[AJPW News] Kotaro Suzuki officially announced that he will become a freelance wrestler. With December 6, 2015 scheduled as his final match for the promotion. (originally posted on 11/16)
Kotaro is also the reigning World Junior Heavyweight Champion and has officially relinquished his reign with the belt. Xceed as a group, originally led by Shiozaki, has also been eliminated as well.
Kotaro signed a new contract with the promotion back in July, but mentioned that he is not in agreement with some proposed changes to his contract every year since joining in July of 2013. So he has taken this opportunity to take matters into his own hands. Which is following in suit with Go Shiozaki who went freelance as of last month.
Kotaro stated that he wishes to start over with a clean slate, but he aims to expand his horizon elsewhere as a professional wrestler.
Akiyama addressed the situation as he stated that he has taken all responsibility for the recent changes. He respects Kotaro’s decision, but understands that it will leave a void in the junior division. That there is indeed a serious matter that needs to be addressed and he will try and work more directly with the talent going forward. (Note: Even though Akiyama is the president, he also has other people in power who make strong decisions based on their positions in the back.)
Yoshinobu Kanemaru (39) announced that he going freelance from All Japan following the Korakuen Hall show on December 15. (original post)
This new follows Kotaro Suzuki announcing the same earlier this week. Kanemaru joined All Japan in the summer of 2013 with the promise of a new start away from NOAH. Kanemaru originally made his debut in All Japan back in 1996 before joining the late Mitsuharu Misawa with NOAH.
As for his future, Kanemaru stated that he wishes to broaden his career as a pro-wrestler by competing as freelance. That he is thinking in regards to his family and his career as well. This is no easy decision for him to make, but he believes that it is the best decision for him at this time. He wants the fans to know that anything that happens here on out is his complete responsibility, but he wishes to make the best of his decision. He thanked everyone for their support throughout the years and hopes that remains unchanging in the future.
[NJPW News] BUSHI’s return to competition has been postponed for the time being.
BUSHI suffered a spinal cord injury last December and was expected to return in August, but he injured his right foot during practice. New Japan stated that BUSHI is unable to attend, BUSHI’s own words, so he has been pulled from competing on the 11/21 Korakuen Hall show.
Below is the updated card for tomorrow’s show, which is also the start of the “World Tag League 2015″…
New Japan Pro Wrestling “WORLD TAG LEAGUE 2015” 11/21/2015 [Sat] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(1) Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu vs. Mascara Dorada & David Finlay Jr.
(2) Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian vs. Tiger Mask IV & Juice Robinson
(3) Matt Taven, Michael Bennett & Gedo vs. KUSHIDA, Ryusuke Taguchi & Captain New Japan
(4) Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima, Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi vs. AJ Styles, Bad Luck Fale, Yujiro Takahashi, Tama Tonga & Cody Hall
(5) WTL A BLOCK: Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma vs. Toru Yano & Kazushi Sakuraba
(6) WTL B BLOCK: Tetsuya Naito & EVIL vs. Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows
(7) WTL B BLOCK: Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Tomohiro Ishii
(8) WTL A BLOCK: Hiroshi Tanahashi & Michael Elgin vs. Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI
[New Year’s Eve Pro-Wrestling News] This years big end of the year show will once more featuring a one day tag tournament between BJW, DDT, and K-DOJO. The matches have been announced for the show and they are as follows…
New Year’s Eve Pro-Wrestling 2015 “Toshiwasure ~ Year-end Drinking Party! Three Promotion Shuffle Tag Tournament”, 12/31/2015 [Thu] 20:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
() Shuffle Tag Tournament: Sanshiro Takagi [DDT] & Takayuki Ueki [BJW] vs. Great Kojika [BJW] & Tetsuya Endo [DDT]
() Shuffle Tag Tournament: Shu & Kei Brahman [both FREE] vs. Kaji Tomato [K-DOJO] & Kazuki Hirata [DDT]
() Shuffle Tag Tournament: HARASHIMA [DDT] & Yuko Miyamoto  vs. Kazusada Higuchi [K-DOJO] & Yoshihisa Uto [BJW]
() Shuffle Tag Tournament: Jaki Numazawa [BJW] & Antonio Honda [FREE] vs. Makoto Oishi [DDT] & Shiori Asahi [K-DOJO]
() Shuffle Tag Tournament: Tank Nagai [K-DOJO] & Abdullah Kobayashi [BJW] vs. Yuji Okabayashi [BJW] & Danshoku Dino [DDT]
() Shuffle Tag Tournament: Daisuke Sekimoto [BJW] & Konosuke Takeshita [DDT] vs. Shigehiro Irie [DDT] & Hideyoshi Kamitani [BJW]
() Shuffle Tag Tournament: Ryuji Ito [BJW] & Ryuichi Sekine [K-DOJO] vs. TAKA Michinoku [K-DOJO] & Kazumi Kikuta [BJW]
() Shuffle Tag Tournament: Kengo Mashimo [K-DOJO] & Isami Kodaka [BASARA] vs. Yukio Sakaguchi [DDT] & Kazuki Hashimoto [BJW]
[ZERO1 News] Takuya Sugawara announced that he found a teammate to go after the International Light Tag belts in freelance veteran Takuma Sano. Sugawara stated that his reasoning is to bring an outside veteran to help with the fight against the veterans.
Ikuto Hidaka has also been relegated to the opening dark match as he takes on Sean Guinness.
Below is the announced card at this time…
ZERO1, 11/23/2015 [Mon] 12:30 @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo
(0) Ikuto Hidaka vs. Sean Guinness
() Masakado & Buffa vs. Mineo Fujita & Toshiki Itakura
() Masato Tanaka vs. Yusaku Obata
() International Light Tag Championship Match: [Champions] Shinjiro Otani & Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs. [Challengers] Takuya Sugawara & Takuma Sano
() UN Heavyweight Championship Match: [24th Champion] KAMIKAZE vs. [Challenger] Yoshikazu Yokoyama
~ 1st title defense.
() NWA Intercontinental Tag Championship Match: [Champions] Kohei Sato & Daisuke Sekimoto vs. [Challengers] Ryoji Sai & KENSO
() World Heavyweight Championship Match: [19th Champion] Hideki Suzuki vs. [Challenger] James Raideen
~ 1st title defense.
[BJW News] It has been announced that Yuji Okabayashi will be defending the World Strong Heavy belt against up-and-comer Hideyoshi Kamitani on December 20th in Yokohama. Kamitani has really managed to grow and showcase himself as a future strong competitor and has shown that he can push Okabayashi almost to the limit just in the recent past. Regardless of the outcomes this could be a defining moment for both men as they still have much to prove. Okabayashi as a fighting champion and Kamitani as a worthy future champion in his own right.
BIG JAPAN DEATH VEGAS, 12/20/2015 [Sun] 15:00 @ Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium in Kanagawa
(-) BJW World Strong Heavyweight Championship Match: [7th Champion] Yuji Okabayashi vs. [Challenger] Hideyoshi Kamitani
~ 1st title defense.
[J-STAGE News] More matches have been announced for the special junior centered show that is taking place on December 1st.
Among the announced matches is a singles match between Jun Kasai and “brother” YASSHI. The Kasai natives are set to do battle in a match that both aim to make a statement against one another. There appears to be some heat between the two, though they have become wrestlers in their own separate ways. Both look to bring a notable fire and edge to the show.
J STAGE, 12/1/2015 [Tue] 19:00 @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo
() Kaji Tomato [K-DOJO] vs. Kenta Hattori [Kachofugetsu]
() Yuko Miyamoto  vs. Keisuke Okuda [IGF]
() Mineo Fujita [ZERO1] vs. Shota Nakagawa [ASUKA PROJECT]
() Takeshi Minamino & Manjimaru [both FREE] vs. Koji Iwamoto [Sportiva] & Daisuke Kanehira [HEAT-UP]
() Hi69 [FREE], Minoru Tanaka [W-1] & MIKAMI [FREE] vs. Yuya Susumu [FREEDOMS], Seiki Yoshioka [W-1] & HAYATA [DOVE]
() Jun Kasai [FREEDOMS] vs. “brother” YASSHI [FREE]
(-) Yuki Sato [K-DOJO] & Daisuke Sasaki [DDT] vs. Shu & Kei Brahman [FREE]
[Mr. Gannosuke News] Gannosuke announced that he will be hosting “Kishindo Returns 19” on January 12, 2016 at the Shinkiba 1stRING and announced the matches for the show as well.
As for the usual with his shows, Gannosuke stated that he has put together a full event of singles matches that he personally wants to see happen.
Mr. Gannosuke Produce “Kishindo Returns 19”, 1/12/2015 [Tue] 19:00 @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo
(0) Mil Hadacaras vs. FutoFuto Kobashi
() Shota [GUTS World] vs. Atsushi Maruyama [FREE]
() Makoto [REINA] vs. Haruka Kato [FREE]
() Mineo Fujita [ZERO1] vs. Kenishiro Arai [DRAGON GATE]
() Tatsuhiko Yoshino [GUTS World] vs. TAKA Michinoku [K-DOJO]
() Hikaru Sato [Pancrase MISSION] vs. Buffalo [FREE]
() Yuko Miyamoto  vs. Magnitude Kishiwada [FREE]
() Mr. Gannosuke vs. Yasu Urano [DDT]