AJPW ALL JAPAN PRO-WRESTLING 2003 DVD VHS
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AJ 12/30/03 2003 Shinshun Giant Series Saishusen taped 1/13 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Masa Fuchi & Kazushi Miyamoto vs. Gran Naniwa & Taichi Ishikari. 10:18

Kaz Hayashi & Jimmy Yang vs. Super Dragon & Fuego. 11:52

Tomoaki Honma & Ryuji Hijikata vs. Abdullah The Butcher & Nobukazu Hirai. 7:18

Steve Williams & Mike Rotundo & Shigeo Okumura vs. Johnny Smith & George Hines & Hideki Hosaka. 16:29

AJ 1/30/03 2003 Shinshun Giant Series Saishusen taped 1/13/03 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan
-1hr 25min. Q=TV Master

Genichiro Tenryu & 200% Machine vs. Arashi & Nobutaka Araya. 13:40

Satoshi Kojima & Kendo Kashin vs. Shinya Hashimoto & Kazuhiko Ogasawara. 15:32

Sankan Heavykyu Senshukenjiai: Great Muta vs. The Gladiator. 18:11

WRESTLE-1 SKY PerfecTV! LIVE SPECIAL 1/19/03 Tokyo Dome
-3hr 50min. Q=TV Master. 2 DVDs

Abdullah The Butcher vs. SATA...yarn. 7:35

Toryumon MEXICO Presents: Anthony W. Mori & Henry III Sugawara & Taiji Ishimori vs. Milano Collection A.T. & YOSSINO & Shuji Condotti. 13:18

Kendo Kashin vs. Sabu. 12:28

Toryumon MEXICO Presents: Ultimo Dragon & Kaz Hayashi vs. Ultimo Guerrero & Rey Bucanero. 17:40

Satoshi Kojima & Hiroshi Hase vs. Terry Funk & Heath Herring. 10:58

Mark Coleman & Kevin Randleman vs. Jan The Giant Convict (Jan Nortje) & Singh The Giant Convict (Giant Singh). 11:48

Shinya Hashimoto vs. Joe Son. 5:34

Keiji Mutoh & Bill Goldberg vs. Brian Adams & Bryan Clarke. 17:57

Ernesto Hoost vs. Bob Sapp. 5:15

AJPW 2003 Excite Series Final PPV 2/23/03 Tokyo Nippon Budokan
-2hr 55min. Q=TV Master. 2 DVDs

Gran Hamada & Taichi Ishikari vs. Masa Fuchi & Spriggan 11:53

Extreme Blade vs. Super Dragon 8:09

Elimination Match: Tomoaki Honma & Kazushi Miyamoto & Sanshiro Takagi & Tomohiko Hashimoto vs. Shigeo Okumura & Hideki Hosaka & Yuto Aijima & & Ryuji Hijikata 24:33

The Gladiator vs. Nobukazu Hirai 8:57.

Genichiro Tenryu & Yoji Anjo & Kaz Hayashi beat John Tenta & Gigantes & & Jimmy Yang 15:12

Satoshi Kojima & Arashi & Nobutaka Araya & Kendo Kashin vs. Shinjiro Ohtani & Masato Tanaka & Kazuhiko Ogasawara & & Ryoji Sai 20:06

Triple Crown Heavyweight Title Match: The Great Muta vs. Shinya Hashimoto 20:09

AJ TV 4/5/03 Champion Carnival 2003 taped 3/23/03 Korakuen Hall
-2 hr. Q=TV Master

Tomaoki Honma & Kazushi Miyamoto & Kazuki Okubo vs. Shigeo Okumura & Hideki Hosaka & Yuto Aijima 17:31

Yoji Anjo & Yuki Ishikawa vs. Kendo KaShin & Ryuji Hijikata 11:35

Champion Carnival 2003 Round 1: Johnny Smith vs. George Hines 19:25 of 25:02

Satoshi Kojima & Jimmy Yang vs. The Gladiator & Gigantes 12:34 of 14:46

Keiji Muto & Kaz Hayashi vs. Big John Tenta & Masa Fuchi 11:41 of 20:48

Champion Carnival Round 1: Nobutaka Araya vs. Arashi 12:34

AJPW 2003 Champion Carnival Part.3 Kawada Return!! Commercial Tape 4/12/03 Tokyo Nippon Budokan
-1 1/2hr. Q=Master

World Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Kendo Kashin vs. Carl Contini 5:09 of 8:56

Shinjiro Ohtani & Masato Tanaka vs. Shigeo Okumura & Hideki Hosaka 8:14 of 11:49

Genichiro Tenryu & Nobutaka Araya& Nobukazu Hirai vs. Tomoaki Honma & Kazushi Miyamoto & Tomohiko Hashimoto 5:16 of 12:54

Gran Hamada vs. Gran Naniwa 0:49 of 5:47

Gigantes & George Hines vs. Hiroshi Hase & Masayuki Kono 0:42 of 11:32

Ryuki Ueyama vs. Ryuji Hijikata 0:31 of 6:15

Kaz Hayashi & Jimmy Yang vs. Omega Griffon & Low-Ki 1:44 of 11:58

Toshiaki Kawada Return Match: Toshiaki Kawada & Masa Fuchi vs. Keiji Muto & Satoshi Kojima 27:10. Kawada returned a little more than a year after blowing out his knee, bringing the classic All Japan tag style back with him, at least for one night. A stiff, well thought out match with excellent selling, Kawada's shaky knee was obviously the focus. However, the determination of red hot Champion Carnival winner Kojima to surpass all the veterans, and an early knee injury to Fuchi played major roles as well. The progression of the match was excellent, with each sequence not only being quality but adding to the overall scheme of the match. Kawada is a master of controlling the ebb and flow the match, knowing how to incorporate the same old spots to get more out of them, as well as how to mix things up. You can see how much more effective Muto's tired old knee attack is in this match with the course of action setting it up rather than the usual Muto is going on offense now and what else would he possibly do? High end performances by Kawada & Kojima with very effective work from Fuchi & Muto to back them up. Full Match Review ****1/4

Triple Crown Heavyweight Title Match: Shinya Hashimoto vs. Arashi 17:04

AJ Zen Nihon Puroresu #74 5/3/03 2003 Champion Carnival taped 4/12 Tokyo Nippon Budokan
-1hr. Q=TV Master

Toshiaki Kawada Return Match: Toshiaki Kawada & Masa Fuchi vs. Keiji Muto & Satoshi Kojima 27:10. Kawada returned a little more than a year after blowing out his knee, bringing the classic All Japan tag style back with him, at least for one night. A stiff, well thought out match with excellent selling, Kawada's shaky knee was obviously the focus. However, the determination of red hot Champion Carnival winner Kojima to surpass all the veterans, and an early knee injury to Fuchi played major roles as well. The progression of the match was excellent, with each sequence not only being quality but adding to the overall scheme of the match. Kawada is a master of controlling the ebb and flow the match, knowing how to incorporate the same old spots to get more out of them, as well as how to mix things up. You can see how much more effective Muto's tired old knee attack is in this match with the course of action setting it up rather than the usual Muto is going on offense now and what else would he possibly do? High end performances by Kawada & Kojima with very effective work from Fuchi & Muto to back them up. Full Match Review ****1/4

AJPW Hour #75 5/10/03 2003 Champion Carnival taped 4/12/03 Tokyo Nippon Budokan
& AJPW Hour #76 5/24/03 2003 Champion Carnival taped 4/12/03 Tokyo Nippon Budokan
-2hr. Q=TV Master

AJPW Hour #75

Shigeo Okumura & Hideki Hosaka vs. Shinjiro Otani & Masato Tanaka 9:59.

Triple Crown Heavyweight Title Match: Shinya Hashimoto vs. Arashi 11:04

AJPW Hour #76

Ryuji Hijikata vs. Ryuki Ueyama 5:19

Genichiro Tenryu & Nobutaka Araya & Nobukazu Hirai vs. Tomoaki Honma & Kazuki Miyamoto & Tomohiko Hashimoto 4:38

Kaz Hayashi & Jimmy Yang vs. Low Ki & Omega Griffin (Michael Shane) 11:58

World Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Kendo Kashin vs. Carl Contini 8:55

AJ BAPE STA!! TV 6/7/03 taped 5/11/03 Tokyo ZEPP TOKYO
-2hr Q=TV Master

Fresh APEMAN 7 Match: Masayuki Kono vs. Taichi Ishikari 6:14

Hideki Hosaka vs. Kazushi Miyamoto 7:16

Shigeo Okumura & Ryuji Hijikata vs. Nobutaka Araya & Nobukazu Hirai 18:22

THE APEMAN KiKi & Jun Kasai vs. Gran Hamada & Fugofugo Yumeji 13:57

Keiji Muto & THE APEMAN NIGO (Caol Uno) vs. THE APEMAN NIGO 200% & 728% Machine 14:14

BAPE STA!! PRO WRESTLING TAG TOURNAMENT Final: Satoshi Kojima & THE APEMAN vs. Arashi & Kendo Kashin 19:04

AJ BAPE STA!! TV 6/8/03 taped 5/12/03 Tokyo ZEPP TOKYO
-2hr Q=TV Master

Fresh APEMAN 7 Match: Taichi Ishikari vs. Masayuki Kono 7:25

noki-A & Command Bolshoi vs. THE APEWOMAN & baby A 17:20

Shigeo Okumura & Gran Hamada vs. Nobukazu Hirai & Hideki Hosaka 13:29

Tomoaki Honma & Kazushi Miyamoto vs. Gran Naniwa & Jun Kasai 14:32

Masanobu Fuchi & Yoji Anjo & Nobutaka Araya vs. Arashi & Kendo Kashin & Ryuji Hijikata 18:45

Keiji Muto & TAKA Michinoku & THE APEMAN NIGO vs. The Great Kosuke (Satoshi Kojima) & The Great Sasuke & THE APEMAN 19:35

AJ Zen Nihon Puroresu #82 7/5/03 2003 Super Power Series taped 6/13 Nagoya Aichi-ken Taiikukan
-1hr. Q=TV Master

Nobukazu Hirai & Tomohiko Hashimoto vs. Kendo Kashin & Giant Kimala

Triple Crown Heavyweight Title Match: Shinya Hashimoto vs. Satoshi Kojima 21:54. Hashimoto fired up for one of the final times, leading a willing and able Kojima through his classic tough and credible heavyweight war. He mainly stood around, but Hashimoto's simple yet effective match was typically well laid out, with Hashimoto reigning Kojima in by replacing some of his offense with story and picking meaningful spots to deviate. You knew Kojima didn't really have much chance of going over the generation and reclaiming the belts for All Japan, but Hashimoto crafted the match so Kojima was a spunky and determined underdog who had just enough chance for the audience to suspend belief. Kojima's excellent work and increased stiffness added to the match, and his credibility, as you could believe in him standing up to Hashimoto. Kojima stood up to Hashimoto, exchanging some brutal chops and kicks. He didn't quite have the weight of shot, and he knew it, but generally just wanted to earn respect to open up the rest of his offense. Kojima wouldn't back down, but he wasn't above changing it up, especially attacking the knee. This built to a key spot where Hashimoto pursued Kojima to the floor and DDT'd him, but Kojima recovered sooner than expected, running the floor while Hashimoto was on the apron and clipping his knee with a lariat. They wasted this opportunity to deepen the story, with Kojima following with his Koji cutter and Hashimoto coming back way too soon. When Kojima tried for his regular lariat, he stopped it with his kesagiri chops then followed with kicks to the arm and a chickenwing DDT to set up his triangle armbar. Hashimoto stopped another lariat with chops, but this time Kojima sucked it up and lariated him for a double sell. Kojima is overmatched, and the lariat is his only real chance, so he had to keep trying for it even though it hurt. Hashimoto worked the arm with kicks and chops as soon as he had another chance, but Kojima resorted to a left arm lariat then went for broke with the right, but Hashimoto kicked out and punched Kojima's arm until it was dead. After all this focused arm work by Hashimoto, I felt he should have won with his triangle armbar rather than the unrelated suichoku rakka brainbuster. I slightly prefer their 1998 G1 Climax match, but it was the best Triple Crown match of 2003, and a clear All Japan MOTYC. ****

AJPW 2003 Super Power Series Part.2 THE Title Match Commercial Tape 6/8/03-6/13/03
-1 1/2hr. Q=Master

6/8/03 Kanagawa Yokohama Bunka Taiikukan

World Tag Title Decision One Night Tournament 1st Round: Keiji Muto & Arashi vs. The Gladiator & Gigantes

World Tag Title Decision One Night Tournament 1st Round: Toshiaki Kawada & Masanobu Fuchi vs. Satoshi Kojima & Jimmy Yang

World Tag Title Decision One Night Tournament Championship: Keiji Muto & Arashi vs. Satoshi Kojima & Jimmy Yang

6/13/03 Nagoya Aichi-ken Taiikukan, Triple Crown Heavyweight Title Match: Shinya Hashimoto vs. Satoshi Kojima 21:54. Hashimoto fired up for one of the final times, leading a willing and able Kojima through his classic tough and credible heavyweight war. He mainly stood around, but Hashimoto's simple yet effective match was typically well laid out, with Hashimoto reigning Kojima in by replacing some of his offense with story and picking meaningful spots to deviate. You knew Kojima didn't really have much chance of going over the generation and reclaiming the belts for All Japan, but Hashimoto crafted the match so Kojima was a spunky and determined underdog who had just enough chance for the audience to suspend belief. Kojima's excellent work and increased stiffness added to the match, and his credibility, as you could believe in him standing up to Hashimoto. Kojima stood up to Hashimoto, exchanging some brutal chops and kicks. He didn't quite have the weight of shot, and he knew it, but generally just wanted to earn respect to open up the rest of his offense. Kojima wouldn't back down, but he wasn't above changing it up, especially attacking the knee. This built to a key spot where Hashimoto pursued Kojima to the floor and DDT'd him, but Kojima recovered sooner than expected, running the floor while Hashimoto was on the apron and clipping his knee with a lariat. They wasted this opportunity to deepen the story, with Kojima following with his Koji cutter and Hashimoto coming back way too soon. When Kojima tried for his regular lariat, he stopped it with his kesagiri chops then followed with kicks to the arm and a chickenwing DDT to set up his triangle armbar. Hashimoto stopped another lariat with chops, but this time Kojima sucked it up and lariated him for a double sell. Kojima is overmatched, and the lariat is his only real chance, so he had to keep trying for it even though it hurt. Hashimoto worked the arm with kicks and chops as soon as he had another chance, but Kojima resorted to a left arm lariat then went for broke with the right, but Hashimoto kicked out and punched Kojima's arm until it was dead. After all this focused arm work by Hashimoto, I felt he should have won with his triangle armbar rather than the unrelated suichoku rakka brainbuster. I slightly prefer their 1998 G1 Climax match, but it was the best Triple Crown match of 2003, and a clear All Japan MOTYC. ****

AJ 2003 Summer Action Series II Part.1 Commercial Tape 8/19/03-9/6/03
-1 1/2hr. Q=Master
AJPW 2003 Summer Action Series II Part 1

8/19/03 Tokyo Korakuen Hall: Satoshi Kojima & Tomoaki Honma vs. Toshiaki Kawada & Ryuji Hijikata

8/27/03 Hokkaido Sapporo Convention Center: The Gladiator vs. Satoshi Kojima

9/6/03 Tokyo Nippon Budokan

Triple Crown Heavyweight Tournament 1st Round: Toshiaki Kawada vs. The Gladiator. No cut

Triple Crown Heavyweight Tournament 1st Round: Shinjiro Otani vs. Satoshi Kojima 17:07. Fun match with great atmosphere that was similar to their 12/15/02 match in 01, but slightly better because Otani playing his old underdog babyface role made it a lot more dramatic. The fans really got behind Otani even though Kojima was the home wrestler. Again, it was an all action junior leaning heavyweight match that was on the shorter side, this time more logically as Otani had to go again later on. Kojima got off to a hot start and was pretty dominant throughout, but Otani willed himself to survive all Kojima's hot offense. There was a goofy spot involving the Koji cutter on the floor, but this time it wasn't nearly as bad as they both sold Otani catching Kojima's tope and guiding him onto the guard rail before Kojima regained control with the Koji cutter. ***3/4

Triple Crown Heavyweight Tournament Champion Decision Match: Toshiaki Kawada vs. Shinjiro Otani. No cut

AJ 2003 Summer Action Series II Part.2 Commercial Tape 8/19/03-9/6/03
-1 1/2hr. Q=Master

8/19/03 Tokyo Korakuen Hall: TAKA Michinoku & The Gladiator & Gigantes vs. Keiji Muto & Arashi & Kaz Hayashi

8/27/03: Keiji Muto & Kaz Hayashi vs. Toshiaki Kawada & Masa Fuchi

9/1/03: TAKA Michinoku & The Gladiator & Gigantes vs. Keiji Muto & Arashi & Ryuji Hijikata

9/5/03 Nagano: TAKA Michinoku & The Gladiator & Gigantes vs. Keiji Muto & Arashi & Masayuki Kono

9/6/03, World Tag Title Match: Keiji Muto & Arashi vs Gigantes & TAKA Michinoku. No cut

AJ 2003 Summer Action Series II Part.3 Commercial Tape 8/19/03-9/6/03
-1 1/2hr. Q=Master

8/19/03 Tokyo Korakuen Hall: Kendo Kashin & Misterio Red & Funk Star (Alan Funk) vs. Hi69 & Taichi Ishikari & Masa Fuchi

Shigeo Okamura & Nobukazu Hirai vs. Hideki Hosaka & Wagyu Kuroge

9/4/03 Fukui Shi Taiikukan: Satoshi Kojima & Kendo Kashin & Funk Star vs. Keiji Muto & Kaz Hayashi & Ebessan

9/6/03 Tokyo Nippon Budokan

Kazushi Miyamoto & Tomohiko Hashimoto & Shoichi Ichimiya vs Gran Hamada & Extreme Blade (Elix Skipper) & Funk Star

Asia Tag Title Match: Shigeo Okumura & Nobukazu Hirai vs. Kohei Sato & Hirotaka Yokoi. No cut

World Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Kendo Kashin vs The Great Sasuke. No cut

AJPW Puroresu Special 1/10/04 2003 Summer Action Series II Final Battle taped 9/6/03 Tokyo Nippon Budokan
-3 1/2hr. Q=TV Master

Kaz Hayashi & Ryuji Hijikata & & Hi69 vs. Masa Fuchi & Masayuki Kono & & Taichi Ishikari 12:53

Kazushi Miyamoto & Tomohiko Hashimoto & Shoichi Ichinomiya vs. Extreme Blade & Funkster & Gran Hamada 9:48

Shawn Hernandez vs. Tomoaki Honma 5:56

Triple Crown Decision Tournament Semifinal: Toshiaki Kawada vs. The Gladiator 3:26

Triple Crown Decision Tournament Semifinal: Shinjiro Otani vs. Satoshi Kojima 17:07. Fun match with great atmosphere that was similar to their 12/15/02 match in 01, but slightly better because Otani playing his old underdog babyface role made it a lot more dramatic. The fans really got behind Otani even though Kojima was the home wrestler. Again, it was an all action junior leaning heavyweight match that was on the shorter side, this time more logically as Otani had to go again later on. Kojima got off to a hot start and was pretty dominant throughout, but Otani willed himself to survive all Kojima's hot offense. There was a goofy spot involving the Koji cutter on the floor, but this time it wasn't nearly as bad as they both sold Otani catching Kojima's tope and guiding him onto the guard rail before Kojima regained control with the Koji cutter. ***3/4

Asia Tag Title Match: Hiro Yokoi & Kohei Sato vs. Shigeo Okumura & Nobukazu Hirai 11:31

World Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Kendo Kashin vs. The Great Sasuke 15:05

World Tag Title Match: Keiji Mutoh & Arashi vs. Gigantes & Taka Michinoku 18:24

Triple Crown Decision Tournament Final: Toshiaki Kawada vs. Shinjiro Otani 21:34. Gladiator came out before the match taunting Kawada that he took no damage in his 3 1/2 minute loss earlier, so Kawada attacked him, but Gladiator caught one of his kicks and worked over his knee with elbows and stomps. This set up the story of the match, Kawada now the underdog getting his knee worked over by the 01 ace. Otani was willing to exchange with Kawada, but he'd quickly bash the knee as soon as Kawada started gaining the advantage, which would turn the crowd that loved him so earlier that much more against him. It was the typical Kawada big match focusing on stiffness, submission, and selling, telling a story rather than burning through spots. Kawada did a fine job of keeping it credible and making it dramatic, but Otani seemed to expend most of his fire earlier in the night against Kojima. This could have been an excellent match, but Otani, though certainly trying harder than usual, was more toward his uninspiring 00's heavyweight self. Kawada cared and, although not in top form, got enough out of Otani to keep it to the acceptable level, but Otani was essentially no more than a generic opponent for Dangerous K. Otani had most of the offense, but this isn't a style he does that well. ***1/2

AJ RE-BIRTHxRE-VERSE PPV 10/26/03 Tokyo Nippon Budokan
-3 1/2hr. Q=TV Master

Shigeo Okumura vs. Crusher Bam Bam Hirai 6:58

Taichi Ishikari & Ryuji Hijikata & Masa Fuchi vs. Kazushi Miyamoto & Hi69 & Jeremy Lopez 12:47

Low-Ki vs. Silver King 13:33

The Mask of Tiger (Satoru Sayama) vs. Gran Hamada 11:28

All Japan Pro-Wrestling vs. RO&D Handicap Match: Kaz Hayashi & Tomoaki Honma & Masayuki Kono vs. TAKA Michinoku & Gigantes 9:28

World Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Kendo Kashin vs. Dr. Wagner, Jr. 16:32

Satoshi Kojima vs. Nobutaka Araya 16:38

World Tag Title Match: Keiji Mutoh & Arashi vs. Bull Buchanan & D-Lo Brown 24:36

Triple Crown Heavyweight Title Match: Toshiaki Kawada vs. Don Frye 17:05

AJ SKY PerfecTV! LIVE SPECIAL 2003 Sekai Saikyo Tag Kettei Leaguesen Saishusen 12/5/03 Tokyo Nippon Budokan
-3hr 10min. Q=TV Master

Shigeo Okumura & Mitsu Hirai, Jr. vs. Masa Fuchi & Hi69. 3:15

Ryuji Hijikata & Masayuki Kono vs. Hideki Hosaka & Taichi Ishikari. 9:41

Sekai Tag Senshukenjiai Zenshosen (prefinals)?: Satoshi Kojima & Kaz Hayashi vs. Arashi & Ebessan. 14:31

Tiger Fantasy World: The Mask of Tiger & Mr. Nihon Kamikaze vs. La Parka (Original) & Parka Guerrera. 10:31

Gigantes (Wall) & Buchanan & Justin Credible vs. Nobutaka Araya & Tomoaki Honma, & Kazushi Miyamoto. 8:20

Asai Tag Jiki Chosensha Ketteisen: Great Kosuke (Kojima) & Shiryu (Hayashi) vs. Tengu Kaiser & Jun Kasai. 15:44

Keiji Muto & Abdullah The Butcher & Sam Greco vs. TAKA Michinoku & Jamal & D-Lo Brown. 17:15

Toshiaki Kawada & Kendo Kashin vs. Shinya Hashimoto & Wataru Sakata. 20:31

AJPW TV 1/23/04 taped 12/27/03 Philadelphia, PA
-2hr Q=TV Master

ROH Tag Title Match: SAT vs. The Briscoes 11:00

ROH World Title Match: Jay Briscoe vs. Samoa Joe 12:19

Colt Cabana & CM Punk vs. Tomoaki Honma & Kaz Miyamoto 16:36

AJ Styles vs. Kaz Hayashi 14:49

Homicide vs. Satoshi Kojima 13:11

Dan Maff & Christopher Daniels vs. Arashi & The Great Muta 16:07

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