ECW vs. IWA vs. True FMW: Total War
Korakuen Hall.jpg
Korakuen Hall, the venue for the second day of ECW vs. IWA vs. True FMW: Total War.
PromotionExtreme Championship Wrestling
International Wrestling Association of Japan
DateAugust 10, 1996
August 11, 1996
(aired August 13, 1996)
CityYokohama, Japan
(August 10, 1996)
Tokyo, Japan
(August 10, 1996)
VenueYokohama Cultural Gymnasium
(August 10, 1996)
Korakuen Hall
(August 11, 1996)
Attendance1,700 (August 10, 1996)
2,000 (August 11, 1996)
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In professional wrestling, ECW vs. IWA vs. True FMW: Total War (also translated as All Out War) was an event staged in Japan by the International Wrestling Association of Japan (IWA Japan) in conjunction with the United States-based professional wrestling promotion Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) on August 10 and 11, 1996. The event took place over two days, with the first day's event taking place in the Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium, Yokohama on August 10 and the second in Korakuen Hall, Tokyo on August 11. It formed part of IWA Japan's August 1996 "Danger & Pleasure" tour.[1][2][3][4]

Highlights from the event aired on episode #173 of the syndicated television show ECW Hardcore TV on August 13, 1996.[5][6] Several bouts from the event were released on DVD by RF Video as ECW vs IWA Japan[7] and by Wrestling Epicenter as ECW Doing it in Japan.[8] The bout between Raven and Tommy Dreamer was included on the DVD and Blu-ray ECW Unreleased Vol. 3 released by WWE in 2015.[9]

Background

The event was presented as a three-way conflict between ECW, IWA Japan, and "True FMW" (the stable of Tarzan Goto, Mr. Gannosuke, and Flying Kid Ichihara - also known as "Shin FMW" - who had joined IWA Japan from the rival Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling promotion).[10]

The event marked ECW's first foray into Japan. It was the culmination of a working agreement between ECW and IWA Japan that saw IWA World Heavyweight Champion Tarzan Goto travel to the United States in July 1996 to wrestle at the ECW supercard Heat Wave.

August 10, 1996

Event

The first show of the event was held on August 10, 1996 in the Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium in Yokohama, Japan. It was attended by approximately 1,700 people.[2][4]

Tommy Dreamer and his tag team partner Terry Gordy won the main event of the August 10, 1996 show.
Tommy Dreamer and his tag team partner Terry Gordy won the main event of the August 10, 1996 show.

The opening bout was a singles match between the IWA Japan wrestlers Felinito and Orito. The match was won by Ortio, who pinned Felinito with a huracánrana.[2][4]

The second bout was a singles match featuring IWA Japan wrestlers Emi Motokawa and Kiyoko Ichiki. The match was won by Ichiki, who forced Motokawa to submit using a cross kneelock.[2][4]

The third bout was a tag team match featuring IWA Japan wrestlers, with Keizo Matsuda and Tortuga defeating Jun Nagaoka and Takeshi Sato, with Matsuda pinning Nagaoka following a guillotine leg drop.[2][4]

The fourth bout was a tag team match featuring IWA Japan wrestlers, with Keisuke Yamada and Takashi Okano defeating Flying Kid Ichihara (a member of Shin FMW) and Ryo Miyake when Yamada pinned Miyake with a diving crossbody.[2][4]

The fifth bout was an inter-promotional singles match pitting the ECW wrestlers Buh Buh Ray Dudley against the IWA Japan wrestler Katsumi Hirano. The match was won by Dudley, who pinned Hirano following a Buh Buh Bomb.[2][4]

The sixth bout was a tag team match featuring IWA Japan wrestlers, with The Blackhearts defeating Hiroshi Itakura and Leatherface when Blackheart Apocalypse pinned Itakura following a guillotine leg drop.[2][4]

The first of two main events was an inter-promotional handicap match pitting IWA Japan wrestler Tarzan Goto (the then-IWA World Heavyweight Champion and the leader of Shin FMW) against the ECW tag team The Eliminators. The match was won by The Eliminators, with Kronus pinning Goto using a diving crossbody.[2][4]

The second of two main events was a tag team match featuring ECW wrestlers pitting Raven and Stevie Richards against Terry Gordy and Tommy Dreamer in a continuation of the lengthy feud between Raven and Dreamer. The match was won by Dreamer and Gordy, with Gordy pinning Richards following a powerbomb.[2][4]

Results

No. Results Stipulations Times[2]
1 Orito defeated Felinito by pinfall Singles match 7:43
2 Kiyoko Ichiki defeated Emi Motokawa by submission Singles match 8:33
3 Keizo Matsuda and Tortuga defeated Jun Nagaoka and Takeshi Sato by pinfall Tag team match 11:08
4 Keisuke Yamada and Takashi Okano defeated Flying Kid Ichihara and Ryo Miyake by pinfall Tag team match 13:25
5 Buh Buh Ray Dudley defeated Katsumi Hirano by pinfall Singles match 3:37
6 The Blackhearts (Blackheart Apocalypse and Blackheart Destruction) defeated Hiroshi Itakura and Leatherface by pinfall Tag team match 9:17
7 The Eliminators (Kronus and Saturn) defeated Tarzan Goto by pinfall Handicap match 8:53
8 Terry Gordy and Tommy Dreamer defeated Raven and Stevie Richards by pinfall Tag team match 13:08
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

August 11, 1996

Event

The second and final show of the event was held on August 11, 1996 in Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. It was attended by a sell-out crowd of 2,000 people.[3][4]

The opening bout was a singles match between IWA Japan wrestler Felinito and Orito in a rematch from the prior day. The match was once again won by Orito, who pinned Felintio using la magistral.[3][4]

IWA World Heavyweight Champion Tarzan Goto successfully defended his title in the main event of the August 11, 1996 show.
IWA World Heavyweight Champion Tarzan Goto successfully defended his title in the main event of the August 11, 1996 show.

The second bout was a singles match between Emi Motokawa and Kiyoko Ichiki in another rematch from the prior day. The match was won by Motokawa, who pinned Ichiki with a diving crossbody.[3][4]

The third bout was a six man tag team match featuring IWA Japan wrestlers in which Hiroshi Itakura, Katsumi Hirano, and Tortuga defeated Akinori Tsukioka, Flying Kid Ichihara (a member of Shin FMW), and Ryo Miyake.[3][4]

The fourth bout was an inter-promotional singles match pitting ECW wrestler Stevie Richards against IWA Kapan wrestler Keizo Matsuda. The match was won by Richards, who pinned Matsuda following a Stevie Kick.[3][4][11]

The fifth bout was an promotional tag team match featuring IWA Japan wrestlers pitting The Blackhearts against Leatherface and Terry Gordy. The match was won by Gordy and Leatherface, with Gordy pinning Blackheart Apocalypse following a powerbomb.[3][4][11]

The first of three main events was an inter-promotional tag team match in which ECW World Tag Team Champions The Eliminators defended their titles against IWA Japan wrestlers Keisuke Yamada and Takashi Okano. The Eliminators defeated Okano and Yamada to retain their titles, with Saturn pinning Okano after The Eliminators performed Total Elimination on him.[3][4][6]

The second of three main events featured ECW wrestlers, with ECW World Heavyweight Champion Raven defending his title against Tommy Dreamer in a continuation of their lengthy feud. Raven's ally Stevie Richards repeatedly interfered in the match, giving Dreamer several Stevie Kicks. The match ended when Raven's ally Miss Patricia attempted to interfere in the match, with Dreamer giving her a piledriver; Raven took advantage of the distraction to give Dreamer two chair shots and then pin him to retain his title.[3][4][6][11][12]

The third of three main events was an inter-promotional match in which IWA World Heavyweight Champion Tarzan Goto (the leader of Shin FMW) defended his title against ECW wrestler Buh Buh Ray Dudley. Goto defeated Dudley to retain his title, pinning him following a brainbuster.[3][4][11]

Results

No. Results Stipulations Times[3]
1 Orito defeated Felinito by pinfall Singles match 6:51
2 Emi Motokawa defeated Kiyoko Ichiki by pinfall Singles match 11:18
3 Hiroshi Itakura, Katsumi Hirano, and Tortuga defeated Akinori Tsukioka, Flying Kid Ichihara, and Ryo Miyake Six man tag team match 14:06
4 Stevie Richards defeated Keizo Matsuda by pinfall Singles match 5:38
5 Leatherface and Terry Gordy defeated The Blackhearts (Blackheart Apocalypse and Blackheart Destruction) by pinfall Tag team match 7:01
6 The Eliminators (Kronus and Saturn) (c) defeated Keisuke Yamada and Takashi Okano by pinfall Tag team match for the ECW World Tag Team Championship 14:01
7 Raven (c) defeated Tommy Dreamer (with Beulah McGillicutty) by pinfall Singles match for the ECW World Heavyweight Championship 11:18
8 Tarzan Goto (c) defeated Buh Buh Ray Dudley by pinfall Singles match for the IWA World Heavyweight Championship 4:38
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

References

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  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "International Wrestling Association Japan - "Danger & Pleasure tour 1996"". PuroLove.com. Retrieved December 3, 2020.
  5. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "ECW Hardcore TV #173". Cagematch.net. Retrieved December 3, 2020.
  6. ^ a b c Heels Inc (July 4, 2014). "The "Oh My God" review: ECW TV 8/6 & 8/13/96 (ECW in Japan!)". Cagematch.net. Retrieved December 3, 2020.
  7. ^ "ECW vs IWA Japan". RFVideo.com. Retrieved December 3, 2020.
  8. ^ "ECW Doing it in Japan - Volumes 1 and 2 DVD". WrestlingEpicenter.com. Retrieved December 3, 2020.
  9. ^ Bee, Daniel (February 18, 2015). "Exclusive: full content listing for WWE's ECW Unreleased Vol. 3 DVD & Blu-Ray". WrestlingDVDNetwork.com. Retrieved December 3, 2020.
  10. ^ Byers, Ryan (January 19, 2010). "Into the indies 01.19.10: Shin-FMW". 411Mania.com. Retrieved December 3, 2020.
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  12. ^ Raven. "Raven results match archive: August 1996". TheRavenEffect.com. Retrieved December 3, 2020.