All Japan Pro-Wrestling “2013 New Year Shining Series ~NEW YEAR 2DAYS~”, 1/2/2013 [Wed] 12:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(1) KENSO vs. SUSHI
◆Winner: KENSO (7:13) following a Diving Elbow Drop.
(2) Minoru Tanaka & Koji Kanemoto vs. Osamu Nishimura & Andy Woo
◆Winner: Minoru (6:23) with a Cross Armbar on Andy.
(3) GAORA TV Prelude Match: Seiya Sanada & Yasufumi Nakanoueno vs. Tomoaki Honma & Kazushi Miyamoto
◆Winner: Sanada (7:46) via foul, Honma.
(4) Triple Crown Next Contender Prelude Tag Match: Suwama & Joe Doering vs. Akebono & Ryota Hama
◆Winner: Doering (8:15) following a Death Valley Bomb on Akebono.
~ Doering & Akebono will meet one on one tomorrow to determine the next #1 contender for Funaki’s Triple Crown.
~ All Japan announced today that Ric Flair will be appearing at the upcoming show in Ota, Japan on January 26th. Early word is that Reid Flair will be coming in to train in the All Japan dojo, and Flair will be there to see his son off on the right foot.
(5) Taiyo Kea Send-Off 6 Man Tag Match: Taiyo Kea, Minoru Suzuki & MAZADA vs. Keiji Mutoh, Kaz Hayashi & Masanobu Fuchi
◆Winner: Fuchi (12:08) via pinfall on MAZADA.
~ NOSAWA Rongai & Yoshihiro Takayama also appeared after the match. GURENTAI stood together in the ring.
(6) World Tag Team Championship Match: [64th Champions] “GET WILD” Takao Omori & Manabu Soya vs. [Challengers] “SOA” Masakatsu Funaki & Masayuki Kono
◆Winner: Omori (14:44) following the Axe Bomber to Funaki.
~ 2nd Successful Defense.
~ GET WILD prevented themselves from having to disband as team.
(7) World Junior Heavyweight & GHC Junior Heavyweight Double Championship Match: [33rd World Jr. Champion] Hiroshi Yamato vs. [25th GHC Jr. Champion] Shuji Kondo
◆Winner: Kondo (18:36) following the King Kong Lariat.
~ Yamato falls on his 6th Defense, Kondo is successful on 3rd Defense. Kondo becomes the 34th World Jr. Heavyweight Champion and remains the 25th GHC Jr. Champion.
~ Early build makes it seem that Kondo will be defending the GHC Jr. belt against Taiji Ishimori later this month.
(8) New Year Heavyweight Battle Royal:
Order of Elimintation: Yasufumi, Honma & Miyamoto, Hama, Doering & Suwama, Kono & Omori & Soya, Mutoh, Nishimura, KENSO…
◆Winner: Taiyo Kea (7:57) following the TKO on Sanada.
All Japan Event Cards for January & February 2013
BJW, 1/2/2013 [Wed] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(1) Kazuki Hashimoto & Hideyoshi Kamitani vs. Amigo Suzuki & Atsushi Ohashi
◆Winner: Kamitani (10:04) with a Boston Crab on Ohashi.
(2) Daisuke Sekimoto, Yuji Okabayashi & DJ Hyde vs. Bad Bones, Shinya Ishikawa & Shinobu
◆Winner: Okabayashi (11:20) with the Golem Splash on Shinobu.
(3) Street Fight 8 Man Tag Deathmatch: Ryuji Ito, Takumi Tsukamoto, Kankuro Hoshino & Masato Inaba vs. Shadow WX, Takashi Sasaki, Shu & Kei Brahman
◆Winner: Shu (15:03) following the Zombie King on Inaba.
(4) World War 2013 6 Man Tag Deathmatch: Jun Kasai, MASADA & Masashi Takeda vs. “Black Angel” Jaki Numazawa, Drake Younger & Danny Havoc
◆Winner: Havoc (13:51) following a Death Valley Driver on Takeda onto a bundle of Fluorescent Light-tubes.
~ Jaki requested a singles match against Danny Havoc on 1.4 @ Shinkiba. It seems Havoc acknowledged.
(5) BJW World Strong Heavy Championship Match: [1st Champion] Yoshihito Sasaki vs. [Challenger] Manabu Soya (AJP)
◆Winner: Soya (12:26) following the Wild Bomber.
~ Champion falls on his 6th Defense. Manabu Soya becomes the 2nd Champion.
~ Kazuki Hashimoto came out to express himself as the next contender.
~ The President of All Japan Masayuki Uchida was at ringside for the match.
(6) BJW Tag Team Championship Match: [38th Champions] Yuko Miyamoto & Isami Kodaka vs. [Challengers] Tommy End & Micheal Dante (wXw)
◆Winner: Miyamoto (15:10) following the Fire Thunder to Dante.
~ 1st Successful Defense.
(7) BJW Deathmatch Heavyweight Championship Glass Board & New Year Deathmatch: [26th Champion] Adbullah Kobayashi vs. [Challenger] Shuji Ishikawa (Union)
Winner: Ishikawa (19:37) with the Giant Press.
◆~ Champion falls on his 8th Defense. Shuji Ishikawa becomes the 27th Champion.
NJPW “Bushimo Presents Big Pro Wrestling Festival”, 1/2/2013 [Wed] @ Akiba Square
(1) Sho Tanaka vs. Yohei Komatsu
◆Winner: DRAW (10:00) Time Expired.
(2) Gedo & Jado vs. TAKA Michinoku & Taichi
◆Winner: Gedo (11:38) with the Gedo Clutch on Taichi.
(3) KUSHIDA & BUSHI vs. Hiromu Takahashi & Takaaki Watanabe
◆Winner: KUSHIDA (7:46) with the 9469 on Watanabe.
(4) Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask IV & Captain New Japan vs. Taishi Takizawa, Shiori Asahi & Ryuichi Sekine
◆Winner: Tiger (11:36) following an Avalanche Double Arm Suplex on Sekine.
New Year’s Eve Pro Wrestling “Aim to be Pro Wrestling’s 100th Anniversary! Shiori Asahi Anniversary and Embracing the Number of Anniversary!”, 12/31/2012 [Mon] 19:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(0) Dark Match #1: Amigo Suzuki vs. ??
◆Winner: Amigo (3:45) following a Facebuster.
(0) Dark Match #2: Cherry & Tetsuya Endo vs. Mad Dog & ??
◆Winner: ?? (5:08) following a Powerbomb on Endo.
(1) BJW vs. DDT Single Match: Kazuki Hashimoto vs. Takao Soma
◆Winner: Soma (7:40) following the Boma~Ye.
(2) BJW vs. vs. KAIENTAI-DOJO Tag Match: Shinya Ishikawa & Shinobu vs. Taishi Takizawa & Yuki Sato
◆Winner: Shinya (9:–) with an Octopus Hold on Sato.
(3) DDT vs. KAIENTAI-DOJO 6 Man Tag Match: MIKAMI, Masa Takanashi & Akito vs. TAKA Michinoku, Daigoro Kashiwa & PSYCHO
◆Winner: TAKA (8:–) with the Michinoku Driver II on Akito.
~ A quiz show took place at this time.
(4) Cinderella Championship Match:
1. Emi Sakura
3. Shimizu Mototsugu
4. The Winger
5. Karate Brahman
6. Yasu Urano
7. Endo Mame
8. Ken Ohka
9. Ricky Fuji
10. Atsushi Ohashi
11. Tomomitsu Matsunaga
12. Makoto Oishi
~ Bambi defeated Winger via pinfall.
~ Matsunaga defeated Bambi via pinfall.
◆Winner: Shimizu (15:–) via pinfall on Oishi.
(5) WHCTLC, Double Ring Hardcore Tables, Ladders, and Chairs Match: “Black Angel” Jaki Numazawa, Danny Havoc & Saburo Inematsu vs. MASADA, Masashi Takeda & Hoshitango
◆Winner: MASADA (11:–) following an Elbow Drop off of a Ladder onto Havoc.
(6) Tag Gauntlet Match:
~ Participating Teams ~
1. Tsutomu Osugi & Hercules Senga
2. Tommy End & Micheal Dante
3. Menso~re Oyaji & Golden Pine
4. Antonio Honda & Daisuke Sasaki
5. Shu & Kei Brahman
6. Keisuke Ishii & Shigehiro Irie
7. Sanshiro Takagi & Abdullah Kobayashi
8. surprise entrants
~ More teams may be added.
Match #1: Shu & Kei Brahman vs. Antonio Honda & Daisuke Sasaki, Shu (5:–) via pinfall on Honda.
Match #2: Shu & Kei Brahman vs. Menso~re Oyaji & Golden Pine, Kei (1:–) sent Oyaji over the top rope / OTR.
Match #3: Shu & Kei Brahman vs. Tommy End & Micheal Dante, Dante (3:–) following a Spear to Shu.
Match #4: Tommy End & Micheal Dante vs. Tsutomu Osugi & Hercules Senga, End & Dante () sent both Senga & Osugi over the top rope.
Match #5: Tommy End & Micheal Dante vs. Keisuke Ishii & Shigehiro Irie, Dante () sent Ishii over the top rope.
Match #6: Tommy End & Micheal Dante vs. Sanshiro Takagi & Abdullah Kobayashi, Takagi () sent Dante over the top rope.
Match #7: Sanshiro Takagi & Abdullah Kobayashi vs. “GET WILD” Takao Omori & Manabu Soya
◆Winner: Soya () sent Kobayashi over the top rope.
(7) Fluorescent Light-tube 6 Man Tag Deathmatch: Ryuji Ito [BJW], Drake Younger [CZW] & Ryuichi Sekine [K-DOJO] vs. Yuko Miyamoto , Isami Kodaka [Union] & Takumi Tsukamoto [BJW]
◆Winner: Miyamoto (18:–) following the Fire Thunder on Sekine.
(8) Special Single Match: Osamu Nishimura vs. Hiroshi Fukuda
◆Winner: Nishimura (9:–) with a Spinning Toe Hold.
(9) 6 Man Tag Match: Daisuke Sekimoto [BJW], Yuji Hino [K-DOJO] & Shuji Ishikawa [Union] vs. Hiroo Tsumaki [Union], Hideyoshi Kamitani [BJW] & Tank Nagai [K-DOJO]
◆Winner: Sekimoto () with a German Suplex Hold on Nagai.
(10) BJW vs. DDT vs. KAIENTAI DOJO 3WAY Tag Match: Yoshihito Sasaki & Yuji Okabayashi vs. HARASHIMA & Danshoku Dino vs. Kengo Mashimo & Shiori Asahi
◆Winner: HARASHIMA (16:–) following the Somato to Asahi.
(11) Bonus Match: Abdullah Kobayashi vs. Shiori Asahi
◆Winner: Kobayashi (4:–)
There was also a joint awards show throughout the show. The winners and awards I was able to follow are as follows…
Newcomer Award ….
3. Yukio Sakaguchi [Free]
2. Hiroshi Fukuda [Union]
1. Takumi Tsukamoto [BJW]
Best Team/Unit ….
3. Homoiro Clover Z
2. Yankee Two Akimbo (Yuko Miyamoto & Isami Kodaka)
1. Brahman Brothers
Best Show ….
3. BJW 7.15, Ryuji Yamakawa Retirement Show
2. FREEDOMS 8.27
1. DDT 8.18 @ Budokan
Best Bout ….
3. Sekimoto/Okabayashi vs. Brahman Brothers, BJW 5.5
2. Kasai/MASADA, FREEDOMS 8.27
1. Ibushi/Omega, DDT 8.18
3. Kota Ibushi [DDT]
2. El Generico [DDT/Union]
1. Abdullah Kobayashi [BJW]
KAIENTAI DOJO “CLUB-K SUPER in Korakuen”, 11/13/2012 [Tue] 19:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(1) Boso Boy Raito & Ayumu Honda vs. Daigoro Kashiwa & Tank Nagai
◆Winner: Tank (9:37) following a Spear Tackle to Honda.
(2) 6 Man Tag Match: Ricky Fuji, Saburo Inematsu & Kunio Toshima vs. HIROKI, Shiori Asahi & Bambi
◆Winner: Asahi (13:28) with the Lunar Eclipse to Toshima.
(3) UWA World Middleweight Championship Match: [55th Champion] Yuki Sato vs. [Challenger] Hiro Tonai
◆Winner: Sato (13:32) following a German Suplex.
~ 1st Successful Defense.
(4) Special Singles Match: TAKA Michinoku vs. Minoru Suzuki [Pancrase MISSION]
◆Winner: Suzuki (14:20) following the Gotch Style Piledriver.
(5) STRONGEST-K TAG Championship Match: [21st Champions] Kengo Mashimo & Ryuichi Sekine vs. [Challengers] Taishi Takizawa & Akito [Sportiva]
◆Winner: Sekine (18:17) following the Ryukiri to Akito.
~ 1st Successful Defense.
(6) CHAMPION OF STRONGEST-K Championship Match: [12th Champion] Daisuke Sekimoto (BJW) vs. [Challenger] Yuji Hino
◆Winner: Hino (21:19) with a German Suplex.
~ Champions falls on his 3rd Defense. Hino becomes the 13th Champion.
BJW, 10/29/2012 [Mon] 19:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(1) MENS’ Teioh & SUSUMU vs. Onryo & Makoto Oishi
◆Winner: Onryo (9:58) with the Onryo Clutch on SUSUMU.
(2) Yuji Okabayashi, Shinobu & Shinya Ishikawa vs. Isami Kodaka, Drake Younger & Kankuro Hoshino
◆Winner: Okabayashi (13:24) with the Argentine Backbreaker on Hoshino.
(3) Tag League B BLOCK Match: Kazuki Hashimoto & Daichi Hashimoto vs. Amigo Suzuki & Jun Ogawauichi
◆Winner: Ogawauichi (11:04) with the Light of Shandora to Kazuki.
~ Amigo Suzuki & Jun Ogawauichi [2 Points]
~ Kazuki Hashimoto & Daichi Hashimoto [4 Points]
(4) Tag League A BLOCK Match: Shadow WX & Shuji Ishikawa vs. Shu Brahman & Kei Brahman
◆Winner: Shu (11:38) via pinfall on Shadow.
~ Shu Brahman & Kei Brahman [4 Points]
~ Shadow WX & Shuji Ishikawa [4 Points]
(5) Tag League A BLOCK Match: “Black Angel” Jaki Numazawa & Takashi Sasaki vs. Ryuji Ito & Takumi Tsukamoto
◆Winner: Tsukamoto (17:02) following a Super Kick to Numazawa.
~ Ryuji Ito & Takumi Tsukamoto [6 Points]
~ Jaki Numazawa & Takashi Sasaki [4 Points]
~ Masashi Takeda appeared and announced that he will be returning to deathmatch, and he announced that he wants a match against Takumi Tsukamoto.
(6) Tag League B BLOCK Match: Daisuke Sekimoto & Yoshihito Sasaki vs. Tsutomu Osugi & Hercules Senga
◆Winner: Osugi (10:41) with a Backslide on Sekimoto.
~ Tsutomu Osugi & Hercules Senga [4 Points]
~ Daisuke Sekimoto & Yoshihito Sasaki [4 Points]
(7) BJW Deathmatch Heavyweight Championship Building Site Deathmatch: [26th Champion] Abdullah Kobayashi vs. [Challenger] Yuko Miyamoto
◆Winner: Kobayashi (16:50) following the High Fly from Scaffold Backachinga Elbow Drop.
~ Ryuji Ito will be the next challenger for Kobayashi.
~ Successful 6th Defense.
The talent and matches for the upcoming World’s Strongest Tag League tournament have been announced.
The League is set to begin on November 17 with the Finals set for November 30, with the two highest ranking team in their respected blocks moving on to face each other in the final match on the 11/30 show.
◆ “GET WILD” Takao Omori & Manabu Soya (World Tag Champions)
◆ “STACK OF ARMS” Masakatsu Funaki & Masayuki Kono
◆ Taiyo Kea & Seiya Sanada
◆ “Heroes of Tohoku” KENSO & The Great Sasuke [Michinoku Pro]
◆ “Tumeric Storm” Tomoaki Honma [G-TALENT] & Kazushi Miyamoto [Tenryu Project]
◆ Suwama & Joe Doering
◆ “SMOP” Akebono & Ryota Hama
◆ “Junior Stars” Minoru Tanaka & Koji Kanemoto (All Asia Tag Champions)
◆ “Strong BJW” Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi [Big Japan Pro-Wrestling]
◆ Bambi Killer & Franz Dynamite [Austria]
All Japan Pro-Wrestling “40th Anniversary Year 2012 World’s Strongest Tag League Tournament”, 11/17/2012 [Sat] 18:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(-) A BLOCK Match: Masakatsu Funaki & Masayuki Kono vs. Takao Omori & Manabu Soya
(-) A BLOCK Match: Taiyo Kea & Seiya Sanada vs. Tomoaki Honma & Kazushi Miyamoto
(-) B BLOCK Match: Suwama & Joe Doering vs. Bambi Killer & Franz Dynamite
(-) B BLOCK Match: Koji Kanemoto & Minoru Tanaka vs. Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi
All Japan Pro-Wrestling “40th Anniversary Year 2012 World’s Strongest Tag League Tournament”, 11/20/2012 [Tue] 18:30 @ Domu Niihama (Niihama City) in Ehime Pref.
(-) B BLOCK Match: Akebono & Ryota Hama vs. Bambi Killer & Franz Dynamite
All Japan Pro-Wrestling “40th Anniversary Year 2012 World’s Strongest Tag League Tournament”, 11/21/2012 [Wed] 19:00 @ Fukuyama Industrial Exchange Center Big Rose in Hiroshima
(-) A BLOCK Match: Masakatsu Funaki & Masayuki Kono vs. KENSO & The Great Sasuke
(-) B BLOCK Match: Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi vs. Bambi Killer & Franz Dynamite
All Japan Pro-Wrestling “40th Anniversary Year 2012 World’s Strongest Tag League Tournament”, 11/23/2012 [Fri] 17:00 @ Osaka BODYMAKER COLOSSEUM (Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium, 2nd Stadium)
(-) A BLOCK Match: Takao Omori & Manabu Soya vs. Taiyo Kea & Seiya Sanada
(-) B BLOCK Match: Akebono & Ryota Hama vs. Suwama & Joe Doering
All Japan Pro-Wrestling “40th Anniversary Year 2012 World’s Strongest Tag League Tournament”, 11/24/2012 [Sat] 18:00 @ Nagoya Telepia Hall in Aichi
(-) A BLOCK Match: KENSO & The Great Sasuke vs. Tomoaki Honma & Kazushi Miyamoto
(-) B BLOCK Match: Minoru Tanaka & Koji Kanemoto vs. Bambi Killer & Franz Dynamite
All Japan Pro-Wrestling “40th Anniversary Year 2012 World’s Strongest Tag League Tournament”, 11/25/2012 [Sun] 16:00 @ Fujisan Messe (Fuji City) in Shizuoka
(-) A BLOCK Match: Taiyo Kea & Seiya Sanada vs. KENSO & The Great Sasuke
All Japan Pro-Wrestling “40th Anniversary Year 2012 World’s Strongest Tag League Tournament”, 11/27/2012 [Tue] 18:30 @ Toyama Industrial Exhibition Hall, Techno Hall
(-) A BLOCK Match: Masakatsu Funaki & Masayuki Kono vs. Tomoaki Honma & Kazushi Miyamoto
(-) B BLOCK Match: Suwama & Joe Doering vs. Minoru Tanaka & Koji Kanemoto
All Japan Pro-Wrestling “40th Anniversary Year 2012 World’s Strongest Tag League Tournament”, 11/29/2012 [Thu] 18:30 @ Fukushima National Athletic Memorial Gymnasium ~Greater Eastern Japan Earthquake Reconstruction Event “Fight! Fukushima!”~
(-) A BLOCK Match: Takao Omori & Manabu Soya vs. KENSO & The Great Sasuke
(-) B BLOCK Match: Akebono & Ryota Hama vs. Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi
All Japan Pro-Wrestling “40th Anniversary Year 2012 World’s Strongest Tag League Tournament”, 11/30/2012 [Fri] 19:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(-) A BLOCK Match: Takao Omori & Manabu Soya vs. Tomoaki Honma & Kazushi Miyamoto
(-) A BLOCK Match: Masakatsu Funaki & Masayuki Kono vs. Taiyo Kea & Seiya Sanada
(-) B BLOCK Match: Suwama & Joe Doering vs. Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi
(-) B BLOCK Match: Akebono & Ryota Hama vs. Minoru Tanaka & Koji Kanemoto
(-) World’s Strongest Tag League Final Match: A BLOCK #1 vs. B BLOCK #2
2 Points for a win, 0 Points for a loss, 1 Point for a draw. If there is a draw between 2 teams in a block before the Final Match of the November 30, a tie breaking match will be determined.
Charles Schaeffer here with my first ever interview for this site with Craig Classic. Craig is the current reigning NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion and recently defended that belt against Munenori Sawa at ZERO1’s 10th Anniversary show on March 6th, 2011. He also has the acknowledgment of being the first Gaikokujin to be a part Big Japan Pro Wrestling Dojo in 2004. I know Craig has somethings say on that time there and I will let him do so, but since then he has went on to continue to rise up the ranks of the pro wrestling world and it has brought him to where he is today.
I asked Craig before the big event in Japan if he would like to partake in an interview and he said “yes”. So without further ado here is what he had to say:
Charles Schaeffer: When did you know you wanted to be a pro wrestler?
Craig Classic: Since the first time I watched wrestling when I was maybe 3 years old. My dad would put it on the tv and I would sit for hours watching Hogan, British Bulldogs, and so many others.
Idols in the ring?
Craig Classic: Chris Benoit, Dynamite Kid, etc
When did you get your start as a pro wrestler?
Craig Classic: I got my start when I was invited to train in BJW around 2004.
When did you get the first contact that you were to go to Japan?
Craig Classic: I got really lucky at the time and I emailed BJW and they invited me to come train in there Dojo in 2004. At the time BJW didnt have any young wrestlers, Only 1 at the time. It was always my dream to train and wrestle in Japan, I love Japanese wrestling and even if it was with a Death Match company, I figured it would be a good start.
I know your trained in BJW, and you had an issues with the promotion? Anything you wish to mention?
Craig Classic: It grow more into a love and hate realationship. I loved wrestling and being in Japan. But I grew to hate the president of BJW. He would want me there for 3 months at a time and I would be promised that I was booked on all shows. Then i would get there and that would change. I was basically living off what I made wrestling, While I was there and BJW isnt running 20 shows a month. There running 4 to 8 shows a month.
Then they wouldn’t allow me to work outside of BJW to the other indy’s in Japan. I was told cause I was a Young Boy. Also heard from friends in Japan, That they had told company’s that I was under contract. Which wasn’t the case. Then they would run D-Dash events which is for the young wrestlers. I wouldn’t be booked on them, And I would be told cause I am a gaijin.
So I basically got tired of the bullshit and lies and I walked out.
Even though your time there any wrestlers who you respected? I have heard you mention Daisuke Sekimoto?
Craig Classic: I respect Sekimoto, Shadow WX, Shinya Ishikawa, Mens Teioh, Abdullah Kobayashi, and others. But I am sure there were some there that really didnt respect the gaijins. I learned alot from everyone I stepped in the ring with. Training with Sekimoto and the other young wrestlers was fantastic.
How is it being an NWA World Champion? Traveling the world and wrestling many different types of wrestlers and styles?
Craig Classic: Its a dream come true for me. I love this business and respect my NWA World Jr. Belt. I love to challenge myself against anyone and any style.
How was it being at the ZERO1 10th Anniversary show and witnessing what I consider to be a big milestone for the promotion?
Craig Classic: I was so honored to be invited. I have wanted to come to 01 for such a long time and I have so much respect for Mr. Nakamura and all the 01 Wrestlers. I will forever be loyal to Mr. Nakamura for opening the door and giving me a chanse to showcase myself and my NWA World Jr. heavyweight title and to do it on not just any show, But the 10th Anniversary of 01. I am forever humbled.
How was it competing against Sawa one on one? Who has traveled around the world himself.
Craig Classic: I know going into the match, It was going to be easy. And Sawa is without question one of the best jr’s around today. His matches with TJP & Bryan Danielson in U.S. and countless matches with all the greats in Japan prove that. I trained really hard for this match and my training paid off in the end.
Do you know anything on the partnership with ZERO1 and NWA? Can we expect to see more things happening soon?
Craig Classic: ZERO1 is now a member of the NWA and represents the National Wrestling Alliance in Japan. I hope this will lead to more NWA vs ZERO1 in the future. ZERO1 is doing great things right now and NWA is hotter then ever now. So only time will tell.
Who are you looking to face next in Japan? Now that you defended against Sawa. I heard you mention Ikuto Hidaka? When can we expect to see this happen.
Craig Classic: Like I told the media in Japan, It doesnt Matter. I will wrestle anyone ZERO1 has to offer. 01 has a deep roster of Jr’s that they use from Minoru Fujita, Sawa, Hayato Jr, and of course Hidaka and I would love to test myself against anyone I stand across from the ring.
Yes, both me and Hidaka sat in front of the media and both expressed that we would like to wrestle each other in the near future. Date, Time and Place has yet to be announced. Hidaka wants my NWA World Jr. Heavyweight Title and I want his ZERO1 International Jr. Title.
Favorite match to have wrestled in Japan at this current time?
Craig Classic: My match with Sawa by far. It was a good test for me.
Any words for someone looking to following in your shoes and get to wrestle in Japan someday?
Craig Classic: Go to a company that respects gaijins and where you will be treated right and you can learn.
I would like to thank Craig for taking time away from his schedule to answer some questions and I hope that he keeps doing what he loves to do and that is pro wrestling. I hope that after you read this interview to go check out some of his matches and if you are lucky enough to get the ZERO1 10th Anniversary Show, I highly recommend that because it was a descent match.
Arigatou. Ganbatte! Craig Classic
Be sure to follow Classic on twitter @CraigClassic1
Pro Wrestling ZERO1 “BIG MARCH Presents PRO-WRESTLING 2011 in Ryogoku Kokugikan ~ 10TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW”, 3/6/2011 (Sun) 15:00
Tokyo Ryougoku Kokugikan
(0) Rikiya Fudo & Fugofugo Yumeji vs. Shinsuke Jet Wakataka & Yusaku Kowata
Winner: Fudo ( ) over Kowata.
(1) NWA International Jr Heavyweight Championship Match: [Champion] Craig Classic vs. Munenori Sawa
Winner: Classic (11:47) via pinfall.
(2) 10 Man Tag Match: Fujita “Jr” Hayato, Shota Takanishi, Kenta Kakinuma, Diamond Konley & Nick Primo vs. Shiro Koshinaka, Sito Ueda, Yoshikazu Yokoyama, Zuffa & Buffa
Winner: Kakinuma (11:02) with a German Suplex Hold to Buffa.
(3) NWA International Lightweight Tag Team Title Match: [Champions] Takuya Sugawara & Kaijin Habu Otoko vs. Minoru Fujita & Mineo Fujita ~ SUWA special referee.
Winner: Otoko (15:26) with the Deadly Splash to Minoru. ~ 2nd Successful Defense.
(4) NWA International Junior Heavyweight Match: [Champion] Ikuto Hidaka vs. Takafumi Ito
Winner: Hidaka (11:18) following the Stray Dog Hick Kick.
(5) NWA International Tag Team Match: [Champions] Kohei Sato & KAMIKAZE vs. Atsushi Sawada & Steve Corino
Winner: KAMIKAZE (14:12) with the Moonsault Press to Corino.
(6) “Destruction Prince” Daichi Hashimoto Debut Match: Daichi Hashimoto vs. Masahiro Chono
Winner: Chono (13:38) with an STF.
(7) Masato Tanaka vs. Yuji Nagata
Winner: Tanaka (18:22) following the Sliding D.
(8) ZERO1 World Heavyweight Championship Match: [Champion] Daisuke Sekimoto vs. Ryouji Sai
Winner: Sai (14:50) following the Naichi Waterfall ~ New Champion.
(9) Shinjiro Otani vs. Yoshihiro Takayama
Winner: Takayama (16:16) with the Everest German Suplex Hold.
New Japan Pro Wrestling “Anniversary ~ NEW JAPAN CUP 2011″, 3/6/2011 (Sun)
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
2,005 Spectators (overcrowded)
~ Special Opening NJPW Greatest Wrestlers Ceremony
(1) Jushin Thunder Liger, Tomoaki Honma & Tama Tonga vs. Wataru Inoue, Koji Kanemoto & King Fale
Winner: Honma (9:33) following the Kokeshi to Fale.
(2) Giant Bernard, Tiger Mask & KUSHIDA vs. Jado, Gedo & Tomohiro Ishii
Winner: KUSHIDA (8:50) with the Midnight Express to Gedo.
(3) Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. TAKA Michinoku & Taichi
Winner: TAKA (11:35) via pinfall to Devitt.
(4) New Japan Cup – Round 1: Manabu Nakanishi vs. Yujiro Takahashi
Winner: Nakanishi (9:50) with a German Suplex Hold.
(5) New Japan Cup – Round 1: Karl Anderson vs. MVP
Winner: MVP (12:20) with the TTB.
(6) New Japan Cup – Round 1: Hirooki Goto vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Winner: Nakamura (13:45) following the Boma Ye.
(7) Special Six Man Tag Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Yuji Nagata & Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Toru Yano, Tetsuya Naito & Takashi Iizuka
Winner: Yano (12:58) following the Oni Kuroshi to Nagata.
(8) New Japan Cup – Round 1: Togi Makabe vs. Satoshi Kojima
Winner: Makabe (16:01) with a Dragon Suplex Hold.
All Japan Pro Wrestling “HOLD OUT TOUR 2011″, 3/6/2011 (Sun) 12:00
Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(1) Masanobu Fuchi & Kazushi Miyamoto vs. Hiroshi Yamato & BUSHI
Winner: Miyamaoto (6:47) following a Brainbuster to BUSHI.
(2) Seiya Sanada & Manabu Soya vs. Josh Spears & Jake O’Reilly
Winner: Sanada (9:14) with a Jacknife Hold to O’Reilly.
(3) Minoru Suzuki vs. KAI
Winner: Suzuki (14:30) with a Sleeper to KAI.
(4) Keiji Mutoh, Masakatsu Funaki & AKIRA vs. TARU, Rene Dupree & MAZADA
Winner: AKIRA (10:26) with the Flying Squirrel Press to MAZADA.
(5) Taiyo Kea & Takao Omori vs. KONO & Joe Doering [World Tag Team Champions]
~ non-title match, TARU will be the special referee.
Winner: Kea (13:16) following the TKO34th to KONO.
(6) Suwama & Ryota Hama vs. KENSO & Zodiac
Winner: KENSO (19:35) via pinfall to Hama.
(7) Team 246 vs. “Junior Stars”: Kaz Hayashi & Shuji Kondo vs. Minoru & Koji Kanemoto
Winner: Minoru (23:35) with the Minoru Special to Hayashi.
Kensuke Office “Take The Dream 2011 in Kurihara”, 3/6/2011 (Sun) 13:00
Kurihara Wakayanagi City Gymnasium in Miyagi
496 Spectators (packed)
(1) Jun Nishikawa vs. Ryuichi Sekine
Winner: Sekine (8:35)
(2) Catfish Man & Catfish Man vs. Kentaro Shiga & CHANGO
Winner: Catfish Man (8:17) with a Jacknife Hold on CHANGO.
(3) Takashi Okita, Kento Miyahara & Junji Izumida [FREE] vs. Taishi Takizwa [K-DOJO], Mikey Nicholls & Shane Haste [NOAH]
Winner: Miyahara (19:58) with a German Suplex to Haste.
(4) Satoshi Kajiwara vs. Ricky Marvin
Winner: Marvin (15:07) via Ring Out.
(5) Main Event: Kensuke Sasaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Yutaka Yoshie & Bear Fukuda [SECRET BASE]
Winner: Sasaki (19:16) following the Northern Lights Bomb to Fukuda.
Osaka Pro Wrestling “Spring Samba Series”, 3/6/2011 (Sun) 13:00
Osaka Minami Move On Arena
225 Spectators (full)
(1) Masamune vs. Ultimate Spider, Jr.
Winner: Masamune (7:59) with the Bone Eater.
(2) Zeus & The Bodyguard vs. Hideyoshi & HAYATA
Winner: Zeus (4:02) following a Chokeslam to HAYATA.
(3) Tigers Mask & Naoki Setoguchi vs. Kuuga & Black Buffalo
Winner: Kuuga (7:53) following a Tombstone Piledriver to Setoguchi.
(4) Billyken Kid, Tsubasa & Takoyakida vs. Miracle Man & Ebessan & Kanjuro Matsuyama
Winner: Billyken (11:17) with the Hanging off of the Bat to Ebessan.
(5) Osaka Pro Tag Team #1 Contenders Match: Atsushi Kotoge & Daisuke Harada vs. Orochi & Tadasuke
Winner: DRAW (27:18) Double Knockout.
~ Zeus and Bodyguard came out following the match and pretty much said that this was a great match and that both teams shall fight for the belts. We will put the belts on the line in a 3 Way Match.
Okinawa Pro Wrestling, 3/6/2011 (Sun)
(1) Ultra☆Mango vs. Sendai Sanchiko
Winner: Mango (5:33) with the Mango Slam.
(2) Goya Mask vs. Kijimuna
Winner: Kijimuna (8:57) with a Backslide Bomb.
(3) Main Event Tag Match: Super Delfin & Menso-re Oyaji vs. Mil Mongoose & Yanbaru Kuinna
Winner: Mongoose (13:38) with the Mongoose Splash to Oyaji.
NJPW “NEW JAPAN ISM 2011”, 2/12/2011 (Sat) 18:00
Osaka Prefecture Gymnasium Stadium II
1,550 Spectators (overcrowded)
(1) Tiger Mask, Ryusuke Taguchi & KUSHIDA vs. Jado, Gedo & Tomohiro Ishii
Winner: KUSHIDA (11:38) with the Midnight Express to Gedo.
(2) Manabu Nakanishi, Strongman & Kohji Kanemoto vs. Giant Bernard, “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson & Jushin Thunder Liger
Winner: Nakanishi (12:19) with an Argentine Backbreaker on Liger.
(3) Hirooki Goto & Tama Tonga vs. Yujiro Takahashi & Tetsuya Naito
Winner: Takahashi (12:51) following the Tokyo Pimps to Tonga.
(4) Togi Makabe vs. Taichi
Winner: Makabe (7:00) following the King Kong Knee Drop.
(5) Wataru Inoue vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Winner: Nakamura (9:20) following the Boma Ye.
(6) Yuji Nagata vs. Tohru Yano
Winner: Yano (7:57) following the Red Mist.
(7) Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Takashi Iizuka
Winner: Iizuka (10:24) via Foul.
(8) Hiroshi Tanahashi & Prince Devitt vs. Satoshi Kojima & TAKA Michinoku
Winner: Kojima (16:54) following a Lariat to Devitt.
BJW, 2/12/2011 (Sat)
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
1. Daikokubo Benkei, Kazuki Hashimoto & Takumi Tsukamoto vs. Yuichi Taniguchi, Masato Inaba & Kotaro Nasu
Winner: Hashimoto (6:20) following the PK to Nasu.
2. MEN´s Teioh, Onryo & Madoka vs. Tsutomu Oosugi, Hercules Senga & Atsushi Ohashi
Winner: Madoka (13:14) with the Ranhei to Ohashi.
3. Ikkitosen Block A ~ Death Match Survivor G-Shock Death Match: Takashi Sasaki vs. Kankuro Hoshino
Winner: Sasaki (13:02) with the D-Geist on a Ladder, Chair & Iron Stairs.
4. Ikkitosen Block B ~ Death Match Survivor Open Finger Fluorescent Lighttubes Death Match: Abdullah Kobayashi vs. Masashi Takeda
Winner: Takeda (12:01) via Referee Stop (Takeda with Mounted Punches on Lighttubes).
5. Hardcore Match: Ryuji Ito, Yuko Miyamoto & Mototsugu Shimizu vs. Shadow WX, Isami Kodaka & Shinobu
Winner: Shinobu (14:52) with the S.E.X. on a Chair to Shimizu.
6. Strong BJ: Daisuke Sekimoto, Yuji Okabayashi & Ryuichi Kawakami vs. Yoshihito Sasaki, Shinya Ishikawa & Masashi Otani
Winner: Sekimoto (18:30) following a Lariat to Otani.
7. BJW Tag Team Championship Main Event “Nagoya Revenge Hell”, Fluorescent Lighttubes, Ladder & Weapons Death Match: Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei (c) vs. Jun Kasai & “Black Angel” Jaki Numazawa
Winner: Kasai (19:47) following the Reverse Tiger Driver to Kei. ~ New Championships.
All Japan Pro Wrestling “Excite Series 2011”, 2/12/2011 (Sun) 18:00
Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Hall
1,400 Spectators (sold out, overcrowded)
(1) Sakigake & Paloma Rey vs. MAZADA & Super Hate
Winner: Hate (13:31) with the Super Hate Bottom.
(2) Ryota Hama & Zodiac vs. Shawn Spears & Yasufumi Nakanoue
Winner: Hama (8:21) with a Running Body Press on Nakanoue.
(3) Jake O’Reilly vs. Joe Doering
Winner: Doering (7:42) with the Revolution Bomb.
(4) Masakatsu Funaki vs. Hiroshi Yamato
Winner: Funaki (7:53) with a Right Hick Kick (KO Referee Stop).
(5) KENSO vs. BUSHI
Winner: KENSO (8:57) following the Double Knee Drop.
(6) Seiya Sanada, Manabu Soya & KAI vs. Taiyo Kea, Akebono & Minoru Suzuki
Winner: Suzuki (16:18) following the Gotch Style Piledriver to KAI.
(7) Suwama, Kaz Hayashi & Shuji Kondo vs. TARU, KONO & Minoru
Winner: Suwama (17:52) following the Last Ride to TARU.
Osaka Pro “GERENDE GA TOKERUHODO KOISHITAI SERIES”, 2/12/2011 (Sat)
Osaka Minami Move On Arena
(1) Tigers Mask vs. HAYATA
Winner: Tigers (5:19) with a Small Package Hold.
(2) Atsushi Kotoge, Daisuke Harada & Ultimate Spider Jr. vs. Black Buffalo, Keizo Matsuda & Great Takeru
Winner: Matsuda (13:48) following a Clothesline to Spider.
(3) Billy Ken Kid, Miracle Man & Takoyakida vs. Hideyoshi, Masamune & Tadasuke
Winner: Masamune (13:48) following the Nozomikiri to Takoyakida.
(4) 3 Way Match: Kanjuro Matsuyama vs. Kuishinbo Kamen vs. Ebessan III
Winner: Matsuyama (13:59) with the Sei to Ebessan.
(5) Osaka Pro Tag Team Championship Match: Kuuga & Orochi (c) vs. Zeus & The Bodyguard
Winner: Bodyguard (16:24) following the Muscle Explosion to Orochi. ~ New Champions.
Kaientai Dojo “CLUB-K 3000”, 2/12/2011 (Sat) 18:30
(1) YOSHIYA vs. Randy Takuya
Winner: YOSHIYA (11:58) with a Figure Four Leg Lock.
(2) Bambi vs. HIROKI
Winner: Bambi (5:27) following a Standing Shining Wizard.
~ HIROKI’s arm were tied and he was barred from using the Trance Rave.
(3) Marines Mask, Daigoro Kashiwa & Mamoru Ishibashi vs. Akira Shiori, Yuu Yamagata & Yuki Sato
Winner: Marines (13:50) with the Marines Splash to Yamagata.
(4) K-Dojo Tag League 2011 Semi-Final: Kengo Mashimo & Ryuichi Sekine vs. Makoto Oishi & Hiro Tonai
Winner: Mashimo (14:39) with a Counterattack Kido Clutch to Tonai.
(5) K-Dojo Tag League 2011 Semi-Final: Taishi Takizawa & Kaji Tomato vs. Yuji Hino & Saburou Inamatsu
Winner: Takizawa (23:38) with a Tiger Driver to Inamatsu.
Okinawa Pro, 2/12/2011 (Sat) 20:00
(1) Gurunkun Diver vs. Ultra☆ Mango
Winner: Diver (9:43) with a Cross Knee Hold.
(2) Menso-re Oyaj vs. Senadi Sanchiko
Winner: Menso (8:31) with the OyajMei.
(3) King Shisa, Kaijin Hubu Otoko & Yanabaru Kuinna vs. Super Delfin, Mil Mongoose & Acer 8
Winner: Shisa (16:54) with the Final Shisa DX to Acer.
Stardom “Stardom Beginning Series”, 2/12/2011
(1) Yuzuki Aikawa vs. Eri Susa
Winner: Aikawa (7:11) with a Fisherman Suplex Hold.
(2) Kids Fight ~Haruka’s Pro-Wrestling Story~ 3 Minute Match: Haruka vs. Seven Passion
Winner: DRAW (3:00)
(3) Mika Nagano vs. Mayu Iwatani
Winner: Nagano (8:12) with a Cross Arm Lock.
(4) STARDOM PASSION INJECTION ~Inject Passionate~(1): Nanae Takahashi vs. Arisa Hoshiki
Winner: Nanae (9:21)
(5) Yoko Mito & Ai Ray’s vs. Natsuki☆Taiyo & World IV Tiger
Winner: Tiger (14:09) with a Diving Senton to Mito.
All Japan Pro Wresting “2011 Excite Series”, 2/6/2011 (Sun) 18:30
(1) Osamu Nishimura, Nasanobu Fuchi & Yasumi Nakanoue vs. Ryota Hama, Zodiac & BUSHI
Winner: Zodiac (10:12) with a Tiger Driver to Nakanoue.
(2) 3 Way Match: Minoru vs. Kaz Hayashi & Shuji Kondo
Winner: Hayashi (10:21) via pinfall.
(3) Seiya Sanada & Manabu Soya vs. Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi
Winner: DRAW (30:00) TIME LIMIT
(4) KENSO vs. TARU
Winner: KENSO (15:25) with the HAGAKURE.
(5) Suwama & KAI vs. Minoru Suzuki & Hiroshi Yamato
Winner: Suwama (18:11) following the Last Ride to Yamato.
(6) World Tag Team Championship Match: Taiyo Kea & Akebono [c] vs. KONO & Joe Doering
~ KONO & Doering become the 58th Generation Champions!
Winner: KONO (18:42) via referee stop, KONO with a Triangle Choke on Kea.
(7) Keijii Mutoh & Shinjiro Ohtani vs. Masakatsu Funaki & AKIRA
Winner: Mutoh (16:40) following a Shining Wizard.
New Japan Pro Wrestling “NEW JAPAN ISM”, 2/6/2011 (Sun) 16:00
Gifu Industrial Hall
(1) Tomaoki Honma & Hiromu Takahashi vs. King Fale & Kyosuke Mikami
Winner: Honma (7:00) with a Boston Crab on Mikami.
(2) Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Jushin Thunder Liger & KUSHIDA vs. Takashi Iizuka, Jado & Gedo
Winner: KUSHIDA (12:36) with the Midnight Express to Gedo.
(3) Hirooki Gotoh, Tama Tonga & Tiger Mask vs. Yujiro Takahashi, Tetsuya Naito & Tomohiro Ishii
Winner: Takahashi (10:00) following the Tokyo Pimps (Canadian Hammer) to Tonga.
(4) Tohgi Makabe vs. Taichi
Winner: Makabe (4:38) via DQ (NOSAWA Interference).
~ after the match NOSAWA was hyping the incoming of MVP (ex-WWE star) that is coming to NJPW later this month on 2/20.
(5) Strongman vs. “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson
Winner: Strongman (7:12) with the Strongman Slam.
(6) Manabu Nakanishi vs. Giant Bernard
Winner: Nakanishi (9:10) with a German Suplex Hold.
(7) Yuji Nagata & Wataru Inoue vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Tohru Yano
Winner: Nakamura (12:33) with the Boma Ye to Inoue.
(8) Hiroshi Tanahashi, Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Satoshi Kojima, TAKA Michinoku & NOSAWA Rongai
Winner: Tanahashi (16:35) with the High Fly Flow to NOSAWA.
Osaka Pro Wrestling “GERENDE GA TOKERUHODO KOISHITAI SERIES”, 2/6/2011 (Sun) 13:00
Osaka Minami Move On Arena
(1) Daisuke Harada & Yutaka vs. Hideyoshi & HAYATA
Winner: Harada (9:19) with the Katayama German Suplex Hold to HAYATA.
(2) Zeus, Miracle Man & Kanjuro Matsuyama vs. Kuishinbo Kamen, Ebessan III & Takoyakida
Winner: Zeus (13:36) following a Chokeslam to Takoyakida.
(3) Black Buffalo vs. Tsubasa Kuragaki
Winner: Buffalo (12:39) following a Lariat.
(4) Billy Ken Kid, Tsubasa, Atsushi Kotoge & Ultimate Spider Jr. vs. Kuuga, Orochi, Masamune & Tadasuke
Winner: Kuuga (15:25) with the Hornet to Spider.
(5) Independent Jr. Heavyweight Championship Match: Tigers Mask (c) vs. Kaji Tomato [K-Dojo]
Winner: Tigers (20:17) with a Ground Octopus Hold ~ Successful First Defense.
Big Japan announced today that they will be holding a Singles Tournament to decide who will be the next to face the current Death Match Heavyweight Champion Ryuji Ito. From what I gather it will start on Feb. 6th.
Ikki Tousen ~ DEATHMATCH SURVIVOR ~
Shadow WX シャドウWX
Takashi Sasaki 佐々木貴
Jaki Numazawa 沼澤邪鬼
Isami Kodaka 木高イサミ
Kankuro Hoshino 星野勘九郎
Yuko Miyamoto 宮本裕向
Abdullah Kobayashi アブドーラ小林
Jun Kasai 葛西純
Masashi Takeda 竹田誠志
Drake Younger ドレイク・ヤンガー
Interesting to see Younger’s name on the list, but it will be good for him and all around beneficial with BJW working with outside talent. I am more surprised that Yoshihito Sasaki’s name is not included as he has really gained my interest back into what BJW has to offer as of late.
Be sure to check back with the site for all the latest happenings as I will post them as I come across them.
BJW TAG LEAGUE ~ DAINICHI-X 2011～
Day 1: 2/2 (18:30), Day 2: 3/3 (18:30), and Day 3: 4/12 (18:30)
The Tournament will be conducted in a round-robin set-up for each match, with a 20 min time limit (except final).
(1) Abdullah Kobayashi & Yuji Okabayashi
(2) Ryuji Ito & Masashi Otani
(3) “Black Angel” Jaki Numazawa & Shinya Ishikawa
(4) Yoshihito Sasaki & Ryuichi Kawakami
(5) Shadow WX & Atsushi Ohashi
(6) Daisuke Sekimoto & Kazuki Hashimoto
(7) Yuichi Taniguchi & Masked Genbei
(8) Kankuro Hoshino & Takumi Tsukamoto
Zero1 News: It has been officially announced that Daichi Hashimoto will indeed face Masahiro Chono for his debut on March 6, 2011!
This was mentioned a few months ago as the match we could see for his debut, but it is sort of unheard of for a wrestler to come in and go right at a legend. Though this actually points out… how much potential is on Daichi and the strong future that is in store for him.
NOAH & NJPW News: The interesting news of the day is the announcement of a joint “training” project between NJPW & NOAH and you could put WLW since they are directly affiliated with NOAH. From what I gather this is something that is aiming to better the state of wrestling as a whole. Create better environments and better teaching opportunities for those who w…ish to become a pro wrestler.
Also looking at the “sign-up form” there is a spot for women wrestler’s http://www.noah.co.jp/postmail/ , which completely opens the doors for both NJPW and NOAH if they do indeed wish to go that route with their promotions.
This project has been announced to begin in April of 2011 and mentions about the tryouts with WLW in the early Fall.
This is definitely a positive thing for NOAH that has especially lacked new talent for 5 years now and it should be interesting to see what comes from this project throughout the year.