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All Japan Pro Wrestling Streaming Service Debuts March 19th



Today’s big news was the announced release date of AJPW TV, the debut of All Japan Pro Wrestling’s streaming service. Scheduled to open on March 19th, AJPW are allowing fans to watch for free during the remainder of the month. That includes two live shows, one at Korakuen Hall and the other at Saitama Super Arena, Community Hall. Once March ends, the monthly subscription will cost 900 Yen, which works out to roughly $8.50. This will provide an accessible way for new eyes to see what AJPW are all about before April, when their annual Champion Carnival tournament is set to begin.

On March 25th all four major championships are on the line so let’s break down who these guys are and why they are wrestling.

Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship
Joe Doering (c) vs Kento Miyahara

In 2016, Miyahara rose up and claimed the role as the ace of All Japan. For 464 days the then 26 year old, held the top title of the company. The reign saw the transformation of the young Kento into the ace. During this time, Joe Doering was battling brain cancer. He successfully kicked the cancer’s ass and made his return to AJPW early 2017. Both men have earned a lot of respect from the All Japan fans and this will be a match you should make time to watch.

AJPW World Tag Team Championship
The Big Guns (c) vs Ryoji Sai & Dylan James

After a year of injuries plaguing any sort of significant reign for these titles, The Big Guns play the role as a sort of reset button as we head into 2018. Twice in 2017 these titles needed to be vacated due to one of the holders getting injured. Now on their fourth reign as champions, The Big Guns are looking to stabilize the tag division once more. Dylan James is most notably known for his run in ZERO1 as James Raideen but has now made the jump to AJPW. He’s teaming up with another ZERO1 alumn, but recent AJPW staple, Ryoji Sai.

AJPW World Junior Heavyweight Championship
Atsushi Aoki (c) vs Shuji Kondo

A lot of fun history in this one. Throughout his early career, Aoki was primarily known for his work in NOAH, but when the company decided to release Kenta Kobashi, he was one of several who refused to sign with the company. Instead, he signed with AJPW and since 2014 has held the junior title three times. Shuji Kondo on the other hand, he left AJPW in 2013 in order to form Wrestle-1 with Keiji Mutoh. Kondo hadn’t set foot in an All Japan ring until earlier this year when he joined the Jr. Battle of Glory and won the entire tournament. He last held this title in February of 2013 and looking to take it back.

All Asia Tag Team Championship
Jun Akiyama & Yuji Nagata (c) vs Takao Omori & Manabu Nakanishi

Heaping amount of Japanese wrestling history spread out in the career of these four. Each man is from the graduating class of 1992, all 26 years deep into their respective careers. Their better days are behind them but this is a really cool match up just based on their history. Expect the crowd to throw a lot of respect towards every man’s direction.

Many more stories are going on in AJPW right now but these are the ones that will be highlighted during the free trial period. All Japan keeps the traditional style of Japanese wrestling close to their hearts. You won’t find anything in modern-day wrestling as old school as AJPW. They may just end up becoming your new favorite obsession.

Robert McCauley hasn't missed an NJPW show since the launch of NJPW World. Always be on the look out for his reviews where he shares results and gives his honest opinions on the goings-on of New Japan Pro-Wrestling.

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