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Thursday, January 05, 2006

NJPW 1/04/2006 Results

Brock Lesner made a successful V1 defence of the IWGP heavyweight title against Shinsuke Nakamura at the Tokyo Dome last night, ending Nakamura's streak of Tokyo Dome main event wins. The match was reported to be fast paced with Lesner showing more understanding for the Japanese style now and improved skills in countering Nakamura's submission locks. The downside for what I can see is that it looks like New Japan intend to pay Brock big bucks for minimal work if all his matches are just 10-minute sprints. We know he can go the distance, so give him the chance already.
Another ex-WWE star Giant Bernard (A-Train) made his New Japan debut against Manabu Nakanishi in a match that was not received very well by the fans as the two just couldn't seem to click.
Overall, the show looked pretty good even if most of the matches barely went 10 minutes, which is becoming a trend for New Japan big shows now. Also, the actual attendance was said to be about 28,000-30,000, with papered tickets given out on the last few days leading up to the show.

Tokyo Dome
43,000 Fans - No Vacancy

1. Ryouji Sai beat Naofumi Yamamoto (8:18) with the Sidmouth.
2. Masato Tanaka, Kintaro Kanemura & BADBOY Hido beat Jushin Thunder Liger, Jado & Gedo (10:03) when Kanemura used a diving senton on Jado.
3. Tiger Mask & Minoru beat Tatsuhito Takaiwa & Tomohiro Ishii (12:11) when Minoru used a right kick on Ishii.
4. Riki Choshu, Takashi Uwano, Kohei Sato, Kamikaze, Yoshihito Sasaki & Daisuke Sekimoto beat Tatsumi Fujinami, Takashi Iizuka, Osamu Nishimura, Toru Yano, Hirooki Goto & Hiroshi Nagao (12:16) when Sato used a German suplex hold on Nagao.
5. Akebono & Yutaka Yoshie beat Black Strong Machine & Hiro Saito (9:18) when Yoshie used a diving body press on Hiro.
6. Yuji Nagata beat Kazunari Murakami (13:11) with a backdrop hold.
7. Shinjiro Otani beat Koji Kanemoto (10:47) with a Dragon suplex hold.
8. Katsuyori Shibata beat Hiroshi Tanahashi (11:59) with a right kick.
9. Giant Bernard beat Manabu Nakanishi (9:53) with a corner press.
10. IWGP Tag Team Title: Masahiro Chono & Hiroyoshi Tenzan © beat Shiro Koshinaka & Takao Omori (19:28) when Chono used a Shining Yakuza kick on Koshinaka (1st defense).
11. IWGP Heavyweight Title: Brock Lesnar © beat Shinsuke Nakamura (8:58) with the Verdict (1st defense).

Results Credit: Strong Style Spirit



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