[NJPW News] New Japan held a press signing for the upcoming IWGP IC match between Hiroshi Tanahashi and Shinsuke Nakamura.
This will mark the third time so far this year that these two have faced each other in singles competition as well as with the IWGP Intercontinental belt be defended. Nakamura won the recent NEW JAPAN CUP 2014 tournament and announced that he wants another chance to reclaim the IC belt. Nakamura stated that he is in the right frame of mind and his physical condition is near perfect. He stated that he has all the momentum from the NJC on his side and that he plans on going after Tanahashi like never before. He does not plan on losing for the third time this year.
Tanahashi though stated that his time as champion is only beginning and that he will win this next match at any cost. He mentioned that he has high remarks for Nakamura’s run in the NJC tournament, but right now he is the champion and ace of New Japan. Tanahashi stated that he will once more prove himself as a the rightful champion. Tanahashi further stated that he wants to head overseas as the champion when NJPW is in Taiwan later this month and then in the USA and Canada in May.
Below is the announced card in full for the Ryogoku show.
New Japan Pro Wrestling “INVASION ATTACK 2014”, 4/6/2014 [Sun] 16:00 @ Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo
(1) IWGP Jr. Tag Championship Match: [37th Champions] “Young Bucks” Matt & Nick Jackson vs. [Challengers] Kota Ibushi & El Desperado ~ 3rd title defense.
(2) Special 6 Man Tag Match: Togi Makabe, Yuji Nagata & Kazushi Sakuraba [Free] vs. Minoru Suzuki, TAKA Michinoku & Taichi
(3) NWA World Tag Championship Match: [79th Champions] Rob Conway & Jax Dane vs. [Challenger] Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima
(4) Pro-Wrestling vs Jiu-Jitsu Mixed Martial Arts Match: Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka vs. Daniel & Rolles Gracie (5) Special Single Match: Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Prince Devitt (6) Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI vs. Bad Luck Fale & Tama Tonga
(7) NEVER Openweight Championship Match: [3rd Champion] Tomohiro Ishii vs. [Challenger] Tetsuya Naito ~ 1st title defense.
(8) IWGP Tag Championship Match: [64th Champions] Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows vs. [Challengers] Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata ~ 2nd title defense.
(9) IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match: [7th Champion] Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. [Challenger] Shinsuke Nakamura ~ 2nd title defense.
[WRESTLE-1 / TNA News] TNA has released a public release stating that they will be sending 11 superstars to Japan for the upcoming W-1 show on 3/2 at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.
————————————————— "The event will feature matches pitting members of the TNA roster against Wrestle-1 talent. Cameras will capture all the action and the footage is scheduled to broadcast as aOne Night Only Pay-Per-View (PPV) event later this year.
The TNA Superstars scheduled to appear on March 2 include World Heavyweight Champion Magnus, Bobby Roode, Samoa Joe, Gail Kim, Austin Aries, Abyss, Kaz and Daniels, Madison Rayne and the recently signed The Wolves, Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards.
Additionally, Mutoh, along with Wrestle-1 star Seiya Sanada, will be in Miami March 8-9 for Lockdown, where they are scheduled to participate in Fan InterAction and the Pay-Per-View event.
IMPACT WRESTLING and TNA PPV events air in Japan on Nippon Television Network’s channel G+. “ http://www.impactwrestling.com/news/item/5464-TNA-expands-relationship-with-Wrestle-1-IMPACT-Superstars-to-headline-March-event-in-Japan —————————————————
From the info I have received stated that the X-Division belt will be defended on the show, potential Austin Aries, against a W-1 contender that is to be determined by a battle royal next month. I’ll be in touch with my W-1 contact soon, so expect an update first hand when it is known. This is definitely a huge update and will surely be something to keep an eye on as it develops. - CP/BushidoRX
All Japan [Anniversary Tour 2013 - Triple Crown: Suwama vs Akebono] results for October 27, 2013 + Upcoming Tag League Teams Announced
All Japan Pro-Wrestling “ANNIVERSARY TOUR 2013″, 10/27/2013 [Sun] 16:00 @ Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo
(0) KENSO vs. Mr. 450 [Puerto Rico] ◆Winner: KENSO (3:43) following the Hagakure.
(1) Masao Inoue [Free] & Hikaru Sato [Pancrase MISSION] vs. Nobutaka Araya [Free] & Kazushi Miyamoto [Tenryu Project] ◆Winner: Inoue (10:06) via pinfall on Araya. (2) Dory & Terry Funk vs. Masanobu Fuchi & Osamu Nishmura ◆Winner: DRAW (20:00) Time Expired. ~ Dory Funk Jr. was officially announced as the new PWF Chairman. (3) Joe Doering & James Raideen vs. D-Lo Brown & Bambi Killer ◆Winner: Doering (13:40) with the Revolution Bomb on D-Lo.
The 8 teams involved in their years World’s Strongest Tag League were announced. ~ Go Shiozaki & Kento Miyahara ~ Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Aoki [Asia Tag Champions] ~ D-Lo Brown & Bambi Killer ~ Dark Ozz & Dark Cuervo (AAA) ~ Jun Akiyama & Takao Omori ~ James Raideen & Maybach β (ZERO1) ~ Akebono & SUSHI ~ Suwama & Joe Doering [World Tag Champions]
(4) Asia Tag Championship Match: [Champions] “Burning” Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Aoki vs. [Challengers] “Team Drift” Shigehiro Irie & Keisuke Ishii ◆Winner: Aoki (20:14) with the Assault Point on Ishii. ~ 4th successful title defense.
(5) World Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [35th Champion] Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. [Challenger] SUSHI ◆Winner: Kanemaru (15:30) following the Touchout. ~ 6th successful title defense. ~ Kotaro Suzuki expressed himself as the next challenger. Kanemaru accepted it with a handshake.
(6) Jun Akiyama & Takao Omori vs. Go Shiozaki & Kento Miyahara ◆Winner: Omori (25:29) following the Axe Bomber to Miyahara.
~ Bambi Killer and D-Lo attacked Shiozaki and Miyahara after the match. Kotaro, Aoki and KENSO came out to make the save.
(7) Triple Crown Championship Match: [46th Champion] Suwama vs. [Challenger / 2013 Oudou Tournament Winner] Akebono ◆Winner: Akebono (19:30) following the Yokozuna Impact.
~ Champion falls on his 3rd title defense. Akebono becomes the new 47th generation Sankan Heavyweight Champion. ~ Dory Funk Jr. as the new PWF Chairman handed the belt to the new champion and raised his hand. ~ Akebono also becomes the first champion with the new “single belt” Triple Crown belt. (Don’t let that confuse you in anyway…) ~ Joe Doering looks to be Akebono’s first challenger.
Notes: 4 / 5 months ago
[All Japan News] Following the news that both Dory and Terry Funk will be coming to the Ryogoku show on 27th, it has now been formally announced that they will be teaming together in a match.
The Funk Brothers will be teaming together once more in the All Japan ring as they take on another veteran team in Masanobu Fuchi and Osamu Nishimura. This will be a huge moment in its own right to see the Funk’s reuniting in Japan, let alone competing for the first time in a long time, together.
Below is the announced card for the show at this time.
All Japan Pro-Wrestling “ANNIVERSARY TOUR 2013”, 10/27/2013 [Sun] 16:00 @ Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo
() Dory & Terry Funk vs. Masanobu Fuchi & Osamu Nishmura
() Joe Doering & James Raideen vs. D-Lo Brown & BambiKiller
() World Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [35th Champion] Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. [Challenger] SUSHI ~ 5th title defense.
() 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.
Among the announcements is that Taiyo Kea will be returning on June 30th as he teams with Takao Omori to take on Joe Doering and Yasufumi Nakanoueno. Kea has previously stated that he will be staying with All Japan if this “heavily rumored” split does indeed happen following the 6.30 show. Kea will be coming back to show his support for All Japan as it is his home and where all of his heart and soul belongs.
All of the title matches have been announced previously with the undercard being announced to complete the scheduled event.
An interesting exclusion comes in the form of Seiya Sanada who is currently away in Canada. It was mentioned previously that he would be coming back for this show, but that does not seem to be the case. If this means that he is a part of the split with Mutoh is unknown, but it would not be shocking in the least, but it is something that I noticed myself.
Below is the full card for the June 30th show.
All Japan Pro-Wrestling “Pro Wrestling LOVE in Ryogoku ~a biding belief~”, 6/30/2013 [Sun] 16:00 @ Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo
~ match order to be announced at a later time.
() Hiroshi Yamato vs. Kazushi Miyamoto [Tenryu Project] () Masanobu Fuchi & SUSHI vs. Tamon Honda [Free] & MAZADA () 6 Man Tag Match: Masakatsu Funaki, Masayuki Kono & Koji Kanemoto vs. Akebono, Ryota Hama & Osamu Nishimura [Free] () Taiyo Kea’s Return Match: Taiyo Kea & Takao Omori vs. Joe Doering & Yasufumi Nakanoueno () KENSO’s Return Single Match: KENSO vs. Go Shiozaki
(-) World Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [35th Champion] Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. [Challenger] Minoru Tanaka ~ 4th title defense.
() Asia Tag Championship Match: [92nd Champions] Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Aoki vs. [Challengers] Kaz Hayashi & Shuji Kondo ~ 2nd title defense.
() Triple Crown Championship Match: [46th Champion] Suwama vs. [Challenger/Champion Carnival Winner] Jun Akiyama ~ 1st title defense.
Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi vs. Akebono & Ryota Hama, Asia Tag, from February 11, 2012 @ Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium, 2nd Stadium
Seiya Sanada vs. Satoshi Kojima from March 21, 2012 at Ryogoku Kokugikan.
1 year ago
All Japan Official Videos for April 12, 2013
Great Muta & TAJIRI vs. “KojiKazu” Satoshi Kojima & Kaz Hayashi from October 29, 2006 at the Nippon Budokan.
Masayuki Kono vs. Yuji Nagata, Wire-Mesh/Steel Cage Match, from March 21, 2012 at the Ryogoku Kokugikan/Sumo Hall.
Notes: 1 / 1 year ago
All Japan Official Videos for March 22, 2013 (3 Matches)
Today, All Japan brings a triple dose of matches from last year.
First up… Dark Ozz & Dark Cuervo vs. Seiya Sanada & KAI, for the World Tag Team Championship, from January 3, 2012 at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. ~ Sanada & KAI formed one of the more popular teams to come out of 2011, even winning the Tag League, in the process. The duo earned themselves a tag team match against the the reigning champions from AAA in Mexico.
Sadly, the popular duo was unable to clinch the victory, but fear not, a new duo was on the rise in All Japan with “GET WILD”. Dark Ozz & Dark Cuervo vs. Takao Omori & Manabu Soya, for the World Tag Team Championship, from March 20, 2013 at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.
The lastly, All Japan posted another match from the 3.20 show with the main event that saw Jun Akiyama defending his Triple Crown Championship against the leader of All Japan, Keiji Mutoh.
Jun Akiyama vs. Keiji Mutoh, Triple Crown Championship Match, from March 20, 2013 at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.
Notes: 4 / 1 year ago
[All Japan News] All Japan Pro-Wrestling held a final press conference before tomorrow’s big Ryogoku show.
Don Frye, Keiji Mutoh, Yoshihiro Takayama, and Masayuki Kono were on hand for the press event. As they will be a part of a special tag match on the second half of the show. This match is aimed to be a continuation of this years theme by showcasing the BASIC & DYNAMIC features that make up professional wrestling as a whole in All Japan.
It took no time in the press conference for a provocation to happen between Don Frye and Yoshihiro Takayama, given their rivalry going back to a 2002 super fight in PRIDE.
Frye ended up removing his shirt and revealed, that even though he is 47 years old, he still looks as tough as ever. Mutoh himself, even stated that he feels the energy already and looks forward to tomorrow.
Frye mentioned the fight from the classic match between The Funk Brothers and Baba & Tsuruta, and said that this upcoming match tomorrow will be better. Frye stated that he is looking to enact some revenge against Takayama for breaking his shoulder 11 years ago.
Takayama did not walk out injury free himself following that fight against Frye in 2002 and he aims to reclaim that loss. He also mentioned that the referee should be prepared for the match and should just let whatever happens, happen.
This will definitely be one of the biggest matches of Masayuki Kono’s career so far. He says that he aims to do his best and hopes that this will be the starting point for even better things to come.
What will we see when these two battle tested veterans finally get their hands on one another in the All Japan ring? Could we indeed see a replay from 2002?
In a bit of side news, Keiji Mutoh was also asked about the new owner of All Japan Pro-Wrestling, Nobuo Shiraishi, and the controversy surrounding his first press conference. The question was asked if Shiraishi’s proposed talent seclusion & MMA expansion would be going into effect, in which Mutoh said “no”. So take that for whatever that is worth, I guess we will see and know more about what is happening in the coming months.
All Japan Pro-Wrestling “2013 Pro Wrestling LOVE in Ryogoku ~BASIC & DYNAMIC~”, 3/17/2013 [Sun] 17:00 @ Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo
(1) Hiroshi Yamato & Hikaru Sato [Pancrase MISSION] vs. SUSHI & Andy Woo (2) Masanobu Fuchi & Osamu Nishimura vs. KENSO & Reid Flair
~Message from Kenta Kobashi~
(3) Asia Tag Championship Match: [91st Champions] Minoru Tanaka & Koji Kanemoto vs. [Challengers] Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Aoki ~ first defense.
(4) World Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [35th Champion] Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. [Challenger] Kaz Hayashi ~ first defense.
(5) Akebono, Ryota Hama & Yasufumi Nakanoueno vs. Masahiro Chono, Joe Doering & Shuji Kondo
(6) Special Tag Match: Keiji Mutoh & Don Frye vs. Yoshihiro Takayama & Masayuki Kono (7) KAI’s Return Special Single Match: Seiya Sanada vs. KAI
(8) World Tag Championship Match: [64th Champions] “GET WILD” Takao Omori & Manabu Soya vs. [Challengers] “BURNING” Jun Akiyama & Go Shiozaki ~ 3rd Defense.
Suwama & KAI vs. Jun Akiyama & Ricky Marvin from October 11, 2011 @ Korkuen Hall in Tokyo
Akebono & Ryota Hama vs. Big Daddy Joe Doering from October 23, 2011 @ Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo
Notes: 1 / 1 year ago
All Japan Official Videos for March 8, 2013
Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Suwama, Triple Crown Championship Match, from August 30, 2009 at the Ryogoku Kokugikan. 高山善廣vs諏訪魔 三冠ヘビー級選手権試合 2009年8月30日 両国国技館
Hiroshi Yamato vs. Hikaru Sato from February 11, 2012 in Osaka, Japan. 大和ヒロシvs佐藤光留 2012年2月11日 大阪大会
Notes: 1 / 1 year ago
[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.