~ It was made official that Masashi Takeda will be defending the Death Match Heavyweight belt against Isami Kodaka on June 20 at the Korakuen Hall.
BJW, 6/20/2018 [Wed] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(-) BJW DeathMatch Heavyweight Championship Match: [Champion] Masashi Takeda vs. [Challenger] Isami Kodaka
~ Then the full event cards were announced for shows on June 8 in Nagaoka and June 16 in Osaka.
Big Japan Pro-Wrestling & Niigata Pro-Wrestling Joint Show, 6/8/2018 [Fri] 18:30 @ Aore Nagaoka in Niigata
(1) Dai Nippon vs Niigata: Yoshihisa Uto vs. Makoto Maeda
(2) Niigata Pro vs Ice Ribbon: Mai Mizuochi vs. Risa Sera
(3) Fugo Fugo Yumeji, Ricky Fuji & Yuichi Taniguchi vs. Buki, Takuho Kato & Yuki Ishikawa
(4) Abdullah Kobayashi & Yasufumi Nakanoue vs. Debu Gaichu & Takayuki Ueki
(5) Heavy vs Junior 6 Tag Match: Daisuke Sekimoto, Ryota Hama & Ryuichi Kawakami vs. Tatsuhiko Yoshino, Kota Sekifuda & Kazuki Hashimoto
(6) Dai Nippon vs Niigata Pro Special Tag Match: Daichi Hashimoto & Hideyoshi Kamitani vs. Shigeno Shima & Big THE Ryokan
BJW “Osaka Surprise 37”, 6/16/2018 [Sat] 17:00 @ Osaka City Miyakojima Kumin Center
(1) Yuya Aoki & Akira Hyodo vs. Takuho Kato & Yuki Ishikawa
(2) Motsugu Shimizu & Kazumi Kikuta vs. Kankuro Hoshino & Yuki Morihiro
(3) MIYAWAKI, Yasu Kubota & Hide Kubota vs. Brahman Shu, Brahman Kei & Yuichi Taniguchi
(4) HUB vs. Toshiyuki Sakuda
(5) Kazuki Hashimoto & Takuya Nomura vs. Tatsuhiko Yoshino & Kota Sekifuda
(6) Daisuke Sekimoto, Yutaka Yoshie, Yoshihisa Uto & Ryuichi Kawakami vs. Ryota Hama, Yasufumi Nakanoue, Daichi Hashimoto & Hideyoshi Kamitani
(7) Death Match: Masashi Takeda, Jaki Numazawa & Kenji Fukimoto vs. Abdullah Kobayashi, Masaya Takahashi & Takayuki Ueki
~ The full event card was announced for the May 26 show in Moriguchi, Osaka.
Pro-Wrestling FREEDOMS, 5/26/2018 [Sat] 18:00 @ Moriguchi Shimin Taikukan in Osaka
(0) Exhibition Match: Trainee M vs. Idea
() Toru Sugiura & Dragon Libre vs. Brahman Shu & Kei
() Drake Morimatsu & Kengo Takai vs. Takoyakida & Yuki Tanaka
() GENTARO, Tomoya Hirata & Hide Kubota vs. Yuya Susumu, Masamune & Tida Heat
() Takashi Sasaki vs. Dyna Mido
() Jun Kasai & Gunso vs. Mammoth Sasaki & Kamui
() Death Match: Masashi Takeda & Kenji Fukimoto vs. Daisuke Masaoka & Violento Jack
FORTUNE DREAM NEWS
~ The full event card and match order was announced for next months show on June 11 at the Korakuen. The main event will present a big spot for the four young talents that each represent a separate promotion in Japan.
Fortune Dream 5, 6/11/2018 [Mon] 17:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(1) Emerald Dream: Kotaro Suzuki (FREE) vs. Kazumi Kikuta (BJW)
(2) Supreme Dream: Io Shirai vs. Meiko Satomura vs. Hiroyo Matsumoto
(3) Special Talk Battle: Kenta Kobashi vs. Masahiro Chono
(4) Final Dream ~ Koki Kitahara 30th Anniversary & Retirement Match: Koki Kitahara (CAPTURE) & Mitsuya Nagai (DRADITION) vs. Naomichi Marufuji (NOAH) & Super Tiger (RJPW)
(5) Violent Dream: Yuji Hino (FREE), Go Shiozaki (NOAH) & Zeus (AJPW) vs. Akitoshi Saito (NOAH), Katsuhiko Nakajima (NOAH) & Kohei Sato (ZERO1)
(6) Fortune Dream: Kaito Kiyomiya (NOAH) & Ayato Yoshida (K-DOJO) vs. Toru Sugiura (FREEDOMS) & Takuya Nomura (BJW)
Harold George Meij, former Representative President & CEO of Takara-Tomy, has been named the new President of New Japan Pro-Wrestling as of June 1.
In Takara-Tomy, the 54 year old from Netherlands, was in charge of marketing for the foreign market and overseer in regards to the launching of new brands. It should also be noted that he was also the Vice President of Cola-Cola Japan in 2006 before joining Takara-Tomy. Kidani has put full faith in Meij to lead New Japan forward into their international expansion.
TOKYO GURENTAI NEWS
~ It was announced that Rey Wagner will be teaming with Kendo Kashin to take on the team of NOSAWA Rongai & El Hijo de Dr. Wagner Jr.
Tokyo Gurentai “Tokyo LOVE VIII”, 7/17/2018 [Tue] 19:00 @ Shinjuku FACE in Tokyo
(-) Kotaro Suzuki vs. KAMINARI
(-) Special Tag Match: Rey Wagner & Kendo Kashin vs. NOSAWA Rongai & El Hijo de Dr. Wagner Jr
(-) Tokyo Intercontinental Tag Championship Match: [7th Champions] MAZADA & FUJITA vs. [Challengers] Yuko Miyamoto & Isami Kodaka
(-) Tokyo World Heavyweight Championship Match: [5th Champion] Masaaki Mochizuki vs. [Challenger] Kaz Hayashi
~ 6th title defense.
~ Also announced to be competing: Hideki Suzuki, Hikaru Sato, Rocky Kawamura, Brahman Shu, Brahman Kei, Takatoshi Matsumoto, Takuya Kai & Shinya Aoki
News was made public that Ayako Hamada was previously arrested in regards to the use of stimulant drugs. Which during today’s WAVE show in Tokyo, it was formally announced that her contract with the promotion was canceled.
Personal note: I know what is being said on twitter, but until something is officially announce I refuse to use that platform for a tell-all. Though from my personal knowledge, stimulants in Japan can be something in the effect of prescription drugs, not authorized in Japan are considered stimulants, or even something like cocaine, etc. Japan has a no toleration policy for the unauthorized use of drugs, so it will be just a wait and see in regards to how this may work against her any further.
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