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TNA Victory Road 2008 (Repost)

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TNA Wrestling… Cross The Line!  Cool opening video.

Mike Tenay and Don West welcome us LIVE to Houston, Texas.  Jeremy Borash is shown outside the arena with the mutant TNA fans.  The polls are open as to what stipulations one of the matches will have tonight.  Generic blonde and B.G. James are in the crowd.  Tonight, there’s a Fans’ Revenge Strap Match and some other stuff.

We’re opening with the semifinal round of the World X Cup.  Current standings are Team Mexico and Team TNA with 3 points each, Team International and Team Japan with 2 points each, so it’s still anybody’s ball game.  This match will be a 4-way trios match, known in Mexico as a Torneo Cibernetico.

World X Cup – Tag Team Elimination Match: Team Japan (Milano Collection AT, Masato Yoshino, & Puma) vs. Team Mexico (Ultimo Guerrero, Rey Bucanero, & Averno) vs. Team International (Doug Williams, Alex Koslov, & Tyson Dux) vs. Team TNA (The Motor City Machine Guns & Curry Man).  The winner gets three points, first runner up gets two, second runner up gets one point.  Yoshino and Curry Man start.  Yoshino is fast.  Sabin tags in and the Guns double team Yoshino.  Tyson Dux tags himself in.  He and Williams double team Sabin.  Sabin tags out and Team Mexico triple team Williams and Dux.  Averno hits a suicide dive on Williams.  Bucanero eliminates Dux with what looked like a Muscular Bomb at 2:57.  Milano and Puma double team Bucanero.  Averno comes in and throws both of them around.  Averno ducks and Puma nails Milano.  Averno eliminates Puma with an Angel’s Wings at 5:06.  Milano nails a superkick on Averno, but Bucanero saves him.  Sabin comes and and misses a dive on Milano.  Milano puts the Guns in a double half crab.  Curry Man saves them.  Milano fakes a low blow from Sabin.  Sabin hits the Cradle Shock to eliminate Milano at 7:14.  Yoshino comes in against Sabin.  He’s all alone now.  Shelley tags in and ties Yoshino to the tree of woe.  Shelley and Sabin both dropkick him in the corner.  Yoshino takes a tornado DDT from Sabin, but goes back and gets him in a hold.  Shelley escapes and nails a superkick.  Averno makes a blind tag and comes in with Yoshino.  Averno hits a wierd facebuster for a near fall.  Averno hits a TKO on Yoshino, but Yoshino gets a botched pinfall on Averno with a cradle at 10:34.  Koslov comes in and does the Russian kick dance on Yoshino.  Williams comes in and hits the Chaos Theory on one of the guns.  Curry Man tries to hit the Spice Rack, but Williams escapes it.  Guerrero and Bucanero attack both of them.  Curry Man ggoes for a top rope Frankensteiner on Guerrero, but gets powerbombed down for the elimination at 12:57.  Guerrero and Bucanero eliminate Williams at 13:24 with a cool sandwich double team.  The Guns miss stereo suicide dives.  Koslov tries to get the crowd to chat “Russia.”  They chant “Mexico” in support of Guerrero instead.  Guerrero hits a front suplex off the top rope on Koslov for a near fall.  Koslov ties up Guerrero in a cool submission hold to eliminate him at 15:13.  Sabin hits an inside top rope Frankensteiner on Bucanero.  Sabin pins Bucanero after a double superkick at 16:20.  Shelley hits a sick jawbreaker off the top rope on Yoshino.  The Guns work over Koslov and Yoshino.  First “THIS IS AWESOME” chant of the night.  Koslov dives at Sabin but gets caught with a dropkick.  Sabin hits an Ace Crusher on Koslov and blasts him with a lariat for a near fall.  Koslov pins Sabin with his feet on the ropes at 19:07.  Koslov hits a nice suicide dive on Shelley, then goes back in the ring to deal with Yoshino.  He catches Yoshino with a nice kick for a near fall, then takes a kick from Shelley.  Yoshino submits Koslov with the Sol Naciente at 20:35.  It’s down to Shelley and Yoshino now.  Yoshino gets a near fall off an awesome missile dropkick.  Shelley hits the Shiranui for the one, two, Yoshino kicks out!  That sentence made no sense grammatically.  They hit more great moves on each other.  Shelley hits a gorgeous Tiger suplex hold for a very near fall.  Yoshino hits a sick necktie off the ropes for another ridiculously near fall.  So many great false finishes in this exchange.  Shelley hits the Schwein (whatever he calls it) for the win at 24:20.  Really awesome match.  The last few minutes with Shelley and Yoshino are particularly awesome, and the early clusterfuck was all kinds of fun too.

Updated World X Cup standings: Team TNA – 6 points, Team Japan – 4 points, Team International and Team Mexico – 3 points each.

Tenay and West hype the matches still to come.

TNA Cribs with Booker T.  He’s got a big nice house and a lot of cool memorabilia.  Lots of cool vehicles too.  Booker must have saved his money from his WCW and WWE runs.

Gail Kim/Angelina Love hype package.

Angelina Love (w/ Velvet Sky) vs. Gail Kim.  Love attacks Kim from behind to jumpstart the match.  Kim gets the advantage and it doesn’t take long for Sky to trip her up and give Love an opening.  Kim fights back and goes for a stretches Love’s leg around the ringpost.  Sky tries to interfere again, but Kim throws her into the guardrail.  Not hard enough tough, as Sky interferes again and gives Love the openning to hit a superplex.  She takes to long to make the cover, though, and Kim kicks out at two.  Kim fights back and hits a spear.  Sky distracts Kim again, but Kim hits the Codebreaker and the Regal Cutter for the win at 6:15.  The Beautiful People jump her after the match and try to put the paper bag over her head, but Kim bails.  Match was meh.

Generic blonde and B.G. James are backstage with the fans who get to serve as lumberjacks tonight.  The fans whip mannequins dressed like Beer Money.

Jay Lethal/Sonjay Dutt history package.

“The Guru” Sonjay Dutt vs. “Black Machismo” Jay Lethal (w/ So Cal Val).  Dutt gives Val a rose and card, which angers Lethal enough to hit him with a suicide dive before the match starts.  Lethal destroys the gifts and throws Dutt in the ring to start the match.  Dutt gets the advantage and Val encourages the crowd to get behind Lethal.  Dutt hits a standing moonsault for a near fall.  Lethal makes a comeback and hits a German suplex, which Dutt takes front-first.  Dutt gets a shot in and goes for a tornado DDT, but Lethal pushes him away and hits a dropkick for a near fall.  Dutt hits an awesome avalanche Frankensteiner.  They end up on the outside, where Dutt takes a bump into the guardrail.  Lethal locks in a Texas Cloverleaf.  Val steps up on the apron and distracts Lethal.  Dutt tells Val he loves her.  Lethal hits the Lethal Combination.  Val steps up to the apron again and distracts Lethal, allowing Dutt to schoolboy him and put his feet on the ropes for the win at 8:28.  Dutt kisses Val’s hand as he leaves.  Okay match, but we got plenty of highspots in the opener so this didn’t seem special in comparison.

LAX/Beer Money hype video.

Borash interviews Beer Money.  Roode says they’re not afraid of the marks with straps.  Storm says he’ll be glad to leave Houston.  Jacqueline says she’s not going out with them.

Fans’ Revenge Strap Match for the TNA World Tag Team Championship: LAX (c) (w/ Hector Guerrero & Salinas) vs. Beer Money.  Homicide and Roode brawl to start.  Roode grabs a headlock and they trade hammerlocks.  Roode gets thrown out the ring and gets whipped.  He quickly scampers back in the ring and tags in Storm.  Storm throws Homicide out, but the fans don’t whip he.  He takes a drink of Storm’s beer.  Storm chases Homicide out and gets whipped.  Moron.  Homicide throws Storm out, but Storm skins the cat back in.  Hector pulls Storm out so he can get whipped again.  Tag to Hernandez and a bit of double teaming from the champs.  Tag back to Homicide, who Storm thumbs in the eye before tagging in Roode.  Homicide hits a headscissors, but gets sent out.  Homicide uses the Finlay trick of trapping Roode in the apron so he can get whipped some more.  Roode bails under the ring, but eventually has to come back out and gets whipped again.  Homicide hits the three amigos on him back in the ring, but soon gets worked over by Beer Money to build for the hot tag.  Homicide takes the heat for a few minute before making the tag to Hernandez, who cleans house.  Hernandez hits a sit-out powerbomb on Roode for a near fall.  Beer Money rally and go for a double superplex on Hernandez, but he fights them off and hits a diving splash on.  Referee counts two before the other guy makes the save.  Roode gets whipped again, then LAX hits the 5150 on him.  Hernandez covers for the pin at 10:09.  Okay match.  They worked in the gimmick well without having the whole match revolve around it.

Booker T gives us a tour of his wrestling school.

Recently on iMPACT, Taylor Wilde upset Awesome Kong to win the Knockouts Title.  Tonight is the rematch.

TNA Knockouts Championship Match: Taylor Wilde (c) vs. Awesome Kong (w/ Raisha Saeed).  They brawl.  Kong splashes her for a quick near fall.  Kong methodically destroys her, then stretches her with the camel clutch.  Taylor pulls Kong’s hair, but Kong smashes her again and goes for the Awesome Bomb.  Taylor finally makes a comeback with dropkicks and takes Kong off her feet.  Kong gets straight up and blasts her with a lariat.  Taylor hits an armdrag off the top rope rope for a near fall, then a quick roll up for the same.  Kong goes for a chokeslam, but Wilde gets a quick pin with a front cradle at 4:54.  Meh.  At least Taylor took her beating well.  Saeed blindsides Wilde after the match and throws her back in the ring.  Kong hits the Implant Buster and sets up for the Awesome Bomb on a chair.  Abyss comes out and threatens Kong.  Saeed steps between, then slaps Abyss.  Abyss gives her the Black Hole Slam and carries Wilde to the back.

Booker and Sharmell eat at their restaurant, called Sharmell’s.  They show him telling an employee to make the food portions smaller and water down the booze.

They show a shot of the NASA museum.

Ultimate X video package.  They show the crew setting up the Ultimate X structure while Tenay and West talk.  The winner of Ultimate X gets four points, and thus will win the World X Cup for his team.

World X Cup Final – Ultimate X Match: Naruki Doi (Team Japan) vs. Volador Jr. (Team Mexico) vs. Daivari (Team International) vs. Kaz (Team TNA).  David Penzer announces Doi as representing New Japan, but he’s from Dragon Gate.  They pair off and brawl.  Kaz goes for the big red X early, but Daivari pulls him down.  Kaz sends Daivari out.  Kaz, Doi, and Volador trade shots.  Volador goes for the X, but hits a rana on Doi off the cables.  Kaz sends Volador out and heads up again, but Daivari attacks him and they brawl on the outside.  Everyone gets back in the ring and Kaz tries to go for the X again, but flips on the cables.  Doi takes a nasty spill to the outside.  Daivari goes for the prize, but Volador pulls him down.  Volador goes for the prize, but Kaz throws Doi into him and Doi’s head hits Volador in the balls.  Kaz and Doi fight on the cables.  Doi takes the fall.  Volador comes from the other side and Kaz kicks him down too.  Daivari kicks Kazz down.  Volador powerbombs Daivari down.  Ouch.  Doi goes for it, but Volador dropkicks him and sends him outside.  Volador follows him with an Asai moonsault.  Kaz and Daivari fight on the steel thing that holds the cables up.  Daivari shimmers his way towards the prize, but Kaz jumps off the structure and hits a legdrop, sending them both crashing down for the HOLY SHIT! moment of the night.  The mutants in the iMPACT Zone wouldn’t have missed the opportunity to chant it.  Volador grabs the X to give Team Mexico the win at 10:59.  It didn’t measure up to previous Ultimate X matches, but it had some sick bumps.

Tenay and Willy Urbina (who?) are in the ring to present the big trophy to Team Mexico.  The crowd doesn’t care.

Booker T plays golf on his golf course.

Frank Trigg joins Tenay and West for commentary for the next match, which we then get a video package for.  Then Borash announces that the fans have voted for this match to be a Full Metal Mayhem match.

Full Metal Mayhem Match: Kurt Angle & Team 3D vs. AJ Styles, Christian Cage, & Rhino.  Angle jumps Styles in the aisle and everybody pairs off to brawl.  Angle is pissed at Styles because of something with his wife.  Christian is pissed at 3D because they put him through a glass table.  Styles hits a suicide dive on Angle and one of 3D.  The match is a wild brawl.  Don West is annoying.  Angle whacks people with a chair, then gives Christian a belly-to-belly throw onto a ladder.  3D use ladders to sandwich Rhino.  Styles sprinboards off a ladder and nails Brother Ray for the cover, but someone pulls referee Earl Hebner out of the ring.  Angle and 3D triple team Styles.  Christian hits a HIGH cross body onto all three of them off of the steel thing leftover from Ultimate X.  Rhino Gores everybody.  3D put Rhino through a table with the Doomsday Device.  Christian and Angle have an awesome exchange countering each others’ finishes.  Christian takes the 3D through the table at ringside.  The heels beat up Styles some more.  He ducks a charging Angle, who nails Devon.  Bubba SUPERKICKS Styles.  Bubba sets up Styles on a table and goes for a splash, but Styles punches him in the balls and puts him through with a facebuster.  Styles sidesteps a charging Devon and sends him through a table.  Angle goes after Styles, but Styles hits the Styles Clash for a very near fall.  Johnny Devine tries to interfere, but Styles disposes of him.  Angle hits the Angle Slam, but AJ kicks out of it!  Hebner takes a bump and hurts his leg.  Angle tries to Angle Slam Styles through a table.  Styles fights back and sets Angle on the table and climbs a ladder.  Trigg hits Styles with a Singapore cane.  Angle hits the Angle Slam off the ladder through a table for the win at 15:57.  I actually expected this match to be an overbooked piece of shit, but it surprised me by being REALLY good.

Jeremy Borash interviews Samoa Joe.  Kevin Nash interrupts and tells Joe he’ll have his back tonight.  Joe tells Nash to stay out of it no matter what happens tonight.

Samoa Joe/Booker T video package.

TNA World Heavyweight Championship Match: Samoa Joe (c) vs. Booker T.  Sharmell is in the front row with some of Booker’s students.  Borash provides boxing-style introductions.  Booker is the hometown guy, so he has the crowd behind him.  They start by exchanging chops and punches.  Joe nails a kick and the crowd doesn’t approve.  Booker gets in a blow, but Joe blasts him with that knee kick he likes to do.  They fight on the outside, where Booker sends Joe into the steps.  Joe is BUSTED WIDE OPEN!  Booker takes Joe back into the ring and nails a superkick for a two count.  Joe fights back, but Booker hits the axe kick for a near fall.  Booker continues to beat on Joe.  Joe hits his knee kick again, then hits it diving from the middle rope for a near fall.  Booker charges Joe, but Joe hits his powerslam for another near fall.  Joe hits an Exploder and gets another two count, then tries to set up the Muscle Buster, but Booker fights him off.  Booker accidentally hits the referee.  Joe hits a lariat, then throws Booker out of the ring.  Joe hits the Ole kick.  Sharmell pleads with Joe to beating on Booker T, then slaps him.  Joe beats up Sharmell’s bodyguard, who I assume is one of Booker’s students.  Joe rolls Booker back into the ring.  Booker is BUSTED WIDE OPEN too.  Joe beats up a couple of referees.  The match is a no-contest at about 13 minutes.  Joe beats up the security guards who try to break it up.  Sharmell comes into the ring and screams for somebody to come help.  Joe chokes out Booker.  Sting comes out and argues with Joe.  Joe acts like he’s going to leave, but goes back after Booker.  Sting gets in the ring.  Joe flips him off.  Sting hits Joe with the bat.  Booker covers Joe and Sharmell makes the three count.  Booker leaves with the belt.

Okay show.  Nothing sucked except for the women’s matches and I don’t like the main event not having a finish.  The World X Cup Elimination match and the Full Metal Mayhem are both definitely worth watching.

New Japan “Resolution ’09” 4/5/09 (Repost)

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Originally posted on June 18, 2009.

Here we are with another great New Japan Sumo Hall event.  We get a video package, then the announcer running down the card for the audience, and at last, we’re off!

Kazuchika Okada vs. Koji Kanemoto.  Young lion Okada is full of piss and vinegar, and takes the fight right to the more experienced Kanemoto.  Kanemoto gets tired of this shit and delivers an ass kicking, consisting of kicks and bitch slaps.  Repeated face washes in the corner from Kanemoto, then Okada fights back and gives him a taste of his own medicine.  Kanemoto lays in some kicks and Okada is knocked outside.  Kanemoto follows him out for a moment, then comes back in to await the count.  Okada makes it back in at 16.  Kanemoto misses his diving flippy senton thing and Okada makes a comeback.  He goes up top, perhaps for a moonsault, but Kanemoto follows him up and teases a Tiger suplex off the top rope.  Okada fights him off and hits a diving lariat for a near fall.  Okada keeps fighting and gets some more near falls.  They trade strikes, then Kanemoto delivers a vicious head kick and a punch to the face, prompting the referee to stop the match at 8:28.  Fun match.  Okada is helped to the back.

Tomohiro Ishii, Jado, & Tomoaki Honma of GBH vs. Wataru Inoue, Milano Collection AT, & Taichi Ishikari.  Ishii and Inoue have been at war recently, and they go straight at each other to start.  Tag to Ishikari, who beats up Ishii for a moment before Ishii carries him to the GBH corner and tags in Honma.  Honma quickly tags out to Jado, then Ishikari tags in Milano.  Milano gets some kind of weird hold on Jado and the other guys start fighting outside.  Milano ties Jado up in the ropes and goes to hit the ropes on the other side, but Honma pulls him out and takes him out into the crowd to hit him with a chair.  Ishikari comes back in the ring to get his ass kicked by Jado.  The match gets back in order and Ishii tags in to beat up Milano.  Honma tags in and bites Milano’s head, then pounds him in the corner.  Ishii comes back in and goes for a lariat, but Milano avoids with the Matrix dodge and makes the hot tag to Inoue, who cleans GBH house.  Inoue hits a double underhook facebuster on Ishii for a near fall.  Tags to Ishikari and Honma.  Honma takes some punishment and gets superkicked by Ishikari and Milano for a near fall, which he is saved from.  Ishikari fires away again, but Honma drops him with a lariat, then hits a diving headbutt for the pin at 8:53.

NJPW Greatest Heritage: Masahiro Chono, Jushin Thunder Liger, & AKIRA vs. Riki Choshu, Super Strong Machine, & El Samurai.  Choshu is like 300 years old and sucks at this stage, but damn his music is catchy. Chono and Choshu start us off with some grumpy old guy brawling.  Machine comes in and works over Chono a bit, locking him in a leg hold before AKIRA saves.  Chono tags in AKIRA, and after a brief AKIRA/Machine exchange, Samurai tags in.  We finally get some Samurai/Liger goodness for a moment.  Samurai hits a tope suicida, then tags Choshu back in.  Team Chono works over Choshu a bit, then Samurai tags in and brawls with Chono.  Lots of quick tags, I presume because all of these guys are old and easily winded.  Choshu hits the Riki Lariat on AKIRA, then Machine follows with a senton for a near fall.  Samurai tags in and gets some quick cradle near falls on AKIRA.  Samurai hits the reverse DDT and a diving headbutt on AKIRA, then locks in the chickenwing armlock.  Liger makes the save.  Chono blasts Samurai with the Shining Yakuza kick, then AKIRA follows with the Musasabi press for the win at 8:21.

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Match: The Motor City Machine Guns (c) vs. Ryusuke Taguchi & Prince Devitt.  Taguchi and Devitt are collectively known as Apollo 55.  Sabin and Devitt go a bit, then Taguchi and Shelley.  There are two suicide dives in the first two minutes.  Taguchi and Devitt double team Shelley, then Sabin and Shelley double team Devitt.  Guns make quick tags and continue to work over Devitt.  Devitt fights back and makes the hot tag to the Funky Weapon, who proceeds to show the Guns why he is called the Master of the Dropkick.  Taguchi lands a superplex on Sabin, then turns it into the three amigos.  Taguchi goes for the Dodon, but Sabin counters it.  Guns hit the Magic Killer on Taguchi, and Sabin covers for a near fall.  Sabin lands a big dropkick that knocks Devitt off the apron.  Guns double team Taguchi and set up a Doomsday Device or something, but Devitt prevents it.  Taguchi gets a front cradle for a near fall, then a cross armed German on Shelly for another.  Devitt and Taguchi do some swank double teaming on Shelley and go for a cover, but Sabin makes the save.  Sabin gets sent out and Shelley gets double teamed some more.  They set up another big move, but Sabin saves again.  Shelley hits an Air Raid Crash on Taguchi, then Sabin hits a suicide dive to the outside onto him.  Quick stuff from Shelley and Devitt.  Devitt gets the better of it until Sabin comes back in.  Guns blast Devitt with a double superkick for a near fall.  Guns hit the Made In Detroit on Devitt and Shelley gets the pin at 12:55.  Really good match.  They shake hands afterwards.

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Match (Title vs. Mask): Tiger Mask IV (c) vs. Black Tiger V.  BT works an armlock to start, but TM hits a cool rolling thing to get out of it.  They work around slowly for a bit, then it gets quick and kinda interesting.  The ref gets knocked down at the 3 minute mark and BT lands a low blow.  BT tries to take off TM’s mask.  He yells in English that he’s the real tiger.  Well there goes the rumor that he’s Tatsuhito Takaiwa… TM dropkicks BT out of the ring and lands a tope suicida, which sends BT into the barricade.  It goes to a double count-out at 6:47.  BT thinks he won and grabs the belt, but the referee takes it away.  Some bald guy, I’d guess from the IWGP committee, tells the referee something.  The referee takes the mic and says something… I guess that the match will be restarted.  BT goes on the attack and hits a sweet jumping DDT, then a weakish avalanche-style Frankensteiner, a Tiger suplex hold, and a Michinoku Driver II or a half-assed Tombstone, all of which get 2 counts.  TM gets a front cradle and a backslide for quick 2 counts.  BT throws some kicks at him and heads up top.  TM hits the turnbuckle to send BT into it balls first.  They slap each other on the top rope, then TM hits his avalanche Butterfly suplex for 2.  TM hits a Tombstone for 2, then a cobra clutch suplex, following by the Destroy suplex hold for the victory at 4:51, for a total match time of about 11 minutes.  The match had its moments.  Bald guy orders him to unmask, and he does, revealing… Rocky Romero!  But wait, Romero was Black Tiger IV!  Something isn’t right about this!  Romero shakes Tiger’s hand, then raises his arm in victory and leaves.  Wait, there’s the real Black Tiger V, who gives TM a Death Valley bomb and rips off his mask!  Tiger covers his face with t-shirts from the young lions and leaves.  The bald guy might be Masahito Kakihara.

G1 Climax 2009 hype video.

Intermission, featuring highlights of the earlier matches, then the announcers talking.  I fast forward since I don’t understand Japanese.

Hiroyoshi Tenzan comes out and talks.  I think he announces that he will be returning from injury soon.  If I recall correctly, he went out with an eye injury the day before the January 4 Tokyo Dome show.

Big Comeback WILD HEART: Giant Bernard & Karl Anderson of GBH vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Takao Omori.  Nakanishi and Omori reform their “Wild Child” tag team!  Anderson and Omori start with some fair wrestling.  Bernard tags in, and Orton tries to be abusive and elusive.  Tag to Nakanishi, so we get the battle of the hosses.  Bernard manages to drop Nakanishi with a shoulder block, but then Nakanishi gets Bernard up with an impressive suplex.  Omori tags in FIRED UP and takes out an interfering Anderson, but Bernard drops him with a lariat.  Omori takes the heat for a while, but shows much fighting spirit!  Hot tag to Nakanishi, then I had a phone call, during which there were a couple of cool spots including Nakanishi getting Bernard in the Argentine backbreaker and a big German suplex, and Wild Child hitting their Washington Jouyaku double team move.  Omori MURDERS Anderson with the Axe Guillotine Driver for 2.  Seriously?  Anderson kicks out of THAT?  Omori counters a powerbomb attempt from Bernard, but Anderson catches him with a stunner for the pin at 15:51.  Pretty decent match.

HUGE RIOT: Toru Yano vs. Hirooki Goto.  They trade elbows early on, then Yano claws Goto’s face.  More elbows, then Goto attacks Yano’s shoulder and goes to work on it.  Yano bails to the outside and Goto tries to dive on him, but Yano avoids it.  Yano attacks Goto’s knee with his GBH chair.  They go into the crowd where Yano attacks Goto’s knee with audience chairs.  He’s not picky about what kind of chair he attacks the knee with, apparently.  Yano continues working the knee back in the ring.  Goto tries to make a comeback, but Yano ducks under a big spin kick attempt.  Yano tries to use the timekeeper’s bell, but the referee stops him.  Yano smacks the referee, who goes down, and Goto uses him as a prop for a Poetry In Motion.  Goto mounts his comeback.  Diving elbow drop gets 2.  Goto goes for the Shouten, but can’t do it with the bad knee.  Goto catches a cross armbreaker out of nowhere, but Yano turns it into a cradle for 2.  Goto gets a German, even after Yano tries to fight it by holding onto the ropes, for 2.  Goto goes for the Shouten again, but Yano inside cradles him for 2.  Yano hits a spear and a spinning slam thing for 2.  Yano goes for his powerbomb, but doesn’t get it.  Goto hits a lariat and gets FIRED UP, but then Yano hits his powerbomb.  Goto manages to kick out, and Yano can’t believe it.  Yano goes for the powerbomb again, but Goto counters and gets his armlock on for the win at 16:11.  It wasn’t bad.

Nagata/Iizuka video package.

Bolt from the Blue – Chain Death Match: Takashi Iizuka vs. Yuji Nagata.  Iizuka is seconded by Ishii and Jado, while Nagata has Taguchi, Ishikari, and somebody else (Mitsuhide Hirasawa, I think).  Anyway, it’s a chain match, so they use the chain a lot.  Nagata bleeds less than 2 minutes in, which pisses him off, so he kicks Iizuka’s ass for a while.  Iizuka hits him with the GBH chair, then hits him with the chain and pounds him right in front of the commentators.  Iizuka bites the bloody wound on Nagata’s head.  Now THAT is heel.  I think this is my first time seeing heel Iizuka, and fuck is he great.  Iizuka hits an Exploder and covers, but pinfalls don’t count here.  You can only win by KO or submission, I think.  Nagata gets FIRED UP again and beats the shit out of him.  Nagata bites Iizuka’s forehead and bloodies him.  Iizuka tries to bail.  You’re chained to him, moron!  Nagata cleverly uses the chain to pull Iizuka into the turnbuckle.  Iizuka fights it all he can, but Nagata pulls him back in the ring and kicks the shit out of him.  Nagata tries for a cross armbreaker, but Iizuka bites his leg.  Iizuka wraps the chain around Nagata’s neck and goes for the sleeper, but Nagata backdrop suplexes his way out of it.  Nagata locks on the demon armbar with the chain, then beats the shit out of an interfering Ishii.  Iizuka nails Nagata with some sort of foreign object that Jado handed him.  Iizuka chokes out Nagata with the chain for the win at 21:59.  I liked it.  Probably the second best chain match I’ve seen.

Nakamura/Makabe video package.

The End of Discord:
Togi Makabe (w/ Tomoaki Honma) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura.  Makabe meets Nakamura on the stage and they brawl to the ring.  Nakamura throws lots of kicks early on, then applies a front sleeper.  He doesn’t quite put him to to sleep, as the following cover only gets 2.  Makabe tries to fight back, but Nakamura throws lots more kicks and continues to destroy him.  Nakamura hits a backdrop suplex for 2.  Nakamura goes for the Landslide, but Makabe escapes it and drops him with a lariat.  Makabe finally starts to build some momentum.  Makabe hits a strange Death Valley bomb for 2.  They do a couple of double lariat spots where neither guy does down, then Nakamura hits a cool suplex thing that I don’t really know what to call.  Tiger suplex from Nakamura gets 2.  Makabe hits a spider German suplex and goes for the King Kong knee drop, but Nakamura avoids it.  Nakamura starts building a comeback, but Honma hits him with a chair while the referee was down.  Honma hands Makabe the chair, but Toru Yano comes in and takes it.  He gets ready to nail Nakamura… but nails Makabe instead!  Nakamura hits the Landslide for the win at 12:42.  Yano nails Honma with the chair, then he and Nakamura beat down Makabe!  Makabe is stretchered out.

Tanahashi/Angle video package.

IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match – WHICH IS GENIUS: Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs. Kurt Angle.  Hirooki Goto is watching intently at ringside, as he will challenge the winner on May 3.  They start slow.  Tanahashi works a headlock.  Angle hits a move out of it, but Tanahashi keeps it clamped on.  Angle keeps trying to escape it, but Tanahashi seems obsessed with it.  Angle finally gets out of it and hits a big belly to belly overhead throw.  Angle applies a rear chinlock.  Tanahashi escapes it, but gets caught with a knee to the gut.  Cover gets 2.  They hit the ropes and do the double cross body spot.  They trade European uppercuts.  Tanahashi has a flurry of offense and hits a pair of sentons for 2.  Rolling senton off the second rope gets 2 as well.  Angle throws Tanahashi out of the ring and Tanahashi skins the cat back in.  Appropriate, since the announcers keep saying “Shawn Michaels.”  Tanahashi hits the Sling Blade and goes for it again, but Angle goes for the Angle Slam.  Tanahashi arm drags out of it and body slams Angle.  Tanahashi goes up top, but Angle catches him and hits a sort-of Angle Slam off the top for 2.  Angle does the rolling Germans, but Tanahashi counters one and hits a sort-of release Dragon suplex.  Tanahashi goes for the High Fly Flow, but Angle moves and hits the Angle Slam for 2.  Angle lowers the straps and locks the ankle lock in.  Tanahashi tries to fight out of it, but Angle keeps it clamped on.  Tanahashi finally escapes it and hits a Dragon screw, then locks in the Texas Cloverleaf.  Angle counters back into the ankle lock.  Tanahashi rolls through with a front cradle for a very close 2.  Tanahashi counters another Angle Slam attempt and hits the Sling Blade for 2.  He goes up top again.  Angle tries to meet him, but gets decked.  Tanahashi hits a cross body and two High Fly Flows for the win at 15:12.  It wasn’t the super great match I expected from these two, but it was still very good.  Usual big post-title match deal with the belt and trophy presentation.  Goto steps in the ring to hype their upcoming title match, but it doesn’t really go anywhere.  Tanahashi talks, then the announcers talk, but it’s all in Japanese, so I don’t understand it.

Pretty good show altogether.  It took me over a week to watch it all due to various circumstances.

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

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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.