My views on Pro Wrestling from the East and West

Monday, June 27, 2005

WWE Vengeance 2005 PPV results

Intercontinental Title: Carlito VS Shelton Benjamin
This was a really good opener marred by the Benjamin having to sell the bad fall he took on Monday night. I sure hope they aren’t planning on pulling a HBK with Shelton to get sympathy from the crowd, which he doesn’t need.
As for the match itself, it was way better than their match on RAW the previous Monday. Benjamin showed great form and intensity here, and Carlito showed that he still needs some work as I though his offense was pretty boring. Make no mistake, Shelton MADE this match, and Carlito only gets credit for his selling. I think the only other problem this match had other than the cheap heel finish, was that it was too short.
God I hope their not going with the Benjamin has a concussion and can’t concentrate angle. Interesting to note Carlito had his fair share of fans in the audience as you could hear some boos for Benjamin when he was in control.
Match Rating: **1/2

Victoria VS Christy Hemme

Victoria has a new entrance theme, which is a slower version of her old one. I like the black leather look though. This was a lot better than expected since they did more brawling the wrestling to hide Christy’s weaknesses. Christy still needs to work on her ringwork a bit, but she did good here, and pulled off a sweet looking DDT. Victoria even pulled out the old moonsault, not the standing one. I didn’t mind that Victoria cheated to win, cause it continues the feud since the Women’s Division is practically dead.
Match Rating: *1/2

Edge VS Kane

Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised with this one. Kane was his old monster self and dominated most of the match. And the crowd was nuts cheering the Big Red Machine on as if he was Matt Hardy or something. The way things were going near the end with Gene Snitzsky running in, you actually thought Edge was gonna win it, but instead Kane pulled it off and rightfully won. The great crowd heat and emotion helped made this match more than just a big grudge brawl.
Match Rating: **1/2

Kurt Angle VS Shawn Michaels

They started off with the trademark matwork, with Angle trying for the ankle lock early on several times. First big spot of the night was Angle giving HBK a release German onto the Spanish announce table, which also warranted a “Holy Sh*t” chant from the crowd. Angle gave Michaels a big powerbomb into the corner turnbuckle. JR called it the damndest thing he ever saw, I say he’s never seen Kenta Kobashi do it a dozens of times before. Angle controls the match heavily from here, scoring near falls with a release German suplex, a big clothesline and catching HBK off the top with a belly-to-belly. HBK finally manages to get back into it after awhile and hits the big elbow drop off the top rope. He signals for Sweet Chin Music, but Angle charges right at him with a HARD clothesline! HBK counters the Angle Slam into a swinging DDT for a near fall! HBK tries for a suplex, but Angle flips over and hits a German suplex! HBK escapes a second German, but Angle hits the Angle Slam for a close 2 count! Angle tries for the ankle lock, but HBK rolls into a small package for a near fall. HBK tries for a German, but Angle rolls into a ankle lock! The referee gets bumped and HBK gets tossed to the outside by Angle, landing hard on his knee. The Trainers come to check on HBK, but Angle shoves them off and tosses HBK back into the ring and locks on the ankle lock again! HBK tries to roll out of it several times to escape, but Angle keeps it locked on. HBK finally manages to escape and send Angle crashing into the corner. They stagger to their feet, and HBK catches Angle coming in with the Sweet Chin Music! Both men down again. HBK slowly rolls onto to Angle and gets a very near 2.9 count! For some reason, Angle staggers up to the top rope, and when he comes down on HBK, he gets caught by Sweet Chin Music again! HBK covers and gets the win!
This was easily the best match of the night, and this is the kind of matches that titles should be decided over. I’ll admit it wasn’t as great as their WrestleMania match, and the ending was a bit predictable as soon as Angle started climbing the corner, but still better than 95% of everything else WWE usually puts out.
Match Rating: ****

I can’t believe they cut the momentum of the show with the in ring Viscera/Lilian segment. I also hated the fact that the part where my cable operator (ASTRO) censored the return of the Godfather with a Ho Train which ended the Vis/Lilian storyline. Further reason I hate missing the live broadcast of PPVs.

WWE Title Triple Threat Match: Chris Jericho VS Christian VS John Cena
Well I’ll be damned! This was an EXCELLENT match! Great action all around from start to finish, and it was great the way they kept up the pace! It was great that Cena was also the main focal point of most of the match, as he really needed the momentum to back up his title reign. A lot of people have been bitching about Cena, but this will obviously open a few eyes. Too bad by this time next week he most probably won’t be WWE champion anymore due to the six-way match on Smackdown.
Match Rating: ****

World Heavyweight Title Hell In The Cell Match: Triple H VS Batista

This has been a very entertaining PPV thus far. Will the main event close out the show on a good note and compete with the two other awesome matches on the show?
Well, for one thing, they brought out the violence factor that the HIAC is notorious for, with both men whipping each other with a big heavy steel chain, as well as whacking each other with a steel chair that was wrapped in barb-wire! Batista even grated HHH’s face with the wire at one point, and HHH smashed Batista’s face into the wire with a DDT! The old sledgehammer was even brought and Batista took a nasty shot to the head, but managed to kick out! There was even a freaky spot where HHH came off the top rope and Batista drove the hammer into HHH’s throat, causing him to spray a mist of blood into the air! For some reason this one spot instantly silenced the crowd too! If all that wasn’t enough, the steel steps were even brought into the ring, which lead to more inhuman punishment, including Batista giving H a killer spinebuster on it! This incredible war FINALLY came to an end with Batista hitting the Batista-bomb on HHH to beat H for the third time.
One thing to point out though is how Batista relied more on his wrestling ability and power, whereas HHH had to use weapons, which backfired on him more than once. This definitely ranks as one of the best and most violent HIAC matches EVER, and more than lived up to the hype due to the level of violence!
Match Rating: ****

OVERALL: Amazingly, this was a near PERFECT PPV. Great ring work, great matches and a great crowd that was into everything. I still say they could have done without the Vis/Lilian segment, but this PPV is definitely a MUST SEE, and ranks as one of the best WWE PPVs of the year so far!

Monday, June 20, 2005

Raven wins NWA Title!!!

Raven won the NWA World Heavyweight Title last night in a five-man King Of The Mountain Match at TNA's Slammiversary PPV! All I can say is, it's bout damn time! Now I only have a very bad feeling that he'll drop the title to Jeff Jarrett since he replaced Jarrett in the match after JJ got arrested.

NWA:TNA Slammiversary Results
- Pre-show Match: Simon Diamond & Trytan beat Sonni Siaki & Apollo when Trytan pinned Siaki with the T-3
- Shark Boy beat Prime Time Elix Skipper, Amazing Red, Delirious, Zach Gowen and Jerrelle Clark when he pinned Delirious with the Dead Sea Drop
- Shocker beat Alex Shelley with a small-package hold.
- Ron "The Truth" Killings beat The Outlaw with a roll-up.
- NWA World Tag Team Titles: The Naturals (C) beat Team Canada when Andy Douglas pinned Petey Williams after Jimmy Hart hit him with the megaphone.
- Samoa Joe beat Sonjay Dutt with a rear naked choke
- Bobby Roode beat Lance Hoyt
- America's Most Wanted beat 3 Live Kru when BG James was pinned followin a Hart Attack.
- X-Division Title: Christopher Daniels (C) beat Michael Shane & Chris Sabin when he pinned Sabin with the Angel's Wings to retain the title.
- King of the Mountain NWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Raven beat AJ Styles (C), Abyss, Monty Brown and Sean Waltman to become the new champion

NEW All Asia Tag Champs!

Ex-Toryumon/T2P/Dragon Gate stars Shuji Kondo and "brother" YASSHI became the 79th All Asian Tag Team Champions, beating the team of Tomoaki Honma and youngster Katsuhiko Nakajima in the finals of an 8-team tournament at Korakuen Hall yesterday.

Full results for the tournament tour below:

AJPW, 6/19/05
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
2100 Fans (Super No Vacancy)

1. Nobukazu Hirai & Akira Raijin beat Nobutaka Araya & Taichi Ishikari (13:38) when Raijin used a Crab Hold on Ishikari
2. MAZADA, Kikutaro & PSYCHO beat Kaz Hayashi, Leonardo Spanky & Eggman (14:51) when PSYCHO used the High Fly Bomb on Eggman
3. TAKA Michinoku & Buchanan beat Arashi & Ryuji Hijikata (12:58) when Buchanan used the Iron Bomb on Hijikata
4. TARU beat NOSAWA Rongai (8:18) with the TARU Driller
5. All Asia Tag Team Titles: Shuji Kondo & brother YASSHI beat Tomoaki Honma & Katsuhiko Nakajima (16:30) when YASSHI pinned Nakajima after Kondo used the King Kong Lariat to become the 79th Champions
6. Giant Bernard beat Satoshi Kojima (11:15) by ring out
7. Toshiaki Kawada & Kensuke Sasaki beat Keiji Muto & Kohei Suwama (21:00) when Sasaki used a Lariat on Suwama

AJPW, 6/18/05
Shirakawa Central Gymnasium
1100 Fans

1. NOSAWA Rongai & MAZADA beat Kikutaro & Taichi Ishikari (13:03) when Rongai used the R.O.D on Ishikari
2. All Asia Tag Team Title Tournament - Semi Final: Tomoaki Honma & Katsuhiko Nakajima beat TAKA Michinoku & PSYCHO (14:10) when Honma used an Avalanche-Style Backdrop on PSYCHO
3. All Asia Tag Team Title Tournament - Semi Final: Shuji Kondo & brother YASSHI beat Kaz Hayashi & Leonardo Spanky (16:03) when YASSHI pinned Hayashi after Kondo used the King Kong Lariat
4. Buchanan beat Nobukazu Hirai (10:43) with the Iron Bomb
5. Kensuke Sasaki, Arashi & Ryuji Hijikata beat Keiji Muto, Kohei Suwama & Akira Raijin (17:42) when Sasaki used the Northern Light Bomb on Raijin
6. TARU & Giant Bernard beat Satoshi Kojima & Nobutaka Araya (16:51) when Bernard used a Full Nelson on Araya

AJPW, 6/17/05
Iwate Prefectural Gymnasium
1600 Fans

1. Shuji Kondo & brother YASSHI beat NOSAWA Rongai & MAZADA (12:26) when YASSHI pinned Rongai after Kondo used the King Kong Lariat
2. All Asia Tag Team Title Tournament: TAKA Michinoku & PSYCHO beat Nobutaka Araya & Taichi Ishikari (14:53) when TAKA pinned Ishikari after Araya accidently hit Ishikari with a Lariat
3. All Asia Tag Team Title Tournament: Tomoaki Honma & Katsuhiko Nakajima beat Nobukazu Hirai & Akira Raijin (12:28) when Nakajima used a German Suplex Hold on Raijin
4. TARU & Giant Bernard beat Arashi & Ryuji Hijikata (13:17) when TARU used the TARU Driller on Hijikata
5. Kensuke Sasaki beat Buchanan (10:31) with the Northern Light Bomb
6. Satoshi Kojima, Kaz Hayashi & Leonardo Spanky beat Keiji Muto, Kohei Suwama & Kikutaro (22:41) when Spanky used the Sliced Bread #2 on Kikutaro

AJPW, 6/15/05
Togane Arena
1700 Fans (Super No Vacancy)

1. Taichi Ishikari beat Kikutaro (7:43) with a hebigatame
2. All Asia Tag Team Title Tournament: Kaz Hayashi & Leonardo Spanky beat NOSAWA Rongai & MAZADA (15:34) when Kaz used the Final Cut on Rongai
3. All Asia Tag Team Title Tournament: Shuji Kondo & brother YASSHI beat Arashi & Ryuji Hijikata (11:18) when YASSHI pinned Hijikata after Kondo used the King Kong Lariat
4. TAKA Michinoku & Buchanan beat Nobutaka Araya & Nobukazu Hirai (9:24) when Buchanan used the Iron Bomb on Araya
5. Tomoaki Honma & Katsuhiko Nakajima beat Satoshi Kojima & Akira Raijin (15:31) when Honma used an Avalanche-Style Backdrop on Raijin
6. TARU & Giant Bernard beat Keiji Muto & Kohei Suwama (13:04)

Monday, June 13, 2005

ECW One Night Stand

Show starts off in classic ECW fashion with Joey Styles coming out to welcome the crowd. Crowd goes nuts for him, and you can see he’s touched by the reaction. Styles introduces MICK FOLEY as his broadcast partner for the night!
We then get the classic ECW intro featuring the wrestlers that will be taking part on the show.

The PPV kicks off with LANCE STORM and DAWN MARIE coming out for the opening match. Classic clips of the IMPACT PLAYERS are shown. Lance hasn’t changed a bit, but Dawn sure does look different compared to before. LIONHEART CHRIS JERICHO is out next, decked out in his old gear to go with it.

Lance Storm with Dawn Marie VS Chris Jericho
Some great mat work to start off the match, Jericho gets a big “Lionheart” chant. This match right here was Lance Storm’s best match in his ENTIRE WWE tenure. He showed right here why he was one of the best WRESTLERS in ECW and even WCW for that matter. Jericho even brought the old Lionheart offense, including a Tiger Suplex! Great match to kick off the show, and the Fans didn’t care that JUSTIN CREDIBLE and JASON came out and helped Storm win the match!

Pitbull Gary Wolfe cuts a promo followed by a video tribute to the late past ECW stars Rocco Rock, Terry Gordy, Mike “Crash Holly” Lockwood, The original Shiek, Mike Lozansky, Pitbull Anthony Durante, Big Dick Dudley and Chris Candido

TAJIRI is out next, accompanied by SINISTER MINISTER and MIKEY WHIPWRECK. LITTLE GUIDO is out next accompanied by TRACY SMOTHERS, BIG GUIDO, TONY MAMALUKE and JT SMITH, the original FBI!!! And finally, THE INSANE LUCHADOR, SUPER CRAZY!!!

Three Way Dance: Tajiri VS Little Guido VS Super Crazy
The opening of this was all Super Crazy! He took it to men, then took out the entire FBI with an insane moonsault off the balcony! Back in the ring, The FBI got involved again, but it led to Guido’s elimination when Mikey gave him the Whippersnapper off the top giving Tajiri the chance to pin him. Tajiri & Crazy continue a great showing till Crazy misses his timing on a spot, which the fans don’t forgive, leading to Crazy getting the win with a moonsault.

Highlights of some of ECW’s greatest moments are shown.

Extreme Luchadore Match: Psicosis VS Rey Mysterio Jr.
Psicosis unmasks when he gets in the ring! The fans really got on Psicosis’ back when he worked a more mat based attack as apposed to his usual high flying, speedy offence, but he won them back when he hit a top rope guillotine to the outside on Mysterio who was draped across the railing! Psicosis missed a shoulder tackle into the corner and went all the way out into the audience, leading to Rey Rey hitting a big senton out into the audience on him! Back in the ring, Rey hits the 619, which gets booed by the audience before hitting the West Coast Pop for the win.

Smackdown’s anti-ECW contingent comes out to a huge chorus of boos and curse words. The fans go as far as to chant “F*ck you, Smackdown”!

Roadkill does the Rob Van Dam thumb pose and just as Danny Doring comes in to cut a promo, they cut back to the Smackdown guys taking their seats?!? Styles did a good job covering that slip up.

More highlights of past ECW great moments, including Steve Austin doing what looks like an Eric Bischoff or Vinnie Mack impersonation! We also see Jerry Lawler with RVD & Sabu invading ECW, and the infamous spot where Benoit broke Sabu’s neck and Tommy Dreamer scoring his first win over Raven and Taz beating Shane Douglas in under 5-minutes for the World Title.

JOEL GERTNER comes out and enters the Smackdown seating area, but before he can finish his classic intro bit, he goes shoved and ejected by JBL and Kurt Angle, which scores major heat from the audience. Angle runs down the crowd and ECW while a slue of swear words come his way.
And kudos to JBL for blaming the fans for bad attendance when we all know it’s the over priced tickets that’s the cause for that. JBL continues, but gets interrupted by ROB VAN DAM and BILL ALPHONZO! RVD’s leg is still in a heavy brace and he’s limping.
Then RHINO comes out and GORES RVD! He attacks RVD’s bad leg till the LIGHTS GO OUT, and when it comes on, SABU IS IN THE RING! We have our next match!

Rhino VS Sabu
THIS WAS A FRIGGIN’ INCREDIBLE MATCH! Nothing has been more classic ECW so far other than this one! This was vintage Sabu from the get go, and RVD getting involved was just what the fans wanted to see! The ending spot was also one of the sickest I’ve seen in awhile as Sabu gave Rhino the Arabian Face Buster through the table! Match of the night so far!!!

AL SNOW WITH HEAD!!! Snow cuts a promo on Head supposedly inviting the Smackdown guys to the show!?! They then show more classic ECW clips, including a lot of classic Taz!

Now we see Eric Bischoff and the RAW anti-ECW contingent come out. When we see Edge, Styles says he’s luckily he didn’t bring his wife cause Edge is a wife snatcher!

CHRIS BENOIT is out next, followed by his opponent, EVIL EDDIE GUERRERO. This is WWE’s Eddie, not the ECW version.

Chris Benoit VS Eddie Guerrero
Styles & Foley note this is the first time Benoit & Guerrero meet in an ECW ring. The fans totally get on Edge’s case during this match, which was as excellent an offering as you could ask from these two, even if Eddie was in WWE mode. Interesting enough, Benoit won the match clean with the Crippler Crossface.

Joel Gertner is back, and it turns out he’s trying to get a job from Bischoff! Bischoff rejects his offer and bad mouths him and ECW.

MIKE AWESOME comes out next, and he cut his hair too! And his opponent, and eternal FMW rival, MASATO TANAKA!

Mike Awesome VS Masato Tanaka
Styles bad mouths Awesome for dropping the ECW title to go to WCW. Classic stuff from these two, including an Awesome-bomb off the apron through a table on Tanaka! Tanaka survives an Awesome splash and another Awesome-bomb to take three SICK chairshots straight to the head! What follows are some INCREDIBLE spots truly reminiscent of their ECW/FMW feud, ending with a sick Awesome-bomb through a table out to the floor followed by a splash for Awesome to pin Tanaka out on the floor for the win. MATCH OF THE NIGHT so far! And the crowd acknowledged it with a “This Match is Awesome” chant! You've NEVER seen Awesome do some of the things he did here during his WWE run, and hopefully now the WWE brass see what they were missing with him.

Paul Heyman comes out next and is very moved by the ovation he gets, including a “Thank You, Paul” chant. Heyman gives some quick thank yous to the audience, as well as Todd Gordon and some of ECW’s most loyal fans who have front row seats. He then goes on to “shoot” on Bischoff, Edge and JBL. Good stuff!

THE DUDLEY BOYZ are out next! Wearing the old Dudley jerseys! TOMMY DREAMER is out next. And finally, THE SANDMAN! Say what you want about the Undertaker’s entrance, but the SANDMAN hands down has the BEST INTRO IN PRO WRESTLING!!! He’s put on a few pounds, but Sandman still has his intro down to a tee, and unlike Steve Austin, this man brings his own beer with him! And he isn’t afraid to share with the audience either! He and Tommy even share a drink with Chris Chetti, CW Anderson and Elektra who are sitting in the front row!

The Dudley Boyz VS Tommy Dreamer & The Sandman
Just as the match is about to get under way, out comes the BLUE WORLD ORDER! BIG STEVIE COOL, HOLLYWOOD NOVA AND THE BLUE GUY! Damn, Meanie gained back all the weight he lost!
Stevie does a classic BWO promo, then gives Sandman a Stevie-kick! The BWO and the Dudleys then beat down Dreamer! Kid Kash runs in but gets easily disposed! Axl Rotten and Balls Mahoney come out and clean house! They give Nova a double chair shot, and the Dudleys take down and they all brawl to the outside, where Kid Kash recovers and uses referee John Finnegan as a springboard to dive out on all of them!

The match finally starts up and Bubba Ray rakes Tommy Dreamer’s head with a cheese-grater!!! The Dudleys hit the reverse 3D on Dreamer and Sandman brings in a ladder and they take out the Dudley’s with it. Dreamer now grates Bubba! Sandman drop toe-holds D-Von on a trash can! Bubba crotches Dreamer out on the guardrail, while Sandman hits a senton bomb on D-Von under a ladder! Bubba levels Sandman with a SICK chairshot! Bubba splashes Sandman on a ladder. D-Von tries to hit Sandman with the Singapore cane, but misses and hits Bubba! Sandman hits the White Russian Legsweep on D-Von. Dreamer and Sandman lock on double figure fours, but the Impact Players run in with barb-wire! Justin gives Sandman That’s Incredible on the barb wire! FRANCINE runs in and gives Tommy a low blow! BEAULAH runs in and takes down Francine before helping to take out the Impact Players! She hugs a bloody Dreamer and the happy couple give the Dudleys stereo DDTs! The Dudleys regain control giving Dreamer 3D and Sandman a powerbomb through a table! They set up another table and LITTLE SPIKE DUDLEY comes in with lighter fluid and they set a table on FIRE before POWERBOMBING DREAMER THROUGH IT FOR THE WIN!!!!

Spike orders his brothers to grab Beulah, which they do, but Sandman saves the day whacking them with the Singapore Cane. Sandman then calls for a BEER, and OUT COME STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN! AUSTIN calls out the whole ECW roster for one big beer bash! Austin says before the beer bash starts, he wants to see a fight, and invites the WWE guys down!
The WWE guys eventually hit the ring, and WAR MACHINE hits on the loudspeakers and out comes TAZ!!!! HE gets in the ring and the FIGHT IS ON! TAZMISSION ON ANGLE! The WWE guys are seriously outnumbered! The ECW guys totally clear the ring of the WWE guys. Austin then asks Foley to bring Bischoff down to the ring, which he obliges! Bischoff gets brought in and Austin orders the Dudleys to give him 3D! He then tells Benoit to give him a Diving Headbutt and Rey Mysterio to give him a 619! Austin then asks Bischoff for some comments, and Bisch blurts out something that gets censored, leading to Austin giving him a Stunner! The Beer Bash begins as The Dudley Boyz carry Bisch out and drop him on the back of a production truck.
And the show ends with the ECW crew celebrating in the ring, and the final image of Steve Austin next to the Sandman with both their arms raised!

Overall: I had really low expectations going into this PPV, but by the end of it, it was far exceeded anything I was expecting! A lot of nostalgia and fun in this show, as well as a few surprises. I’ll go as far as to say this is the best PPV of the year so far! A TON of great matches, and the promo segments didn’t distract from the show either. ECW fans will definitely want to see this! As well as those who may have never seen it before!

Saturday, June 11, 2005

NOAH 6/10 Results

NOAH ran it's fun little Korakuen Hall show yesterday with some entertaining results!

Tsuyoshi Kikuchi is now BALD!!! After what must have been a half an hour of incredible action, the babyface team lost to the baldie rudo team when GHC Jr. Champion Kanemaru pinned Suzuki with a roll up! I'm not really sure if they had actually picked a captain earlier on, but they decided on who would get their head shaved by a good old game of Jan-Ken-Pan (Rock, Paper, Scissors), and Kikuchi came up on the short end of the stick! Will be interesting to see where things go from here. Heel turn for Kikuchi anyone???

There was also a fun twist in the second match as Jun Izumuda brought out joshi legend, and creator of the Death Valley Driver if I'm not mistaken, Mima Shimoda!!!He then announced he would propose to her if he won and did just that after the match, but didn't quite get the answer he was hoping for!

NOAH "Come Together", 6/10/05 (NTV)
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
2,100 Fans - Super No Vacancy

1. Royal Rumble: Takeshi Morishima beat Kishin Kawabata (17:10) with a backdrop. Order of elimination: Tamon Honda & Takuma Sano, Masao Inoue, Mohammed Yone, Kishin Kawabata.
2. Takeshi Rikio & Jun Izumida beat Jun Akiyama & Go Shiosaki (15:36) when Izumida used the Meteorite on Shiosaki.
3. Captain's Fall Hair Match: Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Takashi Sugiura, SUWA & Makoto Hashi beat Naomichi Marufuji, KENTA, Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & Kotaro Suzuki (30:10) when Kanemaru used a cradle on Suzuki.


Thursday, June 09, 2005

King of DDT results

Might be a bit late posting this, but I don't follow DDT as much as I used to. More on that later.
DDT ran it's annual King Of DDT tournament last week, and the KUDO came out on top winning the tournament beating Daichi Kakimoto in the finals. Whether or not this will result in KUDO finally getting his shot and a run as KO'D champion remains to be seen, but I would personally like to see him have a run with the title cause he is one of the best talents in the company.
Other news coming out of the show is that Dick Togo is leaving the company and disbanding the Far East Connection group he had been affiliated with in the company. Should be interesting to see how things go now as interest in DDT hit a slump when Togo entered and the company became more of a standard promotion than the bizzare and wacky promotion that was loved by many and made it the darling of the Japanese indy scene.

DDT "King of DDT" 5/29 – 1st Ring in Koba
1. Jun Inomata battled Cherry to a 5:00 draw.
2. King of DDT – Semifinals: Daichi Kakimoto beat Iifushi Kota in 7:03 with a German Suplex hold.
3. King of DDT – Semifinals: KUDO defeated Yusuke Inokuma in 6:06 with the diving double kneedrop.
4. Shoichi Ichimiya, Riki Sensyu & Sanshiro Takagi beat Futoshi Miwa, Seiya Morohashi & Tanomusaku Toba in 11:59 when Ichimiya used the WAR Special on Miwa.
5. 4 Way Dance: Danshoku Dino defeated Shuji Ishikawa, Poison Sawada & Muscle Sakai in 6:30 when Dino used the Danshoku Driver on Poison.
6. Far East Connection Dismissal Match: Dick Togo & Nobutaka Moribe beat Tomohiko Hashimoto & Sho Kanzaki in 12:50 when Moribe used the Frog Splash on Kanzaki.
7. Touru Owashi & Shogo Takagi defeated HERO! & Masahiro Takanashi in 13:18 when Owashi used a diving body press on Takanashi.
8. King of DDT – Finals: KUDO beat Daichi Kakimoto in 10:40 with the diving double kneedrop.

DDT "King of DDT" 5/22
0. Qualification 3 Way Bout for B Block: Yusuke Inokuma beat Jun Inomata, Yoshihiko (5:37) when Inokuma used the K7-308 on Jun
1. D Block: Ifushi Kota beat Syuji Ishikawa (10:32) after a Pheonix Splash
2. C Block: Daichi Kakimoto defeated Masa Takanashi (7:53) after a Dragon Suplex
3. A Block: KUDO beat KENSHIN (7:05) after the Double Knee Drop
4. B Block: Yusuke Inokuma beat HERO! (0:36) after the "My Time KITA" Splash
5. Danshoku Dino beat Poison Sawada (3:26) by Disqualification after Mike Inomata attacked DIno
6. Torou Owashi & Shogo "Jet" Takagi beat Muscle Sakai & Futoshi Miwa (9:41) after Owashi pinned Sakai with a Diving Body Press
7. Sanshiro Takagi, Seiya Morohashi, Tanomusaku Toba & Riki Sensyu beat Dick Togo, Tomohiko Hashimoto, Nobutaka Moribe & Matsui (12:26) after Riki pinned Matsui with a Lariat

Monday, June 06, 2005

NEW GHC Jr. Tag Champions!

The second longest title reign in recent history has finally come to an end as the team of Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Takashi Sugiura defeated the near-invincible team of Naomichi Marufuji & KENTA for the GHC Jr. Tag Titles in an epic half-hour main event!

NOAH 6/5/05
Media Park Spica - 2,400 Fans

1. El Oriental, Abismo Negro, & SUWA defeated Mitsuo Momota, Kotaro Suzuki, & Makoto Hashi in 16:49 when Oriental used a school-boy style cradle on Momota for the win.
2. Donovan Morgan & Michael Modest defeated Low Ki & Masaji Aoyagi in 12:05 when Morgan used a diving somersault drop on Aoyagi for the win.
3. Takeshi Morishima & Jun Akiyama defeated Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & Tamon Honda in 14:06 when Morishima used a back-drop on Kikuchi for the win.
4. Jun Izumida, Akira Taue, & Mitsuharu Misawa defeated Bison Smith, Masao Inoue, & Akitoshi Saito in 17:13 when Izumida pinned Inoue.
5. Mohammed Yone & Takeshi Rikio defeated Go Shiozaki & Kenta Kobashi in 16:38 when Yone used the Muscle Buster on Shiozaki for the win.
6. Minoru Suzuki defeated Naoki Sano in 14:01 with a choke sleeper.
7. Richard Slinger & Yoshinari Ogawa defeated Kishin Kawabata & Gen'ichiro Tenryu in 12:20 when Slinger used the Chattanooga Choo-Choo on Kawabata for the win.
8. GHC Jr. Tag Titles Match: Takashi Sugiura & Yoshinobu Kanemaru defeated KENTA & Naomichi Marufuji in 34:51 when Sugiura used the Olympic Slam on KENTA for the win.