In the modern wrestling landscape we don't often hear much about promotions across the Pacific other than New Japan. However, it was announced on Twitter on October 27, by MLW Owner Court Bauer that current MLW World Middleweight Champion Yoshiro Taijri will defend his newly won championship in All Japan Pro-Wrestling. The challenger for Taijri's championship will be AJPW star Atuski Aoyagi and the event will be held on Sunday November 28. This contest will not only mark Taijri's first title defense, but it will also be the first time that an MLW World Championship has been defended in All Japan Pro-Wrestling since 2003.
The World Middleweight Championship had just changed hands early last month when Taijri defeated then champion Myron Reed for the gold in a four way match also including Aramis and Arez. Taijri won the gold at the Fightland event which also played host to the most highly anticipated match in modern MLW between Hammerstone and Fatu.
At 51 years old, Taijri is showing that he's just as good as all the youngsters and if he's anything like he was a few years ago in the Cruiserweight classic then he's just as good as he's ever been. Every roster needs a few veterans to help to teach the youngsters the proper way to carry on in the world of wrestling. WWE doesn't exactly allow veterans to be assets. It's always good to see companies treating veterans as assets instead of liabilities and Taijri wouldn't be in this position if he wasn't considered an asset. Atsuki Aoyagi has a tough test ahead of him against a true legend of pro-wrestling on November 28.