Dave Meltzer Wrong Info on Nosawa Sugi-San Story!
Written By Alfredo Esparza
I felt I should write about this here since it upset me a bit that Dave Meltzer got the email I sent him concerning who Masahiro Hayashi is and got everything completely wrong. For one thing I didn’t accuse anyone of anything. In the July 16th issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer had the following info concerning the Nosawa – Sugi-San marijuana story:
How is this for a weird story. Wrestler Sugi-san claimed when talking to the press when arriving in Japan that he was the one who planted the marijuana on Nosawa and girlfriend Io Shirai in May. The two were arrested at Narita Airport when marijuana was found in a large portrait the two were bringing through customs. The case was dropped a few weeks ago. Sugi-san and Masahiro Hayashi (wrestler Sol Luna) claimed Hayashi purchased the drugs and they were setting up Nosawa because of a grudge. He said Nosawa found out he was the one who did it and was going to release the info and he claimed he wanted to come clean about it. He said that he probably wouldn’t be returning to Japan for a while. AAA then put out a press release saying that they were investigating the story and gave the impression they weren’t going to be booking Sugi-san.
In the story, Meltzer had listed that Masahiro Hayashi was “wrestler Sol Luna”. I thought that was weird, so I double-checked Kris Zellner’s July 10th Lucha Report and noticed the error on there and corrected it. Its a simple correction. Mr. Hayashi is a mask and gear maker in Japan who owns and operates a company known as Solluna. If you’ve been around lucha or dealt with merchandise or you are a wrestler or fan who’s looked for masks or gear, then you might have heard of him. I’ve known of him for several years mostly due to his involvement with making masks for various wrestlers, promoting AAA shows in Japan and from having a lucha-inspired web site that’s been around a long time.
Since it was late last night, I figured I’d send Dave Meltzer an email so he could correct it on his update. Here’s what I emailed him:
From: Alfredo Esparza < ****@yahoo.com>
Sent: Thursday, July 12, 2012 12:19 AM
Subject: Wrong info in Sugi San story in WON.
I think either you or Kris Zellner got the info wrong about the other guy involved in the Sugi-NOSAWA story.
Masahiro Hayashi isn’t a wrestler. He’s a mask and gear maker. Been around a long time. He runs
a company called Solluna, which also co-promoted AAA shows in Japan in the past.
Here’s the link to the company site:
Some how that email turned into this in the Thursday Update at the WON/F4W site:
–A correction on the story regarding the person believed to have planted the marijuana on Nosawa. The person is Masahro Hayashi, not Sugi-san. (thanks to Alfredo Esparza)
I didn’t write that. HOW THE FUCK DO YOU GET THAT WRONG?
I figured he also gets info from others, so he might have gotten wrong info from someone else to write his newsletter. I don’t mind getting something in wrestling wrong, but that’s a pretty serious accusation and I didn’t write it. I just want to clarify it because I didn’t write it.