Sort of a slow weekend with nothing much going on except for a few shows, but I will try to cover some of the moments from this weekend 9/29 and 9/30 as well as any forthcoming news as I write this.
The biggest news from the weekend came with Shuji Kondo beating Yoshinobu Kanemaru for the GHC Junior Heavweight belt on September 29. This match was kind of a toss up between the two going in, with some people I knew actually suspecting that Kondo could walk out the new champion. Well that indeed happened and that will lead us into a pretty big shift as NOAH aims to bring the belt back home.
Much like with All Japan Pro-Wrestling this year with having all their belts held by outside promotions, the President of All Japan Masayuki Uchida was very pleased that someone was from his promotion able to claim a belt from another promotion.
Now we almost have the entire NOAH Jr. roster stepping up to challenge the new champion. I say almost as Shuji Kondo had 2 specific people he wanted to face in Naomichi Marufuji and KENTA, who for the longest were the symbols of the NOAH Jr. division. Both Marufuji and KENTA have recently said they are done with the Jr. division as they aim to become mainstay’s against the heavyweights. Shuji Kondo though has teetered on the line between heavyweight and junior throughout the years and has even stated that he would turn into a “true” heavyweight just to face them, even though Marufuji and KENTA are still classified as Junior weights (under 100kg).
No challenger has been named for the new champion, but I suspect something to be set up at GREAT VOYAGE 2012 in YOKOHAMA vol.2 on Oct. 8 or during the
Autumn Navig.2012 tour that starts on Oct. 7 and runs through Oct. 27.
Takeshi Morishima got his win back over Jun Akiyama following the embarrassing tap out by the hands of Jun Akiyama.
No one looks to have really came out the winner after the 20+ minute 6 man tag match, but next weekend will bring us the GHC Heavy title match. Both men will have a lot to prove on October 9, but it should be a great, well I should say, “war” between the two.
More information leading into the NOAH vs. ZERO1 feud.
Kohei Sato is looking to bring the ZERO1 war with full force with his ultimate goal or going right after Takeshi Morishima and the GHC Heavyweight belt. It was already suspected that Kohei would be aiming for a GHC title match sooner than later, and it seems we could see it soon that is if Kohei beats Maru on 10/8.
Pro Wrestling NOAH “GREAT VOYAGE 2012 in YOKOHAMA vol.2”, 10/8/2012 [Mon] 14:00 @ Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium in Kanagawa Pref.
(1) Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Zack Sabre, Jr.
(2) TMDK vs. Von Erich Brothers: Mikey Nicholls & Shane Haste vs. Ross & Marshall Von Erich
(3) NO MERCY vs DIAMOND RING: Yoshihiro Takayama & Genba Hirayanagi vs. Kensuke Office & Kento Miyahara
(4) NOAH vs. ZERO1 Special Tag Match: Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Aoki vs. Ikuto Hidaka & Craig Classic
(5) NOAH vs. ZERO1 Special Single Match: Go Shiozaki vs. Ryoji Sai
(6) NOAH vs. ZERO1 Special Single Match: Mohammed Yone vs. Masato Tanaka
(7) NOAH vs. ZERO1 Special Single Match: Takashi Sugiura vs. Daichi Hashimoto
(8) NOAH vs. ZERO1 Special Single Match: Naomichi Marufuji vs. Kohei Sato
(9) GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Championship Match: [16th Champions] Super Crazy & Ricky Marvin vs. [Challengers] Taiji Ishimori & Atsushi Kotoge
~ first defense.
(10) GHC Heavy Tag Championship Match: [24th Champions] Samoa Joe & Brutus Magnus [TNA] vs. [Challengers] KENTA & Maybach Taniguchi
~ 1st Defense.
(11) GHC Heavyweight Championship Match: [18th Champion] Takeshi Morishima vs. [Challenger] Jun Akiyama
~ 6th Defense.
ZERO1 just finished the WORLD YOUTH CUP series of shows on October 30.
Yusuke Ueda emerged the victor after the final battle royal on Oct. 30th and will be heading to Nepal at the end of the year to take part in a charity show and bring donations that ZERO1 has gathered.
Speaking of excursions it has also been announced that Daichi Hashimoto and Yoshikazu Yokoyama will be heading to Hong Kong in December to learn and train with Jason New and others in the Honk Kong Wrestling Federation, also known as ZERO1 Hong Kong. This will be the first overseas excursion for them both.
This will be a significant time for Daichi to learn and grow in strength before his debut with New Japan Pro Wrestling at the Tokyo Dome on January 4.
The biggest headline for Dramatic Dream Team this weekend was the crowning of a new KO-D Openweight Champion when El Generico defeated Kota Ibushi after a 23_ minute match to be win the title.
El Generico has competed in DDT and UNION for over the last year now and has become someone who the fans like to see compete in Japan. Generico, if I am not mistaken, is also the first non-Japanese wrestler to win the belt. What’s next for Generico has yet to be determined.
DR’s show on Sunday saw Masato Tanaka defeat Katsuhiko Nakajima in a 21+ minute match, in what was said to be very hard hitting and with a lot of great back and forth spots.
Kento Miyahara was said to have shown a lot of promise with his match against Jun Akiyama, which lasted 17+ minutes. Miyahara has been seen as Sasaki’s top heavyweight prospect for the last couple of years and his match on Sunday was said to have been a strong sign for his future.
DR’s next show will be on October 7.
DIAMOND RING, 10/7/2012 [Sun] 17:00 @ Osaka Body Maker Colosseum
(1) Namazu Man [DR] & Kikutaro [free] vs. Yasu & Hide Kubota [Sportiva]
(2) Satoshi Kajiwara [DR] & CHANGO [free] vs. Kenichiro Arai & K-ness. [DG]
(3) Mitsuhiro Kitamiya vs. Ryoji Sai [ZERO1]
(4) Katsuhiko Nakajima [DR] & Tsurugi [DR] vs. Masato Tanaka [ZERO1] Magnitude Kishiwada [free]
(5) Kensuke Sasaki & Kento Miyahara [DR] vs. Kohei Sato & Yoshikazu Yokoyama [ZERO1]
Like I mentioned this was a pretty small weekend for major happenings in Japan, but expect next weeks write up to be very big, given it is a 3 day weekend with the major promotions all hosting big shows.
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