Just a reminder for US followers (except those in Arizona)-Daylight Savings Time begins again at 2 AM ET this Sunday so remember to set your clocks forward 1 hour (one hour less sleep…). This also means that for the next 7-8 months all time-dependent results (until October-November), usually from SportsNavi or Battle News, will not be available until at least 11 AM ET (midnight JST).
NOAH ran their latest signature blowout event today, results from GREAT VOYAGE 2014 in TOKYO at Ariake Colosseum:
They claimed 6000 paid.
Mitsuhiro Kitamiya beat Hitsohi Kumano in 3:49.
Super Crazy beat Jonah Rock & Xtra Large in a 3-way in 4:08 by pinning Large.
Takuma Sano 30th Anniversary Match: Jushin Liger (New Japan) & Takuma Sano beat Genba Hirayanagi & Yoshihiro Takayama in 9:37. Sano pinned Hirayanagi after Northern Lights Bomb.
Atsushi Kotoge, Katsuhiko Nakajima & Mohammed Yone beat YOSHI-HASHI, Takashi Iizuka & Toru Yano (New Japan) in 11:12 by DQ (YOSHI-HASHI DQ’d). Yano chair use.
GHC Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Champions Zack Saber Jr. & Yoshinari Ogawa beat Hajime Ohara (Independent/Freelancer) & Kenou (Michinoku Pro) in 15:34 to retain the titles. Saber pinned Ohara. V1 for the champs.
Daisuke Harada beat GHC Jr. Heavyweight Champion Taiji Ishimori in 18:41 to win the title. Harada becomes the 27th GHC Jr. Heavyweight Champion. And in doing so ends Ishimori’s record-setting reign at 10 defenses in about 13 1/2 months. The defenses are the all-time best, length-wise I’m verifying but I think he beat the record held by Yoshinobu Kanemaru by a few days, maybe a week.
Tetsuya Naito & New Japan) & Naomichi Marufuji vs. Masato Tanaka (ZERO1) & KENTA went to a 30 minute time limit draw.
GHC Heavyweight Tag Team Champions Maybach Taniguchi & Takeshi Morishima beat Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls in 13:52 to retain the titles. Taniguchi pinned Nicholls after Maybach Bomb. V1 for the champs.
GHC Heavyweight Champion Yuji Nagata (New Japan) beat Takashi Sugiura in 26:32 to retain the title. V2 for Nagata.
Next up is the Spring Navigation 2014 tour starting on 3/16.
The promotion also today announced the entries for this year’s Global Tag League, to take place from 4/12-4/27. The entered teams: KENTA & Yoshihiro Takayama (defending champions), Takeshi Morishima & Maybach Taniguchi, Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls, Chris Hero & Colt Cabana, Naomichi Marufuji & Katsuhiko Nakajima, Mohammed Yone & Daisuke Ikeda (Futen), Takashi Sugiura & Masato Tanaka. Matches held under GHC Championship aka usual tournament rules-30 minute time limit, 2 points for win, 1 point for time limit draw, 0 points for loss and everything else. After all matches are complete on 4/27. the team with the most points wins. If there is a tie, a tiebreaker match will be held.
May is going to be a very busy month globally for New Japan-in addition to events co-promoted with Ring Of Honor in the US and Canada, Battle News reports the promotion also will make it’s first trip to Thailand in May. The events will be held on 5/10 & 5/11 at Parc Paragon (I believe it’s in Bangkok) as part of the Thailand Comic-Con event. The following New Japan talent have been announced for the events: Makabe, Hirooki Goto, Tetsuya Naito, Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi, Tiger Mask 4, Ryusuke Taguchi, El Desperado, Sho Tanaka, Yohei Komatsu, Katsuyori Shibata, Toru Yano, Tomohiro Ishii, Yujiro Takahashi, YOSHI-HASHI (in other words, pretty much all but the champions and gaijin-these events conflict with the NJPW/ROH event in Canada on 5/10). Details of a trip for Japanese fans to the events are also forthcoming.
More as it becomes available.
Battle News reports that WRESTLE-1 stars Keiji Muto (as The Great Muta), Seiya Sanada & Yasufumi Nakanoue have been late additions to this Sunday’s TNA Lockdown PPV in Miami, FL. The trio will face Chris Sabin, Christopher Daniels & Kazarian in a 6-man tag match. In addition there are also reports that Sanada, as the NEW TNA X Champion, will be working some upcoming TNA TV tapings and events while he is the champion. Sanada & nakanoue may be billed as just their last names during their US appearances.
New Japan kicked off their Anniversary Commemoration tour today, results from Fujisan Messe:
They claiemd 1350 paid (super full bill stop/a Full House).
Tomoaki Honma (Independent/Freelancer) beat Sho Tanaka in 8:55.
El Desperado & Jushin Liger beat BUSHI & KUSHIDA in 1046. Desperado pined BUSHI.
Taichi, TAKA Michinoku & Minoru Suzuki (Indpendent/Freelancer) beat Jado, Gedo & Yujiro Takahashi in 11:08. Suzuki pinned Jado after a Gotch-style piledriver.
Yuji Nagata, Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan beat YOSHI-HASHI, Takashi Iizuka & Toru Yano in 11 minutes by DQ (YOSHI-HASHI DQ’d).
Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga, Doc Gallows, Karl Anderson & Prince Devitt beat Ryusuke Taguchi, Tiger Mask 4, Manabu Nakanishi, Hirooki Goto & Makabe in 12:38. Anderson pinned TM 4 after Gun Stun.
Tomohiro Ishii, Shinsuke Nakamura & Kazuchika Okada beat Captain New Japan, Tetsuya Naito & Hiroshi Tanahashi in 16:53. Okada pinned Captain after Rainmaker.
Not the best news for Lucha fans in NOAH-the promotion announced that half of the Crazy Dynasty team, Pesadiya, is injured. Unspecified. Out indefinitely and his latest planned trip to Japan, to have commenced with tomorrow’s GREAT VOYAGE 2014 in TOKYO, is now off, so presumably it happened in Mexico. As a result, what had been a Pesadiya & Super Crazy vs. Jonah Rock & Xtra Large tag match tomorrow is now a 3-way of Crazy vs. Rock vs. Large.
Dragon Gate ran their monthly Tokyo Big Show today, results from Korakuen:
They claimed 1850 paid (super full bill stop/a Full House).
Cyber Kong, Kzy & Mondai Ryu beat Super Shisa, Kenichiro Arai & K-ness in 8:29. Kong pinned K-ness after Cyber Bomb.
U-T beat Kotoka in 4:48.
Masaaki Mochizuki & Gamma beat Don Fujii & Ryotsu Shimizu in 10:31. Mochizuki pinned Shimizu.
Naruki Doi & BxB Hulk beat Jimmy Kanda & Naoki Tanisaki in 11:38. Doi pinned Kanda after Bakatare Sliding Kick.
In a No Rope match, YAMATO beat T-Hawk in 18:03.
Masato Yoshino, Shingo Takagi & Akira Tozawa beat Eita, Flamita & Yusuke <3 Snatamaria and Jimmy Susumu, Genki Horiguchi H.A.Gee.Mee!! & Jimmy Kanda in a 3-way elimination match in 17:15. Flamita beat Kagetora in 13:12, Takagi beat Yusuke in 17:15. Monster Express wins.
Open The Dream Gate Champion Ricochet beat Uhaa Nation in 27 minutes to retain the title. V1 for Ricochet.
In other news, 3 matches for MEMORIAL GATE 2014 in Wakayama on 3/16 are set: Open The Twin Gate Champions Shingo Takagi & Akira Tozawa vs. Naruki Doi & BxB Hulk for the titles, Open The Brave Gate Champion Genki Horiguchi H.A.Gee.Mee!! vs. Flamita for the title and Hollywood Stalker Ichikawa vs. Yoshihiro Takayama.