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[DIAMOND RING/NOAH News] It was made official today that Katsushiko Nakajima will be defending the GHC Jr. Heavyweight Championship against Fujita “Jr.” Hayato on April 15 in DIAMOND RING.
DIAMOND RING, 4/1/2012 [Sun] 13:00 @ Kensuke Office Dojo in Saitama
(1) Namazu Man & Yusuke Kodama [SMASH?] vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa [free] & Kenichiro Arai [DG]
(2) Kento Miyahara vs. Harlem Bravado [NOAH/ROH]
(3) GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship Prelude Match: Katsuhiko Nakajima, Satoshi Kajiwara & Mitsuhiro Kitamiya vs. Fujita “Jr” Hayato [Michinoku], Takeshi Minamino & Manji Maru [Toneri Family]
DIAMOND RING, 4/15/2012 [Sun] 18:00 @ Kitazawa Town Hall in Tokyo
(-) Main Event ~ GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [Champion] Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. [Challenger] Fujita “Jr.” Hayato
~ 4th Title Defense.
Also on side news: The DIAMOND RING show on April 14 at the Zepp Sendai will see a special participation from Sendai Girls Pro Wrestling, as Meiko Satomura takes on Sendai Sachiko.
[All Japan News] 5 out of the 6 teams for the “2012 Junior Tag League” have been announced.
1. Kaz Hayashi & Shuji Kondo
2. “Junior Stars” Koji Kanemoto [NJPW] & Minoru Tanaka
3. KAI & Gillette
4. Hiroshi Yamato & Hikaru Sato [Pancrase MISSON]
5. Kenny Omega & Micheal Nakazawa [DDT]
6. (to be announced)
The tournament will take place over 6 days beginning on April 1, “40th Anniversary 2012 GROWIN’UP ~ Junior Tag League”, and with the Finals taking place on April 14.
Check out the info for the league as well as scheduled matches at the link below.
[LEGEND News] LEGEND will be coming to Ganryujima Island in May, which some will remember to be the place where Antonio Inoki face Masa Saito in an Island Deathmatch back in 1987. They announced a few matches for the show announced with a big tag match to headline the show. As Tatsumi Fujinami will be teaming with Hiro Saito to take on the union of Riki Choshu & Shinjiro Otani. This match will mark the first time that Choshu and Otani have teamed together and it should make for an interesting mix to see.
The Island is also noted in history as a famous duel between Miyamoto Musashi and Sasaki Kojiro happened exactly 400 years ago as 2012 marks the 400th Anniversary of when the battle took place.
LEGEND THE PRO-WRESTLING “Ganryujima 5・5 MATCH”, 5/5/2012 [Sat] 14:00 @ Ganryujima in Yamaguchi
(-) Kyushu Pro Offer Match: Aso-san & Junji Tanaka vs. Ryota Chikuzen & Mentai☆Kid
(-) Hayato Mashita vs. Nobuyuki Kurashima
(-) Mitsuya Nagai, Alexander Otsuka & Bear Fukuda vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara, Super Tiger & Tiger Shark
(-) Tatsumi Fujinami & Hiro Saito vs. Riki Choshu & Shinjiro Otani
[NOAH News] It has been announced that Eddie Edwards and Colt Cabana will be coming in as a tag team to compete in the “Global Tag League 2012”, which takes place from April 11 to April 29.
No other teams have been announced, but expect more news on the upcoming league here soon.
Previous news on the Global League.
Side News: Katsuhiko Nakajima has also showed interest in competing in the tag league, even though this is a Heavyweight based tournament, they reigning Junior Heavyweight Champion is looking for the opportunity to do more.
[NOAH News] Some bad news this morning as NOAH announced that Takashi Sugiura will be unable to compete in against Morishima on 3/18, due to a herniated disc. Sugiura suffered the injury on the March 7 show, but being he is scheduled in a title match they wanted to see if he improved. Though he did not, and now the title match has been changed. In his place it has been determined that Naomichi Marufuji, Sugiura’s current tag partner, will be facing Morishima for the GHC.
The last time Marufuji competed for the GHC Heavy belt was September of 2007 against the late Mitsuharu Misawa.
The official title signing for the upcoming event this weekend on March 18.
The news was released yesterday that Takashi Sugiura suffered a herniated disc in his lower back and will not be able to compete on the show. To quickly fill the huge vacant slot on the card, Marufuji, being Sugiura current teammate, was announced to be the replacement. Morishima can be noted to being quite frustrated that Sugiura has been forced to miss the show, and he also had no comment after signing off on the new title match.
Following the injury of Kenta Kobashi, Go Shiozaki was left without a tag team partner for going against Akiyama and Saito. In comes Keiji Mutoh, the tag partner to Kobashi and the ALL TOGETHER shows and who is also scheduled to face Akiyama for the Triple Crown Championship just a few days following this event on March 20. Akiyama who is a current 4 Crown Champion is looking to retain all his belts over the week, but Mutoh himself is aiming to bring the Triple Crown home to All Japan and the GHC Tag could be an added bonus.
Both of the main events scheduled for this show has suffered big setbacks, but it still looks to be a good show.
NOAH “GREAT VOYAGE 2012 in YOKOHAMA”, 3/18/2012 [Sun] 16:00 @ Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium
(1) Taiji Ishimori vs. Harlem Bravado
(2) Katsuhiko Nakajima [DIAMOND RING] & Satoshi Kajiwara [DIAMOND RING] vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Genba Hirayanagi
(3) MAYBACH Taniguchi vs. Kento Miyahara [DIAMOND RING]
(4) Mohammed Yone vs. Kensuke Sasaki [DIAMOND RING]
(5) GHC Junior Tag Team Championship Match: [Champions] Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Aoki vs. [Challengers] Ricky Marvin & Super Crazy
~ 5th Title Defense.
(6) GHC Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Match: Jun Akiyama & Akitoshi Saito [free] vs. Go Shiozaki & Keiji Mutoh [AJP]
~ first title defense.
(7) GHC Heavyweight Championship Match: [Champion] Takeshi Morishima vs. [Challenger] Naomichi Marufuji
~ first title defense.
Tetsuya Naito & “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & YOSHI-HASHI from March 12, 2012 @ Tsubame City Gymnasium
Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hirooki Goto & Tomoaki Honma vs. “Rainmaker” Kazuchika Okada, Yujiro Takahashi & Tomohiro Ishii from March 12, 2012 @ Tsubame City Gymnasium
[NJPW GREATEST MOMENTS 3/16/12] Giant Bernard vs. Yutaka Yoshie from the NEW JAPAN CUP 2009, 3/22/2009 @ Amagasaki City Memorial Park Gymnasium