Japanese Pro-Wrestling in 2016, A Year in Review


[11/1] NOAH – It was announced that NOAH was purchased by Estbee Corporation.  The promotion would be undergoing a restructuring as Masayuki Uchida, former All Japan President, was announced to taking over as President of the promotion. Akira Taue would remain as a close adviser though.
[11/2] WRESTLE-1 – Masayuki Kono defeated Daiki Inaba to recapture the W-1 belt for the first time in nearly 2 years. Yusuke Kodama defended the W-1 Cruiser belt against Kaz Hayashi.
[11/3] NOAH – The “Global League” began at the Korakuen Hall. The main event saw Naomichi Marufuji taking on Go Shiozaki.
[11/5] NJPW – Tetsuya Naito defended the IC belt against ROH’s Jay Lethal. Hiroshi Tanahashi made it known that he wants to compete for the IC belt at the Tokyo Dome. Hiromu Takahashi, former Young Lion, made his return to the New Japan ring as he called out KUSHIDA for the IWGP Junior belt. EVIL defeated Katsuyori Shibata to become the new NEVER Champion. Romero & Barreta defeated Ishimori & ACH to win the Junior Tag Tournament.
[11/6] K-DOJO – Kengo Mashimo defended the CHAMPION OF STRONGEST-K against Tank Nagai at Korakuen Hall. Ayato Yoshida & Kyu Mogami defeated Taishi Takizawa & Kotaro Yoshino to become the new STRONGEST-K TAG Champions. Then Ayumu Honda defeated Kaji Tomato to become the UWA World Middleweight Champion.
[11/6] ZERO1 – Kohei Sato held his 15th anniversary match at the Korakuen Hall, as he took on Daisuke Sekimoto.
[11/10] DRAGON GATE – Naruki Doi made it known that he wants to be the next challenger for the Dream Gate belt.
[11/12] WRESTLE-1 – Held their first ever A.C.E. show at the W-1 Dojo. The main event saw Takanori Ito taking on DNA’s Kazusada Higuchi.
[11/17] AJPW – Atsushi Aoki & Hikaru Sato won the Junior Tag League after they beat Soma Takao and Yuma Aoyagi in their final scheduled match.
[11/18] NJPW – The “World Tag League” began at the Korakuen Hall. Tetsuya Naito unveiled Rush to be the latest member of “Los Ingobernables de Japon”.
[11/22] BJW – Kankuro Hoshino defended the Deathmatch belt against Isami Kodaka. Daisuke Sekimoto came forward to assert himself as the next challenger for Kamitani’s World Strong reign.
[11/22] NOAH – Atsushi Kotoge defended the GHC Junior belt against Daisuke Harada. Masa Kitamiya defeated Naomichi Marufuji to earn win his block in the on-going Global League. The final match would be set as Kitamiya would take on Minoru Suzuki.
[11/23] NOAH – The final of the Global League was held at Korakuen. Minoru Suzuki would emerge the winner after a 35+ minute match against Kitamiya. Suzuki declared that he will reclaim the GHC belt for Suzuki-gun or that he would officially withdraw from the promotion. He made a stipulation that the same stands for Nakajima if he loses the belt. Archer and Smith also recaptured the GHC Tag belts from Marufuji and Yano.
[11/27] AJPW – Kento Miayahara defended the Triple Crown belt against Suwama at the Ryogoku Kokugikan. This would mark his 6th successful defense as champion. Zeus and Bodyguard would defeat Daisuke Sekimoto and Yuji Okabayashi to once more become the World Tag Champions. Keisuke Ishii would defeat his fellow DDT teammate Soma Takao to become the new World Junior Champion. W-1’s Jiro “Ikemen” Kuroshio defeated Yohei Nakajima to capture the GOARA TV belt. Joe Doering also announced that he would make his in-ring return in January 2017.
[11/28] Tokyo Gurentai – NOSAWA took on Mil Mascaras in a singles match for the first time in nearly four years. KIKUZAWA competed in his final match for the promotion before he would make his way to the USA.
[11/28] NOAH – Haruka Eigin passed away at the age of 70.

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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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