“OPENING NAVIGATION ~ CONCLUSION”
March 30th, 2013 (SkyDirecTV)
Tokyo – Korakuen Hall (2,000)
6-MAN TAG: BIFU, Kenta Urinoe & Akio Kuriyama vs. Minoru Hirota, BYAKURAI & Yuji Shibata
Some great action to open this fantastic show as BIFU dominates this first contest. That is until Shibata enters the fray and turns the tide. Urinoe gets into the mix and is double-teamed by Shibata and Hirota, forcing him to tag out to Kuriyama. But Kuriyama is destroyed by Shibata and BYAKURAI comes in to almost seal the win, but BIFU breaks things up. BIFU goes on a rampage and flattens Hirota for the pin, although Shibata almost broke it up.
Ryo Unikawa vs. Yoshihiro Ojima
This was a pretty even contest, both men had spells during which they were in control. But it was after the bell sounded that most of the action occurred. In the end Unikawa pinched the win with a roll-up and Ojima was less than pleased, beginning a brutal assault on his opponent that included a vicious chair shot. Adam Stryker and Jason Richards rushed the ring and made the save, forcing Ojima to flee. The two Americans helped Unikawa to his feet and offered him an E.N.D t-shirt, but before Unikawa could make his decision Ojima returned, with OMEGA and Genji in tow. Blood Circle attempted to destroy Go Strong and Unikawa but the three friends stood firm and saw off their attackers. After Blood Circle left, with their tails between their legs, Unikawa picked up the t-shirt and put it on, officially becoming a part of E.N.D!
Katsutoshi di Limones vs. Hiroki Kokubun
This was a funny and entertaining match, which Kokubun eventually (and expectedly) won by pinfall. Katsutoshi has been putting on some great displays since arriving in FRONTLINE but his record shows no wins as of yet. But to the fans this doesn’t matter as he’s becoming a firm comedy favourite.
GFC JAPANESE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL MATCH: Kenta Yamashita vs. Hiroshi Takahashi
The first of our semi-finals pitted two great athletes against each other. Yamashita was not expecting to progress in this tournament but he has, against the odds some may say, because of an easy draw others may retort. But whatever the reason for his being here Yamashita was fired up for this one and actually made short work of his opponent. Takahashi is a junior who is making the step up to the heavyweight division, possibly a little too soon as his inexperience showed as he fell victim to a bridging German suplex that won Yamashita this match. Yamashita looked overjoyed that he has progressed all the way to the final!
GFC JAPANESE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL MATCH: Great Sato vs. Kazuki Suzuki
The second semi-final was almost the polar opposite to the first, a close encounter that was hard hitting and lasted until very near the time limit. It was back and forth and, at times, became a vicious brawl with both men desperate to become the first FRONTLINE champion. The problem for Sato was that once things become vicious there’s only going to be one winner and that’s the Blood General, Kazuki Suzuki. It took Suzuki three Blood Bombs but he finally put away his long standing rival and advances to the final, but how will he fair against Yamashita considering this brutal match?
IS OOKAMI WORTHY? GOLD HOUSE TRIAL MATCH:OOKAMI no Chi vs. Ken20
OOKAMI has been impressing people in her first few matches here in FRONTLINE and now she goes one-on-one with her cousin, Ken20, in an effort to prove her worth. And she did exactly that, she took this match to Ken20 and was on the front foot for most of the contest. But Ken20 knows enough of how to stay in a match and wasn’t going to be put away easily in this one. Ken20 got himself back into contention with a well timed missile dropkick, reversing a superplex effort from OOKAMI and making the most of his opportunity. But OOKAMI’s been learning and she too did well to make things difficult for her cousin. OOKAMI looked to have regained the advantage and was set to finish things off when the bell sounded and this one ends in a time limit draw.
Blood Circle get involved
After the match, Ken20 and OOKAMI stared at each other in disbelief, then bowed. Then they laughed and hugged each other, which gave the audience a feel-good moment. However, they were interrupted by Blood Circle’s music! Black Dragon emerged with a microphone. He took a couple of shots at Gold House, in particular mocking Ken20 for dancing through hoops for a man who couldn’t even progress past the first round of the championship tournament. He moved on to telling OOKAMI that in his own match with her, he was impressed, but she has a lot to learn. He informed her that Blood Circle can teach her how to win while all Gold House can teach her is how to suck up to someone who tapped out on the last show.
Ken20 implored OOKAMI not to listen, and told her that Blood Circle are nothing but liars and cheats. TPW fans might remember that when Ken20 first joined, Blood Circle propositioned him this way as well, and that Ken20 and Black Dragon have had quite the rivalry of their own over the years. Black Dragon ignored Ken20 this time, however, telling OOKAMI that Kazuki Suzuki was willing to meet with her, and that he was considering offering her membership in Blood Circle. Her cousin begged her not to be a fool. She didn’t respond to either of them, though – she just walked out while Ken20 and Black Dragon stared daggers at each other.
Laurel Anne Hardy is backstage, standing before the interview banner. Despite her flamboyant attire and makeup, her expression is all business.
“As mind-blowingly complex as my art is, I myself am a very simple person. I don’t mean I’m stupid, I just mean that what you see is what you get with me. I’ve never hidden anything. Yes, I am Laurel Anne Hardy. I am Laurel Guerra. And I was one-eighth of The Asylum, the group which tore GEW apart, and targeted Troy Gafgen when he was the figurehead for everything wrong with that company. Do I think our cause was worthwhile? Yes, I still do. Do I feel remorse for how we went about it? Yes, I do. I’ve made mistakes in my life, I’ll willingly admit that. I’ve burned bridges. I’ve done things I’m not proud of. Haven’t we all, Troy? But some of us learn from our mistakes and try to become better people. I have my art. I have my quest to prove myself the most visionary creator of spectacle in wrestling. The crusades and the mind games and the sneak attacks are a thing of the past. But for old times’ sake, Troy, I’ll give you one last arse-kicking tonight.”
Troy Gafgen vs Saiko Yunokawa
Saiko said she wanted to give Troy an “arse-kicking” and for the opening moments of this match that’s exactly what happened. But then Troy got back into contention and began to dominate, a sidewalk slam almost getting him the victory. Saiko fought back, her “Party Hardy: The Hangover” gained her a two count. Yunokawa then went for Stronger Than Dirt but missed, and Gafgen rolled her up for another two. The match went back and forth for a while until The Poseidon Misadventure gained another near fall for Saiko. This just seemed to fire up Gafgen, however, and he rallied back with a Chaos Theory Neckbreaker and a Powerbomb. Saiko tried to fight back but Troy blocked the Flower Plower Mk.III and countered with the Hellavator for a pinfall victory.
Ryan Kidd vs. Tokihiko Yokoyama
The first of two teacher/student style matches pitted the American Ryan Kidd against former TPW Champion Yokoyama. Kidd tried to use his youth and speed advantage to put Yokoyama away early but the old timer wouldn’t go down that easily and fought back with his signature hammer punches and a Mongolian chop that rocked Kidd long enough for Yokoyama to roll him up for two. Kidd struck back with the Sudden Impact Superkick which almost won him the match, and then the Breakdown which led to a longer pin… but Yokoyama was smart enough to get a foot up on the ropes! Kidd argued with the referee and while he wasn’t paying attention Yokoyama grabbed him and tied him up in the Gorilla Clutch, leading to a submission win!
Ryoichi Karasuma vs. Hiro Yuko
Despite the insults thrown his way in the weeks building up to this contest, Yuko still offers a handshake out of respect, but Karasuma will have no part of it. They lock-up to start the match, Yuko turns it into a waistlock, but Karasuma brushes him off with a stiff elbow. Tie-up, this time Yuko goes for an arm wrench, Karasuma rocks Yuko with another elbow shot, but Yuko hangs on and applies a hammerlock. Karasuma violently shakes Yuko off, increasingly annoyed by the garbage worker’s attempts at technical wrestling. Karasuma fires off a palm strike, but Yuko catches the hand pulling him into another arm wrench. Yuko pushes Karasuma into the corner; Karasuma reverses positions with Yuko though and slaps him in the face. Snapping, Yuko answers with a slap of his own. The two exchange a series of brutal chops. Karasuma comes out on top of the exchange, catching Yuko across the throat, and starts to go for a discus punch, only to have Yuko drag the fist into another wristlock. Furious, Karasuma head butts Yuko, but the mute answers by pulling the veteran over with a wrist clutch exploder suplex for a 2 count. Yuko lifts Karasuma up with a side headlock, Karasuma Irish whips out of it and the two collide with no result. Yuko charges off the ropes, goes under Karasuma’s chop attempt, and rebounds back, but Karasuma catches him with a jumping knee. Looking to put Yuko in his place, Karasuma attempts to finish things early, going for the Strangle Hold Alpha. Not wanting a repeat of Power Wrestling episode 2, Yuko gets to the ropes before Karasuma can lock in the hold. Staring down in contempt, Karasuma kicks Yuko in the face.
As Yuko struggles to get to his feet, Karasuma knocks him into the corner with an elbow smash. Karasuma chops away, but Yuko absorbs the blows and once again chops him back. The two trade shots until Yuko levels Karasuma with a shortarm lariat. Karasuma rolls out of the ring to collect himself, but slides back in just as Yuko goes flying out, missing a suicide dive. Favoring his neck from the landing, Yuko rolls back into the ring. Catching Yuko, Karasuma kicks “The Hurricane” in the stomach, winding him, before kicking away at the ribs. Karasuma goes for his abdominal stretch – the cobra twist – but Yuko applies a headlock as the two jockey for position. Karasuma comes out on top, but Yuko grabs the middle rope, again forcing the break. Karasuma hangs on to the twist for a four count before letting go; upon separation, the two immediately start trading forearm blows. Karasuma sidesteps a dropkick, diving onto Yuko with a knee drop to the ribs. A cover gets a 1 count. A running knee drop gets 2. A capture suplex gets 2.5 before Yuko gets his foot on the ropes. The crowd are on the edge of their seats as Karasuma calls for the Strangle Hold Alpha. Before Karasuma can assure victory, Yuko weakly chops away the veteran’s grasp. Finding some life left in the mute, Karasuma looks knowingly to his fans before calling for the SAMURAI Bomb. A few kneestrkes break Yuko down, and then Karasuma hoists him up for the bomb – only to have Yuko rana him down. Crossing his legs into a triangle choke, Yuko shifts into the EYE OF THE STORM, dragging grizzled veteran around the canvas, looking for the submission. Karasuma’s face turns purple from lack of oxygen, but any questions about submitting are answered with curses.
Giving up on the Storm, Yuko covers for 2.5. A standing moonsault gets 2 before Karasuma grabs the ropes. Yuko punches Karasuma’s arm to get him away from the ropes, standing on the arm as he gets up. Climbing up the far corner, Yuko calls for his flying spinning heel kick – The Cyclone Fury – and waits for Karasuma to drag himself back up. Flashbulbs go over in anticipation of the finish as Yuko dives off with The Fury, but Karasuma brings up his arms to block the at the last minute. The impact of the move still takes the former Tokyo Pro foundation off his feet; a cover gets 2.5. Yuko goes for a cross armbreaker, but Karasuma makes it to the ropes. Yuko kicks Karasuma in the right arm, but Karasuma fires back with vicious chops from his good arm. Another brutal kick to the arm knocks Karasuma into the corner, Yuko following in with a running boot. As Karasuma staggers out, Yuko takes him down with The Storm Warning… almost getting a 3 count. Yuko starts to go for the Eye of the Storm when Karasuma fights back again with chops and delivers an Ace Breaker. Heavily favoring his right arm, Karasuma awkwardly gets Yuko up in the air for a Jumping Capture suplex that gets 2. The arena explodes as Karasuma locks Yuko in the Strangle Hold Alpha!!! The referee checks on Yuko, but the mute refuses to answer questions of submission. The announcers spend a good minute and a half questioning how long Yuko can hang on before Karasuma releases the hold and covers… 2.999999!!!! Breathing hard the old man points to the top rope, before hoisting Yuko up on his shoulder. Flashbulbs again ripple through the arena as Karasuma goes up top with Yuko on his back… Super Capture Suplex!!! …Is reversed into the Eye of the Storm!!! Both men hit the canvas hard with Yuko cranking back on his rolling triangle choke. Again Karasuma defiantly swears at the referee for question if he’d like to quit. Letting go of the hold, a frustrated Yuko notices the timekeeper staring more intently than usual at his watch, a hammer very close to the bell. Time limit almost up, and not wanting a draw, Yuko puts Karasuma’s right arm in a cross armbreaker. As Karasuma doesn’t know the meaning of the word quit, with no other choice, Yuko rips back on the arm, wrenching it out of the socket. A second twist clearly breaks the bone below the elbow. A hush falls over the crowd as the referee looks down at Karasuma’s broken arm; then calls for the bell.
After the match, despite the broken arm Karasuma complains to the referee, questioning why he stopped it. Hiro Yuko attempts to apologize, but the maimed Karasuma seems ready for round two, and its only the concerned wrestlers and EMTs between the two that are stopping him. As Hiro Yuko walks out of the arena, a good third of the crowd clap, won over by his performance; the other two thirds of the crowd, the fans that came over with Tokyo Pro, the ones that grew up cheering on Karasuma – look ready to kill him.
GFC TAG-TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Adam Stryker & Jason Richards vs. Takeshi Genji & OMEGA
This match has been a long time coming, ever since Blood Circle made an unscheduled appearance at the Pro-Wrestling FRONTIER Frontline event and attacked the E.N.D. This was originally scheduled to be a six-man tag, with Yamashita and Suzuki on opposing sides. But with their success in the championship tournament this has become a regular tag, but with the added intensity brought by the GFC Tag-Team Championships being on the line!
Blood Circle were embarrassed by Go Strong earlier in the night and were looking for vengeance, but Stryker and Richards were focussed and determined to leave with the titles. They also had Sylar Drake and Ryo Unikawa on the outside, making sure the rest of Blood Circle didn’t get involved. And that’s exactly what happened, quite early on. Black Dragon and Ojima made their way down to the ring, but were met head on by Drake and Unikawa. They eventually chased Blood Circle up the entrance ramp and all four disappeared into the back, leaving the match as a simple two-on-two.
In the ring it was all Go Strong, they dominated their Blood Circle rivals and had the match wrapped up in quick time. In the end a Canadian Backbreaker from Stryker and a Diving Double Foot Stomp from Richards on Genji finished them off and Stryker kept OMEGA at bay while Richards made the pin. Go Strong are the first ever GFC Tag-Team Champions!
GFC JAPANESE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL MATCH: Kenta Yamashita vs. Kazuki Suzuki
Another match that has been building since Yamashita’s return to Japan, made all the bigger by its setting in the title tournament. Suzuki went through a hell of a match earlier in the night and was visibly more tired in this one, but his brain is still sharp as anything and he countered and reversed his way out of anything Yamashita threw at him. He tried to go for the Blood Bomb early, hoping to end the match before he tired even further, but Yamashita rolled through into a sunset flip and got a cheeky two count. This only seemed to fire Suzuki up further and he became more brutal, connecting with clubbing blows, elbows and knees as well as a huge lariat that Jun Ikeda himself would have been proud of. But this only scored him a two count. Yamashita was on the back foot, being forced to escape and evade to stay in the contest. Suzuki was a man possessed and took Yamashita down with his own Wrist Clutch Exploder suplex before stomping on Yamashita’s ankle. With Kenta’s ankle taking a beating he was slower to move, taking away his freshness advantage over his opponent. He tried a Shining Kenka Kick which connected beautifully but when he tries to follow up with a Fisherman DDT his ankle gives way and both men crash to the canvas. Suzuki sweeps the ankle from under Yamashita as he attempts to get back up, and then locks in the Heel Hold! Suzuki again using Yamashita’s own move against him but Yamashita refuses to submit. Suzuki transitions from the ankle to the waist and hoists Kenta into the air. Reverse powerbomb! And right back to the heel hold! This time Yamashita taps and Kazuki Suzuki is crowned the new GFC Japanese Heavyweight Champion!