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All Japan, NOAH and New Japan all held big shows this weekend. This will be a big rundown with the 3 big shows, but I will try my best to cover the major happenings.
AJP held a big show on Sunday (10/7) to kick off their 40th Anniversary Tour.
Among the biggest headlines from the show is Seiya Sanada becoming the first ever GAORA TV Champion after defeating Yasufumi Nakanoueno in the final match.
Yes you heard that right Yasufumi, the young talent has finally began to rack up some wins as of late. He has been gaining quite a following as well with people cheering for him to do his best, and when he picked up the win over Miyamoto earlier in the night, regardless of the beating he took, he got fan support.
Keiji Mutoh has said that Sanada and Yasufumi are the future of All Japan, so it will be interesting to see how far they go in the years to come.
SUSHI has once again found himself on the losing end of Aegyptus Aerial. The two mummies of All Japan have proven to be a cohesive unit and it has come at the expense of SUSHI and his tamago’s on his mask.
It might all seem to be a lost cause for SUSHI, but the last thing he said after his loss is that he will bring a “large” partner of his own next time.
The battle between Suwama and Joe Doering has become very heated on Sunday. Doering has painted a big target on anyone that is before him, and Suwama has become that very target. The two will meet one on one on October 21.
Masahiro Chono has stated that he is looking to back Suwama ever since his loss to Masakatsu Funaki on September 23. Chono walked out with Suwama that night and it seemed an alliance was formed. Though at the show on October 7th, Suwama walked away without a word.
Suwama stated that his only goal is to reclaim the Triple Crown, but Doering is standing in his way at this time. The upcoming singles match could set either men up for a few title shot.
Though the bigger question shall remain to what will come between Chono and Suwama?
Scott Norton will be competing in All Japan for the entire month of shows in October, and Sunday’s show saw the big man back in the ring with a win to start off the tour right.
After the match, Chono joined Norton and Mutoh in the ring and it was yet again another nWo reunion, much like when Kevin Nash was in All Japan a couple weeks back.
Hiroshi Yamato survived a grueling match against DDT’s Kenny Omega on Sunday, and even lost a tooth in the process. If there was ever a doubt in someone’s mind that Yamato was not a fighting champion I think he has proved the doubters wrong.
No one stepped up against Yamato after his win, but Yamato announced that himself and Shuji Kondo will be aiming to claim NOAH’s GHC Jr. Tag belts.
Kondo and Yamato have proven to be a strong team when they have competed in NOAH, and with Kondo recently winning the GHC Jr. (singles) belt. Yamato & Kondo are looking to take even more from NOAH.
Takao Omori and Masakatsu Funaki will meet one on one for the Triple Crown Championship on October 21. Though last Sunday they both met in the start of the 40th Anniversary Tour in a Triple Crown Prelude match. Omori and Funaki went back and forth the entire match with both men going for their big moves early on. Omori would deliver the Axe Guillotine Driver and the Axe Bomber, but being the tag setting Funaki would be saved. Funaki and Omori would spill to the outside and would pretty much remain there for the rest of the match.
Kono and Soya would battle the most after this with Kono getting the win after the Giant Knee Drop from the top rope.
All Japan will be building up to the show on October 21 that is coming up in less than 2 weeks.
NOAH came out 3 to 2 in the NOAH vs. ZERO1 feud, but regardless of the outcomes it seems the war is still only beginning.
NOAH announced the participants for the GLOBAL LEAGUE WAR 2012 and it will be taking place from November 3 to November 23.
Kotaro Suzuki and Atsushi Aoki came out the victors over Ikuto Hidaka and Craig Classic, but there is obviously more to come from Kotaro and Hidaka.
Super Crazy and Ricky Marvin successfully defended the GHC Junior Tag Team Championship against the junior tag league winners Taiji Ishimori and Atsushi Kotoge.
During the backstage interview, Marvin and Crazy said they will both be heading to Mexico. Whether the titles will be defended there is unknown, but it was hinted at.
KENTA finally got his hands a heavyweight championship after himself and fellow NO MERCY teammate Maybach Taniguchi beat TNA’s Samoa Joe and Brutus Magnus after a 16+ minute match.
After the match Go Shiozaki and Akitoshi Saito appeared and challenged the new champions. It has been a long time coming for KENTA to finally get his hands on a heavyweight caliber belt and you can bet that he will not let himself or Maybach fall easily.
Kohei Sato attacked Morishima after the match and dropped the champion with a German Suplex. Sato has stated more than once that he once a shot at the GHC Heavyweight belt, and he has definitely gotten the attention of the champion.
Morishima said in the post match interview that he knows that the GLOBAL LEAGUE will be happening in November, but he wants to face in Sato before the tournament. NOAH has a pretty standard tour this month with them holding a show on 10/27 at the Korakuen. We could very well see a title defense there is Morishima is serious about facing Sato before the upcoming tournament.
————————————————————————————————————————- [NJPW] Manabu Nakanishi returned to the ring after spending 16+ months out due to a neck injury. Nakanishi would end up falling to Toru Yano in his return match, but he is looking to get stronger and also reform the “Muscle Orchestra” team with Strongman.
The Forever Hooligans picked up the win over the Time Splitters and still aim to remain as champions “FOREVER!”.
No other team has been announced as the next contenders, but New Japan will be holding their Junior Tag League starting on October 21.
Low Ki was able to regain his the Jr. Heavy belt against Kota Ibushi at the KoPW event. After a 17+ minute match Low Ki would walk out the victor after an Avalanche (Top Rope) KiKrusher to the reigning champion.
Low Ki was also met with his first challenger in the returning Prince Devitt. Devitt has been away in his home in Ireland after competing in Mexico and is looking to pick up in NJPW where he left off.
Kota Ibushi stated in the backstage interview that he has no idea what has been going wrong, whether it is his changing of his style or what? He was successful against Kenny Omega in August at the Budokan, but since he has not been able so successful. Ibushi stated that he will not give up though and will be aiming for a rematch.
Lance Archer and Davey Boy Smith Jr. have been crowned the new IWGP Tag Team Champions after an almost 13 minute match against Satoshi Kojima and Hiroyoshi Tenzan. Archer and Smith, Killer Elite Squad /K.E.S., have proven to be a strong team as of late and they proven themselves to be the team to beat after taking down one of the more popular tag teams in Japan today.
K.E.S. stated that Suzuki-gun is #1 and they will continue to win in the future.
No teams have stepped up against the new champions, but NJPW will be holding their “Heavyweight’ Tag League in November.
Yujiro Takahashi more or less dominated his match against Tetsuya Naito. In a little less than 6 minutes, Yujiro controlled most of the match and systematically took Naito’s injured right knee apart piece by piece. Naito has been suffering from an injured knee since the G1 CLIMAX in August and after his match against Yujiro things are not looking well for Naito. The referee had to stop the match because Naito would have suffered even more damage if the match would continue. After the match Yujiro took a chair to Naito’s knee then told Naito that he should just retire. That Naito can no longer wrestle, as his knees are too weak for him to compete. Naito was carried out of the ring via stretcher, and we will just have to wait and see what comes now.
Kazushi Sakuraba and Katsuyori Shibata continue on with their domination of New Japan. After the destruction of Hiromu Takahashi, Saku and Shibata took the fight to Makabe and Inoue and came out the victors.
Up next it seems Togi Makabe is looking for a singles match against Sakuraba and the early sign seems to be pointing that it could very well be happening.
Kazuchika Okada once again proved to be the better over Karl Anderson and continues on with his right to face the champion at Wrestle Kingdom on 1/4/2013.
After a 16+ minute match, Okada won with the Rainmaker and sealed the fate of Anderson.
Up next for Okada seems to be Hirooki Goto as Okada aims to gain back his loses from the G1 CLIMAX. Goto managed to beat Okada on the G1 8/10 show and that loss is not going to sit well with Okada who looks to be going into Wrestle Kingdom.
During the backstage interview Anderson was asked what was next for him, and he said that he will be aiming to go after Nakamura and the the IWGP Intercontinental title.
Speaking of the IWGP IC title, Nakamura successfully retained against Hirooki Goto after a 15+ minute match.
Nakamura is looking to carry his “white” belt proudly and is looking to raise the value of the belt. He mentioned to the backstage reporters that he is looking for challengers from all over the world. He also took note of Anderson wanting to make a bid for the IC belt, but he also noted that Anderson keeps losing to Okada.
The main event of the KING OF PRO-WRESTLING show saw Hiroshi Tanahashi retaining against Minoru Suzuki in a close to 30 minute match. The match shows to be very physical between the two and went back and forth multiple times. After the match, Yujiro Takahashi appeared and called out Tanahashi for the next title match. Which could very well take place on Novemeber 11 at Osaka. Yujiro picked up the victory over Tanahashi a few weeks back and set himself up for a future title shot, and after the ruthless attacks on Naito, Tanahashi may very well have a threat on his hands.
I think that just above covers all the big happenings, and I am sorry for the length of the post, but there was quite a bit to mention and cover. Next weekend will be a little on the lighter side other than TAKA’s 20th Anniversary show, which I can think of off the top of my head.
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