Muto retains IWGP title in Tokyo
Full rundown of New Japan's Tokyo Egg Dome spectacular
Monday, October 11, 1999
By JOHN MOLINARO -- SLAM! Wrestling
New Japan Pro Wrestling presented its third card of 1999 at Tokyo's Egg
Dome stadium, drawing a paid crowd of 58, 000 fans as Keiji Mutoh
retained his IWGP Heavyweight title, defeating challenger Manabu
Nakanishi via cross-arm scissors submission hold.
Nakanashi, who wrestled briefly in WCW as Kurosawa, won the prestigious
annual G1 Climax tournament back in August defeating Mutoh in the
finals. As a result, he was given a monster push by booker Riki Choshu
the past few months, leading up to this title match.
In the main event, NWA World Heavyweight champion Naoya Ogawa defeated
archrival Shinya Hashimoto when Hashimoto was knocked out and could not
continue. Ogawa dropped the title to Gary Steele at the NWA's 51st
anniversary show September 25th in Charlotte, NC before regaining it on
October 2nd, in Thomaston, CT. Pre-match speculation was the Hashimoto
would win the title and defend it exclusively in Japan, but the NWA
Board of Directors did not give the green light for the title
The two have squared off twice before in the Tokyo Dome, with the first
match on April 12th, 1997 drawing over 60, 000 fans as Ogawa upset the
then IWGP Heavyweight champion in a non-title affair. The second match
on January 4th of this year before 62, 500 spectators ended in a
Jushin 'Thunder' Liger regained the IWGP Junior Heavyweight title
defeating Kendo Ka Shin. The victory marks Liger's tenth reign as
champion, and secures his legacy as one of the most decorated junior
heavyweight wrestlers in Japanese wrestling history.
In other results from the show: Japanese legend Genichiro Tenryu
defeated Kensuke Sasaki with the Northern Light Bomb to score the win.
Masahiro Chono teamed up with Don Frye to defeat Satoshi Kojima and WCW
wrestler Scott Norton. IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team champs Shinjiro
Otani and Tatsuhito Takaiwa defeated Minoru Tanaka of the Battlarts
promotion and former IWGP Junior Heavyweight champion Koji Kanemoto.
UFC combatant Kimo made quick work of Yuji Nagata, scoring a submission
victory in less than four minutes.
Tatsumi Fujinami and Shiro Koshinaka defeated Takashi Iizuka and Osamu
Kidoh, Kazuyuki Fujita defeated American Kickboxer Sean McCully and
Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeated Tatsutoshi Goto.
With files from Zach Arnold