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    G1 Climax 2007 outline by Stuart - 18 Jun 2007


    New Japan today revealed the outline for the 2007 G1 Climax, the annual midsummer festival and biggest tournament in professional wrestling. Twelve men will fight it out for the trophy, two more than last year when the tournament was stripped down to five per block. Only one participant is confirmed so far, and he gave an interview today. The first entrant into the 2007 G1 is Milano Collection AT, who yesterday won the Best of the Super Jr. tournament and has been given a great reward. Milano is most looking forward to a couple of men returning. Hiroshi Tanahashi, who Milano has been a rival of since first entering New Japan during last year's G1 tour, and who he had a very close match with last December in WRESTLE LAND. And the man responsible for Milano being given the chance to become part of New Japan, Masahiro Chono, who is aiming at a return on the next tour. Milano wants to face Chono and show his growth over the past year to the BLACK leader and his mentor. Milano said he would destroy the rankings in the heavyweight division and continue the "Italy Revolution" in his first G1.

    NEW JAPAN 35TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR ~ G1 CLIMAX 2007 ~WINNER TAKE ALL~
    - 8/5 @ Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium WPW
    - 8/6 @ Twin Messe Shizuoka SAMURAI!
    - 8/8 @ Yokohama Bunka Gymnasium SXW
    - 8/10 @ Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium SAMURAI!
    - 8/11 @ Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan SXW
    - 8/12 @ Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan WPW


    Makabe vs. Kanemura... again, on 6/24 by Stuart - 17 Jun 2007
    Togi Makabe and Kintaro Kanemura will have their third match over the WEW Heavyweight Title on Apache's big 6/24 Korakuen show. Interestingly, this is right before Makabe challenges for the IWGP Heavyweight Title, yet this is being billed as Kanemura's "last chance" to bring home "Fuyuki's title", so he will be extra fired up. Young lion Tetsuya Naito will also work the show, facing another youngster, Yusaku Obata.

    Apache Pro, 6/24/07
    Tokyo Korakuen Hall


    - Yusaku Obata vs. Tetsuya Naito New Japan
    - WEW Heavyweight Title: Togi Makabe New Japan (c) vs. Kintaro Kanemura


    Added to the New Japan-heavy DRAGON GATE Kobe World show is Jado & Gedo's V3 defense of the IJ Tag Team Title against Susumu Yokosuka & Ryo Saito. The tag kings have already beaten Masaaki Mochizuki & Don Fujii, CIMA & Yokosuka, and Mochizuki & Kanda, so the DG team have their work cut out for them.

    DRAGON GATE, 7/1/07
    Kobe World Hall


    - Hollywood Stalker Ichikawa vs. Yuji Nagata New Japan
    - IJ Tag Team Title: Jado New Japan & Gedo New Japan (c) vs. Susumu Yokosuka & Ryo Saito
    - Masaaki Mochizuki vs. Koji Kanemoto New Japan
    - Open The Dream Gate Title: Jushin Thunder Liger New Japan (c) vs. CIMA


    [Results] New Japan, 6/17/07 by Stuart - 17 Jun 2007

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    Milano Collection AT pulled off an unlikely victory on par with Kakihara's win in 2003 to win this year's Best of the Super Jr. tournament. Few would have picked Milano to win after so/so results leading in, but his opponent, Wataru Inoue, was also in average form before the tournament, and along with Taguchi, they managed to outdo the junior division's "Big 4" in what was a rollercoaster tournament. This was Milano's first participation in the tournament, and he and Wataru put on a great show to finish it that had "heavy stomping" from fans at Korakuen, which is usually the sign of a good match. Wataru kicked out of the Victoria Milanese (backdrop clutch hold) and had Milano in the Triangle Lancer, but the skillful Italian cradled his way out of that, hit a thrust kick, then the Armani Exchange. He followed with a second Victoria Milanese and the unlucky Wataru, so close to his first singles glory but once again falling just short, stayed down. Milano declared in his post-match interview that he had achieved a "NEW JAPAN Dream" today, that the "Italy Revolution" had begun, and that he is more interested in a spot in the 2007 G1 Climax than challenging his sworn friend Minoru for the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title, since he knows it is in good hands.

    Nagata & Nakanishi defeated Makabe & Yano in a special tag match designed as the last build-up to the long awaited Nagata vs. Makabe rematch back at Korakuen next month. Nakanishi pinned Yano while Nagata and Makabe were fighting all over the place, but GBH had the last laugh as they got hold of Nagata and Makabe made a mess of the ring that caused a slight delay before the main event, cutting off much of Nagata's hair. This is likely to have enraged Nagata, so look for "Killer" Nagata to show up next month and attempt to liquidate this long-standing grudge. Shinsuke Nakamura has had a unique tour, fighting hard near the bottom of shows and winning most of his matches. Today, the underachieving young ace scored his second singles victory over Tenzan in the last couple of months, fighting off GBH intrusion to submit the out of sorts GBH "leader" with his flying cross armbreaker. Shinsuke has been using submissions more to finish matches on this tour, and is attempting to try and find his way before the G1 Climax, where many expect him to finally resurface after a quiet year. Katsuhiko Nagata made an appearance after the fourth match, the NEW JAPAN FACTORY ace reporting his K-1 Dynamite!! USA victory to fans, and also telling them that he will fight Caol Uno in round one of the K-1 HERO'S Middleweight Tournament at Yokohama Arena on 7/16.

    NJPW, 6/17/07 (WPW)
    Tokyo Korakuen Hall
    2,005 Fans
    - Super No Vacancy Full House

    1. Takashi Iizuka & Mitsuhide Hirasawa beat Takashi Uwano & Taichi Ishikari (9:13) when Iizuka used a sleeper hold on Uwano.
    2. Best of the Super Jr. Final Special Tag PART-1: Gedo & BxB Hulk Dragon Gate beat Yujiro & Tetsuya Naito (9:08) when Gedo used the Gedo clutch on Yujiro.
    3. Shiro Koshinaka & Tomohiro Ishii beat Riki Choshu & Naofumi Yamamoto (8:46) when Koshinaka used a cradle on Yamamoto.
    4. Special Singles Match: Shinsuke Nakamura beat Hiroyoshi Tenzan (14:15) with a flying cross armbreaker.
    5. Best of the Super Jr. Final Special Tag PART-2: Minoru, Tiger Mask & Ryusuke Taguchi beat Jushin Thunder Liger, Koji Kanemoto & El Samurai (14:12) when Taguchi used the Dodon on Samurai.
    6. Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi beat Togi Makabe & Toru Yano (12:19) when Nakanishi used the Hercules Cutter on Yano.
    7. Best of the Super Jr. - Final: Milano Collection AT beat Wataru Inoue (19:37) with the Victoria Milanese.


    [Results] New Japan, 6/16/07 by Stuart - 16 Jun 2007

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    Who would have guessed it? Wataru Inoue vs. Milano Collection AT will serve as the final of the 2007 Best of the Super Jr. tournament. No Minoru, Kanemoto, Liger, OR Tiger for the first time since 2000, with a first time winner definitely to be crowned tomorrow. Wataru finally broke past the wall of Minoru after three big match losses to him in the past - two in title matches, on in last year's semi final round. The two headlined in front of 5,500 fans tonight in Kyoto, Wataru edging one step closer to the elusive singles glory by forcing the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion to submit to his Triangle Lancer. Milano has also been boosted massively in this tournament with victories over both Liger and Tiger, and despite an upset loss to Yujiro, today defeated perhaps the strongest performer of the tournament, Taguchi, to reach the final. Milano debuted the new name for his backdrop clutch hold, titled the Victoria Milanese, and pulled off the big win. So will it be the "eternal young man" finally perhaps breaking out as a singles star or the Italian who win the junior festival this year? We'll find out soon enough...

    NJPW, 6/16/07 (Samurai! TV)
    Kyoto City Gymnasium
    5,500 Fans
    - No Vacancy

    1. Takashi Iizuka & Mitsuhide Hirasawa beat Yujiro & Tetsuya Naito (8:32) when Iizuka used a sleeper hold on Yujiro.
    2. Shinsuke Nakamura & Black Strong Machine beat Tomohiro Ishii & Tomoaki Honma (9:45) when Machine used a senton bomb on Honma.
    3. Yuji Nagata & Riki Choshu beat Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Shiro Koshinaka (9:11) when Nagata used the Thunder Death Driver on Koshinaka.
    4. Manabu Nakanishi 15th Anniversary Special Tag: Togi Makabe & Toru Yano beat Manabu Nakanishi & Naofumi Yamamoto (14:52) when Yano used the Uragasumi on Yamamoto.
    5. Best of the Super Jr. Special Tag: Koji Kanemoto, Tiger Mask & El Samurai beat Jushin Thunder Liger, Gedo & Taichi Ishikari (14:12) when Tiger used a Tiger suplex hold on Ishikari.
    6. Best of the Super Jr. - Semi Final: Milano Collection AT beat Ryusuke Taguchi (12:47) with the Victoria Milanese.
    7. Best of the Super Jr. - Semi Final: Wataru Inoue beat Minoru (14:45) with the Triangle Lancer.

    -

    NJPW, 6/17/07 (WPW)
    Tokyo Korakuen Hall


    1. Takashi Iizuka & Mitsuhide Hirasawa vs. Takashi Uwano & Taichi Ishikari
    2. Best of the Super Jr. Final Special Tag PART-1: Yujiro & Tetsuya Naito vs. Gedo & BxB Hulk Dragon Gate
    3. Riki Choshu & Naofumi Yamamoto vs. Shiro Koshinaka & Tomohiro Ishii
    4. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan
    5. Best of the Super Jr. Final Special Tag PART-2: Jushin Thunder Liger, Koji Kanemoto & El Samurai vs. Minoru, Tiger Mask & Ryusuke Taguchi
    6. Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Togi Makabe & Toru Yano
    7. Best of the Super Jr. - Final: Wataru Inoue vs. Milano Collection AT


    [Results] New Japan, 6/15/07 by Stuart - 15 Jun 2007

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    Times may finally be changing in New Japan's junior division. The long-standing "Big 4" system of Koji Kanemoto, Tiger Mask, Minoru, and Jushin Thunder Liger has been severely compromised in this year's Best of the Super Jr. tournament, with just the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion (Minoru) able to reach the final four. Taguchi scored probably the biggest win over his career to date, pinning New Japan's hardest to beat junior star, Kanemoto, in tonight's main event. He was already through to the semis, but victories over both Minoru and Kanemoto document the Funky Weapon's growth in the past year. Kanemoto's loss mean that just four months after almost winning the IWGP Heavyweight Title and after reaching last year's G1 semis, he fails to reach the Super Jr. semis, Taguchi and Minoru advancing. Neither Tiger Mask or Liger was able to advance from Block A, thanks to great campaigns for both Wataru Inoue and Milano Collection AT. Both won today, meaning they advance, Wataru like Taguchi, dominating his seniors in the block, and Milano scraping through on the direct confrontation rule, having beaten both Tiger and Liger, with whom he is tied on points. Tomorrow's semis in Kyoto pit Taguchi against Milano and Wataru against Minoru, the latter a rematch from both last year's Super Jr. semis and this February's IWGP Jr. match from Sumo Hall, Wataru with the form he is in perhaps getting his greatest chance to finally get past the big wall named Minoru.

    NJPW, 6/15/07
    Tanabe City Hanayo Arena
    1,000 Fans


    1. Mitsuhide Hirasawa beat Tetsuya Naito (8:12) with a spear.
    2. Manabu Nakanishi beat Takashi Uwano (6:15) with a one leg hammer.
    3. Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma beat Shinsuke Nakamura & Black Strong Machine (11:29) when Makabe used a lariat on Machine.
    4. Yuji Nagata, Riki Choshu, Takashi Iizuka & Naofumi Yamamoto beat Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Shiro Koshinaka, Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii (11:17) when Iizuka used a sleeper hold on Ishii.
    5. Best of the Super Jr. - Block A: Milano Collection AT [8] beat Taichi Ishikari [4] (11:25) with the Milankatame!.
    6. Best of the Super Jr. - Block A: Wataru Inoue [10] beat Yujiro [4] (10:47) with a figure-four leglock.
    7. Best of the Super Jr. - Block B: Gedo [5] beat El Samurai [4] (14:13) with a Superfly splash.
    8. Best of the Super Jr. - Block B: Ryusuke Taguchi [10] beat Koji Kanemoto [7] (12:07) with the Dodon.

    -

    Block A:
    1. Wataru Inoue [10]
    2. Milano Collection AT [8]
    3. Tiger Mask [8]
    4. Jushin Thunder Liger [8]
    5. Taichi Ishikari [4]
    6. Yujiro [4]
    7. Prince Devitt [0]

    Block B:
    1. Ryusuke Taguchi [10]
    2. Minoru [8]
    3. Koji Kanemoto [7]
    4. Gedo [5]
    5. El Samurai [4]
    6. Tetsuya Naito [4]
    7. BxB Hulk [4]

    -

    NJPW, 6/16/07 (Samurai! TV)
    Kyoto City Gymnasium


    1. Takashi Iizuka & Mitsuhide Hirasawa vs. Yujiro & Tetsuya Naito
    2. Shinsuke Nakamura & Black Strong Machine vs. Tomohiro Ishii & Tomoaki Honma
    3. Yuji Nagata & Riki Choshu vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Shiro Koshinaka
    4. Manabu Nakanishi 15th Anniversary Special Tag: Manabu Nakanishi & Naofumi Yamamoto vs. Togi Makabe & Toru Yano
    5. Best of the Super Jr. Special Tag: Koji Kanemoto, Tiger Mask & El Samurai vs. Jushin Thunder Liger, Gedo & Taichi Ishikari
    6. Best of the Super Jr. - Semi Final: Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Milano Collection AT
    7. Best of the Super Jr. - Semi Final: Wataru Inoue vs. Minoru


    [Results] New Japan, 6/14/07 by Stuart - 14 Jun 2007

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    NJPW, 6/14/07
    Anan Sports Center Sub Arena
    856 Fans
    - Super No Vacancy Full House

    1. Tiger Mask & Taichi Ishikari beat GAINA Osaka Pro & Mitsuhide Hirasawa (12:32) when Tiger used a crab hold on Hirasawa.
    2. Shinsuke Nakamura beat Tomohiro Ishii (8:19) with a flying cross armbreaker.
    3. Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Togi Makabe, Shiro Koshinaka & Toru Yano beat Yuji Nagata, Riki Choshu, Manabu Nakanishi & Naofumi Yamamoto (13:49) when Makabe used a lariat on Yamamoto.
    4. Best of the Super Jr. - Block A: Tiger Mask [8] beat Prince Devitt [0] by forfeit.
    5. Best of the Super Jr. - Block B: Tetsuya Naito [4] beat El Samurai [4] (9:27) with a Japanese leg roll clutch hold.
    6. Best of the Super Jr. - Block B: Gedo [3] beat Ryusuke Taguchi [8] (11:36) with the Gedo clutch.
    7. Best of the Super Jr. - Block B: Minoru [8] beat BxB Hulk Dragon Gate [4] (11:52) with the Minoru Special.
    8. Best of the Super Jr. - Block A: Jushin Thunder Liger [8] beat Wataru Inoue [8] (15:47) with the CTB.

    -

    Taguchi in definitely in the semis now, nothing can change that, while the dark horse for the tournament, Samurai, can't reach the final four after today's result. If Milano (vs. Ishikari) and Wataru (vs. Yujiro) win tomorrow, they advance from Block A. If Milano wins and Wataru loses, we have the confusing situation of four men tied on points. If Taguchi beats Kanemoto tomorrow, he and Minoru go through. If Kanemoto wins, he and Taguchi go through.

    Block A:
    1. Wataru Inoue [8]
    2. Tiger Mask [8]
    3. Jushin Thunder Liger [8]
    4. Milano Collection AT [6]
    5. Taichi Ishikari [4]
    6. Yujiro [4]
    7. Prince Devitt [0]

    Block B:
    1. Ryusuke Taguchi [8]
    2. Minoru [8]
    3. Koji Kanemoto [7]
    4. El Samurai [4]
    5. Tetsuya Naito [4]
    6. BxB Hulk [4]
    7. Gedo [3]


    [Results] New Japan, 6/12/07 by Stuart - 12 Jun 2007

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    NJPW, 6/12/07
    Fukui City Gymnasium
    1,100 Fans


    1. Takashi Iizuka beat Takashi Uwano (11:35) with a sleeper hold.
    2. Shinsuke Nakamura beat Toru Yano (8:38) with a flying cross armbreaker.
    3. Best of the Super Jr. - Block A: Yujiro [4] beat Milano Collection AT [6] (10:35) with a spear.
    4. Best of the Super Jr. - Block A: Tiger Mask [6] beat Taichi Ishikari [4] (8:59) with an avalanche-style double-arm suplex.
    5. Best of the Super Jr. - Block B: Minoru [6] beat Gedo [1] (13:26) with the Minoru Special.
    6. Best of the Super Jr. - Block B: Koji Kanemoto [7] beat Tetsuya Naito [2] (10:16) with an ankle hold.
    7. Best of the Super Jr. - Block B: Ryusuke Taguchi [8] beat El Samurai [4] (10:26) with the Dodon.
    8. Yuji Nagata, Riki Choshu, Manabu Nakanishi & Naofumi Yamamoto beat Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Togi Makabe, Shiro Koshinaka & Tomohiro Ishii (15:17) when Nagata used a wrist-clutch Exploder on Tenzan.

    -

    Block A:
    1. Wataru Inoue [8]
    2. Milano Collection AT [6]
    3. Tiger Mask [6]
    4. Jushin Thunder Liger [6]
    5. Taichi Ishikari [4]
    6. Yujiro [4]
    7. Prince Devitt [0]

    Block B:
    1. Ryusuke Taguchi [8]
    2. Koji Kanemoto [7]
    3. Minoru [6]
    4. El Samurai [4]
    5. BxB Hulk [4]
    6. Tetsuya Naito [2]
    7. Gedo [1]


    LOCK UP 7/1 full card by Stuart - 11 Jun 2007
    LOCK UP, 7/1/07
    Sayama City Yakiniku Restaurant Osaka Ya Parking Lot


    1. Kuniyoshi Wada vs. Hi69
    2. Takashi Uwano vs. Taichi Ishikari
    3. Yujiro, Tetsuya Naito & El Blazer vs. Milano Collection AT, Naoki Tanisaki & Hisaru Tajima
    4. Manabu Nakanishi & Mitsuhide Hirasawa vs. Daisuke Sekimoto Big Japan & Katsumasa Inoue Big Japan
    5. Riki Choshu & Naofumi Yamamoto vs. Shiro Koshinaka & Toru Yano
    6. Togi Makabe, Tomohiro Ishii & Tomoaki Honma vs. Kintaro Kanemura, Mammoth Sasaki & GENTARO
    7. Battle Royal


    [Results] New Japan, 6/10/07 by Stuart - 10 Jun 2007

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    NJPW, 6/10/07
    Akashi Municipal Industrial Exchange Center
    1,558 Fans
    - Super No Vacancy Full House

    1. Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii beat Naofumi Yamamoto & Mitsuhide Hirasawa (12:53) when Yano pinned Hirasawa after a union face crusher.
    2. Shinsuke Nakamura & Black Strong Machine beat Takashi Uwano & Tetsuya Naito (12:52) when Nakamura used a front neck lock on Naito.
    3. Best of the Super Jr. - Block A: Yujiro [2] beat Prince Devitt [0] by forfeit.
    4. Best of the Super Jr. - Block A: Wataru Inoue [8] beat Taichi Ishikari [4] (13:33) with the Triangle Lancer.
    5. Best of the Super Jr. - Block B: Minoru [4] beat El Samurai [4] (11:36) with the Minoru Special.
    6. Best of the Super Jr. - Block B: Koji Kanemoto [5] vs. Gedo [1] went to a double countout (15:50).
    7. 2/3 Falls: Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Togi Makabe, Shiro Koshinaka & Tomoaki Honma beat Yuji Nagata, Riki Choshu, Manabu Nakanishi & Takashi Iizuka (20:45). Makabe used a lariat on Choshu (9:36). Nagata used a backdrop hold on Honma (2:33). Makabe used a top rope King Kong kneedrop on Iizuka (8:36).

    -

    Block A:
    1. Wataru Inoue [8]
    2. Milano Collection AT [6]
    3. Jushin Thunder Liger [6]
    4. Tiger Mask [4]
    5. Taichi Ishikari [4]
    6. Yujiro [2]
    7. Prince Devitt [0]

    Block B:
    1. Ryusuke Taguchi [6]
    2. Koji Kanemoto [5]
    3. Minoru [4]
    4. El Samurai [4]
    5. BxB Hulk [4]
    6. Tetsuya Naito [2]
    7. Gedo [1]


    [Results] New Japan, 6/9/07 by Stuart - 09 Jun 2007

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    NJPW, 6/9/07
    Takamatsu City Gymnasium #2
    1,200 Fans
    - Super No Vacancy Full House

    1. Shinsuke Nakamura & Black Strong Machine beat Takashi Iizuka & Naofumi Yamamoto (15:42) when Machine used a diving senton on Yamamoto.
    2. Shiro Koshinaka, Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii beat Riki Choshu, Takashi Uwano & Mitsuhide Hirasawa (10:40) when Koshinaka used a powerbomb on Hirasawa.
    3. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Togi Makabe beat Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi (14:40) when Tenzan used the TTD on Nagata.
    4. Best of the Super Jr. - Block A: Jushin Thunder Liger [6] beat Prince Devitt [0] by forfeit.
    5. Best of the Super Jr. - Block B: Minoru [2] beat Tetsuya Naito [2] (9:01) with a cross armbreaker.
    6. Best of the Super Jr. - Block B: Ryusuke Taguchi [6] beat BxB Hulk Dragon Gate [4] (12:30) with the Dodon.
    7. Best of the Super Jr. - Block A: Milano Collection AT [6] beat Tiger Mask [4] (11:23) with a backdrop clutch hold.
    -

    Block A:
    1. Wataru Inoue [6]
    2. Milano Collection AT [6]
    3, Jushin Thunder Liger [6]
    4. Tiger Mask [4]
    5. Taichi Ishikari [4]
    6. Yujiro [0]
    7. Prince Devitt [0]

    Block B:
    1. Ryusuke Taguchi [6]
    2. El Samurai [4]
    3. Koji Kanemoto [4]
    4. BxB Hulk [4]
    5, Minoru [2]
    6. Tetsuya Naito [2]
    7. Gedo [0]


    [Results] New Japan, 6/8/07 by Stuart - 08 Jun 2007

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    One of our message board regulars attended today's show in Osaka and wrote a report at his blog with some photos, that you can read here.

    NJPW, 6/8/07 (SXW)
    Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium #2
    1,600 Fans
    - Super No Vacancy Full House

    1. Takashi Iizuka beat Mitsuhide Hirasawa (5:16) with a sleeper hold.
    2. Shinsuke Nakamura & Black Strong Machine beat Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Tomohiro Ishii (10:53) when Nakamura used a cross armbreaker on Ishii.
    3. Best of the Super Jr. - Block A: Wataru Inoue [6] beat Prince Devitt [0] by forfeit.
    4. Best of the Super Jr. - Block A: Taichi Ishikari [4] beat Yujiro [0] (10:41) with a cross kneelock.
    5. Riki Choshu & Manabu Nakanishi beat Togi Makabe & Shiro Koshinaka (9:18) when Koshinaka was DQ'd.
    6. Yuji Nagata & Naofumi Yamamoto beat Toru Yano & Tomoaki Honma (10:49) when Yamamoto used a backdrop suplex on Honma.
    7. Best of the Super Jr. - Block A: Milano Collection AT [4] beat Jushin Thunder Liger [4] (16:41) with a backdrop clutch hold.
    8. Best of the Super Jr. - Block B: BxB Hulk Dragon Gate [4] beat Gedo [0] (11:03) with the EVO.
    9. Best of the Super Jr. - Block B: Koji Kanemoto [4] beat Minoru [0] (16:32) with an ankle hold.

    -

    Block A:
    1. Wataru Inoue [6]
    2. Tiger Mask [4]
    3. Milano Collection AT [4]
    4, Jushin Thunder Liger [4]
    5. Taichi Ishikari [4]
    6. Yujiro [0]
    7. Prince Devitt [0]

    Block B:
    1. El Samurai [4]
    2. Koji Kanemoto [4]
    3. Ryusuke Taguchi [4]
    4. BxB Hulk [4]
    5. Tetsuya Naito [2]
    6, Minoru [0]
    7. Gedo [0]


    Devitt out of BOSJ. Nakamura vs. Tenzan on 6/17 by Stuart - 07 Jun 2007
    Prince Devitt has unfortunately picked up another injury, around a month after returning from a lengthy layoff. He is going to be forced to forfeit all of his remaining BOSJ matches, meaning he will definitely end up on zero points in his first tournament.

    Tokyo Sports says that newly engaged Nakamura will have another singles match against Tenzan on the 6/17 Korakuen tour climax. They last met in April at Teisen Hall, with Nakamura winning, and like Tanahashi vs. Bernard last year, there will be a big heavyweight bout to go with the Super Jr. final.


    How you can help puroresufan.com by Stuart - 05 Jun 2007
    This is one of my rare posts on how YOU can support the puroresufan.com network. Strong Style Spirit is now six years old and network sites like Shining Road, Green Destiny, and DGUSA (which is actually a little older than SSS and was an affiliate to my old Wrestling Viewpoint! site back in 2000) have also been around for quite some time. Our forum community has also been around for a long time, going back to the EZBoard called "Wrestling Delight" in 2001 (I still remember the exact startup time, the same day as New Japan's famous 6/6/01 PPV headed by Fujita vs. Nagata), and is still going strong as "Strong Style Symphony". Annoying popups and "pay" sections have NEVER been forced at this network and never will. However, there are bills to pay and that is the reason for these rare posts. Besides the few sponsor banners you see, the site relies entirely on donations and there is a permanent PayPal donate button down the left side. Unfortunately, the only time it is ever used seems to be when I make these posts, hence the reason. So if you are in the giving mood, feel free to add your donation to the site's upkeeping now or any time in the future. The PayPal address to send to is puroresufan@gmail.com, or you can just directly click the button down the left ("Paypal Donate") for quick payment.


    Liger pins CIMA in DG, Nakamura to be married! by Stuart - 05 Jun 2007

    Jushin Thunder Liger became the second CTU member after Jado this year to push down the face of DRAGON GATE, CIMA, at the company's latest Korakuen Hall offering today. He teamed with Masaaki Mochizuki and the two had no problems cooperating, unlike their opponents, who aren't on good terms. Liger completely defeated CIMA at the end, spiking him with a brainbuster and following with the CTB for the 1-2-3. Liger provoked CIMA after the match and said he would send someone in place of Jado to DG's 6/10 Hakata show to battle CIMA. Liger suggested his Kobe World Hall title defense be made into a three way dance, possibly against both CIMA and Gamma. On the same show, "Hollywood" Stalker Ichikawa announced that he would raid New Japan's 6/8 Osaka show to get IWGP Heavyweight Champion, Yuji Nagata, to face him on DG's Kobe World convention. Stalker has faced a big cast of celebrities, and Nagata is the next on his list. Should this happen, it would mean three big New Japan names - Nagata, Liger, and Kanemoto - would appear on the show.

    DRAGON GATE, 6/5/07
    Tokyo Korakuen Hall
    2,350 Fans
    - Super No Vacancy Full House

    - Jushin Thunder Liger New Japan & Masaaki Mochizuki beat CIMA & Gamma (13:35) when Liger used the CTB on CIMA.



    Shinsuke Nakamura has much reason to be happy after formally announcing today that he will marry 26-year-old Harumi Maekawa on September 1st. The two have been acquainted since Shinsuke's university days and Harumi has followed him whereever he has been across the world. A big wedding party is planned in Tokyo, with 400 people scheduled to appear. Nakamura said that wants marriage to motivate him and speed up his progress as a pro wrestler. Ever since failing to defeat Tanahashi in their December title match, Nakamura has been fairly quiet, studying the craft, and many fans expect the young ace to explode again some time this year.


    [Results] New Japan, 6/3/07 by Stuart - 03 Jun 2007

    --> "NEW JAPAN 35TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR ~ CIRCUIT 2007 BEST OF THE SUPER JR. XIV ~POWER OF MIND~" <--

    NJPW, 6/3/07
    Tatebayashi Citizen Gymnasium
    1,300 Fans
    - Super No Vacancy

    1. Black Strong Machine & Takashi Uwano beat Masayoshi Motegi & Mitsuhide Hirasawa (12:45) when Machine used a diving senton on Hirasawa.
    2. Shinsuke Nakamura beat Tomoaki Honma (7:40) with the Landslide.
    3. Riki Choshu & Naofumi Yamamoto beat Shiro Koshinaka & Toru Yano (9:45) when Yamamoto used a horizontal cradle on Yano.
    4. Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Togi Makabe & Tomohiro Ishii beat Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi & Takashi Iizuka (13:47) when Makabe used a top rope King Kong kneedrop on Iizuka.
    5. Best of the Super Jr. - Block B: Ryusuke Taguchi [4] beat Tetsuya Naito [2] (9:47) with the Shika Koroshi.
    6. Best of the Super Jr. - Block B: El Samurai [4] beat BxB Hulk Dragon Gate [2] (8:53) with a chickenwing armlock.
    7. Best of the Super Jr. - Block A: Jushin Thunder Liger [4] beat Taichi Ishikari [2] (12:29) with the CTB.
    8. Best of the Super Jr. - Block A: Tiger Mask [4] beat Yujiro [0] (10:34) with a triangle choke hold.
    9. Best of the Super Jr. - Block A: Milano Collection AT [2] beat Prince Devitt [0] (10:18) with a backdrop clutch hold.


    Katsuhiko Nagata wins at K-1 Dynamite!! USA by Stuart - 03 Jun 2007
    Katsuhiko Nagata won his first fight under the NEW JAPAN FACTORY banner at today's K-1 Dynamite!! USA super-show in Los Angeles. Isaiah Hill put up a good fight, bloodying Katsuhiko, but Yuji's little brother managed to outwrestle the American and won on a split decision. President Sugehayashi of New Japan was backstage at the show, which is interesting with "runaway" Brock Lesnar also having appeared on the show.

    K-1 "DYNAMITE!! USA", 6/2/07
    L.A. Memorial Coliseum


    - Katsuhiko Nagata New Japan beat Isaiah Hill (R3) by decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27).


    Nagata vs. Makabe set for 7/6 by Stuart - 02 Jun 2007
    To the surprise of few, New Japan today named Makabe as Nagata's next challenger, after months of appealing. Choshu is so confident that Nagata will win that he will cut his hair if that very result doesn't happen. New Japan also plans to run several other title matches on the 7/6 Korakuen show, as they continue to push for the legitimate sell outs there before returning to Sumo Hall for the the G1.

    NJPW, 7/6/07 (WPW)
    Tokyo Korakuen Hall


    1. IWGP Heavyweight Title: Yuji Nagata (c) vs. Togi Makabe


    [Results] New Japan, 6/2/07 by Stuart - 02 Jun 2007

    --> "NEW JAPAN 35TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR ~ CIRCUIT 2007 BEST OF THE SUPER JR. XIV ~POWER OF MIND~" <--

    NJPW, 6/2/07
    Soka City Sports Gymnasium
    2,100 Fans
    - No Vacancy

    1. Shinsuke Nakamura & Black Strong Machine beat Naofumi Yamamoto & Mitsuhide Hirasawa (11:12) when Nakamura used a front neck lock on Hirasawa.
    2. Yuji Nagata & Takashi Iizuka beat Togi Makabe & Tomohiro Ishii (14:10) when Iizuka used a sleeper hold on Ishii.
    3. Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Shiro Koshinaka & Toru Yano beat Riki Choshu, Manabu Nakanishi & Takashi Uwano (11:41) when Koshinaka used a powerbomb on Uwano.
    4. Best of the Super Jr. - Block A: Taichi Ishikari [2] beat Prince Devitt [0] (11:40) with an avalanche-style Black Mephisto.
    5. Best of the Super Jr. - Block B: BxB Hulk Dragon Gate [2] beat Tetsuya Naito [2] (11:10) with the EVO.
    6. Best of the Super Jr. - Block A: Wataru Inoue [4] beat Milano Collection AT [0] (14:22) with a figure-four leglock.
    7. Best of the Super Jr. - Block B: El Samurai [2] beat Koji Kanemoto [2] (16:19) with an inside cradle.
    8. Best of the Super Jr. - Block A: Tiger Mask [2] beat Jushin Thunder Liger [2] (14:08) with a front cradle.


    LOCK UP 7/1 partial card by Stuart - 01 Jun 2007
    The delayed New Japan vs. BJW tag match will finally take place at the beginning of July, meaning the much anticipated Nakanishi vs. Sekimoto issue will resume. New Japan announced a partial card for LOCK UP's first advance outside of Tokyo, and the three matches so far all have a confrontation theme: New Japan Sekigun vs. GBH, GBH vs. Apache, and New Japan Sekigun vs. Big Japan. Nakanishi & Hirasawa will battle Sekimoto & Katsumasa Inoue in the tag match where if Sekimoto wins, he is likely to get a singles match with Nakanishi. Meanwhile, Apache just won't give up and battles a slightly weaker GBH trio than normal, but still led by the dangerous Makabe.

    LOCK UP, 7/1/07
    Sayama City Yakiniku Restaurant Osaka Ya Parking Lot


    1. Riki Choshu & Naofumi Yamamoto vs. Shiro Koshinaka & Toru Yano
    2. Togi Makabe, Tomohiro Ishii & Tomoaki Honma vs. Kintaro Kanemura, Mammoth Sasaki & GENTARO
    3. Manabu Nakanishi & Mitsuhide Hirasawa vs. Daisuke Sekimoto Big Japan & Katsumasa Inoue Big Japan


    [Results] New Japan, 6/1/07 by Stuart - 01 Jun 2007

    --> "NEW JAPAN 35TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR ~ CIRCUIT 2007 BEST OF THE SUPER JR. XIV ~POWER OF MIND~" <--
    All five of today's Best of the Super Jr. matches that kicked off the tournament featured a young generation vs. older generation theme. And to the surprise of many, the young generation clocked up more wins than losses, thanks to Taguchi avenging his IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title match loss to Minoru from April (regaining some pride for Samurai Gym in the process), Wataru scoring a huge submission win over Tiger Mask, and Naito cradling Gedo for the biggest upset of the lot in his Super Jr. debut match. Liger fought off a spirited challenge from Yujiro, while Kanemoto welcomed DRAGON GATE's BxB Hulk back to New Japan with a main event thrashing, but overall it was a good day for the young wrestlers. Today's opening match was a main event late last year, with the same result, as Nakamura submitted Yamamoto with a cross armbreaker. Having been given many singles matches on this tour, Shinsuke said he plans to master the chance and used a more mat-based style today than he has since his return from America, perhaps looking to revive his old style more. After today's third match, Makabe demanded Choshu book him as Nagata's next challenger on the 7/6 Korakuen show.

    NJPW, 6/1/07 (SXW)
    Tokyo Korakuen Hall
    1,850 Fans
    - No Vacancy

    1. Shinsuke Nakamura beat Naofumi Yamamoto (10:30) with a cross armbreaker.
    2. Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Tomohiro Ishii & Tomoaki Honma beat Manabu Nakanishi, Takashi Uwano & Mitsuhide Hirasawa (16:14) when Tenzan used the TTD on Hirasawa.
    3. Togi Makabe, Shiro Koshinaka & Toru Yano beat Yuji Nagata, Riki Choshu & Takashi Iizuka (7:46) when Yano used a horizontal cradle on Iizuka.
    4. Best of the Super Jr. - Block B: Tetsuya Naito [2] beat Gedo [0] (9:29) with a reverse cradle.
    5. Best of the Super Jr. - Block A: Jushin Thunder Liger [2] beat Yujiro [0] (11:19) with the CTB.
    6. Best of the Super Jr. - Block A: Wataru Inoue [2] beat Tiger Mask [0] (11:36) with the Triangle Lancer.
    7. Best of the Super Jr. - Block B: Ryusuke Taguchi [2] beat Minoru [0] (14:15) with the Dodon.
    8. Best of the Super Jr. - Block B: Koji Kanemoto [2] beat BxB Hulk Dragon Gate [0] (12:05) with an ankle hold.


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