Wrestlers both active and retired came together to take part in this years Setsubun Festival (bean throwing festival) at the Ikegami Honmon-ji in Tokyo. This temple of course being the resting place of “father of Japanese Pro-Wrestling” Rikidozan.
Several top names took part in the ceremony from The GHC Heavyweight Champion Katsuhiko Nakajima, Naomichi Marufuji, Akebono, Keiji Mutoh, Genichiro Tenryu, Jun Akiyama, the reigning Triple Crown Champion Kento Miyahara, and Chigusa Nagayo all of which are in the picture below. Also not pictured here but also took part in the ceremony was KAI, HASEGAWA, and Killer Khan.
The festival is done to ward off any evil spirits that might come in the next year. With the GHC and Triple Crown champions taking part in hopes that they can compete at their very best throughout the course of this year. Miyahara stated that he celebrates his 28th birthday at the end of this month and he hopes to be able to compete at 120% all year long. As he pursues to capture and hold the claim as the record holder for most defenses with the Triple Crown belt. As for his former Kensuke Sasaki student, Katsuhiko Nakajma, he stated that it was an honor to represent this years ceremony for NOAH and as the GHC Heavyweight Champion. He has taken part in the ceremony throughout his career, spanning back 13 years, but being a headlining champion brings with it more responsibilities and a sense of purpose to try and do his very best.
~ Some additions were made for upcoming shows on February 5 and 12.
BASARA, 2/5/2017 [Sun] 18:00 @ Oji BASEMENT MON☆STAR in Tokyo
() Gyakuten Pro-Wrestling Saiban (Trial): (Lawyer) Goma Ryu vs. (Client) Shinya Ishida (Sportiva)
() FUMA & Yusuke Kubo vs. Tsutomu Oosugi (FREE) & Tatsuhiko Yoshino (BJW)
() Trans Am ★ Challenge: Trans Am ★ Ryuichi vs. Daichi Kazato
(-) NWA International Light Tag Next Challengers Match: Isami Kodaka & Takumi Tsukamoto vs. Trans Am ★ Hiroshi & SAGAT
(-) NWA International Light Tag Championship Match: [Champions] Ryuichi Sekine & Ryota Nakatsu vs. [Challengers] Ikuto Hidaka & Sean Guinness
BASARA, 2/12/2017 [Sun] 12:00 @ Nagoya City Higashi Sports Center in Aichi
() Gyakuten Pro-Wrestling Saiban (Trial): (Defense Counsel) Goma Ryu vs. (Prosecuter) Konaka = Pale One vs. (Accused) Mammoth Sasaki
~ Chief Justice : Yaya Okada (referee)
(-) NWA International Light Tag Championship Match: [Champions] (Winners of 2/5 match) vs. [Challengers] (Winners of 2/5 match)
BASARA, 2/20/2017 [Mon] 19:30 @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo
() UNION MAX Championship Match: [Champion] FUMA vs. [Challenger] Ryuichi Sekine
~ It was announced that Daisuke Sekimoto will be taking a rest break from competition throughout the whole month of February.
BJW “Road to Ikkitosen ~ Deathmatch Survivor”, 2/10/2017 [Fri] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(1) Shinobu (666) & Yuya Aoki vs. Kankuro Hoshino & Tatsuhiko Yoshino
(2) Takayuki Ueki & Masaya Takahashi (ASUKA) vs. Shu & Kei Brahman (both FREE)
(3) Yuko Miyamoto (666) & Isami Kodaka (BASARA) vs. Tsutomu Oosugi & Hercules Senga
(4) Kohei Sato (ZERO1), Kazuki Hashimoto & Kazumi Kikuta vs. Daichi Hashimoto, Atsushi Maruyama (FREE) & Takuya Nomura
(5) Pre-Ikkitosen Special Fluorescent Light ~ Bring Your Own Weapons Deathmatch: Abdullah Kobayashi, Ryuji Ito & Toshiyuki Sakuda vs. Jaki Numazawa, Masashi Takeda (U-FILE) & Takumi Tsukamoto (BASARA)
(6) Yuji Okabayashi, Hideyoshi Kamitani & Yasufumi Nakanoue (FREE) vs. Ryota Hama (FREE), Shogun Okamoto (FREE) & Yoshihisa Uto
(7) World Strong Next Challenger Match: Ryuichi Kawakami vs. Hideki Suzuki (FREE)
~ Winners earns the right to challenge on 3/5 at Korakuen.
“BJ Valentine Special 2017”, 2/11/2017 [Sat] 13:00 @ Ueno Onshikoen Outdoor Stage in Tokyo
~ An Arm-Wrestling Tournament is scheduled to take place on the early afternoon show.
(1) Arm Tournament 1st Round: Ryuichi Kawakami vs. Kota Sekifuda
(2) Arm Tournament 1st Round: Takuya Nomura vs. Yuya Aoki
(3) Arm Tournament 1st Round: Kankuro Hoshino vs. Hideyoshi Kamitani
(4) Arm Tournament 1st Round: Daichi Hashimoto vs. Takayuki Ueki
(5) Arm Tournament 1st Round: Abdullah Kobayashi vs. Toshiyuki Sakuda
(6) Arm Tournament 1st Round: Yasufumi Nakanoue vs. Kazumi Kikuta
(7) Arm Tournament 1st Round: Tatsuhiko Yoshino vs. Yoshihisa Uto
(8) Arm Tournament 1st Round: Yuji Okabayashi vs. X
“BJ Valentine Special 2017”, 2/11/2017 [Sat] 16:00 @ Ueno Onshikoen Outdoor Stage in Tokyo
(1) Takumi Tsukamoto (BASARA) vs. Yuya Aoki
(2) Deathmatch: Jaki Numazawa & Toshiyuki Sakuda vs. Takayuki Ueki & Masaya Takahashi (ASUKA)
(3) Abdullah Kobayashi, Ryuji Ito, Tsutomu Oosugi, Hercules Senga & Kankuro Hoshino vs. Yuko Miyamoto, Isami Kodaka, Shu Brahman, Kei Brahman & Tatsuhiko Yoshino
(4) Yuji Okabayashi & Yasufumi Nakanoue (FREE) vs. Ryota Hama (FREE) & Yoshihisa Uto
(5) Daichi Hashimoto & Hideyoshi Kamitani vs. Atsushi Maruyama (FREE) & Kazumi Kikuta
(6) Ryuichi Kawakami vs. Takuya Nomura
“BJ Valentine Special 2017”, 2/12/2017 [Sun] 12:00 @ Ueno Onshikoen Outdoor Stage in Tokyo
(1) Atsushi Maruyama & Kazumi Kikuta vs. Daichi Hashimoto & Yuya Aoki
(2) Ryota Hama & Toshiyuki Sakuda vs. Jaki Numazawa & Tatsuhiko Yoshino
(3) Great Kojika, Tsutomu Oosugi & Hercules Senga vs. Abdullah Kobayashi, Shu Brahman & Kei Brahman
(4) Ryuji Ito, Yuko Miyamoto & Kankuro Hoshino vs. Masashi Takeda, Takayuki Ueki & Masaya Takahashi
(5) Yuji Okabayashi & Hideyoshi Kamitani vs. Yasufumi Nakanoue & Yoshihisa Uto
“BJ Valentine Special 2017”, 2/12/2017 [Sun] 17:00 @ Ueno Onshikoen Outdoor Stage in Tokyo
(1) Daichi Hashimoto vs. Yuya Aoki
(2) Yuko Miyamoto & Masashi Takeda vs. Atsushi Maruyama & Kazumi Kikuta
(3) Abdullah Kobayashi & Ryota Hama vs. Kankuro Hoshino & Tatsuhiko Yoshino
(4) Hideyoshi Kamitani vs. Yoshihisa Uto
(5) Deathmatch: Jaki Numazawa vs. Toshiyuki Sakuda
(6) Yuji Okabayashi, Abdullah Kobayashi, Ryuji Ito, Tsutomu Oosugi & Hercules Senga vs. Shu Brahman, Kei Brahman, Yasufumi Nakanoue, Takayuki Ueki & Masaya Takahashi
BJW “Road to Ikitosen ~ Deathmatch Survivor”, 2/16/2017 [Thu] 19:00 @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo
(1) Ryuichi Kawakami & Yuya Aoki vs. Yoshihisa Uto & Kazumi Kikuta
(2) Shinobu & Kazuki Hashimoto vs. Atsushi Maruyama & Takuya Nomura
(3) Tsutomu Oosugi, Hercules Senga & Tatsuhiko Yoshino vs. Abdullah Kobayashi, Shu Brahman & Kei Brahman
(4) Yuji Okabayashi & Yasufumi Nakanoue vs. Daichi Hashimoto & Hideyoshi Kamitani
(5) Deathmatch: Ryuji Ito & Kankuro Hoshino vs. Jaki Numazawa & Takumi Tsukamoto
(6) Deathmatch: Yuko Miyamoto & Isami Kodaka vs. Takayuki Ueki & Masaya Takahashi
(7) Deathmatch: Masashi Takeda vs. Toshiyuki Sakuda
Frank Atsushi Produce ~ New School of Frank, 2/28/2017 [Tue] 19:00 @ Yokohama Nigiwaiza in Kanagawa
(1) Daichi Hashimoto vs. Kazumi Kikuta
(2) Tatsuhiko Yoshino vs. Yoshihisa Uto
(3) Trans Am ☆ Ryuichi & Trans Arm ☆ Hiroshi vs. Masaya Takahashi & Toshiyuki Sakuda
(4) Hideyoshi Kamitani & Yuya Aoki vs. Shu & Kei Brahman
(5) BJW Joshi Pro-Wrestling: China Night Kazuyo (Kazuki Hashimoto) Erika Ueki (Takayuki Ueki) vs. Cutie Takuko (Takuya Nomura) & Dynamite Yasuda (Yasufumi Nakanoue)
~ A big main event match was announced for the rebirth of DNA on February 23. As a former sumo team of and Akebono will be taking on the power combination of Naomi Yoshimura and Yuji Okabayashi.
“FIGHTING GIG DNA EP.30 ~ Start Signal Run! ~”, 2/23/2017 [Thu] 19:00 @ Shinjuku FACE in Tokyo
(1) FIGHTING GIG STARTING SIGNAL Run!: Guanchulo & Rekka vs. Daiki Shimomura & Nobuhiro Shimatani
(2) Seishun no Esperanza 2017: MAO vs. Yuki Ueno
(3) Which Way is Tomorrow Dai Suzuki? Dai Suzuki vs. Shogun Okamoto (FREE)
(4) Stand By Me in Heaven: Shunma Katsumata vs. Kotaro Suzuki (FREE)
(5) Endless Sprint: Kouki Iwasaki & Mizuki Watase vs. Kazushi Sakuraba (FREE) & LEONA (DRADITION)
(6) FIRST GIG MAIN EVENT “THE POWER”: Kazusada Higuchi & Akebono (Oudou) vs. Naomi Yoshimura & Yuji Okabayashi (BJW)
~ More matches were announced for the show on February 11 at Shinkiba and the February 19 show.
FREEDOMS “FREEDOM Valentine 2017”, 2/11/2017 [Sat] 18:30 @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo
() Dragon Libre Single Match Trial Series: Dragon Libre vs. Kenichiro Arai
() Takashi Sasaki, Mitsuo Momota & Chikara w/ Karate Brahman vs. Shu Brahman, Kei Brahman & Karate Brahman #2
() Torgu Sugiura vs. KAZMA SAKAMOTO
() Yuya Susumu vs. Isaki Kodaka
() Mammoth Sasaki & Tatsuhito Takawai vs. GENTARO & Yuko Miyamoto
(-) Deathmatch: Daisuke Masaoka & Jun Kasai vs. Masashi Takeda & Kenji Fukimoto
FREEDOMS, 2/19/2017 [Sun] 18:30 @ Hiroshima Industry Center West Building
() Tatsuhito Takaiwa & Dragon Libre vs. Tsuyoshi Okada & Yuki Aoki
() Takumi Tsukamoto & Kenichiro Arai vs. Kenshin Chikano & Devil Magician
() Mammoth Sasaki & Toru Sugiura vs. GUNSO & Rey Paloma
() KING of FREEDOM WORLD TAG CHAMPIONSHIP Match: [11th Champions] Yuya Susumu & HAYATA vs. [Challengers] Shu & Kei Brahman
~ 5th title defense.
() Yoshiaki Fujiwara & GENTARO vs. Masashi Takeda & Kenji Fukimoto
() Deathmatch: Daisuke Masaoka & Jun Kasai vs. Takashi Sasaki & Yuko Miyamoto
~ Masked Mystery versus YUJI KITO for the GWC Single belt was announced February 21 show at Shinkiba. As well as four other matches.
GUTS World, 2/21/2017 [Tue] 19:00 @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo
() Tetsuhiro Kuroda (FREE) vs. Joji Otani
() GUTS Joshi vs IWA Neppa-gun: Drake Morimatsu & Micro vs. Keizo Matsuda & Kuishinbo Kamen
() Kishindo-Michio-CHAN vs Tonpachi Machine Guns Challenge Match: Mr. Gannosuke, Guts Ishijima, Michio Kageyama & CHANGO vs. Masao Orihara, Dick Togo, Amigo Suzuki & Liang Ping
() Special Tag Match: Daisuke & TORU vs. Kenichiro Arai & Buffalo
() GWC Single Championship Match: [11th Champion] Masked Mystery vs. [Challenger] YUJI KITO
~ 3rd title defense.
IGF / NEW NEWS
~ Josh Barnett vs. Shinichi Suzukawa was announced for the NEW show on April 5 at the Korakuen Hall.
NEW Opening Series, 4/5/2017 [Wed] 19:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
() Single Match: Josh Barnett vs. Shinichi Suzukawa
~ Also more events were announced for the new project’s first series of events in April and May.
NEW Opening Series, 4/20/2017 [Thu] 19:00 @ Shinjuku FACE in Tokyo
NEW Opening Series, 4/30/2017 [Sun] 15:00 @ Kasukabe Fureai Cube in Saitama
NEW Opening Series, 5/12/2017 [Fri] 19:00 @ Utsunomia City Tochigi Prefectural Cultural Center, Sub-Arena
NEW Opening Series, 5/21/2017 [Sun] 15:00 @ TKP Garden City Chiba
NEW Opening Series, 5/27/2017 [Sat] 19:00 @ Nasu Highland Park in Tochigi
NJPW / ROH News
New Japan announced that “HONOR RISING : JAPAN 2017” will be taking place on February 26 and 27 at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo.
No matches were officially announced at this time, but the early list of talent involved was released.
Adam Cole (Reigning ROH World Champion)
Representing New Japan…
Juice Robinson (Main)
Will Osprey (CHAOS)
Representing BULLET CLUB
Bad Luck Fale
Hangman Adam Page
“The American Nightmare” Cody
“HONOR RISING : JAPAN 2017”, 2/26/2017 [Sun] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
“HONOR RISING : JAPAN 2017”, 2/27/2017 [Mon] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
~ In additions to today’s results, Koji Kanemoto and Minoru Tanaka made the challenge for the NWA Light Tag belts which are currently held by BASARA’s Ryuichi Sekine and Ryota Nakatsu.
~ Taka Kunoh and Hayato Mashita made it known that they aim to fight for Real Japan against ZERO1.
~ Some matches were announced for the show on 2/18 in Niigata.
ZERO1, 2/18/2017 [Sat] 18:00 @ Niigata City Higashi Ward Plaza
() Tatsuhito Takaiwa (FREE) vs. Chris Orndorff
() Yoshikazu Yokoyama vs. Shigeno Shima (Niigata)
() Takuya Sugawara & Kotaro Suzuki (FREE) vs. Ikuto Hidaka & Sean Guinness
() Masato Tanaka & James Raideen vs. TARU & Hartley Jackson
~ More matches were announced for Hidaka’s 20th anniversary show on March 15.
“Hidaka Festival 20 ~ Ikuto Hidaka 20th Anniversary Show”, 3/15/2017 [Wed] @ Kita-ku Toyosu PIT in Tokyo
(0) Manabu Hara vs. Fuminori Abe
() Masakatsu Funaki vs. Takafumi Ito
() Akebono, Yuko Miyamoto & Isami Kodaka vs. Muhammad Yone, Shu & Kei Brahman
() Masato Tanaka, Hideki Suzuki & HUB vs. Kohei Sato, Jun Kasai & Hayato “Jr” Fujita
() Hidaka 20th Anniversary Match: Ikuto Hidaka, Minoru Fujita vs. Naomichi Marufuji & Dick Togo
~ Also announced to be competing… Manami Toyota, Shinjiro Otani, Kohei Sato, KAMIKAZE & Takuya Sugawara.