Hardcore wrestling legend Mr. Pogo passed away today at the age of 66. He began his career in Japan, but his talent ventured overseas to the United States and Canada. In the 1990s, Mr. Pogo was nortiously known for death matches. He is best known for his appearances in Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling, W*ING, and Big Japan Pro Wrestling.
Tetsuo “Mr. Pogo” Sekigawa succumbed to his injuries in a hospital from a cerebral infection after receiving back surgery in Gunma, Japan.
How Hardcore is Mr. Pogo?
This guy will literally stab you in the head with a scythe during a match, enough said.
Mr. Pogo is hardcore enough to wrestling a match called an Electrified Exploding Barbed Wire Double Hell Death Match. He wrestled Atushia Onita in an extreme classic for the ages…
Pogo has faced off against the top legends of North American professional wrestling, from Harley Race to Bret Hart to “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, and more! In 1996, Pogo suffered a broken neck during a match against another hardcore legend known as Terry Funk. Pogo has tried to mount a comeback throughout the years, but that broken neck meant the was done with being a full-time active wrestler.
However, in 1998, Pogo became the inaugural BJW Deathmatch Heavyweight Champion. After he lost the strap that year, he rekindled his feud with Atsushi Onita in FMW. He then became a freelancer for various promotions, but only wrestled during special occasions.
Here’s a look at Pogo’s infamous match against Terry Funk in 1996 that caused the Japanese wrestler to fall into semi-retirement. This match is called a No Ropes Exploding Barbed Wire Glass Crush Spider Net Death Match: