[W-1 News] WRESTLE-1 held a press conference before their big show at the Ryogoku Kokugikan tomorrow, 7/6.
Mutoh kicked things off by stating that he is pleased that he can offer wrestling from all over the world at this weekends show and that he hopes the fans will be pleased by what is offered. WRESTLE-1 will be coming up to their first full year as a promotion in just 2 months and he wants to make sure that statements can be made and set by that time. He wished everyone the best of luck tomorrow and that they do their best in the ring as well.
Among the major announcements of the press event is that the X Division belt will no longer be contended in the main event as Seiya Sanada lost the belt before this event. Sanada stated that even though this match will not see the belt in defense that it will still very much so be a meaningful match. He said he was almost champion for 4 months and he has certainly grew tremendously in that time. He also acknowledged his attack on Great Muta in the USA back on 6/25 by stating that he was jealous for all the publicity that Muta was given while he himself has been working in TNA for months on in. He knew that attacking Muta would make a statement.
Keiji Mutoh stated that he is not aware of what Great Muta will do at Ryogoku but he stated that Sanada does indeed have a bright future ahead of him. He stated he knows that Great Muta does have at least one good match left in him and he wished Sanada the best of luck in the match.
KAI then got his chance to talk and he quickly acknowledged that DESPERADO has clearly overstayed their welcome in WRESTLE-1 and that are no longer needed. He is completely confident that he will win tomorrow and rid WRESTLE-1 of the nuisance.
Kono then spoke up and said that what the “self-proclaimed ace” is saying is just funny. That DESPERADO is only in its beginning and that tomorrow will see a whole new chapter in their legacy. Kono then asked KAI what he would prefer tomorrow clippers or scissors. If KAI is so full of wisdom of what is going to happen that he will make him a Buddhist priest with his bald head.
Masayuki Kono stated that it is his purpose to protect the “sign of WRESTLE-1” and that he is more than prepared to face Kohei Sato tomorrow. Though that is not to say he is not aware of what Kohei is capable of doing in the ring and that he is champion for that very reason. Funaki has already tasted defeat by Kohei’s hands, but part of his skills is being able to learn and adapt to any match.
The TNA World Tag Champs where then up to say a few words about their match against Junior Stars. Davey stated that their opponents are great and he is glad to get the chance to work with Kanemoto once more. That he has also studied Minoru throughout the years as well. Eddie acknowledged that the last time they were in Japan that they lost the belts, but this time around is a different story as there is no third team involved to get in the way. He is also ready to face to legends from Japan and hopes for a great match.
Junior Stars were then up as Minoru stated fairly quickly that he wants to compete in America once more, let alone to have the chance to become an American champion. He noted that he is a bit jealous of Sanada’s success so far, but that it has also opened the door more as well. Kanemoto as well acknowledge the chance of competing in Aemerica and that he is also ready to face Richards once more in the ring. He knows the talent that Richards has, but he has only see Eddie’s from the sideline’s. He is hoping that everyone shows their best tomorrow.
TAJIRI and Yusuke Kodama will be making their debuts as WRESTLE-1 affiliated wrestlers tomorrow at Ryogoku and he said that this is a big step for his protege Yusuke Kodama to compete on such a big stage. TAJIRI also mentioned that it time for him to re-awaken himself as he starts on yet a new path. Kodama stated that this indeed his first ever match at Ryogoku and that does indeed bring a bit of nervousness a long with it. But he is ready to take a much needed step up in his career as he takes on two American class wrestlers.
TAJIRI & Kodama also had some words about the TNA wrestlers choice of attires as they looked more like a comedy act than wrestlers.
Ethan Carter III stated that he knows who TAJIRI is by watching him over the years in ECW & WWE/F. He is grateful for the chance to face against someone he grew up watching. Rockstar Spud asked the TAJIRI & Kodama what is so funny, that how can the Japanese be so disrespectful. Spud then challenged TAJIRI and stated that there will be no green mist, that the green mist is obsolete.
Leon Van Gasteren stated that he is glad to be back in Japan and to return as champion. He stated that Yamato did ask for one more match after their first encounter at the last Ryogoku show on March 2nd, but it doesn’t matter as the outcome will be the same. That he will go back home with the belt once more.
Yamato stated that he is prepared this time for the rematch and that the completely understands how the rules will work as well now. He stated that this could very well be his last chance to win the belt and he asks the fans to miss this match as he will give his all to be champion.
Then lastly, Dean Allmark will be defending his Bristish Light-Heavyweight belt against Seiki Yoshioka. Dean stated that it is his dream to compete in Japan and he is more than excited to finally be able to make it a reality. He stated that he is ready to prove himself as a champion and is ready for a great match against his Japanese opponent. Seiki stated that this is his second title opportunity since being in WRESTLE-1 and that he is not willing to just let this opportunity to just slip through his fingers once more. He says he is completely focused on the match ans that he is ready to win.
Below is the updated card for the show…
FIGHTING ENTERTAINMENT WRESTLE-1 Shogeki～IMPACT～, 7/6/2014 [Sun] 16:00 @ Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo
(1) Andy Wu & Daiki Inaba vs. NOSAWA Rongai & MAZADA
(2) WRESTLE-1 vs DESPERADO: Shuji Kondo, Yasufumi Nakanoue & Hiroki Murase vs, Ryoji Sai, KAZMA SAKAMOTO & Rene Dupree
(3) British Light-Heavyweight Championship Match: [Champion] Dean Allmark vs. [Challenger] Seiki Yoshioka
(4) EWP Intercontinental Championship [3 min. 12 rounds] Match: [Champion] Leon Van Gasteren vs. [Challenger] Hiroshi Yamato
(5) Ryota Hama & Manabu Soya vs. Taiyo Kea & Yoshihiro Takayama
(6) WRESTLE-1 vs TNA: TAJIRI & Yusuke Kodama vs. Ethan Carter III & Rockstar Spud
(7) TNA World Tag Championship Match: [Champions] “The American Wolves” Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards vs. [Challengers] “Junior Stars” Minoru Tanaka & Koji Kanemoto
(8) ZERO1 Sanctioned World Heavyweight Championship Match: [16th Champion] Kohei Sato (ZERO1) vs. [Challenger] Masakatsu Funaki
~ 2nd title defense.
(9) Hair vs Group Dissolution: KAI vs. Masayuki Kono
~ If KAI wins DESPERADO will be forced to separate, if Kono wins KAI loses his hair.
(10) Special Single Match: Seiya Sanada vs. Great Muta