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HUSTLE Split! SMASH Is Born

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A group has split from pro-wrestling organization HUSTLE, which is in very bad condition right now. This new group today announced the start of a new promotion called SMASH. This organization will hold pro-wrestling, MMA, and Kickboxing events starting from next year.

TAJIRI will be the supervisor of the pro-wrestling branch (temporary name: SMASH 2010), “Mr.Pride” Akira Shoji will be the supervisor for the MMA branch (temporary name: SMASH Fight Club), and another person will be the supervisor of the Kickboxing branch (temporary name: SMASH Grand Prix).

The company behind this promotion is Quantum Jump Japan. I think this company was going to help HUSTLE during their current trouble but after looking closer into it and finding out HUSTLE haven’t paid some wrestlers in time, etc. they decided to pull out and start a new promotion.

The first event will be held on March 26th at Shinjuku FACE (Pro-Wrestling branch) and the combat sport branches are planned to start in April or May.

  1. Anonymous
    December 8, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    imo this fake crap should not be infesting real fights

  2. wentz
    December 8, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Anonymous :
    imo this fake crap should not be infesting real fights

    Couldn’t agree more. Sports theater fans (or, “pro wrestling” fans) like to believe it is the source for everything. But those of us who don’t care about it think it is irrelevant. I’m in the vast majority on this topic.

    Promoters should produce a good show, but if you want a sport, don’t turn it into theater (like the ufwwe).

  3. Beast
    December 8, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Is Takada involved anymore?

  4. GaramKrueger
    December 9, 2009 at 1:30 am

    I’m really excited for this. I❤ TAJIRI and Shoji.

  5. Anonymous
    December 9, 2009 at 1:31 am

    Does Shoji plan to ever fight in SMASH Fight Club as well?

  6. sdub
    December 9, 2009 at 4:02 am

    almost everything that has made mma popular in Japan and USA has been taken from pro wrestling. putting on good fights is secondary to rivalry, hype ect.

  7. sprewell
    December 9, 2009 at 6:17 am

    LOL, like sdub said, the ENTIRE basis of promotion of MMA in Japan is based on pro-wrestling. PRIDE existed so a pro-wrestler could fight a Gracie and was the only reason it got on TV (Takada being a major wrestling star).

  8. Ziggy
    December 9, 2009 at 8:21 am

    Shoji is the second one (from the right) on this picture?
    I was always wondering – why PRIDE booked him so often? He was such a boring decision-grinder. Anybody knows why? Maybe he’s a student of someone famous or had some big success in judo or jiu-jiutsu?

  9. Anonymous
    December 9, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    sprewell :LOL, like sdub said, the ENTIRE basis of promotion of MMA in Japan is based on pro-wrestling. PRIDE existed so a pro-wrestler could fight a Gracie and was the only reason it got on TV (Takada being a major wrestling star).

    Yes but MMA has its own reputation to uphold around the world, and mixing with fixed outcome pro wrestling makes people more suspicious about worked fights. MMA needs big entrances and fireworks, but they need to seperate themselfs from pro wrestling and things like the Coleman vs Takada “fight”.

  10. number
    April 13, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    MMA is Faker than pro wrestling

  11. May 17, 2010 at 1:38 am

    It was certainly interesting for me to read the post. Thank you for it. I like such themes and everything that is connected to them. I definitely want to read a bit more soon.

    Kate Kuree

  12. June 20, 2010 at 1:55 am

    I think that it is an excellent marketing, and money-making, strategy on their part. I mean, they all have families, or at least their own mouths, to feed… just as all of us that have posted on here do. So, those “haters” should lighten up, and embrace the future. As for those “lovers”, your support is what makes evolution like this possible. As for me, which I hate to call myself this, but I’m a “realist” myself… Though it is a great idea to combine all 3 “brands” under 1 corporation, so to speak. However, it would be in their best interest (profit-wise) to keep the 3 “brands” as 3 different shows (each having 1 of the 3 out of 4 weekends perhaps), or at least 2 shows (1 with the pro-wrestling, and the other featuring the mma and kickboxing).

  13. June 30, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    I can’t wait to check out some of the shows that smash puts out. I fan of wrestling and MMA .I good to see a source putting some good shows. I can appreciate the hard working and training that goes into all 3 fighting styles.

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