My views on Pro Wrestling from the East and West

Sunday, January 11, 2004

UNTOUCHABLES win back GHC Tag Titles

Mitsuharu Misawa and Yoshinari Ogawa brought the GHC Tag Titles home to NOAH when they defeated the New Japan team of Yuji Nagata and Hiroshi Tanahashi to become the 8th champions in front of 16,000 fans at the Nippon Budokan last night. Misawa pinned Tanahashi with his Emerald Frosion finisher to win the titles at 29:41, also becoming the first 2-time champions.

At least it wasn't Ogawa that got the pin, but I still don't agree with them holding the titles as they are a team that definately don't need any titles to get any more over than they already are and there's no reason why they couldn't have given a younger team the big win. Maybe Misawa was giving Ogawa a consolation prize for not winning the GHC title from Kobashi awhile back?

Yuji Nagata also said after the match that he's gonna concentrate full time on wrestling in New Japan now and has broken his ties with Tanahashi as he will now be waging war on the younger generation that Tanahashi is a part of. Guess we won't see Nagata at NOAH's Tokyo Dome Show then.

Also on the card, KENTA & Naomichi Marufuji succesfully defended their GHC Jr. Tag Team Titles against the New Japan tandem of El Samurai & Wataru Inoue when KENTA nailed Samurai with the Busaiku Knee Kick for the win at 28:01, Their 4th Succesfull defence of the titles.

Misawa has also announced that at the NOAH Tokyo Dome Show, all four GHC Titles will be on the line. I would prefer a clue as to the card for the night would be as nothing has been confirmed yet. I expect alot of outsiders to be on the show, much like All Japan's Tokyo Dome shows were. I also hope it's not filled with an abundance of tag matches and just 2-single title bouts.



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