SWORD ARMY vs. AXE ARMY!
January 9th, 2008
Pro Wrestling ZERO1-MAX held a press conference in their Tokyo Offices today and announced the official team names of the aforementioned Tanaka Army and Omori Army, the two teams' respective Captains. The company had held a fan suggestion contest to help decide the names of each of the teams. After reading through many mailed submissions, it was decided that Tanaka's team will be known as the SWORD ARMY, and Omori's would be known as AXE ARMY.
Both team leaders were on hand to comment and to display their new team logos. The references are obviously to Tanaka's victory in the "Fire Festival" and the possession of the champion's Fire Katana, and Takao Omori's devastating Axe Bomber finisher and Axe Guillotine Driver impact move.
Omori "Disappointed" in Nakanishi!
January 9th, 2008
At the press conference today to announce the SWORD ARMY and AXE ARMY, AXE ARMY Captain Takao Omori commented today about the in-ring breakdown of the WILD CHILD tag team on the January 1st "GENESIS 2008" show, calling New Japan Pro Wrestling's Manabu Nakanishi "disappointing."
"After the New Year's day match, Nakanishi said on the microphone, 'Otani is shit! Omori is shit! Nakamura is shit!' This is the highest discourse that his intellect can take him. I'm going to take the high road here. 'This is shit..that is shit,' I will not go that route as it's such a petty way of competing. I'm discouraged by how narrow Nakanishi's mind is."
Omori will clash with the New Japan Pro Wrestling interlopers again on January 23rd in Toyko's Korakuen Hall for ZERO1-MAX's 3rd Anniversary. Omori, alongside Kohei Sato and Osamu Namiguchi will face Manabu Nakanishi, Koji Kanemoto and Ryusuke Taguchi. Omori the "Gentleman of Anger" has set about "Yajin" hunting.
ZERO1-MAX at K-DOJO's "Club-K Super Kick!"
January 6th, 2008
The match turned into a raging battle of fire as Yoshihito and Mashimo especially took it to each other with fierce strikes and impact moves. It was current ZERO1-MAx ace Masato Tanaka who eventually overpowered K-DOJO's Jr. fighter Madoka. Madoka fought hard, taking a Diamond Dust and managing to kick out of a hard lariat before being leveled by the move that has brought Tanaka so many victories since his return in 2007 - the Sliding D.
After the match, things continued to escalate between current UN Heavyweight champion Yoshihito Sasaki and Champion of STRONGEST-K Title holder Kengo Mashimo. The two wrestlers continued to go after each other causing numerous pull-aparts between the K-DOJO and ZERO1-MAX seconds.
K-DOJO "CLUB-K SUPER kick"
|O Masato Tanaka
|(17:47 → Sliding D)|
Mr. Wrestling 3 new ZERO1-MAX US Champion!
January 4th, 2008
On Friday afternoon, January 4, First On Stage Ltd, the parent company of Pro-Wrestling ZERO1-MAX announced that Mr. Wrestling 3 is the new United States Openweight champion!
The last champion, Ricky Landell, was stripped of the title on Monday, December 31, when he failed to put up the title against Mr. Wrestling 3 in Valdosta, GA. Landell, who is the current AWA United States champion, was under orders from the AWA only to defend the AWA version of the US title and not the ZERO1-MAX version.
Mr. Wrestling 3 had this to say: "Ricky Landell is and was a good representive of the United States title for ZERO1-MAX. It is a shame that politics between two companies can not be resolved in a better way and let the fighters do what they do best-FIGHT."
The new champion also added, "Landell is welcome to challenge for this title at anytime. As much as I disagree with his attitude, he is an excellent wrestler and I wish him the best of luck as AWA United States champion. I would one day like to unify the titles again. Hopefully Mr. Landell will accept the challenge."
ZERO1-MAX & Dradition Victory Versus NJPW!
January 4th, 2008
Pro Wrestling ZERO1-MAX took part in New Japan Pro Wrestling's "WRESTLE KINGDOM II IN TOKYO DOME" on January 4th at the large Tokyo Dome in Japan. Participating in a match titled "NEW JAPAN vs. The Alliance GROUND ZERO," Masato Tanaka teamed with fellow ZERO1-MAX wrestler and former New Japan Pro Wrestling IWGP Jr. Heavyweight chamption Tatsuhito Takaiwa Plus DRADITION wrestlers Yutaka Yoshie and Katsushi Takemura versus New Japan Pro Wrestling's Takashi Iizuka, Koji Kanemoto, Tiger Mask IV and Ryusuke Taguchi.
The match was fairly short, going just 8½ minutes before Yoshie pinned Taguchi with a diving body press.
NJPW "WRESTLE KINGDOM II IN TOKYO DOME"
|NEW JAPAN vs. The Alliance GROUND ZERO|
O Yutaka Yoshie
Tiger Mask IV
Ryusuke Taguchi X
|(8:36 → flying body press)|
New Year GENESIS Advance!
January 1st, 2008
ZERO1-MAX kicked off 2008 on New Year's Day at Korakuen Hall in front of a excited crowd of 1,500 fans. The fighters of ZERO1-MAX, happy to begin 2008 in the Mecca of Puroresu started the event by meeting fans at the front door as they arrived. Led my ZERO1-MAX's soon-to-be President Shinjiro Otani as he greeted and thanked every last fan, this was the first time in 25 years a New Year's Day show was held at Korakuen Hall. Also announced was ZERO1-MAX's first appearance at the new Tokyo Dome MEETS PORT JCB HALL on March 23rd. MEETS PORT is a new even building designed to hold more than Korakuen Hall but less than the Tokyo Dome right down the street.
"GENESIS 2008" however was main evented by the two men that Weekly Puro chose as having the best singles match in ZERO1-MAX for 2007 - Masato Tanaka and Big Japan Pro Wrestling's Daisuke Sekimoto. Tanaka and Sekimoto last met on 7/16 during the "Fire Festival" where they went to a 30 minute time limit draw. Right before the match began, Tanaka declared it would be for his new ZERO1-MAX World Heavyweight title belt. After the type of battle one would expect from the hard hitting warriors, including Sekimoto unleashing powerful German suplex hold to counter Tanaka's hard elbow smashes, it was the champion who retained with a roaring elbow, a lariat and the rapid fire "Sliding D3" (three Sliding Ds in a row) for the victory in just under 20 minutes. After completing his first defense of the World Heavyweight title, Tanaka lifted the arm of Sekimoto as the crowd cheered both men for their performance.
For the Semi-main event, the Motor City Machine Guns of Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin returned to ZERO1-MAX to defend their NWA International Lightweight Tag Team titles. Opposing them stood the veteran team and first holders of those title belts, Dick Togo and Ikuto Hidaka. The match began slowly as the two teams felt each other out, but things began to heat rapidly with a flurry of action and coordinated tag team moves. The high speed Junior bout came to a close when finally Shelley nailed Hidaka with the Shell Shock for the three count. The original champs and Student/Teacher combo of Hidaka and Togo commented afterwards that they were "unable to respond to the evolution" the two Americans gained in TNA. Both teams also shook hands and congratulated each other on such a competitive and exciting bout.
The reunited WILD CHILD tag team of Takao Omori and New Japan's Manabu Nakanishi didn't fare well in their match versus Ryoji Sai and Yoshihito Sasaki. The former NWA Intercontinental Tag team champions and IWGP Tag Team Champions formed for the first time in about a year. The match progressed as normal until Omori accidentally kicked Nakanishi. Immediately New Japan Pro Wrestling Ryusuke Taguchi who had seconded Nakanishi began to protest so Omori kicked him off the apron as Nakanishi collected himself on the outside. The added fact that the earlier ZERO1-MAX vs. New Japan match had become a little heated between both companies only added to the intensity.
Eventually Nakanishi would re-enter the ring and deliver a hard German suplex on his teammate causing Omori to become disoriented. Rising to confront his attacker, Omori was felled by Yoshihito Sasaki's hard lariat and counted for the 3 count. Omori and Nakanishi quickly began to scuffle as the New Japan wrestlers stormed the ring and a huge brawl ensued between both companies as the crowd chanted "ZERO1! ZERO1! ZERO1!" Eventually things settled down, but Nakanishi made it clear that things were not settled between New Japan and ZERO1-MAX.
The Fourth match originally was a scheduled singles match between Minoru Fujita and his former teacher in Michinoku Pro The Great Sasuke. The two have been going back-and-forth lately as Fujita along with his "Brother" Takuya Sugawara have continued to trick and show disrespect to the Puroresu Legend. The "Brothers" continued their streak as only minutes into the singles match Sugawara interfered and the referee called for the bell. Suddenly Michinoku Pro Wrestling Kesen Numajiro appeared to defend Sasuke, causing Sugawara to become confused and unwilling to face the veteran fighter and his old "benefactor" in pro wrestling. With Sugawara unwilling to go on offense against Numajiro, the "Brothers" had no chance and soon lost, with Sugawara taking the Kesen Drop for the loss. Afterwards, Sasuke challenged the current Intercontinental Tag Team champions to a title match in Korakuen on 1/23, to which Fujita immediately agreed and Sugawara only glanced nervously around.
The third match was where all the ZERO1-MAX versus New Japan Pro Wrestling heat began, as former New Japan Jr. Ace and current ZERO1-MAX wrestler Tatsuhito Takaiwa teamed with young student Shota Takanishi versus Koji Kanemoto and Ryusuke Taguchi. The two NJPW fighters quickly isolated young Takanishi, relentlessly beating and humiliating him with hard strikes and double teams as the Korakuen Hall crowd began to boo heavily at their dishonorable ways. Kanemoto only responded by flipping off the crowd. And while Takaiwa was able to make some headway once entering the match, it was Shota who couldn't recover from the earlier beating and fell to Kanemoto's ankle hold.
Match number 2 was the slightly unfair pairing of the small El Blazer versus the imposing Kohei Sato. The match lasted only just under 5½ with El Blazer only managing a small comeback against Kohei's painful kicks that caused the crowd to wince along with him. A final German suplex hold ended the massacre.
Also on the card, young Naoki Ueda and BattlArts' Munenori Sawa fought against the supernatural team of Tengu Kaiser and Tengu Baron, and the CHICK FIGHT SUN girls opened the show in a tag match that saw SUN ace Nanae Takahashi hit a backdrop suplex on Saki Maemura for the victory.
Post "Genesis 2008" Wrestlers' Video Comments!
January 9th, 2008
The post-match comments of all wrestlers can be seen here via YouTube and FIRST ON STAGE channel. All videos save for the Motor City Machine Guns' comments are in Japanese.
World Heavyweight Champion
Tag Team Champs
Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin
New Japan Pro Wrestling's
The Great Sasuke & Kensen Numajiro
The Great Sasuke & Kensen Numajiro
|"Over the BEST"|
|O Masato Tanaka||vs.||Daisuke Sekimoto (BJW) X|
|(19:43 → Sliding D)|
|NWA International Lightweight Tag Team Titles|
|O Alex Shelley ©|
Chris Sabin ©
|vs.||Ikuto Hidaka X
|(24:20 → Shell Shock)|
|New Year's Special
"New Year's WILD CHILD!"
O Yoshihito Sasaki
|vs.||Takao Omori X
Manabu Nakanishi (NJPW)
|(11:52 → lariat)|
|"Grudge Settlement or birth?"
X Takuya Sugawara
|vs.||The Great Sasuke (M-Pro)
Kesen Numajiro (M-Pro) O
|(5:36 → Kensennuma Drop)|
|"Grudge Settlement or birth?"
|X Minoru Fujita||vs.||The Great Sasuke O|
|(3:17 → Sugawara intrudes)|
|ZERO1-MAX vs. New Japan|
X Shota Takanishi
|vs.||Koji Kanemoto (NJPW) O
Ryusuke Taguchi (NJPW)
|(16:26 → ankle hold)|
|Omori Army vs. Tanaka Army
|O Kohei Sato||vs.||El Blazer X|
|(5:22 → German suplex hold)|
|2008 Opening Match|
O Tengu Baron
|vs.||Naoki Ueda X
Munenori Sawa (BattlArts)
|(13:48 → Baron Splash)|
|The 0th Match|
|O Nanae Takahashi|
|vs.||Saki Maemura X
|(9:10 → back drop)|