December 14, 2011

UNION “THE UNION SHIWASU 2011”, 14/12/2011
Shinjuku FACE
279 Fans

1. Masao Orihara & Big Morohashi defeated Hiroshi Fukuda (w/ Rumi Kazama) & Akito when Orihara pinned Fukuda with a School Boy (8:59).
2. SGP Global Jr. Heavyweight Title – 3 Way: Ultraman Robin defeated Cosmic Warrior Sofia (c) and Mother Justine when Robin pinned Sofia with a La Magistral Cradle (5:17).
*Cosmic Warrior Sofia fails in V2. Ultraman Robin becomes the 7th SGP Jr. Champion!
3. Give Up Only: Mio Shirai & Ken Ohka defeated Ivan Markov & Bonnie when Ohka submitted Bonnie with a Figure Four Neck Lock (4:05).
4. TKG48 Dissolution: Sanshiro Takagi defeated Tsuyoshi Kikuchi with the Sit Down Himawari Bomb (8:01).
5. Shuji Ishikawa & Shigehiro Irie defeated Katsuhiko Nakajima & Mitsuhiro Kitamiya when Ishikawa pinned Kitamiya with a Running Knee Lift (13:40).
6. Isami Kodaka 3 Match Trial: Isami Kodaka finishes the series with 1 Win, 2 Losses and 1 Draw (30:00).
6a. Isami Kodaka Vs Kengo Ohka ended in a Time Limit Draw (10:00).
6b. KUDO defeated Isami Kodaka with the Diving Double Knee Drop (8:15).
6c. Isami Kodaka defeated Shuji Ishikawa with the Isamu Leg (1:05).
6d. Shuji Ishikawa defeated Isami Kodaka with the Splash Mountain (4:30).

The gauntlet trial series consisted of three Ironman matches, each lasting ten minutes long. Isami Kodaka and Kengo Ohka lasted the ten minutes without a result. KUDO then came in and scored a pinfall on Kodaka, beating him 1-0. The third opponent was revealed to be Shuji Ishikawa, fresh off of winning the semi-main event earlier in the show. Kodaka surprised the giant with an Isamu Leg Super Kick to score his only victory in the series. Ishikawa soon defeated his friend with the Splash Mountain 3 minutes later, ultimately ending Isami’s record at 1 Win, 2 Losses and 1 Draw. Shuji told Isami that he was convinced Isami would beat El Generico and win back the DDT Extreme Title next month. KUDO said he also wants to see Isami win the title back from Generico.

Shuji Ishikawa expressed interest in him and Shigehiro Irie heading over to Kensuke Office for another Union Vs KO tag team match in the future.

Sanshiro Takagi was described to have used New Japan, All Japan and Yuzuki Aikawa wrestling styles to help him defeat Tsuyoshi Kikuchi in what was supposed to be the final match of the TKG48. However, Takagi was not happy to see Ken Ohka enter the ring with a brand new batch of TKG48 T-shirts after the match. Takagi tried to sell them off but even Kikuchi refused to buy one. So Takagi decided to form a TKG48 spin-off group and announced Kikuchi as the first new member. They threw out a challenge to the entire wrestling world for a match in Korakuen Hall on 3rd January. It turned out there was no need to do so as Naomi Susan announced that Takagi & Kikuchi will face Yoshiaki Yago & KENSO at the show.

With a victory over the Russians, Ken Ohka & Mio Shirai demanded to have a Tag Team Title shot for 3rd January. Naomi Susan granted their request, just not for the KO-D Tag Team Titles. Instead, Ken & Mio will fight for the American Mixed Tag Team Titles currently held by NOSAWA Rongai and Mio’s sister Io Shirai!

Bull Nakano was in attendence to announce a match for her Retirement show taking place in the new year. There will be a Battle Royal for teenage joshi wrestlers to take part in. As quick as a flash, Cherry entered the ring requesting to take part in the match. Nakano didn’t understand why Cherry was asking to take part. Cherry tried to convince Nakano that she is young enough to compete and even tried to get the audience on her side. The audience responded with boos. Nakano finally let Cherry take part when she began to cry.

Sexxxy Eddy will return to Union for its two shows in Sexy-Kiba Shin-Kiba and Osaka in February.

Masa Joins USA Trip, Suicide Boyz Reunion, Union, New Year’s Eve

November 30, 2011

“THE INDIE SUMMIT 2011”, 03/12/2011
Asylum Arena, Philadelphia, USA

1. Kamui & Devon Moore Vs Joker & BLK-Jeez
2. Kengo Mashimo & Takashi Sasaki Vs Drake Younger & MASADA
3. CZW World Jr. Heavyweight Title: Sami Callihan (c) Vs Yoshihito Sasaki
4. Danshoku Dino Vs DJ Hyde
5. 3 Way: Dick Togo Vs KUDO Vs Masa Takanashi
6. Shattered Dreams Match: Jun Kasai & Jaki Numazawa Vs Ryuji Ito & Danny Havoc

Masa Takanashi will be joining KUDO and Danshoku Dino along with all of the other Japanese talent travelling to Philadelphia for “THE INDIE SUMMIT 2011”. Takanashi has been added to the Dick Togo Vs KUDO match to now make it a DDT 3 Way.

DDT “NON-FIX 12.7”, 07/12/2011
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. Masa Takanashi Vs Daisuke Sasaki
2. Michael Nakazawa & Kazuki Hirata Vs Hikaru Sato & Takao Soma
3. Yasu Urano, Yuji Hino, Antonio Honda & Keita Yano Vs HARASHIMA, Tomomitsu Matsunaga, Hoshitango & DJ Nira
4. Shigehiro Irie & Keisuke Ishii Vs Danshoku Dino & Akito
5. KUDO & Makoto Oishi Vs MIKAMI & Tanomusaku Toba

The Suicide Boyz reunite for the main event while Crying Wolf has its first match as a full unit.

UNION “THE UNION SHIWASU 2011”, 14/12/2011
Shinjuku FACE

1. SGP Global Jr. Heavyweight Title – 3 Way: Cosmic Warrior Sofia (Cherry) (c) Vs Ultraman Robin Vs Mother Justine (GAMI)
2. Mio Shirai & Ken Ohka Vs Ivan Markov & Bonnie
3. Isami Kodaka 3 Match Trial: Isami Kodaka Vs Kengo Ohka, X & X
4. Shuji Ishikawa & Shigehiro Irie Vs Katsuhiko Nakajima & Mitsuhiro Kitamiya

Shuji Ishikawa has chosen Shigehiro Irie as his partner to face the Kensuke Office team of Katsuhiko Nakajima & Mitsuhiro Kitamiya in the main event. Also, Shuji and Sanshiro Takagi have also put aside their differences after the Union Sekigun Vs TKG48 feud.

Isami Kodaka will go through a three match trial in preparation for his DDT Extreme Title rematch against El Generico that will take place in January. Kengo Ohka is the first opponent confirmed to face the Death Match Samurai. Kodaka’s good friend and fellow Big Japan tag team partner Yuko Miyamoto was originally supposed to be the second opponent but he had to pull out of the show due to a scheduling conflict. That now means both the second and third opponents will be mystery wrestlers.

Mio Shirai revealed she will have a photo spread in the new issue of “Young Union”, the event programme that will be available at the show. Ken Ohka confronted her, arguing that he should be on the cover. He also did not want to see any photos of Mio wearing swimsuits and doing suggestive poses appearing in the magazine. Mio shut Ken up by putting him in the dreaded Figure Four Necklock and choking him out.

DDT “NEVER MIND 2011”, 31/12/2011
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Winners of 11/12 Title Match Vs Yasu Urano & Yuji Hino
2. KO-D Openweight Title: KUDO (c) Vs MIKAMI

New Year’s Eve at Korakuen Hall is going to be a long day. First off, DDT holds its final show of the year with two major title matches on the top of the card. KUDO has been a fighting champion since winning the KO-D Openweight Title, defeating two former KO-D Champions in the process. If he beats MIKAMI on New Year’s Eve, KUDO will not only beat a third KO-D Champion but he will also tie with Sanshiro Takagi for most defences of the title. Meanwhile, Crying Wolf could already win their first championship with Yasu Urano & Yuji Hino facing either Keisuke Ishii & Shigehiro Irie or Danshoku Dino & Makoto Oishi, depending on whichever team wins the Hakata Star Lanes main event on 11/12.

Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Young Six-Man Tag: Hiroshi Fukuda, Toru Sugiura & Kotaro Nasu Vs Masashi Otani, Daichi Sasaki & Dyna Mido
2. World No. 1 Independent Tag Team Gauntlet: Jun Kasai & Jaki Numazawa Vs Yuko Miyamoto & Isami Kodaka Vs Shiori Asahi & Makoto Oishi Vs Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei Vs Tsutomu Oosugi & Hercules Senga Vs Masashi Takeda & Daisuke Sasaki Vs Hide Kubota & Yasu Kubota Vs Natsuki☆Taiyo & Yoshiko Vs Sanshiro Takagi & TAKA Michinoku Vs Great Dear & Antonio Honda Vs Daisuke Harada & Atsushi Kotoge Vs Emi Sakura & Masa Takanashi Vs CHANGO & Amigo Suzuki Vs Chou-un Shiryu & Dynasty Vs Samurai TV Team
3. Danshoku Dino Produce: Danshoku Dino Vs X
4. Fluorescent Light Tubes Death Match: X & X Vs X & X
5. Team Ohka Vs Team Sekine Challenge: Ken Ohka Vs Ryuichi Sekine

The Tag Team Gauntlet will contain 15 teams with the final entry selected by viewers of the Samurai TV programme Occupation Of The Indies.

The Team Ohka vs Team Sekine challenge is most likely going to be a bunch of fun and games that takes place inbetween matches.

9 Vs 1 Handicap Match, Cosmic Warriors, Let’s Go More 30’s

November 14, 2011

Shinjuku FACE

0. Kasu Rachoresu Mental Health Treatment Match: Yoshiaki Yago & Good Nurse Madoka Vs BENTEN & Miyako
1. Isami Kodaka (w/ Rumi Kazama) Vs Hiroshi Fukuda
2. SGP Jr. Heavyweight Title – Mask Vs Mask: Cosmic Warrior Sofia (c) Vs Cosmic Warrior Justine (Special Guest Ref: Ultraman Robin)
3. Kengo Ohka Vs Shigehiro Irie
4. 6th Anniversary 9 Vs 1 Handicap Match: Shuji Ishikawa Vs Tsuyoshi Kikuchi, Kazuhiko Ogasawara, Poison Sawada, A. YAZAWA, Ryu Gouma, Chou-un Shiryu, Mecha Mummy Lite, Sister Akiko & Takeshi Minamino
5. Mio Shirai & Ken Ohka Vs Masao Orihara & Big Morohashi
6. DDT Extreme Title: El Generico (c) Vs Sanshiro Takagi

Plans have changed for the Battle Royal that was set to take place here to celebrate Union’s 6th Anniversary. Naomi Susan originally planned the match to be a 9-Man Elimination match featuring Union wrestlers from the past and present. However, Shuji Ishikawa pointed out that he did not have a match booked and wanted to get involved. It was decided that the big ace of Union will face the entire field of wrestlers in a 1 Vs 9 Handicap match. I’m not sure if it will be handled as a proper handicap match with all 9 wrestlers in the team standing on the ring or if it will be done gauntlet style.

A special rule has been added to Mio Shirai & Ken Ohka Vs Masao Orihara & Big Morohashi. Orihara will only be allowed to touch Shirai for five seconds at a time. Any longer will be considered harassment and Orihara’s team will be disqualified. Keep in mind the woman who came up with this rule is currently treating her tag team partner like a pet dog.

Ultraman Robin has been added as the special guest referee for Cherry Vs Apple Miyuki. Makes sense since the SGP Jr. Heavyweight Title, a belt from Robin’s home promotion, is on the line. Apple Miyuki said that she and Cherry grew up together wrestling in SGP and their fights were filled with “cosmic love”. She requested that they should both wrestle as their SGP masked alter egos. Cherry accepted but also added the stipulation that the loser should unmask! So now the SGP Jr. Title match will be Mask Vs Mask, Cosmic Warrior Sofia (Cherry) against Cosmic Warrior Justine (Apple Miyuki)!

DDT “GOD BLESS DDT 2011”, 27/11/2011
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

0. Dark Match: Tomomitsu Matsunaga Vs Toru Sugiura
1. Yasu Rano, Antonio Honda, Keita Yano & X Vs MIKAMI, Masa Takanashi, Takao Soma & Daisuke Sasaki
2. Michael Nakazawa Vs Hikaru Sato
3. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Keisuke Ishii & Shigehiro Irie (c) Vs Poison JULIE Sawada & Gorgeous Matsuno
4. Homoiro Clover Z Audition: Hikari Minami Vs Mitsuya Nagai Vs Tsutomu Oosugi Vs Hercules Senga Vs DJ Nira Vs Akito Vs Gundan Hitori Vs Hiroshi Fukuda
Jury: Danshoku Dino & Makoto Oishi
5. AJPW Jr. Heavyweight Title: Kenny Omega (c) Vs Minoru Tanaka
6. KO-D Openweight Title: KUDO (c) Vs HARASHIMA

Let’s Go 30’s introduced Keita Yano as their ally at “NON-FIX 11.13”. Now Yasu Urano & Antonio Honda have promised to bring in another friend to team with them and Yano in an 8-Man Tag against MIKAMI, Masa Takanashi, Takao Soma & Daisuke Sasaki.


October 19, 2011

UNION “SCHOOL FESTIVAL 2011”, 19/10/2011
Shinjuku FACE
368 Fans

1. BENTEN (w/ Miyako) Vs Onryo (w/ Masako Takanashi) ended in a Double Countout (6:06).
2. Yoshiaki Yago & Madoka defeated Lingerie Muto & Big Bang Lingerie when Yago pinned Muto after crotching him on the top rope (8:25).
3. Isami Kodaka (w/ Rumi Kazama) defeated Hiro Tsumaki with the Isamu Leg (7:01).
4. SGP Jr. Heavyweight Title: Cherry defeated Mio Shirai (c) with the Spring Night Love (5:24).
*Mio Shirai fails in V2. Cherry becomes the 6th Champion!
5. RG defeated Tsuyoshi Kikuchi by DQ when Kikuchi refused to let go of a Boston Crab (10:46).
6. Big Morohashi & Hiroshi Fukuda defeated Ken Ohka & Masao Orihara when Fukuda pinned Ohka with the Perfect Plex (11:04).
7. DDT Extreme Title Contendership – 3 Way: Sanshiro Takagi defeated Shuji Ishikawa and Kengo Ohka when Takagi pinned Ishikawa with the Sit Down Himawari Bomb (18:54).

Sanshiro Takagi now gets a match with El Generico for the DDT Extreme Championship at the “UNION 6TH ANNIVERSARY” show on 22nd November. As champion, El Generico gets to choose the stipulations for the match.

Mio Shirai began to cry after she lost the SGP Jr. Heavyweight Title to Cherry. She was upset that without the title, she no longer had a reason to wrestle in Union anymore. Mio said she enjoyed wrestling in Union and then said goodbye to the fans.

However, later that night Big Morohashi & Hiroshi Fukuda defeated Ken Ohka & Masao Orihara with Fukuda getting his first pinfall victory in Union. After the match, Orihara began choking and stomping Ohka out of frustration. Mio returned to ringside to protect Ohka from Orihara. Right there, she found her reason to stay with Union. After all, Mio is still Ohka’s “Master” and only she gets to mistreat him. Orihara and Morohashi were not impressed and they challenged Ohka and Shirai to a tag match for the 6th Anniverary show.

Apparently Tsuyoshi Kikuchi originally beat RG with a Boston Crab but did not let go of the hold when the match ended, so the referee reversed the decision and disqualified him.

Before Match #3 could begin Hiro Tsumaki hit a Quebrada onto Isami Kodaka right before he was about to enter the ring. The two had a match that was described as a slugfest.

Yoshiaki Yago and Madoka did the DX entrance in nurse outfits for their match. The reason is because the Susan Guard had now disbanded and in its place would be a new group called the Kasu Rachoresu Mental Health. Yago, Madoka & Kengo Ohka declared that they will treat the sickness that exists in the wrestling world.

A bunch of names from Union’s past will show up for the 6th Anniversary show at Shinjuku FACE. They include Kazuhiko Ogasawara, A. YAZAWA, Mecha Mummy Lite, Poison Sawada, Sister Akiko, Takeshi Minamino, Ryu Gouma, Chou-un Shiryu and Apple Miyuki.

The main event for Cherry’s “FANTASY ILLUSION 5” at Shin-Kiba 1st RING on 13th November was announced. Cherry better be ready for the fight of her life as she will take on Aja Kong!

Union Goes Back To School

September 21, 2011

UNION “SCHOOL FESTIVAL 2011”, 19/10/2011
Shinjuku FACE

1 SGP Jr. Heavyweight Title: Mio Shirai (c) Vs Cherry
2 BENTEN (w/ Miyako) Vs Onryo (w/ Masako Takanashi)
3 DDT Extreme Title Contendership Match – 3 Way: Sanshiro Takagi Vs Shuji Ishikawa Vs Kengo Ohka

The big story coming out of Union after their long day in Shinjuku revolves around the DDT Extreme Championship. El Generico left his mark on Union by defeating both Isami Kodaka and Shuji Ishikawa in seperate matches to leave Japan as the new DDT Extreme Champ. Since he will not return until November, a few potential challengers are left to scramble over who gets to fight him first. To decide the No. 1 Contender, a 3 Way match between Sanshiro Takagi, Shuji Ishikawa and Kengo Ohka will take place when Union returns to Shinjuku FACE on 19th October.

Also taking place during the doubleshot was the debut of kabuki wrestler BENTEN, along with his geisha girl valet Miyako. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to like being told to follow the rules as BENTEN was disqualified in both of his matches thanks to Miyako attacking the referee. Miyako has also caught the attention of Masako Takanashi, who is very upset that another Diva has come into Union and is taking attention away from him/her. Masako’s solution to this problem is bringing in the wrestling spectre Onryo to challenge BENTEN to a match while he/she keeps an eye on Miyako outside the ring.

Mio Shirai must be getting sick of beating up Ken Ohka on a regular basis, so she must be pleased to face someone different in October. Cherry has challenged her for a shot at the SGP Jr. Heavyweight Title. She will have a better shot at taking the belt off Mio than Ohka ever will.


September 19, 2011

Shinjuku FACE
489 Fans

1. Hiro Tsumaki & Hiroshi Fukuda defeatd Big Morohashi & Masao Orihara when Tsumaki pinned Morohashi with a Small Package (6:21).
2. Isami Kodaka defeated BENTEN (w/ Miyako) by DQ when Miyako attacked the referee (4:39).
3. 3 Way: Masako Takanashi & Cherry defeated Shigehiro Irie & Takao Soma and Kengo Ohka & Madoka when Takanashi pinned Madoka with the Bacchus (9:19).
4. Big China Unified Nakahara Tag Team Titles: Sanshiro Takagi & Munenori Sawa (c) defeated Ivan Markov & Ronnie Crimson when Takagi pinned Crimson with the Sit Down Himawari Bomb (13:00).
*V1 for Takagi & Sawa.
5. Yoshiaki Yago defeated Tsuyoshi Kikuchi with the Homicide Cobra Twist (11:15).
6. SGP Jr. Heavyweight Title – Chain Deathmatch: Mio Shirai (c) defeated Ken Ohka by Ref Stoppage with the Figure Four Necklock (5:07).
*V1 for Mio Shirai.
7. DDT Extreme Title: El Generico (c) defeated Shuji Ishikawa with a Sunset Flip (14:34).
*V1 for El Generico.

El Generico just barely defeated Shuji Ishikawa to quickly mark his first DDT Extreme Title defence just hours after winning it. The match had no extra stipulations involved, which is unusual for a DDT Extreme Title bout. Ishikawa was about to deliver the Splash Mountain but Generico used the momentum to escape Shuji’s grip and roll him over with a Sunset Flip for the three count. Generico said that Ishikawa has the strength of a wild animal. Generico also said he defeated Union’s two best wrestlers in one day, so who was next to face him? Sanshiro Takagi climbed into the ring and demanded to be Generico’s next opponent for 19th October. Generico said he will not be in Japan on that date, but he will return to the country on 22nd November and could defend the title there. They were then interruped by both Ishikawa and Kengo Ohka. Ishikawa wanted a rematch while Kengo wanted a title shot too. The decision was made that a 3 Way between Sanshiro Takagi, Shuji Ishikawa and Kengo Ohka will take place in October. The winner of that match will then face El Generico for the DDT Extreme Championship in November.

Poor, poor Ken Ohka. Once again the Figure Four Necklock proved to be his undoing. Mio Shirai once and for all proved that she is Ohka’s master and that Ohka deserves to be treated like a dog. However, Mio now has a new challenger for the SGP Jr. Heavyweight Title to focus on. Cherry has demanded a title shot. Mio accepted and promised that Ohka would be in her corner for the match like the good little doggy he is.

BENTEN was disqualified again when Miyako got annoyed with the referee during the match and ended up attacking him. Despite their problems with the officials, BENTEN and Miyako are here to stay in Union for the time being. BENTEN will return on 19th October to take on Onryo, who will be accompanied by Masako Takanashi on the night.

Masao Orihara has been rejected by the Union Sekigun. Naomi Susan has described him as useless luggage after he was on the losing side in both of his matches today. Here in the second show, Orihara accidentaly clocked Big Morohashi over the head with a folding chair, allowing Hiro Tsumaki to catch Morohashi in a Small Package and win the match for himself and Hiroshi Fukuda.

Tsuyoshi Kikuchi Vs RG was announced for the 19th October Union show. Yeah…

Union Doubleshot Preview

September 18, 2011

UNION “ILLUSION ~DREAM~”, 19/09/2011
Shinjuku FACE

1. Chou-un Shiryu & Hiroshi Fukuda Vs Ivan Markov & Ronnie Crimson
2. Masao Orihara Union Assessment: Ken Ohka Vs Masao Orihara
3. Shuji Ishikawa Vs BENTEN (w/ Miyako)
4. TKG48 Offer Match: Takao Soma & Shigehiro Irie Vs Sanshiro Takagi & Akito
5. Tsuyoshi Kikuchi, Big Morohashi & Hiro Tsumaki Vs Yoshiaki Yago, Kengo Ohka & Madoka
6. Cherry Vs Nanae Takahashi
7. DDT Extreme Title: Isami Kodaka (c) Vs El Generico

Isami Kodaka has his toughest day yet as DDT Extreme Champion. His next challenger is The Generic Luchador, El Generico, and the winner will defend the title against Shuji Ishikawa just a few hours later. Kodaka has had a strong run as champion since winning the belt back in January but tomorrow sees a big risk in him dropping the belt.

Cherry is gunning for a shot at the Queen Of Stardom Title currently held by Nanae Takahashi. A victory here in Union could earn her that shot.

Akito has been offered an opportunity to join the TKG48. He gets to team with the producer Sanshiro Takagi against Takao Soma & Shigehiro Irie, a duo that has really gelled well together as a team lately.

If Masao Orihara does enough to impress the Union folks in his match against Ken Ohka, he will be accepted into Union. This doesn’t necessarily mean just beating Ohka in a match. They could also be looking to see if the first ever KO-D Openweight Champion acts mature and responsible with his actions during the match.

BENTEN will have his first match in Union against Shuji Ishikawa. The oriental newcomer (who is totally not GENTARO) has been completely silent in his official appearances. Miyako Matsumoto has been speaking on his behalf as a geisha girl the entire time. And yes, they are both aware of their gimmicks being compared to Kenzo Suzuki & Hiroko circa 2004 WWE.

Shinjuku FACE

1. Big Morohashi & X Vs Hiro Tsumaki & Hiroshi Fukuda
2. Loser of DDT Extreme Title Match Vs BENTEN (w/ Miyako)
3. 3 Way: Masako Takanashi & Cherry Vs Shigehiro Irie & Takao Soma Vs Kengo Ohka & Madoka
4. Big China Unified Nakahara Tag Team Titles: Sanshiro Takagi & Munenori Sawa (c) Vs Ivan Markov & Ronnie Crimson
5. Tsuyoshi Kikuchi Vs Yoshiaki Yago
6. SGP Jr. Heavyweight Title – Chain Deathmatch: Mio Shirai (c) Vs Ken Ohka
7. DDT Extreme Title: Isami Kodaka or El Generico (c) Vs Shuji Ishikawa

Who would have guessed that a series of misunderstandings that always ended in a man getting choked unconcious by a woman’s legs would lead to a Chain Deathmatch between those two people? Mio Shirai defends the SGP Jr. Heavyweight Title against previous champion Ken Ohka. Ohka’s kryptonite has been the Figure 4 Neck Lock, a move Shirai has used to great effect over the past few months.

Sanshiro Takagi & Munenori Sawa face a Russian threat in the form of Ivan Markov & Ronnie Crimson. Last time Takagi & Sawa were the Big China Unified Tag Champions, they lost them in their first defence. They will be trying to avoid the same fate here.

If Masao Orihara does get accepted into Union, he will team up with Big Morohashi in the opener for the evening show.