My views on Pro Wrestling from the East and West

Monday, September 19, 2005

WWE Unforgiven 2005

[B]WWE Intercontinental Title: Ric Flair VS Carlito[/B]
This was a very mat based contest, which works since I think Carlito sucks and has never shown any actual skill in the ring to my knowledge. You could see all the fans telling Flair not to do it when he went up top, but they went nuts when he actually hit the chop off the top! Flair got an even bigger pop for actually winning the IC title with his trademark Figure Four Leglock! I thought it was an interesting touch after the match that Flair reminded us all that he’s a heel when he said he wished Triple H was there to celebrate with him. Flair grabs four girls from ringside to go party and celebrate with him.
[B]Match Rating: **1/2

Victoria & Torrie Wilson VS Trish Stratus & Ashley Vasaro[/B]
This was surprisingly good. Having Trish back is really good for the Women’s Division as she works well with Victoria. Ashley is still a long way off from being good, as every bit of offence she did was in slow motion to prevent any chance of her fouling up. The great crowd heat added to it too.
[B]Match Rating: **[/B]

We see Ric Flair take the girls into his limo, once all 4 are in, he takes a shot of VIAGRA! He takes a look back into the car and counts four girls, thinks about it, and takes MORE VIAGRA! The Nature Boy is gonna party all night all right!

[B]The Big Show VS Gene Snitzsky[/B]
Say what you want about the in ring ability of these two, but I really enjoyed this match. They worked a really good big man match. The crowd was even active for this one totally backing Big Show. I liked that Snitzsky actually backdrop suplexed Show to show that he’s got some power as well. Big Show of course makes the comeback and surprised everyone doing the big kip-up he hasn’t done in ages and powers through Snitzsky before hitting the chokeslam for the win.
After the match, Big Show gets some revenge on Snitzsky by blasting him twice with the ring bell much like Snitzsky did to him before to start the feud.
[B]Match Rating: **[/B]

We see Ric Flair’s limo and it’s literally smokin’ as we hear Flair inside doing as many “whoos” as he can while celebrating.

[B]Kerwin White VS Shelton Benjamin[/B]
These two had a good mat based match also, with Kerwin targeting Shelton’s leg. It wasn’t really anything special, but it was good to see Shelton pick up the clean win to remind everyone he should be in the main event picture. The ending spot where he jacked Kerwin into the air and then caught him with the T-bone was cool too.
[B]Match Rating: **

Steel Cage Match: Edge VS Matt Hardy
Match Rating: *****!!!!!

World Tag Team Titles: Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch VS The Hurricane & Rosey[/B]
Hurricane looked like he got stiffed on that DDT out on the floor. It made the title change anti-climatic, but believable since Hurricane was in no shape to continue and the rookie team capitalized it. Lets hope that like MNM/LOD on Smackdown, we’ll see more matches between these two teams to give some hope to the division.
[B]Match Rating: *

The Masterpiece Chris Masters VS Shawn Michaels[/B]
Not the best of HBK matches ever, but he did the best he could to carry Masters to a good match which was probably the best of Masters’ WWE career. Interesting to note HBK getting to the ropes while the Masterlock was locked on didn’t count as “breaking” the hold. They had some good sequences, especially the ending one where HBK slipped out of a second attempt at the Masterlock and hit Sweet Chin Music to give Masters his first lost.
[B]Match Rating: **1/2

WWE Championship: Kurt Angle VS John Cena[/B]
This was as good as the last time these two faced off on PPV a few years back, which I didn’t find all that good really. It was just average at best and I hated the DQ ending of this one. It would make sense to follow up the angle on RAW with Angle telling Bisch to stay out of his business next time, but of course that’s not going to happen.
[B]Match Rating: **

Overall: [/B]The only true saving grace of this PPV was the steel cage match which tore the house down. WWE seriously need to find more workers that can work that style and use them.


NOAH "2nd Great Voyage" Results

Takeshi Rikioh made a successful 3rd defence of the GHC Heavyweight Title against Mitsuharu Misawa, beating him with his Muso finisher. No word on how good the match was, but reports say the fans are warming up to Rikioh as champion.
Probably the biggest shocker of the night was Akira Taue pinning Jun Akiyama in the big semi-final tag match of the show. All signs now point to Taue being next to challenge Rikioh for the GHC title at the November Budokan show. It would definately add to Rikioh's "legend killer" nickname that was recently given to him, but I'd honestly be rooting for Taue if that match came about even though he probably doesn't stand a chance in that one.
KENTA made his first defence of the GHC Jr. title beating his rival SUWA. You might count this defence as 1 1/2 since he beat SUWA twice! First the match was thrown out when SUWA used an illegal weapon much like their previous match, but instead of just a DQ, they restarted and had a proper sprint of a match.
Kentaro Shiga made his return and was downed by Tamon Honda in the opener of the show. Adding insult to injury, Honda used Shiga's own finisher to beat him!

NOAH "2nd Great Voyage", 9/18/05
Tokyo Nippon Budokan
16,500 Fans - Super No Vacancy

1. Kentaro Shiga Return Match: Tamon Honda beat Kentaro Shiga (11:47) with the Shiga Shooter.
2. Kishin Kawabata & Mitsuo Momota beat Jun Izumida & Haruka Eigen (8:09) when Kawabata used a cradle on Eigen.
3. Masao Inoue, Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & Mushiking Joker beat Scorpio, Eddy Edwards & Mushiking Terry (14:25) when Inoue used an Argentine backbreaker on Edwards.
4. Akitoshi Saito, Shiro Koshinaka & Takashi Sugiura beat Yoshinari Ogawa, Makoto Hashi & Go Shiosaki (16:44) when Saito used the Sickle of Death on Shiosaki.
5. Takeshi Morishima beat Yoshinobu Kanemaru (13:50) with a backdrop.
6. Minoru Suzuki beat Mohammed Yone (17:31) via submission.
7. GHC Jr. Heavyweight Title: KENTA (c) vs. SUWA went to a disqualification (1:34) due to dangerous weapon usage.
7a.GHC Jr. Heavyweight Title: KENTA (c) beat SUWA (14:46) with the Busaiku Knee Kick (1st defense)
8. Kenta Kobashi & Akira Taue beat Jun Akiyama & Genichiro Tenryu (19:20) when Taue used an avalanche-style nodowa otoshi on Akiyama.
9. GHC Heavyweight Title: Takeshi Rikio (c) beat Mitsuharu Misawa (22:10) with the Muso (3rd defense).

Definately looks like a good enough show to add to my "Must Buy" list.


Tuesday, September 13, 2005

NOAH 9/18 Budokan Card

Pro Wrestling NOAH announced the full card for it's upcoming Budokan show next week, and once again it's looking good! The card is stacked with alot of singles matches and everything has the potential to be good to great.
Kentaro Shiga make his return in the opener to face Tamon Honda in a match Shiga himself requested. Shiga has been on the shelf for almost two and a half years, and it will be interesting to see what he brings here against fellow grappler and BURNING member Tamon Honda.
The GHC tag champs will both be in singles competition with MiSuzuki facing Mohammed Yone and Marufuji facing Morishima, and hopefully this will lead to MoriYone getting a tag title shot down the line and win the titles cause they deserve it.
KENTA makes his first defense of the GHC Jr. title against his rival SUWA in what can be nothing short of a great match. If you remember some months back, the two had a short but very heated and good match that ended in a disqualification. I don't see the DQ happening here this time and lets hope it doesn't happen.
And there's the big tag match with Kobashi/Taue VS Tenryu/Akiyama. There's enough potential here for an MOTY candidate and also expect monster crowd heat for when Kobashi & Tenryu face off in the ring.
Finally, the main even sees GHC champion Takeshi Rikioh defending his title against NOAH ace Mitsuharu Misawa. This will be the make or break match for Rikioh as his last two defenses have been rather lackluster, and hopefully he can turn it up here.

NOAH "2nd Great Voyage", 9/18/05
Tokyo Nippon Budokan
Kentaro Shiga Return Match:
Tamon Honda VS Kentaro Shiga
Jun Izumida & Haruka Eigen VS Masao Inoue & Kishin Kawabata
Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & Mushiking Joker VS Scorpio, Eddy Edwards & Mushiking Terry
Yoshinari Ogawa, Makoto Hashi & Go Shiosaki VS Akitoshi Saito, Shiro Koshinaka & Takashi Sugiura
Mohammed Yone VS Minoru Suzuki
Takeshi Morishima VS Naomichi Marufuji
GHC Jr. Heavyweight Title: KENTA (c) VS SUWA
Kenta Kobashi & Akira Taue VS Jun Akiyama & Genichiro Tenryu
GHC Heavyweight Title: Takeshi Rikio (c) VS Mitsuharu Misawa