News Listings for July 18, 2017


Following the conclusion of yesterday’s Korakuen Hall show, the event cards have been updated for the remainder of the “SUMMER ACTION SERIES” tour. Among the major additions is that the World Tag and World Junior belts are scheduled to be defended once more this month.

On July 28, the World Tag belts will be in defense as the newly crowned champions of Jake Lee and Naoya Nomura will be defending the belts in a rematch against Zeus and The Bodyguard. The former champions were quick to enact their chance at a rematch as they stated that their history with the World Tag belts will not end here. Bodyguard declared that he will not let the same mistake happen to him twice. While the new champions accepted the challenge as the wish to start off their first reign as champions by solidifying themselves as true champions. Two wins over the former champions will truly prove they are worthy to hold the belts.

Then the World Junior belt will be in defense on July 30, as Hikaru Sato takes on TAJIRI. On the 17th, Hikaru, after a successful defense against Minoru Tanaka, was met with a poison mist from TAJIRI following the match. The champion stated that he stands by his personal goal of accepting a challenge anytime, anywhere, and by anyone. He knows that TAJIRI has had an extensive career both in Japan and overseas, even recent, in the WWE. TAJIRI is indeed known as one of the craftiest wrestlers to still be competing and that is a challenge that Hikaru welcomes. This title reign is all about Hikaru wanting to prove himself as a fighting and defending champion. That he aims to be able to adapt and overcome even the most established of challengers.

As for the upcoming Ryogoku show in August, Hikaru stated that he aims to remain both as the World Junior and Asia Tag champion. That he wishes to defend both belts on the show in a double header.

Then All Japan announced the updated cards for their August tour of shows leading up to the Ryogoku show on August 27.

The main event of the Ryogoku Kokugikan show has formally been decided as Shuji Ishikawa will be putting the Triple Crown belt on the line in a rematch against Kento Miyahara. Ishikawa has proven himself to be a fighting champion, as he just managed to best Suwama in his last defense on the 17th. Though now he will be faced with his greatest challenge as champion and the biggest stage that All Japan builds towards. Though Miyahara is an different place this time around as he does not hold the belt for the big show, though he claims he is fully prepared to walk out of Ryogoku as the new champion. That he has tasted the very top and the lead role which he now cannot bear being an uncrowned champion.
Ishikawa stated that he now has a feeling of full confidence and strength as the champion, noting his win over Suwama, and has his own sense of purpose in protecting what it means to be the Triple Crown champion. He acknowledges the strength and determination that Miyahara will be bringing, but much the same he feels that is what he will be doing as well. That he will not lose without giving it his all first.

Then on August 11, Jun Akiyama will be defending the GAORA TV belt against Takao Omori. The match will be contested over a special 25 minute rules as this will be a special match honoring their 25th anniversaries as pro-wrestlers. This match stems off the the recent match pitting Akiyama’s team (Akiyamaz) against Takao Omori’s Axe Bombers. Which saw Omori with the win over Akiyama’s group on the July 17. Following the match, Omori made the challenge against Akiyama and the match has thus been made official. The two have been both friends and rivals since their debut’s in 1992 and this is just another continued tale of their rivalry throughout the years. Omori stated that he wishes to have his moment this year, seeing Akiyama with a belt around his waist, as he seeks a chance to wear a belt around his waist and to cap of this milestone that he has achieved in the ring. Akiyama acknowledged that Omori has beaten him within 7 seconds in the past, but with that said the two may not even being able to settle the match within 25 minutes. With that said, he is even contemplating offering the fans a chance to decide who was the true and deserving winner. Kyohei Wada will be the referee as he is known for his righteous and fairness in the ring.

Among the rest of the August tour of shows will be the “GROWIN’ UP” show on August 3, Hakata StarLanes show on August 11, Ultimo Dragon’s 30th anniversary show at Korakuen on August 19, and then the Ryogoku show on August 27.

In case any of you missed the announcements from the July 17 show, here they are again…

~ Suwama vs. Hikaru Sato and Atsushi Aoki & Yusuke Okada vs. Kotaro Suzuki & Keiichi Sato was announced for the August 3 show at the Shinkiba 1stRING.

~ The main event was announced for Ultimo Dragon’s 30th anniversary Lucha Fiesta show on August 19, as Ultimo teams with Jun Akiyama and Caristico to take on Joe Doering, El Diamante and Sam Adonis.

~ Satoshi Kojima was announced as the former Triple Crown champion to be competing for All Japan’s 45th anniversary show at the Ryogoku Kokugikan on August 27. It was also announced that he will be taking on Suwama in a special singles match.
~ Also announced for the Ryogoku show is a special 45th anniversary match, as Masanobu Fuchi teams with The Great Kabuki to take on Dory Funk Jr. and Hiro Saito.
~ Caristico will indeed be competing on the show as a he takes on El Diamante in a special lucha libre attraction match.

~ The Oudou Tournament was announced to be taking place throughout the month of September, as the first round matches were announced to begin on September 12 at the Korakuen Hall.
~ Suwama vs. Naoya Nomura, Koji Iwamoto vs. Yuma Aoyagi, Jake Lee vs. Atsushi Aoki, Hikaru Sato vs. Joe Doering, Ryoji Sai vs. Zeus, Shuji Ishikawa vs. Bodyguard, Kento Miyahara vs. KAI, TAJIRI vs. Yoshitatsu.

AJPW Event Cards for July & August 2017


~ The BJW Junior Heavy belt was announced to hold its first ever defense, as the first champion Shinobu will face a currently unannounced opponent on August 11 in Osaka. The Yokohama 6 Tag belts will also be in defense on the show as well.

BJW “Osaka Surprise 32 ~ STRONG WORLD 2017”, 8/11/2017 [Fri] 18:00 @ EDION Arena Osaka, 2nd Stadium

(-) Yokohama Shopping Street 6 Man Tag Championship Match: [10th Champions] Ryota Hama, Yasufumi Nakanoue & Shogun Okamoto vs. [Challengers] (tba)
~ 2nd title defense.
(-) BJW Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [1st Champion] Shinobu vs. [Challenger] (tba)
~ 1st title defense.

~ It has been made official that the reigning BJW Death Match Heavyweight Champion Masaya Takahashi will be joining Big Japan on August 1. As he moves from his now former home promotion of ASUKA PROJECT. With that it was announced that he would be defending the belt against a currently unnamed opponent on the August 19 in Nagoya.

~ Though one match is official for the Nagoya show as Hideki Suzuki will be defending the World Strong Heavy belt against Daichi Hashimoto.

BJW “Death Mania V”, 8/19/2017 [Sat] 17:00 @ Nagoya International Conference Center Event Hall in Aichi

(-) BJW World Strong Heavyweight Championship Match: [10th Champion] Hideki Suzuki vs. [Challenger] Daichi Hashimoto
~ 4th title defense.
(-) BJW Death Match Heavyweight Championship Match: [35th Champion] Masaya Takahashi vs. [Challenger] (tba)
~ 3rd title defense.


~ It was announced that the previously announced that the EXTREME title match between Daisuke Sasaki and Joey Ryan will be contested as a ladder match.

DDT “Road to Ryogoku 2017”, 7/23/2017 [Sun] 12:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo

(0) Dark Match: Kouki Iwasaki vs. Daiki Shimomura

() Tetsuya Endo vs. Shunma Katsumata
() Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Hirata Collection A.T. vs. Danshoku Dieno, Antonio Honda & Ken Ohka

() Special Tag Match: Masahiro Takanashi & Saki Akai vs. Makoto Oishi & Yoshiko (SEAdLINNNG)

() Road to Ryogoku 4WAY Tag Match: HARASHIMA & Soma Takao vs. KUDO & Yukio Sakaguchi vs. Akito & Diego vs. Mike Bailey & MAO

() DDT EXTREME Championship Match: [39th EXTREME Champion] Daisuke Sasaki vs. [Challenger] Joey Ryan
~ 4th title defense.

() KO-D Tag Championship Match: [61st Champions] Shigehiro Irie & Kazusada Higuchi vs. [Challengers] Shuji Ishikawa & Mad Paulie
~ 3rd title defense.

() KO-D Openweight Championship Match: [61st Champion] Konosuke Takeshita vs. [Challenger] Keisuke Ishii
~ 5th title defense.


~ The UWA 6 Tag belts will be in defense on July 22, as Soya, NOSAWA, and Ganseki defend against the team of Hayashi, Kono, and Tonsho. The event card currently is as follows…

WRESTLE-1 TOUR 2017 SYMBOL, 7/22/2017 [Sat] 17:30 @ Gotenba Shimin Kaikan in Shizuoka 

() Shuji Kondo & MAZADA vs. Koji Doi & Soma Sumeragi
() Andy Wu & Masayuki Mitomi vs. Seiki Yoshioka & Takanori Ito
() Jiro “Ikemen” Kuroshio vs. Seigo Tachibana
() Daiki Inaba & Kumagoro vs. Shotaro Ashino & Yusuke Kodama

() UWA World 6 Tag Championship Match: [58th Champions] Manabu Soya, NOSAWA Rongai & Ganseki Tanaka vs. [Challengers] Kaz Hayashi, Kotaro Suzuki & Jun Tonsho
~ 2nd title defense.

~ Then it was announced that Andy Wu will be defending the Cruiser belt against Seiki Yoshioka on September 2 in Yokohama.

WRESTLE-1 “2017 Pro-Wrestling LOVE in YOKOHAMA”“, 9/2/2017 [Sat] 15:00 @ Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium in Kanagawa

() WRESTLE-1 Cruiserweight Championship Match: [10th Champion] Andy Wu vs. [Challenger] Seiki Yoshioka
~ 1st title defense.

(-) WRESTLE-1 Championship Match: [11th Champion] Shotaro Ashino vs. [Challenger]  Jiro “Ikemen“ Kuroshio
~ 4th title defense.

~ Also announced to be competing : Naomichi Marufuji (NOAH) and Shingo Takagi (DG)

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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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