The first SMASH event of 2012 will see the Diva’s Championship headlining the event with Nakagawa defending in a rematch against the former champion Kana. Kana is looking to regain her championship, but will Nakagawa prove to be the victor yet again? This will definitely be a big match with a lot riding behind it for SMASH in the new year.
Nakagawa vs. Kana Hype Video
Also announced for the first SMASH show for 2012, will be 3 matches featuring 3 talents that took part in the SMASH camp in 2010. These 3 men will apparently will be under the evaluation of the fans in attendance. I assume from here that if they get a fair reception that they will become members of SMASH, and this is an acceptance test of sorts.
Also with the news of these three talents is the debut of Josh O’Brien as pro wrestler. O’Brien originally could be seen working as a referee for the promotion, but has recently decided to take a turn in competing in the ring himself. O’Brien will have his trainer AKIRA against him in his first match, and it should be interesting to see how well the first American SMASH trainee fairs.
SMASH “We are SMASH” 1/19/2012 [Thu] 19:00 @ Shinjuku FACE
() Public Protest Match: Yusuke Kodama vs. Tomohiro Otani
() Public Protest Match: Hajime Ohara vs. Masaki Kirisawa
() Public Protest Match: AKIRA vs. Akira Shinose
(-) Josh O’Brien’s Debut Match: AKIRA vs. Josh O’Brien
(-) Yusuke Kodama vs. Jiro Kuroshio
(-) Ultimo Dragon & Tajima Hisamaru vs. Hajime Ohara & Koji Doi
(-) TAJIRI, Shuri & Makoto vs. Takuya Kito, Aki Shizuku & Lin Bairon
(-) SMASH Divas Championship Match: [Champion] Tomoka Nakagawa vs. [Challenger] Kana
A few matches have also been announced for SMASH.25 which is to be held on Feb. 19th.
The SMASH Championship will be on the line in the main event as TAJIRI is looking to bring the belt back from the “King of Terror” Dave Finlay.
Then it was should be the most interesting match of the night. The “Mexican God” VENENO will be teaming up with “Mr. ALL TOGETHER” KENSO to take on the hardcore team of “The Homicidal, Suicidal, Genocidal, Death–Defying” Sabu and “The Crazy Monkey” Jun Kasai. VENENO & KENSO could go down as an odd pairing, but one that could be interesting. Both carry a sort sort of unorthodox in ring style, and carry their own certain charisma and ring presence. As for Sabu and Kasai, they fit perfectly with being two crazy dudes who will go to any means to please and shock the crowds to the point to endangering their own bodies. There sort of isn’t much I can say about this match, but it is something that has caught my interest as you have no idea what could happen until you see it.
SMASH.25, 2/19/2012 [Sun] 17:00 @ Tokyo Dome City Hall
(-) FCF vs. ZERO1: Starbuck, Hajime Ohara & Jessica Love vs. Masato Tanaka, Shinjiro Otani & Ikuto Hidaka
(-) Hardcore Match: VENENO [FREE] & KENSO [AJP] vs. Sabu [FREE] & Jun Kasai [FREEDOMS]
(-) SMASH Championship Match: [Champion] Dave Finlay vs. [Challenger] TAJIRI
~ Also announced to compete Nanae Takahashi and Tatsumi Fujinami.