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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.

TNA Destination X 2009 (Repost)

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

If the reviews are to be believed, I’m going to regret watching this show.

The show starts with a black and white video showing how horrible the economy is right now.  It switches to color to hype the main event and Ultimate X.

Mike Tenay welcome us LIVE to Orlando.  Where’s Don West?  Ah, there he is.

The Beautiful People (Angelina Love, Velvet Sky, & Madison Rayne) vs. Taylor Wilde, Roxxi, & The Governor.  Geeze, they’re still doing this phony Sarah Palin gimmick?  They try, but the match sucks.  Roxxi moves so awkwardly in the ring.  She takes the heat for a bit and makes the hot tag to Wilde, who cleans house.  The Governor hits a shitty looking dive out of the ring onto Love and Sky.  Wilde hits a German suplex on Rayne for the win at 5:04.  Bleh.

Generic blonde interviews Jeff Jarrett and Mick Foley.  Jarrett is going to be the referee in the main event and Foley is going to be the enforcer.  For some reason, BRUTUS MAGNUS flashes on the screen in the middle of the interview.

Brutus Magnus then comes to the ring.  What the fuck is this shit?  He issues an open challenge.  David Penzer introduces a sailor (Jesse Neal) to be the ring announcer.  He introduces Magnus’ opponent, Eric Young.

Brutus Magnus vs. Eric Young.  Magnus looks more like a guy who should jobbing to lower midcarders on ECW.  He nails some shots, then Young fights back.  Young bounces off the ropes and Magnus botches the catch and hits a half assed powerslam or something for a near fall.  He hits a high knee and a leg drop for a near fall, then hits a powerbomb.  He goes for a splash, but Young moves.  Young hits a DVD for a near fall.  Young flips over one of the posts and goes to the other one.  Magnus tries to meet him but gets thrown down and elbow dropped.  Bridge into backslide spot gets a near fall for Young.  So forth and so on.  Magnus hits sort of a TKO off the turnbuckle for the win at 4:46.  What’s it called?  Tormentum?

Tenay and West run down the card.  Two matches in.  Why?

Sheik Abdul Bashir comes out.  He complains that he hasn’t been on a PPV all year.  He whines for a bit, then Jim Cornette comes out.  He tells Bashir he’s not on the PPV because nobody likes him.  He calls the sailor back into the ring.  The sailor sings horribly and Bashir leaves.  Complete waste of PPV time.

Jeremy Borash is in the Main Event Mafia’s locker room.  Angle complains that Foley, Jarrett, and Sting are all against him.  Booker says he has AJ Styles to deal with tonight and leaves.  Steiner says he has Samoa Joe to deal with, so Sting is Angle’s problem.  Nash tells Angle to relax.  He tells Angle the whole thing is his fault.  The audio keeps going from quiet to loud at random.

Abyss/Morgan video package.

Match of 10,000 Tacks:
Mat Morgan vs. Abyss.  During Morgan’s entrance, the newly heel Don West defends Sheik Abdul Bashir.  Because he’s a heel now.  Does anyone care?  Morgan jumps Abyss to start.  Abyss fights back but gets clotheslined to the floor.  Abyss grabs Morgan’s legs and pulls his nuts into the post.  He sets up two trays of tacks just off the stage.  Way to give away the finish.  Morgan whips Abyss into the guardrail and takes him back into the ring to beat him up.  Morgan climbs a pole (of course) and pulls down a bag of tacks.  He pours them into a small, neat pile and tries to push Abyss’ face into them.  Abyss fights back and goes for a chokeslam, but Morgan fights out.  Abyss hits a clothesline, then punishes Morgan in the corner.  Abyss climbs up another pole and retrieves another bag of tacks.  Morgan hits the Carbon Footprint and goes outside to get a chair.  He ends up being the one to take the bump into the chair.  He pours the other bag of tacks onto the previous pile.  Morgan counters a powerbomb attempt, but gets Black Hole Slammed.  Abyss pours a bag of broken glass on top of the pile of tacks.  Morgan bails and heads up the ramp.  Abyss gives chase and they fight on the stage.  Abyss goes for a chokeslam again, but Morgan kicks him in the balls.  Morgan lands the Carbon Footprint and sends Abyss off of the stage into the trays of tacks we talked about earlier for the win at 8:49.  Retarded match.

Booker T tells Cornette he didn’t agree to put the Legends title on the line tonight.  Cornette shows him the contract.  Sharmell tries to find a loophole, but Cornette isn’t buying it.

There’s some kind of stupid thing with guys trying to win a date with ODB.  I wanted to fast forward, but my wife won’t let me.  ODB comes out in a dress.  The finalists are Cody Deaner: a hillbilly with a mullet, Shark Boy, and Bernie Weber: an old Mexican in a suit.  TNA actually wants people to pay money for this shit?  They all say why they should win, then they dance.  Mullet wins.  TNA actually wants people to pay money for this shit?  This has to be the worst PPV segment since the Gobbledy Gooker.

Generic blonde interviews Beer Money, who are very rude to her.  The audio goes screwy again.  Tonight they face Team 3D, and apparently if 3D loses, they have to leave.

Awesome Kong/Sojourner Bolt video package.  They were friends, and now they’re enemies.

TNA Knockouts Championship Match: Awesome Kong (c) (w/ Raisha Saeed) vs. Sojourner Bolt.  Bolt botches some shit and gets clotheslined.  Kong proceeds to demolish Bolt.  Bolt tries to fight back, but is cut off every time.  Kong misses a diving splash.  Bolt rolls her up with a la magistral but fails to get the pin.  Same with a jackknife hold.  Bolt hits the ropes and Saeed grabs her leg.  Bolt kicks her away and low bridges a charging Kong.  Bolt goes for a Dragonrana, but Kong Awesome Bombs her to end this abortion at 4:18.

Tenay and West hype what’s still to come.

Joe/Steiner video package.

Scott Steiner vs. Samoa Joe.  Joe has a new look with retarded facepaint and looks like he’s approaching being as fat as I am.  Did he not hit the gym at all during the months he was off TV?  Joe destroys Steiner, then attacks some refs to get DQ’d at 1:29.  He beats up Steiner through the crowd and out of the arena.  Geeze, this show is bad.

Generic blonde interviews AJ Styles.

Booker/Styles video package.  Styles stole Booker’s belt and Booker called the cops.

TNA Legends Championship Match: Booker T (c) (w/ Sharmell) vs. AJ Styles.  They lock up.  AJ shoves Booker.  Hammerlock exchange sequence, then they trade chops.  Usual AJ greatness.  Booker bails and AJ hits his flying forearm off the apron.  Back inside, AJ covers for a two count.  Backbreaker for another two count.  Booker gets the advantage and goes to work on AJ.  Harlem side kick gets two.  Booker works AJ’s arm.  Don West explains how important it is to have feeling in your arms.  AJ fights back and hits a hammerlock backdrop for a near fall.  That was kinda nifty.  Booker hits his swank rollup out of the corner for the first time in ages for a near fall, then blasts AJ with a kick for another.  AJ gets a nice German suplex hold for a near fall.  AJ springboards off the ropes and they botch something.  Booker manages to spin up and goes for the scissors kick, but AJ moves and hits the Pele.  AJ follows with the Styles Clash for the victory at 9:15.  Best match on the show so far, and that’s sad.  AJ celebrates with the belt.

Cut to the parking lot.  Apparently, Samoa Joe has murdered Scott Steiner with a sword.  He tells a frightened generic blonde to tell he’s going to kill the rest of the Main Event Mafia.  Or something.

Beer Money/Team 3D video package.

TNA World Tag Team Championship Match (Off The Wagon Challenge): Beer Money (c) vs. IWGP Tag Team Champions Team 3D.  Team 3D proudly display their IWGP gold and Bubba is wearing a New Japan ring jacket.  Awesome!  Beer Money have been doing a “get a title shot but if we pin you you’re fired” gimmick recently, and that’s what this is.  Devon beats up Roode a bit.  Bubba tags in and promptly gets taken down.  Storm tags in and acts retarded.  Storm and Bubba do the silly test of strength dance.  Devon tags in and 3D double team storm.  Roode prevents his partner from taking the WASSUP headbutt.  Match goes on.  It’s not awful, but not particularly exciting.  They do the Brokeback Mountain spot.  Bubba hits a Rock Bottom of all things on Roode, then the flip, flop, & fly on Storm.  Storm prevents Devon from making it back in the ring and Beer Money doubleteams Bubba.  Storm hits an avalanche-style Frankensteiner and Roode follows with a frog splash.  I’m serious.  Bubba hits the Bubba Bomb for a near fall.  Don West: How many people have we ever seen kick out of that?  Me: Everyone.  Devon makes it back in and they give Roode the reverse 3D for a near fall.  Storm comes in and uses a chair to cause the DQ at 9:57.  Cornette comes out and restarts the match as a No DQ match.  Devon comes from behind and gives them the double noggin knocker.  Storm takes the 3D.  Roode pulls the referee out of the ring.  He grabs Storm and leaves.  West hands Beer Money the belts and they leave.  Crowd chants BULLSHIT.  3D wins by count-out at 12:04.  Bubba complains to the announcers.

We get comments from the Ultimate X participants, then a video package.  I love Shelley openly saying he’s going to cheat any way he can.

Ultimate X Match for the TNA X Division Championship: Alex Shelley (c) vs. Chris Sabin vs. Jay Lethal vs. Consequences Creed vs. Suicide.  Guns immediately jump Suicide as Lethal and Creed go to climb the structure.  Guns use teamwork to deal with everybody else.  Suicide comes back in and deals with them, then goes at it with Lethal.  “FALLEN ANGEL” chants.  Shelley and Lethal go at it.  Sabin goes for the belt, but Creed pulls him down.  It’s basically two guys fight, one gets knocked down, and another comes in to go at it with the other.  Sabin his a suicide (no pun intended) dive 4 1/2 minutes it.  Suicide goes for one as well, but Shelley nails him with a kick.  Creed goes for the climb, but Suicide gets him a fireman’s carry and does the Finlay roll onto the other guys outside.  Suicide climbs the cables, but Lethal knocks him down with a missile dropkick.  Lethal Consequences fight with the Guns.  Lethal gives Creed a boost up to the belt.  Sabin uses Shelley as a springboard and takes Creed down.  Tower of Doom spot in the corner, but Suicide holds on to the cables and goes for the prize.  Lethal persues and powerbombs him down.  Everybody hits a bunch of stuff.  Guns hit the Made In Detroit on Creed.  Creed hits the TKO off the second rope on Shelley.  Creed, Lethal, and Sabin all go for the belt.  They fight on the cables.  Suicide pounces and sends them all crashing, then grabs the belt and falls down for the win at 14:11.  Not as good as some other Ultimate X matches, but pretty awesome and 7,000 times better than anything else on this show.

Borash interviews Sting.

Sting/Angle video package.

Jarrett makes his entrance.  Why does a referee need a guitar?  Foley’s TNA music is awful.  Overly long entrances and videos to give it a big match feel.  It fails.  Boxing style intros, and we finally have…

TNA World Heavyweight Championship Match: Sting (c) vs. Kurt Angle (Jeff Jarrett is the referee and Mick Foley is the enforcer).  Angle punches Sting.  Sting kicks Angle.  Angle kicks Sting.  Sting elbows Angle and clotheslines him out of the ring.  They brawl some more.  Angle takes a sweet bump on a backdrop out of the ring, lands on his feet but manages to hit his head on the guardrail.  They brawl into the crowd for about a second, then go back to the ring.  Angle suplexes Sting and gets a two count.  Jarrett’s count was fair, but Angle still glares at him).  Angle tries to catch a charging Sting for a belly-to-belly, but Sting just kind of crashes into him and they stumble.  Angle wears down Sting with a sleeper on the mat.  Sting fights out and they crossbody each other.  Sting hits a bunch of clotheslines and the Stinger Splash.  Angle goes for the Angle Slam, but Sting armdrags him out of it and hits a powerbomb of all things for a near fall.  Angle goes for the ankle lock, but Sting kicks him away.  Angle hits the rolling Germans.  Angle hits a moonsault for a near fall and I wasn’t paying attention.  Dammit.  Sting hits the Scorpion Death Drop for a near fall.  Sting ducks a clothesline and Angle clotheslines Jarrett.  Sting locks in the Scorpion Death Lock.  Foley checks on Jarrett.  Angle taps, but nobody is paying attention.  Angle hits the Angle Slam.  Foley counts two.  Angle low blows him.  Angle tries to use a chair on Sting, but Foley takes it away from him.  Foley swings for Angle but Angle ducks and Sting takes the chair shot.  Angle half ass Angle Slams fat Foley.  He covers Sting and Jarrett counts two.  Angle spits at Jarrett and punches him.  Jarrett punches him back and Sting hits the Scorpion Death Drop for the pin at 13:51.  Angle is pissed at Jarrett, but he brought it on himself.  Sting holds up the gold as we fade to black.

The show wasn’t as horrible as Alvarez made it out to be.  Yes, the undercard WAS bad, but Booker and AJ had an okay match (only one botch stands out) and the Ultimate X was good.  The main event was a lot better than I expected.  Alvarez bitched about the heel being screwed by three guys, but if you look at the content it’s clear he did it to himself.  It wasn’t a good match, but it wasn’t awful.  Everything but the three matches I mentioned was completely worthless and had no redeeming quality.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Intermission!  Clips from earlier matches!

King of Sports!  New Japan Pro Wrestling!

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

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

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

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

NJPW “Dominion 6.19” 6/19/10

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Awesome New Japan open and PPV opening video.

Koji Kanemoto, El Samurai, & AKIRA vs. Super Strong Machine, Ryusuke Taguchi, & Tama Tonga.  Sammy and Machine lock up.  Sammy can’t knock the big guy off of his feet, but Machine can knock him down with no problem.  Machine hits a DDT and goes for a senton splash, but Sammy moves and gets a jackknife hold for 2.  Everybody gets in the ring and Kanemoto’s team hit dives to the outside on Machine’s team.  Kanemoto and AKIRA hit a double suplex on Machine.  Samurai lands a missile dropkick.  Tonga tags in and locks up with Kanemoto.  Tonga shoves Kanemoto down, then they trade chops and shoulder blocks.  I love how Kanemoto just hates the shit out of everybody.  Tonga hits a powerslam for 2.  Kanemoto locks in the ankle lock, but Taguchi breaks it up.  Taguchi tags in and gets kicked in the gut by Kanemoto.  AKIRA tags in and beats up Taguchi.  AKIRA clotheslines Taguchi, then decks Machine and Tonga too.  Taguchi hits a rebound dropkick for 2.  Tonga tags in and beats up AKIRA.  Tonga hits a modified Samoan drop, then sings or some shit, then hits a headbutt for 2.  Machine tags in and he and Tonga hit AKIRA with a double shoulder block.  Machine hits a senton splash, but Kanemoto saves.  Taguchi comes in and trades shots with AKIRA.  AKIRA drops Taguchi with a kick and tags in Kanemoto.  Kanemoto does the face wash in the corner.  Taguchi fires back with kicks.  Taguchi hits a springboard missile dropkick for 2.  Tonga and Sammy tag in.  Sammy hits the reverse DDT for 2.  Tonga hits a fall away slam, but Kanemoto and AKIRA save.  Machine and Taguchi come in to clear them out.  Samurai applies a wacky hold, but Tonga’s teammates make it in to save him.  Tonga gets triple teamed, taking Kanemoto’s Falcon Arrow, AKIRA’s Musasabi press, and Samurai’s diving headbutt.  Tonga fights back against Samurai, but Sammy gets him with a la magistral for the pin in 8:48.  Fine little opening match.  Samurai seems to be sour on former protege Taguchi for some reason.

CHAOS of Takashi Iizuka, Tomohiro Ishii, & Gedo vs. Manabu Nakanishi, Mitsuhide Hirasawa, & KUSHIDA.  Everyone starts brawling immediately.  Iizuka accidentally nails Ishii, then gets nailed by Hirasawa.  KUSHIDA hits a sweet dive to the outside on his enemy Gedo.  Nakanishi hits a dive on Iizuka!  Hirasawa and Ishii brawl in the ring.  Hirasawa hits an Exploder for 2.  Ishii nails him with a lariat, then throws him out of the ring.  Iizuka beats up Hirasawa on the outside and hits him with a chair in the crowd.  Ishii beats up Hirasawa more in the ring.  Gedo tags in and beats up Hirasawa too.  Gedo chokes Hirasawa while Iizuka distracts the referee.  I think I just heard one of the Japanese announcers say “coitus.”  Hirasawa continues to take his beating.  Nakanishi tags in and cleans house.  Nakanishi hits Ishii with a lariat for 2.  Nakanishi goes for the Hercules Cutter, but Iizuka cuts him off.  Nakanishi drops Iizuka with a lariat too.  Ishii and Gedo try to suplex Nakanishi, but he suplexes both of them instead.  KUSHIDA tags in and Nakanishi launches him onto Gedo.  KUSHIDA  takes out his frustrations on his enemy.  Gedo hits a Manhattan drop and tags in Iizuka.  KUSHIDA does well against Iizuka until Iizuka rakes his eyes.  KUSHIDA rallies and tries a dive off the top, but Iizuka catches him with a punch, then hits the Pedigree.  Everybody brawls again.  Iizuka tries to use his metal glove, but the referee won’t let him.  Iizuka locks KUSHDA in the sleeper hold for the win in 9:25.  Fun match.

GBH vs. NOAH Special Singles Match: Tomoaki Honma vs. Mohammed Yone.  Honma is pissed off, presumably at Yone’s haircut.  They trade forearms.  Honma absorbs a big boot and knocks Yone down with a shoulder block.  Honma kicks Yone in the head until Yone bails.  Honma follows him outside and gets sent into the barricade.  Yone works over Honma back in the ring, placing him in a neck lock.  Yone kicks Honma in the back HARD.  Honma absorbs some more kicks.  Yone tries a suplex, but Honma reverses it and suplexes Yone.  Honma fires away with chops.  Honma hits a bulldog headlock and goes up top to hit a missile dropkick for 2.  Yone lands a big kick and some corner clotheslines.  Yone kicks Honma down and hits a diving leg drop for 2.  Yone lands some more kicks for 2.  Honma absorbs a hard lariat.  Yone knocks him down with another one.  Honma fires back with a hard lariat for 2.  Honma slams Yone and hits a diving headbutt for 2.  Honma tries a nbackdrop suplex, but Yone counters out.  Honma gets a schoolboy for 2.  Yone hits something for 2.  Yone hits the Muscle Buster for the pin in 8:59.  It was okay.  Kind of boring at first, but it picked up a little towards the end.

Shinsuke Nakamura Return Match: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Daniel Puder.  They do some MMA style strike teasing, then kind of sort of lock up.  Puder beats on Nakamura with weak looking punches.  Nakamura takes him down, but they go into the ropes.  They go to the mat and do some more worked MMA until they get into the ropes.  Puder takes Nakamura down again with a belly to belly suplex.  Nakamura gets up and takes Puder down.  Puder locks in a Kimura.  Nakamura counters and goes for a cross armbreaker.  He kinda gets it, but Puder escapes.  Nakamura knees him in the head repeatedly, then hits the Boma Ye (running knee, but he didn’t connect with the knee) for the pin in 4:42.  This sucked.

Goto/Tanaka video package.  They’ve been at war for a while now.

Special Singles Match: Masato Tanaka vs. Hirooki Goto.  They lock up and hit each other with shoulder blocks.  Mat wrestling, stalemate, applause.  They tease a test of strength, then chop the shit out of each other.  Goto clotheslines Tanaka out of the ring.  Goto follows Tanaka outside and sends him into the post.  Tanaka reverses an Irish whip to send Goto into the barricade.  Tanaka gets a table from under the ring, sets it up against the post, and rams Goto into it.  Tanaka lays Goto out on the table and puts him through it with a splash from the top rope to the outside!  They get back in the ring and trade chops again.  Tanaka hits a running elbow smash in the corner and knees Goto in the back of the head a few times.  Goto counters a suplex attempt with one of his own, then gets nailed with an elbow smash.  Tanaka applies a figure-four headscissors.  They get to their feet and trade forearms and elbows.  Goto nails Tanaka with a lariat, then a running spin kick to the corner.  Goto hits a diving elbow drop for 2.  Goto hits a German suplex hold for 2.  Tanaka nails Goto with a lariat.  Tanaka hits a brainbuster and goes up top.  Goto cuts him off and they fight on the top rope.  Tanaka hits a sunset flip powerbomb out of the corner for 2.  Tanaka slams Goto and goes up top again, but gets cut off again.  Goto hits a superplex.  Tanaka no sells it and hits the Sliding D for 2.  They hit each other with lariats until Goto manages to knock Tanaka down with a discus lariat.  Goto hits an enzui lariat in the corner pulls Tanaka up top to hit the Code Red off the top!  Tanaka kicks out!  Goto hits the Fireman’s carry into the over the knee backbreaker, then hits the Shouten, but Tanaka kicks out again!  Goto goes for the Shouten again, but Tanaka counters and hits the rolling elbow for 2!  Tanaka hits the Sliding D to the back of the head and again to the face, but GOTO KICKS OUT!  They trade forearms again.  Goto lands a headbutt.  They trade lariats.  Goto hits a German suplex.  Tanaka no sells it.  Double clothesline spot.  Goto hits a short range lariat for 2.  Goto hits the Shouten Kai for the pin in 13:40.  Pretty awesome match!  This was a hell of a war.

Intermission!  There’s an interview with Machine and Hirasawa and a video of Yuji Nagata in some kind of computer game, then the announcers talk about stuff.

Video package of the 3-Way Tag feud between Yuji Nagata & Wataru Inoue, NO LIMIT, and Bad Intentions.

Three-Way Elimination Match for the IWGP Tag Team Championship: Yuji Nagata & Wataru Inoue (c) (w/ Super Strong Machine & Mitsuhide Hirasawa) vs. Bad Intentions vs. NO LIMIT.  Everybody brawls.  The other 2 teams gang up on NO LIMIT, then brawl with each other once Yujiro and Naito are dealt with.  Anderson hits a dive to the outside onto Inoue.  Nagata and Bernard trade blows in the ring.  Nagata boots Bernard to the outside.  Yujiro comes in and hits a German suplex hold on Nagata for 2.  Inoue comes in against Yujiro and gets through out of the ring.  Yujiro hits a tope sucida on Nagata.  Anderson hits a cannonball dive on Inoue.  Naito hits a twisting press off the top rope onto Bad Intentions.  Yujiro hits Anderson with one of the nice new championship belts.  Naito hits Bernard on the ramp with the other one.  Nagata and Inoue fight NO LIMIT in the ring.  Nagata hits a neckbreaker drop on Naito.  Nagata and Inoue double team Yujiro.  Naito throws Inoue into the barricade while Nagata kicks the crap out of Yujiro in the ring.  Nagata hits an Exploder on Yujiro, but Naito saves.  Naito hits Nagata with a flying forearm.  NO LIMIT double team Nagata.  Anderson comes back in and gets tied to the tree of woe, holding Nagata in the corner.  NO LIMIT kicks both of them.  Inoue comes back in to fight NO LIMIT, but he gets double teamed too.  Naito hits a flip senton for 2.  NO LIMIT are so awesome at double teaming.  Yujiro hits a German on Inoue for 2.  Yujiro argues with the referee while Naito kicks Inoue in the balls.  Naito gets a jackknife hold, but Nagata saves.  Nagata beats up Yujiro outside.  Naito goes up top, but Anderson cuts him off and goes for a superplex.  Nagata powerbombs Anderson to turn it into a tower of doom spot.  Bernard makes it back in.  Bad Intentions hit the Magic Killer on Naito.  Yujiro saves.  Bad Intentions and Nagata kick NO LIMIT’s asses.  Nagata hits a backdrop hold on Naito to get the pin and eliminate NO LIMIT in 10:19.  Bad Intentions shake hands with Nagata and Inoue, then cheap shot them.  Anderson beats up Inoue on the outside while Nagata and Bernard trade shots in the ring.  Bad Intentions double team Nagata.  Bernard hits the bottom rope decapitator that I attribute to him every time I see anyone do it.  Bad Intentions kick the shit out of Nagata’s legs.  Anderson gets some 2 counts on Nagata while Bernard prevents Inoue from getting back in.  Nagata fights back and hits an Exploder on Bernard.  Inoue makes it in and throws forearms at both opponents, but they kick his ass too.  Inoue ducks and Anderson accidentally clocks Bernard.  Inoue fires away at Anderson and avoids Bernard, who squashes Anderson in the corner.  Inoue hits a German suplex hold on Bernard for 2.  Inoue hits a side suplex on Anderson.  Bernard tries to save and splashes Anderson again.  Nagata hits a Shining Wizard on Bernard.  Covers for 2, then stereo submission holds as Nagata locks Bernard in the Nagata Lock II and Inoue locks Anderson in a half crab.  Bad Intentions break free and double team their opponents.  Anderson hits a big splash on Inoue for 2.  Anderson hits a Yakuza kick on Inoue for 2 after Bernard splashes Inoue in the corner.  Nagata prevents the Magic Killer and hits the Thunder Death Driver on Anderson.  Bernard saves.  Bernard takes down Nagata and Inoue with a double clothesline.  Nagata counters a Vader Bomb.  Inoue hits a spear on Bernard, but Anderson saves.  Anderson and Inoue go at it.  Inoue hits an Angel’s Wings on Anderson for 2.  Nagata and Bernard brawl outside.  Anderson leap frogs the spear and hits the Gun Stun (stunner) on Inoue for the pin in 18:52 to win the titles.  Really fun match!

Devitt/Marufuji hype video.

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: Naomichi Marufuji (c) vs. Prince Devitt.  “LET’S GO DEVITT!” chants.  They lock up.  Devitt backs Marufuji into the ropes and gives a clean break.  Repeat in reverse.  Mat wrestling, stalemate, applause.  They trade fancy arm holds.  Devitt gets Marufuji in a rear chin lock and turns it into a side headlock.  Marufuji reverses it into a pinning predicament.  I love that spot!  They do a fancy run around.  Devitt dropkicks Marufuji out of the ring and hits a gorgeous plancha to the outside.  Marufuji dropkicks Devitt’s bad knee, knocking Devitt off of the apron.  Marufuji hits a shin breaker on the apron.  Devitt makes it back into the ring and Marufuji goes to work on the knee.  Devitt gets a rope break to escape a half crab and fires some chops.  Marufuji dropkicks his knee again and works it over some more.  Marufuji hits an over the knee kneebreaker.  That’s a new one.  Marufuji locks in a figure-four leglock.  Devitt gets a rope break.  Marufuji tortures the knee some more.  Marufuji applies a wonky ankle hold.  Devitt reaches the ropes again.  Marufuji tries another dropkick to the apron from the outside.  Devitt avoids it, but ends up getting dropkicked off of the apron.  Marufuji tries a suplex on the outside, but Devitt front suplexes him onto the guardrail.  Devitt hits a running dropkick from the apron to the guardrail!  Back inside, Devitt hits a missile dropkick for 2.  Marufuji goes for the Shiranui.  Devitt counters and chops.  Marufuji lands a superkick.  Devitt drops Marufuji with a Pele kick.  They trade strikes.  Marufuji goes after the knee again to get the advantage.  Marufuji goes for a backdrop suplex, but Devitt grabs him in a side headlock.  Marufuji hits another kneebreaker.  Devitt does something for 2.  Marufuji lands a superkick for 2.  Marufuji applies another leg lock.  Devitt escapes and hits a backdrop suplex off the top rope for 2!  Devitt goes for the Prince’s Throne.  Marufuji counters.  Devitt does a sunset flip.  Marufuji rolls through.  Devitt rolls through and lands a basement dropkick for 2.  Devitt goes for the Bloody Sunday, but Marufuji counters.  They duck kicks until Marufuji lands one for 2.  Marufuji does a front suplex drop into a superkick for 2.  Marufuji hits the Shiranui, but Devitt kicks out!  Marufuji goes for the Tiger Frosion, but Devitt counters and drops him with a kick.  Devitt hits a diving stomp to the back of Marufuji’s head!  Devitt goes back in and hits a diving Ghetto Stomp for 2.  Marufuji counters the Bloody Sunday again and sets Devitt on the top rope.  They fight over it.  Marufuji goes for the Tiger Frosion off the top!  Devitt counters him and hits the Bloody Sunday off the top rope!  Devitt gets the pin in 20:21!  Awesome match!  Devitt is finally Junior champion!  He’s the best around!  Devitt and Marufuji shake hands.  Devitt celebrates.

Tanahashi/Yano hype video.  Somebody’s getting a haircut!

Hair vs. Hair Match: Toru Yano vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi.  Yano throws water or something on Tanahashi, then goes into the crowd and threatens to cut a fan’s hair.  Tanahashi goes after him and kicks his ass.  The match finally starts and they get in the ring.  Tanahashi hits a tip ross and a rana.  Yano bails.  Tanahashi hits a baseball slide dropkick and hits him with a cannonball senton off of the apron to the floor.  Yano whips Tanahashi into the guardrail.  Yano hits Tanahashi with his CHAOS chair.  Yano removes one of the turnbuckle pads and awaits Tanahashi’s return to the ring.  Tanahashi makes it back in at 14.  Yano beats on him and whips him into the exposed turnbuckles a couple of times.  Tanahashi catches him with a kick and goes up to the middle rope, but Yano pulls him down.  Yano tries to suplex Tanahashi, but Tanahashi manages to counter into a suplex of his own.  Tanahashi avoids Yano, who hits the exposed corner.  Tanahashi lands a flying forearm.  They trade forearms.  Yano pulls Tanahashi’s hair.  Tanahashi responds in kind and pulls Yano down.  Yano tries to throw Tanahashi out of the ring, but he skins the cat back in.  Tanahashi botches an Asai DDT, but carries through with it.  Yano throws Tanahashi off the top rope.  Tanahashi hits a German suplex hold for 2.  Tanahashi hits a reverse Sling Blade and 2 High Fly Flows, but Yano kicks out!  That man really prizes his hair.  Yano gets an inside cradle for 2.  Tanahashi reverses it for 2.  Tanahashi gets a backslide for 2.  Yano gets another cradle for 2.  Tanahashi gets a schoolboy, but the ref gets bumped in the process.  Yano hits Tanahashi with the CHAOS chair.  Yano hits the Oni Koroshi, but Tanahashi kicks out!  He prizes his flowing locks too.  Yano goes for a move.  Tana counters.  Yano slingshots him into the exposed corner.  Yano goes for the Oni Koroshi again, but Tanahashi counters into a sunset flip for 2.  Tanahashi hits the Sling Blade into a crucifix hold for the pin in 12:56.  Okay match, but it didn’t really light my world on fire.  I love Tanahashi, but I find Yano to be very mediocre.  Yano teases honoring the stipulations, but then low blows Tanahashi and tries to shave his head.  The young boys hold him back.  Takashi Iizuka jumps the young boys to help Yano.  KUSHIDA runs in to save Tanahashi, but Iizuka nails him with the metal glove.  Yano and Iizuka get ready to cut Tana’s hair, but TAJIRI appears and sprays mist in their eyes.  TAJIRI holds Yano so Tanahashi can shave his head.  TAJIRI and Tanahashi shake hands and hug, ending their long feud.  Tanahashi, TAJIRI, and KUSHIDA leave together.

Makabe/Shizoaki video package.

IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: Togi Makabe (c) vs. Go Shiozaki.  They lock up.  Go backs Makabe into the ropes and gives a clean break.  They trade hammerlocks and wrestle some.  You’re never going to hear me complain about a match having mat wrestling.  They get to their feet and trade forearms.  They score knockdowns, then trade slaps.  Makabe punches Go in the corner.  Go lands a superkick.  He tries to pick up Makabe, who kind of dead weights him.  Go hits some short range chops.  Makabe tries a German from the apron, but Go fights him off and tries a tope sucida.  Makabe stops that by punching him in the head.  Go DDTs Makiabe on the apron.  Go beats up Makabe on the outside.  Go sets Makabe on the apron and hits him with a knee lift.  Go works over Makabe back in the ring.  Makabe starts absorbing Go’s blows and trying to summon the spirit to fight back.  Makabe catches Go with a powerslam.  Makabe lands some punches and no sells some chops.  Makabe scores a shoulder tackle and some lariats.  Makabe hits a corner lariat and corner punches.  Makabe hits a Northern Lights suplex for 2.  Makabe goes for a German, but Go fights out.  They trade shots.  Makabe hits a German, then they clothesline each other down.  Makabe tries to set up a Spider German.  Go ends up taking a bump from the top rope to the floor.  Go tries a superplex to the outside and ends up hitting something off the top.  Go hits a Fisherman buster for 2.  Makabe avoids a moonsault, then charges Go.  Go hot shots Makabe into the top turnbuckle.  Go lands a lariat (I think) for 2.  Go hits the moonsault press for 2.  Makabe ducks a lariat and hits one of his own.  Go tries possibly the Go Flasher, but Makabe counters and hits a Dragon suplex hold for 2.  Makabe no sells a superkick and hits a lariat for 2.  Makabe hits a powerbomb for 1.  Makabe hits the Spider German and the diving King Kong knee drop for the pin in 20:41.  Very good match.  Makabe gets the big celebration ceremony and a post-match interview.  He calls out NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Prince Devitt to congratulate him and they celebrate together.

Another post-match interview with Makabe backstage.

Closing video.

Some of the matches didn’t light my world on fire, but all in all this was a fun show with some good matches.

NJPW “Best of the Super Jr. XVII” 6/13/10

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Opening video hyping the Best of the Super Jr. tournament.  We’re back in the Mecca of Japanese wrestling, Korakuen Hall!  The announcers talk.  I believe they’re recapping the tournament so far.

Tomoaki Honma & Mitsuhide Hirasawa vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Kyosuke Mikami.  Young lions Hirasawa and Mikami start.  Mat wrestling, stalemate, applause.  Nakanishi tags in.  Hirasawa wants none of him, so he tags out to Honma.  Honma lands some chops that have little effect.  Nakanishi throws some that are much more effective.  Honma gets the advantage briefly, but Nakanishi absorbs the abuse and beats him up some more.  Nakanishi rams Honma’s head into Mikami’s boot, then tags Mikami in.  Honma beats up Mikami, knocks Nakanishi off the apron, and tags in Hirasawa.  Hirasawa hits a slam for 2.  Hirasawa and Honma continue to work over young Mikami.  Mikami tags out to Nakanishi, who chops the crap out of Hirasawa.  Nakanishi does a suplex throw and hits a knee drop for 2.  Nakanishi goes for the Hercules Cutter.  Honma tries to knock him down, but Nakanishi drops Hirasawa and shoves Honma down.  Hirasawa spears Nakanishi and tags in Honma.  Honma tries to Irish whip Honma, but fails.  Mikami tags in and tries to suplex Honma.  Nakanishi helps him pull it off.  Cover gets 2.  Nakanishi and Mikami land a double dropkick.  Mikami covers, but Hirasawa saves.  Nakanishi disposes of  him.  Mikami hits a spinebuster on Honma for 2.  Honma hits Mikami with a lariat, but Nakanishi saves.  Hirasawa takes out Nakanishi.  Honma locks Mikami in a crab hold for the win in 7:38.  Okay little match.

Nakanishi & Mikami’s post-match interview.

Honma & Hirasawa’s post-match interview.  Hirasawa has a deep voice.

KUSHIDA vs. Gedo is scheduled to be next, but Gedo comes out with his arm in a sling.  He brings out Toru Yano to replace him.

Best of the Super Jr. – Special Singles Match: KUSHIDA vs. Toru Yano (w/ Gedo).  KUSHIDA dropkicks Yano off the apron and hits him with a suicide plancha.  Yano kicks his ass and throws him into chairs, the post, and hits him with the time keeper’s hammer.  Yano stomps KUSHIDA’s ass in the ring.  Yano hits a vertical suplex for 2.  KUSHIDA tries to fight back and manages to land a couple of dropkicks and forearms to little effect.  KUSHIDA lands a rolling elbow and goes for a cross body, but Yano catches him and drives him down with a slam.  Yano hits a Last Ride for the pin in 2:58.  Well this was short.  Post-match, Yano tapes KUSHIDA to the ropes and he and Gedo take turns caning the crap out of him.  Hiroshi Tanahashi runs in to make the save and the heels bail.  Tanahashi helps KUSHIDA to the back.

Yano & Gedo’s post-match interview.

Tanahashi speaks while helping KUSHIDA to the back.

Best of the Super Jr. – Semifinal: Taiji Ishimori vs. Prince Devitt.  They lock up.  Devitt backs Ishimori into the ropes and gives a clean break.  Repeat, but backwards, and without the clean break.  They trade arm locks and do flippy stuff.  Devitt does a very elaborate takedown into a side headlock.  Ishimori cuts it into a cradle for 2.  I love that spot, as I’ve mentioned a million times.  Ishimori sends Devitt outside with a headscissors and teases a dive, then lands a baseball slide dropkick  and hits a dive to the floor from the top rope.  Back inside, Ishimori hits the Bourne double knee thing for 2.  Devitt lands a Pele kick and a brainbuster for 2.  Devitt dropkicks Ishimori on the top rope and hits a HUGE superplex for 2.  Devitt goes for a suplex, but Ishimori takes him down with a complex cradle for 2.  Devitt hits the Prince’s Throne for 2.  Devitt goes up top, but Ishimori cuts him off and hits a rolling slam thing for 2.  Ishimori hits a Canadian backbreaker into a gut buster for 2.  Ishimori goes for the Superstar Elbow, but Devitt catches him with his knees.  Devitt lands an enzuigiri and a diving double stomp, the the Bloody Sunday for the pin in 6:56.  Great sprint here.  Devitt’s going to the final!

Ishimori’s post-match interview.  It’s long, so I’m sure he said something profound.  I can only assume he said that Devitt is the best around and nothing’s gonna ever keep him down.

Best of the Super Jr. – Semifinal: Kota Ibushi vs. Ryusuke Taguchi.  They do mat wrestling to start.  They do some jumping around.  Ibushi lands a dropkick that sends Taguchi outside.  Ibushi goes for an Asai moonsault, but Taguchi kicks him in the back.  Taguchi attacks Ibushi’s knee.  Taguchi applies a leg lock.  Ibushi gets a rope break.  Taguchi hits a Dragon screw leg whip and applies a half crab hold.  Ibushi gets a rope break again.  Taguchi continues torturing the knee.  Ibushi lands an enzugiri and sends Taguchi outside.  Ibushi slides outside and Taguchi drops him with a big boot, then throws him into chairs.  Ibushi manages to hit his Asai moonsault to the floor.  Back inside, Ibushi lands some kicks.  Taguchi kicks his leg.  Ibushi goes for his flurry, but Taguchi kicks the leg again and gets a la magistral for 2.  Taguchi rolls through a schoolboy and lands a basement dropkick for 2.  Taguchi hits a Fisherman buster and transitions into… kind of putting Ibushi’s leg in the Torture Rack.  Ibushi gets a rope break.  Taguchi hits a front suplex and goes for the Dodon, but Ibushi resists.  Taguchi goes for a German, but Ibushi counters and lands a Pele kick.  Taguchi counters a move and hits a modified Dodon out of nowhere for 2.  Taguchi goes for the Dodon, but Ibushi turns it into a front cradle for 2.  Ibushi hits a Dragon suplex hold for 2.  Ibushi downs Taguchi with a kick and hits the 450 splash for the pin in 10:15.  Good match.  I enjoy Ibushi’s theme music.  The final will be a battle of awesome entrance music, Ibushi’s “27” by Breaking Point vs. Devitt’s “You’re The Best” by Joe Esposito.

Taguchi’s post-match interview.

The announcers talk for a while.  I guess it’s intermission.

Best of the Super Jr. – Special Tag Match: Davey Richards & La Sombra vs. Jushin Thunder Liger & Nobuo Yoshihashi.  Liger and Richards start with some nice wrestling.  Liger backdrops Richards to the floor and fakes a dive.  Sombra dropkicks Liger out of the ring and Richards lands a tope suicida.  Sombra knocks Yoshihashi out of the ring and hits a tope suicida of his own.  Richards brings Liger back in and covers for 2.  Sombra tags in and goes to work on Liger.  Yoshihashi tags in and beats up Sombra briefly.  Richards tags back in, hits a hooking clothesline, and tags back out.  Sombra covers Yoshihashi for 2.  Yoshihashi lands a dropkick on Sombra and tags in Liger.  Liger puts Sombra in a hold that Richards almost immediately breaks.  Liger rocks a surfboard hold, then tags in Yoshihashi.  Sombra shows Liger how to properly do a surfboard hold, then tags out to Richards.  Richards and Yoshihashi trade blows, then Richards beats the hell out of him.  Richards hits a snap suplex and a diving headbutt.  Cover, but Liger saves.  Sombra tags in and hits a Northern Lights suplex hold for 2.  Sombra hits Wade Barrett’s finish and a split legged moonsault for 2.  Richards tags in and hits a backdrop suplex on Yoshihashi for 2.  Sombra tags in and clobbers Yoshihashi some, then gets dropped with a dropkick.  Liger gets the tag.  Sombra hits his rope balance arm drag thing a tilt a whirl backbreaker.  Sombra hits his spinning body attack dive for 2, as Yoshihashi saves.  Sombra and Liger counter each other.  Liger hits a tilt a whirl backbreaker.  Yoshihashi and Richards tag in.  Yoshihashi hits a flying forearm for 2.  Yoshihashi hits his side suplex drop thingy for 2.  Yoshihashi goes for a German suplex and hits up hitting his double arm suplex into a cross armbreaker.  Sombra saves, but gets sent outside by Liger.  Liger and Yoshihashi try to double team Richards, but fail.  Sombra hits the dive thing he fucked up on the last show on Liger.  Richards beats up Yoshihashi and hits a German suplex hold for 2.  Richards kicks Liger in the head and hits a Falcon Arrow into a cross armbreaker for the win in 10:58.  Fun tag match.  Liger takes the mic and say something after the match.  Yoshihashi says something too.  I really wish I understood Japanese.  Sombra comes back to the ring and pals around with them.  I assume this all had something to do with putting over young Yoshihashi’s performance in the tournament.

Liger & Yoshihashi’s post-match interview (the backstage one as opposed to the one they just did in the ring).

Best of the Super Jr. – Special Tag Match: Kenny Omega & Tama Tonga vs. Koji Kanemoto & AKIRA.  Kanemoto and Tonga start brawling immediately.  I love how Kanemoto hates everybody, especially this fuck.  They brawl outside while AKIRS and Omega do stuff int he ring.  Omega dropkicks AKIRA to the floor and hits a nice plancha suicida.  Tonga and Kanemoto come back in with Tonga having the advantage.  Omega tags in and fights with Kanemoto.  AKIRA tags in and beats up Omega.  Omega fires back with chops.  Tonga tags in and goes his stupid taunting and yelling shit, then hits a splash on AKIRA for 2.  AKIRA drops Tonga with a lariat and tags in Kanemoto, who beats the shit out of him because he hates him.  Kanemoto does the face wash in the corner x2.  Omega distracts him, then knocks AKIRA off the apron.  Omega hits Kanemoto with a Dragon suplex.  Tonga follows with the Tongan Twist for 2.  Tonga goes for a German suplex, but Kanemoto counters into the ankle lock.  Omega breaks it up, but gets taken out by AKIRA with a dive to the floor.  AKIRA tags in and goes back and forth with Tonga.  Tonga hits a fall away slam and stupidly tries to tag in Kanemoto.  He manages to get it right and tags in Omega.  Omega and AKIRA do stuff.  Omega hits a Frankensteiner and Staggerin’ Blow (I need to stop being lazy and find his name for it) for 2.  Omega goes for the Croyt’s Wrath, but AKIRA turns it into the STA.  Kanemoto puts Tonga in the ankle lock at the same time.  Omega and Tonga both get rope breaks.  Kanemoto hits a Falcon Arrow on Omega.  AKIRA follows with the Musasabi press for 2.  Omega hits a double bulldog leg lariat thing on Kanemoto and AKIRA.  Omega goes for the Hadouken, but AKIRA blocks it.  Omega rolls through a sunset flip and hits it anyway, then hits the Croyt’s Wrath for the pin in 8:32.  Fun match here too.  Everybody shakes hands and makes friends except for Tonga and Kanemoto, presumably because Kanemoto just hates that guy.

Kanemoto & AKIRA’s post-match interview.

Omega & Tonga’s post-match interview.  Finally, someone who speaks English!  Omega says he and Ibushi are coming for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team title held by Kanemoto & El Samurai.  Tonga speaks Tongan, I guess.

Before the ten-man tag, Takashi Iizuka goes through the crowd knocking over chairs and apparently assaulting random bystanders.

New Japan Seikigun, GBH, & Aogi-gun vs. CHAOS Special Ten Man Tag Team Match: IWGP Heavyweight Champion Togi Makabe, IWGP Tag Team Champions Yuji Nagata & Wataru Inoue, Hiroshi Tanahashi, & Hirooki Goto vs. Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka, NO LIMIT, & Tomohiro Ishii.  As usual, everyone brawls to start.  Respective rivals pair off and brawl all over Korakuen.  Yano and Iizuka double team Makabe in the ring.  All of CHAOS make it inside and assault Makabe.  Makabe starts lariating fuckers and clears the ring.  “MAKABE!” chants fill Korakuen.  The match finally settles down into Goto vs. Ishii.  They shoulder block each other.  Ishii drops Goto, then beats on him in the corner.  Goto whips Ishii into the opposite corner and hits a lariat, then goes for a diving elbow drop that Ishii avoids.  They trade forearms for a while, then lariat each other a few times.  Goto finally drops Ishii with one, then tags in Nagata.  Nagata and Goto double team Ishii a bit.  Yujiro tags in and promptly gets kicked really hard repeatedly.  They start trading forearms too.  Nagata drops Yujiro with a slap, then kicks him some more.  Inoue tags in and the tag champs double team Yujiro.  Inoue attacks Yujiro’s leg.  Naito comes in and dropkicks Inoue, then throws him outside.  CHAOS beat up Inoue on the outside, with Yano using a chair.  Everybody brawls on the outside again.  Back inside, Naito chokes Inoue with a towel.  Cover gets 2.  Yano tags in and beats up Inoue.  Tanahashi comes in to help but gets whipped into the corner by Yano.  Iizuka hits Inoue with a chair on the outside.  Inside, Ishii and Naito get into a brief chop battle.  Yujiro tags in and slams Inoue, then knocks Nagata off the apron.  Nagata brings a chair into the ring, but the referee stops him.  So chairs are fine as long as they’re on the outside.  NO LIMIT double team Inoue, then double team Nagata when he tries to save.  Inoue hits NO LIMIT with sort of a double spear and makes the hot tag to Makabe, who cleans house.  Makabe beats up Yujiro.  Makabe hits a Northern Lights suplex for 2.  Makabe goes for a German, but Yujiro counters.  Naito kicks Makabe from the apron, then tags in.  Makabe will have none of their shit and drops them both before tagging in Nagata.  Nagata kicks the hell out of Naito and hits an Exploder for 2.  Tanahashi wants in and Korakuen wants him in.  Nagata hits Naito with a belly to belly throw and covers, but Yujiro saves.  NO LIMIT double team Nagata.  Naito gets a jackknife hold, but Inoue saves.  Iizuka tags in and tries a sleeper hold, but Nagata hits him with a belly to belly.  Tanahashi tags in and Korakuen loses their shit.  Yano holds Tanahashi for Iizuka, but Tanahashi ducks and heels collide.  Iizuka throws Tanahashi over the ropes.  He tries to skin the can back in, but Yano stops him.  Clusterfuck breaks lose.  Iizuka Pedigrees Tanahashi for 2, then tries to use the metal glove, but Tanahashi hits the Sling Blade on Iizuka, then Yano, then hits the High Fly Flow on Iizuka for the pin in 17:30.  This is the third variation I’ve seen of this match and it’s still fun.  Yano tries to do something to ring boy Mikami’s hair and everybody brawls some more, with emphasis on Yano vs. Tanahashi.  Yano cuts some of Mikami’s hair off.  Tanahashi cuts a promo on Yano.

CHAOS post-match interview.

The babyfaces’ post-match interview.

Best of the Super Jr. – Final: Kota Ibushi vs. Prince Devitt.  The other participants in the tournament are at ringside to watch.  Korakuen loves Devitt.  They shake hands.  They lock up.  Mat wrestling, stalemate, applause.  They lock up again and Devitt grabs a side headlock.  Devitt hits a shoulder block, but Ibushi nips up and hits a dropkick.  Ibushi tries to apply a half crab, but Devitt reaches the ropes.  Ibushi whips Devitt into the corner, charges, and gets caught with an elbow.  Ibushi dropkicks Devitt off the apron.  Devitt slips back in to avoid a dive and dropkicks Ibushi off the apron, then hits a suicide plancha.  Back inside, Devitt hits a missile dropkick for 2.  Devitt hits a backdrop suplex for 2.  Devitt goes for a suplex, but Ibushi drops behind him.  Devitt charges, but Ibushi catches him with a Frankensteiner that sends him outside and hits one of his beautiful moonsaults to the floor.  Ibushi follows with a missile dropkick to the floor.  Devitt barely beats the count back inside.  Ibushi hits the standing Shooting Star press and the Lionsault for 2.  “DEVITT!” chants fill Korakuen.  Ibushi slams Devitt and goes for a moonsault press.  Devitt moves, so Ibushi lands on his feet and tries a standing moonsault, but Devitt gets his knees up.  They trade strikes.  Devitt drops Ibushi with a Pele kick.  Devitt dropkicks Ibushi in the back against the corner and hits a backdrop suplex off the top rope for 2.  Devitt hits the Prince’s Throne and a DIVING DOUBLE STOMP TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD.  Devitt hits another diving double stomp, but Ibushi kicks out!  Devitt goes for a double arm suplex, but Ibushi counters and hits a Pele kick and a Dragon suplex hold for 2.  They fight on the top rope.  Ibushi hits a handspring Pele kick and an avalanche-style Frankensteiner, but DEVITT KICKS OUT!  Ibushi hits a German suplex hold for 2.  Ibushi hits the 450 splash!  1, 2, he gothimnohedidn’tcomeonref!  Ibushi looks to have injured his shoulder.  The attendants and some of the wrestlers check on him, but he decides he’s fine.  Devitt ducks a kick, rocks Ibushi with an enzuigiri, and hits the Bloody Sunday for the pin in 14:35!  DEVITT WINS!  He’s the best around!  Nothing’s gonna ever keep him down!  Very very good match.

The tournament participants fill the ring.  Devitt shakes Ibushi’s hand as Ibushi ices his shoulder.  Masahito Kakihara reads the thing that I guess offically declares Devitt tournament champion.  Devitt gets presented with a bunch of trophies and a giant check  ¥5,000,000 ($55,634.38 USD). The tournament participants pose for pictures.  Devitt does his post-match interview in the ring, thanking the fans in Japanese and promises to bring the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship back to New Japan.  He asks the fans to continue supporting New Japan.  Confetti falls.  He’s the best around!

The announcers talk as Korakuen empties out.

Ibushi’s post-match interview, but he doesn’t seem to say anything.

Devitt and other New Japan wrestlers toast with Coors Light.  Devitt gets celebratory beer poured all over him.  Devitt talks about his upcoming title shot against Naomichi Marufuji and other things.

Highlight video of the semifinals and final.

Great show to end a great tournament.  New Japan was my first love in Japanese wrestling, and this tournament has reinforced that.  It’s also completely sold me on Prince Devitt and Kota Ibushi in addition to reinforcing my love of old favorites.

NJPW “Best of the Super Jr. XVII” 6/8/10

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The opening video hypes the Best of the Super Jr. tournament.  The announcers presumably recap and hype stuff.

Jushin Thunder Liger, Ryusuke Taguchi, & AKIRA vs. Davey Richards, Tama Tonga, & King Fale.  Liger and Richards start.  They do some wrestling, then Richards does a back bridge and kicks Liger in the head.  They do a quick cradle reversal bit on the mat.  After some hopping around, Richards gets a reverse cradle for 2, then turns it into a surfboard, then turns it back into a reverse cradle for 2.  Liger turns it into a surfboard of his  own.  Taguchi runs in and dropkicks Richards in the head.  Taguchi tags in and he and Liger split the wish bone on Richards.  Tonga tags in and beats up Taguchi a bit.  New Japan’s newest young lion King Fale tags in for my first look at him.  The Tongans double team Taguchi a bit.  Taguchi gets Fale into his corner and tags in AKIRA.  AKIRA attacks Fale’s leg.  Liger comes in to continue that work while taunting Richards and Tonga.  Taguchi takes a turn attacking the leg too.  Taguchi and AKIRA try to double suplex the big Tongan Fale, but fail (pun not intended).  Clusterfuck kind of ensues.  Fale hits a Samoan drop on AKIRA for 2, as Liger saves.  Taguchi hits a dive on somebody.  AKIRA locks Fale in his modified STF that I’ve decided to call the STA.  Richards breaks it.  Taguchi disposes of Richards.  Taguchi hits a frog splash on Fale.  AKIRA follows with the Musasabi press for the pin in 8:11.  It was fine.

Best of the Super Jr. – Block B: Kenny Omega vs. Nobuo Yoshihashi.  They slap hands, then lock up and go at it.  No clean breaks here.  Brief mat wrestling bit just to get the stalemate, applause bit.  Yoshihashi grabs a headlock and lands on his feet when Omega backdrops him.  They chop each other.  Yoshihashi hits some arm drags.  Another stalemate and applause.  Omega grounds Yoshihashi with a headlock.  Back on their feet, the trade forearms.  Omega chokes Yoshihashi with his boot in the corner.  Omega hits a Frankensteiner, then a drop toe hold, then a sliding dropkick to the head for 2.  Omega works over Yoshihashi’s leg.  Yoshihashi gets a rope break to escape what I think is an Indian Death Lock.  Omega picks up Yoshihashi and rams his shin into the turnbuckle.  Omega kicks the leg and gets him in a leg hold.  Yoshihashi gets a rope break.  Omega continues working the leg.  Yoshihashi gets a cradle out of nowhere for 2.  Omega kicks his leg some more.  Yoshihashi replies with elbows and chops.  Omega kicks him down.  Yoshihashi hits a jawbreaker and lands a dropkick.  Yoshihashi starts making a comeback.  He hits his weird side suplex drop thing for 2.  Yoshihashi hits a missile dropkick for 2.  Omega takes his leg out again and his a move that looks like he botched his bulldog thing for 2.  Omega hits the Staggerin’ Blow (he has his own name for it, but I can’t remember it) for 2.  Yoshihashi rolls through a Frankensteiner and gets a sunset flip for 2.  They trade blows again.  Yoshihashi lands a flying forearm for 2.  Yoshihashi hits a German suplex hold for 2.  Yoshihashi goes for a Swanton, but Omega moves.  Omega goes for a la magistral, but Yoshihashi ends up on top for 2.  Omega hits a release Dragon suplex and the Hadouken.  Omega hits the Croyt’s Wrath for the pin in 14:21.  Pretty good match.  I’m starting to like young Yoshihashi.  They shake hands before the ring boys help Yoshihashi to the back.

Omega’s post-match interview.  He says looking good for the fans is more important than winning.  Well that’s a stupid thing to say.

Best of the Super Jr. – Block A: KUSHIDA vs. Gedo.  These two have heat going back to the Super J Tag tournament.  Gedo attacks KUSHIDA on the ramp with a Singapore cane and canes him a bunch before the match actually starts.  Once it does start, Gedo chokes KUSHIDA with his own shirt.  Gedo beats up KUSHIDA and cuts him off quickly when he tries to make a comeback.  Gedo throws KUSHIDA outside and abuses him at ringside, ramming his face into the announcers’ table.  Gedo throws KUSHIDA into some chairs and goes back inside.  KUSHIDA barely beats the count back in.  Gedo punishes him for having such nerve by continuing to choke and beat the shit out of him.  Also, gouging his eyes.  They go outside again and Gedo canes KUSHIDA some more.  Back inside, KUSHIDA finally manages to make a comeback by landing some dropkicks.  KUSHIDA backdrops Gedo to the apron and nails him with an elbow smash, then rams his head into the turnbuckle.  KUSHIDA runs up and down the ramp and nails Gedo with a flip dive off of the ramp.  Back in the ring, KUSHIDA hits a diving cross body for 2.  Gedo hits a DDT for 2.  Gedo hits a superkick for 2.  Gedo tries to use the cane again, but KUSHIDA dodges it.  KUSHIDA considers using the cane, but throws it again.  Gedo pokes him in the eye.  KUSHIDA lands a Buzzsaw kick for 2.  KUSHIDA hits a moonsault press for 2.  Gedo hits KUSHIDA in the balls and shoves the referee, then headbutts KUSHIDA in the balls.  The referee finally DQs Gedo in 10:11.  King Fale offers KUSHIDA an ice pack for his balls, but KUSHIDA declines.  Man, you have to do a lot to get DQ’d in Japan.  The match was quite fun.

KUSHIDA’s post-match interview.  I can only assume he says something to the effect of “Fuck you, Gedo!”

New Japan Seikigun & Aogi-gun vs. CHAOS Special Ten Man Tag Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hirooki Goto, IWGP Tag Team Champions Yuji Nagata & Wataru Inoue, & CMLL World Trios Champion La Sombra vs. Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka, NO LIMIT, & Tomohiro Ishii.  Yano spits water at Tanahashi and everyone starts brawling.  Tanahashi ducks a double clothesline from NO LIMIT and dropkicks them both.  Sombra hits a diving moonsault to the outside on Naito and Ishii.  The heels are all cleared out of the ring now.  It finally settles down, with Tanahashi and Yano going at it.  Nagata tags in and works Yano’s arm.  Goto tags in and continues that work.  Yano pokes Goto in the eye and knows Tanahashi off the apron.  Goto lands a lariat on Yano.  Tanahashi comes in and puts the boots to his enemy.  Tanahashi and Goto double team Yano.  Shit breaks lose again and Goto gets chaired by Iizuka and Yujiro on the outside.  Iizuka chairs Nagata and Sombra too.  When things get back in order, Ishii and Goto go at it in the ring.  Naito continues the working over of Goto.  Iizuka tags in and chokes Goto with his chain while Yujiro distracts the referee.  Iizuka covers Goto for 2, then chokes him with the chain again.  The referee (I think it’s Tiger Hattori) tells Iizuka to cut that shit out.  Yujiro beats up Goto and attacks Nagata just to antagonize him.  Yujiro puts Goto in a camel clutch and Naito hits a springboard dropkick.  Yujiro covers for 2, as Inoue saves.  Yano tags in and tries to suplex Goto, but Goto Hulks up and suplexes Yano, then hits him with an enzuigiri and makes the tag to Tanahashi.  Tanahashi and Yano continue their war.  Tanahashi hits the Sling Blade and goes up top, but Iizuka grabs his leg allowing Yano to throw him off Flair-style.  Tanahashi locks Yano in a Dragon sleeper, but Ishii breaks it.  Tanahashi throws Ishii out of the ring and continues to beat up his rival.  Yano catches Tanahashi and slams him.  Nagata and Yujiro tag in and unleash their hatred on each other.  Yujiro powerslams Nagata and tags in Naito.  NO LIMIT try to double team Nagata, but fail.  Inoue comes in and spears Yujiro.  Sombra tags in.  Naito and Ishii try to double team him, but Sombra overcomes him and hits a rana on Naito.  Sombra hits a diving sunset flip on Naito for 2.  Naito hits a flying forearm.  All hell breaks loose.  NO LIMIT hit a double team move on Sombra.  Naito covers, but Inoue saves.  Naito goes for a German suplex, but Sombra lands on his feet.  Naito kicks Sombra in the balls.  Yujiro lariats Sombra, then Naito catches Sombra with a jackknife hold for the pin in 13:08.  Really fun and solid match.  Naito goes for Sombra’s mask, but Tanahashi prevents such shenanigans.

GBH vs. NOAH Special Tag Match: IWGP Heavyweight Champion Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma vs. Go Shiozaki & Mohammed Yone.  Honma and Yone start brawling before the match starts.  This is a preliminary skirmish to the Makabe vs. Shiozaki and Honma vs. Yone singles matches coming up on 6/19.  Shiozaki tags in and wants Makabe.  Makabe obliges.  They lock up.  Go grabs a side headlock briefly, then they just start throwing heavy blows at each other.  Honma tags in and trades shots with Go.  Go hits a knee drop for 2.  Yone slams Honma on the floor.  Go whips Honma into a lariat from Yone at ringside.  Back inside, Yone slams Honma and hits a running leg drop, brother.  Yone cranks on Honma’s neck in painful looking ways.  Go tags in and superkicks Makabe on the apron.  Go tries to suplex Honma, but Honma blocks it and suplexes Go.  Makabe tags in and clobbers Go.  Makabe hits a powerslam and a couple of lariats.  Makabe hits a Northern Lights suplex hold for 2.  Go superkicks Makabe hits a his a release German suplex.  Go hits a lariat for 2.  They clothesline each other until Makabe knocks Go down.  Yone and Honma tag in and brawl.  Honma hits a bulldog and a missile dropkick for 2.  They trade hard shots again.  Go tags in.  Makabe attacks him before he can further damage Honma.  GBH double team Go.  Honma hits a lariat for 2, as Yone saves.  Makabe throws Yone out of the ring and brawls with him on the floor.  Honma headbutts Go a few times, then slams him and goes up top.  Yone grabs his leg, allowing Go to hit a superplex.  Go hits a lariat for 2, as Makabe saves.  Yone hits a diving leg drop on Honma.  Go hits a German suplex hold on Honma for 2.  Go wears down Honma as Makabe and Yone brawl outside.  Honma gets an S.O.S. like cradle for 2.  Go hits a lariat, then slams Honma and hits a moonsault press.  Yone holds Makabe outside to keep him from making the save.  Go hits Honma with a lariat for the pin in 13:08.  Pretty good match.  Go and Makabe have some post-match words leading into their upcoming title match.

Go’s post-match interview.

Makabe’s post-match interview.

Best of the Super Jr. – Block B: Koji Kanemoto vs. Taiji Ishimori.  They start trading big strikes immediately and keep it up for a couple of minutes.  Ishimori ranas Kanemoto out of the ring and goes for a 619, but Kanemoto catches his leg and locks in the ankle hold at ringside.  Kanemoto releases the hold, then hits the Falcon Arrow on the floor.  Kanemoto hits the face wash in the corner x2.  Ishimori blocks the third, but Kanemoto kicks the fuck out of him and face washes him again.  Kanemoto kicks the shit out of Ishimori some more.  Ishimori lands a handspring kick, then hits a Dragon screw leg whip on the apron.  Ishimori hits a springboard double stomp.  Ishimori hits another Dragon screw leg whip and locks in a figure-four leglock.  Kanemoto manages to get a rope break.  Ishimori goes for a Tombstone, but Kanemoto counters and goes for the ankle lock.  Ishimori manages to escape that certain destruction.  Kanemoto hits a Frankensteiner off the top for 2.  Kanemoto goes for the ankle lock, but Ishimori counters into a cradle, when locks Kanemoto in the ankle lock.  Kanemoto reverses it and tortures Ishimori, then kicks him in the head for 2.  Kanemoto tortures Ishimori’s ankle some more.  Ishimori manages to get a rope break.  Kanemoto goes for a moonsault, but Ishimori avoids it and locks in the ankle lock again.  After that, Ishimori goes for a 450 splash, but Kanemoto gets his knees up.  They get to their knees and trade forearms and slaps.  Ishimori ducks a kick and lands one of his own.  He goes for a Pele kick, but Ishimori catches his leg and locks in the ankle lock for the win in 13:14.  Awesome match, if not quite as awesome as Kanemoto vs. Hayato from Day 1.  Kanemoto speaks after the match.

Kanemoto’s post-match interview.

Best of the Super Jr. – Block A: Prince Devitt vs. Kota Ibushi.  They lock up.  Devitt backs Ibushi into the ropes and gives a clean break.  They do some sweet chain wrestling.  Devitt works on Ibushi’s shoulders.  Ibushi gets a rope break to escape a hold.  Ibushi sends Devitt outside with a dropkick.  Devitt slips back and dropkicks Ibushi off the apron.  Devitt lands a beautiful Space Flying Tiger Drop.  Devitt suplexes somebody at ringside.  I’ll have to check on who and update this.  Devitt hits a missile dropkick for 2.  Devitt goes up top and Ibushi knocks him to the floor with a kick and hits a diving moonsault to the floor.  They trade hard shots in the ring.  Ibushi hits his flurry, then the standing Shooting Star press and the Lionsault for 2.  Devitt drops Ibushi with a Pele kick.  Ibushi gets a la magistral for 2.  Ibushi hits a Regal Plex for 2.  Ibushi goes up top, but Devitt drops him with a dropkick and hits a brainbuster off the top rope for 2.  Devitt hits the Prince’s Throne for 2.  Devitt goes up top, but Ibushi cuts him off.  They fight on the top rope.  Ibushi gets knocked down, but comes back and hits a Frankensteiner off the top rope for 2.  Ibushi hits a German suplex hold for 2.  Ibushi hits the Phoenix splash for the pin in 11:00.  Really good match.  They shake hands.

The announcers talk as the arena starts to empty out.

Devitt’s post-match interview.  He hopes he and Ibushi make it to the finals to have their rubber match.

Ibushi’s post-match interview.

Highlights video.

Awesome show!