jordanmason17 Posted April 16, 2019 Share Posted April 16, 2019 Tokyo, Japan, January 1987. "To hell with you too!" I slammed down the phone and took a sip of my whiskey. Neat. I then picked up a pen and crossed a line through yet another promotion I wouldn't be working for again. No way am I earning money for that jackass Inoki a second longer! Giant Baba had given me his blessing for a return to All Japan, but I thought it would be best for both of us if I didn't. It wasn't long before I was visited by a friend of mine, Akira Maeda. Maeda himself had a falling out with Inoki just as I did and he too didn't want to go to All Japan so he proposed an idea. "Riki, have you ever thought about going against All Japan and New Japan? I wouldn't feel bad at all if I could put Inoko out of business and wipe off that smug smile." "The thought had crossed my mind, but..." "But what? Don't tell me you're scared? We have a real opportunity to change the face of Japanese wrestling, doesn't that excite you?!" "No. I mean, well, of course, it does... I'm thinking about early retirement, walk away from this business, you know?" "The great Riki Choshu? Walking away from wrestling? Bah! I don't believe it! Listen, we've only ever been in this business for other people. Let's be in it for ourselves for once and not only create something great but earn ourselves a boatload of cash in the process. If you aren't in Riki, I'll do it myself, believe me." I sighed, "Ok. Fine Akira. I'm in. But this isn't going to be easy... We're going to have to start from the bottom, just like everyone else. Are you prepared for that?" "Of course, Riki! I know it's not going to be easy but our star power and money we've earned already should be enough to get us started. But let's worry about all this tomorrow! Tonight Riki, we celebrate. The future of Japanese Wrestling is on its way!" Over the next two months, I and Maeda started the planning for our very own wrestling promotion. It took us a while just for us to agree on a name, finally settling on Tokyo Pro Wrestling. We then started to scout a few young and upcoming local Japanese wrestlers who had not yet been swooped up by the powerhouses of AJPW and NJPW. We knew we had to keep our roster small to start with to avoid going under early, agreeing for one of us to act as a road agent for each match and limiting ourselves to one referee for each show. We only planned to run one show a month for now anyway, just to get started. I didn't want to just work with Japanese talent though. I was determined to bring in a gaijin. Maeda was originally against it but after personally vouching for a gaijin I had worked with once he finally came around. "So... Riki... When did you say this Tom Magee is flying over to Tokyo to see us?" Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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