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Monday, March 27, 2006

Haruka Eigen Retirement Tour results

NOAH "Haruka Eigen Sayonara Tour" 3/23/06
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
2,100 Fans - Super No Vacancy

1. Dakota beat Atsushi Aoki (11:47) with the Badland DDT.
2. Tamon Honda & Shuhei Taniguchi beat Junji Izumida & Yoshinori Ota (14:24) when Honda submitted Ota.
3. Akitoshi Saito & Masao Inoue beat Takuma Sano & SUWA (17:22) when Inoue used an Argentine Backbreaker on SUWA.
4. KENTA & Naomichi Marufuji beat Yoshinari Ogawa & Ricky Marvin (15:39) when KENTA used the Go 2 Sleep on Marvin.
5. Takeshi Rikio & Takashi Sugiura beat Akira Taue & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi (10:15) when Sugiura used an Olympic Slam on Kikuchi.
6. Jun Akiyama, Kentaro Shiga & Yoshinobu Kanemaru beat Takeshi Morishima, Mohammed Yone & Kishin Kawabata (15:22) when Shiga used a cradle on Kawabata.
7. Haruka Eigen Retirement Commemoration Match: Kenta Kobashi & Mitsuo Momota beat Mitsuharu Misawa & Haruka Eigen (21:42) when Momota used a cradle on Eigen.

NOAH "Haruka Eigen Retirement Tour" 3/25/06 (NTV/G+ Live)
Ishikawa Prefectural Gymnasium #3
3,200 Fans - Super No Vacancy

1. Dakota beat Akihiko Ito (13:25) with the Badland DDT.
2. SUWA beat Atsushi Aoki (9:30) with the FFF.
3. Haruka Eigen Retirement Commemoration Match: Masao Inoue & Mitsuo Momota beat Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & Haruka Eigen (13:01) when Momota used a schoolboy on Eigen.
4. Takuma Sano & Yoshinobu Kanemaru beat Akitoshi Saito & Kishin Kawabata (13:41) when Sano used a Northern Light Bomb on Kawabata.
5. Mohammed Yone & Takashi Sugiura beat Akira Taue & Shuhei Taniguchi (14:03) when Sugiura used an ankle hold on Taniguchi.
6. Takeshi Morishima & Takeshi Rikio beat Jun Akiyama & Junji Izumida (15:04) when Rikio used the Muso on Izumida.
7. Kenta Kobashi, Tamon Honda & Kentaro Shiga beat Mitsuharu Misawa, Yoshinari Ogawa & Ricky Marvin (23:37) when Shiga used a backslide on Marvin.

NOAH "Haruka Eigen Sayonara Tour" 3/26/06
Ishikawa Sports Center
2,600 Fans - Super No Vacancy

1. Dakota beat Yoshinori Ota (10:31) with a cradle.
2. Tsuyoshi Kikuchi beat Atsushi Aoki (8:46) with the Fireball Bomb.
3. Junji Izumida & SUWA beat Kentaro Shiga & Mitsuo Momota (15:20) when Izumida used the Meteorite on Momota.
4. Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Takashi Sugiura beat Takuma Sano & Akihiko Ito (14:49) when Sugiura used an Olympic Slam on Ito.
5. Kenta Kobashi & Tamon Honda beat Akitoshi Saito & Kishin Kawabata (14:48) when Honda used the Dead End on Kawabata.
6. Takeshi Morishima, Mohammed Yone & Takeshi Rikio vs. Mitsuharu Misawa, Yoshinari Ogawa & Ricky Marvin (14:56) when Yone used a Muscle Buster on Marvin.
7. Haruka Eigen Retirement Commemoration Match: Akira Taue & Masao Inoue beat Jun Akiyama & Haruka Eigen (13:57) when Inoue used a cradle on Eigen.


KENTA & Marufuji in ROH results

Former GHC Jr. tag team champions KENTA & Naomichi Marufuji returned to America over the weekend and defeated the ROH ace team of ROH world champion Bryan Danielson & Samoa Joe in a great main event. The show also continued the ongoing war between ROH & CZW, with the shocking turn of Claudio Castagnoli against his CZW team mates Chris Hero & Necro Butcher.

ROH "The Best in the World" 3/25/06
Manhattan, New York

Jimmy Rave beat Pelle Primeau.
Jimmy Yang beat Jimmy Rave.
Four Corner Survival: Allison Danger beat Lacey, Mercedes Martines & Daizee Haze.
Chris Hero & Necro Butcher beat Jason Blade & Kid Mikaze.
Christopher Daniels beat Alex Shelley.
ROH Pure Title: Nigel McGuiness beat Claudio Castagnoli
Austin Aries beat Ricky Reyes by DQ
Roderick Strong & Jack Evans beat the Briscoes
KENTA & Naomichi Marufuji beat Samoa Joe & Bryan Danielson


Sunday, March 19, 2006

NJPW 3/19/06 Results

Brock Lesner retained his IWGP title against Akebono in a less than stellar outing. Lesner made 2 attempts to lift up the former Yokozuna for the Verdict, but couldn't get him up. 'Bono hit the 69 for a very heated near fall. Lesner won the match with a DDT, to some speculation that 'Bono was supposed to kick out, but was totally exhausted to the point that he couldn't.
The match of the night according to fan reports was Hiroshi Tanahashi VS King's Road ace Kazushi Miyamoto. The only critisism it received was Tanahashi's botched Dragon suplex at the end.
Still, a strong looking show which I think I'll check out when it becomes available.

NJPW, 3/19/06 (WPW/NJ+IWTV Internet)
Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan
7,500 Fans

1. Riki Choshu & Tomohiro Ishii beat Manabu Nakanishi & Takashi Iizuka (9:08) when Ishii used a brainbuster on Iizuka.
2. Minoru & Hirooki Goto beat Tiger Mask & Yujiro (14:29) when Goto used the Jigoku Guruma on Yujiro.
3. Elimination Match: Kintaro Kanemura, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, BADBOY Hido & GENTARO beat Jushin Thunder Liger, Black Tiger, Jado & Gedo (13:52).
- Liger threw Hido out of the ring (3:30).
- Liger fell out of the ring (3:32).
- Kuroda used a lariat on Gedo (5:28).
- Tiger used a tombstone piledriver on Kuroda (10:33).
- Kanemura used a diving senton on Tiger (12:01).
- Jado used the Crossface of JADO on Kanemura (13:31).
- GENTARO pinned Jado after a chairshot from the outside (13:52).
4. Monster Battle - Japanese Edition: Togi Makabe beat Toru Yano (10:55) with a piledriver.
5. Monster Battle - U.S. Edition: Giant Bernard beat Scott Norton (13:30) with a lariat.
6. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Title: El Samurai & Ryusuke Taguchi (c) beat Koji Kanemoto & Wataru Inoue (19:53) when Samurai used the Samurai clutch on Kanemoto (1st defense).
7. Hiroshi Tanahashi beat Kazushi Miyamoto (13:34) with a Dragon suplex hold.
8. IWGP Tag Team Title: Masahiro Chono & Hiroyoshi Tenzan (c) beat Yuji Nagata & Naofumi Yamamoto (23:07) when Chono used a Shining Yakuza kick on Yamamoto (3rd defense).
9. IWGP Heavyweight Title: Brock Lesnar (c) beat Akebono (10:35) with a DDT (2nd defense).


Tuesday, March 14, 2006

TNA Destination X PPV Results

Madre De Dios! El commonterio es in Espaniol!

Team Jarrett comes out and issues a proclamation that they are going to find Sting before he finds them, and end Steve Borden’s career.

We than see a build up video for tonight’s main event. Great. Christian has to work the “injured babyface” angle.

“Prince of Punk” Shannon Moore VS Cassidy Riley
If Moore is the “Prince of Punk”, why is he coming out to a ICP song?!?
It takes a while, but they finally get the commentary audio right.
Bleh match, with Moore winning with La Parka’s old “no impact” corckscrew finisher.
Match Rating: -*

And to answer Mike Tenay’s question, I think the Undertaker has been playing mind games longer and better than anyone, even Sting.

Build up video for the Ultimate-X match. This is obviously the “true” main event of the show.

Simon Diamond comes out with Diamonds in the Rough and start ripping on baseball players.

Diamonds in the Rough (Elix Skipper & David Young) VS Shark Boy & Norman Smiley
HUGE support for Smiley making his long awaited return to PPV. Crowd popped for everything Smiley did, and we got a Big Wiggle! Not a whole lot else here other than Simon clocking Smiley from behind, leading to Skipper & Young hitting a double STO for the win.
Match Rating: -1/2*


I like the intro video of the PPV with the black and white vid with the guy in the Sting mask, who in the end turns out to be Jarrett himself. Great production here.

Alex Shelley VS Jay Lethal
ROH probably made a big mistake in firing Lethal, cause now he can perform on INTERNATIONAL LIVE PPV without any worries of having to rush back for “taped” ROH shows.
I like the bizarre spot they did at the beginning where both guys were standing on their heads with their legs locked together and throwing slaps at each other. Big support for Lethal here as he battles a really good back and forth match with Shelley. Great fast paced match won by Shelley with a Shiranui, or Sliced Bread #2.
Easily, these two guys could be elevated to challenge the likes of Styles & Daniels to put on some great matches.
Match Rating: **1/2

Interview with Team Canada commenting on their match with the Naturals, as well as the World X-Cup and Williams being in the International 4-Way tonight.

“Maverick” Matt Bentley with Traci VS Lance Hoyt
Seeing Traci = smile on my face.
If TNA is in need of a monster face (not Rhino), Hoyt is definitely the man for the job.
Anyways, it was a good openweight match, but with a corny ending as we jump up to the rafters where Jeremy Borash is with Eric Young and Alex Shelley, who rain “Have You Seen Steve Borden” flyers down on the arena. For no reason, Traci grabs one and distracts Bentley by showing it to him, leaving him open for Hoyt to hit the running boot for the win.
Match Rating: *

Team Canada (Eric Young & Bobby Roode) with Scott D’Amore & A1 VS The Naturals
This one turned out better than expected even if it did go a little long. I’ve always liked Eric Young for some reason. He’s an entertaining guy with more personality than the whole Team Canada put together. And he’s a bump machine too. Strong match overall. Highlight being the 4-man crash where Chase Stevens backdropped both Team Canada members off the top while they superplexed Andy Douglas off the top. If I got the names of the Naturals mixed up, MEH.
Match Rating: **

The Latin American Exchange (Konnan, Homicide & Machete) VS The James Gang (BG James, Kip James & Bullet Bob Armstrong)
I thought this was pretty forgettable. At least Bullet Bob didn’t get to do much other than a few rather weak looking punches on Konnan, who sold them like a pro.
Match Rating: *

Backstage with Eric Young & Alex Shelley on the hunt for Sting, who run into AJ Styles in the bathroom instead.

4-Way International X Match: Petey Williams (Canada) with A1 VS Puma (Japan) VS Sonjay Dutt (India) VS Chris Sabin (USA)
Puma gets booed, and rightfully so since he’s actually a masked American, but hey, the match needs a fallboy. The good news for him is the fans actually get into him after a while. Either that, or they were cheering everyone in the match except Petey Williams.
Fans may have hated Williams, but they still sang along to “Oh Canada” when he did the foot to the groin of Sabin while he had him in the Tree of Woe.
But damn! This match ended up really, REALLY strong in the final sprint with all 4 men hitting an all out spot fest, winning a much deserved “That was Awesome” chant from the crowd. Looks like we might have a dark horse candidate for Match of the Night right here.
Match Rating: ****

8-Man War: America’s Most Wanted with Jackie Gayda, Abyss with Father James Mitchell & Jeff Jarrett with Gail Kim VS “The War Machine” Rhino, Ron “The Truth” Killings & Team-3D
Rhino did a friggin’ plancha during the opening brawl! This is actually living up to the 8-Man War moniker as all 8-men brawl all over the arena that even the camera crews can’t keep up with everything.
They eventually get back in the ring and put on a strong back and forth match. Funny seeing AMW get Brokeback Mountain chants! Someone tell me why Truth still isn’t in the world title picture? He remains one of the most overlooked guys in the heavyweight division who the fans are solidly behind.
The only thing I didn’t like about the match was the rather weak ending after all the carnage, where Jarrett hits the stroke on Killings for the win. But I guess it makes sense considering what they did after the match.
Match Rating: ***1/2

Everyone goes to the back and Jarrett calls out Sting. Sting doesn’t show up, and Jarrett proclaims he won the war and Steve Borden is a coward. Meh.

X-Division Title Ultimate X Match: “Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels VS “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles VS “The Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe (C)
Definitely did not disappoint as far as the action and innovation was concerned. HOWEVER, I’d have to say the International 4-way was better than this, and they didn’t need the Ultimate X gimmick. I also thought the finish of this match felt really anti-climatic.
Match Rating: ***1/2

NWA World Heavyweight Title Match: “The Alpha Male” Monty Brown VS “Captain Charisma” Christian Cage (C)
A lot of back and forth action, and as expected, Monty Brown attacked Christian’s bad ribs. But I thought this one was rather boring, even if Brown did do an F5 in the match. The problem was probably that the match just went too long for my liking.
Match Rating: **

Jeff Jarrett comes out and demands his NWA World Title rematch. Christian offers him an ass kicking instead and they go at it, leading to team Jarrett coming in and beating down Christian, handcuffing him to the ropes and whipping him with a belt. Suddenly Steve Borden runs in and makes the save, running off Jarrett’s cronies and whipping Jarrett with the belt before locking him in the Scorpion Death Lock.
BIG POPPA PUMP SCOTT STEINER runs in and saves Jarrett! The rest of Team Jarrett find their balls and get back in the ring, joining the beat down. Steiner suplexes Borden several times before locking on the Steiner Recliner, and Jarrett gets in a guitar shot to close out the show.
Flavor of the week people.

Overall: Two good matches and a big surprise at the end of the show. Definitely worth watching for the most part.
Word of advice to TNA though, you guys need to get a new ring mat for your PPVs. Nothing screams indy more than a dirty ring mat, especially on a big show like this. It also doesn’t help that it could lead to your wrestlers getting infections, like what Samoa Joe recently suffered.


Saturday, March 11, 2006

AJPW "Hold Out Tour" 3/10/06 Results

Two big surprises at last night's big Ota Ward Gymnasium show.
Firstly, the underdog team of NOSAWA & MAZADA pulled off the upset of beating Shuji Kondo & "brother" YASSHI in the finals of the Jr. Tag League!
The second surprise came after the main event when Minoru Suzuki intruded and attacked Triple Crown champion Satoshi Kojima after the champion survived a bloody battle with the Great Muta to complete his 7th defense of the title!
The arrival of Minoru Suzuki should freshen things up a bit in All Japan. The question now is will he align himself with anyone or will Suzuki go at it alone in AJPW?

AJPW "Hold Out Tour" 3/10/06 (GAORA TV)
Ota Ward Gymnasium

1. Nobutaka Araya & Ryuji Hijikata beat Naoshi Sano & Toshiyuki Moriya (6'28) when Hijikata pinned Sano with a fisherman's buster.
2. Masanobu Fuchi, Katsuhiko Nakajima & Taiji Ishimori beat Kaz Hayashi, Kikutaro & Kikujiro (14'07) when Nakajima pinned Kikujiro with a German-suplex hold.
3. Buchanan & Matt Morgan beat Nobukazu Hirai & AKIRA (6'02) when Buchanan pinned Hirai with an Iron-Claw Bomb.
4. Yutaka Yoshie & Arashi beat Kensuke Sasaki & Brute Issei (12'56) when Yoshie pinned Issei with a diving body press.
5. HOLD OUT TOUR 2006 Junior Tag League - Final: NOSAWA Rongai & MAZADA beat Shuji Kondo & "brother" YASSHI (18'06) when MAZADA pinned YASSHI.
6. RO&D All-Stars VS VM All-Stars: Taiyo Kea & D-Lo Brown beat Kohei Suwama & TARU (15'40) when Kea pinned Suwama.
7. AJPW Triple Crown: Satoshi Kojima © beat Great MUTA (19'31) with a lariat.


Sunday, March 05, 2006

NOAH 3/05/06 Budokan results - NEW Jr. Tag Champs!

Zero-One MAX team Ikuto Hidaka & Minoru Fujita pulled off a huge shocker today as they won the GHC Jr. Tag Team Titles off Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Takashi Sugiura at the Budokan!
Also on the show, KENTA battled his mentor, Kenta Kobashi for over 27 minutes before Kobashi finally put him away with the rare wrist-clutch Burning Hammer!
And in the main event, Jun Akiyama made a successful first defense of the GHC Heavyweight Title against long time rival Minoru Suzuki.
Definately another strong show worth checking out.

NOAH, 3/5/06 (NTV/G+ Live)
Tokyo Nippon Budokan

1. Haruka Eigen Budokan Last Match: Tamon Honda, Kentaro Shiga & Mitsuo Momota beat Takuma Sano, Junji Izumida & Haruka Eigen (9:00) when Shiga used a schoolboy on Eigen.
2. SUWA, Low Ki & Mushiking Joker beat Mohammed Yone, Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & Dakota (12:21) when Ki used the Ki-Krusher '99 on Dakota.
3. Bison Smith, Doug Williams & Nigel McGuinness beat Akitoshi Saito, Masao Inoue & Kishin Kawabata (14:38) when Williams used the Chaos Theory on Kawabata.
4. Takeshi Rikio beat Yoshinari Ogawa (8:19) with the Muso.
5. Naomichi Marufuji beat Akira Taue (13:23) with the perfect small package hold.
6. Mitsuharu Misawa beat Takeshi Morishima (18:35) with a running elbow smash.
7. Kenta Kobashi beat KENTA (21:57) with the Wrist-Clutch Burning Hammer.
8. GHC Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Title: Ikuto Hidaka & Minoru Fujita beat Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Takashi Sugiura (c) (26:51) when Hidaka used the Shawn Capture on Kanemaru to become the 3rd champions.
9. GHC Heavyweight Title: Jun Akiyama (c) beat Minoru Suzuki (28:15) with the Wrist-Clutch Exploder (1st defense).