My views on Pro Wrestling from the East and West

Monday, August 30, 2004

Random news and thoughts

Puroresu talent working in America
It's recently been announced that New Japan Jr ace Jushin Thunder Liger will be working several shows for US indy fed ROH.
Also, Juventud Guerrera has been negotiating with NOAH to get GHC Jr tag team champions Naomichi Marufuji & KENTA to work in Mexico and possibilly NWA:TNA. All I can say is if MaruKENTA do work TNA, is that TNA does the right thing and put them over instead of jobbing them out like every other Japanese talent they've brought in so far. These two are reigning champions and many of the X-Division stars can't hold a candle to them. Dream match I'd like to see if it happens? MaruKENTA VS A.J.Styles & Jeff Hardy.

Full NOAH card for 9/10/04 Tokyo Nippon Budokan show
Kishin Kawabata VS Haruka Eigen
Takuma Sano & Jun Izumida VS Mohammed Yone & Trevor Rhodes
Tamon Honda, KENTA, Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & Kotaro Suzuki VS Daisuke Ikeda, Takashi Sugiura, Mitsuo Momota & Ricky Marvin
Jun Akiyama & Go Shiosaki VS Takeshi Rikio & Makoto Hashi
Naomichi Marufuji VS Minoru Suzuki
GHC Jr. Heavyweight Title: Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS Low Ki
GHC Tag Team Title: Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa VS Akitoshi Saito & Masao Inoue
GHC Heavyweight Title: Kenta Kobashi VS Akira Taue

They've been hyping the main event recently with Taue attacking Kobashi after a match at a recent show and "injuring" him. Taue has surprisingly also been losing alot of tag matches against Kobashi lately. Could Taue indeed be the next GHC heavyweight champion?
Also interesting to note the unlikely team of Saito & Inoue challenging for the GHC heavyweight tag team titles. They got the shot when they pulled a huge upset beating the team of Kobashi & Honda back on 8/20 when Inoue pinned Honda with a modified cradle. If Honda would take a fall for Inoue, there's no reason for Ogawa not to do the same now would it?
And Kanemaru VS Low Ki definately has the potential to be the show stealer.

SUWA's reason for leaving
As I mentioned before, long-time Dragon's Gate/Toryumon main stay, SUWA, left the company recently. SUWA had been out with a nasty shoulder injury and during that time contemplated his retirement in one year, and decided to finish his final year in the business as a freelancer. SUWA reportedly also has not been happy with the way things have been going in Dragon's Gate lately, with added fuel to the fire that he didn't even get a good-bye sendoff like many others who left the company in the past. Even CIMA took a potshot at him commenting recently on Susumu Yokusoka's no.1 contership win for his ODG (Open the Dragon's Gate) title as being a "poor substitute".
There's also been speculation on the future of the company, as they've been in financial troubles like many other Japanese promotions lately. I myself would hate for the company to go under after I just discovered how great they are.

American wrestling getting boring
I've noticed recently how I tend to lag behind when it comes to WWE & TNA. I normally don't get around to reading the TNA & Smackdown reports till the weekends and I don't feel compelled to write anything about RAW whether I like the show or not. Heck, I totally ignore the TNA Impact! reports. Is my interest in American Pro-Wrestling fading? Or more accurately, am I losing interest in American "sports entertainment"?


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