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NJPW WRESTLING KINGDOM in TOKYO DOME PPV 1/4/07 Tokyo Dome
-4hr. Q=Perfect

New Year Funny Waltz: Masanobu Fuchi & El Samurai & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Kikutaro & Nobutaka Araya & Akira Raijin

Artistic Tag Team Battle: Jado & Gedo vs. NOSAWA & MAZADA

Rockin' Your Hearts of Fxxxing Outlaws: Togi Makabe & Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii vs. D-Lo Brown & Buchanan & Travis Tomko

Dimension Zero: Riki Choshu & Manabu Nakanishi & Takashi Iizuka & Naofumi Yamamoto vs. TARU & Suwama & Giant Bernard

Top of the World ~ Arts of War: Jushin Thunder Liger & Minoru & Milano Collection AT & Shuji Kondo & "brother" YASSHI vs. Koji Kanemoto & Tiger Mask & Kaz Hayashi & TAKA Michinoku & Wataru Inoue

Dangerous Rapture: Toshiaki Kawada vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

Triple Crown: Minoru Suzuki vs. Yuji Nagata

IWGP Heavyweight Title Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Taiyo Kea

Super Dream Tag Match ~ "This is Wrestle Kingdom": Keiji Muto & Masahiro Chono vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima

NJPW NEW JAPAN BRAVE PPV 4/13/07 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan
-3hr 40min. Q=Perfect

El Samurai & Yujiro vs. Taichi Ishikari & Mitsuhide Hirasawa 8:14

Special Tag Match: Jushin Thunder Liger & Milano Collection AT & BxB Hulk vs. Koji Kanemoto & Wataru Inoue & Tetsuya Naito 12:32

New Japan vs. GBH: Riki Choshu & Takashi Iizuka vs. Toru Yano & Tomoaki Honma 2:52

Special Singles Match: Manabu Nakanishi vs. Orlando Jordan 7:59

BLACK vs. GBH: Shinsuke Nakamura & Black Strong Machine vs. Togi Makabe & Tomohiro Ishii 11:58

International Junior Tag Title Match: Jado & Gedo vs. Masaaki Mochizuki & Yasushi Kanda 14:51

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Minoru vs. Ryusuke Taguchi 18:27. Minoru did a really good job of carrying Taguchi through a match that was his own style, yet also played to the strengths of Taguchi. There were the expected storylines with Minoru attacking Taguchi's arm and Taguchi returning the favor by attacking Minoru's taped up shoulder, but the focus, technical wrestling, and injuries were incorporated into a fast-paced athletic match. Minoru was often in control, but he did a lot of exchanging for Taguchi and let him make several brief comebacks so he was always in the match, and able to be very active and utilize his quickness without really having to mount a sustained offense. The match was always interesting, and felt shorter than it actually was. It wasn't super dramatic, but the crowd was definitely into it, certainly appreciating the efforts of both performers. ***1/2

IWGP Tag Title Match: Giant Bernard & Travis Tomko vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Shiro Koshinaka 15:47

IWGP Heavyweight Title Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Yuji Nagata 23:34. Having defeated Nagata twice in 2006 and coming into the match with the title, Tanahashi was able to play even with Mr. IWGP. They did a very intense match built around stiff striking. It wasn't particularly story oriented, though Tanahashi injuring Nagata's knee was something of an exqualizer for Tanahashi doing Nagata's style, and instead was just very back and forth. The strength of the match lied in all the other offense brached off very organically from the striking base. The match flowed so well, with everything seeming to fit because they didn't try to force anything, or to make the match something it wasn't. The crowd was excellent, with both men receiving strong support. It was their best match so far, and you didn't want it to end, but it felt like it was missing something, and to me that was drama. It was perfectly performed, but I felt like it encouraged passive spectatorship. It had all the proficiency, but was unable to transcend into a match where one really cared who won and if and when. ***3/4

NJPW Tokon Super Battle 7/4/07 & 7/11/07 BEST OF THE SUPER Jr. XIV Power of Mind taped 6/17/07 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1hr 50min. Q=Perfect

7/4/07

Best of the Super Jr. Final: Milano Collection AT vs. Wataru Inoue

7/11/07

Takashi Iizuka & Mitsuhide Hirasawa vs. Takashi Uwano & Taichi Ishikari

Best of the Super Jr. Final Special Tag PART-1: Gedo & BxB Hulk vs. Yujiro & Tetsuya Naito

Best of the Super Jr. Final Special Tag PART-2: Minoru & Tiger Mask & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Jushin Thunder Liger & Koji Kanemoto & El Samurai

NJPW G1 CLIMAX 2007 Winner Take All DVD Vol. 1 8/5/07 & 8/6/07
-3hr. Q=Perfect

8/5/07 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan

G1 Climax B Block: Milano Collection AT [2] vs. Toru Yano [0] 6:00

G1 Climax B Block: Shiro Koshinaka [2] vs. Manabu Nakanishi [0] 10:30

G1 Climax A Block: Togi Makabe [2] vs. Giant Bernard [0] 8:34

G1 Climax A Block: Yuji Nagata [2] vs. Akebono [0] 6:32

G1 Climax B Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi [1] vs. Shinsuke Nakamura [1] 30:00. Brutal, grueling match. Tanahashi decided to match Nakamura strike for strike. They built the match around these crisp and intense exchanges, and as neither would back or especially fall down, they just went on until someone changed it up. But they seemed almost more interested in winning the standing war than the match itself, so they'd always return to blasting away at each other. Tanahashi always attacks the knee, but he tends to come to it at different points and to some extent in a different manner in each match. Also, the match doesn't have to be about the knee attack, as it wasn't here despite a spot here or there that recalled it such as Nakamura's knee bothering him when he missed the moonsault, so it isn't predictable and repetitive like his idol Muto. This match was about parity, and as such it was fitting that it went the distance, setting up their superior 1/4/08 Tokyo Dome main event.

G1 Climax A Block: Hiroyoshi Tenzan [2] vs. Masahiro Chono [0] 17:20

8/6/07 Twin Messe Shizuoka

G1 Climax B Block: Milano Collection AT [4] vs. Shiro Koshinaka [2] 10:29

G1 Climax A Block: Akebono [2] vs. Togi Makabe [2] 7:48

G1 Climax B Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi [2] vs. Toru Yano [1] 12:27

G1 Climax B Block: Shinsuke Nakamura [3] vs. Manabu Nakanishi [0] 12:38

G1 Climax A Block: Giant Bernard [2] vs. Masahiro Chono [0] 3:40

G1 Climax A Block: Yuji Nagata [4] vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan [2] 10:41

NJPW G1 CLIMAX 2007 Winner Take All DVD Vol. 2 Part 1 8/8/07
-1hr 5min. Q=Perfect

8/8/07 Yokohama Bunka Taiikukan

G1 Climax B Block: Toru Yano vs. Manabu Nakanishi 10:41

G1 Climax B Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Milano Collection AT 9:59

G1 Climax A Block: Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Giant Bernand 13:24

G1 Climax A Block: Akebono vs. Masahiro Chono 7:45

G1 Climax B Block: Shiro Koshinaka vs. Shinzuke Nakamura 10:34

NJPW G1 CLIMAX 2007 Winner Take All DVD Vol. 3 8/11/07 & 8/12/07
-3hr 10min. Q=Perfect

8/11/07 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan

G1 Climax B Block: Manabu Nakanishi vs. Milano Collection AT 5:49

G1 Climax A Block: Akebono vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan 9:18

G1 Climax A Block: Masahiro Chono vs. Togi Makabe 11:17

G1 Climax B Block: Shinzuke Nakamura vs. Toru Yano 12:13

G1 Climax A Block: Giant Bernand vs. Yuji Nagata 13:58

G1 Climax B Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Shiro Koshinaka 17:04

8/12/07 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan

G1 Climax Semifinal: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Togi Makabe 15:24

G1 Climax Semifinal: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Yuji Nagata 18:22. One of Nagata's most intense and brutal matches. It was hard to believe he was bruising at this level knowing he had to come back in an hour and take on the other young ace Tanahashi in the final, and make that a special match as well. NJ's two nasty shooters could only really do one type of match together though. I mean, if it wasn't a brutal UWF leaning match, everyone would feel cheated. They tried to come out striking, but the big kicks and knees were initially evaded. This led, a bit too quick, to a series of exchanges, and once they began connecting the intensity kept being ratcheted up and the activity quickly rose until they were both were going rapid fire. Nagata took control and began to measure his blows. They got into the theme of the match, which was Nagata injuring Nakamura's left arm. Nagata didn't go to town on it the entire match, but it was always in play, as after Nagata used a few arm submissions on it Nakamura was in need of a sling and did his best to only use his right arm wherever he could. They threw every strike they had at each other, even trading enzuigiris. Eventually, they did a clumsy looking finish where Nakamura tried for an armbar, but Nagata countered into an armbar of his own. Nakamura managed to get his arm bent and began to roll to a knee, so Nagata just inexplicably released the arm. The ref immediately called for the doctor, who proceeded to stop the match. I felt Nakamura should just have submitted, and all this doctor stuff was an ill executed attempt to save face, but overall it was the right finish, even if it didn't come off organically. Whatever you think of the finish, it can't diminish the excellent performances. This was some of the best shoot style wrestling New Japan has delivered, with nasty precision blows and a good story, extremely well put over by Nakamura. ****

G1 Climax Final: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Yuji Nagata 19:02. Nagata had one of the best and most punishing matches of his career and hour earlier, and now he was facing the other ace of the current generation in the final of the biggest pro wrestling tournament of the year. Nagata stayed in ass kicking mode, and Tanahashi deserves credit not only for his willingness for trying to match Nagata in his own style, but moreso for improving his striking to the point where it wasn't totally him getting blistered then changing things up for his comebacks. Still, I feel that's the problem with the match, that they work so credibly for 75% is a big plus, but as Tanahashi lost the title on 4/13/07 doing a more credible match, he had to concede to needing his showy sling blades and high fly flows. That said, even though the diving body press was one of Tanahashi's most effective moves, including an early one off the middle rope to the floor, they were able to transition right back from Tanahashi's showy fake moves to him catching a kick and debilitating Nagata's injured knee with Dragon screws right before the finish. Nagata's knee injury and Tanahashi's arm injury could have been more consistent focuses throughout the match rather than closer to window dressing, but at least they put over that they were most concerned with incapacitating one another by hitting each other as hard as they could. Nagata even knocked one of Tanahashi's teeth out with a huge slap. Tanahashi also bled from the elbow. What was consistent was the intensity and desire. These two wanted this victory, badly, and were willing to do whatever it took to attain it. It perhaps wasn't that different from their matches from 2006, but Tanahashi's growth was apparent, and this was the one where you felt he finally grew into the role of being able to stand up to Nagata and be the ace, thus earning his first G1 without it feeling like a booking contrivance. ***3/4

NJPW WPW 10/13/07 taped 10/8/07 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan
Jaguar Yokota Special 10/15/07
NOAH TV 9/30/07 taped 9/29 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan
Kensuke Sasaki Special 10/20/07
-2hr. Q=Near Perfect

IWGP Heavyweight Title Match: Yuji Nagata vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi 15:57 of 31:05. If the previous Nagata/Tanahashi matches were a voyage, this was the discovery. The difference really was Tanahashi's confidence, which kept growing throughout the series, and was pretty much through the roof here. He was just feeling it the entire match, and the crowd was feeding off his energy and enthusiasm, resulting in great atmosphere throughout. Tanahashi's improvement was shown by the fact he now not only has the firepower to truly hang with Nagata in the fierce exchanges, but he can seemlessly incorporate his jumping attacks so the match doesn't have to abruptly change style and tone in order for him to do his thing. Their familiarity with each other also led to a huge improvement as they were able to be more aggressive. The chemistry was totally there, and they would just take it to each other knowing the other would react to/play off their attack properly. Last year Nagata avenged his loss to Tanahashi 2 months later by taking him out in the semifinal of the New Japan Cup, but Tanahashi beat him in the more important IWGP Title Tournament Semifinal en route to his first championship. This year Tanahashi proved he was the man, avenging his IWGP Heavyweight Championship loss to Nagata on 4/13/07 by coming back and beating him to win the G1 on 8/12/07 then again 2 months later to regain the title. It's a pity the match was cut in half, but even in this butchered form it was apparent this was their masterpiece. ****1/4 range

Jaguar Yokota Special

GHC Heavyweight Title Match: Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Naomichi Marufuji 13:49 of 26:28

Kensuke Sasaki on a cooking show. Sasaki cooks dinner

NJPW DESTRUCTION 2007 PPV 11/11/07 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan
-4hr. Q=Perfect

Wataru Inoue Return Match: Koji Kanemoto & Wataru Inoue vs. Ryusuke Taguchi & Yujiro

Togi Makabe vs. Milano Collection A.T.

Bono Tiger Akebono & Tiger Mask vs. Tomohiro Ishii & Tomoaki Honma

New Japan Jr. vs. TNA X Division ~J or X~: Christopher Daniels & Senshi vs. Minoru & Prince Devitt

GBH vs. TNA ~ SPEAR or GORE!: Rhino vs. Toru Yano

New Japan vs. Legend: Riki Choshu & Masahiro Chono & Super Strong Machine & Jushin Thunder Liger & AKIRA vs. Takashi Iizuka & Takashi Uwano & Mitsuhide Hirasawa & Tetsuya Naito & Taichi Ishikari

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Title Match: Dick Togo & TAKA Michinoku vs. Jado & Gedo

Shinsuke Nakamura Return Match: Shinsuke Nakamura & Giant Bernard vs. Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi

IWGP Heavyweight Title Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Hirooki Goto 31:32. A major effort, but better in theory than in execution. It was a solid, well worked match, but the sort of match where you felt like they came up short trying to emulate great wrestling they'd seen rather than allowing their own match to flow organically. Or maybe they, particularly Goto, just doesn't do the moves as well as others, certainly not his dive. Goto was totally along for the ride, but Tanahashi was certainly excellent, and was singlehandedly able to make it a memorable match. Tanahashi did an excellent job of getting heat, taking cheap shots from the get go, prompting Goto to unload on him in the corner. Tanahashi injured Goto's knee on the post, and even though he sometimes came off as a Muto wannabe, his knee work was one of the strong points of the match because he kept finding clever ways to go back to the injury rather than just exhausting his knee arsenal and moving on when he wasn't able to finish. This allowed for there to be a match in addition to the knee work, and was good justification for Tanahashi quickly cutting Goto off. There was an awesome slap sequence where Tanahashi busted Goto open hardway, but, in general, the striking was more a weakness than a strength. They seemed to think they were doing All Japan, but most of the strikes weren't that stiff, and it was readily apparent most of the elbows weren't connecting solidly. A lot of the offense was rather contrived for the setting they seemed to be trying to create. The timing was good though, and it was overall well structured. I liked the finish where Tanahashi used his high fly flow to the bad knee then hooked the Texas clover hold. ***3/4

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