[ZERO1 News] ZERO1 held a press conference to announce a few matches that will be taking place on their upcoming Korakuen Hall show on May 4th.
Jonathan Gresham arrived in Japan soon following his ZERO1 USA X-Division title win on April 20th and will have an opportunity to add 2 more belts to his waist as he faces off against the reigning ZERO1 Japan double crown junior champion in Takuya Sugawara.
Sugawara had previously earned himself a shot at Sugawara and the junior belts with his Tenkaishi (junior tournament) win last year. Gresham did not take the oppurtunity right away to challenge Sugawara, who himself slowly became frustrated that Gresham had never faced him after the win. Sugawara claims to be “the best” junior heavyweight champion, but he cannot fully embrace that claim without facing off against the Tenkaichi champion.
Gresham has spent the last several months traveling the world and honing his craft. Quite a few eyes will be on the this match as it could greatly impact the state of ZERO1 as a whole.
There is also another stipulation put in place that if Gresham manages to defeat Sugawara, both Sugawara and Mineo Fujita will have to join NEW AGE WRESTLING FUTURE. So it seems that the group as a whole is looking to be open for everyone, not just outsiders.
Speaking of NEW AGE WRESTLING FUTURE, they will be aiming to make an impact at the Korakuen Hall show as they will be apart of some key matches on the show. NWF are looking to unite as a cohesive unit and go on to control the future as the next generation stars. KAMIKAZE has already found himself on the wrong end of the newly-formed and he will be looking for redemption as he teams with Ikuto Hidaka, Yusaku Obata and Yoshikazu Yokoyama to take on the NWF team of Craig Classic, Sebastian Concrete, Jason New & Mark Coffey.
Mineo Fujita will be taking on Jack Anthony in a single match before Gresham and Sugawara happens later on in the night. Mineo could end up in the NWF if Sugawara falls. These two will be a clashing of styles with the “pretty boy” Mineo and “the gentleman” Jack Anthony.
In the last announced match from the press event, Kohei Sato will be teaming Shito Ueda and Daichi Hashimoto as they take on James Raideen, Maybach β and Tama Willaims. Raideen stated that he is on a higher level than his opponents as he does nothing but train (strength training) while Ueda and Daichi are trying to gain weight (weight training). Daichi took offense to Raideen’s comments and a fight broke out between the two. Ueda was held back by the other two members of NWF. After the brawl, Raideen continued with his comments and he closed it off by saying that they will win at any cost.
Below is the announced card at this time for the show.
ZERO1 “BIG BANG”, 5/4/2013 [Sun] 12:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(-) KAMIKAZE, Ikuto Hidaka, Yusaku Obata & Yoshikazu Yokoyama vs. Craig Classic, Sebastian Concrete, Jason New & Mark Coffey
(-) Mineo Fujita vs. Jack Antony
(-) Kohei Sato, Shito Ueda & Daichi Hashimoto vs. James Raideen, Maybach β & Tama Williams
(-) ZERO1 Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [Internaional Junior & World Junior Champion] Takuya Sugawara vs. [Tenkaichi 2012 & ZERO1 USA X-Division Champion] Jonathan Gresham
(-) Masato Tanaka’s 20th Anniversary Match: Masato Tanaka vs. Shinjiro Otani