All Japan announced that they have signed Koji Iwamoto to the promotion as of January 1, 2017.
Iwamoto was born on March 20, 1990, in Kuwana City, Mie Prefecture. He made his professional debut on November 4, 2012 in Sportiva against Shinya Ishida. He has notably competed in HEAT-UP, BASARA, and Hard Hit. He has regularly competed in All Japan throughout this last year, which his noted strength and skills has led him to being signed with the start of the new year.
APACHE ARMY NEWS
~ Following the conclusion of Apache’s final show on 12/25, Tetsuhiro Kuroda and HASEGAWA announced that new promotion will be formed in 2017. Which is currently being dubbed as “A Team”. Their first show is expected to be held on April 16 at the Kitasenju Theater 1010 in Tokyo. HASEGAWA stated that the WEW Heavyweight belt will be sealed with Kanemura as the final champion to hold the belt. As he will be retiring from pro-wrestling on the 27th. Though the WEW Tag belts will continue to be contested with the formation of the new group.
~ Kanemura’s final show will take place tomorrow at the Korakuen Hall.
~ The full event card was announced for the Korakuen Hall show on January 3.
DDT “Shinshun Otoshidama Special! 2,000 Yen Seats Show! 2017”, 1/3/2017 [Tue] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(0) King of Dark Championship 8 Man Tag Match: [Champion] Nobuhiro Shimatani, Hoshitango, Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Dai Suzuki vs. Kouki Iwasaki, Mizuki Watase, Rekka & Daiki Shimomura
() 3 Way Tag Match: Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO vs. Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata vs. Soma Takao, Gorgeous Matsuno & Cherry
() Danshoku Dino & Keisuke Ishii vs Shigehiro Irie & Yasu Urano
() Konsuke Takeshita, Antonio Honda & Kazusada Higuchi vs. Shuji IShikawa, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Pauley
() KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi vs. Yoshihiro Takayama, Dick Togo & Guanchulo
() Daisuke Sasaki vs. Candace LeRae
() Joey Ryan & Laura James vs. Gota Ihashi & Saki Akai
() DDT EXTREME Championship ~ Fluorescent Light-tube IPPON Death Match: [Champion] Jun Kasai vs. [Challenger] Jun Kasai
() KO-D Openweight Championship Match: [60th Champion] HARASHIMA vs. [Challenger] Mike Bailey
~ 2nd title defense.
~ The full event card was announced for the first shows of the new year on January 7 and 9 in Osaka. The show will feature the WDW Tag belts in defense as Numazawa and Takeda take on Mihara and TORU. Then several wrestlers from the Canadian based ASW promotion will be competing on the shows.
Doutonbori Pro-Wrestling/Taiyoto Kamen Produce, 1/7/2017 [Sat] 19:00 @ Tigre Gym in Osaka
(1) Yuto Kikuchi & Bambi Hall vs. Mede Tiger Mask & Liiza Hall
(2) Osamu Suganuma vs. The Great Kasaki
(3) Kazuaki Mihara, TORU & Taiyoto Kamen vs. “TKO” Cody Smith, Salty The Seaman & Matt Xstatic
(4) Battle Royal:
Doutonbori Pro-Wrestling, 1/9/2017 [Mon] 17:30 @ Oyodo Community Center in Osaka
(1) Orochi & Hideaki Sumi vs. Osamu Suganuma & Salty The Seaman (ASW)
(2) Billyken Kid & Real Inunakin vs. Masamune & Takaku Fuke
(3) Taiyoto Kamen, Mede Tiger Mask & Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru vs. Akagi, Bambi Hall & Liiza Hall
(4) Ra-pid, Kinryu & Yuto Kikuchi vs. Hiro Tonai, Katsumi Oribe & Matt Xstatic (ASW)
(5) Hiroto Okubo, The Great Kasaki (ASW) & “TKO” Cody Smith (ASW) vs. Magnitude Kishiwada, Kuuga & HUB
(6) WDW Tag Championship Match: [Champions] Jaki Numazawa & Masashi Takeda vs. [Challengers] Kazuaki Mihara & TORU
~ 2nd title defense.
~ A tournament was announced to take place on the first show of the new year on January 3. A single day tournament was announced for the show with 12 of the regular competitors of the promotion competing. The first round matches will take place over a 5 min. ruling, with the second round under 10 min., and the semi-finals under 20 min. The final match will have an unlimited time limit.
FREEDOMS “HAPPY NEW FREEDOM 2017”, 1/3/2017 [Tue] 12:30 @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo
() New Year! Special Tag Match: MIKAMI & Tanomusaku Toba vs. Shu & Kei Brahman
() 1st Round Match: Takashi Sasaki vs. Dragon Libre
() 1st Round Match: Jun Kasai vs. Yuya Susumu
() 1st Round Match: Daisuke Masaoka vs. Kenji Fukimoto
() 1st Round Match: Chikara vs. Masashi Takeda
() 2nd Round Match: GENTARO vs. Yuko Miyamoto
() 2nd Round Match: Toru Sugiura vs. Mammoth Sasaki
~ The full event card was announced for the promotions 4th anniversary show on January 29 in Kanagawa.
HEAT-UP “4th Anniversary Show”, 1/19/2017 [Sun] 18:30 @ Shinyurigaoka 21 Hall in Kanagawa
(1) HEAT-UP FUTURE ~ First Match of 2017 : Yu Iizuka vs. Tetsuya Ido
(2) 6 Man Tag Match: (to be announced)
(3) Mineo Fujita & Shinya Ishida vs. CHANGO & Kengo
(4) HEAT-UP vs BJW ~ Overcome! Heavy Wall: Daisuke Kanehira & Hiroshi Watanabe vs. Daisuke Sekimoto & Takayuki Ueki
(5) New Year Dream ~ Dokonjo Samurai Shinyurigaoka e oritatsu no Maki: Shiro Koshinaka, Yoji “Dokonjo” Kondo & Fuminori Abe vs. Kenichiro Arai, Hide & Yasu Kubota
(6) HEAT-UP Universal Championship Match: [1st Champion] Kazuhiro Tamura vs. [Challenger] Rocky Kawamura
~ 4th title defense.
~ K-DOJO will be kicking off the new year with the “BO-SO Golden Tag League 2017”. The competitors, blocks, and matches have been announced. The final match will be held on January 29 at Blue Field.
● Taishi Takizawa & Kotaro Yoshino (2016 Winners)
● Kengo Mashimo vs. Ayumu Honda
● Shiori Asahi & Shinichiro Tominaga (CWP)
● GO Asakawa & Dinosaur Takuma
● Ayato Yoshida & Kyu Mogami (ST-K TAG Champions)
● Tank Nagai & Yuki Sato
● Kaji Tomato & Yuma
● Daigoro Kashiwa & Marines Mask
KAIENTAI DOJO “CLUB-K 3000”, 1/8/2016 [Sun] @ Blue Field in Chiba
() BO-SO Tag League BLOCK-A Match: Taishi Takizawa & Kotaro Yoshino vs. Kengo Mashimo vs. Ayumu Honda
() BO-SO Tag League BLOCK-B Match: Ayato Yoshida & Kyu Mogami vs. Daigoro Kashiwa & Marines Mask
KAIENTAI DOJO “CLUB-K 3000”, 1/14/2016 [Sat] @ Blue Field in Chiba
() BO-SO Tag League BLOCK-A Match: Shiori Asahi & Shinichiro Tominaga vs. Kengo Mashimo vs. Ayumu Honda
() BO-SO Tag League BLOCK-A Match: Taishi Takizawa & Kotaro Yoshino vs. GO Asakawa & Dinosaur Takuma
() BO-SO Tag League BLOCK-B Match: Ayato Yoshida & Kyu Mogami vs. Tank Nagai & Yuki Sato
() BO-SO Tag League BLOCK-B Match: Kaji Tomato & Yuma vs. Daigoro Kashiwa & Marines Mask
KAIENTAI DOJO “CLUB-K 3000”, 1/15/2016 [Sun] @ Nagara-cho Longwood Station in Chiba
() BO-SO Tag League BLOCK-A Match: : Shiori Asahi & Shinichiro Tominaga vs. GO Asakawa & Dinosaur Takuma
() BO-SO Tag League BLOCK-B Match: Kaji Tomato & Yuma vs. Tank Nagai & Yuki Sato
KAIENTAI DOJO “CLUB-K 3000”, 1/22/2016 [Sun] @Blue Field in Chiba
() BO-SO Tag League BLOCK-A Match: Taishi Takizawa & Kotaro Yoshino vs. Shiori Asahi & Shinichiro Tominaga
() BO-SO Tag League BLOCK-A Match: GO Asakawa & Dinosaur Takuma vs. Kengo Mashimo vs. Ayumu Honda
() BO-SO Tag League BLOCK-B Match: Daigoro Kashiwa & Marines Mask vs. Tank Nagai & Yuki Sato
() BO-SO Tag League BLOCK-B Match: Ayato Yoshida & Kyu Mogami vs. Kaji Tomato & Yuma
The first set of event cards were announced for NOAH’s first shows of the New Year. [Updates in regards to the GHC Junior situation which was initially reported on the Fb and Tumblr]
First up the first major show of the New Year will take place at the Korakuen Hall on January 7. The main event for the show will feature Katsuhiko Nakajima defending the GHC Heavyweight belt in a rematch against the former champion Takashi Sugiura. Nakajima has made it his goal to be the protector that NOAH needs, but Sugiura has turned as a lone wolf following Suzuki-gun’s expulsion from the promotion. Sugiura has taken offense to the formation of a new era in NOAH as he aims to show that his era still remains in control. NOAH’s “symbol of strength” is on the line as either Nakajima can decisively prove his reign or Sugiura once more puts a tight hold onto the belt.
Then Atsushi Kotoge has declared that he wants a chance to take on the heavyweight championships. Though this comes with a catch, As Kotoge will be forced to relinquish both of his reigns as the GHC Junior Heavy and GHC Junior Tag Champion if it is his desire to jump up to the next class. The now former double crown junior champion will be receiving his first heavy title challenge on 1/8. As he teams with Naomichi Marufuji to take on Go Shiozaki and Maybach Taniguchi. This a huge opportunity for the junior to prove his worth for NOAH as his decision will certainly be put to the test. The following days will also see him in singles competition against two of the top heavyweights as well. With Shiozaki on 1/9 and then Sugiura on 1/11.
Speaking of the GHC Junior belt, Taiji Ishimori and Hajime Ohara will be competing in a special single match on the 1/8 show to determine the next champion for the belt. Ohara is now left without a partner, after Kenoh announced his intentions to jump to the heavyweight division, and his only clear path is to try and prove himself as a singles competitor. Him and Ishimori have competed in the past more notably their GHC Title match back in January of 2014. Ishimori walked out the defending champion, but Ohara certainly showed that he had potential as a singles competitor.
Also it was announced that NOAH’s rookie Shiro Tomoyose will be forced to retire due to complications following his recent shoulder injury/dislocation.He has been undergoing treatment for the injury but after further judgment the injury has been deemed to hard to recover from. At least if he wants to maintain a rigorous and physical schedule in the ring.
He has been plagued with a shoulder injury off-and-on since he debuted in 2015. Which it appears his body just isn’t going to be able to keep up with the constant physical demand.
~ Two more matches were announced for Korakuen Hall show on January 8, which the full card is now released.
WRESTLE-1 TOUR 2017 SUNRISE, 1/8/2017 [Sun] 12:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
() WRESTLE-1 vs Pro-Wrestling A.C.E. 8 Man Tag Match: Shuji Kondo, “brother” YASSHI (FREE), Yuji Hino (FREE) & NOSAWA Rongai (Gurentai) vs. Seigo Tachibana, Jun Tonsho, Takanori Ito & Ganseki Tanaka
() Jiro “Ikemen” Kuroshio vs. Shotaro Ashino
(-) 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
() 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.