Japanese Pro-Wrestling in 2016, A Year in Review

FEBRUARY 2016

[2/1] NOAH – Maybach Taniguchi declared that he will be competing without the mask going forward. He wants to show his real face for NOAH.
[2/3] Misc – Keiji Mutoh, Kenta Kobashi, Genichiro Tenryu, Naomichi Marufuji, and others came together at the Ikegami Honmonji Temple, resting place for Rikidozan, for the annual Setsubun Festival.
[2/4] DRAGON GATE – “brother” YASSHI made his return to the DG ring after nearly 11 years.
[2/9] IGF – Crusher Kawaguchi announced his retirement.
[2/10] WRESTLE-1 – Yuji Hino defended the W-1 belt against Minoru Tanaka. KAI vs. Sanada took place, Kotaro Suzuki challenged for the Cruiser belt, and former All Japan rookie Keiichi Sato made his first appearance since leaving his debut promotion.
[2/11] NJPW – Kazuchika Okada defended the IWGP Heavy belt against Hirooki Goto. Though following the loss, Goto was invited to join the CHAOS faction. Katsuyori Shibata defended the NEVER belt against Tomohiro Ishii.
[2/12] AJPW – Kento Miyahara defeated Zeus to become the new Triple Crown Champion for the vacant belt. Becoming the youngest champion in history. The junior league also began.
[2/12] Misc – Former MMA fighter Kevin Randleman passed away. He competed in the original WRESTLE-1 in 2002 and HUSTLE several years later.
[2/14] NJPW – Kenny Omega defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi to capture the vacant IWGP IC belt. Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma defeated Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows to become the new IWGP Tag Champions. KUSHIDA also defended the IWGP Junior belt against BUSHI.
[2/18] BJW – Isami Kodaka and Yuko Miyamoto defended the Asia Tag belts against Kankuro Hoshino and Masato Inaba.
[2/19] NOAH – Atsushi Kotoge and Daisuke Harada defended the GHC Junior Tag belts against the SZKG team of Yoshinobu Kanemaru and Taichi.
[2/19] NJPW – Tomohiro Ishii defeated Roderick Strong to become the new ROH World TV Champion at ROH’s Honor Rising Japan.
[2/20] NJPW – Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows said their goodbye’s to the New Japan fans. Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks captured the NEVER 6 Tag belts.
[2/21] AJPW – Atsushi Aoki defeated Hikaru Sato to win the All Japan Junior League and in the process become the World Junior Champion.
[2/22] DDT/NJPW – Kota Ibushi announced his leave from his home promotion of DDT. He will still compete in the future, but his aim to is to expand his reach throughout the world.
[2/22] NJPW – Katsuhiko Harada was announced to be the new President of New Japan after Osamu Tezuka announced his leave of the position.
[2/24] NOAH – Katsuhiko Nakajima bested Minoru Suzuki to then challenge Takashi Sugiura for the GHC belt. Yoshinbou Kanemaru also captured the GHC Junior belt from Taiji Ishimori.
[2/25] NJPW – The first ever “LION’S GATE” show was held at the Shinjuku FACE. Yuji Nagata defeated Mitsuhiro Kitamiya in the main event of the show. Oka and Kitamura also took part in their first ever public exhibition in the New Japan ring.
[2/25] K-DOJO – Tank Nagai defended the STRONGEST-K belt against Taishi Takizawa at the main event at the Korakuen Hall.
[2/26] IGF – Antonio Inoki celebrated his 73rd birthday with a show at the Tokyo Dome City Hall.
[2/26] FMW – Atsushi Onita kept FMW from splitting as he defeated the “WING Monster Army”.
[2/28] DDT – HARASHIMA defeated Shigehiro Irie to become the next challenger for Isami Kodaka’s KO-D Openweight belt. Kendo Kashin also defended the EXTREME belt against Yoshiko.

About BushidoRX

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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