411's International News Report #94 (Tons Of Japan News)
Posted by Evan Zivin on 04.21.2002
Back with the Puroresu portion of the International News Report this week. Please give credit for the news below to Zach Arnold & myself. Arnold's site, www.PuroresuPower.com has all the latest Japan news and links to all the top promotions in the land of the Rising Sun.
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Okay as promised, after the interviews we've posted this week and the Lucha TV Report and etc... It's now time for Puroresu news so wait no longer here it is...
The main matches were announced today for Kodo Fuyuki's 5/5 Kawasaki Ball Park show. Line-up:
- Kintaro Kanemura vs. Vader (Main Event)
- Tetsuhiro Kuroda vs. Akira Taue
- Atsushi Onita vs. TBA
- Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Tamon Honda & Masao Inoue
Chris Haseman (ex-RINGS), Ilioukhine Mikhail (ex-RINGS), Katsuhisa Fujii & Yuki Kondo (Pancrase) have all been booked for the May 6th show at Tokyo Bay NK Hall. This is a big independent shoot-event.
Here's the full line-up for PRIDE 20 on 4/28 at Yokohama Arena:
- Dan Henderson vs. Ricardo Arona
- Murillo Ninja vs. Mario Sperry
- Masaaki Satake vs. Quinton Jackson
- Yoshihisa Yamamoto vs. Bob Sapp
- Sanae Kikuta vs. Alexander Otsuka
- Vanderlei Silva vs. Mirko Filipovic
Here's the full line-up for New Japan's 5/2 Tokyo Dome show in order in which the matches will take place:
1. Katsuyori Shibata vs. Wataru Inoue
2. Daisuke Sekimoto vs. Kintaro Kanemura
3. Tiger Mask 3 (Kanemoto) & 4 vs. El Samurai & Black Tiger
4. Yumiko Hotta & Manami Toyota vs. Momoe Nakanishi & Kaoru Ito
5. Minoru Tanaka & Jushin Liger vs. Gedoh & Jadoh
6. Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kensuke Sasaki vs. The Steiner Brothers
7. Giant Silva vs. Giant Singh
8. Manabu Nakanishi vs. Bas Rutten
9. Tadao Yasuda vs. Don Frye
10. Masa Chono vs. Mitsuharu Misawa
11. IWGP Title Match: Yuji Nagata vs. Yoshihiro Takayama
All Japan ran their April 13th "Grand Champion Carnival" show at Nippon Budokan, claiming 16,000 paid. Results:
1. Nobukazu Hirai defeated Yaz Urano in 5 minutes, 39 seconds with a crab hold.
2. Kaz Hayashi, Jimmy Yang, & Hi69 defeated Kazushi Miyamoto, Gran Naniwa, & Ryuji Hijikata in 10 minutes, 30 seconds when Yang used his "Yang Time" finisher on Hijikata for the win.
3. Hiroshi Hase & Hideki Hosaka defeated George Hines & Tomoaki Honma in 11 minutes, 56 seconds when Hase used a Northern Lights Suplex on Honma for the win.
4. In the All Japan Jr. Title Match, Kendo Ka Shin defeated Masa Fuchi in 16 minutes, 55 seconds with a cross-arm scissors hold. After the match, Kaz Hayashi challenged Ka Shin for a title match. Ka Shin ripped up all of the ceremony award documents that Stan Hansen gave him with the trophy and got big heel heat.
5. In the Giant Baba 6-man Cup Tournament, Steve Williams, Mike Rotunda, & Yoji Anjoh defeated Mike Barton, Jim Steele, & The Cedman in 16 minutes, 16 seconds when Williams used a back drop suplex on Cedman for the win.
6. In the All-Asia Tag Titles Match, Arashi & Nobutaka Araya defeated Mitsuya Nagai & Shigeo Okumura in 23 minutes, 27 seconds when Arashi used a lariat on Okumura for the win.
7. In the #1 contender's match, Satoshi Kojima defeated Taiyo Kea in 17 minutes, 13 seconds with a lariat. After the match, Kojima had his picture taken with Stan Hansen.
8. In the Triple Crown Championship, Gen'ichiro Tenryu defeated Keiji Mutoh in 19 minutes, 38 seconds with an avalanche-style brainbuster. After the match, Satoshi Kojima did a microphone performance and Tenryu a "bakayaro."
** After the show, all the teams in the Baba Cup tournament were announced.
- Mutoh, Hines, & Hayashi
- Williams, Rotunda, & Anjoh
- Barton, Steele, & Cedman
- Kea, Nagai, & Okumura
- Fuchi, Naniwa, & Hosaka
- Kojima, Honma, & Yang
- Tenryu, Arashi, & Araya
- Ka Shin, Johnny Smith, & Abdullah the Butcher
** Also at the show, there was big talk that the main event of AJ's 5/1 Niigata City Gym show (the day before NJ's 5/2 Tokyo Dome show) would have Kokushi-muso (Mutoh) & Hakushi (Shinzaki) vs. TBA in a tag main event.
ARSION ran their April 12th rally at Ichinoseki Cultural Center, claiming 450 paid. Results:
1. Mari Apache defeated Rena Takase in 6 minutes, 39 seconds with a lariat.
2. noki-A defeated Lady Pentagon in 8 minutes, 28 seconds with a noki-an backbreaker.
3. Bionic J defeated baby A in 6 minutes, 33 seconds with a diving guillotine.
4. GAMI defeated Ai Fujita in 12 minutes, 30 seconds with a small package hold.
5. Lioness Asuka & noki-A defeated Rie Tamada & Mariko Yoshida in 14 minutes, 33 seconds when Asuka used a rotating leg kick on Tamada for the win.
Toryumon ran their April 13th rally in Hiroshima at Fukuyama Interchange Building, claiming 1,030 paid. Results:
1. Masaaki Mochizuki defeated Raimu Mishima in 7 minutes, 41 seconds with a triangular kick.
2. In Block C of El Numero Uno, Don Fujii defeated Stoker Ichikawa in 7 minutes, 17 seconds with a backwards Figure-4 Leg Lock.
3. SUWA & Shiima Nobunaga went to a double count-out in 11 minutes, 6 seconds with Genki Horiguchi & Darkness Dragon.
4. In Block A of El Numero Uno, TARU defeated Susumu Yokosuka in 11 minutes, 58 seconds with the TARU-Driller.
5. Super Shisa, Ken'ichiro Arai, & Dragon Kid defeated Ricky Marvin, Ryo Saito, & Magnum Tokyo in 19 minutes, 48 seconds when Shisa used a Shisa Clutch 2 on Saito for the win.
The All Japan Women's group ran their April 13th rally in Aichi at Tsujima Cultural Hall, claiming 1,170 paid. Results:
1. Saki Maemura defeated Ayako Sato in 9 minutes, 49 seconds.
2. Nanae Takahashi defeated Mika Nishio in 10 minutes, 9 seconds with a corner splash.
3. Kaoru Ito defeated Kayo Noumi in 14 minutes, 5 seconds with a Liger Bomb.
4. Tomoko Watanabe defeated Miyuki Fujii in 13 minutes, 24 seconds with a Screwdriver.
5. Momoe Nakanishi & Yumiko Hotta defeated Manami Toyota & Nanae Takahashi in 20 minutes, 9 seconds when Nakanishi used the "Momoracci" (Momo-Latch legscissors into cradle) on Takahashi for the win.
Osaka Pro ran their April 13th rally at the Festival Gate, claiming 229 paid. Results:
1. Takashi Tachibana defeated Tiger's Mask in 6 minutes, 29 seconds with a crab hold.
2. Gamma defeated Shuwa in 8 minutes, 26 seconds with the "Blitzin'" finisher.
3. Super Delfin, Miracle Man, & Super Demekin defeated BK Kid, Kengo Takai, & Takashi Tachibana in 12 minutes, 43 seconds when Demekin used a Fisherman's Buster on Tachibana for the win.
4. In the Tag Festival, Tsubasa & Black Buffalo (4 pts) defeated Kuishinbo Kamen & Ebessan (0 pts) in 12 minutes, 35 seconds when Buffalo used a lariat on Ebessan for the win.
5. In the Tag Festival, Daio QUALLT & Monster Z Mandula (4 pts) defeated Takehiro Murahama & Oriental (4 pts) in 13 minutes, 9 seconds when QUALLT used the double-impact finisher on Oriental for the win.
Big Japan ran their April 14th rally at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, claiming 1,800 paid. Results:
1. Satoru Makita defeated Naoki Numazawa in 6 minutes, 40 seconds with a German Suplex Hold.
3. In the World Extreme Cup Block A (Barbed Wire Death Match), Ryuji Yamakawa defeated Tower of Doom in 7 minutes, 22 seconds with an arm-breaker.
4. In the World Extreme Cup A-Block 3-way match, Ryuji Yamakawa & Tower of Doom defeated The Winger.
- Doom over Winger in 1 minute, 30 seconds with the Super Power Bomb.
- Yamakawa over Winger in 1 minute, 34 seconds by reversing the "Okano Bomb."
- Doom & Yamakawa move on to BJW's 8/18 Yokohama Bunka Gym show.
5. In the BJW Tag Titles Match, Daisuke Sekimoto & Men's Teioh defeated Daikokubo Benkei & Abdullah Kobayashi in 20 minutes, 38 seconds when Sekimoto used a German Suplex on Kobayashi for the win.
6. Shadow WX, Mad Man Pondo, & Ryuji Yamakawa defeated Jun Kasai, The Winger, & Hidoh in 14 minutes, 33 seconds when Yamakawa used a reverse tiger driver on Winger for the win.
GAEA Japan ran their April 14th rally at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, claiming 1,870 paid. Results:
1. Devil Masami defeated Aya Sakurai in 8 minutes, 24 seconds with a Liger Bomb.
3. Etsuko Mita & Mima Shimoda defeated Devil Masami & Toshie Uematsu in 10 minutes, 9 seconds when Mita used a Death Valley Bomb on Uematsu for the win.
4. Aja Kong defeated Ayako Hamada in 14 minutes, 22 seconds with a back-fist counter to Ayako's savata kick.
5. Sakura Hirota & Chigusa Nagayo defeated Mayumi Ozaki & KAORU in 12 minutes, 56 seconds when Hirota used a Jack-knife cradle on KAORU for the win.
6. Meiko Satomura defeated Chikayo Nagashima in 19 minutes, 59 seconds with the Shining Kakato (axe kick).
Toryumon ran their April 14th rally at Akashi Industrial Exchange Center, claiming 1,300 paid. Results:
1. Dragon Kid & Super Shisa defeated Darkness Dragon & Susumu Yokosuka in 15 minutes, 27 seconds when Kid used an ultra-hurricanrana on Yokosuka for the win.
2. Genki Horiguchi defeated Stoker Ichikawa in 6 minutes, 55 seconds with a counter from a diving body attack.
3. Masaaki Mochizuki defeated Raimu Mishima in 1 minutes, 42 seconds by KO from a high-kick.
4. In Block C of El Numero Uno, SUWA defeated Ryo Saito in 11 minutes, 59 seconds with a counter to Saito's "Cycling Yahoo" finisher.
5. TARU, Don Fujii, & Shiima Nobunaga defeated Ricky Marvin, Ken'ichiro Arai, & Magnum Tokyo in 21 minutes, 16 seconds when Fujii used a German Suplex Hold on Tokyo for the win.
The All Japan Women's group ran their April 14th show in Tokyo at their Meguro Ward (District) Garage, claiming 320 paid. Results:
1. In a no-swearing elimination match, the team of Nanae Takahashi, Kayo Noumi, & Mika Nishio defeated Momoe Nakanishi, Miyuki Fujii, & Saki Maemura.
- Noumi was eliminated in 12 minutes, 11 seconds.
- Fujii was eliminated in 17 minutes, 25 seconds.
- Nakanishi was eliminated in 19 minutes, 18 seconds.
- Takahashi body-slammed Maemura in 25 minutes, 45 seconds for the win.
2. Tomoko Watanabe defeated Ayako Sato in 16 seconds with a body slam.
3. Tomoko Watanabe defeated Ayako Sato in 43 seconds with a modified stretch.
4. Kaoru Ito & Yumiko Hotta defeated Manami Toyota & Mika Nishio in 13 minutes, 57 seconds when Ito used a lariat on Nishio for the win.
Osaka Pro ran their April 14th rally at the Festival Gate, claiming 213 paid. Results:
1. Tsubasa defeated Tiger's Mask in 8 minutes, 20 seconds with a Scorpion Death Lock.
2. Takehiro Murahama & BK Kid defeated Shuwa & Takashi Tachibana in 11 minutes, 17 seconds when Murahama used a chicken-wing arm lock on Shuwa for the submission.
3. Black Buffalo defeated Kengo Takai in 11 minutes, 2 seconds with a lariat.
4. Gamma, Daio QUALLT, & Monster Z Mandula defeated Miracle Man, Oriental, & Tiger's Mask in 12 minutes when Gamma used his "Blitzin'" finisher on Tiger's Mask for the win.
5. In the Tag Festival, Super Delfin & Super Demekin (3 pts) defeated Kuishinbo Kamen & Ebessan (0 pts) in 16 minutes, 52 seconds when Delfin used a Delfin Clutch on Ebessan for the win.
ARSION ran their April 14th rally in Shizouka at Hamamatsu Act City Event Hall, claiming 650 paid. Results:
1. Lady Pentagon defeated Yuu Yamagata in 7 minutes, 34 seconds.
2. Mari Apache defeated Bionic J in 7 minutes, 48 seconds with a lariat.
3. Rie Tamada defeated Fabi Apache in 8 minutes, 33 seconds with a small package hold.
4. In a Captain's Falls Match, GAMI (Captain), Lioness Asuka, & noki-A defeated Mariko Yoshida (Captain), Rie Tamada, & Ai Fujita.
- Yoshida over noki-A in 12 minutes, 50 seconds with the Air-Raid Crash.
- GAMI over Yoshida in 16 minutes, 28 seconds with a La Magistral cradle.
5. In the #1 contender's match for the Sky High of ARSION Title, Rena Takase defeated baby A in 13 minutes, 12 seconds with a diving headbutt.
New Japan ran their April 13th rally in Okinawa at the Prefectural martial arts building, claiming 4,500 paid. Results:
1. Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Blue Wolf in 8 minutes, 40 seconds with a crab-hold.
2. Masahito Kakihara defeated El Samurai in 9 minutes, 5 seconds with a Kaki-Cutter (STO).
3. Osamu Nishimura defeated Hiro Saito in 8 minutes, 47 seconds with a Ground Cobra Twist.
4. Tadao Yasuda defeated Yutaka Yoshie in 9 minutes, 10 seconds with a front sleeper.
5. Kensuke Sasaki defeated Tatsutoshi Goto in 5 minutes, 19 seconds with a Northern Lights Bomb.
6. In an elimination match, the team of Manabu Nakanishi, Yuji Nagata, Jushin Liger, Minoru Tanaka, & Masayuki Naruse defeated Masa Chono, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Koji Kanemoto, Gedoh, & Jadoh.
- Kanemoto in 20 minutes, 11 seconds with a moonsault press on Naruse.
- Jadoh with a cross-face on Tanaka in 23 minutes, 5 seconds.
- Nagata over Kanemoto in 25 minutes, 15 seconds with an exploder.
- Liger over Tenzan in 32 minutes, 5 seconds with a rotating cradle.
- Chono over Liger in 32 minutes, 32 seconds with the STF.
- Nagata over Chono in 33 minutes, 56 seconds with the Nagata Lock II.
- Gedoh over Nagata in 34 minutes, 57 seconds with the Gedoh Clutch.
- Nakanishi over both Jadoh & Gedoh in 36 minutes, 24 seconds with a Northern Lights Suplex Hold.
NOAH ran their April 14th rally at Differ Ariake in Tokyo, claiming 1,500 paid. This was Fuyuki's retirement show. Results:
1. KENTA (Kobayashi) defeated Yasuhiro Suzuki in 9 minutes, 5 seconds with a German Suplex Hold.
2. Mitsuo Momota & Rusher Kimura defeated Kishin Kawabata & Haruka Eigen in 8 minutes, 40 seconds when Momota used a cradle on Kawabata for the win.
3. Naoki Sano & Takashi Sugiura defeated Mohammed Yone & Daisuke Ikeda in 15 minutes, 16 seconds when Sano used a Northern Lights Bomb on Yone for the win.
4. Tamon Honda, Takao Omori, & Jun Izumida defeated Makoto Hashi, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, & Jun Akiyama in 13 minutes, 1 second when Honda used his "Dead End" on Hashi for the win.
5. Mitsuharu Misawa, Yoshinari Ogawa, & Kodo Fuyuki defeated Tsuyoshi Kikuchi, Masao Inoue, & Akira Taue in 16 minutes, 41 seconds when Fuyuki used a lariat on Kikuchi for the win. After the match, they had a retirement ceremony. Shinobu Kandori, Rumi Kazama, Yuji Nagata, Great Kabuki, Masao Orihara, Great Kojika, Jun Akiyama, Jadoh, Gedoh, Misawa, Kobashi, Mighty Inoue, & Rusher Kimura showed up after Fuyuki's match for the retirement ceremony. Animal Hamaguchi & Hayabusa sent telegrams.
PICTURE OF THE DAY
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/hochi/battle/apr/0414fuyuki_hanamichi.jpg - Fuyuki walking off into the sunset... for now
Antonio Inoki has proposed a Judo Jacket match between 60-year old Seiji Sakaguchi & Naoya Ogawa at New Japan's 5/2 Tokyo Dome show.
Mitsuharu Misawa is letting Jun Akiyama be the matchmaker for NOAH's 6/12 Tokyo, Korakuen Hall show (only for Japanese wrestlers).
Meiko Satomura's next challenger for the AAAW Singles Title belt will be Sugar Satoh.
Gen'ichiro Tenryu wants to have a Triple Crown championship match in America in June (around the same time Mutoh will be coming to America). Tenryu considers The Road Warriors & Dusty Rhodes as two big potential allies for doing something in America with.
GAEA Japan has started an English club (her and Sakura Hirota) in which fans can study English with Nagayo & Hirota. A weird gimmick!
All Japan Women announced the line-up for their April 28th show at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo. Line-up:
1. Saki Maemura vs. Ayako Sato
2. Midget Wrestling match (Tomezo Tsunokake's Retirement)
3. Manami Toyota vs. Miyuki Fujii
4. Nanae Takahashi, Kayo Noumi, & Mika Nishio vs. Takako Inoue, Tomoko Watanabe, and either Rumi Kazama or Eagle Sawai
5. Kaoru Ito vs. Kumiko Maekawa
6. Yumiko Hotta & Momoe Nakanishi vs. ARSION team
** AJW also announced that they will run the 5,000-seat Ota Ward Gym in Tokyo on 7/6.
Josh Dempsey is expected to work the 5/19-5/23 part of the ZERO-ONE 2002 Genesis tour. The 5/19-5/23 tour will have Tom Howard, The Predator, Evolution (Nova & Frankie Kazarian), along with Steve Corino and Quinn Magnum (Jim Miller's son-in-law), who is the NWA North American champion. Shinjiro Ohtani vs. Yuki Ishikawa was added for the promotion's 4/27 Osaka City Central Gym Sub-Arena show. ZERO-ONE is now officially trying to create the faction stables in their promotion amongst the foreigner groups. Rick Bassman and Jim Miller were asked for quotes putting over their respective promotions and then bashing (angle) the "enemy" promotion. ZERO-ONE wants to do the same thing with Ring Warriors & Dusty Rhodes, but I have a feeling that it won't happen. Concerning the Genesis tour (4/27 to 5/3), all the shows are selling lukewarm in terms of advanced ticket sales and unless something picks up, there's going to be some half-empty buildings.
The PRIDE 20 show (headlined by Vanderlei Silva vs. Mirko Filipovic) is virtually sold out with the exception of 25,000-yen floor seats.
News on K-1's Middleweights show on 5/11 at Nippon Budokan... all 20,000-yen front row and 8,000-yen top 2nd level seats are sold out. The 12,000-yen floor and 6,000-yen cheap seats are still available in big numbers.
According to Ticketmaster-J, the numbers in their database versus the claims being made by New Japan officials regarding ticket sales is contradictory. Ticketmaster-J numbers claim that the 30,000-yen Arena A front row seats (there are no true 50,000-yen seats) are selling at a 50% clip, with Stand C (the cheapest seats in the bleachers) seats at 3,000 yen a piece all sold out. However, virtually all of the Arena-B 15,000 yen floor seats along with the Stand A 10,000-yen & Stand B 5,000-yen seats are not selling strongly at all. In regards to the upcoming New Japan "Inoki-ism Big Fight Series" (4/16 Korakuen to 4/29 Nagasaki), virtually all the shows are not sold out and tickets have sold at a 50% clip. Strong walk-ups will be needed for any sell-outs outside Korakuen.
In a surprising announcement, ARSION announced (mainly Hiroshi Ogawa & Michiko Ohmukai - unbelievably) that Yuu Yamagata had been fired from the company due to what they claimed was "bad behavior." Ohmukai claimed that Yamagata was undisciplined and that her actions created the situation. Ohmukai is now calling herself "the chairwoman of the wrestlers." In the release to the media, there had undertones from ARSION management that Yamagata was involved with "psycho-stimulants" which created the problems. ARSION even went further with their "dismissive tone" when they claimed that Yamagata was tarnishing the company's image. When Ayako Hamada was in ARSION, Yuu Yamagata was one of her understudies. With Hamada out of ARSION, any allies of Hamada are now long gone from ARSION.
New Japan ran their April 16th rally at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, claiming 1,438 paid. Results:
1. Osamu Nishimura defeated Blue Wolf in 8 minutes, 29 seconds with a Japanese Leg-Roll Clutch.
2. El Samurai defeated Shane (ex-WWC) in 5 minutes, 1 second with a La Magistral cradle.
3. Danny Devine defeated Hiro Saito in 6 minutes, 35 seconds with a double-arm screw suplex.
4. Rick Steiner defeated Tatsutoshi Goto in 5 minutes, 30 seconds with a death valley bomb.
5. In an elimination match, Jadoh, Gedoh, Black Tiger, & Koji Kanemoto defeated Masahito Kakihara, Masayuki Naruse, Minoru Tanaka, & Jushin Liger.
- Naruse over Tiger in 9 minutes, 35 seconds with the Crazy Cyclone.
- Kanemoto over Naruse in 10 minutes, 25 seconds with a moonsault press.
- Kanemoto over Kakihara in 14 minutes, 46 seconds with a Tiger Suplex Hold.
- Tanaka over Kanemoto in 25 minutes, 41 seconds with a high-kick.
- Jadoh over Tanaka in 5 minutes, 37 seconds later with the cross-face.
6. Yuji Nagata & Tadao Yasuda defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kensuke Sasaki in 13 minutes, 40 seconds when Nagata used a back-drop suplex hold on Tanahashi for the win.
7. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Masa Chono defeated Yutaka Yoshie & Manabu Nakanishi in 21 minutes, 33 seconds when Tenzan used a TTD (Tenzan Tombstone Driver) on Yoshie for the win.
ZERO-ONE announced brand-new revised line-ups for their upcoming Genesis 2002 tour (4/27 Osaka to 5/3 Matsuyama). Revised line-ups:
4/27 Osaka City Central Gym (8,000 seats for big gym/1,500 seats for sub-arena)
- Shin'ya Hashimoto vs. The Predator
- Shinjiro Ohtani vs. Yuki Ishikawa
- Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs. Kazuhiko Ogasawara
- #1 contender's match for NWA Intercontinental Tag Titles: Steve Corino & CW Anderson vs. Evolution (Nova & Frankie Kazarian)
- Gerard Gordeau vs. Tom Howard
- Kohei Sato & Masato Tanaka vs. Ryoji Choi & Yoshiaki Fujiwara
- Samoa Joe vs. Yusaku
- Naohiro Hoshikawa vs. Yoshito Sasaki (ex-FMW)
4/29 Fukuoka, Hakata Star Lanes
- Shinjiro Ohtani vs. Tom Howard
- Shin'ya Hashimoto & Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Steve Corino & CW Anderson
- Masato Tanaka vs. The Predator
- Kohei Sato & Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs. Evolution
- Ryoji Choi vs. The Cobra
- Naohiro Hoshikawa & Yoshito Sasaki vs. Yusaku & Tadahiro Fujisaki
4/30 Yamaguchi Refresh Park (Ohtani's 10th anniversary show)
- NWA Intercontinental Tag Titles Match: Shinjiro Ohtani & Masato Tanaka vs. winners from 4/27 Osaka match
- Shin'ya Hashimoto & Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Tom Howard & The Predator
- Kohei Sato vs. Gerard Gordeau
5/3 Ehime, Matsuyama City Community Center
- Shin'ya Hashimoto & Naoya Ogawa vs. The Predator & Tom Howard
- Shinjiro Ohtani & Masato Tanaka vs. Yuki Ishikawa & Katsumi Usuda
- Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs. Wataru Sakata
- Steve Corino vs. Gerard Gordeau
Atsushi Onita made public threats against former FMW boss Shoichi Arai. Onita says that he has heard rumors of Arai writing a "tell-all book" about the history of FMW from the first day of its creation in 1989 until the last day of bankruptcy in 2002. Onita said that Arai should fear for his safety due to a lot of political things Arai did to wrestlers, including bailing out on hospital payments for Hayabusa's medical care in Tokyo.
Pancrase boss Mr. Ozaki testified in a Tokyo court on Tuesday for the prosecution in their continuing case against Akira Maeda.
4/27 Tokyo, Korakuen Hall
- Arashi & Nobukazu Hirai vs. Jim Steele & Ryuji Hijikata
- Hideki Hosaka vs. Mike Barton
- Kendo Ka Shin & Abdullah the Butcher vs. Shigeo Okumura & Gran Naniwa
- Johnny Smith, Mitsuya Nagai, & The Cedman vs. Steve Williams, Mike Rotunda, & Yoji Anjoh
- Gen'ichiro Tenryu & Nobutaka Araya vs. Taiyo Kea & Kazushi Miyamoto
- GIANT BABA 6-MAN CUP TOURNAMENT: Keiji Mutoh, George Hines, & Kaz Hayashi vs. Satoshi Kojima, Tomoaki Honma, & Jimmy Yang
4/28 Ibaraki, Mito Park Gym
- Masa Fuchi & Kazushi Miyamoto vs. Nobukazu Hirai & Ryuji Hijikata
- Tomoaki Honma vs. George Hines
- Kendo Ka Shin, Johnny Smith, & Abdullah the Butcher vs. Mike Rotunda, The Cedman, & Jimmy Yang
- Taiyo Kea & Shigeo Okumura vs. Arashi & Nobutaka Araya
- Satoshi Kojima & Hideki Hosaka vs. Steve Williams & Yoji Anjoh
- Keiji Mutoh, Mitsuya Nagai, & Kaz Hayashi vs. Mike Barton, Jim Steele, & Gran Naniwa
4/29 Fukushima City, National Commemorative Gym
- Masa Fuchi & Kazushi Miyamoto vs. Jim Steele & The Cedman
- Kendo Ka Shin & Nobukazu Hirai vs. Gran Naniwa & Jimmy Yang
- Hideki Hosaka vs. Abdullah the Butcher
- Taiyo Kea & Mitsuya Nagai vs. Mike Barton & Johnny Smith
- Arashi, Nobutaka Araya, & Ryuji Hijikata vs. Steve Williams, Mike Rotunda, & Yoji Anjoh
- Keiji Mutoh, George Hines, & Kaz Hayashi vs. Satoshi Kojima, Shigeo Okumura, & Tomoaki Honma
4/30 Morioka, Iwate Prefectural Gym
- Kendo Ka Shin & Ryuji Hijikata vs. Kaz Hayashi & Jimmy Yang
- Tomoaki Honma vs. Abdullah the Butcher
- Yoji Anjoh & Nobukazu Hirai vs. Mike Barton & Jim Steele
- Johnny Smith & The Cedman vs. Steve Williams & Mike Rotunda
- GIANT BABA 6-MAN CUP TOURNAMENT: Taiyo Kea, Mitsuya Nagai, & Shigeo Okumura vs. Masa Fuchi, Hideki Hosaka, & Gran Naniwa
- Gen'ichiro Tenryu, Arashi, & Nobutaka Araya vs. Keiji Mutoh, Satoshi Kojima, & George Hines
5/1 Niigata City Gym
- Kaz Hayashi & Jimmy Yang vs. The Cedman & Gran Naniwa
- Tomoaki Honma & Kazushi Miyamoto vs. Mike Barton & The Cedman
- Mitsuya Nagai, Shigeo Okumura, & Ryuji Hijikata vs. Steve Williams, Mike Rotunda, & Yoji Anjoh
- Hideki Hosaka vs. Taiyo Kea
- GIANT BABA 6-MAN CUP TOURNAMENT: Gen'ichiro Tenryu, Arashi, & Nobutaka Araya vs. Kendo Ka Shin, Johnny Smith, & Abdullah the Butcher
- Kokushi-muso (Keiji Mutoh) & Hakushi (Jinsei Shinzaki) vs. Satoshi Kojima & George Hines
5/3 Yamagata, Yonezawa Municipal Gym
- Ryuji Hijikata vs. Jimmy Yang
- Nobutaka Araya vs. The Cedman
- Shigeo Okumura & Kazushi Miyamoto vs. Kendo Ka Shin & Abdullah the Butcher
- Tomoaki Honma vs. Johnny Smith
- Gen'ichiro Tenryu, Arashi, & Nobukazu Hirai vs. Steve Williams, Mike Rotunda, & Yoji Anjoh
- Satoshi Kojima & Hideki Hosaka vs. Taiyo Kea & Mitsuya Nagai
- Keiji Mutoh, George Hines, & Kaz Hayashi vs. Mike Barton, Jim Steele, & Gran Naniwa
5/4 Kisarazu, Kurakata Sports Center
- Masa Fuchi & Kazushi Miyamoto vs. Shigeo Okumura & The Cedman
- Hideki Hosaka vs. Johnny Smith
- Kendo Ka Shin & Abdullah the Butcher vs. Arashi & Nobukazu Hirai
- Steve Williams, Mike Rotunda, & Jimmy Yang vs. Mike Barton, Jim Steele, & Ryuji Hijikata
- Satoshi Kojima & Tomoaki Honma vs. Yoji Anjoh & Nobutaka Araya
- Keiji Mutoh, George Hines, & Kaz Hayashi vs. Taiyo Kea, Mitsuya Nagai, & Gran Naniwa
5/5 Daigo Grand Dome
- Masa Fuchi vs. Kazushi Miyamoto
- Kendo Ka Shin & Jimmy Yang vs. Gran Naniwa & Ryuji Hijikata
- Arashi & Nobukazu Hirai vs. Abdullah the Butcher & The Cedman
- George Hines & Hideki Hosaka vs. Steve Williams & Mike Rotunda
- Tomoaki Honma vs. Taiyo Kea
- Gen'ichiro Tenryu & Nobutaka Araya vs. Satoshi Kojima & Shigeo Okumura
- Keiji Mutoh, Mitsuya Nagai, & Kaz Hayashi vs. Mike Barton, Jim Steele, & Johnny Smith
5/6 Gifu Industry Hall (4,000 seats - near Nagoya)
- Kaz Hayashi & Jimmy Yang vs. Gran Naniwa & Kazushi Miyamoto
- Masa Fuchi & Ryuji Hijikata vs. Abdullah the Butcher & The Cedman
- Hideki Hosaka vs. George hines
- Arashi & Nobutaka Araya vs. Steve Williams & Mike Rotunda
- Satoshi Kojima & Tomoaki Honma vs. Taiyo Kea & Johnny Smith
- Keiji Mutoh, Mitsuya Nagai, & Shigeo Okumura vs. Mike Barton, Jim Steele, & Kendo Ka Shin
5/9 Kochi Prefectural Gym
- Masa Fuchi vs. Takashi Osawa (debut match)
- Kendo Ka Shin & Nobukazu Hirai vs. Ryuji Hijikata & Jimmy Yang
- Shigeo Okumura & Hideki Hosaka vs. Abdullah the Butcher & The Cedman
- Tomoaki Honma vs. Mike Barton
- Arashi & Nobutaka Araya vs. Steve Williams & Mike Rotunda
- Satoshi Kojima & Kazushi Miyamoto vs. Taiyo Kea & Mitsuya Nagai
- Keiji Mutoh, George Hines, & Kaz Hayashi vs. Johnny Smith, Jim Steele, & Gran Naniwa
5/10 Osaka Prefectural Gym II
- Masa Fuchi & Ryuji Hijikata vs. Kaz Hayashi & Jimmy Yang
- Steve Williams & Mike Rotunda vs. Abdullah the Butcher & The Cedman
- JR. TITLE MATCH: Kendo Ka Shin vs. Gran Naniwa
- Hideki Hosaka vs. Tomoaki Honma
- Taiyo Kea, Mitsuya Nagai, & Kazushi Miyamoto vs. Mike Barton, Jim Steele, & Johnny Smith
- Satoshi Kojima vs. Nobutaka Araya
- Keiji Mutoh, George Hines, & Hideki Hosaka vs. Gen'ichiro Tenryu, Arashi, & Nobukazu Hirai
5/12 Tokyo, Korakuen Hall
- GIANT BABA 6-MAN CUP TOURNAMENT SEMI-FINALS & FINALS
That does it for today but I'll be back soon with more International News. Until then this is Brian Cole saying I'll see ya.