Match / Angle Ratio: 80% Face / Heel Divide: None Match Intensity: 55% Match Danger: 85%
.. Will attract a very vocal fan base to WEXXV shows.
.. Will mean wrestlers are rated much more on popularity than performance.
.. Will mean that fans will expect all wrestlers to be packaged with a proper gimmick.
.. Will attract fans who will not respons will to one-dimensional gimmicks.
.. Will attract fans who expect gimmicks to be subltle and complex.
.. Will attract fans who respons well to high risk matches.
.. Will prevent WEXXV from getting Afternoon, Early Evening, Evening, Prime Time, Late Evening TV time slots on some networks.
.. Will make getting sponsorship extremely tough.
.. Will allow WEXXV to not be rocked by wrestling industry changes
.. Will mean that the 'Young Lion' system will not be taken into account at any time.
Warrior Engine XXV is the brain child of the legendary Japanese hardcore worker Ryu Kajahara, who saw a gap in the Japanese market for a truly wild promotion.
Using his own popularity as the launch pad, WEXXV burst onto the scene in 2005 and soon had people talking thanks to the organised chaos that passed for one of their shows. They don't pretend to have the best workers or greatest matches, but they do have a committed roster of insane wrestlers willing to put their bodies on the line.
Against all odds, WEXXV have managed to stay alive despite many financial difficulties over the years, and look on course to reach their fifth anniversary in 2010. However, with Kajahara himself coming closer and closer to retirement, the long-term future for WEXXV is uncertain.
Ryu Kajahara, 52. Light Heavyweight Psychopath
Ryu Kajahara is something of an enigma in Japan; while he's pretty dire in terms of in-ring talent, he's gotten hugely over with the fans. This is primarily because he is an absolute psycho, willing to take the most insane risks imaginable, and he has charisma to burn. His appearances on popular Japanese TV shows have made him a huge star, despite the fact he has never worked for any of the big promotions. In 2005 he set up WEXXV, his own hardcore promotion. In recent years he has been troubled by knee and back problems, but seems intent on continuing wrestling until he has absolutely no choice but to retire, and it hasn't stopped him continuing to win titles in his own promotion.
Kajahara Claw (Mandible Claw)
Short Arm Lariat
Theme: S.O.B Theme
Gareth Wayne, 36. Heavyweight Brawler
Gareth Wayne is a tough and rugged brawler who is originally from Kentucky, who has had many different identities over the course of his career, including The Gambler, John Doe, and "The True American" Jorge Washington. For most of his career he has been a wrestling nomad, pitching up in a promotion and giving a few years of hard work before heading off to explore new pastures.
In 2006 he joined WEXXV in Japan and started working under his real name. Many expecting him to only stay a year or two at most, but as 2010 starts he is still there. Wayne has established himself as a true main event threat, being a former champion and the leader of the biggest heel stable in the company, The S.O.B.
Theme: The New Dawn Theme
Munemitsu Senmatsu, 24. Heavyweight Brawler
Munemitsu "The Hammer" Senmatsu is a big youngster from Japan, known for being a heavy hitter. He graduated from the dojo system of Golden Canvas Grappling in 2005, but was not kept on for the main roster. He joined Warrior Engine XXV shortly after, and is one of the few break-out stars in the company's short history, with the fans liking his no-nonsense style. In 2006 he captured the WEXXV tag titles with his partner Taheiji Konoe, beating The Peak Brothers, and he followed that up by winning the WEXXV title in 2007 after the biggest push in promotion history. WEXXV's gamble on the unproven rookie seemed to pay off, as Senmatsu has become a solid main event presence and won his second Warrior's Heart title in 2009.
Super Smash Lariat
Kimitada Ohishi, 53. Heavyweight Brawler.
Theme: Team WEXXV
"The Tokyo Tornado" Kimitada Ohishi is a massively-experienced veteran Japanese heavyweight brawler who made his name during the early 1980s with a series of insane wild brawls, mainly with North American touring workers. The "tornado" part of his nickname came about because of this, as after his arena-wide brawls the place looked like a tornado had hit it. Although he is physically broken down due to age and injuries, he remains a wrestler who never gives less than 100% effort, and he continues to work for his friend Ryu Kajahara's Warrior Engine XXV promotion, where he is a former champion.
Theme: S.O.B Theme
Dr. Lee, 40. Middleweight Psychopath.
"The Icon Of Insanity" Henry Lee is most famous for his decade with DAVE, where he was a major star and one of the wrestlers whose hard work and sacrifice helped make the promotion such a success and cult phenomenon. Although absolutely terrible in the ring, his crazy brawls and willingness to take spectacular bumps made him very, very popular.
Thanks to DAVE's working relationship with WEXXV Lee got to start working in Japan regularly, but in October 2006 the two promotions had a falling out and left him having to choose one or the other. He chose Japan, realising that his time with DAVE was coming to an end anyway. He has become one of WEXXV's most successful foreign workers, especially in the tag team ranks alongside fellow DAVE alumni Doug Peak. During 2009 Doug Peak's mental condition become worse and thus Lee become his personal psychologist.
Hiroshi Morisue, 31. Heavyweight Psychopath.
Hiroshi Morisue is a 299lb psychotic brawler who isn't particularly talented in the ring, but has gotten over thanks to some better workers going out of their way to make him look good and his own willingness to take crazy bumps and bleed a lot. He also has a very distinctive look, sporting the Crazy Beard Of Madness and Mohawk Of Insanity, which gives him a certain aura.
Morisue has been with Warrior Engine XXV since 2005, and is one of the backbones of the promotion - he is the only "triple crown" winner in the company's history to date.
Theme: The New Dawn Theme
Mamoru Nagahama, 34. Middleweight Regular Wrestler
Mamoru Nagahama is a good solid technical worker, noted for the wide variety of suplexes he uses. Many thought that he'd become a big star when he started putting on great performances in the late 1990s for PGHW, but a recurring knee injury meant that he spent long periods of time on the sidelines, and he was never able to achieve his full potential.
After PGHW released him, he spent a great deal of time rehabbing his knee and looking for an opportunity to break back into wrestling, which came in the unlikely form of WEXXV. Not an obvious fit for the ultra-violent promotion, Nagahama jumped at the chance anyway, realising that it would mean some much needed exposure. His excellent tag team with Matsudaira Morioka has become the greatest duo in the company's history.
"Dangerous" Doug Peak is a 275lb brawler who is noted for his hardcore style. He is best known for his tag team work, primarily alongside his brother Eddie; they were a dominant duo in both DAVE and WEXXV, and were considered one of the toughest teams of the modern era. The team split up in October 2006, when the falling out between DAVE and WEXXV resulted in Doug electing to remain in Japan while his brother returned to the US to become a huge star.
Doug has established himself as one of the best foreign workers in WEXXV, and is particularly noted for his tag team with another ex-DAVE employee, Henry Lee. "The American Psychos" are former tag team champions, and key members of the biggest heel stable in the promotion, The S.O.B. During 2009 Peak's mental condition become worse and thus Dr. Lee become his personal psychologist.
House Of Horrors (Death Valley Driver)
Asylum Buster (Collapsing Piledriver)
Battle Sakata, 33. Heavyweight Brawler
Theme: Brothers In Vengeance
Battle Sakata is a solid brawler who, while not likely to end up as a world champion, is a reliable midcard performer. After spending most of his early career drifting around the Japanese independent circuit he joined Warrior Engine XXV in 2005, and in November of that year became the very first King Of The Death Matches, a title he'd hold for five months before dropping it in a now-legendarily brutal bout to his own tag team partner, Hiroshi Morisue. Since then, Sakata has gone on to have a major feud with the American Psychos, Doug Peak and Henry Lee - the long-running battle has seen them trade the King Of The Death Matches belt and the tag team straps on several occasions.
Sakata Twist (180* Front Suplex)
Theme: S.O.B Theme
Dallas McWade, 38. Big Heavyweight Brawler
Dallas McWade is the identical twin brother of Dean McWade. The two grizzled Canadian mountain men have made a name for themselves as one of the most destructively violent tag teams in North America, first with CGC and then with NOTBPW, leaving a trail of bodies behind them. The McWades also made numerous appearances for DAVE in the US during the final year of that promotion's life, and although they never became tag champions they did become one of the company's hottest acts. When their NOTBPW contracts came up for renewal in 2009, Dean decided to take a hiatus from the business. Dallas promptly decided the time was right to try some new things of his own, and headed to Japan where WEXXV were only too glad to take him.
McWade Face Wash
Murder On The Mountain (Oklahoma Stampede)
Koichi Kajiwara, 34. Light Heavyweight Brawler
Theme: Team WEXXV
Koichi Kajiwara is a former professional rugby player from Japan, who moved to wrestling after a bad knee injury ended his playing career. He has a big, thick 275lb physique that gives him a powerful edge, and a lot of his ring style is based around him simply running through opponents using raw strength. The downside to him is that his knee injury has seriously reduced his mobility, and he is often criticised for being too one-dimensional in his work. He joined WEXXV in April 2007, and just eight months later he captured his first pro title, the King Of The Death Matches. Since then he has gone on to be a regular in death matches, winning the title again along the way, and is now established as a solid midcard presence.
Theme: The Church Of Pain Theme
Theme: The Church Of Pain Theme
Taheiji Konoe, 23. Middleweight Brawler
Theme: Team WEXXV
Taheiji "The Animal" Konoe is a young middleweight wrestler who made his pro debut in mid 2005; he got his nickname during his first few matches, when his savage intensity and killer instinct became apparent. That attitude got him signed by Warrior Engine XXV in 2006, and he soon got his first taste of gold when he and his tag team partner Munemitsu Sematsu, collectively known as The Pack, defeated The Peak Brothers to win the WEXXV Blood Brothers tag team belts. Unfortunately for Konoe, the team was disbanded shortly after in order to give Sematsu a big solo push, and he has been lost in the resulting shuffle.
Savage Cradle DDT
Brains McGhee, 39. Manager (C+)
At just 3'6, Brains McGhee is one of the shortest men in pro wrestling, but his "little boss" routine has kept him in constant work since his first appearances in 1996. In late 2005, he got a big break when he was hired by the SWF and given a "biker makeover", becaming the mouthpiece for rookie tag team The Dirty White Boys. However, by September 2006 he was on his way back to the independent scene, when it became clear that Grease Hogg and Lead Belly could handle their own interviews comfortably. He was surprisingly hired by WEXXV in early 2009, apparently in an attempt to use his SWF association to add extra gloss to the S.O.B. stable of foreign workers that the promotion was pushing.
Eisaku Shigeki, 44. Colour Commentator (C-)
Eisaku Shigeki is a Japanese sports broadcaster. Formerly a play-by-play man, more recently he has started using more of a colour commentary approach. He has been working for WEXXV since 2008.
Isao Takemura, 36. Referee (C)
Isao Takemura is head referee for WEXXV.
Motoichi Arakida, 51. Roag Agent (B-)
Motoichi Arakida was one of the most popular heavyweight workers in Japan during the late 1980s \ early 1990s, with his status as a future legend assured when he became the first man ever to win the BHOTWG title on three occasions. He was nicknamed "The Japanese Defender" because he spent so much time fighting foreign wrestlers. He suffered a career-ending back injury during a match with Hooded Kudo in 2001, and is now making a living as a road agent.
Robun Yamazaki, 46. Announcer (C+)
Robun Yamazaki is an announcer in Japan, who became the official voice of Ryu Kajahara's Warrior Engine XXV when the promotion debuted in 2005.
User Character: Keiji Arakida, 21. Road Agent
Keiji Arakida is the nephew of Motoichi Arakida and due to his connections has gotten a small "jack-of-all-trades" staff job at WEXXV.
WEXXV King Of The Deathmatch Champion: Patient Peak Prestige: C
WEXXV Blood Brothers Champions: Naga-Mori Prestige: C
The S.O.B. (Society Of Bastards) evolved from the original American Bastard Society stable (Henry Lee, Doug Peak and Gareth Wayne), and is a large group of foreign workers looking to take over WEXXV.
Bull Wrecker, Dallas McWade, Dr. Lee, Gareth Wayne, Larry Wood, Patient Peak, Travis Century Momentum: B
Team WEXXV was formed in 2009 to counter the growing threat of the S.O.B. stable. It consists entirely of Japanese workers from the promotion, making a loose alliance against the foreign group.
Members: Battle Sakata, Hiroshi Morisue, Kimitada Ohishi, Koichi Kajiwara, Ryu Kajahara, Taheiji Konoe, Zeshin Makioka Momentum: B
The New Dawn was formed in 2008 by Senmatsu, Nagahama and Morioka, who at the time were all champions in WEXXV. Their alliance has continued even after losing the belts.
Members: Mamoru Nagahama, Matsudaira Morioka, Munemitsu Senmatsu Momentum: B