Monday, February 5, 2018

WWF Wrestlefest '90


Coliseum Video has hit the Network, and I have had this tape for over 20 years - so what the heck, let's step back in time for a bit. Savage faces Piper, Piper faces Martel, and Dino Bravo faces Warrior in the "fan favorite" match. The overdub music to cover up the original Coliseum stuff makes it impossible to hear Sean Mooney. Macho King comes out in gold with his giant crown. Savage stalls and Sherri looks up Piper's kilt. This leads to Piper kicking her shoe off and Savage hitting a big double axehandle to the back. Awesome start. Savage eats a lariat and goes to leave. They brawl a bit on the floor and Savage hits the neck snap and the knee to the back.



Sherri chops him on the floor and Savage boots him off the apron. Sherri kicks him and Savage drops a knee for 2. Piper lays him out with punches in the corner and flips him into a tree of woe. Sherri saves Savage and he begs off. Oh I love this match. SUPER-FAST AIRPLANE SPIN BY PIPER! Piper falls into a 2 and goes for a slam, but he falls into a 2 there. Savage gets an even faster airplane spin and motions to the top. He goes up and falls off - so the move is sold perfectly and right away, you get over that yeah, it can be effective in the right hands but dangerous in the wrong hands. Sherri jumps on Piper's back and it's a DQ or maybe a double countout. Savage is taken out by the sleeper and Sherri comes in. She eats a sleeper and Savage knees Piper, leading to Sherri's skirt flying up before Piper flogs Savage with his belt.
We get the "fan requested" match complete with a postcard of three possible mnatches. Jimmy Hart and Dino cut a promo on the kid and Warrior. Warrior WITH THE WWF TITLE talks about his kid is the only one who can command him as he destroys Dino. Dino comes down and this is announced as an IC Title match, with Earthquake in his giant brown getup. Warrior runs down with the IC belt and throws it down. Well this should be great I'm sure. Powerslam hits as does an axehandle. Quake gets involved so Warrior takes Jimmy's pants off to toss him into Quake. Warrior eats a back suplex and we get a long bearhug. Dino sends him out to Quake and hits the side slam for 2. Warrior gets all crazy and slams Dino's head into his chest before hitting a series of lariats. Big diving shoulder hits as does a splash, but Quake gets involved for a DQ. Quake attacks him and Hogan makes a save after a series of elbows.
Mr. Fuji is the focus of the manager spotlight. Dear God why! This is actually not too bad since it shows him leading his teams to destroy others violently. His promo though is terrible. Brutus cuts a promo on Martel and Martel cuts one on him before revealing how roided up he is. Martel's perm is out of control. Nice leapfrog from Martel leads to a stomp to the face. Bell ringer from Brutus. Long chinlock by Martel. He lands a big backbreaker and goes up top and Brutus shakes the ropes and Martel drops on the post. Brutus slugs away and flips him down. Brutus lifts him up three times before doing an inverted atomic drop - now that's a simple way to bring things back in a big way. Outside-in sunset flip from Brutus, but Martel stops short and uses the ropes to win. The ref is told what happens and Brutus doesn't win, but KOs Martel with the sleeper before Martel leaves quickly.


Bret and Anvil cut a promo with Anvil going crazy in an amazing way. Bret is a nice promo in a subdued way. Anvil is crazy-good though and oozing personality. They face the Powers of Pain and we get a bull charge spot by Jim and Barb before a misue takes Warlord down and a quick cradle gets 2. Bret goes after Barb with punches. Anvil carnks on a long armbar. Jim gets a big flying tackle that looks great. Powers of Pains are counted out after a brawl. Next, they face Dino and Honky. Anvil takes the shades off Bret and throws them to a fan.


Dino takes down Bret, who gets 2 off a crossbody. HTM is in and has his wacky selling against Jim. HTM gets a wishbone and sells hilariously. HTM is in a bearhug and goes into hysterics. The heels double team Anvil before Bret comes in and runs wild. Bret gets a sunset flip, but the megaphone is thrown in and Jim bonks the heels with it for a DQ. They cut a promo on the Rockers and Anvil compares them to kittens trying to find milk in a jungle. Dude could cut a good promo. It's astounding how much of an RNR Express knockoff the Rockers were. I like the babyface vs. babyface story being told here and Alfred gives the Foundation the nod in theory due to them being tag champs befeore.

Marty and Bret start off with a tieup while Hayes talks about how each team watches tape, and probably Coliseum tapes, to learn their rivals. Marty works on the arm before tagging in Michaels, but Bret counters and eats an inverted atomic drop. Anvil is in and slams him before throwing him into the rope for Bret to knee the back - letting them play subtle heels. The ref is with Marty, so Bret comes in to hit the backbreaker! I love this! Bret comes in and attacks before tagging Anvil back in. Jim grabs a chinlock and some tights to keep it on. Bret is in and Michaels tilt a whirls himself up and slams Bret down. Jim comes in for a nice dropkick for 2. Back and forth tag work leads to a slingshot splash from Anvil missing. MARTY GETS THE HOT TAG and hits a jumping elbow and dropkick. SUPERKICK PARTY BY THE ROCKERS!
Michaels gets 2 off a suplex and Bret comes back with a big lariat. Jim comes in and pounces Michaels. He goes into the ropes and Bret goes off into the barricade but the Rougeaus are out to beat up the Rockers before the Foundation comes in to make a save. This was an awesome match. We get a look at the WWF production trucks. Al talks about the included stereo, VCR, and how the crews are running 24/7!


Hogan vs. Perfect is up and this is a lot of fun. Perfect is a great chickenshit heel. Noggin knocker on the floor. Perfect gets hung up on the ropes and Genius eats an atomic drop. Hogan ragdolls Genius and Perfect, but ducks his head and eats a boot. Hogan reverses a post shot and Perfect takes five bumps off it. Vlad rocks out in his Macho Man shirt! Perfect goes up and nearly gets slammed, but pokes the eye and locks a sleeper and drags him down. The arm drops twice and he hulks up. Perfect goes up and gets crotched, lifted, crotched, lifted, and crotched complete with wacky selling. Perfectplex gets 2 and Hogan eats a shot with knucks. Hogan slugs him with them and hits the leg, but the ref DQs Hogan for the weapon shot.
Akeem and DiBiase are out to face Roberts and Warrior with Bossmn as the ref. Warrior sledges Akeem. Jake is in and gets run down by Akeem. Warrior comes in and runs wild on everyone before pinning Ted with a splash. Jake stands tall in the end by putting the snake on Virgil.


Sunday, January 28, 2018

WWE Royal Rumble 2018

Pre-show sees Kalisto beat TJP with good lucha things in a six-man tag. The Revival beats the Club in a tag match. Bobby Roode issues an open challenge and Mojo accepts. Roode with the belt over the robe looks surprisingly good. I love Mojo having the VA flag on his gear. Mojo misses a corner charge and a tornado DDT ends it.
WWE Title match is the opener, and it's mainly AJ vs. Sami with a bit of KO. AJ beats KO when he was illegal and he calls out Shane on it. Shane says "yep!". Ha! Usos get a clean sweep against Benjamin and Gable. Men's rumble is up and Balor is given a lot of time to shine. Andrade Almas interrupts Elias's performance! Cena is in and takes out the drifter. Hurricane is a surprise entrant! Adam Cole is in AS IS REY. And holy shit is Rey in shape. Dude's in long tights with an all-new design and looks amazing. Double 619 to Cena and Roman, but Balor tosses him out. Balor makes the final 4 with Cena, Reigns, and Nakamura. Nakamura wins it after tossing Reigns out.
Raw tag title match is basically just a handicap match with them "taking Jordan out" to explain his injury and they beat Seth. Kane has new gear and Seth's new "burn it down" gear is damn near like Kane's stuff. This is just a giant garbage brawl with spots and stiff shots from Braun and Brock. Kane sends Braun down and Brock pins Kane. Steph comes out to announce the Stephanie McMahon appreciation hour with 30 other women involved. Lita is in and is no worse than she was in her prime. Kairi is in and is awesome. Molly, Torrie, Vickie, Michelle, Kelly, Ember, and Nia are in. Beth returns and faces off with Nia. Trish is in and looks great. Brie returns in body-covering gear and Asuka wins the rumble. She gets her pick of which champion, and they both come in before RONDA ROUSEY DEBUTS! She's got her Hot Rod font tron and shirt and it's awesome. She's even got on a Piper-esque jacket! Ronda points to the sign while a holy shit chant breaks out.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

NXT Takeover Philadelphia

An excellent Heyman-narrated video package airs hyping the show up. This was essentially Heyman giving the Pope's blessing of NXT being the "ECW-esque" hip product of today. AOP is out to face ReDragon for the NXT titles with KOR doing the Hogan guitar playing on the belt. Kyle outwrestles Razar a lot and does his MMA transitions off everything. He runs wild with a powerslam and a spinebuster. CAPTURE SUPLEX BY AKAM! Buckle bomb! AOP has gotten so much better, and it's amazing to see their growth in real-time. Super Collider hits, but KOR endures it and tosses one into the other for a cradle pin.


War Machine is shown in the crowd. Ohno vs. Velveteen is up with VD in boxer gear. Ohno's got Steelers-themed gear. Well, that is a fantastic color scheme. Dream lands his KO shot, but brags too much and doesn't win it. Dream avoids a shot and lands a big knee, but eats a crash landing suplex. Ripcord rolling elbow hits for 2.5! Rolling DVD hits and leads to the purple rainmaker for the win! Shayna gets a UFC walkout from the backstage area. Ember hits a tope suicida, but Shayna lands some knees and stomps the arm. Moon hits the Eclipse, but she can't cover. Shayna gets an armbar, but Ember cradles her off it to win. Shanya chokes her out afterwards.
 Cole and Black have a crazy Extreme Rules match. Cole's hand gets sliced up by a kendo stick. Cole eats an electric chair into the ladder and they close up the wound on Cole. Black goes up and eats a superkick into a chair that sends him through two tables on the floor. DVD ONTO A DOUBLE STACK OF CHAIRS! TUE comes down, but Sanity makes a save and Black sends Cole down through the announce table with shotgun knees. Cole rushes in with a chair, but Black Mass ends it.
EC3 is shown in the crowd under that name. Almas gets a big MASKED MARIACHI band intro and he wears a mask! Mauro brings up his past as La Sombra and Johnny gets a huge pop. They have the best match Almas has had in NXT to date. They were just doing everything they could at a mile a minute. Giant inverted tornado DDT gets 2 for Almas. ALMAS HITS A DOUBLE STOMP TO THE FLOOR! GARGANO ESCAPE OUTTA NOWHERE! Almas rakes the eye with Vega's distraction. Johnny avoids the hammerlock DDT with a backdrop to the floor and a tope hits! VEGA RANAS HIM OFF THE APRON TO THE STEPS! HAMMERLOCK DDT GETS 2.9! CANDICE COMES DOWN TO ATTACK VEGA! She chases Vega out of the building before the Gargano escape! BUT ALMAS GETS THE ROPES! SHOTGUN KNEES TO THE POST! Super hammerlock DDT ends it! This was an outstanding match - an early frontrunner for a match of the year in NXT.
CIAMPA RETURNS AND NAILS HIM WITH A CRUTCH!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

WWF Raw 1-11-93 - Debut Show


This is a new episode for the wayback playback and it's fairly short - so what the heck.  Outside the Manhattan Center, Sean Mooney stops Bobby Heenan from coming in. Vince, Savage, and Rob Bartlett are here. Koko B Ware comes out dressed as 1991 to be destroyed by Yokozuna. Yoko is in his white and red gear, a far worse look than red and black. Yoko tosses him off a tieup. Yoko drops the leg and lands the corner assalanche. Banzai drop finishes it. 

An ad for the Rumble airs and we get '80s hair in '93. Heenan hypes up Narcissus - which was his name. It wasn't a screwup by Heenan at the Rumble, that was his actual name that they changed up. Heenan gives him an A+ hype job and says he's better than perfect. Steiners come out to beat up jobber ninjas. Oh this will be a ton of fun.


The Steiners are in their classic '90s gear that they would keep wearing forever. Barry Hardy and Duane Gill are the victims and Doink is walking around in the crowd. Rob calls him DORK THE CLOWN. Ha! Rick registers instead of selling for a jobber, who falls into an irish whip. Rick tosses him gut first into the ropes. Scott bonks their heads and Rob does a three stooges impression. Rewind powerslam by Rick and Scott catches a jobber in a bearhug for an overhead belly to belly. Kneeling tiger driver and the double impact bulldog ends it.
Sean Mooney detains Bobby Heenan dressed as Bartnett's aunt. Razor comes out in an astonishing outfit. Holy crap is this thing incredible. Vince talks about Bret taking 8 1/2 years to get the WWF Title and Razor wants it immeditely. Well hey, that's a nice way to take the narrative of the company and turn it into something you can work with at any time. Razor beats up Owen on Mania in purple Zubaz. Razor flicks the toothpick at Vince, which is hilarious now.



Tatanka cuts a promo on Headlock for Hunger to raise money. Max Moon is out without the jetpack dressed in jobber blue to face HBK. HBK has red and white gear with the light blue strap - so it's an odd look. Max Moon is super early '90s here with the color scheme. Moon hits a Japanese armdrag and armbars him for an ad break. Moon rolls out of the way of a corner charge and snake eyes him on the ropes. HBK hits a dropkick and Rob does his Mike Tyson voice. Max gets a schoolboy for 2. HBK lands a flurry of punches to no reaction. We get some awkward Tyson rape stuff and Moon hits a runnig seated senton on the floor. Moon gets a corner spinkick and a Finlay roll with a bridge for 2. Superkick lands and the teardrop suplex ends it.

Taker vs. Demento is hyped up and Gene hypes up IcoPro and THE RUMBLE with the graphics on a green screen. This is simple build, but it all works out and we get HBK's rebuttal to Sherri being there when he faces Marty. Marty says he'll end the title reign and his career. Flair, Tatanka, IRS and Ted DiBiase, Lawler, and Perfect are in. Perfect is all puffy in this promo. Yoko and Fuji get a promo for "YOKOZUMA!" Papa Shango, TENYRU AND CARLOS COLON ARE IN. Jim Duggan is in too and he says he'll do his best to win. This is the first year where the title shot at WM was on the line in the Rumble win.

Heenan is dressed as a rabbi to get into the show. All American Wrestling is hyped up, and it's got a great logo. A WWF 7-11 cup with Earthquake is shown and we see Kamala being abused by Harvey and turning face. Kim Chee beats up Slick, who still looks great in '93. Kamala sends Kim Chee over the top with a chop. Damian Demento is mid-ring with his neat-looking shoulder pads. Taker comes down and Rob Bartlett does comedy. Vince tells Rob that Paul Bearer is from the famous Bearer family.
Paul Bearer makes wacky faces. Ropewalk chop hits and he gets a corner choke. Tito faces Flair on next week's show, which should be a solid match. Taker eats a shot and does the zombie situp and gets the flying shoulder. Tombstone hits while Rob talks about the gloves being for dishpan hands. DOT MATRIX REST IN PEACE SIGN. Oh my how great.


Vince interviews Doink about Crush and says that as long as he laughs, he thinks it's funny. Crush cuts a promo and Doink water guns him. Crush runs in the ring and Doink bumps on the floor and chuckles. Sean tells Bobby he can go up...now that the show's over. Well, this was an easy watch.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 12 - Alpha vs. Omega

WRESTLE KINGDOM 12 IS UPON US! Kitamura is out for the Rumble as is BUSHI. Not much until Delirious is out and he chops away at Kitamura. Try something else. Anything else. Maybe a shotgun. Leo Tonga is out to no reaction, but gets an elevated complete shot for 2 on Kitamura. MONSTER MORNING TIME with Nakanishi. Chase Owens is out and eats five million back and chest rakes from Delirious. Chase's package piledriver gets three after two counts, so Don buries him. Bushi is tossed out and YUJI NAGATA IS OUT! YES! TAKA MICHINOKU! MOTHERFUCKER! Nagata takes out Nakanishi, and then everyone dogpiles on Yuji to take him out. Chase hits the piledriver on Kitamura and beats him.

TAKA and Kanemaru destroy Chase for a bit. DESPERADO IS OUT and Chase is scared shitless. Chase is gone. LIGER IS OUT WITH HIS THEME. Romero special to Desperado! They gang up on Liger to try and remove his mask but Tiger Mask makes a save. Mr. Juicy Gino Gambino is out and Liger is gone. Kanemaru is out via dogpile. Big lariat to TAKA takes him out. Leo Henare is out and destroys Gambino. YOSHI-HASHI is out and chops away at Gambino. David Finlay's out and Gambino eats a cutter and is dogpiled. Henare is tossed out. Finlay wins with a cradle and Yoshi's right shoulder is up the whole time. YUJIRO IS OUT!
Yujiro celebrates before CHEESEBURGER RETURNS. Burger flame-broils up! Kojima darts out to a huge pop. Kojima hits a lariat on the arm and a cutter, but eats a fisherman buster. Tenzan attempted to sprint for about half a second there. MONGOLIAN CHOPS! Kakihara returns from cancer.  Cheeseburger chops away at Kojima and that doesn't quite work out. Tencozy collides and Kakihara hits away and they low bridge Tencozy until Kakihara beats Cheeseburger. He wears a Takayama shirt


Big hype video for the show. Cody vs. Ibushi is a HANDSOME BATTLE! Rocky annoys Don by spraying his fire extinguisher near him. Yoh gets trash-taslked by Matt AND WE GET STEREO SHARPSHOOTERS! Nice double team flying back elbows by R3K. Double flip dive and Yoh just goes splat. Well, he won't be worrying about his lower back after taking a high angle German on the apron. That...solves that problem...ROCKY EATS A SUPERKICK AND A RUNNING POWEBROMB ON THE RAMP! APRON BOMB TO YOH! MATT SPLATS TOO! Matt teases an apron bomb to Yoh, but Yoh backdrops him! Deadman dive, but Sho moves and Matt catches Nick! Sho lands a bunch of superkicks for 2. Sho lands a series of Germans! Doctor bomb/cutter gets 2! JUMPING KNEES! Sho eats a superkick, skins the cat in, superkicks him and Yoh hits a backstabber!


WINDMILL KICK FROM NICK AND YOH HITS A LARIAT! BUCKLE BOMB AND A KICK HIT! Swanton and DDT hit and Yoh kicks out! Matt locks on a sharpshooter and it's on for eons. HE MAKES IT TO THE ROPE! MORE BANG IS COUNTERED WITH A CRUCIFIX FOR 2. Stereo half crabs for R3K! FOREARM EXCHANGE! Stff kicks to the injured backs of the guys and this is great. It's non-stop reverse Yes kicks! SHO RUNS INTO A SUPERKICK. Yoh eats another superkick, but can't spring in again. MELTZER DRIVER AND THE SHARPSHOOTER ENDS IT. Bucks are 7X champs! This was the best overall Bucks match I've seen - they are getting more diverse, and that's good. The non-stop flippy-do stuff they did in TNA and forever isn't something they can sustain forever, but you can do a bit of that and work it into regular matches.


NEVER 6-man tag titles are on the line. Izuka is chasing folks and ZSJ is out. It was amazing seeing Izuka in WCW when he was young and he's still here not looking like he's ever been younger than 45. Big Mike and War Machine are out, with Kevin talking about how they don't really like Mike now. Elgin looks like a fat Red Ranger in this getup. Big fallaway slam/Samoan drop combo. BEARD RAKE BY HANSON. Rowe hits a giant shotgun flying knee. HANSON MISSES A MOONSAULT! Suzuki-gun attacks War Machine and ZSJ gets a triangle, then an armbar into a triangle for a ref stoppage. ZSJ looked awesome there. Yano, Berretta, and Ishii are out. YANO EATS A DOUBLE TEAM AND IS NEARLY PINNED. YANO PUSHES TAICHI INTO THE IRON GLOVE sorta and wins with the low blow and cradle. Kevin shouts out Corino for the shot to the ding ding.

JUICE RUNS WILD. MAKABE HITS A BILLION CORNER LARIATS. CHAIN OF LARIATS LEAD TO A HIP ATTACK FROM TAGUCHI! Springboard hip attack! Taguchi goes for the Kinashasa, but YANO HITS A SCHOOLBOY AND WINS IT! Bullet Club is out to end this. Apron DVD hits from Tonga Roa. Ishii goes for power spots on Fale, which fail. ISHII HITS A BIG HEADBUTT. BERRETTA MOONSAULTS INTO A GUN STUN FOR 2! GUNSTUNOUTTANOWEHERE. Best one since the SSP>RKO eons ago. DUDEBUSTER HITS AND ENDS IT. TRENT GETS HEAVYWEIGHT GOLD IN NEW JAPAN!"As has become commonplace since the titles were created, WE HAVE NEW CHAMPS DON!"
Thanks Kevin, I almost thought this was important for Trent for half a second there.

Cody's Iron Man color scheme is pretty solid. Cody poses and does goofy stuff. Kota's theme is tremendous still. Goddamn is Ibushi over. GIGANTIC IBUSHI chants. Cody evades dropkicks and standing moonsaults. Cody locks on the nightmare lock, but eats a snap rana. Kota takes out Cody, but accidentally hits Brandi too. Kota lifts him up and Cody forearms him in the jaw. They reveal it's a ruse and we get some great shots of Brandi. Cody chairshots Kota, but he still gets the golden triangle moonsault. Brandi prevents an outside-in suplex and Cody necksnaps him on the rope. Kota goes for the apron driver, but CODY TURNS IT INTO A CROSS RHODES OFF THE APRON!



THAT GETS A 19.5 COUNT ON THE FLOOR. Kota is just down and out every time Cody lifts him. Goddamn do I want to see modern-day Ibushi versus like any era of HBK. SPRINGBOARD RANA HITS. CROSS RHODES TURNED INTO A LAWNDART! PALM STRIKE LEADS TO THE SITOUT LAST RIDE FOR 2. Knockout knee is teased, but Cody hits a lariat for 2. Headbutt to the balls prevents the knee, but CODY EATS A GERMAN AND THE KNOCKOUT KNEE! Phoenix splash ends it!


EVIL and Sanada are out with a tremendous presentation. Kevin Kelly hypes up the Voices of Wrestling ebook on New Japan's 2017 - it's 700 pages long. DBS Jr. wearing Bulldog's '99 jeans and a Union Jack vest with bleach blonde hair. What on Earth. Archer spews water on everyone. Lance Archer had one of the biggest career upgrades one could ever ask for - he went from being an over dude to TNA, to just a dude, to less than that in WWE and has been a major gaijin force for years in New Japan. Killer bomb hits instantly for 2.5. DBS hits a giant slam over the top to Sanada before beating up young boys. Damn, DBS Jr. actually has a characte rnow! ARCHER CHOKESLAMS EVIL ON YOUNG BOYS! Giant corner lariats by Lance! Big butterfly suplex hits for DBS and gets 2.

EVIL RUNS WILD with a discus lariat and a bulldog. Big lariat to Archer. SPANISH FLY BY ARCHER! TONS OF DROPKICKS BY SANADA. Sanada flips out of a chokeslam,but eats another one. Bridging Siato suplex by DBS gets 2. HART ATTACK BY KES. KILLER BOMB GETS 2.9! KES gets run together and the STO hits for EVIL. Magic Killer hits DBS and the MOONSAULT PRESS ENDS IT!

 

 Goto-Suzuki gets an epic hype video before it just on the circular video wall above the ring. FOREARMS APLENTY and Suzuki gets the RNC on instantly. CORNER RNC CHOKEOUT. Suzuki sits on top with his arms crossed before beating up the doctor for trying to stop it. Big forearms on the floor from Suzuki. SLAPS! Kevin talks about the AK48 singer shaving her head in contrition. Suzuki and Goto trade forearms and Suzuki likes his bloody mouth. Goto traps the leg off the PK and lands an elbow, but Suzuki hits a big shot.


Goto lands a Saito suplex for 2. Yushigoroshi is countered by the front choke! RNC! SUZUKI GUN INTERFERES AND Yoshi Hashi makes a save! Suzuki sneaks in and forearms him! GIANT RUNNING DROPKICK. WOW. FIVE BILLION SLAPS TO THE FACE OF GOTO! RNC is locked on and he goes for the Gotch, but Don points out once again that this is a huge mistake and now it is! Goto fights out and hits a big lariat. Clonking headbutt up top and a front choke from Suzuki! SUPER YUSHIGOROSHI!


Holding forearm strike by Goto! GTR FROM THE FRONT HITS! GTR ENDS IT! SUZUKI LOSES THE MATCH and the title! Goto is champion once again! Suzuki-Gun rushes Suzuki away. Oh this is gonna be great. Suzuki goes back on his own because dammit, HE'S A MAN OF HIS WORD! Suzuki shaves his head to some degree and is probably lucky that his hair is already so low because all he lost was the goofy bits.


Hiromu Takahashi does a Rey WWE intro. KUSHIDA is out with slick mirror garb. MARTY GETS AWESOME WINGS! Tremendous match for entrances along so far.






KUSHIDA wins a cartwheel and dropkick exchange with Will. Ospreay walks on KUSHIDA'a back to hit a rana out of the corner. Marty lands a simple basement dropkick and an apron superkick. They fight in the crowd and WILL HITS A MOONSAULT OFF THE LIGHTING RIG. Marty gets the tornado DDT and goes for the chickenwing, but gets countered. Hoverboard lock by KUSHIDA while the chickenwing is on - so Marty releases his hold to ensure he doesn't lose the title. Four way random flailing on the mat. DEY BE CLUBBERIN TONY Corner belly to belly by Hiromu! Ospreay hits the wacky trapped superkick on Kushida before trying it on Marty. Marty avoids it and handstands...ONLY TO EAT THE SUPERKICK. Ospreay finds a new and organic way to hit the wacky corner superkick - I like it!



MARTY HITS AN OSCUTTER! Marty grabs some tape and tries to tape up Hiromu to the guardrail. THEN HE DOES THE FINGER SNAP ON THE OTHER HAND! Marty goes up top for a double finger break, but they break his fingers! AVALANCHE ARMBAR FROM KUSHIDA! Marty grabs more tape and tapes his own fingers up. POWDER TO THE EYES OF KUSHIDA, BUT KUSHIDA HITS THE BACK TO THE FUTURE FOR 2 BEFORE WILL BREAKS IT UP. Hiromu is in and hits a big German! SUNSET BOMB TO WILL. MARTY EATS ONE TOO! TIME BOMB HITS and Marty avoids another with a chickenwing. Will and Marty double kick KUSHIDA and go for a double team cutter, but Marty is moved and Will eats a tombstone by Hiromu. Missile dropkick hits for 2. DVD ON THE APRON AND KUSHIDA HITS A SUNSET BOMB. DOUBLE JUMP SSP BY WILL!

IMPLOSION 450 GETS 2. Oscutter misses, but a Hiromu lariat doesn't! TIME BOMB HITS AND MARTY MAKES A SAVE! UMBRELLA TO THE JAW! C4 TO MARTY FROM WILL! OSCUTTER HITS AND ENDS IT. Holy shit! Goddamn, he did it! They told a great story about him always losing the big one to Marty and here, he wins the title at NJPW's signature event and from his rival - who was even willing to team up with to win it.


From the stuffed cat to a horror movie intro with Switchblade. Switchblade's serial killer marking jeans are awesome. Tana having an airbrushed arm covering is great. Bell rings... HERE ARE THE COMMENTATORS! What the fuck? Did TNA's crew get work in Japan? Tana gets an armdrag but they go to the floor. Dive misses and White attacks the knee. Big European uppercut leads to a barricade knee smash. CORNER UPPERCUT AND A SNAP SAITO SUPLEX HITS FOR 2.


Tana is now begging off. Wow. This of all things seems like a changing of the guard match. Kneeling figure four is on with him landing forearms. Tana gets a rope and his knee gives out on him avoiding a slam. TANA GETS A DRAGON SCREW. Tana slams him and gets 2 off a second rope somersault senton. Tana goes for a slingblade, but Switchblade stomps the back of the knee. White's knee is trapped in the rope and Tana dragon screws the other one! STANDING HIGH FLY FLOW HITS TO THE FLOOR!

Chop leads to a deadlift German by White! Brainbuster on the apron. Mother of fuck! Jay goes up top, so Tana just sidles away. Corner face wash! Big knees to the jaw in the corner. He wants to see the Ace, so Tana slaps the shit out of him. Snap suplex into the buckle by White! Running DVD hits for 2.5. White goes for a missile dropkick, but Tana avoids it and dragon screws him! Tana goes up and eats a chop but gets a twist and shout neckbreaker off the top! TANA SLUGS HIM TWICE! SNAPDRAGON HITS TANA, BUT HE HITS A SLINGBLADE! TWO OF THEM GET 2. Standing high fly flow hits! HIGH FLY FLOW MISSES! La majistral into a crucifix elbow barrage! Kiwi crusher hits for 2. BLADE RUNNER HITS, BUT TANA GETS A BRIDGING DRAGON SUPLEX FOR 2. TANA SLAPS HIM! High fly flow to the back! ANOTHER TO THE STOMACH ENDS IT! WOW! TANA WINS!


We get a Jericho history video showing him in New Japan and then one for Omega. I like that the pre-match video is hyping this up as basically the same thing that Jericho vs. HBK was. It's two men in similar roles in a company of different generations coming together. Jericho's promo is intense and great, while Kenny is actually serious for a change. Jericho comes out to Judas and has the light up jacket.  Kenny's out in a wacky getup too. Not exactly what you should use for a blood feud.

Jericho jumps Omega, who has the Bucks with him. Frye-Takayama to start and Omega boots him and pounds away. Jericho pulls Red Shoes in and pokes the eye. Walls are on and Omega is in the ropes - but it's no DQ. Omega goes for a baseball slide, but Jericho attacks the knee. SPRINGBOARD DIVE TO THE FLOOR, BUT JERICHO EVADES AND OMEGA GOES THROUGH THE TABLE! Jericho slaps Red Shoes and locks tHe Walls on his son! I love Jericho having ALPHA on his gear. Omega tosses a chair and monitor on him. Jericho tosses a table at Kenny and sits down. Table to the gut of Jericho and he eats a slam. Omega double foot stomps him off a lighting rig through a table! Double stomp off a lighting rig onto a table seems like a great way to break an ankle. Jericho suplexes him on the floor and we get a 20 count tease. Well, I guess it's no DQ and not no DQ and no countout.

Triangle dropkick hits the knee of Omega! Jericho talks shit to Chono before setting up a table and Jericho powerbombs him on the floor! Jericho grabs a camera and takes shots of Omega and them himself flipping the bird. How dare Jericho toss that camera around - if that was a full-frame, it was a good $3,000! Jericho hits a second rope dropkick for 2. Omega lands some big sweeping chops and hooks. Jericho hits an elbow and lands a lionsault! HE DOES THE COCKY PIN! Snap rana to Jericho leads to a lariat outside. TERMINATOR CLAPS! FLIP DIVE TO THE RAMP!

Flying bulldog gets 2. Fisherman's neckbreaker hits! V Trigger countered into  the walls into a cradle for 2. V TRIGGER! Snapdragon countered into the Walls! He goes to the ropes and GETS THE COLD SPRAY. SPRAY TO THE EYES OF JERICHO and of course, to the jock area. Jericho tosses Omega into a corner chair. Jericho demands a towel from the young boys he's been abusing and gets one. Crowd is going crazy for Jericho here - he's getting tons of boos. He slams his head into the chair once again. Omega's sliced up. SNAPDRAGON HITS! A SECOND ONE HITS! Jericho avoids the Angel and EATS A THIRD SNAPDRAGON. He smacks him with a chair!
Jericho lands a ton of shots to the back. Jericho goes up and eats a chair and a V Trigger sends him through a table! V TRIGGER HITS and Omega hits the butterfly driver for 2. JERICHO COUNTERS THE ANGEL INTO THE WALLS! WALLS INTO THE LIONTAMER! Jericho's mouth is split open too. Kenny dives into the rope and that momentum breaks the hold. Codekbreaker is countered into 2 V TRIGGERS. ONE WINGED ANGEL HITS BUT JERICHO GRABS THE ROPE!

Kenny goes up top, but Jericho stops him! Chops and forearms. Jericho goes for a rana, but Omega ducks and tosses him into the buckle connector. FINLAY ROLL INTO THE MOONSAULT, BUT IT'S MET WITH A CODEBREAKER! LIONSAULT IS MET WITH A CHAIR TO THE BACK AND OMEGA LIFTS HIM FROM A LIONSAULT POSITION INTO THE ONE WINGED ANGEL TO WIN IT. This was great overall - not perfect or really a blood match in every way, but it was still great.

Naito's theme is so awesome for Dome shows. A gaint Naito chant breaks out and some American fans go crazy for him. This is just an ungodly reaction for him - amazing.



Okada has new long tights. Naito stalls for a while. Hiptoss and a sliding dropkick give Naito an edge. GODDAMN DROPKICK sends Naito to the floor! Naito hits a sleeper slam on the apron and missile dropkicks him down for 2. Corner dropkick and the sitout dropkick hit flush. This is the fastest pace to a slow build I've ever seen. Okada spikes him for a DDT.  Big running forearm into an HBK-esque flying forearm. SIDE TO SIDE RUNNING YAKUZA KICK ON THE FLOOR. DRAPING DDT OFF THE BARRICADE! Cobra hold is on, but Naito gets the ropes!

European uppercuts land for Okada in the corner. Inverted super rana hits for Naito. STARDUST PRESS MISSES! Back and forth forearms! Koppo kick hits for Naito and a shotgun dropkick lands for Okada! Flying forearm hits for Naito. ROPE-ASSISTED GERMAN FOR OKADA! RAINMAKER HITS and gets 2.5! Naito is just out. Step-up enzuiguri gets nothing and he can't follow up with anything either. Okada gets the cobra hold, BUT DESTINO HITS OUT OF NOWHERE. They go back and forth off of kneeling forearms. They are just standing around after forearms. Jesus. This is the loudest crowd reaction I've heard on a show since Hogan-Rock at Mania. Naito spits in his face and slaps him! Alabama slam is turned into a Canadian destroyer by Naito for 2.! DESTINO INTO A RAINMAKER! WRIST CONTROL. RAINMAKER IS TURNED INTO A DESTINO FOR 2.9!

Destino meets an elbow, but an enzuiguri gives Naito some breathing room. GODDAMN DROPKICK mid-ring. TOMBSTONE TO NAITO!  DESTINO HITS AND HE GETS WRIST CONTROL BUT OKADA TURNS IT INTO A TOMBSTONE. RAINMAKER ENDS IT! HOLY SHIT. Goddamn this was great, but how do you not put Naito over here!? They're seemingly setting up the end of the reign at the second anniversary - so it should mean more then but damn did tonight just feel like the night.