AJPW ALL JAPAN PRO-WRESTLING 2008 DVD VHS
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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

#167

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

#168

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

AJ BBanquet #171 2/9/08 2008 Shinshun Shining Series!! taped 1/9/08 Kira Messe Numazu
& AJ BBanquet #172 2/16/08 2008 Fan Appreciation Day in Osaka taped 1/26/08 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan 2
-2hr. Q=Perfect

#171

Kohei Suwama vs. Seiya Sanada 6:35 of 9:25

2/3 Falls Match: Keiji Muto & Kensuke Sasaki & Taiyo Kea & Joe Doering & Kaz Hayashi vs. Satoshi Kojima & TARU & Zodiac & Shuji Kondo & "brother" YASSHI 11:55 of 20:38, 3:18, 1:03

#172

Masanobu Fuchi & Nobukazu Hirai vs. Nobutaka Araya & Kikutaro 3:21 of 15:18

Ryuji Hijikata vs. Hajime Suruga 3:02 of 8:29

Osamu Nishimura & Manabu Soya vs. NOSAWA Rongai & TAKEMURA 10:13

Kaz Hayashi vs. Satoshi Kojima 11:57 of 12:39. Hayashi is fired up to give his former World's Strongest Tag League and World Tag Champion partner a run for his money. He jumps him before the bell, and uses his quickness and athleticism to get a few hard shots in and land a few aerial moves. The match quickly turns when Kojima stops a power plant off the apron and comes back with a DDT on the apron. Kojima slows the pace down, and from here, while an entertaining well wrestled match, Kaz is more a hopeful getting pounded on than a serious contender. Kaz does make a big comeback when Kojima tries to use a chair on him, dropkicking it into Kojima's knee and breaking the chair over his head, and has a nice hope spot with a flying crucifix. However, Kojima is confident enough to pull him up after his big lariat and instead sends a message to champion Kensuke Sasaki, his opponent on the 3/1/08 PPV, by winning with Sasaki's own strangle hold gamma. **3/4

AJ BBanquet #173 2/23/08 2008 Fan Appreciation Day in Osaka taped 1/26/08 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan 2
& AJ BBanquet #174 3/1/08 2008 Excite Series taped 2/17/08 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-2hr. Q=Perfect

#173

F-1 Tag Team Title: Keiji Muto & Kannazaki vs. Minoru Suzuki & Antonio Koinoki

300,000 Yen Roast Meat Coupon Battle Royal: Minoru Suzuki & Antonio Koinoki & Kannazaki & NOSAWA Rongai & TAKEMURA & Masanobu Fuchi & Hajime Sugura & CJ Otis & Kaz Hayashi & Osamu Nishimura & Ryuji Hijikata & T28 & Seiya Sanada & Nobukazu Hirai & Manabu Soya & Nobutaka Araya & Kikutaro Hansen

#174

TAKEMURA vs. Manabu Soya

NOSAWA Rongai & MAZADA vs. Hajime Suruga & CJ Otis

Shuji Kondo vs. Kaz Hayashi 7:58 of 16:58. Frustrating! They seemed to wrestle an awesome match that while maybe not a MOTYC like their 8/27/06 match was certainly going to be one of the highlights of the year, but GAORA butchered it bouncing all over the place because there were sequences to beautiful to skip. You started getting into the flow of the match when they showed an unedited chunk, and then the drunken lout NOSAWA & and his toadie MAZADA turn up and stop Kondo's moonsault with a chair for the pointless and super cheesy no contest. Disappointment aside, Kaz & Kondo did more than manage to show whoever was lucky enough to see it why they are one of the best pairings in wrestling today. These two play off each other about as well as anyone out there. They have so many great spots, but it's the way they counter each other back and forth before finally pulling them off that separates them from the pack. There isn't a lot of power vs. speed stuff that can compete with what they can pull off. Even in 8 minutes, there were so many highlights. My favorite portions were Kaz hitting a slingshot Frankensteiner to the floor then charged, but Kondo catapulted him into the guard rail and Kaz trying to turn Kondo's lariat into a wakigatame, but Kondo rolled through and had him up for a powerbomb only to have Kaz turn it into a sunset flip powerbomb for a super dramatic very near fall. NOSAWA rambled on after ruining the match, calling out junior champion Hijikata, but El Samurai made a surprise appearance, taking both Tokyo Gurentai members out and aligning himself with Hayashi. I don't really know how to rate half a match without a finish. The wrestling was easily excellent, but we just weren't allowed to get into it the way we should have been. ***3/4 range?

Dory Funk Jr. & Osamu Nishimura & Masanobu Fuchi vs. Nobutaka Araya & Nobukazu Hirai & Ryuji Hijikata

AJPW PURORESU LOVE in RYOGOKU Vol. 4 PPV 3/1/08 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan
-4hr. Q=Perfect

Seiya Sanada & Hajime Suruga vs. Manabu Soya & CJ Otis 10:51

NOSAWA Rongai & MAZADA & TAKEMURA vs. T28 & KAI & Hiroshi Yamato 13:53

Joe Doering & Kaz Hayashi & Ryuji Hijikata vs. Zodiac & Shuji Kondo & Naoki Tanisaki 9:53

Suwama vs. TARU 10:55

World Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Silver King vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima 12:29. You could make a really choice match by adding this match after the middle of their first title match from 10/18/07, starting just before the ref missed Silver King's foot on the rope. Their initial encounter was a much better developed match, with Nakajima's injury providing some much needed focus and drama. It was also a better and more diverse performance from Nakajima, who stretched himself rather than relying so heavily on strikes. This was pretty much Silver King's match, a slickly worked sprint with a number of impressive spots. It was rather too one-sided though, as King really took it to Nakajima. Nakajima had sporadic runs with his kicks, but despite actually being healthy this time, he was shockingly less competitive. The main element of disappointment with this match is you kept waiting for Nakajima to get his act together, but althought he'd get a near fall here and there, he was never really able to exceed the treading water stage. It had the feel of a match that was going to go 18 minutes, with Nakajima surging from about 15 onward, so it was somewhat less than satisfying that he lost relatively early on. ***1/2

Special Tag Match: Keiji Muto & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Toshiaki Kawada & Taiyo Kea 21:06

Dory Funk Jr. Retirement Match: Dory Funk Jr. & Osamu Nishimura vs. Genichiro Tenryu & Masanobu Fuchi 15:07

Triple Crown Heavyweight Title Match: Kensuke Sasaki vs. Satoshi Kojima 25:18

AJPW BBanquet #176 3/20/08 HOLD OUT TOUR 2008!! taped 3/12/08 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1hr 55min. Q=Perfect

TAKEMURA vs. CJ Otis

Junior Tag League: Hiroshi Yamato & KAI vs. T28 & KUSHIDA

Junior Tag League: Shuji Kondo & Silver King vs. Ryuji Hijikata & Katsuhiko Nakajima 9:34 of 12:34. Kondo & King dashed out and attacked, quickly laying their opponents out. Nakajima eventually began to stand up to them with his kicks, and Hijikata had his moments too, but you never felt they were truly in the match. It had the makings of either a short match where they'd lose or a long match where they'd finally make their presence felt and win, but instead Hijikata just hit an armbar out of nowhere for the win. There was too much talent involved for it to not be well wrestled, but it was very thin and insubstantial. **1/4

Junior Tag League: NOSAWA Rongai & MAZADA vs. Kaz Hayashi & El Samurai

Kensuke Sasaki & Ryuji Yamaguchi & Takashi Okita & Kento Miyahara vs. Kohei Suwama & Nobutaka Araya & Nobukazu Hirai & Hajime Suruga

Satoshi Kojima & TARU vs. Taiyo Kea & Joe Doering

Osamu Nishimura & Manabu Soya vs. Keiji Muto & Seiya Sanada

AJPW Battle Station 3/28/08 HOLD OUT TOUR 2008!! taped 3/23/08 Niigata-shi Taiikukan
-2hr. Q=Perfect

TAKEMURA & CJ Otis vs. Manabu Soya & Hajime Suruga

Junior Tag League: Hiroshi Yamato & KAI [4] vs. NOSAWA Rongai & MAZADA [5]

Junior Tag League: Katsuhiko Nakajima & Ryuji Hijikata [6] vs. T28 & KUSHIDA [4]

Junior Tag League: Kaz Hayashi & El Samurai [6] vs. Silver King & Shuji Kondo [5] 13:24 of 16:05. They paired Hayashi vs. Kondo and Samurai vs. King, the former being miles better. Hayashi did his impressive speed vs. power spots with both, which made the match. Unfortunately, Samurai was way below the level of the others, looking slow and unathletic. He took adequately, but his offense, particularly his counters, didn't look very impressive. **1/2

Satoshi Kojima & TARU & Voodoo Mask vs. Nobutaka Araya & Nobukazu Hirai & Seiya Sanada

Keiji Muto & Kohei Suwama & Joe Doering vs. Kensuke Sasaki & Osamu Nishimura & Taiyo Kea

Junior Tag League Final: Katsuhiko Nakajima & Ryuji Hijikata vs. Kaz Hayashi & El Samurai 20:29 of 24:20. Samurai took most of the match, giving a more adequate performance here, or rather, he looked better because the offense he was taking, heavy kicks, mainly required him to stand there and get blasted. When Nakajima & Hijikata were on the move, they mainly jumped into Samurai. They worked Samurai's left knee early so he had an excuse for being slow, but once he nearly KO'd Hijikata turning his running kick into a Samurai bomb off the apron, this aspect was essentially forgotten. Hijikata did a great job of selling the killer powerbomb, or perhaps he really did get knocked silly as the announcers mentioned accident, but once he made the hot tag it was back to Samurai doing all the selling. Hayashi had some brief stretches of goodness, but generally gave a better performance earlier in the night. This was a better match because Nakajima & to a lesser extent Hijikata were good. I was glad they won the tournament, but it didn't make a lot of sense that Hayashi was the one who did the job. A fine match, but rather disappointing for a big tag final, a theme that sums up this tournament in general. ***

AJ BBanquet #178 4/19/08 2008 Champion Carnival Day 3 taped 4/7/08 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
& AJ BBanquet #179 5/3/08 2008 Champion Carnival Day 4 taped 4/8/08 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-2hr. Q=Perfect

#178

Champion Carnival A Block: Toshiaki Kawada vs. Taiyo Kea

Champion Carnival A Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Keiji Muto

#179

Champion Carnival B Block: Osamu Nishimura vs. Suwama

Champion Carnival A Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Toshiaki Kawada

AJPW GAORA Special 2008 Champion Carnival A Block taped 4/5/08-4/9/08 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-3hr 35min. Q=Near Perfect. 1 DVD

4/5/08

Keiji Muto vs. Taiyo Kea

Satoshi Kojima vs. Toshiaki Kawada

4/6/08

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Taiyo Kea

Keiji Muto vs. Satoshi Kojima

4/7/08

Taiyo Kea vs. Toshiaki Kawada

Keiji Muto vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi

4/8/08

Satoshi Kojima vs. Taiyo Kea

Toshiaki Kawada vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi

4/9/08

Toshiaki Kawada vs. Keiji Muto

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Satoshi Kojima

AJPW GAORA Special 2008 Champion Carnival B Block taped 4/5/08-4/9/08 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-3hr 40min. Q=Near Perfect. 1 DVD

4/5/08

Joe Doering vs. Minoru Suzuki

Kensuke Sasaki vs. Osamu Nishimura

4/6/08

Joe Doering vs. Osamu Nishimura

Kensuke Sasaki vs. Suwama

4/7/08

Kensuke Sasaki vs. Joe Doering

Minoru Suzuki vs. Suwama

4/8/08

Suwama vs. Osamu Nishimura

Minoru Suzuki vs. Kensuke Sasaki

4/9/08

Osamu Nishimura vs. Minoru Suzuki

Suwama vs. Joe Doering

2008 Champion Carnival Final: Suwama vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi

AJ BBanquet #182 5/31/08 2008 Champion Carnival taped 4/9/08 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
& AJ BBanquet #183 6/7/08 Growin' Up 2008 Final taped 4/29/08 Nagoya Aichi-ken Taiikukan
-2hr. Q=Perfect

#182

Prelim Highlights

2008 Champion Carnival Final: Suwama vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi

#183

Minoru Suzuki & Taiyo Kea vs. Manabu Soya & Seiya Sanada

Kaz Hayashi & El Samurai & Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Shuji Kondo & Brother Yasshi & Al Daivari

World Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Silver King vs. Ryuji Hijikata

World Tag Title Match: Keiji Muto & Joe Doering vs. Yoshikazu Taru & Zodiac

AJ BBanquet #184 6/14/08 2008 Growin' Up 2008 Final taped 4/29/08 Nagoya Aichi-ken Taiikukan
& AJ BBanquet #185 6/21/08 RISE UP TOUR 2008 Final taped 5/25/08 Kobe Sambo Hall
-2hr. Q=Perfect

#184

Handicap Match: NOSAWA & MAZADA & TAKEMURA vs. Osamu Nishimura 5:48 of 22:27

Triple Crown Heavyweight Title Match: Kensuke Sasaki vs. Suwama 22:10 of 29:55

#185

Nobutaka Araya & El Samurai & Nobukazu Hirai vs. NOSAWA & MAZADA & TAKEMURA 3:18 of 13:28

World Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Ryuji Hijikata vs. Kaz Hayashi 13:00 of 23:11. Crisp junior action. I was never a big Hijikata fan in his early days, but he's fully made the transition from a limited Battlarts style kicker to a legitimate junior heavyweight champion you actually didn't mind beating the companies top junior. He's still mostly kicks, but he's not affected by the pace or transitions anymore, and generally looks as comfortable as any other kicking junior. Both men gave a big effort. It was a high impact match with some nasty suplexes from Hijikata including a dangerous backdrop early and an avalanche style fisherman buster. The editing was annoying, as they kind of bounced around showing the most spectacular spots for a while, but admittedly there wasn't much of a story anyway as it was pretty much just big spots back and forth until someone keeled over. Hayashi did an armdrag off the apron, which would seem like an obvious lucha spot, but for whatever reason is one that's hardly ever performed. Overall, a bit thin, but extremely entertaining and well executed. Samurai came out after the match to set himself up as the next challenger. ***1/2 range

Keiji Muto & Osamu Nishimura vs. Suwama & Manabu Soya 13:00 of 30:21

AJ BBanquet #186 6/28/08 RISE UP TOUR 2008 Final taped 5/25/08 Kobe Sambo Hall
& AJ BBanquet #187 7/12/08 Muto Festival taped 6/10/08 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-2hr. Q=Perfect

#186

Hair vs. Mask: Joe Doering vs. Zodiac 8:44 of 12:40

Prelim Highlights

World Tag Title Next Challenger Decision Match: Minoru Suzuki & Taiyo Kea vs. Kensuke Sasaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima 19:13

#187

Masa Fuchi & Nobukazu Hirai vs. Johnny Dunn (Araya) & Kikubonotaro 2:49 of 10:51

Osamu Nishimura & Osamu Kido & Osamu Matsuda (Samurai) vs. NOSAWA & MAZADA & TAKEMURA 6:25 of 13:28

Kaz Hayashi vs. KAI vs. Ryuji Hijikata 6:22 of 8:38. Fast, athletic junior action. It started out silly with guest referee Bomber Saito fast counting KAI & Hijikata and slow counting for Kaz, but turned into a better than average little 3 way spotfest. They stuck to it being every man for himself, refusing to do any double teaming. This meant that once one guy got another down, the third guy either pounced on the guy on top or tried to steal his pin. As the match progressed, they had two go at it while one was down recovering. Nice finish as Hijikata tried to finish Kaz in his armbar, which left him prone to KAI's frog splash. **

Suwama vs. T28 2:34 of 4:03

Suwama vs. Seiya Sanada 5:59 of 12:28

Suwama vs. Manabu Soya 4:56 of 7:48

AJ BBanquet #188 7/19/08 Muto Festival taped 6/10/08 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
& AJ BBanquet #189 7/26/08 CROSS OVER '08 Final taped 6/28/08 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan
-2hr. Q=Perfect

#188

F1 Tag Title Match: Keiji Muto & Kannazaki vs. Akebono & Hanawa 22:40 of 23:01

#189

Manabu Nakanishi vs. Nobutaka Araya 2:38 of 5:26

World Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Ryuji Hijikata vs. El Samurai 8:43 of 16:04

World Tag Title Match: Keiji Muto & Joe Doering vs. Minoru Suzuki & Taiyo Kea 18:07 of 21:04

AJ BBanquet #190 8/2/08 CROSSOVER '08 Final taped 6/28/08 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan
& AJ BBanquet #191 8/9/08 Summer Action Series Opening taped 7/20/08 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-2hr. Q=Perfect

#190

KAI & Antonio Thomas vs. Seiya Sanada & T28

Kensuke Sasaki & Kaz Hayashi & Katsuhiko Nakajima & Manabu Soya vs. TARU & Rene Dupree & Shuji Kondo & "brother" YASSHI

Triple Crown Heavyweight Title Match: Suwama vs. Osamu Nishimura 26:24 of 36:57

#191

Junior Heavweight League B Block: Kaz Hayashi vs. T28 13:11 of 13:52

Junior Heavweight League A Block: Shuji Kondo vs. KAI 16:22 of 18:49. KAI announced himself as a player in the junior scene with this surprisingly strong performance that made the idea of him winning the league seem more plausible. Kondo deserves a ton of credit here, setting up a well structured back and forth match where he did a great job of carrying the youngster and always keeping him credible. He treated it as a PPV match, bringing his A game and using his best moves on the kid. The formula was familiar to Kondo with the opponent trying to beat him through the air, so he tries to take their knee to ground them and mauls them with his power as anytime he gets the chance. KAI started strong with his aerial attack, but Kondo went right to the knee as soon as he cut him off, and they'd go back and forth between KAI's flying comebacks and Kondo's bullying, typically due to KAI having some trouble with his knee, for instance it couldn't hold up to Kondo avoiding his diving footstomp. KAI just sucked it up and kept bringing his most spectacular stuff. He's certainly not a great flyer yet, but his motivation helped make up for it. The fans were really into the match, and you could see they were buying into KAI. It wasn't time for him to beat Kondo yet, but by the end of the match, it wouldn't have felt unreasonble if he had. ***1/2

AJ BBanquet #192 8/16/08 SUMMER ACTION SERIES Opening!! taped 7/20/08 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
& AJ BBanquet #193 8/23/08 SUMMER ACTION SERIES Final!! taped 8/3/08 Ishikawa-ken Sangyo Tenjikan 3
-2hr. Q=Perfect

#192

Satoshi Kojima Return Match: Keiji Muto & Osamu Nishimura vs. Satoshi Kojima & TARU 10:56 of 18:31

Taiyo Kea & Minoru Suzuki vs. Suwama & Akira Raijin 13:51 of 24:07

#193

Junior Heavyweight League Tournament Highlights

2008 Junior Heavweight League Match B Block: TAKEMURA vs. Kaz Hayashi 5:52 of 13:24

2008 Junior Heavweight League Match A Block: El Samurai vs. Shuji Kondo 5:05 of 10:03. A real nice portion of a match. Kondo sneak attacked Samurai as he was making his entrance and ripped his mask, which rekindled Samurai's heelish tendencies. Once Samurai came back with a tope, he went wild on Kondo with a chair and used the guard rail and post to work over his arm, which led to a chickenwing armlock finish. Samurai looked better here, and you felt this could have been a high quality match if they actually put some wrestling around this framework. *3/4 range

2008 Junior Heavweight League Match B Block: KAI vs. MAZADA 5:35 of 9:48

2008 Junior Heavweight League Final: KAI vs. Silver King 10:47 of 13:00. Strong performance by Silver King, laying out a match that accentuated KAI's athletic prowess without asking anything more of him. The veteran favorite controlled the match, but in a manner that perpetually set up KAI to counter him. Both men looked impressive, with excellent counters back and forth and KAI flashing a lot of cool offense. The match was much too short for a final though, and had a generally unsatisfying ending despite the surprise outcome. ***

AJ BBanquet #194 8/30/08 SUMMER ACTION SERIES Final!! taped 8/3/08 Ishikawa-ken Sangyo Tenjikan 3
& AJ BBanquet #195 9/13/08 SUMMER IMPACT 2008 Opening!! taped 8/22/08 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-2hr. Q=Perfect

#194

Prelim highlights

Keiji Muto & Akira Raijin & Seiya Sanada vs. Satoshi Kojima & TARU & "brother" YASSHI

World Tag Team Title: Taiyo Kea & Minoru Suzuki vs. Suwama & Osamu Nishimura

#195

Satoshi Kojima vs. TARU

Shinsuke Nakamura & Hirooki Goto vs. Keiji Muto & Akira Raijin

AJPW PURORESU LOVE in RYOGOKU Vol. 5 PPV 8/31/08 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan
-4hr. Q=Perfect

Masanobu Fuchi vs. Nobutaka Araya

T28 & Hiroshi Yamato & Phil Atlas vs. Kaz Hayashi & El Samurai & Antonio Thomas

Joe Doering & Akira Raijin & Scott D'Amore vs. Zodiac & Shuji Kondo & "brother" YASSHI

Minoru Suzuki & NOSAWA Rongai & MAZADA & TAKEMURA vs. Osamu Nishimura & Nobukazu Hirai & Seiya Sanada & Manabu Soya

World Junior Heavyweight Title: Ryuji Hijikata vs. KAI

Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. TARU & Togi Makabe

IWGP Heavyweight Title: Keiji Muto vs. Hirooki Goto

Triple Crown Heavyweight Title Match: Suwama vs. Taiyo Kea

AJ BBanquet #198 10/11/08 Flashing Tour 2008 Opening taped 9/13/08 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
& AJ BBanquet #199 10/18/08 Flashing Tour 2008 Final!! taped 9/28/08 Yokohama Bunka Taiikukan
-2hr. Q=Perfect

#198

Akira Raijin Evaluation Match: Suwama vs. Akira Raijin 5:46.

Captain's Fall Elimination Match: Minoru Suzuki (c) & Taiyo Kea & NOSAWA Rongai & MAZADA & TAKEMURA vs. Keiji Muto (c) & Osamu Nishimura & Joe Doering & Kaz Hayashi & Seiya Sanada 22:07.

#199

Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan & KAI vs. Taiyo Kea & Minoru Suzuki & MAZADA 12:39 of 24:20

World Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Naomichi Marufuji vs. Ryuji Hijikata 13:53 of 25:30. Marufuji returned to his original promotion to take the junior title from a weak junior champion, rank wise. It was sort of the tale of two matches, as the first half was wrestled in Hijikata's somewhat believable style, marked by the former Battlarts wrestler dominating with his stiff offense, landing every kind of flying kick he could think of. The second half became spectacular with Marufuji's corner to corner dropkick ushering in a series of his favorite moves, though he subbed some more strikes. Though overall Marufuji did make a strong effort to do a stiffer, more credible match for the sake of his opponent, I'm not sure the two portions made the most cohesive whole. However, it could very well have been the fact that half the match was hacked that made it feel a bit disjointed. It's certainly weird whenThe striking, even from Marufuji was certainly very impressive, and it was quite well worked, but despite their efforts it wasn't the most dramatic match, at least partially because it was hard to conceive of Hijikata winning this one. ***1/4

AJ BBanquet #200 11/15/08 Flashing Tour 2008 Final!! taped 9/28/08 Yokohama Bunka Taiikukan
& AJ BBanquet #201 11/22/08 ANNIVERSARY TOUR 2008 Opening!! taped 10/11/08 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-2hr. Q=Perfect

#200

Masanobu Fuchi & Manabu Soya vs. Nobutaka Araya & Nobukazu Hirai. Digest

Osamu Nishimura & Kaz Hayashi vs. NOSAWA Rongai & TAKEMURA. Digest

TARU & Zodiac & "brother" YASSHI vs. Joe Doering & Seiya Sanada & Phil Atlas. Digest

Triple Crown Heavyweight Title Match: The Great Muta vs. Suwama

#201

Nobukazu Hirai & Shane Chang vs. Masanobu Fuchi & Nobutaka Araya

Kaz Hayashi & Shuji Kondo vs. TARU & "brother" YASSHI

Akira Raijin Last Evaluation Match: Suwama vs. Akira Raijin

AJPW PURORESU LOVE in RYOGOKU Vol. 6 PPV 11/3/08 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan
-3hr 45min. Q=Perfect

3 Way Match: Masanobu Fuchi vs. Nobutaka Araya vs. Kikutaro

Manabu Soya vs. Seiya Sanada

Taiyo Kea & NOSAWA Rongai & MAZADA vs. Osamu Nishimura & Elvis Sharp & Shane Chang

Ryota Hama Debut Match: Akebono vs. Ryota Hama

TARU & Nobukazu Hirai & "brother" YASSHI vs. Suwama & Kaz Hayashi & Ryuji Hijikata

Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Yujiro & Tetsuya Naito vs. Satoshi Kojima & KAI & Hiroshi Yamato

World Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Naomichi Marufuji vs. Shuji Kondo

Triple Crown Heavyweight Title Match: Great Muta vs. Minoru Suzuki

AJ BBanquet #208 1/17/09 2008 Sekai Saikyo Tag League taped 12/8/08 Hiroshima Sun Plaza
& AJ BBanquet #209 1/24/09 Fan Appreciation Day taped 12/14/08 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-2hr. Q=Perfect

#208

Minoru Suzuki & NOSAWA Rongai vs. KAI & Hiroshi Yamato

World's Strongest Tag League Final: Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Suwama & Shuji Kondo

#209

Masanobu Fuchi & Nobutaka Araya vs. Osamu Nishimura & Kikutaro

Handicap Rules: Ryota Hama vs. "brother" YASSHI. a. Sumo Rules, b. Amateur Wrestling Rules, c. Pro-Wrestling Rules

Voodoo Rope Match: Kaz Hayashi vs. Hate

3 Way Match: Satoshi Kojima vs. Hiroshi Yamato vs. KAI

AJPW BAPESTA!! Battle Station 12/28/08 A BATHING APE 15th Anniv. taped 12/23/08 Tokyo JCB Hall
-2hr. Q=Perfect

Great Sasuke & Tiger Mask vs. Jushin Thunder Liger & Tigers Mask

Teriyaki Boy & Super Milo vs. Kuishinbo Kamen & Ebessan III

Akebono & Jado & Gedo vs. Minoru Suzuki & NOSAWA Rongai & MAZADA

Manabu Nakanishi & THE APEMAN GOLD (Koji Kanemoto) vs. Satoshi Kojima & THE APEMAN

Keiji Muto & Ultimo Dragon & Jinsei Shinzaki vs. Masahiro Chono & TAKA Michinoku & Sanshiro Takagi

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