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Hey guys,

 

Great response to last weeks newsletter. The column was fantastic as was our new 'Flashback' section, which will now be a regular part of the newsletter every fortnight. Hopefully this edition will be ok without it though. But I'll still look out for new ideas of things to include in the interim. Any suggestions are more than welcome.

 

So with that in mind, enjoy.

 

Thanks,

 

MiTCHeLL (draVen)

 

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WWE & NWA:TNA Review/Preview - By Mitchell Jones

 

Seven days of top-line US wrestling, and yet nothing of major interest this week, apart from off-air happenings on RAW. Well, nothing of interest in WWE, anyway. Although Chris Kanyon did return on SmackDown!, one has to question why he was used to sing a Culture Club song when he has so much talent to be up there with the likes of Edge and Eddie Guerrero. The only other major happening was Eric Bischoff being fired by Vince McMahon, then rehired so that he can fight Stone Cold Steve Austin at No Way Out, this Sunday Night at 1am on Sky Sports 1.

 

NWA:TNA, on the other hand, who seem to be presenting us with a new debut each week, provided another two-hours of quality action (and yes, I have the videos to prove it), with Steve Corino returning to the promotion and quickly aligning somewhat with another ex-ECW champion, The Sandman, making his debut that night in The Asylum. Also, the X-division plot thickened as Konnan seems to be ready to bring in some Lucha-libre calibre athletes (Please god bring in Super Crazy) to venge war on the X-divisioners. All seems to be going right under the Russo-regime, and I for one am very hopeful for this promotion.

 

So what action can we expect this week? Well WWE is going into it's final two shows before PPV, so anticipation should certainly be high. And after Stone Cold made a shock appearance after RAW went off air last week, surely that should help boost ratings a little, in preparation for Austin's big match return. Also, don't forget that HHH will be preparing for his rematch with Scott Steiner as well. Already signed is Booker T and Steiner vs HHH and Batista, so one must wonder how this will play out. And of course, Test and Stacy Keibler may finally find out what GGW is. How about SmackDown? Stephanie McMahon has promised Brock Lesnar against Kurt Angle but as the two head into a huge 6-man tag match (Angle, Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas vs Lesnar, Chris Benoit and Edge), as well as the fact that the two are already set for Wrestlemania XIV, will the match actually happen? And don't forget, Hulk Hogan, The Rock and Nathan Jones will all be in the house. And last but not least, NWA:TNA. The wait is over, and AJ Styles, with 'Living legend' Larry Zbyzsko by his side, will finally get his World Title shot against NWA World Champion Jeff Jarrett. And also signed is a tag team match pitting The Sandman and Steve Corino against Raven and Low-ki. Will we see blood and gore? Will a new champion be crowned? Will we see any more new debutants? maybe Justin Credible, or Mike Awesome. Who knows. Only way to know is to stay tuned to TWO's newsboard and the forums for all the latest information.

 

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US News - By Chris 2k

 

THIS WEEK'S US NEWS

 

A tragic Monday for the world of wrestling, as the former 'Mr. Perfect of WWE, real name Curt Hennig, died in currently unknown circumstances, in his hotel room in Tampa, Florida. Wrestling fans around the world praised Hennig's contribution. He was 44.

 

After Raw, having had a match with Eric Bischoff for No Way Out made, Stone Cold Steve Austin 'stunned' the live crowd, by making a non-TV appearance, wreaking havoc on Chief Morley, Bischoff and Chris Jericho.

 

WWE were happy to see a 3.9 rating for Raw, and with the hype for No Way Out, must be looking forward to the revenue from the PPV.

 

Talking of WWE's money, it was revealed that their tour to the Far East a few weeks ago made them over $4 million, so it's unlikely that Vince will have to call the bank anytime soon....

 

Evan Marriott, aka Joe Millionaire, was on the Howard Stern radio show, claiming that he was approached by WWE to do a one-time angle on Raw. He turned it down due to it 'not being the right time'. The angle apparently would have Evan "throwing around Trish Stratus" in a match until he would suddenly realize that it was wrong and then turn on Flair.

 

Tommy Dreamer was made an active member of the Raw writing team, whilst also retaining his wrestling role. Fans are hoping that Dreamer's serious style will take the show away from Brian Gewirtz's normal comedy orientated skits. Very few people feel that Dreamer will use this position to get higher up the card, as he is well known for putting people over in WWE and ECW.

 

Tenacious Z, who has overcome losing a leg to wrestle for NWA-TNA, has accepted a contract from the WWE. The courageous wrestler, real name Zachary Gowen, has impressed many people with his innovative style on recent TNA broadcasts, and is expected to be a big hit in the WWE.

 

It was revealed this week that current WWE wrestler D'Lo Brown would be cut in one month's time. He is currently having a small push with a 'racism' gimmick, and managed by Teddy Long. It is estimated that the $350k he receives a year is too much, and his release is part of a cost-cutting scheme.

 

It is thought that Redd Dogg will trade over to Raw to be managed by Long. He has already appeared on Raw house shows, and is likely to want to travel with his real life wife Jazz.

 

XPW's show in Philadelphia this week was cancelled due to 'bad weather forecasts', which were later proved wrong. The show was due to mark the debut of former-WWE wrestler Justin Credible.

 

And finally, in-keeping with the Valentine's week feel, there is a rumour going around that Paul Levesque (HHH) proposed to Stephanie McMahon on February 14th. It is as yet unconfirmed, but if true, it is interesting how this might affect HHH's political position in the company.

 

RESULTS

 

OVW TV TAPING

- Travis Bane defeated Chris Cage

- Johnny Jeter defeated Badd (aka Redd) Dogg

- Nova defeated Chris Nowinski by DQ

- Ryan Rusty defeated Robbie Boulder

- Nick Dinsmore & Rob Conway defeated Rene Dupree & Lance Cade

 

RAW HOUSE SHOW

 

- Booker T defeated Christian

- Maven defeated Christopher Nowinski

- Victoria defeated Molly Holly to retain the Women's Title

- Spike defeated Redd Dogg

- William Regal & Lance Storm defeated The Dudley Boyz to retain the Tag Titles

- Kane defeated Jamal

- Steven Richards defeated Tommy Dreamer in a No DQ match

- Rob Van Dam & Scott Steiner defeated Triple H & Batista

 

SMACKDOWN HOUSE SHOW

 

- Billy Kidman defeated Jamie Noble to retain the Cruiserweight Title

- Chris Kanyon and Brian Hendrick defeated Nunzio and Chuck Palumbo

- John Hennigan (Tough Enough III Winner) defeated Shannon Moore

- The Undertaker and Nathan Jones defeated Bill DeMott and A-Train

- Brock Lesnar defeated Shelton Benjamin and Paul Heyman in a Handicap Match

- Dawn Marie defeated Nidia in a Bra and Panties match

- Rikishi defeated John Cena in a Kiss My Ass match

- Edge defeated Charlie Hass

Chris Benoit defeated Kurt Angle by DQ, thus not winning the WWE Title

 

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UK News - By Pabster

 

Hi and welcome to this week's UKScene Newsletter update!

 

It's been yet another busy week in the UKScene, here is the results run down :

 

/ TWA - Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth - 12/02/03 \

 

- Phil Powers def. Baxter Burridge

- Phil Lea def. Stace Odyssey.

- The Flatliner def. The Mummy.

- Ian Logan def. Tommy Johnson

- The Bulk & Mark Sloan def. Nathan Creed & Andy Simmonz

- Christian Eckstein def. Raj Ghosh

 

/ TWA - Southampton Guildhall, Southampton - 13/02/03 \

 

- Mark Sloan def. Chris Justice.

- Phil Powers def. Stace Odyssey.

- Tommy Stevens def. The Mummy.

- Raj Ghosh def. Andy Simmonz with a victory roll.

- Phil Lea def. Baxter Burridge.

- The Bulk & Christian Eckstein def. The Flatliner and Nathan Creed.

- Raj Ghosh won the 20 man rumble.

 

/ WAW "Valentines Day Massacre" - The Talk, Norwich - 14/02/03 \

 

- Jimmy Ocean def. Battlekat.

- Hot Stuff def. Robin Knightwing.

- "Crusher Mason Trophy match"

Doug Williams and Flash Barker def. The UK Pitbulls.

- Phil Powers def. MTX

- "The Tattooed Warrior" Steve Quintain def. The Kraft.

- Best of 3 Falls - British Title match

Zebra Kid def. Rowdy Ricky Knight (Two falls to one)

 

The next WAW event has been announced. It will take place again at The Talk, Norwich on April 12th and Ricky Knight faces Jimmy Ocean in a ladder match for control of WAW. For ticket details ring 01603 660220.

 

A new NWA Hammerlock tour starts up this week featuring Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart. From what we hear, it is a very big year for NWA Hammerlock so try and attend one of their shows this week if you have the chance to do so. Here are the ticket details:

 

February 2003

 

Wednesday 19th at 8pm

Castle Hall, Hertford, Hertfordshire.

Featuring Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart + Rumble,Tag and Solo Matches.

For advance tickets sales please call the Box office on 01992-589026.

 

Thursday 20th at 7.30pm

Winter gardens, Margate, Kent.

Featuring Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart + Rumble,Tag and Solo Matches. For advance tickets sales please call the Box office on 01843-292795.

 

Friday 21st at 8pm

Civic Hall, Grays, Essex.

Featuring Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart + Rumble,Tag and Solo Matches.

For advance tickets sales please call the Box office on 01375-383961.

 

Saturday 22nd at 8pm

Leisure Centre, Andover, Hampshire.

Featuring Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart + Rumble,Tag and Solo Matches.

For advance tickets sales please call the Box office on 01264-324144.

 

Sunday 23rd at 8pm

East Street Sports Centre, Sittingbourne, Kent.

Featuring Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart + Rumble,Tag and Solo Matches.

For advance tickets sales please call the Box office on 0790-3928726.

 

On the XPW My Bloody Valentine show, Psicosis def. Simon Diamond and Jerry Lynn def. Chris Hamrick and both men progress in the XPW European Title Tournament. Jerry Lynn and Psicosis have been invited over to the UK by the FWA, to hold their Semi Final match in the XPW European Title Tournament at Crunch. The winner will face Jonny Storm in the Final, whilst the loser of the Lynn/Psicosis match will battle it out with Jody Fleisch at Crunch to be the number one contender for the XPW European Title.

 

Last week I informed you about Christopher Daniels defending the FWA Title against Doug Williams at a ROH event on March 22nd. It now has been announced that Jody Fleisch will face Lowki on the same card. It should be an exceptional match up.

 

Stay tuned to the TWO UKScene forum and for Newsletter updates as Adam Sibley will inform you of the ticketing details of the FWA 2 show on the 27th of April at the Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth. Well done to Adam for taking the TWO UKScene section so far. TWO comes first in his mind and all of us at TWO appreciate that. The TWO UKScene is expanding like never before! Good luck to Adam in the coming months.

 

Another FWA 2 show is being planned for the Morecambe Dome in Morecambe in Lancashire on April 21st. That event isn't being promoted by Adam. Apparently, more FWA 2 events are being planned so late April will be a busy time for the UKScene.

 

That's it for this week, I'll see you next week!

 

Pabster.

 

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Puroresu News - By Matt Singh

 

* All Japan Pro Wrestling: *

 

Keiji Mutoh will face Shinya Hashimoto at the promotion’s 23/3 Budokan Hall show defending the Triple Crown. Hashimoto will work the show as the Zero-One/AJPW working agreement continues.

 

House show results;

 

On February 10th at Nagoya International Exhibition Hall with 1,500 paid attendance:

 

-1. Masa Fuchi over Taichi Ishikari at 13 minutes 30 seconds via tap-out

 

-2. Tomoaki Honma, Kazushi Miyamoto & Sanshiro Takagi over Nobutaka Araya, Nobukazu Hirai & Ryuji Hijikata at 19 minutes 17 seconds when Honma made Hirai tap

 

-3. Extreme Blade (AKA Elix Skipper) & Spriggan over Kendo Kashin & Super Dragon at 12 minutes 42 seconds when Spriggan hit a shooting star press on Dragon for the pinfall

 

-4. Big John Tenta, Gigantes (AKA The Wall of former WCW fame) & Gran Hamada over Satoshi Kojima, Shigeo Okumura & Yuto Aijima at 13 minutes 45 seconds when Gigantes landed a chokeslam on Okumura for the pin

 

-5. Genichiro Tenryu over Hideki Hosaka at 3 minutes 23 seconds

 

-6. Keiji Mutoh, 200% Machine (legendary Yoji Anjoh) & 884% Machine (Kaz Hayashi) over Arashi, The Gladiator & Jimmy Yang at 17 minutes 24 seconds when 884% Machine hit a diving body press on Yang for the pinfall

 

 

On February 11th at Kyoto Hall, Kyoto with 1,200 paid attendance:

 

-1. Extreme Blade over Spriggun at 8 minutes 27 seconds with the "Blade of the Dead" finish for the pin

 

-2. Tomoaki Honma, Kazushi Miyamoto & Sanshiro Takagi over Shigeo Okumura, Hideki Hosaka & Yuto Aijima at 15 minutes 52 seconds when Honma used an inside cradle on Aijima for the pinfall

 

-3. Big John Tenta & Gran Hamada over Kendo Kashin & Super Dragon at 8 minutes 20 seconds when Hamada hit a Hamada Cutter on Dragon for the pinfall

 

-4. Genichiro Tenryu over Ryuji Hijikata at 2 minutes 25 seconds via pinfall

 

-5. The Gladiator & Gigantes (The Wall) over Satoshi Kojima & Kaz Hayashi at 12 minutes 44 seconds when Gigantes hit a chokeslam on Hayashi for the pin

 

-6. Jimmy Yang, Masa Fuchi & Keiji Mutoh over Arashi, Nobutaka Araya & Nobukazu Hirai at 19 minutes 28 seconds when Yang used his Yang Time finish on Hirai

 

 

On February 14th at Nagasaki City Gym with 1,850 paid attendance:

 

-1. Masa Fuchi over Taichi Ishikari at 11 minutes 23 seconds via tap-out

 

-2. Nobutaka Araya over Jimmy Yang at 9 minutes 39 seconds with an avalanche brainbuster for the pinfall

 

-3. Hideki Hosaka & Ryuji Hijikata over Yuki Ishikawa & Kazushi Miyamoto at 9 minutes 29 seconds when Hijikata used a chicken-wing Miyamoto for the tap-out

 

-4. Gran Hamada & Extreme Blade (Elix Skipper) over Kendo Kashin & Spriggun at 11 minutes 45 seconds when Hamada hit a diamond cutter on Spriggun for the pin

 

-5. Arashi & The Gladiator (Mike Awesome) over Satoshi Kojima & Yuto Aijima at 16 minutes 2 seconds when Arashi landed a Frog Splash on Kojima for the pin

 

-6. Genichiro Tenryu over Tomoaki Honma at 3 minutes 12 seconds with a lariat for the pin

 

-7. Big John Tenta, Gigantes ( formally WCW’s Wall) & Nobukazu Hirai over Keiji Mutoh, Kaz Hayashi & Shigeo Okumura at 16 minutes 54 seconds when Gigantes hit a chokeslam on Hayashi for the pinfall

 

* New Japan Pro Wrestling: *

 

Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Jim Steele were both injured on the 12/2 Okayama house show, with the later suffering the most. Steele is expected to be out for around six months, while Tenzan will work through the head injury. The proposed 16/2 IWGP tag titles match between Masa Chono & Tenzan versus Steele and Mike Barton has been scrapped, and rescheduled for Chono and Tenzan versus Kazunari Murakami Tadao Yasuda on 16/2…

 

…the card for the 16/2 show is as follows;

 

--Super Jr. elimination match: Jadoh, Gedoh, El Samurai Justin Liger & Koji Kanemoto versus Super Crazy, Curry Man, Tiger Mask IV , Masahito Kakihara & Minoru Tanaka

-- Shinsuke Nakamura versus Kazunari Murakami

-- Michiyoshi Ohara, Tatsutoshi Goto & Hiro Saito versus Makai Club Masks

-- Manabu Nakanishi versus Hiroshi Tanahashi

-- Blue Wolf & Yuji Nagata versus Perry Saturn & Josh Barnett

-- Masa Chono & Hiroyoshi Tenzan versus Kazunari Murakami & Tadao Yasuda for the vacant IWGP tag titles

-- Yoshihiro Takayama versus Ryushi Yanagisawa for the NWF Heavyweight title

They’ll be a full run-down of the show in the next edition of the TWO newsletter

 

House show results;

 

On February 11th at Gifu Industry Hall, Nagoya with 3,000 paid attendance:

 

-1. Blue Wolf over Naofumi Yamamoto at 5 minutes 25 seconds via tap-out

 

-2. Super Crazy & Curry Man over Jadoh & Gedoh at 10 minutes 54 seconds when Crazy landed a moonsault body-press on Jadoh for the pin

 

-3. Perry Saturn, Tatsutoshi Goto & Hiro Saito over Toru Yano, Yutaka Yoshie & Osamu Nishimura at 13 minutes 47 seconds when Saturn used a death valley bomb on Yano for the pinfall

 

-4. El Samurai, Jushin Liger & Koji Kanemoto over Tiger Mask IV, Akira Nogami & Heat at 13 minutes 10 seconds when Samurai used a chicken-wing arm lock on TM IV for the tap-out

 

-5. Josh Barnett over Masahito Kakihara at 5 minutes 44 seconds with a cross heel-hook for the tap-out

 

-6. Makai Masks 4 & 5 over Takashi Iizuka & Manabu Nakanishi at 6 minutes 44 seconds via disqualification when Iizuka tried to rip 5’s mask off

 

-7. Yoshihiro Takayama, Minoru Fujita & Shinya Makabe over Makai Masks 1 & 2 and Ryushi Yanagisawa at 7 minutes 37 seconds when Takayama used a German Suplex Hold on 2 for the pin

 

-8. In the IWGP Tag Tournament #1 contender's final, Mike Barton & Jim Steele over Tadao Yasuda & Kazunari Murakami at 4 minutes 49 seconds via disqualification when Murakami got DQ'd for continuous run-ins (Barton & Steele will face Chono & Tenzan for the tag titles on 16/2 at Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo)

 

-9. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Masa Chono over Shinsuke Nakamura & Yuji Nagata at 15 minutes 32 seconds when Tenzan used the TTD (AKA Tenzan Tombstone Driver) on Nakamura for the pin

 

 

On February 12th at Okayama City Gym with 2,800 paid attendance:

 

-1. Ryusuke Taguchi over Naofumi Yamamoto at 6 minutes 30 seconds with a crab hold for the tap-out

 

-2. Perry Saturn over Toru Yano in 6 minutes 35 seconds when Saturn hit a death valley bomb for the pin

 

-3. Tatsutoshi Goto & Akira Nogami over El Samurai & Kengo Kimura at 10 minutes 13 second when Goto landed a back-drop suplex on Samurai for the pin

 

-4. Jadoh, Gedoh, Jushin Liger & Koji Kanemoto over Super Crazy, Curry Man, Tiger Mask IV & Akira Nogami at 11 minutes 23 seconds when Jadoh used a cross-face hold on Crazy for the tap-out

 

-5. Josh Barnett over Hiro Saito at 3 minutes 37 seconds with a jumping leg kick for a TKO (referee stoppage)

 

-6. Makai Masks 2, 4 and 5 over Masahito Kakihara, Blue Wolf & Takashi Iizuka at 9 minutes 58 seconds when 5 used a front sleeper hold on Kakihara for the tap-out

 

-7. Mike Barton & Jim Steele over Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Osamu Nishimura at 11 minutes 5 seconds when Barton used a "Barton Buster" (brain-buster) on Tenzan for the pin

 

-8. Tadao Yasuda, Ryushi Yanagisawa & Kazunari Murakami over Yutaka Yoshie, Shinsuke Nakamura & Yuji Nagata at 13 minutes 10 seconds when Yasuda used a punch to the back of Yoshie's head for the resulting pinfall

 

-9. Manabu Nakanishi, Heat & Masa Chono over Minoru Fujita, Shinya Makabe & Yoshihiro Takayama at 14 minutes 45 seconds when Nakanishi used a Torture Rack on Fujita for the tap-out

 

New Japan ran their February 15th rally at Sanjo Welfare Hall (Niigata), claiming 1,600 paid. Results:

 

1. Super Crazy & Curry Man defeated Ryusuke Taguchi & El Samurai in 11 minutes, 45 seconds when Crazy used a moonsault press on Taguchi for the win.

 

2. Shinsuke Nakamura & Osamu Nishimura went to a 15-minute draw with Toru Yano & Blue Wolf.

 

3. Koji Kanemoto, Jadoh, Gedoh, & Jushin Liger went to a double count-out in 11 minutes, 25 seconds with Akira Nogami, Tiger Mask IV, Masahito Kakihara, & Heat. Kanemoto & Nogami were the two counted out.

 

4. Josh Barnett defeated Yutaka Yoshie in 5 minutes, 42 seconds with a German Suplex Hold for the referee stoppage.

 

5. Takashi Iizuka, Tatsutoshi Goto, Hiro Saito, & Yuji Nagata defeated Makai Masks #1, #4, #5, & Kazunari Murakami in 14 minutes, 28 seconds when Iizuka used a choke sleeper on #4 for the referee stoppage.

 

6. Ryushi Yanagisawa & Tadao Yasuda defeated Shin'ya Makabe & Yoshihiro Takayama in 11 minutes, 59 seconds when Yanagisawa used a right hook on Makabe for the win.

 

7. Masa Chono & Manabu Nakanishi defeated Perry Saturn & Mike Barton in 10 minutes, 51 seconds when Chono used an STF on Saturn for the win.

 

* Pro Wrestling NOAH: *

 

In big news, worker Takao Omori has left the promotion, due to several issues, with the foremost reason being his decision to go to the States and work a dark match for WWE in late December. Owner (of NOAH) Mitsuharu Misawa wasn’t pleased with Omori’s willingness to go to the States on his own, however it’s believed that Misawa thought the dark match was going to be a televised match. Harley Race was the go-between for Omori and WWE, and not NOAH it’s self or Misawa himself which annoyed Misawa more than anything and despite the whole WWE situation, Omori had apparently been getting heat for his constant demands. On the flip-side, Omori was left on his when NOAH’s management realised he was there, and did nothing to help get him back (to Japan) so he essentially left to fend for himself (Omori eventually got help from Race, Donavan Morgan and Michael Modest).

Either way, Omori no longer works for NOAH and is expected to work Riki Choshu’s debut card against Kenzo Suzuki on 1/3 at the Yokohama Arena.

 

 

NOAH has released their mid-late February house show line-ups (not all are complete)…

 

On 16/2 in Tokyo at Korakuen Hall

-- Mitsuharu Misawa, Naoki Sano & Masao Inoue versus Kenta Kobashi, Tamon Honda & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi

-- Jun Akiyama & Akitoshi Saito versus Bison Smith & Donovan Morgan

-- Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Makoto Hashi versus KENTA & Takashi Sugiura

-- Yoshinari Ogawa versus Superstar Steve

-- Akira Taue & Yasuhiro Suzuki versus Takeshi Rikio & Naomichi Marufuji

 

On 18/2 in Kanagawa at the Yokosuka City Gym

-- Jun Akiyama, Akitoshi Saito, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Makoto Hashi versus Kenta Kobashi, Tamon Honda, Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & KENTA

-- Takeshi Rikio & Naomichi Marufuji versus Daisuke Ikeda & Takashi Sugiura

-- Mitsuharu Misawa, Yoshinari Ogawa & Naoki Sano versus Scorpio, Bison Smith & Donovan Morgan

 

On 20/2 in Aichi at Komaki Park Arena

-- Mitsuharu Misawa, Yoshinari Ogawa & Yasuhiro Suzuki versus Jun Akiyama, Akitoshi Saito & Yoshinobu Kanemaru

-- Tamon Honda & Takashi Sugiura versus Scorpio & Michael Modest

-- Kenta Kobashi, Masao Inoue & KENTA versus Takeshi Rikio, Daisuke Ikeda & Naomichi Marufuji

 

On 021/2 at the Osaka Prefectural Gym II

-- Yoshinobu Kanemaru versus Michael Modest

-- Kenta Kobashi, Tamon Honda & KENTA versus Scorpio, Donovan Morgan & Superstar Steve

-- Mitsuharu Misawa & Yasuhiro Suzuki versus Takeshi Rikio & Naomichi Marufuji

-- Jun Akiyama, Akitoshi Saito & Makoto Hashi versus Yoshihiro Takayama, Bison Smith & Takashi Sugiura

 

22/2 at Wakayama Prefectural Gym

-- Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa versus Akira Taue & Masao Inoue

-- Yoshihiro Takayama, Bison Smith & Daisuke Ikeda versus Scorpio, Donovan Morgan & ZU

-- Kenta Kobashi & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi versus Naoki Sano & Yasuhiro Suzuki

-- Tamon Honda versus KENTA

 

24/2 in Kanagawa at Sagamihara City Gym

-- Masao Inoue versus Daisuke Ikeda

-- Mitsuharu Misawa & Yasuhiro Suzuki versus Jun Akiyama & Yoshinobu Kanemaru

-- Kenta Kobashi, Tamon Honda & KENTA versus Yoshihiro Takayama, Bison Smith & Takashi Sugiura

 

26/2 in Ibaragi at Mitsukaido Citizen Gym

-- Jun Akiyama & Akitoshi Saito versus Scorpio & Donovan Morgan

-- Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa versus Bison Smith & Superstar Steve

-- Akira Taue, Naoki Sano & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi versus Yoshihiro Takayama, Daisuke Ikeda & Takashi Sugiura

 

27/2 in Shizuoka at Yaizu Citizen Gym

-- Mitsuharu Misawa, Yoshinari Ogawa & Yasuhiro Suzuki versus Kenta Kobashi, Masao Inoue & KENTA

-- Takeshi Rikio & Naomichi Marufuji versus Yoshihiro Takayama & Bison Smith

-- Jun Akiyama, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Makoto Hashi vs. Scorpio, Michael Modest & Donovan Morgan

 

1/3 in Tokyo at the Nippon Budokan Hall (this show runs against Riki Choshu’s heavily-hyped debut show)

-- Yoshinari Ogawa versus Scorpio

-- Yoshihiro Takayama versus Masao Inoue

-- Jun Akiyama & Akitoshi Saito versus Tamon Honda & Takashi Sugiura

-- Global Honoured Championship Heavyweight Title Match: Mitsuharu Misawa (champion) versus Kenta Kobashi

 

* Zero-One: *

 

ZERO-ONE announced their March 2nd (2nd anniversary) card line-up for their big show at Ryogoku Kokugikan (Sumo Hall) in Tokyo. Line-up:

 

1. Yoshito Sasaki vs. Yusaku

2. Jun Kasai & Don Arakawa vs. Shinsuke Sumiya & Fuyuki Takahashi

3. Ikuto Hidaka, Naohiro Hoshikawa, & Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs. Pentagon Viper, Paul London, & Low Ki

4. Ryoji Sai vs. Wataru Sakata

5. Kamikaze & Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. King Adamo & Steve Corino

6. Katsuhisa Fujii vs. Matt Ghaffari

7. Kohei Sato & Masato Tanaka vs. Takashi Sugiura & Daisuke Ikeda

8. Yoshihiro Takayama & Hiro Yokoi vs. Jimmy Snuka Jr. & The Predator

9. Naoya Ogawa vs. Tom Howard

10. Shinjiro Ohtani & Shin'ya Hashimoto vs. Arashi & Keiji Mutoh

 

 

Lucha Libre News - By Matt Singh

 

* EMLL: *

 

House show results;

 

On 8/1 in Immokalee:

-1. Pierrothito over Guerrito del Futuro via pinfall

-2. Virus over Nosawa via pinfall

-3. Arkangel de la Murte & Violencia over Brazo de Oro & Olimpus via pinfall

-4. Blue Demon Jr. & Felino over Averno & Mephisto via pinfall

-5. Atlantis, Negro Casas & Shocker over Blue Panther, Dr Wagner & Rey Bucanero via disqualification

 

 

Television taping results from 11/2 at the Arena Coliseo, Mexico City:

-1. Alacran & Zetta over La Flecha & Koreano

-2. Explosivo, Neutron & Star Man over Halcon Negro, Mogur & Reyes Veloz

-3. Genetico, Olimpico & Safari over Arkangel de la Muerte, Mr Mexico & Nitro

-4. Bestia Salvaje, Emilio Charles Jr. & Pierroth over Apolo Dantes, Poder Mexica & El Satanico

-5. Blue Demon Jr., Rayo de Jalisco & Villano III over Black Tiger, Blue Panther & Katsushi Takemura

-6. Violencia over Gran Markus Jr. (to retain the Metropolitan World Heavyweight title)

 

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Curt Hennig Obituary - By Matthew Singh

 

 

R.I.P Curt Hennig, 1958-2003

 

Curt Hennig’s sudden departure is one of a recent long-line of passings of many well-known pro wrestlers, as well as not-so-known names. While the passing of such names as Lou Thesz and Wahoo McDaniel will not be met with as much shock, due to their respective ages, the likes of Dave Smith (the British Bulldog), Terry Gordy and Tom Petty (Rocco Rock) all died relatively young, and in good health. This disturbing trend, it seems, shows no signs of letting up.

 

Born into the pro wrestling industry on March 28th, 1958 in Robbinsdale, Minnesota Hennig’s father Larry ‘The Axe’ Hennig was a top-draw for the Gagne’s American Wrestling Association (from 1960 to 1970) promotion out-of California and held the AWA tag team titles on three occasions with Harley Race. After graduating high school with the likes of Tom Zenk and Rick Rude (his best friend for years in and out of the industry), Hennig was trained to wrestle by legendary Verne Gagne, and made his in-ring debut in 1980. Before debuting in the AWA however, Hennig worked for the then-WWF as a top-level jobber, even starring at the lights for WWF Heavyweight champion Bob Backlund. Hennig shortly returned to the AWA, and honed his skills for the next few years before, with his tag team partner Scot Hall, won the AWA tag team titles in 1986. Hennig (and Hall) showed great promise however the following year, the AWA was showing signs of drying-up (as most territories did at that time) show owner Verne Gagne took a gamble and thrust Hennig into the spotlight, giving the nod for Hennig to go over Nick Bockwinkel on May 2nd of 1987.

 

Hennig grew into the role in a short amount of time and had a solid year+ run with the gold, before finally dropping the title to Jerry Lawler in May (1988).

 

With the territory quickly drying up, and agreeing with most people’s sentiments about the Gagne’s (that they weren’t nice people to work with), Hennig left the AWA after he dropped the top title to Lawler, and joined the WWF. Upon his arrival in the WWF, he was donned with the ‘Mr Perfect’ gimmick, a cocky heel that claimed he was an all-round superior athlete, which reality wasn’t far from the truth. The role almost seemed destined to be Hennig’s, as he carried the gimmick as well as Kurt Angle has, and like Angle, Hennig wore amateur/Olympic/traditional wrestling tights which topped off the whole clean-cut athlete look. Winning 90% of his T.V and pay-per-view matches, Hennig got over to a great extent and was one of the top three WWF heels by 1990. Hennig was then given the nod to hold the WWF Intercontinental title after the then title holder Ultimate Warrior went over Hogan for the WWF Heavyweight title. Hennig went over Tito Santana in late 1990 in a tournament to capture the vacant I.C title, and went on a legendary run putting on great matches with many.

 

Hennig was booked to drop the I.C title to Ed Leslie AKA Brutus Beefcake at Summerslam ’90, but Beefcake was injured and out of commission so WWF management brought in Kerry Von Erich as the Texas Tornado to fill the spot. However Von Erich didn’t grow into the role as management had hoped, and so the week after the 1990 Survivor Series Hennig went over the I.C champion to win the title back (with help from Ted DiBiase). Hennig would hold onto the title until Summerslam ’91, where he dropped the title to up-and-comer Bret Hart in one of the top five Summerslam matches ever, and one of the WWF’s best matches of the decade. As good as the match was, it was a bitter/sweet situation for Hennig as he suffered a back/neck injury during the match and would be forced to sit-out most of the next calendar year.

 

Hennig was kept in the mix however, being billed as Ric Flair’s ‘executive consultant’ for Flair’s program with Randy Savage over Miss Elizabeth culminating with Savage going over Flair for the top strap at WrestleMania 8. Survivor Series ’92 was scheduled to be Savage/Warrior versus Razor Ramon/Flair, however Warrior fell out of favour with management, so Hennig was picked to turn face on Flair (and Bobby Heenan who was Flair’s manager) and team with Savage to go over Flair and Ramon via disqualification in a great-heated main event. Training diligently, Hennig would make a fulltime comeback shortly after and was scheduled to work a program with Flair, but Flair soon upped and left for WCW, but not before being asked to put Hennig over with Flair starring at the lights for Hennig in a ‘loser leaves the WWF’ match on an episode of Raw Is War in early 1993.

 

Over the next three years Hennig would slowly be phased down, putting over other workers like Lex Luger, Brett Hart and Shawn Michaels, and was booked to work a match at Survivor Series ’93 that never came fruition as Hennig’s back/neck injury started to flame-up again, so the match was off.

A babyface Hennig returned at WrestleMania 10 to referee a tournament match between Yokozuna and Lex Luger, only to disqualify Luger and turn heel.

 

Leaving television screens again shortly after, Hennig’s working relationship with WWF management took somewhat of a nosedive and was kept mainly out of the spotlight for the rest of his first WWF tenure, before leaving in 1996 after a nothing program with Hunter Hearst Helmsley and Marc Mero. Like many, in 1997, he soon joined WCW and debuted in July (as a face) and teamed with Diamond Dallas Page to face Scott Hall and Randy Savage. Mid-way through the match Hennig ditched his partner and headed to the locker room, as the seeds of a heel turn were planted. Hennig was offered a spot in the Four Horsemen soon after, but instead joined heel faction n.W.o, joining at 1997’s Fall Brawl War Games match after slamming the cage door on Ric Flair’s head. Going over Steve McMicheal for the WCW U.S title the following night on Monday Nitro, Hennig had an average-at-best three months stint before dropping the title.

 

The rest of his WCW run was unremarkable, with the only notable role being a member of the unexpectedly over West Texas Rednecks with Kendal and Barry Windham and Bobby Duncum Jr. In late 1999 Vince Russo jumped to the promotion and made it clear Hennig wasn’t going to be used and was released from his WCW contract in mid-2000. Working independents for the rest of 2000, Hennig joined up-start promotion XWF and touted as one of it’s top stars, which is assumed as the reason the WWF (re)hired him in early 2002, slated to make his comeback at the 2002 Royal Rumble, which he did. However, clearly lacking what it took to be a “sports entertainer”, Hennig was going nowhere fast, and coupled with the now-infamous ‘plane ride from hell’, in which Hennig shoot-challenged Brock Lesnar to a amateur match, Hennig was given his marching orders again. Wrestling independents and working a few matches for NWA:TNA, Hennig was doubtless in the final stages of a great career until he was found unconscious on Monday afternoon, just a few hours prior to a show promoted by Jimmy Hart.

 

Curt Hennig passed before his time, but leaves a legacy that will stand the toughest test of all, time.

 

R.I.P Curt Hennig, 1958-2003

 

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