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Mr. Pogo (1951-2017)


Real Name - Tetsuo Sekigawa

Birthdate - 2/25/1951 - 6/23/2017

5'8" 2?? lbs. - Isesaki, Gunma, Japan


Athletic Background - Wrestling (Chuo University), Sumo, Judo

Teacher(s) - [JWA Dojo]; [New Japan Dojo]

Professional Background - New Japan(`72), Stampede(`73), Kansas City(`75-`78), AWA(`76), St. Louis(`78), Memphis(`78), Dallas(`78), Amarillo(`78-`79), Stampede(`79-`80), Georgia(`81), Mid-Atlantic(`81), Toronto(`82), Kansas City(`84-`85), St. Louis(`84-`85), Memphis(`86), New Japan(`85-`88), WWC(87-`91), FMW(`90-`91), W*ing(`91-`93), FMW(`93-`96), Big Japan(`97-`99), Free(`99-`05)

AliasesTetsuo Sekigawa, Mr. Sekigawa, Mr. Seki, Judo Judo, The Ninja, Ninja Warrior, King Pogo, The Great Pogo

Groups - Funk Masters of Wrestling, Lethal Weapon

Peak Years - `87-`93


Finisher(s) - 

- Pogo Driver (Piledriver)

- Japanese Sleeper (Cobra Clutch)

- Fireball


Favorites -

- Sickle Attack

- DDT

- Headbutt

- Lariat

- Karate Chop



Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set3
 Science0
 Aerial0
 Power5
 Strikes4


Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment6
 Selling4
 Bumping4
 Carrying3
 Heat6
 Legacy5


Place in History - In the 1990s, Mr. Pogo emerged as one of the premier death match wrestlers and a true innovator of the style.  He, like Atsushi Onita, had spent time abroad in places like Memphis, Puerto Rico and West Texas, where gimmicks and blood captured the imaginations of fans.  It became his true calling after nearly two decades in the sport.  Tetsuo Sekigawa was actually a teammate of the future Jumbo Tsuruta at Chuo University and his amateur credentials helped him break into the pro ranks.  After training in the JWA Dojo in its final days, he joined New Japan and furthered his training before being sent abroad.  In the United States and Canada, Sekigawa spent over a decade bouncing from place to place, wrestling under ninja and martial artist gimmicks while honing his skills as the stereotypical sneaky Japanese villain.  In Amarillo, he was inadvertently called “Mr. Pogo” and the name stuck.  By the time he returned to New Japan as a regular in 1985, he had largely developed his Mr. Pogo character with the face paint, the chops and kicks and the viciousness.  He formed a tag team with Kendo Nagasaki that was good, but limited in the New Japan environment.  In 1990, Mr. Pogo showed up in Atsushi Onita’s FMW, where the two soon became locked in one of the company’s most famous rivalries.  Onita and Pogo pushed the limits of the fledgling death match genre with barbed wire, fire, explosives and an assortment of weapons.  Mr. Pogo took his name value and joined W*ing, the first rival company for FMW, where he was the main star.  Mr. Pogo introduced two of his staples - his kusarigama (chain-sickle) and his fireballs.  Pogo found another great rival in Mitsuharu Matsunaga.  What Matsunaga lacked in charisma compared to Onita, he made up for in his willingness to do anything!  W*ing developed a cult like following before hitting hard times.  FMW needed a top heel and they successfully lured Mr. Pogo back with a big contract.  The Onita-Pogo feud restarted and the Pogo-Matsunaga feud was soon rekindled in FMW as well.  Although he was in his forties, putting on weight and limited athletically, Mr. Pogo’s presence was undeniable.  In 1996, he had a well-built retirement match and even handed his persona over to a young Gosaku Goshogowara.  The retirement was short-lived.  He joined his old partner Kendo Nagasaki’s Big Japan company and helped them significantly in their early years by providing some star power.  Mr. Pogo and Matsunaga went to war again and established Big Japan’s Deathmatch Heavyweight championship.  Since that final run, Mr. Pogo worked sporadically for many of the hardcore groups and even promoted his own before quietly retiring.  In the early years of death match wrestling in Japan, Mr. Pogo was one of the key figures.  He had credibility as a New Japan wrestler, he had extensive experience abroad and he had a developed character.  These factors made him a perfect antagonist for Atsushi Onita and their epic rivalry helped FMW move from a wrestler-versus-martial artist promotion to the most successful promotion of its kind which influenced pro-wrestling around the world.


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