- NJPW held their second internationally broadcast iPPV last night and just like the first, it was a smashing success. Kazushi Sakuraba & Katsuyori Shibata once again defeated the team of Togi Makabe & Wataru Inoue when Saku put Inoue in his legendary Double Wrist Lock while Shibata and Makabe brawled in the crowd. The rivalry isn’t over yet though, Shibata will face Makabe one on one at the biggest wrestling event in Japan, the January 4th Tokyo Dome extravaganza, Wrestle Kingdom.
- A ton happened on the rest of the card as well. To kick off the show, Alex Shelley & KUSHIDA won the IWGP Jr. tag titles from Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov. Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. defended the IWGP tag belts against TenKoji, the team they won them from. The IWGP Jr.title continues to play hot potato, as Prince Devitt has one again won the belt from Low Ki. Devitt has purposed a triple threat match between himself, Low Ki and Kota Ibushi to find out just who is the Jr. ace of NJPW. And Kazuchika Okada fended off Hirooki Goto’s attempt to take away his heaveyweight title shot at Wrestle Kingdom.
- In the nights co-mainevent, Shinsuke put his Intercontinental on the line against Karl Anderson and after a thrilling victory, Shinsuke called out Sakuraba for a match and the IQ Wrestler has indeed agreed to face the IC Champ at Wrestle Kingdom! Saku’s first singles match since facing Kendo Kashin at INOKI BOM-BA-YE 2000. In the shows featured match, Hiroshi Tanahashi of course successfully defended the IWGP Heaveyweight title against Yujiro Takahashi. Yujiro did have a valiant performance but the wrestling gods have decreed, it will be Tanahashi vs Okada for the gold in the WK mainevent.
- January 4th is still a ways away, luckily we have the World Tag League 2012 to fill in some time. All the teams are in place for the tournaments start at the end of the month, we have: A Block – [Captain Ace] Hiroshi Tanahashi & Captain New Japan, [Always Hypers] Togi Makabe & Wataru Inoue, [Sword & Guns] Hirooki Goto & Karl Anderson, [Mr. Anti-Agings E&W] Yuji Nagata & Masaaki Mochizuki, [CHAOS Invincible] Shinsuke Nakamura & Tomohiro Ishii, [CHAOS RIDE THE LIGHTNING] Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI & [Suzuki Gun] Minoru Suzuki & Kengo Mashimo. B Block – [TenKoji] Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima, [Muscle Orchestra] Manabu Nakanishi & Strong Man, [THE WORLD'S GREATEST TAG] MVP & Shelton Benjamin, [CMLL Asesino] Rush & Diamante Azul, [CHAOS Dark Men] Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka, [Complete Players] Masato Tanaka & Yujiro Takahashi & [Killer Elite Squad] Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.
- Sakuraba & Shibata will also have some special matches, the first of which will be against KUSHIDA & Jushin Thunder Liger on the 21st.
- NOAH’s GLOBAL LEAGUE 2012 is a rolling along and Yuji Nagata (A Block) is in the lead early with 6 points but Naomichi Marufuji, Takashi Sugiura & Jun Akiyama, all B Block, are just behind with 4 points a piece. Nagata still has big matches with KENTA and Takeshi Morishima (both on 2 points) ahead of him so it’s anyone’s to take at this stage.
- The OTHER upcoming tag league is also set. Here’s the teams for the AJPW World’s Strongest Tag League (AKA REAL WORLD TAG LEAGUE) 2012: A Block – [GET WILD] Takao Omori & Manabu Soya, [STACK OF ARMS] Masakatsu Funaki & Masayuki Kono, Taiyo Kea & Seiya Sanada, [Tohoku Heroes] KENSO & The Great Sasuke, [Tumeric Storm] Tomoaki Honma & Kazushi Miyamoto. B Block – Suwama & Joe Doering, [SMOP] Akebono & Ryota Hama, [Junior Stars] Minoru Tanaka & Koji Kanemoto, [Strong BJ] Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi, Bambi Killer & Franz Dynamite.
- Fujita “Jr” Hayato has made the first defense of his Michinoku Pro Tohoku Jr., against Great Sasuke no less! Jr said he wants another match with Katsuhiko Nakajima next.
- And finally, “The god father of hardcore” Atsushi Onita has spoiled Akebono’s return, pinning the big man after hitting a DDT onto a Barbed-wire Bat and choking him with the bat after the match. The two will meet again on February 8th.
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