What’s New, Japan? — 6/22/15

Credit: New Japan Pro Wrestling

Credit: New Japan Pro Wrestling

New Japan’s Wrestling World 2015 two-night event at Singapore’s Chara Expo was a success, with thousands of fans packing Expo Hall 7 to get a live glimpse of the best wrestling on the planet. The results were as follows: June 20 — In a dark match, AWGC Junior Heavyweight Champion The Statement pinned Michael NakazawaYohei Komatsu submitted Sho Tanaka in 10:11… Hirooki Goto, Togi Makabe, and Jushin Liger defeated Kazuchika Okada, YOSHI-HASHI, and Gedo in 13:39 when Makabe pinned Gedo… Shinsuke Nakamura and Toru Yano defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi and Captain New Japan in 11:14 when Nakamura pinned Captain New Japan. June 21 — Sho Tanaka submitted Yohei Komatsu in 9:32… Hirooki Goto, Togi Makabe, and Captain New Japan defeated Shinsuke Nakamura, Toru Yano, and YOSHI-HASHI in 15:18 when Goto pinned YOSHI-HASHI… Hiroshi Tanahashi and Jushin Liger defeated Kazuchika Okada and Gedo in 15:13 when Tanahashi pinned Gedo.

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Ring of Honor’s Best in the World 2015 event on Friday hosted a New Japan/ROH War of the Worlds rematch as IWGP Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles and IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks took on Adam Cole and IWGP Tag Team Champions The Kingdom. This time, Bullet Club was victorious when Styles pinned Cole at 14:57 (****1/4). Also on the show, ROH World Tag Team Champions The Addiction defeated reDRagon in a no disqualification match in 15:35 when Frankie Kazarian pinned Bobby Fish (***3/4). Additionally, it was announced on the broadcast that Kazuchika Okada, Shinsuke Nakamura, and Best of the Super Juniors XXII winner KUSHIDA will compete at the ROH TV Tapings on August 21 (at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s 2300 Arena) and at Field of Honor 2015 on August 22 (at Brooklyn, New York’s MCU Park). King of Sports will be live at Field of Honor 2015, but unfortunately, not the TV tapings in Philadelphia — we do have jobs, you know!

Credit: Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre and Alexis Salazar

Credit: Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre and Alexis Salazar

Unfortunately for Tetsuya Naito, his brief run in CMLL concluded with a big loss. The week started off strong as Naito, La Sombra, and La Mascara defeated Ultimo Guerrero, Niebla Roja, and Euforia at Arena Coliseo on June 16, and then Naito, Rush, and Marco Corleone defeated Shocker, Rey Bucanero, and El Terrible at Arena Mexico on June 19. However, last night at Arena Mexico, Shocker and Negro Casas defeated Naito and Sombra to retain the CMLL World Tag Team Titles. Despite cutting an impressive swath through CMLL as part of Los Ingobernables, Naito will return to Japan empty-handed.

Credit: New Japan Pro Wrestling

Credit: New Japan Pro Wrestling

New Japan’s mobile game, “Let’s Play Pro Wrestling,” has finally been released for iOS! Available at the Apple Store, the game is free. A full review will follow on King of Sports.

Finally, in a retraction from last week, Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Roderick Strong at Revolution Pro Wrestling’s Summer Sizzler event. We had erroneously reported that he defeated Ricochet, who was unable to get to the show due to visa issues.

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