[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.
[DRADITION News] Tatsumi Fujinami announced that his son, Leona Fujinami, will be competing in his first public “exhibition match” on May 29th at the Korakuen Hall. This exhibition will be a pre-debut (fight) match. In other words to showcase the skills he has learned at this time.
Tatsumi Fujinami (49) held a brief press conference to announce that Leona (19) just finished his training for the second time in the UK and he his official debut showed be coming sometime later this year. Tatsumi announced that Leona will be facing an opponent of the UWF Snake Pit Japan which, representative of the dojo, Yuko “Shigeo” Miyato was also present for the announcement.
Leona is currently going to a University while training, and is both happy and even nervous for the day he gets to make his debut. There will be a lot of pressure for the second generation star as his father has such a rich history.
DRADITION “A New Wave ~ BATTLE NEW VIBRATION 2013”, 5/29/2013 [Wed] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(0) Leona Fujinami Special Exhibition:
(1) NobuyukiKurashima vs. MAX Miyazawa (2) Gran Hamada [Free] & Hiro Saito [DRADITION] vs. NOSAWA Rongai [Gurentai] & MAZADA [Gurentai] (3) Mitsuya Nagai [DRADITION], Alexander Otsuka [AODC] & Bear Fukuda [SECRET BASE] vs. Akitoshi Saito [Free], Tomoaki Honma [G-TALENT] & Kazushi Miyamoto [Tenryu Project] (4) TAJIRI [WNC] vs. Shinya Ishikawa [BJW] (5) Semi-final Tag Match: Riki Choshu [RikiPro] & Yukio Sakaguchi [Free] vs. Daisuke Sekimoto [BJW] & Kazuki Hashimoto [BJW] (6) Main Event Tag Match: Tatsumi Fujinami [DRADITION] & The First Tiger Mask [RJPW] vs. Masakatsu Funaki [AJP] & AKIRA [WNC]
[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…
[All Japan News] Tatsumi Fujinami & Seiya Sanada held a public practice in the All Japan Dojo in preparation for their upcoming match against Ric Flair & Keiji Mutoh on January 26th. Sanada will have a lot to prove by being surrounded in the ring by legends, but at the same time it is a huge opportunity for him to get noticed as well. Sanada has previously mentioned that this is a huge clash of legends who he has idolized throughout his career. His style is greatly built off of Fujinami & Mutoh, and Sanada says that he has always enjoyed watching Flair’s in ring style. This is definitely a dream come true for the 24, almost 25, year old. During the practice, Fujinami helped show Sanada the finer points of the Dragon Sleeper and even the Figure Four Leg Lock. This will mark the first time for Sanada to team with Fujinami and it seems that Fujinami has given his full endorsement to the up and comer.
Below is the full card for the upcoming show.
All Japan Pro-Wrestling “2013 New Year Shining Series”, 1/26/2013 [Sat] 17:00 @ Ota City General Gymnasium
(1) Shuji Kondo & MAZADA vs. SUSHI & Andy Woo (2) Masayuki Kono & Masanobu Fuchi vs. Tomoaki Honma [G-TALENT] & Kazushi Miyamoto [Tenryu Project] (3) KENSO & Kaz Hayashi vs. Jimmy Yang & Reid Flair
(4) BJW World Strong Heavy Championship Match: [2nd Champion] Manabu Soya vs. [Challenger] Yoshihito Sasaki ~ 1st Defense.
(5) Asia Tag Championship Match: [89th Champions] “Junior Stars” Minoru Tanaka & Koji Kanemoto vs. [Challengers] “Baka Hentai Tag” Hiroshi Yamato & Hikaru Sato ~ 3rd Defense.
(6) Special 6 Man Tag Match: Takao Omori, Ryota Hama & Yasufumi Nakanoueno vs. Masahiro Chono, Suwama & Joe Doering
(7) Special Tag Match: Keiji Mutoh & Ric Flair vs. Tatsumi Fujinami [DRADITION] & Seiya Sanada
[DRADITION News] Pro-Wrestling DRADITION announced the full card for their upcoming show on November 25.
DRADITION “DREAM IMPACT 2012 in Sadogashima ~A NewLegendBegins~”, 11/25/2012 [Sun] 17:00 @ Aikawa Townsman Gymnasium (1) Kaori Yoneyama vs. Hanako Nakamori (2) Tsubo Genjin vs. Amigo Suzuki (3) HiroSaito &NobuyukiKurashima vs. AlexanderOtsuka & ShimizuMototsugu (4) Ultimo Dragon & The First Tiger Mask vs. Takeshi Minamino & Jun Ogawauichi (5) Tatsumi Fujinami & Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Mitsuya Nagai & Bear Fukuda (6) 15 Man Battle Royal:
Though before that show, DRADITION will be holding a special show a few days earlier on November 22 where the fans will be able to decide who competes against each other. There will be 5 scheduled matches for the show with the fans being able to determine between 4 tag matches, and 1 singles bout. The participants have been named as follows for the 11/22 show. TatsumiFujinami,HiroSaito,MitsuyaNagai,NobuyukiKurashima, AKIRA, Gran Hamada, Alexander Otsuka, Tsubo Genjin, Daisuke Sekimoto, Shinya Ishikawa, Bear Fukuda, Hajime Ohara, TakeshiMinamino,AmigoSuzuki, Zeus & Jun Ogawauichi. That is a total of 16 competitors to make the entirety of the show. Here’s a link to the site to where voting takes place. http://dradition.jp/1122dream.php Whether they will be accepting foreign votes is unknown, but I personally voted for Fujinami vs. Sekimoto to be the main event singles match.
DRADITION “MAKE YOUR DREAM BATTLE”, 11/22/2012 [Thu] 19:00 @ Shinjuku FACE in Tokyo (1) Tag Match: (2) Tag Match: (3) Tag Match: (4) Tag Match: (5) Single Match:
[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.
[Wrestling New Classic News] June will see Ryuji Yamakawa coming into WNC as he teams with, his friend and owner of WNC, TAJIRI for the next 3 shows before he officially retires on July 15th.
The other big matches bigger matches announced for the upcoming shows is Ohara going up against NOAH’s Maybach Taniguchi on June 22nd. Ohara originally was just looking to face off against fellow Toryumon trainee Kazuchika Okada. Of course things have not gone his way. He has found himself up against Gedo & Toru Yano who both used illegal means to beat him and now the unruly Maybach Taniguchi. Maybach attacked Ohara following his match against Yano on 5/24 and a match would be inevitable. Ohara is 0-2 in his bid against Okada, but being he has been not been pinned clean keeps his bid to face Okada still a possibility. Ohara is 0-2 in his bid against Okada, but being he has been not been pinned clean keeps his bid to face Okada still a possibility. Leatherface will be coming back and will have some interesting matches in store. He has the “Unbeatable Alien” Hoshito Takahashi on 6/22, Kana on 6/23, and the legend Tatsumi Fujinami on 6/24.
Wrestling New Classic, 6/22/2012 [Fri] 19:00 @ Shinjuku FACE (1) 8 Man Tag Match: YO-HEY [Fu-Dojo], Koji Doi, Jiro Kuroshio & Josh O’Brien vs. “BJW” Kazuki Hashimoto, Takumi Tsukamoto, Masashi Otani & Hideyoshi Kamitani (2) Hoshito Takahashi vs. Leatherface (3) Ultimo Dragon & Lin Bairon vs. Takuya Kito [KazuPro] Shimizu Motosuga [Secret Base] (4) Hardcore Match: Hajime Ohara vs. Maybach Taniguchi [NOAH] (5) Kana & Shuri vs. Makoto & Mio Shirai (6) AKIRA vs. Yusuke Kodama (7) TAJIRI & Ryuji Yamakawa [BJW] vs. Ryuji Ito [BJW] & Shinya Ishikawa [BJW]
Wrestling New Classic, 6/23/2012 [Sat] 19:00 @ Osaka Minami Move on Arena (1) Lin Bairon, Yusuke Kodama & Jiro Kuroshio vs. Mio Shirai, Tadasuke [Osaka] & HAYATA [Osaka] (2) Hoshito Takahashi vs. Koji Doi (3) Hajime Ohara vs. Takuya Kito [KazuPro] (4) AKIRA vs. YO-HEY [Fu-Dojo] (5) Shuri vs. Makoto (6) Kana vs. Leatherface (7) TAJIRI & Ryuji Yamakawa [BJW] vs. Zeus [Osaka] & The Bodyguard [Osaka]
Wrestling New Classic, 6/24/2012 [Sun] 13:00 @ Yamanashi Isawa Hot Springs Hotel (-) Josh O’Brien vs. Hoshito Takahashi (-) Lin Bairon & Jiro Kuroshio vs. Makoto & Koji Doi (-) Masao Inoue [free] vs. Takuya Kito [KuzuPro] (-) TAJIRI & Ryuji Yamakawa [BJW] vs. YO-HEY [Fu-Dojo] & Yusuke Kodama (-) AKIRA vs. Hajime Ohara (-) Tatsumi Fujinami [Dradition] vs. Leatherface
~ The official match order to be announced soon. ————————————————————————————————————- WNC also announced the upcoming shows coming up in July & August.
Wrestling New Classic, 7/15/2012 [Sun] 12:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo Wrestling New Classic, 7/16/2012 [Mon] 18:30 @ Sekaikan
Wrestling New Classic, 8/2/2012 [Thu] 19:00 @ Shinjuke FACE Wrestling New Classic, 8/3/2012 [Fri] 19:00 @ Sekaikan Wrestling New Classic, 8/4/2012 [Sat] 18:30 @ Hiroshima Industrial Hall, 2nd Hall Wrestling New Classic, 8/6/2012 [Mon] 18:30 @ Hakata Starlanes Wrestling New Classic, 8/7/2012 [Tue] 18:30 @ Oro City Hall in Kagoshima Wrestling New Classic, 8/30/2012 [Thu] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
[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