Shigehiro Irie’s “American Excursion” Comes to Hollywood!
DDT Pro star will challenge “The American Kaiju” Devin Sparks!
The United Wrestling Network is pleased to announce that Japanese star wrestler Shigehiro Irie will be making his debut for Championship Wrestling from Hollywood this coming Sunday at the Oceanview Pavilion!Known by his tongue-in-cheek nickname, “The Wrestling Teddy Bear”, Irie had wrestled for Japan’s vaunted DDT Pro-Wrestling promotion, where he experienced a great deal of success.
As a member of Team Drift, he became the promotion’s inaugural winner of their trailblazing King Of DDT 6-Man Tag Team Championship belts. He and Team Drift would go on to capture that title a total of 6 times before vacating the belts and disbanding earlier this summer. He has also held the promotion’s traditional Tag Team Championship twice, their Openweight Championship once and has had two reigns with the much-publicized Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship.
He is a strong-style heavyweight and is best known for his tag team wrestling accolades. In addition to the championships he accumulated at DDT Pro, he also has held All Japan Pro Wrestling’s distinguished All Asia Tag Team Championship as well as the Tag Team Championship in Big Japan Wrestling.
After coming up just short with a semi-final elimination in the vaunted King of DDT Tournament this year, a disappointed Irie announced that he needed to grow stronger as a wrestler and as a human. He declared that he could only do so by training and competing outside of Japan – and thus began his “American Excursion”.
Once he reached America, he began to hear of the so-called “American Kaiju” Devin Sparks’ boastful and oft-repeated claims that Sparks is one of the biggest wrestlers in Japan (despite seldom being seen outside of Southern California). Irie’s curiosity about the veracity of Sparks’ claims caused him to reach out to Hollywood matchmaker Nikko Marquez, who gladly extended the invitation Irie’s way. The two will compete this Sunday.
The action will be filmed for CWFH’s weekly, internationally-syndicated television program Sunday, September 25 at 3pm at the Oceanview Pavillion (575 Surfside Drive – Port Hueneme, CA). Admission is free!