News Listings for May 8, 2017

BJW NEWS

Big Japan announced the 6 wrestlers who will be competing in the league to crown the first ever “BJW Junior Heavyweight Champion”.

A round-robin league is set to begin on May 25 and will run all the way through to the decision match, between the top two, on the July 17 show at the Ryogoku Kokugikan. The title will be solely for the talent who are 95kg (209lbs) and under which then means the World Strong belt is designation for wrestlers 96kg (211lbs) and up.

Announced to be competing…
Kazuki Hashimoto (170cm, 80kg)
Tatsuhiko Yoshino (173cm, 80kg)
Shinobu (170cm, 75kg)
Toshiyuki Sakuda (155cm, 82kg)
Takuya Nomura (176cm, 85kg)
Yuya Aoki (177cm, 85kg)

~ Shinobu will have the first matches in the league as he takes on Yoshino on 5/25 and then Sakuda on 5/28.

Then it was announced that Hideki Suzuki will be defending the World Strong belt against Hideyoshi Kamitani on May 25 at the Korakuen Hall.

BJW “Road to RYOGUKUTAN”, 5/25/2017 [Thu] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo

(0) Tsutomu Oosugi & Hercules Senga vs. Shu & Kei Brahman

(1) Kazuki Hashimoto & Toshiyuki Sakuda vs. Takuya Nomura & Yuya Aoki
(2) Ryuichi Kawakami, Daichi Hashimoto & Kazumi Kikuta vs. Shuji Ishikawa, Kohei Sato & Yoshihisa Uto
(3) DeathMatch: Abdullah Kobayashi, Ryuji Ito & Jaki Numazawa vs. Minoru Fujita, Kenji Fukimoto & Kankuro Hoshino
(4) 3WAY Tag DeathMatch: Masaya Takahashi & Takayuki Ueki vs. Yuko Miyamoto & Isami Kodaka vs. Takumi Tsukamoto & Ryuichi Sekine
(5) 1st BJW Junior Heavyweight Championship League Match: Tatsuhiko Yoshino vs. Shinobu

(6) BJW Tag Championship Match: [43rd Champions] Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi vs. [Challengers] Ryota Hama & Yasufumi Nakanoue
~ 2nd title defense.

(7) BJW World Strong Heavyweight Championship Match: [10th Champion] Hideki Suzuki (FREE) vs. [Challenger] Hideyoshi Kamitani
~ 2nd title defense.

~ Also the event cards have been updated for the rest of the May tour of shows….

BJW “Edogawa Rising 2”, 5/13/2017 [Sat] 17:00 @ Tobu Friend Hall in Tokyo

(1) Kazuki Hashimoto, Tatsuhiko Yoshino & Yoshihisa Uto vs. Ryota Hama, Yasufumi Nakanoue & Kazumi Kikuta
(2) Tsutomu Oosugi & Hercules Senga vs. Shu & Kei Brahman
(3) Abdullah Kobayashi & Kankuro Hoshino vs. Ryuichi Kawakami & Yuya Aoki
(4) Death Match: Yuko Miyamoto & Isami Kodaka vs. Takumi Tsukamoto & Toshiyuki Sakuda
(5) Death Match: Ryuji Ito & Jaki Numazawa vs. Masaya Takahashi & Takayuku Ueki
(6) Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi vs. Daichi Hashimoto & Hideyoshi Kamitani

BJW, 5/14/2017 [Sun] 13:00 @ Harima Central Park Special Outdoor Ring in Hyogo

(1) Yoshihisa Uto vs. Yuya Aoki
(2) Ryuichi Kawakami vs. Kazumi Kikuta
(3) Daichi Hashimoto & Hideyoshi Kamitani vs. Kazuki Hashimoto & Takuya Nomura
(4) Death Match: Jaki Numazawa & Yuko Miyamoto vs. Kankuro Hoshino & Toshiyuki Sakuda
(5) Yuji Okabayashi & Tatsuhiko Yoshino vs. Ryota Hama & Yasufumi Nakanoue
(6) Anywhere Central Park Match: Masaya Takahashi & Takayuki Ueki vs. Abdullah Kobayashi & Ryuji Ito vs. Shu & Kei Brahman

BJW, 5/15/2017 [Mon] 18:30 @ Act City Hamamatsu Exhibition Event Hall in Shizuoka

(1) Ryuichi Sekine vs. Yuya Aoki
(2) Ultimo Dragon, Tsutomu Oosugi & Hercules Senga vs. Kendo Kashin, Shu & Kei Brahman
(3) Daisuke Sekimoto & Alexander Otsuka vs. Kohei Sato & Kazumi Kikuta
(4) Yuji Okabayashi & Shogun Okamoto vs. Ryota Hama & Yasufumi Nakanoue
(5) Death Match: Ryuji Ito, Takumi Tsukamoto & Toshiyuki Sakuda vs. Yuko Miyamoto, Isami Kodaka & Kankuro Hoshino
(6) Masakatsu Funaki, Daichi Hashimoto & Hideyoshi Kamitani vs. Ryuichi Kawakami, Kazuki Hashimoto & Tatsuhiko Yoshino

(7) Yokohama Shopping Street 6 Man Tag Championship Match: [8th Champions] Abdullah Kobayashi, Masaya Takahashi & Takayuki Ueki vs. [Challengers] Hideki Suzuki, Yoshihisa Uto & Takuya Nomura
~ 5th title defense.

BJW, 5/16/2017 [Tue] 19:00 @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo

(1) Tsutomu Oosugi & Hercules Senga vs. Shu & Kei Brahman
(2) Daichi Hashimoto & Hideyoshi Kamitani vs. Yoshihisa Uto & Yuya Aoki
(3) Daisuke Sekimoto, Yuji Okabayashi & Kazumi Kikuta vs. Ryuichi Kawakami, Ryota Hama & Yasufumi Nakanoue
(4) Death Match: Abdullah Kobayashi & Ryuji Ito vs. Jaki Numazawa & Toshiyuki Sakuda
(5) Kazuki Hashimoto & Tatsuhiko Yoshino vs. Shinobu & Takuya Nomura
(6) Death Match: Masaya Takahashi, Takayuki Ueki & Takumi Tsukamoto vs. Yuko Miyamoto, Isami Kodaka & Kankuro Hoshino

BJW “Osaka Surprise 30”, 5/21/2017 [Sun] 17:00 @ Osaka City Asahi Kumin Center

(1) Takayuki Ueki & Kazumi Kikuta vs. TORU & Yuya Aoki
(2) Tsutomu Oosugi, Hercules Senga & Tatsuhiko Yoshino vs. Drake Morimatsu, Yasu & Hide Kubota
(3) Ryuji Ito & Jaki Numazawa vs. Shu & Kei Brahman
(4) Daichi Hashimoto & Hideyoshi Kamitani vs. Yoshihisa Uto & Takuya Nomura
(5) Death Match: Masaya Takahashi & Takumi Tsukamoto vs. Abdullah Kobayashi & Kankuro Hoshino
(6) Ryuichi Kawakami, Kazuki Hashimoto & Toshiyuki Sakuda vs. ZERO, Naoki Tanizaki & Kazuaki Mihara
(7) Yuko Miyamoto & Isami Kodaka vs. Ryota Hama & Yasufumi Nakanoue
(8) Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi vs. Magnitude Kishiwada & GAINA

BJW “Death Market 38”, 5/28/2017 [Sun] 18:00 @ Nagoya Diamond Hall in Aichi

(1) Kazuki Hashimoto & Takuya Nomura vs. Tatsuhiko Yoshino & Yuya Aoki
(2) Jaki Numazawa, Kankuro Hoshino & Takumi Tsukamoto vs. Ryuichi Kawakami, Shu & Kei Brahman
(3) 1st BJW Junior Heavyweight Championship League Match: Shinobu vs. Toshiyuki Sakuda
(4) Death Match: Masaya Takahashi, Yuko Miyamoto & Ryuichi Sekine vs. Abdullah Kobayashi, Ryuji Ito & Takayuki Ueki
(5) Daichi Hashimoto, Hideyoshi Kamitani & Yoshihisa Uto vs. Kazumi Kikuta, (losers of 5/25 tag title match)

(6) BJW Tag Championship Match: [Champions] (Winners of 5/25 match) vs. [Challengers] Tsutomu Oosugi & Hercules Senga

http://puroresuspirit.net/tag/bjw/


DDT NEWS

~ It was announced that Konosuke Takeshita will be defending the KO-D Openweight belt against Yasu Urano on the May 28 show at Korakuen. This comes after Takayama suffered a spine injury that will be taking him out of all competition for the time being. Urano claimed Takayama’s right to challenge anytime, anywhere on the May 4 show, and this being the show that Takayama last competed in before pulling out due to the injury.

~ The KO-D Tag match that was originally scheduled to take place on May 21 has been pulled as well. I do not currently see any information on if the titles are vacated by Danshoku Dieno and Yoshihiro Takayama at this moment in time.

DDT “Audience 2017”, 5/28/2017 [Sun] 12:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo

(-) Super Sasadango Machine’s Return Match: Super Sasadango Machine & Sanshiro Takagi vs. Minoru Suzuki & Rocky Kawamura

(-) KO-D 6 Person Tag Championship Match: [Champions] Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO vs. [Challengers] Danshoku Dieno, Keisuke Ishii & Royce Isaacs

(-) KO-D Openweight Championship Match: [61st Champion] Konosuke Takeshita vs. [Challenger] Yasu Urano
~ 3rd title defense.

http://puroresuspirit.net/tag/ddt/


FREEDOMS NEWS

~ Event cards were announced for the 5/20, 21, and 24 shows…

FREEDOMS “Kumamoto First Ever Show”, 5/20/2017 [Sat] 18:00 @ Kumamoto Mori Toshin Plaza

() Gamushara Offer Match: Yoju & Suke Mihara vs. Tessho & (tba)
() FREEDOMS vs. Gamushara: (tba) vs. Tuereno Guerrero
() Asosan (Kyushu) vs. Chikara
() Mammoth Sasaki & Toru Sugiura vs. Violento Jack & GENTARO
() DeathMatch: Daisuke Masaoka & Takashi Sasaki vs. Jun Kasai & Kenji Fukimoto

FREEDOMS “DAMZ Wonderful”, 5/21/2017 [Sun] 16:00 @ Moji Aka Renga Place in Fukuoka

() Gamushara Offer Match: Yoju, Tuereno Guerrero & (tba) vs. Tessho, YASU & (tba)
() GENTARO vs. Chikara
() Yuya Susumu & Nozomi Kubo vs.
() Mammoth Sasaki & Toru Sugiura vs. Asosan & Minoru Fujita
() Daisuke Masaoka, Takashi Sasaki & Violento Jack vs. Jun Kasai, Kenji Fukimoto & KAZMA SAKAMOTO

FREEDOMS “F☆Spirit! 2017”, 5/24/2017 [Wed] 19:00 @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo

() Kenichiro Arai vs. Koju Takeda (666)
() Yuya Susumu & Isami Kodaka vs. KAZMA SAKAMOTO & Chikara
() GENTARO vs. Karate Brahman #2

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

() DeathMatch: Daisuke Masaoka, Takashi Sasaki & Violento Jack vs. Kenji Fukimoto, Minoru Fujita & Yuko Miyamoto

http://puroresuspirit.net/tag/freedoms/


MICHINOKU NEWS

~ Following the Golden Week tour of shows, the Brahman Brothers formally split from The Great Sasuke. Sasuke announced that he would be bringing a new pair of Sailor Boys (the New Sailor Boys), the original Sailor Boys being the Brahman’s, as he will challenge the Brahman Brothers as they team with Hakushi (Jinsei Shinzaki) at the Korakuen Hall show on June 18.

Michinoku Pro-Wrestling “Mu no Taiyo Festival 2 ~ Itanjasetsu”, 6/18/2017 [Sun] 12:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo

() Numajiro Kesen & Yasutaka Ozera vs. Ayumu Gunji & Koji Kawamura
() Daichi Sasaki vs. Kengo
() Kenbai, Rasse & Taro Nohashi vs. GAINA, Yapperman #1 & #2
() Manjimaru &  Ken45° vs. Rui Hyugaji & Takeshi Minamino

() Tohoku Tag & UWA World Tag Double Championship Match: [Champions] Ikuto Hidaka & Minoru Fujita vs. [Challengers] Yapperman #3 & Yapperman #4

() Mu no Taiyo Festival Special Match: The Great Sasuke & New Sailor Boys vs. Brahman Brothers (Shu & Kei Brahman) & Hakushi

~ Then GAINA announced that he will be hosting a special show on July 17 in

GAINA Produce “Best Friends Forever ~ We are Green!!”, 7/17/2017 [] @ Sendai City Izumi Ward Sendai Joytel Hotel Michinoku Hall in Miyagi

(-) The Great Sasuke vs. Hirori
(-) “Green Warriors” GAINA, Taro Nohashi, Shigehiro Irie (DDT) & Kazuaki Mihara (Doutonbori) vs. “Team Lucha Libre” Dick Togo, HUB, Tsubasa & Billyken Kid

http://puroresuspirit.net/tag/michipro/


NEW NEWS

~ The full event card was announced for the upcoming show on May 12 in Utsunomiya.

NEW Opening Series, 5/12/2017 [Fri] 19:00 @ Tochigi Prefectural Integrated Cultural Center, Sub Hall

(1) NEW vs Shanghai IGF: Katsumi Oribe (FREE) vs. Lin Dong Xuan
(2) NEW vs Shanghai IGF: Naoki Tanizaki (DG) vs. Chang Jian Feng
(3) NEW vs Shanghai IGF: Alexander Otsuka (AO/DC) & Ryuji Hijikata (FREE) vs. KENSO & Liu Wen Bo
(4) Mitsuyoshi Nakai vs. Yuya Susumu (FREEDOMS)
(5) Masakatsu Funaki (FREE) vs. Keisuke Okuda
(6) Shinichi Suzukawa vs. Super Tiger (RJPW)

http://puroresuspirit.net/tag/new


NJPW NEWS

More matches were announced for the upcoming “DOMINION 6.11 in OSAKA-JO HALL”.

The NEVER Openweight rematch was announced as Minoru Suzuki and Hirooki Goto will be facing off against each other in a Lumberjack Death Match. The match will see both CHAOS and Suzuki-gun team members at ringside as both sides will be enforcers if one of the two competing end up outside of the ring. This match aims to settle their current feud as either Goto can recapture the belt, that he felt he was cheated out of, or Suzuki will be one step closer to aiming to take out CHAOS and secure his group in its place.

Then the IWGP Tag belts will be in defense as “WAR MACHINE” defends against the “Guerrillas of Destiny”. G.O.D. as a former champion team aim to reclaim the belts after assaulting the current champions following their defense against Tenzan and Kojima on May 3. Originally the match was a 3WAY, but the former champion team made it known that they wanted a single team versus team match. Which G.O.D. currently hold a win over the reigning champions stemming from the “WORLD TAG LEAGUE 2016″.

Then “Roppongi Vice” Rocky Romero and Trent Barreta will be putting the IWGP Jr. Tag belts on the line against the “Young Bucks”. The current champions have aimed as of late at reclaiming the belts and now want to prove themselves as one of the best tag teams in the world. They aim to do this by taking out the former Jr. Tag Champion team and solidifying their reign.

Then lastly a special singles match was announced as Michael Elgin will be taking on “The American Nightmare” Cody. Cody has been competing against up-and-coming talent ever since he made his debut in New Japan back in January, but after his last match on May 3 against David Finlay he declared that he wants stronger opponents/better competition. New Japan has accepted that offer and is pitting him against their “strongest foreigner” Michael Elgin.

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

(-) Special Single Match: Michael Elgin vs. Cody

(-) IWGP Junior Tag Championship Match: [51st Cganouibs] Rocky Romero & Barreta vs. [Challengers] Matt & Nick Jackson
~ 1st title defense.

(-) IWGP Tag Championship Match: [75th Champions] Raymond Rowe & Hanson vs. [Challengers] Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa
~ 2nd title defense.

(-) NEVER Openweight Championship ~ Lumberjack Death Match: [16th Champion] Minoru Suzuki vs. [Challenger] Hirooki Goto
~ 1st title defense.

(-) 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.

New Japan also announced the matches for the upcoming “BEST OF THE SUPER Jr. 24”.

This years league is set to begin on May 17 at the Korakuen, with that show featuring both blocks all competing, then the A BLOCK and B BLOCK will bounce back and forth between every other show leading to the final match on June 3 in Yoyogi.

The updated event cards can be seen here on the website…

NJPW Event Cards for May & June 2017


TOKYO GURENTAI NEWS

~ The next Gurentai show will be held on July 19 at the Shinjuku FACE. The show will feature the Tokyo World Heavyweight belt in defense as Masaaki Mochizuki defends against Yuko Miyamoto.

~ Also announced to be competing: Kotaro Suzuki, Rocky Kawamura, SUSHI, Takuya Kai, Chikara, and Koharu Hinata.

TOKYO GURENTAI “TOKYO CARNIVAL 2017”, 7/19/2017 [Wed] 19:00 @ Shinjuku FACE in Tokyo

(-) Tokyo World Heavyweight Championship Match: [5th Champion] Masaaki Mochizuki vs. [Challenger] Yuko Miyamoto
~ 3rd title defense.

http://puroresuspirit.net/tag/tokyo-gurentai


WRESTLE-1 NEWS

~ W-1 announced updates for the next upcoming shows on May 14 and May 20. Both shows will feature title match main events as the UWA 6 Tag belts will be in defense on the 14th and the Result belt will be defended on the 20th show.

WRESTLE-1 TOUR 2017 TRIUMPH, 5/14/2017 [Sun] 16:00 @ Create Hamamatsu  in Shizuoka

(1) Seiki Yoshioka vs. Souma Sumeragi (ACE)
(2) Kotaro Suzuki vs. Hajime (ACE)
(3) Mitsuo Momota & Chikara (both Riki Enterprise) vs. Kumagoro & Masayuki Mitomi (Ehime)
(4) Masayuki Kono & Takanori Ito vs. Jiro “Ikemen” Kuroshio & Jun Tonsho (ACE)
(5) Shotaro Ashino & Seigo Tachibana (ACE) vs. Koji Doi & Andy Wu

(6) UWA World 6 Tag Championship Match: [56th Champions] Kaz Hayashi, Shuji Kondo & Manabu Soya vs. [Challengers] Daiki Inaba, Yusuke Kodama & Kohei Fujimura
~ 1st title defense.

WRESTLE-1 TOUR 2017 TRIUMPH, 5/20/2017 [Sat] 18:00 @ Odawara Arena in Kanagawa

(-) Result Championship Match: [1st Champion] Koji Doi vs. [Challenger] Masayuki Mitomi
~ 3rd title defense.

http://puroresuspirit.net/tag/w-1/


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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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