Regal is a great choice. He brings some things to that division that it sorely needs to spice it up. I like Nish also, he can help keep things from constantly having to go forward and show the value in looking back in time to find new ways of doing things.
All Japan Pro Wrestling
Posted 08 January 2018 - 11:04 AM
WAR Super J-Cup II, Day One
Ota Ward Gymnasium
1) Dick Togo defeats Robbie Brookside via pinfall after a diving senton. (8:58)
2) Koji Kanemoto defeats Ultimo Dragon via submission after applying a Koji Clutch. (8:29)
3) Tatsuhito Takaiwa defeats Tsuyoshi Kikuchi via pinfall after a Death Valley Bomb. (13:27)
4) Masashi Aoyagi defeats Akira Nogami via knockout after a Kick of Death. (7:14)
5) TAKA Michinoku defeats Minoru Tanaka via pinfall after a second-rope Michinoku Driver II. (9:53)
6) Shinjiro Ohtani defeats Hanzo Nakajima via pinfall after a Spiral Bomb. (6:20)
7) Hayabusa defeats Masao Orihara via pinfall after a Firebird Splash. (12:34)
8) Alex Wright defeats Naohiro Hoshikawa via submission after applying an STF. (10:05)
9) Dick Togo defeats Super Delfin via pinfall after a diving senton. (12:40)
10) Koji Kanemoto defeats Brian Pillman via pinfall after an avalanche Tiger suplex. (17:32)
11) El Samurai defeats Tatsuhito Takaiwa via pinfall with the Samurai Clutch. (9:58)
12) Jushin Liger defeats Masashi Aoyagi via submission after applying a kneebar. (15:22)
Posted 08 January 2018 - 11:20 AM
CARD FOR SUPER J-CUP, DAY TWO (DECEMBER 13) AT SUMO HALL
CARL GRECO vs. TAKA MICHINOKU
THE GREAT SASUKE vs. SHINJIRO OHTANI
BLACK TIGER II vs. HAYABUSA
NEGRO CASAS vs. ALEX WRIGHT
DICK TOGO vs. KOJI KANEMOTO
JUSHIN LIGER vs. EL SAMURAI
[Winner of CARL GRECO vs. TAKA MICHINOKU] vs. [Winner of THE GREAT SASUKE vs. SHINJIRO OHTANI]
[Winner of BLACK TIGER II vs. HAYABUSA] vs. [Winner of NEGRO CASAS vs. ALEX WRIGHT]
[Winner of DICK TOGO vs. KOJI KANEMOTO] vs. [Winner of JUSHIN LIGER vs. EL SAMURAI]
[Winner of QUARTERFINAL #3] vs. [Winner of QUARTERFINAL #4]
[WINNER OF SEMIFINAL #1] vs. [Winner of SEMIFINAL #2]
Posted 08 January 2018 - 12:15 PM
FINAL CARD FOR REAL WORLD TAG LEAGUE FINAL AT NIPPON BUDOKAN (DECEMBER 9)
WAR International Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship semifinal: BLACK CAT & NEGRO CASAS vs. KATSUMI USUDA & YUJI YASURAOKA
WAR International Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship semifinal: MASANOBU FUCHI & TSUYOSHI KIKUCHI vs. MASCARA MAGICA & ALEX WRIGHT
MASAO INOUE, BULL PAIN, & AKITOSHI SAITO vs. JOE MALENKO, MIGUEL PEREZ, JR., & KENTARO SHIGA
AKIRA NOGAMI & TATSUHITO TAKAIWA vs. MASAO ORIHARA & ULTIMO DRAGON
FRANK ANDERSSON & ROBBIE BROOKSIDE vs. SATORU ASAKO & MAUNAKEA MOSSMAN
All-Asia Tag Team Championship: SAMSON FUYUKI & KOKI KITAHARA © vs. TAMON HONDA & JUN IZUMIDA
WAR International Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship final: WINNERS OF MATCH #1 vs. WINNERS OF MATCH #2
AJPW World Junior Heavyweight Championship: BLACK TIGER II © vs. MASASHI AOYAGI-Elimination match: NOBUTAKA ARAYA, THE GREAT KABUKI, TAKASHI ISHIKAWA, YOSHINARI OGAWA, & GENICHIRO TENRYU vs. HAKU, TAKASHI IIZUKA, KONGA, OSAMU NISHIMURA, & [X]-
JUN AKIYAMA & [X] vs. MITSUHARU MISAWA & TAKAO OMORI
Real World Tag League Final, AJPW World Tag Team Championship: TOSHIAKI KAWADA & KENTA KOBASHI © vs. STAN HANSEN & AKIRA TAUE
Posted 08 January 2018 - 07:31 PM
The second day & RWTL final will have some better match descriptions. I got into the mode of going light on what were effectively house shows but when it's two of the biggest shows all year, it shouldn't be too dry.
Posted 10 January 2018 - 01:34 PM
AJPW Real World Tag League, Final
1) Black Cat & Negro Casas defeat Katsumi Usuda & Yuji Yasuraoka via pinfall by Casas on Usuda with La Casita to advance to the WAR International Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship final. (9:16)
2) Masanobu Fuchi & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi defeat Mascara Magica & Alex Wright via pinfall by Fuchi on Magica with a backdrop suplex hold to advance to the WAR International Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship final. (12:45)
3) Joe Malenko, Miguel Perez, Jr., & Kentaro Shiga defeat Masao Inoue, Bull Pain, & Akitoshi Saito via pinfall by Shiga on Pain after a bridging German Suplex. (9:43)
4) Akira Nogami & Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs. Masao Orihara & Ultimo Dragon ends in a time-limit draw. After the match, Yoshinari Ogawa & Yuji Yasuraoka ran into the ring and helped Orihara & Ultimo attempt a beat down on the Red Lions before being chased out by Takashi Iizuka. As Iizuka tended to his stablemates, Ogawa, as the #2 member of Revolution, officially invited Ultimo to join the stable and also gain WAR's assistance for any of his future projects, which he accepted. Dos Caras appeared in AJPW for the first time in 12 years and stated that he was jumping from Asahi Pro to join Revolution & WAR as well, to become Ultimo's partner. (20:00)
5) Satoru Asako & Maunakea Mossman defeat Frank Andersson & Robbie Brookside via pinfall on Mossman on Andersson after an H50. (8:34)
6) Tamon Honda & Jun Izumida defeat Samson Fuyuki & Koki Kitahara to WIN the All-Asia Tag Team Championship via submission by Honda on Fuyuki after applying an Olympic Hell choke. The Olympus team were jubilant in picking up their first career AJPW championships but the Romantic Warriors were disgusted and all five Revolution members to have appeared during the fourth match (Caras, Dragon, Ogawa, Orihara, & Yasuraoka) came to their defense, again attempting a beatdown before being run off by the Faces of Fear. Tenryu finally appeared, laughing, and stating that while the title loss was a setback, that the day of reckoning for AJPW in which Revolution would ultimately succeed had already been set in motion. (14:58)
7) Black Cat & Negro Casas defeat Masanobu Fuchi & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi to WIN the WAR International Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship via pinfall by Black Cat on Kikuchi after a folding powerbomb. Black Tiger II & a debuting Felino appeared to support the other members of the La Peste Negra/Los Gatos Locos collective in their dominance over the AJPW junior heavyweight division. (15:37)
8) Black Tiger II defeats Masashi Aoyagi to RETAIN the AJPW World Junior Heavyweight Championship via submission after applying an STF. Aoyagi's leg was already weakened from having had two intense matches in the Super J-Cup the night before and Tiger immediately went to work on it, drawing Aoyagi into going for multiple desperation Kick of Death attempts only to punish him with dragon screws and dropkicks to the knee. He repeatedly went for his stablemate AKIRA's trademark STF to assert revenge for his loss the night before, finally torturing Aoyagi into tapping out. Jushin Liger, the man who had eliminated Aoyagi the night before, immediately made a surprise appearance in order to challenge Tiger to a title match, regardless of what happened in the J-Cup. Since they could only meet in the final, Liger said that he would only put up his own Asahi Pro Welterweight Championship if Tiger defeated him there but that he wanted Tiger next no matter what. Tiger told him that he'd love to restore their rivalry but only if Giant Baba and the Championship Committee declared Liger a worthy challenger. (12:42)
9) Haku, Takashi Iizuka, Konga, Osamu Nishimura, & Kazuo Yamazaki defeat Nobutaka Araya, The Great Kabuki, Takashi Ishikawa, Yoshinari Ogawa, & Genichiro Tenryu in a tag team elimination match. Kabuki & Konga were simultaneously eliminated quickly into the match via countout after brawling at ringside (4:48), and eventually to the back after Tenryu sent out Samson Fuyuki to attack Konga and bait Haku into saving his partner, causing his own elimination (5:39). Ishikawa was eliminated via submission by Yamazaki in his debut for AJPW after Yamazaki applied a jujigatame (11:26), Iizuka was eliminated via pinfall by Tenryu following a Tenryu lariat and an Araya moonsault (17:03), Araya was eliminated via submission by Nishimura after Nishimura applied a Dragon sleeper (20:48), Ogawa was eliminated via submission after Nishimura applied a figure-four leglock (23:57), Nishimura was eliminated via TKO after Tenryu hit a top rope back elbow drop in an attempt to break the hold Nishimura had on Ogawa (24:01), Yamazaki eliminated Tenryu via referee stoppage after immediately pouncing on him following the Nishimura elimination and applying a rear-naked choke (24:36), winning the match for the Faces of Fear/Red Lions team. Yamazaki announced that he was proud to finally be a member of the All Japan roster but that he was there to represent his dojo and his style of fighting and nobody else's; if that meant destroying Revolution or any other faction in the process, so be it. (24:36)
10) Jun Akiyama & Steve Williams defeat Mitsuharu Misawa & Takao Omori via pinfall by Williams on Misawa after a Doctor Bomb. Williams's return to AJPW was swiftly felt as he continuously destroyed Omori through the match, allowing Akiyama to rampage upon his former mentor in Misawa as long as he could without being interrupted, but when the coup the grace came, Williams sent Akiyama after Omori to ensure that they would get the win themselves and proceeded to hit a devastating version of his iconic gutwrench Doctor Bomb. Akiyama seemed miffed but Williams told him that he'd be "Dr. Death"'s first challenger for the Triple Crown after he took it from Misawa, feeling that this pin guaranteed him as the next contender. (16:37)
11) Stan Hansen & Akira Taue defeat Toshiaki Kawada & Kenta Kobashi to WIN the 1995 Real World Tag League AND the AJPW World Tag Team Championship via pinfall by Taue on Kawada after a pair of Nodowa Otoshi bombs. The match was as much of a war as expected, with all four men smelling the blood in the water immediately after both Hansen & Taue started the match with lariats to Kobashi & Kawada sending them over the top rope and Hansen following it with a rare dive through the ropes, creaming the two reigning champions. Taue wanted explicit vengeance on Kawada for his betrayal and used his mastery of the tag setting to never let Dangerous K have even a moment's rest as Hansen clobbered Kobashi ever chance that he got. But neither champion took it laying down as both took the aging Hansen off of his feet several times, including with an enziguri/lariat combination that nearly landed them the three count, and Kawada baiting Taue into having his famous usage of the ring apron backfire on him with Kobashi spearing him through the ropes as Kawada provoked Taue into a forearm exchange. But ultimately the champions could not manage the true anger and desire to win by the challengers, and after Hansen's biggest Western Lariat of the match to Kobashi, Kawada was left defenseless to Taue's chokeslams. (26:15)
Posted 10 January 2018 - 01:46 PM
Love the J Cup, and making Casas a champion is awesome!
Posted 10 January 2018 - 02:07 PM
If he can (temporarily but it'd be weird booking him in Japan full-time anyway) only work WAR, then he's working the hell out of WAR.
I hope that the first Revolution angle wasn't TOO unsubtle.
Part two will be up by tomorrow morning at latest.
Posted 12 January 2018 - 04:51 PM
WAR Super J-Cup II, Day Two
1) TAKA Michinoku defeats Carl Greco via pinfall with a Michinoku Driver II after reversing an attempt by Greco to apply a flying cross-armbreaker. (4:15)
2) The Great Sasuke defeats Shinjiro Ohtani via pinfall after a Thunder Fire Powerbomb. (9:12)
3) Black Tiger II defeats Hayabusa via pinfall with a small package after reversing an attempt by Hayabusa at a Firebird Splash. (8:16)
4) Negro Casas defeats Alex Wright via pinfall after reversing a Wright Tombstone piledriver attempt into La Martinete. (8:02)
5) Dick Togo defeats Koji Kanemoto via submission after applying a crossface hold. (12:11)
6) Jushin Liger defeats El Samurai via pinfall after a running Liger Bomb. (7:49)
7) Masaaki Mochizuki, Takeshi Ono, Wataru Sakata, Yoshihiro Tajiri, & Masato Yakushiji defeat Naohiro Hoshikawa, Shigeo Okumura, Minoru Tanaka, Tiger Mask IV, & Katsumi Usuda via submission after Sakata applied a cross-armbreaker to Okumura. (15:36)
8) TAKA Michinoku defeats The Great Sasuke via referee stoppage after countering an attempt by Sasuke to hit a Sasuke Special into a Michinoku Driver II on the outside. (9:18)
9) Black Tiger II defeats Negro Casas via submission after applying a Gory Special. (13:12)
10) Jushin Liger defeats Dick Togo via pinfall after a Shooting Star Press. (12:05)
11) Black Tiger II defeats TAKA Michinoku via pinfall after reversing an attempt by TAKA at a Michinoku Driver II into a Quesadora pinning combination. (11:49)
12) Dos Caras, Masao Orihara, Ultimo Dragon, & Yuji Yasuraoka defeat Black Cat, Felino, Akira Nogami, & Tatsuhito Takaiwa via pinfall by Caras on Black Cat with the Dos Caras Clutch. (13:55)
13) Black Tiger II defeats Jushin Liger via pinfall with a Black Tiger Bomb to WIN the 1995 Super J-Cup. During his victory speech, he said that he wanted to go title vs. title with Liger at the next major AJPW or WAR show at which both could appear, to which the formerly crestfallen Liger enthusiastically agreed. They embraced before Tiger was presented the championship trophy by Satoru Sayama & Genichiro Tenryu. (15:10)
Posted 12 January 2018 - 10:14 PM
WRESTLING ACKNOWLEDGER PUBLICATION TOP FIVE MATCHES OF THE MONTH FOR OCTOBER 1995:
1) Stan Hansen/Akira Taue/Ultimate Tiger vs. Toshiaki Kawada/Kenta Kobashi/Mitsuharu Misawa (10/19).
2) Jun Akiyama vs. Osamu Nishimura (10/25).
3) Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Ultimate Tiger (10/25).
4) Black Tiger II/Ultimate Tiger vs. Mitsuharu Misawa/Tiger Mask IV (10/6).
5) Jun Akiyama vs. Takao Omori (10/14).
WRESTLING ACKNOWLEDGER PUBLICATION TOP TEN MATCHES FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER 1995:
1) Kenta Kobashi vs. Akira Taue (11/22).
2) Stan Hansen/Akira Taue vs. Toshiaki Kawada/Kenta Kobashi (11/24).
3) Osamu Nishimura vs. Genichiro Tenryu (11/27).
4) Jun Akiyama/Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Tamon Honda/Jun Izumida (11/18).
5) Jun Akiyama/Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Yoshinari Ogawa/Genichiro Tenryu (11/29).
6) Toshiaki Kawada/Kenta Kobashi vs. Yoshinari Ogawa/Genichiro Tenryu (11/26).
7) Tamon Honda vs. Osamu Nishimura (11/29).
8) Tamon Honda vs. Mitsuharu Misawa (11/21).
9) Haku/Konga vs. Stan Hansen/Akira Taue (11/28).
10) Stan Hansen/Osamu Nishimura vs. Toshiaki Kawada/Mitsuharu Misawa (11/22).
WRESTLING ACKNOWLEDGER PUBLICATION TOP FIVE MATCHES FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER 1995:
1) Stan Hansen/Akira Taue vs. Toshiaki Kawada/Kenta Kobashi (12/9).
2) Black Tiger II vs. Jushin Liger (12/13).
3) Koji Kanemoto vs. Brian Pillman (12/8).
4) Nobutaka Araya/The Great Kabuki/Takashi Ishikawa/Yoshinari Ogawa/Genichiro Tenryu vs. Haku/Takashi Iizuka/Konga/Osamu Nishimura/Kazuo Yamazaki (12/9).
5) Tamon Honda/Jun Izumida vs. Toshiaki Kawada/Kenta Kobashi (12/1).
Posted 12 January 2018 - 11:03 PM
FACTION AND TEAM BREAKDOWN
Black Cat (La Peste Negra).
Black Tiger II (La Peste Negra).
Samson Fuyuki (Romantic Warriors).
The Great Kabuki.
Koki Kitahara (Romantic Warriors).
SUPER GENERATION ARMY
Mitsuharu Misawa (Dynastic Tigers).
Tiger Mask IV (Dynastic Tigers).
UNSINKABLE VENGEANCE ARMY
ZEN SOLO FIGHTERS
Haku (Faces of Fear).
Konga (Faces of Fear).
Miguel Perez, Jr..
Felino (La Peste Negra)
Negro Casas (La Peste Negra).
Posted 12 January 2018 - 11:23 PM
TOP FIVE CONTENDERS FOR EACH AJPW CHAMPIONSHIP
Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship
C: Mitsuharu Misawa.
1: Steve Williams.
2: Akira Taue.
3: Kenta Kobashi.
4: Toshiaki Kawada.
5: Osamu Nishimura.
AJPW World Tag Team Championship
C: Stan Hansen & Akira Taue.
1: Haku & Konga.
2: Yoshinari Ogawa & Genichiro Tenryu.
3: Tamon Honda & Jun Izumida.
4: Takashi Iizuka & Osamu Nishimura.
5: Jun Akiyama & Steve Williams.
AJPW World Junior Heavyweight Championship
C: Black Tiger II.
1: Jushin Liger.
2: Akira Nogami.
3: Tatsuhito Takaiwa.
4: Wataru Sakata.
5: Negro Casas.
All-Asia Heavyweight Championship
C: Osamu Nishimura.
1: Tamon Honda.
2: Miguel Perez, Jr.
3: Yoshinari Ogawa.
4: Joe Malenko.
5: Jun Izumida.
All-Asia Tag Team Championship
C: Tamon Honda & Jun Izumida.
1: Haku & Konga.
2: Takashi Iizuka & Osamu Nishimura.
3: Nobutaka Araya & Koki Kitahara.
4: Masao Inoue & Akitoshi Saito.
5: Joe Malenko & Miguel Perez, Jr..
WAR International Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship
C: Black Cat & Negro Casas.
1: Dos Caras & Ultimo Dragon.
2: Black Tiger II & Felino.
3: Satoru Asako & Maunakea Mossman.
4: Akira Nogami & Tatsuhito Takaiwa.
5: Masao Orihara & Yuji Yasuraoka.
Posted 13 January 2018 - 11:05 AM
JANUARY TV SCHEDULE
1/2: Korakuen Hall
1/3: Korakuen Hall
1/8: Kochi Prefectural Gymnasium
1/12: Takamatsu City General Gymnasium
1/20: Aimesse Yamanashi
1/23: Korakuen Hall (WAR)
1/24: Matsumoto City Gymnasium
1/27: Korakuen Hall
1/28: Korakuen Hall
Posted 13 January 2018 - 03:40 PM
Loving the ranking system. Giving us a great idea of where everyone truly ranks in the promotion.
Posted 14 January 2018 - 08:24 AM
AJPW TO ANNOUNCE PURCHASE OF 49% OF COMPANY BY PANASONIC; UWF-I BUYOUT IMMINENT
Matsushita Electric has officially announced that they have bought a plurality of Zen Nihon Puroresu. And their first order of business is to purchase the struggling UWF-i promotion, slowly integrating its talent into All Japan, before closing the promotion for good at the end of 1996. All wrestlers have the offer to accept a buyout-- Akira Maeda has vocally stated that he will never work for Giant Baba, even hinting that he'd rather "return" to Asahi Pro than wrestle for AJPW. Others, like Kiyoshi Tamura, are more conflicted. The biggest name of all in Nobuhiko Takada has decided nothing, but has said that he genuinely is open to working for AJPW if the situation was right and in guiding talent there if they so choose, such as the previously unsigned Wataru Sakata, now currently working for AJPW & WAR as a freelancer. "Dr. Death" Steve Williams and Kazuo Yamazaki have already debuted for AJPW. And there is no sign that either Shinya Hashimoto or Vader will show any reluctance to join AJPW, though when is still a question.
Posted 14 January 2018 - 09:11 AM
I don't know why, though. There have been a ton of shoot stylist vs pro wrestling stylist matches and several of them have been really very good. Matches like Vader & Tenta vs Yamazaki & Albright are among my absolute all time favourites... but for whatever reason I kinda struggle trying to write up a match like that when I am armchair booking.
Which is to say: I look forward to reading how you handle it.
Posted 14 January 2018 - 11:06 AM
Yeah, it depends on the pro style level. I have no clue what to do with Han aside from Fujiwara & Tamura matches. You know, stuff he either already had had or would have. Bitsadze is a guy who never did pro who you could easily fit into a faction and make him a tag guy since he wasn't really a megastar anyway.
Posted 14 January 2018 - 01:27 PM
Shame that Maeda was not brought in. Fujinami vs. Maeda was a great match and for more than just Fujinami's contributions.
Posted Today, 02:45 AM
I could MAYBE see Tenryu getting Maeda to work WAR in real life had it continued, just businessman to businessman, cut him a check type of thing, so that remains a possibility but even in fantbook... no way he does AJ tours and even tries to deal with Baba, which is one of the biggest differences in how I want to use the two brands as one thing-- one is the actual promotion, one is the freakshow with superfights and Z1-style all cage shows and six-mans that'd even stretch sanity for the "WAR six-man".
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