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Megane Super World Sports
Acronym SWS
Founded 1990/5
Defunct 1992/6/19
Headquarters Japan
Founder(s) Tanaka Hachirō

Megane Super World Sports (SWS) was a sports subsidiary of Megane Super, one of the largest optical franchise in Japan. While it also had a golf department, it was mainly known for the professional wrestling department from 1990 to 1992.

SWS introduced the heya system, or dōjō-like stable system similar to ōzumō, with three heya: Tenryū Gen'ichirō's Revolution, Wakamatsu Ichimasa's Dōjō "Geki" (道場「檄」?), and George Takano's Palaestra.



On 1990/4/26, Tenryū Gen'ichirō, who was at the time the second top star of All Japan Pro-Wrestling, surprised the entire puroresu industry by leaving the organization.[1] On 5/10, he, along with the Megane Super executives including the president Tanaka Hachirō, held a press conference to announce the foundation of a new puroresu organization SWS. Many All Japan wrestlers including Yatsu Yoshiaki, Takano Shunji, The Great Kabuki, Fuyuki Hiromichi, Kitahara Tatsumi, Orihara Masao, Takagi Isao, and referee Unno Hiroyuki joined SWS. From New Japan Pro-Wrestling, George Takano, and Sano Naoki, as well as the reitired former New Japan rookies Ōya Hisakatsu and Katayama Akira, joined the new organization. In addition, the freelancers such as Kendō Nagasaki and Tsurumi Gorō were added to the roster.

After a "pre-opening card" in Fukui, Tenryū's hometown, on 1990/9/29, SWS held the first cards at Yokohama Arena on 10/18 and 10/19.

Kitao Kōji, who had been recently fired from New Japan, joined SWS on 1990/11/1.[1]

On 1990/11/20, SWS announced the working agreement with World Wrestling Federation.

SWS also reached agreement with New UWF Fujiwara-gumi on 1991/03/13. On 1991/3/30, SWS and WWF co-promoted a card at Tōkyō Dome, and the Fujiwara-gumi also participated. In the main event Legion of Doom defeated Tenryū & Hulk Hogan.[1]

The biggest controversy of the organization's history took place few days later. SWS and WWF had another card on 1991/4/1 in Kōbe. Former yokozuna Kitao Kōji faced John Tenta, another former rikishi. During the match, Kitao decided not to cooperate with Tenta and showed his intention of "shooting". The match ended when Kintao attacked the referee. After the match was ruled a no contest, he immediately grabbed a microphone and began telling the audience that wrestling is fake, as other Japanese wrestlers attempted to restrain him. Because of this incident, he was fired from SWS at an emergency board meeting on 4/4.

On 1991/7/19, Tanaka resigned as the SWS president and was replaced by Tenryū while remained to be the owner. On 7/23, Ashura Hara, Tenryū's former tag team partner who was fired by All Japan back in 1988, joined SWS.[1]

Asai Yoshihiro joined SWS when he jumped from Mexico's Universal Wrestling Association to its rival organization Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre in 1991/9. This led SWS to reach a working agreement with EMLL on 9/26.[1]

SWS held another Tōkyō Dome card on 1991/12/12. Asai has his first match in Japan as the masked Ultimo Dragon.[1]

On 1992/5/14, Yatsu Yoshiaki, the president of the wrestlers' association, resigned. This made the conflict between the stables apparent. Tenryū's Revolution had major disagreement in business decisions with Palaestra and Dōjō "Geki", headed by Yatsu and George Takano. Eventually Yatsu and Nakano Shin'ichi were forced out of the organization.

SWS announced on 1992/5/25 that the organization would have its last card on 6/19 in Nagasaki. The roster split into two groups: Tenryū's groups, which would later become WAR and a group by Takano and Tsurumi Gorō, future NOW.


Learning from the WWF, SWS was the first puroresu organization to utilize the single-aisle entrance on the big cards, starting on 1991/6/10 in Nagoya.

Departure of many roster, including Tenryū, led to the rise of the new generation in All Japan when Jumbo Tsuruta, the company's top star, had no choice but starting to feud with younger stars such as Misawa Mitsuharu and Kawada Toshiaki.

Prior to the start of SWS, Megane Super was a main sponsor for UWF's big cards. Because of this, SWS made attempts to book UWF stars for its cards. It caused a conflict within UWF due to philosophical differences and became one of the biggest reasons for UWF to break up.

The split of SWS and the rise of FMW in the early 1990s would give opportunities to many independent promotions to start up.



  1. ^ a b c d e f プロレス平成20年史 (Puroresu Heisei 20-year History). Baseball Magazine Sha. 2009. 

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