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TNA Slammiversary 2009 (Repost)

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

TNA Wrestling, Cross The Line!  Cool opening music video.  Mike Tenay and Don West welcome us LIVE to the Palace of Auburn Hills for the 7th Anniversary of TNA!  We’re kicking things off tonight with the X Division Championship!

It’s a King of the Mountain Ladder Match.  If you don’t know what that is, it’s basically a reverse ladder match where you have to hang the belt up to win.  You have to win a fall by pin or submission to eligible to hang the belt, and if you get pinned or submit, you have to spend 2 minutes in the penalty box.  Simple enough, right?  Curtis Granderson from the Detroit Tigers is the special guest belt holder for this match.

King of the Mountain Ladder Match for the TNA X Division Championship: Suicide (c) vs. “Black Machismo” Jay Lethal vs. IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion Alex Shelley vs. Consequences Creed vs. IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion Chris Sabin.  The Motor City Machine Guns and Lethal Consequences all want to unmask Suicide, so it’s 4 on 1 to start.  Being just outside of Detroit, the crowd is very pro-Guns.  Suicide pins Lethal about 2 minutes in after nailing everyone with the ladder, so he’s eligible.  Guns and Creed triple team Suicide while Lethal waits it out in the penalty box.  Suicide either botches a monkey flip or hits a revere lung blower on Shelley for a pin, so Shelley is sent to the penalty box while Lethal is released.  Sabin throws a chair at Suicide.  Lethal hits a Lethal Combination on Suicide onto the chair.  Lethal and Sabin fight over who is going to make the cover.  All 3 guys pile up on Suicide and pin him.  Lethal was on bottom, so he is the one who is eligible.  Guns and Lethal Consequences dance, then the Guns attack them.  Guns show their usual awesome teamwork against Lethal Consequences.  Sabin is knocked to the outside, then Creed gets a pin on Shelley after the TKO.  Suicide is released as Shelley is sent back to the box.  Lethal Consequences double team Suicide.  Sabin comes back in and goes for the Cradle Shock on Suicide, but gets counter and monkey flipped onto a ladder.  Lethal holds Suicide on the outside for Creed to hit a somersault plancha.  Suicide, Lethal, and Creed fight up the aisle.  Sabin runs up the ladder to the box and hits a dive onto all 3 of them.  That was awesome.  Shelley is released and starts climbing the ladder, even though he doesn’t have the belt and isn’t eligible anyway.  Sabin lets Shelley pin him.  Shelley goes up with the belt, but Suicide hits a missile dropkick on the ladder.  Creed whips Suicide face first into the ladder.  Lethal balances on the ladder, which is set up on the turnbuckle.  Suicide front suplexes Creed onto the ladder, which slingshots Lethal into a nasty bump.  Sabin is released from the box and pins Lethal after a sick tornado DDT.  Everyone is eligible to hang the belt now.  Creed hits a move on Lethal, then Shelley hits a move on Creed.  Suicide hits a jumping DDT on Shelley.  Sabin hits the Cradle Shock on Suicide, then tries to hang the belt.  Suicide stops him.  Sabin takes him out and goes for it again, but Lethal makes it back in and backdrops him off the ladder.  Shelley hits a frog splash on Lethal, then superkicks Suicide.  Shelley lays out the ladder between the ring and the barricade.  Creed lands a kick on Shelley to send him out of the ring, then slams Suicide.  Lethal goes up top, but Sabin stops him.  Suicide dropkicks Sabin off the apron and onto the ladder.  Shelley hits a dive onto Suicide that the camera misses.  Lethal hits an elbow onto Sabin, who was still lying across the ladder.  “THIS IS AWESOME” chants.  Shelley and Creed fight on the apron.  Shelley lands a superkick, then the Shiranui on the apron.  Ouch.  Suicide and Shelley trade shots.  Shelley goes for the Shiranui off the cage, but Suicide counters and dropkicks him over the guardrail.  Suicide gets the belt and hangs up the ladder.  Crowd is booing him.  Lethal pushes the ladder over, but Suicide catches the ropes with the Captain Morgan pose and goes to the top of the box.  Shenanigans ensue and the ladder ends up being set up horizontally over the box and Lethal’s back.  Shelley sets up another ladder and goes for it, but Suicide jumps off the horizontal ladder and takes him down with a neckbreaker, then hangs the belt for the win at 23:28.  Really good match.  The lights go out and Suicide disappears.  I wish he’d disappear for good.

Tenay and West run down the rest of the card.

Lauren Brooke says Team 3D haven’t arrived back from Japan yet, then interviews Shane Douglas, followed by a Daniels/Douglas video package.  If Douglas beats Daniels, he gets Daniels’ spot on the roster.  If Douglas loses, he leaves.

“The Franchise” Shane Douglas vs. The Daniels formerly known as Christopher.  What the hell happened to Daniels’ first name anyway?  Douglas wrestles in a t-shirt.  Daniels works a headlock.  Douglas bails.  Daniels teases a dive, which Douglas avoids, but Daniels hits the split-legged moonsault.  Douglas works on Daniels’ arm.  Daniels gets a rope break and makes his comeback.  Daniels thinks BME, but Douglas stops him with a kick to the head.  They trade shots.  Douglas goes for the belly to belly, but Daniels drops him with an STO and hits the BME for the win at 8:14.  This wasn’t long enough to be offensive, thankfully.

Jeremy Borash interviews the TNA World Heavyweight Champion, Mick Foley.  Foley thinks Jeff Jarrett is going to help him retain the title for some reason.

Love/Tara video package.

TNA Knockouts Championship Match: Angelina Love (c) (w/ Velvet Sky and Madison Rayne) vs. Tara.  Tara is Victoria, for anyone who doesn’t know.  Love shows off a little bit, then Tara kicks her ass.  Love bails.  Tara teases a dive, then dropkicks her into the barricade.  The other Beautiful People attack Tara from behind, then throw her back in the ring.  Love schoolgirls her for a quick 2.  Love gets heat on her for a bit, including more interference from Sky and Rayne at ringside.  Tara makes her comeback and hits a spinning slam thing, then goes outside and slaps the shit out of Sky, then Rayne.  Tara goes back in.  Love catches her with a kick, then Sky sprays hair spray on Tara’s face.  Love hits a Flatliner (called the Lights Out) for the win at 6:53.  Not awful, but nothing special.

Lauren interviews Dr. Stevie Richards, Raven, and Daffney.  Raven cuts his usual insane, yet awesome promo, then hugs Stevie and cries.  Monster’s Ball video package.

Monster’s Ball Match: Raven & Daffney (w/ Dr. Stevie) vs. Abyss & Taylor Wilde.  The faces shine early.  Abyss press slams Daffney out of the ring and onto Raven and Stevie, then Wilde dives out onto all 3 of them.  Abyss and Raven go into the crowd.  Daffney jumps in Abyss’ back, so Wilde sandwiches her head with a trash can lid and a cookie sheet.  They all brawl in the crowd.  Wilde jumps off of some speakers or something and splashes Daffney through a table.  Abyss and Raven make it back to the ring.  Abyss pulls out the bag of tacks.  Stevie comes in and nails Abyss with a chair.  Abyss is BUSTED WIDE OPEN!  Raven hits the drop toe hold onto the chair, but Abyss gets his hands out to protect himself.  Raven breaks a Singapore cane over Abyss’ head.  Raven chokes Abyss with a cane.  Wilde makes the save with a trash can lid shot.  Daffney nails Wilde with a cookie sheet.  Raven hits Abyss a few times with a trash can, then Abyss kicks it into Raven’s face.  Abyss hits Raven with the cane.  Abyss chokeslams Raven, but they totally miss the trash can.  Stevie distracs the ref.  Abyss goes for Stevie.  Stevie holds Abyss for a trash can shot, but Abyss movies and Stevie gets nailed.  Wilde dives off of Abyss’ shoulders onto Raven.  Abyss covers, but Stevie distracts the ref again.  Abyss pours out the tacks.  Daffney tries to attack him.  Wilde throws Daffney onto the tacks and covers, but Stevie saves.  Abyss sets up a chokeslam on the tacks, but Raven hits Abyss with a chair.  DDT on the chair by Raven, but Abyss kicks out.  Raven goes for the DDT on the tacks, but Abyss counters and hits the Black Hole Slam (on the tacks) for the win at 14:09.  Good plunder match.

Borash interviews Jeff Jarrett.  Jarrett says he doesn’t want to be World Champion, but he has to take the title from Mick Foley to get his company back.

Sting/Morgan video package.

Sting vs. Matt Morgan.  If Morgan wins, he gets to join the Main Event Mafia. Sting is wearing his old red and black outfit, but with the usual white and black face paint.  That’s odd.  Morgan overpowers Sting to start and fishes out some punishment.  Sting fights back.  Tenay says Team 3D have arrived at the arena.  Morgan overpowers Sting again and gets heat on him for a while.  Sting tries to kick Morgan’s legs out from under him.  Sting manages to drop him with a missile dropkick.  Morgan avoids a Stinger Splash and hits the Carbon Footprint for 2.  Morgan goes for the Hellevator, but Sting counters.  I think he was trying for the Scorpion Death Drop, but they ended up just falling.  Sting hits it, but Morgan kicks out at 2!  Sting kicks him down and locks in the Scorpion Death Lock, but Morgan powers out.  Sting hits the Scorpion Death Drop from the second rope for the pin at 9:01.  Much better match than I expected.

Bound For Glory is coming to Los Angeles this year!

Lauren interviews AJ Styles and Samoa Joe.  AJ says either he or Joe will win the title tonight and take the company back.  Joe says he’s going to take out Angle… or something.  I kind of spaced out there for a second.

Team 3D/Beer Money video package.  Voice over guy says “Team 3D battles Beer Money for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.”  Of course I’m serious.

TNA World Tag Team Championship Match: IWGP Tag Team Championship Team 3D (c) vs. Beer Money.  3D have to be jet lagged, as they defended the IWGP Tag Team Championship on a New Japan show the day before.  Storm and Devon start.  Storm gets the better of it at first, then Devon gets some stuff in.  Roode tags in.  They have a little double teaming on Devon, then Bubba tags in against Roode.  Ray connects with a straight kick to Roode’s face.  Who knew he could get his foot up that high?  Roode and Ray go at it hard with a pretty good exchange.  Devon tags in.  Double team on Roode.  Beer Money work over Devon a bit.  Ray gets the lukewarm tag and hits the Bubba Bomb on Roode for 2.  They try to set up the 3D, but Storm prevents it.  Wassup headbutt on Roode.  Devon gets the table.  Wouldn’t they be DQ’d if they used it?  Roode his a spinebuster on Ray for 2.  Tag to Storm.  Double team on Ray.  BEER!  MONEY!  The British Invasion come out.  Williams and Magnus join the commentary team while the big guy just stands there.  Ray makes a comeback and hot tags Devon.  Devon knocks Roode through a loop with a lariat and covers, but Storm saves.  Devon hits a chokeslam of all things on Roode, but Storm saves again.  Inverted 3D for 2.  West does commentary in a British accent.  3D sets up the Doomsday Device on Roode, but he counters out of it.  Storm hits a lung blower on Ray.  Storm hits a Frankensteiner off the top on Devon.  Roode follows with a frog splash, which gets 2.  Ray saves Devon from a double suplex off the top.  They finally get the Doomsday Device on Roode for 2.  Storm accidentally spits beer on Roode’s face.  3D on Roode.  The big guy (Rob Terry?) distracts the referee.  Ray hits a suicide cross body on Magnus and Terry!  Williams gets on the apron.  Devon sends him off through the table.  Beer Money hits the DWI on Devon.  Roode gets the pin at 16:56 to regain the titles.  Good match, everybody was working hard tonight.

Borash interviews Kurt Angle, who is growing out his hair and beard.  He looks odd.  Angle says it’s all about him and Joe tonight, and he’ll walk out as champion again.

King of the Mountain video package.

King of the Mountain Ladder Match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship: Mick Foley (c) vs. TNA Legends Champion AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe vs. Jeff Jarrett vs. Kurt Angle.  Long entrances and introductions, including a short video package on each participant.  Angle comes out wearing a Pittsburgh Penguins jersey.  As soon as the intros are over, Joe puts on a Detroit Red Wings jersey and kicks Angle’s ass.  Even though it’s no DQ and the match hasn’t started yet, Joe is DQ’d and forced to start the match in the penalty box, while Angle is immediately eligible to hang the belt.  The bell rings.  Jarrett and Styles beat up Angle while Foley just stands on the ladder outside the ring.  Styles and Jarrett both try to pin Angle, but unsuccessfully.  Foley comes in, tries to slam Jarrett, but just falls over and lets Jarrett pin him.  The referee makes two 2 counts, and finally the 3.  The fuck?  Foley goes into the box as Joe is released.  Jarrett is now eligible to hang the belt.  Joe fights with Jarrett in the ring as Styles and Angle fight outside.  Foley apparently just wanted to rest for 2 minutes, even though he hasn’t done anything all match except for the stupid failed slam spot.  Foley is released and goes after Joe.  Joe locks Foley in the Coquina Clutch and chokes him out as the other 3 fight outside.  Joe is eligible and Foley goes back to the box.  Joe suplexes Angle onto the ladder.  Ouch.  The ladder is set up against the turnbuckle and Joe whips Jarrett into it.  Joe tries to hang the belt.  Foley is released from the box and knocks the ladder over.  Joe falls on the ladder in a very painful looking way.  That ladder is done.  Foley puts the boots to Joe.  Styles comes in and goes after him, but Foley drops him.  Foley whips Joe into the ladder, then charges, but Joe hiptosses Foley onto the ladder.  Jarrett tries to climb the destroyed ladder, thinks better of it, and throws it out of the ring at Angle.  Jarrett brings in another ladder and goes for the win, but Angle comes back in and lands a low blow.  Angle kicks Foley’s ass a bit, then gets his ass kicked by Styles.  Angle goes for a German on Styles, who lands on his feet.  Cool.  Styles goes for a tornado DDT, but Angle counters and suplexes Styles on the ladder.  Jarrett grabs the acoustic equalizer and goes for the el kabong, but Angle kicks him in the gut and locks on the ankle lock.  Jarrett grabs the guitar, gets out of the hold, and nails Angle with the erstwhile instrument.  Jarrett goes for the win.  Foley climbs up and tells Jarrett to give him the belt.  They trade punches, then Styles springboard dropkicks the ladder to send them both crashing down.  Foley and Styles end up on top of the penalty box.  Foley goes for a suplex.  AJ fights him off with headbutts and goes for his own suplex.  Foley blocks it and throws AJ into the ring with an impressive bump.  Joe locks the choke on Jarrett, but Jarrett hits a jawbreaker out of it and hits the Stroke onto the ladder.  Angle hits the Angle Slam on Jarrett and covers.  Kick out, but Foley comes off the box with an elbow drop on Angle!  Foley gets the pin, so no everybody by AJ is eligible.  Foley goes to hang the belt, but AJ comes in and hits him in the back with the Legends belt.  AJ kicks Foley off the ladder.  Styles and Joe double team Foley.  AJ lands the Pele kick that sends Foley to the outside, then Joe elevates Styles out of the ring to take out Foley in an impressive suicide dive.  Styles gets a pin on Foley that the camera misses, so now everyone is eligible.  Jarrett hits Joe with the ladder.  Angle is released from the box as Foley is sent in.  Jarrett goes to hang the belt, but AJ climbs up to stop him.  Angle tries to pull Jarrett down.  They drop the belt.  Jarrett dives at Angle, but Angle drives him to the mat.  Joe and Styles fight.  Joe drops him with the big kick.  Foley is released and goes after Styles.  Foley nails him with the belt, then Joe lands his kick on Foley.  Joe goes up the ladder with the belt.  AJ grabs his boot and pulls him down and ends up with the belt around his neck.  Styles tries to climb the ladder, but Joe pulls him down.  Styles whips Joe, who dives through the ropes onto Jarrett and Foley.  Angle comes in and goes for the Angle Slam on Styles, but Styles counters into the Styles Clash.  AJ looks to have it won, but Joe comes in and powerbombs him off the ladder.  Joe goes up with the belt.  Angle climbs up the other side.  Joe hands Angle the belt!  Angle hangs the belt for the win at 22:04.  Joe and Angle hug.  Booker T, Kevin Nash, Scott Steiner, and Sharmell appear on stage to applaud Angle.  Has Joe joined the Main Event Mafia?  Oh, and I thought the match turned out pretty good too.

Pretty good show all together, one of TNA’s better PPV offerings of late.

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!

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.

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

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

Originally posted on May 18, 2009.

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

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

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

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

Tiger/Liger video package.

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

Nagata/Goto video.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Japan “Wrestle Kingdom III In Tokyo Dome” 1/4/09 (Repost)

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Originally posted on January 10, 2009.

Jeremy Borash welcomes us to the show, then we get a cool video package of past occurrences on New Japan Tokyo Dome shows.  After that we get a rundown of the card.  This is New Japan’s 20th anniversary of running the Tokyo Dome.  Their first Tokyo Dome show was in April 1989.  Close enough.  It’s show time!

Wrestle Kingdom Grand Opening VIENTO DORADO: Mistico, Ryusuke Taguchi, & Prince Devitt vs. Averno, Jado, & Gedo.  Mistico is a HUGE star in Mexico for CMLL.  I watched a heavily pimped Mistico/Averno match a few years ago, but I just can’t get into Lucha.  Mistico and Averno both wear their respective CMLL titles to the ring: Mistico’s CMLL World Welterweight Title, and Averno’s CMLL World Middleweight Title.  Yes, I had to Wikipedia that to see what belts they were.  I know next to nothing about Lucha.  After a year wearing black trunks, Taguchi is finally wearing his Funky Weapon pants again!  Mistico and Averno start.  They do a sequence, then Mistico dives to the outside onto Averno.  Tags to Taguchi and Jado.  Taguchi sends Jado to the outside and teases a dive, but Jado moves.  Devitt and Gedo come in next.  The heels get the advantage on Devitt.  Devitt hits a gourdbuster on Gedo and tags in Mistico.  Mistico cleans house and hits another suicide dive on Averno.  Jado and Gedo fight Taguchi and Devitt on the outside as Averno and Mistico work the crowd in the ring.  Mistico sends Averno out again and hits an Asai moonsault.  That dude likes his dives, doesn’t he.  Taguchi dives outside onto Gedo, and Devitt does a helluva dive on Jado.  Averno and Mistico go at it again in the ring.  Nifty exchange, I guess.  Mistico utilizes his move, La Mistica, to force Averno to submit at 9:50.  Kind of a strange match.  Mistico’s music is kind of unsettling for some reason.

LEGEND and the Main Event Mafia arrive in a hummer.  Chono and Nash give each other the nWo sign.  That was neat.

Jushin Thunder Liger 20th Anniversary Match: Jushin Thunder Liger & Takuma Sano vs. Wataru Inoue & Koji Kanemoto.  The Liger character debuted at the first New Japan Tokyo Dome show in 1989.  Sano is currently of NOAH, but back in the late 80’s or early 90’s, he had a big rivalry with Liger under the name Naoki Sano.  Inoue and Kanemoto jump Liger and Sano before the opening bell, then double team Liger.  Liger tries to fight back with shoteis, but takes a belly to belly from Kanemoto and the Staggerin’ Blow from Inoue.  When the match gets in order, Liger tags in Sano, who gets worked over and tags back out.  Like he does in every match, Liger makes me think he’s going to do a dive, but it’s just a baseball slide.  Liger powerbombs Inoue, who has gone from being a junior to a small heavyweight.  Tags, then Sano and Kanemoto trade strikes.  Quick tags on both sides in the early part here.  Sano dives outside onto Inoue, leaving Liger and Kanemoto in the ring to be awesome.  Kanemoto traps Liger in his ankle hold, but Sano makes the save.  Kanemoto hits the moonsault on Liger for a near fall.  Sano hits a Northern Lights bomb on Kanemoto and Liger follows with the brainbuster, but Kanemoto kicks out.  Liger unleases his avalanche-style brainbuster on Kanemoto to get the win at 8:48.  Everybody makes friends again after the match.  Ikari No Jushin Liger!  That music OWNS.

Video package hyping the NO LIMIT vs. Motor City Machine Guns match.

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Match ~Tread on!!~:
NO LIMIT (Yujiro & Tetsuya Naito) (c) vs. Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley).  Borash handles ring intros for the TNA guys.  MCMG dominate until NO LIMIT manages to double team Shelley, but that doesn’t last long.  Sabin dives out onto Naito.  We’ve got to be approaching 10 suicide dives on this show, and it’s only the third match.  The first 7 minutes are all MCMG except for that brief double teaming on Shelley earlier.  Naito finally manages to fight back and tag in Yujiro.  Yujiro beats up Shelley until Shelley manages to get a backslide for a near fall.  Tag on both sides.  NO LIMIT works over Sabin.  Naito gets a German suplex for a 2 count on Sabin.  Shelley comes back in the save Sabin from being double teaming.  Shelley has a busted nose.  Naito goes up for the Stardust press, but Shelley prevents it from happening.  Naito ducks a clothesline from Shelley and Sabin eats it.  Shelley saves Sabin from a pinning predicament.  Naito goes for the Stardust press, but Sabin moves out of the way.  Double superkicks from the MCMG gets a near fall on Naito.  Sabin pins Naito at 13:21 after the Made In Detroit, a double team move which looks remarkably like Jimmy Jacobs and Tyler Black’s double team Contra Code.

Low-Ki/Tiger Mask IV hype video.  Tiger is really hit-or-miss for me, but I dug their match in September when Ki won the belt.  Hopefully this one will be good too.

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Match ~Ballistic Interception~: Low-Ki (c) vs. Tiger Mask IV.  ROAR!  GO GO TIGAH!  GO GO TIGAH!  I love Tiger’s music.  Tiger is wearing a white costume here.  Ki blasts Tiger with a kick and hits the Ki Krusher ’99, but Tiger kicks out.  Yes, that was the first sequence of the match.  At least Ki’s going for the win earlier.  Jado and Gedo lost earlier, so I needs to get a win for GBH.  Ki tries to hi the Ki Krusher on the ramp, but Tiger counters and and hits a Tombstone Piledriver!  Ki barely beats the count to get back in the ring.  Back inside, Ki hits a springboard kick for a near fall, followed by a suplex with the same result.  Tiger dives from the top turnbuckle to the outside onto Ki.  That’s four matches in a row with dives to the outside.  Tiger goes on the offensive back in the ring.  Ki does his crazy handspring across the ring and kick thing.  Ki goes for the diving stomp, but Tiger moves.  Tiger tries a double arm superplex, but Ki fights him off and hits the diving stomp for a 2 count.  Ki goes for the Dragon Clutch, but Tiger fights back and hits a kind of sleeper suplex for a near fall.  Tiger suplex hold only gets two.  A modified version with one of Ki’s arms pulled between his legs gets the three count for Tiger at 8:49.  Not as good as their September because they didn’t have as much time and had to get their shit in quick, but still a fun match.  They shake hands after the match.

Fighting Holdings Competition: Giant Bernard, Takashi Iizuka, Tomohiro Ishii, & Karl Anderson of GBH vs. Riki Choshu & Masahiro Chono of LEGEND and Kurt Angle & Kevin Nash of the Main Event Mafia.  The LEGEND/MEM team get individual entrances, because they’re Legends and Main Eventers.  Nash and Bernard go face to face to start.  Bernard gets the better of it and tags in Iizuka.  Iizuka eats Chono’s Sliding Yakuza kick.  GBH uses heel tactics to try to get the advantage.  Choshu stops Ishii, who tags out to Anderson.  Anderson gets his ass kicked by Chono.  Chono tags in Angle to a big pop (by Japanese standards).  Angle owns him, then tags in Choshu.  Bernard tags in and beats up Choshu.  Bernard hits a Vader Bomb for a near fall.  Choshu takes a beating until he fights Anderson off and hits his lariat.  Angle suplexes Ishii and Iizuka, then locks Anderson in the ankle lock at the same time Choshu locks Iizuka in the Scorpion Death Lock and Chono puts Ishii in the STF.  Anderson submits to give LEGEND/MEM the win at 7:09.  Bernard lays out Angle with the Bernard Driver after the match to set up a singles match between them next month.  Match wasn’t anything spectacular, but served its purpose.

Nagata/Tanaka hype package, including highlights of their awesome match from this past October.

ZERO1 World Heavyweight Championship Match ~ Crusade For Justice: Yuji Nagata (c) vs. Masato Tanaka.  Borash does the intros for this too.  That makes no sense.  Anyway, they start back where they left off in October, beating each other up.  Tanaka breaks a flimsy Japanese chair over Nagata’s head.  It’s funny, Japanese chairs are really flimsy, but their tables are tough.  Tanaka has the advantage in the early part of the match.  Nagata finally manages to start fighting back after four minutes.  Tanaka is BUSTED WIDE OPEN!  Nagata hits an Exploder off the top rope.  Tanaka elbows Nagata in the head a bunch.  Nagata hits a rebound suplex.  Nagata is bleeding too.  Tanaka hits the Sliding D, the Diamond Dust, and a lariat for a 2 count.  Tanaka hits a backdrop suplex off the top, but the champion kicks out again.  Nagata kicks out of a second Sliding D, then a third.  Nagata locks in an armbar and snaps into Kiler Nagata mode.  Nagata hits the backdrop suplex, but Tanaka kicks out.  Nagata KICKS TANAKA IN THE HEAD and hits another backdrop.  Backdrop hold gets the win for Nagata at 11:41.  After the match, there is a brief confrontation between Nagata and his former New Japan Dojo classmate and current ZERO1 President, Shinjiro Otani.  I expect that to be Nagata’s next defense.

They show video messages from Dixie Carter and Mick Foley on the big screen.  I think it’s intermission now.  They show replays from the matches that have happened so far.  Finally, we get a hype video for Akiyama/Nakanishi.

NJPW vs. NOAH Battle Tendencies ~the invasion~: Manabu Nakanishi vs. Jun Akiyama.  The first few minutes aren’t really interesting.  At 4 minutes they start chopping and slapping each other.  Akiyama gets in a front headblock, but Nakanishi, being the large, powerful man he is, gets out of it.  They fight some more, then Akiyama hits the Exploder off the top rope.  They clothesline each other, then Nakanishi gets Akiyama in the Argentine Backbreaker (Torture Rack).  Akiyama fights out and transitions it into a DDT.  Akiyama gets a near fall off of a Exploder, then a high knee.  Akiyama gets the win with the wrist-clutch Exploder at 10:27.

IWGP Tag Team Championship – Hardcore Match: Most Violent Players (Togi Makabe & Toru Yano) (c) vs. Team 3D (Brother Ray & Brother Devon).  TenKoji were supposed to be in this match as well, but Tenzan went out the day before the show for emergency eye surgery.  Bubba has a mohawk for some reason.  Yano and Devon start.  Yano backs Devon into a corner and gives a clean break, then rubs Devon’s head.  Devon returns in kind.  Isn’t this match supposed to be… ya know… hardcore?  Nothing interesting happens until Bubba Germans Makabe on his head.  Makabe responds with a lariat.  Bubba hits a superplex on Makabe.  Devon comes off the top with a headbutt for a near fall.  (I didn’t notice at the time, but I saw a gif image showing that Devon missed the headbutt and just bounced into it.  Funny.)  I must have missed the tag while I was typing.  Yano nails Devon with a Singapore cane, then throws it to Makabe, who nails Bubba with it.  Devon takes a spike piledriver at ringside.  Makabe uses a trash can lid.  Devon is bleeding.  Boring match.  Devon takes the heat for a bit, then Bubba tags in and cleans house.  Bubba no sells some trash can shots.  3D hit their reverse 3D on Makabe for a near fall.  Makabe takes the WASSUP headbutt, then Bubba recommends to Devon that he get the table.  However, against Bubba’s recommendation, he is the one that is put through the table.  MVP set up another table, which Makabe gets powerbombed through by Bubba.  Bubba follows with a splash for a two count.  A chain lariat from Makabe accidentally hits Yano.  Devon schoolboys Yano for a two count.  Makabe hits Devon with the chain.  The DVD stops.  I put in disc 2, then Devon sucks another chain lariat and Makabe takes the 3D.  Bubba gets the pin at 15:34.  I hate that it had to have the cut in mid match like that.  I tried to use AVI Splitter and Joiner to fix it, but it didn’t work out.  Bubba says a few words in Japanese after the match.  The last minute or two were okay.  Other than that, the match sucked, like, worse than their match last year.

Hype video for the New Japan vs. NOAH tag match.

NJPW vs. NOAH Battle Tendencies ~the encounter~:
Shinsuke Nakamura & Hirooki Goto vs. Mitsuharu Misawa & Takashi Sugiura. Goto and Sugiura start by trading strikes.  Crowd cheers when Nakamura tags in.  They cheer even more when Misawa tags in.  Misawa and Nakamura trade shots as well.  Nakamura takes Misawa’s elbows and uses kicks to knock him down.  Goto comes back in and fires up against Misawa.  Goto gets a two count off a German suplex.  Tempers seem to flare between Goto and Sugiura whenever they interact.  Sugiura is the work horse of the NOAH team, while Misawa, as usual these days, seems like he’s half asleep.  Sugiura gets Nakamura in an ankle lock while Goto and Misawa fight outside.  Sugiura transitions out of the ankle lock into a German, then rols through into a Dragon suplex.  Goto comes in and hits the Shouten on Sugiura.  Misawa hits the Emerald Frosion on Goto.  Nakamura hits the Landslide on Misawa.  All four are down for a moment, then Sugiura and Nakamura go at it again.  They seem to mix well.  Sugiura hits the Olympic Slam on Nakamura for a near fall.  He goes for it again, but Nakamura counters out and they have an awesome counter exchange.  Nakamura locks Sugiura in a nifty cross armbreaker for the win at 15:18.  New Japan wrestlers be strongest!

Hype video for the main event.

IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: Keiji Muto (c) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi.  These two have had two singles matches in the past, I think, and both were in All Japan.  Muto pinned Tanahashi in February 2005, then they wrestled to a time limit draw in last year’s Champion Carnival.  Can Tanahashi finally overcome his mentor?  Good old fashioned wrestling to start.  At 6 minutes, Tanahashi hits a Dragon screw leg whip and starts working Muto’s knee.  Muto fights back and does his Shining elbow, then remembers he’s selling the knee.  Tanahashi drives in the reminder with more kicks to the knee.  Muto gives Tanahashi a Dragon screw of his own, then another off the ring apron to the floor!  Then another ON the floor.  Well, I guess it’s effective.  Muto hits a Shining Wizard and sends Tanahashi back-first into the guardrail.  Another Dragon screw from Muto, this one on the guardrail.  Muto goes back to the ring, then Tanahashi hobbles his way back as well.  Muto does yet another Dragon screw.  Tanahashi has to be hurting by now.  Muto Dragon screw #6 is followed by the figure-four leglock.  Tanahashi survives and counters another Dragon screw attempt.  They take turns dropkicking each other’s knees.  Dragon screw #7 from Muto.  #8 preceeds another figure-four leglock.  Tanahashi rolls through it and reaches the ropes.  Tanahashi counters the next Dragon screw attempt and goes for a German, but settles for chop blocking Muto’s knee instead.  Tanahashi hits a rolling senton from the second rope.  Tanahashi hits a flurry of European uppercuts, then Muto reverses an Irish whip and hits a Shining Wizard in the corner.  Muto hits Dragon screw #9 and two Shining Wizards, but Tanahashi counters the third and hits another Dragon screw variation on the ground.  Tanahashi goes for the Texas Cloverleaf, but doesn’t get it, so just drops a bunch of elbows instead.  Tanahashi gets a two count off of the Sling Blade.  I’m glad he doesn’t use that as a finish anymore, it’s so lame.  Trapped German suplex from Tanahashi gets another two count.  He hits the High Fly Flow, but hurts his knee on the landing and can’t cover.  Muto hits the Shining Wizard, Tanahashi hits the Sling Blade, and both men are down.  Tanahashi ducks yet another Shining Wizard attempt and hits yet another Sling Blade.  Tanahashi goes up top, but Muto meets him and hits Dragon screw #10 off the top rope.  Muto hits the Shining Wizard again for the two count.  Muto jumps off the top rope and hurts his knee.  Dragon screw #11 from Muto, followed by figure-four #3.  Tanahashi gets another rope break.  Muto does the Roll of the Dice off the ropes.  Muto looks to go for another Shining Wizard, but Tanahashi surprises him with a Frankensteiner for a two count.  Tanahashi hits the Roll of the Dice off the ropes too.  Tanahashi hits the German suplex, but I think only gets a one count.  Looks like his knee gave out and he couldn’t hold the bridge.  Tanahashi hits the Dragon suplex hold for a two count.  Tanahashi hits another Sling Blade and the High Fly Flow, but goes for a second and misses.  Muto hits the Shining Wizard and goes for the moonsault press, but Tanahashi moves.  Tanahashi hits two High Fly Flows for the win at 30:23.  The match is really great, and my commentary is not meant to criticise.  I just thought it was funny that Muto kept doing Dragon screw leg whips over and over.  It’s still a great match.  There’s just a lot of repetition, but that’s the norm for Japanese main events.  Tanahashi gets the big belt and trophies presenation after the match.  Tanahashi says he wants his first challenger to be his eternal rival, Nakamura.

All in all I’d say it’s a really good show.  It’s easy to watch because most of the matches are short, and I have kind of an attention span problem.  The main event was great, and nothing on the show was glaringly bad except for the 3D/MVP match.  I didn’t like the lucha match, but I won’t call it bad, I just don’t like lucha.