December 31, 2008 – Tokyo, Japan
Shingo Takagi & Yutaka Yoshie vs. Yuji Hino & TAKEMURA
Everyone brawls to start. Takagi absorbs Hino’s strikes and hits a shoulder tackle. Yoshie does the same to TAKEMURA. He molests TAKEMURA with his giant butt in the corner. He hits an avalanche. He and Takagi hit a double shoulder tackle. Takagi hits a fistdrop and puts on a chinlock. He knocks Hino off the apron. He hits a kneedrop and Yoshie hits a legdrop for 2. TAKEMURA hits a dropkick. Hino hits Takagi with a chair. Yoshie hits gut-butts on Hino. Hino hits Takagi with a back elbow but misses a senton. Takagi misses a senton. Hino connects with the senton for 2. Takagi hits a DDT. He cleans house with suplexes. Yoshie tags in and wipes out both opponents with standing avalanches. He hits an avalanche in the corner. Hino goes for an exploder but Yoshie easily blocks. Hino hits a dropkick. Yoshie hits an elbowdrop for 2. Hino hits a miracle exploder. TAKEMURA comes off the top with a dropkick for 2. He hits three clotheslines for 2. Yoshie hits a spinebuster for 2. He hits a powerslam and a splash for 2. Takagi and Hino trade sick chops. Takagi hits a lariat. Hino hits a spinebuster. Takagi hits a backdrop. Hino hits a lariat. He and TAKEMURA hit a double vertical suplex for 2. He hits a DVD for 2. Hino hits a chair shot. He accidentally hits TAKEMURA with a chair shot. Yoshie knocks the chair into Hino. Takagi hits the Pumping Bomber on TAKEMURA. Yoshie follows that with a splash. Takagi hits the Last Falconry for the win at 16:04. I wish Takagi’s hair was still as awesome as it was here. He had a serious Super Saiyan level four thing going on here. The match itself was solid throughout, except for when TAKEMURA was slowing things down on offense.
Shinobu, KAGETORA, Hiroshi Yamato & KUSHIDA vs. Mokoto Oishi, Tigers Mask, Shinjitsu Nohashi & Daisuke Masaoka
Shinobu was on his was out of Dragon Gate at the time of this match and KAGETORA was on his way in, so this warrants inclusion as far as I’m concerned. Everyone brawls to start. KAGETORA and Nohashi trade strikes in the ring. Mask and Yamato follow suit. Yamato hits a backbreaker. KUSHIDA controls Masaoka with a headlock. He hits a shoulder tackle for 1. He hits a bodyslam for 2. Masaoka hits a head scissors takedown. Oishi hits Shinobu with a very cool armdrag. Nohashi hits a headbutt for 2. KAGETORA hits a dropkick for 2. He hits a senton. Yamato hits a bodyslam and a senton. He hits a giant swing until he gets so dizzy he collapses. Shinobu hits a running elbow for 2. KUSHIDA puts on a crab. Nohashi gets to the ropes. Yamato puts on a chinlock. Nohashi hits a big boot. He cleans house with kicks. Oishi tags in and hits everything that moves with elbows. Every member of his team hits a dive at the same time. KAGETORA kicks him around and hits a leaping lariat. Mask hits a roundhouse kick. KUSHIDA hits a handspring elbow. He hits a standing moonsault for 2. Mask hits a low blow and a roundhouse kick for 2. Nohashi hits Yamato with a sick headbutt. He hits a basement dropkick for 2. Yamato hits a northern lights suplex for 2. He hits a dropkick off the top for 2. Masaoka hits Shinobu with a DDT. He hits a running knee. Mask hits a German suplex and Nohashi hits a big boot. Oishi hits the Miracle Ecstasy Bomb and Masaoka hits a moonsault for 2. KAGETORA’s team gangs up on Masaoka in the corner. Yamato hits a German suplex for 2. They hit a quadruple dropkick. Yamato hits a senton off the top for 2. KUSHIDA dives onto everyone on the floor. Masaoka hits Shinobu with a superkick. Shinobu hits the Sex Bomber for 2. He hits the shooting star press for the win at 18:24. This stayed in first gear for longer than it needed to, but picked up nicely in the last few minutes.