King's Road - The All Japan Thread

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Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Post by PKThree » Mon Apr 11, 2016 7:43 pm

pol wrote:Using so much outside talent in a tournament like this must be a nightmare to book. I suspect we will see many more time limit draws before it's through.
I think you're overreacting. Kengo's semi regular. He'll do jobs down the road. He drew with Kento for story purposes.

Granted I could see one more possible draw for Kento. Mainly Sekimoto.

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Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Post by Irving » Mon Apr 11, 2016 10:16 pm

I'm looking at this tournament as a way to drum up some stories for Kento to defend the TC until Suwama gets back. Those three guys in the tag above are all guys fans want to see him wrestle, the draw isn't a big deal for me.

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Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Post by pol » Tue Apr 12, 2016 3:01 am

PKThree wrote:
pol wrote:Using so much outside talent in a tournament like this must be a nightmare to book. I suspect we will see many more time limit draws before it's through.
I think you're overreacting. Kengo's semi regular. He'll do jobs down the road. He drew with Kento for story purposes.

Granted I could see one more possible draw for Kento. Mainly Sekimoto.
You might be right on Mashimo/Miyahara specifically, but I look at how the junior tournament was booked and see no reason why this one would be any different.

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Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Post by pol » Tue Apr 12, 2016 9:56 am

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Sure are a lot of faces on that poster compared to recent tours. More evidence of them having a bit of money to throw around?

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Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Post by Irving » Tue Apr 12, 2016 12:18 pm

Well, that seems to be the regular outsiders they've settled on. They're doing the obligatory tour of Hokkaido so those guys are going be with them for longer stretches than normal because I'm sure it'd be pretty expensive to bring these guys in separately for spot shows as you have to take boats to get there.

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Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Post by pol » Tue Apr 12, 2016 12:46 pm

Good point. They're running a lot of the same buildings as last year in Hokkaido so we'll be able to make like-for-like attendance comparisons.

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Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Post by Irving » Tue Apr 12, 2016 12:58 pm

lol.. well, that tour is in June so shoot my theory down.

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Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Post by PKThree » Tue Apr 12, 2016 7:31 pm

pol wrote:
You might be right on Mashimo/Miyahara specifically, but I look at how the junior tournament was booked and see no reason why this one would be any different.
Junior and heavy divisions are night and day tho. The junior division is a skeleton crew, Aoki, Hikaru, Sushi and Yohei. The heavyweight division is bigger with guys like Kento, Jun, Omori, Jake, Yuma? Zeus, Bodyguard and the regular freelancers like Irie, Hoshitango, Shuji etc.

My personal take is that guys coming in get more wins to help establish them, and with time they'll fall into the pecking order. Just lookign at the super power series poster it seems like Kengo, Sai, Daichi and Strong BJ will be at least semi regulars going forward. Granted it also comes with the territory of AJPW establishing itself on this current level they are in.

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Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Post by Irving » Tue Apr 12, 2016 7:37 pm

May

AJPW "Chiba EXTRA DREAM 10", 5/7/16
Chiba TKP Garden City

1. SUSHI vs. Ricky Fuji
2. Naoya Nomura & Hikaru Sato vs. Yohei Nakajima & Yuma Aoyagi vs. Tank Nagai & Yuma vs. Ryuichi Sekine & Ryota Nakatsu
3. Jun Akiyama, Shigehiro Irie & Taishi Takizawa vs. Masanobu Fuchi, Saburo Inematsu & Hiroshi Fukuda
4. Jake Lee vs. Super Tiger
5. Takao Omori vs. Ryoji Sai
6. Kento Miyahara & Zeus vs. Shuji Ishikawa & Kengo Mashimo
7. AJPW World Jr. Heavyweight Title: Atsushi Aoki (c) vs. Kaji Tomato

AJPW "Charity Higashi Omi", 5/14/16
Shiga Higashiomi Nunobiki Sports Park Gymnasium

1. Jake Lee vs. Keisuke Okuda
2. SUSHI vs. Acer 8
3. Masanobu Fuchi vs. Yohei Nakajima vs. Atsushi Maruyama
4. Atsushi Aoki & Hikaru Sato vs. Masashi Takeda & Takufumi Ito
5. Kento Miyahara vs. Naoya Nomura
6. Jun Akiyama, Takao Omori & Yuma Aoyagi vs. Zeus, The Bodyguard & Billy Ken Kid

AJPW "Fan Appreciation Day", 5/15/16
EDION Arena Osaka #2

1. Atsushi Aoki & Hikaru Sato vs. Keisuke Okuda & Takumfumi Ito
2. SUSHI vs. Kushinbo Kamen
3. Takao Omori vs. TORU
4. Yohei Nakajima & Billy Ken Kid vs. Atsushi Maruyama & Masashi Takeda
5. Zeus & The Bodyguard vs. Buffalo & Tsubasa
6. Kento Miyahara & Jake Lee vs. Masakatsu Funaki & Naoya Nomura
7. Jun Akiyama, Masanobu Fuchi & Yuma Aoyagi vs. Tatsumi Fujinami, The Great Kabuki & LEONA

- "2016 Super Power Series"

AJPW, 5/18/16
Kiramesse Numazu

SUSHI vs. Atsushi Maruyama
Hikaru Sato vs. Masashi Takeda
Zeus vs. Kotaro Nasu
Takao Omori & Kazuhiro Tamura vs. Yohei Nakajima & Masao Inoue
Jun Akiyama & Yuma Aoyagi vs. Atsushi Aoki & Naoya Nomura
Kento Miyahara & Jake Lee vs. Yutaka Yoshie & Ryoji Sai

AJPW, 5/21/16
Yokohama Radiant Hall

Naoya Nomura vs. Ryoji Sai
Takao Omori & Kazuhiro Tamura vs. Yoshihisa Uto & Toshiyuki Sakuda
Yuma Aoyagi vs. Isami Kodaka
Atsushi Aoki & Hikaru Sato vs. Koji Iwamoto & Takuya Wada
Kento Miyahara & Jake Lee vs. Yutaka Yoshie & Zeus

AJPW, 5/22/16
Saitama SKIP City

Ice Ribbon Offer
SUSHI vs. Koji Iwamoto
Yohei Nakajima vs. Ryoji Sai
Naoya Nomura vs. Super Tiger
Jun Akiyama & Masanobu Fuchi vs. Atsushi Aoki & Hikaru Sato
Takao Omori vs. Yutaka Yoshie
Kento Miyahara & Jake Lee vs. Zeus & Yuma Aoyagi

AJPW, 5/25/16
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

- Triple Crown: Kento Miyahara (c) vs. X
- Outsiders: Shuji Ishikawa, Osamu Nishimura, Shigehiro Irie, Yuko Miyamoto, Isami Kodaka, Kazuhiro Tamura, Masashi Takeda, Koji Iwamoto & Atsushi Maruyama


This should give us a good estimation as a lot of Ryoji Sai's matches are establishing his pecking order. They might be building him into a challenger. I haven't watched him since like 2004, has he gotten ANY better?

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Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Post by pol » Wed Apr 13, 2016 8:49 pm

Was just wondering, do we know how many guys are in the dojo right now? I'm pretty sure I've seen one kid doing ringside duties, don't know if there's any more.

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Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Post by Irving » Wed Apr 13, 2016 9:06 pm

I haven't seen anything since around the March tapings but I didn't think anyone was training because Omori's been doing ring duties lately.

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Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Post by PKThree » Wed Apr 13, 2016 9:10 pm

Irving wrote:I haven't seen anything since around the March tapings but I didn't think anyone was training because Omori's been doing ring duties lately.
There's at least one new trainee. And they are approaching the time of year when they accept new ones (when the schools let out for the summer).

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Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Post by Irving » Wed Apr 13, 2016 9:41 pm

Maybe it's the Jun Sado kid, I know he ended up deleting his social media.

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Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Post by pol » Wed Apr 13, 2016 10:19 pm

Whoever the kid I saw was he definitely wasn't that jacked. :)

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Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Post by aivaz » Thu Apr 14, 2016 2:03 am

Are all the Champions Carnival matches being aired somewhere? Sorry if it's said a couple of pages back but I couldn't find it. Some really good cards it would be a shame for them to not turn up.

The final night looks interesting and full of potentially really strong tournament narratives, so long as the booking is decent it could be an exceptional carnival.

- Bodyguard vs. Akiyama: Bodyguard has already lost what was on paper his easiest match and probably won't have rounded up much if any points in a difficult group. Akiyama will probably still be in contention on the final night. Classic set-up for a Bodyguard win/strong performance.

- Omori vs. Kamitani: I'm predicting one of the BJW guys in the final, but probably not Kamitani. Omori is a perfect roadblock if Kamitani is in contention on the final night. Kamitani doing well seems likely coming off the Strong Climb, and veteran Omori stopping him doesn't hurt anyone.

- Zeus vs. Aoki: Would love to see Zeus in the final as a face punching above his weight vs. Sekimoto as an established outsider. Would love Aoki to have a strong tournament as a junior determined to prove his worth amongst the heavyweights. Provided both guys have done reasonably well, I see a great match full of drama.

- Mashimo vs. Tiger: Not sure about this but provided Mashimo has gone on an early run and could feasibly reach the final, an upset Tiger KO on the first and last night of the carnival would be neat, though I don't know what that does for Mashimo.

- Sekimoto vs. Miyahara: The deciding match? I feel like a draw might not be a good idea for the final night, at all. Sekimoto winning seems right, just so Miyahara can get a big win in a later TC match. But maybe it means more for Miyahara to get a big win here and win the CC. Looking at the two groups, I think Sekimoto winning this group leads to more interesting matchups in the final, and more mileage for Miyahara's TC reign.

Knowing how things go in All Japan though, Miyahara will probably lose the title in May in anticlimatic fashion, and Naoya Nomura will be forced to retire after a car accident or something ridiculous and unfortunate.

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