Akira Maeda and Nobuhiko Takada opened the show with the traditional gallery of the evening’s competing wrestlers, all sporting very dope U-COSMOS track suits. Maeda and Takada thanked the fans in attendance for supporting their vision, and promised an exciting showcase of athleticism. The night opened with Tully Blanchard dressed in a classy suit and tie leading the 2000 NCAA Heavyweight champ, Brock Lesnar, to the ring for his debut match against veteran Naoki Sano. Lesnar’s size and agility played a major factor in the match as he was able to overpower Sano with takedowns and suplex throws. Sano got in a few big kicks, including a rolling solebutt to the gut, and he even managed a nice backdrop suplex. But in the end, Lesnar overwhelmed him and after a big belly-to-belly, Lesnar scored the pinfall with a folding powerbomb. Backstage, Tully hyped up Lesnar's debut and guaranteed Brock would be a dominant force in U-COSMOS.
Exciting tag team action followed as Minoru Tanaka and Koji Kanemoto teamed up to take on Shinjiro Ohtani and Masanobu Fuchi. Plenty of back-and-forth action, stiff strikes, and even a signature facewash from Ohtani on Kanemoto. The final few minutes exchanged between Minoru and Fuchi was very good, with some great counters and reversals by the wily Fuchi until Minoru was able to snag the jujigatame for the submission victory.
Under UWF Rules, Alexander Otsuka and Mitsuya Nagai put on a hard-hitting match with plenty of nasty knee strikes and mid kicks from Nagai and Otsuka doing what Otsuka does best – SUPLEXING! Nagai was able to survive a release German suplex, getting back to his feet at the count of 8 but the follow up dragon suplex throw was enough for the KO, earning Otsuka his first win in U-COSMOS.
Prior to his tag match, Kensuke Sasaki said that he thought Takehiro Murahama would be a breakout rookie in Japan, and would back him fully as he picked up more experience in the promotion. Likewise, Yuji Nagata teamed with a rookie of his own in Katsuyori Shibata. Both Murahama and Shibata looked very polished in the ring, with Murahama showing a little bit more in regards to his versatility. He took out Shibata with a dive to the outside, utilized plenty of strong kicks and nifty takedowns, and tried to end the match with a brainbuster, which was countered by Shibata into a guillotine choke. While the rookies got more time to shine, Sasaki and Nagata didn’t leave fans disappointed with their exchanges. Sasaki was able to turn Shibata inside out with a lariat to finish the match.
Submission wrestler, Carl Malenko, was put to task against Kiyoshi Tamura under UWF Rules. The two put on a mat-based clinic and while Tamura seemed to have the upper hand throughout, Malenko kept pace with Tamura managed to counter many of Tamura’s early attempts. Malenko sent Tamura scrambling to the ropes with a front necklock, and nearly had Tamura’s number with an arm triangle choke. Tamura, however, was able to escape the hold and turn the tables on Malenko with a double wristlock. The two shook hands after the match in a mutual show of respect.
Fans were treated to a big tag team match in the semi-main event, with the former AJPW favorites, Toshiaki Kawada and Jun Akiyama, teaming together against Shinya Hashimoto and Hiroshi Hase. Hase, who hasn’t been as active of late due his political obligations, didn’t hold back when he squared off against Akiyama, laying into him with some big open hand slaps to the face. The fans, however, were ecstatic with the initial interaction between Kawada and Hashimoto. They beat the snot out of each other, and even after the match, following Akiyama pinning Hase with the wrist-clutch Exploder, the two couldn’t keep their hands off of one another, and had to be pulled apart. Backstage, Kawada said that Hashimoto’s pride would be his downfall, and warned him to keep his distance unless he wanted a fight.
The main event didn’t disappoint…well, that is, until the end, but prior to that, Ken Shamrock and Masakatsu Funaki put on a hell of a fight. Funaki isn’t quite in the same shape he once was but he didn’t let Shamrock’s size and strength overcome him . His kicks were on point, and his groundwork was slick, as he managed to take Shamrock to the ropes quite a few times. Shamrock, on the other hand, worked a style reminiscent of his days in PWFG, taking Funaki with some nasty suplex throws and working his ankle over to set up his signature ankle hold submission. At one point, he tried for a full nelson suplex but Funaki was able to slip out and roll Shamrock up into a kneebar. Shamrock countered that into the ankle hold but as he was struggling for the ropes, the match was interrupted by…Minoru Suzuki! Suzuki, a former companion of both Funaki and Shamrock in PWFG and Pancrase, slid into the ring. As the referee tried to intervene, Suzuki slapped him down and the match was thrown out. Both Shamrock and Funaki confronted Suzuki, who grinned widely, opening his arms as if in a welcoming embrace. Suddenly, Shamrock and Funaki were attacked from behind by Kazunari Murakami, Kazuyuki Fujita and Daisuke Ikeda. Suzuki than joining in on the beatdown and ended the assault with a Gotch-style piledriver on Shamrock. Suzuki grabbed a microphone, declaring the arrival of the Suzuki Army as the fans booed him to close out the show.
U-COSMOS "Fighting Art", 1/8/2000
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
2,000 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House
1. Brock Lesnar (w/ Tully Blanchard) beat Naoki Sano (9:58) with a folding powerbomb.
2. Minoru Tanaka & Koji Kanemoto beat Shinjiro Ohtani & Masanobu Fuchi (12:07) when Tanaka used a cross armbar on Fuchi.
3. UWF Rules: Alexander Otsuka beat Mitsuya Nagai (7:50) by KO (dragon suplex).
4. Kensuke Sasaki & Takehiro Murahama beat Yuji Nagata & Katsuyori Shibata (10:26) when Sasaki used a lariat on Shibata.
5. UWF Rules: Kiyoshi Tamura beat Carl Malenko (9:19) with a double wristlock.
6. Jun Akiyama & Toshiaki Kawada beat Shinya Hashimoto & Hiroshi Hase (16:40) when Akiyama used a wrist-clutch Exploder on Hase.
7. UWF Rules: Ken Shamrock vs. Masakatsu Funaki – No Contest (14:23)