My views on Pro Wrestling from the East and West

Sunday, March 27, 2005


Big surprise at New Japan's big show yesterday when in the main event Shinsuke Nakamura managed to go sixty minutes with reigning IWGP/Triple Crown champion Satoshi Kojima in the main event of the show. Everyone was expecting a Kojima win, so the booking of the match really caught many off-guard.
But while New Japan handled Nakamura well, some would question the booking of New Japan's other talent on the show. For example, Yuji Nagata losing to Tsuyoshi Kosaka in under 5-minutes by TKO. There were questionable circumstances leading to the TKO decision in that one though, and Ron Waterman made a successful return to NJPW as he teamed with Minoru Suzuki to beat Kensuke Sasaki & Takashi Iizuka.
Hiroyoshi Tenzan has now earned the a shot at Satoshi Kojima's IWGP as he successfully won two matches in one night to earn his shot, first beating Manabu Nakanishi, then Masahiro Chono. Will be interesting to see how New Japan follows this up in the coming months leading to the May Tokyo Dome show where Tenzan faces the IWGP champion.

NJPW "NEXESS V", 3/26/05 (WPW/PPV/NJ+IWTV Internet)
Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan
9,000 Fans - No Vacancy

1. Tatsumi Fujinami Return Match: Tatsumi Fujinami VS Osamu Nishimura went to a draw (15:00) when the time limit expired.
2. Koji Kanemoto & Wataru Inoue beat Katsuhiko Nakajima & Taiji Ishimori (10:54) when Kanemoto used a moonsault press on Ishimori.
3. Tiger Mask, El Samurai & Masahito Kakihara beat Masked CTU-L, Masked CTU-T & Masked CTU-G (10:45) when Samurai used a chickenwing armlock on CTU-T.
4. Yutaka Yoshie & Hiroshi Tanahashi beat Togi Makabe & Ryushi Yanagisawa (7:13) when Tanahashi used a cradle on Yanagisawa.
5. IWGP Heavyweight Title #1 Contender Tournament - Semi Final: Hiroyoshi Tenzan beat Manabu Nakanishi (12:17) with the Anaconda Cross.
6. Young Lion Cup - Final: Hirooki Goto beat Hiroyuki Ito (9:55) with the Going To Heaven.
7. Ron Waterman & Minoru Suzuki beat Kensuke Sasaki & Takashi Iizuka (14:03) when Waterman used a Tiger Driver on Iizuka.
8. Tsuyoshi Kosaka beat Yuji Nagata (4:41) by TKO.
9. IWGP Heavyweight Title #1 Contender Tournament - Final: Hiroyoshi Tenzan beat Masahiro Chono (19:02) with the Anaconda Cross.
10. IWGP Heavyweight Title: Satoshi Kojima VS Shinsuke Nakamura went to a draw (60:00) when the time limit expired (1st defense).



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