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411’s International News Report #151 (Sasuke Scandal, EarthQuake & More)

June 24, 2003 | Posted by Evan Zivin

The International News Report has re-surfaced with tons of great news. All news below is credited to Zach Arnold of www.PuroresuPower.com, and myself, Brian Cole. All other contributors names can be found above their news & notes.

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If you have ANY International info what so ever please send it my way at [email protected] and if it is used the proper credit will be given.

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ZERO-ONE ran their June 14th rally at Fukushima National Commemorative Gym, claiming 1,600 paid. Results:

1. Fuyuki Takahashi defeated Shinsuke Sumiya in 5 minutes, 47 seconds with a German Suplex Hold.

2. Don Arakawa defeated Tadahiro Fujisaki in 8 minutes, 10 seconds with a backslide.

3. Tengukaizer & Yoshito Sasaki defeated Katsumi Usuda & Tatsuhito Takaiwa in 12 minutes, 52 seconds when Teng pinned Usuda.

4. Kintaro Kanemura & Tetsuhiro Kuroda defeated Hideki Hosaka & Masato Tanaka in 13 minutes, 31 seconds when Kanemura used a backslide on Hosaka for the win.

5. Shinjiro Ohtani defeated Naohiro Hoshikawa in 16 minutes, 35 seconds with a spiral bomb.

6. Jun Kasai, Yoshiaki Fujiwara, & Shin’ya Hashimoto defeated Ikuto Hidaka, Hiro Yokoi, & Kohei Sato in 12 minutes, 59 seconds when Fujiwara used a wakigatame on Hidaka for the submission.

Osaka Pro ran their June 15th rally at the Festival Gate, claiming 268 paid. Results:

1. Jeremy Lopez defeated Yutaka Fukuda in 8 minutes, 1 second with the Atlanta Driver.

2. Goa defeated Turtuger in 7 minutes, 40 seconds with a diving body press.

3. Gamma & BK Kid defeated MA-G-MA & Daio QUALLT in 8 minutes, 22 seconds when QUALLT was disqualified for removing the mask of BK Kid.

4. Black Buffalo & Tsubasa defeated Miracle Man & Yutaka Fukuda in 10 minutes, 42 seconds when Buffalo used a lariat on Fukuda for the win.

5. Super Delfin, Kuishinbo Kamen, & Perro defeated Ebessan, TAKA Michinoku, & Tiger’s Mask in 17 minutes, 8 seconds when Kamen used his Tornado finisher on Ebessan for the win.

JWP ran their June 15th rally in Tokyo at the Kinema Club. Results:

1. Shark Tsuchiya defeated Apple Miyuki in 9 minutes, 53 seconds by referee stoppage.

2. Etsuko Mita & Hiromi Yagi defeated Tanya Tormenta & Kaori Yoneyama in 11 minutes, 14 seconds when Mita pinned Yoneyama.

3. Kintaro Kanemura defeated Ryuji Ito in 8 minutes, 45 seconds with a pile-driver.

4. Tsubasa Kuragaki and Hidoh went to a count-out in 8 minutes, 11 seconds.

5. Azumi Hyuga & Commando Bolshoi defeated Kayoko Haruyama & Jessica in 18 minutes, 38 seconds when Kuzumi used a knee strike on Haruyamaa for the win.

Toryumon ran their June 18th rally in Aichi at Kasugai City Gym, claiming 975 paid. Results:

1. JUN (Ogawauchi) & CIMA (Nobunaga) defeated Stevie “brother” Tsujimoto & Milano Collection AT in 9 minutes, 48 seconds when Nobunaga used his Shubain finisher on Tsujimoto for the win.

2. BATA-yarn defeated Stoker Ichikawa & Ryo Saito in 9 minutes, 41 seconds when BATA-yarn pinned Stoker after a moonsault.

3. K-ness defeated Takamichi Iwasa in 2 minutes, 15 seconds.

4. TARU & SUWA defeated Raimu Mishima & Anthony W. Mori in 8 minutes, 9 seconds when TARU used his TARU-Driller on Mishima for the win.

5. Don Fujii defeated Shuji Kondo by disqualification in 12 minutes, 25 seconds when Tsujimoto ran in and beat up the referee.

6. Genki Horiguchi, Susumu Yokosuka, & Magnum Tokyo defeated Second Doi, Dragon Kid, & Masaaki Mochizuki in 17 minutes, 6 seconds when Magnum used an Egoist Driver on Doi for the win.

Toryumon ran their June 18th rally at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, claiming 2,350 paid. Results:

1. JUN (Ogawauchi) & TARU defeated Takamichi Iwasa & Anthony W. Mori in 41 seconds when Ogawauchi used his “demon windmill” finisher on Iwasa for the win.

2. Ricky Fuji defeated Stoker Ichikawa in 8 minutes, 45 seconds after Fuji used his Kamikaze and the referee determined Stoker was KO’d.

3. Second Doi & Dragon Kid went to a no-contest with Raimu Mishima & Ken’ichiro Arai in 7 minutes, 36 seconds.

4. K-ness, Ryo Saito, & Susumu Yokosuka defeated Stevie “brother” Tsujimoto, Masato Yoshino, & Milano Collection AT in 14 minutes, 20 seconds when K-ness used a Darkness Buster on Tsujimoto for the win.

5. Magnum Tokyo & Genki Horiguchi defeated Don Fujii & CIMA (Nobunaga) in 13 minutes, 56 seconds… well, not really. They did a double-fall finish with Horiguchi & Fujii getting pinned, meaning Magnum and CIMA were the winners.

6. In the British Commonwealth Jr. Heavyweight Title Match, Shuji Kondo defeated SUWA & Masaaki Mochizuki in 17 minutes, 13 seconds when Kondo used a Gorilla Clutch on SUWA for the win.

AJW ran their June 19th rally in Kanazawa at Ishikawa Prefectural Building #2. Results:

1. Kumiko Maekawa defeated ARIYA in 7 minutes, 49 seconds with a running high-kick.

2. Tomoko Watanabe defeated Nanae Takahashi in 13 minutes, 41 seconds with a small-package hold.

3. In the All Japanese Singles Title match, Sasori defeated Saki Maemura in 13 minutes, 6 seconds when Sasori used a Sasori Club on Maemura for the win.

4. Momoe Nakanishi defeated Takako Inoue in 12 minutes, 43 seconds.

5. Amazing Kong & Makai Witch #2 defeated Kayo Noumi & Etsuko Mita in 18 minutes, 22 seconds when Witch #2 used a rolling senton on Noumi for the win.

** AJW 6/29 Korakuen Hall card line-up:

1. Midget Pro-wrestling match
2. Saki Maemura vs. Jaguar Yokota
3. Sasori vs. Makai Witch #3
4. Megumi Yabushita vs. Amazing Kong
5. Momoe Nakanishi vs. Kumiko Maekawa
6. Nanae Takahashi, Kayo Noumi, & Etsuko Mita vs. Tomoko Watanabe, Takako Inoue, & Eagle Sawai

Toryumon ran their June 20th rally in Aichi at Toyohashi City Gym Sub-Arena, claiming 830 paid. Results:

1. Genki Horiguchi & Susumu Yokosuka defeated Raimu Mishima & Dragon Kid in 14 minutes, 34 seconds when Susumu used a Yokosuka Cutter on Mishima for the win.

2. Takayuki Yagi defeated Stoker Ichikawa & BATA-yarn in 8 minutes, 35 seconds when Yagi pinned Stoker.

3. TARU defeated Takamichi Iwasa in 6 minutes, 42 seconds with a TARU-Driller.

4. Masaaki Mochizuki & Ryo Saito went to a no-contest in 8 minutes, 40 seconds due to run-ins.

5. K-ness & Magnum Tokyo defeated Anthony W. Mori & Second Doi in 10 minutes, 45 seconds when Magnum used an Egoist Driver on Mori for the win.

6. JUN (Ogawauchi), CIMA (Nobunaga), & Don Fujii defeated Shuji Kondo, Stevie “brother” Tsujimoto, & Milano Collection AT in 16 minutes, 55 seconds when Nobunaga used a Shubain on Tsujimoto for the win.
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Osaka Pro ran their June 21st rally at the Festival Gate, claiming 352 paid. Results:

1. Goa defeated Yutaka Fukuda in 9 minutes, 8 seconds.

2. BK Kid defeated Kuishinbo Kamen in 6 minutes, 59 seconds.

3. Ebessan & Azteca defeated Super Delfin & Perro in 13 minutes, 16 seconds when Azteca used a diving body press on Perro for the win.

4. Miracle Man, Tsubasa, & Takehiro Murahama defeated MA-G-MA, Daio QUALLT, & Jeremy Lopez in 13 minutes, 2 seconds when Miracle Man pinned Lopez for the win.

5. In the B Block of the Osaka Pro Dog-Fight Tournament:

– Black Buffalo defeated Tiger’s Mask in 10 minutes with a wakigatame.
– Gamma defeated Buffalo in 3 minutes, 40 seconds with a Dragon Suplex Hold.
– Gamma defeated Tiger’s Mask in 7 minutes, 16 seconds with his “Blitzin'” finisher.

** Gamma advances in the dog-fight tournament as the B Block representative.

Osaka Pro ran their June 22nd rally at the Festival Gate, claiming 229 paid. Results:

1. Tsubasa defeated Jeremy Lopez in 7 minutes, 14 seconds with a Dragon Sleeper.

2. Super Delfin defeated Perro in 6 minutes, 28 seconds.

3. BK Kid & Takehiro Murahama defeated Azteca & Yutaka Fukuda in 11 minutes, 4 seconds when Kid used his La Espalda finisher on Fukuda.

4. MA-G-MA, Daio QUALLT, & Goa defeated Gamma, Black Buffalo, & Miracle Man in 11 minutes, 9 seconds when Goa used a Jack-knife cradle on Miracle Man for the win. Goa threw powder at Miracle Man and then cradled him.

5. Tiger’s Mask defeated Kuishinbo Kamen & Ebessan in 10 minutes, 54 seconds when Tiger’s Mask used a Tiger’s Suplex Hold on Kamen for the win.

Pancrase ran their June 22nd rally in Osaka at Umeda Stella Hall. Results:

1. Satoshi Watanabe defeated Keji Takeshige in the 1st round in 1 minute, 16 seconds by KO.

2. Yoshiro Maekawa defeated Shin’ya Sato after two rounds by a 2-0 judges’ decision.

3. Hidehiko Hasegawa defeated Hikaru Sato after two rounds by a 2-1 judges’ decision.

4. Yuji Hoshino & Satoru Kitaoka went to a draw after three rounds (1-0 on the scorecards.)

5. Daisuke Watanabe defeated Yuki Sasaki in the 1st round in 4 minutes, 18 seconds with a straight right punch for the KO.

6. Kiuma Kunioku defeated Katsuomi Inagaki in the 1st round in 4 minutes, 10 seconds with a choke sleeper. This was Inagaki’s retirement fight.

JWP Day & Night show results from their June 22nd stop in Saitama at Koshigaya City Katsura Studios:

Day Show (92 paid)

1. Tanya Tormenta defeated Shark Tsuchiya in 1 minute, 55 seconds with a La Magistral cradle.

2. Kaori Yoneyama & Tsubasa Kuragaki went to a double count-out in 14 minutes, 26 seconds.

3. Men’s Teioh & Ryuji Ito defeated Kintaro Kanemura & Gosaku in 19 minutes, 18 seconds when Ito used a flying body press on Gosaku for the win.

4. Commando Bolshoi defeated Azumi Hyuga in 14 minutes, 59 seconds with her “Limelight” finisher.

5. Kayoko Haruyama & Jessica defeated Etsuko Mita & Hiromi Yagi in 18 minutes, 45 seconds when Haruyama used a Yokosuka Cutter on Yagi for the win.

Night Show (132 paid)

1. Kayoko Haruayama vs. Kaori Yoneyama vs. Jessica vs. Tanya Tormenta in order of elimination…

– Jessica (2 minutes, 55 seconds – rolled up by the other 3)
– Tormenta (4 minutes, 30 seconds – thrown over the top rope)
– Yoneyama (6 minutes, 15 seconds – Yokosuka Cutter)

2. Hidoh defeated Kaori Yoneyama in 4 minutes, 54 seconds with a pile-driver.

3. Dick Togo & Kintaro Kanemura defeated Shadow WX & Ryuji Ito in 13 minutes, 57 seconds when Togo used a senton on Ito for the win.

4. Azumi Hyuga defeated Tsubasa Kuragaki in 9 minutes, 58 seconds with a Michinoku Driver II.

5. Etsuko Mita & Hiromi Yagi defeated Bolshoi Kid & Fake Bolshoi Kid in 9 minutes, 32 seconds when Mita used a school-boy on Bolshoi Kid for the win.

6. Kayoko Haruyama defeated Shark Tsuchiya in 9 minutes, 52 seconds.

GAEA-Japan ran their June 22nd show in Aichi at Showa Sports Center (what a name). Results:

1. Ran Yu Yu defeated Toshie Uematsu in 13 minutes, 41 seconds with a knee drop.

2. Mayumi Ozaki defeated Sakura Hirota in 11 minutes, 8 seconds with a Shining Yakuza kick.

3. Devil Masami & Chigusa Nagayo defeated Chikayo Nagashima & Reiko Amano in 14 minutes, 24 seconds when Nagayo used a La Magistral cradle on Nagashima for the win.

4. KAORU & Mayumi Ozaki defeated Lioness Asuka & Toshiyo Yamada in 13 minutes when KAORU used an Excalibur on Yamada for the win.

5. Dynamite Kansai & Aja Kong defeated Meiko Satomura & Ayako Hamada in 15 minutes, 13 seconds when Kansai used a Splash Mountain on Satomura for the win.

ARSION ran their June 22nd show at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, claiming 1,650 paid. Results:

1. Rena Takase defeated Emoto & Kitao in a 3-way match.

2. GAMI & Apple Miyuki defeated Ofune & baby A in 17 minutes, 50 seconds when GAMI used a moonsault press on baby A for the win.

3. Rie Tamada defeated Sachie Abe in 12 minutes, 4 seconds with a German Suplex Hold.

4. Yumiko Hotta & Mika Nishio defeated AKINO & Ai Fujita in 16 minutes, 52 seconds when Hotta used a Pyramid Driver on Fujita for the win.

5. In the Queen of ARSION Title match, Mima Shimoda defeated Mariko Yoshida in 18 minutes, 50 seconds with a back-slide.
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On Friday (6/20/03), we celebrated the third anniversary of our web site. Three years already. As you’ve probably already noticed, we are showing a new web design. It may not be perfect, but some tweaking here and there and it will turn out to be much better than the old set-up — including a lot of news coverage from International press on the wrestling business. Enjoy.

As only as he can, Bob Barnett on the “Toukon” show that happened at Inoki’s Dojo in Santa Monica, CA. on Saturday (6/21 – paraphrased without eliminating any of the meaning):

“(Bobby) Quance-Puma (Pinoy Boy) stole the show. Just a great 18-minute stiff as hell well-built match where the high spots meant something. Ambriz and Shannon Ritch threw the worst looking punches I’ve ever seen. Tanahashi looked OK. McCully looked good in a quick match. About 30 empty seats, but pretty crowded. Electronic music plays throughout the matches (Inoki saw the Real Wrestling taping, obviously) and they had video packages projected on the wall for each fighter, and Inoki – who stayed home in Santa Monica. Josh Barnett & Samoa Joe were there. Crowd was half Japanese – no smarks – no “you fucked up!” chants.”

(Update 9:30 AM EST — NJ is claiming 300 paid and a full house for the show, with the following statement: “TOUKON, the first event held in the US, drew 300 attendance and made a successful start in the US market.”)

NJ’s official match times for the show:

1. Shane Eitner defeated Ice Man in 5 minutes, 40 seconds with a triangle choke.

2. Pinoy Boy (Puma) defeated Bobby Quance in 11 minutes, 5 seconds with a body press.

3. Rocky Romero & Shannon “The Cannon” Ritch went to a double count-out in 10 minutes, 20 seconds.

4. Justin McCully defeated Toru Yano in 4 minutes, 8 seconds with an armbar.

5. Jimmy Ambriz defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi in 6 minutes, 31 seconds with a side crank for the submission.

IMAGE LINKS

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/hochi/battle/jun/0617oh.jpg – Naoya Ogawa wheeling Shin’ya Hashimoto around in front of Japanese photographers in a wheelchair to try to get heat

http://www.pia.co.jp/battle/interview/image/int_kayo.jpg – Kayo Noumi

As we have linked on our front page, Yomiuri Shimbun (newspaper) has been very active on the political coverage of The Great Sasuke and other controversial political stories. The paper received fire from politicians after a June 17th, 2003 story about Sasuke. The article in the paper claims that Sasuke’s face is appearing on advertisements for adult video movies that door-to-door salespeople are handing out to citizens. The common slang being used in regards to this situation is “multilevel marketing plan” for Sasuke’s image. Politicians opposed to the Yomiuri Shimbun article labeled it as ‘slanderous.’ Sasuke’s big legislation moves so far? To attempt to ban smoking in the lobby of the Iwate assembly. Politicians Yoshinobu Fujiwara is attempting to bring back the “parliamentary reform examination committee” in light of Sasuke’s antics, but the Social Democratic Party opposed the motion and it’s highly unlikely that the committee will be brought back.

New Japan ran an angle in Los Angeles with Hiroshi Tanahashi declaring that he would be the dominate force in the upcoming G-1 2003 tournament.

G-1 Climax 2003 Tournament A & B Blocks:

A Block
– Masa Chono
– Hiroyoshi Tenzan
– Osamu Nishimura
– Hiroshi Tanahashi
– Ken Shamrock
– Jun Akiyama

B Block
– Yuji Nagata
– Yoshihiro Takayama
– Yutaka Yoshie
– Shinsuke Nakamura
– Tadao Yasuda
– Inoki’s choice

Arashi & Nobutaka Araya vacated the All-Asian Tag Titles. Kazushi Miyamoto & Tomoaki Honma will be gunning for the belts. The talk for the next AJ tour is an All-Asian Tag League to determine new tag champions.

For well over a month, we have been chronicling on Puroresu Power (from our good friend Katsumi Ito in Yokohama) how Shigeo Okumura ended up being the promoter for AJ’s 7/17 Yokosuka City Gym show in Kanagawa. For the first time publicly in Japan, Okumura admitted to Nikkan Sports about his involvement in the show and how he’s in a big pinch because of the WWE show that same night at Yokohama Arena. Okumura says that even though the WWE show will happen against his AJ show, he has not lost his business partner involved in the deal and that he is going on with TV and radio advertising. Okumura, though, did not tell the press that he is going to have Hiroshi Hase involved in the organization and matchmaking of the show. Okumura is considering a gimmick on his show called “Mr. Yokosuka” to make fun of WWE’s “Mr. America” gimmick with Hogan.

The main event of All Japan’s 7/13 Osaka Prefectural Gym show is going to be Keiji Mutoh vs. Toshiaki Kawada in a #1 contender’s match to determine the challenger for Triple Crown challenger Shin’ya Hashimoto on 7/19 at Nippon Budokan. Mutoh/Kawada was a necessary evil for the main event of the 7/13 Osaka show, as the Osaka market is going to be blazing hot from 7/13-7/19. It’s going to be a dogfight. All Japan didn’t have anything else other than Kawada/Hashimoto that could draw better than what they are offering.

Here’s what the Osaka market faces from 7/13-7/19:

7/13 – AJ at Osaka Prefectural Gym, Kawada vs. Mutoh #1 contender’s match
7/16 – NOAH at Osaka Prefectural Gym, Nagata vs. Akiyama and GHC Jr. Tag Titles Finals
7/19 – WWE at Kobe World Hall (already sold out)

It’s amazing how both AJ & NOAH are really fighting off WWE to try to gain some market share for their upcoming big shows in July. The pro-wrestling business in Japan right now has never been tougher to draw a dime than it has been in a long, long time.

New Japan ran an angle where Masayuki Naruse is considering becoming a part of the Makai Club.

Daily Sports was the only newspaper in Japan who covered Satoshi Kojima’s MLW title loss to The Gladiator (and then the title loss to Steve Corino). Contrast that with the times Kojima won the belt and defended it successfully, the press coverage was much larger in the newspapers.

New Japan is experiencing some very good business news regarding advanced ticket sales for their G-1 2003 tournament, especially in the Tokyo market where they have had enormous problems in the last three years. The additions of Takayama & Akiyama to the mix have clearly helped draw NOAH fans to the tournament shows in Tokyo. Virtually all of the floor seats for NJ’s 8/17 Ryogoku Kokugikan (Sumo Hall – tournament finals) show are sold out. As for the rest of the shows (8/10 Kobe World Hall, 8/11 Nagoya Aiichi Prefectural Gym, 8/12 Shizuoka Grand Ship Convention Center, 8/14 Sendai at Miyagi Prefectural Sports Center, 8/15-8/17 Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo), business is doing well so far.

ZERO-ONE’s 7/6 Ryogoku Kokugikan (Sumo Hall) show with Toshiaki Kawada & Keiji Mutoh vs. Shin’ya Hashimoto & Naoya Ogawa is doing fair, but not great business so far in advance. Expect around 2,000 comps for “sponsors.” The hope is that they draw at least 8,000 legitimately paid, which they should be able to do. ZERO-ONE also is having conflicting news regarding their 8/10 Nagoya Aiichi Prefectural Gym show (they got the building on special because NJ booked the building the next day). The promotion is doing a crazy thing and is charging $175 for front-row tickets, almost shootfighting-show prices.

There is some movement in ticket sales for K-1’s 6/29 Saitama Super Arena show, but they have a long way to go before they can confidently say that they will reach the 20,000-paid mark. Some struggles still occuring. The one item that should be noted is that ticket sales for the 6/29 Heavyweight K-1 show have now surpassed ticket sales of the K-1 7/5 Middleweights only show in the same building.

U-STYLE’s 6/29 Osaka, Umeda Stella Hall show should be sold out by bell-time, with around 1,000 paid.

WJ Pro’s 6/29 Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center show in Sapporo is on pace to draw around 6,000 paid unless they get a high walk-up. Business for their 7/20 Ryogoku Kokugikan (Sumo Hall) show with the title tournament is doing well (in moderate terms). The main thing that should be pointed out is that the promotion is offering seats on a discounted level and the top seats are going at around $65. The promotion is also gearing up for a big show on 8/21 at Osaka Prefectural Gym.

Reader and friend Roger Deaton ([email protected]) brings us the latest on Shooto:

“Akira Shoji will be fighting in the U.S. on July 19th in Fort Lauderdale, Florida at the Absolute Fighting Championship 4. He will be facing Dustin Denes who is the local boy. He is admittedly a little
inexperienced and still developing by the promoters. So Shoji is no doubt on a different level than him. It is in the 195 weight class. Denes is a member of American TOP TEAM headed by UFC fighter Din Thomas — who is also fighting on the show. Shoji vs. Denes is one of the three scheduled main events. I have always heard that promoters and trainers from Japan are very careful and selective about sending their
fighters over here to the U.S. compete. As a loss by a Japanese fighter over here would equal embarrassment or whatever you want to say. If Shoji were to lose this fight to Denes, it definitely would have to be a major story over there. Dustin Denes, in the latest Shooto rankings, is ranked as #1 contender in the lightheavyweight division to the champion of that division, Masanori Suda.”

On Wednesday, it was announced that K-1 would be subjected to an additional $4 million dollars in taxation due to the 2002 tax evasion scandal with former K-1 matchmaker Kazuyoshi Ishii. Ishii’s defense attorney in court says that Ishii has been making a faithful attempt to pay off the tax evasion charges, including selling off his $50,000 luxury car. Final court decisions will be made very shortly by the judge overseeing the case.

Masa Chono, Yuji Nagata, Jushin Liger, & Tiger Mask IV will be the four wrestlers involved on behalf of NJ on the Hawaiian Championship Wrestling show on 7/26 in Honolulu.

At Toryumon’s 6/19 Korakuen Hall show, Magnum Tokyo threw powder in the face of CIMA (Shiima Nobunaga) as a heat-up for Toryumon’s 6/29 Kobe World Hall show in Hyogo.

Satoshi Kojima is calling himself “American Koji” (as his nickname) while working in the United States.
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All Japan 2003 Summer Action Series card line-ups:

7/6 Tokyo, Korakuen Hall
– Toshiaki Kawada & Ryuji Hijikata vs. Satoshi Kojima & Kaz Hayashi
– Keiji Mutoh, Arashi, & Jimmy Yang vs. Big John Tenta (formerly EarthQuake), Gigantes, & George Hines

7/8 Kumamoto, Hungnam Hall
– Keiji Mutoh, Arashi, & Kaz Hayashi vs. Toshiaki Kawada, Nobutaka Araya, & Ryuji Hijikata
– Satoshi Kojima & Jimmy Yang vs. Gigantes & George Hines

7/9 Oita, Usuki City Gym
– Keiji Mutoh, Arashi, & Kaz Hayashi vs. Satoshi Kojima, Tomoaki Honma, & Kazushi Miyamoto
– Toshiaki Kawada & Nobutaka Araya vs. Gigantes & George Hines

7/10 Fukuoka, Hakata Star Lanes
– Shigeo Okumura & Ryuji Hijikata vs. Kendo Ka Shin & Robbie Brookside
– Big John Tenta (formerly EarthQuake) vs. Gran Hamada & Taichi Ishikari
– Satoshi Kojima & Jimmy Yang vs. Gigantes & George Hines
– Keiji Mutoh, Arashi, & Kaz Hayashi vs. Toshiaki Kawada, Nobutaka Araya, & Masa Fuchi

7/12 Shimane, Matsue Messe
– Toshiaki Kawada & Ryuji Hijikata vs. Satoshi Kojima & Jimmy Yang
– Keiji Mutoh, Arashi, & Kaz Hayashi vs. Big John Tenta, Gigantes, & George Hines

7/13 Osaka Prefectural Gym
– #1 contender’s match: Keiji Mutoh vs. Toshiaki Kawada
– Satoshi Kojima & Kaz Hayashi vs. Arashi & Kendo Ka Shin
– Big John Tenta & Jimmy Yang vs. Gigantes & George Hines

7/16 Niigata, Joetsu City Southern Welfare Hall
– Toshiaki Kawada & Masa Fuchi vs. Satoshi Kojima & Jimmy Yang
– Keiji Mutoh, Arashi, & Kaz Hayashi vs. Gigantes, George Hines, & Robbie Brookside

7/17 Kanagawa, Yokosuka City Gym
– Keiji Mutoh, Hiroshi Hase, & Shigeo Okumura vs. Big John Tenta, Gigantes, & George Hines
– Toshiaki Kawada & Nobutaka Araya vs. Satoshi Kojima & Tomoaki Honma

7/19 Nippon Budokan
– TC: Shin’ya Hashimoto vs. Mutoh or Kawada
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