[Seiya Sanada Excursion Update] A video has been released to announce that Rene Dupree and Seiya Sanada will battle for the All Japan Pro Wrestling (GAORA) TV title in May and June 2013 in Maritimes, Canada.
Of course, it was announced earlier today that Seiya Sanada would be partaking in his first ever excursion to Canada later this month to train with Dupree’s father, Emil Dupree.
[All Japan News Part 1] All Japan announced that Seiya Sanada will be going on his first excursion and a new wrestler, Seiki Yoshioka, joins All Japan Pro-Wrestling.
It was officially announced that Seiya Sanada will be heading heading to Canada to partake in his first ever training excursion. Sanada looks to expand his knowledge and grow as a professional wrestling. This will only be a short excursion as he is already scheduled to return for All Japan’s big show on June 30th. It seems Sanada will be training under Emil Dupree, father of Rene Dupree, during his time in Canada. Sanada was reported to have had a few offers under him, but it is obvious that he chose to stay the one that allows him to still compete in All Japan. Sanada will be facing off against his “new rival” in KAI on May 18th in what is being touted as his real send-off match. KAI stated that he looks forward to facing KAI once again and he aims to claim the victory to set off on his excursion.
All Japan announced that a new wrestler will be joining their promotion as Seiki Yoshioka, formerly known as SEIKI in Wrestle Gate, will be joining All Japan full time. Seiki stands 170cm (5’6”) and weighs in at 75kg (165lbs), he was born January 5, 1988 and is from Fukuyama City, Kumamoto Prefecture. Seiki will be heading to the All Japan dorms soon as he aims to make his re-debut under All Japan in the near future. HANZO also attended the press conference as Seiki has been his student for the last 10 years, or so, in Wrestle Gate. Seiki’s talents were also noted as he has been practicing Taekwondo since his High School days and he is noted to being a heavy kicker. Seiki is looking forward to competing with so many top level names and will work hard to not let anyone down. Seiki Yoshioka should be a fine addition to All Japan’s junior roster.
Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi vs. Akebono & Ryota Hama, Asia Tag, from February 11, 2012 @ Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium, 2nd Stadium
Seiya Sanada vs. Satoshi Kojima from March 21, 2012 at Ryogoku Kokugikan.
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[All Japan News] All Japan Pro-Wrestling held a public press conference at the J:COM Wonder Studio at the Tokyo Skytree for the upcoming 2013 Champion Carnival tournament. 10 out of the 12 participating wrestlers were on hand to meet with the press before the tournament as it is set to begin on April 18th at the Korakuen Hall. Akebono and Joe Doering both appeared via video (VTR) to give their thoughts on the upcoming tournament as well.
A BLOCK ■ Suwama: This marks the 9th time for Suwama to be involved in the Champion Carnival tournament. Suwama has picked up a win in the tournament back in 2008 and looks to do the same this year as he reigning Triple Crown champion. Suwama’s goal is to remain undefeated in the tournament and claim the big win on April 29th. ■ Tako Omori: Omori’s main goal this year has been laid out as “stop Burning.” Omori has already fallen to defeat by the hands of Burning in the loss of the World Tag belts, but he aims to reclaim his loss and to keep Burning from further “gather strength” in All Japan. Of course Omori still aims to win the tournament and go after the TC once again as well. ■ Seiya Sanada: This will mark Sanada’s fifth year of competing in the CC. He only has one goal this year “Just win.” ■ Masayuki Kono: This marks the 4th year for Kono to be involved in the tournament. He aims to make this tournament a standout for himself and aims to face his mentor Funaki in the Finals on April 29th. ■ Ryota Hama: This will be the 5th time Hama has competed in the Carnival. In the past, Hama has yet to leave with the best results in the end, but this year he seems to have a new found sense of momentum to carry him in the tournament. Hama stated that he looks forward to the matches with his fellow All Japan comrades in KAI, Sanada, and Kono. He wants to work hard to prove himself and aim to once again be called the Triple Crown champion. ■ Go Shiozaki: This marks the debut for Shiozaki in the CC and he only aims to walk away with victory. He stated that he would like to face Akiyama in the finals and for Burning to carry the momentum throughout the Carnival.
B BLOCK ■ Maskatsu Funaki: This will mark the 3rd time that Funaki has competing in the CC. No one in the B Block has managed to win the CC in the past, but Funaki aims to proceed carefully and decisively in each of his bouts. Funaki seems to be working towards a match by match plan to make sure he advances to the finals. Funaki will have one of the heaviest schedules in the tournament as he is scheduled for a CC match back to back for the first 4 days. ■ KENSO: This marks KENSO’s 3rd year in the tournament. KENSO will be up against Akiyama first thing and he seems to be only concerned with that match at this time. A win over Akiyama would do wonders in raising KENSO’s confidence as he aims for victory. ■ KAI: This will be KAI’s first time competing in the CC and he aims to make an impact since his transition to become a Heavyweight class wrestler. KAI acknowledged that he might be a little smaller than everyone else, but he aims to fight with his full heart and soul to claim victory. ■ Jun Akiyama: This year marks Akiyama’s 10th time for competing in the CC, and he aims to go to the Finals and once again get a shot at the Triple Crown. “Intense match, Please expect. I will do my best.” ■ Akebono: This year will be the 2nd time for Akebono to compete in the CC, and he wants to do his best to try and go to the finals. ■ Joe Doering: This will be Doering’s 4th year competing in the CC. Doering aims to face his fellow LAST REVOLUTION teammate, Suwma, in the finals and show the fans a great match. He wants to showcase what L/R is all about and hopes to meet the expectations of the fans. He aims to be a worthy challenger for the Triple Crown.
All Japan Official Videos for March 22, 2013 (3 Matches)
Today, All Japan brings a triple dose of matches from last year.
First up… Dark Ozz & Dark Cuervo vs. Seiya Sanada & KAI, for the World Tag Team Championship, from January 3, 2012 at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. ~ Sanada & KAI formed one of the more popular teams to come out of 2011, even winning the Tag League, in the process. The duo earned themselves a tag team match against the the reigning champions from AAA in Mexico.
Sadly, the popular duo was unable to clinch the victory, but fear not, a new duo was on the rise in All Japan with “GET WILD”. Dark Ozz & Dark Cuervo vs. Takao Omori & Manabu Soya, for the World Tag Team Championship, from March 20, 2013 at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.
The lastly, All Japan posted another match from the 3.20 show with the main event that saw Jun Akiyama defending his Triple Crown Championship against the leader of All Japan, Keiji Mutoh.
Jun Akiyama vs. Keiji Mutoh, Triple Crown Championship Match, from March 20, 2013 at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.
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[All Japan Champion Carnival 2013 News] All Japan Pro-Wrestling announced the 12 competitors that will be involved in this years Champion Carnival tournament.
GAORA SPECIAL 2013 Champion Carnival competitors:
◆ Suwama [LAST REVOLUTION/Current Triple Crown Champion] (2008 Winner) ◆ Masakatsu Funaki [STACK OF ARMS] ◆ Takao Omori [GET WILD] ◆ KENSO [Team Bichitto] ◆ Masayuki Kono [STACK OF ARMS] ◆ Seiya Sanada ◆ KAI (CC debut) ◆ Ryota Hama [SMOP] ◆ Akebono [SMOP] ◆ Jun Akiyama [Burning] ◆ Go Shiozaki [Burning] (CC debut) ◆ Joe Doering [LAST REVOLUTION]
The 2013 Champion Carnival tournament is set to begin on April 18th (Korakuen Hall) and will end with the Finals on April 29th (Korakuen Hall). There will be semi-finals held for this tournament, with the 2 highest ranked wrestlers per block, via points, will move on to the semi’s. The tournament will be conducted under PWF rules. Regular block matches will be conducted under a 30 min. time limit with the semi-finals and final match held under no time limit. 2 points will be awarded to the winner of the match, 1 point will be awarded for a draw, and 0 points will be given for a loss, double ring out, or no contest.
All Japan Official Video: “HOLD OUT TOUR 2013”, 3/13/2013 Event Digest
All Japan Pro-Wrestling “HOLD OUT TOUR 2013”, 3/13/2013 [Wed] 18:30 @ Hirosaki City Kasai Sports Center in Aomori 1,350 Spectators
(1) Yasufumi Nakanoueno vs. Any Woo (2) KENSO vs. SUSHI (3) Akebono & Ryota Hama vs. Seiya Sanada & Reid Flair ~ Sanada celebrated his 6th year as a pro wrestler today with a win. Sanada stated that he is determined to beat KAI on 3/17.
(6) Triple Crown Prelude 6 Man Tag Match: Masakatsu Funaki, Masayuki Kono & Minoru Tanaka vs. Suwama, Joe Doering & Shuji Kondo ~ The reigning Triple Crown Champion, Funaki, celebrated his 44th birthday this day in his hometown.
(4) Asia Tag Prelude All Japan vs. Burning Tag Match: Hiroshi Yamato & Koji Kanemoto vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Atsushi Aoki ~ Kaz Hayashi was noted to have had plenty of negative remarks against Kanemaru.
(5) World Tag Championship Prelude All Japan vs. Burning 6 Man Tag Match: Takao Omori, Manabu Soya & Kaz Hayashi vs. Jun Akiyama, Go Shiozaki & Kotaro Suzuki Akiyama stated that he is determined to produce results (nothing but victory) for Burning’s leader, Kenta Kobashi, on 3/17.
~ It was announced that Kenta Kobashi will be appearing at the All Japan show on March 17 at the Sumo Hall to greet with the fans. Kobashi’s retirement will be held on May 11 at the Nippon Budokan and this appearance seems to be surely pointing towards All Japan being involved in his final show.
[All Japan News] All Japan held a press conference today to hold the signing for the upcoming GAORA TV Championship match between Sanada and Kono, as well as, the announcement that Shuji Kondo will officially be joining LAST REVOLUTION (L/R).
Seiya Sanada will be defending his GAORA TV Championship against Masayuki Kono on March 10 at Korakuen Hall. Kono has managed to get under Sanada who said that “he doubts his role as champion for the first time” heading into the match. During the scheduled match against Kono on 2.23, Sanada finally had enough and ended up losing the scheduled tag bout due to disqualification. He regrets his action, but the anger towards Kono is still there. Of course it was pushed on by Kono who found it upon himself to attack Sanada repeatedly backstage before that confrontation on 2.23. Masayuki Kono aims to bring yet another belt to STACK OF ARMS, with Funaki as the Triple Crown Champion and Junior Stars as the Asia Tag Champs. Kono has been showing a new ferocity and determination heading into this match and if Sanada has really lost his edge then we might be seeing a new champion crowned.
All Japan Pro-Wrestling “HOLD OUT TOUR 2013”, 3/10/2013 [Sun] 12:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(1) Shuji Kondo & Hiroshi Yamato vs. SUSHI & Andy Woo (2) Masanobu Fuchi, Ryota Hama & Yasufumi Nakanoueno vs. Osamu Nishimura, KENSO & Reid Flair
(3) Asia Tag Prelude All Japan vs. Burning Single Match: Koji Kanemoto vs. Atsushi Aoki (4) Asia Tag Prelude All Japan vs. Burning Single Match: Minoru Tanaka vs. Kotaro Suzuki
(5) 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
(6) Triple Crown Prelude No Fall Match: Masakatsu Funaki & Akebono vs. Suwama & Joe Doering ~ Match can only be decided by KO or Submission only.
(7) GAORA TV Championship Match: [1st Champion] Seiya Sanada vs. [Challenger] Masayuki Kono ~ 4th Defense. ————————————————————-
Masahiro Chono and Suwama were on hand for the announcement of Shuji Kondo officially joining a long with them in LAST REVOLUTION. Of course this comes following Kaz Hayashi stating that he will not join the group, which made to believe that his tag partner in “Team 246”, Shuji Kondo, was with Hayashi. Kondo announced that “Team 246” has been abolished with his joining of L/R. Suwama though said that the invitation still stands for Hayashi to join up with them. LAST REVOLUTION aims be the symbol of strength in All Japan Pro-Wrestling as they plan to take on Burning head on.
Masahiro Chono, All Japan’s advisor, then spoke about the news of the new owners and said that All Japan is in need of a reform. The foundation of the promotion has definitely weakened, but he believes that L/R is the sign of things moving forward for the better.
Chono then announced some more matches for the upcoming big show on 3.17. Including his involvement as he tags with Doering & Kondo to take on the team of Akebono, Hama & Nakanoeuno.
All Japan Pro-Wrestling “2013 Pro Wrestling LOVE in Ryogoku ~BASIC & DYNAMIC~”, 3/17/2013 [Sun] 17:00 @ Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo
Newly Announced: () Hiroshi Yamato & Hikaru Sato [Pancrase MISSION] vs. SUSHI & Andy Woo () Masanobu Fuchi & Osamu Nishimura vs. KENSO & Reid Flair () Akebono, Ryota Hama & Yasufumi Nakanoueno vs. Masahiro Chono, Joe Doering & Shuji Kondo
Previously Announced: (-) 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.