Fantastica Mania 2016

Fantastica Mania 2016 was a series of six professional wrestling events in Japan, co-produced by the Japanese promotion New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) and the Mexican promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL), which took place between January 17 and 24, 2016. The 2016 shows were the sixth time that NJPW and CMLL had co-promoted shows in Japan under the Fantastica Mania name. Much like the previous year, the 2016 tour featured six shows in total. The first five events featured seven matches each with the final event featuring eight matches. Six of the matches were contested for championships owned by CMLL. The 2016 tour was the first time the joint show was held in Kōchi, Kōchi, while it had previously been held in the other three cities; Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo.

Fantastica Mania 2016
Fantastica Mania 2016.jpg
Promotional poster featuring Hiroshi Tanahashi, Máscara Dorada and Místico
PromotionConsejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
New Japan Pro-Wrestling
Date
City
Venue
Attendance
  • 1,214[3] (Jan 17)
  • 820[4] (Jan 19)
  • 1,025[5] (Jan 20)
  • 1,566[6] (January 22)
  • 1,593[7] (January 23)
  • 1,599[8] (January 24)
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BackgroundEdit

The 2016 Fantastica Mania series was the sixth year in a row where Japanese wrestling promotion New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) had promoted a series of shows in Japan along with their Mexican partner promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). The 2016 series of shows were show 19 through 24, a total of six shows. The final three shows aired live on NJPW World.[9] The opening show in Kōchi, Kōchi on January 17 would be the first time Fantastica Mania had taken place in the city. The tour was announced October 24, 2015,[1][10] with the CMLL participants announced on November 16. The tour marks the NJPW debuts of Bobby Z, Dragon Lee, Guerrero Maya Jr., Hechicero, The Panther and Virus. Returning CMLL participants include Atlantis, Bárbaro Cavernario, Fuego, Mephisto, Místico, Okumura, Stuka Jr., Titán, Último Guerrero and Volador Jr.[2] CMLL ring announcer Evan was also announced for the tour. Máscara Dorada, who signed with NJPW during the Fantastica Mania 2015 tour, would also take part in the 2016 tour.[11] The most notable CMLL wrestlers missing the tour were Marco Corleone, La Máscara, Rush and La Sombra of Los Ingobernables.[12] Three days after the CMLL participants were revealed, the reason for La Sombra missing the tour was announced; he had signed with WWE.[13]

For the first time in Fantastica Mania history, the entire tour not only sold out, but did so a month in advance.[14] The cards for all six events were released on January 6, 2016.[15][16] It was announced that the events would mark NJPW rookies Sho Tanaka and Yohei Komatsu's final appearances for the promotion, before leaving on an indefinite learning excursion to CMLL.[17] Meanwhile, the January 24 event would include Máscara Dorada's final match under a NJPW contract.[18] The card for the final event was changed on January 23 with the addition of a title match featuring Kamaitachi, NJPW's previous rookie sent on a learning excursion. His surprise return on the January 23 event marked his first NJPW appearance since May 2013.[19]

ResultsEdit

January 17Edit

No. Results[3][20][21] Stipulations Times[3]
1 Kushida and Stuka Jr. defeated Sho Tanaka and Yohei Komatsu Tag team match 09:01
2 Bobby Z and Okumura (with Mima Shimoda) defeated Guerrero Maya Jr. and The Panther Tag team match 08:45
3 Fuego and Titán defeated Bárbaro Cavernario and Yoshi-Hashi Tag team match 09:10
4 Hechicero and Virus defeated Dragon Lee and Jay White Tag team match 09:55
5 Los Ingobernables de Japon (Bushi, Evil and Tetsuya Naito) defeated Atlantis, Juice Robinson and Máscara Dorada Six-man tag team match 09:12
6 Ryusuke Taguchi and Volador Jr. defeated Mephisto and Shinsuke Nakamura Tag team match 10:26
7 Hiroshi Tanahashi, Jyushin Thunder Liger and Místico defeated Gedo, Kazuchika Okada and Último Guerrero Six-man tag team match 15:43

January 19Edit

No. Results[4][22] Stipulations Times[4]
1 Fuego and Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Sho Tanaka and Yohei Komatsu Tag team match 07:49
2 The Panther defeated Okumura (with Mima Shimoda) Singles match 08:01
3 Guerrero Maya Jr. defeated Bobby Z Singles match 06:18
4 David Finlay, Dragon Lee, Jyushin Thunder Liger and Titán defeated Bárbaro Cavernario, Hechicero, Virus and Yoshi-Hashi Eight-man tag team match 09:21
5 Los Ingobernables de Japon (Bushi, Evil and Tetsuya Naito) defeated Atlantis, Máscara Dorada and Stuka Jr. Six-man tag team match 07:16
6 Kushida and Místico defeated Gedo and Último Guerrero Tag team match 09:39
7 Kazuchika Okada, Mephisto and Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi, Juice Robinson and Volador Jr. Six-man tag team match 15:21

January 20Edit

No. Results[5][22] Stipulations Times[5]
1 Jyushin Thunder Liger and Stuka Jr. defeated Sho Tanaka and Yohei Komatsu Tag team match 08:33
2 Bobby Z defeated The Panther Singles match 08:14
3 Okumura (with Mima Shimoda) defeated Guerrero Maya Jr. Singles match 08:12
4 Bárbaro Cavernario, Gedo, Hechicero and Yoshi-Hashi defeated Jay White, Kushida, Ryusuke Taguchi and Titán Eight-man tag team match 09:43
5 Los Ingobernables de Japon (Bushi, Evil and Tetsuya Naito) defeated Atlantis, Fuego and Máscara Dorada Six-man tag team match 11:01
6 Mephisto, Shinsuke Nakamura and Último Guerrero defeated Juice Robinson, Místico and Volador Jr. Six-man tag team match 13:02
7 Dragon Lee and Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Kazuchika Okada and Virus Tag team match 15:47

January 22Edit

No. Results[6][23] Stipulations Times[6]
1 Fuego and Stuka Jr. defeated Sho Tanaka and Yohei Komatsu Tag team match 05:40
2 Bobby Z, Gedo, Hechicero, Okumura (with Mima Shimoda) and Yoshi-Hashi defeated David Finlay, Guerrero Maya Jr., Jyushin Thunder Liger, Kushida and The Panther Ten-man tag team match 10:13
3 Los Ingobernables de Japon (Evil and Tetsuya Naito) defeated Atlantis and Juice Robinson Tag team match 07:59
4 Bárbaro Cavernario (c) (with Hechicero) defeated Titán Singles match for the Mexican National Welterweight Championship 10:57
5 Máscara Dorada (with Atlantis) defeated Bushi (c) (with Tetsuya Naito) Singles match for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship 13:33
6 Kazuchika Okada, Shinsuke Nakamura and Virus defeated Dragon Lee, Hiroshi Tanahashi and Ryusuke Taguchi Six-man tag team match 15:09
7 Mephisto and Último Guerrero defeated Místico and Volador Jr. Tag team match 18:28
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

January 23Edit

No. Results[7][23] Stipulations Times[7]
1 Máscara Dorada and Titán defeated Sho Tanaka and Yohei Komatsu Tag team match 07:38
2 Gedo, Hechicero and Yoshi-Hashi defeated Fuego, Juice Robinson and Kushida Six-man tag team match 08:05
3 Guerrero Maya Jr. and The Panther (c) defeated Bobby Z and Okumura (with Mima Shimoda) Tag team match for the Arena Coliseo Tag Team Championship 10:42
4 Bárbaro Cavernario and Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Ryusuke Taguchi and Stuka Jr. Tag team match 07:41
5 Los Ingobernables de Japon (Bushi, Evil and Tetsuya Naito) defeated Atlantis, Jyushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask Six-man tag team match 06:20
6 Dragon Lee (c) defeated Virus Singles match for the CMLL World Lightweight Championship 07:05
7 Kazuchika Okada, Mephisto and Último Guerrero defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi, Místico and Volador Jr. Six-man tag team match 15:45
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

January 24Edit

No. Results[8][23] Stipulations Times[8]
1 Guerrero Maya Jr. and The Panther defeated Sho Tanaka and Yohei Komatsu Tag team match 05:10
2 Fuego, Kushida, Stuka Jr. and Tiger Mask defeated Bobby Z, Hechicero, Okumura (with Mima Shimoda) and Yoshi-Hashi Eight-man tag team match 08:09
3 Jyushin Thunder Liger defeated Virus Singles match 07:55
4 Los Ingobernables de Japon (Bushi, Evil and Tetsuya Naito) defeated Atlantis, Máscara Dorada and Ryusuke Taguchi Six-man tag team match 07:23
5 Bárbaro Cavernario, Kazuchika Okada and Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi, Juice Robinson and Titán Six-man tag team match 13:06
6 Kamaitachi (with Okumura) defeated Dragon Lee (c) (with Stuka Jr.) Singles match for the CMLL World Lightweight Championship 18:33
7 Místico defeated Último Guerrero Singles match 17:23
8 Volador Jr. (c) (with Fuego) defeated Mephisto (with Virus) Singles match for the NWA World Historic Welterweight Championship 21:06
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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