Re: Official Puro Match/DVD Discussion Thread (NO SPOILERS)
Akiyama, Shiozaki, Suzuki, Aoki and Kanemaru departures all confirmed by NOAH. From 2013 they'll all be freelance unless someone picks them up on contract.
Akiyama will probably just work where he likes as a freelancer at this stage in his carear. Kanemaru will probably do the same but with less dates. I expect Shiozaki, Aoki and Suzuki to be picked up by New Japan. Definitely Aoki and more than likely Shiozaki at least. Hopefully All Japan bring Go in and finally do Shiozaki/Suwama off their HATE tags last year. All 5 could still work NOAH as freelancers. Be interesting if any of them do. Saito has been freelance all year for example and still works NOAH as a freelancer. Be interesting to see if Saito sticks around too as I'm pretty sure he's a Akiyama guy. Or a Kobashi guy. Same outcome. I expect Shiozaki and Akiyama to work Kobashi's retirement show at least. Kobashi retirement show will probably be a ALL TOGETHER type show I imagine will multi promotion participation.
Oh and All Japan have seriously booked AKEBONO VS JOE DOERING with the winner being Funaki's next challenger for the Triple Crowd. Remember how hot All Japan was getting this next year. Yeah.