My views on Pro Wrestling from the East and West

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

WWE Judgment Day 5/20/2007

A thumbs down PPV effort.
- Bobby Lashley beat Vince, Shane and Umaga in about ONE MINUTE, but Vince declared he is still ECW champion since Lashley didn't pin HIM.
- Randy Orton attacked Shawn Michaels earlier in the night and gave him a concussion. Shawn was in no condition to wrestle, but did so anyway until he collapsed and the referee stopped the match.
- John Cena was able to make Khali tap out to the STFU after he dropkicked the steel ring steps into Khali's knee. However, Khali's other foot was under the ropes and even tapped it a few times but the referee didn't notice.

1. Ric Flair beat Carlito with the Figure-Four Leglock.
2. ECW World Championship - 3-on-1 Handicap Match: Lashley beat Vince McMahon [C], 3. Shane McMahon & Umaga when he pinned Shane with powerslam.
4. CM Punk beat Elijah Burke with the Go2Sleep.
5. Randy Orton beat Shawn Michaels by Referee Stop.
6. World Tag Team Titles: The Hardys [C] beat Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch to retain when Jeff pinned Cade after hitting the Swanton Bomb.
7. World Heavyweight Championship: Edge [C] pinned Batista with a roll-up to retain.
8. WWE United States Championship - 2/3 Falls: MVP beat Chris Benoit [C] to win the title.
- MVP beat Benoit with the Playmaker.
- MVP pinned Benoit with an inside cradle.
9. WWE Championship: John Cena [C] beat the Great Khali with the STFU to retain.

TNA Sacrifice 5/13/2007 results

Sting had Christian Cage pinned, but as the referee counted 3, Sting also tapped out to Kurt Angle's ankle-lock! Angle was declared the winner, but due to circumstances surrounding the finish, the title was held up.

1. X-Division Title: Chris Sabin [C] beat Sonjay Dutt & Jay Lethal when he pinned Dutt with a roll-up to retain.
2. Robert Roode pinned Jeff Jarrett with a fisherman's suplex.
3. Christopher Daniels pinned Rhino after hitting him with a baseball bat.
4. Damaja & Basham beat Kip James after Bashim hit a diving headbutt.
5. Texas Death Match: "Wildcat" Chris Harris beat "Cowboy" James Storm after hitting him with a beer bottle.
6. Jerry Lynn beat Senshi, Alex Shelley & Tiger Mask when he rolled up Shelley out of a hurricanrana.
7. NWA Tag Team Titles: Team 3D [C] beat LAX and Scott Steiner & Tomko after hitting 3D on Tomko to retain.
8. Samoa Joe pinned AJ Styles with a suplex.
9. NWA World Heavyweight Title: Kurt Angle beat Christian Cage [C] & Sting when he made Sting tap to the ankle lock to become the new champion.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

NJPW 5/02 results - V1 for Nagata

New IWGP junior tag champions and a successful V1 for Nagata.

Tokyo Korakuen Hall
2,005 Fans - Super No Vacancy Full House

1. 35th Anniversary Match I ~ Young Lion vs. Rikidozan Zenza: Don Arakawa beat Mitsuhide Hirasawa (6:41) with a backslide.
2. Koji Kanemoto & Wataru Inoue beat Tiger Mask & Tetsuya Naito (14:42) when Inoue used the Triangle Lancer on Naito.
3. Minoru, Jushin Thunder Liger & Prince Devitt beat El Samurai, Ryusuke Taguchi & Yujiro (14:02) when Devitt used the Devitt Destroyer on Taguchi.
4. Giant Bernard, Travis Tomko & Black Strong Machine beat Togi Makabe, Tomohiro Ishii & Tomoaki Honma (10:59) when Tomko pinned Honma after the Magic Killer.
5. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Toru Yano beat Riki Choshu & Takashi Uwano (8:57) when Tenzan used the TTD on Uwano.
6. Manabu Nakanishi & Takashi Iizuka beat Masahiro Chono & Shinsuke Nakamura (13:20) when Iizuka used a cross kneelock on Chono.
7. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Title: Dick Togo & TAKA Michinoku beat Jado & Gedo © (19:57) when Togo used a diving senton on Gedo to become the 18th champions.
8. IWGP Heavyweight Title: Yuji Nagata © beat Shiro Koshinaka (14:11) with a backdrop hold (1st defense).


AJPW 4/30 results

Minoru Suzuki retains the Triple Crown after putting TAJIRI to sleep in a short 13 minutes! He called out Keiji Mutoh after the match, but his call went unanswered. Suzuki is now threatening to sell the belts at a pawn shop to make some money to fly to Mexico!

Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium
4,700 Fans

1. Ryuji Hijikata & T28 beat Nobukazu Hirai & Kiyonari Sanada (8:04) when Hijikata used a running jumping high kick on Sanada.
2. AKIRA beat MAZADA (13:45) with the Musasabi Press.
3. Miguel Hayashi Jr., PEPE Michinoku & El NOSAWA Mendoza beat Masanobu Fuchi, Nobutaka Araya & Kikutaro (16:08) when Miguel used an inside cradle on Kikutaro.
4. TARU, Suwama & Shuji Kondo beat Satoshi Kojima, Kensuke Sasaki & Akira Raijin (18:21) when Suwama used the Last Ride on Raijin.
5. AJPW World Jr. Heavyweight Title: Katsuhiko Nakajima © beat "brother" YASSHI (23:37) with a one-leg trapped German Suplex (1st defense).
6. AJPW World Tag Team Title: Toshiaki Kawada & Taiyo Kea © beat Great MUTA & Vampiro (26:06) when Kea used the TKO34th on Vampiro (1st defense).
7. All Japan Triple Crown: Minoru Suzuki © beat TAJIRI (13:06) with a sleeper hold (4th defense).


Tuesday, May 01, 2007

WWE Backlash 4/29/2007

World Tag Team Titles: The Hardys [C] beat Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch when Matt pinned Murdoch after Jeff hit the Swanton to retain.
Look past the fact that Cade and Murdoch have been jobbing out for the past few months, and you’ll find this was a great tag match and a solid showing for the cowboys, something they really needed to rebuild their credibility in the tag ranks. This was the best Cade and Murdoch have looked in a long while, and it helped that they gave the match good time to work out. They may have lost the match, but lets hope that Cade and Murdoch continue to get pushed as a full time tag team.
Match Rating: ***

WWE Women’s Championship: Melina [C] beat Mickie James with a reverse DDT to retain.

Probably the best Women’s title match in a LONG time, and this should have been the title match at Wrestle Mania 23. They had probably one of the more original spots in a while when both women were sitting split-legged and were duking it out from that position. This was also easily the best Melina has looked in the ring and hopefully they keep the feud with Mickie going so we can get more quality bouts instead of no-talent Diva squash matches.
Match Rating: ***

WWE United States Championship: Chris Benoit [C] pinned MVP with an inside cradle to retain.

Another great technical mat wrestling match from these two. MVP again showed that he could hang with Benoit hold for hold, but still came up short. The finish was a little sudden, but like JBL says, it just shows how dangerous Benoit can be and how he can attack you from any position for the win.
Match Rating: ***

ECW World Championship – 3-On-1 Handicap Match: Vince McMahon, Shane McMahon & Umaga beat Bobby Lashley [C] when Vince pinned Lashley after a diving body press from Umaga to become the new ECW champion.

I guess this was the “sports entertainment” of the evening. Wasn’t really a whole lot to this other than Lashley tossing around Shane and Umaga for the first half and making the big come back from getting beat down, only to be beaten by the numbers game. Though I’m surprised they couldn’t come up with a better ending than they did since Lashley has been built up as a monster these past few months.
Match Rating: *

World Heavyweight Championship: The Undertaker [C] VS Batista went to a Draw when both men couldn’t answer the 10 count after Batista speared Undertaker off the entrance stage.

This one was definitely more exciting than their Wrestle Mania match due to the Las Man Standing stipulation. Both men again worked on all cylinders and created some great dramatic near fall moments. The fans didn’t like the double count out, but was happy when Undertaker was announced as still being the champion. Interesting that both men recovered rather quickly after the match though.
Match Rating: ****

WWE Championship – Fatal Four-Way Match: John Cena [C] beat Shawn Michaels, Edge & Randy Orton when he pinned Orton after getting hit by Sweet Chin Music.

Probably one of the best Fatal Four-Ways ever, with non-stop action everywhere and a ton of near falls all over the place. And the ending was rather interesting fluke the way they had Edge spear Orton, Cena FUs Edge, and HBK superkicks Cena who falls on Orton to get the cover! Looks like the HBK-Cena feud is going to continue for a while due to what happened here, especially since HBK did beat Cena clean one-on-one on RAW this week.
Match Rating: ****

A strong PPV with a lot of solid action.


NOAH "Spring Navigation" 4/28 results

A new junior heavyweight champion was crowned at the Nippon Budokan as superhero Mushiking Terry defeated Tatsuhito Takaiwa from Zero-One MAX to bring the GHC junior heavyweight title back to NOAH, but the bigger news coming out from the show was the appearance of TAKA Michinoku and KAZMA after the GHC tag title match, where TAKA announced they were reforming RO&D with D-Lo Brown and Buchanan, and were going to invade NOAH!

NOAH "Spring Navigation" 4/28/07 (NTV/G+)
Tokyo Nippon Budokan
15,000 Fans

1. Junji Izumida & Makoto Hashi beat Mitsuo Momota & Tsutomu Hirayanagi (10:11) when Hashi used the Goriman's Driver on Hirayanagi.
2. Kentaro Shiga, Kishin Kawabata & Joe Legend beat Akira Taue, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Shuhei Taniguchi (12:42) when Legend used the Hospital Job on Taniguchi.
3. Mohammed Yone, KENTA & Taiji Ishimori beat Bryan Danielson, Daniel Cross & Ted DiBiase Jr. (14:30) when Yone used a Muscle Buster on DiBiase Jr.
4. Bison Smith, Akitoshi Saito & Masao Inoue beat Yoshinari Ogawa, Tamon Honda & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi (15:46) when Smith used the Bisontennial on Kikuchi.
5. CIMA, Susumu Yokosuka & Dragon Kid beat Naomichi Marufuji, Ricky Marvin & Ippei Ota (15:34) when Yokosuka used the Mugen on Ota.
6. GHC Jr. Heavyweight Title: Mushiking Terry beat Tatsuhito Takaiwa © (16:48) with the Myst Crash to become the 13th champion.
7. GHC Tag Team Title: Jun Akiyama & Takeshi Rikio © beat Yoshihiro Takayama & Takashi Sugiura (27:10) when Rikio used the Muso on Sugiura (1st defense).
8. GHC Heavyweight Title: Mitsuharu Misawa © beat Takuma Sano (16:38) with a modified Emerald Frosion (2nd defense).