Chono 25th Anniversary Show to Feature Dream Tag Team Match Up
The Sumo Hall in Tokyo will play host to the Masahiro Chono 25th Anniversary show, which will take place on October 12th. There was a rumor going around that this could feature Chono challenging then-IWGP Heavyweight Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi in what was supposed to be his final title match, however, with Tanahashi getting injured at the G1 Tournament, those plans were scrapped.
New Japan management has gotten really creative however, and have secured both Keiji Muto and Kenta Kobashi for the show. Muto will team with his long time rival against Kobashi and an opponent to be named soon. There were rumblings of it being Toshiaki Kawada, but there’s also been talk of it being Tanahashi. Either way, it will be Kobashi and Muto’s first time facing each other in a wrestling ring. Believe it or not, this match up has never taken place, so it should draw well.
– Riki Choshu
– Shinjiro Otani (ZERO1)
– Masato Tanaka (ZERO1)
– Kota Ibushi (DDT)
– Takao Omori
– Yutaka Yoshie (DRADITION)
– Giant Bernard
– Karl Anderson
– Prince Devitt
– Great Kojika
– Tiger Toguchi
– Gran Hamada
– Don Arakawa
– Yoshiaki Fujiwara
– Kuniaki Kobayashi
Eight matches are scheduled with the following formats:
– Two singles matches
– A tag match
– A 3WAY match
– Two six man tag matches
– One eight man tag match
– A time-lag battle royal (Royal Rumble)
NJPW ?MASAHIRO CHONO 25TH ANNIVERSARY – ARISTRIST IN RYOGOKU KOKUGIKAN?, 10/12/09 (WPW/PPV)
Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan
1. Masahiro Chono, Keiji Muto??& Kenta Kobashi??vs. X, X & X
Nagata Produce Show A Big Hit
Yuji Nagata produced his first show in nearly two years this past weekend at the Togane Arena. The event was a huge success, drawing nearly 3,000 fans, which is colossal considering this was basically a glorified house show. Nagata teamed with Akebono in the main event to defeat the Gaijin team of Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson. The even market Akebono’s first match in All Japan since the 2007 G1 Climax Tournament.
NJPW ?NAGATA PRODUCE – BLUE JUSTICE! 2009″, 9/12/09 (Samurai! TV)
2,600 Fans?- No Vacancy
1. Kazuchika Okada beat Nobuo Yoshihashi?(8:49)?with a crab hold.
2. Milano Collection AT & Taichi beat Jado & Gedo?(14:25)?when Milano used a Gedo clutch on Gedo.
3. Super Strong Machine, Koji Kanemoto & Tiger Mask beat Ryusuke Taguchi, Prince Devitt & Mitsuhide Hirasawa?(12:05)?when Machine used a diving senton on Hirasawa.
4. Hirooki Goto & Wataru Inoue beat Takashi Iizuka & Tomohiro Ishii?(10:10)?when Iizuka was DQ?d.
5. Manabu Nakanishi & Takao Omori beat Masahiro Chono & AKIRA?(11:11)?when Nakanishi used the Hercules Cutter on AKIRA.
6. Shinsuke Nakamura & Toru Yano beat Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma?(9:58)?when Nakamura used the Boma Ye on Honma.
7. Yuji Nagata & Akebono beat Giant Bernard & Karl Anderson?(14:40)?when Nagata used a backdrop hold on Anderson.
Korakuen Hall Show Sells Out Again
Last night’s Korakuen Hall against featured a packed house as New Japan continued along with its September tour. Apollo 55, the team of Ryosuke Taniguchi and Prince Devitt, successfully defended their IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships, defeating TNA’s Motor City Machine Guns in a return match from their July 31st encounter where Apollo 55 won the straps. Taguchi dropped Sabin with a Dodon to win their match and make it their second successful defense. Right now, the team is being billed as New Japan’s ‘franchise’ junior tag team.
Wataru Inoue began his pseudo trial series today to assess his standing as a heavyweight after struggling since coming up from the junior division. He faced Yuji Nagata and was completely dominated. Nagata told him to keep pushing forward at the post-match press conference.
Tomoaki Honma suffered perhaps his most embarrassing defeat to date, and boy, that covers a lot of territory. He dropped a decision to Tajiri, who defeated him in three seconds. Tajiri has stayed on board in New Japan and seems to be headed towards a match up with Hiroshi Tanahashi once he returns from injury.
NJPW, 9/13/09 (SXW)
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
2,000 Fans?- Super No Vacancy
1. Super Strong Machine & Koji Kanemoto beat Mitsuhide Hirasawa & Kazuchika Okada?(10:30)?when Machine used a diving senton on Hirasawa.
2. TAJIRI??beat Tomoaki Honma?(0:03)?by pinfall.
3. Masahiro Chono, Tiger Mask & AKIRA beat Giant Bernard, Karl Anderson & Tomohiro Ishii?(10:57)when Tiger pinned Bernard.
4. Yuji Nagata beat Wataru Inoue?(12:56)?with a backdrop hold.
5. Masato Tanaka?, Jado & Gedo beat Hirooki Goto, Milano Collection AT & Taichi?(12:31)?when Jado used the Crossface of JADO on Milano.
6. Togi Makabe, Manabu Nakanishi & Takao Omori beat Shinsuke Nakamura, Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka?(13:54)?when Makabe used a top rope King Kong kneedrop on Iizuka.
7.?IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Title: Ryusuke Taguchi & Prince Devitt (c) beat Alex Shelley??& Chris Sabin??(23:20)?when Taguchi used the Dodon on Sabin (2nd defense).
G1 Climax Tag Tournament Dates Announced
The dates for the G1 Climax Tag Team Tournament have been announced. The tournament will kick off on October 17th in Saitama and finish up at the Korakuen Hall on November 1st. The final two major shows of the year will be November 8th at the Sumo Hall and on December 5th in Aichi.
Misawa Memorial Show Features Return of the Holy Demon Army
NOAH’s ‘Great Voyage ’09’ show at the Nippon Budokan looks like its going to be huge. Of course, this is going to be a huge Misawa tribute double shot, and will feature some of the biggest talent in Japan. The Budokan show will take place on September 27th while there will be a second show in Osaka on the 3rd of October.
Among those scheduled to appear will be All Japan Triple Crown Champion Yoshihiro Takayama, Kensuke Sasaki, All Japan President Keiji Mutoh, Genichiro Tenryu, Minoru Suzuki, Katsuhiko Nakajima, Masahiro Chono and in perhaps the biggest news of all… Toshiaki Kawada. The main event of the Osaka show will feature Kawada teaming up with old partner Akira Taue to re-form the Holy Demon Army. They’ll take on the team of Jun Akiyama and KENTA.
Both shows promise to be huge. New Japan is eagerly looking to send other talent as well, as Shinsuke Nakamura and Hiroshi Tanahashi have been rumored to be making appearances. Yuji Nagata’s name has also been bandied about. Both shows have already sold out.
Here’s a list of the scheduled talent:
-Yoshihiro Takayama (9/27 & 10/3)
-Kensuke Sasaki (9/27)
-Keiji Mutoh (9/27)
-Genichiro Tenryu (9/27)
-Minoru Suzuki (9/27)
-Katsuhiko Nakajima (9/27)
-Kento Miyahara (9/27)
-Bison Smith (9/27)
-Toshiaki Kawada (10/3)
-Masahiro Chono (10/3)
-Masashi Aoyagi (10/3)
NOAH ?Great Voyage ?09 in Tokyo?, 9/27/09 (G+)
Tokyo Nippon Budokan
1. Jun Akiyama, Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Sugiura vs. Takeshi Rikioh, Mohammed Yone & KENTA
2. Akira Taue & Keiji Mutoh vs. Kenta Kobashi & Yoshihiro Takayama
NOAH ?Great Voyage ?09 in Osaka?, 10/3/09 (G+)
Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium
1. Takashi Sugiura vs. Yoshihiro Takayama
2. Akira Taue & Toshiaki Kawada vs. Jun Akiyama & KENTA
Korakuen Show Draws Well, Taue in Tsukuba Show Does Well
Yoshinobu Kanemaru and Kotaro Suzuki successfully defended their GHC Jr. Tag Team Championships, defeating Katsuhiko Nakajima and Kento Miyahara of Kensuke Office. The show drew well, bringing in about 1,800 fans. In other big news on the show, Akitoshi Saito defeated Takeshi Morishima and appears to be on a tear. Kensuke Sasaki defeated Bison Smith while Ricky Marvin defeated Steve Anthony in other singles action.
NOAH, 9/12/09 (G+)
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
1,800 Fans?(No Vacancy)
1. Ricky Marvin beat Steve Anthony?(7:57)?with a modified cradle.
2. Takeshi Rikioh, Mohammed Yone & Genba Hirayanagi beat Akira Taue, Yoshinari Ogawa & Junji Izumida?(11:25)?when Yone used a diving guillotine legdrop on Izumida.
3. Atsushi Aoki & Bobby Fish beat KENTA & Akihiko Ito?(16:34)?when Aoki used a reverse cross armbreaker on KENTA (referee stop).
4. Go Shiozaki, Takashi Sugiura & Shuhei Taniguchi beat Kenta Kobashi, Jun Akiyama & Taiji Ishimori(19:56)?when Taniguchi used a german suplex hold on Ishimori.
5. Kensuke Sasaki beat Bison Smith?(13:29)?with a Northern Light Bomb.
6. Akitoshi Saito beat Takeshi Morishima?(12:07)?with the Sickle Death.
7.?GHC Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Title: Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Kotaro Suzuki (c) beat Katsuhiko Nakajima & Kento Miyahara?(24:31)?when Suzuki used the Tiger Driver on Miyahara. (4th defense)
NOAH ?Taue in Tsukuba?, 9/6/09
1. Atsushi Aoki beat Kentaro Shiga?(12:24)?with a cradle
2. Mohammed Yone & Kotaro Suzuki beat Yoshinari Ogawa & Akihiko Ito?(14:24)?with a Muscle Buster.
3. Shuhei Taniguchi beat Kishin Kawabata?(11:45)?with a german suplex hold.
4. Takeshi Rikioh & Yoshinobu Kanemaru beat Tamon Honda & KENTA?(14:38)?when Rikioh used the Muso on KENTA.
5. Akitoshi Saito & Ricky Marvin beat Go Shiozaki & Taiji Ishimori?(20:37)?when Saito used the Sickle Death on Ishimori.
6. Akira Taue, Kenta Kobashi & Jun Akiyama beat Takeshi Morishima, Takashi Sugiura & Genba Hirayanagi?(19:07)?when Taue used the Ore Ga Taue on Hirayanagi.
All Japan Wraps Up Fall Tour With Korakuen Hall Show Featuring Kiyoshi
TNA’s Kiyoshi popped up last night in All Japan, teaming with the Great Muta to defeat Suwama and Shuji Kondo. The return helped sell out a show that as of a week and a half ago, was struggling a bit to sell tickets. However with the buzz generated from the Keiji Mutoh show on August 30th and then Kiyoshi being added to the card, it sold out relatively quickly. The coming tour will be built around the Gurentai-F4 feud that will likely culminate in Takayama facing Kojima for the Triple Crown.
In other news, the 9/23 card is beginning to take shape with an ‘old pancrase vs. new pancrase’ match ebtween Masakatsu Funaki and Masayuki Kono. Also, Minoru Suzuki and Nosawa Rongai will defend their All-Asian tag team belts against Akebono and Ryota Hama. Akebono said if they don’t win the belts, he’ll leave All Japan.
AJPW, 9/13/09 (GAORA TV)
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
1. Masayuki Kono & Super Crazy beat Kaz Hayashi & Seiya Sanada?(10:17)?when Kono used a cross armbreaker on Sanada.
2. Osamu Nishimura beat Manabu Soya?(9:16)?with a backslide.
3. Akebono & Ryota Hama beat Joe Doering & Hate?(7:05)?when Hama used a body press on Doering.
4. ZODIAC beat TARU?(4:56)?by disqualification when Joe Doering & Hate interfered.
5. Minoru Suzuki beat Minoru?(2:26)?by via a sleeper hold.
6. Masakatsu Funaki beat Toshizo?(8:56)?with a backdrop suplex.
7. Yoshihiro Takayama, NOSAWA Rongai & MAZADA beat Satoshi Kojima, KAI, & Hiroshi Yamato(13:07)?when Takayama used a lariat on Yamato.
8. Great Muta & KIYOSHI beat Suwama & Shuji Kondo?(20:46)?when KIYOSHI used a moonsault press on Kondo.
More on Hase Election
Hase won re-election last week to the Japanese Diet, despite losing to Ken Okuda, his opponent. He garnered enough voted to win the secondary party elevtion. Hase is a member of Liberal Democrats, and as weird as that sounds, they’re actually closer to the Republicans in US politics. They lost to the more liberal party in Japanese elections, although Hase was able to win the party race. They lost to the Democratic party, which won their races in a landslide.