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NJPW Fantastica Mania

The official Fantastica Mania (2016) logo

Fantastica Mania, sometimes spelled as Fantasticamania, is the collective name of a series of annual professional wrestling major show co-promoted by Mexican professional wrestling promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) and Japanese New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW). Fantastica Mania is a series of two to six shows that have taken place in Japan, in January of each year since 2010. So far 31 Fantastica Mania shows have taken place.

Event historyEdit

The Fantastica Mania event series was a result of the working relationship between Japanese-based New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) and Mexican Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) who had been exchanging wrestlers for sort or long periods of time for several years before 2011. In late 2010 NJPW and CMLL announced that they would co-promote two shows in January 2011 under the name Fantastica Mania. The shows would take place in Japan organized by NJPW with CMLL sending a number of their wrestlers to Japan to work the shows. In 2011 and 2012 some CMLL wrestlers toured with NJPW prior or after the shows, while some of the wrestlers flew in just for the show. In 2014, the Fantastica Mania tour was expanded to five days, with events for the first time scheduled to take place outside of Tokyo's Korakuen Hall, in Osaka and Kyoto.[1] In 2015, Fantastica Mania was held over six shows in Osaka, Takamatsu, Kyoto and Tokyo.[2] In 2016, Fantastica Mania will again be held over six shows in Kōchi, Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo.[3]

As of the conclusion of the 2016 Fantastica Mania tour 71 invididual wrestlers have competed in 158 matches split over 24 shows in total. Máscara Dorada is the only wrestler to appear on all 24 shows, while Gedo, Jushin Thunder Liger and Okumura have worked at least one match on each of the six tours. King Fale, Kenny Omega, Toru Yano and Kamaitachi have only worked on one show in total. The Fantastica Mania events has hosted 22 championship matches, with five title changes; Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Máscara Dorada to win the CMLL World Welterweight Championship, Apollo 55 (Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi) defeated Golden☆Lovers (Kota Ibushi and Kenny Omega) to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, La Sombra defeated Dragón Rojo Jr. to win the NWA World Historic Welterweight Championship, Máscara Dorada defeated Bushi to win the CMLL World Welterweight Championship and Kamaitachi defeated Dragon Lee to win the CMLL World Lightweight Championship.[4][5][6][7][8] The CMLL World Middleweight Championship, IWGP Tag Team Championship, CMLL World Trios Championship, CMLL World Welterweight Championship, NWA World Historic Welterweight Championship, IWGP Intercontinental Championship, Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship, CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship, Mexican National Welterweight Championship and Arena Coliseo Tag Team Championship were all successfully defended.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15] Fantastica Mania has hosted one Lucha de Apuestas, or bet match; while the Luchas de Apuestas match is the most important match type in CMLL, NJPW hardly ever promotes matches of this type. The match saw Tiger Mask put his mask on the line against Tomohiro Ishii, who lost and had his hair shaved off after the match.[4][6][7]

Dates, venues, and main eventsEdit

Event series Show # Date City Venue Main event
Fantastica Mania 2011 1 January 22, 2011 Tokyo, Japan Korakuen Hall Shinsuke Nakamura, Tetsuya Naito and Averno vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi, Prince Devitt and Místico[4]
2 January 23, 2011 Tokyo, Japan Korakuen Hall Golden☆Lovers (Kota Ibushi and Kenny Omega) vs. Apollo 55 (Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi) for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship[4][6][7]
Fantastica Mania 2012 1 January 21, 2012 Tokyo, Japan Korakuen Hall Kazuchika Okada and Volador Jr. vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi and La Sombra[11]
2 January 22, 2012 Tokyo, Japan Korakuen Hall La Sombra vs. Volador Jr. for the NWA World Historic Welterweight Championship[13]
Fantastica Mania 2013 1 January 18, 2013 Tokyo, Japan Korakuen Hall Hiroshi Tanahashi and La Sombra vs. Misterioso Jr. and Shinsuke Nakamura[16]
2 January 19, 2013 Tokyo, Japan Korakuen Hall Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. La Sombra for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship[16]
3 January 20, 2013 Tokyo, Japan Korakuen Hall Atlantis, Hiroshi Tanahashi and Prince Devitt vs. Euforia, Kazuchika Okada and Mephisto[16]
Fantastica Mania 2014 1 January 14, 2014 Osaka, Japan Bodymaker Colosseum El Desperado, Hiroshi Tanahashi and Místico vs. Kazuchika Okada, Mephisto and Rey Escorpión[17]
2 January 15, 2014 Kyoto, Japan KBS Hall El Desperado, Hiroshi Tanahashi and La Sombra vs. Kazuchika Okada, Niebla Roja and Último Guerrero[17]
3 January 17, 2014 Tokyo, Japan Shin-Kiba 1st Ring La Sombra vs. Volador Jr.[17]
4 January 18, 2014 Tokyo, Japan Korakuen Hall Mephisto (c) vs. Místico for the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship[17]
5 January 19, 2014 Tokyo, Japan Korakuen Hall Volador Jr. (c) vs. Máscara Dorada for the NWA World Historic Welterweight Championship[17]
Fantastica Mania 2015 1 January 13, 2015 Osaka, Japan Bodymaker

Colosseum

Atlantis, Hiroshi Tanahashi and Volador Jr. vs. Gran Guerrero, Kazuchika Okada and Último Guerrero[18]
2 January 14, 2015 Takamatsu, Japan Takamatsu-shi Sōgō Taiikukan Hiroshi Tanahashi, Máscara Dorada and Tiger Mask vs. Ryusuke Taguchi, La Sombra and Tetsuya Naito[18]
3 January 15, 2015 Kyoto, Japan KBS Hall Atlantis, Hiroshi Tanahashi and Volador Jr. vs. Gran Guerrero, Shinsuke Nakamura and Último Guerrero[18]
4 January 17, 2015 Tokyo, Japan Shin-Kiba 1st Ring Atlantis and Máscara Dorada vs. Los Guerreros Laguneros (Gran Guerrero and Último Guerrero)[18]
5 January 18, 2015 Tokyo, Japan Korakuen Hall Atlantis vs. Último Guerrero[18]
6 January 19, 2015 Tokyo, Japan Korakuen Hall Máscara Dorada vs. La Sombra[18]
Fantastica Mania 2016 1 January 17, 2016 Kōchi, Japan Kochi Sunpia Chres Hiroshi Tanahashi, Jushin Thunder Liger and Místico vs. Gedo, Kazuchika Okada and Último Guerrero
2 January 19, 2016 Kyoto, Japan KBS Hall Hiroshi Tanahashi, Juice Robinson and Volador Jr. vs. Kazuchika Okada, Mephisto and Shinsuke Nakamura
3 January 20, 2016 Osaka, Japan Edion Arena Osaka Dragon Lee and Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada and Virus
4 January 22, 2016 Tokyo, Japan Korakuen Hall Mephisto and Último Guerrero vs. Místico and Volador Jr.
5 January 23, 2016 Tokyo, Japan Korakuen Hall Hiroshi Tanahashi, Místico and Volador Jr. vs. Kazuchika Okada, Mephisto and Último Guerrero
6 January 24, 2016 Tokyo, Japan Korakuen Hall Volador Jr. (c) vs. Mephisto for the NWA World Historic Welterweight Championshi
Fantastica Mania 2017 1 January 13, 2017 Osaka, Japan Edion Arena Osaka Hechicero, Kazuchika Okada and Will Ospreay vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi, Máximo Sexy and Ryusuke Taguchi[19]
2 January 14, 2017 Matsuyama, Japan Item Ehime Euforia, Kazuchika Okada and Will Ospreay vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kushida and Místico[19]
3 January 15, 2017 Kyoto, Japan KBS Hall David Finlay, Hiroshi Tanahashi and Volador Jr. vs. Kazuchika Okada, Último Guerrero and Will Ospreay[19]
4 January 16, 2017 Nagoya, Japan Nagoya Congress Center Bárbaro Cavernario, Kazuchika Okada and Will Ospreay vs. Dragon Lee, Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kushida[19]
5 January 20, 2017 Tokyo, Japan Korakuen Hall Dragon Lee (c) vs. Bárbaro Cavernario for the CMLL World Lightweight Championship[19]
6 January 21, 2017 Tokyo, Japan Korakuen Hall Máximo Sexy (c) vs. Hechicero for the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship[19]
7 January 22, 2017 Tokyo, Japan Korakuen Hall Último Guerrero vs. Volador Jr.[19]
Fantastica Mania 2018 1 January 12, 2018 Nagoya, Japan Nagoya Congress Center TBA[20]
2 January 14, 2018 Kyoto, Japan KBS Hall TBA[20]
3 January 15, 2018 Takamatsu, Japan Takamatsu City Gymnasium TBA[20]
4 January 16, 2018 Osaka, Japan Edion Arena Osaka TBA[20]
5 January 17, 2018 Toyama, Japan Techno Hall TBA[20]
6 January 19, 2018 Tokyo, Japan Korakuen Hall TBA[20]
7 January 21, 2018 Tokyo, Japan Korakuen Hall TBA[20]
8 January 22, 2018 Tokyo, Japan Korakuen Hall TBA[20]

ReferencesEdit

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