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Of course the biggest and saddest news of the week comes from the news of the passing of Bison Smith. Who died Tuesday (11/22) due to heart complications. Smith was just a part of the Global League in pro wrestling NOAH and seemed to be doing well from what I could personally tell.
I personally got to meet Bison on a few occasions and this news still comes hard for me to believe. We lost another guy too early and I continue to hope all the best to his family and friends at this time.
NOAH has announced that they will be holding a 10 bell salute for Bison Smith during the GREAT VOYAGE in Tokyo v.4 event this Sunday, 11/27.
[Pictured Bison Smith with Masao Inoue from this years Global Tag League]
NOAH has released the full event card for the upcoming big show on Nov. 27th. The event will be headlined by a double main event in which Jun Akiyama will be defending the All Japan Triple Crown Championship against Taiyo Kea and Go Shiozaki will be defending the GHC Heavyweight Championship against KENTA.
There will also be a determining match for the GHC Junior Heavyweight belt as Ricky Marvin relinquished the belt until he could face off against the former champion Katsuhiko Nakajima, who was forced to drop the belt due to illness. Nakajima is finally back in the ring after spending most of October recovering.
The event will also see the in ring return of Naomichi Marufuji who has been out of the ring 7 months due to injury.
The undercard is also looking interesting as well with most notably being Kenta Kobashi and Kensuke Sasaki teaming together to take on Takuma Sano and up and coming Shuhei Taniguchi.
Scheduled event card:
NOAH “GREAT VOYAGE in Tokyo vol.4”, 11/27/2011 [Sun] 15:00 @ Ariake Colosseum
(1) Masao Inoue & Mikey Nicholls vs. Kento Miyahara [K-Office] & Shane Haste
(2) Takeshi Morishima & Yutaka Yoshie vs. Akitoshi Saito & Mohammed Yone
(3) Kenta Kobashi & Kensuke Sasaki [K-Office] vs. Takuma Sano & Shuhei Taniguchi
(4) ANMU vs. NO MERCY: Kotaro Suzuki, Atsushi Aoki & Taiji Ishimori vs. Yoshihiro Takayama [Takayama Hall], Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Genba Hirayanagi
(5) Marufuji’s Return Special Single Match: Takashi Sugiura vs. Naomichi Marufuji
~ Marufuji has been out of the ring from 4/16/2011.
(6) GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship Decision Match: Ricky Marvin vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima [Kensuke Office]
~ Winner becomes the 23rd Champion.
(7) Triple Crown Championship Match: [Champion] Jun Akiyama vs. [Challenger] Taiyo Kea [AJP]
~ Akiyama’s 1st Defense.
(8) GHC Heavyweight Championship Match: [Champion] Go Shiozaki vs. [Challenger] KENTA
~ Shiozaki’s 3rd Defense.
BJW News: A couple matches have been announced for the big BJW show coming up on 12/18 with 2 matches especially have been announced that will definitely keep the All Japan vs. Big Japan battle flowing.
Sekimoto & Okabayashi have once again laid claim to the All Asia tag belts after the beat the team of “es” Seiya Sanada & Manabu Soya on 10/23. Following that win Sekimoto & Okabyashi have also went on to win BJW’s tag team tournament and in the process solidifying themselves as one the team to beat in Japan. Sekimoto & Okabayashi are also competing in the World’s Strong Tag League in All Japan and are doing well for themselves at this time. Though coming up on 12/18 the former Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion Suwama will be teaming with the up and coming Takumi Soya (younger brother of Manabu Soya) to try and bring the belts back to All Japan. Will the pure powerhouses Sekimoto & Okabayashi continue to dominate in Japan or will they finally meet their match?
The second match will pit upcoming ace’s against one another. As BJW’s young and upcoming ace Shinya Ishikawa (27) will be taking on AJP’s next gen. ace Seiya Sanada (23). Both of these young talents have started to make their names known throughout Japan and this match could be a showing of which talent is on the verge of claiming a rightful place as a top tier younger talent in Japan.
BJW “BIG JAPAN DEATH VEGAS”, 12/18/2011 [Sun] 15:00 @ Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium
(-) Shinya Ishikawa vs. Seiya Sanada [AJP]
(-) Yuko Miyamoto & Isami Kodaka vs. Yoshihito Sasaki & Shinobu
(-) All Asia Tag Team Championship Match: [Champions] Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi vs. [Challengers] Suwama & Takumi Soya [AJP]
~ 1st Defense.
(-) BJW Deathmatch Heavyweight Championship Match ~ Climax Game of Death: [Champion] Ryuji Ito vs. [Challenger] Abdullah Kobayashi
~ 7th Defense.
This current tour and other events that are coming up for NJPW can be found in the link below.
Hirooki Goto, MVP, Tetsuya Naito & Tama Tonga vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, Masato Tanaka, Yujiro Takahashi & Tomohiro Ishii from Nov. 18th, 2011 @ Sun Village Shibata in Niigata Pref.
[NJPW Greatest Moments for 11/25/11] Yuji Nagata & Takashi Iizuka vs. Yoshihiro Takayama & Togi (Shinya) Makabe from July 5th, 2003 @ Odawara Arena.
[Fight & Love Festival] More matches have been announced for the event coming up on Jan. 9th, 2012 as well as how the matches will be placed throughout the day.
Information from the first post a couple weeks back:
[Masahiro Chono will be producing a charity pro wrestling event on January 9th, 2012, also of which is being aimed at a revival for pro wrestling. At a press conference held today, Chono announced that there will be 5 promotions involved with All Japan Pro-Wrestling, Pro Wrestling ZERO1, Michinoku Pro Wrestling, Big Japan Pro Wrestling & Osaka Pro-Wrestling. At this time a total of 50 wrestlers (including freelance wrestlers as well) will be participating with a total of 10-12 matches being planned at this time. There is also mention that this event could go for 5-6 hours.
The show has a tag going along with it as “Pro Wrestling Festival vs. Meat Festival” as the show will include much food as well.]
Pro Wrestling Festival “FIGHT & LOVE”, 1/9/2012 [Mon] 12:00 @ Pacifico Yokohama Exhibition Hall in Kanagawa Pref.
●Part 1 (12:30 ~ 13:30)
(-) Legend the Pro Wrestling Offer Match: Tatsumi Fujinami, Riki Choshu & The Original Tiger Mask vs. Hiro Saito, Mitsuya Nagai & Bear Fukuda
(-) Osaka Pro Offer Match: Atsushi Kotoge & Daisuke Harada vs. Kuuga & HAYATA
(-) BJW Offer Match: Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi vs. Yoshihito Sasaki & Ryuichi Kawakami
(-) Michinoku Pro Offer Match: The Great Sasuke, Jinsei Shinzaki, Kenou, Yapperman #1 & Yapperman #2 vs. Fujita “Jr” Hayato, Rui Hiugaji, Taro Nohashi, Takeshi Minamino & ManjiMaru
~ Every match has a 15 minute time limit.
●Part 2 (14:15 ~ 15:00)
(-) All Japan Offer 6 Man Tag Match: Kaz Hayashi, Shuji Kondo & Minoru Tanaka vs. KAI, Hiroshi Yamato & BUSHI
(-) Akebono [free] & Taiyo Kea [AJP] vs. Yutaka Yoshie [free] & Ryota Hama [AJP]
(-) ZERO1 Offer Match: Shinjiro Otani & Kohei Sato vs. Masato Tanaka & Ryuji Sai
~ Every match has a 15 minute time limit.
●Part 3 (15:45 ~ 16:30)
(-) ZERO1 Offer Match: Ikuto Hidaka & Mineo Fujita vs. Takuya Sugawara & Yusaku Obata
(-) Masakatsu Funaki [AJP] & Daichi Hashimoto [ZERO1] vs. AKIRA [SMASH] & Yuichiro ☆Jienotsu☆ Nagashima [free]
(-) All Japan Pro-Wrestling Offer Match: Suwama & Manabu Soya vs. Masayuki Kono & Seiya Sanada
~ Every match has a 15 minute time limit.
●Part 4: (17:15~)
(-) 5 Minute Special Match: Kessen Numajiro vs. Daichi Sasaki
(-) Main Event ~ Kinnikuman Cup Scramble Battle Royal:
[ARISTRIST] Masahiro Chono
[AJP] Suwama, Masakatsu Funaki, Taiyo Kea, Ryota Hama, Kaz Hayashi & Shuji Kondo
[ZERO1] Shinjiro Otani, Masato Tanaka, Kohei Sato & Daichi Hashimoto
[Michinoku] The Great Sasuke, Jinsei Shinzaki, Kenou, Fujita “Jr” Hayato, Taro Nohashi & Rui Hiugaji
[BJW] Daisuke Sekimoto, Yuji Okabayashi, Yoshihito Sasaki & Ryuichi Kawakami
[Osaka] Atsushi Kotoge, Daisuke Harada, Kuuga & HAYATA
[Secret Base] Bear Fukuda
[FREE] Akebono & Yutaka Yoshie
The next IGF show is coming up on Dec. 2nd and most of the events matches have already been announced to happen. The main event will see Josh Barnett finally getting a shot at the IGF Championship. Barnett was originally scheduled to face off against Le Banner to crown the first champion on 8/27, but due to conflicting issues with Strikeforce he was pulled from the IGF show. Barnett though is now able to compete and has nothing more than the belt on his mind. Le Banner though has been a fighting champion, but this upcoming match against Barnett is going to put that reign to the test.
It would not be an Inoki show without a interesting match up and I don’t think things can get any more interesting when you see 87kg “Cosplay Fighter/Wrestler” Yuichiro Nagashima taking on 145kg Bob “The Beast” Sapp. Many know how dangerous Nagashima can be when it comes to actual kickboxing, but the 27 year old fighter is being outweighed by almost 60kg. Nagashima has shown that he does not fear The Beast in anyway, so come 12/2 could we end up seeing Nagashima with the big win?
IGF has added 2 more matches to the upcoming event on Dec. 2nd, as well as a change to a match that was reported here a few days ago.
Tatsumi Fujinami continues on with his anniversary year as he faces off against Ultimo Dragon. Inoki’s 17 year old up and comer Akira Jo will be taking on Grappling Expert Taka Kunou.
As for the card change, the previously reported matches to crown a new #1 contender have been scrapped as Atsushi Sawada was given another opponent for the event. So in the place Suzukawa and Suzuki will face off in a singles match.
IGF “INOKI BOM-BA-YE 2011”, 12/2/2011 [Fri] 19:00 @ Ryogoku Kokugikan
(-) Tatsumi Fujinmai 40th Anniversary Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Ultimo Dragon
(-) Taka Kunou vs. Akira Jo
(-) Shinichi Suzukawa vs. Hideki Suzuki
IGF vs. DREAM: Atsushi Sawada vs. Minowaman
(-) Kickboxing Rules Match: Masayoshi Kakutani vs. Baru Harn
(-) Montanha Silva vs. Alexander Koslov
(-) Yuichiro ☆Jienotsu☆ Nagashima vs. Bob Sapp
(-) Main Event ~ IGF Championship Match: [Champion] Jerome Le Banner vs. [Challenger] Josh Barnett
~ 2nd Defense.
Also announced to compete:
[NOAH News] NOAH has announced that Suzuki & Aoki will be defending their Jr. Tag belts against Mikey Nicholls & Shane Haste at the final Korakuen Hall show of 2011 on Dec. 15th. Nicholls & Haste have been building themselves as the heel tag team in NOAH as of late with each other running in to assist the other in singles matches and so forth. On 12/15 they will finally have a chance to show how well they work together as they go for the tag belts.
NOAH “The Weekday Navig. in KORAKUEN ~2011 Final~”, 12/15/2011 [Thu] 19:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(-) GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Match: [Champions] Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Aoki vs. [Challengers] Mikey Nicholls & Shane Haste
~ 2nd Defense.