Spotlight on Wrestle-1; This Week In Puro

Added by Luke Hickey

A lot of tournaments to cover this week, but it has been a while since I accompanied This Week In Puro with a piece of writing. I’ve largely been asleep on Wrestle-1, much to my detriment, as when I finally delved into the companies recent events I was more than pleased with what I saw. W1 is the promotion formed after the third mass exodus of talent from the historic promotion, All Japan, led by Keiji Mutoh who be the promotions founder in 2012 and remains as president to this day.

The core of the initial roster of W1 was formed of wrestlers loyal to Mutoh, but since then, they have cultivated a crop of wrestlers that are pushing the company to hopefully greater heights. A lot of my current attraction to the product resides in the Enfants Terribles stable, such as the current W1 Champion, Shotaro Ashino and Cruiserweight Champion, Yosuke Kodama belong, as well as the Results Champion, Kuma Arashi, who recently won the belt but has refused to hold it.

These guys and others like Ikemen, who has recently returned from injury, Jun Tondokoro and Koji Doi have been trained by either Keiji Mutoh himself, or guys who came over with him like Tajiri. This is going to provide the company a solid and potential very loyal, foundation for the company to build upon as they enter into their 7th year of running. A lot of these younger guys are under 30, and they impress, especially Ashino.

The best in ring action in the company this year have been the matches between Manabu Soya and Shotaro Ashino over the W1 Championship, the first one at Trans Magic, and the last at Pro Wrestling Love, also at Pro Wrestling Love was the W1 Tag Team title defence of Doi & Kondo vs El Lindaman & T Hawk, which in the opinion of many was the highlight of the card. El Lindaman and T-Hawk recently arrived in the company with CIMA and the rest of STRONG HEARTS in an invasion angle of Wrestle-1. The current storyline has been pitting them against Enfants Terribles, the dominant (heel/tweener?) unit in W1, with Jun Tonsho, now Tondokoro being suspecting of being a STRONG HEARTS mole in the company. Spoiler on the mole in the results and news section.

Unfortunately, they have no streaming service of their own but they do provide highlights on their YouTube Channel, bits can be found on RuTube, Dailymotion and Puroresu Dream. But I would highly recommend seeking out the Shotaro Ashino vs Manabu Soya matches if you’d like to see what the promotion is like.

Results/News from Japan:
– All Japan Real World League Standings;
1. Suwama & Shuji Ishikawa [6]
-. Joe Doering & Dylan James [6]
-. Kengo Mashimo & KAI [6]
4. Akiyama & Daisuke Sekimoto [4]
-. Takao Omori & Manabu Soya [4]
-. TAJIRI & Gianni Valletta [4]
-. Kento Miyahara & Yoshitatsu [4]
8. Ryouji Sai & Jake Lee [2]
-. Parrow & Odinson [2]
-. Naoya Nomura & Yuma Aoyagi [2]
11. Zeus & The Bodyguard [0]

– DDT held a show today, Masahiro Takanashi unsuccessfully challenged Daisuke Sasaki for the KO-D Openweight Championship. Konosuke Takeshita defeated Tetsuya Koda for the Ironman Heavymetalweight title and then defended it against Maki Itoh in their planned match, he won by KO. Jun Kasai defeated MAO in a Hardcore Match, STRONG HEARTS were present, getting two wins. The gaijin trio of Wentz, Xaxier & Miguel defeated KUDO, Higuchi & Katsumata while CIMA & El Lindaman defeated DISASTER BOX, HARASHIMA & Hirata.

– Dragon Gate announced Eita vs Dragon Kid in a Mask vs Hair match at Final Gate in Fukuoka. I’m unsure if the Brave Gate will be on the line.

– Stardom held Best of Goddesses at Korakuen yesterday, the main event featured the tag league winners Watanabe & Hayashishita challenging Jungle Kyona & Natsuko Tora for the Goddesses of Stardom titles, they were successful. I believe Utami Hayashishita joined Queens Quest after.

– Zero1 held their Junior Heavyweight tournament,Tenka-Ichi, in a round robin format, it concluded yesterday as SUGI defeated HAYATA from NOAH in the final. The show featured Daisuke Sekimoto winning the Zero1 Heavyweight title by beating Masato Tanaka.

– NJPW Tag League Standings;
1. EVIL & SANADA [6]
-. Beretta & Chuckie T [6]
-. Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. [6]
-. Juice Robinson & David Finlay [6]
-. Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano
6. Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa [4]
-. Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi [4]
-. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima [4]
-. Zack Saber Jr. & Taichi [4]
-. Hangman Page & Yujiro Takahashi [4]
11. Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka [2]
– Elgin & Cobb [2]
13. Togi Makabe & Toa Henare [0]
-. Ayato Yoshida & Shota Umino [0]

Luke Hickey