It was announced that Keisuke Ishii will be defending the World Junior Heavyweight belt against Hikaru Sato on April 28 in Okayama.
Okayama being Hikaru Sato’s hometown area, as the former champion looks to take the reigns once more. With a historical aspect, this will be the first time All Japan will be hosting a title match in Okayama since 1990 when Tiger Mask II and Kenta Kobashi took on Doug Furnas and Danny Kroffat with the Asia Tag belts on the line. Hikaru stated that he grew up watching shows in this area and aims to do his best by showing his very best to everyone who will come out to see the event.
Keisuke Ishii though is coming off a strong defense against the winner of the “Jr. BATTLE OF GLORY” in Koji Iwamoto this past weekend, 3/12. He stated that his aims to continue building the value of what it means to be a World Junior Champion with each and every defense. It has now been four months since he initially captured the belt and that he feels his confidence is at an all-time high. He understands that Hikaru can bring his best when given the opportunity, but that he aims to overcome every challenge that is placed before him.
Below is the announced event card at this time…
AJPW “2017 Champion Carnival ~ 45th Anniversary Series”, 4/28/2017 [Fri] 18:30 @ Okayama Prefecture Oroshi Center, Orange Hall
(-) World Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [42nd Champion] Keisuke Ishii vs. [Challenger] Hikaru Sato
~ 4th title defense.
(-) Champion Carnival B BLOCK: Naoya Nomura vs. The Bodyguard
(-) Champion Carnival A BLOCK: Joe Doering vs. KAI
(-) Champion Carnival A BLOCK: Kento Miyahara vs. Ryoji Sai
AJPW Event Cards for March & April 2017
~ The full card was announced for the upcoming Korakuen Hall show on March 30 and the Shinkiba 1stRING show on March 31. With the Shinkiba show being noted as the first ever pro-wrestling show to be filmed for virtual reality distribution.
BJW “Ikkitosen ~ DeathMatch Survivor “, 3/30/2017 [Thu] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(1) Ryuichi Kawakami & Yuya Aoki vs. Yasufumi Nakanoue & Yoshihisa Uto
(2) Abdullah Kobayashi, Takayuki Ueki, Masaya Takahashi & Kankuro Hoshino vs. Yuko Miyamoto, Shu Brahman, Kei Brahman & Toshiyuki Sakuda
(3) Tsutomu Oosugi, Hercules Senga, Shinobu & Kazumi Kikuta vs. Kazuki Hashimoto, Atsushi Maruyama, Tatsuhiko Yoshino & Takuya Nomura
(4) Yuji Okabayashi, Kohei Sato & Shuji Ishikawa vs. Ryota Hama, Daichi Hashimoto & Hideyoshi Kamitani
(5) Ikkiosen B Block: Jaki Numazawa vs. Masashi Takeda
(6) Ikkiosen A Block: Isami Kodaka vs. Takumi Tsukamoto
(7) Ikkiosen A Block: Ryuji Ito vs. Kenji Fukimoto
(8) BJW World Strong Heavyweight Championship Match: [9th Champion] Daisuke Sekimoto vs. [Challenger] Hideki Suzuki (FREE)
~ 3rd title defense.
VR Pro-Wrestling X BJW, 3/31/2017 [Fri] 18:30 @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo
(1) Atsushi Maruyama vs. Yuya Aoki
(2) Ryuichi Kawakami & Kazumi Kikuta vs. Kankuro Hoshino & Takumi Tsukamoto
(3) Masashi Takeda, Tsutomu Oosugi & Hercules Senga vs. Kazuki Hashimoto, Tatsuhiko Yoshino & Takuya Nomura
(4) Yuji Okabayashi vs. Yasufumi Nakanoue
(5) Daisuke Sekimoto & Yoshihisa Uto vs. Daichi Hashimoto & Hideyoshi Kamitani
(6) DeathMatch: Ryuji Ito & Abdullah Kobayashi vs. Isami Kodaka & Toshiyuki Sakuda
~ Some matches were announced for the next show on April 21.
FIGHTING GIG DNA EP.32 ~ COME TOGETHER ~, 4/21/2017 [Fri] @ Shinjuku FACE in Tokyo
(-) Dai Suzuki 7 Match Trial Series ~ 2nd Bout: Dai Suzuki vs. Minoru Tanaka
() Kotaro Suzuki & LEONA vs. Mizuki Watase & MAO
() Kazushi Sakuraba & Kendo Kashin vs. Kouki Iwasaki & Mike Bailey
() Kazusada Higuchi vs. Shunma Katsumata
FIGHTING GIG DNA EP.33 ~ Kill the King ~ , 5/10/2017 [Wed] @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
() MAIN GIG : Mike Bailey vs. (winner of Higuchi/Katsumata on 4/21)
~ The full event cards were released for the upcoming Korakuen Hall show on March 23 and then the following shows on April 2 in Osaka and April 8 in Yokohama.
FREEDOMS “THE GEKOKUJO 2017”, 3/23/2017 [Thu] 19:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(1) Dragon Libre 7 Match Trial Series ~ 4th Bout: Dragon Libre vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa
~ Special 2-count rule stands for Libre. Special Referee: Mitsuo Momota.
(2) Yuya Susumu & KAZMA SAKAMOTO vs. Kenichiro Arai & Chikara
(3) KING of FREEDOM WORLD TAG CHAMPIONSHIP Match: [12th Champions] Shu & Kei Brahman vs. [Challengers] Mammoth Sasaki & Toru Sugiura
~ 2nd title defense.
(4) Street Fight Style Hardcore Match: Takashi Sasaki & Shuji Ishikawa vs. Jun Kasai & Kenji Fukimoto
(5) UWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [Champion] GENTARO vs. [Challenger] Yuko Miyamoto
(6) KING of FREEDOM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ~ End of the battle death ~ Fluorescent Light & Glass Panel Board + Empty Can Table DeathMatch: [8th Champion] Daisuke Masaoka vs. [Challenger] Masashi Takeda
~ 1st title defense.
FREEDOMS, 4/2/2017 [Sun] 17:00 @ Hirano Ward Hall in Osaka
() Dragon Libre vs. Yuki Tanaka
() Drake Morimatsu & Maya Yukihi vs. Mochi Miyagi & Rina Yamashita
() Onryo & Idea vs. Kenichiro Arai & Dyna Mido
() GENTARO & Keita Yano vs. Hide & Yasu Kubota
() Mammoth Sasaki, Toru Sugiura & MIYAWAKI vs. Yuya Susumu, HAYATA & Naoki Tanizaki
() Daisuke Masaoka & Kenji Fukimoto vs. Jun Kasai & Takashi Sasaki
FREEDOMS ~ Kaisei Shimizu Produce Show “BEST OF FREEDOMS ~ Damz is still funny!”, 4/8/2017 [Sat] 15:30 @ Yokohama Nigiwaiza in Kanagawa
() Dragon Libre 7 Match Trial Series ~ 5th Bout: Dragon Libre vs. Kengo Mashimo
() Takashi Sasaki & GENTARO vs. Mammoth Sasaki & Toru Sugiura
() Chikara vs. Shuji Ishikawa
() Deathmatch Fighter vs Otera-san: Jun Kasai vs. Fuminori Abe
() Daisuke Masaoka vs. Yuya Susumu
~ The full card was announced for the upcoming show on March 22. The show will feature a main event in commemoration of Hayabusa’s passing last year. The show will see a main event which will see Onita and Mr. Gannosuke facing against one anotherm in a multi-man tag match, for the first time in two years. This will be the first time that Gannosuke will make an appearance in the current form of FMW as he looks to pay honor to his late friend.
FMW “Hayabusa 1st Death Anniversary Show”, 3/22/2017 [Wed] 19:00 @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo
() Keiichi Sato vs. Kotaro Suzuki
() Fritz von Gosaku vs. Pandita
() Naoshi Sano, Tomoryu & Raiden vs. Katsunari Toi, Masahiro Sase & Toshiaki Terao
() Latin American Championship ~ Chain Death Match: [Champion] Wild Seven vs. [Challenger] Kancho Nagase
() Mixed Tag Match: Miss Mongol & Shocker vs. Koharu Hinata & HASEGAWA
() Hayabusa’s 1st Year Death Anniverssary Special Match: Atsushi Onita, Hideki Hosaka, Ricky Fuji & Mammoth Sasaki vs. Mr. Gannosuke, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Ichiro Yaguchi & Tomohiko Hashimoto
~ More matches were announced for the show on March 24.
J STAGE 5th, 3/24/2017 [Fri] @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo
(-) HAYATA vs. Hagane Shinno
(-) Naoki Tanizaki & Hi69 vs. Shu & Kei Brahman
(-) Minoru Tanaka vs. Yuki Sato
(-) Ayato Yoshida, Shunma Katsumata & Takuya Nomura vs. Shota Nakagawa, Fuminori Abe & Sho Shindo
(-) Yuya Susumu & Hayato “Jr” Fujita vs. Seiki Yoshioka & Kazuki Hashimoto
(-) Yuko Miyamoto & Isami Kodaka vs. ‘brother’ YASSHI & Kengo
~ Joshi veteran Manami Toyota announced her retirement to take place on November 3 in Yokohama. This will also mark her 30th anniversary as a pro-wrestler as well.
I know I do not post much joshi related information, but Toyota has always been someone that I have enjoyed to watch in the years past. I wish her all the best as she looks to finally close this chapter in her life and begin a new one.
~ The full event card was announced for the NEW debut show on April 5 at Korakuen. Among the matches are the debuts for two Chinese rookies who have been training under the Inoki Dojo.
New Exciting Wrestling Opening Series, 4/5/2017 [Wed] 19:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(1) Grappler of Showa Era vs Grappler of Heisei Era: Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Shinya Aoki
(2) Katsumi Oribe vs. Chang Jian Feng
(3) Alexander Otsuka vs. Lin Dong Xuan
(4) Masakatsu Funaki vs. Mitsuyoshi Nakai
(5) Minowaman vs. Minoru Tanaka
(6) Best of Strong Style: Josh Barnett vs. Shinichi Suzukawa
~ Following the conclusions of today’s final second round match, the semi-finals are now set for the NEW JAPAN CUP.
New Japan Pro Wrestling “KIZNA- Presents NEW JAPAN CUP 2017”, 3/19/2017 [Sun] 15:00 @ Act City Hamamatsu in Shizuoka
(-) NEW JAPAN CUP Semi-final Round Match: EVIL vs. Bad Luck Fale
(-) NEW JAPAN CUP Semi-final Round Match: Tomohiro Ishii vs. Katsuyori Shibata
NJPW Event Cards for March & April 2017
It was announced that Katsuhiko Nakajima will be heading to compete in Mexico on April 5 for The Crash.