[ZERO1 News/Card Updates] ZERO1 announced the full card for their first show of 2013 as well as two upcoming title matches.
On December 29th, James Raideen will be defending the NWA UN Heavyweight belt against Will Gibson. The New Zealand native Raideen has had a strong year for himself since officially joining ZERO1 this year and it was all capped off when he won the UN Heavy belt. Raideen will be putting his title on the line against the Australia native Will Gibson in what should be a clash of power.
Gibson said that he has been training non-stop and has nothing but confidence in his upcoming title opportunity.
Moving on the first ZERO1 show of 2013 will see Ikuto Hidaka getting another opportunity against Sugawara’s double title reign. Sugawara currently holds all the junior belts in ZERO1, including the Jr. Tag, and Hidaka is looking to kick off the new year right, for himself, by reclaiming a title for his own.
Also announced for the first 2013 show is a big singles match for Daichi Hashimoto as he will be going up against, the former Yokozuna, Akebono. Daichi was called the top newcomer in Japan for 2012 and with the new year he is looking for a rebirth in a way. Following this match he will make his debut for New Japan Pro Wrestling and for the first time as well in the Tokyo Dome on January 4th. Daichi previously stated they he wants to begin his push up to heavyweight status as well that he has his eyes set on facing off for the UN Heavyweight belt sooner than later.
Below are the cards for the last shows of 2012 and the full card for the New Years Day show.
ZERO1 “Coast Pro-Wrestling ~Chapter 11~”, 12/22/2012 [Sat] 14:00 @ TAKESHIBA Colosseum (ZERO1 Dojo)
(1) Ikuto Hidaka & Bikuma vs. Mineo Fujita & Yuki Sato
(2) Kohei Sato vs. Travis Banks
(3) Ryoji Sai, Shito Ueda & Daichi Hashimoto vs. KAMIKAZE, Yusaku Obata & Yoshikazu Yokoyama
(4) Shinjiro Otani & James Raideen vs. Masato Tanaka & Will Gibson
ZERO1 “Coast Pro-Wrestling ~Chapter 12~”, 12/23/2012 [Sun] 14:00 @ TAKESHIBA Colosseum (ZERO1 Dojo)
(1) Ikuto Hidaka & Bikuma vs. Takuya Sugawara & Travis Banks
(2) Daichi Hashimoto & Jo Kyungho vs. Yoshikazu Yokoyama & Hayato Mashita
(3) 10 Man Lottery Tag Match:
Participants: Shinjiro Otani, Masato Tanaka, Kohei Sato, KAMIKAZE, Shito Ueda, Yusaku Obata, Jamese Raideen, Will Gibson & Craig Classic
ZERO1 “Wrestler’s”, 12/29/2012 [Sat] 13:00 @ Lazona Kawasaki Plazasol
(1) Bikuma vs. Jo Kyungho
(2) Ikuto Hidaka & Craig Classic vs. Mineo Fujita & Travis Banks
(3) KAMIKAZE & Kazuhiko Matsuzaki vs. Ryoji Sai & Yoshikazu Yokoyama
(4) Kohei Sato vs. Yoshikazu Yokoyama
(5) NWA UN Heavyweight Championship Match: [Champion] James Raideen vs. [Challenger] Will Gibson
(6) Shinjiro Otani & Daichi Hashimoto vs. Masato Tanaka & Yusaku Obata
ZERO1 “Happy New Year”, 1/1/2013 [Tue] 14:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(1) Special Exhibition Match: Dragon George vs. Gokiburi Mask
(2) Yoshikazu Yokoyama vs. Hayato Mashita
(3) Yuhi vs. Meiko Satomura
(4) Mineo Fujita, Yuki Sato & Travis Banks vs. Craig Cassic, Bikuma & Jo Kyungho
(5) Kohei Sato, KAMIKAZE, Ryoji Sai & Onryo vs. Yusaku Obata, Shito Ueda, Will Gibson & Jesse Williams
(6) International Jr. & NWA World Junior Championship Match: [Champion] Takuya Sugawara vs. [Challenger] Ikuto Hidaka
(7) Special Single Match: Daichi Hashimoto vs. Akebono
(8) Shinjiro Otani & Masato Tanaka vs. James Raideen & Daisuke Sekimoto