News Listings for February 15, 2018

AJPW NEWS

All Japan announced that the “Evolution” team of Suwama, Hikaru Sato & Yusuke Okada will be taking on Kazuyuki Fujita, Kendo Kashin & NOSAWA Rongai on March 25 in Saitama.

The invading trio made their presence known against Suwama on the February 3 show in Yokohama, as they assaulted Suwama. This led to Hikaru Sato and Yusuke Okada to try and aid Suwama in repel the assault. After the attack Suwama knew that he needed to recruit the two for a revived “Evolution” to enact some revenge. There has been much publicity between Suwama and Fujita over the years which stems back to their last encounter in November of 2015 during Genichiro Tenryu’s retirement show.

Then Takao Omori took part in a press conference, as he announced that he will be making his return on the March 25 show after being out with a minor neck injury in early January. Omori stated that he wants a shot at the Asia Tag Champions in Jun Akiyama and Yuji Nagata for his return match. Omori did not name who he may be teaming with, but did say that it is who he felt will be an appropriate and trustworthy partner.

This match joins the previously announced main event which will see Doering defend the Triple Crown belt against Miyahara.

All Japan Pro-Wrestling “2018 Power Dream Series”, 3/25/2018 [Sun] 15:00 @ Saitama Super Arena, Community Hall

(-) Special 6 Man Tag Match: Suwama, Hikaru Sato & Yusuke Okada vs. Kazuyuki Fujita, Kendo Kashin & NOSAWA Rongai

(-) Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship Match: [59th Champion] Joe Doering vs. [Challenger] Kento Miyahara
~ 4th title defense.

AJPW Event Cards for March & April 2018


DRADITION NEWS

The full event cards were announced for the two April shows in Tokyo and Osaka. The shows will feature Tatsumi Fujinami both teaming with Bob Backlund on the 4/20 show at the Korakuen Hall and against him at the 4/21 show in Osaka.

Fujinami and Backlund have a rivaled history which stems back to the two in the late 1970′s and early 80′s in the WWF. The main event of the Korakuen Hall show will see Fujinami teaming with Backlund and Riki Choshu as they take on a former WWF trio of TAJIRI, Jinsei Shinzaki and KENSO. The Osaka show will then feature Fujinami, Choshu and Masakatsu Funaki taking on Backlund, Yoshiaki Fujiwara and Hiro Saito. This will also be a special match for Funaki as he and Backlund faced each other in the UWF back in May of 1989 in Osaka.

Then it was also announced that The Cobra will be making his return on these two shows. A former WWF Junior heavyweight and NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion. Following the retirement of the First Tiger Mask in 1983, The Cobra became the successor of New Japan’s junior division for the next couple of years until he unmasked himself and began competing under his real name George Takano and as a heavyweight wrestler.

Below are the announced event cards at this time…

DRADITION 2018 – BACK TO THE NEW YORK TOUR IN TOKYO, 4/20/2018 [Fri] 19:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo

(1) Super Tiger & Tsubakichi Sanshu vs. Nobuyuki Kurashima & Ryuta Hasumi
(2) LEONA vs. Mitsuhiro Yoshida
(3) Takuma Sano (FREE) & Mitsuya Nagai vs. Go Shiozaki & HAYATA (both NOAH)
(4) Black Tiger (FREE) & Rionne Fujiwara (FREE) vs. The Cobra & Hiro Saito (FREE)
(5) Yoshiaki Fujiwara (Fujiwara-gumi) vs. Shiro Koshinaka (FREE)
(6) Tatsumi Fujinami, Bob Backlund & Riki Choshu vs. TAJIRI (FREE) , Jinsei Shinzaki (Michinoku) & KENSO (FREE)

DRADITION 2018 – BACK TO THE NEW YORK TOUR IN TOKYO, 4/21/2018 [Sat] 16:00 @ Osaka Nanko ATC Hall, C Hall

(1) TORU (Doutonbori) vs. Kinryu (Doutonbori)
(2) Nobuyuki Kurashima vs. Takaku Fuke (Pancrase MISSION)
(3) LEONA vs. Yuto Kikuchi (Doutonbori)
(4) Koji Kanemoto & Minoru Tanaka (both FREE) vs. Super Delfin & Black Tiger
(5) Mitsuya Nagai & AKIRA (Makai) vs. Shiro Koshinaka & The Cobra
(6) Tatsumi Fujinami, Riki Choshu & Masakatsu Funaki (FREE) vs. Bob Backlund, Yoshiaki Fujiwara & Hiro Saito

http://puroresuspirit.net/tag/dradition/


NJPW NEWS

The full card has been announced for NJPW’s Anniversary Event on 3/6. After IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada successfully defended his title against SANADA at New Beginning, the Rainmaker declared he wanted to face IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion and fellow CHAOS member Will Ospreay. That match will be the main event of the Anniversary Event.

Also taking place on that show will be the IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match, with Togi Makabe challenging Minoru Suzuki. Makabe has been trying to challenge Suzuki ever since he won the title at the first New Beginning show of the year, and finally got the champion to accept his challenge.

Tetsuya Naito defeated YOSHI-HASHI at the New Beginning in Osaka, but was attacked by Taichi while making his exit. Taichi, who has stated over recent months that he wishes to move up into the heavyweight division, was recently defeated in his 15th Anniversary Match by Naito on a show he and TAKA Michinoku produced. Now Taichi aims to take revenge against Naito as the two are set to clash in a special singles match at NJPW’s Anniversary Event.

The Suzuki-gun team of El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru and the LIJ team of BUSHI & Hiromu Takahashi have both picked up victories over IWGP Jr. Tag Champions YOH & SHO recently, one at the New Beginning in Osaka and the other at New Japan Road. Both teams voiced their claims to challenge for the titles, and now all three will meet in a 3WAY Match at the Anniversary Event for the Jr. Tag Championship.

The full cards for the Anniversary Event and the Anniversary tour over the several days before have been updated.

NJPW “Anniversary Event” 3/6/18 [Tue] 19:00 @ the Ota City General Gymnasium in Tokyo

(1) Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Jushin “Thunder” Liger, Tiger Mask, KUSHIDA & Ryusuke Taguchi vs Yuji Nagata, Toa Henare, Tomoyuki Oka, Shota Umino & Tetsuhiro Yagi
(2) Katsuya Kitamura 7 Match Trial Series: Katsuya Kitamura vs Manabu Nakanishi
(3) Juice Robinson & David Finlay vs Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano

(4) IWGP Jr. Tag Championship 3WAY Match: [56th Champions] YOH & SHO vs [Challengers] BUSHI & Hiromu Takahashi vs [Challengers] Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado
~ 1st defense

(5) Special Tag Match: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI vs EVIL & SANADA
(6) Special Singles Match: Tetsuya Naito vs Taichi

(7) IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match: [17th Champion] Minoru Suzuki vs [Challenger] Togi Makabe
~ 1st defense

(8) Anniversary Special Day Singles Match: Kazuchika Okada vs Will Ospreay

NJPW Event Cards for March & April 2018


NOAH NEWS

It was announced that Shiro Koshinaka will be competing on the March 11 show in Yokohama. As he teams with his fellow Heisei Ishin-gun teammate in Akitoshi Saito to take on Naomichi Marufuji & Atsushi Kotoge.

Koshinaka was previously announced to compete on the February 22 show at the Korakuen Hall. As he teams with Saito as they take on Maybach Taniguchi & Mitsuya Nagai.

This tag match joins the four previously announced title matches for the big show.

Pro-Wrestling NOAH “GREAT VOYAGE 2018 in YOKOHAMA”, 3/11/2018 [Sun] 16:00 @ Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium in Kanagawa

(-) Maybach Taniguchi & Mitsuya Nagai vs. KENSO (FREE) & Jay Bradley
(-) Naomichi Marufuji & Atsushi Kotoge vs. Shiro Koshinaka (FREE) & Akitoshi Saito

(-) GHC Jr. Heavy Tag Championship Match: [32nd Champions] Taiji Ishimori & Hi69 vs. [Challengers] Yoshinari Ogawa & Minoru Tanaka
~ 1st title defense.

(-) GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [36th Champion] Daisuke Harada vs. [Challenger] HAYATA
~ 4th title defense.

(-) GHC Tag Championship Match: [41st Champions] Muhammad Yone & Quiet Storm vs. [Challengers] Katsuhiko Nakajima & Masa Kitamiya
~ 3rd title defense.

(-) GHC Heavyweight Championship Match: [30th Champion] Kenoh vs. [Challenger] Takashi Sugiura
~ 3rd title defense.

NOAH Event Cards for March & April 2018


WRESTLE-1 NEWS

It was made official that Manabu Soya will be challenging Shotaro Ashino for the W-1 Championship on March 14 at the Korakuen Hall.

Soya has recently found himself on a downturn, but has found himself again with reuniting with AKIRA and bringing back the “new WILD order”. Soya stated that he is not in favor of Ashino’s acts as the reigning champion with the champions accepting of lawless acts. Ashino though is now sitting at seven successful defenses as champion and current dominate hold over the belt. He mentioned that there is still much for him to prove as champion and he is eager to further elevate the generation struggle that he feels with suffer if he loses to Soya.

Will Soya manage to reclaim the W-1 belt, which he last held in January of 2016, or will Ashino further cement his legacy with yet another successful defense?

Below is the announced event card at this time…

WRESTLE-1 TOUR 2018 TRANS MAGIC, 3/14/2018 [Wed] 19:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo

(-) Hiroshi Yamato’s Return Match:

(-) W-1 CRUISER FES 2018 Final Match:

(-) WRESTLE-1 Championship Match: [11th Champion] Shotaro Ashino vs. [Challenger] Manabu Soya
~ 8th title defense.

http://puroresuspirit.net/tag/w-1/


MISC. NEWS

~ DNA : Mizuki Watase was announced to be taking on Minoru Tanaka in a singles match on the next show on March 7 in Shinkiba.

DNA 42, 3/7/2018 [Wed] 19:30 @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo 

(-) Mizuki Watase vs. Minoru Tanaka

http://puroresuspirit.net/tag/dna

~ Hagure IGF International : With Fujita’s return to the ring, he, Kendo Kashin & NOSAWA Rongai will be hosting a show on April 4 at the Shinjuku FACE. The show looks to be in the same vein as NOSAWA’s TOKYO GURENTAI just dubbed under their current groups name.

“Hagure IGF International Hataage-sen”, 4/4/2018 [Wed] 19:00 @ Shinjuku FACE in Tokyo

() lucha libre classico: MAZADA vs. Arkangel de la Muerte
() Tokyo World Heavyweight Championship Match: [5th Champion] Masaaki Mochizuki vs. [Challenger] Rocky Kawamura
~ 5th title defense.

http://puroresuspirit.net/tag/tokyo-gurentai/

~ TAKAYAMANIA : A special show was announced to be held on August 31 at the Korakuen Hall. Of course the show is being held as a means to help provide funds to Takayama and his family for his on-going treatment and support as he deals with a severe spinal injury. Currently no matches or talent were announced for the show, but updates will be released as the time for the show draws near.

“1st TAKAYAMANIA”, 8/31/2018 [Fri] @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo


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About BushidoRX

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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