~ All Japan held their first show of the nee year at the Korakuen Hall early in the afternoon. Among the major announcements is that KAI, now freelance from W-1, appeared and announced that he will be competing in the promotion in February. KAI last competed for the promotion before the WRESTLE-1 exodus in 2013. KAI was originally building himself up as a potential heavyweight hopeful, but things changed after the issues leading to the exodus. Though now after a few years and things settling down KAI is looking to get back in the hunt for the title that has alluded his grasp in the Triple Crown belt.
~ More matches were announced for the January 6 and 7 shows.
Pro-Wrestling BASARA, 1/6/2017 [Fri] 19:30 @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo
() Madoka & Yusuke Kubo vs. Shinya Ishida & Fuminori Abe (both Sportiva)
() Ryuichi Sekine & Ryota Nakatsu vs. Takumi Tsukamoto & Hi69
() USA-Japan New Year Battle ~ New Year! Trans Am: Trans Am ★ Hiroshi, Trans Am ★ Ryuichi & SAGAT vs. Daichi Kazato, Masamune & Tatsuhiko Yoshino
() Union MAX Championship Match: [Champion] Isami Kodaka vs. [Challenger] FUMA
~ The ZERO1 Light Tag belts were announced to be defended on the January 8 show, as Kodaka and Tsukamoto will be taking on Sekine and Nakatsu.
Pro-Wrestling BASARA, 1/8/2016 [Sun] 18:30 @ Oyodo Community Center in Osaka
() Daichi Kazato vs. GUNSO (DOVE)
() Yusuke Kubo vs. Masamune (FREE)
() Goma Ryu vs. Tadasuke (FREE)
() Trans Am ★ Hiroshi & SAGAT vs. Tsubasa & Billyken Kid
() Osaka Metal New Year Festival: FUMA & HAYATA vs. HUB & Madoka
() NWA International Light Tag Championship Match: [Champions] Isami Kodaka & Takumi Tsukamoto vs. [Challengers] Ryuichi Sekine & Ryota Nakatsu
~ Big Japan held their first show of the year at the Korakuen Hall. During the show they announced their latest rookie, Yuya Aoki, will be making his debut on January 17.
BJW “BJ Winter Vacation 2017 ~ Day 1”, 1/17/2017 [Tue] 18:30 @ Ueno Onshikoen Outdoor Stage, Mizukami Music House)
(-) Yuya Aoki’s Debut Match: Yuji Okabayashi vs. Yuya Aoki
~ Then it was formally announced that Daisuke Sekimoto will be defending the World Strong belt against Yoshihisa Uto on January 29.
BJW “Death Market 36”, 1/29/2017 [Sun] 18:00 @ Nagoya Diamond Hall in Aichi
(-) BJW World Strong Heavyweight Championship Match: [9th Champion] Daisuke Sekimoto vs. [Challenger] Yoshihisa Uto
~ 1st title defense.
~ The KO-D 6 Tag belts were announced to be in defense on the 1/7 show in Kasukabe.
DDT “Saitamer Slam Vol.18”, 1/7/2017 [Sat] 18:00 @ Kasukabe Fureai Cube in Saitama
(-) KO-D 6 Tag Championship Match: [Champion] KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi vs. [Challengers] Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO
DDT “Road to SUPER ARENA in NAGOYA ~ Dramatic Dream Tenmusu”, 1/8/2017 [Sun] 14:00 @ Nagoya City Chikusa Sports Center in Aichi
(-) Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata vs. Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & X
(-) HARASHIMA, Yoshihiro Takayama & Soma Takao vs. Shigehiro Irie, Konosuke Takeshita & Kengo Takai
DDT “Road to SUPER ARENA in OYODO ~ Dramatic Dream Tenroku”, 1/9/2017 [Mon] 12:30 @ Osaka City Oyodo Community Center
() 26cm Height Difference! New Year Special Single Match: Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Makoto Oishi
() Antonio Honda & Yuni vs. Masahiro Takanashi & Guanchulo
() KO-D Tag Championship Match: [Champions] Konosuke Takeshita & Mike Bailey vs. [Challengers] Masakatsu Funaki & Yukio Sakaguchi
~ The full event card was announced for the next show on January 7.
DNA 29, 1/7/2017 [Sat] 13:00 @ Kasukabe Fureai Cube in Saitama
() Daiki Shimomura vs. Kazuki Hirata (DDT)
() Dai Suzuki vs. Antonio Honda (DDT)
() Guanchulo & Rekka vs. Akito & Yasu Urano (both DDT)
() Kazusada Higuchi & Nobuhiro Shimatani vs. Mizuki Watase & Naomi Yoshimura
() MAO vs. Mike Bailey
() Shunma Katsumata & Yuki Ueno vs. Kotaro Suzuki & Madoka (both FREE)
() Kouki Iwasaki vs. Ryota Nakatsu (BASARA)