[ZERO1 News] ZERO1 announced the full cards for their upcoming shows in March. The announcement they made today was the inclusion of a big junior heavyweight tag match showdown for the show on March 6. Ikuto Hidaka will be teaming with NOAH’s Naomichi Marufuji to take on the team of Tatsuhito Takaiwa and Michinoku Pro’s, and current Tohoku Jr. Heavy Champion, Fujita “Jr” Hayato. This match is a big way to set of the 12th Anniversary and a way to also mark the 15th Anniversary of Marufuji, who celebrates his achievement later on this year. Marufuji was a part of the very first match in ZERO1 back on March 2, 2001 as he faced off against NaohiroHoshikawa. Takaiwa was under Shinya Hashimoto when ZERO1 (ZERO-ONE) was founded and has quite the history competing with them throughout the years. Fujita “Jr” Hayato is noted as one of the best junior wrestlers in Japan today and will be putting his Tohoku Jr. belt on the line against Ikuto Hidaka on March 17. The inclusion of this junior bout is an interesting one and there is already quite a bit of interest being put between the potential confrontation between Hayato and Marufuji.
Below are the upcoming cards for the 12th Anniversary shows.
ZERO1, 3/3/2013 [Sun] @ 14:00 @ GifuChamber of Commerce and Industry
(-) Shito Ueda & Yusaku Obata vs. Yoshikazu Yokoyama & Rikiya Fudo (-) KAMIKAZE, JackAnthony& StevenWalters vs. Craig Classic, Shinsuke Jet Wakataka & Bikuma (-) Ikuto Hidaka & Jo Kyungho vs. Takuya Sugawara & Mineo Fujita (-) Ryoji Sai & KENSO vs. James Raideen & Maybach β (-) Shinjiro Otani & Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs. Masato Tanaka & Kohei Sato
ZERO1 “ZERO1_TWELVE”, 3/6/2013 [Wed] 18:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
Previously Announced: (-) Ehon Pro-Wrestling: Dragon George & Tobidase! Chintaman vs. Gokiburi Mask & Doctor Brain (-) Yoshikazu Yokoyama vs. Kotaro Nasu [U-FILE CAMP] (-) Takuya Sugawara, Mineo Fujita & Yuki Sato [K-DOJO] vs. Maybach β, Steven Walter & Jack Anthony (-) Kohei Sato & KAMIKAZE vs. Yusaku Obata & Shito Ueda (-) Ryoji Sai & KENSO [AJP] vs. James Raideen & Zeus (-) 12th Anniversary Special 6 Man Tag Match: Shinjiro Otani, Masato Tanaka & Atsushi Onita [Jado] vs. Akebono [Free], Daisuke Sekimoto [BJW] & Takao Omori [AJP]
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
[ZERO1 News] All 18 competitors for the 2012 Tenkaichi tournament have been named. The reigning Double Jr. Champion (Junior Singles and Junior Tag) Takuya Sugawara and Tatsuhito Takaiwa will both start the tournament with the “Dragon Balls” in their position. Leaving the rest of the 16 competitors to fight to earn the balls and commencing the real battle to begin.
Competitors ☆ Ikuto Hidaka ☆ Genki Horiguchi H.A.Gee.Mee!! [Dragon Gate] ☆ Takafumi Ito [Pancrase-ism/ZERO64] ☆ Kaijin Habu-Otoko [Okinawa] ☆ Mineo Fujita [ZERO64] ☆ Menso~re Oyaji [Okinawa] ☆ Daichi Hashimoto ☆ Craig Classic ☆ Sicodélico, Jr [Mexico] ☆ Jonathan Gresham [CZW] ☆ Robbie Heart [ZERO1 Australia] ☆ Frank David [Ireland] ☆ Sean Guinness [Ireland] ☆ Phil Boyd [Europe] ☆ Jason New [ZERO1 Hong Kong] ☆ Ho Ho Lung [ZERO1 Hong Kong]
The 10th Annual Tenkaichi Jr. tournament will run for 3 days starting on September 12th @ Shinjuku FACE, Sept. 14 @ Shinjuku FACE, and then the finals on Sept. 17 @ Korakuen Hall. The tournament is single elimination, so it doesn’t matter who they beat previously as any can win or lose at any given time. ~ The winner of the tournament earns the right to make “one” wish come true. What happens after the wish is on their own accord.
[RJPW News] Real Japan held a press conference today to announce some of the matches, namely the headlining matches, for the upcoming show on September 21st. Satoru Sayama/Tiger Mask announced the main being himself teaming with Pro Wrestling NOAH’s Naomichi Marufuji to take on the team of Tatsuhito Takaiwa and Big Japan Pro Wrestling’s Daisuke Sekimoto. This marks the first time in 6 years that Marufuji competes for Real Japan, the last time being in March of 2006. Marufuji, as some of you may know, looks to Sayama as an in ring idol, among others, but Sayama set the bar for a lot of Junior wrestlers in Japan many years ago. Sayama said that following the waging battle between him and Atsushi Onita on Real Japan ground, it is time for him to go back and begin the “reconstruction of Strong Style” which is the true basis/core for Real Japan. This upcoming tag match will also mark the first time ever that Marufuji and Daisuke Sekimoto have ever faced each other in the ring. This event is shaping up nicely from the matches that have been announced so far (see the card below). With an emphasis on the blending and facing off of many different styles, this event should appear to be one to see even if it was just the main event alone.
Real Japan Pro Wrestling “STRONG IMPACT”, 9/21/2012 [Fri] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(-) Tiger Shark vs. Akifumi Saito (-) Alexander Otsuka [AODC] vs. Super Tiger [RJPW]
(-) Tatsumi Fujinami [Dradition] & Gran Hamada [free] vs. Riki Choshu [RikiPro] & The Great Sasuke [Michinoku] (-) Main Event Tag Match: The First Tiger Mask [RJPW] & Naomichi Marufuji [NOAH] vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa [free] & Daisuke Sekimoto [BJW]
~ also announced to be competing: Ultimo Dragon [Toryumon MEXICO], Super Rider [RJPW], Masao Orihara [Mobius], Wakashoyo [free] and Hayato Mashita [RJPW]