Tossing Salt - 10/08/03
What's up, my friends. Welcome to the jungle! I'm listen to Guns and Roses while I write this! What ever happened to those guys anyhow? Last I heard, Axl was touring with a bunch of wanna-be's and the rest of the GNR crew (Slash, Duff, Izzy, & Matt) were working together on something they were just refering to as "the project". They were a helluva band - just too much talent mixed with too much ego gone bad! If anyone can tell me what's up with GNR these days, give me a buzz!
I'm Doug M., the Wrestling Informer's resident degenerate back again with another look at the far east in another fun-filled edition of "Tossing Salt - Wrestling News from the Land of the Rising Sun".. I apologize in advance for the shortness, but things have really been quiet in the land of Godzilla. There's just not much going on. But I'll never let a little thing like lack of news stop me. No way!
I've got some news from Dai Nihon involving a very special match, plus a little something on the state of wrestling's popularity in Japan, and of course, some match results. Plus yesterday was a very important day in the history of Japanese wrestling. So, lets get to it with:
Dai Nihon has announced a very strange "special match" for the 10/14 show to be held at Kurakuen Hall. Nicolai (a frog puppet on Samauri TV played by famous sports writer Hirotsuga Suyama) will wrestle against WWS wrestler Kuro-inu. This is basically the equilivent of Mr. Socko having a match against Steven Richards. It'll be interesting to see how Dai Nihon manage to pull this match off.
The U-Style promotion's Kurokuen Hall show on Monday night in Tokyo bombed miserably. Only 480 fans came to see the event, even though there was no oppostion running in the Tokyo area. They did a one night tournament to determine the opponent for Kiyoshi Tamura at the 12/9 show. All the results from this event will be along in just a little bit.
K-1 still has plenty of tickets available for their 10/11 show at the Osaka Dome. They have announced a main event of Bob Sapp (who will also be involved at the New Japan Tokyo Dome show on 10/13) versus Remy Bonjasky. They are hoping for an audience of about 30,000 plus in attendance, but the way tickets are selling now, they will be lucky to have a crowd of 20,000.
New Japan still has tickets available for their Tokyo Dome show on 10/13 featuring the return of Hulk Hogan (accompanied by Jimmy Hart) versus Masa Chono. They were expecting and are still hoping for a sell-out but the tickets are moving much more slowly than originally anticipated.
A quick reminder: WWE Smackdown GM Stephanie McMahon will be guesting on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on Thursday night on ABC. Check your local listings for the correct time, but in most areas - it's 12:05a.m. EST.
If you live in the Totowa, NJ area and want to meet osme of the all-time legends and great of professional wrestling - there will be a Fan Slam event on 12/6/03 at the Holiday Inn in Totowa, NJ.
Some of the names scheduled to appear include "Dr. D." David Shultz, The Missing Link, Bill Apter, Ted DiBiase, The Road Warriors, Ivan Putski, Koko B. Ware, and Kamala with more to be announced later. For more info on this event - go check out www.fanslamwrestling.com. It's sure to be exciting and a great time for everyone.
This piece of news isn't Japanese, but it's of an international nature and I'm not picky. Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) is planning to run a show on 10/25 in Pistola, Italy. SOme of the matches announced so far include:
Tables Match - Nate Hatred versus Nick Gage
Ladder Match - Sonjay Dutt versus B-Boy
Trent Acid versus Ruckis
Messiah versus John Zandig
CZW usually runs shows in the northeastern US, so an international show of this magnitude is something pretty big for them. For more information - go check out www.czwwrestling.it.
And now - a quick look back in time:
October 7, 1957 - Lou Thesz meets Rikidozan in Tokyo for the first ever NWA World Championship Match ever held in Japan. The match ended in a sixty minute draw...
October 9, 1986 - Antonio Inoki pins former Boxing World Champion Leon Spinx in the 8th round of a wrestler/boxer bout in Tokyo before a sell out crowd of 11,520 fans.
And while I'm thinking of it, a big shout out and a Happy Birthday to Matt Damon who turns 33 today. Chevy Chase turns 60 today as well.
Back in 1982, on October 9 - Nick Bockwinkle defeated German wrestling legend Otto Wanz in Chicago, IL to regain the AWA World Heavyweight Championship. Otto had won the title from Bockwinkle in St. Paul, MN on 8/29/82 - shocking the wrestling world. But ever the stubborn and resiliant champ, Bockwinkle managed to get his title back.
And now - lets see some
U-STYLE 10/6/03 Tokyo, Japan Kurokuen Hall
Attendance: 480 fans
Katsushisa Fujii beat Ryu Echigo in 3:31
Kazuki Okubo over Manabu Nara in 16:08
Kyosube Sasaki defeated Naoki Kimura in 6:14
Hiroyuki Ito stopped Ryuki Ueyama in 12:24
Katsuhisa Fujii beat Kazuki Okubo in 4:19
Kyosuke Sasaki defeated Hiroyuko Ito in 10:42
Katsuhisa Fujii beat Kyosuke Sasaki in 9:47
DAI NIHON 10/7/03 Ehime, Japan Uwejima Building
Dai Kokubo over Yuichi Taniguchi in 9:27
GOSAKU beat Mister Dai Nihon in 8:32
Shadow WX over Junji Tanaka in 10:51
MEN'S Teioh & Daisuke Sekimoto beat Kintaro Kanemura & Katsuma Inoue in 14:50
Ryuji Ito & Abdullah Kobayashi beat Mad Man Pondo & 2 Tuff Tony in 17:45
TORYU-MON 10/07/03 Shizuoka, Japan Kira Messe Aumazu
Taru, Don Fujii, & SUWA beat Genki Horiguchi, K-ness, and Susumu Yokosuka in 4:30
BATAyan bested Stalker Ichikawa in 6:10
YOSSINO over YASSHI in 8:58
Dotti Shuji defeated Anthony W. Morii in 3:40
JUN & CIMA beat Second Doi & Masaaki Mochizuki in 13:52
Milano Collection AT & Magnum Tokyo beat Kenichiro Arai & Dragon Kid in 13:38
DAI-NIHON 10/08/03 Ehime, Japan
Junji Tanaka beat Katsumasa Inoue in 10:43
Daikokubo Benkei was declared the winner when 2 Tuff Tony was DQ'ed in 7:14
MEN'S Teioh & Mister Dai Nihon beat Shadow WX and Mad Man Pondo in 12:31
Daisuke Sekimoto beat Yuichi Taniguchi in 7:27
BARBED WIRE BOARD STREET FIGHT DEATH MATCH
Abdullah Kubayoshi & GOSAKU defeated Ryuji Ito & Kintaro Kanemura
Well, that's it friends! As usual, I had a great time and I hope the experience has been a good one for you as well. No cheap plugs this time - but if I was to throw in a cheap plug, I'd tell you to check out www.heartbreakheaven.com for the best HBK sight on the net.
I'd also throw a shout out to my peeps at DXSI - Suck It!! The best damn chat group on yahoo. It's true -it's damn true. You haven't lived until you hear the rants of Suzie Q. talking Smack and getting RAW. It's just too funny. But we all know I'm way above inserting cheap plugs in my column! Yeah! Right!
Don't be shy! If you have any questions, comments, or anything to say - let me hear from you at either Doug28352@yahoo.com or at DougMaynard@wrestlinginformer.net. I want to hear from all of you loyal Informants. And on that note, until next time - I'm Doug M. and I'll see ya later. Take it light!