If the 5’9 180 pound Ikuhisa Minowa is worried about spending some time in the hospital after his fight against 375 pound Bob Sapp, he’s not showing it. He signed on to wrestle at “KinnikuMania 2009”, just three days after the opening round of the DREAM 9 Super Hulk tournament.
If you’re wondering what KinnikuMania might be, here’s the deets:
The Toei Animation production company announced on Tuesday that it is hosting Kinnikumania 2009 — an entire “real” professional wrestling event inspired by the Kinnikuman (Ultimate Muscle) anime and manga franchise. Takashi Shimada and Yoshinori Nakai’s original manga revolved around a farcical wrestler who fought opponents and evildoers inside and outside the ring. The event will be held at the JCB Hall in Tokyo Dome City on May 29 to mark the 30th anniversary of the manga.
Shimada is chairing the executive committee for the tournament, which Columbia Music Entertainment, Toei Video, Bandai, Bandai Namco Games, and Banpresto are co-sponsoring. Advance tickets will be available in early April — not to readers of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, the original home of the Kinnikuman manga, but to readers of Japan’s Weekly Playboy magazine.
By “real” I assume they mean “totally fake” so don’t go thinking you be missing anything other than a bunch of guys in silly masks slapping sleeper holds on eachother. And Minowaman in a wheelchair.