Atsushi Onita Turned Down Invitation to AEW Revolution Due to COVID Pandemic
Yahoo! Japan held a recent interview with Japanese deathmatch legend Atsushi Onita. One of the topics discussed included Onita revealing that AEW had invited him to attend their upcoming Revolution 2021 event but he turned down their offer due to coronavirus pandemic travel issues.
“Although AEW has just been established, it is an organization that is trying to compete with the world’s largest WWE, and it can be said that it is a major. The current blast that organization created is hung on the world title of the highest peak of the organization. I’m honored to do it. Originally, I wanted to go to the United States and see it with my own eyes, but I gave up because of my in-law to Mr. Pogo. What kind of current explosion will AEW show? I’m looking forward to it. I would like to pay tribute to the major group AEW and the United States for accepting the form of [death matches]. It’s like being recognized by the United States, [it’s] like being recognized by the world. Once calmed down, I could board the AEW and do a current blast, or maybe I could try to fight the AEW players with my real current blast, which is my home in Japan.”
English translation via PostWrestling.com.
NJPW New Japan Cup 2021 Tournament Night 2 Results & Night 3 Card
March 6, 2021
Tokyo, Japan – Ota City General Gymnasium
NJPW New Japan Cup 2021 Night 2 Quick Match Results:
- Taiji Ishimori, Chase Owens, & Jay White defeated Yuya Uemura, David Finlay, & Toa Henare via Bloody Cross (pinfall 9:38)
- Jeff Cobb, Will Ospreay, & Great-O-Khan defeated BUSHI, SANADA, & Tetsuya Naito via Tour of the Islands (pinfall 10:55)
- New Japan Cup 2021 tournament First Round match – Minoru Suzuki defeated Tomoaki Honma via Gotch Style Piledriver (pinfall 14:54)
- New Japan Cup 2021 tournament First Round match – KENTA defeated Juice Robinson via Game Over (submission 17:17)
- New Japan Cup 2021 tournament First Round match – Shingo Takagi defeated Kazuchika Okada via Last of the Dragon (pinfall 23:58)
Here is the full card for Night 3 of NJPW’s New Japan Cup 2021 tournament, which takes place this Sunday at the Aimesse Yamanashi in Yamanashi, Japan. Night 3 airs live on New Japan World starting at 1:00AM EST.
- Yota Tsuji vs. Yuya Uemura
- Tomoaki Honma & Satoshi Kojima vs. Great-O-Khan & Jeff Cobb
- Ryusuke Taguchi, Juice Robinson, Toa Henare, & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Dick Togo, KENTA, Jay White, & EVIL
- SHO, Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii, & Kazuchika Okada vs. BUSHI, Tetsuya Naito, SANADA, & Shingo Takagi
- New Japan Cup 2021 tournament First Round match – Gabriel Kidd vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
- New Japan Cup 2021 tournament First Round match – Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Will Ospreay
Misc. Wrestling News & Notes
A planned charity indie wrestling event reportedly was recently cancelled due to the discovery of Joey Ryan’s hidden involvement with the event, according to the Wrestling Observer. Dave Meltzer reported that this event was called “Wrestling 4 Women’s Charity” and was scheduled to take place on March 20th in Knoxville, Tennessee. Meltzer reported that AEW CEO Tony Khan pulled all of his talent from this event after learning of Ryan’s involvement and had his doubts on if the associated charity was genuine. Other wrestlers booked for the event also pulled out after discovering they were being deceived by the event’s promoter.
The cause of death for Jim Crockett Jr. reportedly was due to COVID-19, according to the Wrestling Observer Radio. Dave Meltzer reported that Crockett Jr. had contracted COVID-19 last month which led to his health becoming “worse and worse” over time. Meltzer reported that Crockett Jr. made the decision to be removed from dialysis since he “knew it was a matter of time” until his passing.
All Elite Wrestling reportedly sold around 1,220 tickets for this Sunday’s Revolution 2021 event at Daily’s Place, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Dave Meltzer reported that AEW is currently expecting around 1,300 people overall to attend their upcoming event.
New Japan Pro Wrestling reportedly generated a paid attendance of 3,026 for their 49th Anniversary Event on March 4th at the Budokan Hall in Tokyo, Japan, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Dave Meltzer reported that this was the smallest paid crowd ever in NJPW history for an event at the venue.
Stardom reportedly generated a paid attendance of 3,318 for their 10th Anniversary Event at the Budokan Hall in Tokyo, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Dave Meltzer reported that this event generated the most pay-per-view buys in company history. Meltzer also reported that the event featured video messages from Kairi Sane and current NXT talent Io Shirai.
Mexican lucha wrestling Dr. Wagner Jr. recently announced that he is currently planning on holding a tour starting in April in Mexico to celebrate the 35th anniversary of his career.