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NJPW WRESTLING KINGDOM III in TOKYO DOME PPV 1/4/09
-4hr. Q=Perfect

Wrestle Kingdom Grand Opening VIENTO DORADO: Mistico & Ryusuke Taguchi & Prince Devitt vs. Averno & Jado & Gedo

Jushin Liger 20th Anniversary Match: Jushin Liger & Takuma Sano vs. Wataru Inoue & Koji Kanemoto

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Title ~Tread on!!~: Yujiro & Tetsuya Naito vs. Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title ~Ballistic interception~: Low Ki vs. Tiger Mask

Fighting Holdings Competition: Riki Choshu & Masahiro Chono & Kurt Angle & Kevin Nash vs. Giant Bernard & Takashi Iizuka & Tomohiro Ishii & Karl Anderson

World Heavyweight Title ~Crusade for Justice~: Yuji Nagata vs. Masato Tanaka

New Japan vs. NOAH Battle Tendencies ~the invasion~: Manabu Nakanishi vs. Jun Akiyama

IWGP Tag Title - Hardcore Rules: Togi Makabe & Toru Yano vs. "Team 3D" Brother Ray & Brother Devon

New Japan vs. NOAH Battle Tendencies ~the encounter~: Mitsuharu Misawa & Takashi Sugiura vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Hirooki Goto 15:17

IWGP Heavyweight Title Match: Keiji Muto vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi 30:22. Tanahashi wrestling his idol sounded like a good idea for about 5 seconds until you remembered that both guys would just be doing the same knee moves. To make things worse, whereas in the past Tokyo Dome main events even with two peak performers were condensed to keep the marks from getting bored, they had the crippled master of time shaving Muto going 30 minutes, which meant he had to figure out how to stall for 29... This was really the match where Tanahashi needed to do as little knee work as possible to show he's much more than the Muto wannabe he's been critized of being, but instead that was virtually all he did, although in his defense that's mostly because it required the least effort and movement from Muto to take. Muto, I suppose, gave a good effort by his "standards", as they were at least wrestling with a purpose for the majority of the contest even if both had the same purpose and used the same moves to attain it, and that made it doubly tedious. Outside of pounding the mat during a figure 4, Muto made a valiant effort to never move a centimeter more than he absolutely needed to, but actually wasn't outwardly stalling once the match got going. Muto even changed things up more than he has in a decade by doing his same few moves on the outside. The Dragon screw on the security rail may sound really deadly, but it wound up looking more like he was crotching Tanahashi than the intended ripping of the tendons in his knee. Most of it was fairly logical within the illogical confines of Muto's outdated anti-MMA pro wrestling style mat wrestling. However, there were some portions down the stretch where they put shock and effect over the story they were telling. I was fine with Tanahashi being unable to cover after his high fly flow because it took too much out of his knee, and Muto following with a shining wizard, but why they decided Tanahashi writhing in pain trying to put over having potentially blown out his own knee and then taking Muto's finisher should set up a no sell then double sell spot where Tanahashi pops up and hits his sling blade is beyond me. To make things goofier, Tanahashi couldn't wait to go right back up to the top and further injure his knee with the high fly flow, though Muto stopping it with a dragon screw off the ropes was a nice ripple. More and more knee damage causing Tanahashi's knee to give out on a German suplex led to the truly retarded finish where Tanahashi Hulked up by repeatedly double slapping his knee, the healing sweat suddenly giving him the power to withstand hitting not just 1 more, but, in fact, 3 out of 4 high fly flows in a 45 second span to take the title back for New Japan. While I was glad the current generation ace beat the relic, the enduring feeling the match had to leave you with is that Tanahashi wouldn't have had a chance if Muto wasn't 18 years past his prime. Tanahashi, I thought, had carved out his own niche since leaving the Muto worship of his early years, but this was simply him outlasting the veteran because he's 14 years his junior. **1/4

NJPW CIRCUIT 2009 NEW JAPAN ISM in RYOGOKU PPV 2/15/09 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan
-4hr 5min. Q=Perfect

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Title Contendership & 4 Way Match: Yujiro & Tetsuya Naito vs. Ryusuke Taguchi & Prince Devitt vs. Jado & Gedo vs. Milano Collection A.T. & Taichi Ishikari

Riki Choshu & Manabu Nakanishi & Wataru Inoue & Mitsuhide Hirasawa vs. Takashi Iizuka & Tomohiro Ishii & Karl Anderson & Tomoaki Honma

Special Tag Match NJPW vs. TNA Augmented Reality: James Storm & Robert Roode vs. Masahiro Chono & AKIRA

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

Special Singles Match ~ Burn the Debt: Yuji Nagata vs. Hirooki Goto

CMLL World Welterweight Title ~ Lucha Libre Globalizacion: Mistico vs. Mephisto

Special Singles Match ~ Wrestle-incident DIE OR BREED: Kurt Angle vs. Giant Bernard

IWGP Tag Title & Hardcore Match: Brother Ray & Brother Devon vs. Togi Makabe & Toru Yano

IWGP Heavyweight Title Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura 24:26. A well built match that shockingly just wasn't competitive enough and was simply too based in Tanahashi dominating in the phony pro wrestling style matwork, especially given Nakamura is supposed to be the badass shooter. They started really slow, with a lengthy feeling out period that could have been out of Tanahashi's Muto worshipping period, but had one interesting spot where Nakamura countered Tanahashi's silly twist the ankle style of sitting leglock with a rear naked choke attempt. That was at the start of Tanahashi easing into his traditional knee attack after the kneecap dropkick. The match began to pick up as Nakamura limped through a comeback with a series of brutal kicks only to have Tanahashi catch one and further injure the knee with an elbow. Surprisingly, this was Nakamura's only "run" of consistent, serious striking, and he couldn't even gain any traction there. Tanahashi took too much time posing on the middle rope to hit his high fly flow though, and wound up injuring his shoulder when Nakamura high kicked him to the floor. I liked that Tanahashi managed to outsmart Nakamura to stay on the knee rather than the spot predictably leading into Nakamura's shoulder attack, but when Nakamura did get after the shoulder they did a sequence so ridiculous one could only expect to come across it in the Kurt Angle school of cornball transitions where Tanahashi turned an armbar into a texas cloverleaf but to ad insult to idiocy Nakamura tripped him up and went right back into the armbar. There were some good counters in the match though, from the more innovative of Tanahashi turning a backdrop into a sling blade to the age old but effective of Nakamura hurting himself and Tanahashi by getting his knees up for the high fly flow. Nakamura did a good job of mixing it up, especially given when he would become in later years, but I felt Tanahashi was really doing his by numbers game here, not getting beyond the knee attack and his couple signature spots, and a lot of the knee attack just shouldn't have been credible enough to work against a guy of Nakamura's supposed legitimate background. Maybe I'm just ruined to this stuff by watching too much MMA & kickboxing, but everything they did from those disciplines either had no credibility or was 101 skill level, so I preferred the out and out fakeness of the running, flying, and throwing stuff. They saved most of their good stuff for the hot, accelerated finish, that was a lot of fun, except nowhere in this match did you ever get the sense that Nakamura had any chance of winning, and that's sad given this is supposed to be a battle of generation aces. I mean, when Nakamura can't get anywhere striking or on the mat, and Tanahashi has him injured the whole match, what really does that leave beyond how long it will take for Tanahashi to finish with the high fly flow? ***1/4

NJPW SXW 3/23/09 NEW JAPAN CUP 2009 ~Soul on the Ring~ taped 3/15/09 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-2hr. Q=Perfect

Ryusuke Taguchi & Prince Devitt vs. Jushin Thunder Liger & Kazuchika Okada

Toru Yano & Black Tiger & Jado & Honma vs. Super Strong Machine & Tiger Mask & Koji Kanemoto & Taichi Ishikari

New Japan Cup Round 2: Giant Bernard vs. Milano Collection A.T.

New Japan Cup Round 2: Yutaka Yoshie vs. Tomohiro Ishii

New Japan Cup Round 2: Yuji Nagata vs. Takashi Iizuka

New Japan Cup Special Six Man Tag Match ~ Soul of KORAKUEN: Hiroshi Tanahashi & Manabu Nakanishi & Wataru Inoue vs. Togi Makabe & Val Venis & Karl Anderson

New Japan Cup Round 2: Hirooki Goto vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

NJPW Battle Station 3/27/09 NEW JAPAN CUP 2009 ~Soul on the Ring~ taped 3/22/09 Amagasaki Memorial Park Gym
-2hr. Q=Perfect

Manabu Nakanishi & Tiger Mask & Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Karl Anderson & Black Tiger & Jado

New Japan Cup Semifinal: Giant Bernard vs. Yutaka Yoshie

New Japan Cup Semifinal: Hirooki Goto vs. Yuji Nagata

New Japan Cup Special Tag Match ~ Soul of AMAGASAKI: Shinsuke Nakamura & Wataru Inoue vs. Togi Makabe & Tomohiro Ishii

New Japan Cup Special Singles Match ~ Soul of AMAGASAKI: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Val Venis

New Japan Cup Final: Hirooki Goto vs. Giant Bernard

NJPW RESOLUTION '09 PPV 4/5/09 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan Part 2
-2hr. Q=Perfect

Resolution '09 Special Singles Match ~ HUGE RIOT: Hirooki Goto vs. Toru Yano

Resolution '09 Special Singles Match ~ Bolt from the blue - Chain Death Match: Takashi Iizuka vs. Yuji Nagata

Resolution '09 Special Singles Match ~ The end of discord: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Togi Makabe

IWGP Heavyweight Title ~ WHICH IS GENIUS?: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kurt Angle

NJPW WRESTLING DONTAKU 2009 PPV 5/3/09 Fukuoka Kokusai Center
-3hr 45min. Q=Perfect

Milano Collection A.T. & Taichi vs. Ryusuke Taguchi & Prince Devitt

Wataru Inoue & AKIRA & Kazuchika Okada vs. Tomohiro Ishii & Black Tiger & Jado

Manabu Nakanishi & Takao Omori vs. Riki Choshu & Masahiro Chono

Wrestling Dontaku 09 Special Tag Match ~ TENJIN Deadline: Shinsuke Nakamura & Toru Yano vs. Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma

Wrestling Dontaku 09 Special Tag Match ~ HAKATA Cross Fire: Jushin Thunder Liger & CIMA vs. Tiger Mask & Koji Kanemoto

Justice revenge in FUKUOKA ~ Dog Collar Chain Death Match: Yuji Nagata vs. Takashi Iizuka

IWGP Tag Title Contendership - Hiroyoshi Tenzan Return Match: Giant Bernard & Karl Anderson vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima

IWGP Heavyweight Title Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Hirooki Goto 29:39

NJPW Battle Station 6/6/09 BEST OF THE SUPER Jr. XVI ~The Hard Luck Soldiers~ taped 5/30/09 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-2hr. Q=Perfect

Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs. Nobuo Yoshihashi

Shinsuke Nakamura & Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka & Tomohiro Ishii vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Togi Makabe & Wataru Inoue & Tomoaki Honma

Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata & Mitsuhide Hirasawa vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi & Hirooki Goto & Kazuchika Okada

BEST OF THE SUPER Jr. A Block: Milano Collection A.T. vs. Prince Devitt

BEST OF THE SUPER Jr. B Block: Ryusuke Taguchi vs. YAMATO

BEST OF THE SUPER Jr. A Block: Tiger Mask vs. Atsushi Aoki

BEST OF THE SUPER Jr. B Block: Koji Kanemoto vs. Kota Ibushi

NJPW SXW 6/8/09 BEST OF THE SUPER Jr. XVI ~The Hard Luck Soldiers~ taped 6/3/09 Tokorozawa Shimin Taiikukan Sub Arena
-2hr. Q=Perfect

Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs. Nobuo Yoshihashi

Karl Anderson & Black Tiger vs. AKIRA & Mitsuhide Hirasawa

Shinsuke Nakamura & Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka & Tomohiro Ishii & Jado vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Togi Makabe & Wataru Inoue & Koji Kanemoto & Tomoaki Honma

Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata & Taichi vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi & Hirooki Goto & Kazuchika Okada

BEST OF THE SUPER Jr. A Block: Prince Devitt vs. Atsushi Aoki

BEST OF THE SUPER Jr. B Block: YAMATO vs. Jushin Thunder Liger

BEST OF THE SUPER Jr. B Block: Kota Ibushi vs. Ryusuke Taguchi

BEST OF THE SUPER Jr. A Block: Tiger Mask vs. Milano Collection A.T.

NJPW SXW 6/22/09 BEST OF THE SUPER Jr. XVI ~The Hard Luck Soldiers~ taped 6/14/09 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-2hr. Q=Perfect

Mitsuharu Misawa tribute

Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs. Nobuo Yoshihashi

Taichi vs. Ryusuke Taguchi

Best of the SUPER Jr. Semifinal: Koji Kanemoto vs. Atsushi Aoki

Best of the SUPER Jr. Semifinal: Kota Ibushi vs. Prince Devitt

Tiger Mask & Jushin Thunder Liger & AKIRA vs. Black Tiger & Jado & YAMATO

Shinsuke Nakamura & Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka & Tomohiro Ishii & Karl Anderson vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Togi Makabe & Wataru Inoue & Milano Collection A.T. & Tomoaki Honma

Hiroshi Tanahashi & Hirooki Goto & Kazuchika Okada vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata & Mitsuhide Hirasawa

Best of the SUPER Jr. Final: Koji Kanemoto vs. Prince Devitt

NJPW SXW Live 8/15/09 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan G1 CLIMAX 2009 ~NEW LORDS, NEW LAWS~
-2hr 50min. Q=Perfect

Wataru Inoue & Prince Devitt & Kazuchika Okada vs. Giant Bernard & Karl Anderson & OKUMURA 8:49

G1 CLIMAX B Block: Takashi Iizuka vs. Yuji Nagata 7:53

G1 CLIMAX B Block: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Manabu Nakanishi 7:10

G1 CLIMAX B Block: Takashi Sugiura vs. Hirooki Goto 13:32

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tiger Mask vs. Mistico 12:36. I don't get who thinks this matchup is a good idea, as Tiger is hardly the guy to spot Mistico, but at least Tiger Mask's 2009 domination came to an end in this odd junior title match that was often hard to decide on the quality of. They executed well, did good moves, and kicked hard, though Mistico's flying wasn't compromised by Tiger's impressive low kicks. My problem wasn't what they did, which didn't contain any filler and was pulled off well enough, but what they did is in between this stuff, just sort of standing around so the match never gained any momentum or garnered any heat. The real problem is that Tiger is forced to play the rudo role of setting Mistico up, and he's just not that adept at it, so the match didn't flow early, the setup was somewhat awkward, and the match still seemed to just stop and start. So while I can't really criticize the spots they did, the thing is it not only didn't come off as a big title match, it instead had the feeling of a training session where they just waited around for the coach to call the next spot until he finally got bored and said hit the showers. **1/4

G1 CLIMAX A Block: Takao Omori vs. TAJIRI 1:05

G1 CLIMAX A Block: Togi Makabe vs. Toru Yano 13:18

G1 CLIMAX A Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Masato Tanaka 22:28. A meeting of the IWGP Heavyweight and ZERO1 Heavyweight champions found both worthy champions in top form. A very lively contest that flowed well and felt very organic. Striking was the basis, but they moved in and out of these sequences fluidly and believably, countering to start a new segment that probably lasted until they reset with strikes. Tanahashi attacked the knee periodically, picking on it when it was available. A back and forth match throughout, you always believed that it could go either way. ****

NJPW Battle Station 9/13/09 GET OUT OF MY WAY ~JG20FTW~ taped 8/30/09 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-2hr. Q=Perfect

Milano Collection A.T. & Taichi vs. Kazuchika Okada & Nobuo Yoshihashi

Tomohiro Ishii vs. Tomoaki Honma

Shinsuke Nakamura & Takashi Iizuka vs. Yuji Nagata & Mitsuhide Hirasawa

Manabu Nakanishi vs. Wataru Inoue

Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask & Kota Ibushi & The Great Sasuke vs. Koji Kanemoto & Ryusuke Taguchi & Dick Togo & TAKA Michinoku

Across 4 soul ~ Hardcore Match: Toru Yano & Masato Tanaka vs. Togi Makabe & Hirooki Goto

This is our way ~JG 20th STYLE~: Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Genba Hirayanagi vs. Jado & Gedo

NJPW DESTRUCTION '09 PPV 11/8/09 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan
-3hr 40min. Q=Perfect

Jado & Gedo vs. Ryusuke Taguchi & Prince Devitt 9:32

TAJIRI vs. Kazuchika Okada 9:03

Manabu Nakanishi & Takao Omori & Koji Kanemoto vs. Masahiro Chono & Jushin Thunder Liger & AKIRA 9:44. A nostalgia match they tried to keep passable by featuring the small guys that can still go some - Kanemoto, AKIRA, & Liger - funneling the heavyweights through for the briefest of periods. Kanemoto looked pretty good, but his teammates had nothing to offer, with Nakanishi being particularly dreadful, moving like Kobashi but lacking any of his desire and willpower to make up for it. Chono's team was overall better because Chono was able to do his couple signature spots well enough, and even Nakanishi can't drag Liger & AKIRA down to the point where they embarrass themselves. The big problems were the match never seemed to have any fire or significance, and thus nobody cared about seeing these 40-somethings go through the motion for 10 minutes. *1/2

Yuji Nagata & Wataru Inoue vs. Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii 11:00

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Mistico vs. Tiger Mask 12:01

IWGP Tag Title Match: Brother Ray & Brother Devon vs. Giant Bernard & Karl Anderson 15:42

Special Singles Match ~ DESTRUCTION AWAKING!!: Masato Tanaka vs. Hirooki Goto 14:28

Chain Death Match ~ DESTRUCTION BURST!!: Togi Makabe vs. Takashi Iizuka 16:55. I'm sure NJ scoffed at those W*ING matches where Matsunaga walks around the crowd exchanging rams into chairs and walls back in the day, but that's basically what you have here, and with little to no improvement in skill or quality. Iizuka bled almost as quickly as Johnny Grunge would have, and Makabe soon followed. I have nothing against death matches in and of themselves, but I'm sure I moved based the desire to see one man repeatedly bite another by the time I was 3, and nothing the formerly skilled athletic technician Iizuka did showed anything beyond an inflexible old man that should have known when to hang it up. Makabe ultimately turned it into something of a wrestling match with a handful of good suplexes including a spider with the chain wrapped around Iizuka to set up the finish. *1/2

IWGP Heavyweight Title Match: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi 22:47

NJPW SXW 12/14/09 CIRCUIT 2009 NEW JAPAN ALIVE taped 12/4/09 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan 2
-2hr. Q=Perfect

Tiger Mask vs. Kazuchika Okada 9:21

Jushin Thunder Liger & Masahiro Chono vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Takao Omori 11:47

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Title Match: Ryusuke Taguchi & Prince Devitt vs. Koji Kanemoto & Nobuo Yoshihashi 18:12. Devitt was stealing the show, partially because he's so good and partially because Taguchi & Yoshihashi were showing so little early. Devitt's speed and body control are so impressive. He worked really well with Kanemoto, who gave a strong performance, the pairing notable for their chemistry and timing. Yoshihashi, who never beats anyone in singles, was taking an enormous step forward getting a tag title shot. He showed tremendous desire early, but it wasn't until the later stages were he came to life, showing some impressive offense to go with his energy. In two years, this guy will be really good. Taguchi is never going to amount to anything though. He looked tremendously unworthy of his push and was a total drag on the quality of the match. He is totally non distinguished and has pathetic offense. About the best that can be said for him is he took Yoshihashi's moves fine. ***1/4

Special Elimination Match: TAJIRI & Masato Tanaka & Takashi Iizuka & Tomohiro Ishii vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi & Togi Makabe & Hirooki Goto & Tomoaki Honma 23:20. I prefer elimination matches in theory, as they can be really epic, but the concept only works if you take the eliminations seriously. This match had 7 eliminations, and I'm not sure there was a decent or credible one in the lot. It was as bad as a royal rumble, where guys just go out because that's what happens in a battle royal. There was 3 elminations in the same minute, two from a DQ for using the chain, though as Makabe was barely even grazing with his chain punches, he may have been doing the opposition a favor by using the weapon. There was an over the top rope elimination, just lameness all over the place. I could maybe forgive the pitiful eliminations if there was some good wrestling, but outside of a good Tanaka vs. Goto segment, the actual wrestling was minimal. They brawled early due to the Iizuka and TAJIRI influence, and did a lot of stiff striking, but despite keeping a pretty good pace (particularly due to Tanaka) that was pretty much it. Apart from Goto & Tanaka, Tanahashi was the only one who did much, but that was mostly held off until it was down to him. *3/4

Aogi-gun vs. CHAOS Elimination Match II: Yuji Nagata & Wataru Inoue & Super Strong Machine & Mitsuhide Hirasawa vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Toru Yano & Giant Bernard & Karl Anderson 20:16

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