Tuesday, October 30, 2012

NJPW Battle Formation '96 4/29/1996 Tokyo Dome

NJPW Battle Formation '96 4/29/1996 Tokyo Dome

This is part 2. Part 1 is here: http://prowresblog.blogspot.com/2012/10/njpw-battle-formation-96-4291996-tokyo.html
Osamu Nishimura, Riki Choshu, Satoshi Kojima & Takashi Iizuka vs Heisei Ishingun - Akira Nogami, Akitoshi Saito Shiro Koshinaka & Michiyoshi Ohara
I'm not sure what happened here but Akitoshi Saito and Michiyoshi Ohara got in here instead of Kobayashi and Goto. Beats me why and nobody online corrected this. Saito would go on to be a great middle of the card guy and Ohara would have the worst PRIDE fight ever.
Choshu got the win here in your usual get everyone on the card match. Not much to speak of here as nothing really happened besides Saito being awesome with kicks.

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title - Jushin Thunder Liger vs The Great Sasuke
The Great Sasuke beat Jushin Liger with a tiger suplex in a really great match. They did submissions to start out with then they moved to flying then finished each other off with high impact moves. Really great match here with a little bit for everyone. I kind of wonder though if this was a payoff for Shinzaki losing. Rating:****

The Steiner Brothers and Scott Norton vs Power Warrior, Hawk and Animal
Animal beat Rick Steiner with a powerslam off the top. Really good match here. This was all suplexes. Must have been atleast 10 of them here and they all looked like they sucked. If you like high impact, stiff matches you will love this. One of my favorites. Rating:***1/2

IWGP Title - Nobuhiko Takada vs Shinya Hashimoto
The finish
Shinya Hashimoto beat Nobuhiko Takada with a triangle. Awesome match. This was a total shootout and the heat was insane. This match is pro wrestling to me and both men were great. Takada sold so well and Hashimoto had awesome comebacks. It doesn't get any better than this, my 1996 MOTY. Rating:*****

Overall thoughts: Great show. There were atleast 4 really good matches including the MOTY as the mian event. Can't get much better than this! You want all of this!

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