Apparently this is getting huge play on the Japanese blogs and it's made it's way to the English-speaking message boards.
Dragon Gate wrestlers have blogs on the company's website. It's not kayfabed like WWE's so it's basically whatever the wrestlers want to post.
Recently, Shingo Takagi blogged and posted pics that depicted him and fellow wrestler Araken abusing a pet monkey that is housed at the Dragon Gate dojo. Araken himself also blogged and posted pics. Here's what one of the guys off the DVDVR message board posted, which includes links. The links are in Japanese, but the pics tell the story.
WARNING. THE PICTURES ARE DISTURBING.
- They choked it by the neck until it passed out.
- They burned it with charcoal.
- They threw it into a tub of boiling hot water.
- Not sure on this one but it looks like they blew air into its mouth and it would cause it to crap instantly.
- They gave it sake regularly until it would pass out.
- Drag it around by a chain on its neck.
- attached fire crackers to it and lit them
- lock it in a box and spray antiperspirant in the box causing it to freak out.
It really disgusting stuff and they created a huge mound of evidence. These people are snorking cretins.
Here's some links to some of the posts. You can see the monkey is often bruised and bleeding. The first link is Shingo's blog taking a picture of the monkey being choked unconscious, it's disgusting.
http://spora.jp/takagishingo/archive/909/0 <- choking
http://spora.jp/araken/archive/472/0 <- abuse
http://spora.jp/araken/archive/731/0 <- drunk
http://spora.jp/araken/archive/740/0 <- dragging
The police in Japan are all over it as well.
More: http://plaza.rakuten.co.jp/anticablog/d ... 905260000/
There's also videos created by a wrestling fan that shows the blogs, photos and asks for help saving the monkey.
As noted, the police are involved as well. This could end putting public pressure on Dragon Gate and knowing how sensitive Puro companies are about their image, it could be very bad for the careers of Shingo and Araken.
From what little I have read about the situation Araken is NOT at fault. Araken was not involved and has blogged against this. Shingo, Tozawa, and Katsuo are the three who abused the monkey.