JWA Japanese Championship Tournament Round 1, Day 2
July 4, Nagaoka Welfare Hall
Jumbo Tsuruta vs Toshiaki Kawada
Maybe it’s just me, but I have a feeling that this could develop into an excellent match-up once Kawada gets a little more seasoning. Tsuruta gave the younger wrestler a ton of shine before putting him away with a Bridging Belly-to-Back Suplex.
Shinya Hashimoto vs Tastustoshi Goto
Goto went after Hashimoto’s eyes early in this one, which proved to be a mistake as it made the young Shogun very angry. Hashimoto kicked Goto’s sorry butt all around the ring and finished him off with a Vertical Drop Brainbuster.
Akira Maeda vs Masakatsu Funaki
This turned out to be an excellent match, as the young Fujiwara disciple refused to back down and kept bringing the fight to Maeda. The two men traded witheringly stiff strikes, exchanged painful-looking holds on the ground, and got back to their feet for another exchange of kicks. Maeda caught Funaki’s leg, and pinned him with a Bridging Capture Suplex.
Osamu Kido vs Yoji Anjo
This was not as slick as Funaki vs Maeda, but it was almost as nasty. They went back and forth for a solid twelve minutes before Kido caught Anjo with a Wakigatame Armbreaker.
UWF Continental Heavyweight Champion Bam Bam Bigelow vs Hirokazu Hata
A showcase for our young gaijin monster heel, as he defends the title he won during the festival of champions. Hata bounced around the ring for the big man, and Bigelow finished him off with a Powerslam followed by a Nuclear Splash.
JWA Tag Champs The Giants vs Shunji Takano and Shinichi Nakano
Essentially a seven-minute squash, this match gave the fans in Nagaoka a chance to enjoy seeing Andre the Giant in person.
Bruiser Brody vs Tiger Mask Misawa
This match was almost brutal, with Brody holding nothing back and Misawa bouncing around the ring but refusing to stay down… until Brody caught him with a Running Big Boot and followed that up with a Top Rope King Kong Knee Drop.
Seiji Sakaguchi vs Keiji Mutoh
The tall powerful judoka pretty much dominated the muscular and athletic youngster, but Sakaguchi gave Mutoh just enough to keep the crowd into it. Mutoh had a nice moment near the end where he caught Sakaguchi in the corner and used some flashy moves to dole out a little punishment… but Sakaguchi fought his way out of trouble with an Atomic Drop, then finished off the young lion with a Chokebomb.
Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs Nobuhiko Takada
Another excellent match pitting a seasoned Shoot Style veteran against a young master of the form. Takada won the striking battle, but once they hit the mat Fujiwara took charge. Takada fought like a future champion, but Fujiwara caught him in a Heel Hook in the middle of the ring and there was simply no way to escape.
Kengo Kimura vs Rusher Kimura
A nasty brawl. Kengo Kimura came into this match with his shoulder taped up, and Rusher went after it right from the opening bell, eventually tearing off the tape and choking Kengo with it while stable-mates Phil Hickerson and Adrian Adonis distracted the ref. With his arm out of commission, Kengo Kimura used a Jumping Leg Lariat and a series of stiff knees and kicks to make a comeback and pump up the crowd, but a little outside interference, a Rusher Lariat, and a big Double Arm Suplex finished things at the fifteen minute mark.
Complete Second Round Match-Ups:
Jumbo Tsuruta vs Shinya Hashimoto
Akira Maeda vs Osamu Kido
Bruiser Brody vs Seiji Sakaguchi
Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs Rusher Kimura
Inoki vs Choshu
Sayama vs Fuyuki
Fujinami vs Afi
Adonis vs Hara
JWA is also pleased to announce the foreign participants in our Super Juniors Tournament:
From MACW: Owen Hart
From the USWA/UWF: Wild Pegasus
From Mexico: El Hijo del Santo and El Dandy
The Super Juniors Tournament will be held August 8 – 15th.