My views on Pro Wrestling from the East and West

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

GHC Hardcore Tag Team Champions crowned!

Kentaro Shiga and Kishin Kawabata became the first GHC Openweight Hardcore Tag Champions winning a 2-day, 4-team tournament, defeating the youngster team of Go Shiozaki and Shuhei Taniguchi in the finals when Kawabata pinned Taniguchi with a moonsault press.

NOAH "Navigate for Evolution" 2/15/07 (NTV/G+ Live)
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
2,100 Fans
- Super No Vacancy
1. GHC Hardcore Tag Team Title Decision Tournament - Semi Final: Go Shiosaki & Shuhei Taniguchi beat Makoto Hashi & Atsushi Aoki (18:58) when Shiosaki used a vertical-drop Final Cut on Aoki.
2. GHC Hardcore Tag Team Title Decision Tournament - Semi Final: Kentaro Shiga & Kishin Kawabata beat Mitsuo Momota & Tsutomu Hirayanagi (16:03) when Kawabata pinned Hirayanagi.
3. Akitoshi Saito beat Bobby Fish (7:39) with the Sickle of Death.
4. Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Naruki Doi & Genki Horiguchi beat KENTA, Ryo Saito & BxB Hulk (18:15) when Kanemaru used the Touch Out on Hulk.
5. Mohammed Yone & Naomichi Marufuji beat Tamon Honda & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi (16:26) when Marufuji used a cradle on Kikuchi.
6. Takeshi Rikio & Ricky Marvin beat Akira Taue & Taiji Ishimori (12:39) when Rikio used the Muso on Ishimori.
7. Takuma Sano & Takashi Sugiura beat Jun Akiyama & Junji Izumida (6:21) when Sugiura used an ankle hold on Izumida.
8. Bison Smith, Doug Williams & Rocky Romero beat Mitsuharu Misawa, Yoshinari Ogawa & Kotaro Suzuki (18:58) when Williams used the Chaos Theory on Ogawa.

NOAH "Navigte for Evolution" 2/17/07
Tokyo Differ Ariake
1,800 Fans
- Super No Vacancy
1. Taiji Ishimori & Atsushi Aoki beat Kotaro Suzuki & Ippei Ota (11:31) when Ishimori used the Hermosillo on Ota.
2. Mohammed Yone, Naomichi Marufuji & Yoshinobu Kanemaru beat Bison Smith, Doug Williams & Bobby Fish (14:52) when Kanemaru used a cradle on Fish.
3. Akitoshi Saito & KENTA beat Tamon Honda & Makoto Hashi (15:25) when KENTA used a Tiger Suplex hold on Hashi.
4. GHC Hardcore Tag Team Title Decision Tournament - Final: Kentaro Shiga & Kishin Kawabata beat Go Shiosaki & Shuhei Taniguchi (27:44) when Kawabata used a moonsault press on Taniguchi to become the 6th champions.
5. Akira Taue beat Masao Inoue (8:12) with an inside cradle.
6. Jun Akiyama beat Junji Izumida (7:01) with the Exploder.
7. Rocky Romero beat Ricky Marvin (21:19) with an avalanche-style jujigatame.
8. Takeshi Rikio beat Chris Hero (15:13) with the Muso.
9. Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa beat Takuma Sano & Takashi Sugiura (19:38) when Misawa pinned Suigura after a union Emerald Frosion.


Mike Awesome passes away

Former ECW world champion Mike Awesome (real name Mike Alfonso) was found dead in his home on Saturday. He was 41.
Awesome was an amazingly agile man for his size, and made a name for himself in FMW in Japan as The Gladiator, in a feud with Masato Tanaka that was carried over to the US when both men worked for ECW, putting on some of the most memorable extreme matches ever. The feud even continued in 2005 when Awesome faced Tanaka in the match of the night at the ECW One Night Stand reunion PPV.
Awesome will definitely be remembered by hardcore fans for his time in ECW and FMW, since his run in WCW and WWE did more to damage his credibility than add to his legend.

Rest in Peace, Gladiator. You will be missed.

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Monday, February 19, 2007

WWE No Way Out 2007 results

MVP & MNM VS The Hardys & Chris Benoit
So much for the Hardys/MNM match at the Royal Rumble being the final confrontation of the two teams. Was rather surprised at the time they gave the match, which is a good thing. Though it was a little premature for Mercury to tap out the second Benoit put the Crossface on him, even if he does have a busted face.
Match Rating: **

WWE Cruiserweight Title Invitational: Scotty 2 Hotty VS Daivari VS Gregory Helms [C] VS Funaki VS Shannon Moore VS Jimmy "Wang" Yang VS Jamie Noble VS Chavo Guerrero
Scotty 2 Hotty beat Daivari with the Worm.
- Daivari goes from beating Tommy Dreamer in ECW to jobbing to the one of the WWE jobber kings in Scotty 2 Hotty and one of the most ridiculous finishers EVER. He should have stuck with Great Khali.
Gregory Helms beat Scotty 2 Hotty with a modified facebuster.
- I love Helms' knee to the face finisher.
Gregory Helms pinned Funaki hooking the tights.
- Former cruiserweight champion jobs in seconds, even if Helms did cheat.
Gregory Helms beat Shannon Moore with a modified facebuster.
- A short 3-Count reunion.
Jimmy "Wang" Yang pinned Gregory Helms with a hurricanrana.
- Some asshole in the crowd actually yeld "boring" during this?!?
Jimmy "Wang" Yang pinned Jamie Noble with a moonsault.
Chavo Guerrero beat Jimmy "Wang" Yang with the frog splash to win the title.
- Yang thought he had the title won, but Chavo was the surprise entry in the match and had a fun match with Yang before pulling out the win.
Match Rating: ***

Finlay & Little Bastard VS The Boogeyman & Little Boogeyman
Finlay wearing Little Bastard's green bowler and kicking Little Boogeyman in the face was one of the greatest spots ever! Good to see Finlay pick up the win here even if it was by pinning Little Boogeyman with a shot from the shalayleigh.
Match Rating: *

King Booker with Queen Sharmell VS Kane
Pretty good back and forth match with Kane winning it with the chokeslam.
Match Rating: **

WWE Tag Team Titles: Paul London & Brian Kendrick VS Deuce 'N' Domino with Cherry
My first look at Deuce 'N' Domino with their 50's gimmick, which is kinda cool. They dominated the champions with their size and power, but the ending bit where Kendrick countered and pinned Deuce (or is that Domino?) with a roll up just barely ducking the other guy out of the Doomsday Device was timed PERFECTLY! I hope Deuce 'N' Domino aren't fazed out as they look like a fun thug team to keep around.
Match Rating: **

ECW World Title: Bobby Lashley VS Mr. Kennedy
The fans actually started turning on this match with all the leg work Kennedy was doing. Things got better by the end, but a lame DQ finish when lashley whacked Kennedy with a chair when Kennedy first tried to hit him with it. At least we got a Hiroshi Hase reference from JBL when Lashley gave Kennedy a T-bone suplex, though a T-bone is almost nothing like Hase's Urinage.
Match Rating: *1/2

Diva Invitational Talent Contest
Ashley beat everyone else by coming out, showing her Playboy magazine cover, and taking her top off revealing 2 Playboy bunny stickers covering her boobs. Ok......

Shawn Michaels & John Cena VS Batista & the Undertaker
Good to see Batista working harder than he usually does, most probably cause 'Taker is in there with him. The match was a good back and forth tag match, with the odds mostly against the RAW team due to the size and power advantage of the Smackdown team. The ending sort of made sense where Batista turned on 'Taker as payback for the chokeslam he received on RAW a few weeks back, leading to HBK hitting Sweet Chin Music and Cena hitting the FU on 'Taker to get the pin.
Match Rating: ***

Overall: I'm still a bit miffed that they nixed the 4-way tag title ladder match, but the show was still strong from top to bottom, except for the Diva bit.


AJPW 2/17/2007 results - New Champions!

Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan
10,500 Fans - No Vacancy

0. Masanobu Fuchi, Nobukazu Hirai & Ryuji Hijikata beat AKIRA, Akira Raijin & Kikutaro (12:17) when Hijikata used a Jumping running high kick on Kikutaro.
1. Kaz Hayashi & TAKA Michinoku beat NOSAWA Rongai & MAZADA (8:10) when Hayashi used the Final Cut on Rongai.
2. AHII World: AHII beat Mastadon & Tow Van John (6:01) with a high-speed style huricanrana on Mastadon.
3. TARU & SUWA beat Kensuke Sasaki & Raimu Mishima (15:02) when TARU used the TARU Driller on Mishima.
4. Akebono & Touru Owashi beat SUMO RIKISHI & Johnny Dunn (9:37) when Akebono used the 64 on Dunn.
5. Great MUTA & TAJIRI beat Gold Dustin & Hakushi (14:22) when MUTA used the Shining Wizard on Dustin.
6. AJPW World Jr. Heavyweight Title: Katsuhiko Nakajima beat Shuji Kondo © (24:25) with a German Suplex hold (Nakajima becomes the 24th champion).
7. AJPW World Tag Team Title - No Time Limit: Taiyo Kea & Toshiaki Kawada © beat Suwama & RO'Z (22:31) when Kea used a schoolboy rollup on RO'Z (Taiyo Kea & Toshiaki Kawada become the 52nd champions).
8. AJPW Triple Crown: Minoru Suzuki © beat Satoshi Kojima (23:58) with a sleeper hold (3rd defense).


NJPW 2/18/07 results

NJPW "Circuit 2007 New Japan ISM" 2/18/07 (WPW/PPV)
Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan
11,500 Fans

1. Yujiro & Tetsuya Naito beat Takashi Uwano & Mitsuhide Hirasawa (12:04) when Yujiro used a German suplex hold on Hirasawa.
2. Super Jr. ~ THE CROSSOVER: Tiger Mask, El Samurai, Dick Togo & TAKA Michinoku Kaientai Dojo beat Jushin Thunder Liger, Jado, Gedo & Shuji Kondo (12:42) when Tiger used a Tiger suplex hold on Liger.
3. Kakumei CRASH: Riki Choshu & Takashi Iizuka beat Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii (8:25) when Iizuka used a cross armbreaker on Ishii.
4. New Japan vs. GBH Special Singles Match ~ "GREAT! BIG vs HIP": Shiro Koshinaka beat Manabu Nakanishi (9:30) with a jumping hip attack.
5. BLACK vs. GBH Special Singles Match ~ "SANCTIONS": Shinsuke Nakamura beat Togi Makabe (11:42) with the Landslide.
6. BLACK AUTHORITY: Hiroyoshi Tenzan & TARU beat Masahiro Chono & Milano Collection AT (11:28) when Tenzan used the TTD on Chono.
7. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title: Minoru © beat Wataru Inoue (11:38) with a cross armbreaker (1st defense).
8. It's real! It's impulse!: Kurt Angle TNA Wrestling & Yuji Nagata beat Giant Bernard & Travis Tomko (14:43) when Nagata used the Nagata Lock II on Tomko.
9. IWGP Heavyweight Title: Hiroshi Tanahashi © beat Koji Kanemoto (21:52) with a Dragon suplex hold (4th defense).


Tuesday, February 13, 2007

TNA Against All Odds 2/11/2007 results

Serotonin (Kazarian & Johnny Divine) beat Sonjay Dutt & Jay Lethal when Kazarian pinned Dutt after Matt Bentley hit a superkick.

PPV Results
1. Little Italy Street Fight: LAX beat Team 3D after Hernandez hit the Border Toss on Devon.
2. Senshi beat Austin Starr
3. Tuxedo Match: Christy Hemme beat Big Fat Oily Guy
4. Lance Hoyt with David Eckstein beat Dale Torborg with AJ Pierzynski with a TKO.
5. Motor City Chain Match: AJ Styles pinned Rhino after Rhino went through a table missing the Gore.
6. X-Division Title: Chris Sabin [C] pinned Jerry Lynn with a cradle using the ropes for leverage.
7. James Storm & "Ms. Tennessee" Jackie Moore beat Petey Williams & Gail Kim when Moore pinned Kim with a roll-up.
8. Prison Yard Match: Sting beat Abyss when he locked Abyss in the cell.
9. NWA Heavyweight Title: Christian Cage beat Kurt Angle with the Unprettier after hitting Angle with a lead pipe.