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NOAH “Rusher Kimura Memorial Show” 6/26/10

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Some dudes go over the card.  Akira Taue comes to the ring to hold up a picture of the late Rusher Kimura.  The other wrestlers surround the ring and they do a 10-bell salute.

Naomichi Marufuji & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Genba Hirayanagi.  Marufuji and Kanemaru start.  Kanemaru backs Marufuji into the ropes and gives a clean break.  Marufuji takes a swing at Kanemaru, then they do some face paced stuff, stalemate, applause.  They do some chain wrestling, always a good thing.  Ogawa tags in and takes over.  Kanemaru does a cool victory roll style headscissors.  Ogawa cuts him off on top and Kanemaru rakes his face repeatedly.  Ogawa falls down, then hits the ropes to make Kanemaru crotch himself.  Kanemaru hits Ogawa in the balls and tags in Genba.  Genba kicks him in the balls again.  Marufuji tags in trades shots with Genba.  Kanemaru tags in, throws Marufuji outside, and whips him into the barricade.  Marufuji and Genba go at it int he ring again.  Marufuji throws Genba outside where Ogawa throws him into the barricade.  Ogawa and Marufuji take turns working over Genba.  Marufuji and Kanemaru fight on the outside.  Ogawa goes for his backdrop on Genba, but gets kicked in the balls again.  Kanemaru comes in against Ogawa and hits a moonsault press for 2.  Ogawa launches Kanemaru across the ring.  Marufuji and Kanemaru run around and hit each other.  Kanemaru hits a jumping DDT and goes for the Touch Out.  Marufuji counters and lands a superkick.  Kanemaru counters the Shiranui and hits a spinning DDT.  Genba comes and gets an inside cradle for 2.  Genba gets an Oklahoma roll for 2.  Genba hits an STO and goes op top, but Ogawa pulls his leg.  Kanemaru powerbombs Marufuji out of the corner and Genba hits a diving elbow for 2.  Marufuji hits Genba with a series of kicks, the Shiranui, and Kanemaru’s Touch Out for the pin in 12:37.  Marufuji uses Kanemaru’s finisher to pin his partner leading into their upcoming title match.  This was technically fine, but kind of boring.  The crowd seemed dead for Tokyo fans.  I wonder if that’s a Differ thing.

Marufuji’s post-match interview.

Kanemaru’s post-match interview.

Takeshi Morishima & Shuhei Taniguchi vs. Yutaka Yoshie & Bison Smith.  Moroshima and Taniguchi go on the attack immediately to start us off with a big brawl.  It settles down into Smith and Taniguchi being in the ring.  Taniguchi hits a dropkick and clamps ion a front face lock.  Smith backs him into the corner and tags in Yoshie.  Yoshie seems to want Morishima, but settles for trading shots with Taniguchi.  The crowd is slightly more lively for this match.  Morishima tags in and we have our FAT GUY FIGHT! between he and Yoshie.  Morishima lands a dropkick and Yoshie bails.  Morishima teases a dive, then just steps out.  Yoshie reverses an Irish whip to send Morishima into the barricade.  Yoshie slams Morishima on the floor.  Yoshie works over Morishima back in the ring.  Smith tags in and tries to knock down Morishima.  He struggles, despite not being small himself.  Morishima knocks Smith down with a shoulder block and tags in Taniguchi.  Taniguchi knocks Smith down again and locks in a camel clutch.  Yoshie tags in and hits Taniguchi with his large ass.  Stink face!  Yoshie hits a rolling senton splash for 2.  Yoshie applies kind of a half crab bow & arrow, then transitions into a regular half crowd.  Smith tags in and takes over the half crab.  Taniguchi gets a rope break.  Taniguchi clubbers Smith, then gets backed into the enemy corner again.  Yoshie tags in and beats up Taniguchi some more.  They trade shots, then Yoshie slaps the piss out of him.  Taniguchi avoids a charge in the corner and hits a backdrops suplex!  Morishima tags in and hits a missile dropkick, causing Yoshie to stumble into a corner.  Morishima hits a running ass to the corner.  Morishima struggles to known down Yoshie, but manages to drop him with a lariat for 2.  Morishima goes for the backdrop suplex, but Yoshie lands on top of him.  Yoshie hits a senton splash for 2.  Yoshie slams Morishima and goes up top.  Morishima cuts him off and hits a superplex.  Yoshie recovers and hits a German suplex.  Morishima hits a lariat.  Smith and Taniguchi tag in and go at it.  Taniguchi hits a spinebuster for like 1.  Smith escapes a German suplex attempt, but Taniguchi hits a belly to belly suplex.  Taniguchi and Morishima double team Smith.  Taniguchi hits a suplex for 2.  Taniguchi hits a German suplex hold for 2.  Smith hits a half nelson suplex.  Yoshie and Smith double team Taniguchi.  Smith hits a belly to belly suplex for 2.  Smith hits an Iron Claw Bomb, but Morishima saves the match.  Smith nails Taniguchi with a lariat and a powerbomb for 2.  Smith hits the Bisontenniel (Styles Clash) for the pin in 14:23.  This was really fun.

Morishima’s post-match interview.

Yoshie’s post-match interview.

Jun Akiyama vs. Keith Walker.  Akiyama immediately bails when Walker tries to use a chain.  Akiyama throws Walker into the barricade.  Back into the ring.  For like a second.  Walker drops Akiyama, then beats him up outside in the crowd.  Finally back inside, Walker continues to abuse Akiyama.  Walker is a beast.  Walker hits a suplex for 2.  Walker drives a knee into Akiyama in the corner.  The referee tries to break and Walker throws him out of the ring.  Walker covers and yells for the ref to come back in.  The ref refuses to count for him.  Walker chokes Akiyama.  Akiyama starts to hulk up and they trade shots.  Walker nails him with an elbow smash for 2.  Akiyama hits a backdrop suplex.  Akiyama hits come knees and goes up top.  Walker cuts him off and hits a superplex.  Walker beats up Akiyama some more.  Walker hits a swank Fisherman buster for 2.  Walker hits a German suplex for 2.  Walker hits some lariats for 2.  Akiyama hits the Exploder and clamps on a guillotine.  Akiyama hits something for 2.  Akiyama tries for the Exploder again, but gets an inside cradle for the pin in 9:01.  This was sort of interesting, but it didn’t do much for me.  Walker throws a fit.  Akiyama pics up the mic and says “1, 2, 3!”  Walker is really pissed off.

Akiyama’s post-match interview.

Hype video for the Junior tag title match.

GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Match: Taiji Ishimori & Ricky Marvin (c) vs. NOSAWA Rongai & FUJITA.  FUJITA and NOSAWA jump Ishimori and Marvin before the bell.  They send Marvin outside and try to double team Ishimori, but Ishimori rallies and cleans house.  NOSAWA and Ishimori do the fast paced junior stuff, stalemate, applause.  NOSAWA shakes Ishimori’s hand for some reason.  Marvin and FUJITA tag in.  FUJITA tries to throw Marvin out of the ring, but Marvin skins the cat and hits a headscissors.  Marvin hits a rana and a rope walk arm drag.  FUJITA bails and Marvin fakes a dive to the outside.  Marvin applies a half crab.  FUJITA gets a rope break.  Ishimori tags in and works FUJITA’s leg.  Marvin tags back in and hits the Eddie hilo for 2.  Marvin hits a basement dropkick to the back of the head for 2.  NOSAWA comes in and slaps the back of Marvin’s head.  Ishimori tags in and gets sent into the turnbuckles by FUJITA.  NOSAWA tags in and ties up Ishimori in a wacky lucha submission hold.  NOSAWA and FUJITA take turns working Ishimori over.  Ishimori hits NOSAWA with a springboard missile dropkick.  NOSAWA tries to cut him off, but Marvin gets the tag and runs wild.  NOSAWA side steps Marvin and sends his shoulder into the post.  FUJITA comes in and hits an Ace Crusher for 2.  FUJITA plants Marvin with a DDT for 2, then locks in a submission hold.  Marvin botches a diving sunset flip, ducks a lariat, then rocks FUJITA with an enzuigiri.  Ishimori tags in and hits a Vader Bomb-style double stomp on FUJITA for 2.  Ishimori hits the diving double knees for 2.  FUJITA fights off a crucifix attempt, nails a lariat, and tags in NOSAWA.  They double team Ishimori with kicks for 2.  Marvin comes in and cleans house.  Ishimori and Marvin double team NOSAWA.  Marvin tries a dive on FUJITA, but FUJITA avoids it and Marvin eats the floor.  Ishimori goes up top to finish NOSAWA, but FUJITA cuts him off.  Marvin pulls FUJITA to the floor.  NOSAWA crotches Ishimori on the top rope and hits a superplex.  NOSAWA lands a Buzzsaw kick for 2.  FUJITA hits a Tombstone Piledriver on Ishimori.  NOSAWA gets an Oklahoma roll, but Marvin saves.  Marvin drops NOSAWA with a kick and takes out FUJITA with a tope suicida.  Marvin goes up top, but FUJITA knocks him down.  NOSAWA low blows Ishimori and gets a cradle for 2.  Ishimori hits NOSAWA with a Pele kick.  Ishimori lands a superkick, but FUJITA saves.  Marvin holds FUJITA while Ishimori hits NOSAWA with a 450 splash for the pin in 16:34.  Okay match, but it didn’t really light my world on fire.  The STILL champions are presented with trophies.  NOSAWA and FUJITA show respect to Ishimori, but NOSAWA flips off Marvin instead of shaking his hand.

NOSAWA & FUJITA’s post-match interview.

Ishimori & Marvin’s post-match interview.

Hype video for NOAH vs. New Japan!

Hiroshi Tanahashi & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Go Shiozaki & Atsushi Aoki.  Despite this being a NOAH show, the crowd chants for the outsider Tanahashi.  Go wants to start with Tanahashi, but Tana decides to make him wait.  Aoki and Taguchi start.  Now the crowd is chanting for Aoki.  They lock up and do the usual great wrestling.  They trade submission holds.  Stalemate, applause.  Go tags in.  Tanahashi finally obliges and tags in.  They get the crowd going, which this show desperately needed.  They lock up.  Tanahashi backs Go into the ropes and teases a clean break, but instead punches him in the stomach.  Tanahashi clamps on a side headlock.  Go breaks free and scores a knockdown with a shoulder block.  They lock up again and Tanahashi pulls Go’s hair.  They trade forearms in the corner.  Tanahashi slams Go.  Go fires some vicious chops and sends Tanahashi outside.  Back inside, they go to a test of strength and Tanahashi hits a double arm suplex.  Go drops Tana with a chop and tags in Aoki.  Aoki knocks Taguchi off the apron and shines against Tanahashi.  Tanahashi and Taguchi double team Aoki.  Go throws Tanahashi to the outside and they brawl on the floor.  Tanahashi whips Go into the barricade.  Taguchi rams Aoki’s knee into the ring post.  Tanahashi and Taguchi apply a double leg lock on Aoki, then proceed to take turns torturing Aoki’s leg.  Aoki manages to land a missile dropkick on Tanahashi and make the hot tag to Go.  Go runs wild on Tanahashi until Taguchi knees him from the apron.  The New Japan team try to double team, but Go rallies and runs wild on both of them.  Go hits a Fisherman buster on Tanahashi for 2.  Go and Tanahashi trade strikes.  Go hits a German suplex hold for 2.  Aoki and Taguchi brawl on the floor.  Go hits Tanahashi with a discus lariat for 2.  Go slams Tanahashi and goes for a moonsault, but Tanahashi avoids it.  Tanahashi hits the Sling Blade on Go, then dropkicks Aoki off of the apron.  Tanahashi goes for the High Fly Flow, but Go moves out of the way.  Tanahashi and go have an awesome countering exchange.  Taguchi tags in and hits a springboard dropkick on Go’s knee, which was injured in the last exchange.  Go flapjacks Taguchi into the top turnbuckle.  Taguchi tries to take out the knee.  Go hits a spinny slam and tags in Aoki.  Aoki runs wild on Taguchi and hits a spin kick for 2.  Taguchi hits a dropkick and a Fisherman buster, then knocks Go off of the apron.  Aoki fights off a double team attempt and sends Tanahashi outside.  Aoki hits Taguchi with a backdrop suplex.  Go hobbles back in and Team NOAH double team Taguchi.  Go powerbombs Taguchi and Aoki hits a frog splash, but Tanahashi saves.  Go throws Tanahashi out of the ring and they brawl on the floor.  Go puns Tanahashi down with a sleeper.  Taguchi hits Aoki with a 2 German suplexes.  Aoki drops him with a kick.  Tanahashi gets in and cuts off Aoki from making the tag.  Tanahashi hits Aoki with a flying forearm and the Sling Blade.  He goes for a Dragon suplex, but Aoki counters into an arm lock.  Taguchi saves.  Go takes Taguchi out to the floor and they brawl.  Aoki and Tanahashi trade forearms.  Tanahashi hits a German suplex hold for 2.  Tanahashi hits a Fisherman Michinoku Driver and goes up top.  Go cuts him off.  Aoki goes for something off the top.  Taguchi cuts him off and hits the Dodon.  Tanahashi hits the High Fly Flow on Aoki for the pin in 22:45.  Really fucking good match.  This match was the only reason I wanted to watch this show and it definitely delivered.  Tanahashi cuts a promo.  No clue what he’s saying, but it seems to irk Go.  He puts over New Japan.

Tanahashi & Taguchi’s post-match interview.

Go’s post-match interview.

Hype video for the main event.

Yoshihiro Takayama, Kensuke Sasaki, & Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. GHC Heavyweight Champion Takashi Sugiura, Mohammed Yone, & KENTA.  Takayama and Sugiura start immediately beating the hell out of each other.  Sugiura manages a belly to belly suplex on the much larger Takayama.  Takayama responds in kind.  They clobber each other some more.  Sasaki and Yone tag in and lock up.  Sasaki gives a mostly clean break.  Repeat in reverse, but Yone declines the clean break.  They then tire of that wrestling BS and start clobbering each other.  Yone lands some boots.  Sasaki blasts him with a lariat.  Yone bails.  I’d be done after eating a lariat from Kensuke too.  He comes back in and they tease a test of strength, then Yone cheap shots him and tags in KENTA.  KENTA kicks the shout of Sasaki’s knee.  They wail on each other and it’s awesome.  Nakajima tags in and trade kicks with KENTA.  That’s a game you’re just not going to win, buddy.  Nakajima is finally forced to take a breather.  Sugiura tags in and beats up Nakajima.  Yone tags in and beats up Nakajima.  It’s a good old fashioned Nakajima beat off!  KENTA takes another turn.  A big brawl breaks out at ringside.  Back inside, Nakajima lands a dropkick on KENTA for 2.  Kensuke tags in and hits a lariat on KENTA for 2.  Takayama tags in and trades shots with KENTA, which is great shit.  KENTA is sent outside and all 3 opponents take turns wailing on him.  Back inside, KENTA gets the shit beaten out of him some more.  Sasaki hits a long stalling suplex for 2.  Sasaki applies the Strangle Hold Gamma.  Everybody else brawls.  Yone manages to make the save for KENTA.  KENTA and Nakajima trade shots.  Nakajima hits KENTA with the Go 2 Sleep!  Cover, but Yone saves.  I love KENTA’s subtle putting over of his move by needing to be saved instead of kicking out of it.  KENTA comes to and they wail on each other some more.  KENTA hits a Falcon Arrow.  Takayama and Sugiura tag in and go at each other again.  Takayama wails on Sugiura so hard you can see sweat fly off of him.  Sugiura hits a German suplex hold for 2.  Takayama does a headlock takeover into a cradle for 2.  Takayama lands a knee lift and tags in Sasaki.  Sasaki and Sugiura wail on each other.  Sasaki does a shoulder takeover for 2.  Sasaki hits a chokeslam like move and applies the Strangle Hold Gamma.  Yone saves again.  Sugiura ducks a lariat and hits a spear, then tags in Yone.  Sasaki lands some chops.  Yone lands a lariat in the corner, then in the opposite corner.  Yone slams Sasaki and hits a diving leg drop for 2.  They trade shots.  Sasaki nails a lariat.  Takayama tags in and hits a double arm suplex into a cross armbreaker.  KENTA and Sugiura saves, then send Sasaki and Nakajima to the floor.  The enemy team triple teams Takayama until his partners save.  Sugiura and KENTA take them out again and the 4 brawl at ringside.  Takayama hits Yone with a knee lift.  The Takayama/Kensuke Office team triple team Yone.  Takayama hits a backdrop suplex, but Sugiura and KENTA save.  Takayama and Sugiura trade forearms.  Kensuke blasts Sugiura with a lariat.  Takayama knees him in the face.  Nakajima whips KENTA into the barricade.  Yone drops Takayama with a kick.  Takayama and Yone trade boots.  Takayama hits a half nelson suplex for 2.  Takayama hits the German suplex hold for the pin in 23:31.  Really good match.  I love technical wrestling, but I’m not above enjoying a big slugfest like this.

Takayama, Sasaki, and Nakajima’s post-match interview.

Video clips of the late Rusher Kimura, who this show is in honor of.

Now I guess they’re going to go back and show the prelim matches that they didn’t show earlier…

Kento Miyahara vs. Eddie Edwards.  JIP.  Edwards reverses Miyahara into the turnbuckles, then locks in a rolling half crab.  Miyahara gets a rope break.  They trade shots.  Edwards gets the better of it and covers for 2.  Edwards hits a backdrop suplex for 2.  Edwards applies a Muta Lock.  Edwards hits an elbow smash for 2.  Edwards applies a body scissors and a sleeper, then covers for 2.  They trade forearms.  Edwards lands a dropkick for 2.  Edwards applies a modified camel clutch and pulls on Miyahara’s mouth.  Ouch.  Cover gets 2.  Edwards gets the better of a chop exchange.  Edwards telegraphs a backdrop and gets kicked in the face.  Edwards goes for a suplex, but Miyahara blocks it and hits his own suplex.  Miyahara hits a dropkick to the head for 2.  Miyahara lands some knees in the corner, including one the face for 2.  Edwards hits a belly to belly overhead suplex and a snap suplex, then a missile dropkick.  Miyahara bails to the floor.  Edwards hits a tope sucida that sends them both crashing over the barricade.  Edwards hits a Shining Wizard for 2.  Edwards hits a Backpack Stunner for 2, then locks in the half crab.  Miyahara gets a rope break.  Miyahara hits a Frankensteiner for 2.  Miyahara gets a reverse cradle just as the 15 minute time limit expires (9:20 shown).  What they showed of it was pretty good.

Akira Taue & Akitoshi Saito vs. Takuma Sano & Masao Inoue.  JIP.  Inoue and Taue rake each other’s face.  Saito beats up Inoue on the outside.  Taue plants a boot on Inoue’s neck in the corner and tweaks his nipple.  Taue with a titty twister takedown.  Seriously.  Saito tags in and lands an elbow smash, then clamps on a rear chin lock.  Cover gets 2.  Saito hits a LONG stalling vertical suplex for 2.  Taue tags in and yells in Inoue’s ear.  And Inoue sells it.  Inoue hits a diving shoulder block and makes the tag to Sano.  Sano hits a diving double stomp on Taue for 2.  Taue hits a DDT and scampers over to make the tag to Saito.  Saito hits a Rock Bottom  and goes for a German.  Sano escapes.  They lariat each other.  Sano lands some kicks and scampers over to make the tag to Inoue.  Inoue hits a side Russian leg sweep for 2.  Inoue and Sano touble team Saito.  Inoue covers, but Taue saves.  Sano takes Taue outside and hugs him.  Inoue goes for a move, but Saito counters and hits a Rock Bottom.  Inoue blocks a lariat and gets an inside cradle for 2.  Inoue gets a schoolboy for 2.  Saito hits a knee lift and goes for a German, but Inoue turns it into a front cradle for 2.  Taue comes in and chokeslams Inoue.  Saito covers, but Sano saves.  Taue takes Sano outside.  Inoue rakes Saito’s eyes and goes for a suplex, but Saito turns it into a modified suplex, then hits 3 more Rock Bottoms for 2.  Saito lands an enzuigiri for the pin (9:02 shown).  Typical early card comedy match.  Taue cuts a promo that is apparently funny.

Man, it took me a long time to get through this show.  The undercard was really boring.  The only 2 matches worth watching were the top 2, which were really good.  Also, I don’t understand why they aired the first 2 matches last.

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

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Originally posted on January 10, 2009.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hype video for the main event.

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

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