One of the big news stories heading out of WRESTLE KINGDOM is the injury that Masakatsu Funaki suffered in his match against Yuji Nagata & Wataru Inoue.
As posted on the Facebook page yesterday. Masakatsu Funaki will be out of action for the rest of the month following the injury he received to his face during his match against Yuji Nagata & Wataru Inoue at WK VI. It seems the injury came about following a corner knee from Nagata around the half way point of the match.
Following the match, Funaki went straight to the hospital were he was diagnosed with not one but multiple fractures to the left side of his face. Including his orbital bone.
”]There was a lot of tension between Funaki and Nagata following the match, and there were signs that they are not done in the ring. So if they were not building a match before hand this definitely will put more fuel into the fire when Funaki is cleared to compete.
Then later on in the day an update to the time frame of when Funaki would be out was released.
[Update] Funaki will be out of action for 6 months and should be back in the ring by late June early July.
Of course this news definitely does not site well with Funaki’s “STACK OF ARMS” team mates, of Masayuki Kono & Minoru Tanaka, as Kono in particular is looking to avenge Funaki with a match against Nagata. There has been no mention on when and where the match will take place, but it was mentioned to have been in negotiation.
Following Kenny Omega successfully retaining the World Junior Heavyweight Championship on 1.3, Kaz Hayashi made himself know that he wants to face the champion next.
Some of the notes heading into this match come down to Kenny Omega not resorting to a 100% clean match with the aid of his translator/DDT wrestler Micheal Nakazawa who is always at ringside for Omega’s matches. Hayashi made it a point that he wants to the match to remain fair and clean. Omega said himself and Nakazawa are professionals.
So on Feb. 3rd, it will be Omega vs. Hayashi. With the ever on going issue of none of the belts being in All Japan, President Masayuki Uchida is at wits’ end trying to make sure the belts are back home for AJP’s 40th Anniversary later this year.
Also announced for the show on 2.3 is the battle for the Triple Crown Championship as Jun Akiyama will be defending against former rival Takao Omori. Omori has also officially rejoined as a wrestler for All Japan and is looking to bring the belt home.
Both men have had some solid encounters in the past and now with more meaning riding behind the belt, this is sure to be on the watch list.
AJP “40th Anniversary Year – 2012 Excite Series”, 2/3/2012 [Fri] 19:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(-) World Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [Champion] Kenny Omega vs. [Challenger] Kaz Hayashi [AJP/Team Bichitto!]
~ 3rd Title Defense.
(-) Triple Crown Championship Match: [Champion] Jun Akiyama [NOAH] vs. [Challenger] Takao Omori [AJP/GET WILD]
~ 2nd Title Defense.
For the listing of All Japan events in January/February 2012 (including the recent updates due to injury), be sure to check the event listing post on the website.