It was formally announced that Ultimo Dragon will be defending the World Junior Heavyweight belt against the Osaka native Billyken Kid on September 18.
Both men celebrate career achievements this year with Dragon coming off of his 30th anniversary as a pro-wrestling and Billyken who celebrated his 20th anniversary. This match will mark Billyken’s first ever challenge for All Japan’s World Junior belt, as Dragon looks to kick off his second ever World Junior title reign by taking on any and all challengers.
Below is the updated event card, with the full event card still to be determined…
All Japan Pro-Wrestling “Oudou Tournament”, 9/18/2017 [Mon] 17:00 @ EDION Arena Osaka, 2nd Stadium
() Jun Akiyama, Takao Omori, Hikaru Sato & Kotaro Suzuki vs. Suwama, Atsushi Aoki, Minoru Tanaka & Yusuke Okada
() Noaya Nomura, Koji Iwamoto & Yuma Aoyagi vs. Joe Doering, Massimo & Danny Jones
() World Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [45th Champion] Ultimo Dragon vs. [Challenger] Billyken Kid (Answer)
~ 1st title defense.
() 5th Oudou Tournament ~ 2nd Round Match: (TAJIRI/Yoshitatsu) vs. (Miyahara vs. KAI)
() 5th Oudou Tournament ~ 2nd Round Match: (Ishikawa/Bodyguard) vs. (Zeus/Sai)
Then another international talent was announced to be coming into All Japan, as the big man from Australia, Slade Mercer, now being dubbed Kyoboku Futoshi in LAND’S END, will be making his debut for the promotion at the end of the month. The big man will be coming into the promotion by way of Ryoji Sai’s LAND’S END promotion and stands 195cm and weighs in at 120kg. The current BCW Heavyweight Champion will be competing for the promotion on September 30 and then on October 1 and 2.
Tatsumi Fujinami held a joint conference along with Keiji Mutoh to announced the full event cards for the upcoming shows on October 27 at the Korakuen Hall and then the 30th in Osaka.
The main event of the Korakuen Hall show will feature Fujinami and Mutoh teaming with Mil Mascaras in a dream card. The trio will be taking on the team of The Great Kabuki, Jinsei Shinzaki and KAZMA SAKAMOTO. This will mark the first time in 15 years that Mutoh and Mascaras have teamed together in a pro-wrestling ring. The last time being for All Japan back on July 20, 2002 at the Nippon Budokan. Fujinami himself stated that he wants to aim to relive a dream trio moment that was achieved back in August of 1978 when he teamed with Jumbo Tsuruta and Mascaras during an All-Star show. Fujinami wants to offer a taste of what that time meant to the fans at the time.
Then there will be a following show to be held in Osaka on October 29, as the main event will feature Fujinami teaming with Mascaras and Riki Choshu to take on the team of Kabuki, Shiro Koshinaka and AKIRA.
The full event cards, at this time, are as follows…
DRADITION 2017 SKY HIGH DRAGON TOUR TOKYO, 10/27/2017 [Fri] 19:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(1) Kazuhiro Tamura & Ryota Hasumi vs. Noboyuki Kurashima & Tsubakichi Sanshu
(2) Ryota Hama & LEONA vs. Super Tiger & Shogun Okamoto
(3) Shinjiro Otani & Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs. AKIRA & Super Delfin
(4) Yoshiaki Fujiwara & Shiro Koshinaka vs. Mitsuya Nagai & Hiro Saito
(5) Special 6 Tag Match: Tatsumi Fujinami, Mil Mascaras & Keiji Mutoh vs. The Great Kabuki, Jinsei Shinzaki & KAZMA SAKAMOTO
“DRADITION 2017 SKY HIGH DRAGON TOUR OSAKA“, 10/29/2017 [Sun] 12:30 @ ATC Hall, C Hall in Osaka
(1) Kaisen Pro Offer Match: Bushi-katsuo & Destroyer vs. Fugu Kamen Desrler & Evilman
(2) Jun Gang Chul vs. Nobuyuki Kurashima
(3) LEONA vs. X
(4) Takumi Sano & Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs. Koji Kanemoto & Super Delfin
(5) Yoshiaki Fujiwara & Takaku Fuke vs. Mitsuya Nagai & Hiro Saito
(6) Special 6 Tag Match: Tatsumi Fujinami, Mil Mascaras & Riki Choshu vs. The Great Kabuki, Shiro Koshinaka & AKIRA
DRAGON GATE NEWS
It was announced after yesterday’s show (9/5) that there have been two new title matches added to the 9/18 show in Tokyo. First of all after the main event Kotoka & Big R Shimizu challenged CIMA & Dragon Kid, the current Open The Twin Gate Champions which they accepted.
Next up we have the Open The Dream Gate Championship Match. Masaaki Mochizuki defeated Big R Shimizu to become the number one contender to the Open The Dream Gate Championship, which is currently held by YAMATO. Since he won, the match was also added to the 9/18 card. This could be Mochizuki’s last chance as he stated yesterday, so this will be a very big match for Mochizuki who will need to be on his A game vs YAMATO.
Current 9/18 card
() 5 Unit Survival Race Unit Disband match: (This will feature the bottom two teams in the 5 Unit Survival Race)
() Open The Brave Gate Championship Match: Jimmy Kagetora [31st Champion] vs. Yosuke ♡ Santa Maria [Challenger]
~ 3rd Title Defence
() Open The Twin Gate Championship Match: CIMA & Dragon Kid [40th Champions] vs. Big R Shimizu & Kotoka
~ 7th Title Defence
() Open The Dream Gate Championship Match: YAMATO [25th Champion] vs. Masaaki Mochizuki [Challenger]
~ 7th Title Defence
News Credit to PS contributor: Timmycoolo
~ The full event card was announced for the back to back shows at the Shinkiba 1stRING show on September 18. As well as the full card was announced for the Yokohama show on September 23.
K-DOJO “Tokyo Big Show”, 9/18/2017 [Mon] 13:00 @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo
() Yoshihiro Horaguchi & Bambi vs. Marines Mask & ERINA
() Taishi Takizawa, GO Asakawa & Taylor Adams vs. Shiori Asahi, Daigoro Kashiwa & Yasu Urano
() Kaji Tomato & Yuma vs. Kotaro Yoshino & Dinosaur Takuma
() TAKA Michinoku & Ryota Chikuzen vs. Kunio Toshima & Kyu Mogami
() UWA World Middleweight Championship Match: [Champion] Ayumu Honda vs. [Challenger] Dicky Mayer
() CHAMPION OF STRONGEST-K Match: [Champion] Isami Kodaka vs. [Challenger] Tank Nagai
Especial Lucha Fiesta, 9/18/2017 [Mon] 17:00 @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo
() Kotaro Yoshino & Dinosaur Takuma vs. Marines Mask & Taylor Adams
() Kaji tomato, GO Asakawa & Yuma vs. Shiori Asahi, Ryota Chikuzen (Kyushu Pro) & Masamune (FREE)
() TAKA Michinoku & Black Terry vs. Tank Nagai & Kyu Mogami
() Sammy Guevara vs. Taishi Takizawa vs. Daigoro Kashiwa vs. Dicky Mayer
() DOUKI vs. Syrus
K-DOJO “K-DOJO 15th Anniversary in Yokohama”, 9/23/2017 [Sat] 12:00 @ Yokohama Radiant Hall in Kanagawa
() Shiori Asahi vs. Taylor Adams vs. Kunio Toshima
() ERINA vs. Kyuri (Ice Ribbon)
() Ricky Fuji & Bambi vs. Yoshihiro Horaguchi & Marines Mask
() GO Asakawa, Yuma & Dicky Mayer vs. Tank Nagai, Ayumu Honda & DOUKI
() TAKA Michinoku vs. Daigoro Kashiwa
() Takashi Sasaki (FREEDOMS) vs. Kyu Mogami
() STRONGEST-K TAG Championship Match: [Champion] Kaji Tomato & Taishi Takizawa vs. [Challenger] Kotaro Yoshino & Dinosaur Takuma
It was announced Kenny Omega will miss most of the Destruction tour this month due to a left meniscus injury, but he is expected to return on 9/24, where he is scheduled to defend the IWGP U.S. Championship against Juice Robinson.
For the shows he will be missing, Omega will be replaced by Leo Tonga, the brother of Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa. Formerly known as Hikule’o, Leo Tonga was trained by the Dudleys and has been in the NJPW Dojo, and made his pro wrestling debut in November 2016 in New Zealand. Standing at 6’8″ (203cm) and weighing 280 lbs (127kg), Leo will be one of the largest members of New Japan’s roster.
News Credit to PS contributor: Jseale23
The full event card was announced for the Shinkiba 1stRING show on September 14.
The main event of Kohei Sato and Hideki Suzuki taking on Shogun Okamoto and Yutaka Yoshie for the vacant Intercontinental Tag belts.
ZERO1 Dream Series, 9/14/2017 [Thu] 19:00 @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo
() Shinjiro Otani & Kotaro Suzuki (FREE) vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa & Sean Guinness
() Ikuto Hidaka vs. Keisuke Okuda (IGF)
() Takuya Sugawara vs. SUGI (FREE)
() Yusaku Obata & Yoshikazu Yokoyama vs. Masato Tanaka & Hartley Jackson
() NWA Intercontinental Tag Championship Match: Kohei Sato & Hideki Suzuki vs. Shogun Okamoto & Yutaka Yoshie (both FREE)
~ The winners become the 36th champions.
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