#AndNEW: Jun Kasai Wins GAORA TV Championship at New Year Wars

Yoshitatsu Jun Kasai GAORA TV

Earlier today, All Japan Pro Wrestling produced the second show of the New Year Wars Tour. This show featured three title matches; in these title matches, both the All Asia Tag Team Championships and Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship would be retained. Before the main event, the GAORA TV Championship was on the line in the semi-final in a different type of match. By the end, Jun Kasai would be holding gold.

Yoshitatsu has been the GAORA TV Champion for over 500+ days. This is an example of All Japan’s attempt to build the mid-card division. With this reign, Yoshitatsu established himself by facing anyone that he could. This included outsiders of AJPW. This led to his encounter with Jun Kasai, famous for the deathmatch style in the promotion known as FREEDOMs.

At the end of 2020, during a segment involving a Yoshitatsu promo. Jun Kasai would challenge him to a match. These two faced off in trios action on the final AJPW show of the calendar year, including coinciding with the AJPW retirement of Yusuke Okada. Yoshitatsu and Kasai battled in the second show of AJPW in 2021.

Jun Kasai battled Yoshitatsu in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match. The ending saw Kasai pick up the victory. This is major as another long-lasting reign of All Japan has come to an end. At the time, Yoshitatsu was the longest-reigning champion in AJPW, with his reign ending being an upset to many of the fans. This would mark Kasai’s first championship within AJPW. After winning the championship, a new challenger appeared in the form of Black Menso-Re. He will face off against Kasai in the near future.

On the second night of New Year Wars, a new challenger appeared for the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship with Shotaro Ashino. This is likely to be a match at the upcoming Excite Series Tour with Suwama. A title match featuring Fumonri Abe taking on Koji Iwamoto may also in the near future. All Japan Pro Wrestling has started 2021 with a bang.

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