King's Road - The All Japan Thread

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Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Post by PKThree » Sat May 21, 2016 4:56 pm

Speaking of houses/business.

AJPW pulled 327 fans in Yokohama today, that's up from the 284 they drew last time they went there (march 2016). So there's already some improvement this year in one market. And I think if you look at a few other markets you can see that most have at least gotten stable and started slowly recovering.

They probably won't be back in the 10k range any time soon. But they seem to be setting up a few new business strongholds where they can do crowds in 500-1000 range.

As for Noah: Noah shows average between 150-450 from what I can see on the road. So that's pretty much even since the average AJPW road show is in the 300-500 range

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Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Post by RealHero » Mon May 23, 2016 2:30 pm

PKThree wrote:
RealHero wrote:Suwama being back soon should provide for more "hot" matches especially with BJW young boys. CC booking especially with the block that Joe was in before the Cancer told us that Joe was going to be the block leader in that. Aoki is likely the AJP representative by default unless we count Yohei Nakajima in this since while those assume Akiyama is booking it now, it's not the case.
It's Akiyama and Fuchi booking AJPW isn't it?
Nope, It's not Akiyama and Fuchi who booking AJPW these days. Aoki is the booker these days.

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Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Post by pol » Mon May 23, 2016 4:45 pm

I imagine Akiyama's influence is felt regardless of if he's booking or not. The style right now reminds me a lot of early to mid 2000s NOAH, which Akiyama booked.

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Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Post by PKThree » Mon May 23, 2016 4:50 pm

Yeah. I'd guess Akiyama points out the direction, and Aoki books it. That Aoki is the booker is news to me tho.

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Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Post by jesse » Mon May 23, 2016 8:29 pm

I don't think it is that shocking. Outside of Akiyama (who owns the company) the only Burning guy who's left in All Japan is Aoki. That's who Akiyama trust the most. Not to mention he's trained Nomura, Lee, and Aoyagi.
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Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Post by PKThree » Tue May 24, 2016 8:55 pm

Aoki vs Tomato for the junior belt was great fun to watch with a fantastic finishing stretch with a lot of fire. Aoki is such a terrific bully when working against other juniors.

The junior side is pretty barren but I don't think the belt needs to be shelved just yet, they need to do what they did/are doing with the heavyweights and slowly but steadily establish a set of regular freelancers to booster the in house talent like Aoki, Nomura, Sushi and Hikaru (he might as well be in house at this point). I am fine with the idea of spacing out the defenses more tho to make them more special. Also helps with establishing freelance challengers better. Look at how well Sai has slotted in after the carnival for example.

Priority should of course be to get guys into the dojo and train their own talent. Judging by their current track record of Nomura, Aoyagi and Lee (Practically retrained) they have a good system.

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Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Post by pol » Wed May 25, 2016 1:53 pm

A very newsworthy show today. PuroresuSpirit has most of the details: http://puroresuspirit.net/2016/05/ajpw- ... y-25-2016/

That's up almost 100 from the previous Korakuen.

Not mentioned there is that they announced some kind of partnership with Idea Pocket, one of the biggest porn producers in Japan. As weird as it is that could be a pretty major sponsorship.

I kinda hope Kento/Mashimo isn't run as soon as 6/15. It's clear they feel they need the TC to draw but you still don't want to burn through stuff too fast.

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Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Post by PKThree » Wed May 25, 2016 2:37 pm

I'd run the tag title match on 6/15 instead if I had the book. Or they could just view Mashimo as a minor defense for now. They have people like Ishikawa and Sai waiting in the rafters to take a shot at Kento as well.

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Post by Superkix » Wed May 25, 2016 3:21 pm

Looking forward to Aoki/Sato. I like Aoki as the working champ. I could see him challenging for the TC sometime this year after he drops the belt.

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Post by Chismo » Wed May 25, 2016 8:28 pm

Big Japan is da real MVP here.

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Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Post by PKThree » Wed May 25, 2016 9:14 pm

I don't think it can be attributed to BJW only. They are definitely a contributing factor and the relationship between the two is good. But All Japan is in a small but noticeable upward trend for a while now. The new stuff is catching on it seems slowly but surely.

That being said having Big Japan as a working partner definitely helps.

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Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Post by InYourCase » Thu May 26, 2016 2:53 am

Can we pump the breaks on All Japan's amazing business strides just a little? They aren't dying, but they aren't even selling out Korakuen. I LOVE the product right now, especially with the Big Japan guys being added into the mix, but I'm seeing all this talk of these guys being this red-hot promotion and I just want to slow it down a little.

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Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Post by pol » Thu May 26, 2016 5:08 am

I haven't seen any talk of them being red-hot.

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Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Post by PKThree » Thu May 26, 2016 6:35 am

Yeah, like Pol said. There's zero talk about them being red-hot. There's talk about them improving tho.

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Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Post by pol » Thu May 26, 2016 11:19 am

Really good little Nomura/Aoyagi match on AJPW's YouTube channel:


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