Notes: 1 / 1 month ago
[DIAMOND RING Event Updates] DR released the full cards for their 2 shows scheduled for this weekend.
DIAMOND RING, 4/19/2013 [Fri] 18:30 @ Toyama Techno Industrial Exhibition Hall
(1) 3WAY Match: Namazu Man vs. Kikutaro [Akiba] vs. CHANGO [Free]
(2) NOSAWA Rongai vs. “brother” YASSHI
(3) Yutaka Yoshie [Free], Tatsuhito Takaiwa [Free] & Koji Do [WNC] vs. “VOODOO-MURDERS” Kento Miyahara, TARU & Kengo
(4) IJ Tag Championship Match: [16th Champions] Katsuhiko Nakajima & Satoshi Kajiwara vs. [Challengers] Masao Orihara [Mobius] & HIROKI [K-DOJO/Free]
(5) Kensuke Sasaki & Mitsuhiro Kitamiya vs. Kazunari Murakami [Free] & ManjiMari [MichiPro/Free]
DIAMOND RING, 4/20/2013 [Sat] 18:00 @ Nagano NBS Hall
(1) Namazu Man & Kikutaro [Akiba] vs. CHANGO [Free] & Great Mucha [Shinshu]
(2) Koji Doi [WNC] vs. Kazunari Murakami [Free]
(3) Tatsuhito Takaiwa [Free] vs. Kengo [VOODOO-MURDERS]
(4) Katsuhiko Nakajima, Mitsuhiro Kitamiya & NOSAWA Rongai [Gurentai] vs. “VOODOO-MURDERS” Kento Miyahara, TARU & “brother” YASSHI
(5) Kensuke Sasaki & Satoshi Kajiwara vs. Yutaka Yoshie [Free] & ManjiMari [MichiPro/Free]
Of course I will have the results up from both shows results listed on the website soon after they happen, so be sure to check back if you want to keep up with the latest happenings.
Notes: 1 / 2 months ago
[DIAMOND RING/VooDoo MURDERS/NOAH News] Katsuhiko Nakajima announced that he will be bringing in Yutaka Yoshie to team up with him and Kajiwara to take on the VooDoo MURDERS on March 17.
Since size and height is a factor in the up coming match, Nakajima has taken it upon himself to find someone who can back up their height with the large size and that man is Yoshie. All 3 members of the VooDoo MURDERS they are facing are all over 180cm (Kento 186cm/97kg, Taishi 190cm/95kg & TARU 185cm/100kg) which completely beats the 175cm/97kg of Nakajima and the 170cm/83kg of Kajiwara. So the 180cm/150kg frame of Yutaka Yoshie is what Katsukaji (Katsuhiko & Kajiwara) are hoping will be bring the extra power that they need.
The whole event card for the 3.17 show has been announced which you can see below.
DIAMOND RING, 3/17/2013 [Sun] 13:00 @ Tatebayashi City Citizens Gymnasium in Gunma (Gohara Gymnasium)
(1) Opening Tag Match: ~Participants~ Namazu Man, Kikutato [Akiba], CHANGO [Free] & KAMIKAZE [ZERO1]
~ Teams to be decided the day off event.
(2) Mitsuhiro Kitamiya vs. Kengo [VooDoo MURDERS]
(3) Tatsuhito Takaiwa [Free] & Ryuji Hijikata [Free] vs. Kenichiro Arai [DG] & K-ness. [DG]
(4) Semi-final Match: Kensuke Sasaki vs. NOSAWA Rongai
(5) Main Event 6 Man Tag Match: Katsuhiko Nakajima, Satoshi Kajiwara & Yutaka Yoshie [Free] vs. “VooDoo MURDERS” Kento Miyahara, Taishi Takizawa & TARU
Also in a separate interview it seems that Miyahara & Takizawa have mentioned their intentions of going after the GHC Heavy Tag Team belts. Both men will make their first appearances as a team in NOAH on 3.10, and it seems they aim to make a statement when they face the Bravado Brothers.
With NOAH’s Global Tag League tournament coming up in April one could easily speculate that they will be one of the participating teams.
NOAH “GREAT VOYAGE 2013 in YOKOHAMA”, 3/10/2013 [Sun] 16:00 @ Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium
(1) NOAH vs DIAMOND RING: Hitoshi Kumano vs. Mitsuhiro Kitamiya
(2) VooDoo MURDERS vs. Bravado Bros.: Kento Miyahara & Taishi Takizawa vs. Harlem & Lance Bravado
(3) Akitoshi Saito [Free] & Masao Inoue [Free] vs. Kensuke Sasaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima [both DIAMOND RING]
(4) BRAVE vs TMDK 6 Man Tag Match: Takeshi Morishima, Mohammed Yon & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Mikey Nicholls, Shane Haste & Jonah Rock
(5) GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Championship Match: [16th Champions] “Los Mexitosos” Super Crazy & Ricky Marvin vs. [Challengers] “NO MERCY” Genba Hirayanagi & Maybach Tanguchi Jr.
~ 5th Title Defense.
(6) GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [26th Champion] Taiji Ishimori vs. [Challenger] Atsushi Kotoge
~ 1st Defense.
(7) GHC Tag Championship Match: [27th Champions] Naomichi Marufuji & Takashi Sugiura vs. [Challengers] “CHAOS” Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka [NJPW]
~ 2nd Defense.
(8) GHC Heavyweight Championship Match: [19th Champion] KENTA vs. [Challenger] Maybach Taniguchi
~ 1st Defense.
[Pictured: Taishi Takizawa and Kento Miyahara]
Notes: 1 / 3 months ago
[DIAMOND RING News] YASSHI speaks in regards to the new VooDoo Murders and DR upcoming shows.
Following the last show on February 11th, we have come to learn that “brother” YASSHI has come forward as the leader of the VooDoo Murders and has some strong recruiting gifts as former Kensuke Sasaki/Office protege Kento Miyahara and K-DOJO’s Taishi Takizawa.
VDM are currently 5 members strong with YASSHI, TARU, Kengo, Kento Miyahara & Taishi Takizawa [pictured], and it seems YASSHI is looking to take charge as one of the leading groups in Japan.
The next show for DR will be on February 24th as Kento Miyahra will be teaming with Kengo (formerly Kengo Nishimura ) to take on Satoshi Kajiwara & Mitsuhiro Kitamiya. Kajiwara & Kitamiya were the first ones to be a part of Miyahara’s betrayal. You can be sure that both will be looking to take get some revenge and as well shed some answers on why Kento jumped ship.
Antonio Honda won the right to challenge Kensuke Sasaki on the 2.11 show and will be getting the match in the main event spot on the next upcoming show.
Below is the announced card for the KO Dojo event on February 24th.
DIAMOND RING, 2/24/2013 [Sun] 15:00 @ Kensuke Office Dojo
(1) Namazu Man & Kikutaro [Akiba] vs. CHANGO [Free] & Menso~re Oyaji [Free]
(2) Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Masato Shibata [U-FILE CAMP]
(3) Satoshi Kajiwara & Mitsuhiro Kitamiya vs. “VooDoo Murders” Kento Miyahara & Kengo
(4) Kensuke Sasaki vs. Antonio Honda [DDT]
DR also announced the early card for the next show which will be held in March.
VooDoo Murders will be involved in the event, but no match has been announced for them at this time. Presumably this may point to towards waiting to see what transpires from the 2.24 show.
NOSAWA Rongai was the runner-up on the 2.11 show, but will receive a one on one match against Sasaki. NOSAWA is looking to reinvigorate himself as a pro wrestler and the same can be said for Sasaki who just returned from being sidelined in this month.
DIAMOND RING, 3/17/2013 [Sun] 13:00 @ Tatebayashi City Civic Gymnasium in Gunma
(-) Namazu Man & Kikutato [Akiba] vs. CHANGO [Free] & (to be announced)
(-) Tatsuhito Takaiwa [Free] & Ryuji Hijikata [Free] vs. Kenichiro Arai [DG] & K-ness. [DG]
(-) Kensuke Sasaki vs. NOSAWA Rongai [Tokyo Gurentai]
~ Also announced to be competing: Katsuhiko Nakajima, Satoshi Kajiwara, Mitsuhiro Kitamiya, VooDoo Murders: Kento Miyahara & TARU, and more…
3 months ago
[DIAMOND RING News] DR announced the full show card for their 1st year anniversary on Feb. 11th. Kento Miyahara and Akira Hokuto were on hand for the press conference to announce the final two matches for the upcoming show.
Among the announcements is DR accepting the challenge from the Voodoo Murders to compete on the show. YASSHI originally announced that he was aiming for his return, but yesterday led to the shocking return of TARU. TARU has thrown his name back out there that he wants to return to the ring, and it is up to him when they might happen. DR announced that Kento Miyahara will be teaming with K-DOJO’s Taishi Takizawa to take on the team of VOODOO MURDERS with their decision on who exactly will compete from their group, as well as the inclusion of Kazunari Murakami. That is to say if he so chooses to associate himself with the group.
Sasaki’s return match has been set as it was announced that he would be teaming with NOAH’s Takashi Sugiura to take on the team of his top student, Katsuhiko Nakajima, and ZERO1’s Shinjiro Otani. Interesting development to see Sasaki teaming with Sugiura, but it should be interesting to see how they work together against Nakajima & Otani. Sasaki and Otani have a history against one another, and who knows if this may lead to another singles clash down the road.
Below is the updated card in full.
DIAMOND RING “Dream Anniversary 2013 ~ 1st Year Anniversary”, 2/11/2013 [Mon] 12:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(1) Battle Royal: Namazu Man, Yoshihiro Takayama, Kikutaro, CHANGO, Antonio Honda, Shu & Kei Brahman, Menso~re Oyaji, NOSAWA Rongai, Marines Mask, Masao Inoue, and more to be added later.
(2) Akira Hokuto Produced Special Joshi Pro Wrestling Match: Manami Toyota [Free] & Meiko Satomura [SENDAI] vs. Yumiko Hotta [DIANA] & Sonoko Kato [OZ]
(3) 6 Man Tag Junior Scramble Wars: Satoshi Kajiwara, Ryuji Hijikata [Free] & TAJIRI [WNC] vs. Fujita “Jr” Hayato [Michinoku], Kenichiro Arai [DG] & K-ness. [DG]
(4) The Traditional Wrestling: Mitsuhiro Kitamiya vs. Osamu Nishimura
(5) Kento Miyahara & Taishi Takizawa [K-DOJO] vs. VOODOO MURDERS (TARU, YASSHI or Kengo) & Kazunari Muraki, (VM decides the 2 man team)
(6) Kensuke Sasaki’s Return Match: Kensuke Sasaki & Takashi Sugiura [NOAH] vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima & Shinjiro Otani [ZERO1]
[Pictured: Kento Miyahara and Akira Hokuto]
3 months ago
[DIAMOND RING / TARU News] TARU announced that he wants to return to the ring and also declared the full revival of the VOODOO MURDERS.
This follows the news of “brother” YASSHI announcing his return to the ring at DIAMOND RINGS show on February 11th. YASSHI appeared a few months ago and wearing a VM shirt. It did seem odd for him to be promoting VM without the original man in charge in TARU. There were signs of a potential return for TARU, but nothing was concrete. Though today on January 21st, TARU held a press conference announcing he wants to return to the ring.
TARU appeared with an attorney at his side to discuss the reason why he has been gone for so long and that is because of the serious beating that Nobukazu Hirai sustained on May 29, 2011.
TARU was the prime suspect for the situation and was inevitably charged and had to pay a large fine and he said that he would refrain from competition indefinitely.
It has been almost a year and a half since TARU has been promoted in the press, but he has been spending a lot of his time with Nobukazu Hirai and his family. He also said that Hirai is currently in rehabilitation and is recovering considerably.
TARU said that the whole situation became a lot more serious than what it should have, but he wants to rebuild the VOODOO MURDERS. To make a place for Hirai to return to one day. No specifics were announced on when exactly he would be returning.
“brother” YASSHI though will be returning to the ring on DR’s show on February 11th and it seems that TARU will be in his corner. YASSHI currently does not have a match set as of yet, but he mentioned that “the lone wolf” Kazunari Murakami would make for a good addition to the team.
Kengo Nishimura now just going by Kengo, is formerly of Kou-Haku Pro Wrestling and other indy promotions, and has been appearing with YASSHI as of late. He is officially the third member of the new VM.
I don’t have the time to keep writing all the information that has been provided to me, but I will try and sum it up. There seems to be no ill-will between TARU and Hirai, I think most of us remember what happened back in May of 2011 and many thought that was a horrible act and that was the last we would see of the VOODOO MURDERS.
Minoru Tanaka and Masayuki Kono would only see a short time away from the ring, and then MAZADA would return after a longer stint away. TARU being the leader of the group ended up spending a year and now 9 months away from the ring. There is still no mention to when TARU aims to compete in the ring, but he has announced that he wants to return, potentially sooner than later.
TARU is still in communication with Hirai and his family in Kobe, Japan and indeed said that Hirai could potentially be returning to the ring as well. Hirai suffered a “acute subdural hematoma” which put him in a short term coma and significantly weakened his body during the time he was unable to do anything.
I have yet to hear of any real backlash/criticism to this announcement, but there might potentially be some fans against it. I guess now we wait and see what comes about with DR’s show on February 11th.