It was announced publicly that Vader passed away on the night of January 18th. His son, Jesse White, broke the news on Vader’s personal twitter account.
Vader made his debut in Japan in 1987 for NJPW. Where he would go on to become a three time IWGP Heavyweight Champion. Then in 1999, he would go on to win that years Champion Carnival league in All Japan Pro-Wrestling and even be a two time Triple Crown Champion.
RIP Big Man
~ It was made official that Ryoji Sai will defend the Asia Heavyweight belt against Bodyguard and July 29th in Osaka. The match joins the previously announced Triple Crown main event of Miyahara defending against Zeus.
All Japan Pro-Wrestling “SUMMER ACTION SERIES”, 7/29/2018 [Sun] 16:00 @ EDION Arena Osaka
() Asia Heavyweight Championship Match: [8th Champion] Ryoji Sai (LAND’S END) vs. [Challenger] The Bodyguard
~ 4th title defense.
() Triple Crown Championship Match: [60th Champion] Kento Miyahara vs. [Challenger] Zeus
~ 3rd title defense.
~ Tatsuhiko Yoshino was announced to miss the entirety of the July scheduled shows as he was diagnosed with spinal canal stenosis. He will be undergoing rest following surgery to try and correct the situation.
~ The full event cards were announced for the July 1st and July 17th shows.
~ Then Kazuyuki Fujita was announced to be competing on the Osaka show on July 21st. Part of the event card was released.
BJW, 7/1/2018 [Sun] 18:00 @ Susukino Mars Gym in Hokkaido
(1) Yuichi Taniguchi vs. Yuki Morihiro
(2) Kankuro Hoshino, Kota Sekifuda & Kazumi Kikuta vs. Kazuki Hashimoto, Yuya Aoki & Yuki Ishikawa
(3) Ryuichi Kawakami & Takuya Nomura vs. Daichi Hashimoto & Hideyoshi Kamitani
(4) Audience Brings The Weapons, Kenzan, Thumbtacks & Gadget 6 Man Tag Death Match: Ryuji Ito, Abdullah Kobayashi & Jaki Numazawa vs. Masaya Takahashi, Takayuki Ueki & Toshiyuki Sakuda
(5) Yokohama Shopping Street 6 Man Tag Championship Match: [18th Champions] Ryota Hama, Yasufumi Nakanoue & Yoshihisa Uto vs. [Challengers] Hideki Suzuki, Daisuke Sekimoto & Takuho Kato
~ 1st title defense.
(6) Triple Madness Mega Item, Fluroescent Light-tubes & Table Tag Death Match: Yuko Miyamoto & Isami Kodaka vs. Masashi Takeda & Takumi Tsukamoto
BJW “BJW Junior Heavyweight Championship Next Challenger Decision Tournament”, 7/17/2018 [Tue] 19:00 @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo
(1) Junior Tournament 2nd Round Match: Kazuki Hashimoto vs. Kota Sekifuda
(2) Junior Tournament 2nd Round Match: Hercules Senga vs. Yuya Aoki
(3) Daichi Hashimoto & Yuki Morihiro vs. Hideyoshi Kamitani & Akira Hyodo
(4) Ryota Hama, Yasufumi Nakanoue & Yoshihisa Uto vs. Ryuichi Kawakami, Kazumi Kikuta & Takuho Kato
(5) Barbed-wire Board 6 Man Tag Death Match: Abdullah Kobayashi, Ryuji Ito & Jaki Numazawa vs. Masaya Takahashi, Takayuki Ueki & Toshiyuki Sakuda
(6) Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuki Ishikawa vs. Takuya Nomura & Fuminori Abe
(7) Junior Next Challenger Decision Final Match:
Big Japan Pro-Wrestling “Osaka Surprise 38 – STRONG WORLD 2018”, 7/21/2018 [Sat] 17:00 @ EDION Arena Osaka, 2nd Stadium
() Junior Special 6 Tag Match: Tsutomu Oosugi, Hercules Senga & Kota Sekifuda vs. Dick Togo (MichiPro), HUB (FREE) & Tsubasa (FREE)
() Death Match: Ryuji Ito & Jaki Numazawa vs. Abdullah Kobayashi & Kankuro Hoshino
() Death Match: Masashi Takeda & Takumi Tsukamoto vs. Yuko Miyamoto & Isami Kodaka
() Special 6 Tag Match: Masaya Takahashi, Takayuki Ueki & Toshiyuki Sakuda vs. Kendo Kashin (FREE), Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei
() Special Tag Match: Daisuke Sekimoto & Kazuyuki Fujita (FREE) vs. Daichi Hashimoto & Hideyoshi Kamitani
~ A couple more matches were announced for the 1stRING show on June 26th and the full card was announced for Masahiro Takanashi’s 15th anniversary show on July 8th.
DDT, 6/26/2018 [Wed] @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo
(-) Takatimo Dragon, Hiratimo Dragon & Toru Owashi vs. Daisuke Sasaki, Soma Takao & Tetsuya Endo
(-) Danshoku Dieno, Shunma Katsumata & Yuki Ueno vs. Yukio Sakaguchi, Tanomusaku Toba & MAO
(-) Makoto Oishi vs. Kota Umeda
(-) KO-D Tag Championship Match: [Champions] Daisuke Sekimoto & Kazusada Higuchi vs. [Challengers] Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie
~ 3rd title defense.
Masahiro Takanashi Debut 15th Anniversary Show, 7/8/2018 [Sun] 17:00 @ Ryogoku KFC Hall in Tokyo
() Gauntlet Tag Match: Konosuke Takeshita & Yasu Urano vs. Akito & Shunma Katsumata vs. Makoto Oishi & Cherry, Antonio Honda & Riho vs. Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Keisuke Ishii vs. Hoshitango & Kazusada Higuchi vs. Kouki Iwasaki & Rekka
() Takatimo Dragon, Hiratimo Dragon, Toru Owashi, Saki Akai & Gota Ihashi vs. Brahman Shu, Brahman Kei, Gorgeous Matsumo, Emi Sakura & Chupacabra w/ Haru Miyako
() Yukio Sakaguchi & Manjimaru vs. Kota Umeda & Yuki Ueno
() KUDO, HARASHIMA & Ken Ohka vs. X, XX & XXX
() DAMNATION vs Irie Army: (tba)
() Masahiro Takanashi vs. Isami Kodaka (BASARA)
POWER HALL NEWS
~ Another addition was made for the upcoming show on July 10th, as Gota Ihashi will be taking on the veteran grappler Yoshiaki Fujiwara in the opening match. Ihashi suffered much scrutiny from Choshu after competing on the January show, but the little big man is set out to prove that he deserves to compete as a professional wrestler.
Riki Choshu Produce POWER HALL 2018 ~ Battle of another dimension~, 7/10/2018 [Tue] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(1) Yoshiaki Fujiwara (Fujiwara-gumi) vs. Gota Ihashi (DDT)
(2) BLAZE OF GLORY: Minoru Tanaka (FREE), Mitsuhiro Yoshida (GJPW) & LEONA (DRADITION) vs. HAYATA, YO-HEY & Tadasuke (all NOAH)
(3) AJPW Offer Match ~ THE NEW GENERATION: Jake Lee & Koji Iwamoto vs. Naoya Nomura & Yuma Aoyagi
(4) TRIO WITH SKILLS: [Heisei Ishin-gun] Shiro Koshinaka, AKIRA & Akitoshi Saito vs. [Tokyo Gurentai] NOSAWA Rongai, MAZADA & FUJITA
(5) NATURAL BORN WARRIORS: Katsuhiko Nakajima & Masa Kitamiya (both NOAH) vs. Hideyoshi Kamitani & Takuya Nomura (both BJW)
(6) Semi-final ~ A NEW ENCOUNTER: Tatsumi Fujinami (DRADITION), Naomichi Marufuji (NOAH) & Shotaro Ashino (W-1) vs. Shingo Takagi (DG), Koji Doi (W-1) & Kaito Kiyomiya (NOAH)
(7) Main Event ~ JOIN THE REVOLUTION II: Riki Choshu, Daisuke Sekimoto (BJW) & Yoshitatsu (FREE/AJPW) vs. Jun Akiyama (AJPW), Daichi Hashimoto (BJW) & Jiro “Ikemen” Kuroshio (W-1)
~ The full event card was announced for the July 1st show in Odawara, which will feature the first round matches of the “W-1 GRAND PRIX”.
WRESTLE-1 TOUR 2018 SYMBOL, 7/1/2018 [Sun] 17:00 @ Odawara Arena, Sub Arena in Kanagawa
() Andy Wu & Alejandro vs. Masayuki Mitomi (Ehime) & Hideo Toda (Chigasaki)
() Yusuke Kodama & Kenichiro Arai vs. Seiki Yoshioka & El Hijo del Pantera
() Manabu Soya, NOSAWA Rongai & MAZADA vs. Tsugataka Sato, Jun Tonsho & Ganseki Tanaka
() GRAND PRIX 1st Round Match: Jiro “Ikemen”Kuroshio vs. Masayuki Kono
() GRAND PRIX 1st Round Match: Kaz Hayashi vs. Shotaro Ashino
() GRAND PRIX 1st Round Match: Shuji Kondo vs. Koji Doi
() GRAND PRIX 1st Round Match: Takanori Ito vs. Kumaarashi
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