AJPW “2017 Champion Carnival ~ 45th Anniversary Series”, 4/16/2017 [Sun] 12:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
1,588 Spectators (overcrowded / sold out)
~ Head Sponsor Carbell Ito and the PWF President Dory Funk Jr. came out to kick off the opening ceremony for the “2017 Champion Carnival”.
(1) Jr. Scramble Premium 8 Man Tag Match: Atsushi Aoki, Hikaru Sato, Ultimo Dragon & Minoru Tanaka vs. Yohei Nakajima, Koji Iwamoto, Yuma Aoyagi & Atsushi Maruyama
♦Winner: Hikaru (8:34) with a Cross Armbar on Yohei.
(2) 8 Man Tag Match: Jun Akiyama, Dory Funk Jr., Osamu Nishimura & Yutaka Yoshie vs. Takao Omori, Masanobu Fuchi, Ryoji Sai & Dalton Drellich
♦Winner: Nishimura (5:50) with a Ground Cobra Twist on Drellich.
(3) B BLOCK: Naoya Nomura vs. Daichi Hashimoto
♦Winner: Daichi (5:08) following a Shining Wizard.
~ Daichi [1 win = 2 points]
~ Nomura [1 loss = 0 points]
(4) B BLOCK: The Bodyguard vs. Kengo Mashimo
♦Winner: Bodyguard (7:48) following a Right High Kick.
~ Bodyguard [1 win = 2 points]
~ Mashimo [1 loss = 0 points]
(5) A BLOCK: Zeus vs. KAI
♦Winner: KAI (9:23) with the Meteor Impact.
~ KAI [1 win = 2 points]
~ Zeus [1 loss = 0 points]
~ Referee Kyohei Wada made his return to the ring after being out of action due to injury for the last several months.
(6) A BLOCK: Kento Miyahara vs. Jake Lee
♦Winner: Miyahara (13:55) with the Shutdown German Suplex Hold.
~ Miyahara [1 win = 2 points]
~ Lee [1 loss = 0 points]
~ Miyahara stated that he will be the first in 16 years to win the Carnival as the reigning Triple Crown Champion.
(7) A BLOCK: Joe Doering vs. Daisuke Sekimoto
♦Winner: Doering (6:42) with the Revolution Bomb.
~ Doering [1 win = 2 points]
~ Sekimoto [1 loss = 0 points]
~ Doering celebrates his 35th birthday with a win over last year’s champion. Doering declared that 2017 will be his year.
(8) B BLOCK: Suwama vs. Shuji Ishikawa
♦Winner: Suwama (13:48) with a Backdrop Suplex Hold.
~ Suwama [1 win = 2 points]
~ Ishikawa [1 loss = 0 points]
~ Suwama ends the show celebrating the win. He thanked everyone for coming out today and supporting All Japan.