AJP “40th Anniversary year GAORA SPECIAL 2012 Champion Carnival”, 5/7/2012 [Mon] @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(1) Osamu Nishimura [free] vs. Yasufumi Nakanoueno
◆Winner: Nishimura (3:34) via submission.
(2) Semi-Final Match #1: A BLOCK #1 vs. B BLOCK #2: Yuji Nagata vs. Taiyo Kea
◆Winner: Kea (11:51) with a School Boy.
(3) Semi-Final Match #1: B BLOCK #1 vs. A BLOCK #2: Akebono vs. Suwama
◆Winner: Suwama (8:18) following a Backdrop.
(4) Masayuki Kono & Minoru Tanaka vs. KENSO & Masao Inoue [free]
◆Winner: Kono (8:05) with a Cross Armbreaker on Inoue.
(5) Takao Omori, Manabu Soya & Masanobu Fuchi vs. Seiya Sanada, KAI & Hiroshi Yamato
◆Winner: Sanada (11:37) with the THIS IS IT on Manabu.
~ Sanada called out GET WILD for a World Tag Team Title shot. From what I heard there was no mention of a partner, but early suggestion points to Taiyo Kea or KAI.
(6) AJP vs. BJW: Kaz Hayashi, Shuji Kondo & Ryota Hama vs. Daisuke Sekimoto, Yuji Okabayashi & Kazuki Hashimoto
◆Winner: Hayashi (11:55) following the Makinage-katame on Kazuki.
~ The All Asia tag belts will be on the line on May 27th as Sekimoto/Okabayashi defend against Hayashi/Kondo.
(7) Champion Carnival Final Match: Taiyo Kea vs. Suwama
◆Winner: Kea (22:33) with the TKO.
~ Taiyo Kea wins the 2012 Champion Carnival!
~ Both men pulled out almost every move in their book and then some. Kea even dropped Suwama with a Tiger Driver ’91, definitely playing homage to Misawa, and it was a big moment. In the end Kea hit Suwama with the Surfing Suplex (Cobra Clutch Suplex), a big lariat shot, and then finally the TKO sealed the big win for Kea.
~ Taiyo Kea said he is coming for Akiyama. With the win, Kea earns “another” shot against Akiyama for the Triple Crown shot. Many of you know who follow the site that Kea already faced Akiyama late last year in a losing effort. This time around though Kea will be carrying the momentum of the Carnival on his side, will it prove to be the key for him to bring the belt back home to All Japan?