NJPW “Hiroyoshi Tenzan 20th Anniversary Pro Wrestler Show”, 10/3/2011 (Mon) 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall [Samurai!TV]
(1) Kyosuke Mikami, Hiromu Takahashi & Takaaki Watanabe vs. Rocky Romero [Free], Jado & Gedo
Winner: Romero (8:22) following a Diving Double Knee Drop to Mikami.
(2) Taichi vs. Hideo Saito
Winner: Saito (5:59) with the Caribbean Death Grip.
(3) Tomoaki Honma, Tama Tonga & King Fale vs. Takashi Iizuka, Yujiro Takahashi & Tomohiro Ishii
Winner: Yujiro (10:18) following the Tokyo Pimps to Fale.
(4) Togi Makabe & Wataru Inoue vs. Minoru Suzuki & TAKA Michinoku [K-DOJO]
Winner: TAKA (14:10) via pinfall on Inoue.
~ Makabe and Suzuki continued their battle backstage following the match.
(5) Yuji Nagata & Hirooki Goto vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Toru Yano
Winner: Yano (14:22) following the Kagamiwari to Nagata.
(6) Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tiger Mask IV & KUSHIDA vs. Tetsuya Naito, Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi
Winner: KUSHIDA (12:54) with the Midnight Express on Devitt.
~ After the match, Naito and Tanahashi had yet another stare down… well Naito staring down that belt at least… their one on one match is a week away on 10/10.
(7) Tenzan 20th Anniversary Match: Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Masahiro Chono & Hiro Saito vs. Osamu Nishimura [AJP], Koji Kanemoto & Shinjiro Otani [ZERO1]
Winner: Tenzan (22:53) with a Moonsault Press on Nishimura.
I rarely give my own personal notes anymore, but I want to talk about this event that I thought was going to be a standard affair then turning into a night of curveballs…
First TAKA getting the pinfall on Wataru Inoue. This is an upset strictly on a “Junior” beating a “Heavyweight”, though granted TAKA can be called a very established and more recognizable name. I do not know the specifics of what went down in the match, but being that Suzuki was also in the match there had to be a setup with his aid one would think.
Moving in on to the next match, Yano will the big upset on Nagata of all people. Yano has been one of those guys who just sort of keeps going up and down. He plays the heel card I have always thought descent and can even back it up with in ring work. Though most of the time he finally starts seeing a bit of a push, but then is sort left on the mid-card. We have the G1 Tag League coming up this month, so could be they are just building the heat going into the shows.
Then the final shocker is KUSHIDA getting the victory over the current IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion Prince Devitt, the same Devitt who beat KUSHIDA a little less than a month beat KUSHIDA in a title decision match. Are they aiming to show that KUSHIDA will get another shot? I sort of thought that KUSHIDA should have gotten the belt at the last match, but given that KUSHIDA was not going to win it in the first place… they just passed it back to Devitt. KUSHIDA got a lot of fan love in their previous match, so you know NJPW has to keep it in their mind that KUSHIDA should be at the top eventually.