The full event card was announced for the upcoming Korakuen Hall show on March 12.
Among the additions to the show will be Keisuke Ishii defending the World Junior Heavyweight belt against the winner of the “Jr. BATTLE OF GLORY” Koji Iwamoto. Iwamoto had a slow start with joining All Japan this year, but during the junior league has shown his worth by emerging the victor, let alone with two solid matches on the final day. Having won the junior league on his first ever appearance he is now faced with facing off for the World Junior belt for the first time in his career as well. Keisuke though is still living his dream as champion as he stated there is still much yet for him to do. Will Keisuke continue to prove to be a fighting champion or will the firsts continue to be a trend for the up-and-coming Iwamoto?
Director of All Japan, Takao Omori announced the rest of the card with the major addition to the show being a special 45th anniversary junior match. A match that looks to bring together the last 30 years of champions starting with the first in Hiro Saito, from the multi-time champion Masanobu Fuchi, and all the way to the previous champion in Soma Takao. A special condition to the match is that the winner will receive the next right to challenge the winner of the World Junior match, either Keisuke Ishii or Koji Iwamoto.
The full event card is as follows…
All Japan Pro-Wrestling “2017 Dream Power Series”, 3/12/2017 [Sun] 12:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(1) Opeining Dream: Yohei Nakajima, Osamu Nishimura (FREE) & Yusuke Okada vs. Yutaka Yoshie (FREE), Ultimo Dragon (Toryumon MEXICO) & Fuminori Abe (Sportiva)
(-) Over The Future: Yuma Aoyagi vs. Atsushi Maruyama (FREE)
(-) 45th Anniversary – 30 Years of the World Junior Heavyweight Championship Special Festival of Champions! Special 6 Man Tag Match: Atsushi Aoki (37 & 39th), Hiro Saito (1st), Hikaru Sato (40th) vs. Masanobu Fuchi (3,6,10,12,15th), Minoru Tanaka (29th) & Soma Takao (41st)
(-) World Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [42nd Champion] Keisuke Ishii (DDT) vs. [Challenger] Koji Iwamoto
~ 3rd title defense
(-) GAORA TV Championship Match: Jun Akiyama vs. KENSO
~ Winner becomes the 15th champion
(-) The Road to 2017 Champion Carnival ~ Anthology: Kento Miyahara, Shuji Ishikawa & KAI vs. Takao Omori, Zeus & The Bodyguard
(-) The Road to 2017 Champion Carnival ~ Resistance: Suwama & Jake Lee vs. Ryoji Sai & Naoya Nomura
AJPW Event Cards for March & April 2017
~ The full event card was announced for the March 12 show. With the main match being Isami Kodaka taking on Minoru Tanaka in a special singles match on the show.
BASARA, 3/12/2017 [Sun] 17:30 @ Nerima Concerni Hall in Tokyo
(-) IRON PRIEST vs Double ★ Trans Am : FUMA & Yusuke Kubo vs. Trans Am ★ Hiroshi & Trans Am ★ Shinya
(-) Special Single Match: Isami Kodaka vs. Minoru Tanaka
(-) Daichi Kazato vs. Hagane Shinno
(-) Gyakuten Pro-Wrestling Trial: Goma Ryu vs. Atsushi Maruyama vs. Fuminori Abe
(-) Hardcore Tag Match: Takumi Tsukamoto & SAGAT vs. GUNSO (DOVE) & Kabuki Kid (FREE)
(-) Special Tag Match: Ryuichi Sekine v& Ryota Nakatsu vs. Dick Togo (FREE) & Ikuto Hidaka (ZERO1)
~ Big Japan announced for the full event card for the show on March 11 in Saijo City.
BJW “Ikkitosen ~ DeathMatch Survivor”, 3/11/2017 [Sat] 19:00 @ Saijo City @ Salt Zaki Storefront Special Ring
(1) Takuya Nomura vs. Yuya Aoki
(2) Tsutomu Oosugi & Hercules Senga vs. Tatsuhiko Yoshino & Toshiyuki Sakuda
(3) Ryuichi Kawakami & Kazumi Kikuta vs. Yasufumi Nakanoue & Kazuki Hashimoto
(4) Daisuke Sekimoto, Yuji Okabayashi & Yoshihisa Uto vs. Ryota Hama, Daichi Hashimoto & Hideyoshi Kamitani
(5) Ikkiosen B Block ~ Audience Brings The Weapons Deathmatch: Jaki Numazawa vs. Kankuro Hoshino
(6) Gekitotsu! Pro-Wrestling Death 2017 ~ Saijo Yousuihastsu Sensugatano-irodori (Drunk DeathMatch): Abdullah Kobayashi, Masashi Takeda, Takayuki Ueki & Masaya Takahashi vs. Ryuji Ito, Yuko Miyamoto, Shu Brahman & Kei Brahaman
BJW Event Cards for March & April 2017
~ The main event matches were announced for Tatsumi Fujinami’s upcoming three event tour in April.
DRADITION “Tatsumi Fujinami 45th Anniversary in TOKYO”, 4/20/2017 [Thu] 19:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(-) Tatsumi Fujinami, Riki Choshu & Shiro Koshinaka vs. Vader, Keiji Mutoh & AKIRA
DRADITION “Tatsumi Fujinami 45th Anniversary Tour in FUKUOKA”, 4/22/2017 [Sat] 16:00 @ Hakata StarLanes in Fukuoka
(-) Tatsumi Fujinami, Shiro Koshinaka & Koji Kanemoto vs. Vader, Yoshiaki Fujiwara & Takuma Sano
DRADITION “Tatsumi Fujinami 45th Anniversary in OSAKA”, 4/23/2017 [Sun] 15:30 @ EDION Arena Osaka, 2nd Arena
(-) Tatsumi Fujinami, Riki Choshu & Vader vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara, Shiro Koshinaka & Takuma Sano
~ Another match was announced for the March 23 show following today’s show at the Shinkiba 1stRING. [3/2 RESULTS]
FREEDOMS, 3/23/2017 [Thu] 19:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
() Street Fight Style Hardcore Match: Takashi Sasaki & Shuji Ishikawa vs. Jun Kasai & Kenji Fukimoto
() UWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [Champion] GENTARO vs. [Challenger] Yuko Miyamoto
() KING of FREEDOM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Match: [Champion] Daisuke Masaoka vs. [Challenger] Masashi Takeda
IGF / NEW NEWS
~ Yoshiaki Fujiwara versus Shinya Aoki was announced for the NEW debut show on April 5 at Korakuen. Both men are two respected grapplers of both the past and present, Fujiwara set a standard for the years past for his ability in the ring and Shinya is a very skilled MMA fighter who holds a black belt in Brazilian Jui-Jitsu. This match joins the previous announced of Josh Barnett taking on Shinichi Suzukawa.
NEW Opening Series, 4/5/2017 [Wed] 19:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(-) Grappler of Showa Era vs Grappler of Heisei Era: Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Shinya Aoki
(-) Single Match: Josh Barnett vs. Shinichi Suzukawa
~ Also more events were announced for the new project’s first series of events in April and May.
NEW Opening Series, 4/20/2017 [Thu] 19:00 @ Shinjuku FACE in Tokyo
NEW Opening Series, 4/30/2017 [Sun] 15:00 @ Kasukabe Fureai Cube in Saitama
NEW Opening Series, 5/12/2017 [Fri] 19:00 @ Utsunomia City Tochigi Prefectural Cultural Center, Sub-Arena
NEW Opening Series, 5/21/2017 [Sun] 15:00 @ TKP Garden City Chiba
NEW Opening Series, 5/27/2017 [Sat] 19:00 @ Nasu Highland Park in Tochigi
GUTS World NEWS
~ The full event card was announced for the March 19 show at Shinjuku FACE.
GUTS World vol. 106 WRESTLE ANGEL 2017, 3/19/2017 [Sun] 19:00 @ Shinjuku FACE in Tokyo
() TORU & Joji Otani vs. Shinobu & Fuminori Abe
() Guts Joshi Match: Drake Morimatsu, Micro & Manami Kanda vs. Koharu Hinata, Papillon & ASUKAMA
() Michio Kageyama vs. Amigo Suzuki
() BATTLE RESISTANCE: Masked Mystery & Tetsuhiro Kuroda vs. Kengo Takai & Shinya Ishida
() IWA Neppa-gun vs Hattoshite Good Special Single Match: Keizo Matsuda vs. Buffalo
() GWC 6 Man Tag Championship Match: [Champions] Masao Orihara, Dick Togo & Liang Ping vs. [Challengers] Mr. Gannosuke, Guts Ishijima & CHANGO
() GWC Single Next Challenger Match: Daisuke vs. Kenichiro Arai
New Japan announced the first round matches for the upcoming “NEW JAPAN CUP 2017″.
The annual Spring tournament will feature 16 wrestlers vying for the chance to challenge for the belt of their choice. The first round matches have been split between two days with four matches taking place on March 11 and another four on March 12. Then the second round matches will be held throughout the courst of the tour leading up to the semi-finals on March 19 and the final day on March 20.
As the reigning singles champion right now, the IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada, the IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito, and the NEVER Openweight Champion Hirooki Goto will not be competing. Though one of them will for sure be defending their title against the winner of the NJCup on April 9 at “SAKURA GENESIS” at Ryogoku.
New Japan Pro Wrestling “KIZNA- Presents NEW JAPAN CUP 2017”, 3/11/2017 [Sat] 18:00 @ Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium
(1) Ryusuke Taguchi & Hirai Kawato vs. El Desperado & TAKA Michinoku
(2) Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi & Tiger Mask IV
(3) Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI vs. Kenny Omega & Yujiro Takahashi
(4) Katsuyori Shibata, Juice Robinson, KUSHIDA & David Finlay vs. Tetsuya Naito, SANADA, Hiromu Takahashi & BUSHI
(5) Kazuchika Okada, Hirooki Goto, Jado & Gedo vs. Minoru Suzuki, Takashi Iizuka, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Taichi
(6) NEW JAPAN CUP 1st Round Match: Tomoaki Honma vs. Tanga Loa
(7) NEW JAPAN CUP 1st Round Match: Toru Yano vs. Tama Tonga
(8) NEW JAPAN CUP 1st Round Match: Michael Elgin vs. Bad Luck Fale
(9) NEW JAPAN CUP 1st Round Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. EVIL
New Japan Pro Wrestling “KIZNA- Presents NEW JAPAN CUP 2017”, 3/12/2017 [Sun] 16:00 @ Amagasaki City Baycom General Gymnasium in Hyogo
(1) David Finlay vs. Tomoyuki Oka
(2) Yuji Nagata & Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Tiger Mask IV
(3) Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Tomoaki Honma vs. Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa
(4) Hiroshi Tanahashi, Michael Elgin, KUSHIDA & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Tetsuya Naito, EVIL, Hiromu Takahashi & BUSHI
(5) Kazuchika Okada, Hirooki Goto, Toru Yano, Jado & Gedo vs. Takashi Iizuka, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Taichi, El Desperado & TAKA Michinoku
(6) NEW JAPAN CUP 1st Round Match: Juice Robinson vs. Yujiro Takahashi
(7) NEW JAPAN CUP 1st Round Match: YOSHI-HASHI vs. SANADA
(8) NEW JAPAN CUP 1st Round Match: Katsuyori Shibata vs. Minoru Suzuki
(8) NEW JAPAN CUP 1st Round Match: Tomohiro Ushii vs. Kenny Omega
NJPW Event Cards for March & April 2017
~ Daisuke Harada, Tadasuke, HAYATA, and YO-HEY formally announced that their team name as “RATEL’S”. The name is derived from the another name for honey badgers which are one of the smallest though one of the more ferocious of the animal kingdom.
~ The full event card was announced for the March 18 show in Yokohama.
“WRESTLE-1 TOUR 2017 TRANS MAGIC”, 3/18/2017 [Sat] 17:30 @ Yokohama Radiant Hall in Kanagawa
() Kohei Fujimura vs. Ganseki Tanaka
() Kumagoro, Masayuki Mitomi vs. Jun Tonsho & Andromeda KEN
() Andy Wu vs. Sho Shindo
() Manabu Soya & NOSAWA Rongai vs. KAI & Hiroki Murase
() Masayuki Mitomi & Jake Omen vs. Shotaro Ashino & Seigo Tachibana
() Daiki Inaba, Koji Doi, Yusuke Kodama & Seiki Yoshioka vs. Kaz Hayashi, Kotaro Suzuki, Shuji Kondo & MAZADA
~ Following today’s show at Shinkiba 1stRING, 3/2, several matches were added to the March 5 show in Nagaoya.
ZERO1 “Shachihoko Cho-Hanabi 2017”, 3/5/2017 [Sun] 17:00 @
() Hartley Jackson vs. Chris Orndorff
() Kohei Sato & Yusaku Obata vs. Mayo-gun #1 & #2
() Shinjiro Otani & Yoshikazu Yokoyama vs. Takuya Sugawara & Yoya Shibiyama
() Ikuto Hidaka & Hayato “Jr” Fujita vs. Koji Kanemoto & Minoru Tanaka
() ZERO1 Junior Double Crown Championship Match: [Champion] Kotaro Suzuki vs. [Challenger] Tatsuhito Takaiwa
() Bakuha-Oh Championship ~ Electric Current Blast Tag DeathMatch: [Champion] Atsushi Onita & [Challenger] Masakatu Funaki vs. [Challenger] TARU & [Challenger] Masato Tanaka