Quite a bit of All-Japan news today via Battle News:
According to a report from PWF Chairman Dory Funk Jr., Joe Doering successfully defended the Triple Crown this past Saturday in his native Canada against Rhino, V2 for Doering. He will return to All-Japan tomorrow.
The 10/22 & 10/25 cards have been/will be changed due to Hideki Suzuki pulling out of the cards due to unspecified circumstances. Does not appear to be injury-related. On Wednesday he will be replaced by Shigehiro Irie. Saturday is TBA. Hiroshi Fukuda is also off Wednesday. Dislocated scapula. Out indefinitely. This likely will also delay his 6-month transfer from DDT/Union Pro.
Here is the latest Wednesday card (Korakuen):
Naoya Nomura vs. Masayuki Mitomi
Jr. Tag Battle Of Glory Tiebreaker Match: Atsushi Aoki & Hikaru Sato vs. Keisuke Ishii & Takao Soma
Masanobu Fuchi & Riki (Choshu?) vs. Osamu Nishimura & Masao Inoue
Jr. Scramble 6 Man Tag Match (participants TBA)
KENSO vs. Kengo Mashimo
Joe Doering, Suwama & Zeus vs. Go Shiozaki, Kento Miyahara & Shigehiro Irie
Jr. Tag Battle Of Glory Finals: Ultimo Dragon & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Aoki/Sato-Ishii/Soma winners
All-Japan World Tag Team Champions Jun Akiyama & Takao Omori vs. Akebono & Yutaka Yoshie for the titles
Based on other participation announced the scramble could include, among others, Kotaro Suzuki, SUSHI, Yohei Nakajima & Takashi Hijikata.
NOAH began the 2014 Global League today, results from Korakuen:
They claimed 1400 paid.
Super Crazy beat Pesadiya & Hitoshi Kumano in a 3-way in 4:02 by pinning Kumano.
Hajime Ohara (Independent/Freelancer), Kenou (Michinoku Pro) & Takeshi Morishima beat Mitsuhiro Kitamiya, Atsushi Kotoge & Taiji Ishimori in 6:36. Morishima pinned Kitamiya after a backdrop.
Colt Cabana, Mikey Nicholls & Zack Saber Jr. beat Genba Hirayanagi, Quiet Storm (Independent/Freelancer) & Daisuke Harada in 7:52. Saber pinned Hirayanagi.
Daisuke Sekimoto (Big Japan) beat Akitoshi Saito in 10:30.
Shane Haste beat Satoshi Kojima (New Japan) in 11:43.
Katsuhiko Nakajima beat Naomichi Marufuji in 19:41.
Maybach Taniguchi beat Mohammed Yone in 8:23.
Yuji Nagata (New Japan) beat Chris Hero in 13:28.
Masato Tanaka (ZERO1) beat Takashi Sugiura in 15:13.
Indeed, GREAT VOYAGE 2014 in YOKOHAMA will be a voyage one NOAH star will have to miss out on as announced today due to injury-Yoshinari Ogawa. Neck. Out Sunday. As a result, the opening tag match has been changed to Zack Saber Jr. vs. Hitoshi Kumano vs. Mitsuhiro Kitamiya in a 3-way. It’s not yet known how long Ogawa may be out beyond Sunday if at all.
More as it becomes available.
10/17 UPDATE: It appears he will miss most if not all the Global League.
IGF ran their latest wrestling event yesterday, results from GENOME 31 at Aichi Prefectural Gym:
They claimed 3888 paid. Seems kinda low but they were running opposite New Japan’s blowout event in Tokyo.
Keisuke Okuda beat Daichi Hashimoto in 2:29 by ref stoppage.
Ultimo Dragon beat Dark Dragon in 8:06.
Shinichi Suzukawa beat Wang Bin in 2:59.
Atsushi Sawada beat Classic Kid in 3:41 by ref stoppage.
Jon Andersen beat Shogun Okamoto in 6:14.
Montanha Silva beat Yusuke Kawaguchi in 4:29 by TKO.
Naoya Ogawa & Jerome LeBanner beat Kazuyuki Fujita & Erik Hammer in 9:08. Ogawa pinned Hammer after STO.
Unless a new evvent is announced before then, next up is INOKI BOM-BA-YE 2014 on 12/31 at Ryogoku, Antonio Inoki’s annual year-end blowout event.
Another item of note coming out of New Japan’s event the other day: Naofumi Yamamoto, who left the promotion several years ago to jump to WWE, where he was known as Yoshi Tatsu before his release earlier this year, returned during the event under his original name. He appeared during the main event and afterwards it was announced he would be facing AJ Styles in his return match on 11/8.
OZ Academy ran their latest major event today, results from Korakuen:
They claimed 731 paid.
Yumi Ohka & Mio Shirai beat Kagetu & Kaho Kobayashi in 9:35. Shirai pinned Kobayashi.
Manami Toyota, Ayako Hamada & Dynamite Kansai beat Arisa Nakajima, Syuri & Hamuko Hoshi in 13:33. Kansai pinned Hoshi after Splash Mountain.
Tomoka Nakagawa beat Kaori Yoneyama in 5:31.
In an impromptu death match, Aja Kong beat Hikaru Shida in 13:50. The death match stip was agreed to at the start of the match.
OZ Academy Tag Team Champions Mayumi Ozaki & Sakura Hirota beat Danshoku Dieno & Makoto Oishi in 16:01 to retain the titles. Hirota pinned Oishi. V1 for the champs.
Tsubasa Kuragaki beat OZ Academy Openweight Champion AKINO in 22:41 to win the title. Kuragaki becomes the 15th OZ Academy Openweight Champion. Whoa, big upset finally ends the longest and most dominant reign in the title’s history. AKINO had the longest reign and nearly as many title defenses as there had ever been in all prior reigns combined (9, she managed 7). Kuragaki’s first defense is set as well-Nakagawa in what will be her final shot at the title. That match will happen on 11/2 at Shin-Kiba 1st Ring.
Next event is 10/26. And in case I missed it before, Carlos Amano announced at the last event on 9/23 she will officially retire on 4/15/2015.
New Japan’s annual October blowout event is in the books, results from KING OF PRO WRESTLING at Ryogoku:
They claimed 9100 paid (super full bill stop/a Full House).
Kota Ibushi, Tomoaki Honma, Yuji Nagata & Makabe beat Tama Tonga, Bad Luck Fale, Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson in 7:48. Ibushi pinned Tonga after Phoenix Splash.
NWA World Jr. Heavyweight Champion Chase Owens beat BUSHI in 7:02 to retain the title.
Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Lance Archer beat NWA World Tag Team Champions Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan in 11:22 to win the titles. Archer pinned Kojima after Killer Bomb.
Kazushi Sakuraba (Independent/Freelancer) & Toru Yano beat Takashi Iizuka & Minoru Suzuki (Independent/Freelancer) in 5:30. Yano pinned Iizuka after Red Fog.
IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Champions Alex Shelley & KUSHIDA beat Alex Kozlov & Rocky Romero and Nick & Matt Jackson in a 3-way in 18:56, when KUSHIDA pinned Kozlov, to retain the titles. V3 for the champs.
IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion Ryusuke Taguchi beat El Desperado in 12:12 to retain the title. V1 for Taguchi.
Tomohiro Ishii beat NEVER Openweight Champion Yujiro Takahashi in 17:48 to win the title. Ishii wins the title for the 2nd time and becomes the 5th NEVER Openweight Champion.
Katsuyori Shibata (Independent/Freelancer) & Hirooki Goto beat YOSHI-HASHI & Shinsuke Nakamura in 12:49. Shibata pinned YOSHI-HASHI after PK.
Kazuchika Okada beat Tetsuya Naito in 19:17 to retain the contract for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship shot at Tokyo Dome.
Hiroshi Tanahashi beat IWGP Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles in 27:04 to win the title. Tanahashi wins the title for the 7th time and becomes the 61st IWGP Heavyweight Champion. And once again all is right in the puroresu world. And a Tanahashi-Okada title match is all but a given for Tokyo Dome now as there are just two major events left before it.
Next up is the Road To POWER STRUGGLE tour starting on 10/25 at Korakuen.