WAVE ran their first Hokkaido event of the year Sunday, results from Sapporo Teisen Hall:
They claimed 408 paid (full house/sellout).
Mika Iida beat ? in 8:46.
Moeka Haruhi, Manami Toyota & Hamuko Hoshi beat Ayako Hamada, Yuu Yamagata & Sawako Shimotsuke in 16:20. Hoshi pinned Shimotsuke after a diving body press.
Tsukasa Fujimoto beat ? in 7:04.
Kana & Feary Nipponbashi beat Tomoka Nakagawa & Sakura Asparagus (Sakura Hirota) and Shu Shibutani & Cherry in a 3-way in 9:55 when Kana pinnd Asparagus. Comedy match.
Yuko Miyamoto (666) & Isami Kodaka (DDT/ Union Pro) beat Misaki Ohata & Mio Shirai in 16:23. Kodaka pinned Ohata with a European clutch.
WAVE Singles Champion Yumi Ohka beat Hikaru Shida in 17:23 to retain the title. V7 for Ohka. She has now passed a year-13 months actually-as champion.
Next event is/was today at Shin-Kiba 1st Ring.
New Japan continued their current tour today, results from Toyohashi City Gym 2:
They claimed 1200 paid (full house/sellout).
Yohei Komatsu, Mascara Dorada & KUSHIDA beat Sho Tanaka, Tiger Mask 4 & Jushin Liger in 11:17. KUSHIDA pinned Tanaka.
El Desperado, Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata beat BUSHI, Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan in 10:25. Desperado pinned BUSHI.
Jado, Gedo, Takashi Iizuka & Toru Yano beat Taichi, TAKA Michinoku (K-DOJO), Shelton X Benjamin & Minoru Suzuki (Independent/Freelancer) in 10:20. Yano pinned TAKA.
Ryusuke Taguchi, Tomoaki Honma (Independent/Freelancer), Tetsuya Naito & Hirooki Goto beat YOSHI-HASHI, Yujiro Takahashi, Tomohiro Ishii & Shinsuke Nakamura in 9:45. Naito pinned YOSHI-HASHI after Stardust Press.
Tama Tonga, Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson beat Captain New Japan, Makabe & Hiroshi Tanahashi in 12:38. Anderson pinned Captain after Gun Stun.
Alex Kozlov, Rocky Romero & Kazuchika Okada beat Nick Jackson, Matt Jackson & Bad Luck Fale in 12:40. Okada pinned Nick after Rainmaker.
All-Japan continued the Champions Carnival today, results from Korakuen:
They claimed 1096 paid.
Menso-re Oyaji (Independent/Freelancer), SUSHI & Atsushi Aoki beat Tank Nagai (K-DOJO), Kaji Tomato (K-DOJO) & ? in 3:14. Aoki pinned ?.
Takao Soma, Keisuke Ishii & Shigehiro Irie (DDT) beat Bear Fukuda, Takeshi Minamino (Independent/Freelancers) & Kenichiro Arai (Dragon Gate) in 7:08. Irie pinned Minamino.
Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Jun Akiyama & Masanobu Fuchi beat Masao Inoue (Independent/Freelancer), Osamu Nishimura & Ultimo Dragon (Independent/Freelancer) in 12:46. Fuchi pinned Inoue.
Takao Omori beat Mitsuya Nagai (Independent/Freelancer) in 7:40.
Hikaru Sato & Joe Doering beat Kotaro Suzuki & Kento Miyahara in 9:49. Doering pinned Suzuki after Revolution Bomb.
Block A: Kendo Ka Shin (Independent/Freelancer) beat Suwama in 9:44.
KENSO beat Yutaka Yoshie (Independent/Freelnacer) in 11:23.
Go Shiozaki beat Zeus (Osaka Pro) in 21:17.
Suwama: 3-1, 6 points
Akebono: 3-2, 6 points (OUT)
Omori: 2-1, 4 points
Ka Shin: 2-1-1, 4 points (OUT)
Miyahara: 0-2-1, 0 points (OUT)
Nishimura: 0-3, 0 points (OUT)
Shiozaki: 3-0-1, 7 points
Doering: 2-0-1, 5 points
Akiyama: 2-1, 4 points
KENSO: 1-2, 2 points (OUT)
Yoshie: 1-3, 2 points (OUT)
Zeus: 0-3, 2 points (OUT)
Only the winners of each block go to the finals. Had Suwama won today that would have pretty much ended Block A as he’s beaten Omori already. Now he has to beat Miyahara in his now-last match 9was to have been Akebono). Omori has to win out plus a Suwama loss or Draw to Miyahara or a win and draw plus Suwama loss. Block B is a bit more cluttered because Shiozaki & Doering went to a time limit draw. If they finish tied at the top there probably will be a tiebreaker match. Shiozaki’s final opponent is Akiyama, so it won’t be settled until the final day (Akiyama first faces KENSO though and must win to stay alive). For those who missed it the other day, Akebono had to forfeit his final 2 matches and drop out due to illness/injury. They would’ve been against Suwama and Omori.
Developing story from All-Japan The promotion annoucned a short time ago that Akebono has been hospitalized and is out of the remainder of the Champions Carnival. Unspecified as to exactly why. Out indefinitely but at least a week including the remaining tournament events. His remaining prelim opponents-Takao Omori & Suwama-will both be credited with a forfeit win and 2 points each. Really bad timing because Akebono was leading Block A and on his way to a perfect run. Now the block is Suwama’s to lose with a 2 point lead, 2 matches left and the tiebreaker over Omori.
More on Akebono’s condition when/if it becomes available.
Updating recent news items, New Japan today announced the full card for WRESTLING DONTAKU 2014 on 5/3 at Fukuoka International Center. There will be 10 matches total, the match order is as follows:
0th/Dark Match: Yohei Komatsu, KUSHIDA, Tiger Mask 4 & Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Mascara Dorada, BUSHI, El Desperado & Captain New Japan (4:40 PM JST start, 20 minutes before main card)
IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Champions Nick & Matt Jackson vs. Alex Kozlov & Rocky Romero for the titles
Takashi Iizuka & Toru Yano vs. Shelton X Benjamin & Minoru Suzuki
NWA World Champion Satoshi Kojima vs. Wes Brisco for the title
Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata vs. Katsuyori Shibata & Hirooki Goto
IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion Kota Ibushi vs. Ryusuke Taguchi for the title
NEVER Openweight Champion Tomohiro Ishii vs. Tomoaki Honma for the title
Elimination Match: Jushin Liger, Tetsuya Naito, Makabe & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tama Tonga, Bad Luck Fale, Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson. OTR rule is in effect
Kazushi Sakuraba & Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Rolles & Daniel Gracie. Closed-fist strikes permitted if fighters are wearing MMA/open-finger gloves, Gracies may use gi for chokeholds
IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada vs. AJ Styles for the title
The event will air on iPPV via Ustream for $25 in the US, it’s not known yet if the 0th match will air live (not being listed yet). Start time will be 4 AM ET.
NOAH continued the Global Tag League today, results from Niigata City Gym:
They claimed 1500 paid.
Kenou (Michinoku Pro) beat Hitoshi Kumano in 7:27.
Hajime Ohara (independent/Freelancer) beat Genba Hirayanagi in 6:08.
Daisuke Harada beat Mitsuhiro Kitamiya in 7:37.
Super Crazy beat Atsushi Kotoge in 8:53.
Akitoshi Saito, Zack Saber Jr. & Yoshinari Ogawa beat Taiji Ishimori, Katsuhiko Nakajima & Naomichi Marufuji in 13:02. Saito pinned Ishimori after Sickle Of Death.
Global Tag League:
Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls beat Daisuke Ikeda (Futen) & Mohammed Yone in 11:33. Nicholls pinned Ikeda after a tank buster.
Masato Tanaka (ZERO1) & Takashi Sugiura beat Chris Hero & Colt Cabana in 14:52. Tanaka pinned Cabana after Sliding D.
Yoshihiro Takayama & KENTA beat Takeshi Morishima & Maybach Taniguchi in 16:43. KENTA pinned Taniguchi after GAME OVER.
Haste/Nicholls: 3-1, 6 points
Takayama/KENTA: 3-2, 6 points
Yone/Ikeda: 3-2, 6 points
Marufuji/Nakajima: 2-2, 4 points
Tanaka/Sugiura: 2-2, 4 points
Morishima/Taniguchi: 1-3, 2 points
Hero/Cabana: 1-3, 2 points (OUT)
The team in the lead after Saturday’s matches is the winner. With 2 matches left it’s pretty much TMDK’s to lose. They hold all the tiebreakers except over Morishima & Taniguchi so they really need to just win one of their last 2 matches, but they need at least a win and a draw to be sure otherwise they could lose it on tiebreakers if one or both the 2-2 teams win out.
The tournament resumes Friday followed by the finals on Saturday.
Stardom ran their latest house show today, results from Shin-Kiba 1st Ring:
They claimed 305 paid.
? beat Azumi in 2:54.
Kaori Yoneyama beat Alpha Female in 7:01 by DQ.
Miho Wakizawa beat Mayu Iwatani & Hiroyo Matsumoto in a 3-way in 7:52 by pinning Iwatani.
In a handicap match, Io Shirai & Natsuki*Taiyo beat Kairi Hojo, Takumi Iroha & Koguma in 14:05. Natsuki pinned Koguma.
In a match for a future World Of Stardom Title shot, Nanae Takahashi vs. Yoshiko went to a 30 minute time limit draw. Who knows what happens now.
Quite a bit of news from the last couple days…
Former star Yuuri Haruka, who left Stardom at the end of 2012 and has been inactive since, recently released her first modeling DVD. a press conference was held last week and Haruka attended, of course doing the obligatory in-bikini appearance too.
During intermission of today’s event, they introduced 6 new trainees who have a chance at debuting later this year.
The promotion debuted a new talk/variety-themed TV show Friday on Samurai! TV dubbed “Stardom Cafe”. The premiere episode was hosted by-of course-Yuzuki Aikawa and featured the TV/acting debut of Aikawa’s younger sister Mizuki (who appears to be a little taller than her sister). The setting was a cafe/coffee shop where Yuzuki Aikawa is the manager and Mizuki Aikawa works part-time. Io Shirai & Miho Wakizawa also appeared on the premiere. At this time the show is expected to air new episodes once a month.
(Left-to-right: Mizuki Aikawa, Io Shirai, Yuzuki Aikawa)
Next event is OSAKA CHAMPIONS NIGHT 2014 on 4/29 at Matsushita IMP Hall.