Osaka Pro Wrestling
AcronymOPW
Founded1998
StylePuroresu
Comedy
Lucha libre
Professional wrestling
HeadquartersOsaka, Japan
Founder(s)Super Delfin
Owner(s)Zeus

Osaka Pro Wrestling is a Japanese professional wrestling promotion, founded in 1998 by Super Delfin. The promotion held a major flagship event called the Osaka Hurricane each year from 2003 to 2012 and also hosted the fourth edition of the Super J-Cup in 2004, which was the second edition of Osaka Hurricane. In 2010 Osaka Pro started a close working relationship with American promotion Chikara.

On March 1, 2014, Osaka Pro announced that it would fold on April 20, 2014, due to financial difficulties, after which all of its wrestlers would become freelancers.[1] Osaka Pro later announced that the promotion would continue under new president Yuji Sakagami and wrestlers Kuishinbo Kamen and Takoyakida. The new Osaka Pro Wrestling lost many of the old one's key wrestlers as well as their home base of Nasci Hall Umeda, forcing them to employ a new tour format.[2]

In October 2021, it was announced that Zeus had been appointed as the owner and president of OPW. He became president on July 30, and on August 26, he received a share transfer from former owner Yuji Sakagami. However, he remained under contract with All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) for the rest of the year.[3]

Roster

Ring name[4] Real name Notes
Ares Undisclosed
Billyken Kid Undisclosed Osaka Owarai Champion
Black Buffalo Keisuke Yamada Sales manager
The Bodyguard Noboru Kurakawa
Ebessan III Osamu Suganuma
Joichiro Osaka Undisclosed
Kazuaki Mihara Kazuaki Mihara Signed to MoveOn Pro-Wrestling
Kuishinbo Kamen Akinori Tsukioka
Quiet Storm Undisclosed
Ryuya Matsufusa Ryuya Matsufusa Signed to Dotonbori Pro-Wrestling
Takoyakida Undisclosed
Tigers Mask Atsushi Maruyama Osaka Light Heavyweight Champion
Toru Toru Matsunaga Signed to Total Triumph Team Pro-Wrestling
Tsubasa Undisclosed
Ultimate Spider Jr. Undisclosed
Yuto Kikuchi Yuto Kikuchi Signed to Dotonbori Pro-Wrestling
Zeus Kensho Obayashi Osaka Pro Wrestling Champion
Owner and president of OPW

Notable alumni

Staff

Championships

Active

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days held Location Notes
Osaka Pro Wrestling Championship Zeus 2 May 1, 2022 125+ Osaka, Japan Defeated Kazuaki Mihara at Launching Business 3rd Round.
Osaka Light Heavyweight Championship Tigers Mask 1 July 31, 2022 34+ Osaka, Japan Defeated Yuto Kikuchi in the finals of an eight-man tournament to win the inaugural title.
Osaka Owarai Championship Billyken Kid 1 February 23, 2020 923+ Tokyo, Japan Defeated Miracle Man at Osaka Style Wrestling's Hero Battle Show 2020.
Osaka Tag Team Championship Hub and Gaina 2
(2, 3)
December 28, 2019 980+ Osaka, Japan Defeated Gamma and Super Shisa at Osaka Pro-Wrestling Came Over! in Noha Hanshin.

Inactive

Championship Last champion(s) Date won
Osaka Pro Wrestling Battle Royal Championship Vacant April 20, 2014
MWF World Junior Heavyweight Championship Vacant August 25, 2012
Tenpohzan Grand Prix Championship Vacant April 30, 2013
UWF Super Welterweight Championship Vacant January 4, 2000
Osaka Meibutsu Sekaiichi Championship Kuishinbo Kamen July 19, 2010

Annual tournaments

Tournament Last winner(s) Date won
Tenno-zan Tadasuke January 31, 2016
Osaka Tag Festival The Big Guns
(The Bodyguard and Zeus)
June 23, 2013

Major events

See also

References

  1. ^ 大阪プロ"解散"へ…所属選手ゼロに. Daily Sports Online (in Japanese). March 1, 2014. Archived from the original on March 1, 2014. Retrieved March 1, 2014.
  2. ^ 大阪プロレスが新体制で活動継続. Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). April 15, 2014. Retrieved April 15, 2014.
  3. ^ 【大阪プロレス】ゼウスが選手兼オーナー社長に就任「必ずオンリーワン、日本一の団体を作り上げます」. Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). October 18, 2021. Retrieved December 10, 2021.
  4. ^ Osaka Pro Wrestling. 選手名鑑. osakaprowres.com (in Japanese). Retrieved May 1, 2022.