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ALL JAPAN CHAMPION CARNIVAL COMPETITORS ANNOUNCED, NOAH, DDT, IWGP JUNIOR TAG TITLE BOUT SET & MORE FROM JAPAN

By Oliver Taylor on 2021-02-23 09:03:00

All Japan Pro Wrestling

All Japan Pro Wrestling held its final Excite Series tour show in Korakuen Hall today.

The full results were:

• Izanagi and Zeus def. Alejandro and Francesco Akira
• Baliyan Akki, Osamu Nishimura and Yoshitatsu def. Black Menso~re, Ryuji Hijikata and Takao Omori
• Atsuki Aoyagi and Rising HAYATO def. Dan Tamura and Hikaru Sato & Hokuto Omori and Yusuke Kodama
• Jun Kasai and Tomoya Hirata def. Ryuki Honda and Shuji Ishikawa via DQ
• Jake Lee, Koji Iwamoto and TAJIRI def. Koji Doi, Kuma Arashi and Shotaro Ashino
• World Tag Team Championships: Kento Miyahara and Yuma Aoyagi (c) def. Abdullah Kobayashi and Daisuke Sekimoto
• Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship: SUWAMA (c) def. Kohei Sato

Atsuki Aoyagi and Rising HAYATO are the next challengers for the All Asia Tag Team Championships (currently held by Izanagi and Zeus) by way of winning the three-way tag team match. The title match will take place on March 8.

Shuji Ishikawa went into an attacking rage against Jun Kasai, giving Kasai and Tomoya Hirata the victory via disqualification.

Hokuto Omori, Koji Doi, Kuma Arashi and Yusuke Kodama betrayed Shotaro Ashino after the fifth match and Jake Lee is seemingly the new leader of Enfants Terribles. Lee also attacked Koji Iwamoto which puts the future of JIN in doubt too.

Kento Miyahara and Yuma Aoyagi made their first successful defense of the World Tag Team Championships against Abdullah Kobayashi and Daisuke Sekimoto.

SUWAMA made his sixth successful defense of the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship against Kohei Sato in the main event. He was challenged by Yoshitatsu afterwards.

All Japan announced the full field for this year’s Champion Carnival tournament today.

The full field is:

• SUWAMA
• Zeus
• Kento Miyahara
• Shuji Ishikawa
• Jake Lee
• Yuma Aoyagi
• Shotaro Ashino
• Koji Doi
• Kohei Sato
• Shinjiro Otani

This year’s tournament will be the first time the Champion Carnival is competed with only a single block of competitors since 2001. Genichiro Tenryu defeated Taiyo Kea in the final after the two wrestled to a 30-minute time limit draw during block competition.

All Japan will return to Ota Ward Gymnasium for the first time since 2013 on May 16. Ota Ward Gymnasium holds great historical significance for All Japan as Jumbo Tsurata defeated Stan Hansen in the venue in 1989 to become the first person to hold the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship.

All Japan’s last show in Ota Ward Gymnasium was headlined by SUWAMA defending the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship against Go Shiozaki.

DDT Pro-Wrestling

DDT Pro-Wrestling held a show in Nagoya today.

The full results were:

• Hiroshi Yamato and Nobuhiro Shimatani def. Keigo Nakamura and Toi Kojima
• Chris Brookes and Maki Itoh def. Antonio Honda and Saki Akai
• Yuji Hino def. Yuki Iino
• KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Championships: Akito, Kazuki Hirata and Shota (c) def. Danshoku Dieno, HARASHIMA and Sanshiro Takagi
• Daisuke Sasaki and Tetsuya Endo def. Shunma Katsumata and Yuki Ueno
• CIMA, El Lindaman, Shigehiro Irie and T-Hawk def. Hideki Okatani, Jun Akiyama, Makoto Oishi and Yusuke Okada
• KO-D Tag Team Championships: Kazusada Higuchi and Yukio Sakaguchi (c) def. Konosuke Takeshita and MAO

Akito, Kazuki Hirata and Shota made their second successful defense of the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Championships against Danshoku Dieno, HARASHIMA and Sanshiro Takagi. They were challenged by Daisuke Sasaki, Soma Takao and Yuji Hino afterwards.

Kazusada Higuchi and Yukio Sakaguchi made their second successful defense of the KO-D Tag Team Championships against Konosuke Takeshita and MAO. They were challenged by HARASHIMA afterwards, who said he wishes to challenge for the titles teaming with Yuji Okabayashi.

Pro Wrestling NOAH

Pro Wrestling NOAH held its second Step Forward 2021 tour show today in Yamada.

The full results were:

• YO-HEY def. Yasutaka Yano
• Takashi Sugiura def. Kinya Okada
• HAYATA, Susumu and Yoshinari Ogawa def. Haoh, Nioh and Tadasuke
• Katsuhiko Nakajima, Kenoh, Manabu Soya and Masa Kitamiya def. Kaito Kiyomiya, Mohammed Yone, Shuhei Taniguchi and Yoshiki Inamura
• Atsushi Kotoge, Daisuke Harada and Go Shiozaki def. Hajime Ohara, Naomichi Marufuji and Seiki Yoshioka

Atsushi Kotoge pinned Seiki Yoshioka to win the main event. Yoshioka will attempt his first defense of the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship against Kotoge at Great Voyage 2021 in Fukuoka on March 14.

NOAH will hold its final Step Forward 2021 tour show tomorrow in Korakuen Hall. The full card is:

• Hajime Ohara vs. Yasutaka Yano
• Haoh, Nioh and Tadasuke vs. Mohammed Yone, Shuhei Taniguchi and Yoshiki Inamura
• Ikuto Hidaka and Kotaro Suzuki vs. Seiki Yoshioka and YO-HEY
• Atsushi Kotoge, Daisuke Harada and Kinya Okada vs. HAYATA, Susumu and Yoshinari Ogawa
• Katsuhiko Nakajima, Kenoh, Manabu Soya and Masa Kitamiya vs. Kazushi Sakuraba, Kazuyuki Fujita, Kendo Kashin and Takashi Sugiura
• Daiki Inaba, Go Shiozaki and Kaito Kiyomiya vs. Keiji Mutoh, Masato Tanaka and Naomichi Marufuji

Dragon Gate

Dragon Gate held its ninth Truth Gate 2021 tour show today in KBS Hall.

The full results were:

• Dragon Kid and YAMATO def. Genki Horiguchi and Kzy
• Ben-K and Ultimo Dragon def. Gamma and Susumu Yokosuka
• Shuji Kondo def. Kagetora
• Eita, Kaito Ishida, KAZMA SAKAMOTO and SB KENTo def. Jason Lee, La Estrella and Shun Skywalker
• Keisuke Okuda, Masaaki Mochizuki and Takashi Yoshida def. BxB Hulk, H.Y.O and KAI
• Open The Triangle Gate Championships contenders tournament final: Dia Inferno, Diamante and HipHop Kikuta def. Bokutimo Dragon, Punch Tominaga and Ryo Saito

Kota Minoura missed the show due to recording a high fever during the pre-show health check. The eight-man tag team match was changed to a four-on-three handicap match.

Dragon Gate streamed the first match on today’s show live on its YouTube Channel. The match can be watched on the attachment below.

Dia Inferno, Diamante and HipHop Kikuta are the next challengers for the Open The Triangle Gate Championships (currently held by Genki Horiguchi, Kzy and Susumu Yokosuka).

K-1 fighters Hiroki and Tatsuya Oiwa will appear at Dragon Gate’s Truth Gate 2021 show on February 26 in Kobe Tokiwa Arena.

Hiroki will accompany Dia Inferno, Eita, HipHop Kikuta and Eita while Oiwa will accompany Ben-K, Dragon Kid, Keisuke Okuda and YAMATO for the eight-man tag team match between the two teams.

Ishida previously trained with Hiroki in preparation for his Open the Dream Gate Championship match against Shun Skywalker on March 7.

Big Japan Pro Wrestling

Big Japan Pro Wrestling held a show in Shin-Kiba 1st Ring today.

The full results were:

• Kazuki Hashimoto def. Takuho Kato
• Kota Sekifuda def. Yuichi Taniguchi
• Daichi Hashimoto and Yasufumi Nakanoue def. Yuji Okabayashi and Yuya Aoki
• Deathmatch: Jaki Numazawa, Minoru Fujita and Yuki Ishikawa def. Akira Hyodo, Hideyoshi Kamitani and Kankuro Hoshino
• Deathmatch: Ryuji Ito, Takumi Tsukamoto and Violento Jack def. Drew Parker, Masaya Takahashi and Yuko Miyamoto
• BJW Tag Team Championships: Fuminori Abe and Takuya Nomura def. Kazumi Kikuta and Ryuichi Kawakami (c)

Violento Jack made his Big Japan debut in the second six-man tag team deathmatch.

Fuminori Abe and Takuya Nomura defeated Kazumi Kikuta and Ryuichi Kawakami to regain the BJW Tag Team Championships in the main event.

New Japan Pro Wrestling

New Japan Pro Wrestling has confirmed El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru will challenge El Phantasmo and Taiji Ishimori for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships in the main event of the last Road to Castle Attack tour show on February 25 in Korakuen Hall.

The updated card for the show is:

• Great-O-Khan, Jeff Cobb and Will Ospreay vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi, Satoshi Kojima and Yota Tsuji
• Chase Owens, Dick Togo and EVIL vs. Kazuchika Okada, SHO and Toru Yano
• Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii and YOSHI-HASHI vs. Jay White, Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa
• Kota Ibushi, Tomoaki Honma and Yuji Nagata vs. SANADA, Shingo Takagi and Tetsuya Naito
• IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: El Phantasmo and Taiji Ishimori (c) vs. El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru

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