All Japan Pro-Wrestling “RISE UP TOUR 2013”, 5/19/2013 [Sun] 17:00 @ Ao-re Nagaoki in Niigata 1,000 Spectators
(1) Kaz Hayashi & Minoru Tanaka vs. Masanobu Fuchi & Atsushi Aoki (5) Champion Carnival AFTER THAT Single Match: Takao Omori vs. Joe Doering (6) LAST REVOLUTION vs STACK OF ARMS 6 Man Tag Match: Suwama, Shuji Kondo & Yasufumi Nakanoueno vs. Masakatsu Funaki, Masayuki Kono & Koji Kanemoto
(2) 3WAY Match: SUSHI vs. MAZADA vs. Kotaro Suzuki
(3) Seiya Sanada & Ryota Hama vs. Bambi Killer & Dragan Okic ~ Sanada will be heading off to compete and train in Canada. He will be competing in Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling with Sanada most notably announced to be defending his GAORA TV title against Rene Dupree later this month.
(4) World Junior Prelude All Japan vs. Burning 6 Man Tag Match: Akebono, KAI & Hiroshi Yamato vs. Jun Akiyama, Go Shiozaki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru
[ZERO1 News] ZERO1 recently held a press conference to announce heir full card for their next upcoming show on May 19th at the Shinkiba 1stRING.
The ZERO1 vs. NWF feud will be continuing strong with the 3 matches, 4 if you include ZERO64, with the NWF looking to maintain their win streak heading out of the Korakuen Hall show on May 4th. James Raideen will be leading the group in the main event bout as he teams with Tama Williams and Mark Coffey to take on Shinjiro Otani, Masato Tanaka and Shito Ueda. NWF will definitely have a hard task in front of them with the ZERO1 leaders in Otani and Tanaka, but a win would certainly give them more power than ever. Raideen also expressed that he and Maybach β want to challenge for the Intercontinental Tag belts which are currently held by Akebono and Daisuke Sekimoto.
Otani also announced that the 2013 edition of the Fire Festival will be taking place from July 17th to August 4th. The opening show on July 17th will also be held in the honor of Naohiro Hoshikawa, who would be celebrating his 20th Anniversary as a pro wrestler. Hoshikawa career was cut short in late 200r as he suffered a career ending injury while in competition.
This show will also see the dream teaming of Ikuto Hidaka and Fujita “Jr” Hayato as they take on, the current double junior champion, Jonathan Gresham and Jack Anthony. Gresham currently has no challenger for his newly won belts, but this match could potentially set up his first challenger.
Below is the announced card for the show.
Pro Wrestling ZERO1, 5/19/2013 [Sun] 12:00 @ Shinkiba 1st RING
(-) Kohei Sato, KAMIKAZE & Ryoji Sai vs. Yoshikazu Yokoyama, Toru Sugiura & Naoshi Sano (-) ZERO64 vs NWF Tag Match: Takuya Sugawara & Mineo Fujita vs. Craig Classic & Jason New
(-) ZERO1 vs NWF Tag Match: Ikuto Hidaka & Fujita “Jr” Hayato vs. Jonathan Gresham & Jack Anthony
(-) ZERO1 vs NWF Single Match: Yusaku Obata vs. Maybach β
(-) ZERO1 vs NWF 6 Man Tag Match: Shinjiro Otani, Masato Tanaka & Shito Ueda vs. James Raideen, Tama Williams & Mark Coffey
[Kenta Kobashi Update] It is being reported on Japanese news sites that Kobashi had underwent an examination on his neck following his retirement match on May 11th and the test results have come back that there were no problems found.
Kobashi was reported to have had pains in his neck following his last match and he went to the hospital that night. Though it seems Kobashi can now rest easy knowing that he is healthy, and there was mention that he plans to take his wife on their much needed honeymoon.
Kobashi had just recently underwent surgery last year in July and the recuperation time from that surgery is what kept him from being able to make his original plans to retire in February of this year.
This is good news for Kobashi and I personally hope all the best to Kobashi and his future plans.
[Real Japan News] It was announced that The First Tiger Mask will be facing Naomichi Marufuji, one on one, for RJPW’s upcoming show on June 7th.
Marufuji and Tiger have faced off once before in singles competition back on March 10, 2006, in which Tiger pulled out the victory via pinfall. This was still noted as a strong showing for Marufuji at the time and much respect was show from Tiger himself. Though two have tag together at least on two separate occasions and this will mark the singles match between the two since 7 years and 3 months. This will be yet another encounter between the old and new prodigy’s of wrestler.
Real Japan Pro Wrestling “Yes,We Can! ~Revival of the Real Strong Style ~”, 6/7/2013 [Fri] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(1) Super Rider vs. Hayato Mashita
(2) Masao Orihara [Mobius] & Gran Hamada [free] vs. Wakashoyo [Free] & Hikaru Sato [Pancrase MISSION]
(3) Ultimo Dragon [Toryumon MEXICO] vs. Kendo Nakazaki
The Yano one came to mind after me and a couple friends were joking with him always hijacking everyone’s titles over the last couple of years. Hopefully you guys get a good laugh out of it. Then the Iizuka one involves him always attacking NJPW’s commentator, Shinpei Nogami, and taking his shirt from him.
[NOAH News] Pro Wrestling NOAH announced the next defenses for the GHC Heavyweight and GHC Tag titles.
First up is KENTA defending the GHC Heavyweight belt against Toru Yano on June 2nd. Following his 2nd defense of this past weekend against Sugiura, no one actually came forward to him face to face. Though earlier in the night Toru Yano, following his team’s successful defense of the tag titles, actually made a call out that he wants a shot at the GHC singles belt. Well that brings us to a day later, and KENTA announced that he will take Yano up on his offer on the condition that him and Takayama get a tag title shot soon following. So it seems things have been set in place to happen in early June. KENTA and Takayama of course won the Global Tag League in April and earned themselves the right to challenge for the tag belts, and KENTA has stated that he wants to not only bring the tag belts home where they belong, but to also be called a double crown champion. KENTA aims to continue this new chapter in NOAH by doing his best show after show.
Also following the shows this weekend, Takashi Sugiura has joined officially joined alongside KENTA and NO MERCY. There seemed to be a lot of respect between KENTA and Sugi following their fierce battle over the GHC and a partnership between the two was agreed upon in the ring right after the match. What this means for Sugiura and his ex-group in BRAVE is unknown, but the two groups will be facing off in the next tour later this month. It should also be noted that Sugiura is an officer in NOAH, and it should be interesting to see if anything comes in to play with his power within NOAH.
Below are the announced title matches that will take place in June.
NOAH “Southern Navig. 2013”, 6/2/2013 [Sun] 17:00 @ Hakata Starlanes
(-) GHC Heavyweight Championship Match: [19th Champion] KENTA vs. [Challenger] Toru Yano (NJPW/CHAOS) ~ 3rd title defense.
NOAH “Southern Navig. 2013”, 6/8/2013 [Sat] 18:30 @ Nasci Hall Umeda in Osaka
(-) GHC Tag Championship Match: [28th Champions] “CHAOS” Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka (NJPW) vs. [Challengers] “NO MERCY” KENTA & Yoshihiro Takayama ~ 2nd title defense.
Apparently Taue aims to retire this December at the Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo. No official date nor time has been set, but where it will happen has indeed been determined. Taue aims to retire and dedicate himself fully as the acting President of Pro Wrestling NOAH, or in other words he wants to concentrate on the future of the promotion. It seems that Taue was going to announce his retirement sooner, but due to Takeshi Rikio’s announcement to retire in November of 2011 and the news that Kobashi was going to make the following year, Taue decided to hold off on his own announcement. Taue has competed in the ring only a few occasions in the last couple of years and he stated that it is the right time for him to make the formal announcement.
Of course Kenta Kobashi just retired from professional wrestling a day ago, 5/11, and this makes 3 of the 4 “Corners of Heaven” officially done with wrestling as of the end of this year. I would say all 4, but Toshiaki Kawada has not formally announced a retirement of any kind. From what has gathered, Kawada has merely just taken some much needed time away to rest and run his own personal ramen shop.
Though speaking of Kawada, if he were to indeed return? Could we seen a last return of the “Holy Demon Army”? Kawada is one of the few remaining figures in Taue’s career and it would definitely mark a huge moment if Kawada made his return, at least for this final show for Taue.
[Kenta Kobashi’s Final Match from May 11th] Kenta Kobashi, Jun Akiyama, Keiji Mutoh & Kensuke Sasaki vs. KENTA, Go Shiozaki, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Maybach Taniguchi, 5/11/2013 @ Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan. ~ Full match including entrances and final ceremony.