[NJPW News] It has been announced that Tetsuya Naito will miss the rest of the scheduled events for this month, due to suffering from Olecranon bursitis (inflamed/swollen elbow, fluid build up in the elbow).
The is a crucial time, especially in NJPW that none of the wrestlers want to hear the word injury, as Wrestle Kingdom VI is just less than a month away on Jan. 4th.
Update: The injury is said to have been treated and Naito is scheduled to compete in the biggest match of his career at WK VI.
[NJPW Event Updates] The final events for 2011 have all been announced and updated with match listings.
There are 7 more events scheduled for NJPW before the year is up with at least 4 standing out as the more lead in matches for Wrestle Kingdom VI on 1/4/2012.
The next show coming up on Dec. 9th which is the J SPORTS CROWN ~ Dream Match event will see the main matched being determined by fan voting. The voting was calculated earlier this month and the matches that have been determined are interesting indeed. It definitely shows who the fans voted for the most, and it should be noted that since Naito is injured Makabe moved up.
Following that event we then have Kojima’s 20th Anniversary event which will see Kojima competing twice as The Great Kosuke, in which he teams with The Great Sasuke to take on Jado & Gedo, and as himself as he teams with All Japan’s Kaz Hayashi to take on former WWE star FUNAKI and an unnamed partner.
Then there will be a double header at the Korakuen Hall on 12/23 and 12/24 with the events holding the final two title matches of the year as well as the main final lead in to Wrestle Kingdom VI.
NJPW “”J SPORTS CROWN ~Dream Match~”, 12/9/2011 [Fri] 18:00 @ Differ Ariake in Tokyo [J-SPORTS]
(1) Hiromu Takahashi vs. Tomohiro Ishii
(2) Hirooki Goto, Tomoaki Honma & King Fale vs. Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka & Yujiro Takahashi
(3) Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. Jado & Gedo
(4) Yuji Nagata & Wataru Inoue vs. Minoru Suzuki & TAKA Michinoku
(The final 4 matches were determined by fan voting)
(5) Heavy Worst #1 vs. Junior Worst #1: Hideo Saito vs. Taichi
(6) Heavy Best #3 vs. Junior Best #3: Togi Makabe vs. KUSHIDA
(7) Heavy Best #2 vs. Junior Best #2: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Tiger Mask IV
(8) Heavy Best #1 vs. Junior Best #1: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Ryusuke Taguchi
Results for the event can be found here:
NJPW “KOJIMA SATOSHI 20th ANNIVERSARY ~ RUSH!! Yacchauzo Bakayaro!”, 12/14/2011 [Wed] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(1) Tiger Mask IV & Hiromu Takahashi vs. Ryusuke Taguchi & Kyosuke Mikami
(2) Hideo Saito vs. Tomohiro Ishii
(3) Togi Makabe, Hirooki Goto & King Fale vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, Toru Yano & Yujiro Takahashi
(4) Special Tag Match: The Great Kosuke & The Great Sasuke vs. Jado & Gedo
(5) Special 6 Man Tag Match: Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Yuji Nagata & Koji Kanemoto vs. Yutaka Yoshie, Wataru Inoue & Tomoaki Honma
(6) Hiroshi Tanahashi & KUSHIDA vs. Minoru Suzuki & Taichi
(7) Kojima Satoshi 20th Anniversary Match: Satoshi Kojima & Kaz Hayashi [AJP] vs. FUNAKI [free] & (to be announced)
~ It was to be Tetsuya Naito but he is forced to miss due to injury.
NJPW “Road to KINGDOM 1st.”, 12/23/2011 [Fri] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(1) Kyosuke Mikami vs. Hiromu Takahashi
(2) Hirooki Goto, Ryusuke Taguchi & Hideo Saito vs. Takashi Iizuka, Yujiro Takahashi & Gedo
(3) Yuji Nagata, Wataru Inoue & King Fale vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii
(4) Satoshi Kojima vs. “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson
(5) Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Giant Bernard
(6) Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe, Tiger Mask IV & KUSHIDA vs. Minoru Suzuki, Yoshihiro Takayama, TAKA Michinoku & Taichi
(7) IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [Champion] Prince Devitt vs. [Challenger] Rocky Romero
~ 3rd Title Defense.
(8) IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match: [Champion] Masato Tanaka vs. [Challenger] Tomaoki Honma
~ 3rd Title Defense.
NJPW “Road to KINGDOM ~Battle X’mas~”, 12/24/2011 [Sat] 15:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(1) Tiger Mask IV, Ryusuke Taguchi & KUSHIDA vs. Rocky Romero, Jado & Gedo
(2) Special Single Match I: Hideo Saito vs. Takashi Iizuka
(3) Special Single Match II: Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson
(4) Special Single Match III: Satoshi Kojima vs. Giant Bernard
(5) Special Single Match IV: Wataru Inoue vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
(6) Special Single Match V: Hirooki Goto vs. Yujiro Takahashi
(7) Special Single Match VI: Yuji Nagata vs. Toru Yano
(8) Hiroshi Tanahashi & Togi Makabe vs. Minoru Suzuki & Yoshihiro Takayama
[AJP News] 2012 will mark the 40th Anniversary for All Japan Pro-Wrestling and with all the belts under the promotion being held in outside promotions AJP is looking to bring the belts back home where they belong.
Following the Finals of the Tag League, new #1 contenders for the World Tag belts have been determined and in turn a title match has been announced. Seiya Sanada & KAI will be getting their title shot on Jan. 3rd, 2012 as they hope to bring the belts back to All Japan from the AAA team of Dark Ozz & Dark Cuervo. Sanada & KAI have proven themselves to be a solid tandem and with their mix of determination, speed and youth they hope it can prove beneficial in the title match.
Also another title match has been announced as Kenny Omega will be defending the World Junior Heavyweight Championship against Hiroshi Yamato. Yamato has just come off a series of matches against Hikaru Sato [who also competes in DDT] and he is looking to carry that momentum against the champion. Just like the tag match, Yamato is looking to bring the belt back home. Omega though has been playing the heel since winning the belt and has already discredited Yamato to being a top challenger as he has a small chance at beating Omega.
This is definitely going to be a big start for All Japan’s 40th Anniversary year, and if 2011 has been any indication of what is on the horizon for the promotion 2012 could be all the much more exciting.
AJP “40th Anniversary Year 2012 ~ New Year Shining Series”, 12/2/2012 [Mon] 12:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(-) World Tag Team & World Junior Skirmish 6 Man Tag Match: Seiya Sanada, KAI & Hiroshi Yamato vs. Dark Ozz [AAA] & Dark Cuervo [AAA] & Kenny Omega [DDT]
AJP “40th Anniversary Year 2012 ~ New Year Shining Series”, 12/3/2012 [Tue] 12:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(-) World Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [Champion] Kenny Omega vs. [Challenger] Hiroshi Yamato
~ 2nd Defense
(-) World Tag Team Championship Match: [Champions] Dark Ozz & Dark Cuervo [AAA] vs. [Challengers] Seiya Sanada & KAI
~ 2nd Defense
[Kensuke Office News] Kensuke Office will be holding 3 more shows before the years is up (12/17/, 12/18 & 12/23), and today they released the card for the upcoming card for the show on Dec. 17th.
Kensuke Office “Take the Dream 2011 in Saitama”, 12/17/2011 [Sat] 18:00 @ Ikosu Ageo in Saitama
(1) Catfish Man & Kikutaro [Akiba Pro] vs. Amigo Suzuki [Toryumon MEXICO] & CHANGO [free]
(2) Go [free] vs. Black Tiger [free]
(3) Mitsuhiro Kitamiya vs. K-ness [DRAGON GATE]
(4) Katsuhiko Nakajima & Kentaro Shiga [free] vs. Daisuke Ikeda [Fu-ten] & Ryuichi Sekine [K-DOJO]
(5) Kensuke Sasaki, Kento Miyahara & Satoshi Kajiwara vs. Kazunari Marakami [free], & NOSAWA Rongai [Tokyo Gurentai] & Kenichiro Arai [DRAGON GATE]
[NJPW News] The main event matches for Wrestle Kingdom VI have been announced.
With a lot of speculation floating around to who would be at WK VI and who almost seemed like they would not be, NJPW dropped the bomb today for some of the scheduled headlining matches for the show.
Then on Dec. 9th, NJPW announced what could be the entire card for the event.
~ Tetsuya Naito will be going one on one with his in ring idol Keiji Mutoh.
~ Togi Makabe vs. Yoshihiro Takayama
~ The IWGP Jr. Tag belts will be on the line at the event as the NO REMORSE CORPS take on Apollo55.
~ NJPW & CMLL 8 Man Jr. Tag Match.
~ Kazuchika Okada & Nobuo Yoshihashi return to the NJPW ring after spending time in North America. (Okada, USA/Florida, Yoshihashi, Mexico/CMLL)
~ Shelton Benjamin has been announced to be the partner for MVP as they take on Masato Tanaka & Yujiro Takahashi.
NJPW 40th anniversary Tour. “WRESTLE KINGDOM VI in Tokyo Dome”, 1/4/2012 [Wed] 17:00 @ Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan.
(1) IWGP Jr. Tag Team Championship Match: [Champions] “NRC” Davey Richards & Rocky Romero vs. [Challengers] “Apollo55” Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi
~ 2nd Defense.
(2) AERIAL KINGDOM feat.CMLL SUPER ESTRELLAS: Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask IV, Mascara Dorada & KUSHIDA vs. Atlantis, Valiente, TAKA Michinoku & Taichi
(3) NEW JAPAN RESPIRATION: Kazuchika Okada vs. YOSHI-HASHI (Nobuo Yoshihashi)
~ Okada & Yoshihashi Return to NJPW.
(4) BLUE JUSTICE NEVER DIE: Yuji Nagata & Wataru Inoue vs. Masakatsu Funaki [AJP] & Masayuki Kono [AJP]
(5) TOKYO MONSTER WAR: MVP & Shelton Benjamin vs. Masato Tanaka & Yujiro Takahashi
(6) IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Match: [Champions] “Bad Intentions” Giant Bernard & Karl Anderson vs. [Challengers] “TenKoji” Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima
~ 11th Title Defense.
(7) NJPW vs NOAH BATTLE CONCENTRATION I: Hirooki Goto vs. Takashi Sugiura
(8) FIGHTING WITHOUT HONOR OR HUMANITY: Togi Makabe vs. Yoshihiro Takayama
(9) NJPW vs NOAH BATTLE CONCENTRATION II: Shinsuke Nakamura & Toru Yano vs. Go Shiozaki & Naomichi Marufuji
(10) GENIUS FACES GENIUS: Tetsuya Naito vs. Keiji Mutoh [AJP]
(11) IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: [Champion] Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. [Challenger] Minoru Suzuki (Pancrase MISSION)
~ 11th Title Defense.
[NOAH News] Some interesting news this morning as NOAH will be bringing in the two sons of Kevin Von Erich. Both Ross and Marshall Von Erich passed through the WLW & NOAH Training Camp in October held in Missouri and it seems their father insisted that they go to Japan.
Ross and Marchall will be joining Pro Wrestling NOAH in January 2012.
Ross Von Erich: 183cm, 98kg; Born: June 1st, 1988 (23)
Marshall Von Erich: 190cm 105kg; Born: Nov. 10th, 1992 (19)
[NOAH News] NOAH only has one more scheduled title match for the year or 2011 and it will see Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Aoki defending the GHC Jr. Heavyweight Tag Belts against the Australian duo of Mikey Nicholls & Shane Haste. Nicholls and Haste have proven that they are strong team when they work together and on Dec. 15th they will have the chance to prove it. Nicholls and Haste are also calling themselves TMDK which means “The Mighty Don’t Kneel”.
Their will be 2 prelude matches on Dec. 11th as Aoki will be going 1 on 1 against Haste and Suzuki will be facing Nicholls. Those two matches will be carrying a lot of momentum for the winners into the championship match.
Also on Dec. 15th, we will get an early taste for the GHC Heavyweight Championship Match as, the current GHC Heavy Champ, Go Shiozaki teams with the, Triple Crown Champion, Jun Akiyama to take on, the #1 contender for the GHC, Takeshi Morishima and, a past Triple Crown Champion, Kensuke Sasaki.
NOAH is looking to go out of 2011 and head into 2012 with a solid start.
[NOAH Event Updates] http://www.puroresuspirit.com/2011/10/20/noah-events-for-november-december-2011/
NOAH “The Navig. Sunday in Numazu”, 12/11/2011 [Sun] 17:00 @ Numazu Oroshi Shosha – Exhibition Hall
(1) Genba Hirayanagi vs. Kento Miyahara [Kensuke Office]
(2) ANMU vs. TMDK – GHC Jr. Tag Prelude Match: Atushi Aoki vs. Shane Haste
(3) ANMU vs. TMDK – GHC Jr. Tag Prelude Match: Kotaro Suzuki vs. Mikey Nicholls
(4) Jun Akiyama, Akitoshi Saito & Masao Inoue vs. Kenta Kobashi, Takuma Sano & Kentaro Shiga [free]
(5) Takeshi Morishima & Taiji Ishimori vs. Naomichi Marufuji & Takashi Sugiura
(6) Go Shiozaki, Shuhei Taniguchi & Mohammed Yone vs. KENTA, Yoshihiro Takayama & Yoshinobu Kanemaru
NOAH “The Weekday Navig. in KORAKUEN ～2011 Final～”, 12/15/2011 [Thu] 19:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(-) Kenta Kobashi, Masao Inoue & Taiji Ishimori vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima, Kento Miyahara & Satoshi Kajiwara
(-) Akitoshi Saito vs. Mohammed Yone
(-) Naomichi Marufuji, Takashi Sugiura & Ricky Marvin vs. KENTA, Yoshihiro Takayama & Yoshinobu Kanemaru
(-) GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Match: [Champions] Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Aoki vs. [Challengers] Mikey Nicholls & Shane Haste
~ 2nd Defense.
(-) Special GHC Heavyweight Championship Tag Team Skirmish: Go Shiozaki & Jun Akiyama vs. Takeshi Morishima & Kensuke Sasaki [Kensuke Office]
~ Also announced to compete: Yutaka Yoshie
NOAH “NOAHful Gift in KOBE 2011” 12/17/2011 [Sat] 18:00 @ Kobe Sambo Hall
(1) Taiji Ishimori vs. Mikey Nicholls
(2) Ricky Marvin vs. Shane Haste
(3) Mohammed Yone vs. Ryuji Hijikata [free]
(4) Naomichi Marufuji & Takashi Sugiura vs. Takuma Sano & Masao Inoue
(5) Go Shiozaki, Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Aoki vs. KENTA, Yoshihiro Takayama & Yoshinobu Kanemaru
(6) Jun Akiyama, Akitoshi Saito & Kenta Kobashi vs. Takeshi Morishima, Yutaka Yoshie & Shuhei Taniguchi
NOAH “NOAHful Gift in OSAKA 2011” 12/18/2011 [Sun] 18:00 @ Matsuhita IMP Hall in Osaka
(1) Ricky Marvin vs. Yutaka Yoshie
(2) Noamichi Marufuji & Takashi Sugiura vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Genba Hirayanagi
(3) Kotaro Suzuki, Atsushi Aoki & Taiji Ishimori vs. Daisuke Harada [Osaka], Atsushi Kotoge [Osaka] & Shane Haste
(4) KENTA & Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Takuma Sano & Masao Inoue
(5) Go Shiozaki, Shuhei Taniguchi & Mohammed Yone vs. Takeshi Morishima, Jun Akiyama & Akitoshi Saito
[AJP News] The next upcoming show for All Japan will be the fan appreciation show on Dec. 11th.
The match getting the most press is for the, once a year defended, F-1 Tag Team belts that will be on line as the reigning champs Ryota Hama & Koriki Choshu defend against Manabu Soya & RG (Razor Ramon RG in HUSTLE).
The F-1 belts are usually only defended at the fan appreciation shows and the matches have both wrestling and comedy acts involved.
The rest of the event seems to be a mix of lightheartedness and solid wrestling bouts.
AJP “2011 Fan Appreciation Day”, 12/11/2011 [Sun] 12:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(1) Special Tag Match: Keiji Mutoh, Yuzuki Aikawa & Rina Takeda vs. Kaz Hayashi, Nanae Takahashi & Natsuki☆Taiyo
(2) This is Team Destruction: Shuji Kondo vs. Takumi Soya
(3) Lard Warriors vs. Hybrid Warriors: Akebono, Yutaka Yoshie & Kikutaro vs. Masakatsu Funaki, Minoru Tanaka & Hiroshi Yamato
(4) AJP New Generation Battle: Seiya Sanada & KAI vs. Masayuki Kono & Yasufumi Nakanoueno
(5) F-1 Tag Team Championship Match: Ryota Hama & Koriki Choshu vs. Manabu Soya & RG
~ first title defense.
(6) Return to Origin of Royal Road: Suwama vs. Masanobu Fuchi