Devitt is over huge, specially in Korakuen, i don't debate that. KENTA and Maru are also very popular but the fact is that you can't expect Jrs to do big business in places bigger than Korakuen Hall or JCB Hall. It's just not how it works, of course there might be exeptions (Liger) but you can't expect guys like KENTA and Maru to bring big money if you are a company like NOAH.
NOAH never expected much out of anyone other than the top draws from the late 90's. So no one even believes that they can make money is the sad and very truthful part. I wrote an article on this whole NOAH situation, agree with it or not. Which you can find here on ProWrestlingPonderings.com: NOAH Possibly Splitting or just in need of Change?
re: Official Puro Match/DVD Discussion Thread (NO SPOILERS)
The didn't expect Rikio to draw after pinning Misawa and ending Kobashi's reing? The same with the Marufuji push in 06'?. Granted those were bad booking desitions but i wouldn't say that the company wasn't expecting good results when they were trying create new stars.
re: Official Puro Match/DVD Discussion Thread (NO SPOILERS)
NJPW 「Ｃｉｒｃｕｉｔ２０１０ ＮＥＷ ＪＡＰＡＮ ＴＲＵＴＨ ～Ｇ１ ＴＡＧ ＬＥＡＧＵＥ～」 (Day 1), 10/22/2010 (Fri)
Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
Spoiler for 10/22 Results:
1. Super Strong Machine & King Fale vs. Jushin Liger & Hiromu Takahashi Winner: Machine (7:27) following a Senton on Takahashi.
2. Prince Devitt, Ryusuke Taguchi, Kohji Kanemoto & Tiger Mask vs. Gedo, Jado, Tomohiro Ishii & Yujiro Takahashi Winner: Taguchi (11:34) with the Gedo Clutch II.
3. G1 TAG LEAGUE BLOCK B: El Terrible & El Texano Jr. vs. Takashi Iizuka & Tohru Yano Winner: Texano (8:47) following the Tornado Texas on Iizuka.
【Los Hijos del Averno】 (1 win = 2 points) = 【BLOODY CHAOS】 (1 loss = 0 points) ~~ Not sure if this was a sanctioned match, NJPW did not post the win/loss numbers under this match.
4. G1 TAG LEAGUE BLOCK A: Manabu Nakanishi & Strongman vs. Hirooki Gotoh & Tama Tonga Winner: Strongman (10:38) following a Power Bomb on Tonga. ~ 【STRONG STYLE EXCHANGE】(1 win = 2 points) = 【Ara-Tonga】 (1 loss = 0 points)
5. G1 TAG LEAGUE BLOCK A: Tohgi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma vs. Yuji Nagata & Wataru Inoue Winner: Makabe (16:13) following the King Kong Kneedrop on Inoue. ~ 【G・B・H】 (1 win = 2 points) = 【Blue Justice】 (1 loss = 0 points)
6. Special Tag Match: Giant Bernard & “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson vs. James Storm & Robert Roode Winner: Roode (11:58) following a Power Bomb on Anderson. ~ Just like that Beer Money has earned themselves a future title shot no matter what without even being in the tournament. I smell yet another Triple Threat tag match coming at the dome…
7. Special Singles Match: Satoshi Kojima vs. Tetsuya Naitoh Winner: Kojima (16:35) following a Lariat.
8. G1 TAG LEAGUE BLOCK B: Hiroshi Tanahashi & TAJIRI vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Daniel Puder Winner: Tanahashi (14:34) with the High Fly Flow on Puder. ~ 【High Flying-Buzzsaw】 (1 win = 2 points) = 【STRONG STYLE EXCHANGE】 (1 loss = 0 points)
– ~ It seems everyone wants a piece of Kojima. Gotoh, Tanahashi and even Makabe stood around Kojima in the ring today. Kojima is still mentioning Nakamura, but no matter who he faces he has 3 other men ready to face his soon after.
NOAH “AUTUMN NAVIG. 2010 ~ NTV CUP Jr Heavyweight Tag League 4th” (Day 4), 10/22/2010 (Fri) 19:00
Asahikawa Industrial Promotion Center
Spoiler for 10/22:
1. Eddie Edwards vs. Shuhei Taniguchi Winner: Edwards (11:01) with a Backslide.
2. Akira Taue vs. Genba Hirayanagi Winner: Taue (4:57) with a Small Package.
3. Go Shiozaki & Roderick Strong vs. Taiji Ishimori & Ricky Marvin Winner: Shiozaki (14:54) with the Go Flasher on Marvin.
4. Takashi Sugiura & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Kensuke Sasaki & Takashi Okita Winner: Sugiura (12:19) following the Olympic Qualifying Slam on Okita.
5. Yoshihiro Takayama & Takuma Sano vs. Mohammed Yone & Masao Inoue Winner: Sano (15:45) following the Northern Lights Bomb on Inoue.
6. NTV CUP Jr Heavyweight Tag League ~ Block B: Yoshinari Ogawa & Kotaro Suzuki vs. Jack Evans & Extreme Tiger Winner: Suzuki (15:05) following the Blue Destiny on Evans.
7. NTV CUP Jr Heavyweight Tag League ~ Block A: KENTA & Atsushi Aoki vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima & Satoshi Kajihara Winner: Aoki (21:38) following the Assault Point.
AJP “ANNIVERSARY TOUR 2010″, 10/22/2010 (Fri) 19:00
Yamaguchi Messe Shimonoseki Strait Hall
Spoiler for 10/22:
1. Osamu Nishimura vs, NOSAWA Rongai Winner: Nishimura (12:29) with a Backslide.
2. Kaz Hayashi & KAI vs. Hiroshi Yamato & BUSHI Winner: Hayashi (14:12) following a Kick to the Back of BUSHI’s Head.
3. Ryota Hama vs. MAZADA Winner: Hama (7:37) via DQ (KENSO & KONO attcked Hama)
4. Masakatsu Funaki, Minoru Suzuki & Shuji Kondo vs. TARU, Charlie Haas & Minoru Winner: Funaki (13:44) with an Ankle Hold on Minoru.
5. Taiyo Kea & Akebono vs. Big Daddy Voodoo & Hate Winner: Kea (12:13) following the TKO on Hate.
6. Suwama, Seiya Sanada & Manabu Soya vs. KENSO, KONO & Rene Dupree Winner: Suwama (20:56) following a Jumping Powerbomb on Dupree.
NOAH “AUTUMN NAVIG. 2010 ~ NTV CUP Jr Heavyweight Tag League 4th” (Day 5), 10/22/2010 (Sat) 17:00
Sapporo Tesien Hall
1,200 Spectators (overcrowded)
Spoiler for 10/23:
(1) Masao Inoue vs. Masashi Aoyagi Winner: Inoue (5:48) with a Small Package.
(2) Takuma Sano vs. Shuhei Taniguchi Winner: Sano (10:26) following the Northern Lights Bomb.
(3) Go Shiozaki & Mohammed Yone vs. Kensuke Sasaki & Takashi Okita Winner: Shioaki (14:56) following a Short Range Lariat on Okita.
(4) Takashi Sugiura & Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Yoshinari Ogawa & Kotaro Suzuki Winner: Sugiura (13:32) following the Olympic Qualifying Slam on Suzuki.
(5) NTV CUP Jr Heavyweight Tag League ~ Block A: Katsuhiko Nakajima & Satoshi Kajihara vs. Roderick Strong & Eddie Edwards Winner: Strong (13:06) following the Sick Kick on Kajihara.
(6) NTV CUP Jr Heavyweight Tag League ~ Block B: Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Genba Hirayanagi vs. Jack Evans & Extreme Tiger Winner: Draw (30:00)
(7) NTV CUP Jr Heavyweight Tag League ~ Block B: KENTA & Atsushi Aoki vs. Taiji Ishimori & Ricky Marvin Winner: Aoki (18:18) with the Assault Point on Marvin.
(1) Bambi vs. Makoto Ooishi Winner: Bambi (3:59) via Ring Out.
(2) TAKA Michinoku vs. Randy Takuya Winner: TAKA (5:54) with the Heavy Killer #1.
(3) Daigorou Kashiwa & Hiro Tonai vs. Marines Mask & Akira Shiori Winner: Kashiwa (14:34) with the Kashiwa Clutch 2.
(4) HIROKI vs. Yuu Yamagata Winner: HIROKI (9:30)
(5) STRONGEST-K TAG #1 Contender Match: Daigorou Kashiwa & Hiro Tonai vs. Yuu Yamagata & Bambi vs. TAKA Michinoku & Randy Takuya Winner: Yamagata (3:48) with a TAKA Super K Bomb on Takuya.
(6) 6 Man Tag Team Match: Kengo Mashimo, Saburou Inamatsu & Kaiji Tomato vs. Yuji Hino, Taishi Takizawa & Ryuuichi Sekine Winner: Inamatsu (21:06) following the Death Valley Driver on Sekine.
(1) Atsushi Kotoge, Daisuke Harada & Miracleman vs. Tigers Mask, Black Buffalo & Tadasuke Winner: Kotoge (13:54) with the Maxam on Tigers.
(2) Kanjyuro Matsuyama vs. Ebessan Winner: Ebessan (10:46) with the Sonoda Suplex Hold.
(3) Ultimate Spider Jr vs. HAYATA Winner: Spider (11:30) with the Spider Driver.
(4) Takoyakida vs. Kuishinbo Kamen Winner: Kamen (7:23) with the Kankuu Tornado.
(5) Billyken Kid, Hideyoshi & Masamune vs, Kuuga, Orochi & The bodyguard Winner: Kuuga (17:26) with a Cross Arm Lock on Hideyoshi.
~ What is it going to take for Billyken to finally slow down the momentum of JOKER? It seems at almost every time Billyken has a good team together JOKER still somehow manages to gain the upper hand, either through weapon attacks or by their numbers. Personally I think Billyken should fight fire with fire, but being the face of the promotion you wanna win fair and clean. Tough road ahead while JOKER reeks havoc.
In other news: Keiji Mutoh's weight loss is going very well, he has till tomorrow, when the match happens, to make weight at 105kg's (which is about 230lbs).
The pic of what he looked like yesterday in Japan is below in the spoiler tags, so it doesn't take up space
AJP “ANNIVERSARY TOUR 2010″, 10/24/2010 (Sun) 17:00
Kanagawa Cultural Gymnasium in Yokohama
4,100 Spectators (full)
Spoiler for results:
(1) BUSHI vs. Yasufumi Nakanoue
Winner: BUSHI (4:58) with the Firebird Splash.
(2) Shuji Kondo, KAI & Hiroshi Yamato vs. TARU, Minoru & Hate Winner: Kondo (8:04) following the King Kong Lariat on Hate. ~ Shuji Kondo with this win should be considered the next challenger for the Jr Heavyweight Title. There is also something in the AJP notes about Hate & Retirement? More info on that when I get a clear indication.
(3) NOSAWA Rongai vs. MAZADA Winner: MAZADA (8:20) with the Vertical Shoda Drop.
(4) Masanobu Fuchi & Osamu Nishimura vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara & Minoru Suzuki Winner: Suzuki (10:22) with the Gotch Style Piledriver on Fuchi.
(5) Seiya Sanada, Manabu Soya & Ryota Hama vs. KENSO, KONO, Rene Dupree Winner: KONO (11:04) with an Achilles Lock on Hama.
(6) World Tag Team Championship Match: Taiyo Kea & Akebono [c] vs. Big Daddy Voodoo & Charlie Haas Winner: Akebono (14:34) with a Diving Body Press on Voodoo. ~ Second Successful Defense.
(7) World Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: Kaz Hayashi [c] vs. Keiji Mutoh Winner: Hayashi (23:11) with a Rolling Capture Hold. ~ Sixteenth Successful Defense. ~ MAZADA attacked Hayashi following the match.
(8) Triple Crown Heavyweight Title Match: Suwama [c] vs. Masakatsu Funaki Winner: Suwama (29:13) following the Last Ride Powerbomb. ~ First Successful Defense.
1) Tama Tonga vs. Hiromu Takahashi
Winner: Tonga (7:03) following the Tongan Twist.
2) Tiger Mask, Kohji Kanemoto & Wataru Inoue vs. Jushin Thunder Liger, El Terrible & El Texano Jr.
Winner: Liger (12:20) with a La Magistral on Tiger.
3) Manabu Nakanishi, Strongman, Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Takashi Iizuka, Daniel Puder, Jado & Gedo
Winner: Nakanishi (14:26) with an Argentine Backbreaker on Gedo.
4) G1 TAG LEAGUE BLOCK A: Tohgi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma vs. Super Strong Machine & King Fale
Winner: Honma (8:24) following a Lariat on Fale.
5) G1 TAG LEAGUE BLOCK B: Giant Bernard & “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson vs. Tetsuya Naitoh & Yujiro Takahashi
Winner: Takahashi (15:23) with a Moonsault Press on Anderson.
6) Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hirooki Gotoh & Yuji Nagata vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, Tohru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii
Winner: Tanahashi (16:48) with the High Fly Flow on Ishii.
NOAH “AUTUMN NAVIG. 2010 ~ NTV CUP Jr Heavyweight Tag League 4th” (Day 6), 10/24/2010 (Sun) 16:00
Sapporo Tesien Hall
Spoiler for 10=24:
(1) Taiji Ishimori vs. Takashi Okita
Winner: Ishimori (7:22) with a rolling School Boy.
(2) Ricky Marvin vs. Shuhei Taniguchi
Winner: Taniguchi (8:21) with a German Suplex.
(3) Roderick Strong vs. Masao Inoue
Winner: Strong (12:04) with the Strong Hold.
(4) KENTA, Atsushi Aoki vs. Aoyagi Masashi vs. Eddie Edwards, Jack Evans & Extreme Tiger
Winner: Edwards (18:09) following the Chin Checker on Masashi.
(5) NTV CUP Jr Heavyweight Tag League ~ Block A: Katsuhiko Nakajima & Satoshi Kajihara vs. The Great Sasuke & Kenbai
Winner: Nakajima (17:49) following a Soccer Ball Kick on Kenbai.
(6) NTV CUP Jr Heavyweight Tag League ~ Block B: Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Genba Hirayanagi vs. Yoshinari Ogawa & Kotaro Suzuki
Winner: Suzuki (20:12) with a Tiger Driver.
(7) Special 6 Man Tag Match: Takashi Sugiura, Yoshihiro Takayama & Takuma Sano vs. Go Shiozaki, Kensuke Sasaki & Mohammed Yone
Winner: Sugiura (23:51) following the Olympic Qualifying Slam on Yone.
(1) Cherry (3rd General Election) vs. Yasu Urano (13th General Election)
Winner: Urano (7:53) with a Tombstone Piledriver.
(2) The Great Henatai (Michael Nakazawa) (7th in the Election) vs. Dick Togo (14th in Election)
Winner: Togo (10:22) with a Diving Senton.
(3) Shuji Ishikawa (9th) & Isami Kodaka (14th) vs. MIKAMI (10th) & KUDO (17th)
Winner: Kodaka (10:22) following a Thrust Kick to MIKAMI.
(4) Sanshiro Takagi (6th) vs. Tohru Owashi (12th)
Winner: Takagi (8:54) with the Oden Splash.
(5) Antonio Honda (8th) & Kenny Omega (15th) vs. YOSHIHIKO (11th) & Keisuke Ishii (18th)
Winner: Omega (9:34) with the Croyts Wrath on Ishii.
(6) Kota Ibushi (5th) vs. Hikaru Satoh (2nd)
Winner: Satoh (16:18) via Referee Stoppage (Cross Arm Breaker).
(7) KO-D Openweight Championship Match: HARASHIMA [c] (4th) vs. Danshoku Dino (1st)
Winner: HARASHIMA (20:16) with the Magic Blue Sword. ~ Second Successful Defense.
(1) Daisuke Harada vs. Takoyakida
Winner: Harada (7:23) following a Powerbomb.
(2) Hideyoshi & Tsubasa vs. Black Buffalo & Tadasuke
Winner: Hideyoshi (13:04) with a Frankensteiner on Tadasuke.
(3) Atsushi Kotoge vs. Tigers Mask
Winner: Tigers (12:53) with a Cross Arm Lock.
(4) Kanjyuro Matsuyama & Kuishinbo Kamen vs. Miracleman & Ebessan
Winner: Ebessan (11:17) with the Sonoda Suplex Hold on Kamen.
(5) Billyken Kid, Masamune & Ultimate Spider Jr vs. Kuuga, Orochi & HAYATA [W]
Winner: HAYATA (16:03) following a Thrust Kick to Spider.