NOAH’s latest Weekday Navigation event is in the books, results from Korakuen:
They claimed 1400 paid.
Ricky Marvin beat Satoshi Kajiwara in 6:52.
Taiji Ishimori beat Zack Saber Jr. in 9:45.
Akitoshi Saito beat Takuma Sano in 11:10.
Kentaro Shiga, Jun Akiyama & Kenta Kobashi beat Masao Inoue, Yoshinari Ogawa & Akira Taue in 15:10. Kobashi pinned Inoue after a short range lariat.
Mohammed Yone, Takeshi Morishima & Takashi Sugiura beat Kento Miyahara, Katsuhiko Nakajima & Kensuke Sasaki in 12:35. Morishima pinned Miyahara after a backdrop.
Shuhei Taniguchi & Go Shiozaki beat Genba Hirayanagi & Yoshihiro Takayama in 11:50. Taniguchi beat Hirayanagi.
GHC Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Champions Yoshinobu Kanemaru & KENTA beat Atsushi Aoki & Kotaro Suzuki in 31:29 to retain the titles. KENTA pinned Aoki after rapid-fire GO 2 SLEEP. V1 for the champs.
Next event is 9/3 at Tsukuba Kapio.
UPDATE Fallout from the event via SportsNavi’s report:
After the main event, KENTA announced he planned to take over the promotion’s GM position in the future. That means one of his main targets is the currently-injured Naomichi Marufuji.
Shiozaki designated Takayama as the next GHC Heavyweight Title challenger. Challenge accepted by Takayama. That match will happen on 9/23 at Korakuen.
8/25 UPDATE: NOAH has added GHC Jr. Heavyweight Champion Kotaro Suzuki vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima for the title to 9/23.
Stardom held their usual pre-event press conference today, notes ahead of this weekene’d event:
Injury Report: It’s a tough double whammy as 2 girls will have to miss this weekend’s event-Mayu Iwatani and…sorry guys, again…Yuzuki Aikawa. Iwatani is out due to physical condition defectiveness, Aikawa is out as she is recovering from the vicious beating she took from Dump Matsumoto at Yuzupon Matsuri 4 and told Rossy Ogawa there was no way she could compete this weekend. Iwatani is recovering at home. No word on how long either is out but they have a little over 2 weeks before the next event, which is 9/10. Yuzuki did not attend the presser.
The biggest change to the card as a result is the addition of Hiroyo Matsumoto to the card, who will team with Nanae Takahashi in the main event. As a whole there appeared to be quite a bit of card shuffling due to the injuries. Matsumoto, Nanae & Yoshiko did most of the talking at the presser and of course there was a brief scuffle between all involved as well as Natsuki*Taiyo. Just another case of Yoshiko Being Yoshiko, especially considering she’s not even in the match. In another “Beauty & The Beast” type matchup, she’s The Beast that will face Haruka in the usual 3 minute match. Quite the size difference too:
Matsumoto attended as well and naturally was sporting one of the Nanae Takakashi t-shirts and playing it up for the photos:
Maybe she’s just jealous of Nanae getting to be on the cover of another Japanese magazine next week…and the fact that Nanae gets to share it with NOAH star Taiji Ishimori. Stardom’s website has a photo in their news section, it hits Japanese newsstands next week.
The full Sunday card:
Arisa Hoshiki vs. Eri Susa vs. Saki Kashima in a 3-way. First to get 2 consecutive pinfalls/submissions wins
Haruka vs. Yoshiko. Usual 3 minute match
Yoko Bito vs. Io Shirai
Nanae Takahashi & Hiroyo Matsumoto vs. Natsuki*Taiyo & Yoshiko
(Photos-Stardom’s official website)
Following up on the ongoing soap opera that is IGF, they found their challenger for NEW IGF Super Luxurious 200 Million Yen Belt Champion Jerme LeBanner…it’s not Bobby Lashley. It’s not anyone else who was in the tournament. They went out and found…Kazuyuki Fujita. Basically this is a match that was supposed to happen 10 years ago at INOKI BOM-BA-YE 2001 but didn’t happen due to a Fujita injury. Now it’s a matchup between, based on a SportsNavi photo taken today, a well-dressed Japanese MMA fighter and former IWGP Heavyweight Champion (during the Inoki MMA Push days of New Japan) and a very tall freak of nature.
PS-still no word on if Atsushi Sawada will get Naoya Ogawa Saturday. He apparently didn’t crash the presser today or if he did, SportsNavi made no mention of it. Only other card additions today were kickboxing matches.
New Japan announced some updates for the September events today:
Jushin Liger will work all events through 9/11, including ALL TOGETHER, before leaving for his next CMLL excursion. He will miss all post-9/11 September events and it is not known when he will return to Japan.
As expected, Shinsuke Nakamura will get his IWGP Heavyweight Title shot at Hiroshi Tanahashi in the next chapter of “The Rivalry” on 9/19 at Kobe World Hall. Also confirmed for the event is IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion Kota Ibushi vs. KUSHIDA for the title. 4 singles matches are also confirmed for the event: Makabe vs. Lance Archer, Wataru Inoue vs. Minoru Suzuki, Tetsuya Naito vs. Yujiro Takahashi and Yuji Nagata vs. Hideo Saito.
The full card for NEVER 7 on 9/21 was announced today as well, unlike past NEVER events this one will only feature New Japan talent. The full card:
Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Takaaki Watanabe
Yujiro Takahashi vs. Kyosuke Mikami
Hideo Saito vs. King Fale
Toru Yano vs. Hiromu Takahashi
Hirooki Goto vs. Tama Tonga
Tetsuya Naito vs. KUSHIDA
The event will be at Osaka World Hall.
Some joshi news to wrap up Tuesday night:
Hikaru has created a new blog that will serve as the site for her Happy Hour!! project. The blog can be accessed at this URL (in Japanese):
It was created 2 weeks ago.
The card for the first event on 9/4 was also updated today and now looks like this:
Kaoru Ito & Jenni Rose vs. Manami Toyota & Hailey Hatred
Sendai Sachiko vs. Jamie D
Kyoko Inoue & Sari vs. Aja Kong & Andore Mother
One more match TBA.
There will also be a talk show and a couple of entertainment acts performing. The big deal with the announcement was what appears to be Sari’s first main event match in her young career, as Inoue/Sari-Kong/Mother will be the main event. Ito/Rose-Toyota/Hatred was added to the card today. Sari recently did some promo photo work for the event, and looked quite nice in the kimono she wore. Then again, kimonos make every Japanese woman/girl look very beautiful (at least I think so).
Hikaru also posted these comments on the blog relating to Diana, both the recent internal/contract issues and also putting Sari over. Translation:
Always you supporting Diana, thank you truly.This each time we apologize the fact that annoyance and the unpleasant impression are given to everyone of the fan, deeply.
All player of present condition Diana is not defeated to any adversity or to pressure and everyday practice has persevered. Disturbing the world with thing other than professional wrestling can’t help, be very reluctant.
But, they are to continue to advance.The Sareee player of 15 years old which walk the so steep road, dauntlessly.It is groovy also you can think.
The feeling which it believes.
The power which it believes.
The person whom it believes.
That as for clear them, catching this present condition, is to look at before intently.
And such a their next participation conference, ‘Happy Hour of midsummer September 4th!!’So, Sareee player in life first main event!!
Inoue Kiyouko &Sareee vs [ajiya] [kongu] & the [andorearu] mother decided.We ask the encouragement of many ones by all means even alone may.
There being a for and against both theory, it is natural.But believing his own road in everyone of the player, when we would like you to dash, we have asked from heart.After it is September 4th, it is the Kawasaki city conference September 10th.
For those who haven’t heard, Diana apparently has undergone some corporate restructuring and contract re-negotiations. The latter ultimately led to Aya Yuki leaving the promotion a few days ago.
Also, glancing back through the earlier posts on the blog reveals that the rumored October Happy Hour!! event appears set for October 2. Location TBA.
Ringstars is holding a special “Noodles Pro” event on 11/6 at Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. Although it will feature some wrestlers this appears to be more about eating Chinese Noodles than actual wrestling. Among the confirmed and expected participation are Kaori Yoneyama, Leon, Mika Iida and MI*SA*KI, who as you can probably tell in the video below posted by Ringstars is a masked Misaki Ohata. Rather cute kitty mask too. The presser clip is below via Ringstars:
OK, bad puns aside things are rather serious at the moment-within the last 30 minutes or so (around 2 PM ET) an earthquake hit the mid-Atlantic USA, reportedly between a 5.8 and 6.0 on the Richter Scale, which is borderline between moderate and on the low end of major. The epicenter was around 100 miles south-southwest of where I am (rural Virginia, near the Richmond area-Richmond is about 100 miles south of me) and I did feel it for about 15-20 seconds. Thankfully it only caused shelves to shake and there appears to be no visible damage, I’m OK and I still have everyting including power. So unless there are aftershocks that knock out power or worse there hsould be no disruptions to the site…but goddamn that was scary! And this is coming from one from US Earthquake Central himself-California-but this is the first earthquake I have ever felt. And I hear it was felt as far away as New York City. Geez…if anyone reading this felt it I hope everything is OK, there have been no reports of damage or injuries yet.
All-Japan continued their current tour today, results from Asahikawa Local Industry Promotion Center:
They claimed 1100 paid (sellout).
Rene Dupree beat Soshun in 6:54.
Minoru & Takumi Soya beat KENSO & MAZADA in 15:04. Minoru pinned MAZADA after Minoru Special.
Joe Doering beat Yasufumi Nakanoue in 8:48.
Kaz Hayashi, Shuji Kondo & BLACK BUSHI beat KAI, Hiroshi Yamato & BUSHI in 11:20. BLACK pinned BUSHI after BB Driver.
Akebono & Ryota Hama beat Takao Omori & Lee Che Gyong in 14:08. Akebono pinned Lee after a body press.
Taiyo Kea, Seiya Sanada & Manabu Soya beat Suwama, Masakatsu Funaki & Masanobu Fuchi in 27:48. Sanada pinned Fuchi.