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Sasaki wins IWGP World title


By JOHN MOLINARO -- SLAM! Wrestling

IWGP World Champion Kensuke Sasaki. Photo courtesy Masanori Horie.
Kensuke Sasaki defeated Genichiro Tenryu today at New Japan Pro Wrestling's annual Tokyo Dome show to win the IWGP World Heavyweight title. A reported crowd of 63,500 fans saw the title tilt which ended after 14:43 of action. Sasaki secured the pin with his signature move, the Northern Lights Bomb.

 This is Sasaki's second reign as IWGP champ, winning the title for the first time on August 31st, 1997 defeating Shinya Hashimoto. Sasaki held the title for eight months before dropping it to Tatsumi Fujinami.

 North American fans would best remember Sasaki from his brief run as WCW US Heavyweight champion in late 1995.

 Tenryu had won the IWGP title last month in Osaka becoming only the second man to win both the IWGP Heavyweight title and All Japan Pro Wrestling's Triple Crown title (Vader was the first).

 In the battle of former IWGP World champions, Masahiro Chono defeated rival Keiji Muto via STF submission. Shinya Hashimoto and Takashi Iizuka defeated Kazunari Murakami and Naoya Ogawa. Hashimoto fored Ogawa to submit with a chicken-wing armlock, setting up a return match between the two at New Japan's next Tokyo Dome show in April.

 In a real shocker, IWGP Junior Heavyweight champion Jushin 'Thunder' Liger defeated Koji Kanemoto in under four minutes. Liger and Chris Benoit challenged IWGP Junior Tag champs Shinjiro Otani and Tatsuhito Takaiwa after the match, an indication that Benoit will return for future matches this year in New Japan. Otani and Takaiwa retained their titles defeating Kendo Ka Shin and Minoru Tanaka.

 Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeated WCW star Chris Benoit. This was reported as one of the best matches of the night. Rick Steiner pinned Randy Savage after a low blow and Scott Norton defeated Don Frye with a powerbomb.

 Other results saw Kimo defeated Kazuyuki Fujita by DQ, Kazuo Yamazaki lost his retirement match to Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi (former WCW star Kurosawa) defeated the debuting Kenzo Suzuki and Shiro Koshinaka defeated Satoshi Kojima via pinfall.

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