Official Puroresu Match/DVD Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'International Wrestling' started by Bort, Feb 11, 2012.

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  1. Okay, this is a thread for the world of Puroresu. Results, reviews (matches, shows, DVDs...). Let's go, worshipers! New Japan, All Japan, NOAH, Zero-One, DDT, Dragon Gate, BJW, Diamond Ring, etc.

    Diamond Ring (evolved Kensuke Office) results, first show ever:
    Show Spoiler
    Diamond Ring "KENSUKE OFFICE CHANGES", 11.02.2012 (Samurai! TV)
    Tokyo Korakuen Hall
    2,070 Fans - Super No Vacancy Full House

    1. Kikutaro & Numazu Man besiegen Masao Inoue & "Hollywood" Stalker Ichikawa (14:54) als Numazu Ichikawa nach einer Lariat von Inoue pinnte.
    2. Ultimo Dragon, Taiji Ishimori & Satoshi Kajiwara besiegen Kazunari Murakami, NOSAWA Rongai & Takeshi Minamino (12:49) nach dem
    Asai DDT von Ultimo gegen Minamino.
    3. Fujita "Jr." Hayato besiegt Kento Miyahara (10:09) mit dem K.I.D.
    4. Kenta Kobashi & Jun Akiyama besiegen Kensuke Sasaki & Mitsuhiro Kitanomiya (23:18) nach einer Short Range Strong Arm Lariat von Kobashi gegen Kitanomiya.
    5. Katsuhiko Nakajima besiegt Shingo Takagi (23:29) mit einem German Suplex Hold.

    Can't wait to see Nakajima/SHINGO.
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  2. Huge new from New Japan's show:
    Show Spoiler
    Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium
    6,200 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

    1. Yujiro Takahashi & YOSHI-HASHI beat Tomoaki Honma & King Fale (7:51) when Takahashi used the RCT on Fale.
    2. Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka & Tomohiro Ishii beat Jushin Thunder Liger, Captain New Japan & Tama Tonga (8:35) when Yano used the Oni Koroshi on Tonga.
    3. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Title: Davey Richards & Rocky Romero beat Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi (c) (15:10) when Richards used a powerbomb on Taguchi to become the 31st champions.
    4. Elimination Match: Minoru Suzuki, Yoshihiro Takayama, Lance Archer, TAKA Michinoku Kaientai Dojo & Taichi beat Togi Makabe, Yuji Nagata, Wataru Inoue, Tiger Mask & KUSHIDA (23:08). Archer used the Blackout on KUSHIDA (7:14). Archer used the Texas Tornado on Tiger (7:56). Archer threw Inoue over the top rope (10:32). Makabe threw TAKA over the top rope (11:11). Suzuki threw Nagata over the top rope (19:43). Suzuki used a Gotch-style piledriver on Nagata (23:08).
    5. IWGP Tag Team Title: Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima (c) beat Giant Bernard & Karl Anderson (17:47) when Kojima used a lariat on Bernard (1st defense).
    6. IWGP Intercontinental Title: Hirooki Goto beat Masato Tanaka ZERO1 (c) (13:26) with the Shouten Kai to become the 3rd champion.
    7. Special Singles Match: Tetsuya Naito beat Shinsuke Nakamura (17:38) with a Stardust press.
    8. IWGP Heavyweight Title: Kazuchika Okada beat Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) (23:22) with the Rainmaker to become the 57th champion.

    * The foundations of the Japanese pro wrestling industry have been shaken to the core after 24-year-old Kazuchika Okada ended the epic IWGP Heavyweight Title reign of Hiroshi Tanahashi today at a sold out Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium. The scenario has been repeated a hundred times – young upstart returns from abroad to challenge the ace, fights bravely, before falling. But he didn’t fall! In a stunning outcome, Okada downed Tanahashi with his Rainmaker to end a 1 year, 1 month record-breaking reign and in doing so stunned New Japan fans worldwide. Few realized the show title “THE NEW BEGINNING” could be so literal and this wasn’t the only result that surprised people as Okada’s next challenger also pulled off a huge win…

    * Tetsuya Naito, so often on the losing end in his feud with Shinsuke Nakamura, finally showed the results of his growth as a pro wrestler by beating the CHAOS leader today with his Stardust press. After defeating Nakamura and after Okada’s title win, Naito headed to the ring and challenged the new IWGP Heavyweight Champion to a match on New Japan’s 40th anniversary Korakuen Hall show on March 4th. And so on the day when the two men who brought New Japan out of the dark, Hiroshi Tanahashi and Shinsuke Nakamura, were beaten by two fast rising stars, a whole new generation announced its arrival in the biggest way possible.

    * A man who has also been in Tanahashi and Nakamura’s shadow for so long, Hirooki Goto, also took a step forward on a tumultuous day by defeating Masato Tanaka to become the IWGP Intercontinental Champion. This long and competitive feud continued with Goto scoring a major victory for his career as it gives him the first heavyweight title of his career.

    * On a day dominated by young generations, the revived and rejuvenated legendary tag team TenKoji also starred by making a successful V1 defense of their IWGP Tag Team Title against the team whose record-breaking reign they ended at the Tokyo Dome, Bad Intentions. Kojima sunk Bernard with his lariat to ensure he and Tenzan held on to the prestigious belts.

    * Three of four titles changed hands today and the first saw the “No Remorse Corps” Davey Richards & Rocky Romero win back the IWGP Jr. Tag Team Title from “Apollo 55? Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi in the champions’ first defense since beating the gaijin tandem to regain them at the Tokyo Dome. This see-saw feud continued and may yet see more matches, but today’s came to a climax when Richards powerbombed Taguchi to make No Remorse the 31st champions.

    Source: Strong Style Symphony

    Can't wait to see the show. It's pretty newsworthy and sounds great.:cool:
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  3. New Japan results:

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  4. Okada still runs wild. Good for him, obviously he isn't not-talented like we thought when he was in TNA:
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  5. Can't wait to see Okada/Naito, tbh.
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  6. God I need to get into this.
  7. Unfortunately, I'm still catching time to see Okada/Tanahashi and lots of other Puro stuff.
    Very stiff to catch it all.:upset:
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  8. Can't wait to see this show.
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  9. Ki vs Devitt sounds like a whole lotta fun.

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  10. The main event could be fantastic, IMO. Goto is one helluva worker, and young Okada is on fire this year.
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  11. Lol Ki wins, lol. :laugh:
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  12. :bury:
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    RIP Misawa.
  15. Thought the thread deserves bumping because of the huge event coming:

    From Puroresu Spirit:


    [KING OF PRO-WRESTLING Event Preview]
    New Japan will be holding a huge show this coming Monday (10/8) at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan (also known as the Ryougoku Sumo Hall). The event will see every IWGP Championship defended, known as the IWGP5 when all the belts will be defended, on a show.
    This event will also mark another achievement as it will be the first ever event offered worldwide “LIVE”.
    Yes, you heard that right, New Japan will be offering this event live on USTREAM for a mere $25.
    All you have to do is visit the link below, then sign in with a trusted account and then on the bottom of the video there will be a “buy a ticket”. Click the ticket and it will take you to a secure payment info page, and you will be given a ticket to view the event when it is live on October 8.
    Keep in mind the event will be on 17:00 (5pm) Japan time, so that will be 3am CST here in the USA, adjust accordingly to wherever you live. The event “should be” offered on replay soon after the it finishes.

    Below is both the card for the event as well as my own personal preview for the show.

    NJPW “40?? anniversary KING OF PRO-WRESTLING”,
    10/8/2012 [Mon] 17:00 @ Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan

    (1) Nakanishi’s Return Match: Manabu Nakanishi, Yuji Nagata & Strongman vs. Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka & Tomohiro Ishii
    ~ Manabu Nakanishi makes his in ring return after being sidelined after suffering a cervical spinal injury in June of 2011. Nakanishi has been undergoing rehabilitation and strength training to prepare for his return. He was originally not scheduled to return for another month, but due to daily training and successful rehab he was cleared by the doctors sooner. Nakanishi aims to make it back up the ranks to once again compete for the IWGP Heavyweight belt.

    (2) IWGP Junior Heavy Tag Championship Match: [33rd Champions] “FOREVER HOOLIGANS” Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov vs. [Challengers] “TIME SPLITTERS” KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley
    ~ 2nd Defense.
    ~ KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley don’t seem like an odd pairing at first glance, but in the recent months they have shown themselves to be a strong team, maybe not so much like MCMG, but their styles blend together well. It has brought them to a title match against Romero & Koslov who aim to remain the IWGP jr. tag champions as Romero says “FOREVAAA”. Both teams will be coming into the event looking strong and this should definitely be a highly energetic fast paced match to pick up the pace for the rest of the show.

    (3) IWGP Junior Heavy Championship Match: [64th Champion] Kota Ibushi vs. [Challenger] Low Ki.
    ~ 3rd Defense.


    ~ Will Low Ki be successful as he aims to reclaim the belt that he lost to Ibushi back on July 29th, or will Ibushi be able to brush aside he recent loss of the DDT KO-D belt and prove that he is still one of the best around? This match will sure to be both physical and hard hitting with both men surely bringing out everything and anything to make sure they will leave as champion.

    (4) IWGP Tag Championship Match: [60th Champions] Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. [Challengers] Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith, Jr.

    ~ first defense.


    ~ The two former WWE Superstars in Lance Archer (Vance Archer) and Davey Boy Smith, Jr (Harry Smith) have come together to form a strong tag team within the Suzuki-gun faction. With already multiple upsets over the reigning champions, and night after night of standing tall above them with the belts in their hands, TenKoji will have a big battle on their hands to remain as the champions. TenKoji are no strangers to having a huge challenge in front of them and they will surely fight to the bitter end regardless of the outcome.

    (5) Tetsuya Naito vs. Yujiro Takahashi

    ~ Yujiro has been on quite a win streak since his recent return from CMLL a few months ago with a big win coming in the form of a pinfall victory over IWGP Heavyweight Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi. Yujiro showed signs that he wants a shot at the belt, but at that time the pecking order had already been set with Tanahashi looking to reclaim his G1 loses over Marufuji and now Suzuki for this show. Yujiro attacked Tetsuya Naito, mainly Naito’s injured right knee, after their scheduled tag match on 9/23and subsequently set up this upcoming match on 10/8. Naito will surely have revenge on his mind, but Yujiro has his eyes set on the IWGP Heavy belt. This match could very well lead to the next contender depending on who wins or loses.

    (6) Togi Makabe & Wataru Inoue vs. Kazushi Sakuraba & Katsuyori Shibata


    ~ After the utter killing of Hiromu Takahashi in the New Japan ring by Shibata & Sakura on 9/23, Makabe & Inoue are hoping that their strength together can bring the fight that the invading team wants. Sakuraba and Shibata aim to show more or less that they are the best in Japan. They will be going into this match with nothing but confidence on their side. Makabe and Inoue on the other hand will have the tough task of stopping the invading team dead in their tracks. Makabe is known as the toughest brawlers in New Japan today, so if they aim to bring the fight Makabe is ready for it.
    It is under speculation that the “former” New Japan Young Lion, Shibata could have his eyes set on turning to a singles competitor sooner than later with Goto, Nakamura, and even Tanahashi being among the list of names for Shibata to compete against. Could we see the start of this before the show is done?


    (7) Tokyo Dome IWGP Right to Challenge Match: [Defending Right] Kazuchika Okada vs. [Challenger] “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson


    ~ Following this years G1 CLIMAX which saw Kazuchika Okada defeat Karl Anderson in the finals of the tournament, Anderson has had nothing on his mind but getting an inevitable rematch sooner than later. Now though, with Kazuchika Okada pushing for his G1 win to turn into a Tokyo Dome IWGP Heavy title match contract, it has made the upcoming rematch for Anderson to mean so much more. If Anderson is able to defeat Okada he will then earn Okada’s contract to compete at next years Wrestle Kingdom in the main event for the IWGP Heavy belt. Of course, that still leaves less than 3 months away for the big show and even more attention to that very contract. Will Okada prove that his G1 win was not a fluke and keep his WK Contract? We will see this Monday.

    (8) IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match: [4th Champion] Shinsuke Nakamura vs. [Challenger] Hirooki Goto

    ~ 2nd Defense.


    ~ Hirooki Goto has his eyes set on reclaiming the IWGP Intercontinental belt from Shinsuke Nakamura after pinning Okada at the 9/23 show. Instead of going right after Okada or even Tanahashi for that matter, Goto immediately pointed to Nakamura and demanded a rematch for the IC belt which he lost to Nakamura on July 22nd of this year. Nakamura and Goto have a pretty strong rivaled past with both men showing at anytime that they can beat each other. This time with the belt on the line it should make this match mean even more. Nakamura holds a win over Goto from the title match in July and Goto got his win back during the G1 CLIMAX in August. It is time for these two to settle the score with the more worthy competitor walking out of the night with the belt around their waist.


    (9) IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: [58th Champion] Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. [Challenger] Minoru Suzuki

    ~ 4th Defense.


    ~ This will be a double rematch for both men. Tanahashi [35] holds a victory over Suzuki from this years Wrestle Kingdom show, and Suzuki [44] holds a pinfall victory over Tanahashi from this years G1 CLIMAX. Tanahashi reclaimed his loss against Naomichi Marufuji on 9/23, and is looking to do the same against Suzuki.
    During the press event for their upcoming match Suzuki stated that he aims to defeat Tanahashi and create a new future with the belt. With there only being a few months left before the big Wrestle Kingdom show there will be a lot of attention put forth to this match as the winner could very well be the one headlining the big show. Will Tanahashi remain as the symbol of New Japan Pro Wrestling, or will Suzuki prove that he is still has many tricks left in his arsenal?

  16. What time on Monday does it air Europe time?
  17. Idk, check it out on your time shit from PC, or something.
  18. seven in the morning here on a Monday. We'll see if I catch it live or download it.
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    Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan
    9,000 Fans – No Vacancy

    1. Manabu Nakanishi Return Match: Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka & Tomohiro Ishii beat Manabu Nakanishi, Yuji Nagata & Strong Man (11:29) when Yano used the Uragasumi on Nakanishi.
    2. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Title: Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov (c) beat KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley (14:55) when Romero used a cradle on KUSHIDA (2nd defense).
    3. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title: Low Ki beat Kota Ibushi Dramatic Dream Team (c) (17:05) with an avalanche-style Ki Krusher to become the 65th champion.
    4. IWGP Tag Team Title: Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. beat Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima (c) (12:47) when Smith Jr. used the Killer bomb on Kojima to become 61st champions.
    5. Yujiro Takahashi beat Tetsuya Naito (5:41) by referee stop.
    6. Kazushi Sakuraba & Katsuyori Shibata beat Togi Makabe & Wataru Inoue (7:10) when Shibata used a PK on Inoue.
    7. Tokyo Dome IWGP Heavyweight Title #1 Contender Match: Kazuchika Okada beat Karl Anderson (16:26) with the Rainmaker.
    8. IWGP Intercontinental Title: Shinsuke Nakamura (c) beat Hirooki Goto (15:12) with the Boma Ye (2nd defense).
    9. IWGP Heavyweight Title: Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) beat Minoru Suzuki (29:22) with the High Fly Flow (4th defense).

    * New Japan presented it’s big October show at Sumo Hall today and for the first time ever us foreign fans were able to see it live courtesy of internet PPV (still available on video-on-demand until 10/11 16:59 JST). Based on the stats around 550 foreign fans bought the PPV, which at $25 a pop means $13,750 (minus USTREAM’s cut) of previously unobtainable revenue for New Japan, before any VOD orders. Over 50,000 people bought the Japanese iPPV version despite the show also airing on regular TV PPV in Japan. 9,000 fans turned up which is up from 6,500 this time last year, so a good crowd even if not a complete sell out. I can post some personal thoughts on the matches unlike ever in the past. Firstly, this was an absolutely incredible show that I highly recommend everyone see. With many good to great matches and lasting 4 hours, it is well worth the US$25 and finally gives us the chance to support New Japan without having to resort to bootleg footage. I would say this was the best top to bottom New Japan show of the year and there have been some strong shows so that is heavy praise. If you’ve fallen out of love with or just gotten bored of pro wrestling I would say give this show a try as it may remind you of how great it can be.

    * The show began with Nakanishi’s emotional return match after 1+ year out of action with a serious injury. This was a fun match even if the weakest of the show, Nakanishi is always entertaining in his own goofy way and to see him again after so long was nice. He also looked in very good shape. It looked like everything was heading to a happy ending and Nakanishi win until Iizuka struck with the iron fingers from hell, sending Nakanishi into Yano’s Uragasumi cradle for the 3 count. CHAOS trolled everyone as only CHAOS can. And thus began a very fruitful event for New Japan’s heels.

    * Forever Hooligans (Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov) successfully defended their IWGP Jr. Tag Team Title for the second time against Time Splitters (KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley). This was a very good tag match that was truly tag team wrestling with loads of nice combination moves and sequences. It was fast paced for the bulk of the 15 minutes it lasted and looked like it could go either way, with KUSHIDA’s first IWGP title win looking a near certainty at times. In the end though Romero used a nice counter into a cradle to make sure the CHAOS tandem retained.

    * Low Ki won back the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title from the man who took it from him, DDT’s Kota Ibushi, to begin his third reign as champion. Both of these men are big league wrestlers and one can only hope Ibushi’s latest spell in New Japan isn’t over. This was a terrific match although I would say not up to the level they are capable of. There were some amazing sequences and counters with the two showing great chemistry. The finish was slightly awkward as it took a while to set up but when it did come it was spectacular, Low Ki hitting his Ki Krusher from the top rope to end Ibushi’s title reign. After a fairly long excursion to Europe and Mexico, New Japan junior ace Prince Devitt appeared in a suit and tie afterwards and grabbed a microphone, saying: “I’ve been to Europe, I’ve been to Mexico. But now I’m HOME in New Japan!”. He went on to challenge Low Ki who responded saying last year was Devitt’s year and this is Low Ki’s year. Their rivalry looks set to be renewed.

    * The big surprise of the show for me was the IWGP Tag Team Title match which looked nothing too special on paper but delivered in a big way. TenKoji’s first defense in their fourth reign as champions took about 2 1/2 months to happen and came against the sort of team you’d normally expect them to defeat, Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. (Harry Smith), given that the latter are a new team. Harry Smith’s name change coincided with a breakout performance for the son of the legendary British Bulldog as he stood out with an impressive showing. The match was very entertaining and almost the perfect length at 13 minutes. The ending was impactful as the foreign team didn’t just win the belts from Tenzan & Kojima, they won them in a very dominant and convincing way, hitting both opponents with the Killer bomb before Smith pinned Kojima to complete a major upset.

    * The battle of NO LIMIT was much shorter than expected but in a way that made sense. Naito has long been struggling with a knee injury and as soon as it flared up in this very fast paced match, Yujiro was on to it like a hound dog. Naito fought bravely but once Yujiro got him in a leglock was in big trouble. With the doctor at ringside the referee decided to stop the match but that wasn’t enough for Yujiro. Having seen his former tag partner grab the spotlight ahead of him for so long, he wrapped a chair around Naito’s knee and smashed it with another chair. Naito was stretchered out and sent to the hospital with his immediate future in doubt. But Yujiro finally seemed to step out of Naito’s shadow and would continue that trend later on.

    * On a night of many good to great long matches, the shorter tag match pitting Laughter7 (Sakuraba & Shibata) against Makabe & Inoue did not pale in comparison to any of them. This match excited me so much and the best way I could describe it is a modern reincarnation of the old New Japan vs. UWF or New Japan vs. UWF-I matches. A white hot brawl with a feeling of chaos and unpredictability, the feeling that got me hooked on New Japan in the 1990s and that you don’t get so much anymore. This was the first time I have seen Shibata in many years, having not yet seen his Kobe return match and having not followed his MMA career. He looked exactly the same as he did when he left New Japan years ago with a youthful face and slender build. He isn’t as punkish now, carrying himself with a sort of dignity but once the match starts he is still an aggressive warrior who has brutal kicks. The New Japan team fought very well against Saku & Shibata but Laughter7 never seemed to be in serious danger except when Makabe went up top for a King Kong kneedrop only for Sakuraba to shake the ropes to stop him hitting it. The impressive Shibata who, despite his failure as a MMA fighter, still exhudes a big league presence in the pro wrestling ring, PK’d former young lion rival and tag partner Inoue to win the match. I hope Shibata is here to stay as he has New Japan in his blood and offers something very different. With time he could easily be a main eventer. Sakuraba is of course an iconic legend too and it’s good to see him but Shibata is the true center of attention in this storyline I think.

    * Okada risked his 1/4 Tokyo Dome title match against Anderson in a re-run of the G1 Climax final. It’s very hard to say which match was the best of the show but I think many would give it to this blockbuster. Kazuchika Okada is amazing to put it simply. He came back to New Japan with a dud of a return match on 1/4 against YOSHI-HASHI that almost made it seem like this promising talent had learned nothing abroad. Then suddenly he blew the roof off in his title win over Tanahashi and has just gone from strength to strength since then. The sense of awkwardness that he had early in his title reign seems to be completely gone now. He is a superstar in every sense of the word. And the man he was up against Karl Anderson has also had a breakout year and is probably the most underrated and underappreciated American pro wrestler in the world. This was just an incredible match and the last few minutes need to be seen by all with great counters, teases, and big moves before Okada finally hit the Rainmaker to retain his 1/4 title shot. And really, this man already looks fit to headline the Tokyo Dome.

    * The old rivalry between Nakamura and Goto was put in the difficult position of bridging Okada vs. Anderson and the main event but did not deflate the crowd or disappoint. In what was Nakamura’s V2 defense of the IWGP Intercontinental Title against the man he took it from, Nakamura entered with his usual swagger that makes him impossible to hate. For a man once criticised for lack of charisma, he just oozes it now and with him not being in the main title picture at the moment he has managed to elevate the secondary IWGP IC Title with his reign and matches like this. As always these two put on a great show although I don’t think any of their matches have yet to surpass their IWGP Heavyweight Title match from April ’10. These two excited the crowd and there are few better wrestlers at hot closing sequences than Goto, who seemed to have won the match with something like a reverse Shouten only for Nakamura to kick out. Nakamura eventually won with the Boma Ye to retain the title.

    * After about 3 1/2 hours of great action, the main event had a lot to live up to as it saw a rematch from January’s Tokyo Dome show between Tanahashi and Suzuki for the IWGP Heavyweight Title. This was Tanahashi’s fourth defense in his latest reign, his last one having broken several records. They came into the match 1-1 this year though as Suzuki had beaten Tanahashi in a G1 Climax main event. While very good their Tokyo Dome main event wasn’t great so if they didn’t improve this threatened to be somewhat of a lukewarm finish to a red hot show. But boy, did they improve on that match with what I would call the very definition of a “world title” match. It built up at a slower pace than all of the other matches but with two such strong personalities, both of whom are gifted with ability and charisma, it never got boring for it’s entire 30 minute duration. Some people are tired of Tanahashi holding the title so often but this match showed again why New Japan have unending faith in him as their leader and champion, as he just never seems to let them down. The match centered around Tanahashi’s knee work (with some brutal dragon screw leg whips and an immense figure-four leglock spot) and Suzuki’s arm work and later his sleeper hold. Later on the focus became Tanahashi surviving Suzuki’s deadly sleeper leading to many exciting moments where you were just convinced Suzuki was taking the title. When Suzuki countered a dragon screw into a back-mounted sleeper it seemed curtains for Tana and he appeared to pass out before summoning a burst of strength and finding the ropes. Tanahashi eventually landed his High Fly Flow to win a match that I would guess meets all the criteria of a Tokyo Sports Best Bout award and should be nominated at the end of this year. A sublime main event.

    * After Suzuki hobbled to the back, Tanahashi was about to begin his post-match interview when a cocky and smug looking Yujiro appeared. Having sent Naito to hospital this was his time to really force himself into the spotlight and he challenged Tanahashi to a title match which looks set to happen on the 11/11 Osaka show and will be Yujiro’s first ever IWGP Heavyweight Title shot. Tanahashi, looking very tired and hurt, sent the fans home with his air guitar routine but it lacked the same energy it often does, showing just how much the main event took out of him.

    * Of all nine matches Tanahashi was the only babyface to win after CHAOS, Suzuki Gun, and the invading Laughter7 won every other match. But because the babyface/heel system is different in Japan to America, there was no feeling of disappointment from the fans as the likes of Nakamura, Okada, and Low Ki are very well liked.

    Everywhere I go, people who watched say it was an amazing event. Congrats to Low Ki, Harry Smith and Lance Archer.
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  20. Trying to find it online. Any site I can watch it at or get a torrent? This looks like a good show and a good jumping on point to get into New Japan
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