Back from the dead with a few updates, starting with All Japan who have been on fire lately. Today was the big BURNING vs AJPW 5-match singles series at Korakuen Hall
AJPW "EXCITE SERIES 2013", 2/23/2013 (GAORA TV)
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
2,150 Fans - Super No Vacancy
1. Masanobu Fuchi & Andy Wu beat Tomoaki Honma & Kazushi Miyamoto (4:28) Fuchi over Miyamoto with an Inside Cradle.
2. KENSO & Reid Flair beat Yutaka Yoshie & SUSHI (9:31) KENSO over SUSHI with the Hagakure.
3. GAORA TV Title Skirmish: Masayuki Kono & Minoru Tanaka beat Seiya Sanada & Yasufumi Nakanoue (8:20) when Sanada was disqualified.
4. Triple Crown Skirmish Elimination Match: Suwama, Joe Doering, Hikaru Sato & MAZADA beat Masakatsu Funaki, Akebono, Ryota Hama & Koji Kanemoto (13:15) via Referee Stop (Suwama beat Funaki). Order of Eliminations: MAZADA, Hikaru Sato, Ryota Hama, Koji Kanemoto, Akebono & Masakatsu Funaki.
5. All Japan vs. Burning 5 Big Singles Match Series: Atsushi Aoki beat Hiroshi Yamato (9:12) with the Assault Point.
6. All Japan vs. Burning 5 Big Singles Match Series: Kaz Hayashi beat Kotaro Suzuki (11:07) with the Power Plant.
7. All Japan vs. Burning 5 Big Singles Match Series: Go Shiozaki beat Manabu Soya (4:52) with the Go Flasher.
8. All Japan vs. Burning 5 Big Singles Match Series: Takao Omori beat Jun Akiyama (12:14) with an Axe Bomber.
9. AJPW World Jr. Heavyweight Title - All Japan vs. Burning 5 Big Singles Match Series: Yoshinobu Kanemaru beat Shuji Kondo (c) (15:54) with the Touch Out - New Champion.
So Kondo follows up his recent loss of the GHC Jr Heavyweight title to Taiji Ishimori in Noah with another title loss to former Noah star Kanemaru. Not too many surprises in the 5 match series overall except for the unnecessary burial of Soya by Go. Go was obviously going to go over there, but no need for it to be a sub 5 minute destruction of a guy who All Japan has been building pretty nicely over the last year plus
A couple announcements by All Japan today as well. Kaz Hayashi confronted Kanemaru after the main event, so expect him to be the first challenger for the Jr title. Also, KAI will return to All Japan from his overseas training at the next Sumo Hall show, where he will have his first match as a heavyweight against Seiya Sanada. Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Aoki challenged Koji Kanemoto & Minoru Tanaka for the All Asia tag titles, but no date has been announced for that match yet. In other tag team news, Keiji Muto announced that "BATT" will be reformed for one night only on 3/17 as Don Frye returns to Japan to team with Muto against Yoshihiro Takayama & Masayuki Kono. With that announcement, here's how the 3/17 show is shaping up so far
Special Tag Match: Keiji Mutoh & Don Frye vs. Yoshihiro Takayama & Masayuki Kono
Special Single Match: Seiya Sanada vs. KAI
World Tag Championship Match: [64th Champions] "GET WILD" Takao Omori & Manabu Soya vs. [Challengers] "BURNING" Jun Akiyama & Go Shiozaki
Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship Match: [45th Champion] Masakatsu Funaki vs. [Challenger] Suwama
Pretty nice show thus far. In New Japan news, their next big show will be next weekend's 41st Anniversary show. The card includes a few title defenses and a special non-title champion vs champion main event:
NJPW "ANNIVERSARY SHOW", 3/3/13 (Samurai! TV)
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
1. Anniversary Opening Match: Hiromu Takahashi & Takaaki Watanabe vs. Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu
2. Yuji Nagata, Wataru Inoue, Super Strong Machine & Captain New Japan vs. Hirooki Goto, Karl Anderson, Tama Tonga & Ryusuke Taguchi
3. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Title: KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley (c) vs. Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask
4. Togi Makabe, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka, Yujiro Takahashi & YOSHI-HASHI
5. Elimination Match: Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii, Jado & Gedo vs. Minoru Suzuki, Davey Boy Smith Jr., Kengo Mashimo & TAKA Michinoku
6. IWGP Intercontinental Title: Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Lance Archer
7. Anniversary Special Singles Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Prince Devitt