6 months ago
[All Japan News (Part 3)]
Following the 2 previous announcements/news posts from this morning.
(Part 1) Teams Announced for the World’s Strongest Tag League
(Part 2) Next defenses set for the Triple Crown and World Jr. Championships.
All Japan also held a press conference to rap up Sundays show as well as lead into the the final months of 2012.
First up is the announcement that Koji Kanemoto has officially become a member of STACK OF ARMS (SOA).
This has been expected for quite some time now as the history of himself with Minoru Tanaka and the fact that he has been competing along with the members of this faction for most of this year. Though with the All Asia Tag Championship win it was seen to be only fitting that he would finally become a member of the SOA.
All 4 members of SOA will be competing in the World’s Strongest Tag League which is set to begin on November 17.
Speaking of the All Asia Tag Champions they officially appointed their first challengers in “Team 246” Kaz Hayashi & Shuji Kondo. Minoru & Kanemoto stated that they want to have a high quality match to kick off their reign as champions, and nothing better than to go after the other veteran junior team of All Japan.
No date for the title match has been set, but it could very well take place on December 11, after the Tag League is finished.
Next up, All Japan held a press conference for the upcoming title matches that were previously announced earlier that day.
The first being Hiroshi Yamato defending the World Junior belt against Kaz Hayashi.
Yamato right off the bat seems to be taking his recent title wins go to his head, and being that this is his first title reign that is somewhat expected. Yamato is calling himself “The Symbol of All Japan Pro-Wrestling Juniors”. Yamato is aiming to build a new era as the Junior Champion. Kaz Hayashi being a former champion on multiple occasions himself has took notice to the way Yamato has been acting as of late. The way he was dressed just for the press event was even a bit on the odd side of things. Hayashi said he will be coming to reclaim that very title belt.
Then the last part of the press conference saw the meeting between Maskatsu Funaki and Manabu Soya, as Funaki defends the Triple Crown belts against Manabu on December 11.
Manabu picked up the win over Funaki’s SOA teammate in Masayuki Kono, and subsequently made the challenge to the reigning champion after his defense against Omori on October 21st.
Funaki though made a stipulation back at Manabu, that if Manabu loses this upcoming title match (no date announced as of yet) that him and Omori will be forced to disband GET WILD. That is definitely putting a lot more pressure on Manabu Soya, as they are also reigning World Tag Champions. If they are forced to split that means they will also lose the belts
Manabu officially agreed to these terms at the press conference and the title match has been set to happen in December. Manabu has nothing but revenge on his mind as he faces off against Funaki as he wants to defend the loss against Omori and prove that GET WILD is a strong team in All Japan.
Funaki also stated that he wants a shot at the World Tag belts as well, but at this point in time the upcoming Tag League will be deciding who will be the next challengers.
Manabu stated that it is his time to prove that he is ready for the huge challenge set before him.