Limit. The two did impress me though, as Shamrock's power and wrestling ability is incredible, while Takayama's strength and resilience is undeniable, as shown by Wayne locking in a Neck Crank, but Yoshihiro dropped Shamrock with a Northern Lights Suplex that just looked spectacular. Wayne managed to squeeze by a Unaminous Decision victory however, advancing to the Semi-Finals to take on the winner of Backlund-Takada.

    I feel like if this match was before Tamura-Albright, I'd enjoy it a lot more. Kiyoshi and Gary had such a fast-paced, hard-hitting bout and these two just didn't live up to the fight before. Still though, that's not to say both men didn't try their best, Takayama, while still VERY new to the game, could be in for a nice long career if he plays his cards right, while Wayne's power and wrestling skills showed that he can be a big player in both UWFi and PWFG.


    Spoiler:

    Wayne Shamrock (2-0) defeated Yoshihiro Takayama (1-1) by Judges Decision.
    **1/2



    So, We finally got to our main event, it's the former WWF Champion Bob Backlund, wearing red trunks, taking on former IWGP Junior Champion, Nobuhiko Takada in his black trunks. Both men shook hands and started off with a bit of circling around each other, Bob keeping Takada on his toes with fake attempts at takedowns, but Takada sees through it. Nobuhiko dodges a legit takedown attempt by Backlund this time and fires back with a nice kick to the ribs. Takada attempts a few headkicks, but Backlund catches one and shoves him down, doing his signature duck walk taunt, angering Takada. Nobu stays focused, both men attempting to outwrestle each other with Backlund throwing Takada to the ground and attempting a neck crank, only for Takada to kick out of it and land a big Spinebuster, then attempting an Ankle Lock, but Backlund rushed towards the ropes. The match was a technical masterclass on the part of both men, Bob showing that while he has all the charisma of a wet paper bag, he is still one of the best technical athletes in the world, while Nobuhiko is showing everyone that he can certainly get technical as well as land some hard strikes. The fight was back and forth and by the time the buzzer went off to signal for the end of the bout, No one was sure who was going to win. In the end, surprisingly, each judge chose Takada as victor, as the founder of the UWFi goes on to face Wayne Shamrock in the Semi-Finals.

    Although I personally adored this match, I know there's gonna be people out there who might not like this. For as much as I loved the technical side of the match, there is an argument to be made that there wasn't enough exciting action to keep the match engaging. However, I personally LOVED this, so if you didn't like this match, go do your own review dammit.

    Spoiler:

    Nobuhiko Takada (2-0) defeated Bob Backlund (1-1) by Judges Decision.
    ***1/2

    Overall, I highly recommend this mainly for Tamura/Albright, that fight was absolutely insane. Yoji Anjo is the closest thing to a "character" in UWFi, so he offers something different that'll garner attention. Takada seems to be being groomed for the top spot as UWFi Real Pro-Wrestling Champion and Wayne Shamrock, while looking the least impressive in terms of match quality, showed some fire in the Takayama match. This show gets a 7/10, and I'm looking forward to the big finals.

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    So, that took longer to post than expected
    Sorry for the wait, I decided that writing out EVERY match in full was just wearing me out, but I do wanna stick with this, so I've decided to try a review style format, like writing the shows as if I personally had just watched them at the time. The final show in the tournament should be up within the month, and I hope you guys enjoy!

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