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  1. superkix

    Millennium Project discussion

    Is this project dead?
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    U-COSMOS

    U-COSMOS will return to Ryogoku Kokugikan for the quarterfinals, semi-finals and final match of the U-COSMOS Crown Tournament, on 10/17 and 10/24 respectively. The final match of the tournament will be wrestled under standard pro-wrestling rules. U-COSMOS “U-COSMOS Crown Tournament Quarterfinals”, 10/17/00 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan 1. U-COSMOS Crown Tournament Quarterfinals - UWF Rules: Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Minoru Suzuki 2. U-COSMOS Crown Tournament Quarterfinals: Jun Akiyama vs. Shinya Hashimoto 3. U-COSMOS Crown Tournament Quarterfinals - UWF Rules: Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Ken Shamrock 4. U-COSMOS Crown Tournament Quarterfinals: Kensuke Sasaki vs. Toshiaki Kawada U-COSMOS “U-COSMOS Crown Tournament Finals”, 10/24/00 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan 1. U-COSMOS Crown Tournament Semifinals- UWF Rules: Winner of Sakuraba/Suzuki vs. Winner of Tamura/Shamrock 2. U-COSMOS Crown Tournament Semifinals: Winner of Akiyama/Hashimoto vs. Winner of Sasaki/Kawada 3. U-COSMOS Crown Tournament Final: X vs. X
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    U-COSMOS

    A quick recap from Night 7 of the U-COSMOS Crown Tournament included an opening victory by Kazushi Sakuraba over the veteran, Masakatsu Funaki, under UWF Rules. Sakuraba won via a kneebar after catching one of Funaki's high kick attempts. The team of Masahito Kakihara and Mitsuya Nagai picked up a win over Suzuki-gun's Daisuke Ikeda and Kendo Kashin when Kakihara used an armbar on Kashin. Lots of great teamwork from Kakihara and Nagai, and the fans were heavily behind Kakihara's efforts. The rookie phenom, Brock Lesnar, suffered his second defeat at the hands of Kensuke Sasaki, after Sasaki had to resort to a Northern Lights Bomb to put Lesnar away. This came after Lesnar survived not one but three lariats from Kensuke. Lesnar was fuming backstage and Blanchard had to calm him down, telling the press that they had no comments. Kensuke Office's Alexander Otsuka and Takehiro Murahama were victorious over Yuji Nagata and Katsuyori Shibata when Otsuka used a nasty dragon suplex hold on Shibata. Much of the match was devoted to Murahama and Shibata's exchanges, giving the youngsters plenty of time to shine. In a brutal slugfest, Shinya Hashimoto defeated Hiroshi Hase after he dropped him with the brainbuster. By the end of it, however, both men were bloodied and although Hase got in several of his signature moves, Hashimoto fought his way to victory and told the fans afterward that he wouldn't let anyone stand in his way. The Golden Cups won their match against Tatsumi Fujinami, Osamu Nishimura and Carl Malenko after Takayama used his big German suplex hold on Nishimura. A solid aciton-packed match to set-up the night's final match. The legendary feud between Kiyoshi Tamura and Volk Han was renewed as they fought under UWF Rules for a chance to advance in the tournament. While Han wasn't able to keep up with Tamura's speed, his ingenuity led to some very memorable moments and close calls for Tamura. Han kept fighting for the armbar but Tamura slept out of each attempt, finally rocking Han with strikes and catching him on the mat with the double wristlock. Both men embraced after the match in a show of mutual respect. U-COSMOS “U-COSMOS Crown Tournament Night 7”, 10/10/00 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan 9,000 Fans 1. U-COSMOS Crown Tournament - Round 2 - UWF Rules: Kazushi Sakuraba beat Masakatsu Funaki (10:23) with a kneebar. 2. Masahito Kakihara & Mitsuya Nagai beat Daisuke Ikeda & Kendo Kashin (9:47) when Kakihara used the cross armbar on Kashin. 3. U-COSMOS Crown Tournament – Round 2: Kensuke Sasaki beat Brock Lesnar (w/ Tully Blanchard) (13:56) with the Northern Lights Bomb. 4. Alexander Otsuka & Takehiro Murahama beat Yuji Nagata & Katsuyori Shibata (9:22) when Otsuka used a dragon suplex hold on Shibata. 5. U-COSMOS Crown Tournament – Round 2: Shinya Hashimoto beat Hiroshi Hase (15:04) with a vertical-drop brainbuster. 6. Yoshihiro Takayama, Kenichi Yamamoto & Hiromitsu Kanehara beat Tatsumi Fujinami, Osamu Nishimura & Carl Malenko (11:23) when Takayama used a high-angle German suplex hold on Nishimura. 7. U-COSMOS Crown Tournament - Round 2 - UWF Rules: Kiyoshi Tamura beat Volk Han (16:48) with the double wristlock.
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    U-COSMOS

    The U-COSMOS Crown Tournament entered the second round with a stiff UWF Rules match-up between Alexander Otsuka and Ken Shamrock. Otsuka was especially aggressive throughout, keeping Shamrock on the rocks and at times, on the run from some of Otsuka’s KO-inducing suplexes. The striking was, more or less, on par, and on the mat, Shamrock kept going for that ankle hold but Otsuka was quick to escape back to his feet, looking for a suplex. Shamrock answered back with a big belly-to-belly suplex and eventually snagged hold of the ankle hold to submit Otsuka. Six-man tag action between Minoru Tanaka, Naoki Sano and Tamon Honda and the team of Shinjiro Ohtani, Koji Kanemoto, and Naohiro Hoshikawa was a bit of a highlight reel for each wrestler involved. The fans were into the faster paced action, and Minoru was able to pick up the win for his team after using the Minoru Special on Hoshikawa. Backstage, the trio were seen engaging with Jun Akiyama. Toshiaki Kawada and Yoshihiro Takayama had a slugfest of a match, with some big bombs thrown in for good measure. It was an uphill battle for Kawada, as he had endure wild barrages from Takayama, full of slaps and knees and quick throws. Takayama kept trying to set up for his German suplex hold but Kawada kept fighting out, backed by the crowd, finally staggering him with a gamengiri before using his strength to drop Takayama hard with the backdrop driver for the pinfall. In his second match with the promotion, Takashi Sugiura once more teamed with Brock Lesnar and got more time to shine against the team of Kensuke Sasaki and Takehiro Murahama. Tons of amateur-style takedowns, throws and holds by Lesnar and Sugiura, and the interactions between Kensuke and Brock were very heated at times. Lesnar planted Murahama with a big powerbomb before transitioning into a single leg crab hold, really wrenching back to force the submission. Lesnar ran his mouth toward Kensuke and backstage, Tully Blanchard continued singing the praises of his client. Jun Akiyama defeated Tatsumi Fujinami to advance to the quarter finals when he had to pull out the wrist-clutch Exploder to defeat the veteran. Lots of matwork between the two, with Fujinami ‘s experience playing to his advantage. A frustrated Akiyama had to resort to knee strikes when shown up on the ground, and forced Fujinami into more defensive positions. Fujinami was able to hook in the dragon sleeper at one point but Akiyama countered out into a Northern Lights suplex hold. When that wasn’t enough, he blasted Fujinami with a running knee before putting him away with the Exploder. Suzuki-gun battled it out with Yuki Ishikawa and Katsumi Usuda in a very hard-hitting tag match, which saw Suzuki-gun’s Kazuyuki Fujita and Kazunari Murakami emerge victorious following a brutal powerbomb by Fujita on Usuda. This victory laid the groundwork and momentum for the night’s main event. Minoru Suzuki took on Yuji Nagata under UWF Rules, and while Suzuki clearly had the advantage style-wise, Nagata had the crowd’s support which fueled his effort against Suzuki. He really went after Minoru with the strikes, especially the open hands and the kicks. Suzuki’s main strategy was to get Nagata on the ground where he could submit him but when that wasn’t working out initially, he fired back hard with the palm strikes. At one point, Nagata split Suzuki’s lip with a hard slap and Suzuki seemed to relish in the taste of his own blood as he and Nagata tore each other apart in the final minutes before Suzuki caught him with the choke and Nagata passed out. U-COSMOS “U-COSMOS Crown Tournament Night 6”, 10/3/00 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan 8,500 Fans 1. U-COSMOS Crown Tournament - Round 2 - UWF Rules: Ken Shamrock beat Alexander Otsuka (12:34) with an ankle hold. 2. Minoru Tanaka, Naoki Sano & Tamon Honda beat Shinjiro Ohtani, Koji Kanemoto & Naohiro Hoshikawa (9:16) when Tanaka used the Minoru Special on Hoshikawa. 3. U-COSMOS Crown Tournament – Round 2: Toshiaki Kawada beat Yoshiro Takayama (11:59) with the backdrop driver. 4. Brock Lesnar & Takashi Sugiura beat Kensuke Sasaki & Takehiro Murahama (8:34) when Lesnar used a single leg crab hold on Murahama. 5. U-COSMOS Crown Tournament – Round 2: Jun Akiyama beat Tatsumi Fujinami (14:27) with the wrist-clutch Exploder. 6. Kazuyuki Fujita & Kazunari Murakami beat Yuki Ishikawa & Katsumi Usuda (10:05) when Fujita used a powerbomb on Usuda. 7. U-COSMOS Crown Tournament - Round 2 - UWF Rules: Minoru Suzuki beat Yuji Nagata (17:46) with a rear naked choke.
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    U-COSMOS

    U-COSMOS will return to its Tokyo home base for the second round of the U-COSMOS Crown Tournament, as match-ups were announced today for the two upcoming shows, scheduled to take place at Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan. As before, a mix of standard pro-wrestling and UWF rules will be used throughout the second round. U-COSMOS “U-COSMOS Crown Tournament Night 6”, 10/3/00 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan U-COSMOS Crown Tournament - Round 2 - UWF Rules: Alexander Otsuka vs. Ken Shamrock U-COSMOS Crown Tournament - Round 2: Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Toshiaki Kawada U-COSMOS Crown Tournament - Round 2: Jun Akiyama vs. Tatsumi Fujinami U-COSMOS Crown Tournament - Round 2 - UWF Rules: Yuji Nagata vs. Minoru Suzuki U-COSMOS “U-COSMOS Crown Tournament Night 6”, 10/10/00 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan U-COSMOS Crown Tournament - Round 2 - UWF Rules: Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Masakatsu Funaki U-COSMOS Crown Tournament - Round 2: Brock Lesnar (w/ Tully Blanchard) vs. Kensuke Sasaki U-COSMOS Crown Tournament - Round 2: Shinya Hashimoto vs. Hiroshi Hase U-COSMOS Crown Tournament - Round 2 - UWF Rules: Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Volk Han
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    U-COSMOS

    posting this early as I'll be out all weekend... The Kobe debut for U-COSMOS brought the end of the first round of tournament matches. Roughly 6,200 fans packed Kobe World Hall for a night of action, as the show opened with a fast-paced tag match featuring Minoru Tanaka and Tamon Honda on the losing end against Shinjiro Ohtani and Naohiro Hoshikawa. The chemistry between Tanaka and Ohtani really carried the match, while Honda brought his awkward amateur prowess and Hoshikawa the stiff strikes. At one point, Tanaka tried to roll Ohtani up using the tights but referee Wada caught him and issued a yellow card. This led to Ohtani ultimately scoring the pinfall with a brutal Spiral Bomb on Honda. Under UWF Rules, Masakatsu Funaki and Daisuke Ikeda put on quite the slugfest, with Ikeda just swinging for the fences against Funaki, keeping him against the ropes. Clearly trying to score a win by KO, Funaki had to rely on his ground technique to take out Ikeda. They had a heated kick exchange before Ikeda dropped Funaki with a nasty open hand slap to the face. He tried to follow up with a punt kick but Funaki caught the leg and turned it into a kneebar for the submission. Golden Cups’ Yoshihiro Takayama and Hiromitsu Kanehara were victorious in tag match with Kensuke Office’s Kensuke Sasaki and Takehiro Murahama when Takayama used a big German suplex hold on Murahama. The focus of the match was mostly between Kanehara and Murahama, as they tried to one up each other in a bid to honor their respective unit leaders. While Kanehara has years of experience over Murahama, Murahama fought with a lot of heart and managed some big nearfalls, including a German suplex hold of his own. The interactions between Sasaki and Takayama were brief but intense. Shinya Hashimoto and Kazunari Murakami turned into a bit of a bloodbath when Murakami was cut open after a kick from Hashimoto, but that only fueled his intensity as he wouldn’t let up on Hashimoto. Tons of stiff body shots and knee strikes, and thanks to a distraction from Kendo Kashin, a closed fist punch that rocked Hashimoto. When he wasn’t throwing strikes, Murakami was trying to choke Hashimoto out. But the Kobe fans were very vocal for Hashimoto, and despite the odds , he came back strong for the victory, dropping Murakami with the brainbuster for the three count. Jun Akiyama tagged with Masayuki Naruse, whom he referred to as “nemu-sōna asashin”, which translates to “sleepy assassin”, against Tatsumi Fujinami and Osamu Nishimura. Lots of solid matwork in this, with Naruse especially working hard to impress. Fujiami and Akiyama had some great exchanges, with the elder statesman showing up Akiyama on the mat in several instances. This didn’t sit well with Akiyama, who became much more aggressive with the knees and Exploder suplexes. In the end, however, Fujinami was able to sneak in and snag Naruse with the Dragon Sleeper for the submission . Backstage, Akiyama seemed to hint at the formation of a new unit, and seemingly offered Naruse a spot as a “sponsored fighter”, saying he hopes his defeat will only motivate him to be fiercer. The leader of Suzuki-gun, Minoru Suzuki, defeated Yoshihisa Yamamoto under UWF Rules to advance to the second round of the tournament. Yamamoto had a lot of encouragement from the Kobe crowd going into this match, and he didn’t make Suzuki’s victory easy by any means. Tons of open hands exchanged and some great grappling, with Yamamoto taking Suzuki to the ropes more than once. In fact, Suzuki was nearly forced to tap out to an armbar when he couldn’t reach the ropes for a break. Suzuki finally snuck in with a rear naked choke, dragging Yamamoto to the canvas and forcing him to submit. Interestingly enough, Suzuki was not accompanied by any Suzuki-gun members and backstage, said that he didn’t want his army to influence the outcome. The main event was a real treat for the fans, as both Hiroshi Hase and Kazuo Yamazaki gave heartfelt performances in the ring, with the victor not obvious until the final minute of the match when Hase was able to deliver the Northern Lights suplex hold for three. The match was pure sportsmanship, and relatively even throughout, with Yamazaki having the advantage with striking and Hase having more of a takedown>submission approach. Eventually, Hase began throwing bombs and Yamazaki had to respond in kind, nearly scoring a win after he transitioned into an armbar off a German suplex hold. In the end, Hase won the match but treated Yamazaki with respect he earned afterwards. Hase thanked the fans to end the show, and asked for their support in the second round. U-COSMOS “U-COSMOS Crown Tournament Night 4”, 9/26/00 Kobe World Hall 6,200 Fans – No Vacancy 1. Shinjiro Ohtani & Naohiro Hoshikawa beat Minoru Tanaka & Tamon Honda (7:56) when Ohtani used the Spiral Bomb on Honda. 2. U-COSMOS Crown Tournament - Round 1 - UWF Rules: Masakatsu Funaki beat Daisuke Ikeda (w/ Kazuyuki Fujita) (9:42) with a kneebar. 3. Yoshihiro Takayama & Hiromitsu Kanehara beat Kensuke Sasaki & Takehiro Murahama (8:14) when Takayama used a high-angle German suplex hold on Murahama. 4. U-COSMOS Crown Tournament - Round 1: Shinya Hashimoto beat Kazunari Murakami (w/ Kendo Kashin) (12:30) with a vertical-drop brainbuster. 5. Tatsumi Fujinami & Osamu Nishimura beat Jun Akiyama & Masayuki Naruse (10:33) when Fujinami used the Dragon Sleeper on Naruse. 6. U-COSMOS Crown Tournament - Round 1 - UWF Rules: Minoru Suzuki beat Yoshihisa Yamamoto (14:18) with a rear naked choke. 7. U-COSMOS Crown Tournament - Round 1: Hiroshi Hase beat Kazuo Yamazaki (17:46) with the Northern Lights suplex hold.
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    U-COSMOS

    U-COSMOS returned for a second night in Osaka to continue the U-COSMOS Crown Tournament, opening with a very competitive match between the veteran, Volk Han, and the younger Carl Malenko. Malenko once again showed a lot of heart and fire against Han, countering a lot of Han’s submission attempts with unique holds of his own and trying to capitalize on Han’s weaker striking by barraging him with open palm strikes and kicks. He caught him with a nasty solebutt to the midsection, which led to Malenko dropping him with a hanging guillotine but Han was able to escape. The finish saw Han using a beautiful flying leg scissors takedown into a calf crusher for the submission. Han and Malenko shook hands after the match. In six-man tag action, Suzuki-gun’s Kazuyuki Fujita, Kazunari Murakami and Daisuke Ikeda were victorious over Yoshihisa Yamamoto, Mitsuya Nagai and Masahito Kakihara when Fujita blasted Nagai with a punt kick to the head. Plenty of hard-hitting action between all six men, with Fujita especially using a more brutal style, as if taking out his frustrations from having lost the first round of the tournament. At one point, he caught Kakihara midair and splatted him on the canvas with a powerbomb. Suzuki, who was at ringside for the match, seemed pleased with the outcome. Under UWF Rules, Masakatsu Funaki and Katsumi Usuda teamed up against Kazuo Yamazaki and Katsuyori Shibata. Shibata, still learning the ways of the UWF style, was more or less the whipping boy of this match, with Funaki getting plenty of time to shine against the rookie Shibata. Usuda was pretty fierce in this as well, coming hard at Yamazaki in particular with his kicks. Yamazaki, of course, is no stranger to hard kicks and fired back some of his own just as hard. In the end, Funaki trapped Shibata in the triangle choke and forced the submission. In what many considered the match of the night, Tatsumi Fujinami and Yuki Ishikawa put on an absolute clinic in mat-based wrestling. Numerous times throughout the match, Ishikawa put the elder Fujinami on the rocks, mainly in his striking, which he utilized only in moments of desperation, including a big closed hand punch that earned him a yellow card warning. On the ground, the playing field was relatively even but Fujinami gained control late in the match, trying to get ahold of the dragon sleeper. Ishikawa managed to keep slipping through Fujinami’s fingers until Fujinami grabbed the full nelson hold and turned it into a dragon suplex hold for the three count. Tully Blanchard’s latest acquisition, rookie Takashi Sugiura, made his in-ring debut in a tag match with a partner, Brock Lesnar, against Kensuke Office’s Kensuke Sasaki and Alexander Otsuka. Sugiura tapped into a lot of his amateur background, which led to some great exchanges between him and Otsuka. Tons of suplex throws and takedowns from all four men, and of course, the crowd buzzed loudly whenever Lesnar and Sasaki squared off, which was few and far between as Sugiura spent the majority of the time in the ring. Sugiura ended up taking the fall for his team after a big lariat. Once again, Lesnar squared up to Sasaki after the match but both Otsuka and Blanchard intervened before things could break loose. Blanchard was back out with his client, Mikhail Illoukhine, for a UWF Rules tournament match against Ken Shamrock. Shamrock dominated the majority of the match, with Illoukhine mainly playing defense against the more aggressive Shamrock. Illoukhine took some pretty brutal shots from Shamrock but when he was able to get a takedown, he was able to take Shamrock to the ropes a few times with various holds. Shamrock won the match with a heel hook and after the match, Shamrock cut a promo for the Osaka fans, thanking them for their support but also self-promoting himself and promising to take the entire tournament. A really classic feeling main event saw Toshiaki Kawada and Yoshiaki Fujiwara in a bit of a styles clash, with the wily Fujiwara trying to duck most of Kawada’s strikes and bombs, while tripping him up for a quick submission on the mat. Of course, he managed some big body shots on Kawada and a headbutt out of the corner. In a funny moment, Kawada went for his repeated front kicks to Fujiwara’s head and Fujiwara completely no sold them before taking Kawada down with the Fujiwara armbar. He couldn’t quite keep in cinched in, though, as Kawada was able to escape. After a gamengiri stunned Fujiwara, Kawada locked in the Stretch Plum in the center of the ring and Fujiwara had no choice but to give up the ghost. The two embraced after the match much to the delight of the Osaka fans. U-COSMOS “U-COSMOS Crown Tournament Night 3”, 9/19/00 Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium 7,000 Fans – No Vacancy 1. U-COSMOS Crown Tournament - Round 1 – UWF Rules: Volk Han beat Carl Malenko (9:36) with a calf crusher. 2. Kazuyuki Fujita, Kazunari Murakami & Daisuke Ikeda beat Yoshihisa Yamamoto, Mitsuya Nagai & Masahito Kakihara (10:44) when Fujita used a punt kick to Nagai. 3. UWF Rules: Masakatsu Funaki & Katsumi Usuda beat Kazuo Yamazaki & Katsuyori Shibata (8:50) when Funaki used a triangle choke on Shibata. 4. U-COSMOS Crown Tournament - Round 1: Tatsumi Fujinami beat Yuki Ishikawa (16:02) with a dragon suplex hold. 5. Kensuke Sasaki & Alexander Otsuka beat Brock Lesnar & Takashi Sugiura (w/ Tully Blanchard) (11:38) when Sasaki used a lariat on Sugiura. 6. U-COSMOS Crown Tournament - Round 1 - UWF Rules: Ken Shamrock beat Mikhail Illoukhine (w/ Tully Blanchard) (12:59) with a heel hook. 7. U-COSMOS Crown Tournament - Round 1: Toshiaki Kawada beat Yoshiaki Fujiwara (14:23) with the Stretch Plum.
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    U-COSMOS

    Tully Blanchard has acquired a new asset in his business venture, now being dubbed Blanchard International. The 30-year old amateur wrestling standout, Takashi Sugiura, is the latest name to join the ranks and according to Blanchard himself, Sugiura will be making his in-ring debut this Saturday in a tag team match with Brock Lesnar. Blanchard spoke very highly of Sugiura, stating that he's a natural when it comes to adapting to the pro-wrestling style. Sugiura spent some time in the All Japan Dojo prior to AJPW's closure but has since been working with Lesnar, Tsuyoshi Kohsaka and Mikhail Illoukhine to further refine his in-ring skills. When asked about Lesnar's recent loss to Kiyoshi Tamura, and why Blanchard threw the towel, Blanchard only responded that he was looking after the best interests of his client and declined to elaborate further.
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    U-COSMOS

    U-COSMOS made their Osaka debut in front of roughly 7,000 fans with the second night of the U-COSMOS Crown Tournament. The show opened with a first round match-up between Yoshihiro Takayama and Tamon Honda. While Takayama was the more physically imposing of the two, Honda schooled him on the mat when it came to takedowns and holds. The bigger Takayama was more vicious with the knees and open hands, trying to stagger Honda for a suplex throw, which he did a number of times. Honda was able to hit a German suplex off the ropes but it wasn’t enough to keep Takayama down and in the end, Takayama scooped him up with an impressive high-angle German suplex hold for the three count. Suzuki-gun’s Minoru Suzuki, Kazunari Murakami and Kendo Kashin went up against Shinya Hashimoto, Naohiro Hoshikawa and Koji Kanemoto in hard-hitting six-man tag team action. Lots of brutal shots throughout, with Hashimoto and Suzuki getting some of the biggest reactions during their exchanges. But Murakami was especially nasty versus Hashimoto, continuing to attack him after Hashimoto had made a tag out and stood on the apron. Hashimoto eventually cleaned house and laid out Kashin with a big roundhouse kick for the pinfall. Backstage, Hashimoto and his team wished Shinjiro Ohtani luck in his tournament match against Kensuke Sasaki later in the night. Under UWF Rules, KiyoshI Tamura submitted Kenichi Yamamoto with a double wristlock in a rather competitive first round match. While Tamura was clearly the more skilled in terms of both his matwork and striking ability, Yamamoto was a constant thorn in his side, thwarting some of his submission attempts and trying at various points in the match to hang onto deep chokes. He landed a big running knee in the corner that kept Tamura down for an eight count but that was about as close as Yamamoto got before Tamura snagged the double wristlock to advance. In another mat-heavy affair, YoshiakI Fujiwara and Yuki Ishikawa emerged victorious in a tag match against Toshiaki Kawada and Masanobu Fuchi. Kawada didn’t get much time in the ring, as Fujiwara and Ishikawa spent the better half of it stretching Fuchi on the ground. But when Kawada was in there, he wasn’t playing Fujiwara-gumi’s games, and laid into both opponents with stiff kicks. They saved much in the way of Fujiwara/Kawada exchanges for their upcoming tournament match but in the end, Fujiwara tapped Fuchi with his patented armbar. Shinjiro Ohtani gave a hell of a fight to Kensuke Sasaki in their tournament match-up but in the end, Sasaki came away with the win after turning Ohtani inside out with his lariat. But Ohtani got in plenty of offense against Sasaki, including released dragon and German suplexes and a beautiful springboard DDT for a nearfall. He even got in his signature face washes before Sasaki went all boss mode on him with clobbering forearms, slams and suplexes, putting the final nail in the coffin with the lariat. Sasaki looked very strong in his win, and cut a promo after the match, thanking the Osaka fans for their support of the promotion and asking for their continued support as he moves onto the second round. Ken Shamrock and Carl Malenko teamed for a UWF Rules tag match against Tsuyoshi Kohsaka and Mikhail Illoukhine, who were accompanied to the ring by Tully Blanchard. It was obvious TK was taking out his frustration of having been eliminated in the first round out on Malenko, as he kept him from making the tag to Shamrock. TK and Illoukhine kept making quick tags in and out as a way to conserve their energy, while making sure Malenko stayed down after big throws or hard strikes. When Shamrock was able to finally get in there, it was too little, too late, as the damage had been done and TK was able to quickly submit Malenko with the TK Scissors. Shamrock seemed pissed at Malenko for his performance. Backstage, Shamrock didn’t give the press anything but Blanchard sure was happy and was confident Illoukhine would beat Shamrock in the tournament. Plenty of blood was shed in the main event as Yuji Nagata and Kazuyuki Fujita battled it out under UWF Rules. This was a strike-centric match, with Fujita trying to sneak in illegal shots when he could, cutting Nagata open with a elbow to the eyebrow as Suzuki distracted the referee. Suzuki argued that Nagata was using illegal holds but referee Wada wasn’t having it and finally ejected Suzuki from ringside. Nagata returned the favor to Fujita, busting his nose with a big kick and shoot backdrop suplexing him onto his head. The fans were very vocal for Nagata and cheered him on as he fought for the armbar throughout the match, finally snapping it off with Fujita in the center of the ring. Fujita had no choice but to tap out. Kazuo Yamazaki celebrated with Nagata in the ring to close the show. U-COSMOS “U-COSMOS Crown Tournament Night 2”, 9/12/00 Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium 7,000 Fans – No Vacancy 1. U-COSMOS Crown Tournament - Round 1: Yoshihiro Takayama (w/ Hiromitsu Kanehara) beat Tamon Honda (7:44) with a high-angle German suplex hold. 2. Shinya Hashimoto, Koji Kanemoto & Naohiro Hoshikawa beat Minoru Suzuki, Kazunari Murakami & Kendo Kashin (9:48) when Hashimoto used a roundhouse kick on Kashin. 3. U-COSMOS Crown Tournament - Round 1 - UWF Rules: Kiyoshi Tamura beat Kenichi Yamamoto (w/ Yoshihiro Takayama and Hiromitsu Kanehara) (8:23) with the double wristlock. 4. Yoshiaki Fujiwara & Yuki Ishikawa beat Toshiaki Kawada & Masanobu Fuchi (10:50) when Fujiwara used the Fujiwara armbar on Fuchi. 5. U-COSMOS Crown Tournament - Round 1: Kensuke Sasaki beat Shinjiro Ohtani (14:24) with the lariat. 6. UWF Rules: Tsuyoshi Kohsaka & Mikhail Illoukhine (w/ Tully Blanchard) beat Ken Shamrock & Carl Malenko (12:59) when Kohsaka used the TK Scissors on Malenko. 7. U-COSMOS Crown Tournament - Round 1 - UWF Rules: Yuji Nagata (w/ Kazuo Yamazaki) beat Kazuyuki Fujita (w/ Minoru Suzuki) (16:43) with jujigatame.
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    Beach Club Pro

    Hell yeah!
  11. superkix

    U-COSMOS

    The remaining first round matches for the U-COSMOS Crown Tournament have been announced, with shows taking place in Osaka and Kobe. Second round match-ups will kick-off in October, with the finals to take place on Sunday, October 25th at Tokyo Nippon Budokan. Thus far, Jun Akiyama, Kazushi Sakuraba, Alexander Otsuka and Brock Lesnar have advanced to the second round. U-COSMOS “U-COSMOS Crown Tournament Night 2”, 9/12/00 Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium U-COSMOS Crown Tournament - Round 1: Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Tamon Honda U-COSMOS Crown Tournament - Round 1 - UWF Rules: Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Kenichi Yamamoto U-COSMOS Crown Tournament - Round 1: Kensuke Sasaki vs. Shinjiro Ohtani U-COSMOS Crown Tournament - Round 1 - UWF Rules: Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Yuji Nagata U-COSMOS “U-COSMOS Crown Tournament Night 3”, 9/19/00 Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium U-COSMOS Crown Tournament - Round 1 - UWF Rules: Volk Han vs. Carl Malenko U-COSMOS Crown Tournament - Round 1: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Yuki Ishikawa U-COSMOS Crown Tournament - Round 1 - UWF Rules: Ken Shamrock vs. Mikhail Illoukhine U-COSMOS Crown Tournament - Round 1: Toshiaki Kawada vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara U-COSMOS “U-COSMOS Crown Tournament Night 4”, 9/26/00 Kobe World Hall U-COSMOS Crown Tournament - Round 1 - UWF Rules: Daisuke Ikeda vs. Masakatsu Funaki U-COSMOS Crown Tournament - Round 1: Shinya Hashimoto vs. Kazunari Murakami U-COSMOS Crown Tournament - Round 1 - UWF Rules: Minoru Suzuki vs. Yoshihisa Yamamoto U-COSMOS Crown Tournament - Round 1: Hiroshi Hase vs. Kazuo Yamazaki
  12. superkix

    [2020-08-30-BJW] Takuya Nomura vs Minoru Suzuki

    Suzuki Bros (Minoru and Hideki) vs. Astronauts. Book it!
  13. superkix

    U-COSMOS

    The first night of the U-COSMOS Crown Tournament opened with an exciting six-man tag match with the team of Shinjiro Ohtani, Koji Kanemoto and Naohiro Hoshikawa defeating Minoru Tanaka, Naoki Sano and Tamon Honda following a Spiral Bomb from Ohtani on Sano. Ohtani looked impressive, getting in a lot of offense and coming away with some big momentum, as he revealed backstage that he’s scheduled for a first round match in the tournament. Although Brock Lesnar was handed his first loss by Kiyoshi Tamura, he didn’t let that discourage him as he made rather short work of Takehiro Murahama in the first round of the U-COSMOS Crown Tournament. Murahama, who was seconded by Sasaki, managed to stagger Lesnar with a few big kicks but perhaps bit off more than he could chew. When he tried to hook Lesnar’s arms for a tiger suplex, Lesnar powered out, turned Murahama inside out with a lariat, smirking at Kensuke ringside, before planting Murahama with the fold-up powerbomb for the pinfall. As Sasaki entered the ring to check on Murahama, Lesnar got into his face in a threatening manner, mouthing off about being the strongest in the promotion. Tully intervened before things got out of hand, and told Lesnar to relax. In a UWF Rules tag match, Kiyoshi Tamura and Yoshihisa Yamamoto defeated Golden Cups’ Hiromitsu Kanehara and Kenichi Yamamoto when Tamura used the double wristlock on Kanehara. No nonsense shoot-style action, with Tamura and K. Yamamoto producing some very cool moments on the mat while Kanehara and Y. Yamamoto brought the intensity to their striking – Yamamoto with his open hands and Kanehara with his kicks. Backstage, Takayama revealed that both he and Yamamoto were entered into the tournament. In another UWF Rules match-up, this time as part of the tournament, Alexander Otsuka looked very impressive in his victory over Masayuki Naruse, deadlifting him off the mat with a dragon suplex for the KO. Prior to that, Naruse mostly kept his distance from Otsuka with strikes, at one point, knocking Otsuka down with a spinning backhand and trying to finish him off with a choke. Otsuka, however, combined his raw strength and speed to not only avoid Naruse’s submission attempts but also ragdolled him with a few suplex throws to set up the finish. Jun Akiyama wrestled Osamu Nishimura’s more mat-based style in another first round match-up. He used several amateur takedowns to try and grab hold of a front necklock but Nishimura was able to showcase a number of European counters to put Akiyama on the ropes. Fujinami, who seconded Nishimura, applauded Osamu’s efforts but in the end, Akiyama caught him with an Exploder out of nowhere and quickly secured the front necklock on the ground for the tap out. Minoru Suzuki and Kazuyuki Fujita teamed up against Yuji Nagata and Kazuo Yamazaki in a very hard-hitting tag match. Nagata and Suzuki especially went at it, laying into each other with hard slaps and elbows. Yamazaki fired off his big kicks and at one point, took the bigger Fujita down with a German suplex transitioned into an armbar. Of course, the other members of Suzuki-gun were at ringside and did what they could to ensure their leader got the win, isolating Nagata on the outside while Yamazaki was left prone to the Gotch-style piledriver back in the ring. The main event proved to be yet another shoot-style “dream match” as Kazushi Sakuraba and Tsuyoshi Kohsaka fought under UWF Rules for the very first time. Kohsaka overwhelmed Sakuraba at the outset with mid kicks and open hands, trying to wear him down for a submission on the ground. But with each attempt, Sakuraba was able to slickly escape the hold or reverse with a hold of his own. TK caught Sakuraba with a nasty kick to the side of the head that nearly had Sakuraba down for the count but he was able to make it back to his feet. In the move of the match, Sakuraba was able to block the TK Scissors attempt from the front mount and rolled through with the kneebar, forcing TK to submit in the center of the ring. U-COSMOS “U-COSMOS Crown Tournament Night 1”, 9/5/00 Tokyo Korakuen Hall 2,500 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House 1. Shinjiro Ohtani, Koji Kanemoto & Naohiro Hoshikawa beat Minoru Tanaka, Naoki Sano & Tamon Honda (9:12) when Ohtani used the Spiral Bomb on Sano. 2. U-COSMOS Crown Tournament - Round 1: Brock Lesnar (w/ Tully Blanchard) beat Takehiro Murahama (w/ Kensuke Sasaki) (9:49) with a folding powerbomb. 3. UWF Rules: Kiyoshi Tamura & Yoshihisa Yamamoto beat Hiromitsu Kanehara & Kenichi Yamamoto (w/ Yoshihiro Takayama) (7:56) when Tamura used the double wristlock on Kanehara. 4. U-COSMOS Crown Tournament - Round 1 - UWF Rules: Alexander Otsuka beat Masayuki Naruse (8:44) by KO (dragon suplex). 5. U-COSMOS Crown Tournament - Round 1: Jun Akiyama beat Osamu Nishimura (w/ Tatsumi Fujinami) (12:10) with a front necklock. 6. Minoru Suzuki & Kazuyuki Fujita beat Yuji Nagata & Kazuo Yamazaki (12:34) when Suzuki used the Gotch-style piledriver on Yamazaki. 7. U-COSMOS Crown Tournament - Round 1 - UWF Rules: Kazushi Sakuraba beat Tsuyoshi Kohsaka (w/ Tully Blanchard) (16:21) with a kneebar.
  14. superkix

    U-COSMOS

    Thanks for the feedback! The idea behind the longer tournament was to give the majority of the roster a shot at the title. Especially with the UWF Rules format, anything can happen in the match. And yeah, the story between Lesnar/Tamura is far from over...in my mind, this is the 2000's version of Vader/Takada.
  15. superkix

    Pro Wrestling Outlaws

    Surprised to see Togo win but happy to see it! Dick Togo is one of my favorites.
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