A lot of stuff went down today, so let’s jump right into it…
Takumi Soya announced publicly that he is being forced to retire due to the jaw injury that he sustained last year, from his own brother nonetheless. Due to the fact that it is not healing correctly. He said that it is under the doctor’s recommendation that he should retire from the contact sport or risk even more damage down the road.
Takumi was adamant about wanting to continue on as a pro wrestler, but if he continues on he could risk severe damage to the jaw that could lead to major problems down the road.
Takumi’s will be officially resigned from All Japan Pro-Wrestling on May 31st.
[Pictured: Masayuki Kono, Masakatsu Funaki & Minoru Tanaka]
Masakatsu Funaki is set to make his return on June 17th. Masakatsu will be teaming with fellow STACK OF ARMS teammate Minoru Tanaka as they take on Keiji Mutoh & Kaz Hayashi.
The second match for the upcoming double 40th Anniversary show has been announced, as the All Asia Tag belts will be on the line Sekimoto & Okabayashi defend the belts against Akebono & Ryota Hama.
Also announced was a prelude match to be held on June 17th. As Sekimoto and Okabayashi will be teaming with their mentor Shinya “Great” Kojika as they take on Akebono, Hama & Masanobu Fuchi. This will mark a big return for the 70 year Kojika as he wrestled in All Japan from 1972 until the early 80’s, and then he went on to form Big Japan Pro-Wrestling in 1994. Kojika is a former 6 time All Asia tag champion and it seems only fitting that, in a way, Sekimoto and Okabayashi are carrying on his legacy.
AJP “40th Anniversary Year CROSS OVER 2012”, 6/17/2012 [Sun] 12:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(-) 40th Anniversary Memorial All Asia Prelude Special 6 Man Tag Match: Akebono, Ryota Hama & Masanobu Fuchi vs. Daisuke Sekimoto, Yuji Okabayashi & Great Kojika
(-) Masakatsu Funaki’s Return Match: Keiji Mutoh & Kaz Hayashi vs. Masaktsu Funaki & Minoru Tanaka
(-) World Tag Team Championship Match: [62nd Champions] Seiya Sanada & Joe Doering vs. [Challengers] “GET WILD” Takao Omori & Manabu Soya
~ first defense.
Card Fight!! Vanguard PRESENTS New Japan Pro Wrestling & All Japan Pro Wrestling ~ 40th Anniversary Year ~ Summer Night Fever in Ryogoku “We are Pro-Wrestling Love!” @ 7/1/2012 [Sun] @ Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo
(-) All Asia Tag Team Championship Match: [87th Champions] “Strong BJ” Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayshi (BJW) vs. [Challengers] “SMOP” Akebono & Ryota Hama
~ 7th Title Defense
(-) Triple Crown Championship Match: [Champion] Jun Akiyama (NOAH) vs. [Challenger] Taiyo Kea
~ 4th Defense.