[NOAH] Kanemaru, Akiyama/Saito defend titles
Brandon on 12/2/2002 @ 12:32 


<> 12/1 <> Hokkaido Green Dome <> 5200 fans
At NOAH's show on 12/1 in the Hokkaido Green Dome, there were two title defenses. GHC Tag Team Champions, Akitoshi Saito and Jun Akiyama succeeded in their second title defense, defeating gaijin team Scorpio and Vader. Akiyama nominated Shinjiro Otani and Masato Tanaka as next challengers.

Underneath that, GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion, Yoshinobu Kanemaru defeated KENTA (who he originally defeated on 5/26 in a decision match to win the title) in his third successful defense.

GHC Junior Heavyweight Title Match
60-minutes l 1 fall
Yoshinobu Kanemaru (victory) [16:24] KENTA (defeat)

GHC Tag Team Title Match
60-minutes l 1 fall
Akitoshi Saito, Jun Akiyama (victory) [20:07] Scorpio (defeat), Vader

 [New Japan] 1/4 Tokyo Dome main event decided
Brandon on 12/1/2002 @ 11:48 

It was decided on 12/1 that the main event for New Japan's annual Tokyo Dome show on 1/4 will be an IWGP Heavyweight Title match between former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Josh Barnett and the winner of the Kazunari Murakami vs. Yuji Nagata match on 12/10 in Osaka.

You can be pretty sure Nagata will beat Murakami, so the main event for the Dome will be Barnett vs. Nagata.

The only other match determined for the show is Tsuyoshi Kosaka vs. Yoshihiro Takayama in the NWF Heavyweight Title Tournament Final.
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