[W-1 News] WRESTLE-1 officially announced the next defenses for the W-1 Single and Tag belts will be taking place on January 30th.
Manabu Soya rightfully earned the next defense against Mutoh after forcing the champion to submit on the last show on January 11th. Mutoh stated that Soya certainly has the strength to be champion, but as for his current character he is not so certain is fitting of being the leading champion. Soya on the other hand stated that he is more than prepared to begin a breakthrough in W-1 when he becomes champion.
The W-1 Tag belts have also been added to the show. Following their 3rd defense of the belts, Kaz & Kondo were attacked by KAZMA & Doi in which the DESPERADO team also left with the belts in their possession. Kaz & Kondo attended the press conference today without their W-1 Tag belts to announce the match. The champions felt that the “so-called” next contenders have set an “new low standard” by blatantly taking the belts, but that will prove to be the only way those two will ever hold the belts. The champions also mentioned the idea of a enforcing the match to be under lumberjack rules, due to the chance of the rest of DESPERADO getting involved, but nothing has been finalized as of yet.
The champions also addressed Minoru Tanaka & Seiki Yoshioka’s challenge and stated that they could very well be in line for their 5th defense of the belts.
Then of course are the two W-1 vs. ZERO1 matches were announced as well on the 1/11 show. Below is the announced card at this time…
WRESTLE-1 SUNRISE TOUR 2014, 1/30/2015 [Sat] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(-) KASSEN Special Single Match ~ WRESTLE-1 vs ZERO1 War~: Daiki Inaba vs. Masato Tanaka
(-) KASSEN Special Single Match ~ WRESTLE-1 vs ZERO1 War~: Masakatsu Funaki & Jiro “Ikemen” Kuroshio vs. Hideki Suzuki [FREE] & Yusaku Obata
(-) WRESTLE-1 Tag Championship Match: [1st Champions] “Team 246″ Kaz Hayashi & Shuji Kondo vs. [Challengers] “DESPERADO” KAZMA SAKAMOTO & Koji Doi
~ 4th title defense.
(-) WRESTLE-1 Championship Match: [2nd Champion] Keiji Mutoh vs. [Challenger] Manabu Soya
~ 2nd title defense.
WRESTLE-1 Event Cards for January & February 2015
[W-1 News] The first matches have been announced for 2015, as Keiji Mutoh will be assessing his next challenger for the W-1 singles belt as well as the W-1 Tag belts will be in defense.
First up, Keiji Mutoh came out to announce that he has still not decided if Manabu Soya is worthy to be the next challenger, but he will be giving Soya an chance to earn the shot come the show on January 11, 2015. Mutoh questioned Soya’s right to be a challenger, but he is also one of giving opportunities. So this upcoming tag match will determine where he stands with the WRESTLE-1 Championship defense potentially being held on January 30th at the Korakuen Hall.
Mutoh stated that his first defense against Seiya Sanada proved to be far better of a defense than originally anticipated and the bar has now been set as he made it known that his winning of the belt was not a fluke. As he may still have one last solid run left in him. As for his tag partner for the 1/11 show, it is current undecided, but Mutoh did hint that it could be one Shiro Koshinaka as they take on “new WILD order” Manabu Soya and AKIRA. Mutoh is looking to for a strong performance as the belt is in defense for the first in the new year.
Jiro “Ikemen” Kuroshio will be looking to exact some revenge in the new year as he will be taking on his former Novus teammate in Koji Doi in a singles match on 1/11. On the 12/22 show, Doi turned on Ikemen and joined the DESPERADO heel unit. This has left Ikemen in looking to exact some much needed revenge as he takes on his former friend. Ikemen stated that Novus is also in a weird position now as well as Yusuke Kodama has seemed to have formed an alliance with Yasufumi Nakanoue and are going for the W-1 Tag belts in 2015. Ikemen stated that he aims to continue working with Masakatsu Funaki and also declared that he aims to push his body to 95kg, as he currently sits at 80kg.
The W-1 Tag belts will be in defense early on in 2015, as Kaz & Kondo will be putting the belts on the line against the new generation team of Nakanoue and Kodama. The unexpected alliance of Nakanoue and Kodama came out of nowhere, given the W-1 vs Novus feuds over the last several months, but the reigning champions like their assertiveness of the new generation stepping forward. Nakanoue noted that them stepping forward was not met with a strong reaction from the fans, given what has transpired between the two in recent times, but the two have come to a strong mutual understanding. Kodama stated that his real goal is to change the landscape of W-1 in 2015. Kaz & Kondo both agreed that Nakanoue and Kodama are both paving their own paths, but as a team they are truly unproven and they hope they are ready for what is coming. This will be a big opportunity for the new generation to prove themselves against the veteran champion team.
Below is the announced card for the 1/11 show at this time.
WRESTLE-1 SUNRISE TOUR 2015 ~ New Year Love ~, 1/11/2015 [Sun] 12:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(-) WRESTLE-1 vs DESPERADO: Jiro “Ikemen” Kuroshio vs. Koji Doi
(-) Special Tag Match: Keiji Mutoh & X vs. Manabu Soya & AKIRA
(-) WRESTLE-1 Tag Championship Match: [1st Champions] “Team 246” Kaz Hayashi & Shuji Kondo vs. [Challengers] Yasufumi Nakanoue & Yusuke Kodama
~ 3rd title defense.