[AJPW News] All Japan formally announced the the first 2 full days of the upcoming tour in February as well as World Tag title defense set to take place on February 8.
First up, All Japan held a press for the upcoming Asia Tag match for the final show of this month on January 26. Akiyama stated his new intentions of recapturing some belts in All Japan and has his eyes set on the Asia tag belts first and foremost. Of course all four of these men came into All Japan together, early last year, but now they are at opposite sides. With Akiyama and Kanemaru acting upon what is left of Burning and Kotaro & Aoki representing Xceed.
Akiyama will be receiving two tag title challenges within a couple shows and he mentioned that his intentions is to indeed claim both belts. He also mentioned the possibility of facing other people outside of All Japan, to what that means is unknown at this time.
Following the outcome of that match, Akiyama will then be teaming with Takao Omori on February 8 as they take on the reigning World Tag champions in Suwama & Joe Doering. Omori made the challenge to Suwama earlier this month and is looking to finally get back into the title picture. Suwama made a counter-appeal to Omori though, that if his team loses the challenge that “wild will be no more”. Of course that has been Omori’s character in recent years, but he has agreed to the terms for the match.
Below are the updated cards for the next set of upcoming shows.
All Japan Pro-Wrestling “New Year’s Gift in Kobe”, 1/26/2014 [Sun] 16:00 @ Kobe Sambo Hall
(1) SUSHI vs. Takeshi Minamino [Toryumon MEXICO / Toneri Family]
(2) Masanobu Fuchi vs. Masao Inoue [Free]
(3) Yutaka Yoshie [Free] vs. Ryuji Hijikata [Free]
(4) Akebono vs. KENSO
(5) Asia Tag Championship Match: [92nd Champions] Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Aoki [Xceed] vs. [Challengers] Jun Akiyama & Yoshinobu Kanemaru [BURNING]
~ 5th title defense.
(6) Suwama & Takao Omori vs. Go Shiozaki & Kento Miyhara
All Japan Pro-Wrestling “2014 Excite Series ~ Jr. BATTLE OF GLORY Day 1”, 2/5/2014 [Wed] 19:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(1) Hikaru Sato [Pancrase MISSION] & Ryuji Hijikata [Free] vs. “Dream Team Futures” Shigehiro Irie & Soma Takao [both DDT]
(2) Jr. BATTLE OF GLORY A BLOCK Match: Ultimo Dragon vs. Kaji Tomato
(3) Masao Inoue & Osamu Nishimura vs. KENSO & Mitsuya Nagai [DRADITION]
(4) Akebono & Yutaka Yoshie [Free] vs. Go Shiozaki & Kento Miyahara
(5) 6 Man Tag Match: Suwama, Joe Doering & SUSHI vs. Jun Akiyama, Takao Omori & Keisuke Ishii [DDT]
(6) Jr. BATTLE OF GLORY A BLOCK Match: Kotaro Suzuki vs. Atsushi Aoki
(7) Jr. BATTLE OF GLORY B BLOCK Match: Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Masaaki Mochizuki
All Japan Pro-Wrestling “2014 Excite Series ~ Jr. BATTLE OF GLORY Day 2”, 2/8/2014 [Sat] 17:00 @ BODYMAKER COLOSSEUM, 2nd Stadium in Osaka
(1) SUSHI & Menso~re Oyaji [Free] vs. Ryuji Hijikata [Free] & Kaji Tomato [K-DOJO]
(2) Jr. BATTLE OF GLORY A BLOCK Match: Kotaro Suzuki vs. Ultimo Dragon
(3) Yutaka Yoshie & Masao Inoue [Free] vs. KENSO & Mitsuya Nagai [DRADITION]
(4) Jr. BATTLE OF GLORY B BLOCK Match: Hikaru Sato vs. Masaaki Mochizuki
(5) Akebono, Shigehiro Irie & Keisuke Ishii vs. Go Shiozaki, Kento Miyahara & Atsushi Aoki
(6) Jr. BATTLE OF GLORY B BLOCK Match: Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Soma Takao
(7) World Tag Championship Match: [66th Champions] “Evolution” Suwama & Joe Doering vs. [Challengers] Jun Akiyama & Takao Omori
AJPW Event Cards for January & February 2014