Following the conclusion of the big Ryogoku show, a press conference was held with updates for the upcoming tour in September.
The now 2-time Triple Crown Champion Kento Miyahara announced a new venture in a “Campus Series Project” with the first of which to be held at the Aichi Medical University. Miyahara will be self producing the shows and will be offering both training and matches free of charge to the students at the university. Miyahara’s aim is to try and connect with the young generation as he wishes for everyone to witness what he believes is the true meaning of pro-wrestling firsthand. The first show will be held on November 4. As for the September tournament, Miyahara declared that he shall win the upcoming “Oudou Tournament” as well as he looks to secure his claim as the highest in All Japan. Miyahara stated that he has competing in all 5 of the “Oudou Tournament’s” but has yet to taste victory, but this time he will win as the reigning champion as well. His first round match will be against KAI on September 12 at the Korakuen Hall. His first defense of the Triple Crown looks to be set for the October 21 show in Yokohama with the field currently open for any challenger to come forward.
The newly crowned World Tag Champion in Daisuke Sekimoto and Yuji Okabayashi stated that KAI and Noaya Nomura gave them a strong challenge, but in the end their strength once more prevailed them to victory. As the champions the two look to accept any challenge placed before them which they were immediately faced with that by Jun Akiyama and Takao Omori. Sekimoto stated that this will surely be a match pitting Big Japan versus All Japan. Which stands more true for the Akiyama as the President and Omori as the Vice-President of All Japan. Though the champions have never stepped down from a challenge as they look to see their fighting spirit will be ignited as they aim to defend the belts.
Then speaking of Akiyama, it was announced that he will be defending the GAORA TV belt against Atsushi Maruyama on the September 3 show at Blue Field. The match will have an interesting rule set as Maruyama described it as the “wild card” rule. What this entails is that Maruayam will possess 3 wild cards that he can use at anytime in the match. The main idea of the cards will introduce Takao Omori as a temporary stand-in, aka what Maruayama described as a borrowing of Omori’s power. This is meant to tip the match in a more balanced nature. Initially Akiyama refused the request for this special rule match, but ultiamtely accepted it after Maruyama’s persistent request.
Then Black Tiger VII took part in the press conference as the newly crowned Asia Tag Champion. Black Tiger VII, as a man of ideas and proposals, mentioned the idea of defending the Asia Tag belts outside of All Japan including potentially WRESTLE-1 if Omori accepts the offer. Currently he and TAKA are without next challengers, but the two are willing to look at any offers that are placed before them.
Then in side news, Billyken Kid has sent a message to the All Japan office as he seeks a match against the new World Junior Heavyweight Champion Ultimo Dragon. Billyken, who just celebrated his 20th anniversary milestone, seeks a match against his in-ring idol as he took upon his own journey as a pro-wrestler by following Dragon’s steps to Mexico. It is a dream opportunity for Billyken to face Ultimo with the World belt also in contention. Dragon has accepted the challenge in his own comment back, as he looks to accept any all opportunities as All Japan has given to he himself over the last couple years.
~ The event cards were announced for the September 2, 6, 9, and 20 shows. Plus matches announced the upcoming “Saikyo Tag League” that begins on September 6 and runs throughout October 15.
BJW, 9/2/2017 [Sat] 18:00 @ Tsurumi Kumin Bunka Center, Salvia Hall in Kanagawa
(1) Yuichi Taniguchi vs. Tatsuhiko Yoshino
(2) Ice Ribbon Offer Match: Risa Sera vs. Akane Fujita
(3) Kazuki Hashimoto & Takuya Nomura vs. Kota Sekifuda & Yuya Aoki
(4) Death Match: Masashi Takeda, Masaya Takahashi, Takayuki Ueki & Toshiyuki Sakuda vs. Abdullah Kobayashi, Ryuji Ito, Jaki Numazawa & Yuko Miyamoto
(5) Ryota Hama & Yasufumi Nakanoue vs. Hideyoshi Kamitani & Kazumi Kikuta
(6) Daisuke Sekimoto, Kohei Sato & Shuji Ishikawa vs. Ryuji Ito, Daichi Hashimoto & Yoshihisa Uto
2017 Saikyo Tag League
★ DEATH BLOCK ★
~ Masashi Takeda & Takumi Tsukamoto
~ Abdullah Kobayashi & Ryuji Ito
~ Jaki Numazawa & Kenji Fukimoto
~ Yuko Miyamoto & Isami Kodaka
~ Minoru Fujita & Kankuro Hoshino
~ Masaya Takahashi & Takayuki Ueki
★ STRONG BLOCK ★
~ Hideki Suzuki & Shogun Okamoto
~ Daisuke Sekimoto & Kohei Sato
~ Shingo Takagi & Yuji Okabayashi
~ Ryota Hama & Yasufumi Nakanoue
~ Daichi Hashimoto & Hideyoshi Kamitani
~ Ryuichi Kawakami & Yoshihisa Uto
BJW “2017 Saikyo Tag League Opener”, 9/6/2017 [Wed] 19:00 @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo
(1) Shinobu vs. Kazumi Kikuta
(2) Yuko Miyamoto, Isami Kodaka, Tsutomu Oosugi & Hercules Senga vs. Abdullah Kobayashi, Ryuji Ito, Shu & Kei Brahman
(3) Kazuki Hashimoto, Toshiyuki Sakuda & Yuya Aoki vs. Tatsuhiko Yoshino. Kota Sekifuda & Takuya Nomura
(4) Daisuke Sekimoto, Daichi Hashimoto & Hideyoshi Kamitani vs. Yuji Okabayashi, Ryota Hama & Yasufumi Nakanoue
(5) Saikyo Tag League ~ Strong Block: Hideki Suzuki & Shogun Okamoto vs. Ryuichi Kawakami & Yoshihisa Uto
(6) Saikyo Tag League ~ Death Block: Minoru Fujita & Kankuro Hoshino vs. Masaya Takahashi & Takayuki Ueki
(7) Saikyo Tag League ~ Death Block: Masashi Takeda & Takumi Tsukamoto vs. Jaki Numazawa & Kenji Fukimoto
BJW “BJ-STYLE #14 ~ 2017 Saikyo Tag League”, 9/9/2017 [Sat] 17:00 @ Suminoe Maikon Hall in Osaka
() Tatsuhiko Yoshino & Yuya Aoki vs. Takeshi Minamino (FREE) & Kota Sekifuda
() Kotaro Suzuki (FREE) vs. Kazumi Kikuta
() Great Kojika, Tsutomu Oosugi & Hercules Senga vs. Abdullah Kobayashi, Shu & Kei Brahman
() Daichi Hashimoto & Yoshihisa Uto vs. Shogun Okamoto & Takuya Nomura
() Masashi Takeda & Takumi Tsukamoto vs. Ryuji Ito & Kankuro Hoshino
() Hideki Suzuki, Yuji Okabayashi & The Bodyguard (FREE) vs. Daisuke Sekimoto, Ryota Hama & Yasufumi Nakanoue
() Saikyo Tag League ~ Death Block ~ Iron Cage & Barbed-wire Board: Yuko Miyamoto & Isami Kodaka vs. Masaya Takahashi & Takayuki Ueki
BJW “2017 Saikyo Tag League”, 9/20/2017 [Wed] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
() Toshiyuki Sakuda vs. (to be announced)
() Abdullah Kobayashi, Ryuji Ito, Tsutomu Oosugi & Hercules Senga vs. Shu Brahman, Kei Brahman, Masaya Takahashi & Takayuki Ueki
() Shinobu, Kazuki Hashimoto & Takuya Nomura vs. Tatsuhiko Yoshino, Kota Sekifuda & Yuya Aoki
() Ryota Hama, Yasufumi Nakanoue & Kazumi Kikuta vs. Ryuichi Kawakami, Taishi Takizawa & Yoshihis Uto
() Saikyo Tag League ~ Strong Block: Shingo Takagi & Yuji Okabayashi vs. Daisuke Sekimoto & Kohei Sato
() Saikyo Tag League ~ Strong Block: Hideki Suzuki & Shogun Okamoto vs. Daichi Hashimoto & Hideyoshi Kamitani
() Saikyo Tag League ~ Death Block: Jaki Numazawa & Kenji Fukimoto vs. Yuko Miyamoto & Isami Kodaka
() Saikyo Tag League ~ Death Block: Masashi Takeda & Takumi Tsukamoto vs. Minoru Fujita & Kankuro Hoshino
BJW “2017 Saikyo Tag League”, 9/22/2017 [Fri] 18:30 @ Hiroshima Marina Hop
() Saikyo Tag League ~ Strong Block: Daisuke Sekimoto & Kohei Sato vs. Ryuichi Kawakami & Yoshihsa Uto
() Saikyo Tag League ~ Strong Block: Hideki Suzuki & Shogun Okamoto vs. Ryota Hama & Yasufumi Nakanoue
() Saikyo Tag League ~ Death Block: Abdullah Kobayashi & Ryuji Ito vs. Jaki Numazawa & Kenji Fukimoto
() Saikyo Tag League ~ Death Block: Masashi Takeda & Takumi Tsukamoto vs. Yuko Miyamoto & Isami Kodaka
BJW “2017 Saikyo Tag League”, 9/24/2017 [Sun] 18:00 @ Nagoya Diamond Hall in Aichi
() Saikyo Tag League ~ Strong Block: Shingo Takagi & Yuji Okabayashi vs. Daichi Hashimoto & Hideyoshi Kamitani
() Saikyo Tag League ~ Death Block: Abdullah Kobayashi & Ryuji Ito vs. Masaya Takahashi & Takayuki Ueki
BJW “2017 Saikyo Tag League”, 9/25/2017 [Mon] 19:00 @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo
() Saikyo Tag League ~ Strong Block: Shingo Takagi & Yuji Okabayashi vs. Ryuichi Kawakami & Yoshihisa Uto
() Saikyo Tag League ~ Strong Block: Daisuke Sekimoto & Kohei Sato vs. Ryota Hama & Yasufumi Nakanoue
() Saikyo Tag League ~ Death Block: Jaki Numazawa & Kenji Fukimoto vs. Masaya Takahashi & Takayuki Ueki
~ The full event card was announced for the Osaka show on September 10.
DDT “Imawa Akibe to Sakuyakonohana 2017”, 9/10/2017 [Sun] 18:00 @ Osaka City Konohana Community Hall
() Toru Owashi, Saki Akai & Kazuki Hirata vs. Makoto Oishi, MAO & Yuni
() 3WAY Match: Mike Bailey vs. Mad Paulie vs. Shunma Katsumata
() Naomi Yoshimura vs. Royce Isaacs
() KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi vs. Shigehiro Irie, Kazusada Higuchi & Kouki Iwasaki
() Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo vs. Akito & Diego
() Konosuke Takeshita vs. Yuki Ueno
() Osaka Special Tag Match: HARASHIMA & Soma Takao vs. Danshoku Dieno & Keisuke Ishii
DDT “Kojo Pro-Wrestling in Miyaji Tekkojo 2017”, 9/20/2017 [Wed] 19:30 @ Miyaji Tekkojo in Tokyo
() KO-D Tag Championship Match: [Champions] HARASHIMA & Naomichi Marufuji vs. [Challengers] Sanshiro Takagi & Danshoku Dieno
~ 1st title defense.
DDT “Who’s Gonna Top?～DDT Dramatic General Election 2017 ~ Last Hope Special”, 9/24/2017 [Sun] 12:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
() KO-D Openweight & DDT EXTREME & Independent World Junior Heavyweight 3WAY Championship Match: [KO-D Champion] Konosuke Takeshita vs. [EXTREME Champion] Daisuke Sasaki vs. [Indie Champion] Ken Ohka
~ The winner will become a two crown champion over the one he defeats.
~ The full event card was announced for the Osaka show on September 3. Among the updates is that Jun Kasai will miss the show due to suffer a fractured finger and tendon injury. Minoru Fujita will be his replacement on the show.
Pro-Wrestling FREEDOMS “Osaka Fan Appreciation”, 9/3/2017 [Sun] 16:30 @ Osaka Sekaikan
(1) Dragon Libre vs. Hide Kubota (FREE)
(2) Mixed Tag Match: Yuya Susumu & Hamuko Hoshi (Ice Ribbon)vs. Idea & Mochi Miyagi (Ice Ribbon)
(3) GENTARO vs. Violento Jack
(4) Takashi Sasaki & Dyna Mido (B-168) vs. Hiroaki Moriya (J2000) & Naoki Tanizaki (DG)
(5) Drunker Match: Minoru Fujita (FREE) vs. Chikara (RikiEnterprise)
(6) KING of FREEDOM WORLD TAG CHAMPIONSHIP 4way Match: [13th Champions] Mamoth Sasaki & Toru Sugiura vs. [Challengers] Daisuke Masaoka & Kamui vs. [Challengers] Masashi Takeda (FREE) & Kenji Fukimoto vs. [Challengers] Yuko Miyamoto (666) & Isami Kodaka (BASARA)
~ 6th title defense.
Following the conclusion of the G1 CLIMAX 27, the full match cards have been released for the NJPW’s three “DESTRUCTION” shows, as well as two of the headlining matches for KING OF PRO WRESTLING.
“DESTRUCTION in Fukushima” on 9/10 will be the first of the main DESTRUCTION shows, and will feature three title matches. Michael Elgin will challenge Minoru Suzuki for the NEVER Openweight Championship in the main event, having defeated the Suzuki-gun leader during the G1 Climax. EVIL, SANADA & BUSHI will defend the NEVER 6-Man Tag Championship against the CHAOS trio of Kazuchika Okada, Toru Yano & Rocky Romero.
And a 3WAY Match for the IWGP Tag Championship, featuring War Machine vs G.O.D vs K.E.S. will take place on all three DESTRUCTION SHOWS.
Next is “DESTRUCTION in Hiroshima” on 9/16, which will be headlined by an IWGP Intercontinental Championship match between Hiroshi Tanahashi and Zack Sabre Jr., who defeated Tanahashi on the first night of the G1 Climax. The show will also feature an IWGP Jr. Tag Championship match between Ryusuke Taguchi & Ricochet and the Suzuki-gun team of Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Taichi, as well as Roppongi Vice’s final match as a team. The duo will face Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens.
The final show of the three will be “DESTRUCTION in KOBE” on 9/24. The main event will be another rematch from the G1 Climax as well as the first ever defense of the IWGP U.S. Championship, as Juice Robinson challenges Kenny Omega.
Tetsuya Naito won the G1 CLIMAX 27 earlier this month, earning a chance to challenge for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at the Tokyo Dome. In the aftermath, Naito nominated Tomohiro Ishii to challenge him for that right, and the match has been made official. The two have clashed twice already this year, and Ishii won on both occasions. Naito will look to finally stop the Stone Pitbull as he chases the IWGP Heavyweight Championship once more. And in the main event, following his upset victory over the Rainmaker in the G1, EVIL will challenge Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
~ Three title matches were announced for the upcoming “ GREAT VOYAGE 2017 in YOKOHAMA vol.2 ” that will be taking place on October 1.
The main event will see the newly crowned GHC Heavyweight Champion Eddie Edwards defending against Naomichi Marufuji. The first ever foreign champion to hold the GHC Heavy belt will not get any easy start to his defense load as he takes on the current foundation of the promotion. Then the GHC Tag belts will be in defense as the newly crowned Go Shiozaki and Atsushi Kotoge take on the 50 Funky Powers, Muhammad Yone and Quiet Storm. Then lastly the GHC junior belt will be on the line as Taiji Ishimori defends the belt against his current top rival in Daisuke Harada,
Edwards was announced to be on the beginning half of the September tour of shows as well.
Then on a side note, Atsushi Kotoge formally announced that he has underwent a marriage ceremony over the weekend following his capture of the GHC Tag belt.
Pro-Wrestling NOAH “GREAT VOYAGE 2017 in YOKOHAMA vol.2 ”, 10/1/2017 [Sun] 16:00 @ Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium in Kanagawa
(-) GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [35th Champion] Taiji Ishimori vs. [Challenger] Daisuke Harada
~ 2nd title defense.
(-) GHC Tag Championship Match: [40th Champions] Go Shiozaki & Atsushi Kotoge vs. [Challengers] Muhammad Yone & Quiet Storm
~ 1st title defense.
(-) GHC Heavyweight Championship Match: [29th Champion] Eddie Edwards vs. [Challenger] Naomichi Marufuji
~ 1st title defense.
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