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Shinya Hashimoto vs Naoya Ogawa (NJPW Final Dome 10/11/99)

NJPW Tokyo Dome October 11 1999 Shinya Hashimoto Naoya Ogawa

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#1 Loss

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Posted 30 September 2014 - 08:18 PM

Talk about it here.

#2 Loss

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 08:54 PM

Tatsumi Fujinami was the special referee and Antonio Inoki was at ringside in a tuxedo. Electric atmosphere for this, and the few times Hashimoto is able to muster a comeback, the heat is off the charts. Hashimoto makes this something worth watching for sure, and it was an incredibly successful match, but it's more great spectacle than great match. That's perfectly fine, as a great match wasn't really what they were going for. And the feud continues.

#3 Tim Evans

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Posted 24 July 2015 - 12:37 AM

I don't see what they saw in Ogawa as he's just so awkward looking. Even more than Takayama. Hashimoto carries this was his selling and the crowd going nuts. Inoki strutting in with his tux calling off the match was just manly. Better than 1/4 that's for sure.

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Posted 19 August 2015 - 01:35 PM

Garbage. Not as bad as the 01/04 match (but what is ?), but really, whenever Ogawa gets on offense, it's legit pathetic. Hash succeeds in making it watchable and entertaining for a while, but having him sell for the godawful offense of Ogawa (who sucks to an amazing degree, Dennis Rodman was a better worker than this) forever is just depressing. A hundred STO and shitty kicks later, Hash looks dead. I never understood the reasoning behind this whole program. It killed Hash as a draw and he was never the same after this abortion of a feud. Fuck you Inoki.

#5 jdw

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Posted 19 August 2015 - 05:21 PM

I hate the Hash-Ogawa 2.0 feud. Worst booking in pro wrestling history to me. Yeah, Fuck Inoki.

#6 Zenjo


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Posted 21 October 2015 - 11:17 PM

Hash keeps getting knocked down by the same moves over and over and over again. They both end up looking terrible in different ways. An abysmal attempt at pro wrestling by Ogawa. NJ also manages to make their #1 draw of the decade look like a complete joke. Eventually Inoki can't take anymore and calls off this abomination. Well you booked it you idiot. Fuck this shit.

#7 tim

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Posted 16 January 2016 - 11:05 PM

This match wasn't a good decision but it was pretty great before the prolonged beating of Hashimoto.  Crowd is really into it and the heat in nuclear when Hash gets offense.  An especially great moment is Hash making a comeback with a headbutt as Ogawa is distracted shoving the ref.  Ogawa's STOs look really good.  This was going into MOTYC territory until the end.

#8 Microstatistics

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Posted 21 August 2016 - 01:04 AM

Had reviewed this in the Hashimoto microscope thread.


This is a polarizing match to say the least with opinions ranging from "it's garbage" to "it's an all time classic". Regardless of the booking, as a match I thought it was pretty excellent. Ogawa was pretty good in this actually with great looking offense (though it did get repetitive) and I liked his frequent taunting. Hashimoto carries it though with his selling and ability to generate drama. There was also a cool spot where he tried to minimize the distance between himself and Ogawa to counteract the strikes. They could have taken it home about 2-3 minutes earlier though because the finishing stretch dragged a bit. **** 1/4

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Posted 22 October 2016 - 09:20 PM

Probably could cut a few of the late STOs off this and it gets the point across without going into overkill, but leading up to that this was great. The way that Hash has to stubbornly accept that going into exchanges with Ogawa is going to get him killed and then shifts his strategy is awesome. The headbutt transition rules and Ogawa sells the beating like he should. I think Ogawa performs his role well, including still selling as the match breaksdown into him rattling off STOs while still maintaining that dickish attitude. Like 2012-present Lesnar, he's the amped up shooter who knows he can run through anybody and knows that he always has his kill move in the STO. Again, this probably drags into the finish with how many he hits, but Hashimoto's selling in this is great and still offers up the idea that he might find a counter or something to find a way to turn the tide back in his favor. It's just as compelling as him taking Choshu lariats, at least to me anyway. I think they get the main ideas of this match better at the April encounter, but I still enjoyed this overall.

#10 soup23

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 09:06 AM

I enjoy this feud a lot and this was a great spectacle match for me to set up what we saw in the future. Inoki and Fuji being involved of course is a little too ham fisted but they are seen as authority figures and the crowd is nuclear for all of this. While Ogawa is awkward, he can tee off on Hashimoto and Hash is such a great performer he can build up anyone. This felt like a dome main event. ***3/4 

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 10:52 PM

This just got less and less exciting as it went along. Hashimoto's early rising-from-the-grave comebacks with fire in his eyes were electrifying, both for the crowd and myself. But it became more and more apparent that Ogawa either wouldn't or couldn't actually sell anything for more than a few seconds or put himself in any kind of danger of losing, so every time Hashimoto got back up it meant less and less and less. Both for the crowd and myself. We reach a point where Hashimoto looks dumb and overmatched instead of gutsy, until fucking Inoki has to come in and make himself the center of attention at the end. I don't hate this as much as the people who really hated this, but I think it's clearly a very, very disturbing trend for what's ahead for NJPW in the next few years and an inexplicable shitting-on of Hashimoto. Hash either had to win this or lose in a truly great match and neither happened.

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