Suwama vs. KENSO, 2012 Champion Carnival - A Block Match, from April 29, 2012 at the Fukuyama Industrial Exchange Center Big Rose.
Suwama vs. Daisuke Sekimoto, 2012 Champion Carnival - A Block Match, from May 4, 2012 a the Nagoya Congress Center.
Notes: 1 / 2 weeks ago
All Japan Official Videos for May 3, 2013
Yuji Nagata vs. Daisuke Sekimoto, 2012 Champion Carnival Official A Block Match, from April 29, 2012 at the Fukuyama Industrial Exchange Center BigRose
Manabu Soya vs. Yuji Okabayashi, 2012 Champion Carnival B Block Match, from May 4, 2012 at the Nagoya Congress Center.
Notes: 8 / 2 weeks ago
[Match of the Day - Kenta Kobashi Series] Here is the third match of this eleven match series, as we countdown to Kenta Kobashi’s official retirement on May 11th.
Kenta Kobashi vs. “Dr. Death” Steve Williams from August 31, 1993 at the Budokan Hall in Tokyo.
This bout would mark the first ever singles battle between Kobashi and Dr. Death. Kobashi has been making strides as a single competitor at this time, but has yet to claim the singles victory that he needed to push himself to the next level. Williams of course was a mainstay at this time and was on the verge of becoming a Triple Crown Champion within the next year following this match. This match would be a contendership match for the current Triple Crown Champion in Mitsuharu Misawa. This match is noteworthy for being one of the more repeated brutal finishes to a match, and definitely ended up showing the toughness of Kobashi. If Kobashi surviving against Stan Hansen a month prior was not enough.
[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.
[All Japan News Part 1] Masayuki Uchida was basically told to that he should resign due to a message on the new owner Nobuo Shiraishi “facebook wall”, yes his facebook wall… (that is where most of these comments from Shiraishi comes from, and why it is just a load of something in my opinion).
Apparently Uchida and Keiji Mutoh met with the Shiraishi about 10 days ago and it seems much was talked about with what the new owner has been saying from his account. Pretty much the gist of things is that Shiraishi wants to give back the position of chairman to Mutoh, for the “so called” well being of the wrestlers.
Though what it all boils down to is that there is still a lot of misunderstanding to what is going on. As many recall, Mutoh stepped down a couple years ago because he felt he did not do his job correctly during Nobukazu Hirai situation. Both Uchida and Mutoh are working towards being the future more so than the past, but when Akiyama won the Champion Carnival, Shiraishi kind of took that as a backwards step, and made the comment he did on his facebook wall.
If Uchida does step down his terms is that “100% of the shares should be transferred to Mutoh. There is no trust between the new owner and the current active roster. This is not the way to go for a #1 promotion.”
[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 News] Suwama and Takao Omori were part of a public conference today in the All Japan office to give their finals thoughts on the upcoming Champion Carnival.
The current reigning Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion Suwama kicked-off the public press conference today and further stated that he would win the Carnival as champion. Much like what Jun Akiyama stated a few days ago, Suwama mentioned that his ideal final would be against his L/R (Last Revolution) teammate in Joe Doering. One of Suwama’s toughest challenges will come against Go Shiozaki on the opening day of the tournament on April 18th. Both Shiozaki and Akiyama have claimed that they will dominate the Carnival and there is a lot on Suwama to attempt to at least halt Shiozaki’s early control of the tournament. Jun Akiyama was also pointed out by Suwama, as if Akiyama can manage to make it to the finals that he wants to face him. Suwama aims for a revenge match against Akiyama following his loss to him in October of 2011 for the Triple Crown Championship. Suwama will also be placed in he same block along with Takao Omori, who he lost to in the first day of last years tournament. This year the two will be pitted against one another on the final day of the scheduled league matches and that match in particular could indeed determine a semi-finalist in the A Block.
Takao Omori appeared next and instantly stated that his goal is to “stop the burning”. Omori will be looking for revenge following his, and Manabu Soya’s, loss to Akiayama and Shiozaki on March 17th for the World Tag belts. Omori declared a “wild domination” of the Carnival. Omori noted that Manabu Soya was unable to compete in this years tournament due to suffering a severe injury to his neck and that Omori will do his best to produce results as a singles competitor. Omori aims o deliver results against Burning in particular and he will be up against Shiozaki on April 25th. Outside of Burning, Omori will be going up against Suwama on April 27th. Omori may have gotten the win in the opening round of last year’s Carnival, but their last singles meeting came back on January 13th of this year and saw Suwama get the win. Omori seems poised to go into this tournament with looking at revenge a few losses, and it should surely add towards the heat of each match in the tournament.
[All Japan News] Jun Akiyama and Go Shiozaki were part of a public conference today in the All Jaan office to give their finals thoughts on the upcoming Champion Carnival. Burning has been practically dominant since their first appearance in All Japan in late January and it seems they are still a ways away from their true goals. Akiyama finds himself sitting in the B Block of the tournament and Go Shiozaki in the A Block.
This will mark the 10th time Akiyama has competed in the Champion Carnival tournament and he aims to win the tournament and move on to regain the Triple Crown belts. Akiyama is specifically looking forward to his match against Masakatsu Funaki on April 27th, as he lost the Triple Crown to him last October. Akiyamal also noted that Joe Doering, in which they first met in the 2011 CC, has exceptional strength. That will be a match he believes should be standout. Akebono’s size will always be a challenge and makes him a touch opponent (they will meet on 4/25). KAI is potentially the wild card opponent, following his leave he has certainly gained some new skills and determination, it is hard for Akiyama to judge him at this time (they will meet on 4/21). As for his opponents, if he were move on the finals, Sanada, Suwama, and or his fellow Burning teammate Go Shiozaki would be the matches he would like to see realized.
Speaking of Shiozaki, he came out after Akiyama and gave his thoughts as well on his debut in the Champion Carnival tournament. Shiozaki aims to keep his momentum strong since debuting in All Japan in February and looks forward to his debut and match against Suwama on April 18th on the opening day. All that is currently on Shiozaki’s mind seems to be the opening contest against Suwama, at least the bulk of his small interview seem to focus on that. If he manages to beat Suwama, he earns himself an eventual shot at the Triple Crown belt as long as Suwama is still champion. Of course, he aims to beat Suwama and then move on win the tournament, which will give him even more momentum on his side. Shiozaki noted the comment from Akiyama of them two meeting in the Finals and he did not seem opposed to that idea. He also mentioned Ryota Hama, who he meets on April 27th as that will be a huge test of his strength against the 205kg (450+ lb) big man. Could Shiozaki deliver the Go Flasher to Hama!?!? Shiozaki closed out his portion of the interview by stating that he is proud of Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Aoki in winning the JUNIOR HYPER TAG LEAGUE and he feels that him and Akiyama should receive an extra boost in momentum.
[All Japan News] All Japan Pro-Wrestling held a press conference today and a 3 key announcements were made, two of which being title matches that will take place during this years Champion Carnival tournament.
The first announcement of the night was that Andy Woo and Daiki Inaba (current trainee) will be heading to train and compete in Mexico. No word on which promotion they will be going to, but All Japan has had a connection with AAA in the past. All Japan also stated that they will be leaving for Mexico on April 13 and that their training time away will be for an indefinite period. Inaba is slated to make his “debut” in Mexico *I put debut in quotes as it was said that he may have been Aegyptus Aerial, during last years junior tournament.
Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Aoki managed to claim the big victory in the JUNIOR HYPER TAG LEAGUE and have earned themselves another Asia Tag title oppurtunity against the “Junior Stars” Minoru Tanaka & Koji Kanemoto. During the press conference, it was announced that the title match will take place on April 25 at the Nagoya International Conference Hall. Junior Stars currently hold the win over the junior Burning team, and they both share a draw from their encounter in the junior league match on April 6th. Junior Stars didn’t make it into the Finals of the tournament as they were stopped by Hiroshi Yamato & Hikaru Sato, who moved on tot he Finals themselves, early that day. Kotaro & Aoki are aiming to bring the Asia Tag belts to Burning to join them alongside Akiyama and Shiozaki who currently hold the World Tag belts.
All Japan Pro-Wrestling “GAORA SPECIAL 2013 Champion Carnival”, 4/25/2013 [Thu] 18:30 @ Nagoya International Conference Hall in Aichi
() Asia Tag Championship Match: [91st Champions] “Junior Stars” Minoru Tanaka & Koji Kanemoto vs. [Challengers] Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Aoki ~ 2nd defense.
() GAORA SPECIAL 2013 Champion Carnival A Block Match: Suwama vs. Seiya Sanada () GAORA SPECIAL 2013 Champion Carnival A Block Match: Takao Omori vs. Go Shiozaki () GAORA SPECIAL 2013 Champion Carnival B Block Match: Akebono vs. Jun Akiyama () GAORA SPECIAL 2013 Champion Carnival B Block Match: KENSO vs. Joe Doering
Finally, it was officially announced that SUSHI will be getting a title shot against Yoshinobu Kanemaru for the World Junior belt on April 26 at the IMP Hall in Osaka. SUSHI picked up the upset victory over Kanemaru during the final day of the JUNIOR HYPER TAG LEAGUE tournament on April 7th. SUSHI does have quite some experience behind his belt and has been active in the ring for nearly 15 years now. Though during that time he has underwent many ups and downs, but he is looking to put his heart and soul into this upcoming title opportunity. Kanemaru stated that he took his opponents for granted and he was caught for doing so, but he is ready to defend his belt and show why he is the champion.
All Japan Pro-Wrestling “GAORA SPECIAL 2013 Champion Carnival”, 4/26/2013 [Fri] 18:30 @ IMP Hall in Osaka
() World Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [35th Champion] Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. [Challenger] SUSHI ~ 2nd defense.
() GAORA SPECIAL 2013 Champion Carnival A Block Match: Seiya Sanada vs. Go Shiozaki () GAORA SPECIAL 2013 Champion Carnival A Block Match: Masayuki Kono vs. Ryota Hama () GAORA SPECIAL 2013 Champion Carnival B Block Match: KENSO vs. KAI () GAORA SPECIAL 2013 Champion Carnival B Block Match: Joe Doering vs. Jun Akiyama
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.
Notes: 9 / 2 months ago
[All Japan News] During last nights All Japan show it was announced Kenta Kobashi  will become the President-Elect of the PWF as Hiroshi Hase  will be tending to his duties as a House of Representatives member in Japan.
Kobashi served witness to the Triple Crown match between Masakatsu Funaki and Suwama and he will become the full President of the PWF following his retirement on May 11th at the Budokan Hall.
[All Japan News] All Japan Pro-Wrestling held a final press conference before tomorrow’s big Ryogoku show.
Don Frye, Keiji Mutoh, Yoshihiro Takayama, and Masayuki Kono were on hand for the press event. As they will be a part of a special tag match on the second half of the show. This match is aimed to be a continuation of this years theme by showcasing the BASIC & DYNAMIC features that make up professional wrestling as a whole in All Japan.
It took no time in the press conference for a provocation to happen between Don Frye and Yoshihiro Takayama, given their rivalry going back to a 2002 super fight in PRIDE.
Frye ended up removing his shirt and revealed, that even though he is 47 years old, he still looks as tough as ever. Mutoh himself, even stated that he feels the energy already and looks forward to tomorrow.
Frye mentioned the fight from the classic match between The Funk Brothers and Baba & Tsuruta, and said that this upcoming match tomorrow will be better. Frye stated that he is looking to enact some revenge against Takayama for breaking his shoulder 11 years ago.
Takayama did not walk out injury free himself following that fight against Frye in 2002 and he aims to reclaim that loss. He also mentioned that the referee should be prepared for the match and should just let whatever happens, happen.
This will definitely be one of the biggest matches of Masayuki Kono’s career so far. He says that he aims to do his best and hopes that this will be the starting point for even better things to come.
What will we see when these two battle tested veterans finally get their hands on one another in the All Japan ring? Could we indeed see a replay from 2002?
In a bit of side news, Keiji Mutoh was also asked about the new owner of All Japan Pro-Wrestling, Nobuo Shiraishi, and the controversy surrounding his first press conference. The question was asked if Shiraishi’s proposed talent seclusion & MMA expansion would be going into effect, in which Mutoh said “no”. So take that for whatever that is worth, I guess we will see and know more about what is happening in the coming months.
All Japan Pro-Wrestling “2013 Pro Wrestling LOVE in Ryogoku ~BASIC & DYNAMIC~”, 3/17/2013 [Sun] 17:00 @ Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo
(1) Hiroshi Yamato & Hikaru Sato [Pancrase MISSION] vs. SUSHI & Andy Woo (2) Masanobu Fuchi & Osamu Nishimura vs. KENSO & Reid Flair
~Message from Kenta Kobashi~
(3) Asia Tag Championship Match: [91st Champions] Minoru Tanaka & Koji Kanemoto vs. [Challengers] Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Aoki ~ first defense.
(4) World Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [35th Champion] Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. [Challenger] Kaz Hayashi ~ first defense.
(5) Akebono, Ryota Hama & Yasufumi Nakanoueno vs. Masahiro Chono, Joe Doering & Shuji Kondo
(6) Special Tag Match: Keiji Mutoh & Don Frye vs. Yoshihiro Takayama & Masayuki Kono (7) KAI’s Return Special Single Match: Seiya Sanada vs. KAI
(8) World Tag Championship Match: [64th Champions] “GET WILD” Takao Omori & Manabu Soya vs. [Challengers] “BURNING” Jun Akiyama & Go Shiozaki ~ 3rd Defense.
[All Japan News] All Japan Pro-Wrestling announced the 6 teams that will be involved in the upcoming JUNIOR HYPER TAG LEAGUE.
■ “Last Years Junior Tag League Winning Team” Kaz Hayashi & Shuji Kondo ■ “Junior Stars” Minoru Tanaka & Koji Kanemoto [STACK OF ARMS] ■ “Jonetsu Hentai Baka” Hiroshi Yamato & Hikaru Sato ■ “Worldwide Tag” SUSHI & Andy Woo ■ Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Aoki [Burning] ■ Yoshinobu Kanemaru & (to be announced) [Burning]
The 2013 JUNIOR HYPER LEAGUE is set to begin on March 31 with the two highest point ranked teams facing off against one another on the finals on April 7. As usual the tournament will utilize the 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, and 0 points for a loss.
No matches have been announced at this time, but they should be announced by or following the big show on 3.17.
“2013 JUNIOR HYPER TAG LEAGUE [OPENING]” ~ 3/30/2013 [Sat] 18:00 @ Uodzu Ariso Dome in Toyama
~ 3/31/2013 [Sun] 16:00 @ Akashi Municipal Industrial Exchange Center in Hyogo ~ 4/2/2013 [Tue] 18:30 @ Fukuyama Industrial Exchange Center Big Rose in Hiroshima ~ 4/4/2013 [Thu] @ Oyama City Culture Center Small Hall in Tochigi ~ 4/6/2013 [Sat] 16:00 @ Chigasaki City General Gymnasium in Kanagawa
All Japan Pro-Wrestling “2013 JUNIOR HYPER TAG LEAGUE [FINAL]” ~ 4/7/2013 [Sun] 17:00 @ Kuki City General Gymnasium in Saitama