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GLEAT
Gleat.png
Type Private
Industry Professional wrestling
Puroresu
Founded August 20, 2020
Founder(s) LIDET Entertainment
Style Shoot style
Headquarters Yūrakuchō, Tokyo, Japan
Area served Worldwide
Key people Hiroyuki Suzuki
(Cheif Executive Officer and President)
Kiyoshi Tamura
(Executive Director)
Kaz Hayashi
(Chief Technical Officer)
Riki Choshu
(Observer)
Services Licensing
Parent LIDET Entertainment
Website Official Website

GLEAT is a professional wrestling promotion established on August 20, 2020, by advertising company LIDET Entertainment. Founder Kiyoshi Tamura emphasized that the promotion would continue Universal Wrestling Federation's legacy of shoot-style wrestling, which pioneered Japanese wrestling during the 1980s. The meaning of GLEAT is a coined word in which GR is combined with L, which is the initial for LIDET Entertainment.

In January 2019, LIDET Entertainment bought all shares of Pro Wrestling Noah, before selling them later to CyberAgent on the following year. Afterwards, LIDET looked for new ways to get involved in professional wrestling, leading them to contact with UWF legend Kiyoshi Tamura for the creation of the promotion.

History[]

Formation[]

Since November 2018, advertising company LIDET Entertainment began investing in various business ventures in the branch of professional wrestling such as Riki Choshu's Power Hall show on December 28 at the Korakuen Hall. On January 29, 2019, LIDET Entertainment bought 75% shares of Pro Wrestling Noah, with the attempt to relaunch the promotion as the second largest promotion in Japan. However, in the following year, due to Noah's financial struggles, LIDET Entertainment sold all shares of Noah to internet advertising company CyberAgent. Afterwards, LIDET looked for new ways to get involved in professional wrestling, leading them to enter in contact with Universal Wrestling Federation's legend Kiyoshi Tamura, with the first meeting between the two parties being on January 25, at a Pro Wrestling Noah show in Osaka, Japan.

On August 20, 2020, LIDET Entertainment announced the foundation of a new promotion, named "GLEAT", the meaning of the name of the promotion is a coined word in which GR is combined with L, which is the initial for LIDET Entertainment. Kiyoshi Tamura announced that the promotion would continue UWF's legacy of shoot-style wrestling, which pioneered Japanese wrestling during the 1980s. Afterwards, Nosawa Rongai was announced as the Chief Strategy Officer, Kaz Hayashi the Chief Technical Officer, and Riki Choshu as an observer for the new promotion, with Takanori Ito and Soma Watanabe from the recently folded Wrestle-1, being announced as the first members of the roster for the new promotion. The promotion announced its inaugural event for October 15, 2020, at Korakuen Hall. On August 27, GLEAT released the match card for the event, which revealed some of the GLEAT signed workers taking part in the event, as well as several freelancers and wrestlers from other promotions such Big Japan Pro Wrestling, DDT Pro-Wrestling and LIDET Entertainment's former subsidiary Pro Wrestling Noah.

# Results Stipulations Times
1 Kaz Hayashi defeated Nosawa Rongai Singles match 7:00
2 Masakatsu Funaki and Minoru Tanaka defeated Kazuki Okubo and Takanori Ito UWF Rules Tag Team match 10:33
3 Syuri defeated Yuu by referee's decision UWF Rules Singles match 11:54
4 Kenoh defeated Soma Watanabe Singles match 16:21
5 Sugiura-gun (Takashi Sugiura, Kazuyuki Fujita and Kendo Kashin) defeated Jun Akiyama, Daisuke Sekimoto and Shuhei Taniguchi Six-man tag team match
Super Dream Match
19:45
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • Videoicon.png – refers to the video of that match

Establishment and recruiting talent[]

After the event, GLEAT's Chief Strategy Officer Nosawa Rongai announced his departure from the promotion in order to focus on working for Pro Wrestling Noah. GLEAT also announced the joining of former MMA fighter Josh Barnett, as well as the Pillars of Destiny (Paraviz Memari and Hunter Gray), whom both made their appearance in the event during a pre-taped vignette. In December, GLEAT announced the signing of Yu Iizuka from Pro Wrestling HEAT-UP, after his contract with HEAT-UP had expired.

On March 12, 2021, GLEAT announced the signing of Strong Hearts wrestlers CIMA, T-Hawk, El Lindaman, and Issei Onitsuka. This was followed by the signing of Ryuichi Kawakami from Big Japan Pro Wrestling (BJW) on March 17, after GLEAT reportedly paid Kawakami's contract release clause, a practice common in soccer involving clubs and players. On May 26, 2021 GLEAT would officially sign Keiichi Sato to the promotion after he was offered a spot at the promotion by the promotion CTO Kaz Hayashi. On June 24, 2021 it was announced that New Japan Pro-Wrestling's Sho would make his debut for the promotion taking on Takanori Ito on July 1, 2021 at the Tokyo Dome City Hall in a UWF Rules match. On September 7, 2021, GLEAT and Pro Wrestling ZERO1 announced the end of its talent-sharing agreement with ZERO1 after an alleged contract tampering involving Hayato Tamura with GLEAT President and CEO Hiroyuki Suzuki confirming the mutual interest between the promotion and Tamura with Suzuki also being unhappy with Tamura’s behavior with ZERO1 as a result of its termination of the working relationship, ZERO1 stripped El Lindaman of the International Junior Heavyweight and World Junior Heavyweight Championships with Shinjiro Otani apologizing for the GLEAT talent for the decision about the termination of their working relationship. On September 29, 2021, GLEAT would offcialize the signing of Tamura with him joining the promotion full-time. On December 30, 2021, GLEAT announced the creation of its first own title G-REX Championship with the inaugural champion being determined in a twelve-man single-elimination tournament taking place between January 26 and February 22. On February 2022, El Lindaman defeated Hayato Tamura in a tournament final to become GLEAT's first G-REX Champion.

Roster[]

GLEAT divides their roster based on its two sub-brands, G ProWrestling and LIDET UWF. GLEAT also recognizes a third roster division with wrestlers having both legitimate mixed martial arts experience and wrestle on either G ProWrestling or LIDET UWF events.

  • Contracted Roster
  • Outside affiliation
    • Kazma Sakamoto (G Pro, Freelancer, Bulk Orchestra)
    • Nobuhiro Shimatani (G Pro, Freelancer, Bulk Orchestra)
    • Shigehiro Irie (G Pro, Freelancer, Bulk Orchestra)
    • Quiet Storm (G Pro, Freelancer, Bulk Orchestra)
    • Keiichi Sato (G Pro, Freelancer, 60 Seconds)
    • Hideki "Shrek" Sekine (LIDET UWF, Freelancer)
    • Jun Masaoka (G Pro, Freelancer)
    • Masato Kamino (G Pro, BASARA)
    • TiiiDA (G Pro, Freelance)

Alumni[]

  • Daijiro Matsui (G Pro/LIDET UWF, Departed from company April 15, 2022)

Championships[]

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days held Location
G-REX Championship LindamanG-REX.jpg El Lindaman 1 February 22, 2022 129+ Tokyo
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