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This video is a little overview of the Shoot-Style wrestling in Japan and its practitioners. The cross-breeding of pro-wrestling and martial arts as well as real and worked fighting has been a constant throughout Japanese wrestling (puroresu). Mixed martial arts was born from this phenomenon and it has never been more popular than it was in Japan. In this video, I focus on the 1980s through the 2000s and highlight those I would deem the “25 greatest practitioners of the shoot-style”. Clips are from approximately 10 shoot-style promotions – the original UWF, the Newborn UWF, PWFG (Fujiwaragumi), RINGS, UWFi (International); Pancrase, BattlARTS, Kingdom, Pride FC, U-Style and U-Spirits. There are also some clips from New Japan, All Japan, SWS, Michinoku Pro and Big Japan.
The opening video features a joint event between Pride FC and K-1 in front of the largest audience to see a production of this nature – over 70,000 at the Tokyo Nat’l Stadium.
Music is the theme from Pride FC.
Rikidozan KOs Masahiko Kimura; Antonio Inoki takes down Muhammad Ali; Inoki and Willie Williams go over the top; Shota Chochishvilli throws Inoki; the initial UWF invades New Japan.
Akira Maeda (1) vs. Don Neilson Nakaya; Super Tiger / Satoru Sayama (2); Maeda vs. Tiger; Nobuhiko Takada (3); some original UWF members – Osamu Kido, Rusher Kimura & Maeda; Kazuo Yamazaki (4); Takada/Fujiwara/Maeda; Yoshiaki Fujiwara headbutts Masakatsu Funaki; Fujiwara’s armbar on Joe Malenko; Fujiwara (5); “Newborn UWF” training led by Maeda; Funaki (6); Funaki vs. Minoru Suzuki; (Ken) Wayne Shamrock (7); King of Pancrase – Shamrock, Funaki, Bas Rutten; Opening of a RINGS tournament; Volk Han (8); Han armbars Kohsaka; Tsuyoshi Kohsaka (9); Kiyoshi Tamura slaps TK; Yoshihisa (Norihisa) Yamamoto (10); Yamamoto armbars Han; Dick Vrij (11); Vrij’s spinning backfist on Han; Mitsuya Nagai (12); Nagai Gotch-lift on Otsuka; Andrei Kopylov takes down Han; Kiyoshi Tamura (13); Tamura vs. Wataru Sakata; Yoji Anjoh (14); Gary Albright (15); Albright suplexes Toshikaki Kawada; Kakihara high kicks Sakuraba; Masahiko Kakihara (16); Suzuki confronts Hans Nyman; Minoru Suzuki (17); Suzuki slams Tamura; Dan Severn launches Takaku Fuke; Ikeda slams Glen Jacobs (Kane); Maeda’s Capture Suplex on Keith Haward; Vader powerbombs Yuhii Sano; Yamazaki kicks Norman Smiley; Takada KOs Koji Kitao; Yuko Miyato solebutts Tatsuo Nakano; Katsumi Usuda with a barbed wire mid kick to Ryuji Yamakawa; Daisuke Ikeda (18); Ishikawa headbutts Ikeda; Yuki Ishikawa (19); Otsuka’s Deadlift German on Ishikawa; Alexander Otsuka (20); Otsuka suplexes Takada; Super Tiger (Sayama) spin kicks Marty Jones; Bad News Allen takes down Sakuraba; Severn suplexes Takada; Yuhii Sano (21); Sano-Funaki; Hiromitsu Kanehara (22); Takayama vs. Kanehara; Kennichi Yamamoto (23); Yamamoto suplexes Sakuraba; Yoshihiro Takayama (24); Takayama’s Mount Everest Geman on Yamazaki; Kazushi Sakuraba (25); a young Saku heads to the ring; Koji Kanemoto throws and armbars Sakuraba; Minoru Tanaka armbars Satoshi Yoneyama (Muhammad Yone); Tamura armbars Yamamoto; Sano bodyslam James Stone (Little Guido); Bob Backlund Gotch-lifts Anjoh; Stone rides Daijiro Matsui; Sakuraba double-legs Yamamoto; Shamrock suplexes Matt Hume; Alexander Karelin’s Greco-Roman signature on Maeda; Han counters a Nagai suplex; Anjoh crossfaces Kakihara; Suzuki rides Shamrock; Chris Dolman crossfaces Andrei Kopylov; Funaki with knees in the corner; Kanehara’s flying knee; Kakihara decks Yuji Nagata; Bitsadze Tariel leg kicks Han; Vrij KOs Tony Halme (Ludvig Borga); Maeda kicks Yamazaki; final UWF bow; Maeda & Takada celebrate
**I understand I left out many people and perhaps included others too much. I am an amateur pro-wrestling historian and amateur videographer. Please view my website if you’d like to access more information about shoot-style pro-wrestling. I’d also like to credit those who upload the videos that I used in this video. I have a full playlist available through this YouTube channel**