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NJPW “J Sports Crown Openweight Six Man Tag Tournament” Night 3 6/30/10

Posted in NJPW with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2010 by Grappleholic

The announcers hype the show.  Highlights of yesterday’s matches.  Graphics showing all of the teams in the tournament.  The ring announcer reads tonight’s card.

Super Strong Machine, Pink Strong Machine (Yutaka Yoshie), & Tonga Strong Machine (Tama Tonga) vs. Manabu Nakanishi & IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions Koji Kanemoto & El Samurai.  Nakanishi & co. get the jump on the Machines.  Yoshie runs through Kanemoto and Samurai.  They try to double team him, but he knocks their heads together.  Nakanishi knocks him down and sends him outside.  Kanemoto dives at him, fails to knock him down, and gets thrown into the barricade.  Ditto for Samurai.  Nakanishi half ass hits a dive and knocks down Yoshie.  Back inside, Nakanishi and Yoshie trade chops and shoulder blocks.  Yoshie finally wins the exchange.  Kanemoto tags in, chops Yoshie a bunch, and gets knocked down.  Kanemoto narrowly avoids getting sat on.  Samurai comes in to help and they get Yoshie down briefly.  Yoshie slams Kanemoto and tags in Tonga.  Kanemoto has a better chance at handling this.  Tonga hits a powerslam for 2.  Kanemoto avoids a charge in the corner and does the face wash.  Samurai tags in and beats up Tonga.  He breaks wrestling rule #1 by trying to headbutt and Islander.  Tonga headbutts him back and tags in Super.  Super and Tonga double team briefly.  Super hits a DDT for 2.  Yoshie tags in and stink faces Samurai.  Tonga tags in and hits a sidewalk slam for 2, as Kanemoto saves.  Super tags in and hits a suplex on Samurai, following with an elbow drop for a series of 2 counts.  Yoshie tags in and punishes Samurai with the power of fat some more.  Samurai avoids getting pancaked by a splash and hits a basement dropkick.  Nakanishi gets the tag, knocks Super and Tonga off the apron, and gets cut off by Yoshie.  Nakanishi avoids a corner splash.  Nakanishi & co. triple team Yoshie in the corner.  Nakanishi tries to whip Yoshie and fails.  Yoshie drops him with a body block.  Nakanishi tries a sunset flip, but Yoshie sits on him for 2.  Tonga tags in.  Yoshie knocks Kanemoto and Samurai off the apron.  Super and Tonga hold Nakanishi as Yoshie comes off the top with a cross body.  Samurai hits a senton splash.  Tonga hits a diving splash, but Kanemoto and Samurai save.  Super takes them both outside.  Nakanishi hits Yoshie with a waterwheel drop, then catches Tonga coming off the top and drops him.  Cover, but Machines save.  Clusterfuck ensues.  Nakanishi locks Tonga in the Argentine backbreaker for the win in 10:57 as Kanemoto gets Super in the ankle lock and Samurai gets Yoshie in the chickenwing armlock.  Okay little match.  It was kind of fun.  Nakanishi says something after the match.  Pink Strong Machine retorts and unmasks to reveal Yutaka Yoshie!  Shocker!

Tamon Honda, Kentaro Shiga, & Makoto Hashi vs. Riki Choshu, AKIRA, & Kyosuke Mikami.  Choshu and Honda lock up and go at it.  Choshu goes for the Scorpion Death Lock, but Hashi and Shiga save.  Shiga tags in.  Choshu grabs a side headlock, then lands a shoulder block.  Choshu clamps on a rear chin lock.  Mikami tags in and beats up Shiga.  He clamps on a rear chin lock of his own.  Shiga fights out and hits him with an elbow smash.  Hashi tags in and trades chops with Mikami.  Hashi lands a headbutt and a Mongolian chop.  Mikami fights back and takes him down with a spear.  Hashi rakes his face.  Mikami hits a spinebuster.  Cover, but Honda saves.  Honda locks Mikami in a scissored rear chin lock, then kicks him outside.  Hashi slams Mikami on the floor, then hits the diving headbutt off the apron.  Back inside, Shiga tags in and continues beating up young Mikami.  Honda takes a turn and locks Mikami in that standing arm triangle.  Mikami gets the ropes.  The ex-NOAH guys triple team him.  Hashi hits another diving headbutt.  Honda covers for 2.  AKIRA comes in and drops Honda with an enzuigiri.  Mikami dropkicks Hashi and tags in Choshu.  Choshu hits Honda with a Riki lariat and goes for the Scorpion Death Lock.  Hashi saves and gets thrown outside.  Shiga tags in.  Shiga and Honda double team Choshu.  Choshu rallies and tags in AKIRA.  AKIRA runs wild on Shiga and drops him with a kick for 2.  AKIRA slams Shiga and hits the Musasabi press.  Honda saves.  Mikami tags in and shoulder blocks Shiga.  Honda tags in and trades elbows with Mikami.  Honda hits a sandbag German suplex for 2, as Choshu saves.  Honda slams Mikami.  Hashi hits a diving headbutt.  Cover, but partners save.  Clusterfuck breaks out.  Hashi hits Mikami with his Michinoku Driver II (I can never remember what he calls it) for the pin in 9:32.  Okay little match again.

J Sports Crown Openweight Six Man Tag Tournament – Semifinal: NO LIMIT & Dick Togo vs. Hirooki Goto & Apollo 55 (IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi).  NO LIMIT jump their opponents before the bell, as usual.  Everybody brawls all over the place.  NO LIMIT double team Devitt in the ring.  Devitt hits them both with a dropkick.  Apollo 55 double team Togo.  They try to double team Yujiro, but he cuts Devitt off and Naito hits Taguchi wiht a issile dropkick.  Yujiro and Togo beat up Devitt on the outside.  Back inside, Yujiro works over Devitt.  Togo tags in and takes a turn.  Naito chokes Devitt with a towel.  Togo sentons Devitt against Naito’s knees.  Naito covers for 2.  Yujiro tags in.  Devitt tries to fight back, but gets cut off quickly.  Togo tags in an dlocks Devitt in a rear chin lock.  Goto comes in and kicks Togo until he breaks it.  Devitt and Togo trade shots.  Naito knees Devitt in the back from the apron.  Naito and Togo try to double team, but Devitt nails Yujiro with a dropkick and makes the tag to Taguchi.  Taguchi runs wild.  He goes for the Three Amigos, but Togo counters the third into a small package for 2.  Togo lands on his feet from a German suplex.  They do a double clothesline spot.  Goto tags in and gets double teamed by NO LIMIT.  Naito gets 2 off of a senton splash.  NO LIMIT and Togo go for a triple team, but Apollo 55 cut them off.  Goto hits Naito with a superplex.  Goto and Apollo 55 triple team Naito.  Apollo 55 go outside to brawl with Togo and Yujiro.  The heels make it back in the ring.  NO LIMIT hit their clothesline –> jackknife hold finish, but Apollo 55 save.  Naito and Goto counter each other.  Goto hits a lariat and the Shouten for the pin in 10:24.  Fine little match.

J Sports Crown Openweight Six Man Tag Tournament – Semifinal: Shinsuke Nakamura, Masato Tanaka, & Tomohiro Ishii vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi, TAJIRI, & KUSHIDA.  Eternal ricals Nakamura and Tanahashi start.  They fuck around a bit, then lock up and wrestle.  Stalemate, applause.  They trade arm locks.  Tanahashi locks in a cross armbreaker.  Nakamura easily reverses it.  Tanahashi gets the ropes.  Nakamura hits him with some knee lifts.  Tanahashi lands a dropkick.  Nakamura bails.  Tanaka and TAJIRI tag in.  ECW!  ECW!  ECW!  They lock up.  TAJIRI hits an arm drag.  Tanaka replies in kind.  Tanaka hits a shoulder block for 1.  Stalemate, applause.  TAJIRI lands a kick.  Tanaka hits an elbow smash.  TAJIRI replies with his handspring elbow smash.  They trade arm drags.  Stalemate, applause.  Really fun exchange.  KUSHIDA and Ishii tag in.  KUSHIDA throws some ineffective forearms and gets dropped with a shoulder block.  KUSHIDA lands some more forearms and a slap.  Ishii challenges KUSHIDA to shoulder block up.  KUSHIDA drops him with one.  Ishii bails, then avoids a dive and whips KUSHIDA into the barricade.  Ishii beats him up in the crowd and hits  and chokes him with a chair.  Ishii continues to abuse KUSHIDA back inside.  Nakamura tags in and disdainfully kicks the crap out of KUSHIDA.  Nakamura is an awesome “Don’t give a fuck” bastard heel.  Nakamura hits a knee drop for 2, as Tanahashi saves.  Tanaka tags in and hits some elbows on KUSHIDA.  Cover, but TAJIRI saves.  Tanaka hits a brainbuster for 2.  Ishii tags in and kicks KUSHIDA in the face.  KUSHIDA punches Ishii in the belly.  Ishii headbutts him down.  Ishii hits a corner lariat.  Cover, but Tanahashi saves.  Tanaka tags in, lands an elbow smash, and gets dropped with a dropkick.  TAJIRI gets the tag and brawls with Tanaka.  TAJIRI hits a spinning headscissors and a spin kick for 2.  TAJIRI lands some chops.  Tanaka counters a tornado DDT, but TAJIRI hits him with a Lung Blower for 2.  Ishii tags in.  TAJIRI kicks him in the face and tags in Tanahashi.  Tanahashi runs wild until he gets cut off but Tanaka and Nakamura in the corner.  Nakamura & co. triple team Tanahashi.  Ishii hits a powerslam, but KUSHIDA saves.  Tanahashi hits the Sling Blade and goes up top, but Nakamura and Tanaka cut him off.  Ishii hits a superplex and a powerbomb, but KUSHIDA saves.  Tanahashi ducks Nakamura’s Boma Ye.  Clusterfuck ensues.  Tanahashi hits Ishii with the Sling Blade, then pins him with a crucifix hold in 12:09.  Really fun match.  Best of the night so far.  The final is looking awesome.

Intermission.  Highlights of earlier matches.  Hype for matches to come.

IWGP Tag Team Champions Bad Intentions & King Fale vs. Yuji Nagata, Wataru Inoue, & Mitsuhide Hirasawa of Aogi-gun.  Anderson wants to start with Nagata, but Bernard orders him out of the ring.  Bernard and Nagata start, but Anderson tags himself in immediately.  Nagata lands some kicks and clamps on a rear chin lock.  Anderson fires back… and crotches himself in the corner.  Nagata kicks him in the ass, then wrings his arm and tags in Inoue.  Nagata and Inoue alternate chops and kicks, then hit a double shoulder block.  Fale takes in and locks up with Inoue.  The young lion overpowers Inoue.  Inoue wrings his arm, then lands some chops.  Fale absorbs them and chops Inoue down.  Fale slams Inoue for 2.  Inoue gets a Fujiwara armbar, but Fale reaches the ropes.  Hirasawa tags in.  Fale powers him into the corner and tags in Bernard.  Hirasawa lands some forearms, but gets dropped with a lariat.  Bad Intentions and Fale triple team young Hirasawa into oblivion.  Anderson covers, but Nagata saves.  Hirasawa remains in peril for a while.  Bernard accidentally drops Anderson with an elbow smash, allowing Hirasawa to make the hot tag to Nagata.  Nagata runs wild and hits Bernard with a Shining Wizard for 2.  Nagata locks in the Nagata Lock II.  Fale saves.  Nagata throws him outside.  Bad Intentions double team Nagata.  Nagata rallies and hits Bernard with an Exploder.  Inoue tags in against Anderson.  Anderson calls for a brainbuster.  Inoue counters him, but gets caught with a spinebuster.  Fale tags in and beats up Inoue.  Fale hits a Samoan drop, but Nagata and Hirasawa save.  Aogi-gun triple team Fale.  Bad Intentions and Fale triple team Inoue.  Everybody brawls outside, leaving Fale and Inoue in the ring.  Fale lands some chops.  Inoue counters a Samoan drop attempt.  They trade chops.  Inoue hits a spear for the pin in 11:11.  Another terrifically fun match.

Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka, & Gedo of CHAOS vs. IWGP Heavyweight Champion Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, & Austin Creed.  CHAOS jumps the opposing team before the bell like always.  They isolate and kick the crap out of Makabe.  When it breaks down into a tag match, Makabe fights back against Gedo.  Yano and Iizuka go after him, but hit hits them with a double clothesline.  Creed tags in and shines against Gedo.  Creed hits a lariat, but Yano saves.  After some cheating on the outside by CHAOS, Yano tags in and beats up Creed.  Iizuka takes a turn and chokes Creed while Gedo distracts the referee.  Creed hits a cross body and tags in Honma.  Honma fires some chops at Iizuka, then hits him with a bulldog headlock.  Honma knocks Yano and Gedo off the apron, then slams Iizuka and goes for a diving headbutt.  Iizuka avoids it.  Yano knocks Makabe and Creed off of the apron.  Iizuka throws Honma outside, where Yano hits him with a chair.  Iizuka beats up Makabe in the crowd.  Honma beats the count back into the ring and gets abused some more.  Iizuka chokes Honma with a rope.  Iizuka locks Honma in a front chancery.  Honma pushes him to the corner and tags in Makabe, but the referee didn’t see it.  Yano hits Honma in the back with a chair.  Iizuka covers, but the referee refuses to count because Honma’s foot is on the bottom rope.  Honma fights back against Yano and makes the hot tag to Makabe.  Makabe runs wild.  He hits a Northern Lights suplex hold on Yano for 2.  Makabe goes for a German, but Yano fights out.  Makabe hits the ropes and gets tripped by Iizuka,  Yano hits Makabe with the least explosive Exploder I’ve ever seen and tags in Gedo.  Gedo kicks Makabe in the face for 2.  Iizuka tries to use the metal hand, but Creed dropkicks him.  Makabe hits Gedo with a powerslam.  Clusterfuck going on.  Makabe hits Gedo with a lariat and the diving King Kong knee drop for the pin in 12:33.  Fun match.  I love heel Iizuka.

J Sports Crown Openweight Six Man Tag Tournament – Final: Hirooki Goto & Apollo 55 vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi, TAJIRI, & KUSHIDA.  Everybody shakes hands.  Tanahashi and Gedo wrestle.  Stalemate, applause.  Awesome.  Tanahashi lands an elbow smash.  Goto kicks him in the face.  Devitt and KUSHIDA tag in and trade arm locks.  More awesomeness.  Apollo 55 and Goto take turns wringing KUSHIDA’s arm.  KUSHIDA takes Taguchi down with a side headlock and tags in TAJIRI.  TAJIRI swivels his hips.  Taguchi responds in kind.  They lock up and wrestle.  Still more awesomeness.  TAJIRI gets Taguchi in a wonky surfboard hold.  KUSHIDA hits him with a move from that position.  Tanahashi & co. work over Taguchi.  Tanahashi locks Taguch in the Dragon sleeper, but Goto saves.  KUSHIDA tags in and hits a basement dropkick and a standing moonsault press.  Goto saves in.  Tanahashi tags back in.  Taguchi fights back and makes the tag to Goto.  Goto cleans house.  He hits Tanahashi with a diving elbow drop for 2.  Tanahashi and Goto trade forearms.  Tanahashi hits the Sling Blade.  TAJIRI tags in and lands some kicks.  Goto wipes him out with a spin kick and tags in Devitt.  Devitt hits TAJIRI with a missile dropkick and goes for a brainbuster.  TAJIRI counters and hits a Lung Blower for 2.  KUSHIDA tags in.  TAJIRI and KUSHIDA double team Devitt.  Tanahashi knows Goto and Taguchi off the apron.  KUSHIDA hits Devitt with a moonsault press, but Goto saves again.  Goto clotheslines Tanahashi to the floor and tumbles out with him.  Apollo 55 use their superieor teamwork to overcome TAJIRI and KUSHIDA.  Devitt cradles KUSHIDA for 2.  KUSHIDA gets a backslide for 2.  Devitt hits the Pele kick and a brainbuster for 2.  Devitt hits the diving stomp, but Tanahashi and TAJIRI save.  Taguchi and Goto hit dives on TAJIRI and Tanahashi.  Devitt hits KUSHIDA with the Bloody Sunday for the pin in 13:59.  Really good match.  “You’re The Best” plays since Devitt got the fall, so that’s a double win!  Big celebration and prize presentation ceremony for the tournament winners.  Takashi Iizuka randomly appears in the crowd and puts ring boy Kyosuke Mikami to sleep.  Tanahashi wants to fight Iizuka, but TAJIRI holds him back.

Highlights of the final.  The announcers talk to close out the show.

Really fun show with several quality matches.  I especially loved the final and second semifinal. Shin Nihon Puroresu-ga dai suki desu yo!

NJPW “J Sports Crown Openweight Six Man Tag Tournament” Night 2 6/29/10

Posted in NJPW with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2010 by Grappleholic

The announcers hype the show.  At least, that’s what I always assume they’re doing.  I wish I understood Japanese.

They air highlights of yesterday’s tournament matches, then air graphics of all of the trios in the tournament.  The announcer reads tonight’s card.

Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka, & Gedo of CHAOS vs. Manabu Nakanishi, Koji Kanemoto, & El Samurai.  Both of these teams lost their first round matches yesterday.  Nakanishi and Yano lock up.  Nakanishi powers him into the ropes and gives a clean break.  Yano cheap shots Nakanishi, then fails to shoulder block him.  Nakanishi shows that he is much better at shoulder blocking.  And forearm throwing.  And chopping.  And suplexing.  Samurai tags in and stomps Yano.  Yano rakes his eyes and tags in Iizuka.  Iizuka is my favorite crazy heel in wrestling right now.  Iizuka works over Samurai, then tags in Gedo.  Samurai fights back against Gedo and tags in Kanemoto.  Kanemoto schools Gedo and gives him the face wash.  Kanemoto locks in the ankle lock.  Yano saves and throws him outside.  Everybody brawls at ringside.  Kanemoto gets back in the ring and locks Gedo in the ankle lock again.  Yano saves again.  Iizuka throws Kanemoto into the guardrail, then hits him with a chair.  Yano beats up Kanemoto back inside.  Iizuka tags in and takes a turn.  Iizuka chokes Kanemoto with a rope behind the referee’s back.  Cover gets 2.  Kanemoto tries to fight back, but Iizuka no sells and rakes his eyes.  Yano tags in.  Kanemoto drops him with some kicks and makes the tag to Nakanishi.  Nakanishi runs wild and chops Yano a bunch.  Nakanishi hits a suplex drop and a knee drop for 2.  He locks Yano in the Argetine backbreaker.  Gedo tries to break it, but gets booted in the face.  Nakanishi releases Yano to deck Iizuka.  Yano rakes Nakanishi’s eyes, then tags in Iizuka.  Nakanishi suplexes both of them.  Samurai tags in and hits a double missile dropkick.  Samurai gets Iizuka with a sunset flip for 2.  Samurai hits the reverse DDT and the diving headbutt, then locks in the chickenwing armlock.  Yano and Gedo save.  Nakanishi and Kanemoto throw them to the floor.  Iizuka locks Samurai in the sleeper hold for the win in 10:45.  Fun match.  No surprise there.

Tamon Honda, Kentaro Shiga, & Makoto Hashi vs. Yuji Nagata, Wataru Inoue, & Mitsuhide Hirasawa of Aogi-gun.  Nagata and Honda face off, but a clusterfuck brawl breaks out first.  Nagata kicks Honda in the face.  Hashi tags in and trade strikes with Nagata.  Nagata wins the exchange and tags in Inoue.  Nagata and Inoue alternate chops and kicks, then hit a double shoulder block.  Shiga and Hirasawa tag in and trade shots.  Hirasawa scores a knockdown with a shoulder block.  Nagata tags in and works Shiga’s arm over.  Hirasawa comes back in and Shiga takes over on him.  Hirasawa is sent to the floor to get beaten up by Hashi and Shiga.  Hashi hits a diving headbutt off the apron.  Back inside, Shiga covers for 2.  Honda tags in and locks in a guillotine with Shiga holding Hirasawa’s legs against the ropes.  I don’t get it.  Hashi tags in and headbutts Hirasawa a bunch.  Hashi hits a slam and a diving headbutt for 2, as Nagata and Inoue save.  Shiga and Hashi double team Hirasawa, then knock Nagata and Inoue off the apron.  Shiga locks Hirasawa in a half crab while Hashi headbutts him.  Nagata saves.  Hirasawa and Hashi trade headbutts.  Hashi wins that exchange since headbutts are his thing.  Honda tags in and locks Hirasawa in a standing arm triangle choke.  Hirasawa gets to the ropes.  Hirasawa lands a shoulder block and tags in Nagata.  Nagata works over Honda.  Hashi tries top intervene, but gets thrown out of the ring.  Nagata locks Honda in the Nagata Lock II.  Hashi saves.  Nagata slaps him silly and throws him out of the ring again.  Honda takes Nagata down by the leg, mocks him by doing the Nagata salute, and clamps on an STF.  Inoue saves.  Hashi comes in and hits Nagata with headbutts and chops.  Honda and Hashi alternate headbutts.  Hashi goes op top, but Inoue grabs his leg.  Nagata hits Honda with an Exploder off the top rope for 2.  Inoue tags in and throws a bunch of forearms.  Hashi replies in kind.  Inoue wins the exchange and covers for 2.  Inoue hits the Staggerin’ Blow for 2.  Inoue locks in the Triangle Lancer.  Everybody else brawls outside.  Honda makes it in to save and gives Inoue a sandbag German suplex.  Nagata comes in and boots Honda in the face.  Hirasawa and Shiga tag in and go at it.  Shiga locks in an Octopus hold.  Nagata and Inoue save.  Aogi-gun triple team Shiga.  Hirasawa hits a diving elbow drop, but Honda and Hashi save.  Aogi-gun lock in triple stereo submission holds.  Shiga, the legal man, gets a rope break, so everyone releases their holds.  Hirasawa hits a Rock Bottom, but Hashi saves.  Inoue throws him outside.  They brawl on the floor.  Shiga gets Hirasawa with a ground Cobra Twist for the pin in 14:00.  Another really fun match.  That’s the theme of this tournament, it seems.

J Sports Crown Openweight Six Man Tag Tournament – Round 2: Super Strong Machine, Pink Strong Machine (Yutaka Yoshie), & Tonga Strong Machine (Tama Tonga) vs. Hirooki Goto & Apollo 55 (IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi).  Goto and Apollo 55 go on the attack.  Yoshie knocks them all down, then splashes them all.  Yoshie whips them all into the corner and goes for a splash, but the avoid it and drop him with a dropkick.  Super Strong Machine and Taguchi go at it, trading arm locks.  Tonga tags in and headbutts Taguchi because headbutting is the game of Islanders and Makoto Hashi.  Goto, Devitt, and Taguchi take turns cranking on Tonga’s arm for a bit.  Apollo 55 hit a double team sequence.  Devitt covers for 2.  Tonga headbutts him, then tags in Yoshie.  Yoshie uses ASS POWER on Devitt and gives him a stink face.  Super tags in and hits an elbow smash for 2.  The Strong Machines take turns beating up Devitt.  Goto tags in and runs wild.  He and Yoshie clothesline each other.  Yoshie wins that battle with his hugeness.  Yoshie goes for a splash, but Goto avoids getting pancaked.  Super Strong Machine gets triple teamed.  Goto hits him with a diving elbow drop, but Yoshie saves.  Taguchi tags in and kicks Machine for 2.  The Machines triple team Taguchi.  Super hits him with a DDT and a senton splash.  Yoshie goes for a senton and misses, but Tonga hits one.  Taguchi still got the better of that deal.  Clusterfuck.  Tonga hits Goto and Devitt with a rebound cross body.  Taguchi and Tonga do a couple of standing switches.  Taguchi htis a front suplex.  Yoshie comes in to save, but ends up splashing his own partner.  Goto throws Yoshie out of the ring.  Taguchi hits Tonga with a bicycle kick and a fisherman buster for 2.  Taguchi hits Tonga with the Dodon for the pin in 9:59.  This match was, you guessed it, fun!

J Sports Crown Openweight Six Man Tag Tournament – Round 2: NO LIMIT & Dick Togo vs. IWGP Tag Team Champions Bad Intentions & King Fale.  Naito sees that he’s up against Giant Bernard and tries to tag out, but neither of his partners want any of that.  They lock up.  Bernard pushes Naito into the ropes, teases chopping the shit out of him, and gives a clean break.  They trade arm locks.  Bernard hits a clothesline.  Naito avoids an elbow drop and bails to recover from getting clotheslined in the face.  Yujiro and Anderson tag in and go at it.  Yujiro grabs a side headlock, then lands a shoulder block.  Anderson dropkicks Yujiro’s leg.  Togo tags in.  Anderson hits an arm drag and cranks on his arm.  King Fale tags in and continues the arm work.  Bernard tags in and kicks Togo in the arm, then headbutts it.  Ouch.  Bad Intentions take turns dropping elbows, knees, and torsos on Togo.  Anderson covers after a knee drop, but Naito slaps him in the head to break it.  Bernard chases Naito back to his corner.  Anderson covers again for 2.  Togo rakes Anderson’s eyes and takes him down.  Yujiro taks in and throws Anderson outside.  He decks Bernard and Fale on the apron, but doesn’t knock them off.  NO LIMIT beat  up Anderson on the floor.  Back inside, Yujiro covers for 2.  Yujiro grounds & pounds Anderson.  NO LIMIT and Togo triple team Anderson.  Naito holds Anderson against his knees while Togo hits a Swanton bomb.  Naito covers for 2.  Togo tags in and hits the Eddie hilo for 2.  Anderson continues to play face in peril.  He drops Naito with a dropkick and makes the hot tag to Bernard.  Bernard runs wild and hits a big splash on Naito, but Togo saves.  Bad Intentions hit Togo with a double team side slam/neckbreaker.  Naito tries a sunset flip and narrowly avoids Bernard sitting on him.  Naito rocks Bernard with an enzuigiri.  Fale and Yujiro tag in.  Fale runs wild and hits a fall away slam for 2.  Ban Intentions knock Naito and Togo off the apron.  Yujiro gets triple teamed.  Bernard squashes him with a big splash.  Fale covers, but Naito and and Togo save.  Bad Intentions take them outside.  Fale and Yujiro trade shots.  Naito and Togo come back in for some triple teaming.  Yujiro hits a lariat, but Anderson saves.  Clusterfuck.  Bernard squashes Togo and Naito in the corner.  Bad Intentions play ping pong with Yujiro’s head.  Bernard gets tripped from the outside.  Yujiro powerslams Anderson.  Yujiro hits a German suplex hold on Fale for 2.  Yujiro slams Fale and hits a diving leg drop for the pin in 14:41.  Yet another fun wrestling match.  This is why I love New Japan.

Intermission!  Clips from earlier matches!

King of Sports!  New Japan Pro Wrestling!

J Sports Crown Openweight Six Man Tag Tournament – Round 2: Riki Choshu, AKIRA, & Taichi vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi, TAJIRI, & KUSHIDA.  Tanahashi and Choshu lock up, the modern day superstar against the legend.  Tanahashi lands a dropkick, then gets a side headlock takeover.  Choshu hits a shin breaker.  AKIRA and TAJIRI tag in and trade hammerlocks.  AKIRA lands a dropkick and spins up.  TAJIRI hits the handspring elbow.  They trade arm drags.  Stalemate, applause!  I love Japanese fans.  Taichi and KUSHIDA tag in and trade shots.  They kind of fuck up a rana, then go outside.  Taichi hits a tilt a whirl backbreaker on the floor.  Back inside, Choshu tags in and hits a suplex, then snapmares KUSHIDA and clamps on a rear chin lock.  AKIRA tags in and hits a body slam for 2.  Taichi tags in and works over KUSHIDA a bit.  Tanahashi tags in and works over Taichi a bit.  TAJIRI stomps Taichi in the corner, then kicks him hard in the back for 2.  TAJIRI hits a suplex for 2.  TAJIRI thrust kicks AKIRA off the apron.  Tanahashi decks CHoshu.  Taichi rams KUSHIDA’s face into Tanahashi’s ass, then rams TAJIRI’s face into KUSHIDA’s balls.  Taichi hits a backbreaker on TAJIRI.  Choshu tags in and hits an enzui lariat, then locks in the Scorpion Death Lock.  Tanahashi saves.  KUSHIDA tags in, misses a dropkick, and eats a Riki lariat.  AKIRA tags in.  They do a couple of standing switches.  TAJIRI kicks AKIRA in the back of the head.  KUSHIDA gets a backslide for 2.  AKIRA hits an enzuigiri for 2, as TAJIRI saves.  TAJIRI and Taichi brawl outside.  Taichi comes back in and hits KUSHIDA with a flapjack.  AKIRA follows with the Musasabi press.  Tanahashi saves at 2.  KUSHIDA hits AKIRA with a diving cross body.  Tanahashi tags in and gets dropped with an enzuigiri.  AKIRA hits a jumping lariat.  Tanahashi hits the Sling Blade.  Clusterfuck ensues.  Tanahashi hits an over the shoulder powerslam and the High Fly Flow on AKIRA for the pin in 13:31.  The match was very enjoyable, of course.  As Tanahashi is leaving, Takashi Iizuka appears and puts him down with the sleeper hold!  What a bastard!

J Sports Crown Openweight Six Man Tag Tournament – Round 2: Shinsuke Nakamura, Masato Tanaka, & Tomohiro Ishii vs. IWGP Heavyweight Champion Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, & Austin Creed.  The CHAOS/Tanaka team jump the GBH/Creed team before the bell.  Makabe goes lariat crazy and cleans house.  Honma and Creed hit Ishii with a double dropkick.  Nakamura goes STRONG STYLE CRAZY (My new term.  I’m copyrighting it.) on Makabe.  Tanaka and Creed lock up and trade holds.  That’s a very random match-up.  Creed hits a cross body and a body slam while making sound effects.  Awesome.  Creed hits a jumping fist drop for 2.  Honma tags in wrestles with Tanaka.  Awesome.  Ishii tags in and trades chops with Honma.  That’s also awesome.  Honma wins the chop off, then knocks Ishii down with a shoulder block.  Honma hits a bulldog headlock and goes up top.  Tanaka throws him off.  Ishii decks Makabe and Creed on the apron.  Tanaka takes Honma outside and throws him into the barricades, then breaks a cheap Japanese folding chair across his back.  Nakamura tags in and lands a bunch of knees on Honma.  Tanaka tags in and hits Honma with an elbow smash and a lariat for 2.  Honma hits an awesome sandbag suplex on Tanaka.  He goes for a tag, but Nakamura and Ishii prevent it.  Nakamura and Makabe fight outside.  Ishii and Tanaka double team Honma.  Ishii covers for 2.  Honma and Ishii trade shots.  Creed tags in and wins wild.  Creed ducks Ishii’s lariats and hits a flying headscissors.  Creed dances around and Ishii with a punch or an elbow for 2.  Nakamura & co. triple team Creed.  Nakamura hits a pumphandle suplex.  Honma saves at 2.  Nakamura goes for the Boma Ye, but Creed prevents it.  Creed drops Nakamura with a big kick.  Makabe gets the tag and runs wild.  He’s going lariat crazy again!  Makabe hits Nakamura with corner punches.  Makabe hits a Northern Lights suplex hold for 2.  Makabe goes for a German, but Nakamura fights out.  Nakamura drops Makabe with a spin kick and makes the tag to Tanaka.  Tanaka drops Makabe with a lariat.  Tanaka knocks Honma and Creed off the apron as Ishii hits a superplex on Makabe.  Tanaka hits a branbuster, but Honma and Creed save.  Everybody brawls.  Tanaka blasts Makabe with the rolling elbow for 2.  Tanaka slams Makabe and hits a powerbomb for 2.  Makabe hits a lariat and goes up top.  Tanaka avoids the diving knee drop.  Tanaka goes for the Sliding D, but Makabe catches him with a Mandible Claw or something.  Nakamura hits Makabe with the Boma Ye to the back of the head.  Tanaka hits Makabe with the Sliding D for the pin in 15:23.  Tanaka pinned the champion!  I loved this match.

They wrap up the show with clips from earlier matches and such.  The announcers talk about the semifinals that will be held tomorrow.

Great show!  Fun matches from top to bottom.  This is what Pro Wrestling should be!

NJPW “J Sports Crown Openweight Six Man Tag Tournament” Night 1 6/28/10

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The announcers hype up the show, then we get an opening video.  The ring announcer reads tonight’s card.

Kyosuke Mikami vs. Taichi.  Taichi recently lost his hair in Mexico, so he’s wearing a mask and a blond wig.  Young lion Mikami goes on the attack immediately until Taichi hits him with a big boot and a basement dropkick.  They trade chops.  Taichi lands a spin kick to the gut, then drops Mikami with another kick for 2.  Taichi kicks the crap out of Mikami some more.  Taichi applies a rear chin lock, then releases it and just beats up Mikami some more.  Taichi hits a back body drop and a body slam for 2.  Mikami fires back with chops.  Taichi kicks his leg out from under him.  Taichi goes to work on the leg and applies a half crab.  Mikami gets a rope break.  Mikami throws some forearms and scores a knockdown with a shoulder block.  Mikami hits a sit-out Alabama Slam for 2.  Taichi hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker and a big boot for 2.  Taichi gets Mikami in a wacky cross legged Tombstone submission hold, then hits another backbreaker.  Taichi lands another kick for 2.  Taichi hits a sliding kick for the pin in 7:14.  Good little opener.

Shinsuke Nakamura, Masato Tanaka, & Tomohiro Ishii vs. Riki Choshu, King Fale, & Tama Tonga.  Tanaka and Fale lock up and trade arm locks.  Tanaka takes the big rookie down for some sweet mat wrestling.  Tanaka wrings Fale’s arm and tags in Nakamura, who promptly knees Fale in the face.  Nakamura continues working the arm.  Fale tags in Choshu, who does more sweet wrestling with Nakamura.  Ishii tags in and hits Choshu with some heavy chops.  Choshu takes him down and tags in Tonga.  Choshu and Tonga split the wishbone on Ishii.  Ishii and Tonga trade chops.  Ishii rakes Tonga’s face.  Choshu tags in and clamps on a rear chin lock.  Tanaka tags in and chops Choshu, but he too is immediately taken down.  Fale tags in and hammers Tanaka, then locks in a sleeper.  Tonga tags in and whips Tanaka into his own corner, where he tags Ishii.  Ishii clamps on a side headlock.  Tonga hits a hip toss, an arm drag, and a dropkick, then a corner splash and a monkey flip.  Tonga hits the Perfect neck snap for 2.  Ishii tires of that shit and runs wild briefly, then sends Tonga to the floor.  Tanaka whips Tonga into the crowd and hits him with a chair.  Back inside, Ishii blasts Tonga with chops and tags in Nakamura, who kicks the shit out of Tonga for a bit.  Tanaka tags in the continue the beating and hits a running elbow smash to the corner for 2.  Tanaka hammers Tonga with more elbows.  Tonga catches him with a spinning sidewalk slam.  Choshu tags in and hits Tanaka with a world famous Riki lariat.  Choshu and Fale double team Tanaka.  Choshu locks in the Scorpion Death Lock.  Nakamura saves.  Fale tags in and downs Tanaka with a big boot.  Ishii comes in and eats a big boot and a shoulder block.  Fale and Tanaka counter each other.  Nakamura comes in and beats up Fale.  Fale drops Nakamura with a big shoulder block and hits a Samoan drop for 2.  Nakamura locks in a sleeper, then turns it into a sweet reverse powerslam.  Choshu and Tonga save.  Tanaka and Ishii take them outside.  Nakamura hits Fale with the Boma Ye for the pin in 12:03.  Really fun match.

J Sports Crown Openweight Six Man Tag Tournament – Round 1: Hirooki Goto & Apollo 55 (IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi) vs. Manabu Nakanishi, Koji Kanemoto, & El Samurai.  Goto and Nakanishi lock up.  Nakanishi pushes Goto to the ropes and gives a clean break.  Repeat in reverse, but Goto kicks Nakanishi in the gut and clamps on a side headlock.  Nakanishi drops Goto with a shoulder block.  Goto lands some forearms.  Nakanishi drops him with a lariat.  Kanemoto tags in and trades shots with Goto.  Goto turns Kanemoto completely over with a German suplex and tags in Devitt.  Apollo 55 double team Kanemoto.  Devitt covers for 2.  Apollo 55 make quick tags and work Kanemoto’s arm.  Taguchi covers for 2.  Kanemoto and Taguchi trade kicks.  Taguchi realizes he’s not winning that battle and attacks the arm again.  Kanemoto avoids a missile dropkick and kicks Taguchi in the head.  Kanemoto does the face wash in the corner.  Taguchi drops him with an enzuigiri and tries to German suplex him out of the ring.  That fails, but Taguchi lands a dropkick.  Taguchi goes for a dive to the outside, but Kanemoto avoids it and whips him into and over the barricade.  Nakanishi tags in and hammers Taguchi with a big chop, then holds him for Kanemoto to land a chop and a middle kick.  Nakanishi hits a choke bomb and tags in Samurai.  Samurai works over Taguchi.  Kanemoto tags in and hits a backdrop suplex for 2 as Nakanishi knocks Devitt and Goto off of the apron.  Kanemoto drops Taguchi with a flurry of knees and kicks.  Nakanishi tags in and puts the boots to him.  Taguchi drops some irrelevant forearms to Nakanishi.  Nakanishi throws one and drops Taguchi.  Taguchi staggers Nakanishi with a dropkick and tags in Goto.  Goto drops Nakanishi with a lariat.  Kanemoto goes after Goto, but gets suplexed for his trouble.  Goto hits a corner lariat and a diving elbow drop for 2.  Nakanishi and Goto trade forearms.  Nakanishi slaps Goto.  Goto hits a lariat.  Apollo 55 knock Kanemoto and Samurai off the apron.  Apollo 55 do a sweet spot where Devitt springboards over Goto to hit Nakanishi in the corner, but Taguchi springboards over both of them!  Nakanishi manages to drop Goto with a throw.  Samurai and Devitt tag in.  Samurai runs wild.  Kanemoto hits the face wash.  Nakanishi and Kanemoto take out Taguchi and Goto.  Samurai hits Devitt with the reverse DDT and the diving headbutt for 2.  Samurai locks in the chickenwing armlock.  Taguchi saves.  Samurai goes for a Frankensteiner off the top rope, but Devitt holds on to the ropes to save himself.  Devitt hits the Ghetto Stomp, but Kanemoto and Nakanishi saves.  Clusterfuck ensues.  Taguchi hits the Dodon on Kanemoto.  Devitt hits Samurai with an enzuigiri and the Bloody Sunday for the pin in 12:18.  Another really fun match.  Devitt is the best around!  Nothing’s gonna ever keep him down!

J Sports Crown Openweight Six Man Tag Tournament – Round 1: NO LIMIT & Dick Togo vs. Yuji Nagata, Wataru Inoue, & Mitsuhide Hirasawa of Aogi-gun.  The heels jump Nagata to start.  Togo completely whiffs a dropkick.  Nagata hits him with a shoulder block, then beats him up and throws him to his corner.  Nagata beats on Yujiro.  Hirasawa tags in and stomps on Yujiro.  Nagata stomps him harder, as if to say “This is how it’s done!”  Hirasawa learns from this and stomps him harder.  Hirasawa and Yujiro go back and forth.  Inoue and Naito tag in and lock up.  Naito locks Inoue in a rear chin lock.  They trade chops.  The heel team triple team Inoue for a bit, then keep the heat on him.  Yujiro and Togo distract the referee as Naito chokes Inoue with his towel.  Inoue continues to play face in peril.  Nagata tires of Yujiro’s shit and brings in a chair.  This distracts the referee so the heels can triple team Inoue some more.  Inoue manages to hit a drop move on Togo.  NO LIMIT knock his partners.  Yujiro accidentally spears Naito.  Nagata gets the hot tag and kicks the shit out of Togo.  Nagata hits an Exploder for 2.  Togo hits a rana and tags in Yujiro.  Nagata and Yujiro trade shots.  They seem to hate each other especially.  Yujiro lands a HARD slap and a lariat.  Nagata springs up and boots him in the face.  Nagata hits a belly to belly overhead throw.  Yujiro hits a powerslam.  Naito and Hirasawa tag in and slug it out.  Naito lands an elbow smash.  Togo knocks Nagata and Inoue off the apron.  Inoue and Togo do a cool double team sequence for 2.  Hirasawa spears Naito, then slams Togo.  Nagata boots Yujiro off the apron.  Nagata & co. triple team Naito.  Togo comes back in to save.  He throws out Inoue, then gets thrown out by Hirasawa.  Hirasawa hits a German suplex on Naito, but Yujiro saves.  Nagata takes him out.  Naito kicks Hirasawa in the balls.  Yujiro lariats Hirasawa, then Naito gets him with a jackknife hold for the pin in 12:14.  Another fun match!  And I’m not angry or depressed at the state of wrestling!  This beats the shit out watching WWE or TNA.

The announcers talk.  Must be intermission.  Yep.  They show highlights from earlier matches.

J Sports Crown Openweight Six Man Tag Tournament – Round 1: Tamon Honda, Makoto Hashi, & Kentaro Shiga vs. IWGP Heavyweight Champion Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, & Austin Creed.  The ex-NOAH guys jump GBH and Creed.  Shiga works over Makabe with some kind of object.  Hashi and Creed tag in and trade arm locks.  Creed drops Hashi with a dropkick, then hits a sliding clothesline and an elbow drop for 1.  Honma tags in and cranks on Hashi’s arm.  Hashi rakes Honma’s eyes.  Honda tags in and gets beaten up by Honma.  Honda clamps on a front face lock.  Shiga and Hashi knock Honma’s teammates off of the apron, then they hold him up to help the front chancery… or something.  Hashi hits Honma with a diving headbutt from the apron to the floor that the camera didn’t focus on.  He does it again with the camera on him this time.  It was cool both times.  Hashi throws Honma back on.  Honda covers for 1.  Shiga tags in and hits a knee drop on Honma for 2.  Honma hits a suplex and reaches for a tag, but Honda cuts him off.  Honma gets headbutted a bunch.  Hashi ties Honma to the tree of woe and hits another headbutt.  That man loves him some headbutts.  Cover gets 2.  Honma continues to play face in peril.  Honda locks Honma one of his Olympic Hell holds, but Creed saves.  The ex-NOAH team’s MO is to knock Makabe and Creed off the apron, then triple team.  Makabe finally gets the hot tag and runs wild on Shiga.  Makabe hits a Northern Lights suplex hold for 2.  He flips off Shiga, then gets booted in the face, then drops him.  Hashi tags in and throws lariats at Makabe.  He’s not going to win th at game.  Shiga kicks Makabe from the apron allowing Hashi to finally drop him with a lariat.  Team ex-NOAH triple team Makabe.  Hashi hits a diving headbutt, but Creed saves.  Creed and Honma get thrown out again.  Hashi hits his Michinoku Driver II (he has a different name that I can’t recall) for 2.  Homma comes back in and hits a missile dropkick on Hashi.  Creed hits Hashi with an enzuigiri.  Makabe hits a lariat and covers, but Honda and Shiga save.  Creed and Honma take them out.  Makabe hits Hashi with a lariat and the diving King Kong knee drop for the pin in 13:51.  It was okay.  The worst match on the show so far, and still better than 90% of the WWE and TNA TV I watched this week.

J Sports Crown Openweight Six Man Tag Tournament – Round 1: Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka, & Gedo of CHAOS vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi, TAJIRI, & KUSHIDA.  KUSHIDA and Gedo go at it, because they hate the shit out of each other.  TAJIRI and Yano tag in.  TAJIRI offers a handshake.  Yano slaps his hand, then jumps him.  They go at it.  TAJIRI slaps Yano hard in the head a few times.  I love TAJIRI.  TAJIRI hits a sweet arm drag and a spin kick, then tags in Tanahashi.  TAJIRI hits Yano with a cross body and Tanahashi follows with a senton splash.  Iizuka jumps Tanahashi and beats him down in the CHAOS corner.  Iizuka chokes Tanahashi.  Tanahashi comes back and shines with a cross body lock and some sweet arm drags.  KUSHIDA tags in and beats up Iizuka.  Iizuka throws him out of the ring where Gedo wails on him with a Singapore cane.  Back inside, Gedo works over his hated rival.  KUSHIDA fights back.  Iizuka pulls his hair from the apron, then comes in and stomps on KUSHIDA.  The CHAOS team beat the crap out of all of their opponents.  KUSHIDA gets sent outside again.  Iizuka throws himk into the barricade and hits him with a chair.  KUSHIDA continues to play face in peril.  Yano hits him with a brainbuster, but Tanahashi saves.  Gedo tags in and hits a neckbreaker, but TAJIRI saves.  Iizuka chokes KUSHIDA with a chain.  KUSHIDA fights back against Iizuka.  KUSHIDA comes off the top rope, but Iizuka catches him with a punch to the middle.  KUSHIDA lands a dropkick and makes the hot tag to Tanahashi.  Tanahashi runs wild and hits the diving senton on Iizuka for 2.  Yano kicks Tanahashi from the apron.  Iizuka accidentally clocks Yano.  Tanahashi hits the Sling Blade and goes up top, but Gedo grabs his leg.  Iizuka throws him off Flair style.  Yano tags in.  Tanahashi lands an enzuigiri and tags in TAJIRI.  TAJIRI kicks the crap out of Yano.  Gedo tags in and gets the same treatment.  Iizuka jumps TAJIRI.  CHAOS triple teams TAJIRI.  TAJIRI rallies.  Clusterfuck ensues.  Tanahashi and KUSHIDA hit dives on Iizuka and Yano.  TAJIRI hits Gedo with the Buzzsaw kick for the pin in 12:39.  Another really fun match.  Everybody keeps brawling.  Iizuka hits TAJIRI with the metal hand gimmick, then locks Tanahashi in the sleeper hold.  Iizuka and Gedo are my 2 favorite heels in the business right now.

The announcers talk again.  They show highlights of the last 2 matches.

Really fun show.  It’s just the pick me up I needed after suffering through a horrible week of WWE and TNA garbage.

New Japan “Resolution ’09” 4/5/09 (Repost)

Posted in NJPW with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 29, 2010 by Grappleholic

Originally posted on June 18, 2009.

Here we are with another great New Japan Sumo Hall event.  We get a video package, then the announcer running down the card for the audience, and at last, we’re off!

Kazuchika Okada vs. Koji Kanemoto.  Young lion Okada is full of piss and vinegar, and takes the fight right to the more experienced Kanemoto.  Kanemoto gets tired of this shit and delivers an ass kicking, consisting of kicks and bitch slaps.  Repeated face washes in the corner from Kanemoto, then Okada fights back and gives him a taste of his own medicine.  Kanemoto lays in some kicks and Okada is knocked outside.  Kanemoto follows him out for a moment, then comes back in to await the count.  Okada makes it back in at 16.  Kanemoto misses his diving flippy senton thing and Okada makes a comeback.  He goes up top, perhaps for a moonsault, but Kanemoto follows him up and teases a Tiger suplex off the top rope.  Okada fights him off and hits a diving lariat for a near fall.  Okada keeps fighting and gets some more near falls.  They trade strikes, then Kanemoto delivers a vicious head kick and a punch to the face, prompting the referee to stop the match at 8:28.  Fun match.  Okada is helped to the back.

Tomohiro Ishii, Jado, & Tomoaki Honma of GBH vs. Wataru Inoue, Milano Collection AT, & Taichi Ishikari.  Ishii and Inoue have been at war recently, and they go straight at each other to start.  Tag to Ishikari, who beats up Ishii for a moment before Ishii carries him to the GBH corner and tags in Honma.  Honma quickly tags out to Jado, then Ishikari tags in Milano.  Milano gets some kind of weird hold on Jado and the other guys start fighting outside.  Milano ties Jado up in the ropes and goes to hit the ropes on the other side, but Honma pulls him out and takes him out into the crowd to hit him with a chair.  Ishikari comes back in the ring to get his ass kicked by Jado.  The match gets back in order and Ishii tags in to beat up Milano.  Honma tags in and bites Milano’s head, then pounds him in the corner.  Ishii comes back in and goes for a lariat, but Milano avoids with the Matrix dodge and makes the hot tag to Inoue, who cleans GBH house.  Inoue hits a double underhook facebuster on Ishii for a near fall.  Tags to Ishikari and Honma.  Honma takes some punishment and gets superkicked by Ishikari and Milano for a near fall, which he is saved from.  Ishikari fires away again, but Honma drops him with a lariat, then hits a diving headbutt for the pin at 8:53.

NJPW Greatest Heritage: Masahiro Chono, Jushin Thunder Liger, & AKIRA vs. Riki Choshu, Super Strong Machine, & El Samurai.  Choshu is like 300 years old and sucks at this stage, but damn his music is catchy. Chono and Choshu start us off with some grumpy old guy brawling.  Machine comes in and works over Chono a bit, locking him in a leg hold before AKIRA saves.  Chono tags in AKIRA, and after a brief AKIRA/Machine exchange, Samurai tags in.  We finally get some Samurai/Liger goodness for a moment.  Samurai hits a tope suicida, then tags Choshu back in.  Team Chono works over Choshu a bit, then Samurai tags in and brawls with Chono.  Lots of quick tags, I presume because all of these guys are old and easily winded.  Choshu hits the Riki Lariat on AKIRA, then Machine follows with a senton for a near fall.  Samurai tags in and gets some quick cradle near falls on AKIRA.  Samurai hits the reverse DDT and a diving headbutt on AKIRA, then locks in the chickenwing armlock.  Liger makes the save.  Chono blasts Samurai with the Shining Yakuza kick, then AKIRA follows with the Musasabi press for the win at 8:21.

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Match: The Motor City Machine Guns (c) vs. Ryusuke Taguchi & Prince Devitt.  Taguchi and Devitt are collectively known as Apollo 55.  Sabin and Devitt go a bit, then Taguchi and Shelley.  There are two suicide dives in the first two minutes.  Taguchi and Devitt double team Shelley, then Sabin and Shelley double team Devitt.  Guns make quick tags and continue to work over Devitt.  Devitt fights back and makes the hot tag to the Funky Weapon, who proceeds to show the Guns why he is called the Master of the Dropkick.  Taguchi lands a superplex on Sabin, then turns it into the three amigos.  Taguchi goes for the Dodon, but Sabin counters it.  Guns hit the Magic Killer on Taguchi, and Sabin covers for a near fall.  Sabin lands a big dropkick that knocks Devitt off the apron.  Guns double team Taguchi and set up a Doomsday Device or something, but Devitt prevents it.  Taguchi gets a front cradle for a near fall, then a cross armed German on Shelly for another.  Devitt and Taguchi do some swank double teaming on Shelley and go for a cover, but Sabin makes the save.  Sabin gets sent out and Shelley gets double teamed some more.  They set up another big move, but Sabin saves again.  Shelley hits an Air Raid Crash on Taguchi, then Sabin hits a suicide dive to the outside onto him.  Quick stuff from Shelley and Devitt.  Devitt gets the better of it until Sabin comes back in.  Guns blast Devitt with a double superkick for a near fall.  Guns hit the Made In Detroit on Devitt and Shelley gets the pin at 12:55.  Really good match.  They shake hands afterwards.

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Match (Title vs. Mask): Tiger Mask IV (c) vs. Black Tiger V.  BT works an armlock to start, but TM hits a cool rolling thing to get out of it.  They work around slowly for a bit, then it gets quick and kinda interesting.  The ref gets knocked down at the 3 minute mark and BT lands a low blow.  BT tries to take off TM’s mask.  He yells in English that he’s the real tiger.  Well there goes the rumor that he’s Tatsuhito Takaiwa… TM dropkicks BT out of the ring and lands a tope suicida, which sends BT into the barricade.  It goes to a double count-out at 6:47.  BT thinks he won and grabs the belt, but the referee takes it away.  Some bald guy, I’d guess from the IWGP committee, tells the referee something.  The referee takes the mic and says something… I guess that the match will be restarted.  BT goes on the attack and hits a sweet jumping DDT, then a weakish avalanche-style Frankensteiner, a Tiger suplex hold, and a Michinoku Driver II or a half-assed Tombstone, all of which get 2 counts.  TM gets a front cradle and a backslide for quick 2 counts.  BT throws some kicks at him and heads up top.  TM hits the turnbuckle to send BT into it balls first.  They slap each other on the top rope, then TM hits his avalanche Butterfly suplex for 2.  TM hits a Tombstone for 2, then a cobra clutch suplex, following by the Destroy suplex hold for the victory at 4:51, for a total match time of about 11 minutes.  The match had its moments.  Bald guy orders him to unmask, and he does, revealing… Rocky Romero!  But wait, Romero was Black Tiger IV!  Something isn’t right about this!  Romero shakes Tiger’s hand, then raises his arm in victory and leaves.  Wait, there’s the real Black Tiger V, who gives TM a Death Valley bomb and rips off his mask!  Tiger covers his face with t-shirts from the young lions and leaves.  The bald guy might be Masahito Kakihara.

G1 Climax 2009 hype video.

Intermission, featuring highlights of the earlier matches, then the announcers talking.  I fast forward since I don’t understand Japanese.

Hiroyoshi Tenzan comes out and talks.  I think he announces that he will be returning from injury soon.  If I recall correctly, he went out with an eye injury the day before the January 4 Tokyo Dome show.

Big Comeback WILD HEART: Giant Bernard & Karl Anderson of GBH vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Takao Omori.  Nakanishi and Omori reform their “Wild Child” tag team!  Anderson and Omori start with some fair wrestling.  Bernard tags in, and Orton tries to be abusive and elusive.  Tag to Nakanishi, so we get the battle of the hosses.  Bernard manages to drop Nakanishi with a shoulder block, but then Nakanishi gets Bernard up with an impressive suplex.  Omori tags in FIRED UP and takes out an interfering Anderson, but Bernard drops him with a lariat.  Omori takes the heat for a while, but shows much fighting spirit!  Hot tag to Nakanishi, then I had a phone call, during which there were a couple of cool spots including Nakanishi getting Bernard in the Argentine backbreaker and a big German suplex, and Wild Child hitting their Washington Jouyaku double team move.  Omori MURDERS Anderson with the Axe Guillotine Driver for 2.  Seriously?  Anderson kicks out of THAT?  Omori counters a powerbomb attempt from Bernard, but Anderson catches him with a stunner for the pin at 15:51.  Pretty decent match.

HUGE RIOT: Toru Yano vs. Hirooki Goto.  They trade elbows early on, then Yano claws Goto’s face.  More elbows, then Goto attacks Yano’s shoulder and goes to work on it.  Yano bails to the outside and Goto tries to dive on him, but Yano avoids it.  Yano attacks Goto’s knee with his GBH chair.  They go into the crowd where Yano attacks Goto’s knee with audience chairs.  He’s not picky about what kind of chair he attacks the knee with, apparently.  Yano continues working the knee back in the ring.  Goto tries to make a comeback, but Yano ducks under a big spin kick attempt.  Yano tries to use the timekeeper’s bell, but the referee stops him.  Yano smacks the referee, who goes down, and Goto uses him as a prop for a Poetry In Motion.  Goto mounts his comeback.  Diving elbow drop gets 2.  Goto goes for the Shouten, but can’t do it with the bad knee.  Goto catches a cross armbreaker out of nowhere, but Yano turns it into a cradle for 2.  Goto gets a German, even after Yano tries to fight it by holding onto the ropes, for 2.  Goto goes for the Shouten again, but Yano inside cradles him for 2.  Yano hits a spear and a spinning slam thing for 2.  Yano goes for his powerbomb, but doesn’t get it.  Goto hits a lariat and gets FIRED UP, but then Yano hits his powerbomb.  Goto manages to kick out, and Yano can’t believe it.  Yano goes for the powerbomb again, but Goto counters and gets his armlock on for the win at 16:11.  It wasn’t bad.

Nagata/Iizuka video package.

Bolt from the Blue – Chain Death Match: Takashi Iizuka vs. Yuji Nagata.  Iizuka is seconded by Ishii and Jado, while Nagata has Taguchi, Ishikari, and somebody else (Mitsuhide Hirasawa, I think).  Anyway, it’s a chain match, so they use the chain a lot.  Nagata bleeds less than 2 minutes in, which pisses him off, so he kicks Iizuka’s ass for a while.  Iizuka hits him with the GBH chair, then hits him with the chain and pounds him right in front of the commentators.  Iizuka bites the bloody wound on Nagata’s head.  Now THAT is heel.  I think this is my first time seeing heel Iizuka, and fuck is he great.  Iizuka hits an Exploder and covers, but pinfalls don’t count here.  You can only win by KO or submission, I think.  Nagata gets FIRED UP again and beats the shit out of him.  Nagata bites Iizuka’s forehead and bloodies him.  Iizuka tries to bail.  You’re chained to him, moron!  Nagata cleverly uses the chain to pull Iizuka into the turnbuckle.  Iizuka fights it all he can, but Nagata pulls him back in the ring and kicks the shit out of him.  Nagata tries for a cross armbreaker, but Iizuka bites his leg.  Iizuka wraps the chain around Nagata’s neck and goes for the sleeper, but Nagata backdrop suplexes his way out of it.  Nagata locks on the demon armbar with the chain, then beats the shit out of an interfering Ishii.  Iizuka nails Nagata with some sort of foreign object that Jado handed him.  Iizuka chokes out Nagata with the chain for the win at 21:59.  I liked it.  Probably the second best chain match I’ve seen.

Nakamura/Makabe video package.

The End of Discord:
Togi Makabe (w/ Tomoaki Honma) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura.  Makabe meets Nakamura on the stage and they brawl to the ring.  Nakamura throws lots of kicks early on, then applies a front sleeper.  He doesn’t quite put him to to sleep, as the following cover only gets 2.  Makabe tries to fight back, but Nakamura throws lots more kicks and continues to destroy him.  Nakamura hits a backdrop suplex for 2.  Nakamura goes for the Landslide, but Makabe escapes it and drops him with a lariat.  Makabe finally starts to build some momentum.  Makabe hits a strange Death Valley bomb for 2.  They do a couple of double lariat spots where neither guy does down, then Nakamura hits a cool suplex thing that I don’t really know what to call.  Tiger suplex from Nakamura gets 2.  Makabe hits a spider German suplex and goes for the King Kong knee drop, but Nakamura avoids it.  Nakamura starts building a comeback, but Honma hits him with a chair while the referee was down.  Honma hands Makabe the chair, but Toru Yano comes in and takes it.  He gets ready to nail Nakamura… but nails Makabe instead!  Nakamura hits the Landslide for the win at 12:42.  Yano nails Honma with the chair, then he and Nakamura beat down Makabe!  Makabe is stretchered out.

Tanahashi/Angle video package.

IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match – WHICH IS GENIUS: Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs. Kurt Angle.  Hirooki Goto is watching intently at ringside, as he will challenge the winner on May 3.  They start slow.  Tanahashi works a headlock.  Angle hits a move out of it, but Tanahashi keeps it clamped on.  Angle keeps trying to escape it, but Tanahashi seems obsessed with it.  Angle finally gets out of it and hits a big belly to belly overhead throw.  Angle applies a rear chinlock.  Tanahashi escapes it, but gets caught with a knee to the gut.  Cover gets 2.  They hit the ropes and do the double cross body spot.  They trade European uppercuts.  Tanahashi has a flurry of offense and hits a pair of sentons for 2.  Rolling senton off the second rope gets 2 as well.  Angle throws Tanahashi out of the ring and Tanahashi skins the cat back in.  Appropriate, since the announcers keep saying “Shawn Michaels.”  Tanahashi hits the Sling Blade and goes for it again, but Angle goes for the Angle Slam.  Tanahashi arm drags out of it and body slams Angle.  Tanahashi goes up top, but Angle catches him and hits a sort-of Angle Slam off the top for 2.  Angle does the rolling Germans, but Tanahashi counters one and hits a sort-of release Dragon suplex.  Tanahashi goes for the High Fly Flow, but Angle moves and hits the Angle Slam for 2.  Angle lowers the straps and locks the ankle lock in.  Tanahashi tries to fight out of it, but Angle keeps it clamped on.  Tanahashi finally escapes it and hits a Dragon screw, then locks in the Texas Cloverleaf.  Angle counters back into the ankle lock.  Tanahashi rolls through with a front cradle for a very close 2.  Tanahashi counters another Angle Slam attempt and hits the Sling Blade for 2.  He goes up top again.  Angle tries to meet him, but gets decked.  Tanahashi hits a cross body and two High Fly Flows for the win at 15:12.  It wasn’t the super great match I expected from these two, but it was still very good.  Usual big post-title match deal with the belt and trophy presentation.  Goto steps in the ring to hype their upcoming title match, but it doesn’t really go anywhere.  Tanahashi talks, then the announcers talk, but it’s all in Japanese, so I don’t understand it.

Pretty good show altogether.  It took me over a week to watch it all due to various circumstances.