[NOAH News] It has been announced that KENTA will be having surgery done to his left knee due to a rupture of the cruciate ligament. Apparently it was determined today that he should look into having the surgery performed after examination.
KENTA will be now be off of the shows scheduled for the remainder of the year and no return date has been announced as of yet.
Honestly though anything knee related can put someone out for 6 months or so. This is a big blow for NOAH as KENTA is at his height of popularity right now, and one of the more popular guys in the promotion today. Hopefully though the surgery can be a success and KENTA can come back strong sooner than later.
Both KAZMA and Taishi Takizawa have finally appeared on the FCW website after leaving K-DOJO a few months back.
KAZMA has been given a new ring name as Sakamoto and Takizawa will be going by Jiro.
You can see their profiles via the links below, which contains a few pics of them as well as a small bio. I actively try to watch FCW, when I can actually get the videos, and it should be interesting to see how these guys will do on the big stage.
Some bad news this week as the “FIGHT & LOVE” event, which was co-produced by Masahiro Chono, has been canceled.
The official website (http://www.fightlove.jp/) mentions that due to financial issues the show has been forced to cancel. The event was scheduled to take place on Jan. 9th, 2012 with All Japan, ZERO1, BJW, Michinoku, Osaka Pro as well as a few other big names all involved.
Check a previous post for what was planned for the show.
This is definitely some sad news and there was some interesting matches booked on for the show. Who knows maybe we can see this event rescheduled down the road?
[Tokyo Sports Year End Awards] Tokyo Sports released their year end awards, and for the second time in a row Hiroshi Tanahashi lays claim to title of MVP.
The match of the year came down to the coming together of Mutoh and Kobashi at the big ALL TOGETHER show back in late August. Most notably the moonsaults from both Kobashi and Mutoh being the biggest crowd pops of the year.
The best tag team of the year came down to Bad Intentions and Sekimoto & Okabayashi. Bad Intentions are the reigning IWGP & GHC Heavy tag champs, but somehow the “All Asia Tag Champions” Team Big Japan squeaked out as the winners.
The award winners are listed below.
☆ Wrestler of the Year Award ~ MVP: Hiroshi Tanahashi [NJPW]
☆ Best Bout: Keiji Mutoh/Kenta Kobashi vs. Takashi Iizuka/Toru Yano (ALL TOGETHER 8/27)
☆ Best Tag Team: Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi [BJW]
☆ Distinguished Service Award: Jun Akiyama [NOAH]
☆ Fighting Spirit Award: (2 Winners) Yuji Nagata [NJPW] & Masaaki Mochizuki [DG]
☆ Technical Award: KENTA [NOAH]
☆ Newcomer Award: Shinichi Suzukawa [IGF]
☆ Joshi Puroresu Award: Yuzuki Aikawa
[All Japan News] Takao Omori and Manabu Soya “GET WILD” held a press conference today in Japan. They started up by saying that they were frustrated that they were not even nominated for the Tokyo Sports best tag team of the year, but the real purpose of the conference was for Omori to announce that he wants to rejoin All Japan Pro-Wrestling after 11 years of competing elsewhere.
On Dec. 4th, Omori threw out the challenge to Jun Akiyama for the Triple Crown Championship, and when he does get the title match he wants to be an active member of the AJP roster.
[All Japan 2012 Event Updates & News] All Japan released updates to their first tour in 2012 with the inclusion that Abdullah the Butcher will be a part of the New Year Shining Series Tour from Jan. 2nd to Jan, 15th.
Of course 2012 will be marking the 40th Anniversary for All Japan and if this is of any early indication we may possibly see a few more past stars making appearances throughout the year.
Below you will see the events that have been updated.
AJP “40th Anniversary Year 2012 ~ New Year Shining Series”, 12/2/2012 [Mon] 12:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(-) KENSO, Kaz Hayashi & Yasufumi Nakanoueno vs. Takao Omori, Manabu Soya & (to be determined)
(-) Keiji Mutoh, Abdullah the Butcher & BUSHI vs. Masanobu Fuchi, Kikutaro & BLACK BUSHI
(-) World Tag Team & World Junior Skirmish 6 Man Tag Match: Seiya Sanada, KAI & Hiroshi Yamato vs. Dark Ozz [AAA] & Dark Cuervo [AAA] & Kenny Omega [DDT]
AJP “40th Anniversary Year 2012 ~ New Year Shining Series”, 12/3/2012 [Tue] 12:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(-) KENSO & Abdullah the Butcher vs. Kikutaro & (to be determined)
(-) Keiji Mutoh, Takao Omori & Manabu Soya vs. Masanobu Fuchi, Taiyo Kea & Kaz Hayashi
(-) World Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [Champion] Kenny Omega vs. [Challenger] Hiroshi Yamato
~ 2nd Defense
(-) World Tag Team Championship Match: [Champions] Dark Ozz & Dark Cuervo [AAA] vs. [Challengers] Seiya Sanada & KAI
~ 2nd Defense
[NOAH Event Updates] NOAH has released the card for the upcoming show on 12/23. Then due to KENTA being out of action until next Summer, a couple matches on the 12/17 and 12/18 events have been changed.
NOAH looks to rap up the year with some interesting matches and head strong into 2012.
NOAH “NOAHful Gift in KOBE 2011” 12/17/2011 [Sat] 18:00 @ Kobe Sambo Hall
(1) Taiji Ishimori vs. Mikey Nicholls
(2) Ricky Marvin vs. Shane Haste
(3) Mohammed Yone vs. Ryuji Hijikata [free]
(4) Naomichi Marufuji & Takashi Sugiura vs. Takuma Sano & Masao Inoue
(5) Go Shiozaki, Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Aoki vs. Yoshihiro Takayama, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Genba Hirayanagi
(6) Jun Akiyama, Akitoshi Saito & Kenta Kobashi vs. Takeshi Morishima, Yutaka Yoshie & Shuhei Taniguchi
NOAH “NOAHful Gift in OSAKA 2011” 12/18/2011 [Sun] 18:00 @ Matsuhita IMP Hall in Osaka
(1) Ricky Marvin vs. Mikey Nicholls
(2) Masao Inoue vs. Yutaka Yoshie [free]
(2) Noamichi Marufuji & Takashi Sugiura vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Genba Hirayanagi
(3) Kotaro Suzuki, Atsushi Aoki & Taiji Ishimori vs. Daisuke Harada [Osaka], Atsushi Kotoge [Osaka] & Shane Haste
(4) Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Takuma Sano
(5) Go Shiozaki, Shuhei Taniguchi & Mohammed Yone vs. Takeshi Morishima, Jun Akiyama & Akitoshi Saito
NOAH “NOAHful Gift in Differ 2011 vol.1”, 12/23/2011 [Fri] 16:00 @ Differ Ariake in Tokyo
(1) Mohammed Yone vs Taiji Ishimori
(2) Kotaro Suzuki vs. Kentaro Shiga [free]
(3) Atsushi Aoki vs. Ricky Marvin
(4) Noamichi Marufuji vs. Genba Hirayanagi
(5) Akitoshi Saito vs. Takuma Sano
(6) Jun Akiyama vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru
(7) Go Shiozaki vs. Masao Inoue
(8) Takashi Sugiura vs. Shuhei Taniguchi
(9) Takeshi Morishima vs. Yutaka Yoshie [free]
NOAH “NOAHful Gift in Differ 2011 vol.2”, 12/24/2011 [Sat] 17:00 @ Differ Ariake in Tokyo
~ Event card to be determined by a lottery.
[Kensuke Office Event Update] Kensuke Office announced that the upcoming show on 12/18 will be determined by a special lottery.
You can see what is scheduled for the final events of 2011 below.
Kensuke Office “Take the Dream 2011 in Saitama”, 12/17/2011 [Sat] 18:00 @ Ikosu Ageo in Saitama
(1) Catfish Man & Kikutaro [Akiba Pro] vs. Amigo Suzuki [Toryumon MEXICO] & CHANGO [free]
(2) Go [free] vs. Black Tiger [free]
(3) Mitsuhiro Kitamiya vs. K-ness [DRAGON GATE]
(4) Katsuhiko Nakajima & Kentaro Shiga [free] vs. Daisuke Ikeda [Fu-ten] & Ryuichi Sekine [K-DOJO]
(5) Kensuke Sasaki, Kento Miyahara & Satoshi Kajiwara vs. Kazunari Marakami [free], & NOSAWA Rongai [Tokyo Gurentai] & Kenichiro Arai [DRAGON GATE]
Kensuke Office “Take the Dream in Kensuke Office Dojo”, 12/18/2011 [Sun] 17:00 @ Kensuke Office Dojo (Saitama)
~ Matches to be determined by a lottery.
[K.Office] Kensuke Sasaki, Katsuhiko Nakajima, Kento Miyahara, Satoshi Kajiwara, Mitsuhiro Kitamiya & Namasu (Catfish) Man
[Others] Kazunari Murakami [free], NOSAWA Rongai [Tokyo Gurentai], Kenichiro Arai [DG], Kentaro Shiga [free], Micheal Nakazawa [DDT] & Go [free], Masato Shibata [STYLE-E] & CHANGO [free]
If I am not mistaken it seems the show will be split with 2 Single matches, a tag match, and then a 6 Man Tag to use the scheduled talent.
Kensuke Office “Kensuke Office Christmas Party 2011”, 12/23/2011 [Fri] 17:00 @ Yuami Hot Springs in Yoshikawa, Saitama Pref., Japan
(matches not yet announced)
[DDT Event Updates] Keeping with today’s theme, DDT has 3 more shows left to close out the year. From a rookie based event on 12/21 to the big event to close out the year on 12/31.
Below you will see the cards for the events and what should be setting up for the things to come in 2012!
DDT “Monthly Young Communication December ~ Young Lion Showdown”, 12/21/2011 [Wed] 19:30 @ Shinkiba 1stRING
(1) Ryuichi Sekine [K-DOJO] vs. Hiroshi Fukuda
(2) Shota & Rion Mizuki vs. Hiro Tonai [K-DOJO] & Kotaro Nasu [STYLE-E]
(3) Shigehiro Irie vs. Akito [Sportiva]
(4) Takao Soma & Toru Sugiura [DEP] vs. Kyosuke Mikami & Hiromu Takahashi [NJPW]
(5) Keisuke Ishii vs. Kazuki Hirata
DDT “Ibaraki in Ikatsu Peyokappe 2011”, 12/23/2011 [Fri] 17:00 @ Tsukaba Kapio in Ibaraki
(1) Danshoku Dino & DJ Nira vs. Masa Takanashi & Mitsuhiro Yoshida
(2) Shigehiro Irie & Kazuki Hirata vs. Antonio Honda & Keita Yano
(3) Keisuke Ishii vs. Yasu Urano
(4) Sanshiro Takagi, Ivan Markov & Bonnie vs. Tanomusaku Toba, Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Michael Nakazawa
(5) 3 Way Match: Takao Soma vs. Makoto Oishi vs. Daisuke Sasaki
(6) KUDO & HARASHIMA vs. MIKAMI & Hikaru Sato
DDT “NEVER MIND 2011”, 12/31/2011 [Sun] 12:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(0) Dark Match: Rion Mizuki vs. Shota
(1) Michael Nakazawa & Hikaru Sato vs. Antonio Honda & Keita Yano
(2) Runner Vs Runner: Tomomitsu Matsunaga vs. Kazuki Hirata
(3) Kenny Omega & DJ Nira vs. Masa Takanashi & Daisuke Sasaki
(4) 48 Group vs Homoiro Clover Z ~ 5 vs. 5 Match: Sanshiro Takagi [TKG48], Vladamir Nagai [KGB48], Ivan Markov [KGB38], Poison JULIE Sawada [PJS48] & Hoshitango [SUMO48] (w/ Bonnie [KGB48]) vs. Danshoku Dino, Makoto Oishi, Gran Hamada, Akito & Hiroshi Fukuda (w/ Hikari Minami)
(5) HARASHIMA & Takao Soma vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima & Satoshi Kajiwara [Kensuke Office]
(6) KO-D Tag Team Championship Match: [Champions] Keisuke Ishii & Shigehiro Irie vs. [Challengers] Yasu Urano & Yuji Hino [K-DOJO]
(7) KO-D Openweight Championship Match: [Champion] KUDO vs. [Challenger] MIKAMI
[NOAH News] Another title match has been announced for the New Year for the “GREAT VOYAGE 2012 in Osaka” on Jan. 22nd, as Akitoshi Saito through out the suggestion that he wants to challenge for the GHC Tag Titles. Not only a challenge for himself, but for his friend and former partner the late Bison Smith.
The belts are currently around the waist of NJPW’s “Bad Intentions” Giant Bernard & Karl Anderson, and that is a continuing blow to NOAH to not even have the belts within their promotion.
Saito’s partner has been announced to be the current “Triple Crown Champion” Jun Akiyama. These two have held the belts together back in late 2002, and have recently went on to win NOAH’s Tag League back in April. So if there is one team who can bring the belts back to NOAH, it could indeed be them.
Pro Wrestling NOAH “GREAT VOYAGE 2012 in OSAKA”, 1/22/2012 [Sun] 17:00 @ Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium in Osaka, Japan
(-) GHC Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Match: [Champions] “Bad Intentions” Giant Bernard & Karl Anderson vs. [Challengers] “STERNNESS” Jun Akiyama & Akitoshi Saito
(-) GHC Heavyweight Championship Match: [Champion] Go Shiozaki vs. [Challenger] Takeshi Morishima
~ 4th Title Defense.
NJPW GREATEST MOMENTS TOKYO DOME SPECIAL Part.1
The Great Muta & Sting vs. The Steiner Bros. from Jan. 4th, 1992.
NJPW GREATEST MOMENTS TOKYO DOME SPECIAL Part.2
NJPW GREATEST MOMENTS TOKYO DOME SPECIAL Part.3
Video Rundown of the matches happening at WRESTLE KINGDOM VI on 1/4/2011.
MVP’s video message for WK VI.