Wrestling New Classic

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Wrestling New Classic
Acronym WNC
Founded April 5, 2012
Defunct June 26, 2014
Style Puroresu
Professional wrestling
Headquarters Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo[1]
Founder(s) Tajiri
Akira
Kana
Sister Reina Joshi Puroresu
Website WNC-Pro.com

Wrestling New Classic (WNC) (レスリング・ニュー・クラシック Resuringu Nyū Kurashikku?) was a Japanese puroresu or professional wrestling promotion, founded in April 2012 by former WWE superstar Yoshihiro Tajiri. WNC was the follow-up promotion to Smash, which folded in March 2012.[2][3]

On April 5, 2012, Tajiri held a press conference to announce the forming of Wrestling New Classic, which would hold its first two events on April 26 at Shinjuku Face and on May 24 at Korakuen Hall.[4][5] The promotion's new financial backer at the time was Tsutomu Takashima, the executive director of real estate company Avance Avant Corporation,[6] but in December 2012, he sold the company to Junko Oil President Junko Beppu who now serves as the president of WNC.[citation needed] WNC continues Smash's working relationship with Finnish professional wrestling promotion Fight Club Finland.[7] Unlike Smash, which held, on average, one event per month, WNC has a more regular schedule, producing three events in its official opening month, May 2012.[8] The promotion is named after a comment made by final Smash Champion Dave Finlay, who, at the promotion's penultimate event, told Tajiri to "keep wrestling classic" with his new promotion.[9] Several WNC wrestlers also booked and promoted their own events in collaboration with the promotion, including Kana's Kana Pro,[10] Makoto's Mako Pro,[11] Syuri's Stimulus,[12] and Takuya Kito's Kuzu Pro.[13]

In late 2013, WNC also established a working relationship with joshi puroresu promotion Reina Joshi Puroresu,[14] as part of which all of WNC's female wrestlers became officially affiliated with both promotions in January 2014.[15] On June 18, 2014, Tajiri held a press conference with Keiji Mutoh, where he announced that WNC would be going inactive following June 26. Afterwards, all female WNC wrestlers remained affiliated with WNC-Reina, while six male wrestlers, Tajiri and Akira included, transfered over to Mutoh's Wrestle-1 promotion.[16] WNC held its final event on June 26, 2014, in Tokyo's Shinjuku Face.[17]

Employees[edit]

Wrestlers[edit]

Ring name Real name Notes
Haruka Kato Haruka Kato Signed to WNC-Reina
Horizon Yoshihiro Horaguchi
Kaho Kobayashi Kaho Kobayashi Signed to WNC-Reina
Makoto Unknown Signed to WNC-Reina
Masaya Takahashi Masaya Takahashi
Syuri Kondo, SyuriSyuri Kondo Signed to WNC-Reina
Takuya Kito Yuji Kito

Staff[edit]

Name Notes
Chiho Tomiyama Ring announcer
High Step Shota Referee
Katsumi Tamagawa Referee
Serena Higa Ring announcer
Soft Imai (Daisuke Imai) Referee
Yula Ring announcer

Alumni[edit]

Ring name Real name Notes
Akira Nogami, AkiraAkira Nogami Resigned June 26, 2014, to sign with Wrestle-1
Hajime Ohara Ohara, HajimeHajime Ohara Resigned January 31, 2013
Haruka Yoshimura Haruka Yoshimura Retired February 28, 2014
Hiroki Murase Hiroki Murase Resigned January 11, 2014
Jiro Kuroshio Soujiro Higuchi Resigned June 26, 2014, to sign with Wrestle-1
Josh O'Brien Josh O'Brien Resigned January 31, 2013
Kana Urai, KanakoKanako Urai Resigned November 28, 2012
Koharu Hinata Koharu Hinata Resigned June 18, 2014
Koji Doi Koji Doi Resigned June 26, 2014, to sign with Wrestle-1
Byron, LinLin Byron Unknown Resigned June 26, 2014
Mitoshichi Shinose Akira Shinose Resigned January 30, 2014
Nagisa Nozaki Nozaki, NagisaNagisa Nozaki Went inactive on January 25, 2013
Rionne Fujiwara Rionne McAvoy Resigned June 26, 2014, to sign with Wrestle-1
Tajiri Tajiri, YoshihiroYoshihiro Tajiri Resigned June 26, 2014, to sign with Wrestle-1
Yusuke Kodama Kodama, YusukeYusuke Kodama Resigned June 26, 2014, to sign with Wrestle-1

Notable guests[edit]

Championships[edit]

Championship Final champion(s) Date won Defeated
WNC Championship Bernard VanDamme March 8, 2014 StarBuck
WNC Women's Championship Syuri September 18, 2013 Serena

Annual tournaments[edit]

Tournament Last winner Last held
Dave Finlay Cup Hiro Tonai January 4, 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ "会社概要". Wrestling New Classic (in Japanese). Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ "【※重要】「Smash」第1章活動休止のお知らせ". Smash (in Japanese). February 10, 2012. Archived from the original on February 10, 2012. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ Caldwell, James (February 10, 2012). "Japanese promotion shutting down". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  4. ^ "プレ旗揚げ戦決定!". Wrestling New Classic (in Japanese). April 5, 2012. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Tajiri新団体発表「若手を海外に」". Nikkan Sports (in Japanese). April 6, 2012. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  6. ^ "WNC高島代表が就任挨拶!". Wrestling New Classic (in Japanese). May 9, 2012. Retrieved May 9, 2012. 
  7. ^ "7・15Wrestling New Classic後楽園大会(後楽園ホール) 開場11:00 開始12:00". Wrestling New Classic (in Japanese). June 22, 2012. Retrieved June 22, 2012. 
  8. ^ "5月旗揚げシリーズ全カード決定!". Wrestling New Classic (in Japanese). May 4, 2012. Retrieved May 26, 2012. 
  9. ^ "TajiriとAkira、最後の闘いで謎解きへ!!=Smash フィンレーが残した"Keep wrestling classic"とは?". Sports Navi (in Japanese). Yahoo!. March 8, 2012. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  10. ^ "6・17 ぷちカナプロ 試合結果". Wrestling New Classic (in Japanese). June 18, 2012. Retrieved July 21, 2012. 
  11. ^ "7・8 まこプロ 開催延期 および ぷちクズプロ開催のお知らせ". Wrestling New Classic (in Japanese). June 27, 2012. Retrieved July 21, 2012. 
  12. ^ "WNC朱里自主興行「Stimulus」新宿Face大会". Wrestling New Classic (in Japanese). Archived from the original on April 1, 2013. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  13. ^ "7・8『ぷちクズプロ』全試合結果". Wrestling New Classic (in Japanese). July 9, 2012. Retrieved July 21, 2012. 
  14. ^ "WNCとReina女子プロレスが業務提携". Nikkan Sports (in Japanese). November 18, 2013. Retrieved November 18, 2013. 
  15. ^ "旗揚げ前から波乱のReina!!1・30WNC新宿で4Wayマッチが決定!!". Wrestling New Classic (in Japanese). January 9, 2014. Archived from the original on January 9, 2014. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Tajiri、Akiraら6選手W-1へ移籍のお知らせ". Wrestling New Classic (in Japanese). June 19, 2014. Archived from the original on June 19, 2014. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  17. ^ "WNC超満員のラスト興行". Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). June 27, 2014. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 

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