Just an early notice that due to my taking a “real” vacation for the first time in roughly 5 years, there will be no site updates at all from August 16-23. I will be travelling and probably will not have internet access outside of on the flights (I will not have my laptop, just my iPod and although I can still update the site on it no guarantees I can get internet). If all goes as planned I will attempt to do a mass catching-up during my remaining off time on August 24 & 25.
Thanks in advance for your patience and understanding.
Day 6 of G1 CLIMAX 24 is in the books, results from Act City Hamamatsu:
They claimed 3100 paid (super full bill stop/a Full House).
All matches were G1 CLIMAX matches.
Doc Gallows beat Bad Luck Fale in 804.Yuji Nagata beat Davey Boy Smith Jr. in 9:39.
Katsuyori Shibata (Independent/Freelancer) beat Satoshi Kojima in 9:39.
Shinsuke Nakamura beat Shelton X Benjamin in 9:01.
Hiroshi Tanahashi beat Tomohiro Ishii in 15:02.
Yujiro Takahashi beat Makabe in 8:16.
Karl Anderson beat Hirooki Goto in 11:36.
Minoru Suzuki (Independent/Freelancer) beat Lance Archer in 9:17.
AJ Styles beat Hiroyoshi Tenzan in 14:22.
Kazuchika Okada beat Toru Yano in 9:01.
Shibata: 4-1, 8 points
Nakamura: 4-1, 8 points
Tanahashi: 4-2, 8 points
Benjamin: 4-2, 8 points
Fale: 3-3, 6 points
Ishii: 3-3, 6 points
Kojima: 2-3, 4 points
Nagata: 2-3, 4 points
Smith: 2-3, 4 points
Gallows; 2-3, 4 points
Tomoaki Honma: 0-5, 0 points
Tetsuya Naito: 4-1, 8 points
Okada; 4-2, 8 points
Styles: 3-2, 6 points
Suzuki: 3-2, 6 points
Goto: 3-3, 6 points
Yano: 3-3, 6 points
Takahashi: 2-3, 4 points
Makabe: 2-3, 4 points
Archer: 2-3, 4 points
Tenzan: 2-4, 4 points
Anderson: 2-4, 4 points
Only the winners of each block advance to the finals, runners-up go to a consolation/3rd place match. Right now the only wrestler in either block really out of it is Honma. Technically he’s still in it but…yeah.
Day 7 is tomorrow at Korakuen.
Take this for what it’s worth as it’s from one of the US dirt sheets, but there is word that New Japan has cancelled a scheduled 10/12 event at Korakuen so that TNA can run at the same venue that day. There’s been nothing on New Japan’s website about it and it’s worth noting 10/12 would be the day before KING OF PRO WRESTLING at Ryogoku. The only way such a event could have happened or would happen is if New Japan ran a tour between DESTRUCTION in OKAYAMA on 9/23 and KOPW. Anyway, with all the rumors about TNA’s future up in the air, who knows, although this TNA event had already been announced. But you know I’m very wary of the dirt sheets so we’ll see.
More as it becomes available.
The New Japan news keeps on coming-today they promotion announced the Road To POWER STRUGGLE tour for late October, leading into the annual late fall blowout event, POWER STRUGGLE. The tour will be 7 events leading up to the main event itself on 11/8 at BODYMAKER COLOSSEUM. The tour lineup:
10/28-Fukushima Crane Castle Gym
10/29-Iwate North Comprehensive Gym
11/1-Sagamihara Municipal Comprehensive Gym
11/2-Twin Messe Shizuoka
11/3-Gifu Industrial Hall
11/4-Fukui Prefecture Industrial Hall 1
No word yet on any TV/PPV plans but since Ustream is dropping iPPVs on 10/1 it’s uncertain if any of the events will air in the US or outside Japan in any form.
The penultimate event of NOAH’s Jr. Tag League is in the books, results from Tottori Industrial Gym Sub Arena:
They claimed 300 paid.
Yoshinari Ogawa beat Hitoshi Kumano in 5:47.
Zack Saber Jr. beat Jinzo in 6:42.
Taiji Ishimori beat Rocky Robo in 7:01.
? & ? beat Mitsuhiro Kitamiya & Katsuhiko Nakajima in 12:40. ? pinned Kitamiya after a backdrop.
Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls beat Kikutaro & Genba Hirayanagi in 9:58. Nicholls pinned Kikutaro after Mikey Bomb.
Jr. Tag League:
Block A: Hajime Ohara (Independent/Freelancer) & Kenou beat Matt Striker & Super Crazy in 1458. Ohara pinned Crazy.
Akitoshi Saito beat Maybach Taniguchi in 12:22 by DQ. Ref assault.
Atsushi Kotoge, Mohammed Yone & Naomichi Marufuji beat Quiet Storm (Independent/Freelancer), Daisuke Harada & Takashi Sugiura in 24:03. Yone pinned Storm after New Life Muscle Kings.
The tournament wraps up Saturday at Differ Ariake. What today’s result means for Block A is this: The Tiger Mask 4/Jushin Liger-Hajime Ohara/Kenou result means the following: If TM 4/Liger win or it’s a time limit draw they advance. If Ohara/Kenou win the outcome depends on Ogawa/Saber. If Ogawa/Saber lose or draw, Ohara/Kenou advance. If both win there will be a 3-way tiebreaker match. In Block B, Kotoge/Ishimori move on if they beat Harada/Storm or it’s a time limit draw. If Harada/Storm win and Hiro Tonai/Shiori Asahi lose or draw, they advance. If both Harad/Storm & Tonai/Asahi win, 3-way tiebreaker is needed.
Sendai Girls ran their latest house show today, results from Miyagino-ku Cultural Center:
They claimed 300 paid (super full bill stop/a Full House).
Kagetu beat Kaho Kobayashi in 7:15.
La Commandante beat Sakura Hirota in 7:22.
DASH Chisako beat Alex Lee in 8:02.
Meiko Satomura beat Ray in 11:56.
Hikaru Shida & Tsubasa Kuragaki beat Kagetu & Hiroyo Matsumoto in 15:55. Kuragaki pinned Kagetu after Metal Wing.
Not coutning a couple of “enshrining” events before then, next event is 9/6 at Miyagino-ku Cultural Center. This event was originally scheduled for 8/22.
NOAH continued the Jr. Tag League today, results from Hiroshima Industrial Hall West Exhibition Hall:
They claimed 600 paid.
Jinzo beat Mitsuhiro Kitamiya in 7:31.
Quiet Storm (Independent/Freelancer) & Daisuke Harada beat ? & ? in 11:37. Harada pinned ? with Katayama German.
Hajime Ohara (Independent/Freelancer), Kenou (Michinoku Pro) & Maybach Taniguchi beat Rocky Robo, Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls in 11:23. Taniguchi pinned Robo after Maybach Bomb.
Zack Saber Jr. & Yoshiniari Ogawa beat Hitoshi Kumano & Mohammed Yone in 17:55. Saber pinned Kumano after PK.
Jr. Tag League:
Block A: Matt Striker & Super Crazy beat Kikutaro & Genba Hirayanagi in 11:23. Crazy pinned Hirayanagi after a moonsault press.
Block B: Atsushi Kotoge & Taiji Ishimori beat Hiro Tonai & Shiori Asahi (K-DOJO) in 13:52. Ishimori pinned Asahi after a union Kill Switch.
Akitoshi Saito & Takashi Sugiura beat Katsuhiko Nakajima & Naomichi Marufuji in 23:23. Saito pinned Nakajima after Death Brand.
As far as the Tag League standings, it now looks like this:
Block A: Striker/Crazy vs. Kenou/Ohada tomorrow will all but settle it. If Kenou/Ohara win, their 8/2 match vs. Tiger Mask 4 & Jushin Liger determines who advances. If Crazy/Striker win or it’s a draw, TM 4/Liger advance no matter what. Note that despite also being able to tie for the lead, Saber/Ogawa can only force a 3-way tiebreaker match. Ditto for Striker/Crazy. Only Kenou/Ohara would have a tiebreaker edge vs. TM 4/Liger if they win out.
Block B: Ishimori/Kotoge vs. Harada/Storm on 8/2 will decide the winner. The only way a 3-way tiebreaker match happens is if Harada/Storm win AND Asahi/Tonai win their last match (good chance because it’s Jinzo/Robo). Both matches are on 8/2.
This one is now official too-WWE has finally signed Prince Devitt (aka Fergal Devitt, his real name). The news was announced by wwe.com, WWE’s official website. Here’s the full story:
WWE has signed international Superstar Fergal Devitt to its NXT division. He will report to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, today, WWE.com has confirmed.
“This is something I’ve been looking forward to since I was maybe four or five years old,” Devitt told WWE.com last week, while preparing for the trip in his home country of Ireland. “I grew up watching wrestling my whole life, so to get the chance to step in the ring that I’ve watched on TV so many times is a dream come true.”
Prior to signing with WWE, Devitt was widely considered one of the most highly touted free agents in sports-entertainment. Hailing from Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland, his path to NXT and WWE has been circuitous: Initially trained in England, Devitt honed his craft in the U.K. and U.S. independent scenes before entering the notoriously disciplined dojos of New Japan Pro Wrestling. He also competed in Mexico, though it was in New Japan that he rose to greatest prominence, under the name Prince Devitt.
During his eight-year tenure there, Devitt captured the group’s prestigious IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship three times, and he won New Japan’s Best of the Super Juniors tournament — the same tournament won by the likes of WWE Hall of Famer Eddie Guerrero — twice, in 2010 and 2013. Devitt went undefeated in last year’s edition of the round-robin tournament.
Now, he’s excited to move on to the next stage of his career, in WWE. A self-described “chameleon in the ring,” Devitt prides himself on adapting to his surroundings wherever he goes. Despite the anticipation that’s surrounded his signing, he’s quick to note it’ll be “back to square one” when he gets to the WWE Performance Center.
“I don’t consider myself anywhere close to the finished product, so I’m looking forward to this challenge and learning a new style,” he said.
This won’t be Devitt’s first time at the Performance Center. He visited the facility months ago, during which time he met the coaching staff. The Center, which recently celebrated its one-year anniversary, exceeded Devitt’s already-high expectations.
“I’ve seen a lot of different training schools and dojos, and the sheer level of professionalism at the Performance Center and the state-of-the-art facility just knocked me for a six. It really blew me away,” he said.
Though perhaps an unknown quantity to many WWE fans, Devitt is a familiar face to several members of the NXT locker room, most notably NXT Champion Adrian Neville, whom Devitt wrestled in Japan, and newcomer Becky Lynch, whom he helped train. He’s anxious to have the chance to get in the ring again with Neville, as well as Sami Zayn, who he said “stands out.”
“We kinda missed each other, played crisscross, but never had a chance to lock up on the independent circuit, so that’d be something I’d really look forward to,” Devitt said of Zayn.
On the main roster, Devitt said there’s one absolute goal: “The target would be John Cena, because if you’re wrestling John Cena, you’re in the main event.” Still, he’d also like to tie up or team up with fellow Irishman Sheamus. Devitt and Sheamus started their careers in Ireland around the same time, but because they worked for competing organizations, they never battled, only knew each other by reputation.
Devitt’s signing, meanwhile, represents WWE’s second major acquisition of an international talent in recent weeks. During WWE’s tour of Japan earlier this month, Hulk Hogan presided over the ceremonial contract signing of Japanese competitor Kenta.
“I think it’s definitely a good thing and the company’s obviously looking forward,” Devitt said of WWE’s current talent recruitment. “It’s bringing in some well-traveled performers, so I think for NXT, it’s a good thing.”
It’s just that worldly experience that Devitt credited with readying him for the demanding rigor of WWE’s proving ground.
“It’s helped me and my confidence, both in and out of the ring,” Devitt said of his travels. “I never feel out of my depth of experience. I’ve been put into a lot of situations that could be stressful. That’s really helped me mature, both as a performer and as a man.”
Whether the WWE Universe will ever see Devitt sporting some of the flashier elements that made him stand out in Japan — the Chris Jericho-esque light-up ring jacket or sprawling, comic book-inspired body-paint designs — remains to be seen.
“I’ve always got a couple of tricks up my sleeve, so I’m going to come up with something new before then,” he said. “But yeah, look out for the light-up jacket, look out for the body paint. Look out for a new Devitt.”
Congratulations and best of luck to Devitt in this new chapter of his career. And who knows? Maybe Devitt & KENTA will cross paths and lock up in the ring…
UPDATE: Devitt has already reported to Orlando as he’s been given a tour of the Performance Center. No word yet on when his NXT debut might be. Also remembered this could also lead to a Devitt-Adrian Neville rematch or two following their highly-anticipated classic at BEST OF THE SUPER JUNIOR a couple years back (when Neville was still Pac in Dragon Gate).