Japanese Pro-Wrestling in 2016, A Year in Review


[8/6] AJPW – Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi defended the World Tag belts against Kento Miyahara and Jake Lee. Daichi Hashimto made the next challenge for the belts as he wanted to team with Jun Akiyama. Atsushi Aoki & Hikaru Sato defended the Asia Tag belts against Takao Omori & Kazuhiro Tamura.
[8/6] WRESTLE-1 – Manabu Soya was announced to miss the upcoming challenge against KAI on 8/11. Daiki Inaba defeated Shuji Kondo to become the rightful challenger for the belt.
[8/11] AJPW – Yohei Nakajima defeated Takehi Minamino to recapture the GOARA TV belt.
[8/11] WRESTLE-1 – Daiki Inaba, who just earned the right to challenge, managed to land the biggest upset of his career as he defeated KAI For the W-1 Championship. The beginnings of the W-1 vs. AJPW feud was realized as Mutoh and Akiyama faced off in a six man tag match. Yusuke Kodama bested Kotaro Suzuki to become the new Cruiserweight Champion.
[8/12] NJPW – Kazuchika Okada and Hiroshi Tanahashi went to a time-limit draw om the final day of the G1 A BLOCK. This allowed the opening for Hirooki to claim the top spot for the block.
[8/13] NJPW – Kenny Omega defeated Tetsuya Naito to become the top spot holder of the G1 B BLOCK. The final was now set as Goto takes on Omega.
[8/14] NJPW – Kenny Omega would go on defeat Hirooki Goto to win the “G1 CLIMAX 26”. This would mark the first win ever for a non-Asian in the league. (Keep in mind Chono was technically born in the USA and Choshu was Korean.)
[8/17] WRESTLE-1 – KAZMA SAKAMOTO announced that he would become freelance from W-1 as of the end of the month.
[8/20] AJPW – Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuki Okabayashi defended the World Tag belts against Jun Akiyama and Daichi Hashimoto. Atsushi Aoki and Hikaru Sato defended the Asia Tag belts against Rey Paloma and Shoichi Uchida. Then Billyken Kid defeated Yohei Nakajima to become the new GOARA TV Champion.
[8/21] NJPW/NOAH – The final day of the “SUPER J-CUP 2016” took place at the Ariake Coliseum. KUSHIDA would defeat Yoshinobu Kanemaru in the final match to win the tournament. The Young Bucks defended the IWGP Jr. Tag belts against Alex Shelly & Chris Sabin. Then Daisuke Harada & Atsushi Kotoge defended the GHC Junior Tag belts against Taiji Ishimori and ACH.
[8/21] AJPW/LAND’S END – The two promotions held a joint show at the EDION Arena Osaka, 2nd Stadium. Jun Akiyama and Ryoji Sai took on Kento Miyahara and Shuji Ishikawa in the main event. Sai made a direct challenge to Miyahara following the match. Takao Omori and Yoshihiro Takayama teamed together for the first time in roughly three years, as they took on Suwama and Rikiya Fudo.
[8/24] BJW – Kohei Sato & Shuji Ishikawa defended the BJW Tag belts against Yuji Okabayashi & Yasufumi Nakanoue.
[8/25] NOAH – Takashi Sugiura defended the GHC Heavyweight belt against Maybach Taniguchi. Masa Kitamiya called out for the next challenge. Yoshinobu Kanemaru also defended the GHC Junior belt against Kenoh.
[8/27] Fire Pro – Atsushi Onita’s new affiliate promotion held their first show at the Differ Ariake in Tokyo. The main event saw Chavo Guerrero Sr., Atsushi Onita, Hideki Hosaka & NOSAWA Rongai taking on Kendo Kashin, Hideki Suzuki & Shogun Okamoto.
[8/27] AJPW – Kento Miyahara defended the Triple Crown belt against Ryoji Sai, for his 5th title defense. Daisuke Sekimoto and Yuji Okabayashi also defended the World Tag belts against the team of Suwama and Super Tiger.
[8/28] DDT – Held their big show at the Ryogoku Kokugikan. The main event saw Shuji Ishikawa defeat Konosuke Takeshita to become the new KO-D Champion. HARASHIMA and Yuko Miyamato defeated KAI and Ken Ohka to become the new KO-D Tag Champions. Soma Takao defeated Hikaru Sato to become the new AJPW World Junior Champion. Danshoku Dino defeated LiLiCo to become the new EXTREME champion. KUDO also made his return to the ring after being out of action for the last year.
[8/31] HEAT-UP – Kazuhiro Tamura defended the HEAT-UP Universal belt against Koji Iwamoto.

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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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