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Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Minoru Tanaka
Gedo and Jado (c) vs. Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask IV - IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles
Kazuyuki Fujita, Kensuke Sasaki and Shinya Makabe vs. Hiro Saito, Tatsutoshi Goto and Mitsuya Nagai
Akiya Anzawa and Hiroshi Nagao vs. Manabu Nakanishi and Osamu Nishimura
Tatsumi Fujinami and Yuji Nagata vs. Takashi Iizuka and Tadao Yasuda

Bonus: What will be match of the night? Gedo and Jado (c) vs. Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask IV - IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles
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Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Minoru Tanaka
Gedo and Jado (c) vs. Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask IV - IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles
Kazuyuki Fujita, Kensuke Sasaki and Shinya Makabe vs. Hiro Saito, Tatsutoshi Goto and Mitsuya Nagai
Akiya Anzawa and Hiroshi Nagao vs. Manabu Nakanishi and Osamu Nishimura
Tatsumi Fujinami and Yuji Nagata vs. Takashi Iizuka and Tadao Yasuda

Bonus: What will be match of the night?Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Minoru Tanaka
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in NAGOYA (Night #2)

Held in front of a SOLD OUT crowd of 10,000 people in the NGK Sports Plaza in Nagoya (Chubu) and shown LIVE on TV Asahi

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Prior to the opening match gets underway, the fans in attendance and those watching on television are presented a video package of the night's two co-main events - Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Minoru Tanaka and Gedo and Jado vs. Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask IV.

RATING: 73
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Tatsumi Fujinami and Yuji Nagata vs. Takashi Iizuka and Tadao Yasuda
15-minute time limit

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Fujinami and Nagata were the epitome of efficiency throughout their matchup, quickly exchanging tags to keep each other fresh against Iizuka and Yasuda. Iizuka would manage to power through some of Fujinami and Nagata's attacks though to the point where he almost finished Nagata off with a Blizzard Suplex.

Iizuka's strength continued against Fujinami, getting to the point where he almost again finished off his opponent with a Blizzard... but Fujinami would counter with a Dragon Sleeper and then a Dragon Suplex to deliver the win for the #1 contenders for the IWGP Tag Team titles.

WINNERS: Tatsumi Fujinami and Yuji Nagata by pinfall in 11:45
RATING: 67
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Akiya Anzawa and Hiroshi Nagao vs. Manabu Nakanishi and Osamu Nishimura
15-minute time limit

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The young lions Anzawa and Nagao would put in a valiant effort against the established veterans in the opposite corner, but they faced an uphill battle throughout the duration of the match.

Nakanishi would eventually finish the match off by delivering a Hercules Cutter to Nagao just after the eight-minute mark.

WINNERS: Manabu Nakanishi and Osamu Nishimura by pinfall in 8:19
RATING: 52

After the match, Nakanishi and Nishimura both vacate the ring, leaving the young lions in the ring to stumble to their feet. Once both Anzawa and Nagao get back to their feet, suddenly they're ambushed from behind...


...by Brock Lesnar. Lesnar floors Nagao with a stiff clothesline to the back of the head as he then drops Anzawa with a front-facing lariat. Wasting no time, Lesnar picks up the heavier Nagao and drops him with an F-5. Surveying the in-ring carnage as he did at The New Beginning in Nagoya's opening, Lesnar then picks up Anzawa and sends him crashing to the mat with an F-5 as well. Roaring a primal scream towards the camera, Lesnar then heads to the back as the ringside medical staff attend to the young lions.

RATING: 46
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Kazuyuki Fujita, Kensuke Sasaki and Shinya Makabe vs. Hiro Saito, Tatsutoshi Goto and Mitsuya Nagai
15-minute time limit

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The match would only stand at even ground for the opening minute or so until the powerhouse trio of Fujita, Sasaki and Makabe began to take over from there. Saito would attempt to lead his team back towards going on the advantage but the opposing team of the three brutes would efficiently strike down their efforts.

Saito's valiant efforts would ultimately lead to this downfall as the referee would call for the bell following a Sleeper Hold locked in onto Saito by Fujita.

WINNERS: Kazuyuki Fujita, Kensuke Sasaki and Shinya Makabe by submission in 10:37
RATING: 58
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'IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles'
Gedo and Jado (c) vs. Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask IV
30-minute time limit


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A physical confrontation from the ringing of the opening bell, Liger and Tiger popped the crowd earlier with synchronized dives outside to Gedo and Jado connecting, leaving all four competitors down on the outside. The masked team would strike on offense early on, with Liger inflicting most of the damage on Jado. A slip out of a reverse suplex attempt would reverse the champions' fortunes, however, as Jado would shove down the legend Liger to get the tag to Gedo.

Once Gedo hit the ring, he immediately went on the attack to wear down Liger and eventually Tiger Mask once he received the tag. A later attempt at a Gedo Clutch on Liger would be broken up by Tiger Mask in an impressive moment as the masked challenger would drop Gedo mid-submission with a dropkick from the side from the top rope. Jado's attempts to chase Tiger Mask from the ring were met with a tiger suplex on the outside.

The distraction of the non-legal partners provided Liger with an opportunity to finish the match off with a Liger Bomb! Cover attempt, 1...2...Gedo just got his shoulder up! A second attempt at a Liger Bomb was met with punches by Gedo who then dropped Liger with a Complete Shot! Pin attempt by Gedo! 1...2...now Liger just hits shoulder up!

As Jado and Tiger Mask IV found themselves as the legal men, the two would go back and forth with high-paced strikes and submission combos until Jado would connect with Tiger Mask IV's jaw with a vicious Superkick. An attempt by Liger to interfere would have the legend be met with a Superkick himself. A Backdrop Suplex later, Jado completed a successful title defense for both he and Gedo.

WINNERS: Gedo and Jado by pinfall in 18:45
Gedo and Jado retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles. (Defense #2)
RATING: 73
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Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Minoru Tanaka
30-minute time limit

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A match between two competitors who perhaps have been a bit overconfident as of late, neither man can get a decent control of the other and the match stays neutral for awhile with several staredowns played to the applause of the 10,000 in attendance. Tanaka is the first to gain control though as he rears down Nakamura by stepping on the back of his knee while keeping a headlock in place.

After having his neck worn down, Nakamura goes on the attack with a russian legsweep and then worked on keeping Tanaka grounded. Tanaka'd fight his way back to his feet and drop Nakamura with a russian legsweep himself before heading up top for a high-risk move. Nakamura would rush Tanaka, however, dropkicking his leg out from under him and sending Tanaka crashing to the outside.

Nakamura would grab control on the outside and would roll the IWGP Junior Heavyweight champion into the ring, taking time to taunt him before heading in himself. The pause would allow Tanaka an opportunity to strike back with a running dropkick to send Nakamura back down to the outside. A dive to the outside takes Nakamura out yet again as the fight once more spilled to the outside.

Once the action returned to the ring, a quick flurry of kicks would down Nakamura to one knee as Tanaka would hit a seated dropkick to drop the U-30 Openweight champ. After attempting to break Nakamura's ankle with an ankle lock, Tanaka would go up top and attempt a Fireball Splash, but Nakamura would raise a knee up and connect with the diving Tanaka's jaw!

A bit of a taunting offense against the Junior Heavyweight champion as Nakamura then locks in a Cross Armbar in the hopes to get Tanaka to submit. The valiant Tanaka eventually got to the ropes and superkicked an approaching Nakamura back down to the mat. Tanaka was slow to get up as he then went up to the top rope and launched off for a splash, but Nakamura quickly rose, kicked him as he descended and then locked in another Cross Armbar! Tanaka's got nowhere to go! A frantic scramble to get to the ropes was futile for the Junior Heavyweight champion as he was left tapping out in the center of the ring.

WINNER: Shinsuke Nakamura by submission in 28:38
RATING: 73

Following the match, Tanaka eventually retreated with his Junior Heavyweight title slung over his left shoulder while clutching his right arm. Nakamura retrieved both his U-30 Openweight and Tag Team belts and a microphone.

Nakamura again proclaims that he's the future of the company and that his sights are ultimately set on reclaiming the IWGP Heavyweight Title once again. He says that not only will he successfully defend the IWGP Tag Team Titles at Fighting Spirit with Hiroshi Tanahashi, but he'll successfully defend his IWGP U-30 Openweight Championship against whoever wins next month's U-30 Challenge. Nakamura also proclaims that he will be the winner of the inaugural New Japan Cup in April before dropping the microphone and heading to the back.

Has his recent success gone completely to the 24-year-old's head?


RATING: 74
SHOW RATING: 72
TV RATING: 5.73 (4,303,310 viewers)

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Prediction Results for The New Beginning in Nagoya (Night #2)
Jon The GOAT: 4/5
DGenerationMC: 5/5
DREAM~!: 4/5

MotN: You were all right. Tie.
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Does Brock have a negative personality? He should be awesome here. Not familiar with mid-2000s NJPW so mostly guesses.
He does, however, there are certainly worse personalities backstage (Suzuki, Tanaka, Negro Casas.) There are definitely more positive influences backstage, but I'm hoping the addition of another negative doesn't start throwing it out of whack.
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Wrestling News from January

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#1. World Wrestling Entertainment


SHOW OF THE MONTH: WWE Raw (Wk 2)
Rating: 88

MATCH OF THE MONTH: Shawn Michaels def. Ric Flair (WWE Raw, Wk 2)
Rating: 99

- Shawn Michaels won the vacant WWE World Heavyweight Title (Wk 1)
- Nunzio def. Funaki to win the WWE Cruiserweight Title (Wk 4)
- Eddie Guerrero won the Royal Rumble (Wk 4)

NEWS:
As WWE expands its coverage markets for all four of its television shows (RAW, Smackdown, Velocity and Heat), it has moved Smackdown to a later time slot for its USA and UK coverage (UPN, Sky Sports.)
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2. Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre


SHOW OF THE MONTH: CMLL Super Viernes (Weekly PPV) (Wk 4)
Rating: 73

MATCH OF THE MONTH: Atlantis def. Dr. Wagner Jr (CMLL Todos Fuera de Asalto)
Rating: 78

- Dr. X def. Rocky Romero to win the CMLL World Lightweight Title (Wk 3)
- Ultimo Guerrero & Rey Bucanero def. Atlantis and Blue Panther to win the CMLL World Tag Team Titles (Wk 2) (2nd reign)
- El Satanico, Rey Bucanero and Vampiro def. Tarzan Boy, El Terrible and Halloween to win the CMLL World Trios Titles (Wk 3)

NEWS:
- CMLL has signed Chavo Guerrero Sr, Hugo Savinovich and Carlos Colon to written contracts.
- The company has offered a written deal to New Japan star Jushin Thunder Liger, igniting a bidding war for the legendary masked wrestler.
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3. Total Nonstop Action Wrestling


SHOW OF THE MONTH: Final Resolution
Rating: 64

MATCH OF THE MONTH: Jeff Jarrett and Raven def. AJ Styles and The Amazing Red (TNA Impact!, Wk 1)
Rating: 74

- Shark Boy def. Petey Williams to win the TNA X-Division Title (Wk 1)
- Spanky def. Shark Boy to win the TNA X-Division Title (Wk 3)

NEWS:
- Expanding coverage for B-show Xplosion and have taken lower time slots for its TV coverage of Impact!
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4. New Japan Pro-Wrestling


SHOW OF THE MONTH: Toukan Festival: Wrestling World 2005
Rating: 79

MATCH OF THE MONTH: Hiroyoshi Tenzan def. Masahiro Chono and Riki Choshu (Toukan Festival: Wrestling World)
Rating: 83

- Shinsuke Nakamura def. Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP U-30 Openweight Title (Toukan Festival: Wrestling World)

NEWS:
- After a hot start to the year with its annual Tokyo Dome show, NJPW officials are in shock as the company's prestige has dropped it to 'Cult' size.
- New Japan officials are pondering the idea of an 'International NJPW Showcase' with the company doing a small tour overseas. This is likely to be in the United States, where New Japan has a very small and growing fanbase. The main hiccup for the plan? Figuring out logistics that can have them come out of the tour with a profit.
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5. Pro-Wrestling NOAH


SHOW OF THE MONTH: NOAH on NTV (TV Show) (Wk 3)
Rating: 81

MATCH OF THE MONTH: Mitsuhara Misawa and Yoshinari Ogawa def. Hiroshi Tanahashi and Yuji Nagata (Wk 3)
Rating: 86

- Hiroshi Tanahashi won the newly-created NOAH International Title

NEWS:
- Stan Hansen has signed a written deal with NOAH to serve as a road agent.
Milano Collection AT has signed a written deal as well and will also serve as a road agent. The company has also picked up Roland Alexander on a written deal to serve as a color commentator.
- NOAH has released wrestler Masashi Aoyagi.
- Has just inked a deal with TV Asahi to show their tour highlights.
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6. All Japan Pro-Wrestling


SHOW OF THE MONTH: AJPW Lashing Out (Tour) (Wk 2)
Rating: 77

MATCH OF THE MONTH: Satoshi Kojima and Toshiaki Kawada def. Keiji Mutoh and Kaz Hayashi (All-Japan B-Banquet, Wk 3)
Rating: 82

- Kaz Hayashi and Ryuji Hijikuta won the vacant AJPW Unified World Tag Team Titles (Wk 1)
- The team of Masanobu Fuchi and Gran Hamada won the 2005 Real World Tag League tournament.

NEWS:
- All Japan has signed several workers to written deals, including Entire Ichiro, Kyohei Wada, Hideki Kobayashi, 296, Akira Fukuzawa, Yoshiaki Fujiwara, Wally Yamaguchi, Billy K and Naoya Ogawa in non-wrestling roles. The company also snatched up Invader #1 and CIMA to written in-ring deals
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7. Asistencia Asesoria y Administracion


SHOW OF THE MONTH: AAA Ninguna Ley U Orden (PPV) (Wk 3)
Rating: 77

MATCH OF THE MONTH: La Parka, L.A. Park and Vampiro def. Hector Garza, Pentagon and Ultimo Guerrero (AAA Ninguna Ley U Orden) (Wk 3)
Rating: 82

NEWS:
- Several pay-per-appearance deals were completed by AAA, with the company signing Vampiro, Fernando Tonos, L.A. Park, Miss Janeth, Hector Garza, Shocker, Ultimo Guerrero, Nicho el Millionairio, Chicky Starr, El Jefe and El Hijo del Santo to such deals.
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8. Pro Wrestling ZERO-ONE


SHOW OF THE MONTH: ZERO-ONE Radioactive Tour (Wk 1)
Rating: 70

MATCH OF THE MONTH: Takao Omori, Juventud Guerrera and Hirotaka Yokoi def. Masato Tanaka, Sylvester Terkay and Steve Corino (ZERO-ONE Radioactive Tour) (Wk 1)
Rating: 74

- Shinjiro Otani won the vacant NWA United National Heavyweight title.
(Wk 1)
- Tatsuhito Takaiwa and Super Crazy won the vacant NWA Intercontinental Tag Team titles. (Wk 2)
- Minoru Fujita and Tengu Kaiser won the vacant NWA International Lightweight Tag Team titles. (Wk 1)

NEWS:
- Changes in management for ZERO-ONE with Koichiro Kimura becoming CEO and Yoji Anjoh becoming head booker.
- Several releases by the company including Yoshiaki Fujiwara, Simon Diamond, Osamu Namiguchi, Sonjay Dutt, Shinsuke Z Yamagasa, Yoshihito Sasaki, Takashi Sasaki, Naoya Ogawa and Ryouji Sai.
- The company has signed the announcer Mika to a PPA deal.
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9. Ring of Honor


SHOW OF THE MONTH: ROH The Battle Lines are Drawn (Wk 2)
Rating: 59

MATCH OF THE MONTH: Steve Corino, Bryan Danielson and Dan Maff def. Matt Stryker, B-Boy and Colt Cabana (ROH The Battle Lines are Drawn)
Rating: 62

- Samoa Joe def. Austin Aries for the ROH World Heavyweight Title (Wk 2)
- The ROH Tag Team Titles held by Rocky Romero and Ricky Reyes have been vacated.

NEWS:
- Expected to appear in ROH in the coming weeks is new signing Kenny King.
- The company, however, has released Daizee Haze and Julius Smokes.
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10. Dragon Gate


SHOW OF THE MONTH: Dragon Gate Showtime Tour (Wk 4)
Rating: 64

MATCH OF THE MONTH: BxB Hulk def. Ryo Saito and Susumu Yokosuka (Dragon Gate Showtime Tour) (Wk 3)
Rating: 82

- Magnum Tokyo won the vacant DG Open the Brave Gate Title. (Wk 1)
- Yuji Hino and Magnitude Kishiwada won the vacant DG Open the Twin Gate Titles. (Wk 1)
- Susumu Yokosaka, BxB Hulk and Dragon Kid won the DG Open the Triangle Gate Titles. (Wk 1)
- DG Open the Triangle Gate Titles were then vacated on Sunday, Wk 4.

NEWS:
- Taking over the CEO and head booker positions for Dragon Gate were The Great Sasuke.
- One of Sasuke's first moves for DG was joining the National Wrestling Alliance.
- Kentaro Hirakawa, Jonny Fairplay and Shigeyo Kawasaki all signed PPA deals with Dragon Gate.
- Leaving Dragon Gate due to signing deals with other companies were CIMA and Milano Collection AT.
New Japan Pro-Wrestling's February Schedule
#1. U-30 Challenge Prelims Night #1 - Wednesday, Wk 2
#2. U-30 Challenge Prelims Night #2 - Sunday, Wk 2
#3. U-30 Challenge Prelims Night #3 - Tuesday, Wk 3
#4. U-30 Challenge Prelims Night #4 - Saturday, Wk 3
#5. U-30 Challenge Prelims Night #5 - Tuesday, Wk 4
#6. Road to Fighting Spirit - Wednesday, Wk 4
#7. Fighting Spirit - Sunday, Wk 4 (PPV)


RED = PPV, full match recaps. Predictions welcome.
ORANGE = Tourney prelims, partial match recaps. Predictions welcome.
BLACK = Results-only. No preview post.
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The U-30 Challenge

New Japan Pro-Wrestling's first tournament of the year is a new one to the company, the U-30 Challenge. Designed to give the youth of the promotion an opportunity to shine and make themselves known to the NJPW audience, the U-30 challenge features 12 competitors spread across two blocks of six competing in a round-robin style format. Each match will also feature a 20-minute time limit. A total of five non-televised U-30 Challenge events will be held leading up to the final, which will be held at February's pay-per-view, Fighting Spirit.

Apart from pride, a future shot at the IWGP U-30 Openweight Championship held by Shinsuke Nakamura is on the line. The date of the future title shot is likely to take place in May on either the yet-to-be-named tour or the yet-to-be-named pay-per-view.

Block A


Akira Tozawa, 19 (Dragon Gate)
In-Ring: Very Strong
Performance: Very Strong
Physical: Strong
Overness: D+

Blue Wolf, 28
In-Ring: Average
Performance: Average
Physical: Average
Overness: E+


Hiroshi Nagao, 25
In-Ring: Average
Performance: Average
Physical: Average
Overness: F+


James Gibson, 28
In-Ring: Strong
Performance: Very Strong
Physical: Very Strong
Overness: E+


Tomohiro Ishii, 29
In-Ring: Average
Performance: Strong
Physical: Strong
Overness: D+


Toru Yano, 26
In-Ring: Weak
Performance: Average
Physical: Average
Overness: E


Block B


Akiya Anzawa, 24
In-Ring: Average
Performance: Average
Physical: Average
Overness: E+


Harry Smith, 18 (STAMPEDE)
In-Ring: Average
Performance: Strong
Physical: Average
Overness: F+


Hirooki Goto, 25
In-Ring: Average
Performance: Average
Physical: Average
Overness: E


Kota Ibushi, 22 (DDT)
In-Ring: Strong
Performance: Strong
Physical: Strong
Overness: D


Naofumi Yamamoto, 27
In-Ring: Average
Performance: Average
Physical: Average
Overness: E-


Ryusuke Taguchi, 25
In-Ring: Average
Performance: Average
Physical: Average
Overness: E+
Quick Picks for U-30 Challenge Prelims Night #1
Akira Tozawa vs. Blue Wolf - Block A
Toru Yano vs. Tomohiro Ishii - Block A
Hiroshi Nagao vs. James Gibson - Block A
Kota Ibushi vs. Naofumi Yamamoto - Block B
Akiya Anzawa vs. Ryusuke Taguchi - Block B
Hirooki Goto vs. Harry Smith - Block B


Quick Picks for U-30 Challenge Prelims Night #2
Hiroshi Nagao vs. Tomohiro Ishii - Block A
James Gibson vs. Blue Wolf - Block A
Toru Yano vs. Akira Tozawa - Block A
Kota Ibushi vs. Ryusuke Taguchi - Block B
Akiya Anzawa vs. Harry Smith - Block B
Hirooki Goto vs. Naofumi Yamamoto - Block B

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Quick Picks for U-30 Challenge Prelims Night #1
Akira Tozawa vs. Blue Wolf - Block A
Toru Yano vs. Tomohiro Ishii - Block A
Hiroshi Nagao vs. James Gibson - Block A
Kota Ibushi vs. Naofumi Yamamoto - Block B
Akiya Anzawa vs. Ryusuke Taguchi - Block B
Hirooki Goto vs. Harry Smith - Block B

Quick Picks for U-30 Challenge Prelims Night #2
Hiroshi Nagao vs. Tomohiro Ishii - Block A
James Gibson vs. Blue Wolf - Block A
Toru Yano vs. Akira Tozawa - Block A
Kota Ibushi vs. Ryusuke Taguchi - Block B
Akiya Anzawa vs. Harry Smith - Block B
Hirooki Goto vs. Naofumi Yamamoto - Block B

Real exciting tournament. I think you'll give us an early teaser with Goto vs. Ishii. I know Gibson is better and I'd love to cheer on Tozawa but Ishii is the oldest and I prefer the image of Ishii vs. Nakamura too.

Predictions are more like vs. dislike instead of who makes more sense to win.
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Quick Picks for U-30 Challenge Prelims Night #1
Akira Tozawa vs. Blue Wolf - Block A
Toru Yano vs. Tomohiro Ishii - Block A
Hiroshi Nagao vs. James Gibson - Block A
Kota Ibushi vs. Naofumi Yamamoto - Block B
Akiya Anzawa vs. Ryusuke Taguchi - Block B
Hirooki Goto vs. Harry Smith - Block B


Quick Picks for U-30 Challenge Prelims Night #2
Hiroshi Nagao vs. Tomohiro Ishii - Block A
James Gibson vs. Blue Wolf - Block A
Toru Yano vs. Akira Tozawa - Block A
Kota Ibushi vs. Ryusuke Taguchi - Block B
Akiya Anzawa vs. Harry Smith - Block B
Hirooki Goto vs. Naofumi Yamamoto - Block B
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U-30 Challenge Prelims (Night #1)

Held in front of a SOLD OUT crowd of 5,000 at the Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium in Yokohama (Kanto)

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'Block A'
Hiroshi Nagao vs. James Gibson
20-minute time limit

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The American dominated from the get go. Despite Nagao putting up a valiant defense throughout the middle portions of the match, Gibson was ultimately able to overpower him and down him with a DDT then lock in the Trailer Hitch for the submission.

WINNER: James Gibson by submission in 8:27.
RATING: 44
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'Block B'
Hirooki Goto vs. Harry Smith
20-minute time limit

VS

Experience and age paid off for Goto as he controlled the pace of the match from the ringing of the opening bell. Smith was able to muster some counterattacks given his size advantage over Goto, but the NJPW Dojo graduate was able to finish Smith off with a Go To Heaven prior to the nine-minute mark.

WINNER: Hirooki Goto by pinfall in 8:57.
RATING: 33
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The live feed's video screens in the Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium play highlights of the battle between Shinsuke Nakamura and Minoru Tanaka at The New Beginning of Nagoya's closing night. The conclusion of the video again reminds those in attendance that the winner of the U-30 Challenge will go on to face Nakamura for the IWGP U-30 Openweight Championship following New Japan's March hiatus.

RATING: 69
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'Block B'
Akiya Anzawa vs. Ryusuke Taguchi
20-minute time limit

VS

A high-flying affair, both competitors went back and forth with some spectacular offensive moves. It was Taguchi that would soon take control of the match, hitting a spectacular Missile Dropkick off the top rope that would down Anzawa for the three-count.

WINNER: Ryusuke Taguchi by pinfall in 8:29.
RATING: 31
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'Block A'
Toru Yano vs. Tomohiro Ishii
20-minute time limit

VS

Yano would escape out of Ishii's early offense with several comedic-based moves, leading to some frustration on Ishii's part. Ishii would side-step his frustrations, however, as he'd then refocus and start laying into the younger Yano. Using a couple of headbutts to soften Yano up, Ishii then hoisted up his opponent to drop him with a Sheer-Drop Brainbuster for the win.

WINNER: Tomohiro Ishii by pinfall in 7:49.
RATING: 49
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A hype video plays for Fighting Spirit's main event - Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Scott Norton for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

RATING: 83
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'Block B'
Kota Ibushi vs. Naofumi Yamamoto
20-minute time limit

VS

Yamamoto seized control of the match early on and progressively wore down the DDT regular. Ibushi would have his moments of fighting back, but Yamamoto would provide effective counters for each of his efforts. Midway through the match, a Pelé kick would open Yamamoto up for some offense as Ibushi then went on the attack.

Using several effective kicks towards the legs, Ibushi would down his opponent with an enzuigiri, follow up with a running 450 splash and then head to the top rope. One Corkscrew 630 Senton later and Ibushi scored his first two points of the competition.

WINNER: Kota Ibushi by pinfall in 13:26.
RATING: 42
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'Block A'
Akira Tozawa vs. Blue Wolf
20-minute time limit

VS

An impressive sequence to get the match under way with Tozawa successfully negotiating his way out of some heavy-handed attempts at offense by the Mongolian brute. The 19-year-old could only evade his opponent so much, however, as a lariat would bring the smaller competitor crumbling to the mat.

Blue Wolf would keep his sights set on Tozawa as he'd keep him grounded with various submissions, but Tozawa would eventually wind up out on the floor. Once Wolf went to pursue, Tozawa slid back in and quickly rebounded off the opposite ropes to hit Wolf with a flying forearm through the ropes to the outside.

From there, it was Tozawa's to lose. An attempt at a Shining Wizard was dodged by Wolf, however, as he then grabbed Tozawa for an inverted exploder suplex. Once he launched Tozawa for the move, his opponent landed on his feet, then charging and connecting with a Shining Wizard to the back of the head. Cover, win and two points to Tozawa.

WINNER: Akira Tozawa by pinfall in 13:11.
RATING: 51

Following the match, Tozawa is handed a microphone and immediately states that he's coming for Shinsuke Nakamura's IWGP U-30 Openweight Championship. He says that although he's not the biggest wrestler in this tournament and he's definitely not the oldest, what he has that the others don't is heart and the fighting will of a champion.

RATING: 61
SHOW RATING: 55

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Block A Standings after Night 1 of 5 [W-L-D]

Akira Tozawa: 2 - [1-0-0]
Tomohiro Ishii: 2 - [1-0-0]
James Gibson: 2 - [1-0-0]
Blue Wolf: 0 - [0-1-0]
Toru Yano: 0 - [0-1-0]
Hiroshi Nagao: 0 - [0-1-0]
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Block B Standings after Night 1 of 5 [W-L-D]

Kota Ibushi: 2 - [1-0-0]
Ryusuke Taguchi: 2 - [1-0-0]
Hirooki Goto: 2 - [1-0-0]
Naofumi Yamamoto: 0 - [0-1-0]
Akiya Anzawa: 0 - [0-1-0]
Harry Smith: 0 - [0-1-0]
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BREAKING
Jushin Thunder Liger Signs Exclusive Multi-Year Contract with CMLL


The bidding war for star Junior Heavyweight Jushin Thunder Liger has concluded with reports indicating the star will jump to Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. Liger is currently being promoted for New Japan Pro-Wrestling's upcoming pay-per-view - Fighting Spirit - where he is set to challenge for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title currently held by Minoru Tanaka.

The bout is still scheduled to take place at Fighting Spirit as New Japan is supposedly in the works of creating an alliance with CMLL and an unknown third company. With that, CMLL officials currently show that Liger's booked schedule will allow for him to wrestle against Tanaka in two weeks.

The signing comes as a major blow for New Japan as Liger's role both in the ring and in the locker room was of great importance. Considered a locker room leader, one has to wonder who will fill the void left behind by the 40-year-old. Liger was also considered a focal point of New Japan's Junior Heavyweight division, having held the company's Junior Heavyweight title a record 11 times.
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U-30 Challenge Prelims (Night #2)

Held in front of a SOLD OUT crowd of 2,200 fans in the Kochi Gymnasium in Kochi (Shikoku)

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'Block A'
Toru Yano vs. Akira Tozawa

20-minute time limit

VS

Yano didn't stand a chance against the agile Tozawa as the younger competitor would light up Yano with a flurry of strikes to soften him up. After a Tozawa Backdrop Suplex wouldn't do the trick for him, Tozawa went up top for a Diving Headbutt and connected with it, following that up with a pin for another two points.

WINNER: Akira Tozawa by pinfall in 8:35.
RATING: 52
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'Block B'
Akiya Anzawa vs. Harry Smith

20-minute time limit

VS

An even matchup between the two young competitors, neither man could get an advantage for the early portions of the match. Eventually, Smith's pure strength would tip the scales towards his favor, as he'd drop Anzawa with a variety of slams before downing Anzawa with a big boot. Locking in a Sharpshooter on Anzawa, Smith would then find himself landing in the tourney's win column with a submission victory.

WINNER: Harry Smith by submission in 8:04.
RATING: 25
Quote:

A taped promo then airs from Koji Kanemoto following Smith's victory. In it, Kanemoto pokes fun at Jushin Thunder Liger's move to Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre and says that he himself should be the one to face Minoru Tanaka for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title at Fighting Spirit. If Liger wanted to cut and run to Mexico instead of fighting for the most prestigious Junior Heavyweight championship all of Japan has to offer, he never should've fought at Wrestling World for the #1 contendership. Kanemoto states that he's not scared of Tanaka or Liger for that matter, and claims that he'll be the one to face Fighting Spirit's winner at the New Japan Cup Final.

RATING: 66
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'Block A'
James Gibson vs. Blue Wolf

20-minute time limit

VS

Gibson was in control of the early stages of the match, but an overconfident early attempt at a Trailer Hitch was reversed by Blue Wolf, who in turn put the pressure on Gibson's legs. Once back to their feet, Gibson would dodge a Lariat attempt by the Mongolian and would go for a Thesz Press, but would be spinebustered down into the mat. Once Gibson stirred and rose to his feet, he was floored once again with a Lariat to take his first loss of the tournament.

WINNER: Blue Wolf by pinfall in 9:07.
RATING: 46
Quote:
'Block B'
Hirooki Goto vs. Naofumi Yamamoto

20-minute time limit

VS

Goto maintained control from the opening of the match, besting Yamamoto whether he was on his feet or on the ground. Goto clearly did his homework prior to the match as every single instance of Yamamoto trying to get some offense going was swiftly countered. Late in the match, several headbutts got Yamamoto off of his balance and a Go To Heaven would finish off the match shortly after that.

WINNER: Hirooki Goto by pinfall in 8:46.
RATING: 35
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Highlights of Brock Lesnar's destruction across both nights of The New Beginning in Nagoya are broadcast over the live feed with the arrival of the former WWE Champion being compared to the exploits of famed film monster Godzilla. A question is flashed across the screen with an accompanying voiceover, 'Who can stop the beast?'

It's then revealed that Lesnar's opponent for his New Japan debut at Fighting Spirit will be...



Shinya Makabe.

Makabe cuts a brief promo that Lesnar's a fool if he thinks he's such a dominating force because he can beat up people coming out of hard-fought matches. Makabe says he'll enjoy facing Lesnar at Fighting Spirit because he'll be sure to send the 'American reject' back home with his tail between his legs.


RATING: 72
Quote:
'Block A'
Hiroshi Nagao vs. Tomohiro Ishii

20-minute time limit

VS

Nagao barely stood a chance in his second matchup of the tournament as Ishii physically dominated him at every opportunity. A Lariat just after the six-minute mark got the job done for Ishii to bring his points total up to four after two matches.

WINNER: Tomohiro Ishii by pinfall in 6:39.
RATING: 44
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'Block B'
Kota Ibushi vs. Ryusuke Taguchi

20-minute time limit

VS

A quick handshake at the beginning of the match led to a back and forth between both competitors which eventually led to Taguchi going on offense on the ground. Ibushi would soon fight his way back to his feet, hitting a cartwheel back elbow following a kick to Taguchi's gut. Ibushi's attempt at a Golden Star Press would be thwarted by Taguchi, however, as the older competitor threw him off the top rope with a belly-to-belly.

Taguchi would continue to wear down Ibushi but would find himself on defense again when Ibushi would hit a Pelé kick and then plant Taguchi with a Shining Wizard. A second attempt at a Golden Star Press missed, allowing Taguchi to hit a seated dropkick, prompting him to head to the top rope. Once Ibushi rose to his feet, he was dropped with a Missile Dropkick as Taguchi then covered for the win.

WINNER: Ryusuke Taguchi by pinfall in 11:34.
RATING: 43
SHOW RATING: 48

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Block A Standings after Night 2 of 5 [W-L-D]

Akira Tozawa: 4 - [2-0-0]
Tomohiro Ishii: 4 - [2-0-0]
James Gibson: 2 - [1-1-0]
Blue Wolf: 2 - [1-1-0]
Toru Yano: 0 - [0-2-0]
Hiroshi Nagao: 0 - [0-2-0]
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Block B Standings after Night 2 of 5 [W-L-D]

Ryusuke Taguchi: 4 - [2-0-0]
Hirooki Goto: 4 - [2-0-0]
Kota Ibushi: 2 - [1-1-0]
Harry Smith: 2 - [1-1-0]
Naofumi Yamamoto: 0 - [0-2-0]
Akiya Anzawa: 0 - [0-2-0]
DGenerationMC: 6/12
Jon the GOAT: 10/12
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Quick Picks for the U-30 Challenge Night #3
Toru Yano vs. Blue Wolf - Block A
Hiroshi Nagao vs. Akira Tozawa - Block A
James Gibson vs. Tomohiro Ishii - Block A

Akiya Anzawa vs. Naofumi Yamamoto - Block B
Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Harry Smith - Block B
Kota Ibushi vs. Hirooki Goto - Block B


Quick Picks for the U-30 Challenge Night #4
Hiroshi Nagao vs. Toru Yano - Block A
Tomohiro Ishii vs. Blue Wolf - Block A
Akira Tozawa vs. James Gibson - Block A

Harry Smith vs. Naofumi Yamamoto - Block B
Akiya Anzawa vs. Kota Ibushi - Block B
Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Hirooki Goto - Block B
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Quick Picks for the U-30 Challenge Night #3
Toru Yano vs. Blue Wolf - Block A
Hiroshi Nagao vs. Akira Tozawa - Block A
James Gibson vs. Tomohiro Ishii - Block A

Akiya Anzawa vs. Naofumi Yamamoto - Block B
Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Harry Smith - Block B
Kota Ibushi vs. Hirooki Goto - Block B


Quick Picks for the U-30 Challenge Night #4
Hiroshi Nagao vs. Toru Yano - Block A
Tomohiro Ishii vs. Blue Wolf - Block A
Akira Tozawa vs. James Gibson - Block A

Harry Smith vs. Naofumi Yamamoto - Block B
Akiya Anzawa vs. Kota Ibushi - Block B
Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Hirooki Goto - Block B
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Wow. Surprised I did good on the predictions.

Makabe vs. Lesnar is a good pick for his first match. Should be a great brawl.

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Quick Picks for the U-30 Challenge Night #3
Toru Yano vs. Blue Wolf - Block A
Hiroshi Nagao vs. Akira Tozawa - Block A
James Gibson vs. Tomohiro Ishii - Block A: This is an iffy one.

Akiya Anzawa vs. Naofumi Yamamoto - Block B
Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Harry Smith - Block B: Not sure about this since Smith is bigger but I'm leaning on Taguchi going far now.
Kota Ibushi vs. Hirooki Goto - Block B: This'll be fun too look back on in 5 years if you have the match again.


Quick Picks for the U-30 Challenge Night #4
Hiroshi Nagao vs. Toru Yano - Block A
Tomohiro Ishii vs. Blue Wolf - Block A
Akira Tozawa vs. James Gibson - Block A

Harry Smith vs. Naofumi Yamamoto - Block B
Akiya Anzawa vs. Kota Ibushi - Block B
Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Hirooki Goto - Block B: This probably decides Block B I think.
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Dammit, i've missed the first prediction..

Toru Yano vs. Blue Wolf - Block A
Hiroshi Nagao vs. Akira Tozawa - Block A
James Gibson vs. Tomohiro Ishii - Block A

Akiya Anzawa vs. Naofumi Yamamoto - Block B
Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Harry Smith - Block B
Kota Ibushi vs. Hirooki Goto - Block B


Quick Picks for the U-30 Challenge Night #4
Hiroshi Nagao vs. Toru Yano - Block A
Tomohiro Ishii vs. Blue Wolf - Block A
Akira Tozawa vs. James Gibson - Block A

Harry Smith vs. Naofumi Yamamoto - Block B
Akiya Anzawa vs. Kota Ibushi - Block B
Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Hirooki Goto - Block B
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U-30 Challenge Prelims (Night #3)

Held in front of a SOLD OUT crowd of 2,565 people in the Koriyama Gymnasium in Koriyama (Tohoku)

Quote:
'Block B'
Akiya Anzawa vs. Naofumi Yamamoto
20-minute time limit

VS

A back-and-forth matchup throughout its entirety, Yamamoto would be close to finishing the match off on multiple occasions but his young lion opponent would manage to fend off his attacks. An attempt at a top-rope high-risk maneuver by Yamamoto would be met with a dropkick by Anzawa as he prepped. As he fell to the mat, Anzawa would charge and hit a rising Yamamoto with a Zero-Sen Kick. Pinfall attempt and the young lion picks up a surprise victory!

WINNER: Akiya Anzawa by pinfall in 9:01.
RATING: 27
Quote:
'Block A'
Toru Yano vs. Blue Wolf
20-minute time limit

VS

The winless Yano looked up to the challenge of the Mongolian brute Blue Wolf as he was able to get in some, erm, unorthodox offense on him at times. An attempt at a schoolboy was met with a rough stomp from Blue Wolf, who then went on the offense. Lighting Yano up with several heavy-handed punches, Wolf would throw Yano out of the ring and then pummel him some more on the outside.

Once the action returned to the ring, Yano would quickly stomp on Wolf's hand and then get in some more strikes before the Mongolian would throw him across the ring. An Exploder Suplex attempt would be escaped by Yano, who shoved the larger man towards the referee. As Blue Wolf stopped himself from plowing into the official, he'd turn around into a quick poke to the eyes and then a Scoop Brainbuster. Yano gets away with an upset.

WINNER: Toru Yano by pinfall in 9:31.
RATING: 40
Quote:
'Block A'
Hiroshi Nagao vs. Akira Tozawa

20-minute time limit

VS

Tozawa's momentum carried over into the third night of the U-30 Challenge as he quickly and efficiently got Nagao off his feet and kept him down. Brief moments of counter-attack attempts by the young lion were futile as, per usual, Tozawa would have an effective way to dodge or block said attempt.
Quick victory for the Dragon Gate talent as he would put Nagao down with a Shining Wizard.

WINNER: Akira Tozawa by pinfall in 7:39.
RATING: 48
Quote:

A taped promo from Minoru Suzuki airs with Suzuki getting straight to the point: If you are to be the best at any given thing, you have to beat those that already are the best. With that, Suzuki laid out a challenge to Kazuyuki Fujita for Fighting Spirit. Suzuki proclaims that he is the best all-around fighter in all of Japan, and he'll show Fujita just that at Fighting Spirit.

RATING: 63
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'Block B'
Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Harry Smith

20-minute time limit

VS

The more experienced Taguchi was able to slip out of his younger and larger opponent's early attacks, but, given that, he still spent the early portions of the match more focused on defense. Once Smith caught Taguchi though, he started laying into him with his heavy-handed offense. An attempt at a Powerslam would be countered by Taguchi rolling forward over Smith's shoulder into a small package that almost handed the match to him.

A flustered Smith would chase Taguchi yet again, but the smaller competitor would be able to evade with ease and would stun Smith with an inverted atomic drop. A springboard Missile Dropkick soon followed and would be enough to put down Smith for the three-count.

PINFALL: Ryusuke Taguchi by pinfall in 11:47.
RATING: 28
Quote:
'Block B'
Kota Ibushi vs. Hirooki Goto
20-minute time limit

VS

Plenty of athleticism to go around in this bout as each man would have an effective counter for their opponent's offense throughout. It was Goto that pounced first as he made sure to keep Ibushi grounded, neutralizing his opponent's high-flying arsenal. He couldn't keep him down forever though as Ibushi would escape out of a submission attempt and dropkick Goto back down to the mat.

From there, Ibushi started wailing on Goto and would soften his opponent up enough to drop him with a sit-out running powerbomb and then finish him off with a Golden Star Press.

WINNER: Kota Ibushi by pinfall in 12:08.
RATING: 38
Quote:
'Block A'
James Gibson vs. Tomohiro Ishii
20-minute time limit

VS

Ishii's attempts to keep pace with Tozawa in the Block A standings hit an early hiccup as he wasn't quite able to get a hold on Gibson. Gibson would eventually start to wear down the larger Ishii, but a single leg sweep by Ishii provided him with enough of an advantage to go on offense. Both using their wrestling skills to the best of their abilities, Gibson prevailed again on the ground and was able to lock in an early Trailer Hitch that was escaped via rope break.

Gibson immediately went back on the attack, softening Ishii's legs up with several kicks, an attempt at a wrestling takedown fell flat however as Ishii planted the American with a single-arm DDT and then went on the attack. From there, it was Ishii's turn to methodically pick apart his opponent. Several headbutts in the corner dazed Gibson enough for Ishii to hoist him up for a Sheer-Drop Brainbuster, but Gibson would manage to counter by bringing Ishii's head back down for a DDT instead!

The time limit started to factor in as Gibson would go for another DDT, but Ishii would in turn lift him up and dump him over the top rope. The fight continued to the outside as Ishii would utilize the ring post to inflict further damage on Gibson. Once the fight returned to the inside, Ishii again lifted Gibson up for his Brainbuster finish, but a knee to the head while inverted put Gibson back on his feet and into a small package attempt. 1...2...Ishii just got his shoulder up there!

Ishii would chase Gibson again as the two competitors traded quick blow after quick blow again, but the continued fighting would prove to be futile as the ring bell rang to signify that 20 minutes had elapsed.

A dejected Ishii stomped the mat in the corner as he realized that his tie for the lead in Block A has now disappeared.

TIME LIMIT DRAW
RATING: 38
SHOW RATING: 41

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Block A Standings after Night 3 of 5 [W-L-D]

Akira Tozawa: 6 - [3-0-0]
Tomohiro Ishii: 5 - [2-0-1]
James Gibson: 3 - [1-1-1]
Blue Wolf: 2 - [1-2-0]
Toru Yano: 2 - [1-2-0]
Hiroshi Nagao: 0 - [0-3-0]
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Block B Standings after Night 3 of 5 [W-L-D]

Ryusuke Taguchi: 6 - [3-0-0]
Hirooki Goto: 4 - [2-1-0]
Kota Ibushi: 4 - [2-1-0]
Harry Smith: 2 - [1-2-0]
Akiya Anzawa: 2 - [1-2-0]
Naofumi Yamamoto: 0 - [0-3-0]
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DGenerationMC: 1/6
Jon the GOAT: 2/6
DREAM~!: 2/6
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BREAKING NEWS

CMLL Talent Lizmark Jr. Fired from New Japan Pro-Wrestling

In a move that shouldn't come as much of a surprise, New Japan Pro-Wrestling has announced that Lizmark Jr. has been let go from his contract with the company. The luchador had previously worked while high and drunk at the company's January 5th event, New Year's Dash!!, and reportedly showed up to a recent event high on drugs again.

Lizmark Jr. was already on thin ice leading up to his removal from the payroll,
and this latest incident was the last straw for management.
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U-30 Challenge Prelims (Night #4)

Held live in front of a SOLD OUT crowd of 2,700 fans in the Hiroshima Sports Center in Hiroshima (Chugoku)

Quote:
'Block B'
Harry Smith vs. Naofumi Yamamoto
20-minute time limit

VS

Smith was dominant throughout this matchup as he utilized his size and strength to continuously keep Yamamoto off of his feet. A big boot would be followed up with a Sharpshooter by the Canadian import to finish the match off by submission.

WINNER: Harry Smith by submission in 8:34.
RATING: 12
Quote:
'Block A'
Hiroshi Nagao vs. Toru Yano
20-minute time limit

VS

A serious wrestling bout to begin the match, the match soon had a few comedic moments courtesy of Yano in its middle stages. Once 'fun time' was over, Yano was able to pick up his second win of the tournament with a Canadian Backbreaker Rack applied to the young lion.

WINNER: Toru Yano by submission in 7:52.
RATING: 11
Quote:
'Block B'
Akiya Anzawa vs. Kota Ibushi
20-minute time limit

VS

Ibushi was able to maintain control over Anzawa throughout the match, but the young lion was able to show flashes of offense to take it to the youngster from Dramatic Dream Team. A missed attempt at a Zero-Sen Kick by Anzawa opened him up for a reverse exploder suplex by Ibushi. A Golden Star Press later and Ibushi gained his third win in the tourney.

WINNER: Kota Ibushi by pinfall in 8:44.
RATING: 45
Quote:


A hype video then plays for the IWGP Tag Team champions - Hiroshi Tanahashi and Shinsuke Nakamura. The video hypes the team up prior to their title defense against Tatsumi Fujinami and Yuji Nagata at Fighting Spirit next week.

RATING: 74
Quote:
'Block A'
Tomohiro Ishii vs. Blue Wolf
20-minute time limit

VS

A hard-hitting brawl from the get-go, Ishii let himself open to some offense by Blue Wolf, but that didn't faze the 29-year-old as he was able to hold the advantage throughout the match. A ducked lariat attempt from Blue Wolf opened him up for a lariat from Ishii himself. One Sheer-Drop Brainbuster later and Ishii's undefeated record in Block A remained intact through four events.

WINNER: Tomohiro Ishii by pinfall in 10:22.
RATING: 55
Quote:
'Block B'
Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Hirooki Goto
20-minute time limit

VS

Taguchi's attempts to keep the lead in the Block B tournament involved a lot of inaction as he worked to evade Goto's attacks either in the ring or by escaping to the outside. He would eventually be caught by Goto though as the two engaged in a back-and-forth battle.

Further attempts by Taguchi to escape from Goto's grasp extended the clock a bit, but Goto would catch one attempt to roll out of the ring with a Go To Heaven. With the following pin, Goto's win made for a three-way tie in Block B going into the final event.

WINNER: Hirooki Goto by pinfall in 11:41.
RATING: 34
Quote:
'Block A'
Akira Tozawa vs. James Gibson
20-minute time limit

VS

An even matchup all the way up to its conclusion, Gibson came close on several occasions to besting Tozawa early, but the smaller competitor would keep managing find ways to escape Gibson's offense. Tozawa would find himself being caught in a Trailer Hitch and nearly tapped out to it, but an eventual rope break spared him.

As was the case in Gibson's match in Night #3, the time clock started to come into play as the 14-minute mark sailed past. With his opponent in the corner late, Gibson charged for a running splash into the corner but caught only turnbuckle, opening him up for a charging Shining Wizard by the teenager. Three-count later and Tozawa's undefeated streak in the tourney remained intact.

WINNER: Akira Tozawa by pinfall in 15:29.
RATING: 51

As was the case in the opening night of the competition, Tozawa asks for and receives a microphone. The teenager from Dragon Gate warns Shinsuke Nakamura that he's coming for his IWGP U-30 Openweight Championship once he gets the win at Fighting Spirit. He acknowledges that next week's match against Tomohiro Ishii will be a 'winner take all' match for the Block A victory, but says that he has the abilities to see that 'never was' off. Tozawa thanks the Hiroshima fans for coming out as the show comes to an end.

RATING: 57
SHOW RATING: 53

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Block A Standings after Night #4 of 5 [W-L-D]

Akira Tozawa: 8 - [4-0-0]
Tomohiro Ishii: 7 - [3-0-1]
Toru Yano: 4 - [2-2-0]
James Gibson: 3 - [1-2-1]
Blue Wolf: 2 - [1-3-0]
Hiroshi Nagao: 0 - [0-4-0]
Code:
Block B Standings after Night #4 of 5 [W-L-D]

Ryusuke Taguchi: 6 - [3-1-0]
Hirooki Goto: 6 - [3-1-0]
Kota Ibushi: 6 - [3-1-0]
Harry Smith: 4 - [2-2-0]
Akiya Anzawa: 2 - [1-3-0]
Naofumi Yamamoto: 0 - [0-4-0]
PREDICTIONS

DGenerationMC: 4/6 (5/12)
Jon the GOAT: 5/6 (7/12)
DREAM~!: 4/6 (6/12)
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