Jun Akiyama held a press conference to formally announce that Suwama has suffered an Achilles tendon rupture and will be unable to compete. This means that Suwama will be forced to relinquish the Triple Crown belt in the process. Suwama has underwent surgery and is now in the process of recuperation.
A title decision match has been set for February 12th as the next rightful contender Zeus takes on Kento Miyahara to determine the next champion.
In some more sad news, rookie Keiichi Sato has announced that he will be leaving All Japan, for the time being, due to his own decision as he is dealing with personal issues with his family and such. Nothing more has been said, but it appears All Japan has left the door open for him to return when and if he so chooses.
In other news dealing with the besides scenes aspect of the promotion, Atsushi Aoki has been appointed as the President of Talent Relations as of today and Takao Omori will be taking a position on the Board of Directors. Both will begin their duties in charge of All Japan from this day forward.
The GAORA TV match between Yohei Nakajima and Yuma Aoyagi has been made official for as well for 2/12. This show is also set to begin the “2016 Jr. BATTLE OF GLORY”.
All Japan Pro Wrestling “2016 Excite Series ~ Jr. BATTLE OF GLORY”, 2/12/2016 [Fri] 19:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(-) Jake Lee vs. Naoya Nomura
(-) Jun Akiyama, Takao Omori & Masanobu Fuchi vs. Shuji Ishikawa, Ultimo Dragon & Shigehiro Irie
(-) GAORA TV Championship Match: [7th Champion] Yohei Nakajima vs. [Challenger] Yuma Aoyagi
~ 2nd title defense.
(-) B BLOCK: Atsushi Aoki vs. Takeshi Minamino
(-) A BLOCK: Hikaru Sato vs. Atsushi Maruyama
(-) B BLOCK: SUSHI vs. Soma Takao
(-) B BLOCK: Ryuji Hijikata vs. Kazuki Hashimoto
(-) Triple Crown Championship Decision Match: Kento Miyahara vs. Zeus
~ Winner becomes the 55th generation champion.
The World Tag belts have been announced to be in defense on 2/21 as Zeus and The Bodyguard will defend against either Akiyama/Omori or Miyahara/Lee depending on who wins the contendership match set for 2/13.
All Japan Pro Wrestling “2016 Excite Series ~ Jr. BATTLE OF GLORY”, 2/13/2016 [Sat] 18:00 @ Choshi City Gymnasium in Chiba
(-) Zeus vs. Naoya Nomura
(-) Masanobu Fuchi & Yuma Aoyagi vs. Yohei Nakajima & Shigehiro Irie
(-) World Tag Cotendership Match: Jun Akiyama & Takao Omori vs. Kento Miyahara & Jake Lee
(-) B BLOCK: Atsushi Aoki vs. Soma Takao
(-) A BLOCK: SUSHI vs. Takeshi Minamino
(-) B BLOCK: Hikaru Sato vs. Kazuki Hashimoto
(-) B BLOCK: Ryuji Hijikata vs. Atsushi Maruyama
All Japan Pro Wrestling “2016 Excite Series ~ Jr. BATTLE OF GLORY”, 2/21/2016 [Sun] @ EDION Arena Osaka
(-) Masanobu Fuchi vs. Kuishinbo Kamen
(-) Ultimo Dragon & HUB vs. Billyken Kid & YO-HEY
(-) Naoya Nomura vs. Shigehiro Irie
(-) Jr. Special 6 Man Tag Match:
(-) Jr. BATTLE OF GLORY Final Match: A BLOCK #1 vs. B BLOCK #2
(-) World Tag Championship Match: [71st Champions] Zeus & The Bodyguard vs. [Challengers] (winners of 2/13 match)
~ 1st title defense
AJPW Event Cards for January & February 2016
Big Japan’s president Eiji Tosaka and All Japan president of talent relations Atsushi Aoki held a press conference to formally announce that the two promotions will be holding the upcoming “D-RIZE” shows together starting on January 18th. Then therein after every other month the two promotions will be alternating who hosts these shows.
These shows are set to focus on the young and up and coming talent of both promotions as they are set to compete against one another.
As of late there has been an increase of BJW competing in an All Japan ring here specifically with both Sekimoto and Okabayashi on the New Year shows earlier this month.
Aoki stated that he is fully committed in trying to expand this new venture especially with All Japan now hosting several talent that could benefit greatly from this kind experience of competing with/against other wrestlers.
Tosaka stated that he is fully in favor of both promotions hosting these shows every month as he hopes a strong showing of synergy can be met and in turn a mutual growth between the two promotions can be seen as well.
Below is the previously announced card in full…
D-RIZE, 1/18/2016 [Mon] 19:00 @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo
(1) Jake Lee [AJPW] vs. Kazumi Kikuta [BJW]
(2) Daisuke Sekimoto [BJW] vs. Yuma Aoyagi [AJPW]
(3) Shinobu  vs. Seiya Sanada [FREE]
(4) Yuji Okabayashi [BJW] & Tatsuhiko Yoshino [GUTS] vs. Yasufumi Nakanoue [W-1] & Hideyoshi Kamitani [BJW]
(5) Kazuki Hashimoto & Daichi Hashimoto [both BJW] vs. Atsushi Maruyama [FREE] & Atsushi Aoki [AJPW]
(6) Yoshihisa Uto [BJW] vs. Naoya Nomura [AJPW]