Several updates as we head into the start of the “2017 Champion Carnival” on April 16 and several event cards were announced for the May tour of shows.
Takao Omori mentioned that a special laminated seating chart will be given out to everyone who attends the Korakuen Hall show on April 16. This year being All Japan’s 45th anniversary as well as the 55th anniversary of the Korakuen Hall, which was opened back on April 16, 1962.
Referee Kyohei Wada will be returning to ring duties for the Carnival after suffering a broken right foot on January 2. A long-standing symbol of All Japan, Wada stated that he cannot miss the anniversaries for both Korakuen as well as All Japan and feels mentally refreshed after taking such a long break.
Then event cards were announced for the more shows scheduled in May. The mains of which being the 5/9 show at Shinkiba, which will feature several special matches. A special show at Yokohama on 5/20 which will feature KAI’s 34th birthday special match against Suwama and Zeus and Bodyguard versus BJW’s Hideyoshi Kamitani and Daichi Hashimoto. Then it was also announced that Jun Akiyama will be defending the GAORA TV belt against Mitsuya Nagai on the 5/21 show at the Korakuen Hall.
~ Big Japan will be holding a special show on May 15 in Shizuoka with several big name freelance talent scheduled to compete. Among the names are Ultimo Dragon and Kendo Kashin who will be competing for the promotion for the first time in their careers.
BJW, 5/15/2017 [Mon] 18:30 @ Act City Hamamatsu in Shizuoka.
~ Freelance talent announced to be competing… Ultimo Dragon, Masakatsu Funaki, Hideki suzuki, Kendo Kashin, Shogun Okamoto, Alexander Otsukda, Yuko Miyamoto, Isami Kodaka, Takumi Tsukamoto, Kohei Sato, Masaya Takahashi, Ryota Hama, Yasufumi Nakanoue, Masashi Takeda, Tsutomu Oosugi, Hercule Senga, and the Brahman Brothers.
~ The full event card was announced for the April 22 and 23 shows.
DRADITION “Tatsumi Fujinami 45th Anniversary in TOKYO”, 4/20/2017 [Thu] 19:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(1) Tsubakichi Sanshu & Nobuyuki Kurashima vs. Super Tiger & Ryuta Hasumi
(2) Kenichiro Arai vs. LEONA
(3) Yoshiaki Fujiwara & Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs. The Great Kabuki & Shinjiro Otani
(4) Mitsuya Nagai & KENSO vs. Yoshihiro Takayama & Takumi Sano
(5) Fujinami 45th Anniversary 6 Man Tag Match: 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
(1) Noboyuki Kurashima vs. Ryuta Hasumi
(2) Junji Tanaka vs. Kodai Nozaki (Kyushu Pro)
(3) Kyushu Pro Offer Match: Ryota Chikuzen & Hitamaru Sasaki vs. Asosan & Naoki Sakurajima
(4) Super Tiger vs. LEONA
(5) Mitsuya Nagai & Black Tiger vs. The Great Kabuki & The Bodyguard
(6) Fujinami 45th Anniversary 6 Man Tag Match: 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
(1) LEONA vs. Ryuta Hasumi
(2) Super Tiger & Noboyuki Kurashima vs. Takaku Fuke & Hideaki Sumi
(3) The Bodyguard & Tomohiko Hashimoto vs. Magnitude Kishiwada & Cooger
(4) Koji Kanemoto vs. Super Delfin
(5) Mitsuya Nagai & Black Tiger vs. The Great Kabuki & Masakatsu Funaki
(6) Fujinami 45th Anniversary 6 Man Tag Match: Tatsumi Fujinami, Riki Choshu & Vader vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara, Shiro Koshinaka & Takuma Sano
~ W-1 announced that Akebono will miss the upcoming show on April 19. The event card has been changed to reflect his absence.
WRESTLE-1 TOUR 2017 CHERRY BLOSSOM, 4/19/2017 [Wed] 19:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(-) Kohei Fujimura, Yuya Susumu (FREEDOMS) & Masayuki Mitomi (Ehime) vs. Sho Shindo, Ganseki Tanaka & (to be announced)
(-) Kaz Hayashi & Kotaro Suzuki (FREE) vs. Seigo Tachibana & Jun Tonsho
(-) Masayuki Kono vs. Takanori Ito
(-) Manabu Soya & Jun Kasai (FREEDOMS) vs. NOSAWA Rongai & MAZADA
(-) Hana Kimura & Reika Saiki vs. Saori Aono & Natsumi Manki
(-) WRESTLE-1 Cruiserweight Championship Match: [7th Champion] Seiki Yoshioka vs. [Challenger] Andy Wu
~ 1st title defense.
(-) WRESTLE-1 Tag Championship Match: [8th Champions] Koji Doi & Kumagoro vs. [Challengers] Daiki Inaba & Yusuke Kodama
~ 1st title defense.
(-) W-1 Championship Match: [11th Champion] Shotaro Ashino vs. [Challenger] Shuji Kondo
~ 1st title defense.
~ Due to both Kohei Sato and Yusaku Obata both being out of action due to injuries, the next upcoming show on April 16 has been altered as follows.
ZERO1 “Tenkaichi Junior League 2017”, 4/16/2017 [Sun] 12:00 @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo
(1) Chris Orndorff vs. Takuya Nomura (BJW)
(2) Kotaro Suzuki vs. Yoshikazu Yokoyama
(5) Hideki Suzuki (FREE) & Shogun Okamoto (both FREE) vs. Masato Tanaka & TARU
(4) Tenkaichi B Block: Ikuto Hidaka vs. Takumi Tsukamoto
(5) Tenkaichi A Block: Takuya Sugawara vs. Shinjiro Otani
(6) Tenkaichi A Block: Hayato “Jr” Fujita vs. Sean Guinness
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