Giant Baba Memorial Cup

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Giant Baba Memorial Cup
Information
Promotion All-Japan Pro Wrestling
Date January 2-January 14, 2002
Attendance 2,000 (January 2–3)[1][2]
2,200 (January 5)[3]
650 (January 6)[4]
1,600 (January 7)[5]
1,200 (January 8)[6]
1,350 (January 9)[7]
1,500 (January 11)[8]
4,800 (January 14)[9]
Venue Korakuen Hall (January 2–3)
Hakata Star Lane (January 5)
Nagasaki NCC Studio (January 6)
Sasebo Sports Bunka Hall (January 7)
Kokura Northern Gymnasium (January 8)
Kagoshima Prefectural Gymnasium (January 9)
Osaka Central Gymnasium (January 11)
Yokohama Bunka Gym (January 14)
City Tokyo, Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Kagoshima, Osaka and Yokohama
chronology
Giant Baba Memorial Spectacular Giant Baba Memorial Cup Giant Baba Memorial Six Man Tag Team Tournament

The Giant Baba Memorial Cup was a professional wrestling memorial event produced by the All-Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) promotion, which took place from January 2 to January 14, 2002 at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Hakata Star Lane in Fukuoka, the Nagasaki NCC Studio, Sasebo Sports Bunka Hall, Kokura Northern Gymnasium, Kagoshima Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka Central Gymnasium, and the Bunka Gym in Yokohama, Japan. It was the second event held in honor of AJPW founder Shohei "Giant" Baba preceding the Giant Baba Memorial Spectacular in 2001 and was followed by the Giant Baba Memorial Six Man Tag Team Tournament three months later. Thirty-one professional wrestling matches were featured on AJPW's "New Year Giant Series" tour over a three-week period, with the opening rounds, semi-finals and the final match airing on Gaora TV.[10][11]

The Giant Baba Memorial Cup, held as a round robin tournament, had a uniquely different point system traditionally used by the Champion Carnival or World's Strongest Tag Determination League. Winners were awarded points on the duration of the match rather than simply defeating an opponent.[10][11]

  • A match under 5:00 min. would receive 5 points.
  • A match under 10:00 min. would receive 4 points.
  • A match under 15:00 min. would receive 3 points.
  • A match under 20:00 min. would receive 2 points.
  • A match ending in 20:00 min. time-limit draw would receive 1 point.

The participants were separated into two separate blocks; Shigeo Okumura, Nobukazu Hirai, Hideki Hosaka, Hi69, Mitsuya Nagai and Ryuji Hijikata were in "Block A" and Nobutaka Araya, Yaz Urano, Tomoaki Honma, Gran Naniwa, Kazushi Miyamoto, and Masato Tanaka were in "Block B". The winners of each block, Mitsuya Nagai and Nobutaka Araya, faced each other in the tournament finals at the Yokohama Bunka Gym on January 14, 2002.[10][11]

Results[edit]

The Giant Baba Memorial Cup was a round-robin tournament consisting of two six-man blocks, and running from January 2 to January 14, 2002.

Final standings[11]
Block A Block B
Mitsuya Nagai 24 Nobutaka Araya 21
Shigeo Okumura 14 Masato Tanaka 19
Nobukazu Hirai 11 Tomoaki Honma 8
Hideki Hosaka 8 Kazushi Miyamoto 8
Ryuji Hijikata 8 Gran Naniwa 7
Hi69 0 Yasu Urano 0
Block A[10] Mitsuya Nagai Nobukazu Hirai Ryuji Hijikata Hi69 Shigeo Okumura Hideki Hosaka
Mitsuya Nagai X Nagai (4:27) Nagai (1:59) Nagai (3:00) Nagai (2:19) Nagai (7:16)
Nobukazu Hirai Nagai (4:27) X Fujiwara (9:14) Hirai (5:18) Nagai (15:58) Hirai (4:30)
Ryuji Hijikata Nagai (1:59) Hijikata (9:05) X Hijikata (7:41) Okumura (4:23) Hosaka (10:33)
Hi69 Nagai (3:00) Harai (5:18) Hikata (7:41) X Okumura (2:27) Hosaka (2:09)
Shigeo Okumura Nagai (2:19) Hirai (15:58) Okumura (14:23) Okumura (2:27) X Okumura (5:13)
Hideki Hosaka Nagai (7:16) Hirai (4:30) Hosaka (10:33) Hosaka (2:09) Okumura (5:13) X
Block B[10] Kazushi Miyamoto Masato Tanaka Tomoaki Honma Yasu Urano Gran Naniwa Nobutaka Araya
Kazushi Miyamoto X Tanaka (5:54) Homna (7:13) Miyamoto (8:54) Miyamoto (8:06) Araya (2:08)
Masato Tanaka Tanaka (5:54) X Tanaka (7:16) Tanaka (4:16) Tanaka (3:17) Draw (20:00)
Tomoaki Honma Homna (7:13) Tanaka (7:16) X Honma (8:16) Naniwa (12:24) Araya (1:14)
Yasu Urano Miyamoto (8:54) Tanaka (4:16) Honma (8:16) X Naniwa (6:37) Araya (1:48)
Gran Naniwa Miyamoto (8:06) Tanaka (3:17) Naniwa (12:24) Naniwa (6:37) X Araya (3:29)
Nobutaka Araya Araya (2:08) Draw (20:00) Araya (1:14) Araya (1:48) Araya (3:29) X
Final[10][11]
     
A1 Mitsuya Nagai Sub
B1 Nobutaka Araya 18:35

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "AJPW New Year Giant Series 2002 - Tag 1". Events. Cagematch.de. 
  2. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "AJPW New Year Giant Series 2002 - Tag 2". Events. Cagematch.de. 
  3. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "AJPW New Year Giant Series 2002 - Tag 3". Events. Cagematch.de. 
  4. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "AJPW New Year Giant Series 2002 - Tag 4". Events. Cagematch.de. 
  5. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "AJPW New Year Giant Series 2002 - Tag 5". Events. Cagematch.de. 
  6. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "AJPW New Year Giant Series 2002 - Tag 6". Events. Cagematch.de. 
  7. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "AJPW New Year Giant Series 2002 - Tag 7". Events. Cagematch.de. 
  8. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "AJPW New Year Giant Series 2002 - Tag 8". Events. Cagematch.de. 
  9. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "AJPW New Year Giant Series 2002 - Tag 9". Events. Cagematch.de. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f Kreikenbohm, Philip. "Giant Baba Cup". Events. Cagematch.de. 
  11. ^ a b c d e "Giant Baba Cup". Misc. All Japan Events. ProWrestlingHistory.com.