ROH The Tokyo Summit (Repost)

Originally posted on 1/5/09.

Larry Sweeney is annoyed that Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards both lost their matches last night.  He tells Richards he has the Briscoes tonight, and his partner is Takeshi Morishima.

The ring announcer puts over that tonight’s show includes participation from 5 promotions: ROH, NOAH, Kensuke Office, DDT, and New Japan.  He starts talking about the main event, but Austin Aries comes out, mad about Age of the Fall kicking his ass last night, and calls out Tyler Black.

Austin Aries vs. Tyler Black. Aries meets Black on the ramp and they brawl they way to, out of, and around the ring.  Aries locks in the Last Chancery on the ramp.  As always, Dave Prazak and Lenny Leonard are on commentary.  These two hate each other, and this match reflects that.  Aries wins with the Last Chancery in 11:06 in a good match.  Jimmy Jacobs attacks Aries after the match and locks him in the End Time until he passes out.  Jacobs takes the mic and says the same thing he says every time he picks up a mic.

Kazushi Miyamoto vs. Eddie Edwards (w/ Larry Sweeney).  I believe this is Miyamoto’s second match in ROH.  He wrestled in a tag match during the ROH vs. All Japan series at Final Battle 2003.  Shockingly, the announcers don’t mention it.  They normally put stuff like that over.  Good little match.  Sweeney gets involved.  Edwards holds Miyamoto for Sweeney to hit him, but Miyamoto ducks and Sweeney slugs Edwards.  Miyamoto school boys Edwards for the win at 5:09.  Sweeney apologizes to Edwards after the match, and they hug.  Awww.

Bryan Danielson talks about being in ROH since the beginning.  He says tonight he’ll achieve one of his dreams, and finally become a singles champion in Japan.

El Generico vs. Taiji Ishmori.  Ole, Ole Ole Ole!  The crowd is actually lively for this show, and they really like Ishimori.  7 minutes in, Ishimori does a big moonsault to the floor.  Back in, Ishimori gets some near falls.  Generico hits a crazy Crossfire-like move for a near fall.  Ishimori hits an avalanche-style Frankensteiner and follows with a German for a near fall.  Ishimori hits a sick tornado DDT.  Generico gets a near fall off a Michinoku Driver II.  Ishimori gets a near fall with a crucifix hold, then hits a sick DDT-type move for a near fall.  Ishimori wins with the Superstar Elbow at 12:23.

Takeshi Morishima & Davey Richards (w/ Larry Sweeney) vs. The Briscoe Brothers.  The Briscoes try double team tactics to take down the big former ROH World Champion, Morishima.  At one point they try to double suplex him, but Morishima suplexes them both.  The Briscoes try stereo sunset flips, but Morishima and Richards sit on them.  I imagine Richards’ butt splash is less effective than Morishima’s.  Sweeney keeps getting involved, but Jay decks him and knocks him off the apron.  Morishima takes Jay down, though, and Mark falls victim to Richards’ Alarm Clock to give Morishima & Richards the win at 11:58.  The announcers say it was right on the chin, even though he obviously hit Mark’s chest.  I always thought ROH wasn’t as stupid as WWE, but I’m rapidly being proven wrong.  AOTF runs in and assaults the Briscoes after the match, complete with Jacobs making Jay pass out to the End Time.

ROH World Champion Nigel McGuinness says Danielson got lucky when he pinned him with an inside cradle last night.  He said tonight, Age of the Fall’s luck would run out tonight, because he wouldn’t lose the belt to Jimmy Jacobs.

GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: Yoshinobu Kanemaru (c) vs. Bryan Danielson.  Joe Higuchi reads the title match declaration, we get the introductions.  I don’t watch much NOAH, so I’ve only seen Kanemaru wrestle a couple of times.  Even if he sucks, it doesn’t matter, because he’s in there with Danielson.  The match is typical Danielson greatness.  At 14 minutes, Kanemaru misses a moonsault but lands on his feet.  He hits lots of DDTs.  Fuck, Danielson is great.  Kanemaru murders Danielson with a DDT off the top, but Danielson gets his foot in the ropes, then kicks out of a brainbuster.  Kanemaru goes for the moonsault again, but Danielson gets up and hits a backdrop suplex off the top rope.  At 20 minutes, Danielson hits a Tiger suplex and transitions into the Cattle Mutilation.  Kanemaru fights it.  Danielson gives him the elbows and another Tiger suplex, then locks in the Cattle Mutilation again.  Kanemaru submits at 20:40.  Danielson is awarded the belt and a trophy, and poses for pictures like everybody in Japan when they win something.

Danielson’s post-match interview, which is translated into Japanese for their TV.  He says he wants his match next week with Katsuhiko Nakajima to be a title match.  After that, he’ll wrestle anybody.  He’s the champ, bitches!  At the end of the interview, you can hear Hogan’s nWo music playing in the background.  Weird.

Naomichi Marufuji & Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. KENTA & Kota Ibushi.  Marufuji has gotten a haircut since the last time I saw him.  Warning: If you don’t like kicks, this is NOT the match for you.  It is, however, fine for me.  There’s just something about guys kicking the shit out of each other that I enjoy.  28 minutes in, they finally mention that the match has a 30 minute time limit.  Ibushi and Nakajima desperately try to beat each other with less than a minute left, but the time limit expires.  They ask to go five more minutes, and get the restart.  KENTA and Marufuji start going for big moves to finish each other off.  Marufuji hits the Shiranui, but Ibushi breaks it up.  Ibushi hits an awesome handspring kick on Marufuji to set up KENTA’s top rope Falcon Arrow, but Nakajima breaks that cover up.  Ibushi hits the Phoenix splash and KENTA covers, but Nakajima breaks that one too.  KENTA eats Marufuji’s superkick, then hits the Busaiku knee kick and gets a two count just as the overtime expires as well.  Match is a time limit draw.  It still ruled.  Everybody shakes hands after the match.

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Tyler Black pumps up Jimmy Jacobs for his World title match.  Jacobs says he’ll win the title, then AOTF will have all the power.

Non-Title: Roderick Strong vs. GHC Heavyweight Champion Kensuke Sasaki.  This shall rule.  It doesn’t take long for them to start chopping the shit out of each other.  4 minutes in, Sasaki does an avalanche-style Frankensteiner.  Sasaki dominates Strong for several minutes, but Strong finally makes a brief comeback.  The match is back and forth from that point.  Sasaki wins with the Northern Lights bomb at 12:20.  Fine match.  They embrace afterwards.  How nice.

ROH World Championship Match: Nigel McGuinness (c) vs. Jimmy Jacobs.  Jacobs jumps Nigel during the introductions to start the match.  Nigel plays babyface for this match.  The Japanese like him, while Jacobs just gets on their nerves.  He gets on my nerves, anyway.  At 9 minutes, Jacobs locks in the End Time, but Nigel gets a rope break.  Jacobs sets Nigel in a chair at ringside and dives onto him.  He tries something else, but Nigel hits the rebound lariat, then the Tower of London off the guardrail.  Back in the ring, he gets a two count.  Jacobs hits the Contra Code at around 15 minutes for a near fall.  Jacobs goes for the End Time, but Nigel counters.  Nigel hits the Tower of London, but Jacobs gets a rope break at 2.  Nigel hits the lariat on the ropes, but Jacobs kicks out.  At 17 minutes, Jacobs locks in the End Time.  The ref gets hit and Jacobs nails Nigel with a chain, but only gets a two count.  Nigel sucks it up and hits the lariat for a near fall.  Crowd chants for Nigel.  They exchange blows.  Nigel hits another lariat and gets a near fall.  Jacobs tries to use the chain again, but Nigel hits the lariat for the win at 21:02.

But wait, there’s more!

NO LIMIT vs. Kotaro Suzuki & Genba Hirayanagi.  This was a dark match, but it was still taped and included on the DVD.  NO LIMIT were getting ready to challenge Suzuki & Kanemaru for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team title, and this is a preliminary skirmish to that.  It’s also the first New Japan vs. NOAH match in a few years.  There’s no commentary, which is annoying.  I haven’t seen Yujiro or Naito since they were young lions, and I don’t think I’ve seen Genba wrestle ever.  So far, he’s the most interesting guy in the match.  10 minutes in they brawl into the crowd and NO LIMIT throw Suzuki out of the building.  With Genba left all alone, he falls victim to Naito’s Stardust press.  It’s announced as 9:29 I think but I timed it at 11:41.  Maybe I misheard, and my time was probably a little off from the video skipping because my computer is ancient and sucks.  They brawl after the match, too.

Good show, all in all.

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