WRESTLE-1 “WRESTLE-1 SUNRISE TOUR 2014 ~ Minoru Tanaka 20th Anniversary”, 1/31/2014 [Fri] 19:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
~ Minoru’s anniversary ceremony kicked off the event, Minoru’s teacher Yoshiaki Fujiwara came out and others to celebrate Minoru’s achievement.
~ However the ceremony was short lived as DESPERADO rushed out to end the whole thing. They also smashed up Minoru’s gifts in the process.
~ Manabu Soya, matchmaker, announced that Minoru and Kanemoto can get their revenge against DESPERADO in the main event tonight.
(1) Hiroshi Yamato vs. Daiki Inaba
◆Winner: Yamato (5:12) following a Northern Light Bomb.
~ Yamato stated that he is sorry for his change last year, Yamato’s plea to join Gurentai, and that he wished that Inaba could accept his apology. The two shook hands. Yamato stated that he wants to remain “pure white” in the future, no more black.
~ KAIENTAI DOJO’s Yuji Hino appeared and declared war on everyone in W-1.
(2) Yoshihiro Takayama, NOSAWA Rongai & MAZADA vs. Rob Terry, Andy Wu & Panyan
◆Winner: Wu (5:43) via pinfall on MAZADA.
(3) Hiroyo Matsumoto vs. Kellie Skater
◆Winner: Hiroyo (4:10) following a Backdrop.
(4) Ryota Hama vs. Tsubo Genjin
◆Winner: Hama (3:04) with the Raiden (Thunder) Drop
(5) Yasufumi Nakanoueno vs. Ryuichi Kawakami [BJW]
◆Winner: Nakanoueno (11:11) following a Running Elbow Smash.
~ Yasufumi gets his revenge for losing to Kawakami previously.
Interesting to note, Kawakami was in the same tryout class with Yasufumi for AJPW years back.
~ Manabu Soya, who is currently the matchmaker in W-1, elaborated further with the upcoming show at the Ryogoku Kokugikan on March 2. Soya stated that the TNA World Heavyweight belt, the TNA World Tag belts, and the X-Division belt will all be defended on the show.
If you missed the news from yesterday.…
[WRESTLE-1 / TNA News] TNA has released a public release stating that they will be sending 11 superstars to Japan for the upcoming W-1 show on 3/2 at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.
~ 4 men will be competing for the right to challenge for the World Heavyweight belt. The matches will be as follows. Seiya Sanada vs. Minoru Tanaka and Yasufumi Nakanoueno vs. Masakatsu Funaki. This mini-tournament will take place on 2/15 at Korakuen.
~ A serious strange lack of KAI, but not shocking since Manabu has issues with KAI’s performance as of late.
~ KAI came out to challenge Soya’s decision, but Soya stated that KAI has had too much of a losing streak. Sanada then came out and offered his position to KAI, as he has already challenged for the World title and lost… and that he would prefer to be in the running for the X-Division belt.
~ It was decided that KAI will take Sanada’s place, but KAI did not appear happy to receive the spot from Sanada. BUT good news, now KAI gets the rematch he wanted against Minoru Tanaka.
~ Kaz Hayashi & Shuji Kondo came out to make a bid for the Tag Championship match, but DESPERADO also made their way out to make themselves known as a candidates as well.
~ Manabu Soya rejected DESPERADO’s bid, but DESPERADO stated that they will be in the match.
~ Soya announced that there will be an assessment matches for both Kaz & Kondo later tonight.
~ Kaz vs. Seiki Yoshioka… and Kondo vs. Seiya Sanada.
(6) Kaz Hayashi vs. Seiki Yoshioka
◆Winner: Seiki (6:02) following a Swanton Bomb.
(7) Seiya Sanada vs. Shuji Kondo
◆Winner: Sanada (9:58) with the Rounding Body Press.
~ “The Japanese Million Dollar Man” Kazushi Miyamoto paid the Brahman’s to eliminate Funaki.
(8) Masakatsu Funaki vs. “Brahman Bothers” Shu & Kei Brahman
◆Winner: Funaki (4:50) following the Hybrid Blaster on Kei.
~ During a backstage interview, Yuji Hino appeared and attacked KAI. Gurentai rushed in to make the save. KAI vs. Hino was made the next match.
(9) KAI vs. Yuji Hino [K-DOJO]
◆Winner: Hino (7:27) with the Fucking BOMB.
~ KAI’s losing streak continues, but he was assaulted before the match… this definitely appears to be leaving his TNA Championship opportunity in jeopardy.
~ Next up is the main event with Minoru Tanaka’s 20th Anniversary match, Minoru and Kanemoto came out. Then their opponents came out… all 4 men of DESPERADO… 2 on 4!?
… Then “Ride of the Valkyries” started playing and Yoshiaki Fujiwara came out. Then Jushin Thunder Liger’s theme began playing. The sides have been evened out to 4 vs. 4.
(10) Minoru Tanaka’s 20th Anniversary Match: Minoru Tanaka, Koji Kanemoto, Yoshiaki Fujiwara [Fujiwara-gumi] & Jushin Thunder Liger [NJPW] vs. “DESPERADO” Masayuki Kono, Ryoji Sai, KAZMA SAKAMOTO & Rene Dupree
◆Winner: Minoru () with the Fireball Splash on KAZMA.
~ The honoring ceremony for Minoru was properly held this time after the match.
Matches announced for upcoming shows…
WRESTLE-1 “WRESTLE-1 TOUR 2014 WEST SIDE STORY”, 2/15/2014 [Sat] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(-) TNA X-DIVISION Contendership Time Delay Battle Royal: (competitors to be announced)
(-) TNA World Tag Contendership Match: Kaz Hayashi & Shuji Kondo vs. (2 chosen from DESPERADO)
(-) TNA World Heavyweight Contendership Tournament Round 1: Masakatsu Funaki vs. Yasufumi Nakanoueno
(-) TNA World Heavyweight Contendership Tournament Round 1: KAI vs. Minoru Tanaka
FIGHTING ENTERTAINMENT WRESTLE-1 WAR ~ OUTBREAK, 3/2/2014 [Sun] 17:00 @ Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo
(-) X-DIVISION Championship Match: [Champion] (as of 3/2… currently Austin Aries) vs. [Challenger] (Winner of 2/15 match)
(-) TNA World Tag Championship Match: [Champions] (as of 3/2… currently The Bromans) vs. [Challengers] (Winners of 2/15 match)
(-) TNA World Heavyweight Championship Match: [Champion] (as of 3/2… currently Brutus Magnus) vs. [Challenger] (Winner of 2/15 match)