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AJPW crowns Champion Carnival 2021 tournament winner


Jake Lee has won this year’s Champion Carnival tournament.

Lee defeated Kento Miyahara this morning to win the tournament for the first time. Lee ended the tournament with 12 points, losing only two matches to Yuma Aoyagi and Suwama.

Leading up to the tournament, Lee had turned heel and formed a new faction called Total Eclipse. Members include Hokuto Omori, Koji Doi, Kuma Arashi, Yusuke Kodama, and Tajiri.

With the win, Lee will challenge the current Triple Crown champion, Suwama, on May 16 in Ota Ward Gymnasium. Suwama has held the Triple Crown title for over 400 days, defeating Kento Miyahara on March 23, 2020. He also holds the record for most championship reigns with seven.

This year’s tournament featured only one round robin block of ten wrestlers, the first time this has happened since 2001. Lee and Miyahara entered the finals both with 10 points each. Yuma Aoyagi, Kohei Sato, Zeus, Shuji Ishikawa, and Suwama also had 10 points but were already eliminated prior to the final match. Shotaro Ashino scored 8 points, Shinjiro Otani (who had to forfeit his last two matches due to injury) scored 4 points, and Koji Doi scored 2 points.