What’s New, Japan? — 6/15/15

Credit: We Are Suzukigun

Credit: We Are Suzukigun

On June 9, Korakuen Hall hosted We Are Suzukigun, a show promoted by Minoru Suzuki and his army of invaders. The show featured talent from New Japan and NOAH, and aired on New Japan World (we’ll be back with a full recap of the event). Results were as follows: Yuji Nagata wrestled Naomichi Marufuji to a time-limit draw in 15:00… Genba Hirayangi and Hitoshi Kumano defeated Jon Webb and Jack Gamble in 7:47 when Kumano pinned Gamble… Zack Sabre, Jr. and Gedo defeated Captain New Japan and Captain NOAH in 12:28 when Sabre submitted Captain New Japan… Jushin Liger and Yoshinari Ogawa defeated Taichi and El Desperado in 8:27 when Ogawa pinned El Desperado… Takashi Sugiura and Daisuke Harada defeated Shelton Benjamin and TAKA Michinoku in 10:50 when Harada pinned TAKA… NWA World Tag Team Champions Killer Elite Squad defeated TenKoji in 14:22 when Lance Archer pinned Satoshi Kojima… Yoshihiro Takayama and Maybach Taniguchi defeated Minoru Suzuki and Takashi Iizuka in 15:43 when Takayama pinned Iizuka.

Credit: Pro Wrestling NOAH

Credit: Pro Wrestling NOAH

Though New Japan hasn’t held any shows since the Best of the Super Juniors XXII finals (the next event will be the two-day Wrestling World 2015 gala in Singapore on June 20 and 21), NOAH launched a new tour this past week honoring the memory of company founder and wrestling legend Mitsuharu Misawa. Night 2 of the tour — dubbed Mitsuharu Misawa Memorial Night 2015 — was held on June 13 (the sixth anniversary of Misawa’s untimely passing) in the Hiroshima Green Arena. In the main event, Genichiro Tenryu, Yoshihiro Takayama, and Yoshinari Ogawa defeated Naomichi Marufuji, Yuji Nagata, and Masao Inoue in 15:37 when Takayama pinned Inoue. After the bout, there was a tribute ceremony for Misawa featuring Kenta Kobashi and Stan Hansen.

Credit: Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre and Alexis Salazar

Credit: Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre and Alexis Salazar

Tetsuya Naito‘s excursion to CMLL may be drawing to a close, but the “Stardust Genius” is determined to go out with a bang! On June 9, Naito, Maximo, and Rush defeated Barbaro Cavernario, Felino, and Rey Escorpion in Arena Coliseo. On June 12 in Arena Mexico, Naito, La Sombra, and Rush defeated Volador, Jr., Valiente, and Diamante Azul. Finally, last night, Naito, La Sombra, and Rush defeated Negro Casas, El Terrible, and Shocker, also at Arena Mexico. After that match, Naito and Sombra challenged Casas and Shocker to a match for their CMLL World Tag Team Championship! Again, all of Naito’s matches that appear on New Japan World will be recapped as part of our Naito in Mexico feature.

Credit: Revolution Pro Wrestling

Credit: Revolution Pro Wrestling

Finally, the United Kingdom’s Revolution Pro Wrestling held their Summer Sizzler 2015 event last night in London, and several New Japan stars made appearances — Big Damo defeated Tomohiro Ishii, Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Roderick Strong, and AJ Styles defeated RPW British Heavyweight Champion Marty Scurll to win the title. Truly, New Japan is a worldwide phenomenon.

That’s for this week, folks! We’ll be back soon with more BOSJ XXII write-ups!

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