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The Wrestle-1 Grand Prix is an annual professional wrestling tournament run by the Wrestle-1 promotion to determine the top wrestler in the promotion, typically contested in the summer normally in June to July or August. The tournament was inaugurated in 2015.

The tournament takes its name from a similar tournament done by the Wrestle-1 joint venture cards in 2005; however that tournament never finished, as the promotion broke up in October 2 of that year, before the semifinals could take place. The winner of the tournament gets a shot for the Wrestle-1 Championship.

HistoryEdit

On July 13, 2015 Wrestle-1 announced the first "Wrestle-1 Grand Prix", a single-elimination tournament featuring 21 participants and taking place between August 2 and 30.[1][2][3] The tournament was billed as the Wrestle-1 equivalent of New Japan Pro Wrestling's G1 Climax.[4] The tournament takes its name from a similar tournament done by the Wrestle-1 joint venture cards in 2005; however, that tournament never finished, as the promotion broke up in October 2 of that year, before the semifinals could take place. The participants announced for the tournament were Kazma Sakamoto, Akira, Kaz Hayashi, Jay Freddie, Mazada, Hiroki Murase, Minoru Tanaka, Andy Wu, the Wrestle-1 Champion KAI, Jiro Kuroshio, Yasufumi Nakanoue, Koji Doi, Masayuki Kono, Ryota Hama, Kumagoro, Nosawa Rongai, Manabu Soya, Shuji Kondo, Tajiri and Shotaro Ashino. The winner of the tournament Manabu Soya recieved a shot for the Wrestle-1 Championship against the reigning champion KAI.[5] On September 21, Soya defeated KAI to win the Wrestle-1 Championship.[6][7]

Manabu Soya

Manabu Soya the winner of the 2015 and 2016 Wrestle-1 Grand Prix

On May 16, 2016 Wrestle-1 announced the second "Wrestle-1 Grand Prix" this time featuring 16 participants and taking place between June 16 to July 1.[8] The participants announced for the tournament were Manabu Soya, Kazma Sakamoto, Hiroki Murase, Daiki Inaba, Jiro Kuroshio, Koji Doi, Kotaro Suzuki, Akira, Yuji Hino, Ryota Hama, Yasufumi Nakanoue, Kumagoro, Kaz Hayashi, Minoru Tanaka, Masayuki Kono and Seiki Yoshioka. Manabu Soya was the winner of the tournament winning the Wrestle-1 Grand Prix twice.[9] Soya was supposed to be against KAI for the Wrestle-1 Championship again at the Pro Wrestling Love in Yokohama but he was sidelined with a shoulder injury.[10][11] Daiki Inaba faced Shuji Kondo in a 1º contendership match to the Wrestle-1 Championship and to face KAI in Pro Wrestling Love in Yokohama. Inaba defeated Kondo to become the 1º contender and to face KAI in Pro Wrestling Love in Yokohama. Inaba went on to defeat KAI at the Pro Wrestling Love in Yokohama to become the new Wrestle-1 Champion.[12]

On May 19, 2017 the Wrestle-1 president Kaz Hayashi announced that this year Wrestle-1 Grand Prix would be a one day 8-man tournament and the winner of the tournament would receive a shot for the Wrestle-1 Championship on September 2 at the Pro Wrestling Love in Yokohama. Then it was announced that Jun Tonsho, Takanori Ito, Seigo Tachibana and Ganseki Tanaka will participate in a tournament to enter in the Wrestle-1 Grand Prix. On July 2 Ito defeated Tachibana in the finals of the tournament to earn the right to enter in the Wrestle-1 Grand Prix. For the first time in two years the Wrestle-1 Grand Prix had a new winner with Jiro Kuroshio winning the 2017 tournament

List of winnersEdit

Year Winners Total Won
2015 Manabu Soya 1
2016 Manabu Soya 2
2017 Jiro Kuroshio 1

ResultsEdit

2015Edit

The 2015 Wrestle-1 Grand Prix, was held from held from August 2 to August 30.The tournament featured 21-man single-elimination tournament The first two rounds were held on individual nights, with round one and The winner of the tournament get a shot for the Wrestle-1 Championship. The winner of the tournament went on to defeat KAI for the Wrestle-1 Championship.

  First round
(August 2)
Second round
(August 2)
Quarter-finals
(August 8)
Semi-finals
(August 30)
Final
(August 30)
                                               
 Kazma Sakamoto Pin      Kazma Sakamoto Bye  
 Jay Freddie 6:26        
   Kazma Sakamoto Pin  
   Kaz Hayashi 10:15  
 Akira Pin  Hiroshi Yamato Pin
 Kaz Hayashi 8:13      Kaz Hayashi 14:20  
   Kazma Sakamoto Pin  
   Shuji Kondo 10:44  
 Mazada Pin      Mazada Pin  
 Hiroki Murase 8:43      Shuji Kondo 13:05  
   Shuji Kondo Pin
   Minoru Tanaka 23:34  
 Minoru Tanaka Sub  Minoru Tanaka Bye
 Andy Wu 9:00        
   Shuji Kondo Pin
   Manabu Soya 20:42
 Yasufumi Nakanoue Pin      KAI Pin  
 Jiro Kuroshio 13:51      Jiro Kuroshio 16:43  
   Jiro Kuroshio Pin
   Tajiri 16:13  
 Masayuki Kono Pin  Tajiri Pin
 Koji Doi 6:05      Koji Doi 8:22  
   Jiro Kuroshio Pin
   Manabu Soya 13:22  
 Kumagoro Pin      Manabu Soya Pin  
 Ryota Hama 1:38      Ryota Hama 5:30  
   Manabu Soya Sub
   Shotaro Ashino 11:08  
 Shotaro Ashino Pin  Shotaro Ashino Bye
 Nosawa Rongai 7:52        

2016Edit

The 2016 Wrestle-1 Grand Prix took between June 15 and July 1.[13] The winner of the Manabu Soya didn't recieved his shot for the Wrestle-1 Championship due to being sidelined with a shoulder injury.[10][11]

  First round
(June 15)
Second round
(June 18, 26)
Semifinals
(July 1)
Final
(July 1)
                             
 Manabu Soya Pin  
 Kazma Sakamoto 23:10  
   Manabu Soya Pin  
 
   Daiki Inaba 12:31  
 Hiroki Murase Sub
 Daiki Inaba 6:49  
   Manabu Soya TKO  
   Shotaro Ashino 0:27  
 Shotaro Ashino Sub  
 Jiro Kuroshio 11:56  
   Shotaro Ashino Sub
 
   Akira 10:09  
 Koji Doi Pin
 Akira 9:41  
   Manabu Soya Pin
   Yuji Hino 15:00
 Yuji Hino Pin  
 Ryota Hama 10:49  
   Yuji Hino Pin
 
   Yasufumi Nakanoue 9:14  
 Yasufumi Nakanoue Pin
 Kumagoro 5:20  
   Yuji Hino Pin
   Kaz Hayashi 5:16  
 Kaz Hayashi Pin  
 Minoru Tanaka 3:05  
   Kaz Hayashi Pin
 
   Masayuki Kono 8:09  
 Masayuki Kono Pin
 Seiki Yoshioka 8:02  


2017Edit

The 2017 Wrestle-1 Grand Prix took place on July 12. This year's tournament was a one-day tournament and the winner of the tournament would receive a shot for the Wrestle-1 Championship. Then it was later announced that Jun Tonsho, Takanori Ito, Seigo Tachibana and Ganseki Tanaka would participate in a tournament to enter in the Wrestle-1 Grand Prix. On July 2 Ito defeated Tachibana in the finals of the tournament to earn the right to enter in the Wrestle-1 Grand Prix.

  First round
(July 12)
Semifinals
(July 12)
Finals
(July 12)
                           
   Masayuki Kono Pin  
 Daiki Inaba 3:44  
   Masayuki Kono Sub  
   Takanori Ito 4:49  
 Shuji Kondo Pin
   Takanori Ito 3:44  
     Masayuki Kono Pin
   Jiro Kuroshio 15:30
   Manabu Soya Pin  
 Kumagoro 6:15  
   Manabu Soya Pin
   Jiro Kuroshio 7:41  
 Jiro Kuroshio Pin
   Koji Doi 6:01  


GalleryEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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