News Listing for September 30, 2016


Naomichi Marufuji, Akebono, and Taiji Ishimori took part in a press conference in Tokyo, Japan to release the event card for upcoming special AAA in Japan event on October 26.

Marufuji and Akebono namely will be apart of the big 6 man tag main event which will feature them both teaming with Rey Mysterio to take on the combination of Pentagon Jr., Brian Cage, and El Texano Jr. Which is sure to be a mix of speed and power with Akebono enormous size over everyone else, but then the strength of one Brian Cage to attempt to be the other teams balance for the match.

Ishimori was present as he will be taking part in a special triple threat match as he takes on Drago and Aero Star in what is sure to catch everyone’s eyes in terms of speed and high-flying.

Below is the announced event card at this time…

Lucha Libre AAA Japan Tour “STAR BATTLE JAPAN 2016”, 10/26/2016 [Wed] 19:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo

(1) Primera Lucha: KENSO [FREE], Faby Apache,  Pimpinela Escarlata & Dinastia vs. Toshizo [FREE (Ryuji Hijikata)], Natsu Sumire, Mamba & Mini Abismo Negro
(2) Lucha De Extremo: Jack Evans & Angelico vs. Masato Tanaka & Ikuto Hidaka [both ZERO1]
(3) High Fly Triple Threat: Drago vs. Taiji Ishimori [NOAH] vs. Aero Star
(4) Lucha De International: DAGA & TAYA vs. Australian Suicide & Aja Kong
(5) Revancha De Triplemania 24: Psycho Clown vs Pagano
(6) Lucha De Super Estrellas: Rey Mysterio, Akebono [Oudou] & Naomichi Marufuji [NOAH] vs. Pentagon Jr., Brian Cage & El Texano Jr.

[Side note: appears the event will air on AAA Sin Limite]


It was formally announced today that the promotion would be coming to a close following Kintaro “WING” Kanemura’s retirement which is happening at the end of the year.

Three more shows are still scheduled for the promotion on 10/2 in Kita-Senju, 10/22 in Nagoya, and 12/25 at the Shinkiba 1stRING. The group was formed back in 2004 by Kanemura and their first ever show was held that August. The promotion suffered many setbacks and controversies, but was revived in 2010 with HASEGAWA taking over the role general manager of public relations. Then Tomohiko Hashimoto also acting as a representative for the promotion. HASEGAWA thanked everyone for their support throughout the years, but stated that is is painful to let have to let the promotion end. Though with that said he aims to see the final 3 shows to become a final united and strong effort from the wrestlers to the fans.

Those who attended the press conference…

Tetsuhiro Kuroda
Kintaro Kanemura
HASEGAWA (General Manager of Public Relations)
Tomohiko Hashimoto
Daisaku Shimoda
Toshiaki Terao
Takumi Sakurai
Masaru Kameda
Judge Kaneko (General Manager, referee)
Takafumi Suzuki (ring announcer)
Tatsuya Machida (Spokesman, ring announcer)

Apache Pro-Wrestling Army 2016 Final Series

Apache Army, 10/2/2016 [Sun] 13:00 @ Kita-Senju Theater 1010 in Tokyo

(1) Kuniyoshi Wada & Toshiaki Terao vs. Hazard & Syuoh Fujiwara
(2) MIKAMI, Masaru Kameda & Takumi Sakurai vs. Hayate, Masamune & Wataru Morube
(3) HASEGAWA & Rion Mizuki vs. Manabu Hara & Yosuke Enomoto
(4) WEW Tag Championship Match: [Champions] Kintaro Kanemura & Tetsuhiro Kuroda vs. [Challenger] Tomohiko Hashimoto & Keisuke Okuda
(5) WEW Heavyweight Championship Match: [Champion] Koji Kanemoto vs. [Challenger] Hi69

10/22/2016 [Sat] 19:00 @ Nagoya City Sportiva Arena in Aichi

“Final Show”, 12/25/2016 [Sun] 12:30 @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo


~ It was announced that HARASHIMA would be receiving the the KO-D Openweight title match at the big show in Osaka on 12/4, after he won the coveted #1 spot from the fan election. Though first the #2 ranked Danshoku Dino will be challenging Shuji Ishikawa for the belt on October 23 at Korakuen.

~ DAMNATION also won the #1 spot among the groups in DDT and will be receiving their own self-produced show in the near future.

~ Female wrestler Akai Saki will officially be joining DDT themselves as she has been competing under the DDT talent agency Oscar Promotion. Though she will still remain under Oscar Promotion in regards to all her media appearances.

DDT “DDT Special 2016”, 10/23/2016 [Sun] 12:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo

(0) Toru Owashi (#21) & Yuko Miyamoto (#24) vs. MAO (#21) & Kazusada Higuchi (#23)
(1) Shunma Katsumata (#11) & Makoto Oishi (#17) vs. Kazuki Hirata (#14) & Yasu Urano (#19)
(2) Soma Takao (#8) vs. Akito (#11) vs. Keisuke Ishii (#13)
(3) Konosuke Takeshita (#7) & Antonio Honda (#12) vs. KUDO (#8) & Yukio Sakaguchi (#15)
(4) DDT Special Great Single Match: Ken Ohka (#16) vs. Super Sasadango Machine (#18)
(5) DDT Special Great Single Match: Akai Saki (#9) vs. Cherry (#20)
(6) DDT Special Great Single Match: Daisuke Sasaki (#3) vs. Masahiro Takanashi (#4)
(7) DDT Special Great Single Match: HARASHIMA (#1) vs. Tetsuya Endo (#5)
(8) DDT Special Great Single ~ KO-D Openweight Championship Match: [Champion] Shuji Ishikawa vs. [Challenger] Danshoku Dino


The divided blocks and matches were announced for the upcoming “DNA-GP (Grand Prix)” which will be taking place next month.


○ Kazusada Higuchi
○ Kouki Iwasaki
○ Rekka
○ Yuki Ueno [Debut]
○ Royce Isaacs [Japan Debut]


○ Shunma Katsumata
○ Guanchulo
○ Mizuki Watase
○ Daiki Shimomura
○ Nobuhiro Shimatani
○ Mike Bailey

DNA 22 ~ DNA-Grand Pix 2016, 10/17/2016 [Mon] 19:00 @ Shinjuku FACE in Tokyo

() DNA-GP B BLOCK : Mizuki Watase vs. Nobuhiro Shimatani
() DNA-GP B BLOCK : Mike Bailey vs. Daiki Shimomura
() DNA-GP B BLOCK : Shunma Katsumata vs. Guanchulo
() DNA-GP A BLOCK : Rekka vs. Royce Isaacs
() DNA-GP A BLOCK : Kouki Iwasaki vs. MAO
() DNA-GP A BLOCK : Kazusada Higuchi vs. Yuki Ueno

DNA 22 ~ DNA-Grand Pix 2016, 10/18/2016 [Tue] 19:00 @ Shinjuku FACE in Tokyo

() DNA-GP B BLOCK : Mizuki Watase vs. Mike Bailey
() DNA-GP B BLOCK : Guanchulo vs. Nobuhiro Shimatani
() DNA-GP B BLOCK : Shunma Katsumata vs. Daiki Shimomura
() DNA-GP A BLOCK : MAO vs. Yuki Ueno
() DNA-GP A BLOCK : Kouki Iwasaki vs. Rekka
() DNA-GP A BLOCK : Kazusada Higuchi vs. Royce Isaacs

DNA 22 ~ DNA-Grand Pix 2016, 10/19/2016 [Wed] 19:00 @ Shinjuku FACE in Tokyo

() DNA-GP B BLOCK : Mizuki Watase vs. Daiki Shimomura
() DNA-GP B BLOCK : Guanchulo vs. Mike Bailey
() DNA-GP B BLOCK : Shunma Katsumata vs. Nobuhiro Shimatani
() DNA-GP A BLOCK : Rekka vs. Yuki Ueno
() DNA-GP A BLOCK : Kouki Iwasaki vs. Royce Isaacs
() DNA-GP A BLOCK : Kazusada Higuchi vs. MAO

DNA 22 ~ DNA-Grand Pix 2016, 10/20/2016 [Thu] 19:00 @ Shinjuku FACE in Tokyo

() DNA-GP B BLOCK : Nobuhiro Shimatani vs. Mike Bailey
() DNA-GP B BLOCK : Guanchulo vs. Daiki Shimomura
() DNA-GP B BLOCK : Shunma Katsumata vs. Mizuki Watase
() DNA-GP A BLOCK : MAO vs. Royce Isaacs
() DNA-GP A BLOCK : Kouki Iwasaki vs. Yuki Ueno
() DNA-GP A BLOCK : Kazusada Higuchi vs. Rekka

DNA 22 ~ DNA-Grand Pix 2016, 10/21/2016 [Fri] 19:00 @ Shinjuku FACE in Tokyo

() DNA-GP B BLOCK : Daiki Shimomura vs. Nobuhiro Shimatani
() DNA-GP B BLOCK : Guanchulo vs. Mizuki Watase
() DNA-GP B BLOCK : Shunma Katsumata vs. Mike Bailey
() DNA-GP A BLOCK : Yuki Ueno vs. Royce Isaacs
() DNA-GP A BLOCK : MAO vs. Rekka
() DNA-GP A BLOCK : Kazusada Higuchi vs. Kouki Iwasaki

() DNA-GP FINAL Match :


~ Akira Tozawa formally announced that he will be leaving the promotion as he will be joining WWE for their cruiserweight division. His final match in DG is being set for 11/3 in Osaka.

~ Dragon Kid and Eita will be challenging Susumu and Kagetora for the Twin Gate belts on 10/2 at Hakata StarLanes.

~ 10/12 at Korakuen will feature a unit disbands match between ME and Verserk (Yoshino, Tozawa, Shachi, Shimizu & Peter vs Takagi, Doi, T-Hawk, YASSHI & Cyber). Also for the show Rindaman, who just joined Verserk, will be challenging Eita for the Brave Gate belt.


~ The full event card was announced for the 10/10 show.

WRESTLE-1 TOUR 2016 UPDRAFT, 10/10/2016 [Mon] 16:00 @ Chiba Prefectural Tateyama Sports Park Gymnasium

() Koji Doi vs. Jay Freddie
() KAI & Hiroki Murase vs. Kotaro Suzuki & Sho Shindo
() Yusuke Kodama & Seigo Tachibana vs. Kaz Hayashi & Jun Tonsho
() Jiro “Ikemen” Kuroshio vs. Yuji Hino
() Manabu Soya vs. Kumagoro
() Daiki Inaba, Andy Wu, Seiki Yoshioka & Kohei Fujimura vs. Masayuki Kono, Shuji Kondo, NOSAWA Rongai & MAZADA

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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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