The G1 continues their yearly tradition of one of the biggest pro-wrestling tournaments in the world. This year features 20 wrestlers, 15 wrestlers from Japan and 5 hailing from the USA to Tonga, all vying for the chance to solidify themselves as the top wrestler after a grueling drive to claim the top position of their respected block.
Announced G1 wrestlers and split blocks…
Below you will see a look back from the major events that happened in the year of 2013 in the land of the rising sun. This year in particular saw a few ups and downs… maybe some bigger downs in regards to some. But with 2013 coming to close, 2014 is looking to solidify a strong beginning and the time to begin fresh and anew.
Keep in mind that I have no covered everything that has been posted throughout this year, but I at the top of every month I have linked back to the archive for all the posts I that I have made this year. So be sure to double check there if you seem an event or news that catches your attention. Thanks for supporting PS this year, and as every years comes I hope to continue growing in my knowledge and in turn providing you will all with the latest news and more from Japan.
NJPW “40th anniversary Tour Road to TOKYO DOME”, 12/6/2012 [Thu] 18:30 @ Sun Village Shibata in Niigata
(1) Sho Tanaka vs. Yohei Komatsu
◆Winner: DRAW (10:00) Time Expired.
(2) Ryusuke Taguchi & KUSHIDA vs. Hiromu Takahashi & Takaaki Watanabe
◆Winner: Taguchi (8:36) following the Dodon on Watanabe.
(3) Captain New Japan & BUSHI vs. Gedo & Jado
◆Winner: Jado (10:39) with the Crossface of JADO on BUSHI.
(4) Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka & Tomohiro Ishii
◆Winner: Nakanishi (9:57) via foul, Ishii.
(5) Yuji Nagata, Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask IV vs. Minoru Suzuki, TAKA Michinoku & Taichi
◆Winner: Taichi (12:25) with the Low Fly Flow on Tiger.
(6) Hirooki Goto & Wataru Inoue vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Yujiro Takahashi
◆Winner: Yujiro (11:37) with a Deadlift German Suplex Hold on Inoue.
(7) Hiroshi Tanahashi & Togi Makabe vs. Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI
◆Winner: Makabe (13:53) following the King Kong Knee Drop on HASHI.
Sunday 11/18 ~
◆ [Michinoku Pro] Fujita “Jr” Hayato will be defending his Tohoku Junior Heavyweight title against on Katsuhiko Nakajima on December 13.
◆ [NJPW News] iNJPW interviews with their next rookie who is set to debut on November 19 in Yohei Komatsu.
◆ [AJP News] AJP recently held a press event for the upcoming All Asia Championship match that is scheduled to take place on December 7.
Monday 11/19 ~
◆ [NJPW News] First ever NEVER Openweight Champion Crowned.
◆ [AJP News Part 1] AJP announced that Vader will be returning to compete for a few shows in December. December 7, 8, and 11 to be more precise.
◆ [NOAH News] Pro Wrestling NOAH announced yet another title match to be held on the final big show of the year as Los Mexitosos will be defending the GHC Jr. Tag belts against Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Genba Hirayanagi.
◆ [All Japan News Part 2] AJP announced another match for the upcoming Fan Appreciation Show coming up on December 15 in the form of a 6 person mixed tag match. The match will be cross promotional with 2 female actresses taking part in the match.
◆ A press conference was held between Tatsuhito Takaiwa  and Masahiro Chono  to announce that Chono will be in full support for Takaiwa’s 20th Anniversary performance, as Takaiwa debuted in 1992.
◆ [Other News] “The 64th Yokozuna” Akebono gets his own steak named after him, a 640 grams (1.41 lbs) sized piece of meat called “Akebono Steak”, at a Steak House in Suginami, Tokyo.
Tuesday 11/20 ~
◆ [ZERO1 News] 5 teams have been announced for the upcoming Furinkazan Tag Tournament.
◆ [Other News] Several Japan media news sources have been reporting that Yoshihiro Takayama was in a car accident on November 18. Takayama was driving on the highway near Machida, Tokyo when he was rear-ended by a female driver.
According to the Metropolitan Police Department, at the time of the accident, Takayama was sitting in the highway because of a traffic jam, then out of nowhere a car slammed into the back of him while he was stopped.
It is being reported that both parties suffered no serious injuries, but the officials have stated the cause of the accident to be carelessness from the female driver.
Wednesday 11/21 ~
◆ [All Japan News] AJP announced that due to injury The Great Sasuke will be unable to compete for the remainder of the ongoing World’s Strongest Tag League.
Sasuke is being reported to have suffered a broken left scapula, aka shoulder blade at the show on November 20th.
Due to the injury KENSO & Sasuke will be forced to forfeit their remaining matches in the league.
◆ [AJP 11/20 EVENT DIGEST] 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.
(2) Seiya Sanada & Kaz Hayashi vs. Tomoaki Honma & Kazushi Miyamoto
(4) Suwama & Joe Doering vs. Taiyo Kea & Yasufumi Nakanoueno
(5) B BLOCK Match: Akebono & Ryota Hama vs. Bambi Killer & Franz Dynamite
(6) Triple Crown & World Jr. Prelude 6 Man Tag: Masakatsu Funaki, Masayuki Kono & Koji Kanemoto vs. Takao Omori, Manabu Soya & Hiroshi Yamato
Thursday 11/22 ~
◆ [AJP 11/20 EVENT DIGEST] 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
(2) Minoru Tanaka & Koji Kanemoto vs. Hiroshi Yamato & Kaz Hayashi
(7) Suwama, Joe Doering & Shuji Kondo vs. Akebono, Ryota Hama & SUSHI
(6) B BLOCK Match: Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi vs. Bambi Killer & Franz Dynamite
◆ [ZERO1 News] 3 more teams have been announced for the upcoming Furinkazan Tag League that is set to take place in December.
★ James Raideen & Zeus [MUSCLE-WARRIORS]
★ Ikuto Hidaka & YO-HEY [Kyodai-deshi (Fellow Apprentice’s) Combi]
★ Ryoji Sai & Will Gibson [Japan/Australia Tag]
Friday 11/23 ~
Saturday 11/24 ~
KAIENTAI DOJO “K-UP IMPACT”, 11/1/2012 [Thu] 19:00 @ Shinjuku FACE in Tokyo
(1) Ayumu Honda [K-DOJO] vs. Hiromu Takahashi [NJPW]
◆Winner: Hiromu (6:47) with a Boston Crab.
(2) Taishi Takizawa [K-DOJO] & Kento Miyahara [DIAMOND RING] vs. TAKA Michinoku [K-DOJO] & NOSAWA Rongai [Tokyo Gurentai]
◆Winner: Takizawa (11:46) following the MFF (Meteora) to NOSAWA.
(3) Yuki Sato [K-DOJO] vs. Taiji Ishimori [NOAH]
◆Winner: Ishimori (11:16) with the 450° Splash.
(4) Shiori Asahi [K-DOJO] & Makoto Oishi [DDT] & Danshoku Dino [DDT] vs. Kengo Mashimo [K-DOJO] & Atsushi Kotoge [NOAH] & Choun Shiryu [New Beijing]
◆Winner: Oishi (13:35) following the Cactus Flower to Shiryu.
(5) Daisuke Ikeda [Futen] & Mohammed Yone [NOAH] vs. Yuji Hino [K-DOJO] & Ryuichi Sekine [K-DOJO]
◆Winner: Yone (16:03) following the Muscle Buster to Sekine.
(6) Kotaro Suzuki [NOAH] vs. Hiro Tonai [K-DOJO]
◆Winner: Kotaro (18:26) with a Tiger Driver.
New Japan announced all the teams that will be involved in their upcoming Junior Tournament which will only take place for 2 days. The tournament will be single elimination with the winning teams moving onto the second night of semi-finals then hopefully the Finals in the same night.
◆ Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask IV [New Japan Heroes]
◆ Rocky Romero and Alex Koslov [FOREVER HOOLIGANS] ~ Reigning Jr. Champions
◆ Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi [Apollo 55]
◆ KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley [TIME SPLITTERS]
◆ Low Ki & Brian Kendrick [CHAOS WORLD WRESTLING WARRIORS]
◆ Gedo & Jado [The World Class Tag Team]
◆ Negro Casas & BUSHI [Group Cibernetico]
◆ TAKA Michinoku & Taichi [Best in the World Suzuki Army Junior Combi]
NJPW “40th anniversary Tour Road to POWER STRUGGLE ~ SUPER Jr.Tag Tournament 1st Round ~”, 10/21/2012 [Sun] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
() Round 1: KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley vs. Gedo & Jado
() Round 1: Negro Casas & BUSHI vs. TAKA Michinoku & Taichi
() Round 1: Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask IV vs. Rocky Romero and Alex Koslov
() Round 1: Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Low Ki & Brian Kendrick
NJPW “40th anniversary Tour Road to POWER STRUGGLE ~ Super Jr. Tag Tournament Semi Final & Final ~”, 11/2/2012 [Fri] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
() Semi-Final #1:
() Semi-Final #2: