Kazuchika Okada & Minoru Suzuki Battle Under Pouring Rain Before 18,000 Fans in 30th Anniversary Festival


An estimated 18,000 eager fans gathered in the pouring rain this afternoon to pay tribute to the legendary Minoru Suzuki, who is celebrating 30 years in the professional wrestling business.

New Japan Pro Wrestling’s English website has a full story up discussing Suzuki’s anniversary event – The Great Pirate Festival in Yokohama – where the maniacal submission expert headlined an entire day’s worth of activities, competing in a 30-minute time limit draw against Kazuchika Okada. In case you’re wondering, the irony of The Rainmaker himself fighting outdoors in a veritable monsoon was lost on no one.

According to multiple sources, cameras for Japan’s TV Asahi network were on hand at the event recording content, so it’s very likely that the event will be brought to New Japan World at some point in the near future. NJPW1972.com has the complete rundown of the Great Pirate Festival as well as a detailed match analysis for the show’s main event.

(1) Marines Mask def. Mitsuhisa Sunabe

(2) The Killer Elite Squad def. Hikaro Sato & Rocky Kawamura

(3) Minoru Suzuki vs. Kazuchika Okada went to a 30-minute time limit draw