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Active Advance Pro Wrestling
Acronym2AW
Founded2002
StylePuroresu
HeadquartersChiba, Japan
Founder(s)Taka Michinoku
FormerlyKaientai Dojo (K-DOJO)

Active Advance Pro Wrestling (2AW) is a Japanese professional wrestling promotion and training facility originally owned and promoted by Taka Michinoku. The promotion places emphasis on a style of puroresu that combines high-flying, technical wrestling, and martial arts. The promotion was originally called Kaientai Dojo (or K-DOJO for short).

This style was largely contributed to by Taka Michinoku and is gaining popularity in Japan and abroad. K-DOJO is also heavily influenced by American-style wrestling and places a large amount of importance on presentation. For instance, each Club-K 3000 show that K-DOJO runs is equipped with a large screen near the entrance gate, similar to the Titantron, where a short introductory vignette is played during each wrestler's entrance and where the crowd can follow the action on-screen.

They had a home building that doubles as their training facility, Chiba Blue Field, where all of their Club-K 3000 shows were held; in December 2011, the building was bought by the joshi pro-wrestling promotion Universal Woman's Pro Wrestling Reina, but K-Dojo continues to run shows from the renamed Reina Arena.[1] On April 1, 2013, the arena was again renamed Blue Field.

History

Kaientai Dojo originated in 2000 as a small wrestling school in Puerto Rico run by Taka Michinoku. After Taka returned to Japan in 2002, he established the Japanese branch of Kaientai Dojo, which would soon become a wrestling promotion. The small federation grew over the years and is now an independent league that runs as a promotion, wrestling school, and talent loan organization to various other leagues such as AJPW, Dragon Gate and Michinoku Pro.

Until recently, K-DOJO was separated into two distinct sides, GET and RAVE, which ran separate shows but often joined together during large shows and tours. GET was led by Taka Michinoku while RAVE's leader was Hi69. After Hi69's departure, Taka Michinoku became commissioner of RAVE, and 296 became commissioner of GET. On April 22, 2007, RAVE ran its last show; the two brands merged and now run joint shows.

A particular aspect of K-DOJO is that it is one of the few wrestling promotions to feature both men and women. Women can wrestle in the same ring as men, either during mixed tag matches or even singles matches. Also, they can challenge for championship belts, something that would be unheard of in most wrestling promotions.

In November 2018, it became known that Taka Michinoku had an eight-year-long extramarital relationship with a woman. After this scandal, the promotion fired him and sanctioned him for one year without payment.[2]

In April 2019, the promotion announced that they were rebranding as Active Advance Pro Wrestling (2AW for short). This came as the company attempted to rebrand itself after the Taka Michinoku scandal, also changing its colors to black & white. That same night, young wrestler Ayato Yoshida won the Strongest-K Championship, symbolically leading the company into the future.[3]

On January 10, 2020, it was announced that 2AW is now part of the Allied Independent Wrestling Federations as their Japanese affiliate.[4]

Roster

Main article: List of Active Advance Pro Wrestling personnel

Championships

Current

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days held Defenses Location Notes
2AW Openweight Championship Shigehiro Irie 1 October 28, 2021 200+ 0 Tokyo, Japan
2AW Tag Team Championship The Rule
(Ayato Yoshida & The Andrew King Takuma)
1
(2, 2)
November 14, 2021 183+ n/a Chiba, Japan
AIWF World Heavyweight Championship Kevin Phoenix 1 August 24, 2019 996+
Independent World Junior Heavyweight Championship Arata 2 January 15, 2021 486+ 0 Tokyo, Japan
UWA World Middleweight Championship Kyu Mogami 1 June 20, 2019 1,061+ 0 Tokyo, Japan
UWA World Tag Team Championship Jinsei Shinzaki & The Great Sasuke 1
(1, 1)
May 4, 2021 377+ 0 Yahaba, Iwate, Japan
Chiba Six Man Tag Team Championship Ayumu Honda, Kyu Mogami & Taishi Takizawa 1
(3, 3, 1)
January 10, 2020 857+ 0 Tokyo, Japan
FMW/WEW Hardcore Tag Team Championship Kunio Toshima & Yuma Aoyagi 1
(1, 1)
April 17, 2016 2,220+ 0 Tokyo, Japan

2AW Openweight Championship

2AW Openweight Championship
Details
PromotionActive Advance Pro Wrestling
Date establishedSeptember 1, 2019
Current champion(s)Kengo Mashimo
Date wonMarch 21, 2022

The 2AW Openweight Championship is a professional wrestling world championship created and promoted by the Japanese promotion Active Advance Pro Wrestling. There have been a total of six reigns shared between six different champions. The current champion is Kengo Mashimo who is in his first reign.

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
Defenses Number of successful defenses
<1 Reign lasted less than a day
+ Current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days Defenses
1 Shu Asakawa September 1, 2019 2AW GRAND SLAM In Korakuen Hall Tokyo, Japan 1 206 4 Defeated Ayato Yoshida in the tournament final to become the inaugural champion. [5]
2 Yuji Okabayashi March 25, 2020 2AW GRAND SLAM In Korakuen Hall Tokyo, Japan 1 102 2 [6]
3 Ayato Yoshida July 5, 2020 2AW Launching Business 1st Anniversary ~ GRAND SLAM In TKP Garden City Chiba Chiba, Japan 1 298 6 [7]
4 Taishi Takizawa April 29, 2021 2AW Grand Slam In 2AW Square Chiba, Japan 1 182 4 [8]
5 Shigehiro Irie October 28, 2021 2AW Grand Slam In Korakuen Hall Tokyo, Japan 1 144 3 [9]
6 Kengo Mashimo March 21, 2022 2AW Grand Slam In Korakuen Hall Tokyo, Japan 1 56+ 1 [10]

2AW Tag Team Championship

2AW Tag Team Championship
Details
PromotionActive Advance Pro Wrestling
Date establishedFebruary 14, 2020
Current champion(s)Ayato Yoshida and Excilio
Date wonApril 10, 2022

The 2AW Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling tag team championship created and promoted by the Japanese promotion Active Advance Pro Wrestling. There have been a total of ten reigns shared between nine different teams consisting of fourteen distinctive champions. The current title holders are Ayato Yoshida and Excilio who are in their first reign as a team.

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
Defenses Number of successful defenses
<1 Reign lasted less than a day
+ Current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days Defenses
1 Ayato Yoshida and Tank Nagai February 14, 2020 2AW Tokyo, Japan 1 40 0 Defeated Kyu Mogami & Minoru Fujita in a tournament final to become the inaugural champions. [11]
2 Chango and Kaji Tomato March 25, 2020 2AW GRAND SLAM In Korakuen Hall Tokyo, Japan 1 76 3 [6]
3 Tempest
(Ayumu Honda and Taishi Takizawa)
June 9, 2020 2AW GRAND SLAM In Samurai! TV Chiba, Japan 1 54 0 [12]
4 Kengo Mashimo and Tatsuya Hanami August 2, 2020 2AW GRAND SLAM In Korakuen Hall Tokyo, Japan 1 75 3 [13]
5 The Andrew Kingdom
(Shigehiro Irie and The Andrew King Takuma)
October 16, 2020 2AW GRAND SLAM In Korakuen Hall Tokyo, Japan 1 107 1 [14]
6 Kengo Mashimo and Tatsuya Hanami January 31, 2021 2AW Grand Slam In 2AW Square Chiba, Japan 2 210 5 [15]
7 Toll Glänz
(Kotaro Yoshino and Tank Nagai (2))
August 29, 2021 2AW Grand Slam In TKP Garden City Chiba Chiba, Japan 1 77 2 [16]
8 The Rule
(Ayato Yoshida (2) and The Andrew King Takuma (2))
November 14, 2021 2AW Grand Slam in TKP Garden City Chiba Chiba, Japan 1 101 3 [17]
9 Voodoo Murders
(Chris Vice and Yoshikazu Yokoyama)
February 23, 2022 2AW Infinity ~ 2022 Winter Chiba, Japan 1 46 0 [18]
10 Ayato Yoshida (3) and Excilio April 10, 2022 ZERO1 Osu Premium Show ZERO1 20th & 21st Anniversary Pro Wrestling Tokyo, Japan 1 36+ 1 [19]

Combined reigns

Indicates the current champion
Rank Team No. of
reigns
Combined
defenses
Combined
days
1 Kengo Mashimo and Tatsuya Hanami 2 8 285
2 The Andrew Kingdom
(Shigehiro Irie and The Andrew King Takuma)
1 1 107
3 The Rule
(Ayato Yoshida and The Andrew King Takuma)
1 3 101
4 Toll Glänz
(Kotaro Yoshino and Tank Nagai)
1 2 77
5 Chango and Kaji Tomato 1 3 76
6 Tempest
(Ayumu Honda and Taishi Takizawa)
1 0 54
7 Voodoo Murders
(Chris Vice and Yoshikazu Yokoyama)
1 0 46
8 Ayato Yoshida and Tank Nagai 1 0 40
9 Ayato Yoshida and Excilio † 1 1 36+

By wrestler

Current and record three-time champion, Ayato Yoshida.
Current and record three-time champion, Ayato Yoshida.
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined
defenses
Combined
days
1 Kengo Mashimo 2 8 285
Tatsuya Hanami 2 8 285
3 The Andrew King Takuma 2 4 208
4 Ayato Yoshida † 3 4 178+
5 Tank Nagai 2 2 117
6 Shigehiro Irie 1 1 107
7 Kotaro Yoshino 1 2 77
8 Chango 1 3 76
Kaji Tomato 1 3 76
10 Ayumu Honda 1 0 54
Taishi Takizawa 1 0 54
12 Chris Vice 1 0 46
Yoshikazu Yokoyama 1 0 46
14 Excilio † 1 1 36+

Defunct

Championship: Final champion(s): Date won:
Strongest-K Championship Ayato Yoshida April 13, 2019
Strongest-K Tag Team Championship Kaji Tomato & Taishi Takizawa April 13, 2019
UWA/UWF Intercontinental Tag Team Championship Kazma & Kengo Mashimo March 5, 2006
WEW Hardcore Tag Team Championship Kunio Toshima & Yuma Aoyagi April 17, 2016
Kitakami 6-Man Tag Team Championship Kengo Mashimo, Tank Nagai & Yuki Sato May 22, 2016

Annual tournaments

Tournament Latest winner: Date won:
Bo-so Golden Tag Tournament Ayato Yoshida & Kyu Mogami January 29, 2017
K-Metal League Marines Mask May 6, 2018
Kaio Tournament Kengo Mashimo August 26, 2018

See also

References

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  2. ^ "K-Dojo despide de su administración a su fundador TAKA Michinoku". 9 November 2018.
  3. ^ "KAIENTAI DOJO 17周年記念大会 GRAND SLAM in 後楽園ホール | KAIENTAI DOJO". www.k-dojo.co.jp. Retrieved 2019-04-14.
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