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NEW JAPAN TALENTS PULLED FROM WRESTLING DONTAKU, DDT-PRO UPDATES, WHAT'S NEXT FOR ALL JAPAN, ZERO1 AND MORE FROM JAPAN

By Oliver Taylor on 2021-05-04 09:34:00

 

New Japan Pro Wrestling

New Japan Pro Wrestling held the second night of Wrestling Dontaku today in Fukuoka Convention Center, albeit with some significant changes to the card due to COVID-19 precautions.

An unnamed roster member who wrestled on the first night of Wrestling Dontaku yesterday recorded a fever this morning. Additionally, an unnamed roster member who wrestled on the Road to Wrestling Dontaku tour show on May 1 also had a fever.

Most notably, El Desperado’s IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship defense (the first of his reign) against YOH was cancelled.

The full results from today’s show were:

• DOUKI, Taichi and Zack Sabre Jr. def. Jado, Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa
• Taiji Ishimori and Yujiro Takahashi def. Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Master Wato
• Aaron Henare, Great-O-Khan and Jeff Cobb def. BUSHI, SANADA and Tetsuya Naito
• Hiroshi Tanahashi, Ryusuke Taguchi and Toru Yano def. Dick Togo, EVIL and Jay White
• IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Will Ospreay (c) def. Shingo Takagi

Will Ospreay made his first successful defense of the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship against Shingo Takagi in the main event. He will next defend the title against Kazuchika Okada, who missed today’s show due to the aforementioned COVID-19 precautions, on the second night of Wrestle Grand Slam on May 29 in the Tokyo Dome.

DDT Pro-Wrestling

DDT Pro-Wrestling aired an empty arena show today on WRESTLE UNIVERSE.

The full results were:

• Kikutaro def. Antonio Honda & Danshoku Dieno
• Akito def. Mad Paulie
• KO-D 8-Man Tag Team Championships: Chikara, Nabe Yakan, Sanshiro Takagi and Yukio Naya (c) def. Hideki Okatani, Keigo Nakamura, Toi Kojima and Yuya Koroku
• Konosuke Takeshita, MAO and Shunma Katsumata def. Daisuke Sasaki, Tetsuya Endo and Yuji Hino & Kazusada Higuchi, Yuki Iino and Yukio Sakaguchi
• DDT Extreme Championship and Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship: Chris Brookes def. Saki Akai
• Jun Akiyama, Makoto Oishi and Yusuke Okada def. HARASIMA, Kazuki Hirata and Toru Owashi
• DDT Universal Championship: Yuki Ueno (c) vs. Soma Takao

Chikara, Nabe Yakan, Sanshiro Takagi and Yukio Naya made their first successful defense of the KO-D 8-Man Tag Team Championships against Hideki Okatani, Keigo Nakamura, Toi Kojima and Yuya Koroku. After the match, Pro Wrestling NOAH’s Kenoh appeared to confront Takagi.

It was announced after the show that Takagi will team with Akito, Hideki Okatani, Kazusada Higuchi, Naomi Yoshimura and Yukio Sakaguchi against Haoh, Katsuhiko Nakajima, Kenoh, Manabu Soya, Masa Kitamiya and Nioh at the CyberFight Festival on June 6 in Saitama Super Arena.

Chris Brookes made his second successful defense of the DDT Extreme Championship against Saki Akai and also won the Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship by extension.

Yuki Ueno made his fifth successful defense of the DDT Universal Championship against Soma Takao in the main event. He nominated Akito as his next challenger after the match and the bout will officially take place at DDT’s show on May 29 in Fukuoka.

DDT will hold a show tomorrow in Hamamatsu. The full card is:

• Yusuke Okada vs. Yuya Koroku
• Antonio Honda and Danshoku Dieno vs. Kazuki Hirata and Toru Owashi
• Akito, Chris Brookes and Keigo Nakamura vs. Kazusada Higuchi, Saki Akai and Yukio Sakaguchi
• Tetsuya Endo vs. Yukio Naya
• HARASHIMA, Toi Kojima and Yuki Iino vs. Hideki Okatani, Jun Akiyama and Makoto Oishi
• Daisuke Sasaki, Hiroshi Yamato, Soma Takao and Yuji Hino vs. Konosuke Takeshita, MAO, Shunma Katsumata and Yuki Ueno

Big Japan Pro Wrestling

Big Japan Pro Wrestling held the first night of its Hokkaido tour today.

The full results were:

• Kota Sekifuda def. Kazumasa Yoshida
• Jaki Numazawa def. Masaki Morihiro & Yuichi Taniguchi
• Kazumi Kikuta and Kosuke Sato def. Kazuki Hashimoto and Keiki Suzuki
• Deathmatch: Abdullah Kobayashi, Drew Parker and Hideyoshi Kamitani def. Akira Hyodo, Kankuro Hoshino and Ryuji Ito
• Deathmatch: Yuko Miyamoto def. Yuki Ishikawa
• Daichi Hashimoto and Daisuke Sekimoto def. Yasufumi Nakanoue and Yuya Aoki
• BJW Tag Team Championships: Fuminori Abe and Takuya Nomura (c) def. Shigehiro Irie and Yuji Okabayashi

Fuminori Abe and Takuya Nomura made their first successful defense of the BJW Tag Team Championships against Shigehiro Irie and Yuji Okabayashi in the main event.

Yuya Aoki came out to challenge Abe and Nomura for the titles but did not have a partner. Akira Hyodo and Kankuro Hoshino also came out to challenge the champions.

Big Japan will hold the second show of its Hokkaido tour tomorrow. The full card is:

• Kazumasa Yoshida vs. Kazumi Kikuta
• Abdullah Kobayashi vs. Kota Sekifuda vs. Yuichi Taniguchi
• Daichi Hashimoto and Keiki Suzuki vs. Kazuki Hashimoto and Kosuke Sato
• Deathmatch: Akira Hyodo and Kankuro Hoshino vs. Jaki Numazawa and Yuki Ishikawa
• Deathmatch: Drew Parker and Hideyoshi Kamitani vs. Ryuji Ito and Yuko Miyamoto
• Shigehiro Irie and Yuji Okabayashi vs. Takuya Nomura and Yuya Aoki
• BJW World Strong Heavyweight Championship: Yasufumi Nakanoue (c) vs. Daisuke Sekimoto

Yasufumi Nakanoue will attempt his third defense of the BJW World Strong Heavyweight Championship against Daisuke Sekimoto in the main event.

Pro Wrestling ZERO1

Pro Wrestling ZERO1 held a show today in Sapporo.

The full results were:

• Takumi Baba def. Junya Matsunaga
• Noriyuki Yoshida and Takuya Sugawara def. Kumakichi and Shoki Kitamura
• Chris Vice and Yoshikazu Yokoyama def. Tsugutaka Sato and Yuya Aoki
• Hartley Jackson and Takafumi def. Daichi Hashimoto and Kosuke Sato
• CIMA and Daisuke Sekimoto def. Hayato Tamura and Masato Tanaka

All Japan Pro Wrestling

All Japan Pro Wrestling has announced the full card for its show on May 16 in Ota Ward Gymnasium.

The full card is:

• Atsuki Aoyagi, Francesco Akira and Rising HAYATO vs. El Lindaman, Issei Onizuka and T-Hawk
• Chikara, Great Kojika, Osamu Nishimura and Shinichi Nakano vs. Masahiko Takasugi, Masanobu Fuchi, Ryuji Hijikata and Shiro Koshinaka
• Koji Doi and Kuma Arashi vs. Ryuki Honda and Shotaro Ashino
• Daisuke Sekimoto and Yasufumi Nakanoue vs. Jun Saito and Rei Sato
• Yoshitatsu vs. Yosuke Nishijima
• All Asia Tag Team Championships: Izanagi and Zeus (c) vs. Dan Tamura and Hikaru Sato
• AJPW TV 6-Man Tag Team Championships: Black Menso~re, Carbell Ito and Takao Omori (c) vs. Hokuto Omori, TAJIRI and Yusuke Kodama
• World Junior Heavyweight Championship: CIMA (c) vs. Koji Iwamoto
• World Tag Team Championships: Kento Miyahara and Yuma Aoyagi (c) vs. Kohei Sato and Shuji Ishikawa
• Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship: SUWAMA (c) vs. Jake Lee

Izanagi and Zeus will attempt their fifth defense of the All Asia Tag Team Championships against Dan Tamura and Hikaru Sato.

Kento Miyahara and Yuma Aoyagi will attempt their third defense of the World Tag Team Championships against Kohei Sato and Shuji Ishikawa.

In the main event, SUWAMA will attempt his eighth defense of the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship against Champion Carnival winner Jake Lee.

Dragon Gate

Dragon Gate held a show today in Tsushima Bunka Hall.

The full results were:

• Kaito Ishida and KAZMA SAKAMOTO def. Naruki Doi and Yasushi Kanda
• Genki Horiguchi, Ho Ho Lun and Kzy def. Bokutimo Dragon, Ryo Saito and Ultimo Dragon
• Susumu Yokosuka and U-T def. Keisuke Okuda and Punch Tominaga
• Ben-K and Dragon Kid def. Eita and SB KENTo via DQ
• BxB Hulk, H.Y.O, HipHop Kikuta and KAI def. Jason Lee, Kota Minoura, La Estrella and Shun Skywalker

Dragon Gate will hold its Dead or Alive 2021 show tomorrow in Aichi Prefectural Gym.

The full card is:

• Funky Jacky Kamei vs. Yosuke Santa Maria
• Ben-K, Bokutimo Dragon and Ho Ho Lun vs. Dia Inferno, Diamante and H.Y.O
• Don Fujii and Ultimo Dragon vs. Konomama Ichikawa and Problem Dragon
• Open the Brave Gate Championship: Keisuke Okuda (c) vs. U-T
• BxB Hulk, Eita, Masato Yoshino and Naruki Doi vs. Kagetora, Kota Minoura, Ryo Saito and Yasushi Kanda
• Open The Twin Gate Championships: Masaaki Mochizuki and Takashi Yoshida (c) vs. Kaito Ishida and KAZMA SAKAMOTO
• Open the Triangle Gate Championships: Genki Horiguchi, Kzy, Susumu Yokosuka (c) vs. Dragon Dia, Jason Lee and La Estrella
• Open the Dream Gate Championship: Shun Skywalker (c) vs. HipHop Kikuta
• Mask/Hair vs. Mask/Hair Steel Cage: Dragon Kid and SB KENTo vs. KAI and YAMATO

Keisuke Okuda will attempt his fifth defense of the Open the Brave Gate Championship against U-T.

Masaaki Mochizuki and Takashi Yoshida will attempt their second defense of the Open The Twin Gate Championships against Kaito Ishida and KAZMA SAKAMOTO.

Genki Horiguchi, Kzy, Susumu Yokosuka will attempt their second defense of the Open the Triangle Gate Championships against Dragon Dia, Jason Lee and La Estrella.

Shun Skywalker will attempt his fourth defense of the Open the Dream Gate Championship against HipHop Kikuta.

The rules of the main event, per the company’s English Facebook page, are: “3 flags will be placed atop the cage. The first team to pull 2 flags will win the match.

“The losing team will then immediately face each other in a singles match, with the loser having to share their head or remove their mask.

“Due to the overwhelming numbers advantage that R?E?D has over HIGH-END, on 4/29 in Kanazawa Dragon Kid sought to enlist the help of Natural Vibes & Masquerade. Both units agreed, so a lottery was held to determine which team each unit will provide support for.”

Pro Wrestling FREEDOMS

Pro Wrestling FREEDOMS will hold a show tomorrow in Yokohama Radiant Hall.

The full card is:

• Daisuke Masaoka and Takahiro Katori vs. Dragon Libre and Mammoth Sasaki
• GENTARO, Kengo and Yuya Susumu vs. Minoru Fujita, Rina Yamashita and Tomoya Hirata
• UWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship: Kamui (c) vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa
• No Disqualifications: Kenji Fukimoto vs. Masashi Takeda
• Hardcore: Jun Kasai, Takashi Sasaki and Toru Sugiura vs. Takayuki Ueki, Toshiyuki Sakuda and Violento Jack

Kamui will attempt his first defense of the UWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship against Tatsuhito Takaiwa.

GLEAT

GLEAT will hold a show tomorrow in Hokkaido.

The full card is:

• Kumakichi vs. Noriyuki Yoshida
• CIMA and Kaz Hayashi vs. Drew Parker and Kota Sekifuda
• UWF Rules: Daijiro Matsui vs. Yu Iizuka
• Issei Onitsuka vs. Masato Tanaka
• El Lindaman and T-Hawk vs. Soma Watanabe and Takanori Ito

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