Following the big WRESTLE KINGDOM VI show, both of the tag team belts switched owners, and the reigning king of NJPW Hiroshi Tanahashi managed to keep a hold of his title and set a record with most defenses.
Now following the event this brings us to the shows coming later in the month.
New Japan will on a break for the next few weeks, but the first scheduled shows will be 1.21 and 1.22 as the NJPW/CMLL FANTASTICA MANIA two day event comes back this year.
NJPW PRESENTS “CMLL FANTASTICA MANIA 2012“, 1/21/2012 [Sat] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(1) Danshoku Dino & Maximo vs. TAKA Michinoku & Taichi
(2) Tama Tonga & King Fale vs. YOSHI-HASHI & OKUMURA
(3) Prince Devitt, Ryusuke Taguchi & Tiger Mask IV vs. Jado, Gedo & Misterioso, Jr.
(4) Hirooki Goto & KUSHIDA vs. Rush & Mascara Dorada
(5) Tetsuya Naito, Jushin Thunder Liger & Diamante vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, Yujiro Takahashi & Mephisto
(6) Hiroshi Tanahashi & La Sombra vs. “Rainmaker” Kazuchika Okada & Volador, Jr.
NJPW PRESENTS “CMLL FANTASTICA MANIA 2012“, 1/22/2012 [Sun] 12:00 @Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(1) Prince Devitt, Ryusuke Taguchi, Tiger Mask IV & Tama Tonga vs. YOSHI-HASHI, Jado, Gedo & OKUMURA
(2) Jushin Thunder Liger & Maximo vs. Misterioso, Jr. & Taichi
(3) CMLL World Welterweight Championship Match: [Champion] Mascara Dorado vs. [Challenger] KUSHIDA
(4) Hirooki Goto vs. Rush
(5) Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tetsuya Naito & Diamante vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, “Rainmaker” Kazuchika Okada & Mephisto
(6) CMLL Certified NWA World Welterweight Championship Match: [Champion] La Sombra vs. [Challenger] Volador, Jr.
As you can see from the cards above you can see a returning name quickly up in the main event scene. Which brings us right into the events following the CMLL shows.
Following the finally match at WK VI between Tanahashi and Suzuki, Tanahashi retained his championship and was in the midst of celebrating. Kazuchika Okada, who picked up his return win early in the night, came out and made himself known that he wants an IWGP Championship match.
Well today in Japan during a press conference for Tanahashi, Okada and Gedo came out and joined Tanahashi at the interview table.
Gedo did all the talking for “Rainmaker” Okada and was pushing for Okada to get the match. Tanahashi himself said that a non-title match would be in order first since Okada just returned.
Which honestly makes since, but given the circumstances of Okada carrying in a lot of intrigue and mysteriousness now it is hard to tell what could come about with him. In the end the interview proved in the favor for Okada as a title match has been set for 2.12 between Tanahashi and Okada.
Also announced for the event will be rematches from WK VI for the Junior & Heavyweight Tag Team Titles, and Hirooki Goto getting another title shot against Masato Tanaka for the Intercontinental belt.
For full event listing for the upcoming tours in January and February, feel free to check the post on the site.
NJPW “THE NEW BEGINNING”, 2/12/2012 [Sun] 17:00 @ Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium
(-) IWGP Jr. Tag Team Championship Match: [Champions] “Apollo55” Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. [Challengers] “NRC” Davey Richards & Rocky Romero
~ 1st Title Defense.
(-) IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match: [Champion] Masato Tanaka vs. [Challenger] Hirooki Goto
~ 4th Title Defense.
(-) IWGP Tag Team Championship Match: [Champions] “TenKoji” Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. [Challengers] “Bad Intentions” Giant Bernard & Karl Anderson
~ 1st Title Defense.
(-) IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: [Champion] Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. [Challenger] “Rainmaker” Kazuchika Okada
~ 12th Title Defense.