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Tomoaki Honma Returns From Neck Injury
Tomoaki Honma returned to the ring on June 23rd, having completed a 400+ day recovery from a spinal injury. Honma teamed with Toa Henare, Ryusuke Taguchi, Hiroshi Tanahashi, and his long-time Great Bash Heel teammate Togi Makabe to defeat Los Ingobernables de Japon. Honma was joined by his current wife during the post-match celebration.
Honma is a controversial figure. In 2015, he was accused of domestic violence by his ex-girlfriend, retired pro-wrestler Kiyoko Ichiki. Honma has denied the allegations.
Okada & Suzuki Wrestle 30-Minute Draw In Monsoon
Minoru Suzuki celebrated his 30-year wrestling career with a two-day festival in Yokohama. The first day of the festival saw Suzuki challenge former-IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada in the main event. Despite an all-day downpour, the two men wrestled to a 30-minute Time Limit Draw. New Japan Pro Wrestling posted some amazing photos from the match HERE.
— ▽TM▽GENESIS OF NEW WORLD (@Kr7M2lOSuio6huY) June 23, 2018
The Draw in the Downpour: massive crowd braves the pouring rain to see Suzuki and Okada go the 30 minute distance!! #大海賊祭 https://t.co/lfgzavPpmO
— NJPW Global (@njpwglobal) June 23, 2018
Results For Suzuki 30th Anniversary Weekend
Okada/Suzuki wasn’t the only match that took place during the Minoru Suzuki 30th Anniversary Celebration. Here’s the full results from the weekend via cagematch.com:
- Marines Mask def. Mitsuhisa Sunabe
- Killer Elite Squad (Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.) def. Hikaru Sato & Rocky Kawamura
- Minoru Suzuki vs. Kazuchika Okada (Time Limit Draw)
- Jun Kasai & Rocky Kawamura def. Sanshiro Takagi & Super Sasadango Machine
- Aja Kong vs. Hiroyo Matsumoto (Double Count Out)
- Aja Kong vs. Hiroyo Matsumoto (Another Double Count Out)
- Hikaru Sato & Minoru Suzuki defeat MAZADA & NOSAWA Rongai
- Funky Kato, Hikaru Sato, Hiroyo Matsumoto, Minoru Suzuki & Rocky Kawamura defeat Aja Kong, Jun Kasai, MAZADA, Sanshiro Takagi & Super Sasadango Machine
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