~ First up Tokyo Sports announced their end of the year award winners. They are as follows…
2016 Tokyo Sports Award Winners
・ Best Wrestler Award : Tetsuya Naito (NJPW)
~ The leader of “Los Ingobernables de Japón”. He won the IWGP Heavyweight belt in April of this year and won the NEW JAPAN CUP 2016 as well. He ends the year by holding the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.
・ Match of the Year Award : Naomichi Marufuji vs. Kazuchika Okada (NJPW – G1 : A BLOCK), 7/18 in Sapporo
~ Noted as a remarkable match that set the bar for the remainder of the years G1 CLIMAX. Both men put everyone on the line as they have earned the big honor as a result. This marks the third consecutive year for Okada to win this award and the first time in 8 years for Marufuji.
・ Best Tag Team Award : Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi (BJW)
~ Noted as one of the best tag teams in Japan today. The Strong Big Japan combination has dominated Big Japan and even All Japan this year. As they recently came out of holding the AJPW World Tag belts.
・ Outstanding Performance Award : Kento Miyahara (AJPW)
~ The youngest, and current reigning, Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion. Miyahara has driven himself to be the leading wrestler in All Japan today by overcoming every challenger, let alone challenge, that has been set before him. In November he bested the Ace of All Japan Suwama to secure himself his own claim to the title.
・ Fighting Spirit Award : Katsuhiko Nakajima (NOAH)
~ The current reigning GHC Heavyweight Champion. He joined NOAH this year and became the man to complete eliminate the Suzuki-gun invasion. First defeating Sugiura to win the belt in October and then defeating Suzuki himself just this month. Nakajima looks poised to defend the honor of NOAH.
・ Technique Award : Kenny Omega (NJPW)
~ The current leader of BULLET CLUB and G1 CLIMAX 2016 winner. He became the first foreigner to win the league let alone in his first ever appearance in the G1 itself.
・ Rookie of the Year Award : Chihiro Hashimoto (Sendai Girls)
~ She debuted in October of 2015 and in a years time managed to upset her teacher Meiko Satomura to become the current Sendai Girls World Champion.
・ Joshi Wrestler of the Year : Io Shirai (Stardom)
~ A second consecutive year award win for her.
・ Special Achievement Award : Hayabusa
~ A special honor indeed to the late Hayabusa as he passed away back on March 3 of this year.
~ The final match of the “World’s Strongest Tag League 2016” is now set as “NEXTREAM” Miyahara and Lee will be taking on the unbeaten team of the league “GET WILD” Takao Omori and Manabu Soya.
[Update: The full event card was released, 12/15.]
All Japan Pro-Wrestling “2016 Sekai Seikyo Tag League”, 12/18/2016 [Sun] 12:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
() Yohei Nakajima & SUSHI vs. Black Tiger VII & Shin Black Tiger (both FREE)
() Naoya Nomura, Yuma Aoyagi & Ryuji Hijikata (FREE) vs. Koji Doi (W-1), Kumagoro (W-1) & Fuminori Abe (Sportiva)
() Osamu Nishimura & Yutaka Yoshie (both FREE) vs. Ryoji Sai & Rikiya Fudo (both LAND’S END)
() Masanobu Fuchi & Ultimo Dragon (Toryumon MEXICO) vs. Mitsuya Nagai (DRADITION) & Takeshi Minamino (Toneri Family)
() 2016 Tag League Special Tag Match AvsB: Zeus & The Bodyguard (FREE) vs. Kengo Mashimo & Tank Nagai (both K-DOJO)
() Special 8 Man Tag Match: Jun Akiyama, Kendo Kashin (FREE), Masao Inoue (FREE) & Koji Iwamoto (Sportiva) vs. Suwama, Atsushi Aoki, Hikaru Sato (Pancrase MISSION) & Super Tiger (RJPW)
(-) Tag League ~ Final Match : (A BLOCK #1) Kento Miyahara & Jake Lee vs. (B BLOCK #1) Takao Omori & Manabu Soya
~ It was officially announced that Konosuke Takeshita and Mike Bailey will be defending the KO-D Tag belts against the team of Masakatsu Funaki and Yukio Sakaguchi on January 9 in Osaka.
DDT Pro-Wrestling “Road to SUPER ARENA in OYODO ~ Dramatic Dream Tenroku”, 1/9/2017 [Mon] 12:30 @ Osaka City Oyodo Community Center
(-) KO-D Tag Championship Match: [58th Champions] Konosuke Takeshita & Mike Bailey vs. [Challengers] Masakatsu Funaki & Yukio Sakaguchi
~ The teams were announced for the “BO-SO Golden Tag League” which will be taking place throughout January.
● Ayato Yoshida & Kyu Mogami (Reigning STRONGEST-K TAG Champions)
● Taishi Takizawa & Kotaro Yoshino (2016 Winners)
● Kengo Mashimo & Ayumu Honda
● Tank Nagai & Yuki Sato
● Kaji Tomato & Yuma
● Shiori Asahi & Shinichiro Tominaga (CWP/Ganbare)
● Daigoro Kashiwa & Marines Mask
● GO Asakawa & Dinosaur Takuma
~ The first finalist team has been decided for the on-going Furinkazan Tag Tournament. As the former sumo team of Akebono and Shogun Okamoto have emerged victorious throughout their scheduled opening round matches. The second spot is still up for grabs as one match still remains on the December 16 show. As Yusaku Obata and KAI will be taking on the “Junior Stars” Koji Kanemoto and Minoru Tanaka.
ZERO1 “Furinkazan Tag Tournament 2016”, 12/16/2016 [Fri] 18:30 @ Sendai City Yume Messe Miyagi
() Sendai Girls Offer Match: Chihiro Hashimoto vs. Mika Iwata
() Yoshikazu Yokohama vs. Buffa
() Takuya Sugawara & Kotaro Suzuki vs. Ikuto Hidaka & Chris Orndorff
() Furinkazan Tag Tournament Semi-final Round: Yusaku Obata & KAI vs. Koji Kanemoto (FREE) & Minoru Tanaka (FREE)
ZERO1 “Furinkazan Tag Tournament 2016”, 12/18/2016 [Sun] 12:00 @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo
() Yoshikazu Yokoyama & Manami Toyota vs. Buffa & Aja Kong
() Furinkazan Tag Tournament Final Match: Akebono (Oudou) & Shogun Okamoto (FREE) vs. (winner of 12/16 match)