News Round-Up (July 11 – July 17)

ZERO1: In a press conference on 7/11 the company announced that they found a new backer called Daiko Holdings Group Co. Ltd. which conducts investments and IT businesses. The new subsidiary will be called Daiko ZERO1 Co. Ltd.
Hartley Jackson will take over the wrestler’s training and they’re looking for wrestlers from all over the world.
They also plan to train Joshi wrestlers and named Aja Kong and Megumi Kudo President and EP respectively of the Super Fireworks group. The first women are supposed to debut at the Sumo Hall show on March 14 next year in a match against Aja Kong.

BJW: BJW were the first company to return to Korakuen Hall with fans on 7/12 with a double show, drawing 241 and 304 fans.
Daisuke Sekimoto & Kohei Sato defended the BJW Tag titles against Yuji Hino & Quiet Storm in 16:20. Afterwards Astronauts (Takuya Nomura & Fuminori Abe) challenged for the titles and the match was set for 8/10 at Korakuen Hall.
Quarter finals for the BJW Junior title next contender tournament are:
Yusuke Kodama vs. Koju Takeda (7/26)
Takoyakida vs. Tatsuhiko Yoshino (7/26)
Kazuki Hashimoto vs. Kaji Tomato (8/1)
Shinobu vs. Fuminori Abe (8/1)

FREEDOMS: Yuya Susumu (c) vs. Kengo for the UWA World Junior Heavyweight title was added to the 7/28 Korakuen Hall show.

AJPW: Dan Tamura beat Hokuto Omori on 7/13 to win the 5th Asunaro Cup. After the show Tamura joined Evolution while Omori joined Enfants Terribles.

BASARA: Fuminori Abe vs. Isami Kodaka for the Union MAX title went to a 30 minute time limit draw on 7/15. Daiki Shimomura challenged Abe, the match was set for 8/25. On the same show Speed of Sounds defended the IRON FIST tag titles against Ryuji Ito & Ryu Gouma (16:23). The show airs 7/26 on SamuraiTV.

SEAdLINNNG: Rookie Riko Shirai (debuted on 7/13) is now known as Riko Kaiju.
Yoshiko beat Arisa Nakajima (26:02) on 7/13 to become the new BEYOND THE SEA champion in front of 401 fans at Korakuen Hall. The show is set to air on 7/21 on SamuraiTV.

Ice Ribbon: Maya Yukihi defended the Infinity title against Hamuko Hoshi (15:41) on 7/12.

MISC: ASUKA challenges the winner of Keisuke Ishii and Hagane Shinnou (7/26) for the Independent Junior Heavyweight title on 8/22 at Ganbare Pro.

Jun Akiyama’s new faction in DDT is called “Junretsu”.

Atsushi Onita has expressed interest in participating in the AJPW Atsushi Aoki memorial show on 8/15.
He also offered to bring his Blast Death Match to ZERO1/Super Fireworks but new president Aja Kong said she wasn’t interested.

The main event for the BJW x 2AW x ZERO1 joint Korakuen Hall show on 8/11 was announced: Daisuke Sekimoto, Masato Tanaka & Ayato Yoshida will face Tank Nagai, Towa Iwasaki & Takuya Nomura.

All SamuraiTV dates for August have been added to the TV calendar, link at the top of the page.

News Round-Up (July 5 – July 10)

2AW: Ayato Yoshida beat Yuji Okabayashi in 22:27 on 7/5 to become the new 2AW Openweight Champion. The show airs 7/12 on SamuraiTV.

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Two titles matches were announced for 8/2 at Korakuen Hall. Shu Asakawa challenges Yoshida for the Openweight title and Kengo Mashimo & Tatsuya Hanami challenge Takizawa & Honda for the tag titles.

ZERO1: Towa Iwasaki & Tsugutaka Sato challenge Masashi Takeda & Yuko Miyamoto for the NWA Intercontinental Tag Team titles on 8/2 at Korakuen Hall.
The 9/27 show on Sado Island has been cancelled.

AJPW: A memorial show for Atsushi Aoki will be held on 8/15 at Korakuen Hall.

FREEDOMS: Yuya Susumu defends the UWA World Junior Heavyweight title against Shuichiro Katsumura (Ganbare) on 7/11.

VKF: Goa defends the VKF King Of Wrestle Naniwa title against Hiroaki Taniguchi on 8/16.

BASARA: Fuminori Abe defends the Union MAX title against Isami Kodaka on 7/14. On the same show Tsutomu Oosugi & Banana Senga defends the IRON FIST Tag titles against Ryuji Ito (BJW) & Ryu Gouma.
BASARA and Dove Pro will hold a joint singles tournament with the first and second round at BASARA on 7/19 and the semi finals and final on 7/26 at Dove Pro.

OZ Academy: Saori Anou challenges Mayumi Ozaki for the Openweight title on 8/28. Also announced for the show is Beast Friend vs. MISSION 4K under Super Fireworks rules.

TJPW: Yuna Manase announced that she won’t be appearing regularly in TJPW anymore after the 7/23 show at Korakuen Hall.
Trainee Aona is now named Moka Miyamoto. She will debut on 7/23.

WAVE: Nagisa Nozaki defended the Regine Di WAVE title against Yuki Miyazaki in (15:48) on 7/7. Afterwards Nozaki announced that she won’t take part in this year’s “Catch The WAVE” tournament.

AWG: Yumiko Hotta announced that she left her role as “player’s manager/trainer” on 7/7.

MISC: Pork Tamako has her retirement match on 7/19 against Hibiscus Mii for Ryukyu Dragon Pro Wrestling.

News Round-Up (June 30 – July 4)

DDT: Shinya Aoki (c) vs. Maku Donaruto for the DDT EXTREME title has been added to the 7/23 show at Korakuen Hall.

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Michinoku Pro: Announced for 9/6 in Kobe Sambo Hall is a special Michi Pro vs. Dragon Gate match: Taro Nohashi, The Great Sasuke, Jinsei Shinzaki & Dick Togo vs. Masaaki Mochizuki, Don Fuji, Gamma & KAGETORA.

2AW: Takuro Niki (formerly WRESTLE-1) has signed full time with 2AW. His first match will be on 7/5 against Chicharito Shoki.

ZERO1: Takumi Baba (21), formerly Pro Wrestling ACE/WRESTLE-1, has joined the promotion. He debuts against Hartley Jackson on 7/5.

All ten participants of the Tenkaichi tournament have been announced. You can see the full bracket below. (from left to right: Hide Kubota, Shoki Kitamura, Drew Parker (BJW), SUGI, RAICHO, El Lindaman, Ganseki Tanaka, Shinjiro Otani, Yumehito Imanari (Ganbare), HUB)

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AJPW: Suwama successfully defended the Triple Crown Championship on their 6/30 TV show against Shotaro Ashino in 27:59. The next challenger is Shuji Ishikawa on 7/25. On the same show Koji Iwamoto challenges Susumu Yokosuka for the Junior Title. Masanobu Fuchi was also announced, participating in a show for the first time since January.

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Yankee Two Kenju (Isami Kodaka & Yuko Miyamoto) challenge Violent Giants (Shuji Ishikawa & Suwama) for the World Tag titles on 7/18.

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Kyushu Pro: The 7/30 show will stream live on their YouTube channel. Yuji Hino defends the Kyushu Pro Championship against Genkai. Kazuaki Mihara & Naoki Sakurajima defend the Kyushu Pro Tag Team titles against Minoru Fujita & Kenichiro Arai. Commentator is Keigo Yoshino.

A-TEAM: Naoki Aoyagi, who was scheduled to make his pro wrestling debut on 8/2, suffered an injury during training and is off the show.

Asuka Pro: They are running a tournament called “BEST OF ASUKA” from 7/22 to 9/30. Participants are (from left to right): Yusuke Kodama, Jiro “Ikemen” Kuroshio, Minoru Tanaka, Tatsuya Hanami, Akiyori Takizawa, Hiroshi Yamato, Shin Suzuki, Koji Doi.

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OZ Academy: The 10/18 show in Miyakojima has been cancelled.

TJPW: Two title matches have been announced for the 7/23 Korakuen Hall show:
Princess of Princess: Yuka Sakazaki (c) vs. Yuki Aino
Princess Tag Team: Miu Watanabe & Rika Tatsumi (c) vs. Shoko Nakajima & Hyper Misao

MISC: GAORA’s August dates have been added to the TV calender. You can see the link at the top.

Atsushi Sawada (36) is undergoing heart surgery on 7/29. He was taken to the hospital after a singles match with Masakatsu Funaki at RJPW on 3/19.

BJW, ZERO1 and 2AW will hold a special joint show at Korakuen Hall on 8/11 called “TOKYO DELTA”. No matches have been announced yet.

Japan Pro Wrestling 2000 (J2000) announced on 7/1 that they’re closing the company that has been around since April 1999.

Six promotions (NJPW, AJPW, DDT, NOAH, STARDOM & TJPW) collaborated with Sanrio in a project called “SAVE OUR PRO-WRESTLINGxSANRIO CHARACTERS” and released shirts in different colors for each promotion. You can watch the press conference below.