The GAORA TV belt has formally been vacated as of today following the left knee injury that Jiro “Ikemen” Kuroshio suffered last month.
Kuroshio was originally scheduled to defend the belt on January 25 against SUSHI at the special WRESTLE-1 show at the Shinjuku. Though it was announced that the injury he suffered from weeks prior will be keeping him out of competition for at least four months. Kuroshio stated that he is sorry for being unable to defend the belt, but asked Akiyama that he would like to challenge for the belt again once he is able to return. Akiyama told him to work hard and return healthy. As the two shook hands on it.
In an interesting turn of events, All Japan has received a letter from a former GAORA Champion asking that the belt just be turned over to him. Though one of the names immediately removed was Yohei Nakajima as he stated that his focus now is on the forthcoming Junior League and the World Junior Heavyweight belt.
Akiyama stated that his aim is to raise the value and try and bring forth a new image for the belt. Which brings up the potential of the Global Hardcore Crown which Akiyama brought into NOAH over 10 years ago. He will take every challenge in consideration for the now vacant belt.
Also the match order was released for the first night of the “Jr. BATTLE OF GLORY” on February 17.
All Japan Pro-Wrestling “2017 Excite Series ~ Jr. BATTLE OF GLORY”, 2/17/2017 [Fri] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(1) Atsushi Aoki & Hikaru Sato vs. Naoya Nomura & Yusuke Okada
(2) Jr. League ~ B BLOCK : Kazuhiro Tamura (HEAT-UP) vs. Atsushi Maruyama (FREE)
(3) Jr. League ~ B BLOCK : Yohei Nakajima vs. Yuma Aoyagi
(4) Jun Akiyama, Masao Inoue (FREE) & Ultimo Dragon (Toryumon MEXICO) vs. Takao Omori, Masanobu Fuchi & Osamu Nishimura (FREE)
(5) Jr. League ~ A BLOCK : Koji Iwamoto vs. Masashi Takeda (FREE)
(6) Jr. League ~ A BLOCK : Keisuke Ishii (DDT) vs. Minoru Tanaka (FREE)
(7) Suwama & Joe Doering vs. Ryoji Sai (LAND’S END) & KAI (FREE)
(8) World Tag Championship Match: [73rd Champions] Zeus & The Bodyguard (FREE) vs. [Challengers] Kento Miyahara & Jake Lee
~ 2nd title defense.
~ Some matches were announced for the March 2 show at the Shinkiba 1stRING. Among the matches is a potential KFC Tag title match, but that depends on the outcome already scheduled defense of the 2/19 show.
FREEDOMS “This is our era 2017”, 3/2/2017 [Fri] 19:00 @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo
() Shu & Kei Brahman vs. KAZMA SAKAMOTO & Hi69
() Toru Sugiura & HAYATA vs. Mammoth Sasaki & Toru Sugiura
() Chikara vs. Karate Brahman #2 w/ Karate Brahman
() DeathMatch: Daisuke MAsaoka, Takashi Sasaki & Yuko Miyamoto vs. Jun Kasai, Masashi Takeda & Kenji Fukimoto
LAND’S END NEWS
~ LAND’S END will be holding a show in Japan on March 1 at the Shinkiba 1stRING. Sai has been holding shows in other parts of Asia and Europe as of late, but finally makes his way back to the land of the rising sun.
(Something to note or chance later…) Among the announcments is the main event which will feature Sai, Rikiya Fudo, and they listed SUGI… though SUSHI appears on the poster, so currently unclear if that was a miss type or not, but they will be taking on the team of KAZMA SAKAMOTO, Ishikiri, and Masakado.
LAND’S END 6, 3/1/2017 [Wed] 19:00 @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo
(1) GO Asakawa (K-DOJO) vs. Kyu Mogami (K-DOJO)
(2) Atsushi Maruyama & Chikara vs. Masashi Takeda & Rionne Fujiwara (both FREE)
(3) Tatsuhito Takaiwa (FREE), Tetsuhiro Kuroda (FREE), Tiger Shark (RJPW) & Kotaro Nasu (FREE) vs. Ayato Yoshida (K-DOJO), Toshiki Iwaki, Kengo (FREE) & Michael Osbourne
(4) Shinsuke Jet Wakataka & Uexile vs. Ebiten &
(5) Ryoji Sai, Rikiya Fudo & SUSHI (?) vs. KAZMA SAKAMOTO, Ishikiri & Masakado
TOKYO GURENTAI NEWS
~ A couple matches were announced for the next upcoming show on on April 4 at the Shinjuku FACE. The two announced matches will feature WRESTLE-1’s NEW ERA group taking on
TOKYO GURENTAI Produce “Hagure Memory”, 4/4/2017 [Tue] 19:00 @ Shinjuku FACE in Tokyo
() Haguee-IGF vs NEW ERA: Hideki Suzuki & Shogun Okamoto vs. Daiki Inaba & Kumagoro
() TOKYO GURENTAI vs NEW ERA: FUJITA vs. Yusuke Kodama
~ Also announced to be competing : NOSAWA Rongai, Manabu Soya, Hikaru Sato, Rocky Kawamura & Takuya Kai
~ A couple more matches were announced for A.C.E. (W-1 rookies) show on February 25. Namley in a tag match that will feature Seigo Tachibana teaming with FREEDOMS’ Yuya Susumu to take on the team of Ganseki Tanaka and BJW’s Takuya Nomura.
Pro-Wrestling A.C.E. – Vol.2 -, 2/25/2017 [Sat] @ GEN Sports Palace (W-1 Dojo) in Tokyo
() Exhibition Match: Tatsuro Kami vs. Soma Watanabe
() Exhibition Match: Taka Satotsugu vs. Manabuto Yasuda
() Exhibition Match: Ichi Nomura vs. Miguel
() Seigo Tachibana & Yuya Susumu (FREEDOMS) vs. Ganseki Tanaka & Takuya Nomura (BJW)
() Andromeda KEN vs. Kaji Tomato (K-DOJO)
() Sho Shindo vs. Mineo Fujita (FREE)
() Jun Tonsho vs. Kenichiro Arai (DG)
~ KAMIKAZE was announced to be out of action due to a shoulder injury. The February 18 and 19 shows will be altered to reflect his absence.
ZERO1, 2/18/2017 [Sat] 18:00 @ Niigata City Higashi Ward Plaza
() Shigeno Shima (Niigata) vs. Chris Orndorff
() Yoshikazu Yokoyama vs. Shogun Okamoto (FREE) vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa (FREE)
() Takuya Sugawara & Kotaro Suzuki (FREE) vs. Ikuto Hidaka & Sean Guinness
() Masato Tanaka & James Raideen vs. TARU & Hartley Jackson
() Shogun Okamoto vs. KAMIKAZE
() Akebono & Shinjiro Otani vs. Kohei Sato & Yusaku Obata
ZERO1, 2/19/2017 [Sun] 18:00 @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo
() Chris Orndorff vs. Takuya Nomura (BJW)
() Kohei Sato vs. Yoshikazu Yokoyama vs. TARU
() Sean Guinness vs. Hartley Jackson
() Ikuto Hidaka & Hayato “Jr” Fujita vs. Kotaro Suzuki & Takuya Sugawara
() Akebono & Shinjiro Otani vs. Masato Tanaka & James Raideen
() Yusaku Obata vs. Shogun Okamoto
~ It was announced that Obata and KAI will ch
~ The “Tenkaichi Junior League” was announced to be held from April 4 at Shinkinba 1stRING and will run through the final on April 26 at Korakuen Hall. This years Tenkaichi League will be taking place in several places throughout Japan as was the wish from Takuya Sugawara stemming his win in last years league.
4/4 [Tue] 19:00 @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo
4/8 [Sat] 18:00 @ Hakata StarLanes in Fukuoka
4/9 [Sun] 16:00 @ Yamaguchi Refresh Park General Gymnasium
4/10 [Mon] 19:00 @ Kumamoto Forest City Center Plaza Hall
4/11 [Tue] 17:00 @ Mashiki-cho Hiroyasu Nishishogakko Gymnasium in Kumamoto
4/16 [Sun] 12:00 @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo
4/23 [Sun] 13:00 @ Iwaki City Peace Gym in Fukushima
4/26 [Wed] 18:45 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo