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    Lineups for the upcoming “NJPW 40TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR ~ KIZUNA ROAD” series have been announced with the focus on building up to the Yamagata show which will be headlined by Tanahashi vs. Tanaka for the IWGP Heavyweight Title. Participants for the 2012 G1 Climax will be announced on 7/8 at Korakuen Hall.

    NJPW, 7/7/12
    New Sunpia Gunma

    1. Wataru Inoue vs. Hiromu Takahashi
    2. KUSHIDA & Maximo vs. Jado & Gedo
    3. Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask & BUSHI vs. Low Ki, Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov
    4. Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Captain New Japan vs. Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka & Tomohiro Ishii
    5. Togi Makabe, Yuji Nagata, Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer, TAKA Michinoku Kaientai Dojo & Taichi
    6. Karl Anderson & Tama Tonga vs. Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI
    7. Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hirooki Goto & Tetsuya Naito vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, Masato Tanaka ZERO1 & Yujiro Takahashi

    NJPW, 7/8/12 (J SPORTS)
    Tokyo Korakuen Hall

    1. Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask, KUSHIDA & Maximo vs. Rocky Romero, Alex Koslov, Jado & Gedo
    2. Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Captain New Japan vs. Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka & YOSHI-HASHI
    3. BUSHI vs. Low Ki
    4. Togi Makabe, Yuji Nagata & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer & TAKA Michinoku Kaientai Dojo
    5. NWA World Historic Middleweight Title: Prince Devitt (c) vs. Taichi
    6. Tetsuya Naito, Karl Anderson & Tama Tonga vs. Kazuchika Okada, Yujiro Takahashi & Tomohiro Ishii
    7. Special Tag Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi & Hirooki Goto vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Masato Tanaka ZERO1

    NJPW, 7/10/12
    Wakayanagi City Gymnasium

    1. Wataru Inoue vs. Hiromu Takahashi
    2. Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask & Maximo vs. Low Ki, Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov
    3. Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Captain New Japan vs. Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka & Tomohiro Ishii
    4. Togi Makabe, Yuji Nagata, KUSHIDA & BUSHI vs. Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer, TAKA Michinoku Kaientai Dojo & Taichi
    5. Karl Anderson, Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Kazuchika Okada, Jado & Gedo
    6. Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hirooki Goto, Tetsuya Naito & Karl Anderson vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, Masato Tanaka ZERO1, Yujiro Takahashi & YOSHI-HASHI

    NJPW, 7/11/12
    Akita Furusato Village Dome Theater

    1. Wataru Inoue vs. Hiromu Takahashi
    2. Captain New Japan, BUSHI & Maximo vs. Jado, Gedo & Tomohiro Ishii
    3. Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & KUSHIDA vs. Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka & Low Ki
    4. Togi Makabe, Yuji Nagata, Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer, TAKA Michinoku Kaientai Dojo & Taichi
    5. Tetsuya Naito, Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask vs. YOSHI-HASHI, Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov
    6. Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hirooki Goto, Karl Anderson & Tama Tonga vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, Kazuchika Okada, Masato Tanaka ZERO1 & Yujiro Takahashi

    NJPW, 7/13/12
    Muroran City Gymnasium

    1. Wataru Inoue vs. Hiromu Takahashi
    2. Captain New Japan & Maximo vs. YOSHI-HASHI & Jado
    3. Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask, Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Low Ki, Rocky Romero, Alex Koslov & Gedo
    4. Togi Makabe, Yuji Nagata, KUSHIDA & BUSHI vs. Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer, TAKA Michinoku Kaientai Dojo & Taichi
    5. Hirooki Goto, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka
    6. Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tetsuya Naito, Karl Anderson & Tama Tonga vs. Kazuchika Okada, Masato Tanaka ZERO1, Yujiro Takahashi & Tomohiro Ishii

    NJPW, 7/14/12
    Kutchan Town Gymnasium

    1. Wataru Inoue vs. Hiromu Takahashi
    2. Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask & Maximo vs. Low Ki, Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov
    3. Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Captain New Japan vs. Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka & YOSHI-HASHI
    4. Togi Makabe, Yuji Nagata, Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer, TAKA Michinoku Kaientai Dojo & Taichi
    5. Karl Anderson, KUSHIDA & BUSHI vs. Kazuchika Okada, Jado & Gedo
    6. Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hirooki Goto, Tetsuya Naito & Tama Tonga vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, Masato Tanaka ZERO1, Yujiro Takahashi & Tomohiro Ishii

    NJPW, 7/15/12
    Yakumo Town Gymnasium

    1. Wataru Inoue vs. Hiromu Takahashi
    2. Prince Devitt, Ryusuke Taguchi & Maximo vs. Low Ki, Jado & Gedo
    3. Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima, Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask vs. Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka, Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov
    4. Togi Makabe, Yuji Nagata, KUSHIDA & BUSHI vs. Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer, TAKA Michinoku Kaientai Dojo & Taichi
    5. Tetsuya Naito & Captain New Japan vs. Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI
    6. Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hirooki Goto, Karl Anderson & Tama Tonga vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, Masato Tanaka ZERO1, Yujiro Takahashi & Tomohiro Ishii

    NJPW, 7/16/12
    Hakodate Citizen Gymnasium

    1. Wataru Inoue vs. Hiromu Takahashi
    2. Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask, KUSHIDA, BUSHI & Maximo vs. Low Ki, Rocky Romero, Alex Koslov, Jado & Gedo
    3. Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Captain New Japan vs. Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka & Tomohiro Ishii
    4. Tetsuya Naito & Karl Anderson vs. Yujiro Takahashi & YOSHI-HASHI
    5. Togi Makabe, Yuji Nagata, Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer, TAKA Michinoku Kaientai Dojo & Taichi
    6. Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hirooki Goto & Tama Tonga vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, Kazuchika Okada & Masato Tanaka ZERO1

    NJPW, 7/18/12 (Samurai! TV)
    Sapporo Teisen Hall

    1. Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Jado & Gedo
    2. Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask, Captain New Japan & Maximo vs. Rocky Romero, Alex Koslov, Jado & Tomohiro Ishii
    3. Special Singles Match: Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Takashi Iizuka
    4. Special Singles Match: Satoshi Kojima vs. Toru Yano
    5. Kota Ibushi Dramatic Dream Team & Daisuke Sasaki vs. Low Ki & Gedo
    6. Togi Makabe, Yuji Nagata, Akebono & Wataru Inoue vs. Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer, TAKA Michinoku Kaientai Dojo & Taichi
    7. Hirooki Goto, Karl Anderson & Tama Tonga vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI
    8. Special Tag Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi & Tetsuya Naito vs. Masato Tanaka ZERO1 & Yujiro Takahashi

    NJPW, 7/19/12 (Samurai! TV)
    Sapporo Teisen Hall

    1. Wataru Inoue, Hiromu Takahashi & Takaaki Watanabe vs. KUSHIDA, BUSHI & Tama Tonga
    2. Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask & Maximo vs. Rocky Romero, Alex Koslov & Gedo
    3. Special Singles Match: Satoshi Kojima vs. Takashi Iizuka
    4. Special Singles Match: Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Toru Yano
    5. Kota Ibushi Dramatic Dream Team & Daisuke Sasaki vs. Low Ki & Jado
    6. Tetsuya Naito, Karl Anderson & Captain New Japan vs. Kazuchika Okada, Yujiro Takahashi & YOSHI-HASHI
    7. Togi Makabe, Yuji Nagata, Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer, TAKA Michinoku Kaientai Dojo & Taichi
    8. Special 6 Man Tag Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hirooki Goto & Akebono vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, Masato Tanaka ZERO1 & Tomohiro Ishii

    NJPW, 7/22/12 (WPW)
    Yamagata Sports Center

    1. Captain New Japan, Tama Tonga, BUSHI & Maximo vs. YOSHI-HASHI, Jado, Gedo & Tomohiro Ishii
    2. KUSHIDA vs. Low Ki
    3. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Title: Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask (c) vs. Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov
    4. Special Elimination Match: Togi Makabe, Yuji Nagata, Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer, TAKA Michinoku Kaientai Dojo & Taichi
    5. IWGP Tag Team Title: Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka (decision match)
    6. Special Tag Match: Tetsuya Naito & Karl Anderson vs. Kazuchika Okada & Yujiro Takahashi
    7. IWGP Intercontinental Title: Hirooki Goto (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
    8. IWGP Heavyweight Title: Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs. Masato Tanaka ZERO1

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    NJPW, 7/8/12 (J SPORTS)
    Tokyo Korakuen Hall
    1,900 Fans – No Vacancy

    1. Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask, KUSHIDA & Maximo beat Rocky Romero, Alex Koslov, Jado & Gedo (9:38) when KUSHIDA used the Midnight Express on Gedo.
    2. Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Captain New Japan vs. Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka & YOSHI-HASHI went to a double countout (11:40).
    3. Low Ki beat BUSHI (7:36) with a diving footstomp.
    4. Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer & TAKA Michinoku Kaientai Dojo beat Togi Makabe, Yuji Nagata & Ryusuke Taguchi (11:11) when Suzuki used a Gotch-style piledriver on Taguchi.
    5. NWA World Historic Middleweight Title: Prince Devitt (c) beat Taichi (17:42) with a diving footstomp (1st defense).
    6. Tetsuya Naito, Karl Anderson & Tama Tonga beat Kazuchika Okada, Yujiro Takahashi & Tomohiro Ishii (16:04) when Anderson used the Gun Stun on Ishii.
    7. Special Tag Match: Shinsuke Nakamura & Masato Tanaka ZERO1 beat Hiroshi Tanahashi & Hirooki Goto (18:20) when Nakamura used the Boma Ye on Goto.

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    I swear, Tanahashi can't buy a win in a tag match.

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    Well part of the purpose of the tour is to convince the people that (let's face it) an upper mid-card heavyweight who's a week's diet from going junior heavyweight can beat the biggest draw in Japan...

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    NJPW, 7/22/12 (WPW)
    Yamagata Sports Center
    3,500 Fans – Super No Vacancy

    1. Captain New Japan, Tama Tonga, BUSHI & Maximo beat YOSHI-HASHI, Jado, Gedo & Tomohiro Ishii (7:48) when Captain used the Caribbean Death Grip on Gedo.
    2. KUSHIDA beat Low Ki (7:10) with a modified Japanese leg roll clutch hold.
    3. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Title: Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov beat Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask (c) (13:44) when Romero used the Contract Killer on Tiger to become the 33rd champions.
    4. Special Elimination Match: Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer, TAKA Michinoku Kaientai Dojo & Taichi beat Togi Makabe, Yuji Nagata, Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi (16:46). Makabe threw Taichi over the top rope (9:23). Makabe used a King Kong kneedrop on TAKA (9:39). Archer threw Makabe over the top rope (10:41). Suzuki threw Nagata over the top rope (14:15). Archer threw Devitt over the top rope (15:41). Archer used the Blackout on Taguchi (16:46).
    5. IWGP Tag Team Title: Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima beat Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka (13:43) when Kojima used a lariat on Iizuka to become the 60th champions (decision match).
    6. Special Tag Match: Tetsuya Naito & Karl Anderson beat Kazuchika Okada & Yujiro Takahashi (15:30) when Naito used a Stardust press on Takahashi.
    7. IWGP Intercontinental Title: Shinsuke Nakamura beat Hirooki Goto (c) (16:50) with the Boma Ye to become the 4th champion.
    8. IWGP Heavyweight Title: Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) beat Masato Tanaka ZERO1 (26:15) with the High Fly Flow (2nd defense).

    * In front of a yet another sold out crowd for New Japan, Hiroshi Tanahashi overcame the fierce challenge of CHAOS’ Masato Tanaka in an exciting match to complete his V2 defense, ensuring that he goes into this year’s G1 Climax as champion just like last year. It took close to half an hour for Tanaka’s bold challenge to be put to an end but once again the New Japan ace proved his ability when he hit the High Fly Flow for the win. Tanahashi has now won fifteen IWGP Heavyweight Title matches over two reigns in the last one and a half years.

    * The IWGP Intercontinental Title scene was shaken up as in the biggest match in the title’s short history, Shinsuke Nakamura dethroned generation rival Hirooki Goto to become the 4th champion. Although considered a secondary title, this belt now certainly holds more prestige and worth than it did before and Nakamura adds another trophy to his well decorated cabinet.

    * The seemingly endless TenKoji vs. Yano & Iizuka feud seemed to find some sort of resolution today as with four referees to avoid yet another non-finish, Tenzan & Kojima defeated the dastardly CHAOS duo in a decision match for the vacant IWGP Tag Team Title. The title was held up last month after a no contest while Yano & Iizuka were champions and New Japan officials deemed them unfit to reign as champions after that, demanding they earn the belts again in a fresh collision with TenKoji. But with four referees ensuring Yano & Iizuka could only bend the rules so much, the now 4-time IWGP Tag Team Champions came out victorious as Kojima sunk Iizuka with a lariat. It’s 13 1/2 years since the popular TenKoji duo first won these belts when they defeated Genichiro Tenryu & Shiro Koshinaka on 1/4/99 at the Tokyo Dome but they are stronger than ever in their latest reunion.

    * The IWGP Jr. Tag Team Title is back in CHAOS custody for the first time since Davey Richards & Rocky Romero were forced to vacate the belts in May after Richards couldn’t make a title match and his New Japan stay subsequently ended. Romero has since found a new tag partner in the impressive Alex Koslov and today they scored a huge win over Liger & Tiger Mask, who only won the belts themselves last month. Tiger Mask fell to the Contract Killer, meaning the last three champions have failed to even register one successful defense… a trend the new champions will be hoping to put an end to.

    * In a huge upset on the undercard, KUSHIDA surprised the dominant Low Ki with a cradle to defeat the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion in a non-title match. This isn’t what Ki wanted ahead of his upcoming title defense against Kota Ibushi and for KUSHIDA, he will be watching that and could be the first to challenge the winner after today’s result.

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    NJPW, 7/22/12 (WPW)
    Yamagata Sports Center
    3,500 Fans – Super No Vacancy

    1. Captain New Japan, Tama Tonga, BUSHI & Maximo beat YOSHI-HASHI, Jado, Gedo & Tomohiro Ishii (7:48) when Captain used the Caribbean Death Grip on Gedo.
    2. KUSHIDA beat Low Ki (7:10) with a modified Japanese leg roll clutch hold.
    3. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Title: Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov beat Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask (c) (13:44) when Romero used the Contract Killer on Tiger to become the 33rd champions.
    4. Special Elimination Match: Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer, TAKA Michinoku Kaientai Dojo & Taichi beat Togi Makabe, Yuji Nagata, Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi (16:46). Makabe threw Taichi over the top rope (9:23). Makabe used a King Kong kneedrop on TAKA (9:39). Archer threw Makabe over the top rope (10:41). Suzuki threw Nagata over the top rope (14:15). Archer threw Devitt over the top rope (15:41). Archer used the Blackout on Taguchi (16:46).
    5. IWGP Tag Team Title: Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima beat Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka (13:43) when Kojima used a lariat on Iizuka to become the 60th champions (decision match).
    6. Special Tag Match: Tetsuya Naito & Karl Anderson beat Kazuchika Okada & Yujiro Takahashi (15:30) when Naito used a Stardust press on Takahashi.
    7. IWGP Intercontinental Title: Shinsuke Nakamura beat Hirooki Goto (c) (16:50) with the Boma Ye to become the 4th champion.
    8. IWGP Heavyweight Title: Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) beat Masato Tanaka ZERO1 (26:15) with the High Fly Flow (2nd defense).

    * In front of a yet another sold out crowd for New Japan, Hiroshi Tanahashi overcame the fierce challenge of CHAOS’ Masato Tanaka in an exciting match to complete his V2 defense, ensuring that he goes into this year’s G1 Climax as champion just like last year. It took close to half an hour for Tanaka’s bold challenge to be put to an end but once again the New Japan ace proved his ability when he hit the High Fly Flow for the win. Tanahashi has now won fifteen IWGP Heavyweight Title matches over two reigns in the last one and a half years.

    * The IWGP Intercontinental Title scene was shaken up as in the biggest match in the title’s short history, Shinsuke Nakamura dethroned generation rival Hirooki Goto to become the 4th champion. Although considered a secondary title, this belt now certainly holds more prestige and worth than it did before and Nakamura adds another trophy to his well decorated cabinet.

    * The seemingly endless TenKoji vs. Yano & Iizuka feud seemed to find some sort of resolution today as with four referees to avoid yet another non-finish, Tenzan & Kojima defeated the dastardly CHAOS duo in a decision match for the vacant IWGP Tag Team Title. The title was held up last month after a no contest while Yano & Iizuka were champions and New Japan officials deemed them unfit to reign as champions after that, demanding they earn the belts again in a fresh collision with TenKoji. But with four referees ensuring Yano & Iizuka could only bend the rules so much, the now 4-time IWGP Tag Team Champions came out victorious as Kojima sunk Iizuka with a lariat. It’s 13 1/2 years since the popular TenKoji duo first won these belts when they defeated Genichiro Tenryu & Shiro Koshinaka on 1/4/99 at the Tokyo Dome but they are stronger than ever in their latest reunion.

    * The IWGP Jr. Tag Team Title is back in CHAOS custody for the first time since Davey Richards & Rocky Romero were forced to vacate the belts in May after Richards couldn’t make a title match and his New Japan stay subsequently ended. Romero has since found a new tag partner in the impressive Alex Koslov and today they scored a huge win over Liger & Tiger Mask, who only won the belts themselves last month. Tiger Mask fell to the Contract Killer, meaning the last three champions have failed to even register one successful defense… a trend the new champions will be hoping to put an end to.

    * In a huge upset on the undercard, KUSHIDA surprised the dominant Low Ki with a cradle to defeat the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion in a non-title match. This isn’t what Ki wanted ahead of his upcoming title defense against Kota Ibushi and for KUSHIDA, he will be watching that and could be the first to challenge the winner after today’s result.

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    Early show tonight by their standards, might as well cover it. WHO WILL BE THE LAST TO REBEL?!

    NJPW "40TH ANNIVERSARY LAST REBELLION", 7-29-2012
    Tokyo Korakuen Hall
    2,040 Fans, Sell-out.

    1. Captain New Japan & KUSHIDA beat Jado & Gedo in 7:22 after KUSHIDA used the Buzzsaw kick on Gedo.
    2. Wataru Inoue, Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask beat Ryusuke Taguchi, BUSHI & Tama Tonga in 9:09 after Inoue used the German Suplex Hold on BUSHI.
    3. Karl Anderson, MVP, Shelton Benjamin & Rush beat Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer, TAKA Michinoku & Taichi in 10:15 after Benjamin used the Paydirt on Taichi.
    4. Yuji Nagata, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima beat Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka & Tomohiro Ishii in 10:09 after Nagata used a Backdrop hold on Ishii.
    5. Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe, Hirooki Goto & Tetsuya Naito beat Shinsuke Nakamura, Kazuchika Okada, Yujiro Takahashi & YOSHI-HASHI in 17:12 after Naito used the Stardust Press on YOSHI-HASHI.
    6. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title: Kota Ibushi beat Low Ki in 19:30 with the Phoenix Splash to become the new champion. This is his 2nd reign.
    7. NWA World Historic Middleweight Title: Prince Devitt (c) beat Volador Jr. in 13:05 after the avalanche-style Bloody Sunday to retain.

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    Kind of surprising that they would hotshot the belt back onto Ibushi.

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    Well I don't think they ever wanted it to come off of him. I imagine they have designs on making him a junior Tanahashi.

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    Sacremento Wrestling Federation will host two IWGP title matches on their August 26th show at the Butte County Fair as part of a new tie-up with New Japan. Shinsuke Nakamura makes his V1 defense of the IWGP Intercontinental Title against “Old School” Oliver John while Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov make their V1 defense of the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Title against Alex Shelley & AJ Kirsch. New Japan rising star KUSHIDA is also set to challenge for the SWF Heavyweight Title, currently held by Dave Dutra who will be his opponent unless he drops the belt beforehand.

    SWF “INTERNATIONAL WRESTLING WARS”, 8/26/12
    Butte County Fair Grounds

    - IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Title: Rocky Romero New Japan & Alex Koslov New Japan (c) vs. Alex Shelley & AJ Kirsch
    - IWGP Intercontinental Title: Shinsuke Nakamura New Japan (c) vs. Oliver John
    - SWF Heavyweight Title: Dave Dutra (c) vs. KUSHIDA New Japan

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    Well that's pretty cool. Good for them. Them being a small indy promotion getting a deal with NJPW.

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    NJPW “YUJI NAGATA 20TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW ~ BLUE JUSTICE IV”, 9/9/12 (Samurai! TV)
    Togane Arena

    1. Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Hiromu Takahashi
    2. Wataru Inoue vs. Tama Tonga
    3. KUSHIDA, Alex Shelley, BUSHI & Mascara Dorada vs. Low Ki, Rocky Romero, Alex Koslov & Averno
    4. Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask & Captain New Japan vs. YOSHI-HASHI, Jado & Gedo
    5. Hirooki Goto, Tetsuya Naito & Karl Anderson vs. Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka & Tomohiro Ishii
    6. Togi Makabe, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Akebono vs. Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer, Harry Smith & TAKA Michinoku Kaientai Dojo
    7. Yuji Nagata 20th Anniversary Match: Yuji Nagata, Jun Akiyama Pro Wrestling NOAH & Masaaki Mochizuki Dragon Gate vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, Kazuchika Okada & Yujiro Takahashi

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    Shinsuke Nakamura is throwing out the first pitch at a Rangers/Rays game

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    Ahaha, that's amazing.

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    WHAT?!

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    The company that owns New Japan is a sponsor for the Texas Rangers

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    NJPW, 9/7/12 (J SPORTS)
    Tokyo Korakuen Hall
    1,950 Fans – Super No Vacancy

    1. Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka beat Wataru Inoue & Hiromu Takahashi (6:42) when Yano used the Oni Koroshi on Takahashi.
    2. Low Ki, Rocky Romero, Alex Koslov & Averno beat Ryusuke Taguchi, Alex Shelley, BUSHI & Mascara Dorada (12:32) when Averno used an avalanche-style Devil’s Wings on Dorada.
    3. Yujiro Takahashi, Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI beat Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask & Captain New Japan (9:05) when Takahashi used the Tokyo Pimps on Captain.
    4. Togi Makabe, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Yuji Nagata beat Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer, Harry Smith & TAKA Michinoku Kaientai Dojo (11:39) when TAKA was DQ’d.
    5. Special Tag Match: Naomichi Marufuji Pro Wrestling NOAH & Mohammed Yone Pro Wrestling NOAH beat Tetsuya Naito & Tama Tonga (17:21) when Marufuji used the Tiger Frosion on Tonga.
    6. Special Tag Match: Hirooki Goto & Karl Anderson beat Shinsuke Nakamura & Kazuchika Okada (17:00) when Anderson used the Gun Stun on Nakamura.
    7. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title: Kota Ibushi Dramatic Dream Team (c) beat KUSHIDA (25:10) with a sit-down Last Ride (1st defense).

    * Kota Ibushi overcame a ferocious and a spirited challenge from KUSHIDA in what proved to be a difficult V1 defense of his IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title. After finishing off KUSHIDA with a sit-down Last Ride the champion barely had time to breathe before both Low Ki and Taguchi entered the ring issuing challenges to Ibushi.

    * G1 finalist Karl Anderson scored a big win in the semi final tag match as he (teaming with Goto) pinned Nakamura (teaming with Okada), and this looks like it could be leading to a G1 final rematch between Okada and Anderson at Kobe World Hall.

    * Despite his apparent knee injury, Tetsuya Naito was OK to wrestle today as he and Tama Tonga faced the NOAH tandem of Marufuji & Yone, with Marufuji pinning Tonga ahead of his title match with Tanahashi later this month.

    * K-DOJO star Kengo Mashimo interfered in the fourth match, helping Suzuki Gun which of course K-DOJO founder TAKA Michinoku is part of and now Mashimo looks to have joined. This should lead to participation in New Japan by Mashimo who challenged for the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title in the same building seven years ago.

    * Wataru Inoue issued a challenge to former tag partner and friend Katsuyori Shibata, along with Kazushi Sakuraba, which would see Wataru and Shibata in the same ring again after a long time.

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    According to the announcers on the 6/16 show, Okada has never seen an Inoki or Fujinami match.

    I can't imagine how that is physically possible; those were literally two of the biggest stars in the history of the company, one of whom was both the founder and one of the biggest wrestling stars EVER.

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    NJPW “YUJI NAGATA 20TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW ~ BLUE JUSTICE IV”, 9/9/12 (Samurai! TV)
    Togane Arena
    2,250 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

    1. Wataru Inoue beat Hiromu Takahashi (9:24) with a German suplex hold.
    2. Low Ki, Rocky Romero, Alex Koslov & Averno beat KUSHIDA, Alex Shelley, BUSHI & Mascara Dorada (10:53) when Ki used the Ki Krusher ’99 on BUSHI.
    3. Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask & Captain New Japan beat YOSHI-HASHI, Jado & Gedo (11:52) when Captain used the Caribbean Death Grip on Gedo.
    4. Hirooki Goto, Tetsuya Naito & Karl Anderson beat Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka & Tomohiro Ishii (12:52) when Anderson used the Gun Stun on Ishii.
    5. Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer, Harry Smith & TAKA Michinoku Kaientai Dojo beat Togi Makabe, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Ryusuke Taguchi (14:07) when Smith used a Sharpshooter on Tenzan.
    6. Yuji Nagata 20th Anniversary Match: Yuji Nagata, Jun Akiyama Pro Wrestling NOAH & Masaaki Mochizuki Dragon Gate beat Shinsuke Nakamura, Kazuchika Okada & Yujiro Takahashi (18:56) when Nagata used a backdrop hold on Takahashi.

    * Yuji Nagata celebrated his 20th anniversary as a pro wrestler with a successful show in his home region of Togane. Nagata worked hard on promoting this event and the result was a packed house of 2,250 fans.

    * The 2,250 fans saw a special main event where Nagata teamed with NOAH star and generation rival Jun Akiyama along with DRAGON GATE’s Masaaki Mochizuki in an “anti-aging” trio. They defeated CHAOS’ Nakamura, Okada & Yujiro with Nagata fittingly ending the match with his backdrop hold on Yujiro. New Japan trueborn and Nagata’s former Team JAPAN faction member Kazuyuki Fujita made a surprise appearance after the match to congratulate Nagata on his 20th anniversary. Nakanishi also appeared so the only Team JAPAN member missing was the enigmatic Kendo Kashin who hasn’t been seen in New Japan for a long time now. 90s star Hiroshi Hase also made an appearance.

    * Special guest Akebono was forced to miss the show due to an injury that will keep him out for a while.

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    NJPW 40TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR ~ ROAD TO DESTRUCTION 9/7/12
    Tokyo Korakuen Hall

    1. Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka vs Wataru Inoue & Hiromu Takahashi
    2. Low Ki, Averno , Rocky Romero, Alex Koslov vs Ryusuke Taguchi, Alex Shelley, Máscara Dorada & BUSHI
    3. Yujiro Takahashi, Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI vs Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask & Captain New Japan
    4. Yuji Nagata, Togi Makabe, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer, Harry Smith & TAKA Michinoku
    5. Special Tag Match: Naomichi Marufuji & Mohammed Yone vs Tetsuya Naito & Tama Tonga
    6. Special Tag Match: Hirooki Goto & Karl Anderson vs Shinsuke Nakamura & Kazuchika Okada
    7. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title: Kota Ibushi (c) vs KUSHIDA

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    NJPW "40TH ANNIVERSARY LAST REBELLION" 7/29/12
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    Thanks to JayCuk for the source

    1. Captain New Japan & KUSHIDA vs Jado & Gedo
    2. Ryusuke Taguchi, BUSHI & Tama Tonga vs Wataru Inoue, Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask
    3. Karl Anderson, MVP, Shelton Benjamin & Rush vs Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer, TAKA Michinoku & Taichi
    4. Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka & Tomohiro Ishii vs Yuji Nagata, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima
    5. Shinsuke Nakamura, Kazuchika Okada, Yujiro Takahashi & YOSHI-HASHI vs Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe, Hirooki Goto & Tetsuya Naito
    6. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title: Low Ki © vs Kota Ibushi
    7. NWA World Historic Middleweight Title: Prince Devitt © vs Volador Jr.

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    I love this match


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    Tanahashi has passed Hashimoto for 2nd on most combined days as IWGP Heavyweight Champion

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    New Japan’s NEVER brand presents its NEVER Openweight Title Tournament on 11/15 and 11/19 as recently revealed, with a brand new openweight title up for grabs. Tetsuya Naito was at the recent press conference and was to be the poster boy of the brand but after Yujiro Takahashi sent him to hospital on 10/11 that isn’t happening. The tournament features 16 wrestlers of many varieties, from higher profile heavyweights like Karl Anderson and Masato Tanaka to well known juniors like Ryusuke Taguchi and KUSHIDA to a bunch of K-DOJO and independent wrestlers like Kengo Mashimo (who wrestled Makabe on 9/23 at Kobe World Hall) and Daisuke Sasaki.

    Just as interesting as the tournament itself is the news that New Japan will debut its two latest rookies! Takaaki Watanabe, the most recent debutant (last year), faces newcomers Sho Tanaka and Yohei Komatsu over the two shows. Both of these are smaller sized wrestlers which is quite interesting as New Japan traditionally asks for taller guys but these two are definitely below the 180cm height requirement New Japan would ask for not so long ago. New Japan also has a very tall American called Gaylon Summers in the dojo who isn’t far away from debuting. Some info on both of the new kids:

    Sho Tanaka
    Age: 23 (August 27th, 1989)
    Height: 5’8″ (173cm)
    Weight: 205lbs (93kg)
    Information: Extensive amateur wrestling background with achievements in All Japan University Greco Roman Championships and other events. Joined New Japan in February, 2012.

    Yohei Komatsu
    Age: 24 (June 25th, 1988)
    Height: 5’8″ (171.5cm)
    Weight: 187lbs (85kg)
    Information: Graduated Toyo University Faculty of Law but is no David Otunga as he pursued amateur wrestling throughout high school and university for 7 years. Joined New Japan in February, 2012.

    NEVER “NEVER OPENWEIGHT TITLE TOURNAMENT 1ST ROUND”, 11/15/12
    Tokyo SHIBUYA-AX

    1. Takaaki Watanabe vs. Sho Tanaka (debut)
    2. NEVER Openweight Title Tournament – Round 1: Hiromu Takahashi vs. Shiori Asahi Kaientai Dojo
    3. NEVER Openweight Title Tournament – Round 1: YOSHI-HASHI vs. Ryuichi Sekine Kaientai Dojo
    4. NEVER Openweight Title Tournament – Round 1: Captain New Japan vs. Taishi Takizawa
    5. NEVER Openweight Title Tournament – Round 1: Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Hiro Tounai Kaientai Dojo
    6. NEVER Openweight Title Tournament – Round 1: Tomohiro Ishii vs. Daisuke Sasaki
    7. NEVER Openweight Title Tournament – Round 1: BUSHI vs. Kengo Mashimo Kaientai Dojo
    8. NEVER Openweight Title Tournament – Round 1: Karl Anderson vs. Yujiro Takahashi
    9. NEVER Openweight Title Tournament – Round 1: KUSHIDA vs. Masato Tanaka ZERO1

    NEVER “NEVER OPENWEIGHT TITLE TOURNAMENT FINAL”, 11/19/12
    Tokyo SHIBUYA-AX

    1. Takaaki Watanabe vs. Yohei Komatsu (debut)
    2. NEVER Openweight Title Tournament – Round 2: Winner of Anderson/Yujiro Takahashi vs. Winner of Hiromu Takahashi/Asahi
    3. NEVER Openweight Title Tournament – Round 2: Winner of Taguchi/Tounai vs. Winner of BUSHI/Mashimo
    4. NEVER Openweight Title Tournament – Round 2: Winner of KUSHIDA/Tanaka vs. Winner of Captain/Takizawa
    5. NEVER Openweight Title Tournament – Round 2: Winner of Ishii/Sasaki vs. Winner of YOSHI-HASHI/Sekine
    6. NEVER Openweight Title Tournament – Semi Final: Winner of #2 vs. Winner of #3
    7. NEVER Openweight Title Tournament – Semi Final: Winner of #4 vs. Winner of #5
    8. NEVER Openweight Title Tournament – Final:

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    Definitely seems like New Japan is really taking strides to push aside the Jr. barrier. Makes sense, since smaller, high flying heavyweights like Tanahashi and Naito have gotten so over.

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    I think New Japan are in danger of having too many belts

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    Agreed. Especially since the Intercontinental one doesn't really seem to have any particular purpose.

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    is there any video yet of Sakuraba and Shibata's most recent tag match?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panther52 View Post
    is there any video yet of Sakuraba and Shibata's most recent tag match?

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    Trying desperately to catch up on my backlog of matches. Ibushi vs KUSHIDA is very very quite good

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    Do you have your 2012 list to hand, Defrost? I'd like to catch up on what I've missed from Japan over the last few months.

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    Here is my giant match of the year list


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    If you are a fan of DDT I would also recommend watching the entire Budokan Hall show

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    Sweet.

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    NJPW "~SUPER JR. TAG TOURNAMENT 1ST~", 10/21/12 (Asahi Newstar)
    Tokyo Korakuen Hall
    1,950 fans.

    1. Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka beat Manabu Nakanishi & Captain New Japan in 8:05 after Yano used the Onikoroshi on CNJ.
    2. Togi Makabe & Wataru Inoue beat Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI in 9:51 after Makabe used the King Kong Kneedrop on YOSHI-HASHI.
    3. Super Jr. Tag Tournament - Round 1: KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley beat Jado & Gedo in 13:26 when Shelley pinned Gedo after the I-96.
    4. Super Jr. Tag Tournament - Round 1: TAKA Michinoku & Taichi beat Negro Casas & BUSHI in 18:24 after Taichi used the Taichi-style Gedo Clutch on BUSHI.
    5. Super Jr. Tag Tournament - Round 1: Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov beat Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask in 9:28 when Romero pinned Liger with a small package hold.
    6. Super Jr. Tag Tournament - Round 1: Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi beat Low Ki & Brian Kendrick in 10:03 when Taguchi pinned Kendrick after the Dodon.
    7. Special 6 Man Tag Match: Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. beat Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Yuji Nagata in 14:29 when Suzuki pinned Nagata after the Gotch-style Piledriver.
    8. Special 6 Man Tag Match: Shinsuke Nakamura, Kazuchika Okada & Yujiro Takahashi beat Hiroshi Tanahashi, Karl Anderson & Hirooki Goto in 15:18 after Takahashi used the dead-lift German Suplex Hold on Tanahashi.

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    So who's the smart money on for the tournament? I have a sneaky feeling that KUSHIDA and Shelley will go far.

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    Probably them. The winners of the thing are probably winning the titles.

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    CHAOS top two Shinsuke Nakamura and Kazuchika Okada have decided not to team up in New Japan’s first ever World Tag League, the sequel to the long-standing G1 Tag League. The two came to the decision because they quite simply believe it’d make the tournament too one-sided as they’d win it easily, so will opt for different partners to make it more challenging. Nakamura and Okada have teamed three times so far, beating Tanahashi & Naito on 1/29 and Suwama & Shuji Kondo on 7/1, but recently losing in something of an upset to Goto & Anderson on 9/7.

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    NJPW “~SUPER JR. TAG TOURNAMENT SEMI FINAL & FINAL~”, 11/2/12 (Asahi Newstar)
    Tokyo Korakuen Hall
    1,800 Fans

    1. Super Jr. Tag Tournament – Semi Final: KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley beat TAKA Michinoku Kaientai Dojo & Taichi (8:13) when Shelley pinned TAKA after the Midnight Automatic.
    2. Super Jr. Tag Tournament – Semi Final: Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi beat Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov (9:19) when Taguchi used the Dodon on Koslov.
    3. Low Ki, Brian Kendrick, Jado & Gedo beat Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask, Negro Casas & BUSHI (11:26) when Ki used a diving footstomp on BUSHI.
    4. Togi Makabe & Wataru Inoue beat Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka (8:50) when Inoue used a German suplex hold on Iizuka.
    5. Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. beat Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Yuji Nagata (13:16) when Archer used the Killer bomb on Tenzan.
    6. Shinsuke Nakamura, Kazuchika Okada, Yujiro Takahashi, Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI beat Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hirooki Goto, Manabu Nakanishi, Karl Anderson & Captain New Japan (16:22) when Ishii used a brainbuster on Captain.
    7. Super Jr. Tag Tournament – Final: KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley beat Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi (16:42) when KUSHIDA pinned Taguchi after the I-94.

    * “Time Splitters” KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley wasted no time in earning a second shot at Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov’s IWGP Jr. Tag Team Title by winning the Super Jr. Tag Tournament in today’s finale at Korakuen. They overcame Suzuki-gun’s TAKA & Taichi in their semi final while Apollo 55 defeated the champions in the other to show they also meant business. And so it came down to two fan favourite teams as Devitt & Taguchi faces KUSHIDA & Shelley in an exciting final. But it was the newer team who triumphed as on a big day for him KUSHIDA pinned Taguchi following the I-94. The winners immediately challenged Forever Hooligans for a title shot on 11/11 in Osaka and that is certain to take place.

    * New Japan announced that it’s popular collaboration with Mexican giants CMLL will expand in 2013! “FANTASTICA MANIA 2013″ will run over three shows next January instead of two after the concept has been such a success so far.

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    NEVER “NEVER OPENWEIGHT TITLE TOURNAMENT FINAL”, 11/19/12
    Tokyo SHIBUYA-AX

    1. Takaaki Watanabe beat Yohei Komatsu (debut) (6:48) with a crab hold.
    2. NEVER Openweight Title Tournament – Round 2: Kengo Mashimo Kaientai Dojo beat Ryusuke Taguchi (7:54) with the Mudo.
    3. NEVER Openweight Title Tournament – Round 2: Karl Anderson beat Shiori Asahi Kaientai Dojo (3:59) with the Bernard Driver.
    4. NEVER Openweight Title Tournament – Round 2: Masato Tanaka ZERO1 beat Taishi Takizawa Kaientai Dojo (4:28) with the Sliding D.
    5. NEVER Openweight Title Tournament – Round 2: Tomohiro Ishii beat YOSHI-HASHI (6:57) with a lariat.
    6. NEVER Openweight Title Tournament – Semi Final: Karl Anderson beat Kengo Mashimo Kaientai Dojo (6:14) with the Gun Stun.
    7. NEVER Openweight Title Tournament – Semi Final: Masato Tanaka ZERO1 beat Tomohiro Ishii (10:47) with the Sliding D.
    8. Yujiro Takahashi beat Captain New Japan (5:55) with the Tokyo Pimps.
    9. KUSHIDA, BUSHI & Hiromu Takahashi beat Daisuke Sasaki, Hiro Tounai Kaientai Dojo & Ryuichi Sekine Kaientai Dojo (11:12) when KUSHIDA used the 9549 on Sekine.
    10. NEVER Openweight Title Tournament – Final: Masato Tanaka ZERO1 beat Karl Anderson (14:11) with the Sliding D to become the 1st champion.

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    New Japan's NXT equivalent

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    Ah, gotcha. Great thing to have.

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    [NJPW News] New Japan had quite a bit of news and information released today, so bear with me as I try to break it all down.

    1. Takaaki Kidani announced that he is resigning from his position as chairman of New Japan Pro Wrestling. Kidani wanted to announce this news ahead of time to the public, and nothing will happen until the Shareholders meeting this September.
    This is not to be taken a negative things as Kidani seems to be wanting to spend more time working with Bushiroad.
    Kidani stated that he has been met with both positive and negative feedback throughout the last year, and it seems the negative is why he has chosen to take a step back from the position. It seems to mainly come with the recent use of Sakuraba and Shibata. It seems Kidani will remain as the active sharehold owner of the promotion, but he wants to step down from the position of power. He will still aid New Japan in the future.

    2. New Japan also announced that they will be introducing their own English based website in the near future. Of course with this announcement, I will officially announce that I will more than likely cease to post New Japan related information as their website will be the place to go. There is no reason for me to just copy and paste any information that they have posted originally. I am not, and never will be a copy and paste site. If there is no reason for translations needed them I my work is done with NJPW. Granted, we will see what kind of information they plan on providing first before I ultimately make that decision.
    No word as of yet to when they will introduce the official English based website, but they also announced that a Spanish version is also in the works.



    3. With the announcement of the new sites, New Japan also pointed out to some info to the global expansion. Many different places were mentioned from Europe, Mexico, Korea, Latin America, and Italy to name a few, but it seems they are really wanting to push towards a true global expansion. Nakamura was also on hand as the reigning IWGP Intercontinental Champion and stated that is willing to defend the belt anywhere.



    4. There was an announcement that Bushiroad will be creating their own Tokusatsu (Superhero) show in the near future, along with a new card game called “Bound Monsters”. It seems that many New Japan wrestlers will be involved in this new venture that will see production beginning this spring. From what I gather Okada will be one of the early co-stars for the show. If someone has any more information on this please feel free to contact me. *information will be below.

    5. New Japan announced the main upcoming big events that will be taking place in the future.
    Bushiroad will be releasing a new update to the KOPW card game with the title of “INVASION ATTACK” this Spring on April 14th. Along with this, they will also be hosting an event under the same name on April 7th called “INVASION ATTACK” at the Ryogoku Kokugikan. Minoru Suzuki, Yoshihiro Takayama, Masakatsu Funaki, Akebono, and Kazushi Sakuraba were names that have been mentioned to be apart of the new set, and it could be an early indication that they could be involved on the show as well.
    Wrestling Dontaku will follow suit on May 3rd, and then DOMINION in June as the main PPV’s announced at this time. The G1 CLIMAX returns again this year with 2 announced dates, at this time, at the Ryogoku Kokugikan on August 10th and 11th.


    Then they also announced that “WRESTLE KINGDOM VIII” will be held next year.



    I really am hugely excited about New Japan's continued growth all over the place, and I'm even more glad to hear that their money man is just giving up day to day control and not pulling out altogether.

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    Forgive my You know what would be awesome? Is if NJPW ran a show over here in the UK,in the states also,if they are going for global expansion that would be a natural step surely?

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    They ran a show in the States in Jersey a year or two ago in conjunction with Jersey All Pro. I don't know if they have any plans for the UK, but it wouldn't surprise me if they get a foothold in Europe.

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    So I am up to Feud of the year in the Observer Awards Issue and Tanahashi has literally won every single wrestling category so far

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    As is proper. Because seriously, I don't think he has any peers right now.

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    So Tanahashi won Wrestler of the Year, Worker of the Year, Feud of the Year, and Match of the Year. Okada won Feud of the Year, Most Improved, and Move of the Year. Minoru Suzuki won Match of the Year. Jado and Gedo won Bookers of the Year. King of Pro Wrestling won Show of the Year. New Japan won Promotion of the Year. That is the New Japan Observer Award haul for 2012.

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    Wait; Bushiroad is getting a Tokatsu series that will involve New Japan wrestlers? Which probably means Tanahashi will be involved because he is a huge Tokatsu nerd?

    Thank you New Japan.

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    Since Okada will be on there first, here's hoping Tanahashi gets a whole spin off movie to himself.

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    I freaking love New Japan.

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    So I'm just guessing but does the fact that NJPW wants to use Sakuraba's name for their new card game does that mean they've decided not to release him?

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    Not necessarily. The card game is a Bushiroad deal.

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    ah ok. still don't make sense cutting a guy who along with Nakamura of course put on the best match on their and can and has been a huge draw for them.

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    So I think we have a new #1 Contender

    NJPW, 2/3/13 (Samurai! TV)
    Tokyo Korakuen Hall
    2,015 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

    1. Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask & BUSHI beat Tama Tonga, Hiromu Takahashi & Takaaki Watanabe (8:44) when BUSHI used a Firebird splash on Watanabe.
    2. Hirooki Goto, Wataru Inoue, KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley beat YOSHI-HASHI, Rocky Romero, Alex Koslov & Jado (13:23) when Goto used the Shouten Kai on YOSHI-HASHI.
    3. Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. beat Satoshi Kojima & Captain New Japan (11:23) when Smith used the Killer bomb on Captain.
    4. Togi Makabe, Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi beat Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka & Yujiro Takahashi (12:45) when Iizuka was DQ’d.
    5. Minoru Suzuki, Kengo Mashimo Kaientai Dojo & Hiro Tonai Kaientai Dojo beat Shinsuke Nakamura, Kazuchika Okada & Gedo (16:55) when Suzuki used a Gotch-style piledriver on Gedo.
    6. Special Tag Match: Karl Anderson & Prince Devitt beat Hiroshi Tanahashi & Ryusuke Taguchi (15:43) when Devitt used the Bloody Sunday on Tanahashi.
    7. NEVER Openweight Title: Masato Tanaka ZERO1 (c) beat Tomohiro Ishii (23:27) with the Sliding D (2nd defense).

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    Devitt? Really?

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    Why not Devitt?

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    A couple reasons; mainly because I don't find him to be all that good.

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    Pan, he's beloved and can be pulled to great things.

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    Goto called out Shibata by the way

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    NJPW has resigned both Shibata and Sakuraba

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    i just watched my first match ever for new japan it was

    Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs. Minoru Suzuki ( 2012 match of the year... no idea why i started here i just saw njpw 5 star and clicked )





    in-fucking-credable( i love the fact the crowd don't chant stupid fucking shit through it )........ main reason ive never watched it before was due to i only know a few words in japanese so it threw me off
    off to watch more now
    Last edited by mr sabu; February 4th, 2013 at 8:53 AM.

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    Awesome, man. There's plenty out there to enjoy.

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    That post made me finally get around to watching the match. Pretty goddamn amazing. Loved it.

    Not sure how many STARS I'd give it, but it's probably the best match I've seen from 2012. Granted, I haven't seen many.

    My favorite thing about the match was Tanahashi high fly flowing Suzuki's leg, because Suzuki was sitting upright. I love the psychology of doing your off the top rope finisher onto someone's limb for insane damage to it, but 99% of the time they could just.. you know.. hit the finisher normally. As a finisher. And like.. win the match. But Tanahashi didn't choose the leg over the body. He hit the leg because it was the only thing he could hit and it made sense.

    Loved the insane amounts of slapping as well.

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    Vice has now seen this match before me. I am slacking huge.

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    Watch it now, bitch.

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    At work, yo.

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    Clearly busy as all hell, I see.

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    i need to look up more of these matches.. any recommendations to ease me into it

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    Anybody have that puro primer I was sending around?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Defrost View Post
    NJPW has resigned both Shibata and Sakuraba
    thank God. Now hopefuly we'll see more singles matches for them.

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    Prince Devitt has challenged Tanahashi to make their match on 3/3 for the IWGP Heavyweight Title. Jushin Liger and Tiger Mask challenged the Time Splitters and Kushida accepted.

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    As someone who is looking to broaden their wrestling horizons (whilst still following WWE ) I was looking at NJPW as a starting point,and found this
    Would this be a good event to start off with?

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    Absolutely! That's New Japan's biggest show of the year, and is being lauded as one of the best wrestling shows of all time. It has familiar faces like MVP, Shelton Benjamin and Low Ki, and the main event is the biggest feud of the year. Go for it.

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    Awesome,well i wont get round to it till tomorrow but i will give it a watch, the only thing that worries me is that the commentary is Japanese so i wont really be able to follow storylines,whos who etc,though i guess the actual wrestling will speak for itself.

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    Well if you're willing to wait a few days, Frosty and my review of that very event will be up to help you follow the storylines.

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    Ohhhhh ok sounds good,though if im honest i guess thats a general concern moving forward,being able to follow something in a language i dont understand.

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    Yeah, a lot of people have trouble with that. You'll find out pretty quickly if it bothers you too much to get into things. But the wrestling does speak for itself, and the promo videos are very good at giving you the general idea of things even if you don't know the words.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Griffin View Post
    Awesome,well i wont get round to it till tomorrow but i will give it a watch, the only thing that worries me is that the commentary is Japanese so i wont really be able to follow storylines,whos who etc,though i guess the actual wrestling will speak for itself.
    This site is devoted to New Japan and would help you alot

    http://www.puroresufan.com/njpw/

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    Added to bookmarks,thankyou

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    A few of New Japan's finest with MVP speaking English (or attempting to). Okada doesn't have anything to say to TNA. Shinskay sounds so strange.

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    Hey guys. Do you like New Japan but hate the language barrier and lack of subtitles? Well, New Japan just launched a magazine show to cover all the goings on around the promotion and it is subtitled right the hell up. This one features a great interview with Hiroshi Tanahashi going into the G1 Climax Series, so give it a watch!


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    That's months old and a fan was the one who translated it. Actually the same fan was translating the commentary during the show today.

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    Yeah, I meant to add that it was old. But it's still neat to be able to see insight into the shows and what people are saying. Does the guy have a Youtube?

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    Well that video is on his youtube page. He was translating on ustream this morning.

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    I've been doing some catch-up on NJPW since I haven't watched much since the middle of last year. Saw Wrestle Kingdom, then I just finished watching Dominion a few days ago and am now going through Kizuna Road Day 2(watched the couple matches from Day 1 outside the main event that I really wanna see). Next, I'm going through the important shows of G1 Climax, hopefully in time to be on time with the final. I'd order the iPPV, but I won't have 30 bucks to spare on short notice.

    Anyway, from there I plan on keeping up with everything, but are there any other shows between WK and Dominion that I should take my time out to watch? I know Dontaku was the start of the Goto/Shibata thing, but unless the match is the best of the three, I'm not bothered going back, but if there's anything definitely worth, then I'll gladly go back.
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    Invasion Attack is a must watch show

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    Yep. We reviewed it too.

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    What they said!

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    NEW JAPAN'S iPPVS WILL NOW BE BROADCAST IN ENGLISH ALSO.

    I REPEAT, THE LANGUAGE BARRIER IS DOWN.

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    Great news.

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