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TNA Hard Justice 2008 (Repost)

Posted in TNA with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 21, 2010 by Grappleholic

TNA Wrestling, Cross The Line!  The start of the PPV intro video is an AWESOME Law & Order parody.

Generic blond tries to interview Sting as he arrives at the arena, but he ignores her questions.

Some shitty rap group performs.  After they’re done, we get the fireworks, then the World’s Worst Commentary Team, Mike Tenay and Don West welcome us LIVE from Trenton, New Jersey.  They run down the card for tonight.  They run down the X Factors for the X Division Title Match, which will be kicking off the show.

TNA X Division Championship Match:
Petey Williams (c) (w/ Rhaka Khan) vs. Consequences Creed.  They start with a really good exchange that Creed gets the better of.  Williams takes a press slam into a gutbuster and bails, so Creed hits a suicide dive onto him.  Williams gets back in the ring and distracts the referee so Khan can get in a cheap shot that lets Williams take control.  Williams sends Creed to the outside and hits his suicide rana.  Williams keeps control until Creed nails a kick to start his comeback.  Creed hits a springboard bulldog and his punch combo for a near fall.  Williams hits a Russian leg sweep and signals for the Candian Destroyer, but doesn’t hit it.  Some other stuff happens that I couldn’t type because my wife was making me put stuff on a shelf, then Petey locks in the Sharpshooter.  Creed gets a rope break.  Williams beats on Creed, but Creed hits a German and the Creed-DT.  Creed hits a diving legdrop and covers, but Petey manages to kick out.  Rhaka Khan comes in the ring and Creed gives her the TKO.  Petey goes for the Destroyer, but Creed counters and hits a Beach Break-like move.  Sheik Abdul Bashir comes out and nails Creed with a chair, allowing Petey to hit the Canadian Destroyer for the win at 12:30.  Good match.  Bashir cuts an Anti-American promo after the match.

Jeremy Borash interviews Samoa Joe and Kevin Nash.  Joe says he’s focused and he’s tired of Sting’s crap.  Nash tells Joe he needs to focus on Booker T, and he leaves to talk to Sting.  Joe then has words for Booker about their match tonight.

Hype video for the six-woman tag team match.

Awesome Kong (w/ Raisha Saeed) & The Beautiful People vs. TNA Knockouts Champion Taylor Wilde, Gail Kim, & ODB.  Traci Brooks is the special referee.  ODB does all of her laughable stupid taunts, much to disgust of Angelina Love.  She tags in Velvet Sky, who is offended by ODB’s body odor.  Sky sprays perfume on her.  ODB takes the perfume and sprays it on her crotch.  Gail tags in and we finally get some wrestling.  Sky quickly tags Love back in.  Wilde tags in and gets the better of Love.  Kong tags in and goes after Wilde.  Wilde quickly tags out to Kim, who also gets thrown around by Kong.  ODB tags in and trades blows with Kong.  Kong smashes Wilde and Kim, but ODB can hang with her.  Wilde and Kim double team her and take her down.  ODB low bridges a charging Kong and sends her out of the ring.  Saeed trips up ODB and Brooks ejects her.  ODB spits her booze in Kong’s face.  Kong smashes her and allows Sky to get a near fall.  Sky ties up ODB with an Octopus stretch.  ODB escapes and tags in Kim as Love tags in on the other side.  Love chokes Kim and Brooks forces her to break.  Love gets in her face.  Love continues to beat on Kim until Wilde tags in and cleans her clock.  Kong tags in and sets up Wilde for the Awesome Bomb, but Kim prevents it.  Everybody starts brawling.  Wilde pins Love with a front cradle at 11:28.  Match wasn’t bad.

Generic Blonde follows Team 3D as they go to find Sting in the rafters of the building.  They discover that Ray is scared of heights.  They just yell and hope he hears them.

LAX/Beer Money hype video.

TNA World Tag Team Championship Match: LAX (c) (w/ Hector Guerrero & Salinas) vs. Beer Money (w/ Jacqueline).  One of the rappers from earlier performs LAX’s entrance theme live.  They brawl outside the ring before the match starts.  Homicide throws Roode in the ring to officially start the match.  LAX double teams Roode.  Hernandez hits a long stalling suplex.  Homicide brings Storm in and kicks his ass too.  Beer Money double team Homicide outside the ring, but Hernandez hits them with the suicide dive.  First “THAT WAS AWESOME!” chant of the night.  Homicide beats up Roode in the ring.  Storm spits beer in Homicide’s eyes, which allows Roode to get the advantage.  Beer Money build the heat on Homicide, who is kayfabe injured from Beer Money putting him through a glass table recently.  Homicide tries to fight back, but Beer Money continues to destroy him.  Storm hits a swank DDT off the ropes on Homicide for a near fall, then a nice knee kick for the same.  Roode antagonizes the crowd by giving Homicide the Three Amigos.  Roode goes for a frog splash, but Homicide rolls out of the way and makes the hot tag.  Hernandez destroys both of them and covers Storm after a spinebuster, but Roode saves.  Beer Money double team Hernandez and Storm gets a near fall after Roode hits a blockbuster.  Homicide tags back in and hits a double dropkick on both of Beer Money.  Homicide suplexes Storm and goes up top.  Jacqueline tries to stop him, but Homicide kicks her away and hits the frog splash for a near fall.  Roode hits a spinebuster on Storm.  Hernandez takes care of Roode, but Storm gives him a Lungblower.  Homicide hits the Gringo Cutter on Storm and Beer Money bails.  Hernandez Border Tosses Homicide out of the ring onto Beer Money.  Hernandez throws Roode back in the ring and charges him, but Roode low bridges him.  Salinas and Jacqueline get into a cat fight.  In the ring, Homicide goes for the Gringo Killer on Storm, but Roode breaks a beer bottle over Homicide’s head and allows Storm to get the pin and win the titles at 14:05.  Really good formula tag match.

Kevin Nash tries to talk Sting out of whatever he’s planning to do tonight.

Jay Lethal/Sonjay Dutt/So Cal Val love triangle video package.

Black Tie Brawl & Chain Match:
“The Guru” Sonjay Dutt vs. “Black Machismo” Jay Lethal (w/ So Cal Val).  They’ll wrestle chained together and wearing tuxedos.  You win by ripping the other guy’s tuxedo off.  Lethal’s family is shown in the crowd, as we’re in his home state.  Lethal cleverly secures his side of the chain to the ring rope and beats on Dutt.  The referee finally chains up Lethal so the match officially starts.  Dutt hits a low blow with the chain and beats up Lethal.  Lethal dodges a fist drop with the chain and fights back.  Dutt bails and Lethal hits a suicide cross body.  Dutt tries to get away, but they’re chained together.  Moron.  Lethal dies Dutt to the ringpost with the chain and beats on him until Dutt ducks a blow and Lethal punches the post.  Lethal strangles Dutt with the chain and Val pleads with him to stop.  Val leaves, which distracts Lethal and allows Dutt to pull him into the post.  Dutt pulls Lethal’s jacket and shirt off.  Dutt beats on Lethal and taunts his family.  Crowd chants “BORING.”  Dutt goes for a springboard dive, but Lethal yanks the chain and Dutt takes a nasty bump.  Lethal throws Dutt around with the chain and gooes for the Lethal Combination, but Dutt counters.  Lethal hits another move for a two count.  I thought you could only win by ripping the other guy’s tuxedo off.  Dutt hits the Sonjay Cutter for a near fall.  Dutt goes for a diving move, but misses.  Lethal hits a cool rolling Fisherman buster.  Lethal hits the Lethal Combination and the diving elbow drop for the win at 11:19… even though you can only win by ripping the other guy’s tuxedo off.  It’s TNA and we know they’re retarded, so I digress.  They made a good brawl out of a silly gimmick.

Jeremy Borash is in the locker room with Booker T and Sharmell.  Booker still has possession of the World Title belt, even though Joe is the champion.  Booker has words for Samoa Joe, then they drink champagne.

Team 3D/Christian & Rhino video package.

Jersey Street Fight: Team 3D vs. Christian Cage & Rhino.  They start with the brawling you’d expect, then Bubba tosses Christian into the air and Christian takes an awesome bump… very similar to the one Sonjay took in the previous match.  It’s the same problem I saw with the show I watched yesterday, too many of the matches have the same shit in them.  They brawl in the crowd for a while, then back in the ring Christian hits Bubba with a sign that says “CHRISTIAN USE MY SIGN.”  Bubba throws the steps into the ring and Devon hits Rhino with them.  Tenay and West have one of those moments that make me remember how awful and annoying they are.  Christian slams Bubba’s race into the steps, then tries to hit him with a Detour sign.  Bubba moves and hits the Bubba Bomb off the steps for a near fall.  Crowd chants “WE WANT TABLES!”  There’s a funny spot where Devon charges Christian, who holds up a stop sign.  Rhino Gores Devon and covers, but Bubba breaks it.  Christian goes for the Unprettier, but Bubba counters and hits an electric chair drop.  Rhino rams Devon’s head repeatedly into Bubba’s balls.  Bubba hits a superbomb on Christian.  Christian kicks out of the cover.  3D finally brings in a table.  Rhino and Christian set up a ladder.  Christian hits a frog splash off the ladder on Bubba.  Rhino Gores Bubba into a table that doesn’t break for the win at 15:22.  The match was your typical plunder based brawl, not awful but nothing special.  Johnny Devine runs in and attacks Christian and Rhino with a Singapore cane.  Abyss makes the save, giving Devine the Black Hole Slam.

Generic blond interviews AJ Styles, then we get a video package of his history with Kurt Angle.  The angle (no pun intended) here is that AJ supposedly nailed Kurt’s wife.

Last Man Standing Match: Kurt Angle vs. AJ Styles.  Angle stalls for a bit at the beginning, bailing every time AJ approaches him.  Styles chases Angle around the ring.  Angle gets in first and gets the advantage.  AJ fights back, then Angle rakes his eyes.  AJ ducks Angle and hits a dropkick, then clotheslines him out of the ring and hits a suicide dive.  AJ gets Angle back in the ring and kicks his ass.  Angle begs off, then throws AJ through the ropes.  Angle suplexes AJ into the guardrail.  Ouch.  Angle goes for a pinall, so I guess it’s Texas Death Match rules here.  They fight up the ramp, where AJ suplexes Angle and gets a two count.  Angle suplex Styles off the stage, then does a somersault onto him!  Cover gets two.  They fight back to the ring, where Angle clamps on a sleeper hold.  AJ fights out and blasts Angle with a kick.  Angle hits an overhead belly-to-belly.  Angle beats up AJ some more and clamps on a headlock.  AJ fights back and gets in some blows, then they catch each other with cross body blocks.  They get back up and AJ hits his springboard forearm.  Styles puts Angle in the Torture Rack, then hits a move out of it for a near fall.  AJ goes for the Styles Clash, but Angle counters and goes for the ankle lock.  AJ counters and hits a spinebuster.  Angle catches Styles coming off the top rope and powerbombs him for a near fall, then tries to hit him with the Styles Clash.  Styles counters and puts Angle in the ankle lock.  Angle taps.  Angle beats the count up.  Styles misses the flip reverse DDT and Angle low blows him and hits a German.  Styles ducks a shot and hits the Pele kick.  Angle hits a sort of German off the top rope and gets a pin.  AJ gets up.  Angle hits the Angle Slam and gets another pin.  AJ gets up again and counters the Angle Slam into the Styles Clash for a pin.  Angle gets up at 9.  Styles MURDERS Angle with a DDT off the top rope.  Cover gets three, referee counts ten, and AJ is the winner at 24:52.  Finish was scary, knowing Angle’s history with neck problems.  Match was pretty good.  Medics come out to put Angle on a stretcher.  AJ comes back and suplexes Angle.  The lights go out, and when they came back on Sting has AJ by the head on the ramp.  Sting gives AJ the Scorpion Death Drop.  Nash appears and confronts Sting, but Sting just leaves.  They show highlights of the match, including a few replays of the sick finish.

Samoa Joe/Booker T history video.

Six Sides of Steel with Weapons Match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship: Samoa Joe (c) vs. Booker T (w/ Sharmell).  They brawl.  Booker tries to use a Singapore can and fails.  Joe kicks a trash can into Booker’s balls and hits his senton on the trashcan onto Booker.  “JOE’S GONNA KILL YOU” chant.  Joe uses the cane, then hammers Booker with punches in the corner.  Booker hits Joe the remnants of the trash can.  Joe ducks a hockey stick shot and nails a kick, then sandwiches Booker’s head with trash can lids for a two count.  Booker kicks a chair into Joe’s face, then blasts him in the head with the chair.  Joe is BUSTED WIDE OPEN!  Booker chokes Joe with a piece of wood and tries to climb out of the cage.  Joe follows and hits an Ace Crusher off the top rope.  Joe hammers Booker and rams his head into the cage.  Booker hits a move for a near fall and locks Joe in a guillotine choke.  I think I hear a “YOU SCREWED BRET” chant directed at referee Earl Hebner.  Let it go, people.  Booker superkicks a trash can lid into Joe’s face for a near fall.  Booker tries to climb out again and they fight on the top rope.  Joe jumps up and kicks him in the head.  Joe takes a hard bump to the canvas and Booker crotches himself on the top rope.  Joe hits his powerslam for a near fall.  Joe hits a powerbomb and locks in the STF.  Joe goes for the Muscle Buster, but Booker gets out and hits the Book End on a chair for a near fall.  Booker spinaroonies up and nails the axe kick as the lights go out.  When they come back on, Joe has a familiar looking guitar in his hand.  Joe blasts Booker with the guitar for the pin at 12:46.  Okay plunder match, I guess.

All in all, I give the show a thumbs in the middle.  Top to bottom okay matches.

NWA Clash of the Champions III: Fall Brawl

Posted in WCW with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2010 by Grappleholic

Opening video about Sting wanting to be a champion.

Clash of the Champions open.

Tony Schiavone introduces the show.  Jim Ross and Bob Caudle are the announcers.  Not sure who the ring announcer is.

NWA World Television Championship Match: Mike Rotunda (c) (w/ Kevin Sullivan) vs. Brad Armstrong.  Rotunda schools Armstrong with some amateur takedowns.  Rotunda hits a rebound cross body, but Armstrong rolls through for 2.  Rotunda bails to consult with Sullivan.  Rotunda hits arm strong with some European uppercuts, then Armstrong hits a hip toss and a dropkick for 2.  Rotunda bails again.  Insta-commercials.  Rotunda hits a knee lift, then hot shots Armstrong into the top rope.  Rotunda throws Armstrong out of the ring for Sullivan to get his cheap shots in behind referee Tommy Young’s back.  Rotunda beats up Armstrong on the outside.  Back inside, a suplex gets 2 for Rotunda.  Rotunda clamps on a rear chin lock.  Rotunda lands some more European uppercuts and otherwise abuses Armstrong.  Rotunda goes back to the rear chin lock.  Armstrong fights out, then gets his head knocked off with a lariat.  Rotunda hits an elbow drop for 2.  Insta-commercials.  Rotunda has Armstrong in the rear chin lock again.  Steve Williams has come to ringside to cheer for Armstrong.  Rotunda goes for the airplane spin for 2.  Rotunda hits a side suplex for 2.  Rotunda gets an inside cradle for 2.  Rotunda lands a punch for 2.  Another cover for 2.  Rotunda hits a clothesline for 2.  Rotunda tries desperately to get the pin, but the 20 minute time limit expires (about 11 minutes shown).  Man, almost half of the match was cut out.  What I saw of it was good, though.  Williams congratulates Armstrong for not losing, I guess.

Lots of commercial breaks on this show are making it feel rushed.

“Dr. Death” Steve Williams & Nikita Koloff vs. The Sheepherders (w/ Rip Morgan).  Doc starts with (I think) Luke.  The Sheepherders both beat up on Doc, then both teams square off and the Sheepherders bail.  Doc drops Luke with a big shoulder block.  Doc hits drops Luke and hits Butch with a shoulder tackle.  Morgan comes in, then leaves before he can get dropped.  Butch and Nikita tag in.  Butch hides on the apron, then comes in and beats up Nikita.  Nikita fights back  and slams both Sheepherders.  The Sheepherders try to work over Nikita, but Nikita is having none of that shit.  Doc tags in and works Luke’s arm.  Doc suplexes Luke in from the apron, then hits a diving cross body for 2, as Butch saves.  Nikita and Doc take turns working Luke’s arm.  Luke avoids Doc in the corner, causing him to spear the post.  Insta-commercials.  Williams shrugs off Luke’s punches, but Butch nails Doc from behind.  Doc ducks a shot from Butch, causing him to deck Luke.  Nikita tags in and runs wild on Butch.  The Sheepherders get the advantage on Nikita and send him into the barricade on the outside.  Sheepherders get heat on Nikita.  Butch spits at Doc, giving the Sheepherders time to double team Nikita behind Tommy Young’s back as he tries to keep Doc out of the ring.  Morgan attacks Doc with the flag pole to distract Doc when Nikita makes it to the corner.  Nikita avoids a diving headbutt and makes the hot tag to Doc.  Doc runs wild.  He tries to press slam Luke, but Butch clips his leg from behind.  Nikita tags back in, completely revived after having 30 seconds to rest, and blasts Butch with the Russian Sickle for the pin about 16 minutes shown).  Okay match.

Insta-commercials.

Dusty Rhodes vs. Kevin Sullivan (w/ Gary Hart).  No entrances or intros.  Man, they’re rushing through this show.  They lock up.  Sullivan throws chops at Dusty.  Dusty elbows Sullivan, throws him out of the ring, and rams him into the announce table.  Stuff happens.  Dusty beats up Sullivan and throws him out of the ring again.  Bob Caudle is on commentary with Ross now.  What happened to Schiavone?  Rhodes elbows Sullivan a bunch.  Sullivan knocks Rhodes down and puts the boots to him.  Hart hits Dusty with his shoe on the outside.  Sullivan locks Dusty in a rear chin lock.  Dusty fights out and makes his comeback.  Sullivan tries to use the spike, but fails,  Dusty hits Sullivan with the spike.  Cover, but Hart pulls Dusty out of the ring.  Dusty goes after Hart, but Al Perez attacks Dusty with a chair.  Is this No DQ?  Sullivan whips Dusty with the chain.  Dusty hits a cross body on the chain to knock Perez and Sullivan down, then pins Gary Hart with a half assed inside cradle in 7:00.  This was retarded.

Insta-commercials.

Russian Chain Match: Ivan Koloff (w/ Paul Jones) vs. Ricky Morton.  Koloff beats up Morton.  Morton pulls the chain into Koloff’s balls.  Koloff beats up Morton some more.  Morton gets sent outside and pulls Koloff into the ropes with the chain.  Koloff beats up Morton.  Morton beats up Koloff.  They use a chain.  Morton pulls Koloff off the top rope with a chain.  Insta-commercials.  Morton goes for the pin, touching 3 corners before Koloff holds into the ropes to keep him from touching the fourth.  Jones holds out his cane for Koloff to hold on to, but Morton gets away and touches the fourth corner for the win (about 6 minutes shown).  This sucked.  A Russian Assassin comes in and takes out Morton.  Koloff tires of Jones’ shit and shoves him.  The Russian Assassins jump Koloff and kicks his ass.  This whole scenario was lame.

Next, Sting vs. Windham for the BELT!

NWA United States Heavyweight Championship Match: Barry Windham (c) (w/ JJ Dillon) vs. Sting.  Sting hits some arm drags.  They argue.  They lock up.  Sting leap frogs Windham and hits a couple of dropkicks to send Windham out of the ring.  They lock up again.  Windham hits a backdrop suplex, but Sting no sells it an dropkicks Windham out of the ring again.  Insta-commercials.  Windham beats on Sting.  Sting hits an inverted atomic drop and hits Windham with punches in the corner.  Windham beats up Sting on the outside, then back in the ring.  Sting gets a sunset flip for 2.  Windham hits a knee drop for 2.  Sting gets an inside cradle for 2.  Windham tries a Stinger Splash, but Sting avoids it and Windham hits the turnbuckle.  Windham goes outside.  Sting follows and rams his head into the post.  Windham falls over the barricade.  Back inside, Sting bites Windham’s forehead.  Windham is bleeding.  Sting rakes his back.  Sting lands some punches and dropkicks Windham.  Cover, but too close to the ropes.  Sting applies a sleeper hold.  Sting finally releases it… then goes right back to it.  Windham hits a shin breaker to escape the sleeper hold.  Windham attacks Sting’s leg.  Windham locks in the figure-four leglock.  Dillon helps Windham get extra leverage behind the referee’s back.  After releasing the hold, Windham hits a backdrop suplex.  Sting hits a suplex.  Windham applies the claw to Sting’s pec.  Sting manages to send Windham outside.  Sting slingshots Windham back into the ring and hits a back body drop and a couple of elbow drops.  Sting hip tosses Windham.  Windham goes for a lariat, but accidentally hits the referee.  Sting hits the Stinger Splash and locks in the Scorpion Death Lock.  Dillon brings a chair in the ring.  Sting kicks his ass.  Windham hits Sting with the chair.  Tommy Young comes back to the count the pin, but football player John Ayers comes in and tells Young what happened.  Young gives it to Sting by DQ (about 21 minutes shown).  Sting takes out Windham and Ayers takes out Dillon.  Okay match.

This show felt way too rushed and was mostly mediocre.

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.