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Monday, July 17, 2006

NOAH 7/16/06 Budokan results

NO FEAR is back! Yoshihiro Takayama made his pro-wrestling return last night at the Nippon Budokan after being on the shelf for almost 2 years! The former GHC & IWGP champion was given the 5-star return treatment entering the ring last (even after GHC champion Akiyama) to a thunderous pop from the crowd. Despite having the spotlight shown on him, the big man still came up short in his return, dropping the fall to Akiyama's wrist-clutch Exploder after Misawa slammed him with the Emerald Frosion. It's good to see Takayama back, and hopefully he's 100% healed up and can participate regularly on tours and such in the immediate future.
The four future aces of the company squared off in the semi-main event of the show with Rikioh & Morishima reforming WILDII and taking on one of the greatest junior heavyweight tandems ever in KENTA & Marufuji. Both teams went neck and neck and the match ended in a 30-minute draw! The foursome are being billed as the "New Four Kings" of pro-wrestling. The original Four Kings were Misawa, Kawada, Taue & Kobashi back in AJPW in the '90s, so these four have some really big shoes and high expectations to fill to live up to the name.

NOAH "Summer Navigation" 7/16/06 (NTV/G+)
Tokyo Nippon Budokan
16,500 Fans - Super No Vacancy

1. SUWA beat Mitsuo Momota (7:49) with a lariat.
2. Junji Izumida, Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & Abismo Negro beat Mohammed Yone, El Oriental & Atsushi Aoki (12:56) when Negro used the Martinez Special on Oriental.
3. Tamon Honda, Takuma Sano & Kentaro Shiga beat Akitoshi Saito, Masao Inoue & Kishin Kawabata (15:46) when Sano used a Northern Light Bomb on Kawabata.
4. Akira Taue & Katsuhiko Nakajima beat Yoshinari Ogawa & Ippei Ota (15:20) when Nakajima used a German Suplex hold on Ota.
5. Mushiking Terry Return Match: Mushiking Terry, El Angel & Taiji Ishimori beat Mushiking Joker, Charly Manson & Psicosis (17:21) when Terry used the Mist Crash on Psicosis.
6. Minoru Suzuki beat Go Shiosaki (16:46) with a sleeper hold.
7. Takeshi Rikio & Takeshi Morishima vs. Naomichi Marufuji & KENTA went to a draw (30:00) when the time limit expired.
8. Yoshihiro Takayama Return Match: Jun Akiyama & Mitsuharu Misawa beat Yoshihiro Takayama & Kensuke Sasaki (22:30) when Akiyama used the Wrist-Clutch Exploder on Takayama.



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