[All Japan News] Some updates have come in from All Japan.
First off, Hikaru Sato has been added to the 6.30 as he joins the match with Hiroshi Yamato and Kazushi Miyamoto and in turn this will be a 3WAY match for the Ryogoku show. Hikaru Sato acknowledged Hiroshi Yamato’s intentions of leaving All Japan, but I am not certain, but it seems to point that Hikaru could remain as an active wrestler in All Japan in the future. Sato and Nobuo Shiraishi have been vocal against one another in the past, but it seems that could have been nothing more than a storyline to build something towards… much like Shiraishi and KENSO seemed to have been doing. Though it does seem that Sato called for his inclusion in the show and to face against his former Asia Tag partner in Yamato.
~ Seiya Sanada made his first public address about what is going on with him. Sanada stated that his plan was to indeed return for the 6.30 show, but due to his loss of the GAORA TV belt, he has decided to remain overseas for an extended period of time. Sanada’s leading goal is to regain the championship from the man whom he lost it to in Rene Dupress. Sanada did not state whether or not he was leaving All Japan, like others who are close to Keiji Mutoh, but he did clearly state that he wants to return to “Japan’ stronger than ever. Sanada thanked his fans for the support and he hopes that they understand why he is remaining oversees.
~ Hiroshi Hase has resigned as from his position as the PWF Chairman. This is not that shocking of news as Hase announced that he would be stepping down publicly a few months ago, but it seems that he has taken it upon himself to step down from the position sooner than expected.
It also appears that Kenta Kobashi has not accepted the position as their will be a meeting soon in regards to who will become the new president.
I also want to add some information that I have posted in the facebook group here recently as well.
Mutoh School rumor thoughts….
While on the road, traveling for my b-day, I was doing some research into some of the things that have been on my mind for a while. One of which I think might be interesting for you guys, but apparently Keiji Mutoh could already have control of his own personal training dojo.
Keiji Mutoh formed what is called "Mutoh’s School” which runs out of Narita, Chiba, Japan starting a few years back in 2007. The school is affiliated under Gold’s Gym and has been the place where Mutoh has held every rookie seminar since 2007. The building has been used for training sessions as well as lectures/public interviews. KAI, Hiroshi Yamato, T28/BUSHI, Seiya Sanada, Yasufumi Nakanoueno, Andy Wu (Chihiro Mizuki) and a few other wrestlers have successfully completed their initial training there.
You will also see Hiroki Kuwahara in a couple of the pics and he is All Japan’s conditioning coach and works very closely with Mutoh over the last several years.
I can only assume that he will follow Mutoh as well, as he is a close friend to Mutoh.
So it is safe to assume that most of the rumors of Mutoh’s school are pretty legit, as this is where I think they are all coming from in that sense. As Mutoh ran these events not under All Japan, but to ultimately bring in new talent to All Japan. Which is why you see most of the wrestlers I mentioned above are following Mutoh, as there is no telling where they be if Mutoh never gave them the opportunity.
That is also not to say that everyone Mutoh has selected ends up in All Japan as Keisuke Ishii is now in DDT, Masashi Otani ended up in BJW, KENICHI ended up in DG, and Takeshi Irei ended up in Apache/Freelance.
I just thought this was something to think about and could add some legitimacy to the whole “Mutoh” scenario that is potentially going to play out int he months to come.
Then I have gotten a few messages about who is staying in All Japan and who is leaving, so I think I should post this in a more open forum.
As of 6.26 –
Those staying in All Japan…
SUWAMA (announced he is staying in early June)
SUSHI (announced he is staying on 6.20)
Jun Akiyama (Burning, continue competing as free)
Go Shiozaki (Burning, continue competing as free)
Yoshinobu Kanemaru (Burning, continue competing as free)
Kotaro Suzuki (Burning, continue competing as free)
Atsushi Aoki (Burning, continue competing as free)
Joe Doering (announced that he is staying on 6.22)
Takao Omori (announced that he is staying on 6.26)
Announced that they are leaving…
Ryota Hama (Announced that he is leaving on 6.19)
Minoru Tanaka (Announced that he is leaving on 6.20)
Hiroshi Yamato (Announced that he is leaving on 6.20)
Masayuki Kono (Announced that he is leaving on 6.20)
Yasufumi Nakanoueno (announced that he is leaving on 6.26)
100% factually unknown in their intentions….
KENSO (expected to stay, has not stated otherwise, currently out due to illness)
Seiya Sanada (Expected to leave, has not stated otherwise, currently in Canada)
KAI (Expected to leave, has not stated otherwise, currently injured)
Andy Wu (currently in Mexico)
Daiki Inaba (trainee, currently in Canada with Sanada)
Announcements expected at the end of the month….
Akebono (announced that he aims to remain freelance)
Taiyo Kea (announcement expected, in person, on 6.30)
Masanobu Fuchi (announcement expected on 6.30, stated he is waiting to give an answer)
Manabu Soya (annoucement to be made at the end of the month, seems he is waiting for Omori’s answer, currently injured)
Others (regular freelancers)….