KINGDOM BIRTH step.1 Commercial Tape 5/4/97 Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium
-2hr 25min. Q=Ex. 1 DVD

*Kingdom's debut show*

Kenichi Yamamoto vs. Hiromitsu Kanehara. Bad match. Yamamoto takes forever to tap; showing he's learned nothing about why the marks stopped believing UWF-I was a real shoot league.

Kickboxing: Bouy Chowaikun vs. Hiroyuki Doi. Excellent 2nd round.

Nikolai Gordeau vs. Shunsuke Matsui. Bad match. No one could carry and some of the strikes didn't even hit.

Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Yuhi Sano. Very good and exciting bout.

Exhibition match: Nobuhiko Takada vs. Ryuki Ueyama

Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Caribou Mandiengo. Beyond awful. The only thing worse than the match is the interview Mandiengo gives before it.

Yoji Anjo vs. Masahito Kakihara. Good match due to a typically strong performance by Kakihara.

KINGDOM Grand Opening 2nd BIRTH step.2 Commercial Tape 6/20/97 Tokyo Yoyogi Taiikukan
-2hr. Q=Master

Billy Scott vs. Shunsuke Matsui. Very good bout. They went at it hard and so fast that they tired as the match went on. Scott is excellent here.

Kenichi Yamamoto vs. Nikolai Gordeau. Uneventful.

Yuhi Sano vs. Mark Hall. Most notable thing is that Hall whines that he has to give a pre-match interview.

Masahito Kakihara vs. Yoshihiro Takayama. Decent because Kakihara did a good job of carrying.

Yoji Anjo vs. Kazushi Sakuraba. Pretty good.

KINGDOM BIRTH step.3 Kingdom vs. Ultimate Senshi (combatant) Zenmensenzo (all-out war) Commercial Tape 7/29/97 Tokyo Yoyogi Taiikukan
-2hr. Q=Ex

Takada practices his striking in the ring

Shunsuke Matsui vs. Brian Smith. Brian Smith on his fighting background, "I wrestled as an amateur in Michigan. I was an All-State wrestler. I won some tournaments, um, I did really well. I was the captain of my wrestling team." Fair, but very short.

Kenichi Yamamoto vs. Masahito Kakihara. Don't blink.

Yuhi Sano vs. Yoshihiro Takayama. Very good match due to a great performance by Sano. It didn't hold water, but it was exciting and dramatic. Takayama didn't suck because Sano didn't put him in positions where he would display his bad strikes and whatnot.

Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Orlando Weit. Weit is very green in this style.

Hiromitsu Kanehara vs. Nicholas Starks. Realistic, but really short and Starks brought nothing to the table.

Yoji Anjo vs. Paul Varelans. For some reason I actually found this interesting and good.

KINGDOM 1,000,000 Yen Sodatsu (contest) ONE NIGHT TOURNAMENT Commercial Tape 8/22/97 Niigata Shi Taiikukan
-1hr 40min. Q=Ex

    Round 1

Yuhi Sano vs. Kenichi Yamamoto

Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Yoji Anjo

Hiromitsu Kanehara vs. Billy Scott

Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Shunsuke Matsui

Non Tournament Match: Alexander Otsuka (Battlarts) vs. Katsumi Usuda (Battlarts). Good bout. This was more of a "typical" worked shoot than these guys normally do in Battlarts.


Sano vs. Sakuraba. Good technical bout.

Kanehara vs. Takayama. Kanehara was good enough to make this decent.


Sano vs. Kanehara. Crowd was actually into this. Exciting bout with some nice spots mixed in with the requisite stuff. Best bout on the tape.

KINGDOM PRELUDE FOR THE WORLD Yoji Anjo vs. Patrick Smith Commercial Tape 9/3/97 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-2hr 10min. Q=VG-Ex. 1 DVD

Shunsuke Matsui vs. Wayne Hass. This may have been a real shoot. It was interesting for a while, but became dull when no one could get an advantage and it became obvious they were going the distance.

Masahito Kakihara vs. Masao Orihara. Way worse than what Orihara did against UWF-I at the stadium on 9/11/96.

Billy Scott vs. Yoshihiro Takayama. Takayama brought this down more than Scott could bring it up.

Hiromitsu Kanehara vs. Yuhi Sano. Instead of building momentum for Sano, the have a rematch of the one night tournament final and this time Kanehara wins. Go figure.

Kenichi Yamamoto vs. Nicholas Starks. This was alright because Yamamoto finally showed some skill.

Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Moti Horenstein. Awful mat because Horenstein is clueless on the mat. Way too long and no intensity at all.

Yoji Anjo vs. Patrick Smith. Exciting and fast action. Good bout.

KINGDOM Counterattack - Defeat the Ultimate Kingdom Commercial Tape 11/3/97 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1hr 45min. Q=Master

Shunsuke Matsui vs. Minoru Toyonaga

Kenichi Yamamoto vs. Masao Orihara

Masahito Kakihara vs. Felix Mitchell

Yuhi Sano vs. Yoshihiro Takayama

Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Greg Douglas

Yoji Anjo vs. Hiromitsu Kanehara

KINGDOM BIRTH TOUR IN Hokkaido 2 Shows Commercial Tape 11/15/97 Hakodate Shimin Taiikukan & 11/19/97 Sapporo Nakajima Taiiku Center
-2hr. Q=Ex

11/15/97: Hiromitsu Kanehara vs. Shunsuke Matsui

11/19/97: Hiromitsu Kanehara vs. Patrick Smith

11/15: Yoji Anjo vs. Kazushi Sakuraba

11/19: Yoji Anjo vs. Yuhi Sano

11/15: Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Kenichi Yamamoto

11/19: Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Masao Orihara

11/19: Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Kenichi Yamamoto

11/15: Masahito Kakihara vs. Patrick Smith

11/19: Billy Scott vs. Masahito Kakihara

11/15: Yuhi Sano vs. Masao Orihara

11/15: Billy Scott vs. Minoru Toyonaga

11/19: Shunsuke Matsui vs. Minoru Toyonaga

KINGDOM BIRTH TOUR IN Kyushu 2 Shows Commercial Tape 12/2/97 Hakata Star Lanes & 12/8/97 Kagoshima
-2hr. Q=Ex

12/2: Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Hiromitsu Kaneharu

12/8: Hiromitsu Kaneharu vs. Kazushi Sakuraba

12/2: Yoji Anjo vs. Kenichi Yamamoto

12/8: Yoji Anjo vs. Masao Orihara

12/8: Kenichi Yamamoto vs. Patrick Smith

12/2: Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Shinsuke Matsui

12/8: Masahito Kakihara vs. Yoshihiro Takayama

12/2: Patrick Smith vs. Yuhi Sano

12/2: Billy Scott vs. Masao Orihara

12/2: Masahito Kakihara vs. Minoru Toyonaga

12/8: Billy Scott vs. Minoru Toyonaga

KINGDOM AMBITION Kingdom vs. Kenkaya Abbott Gundan (Abbott Fighting Army) Commercial Tape 12/14/97 Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium #2
-1hr 55min. Q=Ex

Nicholas Starks vs. Minoru Toyonaga

Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Yuhi Sano

Yoji Anjo vs. Masahito Kakihara

Billy Scott vs. Larry Parker

Kenichi Yamamoto vs. Mark Hall

Hiromitsu Kanehara vs. Eddie Ruiz

Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Paul Herrera

KINGDOM KINGDOM LAST MATCH Commercial Tape 1/28/98 Tokyo Korakuen Hall & 3/20/98 Yokohama Bunka Taiikukan
-2hr. Q=Ex


Nicholas Starks vs. Minoru Toyonaga

Mark Hall vs. Shunsuke Matsui

Kenichi Yamamoto vs. Daniel Rodriguez

Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Larry Parker

Hiromitsu Kanehara vs. Rick Lucero


Hidetada Irie vs. Kazunobu Nakamura

The Saint vs. Niihao

Koki Kitahara vs. Jesse Kellis

Yoji Anjo vs. Mark Hall