Gleat
FoundedAugust 20, 2020
StylePuroresu
Shoot style
HeadquartersYūrakuchō, Tokyo, Japan
Founder(s)Hiroyuki Suzuki
Kiyoshi Tamura
Owner(s)Hiroyuki Suzuki
ParentLidet Entertainment[1]
WebsiteLindet.co.jp/gleat/

Gleat (stylized as GLEAT) is a Japanese professional wrestling promotion, founded in 2020 by former Pro Wrestling Noah (NOAH) parent company Lidet Entertainment after the acquisition of NOAH and DDT Pro-Wrestling by CyberAgent. The promotion is overseen by Hiroyuki Suzuki and former mixed martial artist and professional wrestler Kiyoshi Tamura. The promotion emphasizes the use of the UWFi combat sports-based wrestling style.[2][3][4]

History

In November 2018, Japanese advertising company Lidet Entertainment began investing in various business ventures in the professional wrestling industry including Riki Choshu's Power Hall show in December 2018. On January 29, 2019, Lidet Entertainment bought 75% shares of Pro Wrestling Noah (NOAH), with the goal of transforming the promotion into the second largest promotion in Japan after New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW). A year later due to NOAH's financial struggles, Lidet Entertainment sold all shares of Pro Wrestling Noah to internet advertising company CyberAgent. Lidet's President Hiroyuki Suzuki wanting to continue to be involved with professional wrestling met with Kiyoshi Tamura several days after the sale of NOAH.[5] Suzuki later announced the formation of a new promotion, Gleat – it was additionally revealed that Kaz Hayashi and Nosawa Rongai would became the Gleat Chief Technical Officer and Chief Strategy Officer, respectively. Gleat promotes shows via its two sub-brands – G Prowrestling, a traditional puroresu brand, and Lidet UWF, a UWFi-inspired shoot style brand.

Gleat held its inaugural event, "GLEAT Ver. 0", on October 15, 2020, which aired on Fighting TV Samurai on October 22, with the main event pitting NOAH's Sugiura-gun (Takashi Sugiura, Kazuyuki Fujita and Kendo Kashin) against Jun Akiyama, Shuhei Taniguchi, and Daisuke Sekimoto.[6] The participation of NOAH wrestlers on Gleat events would cease after Nosawa Rongai resigned from his positions at Gleat to focus on his role as NOAH booker.[7][8] Following the end of the NOAH partnership, Gleat would see the participation of wrestlers from other Japan-based wrestling promotions such as Sho from NJPW and Shinjiro Otani and Masato Tanaka from Pro Wrestling Zero1.

In February 2021, shoot style veterans Minoru Tanaka and Daijiro Matsui were signed by the company, shortly after Tanaka was given the UWF Rule Technical Officer executive role.[9][10] In May, it was announced that Cima, El Lindaman, T-Hawk, and Issei Onitsuka would be leaving Oriental Wrestling Entertainment and Ryuichi Kawakami would be leaving Big Japan Pro Wrestling to join Gleat.[11][12] Gleat also operates a developmental division, with Yu Iizuka, Soma Watanabe, and Takanori Ito being the promotion's inaugural trainees.[13]

Personnel

Background

Gleat divides their roster based on its two sub-brands, G Prowrestling and Lidet UWF. Gleat also recognizes a third roster division, "M" – these wrestlers have legitimate mixed martial arts experience and may wrestle on either G Prowrestling or Lidet UWF events.[14][15]

Wrestlers

Contracted

Ring name Real name G U M Unit Notes
Cima[17][18] Nobuhiko Oshima Yes #Stronghearts Chief Strategy Officer
Daijiro Matsui[18] Daijiro Matsui Yes Yes Yes Home Team
El Lindaman[18][17] Yuga Hayashi Yes #Stronghearts
Hayato Tamura Hayato Tamura Yes BULK Orchestra
Issei Onizuka[18][17] Issei Onizuka Yes #Stronghearts
Kaz Hayashi[18] Kazuhiro Hayashi Yes Yes Home Team Chief Technical Officer[3]
Commentator
Michiko Miyagi Michiko Miyagi Yes Home Team
Minoru Tanaka[18][19] Minoru Tanaka Yes Yes Home Team UWF Rule Technical Officer
Ryuichi Kawakami[18] Ryuichi Kawakami Yes BULK Orchestra
Soma Watanabe[18] Soma Watanabe Yes Yes Home Team Commentator
T-Hawk[18][17] Takuya Onodera Yes #Stronghearts
Takanori Ito[18] Takanori Ito Yes Yes Home Team Commentator
Yu Iizuka[18] Yu Iizuka Yes Yes Yes Home Team

Regular outsiders

Ring name Real name G U M Unit Notes
Atsuki Aoyagi Atsuki Aoyagi Yes N/A Signed to All Japan Pro Wrestling
Hideki "Shrek" Sekine Hideki Sekine Yes Yes Hard Hit Freelancer
Hikaru Sato Hikaru Sato Yes Yes Hard Hit Freelancer
Jun Masaoka Jun Masaoka Yes N/A Freelancer
Jun Tonsho Jun Tonsho Yes N/A Freelancer
Kazma Sakamoto Unknown Yes BULK Orchestra Freelancer
Koji Iwamoto Koji Iwamoto Yes N/A Signed to All Japan Pro Wrestling
Nobuhiro Shimatani Nobuhiro Shimatani Yes BULK Orchestra Freelancer
Shigehiro Irie Shigehiro Irie Yes #Stronghearts Freelancer
Quiet Storm Unknown Yes BULK Orchestra Freelancer

Other personnel

Ring name Real name Notes
Haruo Murata Haruo Murata Commentator
Freelancer
Hiroyuki Suzuki Hiroyuki Suzuki Owner
President of Lidet
Kiyoshi Tamura[18] Kiyoshi Tamura Executive Director[3]
Commentator
Riki Choshu[18] Mitsuo Yoshida Observer[3]

Notable alumni/guests

See also

References

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