Champion Carnival

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The Champion Carnival (チャンピオン・カーニバル, Chanpion Kānibaru) is a professional wrestling tournament held by All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW). The tournament is also known by the nickname Haru no Saiten (春の祭典, "Spring Festival") and is sometimes abbreviated to CC.[1][2] Created by AJPW founder Giant Baba, the tournament has been held annually since 1973 and is the longest-running singles tournament in professional wrestling, while also ranking as the most prestigious event in the AJPW calendar.[3] It is considered a successor to the World League, held by Japan Pro Wrestling Alliance (JWA) between 1959 and 1972, predating the New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) G1 Climax tournament by a year.[4]

The tournament is held in a round-robin format, where all participating wrestlers face each other once with the winner being awarded two points and the loser none. A draw results in both wrestlers being awarded a point. After all wrestlers have faced each other once, the top two wrestlers advance to the finals to determine the tournament winner.[5]

Baba himself holds the record for most Champion Carnival wins, having won the tournament seven times.[6] Other notable winners include Abdullah the Butcher, Jumbo Tsuruta, Keiji Mutoh, Mitsuharu Misawa, Stan Hansen and Toshiaki Kawada.[6] Three wrestlers have won both the Champion Carnival and the G1 Climax: Mutoh, Satoshi Kojima and Yuji Nagata.[4]

History[edit]

Rikidōzan, the creator of the original World League

From 1959 to 1972, the Japan Pro Wrestling Alliance (JWA), run by Rikidōzan, held a tournament called World League (also known as the "World Big League"), which featured both Japanese and foreign professional wrestlers.[4] Rikidōzan himself dominated the annual tournament early on, however, after his death in 1963, the tournament was won six times by Giant Baba and once by Antonio Inoki.[4] JWA folded shortly after both Baba and Inoki left the promotion to create All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) and New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), respectively.[4] Both men took the concept of World League with them to their new promotions, with Baba creating the "Champion Carnival" in 1973 and Inoki creating the World League in 1974, later renaming it G1 Climax.[4]

The first Champion Carnival took place only six months after Baba had founded AJPW. The initial tournament was held in a single-elimination format and was intended for AJPW's heavyweight wrestlers such as Hiro Matsuda, Samson Kutsuwada and Thunder Sugiyama. For the tournament, Baba also recruited several foreign wrestlers, such as Baron Scicluna, The Destroyer, King Curtis Iaukea and Mark Lewin.[5] Baba himself won the inaugural tournament, defeating Lewin in the finals.[4][5] A year later, AJPW presented the second Champion Carnival, which most notably introduced former Olympian Jumbo Tsuruta, who eventually went on to become one of the promotion's top names. Baba also won the second Champion Carnival, this time defeating Mr. Wrestling in the finals.[5][7] Heading into the 1975 Champion Carnival, Baba changed the tournament's format. Now the four wrestlers who advanced to the semifinals in the single-elimination tournament were put into a round-robin tournament, where the wrestler with the best record would be declared the winner. Baba went on to win the tournament for the third year in a row, defeating Gene Kiniski in the finals.[5][8] A year later, the single-elimination portion of the tournament was eliminated and the Champion Carnival was changed to a pure round-robin tournament, a format it holds to this day.[5] The 1976 tournament was the first Champion Carnival not won by Baba. It was instead won by Canadian Abdullah the Butcher, who defeated Baba in the finals.[5] Baba went on to win the tournament four more times, winning a total of seven out of the ten first Champion Carnivals.[5] In early 1980s, AJPW loaded the Champion Carnival with some of the top foreign wrestlers in the world, including Billy Robinson, Bruiser Brody, Dick Slater, Jack Brisco, Stan Hansen, Ted DiBiase and Terry Funk.[5] However, after rival promotion NJPW took over as the number one promotion in Japan with a record-breaking business streak, AJPW decided to put the Champion Carnival on hiatus, not wanting the tournament to be overshadowed by their competitors. The hiatus lasted from 1983 to 1991.[5]

Mitsuharu Misawa, a two-time winner of the tournament, who took over its booking after Giant Baba's death

In 1991, AJPW had overtaken NJPW and was again the top promotion in Japan, boasting a roster of top foreign wrestlers mixed with top Japanese wrestlers.[5] The 1991 tournament showcased several younger wrestlers, including Kenta Kobashi, Mitsuharu Misawa and Toshiaki Kawada, who bypassed the promotion's aging veterans and went on to become the promotion's cornerstones for the next decade.[5] However, despite the emergence of the younger wrestlers and the participation of foreign wrestlers such as Doug Furnas, The Dynamite Kid, Johnny Ace, Johnny Smith and Mick Foley, the 1991 tournament was won by an AJPW veteran Jumbo Tsuruta, who defeated Stan Hansen in the finals.[5] The 1992 tournament was booked around the storyline of the "young lions" challenging the veterans for AJPW supremacy. Stan Hansen went on to win his first Champion Carnival, defeating Mitsuharu Misawa in the finals.[5][9] Despite losing in the finals, the tournament made Misawa a star, someone earmarked to occupy the promotion's top spot.[5] A year later, Hansen again defeated Misawa in the finals. The 1993 tournament was also noteworthy for introducing rookie Jun Akiyama.[5] In 1994, Toshiaki Kawada became the first of the "young lions" to win the Champion Carnival, defeating "Dr. Death" Steve Williams in the finals in a match that has been called "arguably the greatest Carnival tournament match of all time".[5] For the next several years the tournament was dominated by AJPW's younger wrestlers with Kawada repeating his win, Mitsuharu Misawa winning two tournaments and Kenta Kobashi one tournament.[5] The 1997 tournament ended in a rare three-way draw between Kawada, Kobashi and Misawa, resulting in a round-robin playoff between the three, where Kawada emerged victorious.[5][10]

On January 31, 1999, Giant Baba died, leaving the promotion in the hands of Mitsuharu Misawa.[5] The 1999 Champion Carnival was the first one not booked by Baba. As the new booker, Misawa made a controversial decision to leave Stan Hansen out of the tournament, while giving Vader the win in the finals over Kenta Kobashi.[5] Problems between Misawa and Giant Baba's widow Motoko Baba led to Misawa exiting AJPW in 2000, taking 26 out of the 28 Japanese AJPW wrestlers with him to form the new Pro Wrestling Noah promotion.[11] Struggling to cope with the loss of the majority of its roster, AJPW eventually hired NJPW wrestler Keiji Mutoh to lead the promotion.[12] Mutoh went on to win the Champion Carnival three times (2002, 2004 and 2007),[1] before leaving the promotion in 2013, after which he was replaced by Jun Akiyama.[13] 2013 also saw Akiyama finally win his first Champion Carnival, twenty years after his debut appearance in the tournament.[14]

In recent years, several outsiders have won the tournament, with freelancer Minoru Suzuki winning it in 2009 and 2010,[1] NJPW representative Yuji Nagata winning it in 2011,[15] Big Japan Pro Wrestling (BJW) representative Daisuke Sekimoto winning it in 2016,[2] freelancer Shuji Ishikawa winning it in 2017,[16] and Pro Wrestling Noah representative Naomichi Marufuji winning it in 2018.[17]

List of winners[edit]

Abdullah the Butcher, a two-time and the first non-Japanese winner of the tournament
Toshiaki Kawada (top), a two-time winner of the tournament
Keiji Mutoh, a three-time winner of the tournament
Year Winner Total won Reference
1973 Giant Baba 1 [5][18]
1974 Giant Baba 2 [5]
1975 Giant Baba 3 [5]
1976 Abdullah the Butcher 1 [5]
1977 Giant Baba 4 [5]
1978 Giant Baba 5 [5]
1979 Abdullah the Butcher 2 [5]
1980 Jumbo Tsuruta 1 [5]
1981 Giant Baba 6 [5]
1982 Giant Baba 7 [5]
1991 Jumbo Tsuruta 2 [5]
1992 Stan Hansen 1 [5]
1993 Stan Hansen 2 [5]
1994 Toshiaki Kawada 1 [5]
1995 Mitsuharu Misawa 1 [5]
1996 Akira Taue 1 [5]
1997 Toshiaki Kawada 2 [5]
1998 Mitsuharu Misawa 2 [5]
1999 Vader 1 [5]
2000 Kenta Kobashi 1 [19]
2001 Genichiro Tenryu 1 [20]
2002 Keiji Mutoh 1 [6]
2003 Satoshi Kojima 1 [6]
2004 Keiji Mutoh 2 [6]
2005 Kensuke Sasaki 1 [1]
2006 Taiyō Kea 1 [1]
2007 Keiji Mutoh 3 [1]
2008 Suwama 1 [21]
2009 Minoru Suzuki 1 [22]
2010 Minoru Suzuki 2 [1]
2011 Yuji Nagata 1 [23]
2012 Taiyō Kea 2 [24]
2013 Jun Akiyama 1 [14]
2014 Takao Omori 1 [25]
2015 Akebono 1 [26]
2016 Daisuke Sekimoto 1 [2]
2017 Shuji Ishikawa 1 [27]
2018 Naomichi Marufuji 1 [17]

2003[edit]

The 2003 version of the Champion Carnival took place between March 22 and March 28. Keiji Mutoh, Satoshi Kojima, George Hines, Johnny Smith, Arashi and Nobutaka Araya received byes to the quarterfinals, leaving Yoji Anjo, Gigantes, The Gladiator and Big John Tenta to fight in the first round. Reigning Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion Shinya Hashimoto did not participate, citing prior commitments to his Pro Wrestling Zero1 promotion.

  First Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                     
Yoji Anjo Pin  
Gigantes 9:18  
  Gigantes Pin  
    Satoshi Kojima 16:23  
 
  Satoshi Kojima Pin  
  George Hines 16:16  
 
 
  George Hines Pin
    Johnny Smith 25:02  
 
  Satoshi Kojima Pin
  Arashi 16:30
The Gladiator Pin  
Big John Tenta 13:04  
  Big John Tenta Pin
    Keiji Mutoh 12:21  
 
  Keiji Mutoh Pin
  Arashi 18:03  
 
 
  Arashi Pin
    Nobutaka Araya 12:34  

2004[edit]

The 2004 version of the Champion Carnival took between April 10 and April 20.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Kensuke Sasaki 7 Takao Omori 7
Keiji Mutoh 5 Satoshi Kojima 5
Jamal 4 Taiyō Kea 4
Kaz Hayashi 2 Toshiaki Kawada 2
Arashi 2 Nobutaka Araya 2
Block A Arashi Hayashi Jamal Mutoh Sasaki
Arashi Hayashi
(9:27)
Arashi
(11:13)
Mutoh
(10:34)
Sasaki
(5:41)
Hayashi Hayashi
(9:27)
Jamal
(10:56)
Mutoh
(13:31)
Sasaki
(14:41)
Jamal Arashi
(11:13)
Jamal
(10:56)
Jamal
(16:56)
Jamal
(16:56)
Mutoh Mutoh
(10:34)
Mutoh
(13:31)
Jamal
(16:56)
Draw
(30:00)
Sasaki Sasaki
(5:41)
Sasaki
(14:41)
Jamal
(16:56)
Draw
(30:00)
Block B Araya Kawada Kea Kojima Omori
Araya Kawada
(4:02)
Kea
(7:16)
Araya
(17:55)
Omori
(12:22)
Kawada Kawada
(4:02)
Kea
(Forfeit)
Kojima
(Forfeit)
Omori
(Forfeit)
Kea Kea
(7:16)
Kea
(Forfeit)
Kojima
(18:44)
Omori
(14:02)
Kojima Araya
(17:55)
Kojima
(Forfeit)
Kojima
(18:44)
Draw
(30:00)
Omori Omori
(12:22)
Omori
(Forfeit)
Omori
(14:02)
Draw
(30:00)
Semifinals Final
      
A1 Kensuke Sasaki Pin
B2 Satoshi Kojima 16:51
A1 Kensuke Sasaki Pin
A2 Keiji Mutoh 15:33
B1 Takao Omori Pin
A2 Keiji Mutoh 11:09

2005[edit]

The 2005 version of the Champion Carnival took place between April 9 and April 20.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Satoshi Kojima 7 Toshiaki Kawada 7
Kensuke Sasaki 7 Jamal 6
Taiyō Kea 5 Chuck Palumbo 5
Arashi 4 Keiji Mutoh 5
Giant Bernard 4 Buchanan 5
Shuji Kondo 2 Suwama 2
Block A Arashi Bernard Kea Kojima Kondo Sasaki
Arashi Arashi
(2:38)
Kea
(4:01)
Kojima
(15:09)
Kondo
(10:33)
Arashi
(7:11)
Bernard Arashi
(2:38)
DCO
(10:51)
Kojima
(8:56)
Bernard
(3:20)
Bernard
(7:50)
Kea Kea
(4:01)
DCO
(10:51)
Draw
(30:00)
Kea
(10:34)
Sasaki
(21:01)
Kojima Kojima
(15:09)
Kojima
(8:56)
Draw
(30:00)
Kojima
(15:44)
Sasaki
(29:29)
Kondo Kondo
(10:33)
Bernard
(3:20)
Kea
(10:34)
Kojima
(15:44)
Sasaki
(14:29)
Sasaki Arashi
(7:11)
Bernard
(7:50)
Sasaki
(21:01)
Sasaki
(29:29)
Sasaki
(14:29)
Block B Buchanan Jamal Kawada Mutoh Palumbo Suwama
Buchanan Buchanan
(8:50)
Kawada
(7:06)
Mutoh
(9:13)
Draw
(30:00)
Buchanan
(8:34)
Jamal Buchanan
(8:50)
Jamal
(17:31)
Mutoh
(13:14)
Jamal
(14:27)
Jamal
(6:08)
Kawada Kawada
(7:06)
Jamal
(17:31)
Draw
(30:00)
Kawada
(9:32)
Kawada
(3:36)
Mutoh Mutoh
(9:13)
Mutoh
(13:14)
Draw
(30:00)
Palumbo
(14:39)
Suwama
(13:09)
Palumbo Draw
(30:00)
Jamal
(14:27)
Kawada
(9:32)
Palumbo
(14:39)
Palumbo
(9:18)
Suwama Buchanan
(8:34)
Jamal
(6:08)
Kawada
(3:36)
Suwama
(13:09)
Palumbo
(9:18)
Semifinals Finals
      
A1 Satoshi Kojima Pin
B2 Jamal 16:22
B2 Jamal Pin
A2 Kensuke Sasaki 17:32
B1 Toshiaki Kawada Pin
A2 Kensuke Sasaki 19:11

2006[edit]

The 2006 version of the Champion Carnival took place between April 7 and April 20.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Suwama 7 Minoru Suzuki 9
Taiyō Kea 6 Satoshi Kojima 8
Kensuke Sasaki 5 D'Lo Brown 5
Keiji Mutoh 5 Arashi 4
Yutaka Yoshie 5 Matt Morgan 2
Buchanan 2 Katsuhiko Nakajima 2
Block A Buchanan Kea Mutoh Sasaki Suwama Yoshie
Buchanan Kea
(12:53)
Buchanan
(11:54)
Sasaki
(12:20)
Suwama
(17:18)
Yoshie
(12:10)
Kea Kea
(12:53)
Draw
(30:00)
Kea
(18:35)
Suwama
(10:15)
Draw
(30:00)
Mutoh Buchanan
(11:54)
Draw
(30:00)
Draw
(30:00)
Draw
(30:00)
Mutoh
(18:22)
Sasaki Sasaki
(12:20)
Kea
(18:35)
Draw
(30:00)
Suwama
(12:28)
Sasaki
(10:35)
Suwama Suwama
(17:18)
Suwama
(10:15)
Draw
(30:00)
Suwama
(12:28)
Yoshie
(16:06)
Yoshie Yoshie
(12:10)
Draw
(30:00)
Mutoh
(18:22)
Sasaki
(10:35)
Yoshie
(16:06)
Block B Arashi Brown Kojima Morgan Nakajima Suzuki
Arashi Brown
(4:28)
Kojima
(11:36)
Arashi
(7:46)
Arashi
(7:18)
Suzuki
(4:50)
Brown Brown
(4:28)
Draw
(30:00)
Brown
(7:32)
Nakajima
(7:10)
Suzuki
(9:53)
Kojima Kojima
(11:36)
Draw
(30:00)
Kojima
(10:30)
Kojima
(9:15)
Draw
(30:00)
Morgan Arashi
(7:46)
Brown
(7:32)
Kojima
(10:30)
Morgan
(5:46)
Suzuki
(5:13)
Nakajima Arashi
(7:18)
Nakajima
(7:10)
Kojima
(9:15)
Morgan
(5:46)
Suzuki
(8:13)
Suzuki Suzuki
(4:50)
Suzuki
(9:53)
Draw
(30:00)
Suzuki
(5:13)
Suzuki
(8:13)
Semifinals Finals
      
A1 Suwama CO
B2 Satoshi Kojima 15:12
A1 Suwama Pin
A2 Taiyō Kea 20:21
B1 Minoru Suzuki Pin
A2 Taiyō Kea 11:24

2007[edit]

The 2007 version of the Champion Carnival took place between March 26 and March 30.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Keiji Mutoh 6 Toshiaki Kawada 5
Kensuke Sasaki 5 Satoshi Kojima 4
Suwama 5 Tajiri 4
Taiyō Kea 4 Minoru Suzuki 3
Toru Owashi 0 RO'Z 2
Block A Kea Mutoh Owashi Sasaki Suwama
Kea Mutoh
(19:21)
Kea
(14:24)
Draw
(30:00)
Draw
(30:00)
Mutoh Mutoh
(19:21)
Mutoh
(17:23)
Sasaki
(25:37)
Mutoh
(25:17)
Owashi Kea
(14:24)
Mutoh
(17:23)
Sasaki
(5:57)
Suwama
(10:14)
Sasaki Draw
(30:00)
Sasaki
(25:37)
Sasaki
(5:57)
Suwama
(0:16)
Suwama Draw
(30:00)
Muto
(25:17)
Suwama
(10:14)
Suwama
(0:16)
Block B Kawada Kojima RO'Z Suzuki Tajiri
Kawada Kawada
(15:24)
RO'Z
(6:15)
Draw
(30:00)
Kawada
(14:09)
Kojima Kawada
(15:24)
Kojima
(10:53)
Kojima
(17:31)
DCO
(11:58)
RO'Z RO'Z
(6:15)
Kojima
(10:53)
Suzuki
(7:24)
Tajiri
(5:04)
Suzuki Draw
(30:00)
Kojima
(17:31)
Suzuki
(7:24)
Tajiri
(4:17)
Tajiri Kawada
(14:09)
DCO
(11:58)
Tajiri
(5:04)
Tajiri
(4:17)
Final
   
A1 Keiji Mutoh Pin
B1 Toshiaki Kawada 22:28

2008[edit]

The 2008 version of the Champion Carnival took place between April 5 and April 9.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Hiroshi Tanahashi 6 Suwama 5
Toshiaki Kawada 5 Joe Doering 4
Keiji Mutoh 5 Kensuke Sasaki 4
Satoshi Kojima 4 Minoru Suzuki 4
Taiyō Kea 0 Osamu Nishimura 3
Block A Kawada Kea Kojima Mutoh Tanahashi
Kawada Kawada
(13:35)
Kojima
(15:41)
Kawada
(10:32)
Draw
(30:00)
Kea Kawada
(13:35)
Kojima
(14:53)
Mutoh
(16:41)
Tanahashi
(20:53)
Kojima Kojima
(15:41)
Kojima
(14:53)
Mutoh
(17:36)
Tanahashi
(18:10)
Mutoh Kawada
(10:32)
Mutoh
(16:41)
Mutoh
(17:36)
Draw
(30:00)
Tanahashi Draw
(30:00)
Tanahashi
(20:53)
Tanahashi
(18:10)
Draw
(30:00)
Block B Doering Nishimura Sasaki Suwama Suzuki
Doering Doering
(25:20)
Sasaki
(8:01)
Suwama
(9:18)
Doering
(10:55)
Nishimura Doering
(25:20)
Draw
(30:00)
Suwama
(15:13)
Nishimura
(3:58)
Sasaki Sasaki
(8:01)
Draw
(30:00)
Draw
(30:00)
Suzuki
(12:22)
Suwama Suwama
(9:18)
Suwama
(15:13)
Draw
(30:00)
Suzuki
(9:31)
Suzuki Doering
(10:55)
Nishimura
(3:58)
Suzuki
(12:22)
Suzuki
(9:31)
Final
   
A1 Hiroshi Tanahashi Pin
B1 Suwama 29:49

2009[edit]

The 2009 version of the Champion Carnival tournament took place between April 5 and April 12.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Keiji Mutoh 8 Satoshi Kojima 8
Kaz Hayashi 7 Minoru Suzuki 6
Yoshihiro Takayama 6 Taiyō Kea 5
Osamu Nishimura 5 Suwama 5
Joe Doering 4 Ryota Hama 4
Seiya Sanada 0 Zodiac 2
Block A Doering Hayashi Mutoh Nishimura Sanada Takayama
Doering Hayashi
(11:54)
Mutoh
(14:03)
Doering
(15:17)
Doering
(9:06)
Takayama
(8:45)
Hayashi Hayashi
(11:54)
Hayashi
(19:08)
Draw
(30:00)
Hayashi
(10:57)
Takayama
(18:10)
Mutoh Mutoh
(14:03)
Hayashi
(19:08)
Mutoh
(11:06)
Mutoh
(13:57)
Mutoh
(18:10)
Nishimura Doering
(15:17)
Draw
(30:00)
Mutoh
(11:06)
Nishimura
(15:35)
Nishimura
(8:33)
Sanada Doering
(9:06)
Hayashi
(10:57)
Mutoh
(13:57)
Nishimura
(15:35)
Takayama
(9:41)
Takayama Takayama
(8:45)
Takayama
(18:10)
Mutoh
(18:10)
Nishimura
(8:33)
Takayama
(9:41)
Block B Hama Kea Kojima Suwama Suzuki Zodiac
Hama Hama
(9:08)
Kojima
(10:21)
Suwama
(11:22)
Suzuki
(12:27)
Hama
(7:30)
Kea Hama
(9:08)
Kea
(20:01)
Draw
(30:00)
Kea
(9:31)
Zodiac
(14:38)
Kojima Kojima
(10:21)
Kea
(20:01)
Kojima
(18:55)
Kojima
(21:08)
Kojima
(11:19)
Suwama Suwama
(11:22)
Draw
(30:00)
Kojima
(18:55)
Suzuki
(14:45)
Suwama
(9:07)
Suzuki Suzuki
(12:27)
Kea
(9:31)
Kojima
(21:08)
Suzuki
(14:45)
Suzuki
(13:43)
Zodiac Hama
(7:30)
Zodiac
(14:38)
Kojima
(11:19)
Suwama
(9:07)
Suzuki
(13:43)
Semifinals Finals
      
A1 Keiji Mutoh CO
B2 Minoru Suzuki 15:13
B2 Minoru Suzuki Pin
A2 Kaz Hayashi 23:35
B1 Satoshi Kojima Pin
A2 Kaz Hayashi 16:30

2010[edit]

The 2010 version of the Champion Carnival took place between April 3 and April 11.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Minoru Suzuki 6 Masakatsu Funaki 7
Masayuki Kono 5 Suwama 5
Ryota Hama 4 Kiyoshi 4
Satoshi Kojima 4 René Duprée 2
Seiya Sanada 1 Taiyō Kea 2
Block A Hama Kojima Kono Sanada Suzuki
Hama Kojima
(12:47)
Kono
(11:14)
Hama
(11:01)
Hama
(18:30)
Kojima Kojima
(12:47)
Kono
(27:57)
Kojima
(13:54)
Suzuki
(17:57)
Kono Kono
(11:14)
Kono
(27:57)
Draw
(30:00)
Suzuki
(14:40)
Sanada Hama
(11:01)
Kojima
(13:54)
Draw
(30:00)
Suzuki
(12:28)
Suzuki Hama
(18:30)
Suzuki
(17:57)
Suzuki
(14:40)
Suzuki
(12:28)
Block B Duprée Funaki Kea Kiyoshi Suwama
Duprée Funaki
(9:12)
Duprée
(10:15)
Kiyoshi
(11:34)
Suwama
(11:18)
Funaki Funaki
(9:12)
Funaki
(14:40)
Funaki
(15:47)
Draw
(30:00)
Kea Duprée
(10:15)
Funaki
(14:40)
Kea
(15:02)
Suwama
(22:56)
Kiyoshi Kiyoshi
(11:34)
Funaki
(15:47)
Kea
(15:02)
Kiyoshi
(18:55)
Suwama Suwama
(11:18)
Draw
(30:00)
Suwama
(22:56)
Kiyoshi
(18:55)
Semifinals Final
      
A1 Minoru Suzuki Pin
B2 Suwama 16:46
A1 Minoru Suzuki Sub
B1 Masakatsu Funaki 13:37
B1 Masakatsu Funaki Sub
A2 Masayuki Kono 13:12

2011[edit]

The 2011 version of the Champion Carnival tournament took place between April 8 and April 13. Kenso suffered an injury and was forced to drop out of the tournament after his first match, forfeiting the rest of his matches.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Yuji Nagata 8 Seiya Sanada 8
Masakatsu Funaki 6 Jun Akiyama 7
Kono 6 Minoru Suzuki 6
Suwama 6 Taiyō Kea 5
Takao Omori 4 Joe Doering 4
Ryota Hama 0 Kenso 0
Block A Kono Funaki Hama Nagata Omori Suwama
Kono Kono
(12:44)
Kono
(12:07)
Nagata
(13:50)
Omori
(12:19)
Kono
(15:00)
Funaki Kono
(12:44)
Funaki
(8:43)
Funaki
(13:07)
Funaki
(14:01)
Suwama
(18:57)
Hama Kono
(12:07)
Funaki
(8:43)
Nagata
(11:18)
Omori
(8:53)
Suwama
(12:25)
Nagata Nagata
(13:50)
Funaki
(13:07)
Nagata
(11:18)
Nagata
(12:14)
Nagata
(23:13)
Omori Omori
(12:19)
Funaki
(14:01)
Omori
(8:53)
Nagata
(12:14)
Suwama
(16:56)
Suwama Kono
(15:00)
Suwama
(18:57)
Suwama
(12:25)
Nagata
(23:13)
Suwama
(16:56)
Block B Akiyama Doering Kea Kenso Sanada Suzuki
Akiyama Akiyama
(10:14)
Draw
(30:00)
Akiyama
(Forfeit)
Akiyama
(22:05)
Suzuki
(19:21)
Doering Akiyama
(10:14)
Doering
(8:44)
Doering
(Forfeit)
Sanada
(9:36)
Suzuki
(16:09)
Kea Draw
(30:00)
Doering
(8:44)
Kea
(Forfeit)
Sanada
(18:37)
Kea
(24:33)
Kenso Akiyama
(Forfeit)
Doering
(Forfeit)
Kea
(Forfeit)
Sanada
(Forfeit)
Suzuki
(14:25)
Sanada Akiyama
(22:05)
Sanada
(9:36)
Sanada
(18:37)
Sanada
(Forfeit)
Sanada
(16:06)
Suzuki Suzuki
(19:21)
Suzuki
(16:09)
Kea
(24:33)
Suzuki
(14:25)
Sanada
(16:06)
Final
   
A1 Yuji Nagata Pin
B1 Seiya Sanada 22:44

2012[edit]

The 2012 version of the Champion Carnival took place between April 21 and May 7. Yutaka Yoshie suffered an injury and was forced to forfeit the rest of his matches. Takumi Soya was injured after his fifth match and was pulled out of the tournament as well, forfeiting his final match. Jun Akiyama, the reigning Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion, did not participate due to commitments with Pro Wrestling Noah.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Yuji Nagata 9 Akebono 10
Suwama 7 Taiyō Kea 9
Masayuki Kono 6 Seiya Sanada 8
Takao Omori 6 Manabu Soya 6
Daisuke Sekimoto 6 Yuji Okabayashi 5
Ryota Hama 4 Takumi Soya 2
Kenso 4 Yutaka Yoshie 2
Block A Hama Kenso Kono Nagata Omori Sekimoto Suwama
Hama Kenso
(11:11)
Hama
(9:00)
Nagata
(9:44)
Omori
(9:43)
Hama
(10:29)
Suwama
(13:47)
Kenso Kenso
(5:43)
Kono
(13:11)
Nagata
(15:37)
Kenso
(19:36)
Sekimoto
(13:22)
Suwama
(17:17)
Kono Hama
(9:00)
Kono
(13:11)
Kono
(13:40)
Omori
(15:23)
Sekimoto
(7:08)
Kono
(20:01)
Nagata Nagata
(9:44)
Nagata
(15:37)
Kono
(13:40)
Nagata
(16:25)
Nagata
(16:38)
Draw
(30:00)
Omori Omori
(9:43)
Kenso
(19:36)
Omori
(15:23)
Nagata
(16:25)
Sekimoto
(21:12)
Omori
(19:37)
Sekimoto Hama
(10:29)
Sekimoto
(13:22)
Sekimoto
(7:08)
Nagata
(16:38)
Sekimoto
(21:12)
Suwama
(21:03)
Suwama Suwama
(13:47)
Suwama
(17:17)
Kono
(20:01)
Draw
(30:00)
Omori
(19:37)
Suwama
(21:03)
Block B Akebono Kea Okabayashi Sanada M.Soya T.Soya Yoshie
Akebono Kea
(7:07)
Akebono
(5:50)
Akebono
(9:31)
Akebono
(8:41)
Akebono
(Forfeit)
Akebono
(Forfeit)
Kea Kea
(7:07)
Draw
(30:00)
Sanada
(14:42)
Kea
(14:04)
Kea
(10:31)
Kea
(Forfeit)
Okabayashi Akebono
(5:50)
Draw
(30:00)
Sanada
(15:45)
Okabayashi
(14:44)
Okabayashi
(13:28)
Yoshie
(10:48)
Sanada Akebono
(9:31)
Sanada
(14:42)
Sanada
(15:45)
M.Soya
(14:30)
Sanada
(11:08)
Sanada
(Forfeit)
M.Soya Akebono
(8:41)
Kea
(14:04)
Okabayashi
(14:44)
M.Soya
(14:30)
M.Soya
(16:24)
M.Soya
(Forfeit)
T.Soya Akebono
(Forfeit)
Kea
(10:31)
Okabayashi
(13:28)
Sanada
(11:08)
M.Soya
(16:24)
T.Soya
(Forfeit)
Yoshie Akebono
(Forfeit)
Kea
(Forfeit)
Yoshie
(10:48)
Sanada
(Forfeit)
M.Soya
(Forfeit)
T.Soya
(Forfeit)
Semifinals Final
      
A1 Yuji Nagata Pin
B2 Taiyō Kea 11:51
B2 Taiyō Kea Pin
A2 Suwama 22:33
B1 Akebono Pin
A2 Suwama 8:18

2013[edit]

The 2013 version of the Champion Carnival tournament took place between April 18 to April 29.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Go Shiozaki 8 Jun Akiyama 8
Seiya Sanada 7 Kai 6
Suwama 5 Akebono 4
Masayuki Kono 4 Joe Doering 4
Takao Omori 4 Masakatsu Funaki 4
Ryota Hama 2 Kenso 4
Block A Hama Kono Omori Sanada Shiozaki Suwama
Hama Hama
(8:04)
Omori
(10:31)
Sanada
(9:40)
Shiozaki
(10:58)
Suwama
(14:01)
Kono Hama
(8:04)
Kono
(13:44)
Sanada
(10:22)
Shiozaki
(14:00)
Kono
(19:03)
Omori Omori
(10:31)
Kono
(13:44)
Sanada
(13:22)
Shiozaki
(19:02)
Omori
(14:18)
Sanada Sanada
(9:40)
Sanada
(10:22)
Sanada
(13:22)
Draw
(30:00)
Suwama
(17:28)
Shiozaki Shiozaki
(10:58)
Shiozaki
(14:00)
Shiozaki
(19:02)
Draw
(30:00)
Draw
(30:00)
Suwama Suwama
(14:01)
Kono
(19:03)
Omori
(14:18)
Suwama
(17:28)
Draw
(30:00)
Block B Akebono Akiyama Doering Funaki Kai Kenso
Akebono Akebono
(5:47)
Doering
(4:13)
Akebono
(6:20)
Kai
(8:44)
Kenso
(9:30)
Akiyama Akebono
(5:47)
Akiyama
(7:13)
Akiyama
(9:42)
Akiyama
(16:54)
Akiyama
(12:43)
Doering Doering
(4:13)
Akiyama
(7:13)
Doering
(8:18)
Kai
(4:55)
Kenso
(11:01)
Funaki Akebono
(6:20)
Akiyama
(9:42)
Doering
(8:18)
Funaki
(12:45)
Funaki
(13:17)
Kai Kai
(8:44)
Akiyama
(16:54)
Kai
(4:55)
Funaki
(12:45)
Kai
(16:26)
Kenso Kenso
(9:30)
Akiyama
(12:43)
Kenso
(11:01)
Funaki
(13:17)
Kai
(16:26)
Semifinals Finals
      
A1 Go Shiozaki Sub
B2 Kai 16:09
B2 Kai Pin
B1 Jun Akiyama 18:57
B1 Jun Akiyama Pin
A2 Seiya Sanada 12:33

2014[edit]

The 2014 version of the Champion Carnival tournament took place between April 13 and April 27. Reigning Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion Akebono, who was leading his block at the time, was forced to pull out of the tournament on April 22 after being hospitalized with poor health, forfeiting his last two matches (The title was eventually declared vacant on May 30, after the tournament was over.) On April 25, Go Shiozaki also withdrew from the tournament due to a broken thumb, and forfeited his final match against Jun Akiyama.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Suwama 8 Joe Doering 8
Takao Omori 8 Jun Akiyama 8
Akebono 6 Go Shiozaki 7
Kendo Kashin 4 Zeus 3
Kento Miyahara 2 Yutaka Yoshie 2
Osamu Nishimura 0 Kenso 2
Block A Akebono Kashin Miyahara Nishimura Omori Suwama
Akebono Akebono
(5:25)
Akebono
(9:19)
Akebono
(8:18)
Omori
(Forfeit)
Suwama
(Forfeit)
Kashin Akebono
(5:25)
Draw
(10:01)
Kashin
(5:21)
Omori
(5:04)
Kashin
(9:44)
Miyahara Akebono
(9:19)
Draw
(10:01)
Miyahara
(8:47)
Omori
(18:16)
Suwama
(20:14)
Nishimura Akebono
(8:18)
Kashin
(5:21)
Miyahara
(8:47)
Omori
(12:08)
Suwama
(21:18)
Omori Omori
(Forfeit)
Omori
(5:04)
Omori
(18:16)
Omori
(12:08)
Suwama
(24:55)
Suwama Suwama
(Forfeit)
Kashin
(9:44)
Suwama
(20:14)
Suwama
(21:18)
Suwama
(24:55)
Block B Akiyama Doering Kenso Shiozaki Yoshie Zeus
Akiyama Doering
(14:26)
Akiyama
(9:45)
Akiyama
(Forfeit)
Akiyama
(13:34)
Akiyama
(15:27)
Doering Doering
(14:26)
Doering
(6:43)
Draw
(30:00)
Doering
(5:37)
Draw
(30:00)
Kenso Akiyama
(9:45)
Doering
(6:43)
Shiozaki
(13:15)
Shiozaki
(17:46)
Shiozaki
(21:17)
Shiozaki Akiyama
(Forfeit)
Draw
(30:00)
Shiozaki
(13:15)
Omori
(13:20)
Yoshie
(11:07)
Yoshie Akiyama
(13:34)
Doering
(5:37)
Kenso
(11:23)
Shiozaki
(17:46)
Yoshie
(14:35)
Zeus Akiyama
(15:27)
Draw
(30:00)
Zeus
(8:02)
Shiozaki
(21:17)
Yoshie
(14:35)
Decision Matches Final
      
A1 Suwama Pin
A2 Takao Omori 9:55
A2 Jun Akiyama Pin
B2 Takao Omori 17:14
B2 Joe Doering Pin
B1 Jun Akiyama 9:28

2015[edit]

The 2015 version of the Champion Carnival tournament took place between April 5 and April 25.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Go Shiozaki 7 Akebono 8
Suwama 7 Kento Miyahara 8
Takao Omori 6 Jun Akiyama 6
Kengo Mashimo 4 Joe Doering 6
Yutaka Yoshie 2 Zeus 3
The Bodyguard 2 Kenso 0
Block A Bodyguard Mashimo Omori Shiozaki Suwama Yoshie
Bodyguard Bodyguard
(12:00)
Omori
(14:25)
Shiozaki
(19:22)
Suwama
(11:17)
Yoshie
(11:59)
Mashimo Bodyguard
(12:00)
Mashimo
(14:05)
Shiozaki
(21:56)
No
Contest
(9:15)
Mashimo
(10:50)
Omori Omori
(14:25)
Mashimo
(14:05)
Omori
(19:11)
Suwama
(10:30)
Omori
(15:42)
Shiozaki Shiozaki
(19:22)
Shiozaki
(21:56)
Omori
(19:11)
Draw
(30:00)
Shiozaki
(14:33)
Suwama Suwama
(11:17)
No
Contest
(9:15)
Suwama
(10:30)
Draw
(30:00)
Suwama
(13:39)
Yoshie Yoshie
(11:59)
Mashimo
(10:50)
Shiozaki
(14:33)
Omori
(15:42)
Suwama
(13:39)
Block B Akebono Akiyama Doering Kenso Miyahara Zeus
Akebono Akebono
(10:07)
Akebono
(4:13)
Akebono
(11:20)
Miyahara
(10:34)
Akebono
(6:58)
Akiyama Akebono
(10:07)
Akiyama
(7:52)
Akiyama
(9:29)
Miyahara
(10:02)
Akiyama
(19:25)
Doering Akebono
(4:13)
Akiyama
(7:52)
Doering
(10:41)
Doering
(13:11)
Doering
(12:14)
Kenso Akebono
(11:20)
Akiyama
(9:29)
Doering
(10:41)
Miyahara
(14:08)
Zeus
(14:46)
Miyahara Miyahara
(10:34)
Miyahara
(10:02)
Doering
(13:11)
Miyahara
(14:08)
Draw
(30:00)
Zeus Akebono
(6:58)
Akiyama
(19:25)
Doering
(12:14)
Zeus
(14:46)
Draw
(30:00)
  Block A Decision     Final
                 
    A2 Suwama 16:25
  A1 Go Shiozaki 5:35     B1 Akebono Pin
  A2 Suwama Sub  

2016[edit]

The 2016 version of the Champion Carnival tournament took place between April 9 and April 24.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Daisuke Sekimoto 8 Zeus 10
Kento Miyahara 7 Ryoji Sai 8
Kengo Mashimo 7 Yutaka Yoshie 8
The Bodyguard 6 Takao Omori 6
Super Tiger 6 Atsushi Aoki 6
Jun Akiyama 6 Hideyoshi Kamitani 2
Naoya Nomura 2 Jake Lee 2
Block A Akiyama Bodyguard Mashimo Miyahara Nomura Sekimoto Tiger
Akiyama Bodyguard
(5:43)
Akiyama
(17:19)
Akiyama
(9:48)
Akiyama
(11:23)
Sekimoto
(17:53)
Tiger
(7:52)
Bodyguard Bodyguard
(5:43)
Mashimo
(13:14)
Miyahara
(8:59)
Nomura
(9:54)
Bodyguard
(13:35)
Bodyguard
(9:12)
Mashimo Akiyama
(17:19)
Mashimo
(13:14)
Draw
(30:00)
Mashimo
(7:34)
Sekimoto
(13:01)
Mashimo
(9:22)
Miyahara Akiyama
(9:48)
Miyahara
(8:59)
Draw
(30:00)
Miyahara
(11:19)
Sekimoto
(8:40)
Miyahara
(9:42)
Nomura Akiyama
(11:23)
Nomura
(9:54)
Mashimo
(7:34)
Miyahara
(11:19)
Sekimoto
(14:09)
Tiger
(6:32)
Sekimoto Sekimoto
(17:53)
Bodyguard
(13:35)
Sekimoto
(13:01)
Sekimoto
(8:40)
Sekimoto
(14:09)
Tiger
(12:11)
Tiger Tiger
(7:52)
Bodyguard
(9:12)
Mashimo
(9:22)
Miyahara
(9:42)
Tiger
(6:32)
Tiger
(12:11)
Block B Aoki Kamitani Lee Omori Sai Yoshie Zeus
Aoki Aoki
(Forfeit)
Aoki
(8:38)
Omori
(9:10)
Aoki
(7:43)
Yoshie
(11:29)
Zeus
(6:55)
Kamitani Aoki
(Forfeit)
Kamitani
(8:53)
Omori
(Forfeit)
Sai
(17:41)
Yoshie
(Forfeit)
Zeus
(12:46)
Lee Aoki
(8:38)
Kamitani
(8:53)
Lee
(10:41)
Sai
(8:16)
Yoshie
(10:52)
Zeus
(9:22)
Omori Omori
(9:10)
Omori
(Forfeit)
Lee
(10:41)
Omori
(13:20)
Yoshie
(11:07)
Zeus
(12:47)
Sai Aoki
(7:43)
Sai
(17:41)
Sai
(8:16)
Omori
(13:20)
Sai
(9:43)
Sai
(17:50)
Yoshie Yoshie
(11:29)
Yoshie
(Forfeit)
Yoshie
(10:52)
Yoshie
(11:07)
Sai
(9:43)
Zeus
(13:09)
Zeus Zeus
(6:55)
Zeus
(12:46)
Zeus
(9:22)
Zeus
(12:47)
Sai
(17:50)
Zeus
(13:09)
Final
   
A1 Daisuke Sekimoto Pin
B1 Zeus 24:55

2017[edit]

The 2017 version of the Champion Carnival tournament took place between April 16 and April 30.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Joe Doering 8 Shuji Ishikawa 9
Kento Miyahara 7 Kengo Mashimo 8
Daisuke Sekimoto 7 Suwama 8
Ryoji Sai 6 The Bodyguard 6
Kai 6 Daichi Hashimoto 4
Zeus 6 Naoya Nomura 4
Jake Lee 2 Takao Omori 3
Block A Doering Kai Lee Miyahara Sai Sekimoto Zeus
Doering Doering
(8:21)
Doering
(8:17)
Miyahara
(13:12)
Doering
(6:22)
Doering
(6:42)
Zeus
(10:36)
Kai Doering
(8:21)
Kai
(15:04)
Miyahara
(26:42)
Kai
(9:55)
Sekimoto
(5:53)
Kai
(9:23)
Lee Doering
(8:17)
Kai
(15:04)
Miyahara
(13:55)
Sai
(6:14)
Sekimoto
(10:51)
Lee
(6:13)
Miyahara Miyahara
(13:12)
Miyahara
(26:42)
Miyahara
(13:55)
Sai
(13:55)
Draw
(30:00)
Zeus
(13:32)
Sai Doering
(6:22)
Kai
(9:55)
Sai
(6:14)
Sai
(13:55)
Sekimoto
(16:08)
Sai
(14:22)
Sekimoto Doering
(6:42)
Sekimoto
(5:53)
Sekimoto
(10:51)
Draw
(30:00)
Sekimoto
(16:08)
Zeus
(11:27)
Zeus Zeus
(10:36)
Kai
(9:23)
Lee
(6:13)
Zeus
(13:32)
Sai
(14:22)
Zeus
(11:27)
Block B Bodyguard Hashimoto Ishikawa Mashimo Nomura Omori Suwama
Bodyguard Hashimoto
(5:22)
Ishikawa
(5:56)
Bodyguard
(7:48)
Nomura
(8:21)
Bodyguard
(9:35)
Bodyguard
(5:42)
Hashimoto Hashimoto
(5:22)
Ishikawa
(6:28)
Mashimo
(9:37)
Hashimoto
(5:08)
Omori
(12:49)
Suwama
(6:14)
Ishikawa Ishikawa
(5:56)
Ishikawa
(6:28)
Draw
(30:00)
Ishikawa
(9:19)
Ishikawa
(16:37)
Suwama
(13:48)
Mashimo Bodyguard
(7:48)
Mashimo
(9:37)
Draw
(30:00)
Mashimo
(6:49)
Draw
(30:00)
Mashimo
(15:00)
Nomura Nomura
(8:21)
Hashimoto
(5:08)
Ishikawa
(9:19)
Mashimo
(6:49)
Nomura
(0:48)
Suwama
(10:04)
Omori Bodyguard
(9:35)
Omori
(12:49)
Ishikawa
(16:37)
Draw
(30:00)
Nomura
(0:48)
Suwama
(14:02)
Suwama Bodyguard
(5:42)
Suwama
(6:14)
Suwama
(13:48)
Mashimo
(15:00)
Suwama
(10:04)
Suwama
(14:02)
Final
   
A1 Joe Doering Pin
B1 Shuji Ishikawa 15:13

2018[edit]

The 2018 version of the Champion Carnival tournament took place between April 7 and April 30.

Current standings
Block A Block B
Kento Miyahara 10 Naomichi Marufuji 10
Yuji Hino 8 Zeus 8
Shuji Ishikawa 8 Suwama 8
Joe Doering 8 Jun Akiyama 8
Shingo Takagi 8 Yoshitatsu 6
Ryoji Sai 6 Kai 6
Naoya Nomura 4 Dylan James 6
The Bodyguard 4 Yutaka Yoshie 4
Block A Bodyguard Doering Hino Ishikawa Miyahara Nomura Sai Takagi
Bodyguard Doering
(6:29)
Bodyguard
(7:17)
Ishikawa
(4:26)
Miyahara
(Forfeit)
Nomura
(9:09)
Bodyguard
(11:43)
Takagi
(9:09)
Doering Doering
(6:29)
Hino
(8:47)
Ishikawa
(11:25)
Doering
(12:47)
Nomura
(4:28)
Doering
(5:53)
Doering
(9:48)
Hino Bodyguard
(7:17)
Hino
(8:47)
Hino
(12:48)
Miyahara
(19:32)
Hino
(7:28)
Sai
(9:54)
Hino
(16:25)
Ishikawa Ishikawa
(4:26)
Ishikawa
(11:25)
Hino
(12:48)
Miyahara
(16:57)
Ishikawa
(14:40)
Sai
(17:32)
Ishikawa
(18:37)
Miyahara Miyahara
(Forfeit)
Doering
(12:47)
Miyahara
(19:32)
Miyahara
(16:57)
Miyahara
(17:44)
Miyahara
(18:00)
Takagi
(14:28)
Nomura Nomura
(9:09)
Nomura
(4:28)
Hino
(7:28)
Ishikawa
(14:40)
Miyahara
(17:44)
Sai
(14:56)
Takagi
(10:41)
Sai Bodyguard
(11:43)
Doering
(5:53)
Sai
(9:54)
Sai
(17:32)
Miyahara
(18:00)
Sai
(14:56)
Takagi
(11:07)
Takagi Takagi
(9:09)
Doering
(9:48)
Hino
(16:25)
Ishikawa
(18:37)
Takagi
(14:28)
Takagi
(10:41)
Takagi
(11:07)
Block B Akiyama James Kai Marufuji Suwama Yoshie Yoshitatsu Zeus
Akiyama Akiyama
(3:57)
Akiyama
(15:05)
Marufuji
(20:53)
Suwama
(13:03)
Akiyama
(11:12)
Akiyama
(7:09)
Zeus
(18:50)
James Akiyama
(3:57)
Kai
(6:37)
Marufuji
(5:39)
James
(7:15)
James
(10:10)
Yoshitatsu
(14:40)
James
(4:12)
Kai Akiyama
(15:05)
Kai
(6:37)
Marufuji
(15:54)
Suwama
(13:29)
Kai
(10:00)
Yoshitatsu
(13:24)
Kai
(13:57)
Marufuji Marufuji
(20:53)
Marufuji
(5:39)
Marufuji
(15:54)
Suwama
(19:03)
Marufuji
(11:38)
Marufuji
(12:29)
Zeus
(17:33)
Suwama Suwama
(13:03)
James
(7:15)
Suwama
(13:29)
Suwama
(19:03)
Suwama
(11:05)
Yoshitatsu
(16:36)
Zeus
(15:45)
Yoshie Akiyama
(11:12)
James
(10:10)
Kai
(10:00)
Marufuji
(11:38)
Suwama
(11:05)
Yoshie
(11:43)
Yoshie
(13:32)
Yoshitatsu Akiyama
(7:09)
Yoshitatsu
(14:40)
Yoshitatsu
(13:24)
Marufuji
(12:29)
Yoshitatsu
(16:36)
Yoshie
(11:43)
Zeus
(15:52)
Zeus Zeus
(18:50)
James
(4:12)
Kai
(13:57)
Zeus
(17:33)
Zeus
(15:45)
Yoshie
(13:32)
Zeus
(15:52)
Final
   
A1 Kento Miyahara Pin
B1 Naomichi Marufuji 24:50

See also[edit]

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