Wrestling Toyonokuni (レスリング豊の国 Resuringu Toyonokuni?) is a professional wrestling event promoted by New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW). The event was established in 2017 and took place in late April between the larger Sakura Genesis and Wrestling Dontaku events. The event was held in Beppu, Oita to replace Wrestling Hinokuni event was canceled due to the 2016 earthquake in Kumamoto. The name of the event refers to the nickname of Oita Prefecture, "Land of Wealth" (豊の国 Toyonokuni?).
The Wrestling Toyonokuni events featured professional wrestling matches that involved different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers portray villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters in the scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.
|1||Wrestling Toyonokuni 2017||April 29, 2017||Beppu, Oita||B-con Plaza||2,570||Tetsuya Naito (c) versus Juice Robinson for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship|
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
|Wrestling Toyonokuni (2017)|
|Promotion||New Japan Pro Wrestling|
|Date||April 29, 2017|
|Wrestling Toyonokuni chronology|
The event featured nine matches, three of which were contested for championships. In the first title match, Hiromu Takahashi successfully defended the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship against Ricochet. The second title match saw Tetsuya Naito make his fourth successful defense of the IWGP Intercontinental Championship against Juice Robinson. Several matches at the event also built to matches taking place at Wrestling Dontaku 2017 the following week. One of these matches saw CHAOS' Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano defeat Bullet Club's Kenny Omega, Bad Luck Fale and Chase Owens in a six-man tag team match in the buildup to an IWGP Heavyweight Championship match between champion Okada and challenger Fale.
- ↑ (in Japanese) New Japan Pro Wrestling. April 10, 2017. Archived from the original on April 10, 2017. http://www.webcitation.org/6pcLYZoCl. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
- ↑ Meltzer, Dave (April 18, 2016). "NJPW cancels PPV due to Kumamoto earthquakes". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. http://www.f4wonline.com/japan/njpw-cancels-ppv-due-kumamoto-earthquakes-211231. Retrieved April 18, 2016.
- ↑ Crockett, Paul (April 18, 2016). "New Japan PPV canceled". Pro Wrestling Insider. http://pwinsider.com/article/101387/new-japan-ppv-canceled-.html?p=1. Retrieved April 18, 2016.
- ↑ (in Japanese) Tokyo Sports. April 18, 2016. http://www.tokyo-sports.co.jp/prores/mens_prores/531972/. Retrieved April 18, 2016.
- ↑ "Oita: A land of plenty". Tokyo Weekender. May 6, 2017. http://www.tokyoweekender.com/2013/12/oita-a-land-of-plenty/. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
- ↑ Grabianowski, Ed. "How Pro Wrestling Works". HowStuffWorks, Inc.. Discovery Communications. http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/pro-wrestling.htm. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
- ↑ (in Japanese) New Japan Pro Wrestling. May 6, 2017. http://www.njpw.co.jp/94531. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
- ↑ "NJPW WRESTLING TOYONOKUNI 2017 PREVIEW & PREDICTIONS" (in English). Voices Of Wrestling. May 6, 2017. http://www.voicesofwrestling.com/2017/04/26/njpw-wrestling-toyonokuni-2017-preview-predictions/. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
- ↑ Lanza, Joe (May 6, 2017). "NJPW WRESTLING TOYONOKUNI 2017 RESULTS & REVIEW" (in English). Voices Of Wrestling. http://www.voicesofwrestling.com/2017/04/29/njpw-wrestling-toyonokuni-2017-results-review/. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
- ↑ Rose, Bryan (May 6, 2017). "NJPW WRESTLING TOYONOKUNI RESULTS: NAITO VS. ROBINSON FOR IC TITLE". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. http://www.f4wonline.com/japan/njpw-wrestling-toyonokuni-results-naito-vs-robinson-ic-title-234606. Retrieved AMay 6, 2017.
- ↑ Rose, Bryan (April 8, 2017). "NJPW Sakura Genesis live results: Okada vs. Shibata". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. http://www.f4wonline.com/japan/njpw-sakura-genesis-live-results-okada-vs-shibata-233351. Retrieved April 27, 2017.