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  1. 11 hours ago 

    NJPW results for April 20, 2014

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    NJPW “Road to Wrestling Dontaku 2014″, 4/20/2014 [Sun] 15:00 @ Aimesse Yamanashi
    1,300 Spectators (packed)

    (1) Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask IV & Sho Tanaka vs. Ryusuke Taguchi, BUSHI & Mascara Dorada [CMLL]
    Winner: Taguchi (8:20) following the Dodon on Sho.

    (2) Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Captain New Japan
    Winner: Tenzan (9:54) with the Anaconda Vice on Captain.

    (3) Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka, Gedo & Jado vs. Minoru Suzuki [Pancrase MISSION], Shelton “X” Benjamin, TAKA Michinoku [K-DOJO] & Taichi
    Winner: Suzuki (12:24) following the Contract Killer on Jado.

    (4) Hirooki Goto, Tetsuya Naito, Tomoaki Honma [FREE] & KUSHIDA vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, Tomohiro Ishii, Yujiro Takahashi, YOSHI-HASHI
    Winner: Honma (15:15) following the Kokeshi on HASHI.
    ~ Honma will face Ishii for the NEVER Championship on May 3.
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    (5) Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe & El Desperado vs. Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows & Tama Tonga
    Winner: Anderson (11:06) following the Magic Killer on Desperado.

    (6) Kazuchika Okada, Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov vs. Bad Luck Fale, Matt & Nick Jackson
    Winner: Okada (12:34) following the Rainmaker on Nick.

    NJPW Event Cards for March & April 2014
    http://puroresuspirit.wordpress.com/2014/02/14/njpw-event-cards-for-march-april-2014/

    imageThe full card for the upcoming “Wrestling Dontaku” iPPV has been announced.

    New Japan Pro Wrestling “Wrestling Dontaku 2014”, 5/3/2014 [Sat] 17:00 @ Fukuoka Kokusai Center

    (0) Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Tiger Mask IV, KUSHIDA & Yohei Komatsu vs. Captain New Japan, El Desperado, BUSHI & Mascara Dorada

    (1) IWGP Jr. Tag Championship Match: [37th Champions] “Young Bucks” Matt & Nick Jackson vs. [Challengers] “Forever Hooligans” Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov
    ~ 4th title defense.

    (2) Special Tag Match: Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka vs. Minoru Suzuki [Pancrase MISSION] & Shelton “X” Benjamin

    (3) NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match: [125th Champion] Satoshi Kojima vs. [Challenger] Wes Brisco
    ~ 3rd title defense.

    (4) Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata [FREE]

    (5) IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship Match: [67th Champion] Kota Ibushi vs. [Challenger] Ryusuke Taguchi
    ~ 3rd title defense.

    (6) NEVER Openweight Championship Match: [3rd Champion] Tomohiro Ishii vs. [Challenger] Tomoaki Honma
    ~ 3rd title defense.

    (7) Special Elimination Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe, Tetsuya Naito & Jushin Thunder Liger vs. “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows, Bad Luck Fale & Tama Tonga

    (8) Pro-Wrestling vs Jiu-Jistsu Mixed Marts Arts Match: Shinsuke Nakamura & Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Daniel & Rolles Gracie

    (9) IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: [59th Champion] Kazuchika Okada vs. [Challengers] AJ Styles
    ~ 9th title defense.

    The full event will be offered on USTREAM for $15.
    http://www.ustream.tv/njpw

  2. Notes: 1 / 1 day ago 

    NJPW results for April 19, 2014

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    NJPW “Road to Wrestling Dontaku 2014″, 4/19/2014 [Sat] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
    2,015 Spectators (overcrowded)

    (1) Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask IV & BUSHI vs. Ryusuke Taguchi, El Desperado & Mascara Dorada [CMLL]
    Winner: Taguchi (9:20) following the Dodon on BUSHI.

    (2) Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Yohei Komatsu
    Winner: Kojima (11:05) following a Lariat on Komatsu.

    (3) Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka, Gedo & Jado vs. Minoru Suzuki [Pancrase MISSION], Shelton “X” Benjamin, TAKA Michinoku [K-DOJO] & Taichi
    Winner: Yano (9:38) following the Urakasumi on Taichi.

    (4) Tetsuya Naito, Tomoaki Honma [FREE] & KUSHIDA vs. Tomohiro Ishii, Yujiro Takahashi, YOSHI-HASHI
    Winner: Honma (10:55) following the Kokeshi Driver on Ishii.
    ~ Honma stated that he wants the NEVER belt.

    (5) Yuji Nagata & Captain New Japan vs. Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata [FREE]
    Winner: Goto (10:53) following the Shoten Kai on Captain.
    ~ Nagata stated that he wants another match against Goto & Shibata.

    (6) Shinsuke Nakamura, Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov vs. Bad Luck Fale, Matt & Nick Jackson
    Winner: Romero (11:47) following the Contract Killer on Nick.

    (7) Kazuchika Okada vs. Tama Tonga
    Winner: Okada (6:15) following the Rainmaker.
    ~ Okada aimed to send a statement to AJ Styles. “You’ll be next.”

    (8) Hiroshi Tanahashi & Togi Makabe vs. Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows
    Winner: Tanahashi (14:46) with the High Fly Flow on Anderson.
    ~ Tanahashi stated that he and Makabe will be going after the IWGP Tag belts, and they already have a team name with “King Ace”.
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    NJPW Event Cards for March & April 2014
    http://puroresuspirit.wordpress.com/2014/02/14/njpw-event-cards-for-march-april-2014/

  3. Notes: 18 / 1 week ago 

    [NJPW News] Following the INVASION ATTACK 2014 iPPV, New Japan will now be heading into next big events in later on this month and in May.

    New Japan will be heading to Taiwan next weekend for 2 back to back shows in Taiwain on April 12 and 13. The events will be offering multiple title matches. April 12 will see Tomohiro Ishii defending the NEVER Openweight belt against the high-flying KUSHIDA. KUSHIDA made the challenge to Ishii following the NEVER Openweight match against Naito, and will be getting the match in no-time against the reigning champion during the shows in Taiwan.
    Then the NWA World Heavyweight singles belt will be defended as Kojima defends the belt against Rob Conway, then the following night Kojima & Tenzan will defend their newly crowned NWA Tag belts against the former champs in Conway & Dane.

    Below are the full cards.

    New Japan Pro-Wrestling “WRESTLING WORLD 2014 in Taiwan”, 4/12/2014 [Sat] 19:00 @ Taiwan University Gymnasium (NTU Sports Center)
    (1) Ryusuke Taguchi & Sho Tanaka vs. Mascara Dorada & Yohei Komatsu
    (2) Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask, El Desperado & BUSHI vs. Rocky Romero, Alex Koslov, Jado & Gedo
    (3) Toru Yano & YOSHI-HASHI vs. Minoru Suzuki & Taichi

    (4) NEVER Openweight Championship Match: [3rd Champion] Tomohiro Ishii vs. [Challenger] KUSHIDA
    ~ 2nd title defense.

    (5) Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi, Hirooki Goto &
    Captain Taiwan vs. Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows, Bad Luck Fale & Tama Tonga
    (6)
    Special Single Match: Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Jax Dane

    (7) NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match: [Champion] Satoshi Kojima vs. [Challenger] Rob Conway

    (8)
    Special 6 Man Tag Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe & Tetsuya Naito vs. Kazuchika Okada, Shinsuke Nakamura & Yujiro Takahashi

    New Japan Pro-Wrestling “WRESTLING WORLD 2014 in Taiwan”, 4/13/2014 [Sun] 19:00 @ Taiwan University Gymnasium (NTU Sports Center)
    (1) Ryusuke Taguchi & BUSHI vs. El Desperado & Mascara Dorada
    (2) Mascara Don (Manabu Nakanishi), Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu vs. Yujiro Takahashi, Jado & Gedo
    (3) Toru Yano & YOSHI-HASHI vs. Minoru Suzuki & Taichi
    (4)
    IWGP Jr. Tag Championship Next Contendership Match: Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask IV vs. Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov
    (5) Togi Makabe & Yuji Nagata vs. Bad Luck Fale & Tama Tonga
    (6) Hirooki Goto & Captain Taiwan vs. Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows

    (7) NWA World Tag Championship Match: [Champions] Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. [Challengers] Rob Conway & Jax Dane

    (8)
    Special 6 Man Tag Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tetsuya Naito & KUSHIDA vs. Kazuchika Okada, Shinsuke Nakamura & Tomohiro Ishii
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    Then New Japan announced the headlining matches for the next major iPPV on May 3 at the
    Fukuoka Kokusai Center.

    The main event of the show will see the new “invader” in the form of AJ Styles who appeared at the INVASION ATTACK iPPV, fitting name and place to “invade”, and asserted himself as the next contender against Okada. Styles and Okada are familiar with one another during their time in TNA wrestling in the USA, and Styles took a shot at Okada as the “Young Boy” that he fondly remembers previously in TNA. As well as appearing Styles also has a new home in the BULLET CLUB faction and is clearly looking to showcase who he is full-time in New Japan.

    Daniel & Rolles Gracie will once more be in the New Japan ring as they will now be taking on the team of Kazushi Sakuraba & Shinsuke Nakamura. Nakamura calls himself the “king of strong style” in New Japan and this will definitely be the match for him to earn that title. As strong style is built upon the aspect of pro-wrestling over all other forms of mixed martial arts.

    Following his win over his “sworn enemy” in Prince Devitt, Ryusuke Taguchi has once more put himself into the top position for a IWGP Jr. title match against Kota Ibushi. This match will mean a lot more for Taguchi as he has fallen not once but twice in the past to Ibushi with the belt on the line. Will the third time prove to be the charm with Taguchi finally becoming the champion once more?

    Below is the announced card at this time.

    New Japan Pro Wrestling “Wrestling Dontaku 2014”, 5/3/2014 [Sat] 17:00 @
    Fukuoka Kokusai Center
    (-) IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship Match: [67th Champion] Kota Ibushi vs. [Challenger] Ryusuke Taguchi
    ~ 3rd title defense.

    (-) Pro-Wrestling vs Jiu-Jistsu Mixed Marts Arts Match: Shinsuke Nakamura & Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Daniel & Rolles Gracie

    (-) IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: [59th Champion] Kazuchika Okada vs. [Challengers] AJ Styles
    ~ 9th title defense.

    ~ Also announced to be competing: Katsuyori Shibata… 9-10 matches to be announced in total.

  4. Notes: 12 / 4 weeks ago 

    NJPW [NEW JAPAN CUP 2014 FINAL] results for March 22, 2014

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    NJPW “NEW JAPAN CUP 2014 ~ FINAL”, 3/23/2014 [Sun] 16:00 @ Hyogo Beikomu Gymnasium (Amagasaki Memorial Park Gymnasium)
    5,800 Spectators (sold-out)

    (1) Captain New Japan & Sho Tanaka vs. KUSHIDA & BUSHI
    Winner: BUSHI (9:08) with the M/X on Sho.

    (2) Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima, Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask IV vs. Lance Archer, Davey Boy Smith Jr., TAKA Michinoku & Taichi
    Winner: Smith (8:04) following the Killer Bomb on Tiger.

    (3) Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi & Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka & Jado
    Winner: Nagata (8:24) with the Backdrop Hold on Jado.

    (4) NEW JAPAN CUP 2014, Semi-Final Match: Shelton “X” Benjamin vs. Bad Luck Fale
    Winner: Fale (4:13) following the Bad Luck Fall.
    ~ Fale moves on to the finals.

    (5) NEW JAPAN CUP 2014, Semi-Final Match: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Minoru Suzuki
    Winner: Nakamura (13:12) following the BomaYe.

    (6) Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata vs. Yujiro Takahashi & YOSHI-HASHI
    Winner: Goto (10:02) following a PK on HASHI.
    ~ Goto & Shibata stated that they are going for the IWGP Tag belts.

    (7) Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Prince Devitt, “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows & Tama Tonga
    Winner: Tanahashi (9:32) with the High Fly Flow on Tonga.

    (8) Tetsuya Naito, Kota Ibushi & El Desperado vs. Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii & Gedo
    Winner: Naito (13:58) with the Stardust Press on Ishii.
    ~ Naito stated that he wants a rematch against Ishii for the NEVER belt.

    (9) NEW JAPAN CUP 2014 Final Match: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Bad Luck Fale
    Winner: Nakamura (15:20) following the BomaYe.
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    ~ Nakamura wins the NEW JAPAN CUP 2014, this marks the first time he has ever won this tournament.
    ~ Nakamura stated that he wants to go back after Hiroshi Tanahashi and the IWGP IC belt.
    ~ So this also means that Bad Luck Fale is in line for the IWGP Heavyweight belt.

  5. Notes: 2 / 1 month ago 

    NJPW results for March 19 & 20, 2014

    NJPW “NEW JAPAN CUP 2014”, 3/19/2014 [Wed] 18:30 @ Nagano Sports Park Gymnasium
    1,100 Spectators

    (1) Captain New Japan & BUSHI vs. Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu
    Winner: BUSHI (9:07) with the M/X on Sho.

    (2) Yuji Nagata & KUSHIDA vs. Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka
    Winner: KUSHIDA (9:20) via foul, Iizuka.

    (3) Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Lance Archer, Davey Boy Smith Jr. & TAKA Michinoku
    Winner: Tenzan (15:03) with the Anaconda Vice on TAKA.

    (4) Yujiro Takahashi, YOSHI-HASHI & Jado vs. Minoru Suzuki, Shelton “X” Benjamin & Taichi
    Winner: Suzuki (13:17) following the Gotch style Piledriver on Jado.

    (5) Hirooki Goto, Manabu Nakanishi, Tomoaki Honma, Tiger Mask IV & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Prince Devitt, Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows, Tama Tonga & Bad Luck Fale
    Winner: Fale (14:16) following the Bad Luck Fall on Honma.

    (6) Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe, Tetsuya Naito & El Desperado vs. Kazuchika Okada, Shinsuke Nakamura, Tomohiro Ishii & Gedo
    Winner: Tanahashi (16:46) with the High Fly Flow on Gedo.

    NJPW “NEW JAPAN CUP 2014”, 3/20/2014 [Thu] 18:30 @ Kumagai Civic Gymnasium in Saitama
    1,100 Spectators

    (1) Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask IV vs. Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu
    Winner: Tiger (5:18) with a Chicken wing face lock on Komatsu.

    (2) Yuji Nagata & Captain New Japan vs. Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka
    Winner: Captain (10:34) via foul, Iizuka.

    (3) Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & BUSHI vs. Lance Archer, Davey Boy Smith Jr. & TAKA Michinoku
    Winner: Archer (10:41) following the Killer Bomb on BUSHI.

    (4) Yujiro Takahashi, YOSHI-HASHI & Gedo vs. Minoru Suzuki, Shelton “X” Benjamin & Taichi
    Winner: Suzuki (13:18) following the Gotch style Piledriver on

    (5) Togi Makabe, Hirooki Goto, Manabu Nakanishi, Ryusuke Taguchi & KUSHIDA vs. Prince Devitt, Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows, Tama Tonga & Bad Luck Fale
    Winner: Makabe (13:14) following the King Kong Knee Drop on Tonga.

    (6) Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tetsuya Naito, Tomoaki Honma & El Desperado vs. Kazuchika Okada, Shinsuke Nakamura, Tomohiro Ishii & Jado
    Winner: Tanahashi (18:37) with the High Fly Flow on Gedo.

    NJPW Event Cards for March & April 2014
    http://puroresuspirit.wordpress.com/2014/02/14/njpw-event-cards-for-march-april-2014/

    The second round and NEW JAPAN CUP will be held on March 22.

    NJPW “NEW JAPAN CUP 2014 ~ 2nd Round Matches”, 3/22/2014 [Sat] 17:00 @ Nagoya International Conference Hall Event Hall in Aichi

    (1) Sho Tanaka vs. Yohei Komatsu
    (2) Yuji Nagata, Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask IV vs. Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka & YOSHI-HASHI
    (3) Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima, KUSHIDA & BUSHI vs. Lance Archer, Davey Boy Smith Jr., TAKA Michinoku & Taichi
    (4) Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows & Tama Tonga
    (5) Hiroshi Tanahashi, Manabu Nakanishi, Captain New Japan & El Desperado vs. Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii, Yujiro Takahashi & Jado

    (6) NEW JAPAN CUP 2014, 2nd Round Match: Katsuyori Shibata vs. Shelton “X” Benjamin
    (7) NEW JAPAN CUP 2014, 2nd Round Match: Tetsuya Naito vs. Bad Luck Fale
    (8) NEW JAPAN CUP 2014, 2nd Round Match: Hirooki Goto vs. Minoru Suzuki
    (9) NEW JAPAN CUP 2014, 2nd Round Match: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Prince Devitt

  6. Notes: 5 / 1 month ago 

    NJPW results for March 16, 2014

    imageNJPW “NEW JAPAN CUP 2014”, 3/16/2014 [Sun] 18:00 @ Takaoka Techno Dome in Toyama
    1,650 Spectators (overcrowded/sold-out)

    (1) BUSHI vs. Sho Tanaka
    Winner: BUSHI (8:40) with the M/X.

    (2) Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask IV vs. Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka
    Winner: Tiger (8:34) via foul, Iizuka.

    (3) Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Captain New Japan vs. Lance Archer, Davey Boy Smith Jr. & TAKA Michinoku
    Winner: Archer (12:15) following the Killer Bomb on Captain.

    (4) Yujiro Takahashi, YOSHI-HASHI & Jado vs. Minoru Suzuki, Shelton “X” Benjamin & Taichi
    Winner: Suzuki (12:15) following the Gotch style Piledriver on Jado.

    (5) Togi Makabe, Hirooki Goto, Manabu Nakanishi, Jushin Thunder Liger & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Prince Devitt, Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows, Tama Tonga & Bad Luck Fale
    Winner: Anderson (11:43) following the Magic Killer on Nakanishi.

    (6) Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tetsuya Naito, Tomoaki Honma & El Desperado vs. Kazuchika Okada, Shinsuke Nakamura, Tomohiro Ishii & Gedo
    Winner: Okada (17:14) following the Rainmaker on Honma.

    NJPW Event Cards for March & April 2014
    http://puroresuspirit.wordpress.com/2014/02/14/njpw-event-cards-for-march-april-2014/

    ~ New Japan continues on with the New Japan Cup tour throughout the rest of this week. The second round of the tournament will be on March 22 with the finals on the following day, March 23.

  7. Notes: 10 / 1 month ago 

    NJPW [42nd Anniversary Show] results for March 6, 2014

    imageNJPW “Raising an Army Anniversary 2014”, 3/6/2014 [Thu] 19:00 @ Ota Ward General Gymnasium
    4,200 Spectators [Overcrowded/Soldout]

    ~ New Japan held a memorial ceremony for the late Billy Robinson. Robinson died in his sleep on February 27, 2014 at the age of 74.
    Robinson first competed in Japan back in April of 1968 for the Japan Wrestling Federation. Robinson is noted as the man who made the “Double Arm Suplex” popular in Japan in which a lot of wrestlers would  go in to use in the years following. Robinson made his debut in NJPW in the mid-70’s.

    (1) Raising an Army Anniversary Opening Match: Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu vs. Minoru Suzuki & Taichi
    Winner: Suzuki (7:23) with a Chicken Wing Arm Lock on Komatsu.

    (2) Manabu Nakanishi & KUSHIDA vs. Gedo & Jado
    Winner: KUSHIDA (11:02) with the Midnight Express on Gedo.

    (3) Raising an Army Anniversary Special 6 Man Tag Match: Super Strong Machine, Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask IV vs. Captain New Japan, El Desperado & BUSHI
    Winner: Liger (8:32) following a Vertical Drop style Brainbuster on BUSHI.
    ~ Desperado declared war on Liger and said that he will strip the veteran of his mask.

    (4) Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Prince Devitt, Tama Tonga & Bad Luck Fale
    Winner: Fale (9:28) following the Bad Luck Fall on Honma.

    (5) Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima, Yuji Nagata & Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka, Yujiro Takahashi & YOSHI-HASHI
    Winner: Kojima (10:16) following a Lariat on HASHI.

    (6) Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata vs. “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows
    Winner: Goto (8:58) following the Shouten Kai on Anderson.
    ~ Goto and Shibata claim the win over the reigning tag champions.
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    (7) Hiroshi Tanahashi & Tetsuya Naito vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Tomohiro Ishii
    Winner: Ishii (16:20) following a Vertical Drop style Brainbuster on Naito.
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    (8) Raising an Army Anniversary Special Single Match: Kazuchika Okada vs. Kota Ibushi
    Winner: Okada (16:41) following the Raimaker.
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    ~ Okada wished the best of luck to his seniors competing in the upcoming New Japan Cup tournament and concluded that gold will continue to fall in New Japan annually.

    NJPW Event Cards for March & April 2014
    http://puroresuspirit.wordpress.com/2014/02/14/njpw-event-cards-for-march-april-2014/

  8. Notes: 18 / 2 months ago 

    [NJPW News Updates] New Japan made announcements for the upcoming March tour shows as well as the NEW JAPAN CUP 2014.

    First up New Japan announced that the IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada will be going up against the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Kota Ibushi in a non-title match. This has sort of become a staple of the anniversary shows to have the two top champions of their division facing off and these two have history stemming back in August of last year in a special singles match in DDT. Since then NJPW fans have been waiting for the match to take place on the their home mat.

    Also announced is Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata taking on the current IWGP Tag champions, Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows, in a non-title match. With Goto taken out of the IWGP Heavyweight title picture, there has now been a lot of thoughts that he and Shibata could begin a run for the IWGP Tag, and this certainly points to that becoming a reality.

    The full card for the 3/6 show is below…

    NJPW “Raising an Army Anniversary 2014”, 3/6/2014 [Thu] 19:00 @ Ota Ward General Gymnasium
    (1)
    Raising an Army Anniversary Opening Match: Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu vs. Minoru Suzuki & Taichi
    (2) Manabu Nakanishi & KUSHIDA vs. Gedo & Jado
    (3)
    Raising an Army Anniversary Special 6 Man Tag Match: Super Strong Machine, Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask IV vs. Captain New Japan, El Desperado & BUSHI
    (4) Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Prince Devitt, Tama Tonga & Bad Luck Fale
    (5) Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima, Yuji Nagata & Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka, Yujiro Takahashi & YOSHI-HASHI
    (6) Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata vs. “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows
    (7) Hiroshi Tanahashi & Tetsuya Naito vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Tomohiro Ishii
    (8)
    Raising an Army Anniversary Special Single Match: Kazuchika Okada vs. Kota Ibushi

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    New Japan announced that KUSHIDA will be going an excursion to Germany in March and thus will not be competing on the March tour of New Japan shows.
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    New Japan then announced the 16 men who will be competing in this years NEW JAPAN CUP tournament. The winner of which will earn an IWGP Title match of their choice, either IWGP Heavy or IWGP IC, for the upcoming Ryogoku show on April 6. Neither of the current reigning champions will be competing in the tournament, as the Cup is primarily used to build new contenders. [It is also suspected that runner-up will receive the contendership rights for the belt that the winner did not choose.]

    The participants and matches are as follows…

    NJPW “NEW JAPAN CUP 2014”, 3/15/2014 [Sat] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
    (1) NEW JAPAN CUP 2014 1st Round Match: Yujiro Takahashi vs. Shelton “X” Benjamin
    (2) NEW JAPAN CUP 2014 1st Round Match: Toru Yano vs. Minoru Suzuki
    (3)
    NEW JAPAN CUP 2014 1st Round Match: Katsuyori Shibata vs. “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson
    (4) NEW JAPAN CUP 2014 1st Round Match: Hirooki Goto vs. Doc Gallows

    (5) Special 6 Man Tag Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi & El Desperado vs. Kazuchika Okada, Gedo & Jado

    (6) NEW JAPAN CUP 2014 1st Round Match: Lance Archer vs. Prince Devitt
    (7) NEW JAPAN CUP 2014 1st Round Match: Togi Makabe vs. Bad Luck Fale
    (8) NEW JAPAN CUP 2014 1st Round Match: Tetsuya Naito vs. Tomohiro Ishii
    (9) NEW JAPAN CUP 2014 1st Round Match: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.

    The winners of the first round will then move on to the second round matches on March 23 in Nagoya. Then the winner of those matches will move on to the semi-finals and then ultimately to the final match of the Cup on March 23 in Hyogo, Japan.

  9. Notes: 6 / 2 months ago 

    NJPW [IWGP Heavy, NEVER, IWGP Jr] results for February 11, 2014

    imageNJPW “THE NEW BEGINNING in Osaka”, 2/11/2014 [Tue] 17:00 @ Osaka BODYMAKER COLOSSEUM
    6,4000 Spectators (overcrowded/sellout)

    (1) IWGP Jr. Tag Championship Match: [37th Champions] “The Young Bucks” Matt & Nick Jackson vs. [Challengers] KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley
    Winner: Matt Jackson (13:05) following the More Bang 4 Your Buck on Shelley.
    ~ 2nd successful title defense.

    (2) Katsuyori Shibata vs. YOSHI-HASHI
    Winner: Shibata (5:21) following the PK.

    (3) Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows & Tama Tonga
    Winner: Smith (7:53) following the Killer Bomb on Tonga.

    (4) Special Tag Match: Togi Makabe & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Prince Devitt & Bad Luck Fale
    Winner: Taguchi (9:53) via pinfall on Devitt.

    (5) NWA World Tag Contendership Match: Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. Michael Tarver & “BIG DADDY YUM-YUM” Byron Wilcott
    Winner: Tenzan (12:54) with the Anaconda Vice on Tarver.
    ~ TenCozy earn an upcoming NWA Tag title opportunity.

    (6) Special Tag Match: Yuji Nagata & Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Daniel & Rolles Gracie
    Winner: Rolles (9:28) with a Gi choke on Sakuraba.

    (7) Special Tag Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi & Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Yujiro Takahashi
    Winner: Tanahashi (12:43) with the High Fly Flow on Yujiro.

    (8) IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship Match: [67th Champion] Kota Ibushi vs. [Challenger] El Desperado
    Winner: Ibushi (13:34) with a Phoenix Splash.
    ~ 1st successful defense.

    (9) NEVER Openweight Championship Match: [2nd Champion] Tetsuya Naito vs. [Challenger] Tomohiro Ishii
    Winner: Ishii (23:41) following the Vertical Drop style Brainbuster.
    ~ Naito falls on his 3rd Defense. Ishii becomes the 3rd generation champion.

    image(10) IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: [59th Champion] Kazuchika Okada vs. [Challenger] Hirooki Goto
    Winner: Okada () following the Rainmaker.
    ~ 8th successful defense.
    ~ Katsuyori Shibata came out to challenge the champion, but Okada stated that he will have to earn his shot through the New Japan Cup in March.
    ~ Okada stated that he will continue to defend the IWGP Heavy belt and outclass Tanahashi and the IWGP IC by the matches he competes in.

    Of ocurse Okada is pointing towards the fact that the fans voted for the IWGP IC belt to headline the Dome over what is supposed to be the main belt in NJPW.
    It more or less points that Okada plans to showcase that his matches will outshine anything Tanahashi does.

    http://puroresuspirit.wordpress.com/2013/12/30/njpw-event-cards-january-february-2014/

  10. Notes: 8 / 2 months ago 

    [NJPW News] New Japan held a signing ceremony for the two upcoming headlining title matches as well as for Nagata and Sakuraba.

    First up Yuji Nagata and Kazushi Sakuraba continued to show off their comradery as they have now debuted a matching attire for their upcoming rematch against the Gracie brothers. Following the outcome of the match at this years Tokyo Dome show, Nagata and Sakuraba have pushed to make choke and sleepers valid with the use of the Gi’s. Nagata stated there will be a lot of differences from wearing the gi’s to not and that there are also more advantages as seen from the Tokyo Dome show.

    New Japan then held a signing ceremony for the upcoming IWGP IC match with the champion Hiroshi Tanahashi and the challenger Shinsuke Nakamura. Nakamura stated that he is thankful to receive a rematch so soon after suffering defeat, and that he is completely focused on recapturing the belt. He stated that he was clearly not ready to face Nakamura as they had not faced one another for a year or more previously, and the Tokyo Dome match had more or less opened his eyes. He aims to be at more than 100% before the upcoming match. Tanahashi stated that there is a lot of pressure to make his first defense, but that comes with being a champion. The white belt is still young in its lineage, but the history of the belt is made with ever match and he stated that his match(es) with Nakamura should be a defining match.

    Then lastly was the title signing between the IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada and the challenger Hirooki Goto. Goto stated that he is aiming for a complete revival of himself. This last injury that put him out of action for 5 months, was indeed a setback, but his condition since returning is perfect, as seen with his match against Katsuyori Shibata at the Tokyo Dome. Goto stated that he still has a lot to prove, but he aims to take the belt from Okada to start. The challenger appears to be completely confident heading into the upcoming match.
    Okada then got his chance to speak and said that he hopes Goto is at his best, as the IWGP belt is the utmost highest belt in the industry. It is something that is actually not in Goto’s reach. He futher added that he will destroy Goto and aims for that chin that Goto claimed is 100%. Okada said that he will be sure an have an ambulance ready in advance.
    Goto further stated that will be harder to do than Okada thinks as he is completely healed, and that if Okada wants to throw the destroy word around he better be ready for that himself.
    Okada stated that Goto has had 6 chances to be crowned IWGP Heavy champion and has failed every time. That Okada himself has already been crowned champion twice already. Okada stated that the outcome will be the same as last time. Rainmaker will be standing over Goto with the belt in hand.

    Below are the announced cards for the upcoming double header shows…

    NJPW “THE NEW BEGINNING in HIROSHIMA”, 2/9/2014 [Sun] 15:00 @ Hiroshima Sun Plaza Hall

    (1) Kota Ibushi & BUSHI vs. El Desperado & Jushin Thunder Liger
    (2) Minoru Suzuki vs. Tama Tonga
    (3) Special Tag Match: Yuji Nagata & Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka
    (4) Special Single Match: Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Michael Tarver

    (5) NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match: [125th Champion] Satoshi Kojima vs. [Challenger] “BIG DADDY YUM-YUM” Byron Wilcott
    ~ 1st Defense.

    (6) Special Tag Match: Tetsuya Naito & Tomoaki Honma vs. Tomohiro Ishii & Yujiro Takahashi
    (7) Special 8 Man Tag Match: Togi Makabe, Ryusuke Taguchi, KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley vs. Prince Devitt, Bad Luck Fale, Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson
    (8) Special Tag Match: Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata vs. Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI

    (9) IWGP Tag Championship Match: [64th Champions] “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows vs. [Challengers] “K.E.S.” Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.
    ~ 1st Defense.

    (10) IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match: [7th Champion] Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. [Challenger] Shinsuke Nakamura
    ~ 1st Defense.
    ————————————————————————————————————————————————————–

    NJPW “THE NEW BEGINNING in Osaka”, 2/11/2014 [Tue] 17:00 @ Osaka BODYMAKER COLOSSEUM

    (1) IWGP Jr. Tag Championship Match: [37th Champions] “The Young Bucks” Matt & Nick Jackson vs. [Challengers] KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley
    ~ 2nd defense.

    (2) Katsuyori Shibata vs. YOSHI-HASHI
    (3) Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows & Tama Tonga
    (4) Special Tag Match: Togi Makabe & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Prince Devitt & Bad Luck Fale
    (5) NWA World Tag Contendership Match: Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. Michael Tarver & “BIG DADDY YUM-YUM” Byron Wilcott
    (6) Special Tag Match: Yuji Nagata & Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Daniel & Rolles Gracie
    (7) Special Tag Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi & Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Yujiro Takahashi

    (8) IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship Match: [67th Champion] Kota Ibushi vs. [Challenger] El Desperado
    ~ 1st defense.

    (9) NEVER Openweight Championship Match: [2nd Champion] Tetsuya Naito vs. [Challenger] Tomohiro Ishii
    ~ 3rd Defense.

    (10) IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: [59th Champion] Kazuchika Okada vs. [Challenger] Hirooki Goto
    ~ 8th defense.

    NJPW Event Cards for January & February 2014
    http://puroresuspirit.wordpress.com/2013/12/30/njpw-event-cards-january-february-2014/

  11. Notes: 5 / 2 months ago 

    NJPW results for February 4, 2014

    imageNJPW “Road to THE NEW BEGINNING”, 2/4/2014 [Tue] 18:30 @ Ibaraki Prefectural Sports Center
    1,000 Spectators

    (1) El Desperado & Yohei Komatsu vs. BUSHI & Sho Tanaka
    Winner: Desperado (9:26) following the Guitarra de Angel on Tanaka.

    (2) Yuji Nagata & Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Tiger Mask IV & Tomoaki Honma
    Winner: Nagata (10:32) with the Backdrop Hold on Honma.

    (3) Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Takashi Iizuka, Yujiro Takahashi & Gedo
    Winner: Kojima (11:21) following the Lariat to Gedo.

    (4) Minoru Suzuki & TAKA Michinoku vs. Toru Yano & Jado
    Winner: Yano (9:14) with the Akakiri on TAKA.

    (5) Togi Makabe, Ryusuke Taguchi, KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley vs. Prince Devitt, Bad Luck Fale, Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson
    Winner: KUSHIDA (10:20) with a Crucifix Hold on Matt Jackson.

    (6) Lance Archer, Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Taichi vs. “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows & Tama Tonga
    Winner: Anderson (7:38) following the Magic Killer on Taichi.

    (7) Hirooki Goto, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tetsuya Naito & Captain New Japan vs. Kazuchika Okada, Shinsuke Nakamura, Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI
    Winner: Goto (18:19) following the Shouten Kai on HASHI.

    ~ Next up for New Japan are the double iPPV shows on 2/9 and 2/11.
    ~ 2/9 = NWA World, IWGP Tag, and IWGP IC defenses.
    ~ 2/11 = IWGP Jr. Tag, IWGP Jr. Heavy, NEVER Openweight, and IWGP Heavyweight defenses.

    NJPW Event Cards for January & February 2014
    http://puroresuspirit.wordpress.com/2013/12/30/njpw-event-cards-january-february-2014/

  12. Notes: 4 / 2 months ago 

    NJPW results for February 3, 2014

    NJPW “Road to THE NEW BEGINNING”, 2/3/2014 [Mon] 19:00 @ Fukushima National Sports Festival Memorial Gymnasium (Main Arena)
    1,900 Spectators (sold out)

    (1) El Desperado & Sho Tanaka vs. BUSHI & Yohei Komatsu
    Winner: Desperado (8:51) with the Guitarra de Angel on Komatsu.

    (2) Yuji Nagata & Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Tiger Mask IV & Captain New Japan
    Winner: Nagata (9:42) with the Backdrop Hold on Captain.

    (3) Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Takashi Iizuka, YOSHI-HASHI & Jado
    Winner: Kojima (12:17) following a Lariat on Jado.

    (4) Minoru Suzuki & Taichi vs. Toru Yano & Gedo
    Winner: Suzuki (11:53) following the Gotch style Piledriver on Gedo.

    (5) Togi Makabe, Ryusuke Taguchi, KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley vs. Prince Devitt, Bad Luck Fale, Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson
    Winner: Makabe (7:44) following the King Kong Knee Drop on Nick Jackson.

    (6) Lance Archer, Davey Boy Smith Jr. & TAKA Michinoku vs. “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows & Tama Tonga
    Winner: Anderson (7:44) following the Magic Killer on TAKA.

    (7) Hirooki Goto, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tetsuya Naito & Tomoaki Honma vs. Kazuchika Okada, Shinsuke Nakamura, Tomohiro Ishii & Yujiro Takahashi
    Winner: Goto (21:01) following the Shouten Kai on Yujiro.

    NJPW Event Cards for January & February 2014
    http://puroresuspirit.wordpress.com/2013/12/30/njpw-event-cards-january-february-2014/

  13. Notes: 10 / 2 months ago 

    NJPW results for February 2, 2014

    imageNJPW “Road to THE NEW BEGINNING”, 2/2/2014 [Sun] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
    2,015 Spectators (overcrowded)

    (1) Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu vs. TAKA Michinoku & Taichi
    Winner: Taichi (7:33) following a Super Kick on Komatsu.

    (2) Jushun Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask IV & BUSHI vs. Yujiro Takahashi, YOSHI-HASHI & Jado
    Winner: BUSHI (7:50) with a counter pinfall to the Crossface of JADO on Jado.

    (3) Tomoaki Honma & Captain New Japan vs. Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka
    Winner: Honma (8:21) via foul, Iizuka.

    (4) Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & El Desperado vs. Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi & Kota Ibushi
    Winner: Kojima (12:36) following a Lariat on Nakanishi.

    ~ Wataru Inoue appeared and announced that he will be official retiring from pro-wresting. A special commemorative match will be held on April 3 at the Korakuen Hall in his honor. Inoue suffered a cervical disc herniation back on March 3, 2013 and was also diagnosed with degenerative arthritis in his right shoulder after an examination with medical staff. Inoue has been struggling with the injury for the last several months in particular as no definitive cure had been found.
    Due to this Inoue has decided to announce his formal retirement from active competition. Though he announced his intentions to remain on under a staff position for New Japan Pro Wrestling in the future.
    image

    (5) Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer & Davey Smith Jr. vs. “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows & Tama Tonga
    Winner: Archer (9:21) with the Killer Bomb on Tonga.
    image

    (6) Ryusuke Taguchi’s Return Match: Togi Makabe, Ryusuke Taguchi, KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley vs. Prince Devitt, Bad Luck Fale, Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson
    Winner: Devitt (11:30) following a Diving Foot Stomp on Taguchi.
    image

    (7) Special 6 Man Tag Match: Hirooki Goto, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Tetsuya Naito vs. Kazuchika Okada, Shinsuke Nakamura & Tomohiro Ishii
    image
    imageWinner: Ishii (24:55) following the Vertical Drop style Brainbuster on Naito.
    ~ The NJPW faces struggled to work together in the main event.
    ~ In the end it seemed like Ishii and Naito spent a good portion of the match fighting each other, in which Ishii ultimately got the win over the NEVER Champion.
    ~ Goto stated that he is fully recovered from his injury and that he will win the IWGP Heavy belt.
    image
    NJPW Event Cards for January & February 2014
    http://puroresuspirit.wordpress.com/2013/12/30/njpw-event-cards-january-february-2014/

  14. Notes: 1 / 3 months ago 

    NJPW [CMLL FANTASTICA MANIA 2014 Day 4] results for January 18, 2014

    imageNJPW PRESENTS CMLL FANTASTICA MANIA 2014, 1/18/2014 [Sat] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
    1,900 Spectators

    (1) 3WAY Match: Maximo vs. Jado vs. Taichi
    Winner: Maximo (9:35) with a La Magistral on Taichi.

    (2) Stuka Jr. & Rey Cometa vs. Yujiro Takahashi & OKUMURA
    Winner: Yujiro (6:57) following the Tokyo Pimps on Stuka.

    (3) KUSHIDA, Tiger Mask IV, Fuego & Titan vs. YOSHI-HASHI, Vangellys & Rey Escorpion
    Winner: Vangellys (8:56) with a German Suplex Hold on Fuego.

    (4) BUSHIROAD & Volador Jr. vs. El Desperado & Mascara Dorada
    Winner: Desperado (8:13) following the Guitarra de Angel pm BUSHIROAD.

    (5) Special Single Match: Rush vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
    Winner: Nakamura (10:18) following the BomaYe.

    (6) Special 6 Man Tag Match: Tetsuya Naito, Hiroshi Tanahashi & La Sombra vs. Tomohiro Ishii, Kazuchika Okada & Ultimo Guerrero
    Winner: Guerrero (19:42) following an Avalanche style Reverse DDT on Sombra.

    (7) National Light-Heavyweight Championship Match: [Champion] Mephisto vs. [Challenger] Mistico
    Winner: Mephisto (14:05) following the Avalanche style Devil Wings.

    NJPW Event Cards for January & February 2014
    http://puroresuspirit.wordpress.com/2013/12/30/njpw-event-cards-january-february-2014/



  15. Notes: 2 / 3 months ago 

    NJPW [CMLL FANTASTICA MANIA 2014 Day 2] results for January 15, 2014

    NJPW PRESENTS CMLL FANTASTICA MANIA 2014, 1/15/2014 [Wed] 18:00 @ KBS Hall in Kyoto
    1,000 Spectators

    (1) BUSHIROAD & Titan vs. Gedo & Jado
    Winner: Titan (8:55) via pinfall on Gedo.

    (2) Fuego, Rey Cometa & Stuka Jr. vs. OKUMURA, Vangellys & Rey Escorpion
    Winner: Fuego (7:33) with a modified armbar on Vangellys.

    (3) Jushin Thunder Liger & Maximo vs. TAKA Michinoku & Taichi
    Winner: Taichi (9:51) with a Taichi Genitals style Gedo Clutch on Maximo..

    (4) KUSHIDA & Volador Jr. vs. Tetsuya Naito & Mascara Dorada
    Winner: Dorada (11:32) via pinfall on Volador.

    (5) RUSH & Mistico vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Mephisto
    Winner: Mistico (12:13) with the La Mistica on Mephisto.

    (6) 6 Man Tag Match: El Desperado, Hiroshi Tanahashi & La Sombra vs. Kazuchika Okada, Niebla Roha & Ultimo Guerrero
    Winner: Desperado (11:40) with a Crucifix Hold on Roha.

    NJPW Event Cards for January & February 2014
    http://puroresuspirit.wordpress.com/2013/12/30/njpw-event-cards-january-february-2014/

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