[AJPW News] All Japan held a couple press conference before the final upcoming show of this year.
Xceed is looking forward to the move forward from the Strongest Tag League and head into the new year as their breakthrough. Go Shiozaki & Kento Miyahara made it to the finals of the tournament and will be looking to prove themselves further and get a chance at the World Tag belts. Kotaro and Aoki stated that they know something was lacking in their performance in the tag league, but they will surely prove themselves as the reigning Asia Tag champs.
All Japan also held the official signing for the World Junior Heavyweight belt between the champion Yoshinobu Kanemaru and Ultimo Dragon. as mentioned multiple times, this match has been anticipated for months now, ever since Dragon appeared in All Japan, and this match will be the last big singles confrontation for the promotion.
Ultimo Dragon who is carrying the original junior class belt, NWA International Jr., used in All Japan back in the early 1980’s. Ultimo has held championships in many different promotions as well from all over the world, but the AJPW belt is something that he has never yet held. Ultimo stated that “by all means, I want the belt”, as he seeks to be crowned a champion in AJPW for the first time in his career.
(Side note: The match “appears” to only be contested with the AJPW belt on the line. Even though they keep showing both belts.)
Jun Akiyama stated that he and Omori certainly have their attention set on challenging the World Tag Champions soon.
Suwama sent out a reply that he and Doering are ready at anytime to accept the rematch so they can claim revenge for the loss during the Strongest Tag League.
Akiyama… or I should be saying “Mr. Christmas” will be taking on SUSHI on the upcoming fan appreciation show on December 15, and an interesting addition has been made for the match in the form that the match will be contested under a one count fall rule. SUSHI requested for the change in the rule and Akiyama readily accepted the request. This definitely could put the favor on SUSHI’s side as his signature moves all involve capturing pin holds.
Then lastly, KENSO stated that he is coming for Kento Miyahara on the 15th and he is looking to unleash the full fury of DK. KENSO will be the lone man from his new group, but it appears he might have a trick up his sleeve to put the odd in his favor.
Below is the announced card in full.
All Japan Pro-Wrestling “Fan Appreciation Show”, 12/15/2013 [Sun] @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(1) Oshokuji Contention 3WAY Match: Masanobu Fuchi vs. Masao Inoue [Free] vs. Hikaru Sato [Pancrase MISSION]
(2) Ｘｃｅｅｄ ｖｓ Ｓｔａｔｅｓｍａｎｓ Tag Match: Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Aoki vs. Osamu Nishimura [Free] & Ryuji Hijikata [Free]
(3) Xceed vs. DK Tag Match: Kento Miyahara vs. KENSO
(4) Pre-Christmas Special Single Match: Mr. Christmas (Jun Akiyama) vs. SUSHI
(5) World Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [Champion] Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. [Challenger] Ultimo Dragon
~7th title defense.
(6) Akebono & Go Shiozaki vs. Suwama & Takao Omori