My views on Pro Wrestling from the East and West

Monday, March 08, 2004

ZERO-ONE & NOAH weekend show results

ZERO-ONE HUSTLE-2 3/7 Results
- Kaz Hayashi & Leonardo Spanky defeated Low Ki & Homicide in 16:45 when Spanky used a Frog Splash on Homicide for the win. This sounded like the best match of the show, though I wonder why they put Spanky & Low Ki on oppossing teams since they are the NWA IC Jr. Tag Champs.

- Steve Corino defeated CW Anderson in 8:35 with a Northern Lights Bomb.

- Shinjiro Ohtani & Satoshi Kojima defeated Dusty Rhodes & Dustin Rhodes in 12:06 when Ohtani used a school-boy into a package hold on Dustin for the win. I'm guessing this is better than it could have been if Scott Hall & Kevin Nash were involved.

- Riki Choshu & Tomohiro Ishii defeated Zebraman & Naohiro Hoshikawa in 5:45 seconds when Choshu used a lariat on Zebraman for the win. Complete Choshu squash.

- Masato Tanaka, Kintaro Kanemura, & Tetsuhiro Kuroda defeated The Gladiator, Sabu, & Justin Credible in 11:15 when Tanaka used the rolling elbow on Credible for the win. An ex-FMW team vs and ex-ECW team? I think they should stuck with the 6-man battle royal format. Imagine the spot-fest that could have been!

- The Predator defeated Dan Bobish in 9:16 with the King Kong Knee Drop.

- Mark Coleman & Kevin Randleman defeated Shinya Hashimoto & Toshiaki Kawada in 14:16 seconds by referee stoppage after Randleman kept throwing knee strike at Hashimoto's dislocated right shoulder. Hashimoto is scheduled for surgery after this and Choshu is expected to be the senior ace while he's out. I don't have a problem with that as long as he leaves the booking to Ohtani.

- Matt Ghaffari defeated Naoya Ogawa in 4:46 with Ghaffari Press. Like a bad overbooked WWE match, Kevin Randleman, Mark Coleman, Giant Silva, Dan Bobish and Dustin Rhodes all came out after Ogawa. It was a 6-on-1 handicap match with heel referee Yuji Shimada working the match. Ogawa fought them off as long as he could before getting chokeslammed by Silva and then splashed by Ghaffari for the win. Afterwards, the heels chanted at Ogawa, "You are chicken!"

This PPV seemed doomed from the start with all the card changes and the horrible booking of the main event. If this was Hashimoto's idea, then he probably has worst western influenced ideas than Mutoh! Does it really take six HUGE men to finally bring down Ogawa?!? They really over did things abusing the no-DQ, heel referee angle.

NOAH Navigate for Evolution 3/6/04 Nippon Budokan results
- Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & Tamon Honda defeated Masaji Aoyagi & Kishin Kawabata in 7:55 when Kikuchi used a school-boy on Aoyagi for the win. Honda's 15-minutes at the top has come and gone hasn't it?

- Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Masao Inoue & Akitoshi Saito defeated Trevor Rhodes, Doug Williams & Scorpio in 18:41 when Inoue used a Torture Rack on Rhodes for the win.

- Yasuhiro (Kotaro) Suzuki, Mitsuo Momota, KENTA, & Naomichi Marufuji defeated Ricky Marvin, Superstar Steve, Donovan Morgan & Michael Modest in 13:56 when KENTA used a Busaikyo Knee-Strike on Steve for the win.

- Jun Izumida, Yoshihiro Takayama, & Jun Akiyama defeated Takeshi Morishima, Naoki Sano, & Akira Taue in 8:54 when Izumida used a crab hold on Morishima for the win. Izumuda tapped out the WLW champion. Does that put him in line for a title shot? And when was the last time Morishima defended the title anyway?!?

- GHC Jr. Title Match: Jushin Liger defeated Makoto Hashi in 22:20 with a shotei strike. Yoshinobu Kanemaru now looks next in line to challenge Liger. About time one of the senior Jr aces stood up to bring the title back to NOAH.

- GHC Tag Titles Match: Yoshinari Ogawa & Mitsuharu Misawa defeated Mohammed Yone & Daisuke Ikeda in 29:28 when Ogawa used an inside-cradle on Yone for the win. Mark my words, unless Kobashi or Akiyama are on the opposing team, don't expect the UNTOUCHABLES to lose the tag titles any time soon.

- GHC Heavyweight Title Match: Kenta Kobashi defeated Takeshi Rikio in 25:28 with a short-range lariat for the win. Kobashi's V7 defense. With the delay of NOAH's Tokyo Dome event, Kobashi's next challenger is rumoured to be Yoshihiro Takayama next month! However, I still think Kobashi is defending the title much too frequently and is quickly drowning the pool of contenders. The sooner he drops the belt to Akiyama, the better. Or at least cut down the number of title matches.

Credit to Strong Style Spirit and Puroresu Power for the results



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