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The Chuiresu Diaries 10/17/12: Chicken Soup for the Wrestling Geek’s Soul

Posted in ECW, WWE with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2012 by Grappleholic

I’m trying something different here.  I don’t get to write reviews often anymore due to being a very stressed college senior, but every now and then I get the chance to watch a little bit of Pro Wrestling and would like to share my thoughts on it.  So, from time to time, I may post what I’m calling a diary with short thoughts on whatever I happen to watch that day.  Full show reviews may still happen in the future, if I ever have free time again.

I picked the the ECW Unreleased Vol. 1 Blu-ray recently, and this evening I’m taking a few hours off from stressing about life, the universe, and everything to enjoy it for a bit.

Former ECW announcer and current WWE.com guy Joey Styles is hosting this thing.

NWA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament – Final: ECW Heavyweight Champion “The Franchise” Shane Douglas vs. 2 Cold Scorpio (Hardcore TV, August 27, 1994).  This was the night Extreme Championship Wrestling was born.  Douglas and Scorpio had a very watchable little back and forth wrestling match, which Douglas won with a belly to belly suplex in 12:52 after Scorpio missed a moonsault.  But the post-match promo is where it’s at.  Douglas refuses the title, saying the NWA is a dead organization.  He instead declares his ECW title to be a World title.  Soon after, Eastern Championship Wrestling became Extreme Championship Wrestling.

Tommy Dreamer vs. Raven (w/ Stevie Richards & Beulah McGillicutty) (Hostile City Showdown, April 15, 1995).  Fun little brawl.  Raven gives Dreamer 3 consecutive DDTs, but Dreamer kicks out.  Dreamer DDTs Raven on the floor, but Stevie interferes.  Dreamer DDTs Stevie and the referee, then Beulah runs in.  Dreamer gives her a piledriver and Philadelphia, apparently big fans of domestic violence, love it.  Raven is announced as the winner by DQ.  Joey Styles puts it over as a moral victory for Dreamer.  Stevie carries Beulah to the back instead of allowing her to be stretchered.

Joey Styles puts over the workrate guys like Dean Malenko and Eddie Guerrero who got their first shot in the United States in ECW.

2 Cold Scorpio & Dean Malenko vs. ECW World Television Champion Eddie Guerrero & Taz  (w/ Paul E. Dangerously) (Heat Wave, 7/15/95).  The audio on some of these is pretty bad.  You can hear the announcer, but not the guys talking on the microphone.  So the banter before this match is completely lost on me.  This reminds me, I used to love Taz.  There’s something awesome about a short, stout guy who’s a total ass kicker.  If this isn’t the match where Taz broke his neck, it’s the same configuration of guys.  3 minutes in Eddie and Malenko tag in and start chain wrestling and I vomit rainbows in joy.  Scorpio and Taz have an awesome mat exchange that ends with Scorpio getting suplexed out of his boots.  For that matter, every combination of these guys is awesome, but Malenko and Eddie are two of my favorite wrestlers of all time.  Malenko puts Taz in a Sharpshooter that Joey Styles misidentifies as a Texas Cloverleaf.  I expect better from you, Joey!  I love how they’re working a really good wrestling match, but not at such a fast pace that you can’t digest anything.  Eddie hits a brainbuster that Malenko sells awesomely by convulsing like he just had a seizure.  He apparently still has feeling in his body, because he managed to kick out of the frog splash that followed.  Determined to paralyze Malenko, Eddie dropkicks him off the top turnbuckle to the floor.  Taz and Eddie hit a dropkick Doomsday Device.  That’s kind of neat.  Another Malenko/Eddie exchange with another misidentified Sharpshooter.  Have I forgotten what a Texas Cloverleaf is?  Okay, I googled it.  Looks like I’m the idiot.  Sorry, Joey.  Scorpio hits a dive to the floor.  Malenko tries to do one, but appears to lose his nerve and goes with an elbow smash off the apron.  More dives.  Paul E. hits Scorpio with the cell phone.  Taz hits a head-arm suplex for the pin.  State appointed referee Bill Alfonso orders the match restarted.  Scorpio superkicks Taz and Malenko hits the Tiger Driver on Eddie.  Alfonso fast counts the double pin to give it to Malenko and Scorpio in about 20 minutes.  This was pretty damned good, much to the surprise of no one.

ECW World Television Championship Match: “The Shooter” Dean Malenko (c) vs. Eddie Guerrero (Hardcore TV, July 28, 1995).  This match is great.  Seeing wrestlers of this caliber bust their asses for the sake of having a good match reminds me why I love professional wrestling.  Guerrero catches Malenko with a jackknife hold for the pin to recapture the title 11:47.

Joey Styles puts over Cactus Jack, always my favorite face of Foley.

Cactus Jack vs. “The Franchise” Shane Douglas (CyberSlam, 2/17/96).  Douglas jumps Cactus, who is wearing a jacket and tie for some reason.  That quickly goes, but Cactus is wearing a shirt underneath.  Good.  I’ve never seen Mick Foley shirtless, and I never want to.  The referee is Brian Hildebrand (aka Mark Curtis), God rest him.  Cactus is wearing the “Forgive me, Uncle Eric” shirt that I remember reading about in his first book.  Joey notes that Cactus didn’t come to wrestle tonight, hence the jacket, tie, and cowboy boots.  They brawl.  Crutches, guardrails, and chairs come into play.  Douglas hits a dive from the top rope into the crowd onto Cactus.  I’ve never seen that out of him.  Cactus does the “spit in the air and catch it in his mouth” bit, which is disgusting.  Joey Styles calls it “Vintage Cactus Jack” here in 1996, so fuck you, Michael Cole.  The referee hands Douglas an international object, which Douglas clocks Cactus with.  They’re handcuffs!  Douglas handcuffs Cactus and picks up a chair.  Cactus tries to fight back, but gets murdered in the face with a chair not as badly as he did with The Rock at Royal Rumble 1999, but still…  Cactus calls for help from Vince McMahon (this was right before Foley went to the WWF).  Since Vince doesn’t come out to help, Cactus calls for Mikey Whipwreck.  Douglas is trying to make Foley say “I Quit.”  So this really IS like Rumble ’99.  Douglas locks in a figure-four leglock.  Mikey Whipwreck runs in with a chair and… murders Cactus in the face with it.  Hildebrand counts the pin while Cactus is still in the figure-four in 15:42.  This was fun.

“Lion Heart” Chris Jericho vs. 2 Cold Scorpio (The Doctor Is In, 8/3/96).  There’s too much dancing in Scorpio’s entrance for my enjoyment.  I don’t know anything about dancing, so I don’t know if it’s even good or not.  This must have been one of Jericho’s last matches before going to WCW.  Good wrestling here.  Jericho goes a really wonky submission hold that even Joey can’t identify.  Crowd chants “This show sucks!”  I have no idea why.  They do some near falls.  Scorpio kicks Jericho out of the ring to the floor and says he’s going to finish him.  Jericho stays in the game, though.  Jericho tries to spring off the top and hit Scorpio on the apron, but eats the floor instead.  Scorpio hits a diving leg drop that I thought might be the finish, but Jericho’s got some fight left.  Jericho hits his rebound from the turnbuckle into a dropkick to the apron deal.  There should be an easier way to say that.  Scorpio hits a sunset flip powerbomb off the top that wins i… NO!  OMGWTF JERICHO KICKED OUT.  More counters and near falls.  They do some mildly crazy bumps, such as when Jericho powerslams Scorpio off the top rope.  Scorpio hits a Tombstone Piledriver and a Shooting Star press for the pin in 19:58.  Okay, yeah, this was pretty good.

Joey Styles talks about Sabu.

Tables & Ladders Match for the ECW World Tag Team Championship: The Eliminators (c) vs. Sabu & Rob Van Dam (CyberSlam, 2/22/97).  Saturn says the winners of this match will be the best team in the world.  That’s a stretch.  Tables and ladders are legal in this match, so of course, RVD and Saturn start with back and forth wrestling while the partners stand politely on the apron.  They start bringing in the plunder and taking crazy bumps at around the 7 minute mark.  With these bumps into ladders, it’s no wonder Perry Saturn has always been a bit touched in the head.  Saturn splashes Van Dam off a ladder.  Sabu kicks the ladder into Kronus, then puts him through a table at ringside.  Joey with the classic “OH MY GOD!”  The Eliminators keep the title when Kronus pins RVD after 2 Total Eliminations in 20:40.  Wild and fun.

And now, a brief digression.  I was chatting with a friend on Facebook (shout out, Shawn!) about memories of early 2000s wrestling and the time that Triple H defended the WWF title against TAKA Michinoku on Raw popped into my head.  I searched YouTube, and…

WWF Championship Match: Triple H (c) (w/ Shane McMahon & WWF Women’s Champion Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley) vs. TAKA Michinoku (w/ Funaki & The Acolytes) (RAW IS WAR, 4/10/00).  TAKA is a mystery opponent.  He hires the Acolyte Protection Agency to watch his back and they immediately run off Shane McMahon.  This match is all kinds of fun.  TAKA gets his shine and Jim Ross convinces you that he has a shot to win the WWF title.  It doesn’t help that Hunter is being a real shit ass to referee Earl Hebner.  Earl lets it go when Funaki dropkicks Triple H into the APA and the APA beat the hell out of him.  Vince and Shane McMahon come out and distract the Acolytes.  The Big Boss Man and Bull Buchanan Pearl Harbor TAKA’s protectors, and Hunter hits the Pedigree for the pin in 5:53.  The dastardly heels put the boots to The Acolytes.  Man, this was fun and brought back fond memories of being a 12 year old WWF mark.

I’ve had a rough week and felt pretty miserable about life a few hours ago.  This heaping does of pro wrestling nostalgia was exactly what I needed.  I hope to find some free time again soon to watch the rest of the ECW set and the new CM Punk release.

NJPW Super J Cup 1994

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

The show starts with comments from some of the participating wrestlers.  I don’t speak Japanese, but I’m sure it’s something along the lines of “I will win!”  Then we get a cool opening video package.

The new Japan ring announcer whose name I forget (H-something Tanaka, maybe?) welcomes us to the show (LIVE from the Sumo Hall in Tokyo) and all the participants come out:

Masayoshi Motegi (SPWF)
Hayabusa (FMW)
Ricky Fuji (FMW)
Gedo (WAR)
Super Delfin (Michinoku Pro)
TAKA Michinoku (Michinoku Pro)
Great Sasuke (Michinoku Pro)
Negro Casas (New Japan)
Dean Malenko (New Japan)
Black Tiger II (New Japan)
Wild Pegasus (New Japan)
Shinjiro Otani (New Japan)
El Samurai (New Japan)
Jushin Thunder Liger (New Japan)

So everybody is in the ring, then I think Tatsumi Fujinami comes out to show off his shiny WWF Junior Heavyweight Championship belt from the early 80s… or something.

Round 1: Gedo vs. Dean Malenko.  Gedo was chunky and had hair at this point.  They shake hands, then go at it fast and furious.  They slow it down and do that elborate arm counter sequence the Japanese fans always like.  They do another awesome little wrestling sequence stemming from a cross armbreaker attempt by Gedo.  Malenko locks in a cross armbreaker of his own.  Gedo turns it into a cradle, but Malenko puts him back down.  Gedo gets out of that particular hold, but Malenko stays on his arm.  Fuck Malenko is great.  Malenko goes for a chickenwing facelock but Gedo fights it, so Malenko just puts him in a Dragon sleeper.  Gedo gets out of that one too.  Malenko hits a brainbuster for a near fall.  Then I got a phone call and couldn’t type for a few minutes.  Gedo catches Malenko coming off the ropes with a powerslam for the pin at 8:04.  Really good match.  Malenko being eliminated in the first round sucks, though.

Round 1, Non-Title: UWF Super Welterweight Champion Super Delfin vs. Shinjiro Otani.  Otani jumps Delfin before the bell and goes after his leg.  He stays on the leg, punishing it in various ways.  Delfin gets rope breaks to escape the holds and finally makes a comeback, leapfrogging Otani, then dropkicking him, and doing a backbreaker.  All of these moves require use of the legs.  Delfin shows no ill effects from Otani’s earlier leg work.  Otani responds by punishing Delfin’s legs some more.  Delfin stomps Otani with his apparently uninjured leg, then hits a backdrop and a stalling brainbuster.  Otani kicks out of a very near fall.  Otani blocks another brainbuster attempt, then throws Delfin out of the ring and hits a springboard dive.  Otani hits a missle dropkick for a near fall, then goes after Delfin’s leg again.  Delfin gets a rope break.  Otani pulls him to the middle of the ring and puts him back in the leg hold.  Delfin hits a tornado DDT and gets the pin with what I assume is the Delfin Clutch at about 8:07.  Good match, despite the fact that 90% of Otani’s offense was targeting Delfin’s legs and Delfin didn’t sell his legs at all.  They shake hands after the match.

Super Delfin comments on something.

Round 1:
TAKA Michinoku vs. Black Tiger II.  For the benefit of those ignorant of puroresu, Black Tiger is Eddie Guerrero.  Tiger hits that somersault he always did and then powerbombs young TAKA.  He continues to punish TAKA in various ways and even puts him in what appears to be a Sharpshooter.  TAKA starts making a comeback and Tiger bails.  Once TAKA’s momentum evaporates, Tiger comes back in to beat him some more.  He is surprised to learn that TAKA still has some steam.  TAKA hits a springboard dive to the outside, then gets near falls with a German suplex and a Frankensteiner.  Tiger blocks another Frankensteiner attempt and powerbombs TAKA for a two count.  Tiger hits a frog splash for a near fall.  TAKA gets more near falls from a powerbomb and a moonsault.  He goes for another moonsault, but Tiger gets his knees up and and hits a brainbuster for a near fall.  Tiger wins with a tornado DDT at 6:47.  Okay match.  Ring boy Tatsuhito Takaiwa helps TAKA to the back.

Round 1, Non-Title: WWC Junior Heavyweight Champion Masayoshi Motegi vs. El Samurai.  Motegi dropkicks Samurai, then the bell rings.  Another dropkick sends Samurai out of the ring, and Motegi dives through the ropes onto him.  Motegi goes to the top rope, but slips and falls off.  Goof.  Samurai makes a comeback and gets a near fall off a piledriver, then another one off something else.  Samurai goes for a crab hold and they do a couple of cradle reversals.  Samurai gets a near fall off of a Tombstone Piledriver, then another off a neat reverse brainbuster.  Samurai misses a dropkick when Motegi hangs onto the ropes.  Motegi dropkicks Samurai and runs at him, but gets backdropped out of the ring.  Samurai hits his own dive to the outside.  Samurai hits a missile dropkick back in the ring for a two count.  Samurai goes for a Frankensteiner, but Motegi powerbombs him, then does a surfboard hold.  Motegi hits some rolling Germans, but Samurai reverses one into a front cradle for another close one.  German suplex gets a near fall for Samurai, then the Samurai Bomb gets the victory at 7:09.  Worst match so far, but still not bad.

Motegi comments.

Round 1: Ricky Fuji vs. Negro Casas.  Casas throws a dropkick, then they do some stuff on the mat.  They stay on the mat for a few minutes, then Casas sends Fuji to the outside and dives out onto him.  Has there been a dive in every match so far?  I think so.  Back in the ring, Fuji hits a diving double axe handle for a two count.  Casas gets a one count with a la magistral, then a two count off of a diving senton.  He tries the senton again, but Fuji moves.  Fuji hits a Tiger Driver for the win at 5:53.  The match was so-so.

Round 1: Hayabusa vs. Jushin Thunder Liger.  This should rock.  I think I’ve seen it before, but it’s been forever.  Masato Tanaka is one of the FMW guys out to second Hayabusa.  Hayabusa attacks Liger before the bell, then does the obligatory suicide dive.  Hayabusa puts him back in the ring and dropkicks him.  Hayabusa keeps up the attack until Liger manages to get the upper hand and lock in a figure-four leglock.  Hayabusa gets a rope break, then Liger nails him with a flurry of shoteis and hits a powerbomb for a near fall.  Liger goes back to the legs with a Prison lock.  Hayabusa tries to punch his way out, but Liger puts more pressure on.  Liger lets him go to beat on him some more, then goes back to working the leg.  Hayabusa gets a headlock on Liger, who backdrops him to escape.  Liger hits the koppou kick in the corner, followed by his avalanche-style brainbuster.  That normally means death, but Hayabusa manages to get a shoulder up.  Hayabusa fights back and goes up top to hit a spinning kick for a two count.  Hayabusa hits a moonsault for a near fall.  He comes off the top rope again and botches a headscissors.  Hayabusa overshoots on a Shooting Star press and lands on his face.  Liger hits the Liger Bomb for a near fall.  Liger sets up for his avalanche brainbuster again, but Hayabusa pushes him away.  He dives, but Liger catches him with a powerbomb.  Liger hits a Fisherman buster for the win at 10:18.  Liger was great, but Hayabusa botched a bunch of shit.  They shake hands after the match.

Haybusa comments.

We get a recap of Round 1.

Round 2: Gedo vs. Super Delfin.  Gedo beat Dean Malenko in the first round, while Delfin beat Shinjiro Otani.  Delfin goes after Gedo’s arm, but Gedo kicks him away.  Delfin locks in a half crab while grinding his boot in Gedo’s ear.  Ouch.  Gedo tries the same crab hold, but Delfin hits an enzuigiri.  Delfin throws some strikes that don’t affect Gedo, then nails him the balls and takes control.  Delfin hits a nice spinning headscissors, then they trade dropkicks.  Gedo gets back on track and goes on the offensive with repeated kicks to Delfin’s spine, then puts him a backbreaker-type hold.  Delfin manages to send Gedo face-first into the turnbuckle and hits a brainbuster for a two count.  Neckbreaker gets another two count.  Gedo gets sent to the outside, then Delfin jumps to the top rope and dives outside onto him.  I wonder if every match in this round will have dives out of the ring too.  Gedo fights back, but Delfin gets a near fall with a victory roll.  Gedo hits his powerslam that put away Malenko in round 1, but Delfin kicks out.  Gedo gets a near fall with a moonsault, then Delfin gets another one of his own with a crucifix hold.  Delfin hits a backdrop hold, which Gedo also manages to kick out of.  Delfin hits a diving elbow drop for a two count.  Delfin hits a tornado DDT and goes for the Delfin Clutch, but Gedo surprises him with an inside cradle for the win at 8:21.

Round 2: Black Tiger II vs. Wild Pegasus.  Eddie Guerrero vs. Chris Benoit, so you know this has to be good.  Tiger beat TAKA Michinoku in the first round, while Pegasus had a bye. They start out with some fine old fashioned wrestling.  Tiger breaks from that and hits that hilo he always liked to do.  Tiger punishes Pegasus in various ways until Pegasus counters a brainbuster attempt and hits a reverse brainbuster of his own.  Pegasus goes on the offensive.  He gets his first near fall off of a German suplex hold, then another off of a powerbomb.  Tiger comes back in a big way when he hits a nice Frankensteiner and gets a near fall off of his own German.  Tiger hits a fall away slam, but then misses a missile dropkick.  Tiger does an awesome sequence where he almost slips on the top rope, but keeps his balance and hits a swank Frankensteiner for a near fall.  He follows that with a top rope Frankensteiner, but Pegasus manages to kick out of that too.  Tiger hits a brainbuster and goes for the tornado DDT, but Pegasus blocks it.  Pegasus goes for some avalanche move, but Tiger pushes him away and dives.  Pegasus catches him with an armdrag and covers for the win at 10:23.  Not their best match, but still a very good give and take match.

Round 2: Great Sasuke vs. El Samurai.  Sasuke had a bye in the first round, while Samurai had to go through Masayoshi Motegi.  They lock up and Sasuke goes a little leg work.  They break and lock up again, but Samurai struggles to get Sasuke up for a back suplex.  Sasuke maintains the advantage.  Samurai fights back and goes to work on Sasuke’s leg.  Samurai hits that backdrop suplex he was looking for earlier, then stretches Sasuke with a nasty hold.  Sasuke fights back and sends Samurai out of the ring, then hits a wacky dive to the outside.  Back in the ring, they go at it fast and furious, then Samurai hits his own suicide dive.  Samurai hits a nice German for a near fall in the ring, then follows with his diving headbutt for another near fall.  Samurai goes for a powerbomb,  but Sasuke counters into a Frankensteiner for a near fall.  Sasuke gets another near fall with a sunset flip off the turnbuckle.  Samurai nails his powerbomb,  but Sasuke kicks out again.  Sasuke counters something from Samurai into a sunset flip for the win at 11:41.  Really really good match here, best of the show so far.  They shake hands after the match.

Round 2: Ricky Fuji vs. Jushin Thunder Liger.  Fuji beat Negro Casas to get here.  Liger beat Hayabusa.  Neat hammerlock/flip exchange to start, then a test of strength.  Fuji hits the obligatory suicide dive, then powerbombs Liger on the floor.  They do more stuff, then Liger hits a nasty ghetto stomp off the ring apron.  Soon after, Liger goes for his avalanche-style brainbuster, but Fuji turns around on him and lands on top for a near fall.  Fuji sends Liger out and hits a baseball slide dropkick.  Fuji sets up Liger on the top rope, but Liger nails him with a shotei and hits a diving Frankensteiner for the win at 7:50.  Cool finish.  I’ve forgotten that Liger used to be a really good flier before his brain surgery and various injuries piling up.  Liger’s still great anyway though.

Fuji comments.

Semifinal: Gedo vs. Wild Pegasus.  Usual pretty stuff to start, then Benoit slaps Gedo.  Gedo slaps him back, and it’s ON!  They go at it, then Goed locks on a painful looking arm submission that looks like it’d be hell on your shoulders.  He gets a rope break and soon after they chop the shit out of each other for a bit.  Benoit gets sent outside and Gedo hits a moonsault from the turnbuckle onto him.  They get back in the ring and Gedo misses a diving headbutt.  Benoit hits a powerbomb for a near fall, then slams Gedo and hits his own diving heatbutt for the win at 6:18.  Good match for the time they were given.

Gedo comments.

Semifinal: Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Great Sasuke.  They start with the classic “do some technical stuff and flips to pop the crowd” thing.  They do some more stuff, but I was momentarily destracted.  A common problem for me.  Liger lands his koppou kick and Sasuke is out of it for a minute.  Liger hits a Tombstone Piledriver and locks Sasuke in a chickenwing facelock.  Liger punishes Sasuke’s arm.  Liger comes off the top rope and they dropkick each other at the same time.  Liger goes outside and Sasuke hits a gorgeous Asai moonsault.  Sasuke hits another insane dive off the top rope out of the ring.  They finally make it back in the ring and Sasuke goes to town on Liger.  Sasuke hits a Tombstone of his own and follows with a Swanton bomb (dunno what he calls it), but Liger moves out of the way.  Liger hits the Liger bomb for a two count.  Liger hits an avalanche-style Frankensteiner for two, then Sasuke counters his cover for two of his own.  Liger hits something (brainbuster?) for a near fall.  Liger hits a Fisherman buster, but Sasauke manages to kick out.  Liger suplexes Sasuke out of the ring and dives off the turnbuckle onto him.  Sasuke tries to springboard back into the ring, but messes up and lands on his head.  OUCH.  He recovers and hits a Frankensteiner for the win at 18:09.  Awesome match.  They hug afterwards.

Liger comments.

Final:
Great Sasuke vs. Wild Pegasus.  They go at it, and it’s good stuff.  All the other participants in the tournament are at ringside watching the final match.  5 minutes in, Benoit hits a German suplex for a near fall.  Sasuke slams Benoit and hits a leg drop, then works on his arm.  Benoit goes for a powerbomb, but Sasuke counters with an arm drag.  Benoit gets a near fall with a Dragon suplex hold.  Benoit follows with the diving headbutt for a two count.  Benoit locks in the Sharpshooter, then hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a two count.  Benoit whips Sasuke into the ropes again and throws a dropkick, but Sasuke holds on so it’ misses.  German suplex gets another two count.  At 13 minutes, Sasuke finally hits the obligatory suicide dive.  Sasuke hits his own German for a near fall, then gets another with a Fisherman suplex.  Sasuke misses a diving dropkick.  Sasuke suplexes Benoit out of the ring.  More stuff, then Sasaki hits a strange moonsault for a near fall.  Benoit hits a gutwrench suplex off the top rope for the win at 18:46.  Good match.

Now for the celebration.  Tatsumi Fujinami gives Benoit his old WWF Junior Heavyweight title belt and a gold jacket with “WINNER” on the back.  Of course, he also gets some big trophies too.  Sasuke, Tiger, Gedo, and Liger get trophies for various awards too.

I finally get to hear someone in English, as Benoit comments.  So does Sasuke, but he doesn’t speak English.  Then we get a nice closing video package.

All in all a really good show, but I wouldn’t call it the best show ever as some people have.

AJPW “Cross Over 2010″ 6/26/10

Posted in AJPW with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 4, 2010 by Grappleholic

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.