TOKYO SPORTS AWARDS 2017
MVP went to Tetsuya Naito (NJPW) [2nd Time].
Best Bout went to Kazuchika Okada vs. Kenny Omega, NJPW 1/4 @ Tokyo Dome.
Outstanding Perfance went to YAMATO (DG).
Best Tag Team went to Suwama (AJPW) & Shuji Ishikawa (FREE).
Fighting Spirit Prize went to Katsuyori Shibata (NJPW).
Technique Award went to Hideki Suzuki (FREE).
Rookie of the Year went to Yuma Aoyagi (AJPW).
Joshi of the Year went to Io Shirai (Stardom) [3rd time].
Special Award went to Jurina Matsui (Hollywood JURINA).
~ The early cards were announced for the first shows of the new year. As the back to back Korakuen Hall shows on January 2 and 3 will feature the Triple Crown in defense as Joe Doering defends against Zeus, TAJIRI will defend the World Junior belt against Kotaro Suzuki, and then lastly the World Tag belts will be on the line as June Akiyama & Takao Omori take on the Tag League Winners in Suwama & Shuji Ishikawa. Then on January 6 the Asia Tag belts will be defended in Nagoya as Naoya Nomura & Yuma Aoyagi take on Jun Akiyama & Takao Omori, which is a rematch stemming from the tag league.
All Japan Pro-Wrestling “2018 New Year Wars”, 1/2/2017 [Tue] 12:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
() New Year Battle Royal:
() World Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [Champion] (Winner of 12/17 match) vs. [Challenger] Kotaro Suzuki
() Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship Match: [59th Champion] Joe Doering vs. [Challenger] Zeus
~ 2nd title defense.
All Japan Pro-Wrestling “2018 New Year Wars”, 1/3/2017 [Wed] @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
() World Tag Championship Match: [77th Champions] Jun Akiyama & Takao Omori vs. [Challengers] Suwama & Shuji Ishikawa
~ 1st title defense.
All Japan Pro-Wrestling “2018 New Year Wars”, 1/6/2018 [Sat] 18:00 @ Nagoya International Conference Hall
() Asia Tag Championship Match: [103rd Champions] Naoya Nomura & Yuma Aoyagi vs. [Challengers] Jun Akiyama & Takao Omori
~ 4th title defense.
~ It was announced that Shinbou will be defending the Junior belt against Kankuro Hoshino on December 30 at the Korakuen Hall.
BJW, 12/30/2017 [Sat] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
() BJW Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [1st Champion] Shinobu vs. [Challenger] Kankuro Hoshino
~ 4th title defense.
LAND’S END NEWS
~ It was formally announced that Ryoji Sai will be reviving the Asia Heavyweight Championship on January 21, 2018 in Korea. Kintaro Oki was the last to hold the belt in the 1980’s with the belt originally founded in 1955 with Rikidozan as the first ever champion. Sai has received the approval by Mitsuo Momota, as Rikidozan’s family was in possession of the belt, and Dory Funk Jr., as the acting PWF Chairman, to make sure the belt will be brought back in honor of its history and prestige.
A one day tournament will be held in Korea with 8 wrestlers competing from Japan, Korea, China, Mongolia, Singapore and Thailand. More details for the tournament will be announced at a later date.
FG Presents LAND’S END Korea, 1/21/2018 [Sun] @ Korea
~ It was announced that DJZ will be unable to compete in the upcoming new year tour due to a spine injury. This also means that he will be unable to compete in the previously announced X-DIVISION title match against Taiji Ishimori. Though Andrew Everett will not be challenging for the belt in DJZ’s absence.
NOAH, 1/6/2018 [Sat] 18:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
() Impact Wrestling Sanctioned X-DIVISION Championship Match: [Champion] Taiji Ishimori vs. [Challenger] Andrew Everett
RIKI CHOSHU NEWS
~ Some updates to the January 14 show. Gota Ihashi, Kota Ibushi oversize doppelganger, will be joining Choshu and Ibushi as the mystery man in the previously announced 6 man tag match. Then with DJZ out with injury Jay Bradley has been announced to replace him for the show.
Riki Choshu Produce “POWER HALL 2018 ~ Set Back the Clock”, 1/14/2018 [Sun] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
() Daisuke Harada & Tadasuke vs. Andrew Everett & Jay Bradley
() Takashi Sugiura, Yoshinari Ogawa & LEONA vs. Mayabch Taniguchi, Hajime Ohara & Mitsuhiro Yoshida (GJP)
() Shiro Koshinaka, AKIRA & Akitoshi Saito vs. Go Shiozaki, Quiet Storm & Masa Kitamiya
() Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Keisuke Okuda (IGF)
() Double Main Event: Naomichi Marufuji (NOAH) & Shingo Takagi (DG) vs. Masato Tanaka (ZERO1) & Masa Kitamiya (NOAH)
() Double Main Event: Riki Choshu (RikiPro), Kota Ibushi (IbushiPro) & Gota Ihashi (DDT) vs. Tatsumi Fujinami (DRADITION), TAKA Michinoku (K-DOJO) & Daisuke Sekimoto (BJW)
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