Zen Nihon Puroresu Tapes Videos

AJPW Zen Nihon Puroresu Special 4/6/05 REALIZE taped 2/16/05 Tokyo Kokuritsu Yoyogi Kyogijo Taiikukain 2
-3hr Q=TV Master


Love Machine Storm & Makai Love Machine #2 & Mini Love Machine #2 vs. Tomoaki Honma & Taichi Ishikari & Akira Raijin

AKIRA & Toshizo vs. Kaz Hayashi & Katsuhiko Nakajima

2004 Strongest Tag vs. 2004 Weakest Tag Handicap Match: Taiyo Kea & Jamal vs. Masanobu Fuchi & Nobutaka Araya & Nobukazu Hirai

RO&D vs. Voodoo Murders: TARU & Chuck Palumbo & Johnny Stamboli vs. TAKA Michinoku & Buchanan & Rico

Kohei Suwama Trial Series 3rd & Kensuke Sasaki Anniversary Match: Kensuke Sasaki vs. Kohei Suwama

Keiji Muto vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi

Triple Crown Heavyweight Title Match: Toshiaki Kawada vs. Satoshi Kojima

AJPW Battle Station Near Live 3/20/05 HOLD OUT TOUR taped 3/20/05 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-2 1/2. Q=Perfect

AKIRA & Tomoaki Honma & Toshizo vs. TARU & Shuji Kondo & "brother" YASSHI

Champion Carnival 2005 Participation Match: Nobutaka Araya vs. Kohei Suwama

TAKA Michinoku vs. NOSAWA

Keiji Muto & Akira Raijin vs. Toshiaki Kawada & Taichi Ishikari

Satoshi Kojima & Kaz Hayashi vs. Kensuke Sasaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima 12:25. A brutally stiff war in Kensuke's style that developed into a wrestling match which took advantage of the abilities of the others. Started strong with even Hayashi laying into the opposition. Hayashi was the primary whipping boy though because that's not his strong suit, so he wound up being primarily responsible for changing the style in his favor. The work was good too, but the match failed to pick up steam, and ended way too early. It clearly had the potential to be a 4 star match, but it was ultimately rather incomplete. ***1/4

World Tag Title Match: Taiyo Kea & Jamal vs. Johnny Stamboli & Chuck Palumbo

AJPW Battle Station Near Live 4/10/05 2005 Champion Carnival taped 4/10/05 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-2hr 50min. Q=Perfect

Toshizo & Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. TAKA Michinoku & BLUE-K

TARU & Chuck Palumbo & "brother" YASSHI vs. Kaz Hayashi & Tomoaki Honma & Kohei Suwama

Champion Carnival A Block: Taiyo Kea vs. Love Machine Arashi

Champion Carnival B Block: Buchanan vs. Jamal

Champion Carnival A Block: Satoshi Kojima vs. Shuji Kondo 15:44. Kondo wasn't anywhere near Kojima's level, both in push and in ability, but Kojima didn't dominate or abuse him. Kojima didn't have to go all out to beat him, so it wasn't the match it could have been, but it built pretty well and had some drama even though the outcome was never in doubt. Given Kojima likes to have junior style matches with heavyweights, I was surprised at how methodical it was early. They stepped it up in the second half though, with Kondo injuring Kojima's knee helping him to appear to have a chance, even though it was ultimately just a brief diversion. **3/4

Champion Carnival A Block: Giant Bernard vs. Kensuke Sasaki

Champion Carnival B Block: Keiji Muto vs. Toshiaki Kawada 30:00. The root of my dislike for Muto is his sabotaging of his matches against Nobuhiko Takada, and he's continued the same lazy, disrespectful, pansy ass tactics with just about every shooter type he's fought since, particularly Kawada. Muto's spirited start made me hope tonight was going to be different, injuring Kawada's knee at the bell and figure 4ing him on the floor (Kawada later avenged with an armbar on the floor). It was fools gold though, as Muto lacks the health and the offense to do a long match, so putting his knee attack early simply allows him to reset the tedious loop a few times later on. I could live with his repetition, but the match quickly devolved into the same anti shooter nonsense where in order to avoid having the shooter look good by opening up on him with their kicks, Muto just lays around on the mat. In order for the shooter to look good by actually doing some credible, quality submission work, he refuses to take their bait for counters and does pro style moves that don't hold water. I was beginning to get really frustrated when Kawada set up his backdrop, but Muto dug in so Kawada couldn't do it, and proceeded to stall for a few more minutes. The match was totally devoid of urgency, and very much lacking in intensity. Kawada was handling Muto very gently, and at some point just gave up and mailed it in because it wasn't worth the effort to fight for quality Muto wasn't going to deliver. *3/4

AJ Banquet #52 6/1/05 2005 Champion Carnival taped 4/14 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan
-1hr Q=TV Master

Champion Carnival Block A: Taiyo Kea vs. Giant Bernard 10:51

Champion Carnival Block A: Satoshi Kojima vs. Arashi 15:09

Champion Carnival Block A: Kensuke Sasaki vs. Shuji Kondo 14:29

AJPW Battle Station 6/5/05 RISE UP TOUR taped 5/29/05 Hyogo Kobe Sambo Hall
-2hr. Q=Perfect

Only Champion Carnival: Tomoaki Honma vs. Arashi

AKIRA & Taichi Ishikari vs. TAKA Michinoku & Kikutaro

Taiyo Kea & Buchanan vs. Nobutaka Araya & Nobukazu Hirai

Toshiaki Kawada vs. Shuji Kondo 9:13. Kawada respected Kondo as a willing and able adversary, and went after him as if he were a serious heavyweight adversary. The problem is that since he isn't, Kawada won the strike exchanges then dominating the rest of the match. Kondo made the briefest of comebacks after YASSHI interfered, but it was basically just a squash match. *3/4

TARU & Giant Bernard & "brother" YASSHI vs. Keiji Muto & Suwama & NOSAWA Rongai

Satoshi Kojiima & Kaz Hayashi vs. Kensuke Sasaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima 20:35. As good a pairing as it sounded, everyone pushing one another to be more diverse. The backbone was Sasaki's brutality, but there weren't tons of exchanges as the pace was more Kojima's action style, and the juniors got everyone doing more high spots even though they were kicking the crap out of each other as well. They tended to pair heavy vs. heavy and junior vs. junior but the mixed portions produced some interesting stuff and weren't wholly one-sided. It wasn't a big show effort, but they were never biding their time or holding back, so it was certainly a nice TV taping main event. ***1/2