All Japan Pro-Wrestling “2013 Pro Wrestling LOVE in Ryogoku ~BASIC & DYNAMIC~”, 3/17/2013 [Sun] 17:00 @ Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo
9,000 Spectators (claimed)
(1) Hiroshi Yamato & Hikaru Sato [Pancrase MISSION] vs. SUSHI & Andy Woo
◆Winner: SUSHI (9:02) with the Katsuo no Ippondzuri (new move) on Yamato.
(2) Masanobu Fuchi & Osamu Nishimura vs. KENSO & Reid Flair
◆Winner: Nishimura (7:35) with a Small Package on Reid.
~ Nobuo Shiraishi, the new owner of All Japan, come out confronted KENSO after the match.
~ Kenta Kobashi came out to greet the fans, and announced that he will be joining All Japan Pro-Wrestling as the PWF Chairman following his retirement.
(3) Asia Tag Championship Match: [91st Champions] Minoru Tanaka & Koji Kanemoto vs. [Challengers] Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Aoki
◆Winner: Minoru (17:50) with the Minoru Special on Kotaro.
~ first successful defense.
(4) World Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [35th Champion] Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. [Challenger] Kaz Hayashi
◆Winner: Kanemaru (14:10) following the Touch-Out.
~ first successful defense.
~ Kanemaru nominated Masanobu Fuchi to be his tag partner in the Junior League.
(5) Akebono, Ryota Hama & Yasufumi Nakanoueno vs. Masahiro Chono, Joe Doering & Shuji Kondo
◆Winner: Doering (7:11) with tha Revolution Bomb on Yasufumi.
(6) Special Tag Match: Keiji Mutoh & Don Frye vs. Yoshihiro Takayama & Masayuki Kono
◆Winner: Mutoh (9:57) with a Frankensteiner (counter) on Kono.
~ Mutoh shook hands with Kobashi while existing the arena.
(7) KAI’s Return Special Single Match: Seiya Sanada vs. KAI
◆Winner: KAI (11:33) with a Jumping Thunder Fire Powerbomb.
~ KAI came out with a red gown. It can be noted that he appeared “somewhat” thicker and he retained much of his speed as before.
~ KAI stated that he aims to become a top heavyweight in Japan.
(8) World Tag Championship Match: [64th Champions] “GET WILD” Takao Omori & Manabu Soya vs. [Challengers] “BURNING” Jun Akiyama & Go Shiozaki
◆Winner: Shiozaki (24:53) following the Go Flasher on Soya.
~ Champions fall on their 3rd Defense. Akiyama & Shiozaki become the 65th Champions.
(9) Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship Match: [45th Champion] Masakatsu Funaki vs. [Challenger] Suwama
◆Winner: Suwama (30:15) with the Backdrop Hold.
~ Funaki falls on his 5th Defense. Suwama becomes the 46th Champion.
All Japan Event Cards for March & April 2013
There was said be some talk between KENSO and Shiraishi, but I do not have the exact details at this time. I will update them accordingly when I can make heads or tails of it.
The main belts ended up changing hands, which is always an exciting time. Burning looked “strong” and especially with Kobashi in attendance for the show.
I heard that the matches were all very solid with a lot put on the GET WILD vs. Burning match. I would definitely put that on your watch list when it is available for viewing.
Suwama puts a lot of momentum in “LAST REVOLUTION” with his win today and no challenge was made as the Champion Carnival is coming up in April.
New Japan Pro Wrestling “NEW JAPAN CUP 2013 [2nd Round]”, 3/17/2013 [Sun] 16:00 @ Beikomu General Gymnasium
(1) Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask IV vs. Captain New Japan & BUSHI
◆Winner: Tiger (8:22) with a Jumping Crucifix Hold on BUSHI.
(2) Togi Makabe, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. ◆Winner: ()Takashi Iizuka, YOSHI-HASHI & Gedo
~ Kojima called out the NWA “Invader”. Kojima aims for a resurrection for himself.
◆Winner: Kojima (11:58) following a Lariat to Gedo
(3) Shinsuke Nakamura & Jado vs. Lance Archer & TAKA Michinoku
◆Winner: Nakamura (9:34) following the Boma~Ye to TAKA.
(4) NEW JAPAN CUP 2013 2nd Round Match: Yujiro Takahashi vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.
◆Winner: Smith (11:43) with a Jumping Powerbomb.
(5) NEW JAPAN CUP 2013 2nd Round Match: Hirooki Goto vs. Tomohiro Ishii
◆Winner: Goto (18:46) following the Shouten Kai.
~ Goto moves on to the semi-finals.
(6) Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi vs. “Laughter7” Kazushi Sakuraba & Katsuyori Shibata
◆Winner: Sakuraba (11:13) with a Triangle Choke on Nakanishi.
~ Nagata requested a singles match against Sakuraba.
~ So technically that would mean that Goto would more than likely face Shibata in singles action… *spoilers*
(7) Hiroshi Tanahashi, KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley vs. Tama Tonga, Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi
◆Winner: Tanahashi (12:18) with the High Fly Flow on Tonga.
~ Devitt seemed to be upset during the backstage interview. This is not the first time that Devitt has shown some “heel” like changes ever since that match with Tanahashi. Could something be on the horizon for him?
(8) NEW JAPAN CUP 2013 2nd Round Match: Toru Yano vs. Minoru Suzuki
◆Winner: Yano (10:14) with the Akakiri (Red Mist).
(9) NEW JAPAN CUP 2013 2nd Round Match: “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson vs. Kazuchika Okada
◆Winner: Okada (15:27) following the Rainmaker.
~ Okada moves on the semi-finals.
So that leaves us with the finals looking as follows.
New Japan Pro Wrestling “NEW JAPAN CUP 2013 [Finals]”, 3/23/2013 [Sat] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(-) NEW JAPAN CUP 2013 Semi-Final Match: Kazuchika Okada vs. Toru Yano
(-) NEW JAPAN CUP 2013 Semi-Final Match: Hirooki Goto vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.
New Japan Event Cards for March & April 2012
~ Goto aims for his 4th NJC victory and his second consecutive win in doing so. Smith is relatively fresh in NJPW so if he manages to go over Goto then there is a high chance he could end up main eventing “INVASION ATTACK” in April.
Okada vs. Yano will see CHAOS vs. CHAOS. I know there was talk last year of a potential split happening in CHAOS, which centered none other than Okada and Yano. Could this be the early signs of a potential feud? Yano will use every trick in the book to get a win, so this could turn into something if Okada feels he got screwed by his own teammate… or even vice-versa.
DIAMOND RING, 3/17/2013 [Sun] 13:00 @ Tatebayashi City Civic Gymnasium in Gunma
(1) Namazu Man & CHANGO [Free] vs. Kikutato [Akiba] & KAMIKAZE
◆Winner: KAMIKAZE (13:09) with a Moonsault Press on CHANGO.
(2) Mitsuhiro Kitamiya vs. Kengo [VM]
◆Winner: Kitamiya (9:20) via foul.
(3) Tatsuhito Takaiwa [Free] & Ryuji Hijikata [Free] vs. Kenichiro Arai [DG] & K-ness. [DG]
◆Winner: DRAW (13:34) Double Ring Out.
(4) Kensuke Sasaki vs. NOSAWA Rongai [Tokyo Gurentai]
◆Winner: Sasaki (9:04) following a Lariat.
(5) DIAMOND RING vs VooDoo MURDERS 6 Man Tag Match: Katsuhiko Nakajima, Satoshi Kajiwara & Yutaka Yoshie [Free] vs. Kento Miyahara, Taishi Takizawa & TARU
◆Winner: TARU (16:20) following a Diving Guillotine Drop on Nakajima.
TARU with a big win over Nakajima, I have yet to receive any details from the event, but that is definitely an upset. The VooDoo MURDERS have been getting the best of DIAMOND RING since their return last month, and that doesn’t seemed to be changing anytime soon.