Next Exciting Wrestling Opening Series ~ Debut Show, 4/5/2017 [Wed] 19:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
~ Director Simon Inoki greeted everyone before the start of the show. As he stated that this year marks the 10th anniversary of IGF and today is the start of a brand new venture. He stated that he first opened the Shanghai Dojo last Summer and today two of the first trainees will make their debut. He hopes to see a bridge built between Japan and China as these events continue into the future.
(1) Grappler of Showa Era vs Grappler of Heisei Era: Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Shinya Aoki
♦Winner: DRAW (15:00) Time Expired.
~ Mutual respect was shown between the two following the match, as Fujiwara even stated that “it is now your (Shinya’s) time from now on.” Fujiwara passing the torch from one grappler to another.
(2) Katsumi Oribe (FREE) vs. Chang Jian Feng
♦Winner: Oribe (5:39) with a Boston Crab.
(3) Alexander Otsuka (FREE) vs. Lin Dong Xuan
♦Winner: Otsuka (5:58) following a Vertical Drop style Brainbuster.
~ Head trainer of the Shanghai Dojo, KENSO, congratulated on the first two for making their debuts, but hopes they strive to do better in the future.
~ Keisuke Okuda, who was unable to compete today, stated that he will compete at the 4/20 show and aims to give it his all.
(4) Masakatsu Funaki (FREE) vs. Mitsuyoshi Nakai
♦Winner: Funaki (5:57) following the Hybrid Blaster.
(5) Minowaman vs. Minoru Tanaka (FREE)
♦Winner: DRAW (20:00) Time Expired.
(6) Best of Strong Style: Josh Barnett vs. Shinichi Suzukawa
♦Winner: Barnett (11:59) with a Backdrop Hold.
~ Barnett received a strong reaction from the fans after securing the win.
~ Simon Inoki came back into the ring after the main event and thanked everyone again for coming out. Her further mentioned that Antonio Inoki is not directly involved in this project, but he hopes to carry his past teachings into this project.
Upcoming shows, though no cards were released at this time…
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
NEW Second Series, 6/2/2017 [Fri] @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo