411's International News Report #104 (Lucha Report, All Japan News & More)
Posted by Evan Zivin on 05.14.2002
We be back again for the International News Report Issue #104 with tons of Puroresu news courtesy of Zach Arnold of www.PuroresuPower.com as well as the Lucha Libre on Galavision report courtesy of Jose Pagan.
It's that time again where we plug that one site before we get to the news, WHICH BY THE WAY, IS RUNNING A HUGE SPECIAL FOR THE MONTH OF MAY!!!
www.WrestlinGods.com for all your wrestling video needs. Thousands of events from the States to Japan dating as far back as 1920 and as current as this week. And remember there's only one G in WrestlinGods.com :)
Well Jose's Galavision Report is a few days late but hey, the man's gotta make a living firsat and foremost, one can't live on that GIANT payroll I pay out alone, lol. Anyway, away we go with the Lucha Report and tons of Japanese news.
Estimados Fanaticos de la Lucha Libre Mexicana :
Welcome to yet another lucha recap, as compiled by yours truly, Jose R. Pagan. This week's show belonged to the rudos, just like last week, noteworthy is the return of a former WCW Champ (??) to his old stomping grounds, and one of the last matches for a wrestling legend, Here we go :
Match 1 - Mr Niebla & Villanos III and V beat Cien Caras, Universo Dos Mil & Apolo Dantes.
Mr Niebla & Co are on the warpath, since the Dynamite Brothers (Caras & Dos Mil) allegedly injured Villanol IV. This is a slugfest with the rudos taking the first fall on the Villanos in less time than it took to write this. in tyhe Second, Mr Niebla was able to mount a comeback for his team, and together with some fine teamwork from the villanos took the second fall. The third fall went back and forth with each wrestler given the opportunity to show their topes, hurracarranas, and wrestling wares. The end came when (Who else?) Mr Niebla pins Dantes with a sunset flip.
Match 2 - Juventud Guerrera, Lizmark Jr & Negro Casas beat Scorpio Jr Bestia Salvage & Shocker.
Ok..... Bestia Salvage & Scorpio Jr , the former Talibanes together with Emilio Charles, have cut their hair a la Chris Candido, and joined the 1000% handsome shocker. Before the match, these two start arguing with shocker as to who is more handsome, Emilio CHarles Jr or Shocker (Too much time in the locker room alone, if you ask me) Did I say that Scorpio Jr now looks like Jim Neidhart on Steroids?
Uh.. Ah!! the match. Juvi worked with all three rudos, actually jobbing the first fall to Shocker. On the second fall, Juvi was allowed to use all his signature moves, and together with his partners, pinned all three rudos. the third fall showed Negro Casas resiliency, as he was able to pin Scorpio for the match.
MatcH 3 - Atlantis, Perro Aguayo Sr & Brazo de Plata (Super Porky) beat Emilio Charles, Cien Caras & Universo Dos Mil.
Flawless match, a veritable showing of true wrestling virtue. the most technical move of the match was a grecorroman hair pull, followed by a freestyle punch, and an oriental style chop. Nuff' said.
For the AAA Section
Match 4 - Los Barrio Boys beat Super Crazy Nemesis & Rey Cuervo
All Right !! the skateboard pre teens meet the masked weirdos. These six wrestlers had a formidable match, full of down on the mat action, flying maneuvers, three and four man combinations, and gymnastic style pinning combinations. There had to be an outcome to this match, but it could have gone either way.
Match 5 - The Dark Family beat Los vatos Locos
Hey! its Kiss !!! Aw well... it's Chessman & Company , painted like Kiss, assisted by a wrestler called nigma, who sports a Riddler-like mask. the Dark family are best known as the Brood Rip Off, they are great wrestlers, just not original, and here's why.
These guys must have rented the TLC Video from the WW(E). this match was full of ladders, and Hardy Boys moves. Two ladders came into play during this spot match, which made it interesting for a second. I saw the Swanton bomb, the Edge neckbreaker from the top of the ladder, and other moves, which made TLC famous. If anyone thinks that RVD moves from Spot to Spot, they need to see this match. The match was actually entertaining during the few moments that the ladders were not into play, as the dark family made the public gasp with their command of timing and high risk.
Match 6 - The AAA Psicosis, Cibernetico & Electroshock beat Abismo Negro, Sangre Chicana & Parka Jr.
A very convoluted match, Chicana seemed lost and out of place, Cibernetico apparently forgot his wrestling gear, wrestling with some very worn jean shorts. The Very Green Parka Jr tried, but was not allowed to show anything, except his capability to get beat up. Cibernetico controlled the match, and ultimately won it for his team, when he was unmasked by Sangre Chicana, only after he had unmasked Abismo Negro. You would think they would tie up these masks....
Overall a fair show...at least the Taliban disbanded, and there was no Poder Boricua. thank God for small favors. We'll see you next week.
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.
Here's a preview of the upcoming June-July Summer Fight 2002 Series tour:
6/20 - Utsunomiya City Gym
6/21 - Tokyo, Korakuen Hall
6/22 - Minami-Ashigara Gymnastics Center
6/27 - Aichi, Kasugai City Gym
7/06 - Shiga Prefectural Gym
7/07 - Osaka, Kishiwada City Gym
7/08 - Gifu Industry Hall (4,000 seats)
7/10 - Tokyo, Korakuen Hall
7/14 - Aomori Martial Arts Building (Hirosaki City)
7/19 - Sapporo, Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center (10,500 seats)
7/20 - Sapporo, Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center (10,500 seats)
G-1 2002 Tournament
8/08 - Hiroshima Green Arena
Now, a look at All Japan's 2002 Summer Action Series tour:
7/07 - Tokyo, Korakuen Hall
7/09 - Okayama, Kurashiki City Sanyo Heights Gym
7/17 - Osaka Prefectural Gym (6,500 seats)
7/20 - Tokyo, Nippon Budokan
Now, the schedule of big AJW shows in the Tokyo area:
5/26 - Tokyo, Korakuen Hall
6/16 - Tokyo, Korakuen Hall (JGP 2002)
7/06 - Tokyo, Ota Ward Gym (5,000 seats)
7/09 - Tokyo, Korakuen Hall (JGP)
Regarding the JGP 2002... here's how the tournament will break down. The participants will include Yumiko Hotta, Kaoru Ito, Tomoko Watanabe, Momoe Nakanishi, Nanae Takahashi, Kayo Noumi, Miyuki Fujii, Kumiko Maekawa, Rie Tamada, & one more ARSION wrestler. In fact, here's how their 5/26 Korakuen Hall card breaks down:
1. Miyuki Fujii & Ayako Sato vs. Mika Nishio & Saki Maemura
2. Kayo Noumi vs. Kumiko Maekawa (JGP)
3. Manami Toyota & Nanae Takahashi vs. Tomoko Watanabe & Takako Inoue
4. Rie Tamada vs. Yumiko Hotta (JGP - heat-up angle for the cage death match between Hiroshi Ogawa & Yumiko Hotta later in the year - more on this later)
5. Kaoru Ito vs. Momoe Nakanishi (JGP)
(Picture of the Day) http://www.www.daily.co.jp/ring/images/0513ri03.jpg - Mutoh (holding picture of Lou Thesz), Tenryu (holding picture of Jumbo Tsuruta), and Fuchi (holding picture of Wahoo McDaniel)
The ARSION show on 5/11 in Tokyo at Ariake Colosseum was a complete disaster business-wise. Match-wise, outside the Hiroshi Ogawa debacle, was a good show (it just aired in a 2-hour format on TV). Business-wise, awful. They did 4,200 total in the 12,000-seat building. 4,200 total - not paid, total. That includes comps. Just not good at all. Lots of talk that Asuka may bail on the promotion after June, which would be an interesting situation given that Asuka came to ARSION to take over matchmaking duties on 6/3/00. However, don't believe it - Asuka, Yoshida, Ohmukai, Tamada, Fujita, GAMI, & noki-A are all going to Mexico between 9/26 and 10/1 for a big work/vacation trip. They are expected to do some matches with EMLL and whatnot. Lioness Asuka has joined "Team Eccentric" in GAEA-J with Sakura Hirota & Chigusa Nagayo. As for the blow-off for the ARSION vs. AJW feud, it's going to be a cage death match between Hiroshi Ogawa vs. Yumiko Hotta.
The main event of AJW's 7/6 Ota Ward Gym show in Tokyo (5,000 seat building) will have Manami Toyota vs. a mystery challenger, which is why Toyota is not in the JGP. Shinobu Kandori & Mariko Yoshida have been the two names tossed around so far in public, but I would not be shocked to see them use Momoe Nakanishi in the challenger slot (that's my opinion).
It appears the next victim for Bob Sapp in PRIDE will be K-1 fighter Tsuyoshi Nakasako.
In another interesting political situation, ZERO-ONE and NWA President Jim Miller are re-negotiating the main event for ZERO-ONE's 5/23 Korakuen Hall show in Tokyo. Instead of the main event having Hashimoto vs. NWA North American champion Magnum Quinn (who is Jim Miller's son-in-law), the match is now Hashimoto vs. Shawn "Hotstuff" Hernandez for the NWA National Title. That is an interesting political dilemma given that Shawn does tours sporadically with All Japan and Shawn has ties with Wally Yamaguchi, which is AJ basically. I haven't talked to Shawn, but I'm curious as to if they'll keep the belt on Shawn and have Shawn work the 5/23 Korakuen Hall show or if Shawn will transfer the belt to someone else to keep the AJ political ties going. Lots of interesting questions.
NOAH is doing a weird break-up angle now between Yoshihiro Takayama & Takao Omori. They decided that they would face each other in a tag match on 5/26 in Sapporo at Media Park. However, they are just getting around to declaring their tag partners. At the Tochigi show on the 12th, Omori declared that his partner would be Kentaro Shiga. Takayama says that he may hold a "partner draft" and choose from one of five candidates - Haruka Eigen, KENTA (Kobayashi), Takashi Sugiura, Rusher Kimura, & Mitsuo Momota. Takayama claimed that Eigen would be his #1 choice.
New Japan matchmaker Masa Chono is trying to solidify the IWGP Tag division. He's trying to develop a crop of teams to be challengers for the tag belts, with three contending teams including the duos of Nakanishi/Nishimura (Gotch-Combo), Ogawa/Hashimoto, and Takayama/Kazuyuki Fujita. They did a weird aspect to the angle, with Tenzan & Chono claiming that they'll be in Hawaii, Acapulco, Rio de Janeiro, and the Gold Coast and that they would defend the belts even there.
Keiji Mutoh was officially nominated as the "ace" of All Japan at the 5/12 Korakuen Hall show in Tokyo. That should make some people happy and some people really cringe. At the 5/12 Korakuen Hall show, AJ had mourning ceremonies for Jumbo Tsuruta, Lou Thesz, and Wahoo McDaniel. They really pushed Mutoh as the "ace" of AJ, saying that he basically "conquered" All Japan within a time span of three months (which is unbelievable). The promotion did an interesting angle on 5/10 in Osaka in which Tenryu and company tied Mutoh's hands to the ring ropes so that their (Tenryu's) team could lay out George Hines & Taiyo Kea with the BATT flag and to stomp on Mutoh for a bit. Satoshi Kojima came out to make the save and basically hyped his Triple Crown match against Gen'ichiro Tenryu on 7/17 at Osaka Prefectural Gym (6,500 seat building). Based on what AJ is pushing after the 5/12 Korakuen Hall show, they seem to be pushing a singles main event on 7/20 at Budokan between Mutoh and the winner of the Tenryu/Kojima TC match on 7/17 in Osaka. Also, AJ did an angle at their 5/12 Korakuen Hall show in which Yoji Anjoh accidentally hit Mike Rotunda in the face during the Giant Baba 6-man Tag Cup tournament with a back-fist punch. It eventually lead to the defeat of Doc's team and Doc basically cut off his affiliation with Yoji Anjoh. In another angle, Tenryu is claiming that Taiyo Kea wants to declare his independence from Keiji Mutoh soon, trying to break the Kea/Mutoh duo up (they are the current tag champions).
All Japan announced that they are going to do "retro matches" for their 7/20, 8/30, 8/31, and 10/27 Nippon Budokan shows in Tokyo. The Destroyer will be in attendance for the 10/27 Budokan show, but not expected in an in-ring capacity.
Kazushi Sakuraba & Bill Robinson held a ceremony in honor of Lou Thesz at the UWF Snake Pit Japan school in Tokyo over the weekend. Robinson has been going back and forth between Tokyo and Los Angeles. Robinson sometimes uses a cane or a walker for support. Robinson is still in very good health, however.
Fin. That wraps it up today but I'll be back soon for another International news Report, feel free to email me at InternationalReport@yahoo.com for any news or comments you may have. Til' next time this is Brian Cole saying I'll see ya.