411's International News Report #103 (Hakushi, Scorpio, Abby & More)
Posted by Evan Zivin on 05.11.2002
Once again, it be time for the International News Report, including news from Zach Arnold of www.PuroresuPower.com. Puroresu Power has all the latest Puroresu news and links to all the top Japanbese promotions so check it out.
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Time to get into the news, tonight is Lucha Libre on Galavision so hopefully we will have a report of that sometime soon. You can NOW send your emails of news, results & etc... to InternationalReport@Yahoo.com, and now time for the news
Takao Omori along with NOAH translator Ken Hirayama showed up at the Pro Wrestling Iron school a few days ago in Hayward, CA. You can check out the pictures at http://www.prowrestlingiron.com - their first show is in Ukiah, CA. on 5/31. I've already made my plans to be there and to stay overnight in the area.
NOAH ran an angle at their 5/9 Korakuen Hall show in which Omori & Takayama hit each other during a tag match (Omori with the axe bomber on Takayama). Takayama said that in order to punish Omori, he (Takayama) would breakaway from NOAH rings. Omori said that he would like to either have Akiyama or a foreigner as a tag team partner.
New Japan's 6/5 Osaka Prefectural Gym show is expected to have Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Masa Chono vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Osamu Nishimura for the IWGP Tag Titles, with the winning team facing Hashimoto & Ogawa for the next title shot.
As a heat-up angle for the AJ Jr. Title match between Kendo Ka Shin & Gran Naniwa later tonight in Osaka, they are doing an angle in which Ka Shin is vowing to make Naniwa crawl underneath his legs (i.e. the same angle Michinoku did in 1997 where Delfin crawled underneath Togo's legs in Osaka, as a symbol of cowardice and begging of retreat).
Takeshi Morishima will face Yutaka Yoshie at NOAH's 5/26 Sapporo Media Park show.
In yet another promise from ZERO-ONE, Shin'ya Hashimoto claims that they will run a show in Los Angeles within the last 10 days of August. Hashimoto claims that he will have Takao Omori along with Naoya Ogawa & Hiroyoshi Tenzan.
Kintaro Kanemura & Tetsuhiro Kuroda are the next expected challengers for the NWA Intercontinental Tag Titles (the champs are Shinjiro Ohtani & Masato Tanaka).
The new tag team name for Manabu Nakanishi & Osamu Nishimura is the "Gotch-ism Combo."
The latest injury news from NOAH's May tour. Akitoshi Saito will be out up to two months from active duty due to a cracked sternum. Yasuhiro Suzuki suffered ligament damage in his left leg at NOAH's 5/7 Fukushima rally and will be out for three weeks. Bull Schmitt also got hurt at the same show, suffering a torn ACL (ligament damage) and a torn miniscus. He is in Tokyo receiving medical treatment, but doctors have told him that he'll be out at least 7-8 months. The injury happened when Schmitt tried a plancha on the floor on Morishima, but Morishima didn't catch him (Morishima is not a very good "catcher" of bodies on the outside at all).
Part of Daisuke Sekimoto's jaw was fractured and he will return to action in July. Sekimoto actually suffered the injury on 4/29 in Sapporo, but went ahead and worked injured at NJ's 5/2 Tokyo Dome show against Kintaro Kanemura.
In what has been universally considered a major ratings disaster in Japan amongst TV networks, New Japan's 5/2 Tokyo Dome show pulled a 7.1 TV rating for its' 2-hour telecast of the show during "Golden Time" (prime time) on TV-Asahi. Nippon TV's telecast of Japan vs. Honduras in Soccer absolutely destroyed TV-Asahi in the ratings war. In fact, the demolition was so bad by the soccer game that it nearly drew three times as many viewers as the 5/2 Tokyo Dome show. New Japan was also defeated by virtually all the other big networks that were just airing variety-type shows. The highest quarter-hour rating on NJ's 5/2 Tokyo Dome telecast was the Sasaki/Tanahashi vs. Steiner Brothers match with Chyna as the referee. It pulled a 9.9 rating. The quarter hour with Hashimoto & Ogawa vs. Norton & Tenzan only pulled an 8.5 quarter hour, which was a damaging blow for TV executives who thought that Ogawa was the golden boy when it came to TV ratings. The NJ 5/2 Tokyo Dome telecast finished in 6th or 7th place amongst the top 8 networks in the metropolitan area of Tokyo. TV Asahi producers put a lot of heat on NJ management (Chono and Fujinami, specifically), but Chono and others involved between the NJ & TV-Asahi camps fully believed that since the Misawa vs. Chono main event did not air on TV during the telecast that absolutely no one wanted to watch the show. I actually agree with the logic that no one wanted to see the show unless Misawa vs. Chono aired.
In an absolutely ridiculous angle, ARSION boss Hiroshi Ogawa claims that he has developed and perfected a finisher to take out AJW wrestler Yumiko Hotta at the ARSION 5/11 Tokyo, Ariake Colosseum (12,000 seats) show. Ogawa claims that he has been working on a modified STO (Space Tornado Ogawa-Hiroshi) with GAMI & Mariko Yoshida.
NOAH ran their May 6th show in Sendai at Miyagi Prefectural Sports Center, claiming 3,200 paid in the 5,000-seat building. Results:
1. Jun Izumida & Haruka Eigen defeated Mitsuo Momota & Rusher Kimura in 9 minutes, 36 seconds when Izumida pinned Momota.
2. Masao Inoue defeated Kishin Kawabata in 10 minutes, 49 seconds with the Torture Rack.
3. KENTA (Kobayashi) & Yoshinobu Kanemaru defeated Ray Gordy Jr. & Donovan Morgan in 14 minutes, 49 seconds when KENTA used a Falcon Arrow on Gordy Jr. for the win.
4. Kentaro Shiga defeated Mohammed Yone in 9 minutes, 37 seconds with the cross-arm scissors hold.
5. Scorpio & Vader defeated Bull Schmitt & Michael Modest in 6 minutes, 36 seconds when Vader used a Big Van Crush on Schmitt for the win.
6. Yoshihiro Takayama & Takao Omori defeated Takashi Sugiura & Daisuke Ikeda in 12 minutes, 37 seconds when Omori used an Axe Bomber on Sugiura for the win.
7. In the GHC Jr. Title Tournament, Tsuyoshi Kikuchi defeated Richard Slinger in 10 minutes, 48 seconds by submission.
8. Yoshinari Ogawa, Mitsuharu Misawa, & Naoki Sano defeated Makoto Hashi, Tamon Honda, & Akira Taue in 21 minutes, 12 seconds when Ogawa cradled Taue for the win.
9. In the GHC Tag Titles Match, Takeshi Morishima & Takeshi Rikio defeated Akitoshi Saito & Jun Akiyama in 22 minutes, 35 seconds when Morishima used a lariat on Saito for the win.
NOAH ran their May 7th rally in Fukushima at Kooriyama City Big Palette, claiming 1,700 paid. Results:
1. In a Battle Royal, Michael Modest defeated Tsuyoshi Kikuchi in 13 minutes, 36 seconds with a roll-up.
2. Naoki Sano defeated Masao Inoue in 12 minutes, 6 seconds with a Northern Lights Bomb.
3. In the GHC Jr. Title Tournament, KENTA (Kobayashi) defeated Yasuhiro Suzuki in 12 minutes, 1 seconds with a German Suplex Hold.
4. Takeshi Morishima defeated Bull Schmitt by referee stoppage in 1 minute, 47 seconds due to injury.
5. Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Jun Akiyama defeated Makoto Hashi & Akira Taue in 16 minutes, 3 seconds when Akiyama used an Exploder on Hashi for the win.
6. Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa defeated Daisuke Ikeda & Takeshi Rikio in 13 minutes, 26 seconds when Misawa used a Tiger Driver on Ikeda for the win.
7. Takashi Sugiura, Yoshihiro Takayama, & Takao Omori defeated Richard Slinger, Scorpio, & Vader in 10 minutes, 50 seconds when Sugiura used an Olympic Slam on Slinger for the win.
NOAH ran their May 9th rally at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, claiming 2,100 paid. Results:
1. Mitsuo Momota & Rusher Kimura defeated Masaji Aoyagi & Haruka Eigen in 10 minutes, 3 seconds when Momota pinned Eigen.
2. Masao Inoue & Tamon Honda defeated Kishin Kawabata & Jun Izumida in 16 minutes, 2 seconds when Inoue used a Torture Rack on Kawabata for the submission.
3. Richard Slinger & Scorpio defeated Ray Gordy Jr. & Naoki Sano in 15 minutes, 9 seconds when Slinger used the "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" on Gordy for the win.
4. Donovan Morgan & Michael Modest defeated Mohammed Yone & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi in 13 minutes, 46 seconds when Morgan used the "Golden Gate Spin" on Yone for the win.
5. In the GHC Jr. Title Tournament, Makoto Hashi defeated Juventud Guerrera in 13 minutes, 17 seconds with the Blue Thunder.
7. Vader defeated Kentaro Shiga in 5 minutes, 58 seconds with a powerbomb.
8. Yoshihiro Takayama & Takao Omori went to a no-contest with Jun Akiyama & Yoshinobu Kanemaru in 2 minutes, 47 seconds when Omori gave Takayama an axe-bomber.
9. KENTA (Kobayashi) & Akira Taue defeated Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa in 13 minutes, 30 seconds when Taue used a modified choke-sleeper on Ogawa for the submission win.
ZERO-ONE is planning for a big feud between Shinjiro Ohtani & Atsushi Onita in July 2002.
New Japan is currently negotiating for a Kensuke Sasaki vs. Minoru Suzuki match/fight at their October Tokyo Dome show.
The main event of ZERO-ONE's 5/19 Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefectural Building 2 show has Shin'ya Hashimoto, Naoya Ogawa, & Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Tom Howard, The Predator, & Steve Corino. Speaking of which, here are the full card line-ups for the second part of the Genesis 2002 tour (5/19 to 5/23):
- Tadahiro Fujisaki vs. Yusaku
- Yoshito Sasaki vs. CW Anderson
- Masato Tanaka vs. Katsumi Usuda
- Ryoji Sai vs. Yuki Ishikawa
- Naohiro Hoshikawa & Kohei Sato vs. Native Blood (UPW)
- Shinjiro Ohtani vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa
- Hashimoto, Ogawa, & Fujiwara vs. Howard, Predator, & Corino
5/21 Fukushima City Gym
- Naohiro Hoshikawa vs. Tadahiro Fujisaki
- Ryoji Sai vs. Yoshito Sasaki
- Yusaku vs. Ikuto Hidaka
- Tom Howard vs. Kohei Sato
- Shinjiro Ohtani & Masato Tanaka vs. Native Blood (UPW - rematch from 3/9 Korakuen)
- Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Steve Corino
- Shin'ya Hashimoto & Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs. The Predator & CW Anderson
5/22 Zepp Sendai
- Yusaku vs. Tadahiro Fujisaki
- Naohiro Hoshikawa vs. CW Anderson
- Kohei Sato vs. Ryoji Sai
- Yoshito Sasaki vs. Ikuto Hidaka
- Tatsuhito Takaiwa & Masato Tanaka vs. Native Blood (UPW)
- Shinjiro Ohtani vs. Steve Corino
- Shin'ya Hashimoto & Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Tom Howard & The Predator
5/23 Tokyo, Korakuen Hall
- Yusaku & Tadahiro Fujisaki vs. Yuki Ishikawa & Katsumi Usuda
- Naohiro Hoshikawa vs. Ikuto Hidaka
- Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Yoshito Sasaki
- Native Blood (UPW) vs. Steve Corino & CW Anderson
- Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs. Sabu
- Kohei Sato & Ryoji Sai vs. Wataru Sakata & Hirotaka Yokoi (ex-RINGS)
- Shinjiro Ohtani & Masato Tanaka vs. Tom Howard & The Predator
- NWA North American Title Match: Quinn Magnum (NWA President Jim Miller's son-in-law) vs. Shin'ya Hashimoto
* Also, future dates will be announced for ZERO-ONE's 2002 "Creation" tour for June-July. Dates expected will be:
- 6/27 Tokyo, Korakuen Hall
- 6/29 Sapporo Tiesen Hall
- 6/30 Sapporo Tiesen Hall
- 7/05 Nagano City Park Gym
- 7/06 Niigata City Gym
All Japan ran their May 1st show at Niigata City Gym, drawing 3,150 paid. Results:
1. The Cedman & Gran Naniwa defeated Kaz Hayashi & Jimmy Yang in 12 minutes, 29 seconds when Naniwa used his "Driver the Naniwa" finisher on Yang for the win.
2. Mike Barton & Jim Steele defeated Nobukazu Hirai & Tomoaki Honma in 15 minutes, 34 seconds when Steele used a Turbo Drop II finisher on Honma for the win.
3. Steve Williams, Mike Rotunda, & Yoji Anjoh defeated Mitsuya Nagai, Shigeo Okumura, & Ryuji Hijikata in 17 minutes, 56 seconds when Doc used a dangerous back drop suplex on Okumura for the win.
4. Taiyo Kea defeated Hideki Hosaka in 11 minutes, 12 seconds with a Hawaiian Smasher.
5. In the Giant Baba 6-man Cup, the team of Gen'ichiro Tenryu, Arashi, & Nobutaka Araya defeated Kendo Ka Shin, Johnny Smith, & Abdullah the Butcher in 19 minutes, 11 seconds when Araya used a moonsault press on Smith for the win.
6. Kokushi-muso (Keiji Mutoh) & Hakushi (Jinsei Shinzaki) defeated Satoshi Kojima & George Hines in 14 minutes, 28 seconds when Mutoh used a new "magic" finisher on Hines for the win.
All Japan ran their May 3rd rally in Yamagata at Yonezawa Municipal Gym, claiming 2,850 paid. Results:
1. Nobutaka Araya & Ryuji Hijikata defeated The Cedman & Jimmy Yang in 10 minutes, 51 seconds when Araya used a moonsault press on Cedman for the win.
2. Kendo Ka Shin & Abdullah the Butcher defeated Shigeo Okumura & Kazushi Miyamoto in 10 minutes, 56 seconds when Ka Shin used a cross-arm scissors hold on Miyamoto for the win.
3. Johnny Smith defeated Tomoaki Honma in 13 minutes, 29 seconds with a British Fall.
4. Steve Williams, Mike Rotunda, & Yoji Anjoh defeated Gen'ichiro Tenryu, Arashi, & Nobukazu Hirai in 15 minutes, 26 seconds when Anjoh used a back-fist punch on Hirai for the win.
5. Mitsuya Nagai & Taiyo Kea defeated Satoshi Kojima & Hideki Hosaka in 19 minutes, 36 seconds when Nagai used a hyper-knee finisher on Hosaka for the win.
6. Keiji Mutoh, George Hines, & Kaz Hayashi defeated Mike Barton, Jim Steele, & Gran Naniwa in 23 minutes, 33 seconds when Mutoh used a Shining Wizard on Steele for the win.
All Japan ran their May 4th rally in Kisarazu at Kurakata Sports Hall, claiming 2,250 paid. Results:
1. Shigeo Okumura & The Cedman defeated Masa Fuchi & Kazushi Miyamoto in 13 minutes, 37 seconds when Okumura used an exploder on Miyamoto for the win.
2. Johnny Smith defeated Hideki Hosaka in 12 minutes, 16 seconds with a British Fall.
3. Kendo Ka Shin & Abdullah the Butcher defeated Arashi & Nobukazu Hirai in 10 minutes, 34 seconds when Butcher used a jumping elbow drop on Hirai for the win.
4. Mike Barton, Jim Steele, & Ryuji Hijikata defeated Steve Williams, Mike Rotunda, & Jimmy Yang in 19 minutes, 34 seconds when Steele used a Turbo Drop II on Yang for the win.
5. Satoshi Kojima & Tomoaki Honma defeated Yoji Anjoh & Nobutaka Araya in 16 minutes, 38 seconds when Kojima used a lariat on Araya for the win.
6. Keiji Mutoh, George Hines, & Kaz Hayashi defeated Taiyo Kea, Mitsuya Nagai, & Gran Naniwa in 21 minutes, 4 seconds when Hines used a Michinoku Driver II on Naniwa for the win.
All Japan ran their May 5th rally at Daigo Grand Dome, claiming 2,400 paid. Results:
1. Masa Fuchi defeated Kazushi Miyamoto in 9 minutes, 49 seconds with a back drop suplex.
2. Gran Naniwa & Ryuji Hijikata defeated Kendo Ka Shin & Jimmy Yang in 11 minutes, 38 seconds when Naniwa used his "Driver the Naniwa" finisher on Yang for the win.
3. Nobukazu Hirai & Arashi defeated Abdullah the Butcher & The Cedman in 15 minutes, 20 seconds when Hirai used an uranage (Rock Bottom) on Cedman for the win.
4. Steve Williams & Mike Rotunda defeated George Hines & Hideki Hosaka in 15 minutes, 32 seconds when Rotunda used a blockbuster hold on Hosaka for the win.
5. Taiyo Kea defeated Tomoaki Honma in 4 minutes, 34 seconds with a Hawaiian Smasher.
6. Gen'ichiro Tenryu & Nobutaka Araya defeated Satoshi Kojima & Shigeo Okumura in 15 minutes, 57 seconds when Araya used a moonsault press on Okumura for the win.
7. Mike Barton, Jim Steele, & Johnny Smith defeated Keiji Mutoh, Mitsuya Nagai, & Kaz Hayashi in 21 minutes, 41 seconds when Steele used a Turbo Drop II on Hayashi for the win.
All Japan ran their May 6th rally near Nagoya at Gifu Industry Hall, claiming 3,400 paid. Results:
1. Kaz Hayashi & Jimmy Yang defeated Gran Naniwa & Kazushi Miyamoto in 13 minutes, 50 seconds when Hayashi used an Air Raid Crash on Miyamoto for the win.
2. George Hines defeated Hideki Hosaka in 10 minutes, 45 seconds with a Shining Wizard.
3. Abdullah the Butcher & The Cedman defeated Arashi & Ryuji Hijikata in 9 minutes, 52 seconds when Cedman used a modified chokeslam on Hijikata for the win.
4. Steve Williams & Mike Rotunda defeated Satoshi Kojima & Tomoaki Honma in 15 minutes, 26 seconds when Rotunda used a blockbuster on Hirai for the win.
5. Johnny Smith & Taiyo Kea defeated Satoshi Kojima & Tomoaki Honma in 18 minutes, 51 seconds when Smith used a British Fall on Honma for thew in.
6. Mike Barton, Jim Steele, & Kendo Ka Shin defeated Keiji Mutoh, Mitsuya Nagai, & Shigeo Okumura in 19 minutes, 54 seconds when Barton used a powerbomb on Okumura for the win.
All Japan ran their May 9th rally at Kochi Prefectural Gym, claiming 1,750 paid (not great). Results:
1. Nobukazu Hirai & Kendo Ka Shin defeated Ryuji Hijikata & Jimmy Yang in 10 minutes, 34 seconds when Hirai used an uranage (Rock Bottom) on Yang for the win.
2. Abdullah the Butcher & The Cedman defeated Shigeo Okumura & Hideki Hosaka in 10 minutes, 4 seconds when Butcher used a jumping elbow drop on Hosaka for the win.
3. Mike Barton defeated Tomoaki Honma in 9 minutes, 18 seconds with a high-angle powerbomb.
4. Steve Williams & Mike Rotunda defeated Arashi & Nobutaka Araya in 15 minutes, 2 seconds when Doc used a dangerous back drop suplex on Araya for the win.
5. Mitsuya Nagai & Taiyo Kea defeated Satoshi Kojima & Kazushi Miyamoto in 18 minutes, 24 seconds when Nagai used a flying kneel-kick on Miyamoto for the win.
6. Keiji Mutoh, George Hines, & Kaz Hayashi defeated Johnny Smith, Jim Steele, & Gran Naniwa in 22 minutes, 49 seconds when Hayashi used an Air Raid Crash on Naniwa for the win.
All Japan ran their May 10th rally at Osaka Prefectural Gym II, claiming 1,500 paid. Results:
1. Kaz Hayashi & Jimmy Yang defeated Masa Fuchi & Ryuji Hijikata in 11 minutes, 22 seconds when Hayashi used an Air Raid Crash on Hijikata for the win.
2. Tomoaki Honma defeated Hideki Hosaka in 14 minutes, 7 seconds with a German Suplex Hold.
3. Steve Williams & Mike Rotunda defeated Abdullah the Butcher & The Cedman in 12 minutes, 43 seconds when Rotunda used a blockbuster hold on Cedman for the win.
4. In the AJ Jr. Title Match, Kendo Ka Shin defeated Gran Naniwa in 14 minutes, 24 seconds with a cross-arm scissors hold. ** Reader Michael Li, who attended the Osaka show, said the following about this match: "... Ka Shin did rip Naniwa's mask off. Kaz Hayashi and Jimmy Yang made the save. Hayashi then challenged Ka Shin on behalf of Yang. Overall, a really decent show."
5. Mike Barton, Jim Steele, & Johnny Smith defeated Mitsuya Nagai, Shigeo Okumura, & Kazushi Miyamoto in 17 minutes, 43 seconds when Steele used a Turbo Drop II on Miyamoto for the win.
6. Satoshi Kojima defeated Nobutaka Araya in 14 minutes, 7 seconds with a lariat.
7. Keiji Mutoh, Taiyo Kea, & George Hines defeated Gen'ichiro Tenryu, Arashi, & Nobukazu Hirai in 11 minutes, 31 seconds when Hines used a Michinoku Driver II on Hirai for the win.
That wraps it up for this weekend's edition of the INR but I'll be back soo with more of the latest news from around the World. Til' then this is Brian Cole saying I'll see ya.