[AJPW News] Go Shiozaki is ready for his first title defense as the reigning Triple Crown Champion, against Zeus, as he begins the steps in building a potential new era for the promotion.
Shiozaki defeated Joe Doering, who is arguably one of the strongest foreigners in Japan today, on January 3rd at the Korakuen Hall and now begins the journey as the top wrestler in All Japan. He has stated that “he has a new mission to try and live up to the competitive history of the past being that of the TsuruRyu Era (Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenryu) and the Heavenly Kings Era (Misawa, Kawada, Taue, and Kobashi).” His ultimate goal in which is to build towards a defense at the Budokan Hall as he wants to see All Japan compete there once more.
Shiozaki’s first defense will be against the powerful Osaka native Zeus and is an important match for Shiozaki himself as he takes his first steps of achieving his goals. He is expecting Zeus to be “fired up as much as him” to battle over the belt, and in the past the two have been show steps that they can work well against one another, and to be prepared to make a statement for everyone to witness. Shiozaki stated that “he will go over and beyond what is expected to be a champion, 120%, as the belt means everything.” The belt has seen many great battles and it is time once more, more than ever, to rival or surpass the past.
Shiozaki mentioned that “Zeus is not affiliated directly under All Japan, but that does not mean that he has not earned a chance to compete for the belt.” Zeus defeated KENSO on January 12th to earn this title match and has his own dreams to achieve as a pro-wrestler. As Zeus stated after he became a contender for the belt, “I absolutely want to be Triple Crown Champion to be known as the best wrestler on a grand stage.” Shiozaki has requested that Zeus brings that fire and more with him on February 7th as he wants to see that kind of enthusiasm with everyone as they compete for the belt. Shiozaki hopes that everyone looks forward to the upcoming match and that he hopes to exceed any and all expectations.
February 7th will also see the start of the “Jr. BATTLE OF GLORY” as 10 junior heavyweights compete to become the tops of their division. Below is the announced card for the upcoming show…
All Japan Pro-Wrestling “2015 Excite Series [Jr. BATTLE OF GLORY]”, 2/7/2015 [Sat] 17:00 @ BODYMAKER COLOSSEUM, 2nd Stadium in Osaka
(1) Masanobu Fuchi & Masashi Aoyagi vs. Takao Soma & Naoya Nomura
(2) Kento Miyagara & Yohei Nakajima vs. The Bodyguard & Shigehiro Irie
(3) Akebono & SUSHI vs. KENSO & Mitsuya Nagai
(4) B BLOCK Match: Kotaro Suzuki vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru
(5) A BLOCK Match: Atsushi Aoki vs. Keisuke Ishii
(6) Jun Akiyama, Takao Omori & Ultimo Dragon vs. Suwama, Joe Doering & Hikaru Sato
(7) Triple Crown Championship Match: [51st Champion] Go Shiozaki vs. [Challenger] Zeus
~ 1st title defense.
AJPW Event Cards for January & February 2015