Pro Wrestling NOAH has announced the tag teams participating in the 7th annual G+ Junior Heavyweight Tag League. The tournament is set to begin on July 14th and will last for 10 days; the final show of the tour is scheduled for July 28th.
1.) Taiji Ishimori & Atsushi Kotoge (last year’s winners)
2.) Daisuke Harada & Hitoshi Kumano
3.) “Ultra-Violence Lucha Libre” Pesadilla & Dual Force
4.) Roderick Strong & Slex
5.) Genba Hirayanagi & Maybach SUWA Jr.
6.) Super Crazy & Ricky Marvin
7.) Shiori Asahi & Hiro Tonai
8.) Kaiser & Gaston Mateo
9.) Yoshinari Ogawa & Zack Sabre Jr.
10.) Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask IV
Taiyo Kea annonced that he will officially be returning to All Japan Pro-Wrestling. Kea took a hiatus back in January of this year to head back to his home in Hawaii to begin studying business administration.
Taiyo Kea has been an active member of All Japan Pro-Wrestling since his debut in 1994 and has stated that his “spirit is with All Japan forever”.
Nieto del Santo (Tempestad) and his father Hijo del Santo
After Hijo del Santo accompanied his son Nieto del Santo to Japan, where he’ll be working for Pro-Wrestling NOAH, he returned with news. Nieto will not be using the family name; he will wrestle under the name Tempestad, as well as wearing a black version of the famous Santo mask. Hijo del Santo believes his 16 year old son isn’t ready to carry the responsibility of the Santo name just yet. NOAH wasn’t too thrilled about the decision but they understand.
Nieto del Santo also won’t be making his debut in Mexico anytime soon, as he will be venturing to New Zealand after his time in Japan is over.
New Japan Pro-Wrestling – “Domination”
Saturday, April-22nd-2013, 5:00pm
Bodymaker Colosseum in Osaka
1.) Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask IV VS. TAKA Michinoku & Taichi
2.) IWGP Junior Tag Team Championship Match: “Forever Hooligans” Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov (champions) VS. “TIME SPLITTERS” KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley
3.) Yuji Nagata, Ryusuke Taguchi, Captain New Japan VS. Karl Anderson, Tama Tonga, Bad Luck Fale
4.) IWGP Tag Team Championship 3 WAY Match: “TenCozy” Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima (champions) VS. “CHAOS” Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka VS. “K.E.S.” Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.
5.) NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match: Rob Conway (champion) VS. Manabu Nakanishi
6.) Shinsuke Nakamura & Tomohiro Ishii VS. Minoru Suzuki & Shelton “X” Benjamin
7.) Tetsuya Naito’s Return Match: Tetsuya Naito VS. Yujiro Takahashi
8.) Hirooki Goto VS. Katsuyori Shibata
9.) Hiroshi Tanahashi VS. Prince Devitt
10.) IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: Kazuchika Okada (champion) VS. Togi Makabe
All Japan Pro-Wrestling announced the 12 competitors that will be involved in this years Champion Carnival tournament. The 2013 Champion Carnival tournament is set to begin on April 18th, at Korakuen Hall, and will end with the Finals on April 29th, also at Korakuen Hall. There will be semi-finals held for this tournament, with the 2 highest ranked wrestlers per block, via points, will move on to the semi’s.
The tournament will be held under PWF rules, which are similar to the point system used in TNA’s Bound for Glory Series. Regular block matches will be conducted under a 30 min. time limit with the semi-finals and final match held under no time limit. 2 points will be awarded to the winner of the match, 1 point will be awarded for a draw, and 0 points will be given for a loss, double ring out, or no contest.
- Masakatsu Funaki
- Takao Omori
- Masayuki Kono
- Seiya Sanada
- Ryota Hama
- Jun Akiyama
- Go Shiozaki
- Joe Doering
New Japan Pro-Wrestling announced that Damian el Terrible & Tama Tonga will be making their second defense of the Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre Tag Team Titles. They’ll be facing fellow CMLL luchadors, La Mascara & Valiente, at the NJPW Sumo Hall show, on April 7th .