All Japan Pro-Wrestling “2018 Excite Series ~ Jr BATTLE OF GLORY”, 2/25/2018 [Sun] 17:00 @ EDION Arena Osaka, 2nd Stadium
845 Spectators (overcrowded/sold out)
(1) Jr. League A BLOCK: Shuji Kondo (W-1) vs. Atsushi Maruyama
◆Winner: Kondo (2:53) following the King Kong Lariat.
~ Kondo [4 wins, 1 loss = 8 points]
~ Maruyama [2 wins, 3 losses = 4 points]
(2) Jr. League B BLOCK: Hikaru Sato vs. Kotaro Suzuki (FREE)
◆Winner: Hikaru (4:39) following a Jumping High Kick.
~ Hikaru [3 wins, 2 losses = 6 points]
~ Kotaro [2 wins, 1 draw, 2 losses = 5 points]
(3) Jr. League B BLOCK: Koji Iwamoto vs. TAJIRI (FREE)
◆Winner: Iwamoto (4:23) via pin-fall.
~ Iwamoto [3 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss = 7 points]
~ TAJIRI [3 wins, 2 losses = 6 points]
~ With 7 points, Iwamoto wins captures the top spot of the B BLOCK and moves on to the final match.
(4) Jr. League A BLOCK: Atsushi Aoki vs. Soma Takao (DDT)
◆Winner: DRAW (20:00) Time Expired.
~ Aoki [3 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss = 7 points]
~ Takao [3 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss = 7 points]
~ With the draw, Kondo moves on to the final match with 8 points.
~ It was announced that Jun Akiyama & Yuji Nagata will be defending the Asia Tag belts against the team of Takao Omori & Manabu Nakanishi on March 25 in Saitama.
~ Then on July 29 there will be a bigger show held at the EDION Arena Osaka, 1st Stadium. This will be the first time in over 4 years that All Japan has held a show in the main stadium.
(5) Jun Akiyama, KAI (FREE), Yohei Nakajima & Takoyakida (Osaka Pro) vs. Naoya Nomura, Ryoji Sai (LAND’S END), Shoichi Uchida (FREE) & Mineo Fujita (Chinko)
◆Winner: Nomura (9:41) following the Maximum on Yohei.
(6) Joe Doering, Black Tiger VII (FREE) & Keiichi Sato (FREE) vs. Suwama, Yusuke Okada & Billyken Kid (FREE)
◆Winner: Suwama (9:46) following the Last Ride on Keiichi.
~ During the backstage interview, Yusuke said his focus on Black Tiger, while Hikaru said he has his focue on Kashin, which leaves Suwama to free to claim his revenge on Fujita.
(7) World Tag Championship Match: [80th Champions] Kento Miyahara & Yoshitatsu (FREE) vs. [Challengers] Zeus & The Bodyguard (FREE)
◆Winner: Zeus (18:48) with a Jackhammer on Yoshitatsu.
~ Champions fall on their 1st title defense. BIG GUNS become the 81st champions.
~ Ryoji Sai stepped forward to make the challenge as he announced his partner to be Dylan James (formerly James Raideen, who will be competing in this years Carnival).
(8) Jr. BATTLE OF GLORY Final Match: (A BLOCK #1) Shuji Kondo vs. (B BLOCK #1) Koji Iwamoto
◆Winner: Kondo (19:21) following a King Kong Lariat.
~ Kondo wins the Jr. BATTLE OF GLORY 2018 and becomes the next rightful challenger for the World Junior belt. Which Kondo challenged Aoki after the match which proceeded to Aoki coming out to accept the defense. (Kondo also holds a win over the champion Aoki stemming from their match in the league on 2/13.)
~ Update: The title match will be taking place on March 25 in Saitama.