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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted in NJPW with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 9, 2010 by Grappleholic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.