My views on Pro Wrestling from the East and West

Sunday, June 13, 2004

Nagata strikes a grand slam!

Yuji Nagata teamed with long time friend Kendo KaShin to defeat All Japan's Satoshi Kojima and Kaz Hayashi on 6/12/04 to become the NEW All Japan tag team champions. Nagata pinned Kojima with a backdrop hold at 24:17 to win the titles. This makes Nagata the first man to have ever held the IWGP, GHC and All Japan tag titles! Even more interesting was that earlier the same day Nagata wrestled as Lion Maru for a NJPW show before quickly taking a train to make the AJPW event!
The same show saw Triple Crown champion Toshiaki Kawada make a successfull V6 title defense against Jamal, winning by referee stop at 18:01. Genichiro Tenryu and Masanobu Fuchi made their first defence of the All Asia Tag Titles beating Kensuke Sasaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima when Fuchi pinned Nakajima with a cradle at 14:04 after putting Nakajima through "backdrop hell". Taiyo Kea also sealed his place as Mutoh's partner to challenge Misawa & Ogawa for the GHC tag titles at NOAH's Dome Show when he beat Arashi in 14:14 using Misawa's Tiger Driver '91!



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