New Japan 2/15/09 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan (Repost)

Originally posted on May 18, 2009.

This isn’t the full show, but separate matches (all but the one I couldn’t find and the dark match, of course) burned on a DVD together.  Neatly, most of the matches include the pre-match videos, including this one!

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Title #1 Contenders Four-Way Match: NO LIMIT vs. Ryusuke Taguchi & Prince Devitt vs. Jado & Gedo vs. Milano Collection AT & Taichi Ishikari.  Ishikari now dresses like Milano has his own invisible dog to walk to the ring.  I love Taguchi’s music, and I’m glad he’s back in Funky Weapon mode.  Jado and Gedo jump NO LIMIT before the bell.  Taguchi and Devitt clear them and go at it with Milano and Ishikari.  Milano and Ishikari end up tying them into the ropes using their own arms and legs.  Everybody goes in and out and takes turns doing their thing.  It’s pretty awesome.  Of course, there are plenty of dives to the outside, too.  Devitt gets the biggest reaction as he hits a nice cannonball dive onto the whole pile.  More of the same as before on the inside, and it’s still good.  Jado and Gedo get Naito alone in the ring and beat him up.  They hit the superbomb, then Jado locks in the Crossface of JADO while Gedo prevents everybody from saving until Taguchi manages to get in.  Taguchi and Devitt to a sweet double team sequence on Gedo, then Milano and Ishikari give him their sandwich superkick.  NO LIMIT come back in and work on Ishikari.  Naito hits the Stardust Press on him for the win at 9:05.  Really fun match with lots of highspots and cool stuff.

The eight-man tag I couldn’t find was supposed to be here, I think.

NJPW vs. TNA Augmented Reality: Beer Money vs. Masahiro Chono & AKIRA.  The entrances are cut here, which makes me sad.  Storm and AKIRA start with a sweet wrestling sequence.  Chono and Roode tag in.  Chono works the crowd a bit, then Roode kicks his ass.  Storm tags back in, but Chono gets the better of him and tags in AKIRA.  Chono and AKIRA kick ass for a minute, then AKIRA plays face in peril as Roode and Storm take turns working him over.  Storm hits the Eye of the Storm for a near fall.  AKIRA’s beating continues until he finally makes the hot tag to Chono, who cleans house.  AKIRA tags back in and hits the Musasabi press on Roode, but Storm saves his partner from being pinned.  AKIRA eventually gets beer sprayed in his face, then Roode gets the pin after the DWI at 9:22.  Good formula tag match.

Tiger/Liger video package.

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: Tiger Mask IV (c) vs. Jushin Thunder Liger. I believe this is the first title match featuring the new belt.  Tiger offers a handshake before the bell, but Liger declines.  That dick.  Liger teases a big dive early on, and I fall for it like always, as it’s the baseball slide.  Then he actually does a dive!  Tiger makes it back in and lands some kicks.  Liger either hits a flurry of shoteis or just slaps Tiger around like a bitch.  Either way, it works for me.  Tiger responds in kind a minute later.  Liger works Tiger over for a bit and wears him down with various submission holds.  Tiger gets away and hits a tope to the outside, sending Liger into the guardrail and making a lound CLANG.  Liger responds by dropping him with a shotei, then hitting a dive from the top rope to the outside.  Liger hits the brainbuster on the outside, throws a dead weight Tiger back in the ring, and hits the Liger Bomb, but Tiger kicks out!  Liger goes up top and misses a moonsault.  Tiger hits a German suplex for a near fall.  He goes for another one, but Liger switches back behind him.  Tiger gets a front cradle for a near fall, then a kinda botched avalanche-style backdrop suplex.  Liger rallies and hits 2 brainbusters, but Tiger kicks out again.  Tiger lands the Tiger suplex, but Liger manages to kick out as well.  A minute later, Tiger hits another one, but Liger kicks out again.  Tiger hits the Destroy suplex to pin him and retain the title at 11:22.  Good match.  Sometimes Tiger appears unmotivated and lazy, and sometimes he rocks the house.  This was the latter.  Handshake and hug after the match.  I guess getting dropped on his head repeatedly made Liger more friendly.  After Liger leaves, Black Tiger appears and Tombstones Tiger Mask.

Nagata/Goto video.

Burn The Debt: ZERO1 World Heavyweight Champion Yuji Nagata vs. Hirooki Goto.  They tear right into each other at the opening bell.  Goto attacks Nagata’s arm, which is stupid, because Nagata was just kicking the shit out of him, so he should be attacking the legs.  Nagata lands a kick on Goto’s injured knee, then proceeds to pick it apart.  They trade vicious blows throughout.  Nagata applies a half crab and rips the tape off of Goto’s knee.  Goto gets a rope break to escape the hold, so Nagata kicks the shit out of it some more.  Goto rallies and locks in his armlock, but Nagata gets a rope break.  Goto forgets than he has a bad knee and hits a diving elbow for a two count, then backdrops Nagata for a one count (I think).  Goto tries the armbar again, but Nagata counters and goes for an ankle hold, then transitions it into the Nagata Lock.  Goto escapes via the ropes again, then hits a lariat and goes up top.  Nagata meets him and hits an avalanche-style Exploder, then KICKS THE FUCK OUT OF HIM for a near fall.  Goto hits a sweet backbreaker onto his bad knee and immediately regrets it, but rallies and hits a German suplex for a near fall.  He hits the backbreaker again, and this time it doesn’t bother him.  He goes for a suplex (possibly the Shouten), but Nagata counters with the Thunder Death Driver.  They get back to their feet and trade blows.  Goto lands a blow to the arm and Nagata responds with a kick to the knee.  Nagata hits a brainbuster for two, followed by a backdrop for two again.  Nagata kicks Goto in the head and hits the backdrop hold properly for the win at 16:57.  Fucking awesome match that was only hurt slightly by Goto’s inconsistent selling of the knee.

Mistico/Mephisto video.  I’m not looking forward to this…

CMLL World Welterweight Championship Match – Lucha Libre Globalization: Mistico (c) vs. Mephisto. The crowd is into Mistico.  They do their thing.  Mistico hits a suicide dive two minutes in and either hurts his knee or tweaks an existing injury.  The match goes on, though.  A couple minutes later Mistico hits a 619 and a hurricanrana, then slides outside and superkicks Mephisto over the guardrail.  Mistico goes back in the ring and springboards over the guardrail onto his opponent.  Nice dive.  Mistico still moves well despite the apparent injury.  He ranas Mephisto out of the ring again and dives off the top rope onto him, then hits a Frankensteiner for a near fall back in the ring.  Mephisto sends Mistico out and hits a nice Asai moonsault on him, then back in the ring goes for a splash mountain off the top, but Mistico counters into an avalanche-style Frankensteiner for a near fall.  Mistico gets another near fall with a nifty inside cradle.  Mephisto drops him and goes up top to deliver a rolling senton, but Mistico avoids it and gets another two count.  Mistico hits his weird deja vu and goes for a la magistral, but fails.  Mephisto gets a near fall with a Gedo Clutch.  Mistico locks in the La Mistica for the submission victory at 12:02.  Kind of an interesting match.  I didn’t dislike it as much as I did the six-man at the Tokyo Dome.

Angle/Bernard video, which is cool, because I finally get to hear some English.

Wrestle-Incident DIE OR BREED:
Kurt Angle vs. Giant Bernard (w/ Karl Anderson).  I don’t get the subtitle either.  They lock up and Bernard shoves Angle down.  Angle replies with a German suplex.  They brawl around a bit.  Angle attacks Bernard’s leg, presumably for an eventual ankle lock.  Anderson sneaks in and chokes Angle while Bernard has the referee distracted.  Masahiro Chono comes out to watch him, I guess.  Angle and Bernard fight on the outside, where Angle takes a bump into the guardrail.  Anderson tries to get involved again, but Chono makes him think better of it.  Bernard goes on the offensive back in the ring.  Angle tries to get hold of Bernard’s angle, but is overpowered by the big man.  Angle sticks a foot in Bernard’s face to avoid the Vader Bomb.  Angle goes for a German, but Anderson tries to help keep Bernard from going over.  He ends up going over anyway, and Angle hits the rolling Germans.  Angle goes for the Angle Slam, but can’t hold Bernard up and ends up taking the Bernard Bomb, which gets a two count.  Angle counters a powerbomb attempt and goes for the ankle lock, which Bernard avoids.  Angle hits the Angle Slam for a two count.  Angle gets desperate and busts out the MOONSAULT!, but Bernard avoids it.  Bernard hits a sit-out powerbomb, but Angle kicks out at two again.  Bernard goes for the Bernard Driver, but Angle escapes and locks in the ankle lock.  Bernard taps, but the referee is distracted by Chono and Anderson brawling at ringside.  Bernard goes out and decks Chono, then holds Angle for Anderson to nail him.  Angle avoids the dropkick, which Bernard eats.  Angle disposes of Anderson as Chono sneaks in and blasts Bernard with the Shining Yakuza kick.  Angle hits the Angle Slam and locks in the ankle lock for the victory at 14:19.  Good match.  Chono and Anderson celebrate with a hug.

Team 3D/MVP video package, highlighting various dastardly acts by GBH.  Let’s hope this match is better than their previous efforts.

IWGP Tag Team Championship – Hardcore Match: Team 3D (c) vs. Most Violent Players (Togi Makabe & Toru Yano).  MVP jumps 3D to start, and they brawl in the ring.  Then, they brawl in the crowd for a while.  When they’re done, 3D bring Makabe and Yano back into the ring and throw in some plunder.  MVP get hold of the weapons and beat down 3D with them.  Makabe chokes Devon with his chain.  They start tagging in and out for whatever reason.  3D hit their reverse 3D on Makabe.  Bubba attacks Makabe with a cheese grater, then threatens the referee with it.  Bubba uses it again and the referee takes it away.  I thought this match was anything goes?  Bubba hits a bloody Makabe with a Singapore cane, then dares him to punch him.  Makabe does, but gets knocked down again.  Bubba knocks Yano off the apron and tags in Devon, who applies a figure-four leglock.  Really?  3D hit Makabe with trash cans, but he Hulks Up, lariats them both, and makes the hot tag to Makabe.  Yano avoids getting sandwiched in the corner.  Yano drops Bubba, then sets a ladder against Devon and hits it with a chair.  MVP keep up the offensive for a bit, then 3D start kicking their ass again.  Yano and Makabe both get the WASSUP headbutt, then Bubba tells Devon to get the tables.  Stereo powerbombs through the tables for stereo two counts.  3D sets up a GBH table, which Devon ends up taking a nasty bump on, because it doesn’t break and he looks to land on his head.  Devon hits Yano with Makabe’s chain, which angers Makabe.  Devon ducks the chain lariat and Makabe eats the 3D.  Devon gets the pin at 17:51.  Same finish as the Tokyo Dome, and the match was just about as lame.  Bubba speaks Japanese again after the match.

Tanahashi/Nakamura video.  It’s main event time!

IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura.  Goto is out to second his fellow RISE member, Nakamura.  Tanahashi dropkicks Nakamura’s knee, then ducks a kick.  They lock up, but neither is able to establish dominance.  They go to the mat for the “technical wrestling stalemate, then pose for applause” bit.  They keep it on the mat for a bit, countering each other, which rocks.  Tanahashi starts working on Nakamura’s knee, I presume for the Texas Cloverleaf he likes to use.  Nakamura nails a lariat and tries to shake some feeling back into his leg, then proceeds to kick the living shit out of Tanahashi.  Tanahashi slams Nakamura and goes up top, but Nakamura gets up and kicks him in the head, sending him down to the floor.  Nakamura follows him outside to kick the shit ouf of him some more.  When they head back into the ring, Tanahashi catches Nakamura in the ropes and hits a Dragon screw leg whip, then another, then a third on the ground.  Tanahashi applies a figure-four leglock.  They get to their feet again and trade blows until Tanahashi drops Nakamura with the Sling Blade.  It’s an ok move, but I’m glad he finally realized it’s a lame finish.  They trade elbows until Nakamura drops Tanahashi with a closed fist punch.  Nakamura goes for a slam, but Tanahashi turns it into a Dragon sleeper.  Nakamura turns it into a triangle choke, which I haven’t seen him do in ages.  He transitions it into his standing cross armbreaker, but Tanahashi turns it into the Texas Cloverleaf.  Nakamura counters it and tries to lock in a cross armbreaker, but Tanahashi fights it and turns it into a cradle for a near fall.  Nakamura hits a reverse brainbuster-type move and follows with a Tiger suplex hold for a near fall.  He goes for the Landslide, but Tanahashi counters into a sunset flip for a near fall.  Nakamura goes for the Landslide again, but Tanahashi hits the Sling Blade and goes up top.  Nakamura meets him and tries to get him up for the avalanche-style Landslide.  Tanahashi turns it into a powerbomb and goes for the High Fly Flow, but Nakamura gets his knees up.  Nakamura hits what looks like a Michinoku Driver II for a near fall.  Nakamura goes for a Tiger Driver or something similar, but Tanahashi hits a Frankensteiner for a near fall.  Tanahashi avoids a kick and hits a trap German for a near fal, then the Dragon suplex for another.  Tanahashi hits the Sling Blade, but Nakamura kicks out of it at 1.  See, I told you it didn’t work as a finish!  Tanahashi hits two High Fly Flows for the win at 24:27.  Awesome match.

We get the whole post-title match ceremony, then Kurt Angle comes out.  He shakes hands with Tanahashi, then challenges him to a title match in April.  Tanahashi accepts.

Good show!  Nagata/Goto and Tanahashi/Nakamura were both great, and most of the other matches are worth watching.

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