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NJPW Tour Closer in Aichi, 12/12/04. Titles decided...
by Robert Heard on 12 December 2004 1:12 pm


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In todays tour closer NJPW went to Aichi to decide the fate of the IWGP Heavyweight title and also the bearer of the IWGP Jr Heavyweight champion...

Here are the results...

NJPW, 12/12/04
Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium
9,000 Fans - Super No Vacancy

1. Naofumi Yamamoto beat Yujiro (8:06) with a crab hold.
2. El Samurai & Katsuhiko Nakajima beat Ryusuke Taguchi & Hirooki Goto (11:55) when Nakajima used a German suplex hold on Taguchi.
3. Toru Yano beat Hiroshi Nagao (5:27) with a scrap buster.
4. Koji Kanemoto & Tiger Mask beat Jado & Gedo (12:35) when Tiger used a Japanese leg roll clutch hold on Jado.
5. Tatsutoshi Goto & Masayuki Naruse beat Yutaka Yoshie & Blue Wolf (11:22) when Naruse used a sleeper hold on Yoshie.
6. Riki Choshu & Tomohiro Ishii beat Takashi Iizuka & Togi Makabe (3:52) when Choshu used a Scorpion Deathlock on Makabe.
7. Genichiro Tenryu & Minoru Suzuki beat Manabu Nakanishi & Jushin Thunder Liger (13:13) when Tenryu used a lariat on Liger.
8. Yuji Nagata, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Shinsuke Nakamura beat Masahiro Chono, Scott Norton & Mitsuya Nagai (17:13) when Tanahashi used an inside cradle on Norton.
9. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title: Heat (c) beat Wataru Inoue (18:51) with a cross armbreaker (11th defense).
10. IWGP Heavyweight Title: Hiroyoshi Tenzan beat Kensuke Sasaki (c) (31:38) with a moonsault press to become the 40th champion.

IWGP Title History

1. (6/12/87 @ Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan) Antonio Inoki beat Masa Saito (14:53) by pinfall (tournament final).
-- Inoki vacates on 5/2/88 due to a left leg fracture.
2. (5/8/88 @ Tokyo Ariake Colosseum) Tatsumi Fujinami beat Big Van Vader (16:02) by DQ (decision match).
-- Title is held up on 5/27/88 when Fujinami vs. Riki Choshu is a no contest.
3. (6/24/88 @ Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium) Tatsumi Fujinami (2) beat Riki Choshu (18:46) with an inside cradle (decision match).
-- Fujinami vacates on 4/5/89 to raise the value of the title in a Tokyo Dome tournament.
4. (4/24/89 @ Tokyo Dome) Big Van Vader beat Shinya Hashimoto (9:47) with an inside cradle (tournament final).
5. (5/25/89 @ Osaka Castle Hall) Salman Hashimikov beat Big Van Vader (8:45) by pinfall.
6. (7/12/89 @ Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium) Riki Choshu beat Salman Hashimikov (7:40) with a lariat.
7. (8/10/89 @ Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan) Big Van Vader (2) beat Riki Choshu (10:04) with a front cradle.
8. (8/19/90 @ Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan) Riki Choshu (2) beat Big Van Vader (11:51) with a lariat.
9. (12/26/90 @ Hamamatsu Arena) Tatsumi Fujinami (3) beat Riki Choshu (18:46) with a figure-four leglock.
10. (1/17/91 @ Yokohama Bunka Gymnasium) Big Van Vader (3) beat Tatsumi Fujinami (12:57) by pinfall.
11. (3/4/91 @ Hiroshima Sun Plaza) Tatsumi Fujinami (4) beat Big Van Vader (13:14) by pinfall.
12. (1/4/92 @ Tokyo Dome) Riki Choshu (3) beat Tatsumi Fujinami (12:11) with a lariat.
13. (8/16/92 @ Fukuoka International Center) Great Muta (Keiji Muto) beat Riki Choshu (11:26) with a moonsault press.
14. (9/20/93 @ Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium) Shinya Hashimoto beat Great Muta (20:30) with a jumping DDT.
15. (4/4/94 @ Hiroshima Green Arena) Tatsumi Fujinami (5) beat Shinya Hashimoto (14:55) with a ground Cobra Twist.
16. (5/1/94 @ Fukuoka Dome) Shinya Hashimoto (2) beat Tatsumi Fujinami (6:04) with a DDT.
17. (5/3/95 @ Fukuoka Dome) Keiji Muto (2) beat Shinya Hashimoto (21:13) with a moonsault press.
18. (1/4/96 @ Tokyo Dome) Nobuhiko Takada beat Keiji Muto (17:51) with a cross armbreaker.
19. (4/29/96 @ Tokyo Dome) Shinya Hashimoto (3) beat Nobuhiko Takada (12:53) with a triangle choke hold.
20. (8/31/97 @ Yokohama Arena) Kensuke Sasaki beat Shinya Hashimoto (16:54) with a Northern Light bomb.
21. (4/4/98 @ Tokyo Dome) Tatsumi Fujinami (6) beat Kensuke Sasaki (21:18) with a German suplex hold.
22. (8/8/98 @ Osaka Dome) Masahiro Chono beat Tatsumi Fujinami (19:53) with an STF.
-- Chono vacates on 9/21/98 due to a neck injury.
23. (9/23/98 @ Yokohama Arena) Scott Norton beat Yuji Nagata (11:11) with a powerbomb (decision match).
24. (1/4/99 @ Tokyo Dome) Keiji Muto (3) beat Scott Norton (19:01) with a figure-four leglock.
25. (12/10/99 @ Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium) Genichiro Tenryu beat Keiji Muto (26:32) with a Northern Light bomb.
26. (1/4/00 @ Tokyo Dome) Kensuke Sasaki (2) beat Genichiro Tenryu (14:43) with a Northern Light bomb.
-- Sasaki vacates on 10/9/00 after losing a non-title match to Toshiaki Kawada.
27. (1/4/01 @ Tokyo Dome) Kensuke Sasaki (3) beat Toshiaki Kawada (10:30) with a Northern Light bomb (tournament final).
28. (3/17/01 @ Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium) Scott Norton (2) beat Kensuke Sasaki (11:49) with a jumping lariat.
29. (4/9/01 @ Osaka Dome) Kazuyuki Fujita beat Scott Norton (6:43) with a sleeper hold.
-- Fujita vacates on 1/4/02 due to a damaged achilles tendon.
30. (2/16/02 @ Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan) Tadao Yasuda beat Yuji Nagata (15:15) with a front sleeper (tournament final).
31. (4/5/02 @ Tokyo Budokan Hall) Yuji Nagata beat Tadao Yasuda (15:01) with the Nagata Lock II.
32. (5/2/03 @ Tokyo Dome) Yoshihiro Takayama beat Yuji Nagata (18:17) with a German suplex.
33. (11/3/03 @ Yokohama Arena) Hiroyoshi Tenzan beat Yoshihiro Takayama (27:26) with a moonsault press.
34. (12/9/03 @ Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium) Shinsuke Nakamura beat Hiroyoshi Tenzan (12:03) with a cross armbreaker.
-- Nakamura vacates on 2/5/04 due to various injuries.
35. (2/15/04 @ Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan) Hiroyoshi Tenzan (2) beat Genichiro Tenryu (13:01) with a diving headbutt (tournament final).
36. (3/14/04 @ Yoyogi National Stadium Gymnasium #2) Kensuke Sasaki (4) beat Hiroyoshi Tenzan (15:45) with the Volcano Eruption.
37. (3/28/04 @ Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan) Bob Sapp beat Kensuke Sasaki (8:24) with a Beast bomb.
-- Sapp vacates on 6/2/04 after refusing to face his next challenger.
38. (6/5/04 @ Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium) Kazuyuki Fujita (2) beat Hiroshi Tanahashi (11:45) by KO (decision match).
39. (10/9/04 @ Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan) Kensuke Sasaki (5) beat Kazuyuki Fujita (2:29) by pinfall.
40/ (12/12/04 @ Aichi Prefectural Gym) Hiroyoshi Tenzan (3) beat Kensuke Sasaki (31:38) with a Moonsault Press)

HEAT/Minoru Tanaka - 3rd Reign as IWGP Champion, 14/12/03 to present, 11 defenses...

1. (1/24/04 @ Okinawa Prefectural Budokan) Heat beat Katsushi Takemura (17:16) with a cross armbreaker (1st defense).
2. (2/1/04 @ Hokkaido Sports Center) Heat beat Curry Man (14:27) with the Minoru Special (2nd defense).
3. (3/6/04 @ Hollywood Athletic Club, USA) Heat beat American Dragon (15:07) with the Minoru Special (3rd defense).
4. (3/28/04 @ Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan) Heat beat Koji Kanemoto (20:48) with the Minoru Special (4th defense).
5. (5/13/04 @ Tokyo Korakuen Hall) Heat beat Kengo Mashimo (9:00) with the Minoru Special (5th defense).
6. (6/26/04 @ NJPW Los Angles Dojo, USA) Heat beat Rocky Romero (11:35) with the Minoru Special (6th defense).
7. (7/19/04 @ Tsukisamu Green Dome) Heat beat Tiger Mask (12:09) with a Fisherman buster (7th defense).
8. (9/16/04 @ Miyagi Sports Center) Heat beat Ultimo Dragon (18:28) with the Minoru Special (8th defense).
9. (10/24/04 @ Kobe World Hall) Heat vs. Koji Kanemoto went to a double KO (19:24) (9th defense).
10. (11/13/04 @ Osaka Dome) Heat beat Koji Kanemoto (23:18) with the Minoru Special (10th defense).
11. (12/12/04 @ Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium) Heat beat Wataru Inoue (18:51) with a cross armbreaker (11th defense).

Source: RobertHeard@Wrestling101.com



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