Zen Nihon Puroresu Tapes Videos

AJ BBanquet 4/7/07 2007 Champion Carnival taped 3/30/07 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-3hr. Q=Perfect

TARU & Kohei Suwama & RO'Z vs. Akira Raijin & Kiyonari Sanada & T28

Champion Carnival A Block: Kensuke Sasaki vs. Toru Owashi

Champion Carnival A Block: Keiji Muto vs. Taiyo Kea

Champion Carnival B Block: TAJIRI vs. Minoru Suzuki

Champion Carnival B Block: Toshiaki Kawada vs. Satoshi Kojima

Miguel Hayashi Jr. & Pepe Michinoku & El NOSAWA Mendoza vs. Masanobu Fuchi & Nobutaka Araya & Nobukazu Hirai

Shuji Kondo & "brother" YASSHI vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima & Ryuji Hijikata

Champion Carnival Final: Keiji Muto vs. Toshiaki Kawada

AJPW Battle Station Near Live 6/24/07 CROSSOVER 2007 taped 6/24/07 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-3hr. Q=Perfect

Taiyo Kea & Hawaiian Lion & Phil Atlas vs. Nobukazu Hirai & T28 & Joe Doering

Junior Heavyweight League A Block: Pepe Michinoku vs. El NOSAWA Mendoza

Junior Heavyweight League B Block: Chris Sabin vs. AKIRA

Satoshi Kojima & Kensuke Sasaki & Seiya Sanada vs. TARU & Suwama & "brother" YASSHI

Keiji Muto & Ryuji Hijikata vs. Minoru Suzuki & MAZADA

Junior Heavyweight League B Block: Dick Togo vs. Miguel Hayashi Jr.

Junior Heavyweight League A Block: Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Shuji Kondo

AJ BBanquet #147 7/28/07 taped 6/10/07 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
& AJ BBanquet #148 8/4/07 CROSSOVER 2007 Final taped 7/1/07 Kanagawa Yokohama Bunka Taiikukan
-2hr. Q=Perfect


Los Mexican Amigos (Nobutaka Araya & Miguel Hayashi Jr. & NOSAWA Mendoza & Pepe Michinoku) vs. AKIRA & Phil Atlas & Ryuji Hijikata & Nobukazu Hirai

Satoshi Kojima vs. Seiya Sanada

Muto Rumble: Kaz Hayashi & Kannazaki & Keiji Muto & Space Lone Wolf vs. Nobutaka Araya & Kikuto-senshu & Lingerie Muto & Nise Great Muta


Junior Heavyweight League Final: Chris Sabin vs. Shuji Kondo 12:30 of 15:45. Exciting match pitting Sabin's flying against Kondo's power. Sabin ran circles around Kondo, hitting all sorts of hot moves, but was flattened whenever Kondo managed to get hold of him. The match was mainly a showcase for Sabin's athleticism, as Kondo went out of his way to allow him to shine. They blew the setup for Sabin's reverse Frankensteiner, but otherwise they worked really well together. I particularly enjoyed Sabin headscissoring Kondo off the apron. ***1/2

Taiyo Kea & Kensuke Sasaki & Seiya Sanada vs. Satoshi Kojima & Suwama & TARU

AJ BBanquet #159 11/3/07 2007 SHINING SERIES Opening taped 10/8/07 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
& AJ BBanquet #160 11/10/07 35th Anniversary PURORESU LOVE in YOYOGI!! taped 10/18/07 Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium Gymnasium #2
-2hr. Q=Perfect


T28 vs. Yujiro Kushida

Silver King vs. Ryuji Hijikata

YAMADA & TANAKA & AKIYOSHI vs. Miguel Hayashi Jr. & PEPE Michinoku & Kikutaro

All Japan 35th Anniversary Special Tag Match: Toshiaki Kawada & Taiyo Kea & Masanobu Fuchi vs. Kensuke Sasaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima & Ryuji Yamaguchi 23:38 of 31:04. Solid, high impact match that was no classic because it was kind of laid back, seemingly because they were going so long, but certainly very well executed brutality. Sasaki & Kea were the most energetic of the bunch early, and Nakajima got into it when he was in later on. Sasaki vs. Kawada was the main focus, including the massive Sasaki chop exchange, setting up their title match on 10/18/07. Yamaguchi was still quite green, but clearly trained in Sasaki's style. He wasn't a major part, and Fuchi was nowhere to be seen, which was just as well. The key segment had Kawada unloading on Sasaki, ultimately knocking him out with a couple enzuigiris. Nakajima & Yamaguchi went 2 on 3 while Sasaki recovered on the floor, but couldn't hold out long enough for him to clear the cobwebs, and wound up helping their dazed leader back to the locker room after the match. The ironic thing is Nakajima was actually the one injured in this match, sustaining a fractured bone in his wrist or lower arm. ***


World Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Silver King 11:00 of 19:12. Excellent wrestling soiled by Vince style booking. Silver King can certainly still go. He had no problem amping up the stiffness, but it was fun seeing Nakajima alter his style and largely do an athletic junior style match, wrestling a much faster pace with more high spots than in his mostly stiff kicking displays teaming with Sasaki. They did a fast opening transitioning to the body where King abused Nakajima's fractured bone, leading to Akira Hokuto contemplating throwing in the towel. They were working on a really high level, but their strong, logical enough match quickly went awry when things got gimmicky and totally killed the momentum. First the ref gave Nakajima the match despite King clearly getting his foot on the ropes, which gave new commissioner Hiroshi Hase something to do, restarting the match. Silver King thought or decided he won with an armbar because the ref made him rope break, and told Hase that Nakajima couldn't continue and the belt was his. Then they quickly did a nonsensical double KO where Silver King couldn't get up from his own belly to back suplex for reasons known only to the booker. After the match, Shuji Kondo came in and took a cheap shot to the bad arm and ran off with Nakajima's title. ***

Triple Crown Heavyweight Title Match: Kensuke Sasaki vs. Toshiaki Kawada 14:32 of 26:05. Anyone who thinks Kawada is indifferent or washed up need only to see this match to understand the sort of awesomeness he's still more than capable of delivering when he has an opponent that will listen to him. Kawada was the one who got Kensuke out of the eight year lull that saw the once promising partner of Hiroshi Hase turned into the no selling Power Roider and then the bland, stalling heavyweight champion who failed to thrill us with his step over and grab the arm finisher. Their first match on 10/9/00 ushered in the new Sasaki, who is one of the best and most brutal wrestlers on the planet, and this latest entry was yet another classic. Kawada seems to know what Sasaki is lacking, and two of his biggest weaknesses were actually the strengths of this match. Sasaki is as stiff as they come now, but his chop exchanges are often rather masturbatory, and they take the place of actual wrestling maneuvers. Kawada did more or less as sick a match with Sasaki as Kobashi or anyone else has, but he got both men to portray the damage of the bludgeoning blows rather than just stand toe to toe and blast away in a battle of machismo. He also got Sasaki to mix things up by using his bombs and suplexes, building the match around Sasaki's Northern Lights bomb. They teased the Northern Lights bomb on the floor twice before Sasaki practically knocking Kawada out with it early on, but that wasn't enough for Sasaki, he dragged a still groggy Kawada up and aimed to deliver an encore but the ref stepped in. Kawada spent the majority of the match trying to battle back from this cataclysmic blow. If that wasn't enough, when Kawada was finally beginning to dominate, he sustained a nasty cut on his left eyelid, seemingly from his own vertical drop brainbuster, that was running into the eye socket. They really ratcheted the pace up in the final minutes. They didn't do a bunch of crazy head droppings, but in later 90's Kawada style, the match was ultimately more about the big moves than about the stiffness, culminating with Sasaki using his Northern Lights bomb to retain. Both men showed great stamina and were working on the highest level throughout this spirited, dramatic encounter. Sasaki showed none of the awkwardness or clumsyness that usually occurs when he branches out from stiffness. It was the best he's worked in years, and that says a lot given he's had a number of excellent matches the past few years. It's a shame this wasn't a PPV or even a Near Live, as I suspect both matches would have benefitted quite a bit from being seen in their proper, complete form, particularly this one which was even well thought out. ****1/4

AJ BBanquet #167 1/12/08 Fan Appreciation Day taped 12/16/07 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
& AJ BBanquet #168 1/19/08 2008 Shinshun Shining Series taped 1/2/08 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-2hr. Q=Perfect


Manabu Soya vs. Masanobu Fuchi

F-1 Tag Title: Keiji Muto & Kannazaki vs. Kensuke Sasaki & Fake Sasaki

Satoshi Kojima & Shuji Kondo vs. Osamu Nishimura & Seiya Sanada


Hajime Suruga Debut Match: Hajime Suruga vs. Manabu Soya

Ryuji Hijikata & MAZADA & T28 vs. Kaz Hayashi & TAKA Michinoku & NOSAWA Rongai

Zodiac & Shuji Kondo & "brother" YASSHI vs. Osamu Nishimura & Taiyo Kea & Seiya Sanada