Japan News Hits – Week of May 16
With Reporting Contributions from PuroresuSpirit.net.
– Antonio Inoki’s IGF promotion is hosting a 40th Anniversary celebration of the Inoki vs. Muhammad Ali match/fight/exhibition on May 29 in Osaka, Japan.
Kota Ibushi headlines matches announced for the show, which is leaning more toward pro wrestling matches than MMA fights. (Full Line-up)
– New Japan star Minoru Suzuki announced the full line-up for the “SuzukiGun 3” show on June 18 in Tokyo, Japan. Included will be a battle royal, NJPW vs. NOAH matches, and GHC tag champions Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith, Jr. in a three-team “survival match.”
- Survival match: Archer & Smith, Jr. vs. Go Shiozaki & Maybach Taniguchi vs. Nakajima & Masa Kitamiya
- Main Event: Suzuki & Takashi Sugiura & Iizuka vs. Naomichi Marufuji & Toru Yano & Sakuraba
- Suzuki-Gun vs. NJPW: Shelton Benjamin & TAKA Michinoku & Taichi vs. Togi Makabe & Honma & Ryusuke Taguchi
– Great Muta announced the “Wrestle-1 Grand Prix” running June 16 through July 1. The winner of the tournament will receive a W-1 Title shot on the big August 11 show that is already featuring Muta vs. Jun Akiyama.
– Kenta Kobashi’s next Fortune Dream show on June 14 in Tokyo, Japan will now feature Jun Akiyama in a top singles match. Plus, Go Shiozaki, Ultimo Dragon, Kensuke Sasaki, and more stars in action.
– Sunday News Listing: All-Japan and NOAH results, more.
– Saturday News Listing: FMW, DDT, more results. Full All-Japan Results featuring Jun Akiyama in the main event. Full NOAH Results featuring Go Shiozaki in the main event and Minoru Suzuki’s army in the semi-main event.