Arena Reports 1/4 NJPW in Tokyo results: Second detailed report on TNA at Tokyo Dome Show - Jeff Hardy's performance, Prince Devitt vs. Ibushi show-stealer
Jan 4, 2011 - 10:48:22 AM
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New Japan Pro Wrestling "Wrestle Kingdom 5" results
January 4, 2011
Tokyo, Japan - annual Tokyo Dome Show
Report by Chris Charlton, PWTorch reader
I just got back from the Tokyo Dome where I attended New Japan's big "Wrestle Kingdom V" show, which was a very entertaining card overall.
TNA was represented by Beer Money, RVD, Jeff Hardy, and Jeremy Borash on the show. Borash handled ring announcing duties and seemed to be the most jet-lagged of the five, based on a few of his announcements.
TNA Match Notes:
-- Beer Money (Robert Roode & James Storm) were in the opening match of the pay-per-view portion of the card. They lost in a three-way tag match against Bad Intentions (Giant 'A-Train' Bernard & Karl Anderson) and Muscle Orchestra (Manabu Nakanishi & CMLL's "Strongman," who wins the award for most grotesquely jacked-up wrestler on this or any other card) for the IWGP Tag Titles. It was a decent tornado-style tag match. The finish came when James Storm accidentally spit beer in Robert Roode's face and Karl Anderson landed a cutter to retain the tag belts for his team.
-- RVD defeated Toru Yano in a hardcore match. It was a typical ECW-style RVD match, with Van Dam hitting his signature guardrail leg drop and skateboard chair spots. At one point, Van Dam missed a Rolling Thunder onto a ladder, which was followed by a dangerous-looking unprotected chair shot from Yano, but Van Dam recovered with a Vandaminator and the Five-Star Frogsplash for the win.
-- Jeff Hardy retained the TNA World Title against Tetsuya Naito in what was really the only weak match on the card. Hardy blew a leap frog spot early on, which may have thrown him off, but, in general, he didn't seem to be into the match. The crowd sat on their hands throughout.
-- La Sombra & Mascara Dorada beat Jushin "Thunder" Liger & Hector Gaza when La Sombra pinned Liger. The finish seemed very abrupt, which may have been a result of Liger taking an elbow to the head off La Sombra's twisting cross body.
-- Hiroyoshi Tenzan beat Takashi Iizuka in a middling 'deep sleep to win' match.
-- Yuji Nagata beat Minoru Suzuki with a back-drop driver in a decent, if slightly disappointing, match.
-- In easily the match of the night, 'Prince' Fergal Devitt used a sick-looking top rope implant DDT to retain the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight title over Kota Ibushi. Phenomenal bout.
-- Takashi Sugiura & Yoshihiro Takayama (NOAH) beat Hiroki Goto & Kazuchika Okada (NJPW) in the first of two interpromotional matches between NOAH and New Japan.
-- In the second interpromotional match, New Japan's Shinsuke Nakamura beat Go Shiozaki of NOAH with the "Boma Ye" knee in a good match.
-- Togi Makabe beat Masato Tanaka (formerly of ECW) via a top rope knee drop in a fairly wild brawl with some big table bumps.
-- Hiroshi Tanahashi pinned Satoshi Kojima with a frog splash to win the IWGP Hvt. Title in a very exciting main event.
In dark matches, Wataru Inoue & Tiger Mask & Tomoaki Honma & Tama Tonga beat Yujiro Takahashi & Tomohiro Ishii & Jado & Gedo in an eight-man tag match. Also, Kenny Omega (from ROH) & Taichi beat Koji Kanemoto & Ryusuke Taguchi when Taichi rolled up Taguchi.
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