Smash was founded in December 2009 following the folding of Hustle. In the fall of 2009 Hustle ran into financial problems that led to several show cancellations. After a planned restructuring and restarting of the promotion failed, a number of officials and wrestlers decided to start a new project. Smash held its first show on March 26, 2010. SMASH tries to chart a different course. There are three brenches: Pro-Wrestling, Mixed Martial Arts and Kickboxing. The Pro-Wrestling is led by Yoshihiro Tajiri while Akira Shoji is responsible for the MMA branch. Yuji Shimada leads the overall supervision of the whole project. From the once great Hustle squad, meanwhile, not much is left. Only Hajime Ohara, Yoshihiro Tajiri, Akira Shoji and KG ("Karate Girl"), which competes now under the named Shuri, were present at the press conference, was presented at the SMASH of the public.

Since 2010 Smash has had an active exchange of wrestlers with the Finnish Fight Club Finland promotion.

In April 2011, it was announced that Deep and the MMA division of Smash had formed an amateur promotion named the Japan MMA League (JML). On February 10, 2012, Smash announced that the promotion would be folding after its March 14 event, following a disagreement between Tajiri and financial backer (Quantum Jump Japan CEO) Masakazu Sakai. On April 5, 2012, Tajiri announced the follow-up promotion to Smash, Wrestling New Classic, which would hold its first event on April 26.


Championship Final Champion(s) Previous Champion(s) Date Won
SMASH Championship Dave Finlay StarBuck November 24, 2011
SMASH Divas Championship Syuri Kana February 19, 2012

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