I've been out of town for a while, so here's a quick recap of what's happened in Japan since I've been away ahead of today's big New Japan/All Japan Anniversary show
- Yano and Iizuka have been stripped of the IWGP Tag Team titles after the double non-finish at "Dominion". There will be a decision match 7/22 between Yano/Iizuka and Tenzan/Kojima to determine the new champions
- Hirooki Goto's next challenger for his IWGP Intercontinental title has been announced. He will defend against Shinsuke Nakamura on the 7/22 show
- Also on the 7/22 show, Liger/Tiger Mask IV will defend their IWGP Jr Tag titles against Rocky Romero and Alex Koslov
- Yuji Nagata will celebrate his 20th year as a professional by producing his own show on 9/9 in his hometown
- In Dragon Gate news, the latest "CIMA Royale" #1 contenders match was won by Tozawa, so the main event of the Kobe World Hall show will be CIMA defending the Open the Dream Gate title against Akira Tozawa. In an odd twist, that show falls on Tozawa's birthday this year. The Dream Gate title would be a nice birthday present for sure
- At yesterday's Dragon Gate show, Naoki Tanisaki made his return from injury, coming out to help CIMA fight off an attack from Mad Blankey. Ever since he's been injured, Tomohawk T.T. has been impersonating Naoki on all Dragon Gate shows, so when he made his return, everyone pretended not to recognize the real Naoki, which should setup a fun storyline going forward
- Kota Ibushi defeated Yuji Hino to win the DDT KO-D Openweight title. He will defend the title at the big Budokan Hall show against the winner of the "King of DDT" tournament that started yesterday. Here are the results of that show courtesy of Dramatic DDT
01. King Of DDT – Round 1: Masa Takanashi defeated Tomomitsu Matsunaga with a Jackknife Hold Cutback (4:02).
02. King Of DDT – Round 1: Kenny Omega defeated Daisuke Sasaki with the Croyt's Wrath (15:05).
03. King Of DDT – Round 1: Hikaru Sato defeated Michael Nakazawa with the Cross Armbreaker (4:58).
04. King Of DDT – Round 1: HARASHIMA defeated Shigehiro Irie by KO with the Somato (6:37).
- Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: DJ Nira defeated Choun-Shiryu (c) by Pinfall (6:52 pm).
*DJ Nira becomes the 920th champion.
- Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Choun-Shiryu defeated DJ Nira (c) with a Camel Clutch (6:54 pm).
*Choun-Shiryu becomes the 921st champion.
05. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – Battle Royal: Choun-Shiryu (c) defeated DJ Nira, Hoshitango, Keita Yano, Tetsuya Endo and Hiroshi Fukuda (11:07).
5a. Hoshitango eliminated Hiroshi Fukuda by Pinfall (6:38).
5b. Hoshitango eliminated Keita Yano with a Stranglehold (9:48).
5c. Hoshitango eliminated Tetsuya Endo with a Stranglehold (10:34).
5d. Hoshitango eliminated DJ Nira with the Buenos Aires At Midnight (11:04).
5e. Choun-Shiryu eliminated Hoshitango with a Beijing Oklahoma Roll (11:07).
*V1 for Choun-Shiryu.
06. King Of DDT – Round 1: Keisuke Ishii defeated Takao Soma with a High Angle Double Arm DDT (6:24).
07. King Of DDT – Round 1: KUDO defeated Antonio Honda with a Back Spin Kick (11:43).
08. King Of DDT – Round 1: Yasu Urano defeated Makoto Oishi with a Tornado Clutch Cutback (1:04).
09. King Of DDT – Round 1: Danshoku Dino defeated Akito with the Analconda Vice (11:38).
10. Sanshiro Takagi & Ryuji Yamakawa defeated Kota Ibushi & Gota Ihashi when Yamakawa pinned Ihashi with the Reverse Tiger Driver (11:10).
11. King Of DDT – Round 2: Kenny Omega defeated Masa Takanashi with the Croyt's Wrath (7:02).
12. King Of DDT – Round 2: HARASHIMA defeated Hikaru Sato with the Somato (19:49).
13. King Of DDT – Round 2: KUDO defeated Keisuke Ishii by Referee Stoppage after a barrage of Buzzsaw Kicks (8:21).
14. King Of DDT – Round 2: Danshoku Dino defeated Yasu Urano with the Danshoku Driver (17:53)
- An interesting note from Pro Wrestling NOAH also. On their upcoming 7/22 show, it was announced that there would be a debut tag match for two of Kevin Von Erich's sons, Ross and Marshall. They were trained by Harley Race and will join their Kerry's daughter Lacey as the 3rd generation of Von Erich's to become professional wrestlers