|9/23 Update: CroCop vs. Fedor title match official; Sasuke keeps mask; Tiger Mask vacates title||Brandon on 9/23/2003|
*Nobuhiko Takada spoke to the media in a press conference to announced that Emelianenko Fedor will defend his PRIDE Heavyweight Title against Mirko "CroCop" Filipovic the Grand Prix Finals show on 11/9 in the Tokyo Dome. But first, CroCop will fight (and probably desimate) an unnamed Japanese opponent on the 10/5 PRIDE Bushido show in Saitama Super Arena. Takada held up his phone, saying he was making a "call" to any Japanese fighter who want to fight him. Also added to the Bushido card has been Emelianenko Fedor's brother Alexander, facing Chute Boxe's Assueiro Silva in Alexander's PRIDE debut. Another Chute Boxe fighter, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (brother of Murilo "Ninja" Rua) will fight Akira Shoji on the show. Takada also mentioned he would going to Las Vegas for Friday night's UFC 44 show.
*It seems that after beating Dick Togo to keep the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title, Tiger Mask is no longer IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion. A new champion will be decided with the 10-man "Super Junior Rumble" on 10/13 in the Tokyo Dome.
|9/22 Update: Tenzan vs. Takayama pushed back||Brandon on 9/22/2003|
|*New Japan announced that the scheduled Hiroyoshi
Tenzan vs. Yoshihiro Takayama IWGP Heavyweight TItle match for
10/13 in the Tokyo Dome has been postponed. The match will likely
take place on 11/3 in Yokohama Arena. The angle is Takayama
wants there to be a "New Japan vs. Inoki" series of
matches on the Tokyo Dome show or he was going to vacate the
*K-1's airing of their 9/21 Yokohama Arena show did a 20.2 rating on NTV at 9:30pm. The rating peaked with a 25.9.
|9/19 Update||Brandon on 9/19/2003|
|*Seiji Sakaguchi suffered a broken rib in his
match on 9/14 where he teamed with Masahiro Chono to beat Yoshihiro
Takayama and Shinya Makabe in Nagoya.
*There's a possibility that Jerome LeBanner will fight Bob Sapp on 10/11 in the Osaka Dome as part of the Opening Round of K-1's World Grand Prix tournament. LeBanner was asked to comment on this. He said he would have no problems knocking Sapp out.
|Chono vs. Hogan official||Brandon on 9/19/2003|
Masahiro Chono held a press conference to officially announce that he will face Hulk Hogan on 10/13 in the Tokyo Dome. Chono suggested that Hogan could wrestle as Mr. America while he could wrestle as Mr. Japan. The match will be Hogan's first in Japan since September 1994. Chono said there are also plans to use Hogan again for the 1/4/04 Tokyo Dome show.
|[Content] Credenza||Brandon on 9/18/2003|
He combined the best aspects of in-ring gems such as Shinjiro Otani, Koji Kanemoto and even Rey Misterio Jr., and at times came across as just as great a worker as any of them. Yet Taka Michinoku was always trapped in the shadows of his peers, primarily Michinoku Pro franchise star Great Sasuke. Few wrestlers stole the show in tag team matches as much as Taka did, and that was at a time when just the main events of Michinoku Pro cards often contained as much talent as many of the more prominent puroresu groups in general.
|9/18 Update||Brandon on 9/18/2003|
|*WJ's business problems don't appear to be letting
up as they announced that their scheduled Korakuen Hall show
for 10/22 has been cancelled.
*Josh Barnett will defend the Pancrases' Open-Weight Title against Yoshiki Takahashi at New Japan's Tokyo Dome show on 10/13.
*Satoshi Kojima did an angle saying he would be representing an "evil" faction in All Japan to oppose Triple Crown champion Toshiaki Kawada.
*Dream Stage Entertainment (parent company of PRIDE) formally announced that PRIDE would begin some kind of business agreement with DEEP.
|[NOAH] Live 9/12 Budokan results||Brandon on 9/12/2003|
Tokyo Nippon Budokan Hall
Announced Drawing 16,300 (sell-out)
1. Richard Slinger & Masashi Aoyagi defeated Haruka Eigen & Kishin Kawabata in 8:46 when Slinger pinned Aoyagi with an inside cradle.
2. Tamon Honda, Takuma Sano
& Kotaro Suzuki defeated Takeshi Rikio, Tsuyoshi Kikuchi
& Mitsuo Momota in 13:06 when Sano pinned Momota after
a Northern Lights bomb.
3. Akira Taue, Daisuke Ikeda
& Mohammed Yone defeated Mitsuharu Misawa, Yoshinari Ogawa
& Masao Inoue in 15:35 when Ikeda pinned Inoue after a
death valley bomb.
4. Yoshihiro Takayama, Bison
Smith & Donovan Morgan defeated Jun Akiyama, Akitoshi
Saito & Jun Izumida in 15:08 when Smith pinned Izumida
after a top-rope iron claw slam.
5. WLW Heavyweight Title: Takeshi
Morishima defeated Ron Harris in 14:29 after a lariat.
6. GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag
Team Title: Naomichi Marufuji & KENTA defeated Yoshinobu
Kanemaru & Makoto Hashi in 25:31 when KENTA pinned Hashi
after a kick to the back of the head.
7. GHC Junior Heavyweight Title:
Takashi Sugiura defeated Michael Modest in 19:11 after the
8. GHC Heavyweight Title: Kenta
Kobashi defeated Yuji Nagata in 30:13 with a short-range lariat.
|9/11 Update: Nagata vs. Kobashi tonight; two sons to be in Sakaguchi's corner||Brandon on 9/11/2003|
*Seiji Sakaguchi announced that his son Yukio would also be in his corner along with his son Kenji on 9/14 in Nagoya. Yukio knows karate so you can probably expect him to get physically involved some way.
|[Content] Scout Report||Brandon on 9/7/2003|
Surprisingly, it didn't develop until after the Civil War. What were crucial factors? For starters, European thought applied to the European world, which is distinctively different than America. The vastness of the country and the variety of persons in it made creating something radically new necessary. However, it wasn't until the European system just couldn't work anymore and the majority of America was largely established that a new system was created. The foremost characteristic of this new system was its openess. No longer was it the closed, ethnocentric Europe brand, it was something far more evolved.
|[Content] Credenza||Brandon on 9/7/2003|
Before the era of the Monday Night Wars made us take competitive matches and good quality TV matches for granted, a few times a year NWA/WCW would give us such matches for free on TBS. Not all these shows were good, and a few were pretty atrocious, but many of them produced some of the best non-PPV matches ever televised.
|9/6 Update: Kawada wins Triple Crown||Brandon on 9/6/2003|
*Toshiaki Kawada won the Triple Crown for the fifth time (record tied with Mitsuharu Misawa) in the Nippon Budokan before an announced non-sell out of 12,800 fans. Kawada won a four-man tournament, in which he beat The Gladiator in 3:26 with a ganmen kick and Shinjiro Otani beat Satoshi Kojima in 17:07 with a dragon suplex hold in first round matches. In the main event, Kawada won the vacant Triple Crown, beating Otani in 21:34 with an enzuigiri with Otani sitting. In the semi-main event, Keiji Muto and Arashi retained the Unified World Tag Team Title against TAKA Michinoku and Gigantes when Arashi pinned TAKA. Also on the card, Kohei Sato and Hirotaka Yokoi retained the All Asia Tag Team Title over Tomoaki Honma and Kazushi Miyamoto. Great Sasuke also lost to Kendo Kashin for Kashin to retain the PWF World Junior Heavyweight Title. After the show, Kawada was talking about defending the title against Naoya Ogawa.
|9/1 Update: Sakaguchi wrestling; 9/12 Budokan card||Brandon on 9/1/2003|
*Following Yoshihiro Takayama laying him out in Osaka, Seiji Sakaguchi announced that he will return to the ring on 9/14 in Nagoya Rainbow Hall. He will team with Masahiro Chono to face Shinya Makabe and Takayama with Sakaguchi's famous actor son, Kenji Sakaguchi in his corner.
*Yoshihiro Takayama will defend the NWF Heavyweight Title against Minoru Suzuki on 9/21 in Sagamihara City Gym.
*Katsuyori Shibata will not be fighting on K-1's 9/21 show, but expect him to be in a shoot on the 10/13 New Japan Tokyo Dome show.