#AndNEW: Astronauts Win Big Japan Tag Team Gold

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New tag team champions were crowned at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo on Monday during Big Japan Wrestling‘s event, as the young tandem Astronauts (Fuminori Abe & Takuya Nomura) defeated Daisuke Sekimoto & Kohei Sato for the BJW Tag Team Championships, ending their reign at 236 days.

While the young duo has only been an official tag team for two years, this is their first tag team championship win together as a unit. Fuminori Abe began his career in 2015 with Sportiva Entertainment and Pro Wrestling FREEDOMS before joining DDT Pro in 2016, where he competed for the Pro Wrestling BASARA promotion, one of DDT’s subsidiaries, where he is the current reigning Union Pro MAX Champion (BASARA separated from DDT in January of this year to become its own independent promotion). He made his BJW debut in 2017 and by the spring of 2018, he began to pair with Takuya Nomura on a regular basis. He first encountered Nomura back in 2016, when they paired in BASARA during their early days.

Takuya Nomura began his own career in 2016 with BJW, and soon found himself in the stable moon vulcan alongside his mentor, Hideki Suzuki, and Yoshihisa Uto, winning the Yokohama Shopping Street Six-Man Tag Team Championship in 2017. Together with Fuminori Abe in Astronauts, the duo has competed across BJW, BASARA, and other Japanese promotions, but this win marks the duo’s first taste of championship gold together.

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