A 30th year anniversary party was held for Masahiro Chono to celebrate his career as a pro-wrestler. The event took place at the Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel in which roughly 250 were in attendance from pro-wrestlers, officials, as well as many friends and family.
During the event Chono announced that he will be starting a new program called the “New World Awards Sports Life Association” (ニューワールドアワーズスポーツ救命協会/Nyuwarudo awazu supotsu kyumei kyokai). Chono stated that he has had too many friends pass away at a young age, namely Shinya Hashimoto and Mitsuharu Misawa, and he is fully involved in educational activities and awareness in regards to athletic sports.
Chono also made mention that he is not fully retired, yet, from the business but he will continue to compete as he is able. He did not shoot down the idea of possibly celebrating his 40th anniversary in some capacity.
Pictured above: Keiji Mutoh, Masahiro Chono, and Daichi Hashimoto Below: Chono with his wife and daughter.
[All Japan News] Masahiro Chono, current adviser to AJPW, held a public press conference at the Aristrist Omotesando in Tokyo, Japan.
Chono instantly took after the current system/regime of how the promotion is being run at the moment. Chono came into the promotion early this year when Keiji Mutoh was still in charge and become an overseer to the many happening within the promotion. Then after the change in power happened in July, Chono has since remained in his position.
Chono mentioned the next big show on November 24 at the Nagano Big Hat and stated that Akebono vs. Doering for the Triple Crown should be seen as something more with the first time, in a long time, we are seeing two super heavyweights from foreign countries facing off. He also made not that they both bring completely different dynamics to the ring, Akebono with his unmatched size and Doering with his unmatched strength.
Chono has taken it upon himself to be the overseer of the foreign talent that are coming into the promotion and currently is looking at D-Lo Brown and Bambi Killer who have become regulars as of late. It has been said that Chono will be holding a meeting with these two before their scheduled 6 man tag, with Chono, and that he will be assessing their roles within the promotion. More or less he seems to be stating that he wants to see these two prove themselves as a real force in Japan. He stated that both men are good wrestlers, but he does not have time to waste on useless talent. Even with the current Triple Crown Champion in Akebono, he wants to see him prove himself as the champion. It does not matter that Akebono is a former Yokozuna, sumo grand champion, and that he wants to see him continue growing as a professional wrestler.
Chono then went on the address the problems with those who are in power behind-the-scenes. Not all the fault shall be laid upon the wrestlers at this time as they are going out and showcasing what they do best. More guys need to be given opportunities to show there true potential and more emphasis needs to be on challengers for the belts whether it be for the Triple Crown or even now with the GAORA belt making its return. Challengers need to be built and shown as worthy contenders. It is either now or never or nothing will change with the current position of the company.
The wrestlers themselves need to have more self-confidence in themselves and they need to work hard to be in the top position. But for the wrestlers themselves to actually care, the ones in charge need to care as well. If there is no reason to try with someone well then they might as well be completely useless. Chances need to happen to see a proper growth in the future.
————————————————————————————- This is not the firs time that Chono has mentioned that there needs to be changes, but today he came out with an intentional purpose of lighting a fire under All Japan. As it is clear that in terms of attendance and sales this is the worst that the promotion has seen in years, if ever. All Japan managed to rise following the split back in 2000 and Chono is clearly trying to see that the promotion can rise forth once more. I personally believe Chono is not wrong in mentioning his grievances publicly as it is pretty clear that things are not the best within the promotion at this time. Chono is pretty determined that he wants to see a complete reconstruction of the promotion and it is now up to those in charge of All Japan to either listen to what Chono is saying or not.
[AJPW Event Updates] All Japan Pro-Wrestling announced a couple more matches for the upcoming tour.
The first two will be in the form of title prelude matches on November 21, as the Junior Heavyweight Champion Yoshinobu Kanemaru will be teaming with Jun Akiyama to take on his next challenger in Kotaro Suzuki and Kento Miyahara. Kanemaru and Kotaro have faced off numerous times in the past and it should be noted that Kotaro’s one and only GHC Jr. title reign can after he defeated Kanemaru. Will Kanemaru continue on as the defending champion, or will fate once again be on Kotaro’s side?
Newly crowned Triple Crown Champion Akebono will also be in a a prelude match as he teams with Takao Omori as they take on the current reigning World Tag Champions in Joe Doering and Suwama. Doering have proven in the past that he can outpower the big man, but Akebono has turned over a new leaf since joining All Japan full-time and seemingly become the Triple Crown late last month.
Then lastly a special 6 man tag match has been added to the bigger show in Nagano, Japan on the 24th as Masahiro Chono will be teaming with D-Lo Brown and Bambi Killer as they take on Go Shiozaki, Kento Miyahara and Atsushi Aoki. Masahiro Chono has kind of put himself in charge of the gaijin talent competing in All Japan and it appears as a even more physical role as well as he is putting himself in active competition.
Below is the updated event cards…
All Japan Pro-Wrestling “2013 Oudou Renaissance”, 11/21/2013 [Thu] 19:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
Newly Announced: (-) World Junior Heavyweight Prelude Tag Match: Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Jun Akiyama vs. Kotaro Suzuki & Kento Miyahara (-) Triple Crown Heavyweight Prelude Tag Match: Akebono & Takao Omori vs. Joe Doering & Suwama
Previously Announced: (-) Go Shiozaki & KENSO vs. D-Lo Brown & Bambi Killer
—————————————————————————————- All Japan Pro-Wrestling “2013 Oudou Renaissance”, 11/24/2013 [Sun] 15:00 @ Big Hat in Nagano
Newly Announced: (-) Special 6 Man Tag Match: Go Shiozaki, Kento Miyahara & Atsushi Aoki vs. Masahiro Chono, D-Lo Brown & Bambi Killer
Previously Announced: (-) World Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [35th Champion] Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. [7th Challenger] Kotaro Suzuki
(-) Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship Match: [47 Champion] Akebono vs. [1st Challenger] Joe Doering
Masahiro Chono, current adviser in All Japan, announced a special tag match that will be on the Ryogoku Kokugikan show on October 27th as ZERO1’s reining World Heavyweight Champion James Raideen will be coming into the promotion to team with Joe Doering to take on D-Lo Brown and BambiKiller (Chris Raaber). The match is being billed as a super heavyweight gaikokjin tag showdown. Masahiro Chono stated that he is opening the doors for more foreign talent to come into the promotion and he sees a potential in the 2w year old Raideen, and is interested in seeing what will come about between these big men. He then further added that he is looking towards all foreign players, regardless of what promotion they are in/from, in order to build the future in the ring outsiders will have to come into the All Japan. Chono aims to help build towards the establishment of a framework for outsiders. Kento Miyahara being one of the first as he went freelance from his home of Kensuke Sasaki/DIAMOND RING/Kensuke Office, but Chono is recommending that an “open concept” is built upon.
Below is the updated card for the Ryogoku show on 10.27…
All Japan Pro-Wrestling “ANNIVERSARY TOUR 2013″, 10/27/2013 [Sun] 16:00 @ Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo
() Joe Doering & James Raideen vs. D-Lo Brown & BambiKiller
() Asia Tag Championship Match: [Champions] “Burning” Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Aoki vs. [Challengers] “Team Drift” Shigehiro Irie & Keisuke Ishii ~ 4th title defense.
() Triple Crown Championship Match: [46th Champion] Suwama vs. [Challenger / 2013 Oudou Tournament Winner] Akebono ~ 3rd title defense.
My opinion: I don’t know about anyone else, but I find it funny that Keiji Mutoh was not allowed to showcase women’s wrestling on All Japan shows. But now since he is doing so on WRESTLE-1 shows that All Japan is now going to do it themselves. Just horribly funny in so many ways.
Then to add on to what Chono was saying, Kento Miyahara went freelance to compete in All Japan, and a few other wrestlers who are competing in the promotion are not from “larger promotions”. But it seems that is changing up now as DDT is allowing Shigehiro Irie and Keisuke Ishii to compete in the promotion. Hikaru Sato is technically freelance under Pancrase MISSION name, just to point that out. It clearly seems though that some changes are definitely going to be made unlike let’s say what was said previously when Nobuo Shiraishi was initially in charge.
[All Japan Update] Masahiro Chono held a public press conference to state that he wants to face Nobuo Shiraishi, All Japan’s new president, in a tag match on August 25th.
After seeing the announced event card for the show Chono said that he wants to show Shiraishi what it means to be a pro wrestler. There is no hiding what has happened in the last couple of months in All Japan, but Shiraishi is now looking to reform the promotion to something new.
Chono requested that aforementioned singles match between Joe Doering and KENSO to be changed to Chono & Doering vs. KENSO & Shiraishi.
Chono has left it in Shiraishi’s hands to make the call for the match to happen or not.
[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.
[All Japan News] All Japan held a press conference for the upcoming Korakuen Hall show on February 23.
Everyone involved in the 5 All Japan vs. Burning singles matches that are set to headline the show were on hand for the press conference. The World Tag Team Champions Takao Omori & Manabu Soya, the World Junior Champion Shuji Kondo, Hiroshi Yamato and Kaz Hayashi from All Japan then Jun Akiyama, Go Shiozaki, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Kotaro Suzuki and Atsushi Aoki who make up Burning.
Akiyama, Kanemaru and Kotaro Suzuki have already been competing for All Japan for the last month and have had endless heated battles against Takao Omori, Manabu Soya and Shuji Kondo during this short time. February 23 will see the All Japan debut of Go Shiozaki and the first match of Atsushi Aoki since the split from Pro Wrestling NOAH and the formation of Burning.
Shuji Kondo specifically stated that he wants to see All Japan clinch the 5-0 victory over Burning and as well as defend his World Junior belt. Yoshinobu Kanemaru on the other hand is aiming to claim the belt and carry the momentum for Burning.
Jun Akiyama and Takao Omori are far from strangers and the two have been at the center of the Burning invasion. The two will meet in singles action for the first time since the formation of the new Burning. This singles match will also be a prelude to the World Tag match that will be held on March 17. Which speaking of which the other two involved in that World Tag match in Manabu Soya and Go Shiozaki will also be in singles competition. Manabu prides himself in being one of the strongest wrestlers in All Japan, let alone in Japan, and the wild man will be seeking to put Shiozaki out with the Wild Bomber. Shiozaki on the other hand uses a Lariat as one of his main moves and he has stated that he will show the strength of Burning.
The President of All Japan, Masayuki Uchida, closed out the press event by urging that All Japan work together and carry the momentum for each wrestler from match to match.
Masahiro Chono, All Japan’s adviser, has also been announced to be at the show.
Below is the full card for the upcoming show.
All Japan Pro-Wrestling “2013 Excite Series”, 2/23/2013 [Sat] 18:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(1) Masanobu Fuchi & Andy Woo vs. Tomoaki Honma & Kazushi Miyamoto (2) KENSO & Reid Flair vs. Yutaka Yoshie & SUSHI
(3) GAORA TV Championship Prelude Tag Match: Seiya Sanada & Yasufumi Nakanoueno vs. Masayuki Kono & Minoru Tanaka (4) Triple Crown Prelude Elimination Tag Match: Masakatsu Funaki, Akebono, Ryota Hama & Koji Kanemoto vs. Suwama, Joe Doering, Hikaru Sato & MAZADA
(5) All Japan Pro-Wrestling vs Burning 5 Big Singles Match Series: Hiroshi Yamato vs. Atsushi Aoki (6) All Japan Pro-Wrestling vs Burning 5 Big Singles Match Series: Kaz Hayashi vs. Kotaro Suzuki (7) All Japan Pro-Wrestling vs Burning 5 Big Singles Match Series: Manabu Soya vs. Go Shiozaki (8) All Japan Pro-Wrestling vs Burning 5 Big Singles Match Series: Takao Omori vs. Jun Akiyama
(9) All Japan Pro-Wrestling vs Burning 5 Big Singles Match Series ~ World Junior Heavy Championship Match: [34th Champion] Shuji Kondo vs. [Challenger] Yoshinobu Kanemaru ~ 1st Defense.
[All Japan News] Masahiro Chono called for a press conference today in the All Japan office to announce that he will indeed be participating on the 1.26 show, since becoming an adviser for the promotion last week.
Chono announced that the match will be a 6 man tag as he teams with “Last Revolution” Suwama & Joe Doering to take on the team of Takao Omori, Ryota Hama and Yasufumi Nakanoueno, who original called for this match against Chono.
Last year Chono made his intentions known that he wanted to work with Suwama in some capacity, but Suwama pushed Chono away from being in any connection with him. It seems Chono is taking charge in putting himself along side Suwama to try and make something happen between the two, but Chono’s real intentions are not known at this time. Could we see a new faction formed in All Japan? That kind of is Chono’s specialty after all. All Japan in 2013 will be known as “BASIC & DYNAMIC” with Chono aiming to reach All Japan out to a broader audience, and right now Chono is focusing on the 1.26 super show in Ota City to be nothing more than a success.
Below is the updated card for the show for January 26th.
All Japan Pro-Wrestling “2013 New Year Shining Series”, 1/26/2013 [Sat] 12:00 @ Ota City General Gymnasium
Newly Announced: (-) Special 6 Man Tag Match: Takao Omori, Ryota Hama & Yasufumi Nakanoueno vs. Masahiro Chono, Suwama & Joe Doering
(-) Asia Tag Championship Match: [89th Champions] “Junior Stars” Minoru Tanaka & Koji Kanemoto vs. [Challengers] “Baka Hentai Tag” Hiroshi Yamato & Hikaru Sato ~ 3rd Defense.
(-) BJW World Strong Heavy Championship Match: [2nd Champion] Manabu Soya vs. [Challenger] Yoshihito Sasaki ~ 1st Defense.
(-) Special Tag Match: Keiji Mutoh & Ric Flair vs. Tatsumi Fujinami [DRADITION] & Seiya Sanada
[All Japan News] A press conference was held today to officially announce Funaki vs. Akebono for January 26th, as well as announce Nakanoueno’s intentions to face Masahiro Chono at the show.
Akebono won the right to face Funaki after defeating Joe Doering on the show on January 3rd and is looking forward to finally facing off against Funaki in a 1 on 1 match. Akebono says that it is indeed a dream match of his to face Funaki and he is eager for the match let alone for the Triple Crown to be on the line. This will be a completely different stye defense for Funaki. He normally aims to go for his new Hybrid Blaster to get the job done in his matches, but being how he gives up 100kg to Akebono he will have to rely on his speed and his ever deadly high head kick. Funaki said that he will concentrate on the match at hand and aim to remain champion.
Yasufumi Nakanoueno announced that he wants to face Masahiro Chono on the January 26th show. Following the actions of Chono from the show on Jan. 3rd, Yasufumi is looking to get some revenge over the slap that Chono gave to the President of All Japan, Masayuki Uchida. Chono has officialy signed on as an adviser to All Japan, but has not signed on to be an active competitor yet. Chono though said that he would like to make a bid to compete on the show, and that was the opening that Yasufumi needed to try and take that spot. Yasufumi said if he is indeed given the opportunity he will do his best not only for himself but or Uchida as well.
Also announced for the show is two more title matches. First being Manabu Soya defending his recently won BJW World Strong Heavy belt against the man he beat for it in Yoshihito Sasaki. Manabu defeated Yoshihito on January 2nd for the very belt and already has a number of challengers lined up to face, but Yoshihito wants to enact his rematch clause first.
Then the Asia Tag belts will be on the line as Minoru & Kanemoto will be defending them against the team of Hiroshi Yamato & Hikaru Sato. Yamato & Sato are far from strangers in being both bitter enemies and teammates in the past. It is nothing but physically love between the two and it is almost guaranteed that one of the two will end up with a hard slap to the face before they leave the building.
Below is the updated card for the show.
All Japan Pro-Wrestling “2013 New Year Shining Series”, 1/26/2013 [Sat] 12:00 @ Ota City General Gymnasium
Newly Announced: (-) Asia Tag Championship Match: [89th Champions] “Junior Stars” Minoru Tanaka & Koji Kanemoto vs. [Challengers] “Baka Hentai Tag” Hiroshi Yamato & Hikaru Sato ~ 3rd Defense.
(-) BJW World Strong Heavy Championship Match: [2nd Champion] Manabu Soya vs. [Challenger] Yoshihito Sasaki ~ 1st Defense.
Previously Announced: (-) Special Tag Match: Keiji Mutoh & Ric Flair vs. Tatsumi Fujinami [DRADITION] & Seiya Sanada
A press conference was held between Tatsuhito Takaiwa  and Masahiro Chono  to announce that Chono will be in full support for Takaiwa’s 20th Anniversary performance, as Takaiwa debuted in 1992. Masahiro Chono will be the main presenter and overseer for the show and he hopes that the show will be a success and that the money gathered could be used to continue helping those who need it. Tatsuhito Takaiwa got his start in the Summer of 1992 and spent most of his early career competing under NJPW until he he left with Shinya Hashimoto to help start up Pro Wrestling ZERO1, aka ZERO-ONE, in 2001. Takaiwa is grateful for opportunity to celebrate his career and is looking forward to the success of the show. Takaiwa has recently been competing more and more and has found a new sense of energy to compete. With that has also comes the news that he is aiming to once again lay claim to a major junior heavyweight championship. Takaiwa list of accomplish range as he is a former 2 time GHC Jr. Heavyweight Champion in NOAH. A former BOSJ winner, 2 time Jr. Tag Champion, and a former IWGP Jr. Champion in NJPW. He is also a 2 time winner of the Tenkaichi Jr. Tournament (2004,2008) as well as AWA and NWA sanctioned Junior belts in ZERO1.
Great East Japan EarthquakeReconstruction & Oyamadai Charity Event ~ OyamadaiFight!, 12/2/2012 [Sun] 14:00 @ Oyamadai Area Gymnasium
[LEGEND News] Yukio Sakaguchi , who is the eldest son of Seiji Sakaguchi, will be teaming with Tatsumi Fujinami & Riki Choshu as they take on Masahiro Chono, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Jushin Thunder Liger on January 13, 2013 as LEGEND has a show at the Korakuen Hall.
Yukio has spent most of his life as a MMA fighter and was never aspiring to be a professional wrestler like his father, but it seems he is more interested now in the pro wrestling side of things. Yukio has recently competed in DDT for a couple show since August.
[Weekend Recap for September 24, 2012Vol. 3] A look back of the bigger moments that went down among major promotions in Japan this last weekend from 9/22 to 9/23. We are back on the normal weekend schedule and there is definitely a few points to talk about following this weekends shows. Most notably with both New Japan and All Japan had big shows on Sunday (9/23) with plenty of hype and attention placed upon the IWGP Heavy and Triple Crown Championship matches that were scheduled. ————————————————————————————————————————- [New Japan] New Japan was in full swing in this last week to build up the DESTRUCTION show and the show seemed to have been an early success for NJPW. Hiroshi Tanahashi successfully defended the IWGP Heavyweight belt against Naomichi Marufuji to cap off the night and now has a new contender in Minoru Suzuki. Tana and MiSu have previously faced off early this year at Wrestle Kingdom VI. Tanahashi walked out as champion that night, but MiSu was able to pick up the pinfall over Tanahashi during the G1 CLIMAX on August 8th. Just like Marufuji did a couple nights prior when he beat Tanahashi, Suzuki as well called out Tanahashi for a shot at the belt.
~ Speaking of wanting a shot at a belt, Hirooki Goto has his eyes set on reclaiming the IWGP Intercontinental belt from Shinsuke Nakamura after pinning Okada at the 9/23 show. We could see a title match set as early as KING OF PRO WRESTLING on October 8.
~ Karl Anderson still has his eyes set on beating Okada for right to face the IWGP Heavyweight Champion at the Tokyo Dome on January 4. ~ Yujiro Takahashi attacked Tetsuya Naito, mainly Naito’s injured right knee, after their scheduled tag match on 9/23, leaving Naito having to be carried to the back by Anderson & Goto. Naito has had a severe injury to the knee since the G1 CLIMAX and the attack from Yujiro did not help the matter. Nothing official has been released in regards to the severity of the injury, but Naito could be on his way out for a while to recuperate his injured knee.
~ Low Ki has appointed himself the next contender for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight title on 9/23. The former champion looks to have his rematch set following his lose of the belt to Ibushi back on 7/29.
~ Lance Archer and Harry Smith continue to stand tall over the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Champions, Tenzan & Kojima, we should expect a title match to be made official soon.
~ KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley picked up the win on 7/23 after KUSHIDA pinned 1/2 of the current IWGP Jr. Tag champions in Alex Koslov. They also finally gave a name to their team as “TIME SPLITTERS”. The TIME SPLITTERS are looking to claim the belts from the FOREVER HOOLIGANS, Romero & Koslov.
~ One match has been set in stone for the KING OF PRO WRESTLING event on October 8 as Togi Makabe & Wataru Inoue will be taking on Kazushi Sakuraba & Katsuyori Shibata. After the udder killing of Hiromu Takahashi in the New Japan ring by Shibata & Sakura, Makabe & Inoue are hoping that their strength together can bring the fight that the invading team wants.
————————————————————————————————————————- [All Japan] Maskatsu Funaki successfully defended the Triple Crown Championship against Suwama on 9/23. After a 27+ minute match, Funaki was finally able to take the match in his favor and drop Suwama head first into the mat with the Hybrid Blaster. This match was a complete 180 from Funaki’s match with Jun Akiyama which only lasted for under 5 mins. For Funaki to prove that he can withstand a long and lengthy match holds much in his favor. Suwama left the ring and was helped out by Masahiro Chono. Could there be something in the works between these two? Definitely an interesting moment. ~ Takao Omori made the bid to be the next challenger for Funaki’s belt.
~ Speaking of Takao Omori, him and Manabu Soya successfully retained the World Tag belts over Joe Doering and Zodiac. Doering and Zodiac proved to be a strong team going into the event, but were unable to beat the champions. Joe Doering snapped after the match, much like he did in late July, and attacked everyone before including his own partner Zodiac. Doering smashed Zodiac with a lariat and then the Revolution Bomb. Joe has not stated any reason for his loss of temper as of late, but it will be hard to see him find a new partner as if they lose they will surely meet his wrath. What’s next for Joe as well as Zodiac?
~ The finals for the All Asian Tag Championship Decision Tournament will be held on 10/21, and the match will see "Junior Stars" Koji Kanemoto & Minoru Tanaka vs. "Tumeric Storm" Tomoaki Honma & Kazushi Miyamoto to crown the new champions. ————————————————————————————————————————- [NOAH] Following a surprise attack from Kohei Sato to Naomichi Marufuji at NOAH’s show on 9/22. Marufuji asked for an apology from ZERO1’s Shinjiro Otani, as Marufuji thought he was friends with the guys there after working on several shows. Or I should say, he thought he was building a strong relationship for both ZERO1 & NOAH. But that brings us to today as Shinjiro Otani has sent out a message for the actions of Sato. Otani said that he was surprised by the actions of Kohei, but it seems that the feelings could not be suppressed any longer. Otani then proceeded to throw gasoline onto the fire and said that “ZERO1” is more or less ready to bring the fight to NOAH. Otani “I will swallow NOAH whole with one shot!”.
Talk about the heel turn moment, but I know most people are familiar with the outside promotions usually coming in as the heels, but the NOAH/ZERO1 relationship going on so far seemed to be more beneficial. Now there is a giant rift in place amongst the two promotions. Whatever will be coming next will be interesting to see.
~ Taiji Ishimori & Atsushi Kotoge made it through 9 other teams to be crowned the 2012 NTV G+ Cup Contention Junior Heavy Tag League Champions. With their win they have earned the right to face the reigning champions Super Crazy & Ricky Marvin on October 8.
~ On 9/22 we saw/heard/read Jun Akiyama take advantage of an injured Takeshi Morishima by making the reigning champion tap to an elevated Boston Crab. It is never a good thing to see the champion lose a match, but to tap a “rookie killer move” like a Boston Crab just adds to the humiliation.
Morishima and Akiyama will meet one on one for the GHC Heavyweight belt on October 8. Will Morishima be able to rectify this lose against Akiyama, or will Akiyama prove that he has something to prove after his quick lose to Masakatsu Funaki?
~ Also announced for the upcoming show on October 8 will see the GHC Heavy tag titles on the line as TNA’s Samoa Joe & Brutus Magnus take on NO MERCY members KENTA & Maybach Taniguchi.
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[All Japan Update] Kevin Nash and Keiji Mutoh had a special meet up today in Japan to promote Nash’s movie “Monster Brawl” as well as a small press conference for tomorrow’s big upcoming show. Nash had some positive words for the new generation, he pointed out SUSHI (Akira Raijin/KIYOSHI in the TNA) as someone he has seen work many times in TNA and in Canada as well as Seiya Sanada by saying that he shows a strong future in the business.
Nash and Mutoh both respectively were apart of the biggest revolutions in the wrestling business in the 90’s and that it is an honor for him to join his friend tomorrow for the Yokohama show.