Japanese Pro-Wrestling in 2015, A Year in Review

Keep in mind that I have not covered everything that has been posted throughout this year, but at the top of every month I have linked back to the archive for all the posts I that I have made for that specific time throughout this year. As well as links to the specific stories can be found right after the dates listed, that is if I actually covered them on the blogs. So be sure to double check there for further details on any of any event or news that caught your attention. Thanks for supporting PS this year, and as every years comes I hope to continue growing in my vast knowledge and in turn providing you will all with the latest news and information in regards to Japanese Pro-Wrestling. Thanks for the support and let’s see what 2016 has to offer.

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Be sure to check out the “Puroresu Title History 2015” for a record of title changes throughout the course of the year.
http://puroresuspirit.net/puroresu-title-history-2015/

I have also updated that”2015 Recommended Puroresu Matches” as I have watched and then decided to add them.
http://puroresuspirit.net/2015-recommended-puroresu-matches/

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The listing goes in chronological order from the dates that they happened then a link to the news story, if published by Puroresu Spirit, and then a quick wording of what happened. If you want more details be sure to click on the link provided.


JANUARY 2015

[1/1] ZERO1 – Held their New Years Show at the Korakuen Hall. Kohei Sato defeated Ryoji Sai to retain the World Heavy belt. Masato Tanaka also took on Takashi Sugiura.
[1/2] AJPW – Jun Akiyama & Takao Omori defended the World Tag belts against KENSO & Mitsuya Nagai. Naoya Nomura also claimed his first career victory over Yuma Aoyagi.
[1/2] BJW – Yuko Miyamoto defended the Deathmatch Heavy belt against Kankuro Hoshino.
[1/3] AJPW – Go Shiozaki became the Triple Crown champion after defeating Joe Doering. Mitsuya Nagai & Takeshi Minamino also became the Asia Tag Champions after beating Kento Miyahara & Kotaro Suzuki.
[1/3] DDT – Held a special New Year box office. Brahman Brothers and Gorgeous Matsuno defended he KO-D 6 Tag belts.
image[1/4] NJPW – Their biggest show of the year was held at the Tokyo Dome. Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Kazuchika Okada to defend the IWGP Heavyweight belt. Okada left in tears. Shinsuke Nakamura also defended the IWGP IC belt against Kota Ibushi in a match of the year contender. Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata captured the IWGP Tag belts. Togi Makabe defeated Tomohiro Ishii to capture the NEVER belt. Kenny Omega also captured the IWGP Jr. belt.
[1/5] NJPW – AJ Styles pinned Tanahashi to become the next contender for the belt. Yuji Nagata challenged Nakamura for the IWGP IC belt. Liger defended the NWA Jr. belt against El Desperado. The the groundwork was set for Minoru Suzuki to invade NOAH.
[1/6] NJPW – Tanahashi vs. Styles was made official.
[1/7] AJPW – Held a show in Shirakawa where Shiozaki won the main event as the headlining champion.
image[1/10] NOAH – Marufuji defended the GHC Heavy belt against Satoshi Kojima. Minoru Suzuki appeared as he declared war on NOAH’s turf.
[1/11] NOAH – Marufuji announced that he would take on Suzuki on 3/15. TMDK would also defend the GHC Tag belts against KES on 2/11.
[1/11] WRESTLE-1 – Manabu Soya defeated Keiji Mutoh via submission. Kaz Hayashi & Shuji retained the W-1 Tag belts against Yasufumi Nakanoue & Yusuke Kodama. KAI also defeated Masakatsu Funaki.
[1/12] NOAH – The official start of the Suzuki-gun NOAH invasion begins as they compete for the first time in the NOAH ring. Suzuki-gun completely dominated the NOAH wrestlers throughout the show.
[1/12] LEGEND – Tiger, Takatoriki, and Riki Choshu defeated Atsushi Onita’s team in the main event. LEONA (Fujinami) claimed his first career victory.
[1/12] AJPW – Zeus became the next contender for the Triple Crown belt after beating KENSO.
[1/13] NJPW/FANTASTICA MANIA – The opening of the joint NJPW & CMLL show was held.
[1/16] DRAGON GATE – Jimmy Susumu became the next contender for the Open The Dream Gate Championship. He challenged the champion BxB Hulk for a match on 2/5.
[1/18] NJPW/FANTASTICA MANIA – Ultimo Guerrero vs Atlantis took place at the Korakuen Hall.
[1/19] NJPW/FANTASTICA MANIA – The final show of the yearly series took place at Korakuen. Mascara Dorada announced that he signed a 1 year contract to compete in NJPW.
[1/22] Cho-Hanabi – Atsushi Onita unveiled that Bakuha-o championship belt with his opponent Yoshihiro Takayama.
[1/23] NOAH – Suzuki-gun continued to dominate NOAH as Suzuki stomped on the NOAH flag and had no respect for the late Mitsuharu Misawa.
[Super Fireworks News] The official “Blast King” belt has been unveiled as Atsushi Onita and Yoshihiro Takayama took part in the official title signing heading into tomorrow’s first ever Cho Hanabi show.The Adviser of the Cho Hanabi shows Megumi Kudo attended the press as well to announce the official match type to be a “No-rope Barbed-wire Electric Current Blast Double Bat Double Hell Death Match”. Takayama stated that he is looking to revenge against Onita as this will be the third time they have faced in the last year, as he has gotten stronger with each and every time he has competed in death matches. Takayama then stated that the new belt is definitely for him as he looks to be crowned the very first champion. Onita though as the pioneer of blast death matches boasts his own confidence heading into the match as he aims to continue showing “Jado aka the evil course” as is ever lasting.As originally mentioned the main plate of the “Blast King / 爆破王” belt has been made of granite and dusted with a old overlay. The crane on the top of the belt represents a symbol in Japan (long life and happiness), the mountain, Mt. Fuji, of course being another symbol of Japan, then the two plates on the side representing “the world” and style of “hardcore”. Onita stated that this is he very pleased with how the belt came out and hopes that it can become another treasure of Japanese pro-wrestling.Below is the announced event card…Noodle Norio Presents Naniwa Cho Hanabi (Super Fireworks) ~ First Blast King Championship Finals ~, 1/23/2015 [Fri] 18:30 @ BODYMAKER COLOSSEUM, 2nd Stadium in Osaka(1) Jado-gun vs Osaka-gun 6 Man Tag Match: Ichiro Yaguchi, Hideki Hosaka & Kenichi Fuji vs. GUNSO, YO-HEY & HAYATA(2) Congratulations! Miss Mongolia Wedding Anniversary ~ FMW OG Set Match: Miss Mongolia vs. Kanjyuro Matsuyama~ Special Referee: Megumi Kudo(3) Dangan Yankees vs Voodoo Murders 6 Man Tag Match: Masato Tanaka, Ikuto Hidaka & Magnitude Kishiwada [FREE] vs. TARU, ‘brother’ YASSHI & Ryoji Sai(4) Kohei Sato [ZERO1] & Hideki Suzuki [FREE] vs. Shinjiro Otani [ZERO1] & Daisuke Sekimoto [BJW](5) First Blast King Championship Decision ~ No-rope Barbed-wire Electric Current Blast Double Bat Double Hell Death Match: Atsushi Onita vs. Yoshihiro Takayama [1/23] Cho-Hanabi – Yoshihiro Takayama became the first ever Bakuha-o champion after he beat Onita.
[1/24] NOAH – Suzuki-gun claimed a win after a 5 vs 5 elimination match. Atsushi Kotoge defended the GHC Jr. belt against Daisuke Harada. Taichi and Zack Sabre challenged the champion after the match.
[1/25] DDT – Kota Ibushi teamed with Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi.
[1/25] TAKA & Taichi Produce – TAKA, Taichi & Desperado lost to K.E.S. (Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.) in a special tag match.
[1/26] NOAH – Marufuji announced that he would be bringing in someone to compete on NOAH’s side against Suzuki-gun.
[1/29] FREEDOMS – Masashi Takeda & Jun Kasai defended the FREEDOM TAG belts against El Hijo del Winger Uno & El Hijo del Winger Dos (Brahman Bros.).
[1/30] WRESTLE-1 – Keiji Mutoh defended the W-1 Championship against Manabu Soya. Hayashi & Kondo defended the W-1 Tag belts against KAZMA SAKAMOTO & Koji Doi. KAI also defeated Masayuki Kono. Shotaro Ashino and Kumagoro both made their in-ring debuts.
[1/31] AJPW – A show was held in memorial to Giant Baba’s 17th anniversary since his passing. Suwama also faced Genichiro Tenryu for the first time ever in a tag match.

About BushidoRX

I have been following Japanese Pro Wrestling for 20 years now and I have also been doing some form of covering it either in news or results for nearly 15 years as well. I got my start in promotions like AJPW, NJPW, FMW and Michinoku Pro. With All Japan being my go to promotion till this very day. Throughout the years I have followed All Japan more closely than any of the others out there, and thus I have taken it upon myself to keep people informed with what is happening all throughout sport in Japan. If it does not appear on the news feed I either do not follow it closely enough to relate the information or it just not my go to promotion in general. Follow Puroresu Spirit, which is my personal site, as I do my best to keep you all informed with what is happening in the land of the rising sun.
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