My views on Pro Wrestling from the East and West

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

WWE SummerSlam 2006 results

Rey Mysterio VS Chavo Guerrero
Wow. Considering the bad blood that’s supposed to be between these two, you’d think it would be a little higher up the card? Than again considering the really bad build-up...
This was actually a really good back and forth cruiserweight match, with a mixed reaction for both men. Vickie Guerrero actually gets booed when she comes out to try to stop them from going at it, but ends up costing Rey the match as she accidentally shakes the ropes while Rey was up top, causing him to get crotched and leading to Chavo hitting the brainbuster followed by the frog splash for the win.
This would have probably been a lot better without the Vickie run in, but I guess it just helps extends the feud that will end with somekind of gimmick match.
Match Rating: ***

Edge & Lita confront King Booker & Queen Sharmell backstage, and egos collide as it ends with both champions making a wager: If Edge loses his title, he’ll kiss King Booker’s feet on Smackdown, and if Booker loses his title, He’ll go to RAW and be Edge’s servant for a day. Interesting…

ECW World Title: Sabu VS Big Show (C)
This is under Extreme Rules, and Sabu immediately takes advantage by tossing a chair right in Show’s face! This match was right up there with the other extreme world title matches on ECW weekly, with all sorts of sick bumps taken by both men! There was only one big blown spot when a table set up on the steps slipped out from under Sabu’s feet and he had to quickly reset the table before putting Show through it with a DDT, making the spot look really weak. But it was still a great match, just a bit short and a rather weak payoff to the long build up of Sabu chasing Show for the title.
Match Rating: **1/2

The WWE Divas pretend to give the 2006 Diva Search winner Layla the cold shoulder. But they admit to just be kidding her, but officially initiate her by giving her a cold shower and spanking her ass. Her top almost came off.

Randy Orton VS Hulk Hogan
The fanfare for Hogan didn’t come off as loud as I expected it to, but I’m guessing that’s due to the audio setup of the arena. Well, they say you’ve seen one Hogan match in this day and age, and you’ve seen ‘em all. Orton actually scored the pinfall with the RKO, but Hogan got a foot on the ropes, so the match continued with Hogan hulking up and going with the punch, boot, legdrop routine to get the win.
I really didn’t like that it took forever for Hogan to play up to the crowd before doing the legdrop. I was hoping Orton would have popped up to hit the RKO again since Hogan just took SO LONG to hit the finish. There wasn’t even a post match attack by Orton to get his heat back.
Match Rating: *

Melina meets Mick Foley backstage, and Foley is actually worried about the match tonight, and Melina is worried as well cause she only associates herself with winners, and Mick isn’t a winner if he loses tonight! I smell a swerve…

I Quit Match: Mick Foley VS Ric Flair
Wow, first we had a fun hardcore match for the ECW title, and now one Hell of a brutal, bloody I Quit death match! Barb-wire, thumbtacks and plunder, and blood everywhere! The only flaw with the match was probably the finish, as Melina got involved and tried to throw in the towel for Foley, but Flair wouldn’t allow it and looked like he was about to hit Melina with the barb-wire baseball bat before Foley called it quits to end the match. The way the match ended left the crowd rather silent, and a chorus of boos for Foley as he left the ring with Melina and the referee’s assistance. It was still fun while it lasted though.
Match Rating: ***

A quick look at the McMahon locker room where Vince & Shane are getting fired up, and Armando Alejandro Estrada is there with them too, ready to unleash Umaga.

World Heavyweight Title: King Booker (C) with Queen Sharmell VS Batista
A think the fans were actually backing Booker in this one since there was a small “same old sh*t” chant for Batista as well as some boos. Batista actually hit a Jackhamer for a near-fall, and a small “Goldberg” chant broke out for it! Batista wins by disqualification after Sharmell blatantly jumps him when he was going for the Batista-bomb. Batista shrugs off Sharmell and almost drops Booker on his head with the Batista-bomb before showing his disappointment at not being able to win back the title he never lost.
This one really plodded along at a rather slow pace and the two didn’t seem to click all that well in the ring either. Didn’t help that Batista looked like he was getting gassed and couldn’t pull out his power moves properly.
Match Rating: **

D-Generation X (Triple-H & Shawn Michaels) VS The McMahons (Vince & Shane)
Starts off with the McMahons sending out the Spirit Squad after DX, and they are easily disposed. They then send out Kennedy, Regal & Finlay from Smackdown, and they hold their own for a bit thanks to Finlay’s weapon, but they eventually get disposed, so the McMahons send out the biggest gun they have, the Big Show! Show beats down HBK as the 3 Smackdown guys beat down HHH. Show takes out HBK with a cobra-clutch backbreaker, followed by a legdrop. Show than chokeslams HHH through the ECW announce table as the McMahons finally get in the ring to start the match.
What follows is the McMahons dominating HBK while HHH is out on the outside. The McMahons actually hit the Demolition Decapitation Elbow, the Hart Attack clothesline and the Doomsday Device, all in a row, and HBK is STILL able to kick out! HHH eventually gets the hot tag and goes to town on the McMahons and HBK even gets a second wind. That all changes when Umaga stomps down the isle and takes out HBK with a kick, and gives HHH the Samoan Spike, but before he can do anymore damage, Kane comes out and the two monsters brawl to the back!
The McMahons regain control and set up HHH for the VanTerminator, but HBK jumps in literally out of nowhere to hit Shane in mid-air with Sweet Chin Music! HBK than slugs Vince and HHH whacks him with a trash can, HBK than hits him with Sweet Chin Music and HHH ends it with the Pedigree!
Overbooked as it was, it was definitely entertaining DX definitely had to earn this one.
Match Rating: ***1/2

WWE Championship: John Cena VS Edge (C) with Lita
Dang, these two put on an EXCELLENT match here! They built it up really nicely and did a great job building up the drama of Edge not being able to get himself disqualified or he’d lose the title! The finish was nicely done as well as Edge was about to clock Cena with the brass knucks, but Cena picked him up into the FU position. Lita than jumps in and Cena has both of them up for the FU! Lita gets slammed to the mat and as the referee checks on her, Edge clocks Cena from behind with the knucks and hides it in his trunks before pinning Cena to retain the title!
The match was the usual mixture of boos and cheers for both men, and looks like the feud is going to end at the next RAW PPV, Unforgiven next month.
Match Rating: ****

Overall: A really strong PPV despite the lousy build up of some of the matches. Nothing was really settled in most of the feuds, and looks like they will carry on for a few more months, which is either good or bad depending on how things have been going so far. You have to wonder how long WWE can survive on doing good monthly PPVs despite bad weekly TV.


Tuesday, August 15, 2006

TNA Hard Justice 8/13/06 PPV results

The event will most probably be remembered for what happened outside the ring, as pyro from the opening of the PPV cause a small fire in the Impact Zone, causing the PPV to be stopped after the first match to temporarilly evacuate the building! The show was able to resume after the fire marshall declared it safe to continue, but the 4-way no.1 contender's tag match had to be cancelled.

Full show results:
Eric Young defeated Johnny Devine with a modified neckbreaker
X-Division Title No.1 Contender's Match: Chris Sabin beat Alex Shelley with the Cradle Shock
- Kevin Nash was injured, so Shelley replaced him in the match.
Abyss with Father James Mitchell beat Brother Runt with a Black Hole Slam on thumbtacks.
Falls Count Anywhere: Samoa Joe beat Rhino & Monty Brown
- Joe pinned Brown after an STO off the ramp through a table.
Gail Kim beat Sirelda with a blockbuster.
X-Division Title: Senshi (C) beat Petey Williams & Jay Lethal.
- Williams hit the Canadian Destroyer on Lethal, Senshi took out Williams with a missile dropkick and pinned Lethal to retain the title.
NWA World Tag Team Titles: AJ Styles & Christopher Daniels (C) beat the Latin American Xchange (Homicide & Hernandez) with Konnan when Daniels pinned Hernandez after a Total Elimination variation to retain the titles.
NWA World Heavyweight Title: Jeff Jarrett (C) with Scott Steiner beat Sting with Christian Cage to retain the title.
- Christian turned on Sting hitting him with Jarrett's guitar, allowing Jarrett to make the pin.


Monday, August 14, 2006

G1 CLIMAX 2006 results - Tenzan reigns supreme!

The latest Hiroyoshi Tenzan revival has begun as he won his third G1 CLIMAX tournament in 4 years last night, beating his ex-TenKoji partner and former AJPW Triple Crown champion Satoshi Kojima in the finals. Tenzan's win marks one of his most dominant performances ever as he also became the second person ever since Riki Choshu in 1996 to win the G1 undefeated without dropping any points in the round robin brackets.
Tenzan now goes on to face Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP Heavyweight Title on 9/24 at the Osaka Prefecturial Gymnasium, and if you ask me, now is the time for NJPW to do Tenzan some justice and give him that long title reign he should have had back in 2004-2005.

Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan
11,000 Fans - No Vacancy

1. Minoru & Prince Devitt beat Wataru Inoue & Yujiro (6:28) when Devitt used a brainbuster on Yujiro.
2. G1 Climax - Semi Final: Satoshi Kojima beat Koji Kanemoto (15:41) with a lariat.
3. G1 Climax - Semi Final: Hiroyoshi Tenzan beat Giant Bernard (11:13) with the Anaconda Vice.
4. Jushin Thunder Liger, Jado & Gedo beat Tiger Mask, El Samurai & Ryusuke Taguchi (11:03) when Jado used the Crossface of JADO on Taguchi.
5. Shiro Koshinaka & Togi Makabe beat Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii (10:36) when Makabe used a lariat on Ishii.
6. Yuji Nagata & Hiroshi Tanahashi beat Takashi Iizuka & Naofumi Yamamoto (13:38) when Tanahashi used a Dragon suplex hold on Yamamoto.
7. Yoshihiro Takayama New Japan Return Match: Riki Choshu, Manabu Nakanishi & Akebono beat Masahiro Chono, Yoshihiro Takayama & Milano Collection AT (12:49) when Choshu used a lariat on Milano.
8. G1 Climax - Final: Hiroyoshi Tenzan beat Satoshi Kojima (27:36) with the Original TTD.

NJPW, 8/12/06 (SXW LIVE)
Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan
7,800 Fans

1. Minoru & Prince Devitt beat El Samurai & Wataru Inoue (8:22) when Devitt used a swinging DDT on Inoue.
2. Tiger Mask & Ryusuke Taguchi beat Jado & Gedo (6:40) when Taguchi used the Dodon on Jado.
3. Black Strong Machine & Shiro Koshinaka beat Takashi Iizuka & Takashi Uwano (9:23) when Koshinaka used a diving hip attack on Uwano.
4. Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii beat Akebono & Naofumi Yamamoto (8:04) when Yano pinned Yamamoto after Akebono accidentally used a body press.
5. Masahiro Chono Return Match ~ BLACK REBORN: Masahiro Chono & Milano Collection AT beat Riki Choshu & Hiroshi Tanahashi (11:16) when Chono used a Shining Yakuza kick on Choshu.
6. G1 Climax - Block B: Hiroyoshi Tenzan [8] beat Togi Makabe [3] (12:23) with the Anaconda Vice.
7. G1 Climax - Block B: Yuji Nagata [4] vs. Koji Kanemoto [5] went to a draw (30:00) when the time limit expired.
8. G1 Climax - Block A: Giant Bernard [5] beat Jushin Thunder Liger [2] (6:53) with a neck-hanging buster.
9. G1 Climax - Block A: Satoshi Kojima [7] beat Manabu Nakanishi [2] (18:17) with a lariat.

NJPW, 8/10/06 (Samurai! TV)
Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium
8,000 Fans - No Vacancy

1. Yujiro & Prince Devitt beat Takashi Uwano & Mitsuhide Hirasawa (11:21) when Devitt used a flying cross armbreaker on Hirasawa.
2. Tiger Mask, El Samurai, Wataru Inoue & Ryusuke Taguchi beat Jushin Thunder Liger, Minoru, Jado & Gedo (9:17) when Tiger used a crucifix hold on Gedo.
3. Yuji Nagata & Takashi Iizuka beat Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii (17:02) when Nagata used a backdrop hold on Ishii.
4. Riki Choshu & Akebono beat Black Strong Machine & Shiro Koshinaka (8:10) when Akebono used a running body press on Machine.
5. G1 Climax - Block B: Hiroyoshi Tenzan [6] beat Naofumi Yamamoto [0] (12:28) with the TTD.
6. G1 Climax - Block B: Koji Kanemoto [4] beat Togi Makabe [3] (11:25) with a Falcon Arrow.
7. G1 Climax - Block A: Manabu Nakanishi [2] beat Giant Bernard [3] (11:41) with the Fujiyama German suplex hold.
8. G1 Climax - Block A: Satoshi Kojima [5] beat Hiroshi Tanahashi [4] (21:55) with a lariat.

NJPW, 8/9/06 (Samurai! TV)
Grand Cube Osaka
3,500 Fans

1. Yujiro & Prince Devitt beat Ryusuke Taguchi & Takashi Uwano (11:20) when Devitt used a front cradle on Uwano.
2. Minoru, Jado & Gedo beat Tiger Mask, El Samurai & Wataru Inoue (9:50) when Minoru used the California Maki on Inoue.
3. Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii beat Shiro Koshinaka & Takashi Iizuka (11:33) when Yano used the Uragasumi on Iizuka.
4. Satoshi Kojima & Akebono beat Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Black Strong Machine (13:41) when Akebono used the Bono Bomber on Machine.
5. G1 Climax - Block B: Koji Kanemoto [2] beat Naofumi Yamamoto [0] (13:14) with an ankle hold.
6. G1 Climax - Block A: Jushin Thunder Liger [2] beat Manabu Nakanishi [0] (8:32) with a horizontal cradle.
7. G1 Climax - Block B: Yuji Nagata [3] vs. Togi Makabe [3] went to a double countout (15:44).
8. G1 Climax - Block A: Giant Bernard [3] beat Hiroshi Tanahashi [4] (17:54) with the Bernard Driver.

NJPW, 8/8/06 (WPW)
Yokohama Bunka Gymnasium
3,500 Fans

1. Yujiro & Mitsuhide Hirasawa beat Takashi Uwano & Tetsuya Naito (10:01) when Hirasawa used a chickenwing armlock on Naito.
2. Takashi Iizuka & Ryusuke Taguchi beat Shiro Koshinaka & El Samurai (8:08) when Iizuka used a sleeper hold on Samurai.
3. Koji Kanemoto & Wataru Inoue beat Minoru & Prince Devitt (12:07) when Inoue used the Staggerin' Blow on Devitt.
4. Riki Choshu & Manabu Nakanishi beat Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii (11:26) when Choshu used a lariat on Yano.
5. Summer Night Dream Tag Match: Akebono (Bono Tiger) & Tiger Mask beat Jado & Gedo (7:10) when Akebono used a running body press on Jado.
6. G1 Climax - Block B: Togi Makabe [2] beat Naofumi Yamamoto [0] (11:18) with a lariat.
7. G1 Climax - Block A: Giant Bernard [1] vs. Satoshi Kojima [3] went to a double KO (25:54).
8. G1 Climax - Block A: Hiroshi Tanahashi [4] beat Jushin Thunder Liger [0] (14:18) with a Dragon suplex hold.
9. G1 Climax - Block B: Hiroyoshi Tenzan [4] beat Yuji Nagata [2] (15:41) with a moonsault press.

NJPW, 8/6/06 (SXW LIVE)
Niigata City Gymnasium
2,842 Fans - No Vacancy

1. Wataru Inoue beat Yujiro (8:28) with the Triangle Lancer.
2. El Samurai & Ryusuke Taguchi beat Minoru & Tetsuya Naito (12:46) when Taguchi used the Dodon on Naito.
3. Shiro Koshinaka & Togi Makabe beat Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii (12:11) when Koshinaka used a powerbomb on Ishii.
4. Riki Choshu & Akebono beat Giant Bernard & Black Strong Machine (9:59) when Akebono used a running body press on Machine.
5. G1 Climax - Block B: Yuji Nagata [2] beat Naofumi Yamamoto [0] (10:28) with an armlock.
6. G1 Climax - Block A: Satoshi Kojima [2] beat Jushin Thunder Liger [0] (14:09) with a lariat.
7. G1 Climax - Block B: Hiroyoshi Tenzan [2] beat Koji Kanemoto [0] (13:07) with the Anaconda Vice.
8. G1 Climax - Block A: Hiroshi Tanahashi [2] beat Manabu Nakanishi [0] (14:51) with a flying Sling Blade -> jackknife hold.


New GHC Jr. Tag Champions!

Takashi Sugiura & Yoshinobu Kanemaru won back the GHC Jr. Tag Titles last night from the team that originally beat them for the titles back in March at the Nippon Budokan, with Kanemaru scoring the pin on Hidaka with the Touching Out. Sugiura & Kanemaru become the 4th champions and you have to wonder since it was an all ace team that hold the titles again, just who does NOAH plan have take the belts from them?

NOAH "NAVIGATION" 8/13/06 (NTV/G+ Live)
Tokyo Differ Ariake
1,800 Fans - Super No Vacancy

1. Taiji Ishimori beat Ippei Ota (8:43) with a modified piledriver.
2. Tamon Honda & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi beat Takuma Sano & Mitsuo Momota (12:41) when Kikuchi used a cradle on Momota.
3. Takeshi Rikio & Mohammed Yone beat Akitoshi Saito & Kishin Kawabata (15:11) when Yone used a Muscle Buster on Kawabata.
4. Mitsuharu Misawa, Yoshinari Ogawa & Mushiking Terry beat Akira Taue, Kentaro Shiga & Mushiking Joker (18:48) when Terry used a cradle on Joker.
5. Takeshi Morishima beat Masao Inoue (13:50) with a big package hold.
6. Naomichi Marufuji & KENTA beat Jun Akiyama & Atsushi Aoki (18:49) when KENTA used the Go 2 Sleep on Aoki.
7. GHC Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Title: Takashi Sugiura & Yoshinobu Kanemaru beat Ikuto Hidaka & Minoru Fujita (c) (31:12) when Kanemaru used the Touch Out on Hidaka to become the 4th champions.

Also, it was announced that Jun Akiyama will defend the GHC Heavyweight Title against Naomichi Marufuji at the Nippon Budokan on 9/09/06, and Scorpio will defend the GHC Hardcore Openweight Title against Kentaro Shiga on 9/03/06 at the Aichi Prefecturial Gymnasium.