I am reading reports from Japan that All Japan veteran “The Hitman” Ashura Hara has passed away at the age of 68.
There are currently no details released on what was the cause, but he did pass away at the hospital in his homwtown of Isahaya City in Nagasaki Prefecture.
Hara, born on January 8, 1947, made his debut in 1978 and competed overseas before joining AJPW in 1981. Hara teamed regularly with Genichiro Tenryu as the two were part of the Revolution faction in the 1980′s as well as tag team champions together. Hara would also join Tenryu in WAR in the early 1990′s. Hara would though retire in October of 1994.
Following his retirement, Hara would head back to his hometown where he would join the board of education and even become a rugby coach for the local high school. Hara would be noted to taking care of his mother and father who both passed away in the mid-2000′s.
Hara’s funeral appears to be set to take place on April 30.
My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family at this time.
Super Battle Pro-Wrestling FMW “FMW Revival Commemorative Series Vol. 1 – Raising an Army” 4/27/2015 [Mon] @ Shinjuku FACE in Tokyo 550 Spectators (crowded)
(1) Wild Bear vs. Kikutaro ◆Winner: Kikutaro (10:09) with a Boston Crab.
(2) 6 Man Tag Match: Choden Senshi Battranger, Ricky Fuji [K-DOJO] &
Mammoth Sasaki [FREEDOMS] vs. Gosaku Goshogawara, Monster Leather & Monster Freddie ◆Winner: Mammoth (9:45) following the 29 Years on Gosaku. ~ Mammoth Sasaki more or less cleaned house all over the “Monster Army” as he declared that he will get rid of them all.
(3) Miss Mongolia & Ray vs. Kaori Yoneyama & Kagetsu ◆Winner: Ray (14:50) over Kagetsu.
(4) WRESTLE-1 Offer Match: KAI & Andy Wu vs. Seiki Yoshioka & Shotaro Ashino ◆Winner: KAI (15:56) with the LAT on Ashino. ~ KAI made it known that he wishes to continue competing for FMW in the future as he also wants a match against Atsushi Onita.
(5) Street Fight Tornado Tag Barbed-wire Board 6 Man Tag Match: Atsushi Onita, Masato Tanaka [ZERO1] &
Hideki Hosaka vs. Kazunari Murakami [FREE], NOSAWA Rongai [Tokyo Gurentai] & Super Shooter ◆Winner: Onita (15:41) with a Thunder Fire Power Bomb on NOSAWA. ~ The match turned into a 3 vs 5 as Freddie & Leather also came out to attack the FMW army.
~ Kintaro Kanemura stomed into the hall with a W★ING flag as he made it known that W★ING is revived now as well. Kanemura shook hands with NOSAWA as his group formally announced their alliance as they seem to all be part of the new W★ING. [FMW vs
W★ING of course being one of the major draws during the original FMW run.]
~ Onita and the FMW stood in the ring after
W★ING left the ring, Onita stated that FMW is fully revived as of today’s show. ~ Onita also made it known that this will not be a complete revival of the former FMW that this will be the beginning of a new FMW henceforth.
~ Backstage Onita met NOSAWA, who is now part of
W★ING, as the two had a staredown. ~ Onita declared that he will put an end to the FMW vs. W★ING war once and for all.
~ The new president Hideki Takahashi and Hayabusa were noted to have praised the event today.
[AJPW News] All Japan officially announced the next defenses for the Triple Crown, World Tag belts, and the World Jr. belt.
First up to begin the next tour in May on the 6th, the World Tag belts will be in defense as Akebono and Yutaka Yoshie defend against the “Xceed” combination of Go Shiozaki and Kento Miyahara. This match comes following the conclusion of the Champion Carnival in which Akebono become the final victor. Akebono was quick to announce that he will be pursuing the TC belt, which Shiozaki holds. Though Shiozaki himself was quick to make a counter challenge as he asked Akebono to put the World Tag belts on the line as his partner Miyahara managed to actually claim a win over Akebono during the Carnival. The Triple Crown defense itself has been set for May 21st.
Then in regards to the World Jr. belt, Kotaro Suzuki’s first defense has been officially set as he will be defending against DDT’s Keisuke Ishii. Ishii has claimed the right to challenge for the belt thanks in help to a right he earned in his home promotion in DDT. Ishii currently holds a right to challenge, anytime, anywhere in which he wished to apply this rights for the AJPW World Jr. Though Ishii holds a right besides that as he decisively pinned Kotaro on the 4/25 show, in which Kotaro stated is the reason before anything else that Keisuke shall receive the next defense. Kotaro has vowed to get the win back and make his first defense with the belt.
Below are the announced cards at this time…
AJPW “Super Power Series”, 5/6/2015 [Wed] 12:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(-) World Tag Championship Match: [69th Champions] Akebono & Yutaka Yoshie (FREE) vs. [Challengers] Go Shiozaki & Kento Miyahara ~ 1st title defense.
AJPW “Super Power Series”, 5/21/2015 [Thu] 19:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(-) World Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [38th Champion] Kotaro Suzuki vs. [Challenger] Keisuke Ishii (DDT) ~ 1st title defense.
(-) Triple Crown Championship Match: [51st Champion] Go Shiozaki vs. [Challenger] Akebono ~ 3rd title defense.
New Japan Pro Wrestling “Road to WRESTLING DONTAKU 2015“, 4/27/2015 [Mon] 19:00 @ Hakata StarLanes in Fukuoka
(1) Mascara Dorada vs. Jay White ◆Winner: Dorada (6:33) following the Dorada Screwdriver. (2) Jushin Thunder Liger & Yohei Komatsu vs. Tiger Mask IV & Sho Tanaka ◆Winner: Yohei (9:38) with a Boston Crab on Sho. (3) Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & KUSHIDA vs. Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi & Ryusuke Taguchi ◆Winner: Tenzan (10:43) with the Anaconda Vice on Taguchi.
(4) Tetsuya Naito, Tomoaki Honma & Captain New Japan vs. Yujiro Takahashi, Tama Tonga & Cody Hall ◆Winner: Naito (10:24) with the Stardust Press on Hall.
(5) Kazuchika Okada, Gedo, Rocky Romero & Barreta vs. Karl Anderson, Daoc Gallows, Bad Luck Fale & Kenny Omega ◆Winner: Okada (11:56) following the Rainmaker on Omega.
(6) Hiroshi Tanahashi & Katsyori Shibata vs. Toru Yano & YOSHI-HASHI ◆Winner: Shibata (12:19) following the PK on HASHI.
(7) Hirooki Goto & Togi Makabe vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Tomohiro Ishii ◆Winner: Ishii (16:03) following the Vertical Drop style Brainbuster on Makabe. ~ Ishii claims the win over his challenger for the NEVER belt before their match on 4/29.
(1) Kachofugetsu Offer Match: Yoshihisa Mio vs. Josh O’Brien ◆Winner: O’Brien (9:19) with the No.8.
(2) The Winger vs. Mitsuhiro Yoshida [FREE] ◆Winner: Winger (12:29) following a Diving Senton.
(3) Yuya Susumu vs. Dyna Mido ◆Winner: Susumu (9:36) with a Cross Armbar.
(4) Mammoth Sasaki & Kamui vs. Hi69 [FREE] & Toru Sugiura ◆Winner: Mammoth (12:38) following the 29 Years on Toru.
(5) Barbed-wire Board Death Match: Masashi Takeda, Jun Kasai & Kenji Fukimoto vs. GENTARO, Takashi Sasaki & Daisuke Masaoka ◆Winner: Fukimoto (19:10) following a Package Pildriver on Masaoka onto a barbed-wire board. ~ Fukimoto announced his special weapon of choice for the upcoming match against Masaoka,
5/1 at the Korakuen Hall, to be fishing hook lures.
FREEDOMS “We love FREEDIMS! We are FREEDOMS”, 5/1/2015 [Fri] 19:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
() Great Kojika, The Winger & Kenichiro Arai vs. Mitsuo Momota, Chikara & Hi69 () Tatsuhito Takaiwa & Toru Sugiura vs. Mr. Gannosuke & Onryo
() KING of FREEDOMS WORLD TAG Championship Match: [5th Champions] Yuya Susumu & Buffalo vs. [Challengers] Mammoth Sasaki & Kamui ~ 2nd title defense.
() Barbed-wire Board + α Death Match: Daisuke Masaoka vs. Kenji Fukimoto
() KING of FREEDOM WORLD Championship Match: [4th Champion] Masashi Takeda vs. [Challenger] GENTARO ~ 2nd title defense.
() Tag Death Match: Jun Kasai & Takashi Sasaki vs. Yuko Miyamoto & Isami Kodaka
FREEDOMS “Yokohama Pro-Wrestling Festival 2015 GW”, 5/6/2015 [Wed] 12:00 @ Yokohama Radiant Hall in Kanagawa
() Amigo Suzuki vs. (to be announced) () Yuya Susumu & Buffalo vs. 5th Generation Black Tiger & Keizo Matsuda () Kurumi [Ice Ribbon] & The Winger vs. Mammoth Sasaki & Kamui () Toru Sugiura vs. Shinjiro Otani [ZERO1] () Hardcore 6 Man Tag Match: Masashi Takeda, Jun Kasai & Kenji Fukimoto vs. GENTARO, Kenichiro Arai & Great Kojika () Death Match: Takashi Sasaki vs. Dasiuke Masaoka
Doutonbori Pro-Wrestling “Vernal Storm 2015”, 4/26/2015 [Sun] 18:00 @ Osaka Municipal Yodogawa Ward Community Center
(1) Magnitude Kishiwada [FREE] & Takaku Fuke [Pancrase-ism] vs. Sumi Hideaki & Daisuke [GUTS] ◆Winner: Fuke () with a Sleeper Hold on Hideaki.
(2) Masamune & Billyken Kid vs. Hayato Nanjo & Yun Gang Chul
◆Winner: Masamune () following the Honebami on Chul.
(3) Command Bolshoi, Osamu Suganuma & Mede Tiger Mask vs. Arisa Nakajima, Taiyoto Kamen & Katsumi Oribe ◆Winner: Taiyoto () following a Taiyoton Bomb on Tiger.
(4) HUB vs. Orochi ◆Winner: Orochi () via pin-fall, following a chair strike from Mihara. ~ Following the match Orochi made an offer of an alliance with HUB to join Joker, but HUB denied the offer at this time.
(5) Kuuga, Kazuaki Mihara & Gameras vs. Ra-pid, TORU &
Hiroto Okubo [Shi-en]
◆Winner: Ra-pid () following a Diving Double Knee Drop on Mihara.
BJW “Death Market 26″, 4/26/2015 [Sun] 18:00 @ Nagoya Diamond Hall
(1) Yuichi Taniguchi & Konaka = Pale One vs. Frank Atsushi & Toshiyuki Sakuda ◆Winner: Konaka (8:43) following the Zazenton on Frank. (2) Atsushi Maruyama & Yoshihisa Uto vs. Isamu Oshita & Tatsuo Omori ◆Winner: Maruyama (9:46) with a Cross Armbar on Omori. (3) SOS vs Gokudo Heisei Combi: Tsutomu Osugi & Hercules Senga vs. Kankuro Hoshino & Masato Inaba ◆Winner: Senga (11:15) following the Koryu on Inaba. (4) Hardcore Tag Match: Jaki Numazawa & Yuji Okabayashi vs. Shu & Kei Brahman ◆Winner: Okabayashi (12:12) with the Golem Splash on Kei.
(5) New Generation Special Death Match: Takumi Tsukamoto vs. Takayuki Ueki ◆Winner: Tsukamoto (12:52) with a Ground Manjigatame on a Barbed-wire Board.
(6) Daisuke Sekimoto & Hideyoshi Kamitani vs. Ryuichi Kawakami & Kazuki Hashimoto ◆Winner: Sekimoto (14:00) with a Deadlift German Suplex Hold on Kazuki.
(7) Deathmatch Heavyweight Prelude Fluorescent Light Tag Death Match: Yuko Miyamoto  & Isami Kodaka [UNION] vs. Ryuji Ito & Abdullah Kobayashi ◆Winner: Miyamoto (15:11) with a Gannosuke Clutch on Kobayashi. ~ Miyamoto claims a win over his next challenger for the Deathmatch Heavy belt.
Pro Wrestling NOAH “GLOBAL TAG LEAGUE WAR 2015 ~ NOAH Teisen FINAL“, 4/26/2015 [Sun] 15:00 @ Sapporo Teisen Hall in Hokkaido
(1) Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Genba Hirayanagi vs. Masashi Aoyagi [Seishin Hall] ◆Winner: Ogawa (3:17) via pin-fall on Genba. (2) Atsushi Kotoge, Takuma Sano [FREE] & Captain NOAH vs. Zack Sabre Jr., Jack Gamble & Jon Webb ◆Winner: Kotoge (13:35) following the Killswitch on Webb. (3) 6 Man Tag Match: Muhammed Yone, Taiji Ishimori & Hitoshi Kumano vs. Akitoshi Saito, Quiet Storm & Daisuke Harada ◆Winner: Harada (10:58) with the Katayama German Suplex Hold on Kumano. (4) 10 Man Tag Match: Lance Archer, Davey Boy Smith Jr., Shelton “X” Benjamin, Brian Breaker & Taichi vs. Maybach Taniguchi, Super Crazy, Mitsuhiro Kitamiya, Kenoh & Hajime Ohara ◆Winner: Smith (11:59) following the Killer Bomb on Kitamiya.
(5) GTL B BLOCK Match: Chris Hero & Colt Cabana vs. Shelton “X“ Benjamin & Brian Breaker ◆Winner: Hero (11:28) following a Rolling Elbow on Breaker. ~ Chris Hero & Colt Cabana [2 wins = 4 points]
~ Shelton “X“ Benjamin & Brian Breaker [1 win, 2 losses = 2 points] ~ Hero & Cabana continue with their win streak as they claim the current top spot of B Block.
(6) GTL A BLOCK Match: Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka vs. Mikey Nicholls & Shane Haste ◆Winner: Haste (14:09) following the Thunder Valley on Iizuka. ~ Mikey Nicholls & Shane Haste [3 wins, 1 loss = 6 points] ~ Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka [2 wins, 1 loss = 4 points] ~ TMDK claim the win over Suzuki-gun and the top spot in the A Block. ~ Suzuki continued to talk down on Cho-ki-bou-gun as he sees them now without a leader and without a purpose.
(7) GTL A BLOCK Match: Takashi Sugiura & Masato Tanaka vs. Naomichi Marufuji & Katsuhiko Nakajima ◆Winner: Marufuji (15:03) following the Ko-oh on Sugiura. ~ Naomichi Marufuji & Katsuhiko Nakajima [1 win, 1 loss = 2 points]
~ Takashi Sugiura & Masato Tanaka [2 wins, 1 loss = 4 points] ~ Maru & Katsu claim the win over the former champions as well as Maru with a KO on Sugiura.
Pro Wrestling HEAT-UP, 4/25/2015 [Sat] 19:00 @ Oji BASEMENT MON
STAR in Tokyo
(1) Roar! HEAT-UP Spirit!!:
Yoji “Dokonjo” Kondo vs. Daisuke Kanehira ◆Winner: Kanehira (7:38) with a Cross Armbar.
(2) Road to Shin Yurigaoka Royal Rumble TamuraMania 2015: [Competitors] Koichi Takemura, Super Vietnam Machine, Choun Shiryu, Hoshitango, Ultraman Robin, Uchu Ginga Senshi Sofia, Uchubito, Keiji YabuMutoh (Yoshiro Yabu) ◆Winner: Hoshitango (15:23) following a High Angle Choke Slam on Uchubito. ~ Hoshitango moves on to compete on 5/16.
(3) Emi Sakura Comeback!?: Emi Sakura ♪ & Hiroshi Watanabe vs. PSYCHO & Mushuky no “Seiko” ~ Watanabe replaced ‘kotori’. ◆Winner: Watanabe (10:37) via pin-fall on PSYCHO, following an accident black box strike from Seiko.
(4) Special Match ~ BJ Battle ~: Manabu Hara vs. Taro Yamada ◆Winner: Hara (12:33) with the Kyokyoku.
(5) Powerful Tag tournament FINAL: Kazuhiro Tamura & Amigo Suzuki vs. Kenichiro Arai & Kotaro Nasu ◆Winner: Tamura (24:38) following a volley of Buzzsaw Kicks on Nasu. ~ Tamura and Amigo win the Powerful Tag Tournament. ~ Tamura announced the main event for the next show on May 16th as he will be teaming with the father-son team of Tatsumi and LEONA Fujinami to take on Arai, Seiko, and ISHIDA. ~ Tamura and Amigo won a 100,000 yen prize for winning the tournament in which they declared that they will be using that money to create a belt for HEAT-UP.
Pro Wrestling HEAT-UP, 5/16/2015 [Sat] 18:30 @ Shinyuri 21 Hall in Kanagawa
(1) Opening flame!: Koji Iwamoto [Sportiva] vs. Daichi Kazato (2) Seichi no Ashiato ~ Dokonjo, Debut no jie ~ Tag Match: Madoka &
Yoji “Dokonjo” Kondo vs. Konaka = Pale One & Hoshitango (3) Technical Stage ~ HEAT-UP Army vs Mushuku ~: Masa Takanashi & Amigo Suzuki vs. PSYCHO & Kotaro Nasu
(4) Gatoh Move Offer Match: Emi Sakura, Kaori Yoneyama & Sayaka Obihiro vs. Manami Toyota, Riho & “Kotori”
(5) Nova’s Challenge: Daisuke Kanehira vs. Naoki Sano [SanoDamashii]
(6) ~ Tamura & Fujinami Alliance vs Mushuku ~ 6 Man Tag Match: Kazuhiro Tamura, Tatsumi Fujinami & LEONA vs. Kenichiro Arai, Mushuku no “Seiko” & SHINYA ISHIDA
BJW “Dream Agency Takeshi Daiei Memorial Show ~ BJW ETERNAL DREAM” 4/25/2015 @ Takaoka Techno Dome in Toyama
(1) Isamu Oshita vs. Tatsuo Omori ◆Winner: Oshita (8:21) with a Jumping Rolling Cross Armbar. (2) Atsushi Maruyama [FREE] vs. Yuichi Taniguchi ◆Winner: Maruyama (9:04) with a Moonsault style Body Press. (3) Tsutomu Osugi, Hercules Senga & Toshiyuki Sakuda vs. Shu Brahman, Kei Brahman & Takayuki Ueki ◆Winner: Osugi (11:40) with a Backslide on Ueki. (4) Barbed-wire Board Tag Death Match: Yuko Miyamoto & Isami Kodaka vs. Kankuro Hoshino & Masato Inaba ◆Winner: Miyamoto (13:19) with the Valkyrie Splash onto Inaba.
(5) Yuji Okabayashi & Yoshihisa Uto vs. Hideyoshi Kamitani & Ryuichi Kawakami ◆Winner: Kamitani (11:52) following a Shoulder Tackle on Uto.
(6) Fluorescent Light Tag Death Match: Ryuji Ito & Abdullah Kobayashi vs. Jaki Numazawa & Masashi Takeda ◆Winner: Kobayashi (11:40) following the Diving Bakachinga Elbow Drop on Numazawa.
ASUKA PROJECT, 4/25/2015 [Sat] 12:30 @ Oji BASEMENT MONSTAR in Tokyo
~ 2 new rookies were introduced in Kayo Matsumoto (松本賀代) and Akiyori Takizawa (瀧澤晃頼). ~ Yuji Kito announced that he will be affiliated with ASUKA going forward.
(1) Kenta Sugawara vs. Kotaro Yoshino [K-DOJO] ◆Winner: Yoshino (7:53) with a Boston Crab.
(2) Yuji Kito vs. Lin Byron’s Assassin = Manami Kanda ◆Winner: Kito (8:46) following a Sliding Lariat.
(3) Shinose Mitoshichi & Ayumu Honda [K-DOJO] vs. Choun Shiryu & Yoshihiro Horaguchi [K-DOJO] ◆Winner: Honda (12:03) with a Jumping Cross Armbar on Horaguchi.
(4) ASUKA PROJECT Championship Match: [2nd Champion] Wolf Tomoya vs. [Challenger] Tetsuya Nakazato ◆Winner: Wolf (12:36) with a Sleeper Hold. ~ 2nd successful title defense.
~ Wolf asked who will challenge him next, Shinose then came out and stated that he wants his rematch being that he was the former champion. ~ Wolf accepted and now the previously announced tag match on 5/5 has been labeled as a prelude tag match.
(5) Hayate, Nobutaka Moribe & Shin Suzuki vs. Masaya Takahashi, Kaho Kobayashi & Shota Nakagawa ◆Winner: Nakagawa (13:45) with a School Boy on Shin.
Pro Wrestling NOAH “GLOBAL TAG LEAGUE WAR 2015 ~ NOAH Teisen FINAL“, 4/25/2015 [Sat] 17:00 @ Sapporo Teisen Hall in Hokkaido
(1) Genba Hirayanagi vs. Masashi Aoyagi [FREE] vs. Jon Webb ◆Winner: Genba (4:19) via pin-fall on Webb, following an Enzuigiri from Aoyagi on Webb. (2) Takuma Sano [FREE] vs. Jack Gamble ◆Winner: Sano (6:19) following a Hokuto Bomb. (3) Muhammed Yone, Atsushi Kotoge & Taiji Ishimori vs. Chris Hero, Colt Cabana & Captain NOAH ◆Winner: Cabana (10:27) following the Chicago Skyline on Ishimori. (4) Taichi, El Desperado [both NJPW] & TAKA Michinoku [K-DOJO] vs. Yoshinari Ogawa, Zack Sabre Jr. & Hitoshi Kumano ◆Winner: Taichi (10:35) with the Taichi style Gedo Clutch on Kumano. ~ Taichi continues to laugh down at NOAH’s “so-called” junior division. (5) Takashi Sugiura, Masato Tananka [ZERO1] & Daisuke Harada vs. Maybach Taniguchi, Kenoh & Hajime Ohara ◆Winner: Sugiura (12:43) following the Olympic Qualifying Slam on Ohara.
(6) GTL B BLOCK Match: Akitoshi Saito & Quiet Storm vs. Shelton “X“ Benjamin & Brian Breaker ◆Winner: Benjamin (7:37) following the Paydirt on Storm.
~ Shelton “X“ Benjamin & Brian Breaker [1 win, 1 loss = 2 points] ~ Akitoshi Saito & Quiet Storm [1 win, 2 loss = 2 points]
(7) GTL B BLOCK Match: Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. Super Crazy & Mitsuhiro Kitamiya ◆Winner: Archer (12:01) following the Killer Bomb on Kitamiya. ~ Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. [2 wins, 1 loss = 4 points] ~ Super Crazy & Mitsuhiro Kitamiya [3 losses = 0 points]
(8) GTL A BLOCK Match: Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka vs. Daisuke Sekimoto & Kazuki Hashimoto ◆Winner: Suzuki (12:02) following the Gotch style Piledriver on Kazuki. ~ Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka [2 wins = 4 points] ~ Daisuke Sekimoto & Kazuki Hashimoto [2 losses = 0 points] ~ Suzuki took a shot at the BJW guys for showing themselves as why they are “indy” wrestlers.
(9) GTL A BLOCK Match: Naomichi Marufuji & Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Mikey Nicholls & Shane Haste ◆Winner: Haste (19:19) following the Thunder Valley on Nakajima. ~ Mikey Nicholls & Shane Haste [2 wins, 1 loss = 4 points]
~ Naomichi Marufuji & Katsuhiko Nakajima [1 loss = 0 points] ~ TMDK continues to bounce back in the GTL as Haste stated that they are coming for Suzuki tomorrow.