Japan News Hits – Kota Ibushi headlines Inoki-Ali anniversary show, big NJPW vs. NOAH matches for “SuzukiGun 3,” Great Muta announces Grand Prix, Kobashi’s next big show, Jun Akiyama is everywhere

By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor

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.

Monday News Listing.

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.

Friday News Listing

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