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Mitsuharu Misawa Tribute

Posted in AJPW with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 23, 2010 by Grappleholic

Here are several matches I reviewed last year right after Mitsuharu Misawa’s death.

All Japan, 3/9/88
Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Tiger Mask II.  This is their first singles match.  Handshake before the match.  They lock up and switch around a bit before Jumbo backs him into a corner and gives a clean break.  Tiger works a headlock a bit.  Jumbo lifts him up and hits a knee breaker, but the pugnacious Tiger grabs the headlock again.  Jumbo tries to fight it but Tiger grounds him.  Jumbo rolls it over into a pinning predicament a couple of times, but Tiger keeps it clamped on.  Jumbo hits the knee breaker again, but Tiger doesn’t even let go this time.  It finally gets broken, but Tiger rebounds off the middle turnbuckle and hits a headbutt.  Then he grabs the headlock again.  Really?  Jumbo has had enough of this shit and fights it, but Tiger continues to grab the headlock at every opportunity.  Jumbo finally hits a backdrop suplex, then the high knee and a piledriver.  Cover gets two.  Double-arm suplex from Jumbo yields the same result.  Tiger fights back with some kicks that send Jumbo to the outside, then hits a baseball slide dropick and a suicide cannonball.  Jumbo comes back in and Tiger sends him back out with a lariat, then heads to the top rope and dives out onto him.  Back inside, Tiger hits a missile dropkick and a German suplex hold for a near fall.  Tiger hits a slam and goes for a frog splash, but Jumbo gets the knees up.  Jumbo hits a knee kick and then stomps him a few times.  Tiger gets a schoolboy for a quick near fall.  Jumbo lands some chops, then Tiger reverses him and gets a reverse cradle for another near fall.  Frankensteiner gets another one.  Misawa did Frankensteiners?  Jumbo blocks what was possibly another attempt, then hits a backdrop for a close near fall.  Jumbo goes for another backdrop, but Tiger gets him with an inside cradle for a near fall.  Tiger dodges a lariat and tries something, but Jumbo nails him with an elbow, then hits a third backdrop suplex for the win at 14:43.  Good match, but I flinched everytime Misawa took a backdrop.  I better get used to it.

All Japan, 6/8/90
Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Mitsuharu Misawa.  2 years later now, Misawa is sans-mask and ready to step up to the top. Jumbo offers a handshake, but Misawa snubs him.  They lock up twice and Jumbo shoves him away both times.  On the third lock up, Jumbo grabs a headlock and starts doing some stuff.  Stuff happens quickly, then Jumbo hits a lariat for the first near fall.  Jumbo goes for a backdrop, but Misawa turns over into a pinfall attempt.  Jumbo is sent out.  Misawa flips over the top rope, then hits a dropkick off the apron.  Misawa sends Jumbo over the guardrail with an elbow shot.  Misawa meets Jumbo on the apron with another elbow that sends him off, taking another bump into the guardrail, then follows with a dive to the outside.  They make it back in the ring and Misawa clamps on a front necklock.  Jumbo counters and works Misawa’s arms a bit with a double wristlock from behind.  Misawa reverses it, then Jumbo reverses the reversal.  Misawa kicks him away to break it.  Misawa does a hammerlock.  Jumbo gets to the ropes to break it, then Misawa slaps him.  Lock up, Misawa backs Jumbo into the ropes, breaks, and slaps him again.  Jumbo gets pissed and hammers him with some blows and the high knee, then locks in an abdominal stretch.  Misawa reverses it.  The end up outside, where Jumbo whips Misawa into the barricade, then it’s back to the ring.  Jumbo gets a near fall off of the Butterfly suplex, then clamps on a rear chinlock.  Misawa breaks it, then gets flapjacked and stomped on.  Jumbo tries to flapjack again, but Misawa dropkicks him and nails some elbows and a slam, then the missle dropkick.  Misawa keeps up the attack and gets a near fall with a frog splash.  Jumbo half ass hot shots Misawa into the top rope and gets a two count, then stomps him again.  Jumbo hits a piledriver and gets two, then a Thesz press for another near fall.  Jumbo throws a dropkick and that big boot he likes then goes to the ropes.  Misawa meets him and gets caught with a knee to the face.  Jumbo slams him and goes up top again.  Misawa goes up to meet him and attempts a superplex, but Jumbo nails him with a forearm to knock him down and comes down with a flying knee to the face.  Jumbo hits a powerbomb, but Misawa still has some fight in him and kicks out.  Jumbo goes for the Butterfly suplex again, but Misawa turns it into a backslide for a near fall.  Jumbo takes a breather on the outside, but just like their previous match, Misawa hits a baseball slide dropkick, then a dive to the outside.  Misawa tries to set up a German suplex back in the ring, but Jumbo fights it.  Misawa gets a reverse cradle for a close one.  Misawa kicks him down and goes for the frog splash, but Jumbo catches him with the knees and covers for a two count.  Jumbo slams him and locks in a crab hold, but it’s too close to the ropes.  Lariat from Jumbo almost gets the win, but Misawa still has some left.  Second lariat yields the same result.  Jumbo hits another lariat in the corner and nails the backdrop suplex, but can’t take advantage.  Misawa makes it to his feet first and gets a German suplex hold for a really close near fall.  Misawa goes for the Tiger Driver, but Jumbo turns it over into a bridge for 2.  Jumbo hits the high knee again.  Misawa tries that bouncing off the middle turnbuckle and heatbutting him bit from the previous match, but Jumbo catches him with a punch.  Misawa avoids a charging Jumbo and tries a suplex.  Jumbo counters and tries his own but Misawa lands on top.  Jumbo turns it over once, but Misawa ends up on top and gets the win at about 24:20.  Really good match… I almost want to call it great.  Toshiaki Kawada, Kenta Kobashi, and Akira Taue come in the ring to celebrate the win with Misawa.

All Japan, 9/1/90
Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Mitsuharu Misawa.  The rematch, and from what I’ve watched so far, a rubber match of sorts.  We get full entrances and all of that good stuff this time.  They lock up.  Jumbo blocks an elbow.  Repeat.  Misawa avoids the high knee, but Jumbo catches him with a low knee, then shots to the mid-section.  Misawa fights back and schoolboys Jumbo, but I don’t think he even gets a one count.  They do the double armlock countering bit from the previous match.  Misawa throws some strikes to keep up the offensive for a while, then Jumbo fights back and hits the high knee for a near fall.  Jumbo tries a crab hold, then applies an abdominal stretch.  He turns it into a ground Cobra Twist for a near fall.  Jumbo works on Misawa’s leg a bit.  Misawa applies a headscissors.  Jumbo gets out and pounds Misawa’s back some.  Misawa fires off with some kicks.  Jumbo hits a couple of elbow smashes, then gets a near fall off a piledriver.  Misawa tries that hitting the middle turnbuckle bit, but Jumbo fucking faceplants him into the mat, then hits the Thesz press for a near fall.  Jumbo goes for the backdrop, but Misawa lands on top for a near fall.  Jumbo rolls it over and gets one of his own.  They trade elbows, the Jumbo nails Misawa with a flurry of slaps and punches.  Misawa rolls to the outside.  Jumbo follows him out and throws him into the barricade, then over it and into the crowd, where he nails him with a chair.  Jumbo heads back to the ring.  Misawa takes a minute, but makes it back too.  Jumbo meets him on the apron and Misawa nails some elbows, then something off the top rope.  Misawa sends Jumbo out and hits a suicide dive.  Back inside, Misawa hits a diving shoulderblock for a near fall.  Misawa blasts Jumbo with a flurry of elbows.  Jumbo responds with headbutts and a dropkick.  Cover gets two.  Jumbo gets a powerslam and covers, but Misawa is too close to the ropes.  Jumbo goes for the powerbomb, but Misawa turns it into a half assed Frankensteiner for a near fall.  Misawa hits an elbow and the German suplex for a near fall.  Misawa tries a victory roll, I think, but kinda leapfrogs Jumbo.  Jumbo pounces on the cover and almost wins it.  Jumbo hits the high knee, tries another and kinda fails.  Misawa goes to the top, but Jumbo superplexes him.  Jumbo hits the backdrop suplex for the one, two, hegothimnohedidn’tcomeonref!  Misawa hits a vicious elbow smash and throws two more.  Jumbo big boots him, then catches him with a lariat and hits the backdrop suplex for the pin at 24:51.  Another really good match.

All Japan, 8/31/90
Mitsuharu Misawa, Toshiaki Kawada, & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs. Akira Taue, Masanobu Fuchi, & Mighty Inoue.  I missed this match before because my file names were out of order.  It’s the day before the previous match, and coincidentally, my third birthday.  JIP where Taue has Kikuchi in an elevated crab hold.  Kawada comes in and lands a kick on Taue to force the break.  Misawa tags in, but Taue goes right to work on him.  Tag to Fuchi, who gets caught with Misawa’s rebound hedbutt.  Tag to Kawada.  Kawada and Misawa double team Fuchi for a moment.  Kawada hits a kick that sends Fuchi out of the ring, then press slams Kikuchi out on to him.  Kikuchi pounds on him briefly until Taue comes around to save him.  Kikuchi tags in, then Fuchi tags Inoue, who I’ve never seen before.  Kikuchi is a fighter, but inoue gets the better of him.  Kikuchi takes the punishment from team Taue for a while.  Hot tag to Misawa, who pounds Inoue with elbows.  Taue tags in and takes some elbow-related punishment too.  Tag to Kawada.  Taue gets double teamed a bit.  Kawada moonsaults onto Taue, but Fuchi saves.  Tags to Kikuchi and Inoue.  Kikuchi lands a Fisherman’s suplex for a near fall, then slams Inoue and goes up top.  Inoue gets up and throws him face first into the mat.  Inoue lands a couple of sentons and covers, but Misawa saves.  Kawada tags in and gets caught with a crucifix hold for a near fall.  Fuchi tags in and backdrop suplexes Kawada, but Misawa saves.  Taue runs in to attack Misawa, but gets tossed out.  Kawada nails Fuchi with a lariat, then tags Misawa, who KO’s Fuchi with a diving elbow smash for the win.  Pretty good match here, too.

All Japan, 2/23/91
Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs. The Miracle Violence Connection (Steve Williams & Terry Gordy).  By the way, Miracle Violence Connection is the greatest name for a team ever.  We get the entrances and intros, then JIP to the MVC working over young Kobashi.  Kobashi starts fighting off Gordy, who quickly decides to let Doc handle this situation.  Doc punishes Kobashi with an abdominal stretch, but Kobashi gets out of it and tags in Misawa.  Gordy tags in.  They trade blows, then Gordy lands a lariat for a near fall.  MVC work over Misawa.  Kobashi tags in and works Doc’s leg a bit, then lands an enzuigiri on Gordy and kicks the shit out of him.  Misawa comes in and works Gordy’s leg, applying a half crab hold.  Doc tries to break, but has to work hard at it, because Misawa is hard headed.  Literally.  Kobashi tags in and applies a Texas Cloverleaf to Gordy, then meets an interfering Doc with a lariat.  Gordy lands the DDT on Kobashi, but his foot is too close to the ropes.  Kobashi takes the punishment for a bit, but drops Gordy with a bulldog and makes the tag to Misawa.  Misawa lands a backdrop on Gordy.  Williams breaks the cover, so Kobashi nails him.  Gordy goes for the powerbomb, but Misawa counters and gets a Fisherman’s suplex.  Williams makes it back in to save.  Williams tags in.  Misawa lands a leg lariat and tags in Kobashi.  Double DDT to Williams, but Gordy breaks Kobashi’s cover.  Kobashi hits the moonsault, but Gordy breaks it.  Kobashi does the rolling cradle on Gordy for a near fall, then Gordy faceplants him into the mat.  Kobashi nails a charging Gordy and goes for the moonsault, but Williams pushes him off the top rope to the floor.  Soon after, Gordy nails Kobashi with a lariat for the pin.  Good match.All Japan, 7/24/91
AJPW World Tag Team Championship Match: The Miracle Violence Connection (c) vs. Mitsuharu Misawa & Toshiaki Kawada.  At this point, neither Misawa nor Kawada have held the tag titles.  Misawa starts with Gordy and nails some nasty elbows.  Gordy responds with a lariat for an early 2 count.  Doc tags in and does the same thing.  Kawada tags in and they do a test of strength, then Kawada just kicks the shit out of Doc’s leg.  Doc works Kawada’s arm a bit.  Misawa steps down from the apron and wipes his face with a towel or something.  Maybe a bloody nose?  Both MVC members continue to work Kawada’s arm.  Kawada finally gets up, kicks the shit out of Doc’s leg again, and makes the tag to Misawa.  Misawa kicks ass briefly, then the MVC starts to work him over too.  Misawa fights back after a while and tags in Kawada.  Kawada can’t get Gordy up for a suplex, so he takes him down a Fujiwara armbar.  Gordy gets a rope break.  Misawa tags in and goes after Gordy’s arm too for a moment, then it’s Kawada’s turn again.  Williams and Misawa tag in.  Misawa gets a German for 2 as Gordy saves.  Misawa tags out with a hurt knee.  Kawada comes in FIRED UP, but is quickly shut down.  Kawada takes a beating, then tags Misawa.  Williams promptly attacks Misawa’s knee, but Misawa will have none of that.  Williams does manage to apply a half crab, but Kawada comes in and kicks him off of it.  Gordy takes Kawada outside and they fight into the crowd as Williams continues to work on Misawa’s knee.  Gordy disposes of Kawada and comes back to help Williams work the injured knee.  Kawada makes it partway back but falls down before getting to the apron, so he isn’t there when Misawa gets near the corner to tag.  He makes it back as Williams has Misawa in another leg hold, but Gordy throws him back into the crowd.  Kawada finally makes it back to force Gordy to break a Sharpshooter.  Gordy goes for a backdrop, but Misawa lands on top for 2.  Tag to Kawada, who makes Gordy pay for fucking with him.  Powerbomb gets 2.  Kawada sets up another, but Doc prevents it, then tags in and punishes Kawada.  Kawada avoids the first Oklahama Stampede attempt, but Doc gets the second one.  Misawa saves at 2.  Kawada drops Doc with a spin kick and tags Misawa, who nails Doc with the flying elbow smash.  Tag to Gordy.  Misawa hurts the bad knee and can’t keep up the momentum, but keeps kicking out of pin attempts.  Doc comes in and powerslams Misawa.  Kawada comes in and kicks the shit out of him.  Gordy goes for a powerbomb, but Misawa turns it into a Frankensteiner for the win at 25:47.  Misawa & Kawada win the belts for the first time!  The new champions are presented with the belts as the MVC leave, pissed.  Really good match.  Right as the video ends, there’s a shot of Giant Baba doing commentary.

All Japan, 9/4/91
AJPW World Tag Team Championship Match: Mitsuharu Misawa & Toshiaki Kawada (c) vs. Jumbo Tsuruta & Akira Taue.  Entrances, introductions, and a fuck load of streamers.  Kawada and Taue, who will later form a great tag team of their own, start.  They lock up, with Taue overpowering Kawada.  Taue slaps him, which incites Kawada to kick Taue’s ass.  Misawa tags in and Taue seems reluctant to go with him, but Jumbo tells him to go for it.  Misawa throws kicks and elbows, then sends Taue outside to take some punishment from Kawada.  Taue comes back in, takes another elbow from Misawa, and tags in Jumbo.  Jumbo gets the better of the exchange and Misawa tags in Kawada.  Kawada goes toe to toe with Jumbo, then takes a vicious lariat.  Tag to Taue, who gets the better of the softened up Kawada.  Jumbo comes back in and locks Kawada in a sleeper.  Misawa comes in and breaks it.  Taue tags in and hot shots Kawada into the ropes for 2.  Jumbo tags in and locks in the sleeper again.  Kawada kicks him away and he tags in Taue.  Kawada kicks Taue and tags in Misawa, who hits the flying elbow smash.  Tag to Jumbo.  Jumbo goes after Misawa’s arm.  All of these matches seem to have lots of quick tags instead of extended heat segments.  Misawa counters Jumbo and drops him with a DDT, then tags Kawada.  Kawada ducks Jumbo’s big boot and hits a lariat, then knocks Taue off the apron.  Kawada blasts Jumbo with kicks.  Jumbo gets Kawada with a knee to the middle and tags in Taue.  Misawa gets his arm tended at ringside.  Kawada drops Taue and hits a diving elbow drop for 2.  Kawada takes a beating for a while.  Misawa comes in and throws some elbows, rips off the tape that was just put on his shoulder, and tags in.  Misawa and Kawada hit some tandem moves on Taue.  Misawa hits the Tiger Driver, but Jumbo saves at 2.  Jumbo tags in and locks Misawa in an abdominal stretch.  Kawada breaks it and gets lariated for his trouble.  Jumbo and Taue target Misawa’s shoulder.  Jumbo hits the backdrop, but Misawa kicks out at 2.  Jumbo goes for the backdrop again, but Misawa lands on top for 2.  Misawa nails him with an elbow and applies a facelock.  Jumbo gets a rope break.  Misawa goes up top and gets superplexed.  Jumbo hits a powerbomb for 2.  Kawada nails Jumbo with a lariat and pulls Kawada on top for 2.  Some stuff happens while I had to answer the phone, and Jumbo submits to Misawa’s facelock at 21:18.  The official time says 26:34, so either this was clipped and I didn’t notice, or something is wrong with their stop watches.

All Japan, 12/6/91

Real World Tag League: Mitsuharu Misawa & Toshiaki Kawada vs. The Miracle Violence Connection.  This is the de facto final.  The first couple of minutes involve Kawada and Misawa working over Doc, and Doc taking it because he’s a bad motherfucker.  Gordy and Misawa trade shots.  Kawada lands kicks on Gordy and drops him with a lariat for 2.  Doc uses his knee to faceplant Kawada and applies a sleeper.  Doc lets Kawada up and tries to suplex him, but Kawada counters with a sleeper of his own.  Misawa comes in and tries to same tactic.  Kawada tries an abdominal stretch, but Gordy comes in and nails him.  Doc lariats Kawada, who takes a break on the outside.  Doc looks to consider a dive, but nothing comes of it.  Doc suplexes Kawada back in and tags in Gordy, who applies an STF.  Kawada reaches the ropes.  Doc applies what I think is a Prison Lock, but Kawada reaches the ropes again.  Same story with a half crab.  The MVC keeps working Kawada’s knee.  Kawada finally fires up with kicks to Doc and makes a warm tag to Misawa.  He takes care of Doc, then elbows Gordy out of the ring and hits him with a tope suicida.  Misawa brings Gordy back in and covers for a near fall.  Williams sneaks in the land some kicks on Misawa, then tags in.  Misawa nails him and tags Kawada.  Kawada and Doc trade shots.  Doc goes for the football tackle, but Kawada nails him with a kick to the face for 2.  Kawada tags out and holds Doc for a missile dropkick.  Misawa hits the frog splash on Doc for 2.  Misawa blasts Doc with the diving elbow smash, then goes for the facelock.  Gordy comes in and apparently scratches Misawa’s face to get him off.  Kawada tags in and gets tossed around by Doc.  Misawa breaks a cover attempt and he a Gordy brawl.  MVC take Misawa outside.  Kawada follows and tries to save, but Doc slams him.  MVC double powerbombs Misawa on the floor.  Doc gets Kawada back in the ring and covers for 2.  Kawada surprised Doc with an inside cradle and almost wins.  Doc tags in a pissed off Gordy, who lariats Kawada in the corners about 3 times.  Kawada kicks out of the cover again.  Kawada lands a spin kick to Gordy and goes for a powerbomb.  He doesn’t get it, but it almost turns into a Ganso bomb.  Kawada applies the facelock to Gordy.  Doc interrupts and gets NAILED with a lariat.  Kawada locks the facelock on Gordy again.  Gordy manages to get a rope break.  Kawada hits the powerbomb and gets a very close 2 count.  Kawada hits a bodyslam and the diving elbow drop for 2.  Kawada goes for another powerbomb, but Doc makes it back in and stops it.  MVC beat down Kawada.  Double powerbomb, and it’s gotta be over.  But no!  Misawa saves!  Misawa hammers Doc in the cornerm then throws some elbows at Gordy.  Kawada Germans Gordy for another close 2 count.  Gordy catches a kick attempt and drops Kawada for a close one.  Gordy powerbombs Kawada for the win at 25:24.  Good match, and the finishing stretch was awesome.All Japan, 1/21/92
Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Masanobu Fuchi.  JIP.  On paper, Fuchi is out of his league.  Fuchi doesn’t give a shit what your paper says.  We start with Fuchi working a headlock.  He survives a barrage of elbows and a suplex and continues to work over Misawa.  Fuchi deals out much punishment to Misawa’s knee.  Fuchi rocks an STF, but Misawa gets a rope break.  Fuchi hot shots Misawa into the ropes for 2.  Misawa finally has enough of this shit and fires away with elbows.  Misawa hits a couple of suplexes and the frog splash, but can’t make the cover.  Fuchi counters the Tiger Driver and almost pins Misawa with a backslide.  Fuchi lands a backdrop and a Thesz press for 2.  More cool stuff happens, then Misawa wins with the facelock.

NOAH “Rusher Kimura Memorial Show” 6/26/10

Posted in NOAH with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 15, 2010 by Grappleholic

Some dudes go over the card.  Akira Taue comes to the ring to hold up a picture of the late Rusher Kimura.  The other wrestlers surround the ring and they do a 10-bell salute.

Naomichi Marufuji & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Genba Hirayanagi.  Marufuji and Kanemaru start.  Kanemaru backs Marufuji into the ropes and gives a clean break.  Marufuji takes a swing at Kanemaru, then they do some face paced stuff, stalemate, applause.  They do some chain wrestling, always a good thing.  Ogawa tags in and takes over.  Kanemaru does a cool victory roll style headscissors.  Ogawa cuts him off on top and Kanemaru rakes his face repeatedly.  Ogawa falls down, then hits the ropes to make Kanemaru crotch himself.  Kanemaru hits Ogawa in the balls and tags in Genba.  Genba kicks him in the balls again.  Marufuji tags in trades shots with Genba.  Kanemaru tags in, throws Marufuji outside, and whips him into the barricade.  Marufuji and Genba go at it int he ring again.  Marufuji throws Genba outside where Ogawa throws him into the barricade.  Ogawa and Marufuji take turns working over Genba.  Marufuji and Kanemaru fight on the outside.  Ogawa goes for his backdrop on Genba, but gets kicked in the balls again.  Kanemaru comes in against Ogawa and hits a moonsault press for 2.  Ogawa launches Kanemaru across the ring.  Marufuji and Kanemaru run around and hit each other.  Kanemaru hits a jumping DDT and goes for the Touch Out.  Marufuji counters and lands a superkick.  Kanemaru counters the Shiranui and hits a spinning DDT.  Genba comes and gets an inside cradle for 2.  Genba gets an Oklahoma roll for 2.  Genba hits an STO and goes op top, but Ogawa pulls his leg.  Kanemaru powerbombs Marufuji out of the corner and Genba hits a diving elbow for 2.  Marufuji hits Genba with a series of kicks, the Shiranui, and Kanemaru’s Touch Out for the pin in 12:37.  Marufuji uses Kanemaru’s finisher to pin his partner leading into their upcoming title match.  This was technically fine, but kind of boring.  The crowd seemed dead for Tokyo fans.  I wonder if that’s a Differ thing.

Marufuji’s post-match interview.

Kanemaru’s post-match interview.

Takeshi Morishima & Shuhei Taniguchi vs. Yutaka Yoshie & Bison Smith.  Moroshima and Taniguchi go on the attack immediately to start us off with a big brawl.  It settles down into Smith and Taniguchi being in the ring.  Taniguchi hits a dropkick and clamps ion a front face lock.  Smith backs him into the corner and tags in Yoshie.  Yoshie seems to want Morishima, but settles for trading shots with Taniguchi.  The crowd is slightly more lively for this match.  Morishima tags in and we have our FAT GUY FIGHT! between he and Yoshie.  Morishima lands a dropkick and Yoshie bails.  Morishima teases a dive, then just steps out.  Yoshie reverses an Irish whip to send Morishima into the barricade.  Yoshie slams Morishima on the floor.  Yoshie works over Morishima back in the ring.  Smith tags in and tries to knock down Morishima.  He struggles, despite not being small himself.  Morishima knocks Smith down with a shoulder block and tags in Taniguchi.  Taniguchi knocks Smith down again and locks in a camel clutch.  Yoshie tags in and hits Taniguchi with his large ass.  Stink face!  Yoshie hits a rolling senton splash for 2.  Yoshie applies kind of a half crab bow & arrow, then transitions into a regular half crowd.  Smith tags in and takes over the half crab.  Taniguchi gets a rope break.  Taniguchi clubbers Smith, then gets backed into the enemy corner again.  Yoshie tags in and beats up Taniguchi some more.  They trade shots, then Yoshie slaps the piss out of him.  Taniguchi avoids a charge in the corner and hits a backdrops suplex!  Morishima tags in and hits a missile dropkick, causing Yoshie to stumble into a corner.  Morishima hits a running ass to the corner.  Morishima struggles to known down Yoshie, but manages to drop him with a lariat for 2.  Morishima goes for the backdrop suplex, but Yoshie lands on top of him.  Yoshie hits a senton splash for 2.  Yoshie slams Morishima and goes up top.  Morishima cuts him off and hits a superplex.  Yoshie recovers and hits a German suplex.  Morishima hits a lariat.  Smith and Taniguchi tag in and go at it.  Taniguchi hits a spinebuster for like 1.  Smith escapes a German suplex attempt, but Taniguchi hits a belly to belly suplex.  Taniguchi and Morishima double team Smith.  Taniguchi hits a suplex for 2.  Taniguchi hits a German suplex hold for 2.  Smith hits a half nelson suplex.  Yoshie and Smith double team Taniguchi.  Smith hits a belly to belly suplex for 2.  Smith hits an Iron Claw Bomb, but Morishima saves the match.  Smith nails Taniguchi with a lariat and a powerbomb for 2.  Smith hits the Bisontenniel (Styles Clash) for the pin in 14:23.  This was really fun.

Morishima’s post-match interview.

Yoshie’s post-match interview.

Jun Akiyama vs. Keith Walker.  Akiyama immediately bails when Walker tries to use a chain.  Akiyama throws Walker into the barricade.  Back into the ring.  For like a second.  Walker drops Akiyama, then beats him up outside in the crowd.  Finally back inside, Walker continues to abuse Akiyama.  Walker is a beast.  Walker hits a suplex for 2.  Walker drives a knee into Akiyama in the corner.  The referee tries to break and Walker throws him out of the ring.  Walker covers and yells for the ref to come back in.  The ref refuses to count for him.  Walker chokes Akiyama.  Akiyama starts to hulk up and they trade shots.  Walker nails him with an elbow smash for 2.  Akiyama hits a backdrop suplex.  Akiyama hits come knees and goes up top.  Walker cuts him off and hits a superplex.  Walker beats up Akiyama some more.  Walker hits a swank Fisherman buster for 2.  Walker hits a German suplex for 2.  Walker hits some lariats for 2.  Akiyama hits the Exploder and clamps on a guillotine.  Akiyama hits something for 2.  Akiyama tries for the Exploder again, but gets an inside cradle for the pin in 9:01.  This was sort of interesting, but it didn’t do much for me.  Walker throws a fit.  Akiyama pics up the mic and says “1, 2, 3!”  Walker is really pissed off.

Akiyama’s post-match interview.

Hype video for the Junior tag title match.

GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Match: Taiji Ishimori & Ricky Marvin (c) vs. NOSAWA Rongai & FUJITA.  FUJITA and NOSAWA jump Ishimori and Marvin before the bell.  They send Marvin outside and try to double team Ishimori, but Ishimori rallies and cleans house.  NOSAWA and Ishimori do the fast paced junior stuff, stalemate, applause.  NOSAWA shakes Ishimori’s hand for some reason.  Marvin and FUJITA tag in.  FUJITA tries to throw Marvin out of the ring, but Marvin skins the cat and hits a headscissors.  Marvin hits a rana and a rope walk arm drag.  FUJITA bails and Marvin fakes a dive to the outside.  Marvin applies a half crab.  FUJITA gets a rope break.  Ishimori tags in and works FUJITA’s leg.  Marvin tags back in and hits the Eddie hilo for 2.  Marvin hits a basement dropkick to the back of the head for 2.  NOSAWA comes in and slaps the back of Marvin’s head.  Ishimori tags in and gets sent into the turnbuckles by FUJITA.  NOSAWA tags in and ties up Ishimori in a wacky lucha submission hold.  NOSAWA and FUJITA take turns working Ishimori over.  Ishimori hits NOSAWA with a springboard missile dropkick.  NOSAWA tries to cut him off, but Marvin gets the tag and runs wild.  NOSAWA side steps Marvin and sends his shoulder into the post.  FUJITA comes in and hits an Ace Crusher for 2.  FUJITA plants Marvin with a DDT for 2, then locks in a submission hold.  Marvin botches a diving sunset flip, ducks a lariat, then rocks FUJITA with an enzuigiri.  Ishimori tags in and hits a Vader Bomb-style double stomp on FUJITA for 2.  Ishimori hits the diving double knees for 2.  FUJITA fights off a crucifix attempt, nails a lariat, and tags in NOSAWA.  They double team Ishimori with kicks for 2.  Marvin comes in and cleans house.  Ishimori and Marvin double team NOSAWA.  Marvin tries a dive on FUJITA, but FUJITA avoids it and Marvin eats the floor.  Ishimori goes up top to finish NOSAWA, but FUJITA cuts him off.  Marvin pulls FUJITA to the floor.  NOSAWA crotches Ishimori on the top rope and hits a superplex.  NOSAWA lands a Buzzsaw kick for 2.  FUJITA hits a Tombstone Piledriver on Ishimori.  NOSAWA gets an Oklahoma roll, but Marvin saves.  Marvin drops NOSAWA with a kick and takes out FUJITA with a tope suicida.  Marvin goes up top, but FUJITA knocks him down.  NOSAWA low blows Ishimori and gets a cradle for 2.  Ishimori hits NOSAWA with a Pele kick.  Ishimori lands a superkick, but FUJITA saves.  Marvin holds FUJITA while Ishimori hits NOSAWA with a 450 splash for the pin in 16:34.  Okay match, but it didn’t really light my world on fire.  The STILL champions are presented with trophies.  NOSAWA and FUJITA show respect to Ishimori, but NOSAWA flips off Marvin instead of shaking his hand.

NOSAWA & FUJITA’s post-match interview.

Ishimori & Marvin’s post-match interview.

Hype video for NOAH vs. New Japan!

Hiroshi Tanahashi & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Go Shiozaki & Atsushi Aoki.  Despite this being a NOAH show, the crowd chants for the outsider Tanahashi.  Go wants to start with Tanahashi, but Tana decides to make him wait.  Aoki and Taguchi start.  Now the crowd is chanting for Aoki.  They lock up and do the usual great wrestling.  They trade submission holds.  Stalemate, applause.  Go tags in.  Tanahashi finally obliges and tags in.  They get the crowd going, which this show desperately needed.  They lock up.  Tanahashi backs Go into the ropes and teases a clean break, but instead punches him in the stomach.  Tanahashi clamps on a side headlock.  Go breaks free and scores a knockdown with a shoulder block.  They lock up again and Tanahashi pulls Go’s hair.  They trade forearms in the corner.  Tanahashi slams Go.  Go fires some vicious chops and sends Tanahashi outside.  Back inside, they go to a test of strength and Tanahashi hits a double arm suplex.  Go drops Tana with a chop and tags in Aoki.  Aoki knocks Taguchi off the apron and shines against Tanahashi.  Tanahashi and Taguchi double team Aoki.  Go throws Tanahashi to the outside and they brawl on the floor.  Tanahashi whips Go into the barricade.  Taguchi rams Aoki’s knee into the ring post.  Tanahashi and Taguchi apply a double leg lock on Aoki, then proceed to take turns torturing Aoki’s leg.  Aoki manages to land a missile dropkick on Tanahashi and make the hot tag to Go.  Go runs wild on Tanahashi until Taguchi knees him from the apron.  The New Japan team try to double team, but Go rallies and runs wild on both of them.  Go hits a Fisherman buster on Tanahashi for 2.  Go and Tanahashi trade strikes.  Go hits a German suplex hold for 2.  Aoki and Taguchi brawl on the floor.  Go hits Tanahashi with a discus lariat for 2.  Go slams Tanahashi and goes for a moonsault, but Tanahashi avoids it.  Tanahashi hits the Sling Blade on Go, then dropkicks Aoki off of the apron.  Tanahashi goes for the High Fly Flow, but Go moves out of the way.  Tanahashi and go have an awesome countering exchange.  Taguchi tags in and hits a springboard dropkick on Go’s knee, which was injured in the last exchange.  Go flapjacks Taguchi into the top turnbuckle.  Taguchi tries to take out the knee.  Go hits a spinny slam and tags in Aoki.  Aoki runs wild on Taguchi and hits a spin kick for 2.  Taguchi hits a dropkick and a Fisherman buster, then knocks Go off of the apron.  Aoki fights off a double team attempt and sends Tanahashi outside.  Aoki hits Taguchi with a backdrop suplex.  Go hobbles back in and Team NOAH double team Taguchi.  Go powerbombs Taguchi and Aoki hits a frog splash, but Tanahashi saves.  Go throws Tanahashi out of the ring and they brawl on the floor.  Go puns Tanahashi down with a sleeper.  Taguchi hits Aoki with a 2 German suplexes.  Aoki drops him with a kick.  Tanahashi gets in and cuts off Aoki from making the tag.  Tanahashi hits Aoki with a flying forearm and the Sling Blade.  He goes for a Dragon suplex, but Aoki counters into an arm lock.  Taguchi saves.  Go takes Taguchi out to the floor and they brawl.  Aoki and Tanahashi trade forearms.  Tanahashi hits a German suplex hold for 2.  Tanahashi hits a Fisherman Michinoku Driver and goes up top.  Go cuts him off.  Aoki goes for something off the top.  Taguchi cuts him off and hits the Dodon.  Tanahashi hits the High Fly Flow on Aoki for the pin in 22:45.  Really fucking good match.  This match was the only reason I wanted to watch this show and it definitely delivered.  Tanahashi cuts a promo.  No clue what he’s saying, but it seems to irk Go.  He puts over New Japan.

Tanahashi & Taguchi’s post-match interview.

Go’s post-match interview.

Hype video for the main event.

Yoshihiro Takayama, Kensuke Sasaki, & Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. GHC Heavyweight Champion Takashi Sugiura, Mohammed Yone, & KENTA.  Takayama and Sugiura start immediately beating the hell out of each other.  Sugiura manages a belly to belly suplex on the much larger Takayama.  Takayama responds in kind.  They clobber each other some more.  Sasaki and Yone tag in and lock up.  Sasaki gives a mostly clean break.  Repeat in reverse, but Yone declines the clean break.  They then tire of that wrestling BS and start clobbering each other.  Yone lands some boots.  Sasaki blasts him with a lariat.  Yone bails.  I’d be done after eating a lariat from Kensuke too.  He comes back in and they tease a test of strength, then Yone cheap shots him and tags in KENTA.  KENTA kicks the shout of Sasaki’s knee.  They wail on each other and it’s awesome.  Nakajima tags in and trade kicks with KENTA.  That’s a game you’re just not going to win, buddy.  Nakajima is finally forced to take a breather.  Sugiura tags in and beats up Nakajima.  Yone tags in and beats up Nakajima.  It’s a good old fashioned Nakajima beat off!  KENTA takes another turn.  A big brawl breaks out at ringside.  Back inside, Nakajima lands a dropkick on KENTA for 2.  Kensuke tags in and hits a lariat on KENTA for 2.  Takayama tags in and trades shots with KENTA, which is great shit.  KENTA is sent outside and all 3 opponents take turns wailing on him.  Back inside, KENTA gets the shit beaten out of him some more.  Sasaki hits a long stalling suplex for 2.  Sasaki applies the Strangle Hold Gamma.  Everybody else brawls.  Yone manages to make the save for KENTA.  KENTA and Nakajima trade shots.  Nakajima hits KENTA with the Go 2 Sleep!  Cover, but Yone saves.  I love KENTA’s subtle putting over of his move by needing to be saved instead of kicking out of it.  KENTA comes to and they wail on each other some more.  KENTA hits a Falcon Arrow.  Takayama and Sugiura tag in and go at each other again.  Takayama wails on Sugiura so hard you can see sweat fly off of him.  Sugiura hits a German suplex hold for 2.  Takayama does a headlock takeover into a cradle for 2.  Takayama lands a knee lift and tags in Sasaki.  Sasaki and Sugiura wail on each other.  Sasaki does a shoulder takeover for 2.  Sasaki hits a chokeslam like move and applies the Strangle Hold Gamma.  Yone saves again.  Sugiura ducks a lariat and hits a spear, then tags in Yone.  Sasaki lands some chops.  Yone lands a lariat in the corner, then in the opposite corner.  Yone slams Sasaki and hits a diving leg drop for 2.  They trade shots.  Sasaki nails a lariat.  Takayama tags in and hits a double arm suplex into a cross armbreaker.  KENTA and Sugiura saves, then send Sasaki and Nakajima to the floor.  The enemy team triple teams Takayama until his partners save.  Sugiura and KENTA take them out again and the 4 brawl at ringside.  Takayama hits Yone with a knee lift.  The Takayama/Kensuke Office team triple team Yone.  Takayama hits a backdrop suplex, but Sugiura and KENTA save.  Takayama and Sugiura trade forearms.  Kensuke blasts Sugiura with a lariat.  Takayama knees him in the face.  Nakajima whips KENTA into the barricade.  Yone drops Takayama with a kick.  Takayama and Yone trade boots.  Takayama hits a half nelson suplex for 2.  Takayama hits the German suplex hold for the pin in 23:31.  Really good match.  I love technical wrestling, but I’m not above enjoying a big slugfest like this.

Takayama, Sasaki, and Nakajima’s post-match interview.

Video clips of the late Rusher Kimura, who this show is in honor of.

Now I guess they’re going to go back and show the prelim matches that they didn’t show earlier…

Kento Miyahara vs. Eddie Edwards.  JIP.  Edwards reverses Miyahara into the turnbuckles, then locks in a rolling half crab.  Miyahara gets a rope break.  They trade shots.  Edwards gets the better of it and covers for 2.  Edwards hits a backdrop suplex for 2.  Edwards applies a Muta Lock.  Edwards hits an elbow smash for 2.  Edwards applies a body scissors and a sleeper, then covers for 2.  They trade forearms.  Edwards lands a dropkick for 2.  Edwards applies a modified camel clutch and pulls on Miyahara’s mouth.  Ouch.  Cover gets 2.  Edwards gets the better of a chop exchange.  Edwards telegraphs a backdrop and gets kicked in the face.  Edwards goes for a suplex, but Miyahara blocks it and hits his own suplex.  Miyahara hits a dropkick to the head for 2.  Miyahara lands some knees in the corner, including one the face for 2.  Edwards hits a belly to belly overhead suplex and a snap suplex, then a missile dropkick.  Miyahara bails to the floor.  Edwards hits a tope sucida that sends them both crashing over the barricade.  Edwards hits a Shining Wizard for 2.  Edwards hits a Backpack Stunner for 2, then locks in the half crab.  Miyahara gets a rope break.  Miyahara hits a Frankensteiner for 2.  Miyahara gets a reverse cradle just as the 15 minute time limit expires (9:20 shown).  What they showed of it was pretty good.

Akira Taue & Akitoshi Saito vs. Takuma Sano & Masao Inoue.  JIP.  Inoue and Taue rake each other’s face.  Saito beats up Inoue on the outside.  Taue plants a boot on Inoue’s neck in the corner and tweaks his nipple.  Taue with a titty twister takedown.  Seriously.  Saito tags in and lands an elbow smash, then clamps on a rear chin lock.  Cover gets 2.  Saito hits a LONG stalling vertical suplex for 2.  Taue tags in and yells in Inoue’s ear.  And Inoue sells it.  Inoue hits a diving shoulder block and makes the tag to Sano.  Sano hits a diving double stomp on Taue for 2.  Taue hits a DDT and scampers over to make the tag to Saito.  Saito hits a Rock Bottom  and goes for a German.  Sano escapes.  They lariat each other.  Sano lands some kicks and scampers over to make the tag to Inoue.  Inoue hits a side Russian leg sweep for 2.  Inoue and Sano touble team Saito.  Inoue covers, but Taue saves.  Sano takes Taue outside and hugs him.  Inoue goes for a move, but Saito counters and hits a Rock Bottom.  Inoue blocks a lariat and gets an inside cradle for 2.  Inoue gets a schoolboy for 2.  Saito hits a knee lift and goes for a German, but Inoue turns it into a front cradle for 2.  Taue comes in and chokeslams Inoue.  Saito covers, but Sano saves.  Taue takes Sano outside.  Inoue rakes Saito’s eyes and goes for a suplex, but Saito turns it into a modified suplex, then hits 3 more Rock Bottoms for 2.  Saito lands an enzuigiri for the pin (9:02 shown).  Typical early card comedy match.  Taue cuts a promo that is apparently funny.

Man, it took me a long time to get through this show.  The undercard was really boring.  The only 2 matches worth watching were the top 2, which were really good.  Also, I don’t understand why they aired the first 2 matches last.