This is just a rumor via one of the US dirt sheets, but it’s one to watch-the long-rumored Global Force Wrestling promotion, to be run by Jeff Jarrett, is launching with a PPV in the US on January 4, 2015. Date sound familiar? That’s right-Tokyo Dome (New Japan’s biggest show of the year). The rumor is Jarrett has a deal that will make the Tokyo Dome event available on PPV in the US but it will be branded a GFW show and not NJPW. No comment from Jarrett yet. GFW does have a partnership/working agreement with New Japan.
More as it becomes available.
All-Japan wrapped up the 2nd Kingcraft Tournament yesterday, results from BODYMAKER COLOSSEUM 2 via All-Japan’s official Facebook page:
They claimed 859 paid (super full house/overflow).
Billy Ken Kid (Osaka Pro) & Ultimo Dragon ebat Shoichi Uchida (Independent/Freelancer) & ? in 8:54. Dragon pinned ? after Asai DDT.
Hikaru Sato & Atsushi Aoki beat Kotaro Suzuki & Yohei Nakajima in 10:07. Aoki beat Nakajima with a Texas Cloverleaf.
Takeshi Minamino (Independent/Freelancer) & KENSO beat SUSHI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru in 8:56. KENSO pinned SUSHI.
Joe Doering beat Kento Miyahara in 9 minutes.
The Bodyguard (Osaka Pro), Yutaka Yoshie (Independent/Freelancer) & Akebono beat Takao Omori, Zeus (Osaka Pro) & Jun Akiyama in 14:17. Akebono pinned Omori after Yokozuna Impact (modified piledriver).
Kingcraft Tournament Finals: Go Shiozaki beat Suwama in 29:55 to win the tournament.
The promotion also announced today on FB that, if I understand my translation correctly, they will launch their new official website Wednesday at 2 AM ET (3 PM JST).
No word yet on when the next tour begins.
DDT ran their monthly Tokyo Big Show today, results from Korakuen via SportsNavi:
They claimed 2100 paid (super full bill stop/a Full House).
Makoto Oishi & ? beat MIKAMI & Gorgeous Matsuno in 4:25. Oishi beat MIKAMI with a tornado clutch.
KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi, Masa Takanashi & ? beat Gota Ihashi, Michael Nakazawa, Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Hoshitango in 8:29. KUDO pinned Ihashi after a diving double kneedrop.
Daisuke Sasaki beat Antonio Honda in 11:44.
HARASHIMA & Yasu Urano beat Super Sasadango Machine & DJ Nira in 8:44. HARASHIMA pinned Machine after Somato.
Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata beat KO-D 6 Man Tag Team Champions Keisuke Ishii, Takao Soma & Shigehiro Irie in 11:22 to win the titles. Takagi, Owashi & Hirata become the 14th KO-D 6 Man Tag Team Champions. Hirata pinned Irie.
In a match where you apparently could only win by confessing then scoring the pinfall, Akito beat DDT Extreme Champion Danshoku DIeno in 15:06 to win the title. Akito becomes the 30th DDT Extreme Champion.
Tetsuya Endo & Konosuke Takeshita beat KO-D Tag Team Champions Kota Ibushi & Kenny Omega in 25:13 to win the titles. Endo & Takeshita become the 50th KO-D Tag Team Champions. Takeshita pinned Omega with a cross arm German suplex hold. Whoa, major upset.
Next event is 10/5 at Yokohama Radiant Hall.
DDT ran a Tokyo Women’s Pro event today, results from Tokyo BASEMENT MON*STAR:
They claimed 120 paid (super full house/overflow).
KANNA beat Ai Shimizu in 4:50.
Yuka Sakazaki beat Chikage Kiba in 8:53.
Syoko Nakajima & Miyuu Yamashita beat Nonoko & Erin in 10:11. Nakajima pinned Erin.
Injury Report: There were a couple changes to the card due to the absence of Akane Miura. Shoulder injury suffered in practice prior to the event. It sounds like she was to have teamed with Nonoko and Erin replaced her.
Next event is 10/12 at an outdoor festival in Narita City, Chiba Prefecture. The event is weather permitting, if rained out it will be rescheduled for 10/13. 2 matches are planned and there will be no ring, they will use only floor mats. Then they will run a similar event on 11/1 in Saitama with their next “real” event being on 11/3 at Yokohama Radiant Hall. They return to Tokyo on 11/22 for their next event at BASEMENT MON*STAR.
NOAH announced the field for the 2014 Global League, their annual Heavyweight singles tournament, today, this year there will be a 16 man field as follows:
Block A: Naomichi Marufuji, Takeshi Morishima, Akitoshi Saito, Katsuhiko Nakajima, Daisuke Sekimoto, Satoshi Kojima, Shane Haste, Colt Cabana
Block B: Takashi Sugiura, Maybach Taniguchi, Mohammed Yone, Yuji Nagata, Masato Tanaka, Mikey Nicholls, Chris Hero, Quiet Storm
Nagata is the defending tournament champion. Tournament matches will be held under GHC Championship aka usual tournament rules-all matches are 30 minute time limit, 2 points for win, 1 point for time limit draw, 0 points for loss and other draws. The tournament will run from 10/18-11/8 with only the winners of each block advancing to the finals on 11/8. In the event of ties for first, the tiebreaker will be the result of the match between the two. If said match was a draw, a tiebreaker match will be held. The winner will get the NTV Cup trophy and presumably a shot at GHC Heavyweight Champion Naomichi Marufuji for the title, unless Marufuji wins.
New Japan announced the full card today for KING OF PRO WRESTLING, their annual October blowout event, set for 10/13 at Ryogoku. The full card:
Kota Ibushi, Tomoaki Honma, Yuji Nagata & Makabe vs. Tama Tonga, Bad Luck Fale, Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson
NWA World Jr. Heavyweight Champion Chase Owens vs. BUSHI for the title
NWA World Tag Team Champions Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Lance Archer for the titles
Kazushi Sakuraba & Toru Yano vs. Takashi Iizuka & Minoru Suzuki
IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Champions Alex Shelley & KUSHIDA vs. Alex Kozlov & Rocky Romero and Nick & Matt Jackson in a 3-way for the titles
IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion Ryusuke Taguchi vs. El Desperado for the title
NEVER Openweight Champion Yujiro Takahashi vs. Tomohiro Ishii for the title
YOSHI-HASHI & Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Katsuyori Shibata & Hirooki Goto
Kazuchika Okada vs. Tetsuya Naito for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship Challenge Contract at Tokyo Dome
IWGP Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi for the title
At this time the event is only scheduled to air in Japan, no word on US plans given Ustream is dropping iPPVs next week.
It happened 3 weeks later than planned but the day is finally here-the 2014 PWI 500 has just been released. The annual ranking by Pro Wrestling Illustrated ranks the top 500 wrestlers in the entire sport. SO it’s time to answer the burning questions-who’s #1 and is it finally a Japanese wrestler? Click below to find out (SPOILERS).
The issue is now on sale in digital form-go to zinio.com to get it for $4.99. You can then read it on your PC, iPod or mobile device. If you want to get the print edition and pay twice as much, you have to wait 3 more weeks for it.