No fans allowed because of the virus pandemic and cases starting to increase in Tokyo over the last few days.
HAYATA and YO-HEY won the GHC Junior Tag Team Titles from Atsushi Kotoge and Kotaro Suzuki when HAYATA pinned Kotoge with the Headache Driver in 22:34.
GHC National Champion Takashi Sugiura beat Minoru Tanaka by ankle lock submission in 14:35. Katsuhiko Nakajima came out after the match with a smug and confident smile on his face to challenge for the title next. Sugiura accepted.
GHC Junior Champion Yoshinari Ogawa pinned Daisuke Harada in 26:39. The finish saw Harada hit a standing double stomp but he didn’t get all of it and slipped for Ogawa to immediately fold him up for the pin. Kotaro Suzuki attacked Ogawa after the match and laid him out. He said he wants to be the next challenger.
GHC Heavyweight Champion Go Shiozaki pinned Kazuyuki Fujita after a Gowan Lariat in 57:47 of a 60-minute time limit. They literally did nothing but intensely stare each other down during the first 30-minutes.
Shiozaki stood in the center of the ring and blocked Fujita from fully coming out of the corner in the first fifteen minutes. Fujita then stepped out of the corner to half circle him once but they stopped and just stared at each other again for fifteen more minutes. The confused referee encouraged them to lock up a couple of times and notified them of the time running out.
Finally after a half hour, Fujita took him down to the mat and held him grounded in a side headlock followed by a mounted position for several minutes. Things picked up in action and spilled to the floor after all of that. They brawled into the empty seats and even by the elevator area and balcony. It was a match sure to divide opinions of fans.
There was no commentary for this show but they had video packages with a voiceover before each match and a ring announcer.
NOAH has canceled their 4/4/20 and 4/5/20 shows because of the virus. That was supposed to be the opening of the Global Tag League 2020. The 4/10/20 and 4/12/20 dates are also canceled. There always is a possibility that more shows could end up being “no fans allowed” for live streaming, but like everything else in life now, it all depends on how severe the virus will continue to be.
Dean Silverstone died on 3/26/20. I’ve heard conflicting reports on his exact age but he was in his 70s. Different sources say he was either 73 or 75.
Silverstone began his career in pro wrestling in 1958 by publishing his own wrestling programs to sell at events in the Pacific Northwest. A few years later, he became a referee.
In 1969, he started Superstar Championship Wrestling which had a regional syndicated TV deal. They ran shows in Seattle, Tacoma, and Yakima before folding in 1976. The titles recognized were the Western States Heavyweight Title and Western States Tag Team Titles.
Silverstone was a big fan of oldies music and classic rock. He founded the “Golden Oldies!” record store in 1977 which later expanded to several more locations throughout the PNW area. He retired from running the shops in 2017. I know the Seattle store is still around for sure under new ownership.
SLAM! Wrestling out of Finland has moved their Slamageddon big event from 5/16/20 to 10/10/20 at the Apollo Club in Helsinki. Like everything else in life, the Coronavirus is the reason for the change of plans.
MVP, Shanna, Heidi Katrina, Alexis Lee, Vladimir Kulakov, Stark Adder, and Polar Pekko were some of the names announced for the originally scheduled show in May. The company says at least 90% of the scheduled roster has been re-booked with them to appear on the new October date.
WRESTLE-1 results from Tokyo, Japan 🇯🇵 at Shinkiba 1st Ring on 3/25/20:
Shuji Kondo went to a 3-minute draw with Shuji Kondo in an exhibition match.
Ryuki Honda and Hajime beat El Hijo del Pantera and Takuro Niki when Honda pinned Niki with a German Suplex.
Pegaso Iluminar and Jun 2 Tonsho beat Kai Fujimura and Alejandro when Iluminar pinned Fujimura.
Koji Doi pinned Yusuke Kodama after the Himawari Bomb.
Manabu Soya and Kuma Arashi beat Takanori Ito and Ganseki Tanaka when Soya pinned Tanaka.
Shotaro Ashino beat Seigo Tachibana by ankle lock submission.
Kaz Hayashi, Shuji Kondo, and Masayuki Kono went to a 30-minute time limit draw with Daiki Inaba, Andy Wu, and Seiki Yoshioka.
The final WRESTLE-1 event is still scheduled for 4/1/20 at Korakuen Hall. However, the governor of Tokyo held a press conference today concerned over a spike in Coronavirus cases. She said everyone should stay at home this weekend and also work at home if possible during the weekdays.
Just Tap Out canceled their 3/27/20 show at Korakuen Hall. NOAH will have an event on 3/29/20 with no fans allowed in.