12 Facts About Akira Maeda


Akira Maeda helped develop the shoot-style of professional wrestling during the late 1980s.

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Akira Maeda entered the New Japan Pro-Wrestling dojo in 1978 and debuted the same year.

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Akira Maeda was one of three Japanese entrants to the international tournament, alongside Antonio Inoki and Rusher Kimura.

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Akira Maeda became involved in a real-life feud with New Japan booker and top star, Antonio Inoki, refusing to work with him in what could have been a huge moneymaking program.

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On November 19,1987, during a six-man tag team match, as Riki Choshu was putting Osamu Kido in a Sasori-gatame, Akira Maeda delivered a stiff kick to Choshu's face, breaking his orbital bone.

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Referee Mr Takahashi, despite disapproving Akira Maeda's stiff style, has agreed it was an accident on a scripted spot, declaring that such miscommunications were not uncommon at the time.

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In 1988, Akira Maeda formed Newborn UWF with Nobuhiko Takada and others, this time as its number one star, using the notoriety he gained in New Japan to draw large crowds.

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Akira Maeda's UWF became the first promotion to hold a show at the Tokyo Dome, drawing 60,000 to watch Akira Maeda defeat Willy Wilhelm in the main event.

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Akira Maeda would go on to form Fighting Network RINGS in 1991, while Nobuhiko Takada formed Union of Wrestling Force International with most of the Newborn UWF roster.

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On January 22,2012, Akira Maeda decisively resurrected the Fighting Network RINGS brand with Battle Genesis: Vol.

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Akira Maeda is friends with Mother series creator Shigesato Itoi.

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Akira Maeda is an 8th degree black belt in Kyokushin Budokai.

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