Exclusive Photos of All Japan Pro Wrestling’s 50th Anniversary


“Fervent Fighting Blows Away a Large Typhoon” 

The all-Japan professional wrestling event founded by the late Giant Baba took place on September 18, 2022, at the Japan Budokan. All Japan Pro Wrestling was founded in 1972, so this is a memorial event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its founding. At that time, a large typhoon hit directly, and it was in danger of being held, but it was held grandly.

Japan Budokan is one of the leading event venues in Tokyo. Japan Budokan was founded in 1963 to promote judo and Japanese martial arts. Concerts by top artists such as the Tokyo Olympics and the Beatles, as well as professional wrestling in Japan, are also rare places that have produced many famous matches. All Japan Pro Wrestling used to perform many death fights at this Japan Budokan but this event is the first time in 18 years.


With a total of 12 matches, the main event was a championship match against reigning Triple Crown champion Suwama versus Kento Miyahara. Miyahara returned to the throne with his obsessive German Suplex. Guest Stan Hansen, who had been unable to come to Japan for a long time due to COVID-19, read the proclamation on behalf of PWF President Dolly Funk Jr. in front of the packed audience. – Tokio Tsukada

All Japan Pro Wrestling is most famously known for its shows in the 1990’s, with stars like Mitsuharu Misawa, “Dr. Death” Steve Williams, Kenta Kobashi, Stan Hansen, Gary Albright, Toshiaki Kawada, Mike Barton (Bart Gunn) and Akira Taue leading the way for a new generation of Japanese wrestling. After falling from the top spot in the 2000s with the surge in popularity of New Japan Pro Wrestling, AJPW has continued making its own stars while providing a quality alternative product.

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Kento Miyahara, the AJPW Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion for the sixth time.
Stan “The Lariat” Hansen
The Great Kabuki performing “The Mist”. He is famous as the first to blow Asian mist in his opponents’ faces.


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