Eric Bishoff's hair is better than it was, but I liked him with the beard.
What, exactly, was with Jericho's boots/tights last week? They looked like they were split.
Kurt Angle has a nice European uppercut.
Carlito's music is good but it doesn't fit on RAW.
Do they reuse the same apples on every Cabana?
Wait, Jericho being fired is cool, even though Carlito was teaming with him.
If you're going to wear a suit, for Christ's sake make it look better than HBK's. Big fan of what he wore on Piper's Pit during the Hogan feud - almost cultist.
How dare CCC cut HBK off during an ego trip. Don't take that shit. Oh wait, it was just for his own, and since when has Shawn been allowed to call anybody else an egomaniac?
Holy shit, someone was actually able to tell what Carlito was going to do with an apple. That isn't possible, is it?
Masters' music is okay for his normal entrance but he needs something a lot more kickass for other occasions.
Holy shit, HBK actually worked out he was in the ring with two heels and attacked one. What is this, break the laws of wrestling night? Oh, no, Flair's back and he's going to kick ass.
DOUBLE STRUT I JUST MARKED OUT. Flair went for a handshake and was left hanging.
Lita's cleavage = ratings. And Matt Hardy's new ring pants suck ass.
Bischoff needs to start slapping more people. I loved those shots he laid on Cena.
Big Show squashes = ratings the first time.
JR needs to learn how to say Australian place names.
Show should change his finisher to a chest slap. That would kick so many kinds of ass.
Double hotshot = strategy. Now all they need is a double eyerake - you stupid assholes he's the Big Show. No suplex for you.
Is it just me or does Big Show actually have to pick them up right from the ground for his back body drops? No-one can jump high enough.
RING BELL SHOT. No Mercy = love. Ringing DDTs are the
way to go.
Lita's cleavage = ratings again. They should check ratings for when they pimped the street fight.
Oh my god, my ears. Whoever suggested that we overdub their voices should be paid for that idea because it's great.
Ashley = a good choice but not worth the Diva Search.
I'm tuning out from now.
Wait, that Widow's Peak was pretty awesome.
Murdoch and Cade are going to kick arse. Hopefully.
And we go straight from that to Edge sitting around having a hoedown backstage. SHILL THAT ALBUM, BITCH.
'Running an errand'? Man, if I hadn't seen this already, I'd be suspecting her of warming the ref up.
Matt Hardy's new shirt = sales.
Lita's cleavage = huge ratings spike. They should've put an ad on screen during this segment. It would've sold millions.
Oh my god, Ric Flair's down backstage. (And Jesus, did he look completely fucked over. Nice job.)
I just saw Edge dry-rooting the mat. My eyes.
This entire match = ratings. I love how Edge is in jeans and not ring tights.
Into the crowd already? Shit, that didn't take long.
That landing looked a little stiff, I have to say. Poor Edge.
TRASHCAN LID. Best weapons. But what's with the ladder? Street fights = no ladders.
(Ad break. +is this an indy tour I see? Knoble, Kim, Dudleyz, Styles. +Unforgiven ad = better than last year's. +Bill Goldberg on the History channel?)
Superplex in a street fight? I want my garbage wrestling, assholes. At least hit it onto the ladder. Spear through the ropes into trash lid is good psychology. I can't believe I said that. Spear onto the ladder = good. Leg drop off the ladder = bullshit. Just kick him in the face a few times. Better effect, less 'risk'. (Still in love with leg drops, just not in a street fight.)
SINGAPORE CANE. Faceplant onto the chair... ONE MAN CONCHAIRTO OH PLEASE YES - oh you bastard Hardy. What kind of asshole breaks up one of those? Half forgiven for the legsweep, though. Decent flapjack, I'll give you that. Trashcan again. Edge is my new favourite wrestler.
EDGE WITH THE KICK TO THE HEAD. Best finisher ever. Add the steel-steps-kick, and you have a martial arts arsenal. DDT onto the steps = nice, even if I hate all step spots for the hands-to-face protection.
WHEN DID THAT BRIEFCASE GET THERE? I didn't know he still had it. Way to remind me. Side note - Lita had to fix up her top. Stupid move. Ratings = through the roof.
Put the ladder down, Matt. We don't need it unless you're going to ...oh baby. HARDYSAULT RIGHT ONTO THE LADDER. Crying from love. Crying - from - love.
I envy the man sitting behind Lita. Ass view = fanservice. And trash cans still have some of the best sounds ever. Haha. Wild Hardy punches make for good television.
POWERBOMB HER ASS, MATTY. (Whoever said that this is a Steph-Pedigree spot deserves something good.) Punch, punch, this match is almost over. Twist of Fate his ass... Almost over, almost over, almost over, SIDE EFFECT. My god did I miss that move. Hate the electrical spot, but I missed the Side Effect so much.
JR's being quiet. I love it.
Edge = Oscar.
(JR's selling this as a tragedy when Matt Hardy brought it upon both of them. Man, if Matt Hardy was a heel, he'd be damned to hell at least twice by now.)
Oh, it's John Cena. Tuning out.
KURT ANGLE. Tuning in. I love heel Angle. (What?) Very true about the wrestling ability. (What?)
Yes, King, rappers get attacked and I love you for saying that.
Why does this shit get over?
KICK HIS ASS, ANGLE, KICK HIS ASS. It took Cena two tries to break the standing Ankle Lock. Good times.
It's a boxer who's a champion. How rare.
TOMKO FOR PRESIDENT. And his feet.
King, you're a wanker. I'm just going to tune out for the rest of his match. ....well, that didn't seem to take too long. The man has the boot of God.
They're sort of rubbing in the fact that they think it was Masters and Carlito, regardless of their not having proof. Do I smell Hunter?
Shawn's current tights > Shawn's old tights.
Carlito's new t-shirt = asskickery. And here comes JR's taped-over ad again. Half the people on the tour aren't even on RAW anymore.
And Masters is begging for the tag already. This is a great team. And this could be a very slow thought process, but that's the match's fault.
Two-man beatdowns are the way to do it, baby.
All I want to see is HBK do that flip when he's whipped into the turnbuckle, but overdo it and ballshot himself on the pole. Groin shots = ratings.
Swinging neckbreaker, and HBK's on his back and DOESN'T KIP up. HOLY SHIT. Inverted atomic drop, clothesline, shot on Masters which really should be cheap, clothesline over the rope, skin the cat, and Masters is randomly over as well.
(Ad break. +ad for Smackdown features Venis, Masters, Haas.)
That's right, Michaels, beat down both opponents at once! He's on his back after the flying forearm... Kip! Kip! Kip! Kip! Do it, for Christ's sake. I'm getting bored. THERE, and the crowd doesn't mind it much. Scoop slam, and he's up for the elbow (which I've always loved).
Has Michaels ever started tuning up the band, then hit a Flair Flop? That would be gold. Same as a kip-up right into a short-arm clothesline.
Masters has the worst elbow drop I've ever seen. Michaels' back ate ARMPIT, BABY.
And that's why you don't lift the arm any more than once during a submission - you might actually give them the chance to keep it up.
And he ALMOST did the crotch spot, there. That was very, very close.
That was almost an Alabama Slam, there. Jesus that DDT was violent. He's on his back... AND RIC FLAIR SAVES THE KIP-UP! KICK HIS ASS, FLAIR! (Even though this match was officially changed to a handicap match, and so this is illegal.) KNEE CHOP, I LOVE YOU. And a low blow cuts that one out, that's for damn sure.
And Flair gets knocked out to the Masterlock, despite having been officially written out of the match up (handicap, not tag) and only having his arm lifted once. I love you, WWE.
Big Show reminded 2 Jobbers that he's powerful and suplexing him = bad idea.
Victoria owned Ashley Massaro in a match made by Nails on a Chalkboard. (Thank you, Peter Kostka).
Matt Hardy showed Edge the Side Effect of any 'Street Fight', i.e. they're no-contest breeding grounds.
Tyson Tomko kicked the complete S.H.I.T out of Rosey +- the Hurricane.
Chris Masters and Carlito beat Shawn Michaels in a Handicap Match by making Ric Flair pass out.
And is Cena getting out classed again?
Big Show vs. Steve Madison and Buck Quartermain (handicap match)
Two Tits Sagging...(i.e * star)
Ashley vs. Victoria
That was quick!
Edge (w/Lita) vs. Matt Hardy (Street Fight)
That...looked bad. Not the match. The ending. Eeesh...
Tyson Tomko vs. Rosey (w/The Hurricane)
By Critcal! Two Tits Sagging.
Shawn Michaels vs. Carlito and Chris Masters (Handicap match)
Masters gets the win? One Tit up tick. (** and 3/4 stars.)
Some WWE News:
Man Vince...Stop WHINING.
Anyway- In Puro News:
Lets pray for those in New Orleans and hope they are safe...
I will see you on Saturday
Did Dumbell work
Finished off with 125 pds for 11 reps and I did pretty well here. Could've hit 12 if I wanted to.
Legs -- Kind of got myself hurt here on the leg press but I think I'm going to be okay. 5plates with 30pds for 10reps on each side but the length of the range of motino seemed to be a little different. Feet hurt a little bit as usual.
Ranking Based on Work Rate (JP)
3 All Japan
5 Zero One Max
7 New Japan
Top Promotions Based on Rank of Wrestlers (JP)
1 All Japan
4 Zero One Max
5 Michinoku Pro
7 New Japan
Top Promotions based on Strenth of Title:
2 All Japan
3 Zero One Max
4 Michinoku Pro
7 New Japan
Most Legit Title
2 All Japan
3 Zero One Max
4 Michinoku Pro
7 New Japan
Well to the grades...
New Japan Pro-Wrestling
Is in a lot of trouble. I have never seen a Japanese promotion mess up so many chances. But is there hope in the next 6 months it improve? I have major doubts.
Grade D -
Not that large as it was in the past, this promotion still does pretty well. I am not sure what the Achibono situation intailes...
What can I say. WHAT can I say about this promotion? This promotion is fucking amazing. The last 5 years they have been conistanly good. This year no exception.
Hustle (Dream Stage)
A WWE-Like promotion Funny and they get people in the seats. They have very funny storylines. YingLing owns you.
ZERO-ONE MAX Wrestling
Zero One has not been the same since Hasimoto's departure, and defenily since his death. But the promotion has good days more than bad.
This promotion will start to make inroads in 2006. However Ofunes retirement hurts the future Sendai Girls promotion as well as Michinoku.
Much better than Husle in many ways. Fire Pro has promoted them. And it all has worked into one of the more popluar promotions in Japan.
Grade B -
Rey gets the 619, Batista gets the Bomb, and all Benoit hits on Orlando is one German suplex? Christ, at least let him get three in.
Speaking of Jordan, I liked him better bald.
What the hell is with Psicosis' hair? He needs to go back to the dreadlocks.
Nothing like a second-rope rolling finisher to entertain me.
Kerwin White kicks ass, except for the racism bit.
Rob Conway's moustache should be worshipped.
The more hair on Ric Flair's head, the better.
Carilto spat on his father at a house show. That's not cool.
UPN/ECW/WWE angle... and Chris Benoit drinks Foldgers in 25 seconds...makes cash for Proter and Gamble.
Randy Orton (w/Bob Orton Jr.) vs. "The Alabama Slamma" Hardcore Holly
All I saw was a intresting match that needs a ** 3/4 star...
Johnny Nitro (w/Melina and Mercury) vs. Heidenreich (WWE Tag Team Champion -- w/Road Warrior Animal)
DQ...this leads into the Tag Team Match between the two teams soon...
Booker T (w/Sharmell) and Christian vs. Psicosis and Super Crazy (w/Juvi)
Whats with this? Backslide for the win? ** stars...
Ken Kennedy vs. Funaki
(Kennedy!......Kennedy) goes over with nice move...** stars.
John Bradshaw Layfield, Orlando Jordan, and Eddy Guerrero vs. Chris Benoit (WWE United States Champion), Rey Misterio Jr., and Batista (World Heavyweight Champion)
*** stars. Nothing to write home about, but Jordan is unmotivated.
Smackdown won this week easy.
On to news and I posted this on the Boards....
Then, we had a Jericho situation.
Then this was posted.
In Indy news:
(More North American Joshi promotions pop up)
Intresting...Maybe just maybe Dixie Carter and Charlotte Webb could talk maybe get a deal... hey if she can convince Dana White...
Here is something from the Ted Petty Invitational 2005...the rankings for the Tourny:
Now to Puro News, this deals with Josh Barnet...:
Hey, about that new Joshi Game?
It seems it the sequal to a SNES game dealing with Anime-ese charators in a Joshi setting.
SPEAKING OF SEQUELS!
FIRE PRO!!!!! 3 MOTHER***** WEEKS AWAY!
TNA IS IN! Possibly ROH...maybe some other INDIES.
New gallery shots and more moves.
Hey, now they need to get both games in...I need my crack of beautful ladies that can fight...and wrestling games done right!
We have that last review to get to- and you will see it Sunday.
I'm going to try and write a story and I really don't know how good or bad I am as a writer so I would really appreciate any feedback or comments, good or bad.
So, without further ado, I bring you: TRIPLE THREAT.
Orlando dived behind a pillar, hiding his large body from view, as there was another loud crack of gunfire. He cursed under his breath and looked around for his brother. There was a blur of blue and his brother appeared beside him, his brown hair ruffled far more than he’d usually let it become.
“Ryan!” Orlando yelled above the noise going on all around them. “Will you please do something about these fuckin’ mooks!”
“What do you care man, it’s not like the bullets are gonna hit you!” Ryan yelled back.
“I only did that once.” Orlando bellowed. “I can’t do that for 200 at the same time!”
“Pussy!” Ryan grinned.
“This is not the goddamned time!” Orlando glared at him. “Besides, you’ve been saying for weeks now that you’re faster than a speeding bullet, haven’t you? This is your chance to fuckin’ prove it!”
“I’m not Superman, you idiot!” Ryan yelled at him.
“I don’t care if you’re an overgrown boy-scout or not!” Orlando grabbed him by the shirt. “Do something about these fuckin’ guns!”
“Fine, fine.” Ryan screamed over the noise of machine guns. “Hold on!” He blurred for a moment and there was a thunderous bang, followed by silence. He sagged slightly, then thrust his hands into his jean pockets. “Happy now?” He asked.
“Thank you!” Orlando snarled at him, before stepping out from behind his cover. The street was covered in rubble, destroyed cars and now, several limp bodies.
“They dead?” Orlando asked.
“Only if they hit their heads badly on the fall.” Ryan shrugged. “But I didn’t kill ‘em.”
“Good.” Orlando nodded.
“Why do you care, man?” Ryan looked incredulous. “They were trying to fuckin’ kill us!”
“That doesn’t make it right to kill them.” His brother frowned. “Where’s Chris.”
“Right here.” A voice came from behind him. A much smaller man stood there. Instead of having brown hair, like his brothers, his was brilliant blonde.
“Where have you been?” Ryan scowled at him.
“Hey, never mind.” Orlando cut in. “You ok?” He asked Chris.
“Of course.” His brother nodded. All three turned to look at the devastation.
“How are we gonna explain this to dad?” Ryan asked.
Three Months, Six Days ago.
The crowd cheered as the rich red shirts of the 49ers streamed onto the field. The cheerleaders’ moves flowed seamlessly from on to the next as the Quarterback ran up and down the sidelines, pumping up the crowd. There were a large number of signs in the crowd with the number “00” on them, mimicking the number on his shirt that sat under the name “R.Fyar”. He pushed on his helmet, squashing down his immaculate hair, before running onto the pitch to join the rest of the team.
Orlando sat in the crowd, soaking up the atmosphere. For the first season in god-only knew how long, The 49ers were undefeated, and it looked to stay that way. His brother, Ryan was on a hot streak like never before. He was hitting 60 and 70 yard passes with regular frequency, destroying every piece of opposition in their path. Tom Brady and the Pats had been annihilated only two weeks ago, suffering their worst defeat in decades. Ryan’s worth was increasing every game he played, and this was only his rookie year. Orlando cheered as the ref’s whistle signalled kick-off. Three hours later, it was all over.
Three Months, Five days ago.
Craig Chalice walked through the sliding doors into the main lab, carrying his morning Mocha and a copy of the Chronicle. He sat down at his computer and swung his feet up on his desk. He heard a door swing closed from across the white lab, and looked over to see Chris Fyar, dressed on a long, white lab-coat wandering over.
“You pulled another all-nighter?” Chalice asked.
“If it’s morning already, then yes.” Chris pinched the bridge of his nose, then picked up the paper. “How wonderful, it looks like my dear brother won again.” He scowled.
“You all set for tomorrow?” Chalice asked.
“I will be by tomorrow.” Chris nodded. “I still need to run a couple of tests on the new recalibrations.”
“Chris, get some sleep!” Chalice said. “You look terrible.”
“I’ll sleep once we’ve proven this.” Chris shook his head.
“No, you’ll sleep right now.” Chalice said sternly. “Go to my office and get some rest before I have you carted off home. Jensen will cover for you. But you’re no good to me if you collapse before we show this to your father.”
“He’s not my father, he’s the Governor.” Chris yawned and shook his head. “He’s not going to give us more funding just because I’m his son.”
“And he’s not going to give us more funding if you mess up this experiment because you were too tired, either!” Chalice stood up. “Go! Sleep! That’s an order.”
“Well, yes sir!” Christ threw a mock salute and scowled.
“Good. I want you on tope form tomorrow, or not at all.”
“Oh don’t worry about me.” Chris scowled again. “Tomorrow will be historic.”
Two Months, 30 Days ago.
“I can’t fuckin’ believe you!” Ryan screamed at his brother.
“Ryan, calm down!” Orlando tried to hold his brother back.
“This little piece of crap knew this would happen, and he didn’t tell us!” Ryan struggled to free himself from Orlando’s grip.
“No-one asked you to be a hero!” Chris shot back over Orlando’s shoulder.
“What, like we were just gonna let you fry in there?” Ryan yelled.
“It wouldn’t be the worst thing you’d ever done to me!” Chris spat back.
“Oh let it fuckin’ go, you worthless little runt!” Ryan glared at him.
“Everyone shut up!” A booming voice rang out. All three men stopped and stared at their father. He was a tall, broad, cigar smoking man with dignified sliver hair and a matching moustache. He stepped into the bright, small room they were in and closed the door behind him. “Ryan! Sit down!” He commanded. Ryan’s legs seemed to follow the order of their own accord, Ryan scowled.
“Good for nothing little…” He began.
“And shut up!” His father barked. “Now Chris.” He turned to his smallest son. “What the hell actually happened in there. The truth this time!”
“I don’t know!” Chris stood there for a moment and faded slightly, seeming to become slightly transparent for a moment. With a look of concentration, he forced himself to become solid again. His father stared at him with a mixture of shock and fear on his face. “There’s no scientific reason for this. It shouldn’t be happening.”
“But it is!” Ryan raised his voice.
“Ryan!” His father glared warningly at him.
“Technically speaking, all three of us should be dead.” Chris scowled. “I can’t explain why we’re not, and neither can any of the doctors I’ve spoken to. This shouldn’t be happening.” He repeated the statement, as if saying it were to make it true.
“What about the white light?” Orlando sighed, thinking back.
“I don’t know about that either.” Chris shook his head. “That wasn’t part of the test, there weren’t even any white lights in the chamber.”
“Well that’s just great.” Ryan stood up again.
“Ryan, I told you to sit down!” His father pointed back down at the chair he’d been sitting in.
“Y’know what, dad? No!” Ryan glared back at him. “No. I don’t see why I should have to listen to a damn thing you say. You’re not my boss.” He glared at Orlando.
“Hey, bro…” Orlando started.
“No, dude.” Ryan shook his head and stepped back. “No. Screw this. And screw you guys.” There was a blur and a loud bang. Every piece of paper in the room suddenly was caught by a strong gust of wind, and Governor Fyar’s cigar suddenly flamed. He dropped suddenly, and stamped on it as it caught a sheet of paper as it hit the floor.
“Damnit!” He cursed, gazing at the now open door of the room.
To Be Continued...
Fedor vs. Cro Cop
PRIDE: Final Conflict 2005
Sunday, August 28th, 9:00pm EST
This Sunday, on Pay Per View, two of the top heavyweight fighters on the planet will go head-to-head in one of the biggest fights in Mixed Martial Arts history.
It’s funny, I find myself thinking a lot about MMA history and what has led to these two men going into battle. It’s not just their history, but THE history of the sport that has lead to this Sunday. The evolution of the heavyweight title and the men who have competed for it is a tale woven in triumphant victories and tragic defeats, and begins with a fighter by the name of Mark “The Hammer” Coleman.
Coleman’s debut at UFC X represented a change in the guard for MMA.
To me, Mark Coleman was the first undisputed Heavyweight champion. The title “undisputed” is important, because there isn’t and hasn’t been an international governing body and between the two top fighting organizations, PRIDE and the UFC, there have been several champions who laid claim to the top spot in the respective companies, but not to the undisputed crown. In fact, to this point, only 2 or 3 men can lay claim to that honour. With his “ground and pound” technique, where he used his superior wrestling skills, brute power, and combinations of punches, forearms, elbows and headbuts, Coleman took the UFC by storm. By defeating the two top heavyweight fighters in the mid-90’s (Don Frye, and Dan Severn, the only two “Ultimate Ultimate” champions in history) with ease, The Hammers claim to the undisputed title was, well, undisputable. For a while, at least.
Then came a kickboxer by the name of Maurice Smith.
Smith, a K-1 Kickboxer, was given little chance to beat the dominant Coleman
Smith had been training with Tsuyoshi Kohsaka and Frank Shamrock and had developed with their help ( using TK’s guard technique and Shamrocks timing and conditioning) a way to "solve" Coleman on the ground so Smith would have the opportunity to get the fight standing and be able to win the fight, as Joe Rogan would say, “In his world”. This match is a pivotal moment in MMA history, as it reflected an emerging trend in “cross training” with three very different, and well-known fighters, and showed that indeed, a Striker can defeat a Grappler. The fight was decided in the first few minutes, as Coleman got Smith down and started to hammer away. However, Smith was cagey and able to block and avoid the majority of Colemans strikes and weathered the storm. He was able to “slip out the backdoor” and got up and from there went on to win the fight by decision.
Coleman offered up little competition after his initial ground attack failed against Smith
Coleman, a man who did not know defeat at that point, went on a downward spiral - losing two more fights to up-and-coming fighters in Pete Williams and Pedro Rizzo. He later went on to PRIDE and became the first ever Grand Prix champion in 2000. Smith, on the other hand, went on to lose his title to Randy Couture. Couture’s reign as champion was short-lived as he vacated the title and pursued other ventures. A heavyweight tournament led to Bas Rutten vs. Kevin Randleman and a controversial decision put the belt around Ruttens waist. Fate, as it tends to do with the UFC heavyweight title, put it in limbo as Rutten retired after his win. The constant “bounding around” made it hard to find a clear champion; the title “undisputed” was now in dispute.
A protege of Coleman, Kevin “The Monster” Randleman looked to bring some stability to the languishing division. He defeated the three-men who had beaten his mentor, and his raw, natural, talent along with limitless potential made the future look bright for the Ohio-native. A new hope, perhaps?
Did someone say “Natural”?
Randy Couture, after having a failed Olympic bid and little international fighting success, returned to the UFC to regain the title he never lost. He wasn’t supposed to win, but the sayings “Never bet against Randy Couture” and “Never bet on Kevin Randleman” were defined this night. The year 2000 also had the aforementioned Grand Prix tournament in PRIDE, the largest of its kind to that point, and Coleman’s “comeback”. Still, there was no one fighter who could lay claim to being the “Undisputed Heavyweight Champion”.
The Natural was able to keep the title longer than most (1+ year) but only defended it successfully against one man. His second opponent, Josh Barnett, was able to take the title from him and then went on to vacate it due to a negative drug test. Ricco Rodriquez also failed to deliver as champion, losing the strap in his first defence to an unranked Tim Sylvia.
However, during this time frame (2001 and 2002), a light emerged from the darkness and brought balance to the division. His name was (and still is, amazingly) Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira.
Nogueira, the second Undisputed Heavyweight Champion in MMA history
Debuting at PRIDE 15, Nogueira defeated perennial gatekeeper Gary Goodridge and then went on to face Grand Prix champion Mark Coleman at PRIDE 16. Both wins came easily for the Brazilian fighter as his trusty triangle choke was able to garner tap-outs from both men in short order and set him up for the inaugural PRIDE Heavyweight title match at PRIDE 17 against Heath Herring. Herring earned his spot by defeating former top fighter Mark Kerr, as well as Enson Inoue and Tom Erikson and proved himself to be a worthy contender. The match itself was an all-time classic, with Nogueira ultimately dominating the fight, but Herring still putting in an excellent showing of submission defence and heart.
It was, however, his fight against Bob Sapp which solidified his standing as an undisputed champion.
The fight itself featured incredible strength from Sapp and indestructible resolve from Nogueira and remains a favourite by many. Nog endured a severe beating and was able to weather the storm and apply an armbar for the win. If he couldn’t be defeated by Sapp, he couldn’t be defeated. Period. Semmy Shilt and Dan Henderson (the only man to defeat Nog prior to their PRIDE 24 fight) were no match for the champion in their respective bouts, and things didn’t look good for Minotauros next opponent, a Russian by the name of Fedor Emelianenko.
Fedor became the top contender after laying a brutal beating on the man who took Nogueira the full 20 minutes in Heath Herring. However, some thought Fedor was ducking Nogueira after pulling out of their scheduled fight at PRIDE 24 claiming an injury. Plus, if Sapp and Coleman couldn’t defeat Nogueira, what could Fedor do? The fight was a drubbing. Fedor slipped all of Nogueiras submission attempts like he was a white belt and crushed him with thunderous bombs from the guard. Nogueira - the man who was heads-and-shoulders above every other heavyweight in the world - was humbled. The look on his face after the fight told the story of a man who simply could not win, no matter what he tried. However, despite this, I don’t think Fedor could lay claim to being Undisputed.
If “he beat him and that guy beat the other guy” were enough to lay claim to being the worlds top fighter, then somewhere along the way Enson Inoue and Kazuyuki Fujita were the worlds top fighters. Ric Flair’s axiom of “To be the man, you gotta beat the man” does not reign true. However, Matt Hughes’ “To be called champion, you have to defend your title” does. To say Fedor’s quality of opposition was lacking would be a bit of an understatement. Though Fujita and Goodridge are respectable fighters, they were not championship-level contenders, and it seemed more like PRIDE wanting to pad their new champions record than put out any serious challengers. Meanwhile, as Fedor was facing Fujita and Big Daddy, a K-1 fighter called “Cro Cop” was making an impression (think of the start of Rocky III with Cro Cop in the role of Clubber Lang). With two brutal finishes of once-top heavyweights in Igor Vovchanchyn and Heath Herring, Mirko Filipovic was earning praise from fans across the MMA world who were calling for title fights with Fedor. The fight was set for fall of 2003, but was quickly called off after Fedor claimed a hand injury and could not fight.
PRIDE, however, was determined to have their title match and put Cro Cop and Nogueira in an “interim” title bout. The championship would be in dispute. The goal was to set up Cro Cop vs. Fedor, however fate, or to be more accurate, Nogueira, decided it wasn’t time yet and their Final Conflict 2003 fight would go down as my personal Match of the Year. Nogueria showed the warrior-spirit that won him the Sapp fight, and after taking bone breaking punches and gut-busting kicks, he was able to come through with an arm-bar victory. With Fedor/Nog being the next logical fight on the agenda, PRIDE would have to think of another way to get Cro Cop and Fedor in the ring.
The Heavyweight Grand Prix consisted of 16 fighters. Half (Nogueira, Fedor, Cro Cop, Herring, Kharitonov, Coleman, Randleman, Shilt) could say they deserved to be there, the other half (Giant Silva, Sentoryu, Gan McGee, Ogawa...) could not. No matter, it was clear the cream would eventually rise to the top. In the first round, Fedor was set to face Mark Coleman and Cro Cop was put up against Kevin Randleman. The goal was to eventually put the two fighters against each other, but fate stepped in once again and delayed their confrontation in the form of knockout blow from The Monster. Fedor, on the other hand, won his fight masterfully with an armbar from the guarded position.
PRIDE wanted to see if lightening could strike twice and set Randleman vs. Fedor in the quarter-finals of the tournament. For a moment it appeared to be true as Randleman crushed Fedors head with an awe-inspiring suplex/driver combination that would have paralysed any normal man. Not only did Fedor recover quickly from the move, but ended up finishing the fight within seconds of reversing positions and applying a kimura. It was his matches against Coleman and Randleman where Fedor truly showed signs of being the undisputed heavyweight champion.
The finals of the Grand Prix between Fedor and Nogueira took place in August of 2004. Though Filipovic was no longer in title contention, PRIDE tried to add more motivation for Fedor to fight Cro Cop by putting his brother, Alexander Emelianenko in the ring with the Croatian fighter during the same event (the fight ended with Mirko kicking Alexes head off). The finals, unfortunately, were delayed until New Years Eve due to an cut caused by an accidental headbutt. The match would not only determine the Tournament champion, but the Undisputed PRIDE Heavyweight champion as well.
This time, Fedor not only dominated Nogueira, he did so in a completely different fashion from their first meeting. Rather than staying in Nogueiras guard, Fedor opted to keep the fight standing and score with huge punches and numerous takedowns. At the same event, Cro Cop managed to avenge his loss to Randleman by winning with a guillotine choke. A match previous, Mirko defeated Josh Barnett, who had remained unbeaten since his victory over Randy Couture. This put Cro Cop in title contention with Fedor.
But before Fedor could face Cro Cop, he had to quell a demon that had plagued him for years. The only loss on his record was a cut-stoppage from an illegal elbow strike from Tsuyoshi Kohsaka years previous in the RINGS fighting promotion. In my opinion, that fight should be stricken from his record due to the nature of the incident, despite this, Fedor still managed to get his win back by obliterating Kohsaka causing doctors to stop the fight in the first round. An event earlier, Cro Cop beat Mark “The Hammer” Coleman by TKO after Coleman was unable to take the kickboxer down and could not defend from Mirko’s punching onslaught.
So with everything out of the way, the fight was booked for August. Fedor vs. Cro Cop, finally.
This fight is similar to Coleman/Smith in many ways. Fedor is a world-class grappler having won world titles in both sambo and judo, and uses ground and pound as his primary weapon. Cro Cop is a K-1 kickboxer who has worked on wrestling and ground skills to support his striking. This fight will also be decided in the first few minutes, however, this time Cro Cop is in Colemans position and Fedor is in Smiths'. If Fedor lasts more than five minutes in the ring with Cro Cop, it will mean that he has found a way to avoid getting hit with Mirko's deadly kicks and punches. He will have weathered the storm which will set up opportunities for takedowns and submissions. If he is unable to "solve" Cro Cop, then it will mean a quick night for the champion.
Aspects of the fight game like takedowns, sprawls, strategy, submissions, blocking, rushing, etc. have been discussed for 2 years. There is little more that can be said about the dynamics of each fighter and their styles in this fight, so the intricaces of this fight and what both men need to do to win will be left for the message boards. All I will say is this....
Through-out their careers, Emelianenko and Filipovic have faced the same challenges (Nogueira, Randleman, Coleman, Herring, Fujita) with much different results. As much as fate has kept them apart, it has also been able to connect them, not only to each other but to the history that has guided them along their paths.
Cro Cop has seen his ups and downs, and after all he has been through, after all the opponents and controversy, his 2 year quest to become PRIDE Heavyweight Champion will end this Sunday. He has defeated Fedor's friends and family, and now it is time to see if he can handle the man himself.
Fedor is one win away from becoming the 3rd Undisputed Heavyweight Champion in history. Though I do not believe he fears Cro Cop, there are those who do and that puts his position as Top Fighter in doubt. He needs to end those doubts.
This fight is about history. The history of each fighter, the history of the prize they fight for, and the history they are about to make.
Who do I think will win?
Do I need to say any more?
With the glut of fantasy booking that has started springing up all over the place lately, I've decided to take a crack at it. I'll be taking hold of the NWA starting in the middle of 1989. If you've read Loss's blog, and if you haven't I recommend you do, then you'll have read him mentioning that we batted around ideas for booking the NWA in 1989 based off of Ric Flair being able to lure away a group of wrestlers from the WWF that he was after. With Loss taking a shot at booking WCW from early 1999, I've decided to stay with the original idea of booking the NWA in 1989, and see what I can do with it.
I'll post the background to this shortly so you can get an idea of where things are going to be starting from, but things will be markedly different from how things went down in real life.
That means no Ding Dongs.
I want to make this a short as possible, a longer version will becoming soon:
Top Promotions Based on Workrate (US):
4. IWA-Mid South
Top Promotions Based on Rank of Wrestlers (-This how they BOOK every Wrestler to a title, I.e. who should go up the ladder to reach the title)
3. IWA-Mid South
Top Promotions based on Strenth of Title (Thats all Titles)
2. IWA Mid
Most Legit Title (Based on Star Rankings and Defences)
Now to the Grades.
Well, how can a company that had things going its way leading up to June...and then have one of the better PPV's ever done, be so...dead?
Its simple...the writers, and the stanation of moves.
This is a bit of a Turning Point for ROH. CM Punk has held the title for a long while, and with him gone, who will now take the reigns? The storylines need to get somewhat better.
Hey, they looked like they were dead. Everybody stated it was all OVER.
And then...TV DEAL.
And then we had most of the matches 3 stars.
This makes me very pleased, and the haters drinking salt.
Cornette did well, but his anger got the better of him. Now Heyman comes in and the whole world turns heads again. Lord, this promotional Division of the WWE needed a shot in the arm.
I know I should do the other three, but I havent covered them much, so it would not be fair to give a bad review or a weak one. So I will abstain from this.
However, the Grades are not over and it will be the Japanese promotions next on Friday.
Last night I was bored, but it was poorly timed boredom. Didn't feel like foruming it up, that's what got me bored by 9pm (Eastern) in the first place. Nothing I wanted to watch was on TV. I didn't have time to watch a DVD movie or PPV because the syndicated episodes of "King of Queens" I enjoy so much were going to be starting in about an hour.
Then I realized I own video games and that this short period of time between things to do or watch was the perfect place to use them.
Basically all I did was put in Street Fighter: Anniversary Collection and play around at the extras screen, watching the various SF openings and listening to the various sounding versions of music.
I also skipped around the chapters on the SFII animated movie. I've owned this movie on VHS for 10 years now and have loved it. It's been a bit since I've last watched it, though. One thing that still stands out 10 years later is how awesome the scene where Chun-Li does her lightning kicks to Vega followed by kicking him through a wall. Tremendous stuff.
Why did the live action movie have nothing like is? Why did it have to be so bad?
While it won't win any awards, at least the first Mortal Kombat film offered up things that were game like and overall was, to me, an enjoyable film.
One thing I will give the live action SF movie is the ending freeze frame where everyone does a pose... I knew they were all doing a pose from the game, but did not realize (or knew, but it slipped my mind until last night) that it was actually a frame (almost) directly from the ending screen of Super Street FIghter II/Turbo.
I'm just rambling now, though.
HTQ on the Fantasy G1 Climax Tournament Finals
The 2005 G1 Climax Tournament concluded today at Sumo Hall, and we saw one of the most heated and brutal finals of recent times.
1. G1 Climax - Block A 1st place vs. Block B 2nd place: Toshiaki Kawada beat Shinsuke Nakamura in (17:22) after a backdrop driver
Another dream match here with the battle of former promotional aces, with Kawada a multiple time holder of the Triple Crown, and Nakamura the youngest ever IWGP Champion. Nakamura wrestled the match of his life as he fought his heart out against the outsider Kawada as he sought to make it to his first G1 final, and Kawada fought back just as hard to make to the final and it was Dangerous K who came out on top after stunning Nakamura with a high kick before hitting Nakamura with a brutal looking backdrop driver to get the pin and make it to the G1 finals.
2. G1 Climax - Block A 2nd place vs. Block B 1st place: Kazuyuki Fujita beat Hiroyoshi Tenzan in (14:03) after a running knee strike
Fujita and Tenzan went at it at a fast pace, looking to end the match as soon as possible and enter the finals as fresh as possible. Tenzan was looking to avenge his IWGP title loss last month while Fujita was aiming to maintain his perfect G1 record. Tenzan gave Fujita a hard battle, and almost pulled off the upset with a TTD, but Fujta came back with a wild knee that winded Tenzan and Fujita quickly followed up with a running knee that hit Tenzan right on the jaw and knocked him flat out. Fujita got the pin almost casually, and Tenzan needed to be carried out of the ring.
3. G1 Climax - Final: Toshiaki Kawada beat Kazuyuki Fujita in (12:15) after a high kick
Sumo Hall was loud and heated for this one, as New Japan ace Kazuyuki Fujita took on the outsider Toshiaki Kawada and both men were coming in with perfect records. The match itself was brutal and intense and a lot of fans said it resembled more of a fight than a wrestling match as Fujita and Kawada kicked and punched away at each other with few actual wrestling holds used. Neither man was going down easily here, and when Fujita finally knocked Kawada down to one knee with a straight right, it left Kawada with a glazed look in his eyes. Fujita looked to capitalize on that with his running knee but Kawada fired back with a spinning back kick, that staggered Fuijta a little, and Kawada was able to knock Fujita down to his knee with a spinning back fist. Kawada waited for Fujita to get to his feet before hitting him with a stiff shotgun lariat, which staggered Fuijta again. A second shotgun lariat staggered Fujita a little more, and a third shotgun lariat put Fujita down to one knee again. Kawada then pulled Fujita up to his feet and hit him with a big high kick to the back of the head that put Fujita down and Kawada covered and got the pinfall win to end a brutal but exciting match, and even though Kawada was an outsider on New Japan turf, the Sumo Hall fans still gave him a standing ovation.
After the match Kawada told the Sumo Hall fans that he was honored to have been invited to participate in the G1, and that he felt his winning the tournament was an endorsement of opening up promotional borders. Kawada spoke highly of Fujita, and said he was his toughest oppponent of the G1, and may have even been his toughest opponent ever. Kawada said that after beating Fujita to win the G1 tournament he now wanted to go after the IWGP title, and that he looked forward to meeting Fujita at a future date for the IWGP title. Fujita responded by telling the fans that Kawada was a very tough foe, and that he looks forward to defending the IWGP title against him. Fujita finished by saying that he knows New Japan has a Dome event coming up, and that he thinks the perfect main event would be Fujita taking on the 'Dangerous Outsider', Toshiaki Kawada, which drew cheers and applause from the crowd, and both Kawada and Fujita received a standing ovation from the Sumo Hall fans as the 2005 G1 Climax Tournament drew to an emotional close.
HTQ on Day Seven of the Fantasy G1 Climax Tournament
Day Seven of the G1 Climax Tournament saw the group stages completed, and we finally found it just who had made it through to the finals
1. G1 Climax - Block B: Togi Makabe  beat Toru Yano  in (10:08) after a flying hammer
Makabe picked up his only win of the tournament here, and finally scored points
2. G1 Climax - Block B: Yutaka Yoshie  beat Tatsutoshi Goto  in (11:56) after a diving bodypress
Yutaka Yoshie ends his G1 with a win over the veteran Goto, using his girth to squash him for the three count
3. G1 Climax - Block A: Minoru Suzuki  beat Kendo Kashin  in (16:27) with a reverse cutback cradle
This was a battle of the submission masters, and Suzuki came out on top by countering a submission attempt into a cradle to get the win
4. G1 Climax - Block A: Toshiaki Kawada  beat Osamu Nishimura  in (24:29) after a running high kick
Nishimura attempted to out wrestle Kawada, looking to avenge his loss in their Triple Crown title match from last year, but Kawada got his second win over Nishimura here, putting Nishimura down for the count with a hard running high kick
5. G1 Climax - Block A: Masahiro Chono  beat Tatsumi Fujinami  in (13:58) after a shining Yakuza kick
Fujinami gave as good as he got here, but the wily Chono was too much for him, and a shining Yakuza kick won the match for Chono
6. G1 Climax - Block A: Hiroyoshi Tenzan  beat Yuji Nagata  in (17:12) after a moonsault
This match would dertermine who finished second in Block A, and so Tenzan and Nagata held nothing back, and the match was incredibly heated. In the end, it was Tenzan who manged to pull off the win, putting Nagata down with a TTD, and following up with a big moonsault to score the pin, and get into the finals
7. G1 Climax - Block B: Hiroshi Tanahashi  v Manabu Nakanishi  went to a draw (30:00) when the time limit expired
A win was vital for Tanahashi, if he was to keep his slime hopes alive of a spot in the G1 finals. Nakanishi knew this, and fought just as hard to try and spoil those hopes. As the match went on, the crowd rallied behind Tanahashi, the underdog, and were hopeful of seeing an upset. However, it was not to be, and the match wound up going the full 30 minutes, and as a result, Tanahashi would not make it to the finals
8. G1 Climax - Block B: Kazuyuki Fujita  beat Shinsuke Nakamura  in (12:55) after a running knee strike
While both Fujita and Nakamura were assure of going through to the G1 finals, the winner here would win Block B, so there was still a lot of pride at stake. The match itself was very brutal, with both men using lots of strikes and submissions throughout, and it looked like it could go either way. In the end, Fujita hit a very wild looking running knee strike to the jaw of Nakamura, putting Nakamura down for the three count, and so Fujita not only won the match, but ended the group stages atop Block B with a perfect record of 7-0.
This is how the blocks finished up:
1. Toshiaki Kawada 
2. Hiroyoshi Tenzan 
3. Minoru Suzuki 
4. Masahiro Chono 
5. Yuji Nagata 
6. Tatsumi Fujinami 
7. Osamu Nishimura 
8. Kendo Kashin 
1. Kazuyuki Fujita 
2. Shinsuke Nakamura 
3. Hiroshi Tanahashi 
4. Manabu Nakanishi 
5. Yutaka Yoshie 
6. Toru Yano 
7. Tatsutoshi Goto 
8. Togi Makabe 
Toshiaki Kawada ended as Block A winner, and had a perfect 7-0 record. Tenzan's win over Nagata means he finishes as Block A runner-up, and he gets the other Block A spot in the finals. In Block B, Kazuyuki Fujita also ended as the winner with a perfect 7-0 record. Second place in Block B went to Shinsuke Nakamura, who ended with a 5-1-1 record, which is a good to have. Hiroshi Tanahashi will be regretting not being able to put Manabu Nakanishi away, as beating Nakanishi coupled with Nakamura's loss would have forced a play-off between he and Nakamura. Tanahashi must now wait another year to see if he can make it back to the G1 final.
NJPW, 8/14/05 (WPW/NJ+IWTV Internet)
Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan
1. G1 Climax - Block A 1st place vs. Block B 2nd place: Toshiaki Kawada v Shinsuke Nakamura
2. G1 Climax - Block A 2nd place vs. Block B 1st place: Hiroyoshi Tenzan v Kazuyuki Fujita
3. G1 Climax - Final: Winner of Match 1 v Winner of Match 2
The G1 comes to and end tomorrow, as the semi-finals and final takes place at Sumo Hall. The first semi sees another dream match as Toshiaki Kawada meets Shinsuke Nakamura in a battle of former Triple Crown champion versus former IWGP champon. Kawada looks to maintain his perfect G1 record, while Nakamura looks to make it to his first ever G1 final. The other semi sees Hiroyoshi Tenzan take on the man who beat him for the IWGP belt last month, Kazuyuki Fujita. Fujita is going into the match with a perfect G1 record, while Tenzan is looking to make it his third straight G1 final, and win his third G1 in a row. The two winners meet in the finals, and we will see one of these possible matches:
Toshiaki Kawada v Hiroyoshi Tenzan
Toshiaki Kawada v Kazuyuki Fujita
Shinsuke Nakamura v Hiroyoshi Tenzan
Shinsuke Nakamura v Kazuyuki Fujita
Kawada v Tenzan would be their second match of the G1, and their third ever singles meeting. Kawada would go into this match with a 2-0 record over Tenzan, and Tenzan will surely be looking to finally beat Kawada, and win his third G1 tournament.
Kawada v Fujita would be the most interesting G1 final. Both men would go into this final with perfect records of 8-0, and it would see the 'ace' of New Japan take on the big outsider, which would guarantee a heated final.
Nakamura v Tenzan would be a rematch of the bout where Nakamura upset Tenzan for the IWGP title in December of 2003, and Tenzan would no doubt be eager to avenge that stunning loss.
Nakamura v Fujita would be a rematch of their match from Block B and would see Nakamura look to avenge that loss, and stake his claim to an IWGP title shot, by winning the G1 Climax Tournament.
Quickie Summer Slam thoughts
Orlando Jordan Vs Chris Benoit
So did Stephanie look at the booking sheet this afternoon and realized “Oh fuck! That Benoit guy has a match? I need more time for my soap operas. I got an idea, people like benoit don’t they? Have him beat Orlando James in 25 seconds and they will love me!”
It wasn’t even a squash. It was just Blink and over. It didn’t really make Benoit look lethal but more like Jordan was a complete pussy.
Benoit was too excited for winning a 25 second match, He should have simply taken the title, snot rocketed Jordan and left the ring like the warrior he is.
Matt Hardy Vs Edge
Kudos for the effort of creating the shoot like atmosphere. However that’s about the only upside the “match” had. Matt did an average blade job and thus was enough to call the match off and yet Hogan bled buckets later that night…nothing.
It was obvious they would blow this gold mine angle but I didn’t know it would be this bad. Matt must really be greedy because he sold out to be a bitch.
Lita, as a side note, was really nice looking tonight.
Eddy Vs Rey
Remember ten years ago, they had a Ladder match at this event. I remember being SO excited for that match. Now Ladder matches are like NO DQ matches. This was your typical rey/eddy WWE match tossed in with a couple nice but nothing completely mind blowing in terms of spots. They clearly botched a few spots again, which is a growing habit for these two. Mania was fine with the potential of nerves and rey’s mask but here it shouldn’t been an issue.
Overall the match was an overbooked mess that offered a few nice little moments but nothing memorable, aside from Rey backdropping eddy off the ladder and the ladder giving way and rey collapsing through it. ..something Im guessing wasn’t planned.
The usual “Im climbing…really slow” disease attacked Eddy here. Horrible finish to boot. Vicky looked her best ever tonight which still isn’t much but Rey’s wife wasn’t all that bad looking.
Kurt Angle Vs Eugene
Very effective here. Angle/Cena is set for Unforgiven and Angle was VERY strongly booked here. Took Eugene out and quickly as he should have. Eugene is dying an rapid death…
Undertaker Vs Randy Orton
A decent match here, that in time I’ll decide if it was better/worst then Mania but I thought it was pretty enjoyable for what it was. Orton took some nifty bumps here and they do work well together.
Jericho Vs Cena
Well guess it wasn’t just Canada that doesn’t like Cena. The revolt is slowing arriving against Cena and Jericho was very over tonight but WWE won’t take notice of that. Jericho is gone now, off to spend time with Fozzy, as he should. Because he would be spinning his wheels on Raw. Hopefully he can return with a spark next time. He hasn’t taking any significant time off since he arrived, he was dreadfully stale. He needs the vacation.
The match was the best Jericho was going to get out of Cena without resorting to carnal violence and blood. All in all a good match here that wasn’t special.
JBL Vs Batista
Once again, Batista comes off flat, sure he was super over thanks to the hometown crowd but the match was just flat and for a match with these stipulations, it was fairly tame.
Hulk Hogan Vs Shawn Michaels
The crowd was soundly behind Hogan here. Shawn was great here in over-selling everything so dramatically. He was clearly making a HUGE effort here to make this special. It wasn’t remotely near Rock/Hogan and I doubt anyone expected it to be. Hogan did a fine blade job, a departure of sorts to see Shawn bust someone up and remain juice free. The match had a weak finish and the shitty conclusion to this storyline was pure bullshit
Back to Holy Bible Kid it seems.
The freshest breath of air for Raw in months already snuffed out.
WWE is so stale right now, the wrestling is ahead of 2002 (first half at least) on Raw but the interest I have is clearly dying out.
Ring of Honor is producing an amazing string of shows that are true to what wrestling is and WWE is producing this, for every $35 bucks I drop on WWE, I drop $65 bucks for ROH.
Smackdown Is in Blue RAW is in Red
Orlando Jordan vs. Chris Benoit
25 Seconds. Thats all that needs to be said.
Edge vs. Matt Hardy
This will contine in the RAW PPV
Guerrero vs. Mysterio
Good Ladder Match. Intresting Ending...** and 3/4 stars.
Kurt Angle vs. Eugene
This was smart booking. It looks like that Angle is going after Cena next.
Undertaker vs. Randy Orton
Can he win without Interferance? Please? ** stars.
John Cena vs. Chris Jericho
I am sorry, Cena was out classed and outdueled. Jericho is too damn good to stay in the Fedreation. Where is the Prototypes offence? Cant he get on of Kenta's sisters to help him fight like her Brother? (Since Cena is so LOVED in Japan) Come on, give me some Hashismoto Tokon Spirit Cena! It seems Jericho has it in spades. *** stars, only because Jericho is the best General in the ring since Flair and Austin. He needs to get in some me time, and if his contract goes up, by november he might be in TNA. I dont see nothing here but jobsville for Jericho if he stays.
JBL vs. Batista
** stars. Expect to see Orton and Batista next Smackdown PPV for the Title. JBL is going for the US Title, or Gurrero- but I rather have it be Mysterio. Hes has won more matches than everybody else in the last sevral months.
Hogan vs. Michaels
If your going by the old school WWF rankings- ***. Now its ** 1/2. Hogan should have done his NJPW moves and i would have given this a easy ****.
As for summerslam... Please get the TNA PPV. I told you that The Brand had to be careful. They were careless and could care less. Cena has Hogan like Charisma, but right now he is becoming extremely shoody with his workrate. Please, I implore Cena, to get some Hashimoto and Kobashi tapes and see how they work... Please learn how to become a long term champion that way. The era of 5 moves of doom does not work anymore. And even if you just have 5 good moves, learn how to pace them. Hashimoto was not the best tech stars, but he had spirit. Charisma is not spirit. Hogan knows this. You should learn that too. At this rate, Batista will become better than Cena via workrate, and Orton will beat them BOTH but he cant take much punishment. And Eugene is better than all of the OVW stars- but he dont have the look, so they make him retarded.
So CM Punk is coming to THIS? UGH.
I think its time to give a grade between the Companies- This week is report card week on this journal. Its been 6 months- and its time to you who is doing well, who should get titles and so on...
Grades start Wed. Keep watching.
HTQ on Day Six of the Fantasy G1 Climax Tournament
Day Six of the G1 saw some hot matches, and cleared up things as far as the top of Block A is concerned, but left everything else wide open.
1. G1 Climax - Block B: Toru Yano  beat Tatsutoshi Goto  in (8:45) with a high angle cradle
Yano gained his first points of the G1, with a minor upset of the veteran Goto
2. G1 Climax - Block B: Hiroshi Tanahashi  beat Togi Makabe  in (9:34) with a dragon sleeper
Tanahashi continued his march to the top of Block B with a win over Makabe, leaving Makabe with no points so far in the G1
3. G1 Climax - Block B: Shinsuke Nakamura  beat Yutaka Yoshie  in (13:21) with a cross armbreaker
Nakamura had some trouble with the girth of Yoshie, but in the end he was able to take the mighty Yoshie down and get the win with a cross armbreaker
4. G1 Climax - Block A: Masahiro Chono  beat Kendo Kashin  in (14:56) after three Yakuza kicks
Mr August made his points total more respectable with this win over Kashin, who looks set to finish Block A last.
5. G1 Climax - Block A: Hiroyoshi Tenzan  beat Tatsumi Fujinami  in (16:09) after a TTD
Fujinami gave Tenzan a tough match here, using his experience to keep Tenzan down, but Tenzan was able to bounce back and hit a big TTD to get a much needed win
6. G1 Climax - Block A: Yuji Nagata  beat Osamu Nishimura  in (20:04) with a Nagata Lock III
The best pure wrestling match of the night, as Nagata and Nishimura traded holds and submissions looking for the win, and it was Nagata who was able to pull out the victory, using his Nagata Lock III to get the win
7. G1 Climax - Block A: Toshiaki Kawada  beat Minoru Suzuki  in (17:41) after a shotgun lariat
Toshiaki Kawada was sternly tested by Minoru Suzuki, as Suzuki seemed to confound Kawada with his unique ring style. Suzuki almost pulled out the win a few times, but Kawada turned things up, and was able to put Suzuki down for the count after a very loud shotgun lariat
8. G1 Climax - Block B: Kazuyuki Fujita  beat Manabu Nakanishi  in (10:03) after a series of knee strikes
This match was short, but very brutal, as Fujita and Nakanishi just pounded away with some very hard chops and kicks. Nakanish tested Fujita, using amaresu to try and take Fujita down and tire him out, but Fujita powered up like a rising beast, and struck Nakanishi with a series of big knee strikes, before finally hitting one to the face of Nakanishi, putting down and firmly out for the win. Nakanishi was another victim of Fujita's brutal style, as he needed help to leave the ring, like all of Fujita's opponents have so far.
After six days of action, this is how things look in the blocks:
1. Toshiaki Kawada 
2. Hiroyoshi Tenzan 
3. Yuji Nagata 
4. Minoru Suzuki 
5. Masahiro Chono 
6. Tatsumi Fujinami 
7. Osamu Nishimura 
8. Kendo Kashin 
1. Kazuyuki Fujita 
2. Shinsuke Nakamura 
3. Hiroshi Tanahashi 
4. Manabu Nakanishi 
5. Yutaka Yoshie 
6. Toru Yano 
7. Tatsutoshi Goto 
8. Togi Makabe 
Toshiaki Kawada has won Block A, and now cannot be caught. He has booked his place in the finals, with his opponent yet to be determined. The fight for second place in Block A is wide open, with either Tenzan or Nagata in a position to get that coveted second spot in the finals. In Block B, Kazuyuki Fujita is guaranteed to be in the finals, with the only question being if it will be as Block B winner or runner-up. Shinsuke Nakamura can win the Block still, and Hiroshi Tanahashi can still force a play-off for second place, depending on how Day Seven matches turn out.
Day Seven takes place the day after tomorrow in Tokyo, and we will find out the matches that will make up the G1 finals:
NJPW, 8/13/05 (Samurai! TV)
Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan
1. G1 Climax - Block B: Togi Makabe vs. Toru Yano
2. G1 Climax - Block B: Yutaka Yoshie vs. Tatsutoshi Goto
3. G1 Climax - Block A: Minoru Suzuki vs. Kendo Kashin
4. G1 Climax - Block A: Osamu Nishimura vs. Toshiaki Kawada
5. G1 Climax - Block A: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Masahiro Chono
6. G1 Climax - Block A: Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Yuji Nagata
7. G1 Climax - Block B: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Manabu Nakanishi
8. G1 Climax - Block B: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kazuyuki Fujita
The big main event is the first ever meeting of Shinsuke Nakamura and Kazuyuki Fujita. A win for Fujita would see him win the Block, and place him in the finals. A win for Nakamura would mean both Nakamura and Fujita make it to the finals. If Fujita wins and Hiroshi Tanahashi wins his match against Manabu Nakanishi, then Tanahashi and Nakamura would have to face each other again to decide who makes it through to the finals stage. However, should Tanahashi lose to Nakanishi, then Fujita and Nakamura will both go through to the finals, regardless of who wins their match. In Block A, Toshiaki Kawada takes on Osami Nishimura in a rematch of their Triple Crown title match from last year, and with Kawada already getting enough points to win Block A, and Nishimura only on four points, their match will have no bearing on who makes it through to the finals from Block A. Hiroyoshi Tenzan takes on Yuji Nagata. If Tenzan wins or draws, then he will make it to the finals as the runner-up of Block A. If Nagata wins, then he will be the runner-up of Block A, and make it to the finals. The other G1 matches will not have any bearing on who makes it to the finals, so only pride will be stake, though the matches will be no less intense. Togi Makabe must at least draw with Toru Yano if he is to get any points at all in this years G1, and Kendo Kashin must beat Minoru Suzuki if he is to finally move off of the bottom of Block A. If Nishimura upsets Kawada, and Fujinami can at least draw with Chono, then Kashin will end up bottom of Block A, regardless of whether he beats Suzuki or not. Rounding off the action, Yutaka Yoshie takes on Tatsutoshi Goto, who will be making one last attempt at pulling off one of his trademark upsets.
I will be updating this throughout the week, it's actually pretty damn fun to do once you get the first set of matches done.
October: UFC 55: Fury
Andrei Arlovski vs. Paul Buentello
Forrest Griffin vs. Ian Freeman
Evan Tanner vs. David Loiseau
Jason Miller vs. Nick Diaz
Mike Swick vs. Chris Leben
Josh Koscheck vs. Chris Lytle
December: UFC 56: Heat
Matt Hughes vs. Karo Parisyan
Rich Franklin vs. Matt Lindland
Diego Sanchez vs. Carlos Newton
David Terrell vs. Joe Doerkson
Nate Quarry vs. Nathan Marquardt
James Irvin vs. Sam Hoger
February: UFC 57: Couture/Liddell III
Randy Couture vs. Chuck Liddell
Andrei Arlovski vs. Frank Mir
Tim Sylvia vs. Paul Buentello
David Loiseau vs. David Terrell
Stephan Bonnar vs. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson
Josh Koscheck vs. loser of Miller/Diaz
*Debut of Ultimate Fighter HW winner*
April: UFC 58: The Perfect Rush
Georges St. Pierre vs. Matt Hughes
Forrest Griffin vs. James Irvin
Evan Tanner vs. Nate Quarry
(if Nathan Mardquart beats Quarry) vs. Rich Franklin
Mardquart vs. Lindland
Lindland vs. Franklin II
Diego Sanchez vs. Nick Diaz/Jason Miller
*Debut of TUF WW winner*
June: UFC 59: Untitled
Winner of Bonnar/Jackson vs. Winner of Couture/Liddell
(If Couture loses) Couture vs. Arlovski
(if Bonnar loses) Bonnar vs. Griffin II
August: UFC 60: New Blood/Summer Rush
Georges St. Pierre vs. Diego Sanchez
Josh Koscheck vs. Matt Lindland
So when did this trend of rating matches highly solely based on the story it tells, completely ignoring every other factor, start? Or is it just a by-product of the gradual change of the smart community to the anti-conformist, WWE fan? These people are usually the first to crucify a match for being too spotty. "Good wrestling isn't all about spots!!!". Well, good wrestling isn't all about the story either. If the story of the match is good, but the story is told poorly, does the match deserve as much praise as as a match that has a good story and also tells it in a superior way? Because that's basically what I'm seeing with people throwing around ****+ ratings to matches full of poor looking punches, restholds and crummy selling.
And another thing that's getting annoying is people who look way too far into a match to try and justify certain spots or actions. If something is so far buried underneath layer and layer of analysis, to the point where it becomes doubtful that the wrestlers even intended the spot in question to have such meaning, it's time to re-examine your priorities. This is something I've seen from all types of people, from the previously mentioned new age WWE-smart mark to others who are generally good wrestling analysts. But really, one can find meaning in anything that happens in a wrestling match if they really want to. I'm not one of those "watch with your brain turned off" people, but there is such a thing as over-analysis.
I'm getting rather perturbed by posts that incorrectly criticise someone for trying to pass off their opinion as fact. This is despite the fact that the person never even insinuated such a thing and the only reason they're being singled out is because they didn't actually say it was their opinion. How lame is that? It's an online forum. I would like to think that everyone knows that when people post things, it's almost always their opinion. If I say "Toshiaki Kawada is the best wrestler ever.", that's just an opinion, and I shouldn't have to explain that it's just an opinion. It should be obvious, even without saying "In my opinion <blah>". But if I say "WWE drew a 51% house at their 7/1 Saitama show", it's a fact, and if someone calls me on that point, I will say so. So for you people who like to jump on others for this, maybe you should wait until the person actually acts like what they're saying is the only truth. Then go nuts. Otherwise just assume everyone is just innocently giving their opinion, rather than trying to pass it off as fact.
P.S. /me shoots on DrVenkman
A recent post got me thinking about a theoretical situation, and I extrapolated a sequence of events in my mind. What if someone claims that a certain wrestler has been involved with a great number of match of the decade cadidate type matches, when the reality is the wresltler in question has likely been involved in zero? What if someone calls this person out on that and asks for a list and explanation of said matches? Due to none of the matches actually being anywhere near that level, what if the person then starts firing off irrelevant or incorrect evidence in support of the matches? What if, when called on that fact, the person responds with something like "Well I think <such and such> makes for a great wrestling match, therefore it was a great match." With this line of reasoning, I can adequately support a claim that Ed Leslie is the best in-ring worker of all time. So what happens when people use such a shoddy copout when confronted on such an issue? The subjectivity excuse can theoretically be used over and over.
Some clown - "A 60 second chinlock that happens 25 minutes into a 28 minute match makes a wrestling match great".
Response - "Well, pro-wrestling is about telling a story in the context of a semi-logical, worked wrestling match. A 60 second chinlock that has no relevance to the story of the match, simply doesn't make sense that late in the match."
Some clown - "What's the problem? To me pro-wrestling is about using as many superfluous restholds as possible."
When does it end? When does someone admit they don't have any reasonable points and just move on? Or do they just hold onto their "subjectivity", with the mindset that their opinion is all that matters and that the point of online message boards is just to have the last word in any argument?
Everything is subjective if you want to be technical. That doesn't mean reason should be thrown to the wayside. But then, who decides what's reasonable or not?
But WCW Smackdown was Hit and Miss
Mercury and Melina (w/Nitro and Jillian Hall) vs. Booker T and Sharmell
Hmm, The men did well, the women did better than most Divas. ** stars.
Legion of Doom 2K5 (WWE Tag Team Champions) vs. Ruffy Silverstein and J.P. Cartman
John Bradshaw Layfield (w/Orlando Jordan) vs. Funaki
Rey Misterio Jr. vs. Simon Dean
Mc ** stars.
Summerslam Card: WCW Smackdown Only:
Ladder Match: Eddy Guerrero vs. Rey Misterio Jr.
The Undertaker vs. Randy Orton
US Title: Chris Benoit vs. Orlando Jordan
World Title No Holds Barred Match: JBL vs. Batista
Randy Orton vs. Chris Benoit
The interferance was small. But I am docking this near 4 star half a point to 3 and 1/2 stars. Better Match then there last outing at summerslam last year.
WCW Smackdown won this week easy. But things could have been better.
So thats why the Mexicools tried to talk some sense into him...
In TNA News...
Some sad news from the CZW front:
There have been some rumors that Misawa has major eye problems. He will go to the doctors and see whats up...it might be the reason he wasnt at full strenth against Kawada. Lets hope he gets better- Rikio is not a main eventer, but he got more hope than New Japan's Champion has.
Now, Fire Pro news, as we are at least- 4 weeks away from the return of the greatest game since maybe Xenogears. Take a look at this...new videos!
It looks like you can make them hurt harder, fall faster...and the damage points might be higher too.
Oh and to dispell any rumors. There is a contest to get tickets to a DDT event. Get the code, and play the game on www.DDT.tv- to win the tickets. Now...why would they place the start of the contest at the 27th where everybody said the game will be realised the 28th? Please...its the 15th and thats the final date.
And thats it for us, This Sunday is Raw/WCW Smackdown co-production of Summerslam- Fat Joe and Nelly will provide the slutty song, as (can somebody tell me who is the going to play the main theame for Summerslam) will provide the war cry song...
We will see the results. Until Sunday Night Folks.
HTQ on Day Five of the Fantasy G1 Climax Tournament
Day Five of the G1 Climax Tournament took place in Shuzuoka today, and it saw a few upsets, and another heated main event, as Toshiaki Kawada and Masahiro Chono faced off for the first time ever.
1. G1 Climax - Block B: Manabu Nakanishi  beat Togi Makabe  in (9:15) after a Hercules Cutter
Nakanishi giving his G1 hopes a big boost with a win over Makabe putting him further up the table
2. G1 Climax - Block B: Shinsuke Nakamura  beat Toru Yano  in (8:56) with a shining triangle
Nakamura disposed of Yano with relative ease, ending Yano's brief comeback with a shining triangle, which got the submission win
3. G1 Climax - Block A: Kendo Kashin  beat Yuji Nagata  in (13:00) with a flying armbar
The first upset of the night as Kendo Kashin caught Nagata off-guard with a flying armbar to get his first win of the G1, and Nagata's G1 hopes taking a real hit
4. G1 Climax - Block B: Kazuyuki Fujita  beat Yutaka Yoshie  in (4:42) after a knee strike
Yoshie's girth did him no favors against the brutal Fujita, who assaulted him from the start, and knocked Yoshie down for the easy three count with a brutal knee to the jaw. Yoshie needed help leaving the ring, as Fujita's brutal style claimed another victim
5. G1 Climax - Block A: Tatsumi Fujinami  beat Osamu Nishimura  in (12:56) with a ground cobra twist
Another upset here as the Teacher Fujinami proved that he could still teach the student a few things, as he was able to take Nishimura down with his patented ground cobra twist and gain a popular, if unexpected, victory
6. G1 Climax - Block A: Minoru Suzuki  beats Hiroyoshi Tenzan  in (17:52) after three Gotch piledrivers
The second upset in a row and the third of the whole night, as Minoru Suzuki proved he wasn't someone to ever rule out with a stunning win over Hiroyoshi Tenzan, though it took three Gotch piledrivers to finally put Tenzan down for the count
7. G1 Climax - Block B: Hiroshi Tanahashi  beat Tatsutoshi Goto  in (9:37) with a dragon sleeper
Tananshi put his G1 back in good stead with a win over the veteran Goto, who has been unable to pull off one of his trademark upsets this year
8. G1 Climax - Block A: Toshiaki Kawada  beat Masahiro Chono  in (18:59) after a high kick
Another dream match in the G1, and this one was just as heated as Kawada v Nagata. Kawada and Chono went all out as Chono looked to be the one to hand Kawada his first loss in the G1, but it was not to be as Kawada fired off with a brutal shotgun lariat that saw Chono fall to one knee, and Kawada followed up with a precision high kick to the back of Chono's head and Kawada won his second dream match in a row.
After five days of action, the Block standings look like this:
1. Toshiaki Kawada 
2. Minoru Suzuki 
3, Hiroyoshi Tenzan 
4. Yuji Nagata 
5. Osamu Nishimura 
6. Tatsumi Fujinami 
7. Masahiro Chono 
8. Kendo Kashin 
1. Kazuyuki Fujita 
2. Shinsuke Nakamura 
3. Manabu Nakanishi 
4. Hiroshi Tanahashi 
5. Yutaka Yoshie 
6. Tatsutoshi Goto 
7. Togi Makabe 
8. Toru Yano 
Toshiaki Kawada stands firmly atop Block A, and with only two days of group action left, seems a lock to get a spot in the finals. The battle for second place is close, with Minoru Suzuki and Hiroyoshi Tenzan both on six points, and Nagata on five points. Any one of those three could gain the second place spot, so it's a really close race. In Block B, Kazuyuki Fujita leads, but he is by no means certain to win the block or even gain a spot in the finals, as Shinsuke Nakamura, Manabu Nakanishi and Hiroshi Tanahshi are all within three points of him, and any two of them could steal the first and second place spots in Block B, and put the IWGP champion out of the G1 finals stage.
Day Six of the G1 takes place tomorrow in Aichi, and it will make the G1 picture look more clearer.
NJPW, 8/11/05 (Samurai! TV)
Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium
1. G1 Climax - Block B: Tatsutoshi Goto vs. Toru Yano
2. G1 Climax - Block B: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Togi Makabe
3. G1 Climax - Block B: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Yutaka Yoshie
4. G1 Climax - Block A: Masahiro Chono vs. Kendo Kashin
5. G1 Climax - Block A: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan
6. G1 Climax - Block A: Yuji Nagata vs. Osamu Nishimura
7. G1 Climax - Block A: Toshiaki Kawada vs. Minoru Suzuki
8. G1 Climax - Block B: Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Manabu Nakanishi
The main event of Kazuyuki Fujita v Manabu Nakanishi will play a big part in how Block B could end up. A win for Fujita would assure him of a place in the finals, while a win for Nakanishi will put him in first or second place along with Fujita, depending on how Shinsuke Nakamura fares against Yutaka Yoshie. Toshiaki Kawada faces Minoru Suzuki. A win for Kawada would guarantee his place in the finals, while a win for Suzuki would almost ensure his place in the finals, if other results go his way. Yuji Nagata takes on Osamu Nishiura, and a win for Nagata would give him a great chance of scoring the second place in Block A and a spot in the finals, while a win for Nishimura would theoretically make it possible for him to get the second place spot, but that would still be unlikely. The legend Tatsumi Fujinami takes on Hiroyoshi Tenzan, and if Fujinami can upset Tenzan, he too would have a theoretical if unlikely chance at the second place spot. A win for Tenzan would almost assure him of the second place spot, depending on the result of Kawada v Suzuki. Masahiro Chono faces Kendo Kashin, and with neither man able to make it to the finals, this match is more about making sure they don't finish at the bottom of the table. Hiroshi Tanahashi faces Togi Makabe, and if Tanahashi can avoid the upset then he will keep his hopes alive of a berth in the finals. The action is rounded off with Tatsutoshi Goto v Toru Yano, with at least one man guaranteed of gaining their first points of the tournament.
HTQ on Day Four of the Fantasy G1 Climax Tournament
Day Four of the G1 at the Yokohama Bunka Gymnasium was headlined by a real dream match, which capped off a really strong card of action that saw both Blocks still remain relatively wide open.
1. G1 Climax - Block B: Manabu Nakanishi  beat Toru Yano  in (7:02) after a Hercules Cutter
Nakanishi continued his strong G1 showing with a win over Toru Yano, who is still without points
2. G1 Climax - Block B: Shinsuke Nakamura  beat Tatsutoshi Goto  in (8:22) with a cross armbreaker
Nakamura outwrestled the veteran Goto en route to a submission win, as Goto was unable to pull off the upset
3. G1 Climax - Block A: Hiroyoshi Tenzan  beat Kendo Kashin  in (13:55) after a TTD
Tenzan powered past Kashin, hitting a TTD to get the win, and leave Kashin firmly at the bottom of Block A
4. G1 Climax - Block B: Kazuyuki Fujita  beat Togi Makabe  in (4:04) after a knee strike
Fujita scored another brutal victory, overpowering Makabe with heavy strikes before hitting Makabe with a big knee to the jaw which knocked Makabe out for the win, and left Makabe needing assistance to leave the ring
5. G1 Climax - Block B: Hiroshi Tanahashi  beat Yutaka Yoshie  in (12:17) with a dragon sleeper
Tanahashi overcame the girth of Yoshie with pure wrestling, and took Yoshie down with a dragon sleeper to get the win, and move ahead of Yoshie in Block A
6. G1 Climax - Block A: Minoru Suzuki  beat Tatsumi Fujinami  in (12:48) after a Gotch piledriver
Suzuki and Fujinami engaged in a real mat war here, with both men showcasing their technical skills, and it was Suzuki who got the win after managing to counter a headstand from Fujinami into a Gotch piledriver
7. G1 Climax - Block A: Osamu Nishimura  beat Masahiro Chono  in (18:14) with a backslide
Nishimura pulled off a bit of an upset here, catching Chono off of a Yakuza kick attempt and managing to hold him down with his patented backslide for the three count
8. G1 Climax - Block A: Toshiaki Kawada  beat Yuji Nagata  in (25:47) after a running face kick
The main event of the night was the most heated match of the night. Nagata and Kawada held nothing back, and they had a real war of a match. The finish came off of dualling running kicks, when Kawada ducked a kick from Nagata, and hit a back heel kick, which stunned Nagata enough for Kawada to hit a pair of running face kicks, and get the pin
After four days of action, this is how things stand:
1. Toshiaki Kawada 
2. Hiroyoshi Tenzan 
3. Yuji Nagata 
4. Osamu Nishimura 
5. Minoru Suzuki 
6. Masahiro Chono 
7. Tatsumi Fujinami 
8. Kendo Kashin 
1. Kazuyuki Fujita 
2. Shinsuke Nakamura 
3. Manabu Nakanishi 
4. Hiroshi Tanahashi 
5. Yutaka Yoshie 
6. Tatsutoshi Goto 
7. Togi Makabe 
8. Toru Yano 
In Block A, Dangerous K holds the lead, but Tenzan and Nagata are hot on his heels, with Nishimura and Suzuki still firmly in contention for now. In Block B, things are little closer. Fujita holds the lead in that block, but Nakamura, Nakanishi and Tanahashi are only a few points away, and could easily get the lead soon.
This is how Day Five looks, Wednesday in Shizuoka:
NJPW, 8/10/05 (SXW)
Twin Messe Shizuoka North Pavillion
1. G1 Climax - Block B: Manabu Nakanishi vs. Togi Makabe
2. G1 Climax - Block B: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Toru Yano
3. G1 Climax - Block A: Yuji Nagata vs. Kendo Kashin
4. G1 Climax - Block A: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Osamu Nishimura
5. G1 Climax - Block B: Yutaka Yoshie vs. Kazuyuki Fujita
6. G1 Climax - Block A: Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Minoru Suzuki
7. G1 Climax - Block B: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tatsutoshi Goto
8. G1 Climax - Block A: Toshiaki Kawada vs. Masahiro Chono
With tomorrow off, the G1 resumes Wednesday, as the main event sees another dream match. Toshiaki Kawada faces Masahiro Chono, in what is sure to be yet another incredibly heated main event. A win for Chono would place him back in contention for Block A, while a win for Kawada would cement his top dog status. Hiroyoshi Tenzan faces Minoru Suzuki, and a win for Tenzan would keep his goal of a third consecutive G1 alive. Teacher meets Student as Tatsumi Fujinami wrestles his protege Osamu Nishimura. A win for Nishimura keeps him in the hunt for the G1 championship, while a win for Fujinami would keep his slender G1 hopes alive. Block B 'ace' Fujita meets the mighty girth of Yutaka Yoshie, in what might should literally be Fujita's biggest test of the G1.