[LEGEND News] A press conference was held for LEGEND THE PRO-WRESTLING with Tatsumi Fujinami, First Tiger Mask and Riki Choshu, as an announcement was made that Fujinami and Choshu will meet in singles competition on July 14th. They will also meet in a tag match just a few days before their singles match on July 12th, as Fujnami teams with Hiro Saito to take on Choshu and AKIRA. Fujinami and Choshu have a rival history dating back all the way to the 80’s and it seems that this next meeting could very well be touted as their final singles encounter? Though if we know anything with wrestling, don’t ever count anything out. It has been near a year and a half since both men have had a singles match, with both looking forward to the meeting, as well as aiming to do their best.
Tiger Mask is continuing to improve his physical condition and hopes to be near perfect condition by the time of the shows in July. No matches have been determined for Tiger at this time.
[ZERO1 News] Pro Wrestling ZERO1 held a press conference to announce some of the matches that will be headlining the upcoming Yasukuni Shrine show on March 31.
Among the announced matches was also the main event which will see Shinjiro Otani and Masato Tanaka teaming with a pro-wrestling legend in Riki Choshu. They will be taking on the team of Akebono, James Raideen and Zeus. Otani spent much of his early career watching Riki Choshu compete and he feels that by adding a wrestler of his caliber to the match will truly be an honor for pro wrestling.
James Raideen said that he is honored to be apart of the Yasukuni Shrine show this year and it will be a dream to compete in the match. Raideen’s goal is to learn from every match and he will be studying much from Choshu and even from his own tag partner in Akebono.
Also announced is that Kohei Sato will be facing off against Ikuto Hidaka. Hidaka is aware of the size he is giving up to Sato, but there is much that the two can accomplish in the ring with their own styles. Hidaka is grateful for the match and the chance to make this his dedication to pro wrestling. He is ready to stand in the ring against Sato.
Yoshikazu Yokoyama will be taking on Real Japan’s Hayato Mashita, once again, in the ZERO1 ring. These two last faced off earlier this year with Yokoyama emerging the victor. Mashita has been preparing himself for an inevitable rematch and he hopes to prove himself as a true disciple of The First Tiger Mask (Satoru Sayama).
As previously mentioned, Daichi Hashimoto is expected to return for the show, but due to the injury he sustained it is unclear if he will be able to compete at this time. It would be irresponsible to list him on the show at this time, Otani said.
ZERO1 “10th Annual Dedication Pro-Wrestling Memorial Event ~ Yamato Shinshu Chikara Festival”, 3/31/2013 [Sun] 13:00 @ Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo
(-) Single Match: Yoshikazu Yokoyama vs. Hayato Mashita [RJPW] (-) 6 Man Tag Match: Takuya Sugawara, Mineo Fujita & Yuki Sato [K-DOJO] vs. Craig Classic, Jack Anthony & Jason New (-) Single Match: Kohei Sato vs. Ikuto Hidaka (-) Dedication Pro-Wrestling Memorial Match: Shinjiro Otani, Masato Tanaka & Riki Choshu vs. Akebono, James Raideen & Zeus
~ 2-3 more matches are expected to be announced for the show.
[DRADITION News] A press conference was held for DRADITION to announce that they will be holding a show on May 29, as well two of the matches that will be held on the show.
Fujinami, Tiger Mask, Funaki and AKIRA were on hand for the press conference. Fujinami started off by saying that this is the first step for himself to make a new impact, something exciting, and that is why he chose Funaki as one of his opponents. Fujinami is familiar with Funaki from watching over him in practice in the mid-1980’s and up until Funaki left to MMA. Funaki has sense made himself a name in Japan from his time in MMA and now being the reigning All Japan Triple Crown Champion.
Because of their connection when Funaki was starting out, Funaki feels that this match has a pretty special feeling already for himself, and hopefully for the fans as well.
There was also mention that Tatsumi Fujinami’s eldest son, Leona Fujinami , could “potentially” be making his debut on the show.
Below you can see all that has been announced at this time.
DRADITION “Return to the Origin ~ BATTLE NEW VIBRATION 2013”, 5/29/2013 [Wed] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
Announced Matches: (-) Riki Choshu & Yukio Sakaguchi vs. Daisuke Sekimoto [BJW] & Kazuki Hashimoto [BJW] (-) Tatsumi Fujinami & The First Tiger Mask [RJPW] vs. Masakatsu Funaki [AJP] & AKIRA [WNC]
~ Announced to be competing: TAJIRI, Hiro Saito, Mitsuya Nagai, Bear Fukuda, Noboyuki Kurashima, Gran Hamada, Alexander Otsuka, Akitoshi Saito, Tomoaki Honma, Kazushi Miyamoto, MAZADA, NOSAWA Rongai, Shinya Ishikawa, MAX Miyazawa…
[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.
[Real Japan News] The Original Tiger Mask and Atsushi Onita will finally meet one on one in the Real Japan ring on June 20th. The match has been decided upon for a while and has been building up for much of this year already, but one of the major factors of this match is that it has come down to a Deathmatch in the RJPW. Which is something that Tiger never built Real Japan to house.
On June 20th, Tiger and Onita will face off in a “Dangerous Special Lumber Jack Death Match”. It seems that both sides will be bringing their best men to stand around ringside, and what makes things worse is that everything is legal. So there is no telling how out of hand this match could become.
Also headlining the show will be a 4 legend tag match pitting Tatsumi Fujinami & Riki Choshu up against Yoshiaki Fujiwara & Hiro Saito. Masao Orihara will be going up one on one with Ichiro Yaguchi, and Tiger Shark will be going up against NJPW’s Tiger Mask IV.
Real Japan Pro-Wrestling “REAL for BATTLE~STRONG STYLE ISM~”, 6/20/2012 [Wed] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(-) Gran Hamada [free] & Hayato Mashita [RJPW] vs. Hikaru Sato [Pancrase MISSION] & Akifumi Saito [RJPW] (-) Ultimo Dragon [Toryumon MEXICO] & Super Rider [RJPW] vs. The Great Sasuke [Michinoku] & Wakashoyo [free] (-) Mitsuya Nagai [Dradition] & Alexander Otsuka [AODC] vs. Yuki Ishikawa [free] & Super Tiger [RJPW] (-) Masao Orihara [Mobius] vs. Ichiro Yaguchi [free] (-) Tiger Mask IV [NJPW] vs. Tiger Shark [RJPW] (-) Semi-Final 60 Min. Time Limit Tag Match: Tatsumi Fujinami [Dradition] & Riki Choshu [RikiPro] vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara [Fujiwara-gumi] & Hiro Saito [Dradition] (-) Main Event 60 Min. Time Limit “Dangerous Special Lumber Jack Death Match”: The Original Tiger Mask vs. Atsushi Onita