My views on Pro Wrestling from the East and West

Friday, July 29, 2005

Barnett Out, Kawada In!

New Japan announced that Toshiaki Kawada will be replacing Josh Barnett in this year's G-1 CLIMAX tournament, stating that Barnett's shoulder injury hasn't quite healed up enough to compete.
I was excited at first to hear Kawada would be in, but then I realized it just screams desperation on New Japan's part. They most probably saw the numbers NOAH did for their Tokyo Dome show with Kawada, and now to get big attendance numbers for their G-1, they throw in Kawada to have possibly every dream match they can have with him in one tour, much like Akiyama in 2003.
This of course begs the question, how far will Kawada go in the G-1 and who will beat him for points if not in the finals? I can DEFINATELY say one person he's NOT going to beat is Masahiro Chono. That match will go to a time limit draw, where as Kawada will leave everyone laying in his wake, save for maybe Nishimura who will score the flash pin on him like he did to Akiyama in 2003.
I'm of course hoping Kawada makes the finals to put over one of the new bloods. But GOD I hope he doesn't have to put over Kazuyuki Fujita in the semis or EVER. Fujita is the most undeserving of a win over Dangerous K. If Hiroyoshi Tenzan finally pays back Kawada by beating him in the finals, than ok, but it would mean sh*t at this point for Tenzan anyway.
Outsiders have NEVER won the G-1, but at this point, the appropriate choice would be none other than Kawada himself. It would make sense to me to have Kawada beat Fujita in the semis or the finals, and then lose to Fujita in an IWGP title defence. It sucks for Kawada to have to lose to Fujita ANYTIME, but that's the best scenario I guess for New Japan to cash in on Kawada's value.


Wednesday, July 27, 2005

AJPW 7/26 Results - V1 for Kojima!

Satoshi Kojima made his first defence of the Triple Crown yesterday after winning almost FIVE MONTHS ago! But did All Japan pull the rug out from under him like New Japan did to Tenzan so many times? Hell No! They gave him his V1 win over arguably one of the biggest names in the company in Keiji Mutoh himself! Note to New Japan: THAT'S how you make a champion! Not by having defences against second rate performers like MiSuzuki and Scott Norton (eventhough I love watching the big guy), but by putting them over the big names of the company! This one defence alone probablt puts Kojima above Tenzan, and if Kojima goes over Kensuke Sasaki in a title match next, then he most definately is the better man out of TenKoji now.

I hope Masahiro Chono took notice of Kojima's victory, since he was in action teaming with RO@D against the Voodoo Murders in factioned warfare. It was said that Chono looked good here, but luckilly he didn't pick up the win as Kea finished the match pinning Palumbo with the TKO. The win helps draw attention back to Kea and helps reminds the fans that Kea is a Triple Crown contender down the road.

It was a bad night for the Voodoo Murders as the team of "brother" YASSHI & Shuji Kondo lost the All Asian tag titles to Kensuke Sasaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima. I'm guessing this move was to keep Sasaki in AJPW so he doesn't wander off to NOAH to often now. Or I predict they will have a short reign with the titles before losing them to a bigger team from the VM. If anything, Kondo is now free to go after the AJPW Jr. Title.

Yoyogi National Stadium Gymnasium #2
5300 Fans (Super No Vacancy)

0. Loser Leaves AJPW: MAZADA beat NOSAWA Rongai (7:41) with a Cross Armbreaker
1. Tomoaki Honma, Ryuji Hijikata & Akira Raijin beat Nobutaka Araya, Nobukazu Hirai & Kikutaro (5:27) when Honma used a Running Elbow on Kikutaro
2. Arashi beat Buchanan (4:35) with a Frog Splash
3. Kaz Hayashi beat Taiji Ishimori (15:35) with the Final Cut
4. Toshiaki Kawada beat Kazushi Miyamoto (5:04) with a Right High Kick
5. All Asia Tag Team Title: Kensuke Sasaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima beat Shuji Kondo & "brother" YASSHI (c) (12:23) when Nakajima used a German Suplex Hold on YASSHI to become the 80th champions
6. RO&D vs Voodoo Murderers: Masahiro Chono, TAKA Michinoku, Taiyo Kea & Jamal beat TARU, Giant Bernard, Johnny Stamboli & Chuck Palumbo (16:56) when Kea used the TKO on Palumbo
7. Triple Crown: Satoshi Kojima (c) beat Keiji Muto (26:37) with a Lariat (1st defense)


Friday, July 22, 2005

Lord Alfred Hayes passes away

SLAM! Wrestling is reporting that former WWF/E announcer and manager Lord Alfred Hayes has passed away at the age of 77. He had been battling health problems for a number of years now after leaving WWE in 1995.

For those too young to remember, he would usually co-host WWE TV shows like WWF Wrestling Challenge along with Gorilla Monsoon or Bobby Heenan. He would also do the Update reports on WWF shows as well as the occasional comedy skit with Bobby Heenan for Coloseum Video WWF releases. One thing not many people may know about Lord Alfred was that he was the guy that discovered Andre the Giant while on a wrestling trip and brought him back to America where Andre became one of the biggest (literally) stars of pro-wrestling ever.

Despite being one of the biggest heel wrestlers/managers of the '50-'70s, Alfred became very humble when he became a commentator for WWF/E. He worked well with Monsoon and Heenan and I can still remember how excited he was when the British Bulldog won the Battle Royal at Albert Hall back in early '90s.

Rest in Peace,
Lord Alfred Hayes
1928 - 2005


Tuesday, July 19, 2005

NOAH "DESTINY" 7/18/05 Results

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Pro Wrestling NOAH ran it's second ever Tokyo Dome event yesterday, and eventhough the actual attendance was in the 40,000+ range, they still felt the need to mark it up a bit. The results were mostly predictable (I'm 8-2-0), but of course as usual, NOAH's work rate wins the crowd no matter how predictable things may seem.

I was really surprised and dissapointed with Mitsuharu Misawa beating Toshiaki Kawada in the main event at first, but then I found out Kawada refused to shake Misawa's hand and wanted a REMATCH down the line! It all makes sense now I guess as it means Kawada will beat Misawa on a smaller scale show like the Budokan and probably move on to beating Rikioh for the title before making that big main event at next year's Tokyo Dome show where he'll defend against Kobashi. It's wishfull thinking by many, but that would indeed be the best long term scenario. The match itself was a brutal affair as both men brought out the big guns to do battle, including the Tiger Driver '91 and the infamous GANSOBOMB! Another note on the match it was reported many fans were in tears at the excellence of it even if it didn't live up to their past encounters. A great nostalgia trip indeed.

The semi-main event and true dream match of the night was realised as the two top icons of modern Puroresu locked horns for the very first time, with Kobashi scoring the win over Sasaki in a well heated bout that had a chop/strike count of about 200! And of course there were a lot of big bumps taken in this one as well. Both men's chests were definately sore by the end of it, but both men had the respect to shake each other's hand at the end of it, and Sasaki was even reduced to tears for the ovation and support he received from the fans in the match.

The way I thought it would be, Genichiro Tenryu whooped Yoshinari Ogawa's ass in their "dream match", but Tenryu helped Ogawa to the back, showing there are no hard feelings between the two. I can only imagine what it'll be like now if the two should decide to team up.

GHC Heavyweight Champion Takeshi Rikioh made his successfull second defence of the title against New Japan's future ace, Hiroshi Tanahashi using his pattented Muso finisher. I'm not really sure how the match went, but it was said that alot of fans took a toilet break during it. Never a good sign. But Tanahashi drew alot of heat on himself by drapping himself in a NJPW flag. Anyone ever notice the incredible heel heat NJPW wrestlers get when they enter NOAH, yet the NJPW fans welcome NOAH wrestlers with open arms when they work their shows? Well, except Akiyama I guess.

Speaking of Jun Akiyama, he and Makoto Hashi came up short in their challenge for the GHC Tag Titles, but put on a really competative match to the point that even Minoru Suzuki praised their guts and determination after the match.

The match of the night reported by many was the GHC Jr. Title match where KENTA won the big one off Yoshinobu Kanemaru, breaking his year long run as champion. The match was a high-flying, head-droppin', heavy hitting affair as both men pushed each other to the limits.

Mushiking Terry made a successfull debut as he defeated Black Mask in what was said to be a great high-flying spot fest.

Akitoshi Saito lead his Dark Agents group to victory over veteran Akira Taue's team in a big scramble of a match where Masao Inoue scored the pinfall on Jun Izumuda in an 8-man brawl when all hell broke loose.

Go Shiozaki couldn't pull off that big Tokyo Dome win in his tag match with Honda against GHC Hardcore champion Mohammed Yone and Takeshi Morishima. Yone scored the pin on Shiozaki with trademark Muscle Buster finisher.

Katsuhiko Nakajima made his NOAH debut in the opening match of the show teaming with veterans Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & Mitsuo Momota, facing the team of Takashi Sugiura, SUWA & Masaji Aoyagi. Nakajima took the brunt of the punishment and was ultimately finished off by SUWA's FFF.

NOAH "DESTINY", 7/18/05
Tokyo Dome - 62,000 Fans - Super No Vacancy

1. Takashi Sugiura, SUWA & Masashi Aoyagi beat Tsuyoshi Kikuchi, Mitsuo Momota & Katsuhiko Nakajima (9:32) when SUWA used the FFF on Kikuchi.
2. Mohammed Yone & Takeshi Morishima beat Tamon Honda & Go Shiosaki (8:26) when Yone used a Muscle Buster on Shiosaki.
3. Akitoshi Saito, Shiro Koshinaka, Masao Inoue & Kishin Kawabata beat Akira Taue, Takuma Sano, Jun Izumida & Haruka Eigen (11:56) when Inoue used a cradle on Izumida.
4. Mushiking Terry Debut Match: Mushiking Terry beat Black Mask (7:59) via pinfall.
5. GHC Jr. Heavyweight Title: KENTA beat Yoshinobu Kanemaru (c) (20:31) with the Busaiku Knee Kick to become the 10th champion.
6. GHC Tag Team Title: Minoru Suzuki & Naomichi Marufuji (c) beat Jun Akiyama & Makoto Hashi (24:55) when Marufuji used an Avalanche-style Shiranui on Hashi. (1st defense)
7. GHC Heavyweight Title: Takeshi Rikio (c) beat Hiroshi Tanahashi (17:11) with the Muso. (2nd defense)
8. Genichiro Tenryu beat Yoshinari Ogawa (10:27) with a lariat.
9. Kenta Kobashi beat Kensuke Sasaki (23:38) with a lariat.
10. Mitsuharu Misawa beat Toshiaki Kawada (27:04) with a running elbow smash.

A great looking show overall, which many praise as the show of the year so far, and I can't wait to see if for myself.


NJPW 7/18/05 Results

And on the other side of the puroresu spectrum we have New Japan's big Green (ironic ain't it?) Dome show going up against NOAH's Tokyo Dome show. It was said to be a good show despite the less than half attendance (everyone was at the Tokyo Dome), but he big surprise came at the end of the show as once again Hiroyoshi Tenzan had his legs cut out from under him as he lost the IWGP title AGAIN, this time to Kazuyuki Fujita. I don't really give a flying f*ck about what people say about Fujita being the better man than Tenzan to be champion as he "best represents Toukon and Strong Style" and all that other Inoki brainstew hogwash. Remember, like all those guys released or buried by WWE, a wrestler can only be as good and go as far as he is is booked. In Tenzan's case, it's pretty obvious now he's the belt warmer for whoever NJPW wants to give the belt too as they see fit. For all the NJPW fans or marks who think all of Fujita's past antics of threatening to boycott shows and even showing no interest in wrestling (including both other times he was IWGP champion), let me remind you of that fraud of a match on 10/09/04 where he was pinned by Kensuke Sasaki in under THREE MINUTES in a fluke pinfall instead of putting on the competative bout everyone was expecting. Everyone praises him for his good work when he's on the winning side, yet are always optimistic when he takes a loss without putting over his opponent like Sasaki. "Pro Wrestlers Be Strongest" indeed.

NJPW Summer Fight Series 7/18/05
Tsukisamu Green Dome
3,500 Fans

1. Toru Yano beat Hiroshi Nagao (5:29) with a single-leg crab hold.
2. Togi Makabe beat Masayuki Naruse (11:03) with a lariat.
3. Masked CTU-MZ, Masked CTU-L, Masked CTU-J & Masked CTU-G beat Tatsutoshi Goto, Masahito Kakihara, Naofumi Yamamoto & Yujiro (16:12) when CTU-MZ used a senton bomb on Yujiro.
4. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Title: Minoru & Hirooki Goto (c) beat Koji Kanemoto & El Samurai (23:51) when Minoru used a cross armbreaker on Samurai (1st defense).
5. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title: Tiger Mask (c) beat Dick Togo (15:54) with a Tiger suplex hold (3rd defense).
6. Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi & Kendo Kashin beat Takashi Iizuka, Yutaka Yoshie & Shinsuke Nakamura (15:41) when Nakanishi used the Hercules Cutter on Iizuka.
7. Tatsumi Fujinami & Osamu Nishimura beat Masahiro Chono & Ron Waterman (11:08) when Fujinami used a reverse cradle on Chono.
8. IWGP Heavyweight Title: Kazuyuki Fujita beat Hiroyoshi Tenzan (c) (13:59) with a knee kick to become the 42nd champion.

If I were Hiroyoshi Tenzan, I'd consider leaving in January when contract renagotiations come up, cause company loyalty can only go so far. Just look at Misawa and Co. when they left AJPW and formed NOAH. It was all for the better for them. And more recently, even Toshiaki Kawada went freelance after literally carrying Mutoh's AJPW on his back for 4+ years.
I really had hope for New Japan this year when they caught my interest with the double title match back in February, but then they sort of pissed it away having Tenzan beat Kojima for the IWGP title in just 19 minutes after going almost 60 in their February match. Even more of an insult is Tenzan only barely lasting 14 minutes against Fujita as they had him KO'd to further cement Fujita as a "legitimate" fighter. What now for Tenzan? Oh, he'll probably rebuild himself AGAIN, learn a new move AGAIN, win the G-1 AGAIN, and NJPW will give him another shitty title run, AGAIN. Of course by the time that happens, the fans would have lost all faith in Tenzan since he can't hold a firm grip on the IWGP title. Here's a guy who's had FOUR title reigns in a span of 18 months and just TWO successful defences to show for it, and Minoru Suzuki and Scott Norton can't be considered threatening opponents. Kensuke Sasaki even managed to tie that number of defences in just TWO MONTHS on his fifth reign as champion.

So for now, I've probably given up all hope of NJPW ever winning me over as a full time fan. WWE's booking is weird at times, but New Japan seems to be about on the same ship when it comes to handling it's talent. If Brock Lesnar returns and instantly wins the WWE/World Title on his first attempt after screwig the company over last year, I'd defintely say McMahon and Inoki are drinking the same Cool-Aide.


Sunday, July 17, 2005

NOAH "DESTINY" Predictions

Friendly reminder to everyone, tomorrow Pro Wrestling NOAH will be holding it’s second ever Tokyo Dome show entitled “DESTINY”. This has been the most anticipated Puroresu event of the year, even beating out New Japan’s previous two outings to the Dome in January and May. And all that hype just for TWO matches that was announced back in April! So without further adue, I present My predictions for the DESTINY:

Takashi Sugiura, SUWA & Masashi Aoyagi VS Tsuyoshi Kikuchi, Mitsuo Momota & Katsuhiko Nakajima
- With the amount of high-calibre main events, I don’t expect the opening matches to go very long. SUWA pins Nakajima with the FFF to give his team the win.

Mohammed Yone & Takeshi Morishima VS Tamon Honda & Go Shiosaki
- I think it’s pretty obvious the veteran team of Yone & Morishima will win this and possibly be the next challengers to the GHC tag titles, but I’m going to go out on a limb and predict Go Shiozaki will pull out the shock upset and finally get his first win at the Dome with a flash cradle on Yone.

Akira Taue, Takuma Sano, Jun Izumida & Haruka Eigen VS Akitoshi Saito, Shiro Koshinaka, Masao Inoue & Kishin Kawabata
- These big mid-card eight man tags usually don’t go very long, so I’m predicting the Dark Agents get the win here with Kawabata pinning Momota with his Axe Bomber lariat. It could easily be Koshinaka or Inoue getting the win, but I like Kawabata, so I want him to pick up the pin.

Mushiking Terry Debut Match: Mushiking Terry VS Black Mask
- The wouldn’t go through all the trouble of hyping Mushiking Terry if he wasn’t going to get the win here. It’ll just be interesting to see how the match plays out, which will most probably be a spotfest. The identity of Black Mask is still a secret, though it’s rumored to be either Ricky Marvin, the long injured Kentaro Shiga, or even Taichi Ishikari. I’m hoping it’s Marvin as the guy can pull off some truly spectacular aerial moves to wow the crowd against Terry.

GHC Jr. Heavyweight Title: Yoshinobu Kanemaru (c) VS KENTA
- Unless they plan on pulling one over the fans like last year’s Kobashi/Akiyama match, It’ll definitely be KENTA taking home the gold here. Kanemaru has had a year long run with the title and he’s probably done all he can with the belt as far as title defenses go. Now is the time for the changing of the guard with the cocky KENTA finally winning the big one and going on to a string of best bout candidates with his title on the line.

GHC Tag Team Title: Minoru Suzuki & Naomichi Marufuji (c) VS Jun Akiyama & Makoto Hashi
- It’s kinda sad how Akiyama has fallen since several years ago when he was the top heel of the company, he still is but with the impending Sasaki Office invasion, and the lack of big wins really seems to have hurt the guy. Akiyama has finally been scoring some pinfalls in tag matches on the recent tour, and Makoto Hashi despite how good he is, is still the job guy of NOAH. I expect Hashi to take a heck of a beating and show a lot of guts before eventually dropping the fall in the match for the champions to retain.

GHC Heavyweight Title: Takeshi Rikio (c) VS Hiroshi Tanahashi
A world title match fourth from the bottom of the card. These two are really going to have to work their butts off in this one to steal the show. One thing this match does NOT need is Tanahashi’s tendency to work the mat game with ground holds and rest holds, AKA Strong Style. This match has to be a full octane spotfest of big hits and hard slams so that the fans will react well to it and not just site around waiting for the two dreams matches. Rikioh will retain here regardless, I just hope he wins over the fans after that debacle of a match with Akitoshi Saito back in April.

Yoshinari Ogawa VS Genichiro Tenryu
I have a funny feeling about this match that maybe, just maybe, Ogawa is going to steal the win with his trademark flash cradles after getting the bejesus smacked and chopped out of him throughout the match. I’ll still go with Tenryu winning it though.

Kenta Kobashi VS Kensuke Sasaki
THE biggest dream match dream match of the year. There is so much hype going for this match that I seriously hope both men bring their A-game and put on a true match to remember. You can easily expect a lot of stiff shots and big head drops in this one. It’s pretty obvious Kobashi is going to win this one. The question is: How?

Mitsuharu Misawa VS Toshiaki Kawada
The second big dream match on the card and the “decisive battle” between the two. Their first match in about 5 years, and eventhough the two might be past their prime (Misawa anyway), you can still expect a whole lotta crowd heat for this one. Like the previous match, expect a lot of stiff strikes in this one as well as head drops. And if all goes well, Kawada will be victorious as that would be the only way I see him working NOAH and taking this match. It would also be what the fans want I bet, and Kawada challenging (and winning) the GHC title off Rikioh would make for some good times in NOAH.

Right now, I am honestly really envious of anyone who gets to see this show either live or without spoilers. I really wish I could go without spoilers for this match, but by the time it takes for the DVD, tape or torrent of this to become available, I’m sure I’ll have peeked at it somewhere on the net cause I just can’t go a day without checking the news on latest Puroresu events and shows.
So here’s hoping Misawa and company put on a hell of a show, and achieve their “Destiny” of being the true number one in Japanese Puroresu!


Friday, July 15, 2005

K-1 Super Fight on 9/23!

As part of the K-1 World GP 2005 show in Osaka on 9/23, a true super fight between Bob Sapp (USA 6'6") VS Choi Hong-Man (Korea 7'+) has been signed and confirmed for the show! This will indeed be a titanic battle as Sapp is fighting for his position as one of the top foreign attractions in Japan, and Choi's star in the MMA world is rapidly rising almost as big as he is! I'm so hoping a torrent or something of this show becomes available, as it also has a second super fight of Rey Sefo VS Kaoklai Kaennorsing (an incredible Thai fighter!) and features the K-1 GP tournament who's participants include an all star cast of Remy Bonjasky, Musashi, Frans Botha, Ernesto Hoost, Peter Aerts, Mighty Mo, Semmy Schiltt, Glaube Feitosa, and Jerome Le Banner.

This is truly the first K-1 show I've been hyped for since the New Japan VS K-1 show last year where the New Japan participants sweeped the show 5-0!

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Sad day for Puroresu

It was a sad day for Puroresu yesterday as the shocking news was released that Shinya Hashimoto had passed away due to a blot clot in his brain. He was just 40yrs old. Many of the puroresu community in Japan were in shock at the news, many of them finding out when told of it during private appearances around the country.
I'll admit I wasn't a big fan of much of Hashimoto's work, but a guy who continues to work throughout a serious shoulder injury, even delaying much needed surgery for it, just so he could work house shows so attendance would be good definately deserves some respect in this business. Many of the puroresu stars, and even some gaijins who knew him or worked with him had nothing but praise for the big man, and original member of New Japan's Three Musketeers together with Keiji Mutoh & Masahiro Chono.

Rest in Peace.
1965 - 2005


Monday, July 04, 2005

Dragon Gate 7/3 Results

TAKA Michinoku failed in his bid to become the first Jr. Four-Crown champion as he was beaten by Masaaki Mochizuki. In a strange twist, Mochi challenged TAKA to a rematch, but with TAKA's triple Jr. titles on the line instead! Mochi also nominated Susumu Yokosuka again as challenger to his Dream Gate title in the future.
Blood Generation won the Triangle Gate trios titles off long running champions Do-Fixer. So the question now is, where do Do-Fixer go from here? Ryo Saito has shown alot of improvement since the start of the year, but Genki Horiguchi continues to be held down while Dragon Kid is also said to be having a bad year, and they only seem to break out when in these six man tag matches.
Magnum TOKYO dropped the fall in his big tag match with Tenryu when Sasaki pinned him with the Northern Lights Bomb. But Tenryu dancing with him during the intro alone is reason enough to watch this show!

Results from the show:

Dragon Gate Pro Wrestling Festival - 7/3/2005
Kobe World Hall

Dark Match: Tozawa 10-Match Trial Series #10: Ken'ichiro Arai defeated Tozawa in 5:46 with the Hanshin Tigers Suplex Hold.

Susumu Yokosuka K-ness & Kenichiro Arai beat BxB Hulk, Super Shisa & Anthony W. Mori in 17:51 when Susumu used the Yokosuka Cutter on BxB Hulk for the win.

El Hijo del IwaSanto & Mishi Mascaras beat Jackson Florida & Johnson Florida in 9:55 by double pinfall from double missed diving body presses.

Masato Yoshino & Shingo Takagi beat SUPER-X & Yuji Hino in 14:31 when Yoshino used the Lightning Spiral finisher on SUPER-X for the win.

Magnitude Kishiwada (Big Boss MA-G-MA) beat Naoki Tanizaki in 9:12 with the Last Ride.

Kensuke Sasaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima beat Magnum TOKYO & Gen'ichiro Tenryu in 15:34 when Sasaki used the Northern Lights Bomb on Magnum for the win.

Open the Triangle Gate Titles Match: CIMA, Naruki Doi & Don Fujii beat Ryo Saito, Genki Horiguchi & Dragon Kid in 25:53 when CIMA used the Mad Splash on Horiguchi for the win.

Open the Dream Gate Title Match: Masaaki Mochizuki defeated TAKA Michinoku in 25:25 with a Shin Saikyo High Kick.

It was also announced during the show that Dragon Gate would be starting a partnership with AAA in Mexico, where both sides will work together and trade talent. This isn't a good thing I hear since AAA is said to be really bad work rate-wise (I can believe this since I've actually seen them in action) and the reason for this is because DragonDoor, their rival promotion being started up by Ultimo Dragon I believe, is doing the same thing, but with AAA's competitors, CMLL.

They also announced a new theme CD will be coming out in September, and I say it's about time and hopefully it includes the much sought after CIMA "I Like Cola" and Magnum TOKYO "Mr. Egoist" themes.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Full DESTINY Card!

This is the 100% confirmed card for DESTINY!
And from the looks of it, everything as the potential to be either good or great. And the only blemish I could find that many others agree with is putting Ogawa/Tenryu above the GHC heavyweight title. This is the first time probably ever that the GHC title is not the main event of a show, but to put it below Ogawa/Tenryu, despite Tenryu or Ogawa's name value is more than disrespectful to the title and the champion.
But other than that, I'm definately looking forward to this one as it still has all the potential to be the best show of the year.

NOAH "DESTINY", 7/18/05
Tokyo Dome

1. Takashi Sugiura, SUWA & Masashi Aoyagi VS Tsuyoshi Kikuchi, Mitsuo Momota & Katsuhiko Nakajima
2. Mohammed Yone & Takeshi Morishima VS Tamon Honda & Go Shiosaki
3. Akira Taue, Takuma Sano, Jun Izumida & Haruka Eigen VS Akitoshi Saito, Shiro Koshinaka, Masao Inoue & Kishin Kawabata
4. Mushiking Terry Debut Match: Mushiking Terry VS Black Mask
5. GHC Jr. Heavyweight Title: Yoshinobu Kanemaru © VS KENTA
6. GHC Tag Team Title: Minoru Suzuki & Naomichi Marufuji © VS Jun Akiyama & Makoto Hashi
7. GHC Heavyweight Title: Takeshi Rikio © VS Hiroshi Tanahashi
8. Yoshinari Ogawa VS Genichiro Tenryu
9. Kenta Kobashi VS Kensuke Sasaki
10. Mitsuharu Misawa VS Toshiaki Kawada