News Listings for December 23, 2016


All Japan announced the full event cards for the full month of January.

~ 1/2 : All Japan kicks off their first of two Korakuen Hall shows. As the first day will see the Asia Tag belts in defense as Fuchi and Onita defend against Akiyama and Masao Inoue.
~ 1/3 : The second Korakuen Hall show will see both the World Tag (Zeus & Bodyguard vs Omori & Soya) and World Junior (Keisuke vs Aoyagi) belts in defense.
~ 1/9 : All Japan’s latest rookie, Yusuke Okada, will make his debut.
~ 1/15 : Will see the Triple Crown belt in defense, as Miyahara defends against Omori.
~ 1/28 : Will see a charity show held in Hatoyama-cho, Saitama. The headlining match of the show will see Evolution taking on DARK NIGHTMARE.

AJPW Event Cards for January & February 2017


~ The full event cards were announced for the 12/30 and 1/2 shows at Korakuen and then the 1/4 show at Shinkiba.

BJW, 12/30/2016 [Fri] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo

(1) Tsutomu Oosugi, Hercules Senga & Shinobu vs. Atsushi Maruyama, Tatsuhiko Yoshino & Kazumi Kikuta
(2) Great Kojika & Kankuro Hoshino vs. Shu & Kei Brahman
(3) Akebono, Ryota Hama & Kazuki Hashimoto vs. Daichi Hashimoto, Hideyoshi Kamitani & Yasufumi Nakanoue
(4) 4 vs 4 Deathmatch Elimination: Abdullah Kobayashi, Ryuji Ito, Yuko Miyamoto & Isami Kodaka vs. Jaki Numazawa, Masashi Takeda, Takumi Tsukamoto & Toshiyuki Sakuda
(5) Daisuke Sekimoto, Yuji Okabayashi & Ryuichi Kawakami vs. Hideki Suzuki, Yoshihisa Uto & Takuya Nomura

(6) BJW Tag Championship ~ Table Crash Match: [42nd Champions] Kohei Sato & Shuji Ishikawa vs. [Challengers] Takayuki Ueki & Masaya Takahashi
~ 3rd title defense.

BJW, 1/2/2017 [Mon] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo

(1) Tsutomu Oosugi, Hercules Senga & Atsushi Maruyama vs. Jaki Numazawa, Shu Brahman & Kei Brahman
(2) Shinobu vs. Tatsuhiko Yoshino
(3) Ryota Hama, Daichi Hashimoto & Hideyoshi Kamitani vs. Kazuki Hashimoto, Kazumi Kikuta & Takuya Nomura
(4) Barbed-wire Board + Bring Your Own Weapons Deathmatch: Abullah Kobayashi, Masashi Takeda, Takumi Tsukamoto vs. Yuko Miyamoto, Isaki Kodaka & Toshiyuki Sakuda
(5) Saburo Inematsu Last BJW Match ~ Fluorescent Light-tube 6 Man Tag Deathmatch: Ryuji Ito & Kankuro Hoshino vs. Saburo Inematsu & Ryuichi Kawakami
(6) Ryuichi Kawakami & Yasufumi Nakanoue vs. Hideki Suzuki & Yoshihisa Uto
(7) BJW Tag Championship Match: [Champions] (winners of 12/30 match) vs. [Challengers] Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi
~ Match card set to change depending on who wins and loses the tag title match on 12/30.

BJW, 1/4/2017 [Wed] 12:00 @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo

(1) Tsutomu Oosugi & Hercules Senga & Shinobu vs. Jaki Numazawa, Atsushi Maruyama & Tatsuhiko Yoshino
(2) Hideyoshi Kamitani & Daichi Hashimoto vs. Kazuki Hashimoto & Yasufumi Nakanoue
(3) Daisuke Sekimoto, Yuji Okabayashi & Ryuichi Kawakami vs. Yoshihisa Uto, Kazumi Kikuta & Takuya Nomura
(4) Deathmatch: Abdullah Kobayashi & Masaya Takahashi vs. Masashi Takeda & Takumi Tsukamoto
(5) Deathmatch: Yuko Miyamoto vs. Toshiyuki Sakuda
(6) Heisei Gokudo Combi Last Match: Great Kojika, Kankuro Hoshino & Masato Inaba vs. Ryuji Ito, Shu Brahman & Kei Brahman
(7) Deathmatch: Isami Kodaka vs. Takayuki Ueki


~ It was announced that KFC Tag belts will be in defended on the 1/29 show in Moriguchi, Osaka.

Pro Wrestling FREEDOMS, 1/29/2017 [Sun] 14:30 @ Moriguchi Shimin Taiikukan in Osaka

(-) KING of FREEDOM WORLD TAG CHAMPIONSHIP Match: [11th Champions] Yuya Susumu & HAYATA (DOVE) vs. [Challengers] Takashi Sasaki & Dyna Mido (B-168)
~ 4th title defense.


~ New Japan announced that they will be hosting Togi Makabe 20th anniversary as a pro-wrestler at the 2/21 show at the Korakuen Hall.

~ Some of the participants were announced for the pre-show rumble to kick of the WRESTLE KINGDOM 11 show.

New Japan Pro Wrestling “WRESTLE KINGDOM 11 in Tokyo Dome”, 1/4/2017 [Wed] 17:00 @ Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan

(0) Battle Royal ~ New Japan Rumble: Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi, Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask IV, Ryusuke Taguchi, and more to be announced during the match admission.

(1) TV Anime “Tiger Mask W” Special Match: Tiger Mask W vs. Tiger The Dark

(2) IWGP Junior Tag Championship Match: [48th Champions] Matt & Nick Jackson vs. [Challengers] Rocky Romero & Barreta
~ 3rd title defense.

(3) NEVER Openweight 6 Man Tag Championship Gauntlet Match: [8th Champions] Satoshi Kojima, Ricochet & David Finlay vs. [Challengers] Tomohiro Ishii, YOSHI-HASHI & Will Ospreay vs. Bad Luck Fale, Yujiro Takahashi & Hangman Page vs. SANADA, EVIL & BUSHI
~ 2nd title defense.
~ Two teams compete at a time, winning teams moves on against the next team, until only one team remains.

(4) Special Single Match: Juice Robinson vs. “The American Nightmare” Cody
(5) ROH Sanctioned World Championship Match: [Champion] Kyle O’Reilly vs. [Challenger] Adam Cole

(6) IWGP Tag Championship Match: [72nd Champions] “G.O.D.” Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa vs. [Challengers] “G.B.H.” Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma
~ 1st title defense.

(7) IWGP Junior Championship Match: [75th Champion] KUSHIDA vs. [Challenger] Hiromu Takahashi
~ 1st title defense.

(8) NEVER Openweight Championship Match: [14th Champion] Katsuyori Shibata vs. [Challenger] Hirooki Goto
~ 1st title defense.

(9) IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match: [15th Champion] Tetsuya Naito vs. [Challenger] Hiroshi Tanahashi
~ 2nd title defense.

(10) IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: [65th Champion] Kazuchika Okada vs. [Challenger] Kenny Omega
~ 2nd title defense.


~ I was announced that the Differ Ariake building will be closing in June of 2018 once the lease contract has expired. The building/warehouse will be demolished. No word, at this time, on where NOAH will be moving their dojo or if a new building will be built in the former location.

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~ During today’s show at Differ Ariake, Kenoh announced his split from Hajime Ohara. With that he also made his intentions known that he wants to aim for the GHC Heavyweight belt.


It was announced, as of the end of this year, that KAI will be freelance in 2017.

Though this is not the last time that KAI will be involved with W-1 as he will continue competing for them as well as continuing to compete in various promotions throughout Japan. Mutoh himself stated that he respects KAI decision for taking the initiative for his future. KAI initially began to test the “freedom” route of pro-wrestling in the last year and has seen an increase in his own personal drive to do something more. Just recent he won ZERO1′s “Furinkazan Tag Tournament” along with Yusaku Obata. 2017 looks to be an open road for KAI as he looks to take hold of his own potential.

Side note: Only Hiroshi Yamato remains close to Mutoh as the guys who were originally accepted to train under him following the “Mutoh Juku (Coaching School)” in 2006. This class included KAI, Yamato, Seiya Sanada (SANADA/Freelance), and T28 (Tetsuya/ now BUSHI/NJPW).

KAI’s first match as a freelance wrestler under W-1 will be on the 1/8 show at Korakuen.

~ Also announced for the show was a special W-1 versus All Japan match was team Mutoh take on team Omori.

WRESTLE-1 TOUR 2017 SUNRISE, 1/8/2017 [Sun] 12:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo

Newly announced…

(-) Seiki Yoshioka & Kohei Fujimura vs. KAI (FREE) & Hiroki Murase
(-) WRESTLE-1 vs All Japan Pro-Wrestling 6 Man Tag Match: Keiji Mutoh, Koji Doi & Kumagoro vs. Takao Omor, Naoya Nomura & Yuma Aoyagi

Previously announced…

(-) WRESTLE-1 Cruiserweight Championship Match: [6th Champion] MAZADA vs. [Challenger] Andy Wu
~ 1st title defense.

(-) WRESTLE-1 Tag Championship Match: [7th Champions] Kaz Hayashi & Kotaro Suzuki vs. [Challengers] Daiki Inaba & Yusuke Kodama
~ 3rd title defense.

(-) WRESTLE-1 Championship Match: [10th Champion] Masayuki Kono vs. [Challenger] Manabu Soya
~ 2nd title defense.


~ Three more matches were announced for ZERO1’s New Year’s show on January 1 at Korakuen.

Pro-Wrestling ZERO1, 1/1/2017 [Sun] @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo

() Chris Orndorff vs. Takuya Nomura (BJW)
() TARU & KAMIKAZE vs. Yoshikazu Yokoyama & Buffa
() 3WAY Match: Ikuto Hidaka vs. Kotaro Suzuki vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa

() NWA International Light Tag Championship Match: [21st Champions] Isami Kodaka & Takumi Tsukamoto vs. [Challenger] Koji Kanemoto & Minoru Tanaka
~ 2nd title defense.

() NWA World Junior Heavyweight & International Junior Heavyweight Double Crown Championship Match: [118th & 18th Champion] Shinjiro Otani vs. [Challenger] Takuya Sugawara

() NWA Intercontintal Tag Championship Match: [32nd Champions] Masato Tanaka & James Raideen vs. [Challengers] Akebono & Shogun Okamoto

() World Heavyweight Championship Match: [20th Champion] Kohei Sato vs. [Challenger] Yusaku Obata

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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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