All Japan officially announced the next defense for the Asia Tag belts as Jun Akiyama & Yoshinobu Kanemaru will be defending against the team of Mitsuya Nagai & Takeshi Minamino on March 29 at the Kyoto KBS Hall.
Nagai & Minamino challenged the champions following their 2nd successful defense of the belts on March 18th, and given their win on the night they have been positioned as the more suitable challengers.
The 28 year old Minamino stated that he is grateful for the title match and also mentioned that he has looked up to Akiyama since he was in grade school. Though he is coming into All Japan to make a statement as a junior class wrestler, but he and Nagai will walk out as the 94th generation champions. Minamino also mentioned that he wants to prove himself the right way, and that even though he is on the DK side, he aims at least to observe the rules in the match.
Nagai being a former Asia Tag champion himself, 69th and 77th generation, said nothing more than it is his time to hold the belts once more.
Akiyama & Kanemaru seem to be all about giving chances, but Kanemaru assured that this will be yet another solid defense for their reign. Akiyama stated that that he wants to see Nagai at his fullest and not just another DK cheat tactic. He noted Nagai as a former champion, and he wants to see him compete as a champion. As for the other team that steeped forward in SUSHI & Oyaji, they have not earned another chance for a challenge… yet.
All Japan Pro-Wrestling, 3/29/2014 [Sat] 18:00 @ Kyoto KBS Hall
(-) Asia Tag Championship Match: [93rd Champions] Jun Akiyama & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. [Challengers] Mitsuya Nagai (DRADITION) & Takeshi Minamino (Toneri Family/Toryumon MEXICO)
~ 3rd title defense.
The full card for the pre-Champion Carnival show on April 12 has been announced. This event will see Kashin’s first match back since his return on March 18th.
All Japan Pro-Wrestling “Champion Carnival 2014 ~ Eve”, 4/12/2014 [Sat] 17:00 @ Yokohama Radiant Hall in Kanagawa
(1) Naoya Nomura vs. Ryuji Hijikata
(2) SUSHI & Menso~re Oyaji vs. Ultimo Dragon [Toryumon MEXICO] & Osamu Nishimura [Free]
(3) Takao Omori & Masao Inoue [Free] vs. Zeus [Free] & Masato Shibata [U-FILE CAMP]
(4) Akebono & Yutaka Yoshie [Free] vs. KENSO & Mitsuya Nagai [DRADITION]
(5) Jun Akiyama & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Atsushi Aoki & Kendo Kashin [Free]
(6) 6 Man Tag Match: Suwama, Joe Doering & Hikaru Sato [Pancrase MISSION] vs. Go Shiozaki, Kento Miyahara & Kotaro Suzuki
Side Note: I will have the Champion Carnival info up later in its own post on the site.
AJPW – 2014 Champion Carnival – Talent &; Matches Listing
Akebono, as the reigning Triple Crown champion, gave his thoughts on the upcoming tournament.
Akebono stated that he has indeed become stronger as the “grand champion” of All Japan and he continues to vow to protect All Japan defense after defense. Akebono declared that he will remain undefeated in the Champion Carnival and then nominated Jun Akiyama as the one whom he would like to face in the final match. He aims to join the list of wrestlers who have won the Champion Carnival while holding the Triple Crown belt. From Jumbo (91), Hansen (92), Misawa (98), Vader (99), Kobashi (00), and lastly with Tenryu (01). Akebono wants to be the first in 13 years to hold this honor, let alone with the new Triple Crown belt.