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Bleak times have befallen New Japan Pro-Wrestling. The premier Japanese promotion's standing as the dominant force in Japanese pro-wrestling has taken a tumble since the turn of the millennium, with the surging Pro Wrestling NOAH taking over the top spot in the country. New Japan appears to have lost its identity. At the moment, the mixed martial arts scene in Japan has utterly exploded in popularity, pushing New Japan's style (and talent acquisition for that matter) towards that of a MMA promotion in recent years.

With the company's premier event, the January 4th Tokyo Dome show, a few days away, a backstage power struggle has developed regarding the company's direction. While some faces behind the scenes wish to maintain the promotion's current product, a rising group of voices wish to push the promotion back to a more traditional wrestling-based feel to it.

With the interest in the wrestling industry and the Japanese economy both currently falling in a precarious position as we near the mid-point of the decade, New Japan may not just be wondering if it can weather yet another change in it, but if it can survive what's a near-historic lack of interest in wrestling in general.


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Main Eventer
Hiroyoshi Tenzan - IWGP Heavyweight (since December 12th, 2004) (3rd reign)
Jushin Thunder Liger
Kazuyuki Fujita
Kensuke Sasaki
Masahiro Chono
Scott Norton
Shinsuke Nakamura - IWGP Tag Team (w/Hiroshi Tanahashi since December 11th, 2004) (1st reign)
Tatsumi Fujinami
Yuji Nagata

Upper Midcarder
El Samurai
Gedo - IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team (w/Jado since June 5th, 2004) (3rd reign)
Hiroshi Tanahashi - IWGP Tag Team (w/Shinsuke Nakamura since December 11th, 2004) (2nd reign) || IWGP U-30 Openweight (since April 23rd, 2003) (1st reign, inaugural champion)
Jado - IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team (w/Gedo since June 5th, 2004) (3rd reign)
Koji Kanemoto
Manabu Nakanishi
Minoru Suzuki
Minoru Tanaka - IWGP Junior Heavyweight (since December 14th, 2003) (3rd reign)
Satoshi Kojima

Midcarder
Dick Togo
Hiro Saito
James Gibson
Kendo Kashin
Mitsuya Nagai
Osamu Nishimura
Shinya Makabe
Tadao Yasuda
Takashi Iizuka
Tatsutoshi Goto
Tiger Mask IV
Tomohiro Ishii
Wataru Inoue

Lower Midcarder
Akiya Anzawa
Blue Wolf
Hirooki Goto
Katsushi Takemura
Masayuki Naruse
Negro Casas
Ryusuke Taguchi

Opener
Hiroshi Nagao
Lizmark Jr.
Naofumi Yamamoto
TJ Perkins
Toru Yano

Enhancement Talent
Felino
Harry Smith

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Toukan Festival: Wrestling World 2005
To be held from the Tokyo Dome in the Kanto region and shown LIVE on PPV

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'IWGP Under-30 Openweight Championship'
Hiroshi Tanahashi (C) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
60-minute time limit


VS

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'IWGP Heavyweight Championship'
Hiroyoshi Tenzan (C) vs. Riki Choshu vs. Masahiro Chono
60-minute time limit


VS VS

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'Future Title Shot for the IWGP Heavyweight Title'
Scott Norton vs. Manabu Nakanishi
30-minute time limit

VS
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Satoshi Kojima vs. Osamu Nishimura
30-minute time limit

VS
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Minoru Suzuki vs. Takashi Iizuka
30-minute time limit

VS
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'IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title'
Minoru Tanaka (C) vs. Tiger Mask IV
20-minute time limit


VS
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'#1 Contendership to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title'
Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Koji Kanemoto
20-minute time limit

VS
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'#1 Contendership to the IWGP Tag Team Titles'
Tatsumi Fujinami & Yuji Nagata vs. Shinya Makabe & Hiro Saito
20-minute time limit

VS
Quote:
'IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Titles'
Gedo & Jado (C) vs. Wataru Inoue & Katsushi Takemura
15-minute time limit


VS
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El Samurai, Kendo Kashin & Mitsuya Nagai vs. Dick Togo, James Gibson & Tomohiro Ishii
15-minute time limit

VS
Quick Picks for Toukan Festival: Wrestling World 2005
Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura - IWGP U-30 Openweight Title
Hiroyoshi Tenzan (c) vs. Riki Choshu vs. Masahiro Chono - IWGP Heavyweight Title
Scott Norton vs. Manabu Nakanishi
Satoshi Kojima vs. Osamu Nishimura
Minoru Suzuki vs. Takashi Iizuka
Minoru Tanaka (c) vs. Tiger Mask IV - IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Koji Kanemoto
Tatsumi Fujinami & Yuji Nagata vs. Shinya Makabe & Hiro Saito
Gedo & Jado (c) vs. Wataru Inoue & Katsushi Takemura - IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Titles
El Samurai, Kendo Kashin & Mitsuya Nagai vs. Dick Togo, James Gibson & Tomohiro Ishii

TIEBREAKER: What will win Match of the Night?

Hope to have a lot of fun with this save/dynasty, hope you guys enjoy it as well.

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Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura - IWGP U-30 Openweight Title
Hiroyoshi Tenzan (c) vs. Riki Choshu vs. Masahiro Chono - IWGP Heavyweight Title
Scott Norton vs. Manabu Nakanishi
Satoshi Kojima vs. Osamu Nishimura
Minoru Suzuki vs. Takashi Iizuka
Minoru Tanaka (c) vs. Tiger Mask IV - IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Koji Kanemoto
Tatsumi Fujinami & Yuji Nagata vs. Shinya Makabe & Hiro Saito
Gedo & Jado (c) vs. Wataru Inoue & Katsushi Takemura - IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Titles
El Samurai, Kendo Kashin & Mitsuya Nagai vs. Dick Togo, James Gibson & Tomohiro Ishii

TIEBREAKER: What will win Match of the Night? Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura - IWGP U-30 Openweight Title
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Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura - IWGP U-30 Openweight Title
Hiroyoshi Tenzan (c) vs. Riki Choshu vs. Masahiro Chono - IWGP Heavyweight Title
Scott Norton vs. Manabu Nakanishi
Satoshi Kojima vs. Osamu Nishimura
Minoru Suzuki vs. Takashi Iizuka
Minoru Tanaka (c) vs. Tiger Mask IV - IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Koji Kanemoto
Tatsumi Fujinami & Yuji Nagata vs. Shinya Makabe & Hiro Saito
Gedo & Jado (c) vs. Wataru Inoue & Katsushi Takemura - IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Titles
El Samurai, Kendo Kashin & Mitsuya Nagai vs. Dick Togo, James Gibson & Tomohiro Ishii



TIEBREAKER: What will win Match of the Night? : Tanahashi vs Nakamura
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Toukan Festival: Wrestling World 2005
Held in the Tokyo Dome in the Kanto region in front of 28,686 people and shown LIVE on Sky PerfectTV!

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Before the opening contest of the night, a hype video is shown of the show's main event - Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the IWGP U-30 Openweight Championship. The video promotes both as perhaps the future of New Japan Pro-Wrestling and suggests that tonight is a glimpse of future Tokyo Dome main events to come.

RATING: 69
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El Samurai, Kendo Kashin & Mitsuya Nagai vs. Dick Togo, James Gibson & Tomohiro Ishii
15-minute time limit

VS

From the opening bell, the heel team of Togo, Gibson and Ishii immediately pounced on their opponents and wouldn’t let up. Isolating Nagai from his teammates, the match essentially boiled down to a three-on-two matchup, with the numbers game playing into the heels’ favor. The masked veterans El Samurai and Kashin would each put up valiant efforts throughout the bout to bring the match to their favor and assist their ailing teammate, however, both would be sent over the top rope by Gibson and Ishii, allowing Togo to pin Nagai following a double underhook facebuster.

WINNERS: Dick Togo, James Gibson and Tomohiro Ishii by pinfall in 7:47.
RATING: 52
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'IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Titles'
Gedo & Jado (C) vs. Wataru Inoue & Katsushi Takemura
15-minute time limit


VS

Experience would prove itself to be the deciding factor early on in the night's first title match as the three-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team champions fought back early offensive threats from Inoue and Takamura. Takamura would surprise the champions a few minutes in though with a hurricanrana out of nowhere to Jado to clear the ring. With the champions taking time to regroup on the outside, Inoue would work his way around the ring to throw Jado in and take out Gedo, allowing his teammate to get some more offense in.

The end stages of the match brought the competitors back to even with Takamura and Jado again finding themselves as the legal men. A half-nelson suplex grounded Jado, prompting Takamura to go for a boston crab, only to abandon his attempt and lock in a Gedo Clutch while taunting the move's innovator. Incensed, Gedo entered the ring and dropped Takamura with a superkick, then proceeding to knock Inoue off the apron with another one. With Gedo exiting back to his corner, a dazed Jado stumbled over to make the tag, sending Gedo to the top rope and onto Takamura with a Super Fly for the win.

WINNERS: Gedo and Jado by pinfall in 11:45.
Gedo and Jado retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles. (Defense #1)
RATING: 60
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'#1 Contendership to the IWGP Tag Team Titles'
Tatsumi Fujinami & Yuji Nagata vs. Shinya Makabe & Hiro Saito
20-minute time limit

VS

The veterans Fujinami and Nagata got on offense in this match from the get go, putting in their fair share of moves on both Makabe and Saito. Attempts from Makabe to fight his way back into the match provided for a brief back-and-forth chop fest with Nagata that got the crowd involved with the match, but his attempts proved to be futile as he'd be floored by the veterans. The match eventually was brought to a quick end with Nagata dropping Saito with a backdrop hold and then immediately locking in a Nagata Lock II for the submission.

WINNERS: Tatsumi Fujinami and Yuji Nagata by submission in 8:59.
RATING: 71

In their post-match press conference, Fujinami and Nagata hype up their position as #1 contender to Hiroshi Tanahashi and Shinsuke Nakamura's IWGP Tag Team Titles. Both vow to utilize their title shot at February's still yet-to-be-named pay-per-view.

Nagata's attitude towards the two twenty-somethings was dismissive as he vowed to 'smack them down back into the earth.' Fujinami's attitude towards the match and his opponents wasn't as negative as his partner's. The six-time IWGP Heavyweight champion seemed more insistent on showing that at 52 years of age, he still had something to show to the company's young up-and-comers.


RATING: 74
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'#1 Contendership to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title'
Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Koji Kanemoto
20-minute time limit

VS

A battle between two of the greatest IWGP Junior Heavyweight champions of all-time, a lengthy staredown kicked off this 20-minute bout. 11-time champ Liger went to extend a hand to four-time champion Kanemoto but faked his unmasked opponent out, running his hand over the top of his mask instead. The early portion of the bout featured an overconfident Liger, who took his time to play to the crowd and taunt his frequently downed opponent.

Kanemoto took offense to his opponent's nonchalant attitude towards their match and immediately pounced on Liger, softening him up with stiff blow after stiff blow. Several near-falls took place during the mid-portion of the match with Kanemoto landing two successive vertical suplex powerslams. Perhaps with a bit of frustration, Kanemoto went up top for a high-risk moonsault which Liger rolled out of the way of. Liger continued with some offense of his own before leading to both trading blows in the center of the ring in an exchange that ended with a quick rake to the eye by Kanemoto.

Slipping out of a bridging tiger suplex attempt, Liger rolled through for a near fall. Once he rose, it was clear that the relaxed attitude from Liger was gone as he immediately went back to work on Kanemoto. Kanemoto fights back several times until a surprise palm thrust by Liger sets up a perfectly executed Ligerbomb. Red Shoes drops down and slaps the canvas twice before Kanemoto throws up a shoulder at the very last second! Liger incredulously (well, imagine it anyways) looks at Red Shoes before slapping the mat himself in frustration. Liger then picks up his opponent, who fights back once more with some more strikes until Liger repeats his previous attempt at a finishing sequence. This time, however, Liger ascends to the top rope and nails a frogsplash before successfully pinning Kanemoto for the #1 contendership.

WINNER: Jushin Thunder Liger by pinfall in 14:21.
RATING: 78
Quote:
'IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title'
Minoru Tanaka (C) vs. Tiger Mask IV
20-minute time limit


VS

Two different strategies were on display from each wrestler at the beginning of this one as Tanaka wished to kick the match off with a slow, methodical pace with various grappling maneuvers; Tiger Mask, on the other hand, got started with a flurry of quick strikes trying to get Tanaka off his feet. An attempt at a running forearm strike by Tiger Mask was side-stepped by the reigning Junior Heavyweight champion as he was then thrown over the top rope and to the outside.

A rebound off the ropes led to a perfectly-executed plancha onto the stunned challenger on the outside, which led to a brief striking battle on the outside. Once the match returned to the ring, Tanaka immediately went to work with a varying sequence of suplexes. The resilient challenger managed to block what would've been the fourth suplex in a row - dropping Tanaka face first into the turnbuckle with a drop toe hold. Once the champion rose to his feet, a dropkick from Tiger Mask to Tanaka's back followed up by a schoolboy led to the first near fall of the match.

Each competitor fought for the advantage once both of them got to their feet, leading to Tiger Mask eventually throwing Tanaka through the ropes to the outside. This time, it was Tanaka who was on the received end of some inside-to-outside offense as Tiger Mask performed a baseball slide to the outside and to the face of the kneeling champion. Tiger Mask then took to the apron to execute a running knee strike to the champion but was met with a spectacular mid-air dropkick for his efforts.

After the action returned to the ring, Tanaka continued to wear down the torso of the masked hero, bringing the pace down a bit. Each time the challenger appeared to be about to slip out of a hold, Tanaka would wrangle him back under control. This would continue on for a bit until Tiger Mask would get hold of a rope, forcing Tanaka to break the hold. Bit of jawing between the ref and the champion provided Tiger Mask with enough time to get to the outside of the ropes and launch himself over the ref and onto Tanaka with an outstanding flying body press and into a pin that results in an extremely close near pinfall.

Seeing an opportunity open up, Tiger Mask ascended to the top turnbuckle and briefly soaked in the roars from the crowd as he leapt for a Diving Headbutt... but Tanaka gets up a knee in time, clocking his opponent right in the temple! From here, Tanaka sprang up and made his way up to the top rope for what was surely to be a 450 Splash attempt. However, as he launched off, he merely leapt off with no rotation and stopped short of Tiger Mask - who sat up to dodge a 450 attempt. A swift and vicious kick to the head downed the surprised Tiger Mask as Tanaka immediately locked in a Minoru Special. The dazed Tiger Mask had no choice but to tap out after a short struggle in the hold.

WINNER: Minoru Tanaka by submission in 16:55.
Minoru Tanaka retains the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title. (Defense #12)
RATING: 81

In his post-match press conference, Tanaka states that he's not too concerned about having Jushin Thunder Liger lined up as his next opponent. Tanaka runs over the fact that he is the most dominant IWGP Junior Heavyweight champion in history with his record-expanding 12th title defense. With that statistic in mind, Tanaka asks the Japanese press in attendance why should he be concerned with Liger, even if he is an 11-time Junior Heavyweight champion?

RATING: 85
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Minoru Suzuki vs. Takashi Iizuka
30-minute time limit

VS

A brawl from the get-go with both trading strikes with one another, the action quickly broke when Suzuki slipped out of an early sleeper attempt by his opponent. An unnerving smirk from Suzuki didn't rattle Iizuka at all as the two went right back at it with a battle of 'who can hit the bejeezus out of the other one harder?' A backhand chop battle ended once Suzuki dodged an attempt by Iizuka and then planted him with a dropkick.

From here, the advantage went to Suzuki as he worked his opponent over with a variety of submission holds designed to cut off his opponent's air flow. Iizuka did a good job of managing to fully prevent Suzuki from being able to lock in a sleeper of his own - navigating around to eventually drop Suzuki with a side suplex. The back and forth nature of the match continued onto their feet as Iizuka backed Suzuki into a corner and proceeded to bite him, a move that was followed by a quick shove from Suzuki and a swift open-handed slap to Iizuka.

Again, no one could get a clear advantage from here as the bouts of offense from each would only last about a minute at a time. Suzuki did manage to kick out of a surprise exploder suplex pin attempt and would then slide out of the ring to regain energy for a counter-attack. Iizuka followed out to ringside to chase Suzuki around the ring and would be caught himself by a surprise dropkick that sent him flying into the steel guardrail surrounding the ring.

Once both returned to the ring, Suzuki would fight to lock in a sleeper on his fellow master of the hold and would ultimately get it secured in. Fighting around while flailing his arms around for the rope, Iizuka managed to grab the back of Suzuki's head and stun him with a jawbreaker, snapmaring him over into a sleeper of his own. Suzuki miraculously would recover back to his feet and would manage to trip up Iizuka, stunning him long enough to once again lock in a sleeper of his own. This time, there would be no escape for Iizuka as the referee would end up calling for the bell.

WINNER: Minoru Suzuki by submission in 12:56.
RATING: 80
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Satoshi Kojima vs. Osamu Nishimura
30-minute time limit

VS

Standard start to this match: lockup, takedown, break, stand-off, lockup, takedown, break, stand-off. Bit of a struggle for control in the beginning until Kojima managed to take over. Flooring Nishimura with a clothesline, the fight then proceeded to the ground where the pace cooled off for several minutes. Nishimura managed to fight back to a standing base and then hit a quick knee to the jaw before rebounding off the ropes with a running forearm.

Nishimura then controlled the match for the next couple minutes, repeating what Kojima did by bringing the match's pace back down. In a repeat of the reversal from before, Kojima fought his way back up but some kicks to the back of the knee from Nishimura re-grounded him. The pace was brought back up once Kojima fought his way to his feet again and then was met with an enzuigiri after fighting back with some strikes of his own.

A clothesline attempt by Nishimura found itself dodged by Kojima who rebounded with a stiff running elbow to the face. Kojima then went for a quick cutter attempt that was broken up by Nishimura, however, Kojima then immediately caught the defender off guard with another cutter, dropping him to the mat with the following pin attempt resulting in a near fall.

After regaining some more energy (and his composure), Kojima ascended to the top rope but was caught and thrown to the mat by Nishimura, who quickly went to the top himself and hit a moonsault for a near fall of his own. Spotting an opportunity to finish the match at around the 15-minute mark, Nishimura hit a quick cutter on Kojima, utilizing his opponent's finisher against him for what turned out to be another near-fall. Nishimura then picked up a Kojima and signalled for a finisher of his own and proceeded to hoist him up for a Northern Lights Suplex; the attempt was blocked by Kojima who then hit a Koji Lariat. Instead of immediately going for the pin, Kojima was determined to punish his opponent for stealing his finish by picking him up and planting him with a second Koji Lariat. 1, 2, 3, the match was Kojima's.

WINNER: Satoshi Kojima by pinfall in 16:44.
RATING: 73
Quote:
'Future Title Shot for the IWGP Heavyweight Title'
Scott Norton vs. Manabu Nakanishi
30-minute time limit

VS

The two competitors featured in this bout went right at with heavy blow after heavy blow traded between the two behemoths. Given what was on the line, any level of intensity less than what was already displayed would be a disappointment. Nakanishi's hunger for a shot at his potential first reign as the IWGP Heavyweight champ was visible early on as he grabbed the early advantage and downed Norton with several heavy, clubbing blows.

Norton powered through some more stiff offense to return the favor of some stiff strikes of his own. Nakanishi appeared to almost absorb the impact of some of Norton's strikes as he then grabbed the back of the gaijin's head and deliver a vicious knee strike to his chin. Nakanishi proceeds to pick up Norton and gets him in position for a Hercules Cutter, but a quick elbow to the back of the head allows Norton to slip out and surprise Nakanishi with a release german suplex.

As both wrestlers stir, another trading of strikes occurs with both exchanging backhand chop after backhand chop. Nakanishi breaks the exchange with a knee to the stomach, sending Norton reeling towards the ropes. Rebounding off the opposite side of the ring, Nakanishi then clotheslined his opponent to the outside; with the momentum carrying him out as well.

From there, the fight continued on the floor as the two fought their way around the entire ring. Norton went back on offense shortly after bouncing Nakanishi's head off of a ring post, dropping him with a strong lariat on the floor and then rolling back into the ring to catch his breath. Red Shoes counts to 16 until Nakanishi finally rolls in to the ring to be met with a lariat attempt that Nakanishi just dodges. Off the rebound, Nakanishi manages to quickly get Norton up on his shoulders and drops him with a Hercules Cutter! 1...2...NO!!

Nakanishi, feeling confident of a potential victory coming his way, starts berating a slowly rising Norton, accompanying his verbal abuse with several slaps to the back of the head. Nakanishi then picks up the dazed Norton for a second Hercules Cutter, but Norton slips loose, pushes Nakanishi away, and floors him with a lariat! 1...2...Nakanishi just gets the shoulder up!

Norton signals to the 28,000+ in attendance that the end is near as he picks his opponent up for a Powerslam attempt, but Nakanishi slips out and desperately goes for what should be one final Hercules Cutter. Nakanishi's desperation leads to sloppiness, however, as Norton breaks loose yet again and grabs an arm to plant Nakanishi's head into the mat with a single-arm DDT. 1...2...3!

WINNER: Scott Norton by pinfall in 16:23.
RATING: 56
Quote:
Prior to the night's co-main event, a video package is shown of the upcoming bout for the IWGP Heavyweight title. Highlights from Tenzan, Choshu and Chono's combined seven reigns are shown with the conclusion of the video being a three-way 'tale of the tape' graphic of the three grapplers.

RATING: 91

'IWGP Heavyweight Championship'
Hiroyoshi Tenzan (C) vs. Riki Choshu vs. Masahiro Chono
60-minute time limit


VS VS

The three competitors each stare each other down, but Tenzan and Chono immediately break towards Choshu and start beating down on the veteran. After a minute or so of knocking Choshu around the ring, both men dump over the top ropes before immediately throwing their attention towards each other with Chono taking the advantage.

Wearing down the champion through a variety of chops and several standing holds, Tenzan eventually fights back with several headbutts thrown Chono's way as he goes on offense. Choshu, biding his time on the outside, re-enters the ring and assists on the beatdown on Chono, helping by dropping Chono with a neckbreaker. Sensing an opening given his strategy of targeting the 53-year-old earlier, Tenzan goes back to beating down on Choshu and goes for a quick Tenzan Tombstone Driver attempt, but Choshu successfully blocks it, delivers a headbutt and then proceeds to throw Tenzan through the ropes.

The struggle provided Chono with another opportunity to pounce as he then clobbered Choshu with a running double axe handle from behind to go back on the attack. Couple strong grounded holds on the veteran provide Chono with enough confidence to get up and attempt a FTS, but Tenzan recovers from the outside in time to deliver a boot to the back of Chono's head and break the hold.

The fight moves back to being Tenzan vs. Chono as the two find themselves trading standing blows amongst each other. A quick rake to the eyes of the champion moves the fight back to Chono's favor as he drops the champ with a back suplex and then follows with a Shining Yakuza attempt... but Choshu manages to get back in the ring in time and intercepts Chono with a brutal Lariat! Choshu goes for the cover on Tenzan! Can he steal it!? 1...2...No!

As Chono recovers in the corner, Choshu picks up Tenzan and goes for a Lariat on the champion and it connects! 1...2...Tenzan just manages to get a shoulder up! Choshu immediately goes back for another pin which results in another near fall. Rising to his knees, Choshu's face shows a mix of frustration and surprise as he then gets up to turn around and walk right into a Yakuza Kick from Chono! Cover on Choshu, 1...2...Choshu miraculously kicks out!

With his attempt at the finish, Chono slumps over from exhaustion in the center of the ring with his two competitors each remaining downed as well. Tenzan is the first to stir as he gets up and drags Choshu back to his feet, alternating mongolian chops and backhand chops to the veteran before standing him up for a TTD attempt. As he goes to hoist Choshu up, he just dodges out of the way of a charging Chono, who misses Tenzan with a Yakuza Kick and blasts Choshu with it instead.

Chono's momentum carries him straight to the corner turnbuckle, causing him to bounce off to Tenzan's grasp, who throws the reeling challenger through the ropes to the outside. Tenzan then immediately picks up Choshu and drops him with a Tenzan Tombstone Piledriver. 1...2...3, Tenzan makes his first title defense.

WINNER: Hiroyoshi Tenzan by pinfall in 18:12.
Hiroyoshi Tenzan retains the IWGP Heavyweight title. (Defense #1)
RATING: 83
Quote:
'IWGP Under-30 Openweight Championship'
Hiroshi Tanahashi (C) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
60-minute time limit


VS

The two tag-team partners shake hands following the ring of the opening bell as they each circle around each other. Following the opening lockup, both engage in a back-and-forth grappling bout in the early handful of minutes with neither man getting an advantage. The first man to get any sort of decent advantage, however, is Tanahashi as he hits a surprise dropkick on a rebounding Nakamura to go on offense.

Interesting strategy was at play in the early goings in this one as Tanahashi applied various submission holds to wear his tag partner's energy out. Given that he and Nakamura were slated to have a IWGP Tag Team title defense scheduled at February's big show, Tanahashi likely wouldn't be looking to cause significant damage to one of his partner's limbs.

Nakamura would eventually power his way back to his feet by throwing several elbows to back Tanahashi off of him. Once he got sufficient space between himself and the U-30 champion, Nakamura rebounded off the ropes and dropped him with a flying forearm. The challenger didn't seem to subscribe to the same strategy that Tanahashi had been sticking to, as, once on the ground, Nakamura targeted his tag partner's legs with strikes and submissions.

Reaching the ropes after being trapped in a modified STF, Tanahashi slides to the outside to take a lap around the ring with his face showing clear discomfort. Nakamura chooses not to pursue as Tanahashi eventually rolls back into the ring at a 12-count. Quick lock up and Tanahashi again goes on the offense as he pulls Nakamura in towards his body with an aggressive headlock.

From here, the champion's demeanor has clearly changed as he now aggressively targets Nakamura's neck. After a minute of wearing him Nakamura down, Tanahashi drills him to the mat with a dragon screw legwhip and then locks in a figure-four. Nakamura scrambles for the ropes and eventually gets to them after roughly one full minute of torture. Once on his feet, Tanahashi stomps repeatedly on Nakamura's legs as he then drops a knee on his knee and then on his head.

Dazed, Nakamura can't offer much defense as Tanahashi brings him back to his feet and floors him once again with a german suplex. Back to working the legs, Tanahashi drags Nakamura to the center of the ring and manages to lock in a loose Texas Cloverleaf which Nakamura manages to scramble out of after just a few seconds. This time, Nakamura takes to the outside area to recuperate, sliding back in just prior to the 20-count.

The challenger slides back into the ring as he fends off a series of quick strikes from the champion before shoving him away and hitting him with a quick lariat that drops both to the mat. Nakamura stirs first as he locks a grounded sleeper onto Tanahashi in a bit of a desperate attempt at a submission. Tanahashi eventually powers out of it and goes for a back suplex, but Nakamura lands on his feet and hits another lariat to the back of Tanahashi's head.

Nakamura runs to the opposite corner and gets into a pouncing position, waiting for Tanahashi to stand. Once his opponent does get to his feet, Nakamura charges for a running knee, but Tanahashi himself runs across the ring to hit a shock running forearm. Leaping to the top of the turnbuckle, Tanahashi leaps off for a High Fly Flow and Nakamura dodges! With his opponent reeling, Nakamura crawls over to lock in a Cross Armbar! Struggling on the ground for over a minute, Tanahashi once again manages to get to the ropes, forcing Red Shoes to intervene and break the hold, much to the dismay of Nakamura.

Seated dropkick to the rising Tanahashi prompts Nakamura to wait in the corner again, where he then pounced once more for a running knee, but Tanahashi again miraculously dodges! Nakamura hits the turnbuckle chest first, allowing Tanahashi to roll him up for a near fall. From here, it was Tanahashi's opportunity to try to finish the match off with a submission as he locks in a tight Texas Cloverleaf on Nakamura.

Nakamura tries to scramble about for a rope break and eventually rolls through to attempt to break the hold, but Tanahashi keeps it locked in! After a struggle on the ground, Nakamura gets one leg free and boots his tag partner in the face, then getting up and retreating to a corner to recover. Tanahashi then gets up and charges at Nakamura but Nakamura sits him down with his running knee!

Dragging Tanahashi to his feet, Nakamura positions himself on the second rope and pulls Tanahashi across his shoulders. Tanahashi struggles to break free but Nakamura launches off and connects with a samoan drop! Nakamura immediately locks in another cross armbar and after a minute of trying to break free, Tanahashi has no choice but to tap out in the center of the ring!

WINNER: Shinsuke Nakamura by submission in 26:37.
Shinsuke Nakamura becomes the 2nd IWGP U-30 Openweight Champion. (1st reign)
RATING: 69

Following their absolute brawl of a match, Nakamura walks to and faces a corner admiring his newly-acquired U-30 Openweight championship. Tanahashi soon gets back to his feet while grimacing and clutching his arm. Nakamura then turns around and, hesitatingly, makes his way to the center of the ring to meet Tanahashi. Nakamura then extends a handshake towards his tag partner - an offer that Tanahashi takes several seconds to consider before accepting. Tanahashi then raises the hand of the new champion in a move that gets the Tokyo Dome crowd going.

Nakamura then proceeds to climb each turnbuckle and pose to the 28,000+ in attendance with the belt being held above his head. As Tanahashi moves to exit the ring, he stops short of making his way out, turns, and shoots an emotionless stare at the celebrating Nakamura. Tanahashi then exits the ring, grabs his IWGP Tag Team belt, and makes his way back up the entrance ramp.


RATING: 69

Nakamura then grabs a microphone and thanks the audience for coming out to this year's Tokyo Dome show. He vows to defend the U-30 Openweight championship with honor and dignity as Tanahashi had. Nakamura also thanks Tanahashi for pushing him to the limits in their main event contest.

Running in contrast to his dignity comment though, Nakamura claims that he's the future of New Japan Pro-Wrestling and that tonight is a glimpse of the future of the company. Nakamura thanks the fans one more time as he drops the microphone as gold and yellow confetti and streamers fill the ring.


RATING: 83

SHOW RATING: 79
PPV BUYS: 337,450 buys (0.67 rating)

Prediction Results
DGenerationMC: 7/10
joemurphy: 6/10

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New Japan Officials Miffed with Wrestling World Results

Word out of late-Thursday night has been that officials with New Japan Pro-Wrestling were conflicted with the results of the promotion's annual January 4th Tokyo Dome show. Despite being a solid four-star show overall, the performances of the two main events have been a source of confliction amongst different factions of the promotion's booking committee.

The committee assumed they could get a bit more out of the night's headlining bout of Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the IWGP U-30 Openweight Championship. Both men are extremely talented performers, but weren't quite able to live up to the performance Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Riki Choshu and Masahiro Chono put in in the night's co-main event for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

With that, some officials have argued that pushing the youngsters such as Tanahashi and Nakamura as main event stars may not be the ideal course of action; instead, focusing on the established veterans of Tenzan, Chono and the like would be the better bet.

Granted, in terms of financial success, the company must be pleased with the revenue generated from PPV sales. But, the number of attendees came as a bit of disappointment, with the reported audience figure of 28,686 being the lowest ever for the annual Tokyo Dome show. Again, the reasoning for that figure has been subject to backstage debate, with some pinning it on the perceived lack of draw both Tanahashi and Nakamura had and with some pinning it on the general lack of interest in Japanese pro-wrestling at the moment.
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New Japan Pro-Wrestling proudly presents...
New Year's Dash!! (2005)
To be held from the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo (Kanto) and be shown LIVE on TV Asahi

Just one night removed from Wrestling World 2005, New Japan Pro-Wrestling quickly returns to action with a stop at Tokyo's Korakuen Hall for the first-ever running of New Year's Dash!! A total of six matches find themselves placed on the card with a total of 26 competitors to be featured in them. The night's two co-main events are to be Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima (TenKoji) vs. Masahiro Chono and Scott Norton (Black New Japan) in the headlining slot and Kensuke Sasaki vs. Manabu Nakanishi in the secondary slot.

Also expected to take place during the night's course of events are announcements regarding New Japan Pro-Wrestling's schedule leading up to its one-month March hiatus and what lies ahead in April.

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TenKoji vs. Black New Japan
Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima vs. Masahiro Chono and Scott Norton

30-minute time limit

VS

Kensuke Sasaki vs. Manabu Nakanishi
30-minute time limit

VS

'Non-Title'
Hiroshi Tanahashi and Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Tatsutoshi Goto and
Hiro Saito

15-minute time limit

VS

Tatsumi Fujinami, Yuji Nagata and Tomohiro Ishii vs. Kazuyuki Fujita, Minoru Suzuki and Shinya Makabe
15-minute time limit

VS

'Non-Title'
Gedo and Jado vs. Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask IV
15-minute time limit

VS

Team NJPW vs. Team CMLL
Hirooki Goto, Ryusuke Taguchi and Harry Smith vs. Negro Casas, Lizmark Jr. and Felino
15-minute time limit

VS
Quick Picks for New Year's Dash!!
TenKoji vs. Black New Japan
Kensuke Sasaki vs. Manabu Nakanishi
Hiroshi Tanahashi and Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Tatsutoshi Goto and Hiro Saito - Non-Title
Tatsumi Fujinami, Yuji Nagata and Tomohiro Ishii vs. Kazuyuki Fujita, Minoru Suzuki and Shinya Makabe
Gedo and Jado vs. Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask IV - Non-Title
Team NJPW vs. Team CMLL

Tiebreaker: What match will be the match of the night?
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TenKoji vs. Black New Japan
Kensuke Sasaki vs. Manabu Nakanishi
Hiroshi Tanahashi and Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Tatsutoshi Goto and Hiro Saito - Non-Title
Tatsumi Fujinami, Yuji Nagata and Tomohiro Ishii vs. Kazuyuki Fujita, Minoru Suzuki and Shinya Makabe
Gedo and Jado vs. Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask IV - Non-Title
Team NJPW vs. Team CMLL

Tiebreaker: What match will be the match of the night? Gedo and Jado vs. Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask IV
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TenKoji vs. Black New Japan
Kensuke Sasaki vs. Manabu Nakanishi
Hiroshi Tanahashi and Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Tatsutoshi Goto and Hiro Saito - Non-Title
Tatsumi Fujinami, Yuji Nagata and Tomohiro Ishii vs. Kazuyuki Fujita, Minoru Suzuki and Shinya Makabe
Gedo and Jado vs. Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask IV - Non-Title
Team NJPW vs. Team CMLL

Tiebreaker: What match will be the match of the night? Kensuke Sasaki vs. Manabu Nakanishi
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New Year's Dash!! (2005)
Held from the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo (Kanto) in front of a SOLD OUT crowd of 2,205 people and shown LIVE on TV Asahi

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Team NJPW vs. Team CMLL
Hirooki Goto, Ryusuke Taguchi and Harry Smith vs. Negro Casas, Lizmark Jr. and Felino
15-minute time limit

VS

The opening contest of the night featured got underway with Felino and Goto kicking the match off. Goto controlled the early portions of the match until Negro Casas was tagged in, at which point the CMLL World Middleweight champion began to take over control from the youngster.

Each individual and each team got in their own fair share of offense, with various moments to attempt to spruce up the fresh crowd. Each individual would have a decent amount of offense put in, although Lizmark Jr's efforts were noticeably off to the crowd.

End of the match featured Casas and Goto as the legal men with their teammates fighting away on the outside. Casas managed to lock in a Scorpion Deathlock on Goto with some help from the ropes in a submission that would finish this one off.

WINNERS: Team CMLL by submission in 8:55.
RATING: 23
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'Non-Title'
Gedo and Jado vs. Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask IV
15-minute time limit

VS

Gedo and Liger kicked this bout off with a lot of fast-paced grappling with neither man able to gain a clear advantage over the other. Quick tags out to their respective partners led to an identical result between both Jado and Tiger Mask. Another double tag out and Gedo and Liger lock up yet again, with Gedo going on the attack, bringing Liger down to one knee.

The match retained its even quality as Liger quickly fought back, a rebound rolling wheel kick later and he found himself in control. A minute of wearing Gedo down in the center of the mat, the Junior Heavyweight Tag champ rose to his feet, gave Liger a quick kick in the gut, and tagged out to Jado.

The fresh Jado took Liger by surprise and roughed him up with a combo of strikes, making sure to isolate him from his corner. The champions utilized a variety of double-team moves, tagging each other in and out of the ring. Liger would eventually roll out of a back suplex attempt from Jado and would deliver a double clothesline to both Gedo and Jado before making the hot tag to Tiger Mask.

The fresh Tiger Mask quickly hit both of his opponents with quick running strikes to continually ground them and send them both to the outside. Once they both stood up, Liger entered the ring as both he and his opponent launched themselves over the top rope and onto the tag champs. Tiger Mask, once he recovered, rolled Jado back into the ring and immediately went up to the top rope and launched off for a Diving Headbutt which Jado just rolled out of the way of! Jado immediately gets up and gets Tiger Mask up for a Backdrop Suplex... and it connects! Cover! 1...2...Liger just gets into the ring and just breaks up the count!

Both legal men take a bit of time recovering, but Jado recovers first and tags Gedo back in. As the ref argues with a retreating Liger, Gedo gets Tiger Mask up for a quick Superkick attempt, but misses, allowing Tiger Mask to hit a quick jawbreaker and get the tag to Liger.

Liger explodes out of his corner with a rolling wheel kick, following it up with a dropkick to Jado as the match clock hits 13:00. The #1 contender to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title lines Gedo up for another rolling wheel kick and gets it to connect as he immediately hops to the top rope and connects with a moonsault. Pin attempt has Gedo get his shoulder up right at the count of two as Liger works to pick Gedo up, the champion grabs the challenger for a quick DDT, but Liger counters that with a northern lights suplex into another pin attempt for another two-count.

14:00

Liger heads up top again, this time looking for another moonsault, but Jado runs over to prevent the living legend from jumping off. Tiger Mask, recovering from his earlier beatdown, knocks Jado off of the apron and takes him out with a flying knee to the outside. His partner's distraction buying him enough time, Gedo is quickly up as he goes for a german off of the top rope, but he's kicked away by Liger. Liger launches off with a flying body press and Gedo is down! Just as Liger goes for the cover, the bell rings to signify that time's up! From his knees, Liger raises his hands in frustration and then shakes his head in dismay.

TIME LIMIT DRAW
RATING: 75
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Tatsumi Fujinami, Yuji Nagata and Tomohiro Ishii vs. Kazuyuki Fujita, Minoru Suzuki and Shinya Makabe
15-minute time limit

VS

Nagata and Fujita get the match underway with the match, as expected, starting out as even until Fujita took control. Attempting to wear Nagata down with some MMA-style strikes, Nagata got up and both started going blow for blow with each other. An early lariat attempt by Fujita was dodged by Nagata, however, as he slipped under and delivered a belly-to-back suplex before tagging out to Fujinami.

Fujinami was able to keep Fujita grounded for a bit, but the two-time IWGP Heavyweight champion was able to fight back and ground the veteran with several strong knees before tagging out to Makabe. Makabe beat down on Fujinami for several moments and, perhaps a bit overconfident thanks to him beating down on a six-time IWGP Heavyweight champ, provided Fujinami with an opening to trip him up and tag out to Ishii.

Ishii provided his fair share of offense over Makabe, showing his worth to his older teammates. An enzuigiri into sliding lariat combo provided a near fall for Ishii, but Makabe would end up fighting back and tagging out to Suzuki. At this point, Ishii's momentum hit a brick wall as Suzuki downed the 30-year-old with a tackle and then locked in a grounded sleeper, looking to finish the match early.

Nagata entered the ring to break the hold and did so, prompting Suzuki to rise and scowl at the former champion. Nagata's attempts to size Suzuki up with a back and forth strikefest were met with a swift sleeper attempt - Suzuki, as per usual, not putting up with any nonsense. Ishii would soon recover and break Suzuki's sleeper, a move that led to all six competitors brawling in the center of the ring.

Once Red Shoes regained control of the match, the legal men winded up being Fujinami and Fujita again. Fujita again took control over Fujinami, utilizing an amateur wrestling takedown until several submission attempts on the ground. Fujinami would end up finding his way to the ropes to provide a break to the action. Once he was back on his feet, Nagata was tagged back in and immediately took the fight back to Fujita.

Sensing that he was in danger after his attempts to fight back against the fresh Nagata eventually fell apart, Fujita tagged out to Makabe. Nagata and Makabe went back and forth in the closing minutes of the bout until Nagata nailed a surprise Drive Screw before locking in a Nagata Lock II. Fujinami would make his way around the ring to obstructing a recovering Fujita's re-entrance to the ring as Ishii would take one for the team by obstructing Suzuki's path to the ring, eating several stiff blows for his efforts. With no help in sight, Makabe was forced to tap out.

WINNERS: Yuji Nagata, Tatsumi Fujinami and Tomohiro Ishii by submission in 13:36.
RATING: 74
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An announcement via video form is shown revealing New Japan Pro-Wrestling's upcoming schedule prior to its March hiatus.

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To close out the month of January, New Japan will host a two-night event in Nagoya called The New Beginning in Nagoya with the first night to be held in the Nagoya International Exhibition Hall (4,000) and the second night to be held in the Nagoya Rainbow Hall (10,000.) Both events will be shown on live TV.

Announced matches thus far for the event are...

Night 1: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Minoru Suzuki and Satoshi Kojima vs. Scott Norton
Night 2: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Minoru Tanaka in a non-title matchup and, in a rematch of an earlier bout tonight, Gedo and Jado (c) vs. Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask IV for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships.

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The month of February's major pay-per-view event will be Fighting Spirit and thus far features the following matches...

- Hiroyoshi Tenzan (c) vs. Scott Norton - IWGP Heavyweight Championship
- Minoru Tanaka (c) vs. Jushin Thunder Liger - IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
- Hiroshi Tanahashi and Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Tatsumi Fujinami and Yuji Nagata - IWGP Tag Team Championships

Also to be held through the month of February will be the inaugural IWGP U-30 Challenge, a round-robin tournament featuring 12 wrestlers younger than 30 years of age. The full lineup for the tournament will be revealed across both nights of The New Beginning in Nagoya.

The winner of the tournament will receive a future title shot at Shinsuke Nakamura's IWGP U-30 Openweight Championship. The final of the tournament will take place at Fighting Spirit.

---

Set to take place once the company returns to action in April will be the first running of another tournament, the New Japan Cup. This 16-man bracket-style tournament will run across three preliminary events before ending with a pay-per-view dedicated to the final match of the tournament.

The winner of the tournament will receive a title shot for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at May's pay-per-view.
Quote:
'Non-Title'
Hiroshi Tanahashi and Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Tatsutoshi Goto and
Hiro Saito

15-minute time limit

VS

Despite going through an all-out war against each other last night, the team of Tanahashi and Nakamura didn't appear to have lost a step in this one, maintaining control through a significant portion of the match. Saito would be the better performer of the two veterans, getting in the most offense for both himself and Goto.

A slight amount of tension was present between the IWGP Tag Team champions though, as the champs wouldn't utilize many double-team moves against Goto and Saito. While Nakamura was sure to tag out to keep himself fresh throughout the match, Tanahashi would purposefully stay in longer, even if it allowed a fresh Goto or Saito at times get the best of him.

The two veterans couldn't keep Tanahashi down for long though as he would finish Saito off just past the 10-minute mark with a High Fly Flow.

WINNERS: Hiroshi Tanahashi and Shinsuke Nakamura by pinfall in 10:57.
RATING: 69

After Goto and Saito cleared themselves out of the ring and headed to the back, Nakamura and Tanahashi were left standing in the ring by themselves. Nakamura, holding both his newly-won IWGP U-30 Openweight title and both IWGP Tag Team titles in his arms, struck up a non-miked conversation with Tanahashi.

After roughly a half-minute of talking to his partner, Nakamura handed a tag title to Tanahashi, who slung it over his shoulder. Whatever tension there appeared to be between the two during the match seemed to dissipate when Nakamura lightly slapped Tanahashi's title on his shoulder with Tanahashi nodding in return. The two then exited the ring and headed up the ramp together.


RATING: 71
Quote:
Kensuke Sasaki vs. Manabu Nakanishi
30-minute time limit

VS

Even matchup to start this one with both going back and forth on strikes and then going back and forth on attempted shoulder tackles. Sasaki eventually tires of this test of toughness of sorts and dodges a tackle by Nakanashi and throws him out of the ring. The two competitors take their fight out to the floor, throwing punches against each other. Nakanishi ends up hitting Sasaki in the abdomen with a knee and then goes on the offense, rolling his opponent back into the ring.

From there, Nakanishi has a smothering tight offense on Sasaki, dropping several knee drops on his head following a lariat. Couple pinfall attempts later, Nakanishi shoots a quick glare at the ref and then walks right into an uppercut to his opponent. Once back on offense, Sasaki softened up his opponent with several stiff punches and knees before dropping him with a spinebuster and then locking in a sharpshooter. Nakanishi struggles in the hold for a good while but manages to break a leg free and trip up Sasaki with a kick to the back of the knee. Sasaki may be in trouble as he's clutching his knee, but he just manages to duck a knee to the back of the head and delivers another spinebuster to his rebounding opponent for a near fall.

Sasaki manages to get in some more offense, but drops to one leg to favor his knee again, allowing Nakanishi to get some more offense in. The former Olympic wrestler drives his opponent to the mat with a spear, waits and then drills him back down with a diving overhead chop that only yields a near fall. Nakanishi signals to the sold out crowd that this one is just about over as he hoists Sasaki up and goes for a Hercules Cutter, but Sasaki manages to scramble out as he counters with a bulldog.

Several knife-edged chops don't bring Nakanishi back down to the mat with several shoulder tackles not doing the trick either. A mighty Lariat does the trick though and results in a near-fall. Again, Sasaki is a bit slow to get back up to both feet, but once he does he hoists Nakanishi up for a Northern Lights Bomb but his knee can't support the extra weight as he drops his opponent.

The moment allows Nakanishi another opportunity to go for a Hercules Cutter, which he seizes, but Sasaki managed to slip out yet again and this time managed to actually hit a Northern Lights Bomb for the three-count.

WINNER: Kensuke Sasaki by pinfall in 18:16
RATING: 66
Quote:
TenKoji vs. Black New Japan
Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima vs. Masahiro Chono and Scott Norton

30-minute time limit

VS

A brawl between all four competitors gets the match underway with Kojima and Chono eventually establishing themselves as the legal men for the start. Chono is in control for the early stages of the match, exchanging quick tags with Norton to keep their side fresh while continuously wearing down the body of Kojima.

Kojima does eventually begin to fight back and drops Black New Japan with a double clothesline before getting the hot tag off to Tenzan. Once the IWGP Heavyweight Champion hits the ring, he immediately clears the ring of Chono and then starts laying the offense to his Fighting Spirit challenger. Riding high on the momentum of getting in a great string of offense, Tenzan goes for an early Tenzan Tombstone Driver, but Norton slips out the back and retreats to the apron.

As Tenzan went to chase Norton to the outside, Chono nails an unsuspecting Tenzan with a clothesline on the outside. At this point, Norton took over on offense again as he rolled Tenzan back into the ring and weakens him with a variety of suplexes. An attempt at a back suplex was properly defended by Tenzan, who dropped his opponent with a belly-to-belly and then tagged out to Kojima.

Norton only had to withstand a small amount of offense from Kojima before he tagged back out to Chono. The fresh Chono's early attempts at mounting a charge proved futile though as Kojima would work his way towards a neutral corner and continuously lay the chops on to his opponent. Norton worked his way over towards the neutral corner, but was taken down with a strong chop from Kojima, who went to chop Chono again but was met with a face full of turnbuckle instead and an enzuigiri to the back of the head.

Chono continued to wear down Kojima some more, eventually flooring him with a Yakuza Kick which resulted in a near fall thanks to Tenzan entering the ring to break it up. As Tenzan retreated back to his corner, Chono pounced on him and hit a Yakuza Kick to the champion's back, sending him crashing into the turnbuckle and down to the mat. Back in position, Norton stuck his hand for the tag and received it from the Black New Japan leader.

Once in the ring, Norton signaled for and then delivered a brutal Powerslam on Kojima. But, he wasn't done yet. Making sure that Tenzan was watching as Chono kept the champion restrained from making his way to the center of the ring, Norton dropped Kojima with a second Powerslam and then pinned him for the win.

WINNERS: Black New Japan by pinfall in 21:52.
RATING: 81

As Tenzan and Kojima eventually head back up the entrance ramp, Chono is handed a microphone and immediately begins to taunt the retreating IWGP Heavyweight Champion. Chono states that Black New Japan's reign is drawing near as he guarantees Norton will claim the title at Fighting Spirit.

Norton then was offered the microphone from his stable leader as he then speaks...


NORTON: Tenzan! At Fighting Spirit, I will break you - just as I broke your friend Kojima right here in the center of the ring. What we made you witness tonight is what all of the world will witness in one month... the loss of your IWGP Heavyweight Championship and the rise of Black New Japan.

Norton then throws down the microphone as the two stablemates head to the back.

RATING: 67

SHOW RATING: 77
TV RATING: 5.41 (4,064,000 viewers)

Prediction Results
DREAM~!: 3/6
DGenerationMC: 3/6


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REPORT: CMLL Talent Intoxicated at New Year's Dash!!, New Talent Incoming

- Reportedly, CMLL luchador Lizmark Jr. was under both the influence of alcohol and some sort of drug during his six-man tag team match to kick off New Japan Pro-Wrestling's New Year's Dash!! event last night. It should be noted that Lizmark Jr's substance abuse issues were known to New Japan officials prior to last night's event, given that he's signed to a non-exclusive contract, a company-ordered rehab stint is not a solution for him. Reportedly, CMLL's small group of talent in the New Japan ranks were to receive a slight push, but that could be in jeopardy with this incident. Lizmark Jr. is supposedly down to his last strike with the company, and with him responding well to New Japan's punishment for his workplace intoxication, hopefully he can turn it around.

- At least two names have been signed to deals with New Japan with Japanese workers Kota Ibushi and Akira Tozawa so far being linked to debut at the upcoming The New Beginning in Nagoya tour. Both wrestlers are expected to compete in the company's U-30 Challenge next month.

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IN NAGOYA (NIGHT #1)

To be held from the Nagoya International Exhibition Hall in Nagoya (Chubu) and be shown live on TV Asahi.

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Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Minoru Suzuki
30-minute time limit

VS

Satoshi Kojima vs. Scott Norton
30-minute time limit

VS

Team NJPW vs. Team CMLL
El Samurai and Kendo Kashin vs. Negro Casas and Felino
15-minute time limit

VS

Koji Kanemoto and Dick Togo vs. Wataru Inoue and Katsushi Takemura
15-minute time limit

VS

'U-30 Challenge Showcase'
James Gibson, Akira Tozawa and Hirooki Goto vs. Kota Ibushi,
Tomohiro Ishii and Ryusuke Taguchi

15-minute time limit

VS

'U-30 Challenge Showcase'
Blue Wolf and Naofumi Yamamoto vs. Toru Yano and Harry Smith
15-minute time limiit

VS
Quick Picks for 'The New Beginning in Nagoya Night #1'
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Minoru Suzuki
Satoshi Kojima vs. Scott Norton
Team NJPW vs. Team CMLL
Koji Kanemoto and Dick Togo vs. Wataru Inoue and Katsushi Takemura
James Gibson, Akira Tozawa and Hirooki Goto vs. Kota Ibushi, Tomohiro Ishii and Ryusuke Taguchi
Blue Wolf and Naofumi Yamamoto vs. Toru Yano and Harry Smith

TIEBREAKER: What will be match of the night?

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Thinking of varying the recaps a bit for each different event. Big shows /major tourneys with the long recaps, tours with shorter ones, tourney prelims shorter, and maybe just a results rundown of 'Road to' events. Thoughts?
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Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Minoru Suzuki
Satoshi Kojima vs. Scott Norton
Team NJPW vs. Team CMLL
Koji Kanemoto and Dick Togo vs. Wataru Inoue and Katsushi Takemura
James Gibson, Akira Tozawa and Hirooki Goto vs. Kota Ibushi, Tomohiro Ishii and Ryusuke Taguchi
Blue Wolf and Naofumi Yamamoto vs. Toru Yano and Harry Smith

TIEBREAKER: What will be match of the night? Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Minoru Suzuki

I'm all for keeping long recaps for the bigger shows.
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in NAGOYA (Night #1)

Held in front of a SOLD OUT crowd of 4,000 people at Nagoya International Exhibition Hall in Nagoya (Chubu) and shown LIVE on TV Asahi.

Quote:
'U-30 Challenge Showcase'
Blue Wolf and Naofumi Yamamoto vs. Toru Yano and Harry Smith
15-minute time limiit

VS

Each member of each team each had the opportunity to put on a brief display of their offense in the night's opening bout. In a back and forth affair that attempted to get the crowd involved, Blue Wolf finished off Harry Smith with a Mongol Hammer just before the eight-minute mark.

WINNERS: Blue Wolf and Naofumi Yamamoto by pinfall in 7:50.
RATING: 29
Quote:
'U-30 Challenge Showcase'
James Gibson, Akira Tozawa and Hirooki Goto vs. Kota Ibushi,
Tomohiro Ishii and Ryusuke Taguchi

15-minute time limit

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Similar to the opening bout, this match served as a showcase for each individual in the match. Goto appeared to be in control throughout the entire match, but his team would come up with a losing effort as Tomohiro Ishii dropped James Gibson with a Sheer-Drop Brainbuster.

WINNERS: Tomohiro Ishii, Kota Ibushi and Ryusuki Taguchi by pifnall in 11:27.
RATING: 53
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Koji Kanemoto and Dick Togo vs. Wataru Inoue and Katsushi Takemura
15-minute time limit

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A match with potential implications regarding a future shot at the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles, the match started off even until Kanemoto and Togo took control just after the two-minute mark. From there, the match was Kanemoto and Togo's to lose as they remained in control. Kanemoto ultimately forced Takemura to submit with an Ankle Hold to pick up the win.

WINNERS: Koji Kanemoto and Dick Togo by submission in 11:58.
RATING: 65
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A hype video plays for The New Beginning in Nagoya's lone title match of the two-date show, Gedo and Jado vs. Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask IV for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles.

RATING: 70
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Team NJPW vs. Team CMLL
El Samurai and Kendo Kashin vs. Negro Casas and Felino
15-minute time limit

VS

An even contest throughout the duration of the match, Samurai and Kashin would keep Team CMLL on their heels through a majority of the day, but Casas would always manage to find a way back into the match with some heel-ish tactics.

With Casas and Kashin having taken each other out on the outside, El Samurai eventually finished the match off by making Felino tap out to a Samurai Clutch.

WINNERS: El Samurai and Kendo Kashin by submission in 12:13.
RATING: 50

After Samurai and Kashin had their hands raised in victory, they celebrated a bit in front of the 4,000 in attendance in Nagoya. As each stood on the second rope of two turnbuckles with their arms raised in victory, a blur of motion was caught by the cameras as someone slid into the ring...


It's Brock Lesnar! The American immediately grabs Kashin from behind and sends him flying with a german suplex off the second rope. El Samurai hears the commotion from behind as he hops down and charges at the intruder, who hoists him up and drops him with a thunderous F-5.

Lesnar surveys the carnage he has inflicted in the middle of the ring and smirks before heading to the back.


RATING: 71
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Satoshi Kojima vs. Scott Norton
30-minute time limit

VS

A hard-hitting affair from the opening bell, Kojima seemed hellbent on exacting revenge over his tag loss to Norton at New Year's Dash as he maintained control over the American in the early portion of the match. Norton would manage to get his share of offense in before Kojima would wrangle it back with stiff strike after stiff strike.

A ducked Lariat attempt by Kojima opened him up to be dropped with a surprise Lariat of Norton's. Once Norton picked Kojima back up to his feet, he was able to drop him to the mat with a big Powerbomb to ultimately pick up the win.

WINNER: Scott Norton by pinfall in 13:36
RATING: 65
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Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Minoru Suzuki
30-minute time limit

VS

Suzuki went on the offense from the get-go, smacking around the young Tanahashi and wearing him down on the ground. Attempts by Tanahashi to get back to his feet were thwarted to Suzuki, who would continuously throw him back down to the mat. Tanahashi eventually did work his way back to his feet and would drop Suzuki with an enzuigiri, then trying to work in some holds of his own on the veteran.

Suzuki once more would wrestle control back into his favor and would start to work on the charismatic youngster's legs. Tanahashi would keep managing to slip away from Suzuki and would eventually drop him with a dropkick that kept both competitors down for awhile.

Back to an even contest through the late stages, of the match, Tanahashi would slip out of a Gotch Piledriver attempt by Suzuki, sweep his legs and lock in a Texas Cloverleaf. Once he worked in the hold long enough, Tanahashi went up top for a High Fly Flow and managed to get it to connect. 1...2...3, Tanahashi picks up a hard-fought victory.

WINNER: Hiroshi Tanahashi by pinfall in 23:58.
RATING: 75

After the match, Tanahashi took the opportunity to speak to the 4,000 fans in attendance, firstly thanking them for taking the time to come out to the night's show. He promises that both he'll will defend the IWGP Tag Team Championships at Fighting Spirit with Shinsuke Nakamura and come out the victor over both Tatsumi Fujinami and Yuji Nagata.

He also notes that as he'll be defending his Tag Team belt at Fighting Spirit, he unfortunately won't be competing in the next month's U-30 Challenge. He does, however, wish all 12 competitors entered the best of luck and points out that the future of New Japan Pro-Wrestling indeed looks bright.


RATING: 86
SHOW RATING: 70
TV RATING: 5.43 (4,074,510 viewers)

DGenerationMC: 4/6
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BROCK!

Hope he has a longer NJPW in your diary than he did in real life.
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in NAGOYA (Night #2)

To be held in the NGK Sports Plaza in Nagoya (Chubu) and be shown LIVE on TV Asahi

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'Non-Title'
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Minoru Tanaka

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'IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles'
Gedo and Jado (c) vs. Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask IV


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Kazuyuki Fujita, Kensuke Sasaki and Shinya Makabe vs. Hiro Saito, Tatsutoshi Goto and Mitsuya Nagai

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Akiya Anzawa and Hiroshi Nagao vs. Manabu Nakanishi and Osamu Nishimura

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Tatsumi Fujinami and Yuji Nagata vs. Takashi Iizuka and Tadao Yasuda

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Quick Picks for The New Beginning in Nagoya (Night #2)
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?

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BROCK!

Hope he has a longer NJPW in your diary than he did in real life.
He better.

Dude's star quality's great and he's damn solid in the ring. Just need him to not wreck the mood in the locker room and we'll be great.
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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

Does Brock have a negative personality? He should be awesome here. Not familiar with mid-2000s NJPW so mostly guesses.
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