Various: Tokyo Sports 2022 Awards, The Briscoes on Trilogy with FTR, Sat. NJPW Strong Card, Indies

Tokyo Sports Announces Winners of Their 2022 Wrestling Awards

Tokyo Sports recently announced their full list of winners for this year’s Tokyo Sports Wrestling Awards.

New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Kazuchika Okada was announced to have taken the top award as their MVP of 2022.

NJPW won the most awards at four, followed by All Japan Pro Wrestling at two, and Stardom and GLEAT at one each.

Full list of Tokyo Sports 2022 Wrestling Awards winners:

  • MVP: Kazuchika Okada (NJPW)
  • Best Bout: Kazuchika Okada vs. Will Ospreay – NJPW G1 Climax 2022 Finals (NJPW)
  • Best Tag Team: Great-O-Khan & Jeff Cobb (NJPW)
  • Outstanding Performance: Kento Miyahara (AJPW)
  • Fighting Spirit: Great-O-Khan (NJPW)
  • Technique: El Lindaman (GLEAT)
  • Joshi: Syuri (Stardom)
  • Rookie: Yuma Anzai (AJPW)
  • Professional Wrestling Grand Prize Honor Award: Antonio Inoki

The Briscoes Comments on Their ROH Trilogy of Matches with FTR

A recent episode of the Busted Open Radio podcast had The Briscoes’ Mark and Jay Briscoe as the guests. One of the topics discussed included The Briscoes thoughts on their trilogy of matches with FTR in Ring of Honor this year and if it ranked as their favorite moment of their careers.

Jay Briscoe – “That’s a tough one. It’s hard because this one is so fresh, it was two days ago. When we look back, when we’re old and retired and in the rocking chair looking back, the trilogy of 2022, Briscoes and FTR, it’s going to be hard to beat.”

Mark Briscoe – “Definitely so. We’re still rolling and still on the ride, stay tuned, there is more to come. As of right now, on the ride, I’m thinking the three we had with FTR is going to stand out at the end of the day.”

Mark also gave his thoughts about the Double Dog Collar match they and FTR had for the ROH World Tag Team Championship at this past weekend’s ROH Final Battle 2022 event.

“It’s blank. You go on animal mode. ‘I’ll feel this pain once we stop moving.’ Nine stitches here, right out the gate, banged my head off the steps. The mindset is, you have to react. You have to react. It’s more going out there and not even thinking. That’s how we like to perform. I feel that’s when we’re at our best.”

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Full Card for Saturday’s Episode of NJPW Strong

New Japan Pro Wrestling recently announced the full card for this Saturday’s New Japan Detonation 2022 Night 3 themed episode of NJPW Strong, which will air on New Japan World starting at 8:00PM EST.

  • Jakob Austin Young vs. Bateman
  • KENTA vs. Bad Dude Tito
  • NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Championship – Stray Dog Army (Barrett Brown & Misterioso) vs. Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin) (c)

Misc. Wrestling News & Notes

In a recent interview with Shakiel Mahjouri, Braun Strowman stated that he is still the co-owner of Control Your Narrative but currently does not known what the future of the promotion will be. Strowman also stated that he is currently focused on his career in WWE. (Transcript h/t:

PWInsider’s Mike Johnson reported that former WWE and EVOLVE talent Anthony Greene will be making his official debut for Impact Wrestling very soon. Johnson reported that Greene had worked at Impact’s recent set of television tapings last week in Florida.

During a recent episode of the Busted Open Radio podcast, co-host Tommy Dreamer revealed that Impact Wrestling had tried to sign WWE talent Roxanne Perez, also known as Rok-C in the indies, to a contract with the company prior to her signing with WWE. Dreamer stated that Impact held talks with Perez following her work for them at a taping this past January but were told by Perez that she had accepted a tryout from WWE. (Transcript h/t:

This past Wednesday’s Super Junior Tag League & World Tag League 2022 Finals featured an 8-Man Tag Team match between Suzuki-Gun and House of Torture, which was won by Suzuki-Gun. Following the match, Minoru Suzuki held a post-match speech officially announcing that his Suzuki-Gun stable will be disbanding after the end of this year and all of its members will be going in a new direction for their careers in the company.

DEFY Wrestling recently announced that Jon Moxley will be making an appearance for the company at their DEFY Year 6 event on February 11, 2023 in Seattle, Washington.

As noted before, Game Changer Wrestling recently announced that El Hijo del Vikingo’s upcoming match at their Amerikaz Most Wanted event on December 16th in Los Angeles, California will not be streamed due to Lucha Libre AAA’s current policy for Vikingo’s bookings in the United States. Warrior Wrestling recently confirmed that they also will not be allowed to stream Vikingo’s scheduled match at their Warrior Wrestling 27 event on January 21, 2023 in South Bend, Indiana due to similar restrictions.

Kerry Morton announced on Twitter that he recently signed a new contract with the National Wrestling Alliance.

New Japan Pro Wrestling recently announced that the card for their New Year’s Dash 2023 event on January 5, 2023 in Tokyo, Japan will not be announced ahead of time. It was also announced that the matches will remain a surprise for the show until wrestlers make their entrances for said matches.

Pro Wrestling Guerilla recently announced that SB KENTo is the final official entrant for next year’s Battle of Los Angeles tournament on January 7-8, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. It was also announced that due to a scheduling-related issue, “Speedball” Mike Bailey’s originally scheduled First Round match on January 7th has been moved to their Night 2 show on January 8th and a new match has been added to the card of their January 7th show to determine Bailey’s opponent.

PWG also recently announced the full card for their Battle of Los Angeles 2023 Night 1 event on January 7th in Los Angeles:

  • Bandido vs. Black Taurus vs. El Hijo del Vikingo
  • Titus Alexander vs. Daniel Garcia
  • Michael Oku vs. Konosuke Takeshita
  • Jordynne Grace vs. Jonathan Gresham
  • Aramis vs. Shun Skywalker
  • Alex Shelley vs. Masha Slamovich
  • SB KENTo vs. Lio Rush
  • Latigo vs. Komander

Major League Wrestling recently announced two new matches for the card of their Blood & Thunder 2023 event on January 7, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

  • Alex Kayne vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.
  • Hardcore match – Mance Warner vs. Ricky Shane Page