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Owner: Kazushi Sakuraba
Founded: December 2018
Database: Real World Chronicles by southside_hitmen (with minor tweaks)

Imagine Kazushi Sakuraba has won the lottery. Can you guess what he's doing with all that money? That's right, he's bringing shoot style pro wrestling back.
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PHOENIX Heavyweight Title


1. Hideki Suzuki
January 27th 2019 - present (27+ days)
No defenses
0. defeated Timothy Thatcher (January 27th 2019)


PHOENIX Middleweight Title


1. Katsuhiko Nakajima
February 23rd 2019 - present (1+ day)
No defenses
0. defeated Masashi Takeda (February 23rd 2019)


PHOENIX Lightweight Title


1. Shinya Aoki
February 23rd 2019 - present (1+ day)
No defenses
0. defeated Mike Bailey (February 23rd 2019)

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RESULTS

Year One
Opening Show
Winter Tour Days 1-3
Winter Tour Days 4-6
Firebird 1: Suzuki vs. Thatcher
Winter Tour Days 7-8
Firebird 2: Nakajima vs. Takeda
Style Battle Tag League Days 1-2

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A preview

PHOENIX Opening Show
Korakuen Hall
December 9th 2018

The rules:
1) Matches can be won by submission, knockout, countout and disqualification.
2) A wrestler is limited to three rope breaks per match.
3) Low blows, biting, and eye gouging are forbidden.

1) Timothy Thatcher (Freelance), Tom Lawlor (Freelance) & Dominic Garrini (Freelance) vs. Ikuto Hidaka (ZERO1), Keita Yano (Freelance) & Fuminori Abe (Freelance)

A group of American wrestlers are all making their Japan debuts on the promotion's first match. Garrini is a jiu-jitsu specialist, with a purple belt in said martial art. Lawlor is a former UFC fighter and also a jiu-jitsu purple belt. Thatcher is a catch wrestler and a legit heavyweight. On the other side, Hidaka and Yano are Battlarts veterans, while Abe is Munenori Sawa's protege. Hidaka is far more experienced than anyone else in the match and that may prove to be the difference.

2) NO ROPES: Kikutaro (Freelance) vs. Antonio Honda (DDT)

Two legit shooters who had to be included in PHOENIX's first show. Kikutaro demanded the fight to be a title match and a no ropes match. The first request was denied but the second was granted.

3) Suwama (AJPW), Manabu Soya (WRESTLE-1) & Atsushi Aoki (AJPW) vs. Kazusada Higuchi (DDT), Kota Umeda (DDT) & Ryota Nakatsu (BASARA)

Suwama & Aoki are Evolution stablemates in All Japan, joining them is Manabu Soya from WRESTLE-1. Facing them will be a trio of wrestlers trained in DDT's developmental brand, DNA. Higuchi has a sumo background and he might be able to overpower the former Triple Crown champion and the rest of his team.

4) Masakatsu Funaki (Freelance) & Ken Shamrock (Freelance) vs. Masashi Takeda (Freelance) & Takuya Nomura (BJW)

Two key figures from Pancrase's past will tag together for the first time. They'll be facing someone unlike any of their opponent as well, deathmatch champion Masashi Takeda. Takeda was trained by one of the greatest grapplers of all time, Kiyoshi Tamura. He is too, a skilled grappler. Teaming with him is the super-rookie Takuya Nomura.

5) Kazushi Sakuraba (PHOENIX) vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima (NOAH)

Sakuraba has booked himself in a singles match against one of the best wrestlers in Japan, Katsuhiko Nakajima from NOAH! While the age difference might seem too much, Sakuraba has been an underdog before.

6) PANCRASE VERSUS IGF NEW: Minoru Suzuki (Freelance) & Yukio Sakaguchi (DDT) vs. Hideki Suzuki (Freelance) & Shinya Aoki (ONE)

The main event pits alumni from two important organizations in the history of MMA and pro wrestling. Each team will try to prove that their style is superior. Not only that, but they're all extremely accomplished fighters on their own. Minoru Suzuki is obviously a legend in both MMA and pro wrestling, Sakaguchi is a black belt in several martial arts, Aoki is one of the greats in MMA, and Hideki Suzuki might currently be the best wrestler in the world with a throwback to old school catch-as-catch-can.

Let me know if you have any feedback, and if any wrestlers who would fit the concept come to mind. There aren't many more I can think of haha. If anyone wants to do picks, that'd be really cool as well:
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1) Timothy Thatcher, Tom Lawlor & Dominic Garrini vs. Ikuto Hidaka, Keita Yano & Fuminori Abe
2) Kikutaro vs. Antonio Honda
3) Suwama, Manabu Soya & Atsushi Aoki vs. Kazusada Higuchi, Kota Umeda & Ryota Nakatsu
4) Masakatsu Funaki & Ken Shamrock vs. Masashi Takeda & Takuya Nomura
5) Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima
6) Minoru Suzuki & Yukio Sakaguchi vs. Hideki Suzuki & Shinya Aoki

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1) Timothy Thatcher, Tom Lawlor & Dominic Garrini vs. Ikuto Hidaka, Keita Yano & Fuminori Abe
2) Kikutaro vs. Antonio Honda
3) Suwama, Manabu Soya & Atsushi Aoki vs. Kazusada Higuchi, Kota Umeda & Ryota Nakatsu
4) Masakatsu Funaki & Ken Shamrock vs. Masashi Takeda & Takuya Nomura
5) Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima
6) Minoru Suzuki & Yukio Sakaguchi vs. Hideki Suzuki & Shinya Aoki

I would personally check out Shotaro Ashino from Wrestle-1. Dude is super talented and works the Shoot style.
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Funny, I'd have thought Sakuraba would have thrown his money at Quintet. I guess you'll just need to have a ten man match every night then. :P
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I would personally check out Shotaro Ashino from Wrestle-1. Dude is super talented and works the Shoot style.
That's a good shout, I'll work him in.

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Funny, I'd have thought Sakuraba would have thrown his money at Quintet. I guess you'll just need to have a ten man match every night then. :P
Haha. I did think about Quintet (I added Nakamura to the database and everything) but I kinda had to pick Sakuraba, you know? Will have to hold elimination matches whenever possible now.
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PHOENIX Opening Show results
Korakuen Hall
December 9th 2018
1,522 fans - No Vacancy
Broadcast on YouTube
Show Rating: 56

1) Timothy Thatcher, Tom Lawlor & Dominic Garrini beat Ikuto Hidaka, Keita Yano & Fuminori Abe (9:49) Grade: 45

Thatcher defeated Yano by submission with a Fujiwara armbar.

2) Kikutaro beat Antonio Honda by submission (6:22) Grade: 42

It took Kikutaro thirty-four seconds to try and run the ropes. Referee Nikkan Lee then had to explain that the match couldn't be won by pinfall to both men after a series of increasingly complex and dazzling pin attempts. Kikutaro submitted Honda after the latter tried to tell a Gon The Fox story. After winning, he declared himself the PHOENIX Openweight champion.

3) Suwama, Manabu Soya & Atsushi Aoki beat Kazusada Higuchi, Kota Umeda & Ryota Nakatsu (18:54) Grade: 51

Suwama defeated Higuchi by knockout with a german suplex.

Suwama, Aoki and Soya seemed to be in complete control, until Umeda knocked Soya down with a high kick. Soya fell near his corner, which allowed Aoki to tag in. He was able to slow Umeda down and almost submitted him with a cross armbreaker but Umeda got to the ropes and tagged out. Higuchi came in full steam ahead and folded Aoki with a lariat. He then irish whiped Aoki again to set up another lariat, which did more damage, but this allowed Suwama to tag in. After surviving even more hard-hitting lariats, Suwama got a body lock on Higuchi and suplexed him. Higuchi was unable to beat the ten count. Suwama said he would be interested in teaming with Higuchi after the match.

4) Masashi Takeda & Takuya Nomura beat Masakatsu Funaki & Ken Shamrock (8:15) Grade: 48

In a big upset, Nomura defeated Shamrock with a cross armbreaker.

Shamrock seemed to be on the verge of winning with a rear-naked choke but Nomura escaped and quickly transitioned into a cross armbreaker. Shamrock couldn't reach the ropes and had to tap out, giving Nomura the big upset win.

5) Katsuhiko Nakajima beat Kazushi Sakuraba by knockout (9:20) Grade: 56

Nakajima dominated the match with strikes and refused to grapple with Sakuraba. Sakuraba almost got a flash submission win with a standing guillotine choke, but Nakajima picked Sakuraba up and carried him to the ropes, getting a clean break. Nakajima dropped Sakuraba to his knees with a series of low kicks and showed no mercy, throwing a head kick immediately afterwards to get the knockout win.

6) Hideki Suzuki & Shinya Aoki beat Minoru Suzuki & Yukio Sakaguchi (16:07) Grade: 57

Aoki defeated Sakaguchi with a triangle choke.

The Suzukis fought each other to a stand-still. Minoru Suzuki was unable to get the Gotch piledriver and Hideki Suzuki was stifled from landing a big suplex by Minoru countering all his tries into submission attempts. Hideki used two of his rope breaks. Aoki had trouble against Sakaguchi's height but he was eventually able to pull guard and transition to a triangle choke. After the match, Minoru Suzuki complained about the rope break rule and said he would submit Hideki quickly the next time they faced each other.

The show was deemed a success! Popularity for the new promotion seems to have increased and Sakuraba is optimistic that this new venture can develop a steady following.

Predictions:
StrongHearts 3/6

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An announcement was made after the PHOENIX Opening Show regarding the promotion's championships. Sakuraba announced that there will be three weight classes, each with their own title. In order to determine the first champions, a single-elimination tournament will be held in each division.

The participants are the following wrestlers. The top 2-seeds will receive a first-round bye. Matches for the first two rounds will be held on various smaller shows during the upcoming PHOENIX Winter Tour.

Heavyweight (+220 lbs)
#1 Hideki Suzuki / Age: 38 / Promotions: BJW, Ice Ribbon
#2 Manabu Soya / Age: 33 / Promotions: WRESTLE-1
#3 Timothy Thatcher / Age: 33 / Promotions: wXw, PWG, EVOLVE
#4 Kazusada Higuchi / Age: 30 / Promotions: DDT
#5 Dominic Garrini / Age: 28 / Promotions: Freelance
#6 Masa Kitamiya / Age: 30 / Promotions: NOAH



Middleweight (-220 lbs)
#1 Masakatsu Funaki / Age: 49 / Promotions: Freelance
#2 Katsuhiko Nakajima / Age: 30 / Promotions: NOAH
#3 Shotaro Ashino / Age: 28 / Promotions: WRESTLE-1
#4 Tom Lawlor / Age: 35 / Promotions: MLW
#5 Masashi Takeda / Age: 33 / Promotions: BJW, FREEDOMS
#6 Takuya Nomura / Age: 25 / Promotions: BJW



Lightweight (-185 lbs)
#1 Shinya Aoki / Age: 35 / Promotions: ONE, DDT
#2 Mike Bailey / Age: 29 / Promotions: DDT, wXw, RevPro
#3 Yukio Sakaguchi / Age: 45 / Promotions: DDT
#4 Kota Umeda / Age: 23 / Promotions: DDT
#5 Fuminori Abe / Age: 23 / Promotions: ZERO1, BASARA
#6 Ryota Nakatsu / Age: 27 / Promotions: BASARA



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HEAVYWEIGHT
#3 Timothy Thatcher vs. #6 Masa Kitamiya
#4 Kazusada Higuchi vs. #5 Dominic Garrini

MIDDLEWEIGHT
#3 Shotaro Ashino vs. #6 Takuya Nomura
#4 Tom Lawlor vs. #5 Masashi Takeda

LIGHTWEIGHT
#3 Yukio Sakaguchi vs. #6 Ryota Nakatsu
#4 Kota Umeda vs. #5 Fuminori Abe
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HEAVYWEIGHT
#3 Timothy Thatcher vs. #6 Masa Kitamiya
#4 Kazusada Higuchi vs. #5 Dominic Garrini

MIDDLEWEIGHT
#3 Shotaro Ashino vs. #6 Takuya Nomura
#4 Tom Lawlor vs. #5 Masashi Takeda

LIGHTWEIGHT
#3 Yukio Sakaguchi vs. #6 Ryota Nakatsu
#4 Kota Umeda vs. #5 Fuminori Abe
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PHOENIX Winter Tour - Day 1
Yokohama Radiant Hall
December 11th 2018
339 fans - Super No Vacancy
Broadcast on YouTube
Show Rating: 50

1) Magnitude Kishiwada, Atsushi Aoki & Ikuto Hidaka beat Junta Miyawaki, Takuya Nomura & Ayumu Honda (6:46) Grade: 43

Kishiwada defeated Honda by knockout.

2) Heavyweight Quarterfinal: Timothy Thatcher beat Masa Kitamiya by submission (10:38) Grade: 42

Thatcher defeated Kitamiya with the Thatcher Stretch.

3) Middleweight Quarterfinal: Masashi Takeda beat Tom Lawlor by submission (14:04) Grade: 45

Takeda defeated Lawlor with an ankle lock.

4) Katsuhiko Nakajima, Masakatsu Funaki & Syuri beat Kengo Mashimo, Akira Raijin & MIKAMI (7:56) Grade: 54

Nakajima defeated Raijin with an ankle lock. Syuri is the first woman to appear on PHOENIX.

5) Hideki Suzuki & Manabu Soya beat Kazushi Sakuraba & Dominic Garrini (9:48) Grade: 50

Suzuki defeated Garrini with an ankle lock.
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PHOENIX Winter Tour - Day 2
Azalea Taisho Hall
December 17th 2018
249 fans
Broadcast on YouTube
Show Rating: 57

1) Kota Umeda & Mike Bailey defeated Naomi Yoshimura & Mitsuya Nagai (10:05) Grade: 41

Umeda defeated Yoshimura by knockout.

2) Shinya Aoki, Tom Lawlor & Daisuke Nakamura defeated Masa Kitamiya, Takuya Nomura & Timothy Thatcher (5:44) Grade: 52

Aoki defeated Kitamiya with a foot choke.

3) Heavyweight Quarterfinal: Kazusada Higuchi defeated Dominic Garrini (11:24) Grade: 52

Higuchi defeated Garrini with a goten.

4) Lightweight Quarterfinal: Yukio Sakaguchi defeated Ryota Nakatsu (6:47) Grade: 45

Sakaguchi defeated Nakatsu with a triangle choke.

5) Masakatsu Funaki & Minoru Suzuki defeated Masashi Takeda & Suwama (10:43) Grade: 60

Suzuki defeated Takeda with a rear-naked choke.
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PHOENIX Winter Tour - Day 3
Shin-kiba 1st Ring
December 23rd 2018
380 fans - Super No Vacancy
Broadcast on YouTube
Show Rating: 61

1) Aggression (Katsuhiko Nakajima & Ayumu Honda) defeated Kengo Mashimo & Ayumu Honda (8:13) Grade: 51

Nakajima defeated Honda with an ankle lock.

2) Timothy Thatcher, Tom Lawlor & Dominic Garrini defeated Manabu Soya, Suwama & Atsushi Aoki (3:20) Grade: 47

Thatcher defeated Aoki by knockout with a headbutt.

3) Lightweight Quarterfinal: Fuminori Abe defeated Kota Umeda (14:01) Grade: 52

Abe defeated Umeda by submission with an octopus hold.

4) Middleweight Quarterfinal: Shotaro Ashino defeated Takuya Nomura (11:59) Grade: 63

Ashino defeated Nomura with a reverse cross armbreaker.

5) Hideki Suzuki & Shinya Aoki defeated Kazusada Higuchi & Ryota Nakatsu (13:23) Grade: 62

Suzuki defeated Higuchi with an ankle lock.

Predictions
StrongHearts 3/6
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The first round of the Opening Tournaments has concluded, setting up the semifinals. PHOENIX will run the remaining matches over the course of the next two months in the Winter Tour. The first champion crowned will be the heavyweight king, at a Korakuen Hall show in late January!

Heavyweight
#1 Hideki Suzuki [FREE] vs. #4 Kazusada Higuchi [DDT] (Week 1 January)
#2 Manabu Soya [W-1] vs. #3 Timothy Thatcher [FREE] (Week 1 January)

Middleweight
#1 Masakatsu Funaki [FREE] vs. #5 Masahi Takeda [FREE] (Week 2 February)
#2 Katsuhiko Nakajima [NOAH] vs. #3 Shotaro Ashino [W-1] (Korakuen, Week 4 January)

Lightweight
#1 Shinya Aoki [ONE] vs. #5 Fuminori Abe [FREE] (Week 1 February)
#2 Mike Bailey [FREE] vs. #3 Yukio Sakaguchi [DDT] (Week 2 January)

I want to do a Korakuen preview, so I'm excluding Nakajima-Ashino from the predictions here
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HEAVYWEIGHT
#1 Hideki Suzuki vs. #4 Kazusada Higuchi
#2 Manabu Soya vs. #3 Timothy Thatcher

MIDDLEWEIGHT
#1 Masakatsu Funaki vs. #5 Masahi Takeda

LIGHTWEIGHT
#1 Shinya Aoki vs. #5 Fuminori Abe
#2 Mike Bailey vs. #3 Yukio Sakaguchi
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HEAVYWEIGHT
#1 Hideki Suzuki vs. #4 Kazusada Higuchi
#2 Manabu Soya vs. #3 Timothy Thatcher

MIDDLEWEIGHT
#1 Masakatsu Funaki vs. #5 Masahi Takeda

LIGHTWEIGHT
#1 Shinya Aoki vs. #5 Fuminori Abe
#2 Mike Bailey vs. #3 Yukio Sakaguchi
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PHOENIX Winter Tour - Day 4
January 7th 2019
Miyagino Ward Cultural Center
119 fans
Broadcast on YouTube
Show rating: 55

1) Kota Umeda & Mike Bailey defeated Tom Lawlor & Dominic Garrini (11:14) Grade: 44

Bailey defeated Garrini by knockout.

2) Masakatsu Funaki, Yukio Sakaguchi & Takuya Nomura defeated Katsuhiko Nakajima, Masa Kitamiya & Mitsuya Nagai (7:10) Grade: 49

Funaki defeated Kitamiya with a guillotine choke.

3) Jun Kasai & Masashi Takeda defeated Kazushi Sakuraba & Daisuke Nakamura (8:21) Grade: 55

Takeda defeated Nakamura with an ankle lock.

4) Hideki Suzuki & Josh Barnett vs. Kazusada Higuchi & Ryota Nakatsu (17:01) Grade: 56

Higuchi defeated Barnett by knockout.

5) Timothy Thatcher defeated Manabu Soya (9:27) Grade: 54

Thatcher defeated Soya with the Thatcher Stretch.

Thatcher tried to submit Soya by outwrestling him, but Soya kept rocking Thatcher by a lariats and turned this into a hard-hitting match. Just when he seemed done, Thatcher caught Soya with a headbutt which knocked the latter out.

PHOENIX Winter Tour - Day 5
January 13th 2019
Chubu
121 fans
Broadcast on Youtube
Show rating: 56

1) Tom Lawlor & Dominic Garrini defeated Takuya Nomura & Yoshihisa Uto (7:13) Grade: 44

Lawlor defeated Uto with a guillotine choke.

2) Kazushi Sakuraba & Shinya Aoki defeated Fuminori Abe & Ikuto Hidaka (6:27) Grade: 48

Aoki defeated Hidaka with a foot choke.

3) Timothy Thatcher, Daisuke Nakamura & Timothy Thatcher defeated Suwama, Atsushi Aoki & Hikaru Sato (7:26) Grade: 61

Thatcher defeated Aoki by knockout.

4) Yukio Sakaguchi & Masakatsu Funaki defeated Mike Bailey & Masashi Takeda (17:09) Grade: 50

Funaki defeated Bailey with a guillotine choke.

5) Hideki Suzuki defeated Kazusada Higuchi (13:36) Grade: 56

Suzuki defeated Higuchi with an ankle hold.

Higuchi couldn't get Suzuki in the canadian backbreaker position, and Suzuki slowly took control of the match. Higuchi showed great fighting spirit, getting up after several brutal suplexes but he tapped out to an ankle hold.

PHOENIX Winter Tour - Day 6
January 20th 2019
Shinjuku Face
596 fans - Super No Vacancy Full House
Broadcast on YouTube
Show rating: 58

1) Fuminori Abe & Ikuto Hidaka defeated Takuya Nomura & Yuya Aoki (6:11) Grade: 44

Abe defeated Aoki with a octopus hold.

2) Kota Umeda & Kazusada Higuchi defeated Tom Lawlor & Mitsuya Nagai (7:28) Grade: 48

Umeda defeated Nagai by submission.

3) Mike Bailey defeated Yukio Sakaguchi (9:03) Grade: 45

Bailey defeated Sakaguchi by knockout with a spinning kick.

4) Minoru Suzuki & Hikaru Sato defeated Shinya Aoki & Daisuke Nakamura (12:47) Grade: 58

Suzuki defeated Nakamura by knockout with the Gotch piledriver.

5) Hideki Suzuki & Josh Barnett & Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Timothy Thatcher & Dominic Garrini & Shotaro Ashino (14:55) Grade: 60

Nakajima defeated Garrini by knockout with a kick combination.
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Sakuraba has announced that the Korakuen Hall show will be branded as "Firebird". This will be the name of the promotion's marquee shows, headlined by title matches or other important bouts, going forward.

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PHOENIX Firebird 1: Suzuki vs. Thatcher
Korakuen Hall
January 27th 2019

1) Ikuto Hidaka [Z1] & Fuminori Abe [FREE] vs. Kota Umeda [DDT] & Ryota Nakatsu [BASARA]

Hidaka and Abe are an established tag team, and the Zero1 tag team champions. Umeda and Nakatsu are DDT trainees and part of Abe's generation. Will Hidaka be able to keep up with them after losing at the last Korakuen show?

2) Dominic Garrini [FREE], Tom Lawlor [FREE] & Jonathan Gresham [ROH] vs. Masa Kitamiya [NOAH], Manabu Soya [W-1] & Mitsuya Nagai [FREE]

The debut of Jonathan Gresham! It will be a sizeable challenge for him as him, Garrini and Lawlor take on three huge heavyweights, including RINGS veteran Mitsuya Nagai.

3) Hikaru Sato [AJPW] & Yukio Sakaguchi [DDT] vs. Masashi Takeda [FREE] & Takuya Nomura [BJW]

Sato missed the promotion's first show with an injury but he'll want to make a splash here by defeating two fellow middleweights. Takeda is scheduled to fight Masakatsu Funaki as part of the Middleweight Opening Tournament, and getting to face to Pancrase alumni will be an important test for him.

4) Daisuke Nakamura [FREE] & Kazushi Sakuraba [PHOENIX] vs. Kazusada Higuchi [DDT] & Suwama [AJPW]

After losing to Nakajima at the last Korakuen show, Sakuraba has only been able to pick up one win in the winter tour, when teammate Shinya Aoki submitted Ikuto Hidaka. He'll want to prove he's still got it here. While him and Nakamura can out-grapple

5) Middleweight Semifinal: Katsuhiko Nakajima [NOAH] vs. Shotaro Ashino [W-1]

A grappler vs. striker matchup, Nakajima may be the best striker in pro wrestling, but Ashino will try to overwhelm him with big suplexes. The winner of this match will compete for the PHOENIX Middleweight Title.

6) 10 Minute Time Limit Exhibition: Minoru Suzuki [FREE] vs. Shinya Aoki [ONE]

Minoru Suzuki wanted to face his namesake, Hideki Suzuki, but with the latter caught up in the tournament he'll face another IGF alumni in Shinya Aoki. Aoki might be one of the few grapplers as skilled as Minoru Suzuki but the size difference might prove to be too much against the relentless Suzuki.

7) PHOENIX Heavyweight Title: Hideki Suzuki [FREE] vs. Timothy Thatcher [FREE]

Suzuki defeated Higuchi to get here, while Thatcher beat Soya in the semifinals and Kitamiya in the first round. In the build-up, they seemed to be evenly matched. Suzuki will be facing a wrestler as skilled and as big as himself, maybe for the first time. Thatcher also showed a mean streak in the build-up, knocking out opponents with headbutts, and that may prove to be the edge for him here.

As always, everyone's welcomed to do predictions.
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1) Ikuto Hidaka & Fuminori Abe vs. Kota Umeda & Ryota Nakatsu
2) Dominic Garrini, Tom Lawlor & Jonathan Gresham vs. Masa Kitamiya, Manabu Soya & Mitsuya Nagai
3) Hikaru Sato & Yukio Sakaguchi vs. Masashi Takeda & Takuya Nomura
4) Daisuke Nakamura & Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Kazusada Higuchi & Suwama
5) Middleweight Semifinal: Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Shotaro Ashino
6) Minoru Suzuki vs. Shinya Aoki
7) PHOENIX Heavyweight Title (vacant): Hideki Suzuki vs. Timothy Thatcher
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