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Wrestlers Tokyo Tremor Scare

A leading Irish wrestler who is based in Japan has revealed his horror at what he thought was just a tremor.

Fergal Devitt who wrestles with the New Japan Pro Wrestling company has been a Tokyo resident for five years. In his time there small earthquakes have been relatively common.  

 The Bray native bought a house some years ago on the outskirts of the Japanese capital. He was at home when the earthquake struck and said he felt it would be no different to any others but he was wrong. 

“At first it was nothing out of the ordinary, like a rumbling vibration for thirty seconds. Normally after that it would return to calm but then a series of violent jerks began. It was at that moment that we realized this was a lot bigger than normal”.

 The current IWGP Junior Heavyweight champion went out into the street to see what was going on and was shocked at what he witnessed. “The house was rattling, cars were rocking from side to side and the lamp posts were swaying around like tree tops. The entire street swayed back and forth for a few minutes, it was like been on a ferry”.

 Devitt revealed that he didn’t know what had happened elsewhere until he turned on the news. “We had no idea the extent of the damage elsewhere in Tokyo and what was to come up north. It’s hard to comprehend just how far reaching an earthquake can be. It wasn’t until news reports about an hour later that we were to discover the true extent of the damage”. 

He added that in Ireland we see these disasters all too often but we are lucky to have rarely experienced it. “We performed in Sendai City just over two weeks ago. We also performed in other parts of Japan and now the entire towns there have been wiped out. It is a very humbling realization that we are powerless at the hands of mother nature”.

 NJPW has cancelled its shows for this week and will resume at the weekend in Nagoya and Osaka.

 This article featured in the Irish Daily Mirror on Wednesday 15 March 2011.