All Together (professional wrestling)

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Logo of the All Together events.

All Together was a series of two professional wrestling events organized together by Japan's three biggest promotions; All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW), New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) and Pro Wrestling Noah (Noah), in response to the March 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. The first event was held in Tokyo on August 27, 2011, and the second in Sendai on February 19, 2012. All proceeds from the events were donated to Japanese Red Cross. The events featured no storylines or championship matches, instead they were booked as "supercards", putting together combinations of wrestlers from the three promotions that fans would normally not see.

Tokyo[edit]

All Together
Theme
song
(s)
"All Together" by Funkist[1]
Information
Promotion All Japan Pro Wrestling
New Japan Pro Wrestling
Pro Wrestling Noah
Date August 27, 2011[2][3][4][5]
Attendance 17,000[2][3][4][5]
Venue Nippon Budokan[2][3][4][5]
City Tokyo[2][3][4][5]
Pay-per-view chronology
(AJPW) 2011 Puroresu Love in Ryōkoku Vol. 12
(NJPW) G1 Climax 2011
(Noah) New Navigation '10 in Osaka
All Together (AJPW/Noah) All Together: Moikkai, Hitotsu ni Naroze
(NJPW) G1 Climax Special 2011

On April 18, 2011, Yukinobu Ebata, president of the Tokyo Sports magazine, All Japan Pro Wrestling president Keiji Mutoh and top champion Suwama, New Japan Pro Wrestling president Naoki Sugabayashi and top champion Hiroshi Tanahashi and Pro Wrestling Noah president Akira Taue and top champion Takashi Sugiura held a press conference in Tokyo's Nippon Budokan, announcing that the three promotions would be coming together for a charity event on August 27 at the same arena.[6][7][8] All proceeds from the event would be donated to help those affected by the March 11, 2011, Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. The event marked the first time all three promotions had come together to co-produce an event and the first time since August 1979, when AJPW and NJPW had co-produced an event. The event was sponsored by Tokyo Sports.[6][7][8] Rock band Funkist composed a song named "All Together" for the event, which featured thirty wrestlers from the three promotions singing backing vocals.[1][9] The event aired live on pay-per-view,[10] and was later aired on tape delay on Fighting TV Samurai, Gaora, NTV G+ and TV Asahi.[11]

In addition to AJPW, NJPW and Noah wrestlers, Kota Ibushi from Dramatic Dream Team (DDT) and Kensuke Sasaki, Katsuhiko Nakajima, Kento Miyahara and Satoshi Kajiwara from Kensuke Office also took part in the event. American retired wrestler Dick Beyer, using his famous The Destroyer character, attended the event and presented a trophy to the winner of the Destroyer Cup.[12] Manabu Nakanishi and Satoshi Kojima from NJPW and Naomichi Marufuji and Takeshi Rikio from Noah were forced to miss the event due to injuries. All in all, the event featured ten matches involving 82 wrestlers.[13] The semi-main event, where AJPW wrestler Keiji Mutoh and Noah wrestler Kenta Kobashi defeated the NJPW tag team of Takashi Iizuka and Toru Yano, was later named the 2011 Match of the Year by Tokyo Sports.[14] On October 25, representatives of the three promotions handed a check of ¥58,273,560, made up of ticket, PPV and merchandise sales, to Japanese Red Cross.[15][16]

Results[edit]

No. Results[2][3][4][5] Stipulations Times
1 Bushi, Hiroshi Yamato, Kota Ibushi and Taiji Ishimori defeated Kaz Hayashi, Ricky Marvin, Shuji Kondo and Tiger Mask Eight-man tag team match 10:05
2 Seiya Sanada, Shuhei Taniguchi and Tetsuya Naito defeated Manabu Soya, Mohammed Yone and Yujiro Takahashi Six-man tag team match 11:10
3 Akitoshi Saito and Togi Makabe defeated Hirooki Goto and Taiyō Kea Tag team match 9:55
4 Kai, Katsuhiko Nakajima, Kotaro Suzuki, Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Genba Hirayanagi, Kenta, Koji Kanemoto, Minoru and Yoshinobu Kanemaru Ten-man tag team match 15:07
5 Jushin Thunder Liger, Masakatsu Funaki and Takuma Sano defeated Atsushi Aoki, Minoru Suzuki and Taichi Six-man tag team match 12:47
6 Kentaro Shiga won by last eliminating Gedo1 26-man battle royal for the Destroyer Cup 11:54
7 Akebono, Ryota Hama, Takeshi Morishima and Yutaka Yoshie defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Osamu Nishimura, Wataru Inoue and Yuji Nagata Eight-man tag team match 11:20
8 Jun Akiyama and Kensuke Sasaki defeated Takao Ōmori and Yoshihiro Takayama Tag team match 15:44
9 Keiji Mutoh and Kenta Kobashi defeated Chaos (Takashi Iizuka and Toru Yano) Tag team match 14:58
10 Go Shiozaki, Hiroshi Tanahashi and Suwama defeated Kenso, Shinsuke Nakamura and Takashi Sugiura Six-man tag team match 22:50
  1. ^ Order of elimination: Hiromu Takahashi, King Fale, Takumi Soya, Black Bushi, Yasufumi Nakanoue, Hideo Saito, Takaaki Watanabe, René Duprée, Akira Taue, Yoshinari Ogawa, Soshun, Lee Che-Gyong, Mazada, Zack Sabre, Jr., Satoshi Kajiwara, Tomohiro Ishii, Tomoaki Honma, Kushida, Jun Nishikawa, Joe Doering, Kento Miyahara, Masanobu Fuchi, Super Strong Machine, Masao Inoue, Gedo.[2][3][4][5]

Sendai[edit]

All Together:
Moikkai, Hitotsu ni Naroze
Theme
song
(s)
"All Together" by Funkist[1][17]
Information
Promotion All Japan Pro Wrestling
New Japan Pro Wrestling
Pro Wrestling Noah
Date February 19, 2012[17][18][19][20]
Attendance 3,500[17][19][20]
Venue Sendai Sun Plaza Hall[17][18][19][20]
City Sendai, Miyagi[17][18][19][20]
Pay-per-view chronology
(AJPW/Noah) All Together
(NJPW) The New Beginning (2012)
All Together:
Moikkai, Hitotsu ni Naroze
(NJPW) Hataage Kinenbi (2012)
(Noah) Final Burning in Budokan

The second All Together show, subtitled Moikkai, Hitotsu ni Naroze ("Once More, Let's Become One"), was announced at the conclusion of the first show.[21] It was held on February 19, 2012, at the Sendai Sun Plaza Hall in Sendai, Miyagi, which was the nearest major city to the epicenter of the March 11, 2011, earthquake and suffered major damage in it and the following tsunami.[22] Much like the first All Together, the second one also aired live on pay-per-view and on tape delay on Fighting TV Samurai, Gaora, NTV G+ and TV Asahi.[23]

The second All Together event featured outside participation from The Great Sasuke, Jinsei Shinzaki, Kenou and Taro Nohashi from Michinoku Pro Wrestling and Kensuke Sasaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima from Diamond Ring, the recently renamed Kensuke Office. Female wrestler and owner of the Sendai Girls' Pro Wrestling promotion, Meiko Satomura, greeted fans during the intermission.[17][20] The event featured eight matches and 50 wrestlers. AJPW's Kenso and NJPW's Kazuchika Okada and Prince Devitt missed the event due to schedule conflicts.

Results[edit]

No. Results[17][18][19][20] Stipulations Times
1 The Great Sasuke, Ryusuke Taguchi, Taiji Ishimori and Tiger Mask defeated Gedo, Jado, Kenou and Taro Nohashi Eight-man tag team match 11:12
2 Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Kentaro Shiga and Satoshi Kojima defeated Captain All Japan, Captain New Japan and Captain Noah Six-man tag team match 10:27
3 Katsuhiko Nakajima, Kaz Hayashi, Shuji Kondo and Yoshinobu Kanemaru defeated Jushin Thunder Liger, Kai, Kotaro Suzuki and Minoru Tanaka Eight-man tag team match 14:38
4 Takashi Sugiura and Yujiro Takahashi defeated Manabu Soya and Togi Makabe Tag team match 11:46
5 Akebono, Kensuke Sasaki, Naomichi Marufuji and Yuji Nagata defeated Suzukigun (Masayuki Kono, Minoru Suzuki, Taichi and Yoshihiro Takayama) Eight-man tag team match 13:58
6 Akitoshi Saito, Hirooki Goto and Jinsei Shinzaki defeated Chaos (Shinsuke Nakamura, Takashi Iizuka and Toru Yano) Six-man tag team match 13:30
7 Keiji Mutoh and Kenta Kobashi defeated Jun Akiyama and Takao Ōmori Tag team match 20:20
8 Hiroshi Tanahashi, Suwama and Takeshi Morishima defeated Go Shiozaki, Seiya Sanada and Tetsuya Naito Six-man tag team match 23:13

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References[edit]

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