Yamamoto announces multiple tournaments

Yamamoto announces multiple tournaments

2017 marks the fifth anniversary of the closing of Tokyo Pure Wrestling, which re-launched as Pro-Wrestling FRONTLINE in 2013. To celebrate the company’s Pure history FRONTLINE’s owner Hanako Yamamoto has announced a series of special tournaments.

Each of these special tournaments will also have a very special prize for the winners with every GFC championship to be decided during this epic event, set to take place later this year.

The Masaru Yamamoto Memorial Trophy, named after Hanako Yamamoto’s father and the Tokyo Pure founder, will bring together the best FRONTLINE talent. They will be competing, not just the trophy, but the GFC Nippon Heavyweight Championship.

The Kokubun Cup winner will bring together the best junior heavyweights in Japan to see who can also take home the GFC Super-Junior Championship. This tournament has been named after Hiroki Kokubun, the greatest junior heavyweight that ever graced TPW.

The Tokyo Pure Memorial Trophy winner will also be crowned the new GFC Pure Puro Champion and the GFC Invitational tournament will also decide the next GFC World Tag-Team Champions.

The GFC Invitational makes just its second Japanese appearance, having previously been contested as a Super-Junior tournament in 2015. The GFC Invitational had previously been a mainstay of Pro-Wrestling FRONTIER and had been held in the UK between 2011-2014 and also in 2016, including one previous tag-team tournament in 2013.

The GFC committee, and the FRONTLINE office, are hoping that being an invitational tournament will help to kick the tag-team division up a gear by including several non-FRONTIER teams.

These tournaments have invoked a mixed response. Many fans are excited by the prospect of four big tournaments, although there are some who see this as a big marketing ploy to entice new fans to come to these special shows.

And the move has upset some FRONTLINE wrestlers, notably the current GFC Nippon Heavyweight Champion, Masa Abe. He has held the belt for over 300 days and is looking to move up the list of longest reigns in history. Abe, who returned to Japan after making a successful career for himself in the US, is currently just about in the top 10 longest heavyweight reigns and has his sights set on the very top.

We’ll bring you more news on these tournaments as it breaks and will bring you the tournament dates as soon as they are confirmed.

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