Preview: AJPW New Year Wars 2022 (1/3/22)

AJPW New Year Wars 2022
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All Japan Pro Wrestling’s (AJPW) first two shows of 2022 are known as the New Year Wars tour. With the first event concluding yesterday, the second show is headlined by a major World Tag Team Championship title match, with two other title matches taking place on this show. Let’s get into the action set for AJPW New Year Wars 2022 Night Two.

AJPW New Year Wars 2022 Night Two – Full Card

  • Seigo Tachibana vs. Ryo Inoue
  • Shuji Ishikawa, Takao Omori and Ren Ayabe vs. Yoshitatsu, Jun Saito and Rei Saito
  • Dan Tamura, Hikaru Sato and Ryuji Hijikata vs. Hiroshi Yamato, Andy Wu and Black Menso-re
  • Hokuto Omori, Ryuji Honda and Yusuke Kodama vs. Atsuki Aoyagi, Rising HAYATO and Yu Iizuka
  • TAJIRI and Kuma Arashi vs. Izanagi and Devil Murasaki
  • AJPW World Junior Heavyweight Championship: Super Crazy (c) vs. SUGI
  • GAORA TV Championship: Shigehiro Irie (c) vs. Koji Doi
  • AJPW World Tag Team Championship: Suwama and Shotaro Ashino (c) vs. Kento Miyahara and Yuma Aoyagi

Super Crazy SUGI AJPW New Year Wars 2022

AJPW WORLD JUNIOR HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE

The AJPW World Junior Heavyweight Championship scene in the past year has been changing sporadically, with new champions being crowned consistently. In one of the first title matches of the New Year Wars 2022 event, Super Crazy makes his first title defense against SUGI. SUGI is a former World Junior Heavyweight Champion, being one of the most successful champions in 2021 with two title defenses.

Super Crazy would defeat Izanagi for the championship at the AJP Prime Night. SUGI challenged Super Crazy, leading to this World Junior Heavyweight Championship match today. It’s one of the matches that’s incredibly hard to predict; Super Crazy just won the championship, but SUGI is a former champion. SUGI could be a heavy favorite to potentially regain the championship he lost last year and secure it for a second time.

Shigehiro Irie Koji Doi

GAORA TV CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE

In the semifinal match, the GAORA TV Championship is on the line as Shigehiro Irie battles Koji Doi. Doi has been a staple of Total Eclipse since the formation of the faction, entering the finals of the recent Real World Tag League. In that tour, Doi & Kuma Arashi defeated Irie & Zeus. This would lead to Doi challenging for GAORA TV title. 

Shigehiro Irie won the GAORA TV Championship by defeating Shuji Ishikawa in October 2021. This match marks his first championship defense. Since winning the GAORA TV Championship, Irie has been in the middle of tag action, being inactive for most of December due to obligations in other promotions across Japan.

With Jake Lee currently inactive due to injury, Koji Doi may further his goals by defeating Shigehiro Irie. More faction members could break out as well, as we saw recently with Hokuto Omori & Yusuke Kodama capturing the All Asia tag team titles. Besides Lee, no other member of Total Eclipse has won a singles championship; Doi could be the one to accomplish that goal. This would be major considering Irie would defeat the Purple Haze’s leader.

AJPW New Year Wars 2022

AJPW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE

In the main event of the evening, we have an AJPW World Tag Team Championship match between Runaway Suplex & NEXTREAM’s golden duo. This is not the first time these two teams have faced; Suwama & Shotaro Ashino defeated Kento Miyahara & Yuma Aoyagi to capture the AJPW World Tag Team Championship in September of 2021.

Going into Real World Tag League, the tag team known as Runaway Suplex made 1 title defense. They even entered the semifinals of that tournament, being eliminated by Koji Doi & Kuma Arashi. In the finals of that tournament, Miyahara & Aoyagi would won, gaining their opportunity for this upcoming show.

The history between these pairings alone led to a great match in the past; this could be one of the best tag title matches to start 2022. However, the match itself is hard to call. These teams are the mainstays of AJPW’s tag team scene. Suwama & Miyahara are notorious rivals while Ashino & Yuma have been rivals from the days of Enfant Terribles in mid-2020.

If we were to make a call, it would be for the champions to retain. Miyahara & Aoyagi could focus on the Triple Crown Championship scene since the belt is vacant. The same could be said for Suwama & Shotaro Ashino. As recently announced, Ashino signed a contract with All Japan Pro Wrestling. This should still be a fantastic title match for the second night of New Year Wars 2022. The only thing that is certain is the second night of New Year Wars could bring major implications of what All Japan Pro Wrestling has in store for this year.

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