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Tuesday, February 22, 2005

WWE No Way Out results

WWE Tag Team Titles
Rey Mysterio & Eddie Guerrero VS The Secretaries of Defense (Doug & Danny Basham)

Wow, Rey Mysterio looks like a member of the Italian Collection.
Wow, Michael Cole & Tazz get into a serious argument about the Bashams’ cheating tactics.
Wow again, the crowd were DEAD for this one.
Hardly even a pop for Mysterio’s highflying offense. You’d think this was Japan or something. Eddie extends the tag rope so he can get further out to get the tag. Cute. Fans finally come alive for Rey as he does some amazing escapes to avoid both Bashams and makes the hot tag to Eddie who starts cleaning house before getting double teamed. Eddie grabs one of the tag belts, but Rey talks him out of using them. Eddie goes up top for the Frog Splash, and Doug Basham rolls out of the way as Eddie comes down, but does a forward roll instead, before faking taking a bump! Doug goes for the cover and Eddie quickly rolls him up for a near fall! Danny tosses a tag title belt to Eddie, who tosses it to Doug, who then gets it snatched away by the referee, which leads to Rey tossing Eddie the second belt as the Bashams argue with the ref. Eddie clocks Doug with the belt and feints taking a bump himself before rolling onto Doug as the referee turns around and makes the three count! New champions!
This match started off really slow, and the lack of crowd heat didn’t help much either. But the ending was fun as they teased the possible heel turn of Eddie. Good match, but nothing really outstanding.
Match Rating: **

Carlito Caribbean Cool introduces GM Teddy Long to the wife of one of WWE’s board of directors, again with the threat of trying to get Long fired.

Torrie Wilson & Dawn Marie come out to join MC & Tazz on commentary for round 1 (sigh) of the WWE Smackdown Diva Rookie Of The Year Contest. The four ladies come out in evening gowns. Meh, you know it’s gonna be a long night when the Diva’s can’t get much reaction out of the crowd.

Heidenreich VS Booker T
I get a Hogan flashback when Heidenreich in the middle of the match says, “Your gonna pay now, bruddah!”
This match was really SLOW and didn’t really amount to anything since Heidenreich got himself DQ’d for jabbing Book with a steel chair. Get this, the Spinaroonie didn’t even get much response from the crowd!
This was something they easily could have just done on Smackdown TV, and not this PPV.
Match Rating: *

Rey & Eddie are celebrating in the back when John Cena comes in and Eddie asks for a minute alone with him. Eddie gives Cena a really good pep-talk to prep him for his match with Cena.

Cruiserweight Title Elimination Gauntlet
Paul London VS Chavo Guerrero VS Shannon Moore VS Spike Dudley VS Akio VS Funaki

London comes out dressed as mini-Ultimate Warrior, minus the face paint.
When the HELL did Shannon Moore get a cool a punker gimmick???
The rules are the same as the last WrestleMania’s battle royal. London & Funaki start off. Chavo distracts the referee and Spike drives a knee to Funaki’s back and London rolls him up to eliminate him! Spike is next in and Funaki gives Spike a KILLER super kick, and London pins him for the elimination! Shannon Moore in next and does some OK offense to London before missing a corkscrew splash! London goes up top and hits the London Calling (450’ Splash) for the next elimination! Akio in next and attacks London with submissions. Looks like he learned a few things from Kendo KaShin in AJPW. They fight up the top rope and London gives Akio a big neckbreaker off the top! The referee starts the count and reaches ten as London gets to his feet, but Akio is still down, so the referee rules Akio is eliminated (WTF?!?). Chavo arrogantly comes in and goes to work on London. London comes back countering a neckbreaker and hitting a BEAUTIFUL Dragon Suplex-hold for a two count! London gets fired up and really does resemble a mini-Ultimate Warrior! Chavo rallies back and tries for a brainbuster, but London flips over and tries a roll-up, but Chavo rolls through and uses the ropes for leverage to steal the win! NEW CHAMPION!
OK, I’ll admit I had higher expectations for this match, but what they did here was good enough for me. My major gripe of the match being that it was just too short and the guys didn’t really let loose like they should have.
Match Rating: ***

Round 2 of the Diva contest is to see who’s the best dressed ho. OK, it was the talent part of the contest. Joy gives Torrie a massage. Rochelle does a horrible stand up comedy act, Lauren does a dance and Michelle BODYSLAMS Dawn Marie to shut her up since she was verbally bashing (and rightfully so) the other contestants. Looks like we know who WWE is fixing to win this.

Luther Reigns VS The Undertaker
It’s about 10:15 as this match starts up, so looks like it’s gonna go unnecessarily long. As expected, this was a brawl between two big men and was had some good back and forth work which was marred by the lack of crowd heat. Taker took a sick looking bump as Reigns rammed the back of his head right into the exposed turnbuckle iron. End sees Taker hit a chokeslam, but Reigns counters the Tombstone into his neckbreaker finisher! Reigns covers but only gets two. Reigns tries for the neckbreaker again, but Taker counters into a DDT and puts him away with the Tombstone.
This match suffered cause it moved too slow and went too long for my taste. And again, the lack of crowd heat didn’t help.
Match Rating: **
Taker takes his time leaving and stops for awhile before doing his old “back aimed to the audience and lifts one arm in salute” thing. Guess someone told him to stall for time since it’s just past 10.30 and there’s still over a full hour left in the PPV.

ROUND 3 of the Diva contest is next, hosted by Torrie alone as Dawn refuses to continue after getting slammed in the previous round. Obviously, words can’t describe what I’m seeing here, but Michelle did do a backflip to impress the crowd which was mostly dead. Fans are asked to decide, and Joy & Michelle get the biggest pops. Unfortunately it’s the on-line votes that count, and Joy won with a landslide 65% of the votes! She’s the winner and that’s it. That’s right. Just like that. No extra-curricular activity of any kind. Meh.

A VERY good recap video of the WrestleMania No.1 Contender’s Tournament is shown highlighting all the tournament matches up to tonight’s matches.

WrestleManiaXXI No.1 Contender’s Tournament Finals:
John Cena VS Kurt Angle
Angle’s new logo looks like an oversized Starfleet emblem
No cutesy rap from Cena this time either.
They start off with some good mat-wrestling, right as Tazz says Cena should avoid doing that! Angle does a Tamon Honda Rolling Olympic Hell! No where near as good as Honda though. Cena quickens the pace and takes Angle to the outside where they brawl onto the announce table! Cena hits a fisherman’s buster back in the ring, but Angle manages to come back with a VICIOUS release German suplex INTO the turnbuckle! Noticeably this the crowd is pro-Angle since this show is taking place in his home town of Pitsburgh PA. Angle locks down Cena with several modified submissions. Cena fights back but gets tossed around with a triple-German by Angle for a 2 count. Angle continues the submission offense till Cena again rallies back and hits a big spinebuster. Angle hits a German suplex, but Cena comes back with a spin-out powerbomb! Cena tries the FU, but Angle rolls through and hits a belly to belly suplex! Angle tries the Olympic Slam, but Cena counters into a DDT! Cena tries the FU again, but Angle counters into the Ankle Lock! Cena manages to escape and eject Angle from the ring. Cena goes up top as Angle gets back into the ring, and Cena delivers a wicked diving legdrop to the back of his head! Cena reverses an Irish whip into the corner, but runs right into a boot, and Angle runs right into the FU! Cena covers but only gets a 2 count! Cena thinks he won the match, but when he realizes his mistake, Angle immediately begins his attack on Cena’s leg! Angle continues the assault on the leg and hits the Olympic Slam followed by the Ankle Lock! Angle drops down into the grape-vine, but Cena manages to drag himself to the ropes. Angle locks on the Ankle Lock again and shoves off the referee as Cena was still on the ropes. Angle eyes Cena’s chain and goes for it as the referee is down. Angle wraps the chain around his hand and turns around to get speared into the corner by Cena, and carried out of the corner and dropped in the FU! Cena covers and the referee counts THREE! JOHN CENA IS GOING TO WRESTLEMANIA!!!
Now THIS is how you work a twenty minute match! Obviously hands-down the best match of the night thus-far!
Match Rating: ****

Batista still hasn’t showed up as they lower the cage. Get this, other than winning by pinfall or submission, the door on the cage will be locked, but you can still win the match by climbing out of the ring and if your willing to go through the razor-wire! Jeez. So much for keeping people from getting in or out of the cage.

WWE Title Barb-Wire Steel Cage Match
The Big Show VS John “Bradshaw” Leyfield

JBL goes right after Show, but gets overpowered easily. JBL comes back with a huge front chop-block followed by a neckbreaker. JBL tries to climb the cage, but can’t get past the wire, even cutting his hand on it. JBL tries a cross-body off the top, but Show catches him and gives him a big fallaway slam! For some reason, everytime JBL manages to take down Show, he makes a break to climb the cage. Show gets busted open when JBL rams his head into the cage and JBL follows up with a big diving shoulder off the top. More brawling before Show manages a big powerbomb on JBL, but ramming JBL’s face into the cage as he jacked him up. JBL gets rammed into the cage again, and I catch Nick Patrick picking up JBL’s blade-job razor
Suddenly, Orlando Jordan and The Bashams runs down with a pair of bolt cutters, but before they could do anything, GM Long comes out and ejects them from ringside! They leave the ring area, but JBL picked up the bolt-cutters and smacks Show with it before delivering the Clothesline From Hell, but it only gives him a 2 count! JBL tries another lariat, but Show catches him with a chokeslam! Show covers but only gets 2! Show tries another chokeslam, but JBL kicks him low and delivers a big boot to the face. JBL goes up top with the bolt cutters to try and cut an opening to escape, but Show catches up with him and they both duke it out on the top rope! Big Show then chokeslams JBL off the top, and the champ GOES THROUGH THE RING!!!
Big Show takes his time getting down and makes his way to the door, where he rips the chain off with his bare hands! Show steps through the door, and the bell rings as he’s making his way down the steps, and it’s suddenly announced that JBL has retained the title as he managed to crawl out from under the ring!
Match Rating: ***1/2

Show is obviously pissed, and looks to do a number on JBL, but the Cabinet run in for the save, leading to Batista finally making his appearance to make the save (in full ring gear I might add) to totally descimate the Cabinet with spinebusters and a monster powerbomb! JBL crawls away, but is met by John Cena who attacks JBL and spinebusters him through a table!
The PPV ends with both Batista & Cena calling each other out at who gets JBL at WrestleMania, and Michael Cole even saying it could be a Triple Threat Match at Mania between the three of them!

Overall this was an OK PPV, but seriously lacked any crowd heat save for the two main events. I dread they are going the route of the triple threat match, and hopefully on RAW tomorrow they start the serious Batista-HHH

Sunday, February 20, 2005


Just days after winning the prestigious Triple Crown off Kawada, Satoshi Kojima is now the NEW IWGP CHAMPION!
He beat reigning champion Hiroyoshi Tenzan in 59:45 (15 SECONDS short of the 60 minute time limit to become the first ever 4-Crown champion in this truly historic match! Story of the ending was that Tenzan missed a moonsault, then couldn't answer the referee's ten count, so the match was awarded to Kojima.
Post match, a very heelish Yuji Nagata tried to attack Kojima, and now it looks like Nagata could be next in line to challenge for either title. Keiji Mutoh himself before expressed interest in challenging Kojima for the Triple Crown after this match, and Masahiro Chono also mentioned wanting to be first in line to challenge the first four-crown champion. No news on whether any former IWGP or Triple Crown champions were in attendance as Chono sent out an open invitation to any former champion to attend the show.

NJPW, 2/20/05 (WPW/PPV/NJ+IWTV Internet)
Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan
11,000 Fans - Super No Vacancy Full House

1. Hiroshi Nagao beat Naofumi Yamamoto (5:51) with a chokeslam.
2. Hirooki Goto & Akiya Anzawa beat Yujiro & Katsuhiko Nakajima (8:18) when Goto used a cross armbreaker on Yujiro.
3. Togi Makabe & Masayuki Naruse beat Yutaka Yoshie & Masahito Kakihara (8:39) when Makabe used a lariat on Kakihara.
4. Minoru Tanaka, Jado, Gedo & James Gibson beat Koji Kanemoto, Wataru Inoue, Katsushi Takemura & Taiji Ishimori (10:04) when Tanaka used a cross armbreaker on Inoue.
5. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title: Tiger Mask beat Jushin Thunder Liger (10:04) with a Tiger suplex hold (1st defense).
6. Osamu Nishimura beat Riki Choshu (9:02) by DQ.
7. New Japan vs. Black New Japan - Singles Elimination Match: Masahiro Chono , Manabu Nakanishi , Minoru Suzuki & Mitsuya Nagai beat Yuji Nagata , Kensuke Sasaki , Shinsuke Nakamura & Hiroshi Tanahashi (52:07).
- Sasaki vs. Chono went to a draw when the time limit expired (15:00).
- Nakanishi used the Hercules Cutter on Nagata (11:58).
- Nakamura used a cross armbreaker on Nakanishi (4:18).
- Nakamura used a standing cross armbreaker on Nagai (4:18).
- Suzuki used a Gotch-style piledriver on Nakamura (4:34).
- Suzuki pinned Tanahashi after a sleeper hold (11:59).
8. IWGP Heavyweight Title & Triple Crown: Satoshi Kojima © beat Hiroyoshi Tenzan © (59:49) by KO (1st defense) to become the 41st IWGP Heavyweight Champion.


Thursday, February 17, 2005


Satoshi Kojima has done it! After three long years, he finally reached the top of the mountain in All Japan Pro Wrestling! He battled with Kawada for close to thirty minutes before finally taking down the long reigning champion with his trademark lariat. Kojima doesn't have long to celebrate however, because in just a few days on 2/20/2005, he will step into a New Japan ring to defend the title against Hiroyoshi Tenzan, who's IWGP title will also be on the line in a HUGE double title match!
Also on the show, Keiji Mutoh overcame the challenge of NJPW superstar youngster Hiroshi Tanahashi, in what was said to be a very good match. Mutoh managed to escape Tanahashi's signature offense, including kicking out of the Dragon Suplex before winning the match with his trademark moonsault press.
The other big surprise of the show was Dragon Gate outcasts "brother" YASSHI and Shuji Kondo making an appearance and joining TARU's Voodoo Murders faction, as they descimated RO&D! A very interesting gang war is on the horizon!

AJPW "REALIZE", 2/16/05 (PPV/TV)
Yoyogi National Stadium Gymnasium #2
6,000 Fans - Super No Vacancy Full House

0. NOSAWA Rongai beat MAZADA (6:21) NI Amor Di MI NOBIA.
1. Love Machine Arashi, Makai Love Machine #2 & Mini-Love Machine beat Tomoaki Honma, Taichi Ishikari & Akira Raijin (6:44) when Arashi used the Frog Splash on Raijin.
2. AKIRA & Toshizo beat Kaz Hayashi & Katsuhiko Nakajima (8:55) when Toshizo used a cross armbar on Hayashi.
3. Handicap: Taiyo Kea & Jamal beat Masanobu Fuchi, Nobutaka Araya & Nobukazu Hirai (4:46) when Kea used the Surfing Suplex Hold on Hirai.
4. TARU, Johnny Stamboli & Chuck Palumbo beat TAKA Michinoku, Buchanan & Rico (9:14) when Palumbo used the 187 on Rico.
5. Kohei Suwama Trial Series 3rd Match: Kensuke Sasaki beat Kohei Suwama (7:31) with a lariat.
6. Keiji Muto beat Hiroshi Tanahashi (18:49) with a moonsault press.

7. Triple Crown: Satoshi Kojima beat Toshiaki Kawada (27:04) with a lariat (Kojima becomes the 33rd champion).

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Osaka Pro News!

Some breaking Osaka Pro news:

1) Takehiro Murahama has officially left the company to become a freelancer!
It's not really a big surprise since he hasn't been doing anything major for the company since losing the OPW title to Daio QUALLT. It's also been reported before that he wasn't happy in OPro. Since he has a legit background in MMA, he definately has some worth in the Japanese scene. I'm not sure when or where he'll pop up to wrestle again, but I hope wherever he goes he'll be treated well.

2) Referee Matsui will be leaving at the end of the month!
This is a big shock since Matsui has been with the company since day one, and is the third man in the Ebessan/Kuishinbo Kamen matches that make them so much fun to watch. A referee with charisma and personality like this is hard to find and he'll definately be missed.
Ebessan/Kuishinbo matches will never be the same

Monday, February 14, 2005

Osaka Hurricane 2005 results

Results from Osaka Pro's annual Osaka Hurricane show saw Super Dolfin (formerly Super Demekin/GOA) defeat Big Boss MA-G-MA to become the 10th OPro Champion in what should be a great bout.
The Kishiwada Gurentai faction were having a real bad night as they also lost the OPro tag titles to BKK & Perro.
Tsubasa made a successful return from a long injury teaming with NJPW Jr ace Jushin Liger to defeat Super Delfin & The Tiger (Ultimo Dragon!), with Tsubasa scoring a direct pinfall over Delfin!
This looked like a great looking show overall, pity wasn't PPV as the TV airing would probably be clipped down to a 2hr time slot like the 2003 edition.

Osaka Pro "OSAKA HURRICANE 2005", 2/13/05
Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium - 4096 fans

1. YUTAKA beat La Uchida in 6:51
2. Viewtiful Joe & Takaku Fuke beat Azteca & Densen Man in 10:36 when Fuke used a chicken-wing face lock on Densen Man
3. 2/3 Falls Handicap Match: Tigers Mask beat Histeria & Kendo Kobayashi (Kobayashi is a celebrity comedian)
- Histeria beat Tigers in 3:52 with the Histeria Special
- Tigers beat Histeria in 3:18
- Tigers beat Kobayashi in 1:49
4. MWF Jr. Heavyweight Title: Kabuto Daio Beetle beat Oriental in 17:18 with the Tequila Sunrise to become the new champion
5. World's No.1 Title: Kuishinbo Kamen beat Ebessan in 11:23 with the Kankuu Tornado
6. Tsubasa Return Match: Jushin Thunder Liger & Tsubasa beat Super Delfin & The Tiger in 14:32 when Tsubasa pinned Delfin with a Super Hurricanrana
7. Osaka Pro Tag Team Titles: Billy Ken Kid & Perro beat Daio QUALLT & Black Buffalo in 17:24 when BKK pinned QUALLT with a Firebird Splash to win the titles
8. Osaka Pro Singles Title: Super Dolfin beat Big Boss MA-G-MA in 16:47 with the Dolfin Magic to become the new champion

Monday, February 07, 2005

Dragon Gate 2/6 results

Dragon Gate held it's big February PPV yesterday and Mochizuki made a successful first defence of the ODG title against Ryo Saito who has been on fire in recent weeks. Mochi had to bring out his rare "True Saikyo High Kick" finisher to put out Saito. Hopeully Saito's push continues.
The shocker of the night was Magnum TOKYO scoring a direct pin over Italian Connection leader Milano Collection AT with a rather simple Zetsuen kick/knee move. Milano has not been happy with things in Dragon Gate recently, and the ItaConne jobbing contantly despite being the Trios tag champions, and now this, is no way to keep confidence in him to stick around. Unless all the jobbing will lead to an eventual push like Milano winning the ODG off Mochi.
Dragon Gate's roster is really thin right now, and they could really use some outsiders to freshen up the match making.

2/6/2005 Hakata Star Lanes
1. CIMA, Naruki Doi, Shingo Takagi beat K-ness, Susumu Yokosuka, Keni'chiro Arai in 19:03 when Doi pinned Yokosuka with the Bakatare Sliding Kick
2. Florida Brothers beat Naoki Tanisaki in 5:53 by DQ
3. Don Fujii beat Super Shisa in 9:46 with the Avalanche Nodowa Elbow.
4. Magnum TOKYO, Genki Horiguchi, Dragon Kid beat Milano Collection AT, YOSSINO, Anthony W. Mori in 18:26 when Magnum pinned Milano with the Zetsuen.
5. Open the Dream Gate Title: Masaaki Mochizuki beat Ryo Saito in 28:45 with the True Saikyou High Kick.

Giant Baba Memorial Show results

Despite the show being All Japan's return to the Nippon Budokan in almost a year, and that it was to pay tribute to the late Shohei "Giant" Baba who founded the company, the turnout for the show was rather disspointing, around 8,000-10,000 at most. All things considered, it still looked like a good show.

Motoko Baba "6 YEARS OF GIANT BABA'S DEATH", 2/5/05
Tokyo Nippon Budokan

1. Nobukazu Hirai & Ryuji Hijikata beat Yuto Aijima & GOEMON (8:32) when Hirai used the Hirai End on Aijima.
2. Arashi & Shigeo Okumura beat Nobutaka Araya & Taichi Ishikari (7:40) when Arashi pinned Ishikari.
3. Dragon Gate Offer: Masaaki Mochizuki, K-ness & Susumu Yokosuka beat Ryo Saito, Dragon Kid & Genki Horiguchi (16:43) when Mochizuki used the Twister on Horiguchi.
4. Abdullah The Butcher & Tarzan Goto beat Jinsei Shinzaki & Tomoaki Honma (11:04) when Abdulah pinned Honma.
5. Mike Barton, Jim Steele & George Hines beat Jamal, Chuck Palumbo & Rodney Mac (14:02) when Barton used the Barton Basher on Mac.
6. Satoshi Kojima, Takao Omori & Hiroshi Hase beat Keiji Muto, Kensuke Sasaki & Kaz Hayashi (23:21) when Kojima used a lariat on Hayashi.
7. Toshiaki Kawada & Manukea Mossman beat Genichiro Tenryu & Masanobu Fuchi (25:56) when Mossman used the H50 on Fuchi.

Thursday, February 03, 2005


Results from yesterday's show see the RO@D faction now control ALL of All Japan's title belts except for the Triple Crown! The mystery partner replacing D-Lo in the All Asian tag title match teaming with Buchanan was non-other then recently released WWE star Rico! The duo defeated the New Japan team of Masayuki Naruse & Mitsuya Nagai to bring the titles back to All Japan.
Elsewhere on the card, TAKA Michinoku successfully made his first defense of the All Japan Jr. Title against Mini Love Machine (Gran Hamada) and Taiyo Kea & Jamal made a successful defense of the tag titles against Keiji Mutoh & super rookie Kohei Suwama.
Satoshi Kojima also debuted his new submission finisher, the udeshibo, which is a shoulder lock to give his team the win in a six man tag.

AJPW, 2/2/05 (GAORA TV/TV Tokyo)
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
2,000 Fans - No Vacancy

1. NOSAWA Rongai & MAZADA beat Nobukazu Hirai & Masanobu Fuchi (10:27).
2. Kaz Hayashi beat Toshizo (10:33) with a jumping reverse-cross.
3. TARU & Johnny Stamboli beat Love Machine Arashi & Makai Love Machine #2 (11:58) when TARU used the TARU Driller on Makai.
4. Satoshi Kojima, Tomoaki Honma & Akira Raijin beat Toshiaki Kawada, Nobutaka Araya & Taichi Ishikari (19:58) when Kojima used the Udeshibo on Araya.
5. AJPW World Jr. Heavyweight Title: TAKA Michinoku beat Mini Love Machine (11:03) with the Michinoku Driver II (1st defense).
6. All Asia Tag Team Title: Buchanan & Rico beat Mitsuya Nagai & Masayuki Naruse (24:28) when Buchanan used the Iron Bomb on Nagai (Rico & Buchanan become the 78th champions).
7. AJPW World Tag Team Title: Taiyo Kea & Jamal beat Keiji Muto & Kohei Suwama (26:25) when Kea used a Frankensteiner on Suwama (1st defense).