Art Vandelay's Pro Wrestling Ground Official Puroresu News/Discussion/Video Thread

8/7/12 7:54 PM
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Day 5 results from the G-1 Climax

1. G1 Climax – Block B: Rush [6] beat Tetsuya Naito [4] (9:39) with the Rush Driver.
2. G1 Climax – Block A: Shelton Benjamin [6] beat Yujiro Takahashi [6] (7:40) with the Paydirt.
3. G1 Climax – Block A: Satoshi Kojima [2] beat Karl Anderson [6] (12:47) with a lariat.
4. G1 Climax – Block B: Hiroyoshi Tenzan [4] beat Hirooki Goto [4] (13:39) with a moonsault press.
5. G1 Climax – Block B: Kazuchika Okada [6] beat Lance Archer [4] (10:46) with the Rainmaker.
6. G1 Climax – Block B: Shinsuke Nakamura [6] beat MVP [4] (12:14) with the Boma Ye.
7. G1 Climax – Block A: Minoru Suzuki [4] beat Naomichi Marufuji Pro Wrestling NOAH [4] (14:49) with a Gotch-style piledriver.
8. G1 Climax – Block A: Hiroshi Tanahashi [6] beat Toru Yano [2] (14:18) with the High Fly Flow.

Another stunner today as Rush goes over Naito in the opener. Naito was stretchered off after the loss with an apparent knee injury as well. It's probably an angle since Makabe worked the same knee in his match with Naito last show, but even if it is an angle it may lead to Naito forfeiting a match or two in the tournament


Block A:
1. Hiroshi Tanahashi [6]
- Karl Anderson [6]
- Yujiro Takahashi [6]
- Shelton Benjamin [6]
5. Yuji Nagata [4]
- Minoru Suzuki [4
- Naomichi Marufuji [4]]
8. Satoshi Kojima [2]
- Toru Yano [2]

Block B:
1. Shinsuke Nakamura [6]
- Kazuchika Okada [6]
- Rush [6]
4. Hiroyoshi Tenzan [4]
- Tetsuya Naito [4]
- MVP [4]
- Minoru Suzuki [4]
- Lance Archer [4]
9. Togi Makabe [2]
8/8/12 9:00 PM
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G-1 Climax tournament 8-8 Yokohama report

Fairly flat show in Yokohama today. The building was about half full.

1 Naomichi Marufuji beat Karl Anderson in 9:14 with a cradle.
I was really disappointed with this one. As I thought these guys were capable of putting on something special, but instead had a fairly standard Japanese opening match. The only big spot was Anderson turning a top rope huracanrana attempt into a power bomb. Marufuji won after a series of near falls.

2 Toru Yano beat Yujiro Takahashi in 7:34.
My 1st New Japan show in some time, so I was surprised to see Yujiro is now an obnoxious heel, and more surprised that Yano is a face even though his matches are still built around him distracting the ref, so he can kick the other guy in the groin.

3 Hiroyoshi Tenzan beat Rush in 9:30 with a moonsault.
There were spots where you could tell that Rush didn't really know how to take the bump for some of Tenzan's signature stuff. Tenzan looked really ungamely running the ropes early on.

4 Lance Archer beat Hirooki Goto in 9:41.
Archer showed a lot more personality and charisma here then in his terrible WWE run. He spat water over fans in the front row and flicked water. I think only 1 guy in WWE is allowed to spit water, so it probably won't get him his job back.

5 Tetsuya Naito beat MVP in 9:33 with a cradle.
Weird match. Naito hobbled to the ring and had almost no offense. They teased a count out loss early on.

6 Satoshi Kojima beat Yuji Nagata in 13:52 with a lariat.
Best match on the show. Both guys got good reactions coming out. Crowd really got into a sequence where Kojima was on the top rope and Nagata was on the 2nd, and Kojima would punch Nagata until it looked like he was about to fall off and then Nagata would pop back off. Nagata blocked the 1st lariat attempt with a kick to the arm, but then ran into the next one.

7 Togi Makabe beat Shinsuke Nakamura in 14:12 with a King Kong kneedrop.

8 Minoru Suzuki beat Hiroshi Tanahashi in 20:53 with a Gotch-style piledriver.
Match had a lot of interference from Suzuki's cornerman, Taichi. Tanahashi got a big pop for finally decking him before the finish. Tanahashi went for 2 frog splashes, but Minoru lifted his knees to block the 2nd one. They had some good sequences of spots, for example Minoru kicking out of a Tanahashi roll-up and landing with his hooks in for an mma style rear naked choke from back control. Tanahashi sold the finish big-time and was still on the floor when Minoru exited the hall.
8/12/12 9:49 PM
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Ok, lost to catch up on in the last few days, including the conclusion of the G-1 Climax and a very interesting pair of returning stars for New Japan. I'll start with the results from the last few days of the G-1 Climax that lead up to today's final

1. G1 Climax – Block B: Lance Archer [8] beat Tetsuya Naito [6] (10:41) with the Blackout.
2. G1 Climax – Block A: Yuji Nagata [6] beat Shelton Benjamin [6] (9:52) with a backdrop hold.
3. G1 Climax – Block B: MVP [6] beat Hiroyoshi Tenzan [6] (9:35) with the Irreversible Crisis.
4. G1 Climax – Block B: Togi Makabe [6] beat Rush [6] (7:17) with a King Kong kneedrop.
5. G1 Climax – Block A: Karl Anderson [8] beat Toru Yano [4] (9:14) with the Gun Stun.
6. G1 Climax – Block A: Satoshi Kojima [6] beat Minoru Suzuki [6] (13:33) with a lariat.
7. G1 Climax – Block A: Hiroshi Tanahashi [8] beat Yujiro Takahashi [6] (14:23) with the High Fly Flow.
8. G1 Climax – Block B: Hirooki Goto [6] beat Kazuchika Okada [6] (18:36) with the Shouten Kai.

1. G1 Climax – Block B: Shinsuke Nakamura [8] beat Rush [6] (10:07) with the Boma Ye.
2. G1 Climax – Block A: Satoshi Kojima [8] beat Toru Yano [4] (9:03) with a lariat.
3. G1 Climax – Block A: Minoru Suzuki [8] beat Shelton Benjamin [6] (10:45) with a Gotch-style piledriver.
4. G1 Climax – Block A: Naomichi Marufuji Pro Wrestling NOAH [8] beat Yujiro Takahashi [6] (8:34) with the Tiger Frosion.
5. G1 Climax – Block B: Tetsuya Naito [8] beat Hiroyoshi Tenzan [6] (13:27) with a cradle.
6. G1 Climax – Block B: Kazuchika Okada [8] beat MVP [6] (10:44) with the Rainmaker.
7. G1 Climax – Block B: Togi Makabe [8] beat Hirooki Goto [6] (13:31) with a King Kong kneedrop.
8. G1 Climax – Block A: Hiroshi Tanahashi [10] beat Yuji Nagata [6] (17:24) with the High Fly Flow.

So, that left the standings looking like this heading into today's final show

Block A:
1. Hiroshi Tanahashi [10]
2. Satoshi Kojima [8]
- Karl Anderson [8]
- Minoru Suzuki [8]
- Naomichi Marufuji [8]
6. Yuji Nagata [6]
- Yujiro Takahashi [6]
- Shelton Benjamin [6]
9. Toru Yano [4]

Block B:
1. Togi Makabe [8]
- Tetsuya Naito [8]
- Shinsuke Nakamura [8]
- Kazuchika Okada [8]
- Lance Archer [8]
6. Hirooki Goto [6]
- Hiroyoshi Tenzan [6]
- MVP [6]
- Rush [6]
8/12/12 10:00 PM
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And the results of today's sold our G-1 Climax final at Tokyo Sumo Hall, courtesy of

11,500 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

1. G1 Climax – Block B: MVP [8] beat Lance Archer [8] (10:50) with the Irreversible Crisis.
2. G1 Climax – Block B: Hiroyoshi Tenzan [8] beat Shinsuke Nakamura [8] (12:48) with a moonsault press.
3. G1 Climax – Block B: Hirooki Goto [8] beat Tetsuya Naito [8] (11:05) with the Shouten Kai.
4. G1 Climax – Block B: Kazuchika Okada [10] beat Togi Makabe [8] (9:33) with the Rainmaker.
5. G1 Climax – Block A: Shelton Benjamin [8] beat Satoshi Kojima [8] (9:04) with the Paydirt.
6. G1 Climax – Block A: Toru Yano [6] beat Naomichi Marufuji Pro Wrestling NOAH [8] (9:55) with the Uragasumi.
7. G1 Climax – Block A: Yuji Nagata [8] beat Minoru Suzuki [8] (9:03) with a backdrop hold.
8. G1 Climax – Block A: Karl Anderson [10] beat Hiroshi Tanahashi [10] (11:15) with the Gun Stun.
9. G1 Climax – Final: Kazuchika Okada beat Karl Anderson (23:19) with the Rainmaker.

So the Rainmaker gets it done as he defeats a very surprising Karl Anderson in the final. Anderson has had a very strong year after Giant Bernard left to become the token Asian in WWE, but 2012 continues to be dominated by the Rainmaker. This win makes Okada the youngest G-1 Climax winner in history, and sets him up for another run at Tanahashi in the near future.

Also adding to the intrigue of the show today was the surprising appearance by two returning stars.

The third of the new generation three musketeers has returned as Dream veteran Katsuyori Shibata makes his way back to New Japan. And he didn't come alone, as he was joined by Kazushi Sakuraba. No wrestlers were challenged by either Shibata or Saku, they simply announced that they had arrived in New Japan, so it should be very interesting to see what occurs with them in the coming shows.
8/12/12 10:09 PM
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A couple other occurrences over the last few days:

* Recent Jr Hyper League winner Hiroshi Yamato defeated KAI for the All Japan Jr Heavyweight title

* The finals for the Dragon Gate "Summer Adventure Tag League" are set. The finals will be next week

Summer Adventure Tag League 2012 Finals: Akira Tozawa, BxB Hulk, Naoki Tanisaki vs. CIMA, Gamma, Magnitude Kishiwada

* Pro Wrestling Noah announced their Jr Heavyweight Tag League. The tournament will be held in September with the following 10 teams

- Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Aoki
- Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Genba Hirayanagi
- Taiji Ishimori & Atsushi Kotoge
- Super Crazy & Ricky Marvin
- Ikuto Hidaka & Daichi Hashimoto (Zero-1)
- Shiori Asahi & Hiro Tonai (Kaientai Dojo)
- Katsuhiko Nakajima & Satoshi Kajiwara
- Eddie Edwards & Bobby Fish
- Paul London & Zack Sabre Jr.
- Kaiser & Gaston Mateo (South American Lucha Team, Kaiser is from Peru, Gaston Mateo from Chile)
8/13/12 8:43 PM
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A few big match announcements relating to New Japan:

- KUSHIDA will get his shot at IWGP Jr Heavyweight champion Kota Ibushi on the Korakuen Hall show on 9/7

- Naomichi Marufuji will be the next challenger for Hiroshi Tanahashi. The IWGP Heavyweight title match will occur at the "Destruction" PPV on 9/23 at Kobe World Hall

- After the dissension between them at recent shows, TAKA Michinoku and Taichi will have a "Loser Leaves Suzuki Gun" match on the 8/22 Kaientai Dojo show.
8/22/12 11:50 PM
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Been busy lately, but here's what's happened in Japan since the G-1 Climax ended

* Tozawa, Hulk, and Tanisaki beat CIMA, Gamma, and Kishiwada to win Dragon Gate's "Summer Adventure Tag League". They are now the Open the Triangle Gate champions

* The "Loser Leaves Suzuki Gun" match I mentioned above finished in a no contest after Minoru Suzuki interfered during the match at Kaientai Dojo's show today at Shinjuku Face. As a result, both TAKA and Taichi are still members of Suzuki Gun. Full results from the show courtesy of purolove:

Shinjuku FACE
489 Fans - Super No Vacancy
1. Ryuichi Sekine, Eggplant Nasu & Ayumu Honda beat Boso Boy Raito, Bambi & Kunio Toshima (9:43) Sekine over Raito with the Dragon Cut.
2. YOSHIYA 15th Anniversary Match: YOSHIYA, Keizo Matsuda, Keisuke Yamada beat Ricky Fuji, Hiro Tonai & Yuki Sato (12:26) YOSHIYA over Sato with a Chokeslam.
3. UWA World Middleweight Title, 3 Way Match: Daigoro Kashiwa (c) beat Shiori Asahi & Marines Mask II (8:21) Kashiwa over Marines Mask II with the Kashiwa Clutch 2 (2nd defense).
4. TAKA Michinoku 20th Anniversary Road - Suzugi-gun Banishment Match: TAKA Michinoku vs. Taichi - No Contest (16:49) due to interference by Minoru Suzuki.
5. Taishi Takizawa & HIROKI beat Yuji Hino & Saburo Inematsu (14:12) Takizawa over Inematsu with the MFF.
6. Champion of STRONGEST-K Title: Daisuke Sekimoto beat Kengo Mashimo (c) (28:46) with a German Suplex Hold - New Champion.

Big result in the main event as long time rivals Kengo Mashimo and Daisuke Sekimoto battled it out for the Champion of STRONGEST-K championship. Kengo and Sekimoto have been feuding all over the Japanese indys for years, and Sekimoto came out victorious in the latest chapter of the feud, ending Kengo's epic title run on his home turf.

Long title runs are fairly uncommon in wrestling today, even in Japan, but Kengo seems to be the exception to the rule. This was his 3rd Champion of STRONGEST-K title reign and it lasted a staggering 431 days, from June 11, 2011 when he won the title from Yuji Hino until today's loss to Sekimoto. Even more impressive is that this was only the 2nd longest Champion of STRONGEST-K title reign of Kengo's K-Dojo career, as his first reign lasted 552 days. All in all, Kengo has been Champion of STRONGEST-K 3 times, and his title reigns average over 400 days. I really wish Kengo had gotten more opportunities in some of the bigger companies over the years because he's a great worker, and extremely underrated. With the exposure Sekimoto has been getting in other companies lately, maybe this feud will help get Kengo some well deserved exposure outside K-Dojo
8/23/12 12:06 AM
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DDT's big Budokan show also happened this week. Results courtesy of Dramatic DDT:

Tokyo Nippon Budokan
10,124 Fans – Super No Vacancy

0. Special Dark Match – Muscle Army Vs Style-E Army: Muscle Sakai, Hiroshi Fukuda, Pedro Takaishi, Kazuyoshi Sakai HG, Kazunori Huzioka, Mr. Magic & Seiya Morohashi defeated Kazuhiro Tamura, Masashi Takeda, Masato Shibata, Shota, Shotaro Nasu & Choun "Bones" Shiryu when Sakai pinned Shiryu with the Verdict (11:07).
1. Tag Team Gauntlet: Takao Soma & Yukio Sakaguchi defeated Keisuke Ishii & Shigehiro Irie, Hikaru Sato & Michael Nakazawa, Isami Kodaka & Hiro Tsumaki and Saint Seiya Rion & Poison JULIE Sawada.
1a. Keisuke Ishii & Shigehiro Irie eliminated Isami Kodaka & Hiro Tsumaki when Irie pinned Tsumaki with the Vertical Drop Back Flip (6:04).
1b. Keisuke Ishii & Shigehiro Irie eliminated Saint Seiya Rion & Poison JULIE Sawada when Ishii pinned Sawada with the Kneel Kick (2:30).
1c. Hikaru Sato & Michael Nakazawa eliminated Keisuke Ishii & Shigehiro Irie when Sato & Nakazawa submitted Ishii with an Ankle Lock & Ultimate Venom Arm Combo (4:15).
1d. Takao Soma & Yukio Sakaguchi eliminated Hikaru Sato & Michael Nakazawa when Soma pinned Nakazawa with the Diving Guillotine Drop (9:01).
2. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – Royal Rumble: Yoshiaki Fujiwara defeated E. YOSHIHIKO (c) by Referee Stoppage with an Armbar (19:22).
Order of Entries: DJ Nira, Daichi Kakimoto, Tomomitsu Matsunaga, Batten Tamagawa, Mio Shirai, Hiroshi Fukuda, Ken Ohka, NOZOMI, Gorgeous Matsuno, Akito, Yuzuki Aikawa, Yoshiaki Fujiwara and E. YOSHIHIKO.
*Yoshiaki Fujiwara becomes the 961st champion.
3. Konosuke Takeshita Debut Match: El Generico defeated Konosuke Takeshita with the Brainbustaaaaahhhhh!!!!! (10:36).
4. Five-A-Side Soccer Match: Tokatsu FC 2-2 Akira-waku FC
Tokatsu FC: Masa Takanashi, Daisuke Sasaki, Hoshitango, Tetsuya Endo & Tsukasa Fujimoto.
Akira-waku FC: Yasu Urano, Antonio Honda, Yuji Hino, Tanomusaku Toba & Yoshiko.
4a. Tsukasa Fujimoto pinned Antonio Honda with the Tsukadora (1st Half – 2:34) (Tokatsu 1-0 Akira-waku).
4b. Yasu Urano pinned Daisuke Sasaki with a Diving Body Press (1st Half – 3:29) (Tokatsu 1-1 Akira-waku).
4c. Yuji Hino pinned Tetsuya Endo with the F***'N Bomb (2nd Half – 1:31) (Tokatsu 1-2 Akira-waku).
4d. Masa Takanashi pinned Yasu Urano with the Takatonic (2nd Half – 2:39) (Tokatsu 2-2 Akira-waku).
*Tokatsu FC win 2-0 on penalties.
5. KO-D Tag Team Title: MIKAMI & Tatsumi Fujinami defeated KUDO & Makoto Oishi (c) when MIKAMI pinned Oishi with the Volcanic Bomb (9:04).
*KUDO & Makoto Oishi fail in V4. MIKAMI & Tatsumi Fujinami become the 45th KO-D Tag Team Champions!
6. Special Weapons Rumble Handicap Match: Minoru Suzuki defeated Sanshiro Takagi with the Gotch-Style Piledriver (17:33).
7. Special Hardcore Tag Team Match: HARASHIMA & Togi Makabe defeated Shuji Ishikawa & Ryuji Ito when HARASHIMA pinned Ishikawa with the Swan Dive Somato (14:36).
8. Transparency Current Explosion Death Match: Invisible Man defeated Danshoku Dino after an explosion (16:16).
9. KO-D Openweight Title: Kota Ibushi (c) defeated Kenny Omega with the Phoenix Splash (37:26).
*V2 for Kota Ibushi.

From all accounts Ibushi and Omega went all out in the main event, but Ibushi retained in the end. Should be an excellent match, can't wait to see it

The semi-main event was typical DDT ridiculousness. Invisible Man was quite literally an invisible man. The story goes that he's been a member of DDT since the first show 15 years ago, but he keeps getting overlooked by management and is tired of it. Dino was given a pair of glasses before the match that allowed him to see the Invisible Man, who remained invisible to the crowd. Apparently, the Invisible Man requested that the ring ropes be electrified for the match. During the match, the Invisible Man apparently gave Dino a stunner that sent him flying into the ropes, which exploded and knocked Dino unconscious, allowing the Invisible Man to get the victory. After the win, the Invisible Man somehow announced that this was just the first step towards his rise to main event status. Gotta love DDT...
8/24/12 3:04 PM
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Been watching old AJPW, like early 80s/late 70s old. Awesome stuff, watched Jumbo/Baba vs the Funks from the 79 RWTL last night. Can't get enough! Phone Post
8/24/12 5:58 PM
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Jumbo was a goddamn genius in the ring Phone Post
8/26/12 8:25 PM
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Results from today's Zero-1 PPV "Yokohama Big Fireworks" courtesy of purolove, including an unusual main event

1. Tomoaki Honma & Kazushi Miyamoto beat Ryouji Sai & Yoshikazu Yokoyama; Honma over Yokoyamawith the Kokeshi.
2. KAMIKAZE & Hideki Hosaka beat Ichiro Yaguchi & Kazuhiko Matsuzaki; Hosaka over Matsuzaki with a Death Valley Bomb.
3. Tenka-Ichi Jr. 2012 Special 7 Nations Confrontation: Craig Classic, Sean Guinness, Frank David & Jason New beat Robbie Eagles, Johnny Vandal, S.P.I, & Jo Kyung-ho; Guinness over Kyung-ho with a 450° Splash.
4. Shito Ueda & James Raideen beat Yusaku Obata & Jay Coffey; Ueda over Coffey with a Lariat.
5. NWA International Lightweight Tag Team Title: Takuya Sugawara & Mineo Fujita beat Jimmy Susumu & Jimmy Kagetora (c); Sugawara over Kagetora with the Shiisanputa - New Champions.
6. Tatsuhito Takaiwa & Tomohiro Ishii beat Shinjiro Otani & Daichi Hashimoto; Takaiwa over Hashimoto with a Death Valley Bomb.
7. ZERO1 vs. NOAH: Takeshi Morishima , Naomichi Marufuji & Super Crazy beat Masato Tanaka , Kohei Sato & Ikuto Hidaka; Crazy over Hidaka with the Michinoku Driver II.
8. No Ropes Barbed Wire Barricade Mat Double Hell Megaton Explosion Death Match: Akebono beat Atsushi Onita with a Body Press.

8/26/12 8:35 PM
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And an absolute stunner from All Japan today. Results courtesy of purolove

Ota Ward Gymnasium
3,800 Fans - Super No Vacancy

1. All Japan 40th Anniversary Battle Royal: Great Kabuki beat Ryota Hama with a Thrust Kick (13:24). Order of elimination: KENSO, Andy Wu, SUSHI, MAZADA, Yasufumi Nakanoue, Shuji Kondo, Masao Inoue, Masanobu Fuchi & Ryota Hama.
2. Shiryu 20th Anniversary Special Six Man Tag Match: Great Sasuke , MEN'S Teioh & Shiryu beat Jinsei Shinzaki , TAKA Michinoku & Yone Genjin (8:20); Sasuke pins Genjin.
3. Joe Doering beat Seiya Sanada (8:02) with the Revolution Bomb.
4. Suwama beat KAI (11:52) with the Wild Bomber.
5. AJPW World Tag Team Title: Takao Omori & Manabu Soya (c) beat Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi (20:43) Soya over Okabayashi with the Wild Bomber (2nd defense).
6. AJPW World Jr. Heavyweight Title: Hiroshi Yamato (c) beat Minoru Tanaka (21:48) with a Cross-Arm Suplex Hold (1st defense).
7. Kaz Hayashi 20th Anniversary Special Tag Match: Satoshi Kojima & Kaz Hayashi beat Keiji Muto & Jimmy Yang (20:02) Hayashi over Yang with the Power Plant.
8. Triple Crown: Masakatsu Funaki beat Jun Akiyama (c) (4:37) with the Hybrid Blaster - New Champion.

So Pancrase legend Masakatsu Funaki becomes the 45th Triple Crown champion after dismantling Jun Akiyama in under 5 minutes! The Triple Crown is now back in the hands of an All Japan wrestler for the first time since Akiyama captured the title from Suwama almost a year ago. Suwama appears to be first in line to challenge Funaki, though nothing has been announced as of yet
8/26/12 9:25 PM
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Can't wait to see the All Japan show and I would like to see Onita's match. Been awhile since I've seen him wrestle
8/26/12 9:54 PM
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Onita worked the Dragon Gate Kobe World Hall show last month also if you're an Onita fan
Edited: 8/27/12 10:17 PM
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 Kenny Omega vs Kota Ibushi
8/27/12 10:21 PM
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grizz632 - Onita worked the Dragon Gate Kobe World Hall show last month also if you're an Onita fan

The pictures aren't clear but I did have to double take the " first " name because Onita is looking in better shape than I had last seen
8/27/12 11:16 PM
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Potentially terrible news for New Japan today. Tetsuya Naito posted on his twitter today that he has a ruptured ACL and may be out for 6 months. That would put him out not only for the rest of the year, but also out of the New Year's Tokyo Dome Show, which would be a huge loss for New Japan. There's been no official announcement from New Japan about the injury, just by Naito so far, so maybe it won't be as bad as Naito fears, but it doesn't look good
8/28/12 11:41 PM
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Some news items out of All Japan:

* Former Jr Heavyweight Champion KAI is taking a leave of absence to begin training for a run in the heavyweight division. He will begin serious weight training in order to make the move in the near future. KAI would be a small heavyweight, but All Japan's heavyweight division is seriously weak so he should help.

* Gaora TV and All Japan announced the establishment of a new singles title, the Gaora TV Title, which will become the new secondary singles title for All Japan. A tournament will be held starting next month to crown the inaugural champion. The tournament field will be:

- Seiya Sanada
- Masayuki Kono
- Manabu Soya
- Ryota Hama
- Yasufumi Nakanoue
- Yuji Okabayashi (Big Japan)
- Akira Honma
- Kazushi Miyamoto
9/5/12 12:47 AM
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Here's the Triple Crown Championship match between Akiyama and Funaki. Pretty fun little match actually

Edited: 9/8/12 12:28 AM
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Big Korakuen Hall show for New Japan today, including some Pro Wrestling Noah involvement, the return to NJPW for a former WWE star, and a surprise appearance that made my year:

NJPW, 9/7/12 (J SPORTS)
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
1,950 Fans – Super No Vacancy

1. Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka beat Wataru Inoue & Hiromu Takahashi (6:42) when Yano used the Oni Koroshi on Takahashi.
2. Low Ki, Rocky Romero, Alex Koslov & Averno beat Ryusuke Taguchi, Alex Shelley, BUSHI & Mascara Dorada (12:32) when Averno used an avalanche-style Devil's Wings on Dorada.
3. Yujiro Takahashi, Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI beat Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask & Captain New Japan (9:05) when Takahashi used the Tokyo Pimps on Captain.
4. Togi Makabe, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Yuji Nagata beat Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer, Harry Smith & TAKA Michinoku (11:39) when TAKA was DQ'd.
5. Special Tag Match: Naomichi Marufuji & Mohammed Yone beat Tetsuya Naito & Tama Tonga (17:21) when Marufuji used the Tiger Frosion on Tonga.
6. Special Tag Match: Hirooki Goto & Karl Anderson beat Shinsuke Nakamura & Kazuchika Okada (17:00) when Anderson used the Gun Stun on Nakamura.
7. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title: Kota Ibushi (c) beat KUSHIDA (25:10) with a sit-down Last Ride (1st defense).

Ibushi received title challenges from both former champ Low Ki and Best of the Super Juniors winner Ryusuke Taguchi. It hasn't been been decided who will get the next shot.

It was also a big night for Suzuki-gun. Former WWE tag champion Harry Smith made his return to New Japan, joining Suzuki-gun and forming a new tag team with Vance Archer. Suzuki-gun was strengthened even further when Kaientai Dojo star Kengo Mashimo interfered in Suzuki-gun's tag match and joined the group.

So obviously someone at New Japan lurks in this thread and read my rant about how underrated Kengo is. Hopefully this leads to big things for him. I'd love to see him get a crack at Nakamura for the IWGP Intercontinental title

It was also announced this week that G-1 Climax winner Kazuchika Okada now has a guaranteed IWGP title shot at the January 4th Tokyo Dome show. A contract was signed by Okada and New Japan President Sugabayashi that makes it impossible for New Japan to back out of the deal. So now the only question remaining is who will be the champion come January 4th

10/22/12 7:14 PM
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10/22/12 11:51 PM
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Looking forward to the Jr tag tourney. Anything with Alex Shelley involvement has my full support
10/23/12 12:30 AM
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And speaking of the tournament, it started yesterday at Korakuen. Results courtesy of puroresufan

1. Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka beat Manabu Nakanishi & Captain New Japan (8:05) when Yano used the Oni Koroshi on Captain.
2. Togi Makabe & Wataru Inoue beat Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI (9:51) when Makabe used a King Kong kneedrop on YOSHI-HASHI.
3. Super Jr. Tag Tournament – Round 1: KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley beat Jado & Gedo (13:26) when Shelley used the I-94 on Gedo.
4. Super Jr. Tag Tournament – Round 1: TAKA Michinoku & Taichi beat Negro Casas & BUSHI (10:24) when Taichi used a Taichi- Gedo clutch on BUSHI.
5. Super Jr. Tag Tournament – Round 1: Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov beat Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask (9:28) when Romero used a small package hold on Liger.
6. Super Jr. Tag Tournament – Round 1: Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi beat Low Ki & Brian Kendrick (10:03) when Taguchi used the Dodon on Kendrick.
7. Special 6 Man Tag Match: Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. beat Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Yuji Nagata (14:29) when Suzuki used a Gotch- piledriver on Nagata.
8. Special 6 Man Tag Match: Shinsuke Nakamura, Kazuchika Okada & Yujiro Takahashi beat Hiroshi Tanahashi, Karl Anderson & Hirooki Goto (15:18) when Takahashi used a Bukko Nuki German suplex hold on Tanahashi.

No real surprises as far as I'm concerned. Takahashi gets some momentum going into his title challenge against Tana. Nice to see Apollo 55 back together after Devitt's Mexican excursion
12/9/12 2:21 AM
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Bringing this back from the dead with big news on the January 4th New Japan Dome Show. The full card has been announced and is as follows (credit to puroresufan):


Wataru Inoue, Tama Tonga & Captain New Japan vs. Tomohiro Ishii, YOSHI-HASHI & Jado

Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask & Hiromu Takahashi vs. Ryusuke Taguchi, KUSHIDA & BUSHI

Special 6 Man Tag Match: Manabu Nakanishi, MVP & Strong Man vs. Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka & Yujiro Takahashi

NEVER Openweight Title: Masato Tanaka (c) vs. Shelton Benjamin

IWGP Tag Team Title: Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. (c) vs. Hirooki Goto & Karl Anderson

Special Singles Match: Yuji Nagata vs. Minoru Suzuki

IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title – 3WAY Match: Prince Devitt (c) vs. Low Ki vs. Kota Ibushi

Special Tag Match: Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. Keiji Muto & Daichi Hashimoto

Special Singles Match: Togi Makabe vs. Katsuyori Shibata

Double Main Event I – IWGP Intercontinental Title: Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Kazushi Sakuraba

Double Main Event II – IWGP Heavyweight Title: Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs. Kazuchika Okada

Overall it looks like a great card, especially with Naito still on the shelf. Tana vs Okada should be fantastic, the 3 way for the Jr title looks really interesting, and I'm really looking forward to Saku/Nakamura as well. This show should be available on iPPV to those outside Japan, but no details have been announced yet. I'll post that on here when it's available. I've heard great things about the last few iPPVs New Japan did, so I'll be ordering this show for sure
12/9/12 3:01 AM
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And on the opposite end of the spectrum from the awesomeness that is New Japan, there's massive questions on the future of Pro Wrestling Noah. I've been hearing all sorts of rumors over the last week, but there look to be some major shakeups coming. The first of those will occur on today's Noah show where it's expected that Kenta Kobashi will announce his retirement. It's expected that his last match will be in February 2013, which will be the 25th anniversary of his debut, at either Sumo Hall or Budokan Hall. There have been rumors this week ranging from Kobashi being fired because his salary is too high, to him announcing he will become a freelance wrestler starting next year, and to him retiring, which given his injury situation is most likely to be what happens. We'll know for sure after today's Noah show at Sumo Hall

Outside of the Kobashi situation, 5 of Noah's top stars appear to be leaving the company at the end of the year, or at least becoming freelancers. Those wrestlers are:

-Jun Akiyama
-Go Shiozaki
-Kotaro Suzuki
-Yoshinobu Kanemaru
-Atsushi Aoki

Pro Wrestling Noah President Akira Taue told reporters at the press conference the other day that he is trying to keep those wrestlers with Noah, but it's looking increasingly unlikely that will happen. It's even been rumored that the group could end up in All Japan. Losing those 5, along with Kobashi, would be a massive blow for Noah, one that I'm not sure they can recover from given what would be left on their roster. KENTA, Marufuji, Takayama, and Morishima would be the most notable names left. All solid names, but not much else to keep the company afloat. I'm hoping it doesn't come to this, but don't be surprised to see Noah close next year. Really a stunning fall from grace for the former #2 promotion in Japan