As you may know if you’ve followed puroresu a while, today’s Hiroshi Tanahashi-Hirooki Goto title match was not the first between the occasional friends & rivals. It’s a rivalry that stretches back more than 5 years as seen in the latest installment of the New Japan Greatest Moments series on their YouTube channel. Today we look back at their Christmas Day 2005 match, which was for the IWGP U-30 Openweight Title then held by Tanahashi. The only differences back then? A little less hair. The clip is below, the match itself runs about 14-15 minutes (the clip is just over 16 minutes).
SportsNavi reports New Japan star Hirooki Goto will be leaving the promotion at the end of next week for an indefinite excursion to Mexico, where he will compete in CMLL. He will work this weekend’s New Japan events and probably the 3/25 event and possibly Korakuen on 4/3, but 4/3 I’m not sure about based on my translation, either way that is the latest his excursion will begin. It’s not known how long he will be in Mexico.
More as it becomes available.
Sorry ladies, but one more bachelor is now gone (and one more Japanese cutie too…sorry guys). Daily Sports reports New Japan star Hirooki Goto officially tied the knot today. The new Mrs. Goto is 27 (Goto’s 31), they got engaged in October 2009 and had a girl last year. 300 attended the wedding including fellow New Japan stars Shinsuke Nakamura & Ryusuke Taguchi.
Congratulations and all the best wishes to the new couple. And that’s one hell of a cake! It’s days like this that diets really suck, haha. And yes, Goto’s still got his sights firmly set on winning the IWGP Heavyweight Title this year. Maybe he could bring the missus with him to the ring to provide a “distraction” to the champ. Just a thought.
(Photo credit: SportsNavi via Daily Sports)
Yesterday it was a Makabe open workout, today it’s fellow New Japan star Hirooki Goto doing a public exercise/training session. Video from New Japan:
A couple of items from New Japan:
Hirooki Goto has gotten married. No other details released. Best wishes to the new couple.
Makabe will return to NOAH on February 28 at Nippon Budokan to challenge GHC Heavyweight Champion Takashi Sugiura for the title. Makabe is currently competing in NOAH as part of the Global Tag League with Tomoaki Honma. Is this another attempt on Makabe’s part to finally get some singles gold? Or something else? Either way, this New Japan vs. NOAH feud looks to be one of the early storylines to watch this year.
Also announced was the annual New Japan Cup, this year it will take place from 3/14-3/22 over 5 shows.
Update: The rumored K-1 fight involving IWGP Heavyweight Champion Shinsuke Nakamura has been confirmed. It will be an exhibition fight (2 2-minute rounds) against K-1 Heavyweight Champion Kyotaro on 2/28 at the “Power Production Dream Match” event at Korakuen. The only other match announced for that event so far is Keiji Muto, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Power Pro Mask vs. Akebono, Ryota Hama & Yutaka Yoshie.
Firstly, “Tokyo Dome News” will be the headline title used for all items related to the New Japan 1/4 show at Tokyo Dome from now until the event. Onto the news: New Japan vs. NOAH is on once again for the Dome! 2 huge interpromotional matches were announced today: It’s MVP vs. MVP as Hiroshi Tanahashi represents New Japan against Go Shiozaki of NOAH, and GHC Heavyweight Champion Takashi Sugiura defends the title against New Japan’s Hirooki Goto. This will be Sugiura’s first defense of the title.
Although Shiozaki was beaten out by Tanahashi for the Tokyo Sports MVP award he could perhaps be considered the MVP of NOAH this past year as he carried the promotion following the death of Mitsuharu Misawa and now he gets his shot at taking down a rival promotion’s ace.
This now makes 4 official matches for 1/4, joining a 3-way for the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Titles and the Super J-Cup winner challenging IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion Tiger Mask 4 for the title.
More to come as the annual blowout show gets closer!