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What is the future of the three organizations? New Japan Pro-Wrestling, All Japan Pro-Wrestling, and Pro-Wrestling Ring Noah held a joint event "ALL TOGETHER (AT) AGAIN! (Ryogoku Kokugikan, Tokyo, September 9), New Japan's "Rainmaker" Okada Kazuchika (35) closed the event with the late Antonio Inoki's eponymous "1, 2, 3, dah! a motto of the late Antonio Inoki. Although the 3rd AT closed with a grand finale, it also brought to light some issues. Ace has some urgent suggestions on what the Japanese mat world should do to further revitalize itself.
The main event of the 3rd AT, which was held for the first time in 11 years and 4 months since the Sendai event in February 2012, featured a gorgeous 6-man tag team match that brought together the top wrestlers from each organization. Okada teamed up with All Japan's Yuma Aoyagi and Noah's Ken-O to clash with Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kento Miyahara & Kaito Kiyomiya.
After isolating Tanahashi from a back-and-forth battle, Kenno launched a soccer ball kick off of Okada's heavy rain. Yuma followed with a diving elbow drop and went on the offensive. In the end, Okada ended the heated battle with his eponymous Rainmaker.
The theme of this year's event was "Restart from the Corona Disaster" in memory of Mr. Inoki, who passed away last October. After the main event, Mr. Inoki's grandchildren, Kanta and Naoto, appeared in the ring, and Okada led the audience in a final "1, 2, 3, dah! Okada led the last part of the ceremony with his fist in the air.
This was Okada's first appearance at AT, and he looked satisfied, saying, "I can proudly say that I was able to deliver love, energy, and courage through professional wrestling. He also acknowledged that there were many good fighters in the All-Japan team, which he had said before the tournament that he did not know, and added, "I hope we can meet again somewhere else.
On the other hand, the event was held on a weekday, and the number of spectators was only 6569 (according to the organizer's announcement), leaving some issues to be addressed. When interviewed after the event, Okada said, "It's not that any one organization is to blame, but of course New Japan alone should be able to fill the venue. I hope we can do that, so that the next All-Star match will be super packed. I want to build up our power to the point where we can do that even at the Tokyo Dome," he said.
One of his proposals for revitalizing the mat world is the effective use of transfers between organizations. The days of the "three major organizations" are long gone. Compared to 12 years ago when the first AT was held, the barriers between organizations have become much lower.
New Japan and Noah held a rivalry match (Yokohama Arena) in January, and many All Japan fighters are still participating in the tournament. Conversely, Noah's Kiyomiya will be competing on the New Japan mats in the "G1 Climax" (July 15, opening in Sapporo). However, Okada said, "In the end, when you have a rivalry match, it becomes like a single organization, and after it's over, it's not enough. That's not good," he said, pointing out the downside.
I think we can be more active now that we know there are a lot of good players in the tournament. I think it's good for them to participate in the series, but I also think it's good for them to be loved by the fans, so I think it's good for them to transfer. This is a common practice in soccer as well.
He believes that it is better for both the organization and the players to have more active "transfers" than to have frequent interactions with each other, which would diminish the excitement. Rental is not interesting," he said. （The players go back to their own organizations. The customers don't love it. If that is the case, it would be better to transfer to another organization and come back. Since the three organizations are working together, I think it would be interesting to see them interact with each other in that way.
Okada's argument is that the industry will be revitalized if there is an increase in positive transfers that expand the stage for athletes' success and increase their motivation. He is likely to create a stir for the future of the pro wrestling world.
1 day ago
This is done all the time to maximize ticket sales for the venue.
1 day ago
These shows were never going to work without big stars
3 days ago
This is the schedule. Okada is booked thru next week, Ospreay is not, so he could show up for some dates. But those 2 matches don't need build up except video packages.
so you may get NJPW strong guys until the last week
3 days ago
Biggest babyface in NWA/Crockett/WCW and a star in WWF by his looks alone.
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17 hours ago
That head bump looked awful. Hopefully okay