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#1 gordi

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Posted 08 June 2017 - 12:47 AM

JWA Press Release: JWA Japanese Championship Tournament, July 1-28, 1985

 

Japan Wrestling Alliance is pleased to announce the 16 first-round match-ups for our July Tournament:

 

Antonio Inoki vs Shiro Koshinaka

 

Riki Choshu vs Blade Runner Sting

 

Tiger Mask Sayama vs Kazuo Yamazaki

 

Umanosuke Ueda vs Samson Fuyuki

 

Tatsumi Fujinami vs Anoaro Atisanoe

 

Yoshiaki Yatsu vs Siva Afi

 

Adrian Adonis vs Isamu “Carpenter” Teranishi

 

Ashura Hara vs Phil Hickerson

 

Jumbo Tsuruta vs Toshiaki Kawada

 

Shinya Hashimoto vs Tastustoshi Goto

 

Akira Maeda vs Masakatsu Funaki

 

Osamu Kido vs Yoji Anjo

 

Bruiser Brody vs Tiger Mask Misawa

 

Seiji Sakaguch vs Keiji Mutoh

 

Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs Nobuhiko Takada

 

Kengo Kimura vs Rusher Kimura

 

 

So: Who do you think will make the Final Four? What do you think will be the best matches of the first round? 

 

We look forward to your feedback!

 

 

Respectfully,

JWA President and Founder, Shohei Baba

JWA Vice President, Motoko Baba

JWA Managing Director, Hisashi Shinma

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Posted 08 June 2017 - 07:06 AM

Assuming the matchups are in the order of the bracket ... 

 

Final Four:

 

Choshu

Fujinami

Tsuruta

Fujiwara

 

My four most-anticipated first round matches

 

1. Choshu vs Sting - quite the task here for both men, can Choshu elevate Sting's game this early in his career? Sting's got the raw talent to put on something good with a guy like Riki.

2. Hara vs Hickerson - this has slobberknocker written all over it. Can Py Chu Hi   Hickerson hang here?

3. Jumbo vs Kawada - We know that a few years later this pairing has classic tattooed on it, so let's see what happens in 1985

4. Brody vs Misawa - great contrast, though Fujiwara vs Takada and Sakaguchi-Mutoh are both interesting as well - this bottom group has some intrigue. 



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Posted 08 June 2017 - 07:54 AM

Biggest first round matches...

 

Riki Choshu vs Blade Runner Sting

Ashura Hara vs Phil Hickerson

Jumbo Tsuruta vs Toshiaki Kawada

Bruiser Brody vs Tiger Mask Misawa

 

Had to go with the same as Dex... interesting matches...

 

Final Four

Inoki

Funjinami

Jumbo 

Brody



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Posted 08 June 2017 - 02:09 PM

Many really interesting first round matches. Big challenge for Sting right off the bat but he can learn a lot from this confrontation.

 

Won't be original with my final 4 but I'll go with:

 

Choshu

Fujinami

Jumbo

Brody



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Posted 08 June 2017 - 08:11 PM

One of you is exactly right with the final four prediction. The other two got three out of four correct. Nicely done!

 

The match-ups are indeed in bracket order. So, the winner of Antonio Inoki vs Shiro Koshinaka will face the winner of Riki Choshu vs Blade Runner Sting, and so on. 



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Posted 30 June 2017 - 06:54 AM

JWA Japanese Championship Tournament Round 1, Day 1

July 1, Niigata City Gym

 

Ashura Hara vs Phil Hickerson

A hard-hitting heavyweight match to start off the tournament. Hickerson used every cheap trick in the book to try and gain the advantage, but that mainly just served to make Hara mad. The powerful former rugby star put the 300-pound American away with a Superplex that shook the Gymnasium.

 

Umanosuke Ueda vs Samson Fuyuki

A short but intense brawl that ended with Fuyuki winning by DQ. Fuyuki was wearing the blonde heel down with a Boston Crab when Choshu’s Army members Tatsutoshi Goto and Yoji Anjo rushed the ring to interfere. When Joe Higuchi ordered them to leave he ring, Goto and Anjo attacked the ref, costing their stable-mate the match.  

 

Yoshiaki Yatsu vs Siva Afi

Another heavyweight slobber-knocker. Ueda remained at ringside for the match. He didn’t actually interfere, but his presence provided enough of a distraction to give Afi the advantage at a few key moments. Eventually, a distracted Yatsu got caught with a Diving Cross Body, and Afi advanced to the second round in a bit of an upset.

 

Adrian Adonis vs Isamu “Carpenter” Teranishi

Afi and Ueda stayed by the ring for this one, but their presence didn’t directly influence the outcome of the match. This was a fast-paced technical match with both wrestlers bumping and selling and flying around the ring. Teranishi got a near-fall off of a Waterwheel Drop, but Adonis kicked out and eventually took the match with a DDT followed up by a Flying Elbow Drop.

 

Tiger Mask Sayama vs Kazuo Yamazaki

Sayama and Yamazaki followed up that fine display of technical wrestling with an intense demonstration of the art of technical striking. I’m pretty sure that every kind of kick that has ever been invented got thrown at least once in this match. Yamazaki fought valiantly from underneath for most of the match, but when Sayama caught him in the temple with a Jumping Back Spin Kick, the match was over.

 

***BREAK***

 

JWA Tag Team Champions The Giants vs Mighty Animals

A semi-comedy title match, as the 5’9” Mighty Inoue and 5’7” Animal Hamaguchi ran circles around Andre and Baba before finally getting caught and squashed.

 

Riki Choshu vs Blade Runner Sting

The young American powerhouse gave it all he had, but the experienced Choshu had an answer for everything Sting threw at him. A Reverse DDT earned Sting a solid 2-count, but that was as close as he got to victory. A Riki Lariat followed by a Sasorigatame Sharpshooter ended things at the 15 minute mark.

 

Tatsumi Fujinami vs Anoaro Atisanoe

Atisanoe used his size and power to gain an early advantage, but Fujinami was able to use his superior speed and athleticism to turn the tide. After that, it was mostly a matter of wearing the big man down before finishing him with a Dragon Sleeper in the middle of the ring.

 

Antonio Inoki vs Shiro Koshinaka

An exciting and athletic battle. Inoki gave Koshinaka a fair amount of shine before dominating the last five minutes of the match and taking the victory with a clean Bridging Fallaway Slam in the middle of the ring.

 

Second Round Match-Ups:

 

Inoki vs Choshu

Sayama vs Fuyuki

Fujinami vs Afi

Adonis vs Hara

 

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Posted 30 June 2017 - 07:18 AM

A Riki Lariat followed by a Sasorigatame Sharpshooter ended things at the 15 minute mark.

 

And while nursing his legs, a young Blade Runner says to himself ... that's a pretty good hold ...



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Posted 30 June 2017 - 07:19 AM

A Riki Lariat followed by a Sasorigatame Sharpshooter ended things at the 15 minute mark.[/size]
 
And while nursing his legs, a young Blade Runner says to himself ... that's a pretty good hold ...


lol. Exactly.

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Posted 30 June 2017 - 10:42 AM

Oh man, Inoki vs Choshu could already be the finals of that tournament! Very solid!



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Posted 30 June 2017 - 11:23 AM

A nice card as the fans got exactly what they want in the beginning and the end.  An American goes done in Phil Hickerson and a great last match.  Not to say that the mid card was not great but I always think you have to get the fans attention right off the bat and finish well.  You did that here.  I just wish I was more familiar with the names in your promotion.  I have some homework to do.



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Posted 02 July 2017 - 10:04 PM

Tough loss for Phil Hickerson, I was pulling for him! Seriously, I was. Maybe not for the whole thing, but at least the first match. lol

Adonis with a flying elbow? Now there's a sight to see!

Agree with Kevin that you got the fans attention early, you certainly got mine.

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Posted 02 July 2017 - 11:25 PM

Going to guess none of those opening matches were exactly classics, but they did what they needed to do. 
 
Adonis/Teranishi and Sayama/Yamazaki were probably both great matches. I wonder if Sayama had fattened - er, bulked up enough to be a viable heavyweight by this point though. 
 
No fair giving Sting his proto-Flair coming out match before Flair can do it. 
 
Again, the last two matches probably weren't MOTY contenders, but the Japanese crowd were probably fully into them. 
 
For the second round, I'm going with Inoki, Sayama, Fujinami, and Adonis. 


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Posted 03 July 2017 - 08:59 PM

JWA Japanese Championship Tournament Round 1, Day 2

July 4, Nagaoka Welfare Hall

 

Jumbo Tsuruta vs Toshiaki Kawada

Maybe it’s just me, but I have a feeling that this could develop into an excellent match-up once Kawada gets a little more seasoning. Tsuruta gave the younger wrestler a ton of shine before putting him away with a Bridging Belly-to-Back Suplex.

 

Shinya Hashimoto vs Tastustoshi Goto

Goto went after Hashimoto’s eyes early in this one, which proved to be a mistake as it made the young Shogun very angry. Hashimoto kicked Goto’s sorry butt all around the ring and finished him off with a Vertical Drop Brainbuster.

 

Akira Maeda vs Masakatsu Funaki

This turned out to be an excellent match, as the young Fujiwara disciple refused to back down and kept bringing the fight to Maeda. The two men traded witheringly stiff strikes, exchanged painful-looking holds on the ground, and got back to their feet for another exchange of kicks. Maeda caught Funaki’s leg, and pinned him with a Bridging Capture Suplex.

 

Osamu Kido vs Yoji Anjo

This was not as slick as Funaki vs Maeda, but it was almost as nasty. They went back and forth for a solid twelve minutes before Kido caught Anjo with a Wakigatame Armbreaker.

 

UWF Continental Heavyweight Champion Bam Bam Bigelow vs Hirokazu Hata

A showcase for our young gaijin monster heel, as he defends the title he won during the festival of champions. Hata bounced around the ring for the big man, and Bigelow finished him off with a Powerslam followed by a Nuclear Splash.

 

 

JWA Tag Champs The Giants vs Shunji Takano and Shinichi Nakano

Essentially a seven-minute squash, this match gave the fans in Nagaoka a chance to enjoy seeing Andre the Giant in person.

 

***BREAK***

 

Bruiser Brody vs Tiger Mask Misawa

This match was almost brutal, with Brody holding nothing back and Misawa bouncing around the ring but refusing to stay down… until Brody caught him with a Running Big Boot and followed that up with a Top Rope King Kong Knee Drop.

  

Seiji Sakaguchi vs Keiji Mutoh

The tall powerful judoka pretty much dominated the muscular and athletic youngster, but Sakaguchi gave Mutoh just enough to keep the crowd into it. Mutoh had a nice moment near the end where he caught Sakaguchi in the corner and used some flashy moves to dole out a little punishment… but Sakaguchi fought his way out of trouble with an Atomic Drop, then finished off the young lion with a Chokebomb.

 

 Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs Nobuhiko Takada

Another excellent match pitting a seasoned Shoot Style veteran against a young master of the form. Takada won the striking battle, but once they hit the mat Fujiwara took charge. Takada fought like a future champion, but Fujiwara caught him in a Heel Hook in the middle of the ring and there was simply no way to escape.  

 

Kengo Kimura vs Rusher Kimura

A nasty brawl. Kengo Kimura came into this match with his shoulder taped up, and Rusher went after it right from the opening bell, eventually tearing off the tape and choking Kengo with it while stable-mates Phil Hickerson and Adrian Adonis distracted the ref. With his arm out of commission, Kengo Kimura used a Jumping Leg Lariat and a series of stiff knees and kicks to make a comeback and pump up the crowd, but a little outside interference, a Rusher Lariat, and a big Double Arm Suplex finished things at the fifteen minute mark.

 

Complete Second Round Match-Ups:

 

Jumbo Tsuruta vs Shinya Hashimoto

Akira Maeda vs Osamu Kido

Bruiser Brody vs Seiji Sakaguchi

Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs Rusher Kimura

Inoki vs Choshu

Sayama vs Fuyuki

Fujinami vs Afi

Adonis vs Hara

 

 

JWA is also pleased to announce the foreign participants in our Super Juniors Tournament:

 

From MACW: Owen Hart

From the USWA/UWF: Wild Pegasus

From Mexico: El Hijo del Santo and El Dandy

 

The Super Juniors Tournament will  be held August 8 – 15th.



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Posted 03 July 2017 - 10:23 PM

Talk about opposites... Tiger Mask vs Brody.  That would have been awesome to watch.  Like seeing a UWF Title in Japan.  GO BAM BAM



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Posted 03 July 2017 - 10:40 PM

Looks like Andre will be a busy man this summer with 2 titles to defend!



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Posted 05 July 2017 - 08:19 AM

Oh man, Inoki vs Choshu could already be the finals of that tournament! Very solid!

 

Yep, it's important to me to give that match the attention it deserves. Hopefully the reason for it being booked so early in the tournament will become clear very soon. 

 

A nice card as the fans got exactly what they want in the beginning and the end.  An American goes done in Phil Hickerson and a great last match.  Not to say that the mid card was not great but I always think you have to get the fans attention right off the bat and finish well.  You did that here.  I just wish I was more familiar with the names in your promotion.  I have some homework to do.

 

Yep. I generally try to start strong and finish stronger. 

 

There are a lot of very good, under-appreciated pro wrestlers to discover in Japan in the 1980s. I keep saying it, because it's true: Pushing me to diiscover and learn about this stuff is a huge side benefit of participating in this project. If I watch, say, a Mighty Inoue or Isamu Teranishi match now, I always get a feeling like, "That's MY guy!"

 

Tough loss for Phil Hickerson, I was pulling for him! Seriously, I was. Maybe not for the whole thing, but at least the first match. lol

Adonis with a flying elbow? Now there's a sight to see!

Agree with Kevin that you got the fans attention early, you certainly got mine.

 

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Adonis' work in NJPW in the 80s is pretty mind-blowing. He was a very agile big man. 

 

Hickerson may be out of the tournament... but he still has a role to play  ;)

 

 

Going to guess none of those opening matches were exactly classics, but they did what they needed to do. 
 
Adonis/Teranishi and Sayama/Yamazaki were probably both great matches. I wonder if Sayama had fattened - er, bulked up enough to be a viable heavyweight by this point though. 
 
No fair giving Sting his proto-Flair coming out match before Flair can do it. 
 
Again, the last two matches probably weren't MOTY contenders, but the Japanese crowd were probably fully into them. 
 
For the second round, I'm going with Inoki, Sayama, Fujinami, and Adonis. 

 

 

Classic matches and MOTYCs are coming, later in the tournament... hopefully...

 

You are exactly right that I'm booking these first round matches to "do what they need to do." 

 

Talk about opposites... Tiger Mask vs Brody.  That would have been awesome to watch.  Like seeing a UWF Title in Japan.  GO BAM BAM

 

As far as I can tell, Misawa and Brody never had a singles match in real life. They had four tags that I could find, all while Misawa was working as Tiger Mask. I love that I can give them a singles match here. 

 

Looks like Andre will be a busy man this summer with 2 titles to defend!

 

He should be busy! He's one of the greatest of all time.  :)  I love being able to book Andre in Japan. I always have a blast with that. 



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Posted 05 July 2017 - 04:07 PM

JWA Japanese Championship Tournament Round 2, Day 1

July 8, Kobe World Hall

 

Koshinaka, Hamada, and Yamada vs Kobayashi, Inoue, and Hamaguchi

A fast-paced, smooth, and exciting 6-man middleweight tag match to start things off. Their mandate was to do enough to get the crowd hyped up, but not to do so much that they burned the crowd out. They hit that target exactly. Kobayshi pinned Yamada with a Fisherman’s Suplex Hold.

 

UWF Continental Heavyweight Champion Bam Bam Bigelow vs Blade Runner Sting

A fast-paced power match with Sting coming very close to victory before falling victim to outside interference from Phil Hickerson and Adrian Adonis. Sting was awarded the victory by DQ, but he took quite a beating, and Bigelow retained his belt.

 

JWA Tournament Match: Akira Maeda vs Osamu Kido

Kido fought valiantly, but Maeda simply overpowered him.  Much as he did with Funaki, Maeda caught Kido’s leg during an exchange of stiff kicks, and pinned him with a Bridging Capture Suplex.

 

 JWA Tournament Match: Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs Rusher Kimura

Kimura took it to Fujiwara early with brawling and power moves, but Fujiwara fought back with nasty head-butts and (as he almost always does) took over as soon as the action hit the ground. An Arm Bar earned the victory after twelve minutes of intense action.

 

***BREAK***

 

JWA Tournament Match: Bruiser Brody vs Seiji Sakaguchi

The two big men went back and forth for almost twenty minutes, busting each other open and bleeding and sweating all over the ring and ringside area. Sakaguchi’s Stomach Claw had Brody in real trouble, but he used an Eye Poke to get free and then hit a Running Big Boot and a Kong Knee Drop to advance to the quarter-finals.

  

JWA Tournament Match: Jumbo Tsuruta vs Shinya Hashimoto

Once again Tsuruta proved himself to be one of the most generous competitors on the JWA roster. He took a dozen minutes of hellacious punishment from the tough young lion, and ate two very close near-falls before making his comeback. Once Jumbo took control, he wasted no time. Hashimoto ate a High Knee, a Lariat, and a Powerbomb before a Bridging Belly-to-Back Suplex gave Tsuruta the clean victory.

 

JWA Tournament Match: Antonio Inoki vs Riki Choshu

This was an absolutely epic Main Event. An announcement was made that anyone interfering in this match would be banned from competing in the rest of the JWA Tournament. This effectively kept Choshu’s Army members Akira Maeda and Adrian Adonis away from the ring… but Phil Hickerson and Umanosuke Ueda had already been eliminated in the first round. Eventually, inevitably, they made their way to ringside and got involved with the finish of the match. Before that, however, Inoki and Choshu went back and forth for almost twenty minutes with neither man able to gain a clear advantage. The momentum made a big swing in Choshu’s favour once his cohorts made their way to ringside… but Inoki’s long time tag partner Seiji Sakaguchi quickly charged in to even the odds a little. As the referee was trying to restore order, Rusher Kimura joined in the chaos and nailed Inoki with a Piledriver on the arena floor. Bloody and injured, Sakaguchi and Inoki continued to battle Choshu, Kimura, Ueda, and Hickerson, but the numbers game proved to be too much to overcome. A Riki Lariat ended things at the 29-minute mark.

Giant Baba came down to ringside to help chase the Choshu’s Army members away… and then he offered Inoki and Sakaguchi the opportunity to fight for the JWA Tag Team Titles on the 11th in Osaka.

 

 

Card for Osaka on July 11th:

Koshinaka, Mutoh, and Yamada vs The Cobra, Kawada, and Ogawa

Yoshiaki Yatsu and Nobuhiko Takada vs Phil Hickerson and Yoji Anjo

JWA Tournament Match: Tiger Mask Sayama vs Samson Fuyuki

JWA Tournament Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs Siva Afi

JWA Tournament Match: Adrian Adonis vs Ashura Hara

JWA Middleweight Champion Dos Caras vs Black Tiger

JWA Tag Champions The Giants vs Antonio Inoki and Seiji Sakaguchi

 

 

 

 



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Posted 05 July 2017 - 04:32 PM

Another solid card coming up on July 11....Especially looking forward to the Young Lions match!



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Posted 05 July 2017 - 06:49 PM

Japan must be loving all these big names in one place and so am I as I am finally getting familiar with this new style of wrestling shows.  Thanks for helping me out here.



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Posted 06 July 2017 - 06:34 AM

JWA Middleweight Champion Dos Caras vs Black Tiger

 

 

Yessssssss






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