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May 24, 2002
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NOAH has been doing great lately which is good because before this recent tour they were not doing well especially with kenta leaving.

Just watched marafuji vs sekimoto for GHC heavyweight title. Sad but not surprised sekimoto didn't get the belt. Would have been nice to see him win and maybe have the Strong BJW crew invade NOAH and get a nice interpromational war going on.... Oh well. Fantasy booking
May 24, 2002

NJPW “POWER STRUGGLE”, 11/08/2014 [Sat] 17:00 @ BODYMAKER Colosseum in Osaka
(0) Tiger Mask & Fuego [CMLL] vs. BUSHI & Mascara Dorada [CMLL]
(1) SUPER Jr. 3WAY Tag Match: Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov vs. TAKA Michinoku & El Desperado vs. Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson
(2) Special Tag Match: Toru Yano & Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka
(3) NWA World Jr. Heavyweight Championship Match: [89th Champion] Chase Owens vs. [Challenger] Jushin Liger
(4) Special 8 Man Tag Match: Togi Makabe, Tetsuya Naito, Tomoaki Honma & Captain New Japan vs. Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows, Bad Luck Fale & Yujiro Takahashi
(5) IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Match: [38th Champions] KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley vs. [Challengers/2014 Super Jr. Tag Tournament Winners] Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish [Both ROH]
~ 4th defense
(6) IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship Match: [69th Champion] Ryusuke Taguchi vs. [Challenger] Taichi
~ 2nd defense
(7) Special Singles Match: Yoshitatsu vs. AJ Styles
(8) NEVER Openweight Championship Match: [5th Champion] Tomohiro Ishii vs. [Challenger] Hirooki Goto
~1st Title Defense
(9) Special Tag Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kota Ibushi vs. Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI
(10) IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match: [10th Champion] Shinsuke Nakamura vs. [Challenger] Katsuyori Shibata
~ 1st Title Defense
May 24, 2002
Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium
7,500 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

0. BUSHI & Mascara Dorada beat Tiger Mask & Fuego (6:42) when Dorada used a jumping cradle on Fuego.
1. SUPER Jr. 3WAY Tag Match: Nick Jackson & Matt Jackson beat Alex Koslov & Rocky Romero and El Desperado & TAKA Michinoku Kaientai Dojo (7:33) when Matt pinned TAKA after the More Bang For Your Buck.
2. Special Tag Match: Toru Yano & Kazushi Sakuraba beat Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka (4:25) when Sakuraba used a Kido clutch on Suzuki.
3. NWA World Jr. Heavyweight Title: Jushin Thunder Liger beat Chase Owens (c) (9:27) with a brainbuster to become the new champion.
4. Special 8 Man Tag Match: Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows, Bad Luck Fale & Yujiro Takahashi beat Togi Makabe, Tetsuya Naito, Tomoaki Honma & Captain New Japan (9:47) when Fale used the Bad Luck Fall on Captain.
5. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Title: Kyle O’Reilly Ring of Honor & Bobby Fish Ring of Honor beat KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley (c) (17:29) when O’Reilly pinned KUSHIDA after the Chasing The Dragon to become the 39th champions.
6. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title: Ryusuke Taguchi (c) beat Taichi (15:18) with the Dodon-the-End (2nd defense).
7. Special Singles Match: AJ Styles beat Yoshitatsu (12:58) with the Styles Clash.
8. NEVER Openweight Title: Tomohiro Ishii (c) beat Hirooki Goto (17:15) with a brainbuster (1st defense).
9. Special Tag Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kota Ibushi beat Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI (15:56) when Ibushi used a Phoenix splash on YOSHI-HASHI.
10. IWGP Intercontinental Title: Shinsuke Nakamura (c) beat Katsuyori Shibata (17:05) with the Boma Ye (1st defense).

* Shinsuke Nakamura successfully defended his IWGP Intercontinental Title against old rival Katsuyori Shibata at today’s sold out show but barely had time to recover before Kota Ibushi issued a challenge for the belt.

* Yoshitatsu made his long awaited in-ring return to New Japan but it ended in misery as he fell to Bullet Club boss AJ Styles and had Jeff Jarrett smash a guitar over his head post-match.

* An a day when Taguchi successfully defended the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title and Ishii claimed the scalp of Goto in a successful NEVER Openweight Title defense, one IWGP belt did change hands. Super Jr. Tag Tournament winners reDRagon became the new IWGP Jr. Tag Team Champions when they beat the Time Splitters to continue their great start in New Japan.

* The legendary Jushin Thunder Liger’s bulging cabinet of trophies, titles and honours has yet another after he defeated Chase Owens to lift the NWA World Jr. Heavyweight Title.

* The Bullet Club announced that recent New Japan signing Kenny Omega has joined them, despite the Canadian saying he wouldn’t be a part of the gaijin group upon pledging his future to the company not too long ago. Omega sported a new look as his new affiliation was revealed.

* New Japan announced a major show at the historical Osaka Castle Hall for July 5th, 2015.
May 24, 2002

Jim Ross to call “WRESTLE KINGDOM 9″ English PPV (press release) November 11th, 2014

NASHVILLE — Jim Ross, the preeminent voice of professional wrestling for the past four decades, has agreed to provide the play-by-play for Global Force Wrestling’s presentation of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s “Wrestle Kingdom 9” live on pay per view in North America on Jan. 4, 2015.

The Hall of Famer has called more pro wrestling PPV events than any broadcaster and is regarded as the greatest, play-by-play announcer in wrestling history. He will be returning to the mic at one of the biggest events in the world. This is the 24th year of NJPW’s annual extravaganza at the Tokyo Dome, where more than 40,000 fans from are expected to attend.

“I am truly honored and excited to have been asked to be a part of this historic event,” Ross said. “To be able to return to my roots and to provide play by play for an amazing, pro wrestling product will be special. I never thought I’d ever return to ringside for a wrestling event but this opportunity was just too special to turn down.”

GFW founder and CEO Jeff Jarrett said he had been working on lining up Ross for weeks.

“When you think of the great events in wrestling over the past 30 years one of the things they have in common is the man behind the microphone. And that man is Jim Ross,” Jarrett said. “I’m excited for this event, and I’m excited for good ol’ JR to be a part of it. GFW fans wanted him, and from day one we have said we’re going to give our fans what they want.”

The show, which will air live at 2 a.m. ET (11 p.m. PT) and re-air in prime time at 7 p.m. ET (4 PT) is available on DirecTV, Dish, AT&T U-verse, Comcast, Verizon Fios and all cable systems in the United States, and in Canada on Bell ExpressVu TV, Rogers, Shaw, Sasktel and Telus. Check your local listings for availability. The show also will be available on the “Flipps” app on iTunes and Android.

This year’s card is headlined by an IGWP heavyweight title match between Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kazuchika Okada. The Bullet Club, of which Jarrett is a member along with AJ Styles and IWGP tag team champions Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows, will appear as well.

The show will be available in English and in Japanese via the second audio program (SAP) button on your TV.

Global Force Wrestling
May 24, 2002
Solid show.
Jr was pretty much dead until ishii and makabe started murdering each other

Upset that suzuki vs sakuraba was more pro style than shoot but it is what it is I guess.

Nakamura vs ibushi MOTN and already a MOTY candidate.

Okada vs tanahashi was really fucking good too. Sad okada lost :(
Feb 12, 2012
damn good show its rare that I buy a PPV but that was $35 well spent wanted Okada to win but had a feeling Tanahashi would retain when they mentioned their record against each other that they would have Tanahashi even the series