My views on Pro Wrestling from the East and West

Saturday, October 29, 2005

New GHC Tag Champs!

Takeshi Morishima & Mohammed Yone pulled off the big win yesterday defeating Minoru Suzuki & Naomichi Marufuji to becme the 11th GHC tag team champions! The do now go on to the Nippon Budokan on 11/05 to defend the titles against the young dream team of KENTA & Katsuyori Shibata.

NOAH, 10/28/05 (NTV/G+ Live)
Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium
4,400 Fans

1. Masao Inoue, Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & Mitsuo Momota beat Jun Izumida, Kishin Kawabata & Haruka Eigen (8:10) when Inoue used a side cradle on Eigen.
2. Kentaro Shiga beat Ricky Marvin (10:07) with the Shiga Shooter.
3. Tamon Honda beat SUWA (5:53) with the Rolling Olympic Hell 0.
4. Scorpio, Doug Williams, Michael Modest & Donovan Morgan beat Yoshinari Ogawa, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Go Shiosaki & Masashi Aoyagi (8:04) when Modest used the Reality Check on Aoyagi.
5. Takuma Sano beat Takashi Sugiura (14:49) with an avalanche-style Northern Light bomb.
6. Akira Taue beat Makoto Hashi (10:05) with the Ore Ga Taue.
7. GHC Jr. Heavyweight Title: KENTA beat Mushiking Terry (27:25) with the Go 2 Sleep. (2nd defense)
8. GHC Tag Team Title: Mohammed Yone & Takeshi Morishima beat Minoru Suzuki & Naomichi Marufuji (30:02) when Yone used a muscle buster on Marufuji to become the 11th champions.
9. Kenta Kobashi, Jun Akiyama & Genichiro Tenryu beat Takeshi Rikio, Mitsuharu Misawa & Akitoshi Saito (24:40) when Kobashi used a lariat on Saito.

Credit: Green Destiny


Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Sandman in ZERO-1 MAX results

ECW's Hardcore Icon, The Sandman made a return to Japan and participated in several ZERO-1 MAX shows recently, including what I consider a lost ECW dream match against Masato Tanaka!

10/9 – Korakuen Hall
1. Takehiro Murahama beat Rikiya Fudo (8:26) with a Cross Arm Breaker
2. Kamikaze beat Lingerie Muto (6:14) via Moonsault
3. Tatsuhito Takaiwa beat Takuya Sugawara (7:55) by DQ (Black Box Attack)
4. Z1-MAX International Lightweight Tag Titles: Minoru Fujita & Ikuto Hidaka (c) beat Jody Fleisch & Jonny Storm (23:16) after Fujita used a Rotating Pin on Fleisch (6th Defence)
5. No Countouts: Shinjiro Otani & The Sandman beat Masato Tanaka & Yoshito Sasaki (10:20) after Otani used a German Suplex on Sasaki
6. Z1-MAX Intercontinental Tag Titles: Ryouji Sai & Kohei Sato (c) beat Takao Omori & Tadao Yasuda (20:43) after Sato used a German Suplex on Omori (3rd Defence)
7. No Rope Barbed Wire Death Match: Mitsuhiro Matsunaga beat Hirotaka Yokoi (5:20) by Referee Stop

10/10 – Korakuen Hall
1. Jody Fleisch beat Jonny Storm (12:50) via Shooting Star Press
2. Rikiya Fudo beat Takuya Sugawara (7:22) by DQ (Black Box Attack)
3. Shinjiro Otani & Tatsuhito Takaiwa beat Kamikaze & Takehiro Murahama (12:13) when Otani used the Spiral Powerbomb on Murahama
4. No DQ No Countouts: Masato Tanaka beat The Sandman (9:53) via Tornado DDT
5. Tadao Yasuda beat Takao Omori (7:11) Backslide (Yasuda was late to the event and the card had to be changed becasue of him)
6. Koji Kanemoto beat Yoshito Sasaki (10:00) by Referee Stop
7. Z1-MAX Intercontinental Tag Titles: Minoru Fujita & Ikuto Hidaka beat Kohei Sato & Ryouji Sai (c) when Hidaka used a Modified Cradle on Sai to become the 14th Champions

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

WWE No Mercy 2005

MNM VS Heidenreich, Road Warrior Animal & Christy Hemme
Christy was supposed to have a bad neck from taking the Snapshot a few days earlier, but didn’t show any signs of pain whatsoever. Heidenreich’s face paint makes him look like a big white Papa Shango (Remember him???). Not a lot to this match, but seeing Christy do the Doomsday Device was fun.
Match Rating: *

Simon Dean VS Bobby Lashley

The first thing that comes to mind when I see Bobby Lashley is that this guy is a genetic freak! Seriously, he looks like a cross between Brock Lesner and Monty Brown! And if they build him up right, WWE probably won’t need Lesner and Lashley will be the “next big thing”. The fans already respond well to the big man, and it’s too bad Teddy Long is the GM or he would have made the perfect manager for the guy.
The match itself was a total squash, with Lashley showing some inhuman power. He needs a better finisher than the Dominator though.
Match Rating: *

United States Title: Chris Benoit VS Booker T VS Christian VS Orlando Jordan

This was a good WWE style 4-way dance. It would have been more fun if they made it elimination rules.
Match Rating: **

Mr. Ken Kennedy VS Hardcore Holly

Kennedy’s classic ring announcer gimmick is really fun, but the match was very dull. Like Carlito on RAW, Kennedy has a good gimmick, but lousy in ring skills to make a match entertaining. Crowd only came alive for the ending spot when Kennedy hit a rolling Samoan drop off the top rope for the win.
Match Rating: *

John “Bradshaw” Leyfield VS Rey Mysterio

Damn, if not for that “deformity” on her face, Jillian Hall would be really hot!
The match itself was a pretty good big man vs little man match, and both men worked together well. The ending spot where JBL ducked the West Coast Pop and hit the Clothesline From Hell was pretty good too.
Match Rating: **

Handicap Casket Match: The Undertaker VS Randy Orton & “Cowboy” Bob Orton

They really should have saved this for the main event of the PPV seeing how the ended it with the casket being set on fire with the Undertaker in it. The match itself was pretty good also and was work rate worthy to be the main event.
Match Rating: **

WWE Cruiserweight Title: Juventud Guerrera VS Nunzio

Wow. A Cruiserweight title match on PPV. Juventud looked really sloppy and the match also seemed too one sided. It just didn’t seem like Juvi was protecting Nunzio much when hitting his big moves. And why would Big Vito actually back down from two cruiserweights? The crowd was rather silent for this one to up until the finish when Juvi hit the Juvi-Driver to win the title. Maybe now they can push Nunzio & Vito into the tag division.
Match Rating: *

Heavyweight Title: Batista VS Eddie Guerrero

This was good, just not PPV quality good. They played up Eddie wanting to cheat but not doing it too many times throughout the match. The ending of the match itself was also rather sudden and the whole darn thing could just have been done much better than it was here. At the end of it one would also have expected Eddie to finally snap and go back to his psychotic self, but it didn’t happen, leaving the PPV ending rather flat. Which is why I say the Casket Match should have been the main event.
Match Rating: *1/2

If you read elsewhere that this PPV was like a 3 hour Smackdown without all the promos, than they were right! Hate to say it, but 2 of WWE’s worse PPVs of the year fall in the Smackdown camp now.


Sunday, October 09, 2005

NEW IWGP Champion

He was the Next Big Thing in WWE, and now it seems Brock Lesner is set to be the next big thing in Japan as he won the IWGP title in his first match in over a year, beating defending champion Kazuyuki Fujita and G1 CLIMAX winner Masahiro Chono in the main event at the Tokyo Dome in just over 8 minutes!

Tokyo Dome
38,000 Fans - No Vacancy

1. Tatsumi Fujinami & Osamu Nishimura beat Riki Choshu & Tomohiro Ishii (8:37) when Nishimura used a figure-four leglock on Ishii.
2. Tatsuhito Takaiwa & Yoshihito Sasaki beat Koji Kanemoto & Wataru Inoue (9:03) when Takaiwa used a lariat on Inoue.
3. Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Takashi Iizuka, Yutaka Yoshie & Naofumi Yamamoto beat Shinjiro Otani, Kohei Sato, Ryouji Sai & Kamikaze (15:05) when Tenzan used the TTD on Kamikaze.
4. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Title: Minoru & Hirooki Goto (c) beat Negro Casas & Felino (10:11) when Goto used the Jigoku Guruma on Casas & Minoru used a high-angle front cradle on Felino (3rd defense).
5. Team JAPAN vs. Former WWE - Special Tag Match: Manabu Nakanishi & Kendo Kashin beat Charlie Haas & Mark Jindrak (9:41) when Nakanishi used the Hercules Cutter on Haas.
6. Team JAPAN vs. Former WWE - Special Singles Match: Matt Morgan beat Yuji Nagata (7:00) with the Mount Morgan drop.
7. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title & NWA Jr. Heavyweight Title: Black Tiger (c) beat Tiger Mask (c) (12:01) with a tombstone piledriver (1st defense) to become the 48th IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion.
8. Shinsuke Nakamura & Hiroshi Tanahashi beat Toshiaki Kawada & Yoji Anjo (18:11) when Tanahashi used a Dragon suplex hold on Anjo.
9. Three Way Match - IWGP Heavyweight Title: Brock Lesnar beat Kazuyuki Fujita (c) & Masahiro Chono (8:05) with the Verdict on Chono to become the 44th champion.


Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Kenta Kobashi in ROH

Pro Wrestling NOAH ace Kenta Kobashi made a successful US invasion of Ring of Honor, winning both matches he was booked for and pulling out a Match of the Year candidate in his epic dream match encounter with Samoa Joe. Full results:

ROH 10/1/2005
Cladio Castagnoli beat Colt Cabana
3-Way Dance: Christopher Daniels beat Azriel & Matt Sydal
- Sydal eliminated Azriel
- Daniels pinned Sydal with the Angel's Wings
ROH Tag Titles: Tony Mamaluke & Sal Rinauro beat BJ Whitmer & Jimmy Jacobs to become the new champions when Jacobs was pinned with a double Tiger Driver
ROH Pure Title: Nigel McGuiness beat Jay Lethal
Grudge Match: Roderick Strong beat Jimmy Rave by submission
James Gibson beat Jimmy Yang with a guillotine choke
Jack Evans beat Homicide
Kenta Kobashi beat Samoa Joe with a lariat.

ROH 10/2/2005
ROH Tag Team Titles: Tony Mamaluke & Sal Rinauro beat The Ring Crew Express (Dunn & Marcos)
Jay Lethal beat Davey Andrews, Nigel McGuiness & Cladio Castagnoli in a 4-way Dance
Matt Sydal beat Jimmy Rave
Ricky Reyes beat Dereck Dempsey by submission in 1 minute
Roderick Strong beat James Gibson with a super gut-buster
BJ Whitmer & Jimmy Jacobs beat Izzy & Deranged
Colt Cabana beat Jack Evans
Christopher Daniels beat Jimmy Yang with the Angel's Wings
Kenta Kobashi & Homicide beat Samoa Joe & Low Ki when Kobashi pinned Low Ki with a lariat.


Sunday, October 02, 2005

WRESTLE-1 "GP2005 2nd Round" Results

After putting on one MOTY caliber match on the first show, the second WRESTLE-1 show fell a bit short both performance and attendance wise. NOAH's Jun Akiyama was knocked out of the tournament losing in the main event to Bob Sapp, who most probably is going to win it all and beat Great Muta in the finals. Muta advanced beating long time rival Kensuke Sasaki. Personally, I'm hoping it's Sapp VS Jamal in the finals as the two never really settled their feud in AJPW.
The other "highly anticipated" match on the card was the first time in ring meeting of NOAH ace Mitsuharu Misawa and Akebono in a tag match. Surprising result here as Misawa PINNED Akebono with his running elbow smash to win the match.

WRESTLE-1 "GP2005 SECOND ROUND", 10/2/05 (PPV)
Yoyogi National Stadium Gymnasium
8,012 Fans

1. Abdullah The Butcher & Giant Kimala beat Dory Funk Jr. & Katsuhiko Nakajima (10:16) when Abdullah used an elbow drop on Nakajima.
2. Giant Bernard & The Predator beat Sam Greco & Jan "The Giant" Nortje (12:20) when Bernard used a reverse splash on Nortje.
3. Bubba Ray & D-Von beat Chuck Palumbo & Johnny Stamboli (14:19) when Bubba pinned Palumbo after the 3D.
4. WRESTLE-1 GP - Round 2: Minoru Suzuki beat Kohei Suwama (17:00) by referee stop.
5. WRESTLE-1 GP - Round 2: Jamal beat Don Frye (8:16) with the Flying Sausage.
6. Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa beat Akebono & Scorpio (14:51) when Misawa used a running elbow on Akebono.
7. WRESTLE-1 GP - Round 2: Great Muta beat Kensuke Sasaki (13:14) with the Shining Wizard.
8. WRESTLE-1 GP - Round 2: Bob Sapp beat Jun Akiyama (7:21) with a Beast bomb.