Independents/Others

In addition to the major promotions, there are several other smaller and independent organizations that are still active today, some have been around for years or decades while a few have sprung up more recently, often as new creations or through rebranding/reorganizing and/or name changes. This page will serve as a portal to these other organizations with links to pages devoted to these various active indies and other organizations:
BattlARTS
Big Japan
Dradition
Freedoms
Futen

IGF
KAGEKI
Kensuke Office
LOCK UP
Michinoku Pro
Osaka Pro
Real Japan
Secret Base
SMASH
Fukumen Mania
Tenryu Project

The independent scene also features titles contested among the various promotions:
Independent Jr. Heavyweight Championship History
WAR International Jr. Heavyweight Championship History
WAR International Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championship History
WAR World 6 Man Tag Team Championship History
WEW Hardcore Tag Team Championship History
WEW Tag Team Championship History
UWA World Trios Championship History
IWA Japan World Heavyweight Championship History

In addition to the above promotions, wrestlers frequently produce their own independent events. These usually feature talent from all across the puro landscape, not just the producing wrestler’s home promotion.

There are also a handful of active wrestlers who maintain free agent or “Independent/Freelancer” status even though they may primarily compete for one or two promotions-they are not necessarily tied contractually to one promotion. Currently known wrestlers who are such independents:
Yoshihiro Takayama
Minoru Suzuki
Akebono
Satoshi Kojima
Toshiaki Kawada
Hercules Senga
Madoka
Magnitude Kishiwada
Rion Mizuki
Shinobu
Shogo Takagi
Takuya Sugawara
Tsutomu Oosugi
Kentaro Shiga
Tamon Honda
Tsuyoshi Kikuchi
Kishin Kawabata
Junji Izumida
Makoto Hashi
Yuto Aijima

Notable defunct/inactive promotions:
Apache Pro
BIG MOUTH LOUD
Bikkuri Pro
Dragondoor Project (d2p) (later became El Dorado)
El Dorado (revived in February 2009 as Secret Base)
FMW (Frontier Martial Arts Wrestling)
GPWA (Global Pro Wrestling Alliance) (inactive but members have talent exchange agreements)
Hustle
Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye (MMA events)
Toryumon Japan (now known as Dragon Gate)
World Japan/Riki Pro

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