NJPW NEW JAPAN PRO-WRESTLING 2005 DVD VHS
Shin Nihon Puroresu Tapes Videos


NJPW WORLD PRO-WRESTLING - COMPLETE - 3/6/05 TOKON FESTIVAL ~ WRESTLING WORLD 2005 taped 1/4/05 Tokyo Dome
-3hr. Q=TV Master

Wataru Inoue & Katsushi Takemura vs. Jado & Gedo

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title #1 Contender Match: Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Koji Kanemoto

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Heat vs. Tiger Mask

Amaresu Exhibition Match: Yuji Nagata vs. Katsuhiko Nagata

Minoru Suzuki vs. Takashi Iizuka

Satoshi Kojima vs. Osamu Nishimura

8 Man Ultimate Royal:
Round 1: Ron Waterman vs. Masayuki Naruse
Round 1: Manabu Nakanishi vs. Toru Yano
Round 1: Dolgorsuren Sumiyabazar vs. Mitsuya Nagai
Round 1: Yuji Nagata vs. Blue Wolf
Semifinal: Ron Waterman vs. Manabu Nakanishi
Semifinal: Yuji Nagata vs. Dolgorsuren Sumiyabazar
Final: Ron Waterman vs. Yuji Nagata

Dogfight: Masahiro Chono vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Riki Choshu

IWGP U-30 Openweight Title Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura 24:45. Another key step toward reclaiming puroresu from the crotchety and broken, NJPW didn't bother having their top title defended at all, and instead has their two young studs headline the Tokyo Dome in a battle over the under 30 title, just recently recognized as an IWGP belt. The bout was an excellent showcase for both men, based in Nakamura's more credible style, but with plenty of flourishes of action from Tanahashi. The structuring was a bit abnormal in that they used more highspots early to get the crowd into it, and let some of the big moves set up a very submission oriented finishing segment, getting over the idea that submissions gave them the best chance to achieve victory. Tanahashi did a suicida early where he wound up coming down on a chair and DDT'd Nakamura on the apron, but the match was more about his aggressiveness and Nakamura's submission skills than these sort of maneuvers. Tanahashi had an attitude throughout, refusing to shake Nakamura's hand at the outset and slapping him around when he got the chance, which eventually led to Nakamura losing his temper and tackling Tanahashi. Nakamura sustained a bloody mouth, but was generally the one hitting harder and devoted plenty of time to teasing and setting up the eventual armbar finish. It was an intense, evenly contested contest where Tanahashi kept narrowly avoiding the armbar. They didn't exactly tear the house down, but certainly did a damn good match where they stayed true to themselves and proved they could deliver in the big spot without a veteran presence. ***3/4

NJ 2/9/05 NEW YEAR GOLD SERIES 2005 taped 1/26 Miyagi-ken Sports Center
-2hr. Q=TV Master

Yujiro vs. Akiya Anzawa 7:08

Hirooki Goto vs.Hiroshi Nagao 7:21

Tatsutoshi Goto vs. Naofumi Yamamoto 3:56

Ryusuke Taguchi Farewell Match #2: Ryusuke Taguchi & Taiji Ishimori vs. Tiger Mask & El Samurai 11:17

New Japan vs. BLACK NEW JAPAN: Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Katsushi Takemura 14:28

6. New Japan vs. BLACK NEW JAPAN: Koji Kanemoto & Wataru Inoue vs. Jado & Gedo 13:42

New Japan vs. BLACK NEW JAPAN 5 vs 5 Singles Elimination Match: Yuji Nagata & Osamu Nishimura & Togi Makabe & Shinsuke Nakamura & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Masahiro Chono & Manabu Nakanishi & Mitsuya Nagai & Minoru Tanaka & Harry Smith 65:14

NJPW WORLD PRO-WRESTLING - COMPLETE - 3/5/05 taped 1/30/05 Tsukisamu Green Dome
-2hr 20min. Q=Near Perfect. 1 DVD

Akiya Anzawa vs. Naofumi Yamamoto

El Samurai vs. Taiji Ishimori

Mitsuya Nagai & Masayuki Naruse vs. Takashi Iizuka & Hirooki Goto

Koji Kanemoto & Wataru Inoue & Katsushi Takemura vs. Minoru Tanaka & Jado & Gedo

Jushin Thunder Liger & Harry Smith vs. Tiger Mask & Hiroshi Nagao

Osamu Nishimura & Togi Makabe vs. Riki Choshu & Tomohiro Ishii

Manabu Nakanishi vs. Yutaka Yoshie

Masahiro Chono & Minoru Suzuki vs. Kensuke Sasaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima

IWGP Tag Title Match: Shinsuke Nakamura & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Yuji Nagata

NJPW SKY PerfecTV! LIVE SPECIAL NEW YEAR GOLD SERIES 2005 2/20/05 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan
-4 1/2hr. Q=Perfect

Hiroshi Nagao vs. Naofumi Yamamoto

Hirooki Goto & Akiya Anzawa vs. Yujiro & Katsuhiko Nakajima

Togi Makabe & Masayuki Naruse vs. Yutaka Yoshie & Masahito Kakihara

Minoru Tanaka & Jado & Gedo & James Gibson vs. Koji Kanemoto & Wataru Inoue & Katsushi Takemura & Taiji Ishimori

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tiger Mask vs. Jushin Thunder Liger 16:07

Osamu Nishimura vs. Riki Choshu

New Japan vs. Black New Japan - Singles Elimination Match: Masahiro Chono & Manabu Nakanishi & Minoru Suzuki & Mitsuya Nagai vs. Yuji Nagata & Kensuke Sasaki & Shinsuke Nakamura & Hiroshi Tanahashi

IWGP Heavyweight & Triple Crown Title Match: Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Satoshi Kojima 59:49

NJPW WORLD PRO-WRESTLING - COMPLETE - 4/6/05 NEW YEAR GOLD SERIES 2005 taped 2/20/05 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan
-3hr. Q=TV Master

Hiroshi Nagao vs. Naofumi Yamamoto

Hirooki Goto & Akiya Anzawa vs. Yujiro & Katsuhiko Nakajima

Togi Makabe & Masayuki Naruse vs. Yutaka Yoshie & Masahito Kakihara

Minoru Tanaka & Jado & Gedo & James Gibson vs. Koji Kanemoto & Wataru Inoue & Katsushi Takemura & Taiji Ishimori

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tiger Mask vs. Jushin Thunder Liger 16:07

Osamu Nishimura vs. Riki Choshu

New Japan vs. Black New Japan - Singles Elimination Match: Masahiro Chono & Manabu Nakanishi & Minoru Suzuki & Mitsuya Nagai vs. Yuji Nagata & Kensuke Sasaki & Shinsuke Nakamura & Hiroshi Tanahashi

IWGP Heavyweight & Triple Crown Title Match: Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Satoshi Kojima 59:49

NJPW SXW 3/14/05 taped 3/4/05 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-2hr. Q=Perfect

Young Lion Cup: Akiya Anzawa vs. Hiroshi Nagao

Young Lion Cup: Hiroyuki Ito vs. Yujiro

Young Lion Cup: Hirooki Goto vs. Naofumi Yamamoto

Minoru Tanaka & Puma & Tommy Williams vs. Tiger Mask & El Samurai & Taiji Ishimori

Mitsuya Nagai & Ryushi Yanagisawa vs. Togi Makabe & Masayuki Naruse

Takashi Iizuka & Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Yuji Nagata & Masahito Kakihara

Minoru Suzuki & Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Osamu Nishimura & Katsushi Takemura

Masahiro Chono & Manabu Nakanishi & Scott Norton vs. Yutaka Yoshie & Shinsuke Nakamura & Hiroshi Tanahashi

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Title Match: Koji Kanemoto & Wataru Inoue vs. Jado & Gedo

NJ SXW 4/3/05 BIG FIGHT SERIES 2005 taped 3/15 Ishikawa-ken Sangyo Tenjikan
-2hr. Q=TV Master

Takashi Iizuka vs. Naofumi Yamamoto 2:26

Young Lion Cup: Hiroyuki Ito vs. Hiroshi Nagao 3:54

Young Lion Cup: Akiya Anzawa vs. Hirooki Goto 8:51

El Samurai & Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Yujiro & Puma 10:55

Minoru Tanaka & Jado & Gedo vs. Wataru Inoue & Katsushi Takemura & Taiji Ishimori 10:49

Osamu Nishimura & Masayuki Naruse vs. Black Strong Machine & Ryushi Yanagisawa 13:56

Minoru Suzuki & Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Yuji Nagata & Koji Kanemoto 17:57

Masahiro Chono & Manabu Nakanishi & Togi Makabe beat Yutaka Yoshie & Shinsuke Nakamura & Hiroshi Tanahashi 19:02

NJ 4/1/05 BIG FIGHT Series 2005 taped 3/21 Amagasaki
-2hr. Q=TV Master

Katsushi Takemura vs. Yujiro 3:23

Tiger Mask & Taiji Ishimori vs. Minoru Tanaka & Puma 9:41

Hiro Saito & Yutaka Yoshie & Masayuki Naruse vs. Black Strong Machine & Togi Makabe & Jushin Thunder Liger 9:44

Young Lion Cup: Hirooki Goto vs. Hiroshi Nagao 6:03

Young Lion Cup: Hiroyuki Ito vs. Akiya Anzawa 7:59

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Minoru Suzuki 20:00

Manabu Nakanishi vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi 11:19

Yuji Nagata vs. Takashi Iizuka 17:31

Masahiro Chono & Ron Waterman vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Osamu Nishimura 13:55

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Title Match: Koji Kanemoto & Wataru Inoue vs. Jado & Gedo 44:09 (about 18 min shown)

NJ SKY PerfecTV! LIVE SPECIAL NEXESS V 3/26/05 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan
-4hr 10min. Q=Perfect. 2 DVD

Tatsumi Fujinami Return Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Osamu Nishimura 15:00

Koji Kanemoto & Wataru Inoue vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima & Taiji Ishimori

Tiger Mask & El Samurai & Masahito Kakihara vs. Masked CTU-L & Masked CTU-T & Masked CTU-G

Yutaka Yoshie & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Togi Makabe & Ryushi Yanagisawa

IWGP Heavyweight Title #1 Contender Tournament Semifinal: Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Manabu Nakanishi

Young Lion Cup Final: Hirooki Goto vs. Hiroyuki Ito

Ron Waterman & Minoru Suzuki vs. Kensuke Sasaki & Takashi Iizuka

Tsuyoshi Kosaka vs. Yuji Nagata

IWGP Heavyweight Title #1 Contender Tournament Final: Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Masahiro Chono 19:02

IWGP Heavyweight Title Match: Satoshi Kojima vs. Shinsuke Nakamura 60:00

NJ Samurai 7/2/05 EXCITING BATTLE IN TOTTORI ~ G1 OF SPRING EVE taped 4/16/05 Tottori Industrial Gymnasium
-2hr. Q=Perfect

Naofumi Yamamoto vs. Hiroshi Nagao

Jado & Gedo vs. Masahito Kakihara & Akiya Anzawa

Samurai! TV Openweight Tag Tournament Semifinal: Shinsuke Nakamura & Wataru Inoue vs. Togi Makabe & Minoru Tanaka

Samurai! TV Openweight Tag Tournament Semifinal: Yuji Nagata & Hirooki Goto vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi & Koji Kanemoto

Hiro Saito & Tatsutoshi Goto vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Yujiro

Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Tiger Mask vs. Black Strong Machine & Jushin Thunder Liger

Samurai! TV Openweight Tag Tournament Final: Yuji Nagata & Hirooki Goto vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Wataru Inoue

NJ SKY PerfecTV! LIVE SPECIAL NEXESS VI 5/14/05 Tokyo Dome
-3hr 20min. Q=Perfect

Togi Makabe & Toru Yano vs. Osamu Nishimura & Yutaka Yoshie 5:36

Minoru Suzuki vs. Alexander Otsuka 4:46

IWGP Junior Tag Title Match: Koji Kanemoto & Wataru Inoue vs. Minoru & Hirooki Goto 14:42

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tiger Mask vs. Black Tiger 9:28

Yuji Nagata vs. Tsuyoshi Kosaka 8:35

Keiji Muto vs. Ron Waterman 11:16

IWGP Tag Title Match: Shinsuke Nakamura & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Kendo Kashin 17:59

Super Dream Tag Match: Tatsumi Fujinami & Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Masahiro Chono & Jushin Thunder Liger 14:49

IWGP Heavyweight Title Match: Satoshi Kojima vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan 19:34

NJ BS Asahi 5/26/05 & 6/2/05 taped 5/14/05 Tokyo Dome
-1hr 50min. Q=Perfect

NJPW 05/26/05 taped 5/14/05 Tokyo Dome

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Title: Minoru & Hirooki Goto vs. Koji Kanemoto & Wataru Inoue

6/3/98: Koji Kanemoto vs. Dr. Wagner Jr.

IWGP Heavyweight Title: Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Satoshi Kojima

NJPW 6/2/05 Jushin Thunder Liger Special

6/13/94: Super Delfin vs. Jushin Thunder Liger

6/12/96: Black Tiger vs. Jushin Thunder Liger

5/16/98: Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa

5/14/05, Super Dream Tag Match: Tatsumi Fujinami & Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Masahiro Chono & Jushin Thunder Liger

NJ Express #1 6/2/05 BLACK HOLE taped 5/29 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-2hr. Q=TV Master

Masked CTU-M & Masked CTU-L & Masked CTU-J & Masked CTU-G vs. Tatsutoshi Goto & Koji Kanemoto & El Samurai & Wataru Inoue 17:39

Minoru & Hirooki Goto vs. Tiger Mask & Katsushi Takemura 15:24

European Catch Rules: Masahiro Chono & Minoru Suzuki vs. Takashi Iizuka & Shinsuke Nakamura R4 2:27

Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Hiroshi Tanahashi 22:42

NJ WORLD PRO-WRESTLING - COMPLETE - 5/31/05 NEW JAPAN CUP ~New Japan Openweight Tournament~
taped 4/24 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan
-2hr. Q=TV Master

Hiroshi Nagao vs. Yujiro 6:59

Koji Kanemoto & Tiger Mask & Wataru Inoue vs. Jushin Thunder Liger & Masked CTU-M & Hirooki Goto 20:00

New Japan Cup - Semi Final: Manabu Nakanishi vs. Kendo Kashin 10:20

New Japan Cup - Semi Final: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan 19:45

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima 3:59

Satoshi Kojima vs. Togi Makabe 13:47

Elimination Match: Masahiro Chono & Yuji Nagata & Scott Norton & Ryushi Yanagisawa vs. Takashi Iizuka & Osamu Nishimura & Yutaka Yoshie & Shinsuke Nakamura 23:53

New Japan Cup - Final: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Manabu Nakanishi 19:21

NJ SXW 6/3/05 BEST OF THE SUPER Jr. XII taped 5/21 Hiratsuka
-2hr. Q=TV Master

Minoru & Jado & Gedo vs. Tiger Mask & Masahito Kakihara & Katsushi Takemura 11:55

Yutaka Yoshie & Hiroshi Nagao vs. Hiro Saito & Naofumi Yamamoto 10:55

Best of the Super Jr. - Block B: Black Tiger vs. Akiya Anzawa 6:13

Best of the Super Jr. - Block A: Hirooki Goto vs. El Samurai 10:08

Best of the Super Jr. - Block A: Koji Kanemoto vs. Stampede Kid 9:34

Shinsuke Nakamura & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Togi Makabe & Toru Yano 15:41

Best of the Super Jr. - Block B: Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Wataru Inoue 16:50

Masahiro Chono & Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Takashi Iizuka & Blue Wolf 19:39

NJ 6/18/05 BEST OF THE SUPER Jr. XII taped 6/11/05 Okayama-ken
-2hr. Q=TV Master

Takashi Iizuka & Yujiro vs. Masahito Kakihara & Akiya Anzawa

IWGP U-30 Openweight Title League: Harry Smith vs. Naofumi Yamamoto

IWGP U-30 Openweight Title League: Blue Wolf vs. Hiroshi Nagao

Yutaka Yoshie & El Samurai vs. Black Strong Machine & Stampede Kid

Best of the Super Jr. Block A: Minoru vs. Hirooki Goto

Best of the Super Jr. Block B: Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Katsushi Takemura

Best of the Super Jr. Block B: Wataru Inoue vs. Tiger Mask

Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Shinsuke Nakamura & Osamu Nishimura vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Togi Makabe & Toru Yano

Hiroshi Tanahashi & Koji Kanemoto vs. Yuji Nagata & Gedo

NJ 6/28/05 BEST OF THE SUPER Jr. XII taped 6/13 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan 2
-2hr. Q=TV Master

Hiroshi Nagao vs. Yujiro 7:39

Tatsutoshi Goto vs. Naofumi Yamamoto 3:13

Best of the Super Jr. Block B: Katsushi Takemura vs. Akiya Anzawa 7:46

Tiger Mask & El Samurai vs. Hirooki Goto & Stampede Kid 10:30

IWGP U-30 Openweight Title League: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Harry Smith 9:38

Masahiro Chono & Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Takashi Iizuka & Wataru Inoue 13:01

Best of the Super Jr. Block A: Minoru vs. Koji Kanemoto 19:38. Kick, suplex, and submission junior style. They had excellent chemistry and pulled everything off with explosiveness and fluidity. Kanemoto really worked Tanaka over with strikes, especially early on. Minoru came back attacking the left knee to set up his leg submissions. Kanemoto was tougher and Minoru was quicker with superior submissions, but there wasn't much story, and ultimately there was a lot of suplexes toward the end. They took everything they did from start to finish seriously though, and made the rope escapes dramatic. ***1/2

Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Osamu Nishimura vs. Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi 25:48

NJ SXW 6/27/05 BEST OF THE SUPER Jr. XII Kessho Tournament taped 6/19 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-2hr. Q=TV Master

Tatsutoshi Goto vs. Naofumi Yamamoto 2:43

Jushin Thunder Liger & Jado & Masked CTU-MZ vs. Takashi Iizuka & Masahito Kakihara & Katsushi Takemura 11:13

Best of the Super Jr. Semifinal: Tiger Mask vs. Minoru 12:03

Best of the Super Jr. Semifinal: Gedo vs. Koji Kanemoto 10:54

El Samurai & Akiya Anzawa vs. Hirooki Goto & Stampede Kid 18:48

Togi Makabe & Toru Yano vs. Blue Wolf & Hiroshi Nagao 7:34

Masahiro Chono & Harry Smith vs. Hiro Saito & Yutaka Yoshie 8:05

Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi & Kazuyuki Fujita & Kendo Kashin vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Osamu Nishimura & Shinsuke Nakamura & Hiroshi Tanahashi 22:31

Best of the Super Jr. Final: Tiger Mask vs. Gedo 16:03

NJ SXW 7/20/05 SUMMER FIGHT SERIES 2005 taped 7/1 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-2hr. Q=TV Master

Alexander Otsuka vs. Yujiro 7:56

Blue Wolf vs. Ryushi Yanagisawa 6:33

New Japan vs. BLACK NEW JAPAN 6 Openweight Tags: Shinsuke Nakamura & Koji Kanemoto VS. Yuji Nagata & Jado 14:54

New Japan vs. BLACK NEW JAPAN 6 Openweight Tags: Hiro Saito & Yutaka Yoshie vs. Togi Makabe & Minoru 10:52

New Japan vs. BLACK NEW JAPAN 6 Openweight Tags: Toru Yano & Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Takashi Iizuka & Masahito Kakihara 13:02

New Japan vs. BLACK NEW JAPAN 6 Openweight Tags: Manabu Nakanishi & Hirooki Goto vs. Osamu Nishimura & El Samurai 17:44

New Japan vs. BLACK NEW JAPAN 6 Openweight Tags: Hiroshi Tanahashi & Tiger Mask vs. Black Strong Machine & Gedo 15:43

New Japan vs. BLACK NEW JAPAN 6 Openweight Tags: Masahiro Chono & Dick Togo vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Naofumi Yamamoto 15:53

NJ SXW 7/25/05 SUMMER FIGHT SERIES 2005 taped 7/3/05 Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall #11
-2hr. Q=Perfect

Jado vs. Naofumi Yamamoto

Gedo vs. Masahito Kakihara

Hiro Saito & Yutaka Yoshie vs. Togi Makabe & Toru Yano

Osamu Nishimura & Tatsutoshi Goto vs. Black Strong Machine & Ryushi Yanagisawa

Shinsuke Nakamura & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Blue Wolf & Masayuki Naruse

Jushin Thunder Liger & Minoru & Hirooki Goto vs. Koji Kanemoto & Tiger Mask & El Samurai

Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Takashi Iizuka

NJ Samurai 7/22/05 SUMMER FIGHT SERIES 2005 taped 7/17/05 Sapporo Teisen Hall
-3hr. Q=Perfect. 2 DVDs

Blue Wolf vs. Naofumi Yamamoto

Jado vs. Hiroshi Nagao

Ron Waterman & Black Strong Machine vs. Tatsutoshi Goto & Masayuki Naruse

New Japan vs. Black New Japan 5 Openweight Tags: Masahiro Chono & Gedo vs. Osamu Nishimura & El Samurai

New Japan vs. Black New Japan 5 Openweight Tags: Yuji Nagata & Kendo Kashin vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Yujiro

New Japan vs. Black New Japan 5 Openweight Tags: Manabu Nakanishi & Hirooki Goto vs. Yutaka Yoshie & Tiger Mask

New Japan vs. Black New Japan 5 Openweight Tags: Jushin Thunder Liger & Toru Yano vs. Takashi Iizuka & Masahito Kakihara

New Japan vs. Black New Japan 5 Openweight Tags: Shinsuke Nakamura & Koji Kanemoto vs. Togi Makabe & Minoru

NJPW SXW Live G1 CLIMAX 2005 League Match 8/4/05 Fukuoka Kokusai Center
-3 1/2hr. Q=Perfect. 2 DVDs

G1 Climax B Block: Yutaka Yoshie [2] vs. Togi Makabe [0] 12:33

G1 Climax B Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi [1] vs. Toru Yano [1] 30:00

G1 Climax A Block: Osamu Nishimura [1] vs. Minoru Suzuki [1] 30:00

G1 Climax A Block: Tatsumi Fujinami [2] vs. Kendo Kashin [0] 4:50

G1 Climax B Block: Kazuyuki Fujita [2] vs. Tatsutoshi Goto [0] 3:19

G1 Climax B Block: Shinsuke Nakamura [2] vs. Manabu Nakanishi [0] 14:38

G1 Climax A Block: Masahiro Chono [2] vs. Yuji Nagata [0] 17:02

G1 Climax A Block: Toshiaki Kawada [2] vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan [0] 19:08

NJPW Samurai TV Live SPECIAL G1 CLIMAX 2005 League Match 8/6/05 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan
-3hr 5min. Q=Perfect

Hiroshi Nagao vs. Akiya Anzawa

G1 Climax B Block: Yutaka Yoshie [4] vs. Toru Yano [1]

G1 Climax B Block: Shinsuke Nakamura [4] vs. Togi Makabe

G1 Climax B Block: Manabu Nakanishi [2] vs. Tatsutoshi Goto [0]

G1 Climax A Block: Kendo Kashin [2] vs. Osamu Nishimura [1] 15:07

G1 Climax Block A: Minoru Suzuki [3] vs. Yuji Nagata [0] 12:06

G1 Climax Block A: Toshiaki Kawada [4] vs. Tatsumi Fujinami [2] 12:03

G1 Climax Block A: Hiroyoshi Tenzan [2] vs. Masahiro Chono [2] 18:33

G1 Climax Block B: Kazuyuki Fujita [4] vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi [1] 9:14

NJPW SXW Live G1 CLIMAX 2005 League Match 8/8/05 Yokohama Bunka Taiikukan
-3hr. Q=Perfect

Hiroshi Nagao vs. Yujiro

G1 Climax B Block: Kazuyuki Fujita [8] vs. Togi Makabe [0]

G1 Climax B Block: Shinsuke Nakamura [8] vs. Tatsutoshi Goto [2]

G1 Climax B Block: Manabu Nakanishi [6] vs. Toru Yano [1]

G1 Climax A Block: Hiroyoshi Tenzan [6] vs. Kendo Kashin [4]

G1 Climax A Block: Osamu Nishimura [3] vs. Masahiro Chono [4] 20:55

Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Hirooki Goto

G1 Climax B Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi [3] vs. Yutaka Yoshie [4] 15:01

G1 Climax A Block: Tatsumi Fujinami [4] vs. Minoru Suzuki [3] 10:17

G1 Climax A Block: Toshiaki Kawada [6] vs. Yuji Nagata [2] 26:55

NJPW SXW Live G1 CLIMAX 2005 League Match 8/10/05 Twin Messe Shizuoka
-3hr. Q=Perfect

Hirooki Goto vs. Naofumi Yamamoto

Manabu Nakanishi vs. Yujiro

G1 Climax B Block: Shinsuke Nakamura [9] vs. Toru Yano [2]

G1 Climax B Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi [5] vs. Tatsutoshi Goto [2]

G1 Climax A Block: Yuji Nagata [4] vs. Kendo Kashin [4] 13:08

G1 Climax B Block: Kazuyuki Fujita [10] vs. Yutaka Yoshie [4]

G1 Climax A Block: Osamu Nishimura [5] vs. Tatsumi Fujinami [4] 11:29

G1 Climax A Block: Minoru Suzuki [5] vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan [6] 13:50

G1 Climax A Block: Masahiro Chono [6] vs. Toshiaki Kawada [6] 12:14

NJPW Samurai TV Live SPECIAL G1 CLIMAX 2005 League Match 8/11/05 Nagoya Aichi-ken Taiikukaikan
-3hr 45min. Q=Perfect

Naofumi Yamamoto & Yujiro vs. Hirooki Goto & Akiya Anzawa

G1 Climax B Block: Tatsutoshi Goto [4] vs. Toru Yano [2]

G1 Climax B Block: Shinsuke Nakamura [11] vs. Yutaka Yoshie [4]

G1 Climax A Block: Yuji Nagata [6] vs. Osamu Nishimura [5] 19:34

G1 Climax A Block: Masahiro Chono [8] vs. Kendo Kashin [4]

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. El Samurai 7:22

G1 Climax A Block: Toshiaki Kawada [8] vs. Minoru Suzuki [5] 17:11

G1 Climax A Block: Hiroyoshi Tenzan [8] vs. Tatsumi Fujinami [4] 12:49

G1 Climax B Block: Kazuyuki Fujita [12] vs. Manabu Nakanishi [8] 8:02

NJPW Samurai TV Live SPECIAL G1 CLIMAX League Match 8/13/05 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan
-3hr 45min. Q=Perfect

Naofumi Yamamoto & Hiroshi Nagao vs. Hirooki Goto & Akiya Anzawa

G-1 CLIMAX League Matches:

B Block: Yutaka Yoshie vs. Tatsutoshi Goto

A Block: Minoru Suzuki vs. Kendo Kashin 12:17

B Block: Manabu Nakanishi vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi 13:50

A Block: Osamu Nishimura vs. Toshiaki Kawada 17:00

A Block: Masahiro Chono vs. Tatsumi Fujinami 11:08

A Block: Yuji Nagata vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan 16:55

B Block: Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Shinsuke Nakamura 6:25

NJPW TV Asahi G1 CLIMAX League Match Final 8/14/05 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan
-2hr 25min. Q=Perfect

G1 Climax Semifinal: Masahiro Chono vs. Shinsuke Nakamura 11:35

G1 Climax Semifinal: Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Toshiaki Kawada 6:23

Clips of G1 Climax league matches

G1 Climax Final: Masahiro Chono vs. Kazuyuki Fujita 8:52

Clips of the following G1 matches:

G1 Climax A Block: Toshiaki Kawada [8] beat Minoru Suzuki [5] (8/11/05)

G1 Climax B Block: Kazuyuki Fujita [12] beat Manabu Nakanishi [8] (8/11/05)

G1 Climax B Block: Shinsuke Nakamura [3] vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi [3] (8/07/05)

G1 Climax B Block: Kazuyuki Fujita [2] vs. Tatsutoshi Goto [0] (8/04/05)

G1 Climax B Block: Yutaka Yoshie [4] vs. Manabu Nakanishi [4] (8/07/05)

Clips of Shinya Hashimoto's G1 matches

NJPW G1 CLIMAX 2005 Vol. 1 8/4/05 & 8/6/05
-3hr 55min. Q=Perfect

8/4/05 Fukuoka Kokusai Center

G1 Climax B Block: Yutaka Yoshie vs. Togi Makabe 12:23

G1 Climax B Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Toru Yano 30:00. Tanahashi did a nice job of carrying Yano to a good, solid 80's style technical match. Certainly nothing fancy, but very well done as they put the time and effort into executing as precisely as they were capable of and working the holds. Yano began to show his rudo style after the 10 minute mark, taking Tanahashi to the floor and using every object he could find. Tanahashi's left hand was reinjured in the process, so Yano began working it over with his stomps as well as various submission/leverage holds. The indifferent crowd hurt the match, as spots that should have garnered some serious reaction such as Yano taping Tanahashi's hand to the top rope and attacking it with an umbrella were greeted with near silence. As the inexperienced Yano lacked the offense to take the match to the next level, they had to settle for basic but effective, having Tanahashi injure his hip hitting his rolling senton off the apron to give Yano another point of attack. This worked out okay, but it wasn't a good idea to wait until the 25 minute mark to really try any near finishes, as by then there was a 90% chance it was going the distance. That said, the crowd did wake up at this point, and the final five minutes were pretty hot. ***

G1 Climax A Block: Osamu Nishimura vs. Minoru Suzuki 30:00

G1 Climax A Block: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Kendo Kashin 4:50

G1 Climax B Block: Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Tatsutoshi Goto 3:19

G1 Climax B Block: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Manabu Nakanishi 14:38

G1 Climax A Block: Masahiro Chono vs. Yuji Nagata 17:02. Credit to Chono for doing an intense and brutal match in Nagata's style that saw him on the receiving end of the majority of the malevolence. The impact of the strikes, particularly from Nagata, showed they meant business, and they were able to produce the stiffness and aura the Kawada vs. Tenzan main event, which absolutely should have blown them away, surprisingly lacked. Nagata did most of the work, but Chono showed more than his famous intelligence and timing here. It was a strong technical match, actually reminiscent of the long gone but not forgotten white Chono, minus the annoying stalling. The finish completely out of nowhere hurt the overall quality of the match as it lacked anything approaching a finishing segment, but the flash pin was at least a credible way for Chono to win in a style he was overwhelmed in that didn't steal something from Nagata's credibility or aura. ***1/2

G1 Climax A Block: Toshiaki Kawada vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan 19:08. Nowhere near the level of their 6/8/01 or 12/5/04 matches. They slugged it out, but that was all they did. When they are on, that's more than enough, but this wasn't the good Kawada with the electric strikes. It was quite obvious that they, especially Kawada, were holding back, particularly in the early portion. Tenzan really nailed Kawada once, but that was with one of his errant moonsaults. They did step up the impact and intensity in the final minutes, but by then it was obvious they were doing a routine match, and it didn't pick up a lot of heat or drama. ***

8/6/05 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan

G1 Climax B Block: Yutaka Yoshie vs. Toru Yano 12:39

G1 Climax B Block: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Togi Makabe 2:30

G1 Climax B Block: Manabu Nakanishi vs. Tatsutoshi Goto 7:26

G1 Climax A Block: Kendo Kashin vs. Osamu Nishimura 15:07

G1 Climax A Block: Minoru Suzuki vs. Yuji Nagata 12:06

G1 Climax A Block: Toshiaki Kawada vs. Tatsumi Fujinami 12:03

G1 Climax A Block: Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Masahiro Chono 18:33. Chono was back to showing nothing here. It was sort of Tenzan's style match, but Chono didn't really do Tenzan's style. I mean, they exchanged, but without much conviction, and Tenzan wasn't using his power moves. With no real skill on display and pretty average striking, it was mostly standing or plodding. Outside of Chono kicking out of Tenzan's moonsault late in the match, the crowd was more or less dead throughout. *3/4

G1 Climax B Block: Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi 9:14

NJPW G1 CLIMAX 2005 Vol. 2 8/7/05-8/10/05
-4hr. Q=Perfect

8/7/05 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan

G1 Climax B Block: Manabu Nakanishi vs. Yutaka Yoshie 12:40

G1 Climax A Block: Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Osamu Nishimura 18:46

G1 Climax A Block: Yuji Nagata vs. Tatsumi Fujinami 9:37

G1 Climax B Block: Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Toru Yano 3:41

G1 Climax A Block: Kendo Kashin vs. Toshiaki Kawada 11:16

G1 Climax A Block: Masahiro Chono vs. Minoru Suzuki 17:50

G1 Climax B Block: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi 13:35. On the short side, but certainly a sprited effort. It was an offensive minded match, and it's certainly impressive seeing heavyweights do more of a junior style, especially when they mix in hitting each other so hard someone (Nakamura) accidentally gets a bloody mouth, but while the match was exciting, I felt the execution was pretty average. They weren't blowing spots, but it didn't always seem smooth or fluid in the early portion. The other disappointing aspect of the match is the offense seemed rather random. They seemed to find the story in the second half with Nakamura working over Tanahashi's taped back with his moonsaults as well as submissions, but he ultimately just won with an armbar. Of course, that's certainly realistic, but it just added to my feeling that it was an immature match where they were mostly out there to show off. ***1/4

8/8/05 Yokohama Bunka Taiikukan

G1 Climax B Block: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Tatsutoshi Goto 6:11

G1 Climax B Block: Manabu Nakanishi vs. Toru Yano 5:17

G1 Climax A Block: Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Kendo Kashin 12:19

G1 Climax A Block: Osamu Nishimura vs. Masahiro Chono 20:55

G1 Climax B Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Yutaka Yoshie 15:01. They worked pretty well together considering the size difference, but it wasn't particularly competitive or exciting. Yoshie dominated the match, using his size and strength to dominate an injured Tanahashi. Tanahashi tried to comeback with a reverse diving body attack, but hurt his injured back bouncing off Yoshie's gut. Tanahashi continued to get a move in here and there, but the match mainly consisted of Yoshie's tedious offense at his deliberate pace. Tanahashi finally put a few moves together that did next to no damage at the end for a win that wasn't particularly believable. **

G1 Climax A Block: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Minoru Suzuki 10:17

G1 Climax A Block: Toshiaki Kawada vs. Yuji Nagata 26:55. A savage war of one-upsmanship that may well be the most brutal match of Kawada's remarkable career. It was that sick! It reminded me of the famous 4/8/95 Kawada vs. Akira Taue Carnival match where they just beat the living shit out of each other, but Taue can't strike the way Nagata can. And Nagata's ability to strike was the story of the match, in that both are the uber tough kickers who weren't willing to let the other do anything better than they did. They established the pattern of the match when at the outset when Nagata did a little Kawada style leg stretch, so Kawada had to follow with the same exact stretch. They proceeded to take every wicked blow their opponent could dish out like a tough man, and give back an even harder one of their own. They took their time, measuring every blow, and man did they sting. By the 8 minute mark, Nagata's chest was beaten so red it appeared he wore a tank top to the beach on a 100 degree day and fell asleep for way too long without any suntan lotion. And this was just the beginning! The match was all about ego. It was about surviving, about not being the one to cry uncle first. Kawada had a run then Nagata came back working his bad knee. After Kawada took every leg kick and submission in Nagata's arsenal, he popped up from a brainbuster then a backdrop, following each with his own version, and they laid into each other again. Both were wobbly and woozy, but as long as they had the insolence to continue standing, they weren't going to give each other an inch. When they couldn't stand, they forced themselves back up. It was last man conscious wins. ****1/2

8/10/05

G1 Climax B Block: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Toru Yano 5:15

G1 Climax B Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tatsutoshi Goto 9:09

G1 Climax A Block: Yuji Nagata vs. Kendo Kashin 13:08

G1 Climax B Block: Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Yutaka Yoshie 8:45

G1 Climax A Block: Osamu Nishimura vs. Tatsumi Fujinami 11:29

NJPW G1 CLIMAX 2005 Vol. 3 8/11/05-8/14/05
-4hr. Q=Perfect

8/10/05

G1 Climax A Block: Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Minoru Suzuki 13:50

G1 Climax A Block: Toshiaki Kawada vs. Masahiro Chono 12:14

8/11/05

G1 Climax B Block: Tatsutoshi Goto vs. Toru Yano 4:16

G1 Climax B Block: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Yutaka Yoshie 10:49

G1 Climax A Block: Yuji Nagata vs. Osamu Nishimura 19:34. Nice technical match, mixing UWF with Fujinami, thought he structuring was a bit peculiar. Nagata was still on fire from the Kawada match, and wasn't getting near that level of resistance from Nishimura, so he was just running through him. Nishimura tried to mix it up a little early, but that was a bad idea, and Nagata pretty much destroyed his arm with kicks, leverage holds, and submissions. Just when it was looking like a jobber match, Nishimura came to life attacking Nagata's knee. Nishimura controlled the final third of the match with this equally well focused attack. Just when Nishimura earned the credibility for his near finishes to get over, the momentary drama was quelled by Nagata finally, which now seemed more like suddenly, putting Nishimura away very easily. ***1/2

G1 Climax A Block: Masahiro Chono vs. Kendo Kashin 1:45

G1 Climax A Block: Toshiaki Kawada vs. Minoru Suzuki 17:11. Suzuki was up for major helpings of Kawada's brutality. It wasn't as sick as Kawada vs. Nagata from 8/8/05, but it was pretty nasty. Suzuki was at his pro style best here, pretty much doing a loose version of his old UWF/PWFG stuff. It wasn't so much what he did, but that he took it seriously, wrestling with intensity and focus rather than doing too much acting to try to get over or get a reaction from the crowd. He'd duck Kawada's strikes and fire back with his Pancrase open palms. Suzuki was never much of a kicker, but they had a good knee exchange. The one disappointing aspect of the match, which wasn't really their fault, is despite their efforts at realism, the fans weren't reacting to Suzuki's submissions holds, not even taking the rear naked chokes seriously. They kept raising the bar on the ferocity until they climaxed with a huge Kobashi/Sasaki exchange. This was actually meaningful because it was about putting everything they had into finishing the match by finally knocking the opponent out rather than just showing off. I also liked that the exchange developed, starting with slaps then moving to punches when the slaps couldn't do it then elbows, ultimately whatever it took. ****

G1 Climax A Block: Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Tatsumi Fujinami 12:49

G1 Climax B Block: Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Manabu Nakanishi 8:02

8/13/05

G1 Climax B Block: Yutaka Yoshie vs. Tatsutoshi Goto 8:22

G1 Climax A Block: Minoru Suzuki vs. Kendo Kashin 12:17

G1 Climax B Block: Manabu Nakanishi vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi 13:50

G1 Climax A Block: Toshiaki Kawada vs. Osamu Nishimura 17:00. They met each other half way with Nishimura wrestling much stiffer and Kawada doing a lot more technical wrestling. Nishimura's striking was considerably more impressive than what he showed against Nagata on 8/11/05. There was a big pop for Kawada trying to escape Nishimura's headscissors with a handstand. They eased into the body of the match, which consisted of Nishimura working Kawada's bad knee. Kawada came back, but the knee injury prevented the usual explosion and torque on his backdrop. They got the stretch Plum over by having Kawada go to it after trying to KO Nishimura with huge strikes and one or two of his favorite concussive moves. Nishimura survived it twice, and had hope spots pulling a counter into a pinning predicament for a big pop, but the third time was the charm for Kawada. ***1/2

G1 Climax A Block: Masahiro Chono vs. Tatsumi Fujinami 11:08

G1 Climax A Block: Yuji Nagata vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan 16:55. Tough, showy match, exchanging their hardest strikes and best moves. They encouraged each other not to hold back, and Tenzan's mouth was busted open hardway. They worked really hard and were clearly trying for a high end match, but they didn't tell much of a story or put the effort into selling, so it left me feeling kind of cold and empty. What makes Nagata the best NJ heavyweight of his generation is he thinks his way through the match, but I didn't get that feeling at all today. It felt more like Tenzan drained Nagata's finesse and reflection, in favor of Tenzan's straightforward brawling style. They went to the big moves halfway through, but aside for Nagata having answers to Tenzan's anaconda vice, the whole thing just seemed to have a lazy, I'll do a strike or big move then you do a strike or big move sort of structuring. I certainly enjoyed the match, but I guess I feel as though I should have enjoyed it more than I did. ***1/4

G1 Climax B Block: Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Shinsuke Nakamura 6:25

8/14/05

G1 Climax Semifinal: Masahiro Chono vs. Shinsuke Nakamura 11:35

G1 Climax Semifinal: Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Toshiaki Kawada 6:23. A Kawada miracle, finding a way to get a memorable match out of Fujita. Fujita is an amateur wrestler who could sort of do MMA by virtue of blocking strikes with his thick skull and could never do pro wrestling, so Kawada made it easy for him and pretty much just told him to hit him for real. Fujita isn't really accurate, but 75% of the time he cold cocked Kawada and 25% of the time he did little more than graze. Still, it was some of the sickest and most brutal stuff you'll ever see. It was easily the most intense match of the tournament, with the fans immediately reacting to the impact of the strikes. It was short, but it's a good thing because if they tried to go on like this for 27 minutes the way Kawada and Nagata did, one of them would probably have wound up in the hospital. ***1/2

G1 Climax Final: Masahiro Chono vs. Kazuyuki Fujita 8:52

NJPW WORLD PRO-WRESTLING - COMPLETE - 1/7/06 BATTLE FINAL 2005
taped 12/10/05 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan & 12/11/05 Nagoya Aichi-ken Taiikukan
-3hr. Q=TV Master

12/10/05

Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Hiroshi Nagao 8:07

Hirooki Goto vs. Akiya Anzawa 8:33

Naofumi Yamamoto vs. Hiro Saito 10:22

Jado & Gedo vs. Sangre Azteca & Safari 11:09

Takashi Iizuka & Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Tatsumi Fujinami & Yutaka Yoshie 14:07

Koji Kanemoto vs. Minoru 16:46. A tribute to the late, great Eddie Guerrero, who passed away on 11/13/05. Though Eddie was the inspiration, they weren't mimicing him, they did their own match, which of course stood out most for their technical proficiency and the quickness of their slickness of their counters. The incorporated big moves into their kick and submission base when they were available, but at heart this was Koji's ankle holds against Tanaka's armbars. Excellent back and forth junior U-Style action, but somewhat lacking in drama and just kind of ending. ***1/2

Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Tiger Mask 4:19

Riki Choshu & Yuji Nagata & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Masahiro Chono & Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Tatsutoshi Goto 12:54

12/11/05

Hiroshi Nagao vs. Hirooki Goto 8:08

Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Naofumi Yamamoto 6:00

Takashi Iizuka vs. Toru Yano 8:23

El Samurai & Sangre Azteca vs. Jado & Gedo 10:32

Osamu Nishimura vs. Hiro Saito 11:33

Koji Kanemoto vs. Tiger Mask 7:42

Minoru vs. Jushin Thunder Liger 19:23. Top drawer late Liger, delivering a super solid well laid out psychology driven heavyweight style match pitting his power against Minoru's submissions. Not as quick, flashy, or exciting as Minoru's match against Kanemoto the night before, but a far more substantial match. It was logically built and the selling was fantastic throughout, so it was quite dramatic, with even a few late counters into basic pinning predicaments getting good mileage. The crux of the match saw Liger lay Minoru out with a powerbomb on the floor early, which Minoru sold like he was dead. Liger continued tossing Minoru around, but when he tried to advance to knocking him out with his shotei, Minoru turned a running shotei across the apron into a wakigatame to the floor, which didn't quite come off the way they wanted, to begin his arm attack. Minoru spent the majority of the match trying to take the shotei arm away, but Liger eventually came back and sucked it up, withstanding the pain of throwing the shotei to try to get himself home. Liger had his chances, but ultimately Minoru was too crafty, and the match logically concluded with the younger star catching the legend in the Minoru special. ***3/4

Tatsumi Fujinami & Yutaka Yoshie & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Masahiro Chono & Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Tatsutoshi Goto 14:00

NJ SXW Eurosport
-2hr. Q=Near Perfect

Koji Kanemoto vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi

12/25/05 Tokyo Korakuen Hall

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Naofumi Yamamoto

Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Yuji Nagata

U-30 Openweight Title Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi v Hirooki Goto

Hiratsuka City Gymnasium: Masahiro Chono & Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Takashi Iizuka & Blue Wolf

8/8/05 Kanagawa Yokohama Bunka Taiikukan, G1 CLIMAX League Match A Block: Yuji Nagata v Toshiaki Kawada

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