HHH And Jun Akiyama Will Have A Meeting

There is a story in Tokyo Sports today (3/2/20) talking about the possibility of a WWE and All Japan Pro Wrestling working relationship.

They said AJPW’s Jun Akiyama will travel to the USA to have a meeting with Triple H. Akiyama will also be a guest coach at the WWE Performance Center in Florida. He announced he was stepping down as AJPW President in July 2019 and took on the position of G.M. in October 2019.

The article mentioned a list of all of the Japanese wrestlers that WWE has been brought in on the roster and as guest coaches at the WWE PC over the past few years. They assume current All Japan Triple Crown Champion Kento Miyahara could be next in some capacity.

Akiyama commented on the report. He said the schedule of his meeting in the USA was changed because of the Coronavirus concerns. He will be coming over in May. He is also telling fans on his social media that he is just going over to guest coach and he says he’s no longer G.M. He said he always had plans to be a guest coach and he will return to Japan after. He said it will be up to AJPW President Tsuyoki Fukuda and other management to decide any business agreement between the two companies.

Fukuda gave a statement saying he is proud Akiyama was invited to coach. He said no agreement has been made with WWE at this time but he hopes Akiyama’s visit with them will be positive for both sides.

There has been tons of speculation about WWE looking to set up a territory in Japan since last year. They have been talking to a few different Japanese companies, including All Japan, in hopes of working together to establish a new company there. The WWE NXT Japan stories started in the Summer 2019 around those meetings.

For what it’s worth, I have noticed WWE’s Japan Twitter account has become increasingly active this year. In the past they would tweet only when WWE was planning to run shows in Japan and any news related to Shinsuke Nakamura and The Kabuki Warrior. Now it reports on every major WWE and NXT storyline, shows clips of key Raw, Smackdown and NXT matches, and promotes the WWE Network.

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AJPW World Junior Title Tournament Opening Day Results 11/21/19

All Japan Pro Wrestling results from Tokyo, Japan 🇯🇵 at Korakuen Hall on 11/21/19 and live on AJPW.tv https://www.ajpw.tv/program/index/live20191121-1

Today’s show features the opening round of the tournament for the World Junior Title. Real World Tag League tournament action continues on the show today as well.

Hokuto Omori and Yusuke Okada beat Atsushi Maruyama and Dan Tamura when Okada pinned Tamura after a diving headbutt.

Great Kojika, Takao Omori, and Masanobu Fuchi beat Osamu Nishimura, Mitsuya Nagai, and Mitsuo Momota when Fuchi pinned Nishimura. This match was referee Kyohei Wada‘s milestone 45th Anniversary in pro wrestling.

Jake Lee, Yoshitatsu, Naoya Nomura, and Joel Redman beat Suwama, Zeus, Shuji Ishikawa, and Gianni Valletta when Nomura jackknife pinned Valletta.

The company still recognized Atsushi Aoki as the World Junior Champion after his death in a motorcycle accident on 6/3/19. The tournament finals will be held on 1/3/2020. They brought out a new title belt because they gave the other belt to Aoki’s family to keep.

Hikaru Sato beat Black Menso~ re by submission in a 1st Round World Junior Title Tournament Match.

Koji Iwamoto pinned Fuminori Abe after the Koko no Geijutsu in a 1st Round World Junior Title Tournament Match.

Jun Akiyama and Joe Doering beat Parrow and Odinson when Doering pinned Odinson in a Real World Tag League Tournament Match for 2 points.

Daisuke Sekimoto and The Bodyguard beat Kento Miyahara and Yuma Aoyagi when Sekimoto pinned Aoyagi with a German Suplex in a Real World Tag League Tournament Match for 2 points.

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All Japan Pro Wrestling Results 10/24/19

All Japan Pro Wrestling results from Tokyo, Japan at Korakuen Hall on 10/24/19 and live on AJPW TV: https://www.ajpw.tv/p/live20191024-1

Hokuto Omori, Dan Tamura, and Atsuki Aoyagi beat Takuo Kato, Yuki Ishikawa, and Akira Hyodo when Omori pinned Ishikawa with a German Suplex in 6:54.

Yusuke Okada and Hikaru Sato beat Masayuki Mitomi and UTAMARO when Sato submitted Mitomi.

Takao Omori, Black Menso~re, and Masanobu Fuchi beat Jun Akiyama, Osamu Nishimura, and SUSHI when Omori pinned SUSHI.

Koji Iwamoto and Fuminori Abe beat Kotaro Suzuki and Atsushi Maruyama when Iwamoto pinned Maruyama after the Koko no Geijutsu.

TAJIRI, KAI, Yuma Aoyagi, and Naoya Nomura beat Suwama, Daisuke Sekimoto, Shuji Ishikawa, and The Bodyguard when TAJIRI spayed the mist in Suwama’s face and used an inside cradle for the pin.

AJPW World Tag Team Champions Ryouji Sai and Zeus beat Joel Redman and Yoshitatsu when Zeus pinned Redman after the jackhammer.

Triple Crown Champion Kento Miyahara pinned Jake Lee with the Shutdown German Suplex in 33:25.

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Atsushi Aoki Memorial results 8/11/19

All Japan Pro Wrestling held a memorial show for Atsushi Aoki in Tokyo, Japan at Korakuen Hall on 8/11/19. The event is available on AJPW TV https://www.ajpw.tv/program/index/live20190811-1

Aoki was killed in a motorcycle accident on 6/3/19 in Japan. He was the World Junior Heavyweight Champion at the time of his death.

Takao Omori, Black Tiger VII, Atsushi Maruyama, and Black Menso~re beat Akira Francisco, Hokuto Omori, Dan Tamura, and Atsuki Aoyagi when Menso~re pinned Tamura after a diving foot stomp.

Ultimato Dragon, Yoshitatsu, and Masao Inoue beat Masanobu Fuchi, Osamu Nishimura, and SUSHI when Dragon pinned SUSHI with a La Magistral Cradle.

Yusuke Okada pinned Ippei Ota after a Fisherman Buster.

Zeus, Dylan James, and The Bodyguard beat Jake Lee, Yuji Okabayashi, and Koji Iwamoto when Zeus pinned Iwamoto after a jackhammer.

Takuya Wada and Hikaru Sato beat Takuya Nomura and Fuminori Abe when Sato submitted Abe.

Jun Akiyama and Takashi Sugiura beat Hitoshi Kumano and Naoya Nomura when Akiyama pinned Kumano after a wrist clutch exploder.

Suwama, Shuji Ishikawa, and Shuhei Taniguchi beat Naomichi Marufuji, Kento Miyahara, and Yuma Aoyagi when Suwama pinned Aoyagi.

All-Japan Pro Wrestling to honor Aoki

All-Japan Pro Wrestling announced that there will be an Atsushi Aoki Memorial Show on 8/11/19 at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

Aoki was the current AJPW World Junior Heavyweight Champion at the time of his death. The company said the title will not be decided until November 20 which would have been the allowed timeframe for a defense under AJPW rules.

Aoki was killed in a motorcycle accident on 6/3/19.