Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs. Minoru Suzuki
From October’s New Japan iPPV comes this absolute classic bout between defending babyface champion Hiroshi Tanahashi and grizzled veteran Minoru Suzuki. The selling and story in this match are out of this world, and more than justified the five star rating it got from both Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez.
AND ME! Which is most important. ;) Watch it!
[NJPW News] The full card for the upcoming worldwide iPPV has been announced.
Among the already announced headlining matches for the show two more title matches have been added to make the show fully stacked.
Both of the IWGP Junior class belts will be defended on the show. With the IWGP Jr. Tag title being the opening contest of the show as the reigning champions, Romero & Koslov, yet again defend the belts against KUSHIDA & Shelley, who won the Jr. Tag Tournament on November 3rd. Then the middle match of the card will be seeing Low Ki putting the IWGP Jr. belt against Prince Devitt, these two have plenty of history in the past and this could be nothing less than a physically demanding encounter.
Below is the card for the upcoming event, and you can check out the link below to the facebook page on how to order.
NJPW “40ｔｈ anniversary POWER STRUGGLE” 11/11/2012 [Sun] 17:00 @ Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium ~ Osaka BODYMAKER COLOSSEUM
(1) IWGP Junior Tag Championship Match: [33rd Champions] “FOREVER HOOLIGANS” Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov vs. [Challenger] “TIME SPLITTERS” KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley
~ 3rd Title Defense.
(2) Manabu Nakanishi, Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask IV, Captain New Japan & Negro Casas [CMLL] vs. Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka, Tomohiro Ishii, YOSHI-HASHI & Jado
(3) Yuji Nagata & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Minoru Suzuki [Pancrase MISSION] & Taichi
(4) IWGP Tag Championship Match: [61st Champions] “Killer Elite Squad” Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith, Jr. vs. [Challengers] “TenKoji” Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan
~ 1st Defense.
(5) IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [65th Champion] Low Ki vs. [Challenger] Prince Devitt
(6) Special Tag Match: Togi Makabe & Wataru Inoue vs. Kazushi Sakuraba & Katsuyori Shibata [both Laughter7]
(7) Triple Main Event I ~ Tokyo Dome IWGP Heavyweight Championship Right to Challenger Match: [Contract Holder] Kazuchika Okada vs. [Challenger] Kazuchika Okada
(8) Triple Main Event II ~ IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match: [4th Champion] Shinsuke Nakamura vs. [Challenger] “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson
~ 3rd Defense.
(9) Triple Main Event III ~ IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: [58th Champion] Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. [Challenger] Yujiro Takahashi
~ 5th Defense.
NJPW Events Listing for November & October 2012
From New Japan Pro Wrestling, POWER STRUGGLE 11.11 will be available worldwide on USTREAM.
“Big news for overseas pro-wrestling fans is that : Osaka Event “POWER STRUGGLE “on 11.11 (Sun) can be watched through iPPV “Ustream” !”
New Japan offered the 10.8 Ryogoku event last month, and the event turned out to be a resounding success. Those who watched overseas seemed to be fairly impressed with the event, and therefore, New Japan has decided that they will be continuing the service.This will be the 2nd time for NJPW to offer a live iPPV on “Ustream” for the fans all over the world (*except for Japan) to see !
* Those in Japan use another service.”
The main event match will see the IWGP Heavyweight Championship on the line as Hiroshi Tanahashi defends against “Mr. R Rated” Yujiro Takahashi. Shinsuke Nakamura defendind the IWGP Intercontinental Championship against “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson, Kazuchika Okada defending his Tokyo Dome IWGP #1 Contender Championship Contract against Hirooki Goto, then Kazushi Sakuraba & Katsuyori Shibata in a rematch from the 10.8 show against Togi Makabe & Wataru Inoue, and many more to be announced soon! (8-10 match show)
※Time & Date of LIVE iPPV
Nov. 11 (Sun), 2012, starting at 17:00 (Japan std. time) - till the end of all the matches
※Information on the site, price etc.
Price :US $25
Start of sale : Nov. 3rd, 2012
Area : All over the world (except for Japan and the other specific area)
ＵＲＬ : http://www.ustream.tv/channel/njpw1972
★The above URL page will become available in a couple of days.
Prince Devitt of New Japan, currently campaigning in the Best of the Super Juniors tournament.
[NJPW News] New Japan announced the full card for the upcoming KING OF PRO WRESTLING show on October 8 @ Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo. With the card announcement came the news that every IWGP belt will be defended on the show!
Below is the card for the upcoming show.
NJPW “40ｔｈ anniversary KING OF PRO-WRESTLING”, 10/8/2012 [Mon] 17:00 @ Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo
(1) Nakanishi’s Return Match: Manabu Nakanishi, Yuji Nagata & Strongman vs. Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka & Tomohiro Ishii
(2) IWGP Junior Heavy Rag Championship Match: [33rd Champions] “FOREVER HOOLIGANS” Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov vs. [Challengers] “TIME SPLITTERS” KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley
~ 2nd Defense.
(3) IWGP Junior Heavy Championship Match: [64th Champion] Kota Ibushi vs. [Challenger] Low Ki
~ 3rd Defense.
(4) IWGP Tag Championship Match: [60th Champions] Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. [Challengers] Lance Archer & Harry Smith
~ first defense.
(5) Tetsuya Naito vs. Yujiro Takahashi
(6) Togi Makabe & Wataru Inoue vs. Kazushi Sakuraba & Katsuyori Shibata
(7) Tokyo Dome IWGP Right to Challenge Match: [Defending Right] Kazuchika Okada vs. [Challenger] “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson
(8) IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match: [4th Champion] Shinsuke Nakamura vs. [Challenger] Hirooki Goto
~ 2nd Defense.
(9) IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: [58th Champion] Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. [Challenger] Minoru Suzuki
~ 4th Defense.
Prince Devitt after his arrival in Mexico, his first match will be on Friday, which is the CMLL 79th anniversary show.
Devitt will team with Mistico and Atlantis to take on Negro Casas, Ultimo Guerrero and Dragon Rojo jr.
[NJPW News] Kazuchika Okada finally got his wish of having the right to face off in the Main Event for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at the Tokyo Dome on 1/4/2013. But this comes with a condition, a potential risk, as well.
There is no denying that Kazuchika Okada should be the rightful heir to the IWGP Heavyweight Championship after winning the G1 CLIMAX 22, but normally the winner gets their title match within the next month. Okada has decided to throw a curveball into the mix and say that he wants it at the biggest event in all of New Japan.
President Sugabayashi stated that Okada currently holds the right to face the champion at the Dome, but much like what the IWGP Heavyweight Champion having to defend the title, so shall Okada as he must defend the contract until the Dome show.
Call it much like having the “Money in the Bank”, he owns the right to face the champion, but with the added twist that if anytime between now and then he should ever suffer a loss, he could very well lose his opportunity.
Okada was disappointed in the condition that was added, but he obliged to having to defend the contract.
The first name raised was Karl Anderson getting an inevitable rematch against Okada. Okada’s goal is to headline the Tokyo Dome, but will this news of him having to defend the right end crushing his dreams in the end?
The next few months for Okada are definitely going to be rough, but it is even rougher for the reigning Champion.
[pictured: Gedo & Kazuchika Okada]
Okada vs. Tanahashi at the Tokyo dome? Sign me up.
Tanahashi vs. Okada from June of this year, IWGP Heavyweight Title on the line.
I only watch puro occassionally, but this was a MUST SEE. Phenomenal heavyweight title main event. Everything a great main event should be. The emotion for the near falls at the end was out of this world.
—Today’s New Japan iPPV from Osaka did 21,615 orders in Japan only. It was not available outside Japan. Naomichi Marufuji from NOAH beat IWGP champion Hiroshi Tanahashi in the main event which will likely set up a title match.
Kinda hard to offer any real context on what this means. Thus far, the most successful iPPVs from North American promotions (which are available all over the world) have been from ROH and done in the vicinity of 2,100 buys. But ROH is a small, independent promotion who only recently got (a very lacking ) TV deal. So, compared to ROH, this number is incredible. BUT, New Japan is significantly bigger than ROH, with much more exposure.
If, for example, WWE was to move to iPPV and do 22,000 buys in the US, it would be a catastrophe. Still though, it is interesting to see that 22,000 people actually made the effort to buy this show online, as there are some naysayers who think iPPV will never catch on as people are conditioned to order regular PPVs but not informed enough to take the risk on an internet show.
Big things poppin’, little things stoppin’.