The ” Summer Explosion 2017 ” function will be held on August 27th in the splendid setting of Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan and the 45th anniversary celebrations of AJPW, the company founded by Giant Baba.
One of the 5 titles in contention will be the AJPW Jr. Heavyweight Championship between the brand-new TAJIRI and Ultimate Dragon .
However, this is not the first time that the masked 50-year-old Japanese wrestler and the 46-year-old Japanese Buzzaw face off in a championship fight .
14 years ago , on October 9, 2003, when they both belonged to WWE , Tajiri defeated Ultimate Dragon to retain the Championship Cruiserweight Championship . This quick duel occurred during the WWE SmackDown broadcast and was the second defense of its third reign.
At the table of commentators was Rey Mysterio Jr. , with whom TAJIRI would develop a later rivalry and in the end (2 months later), the owner of 619 would snatch the scepter.
TAJIRI achieved world-wide fame when he worked for ECW and WWE from 1998 to 2005. Last year he returned to WWE to participate in the WWE Cruiserweight Classic, but earlier this year he decided to return to Japan to work with AJPW.
Within the championships that has conquered, is the one that we referred, the one of the Crossing Division of WWE, that was adjudged on three occasions. He also had the WWE Tag Team Championship twice, one with Eddie Guerrero and then with William Regal. In addition to the ECW Television Championship and the ECW Couples, among many more.
Meanwhile, Last Dragon had a brief stay in WWE between 2003 and 2004. In April of that last year, asked for its liberation of the biggest company of fanatical entertainment to world-wide level. His career was developed between Japan (NJPW), Mexico (UWF, CMLL) and United States (WCW, WWE) and his own company Toryumon Mexico.
Yoshihiro Asai (his real name) was the second champion of the J-Crown, composed of 8 championships, which made him (along with three others he already owned), the professional wrestler with more simultaneous titles in history .
Both Dragón com0 TAJIRI are recognized as internationally famous stars for the successful careers they developed outside of Japan. Now as veterans, a great duel is expected.
As an additional fact, in the hand-to-hand fights, Ultimate Dragon has never defeated TAJIRI, despite his greater fighting experience (30 years of Ultimate Dragon versus 22 of TAJIRI).
Then, we leave to your consideration of that duel …