[All Japan News] Two public practices were held in the All Japan Dojo with the reigning Asia Tag Champions Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Aoki and their challengers in DDT’s “Team Drift” Shigehiro Irie & Keisuke Ishii.
First up is the Kotaro & Aoki session. Aoki noted that he suffered a loss against Irie already and Irie’s “Vertical Drop style Backflip (Samoan Drop)” is a powerful maneuver. Aoki said that he is focusing much of his training on his abdominal region to try and build up his ability to withstand the direct force of the drop, so that another loss will not happen again by that move.
Kotaro showed off his own style of elbows strikes, which he learned from the late Misawa, and always trying to maximize his power with each blow he delivers.
Kotaro & Aoki also showed off a new double team attack with a succession of “sandwich attacks” as Kotaro comes in with an elbow on the opponent and Aoki goes in right with a knee lift to the opponent… then Kotaro delivers yet another running elbow as Aoki delivers a jumping super kick at the same time.
Kotaro noted that Drift is a very well balanced team as the lighter Ishii and heavier Irie both bring a different dynamic to the ring.
The champion team appears confident in the upcoming title defense.
Shigehiro Irie and Keisuke Ishii, Team Drift, also got some time in the dojo and made solid use of the opportunity. Ishii said that it is all too familiar for him to be back in the All Japan Dojo as that is where he got his start as as he was originally a trainee under the promotion in 2007.
Irie stated that they will have to be cautious of the heavy strikes from the champion team, but they themselves can hit just as hard as well.
Drift also showed off a new double team move of their own which they called “go 2 Irie sleep”, which is a play off of KENTA’s “go 2 sleep” finisher, but instead of dropping the opponent onto a knee they are dropped on top of Irie’s thick skull, (or really it will be his trademark mohawk).
Ishii stated that he is the best shape of his career both physically and mentally and he believes he is ready for the Asia Tag match to take place.
It has been a little over 6 years since Ishii has stood in an All Japan ring and he said that he is glad to be able to return to this ring. Ishii also noted that one of his trademark moves being a wheel kick is something that he originally leaned in All Japan by Akira Raijin, aka SUSHI.
Irie said that he could not have better tag partner in Ishii and for a chance to go after the oldest (active) belts in Japan is a huge oppurtunity. Irie then made mention that he aims to become champion and bring the belts back home to DDT and defend them there as well.
Ishii agreed to what Irie said about defending the belts in DDT.
Drift has declared war against the champion team.
All Japan Pro-Wrestling “ANNIVERSARY TOUR 2013″, 10/27/2013 [Sun] 16:00 @ Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo
() Joe Doering & James Raideen vs. D-Lo Brown & BambiKiller
() Asia Tag Championship Match: [Champions] “Burning” Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Aoki vs. [Challengers] “Team Drift” Shigehiro Irie & Keisuke Ishii
~ 4th title defense.
() Triple Crown Championship Match: [46th Champion] Suwama vs. [Challenger / 2013 Oudou Tournament Winner] Akebono
~ 3rd title defense.
All Japan Event Cards for September & October 2013