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Report: NJPW Tokyo Dome Show *SPOILERS*
NJPW ran it's annual super card at the Tokyo Dome this Tuesday in front of a (claimed) crowd of 46,000 fans. *SPOILERS*

Yes, the number of people (46,000) is probably a bit exaggerated, but according to people who went there, the attendance figure should be better than what some people expected. Here are the results for the Tokyo Dome show:

1. Wataru Inoue & Katsushi Takemura vs. Jado & Gedo went to a draw (15:00) when the time limit expired.
2. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title #1 Contender Match: Jushin Thunder Liger beat Koji Kanemoto (10:30) with a cradle.
3. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title: Tiger Mask beat Heat (c) (14:17) with a Tiger suplex hold to become the 47th champion.
4. Amaresu Exhibition Match: Yuji Nagata beat Katsuhiko Nagata (5:00) by 15-11.
5. Minoru Suzuki beat Takashi Iizuka (9:45) with a sleeper hold.
6. Satoshi Kojima beat Osamu Nishimura (19:26) with a lariat.
7. Ron Waterman won an 8 Man Ultimate Royal (21:55). Participants: Yuji Nagata, Blue Wolf, Masayuki Naruse, Toru Yano, Manabu Nakanishi, Mitsuya Nagai, Ron Waterman & Dolgorsuren Sumiyabazar
- Round 1: Ron Waterman beat Masayuki Naruse (2:35) by referee stop.
- Round 1: Manabu Nakanishi beat Toru Yano (3:09) with an armlock.
- Round 1: Dolgorsuren Sumiyabazar beat Mitsuya Nagai (5:46) with a shoulder hold.
- Round 1: Yuji Nagata beat Blue Wolf (5:49) with a heel hold.
- Semi Final: Ron Waterman beat Manabu Nakanishi (1:02) with a front neck lock.
- Semi Final: Yuji Nagata beat Dolgorsuren Sumiyabazar (1:53) by referee stop.
- Final: Ron Waterman beat Yuji Nagata (1:41) with a V1 armlock.
8. Dogfight: Masahiro Chono beat Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Riki Choshu (18:07).
- Masahiro Chono beat Riki Choshu (6:34) with a sliding Yakuza kick.
- Masahiro Chono beat Hiroyoshi Tenzan (11:33) with an FTS.
9. IWGP U-30 Openweight Title: Shinsuke Nakamura beat Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) (24:45) with a cross armbreaker to become the 2nd champion.

(Thanks to Puroresufan.com for the results.)

The main event was between two young wrestlers that fought for the U-30 title (which is a title for those under 30). It was perceived very well by the audience and should continue to give Nakamura that superstar build-up that he has been given since his first day. Tanahashi did well during the match, but eventually came short. The match quality was what you could expect, but the selling was neglected sometimes, according to some critics.

Many people are upset because the 41-year-old Chono went over Tenzan, who is a top athlete in his prime with very high work ethics. Tenzan shouldn’t be very happy with the way that New Japan has been booking him during 2004. His two recent title reigns have been short fiascos and the company seems to fail with him. However, the result was expected by many.

The “8 Man Ultimate Royal” was expected to be a shoot, but it was just another worked fight that was used to give Ron Waterman a high profile debut. The spectators hated this one there were total silence, since it turned out to be something that they didn’t really expect it to be. They wanted MMA, but got fake stuff instead.

Kojima vs. Nishimura went down well, especially the ending with the lariatooooos were appreciated. (To the WWE fans: A "lariatooo" is the japanese equivalent to a "Clothesline from Hell".) Unfortunately, many people were disappointed by the Lyger / Kanemoto showdown. These two guys had five star matches together in the mid nineties, but failed to put up a good match this time. Heat / Tiger Mask was considered to be way better. I’m glad that Suzuki defeated Iizuka, because otherwise… NOAH would be in big trouble, since they have booked him as the challenger against their heavyweight champion Kenta Kobashi tomorrow, for their big show in the 16,000-seat Budokan Hall.

Overall, the show did quite OK, considering the line-ups. And yes, Brock Lesnar appeared and shook hands with Antonio Inoki! They want Lesnar to wrestle during their next Tokyo Dome show in May.

2005-Jan-07 11:05 pm by perkoff
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