[All Japan News] AJP held a press conference to announce two new title matches that have been added to the Ryogoku show on March 17, as well as the additions this will make to the upcoming show March 10.
Burning made their first real statement since returning to All Japan when Yoshinobu Kanemaru defeated Shuji Kondo to become the new World Junior Heavyweight Champion. Kaz Hayashi took no time in challenging the new champion and today All Japan announced that the title match will be official for the 3.17 show. The President of All Japan, Masayuki Uchida, has placed his faith in Kaz Hayashi to stop the momentum of the invading Burning team. Masayuki Uchida noted the 3-2 win from Burning on February 23rd and is very disappointed by it, but All Japan will have to move forward.
Kanemaru stated that his goal is to claim his first true defense against Hayashi who holds the record for the most defenses of the belt at 17. Kanemaru aims for nothing but a total victory with his return to All Japan.
Kaz Hayashi picked up the win over Kotaro Suzuki on February 23rd and has placed himself in the position to be All Japan’s top junior. Hayashi’s complete focus is now set on Kanemaru and he aims to reclaim the belt.
Hayashi and Kanemaru will meet in a 6 Man Tag Double title prelude match on 3.10 as Takao Omori, Manabu Soya & Kaz Hayashi take on Jun Akiyama, Go Shiozaki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru.
The Asia Tag belts were also announced to be on the line as “Junior Stars” will be defending against Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Aoki from Burning. All four wrestlers were on hand for the press conference.
Kanemoto mentioned that he is officially a freelance competitor, after not signing a contract with NJPW in January. He though does not want to be seen as an invader to All Japan, much like Burning, as he says his love and spirit currently resides with Junior Stars and All Japan Pro-Wrestling. Kanemoto has competed for All Japan for over the last year and has more or less become a regular with them.
Minoru Tanaka noted that this is a time for frustration, but also a time for himself and Kanemoto to feel refreshed with reclaiming the Asia Tag belts.
Kotaro Suzuki suffered the first loss from the Burning side on the 2.23 show, and he hopes to not make that same mistake twice, let alone at Korakuen Hall this soon.
Atsushi Aoki mentioned that he wants to be the #1 Junior in Japan with the first step being the Asia Tag belts. Aoki plans to go with all his power and abilities to build towards his future goals.
With the 2 new title matches announced for the March 17 show, the first Korakuen Hall show on March 10 has also been updated to build towards it all.
The four men involved in the Asia Tag match will face off in singles action on 3.10 as Minoru Tanaka goes up against Kotaro Suzuki and Koji Kanemoto takes on Atsushi Aoki.
It is all about momentum heading into the Ryogoku show and there is definitely no sign of anything less than heat as we head into March.
All Japan Pro-Wrestling “HOLD OUT TOUR 2013”, 3/10/2013 [Sun] 12:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(-) Asia Tag Prelude All Japan vs. Burning Single Match: Koji Kanemoto vs. Atsushi Aoki
(-) Asia Tag Prelude All Japan vs. Burning Single Match: Minoru Tanaka vs. Kotaro Suzuki
(-) World Tag & World Junior Double Prelude All Japan vs. Burning 6 Man Tag Match: Takao Omori, Manabu Soya & Kaz Hayashi vs. Jun Akiyama, Go Shiozaki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru
(-) Triple Crown Prelude No Fall Match: Masakatsu Funaki & Akebono vs. Suwama & Joe Doering
~ Match can only be decided by KO or Submission only.
(-) GAORA TV Championship Match: [1st Champion] Seiya Sanada vs. [Challenger] Masayuki Kono
~ 4th Defense.
All Japan Pro-Wrestling “2013 Pro Wrestling LOVE in Ryogoku ~BASIC & DYNAMIC~”, 3/17/2013 [Sun] 17:00 @ Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo
(-) Asia Tag Championship Match: [91st Champions] Minoru Tanaka & Koji Kanemoto vs. [Challengers] Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Aoki
~ first defense.
(-) World Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [35th Champion] Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. [Challenger] Kaz Hayashi
~ first defense.
(-) KAI’s Return Special Single Match: Seiya Sanada vs. KAI
(-) Special Tag Match: Keiji Mutoh & Don Frye vs. Yoshihiro Takayama & Masayuki Kono
(-) World Tag Championship Match: [64th Champions] “GET WILD” Takao Omori & Manabu Soya vs. [Challengers] “BURNING” Jun Akiyama & Go Shiozaki
~ 3rd Defense.
(-) Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship Match: [45th Champion] Masakatsu Funaki vs. [Challenger] Suwama
~ 5th Defense.
All Japan Event Cards for March & April 2013