Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Wrestle-1 Hataage Sen

Wrestle-1 Hataage Sen (WRESTLE-1旗揚げ戦 Wrestle-1 Hataage Sen?, literally translated "Wrestle-1 Raising an Army Competition") was Wrestle-1's inaugural event, which took place on September 8, 2013, at Tokyo Dome City Hall.[1][8][27][28][29][30] On August 9, Wrestle-1 released the first partial card for the event, which revealed only the Wrestle-1 signed workers taking part in the event, but none of their partners or opponents.[43][44][46] The event featured a women's match and the Japanese in-ring debut of Daiki Inaba.[42][45]None of the other workers were revealed before the event, though Mutoh stated that TNA wrestlers would not be taking part in the event.[41] The event aired in Japan on Gaora and internationally on internet pay-per-view (iPPV) through Niconico and Ustream.[32][33][47][48] Tickets to the 2,500 seat arena were sold out the day they went on sale.[49] Sports journalist Dave Meltzer wrote that this, coupled with All Japan's recent decline in attendance numbers, showed that "fans are taking Muto's [sic] group as the real future of All Japan rather than All Japan".[49] The event featured outside participation from several freelancers as well as wrestlers from Big Japan Pro WrestlingDragon GateMichinoku Pro WrestlingNew Japan Pro WrestlingPro Wrestling Zero1 and World Wonder Ring Stardom. Koji Kanemoto, René Duprée, Seiya Sanada and Zodiac, who were with All Japan prior to Mutoh's departure, but had not announced their affiliation with Wrestle-1, made surprise appearances during the event. In fact, Duprée, who took part in the main event, was still officially All Japan's reigning Gaora TV Champion at the time of the event.[50] Kenta Kobashi, who had the previous March announced that he would be joining All Japan following his retirement in May, worked the event as a color commentator.[51]

1Daiki Inaba and Hiroshi Yamato defeated Tokyo Gurentai (Mazada and Nosawa Rongai)Tag team match6:38
2Kohei Sato and Ryoji Sai defeated Ryota Hama and Yasufumi NakanoueTag team match10:18
3Yoshiko defeated Mayu IwataniSingles match6:27
4Junior Stars (Koji Kanemoto and Minoru Tanaka) defeated Fujita Hayato and Masaaki MochizukiTag team match13:01
5Strong BJ (Daisuke Sekimoto and Yuji Okabayashi) defeated Team 246 (Kaz Hayashi and Shuji Kondo)Tag team match15:06
6Laughter7 (Katsuyori Shibata and Kazushi Sakuraba) defeated Stack of Arms (Masakatsu Funaki and Masayuki Kono)Tag team match18:06
7Kai defeated Seiya SanadaSingles match16:45
8Bob Sapp and Keiji Mutoh defeated René Duprée and ZodiacTag team match10:20

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