A couple more matches were announced for the upcoming show on October 9 at Korakuen, 10/19 show in Mito, and the Osaka show on 10/22.
Among the main additions is Jun Akiyama taking on Manabu Soya in a singles match. Akiyama was furious at Soya just showing up in All Japan and calling out a match against Omori earlier in October as Soya was willing to accept any challenge from Akiyama in return. At first it was asking for his own talent to receive a rematch against the young heavyweights from W-1 with Soya hinting that he would have even accepted a match against the veteran as well. Which is now going to happen.
Then it was also announced that Yohei Nakajima and SUSHI will be taking on the W-1 junior team of Seiki Yoshioka and Jiro “Ikemen” Kuroshio. Yoshioka specifically might be looking for a singles match against Yohei for the GAORA TV belt. An All Japan versus WRESTLE-1 war appears to be in full swing which we will see what may come about it all in the future.
Then for the 10/19 show in Mito. It was announced that Suwama will be teaming with Super Tiger to take on the heel Tiger combination of the mysterious Great Tiger and the 5th generation Black Tiger in a special tag match.
Then lastly the World Junior Heavyweight Champion Soma Takao was added to the Osaka show on 10/22, as he teams with Jake Lee and Yuma Aoyagi to take on the team of Rikiya Fudo, YO-HEY and HAYATA.
~ The full event cards were announced for the two upcoming shows which will feature a singles and then a tag tournament taking place.
Isami Kodaka Pro Wrestling “2nd Annual Shinjuku Chijo Saidai Budokai”, 9/28/2016 [Wed] 19:00 @ Shinjuku FACE in Tokyo
(1) First Round Match: Shiori Asahi [K-DOJO] vs. Tatsuhiko Yoshino [GUTS]
(2) First Round Match: Isami Kodaka vs. Kei Brahman [FREE]
(3) First Round Match: FUMA vs. Kengo Mashimo [K-DOJO]
(4) First Round Match: Yasu Urano [DDT] vs. Daisuke Sekimoto [BJW]
(5) Second Round Match: Riho vs. Winner of (Asahi/Yoshino)
(6) Second Round Match: Winner of Kodaka/Brahman vs. Manami Toyota
(7) Semi-final Match: Winner of X/Asahi/Yoshino vs. Winner of FUMA/Mashimo
(8) Semi-final Match: Winner of Urano/Sekimoto vs. Winner of Kodaka/Brahman/Toyota
(9) Trans Am ★ Hiroshi, Takumi Tsukamoto & SAGAT vs. Ryuichi Sekine, Ryota Nakatsu & Koji Iwamoto
(10) Shinjuku Chijo Saidai Budokai Final Match:
~ Then the event card was updated for the show on October 5. Which will feature the first round matches of the “ION FITS TAG TOURNAMENT”.
BASARA, 10/5/2016 [Wed] 19:30 @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo
() Hi69 & Madoka [both FREE] vs. Kazuhiro Tamura & Daisuke Kanehira [both HEAT-UP]
() IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT 1st Round Match (A) : Daichi Kazato & Tomoya Kawamura vs. Trans Am ★ Hiroshi & SAGAT
() IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT 1st Round Match (B) : Koji Iwamoto & Fuminori Abe vs. FUMA & Yusuke Kubo
() IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT 1st Round Match (C) : Ryuichi Sekine & Ryota Nakatsu vs. Goma Ryu & Masamune
() IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT 1st Round Match (D) : Isami Kodaka & Takumi Tsukamoto vs. Shinjiro Otani & Sean Guinness
It was announced that Kankuro Hoshino will be defending the Deathmatch Heavy belt against Isami Kodaka on November 22 at the Korakuen Hall. This will mark the first time since May of 2014 since Kodaka was champion and competed in a match for the belt.
BJW, 11/22/2016 [Tue] 19:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(-) BJW Deathmatch Heavyweight Championship Match: [33rd Champion] Kankuro Hoshino vs. [Challenger] Isami Kodaka
~ 3rd title defense.
It was announced that KO-D Tag belts will be in defense on October 9 as HARASHIMA and Yuko Miyamoto will once more be taking on the team of Daisuke Sasaki and Tetsuya Endo.
DDT “Sapporo Pro-Wrestling Festa 2016 ~ DDT Uni”, 10/9/2016 [Sun] 20:00 @ Sapporo Sasukino Mars Gym in Hokkaido
(-) KO-D Tag Championship Match: [Champions] HARASHIMA & Yuko Miyamoto vs. [Challengers] Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo
HARD HIT NEWS
~ The full event card was announced for the upcoming Shinkiba show on October 2.
HARD HIT ~ Best of the super grapplers, 10/2/2016 [Sun] 18:00 @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo
() NicoPro Cup NEXT CONTENDERS 1DAY Tournament ~ 1st Round : Shunpei Ota [P’sLAB] vs. Shibata [P’sLAB]
() NicoPro Cup NEXT CONTENDERS 1DAY Tournament ~ 1st Round : Takahiro Tababa [FREE] vs. Masao Ando [FREE]
() NicoPro Cup NEXT CONTENDERS 1DAY Tournament ~ 1st Round : Kenta Hattori [Kachofugetsu] vs. Katsumi Tamagawa [FREE]
() NicoPro Cup NEXT CONTENDERS 1DAY Tournament ~ 1st Round : Yutaka Kobayashi [U-FILE] vs. Toshiya Kawarai [Kachofugetsu]
() Hiroyo Matsumoto & Kaori Yoneyama vs. Emi Tomimatsu & Seki Yukiko
() Kotaro Suzuki & Yuji Hino [both FREE] vs. Koji Iwamoto [Sportiva] & Takeshi Okada [Kachofugetsu]
() Hard Hit Grappling Rules : Ryoji Sai [LAND’S END] vs. Takatoshi Matsumoto [Kachofugetsu]
() Hard Hit Grappling Rules : SUSHI [AJPW] vs. Takuya Wada [FREE]
() Hard Hit Grappling Rules : Hikaru Sato [Pancrase MISSION] vs. Hideki Suzuki [FREE]
Following the conclusion of the “DESTRUCTION” tour of shows this month, New Japan will now be focusing one of the last big shows of 2016 in “KING OF PRO-WRESTLING” on October 10 at the Ryogoku Kokugikan.
Of course the previously announced main event will feature Kazuchika Okada defending the IWGP Heavyweight belt against Naomichi Marufuji, Stemming form Marufuji claiming the upset win over the champion in the G1 CLIMAX in July.
As for the new matches, Kenny Omega will be putting up his “Tokyo Dome IWGP Challenge Rights” on the line against Hirooki Goto in the semi-final match of the night. Even though Goto originally lost to Omega at the final match of this years G1 CLIMAX, and how Omega won the rights, he has raised the challenge for a rematch that only can be fitting at the same hall that their original match took place.
Kyle O’Reilly will also be receiving the next challenge for the NEVER Openweight belt against Katsuyoshi Shibata. Shibata just defending the belt against O’Reilly’s partner Bobby Fish during the “DESTRUCTION” tour. Shibata is currently nursing on-going spine issues, but has stated that he will be a fighting champion. As it will take a lot for him to not be able to defend the belt.
Then an 8 man tag match has been set as the new IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito teams with his fellow L.I.J. teammates in SANADA, EVIL, and BUSHI to take on Hiroshi Tanahashi, Michael Elgin, KUSHIDA, and ROH’s Jay Lethal. As Lethal is no longer a member of the L.I.J.
The Briscoe Brothers will be defending the IWGP Tag belts against another set of brothers in the “Guerrillas of Destiny” Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa. The challengers were champions in the past and this will mark their first challenge in 4 months. A rematch from the 6.19 “DOMINION” show in Osaka.
Then the IWGP Junior Tag belts will be in defense, as the “Young Bucks” defend against the team of Ricochet and David Finlay. This match coming about after Finlay was made Ricochet and Kojima’s partner for the NEVER 6 Man Tag belts due to Matt Sydal being unable to make it to the originally scheduled defense. Ricochet and Finlay have hit it off as a team as Finlay is hungry to breakout further in his career and Ricochet having on-going issues with the Young Bucks in general.
Then with Marufuji representing NOAH in the main event. A special 8 man tag match will be featured early on in the show as New Japan takes on NOAH. As the New Japan veteran team of Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima, Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi take on Go Shiozaki, Maybach Taniguchi, Katsuhiko Nakajima & Masa Kitamiya.
A special pre-show match match will be held in honor of Bushiroad’s revival of the Tiger Mask anime. As a maskman showdown will take place as Tiger Mask takes on Red Death Mask.
Before the big show though, New Japan will be holding “NEW JAPAN ROAD” on October 8 which will feature prelude’s to the following big event. Though a title match will be taking place as Kojima, Ricochet and Finaly will be defending the NEVER 6 Man Tag belts against the CHAOS Junior combination of Will Ospreay, Rocky Romero and Barreta in the semi-final match of the night.
The main event will feature Hiroshi Tanahashi, Michael Elgin, KUSHIDA & Jay Lethal taking on Tetsuya Naito, SANADA, EVIL & BUSHI. KUSHIDA of course is vying for a rematch for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight belt and Elgin is also aiming for a rematch for the IWGP Intercontinental belt. Which both match could be set for the “POWER STRUGGLE” event in November. Lethal will also be teaming with the New Japan regulars following his falling out with L.I.J. in August, so he could be looking to enact upon his own revenge as well.
Then a double prelude 8 man tag match will be held. As Goto teams with Tomohiro Ishii, and the IWGP Tag Champions Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe to take on Omega, Bad Luck Fale, and the challengers for the IWGP Tag belts Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa. Both sides will be looking for the early momentum heading into the following event, but it should make for a solid encounter nonetheless.
Captain New Japan will be changing his name to “BONE SOLDIER” following his betrayal on Yoshitatsu on 9/25. He will be debuting his new persona on the 10/8 show as the newest member of BULLET CLUB. Now the question remains as if this will be a career revival for him or if he will just end up being a “bullet” sponge for the group.
Pro Wrestling NOAH announced the full event cards for October tour, namely for the bigger shows that take place on 10/8 and 10/23 shows.
As it was previously announced for the 10/8 show, Naomichi Marufuji and Toru Yano will face Kazuchika Okada and YOSHI-HASHI. Though now it will be with the GHC Tag belts on the line. This will also be in prelude Marufuji’s IWGP Title challenge against Okada on October 10 at New Japan’s “KING OF PRO-WRESTLING”.
Though on the NOAH front Takashi Sugiura will be defending his GHC Heavyweight Championship against Katsuhiko Nakajima on October 23 at the big show in Yokohama. This follows Sugiura’s defense against, Nakajima’s former fellow DIAMOND RING/Kensuke Sasaki students, against Masa Kitamiya on 9/23. Nakajima came out after the match to assert himseld as a challenger against Sugiura which has now been made official. Nakajima last competed for the GHC belt earlier this year on 3/19 which Sugiura managed to win with the help of SZKG. It shall be interested to see how different Nakajima can tip the match in his favor given that the SZKG presence will still be looming over the match.
Then it was also announced that Yoshinobu Kanemaru will be receiving his rematch against Atsushi Kotoge for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship on 10/23 as well. Kotoge bested the former champion on the 9/23 show.
The full event card was announced for the October 2 show in Saitama. Which will feature two prelude matches for the newly announced W-1 Tag defense.
WRESTLE-1 TOUR 2016 UPDRAFT, 10/2/2016 [Sun] 13:00 @ Kawaguchi Industrial Technology Center in Saitama
() Masayuki Kono & Shuji Kondo vs. Seigo Tachibana & Jun Tonsho
() Jiro “Ikemen” Kuroshio & Kohei Fujimura vs. Yuji Hino & NOSAWA Rongai
() W-1 Tag Prelude: Kaz Hayashi vs Hiroki Murase
() W-1 Tag Prelude: KAI & Jay Freddie vs. Kotaro Suzuki & MAZADA
() UWA World 6 Man Tag Championship Match: [51st Champions] Daiki Inaba, Andy Wu & Seiki Yoshioka vs. [Challengers] Yusuke Kodama, Koji Doi & Kumagoro
Then the W-1 Tag belts will be in defense as Kaz Hayashi and Kotaro Suzuki will be defending the belts against the team of KAI and Hiroki Murase on the October 9 show at Korakuen.
“WRESTLE-1 TOUR 2016 UPDRAFT”, 10/9/2016 [Sun] 12:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(-) Reika Saiki vs. Kyoko Kimura
(-) Manabu Soya vs. Takao Omori
(-) 5 vs 5 Elimination Match: Daiki Inaba, Koji Doi, Jiro “Ikemen” Kuroshio, Kumagoro & Kohei Fujimura vs. Masayuki Kono, Shuji Kondo, Jun Kasai, Yuji Hino & NOSAWA Rongai
(-) WRESTLE-1 Cruiserweight Championship Match: [5th Champion] Yusuke Kodama vs. [Challenger] Jay Freddie
~ 2nd title defense.
(-) WRESTLE-1 Tag Championship Match: [Champions] Kaz Hayashi & Kotaro Suzuki vs. [Challengers] KAI & Hiroki Murase
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