WRESTLE-1 “SUNRISE TOUR 2014”, 1/12/2014 [Sun] 12:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
~ Keiji Mutoh came out to thank everyone for coming out and sent out his best wishes for the new year. Mutoh then stated that he has a gift for everyone….
~ Manabu Soya appeared in the WRESTLE-1 ring after he just resigned from AJPW just last month.
~ Soya did not get a nice welcome from the fans, after his last second betrayal to All Japan, and was met with boo’s. Soya stated that his position is still free, and that he feels it is wise to try new things. He stated that he wants to compete again in February. He announced himself to be the new (in-ring) “matchmaker” for the promotion. He also agreed for Sanada to face KAZMA later on in the show.
(1) 6 Man Tag Match: Shuji Kondo, Kaz Hayashi & Rob Terry vs. Masayuki Kono, Ryoji Sai & Rene Dupree
◆Winner: Kono (6:34) following the Diving Knee Drop on Hayashi.
(2) MAZADA vs. Andy Wu w/Panyan
◆Winner: Wu (5:50) with the Panda-jime (Panda sleeper).
(3) WAVE Offer Match: Ryo Mizunami vs Shu Shibutani
◆Winner: Shibutani (6:08) with a Huricanrana.
Special referee: Kikutaro
(4) Ryota Hama vs. Kikutaro
◆Winner: Hama (6:12) with the Raiden Drop.
(5) NOSAWA Rongai vs. Hiroshi Yamato w/ Gabai Jichan
◆Winner: Yamato (2:25) following a Nothern Light Bomb.
~ Jichan assisted in Yamato in claiming the swift victory.
(6) 3 Point System Rules: Masakatsu Funaki vs. Yoshihiro Takayama
◆Winner: Funaki (6:04) via TKO, high right kick.
~ Minoru, who was at ringside during Funaki’s match, stated that this year will be his 20th anniversary as a pro-wrestler and stated that there will be a show at the end of this month at Korakuen Hall. He also made a request for a singles match against KAI tonight.
~ Manabu Soya made his first major act as “matchmaker” as he agreed to Minoru’s request and the main event to be KAI vs. Minoru Tanaka
(7) Daiki Inaba vs. Kazushi Miyamoto [Free]
◆Winner: Miyamoto (6:18) following the Million Dollar Driver.
~ Miyamoto appeared in like a playboy type role. Bow-tie and drinking wine. If you seen the video last week or so, he is indeed this new “money” fighter. Which Miyamoto is a legit rich guy, so it works out.
(8) Koji Kanemoto & Seiki Yoshioka vs. Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi
◆Winner: Okabayashi (19:08) following a Powerbomb on Yoshioka.
~ Plenty of heat between Sekimoto and Kanemoto following the match.
(9) Seiya Sanada vs. KAZMA SAKAMOTO
◆Winner: Sanada (7:37) with a Rounding Body Press.
~ Desperado tried to run interference, and put a bag over Sanada’s head. Kaz & Kondo came out to assist Sanada, which gave Sanada a chance to secure the win.
(10) Yasufumi Nakanoueno vs. Masato Tanaka [ZERO1]
◆Winner: Tanaka (13:16) following the Sliding D.
(11) Minoru Tanaka vs. KAI
◆Winner: Minoru (18:33) with the HEAT Clutch.
~ The “self-proclaimed” ace suffers a defeat. Desperado came out to insult KAI after his loss. Sanada and Andy Wu's new little friend came out to back-up KAI. Manabu Soya also got in the ring to send a few licks to Desperado's way. Soya send out his hand to Sanada and said “long time, no see”. Sanada closed the show.
~ Minoru will be celebrating his 20th Anniversary as a pro-wrestler on January 30. He also promised to announce the event card.