The Champion Carnival is AJPW’s most popular round robin tournament. It was fist held in 1973 with Giant Baba becoming the inaugural winner. Giant Baba also holds the record of the most CC win with 7.
Usually held around March – April last year’s tournament was postponed until September with Zeus defeating Kento to win CC 2020. This year there will only be one block instead of two. Every participant will face each other once and gain 2 points for a win, 1 for a draw and 0 if they lose.
The winner of CC will earn a Triple Crown Championship match.
With the Triple Crown Champion, GAORA TV Champion, both World Tag Team Champions and one half of the All Asia Tag Team Champions a victory over any of these men can prove valuable not only for the 2 points but a potential title match in the future.
Suwama – Triple Crown Champion. CC 2008 winner.
Zeus – All Asia Tag Team Champion. CC 2020 winner.
Kento Miyahara – World Tag team champion. CC 2019 winner.
Yuma Aoyagi – World Tag Team Champion.
Shuji Ishikawa – GAORA TV Champion. CC 2017 winner.
Yoshi Tatsu, Kuma Arashi and Jiro Kuroshio who competed in last year’s Champion Carnival will not be competing this year. Taking their place are Koji Doi, Kohei Sato and Shinjiro Otani, who all will be competing in the Champion Carnival for the first time.
Champion Carnival 2021 SCHEDULE
09.04 – EDION Arena Osaka # 2 18:00 JST (LIVE)
Suwama vs Kohei Sato
Zeus vs Kento Miyahara
Yuma Aoyagi vs Shinjiro Otani
Shuji Ishikawa vs Koji Doi
Jake Lee vs Shotaro Ashino
10.04 – Nagoya Congress Centre 18:00 JST (LIVE)
Suwama vs Jake Lee
Zeus vs Shuji Ishikawa
Kento Miyahara vs Shinjiro Otani
Yuma Aoyagi vs Shotaro Ashino
Kohei Sato vs Koji Doi
11.04 – Niigata Multipurpose Plaza (VOD)
Suwama vs Zeus
Kento Miyahara vs Shotaro Ashino
Jake Lee vs Koji Doi
Shuji Ishikawa vs Yuma Aoyagi
17.04 – ShinKiba 1st Ring 12:30 JST (LIVE)
Suwama vs Koji Doi
Zeus vs Yuma Aoyagi
Jake Lee vs Shinjiro Otani
Shotaro Ashino vs Kohei Sato
18.04 – 2AW Chiba 2AW Square 14:00 JST (LIVE)
Zeus vs Kohei Sato
Jake Lee vs Yuma Aoyagi
Shuji Ishikawa vs Shinjiro Otani
Kento Miyahara vs Koji Doi
24.04 – ShinKiba 1st Ring 12:30 JST (LIVE)
Suwama vs Yuma Aoyagi
Kento Miyahara vs Kohei Sato
Shuji Ishikawa vs Shotaro Ashino
Koji Doi vs Shinjiro Otani
25.04 – Korakuen Hall 11:30 JST (LIVE)
Suwama vs Kento Miyahara
Zeus vs Jake Lee
Shuji Ishikawa vs Kohei Sato
Shotaro Ashino vs Shinjiro Otani
AJPW World Junior Heavyweight Championship Match
Hikaru Sato vs CIMA (c)
28.04 – Hodogaya Public Hall (VOD)
Suwama vs Shinjiro Otani
Zeus vs Shotaro Ashino
Kento Miyahara vs Shuji Ishikawa
Jake Lee vs Kohei Sato
Yuma Aoyagi vs Koji Doi
29.04 – Korakuen Hall 18:00 JST (LIVE)
Suwama vs Shotaro Ashino
Zeus vs Koji Doi
Kento Miyahara vs Yuma Aoyagi
Shuji Ishikawa vs Jake Lee
Kohei Sato vs Shinjiro Otani
03.05 – Korakuen Hall 18:00 JST (LIVE)
Suwama vs Shuji Ishikawa
Zeus vs Shinjiro Otani
Kento Miyahara vs Jake Lee
Yuma Aoyagi vs Kohei Sato
Shotaro Ashino vs Koji Doi
All times are Japan Standard Times.
Video on demand shows (VOD) will be uploaded to AJPW.TV the next day.
Champion Carnival and all other AJPW shows can be watched at AJPW.TV for 900 Yen a month.