UNION “UNION SUMMER FESTIVAL 2014”, 31/08/2014
1. Mitomi Masayuki Vs Madoka
2. Shibata Vs SAGAT
3. Maskman X, Goro J.r & X Vs Seiya Morohashi, Daichi Kazato & Ryu Gouma
4. Cherry Vs Kaho Kobayashi
5. UWA World Tag Team Titles: MEN’S Teioh & Hiroshi Fukuda (c) Vs Isami Kodaka & FUMA
6. Union Fly To Everywhere World Title: Ladybeard (c) Vs Mio Shirai
7. Union MAX Title: Hikaru Sato (c) Vs Shuji Ishikawa
Tomoya Kawamura has suffered a right shoulder injury and will miss this show. SAGAT takes his place as Shibata’s opponent. SAGAT’s replacement in the 6-Man Tag will be decided upon soon.
A press conference was held in All Japan’s Yokohama office today to announce Hiroshi Fukuda will be transferring over to the company next month. Fukuda will spend six months in All Japan, starting on 22nd October up until the end of next year’s Champion Carnival. AJPW president Jun Akiyama said that there is a rise in young wrestlers competing now and he approached DDT president Sanshiro Takagi to rent some of them. After studying the DDT and Union roster, Akiyama picked Fukuda because he wants to see if he can live up to his Mr. Perfect nickname. Akiyama also said there is a chance this could lead to more young DDT and Union talent being rented out to All Japan in the future.
Union boss Naomi Susan admits that Fukuda’s absence will be a big blow to the promotion but the experience he will get during his stay in All Japan will be irreplaceable. Fukuda says that All Japan embodies the sense of traditional and classic American pro wrestling and is treating this move as if he was going on an overseas expedition.
Due to this Fukuda will no longer have any involvement in the DDT Dramatic General Election. Should he somehow get voted into the top 20, his spot on the grand finale will be declined and given to someone else. He will also continue to hold the UWA World Tag Team Titles (with MEN’S Teioh) and Union Non-Certified US Heavyweight Title unless he loses them before he leaves. He hopes to defend them again when he returns to Union.