News Listings for April 27, 2017


~ All Japan announced that the World Junior match will main event the April 28 show in Okayama. The show will also see the on-going Champion Carnival which will be on its 9th day.

AJPW “2017 Champion Carnival ~ 45th Anniversary Series”,  4/28/2017 [Fri] 18:30 @ Okayama Prefecture Oroshi Center, Orange Hall

(1) Suwama & Atsushi Aoki vs. Jake Lee & Yuma Aoyagi
(2) Jun Akiyama, Shuji Ishikawa, Ultimo Dragon & Koji Iwamoto vs. Takao Omori, Zeus, Kengo Mashimo & Yohei Nakajima

(3) A BLOCK: Joe Doering vs. KAI
(4) B BLOCK: Naoya Nomura vs. The Bodyguard
(5) A BLOCK: Kento Miyahara vs. Ryoji Sai

(6) World Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [42nd Champion] Keisuke Ishii vs. [Challenger] Hikaru Sato
~ 4th title defense.

~ In addition, though freelance but working All Japan the most as of late, Ultimo Dragon announced that Zeus and The Bodyguard will be joining him in Mexico. With Jun Akiyama previously announcing that he would accept Dragon’s offer of competing in Mexico. Also this year marks Dragon’s 30th anniversary as a pro-wrestling. As he made his debut back in May of 1987.

As such he will be hosing “DRAGOMANIA” on May 27 at the Arena Mexico in Mexico City. Then on August 19 he will be hosting a 30th anniversary show at the Korakuen Hall. All Japan will be working in conjunction with Dragon as they help further support the event.


~ Konosuke Takeshit and Akito formally announced their team name as “ALL OUT”.

~ Yasu Urano formally announced that he will be going freelance from DDT. Though he will continue competing for DDT in May and the Ryogoku show on August 20. Urano looks to follow the trend of several other wrestlers as they compete freelance throughout numerous promotions today. As he even looks to potentially compete in other promotions as well.


~ It was announced that Masashi Takeda has suffered a ACL rupture to his right knee and will miss all upcoming shows, specifically the 5/2 and 5/4 shows.

FREEDOMS “We love FREEDOMS! We are FREEDOMS!”, 5/2/2017 [Tue] 19:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo

() Dragon Libre Single Match Trial Series ~ Final: Dragon Libre vs. Takashi Sasaki
() 4vs4 Elimination Match: Karate Brahman, Karate Brahman #2, Buddha Brahman & Muay Thai Brahman vs. Mitsuo Momota, Isami Kodaka, Kenichiro Arai & Chikara
() Violento Jack & Minoru Fujita vs. Yuko Miyamoto & KAZMA SAKAMOTO

() UWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [30th Champion] GENTARO vs. [Challenger] Yuya Susumu
~ 3rd title defense.

() KING of FREEDOM WORLD TAG CHAMPIONSHIP Hardcore 3WAY Match: [13th Champions] Mammoth Sasaki & Toru Sugiura vs. [Challengers] Jun Kasai & Gunso vs. [Challengers] Takashi Sasaki & Shuji Ishikawa
~ 3rd title defense.

() KING of FREEDOM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ~ 4 corners of pain DeathMatch: [8th Champion] Daisuke Masaoka vs. [Challenger] Kenji Fukimoto
~ 3rd title defense.

FREEDOMS “Yokohama Wrestling Festival 2017”, 5/4/2017 [Thu] 17:30 @ Yokohama Radiant Hall in Kanagawa

() Onryo vs. (to be announced)
() Kenichiro Arai & Minoru Fujita vs. (to be announced)
() Mixed Tag Match: GENTARO & Maruko Nagasaki vs. Yuya Susumu & Hamuko Hoshi
() Mammoth Sasaki vs. KAZMA SAKAMOTO
() Toru Sugiura vs. Yuko Miyamoto
() DeathMatch: Daisuke Masaoka, Takashi Sasaki & Violento Jack vs. Kenji Fukimoto, Jun Kasai & Minoru Fujita


~ More matches were announced for the April 30 show, with the major addition being the return of the now 23 year old Akira Joh who last competed back in July of 2013.

NEW Opening Series, 4/30/2017 [Sun] 15:00 @ Kasukabe Fureai Cube in Saitama

() Akira Joh vs. Chang Jian Feng
() Naoki Tanizaki (DG) vs. Lin Dong Xuan

() Minoru Tanaka & Shuichiro Katsumura vs. Takafumi Ito & Mitsuyoshi Nakai
() Shinya Aoki vs. Keisuke Okuda
() NEW Special Tag Match: Shinichi Suzukawa & Masakatsu Funaki vs. Alexander Otsuka & Ryuji Hijikata


~ Takashi Iizuka suffered a left ankle fracture and will be unable to compete for the remainder of the on-going tour. The event cards were updated to reflect upon his absence.

NJPW Event Cards for March & April 2017


~ KAZMA SAKAMOTO will be competing with the open spot that was made on the cards as Robbie E’s partner for the shows.

NOAH Event Cards for March & April 2017


~ Kuroshio’s return match has been officially set for the Korakuen Hall show on May 4.

WRESTLE-1 TOUR 2017 TRIUMPH, 5/4/2017 [Thu] 12:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo

() Daiki Inaba, Seiki Yoshioka & Yusuke Kodama vs. Kotaro Suzuki, Seigo Tachibana & Jun Tonsho
() Kaz Hayashi & Kohei Fujimura vs. NOSAWA Rongai & Ganseki Tanaka
() Hana Kimura vs. Natsuko Tora (Stardom)
() Jiro “Ikemen” Kuroshio vs. Shuji Kondo

(-) WRESTLE-1 Cruiserweight Championship Match: [8th Champion] Andy Wu vs. [Challenger] MAZADA
~ 1st title defense.

(-) WRESTLE-1 Tag Championship Match: [8th Champions] Koji Doi & Kumagoro vs. [Challengers] Masayuki Kono & Takanori Ito
~ 2nd title defense.

(-) WRESTLE-1 Championship Match: [11th Champion] Shotaro Ashino vs. [Challenger] Manabu Soya
~ 2nd title defense.

~ Also it was announced that the UWA 6 Tag belts will be in defense on the May 6 show in Gifu.

WRESTLE-1 TOUR 2017 TRIUMPH, 5/6/2017 [Sat] 18:30 @ Juroku Plaza in Gifu

() Kohei Fujimura vs. Hajime
() Jiro “Ikemen” Kuroshio vs. Jun Tonsho
() Hiroki Murase vs. Masayuki Mitomi
() Shotaro Ashino & Seigo Tachibana vs. Daiki Inaba & Seiki Yoshioka
() UWA World 6 Tag Championship Match: [55th Champions] Koji Doi, Kumagoro & Andy Wu vs. [Challengers] Kaz Hayashi, Shuji Kondo & Manabu Soya
~ 1st title defense.


~ The full event cards were announced for the April 30 show, as ZERO1 takes on outside talent, and a few more matches were announced for the May 6 show.

ZERO1, 4/30/2017 [Sun] 13:00 @ Lazona Plazasol in Kanagawa

() Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs. Takuya Sugawara
() Ikuto Hidaka & Sean Guinness vs. James Raideen & Hartley Jackson
() ZERO1 vs Gaiteki-gun Battle Outrage Single Match: Shogun Okamoto vs. Chris Orndorff
() ZERO1 vs Gaiteki-gun Battle Outrage Single Match: Yoshikazu Yokoyama vs. TARU
() ZERO1 vs Gaiteki-gun Battle Outrage Single Match: Yasuku Obata vs. Kotaro Suzuki
() ZERO1 vs Gaiteki-gun Battle Outrage Single Match: Shinjiro Otani vs. Isami Kodaka
() ZERO1 vs Gaiteki-gun Battle Outrage Single Match: Masato Tanaka vs. Kohei Sato

ZERO1, 5/6/2017 [Sat] 17:00 @ Yokohama Radiant Hall

() Takuya Sugawara vs. Bikuma
() Masato Tanaka vs. Yoshikazu Yokoyama
() Shinjiro Otani, Yusaku Obata & Sean Guinness vs. James Raideen, Hartley Jackson & TARU

(-) ZERO1 vs Gaiteki-gun Battle Outrage: Kohei Sato, Tatsuhito Takaiwa, Ikuto Hidaka, Chris Orndorff & Hideki Suzuki vs. Shogun Okamoto, Daisuke Sekimoto, Kotaro Suzuki, Isami Kodaka & Takumi Tsukamoto

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I have been following Japanese Pro Wrestling for 20 years now and I have also been doing some form of covering it either in news or results for nearly 15 years as well. I got my start in promotions like AJPW, NJPW, FMW and Michinoku Pro. With All Japan being my go to promotion till this very day. Throughout the years I have followed All Japan more closely than any of the others out there, and thus I have taken it upon myself to keep people informed with what is happening all throughout sport in Japan. If it does not appear on the news feed I either do not follow it closely enough to relate the information or it just not my go to promotion in general. Follow Puroresu Spirit, which is my personal site, as I do my best to keep you all informed with what is happening in the land of the rising sun.

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