My views on Pro Wrestling from the East and West

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).


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