[Remembering] June 13 and June 14 mark the deaths of two influential men to have set foot in a Japanese pro-wrestling ring.
June 13, marks the passing of Mitsuharu Misawa who helped elevate the pure competition side of Japanese Pro-Wrestling to a whole new level. As part of the rise of All Japan in the 90′s and the formation of Pro-Wrestling NOAH in the early 2000′s. Misawa was adamant to not take time away from the ring having learned from Giant Baba to always been present for a show that he is expected to attend. Misawa, for better or worse, was an embodiment of the heart and will of putting his all in the craft all the way up until his passing on July 13, 2009.
Then Ted Tanabe, though not ever wrestling himself, focus more of his abilities as both a referee and as a ring announcer since he started in 1987. He had an influential presence among many talent as a head referee for Michinoku Pro-Wrestling in the early 1990′s and then as he moved to Osaka Pro-Wrestling with Super Delfin in 2006. Many called him earnest in his craft and helped guide and support a lot of the Osaka Pro talent up until his death and his presence is still missed among those whom he close with. He passed away on June 15 after falling unconscious on a show the night before.
~ The full card was announced for the upcoming Shinkiba 1stRING show on June 21.
BJW, 6/21/2017 [Wed] 19:00 @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo
(1) Yoshihisa Uto & Kazumi Kikuta vs. Tatsuhiko Yoshino & Yuya Aoki
(2) Tsutomu Oosugi & Hercules Senga vs. Shu & Kei Brahman
(3) Daisuke Sekimoto, Yuji Okabayashi & Ryuichi Kawakami vs. Daichi Hashimoto, Hideyoshi Kamitani & Yasufumi Nakanoue
(4) 1st BJW Junior Heavyweight Championship League Match: Kazuki Hashimoto vs. Toshiyuki Sakuda
(5) 1st BJW Junior Heavyweight Championship League Match: Shinobu vs. Takuya Nomura
(6) DeathMatch: Masaya Takahashi, Takayuki Ueki & Takumi Tsukamoto vs. Jaki Numazawa, Minoru Fujita & Masashi Takeda
(7) DeathMatch: Abdullah Kobayashi, Ryuji Ito & Kankuro Hoshino vs. Yuko Miyamoto, Isami Kodaka & Ryuichi Sekine
~ Two more matches were announced for the upcoming DNA show on July 4 at the Korakuen Hall. Among the additions is the freelance and established wrestler team of Shiro Koshinaka and Kotaro Suzuki taking on Daiki Shimomura and Nobuhiro Shimatani. Then Mike Bailey was announced to be teaming with the now NOAH wrestler Cody Hall to take on Diego, formerly Guanchulo, and Rekka.
FIGHTING GIG DNA EP.34 – Starting Over ~, 7/4/2017 [Tue] 19:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
~ Newly announced…
() Shiro Koshinaka & Kotaro Suzuki vs. Daiki Shimomura & Nobuhiro Shimatani
() Mike Bailey & Cody Hall vs. Diego & Rekka
~ Previously announced…
() Dai Suzuki Trial Series 4 vs 1 Handicap Match: Hideki Suzuki, Jun Kasai, NOSAWA Rongai & Gurukun Mask vs. Dai Suzuki
() Special Single Match: Koji Kanemoto vs. Mizuki Watase
() Kazusada Higuchi Graduation Match: Kazusada Higuchi & Ryota Nakatsu vs. Kouki Iwasaki & Naomi Yoshimura
() MAIN GIG : Shunma Katsumata vs. Yuki Ueno
~ Katsuhiko Nakajima and Atsushi Kotoge took part in the signing ceremony for the upcoming GHC Heavyweight title match that is scheduled to take place on June 25.
~ Nakajima kicked off the press conference by addressing today as the anniversary of NOAH’s founder Mitsuharu Misawa’s passing. That he himself might not have the best right to talk about Misawa, but his goal is to be a fighting champion for what Misawa originally built. Though with that said, he continues to want to things his own way by mixing his “freedom and belief” into what made him the champion in the first place. Kotoge though will be making his first ever challenge for the GHC Heavyweight belt and aims to give it his all to further show that he has a place within the heavyweight division. He has been further adapting his style and has been crafting his own blueprint that he hopes leads him to success.
~ Nakajima continues to lead the charge to create a new stage for NOAH to be showcased on and hopes that Kotoge will bring his best to showcase the best match possible in Fukushima.
~ The matches were announced for the upcoming “11th Annual Jr. Heavy Tag League” that is set to run throughout the month of July. You can see the whole cards by checking out the latest NOAH event card listings on the site…
Then it was also announced that former MMA fighter Seiichi Ikemoto (41), former DEEP Welterweight Champion, will be competing in an exhibition match against Akitoshi Saito on the July 20 show in Osaka. He formally retired from MMA back on April 28, 2013, but has now shown interest in trying his hand in the pro-wrestling ring. He will be taking on Akitoshi Saito who is a grappler in his own right in a special rules exhibition. Ikemoto stated that it has been a dream of his to step foot in a pro-wrestling ring, as the Osaka native will be getting the chance in his hometown. No word on if he aims to pursue the pro-wrestling further, but this match can obviously be seen as a public tryout of sorts.
W-1 announced event card updates for the upcoming shows on June 18 in Shimizu and June 24 at the Korakuen Hall.
President Kaz Hayashi took part in a press conference to announced that W-1 will be expanding the “W-1 GP” format to two more leagues. The “W-1 Tag League” will be taking place this fall and then in the winter the “W-1 Cruiser Fes(t)” will be held. Hayashi stated that his goal is to offer more opportunities for his talent to continue growing and in turn see their motivation increase as well.
The full event card was announce for the next show on June 18. Among the originally announced UWA 6 Tag defense will be Daiki Inaba making his return after suffering a concussion back on April 23. Though a grudge has apparently been brewing between the two fellow “NEW ERA” teammates as a singles match will be taking place on the following show on June 24. Inaba stated that he aims to pursue the growth of the “NEW ERA”, while Yoshioka seeks his own form of redemption and growth following his loss of the cruiser belt. Yoshioka also feels there will be a lot missing from the “NEW ERA” group with Kohei Fujimura leaving, Koji Doi and Kumagoro focusing on the tag belts, and Jiro “Ikemen” Kuroshio looking to align with Shuji Kondo. Yoshioka feels that he is missing something, but aims to change that come his match against Inaba.
WRESTLE-1 TOUR 2017 OUTBREAK, 6/18/2017 [Sun] 13:00 @ Shimizu Marine Building
(-) Masayuki Mitomi (Ehime Pro) vs. Takanori Ito (ACE)
(-) Koji Doi vs. Souma Sumeragi (ACE)
(-) Shotaro Ashino & Seigo Tachibana vs. Jun Tonsho & Hajime (both ACE)
(-) Kaz Hayashi & MAZADA vs. Seiki Yoshioka & Andy Wu
(-) Daiki Inaba’s Return Match: Daiki Inaba & Yusuke Kodama vs. Masayuki Kono & Shuji Kondo
(-) UWA World 6 Tag Championship Match: [57th Champions] Jiro “Ikemen” Kuroshio, Kumagoro & Jay Freddie vs. [Challengers] Manabu Soya, NOSAWA Rongai & Ganseki Tanaka
~ 1st title defense.
WRESTLE-1 TOUR 2017 OUTBREAK, 6/24/2017 [Sat] 17:00 @ Yokohama Radiant Hall in Kanagawa
(-) Daiki Inaba vs. Seiki Yoshioka
(-) WRESTLE-1 Tag Championship Match: [9th Champions] Masayuki Kono & Takanori Ito vs. [Challengers] Koji Doi & Kumagoro
~ 2nd title defense.
~ Part of the wrestlers were announced for the upcoming “17th Annual Midsummer Fire Festival 2017”. This years league is set to run from July 9 in Nagoya until the final on July 30 at the Korakuen Hall. 10 wrestlers in total will be competing in a single block system.
☆ Masato Tanaka [reigning World Heavyweight Champion, 17th year competing, 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2012 Winner]
☆ Yusaku Obata [5th year competing, 2016 Winner]
☆ Kohei Sato [17th year competing, 2004 & 2015 Winner]
☆ James Raideen [4th year competing, 2013 Winner]
☆ Shogun Okamoto [2nd year competing]
~ Announced tour dates…
Pro-Wrestling ZERO1 “17th Annual Midsummer Fire Festival 2017”, 7/9/2017 [Sun] 16:00 @ Nagoya City Tsuyuhashi Sports Center in Aichi
Pro-Wrestling ZERO1 “17th Annual Midsummer Fire Festival 2017”, 7/11/2017 [Tue] 19:00 @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo
Pro-Wrestling ZERO1 “17th Annual Midsummer Fire Festival 2017”, 7/12/2017 [Wed] 19:00 @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo
Pro-Wrestling ZERO1 “17th Annual Midsummer Fire Festival 2017”, 7/14/2017 [Fri] 19:00 @ Mutsu City Ohata Gymnasium in Aomori
Pro-Wrestling ZERO1 “17th Annual Midsummer Fire Festival 2017”, 7/15/2017 [Sat] 18:00 @ Aomori City
Pro-Wrestling ZERO1 “17th Annual Midsummer Fire Festival 2017”, 7/16/2017 [Sun] 13:30 @ Aomori City Hamanasu Kaikan
Pro-Wrestling ZERO1 “17th Annual Midsummer Fire Festival 2017”, 7/17/2017 [Mon] 19:00 @ Aomori City
Pro-Wrestling ZERO1 “17th Annual Midsummer Fire Festival 2017”, 7/19/2017 [Wed] 18:30 @ Sendai City Miyagino Ward Cultural Center Patna Theater
Pro-Wrestling ZERO1 “17th Annual Midsummer Fire Festival 2017”, 7/22/2017 [Sat] 18:00 @ Takayama Mount Ace in Gifu
Pro-Wrestling ZERO1 “17th Annual Midsummer Fire Festival 2017”, 7/23/2017 [Sun] 17:00 @ EDION Arena Osaka, 2nd Gymnasium
Pro-Wrestling ZERO1 “17th Annual Midsummer Fire Festival 2017”, 7/26/2017 [Wed] 19:00 @ Bandai City Park Outdoor Ring in Niigata
Pro-Wrestling ZERO1 “17th Annual Midsummer Fire Festival 2017”, 7/28/2017 [Fri] 19:00 @ Shiba Akatsuchi Koen in Tokyo
Pro-Wrestling ZERO1 “17th Annual Midsummer Fire Festival 2017”, 7/30/2017 [Sun] 18:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
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