NJPW NEW JAPAN PRO-WRESTLING 2000
Shin Nihon Puroresu Tapes DVD VHS Videos

NJ Tokon V Special Shinya Hashimoto A Newborn Shinya Hashimoto Commercial Tape
-1 1/2hr. Q=Master

6/25/99 Tokyo Korakuen Hall: Shinya Hashimoto & Yuji Nagata vs. Keiji Muto & Satoshi Kojima

9/20/99 Ueda Shimin Taiikukan: Shinya Hashimoto & Meng vs.Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata

9/22/99 Gunma Sogo Sports Center: Shinya Hashimoto & Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Don Frye & AKIRA

2/16/00: Shinya Hashimoto & Tatsumi Fujinami & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Masahiro Chono & Scott Norton & Hiroyoshi Tenzan

NJ Strong Style #130 5/19/00 HYPER BATTLE 2000 taped 3/10 Yamaguchi Yanaii Shi Taiikukan & 3/19 Nagoya Aichi-ken Taiikukan
-1hr 25min. Q=TV Master

3/10/00: Wataru Inoue vs. Katsuyori Shibata. Good rookie match. Not exciting, but nothing wrong with their fundamentals. They worked over each others legs. They worked hard for their moves even though there wasn't much in the way of highspots. *1/4

Koji Kanemoto & Shinjiro Otani & Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs. Kendo Kashin & Dr. Wagner, Jr. & Negro Casas. Standard good junior tag. The last 4 minutes were excellent. Unfortunately, the signal died for a few minutes during the middle of the match. Kanemoto was the best of the best of the 6. ***1/4

3/19/00: Katsuyori Shibata vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi. Tanahashi worked on Shibata's back. Shibata worked on Tanahashi's arm. Obviously the moves weren't much, but they fought hard and showed direction and focus. Both men were decent. *1/2

NJ DOME IMPACT Commercial Tape 4/7/00 Tokyo Dome Part 1
-1hr 35min. Q=Master

Challenge the Super Heavy [Wrestling Story]: Yuji Nagata vs. Kendo Kashin 12:16

Challenge the Super Heavy [Kakutogi Story]: Don Frye vs. Koji Kanemoto 9:59

Challenge the Super Heavy [Hamaguchi Dojo Story]: Satoshi Kojima vs. Shinjiro Otani 10:06

Challenge the Super Heavy [IWGP King Story]: Kensuke Sasaki vs. Jushin Thunder Liger 7:40

RESTRICTED ZONE: Masahiro Chono vs. Great Muta 16:21

NJPW WRESTLING DONTAKU in FUKUOKA DOME ~EPILOGUE of DRAGON 1st~ Commercial Tapes 5/5/00
-3hr 5min. Q=Master. 2 DVDs

8th Young Dragon Cup Final: Kenzo Suzuki vs. Shinya Makabe 15:08

New Wave J ~SPECIAL 8~: Koji Kanemoto & Kendo Kashin & Shinjiro Otani & Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs. Jushin Thunder Liger & Minoru Tanaka & CIMA & Sumo "Dandy" Fuji Nichi 14:36

EPILOGUE of DRAGON 1st: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Masahiro Chono 6:30

IWGP Heavyweight Title Match: Power Warrior vs. Great Muta 12:44

Shin Nihon vs. T2000: Shiro Koshinaka & Junji Hirata & Tadao Yasuda vs. Hiro Saito & Tatsutoshi Goto & Michiyoshi Ohara 10:19

CRUSH and BREAK: Satoshi Kojima vs. Yutaka Yoshie 15:08

Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Takashi Iizuka 13:35

IWGP Tag Title Match: Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata vs. Naoya Ogawa & Kazunari Murakami 9:26

NJ World Pro-Wrestling Zenmen Han #48 3/1/02 2000 Part 1
-2hr 20min. Q=TV Master

1/4 Tokyo Dome

Kenzo Suzuki Debutsen: Kenzo Suzuki vs. Manabu Nakanishi

Kazuo Yamazaki Intai Jiai: Kazou Yamazaki vs. Yuji Nagata

Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Kimo

Shinya Hashimoto & Takashi Iizuka vs. Naoya Ogawa & Kazunari Murakami

2/20 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan Shin Nihon Puroresu vs. T2000 Single Kessen: Kensuke Sasaki vs. Masahiro Chono

4/7 Tokyo Dome

Yutaka Yoshie vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan

Takashi Iizuka vs. Kazunari Murakami

Naoya Ogawa vs. Shinya Hashimoto

5/5 Fukuoka Dome

Young Lion Hai Yushoketteisen: Shinya Makabe vs. Kenzo Suzuki

IWGP Tag Senshukenjiai: Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata vs. Naoya Ogawa & Kazunari Murakami

NJ POWER OF LIGER DVD Box
-4hr 45min. Q=Master. 4 DVDs

Highlights of 40 of Liger's best and most important matches (mainly singles) from his debut on 4/24/89 to 4/7/00. Multiple matches against Benoit, Ultimo, Sasuke, Sano, Samurai, & Kanemoto.Also has a good section on junior league matches with a bout against Owen & the '96 final against Black Tiger (Guerrero). Would be one of the best collections ever if the matches were complete instead of edited down to an average of about 6 minutes..

NJ Shinnichi ISM #1 6/11/00 BEST OF THE SUPER Jr. VII taped 6/1 Saitama Kuki Shi Sogo Taiikukan
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

BEST OF THE SUPER Jr. VII Koshiki Leagusen: Shinya Makabe vs. Kid Romeo. Romeo looks great when he's flying, but like a robot the rest of the time. The match is so short that they just did the spots right away. Romeo was doing well, but Makabe avoided his diving guillotine leg drop and pinned him in the locomotion German suplex. *1/2

Minoru Tanaka vs. Hiroshi Tanihashi. Nothing wrong with this match, but Tanihashi is still only doing the basics. *

BEST OF THE SUPER Jr. VII Koshiki Leagusen: El Samurai vs. Dr. Wagner, Jr. Samurai couldn't get any offense in, but Wagner used every move in his arsenal and still couldn't put him away. Samurai's only real offense was in the last minute of the match. If Samurai was given more during the match, and Wagner didn't go down so easily in the end, the match would have been much better. **1/2

Jushin Thunder Liger & Kendo Kashin & Katsumi Usuda vs. Koji Kanemoto & Shinjiro Otani & Minoru Fujita. Solid and well worked rather than glamorous and difficult. High impact match with lots of solid striking. Everyone looked good, but Koji was the best. ***1/2

Shiro Koshinaka & Kenzo Suzuki vs. Black Cat & Tadao Yasuda. Not a bad match, but it was dull when Shiro wasn't in. *1/2

Kensuke Sasaki & Takashi Iizuka vs. Tatsutoshi Goto & Michiyoshi Ohara. Nothing spectacular, but the execution was good. Boring. Goto did a stretcher job. *1/2

Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata & Yutaka Yoshie & Brian Johnston vs. Masahiro Chono & Scott Norton & Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima. Nagata looked good, but didn't get much help. Tenzan was the second best just for taking Nagata's stiff strikes. Yoshie was bad. *1/2

NJ Tokon V Special BEST OF THE SUPER Jr. 2000 (VII) Commercial Tape
-2hr. Q=Master

5/19/00 Tokyo Korakuen Hall: Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs. Shinya Makabe

5/27/00: Koji Kanemoto vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa 8:46 of 14:04. Takaiwa came in with a knee injury. Though Kanemoto is partner and friend, the Super Jr. League was every man for himself, and if Kanemoto had to cripple his opponent to win, he was going to do so. Takaiwa survived the initial surge, but charged into a front suplex on the floor, and Kanemoto just abused the knee for the rest of the match. It was a well focused match where Takaiwa did a nice job of selling, but it wasn't the most dramatic, in fact the result seemed rather academic. *** range

5/30/00 Tsukubo Cabio: Shinya Makabe vs. Dr. Wagner, Jr.

6/5/00: El Samurai vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa

6/7/00: Koji Kanemoto vs. Dr. Wagner, Jr.

6/8/00 Takamatsu Shi Sogo Taiikukan: Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs. Gran Hamada

5/23/00: Shinjiro Otani vs. Minoru Tanaka 7:01 of 12:14. Pretty standard good match where both men were basically themselves, letting their strengths determine the victor. Otani controlled when they were on the feet, but Tanaka made some sweet counters into suplexes or submissions then dominated on the mat. Tanaka's quickness was well utilized, and he gave a much better performance than Otani, who was solid but somewhat subdued. Match was way too short, and didn't have any particular drama. **1/2 range

5/24/00: Kendo Kashin vs. Kid Romeo

5/30/00 Tsukubo Cabio: Minoru Tanaka vs. Minoru Fujita

6/3/00: Shinjiro Otani vs. Katsumi Usuda

6/5/00: Kendo Kashin vs. Katsumi Usuda

6/7/00: Kendo Kashin vs. Shinjiro Otani

NJ Tokon V Special Vol. 64 BEST OF THE SUPER Jr. VII Part 1 Commercial Tape
-1hr. Q=Master
NJ BEST OF THE SUPER Jr. VII Part 1

5/19/00 Tokyo Korakuen Hall: Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs. Shinya Makabe

5/2700: Koji Kanemoto vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa

5/30/00 Tsukubo Cabio: Shinya Makabe vs. Dr. Wagner, Jr.

6/5/00: El Samurai vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa

6/7/00: Koji Kanemoto vs. Dr. Wagner, Jr.

6/8/00 Takamatsu Shi Sogo Taiikukan: Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs. Gran Hamada

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NJ Tokon V Special Vol. 65 BEST OF THE SUPER Jr. VII Part 2 Commercial Tape
-1hr. Q=Master
NJ BEST OF THE SUPER Jr. VII Part 2

5/23/00: Shinjiro Otani vs. Minoru Tanaka

5/24/00: Kendo Kashin vs. Kid Romeo

5/30/00 Tsukubo Cabio: Minoru Tanaka vs. Minoru Fujita

6/3/00: Shinjiro Otani vs. Katsumi Usuda

6/5/00: Kendo Kashin vs. Katsumi Usuda

6/7/00: Kendo Kashin vs. Shinjiro Otani

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NJ Strong Style #141 8/4/00
&NJ Strong Style #143 8/18/00
-2hr 5min. Q=TV Master

Strong Style #141 STRONG ENERGY II taped 5/28 Nagano Undo Koen Sogo Taiikukan

Shiro Koshinaka & Takashi Iizuka vs. Satoshi Kojima & Hiro Saito

Strong Style #143 taped 4/30 Beppu Peekon Plaza

El Samurai & Tadao Yasuda vs. (Chuck) Palumbo & (Dan) Devine

 

 

8 NJ World Pro-Wrestling #190 8/4/00/18/00
& NJ World Pro-Wrestling #192 8/18/00
-1hr 30min. Q=TV Master

World Pro-Wrestling #190 SUMMER STRUGGLE 2000 taped 7/3 Okayama-ken Taiikukan

Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata vs. Satoshi Kojima & Super J

Kensuke Sasaki & Shiro Koshinaka vs. Masahiro Chono & Tatsutoshi Goto

taped 7/9 Aomori-ken Budokan

Jushin Thunder Liger & Kendo Kashin vs. The Great Sasuke & Gran Hamada

Kensuke Sasaki & Manabu Nakanishi & Yutaka Yoshie vs. Masahiro Chono & Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Tatsutoshi Goto

World Pro-Wrestling #192 SUMMER STRUGGLE 2000 taped 7/20 Hokkaido-ken Sogo Taiiku Center

IWGP Tag Senshukenjiai: Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima. The competitors showed a lot of fire and intensity. Their moves weren't spectacular, but there was a lot of action and everything was well done. Kojima did a good job of continually putting over a knee injury. Nagata & Kojima were the standouts. The fans were into it, and it was probably a very good match. Tenzan & Kojima captured the straps. 9:15 shown

IWGP Heavykyu Senshukenjiai: Kensuke Sasaki vs. Takashi Iizuka. Solid, well worked match. Sasaki was really stiff today, and Iizuka was in top form. Iizuka consistently attacked Sasaki's lariat arm. The fans were into the match as if he had a chance of winning. Also seemed very good. 9:11 shown

NJ Strong Style #144 8/25/00
-1hr 5min. Q=TV Master

Strong Style #144 taped 4/30 Beppu Peekon Plaza

Takashi Iizuka & Junji Hirata vs. Hiro Saito & Super J

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Katsuyori Shibata

NJ World Pro-Wrestling #193 8/25/00
& World Pro-Wrestling #194 9/1/00
-1hr 30min. Q=TV Master

Wonderland #193 SUMMER STRUGGLE 2000 taped 7/20 Hokkaido-ken Sogo Taiiku Center

IWGP Junior Heavykyu Senshukenjiai: Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa. High impact match, particularly the bombs. Liger showed more athleticism than usual since Takaiwa is never going to show much. The fans bought the near falls because the selling was good. Liger incorporated an arm storyline deep in the match, which actually made people think he might get an arm submission because normally he starts on something much earlier and has to give up. Here, he eventually "had to" attack the arm because Takaiwa was killing him with lariats. Liger wasn't able to maintain the offensive long enough though, so Takaiwa sucked up the pain and blew Liger out with lariats to take the title. The finish wasn't as dramatic as some of Liger's others, but it worked within the context of the match. Of course, since this match was at least very good they had to cut more than half out so they would have time to show the same Choshu match twice in a row. 7:53

7/30 Kanagawa Yokohama Arena No Rope Yuushitessen (barbed wire) Denryu (electric current) Bakaha (explosion) Death Match: Riki Choshu vs. Atsushi Onita. Sometimes I wonder if the match is really as one-sided as I've been lead to believe, but this time it certainly was. Onita allowed himself to be totally embarrassed. I was way worse than Aja's loss to Shark on 9/28/97. Choshu did every offensive move during the first 3 minutes, exploding Onita a few times and bloodying him. Onita came back with low blows, but Choshu exploded him again by the 4 minute mark and that was basically the end of Onita's "offense." One funny spot was Onita having to explode himself to get a "rope break" on Choshu's sasorigatame. The explosions weren't great, but they were the only "highlight." The match had less than no drama because Onita showed no propensity to be anything beyond Choshu's whipping boy. After the match, Onita was carried off on a stretcher and rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. There was nothing wrong with the match from a technical standpoint, it's just that Onita got less offense in than most of the jobbers did in the days of WWF Superstars. *

World Pro-Wrestling #194 GI CLIMAX 2000 taped 8/7 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan

Note: matches are not shown in near their entirety

Koshiki Leaguesen C Block: Osamu Nishimura vs. Kenzo Suzuki

Koshiki Leaguesen B Block: Hiro Saito vs. Osamu Kido

Koshiki Leagusen A Block: Takashi Iizuka vs. Tatsutoshi Goto

Koshiki Leaguesen D Block: Shiro Koshinaka vs. Yutaka Yoshie

Koshiki Leaguesen B Block: Kensuke Sasaki vs. Brian Johnston

Koshiki Leaguesen A Block: Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Tatsumi Fujinami

Koshiki Leaguesen D Block: Masahiro Chono vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa

Koshiki Leaguesen C Block: Manabu Nakanishi vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan

taped 8/8 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan

Koshiki Leaguesen D Block: Junji Hirata vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa

Koshiki Leaguesen B Block: Brian Johnston vs. Hiro Saito

Koshiki Leaguesen C Block: Tadao Yasuda vs. Osamu Nishimura

Koshiki Leaguesen C Block: Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Kenzo Suzuki

Koshiki Leaguesen B Block: Osamu Kido vs. Satoshi Kojima

Koshiki Leaguesen A Block: Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Takashi Iizuka

Koshiki Leaguesen A Block: Yuji Nagata vs. Tatsumi Fujinami

Koshiki Leaguesen D Block: Masahiro Chono vs. Yutaka Yoshie

 

NJ Strong Style #147 9/15/00
& NJ World Pro-Wrestling #196 9/15/00
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Strong Style #147 BEST OF THE SUPER Jr. VII 6/9/00 Osaka Shi Chuo Taiikukan

Kenzo Suzuki & Wataru Inoue vs. Tadao Yasuda & Hiroshi Tanahashi

Masa Saito vs. Satoshi Kojima NJ video game match

Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata & Yutaka Yoshie vs. Shiro Koshinaka & Junji Hirata & Takashi Iizuka

World Pro-Wrestling #196 '99 G1 CLIMAX taped 8/13/99 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan

B Block Koshiki Leaguesen: Manabu Nakanishi vs. Masahiro Chono

A Block Koshiki Leaguesen: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Yuji Nagata

8/14/99 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan

B Block Koshiki Leaguesen: Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Manabu Nakanishi

A Block Koshiki Leaguesen: Kensuke Sasaki vs. Yuji Nagata

8/15/99 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan

A Block Koshiki Leaguesen: Satoshi Kojima vs. Keiji Muto

A Block Koshiki Leaguesen: Shinya Hashimoto vs. Manabu Nakanishi

A Block Daihyosha (representative) Ketteisen: Keiji Muto vs. Yuji Nagata

'99 G1 Climax Yushoketteisen: Keiji Muto vs. Manabu Nakanishi

NJ Shinnichi ISM #2 7/9/00 SUMMER STRUGGLE 2000 taped 6/30 Kanagawa Ebina Undo Koen Sogo Taiikukan
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Onita/Choshu confrontation

Wataru Inoue vs. Hiroshi Tanihashi. Real basic offense. Tanihashi was the better of the two. *

Kendo Kashin & Shinya Makabe vs. Shinjiro Otani & Negro Casas. Match never really got hot or had big moves. Otani was several steps above the others. **

Jushin Thunder Liger & El Samurai vs. Koji Kanemoto & Tatsuhito Takaiwa. Samurai was excellent, really smooth work. Koji was really good. Liger did everything well and was stiff, but wasn't the least bit spectacular. Takaiwa wasn't on the level. ***

Yutaka Yoshie vs. Tatsutoshi Goto. The whole match was Goto taking Yoshie's offense. Yoshie was passable, but this was still a boring, one-sided match. *

Manabu Nakanishi & Brian Johnston vs. Tadao Yasuda & Kenzo Suzuki. Lame strikes, no sequences, and few wrestling moves. Bad workers creating a disaster of a match. Johnston was the only one who bothered to try anything, but they didn't even sell his submissions. 1/4*

Shiro Koshinaka & Takashi Iizuka & Mike Enos vs. Super J & Satoshi Kojima & Hiro Saito. Koshinaka had the ability and charisma, but no one else was really into it. Not a bad match, but too much offense of the punch, kick, and restmission variety. *3/4

Kensuke Sasaki & Yuji Nagata vs. Masahiro Chono & Hiroyoshi Tenzan. Match was good when Nagata was in. Goto ran in and saved Chono & Tenzan when they were both caught in submissions at the same time. *3/4

NJ Shinnichi ISM #4 9/10/00 SUMMER STRUGGLE 2000 taped 7/11/00 Iwate Ken'ei Taiikukan
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Negro Casas 8:02

Shinya Makabe vs. Wataru Inoue 9:03

Osamu Nishimura vs. Dan Devine 10:08

Brian Johnston & Yutaka Yoshie vs. Tadao Yasuda & Rob Rage 9:06

Jushin Thunder Liger & El Samurai & Kendo Kashin vs. Koji Kanemoto & Shinjiro Otani & Tatsuhito Takaiwa 17:34

Satoshi Kojima & Tatsutoshi Goto vs. Shiro Koshinaka & Takashi Iizuka 13:54

Kensuke Sasaki & Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata vs. Masahiro Chono & Hiroyoshi Tenzan & AKIRA 15:22

NJ World Pro-Wrestling Zenmen Han #73 8/24/02 2000 IWGP Heavykyu Tokushu (special)
-2hr 20min. Q=TV Master

1/4 Tokyo Dome: Kensuke Sasaki vs. Genichiro Tenryu

2/5 Hokkaido Sapporo Nakajima Taiiku Center: Kensuke Sasaki vs. Don Frye

3/19 Nagoya Aichi-ken Taiikukan: Kensuke Sasaki vs. Satoshi Kojima

5/5 Fukuoka Dome: Power Warrior vs. Great Muta

6/2 Tokyo Nippon Budokan: Kensuke Sasaki vs. Manabu Nakanishi

7/20 Sapporo: Kensuke Sasaki vs. Takashi Iizuka

NJ SKY PerfecTV! LIVE SPECIAL Riki Choshu Fukkatsu (come-back) ~Jado Shuuen (demise)~ 7/30/00 Kanagawa Yokohama Arena
-3hr 25min. Q=1st Gen. 2 DVDs

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Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Shinya Makabe. *1/4

Minoru Tanaka vs. AKIRA. ***1/4

Junji Hirata vs. Kenzo Suzuki. 1/4*

Koji Kanemoto vs. Shiro Koshinaka. **1/2

Shinjiro Otani vs. Takashi Iizuka. *1/2

Kensuke Sasaki & Yuji Nagata vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Yutaka Yoshie. **3/4

Yuushitessen (barbed wire) Denryu (electric current) Bakaha (explosion) Death Match: Riki Choshu vs. Atsushi Onita. *

NJ Strong Style #145 9/1/00
& NJ World Pro-Wrestling #194 9/1/00
-1hr 5min. TV Master

Strong Style #145 taped 5/5 Fukuoka Dome

Shiro Koshinaka & Junji Hirata & Tadao Yasuda vs. Hiro Saito & Tatsutoshi Goto & Michiyoshi Ohara

Takashi Iizuka vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan

 

NJ Strong Style #146 9/8/00
NJ World Pro-Wrestling #195 9/8/00
-1hr 50min. Q=TV Master

NJ Strong Style #146

Kendo Kashin & Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs. Jushin Thunder Liger & Minoru Tanaka

Scott Norton & Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. Shiro Koshinaka & Junji Hirata & Kenzo Suzuki

NJ World Pro-Wrestling #195 G1 CLIMAX 2000 taped 8/13 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan

A Block Decision Match: Takashi Iizuka vs. Yuji Nagata

C Block Decision Match: Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Manabu Nakanishi

G1 CLIMAX 2000 Junkessho: Yuji Nagata vs. Kensuke Sasaki

G1 CLIMAX 2000 Junkessho: Masahiro Chono vs. Manabu Nakanishi

G1 CLIMAX 2000 Kesshosen: Kensuke Sasaki vs. Manabu Nakanishi

NJ Strong Style # 148 9/22/00
NJ World Pro-Wrestling #197 9/22/00
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Strong Style #148 SUMMER STRUGGLE 2000 taped 7/3/00 Okayama Kenmin Taiikukan

Wataru Inoue vs. Shinya Makabe

Kensuke Sasaki vs. Masahiro Chono NJ video game bout

World Pro-Wrestling #197 G1 CLIMAX 2000

DSE PRIDE.10 8/27/00 Tokyo Seibu Dome

Tokimitsu Ishizawa vs. Ryan Gracie

G1 CLIMAX 2000 8/13/00 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan

G1 Climax Junkessho: Kensuke Sasaki vs. Yuji Nagata

G1 Climax Junkessho: Manabu Nakanishi vs. Masahiro Chono

G1 Climax Yushoketteisen: Manabu Nakanishi vs. Kensuke Sasaki

NJ Strong Style #150 10/6/00
NJ Strong Style #151 10/13/00
-1hr 15min. Q=TV Master

NJ Strong Style #150 SUMMER STRUGGLE 2000 taped 7/3/00 Okayama-ken Taiikukan

Koji Kanemoto & Shinjiro Otani & Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs. Jushin Thunder Liger & Kendo Kashin & Negro Casas

Strong Style #151 SUMMER STRUGGLE 2000 taped 7/3/00 Okayama-ken Taiikukan

Yutaka Yoshie & Kenzo Suzuki vs. Tadao Yasuda & Mike Enos

7/9/00 Aomori-ken Budokan: Yuji Nagata vs. Osamu Nishimura

NJ Strong Style #158 12/1/00
&NJ Strong Style #159 12/8/00
-1hr 25min. Q=TV Master

Strong Style #158 taped 7/30/00 Kanagawa Yokohama Arena

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Shinya Makabe

Shinjiro Otani vs. Takashi Iizuka

Strong Style #159 G1 Climax 2000 taped 8/7 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan

El Samurai & Kendo Kashin vs. Koji Kanemoto & Shinjiro Otani. It was well below the standard of '97-'98 because it was sloppier than usual and it didn't have the build or quality and difficulty of the sequences that were the staple. However, that standard was so high that tis was still better than most matches. Samurai really made the match, if only because Kanemoto & Otani are on about the same high level, while Samurai is several notches above Kashin. He was in for the finish, which was made dramatic, so that kind of "saved" the match. There was dissention in the ranks of Kanemoto & Otani because Kanemoto caught Otani twice when their opponent avoided the move. ***1/4

8/8 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan: Shinya Makabe & Katsuyori Shibata vs. Wataru Inoue & Hiroshi Tanahashi. The strong point of Tanahashi right now is that he hits hard. Shibata seems to lack confidence. Inoue is pretty solid, but has less offense than Tanahashi, who doesn't have much. Makabe is the best of this four by a mile, but isn't at the level yet where he can bring them up with him. *1/2

NJPW G1 CLIMAX 2000 Commercial Tapes 8/7/00-8/13/00
-5 1/2hr. Q=Near Perfect. 2 DVDs

8/7/00 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan

G1 Climax Block C: Osamu Nishimura [1] vs. Kenzo Suzuki [0] 7:37

G1 Climax Block B: Osamu Kido [0] vs. Hiro Saito [0] 6:29

G1 Climax Block A: Takashi Iizuka [1] vs. Tatsutoshi Goto [0] 9:42

G1 Climax Block D: Shiro Koshinaka [1] vs. Yutaka Yoshie [0] 10:38

G1 Climax Block B: Kensuke Sasaki [1] vs. Brian Johnston [0] 6:48

G1 Climax Block A: Tatsumi Fujinami [1] vs. Jushin Thunder Liger [0] 10:33

G1 Climax Block D: Masahiro Chono [1] vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa [0] 14:22

G1 Climax Block C: Hiroyoshi Tenzan [1] vs. Manabu Nakanishi [0] 18:21

8/8/00 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan

G1 Climax Block D: Junji Hirata [1] vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa [0] 11:08

G1 Climax Block B: Brian Johnston [1] vs. Hiro Saito [0] 5:18

G1 Climax Block C: Tadao Yasuda [1] vs. Osamu Nishimura [1] 11:47

G1 Climax Block C: Hiroyoshi Tenzan [2] vs. Kenzo Suzuki [0] 13:24

G1 Climax Block B: Satoshi Kojima [1] vs. Osamu Kido [0] 9:55

G1 Climax Block A: Takashi Iizuka [2] vs. Jushin Thunder Liger [0] 15:13

G1 Climax Block A: Yuji Nagata [1] vs. Tatsumi Fujinami [1] 12:25

G1 Climax Block D: Masahiro Chono [2] vs. Yutaka Yoshie [0] 20:16

8/9/00 Hiroshima Sun Plaza

G1 Climax Block D: Yutaka Yoshie [1] vs. Junji Hirata [1] 11:19

G1 Climax Block B: Satoshi Kojima [2] vs. Brian Johnston [1] 10:08

G1 Climax Block C: Hiroyoshi Tenzan [3] vs. Tadao Yasuda [1] 11:40

G1 Climax Block B: Kensuke Sasaki [1] vs. Hiro Saito [0] 5:37

G1 Climax Block C: Manabu Nakanishi [1] vs. Kenzo Suzuki [0] 8:43

G1 Climax Block A: Jushin Thunder Liger [1] vs. Tatsutoshi Goto [0] 7:17

G1 Climax Block A: Yuji Nagata [2] vs. Takashi Iizuka [2] 16:38

G1 Climax Block D: Shiro Koshinaka [2] vs. Masahiro Chono [2] 12:40

8/11/00 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan

G1 Climax Block D: Yutaka Yoshie [2] vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa [0] 13:48

G1 Climax Block B: Brian Johnston [2] vs. Osamu Kido [0] 5:38

G1 Climax Block C: Tadao Yasuda [2] vs. Kenzo Suzuki [0] 10:43

G1 Climax Block A: Tatsumi Fujinami [2] vs. Tatsutoshi Goto [0] 6:42

G1 Climax Block D: Junji Hirata [2] vs. Shiro Koshinaka [2] 8:24

G1 Climax Block C: Manabu Nakanishi [2] vs. Osamu Nishimura [1] 13:04

G1 Climax Block A: Yuji Nagata [3] vs. Jushin Thunder Liger [1] 12:06

G1 Climax Block B: Kensuke Sasaki [2] vs. Satoshi Kojima [2] 19:39

8/12/00 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan

G1 Climax Block B: Satoshi Kojima [2] vs. Hiro Saito [0] 5:54

G1 Climax Block D: Tatsuhito Takaiwa [1] vs. Shiro Koshinaka [2] 9:04

G1 Climax Block C: Manabu Nakanishi [3] vs. Tadao Yasuda [2] 9:23

G1 Climax Block C: Osamu Nishimura [2] vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan [3] 14:22

G1 Climax Block A: Tatsutoshi Goto [1] vs. Yuji Nagata [3] 11:41

G1 Climax Block B: Kensuke Sasaki [3] vs. Osamu Kido [0] 4:21

G1 Climax Block D: Masahiro Chono [3] vs. Junji Hirata [2] 11:42

G1 Climax Block A: Takashi Iizuka [3] vs. Tatsumi Fujinami [2] 11:46

8/13/00 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan

G1 Climax Block A Decision Match: Yuji Nagata vs. Takashi Iizuka 10:48

G1 Climax Block C Decision Match: Manabu Nakanishi vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan 11:26

G1 Climax Semifinal: Kensuke Sasaki vs. Yuji Nagata 15:12

G1 Climax Semifinal: Manabu Nakanishi vs. Masahiro Chono 9:33

G1 Climax Final: Kensuke Sasaki vs. Manabu Nakanishi 19:42

NJ Strong Style #160 12/15/00
& NJ Strong Style #161 12/22/00
-2hr 10min. Q=TV Master. 1 DVD

Strong Style # G1 CLIMAX 2000

8/9/00 Hiroshima Sun Plaza: Shinjiro Otani & Kendo Kashin vs. Koji Kanemoto & Shinya Makabe

8/11/00 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan: Shinjiro Otani & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kendo Kashin & Katsuyori Shibata

Strong Style #161 GI CLIMAX 2000

8/12/00 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan: Shinjiro Otani & Shinya Makabe vs. Koji Kanemoto & Hiroshi Tanahashi. Tanahashi is improving, but he's still limited offensively so he gets repetitive quickly. The problem is he's just outclassed by the other three, and that's even more apparent because stylistically he isn't really a junior. Kanemoto was easily the star of this match. He was getting upset by Makabe in the end, so he got to show how good he was before that. Makabe looked quite good working with Koji. Otani took a back seat here. ***

8/13/00 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Shinya Makabe. The first 5 1/2 minutes were basic and boring. After that the match picked up and they did some good things, but overall it was nothing special. *1/2

NJ Strong Style #162 1/5/01 & & NJ Strong Style #163 1/12/01 G1 CLIMAX 2000 taped 8/13/00 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan
-2hr 10min. Q=TV Master. 1 DVD

Strong Style #162

Shiro Koshinaka & Yutaka Yoshie & Kenzo Suzuki vs. Satoshi Kojima & Hiro Saito & Tatsutoshi Goto

Strong Style #163

Jushin Thunder Liger & El Samurai & Kendo Kashin vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa & Koji Kanemoto & Shinjiro Otani. The match was easily at it's best when Koji was in, as Liger & Samurai both did excellent things with him. Samurai definitely does the most difficult sequences of the bunch at this point. He may not have a lot of great singles matches, but he's one of the best tag wrestlers ever. Otani didn't do anything of note, and Takaiwa & Kashin added much less. ***1/2

NJ Strong Style #152 10/20/00
& NJ World Pro-Wrestling #201 10/20/00
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

NJ Strong Style #152 SUMMER STRUGGLE 2000 taped 7/9 Aomori-ken Budokan

Wataru Inoue vs. Hiroshi Tanahasi

El Samurai & Negro Casas & Shinya Makabe vs. Koji Kanemoto & Shinjiro Otani & Tatsuhito Takaiwa

NJ World Pro-Wrestling # taped 9/16 Nagoya Aichi-ken Taiikukan

Toshiaki Kawada is confronted by Kensuke Sasaki

Shiro Koshinaka & Yutaka Yoshie vs. Don Frye & Hiroyoshi Tenzan

Kensuke Sasaki & Brian Johnston vs. Takashi Iizuka & Yuji Nagata

7th. Problem: Manabu Nakanishi vs. Satoshi Kojima

9/17 Kanagawa Sagamihara Shi Sogo Taiikukan FINAL Problem: Manabu Nakanishi vs. Michiyoshi Ohara

Masahiro Chono & Tatsutoshi Goto vs. Masa Fuchi & Taiyo Kea

NJ Tokon V Special Premium Issue Keiji Muto NBM V SPECIAL 7
-1 1/2hr. Q=Master

10/22/99: Keiji Muto & Hiro Saito vs. Shiro Koshinaka & Takashi Iizuka

7/8/00 Yoshikawa Shi Sogo Taiikukan: Osamu Nishimura & Dan Devine vs. Shiro Koshinaka & Kenzo Suzuki

7/10/00 Akita Kenritsu Taiikukan: Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs. Shinya Makabe

Keiji Muto interviews Abdullah The Butcher

NJ World Pro-Wrestling #199 10/6/00
NJ World Pro-Wrestling #200 10/13/00
-1hr 30min. Q=TV Master

NJ World Pro-Wrestling #194 AMAZING

8/11/00 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan: Masa Fuchi & Riki Choshu shake hands on AJ vs. NJ program, Masahiro Chono comes out and confronts Fuchi

9/2/00 AJ Tokyo Nippon Budokan: Masa Fuchi vs. Masahiro Chono

9/10/00 Shizuoka Hamamatsu Shi Taiikukan

Kenzo Suzuki vs. Tatsutoshi Goto

El Samurai & Kendo Kashin & Shinya Makabe vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa & Koji Kanemoto & Minoru Tanaka

Manabu Nakanishi Shiren (trial) Hachi-ban (8) Shobu (bouts) 2nd. Problem: Manabu Nakanishi vs. Tadao Yasuda

Kensuke Sasaki & Yuji Nagata & Brian Johnston vs. Masahiro Chono & Don Frye & Super J

World Pro-Wrestling #200 AMAZING taped 9/13/00 Sendai Miyagi-ken Sports Center

Shiro Koshinaka & Brian Johnston & Yutaka Yoshie vs. Hiro Saito & Tatsutoshi Goto & Michiyoshi Ohara

Manabu Nakanishi vs. Takashi Iizuka

Kensuke Sasaki & Yuji Nagata & Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Masahiro Chono & Don Frye & Satoshi Kojima

IWGP Junior Heavykyu Senshukenjiai: Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs. Kendo Kashin

NJ Shinnichi ISM #5 10/1/00 taped 9/17/00 Kanagawa Sagamihara Shi Sogo Taiikukan
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Masa Chono & Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Takashi Iizuka & Yuji Nagata, Kensuke Sasaki & Shiro Koshinaka & Yutaka Yoshie & Brian Johnston vs. Don Frye & Super J & Tatsutoshi Goto & Hiro Saito, Manabu Nakanishi vs. Michiyoshi Ohara, Satoshi Kojima vs. Kenzo Suzuki, Koji Kanemoto & Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs. Jushin Thunder Liger & Kendo Kashin, etc.

NJ Strong Style #153 10/27/00
& NJ World Pro-Wrestling #202 10/27/00
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

NJ Strong Style #153 SUMMER STRUGGLE 2000 taped 7/9 Aomori-ken Budokan

Takashi Iizuka & Dan Devine vs. Brian Johnston & Rob Rage

Satoshi Kojima vs. Tadao Yasuda

NJ World Pro-Wrestling #202 World Puroresu Special Shin Nihon Puroresu vs. Zen Nihon Puroresu Do Judge!! taped 10/9 Tokyo Dome

Yume no Taikosen Shin Nihon Puroresu vs. Zen Nihon Puroresu: Kensuke Sasaki vs. Toshiaki Kawada

Masahiro Chono & Mr. T vs. Masa Fuchi & Shiro Koshinaka

Shinya Hashimoto vs. Tatsumi Fujinami

NJ Strong Style #154 11/3/00
& NJ Strong Style #155 11/10/00
-1hr 35min. Q=TV Master

NJ Strong Style #154 SUMMER STRUGGLE 2000 taped 7/20 Hokkaido-ken Sogo Taiiku Center (matches only)

Shinya Makabe & Wataru Inoue vs. Negro Casas & Hiroshi Tanahashi

El Samurai & Kendo Kashin vs. Koji Kanemoto & Shinjiro Otani

NJ Strong Style #155 SUMMER STRUGGLE 2000 taped 7/20 Hokkaido-ken Sogo Taiiku Center

Yutaka Yoshie vs. Dan Devine

Osamu Nishimura vs. Brian Johnston

Shiro Koshinaka & Osamu Kido & Tadao Yasuda vs. Masahiro Chono & Tatsutoshi Goto & AKIRA

 

NJ World Pro Wrestling #203 11/3/00
& NJ World Pro Wrestling #204 11/10/00
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

 

NJ World Pro Wrestling #203 Do Judge!! taped 10/9 Tokyo Dome

Masahiro Chono & Mr. T vs. Masa Fuchi & Shiro Koshinaka

Yume no Taikosen Shin Nihon Puroresu vs. Zen Nihon Puroresu: Kensuke Sasaki vs. Toshiaki Kawada

NJ World Pro Wrestling #204 Do Judge!! taped 10/9 Tokyo Dome

IWGP Junior Heavykyu Senshukenjiai: Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs. Koji Kanemoto

Scott Norton vs. Steve Williams

IWGP Tag Senshukenjiai: Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata

NJ Strong Style #156 11/17/00
-1hr 5min. Q=TV Master

Strong Style #156 taped 7/30 Kanagawa Yokohama Arena

Junji Hirata vs. Kenzo Suzuki

Koji Kanemoto vs. Shiro Koshinaka

 

NJPW SXW 10/9/00 AMAZING taped 9/12/00 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-2hr. Q=Ex

Kenzo Suzuki vs. Hiro Saito 8:51

El Samurai & Kendo Kashin vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa & Katsuyori Shibata 11:46

Satoshi Kojima & Tatsutoshi Goto vs. Junji Hirata & Tadao Yasuda 9:33

Yuji Nagata & Brian Johnston vs. Don Frye & Hiroyoshi Tenzan 15:48

Manabu Nakanishi 4th Problem: Manabu Nakanishi vs. Shiro Koshinaka 12:24

Masahiro Chono & Super J & Michiyoshi Ohara vs. Kensuke Sasaki & Takashi Iizuka & Yutaka Yoshie 14:35

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Title Match: Koji Kanemoto & Minoru Tanaka vs. Jushin Thunder Liger & Shinya Makabe 17:56 of 21:46. 3 top wrestlers who were fired up and at the top of their game did their best to make up for one useless slug. Koji & Minoru did an excellent job of carrying the match, which was somewhat one-sided since Makabe could take, though not nearly as well as any of the others, but had only rookie level offense. His only real moves were 3 suplexes, but Liger's avalanche style German suplex rendered even though forgettable. Early on Makabe sold and Liger would make hot tags, flurrying with some exciting offense. Later, the Junior Stars slowed Liger down by working his knee, showcasing their submission skills. This allowed Makabe to finally make a run. There were strong reactions throughout the match, but I have to say the crowd was particularly into Makabe's near falls. Fan reaction couldn't make up for lack of ability, but the others were impressive enough the match was very good in spite of Makabe. ***1/2

NJ World Pro Wrestling #205 11/17/00
& NJ World Pro Wrestling #206 11/24/00
-1hr 30min. Q=TV Master

NJ World Pro Wrestling #205 Do Judge!! taped 10/9 Tokyo Dome

Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Super Delfin

Takashi Iizuka vs. Don Frye

Shinya Hashimoto vs. Tatsumi Fujinami

World Pro Wrestling #206 GET A RIGHT!! Black vs. G-EGGS taped 10/20 Fukuoka Kokusai Center

Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa

Super Strong Machine vs. Team 2000 Machine

Kensuke Sasaki & Takashi Iizuka vs. Don Frye & Super J

2/3 Falls: Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata & Brian Johnston & Yutaka Yoshie vs. Masahiro Chono & Scott Norton & Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima

NJPW Shin Nihon vs. Zen Nihon Zenmen Kosou (total resistance) ~New Century Puroresu Summit Decisive Battle~ VOL. 1 & 2
-5hr 40min. Q=Master. 3 DVDs
RECOMMENDED!

Do Judge!! 10/9/00 Tokyo Dome

OPENING MATCH: Shinya Hashimoto vs. Tatsumi Fujinami 14:18. They again updated the fued to make it more shoot oriented. This was about far as they could take it in that direction given Fujinami's technical wrestling is so based in pro style, but both men had more credible entries here. One of the problems was Fujinami was getting too old to want to take the requisite brutal beating from Hashimoto, so they had to pick their spots for the brutal kicks, & adjust the match to make it more mat based. Neither are very active on the mat though, and especially at a dome show where hardcore technical fans aren't the norm, things were kind of dead compared to their previous encounters. The win helped reestablish Hashimoto some from his senseless losses to Naoya Ogawa, but probably wasn't exciting too many people about Hashimoto or Fujinami. **

SUPER Jr. GOLDEN AGE: Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Super Delfin. Probably good but not their best. 3:12 shown

OCTOBER TARGET: Takashi Iizuka vs. Don Frye. Moderately interesting match that wasn't believable in spite of the supposed shoot style. Frye did a nasty backdrop. 5:00 shown

IWGP Junior Heavykyu Senshukenjiai: Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs. Koji Kanemoto. Disappointing match where Takaiwa made several mistakes and didn't go with the moves too well. 4:41 shown

IWGP Tag Senshukenjiai: Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi. What they showed was pretty much all Tenzan & Kojima's big offense, so it was good. Nakanishi did pull out a huge momentum killing iron claw though. 3:22 shown

Scott Norton vs. Steve Williams. Williams was more energetic here, and was carrying the match as well as you could hope early on. They tired very quickly though, perhaps because they were lifting each other as opposed to the usual 235 pounders, and the match got incredibly sloppy at the end. It was like once one move went wrong neither knew had to recover and they could never get back on the same page. You knew neither guy could bump and they weren't going to put each other over much if at all, but between the miscommunication, the poor job of going with the moves, and both guys blowing up before the 10 minute mark this was much more of a disaster than expected. In spite of all this, the crowd reactions were large when they didn't screw the big moves up. -*

Masahiro Chono & Mr. T vs. Masa Fuchi & Shiro Koshinaka. T was Tatsu Goto in an SS Machine mask. Slow-motion match that was so dull it wasn't heated. Even Koshinaka piledriving T on the ramp and trying to unmask him didn't excite the crowd. Overall with Koshinaka in it was alright once they started doing spots, but Fuchi showed nothing and the mask didn't stop T from looking as bad as always. *1/2

Kensuke Sasaki vs. Toshiaki Kawada. Fierce dramatic war. Kawada built anticipation by taking control with a headlock after Sasaki missed a big chop off a lockup rather than rolling out a high spot immediately. Thus, when Sasaki shoulderblocked Kawada down it was important because it was the first knockdown of the match, and people reacted as such. These two sometimes looked like what they were, two guys that never worked with each other before. They didn't have great chemistry so some of the strikes looked contrived and the selling of them (although generally effective) false. Everyone rightfully saw this as a huge match, so the atmosphere made up for a little problem here and there. What they did was quite simple beat the hell out of each other. Lots of trading back and frother with neither wanting to show a weakness or that the other was capable of hurting them. It was a major display of machismo with both men taking all these powerful strikes and being able to fire back, yet the impact was obvious and they'd always show that the blows hurt even though most of the time they were able to stay on their feet. Even though most of the match was blistering each other back and forth, they'd use the strikes to work up to the next big move and when it wouldn't finish the match they'd go back to the strikes. So while the strikes were the constant the most important stuff really lied between these segments. End wasn't that effective because of the spot right before the finish where Sasaki tried to stop Kawada's lariat with an enzuigiri. I'm not sure what was supposed to happen, but you got the idea that it didn't coincide with what did and they improvised. Sasaki isn't nearly the wrestler Muto is, but he was willing to do what it took which is why he his first match with Kawada was far superior to Muto's. He worked a brutal well built match, while Muto wimped out and relied on his usual stall tactics. Sasaki's impact was often greater than Kawada's. Kawada is about keeping it simple, and when Sasaki does that he can be effective. What made 3 of the 4 matches in this set perhaps the three best singles matches of his career is that he did his effective stuff, but everything he did was exceptionally stiff. He basically used the same moves, but the impact elevated them from pedestrian to absolutely brutal. ****

12/14/00 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan The 2nd. Judgement!!: Takashi Iizuka & Yuji Nagata vs. Toshiaki Kawada & Masa Fuchi. Excellent match with a great crowd. Everything you'd expect from Kawada & Nagata, except perhaps that there weren't a lot of near finishes. This was a match about the teams being even, so as hard as they tried to get over that it took too much time to wear each other down to the point they'd have a chance to win the match. They didn't rush anything, instead building the match and selling well. Fuchi started out since he was the guy people didn't care about seeing and he's old so in a long match like this he needs the rest. It was calm early as Fuchi annoys the opposition with cheap tactics, but had it's explosive moments like when Nagata knocked Kawada into the corner with a powerful kick and went to work on him in there. While Kawada avenged this almost immediately, that made them even and even was good for Nagata. In spite of being the lower ranked member of his team Nagata was obviously the star and was a force every moment he was in. The fans went nuts Nagata vs. Kawada, especially the fantastic exchanges of strikes that were so fast and lively. Nagata "injured" Kawada's left knee with sweeps to set up the Nagata lock II. Iizuka followed Nagata in going after the left knee - trying to put Kawada away with a hizajujigatame - but overall he and Fuchi were nothing special and certainly the reason this fell just shy of greatness. The final 10 minutes were super though with both teams fighting so desperately to get the win. They really left you wanting more. ****1/4

1/4/01 Tokyo Dome IWGP Oza Sodatsu Tournament Ikkaisen

Satoshi Kojima vs. Kensuke Sasaki. Kojima was great here, but amazingly Sasaki was on a high level once again too. This was pretty similar to the Kawada match in style, an intense extremely high impact war. It was generally pretty basic, of course, but in this setting a spot like Sasaki's ipponzeoi counter for Kojima's lariat seemed great. There was one big screw up in the match, and it happened right away. Kojima did a tope, but Sasaki was too close so Kojima largely flew over Sasaki and crashed hard into the guard rail resulting in a bad cut to the side of his left eye. Kojima wasn't phased though, and soon launched a good focused arm attack that included armbreakers in the style you'd normally see neckbreakers. You could hear every strike they were doing. ****

Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Yuji Nagata. Like the previous match it was nothing fancy but extremely stiff. It didn't have near the level of focus though, they just beat on each other. Tenzan shows that a big tough guy can sell well for a smaller guy with a credible style without his image being damaged. ***1/2

SUPER Jr. 21 Version: Minoru Tanaka & Koji Kanemoto vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa & Shinya Makabe. Tanaka was really good, but no one else was anything special. Still, it was a good match. It would have been much better though if Takaiwa & Makabe were on opposite teams, but it still would have been killed by the crowd only reacting occasionally for a cool move. 10:27 shown.

Technical Wrestling: Takashi Iizuka vs. Kendo Kashin. This name didn't help the match any. It's bad enough that Kashin isn't actually a good technical wrestler, just a guy that uses submissions but isn't good at going in and out of the holds, but it was a brawl from the get go. Kashin's kicks to the balls were hardly technical, and the match was short and uneventful. Iizuka did a slick transition or two, but that was about it. 1/2*

Kensuke Sasaki vs. Masahiro Chono. This was back to the boring Sasaki of old. They shouldn't have made this match because Chono's body isn't capable of taking the kind of punishment that Sasaki has been dishing out. To try to make that less than obvious, he dominated the match. Unfortunately, Chono's while Chono did at least attack the arm, his domination was slowing the match down to a crawl and just using a bunch of rest holds and cheap tactics. On paper this was one of the biggest matches on the show, but the fans weren't all that interested because of the way it "had to" be worked. *1/2

Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Toshiaki Kawada. They just beat each other up, but it wasn't as stiff and intense as Sasaki vs. Kojima. The selling was excellent, showing they could take the heavy blows but also that it wasn't a picnic. Both guys were motivated, but that didn't translate to the crowd. Part of the problem was that Tenzan's a heel and Kawada's the enemy, so the fans didn't have someone they cared to root for. They did some of the best near falls of the night though. The wrestling was probably a little better than Tenzan vs. Nagata, but that match was 50% longer. ***1/4

Keiji Muto & Shinjiro Otani vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Jushin Thunder Liger. A showcase for Otani who was wrestling his first match in Japan since they decided to convert him to fodder, err, heavyweight. Otani was no more muscular, he just looked soft and pudgy. Exciting spurts, but it was such a short match and still had it's down time with Muto in even though Otani carried the team. Great U.W.F. style hardway German suplex by Nakanishi. Great sequence where Otani where he ducked Liger's shotei and went into his Dragon suplex, but Liger blocked it so Otani went right into a German suplex. Otani used an Argentine backbreaker in front of Nakanishi, so Nakanishi put him in it later and threw him into Muto when Muto tried to save. Otani made Liger submit to show he's "above him' now that he's put on 20 pounds of fat. **1/4

Shinya Hashimoto vs. Riki Choshu. Really good match with an incredibly lame finish. Hashimoto wouldn't budge from his corner when the match started then finally left the ring. When he eventually returned and attack he perhaps caught Choshu off guard. In any case his beating the hell out of Choshu looked "real," especially since he seemed so pissed, vicious, and untamed. Hashimoto didn't listen to the ref at all, finally taking him out with a chop when the ref pushed him away from Choshu. Choshu hit as hard as he could when he finally came back, but the way he goes about striking doesn't make them look that impressive, especially after seeing the way Kojima, Sasaki, Tenzan, Nagata, Kawada, & Hashimoto were pounding away. Hashimoto was so fierce and his striking so awesome that Choshu was totally outclassed. Since the match in a way showed that and Choshu didn't make Hashimoto ease up at all, all Choshu's liabilities didn't hurt the match much. What hurt though was Fujinami just stopped the match because they were trying to beat each other up rather than win and Choshu was taking too much punishment. ***

IWGP Oza Ketteisen: Toshiaki Kawada vs. Kensuke Sasaki. Not considering length, this was definitely one of the most brutal matches I've seen. They killed each with mad stiffness and to a much lesser extent big moves from start to finish. There was a knee drop where Sasaki's head was off the mat so Kawada drove it in. Sasaki did one of the nastiest lariats. Kawada got a bloody nose from hard slaps. Excellent atmosphere, although not at the level of their first meeting. The problem is the drama was all from the setting, not from anything they did. Also, at just over 10 minutes the match was much too short. The length isn't as big an issue as it could be because they'd each fought a brutal match earlier in the night, and they way they were laying into each other with a little extra on every move you wouldn't expect them to last 25 minutes. As you'd expect they worked with each other better than the first time, so the increase in quality somewhat negated the decrease in length. The fans loved the finish, but it was terrible long term. The timing was especially stupid because even if they were going to choose ego over business like they did, this is their one dome show that draws 60,000+ regardless, so why give away here what you could put off to the April dome that needs something much bigger to even have a chance to equal 1/4 attendance? ****

NJ Shinnichi ISM #6 11/5/00 GET A RIGHT!! ~BLACK vs G-EGGS~ taped 10/18 Nagasaki Kenritsu Sogo Taiikukan
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Kendo Kashin & Wataru Inoue vs. Shinya Makabe & Katsuyori Shibata 12:25

Koji Kanemoto vs. Dr. Wagner Jr. 13:17

Tatsuhito Takaiwa & Minoru Tanaka vs. Jushin Thunder Liger & El Samurai 14:12

Super J & Hiro Saito & AKIRA vs. Osamu Kido & Osamu Nishimura & Kenzo Suzuki 13:25

Black vs. G-EGGS Battle 8: Yutaka Yoshie vs. Satoshi Kojima 13:39

Black vs. G-EGGS Battle 9: Don Frye vs. Brian Johnston 6:32

Black vs. G-EGGS Battle 10: Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata vs. Tatsutoshi Goto & Michiyoshi Ohara 10:09

Masahiro Chono & Scott Norton & Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Kensuke Sasaki & Junji Hirata & Takashi Iizuka 14:59

NJ Strong Style #157 11/24/00
& NJ World Pro Wrestling #206 11/24/00
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Strong Style #157 taped 7/30 Kanagawa Yokohama Arena

Minoru Tanaka vs. AKIRA

Kensuke Sasaki & Yuji Nagata vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Yutaka Yoshie

World Pro Wrestling #206 GET A RIGHT!! Black vs. G-EGGS taped 10/20 Fukuoka Kokusai Center

Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa

Super Strong Machine vs. Team 2000 Machine

Kensuke Sasaki & Takashi Iizuka vs. Don Frye & Super J

2/3 Falls: Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata & Brian Johnston & Yutaka Yoshie vs. Masahiro Chono & Scott Norton & Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima

NJ World Pro Wrestling #207 12/1/00
& NJ World Pro Wrestling #208 12/8/00
-1hr 30min. Q=TV Master

 

World Pro Wrestling #207 taped 10/21/00 All Japan at Nagoya Aichi-ken Taiikukan

Zen Nihon vs. T-2000 Taikosen: Johnny Smith vs. Michiyoshi Ohara

Zen Nihon vs. T-2000 Taikosen: Steve Williams & Nobutaka Araya vs. Tatsutoshi Goto & Satoshi Kojima

Zen Nihon vs. T-2000 Taikosen: Toshiaki Kawada & Masa Fuchi & Shiro Koshinaka vs. Masahiro Chono & Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Hiro Saito

GET A RIGHT!! ~BLACK vs G-EGGS~ taped 10/22/00 Kagoshima Arena

Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata & Brian Johnston vs. Masahiro Chono & Scott Norton & Don Frye

10/25/00 Kumamoto Shi Sogo Taiikukan

Koji Kanemoto & Minoru Tanaka vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa & Dr. Wagner, Jr.

Kensuke Sasaki & Osamu Kido & Kenzo Suzuki vs. Scott Norton & Don Frye & Tatsutoshi Goto

Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata & Yutaka Yoshie vs. Masahiro Chono & Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima

World Pro Wrestling #208 GET A RIGHT!! ~BLACK vs G-EGGS~ taped 10/29/00 Kobe World Kinen Hall

Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Koji Kanemoto. This appeared to be one of the best matches of the year, but it was ruined by the excessive editing. The fans were already into it and they were doing near falls when TV picked it up. Liger had some knee injury that he was putting over between holds, but we saw none of how it occurred. Liger threw everything at Koji, but couldn't pin him. I almost fell out of my chair when Koji actually made a perfect comeback with his overhead belly to belly, selling longer than Liger then turning it into an exchange of hard blows after Liger had hit him twice. The only reasons Koji gained the advantage here was that Liger's knee was bothering him, and he made a great move to trip Liger up and go into a standing heel hold. The wrestling was top notch like it has long been when these two get together, and the only flaw I saw mentally was Koji was too healthy once he got into his offense after the standing heel hold. Liger did everything he needed to do here. 5:47 shown. Appeared to be at least ****

Super Strong Machine vs. Team 2000 Machine. 2000 Machine unmasked as Goto, probably because everyone knew it was him anyway. Goto was winning, but he was distracted by the appearance of another SS Machine on the runway. This allowed the one he was wrestling, Hirata, to come back with his top moves and score the victory. This was fine since Goto only did a few things and Hirata can still put together some good moves at the end. 2:26 shown

IWGP Junior Heavykyu Senshuken: Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs. Minoru Tanaka. This match had cool, innovative counters, but they weren't always done perfectly. I particularly liked when Takaiwa tried for his repeated powerbombs, but Tanaka turned it into a hizajujigatame after the 1st. What made this better was that Tanaka had already been working the knee. Tanaka did a very good job, but Takaiwa is still limited and his not being very proficient on the mat hurt the match. It paled in comparison to Liger vs. Kanemoto, but that's to be expected and it was a good match. All throughout the match, you couldn't help but feel that Tanaka deserved the title win he got here. 6:46 shown

Manabu Nakanishi & Brian Johnston & Yutaka Yoshie vs. Masahiro Chono & Scott Norton & Don Frye. The effort was there this time, but the talent will probably always be lacking. Their intensity and the crowd heat made it seem a little better than the standard fair. 7:07 shown

Kensuke Sasaki vs. Yuji Nagata. Sasaki is fine taking Nagata's kicks, and his few moves are credible in a match like this since his impact amatches Nagata's at the very least. The standing portions with stiff exchanges and high impact moves were quite good even though Sasaki doesn't have much flow or style to his sequences. It wa a simple match. Nagata is a technician, but against a limited opponent like Sasaki, he's stuck doing all the submission stuff almost on his own and in that situation it becomes rather dull. Nagata showed a few good counters, but generally was forced to work down to Sasaki's level, particularly on the mat where Sasaki made no real attempt to counter any of the submissions. No one bought that Nagata had a chance to win, and the finish where Sasaki lays him out with a couple moves just happened so that didn't help the perception of Nagata any. **3/4

NJ World Pro-Wrestling #209 12/15/00
& NJ World Pro-Wrestling #210 12/22/00
-1hr 30min. Q=TV Master

World Pro-Wrestling # G1 CLIMAX TAG LEAGUE 2nd taped 11/17 Shiojiro Shiritsu Taiikukan

Minoru Tanaka & Koji Kanemoto vs. El Samurai & Kendo Kashin

Kensuke Sasaki & Manabu Nakanishi & Osamu Nishimura vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima & Hiro Saito

G1 Tag League Koshikisen: Super Strong Machine & Jushin Thunder Liger vs. T2000 Machine #1 & 2

G1 Tag League Koshikisen: Masahiro Chono & Scott Norton vs. Takashi Iizuka & Yuji Nagata

NJ World Pro-Wrestling #210 G1 CLIMAX TAG LEAGUE 2nd taped 11/23/00 Kagoshima Shi Kashimas Sports Center

G1 Tag League Koshikisen: Manabu Nakanishi & Yutaka Yoshie vs. Masahiro Chono & Scott Norton. Yoshie still shows next to nothing, but Chono is still able to keep it decent even when he's in with a nothing opponent. The problem with Chono vs. Yoshie is that Chono has to supply most of the offense, and that hasn't been one of his strong points since he started dressing in black, if it ever was. Nakanishi was fiery, but his segments with Norton were much worse than Chono's with Yoshie. *1/2

G1 Tag League Koshikisen: Kensuke Sasaki & Shiro Koshinaka vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima. Kojima was the standout, but everyone contributed. Sasaki is better against this type of opposition because he knows they want him to pound them, and he isn't afraid to oblige. Tenzan & Kojima argued after the match over their loss, with Tenzan pushing Kojima and walking away. 6:44 shown. Seemed good

Jushin Thunder Liger & El Samurai & Kendo Kashin vs. Minoru Tanaka & Koji Kanemoto & Kid Romeo. Romeo is very rough around the edges, but has all the athletic ability and doesn't use it to show off. Samurai vs. Kanemoto was 1/2 of what aired, so obviously it was good. 5:12 shown

Takashi Iizuka & Yuji Nagata & Osamu Nishimura vs. Hiro Saito & Tatsutoshi Goto & Michiyoshi Ohara. Nagata even looks good against Goto. Iizuka was also good, but no one else showed anything. 4:35 shown

taped 11/26/00 Kyoto Shi Taiikukan

G1 Tag League Koshikisen: Super Strong Machine & Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Takashi Iizuka & Yuji Nagata. Fast-paced. Liger worked really well with both opponents. This was the most exciting match on the show, so of course it was also the most edited. 2:53 shown

G1 Tag League Koshikisen: Manabu Nakanishi & Yutaka Yoshie vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima. Fine in this form since all we saw were the big moves. 3:13 shown

G1 Tag League Koshikisen: Kensuke Sasaki & Shiro Koshinaka vs. Masahiro Chono & Scott Norton. Adequate. Nothing really notable, but it wasn't boring at least. 3:39 shown

NJ Shinnichi ISM #7 12/10/00 G1 Tag Leaguesen taped 11/22 Nagano Undo Koen Sogo Taiikukan
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

El Samurai & Kendo Kashin vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa & Koji Kanemoto

Minoru Tanaka vs. Kid Romeo

G1 Tag League Koshikisen: Super Strong Machine & Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Yutaka Yoshie

G1 Tag League Koshikisen: Takashi Iizuka & Yuji Nagata vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima

Full match list coming soon

NJ Shinnichi ISM #8 1/7/01 G1 CLIMAX TAG LEAGUE 2nd taped 11/26/00 Kyoto Shi Taiikukan
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

El Samurai & Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs. Koji Kanemoto & Kendo Kashin

G1 Tag League Koshikisen: Super Strong Machine & Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Takashi Iizuka & Yuji Nagata

G1 Tag League Koshikisen: Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Yutaka Yoshie

G1 Tag League Koshikisen: Masahiro Chono & Scott Norton vs. Kensuke Sasaki & Shiro Koshinaka

Full match list coming soon

NJ World Pro-Wrestling #211 1/5/01
& NJ World Pro-Wrestling #212 1/12/01
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

NJ World Pro-Wrestling GI CLIMAX TAG LEAGUE 2nd taped 11/30 Hiroshima Sun Plaza

Yushosen Shinjutsu Ketteisen (advance to the championship decision match): Manabu Nakanishi & Yutaka Yoshie vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima

Yushosen Shinjutsu Ketteisen: Takashi Iizuka & Yuji Nagata vs. Masahiro Chono & Scott Norton

12/2 Tokushima Shiritsu Taiikukan IWGP Junior Tag Senshukenjiai: Minoru Tanaka & Koji Kanemoto vs. Kendo Kashin & Super Strong Machine (Tatsuhito Takaiwa) 7:30 of 16:06. Kanemoto & Tanaka were fired up and really putting on a show. They were showcasing their quickness and athleticism, but in a manner that set up their submission game. Kashin & Takaiwa were along for the ride, but Kanemoto & Tanaka did a great job of making them look way better than they are. The match had great atmosphere, certainly having the urgency and desperation you'd hope for from a title match. If it was lacking one thing, it was back and forth. Takaiwa tossed aside his mask at one point, but you never felt as though his team was going to be able to rise to the occasion. ***1/2 range

G1 CLIMAX TAG LEAGUE 2nd Yushoketteisen: Takashi Iizuka & Yuji Nagata vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima 13:47 of 19:09. Basic, solid, hard hitting action. The intensity was there, but nothing else made the match come off as a big final. Kojima & Iizuka were totally carrying their teams, working the body of the match with Nagata & Tenzan mainly providing the finishing sequence. ***

World Pro-Wrestling #212 BATTLE FINAL 2000 taped 12/10 Nagoya Aichi-ken Taiikukan

Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata & Yutaka Yoshie vs. Junji Hirata & Takashi Iizuka & Kenzo Suzuki. Yoshie seems to have put on some pounds. He was even lamer than usual. these guys worked pretty fast, but it was not well worked. 7:04 shown. Poor

Jushin Thunder Liger & El Samurai vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa & Shinya Makabe. Takaiwa has really short blond hair now. As usual, Samurai made the opposition look better than they are. Makabe stood up to Liger and made a point of not being beat by the shotei. At one point he kicked out of one, pounded his chest like King Kong, caught a shotei against his face, and gave liger his northern lights suplex. The only problem for him was that Liger pinned him one move later. 4:08 shown. Good

IWGP Oza Kettei Tournament: Kensuke Sasaki vs. Michiyoshi Ohara. Both men charged at each other when the bell rang, with Ohara running into Sasaki's lariat then being pinned after that one move

IWGP Junior Heavykyu Senshukenjiai: Minoru Tanaka vs. AKIRA. Both men attacked each others knees. What made this so good was that they were totally focused on this line of attack, and committed to seeing it through all the way with their actions and acting. 10:37 shown. Excellent

IWGP Tag Senshukenjiai: Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. Masahiro Chono & Tatsutoshi Goto. Tenzan & Kojima did a good job, but Goto is horrible and Chono made no attempt to make up for Goto. The match was adequate, I suppose, but it definitely should have been better because Chono has done more of late in lesser matches. 5:37 shown

NJ Strong Style #164 1/19/01
& NJ World Pro-Wrestling #213 1/19/01
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

NJ Strong Style #164 AMAZING taped 9/10/00 Hamamatsu Shi Taiikukan

Wataru Inoue vs. Katsuyori Shibata

Shiro Koshinaka & Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Hiro Saito & Michiyoshi Ohara

World Pro-Wrestling #213 The 2nd. Judgement!! taped 12/14/00 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan

EPILOGUE OF DRAGON 2nd.: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Koji Kanemoto

Shin Nihon Puroresu vs. Osaka Puroresu: Jushin Thunder Liger & Minoru Tanaka & Shinya Makabe vs. Super Delfin & Takehiro Murahama & Tsubasa

Shin Nihon vs. Zen Nihon Tag Kaimakusen: Takashi Iizuka & Yuji Nagata vs. Toshiaki Kawada & Masa Fuchi

NJ SKY PerfecTV! LIVE SPECIAL The 2nd. Judgement!! 12/14/00 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan
-3hr 30min. Q=1st Gen

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Kensuke Sasaki & Super Strong Machine vs. Masahiro Chono & T2000 Machine. **

Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Yutaka Yoshie. **1/2

Kendo Kashin vs. Michiyoshi Ohara. DUD

Satoshi Kojima vs. Kenzo Suzuki. *3/4

Shin Nihon Puroresu vs. Osaka Puroresu: Jushin Thunder Liger & Minoru Tanaka & Shinya Makabe vs. Super Delfin & Takehiro Murahama & Tsubasa. ****

Manabu Nakanishi vs. Osamu Nishimura. *3/4

EPILOGUE OF DRAGON 2nd: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Koji Kanemoto. ***

Shin Ni vs. Zen Nihon Tag Saikyosen: Takashi Iizuka & Yuji Nagata vs. Toshiaki Kawada & Masa Fuchi. ****1/4

NJPW NEW JAPAN PRO-WRESTLING'S BEST BOUTS OF 2000 millennium version Commercial Tape
-2 1/2hr. Q=Master

Highlights from 1/4, 2/20, 4/7, 5/5, 6/2, 6/9, 7/20, 7/30, G1 Climax, 9/16, 10/9/00

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