News Listings for May 5, 2017


~ Following the spine injury that has taken Takayama out of action. The event card for the 5/6 has been altered to reflect upon his absence. Still no word on how this will impact the scheduled KO-D Tag defense on 5/21.

DDT “Ibaraki de Ikappeyo Katsupue 2017”, 5/6/2017 [Sat] 13:00 @ Tsukuba Capio in Ibaraki

~ Challenge rights holders: Sanshiro Takagi, Yasu Urani, Kazusada Higuchi & Nobuhiro Shimatani

() Tetsuya Endo vs. Mike Bailey vs. Makoto Oishi
() Toru Owashi & Hirata Collection A.T. vs. Keisuke Ishii & Masahiro Takanashi
() KUDO & Yukio Sakaguchi vs. Soma Takao & Kouki Iwasaki
() Daisuke Sasaki & Mad Paulie vs. Antonio Honda & Shigehiro Irie
() Danshoku Dino vs. Shunma Katsumata
() Tsukuba Special Tag Match: Konosuke Takeshita & Akito vs. HARASHIMA & Yasu Urano vs. Kazusada Higuchi & MAO


New Japan announced the two headlining matches for the “DOMINION” show on June 11.

The event will feature rematches from this years WRESTLE KINGDOM show as Kazuchika Okada is set to defend the belt once again against Kenny Omega, and then Tetsuya Naito will be putting the IC belt on the line against Hiroshi Tanahashi.

Following his defense against Fale on May 3, Okada called out for a match against Omega. Omega accepted the chance at a rematch for the belt as he called this a big mistake for Okada to be wanting this rematch. Omega aims to capture the IWGP belt ever since winning last years G1 CLIMAX, as he also looks to be heading into this years as the reigning champion. Though with that said, Okada looks to make his claim as a defending champion as he looks to surpass his eight total defense reign from back in 2013.

Then Tetsuya Naito and Hiroshi Tanahashi will once more meet across from one another in the ring. As once the leading man of New Japan, Tanahashi has recently taken a back-step as of late. As he has witnessed both Okada and Naito lead the charge in the promotion. Naito though does not seem totally in favor of Tanahashi receiving another title chance so soon. Though with that said Naito’s blatantly disrespect for the belt is overly apparent as he tossed, kicked, and even threatened to just hand it off as nothing more than a piece of trash. Tanahashi looks to reclaim the belt that he has held in the past and bring some semblance back to it’s a prize to hold.

Below are the announced matches so far…

NJPW “ DOMINION 6.11 in OSAKA-JO HALL”, 6/11/2017 [Sun] 16:00 @ Osaka-Jo Hall

(-) IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match: [15th Champion] Tetsuya Naito vs. [Challenger] Hiroshi Tanahashi
~ 5th title defense.

(-) IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: [65th Champion] Kazuchika Okada vs. [Challenger] Kenny Omega
~ 6th title defense.

NJPW Event Cards for May & June 2017


Following the conclusion of the GTL, NOAH will now be heading into the following tour which begins on May 13.

The tour will be headlined by three main shows. With the first of which being at the Korakuen Hall on May 23, which will feature prelude matches for the title bouts scheduled for later on in the tour, an Osaka show on May 23, and then for a following Korakuen Hall show on June 4.

Joining the previously announced main event of Nakajima defending the GHC Heavyweight belt against Muhammad Yone on June 4, the GHC Tag belts will also be in defense as “MAKETA RA OWARI” (Marufuji and Taniguchi) take on the foreign monster team in Cody Hall and Randy Reign. In a rematch stemming from the champions suffering a loss in the GTL.

Then a singles match between Kenoh and Atsushi Kotoge will be taking place with the winner being the official next in line for the GHC Heavyweight belt. Then Brian Cage returns to Japan and makes his debut in NOAH ring on May 26. As he finishes up the tour with a singles match against Go Shiozaki on May 27 and then on June 4 against Takashi Sugiura. In a move that seems to be NOAH beginning to work in agreement with CRASH out of Mexico. Freelance wrestler Seiya Morohashi will also continue competing on tour for the promotion.

A memorial ceremony will be held for Mitsuharu Misawa at the June 4th show.

Pro Wrestling NOAH “Navig. with Breeze 2017”, 5/23/2017 [Tue] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo

() Kaito Kiyomiya vs. HAYATA
() Akitoshi Saito & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. YO-HEY & Tadasuke
() Hajime Ohara & Hitoshi Kumano vs. Cody Hall & Randy Reign
() Kenoh vs. Hi69
() Katsuhiko Nakajima & Daisuke Harada vs. Muhammad Yone & Atsushi Kotoge
() Takashi Sugiura vs. Taiji Ishimori
() Maybach Taniguchi vs. Go Shiozaki
() Naomichi Marufuji vs. Masa Kitamiya

Pro Wrestling NOAH “Navig. with Breeze 2017”, 5/27/2017 [Sat] 18:30 @ EDION Arena Osaka, 2nd Stadium

() Takashi Sugiura vs. Rionne Fujiwara
() Muhammad Yone, Hi69, Yoshinari Ogawa & Hitoshi Kumano vs. Masa Kitamiya, Akitoshi Saito, Tadasuke & YO-HEY
() Atsushi Kotoge vs. Kaito Kiyomiya
() Kenoh vs. Taiji Ishimori
() Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Daisuke Harada
() Maybach Taniguchi vs. Randy Reign
() Naomichi Marufuji vs. Cody Hall
() Go Shiozaki vs. Brain Cage

(-) GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [33rd Champion] Hajime Ohara vs. [Challenger] HAYATA
~ 3rd title defense.

Pro Wrestling NOAH “Navig. with Breeze 2017”, 6/4/2017 [Sun] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo

() Taiji Ishimori, Hi69, Yoshinari Ogawa & Seiya Morohashi vs. Daisuke Harada, Tadasuke, HAYATA & YO-HEY
() Masa Kitamiya & Akitoshi Saito vs. Hajime Ohara & Hitoshi Kumano
() Go Shiozaki vs. Kaito Kiyomiya
() Takashi Sugiura vs. Brian Cage
() Kenoh vs. Atsushi Kotoge

() GHC Tag Championship Match: [39th Champions] Naomichi Marufuji & Maybach Taniguchi vs. [Challengers] Cody Hall & Randy Reign

() GHC Heavyweight Championship Match: [28th Champion] Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. [Challenger] Muhammad Yone
~ 5th title defense.

NOAH Event Cards for May & June 2017


~ Shotaro Ashino versus Doi was formally announced to be taking place on June 6 for the W-1 Championship.

~ Also MAZADA will be defending the Cruiser belt against Kaz Hayashi. Then the last match announced is Jiro “Ikemen” Kuroshio taking on Shuji Kondo in a special “jacket contra fan service” match.

WRESTLE-1 TOUR 2017 OUTBREAK, 6/6/2017 [Tue] 19:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo

() Jacket contra Fan Service: Jiro “Ikemen” Kuroshio vs. Shuji Kondo
~ If Ikemen loses he will be stripped of his jacket or if Kondo loses he must listen to the fans on what they want from him.

() WRESTLE-1 Cruiserweight Championship Match: [9th Champion] MAZADA vs. [Challenger] Kaz Hayashi
~ 1st title defense.

() WRESTLE-1 Championship Match: [11th Champion] Shotaro Ashino vs. [Challenger] Koji Doi
~ 3rd title defense.

~ Then in regards to Pro-Wrestling ACE it was announced that Souma Watanabe (渡辺壮馬) will be changing his in-ring name to Souma Sumeragi (皇壮馬/すめらぎ そうま).

~ The next ACE (vol. 6) show is to take place on July 2 at the Shinkiba 1stRING.

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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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