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Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Mutoh 20th Anniversary Tour kicks off

Mutoh & Tanahashi give Kojima stereo Shining Wizards! That had to hurt!

All Japan kicked off it's Mutoh 20th Anniversary tour with a bang at Korakuen Hall, a show that saw participation from several New Japan workers.
Three generations of MUGA disciples teamed up as Keiji Mutoh, Osamu Nishimura & Hiroshi Tanahashi battled Satoshi Kojima, Kaz Hayashi & Tomoaki Honma.
Also on the card was a surprising encounter between Triple Crown champion Toshiaki Kawada against IWGP champion Kensuke Sasaki in tag action!
Also of note was the debut of Kohei Suwama, who was said to look very good. He debut against Hiroshi Hase after Taiyo Kea couldn't make it to the show due to tropical storms. Alot of praise has been given to this youngster due to his amateur background, going as far as to call him the next Jumbo Tsuruta! Hopefully he'll live up to the hype.

Full results from All Japan's tour opener:
AJPW Mutoh 20th Anniversary ~ Love & Bump 10/11/04
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
2,000 Fans - Super No Vacancy

1. Ryuji Hijikata beat Yuki Ishikawa in 8:05 with a Fisherman buster.
2. AKIRA & Hi69 beat Nobukazu Hirai & Akira Raijin in 15:21 when AKIRA used a Musasabi press on Raijin.
3. Super Love Machine & Love Machine Arashi beat Nobutaka Araya & Gran Hamada in 10:54 when Arashi used a powerbomb on Hamada.
4. Hiroshi Hase beat Kohei Suwama (debut) in 11:02 with a crab hold.
5. All Asia Tag Team Title: Genichiro Tenryu & Masanobu Fuchi (c) beat NOSAWA & MAZADA in 19:38 when Fuchi used a backdrop hold on NOSAWA (3rd defense).
6. Kensuke Sasaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima beat Toshiaki Kawada & Taichi Ishikari 18:17 when Sasaki used a lariat on Ishikari.
7. Keiji Muto, Osamu Nishimura & Hiroshi Tanahashi beat Satoshi Kojima, Kaz Hayashi & Tomoaki Honma in 15:23 when Tanahashi used a Dragon suplex hold on Honma.


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