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NJPW “Best of the Super Jr. XVII” 5/30/10

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

Cool opening video hyping the Best of the Super Jr. tournament.  We’re in the world famous Tokyo Korakuen Hall!  I have no clue who the announcers are as I can neither understand nor speak Japanese.  I really need to get back on that Rosetta Stone…

Best of the Super Jr. – Block B: Nobuo Yoshihashi vs. AKIRA.  They lock up and wrestle.  Stalemate, applause.  AKIRA lands a dropkick and kinda does the spinaroonie.  Yoshihashi connects with a cross body and a dropkick and sends AKIRA outside.  Yoshihashi hits him with a dive.  They trade chops back inside.  After some jumping and running around, AKIRA kicks Yoshihashi in the knee and goes to work on it.  AKIRA hits a missile dropkick to the knee.  AKIRA goes up top, but Yoshihashi cuts him off and tries for a superplex.  AKIRA fights him off, but Yoshihashi cuts him off again and brings him down with a Dragon screw leg whip.  Yoshihashi goes to work on AKIRA’s knee.  AKIRA drops Yoshihashi with a spin kick and goes up top again.  This time he lands a missile dropkick for 2.  AKIRA does his modified STF, which is really more of a STA (stepover toehold arm lock).  Yoshihashi gets a rope break.  AKIRA ties Yoshihashi to the tree of woe and dropkicks the bad knee.  He goes back to the STA.  Yoshihashi gets a rope break again.  Yoshihashi hits a suplex for like 1, then a weird side suplex drop thing for 2.  AKIRA lands an enzuigiri and a DDT, then goes for the Musasabi press, but Yoshihashi gets his knees up.  They trade forearms.  AKIRA hits a Schwein-like drop and the Musasabi press.  He hurt himself doing it, though.  Yoshihashi clips his knee and gets an inside cradle for 2.  Yoshihashi hits a German suplex hold for 2.  Yoshihashi hits a Swanton Bomb for the pin in 10:19.  Holy upset, Batman!  Fine little match.

Yoshihashi’s post-match interview.

Best of the Super Jr. – Block A: KUSHIDA vs. Jushin Thunder Liger.  They shake hands and lock up.  KUSHIDA backs Liger into the ropes and gives a clean break.  Liger takes KUSHIDA down for a quick mat wrestling, stalemate, applause bit.  They do some more mat wrestling.  KUSHIDA tries to shoulder block Liger and succeeds in the second try, then hits a standing moonsault for 2.  Liger attacks KUSHIDA’s knee.  Liger hits a shin breaker into the ring post.  Ouch.  Liger attacks KUSHIDA’s leg with a chair.  KUSHIDA comes back at Liger full of piss and vinegar, but Liger hits another shin breaker and locks in a figure-four leglock.  Liger wraps KUSHIDA’s leg around the post and hits it with a chair again.  Back inside, KUSHIDA low bridges Liger out of the ring and connects with a plancha suicida.  KUSHIDA limps around to sell the leg, then rolls Liger back into the ring.  KUSHIDA  goes up top, but Liger cuts him off and goes for the brainbuster off the top.  KUSHIDA fights Liger off and hits a diving cross body for 2.  KUSHIDA ducks a shotei, but Liger hits a tilt a whirl backbreaker.  Liger lands a shotei in the corner and goes for the Liger Bomb, but KUSHIDA fights out and gets a backslide for 2.  KUSHIDA lands a Buzzsaw kick for 2.  KUSHIDA goes for a moonsault press, but Liger gets his knees up.  KUSHIDA plants Liger with a DDT for 2.  They each counter suplex attempts.  Liger hits a Thesz press for 2.  KUSHIDA blocks a shotei, then gets nailed by another one.  Liger hits a powerbomb and the brainbuster for the pin in 11:03.  Good little match.  Liger raises KUSHIDA’s hand like a good sport after the match.  After Liger leaves, Gedo runs in and lays out KUSHIDA with a Singapore cane.  I think they’ve been feuding since the Super J Tag tournament.

Gedo cuts a promo backstage.

KUSHIDA’s post-match interview.

Liger’s post-match interview.

GBH, New Japan Seikigun, & Aogi-gun vs. CHAOS Special Ten Man Tag Match: IWGP Heavyweight Champion Togi Makabe, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hirooki Goto, and IWGP Tag Team Champions Yuji Nagata & Wataru Inoue vs. Toru Yano, Masato Tanaka, Takashi Iizuka, & NO LIMIT.  Everyone starts brawking immediately.  Makabe knocks down Yano and Iizuka with a double lariat.  Makabe and Iizuka brawl as the match gets somewhat in order.  Goto and Tanaka tag in and continue their long standing war.  They actually do the mat wrestling, stalemate, applause bit.  Naito and Nagata tag in.  Naito has red hair now for some reason.  They do some nice mat wrestling.  They shove each other and start trading forearms.  Nagata kicks the crap out of Naito.  Naito connects with an elbow and slaps Nagata, then hits a diving cross body.  Nagata hits a belly to belly overhead throw.  Naito bails and pulls Nagata out of the ring.  Naito whips Nagata into Yujiro, who decks him.  Yujiro tags in and hammers Nagata with forearms.  Nagata responds with multiple slaps and kicks, then tags in Inoue.  They alternate kicking a chopping Yujiro, then take him down with a double shoulder block.  Inoue hits a modified back body drop for 2.  Tanahashi tags in.  Korakuen loves him.  His enemy Yano tags in.  Korakuen is heating up now.  They tear into each other.  Tanahashi hits a rana that sends Yano outside and tries to dive onto him, but Yano avoids it and sends him into the post.  The CHAOS team put the boots to Tanahashi at ringside and all hell breaks lose as Tanahashi’s teammates come to his aid.  Yano tears off one of the corner pads (one piece turnbuckle pad in New Japan).  Iizuka sends Tanahashi into the exposed turnbuckles and puts a hurtin’ on the pretty boy.  Tanahashi lands a forearm.  Yano tries to cut Tanahashi off, but gets Dragon screw leg whipped.  Makabe tags in and cleans house.  Iizuka hits a Pedigree on Makabe.  Makabe hits Iizuka with a lariat.  Goto and Tanaka tag in and go to war again.  Double clothesline spot.  They hammer each other with fierce looking strikes.  Tanaka NAILS Goto with a lariat.  Naito tags in and gets backdropped to the apron.  He tries to come off the top, but Goto brings him down.  Naito gets his foot tangled up in the turnbuckle pad.  They finally get him down and he sells the leg.  Inoue tags in and goes to work on the leg.  Inoue locks Naito in a figure-four leglock.  Nagata and Yujiro start brawling.  Nagata locks Yujiro in the Nagata Lock II.  Everybody else starts brawling outside.  Yano and Iizuka come in to save NO LIMIT.  Iizuka tries to use his metal glove on Inoue, but fails.  Yujiro tries to use a chair on Nagata but fails.  Inoue spears somebody.  Folks are brawling everywehre.  Yujiro hits a lariat on Inoue, then Naito gets Inoue with a jackknife hold for the pin in 14:39.  Really fun and really solid match.

Post-match interviews with Yano, NO LIMIT, Inoue, and Nagata.

Best of the Super Jr. – Block A: CMLL World Trios Champion La Sombra vs. Tiger Mask IV.  They start with a Greco-Roman knuckle lock and take turns overpowering each other.  They do some mat wrestling and get the stalemate applause.  Sombra grabs a side headlock, then knocks Tiger down with a shoulder block.  Sombra flips around and lands a dropkick.  Sombra hits the Jericho springboard dropkick to the apron, then a tope suicida into the front row.  Back inside, Sombra lands an elbow for 2.  Tiger lands some kicks on Sombra, then snapmares him and clamps on a rear chin lock.  Tiger transitions into a Dragon sleeper.  Sombra knees his way out.  Sombra dropkicks Tiger in the face.  Tiger bails again.  Sombra pursues and they fight on the floor very briefly.  Sombra takes Tiger down and rocks an arm lock.  Tiger avoids Sombra in the corner and Sombra goes over the turnbuckles and out of the ring.  Tiger hits a diving cross body to the floor.  Back inside, Sombra hits his rope walk flippy arm drag thing, then dropkicks Tiger out of the ring AGAIN and a hits a moonsault from the top rope to the floor.  Well that’s pretty cool.  Back inside, Sombra hits a springboard cross body for 2.  Sombra hits a Northern Lights suplex hold for 2.  Sombra hits Wade Barrett’s finish and a springboard moonsault for 2.  Sombra drops Tiger again and goes for a moonsault press, but Tiger avoids it.  Tiger hits a Butterfly suplex off the top rope for 2.  Tiger goes for the Tiger suplex, but Sombra counters.  Tiger hits a spinebuster.  Sombra gets Tiger with a weird cradle for the pin in 9:40.  Tiger Mask IV is really hit or miss, but this was pretty decent.  I dig La Sombra.

La Sombra’s post-match interview.

Best of the Super Jr. – Block B: Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Taiji Ishimori.  They lock up.  Taguchi gives the clean break.  They do the mat wrestling, stalemate, applause.  More sweet mat wrestling, then Taguchi knocks Ishimori to the outside.  Taguchi goes to work on Ishimori.  Ishimori rallies and hits a springboard missile dropkick.  Ishimori hits a Vader Bomb-style double stomp for 2, then a diving knee takedown ala Evan Bourne for 2.  Ishimori lands on his feet from a suplex attempt but stumbles.  Taguchi lands a handspring elbow and a superplex that he turns into the Three Amigos!  Cover gets 2.  Taguchi goes for a frog splash, but Ishimori gets his knees up.  Ishimori hits his pumphandle suplex front drop thingy for 2.  Ishimori goes for the Superstar Elbow, but Taguchi gets his knees up.  Taguchi hits a Fisherman Buster for 2.  Taguchi hits a front suplex for 2.  Taguchi goes for the Dodon, but Ishimori catches him with a front cradle for 2.  Taguchi hits a straight jacket suplex hold for 2.  Taguchi goes for a Vertebreaker, but Ishimori counters and hits it himself!  Ishimori follows with a kick for 2.  Ishimori hits a Tombstone-style gut buster and a 450 splash for the pin in 9:30.  Really good match!  I dug the hell out of this!

Ishimori’s post-match interview.

Taguchi’s post match interview.

Best of the Super Jr. – Block A: Prince Devitt vs. Davey Richards.  Devitt is beloved in Korakuen.  They lock up.  Devitt backs Richards into the ropes and gives a clean break.  They lock up again.  Richards backs Devitt into the ropes and slaps him.  They lock up yet again and Devitt holds Richards’ arm while Richards flips around.  Devitt chops the shit out of Richards.  Richards hits a backdrop suplex for 2.  Devitt backdrops Richards out of the ring and goes for a dive, but Richards moves.  Devitt catches him with a missile dropkick from the apron.  Back inside, Richards tries to suplex Devitt in from the apron.  They fight over it and eventually Richards Dragon screw leg whips Devitt’s leg across the middle rope.  Devitt falls to the floor and sells his leg.  Back inside, Richards lands some blows and hits a snap suplex.  Richards hits a diving headbutt for 2.  Devitt fights back and dropkicks Richards in the head to send him outside.  Devitt hits a beautiful plancha suicida.  Back inside, Devitt hits a missile dropkick for 2.  Devitt slams Richards and goes up top, but Richards cuts him off.  They fight on the top rope for a while.  Richards finally drops Devitt with a kick and sends him outside and hits a suicide plancha into the crowd.  Back inside, Richards hits a missile dropkick.  Richards lands a flurry of kicks, ending with a big springboard kick for 2.  Devitt lands a Pele kick.  Richards attempts a Tombstone, but Devitt counters.  Richards lands an enzuigiri and a half assed Tombstone (more of just a slam than a piledriver) for 2.  I hate those half assed Tombstones.  Richards goes up top, but Devitt dropkicks him and hits a backdrop suplex off the top for 2.  Devitt hits the Bloody Sunday for the pin in 12:36.  This was kind of good, but something about Richards is starting to irk me.  I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it’s something about Richards being an indy overkill guy who think he’s the second coming of Chris Benoit.

Devitt’s post match interview.  He says he’s never been hit that hard, but the Bloody Sunday got the job done.

Best of the Super Jr. – Block B: Fujita “Jr.” Hayato vs. Koji Kanemoto.  No feeling out process here, they just start forearming the fuck out of each other.  I have no idea what the source of this grudge is, but they’re hot at each other.  They do some wrestling.  Hayato gets a cross armbreaker, but Kanemoto gets a rope break.  Hayato takes Kanemoto down, but Kanemoto gets hold of his arm and cranks the shit out of it.  Hayato gets out of that, they get each other in leg holds and face wash each other, then slap the shit out of each other.  They get to their feet and trade punches.  Kanemoto lands a kick and Hayato shrugs it off.  They beat the fuck out of each other some more.  They start landing stereo kicks to each others heads.  Kanemoto eventually slaps Hayato down, then falls himself and rolls to the outside.  Hayato hits him with a running kick from the apron.  Kanemoto Dragon screw leg whips Hayato off the apron.  Kanemoto locks in the ankle lock on the outside.  Hayato grabs Kanemoto on a guillotine on the floor.  Kanemoto nearl gets counted out, but Hayato brings him back in the ring.  Hayato tortures Kanemoto’s arm.  Hayato starts kicking the shit out of Kanemoto, with Kanemoto asking for more.  Hayato kicks Kanemoto in the head and they tease a KO, but Kanemoto makes it to his feet.  Hayato clamps on a scissored sleeper hold.  It likes like Kanemoto may have bit his arm to escape, but I’m not sure.  Hayato mounts Kanemoto and slaps him repeatedly, then clamps on a cross armbreaker.  Kanemoto gets a rope break.  Hayato goes for a German, but Kanemoto rolls through and locks in the ankle lock.  Hayato escapes via enzuigiri again.  They kick the shit out of each other some more.  Hayato lands another flurry of kicks for 2.  Hayato locks Kanemoto in his own ankle hold.  Kanemoto reverses it because he’s fucking Kanemoto.  Hayato tries his enzuigiri escape again, but this time Kanemoto kicks him in the fucking head.  Kanemoto lands another head kick for 2.  Kanemoto with the face wash in the corner x2.  Kanemoto ducks a lariat and kicks Hayato into the corner.  Hayato comes out with a spear, then a running lariat and running knee to the corner.  Hayato hits a release German suplex and a running kick for 2.  Hayato goes for the running knee, but Kanemoto kicks the knee and locks Hayato in a modified ankle hold for the win in 15:39.  Holy shit, this match fucking ruled it.  AWESOME match.  Everyone should make an effort to see this one.  They both speak after the match, but I have no idea what was said.  They shake hands, so maybe they got all of their hatred for each other out of their system.

The announcers talk as people star to leave.

Hayato’s post-match interview.

Kanemoto’s post-match interview.

Highlights video.

Really fun show.  The 10-man tag was quite good, some of the other matches were pretty good, and the main event was fucking awesome.

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

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

Originally posted on May 18, 2009.

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

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

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

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

Tiger/Liger video package.

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

Nagata/Goto video.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Originally posted on January 10, 2009.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hype video for the main event.

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

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