My views on Pro Wrestling from the East and West

Friday, October 15, 2004

NJPW news and thoughts

Director Uei resigns
This was kinda surprising, or maybe not since he was responsible for that debacle of an IWGP heavyweight title match last week where Kensuke Sasaki beat Fujita for the title in under three minutes. Question now is who will take over the booking for New Japan, and whether or not he can fix the current title situation. Cause lets face it, the title's worth has been SHIT all year.

Chono 20th Anniversary Show early card

Masahiro Chono's 20th Anniversary Show on 11/3, titled Chrono Stream is looking to be a good event, and the early card looks really good, especially with the Toshiaki Kawada taking on Katsuyori Shibata one-on-one! This ONE match alone peaks my interest to get this show, solely to see Kawada show Shibata how to throw a REAL knock-out kick! On that note, I hope NJPW aren't thinking of trying to catch lightning in a bottle with Sasaki and Tanahashi in the main event (~cough *Nakamura* ~cough).
Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan

1. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Title: Jado & Gedo (c) vs. Tiger Mask & Taiji Ishimori
2. All Asia Tag Team Title: Genichiro Tenryu & Masanobu Fuchi (c) VS Mitsuya Nagai & Masayuki Naruse
3. Katsuyori Shibata VS Toshiaki Kawada
4. Masahiro Chono 20th Anniversary Match: Masahiro Chono & X VS Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Yuji Nagata
5. IWGP Heavyweight Title: Kensuke Sasaki (c) VS Hiroshi Tanahashi

Ultimo Dragon to unmask as ASAI in WWE
At a recent independant show ran by Ultimo Dragon, he announced that he would indeed be unmasking when he returns to WWE soon, as a super cruiserweight heel known as ASAI. I'll believe it when I see it.
But the show itself looks really fun and I'm thinking of getting a tape of it should it become available. I'm especially interested to check out the "Sake Drinking Death Match" with Toru Yano!
Ultimo Dragon Indepedent "DRAGON FIRE ~ THE FINAL CHALLENGE", 10/14/04
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Manabu Murakami beat Small Dandy Fuji (12:58) with an inside cradle.
2. Michinoku Tag League: Jinsei Shinzaki Michinoku Pro & Shinji Nohashi beat Kei Sato & Shu Sato (11:16) by double pinfall after a double Nenbetsu powerbomb.
3. Toru Yano VS King Ali Baba went to a double countout (5:34).
3a. Sake Drinking Death Match: Toru Yano beat King Ali Baba by TKO (alcohol poisoning).
4. UWA Welterweight Title: Takeshi Minaminno beat Taiji Ishimori (9:56) with an avalanche-style Death Valley bomb.
5. Original Tiger Mask (Satoru Sayama), Koji Kanemoto (Tiger Mask 3) & Tiger Mask 4 beat Ultimo Dragon, Jushin Thunder Liger & Great Sasuke (20:41) when Original Tiger used a Tiger suplex hold on Dragon.



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