~ It was announced that Kazuchika Okada will be defending the IWGP Heavyweight belt against Naomichi Marufuji at “KING OF PRO-WRESTLING ’16” on October 10 at the Ryogoku Kokugikan. This match comes about after Marufuji claimed a direct win over the champion during the G1 CLIMAX.
~ Though before the big show, it was announced that Tetsuya Naito and Michael Elgin will be having a singles rematch on 9/25 in Kobe. This match could become an IWGP IC title match depending on if Elgin can defend the belt on 8/27 in ROH. The show will also feature the NEVER 6 Tag belts in defense as Kojima, Sydal & Ricochet defend against Adam Cole, Matt & Nick Jackson.
~ Kenny Omega will be putting his “Tokyo Dome IWGP Heavyweight Challenge Rights” against YOSHI-HASHI on 9/22 in Hiroshima. Even though Omega won the G1 he still suffered a couple losses that he will be forced to rectify if he wishes to go on to New Japan’s biggest show of the new year on 1/4/17. The IWGP Tag belts will also be in defense at The Briscoe Brothers defend against the Young Bucks, this being the Bucks first ever challenge for the heavy class belts.
~ The first big show of the tour will be on 9/17 in Ota Ward, Tokyo as KUSHIDA defends the IWGP Junior Heavyweight belt against BUSHI. This will be BUSHI’s second challenge against KUSHIDA this year, first being on 2/14 in Nagaoka. Though BUSHI holds a win over KUSHIDA stemming from the BOSJ just several months back. Katsuyori Shibata will also be defending the NEVER Openweight belt against Bobby Fish on the show. Fish holds a win over Shibata as the two faced in ROH on 8/20 for the ROH World TV belt.
~ New Japan will be holding the “LION’S GATE PROJECT 3” show on 9/1 at the Shinjuku FACE as the promotion’s latest rookie Henare will be making his debut on the show. Henare hails from New Zealand and joined the New Japan Training Camp this year. The 23 year old rookie boasts a strong physique of 180cm and weighs in at 104kg. Though he made his original pro debut back in 2012, he will be making a complete fresh start as New Japan wants him to start from the ground up. He will be taking on Quiet Storm from NOAH.
All the main cards for the upcoming tour of shows are currently listed on the website.
~ With the announcement of Marufuji taking on Okada in New Japan on October 10, it was announced that the two will meet just a couple days before that in a tag match in NOAH on October 8 at Korakuen. The show will also feature Harada and Kotoge defending the GHC Jr. Tag belts against the veteran team of Jado and Gedo.
Pro Wrestling NOAH “Autumn Navigation 2016”, 10/8/2016 [Sat] 18:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
() GHC Junior Tag Championship Match: [27th Champions] Daisuke Harada & Atsushi Kotoge vs. [Challengers] Jado & Gedo
() IWGP Heavyweight Prelude Special Tag Match: Naomichi Marufuji & Toru Yano vs. Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI [both NOAH]
~ The full card for the upcoming show on September 10 was announced. As Masakatsu Funaki will be defending the Legends belt against Shinjiro Otani in the main event of the show.
Real Japan Pro Wrestling / Satoru Sayama Produce “GOLDEN AGE OF THE TIGER ~ First Tiger Mask 35th Debut Anniversary Show”, 9/10/2016 [Sat] 17:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(1) Nobuyuki Kurashima [DRADITION] vs. Kotaro Nasu [FREE]
(2) Super Rider & LEONA [DRADITION] vs. Bear Fukuda [SECRET BASE] & YamamotoSAN [COMBO]
(3) Ultimo Dragon [Toryumon MEXICO] & Kazuhiko Ogasawara [FREE] vs. Black Tiger & Heat [both FREE]
(4) Masato Tanaka [ZERO1] & Taka Kunoh [Team Akira Ota] vs. Mitsuya Nagai [DRADITION] & Masato Shibata [FREE]
(5) Super Tiger, Masao Orihara [Mobius] & Hayato Mashita vs. Kendo Kashin, Hideki Suzuki & Shogun Okamoto [all FREE]
(6) Legend Championship Match: [10th Champion] Masakatsu Funaki (FREE) vs. [Challenger] Shinjiro Otani (ZERO1)
◆TOKYO GURENTAI NEWS◆
~ It was announced that Terry Funk will be unable to compete later this month due to a abdominal hernia. Terry will miss all other upcoming appearances that he had scheduled namely for DDT on 8/28.
Tokyo Gurentai “TOKYO CARNIVAL”, 8/25/2016 [Thu] @ Shinjuku FACE in Tokyo
(-) Special Single Match: NOSAWA Rongai vs. Akebono [Oudou]
(-) SUMMER DREAM ~ Midsummer of Shock ~: Seiya Sanada [FREE], MAZADA & FUJITA vs. Masato Tanaka [ZERO1], Kotaro Suzuki [FREE] & HARASHIMA [DDT]
(-) Special Single Match: Daisuke Sekimoto vs. KIKUZAWA
(-) Tokyo IC Tag Championship Match: [Champions] Hikaru Sato & Ryo Kawamura vs. [5th Challengers] Daisuke Ikeda & Takuya Kai
~ 1st title defense.
(-) Summer Vacation Special Tag Match: Chavo Guerrero, Mitsuo Momota & Chikara vs. Masao Inoue, Kaz Hayashi & Jiro “Ikemen” Kuroshio [both W-1]
~ A press conference was held for the upcoming W-1 Championship and Cruiserweight title matches that are to be held on September 18 at Korakuen.
~ Following his loss over the now super rookie of the promotion, Daiki Inaba, KAI stated that he will not suffer defeat again as he looks to reclaim the belt. Inaba though stated that his win was not a fluke and will prove that he has earned the title win through his hard work. KAI appeared confident in his claims to become champion yet again, though Inaba has much yet to prove to be a fighting champion that W-1 needs at this time.
~ Then the two same generation wrestlers in Kodama and Yoshioka will face-off for the belt on the show. The new champion Kodama is eager to prove himself as a fighting champion as he aims to build upon the future of the cruiser division in the promotion. Yoshioka though much the same is aiming to claim the belt himself as he aims to build upon his own path as well.
~ Below is the announced card for the show at this time…
WRESTLE-1 TOUR 2016 3rd ANNIVERSARY, 9/18/2016 [Sun] 12:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
() Ito & Shinohara Double Debut Match: NOSAWA Rongai & MAZADA vs. Takanori Ito & Dennis Shinohara
() Hiroshi Yamato, Andy Wu, Seigo Tachibana & Jun Tonsho vs. Hiroki Murase, Kohei Fujimura, Shota [GUTS] & Sho Shindo
() Jun Kasai [FREEDOMS] vs. Kumagoro
() Jiro “Ikemen” Kuroshio vs. Masayuki Kono
() Koji Doi vs. Yuji Hino [FREE]
() WRESTLE-1 Cruiserweight Championship Match: [5th Champion] Yusuke Kodama vs. [Challenger] Seiki Yoshioka
~ 1st title defense.
() WRESTLE-1 Tag Decision Match: Kaz Hayashi & Kotaro Suzuki (FREE) vs. Shuji Kondo & “brother” YASSHI
~ Winners become the 7th generation champions.
() WRESTLE-1 Championship Match: [9th Champion] Daiki Inaba vs. [Challenger] KAI
~ 1st title defense.