Puroresu Weekly Recap (4/6/18)

Added by Luke Hickey

I forgot to mention last recap, which you can find HERE that the next challenger for Kento Miyahara and the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship is Dylan James, fka James Raideen. This is set to take place on 12/06 in Korakuen Hall, which will also feature Jun Akiyama & Yuji Nagata defending the historic All Asia Tag Championship. This show will mark the beginning of the Dynamite Series tour for All Japan and solidify the good progress they’ve made in recent times, on 19/06, Ryoji Sai defends his All Asia Heavyweight Championship against challenger, Yoshitatsu.

AJPW held one of the first professional wrestling shows at Differ Ariake, Tokyo, on the 05/06, they held a show to say farewell to the historic building. A more in depth look at this show and Differ Ariake will follow.

A new stable appears to be forming in AJPW as Jake Lee, Dylan James, Keichi Sato, Ryoji Sai and Koji Iwamoto posed in the ring at Differ.

The winner of Dragon Gate tournament King of Gate 2018 will be decided on the 6th of June, with the winner challenging Open The Dream Gate champion Masaaki Mochizuki on June 10th, both shows will take place at Fukouka, Hakata Star Lanes and shown on the Dragon Gate Network. It’s going to be either Masato Yoshino or YAMATO who will be crowned KOG and go to challenge for the title.

On the same show, Open the Twin Gate Champions Big Ben (BenK & Big R Shimuzufrom the MaximuM unit will face challengers from Tribe Vanguard in the shape of KAGETORA & Yosuke <3 Santa Maria. Review of the June 1st show can be found HERE

On June 4thHiromu Takahashi was crowned NJPW BOSJ 25 winner, read a review of the finals HERE and will challenge, IWGP Junior Heavyweight ChampionWill Ospreay at New Japan Pro Wrestling, Dominion on 09/06 at Osaka Jo Hall. Other matches announced is the incredible encounter that will see Kenny Omega challenge Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in a 2 out of 3 falls with no time limit, EVIL & SANADA defend IWGP Heavyweight Tag Championship against The Young Bucks. Chris Jericho takes on Tetsuya Naito for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship. Rey Mysterio is set to debut.

Pro Wrestling FREEDOMS have announced their card for the 14/06 show at Shinkiba 1st Ring, it’ll feature two Death Matches. Most notably the 6 man Death Match, Masashi Takeda, Jun Kasai & Kenji Fukimoto vs. Violento Jack, Daisuke Masaoka & Yuko MiyamotoMasashi Takeda is the current KFC Champion and Violento Jack & DaisukeMasaoka are the current KFC Tag Team Champions. FREEDOMS are affiliated with Mexico’s DTU and America’s GCW and at the recent TOS 3 death match tournament, Ciclope and Miedo Extremo fought in the final. Ciclope won. They are the current GCW Tag Team Champions and usually second former KFC Champion and one half of the current KFC Tag Team ChampionsViolentoJack. Currently not sure of their next FREEDOMS date.

Big Japan Pro Wrestling was also represented in the tournament by Takayuki Ueki, who lost to GCW ChampionNick Gage in the first round.

Masashi Takeda will defend his BJW Death Match Heavyweight Championship against Isami Kodaka at Korakuen Hall on 20/06 in a Fluorescent Light-tubes 4 ROPES + Giga Ladder + Glass Board Death Match. BJW Strong Heavyweight Champion Hideki Suzuki will also defend his title, facing the challenge of Takuya Nomura.

The 24/06 Korakuen Hall show of What Are You Doing 2018? by Dramatic Dream Team has two matches announced so far, DDT Extreme Champion HARASHIMA will defend in a 3-way against DAMNATION duo Daisuke Sasaki and Soma TakaoALL OUT trio of Konosuke Takeshita, Shunma Katsumata and Akito are eyeing up the KO-D 6 Man Tag Team Championships, I imagine this will be added to this card.

Pro Wrestling NOAH villain unit RATELS have announced a RATELS Produce show will take place on June 30th in Shinkiba 1st Ring. The card will feature NOAH talent among freelancers.

The card is:

Tadasuke vs. KAZMA SAKAMOTO (FREE)

Kaito Kiyomiya vs. Junta Miyawaki

Go Shiozaki vs. Otokozakari (FREE)

HAYATA & Seiki Yoshioka (W-1) vs. YO-HEY & Jiro “Ikemen” Kuroshio (W-1)

Hi69 & Yuya Susumu (FREEDOMS) vs. Hajime Ohara & Hitoshi Kumano

Daisuke Harada vs. Takashi Sugiura

Most notably, we’re going to see a non-title match up between the GHC Junior Champion, Harada vs GHC Heavyweight Champion, Sugiura.

Toni Storm and Deonna Purrazzo have arrived in Japan and will be touring with World Wonder Ring Stardom. Purrazzo is reportedly after signing with WWE so this could potentially be her last tour with the Joshi promotion for the foreseeable future. Storm has according to Meltzer, signed a WWE UK contract which hopefully means this won’t interfere with her working with Stardom in the future. Session Moth Martina has finished her tour with Stardom and appeared at recent Fight Club: Pro and Over The Top events.

In other Joshi news, it’s been revealed online, that the Zombie Princess, Maho Karune of Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling will be taking some time away from the ring, she has been removed from the Tokyo Princess Cup. It has been noted that she has been suffering from headaches and dizziness, and has been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. I wish her well and hope to see her back in a TJPW/DDT ring sooner rather than later.

Sendai Girls Pro Wrestling launched their VOD service on Pivotshare and features their show from the 26/05/2018 for free.