411's International News Report #100 (Specieal Milestone Edition!)
Posted by Evan Zivin on 05.04.2002
The International News Report celebrates it's first milestone with our 100th Report!!! Many thanks go out to Zach Arnold of PuroresuPower.com, Ashish & Widro, DDW, Devin Cutting, Jose Pagan, Craig Letawsky, Ken Anderson and everyone else who gives me news, gave me a job, supported me, or are just there as a good friend. Sorry the report is a few hours late but my computer contracted a Virus on 5/2 sometime in the morning hours. 24 hours and $60 later, here I am back online so feel free to email me at WBCCole@aol.com with all of your International news and feedback. If you have any thoughts or would like to write for this column, please feel free to speak your voice, it shall be heard..
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Before we talk about current International news I’d like to send my condolences and grief to the families & friends of Ed “Wahoo” McDaniel and the “Incomparable” Lou Thesz. Both McDaniel & Thesz made impacts on me. McDaniel who wrestled more in my time line of wrestling was in my eyes the greatest Native American Gimmick Wrestler ever. He kept you so wrapped up in his emotion and movement in the ring you never paid much attention to why he threw chops or wore a head dress, he was just a great man than loved the business. Thesz, on the other hand, there’s a whole book on Thesz I could write, but there’s no time so I’ll just say, the last of the Hookers is gone, never forgotten however, I’m going to post a little something I got in an email recently thanks to the Great Hisa from Puroresu.com, hopefully it explains how great of a man Thesz was.
“This is a story posted on a wrestling legends mailing list. Thanks to the poster Mr. Yasuhiko Morozumi:
In October, 1957, Lou Thesz came to Japan for the first time. All the newspapers convered his arrival and the press conference at the Tokyo Interntional Airport (Narita). That's how famous he is/was in Japan. Natually, his death was a big topic there.
Here's a very funny but cool episode from a quiz show on TV. I believe this took place in the 50s or 60s.
The quiz show host gave a question,
"Who is the president of the United States?"
One of the participants, an elderly, answered,
"The president of the U.S. is Lou Thesz."
He didn't know about President Kennedy but still knew who Lou Thesz was.”
A lot of big news in this edition including an article wrote by Jose Pagan and the Tokyo Dome show results from last nights show. Before I get to the news I just wanted to thank the loyal readers who have been around since day one, the 500 extra marks I picked up when I wrote my two columns on how I felt about Steve Austin’s “What” phrase back in late January, even if they did complain, and most importantly I’d like to thank the people that browsed through the site and clicked on the INR, hoping for an alternative to WWF news and got hooked. With that said I think we can get on to the news, up first is the results from the BIG Dome show held on 5/2/02.
New Japan ran their May 2nd rally at the Tokyo Dome, claiming 57,000 paid (not a sell-out). Given the ticket information released on 5/1 by Ticketmaster-J before the show, a strong walk-up was needed just to get in the 50,000-paid range. Results:
1. In the Big Japan representative match, Kintaro Kanemura defeated Daisuke Sekimoto in 8 minutes, 3 seconds with a diving senton from the top rope. They started the match out with Kanemura trying to get instant heel heat by attacking Sekimoto with a table and roughing him up. Sekimoto did a heat-up comeback sequence in the match with a lariat & powerslam sequence. However, when the referee (Norio Honaga) was not looking, Kanemura attacked Sekimoto in the nuts and then powerbombed Sekimoto, which set-up the top-rope diving senton for the win.
2. Katsuyori Shibata defeated Wataru Inoue in 6 minutes, 26 seconds with a choke sleeper. The finishing sequence had Inoue trying a German Suplex on Shibata and Shibata reversed the positioning to get a choke sleeper locked on for the give-up.
3. Tiger Mask 3 (Kanemoto) & 4 (Michinoku) defeated Black Tiger (Silver King) & El Samurai in 12 minutes, 54 seconds when Kanemoto used a Tiger Suplex Hold on Samurai for the win. The Tiger Mask team did a lot of double-team moves that showed off their speed, including 4 doing a somersault kick which 3 did a diving headbutt. BT did a triple-jump plancha which got a lot of heat from the crowd. The Tiger Mask team got a good babyface reaction. After the match, both Tiger Masks declared Black Tiger as their main enemy in the upcoming 2002 Best of the Super Jr. tournament.
4. In the All Japan Women's representation match, Momoe Nakanishi & Kaoru Ito defeated Manami Toyota & Yumiko Hotta in 12 minutes, 16 seconds when Nakanishi used her "Momoracci" (Momo-Latch = head-scissors into cradle) on Toyota for the win. They started the match off as fast as they could and tried to get a "holy shit!" reaction from the fans by having Toyota do a swan-dive plancha, then Ito with a tope, and Nakanishi with a triple-jump plancha. For all 12 minutes, the girls went non-stop because they didn't have much time to build up a match. It was a ton of unbelievable spots, however. The finish of the match had Ito trying to hit Hotta with a diving foot stomp to keep her out of the picture, while Toyota hit two JOC Suplexes for near falls. On Toyota's third attempt, Nakanishi reversed it into the Momoracci cradle for the 3-count.
5. In the IWGP Jr. Tag Titles match, Minoru Tanaka & Jushin Liger defeated Jadoh & Gedoh in 17 minutes, 44 seconds when Liger used an avalanche-style brainbuster on Gedoh for the win. Before the match, they had all the NOAH Jr. Heavyweights run to ringside and challenge the winning team for a Jr. Tag Titles match. Jadoh & Gedoh worked hurt and the finish saw Jadoh try for an Olympic Slam on Tanaka while Gedoh missed a Superfly splash on Liger from the top rope. Tanaka then cut off Jadoh while Liger hit the brainbuster on Gedoh for the 3-count.
6. Shin'ya Hashimoto & Naoya Ogawa defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Scott Norton in 12 minutes, 2 seconds when Hashimoto pinned Norton. Hashimoto & Norton paired off early in the match after Ogawa tried to go after Chono but Tenzan cut Ogawa off. Hashimoto & Ogawa had the babyface heat in the match. After a few minutes of a basic power-move match between Hashimoto & Norton, Tenzan got involved and starting doing Mongolian chops on Hashimoto. Ogawa ran in and Tenzan/Norton stopped the run-in. Tenzan tried to hit a TTD (Tenzan Tombstone Driver) on Ogawa and then tagged Norton back in the ring. Hashimoto & Ogawa immediately attacked Norton when he got into the ring and started working on Norton's right arm so that he (Norton) couldn't use a lariat. They did a couple of judo throws on Norton's right arm/shoulder. Hashimoto tried to powerbomb Norton but Norton countered out of it, only to have Ogawa fire back on Norton with an STO while Hashimoto tried to give Norton a sloppy German Suplex that turned out to be more of a back drop suplex for the 3-count. After the match, Ogawa & Tenzan had a heated microphone performance. Ogawa called out Chono & Tenzan to attend the ZERO-ONE show on 5/3 in Ehime at Matsuyama City Community Center. Tenzan called Ogawa & Hashimoto "the chicken and the pig."
7. Bas Rutten defeated Manabu Nakanishi in 6 minutes flat with a triangle choke hold. Rutten came to the ring doing his infamous "Rutten" jump that he made famous in Pancrase. Nakanishi came to the ring in a black robe and removed the hood about half-way as he came to the ring. Rutten immediately started giving Nakanishi high-kicks, to the point that Nakanishi got up at 9 after the referee started a count. Rutten continued to work on the offensive on the ground, trying to get a cross-arm scissors hold on Nakanishi but Nakanishi was able to grab the ropes. Nakanishi started a counter-attack, using body scissors that the promotion claimed he learned from Karl Gotch in Florida during a training session. Rutten countered Nakanishi's German Suplex attempt and then tried to stop the Torture Rack attempt. Rutten went for a triangle choke and Nakanishi tried to counter out of it with a spike drop and a back drop attempt but Rutten wouldn't let go of Nakanishi's arms, which forced Nakanishi for the tap-out.
8. Don Frye destroyed Tadao Yasuda in 1 minute, 51 seconds by submission from a modified half-figure four leg lock/achilles tendon hold. This match was supposed to take place in the 7th slot, and they even had ring introductions for it. However, they did an angle in which Yasuda was coming to the ring from the ramp and Frye blindsided Yasuda and KO'd him into unconsciousness. Yasuda also suffered a leg injury (hence the psychology). Chono immediately intervened in the attack and told Frye to "stop!" Chono then ruled that everyone should give Yasuda time to recover and that he could fight Frye after the Nakanishi/Rutten match. When the match happened, Frye knocked Yasuda on his ass and started giving him a flurry of punches, leading to Frye going after Yasuda's leg and getting the submission. After the squash, Frye demanded an IWGP Title match in the future if Nagata defeated Takayama later on that night.
9. Scott Steiner & Rick Steiner defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kensuke Sasaki in 14 minutes, 38 seconds when Scott Steiner used a Steiner Screw-driver on Tanahashi for the win. Joanie "Chyna" Laurer was the special guest referee for the match. A basic power-move tag match in which both teams started off on equal footing but ultimately the Steiners started to gain the advantage. Rick Steiner caught Tanahashi with a front suplex, a lariat, and then an Oklahoma Stampede. Tanahashi made a comeback and while he was groggy, he tagged Sasaki in and eventually both Sasaki & Tanahashi did German Suplexes and went on the offensive. However, Scott stopped Tanahashi on the offensive and allowed Rick Steiner to go to the top rope and hit a high-jack bulldog, setting up Scott for the Steiner Screw-driver for the 3-count. After the match, the Steiners said that they proved that they were still the strongest tag team in both America & Japan, even after their long absence of teaming together in Japan for many years. Both brothers bashed Chyna at the press conference, saying that she just got in their way and basically equated her participation of being a referee as a nuisance.
10. In the IWGP World Title Match, Yuji Nagata defeated Yoshihiro Takayama in 15 minutes, 30 seconds with a flurry of high-kicks. Before the match, Kazuyuki Fujita came down to ringside, sporting a decent tan after his recent trip to Palau (the island that he, along with Choshu, Inoki, and all the Japanese seem to travel to in the South Pacific). There was a noticeable size difference in the ring between Takayama & Nagata. Takayama and Nagata tried to take each other down, but neither man really had a large advantage in the match. Takayama was finally able to get a high-angle German Suplex on Nagata after a series of boots/kicks. Takayama went into power-move mode as Nagata tried to counter with an ankle lock, and then decided to use low-kicks after Takayama tried a double-arm suplex hold. When Nagata was finally able to get the advantage, he went for the Nagata Lock 1 and then a back drop suplex hold for a near fall. When Nagata was still on the offensive, Takayama tried to "guh-punch" (TM Tenryu) Nagata and they did a double knockdown spot. When Nagata got up, he went on the offensive with high-kicks and finally got the three count. After the match, Nagata did a microphone performance in which he called out the challenges from Sasaki, Frye, and Fujita for IWGP World Title belt shots. When Fujita heard his name called as Nagata's next challenger, Fujita came to the ring and ripped his own shirt off to do a heat-up angle.
11. In the main event, Masa Chono (NJ matchmaker) & Mitsuharu Misawa (NOAH matchmaker) went to a 30-minute time-limit draw. They started out the match with both guys giving each other their best offensive move, with Chono using Yakuza kicks and Misawa firing back with elbows. However, Misawa started to get the better of the offensive onslaught during the middle stages of the match. Misawa was able to hit a second-rope missile kick on Chono and then connected on Chono from the apron with an elbow suicida. Chono countered with a shoulder attack but sold the damage from Misawa's elbow suicida. At this point, Chono tried for a pile-driver on Misawa but Misawa countered back with an Emerald Flowsion (to get the crowd shocked) and Misawa fired back with more elbow shots to get a near-fall. When Chono was able to counter back, he tried to attack Misawa's right (elbow) arm with continuous kicks and Misawa tried to hit a flying lariat. At the 20 minute mark, both guys tried to call spots of the "infamous legends they represented," with Misawa "representing" Baba and Inoki "representing" Chono (Misawa went for the jumping neckbreaker and Chono tried for the Octopus submission hold). Misawa turned on the offense by hit a running neckbreaker on Chono. Misawa then used a Tiger Driver for a near-fall along with a frog splash. After Chono kicked out, Misawa went for a face-lock to try to get the submission (like what Fuchi did in his 9/2/00 Budokan match against Chono in the early stages). Instead, after Misawa applied the face lock, he tried to get a three-count but couldn't do it. At this point, Chono faked Misawa out and got the STF on Misawa, forcing Misawa for the rope-break. After that happened, Chono went for a powerbomb on Misawa and Misawa reversed it with a hurricanrana. Misawa for a powerbomb on Chono and Chono reversed his powerbomb attempt with a frankensteiner (that's what NJ called Chono's version of the hurricanrana as). After each guy reversed their respective powerbomb attempts, Misawa went into a flurry of elbow smashes as the time was expiring, but the 30-minute time-limit had expired resulting in a draw. After the match, both sides (NOAH & NJ) indicated that a re-match between the two could happen very soon.
As promised, a piece from the Jobber to the stars, straight out of Puerto Rico, and one fine referee at that, Jose Pagan drops us a nice bit on the cross over of Japanese Superstars that have made there way through Puerto Rico an the impact they played on the companies over there.
Welcome to the Landmark 411 International News Report # 100. Since the Galavision Lucha Show is hosting a number of Japanese Grapplers on their way up, I thought this to be an excellent opportunity to mention other Sons of the Rising Sun, which have seen their stars begin to shine in Hispanic Wrestling Rings.
Here are some of the Nippon Puroresu grapplers, which have visited "Nuestras Costas"
1-Hiro Sasaki & Haru Sonoda - A team of very small wrestlers, entered Caribbean Rings managed by Hugo Savinovich in the late 70's. they were bad to the bone, and introduced caribbean fans to the oriental style of wrestling.
2-Giant Baba - Came to the Caribbean, challenged all the local stars, beat them and left. Longtime friend of Carlos Colon, apparently opened the door for other Japanese wrestlers to come to the Caribbean
3- Kendo Kimura - With Partner Hiro Sasaki, wreaked havod all through the early 80' caribbean rings, held every tag title in the area, and very subtly dissapeared.
4- Mr Onita (Astushi Onita) Cut his teeth in caribbean rings by battling The Original Gran Apollo, Johnny Rivera, Jose Rivera and of course, the Invader. Under the Tutelage of Hugo Savinovich, Onita exhibited a mean streak that became his calling card for the remainder of his career.
5-Goro Tsurumi - Longtime independent Grappler, campaigned in caribbean rings through the mid 80's, usually paired with Ox Baker, under the Management of Barrabas.Best remembered by his feud with King Tonga (Haku/Ming/Etc), a very stiff worker, would get three to his one.
5-The Great Muta - After the Florida Rings, under Oliver Humperdink as the White Ninja, Became the Super Black Ninja in Caribbean Rings, and introduced the aerial Style to the area. Feuded with Miguel Perez, TNT (Savio Vega) Huracan Castillo Jr & others, and held all the single titles of the area, except the Universal title.
6-Kendo Nagasaki - in the twilight of his career, after losing a loser leaves match in Mid South, came to caribbean rings to team up with the Super Black Ninja, forming the Ninja Express. Held the tag titles for a while, trading it with the Invaders, Perez & Castillo as well as becoming the first heel heroes of the area.
7-Mr Pogo - Of FMW Fame, arrived at caribbean rings a very trim 220 pounds, immediately joined the Ninja Express, and toured the caribbean with a brand of brutality not seen since Mr Onita. Pogo developed his character in the caribbean, and has toured the world without having to change any of his character traits.
8-Kenskuke Sasaki - Named Sasaki San in the caribbean, was the last member of the Ninja express. He was so stiff, that many of the workers of the day flatly refused to match with him. Just about all, except one young, dumb jobber, who would change his mask every show and get beaten up every show, under a different "hood". Sasaki dod not like the island and was gone before everyone really knew he was around.
9-Hiro Hase & Fumiro Nikura - Fresh off Japan, Hase & Nikura honed their skills as a team, against the Batten Twins, Perez & Castillo, as well as different combinations of Caribbean Stars. From the Caribbean, Hase & Nikura went to Stampede, where they became the Viet Cong Express. Sadly, Nikura had to retire early, due to a bad heart.
10-Kim Duk - Although not Japanese, this oriental grappler spent several months in Caribbean rings during the twilight of his career. A moderate draw, his true value was in teaching some of us many tricks of the trade.
11- Mr Fuji & Toru Tanaka- The best for last - Wrestled in the Caribbean in between WWF Stints, with Fuji becoming the classical heel. It was Mr Fuji, together with Pierre Martel (Frenchy martin) The Invader, Carlos Colon, Victor Jovica & El Ciclon Negro, who began the golden era of Caribbean wrestling, actually putting it on the map. Tanaka would come in and out every few weeks, but liked the Caribbean so much, he eventually crossed over to mainstream TV, by doing several TV Ads, and interviews.
There have been other oriental grapplers who have jump started their careers by benefiting from the ring savy of Colon, Jovica & Company, the above are, in my humble opinion, the ones that grasped the audience's interest the most. When watching your favorite Lucha spots, think that you might be seeing the next Great Muta developing right before your eyes...
Jose R. Pagan
Damn fine notes Jose, a lot of people, including yours Truly was unaware of some of the names that made there way through Puerto Rico and what they did while they were there. I think that peice was great and I appreciate your help here on the INR. You'rethe only one that volunteered to help and has actually stuck to your word. Not naming any names (only because I forgot all of their names, except YOU Michael Bradley, but he's cool so no big deal).
Anyway, on to other news in the World of Japan, The UK & Canadia...
AJW ran their April 17th rally in Niigata at Shibata Culture Center, claiming 1,570 paid. Results:
1. Saki Maemura defeated Ayako Sato in 6 minutes, 32 seconds.
2. Tomoko Watanabe defeated Mika Nishio in 7 minutes, 42 seconds with a lariat.
3. Kumiko Maekawa defeated Kayo Noumi in 13 minutes, 23 seconds with an axe kick.
4. Kaoru Ito defeated Nanae Takahashi in 14 minutes, 52 seconds with a diving foot stomp.
5. Yumiko Hotta & Momoe Nakanishi defeated Manami Toyota & Miyuki Fujii in 17 minutes, 3 seconds when Nakanishi used a German Suplex Hold on Fujii for the win.
AJW ran their April 18th rally in Niigata at Echigoyuzawa Culture Center Gym. Results:
1. Saki Maemura defeated Ayako Sato in 5 minutes, 31 seconds with a body slam.
2. Kumiko Maekawa defeated Mika Nishio in 8 minutes, 45 seconds with an enzui giri.
3. Tomoko Watanabe defeated Kayo Noumi in 13 minutes, 15 seconds with a modified stretch.
4. Kaoru Ito defeated Momoe Nakanishi in 15 minutes, 52 seconds with a diving foot stomp.
5. Manami Toyota & Yumiko Hotta defeated Nanae Takahashi & Miyuki Fujii in 19 minutes, 31 seconds when Toyota used a JOC Suplex Hold on Fujii for the win.
AJW ran their April 20th show in Tochigi at Koyama Skate Center, claiming 1,600 paid. Results:
1. Kumiko Maekawa defeated Ayako Sato in 4 minutes, 44 seconds with a taurus kick.
2. Tomoko Watanabe defeated Saki Maemura in 7 minutes, 8 seconds with a lariat.
3. Manami Toyota defeated Mika Nishio in 14 minutes, 9 seconds with a moonsault press.
4. Nanae Takahashi defeated Kayo Noumi in 18 minutes, 37 seconds with the Nanaracka (Nana-Lock).
5. Yumiko Hotta & Momoe Nakanishi defeated Kaoru Ito & Miyuki Fujii in 19 minutes, 14 seconds when Hotta used a Pyramid Driver on Fujii for the win.
AJW ran their April 22nd rally at the Oumekaido Fuji-cho Bus Stop (open lot), claiming 1,060 paid. Results:
1. Momoe Nakanishi defeated Ayako Sato in 11 minutes, 4 seconds with a diving body press.
2. Manami Toyota defeated Saki Maemura in 12 minutes, 59 seconds with a moonsault press.
3. Kumiko Maekawa defeated Mika Nishio in 11 minutes, 37 seconds with a back spinkick.
4. Tomoko Watanabe defeated Miyuki Fujii in 11 minutes, 28 seconds with a Screw Driver.
5. Kaoru Ito & Nanae Takahashi defeated Yumiko Hotta & Kayo Noumi in 18 minutes, 56 seconds when Ito used a diving foot stomp on Noumi for the win.
AJW ran their April 24th rally in Fukushima at Kooriyama City "Big Palette," claiming 1,000 paid. Results:
1. Saki Maemura defeated Ayako Sato in 8 minutes, 22 seconds.
2. Nanae Takahashi defeated Mika Nishio in 9 minutes, 46 seconds with a corner splash.
3. Yumiko Hotta defeated Kumiko Maekawa in 12 minutes, 46 seconds with a Pyramid Driver.
4. Kaoru Ito defeated Tomoko Watanabe in 16 minutes, 14 seconds with a diving foot stomp.
5. Momoe Nakanishi & Kayo Noumi defeated Manami Toyota & Miyuki Fujii in 20 minutes, 36 seconds when Nakanishi used a Full-Nelson Suplex Hold on Fujii for the win.
AJW ran their April 25th show at Nagareyama Citizen Gym, claiming 1,170 paid. Results:
1. Mika Nishio defeated Saki Maemura in 6 minutes, 26 seconds with a shoulder-attack.
2. Tomoko Watanabe defeated Ayako Sato in 5 minutes, 30 seconds with a lariat.
3. Manami Toyota defeated Kayo Noumi in 16 minutes, 13 seconds with a JOC Suplex Hold.
4. Kumiko Maekawa defeated Nanae Takahashi in 18 minutes, 16 seconds with an axe kick.
5. Kaoru Ito & Yumiko Hotta defeated Momoe Nakanishi & Miyuki Fujii in 19 minutes, 39 seconds when Ito used a diving foot stomp on Nakanishi for the win.
AJW ran their April 26th rally in Kanagawa at Odawara Sub-Arena, claiming 1,180 paid. Results:
1. Mika Nishio defeated Ayako Sato in 7 minutes, 36 seconds.
2. Miyuki Fujii defeated Saki Maemura in 10 minutes, 4 seconds with a La Magistral cradle.
3. Kumiko Maekawa defeated Kayo Noumi in 14 minutes, 37 seconds with an axe-kick.
4. Yumiko Hotta defeated Tomoko Watanabe in 12 minutes, 24 seconds with a Pyramid Driver.
5. Kaoru Ito & Momoe Nakanishi defeated Manami Toyota & Nanae Takahashi in 21 minutes, 58 seconds when Ito used a diving foot stomp on Takahashi for the win.
AJW ran their April 28th show at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo. Results:
1. Saki Maemura defeated Ayako Sato in 13 minutes, 38 seconds.
2. In Tomezo Tsunokake's retirement match for the WWWA Midget's Title, Tsunokake defeated Mr. Buddhaman in 59 seconds with a roll-up.
3. Manami Toyota defeated Miyuki Fujii in 17 minutes, 32 seconds with a JOC Suplex Hold.
4. Eagle Sawai, Tomoko Watanabe, & Takako Inoue defeated Nanae Takahashi, Kayo Noumi, & Mika Nishio in 18 minutes, 18 seconds when Watanabe used a Screw Driver on Takahashi for the win.
5. In the AJW vs. ARSION match, Yumiko Hotta & Momoe Nakanishi went to a no-contest finish with Rie Tamada & Ai Fujita in 20 minutes, 3 seconds.
Osaka Pro ran their April 20th show at the Festival Gate, claiming 204 paid. Results:
1. Super Demekin defeated Shuwa in 10 minutes, 1 second with a Japanese Leg Roll Clutch.
2. Takehiro Murahama defeated Tiger's Mask in 8 minutes, 28 seconds with a brainbuster.
3. Gamma, Daio QUALLT, & Monster Z Mandula defeated Super Delfin, Oriental, & Takashi Tachibana in 13 minutes, 52 seconds when Mandula used a high-angle powerbomb on Tachibana for the win.
4. In the Tag Festival, BK Kid & Kengo Takai (2 pts) defeated Kuishinbo Kamen & Ebessan (0 pts) in 13 minutes, 41 seconds when Kid used a small-packae hold on Ebessan for the win.
5. In the Tag Festival, Miracle Man & Azteca (3 pts) defeated Tsubasa & Black Buffalo (4 pts) in 15 minutes, 14 seconds when Miracle Man used a Tequila Sunrise on Buffalo for the win.
Osaka Pro ran their April 21st show at the Festival Gate, claiming 266 paid. Results:
1. BK Kid defeated Tiger's Mask in 10 minutes, 33 seconds with a Reverse Gori Special.
2. Oriental defeated Shuwa in 9 minutes, 43 seconds with the "Americo" finisher.
3. Daio QUALLT & Monster Z Mandula defeated Super Demekin & Takashi Tachibana in 10 minutes, 30 seconds when QUALLT used a chokeslam on Tachibana for the win.
4. Gamma, Tsubasa, & Black Buffalo defeated Super Delfin, Takehiro Murahama, & Kengo Takai in 12 minutes, 33 seconds when Buffalo used a lariat on Takai for the win.
5. In the Tag Festival, Azteca & Miracle Man (5 pts) defeated Kuishinbo Kamen & Ebessan (0 pts) in 14 minutes, 27 seconds when Azteca used a brainbuster on Ebessan for the win.
Osaka Pro ran their April 27th show at the Festival Gate in Osaka, claiming 253 paid. Results:
1. Shuwa & Takashi Tachibana defeated Kengo Takai & Tiger's Mask in 10 minutes, 29 seconds when Shuwa used a senton atomico on Tiger's Mask for the win.
2. BK Kid defeated Ebessan in 10 minutes, 27 seconds with a Firebird Splash.
3. Tsubasa & Black Buffalo defeated Miracle Man & Kuishinbo Kamen in 7 minutes, 23 seconds when Buffalo used a lariat on Kamen for the win.
4. In the Tag Festival, Gamma & Bug Killer (6 pts) defeated Takehiro Murahama & Oriental (4 pts) in 12 minutes, 3 seconds by DQ from a chair attack on the referee.
5. In the Tag Festival, Daio QUALLT & Monster Z Mandula (6 pts) defeated Super Delfin & Super Demekin (3 pts) in 14 minutes, 41 seconds when Mandula used a high-angle powerbomb on Demekin for the win.
Osaka Pro ran their April 28th show at the Festival Gate, claiming 312 paid. Results:
1. Tsubasa defeated Shuwa in 7 minutes, 29 seconds with a Falcon Arrow.
2. Black Buffalo defeated Takashi Tachibana in 9 minutes, 46 seconds with a lariat.
3. Miracle Man, Ebessan, & Super Demekin defeated Super Delfin, Tiger's Mask, & Kuishinbo Kamen in 17 minutes, 40 seconds when Demekin used a Fisherman's Splash on Tiger's Mask for the win.
4. In the Tag Festival, Takehiro Murahama & Oriental (6 pts) defeated BK Kid & Kengo Takai (2 pts) in 11 minutes, 25 seconds when Oriental used a small-package hold on Takai for the win.
5. In the Tag Festival, Daio QUALLT & Monster Z Mandula (8 pts) defeated Gamma & Bug Killer (6 pts) in 9 minutes, 42 seconds when Mandula used a high-angle powerbomb on Bug Killer for the win.
All Japan ran their April 28th rally in Ibaraki at Mito City Park Gym, claiming 2,500 paid. Results:
1. Nobukazu Hirai & Ryuji Hijikata went to a 20-minute draw.
2. George Hines defeated Tomoaki Honma in 11 minutes, 7 seconds with a Shining Wizard.
3. Kendo Ka Shin, Johnny Smith, & Abdullah the Butcher defeated Mike Rotunda, The Cedman, & Jimmy Yang in 14 minutes, 45 seconds when Smith used a British Fall on Yang for the win.
4. Taiyo Kea & Shigeo Okumura defeated Arashi & Nobutaka Araya in 14 minutes, 9 seconds when Kea used a Hawaiian Smasher on Araya for the win.
5. Steve Williams & Yoji Anjoh defeated Satoshi Kojima & Hideki Hosaka in 15 minutes, 37 seconds when Doc used a dangerous back-drop on Hosaka for the win.
6. Keiji Mutoh, Mitsuya Nagai, & Kaz Hayashi defeated Mike Barton, Jim Steele, & Gran Naniwa in 19 minutes, 23 seconds when Nagai used a hyper-knee on Naniwa for the win.
Big Japan ran their April 28th rally in Sapporo at Teisen Hall, claiming 1,800 paid. Results:
1. Satoru Makita defeated Ryuji Ito in 9 minutes, 27 seconds with a German Suplex Hold.
2. Daikokubo Benkei & Shunme Matsuzaki defeated Abdullah Kobayashi & Yuuichi Taniguchi in 15 minutes, 40 seconds when Matsuzaki used a camel clutch on Taniguchi for the win.
3. Homicide defeated Naoki Numazawa in 5 minutes, 23 seconds with a reverse Gori-Special Bomb.
4. Jun Kasai & The Winger defeated Madman Pondo & 2-Tuff Tony in 17 minutes, 32 seconds when Kasai used a pool-hopper splash on Pondo for the win.
5. In the World Extreme Cup Block B, Shadow WX & Hidoh went to a no-contest finish in 2 minutes, 58 seconds.
6. Ryuji Yamakawa & Kintaro Kanemura defeated Men's Teioh & Daisuke Sekimoto in 16 minutes, 8 seconds when Yamakawa used a reverse tiger drop on Sekimoto for the win.
All Japan ran their April 29th rally in Fukushima at the National Commemorative Building, claiming 1,850 paid. Results:
1. Kendo Ka Shin & Nobukazu Hirai defeated Gran Naniwa & Jimmy Yang in 12 minutes, 4 seconds when Ka Shin used a cross-arm scissors hold on Yang for the submission.
2. Jim Steele defeated The Cedman in 11 minutes, 20 seconds with a Turbo Drop II.
3. Abdullah the Butcher defeated Hideki Hosaka in 5 minutes, 40 seconds with a jumping elbow drop.
4. Mike Barton & Johnny Smith defeated Taiyo Kea & Mitsuya Nagai in 16 minutes, 36 seconds when Barton used a high-angle powerbomb on Nagai for the win.
5. Steve Williams, Yoji Anjoh, & Mike Rotunda defeated Arashi, Nobutaka Araya, & Ryuji Hijikata in 16 minutes, 33 seconds when Rotunda used a block-buster hold on Hijikata for the win.
6. Keiji Mutoh, George Hines, & Kaz Hayashi defeated Satoshi Kojima, Shigeo Okumura, & Tomoaki Honma in 16 minutes, 18 seconds when Hines used a Shining Wizard on Okumura for the win.
New Japan ran their April 29th rally at Nagasaki Prefectural Gym, drawing a lackluster 2,300 paid in the 6,500-seat building. Results:
1. Katsuyori Shibata defeated Wataru Inoue in 6 minutes, 49 seconds with a crab hold.
2. Shane (ex-WWC) defeated Masahito Kakihara in 3 minutes, 54 seconds with a cradle hold.
3. Hiro Saito defeated El Samurai in 6 minutes, 14 seconds with a diving senton
4. Yutaka Yoshie defeated Blue Wolf in 4 minutes, 37 seconds with a back-blow.
5. Koji Kanemoto & Black Tiger (S. King) defeated Jushin Liger & Minoru Tanaka in 12 minutes, 58 seconds when Kanemoto used a moonsault press on Liger for the win.
6. Yuji Nagata, Tadao Yasuda, & Rick Steiner defeated Danny Devine, Kensuke Sasaki, & Tatsumi Fujinami in 6 minutes, 20 seconds when Nagata used a back-drop suplex hold on Devine for the win.
7. Osamu Nishimura & Manabu Nakanishi defeated Tatsutoshi Goto & Hiroyoshi Tenzan in 11 minutes, 42 seconds when Nishimura used a German Suplex Hold on Goto for the win.
All Japan ran their April 30th rally in Morioka at Iwate Prefectural Gym, claiming 2,700 paid in the 4,000-seat building. Results:
1. Jimmy Yang & Kaz Hayashi defeated Kendo Ka Shin & Ryuji Hijikata in 11 minutes, 26 seconds when Yang used his "Yang Time" finisher on Hijikata for the win.
2. Abdullah the Butcher defeated Tomoaki Honma in 8 minutes, 12 seconds with a jumping elbow drop.
3. Mike Barton & Jim Steele defeated Yoji Anjoh & Nobukazu Hirai in 14 minutes, 9 seconds when Barton used a high-angle powerbomb on Hirai for the win.
4. Steve Williams & Mike Rotunda defeated Johnny Smith & The Cedman in 17 minutes, 12 seconds when Doc used a doctor bomb on Cedman for the win.
5. In the Giant Baba 6-man cup, Taiyo Kea, Mitsuya Nagai, & Shigeo Okumura defeated Masa Fuchi, Hideki Hosaka, & Gran Naniwa in 18 minutes, 50 seconds when Nagai used a hyper-knee finisher on Naniwa for the win.
6. Keiji Mutoh, Satoshi Kojima, & George Hines defeated Gen'ichiro Tenryu, Arashi, & Nobutaka Araya in 17 minutes, 44 seconds when Kojima used a lariat on Araya for the win.
Toryumon ran their finals of their El Numero Uno tournament on April 22nd at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, claiming 1,800 paid. Results:
1. In the "Losers" Battle Royal (all those eliminated from the El Numero Uno tournament), Masaaki Mochizuki defeated Yoshikazu Taru in 17 minutes, 28 seconds with a hurricanrana.
2. SUWA defeated Magnum Tokyo in 11 minutes, 28 seconds with the FFF facebuster.
3. Masaaki Mochizuki defeated Shiima Nobunaga in 6 minutes, 42 seconds with a cross-arm scissors hold.
4. Yoshikazu Taru & Don Fujii defeated Stoker Ichikawa & Ken'ichiro Arai in 17 minutes, 46 seconds when Fujii used a choke-slam on Ichikawa for the win.
5. Genki Horiguchi, Darkness Dragon, & Susumu Yokosuka defeated Ricky Marvin, Ryo Saito, & Dragon Kid in 16 minutes, 40 seconds when Yokosuka lariat'd Saito and Horiguchi pinned Saito.
6. Magnum Tokyo defeated Masaaki Mochizuki in 12 minutes, 36 seconds with the AV Star Press. They had a scenario in which Magnum was awarded the tournament championship because SUWA suffered a neck injury at the hands of an M2K run-in.
Toryumon ran their April 27th rally in Hyogo at Kobe's Chicken George, claiming 400 paid. Results:
1. Darkness Dragon & Susumu Yokosuka defeated Magnum Tokyo & Masaaki Mochizuki in 8 minutes, 8 seconds when Yokosuka used a Yokosuka Cutter on Mochizuki for the win.
3. Yoshikazu Taru, Don Fujii, & Shiima Nobunaga defeated Ricky Marvin, Stoker Ichikawa, & Dragon Kid in 15 minutes, 22 seconds when Taru used a Taru-Driller on Stoker for the win.
4. In the NWA Welterweight Title Match, Genki Horiguchi defeated Ryo Saito in 12 minutes, 11 seconds when Magnum tried to hit Genki with a blue box and instead hit Ryo, allowing Genki to cradle Ryo for the 3 count.
Toryumon ran their April 28th rally at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, claiming 1,800 paid. Results:
1. Ricky Marvin & Dragon Kid defeated Darkness Dragon & Susumu Yokosuka in 14 minutes, 37 seconds when Kid used an ultra-hurricanrana on Yokosuka for the win.
2. Masaaki Mochizuki defeated Stoker Ichikawa in 5 minutes, 14 seconds with the Twiser.
3. Yoshikazu Taru, Don Fujii, & Shiima Nobunaga defeated Raimu Mishima, Ken'ichiro Arai, & Magnum Tokyo in 16 minutes, 16 seconds when Fujii used the nodowa-otoshi combination (chokeslam/elbow combo) finisher on Mishima for the win.
4. In the NWA Welterweight Title Match, Genki Horiguchi defeated Ryo Saito in 14 minutes, 34 seconds with the Beach Break. After the match, they ran an angle in which Ultimo Dragon was pushing for M2K to adopt a new leader and Horiguchi proposed Magnum Tokyo to become the new M2K leader.
Toryumon ran their April 29th rally at Okayama City Orange Hall, claiming 1,500 paid. Results:
1. Masaaki Mochizuki defeated Raimu Mishima in 6 minutes, 28 seconds with a German Suplex Hold.
2. Don Fujii & Shiima Nobunaga defeated Ryo Saito & Ken'ichiro Arai in 14 minutes, 39 seconds when Nobunaga used the "Shubain" finisher on Arai for the win.
3. Yoshikazu Taru defeated Stoker Ichikawa in 11 minutes with the Taru-Driller.
4. Ricky Marvin, Dragon Kid, & Magnum Tokyo defeated Genki Horiguchi, Darkness Dragon, & Susumu Yokosuka in 20 minutes, 43 seconds when Magnum used a Viagra Driver on Horiguchi for the win.
ARSION ran their April 29th show at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, claiming 1,100 paid. This was the Tournament ARS 2002 show. Results:
1. In the Tournament, Rie Tamada defeated Mari Apache in 6 minutes, 51 seconds with a Dragon Suplex Hold.
2. In the Tournament, Ai Fujita defeated Rena Takase in 9 minutes, 35 seconds with a cross-arm suplex hold.
3. In the Tournament, noki-A defeated Mariko Yoshida in 16 minutes, 20 seconds with a counter to Yoshida's spider-hold.
4. In the Tournament & abrupt Queen of ARSION Title Match, Lioness Asuka defeated GAMI in 5 minutes, 42 seconds with a rotating kick.
5. In the Tournament semi-finals, Rie Tamada defeated Ai Fujita in 8 minutes, 45 seconds with a Dragon Suplex Hold.
6. In the Tournament semi-finals and abrupt Queen of ARSION Title Match, Lioness Asuka defeated noki-A in 10 minutes, 17 seconds with a rotating kick.
7. Lady (Metal) Pentagon, PIKO, & Fabi Apache defeated baby A, Azumi Hyuga (Tomoko Kuzumi), & Tsubasa Kuragaki in 9 minutes, 11 seconds when Pentagon used a Martinete on baby A for the win.
8. In the Tournament Finals & Queen of ARSION Title Match, Lioness Asuka defeated Rie Tamada in 15 minutes, 7 seconds with the L.S.D. The match was marred early on by an accident on the outside floor in which the Samurai TV crew got hurt when Tamada ran into them during a fall.
Osaka Pro ran their April 29th rally (3rd year charity event) in Osaka at Izumi Citizen Gym, claiming 769 paid. Results:
1. Super Demekin defeated Tiger's Mask in 9 minutes, 58 seconds with a Fisherman's Splash.
2. Monster Z Mandula defeated Kengo Takai in 12 minutes, 6 seconds with a high-angle powerbomb.
3. Tsubasa & Black Buffalo defeated BK Kid & Shuwa in 12 minutes, 49 seconds when Buffalo used a lariat on Shuwa for the win.
4. Gamma & Daio QUALLT defeated Takehiro Murahama & Takashi Tachibana in 10 minutes, 30 seconds when Gamma used a "Blitzin'" finisher on Tachibana for thew in.
5. Super Delfin & Kuishinbo Kamen defeated Miracle Man & Ebessan in 14 minutes, 27 seconds when Delfin used a Delfin Clutch on Ebessan for the win.
Big Japan ran their April 29th rally at Sapporo's Teisen Hall, claiming 1,800 paid. Results:
1. Naoki Numazawa defeated Yuji Kamijo in 6 minutes, 47 seconds with a camel clutch.
2. Ryuji Ito defeated Katsumasa Inoue in 6 minutes, 39 seconds with a knee-strike to the back of the head.
3. Daisaku Shimoda defeated Satoru Makita in 9 minutes, 45 seconds with a Dragon Suplex Hold.
4. Daisuke Sekimoto, Men's Teioh, & Madman Pondo defeated Daikokubo Benkei, Abdullah Kobayashi, & Shunme Matsuzaki in 19 minutes, 1 second when Sekimoto used a German Suplex Hold on Kobayashi for the win.
5. In the World Extreme Cup B Block, Homicide defeated 2-Tuff Tony in 22 minutes, 26 seconds with a powerbomb on a barbed wire board.
6. In the WEW Hardcore Tag Titles, Jun Kasai & The Winger defeated Ryuji Yamakawa & Kintaro Kanemura in 14 minutes, 48 seconds when Kasai used a reverse tiger drop on Yamakawa for the win.
Jd' ran their April 29th rally (their 6th anniversary show) at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo. Results:
1. Hiroyo Mutoh defeated MARU in 7 minutes, 23 seconds with a Mongolian chop.
2. Emi Tohjo & Mizuho Ishikawa defeated Obacchi Iizuka & Yumi Ohka in 9 minutes, 2 seconds when Ishikawa used a clutch hold on Ohka for the win.
3. Apple Miyuki & Kei (K-Dojo) defeated Chitose Yamamoto & Emi Tomimatsu in 5 minutes, 19 seconds when Miyuki used a German Suplex Hold on Yamamoto for the win.
4. noki-A defeated Ran Maru in 12 minutes, 32 seconds with the noki-an backbreaker.
5. Sachie Abe defeated KAZUKI in 15 minutes, 30 seconds with the Astro Scissors.
6. In the Queen of the Ring Title Match, Nanae Takahashi (AJW) defeated Fang Suzuki in 20 minutes, 2 seconds with a lariat.
7. In the TWF Tag Titles Match, The Bloody (now matchmaker) & TSUNAMI defeated Sumie Sakai & Megumi Yabushita in 18 minutes, 36 seconds when TSUNAMI used a guillotine drop on Yabushita for the win.
The All Japan Women's group ran their April 29th rally in Shizuoka at Numazu Kila Messe, claiming 1,110 paid. Results:
1. Ayako Sato defeated Saki Maemura in 5 minutes, 45 seconds with a body slam.
2. Nanae Takahashi defeated Mika Nishio in 11 minutes, 52 seconds with a reverse splash.
3. Kaoru Ito defeated Miyuki Fujii in 13 minutes, 42 seconds with a Liger Bomb.
4. Tomoko Watanabe defeated Kumiko Maekawa in 12 minutes, 43 seconds with a Screw-driver.
5. Manami Toyota & Yumiko Hotta defeated Momoe Nakanishi & Kayo Noumi in 21 minutes, 32 seconds when Toyota used a JOC Suplex Hold on Noumi for the win.
Apocalypse Wrestling Federation
May 5th @ 4 PM
234 Colborne Street
Brantford, Ontario, Canada
Apocalypse Now vs. AWF: One Fall With a One Hour Time Limit
The Squeegee Kid (acc. by Jason Sensation) vs. Sparkling James Champagne
Apocalypse Now vs. AWF: One Fall With a 45 Min. Time Limit
Slade (acc. by Jason Sensation) vs. The Sexy Monkey Robin Knightwing
Tag Team Excitement: One Fall, No Time Limit
The Joeverine Joey Knight & Arizona vs. Amazing Kevin Grace & SILK
The Rookie Monster vs. The Superhero! One Fall with a 30 Min. Time Limit
Asylum vs. Danny Dynamic
The Mack is Back! One Fall with a 20 Minute Time Limit
Club Studd Tony Mack vs. Jaguar Vijay Singh
The Fabulous AWF Lady Wrestlers! One Fall With a 20 Minute Time Limit
Miss AWF Tracy vs. La Felina
Canada vs. Germany: One Fall With a 20 Minute Time Limit
The Wrestling Classic Mark Menezes vs. Vladimir Urkov
Canada vs. Japan: One Fall With a 20 Minute Time Limit
Codfather Billy Flynn vs. The Asian Assassin Masamune
Tickets cost $10 & will be available at the door.
For more information, visit AWF.ca
The Frontier Wrestling Alliance UK
'CARPE DIEM' TV TAPING
Friday, June 21st
Walthamstow Assembly Halls
British Tag Team Title Match - The Pitbulls vs The New Breed
Mark Sloan vs Paul Travell vs James Tighe vs Jack Xavier
Jody Fleisch vs Justin Richards
Brandon vs Kruiz
Plus: Flash Barker, Jonny Storm & Dino Scarlo will appear
Tickets cost £10 & £9 and can be purchased by calling 020 8521 7111 or 020
That wraps it up for this milestone but I'll be back soon with a whole new report. Until then, this is Brian Cole saying I'll see ya.