[Weekend Recap for September 10, 2012] Some major things went down this weekend (9/7 to 9/9) in Japan, and I thought there is no time than the present to try something new. So I want to give us a quick look back at some of the major developments from the major promotions in Japan.
1. Kengo Mashimo makes a shocking appearance in NJPW. (I would say debut, but he has competed in New Japan before.)
Mashimo came out of nowhere on both Friday & Saturday’s show and attacked Togi Makabe. Taking him out of both occasions with his Brainbuster.
More info on what happened on the news post I made Saturday. To sum it all up though, Mashimo is a member of Suzuki-gun and that makes a very interesting addition to the group.
But it didn’t end there for Mashimo as he yet again made an appearance on Sunday (9/9) and tried to continue the assault on Makabe. Makabe was ready this time around and managed to catch Mashimo before he could do any real damage with the interference. Then they both continued battling mid-way through the match leaving Suzuki-gun with a 4 on 3 advantage.
Which this leads me to the next story of the weekend…
2. Lance Archer & Harry Smith (WWE’s David Hart Smith) aiming for the IWGP Tag belts. The son of the Biritish Bulldog" Davey Boy Smith, Harry Smith, returned to New Japan with a purpose this weekend and instantly found a connection with another former WWE star in Lance Archer (Vance Archer/Lance Hoyt). The two have set their eyes on the IWGP Tag belts, which are currently held by Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima. They both locked themselves onto the champions all weekend long, and brought the fight to them. Sunday though would prove to be the win that Archer & Smith needed after Smith beat Tenzan in the middle of the ring with a Sharpshooter. With Makabe out of the way, that left Tenzan in the wrong spot at the wrong time and he was met with Archer’s Blackout Slam and then the submission from Smith. Archer & Smith have been taunting the champions every night, and even held the belts like they were their own already. TenKoji has always been a team to fight through adversity, but will this new and hungry American team prove to be too much for them? A tag title match has not been scheduled as of yet, but we might expect one sooner than later.
3. Nagata celebrates his 20th Anniversary as a Pro Wrestler.
“Mr. Anti-Aging” Yuji Nagata successfully celebrated a big achievement on Sunday by hitting the big 2-0 as a pro wrestler. He has had a strong career with many title wins and made a lot of friends within the sport. It has been noted much as of late that one of Nagata’s next goals is for him to be crowned the oldest wrestler in the history of New Japan to become the IWGP Heavyweight Champion, currently that honor sits with “Mr. Puroresu” Genichiro Tenryu at 49 years and 10 months. If any currently in New Japan can do it, it would probably be Nagata.
4. Morishima and KENTA continue to go back and forth with wins/loses.
Takeshi Morishima vs. KENTA has been the top subject for NOAH in the recent month, and coming up on September 17 it will be interesting to see who emerges as the champion. Morishima has said numerous times that he will be the fighting champion that NOAH needs, but KENTA has also said he is the champion that NOAH needs. Ever since KENTA formed NO MERCY back in early 2011, he has been aiming to change the ideology of NOAH, that even himself, a junior, can be the face of the promotion. The only problem is that the face of the promotion is usually the one holding the GHC Heavyweight belt. KENTA’s goal was then set on claiming the prize. Though injuries have kept him down for the 1st half of this year KENTA is saying that it is now or never to claim the belt. This weekend, if anything, has shown that both men can beat each other at anytime. Morishima though is pulling slightly ahead being that he is the bigger man, but KENTA has proven that he is a lot faster and has a few moves at his disposal to quickly put the big man down. With exactly a week away from the big event, from writing this, there is a lot of tension in the air and it will be settled on 9/17.
5. Tournaments are underway for AJP & NOAH (GOARA TV Title & NOAH Jr. Tag).
~ All Japan kicked off the single elimination GAORA TV Championship tournament on Saturday, and there was definitely a few upsets that occurred. The biggest shocker I will mention below in its own post, but the two recent invaders in Tomoaki Honma & Kazushi Miyamoto have proven to be key players within the promotion. Granted both have spent many years in the promotion previously, but All Japan could be on the verge of losing the new belt to one of these two. With All Japan just now getting all of thier main belts back, I can tell you now that will not sit with the President of All Japan Masayuki Uchida.
All Japan Pro-Wrestling “40th ANNIVERSARY TOUR 2012”, 10/7/2012 [Sun] 12:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(-) GAORA TV Championship, First Champion Decision Tournament, Semi-Final Match: Yasufumi Nakanoueno vs. Kazushi Miyamoto
~ This will be a tough test for All Japan’s rookie.
(-) GAORA TV Championship, First Champion Decision Tournament, Semi-Final Match: Seiya Sanada vs. Tomoaki Honma
~ Sanada was next to Kono in terms of being the fan favorite. Will the crafty Honma pick up the win over the next generation ace, or will Sanada prove that he can handle his superior in the ring?
(-) GAORA TV Championship, First Champion Decision Tournament, Final Match:
~ NOAH’s Jr. Tag League began on Saturday and things are close to even at this point, next weekend will start to show some sways in ranking though.
Below you can see the current standings.
Asahi & Tonai [1 Win = 2 Points]
Edwards & Fish [1 Win = 2 Points]
Ishimori & Kotoge [1 Win, 1 Loss = 2 Points]
Kotaro & Aoki [1 Loss = 0 Points]
Kaiser & Gaston Mateo [1 Loss = 0 Points]
Hidaka & Hashimoto [1 Win = 2 Points]
Ricky Marvin & Super Crazy [1 Draw = 1 Point]
Katsuhiko Nakajima & Satoshi Kajiwara [1 Draw = 1 Point]
Kanemaru & Hirayanagi [1 Loss = 0 Points]
. Paul London & Zack Sabre Jr.
6. Yasufumi Nakanoueno gets his first victory in his 2 year and 8 month career.
I think the title says it all, Yasufumi has shown improvement as of late and has actually been building himself as someone the fans have been cheering to get a win for quite sometime. Much like Kenta Kobashi, who suffered countless back to back loses early on in his carrer, it seems that All Japan is working in Yasufumi with all the loses he may ever need now. His big win on Saturday has already given the 26 year old a much needed confident boost, but with him having to go up against Kazushi Miyamoto in the semi-final of the GOARA tv title tournament, he will definitely need all the momentum that he can get.
7. NOSAWA Rongai returns to All Japan, TOKYO GURENTAI reformed.
How could I have left out this bit of news, (sorry long day on my part) but NOSAWA Rongai made a shocking return to All Japan during Saturday’s show. His return comes with the announcement that him and MAZADA will be vying for the recently vacant All Asia Tag belts.
NOSAWA has been away from All Japan for the last few years and has been on the wrong end of controversy on 2 major points since. NOSAWA is looking to take his recent “false arrest” for marijuana possession as a way to get his wrestling career in order. NOSAWA recently competed in DIAMOND RING and has been given a chance now to compete in All Japan. Hopefully now he can put his career before him and his habits behind him.
The All Asia title tournament was announced today (9/10) so I will not go into detail of it, as you can check out the link below to get the lowdown of what is planned.
I believe that to be all the biggest newsworthy happenings of this weekend, but if you guys want me to continue posting something like this feel free to like this post on the facebook page, leave me a comment, or give me a retweet on twitter.