Wrestling Dontaku 2012
Wrestling Dontaku 2012.jpg
Promotional poster for the event, featuring various NJPW wrestlers
Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling
Date May 3, 2012[1]
Attendance 6,500[1]
Venue Fukuoka Kokusai Center[1]
City Fukuoka, Japan[1]
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Wrestling Dontaku chronology

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Wrestling Dontaku 2012 was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) promoted by New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW). The event took place on May 3, 2012, in Fukuoka, Fukuoka, at the Fukuoka Kokusai Center. The event featured nine matches, three of which were contested for championships.[1][2][3] It was the ninth event under the Wrestling Dontaku name.

Production[edit | edit source]

Storylines[edit | edit source]

Wrestling Dontaku 2012 featured nine professional wrestling matches that involved different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers portrayed villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters in the scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.[4]

Event[edit | edit source]

No Remorse Corps (Davey Richards and Rocky Romero) were originally scheduled to defend the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship against Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask during the event, however, Richards was unable to make his flight to Japan due to a car accident. As a result, NJPW stripped Richards and Romero of the title and stopped working with Richards.[5][6] The event featured two titles changing hands, with Low Ki defeating Prince Devitt for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship and Takashi Iizuka and Toru Yano defeating Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima) for the IWGP Tag Team Championship.[1] In the main event, IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada successfully defended his title against the winner of the 2012 New Japan Cup, Hirooki Goto.[1]

Results[edit | edit source]

# Results[1][2][3] Stipulations Times
1 CHAOS (Jado, Tomohiro Ishii and Yoshi-Hashi) defeated Captain New Japan, Strong Man and Tama Tonga Six-man tag team match 07:12
2 Suzuki-gun (Taichi and Taka Michinoku) defeated Kushida and Ryusuke Taguchi Tag team match 08:16
3 Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask defeated Chaos (Gedo and Rocky Romero) Tag team match 07:50
4 Low Ki defeated Prince Devitt (c) Singles match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship 21:01
5 Chaos (Takashi Iizuka and Toru Yano) defeated Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima) (c) Tag team match for the IWGP Tag Team Championship 16:47
6 Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki and Yoshihiro Takayama) defeated Togi Makabe and Yuji Nagata Tag team match 13:43
7 Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Karl Anderson Singles match 12:15
8 Hiroshi Tanahashi and Tetsuya Naito defeated Complete Players (Masato Tanaka and Yujiro Takahashi) Tag team match 13:59
9 Kazuchika Okada (c) (with Gedo) defeated Hirooki Goto Singles match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship 24:55
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • Videoicon.png – refers to the video of that match

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 NJPW 40th anniversary レスリングどんたく 2012 (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling. Retrieved on 2013-10-18.
  2. 2.0 2.1 ja:新日本プロレス「レスリングどんたく 2012」 (in Japanese). Sports Navi. Yahoo! (2012-05-03). Archived from the original on 2012-05-04. Retrieved on 2013-10-18.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Wrestling Dontaku 2012 . Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved on 2015-08-14.
  4. Grabianowski, Ed. How Pro Wrestling Works . HowStuffWorks, Inc.. Discovery Communications. Retrieved on 2014-09-13.
  5. ja:デイビー・リチャーズ選手が交通事故により来日中止【5・3福岡大会カード変更のお知らせ】 (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling (2012-05-02). Retrieved on 2013-10-18.
  6. Caldwell, James 2012-05-02. ROH Champ in car accident, scratched from New Japan tour . Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved on 2013-10-18.
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