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Mr. Gannosuke


Real Name - Masashi Honda

Birthdate - 6/20/68

5'9" 242 lbs. - Tokyo, Japan


Athletic Background - n/a

Teacher(s) - Tarzan Goto (FMW Dojo)

Professional Background - FMW(`91-`95), IWA(`95-`96), Tokyo Pro(`96), FMW(`97-`02), Indies(`02-`08)

AliasesMasashi Honda, Riki Ganshu, Hayabusa

Groups - Shin-FMW, Funk Masters of Wrestling, ZEN, Team No Respect, Outlaw Group, Team Kuroda, Brand Double Cross

Peak Years - `97-`01


Finisher(s) - 

- Gannosuke Clutch (Russian Leg Sweep Cradle)

- Super Reverse Piledriver

- Fire Thunder (Air Raid Crash)

- Hammerlock Northern Lights Suplex

- Nirvana Strangle (Full Nelson Camel Clutch)


Favorites -

- Powerbomb

- Release German Suplex

- Fujiwara Armbar Takedown

- Scorpion Deathlock

- Lariat



Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set8
 Science4
 Aerial1
 Power7
 Strikes5


Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment8
 Selling7
 Bumping6
 Carrying8
 Heat7
 Legacy5


Place in History - The Japanese scene was so robust in the early 1990s that hundreds of pro-wrestlers were able to learn their craft and work regularly across the country.  One dreamer who pursued the profession was Masashi Honda, along with college friend Eiji Ezaki (the future Hayabusa).  The two joined Atsushi Onita’s FMW group, which was innovating pro-wrestling in Japan.  Honda impressed and after taking the surname of a well-known actor, he began working his way up the card.  FMW was a blend of top stars who drew the crowds and foreign talent and young native talent that filled up the roster, not all that different from other Japanese companies.  Mr. Gannosuke, while a good worker for his experience level, was a faceless Onita underling.  In 1995, FMW was rocked by the sudden departure of Tarzan Goto.  Although he was the long-time #2 babyface in the company and was poised to take over the top slot, it was a losing situation.  Jumping to the IWA with his disciples Mr. Gannosuke and Flying Kid Ichihara seemed like a viable option.  The IWA enjoyed a brief boost, but it deflated quickly and Gannosuke gained little.  By 1997, FMW’s top star was Hayabusa and Gannosuke was brought back to become his greatest nemesis.  It was the perfect story of two childhood friends who were reaching the heights of their profession and yet had become rivals.  Mr. Gannosuke updated his look, bleaching his long hair and wearing pants, which gave him an aura similar to legendary heel Umanosuke Ueda.  Hayabusa’s dynamic highflying offense needed a counterbalance and Mr. Gannosuke was that.  The return of Onita and Hayabusa pursuing opportunities in All Japan undercut Gannosuke’s ascension.  Spitting fireballs and ordering group beatdowns helped him maintain his heat.  When Kodo Fuyuki lead a heel faction in, Gannosuke aligned with him to form “Team No Respect.”  Although FMW was more successful in the first half of the 1990s, during this second half, they had an impressive roster and much higher quality matches and cards.  Mr. Gannosuke against the likes of Hayabusa, Masato Tanaka, Jinsei Shinzaki and Tetsuhiro Kuroda always delivered in the ring and did not need to rely on gimmick matches.  The storied rivalry of Hayabusa and Mr. Gannosuke continued with sneak attacks, stipulation matches, Hayabusa unmasking and Mr. Gannosuke stealing the persona for a time.  It was, in many ways, the best and most reliable feud in FMW.  Both men were slowing down physically, the company was struggling financially and creatively along with the larger Japanese economy in a down cycle.  Both men went down with major injuries in 2001 (Hayabusa’s being career-ending) and FMW closed months later.  Mr. Gannosuke along with many of the FMW stars tried time and again to build off their deceased company.  The Japanese scene was so fractured by that point that an FMW revival could sign up some quality wrestlers and lure in some diehard fans, but it always ended the same way.   Mr. Gannosuke worked shows sporadically until his official retirement in 2008, he operated a couple bars in Tokyo, promoted some pro-wrestling events and did some training before getting the itch to wrestle again.  Mr. Gannosuke was perfect for his time and place in pro-wrestling.  He was a good wrestler that turned into a masterful ring general and believable heel that a company like FMW needed.  He and his friend Hayabusa were the pillars of the company, proven by the company’s quick demise when both were absent.

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