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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).



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