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Yell Create presents: 2014 Okinawa Impact Vol. 1

All Japan Pro Wrestling thrills Okinawa on Feb. 23

Good news for everyone! This is the first edition of Okinawa Impact — pro-wrestling show organized by All Japan Pro Wrestling, one of the biggest pro-wrestling promotions in Japan. Okinawa Convention Center will be the host of this thrilling event. The highlight of the event will be the 60-minute Triple Crown title fight between Akebono, the 47th heavyweight champion, and the challenger Go Shiozaki. Whether you are a pro-wrestling enthusiast or not, 2014 Okinawa Impact is truly unforgettable!

Akebono Taro is a former sumo wrestler, who started as a professional in 1988. Akebono eventually rose to sumo’s highest rank of Yokozuna in 1993 and became the first foreign-born wrestler ever to reach that rank. After retiring in 2001, he worked as a sumo coach, and finally left the Sumo Association in 2003. The 203-cm-tall Akebono took up a new career as a K-1 fighter shortly there after with little success. 2005 Akebono once again changed career paths moving into pro-wrestling. Currently he is performing in the All Japan Pro Wrestling Association’s bouts, and holds the present Zero 1 World Heavyweight Champion title.

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Akebono
Date of birth: May 8, 1969
Home town: Oahu Island, Hawaii, USA
Height: 203cm
Weight: 210kg
Debut: Dec. 31, 2003 (vs. Bob Sapp)
Titles: Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion, AJPW (All Japan Pro Wrestling) Unified World Tag Team Championship, AJPW All Asia Tag Team Championship, NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Championship, AWA World Heavyweight Championship
Official website (English): http://akebono-64.net/akebono_taro_2012_en.pdf

A pro-wrestler, mixed martial artist and TV personality originally from the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Akebono made a name for himself as the first non-Japanese yokozuna — the highest rank in Japanese sumo. After retiring, Akebono started his television career, and then he made a career change and became a K-1 fighter in 2003. Since he joined the All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) in 2005, he’s won a number of titles, including AJPW Unified World Tag Team Championship, AJPW All Asia Tag Team Championship and more.

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Go Shiozaki
Date of birth: Jan. 21, 1982
Home town: Kumamoto, Japan
Hight: 183cm
Weight: 110kg
Debut: July 24, 2004
Titles: AJPW World Tag Team Championship, GHC Heavyweight Championship, WLW World Heavyweight Championship, FIP World Heavyweight Championship, AAA World Tag Team Championship

Go Shiozaki started showing promise as soon as he made his debut as a heavyweight pro-wrestler. In February 2008, he moved to America to perfect his skills further and the FIP World Heavyweight Championship and WLW World Heavyweight Championship and became a double crown winner. He has been actively participating in a variety of wrestling shows as a freelance wrestler since 2012.

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Event name: 2014 Okinawa Impact Vol. 1
Date: Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014
Time: Starts 16:00
Place: Okinawa Convention Center (4-3-1 Mashiki, Ginowan City)
Admission: Special ringside seats 7,000 yen; ringside seats 5,000 yen; reserved-seats on the first floor 4,000 yen; non-reserved seats on the second floor 3,000 yen; elementary to junior high school students 1,000 yen (Tickets for elementary to junior high school students are available at the door only: No advance tickets are available.)

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Special discounted tickets for the Okinawa Impact Vol. 1 are now on sale at:
Okinawa Index: ImpactInfoOkinawa@gmail.com. or 090-1946-7593

Special discounted tickets:
Special ringside seats: Regular price 7,000 yen → 6,000 yen
Ringside seats: Regular price 5,000 yen → 4,000 yen
First floor reserved seats: Regular price 4,000 yen → 3,500 yen
Non-reserved seats (2nd floor): Regular price 3,000 yen → 2,500 yen

Advance tickets can also be purchased at the following locations:
Ticket Pia: 0570-02-9999 or www.pia.jp/t (P code: 594-010)
Lawson Ticket: 0570-084-002 (L code: 82084)
E plus (Family Mart): www.eplus.jp
All Japan Pro Wrestling: 03-5812-0714 or www.all-japan.co.jp

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Free Event: Meet and Greet with Akebono Taro (Kadena Air Base)


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