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AJPW “Cross Over 2010″ 6/26/10

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Opening video with random shots of an amusement park.  They show Keiji Muto and some geeks on a talk show.  Ryota Hama shows up briefly.  After 15 minutes of that, we get Muto talking some more, then a video package.  Then more Muto talking.  What the hell?  After 18+ minutes of bullshit, we finally get a run down of today’s matches.

Antonio Thomas vs. Yasufumi Nakanoue.  Thomas was a member of the Heart Throbs in WWE years ago.  Nakanoue must be a new rookie, as I’ve never seen or heard of him before.  They shake hands.  Thomas keeps shooting for takedowns.  They lock up and work that a bit.  Nakanoue backs Thomas into the corner and gives a clean break.  They do some chain wrestling, which always makes me smile inside.  Stalemate, applause.  More chain wrestling.  I’m digging this.  Stalemate and lighter applause.  This crowd is dead as shit.  Thomas takes Nakanoue down with a headlock.  Nakanoue gets up and lands some forearms.  Thomas his a knee lift and puts the boots to Nakanoue.  Thomas beats up Nakanoue in the corner and hits a Northern Lights suplex hold for 2.  Thomas applies an abdominal stretch.  Thomas slams Nakanoue and hits a knee drop, then a diving club tot he back for 2.  Thomas locks in a crab hold, DEATH to young lions in Japan.  Thomas transitions into an STF.  Nakanoue gets a rope break.  Thomas goes for a Fisherman buster.  Nakanoue blocks it and eventually manages to suplex Thomas.  Nakanoue tries a backdrop suplex, but Thomas fights him off.  Nakanoue ducks a clothesline and hits his backdrop suplex for 2.  Nakanoue tries a superplex, but Thomas headbutts him down and hits a diving lariat for 2.  Thomas hits a Fisherman suplex hold for the pin in 8:21.  Good little basic match.

Ryota Hama & BUSHI vs. Masanobu Fuchi & TAKA Michinoku.  TAKA and BUSHI start with chain wrestling.  BUSHI takes TAKA down with a leg hold and transitions into a headlock.  BUSHI sends TAKA outside and teases a dive, but TAKA avoids it.  Old man Fuchi tags in to teach this young punk a thing for two.  The enormous Hama tags in.  Fuchi goes to tag in TAKA, but TAKA wants none of that.  Fuchi chops Hama, which has little effect.  Fuchi tries a shoulder block and bounces off of Hama out of the ring.  Hama wanders around outside for a bit, then comes back in.  TAKA still won’t tag in.  Fuchi stupidly keeps trying to shoulder block and failing.  This goes on for a while.  TAKA encourages Fuchi to try to slam Hama.  That ends poorly for Fuchi, as he’s the one who gets slammed.  Hama stands on Fuchi’s back.  That’s gotta suck for the old man.  TAKA jumps on Hama’s back, which doesn’t making things better for his partner.  TAKA tries to revive the injured and/or sleepy Fuchi outside the ring.  BUSHI and TAKA hold the ropes open.  Hama tries to do a tope sucida, but hits the ropes and sends BUSHI and TAKA across the ring.  TAKA attacks Hama from behind and gets knocked down by one forearm from the huge former sumo wrestler.  BUSHI tags in and dropkicks TAKA for 2.  BUSHI lands some forearms.  TAKA pokes him in the eyes.  Fuchi sits on the apron and doesn’t want to tag in.  TAKA chokes BUSHI with a boot in the corner.  Fuchi tags in and rams BUSHI’s head into the turnbuckles repeatedly.  TAKA tags in and works BUSHI’s face.  BUSHI fires back, lands an enzuigiri, and tags in Hama.  Hama runs wild on TAKA and knocks Fuchi off of the apron.  Hama squashes TAKA in the corner.  TAKA pokes Hama in the eyes, tries to shoulder block him, fails, and tags in Fuchi.  Fuchi rakes Hama’s eyes.  TAKA chokes Hama in the corner.  BUSHI tries to intervene and gets slammed by Fuchi.  Fuchi picks up BUSHI for another slam and holds him up there for a while this time before slamming him.  Repeat, but this time he spins around with him.  TAKA is still choking Hama in the corner all this time.  Fuchi tries to backdrop suplex Hama!  That’s not happening.  Hama squashes Fuchi in the corner.  BUSHI sends TAKA outside and takes him out with a dive.  Hama splashes Fuchi for the pin in 15:08.  Really fun comedy match.  Hama’s theme sounds like a remix of the Imperial March.

Minoru & Hate vs. Shuji Kondo & Hiroshi Yamato.  Hate cuts a promo before the match, then the Voodoo Murders go on the attack.  They fight at ringside and in the crowd.  Hate brings Kondo into the ring and tries to hit him with a gimmick, but Kondo blocks it, takes him down, and works his arm.  Hate still has the gimmick in his hand.  Oh, it’s hair clippers.  Kondo takes it away and feigns shaving Hate’s already bald head.  Yamato tags in  and gets beaten up by Hate.  Minoru tags in and has a good speedy exchange with Yamato.  Yamato hits Minoru with a backbreaker, then gives him a noogie.  Hate takes Yamato outside, throws him into the barricade, then suplexes him on the floor.  Minoru suplexes Yamato on the floor too.  Back inside, cover gets 2.  Minoru roughs up Yamato some more and tags in Hate.  Hate and Yamato trade chops.  Hate kicks Yamato in the balls.  Minoru tags in and the VM split the wishbone on Yamato.  Yamato fires back, but Minoru dropkicks his knee out from under him.  Hate rams the knee into the ring apron.  Minoru goes for a pin, but gets caught blatantly hold the ropes.  Minoru lands some kicks on Yamato.  Yamato catches him and hits a Capture suplex.  Kondo tags in and gets double teamed.  He rallies and takes them down with a bulldog/lariat combo.  Kondo spears Minoru for 2.  Minoru lands a dropkick and tags in Hate, then dropkicks Yamato off of the apron.  VM double team Kondo into oblivion.  Hate hits a Rock Bottom, but Yamato saves.  Minoru chokes Yamato ont he corner.  Hate goes after Kondo with the clippers.  The referee tries to take them away and almost gets a haircut.  Kondo hits a backdrop suplex.  Yamato sends Minoru outside.  Kondo gives Yamato an Iconoclasm onto Hate.  Minoru saves.  Kondo throws Minoru on top of hate.  Kondo powerslams Yamato onto Hate, then hits a lariat for the pin in 10:40.  It was okay.  Minoru attacks Kondo and Yamato with a chair.  Minoru tries to give Yamato a haircut, but Kondo comes to and chases him away.

KAI & Seiya Sanada vs. Triple Crown Champion Minoru Suzuki & Masakatsu Funaki.  Suzuki and Sanada start by trading arm locks.  I do enjoy my chain wrestling.  Sanada drops Suzuki with a dropkick.  KAI tags in and tries to slam Suzuki, but fails.  Suzuki hits him with a knee lift and a kick, then tags in Funaki.  Funaki totally schools KAI with kicks, then locks him in a rear chin lock.  Transition to a headlock.  Funaki drops KAI with a shoulder block, then awesomely teases a crab hold before locking him in a knee lock.  KAI gets a rope break.  Funaki teases a test of strength, then kicks the crap out of KAI some more.  Funaki works a headlock again, then drops KAI with another shoulder block.  KAI leapfrogs Funaki twice and drops him with a dropkick.  Sanada tags in and dropkicks Funaki too.  It seems to be the only thing that works.  Wait, no.  Sanada fails a dropkick and gets an elbow dropped on him.  Suzuki drags Sanada outside and beats him up in the crowd.  Back in the ring, Suzuki tags in to continue abusing young Sanada.  They trade shots until Suzuki slaps the piss out of Sanada.  Cover, but KAI saves.  Suzuki kicks KAI off the apron.  Funaki comes in to beat up Sanada some more.  Senton splash gets 2.  Funaki applies a half crab.  Suzuki adds a crossface to the equation behind the referee’s back.  Funaki stretches Sanada some more.  Suzuki tags in and continues the beating.  Suzuki locks on a half crab, but Sanada gets a rope break.  Funaki tags in.  He and Sanada trade chops and forearms.  Funaki kicks his knee.  Sanada rolls through a sunset flip and hits a dropkick.  KAI gets the tag and runs wild.  KAI hits Funaki with a diving Ghetto stomp for 2.  Funaki hits a powerslam and tags in Suzuki.  Suzuki beats up KAI.  In a funny bit, Suzuki charges KAI in the corner, stops cold, and slaps him.  Suzuki gets a cross armbreaker on KAI, but Sanada saves.  KAI rocks Suzuki with an enzuigiri and makes the tag to Sanada.  Suzuki avoids a springboard dropkick, but Sanada rallies and dropkicks him down for 2.  Sanada hits a backdrop suplex for 2.  Sanada gets a reverse cradle for 2.  Funaki tags in kicks the shit out of Sanda some more, then spikes him with a Tombstone Piledriver for 2.  Sanada hits a missile dropkick and tags in KAI.  KAI runs Suzuki off of the apron.  KAI and Sanada double team Funaki.  KAI hits his cross legged Michinoku Driver II, but Suzuki saves.  Sanada tries to take out Suzuki with a dive, but Suzuki avoids it.  KAI superkicks Funaki for 2.  Suzuki kicks KAI in the sleeper, then Funaki kicks the shit out of him.  Suzuki hits the cradle piledriver on Sanada and Funaki hits a backdrop suplex on KAI for the double pin in 16:42.  I believe Funaki’s pin on KAI was the legal one.  Really fun match here.  Masayuki Kono attacks Suzuki after the match and brawls with him out into the theme park.  Kono leaves Suzuki laying.

Taiyo Kea & Akebono vs. Big Daddy Voodoo & Rene Dupree.  Kea and Dupree lock up.  Dupree now has a buzz cut and some shitty tattoos.  He backs Kea into the corner and gives something of a clean break.  Repeat, but in reverse and with a totally clean break.  They both do the Hogan ear cup pose.  Dupree drops Kea with a shoulder block, then gets hip tossed.  Kea works a side headlock, then drops Dupree with a shoulder block and hip tosses him again.  Big Daddy V yells at Dupree to “get mean!”  Dupree offers a handshake.  Kea declines and tags in Akebono.  Dupree flexes his muscles, then gets squashed in the corner.  Akebono groups Dupree with a headlock.  That can’t be fun.  Kea tags in and beats up Dupree some more.  Kea hits a lariat for 2.  Voodoo decks Kea from the apron.  Dupree throws Kea outside where Voodoo beats him up.  Dupree throws Kea back into the ring and tags in Voodoo.  Dupree hits Kea with a drop toe hold and Voodoo drops a leg on the back of his head.  Ouch.  Voodoo steps on Kea.  Double ouch.  Voodoo hits Kea with a loud Big Show chop on the corner, then clobbers him with some elbows.  Voodoo squashes Kea in the other corner and hits kind of a half assed senton splash (it looked save though).  Akebono saves.  Dupree tags in and beats up Kea.  Kea fights back and drops Dupree with a kick, then makes the tag to Akebono.  Akebono clocks Voodoo on the apron, then squashes Dupree with an elbow drop for 2.  Dupree drops Akebono and tags in Voodoo.  Fat guy fight!  Voodoo squashes Akebono in the corner, but it’s no sold.  Repeat in reverse.  Voodoo finally knocks down Akebono with a lariat.  Dupree tags in and hits Akebono with a diving headbutt.  Akebono throws Dupree off the cover at 2.  Akebono hits Dupree with the 64, but Voodoo saves, then accidentally squashes Dupree.  Akebono knocks Voodoo out of the ring.  Kea hits Dupree with the TKO.  Akebono follows with a big splash for the pin in 10:57.  Fun little match.

The Voodoo Murders of TARU, Lance Cade & MAZADA (w/ Minoru, Hate, & Rene Dupree) vs. Suwama, Masayuki Kono, & AJPW World Junior Heavyweight Champion Kaz Hayashi (w/ Ryota Hama, BUSHI, & Seiya Sanada).  TARU cuts a promo, then the VM attack.  That seems to be their MO for starting matches.  Everybody brawls in the crowd.  TARU chokes Kono with a cane.  MAZADA and Hayashi make into the ring while the others brawl outside.  MAZADA hits Hayashi with a DDT for 2.  Cade and Suwama have made it to the apron.  Hayashi hits a twirly arm drag, a regular arm drag, and a hip toss on MAZADA.  Suwama tags in as Kono and TARU finally join the match proper.  Suwama works over MAZADA.  MAZADA throws ineffective chops at Suwama.  Suwama drops MAZADA with one chop.  Repeat.  Suwama covers for 2.  Kono tags in.  MAZADA rakes his eyes and tries to slam him.  That fails, but Kono’s slam attempt doesn’t.  Repeat.  Kono hits a sidewalk slam for 2.  Hayashi tags in and hits a slam and a Lionsault on MAZADA for 2.  Minoru hits Hayashi with some kind of red box from the outside.  Minoru and Hate beat up Hayashi on the outside, then throw him into Cade and TARU.  TARU yells at Hama.  Hama tries to come in, but the referee stops him.  MAZADA chokes Hayashi behind the referee’s back.  Cade works over Hayashi.  Hayashi nails Cade with chops and Cade yells for more.  Cade hits a sit-out spinebuster.  Kono and Suwama saves.  Clusterfuck brawl ensues.  The outside VM guys attack Hayashi again.  TARU tags in and chokes Hayashi.  TARU hits Hayashi with a buzzsaw kick for 2.  Hayashi hits TARU with a handspring kick and and makes the tag to Kono, who runs wild.  Kono hits TARU with a jumping knee for 2.  Kono hits a stall suplex for 2.  TARU rakes Kono’s face.  Kono hits a backdrop suplex for 2.  TARU drops Kono and tags in Cade.  Cade hits Kono with elbow smashes and a bulldog headlock for 2.  Kono lands some elbows on Cade, then hits a side Russian leg sweep and makes the tag to Suwama.  Suwama hits a shoulder block.  Suwama hits a belly to belly suplex for 2.  Suwama tries a German suplex, but Cade fights out.  They trade strikes.  Cade whips Suwama into the referee.  Hate comes in and sprays Suwama with a fire extinguisher.  Clusterfuck brawl.  All of the VM attack Suwama.  MAZADA comes in to clean up and put Suwama away, but Suwama hits him with a belly to belly.  All of the faces attack MAZADA, including Hama squashing him in the corner.  Stuff happens.  Suwama hits MAZADA with the Last Ride for the pin in 17:05.  Fun match.  TARU and Suwama cut promos after the match.

This was my first time watching All Japan in a long time.  There was nothing really great, and there were a lot of comedy spots.  It was a pretty fun show, but I’m not sure I’m going to make a habit of watching All Japan TV.