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Weekly Puroresu Report #1
Covers the NJPW Tokyo Dome show, AJPW's show in Osaka and some NOAH results and their upcoming Budokan show.

The biggest news item of the week was, of course, the 1/4 Tokyo Dome show that NJPW held. The promotion claimed that they had 43,000 paying fans in the arena, but the actual figure is more likely around half of that. In the main event, Brock Lesnar defeated Shinsuke Nakamura to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title after 8:48 with the Verdict (the move formerly known as the F5). The crowd seemed to anticipate that Lesnar would win convincingly, which also was the outcome of the match. In the semi main event, Masahiro Chono and Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeated Shiro Koshinaka and Takao Omori in 19:28 to retain the IWGP Tag Team Titles.

Other matches worth mentioning: Giant Bernard defated Manabu Nakanishi, Katsuyori Shibata defeated Hiroshi Tenzan, Shinjiro Ohtani defated Koji Kanemoto and Yuji Nagata defated Kazunari Murakami. Nagata's match was said to be the best of them and the fans where pleased with his effort. Shibata's victory is considered to be an upset by some, since he isn't contracted by NJPW nowadays and got a win over one of the better prospects of the promotion.

NJPW also held a show in Tokyo Korakuen Hall on 1/8. The attendance number was 1391, which could be seen as disappointing. They didn't give away any big matches in this rather small venue though.

Pro Wrestling NOAH ran a show at Tokyo Differ Ariake in front of a sell-out crowd of 1,800 fans for their TV tapings. Naomichi Marufuji and Kotaro Suzuki faced KENTA and Ricky Marvin. Marufuji ended up pinning the current GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion KENTA after 21:17, which earned him a title shot at the big show in Tokyo Nippon Budokan on 1/22. In the main event of the show Jun Akiyama, Kentaro Shiga and Yoshinobu Kanemaru defeated Akira Taue, Junji Izumida and Tsuyoshi Kikuchi in only 12 seconds after Akiyama used his jumping knee on Taue! Akiyama is scheduled for a title match at the upcoming Budokan show against Taue. This was a shocking result, which led to a restart of the match. The same team won again after 15:00 when Shiga pinned Kikuchi. Akiyama is looking strong as a credible challenger now, that's for sure.

Also, NOAH has booked a 6 man tag team match on the Budokan Show featuring the outsiders team of Kensuke Sasaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima teaming together with Mushiking Joker against Mitsuharu Misawa, Takashi Sugiura and Mushiking Terry. This is the first encounter between Misawa and Sasaki as far as I know.

Akitoshi Saito has officially joined the NOAH roster after being a regular there for around 5 years. Saito is a former tag team champion and has been booked as a freelancer for most NOAH shows during the last couple of years.

AJPW held shows on 1/3 (2,000 fans attending their Korakuen Hall show), 1/5 (1,100 fans attending their show in the Mito Citizen Gymnasium), 1/7 (800 fans attending their show at Yokkaichi Australia Memorial Hall) and finally a bigger one on 1/8 (3,500 fans attending their Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium show). The the main event at the Osaka show, the reigning Triple Crown champion Satoshi Kojima defated TARU after 19:06 with a lariat. This was Kojima's 6th title defense, which makes the situation around the title seem even more stable. Kensuke Sasaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima defended their All Asia tag Team Titles against Arashi and Kaz Hayashi in a match that lasted for 21:02. Keiji Mutoh and Akebono defated the newcomers Kohei Suwama and Brute Issei in a surprisingly competitive match that lasted for 15:46. This was Akebono's last match in AJPW, since he will focus on K-1 from now. He will still be lent out to other wrestling companies at some occations. AJPW World Jr. Heavyweight champion Shuji Kondo defended his title against AKIRA. Kondo won after 22:07 with a King Kong lariat.

2006-Jan-08 10:39 pm by perkoff

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