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Block A:

  • Kento Miyahara (triple crown champ)
  • Shingo Takagi
  • Yuji Hino
  • Shuji Ishikawa (defending champ)
  • Joe Doreing
  • Naoya Nomura
  • Bodyguard
  • Ryuji Sai

Block B:

  • Suwama
  • Jun Akiyama
  • Zeus
  • Dylan James
  • Naomichi Marufuji
  • KAI
  • Yoshi-Tatsu
  • Yutuka Yoshie


Day 1 Sendai sun Plaza 7/4 Live on AJPW TV


- A Block: Kento Miyahara vs. Shingo Takagi


- A Block: Shuji Ishikawa vs. Yuji Hino


- B Block: Jun Akiyama vs. Dylan James


- B Block: Suwama vs. Zeus


Day 2 Akita 8/4 Available on demand the next day


- A: Joe Doering vs. Shuji Ishikawa


- A: Kento Miyahara vs. Naoya Nomura


- B: Suwama vs. KAI


- B: Zeus vs. Yoshitatsu


Day 3 Niigata 10/4 Available on demand the next day


- B: Naomichi Marufuji vs. Yoshitatsu


- B: Jun Akiyama vs. KAI


- A: Joe Doering vs. Bodyguard


- B: Yutaka Yoshie vs. Dylan James


Day 4 Ishikawa 11/4 Available on demand the next day


- A: Joe Doering vs. Yuji Hino


- B: Yoshitatsu vs. KAI


- B: Zeus vs. Dylan James


- B: Suwama vs. Yutaka Yoshie


Day 5 Tooyoka 12/4 I think this is the only show not being shown on Tv it may appear in a shortened version or highlights at some point


- B: Naomichi Marufuji vs. Dylan James


- B: Jun Akiyama vs. Yutaka Yoshie


- A: Naoya Nomura vs. Bodyguard


Day 6 Hiroshima 14/4 Available on demand the next day


- A: Shingo Takagi vs. Bodyguard


- A: Kento Miyahara vs. Ryoji Sai


- A: Naoya Nomura vs. Yuji Hino


- B: Zeus vs. Yutaka Yoshie


Day 7 Hakata star lanes 15/4 Live on AJPW TV


- A: Kento Miyahara vs. Shuji Ishikawa


- B: Jun Akiyama vs. Suwama


- A: Shingo Takagi vs. Yuji Hino


- A: Joe Doering vs. Ryoji Sai


Day 8 Kagoshima 16/4 Available on demand the next day


- A: Kento Miyahara vs. Bodyguard


- A: Shuji Ishikawa vs. Naoya Nomura


- B: Yoshitatsu vs. Dylan James


- B: KAI vs. Yutaka Yoshie


Day 9 Matsuyama 18/4 available on demand the next day


- B: Jun Akiyama vs. Yoshitatsu


- B: Naomichi Marufuji vs. Yutaka Yoshie


- B: KAI vs. Dylan James


- A: Ryoji Sai vs. Yuji Hino


Day 10 Osaka Pref Gym 2 20/4 Live on AJPW TV


- B: Zeus vs. Naomichi Marufuji


- A: Joe Doering vs. Shingo Takagi


- A: Yuji Hino vs. Bodyguard


- A: Naoya Nomura vs. Ryoji Sai


Day 11 Osaka Pref Gym 2 21/4 Live on AJPW TV


- B: Naomichi Marufuji vs. Suwama


- A: Bodyguard vs. Shuji Ishikawa


- A: Shingo Takagi vs. Ryoji Sai


- B: Jun Akiyama vs. Zeus


Day 12 Aichi 22/4 Live on AJPW TV


- A: Joe Doering vs. Kento Miyahara


- A: Shuji Ishikawa vs. Ryoji Sai


- B: Naomichi Marufuji vs. KAI


- B: Suwama vs. Yoshitatsu


Day 13 Korakuen 25/4 Live on AJPW TV


- B: Jun Akiyama vs. Naomichi Marufuji


- B: Suwama vs. Dylan James


- B: Zeus vs. KAI


- B: Yoshitatsu vs. Yutaka Yoshie


- A: Shingo Takagi vs. Naoya Nomura


Day 14 Korakuen 29/4 Live on AJPW TV


- A: Shuji Ishikawa vs. Shingo Takagi


- A: Kento Miyahara vs. Yuji Hino


- A: Joe Doering vs. Naoya Nomura


- A: Ryoji Sai vs. Bodyguard


Day 15 Korakuen 30/4 Live on AJPW TV


Winner of A block vs Winner of B block

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On today's Opener


Atsushi Aoki def. Kazuki Ebina


Koji Iwamoto, Atsushi Maruyama, Yohei Nakajima & Carbell Ito def. Hikaru Sato, Yusuke Okada, Josh Bodom & Aizawa #1


Joe Doering, Yoshitatsu, Naoya Nomura & KAI def. Takao Omori, Ryoji Sai, Bodyguard & Yutaka Yoshie


Ultimo Dragon def. Tsuyoshi Kikuchi


Yuji Hino def. Shuji Ishikawa Champion Carnival 2018 A Block Match


Jun Akiyama def. Dylan James Champion Carnival 2018 B Block Match


Shingo Takagi def. Kento Miyahara Champion Carnival 2018 A Block Match


Zeus def. Suwama Champion Carnival 2018 B Block Match


Ebina was wrestling his first match against his trainer, he is 27 and has a background in basketball and has wrestled in the student pro wrestling scene years ago. He is from sendai and was very well received by his home crowd.


The jr tag was good, Carbell ito is an owner of one of AJPW's sponsors and dresses up in a tiger mask to wrestle on random AJPW shows he is actually not dreadful. Kikuchi is just sad to watch in such a comedy match. Zeus' leg did not look to be in good shape for the main event, his thigh was all taped up and he had trouble moving around as fluidly as he usually would. The finish to hino vs ishikawa was really impressive with Hino pulling off the FUCKING BOMB to big shuji. https://twitter.com/PuroTalk/status/982594231087849478


Over all a really good opening show with all four of the cc matches being at least good.

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Zeus has been a guy who the fans seem to want to win the word title since 2016. He was the person many thought would end Kento's first reign it would be very welcome if he won, at the start of the year he was very over vs Joe.


But with Shingo vs kento pretty much penciled in after Shingo's win, even if zeus wins the carnival and faces Kento then it would seem that kento would win before defending it against shingo. But that would apply to anyone who wins the tournament and somebody else beats the champ.

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Results for day 2


Zeus defeated Yoshi tatsu in 15 mins Zeus is now 2-0

Tatsu 0-1


Suwama pinned Kai in 13 mins and is now 1-1 while Kai is 0-1


Ishikawa pinned Doering in 12 mins to go 1-1, Joe is 0-1


Kento pinned Nomura is 17 mins to go 1-1 Nomura is 0-1.


Day three happened today


Dylan James beat yoshie to go 1-1 yoshie is 0-1


Joe beat bodyguard to go 1-1 bodyguard is 0-1


Marufuji had his first cc show and won Vs tatsu to go 1-0 tatsu is 0-2


In the main event akiyama beat Kai to go 2-0 and Kai is now 0-2.


Day two is currently up on ajpw tv while day three should be up tonight or tomorrow morning.

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Day three is now up, a small note that I hope becomes a story of this carnival is that akiyama has won both his matches via flashpin/reversal which I think is nice. It establishes that you don't need a million big moves to put someone down even if you have them in your arsenal and it also shows that akiyama is a wily veteran who could win at any moment.

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Day four:


Tatsu beats Kai in 13 mins with his new finisher the 'codebreaker from Jericho'


Suwama beat Yoshie in 10 mins


Hino beat doreing in 8 mins and has now pinned two former triple crown champs.


Zeus pinned Dylan James in 5 minutes with a lariat in a match that Zeus was moving around gingerly in.


Day 5:


Akiyama beat yoshie in 11 minutes


Nomura beats the bodyguard in ten mins


Marufuji pinned Dylan James in 5 minutes, his longest match of he tourny so far.


In an undercard iwamoto announced his intention to challenge for the jr title belt.


At the end of five days the standings are:


A block:


Hino 2-0 4 points


Miyahara 1-1 2 points


Shuji ishikawa 1-1 2 points


Nomura 1-1 2 points


Shingo is 1-0 2 points


Doreing is 0-2 0 points


Bodyguard is 0-2 0 points


Sai is yet to wrestle


B block:


Akiyama 3-0 6 points


Marufuji 2-0 4 points


Zeus 2-1 4 points


Suwama 2-1 4 points


Dylan James 2-2 4 points


Yoshi tatsu 1-2 2 points


Kai 0-3 0 points


Yutuka yoshie 0-3 0 points

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Having seen the first 6 days, it's been pretty fun. I think the only legit great match has been Kento/Nomura but there's been a bunch of fun sprints. I'm glad they've kept most of the matches short too.


I think I enjoyed their match from the 2016 CC more but this one was probably the best match in the tournament so far. Kind of losing interest in Miyahara though, and I'm enjoying the Strong Climb way more.


Strong Climb was fucking awesome. So many different type of matches that were short and fun, and with a whole bunch of different finishes. The semis and finals weren't the MOTYCs I was expecting but all in all it was a great ride. Nomura has been established as a legit player - he even cut a promo on the tourney's winner on the final show - 4 months into the year and Aoki showed out too. The division is looking as great as ever quality wise imo, and Okabayashi is still months away from returning. Too bad they've had so many troubles drawing since August of last year though.

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Yeah I only got to see the top two matches today, both of them featured members of big guns with leg injuries bodyguard put in a decent babyface performance. I think zeus was just covering up his leg supports but he was not moving as gingerly as he was in lets say the suwama match on day one.

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Day 6


A Block: Shingo Takagi defeated The Bodyguard in ten mins

A Block: Yuji Hino defeated Naoya Nomura in 7 mins

B Block:Yutaka Yoshie defeated Zeus in 13 mins

A Block: Kento Miyahara defeated Ryoji Sai in 18 mins


Day 7:

A Block: Joe Doering defeated Ryoji Sai in 6 mins


A Block:Yuji Hino defeated Shingo Takagi in 16 mins

B Block:Suwama defeated Jun Akiyama in 13 mins

A Block: Kento Miyahara defeated Shuji Ishikawa in 17 mins

Day 8


B Block: KAI defeated Yutaka Yoshie in 10 mins

B Block: Yoshitatsu defeated Dylan James in 15 mins

A Block: Shuji Ishikawa defeated Naoya Nomura in 15 mins


Kento vs bodyguard did not happen as bodyguard was injured so kento won by forfeit.


Day 9


B Block: KAI defeated Dylan James in 5 mins

B Block: Naomichi Marufuji defeated Yutaka Yoshie in 11 mins

A Block: Ryoji Sai defeated Yuji Hino in ten mins

B Block: Jun Akiyama defeated Yoshitatsu in 7 minutes


Day 10

A Block:Ryoji Sai defeated Naoya nomura in 15 minutes

A Block: Joe Doering defeated Shingo Takagi in 10 minutes


A Block: Bodyguard defeated Yuji Hino in 7 minutes


B Block: Zeus defeated Naomichi Marufuji in 17 minutes

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At Ten days out of 15 the standings are:


Yuji Hino 4-2 8 points

Miyahara 4-1 8 points

Doering 3-2 6 points

Shingo 2-2 4 points

Ishikawa 2-2 4 points

Sai 2-2 4 points

Nomura 1-4 2 points

Bodyguard 1-4 2 points



Akiyama 4-1 8 points

Zeus 3-2 6 points

Suwama 3-1 6 points

Marufuji 3-1 6 points

Yoshitatsu 2-3 4 points

KAI 2-3 4 points

James 2-4 4 points

Yoshie 1-5 2 points

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