Atsushi Onita announced that his retirement show will be held on October 31 at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo. Which will also be a few days after he celebrates his 60th birthday.
Onita has already begun holding events leading into his innevitable retirement all year long. Even making his way to compete in a deathmatch the USA for the first and last time this Summer. The Korakuen Hall holds a special place for him as it is where he initially debuted back in 1974 and it will now be the place where he finally says goodbye to in-ring competition.
Onita acknowledged the numerous times that he has announced and went through with a retirement in the past, but this time he is claiming it to finally be the end all for him once and for all. Albeit for his age and remaining health.
“Sayonara Onita, Sayonara Denryu Bakuha (Electric Current Blast) ~ Atsushi Onita Final Tour”
9/9 (Sat) @ EDION Arena, 2nd Gymnasium in Osaka
9/16 (Sat) @ Hakata StarLanes in Fukuoka
10/29 (Sun) @ Nagoya International Conference Hall in Aichi
10/31 (Tue) @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
~ It was finally announced that Yoshihiro Takayama and Danshoku Dieno will be vacating the KO-D Tag belts. The two were originally scheduled to defend the belts on the May 21st show, but due to Takayama’s spine injury the match was forced to be changed. Though Konosuke Takeshita and Akito will not be losing their place as the next contenders, as they will now be taking on Shigehiro Irie and Kazusada Higuchi for the vacant belts.
DDT “Road to Ryogoku 2017 ~ Dramatic Dream Tokeidai”, 5/21/2017 [Sun] 17:30 @ Sapporo Sasukino Mars Gym in Hokkaido
() Keisuke Ishii vs. Noriyuki Yoshida (FTO)
() Toru Owashi, KUDO & Tomoya vs. Soma Takao, Makoto Oishi & Shunma Katsumata
() Sanshiro Takagi & Hirata Collection A.T. vs. Danshoku Dieno & Royce Isaacs
() DAMNATION vs Shuten-Doji!: Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie vs. Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi
() Smile Squash vs DNA!: HARASHIMA & Yasu Urano vs. Kouki Iwasaki & MAO
(-) DDT EXTREME Championship Match: [Champion] Daisuke Sasaki vs. [Challenger] Antonio Honda
(-) KO-D Tag Championship Decision Match: Konosuke Takeshita & Akito vs. Shigehiro Irie & Kazusada Higuchi
~ Winners become the 61st champions.
~ The event card was released for this weekends “K-3000” show.
KAIENTAI DOJO “K-3000”, 5/14/2017 [Sun] 13:00 @ Blue Field in Chiba
() Kyu Mogami vs. ERINA vs. Yuki Sato
() Ayato Yoshida vs. Daigoro Kashiwa
() Kaji Tomato, Yuma & Bambi vs. Taishi Takizawa, Kotaro Yoshino & Yoshihiro Horaguchi
() Ricky Fuji & Marines Mask vs. Kengo Mashimo & Ayumu Honda
() TAKA Michinoku & GO Asakawa vs. Tank Nagai & Kunio Toshima
~ Then it was announced that GO Asakawa will be taking on TAKA Michinoku as part of his prize for winning the “K-METAL LEAGUE”.
KAIENTAI DOJO “Tokyo Big Show”, 5/28/2017 [Sun] 18:30 @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo
(-) K-METAL LEAGUE 2017 Winner Special Match & TAKA Michinoku 25th ANNIVERSARY ~ 8th Match: TAKA Michinoku vs. GO Asakawa
(-) Loser Apologizes Match: Tank Nagai vs. Yuki Sato
(-) CHAMPION OF STRONGEST-K Championship Match: [22nd Champion] Kengo Mashimo vs. [Challenger] Isami Kodaka (BASARA)
~ 6th title defense.
~ New Japan announced the full event card for the next “LION’S GATE” show on June 15 at the Shinjuku FACE.
LION’S GATE PROJECT 6, 6/15/2017 [Thu] 19:00 @ Shinjuku FACE in Tokyo
(1) El Desperado vs. Tetsuhiro Yagi
(2) Hirai Kawato & Shota Umino vs. Jado & Gedo
(3) Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Tiger Mask IV vs. Takuya Nomura (BJW) & Dinosaur Takuma (K-DOJO)
(4) Manabu Nakanishi vs. Katsuya Kitamura
(5) YOSHI-HASHI vs. Yuma Aoyagi (AJPW)
(6) Yuji Nagata & Tomoyuki Oka vs. Satoshi Kijima & Ayato Yoshida (K-DOJO)
~ Another match was announced for the upcoming show in July, Kikutaro & Koharu Hinata versus Kotaro Suzuki & Heidi Katrina, and Kaz Hayashi and Manabu Soya were also added to compete.
TOKYO GURENTAI “TOKYO CARNIVAL 2017”, 7/19/2017 [Wed] 19:00 @ Shinjuku FACE in Tokyo
(-) SPOTLIGHT MIX: Kikutaro & Koharu Hinata vs. Kotaro Suzuki (FREE) & Heidi Katrina (SP.E.)
(-) Tokyo World Heavyweight Championship Match: [5th Champion] Masaaki Mochizuki vs. [Challenger] Yuko Miyamoto
~ 3rd title defense.
~ Also announced to be competing: NOSAWA Rongai, MAZADA, FUJITA, KIKUZAWA, Kaz Hayashi, Manabu Soya, Hikaru Sato, Rocky Kawamura, SUSHI, Takuya Kai, Chikara…
~ It was announced that Masato Tanaka will be defending the World Heavyweight belt against Shogun Okamoto on the May 21 show at the Korakuen.
Also announced is Kohei Sato and Hideki Suzuki will be taking on the team of Yusaku Obata and KAI for the vacant Intercontinental Tag belts. Kotaro Suzuki will also be putting the Jr. Double Crown belts up against, the winner of the Tenkaichi Jr. League, Sean Guinness.
Shinsei ZERO1 Dream Series ~ GROWTH ~, 5/21/2017 [Sun] 18:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
() Yoshikazu Yokoyama & Chris Orndorff vs. (losers of 5/12 Light Tag defense)
() Marvelous vs Voodoo Murders: Takumi Iroha, Mio Momono & Leo Isaka vs. TARU, James Raideen & Hartley Jackson
() NWA Light Tag Championship Championship Match: [Champions] (Winners of 5/12 defense) vs. [Challengers] Ikuto Hidaka & Takuya Sugawara
() NWA World Junior & International Jr. Double Crown Match: [119th & 19th Champion] Kotaro Suzuki vs. [Challenger] Sean Guinness
~ 2nd title defense.
() NWA Intercontinental Tag Decision Match: Yusaku Obata & KAI vs. Kohei Sato & Hideki Suzuki
~ Winners become the 35th champions.
() World Heavyweight Championship Match: [21st Champion] Masato Tanaka vs. [Challenger] Shogun Okamoto
~ 2nd title defense.
~ Shuji Ishikawa and Masashi Takeda announced that they would be taking part in the “Machida Pro-Wrestling Festival” on September 8. The main event for the show will feature Ishikawa and Takeda taking on the team of Daisuke Sekimoto and Yuko Miyamoto.
~ Takeda, who has been out of action with a knee injury, also announced that he will be making his return in June. As he will be competing in the USA at the GCW Death Match Tournament (6/3). He stated that he still needs to consider surgery to completely heal from the injury, but he is still in debating to undergo surgery following the show in September.
Machida Activities Sports Event Produce “Machida Pro-Wrestling Festival” 9/8/2017 [Fri] 19:00 @ Machida Shimin Hall
(-) Shuji Ishikawa & Masashi Takeda vs. Daisuke Sekimoto (BJW) & Yuko Miyamoto (666)
~ Also announced to be competing : Jun Kasai (FREEDOMS), Joji Otani (GUTS), and more…
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