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Ogawa wins Tokyo Dome showdown
By JOHN F. MOLINARO -- SLAM! Wrestling


NWA World Heavyweight champion Naoya Ogawa.
NWA World Heavyweight champion Naoya Ogawa defeated Shinya Hashimoto in the main of event of New Japan Pro Wrestling's "Dome Impact" show at the Tokyo Egg Dome today.

 Ogawa scored the win in just over 15 minutes via KO with his STO finisher. Japanese legends Antonio Inoki and Seiji Sakaguchi were at ringside for the match. Due to a pre-match stipulation, Hashimoto must now retire from wrestling. It's expected that Hashimoto will in fact not retire and that the stipulation was just part of an upcoming angle.

 Kensuke Sasaki successfully defended his IWGP World Heavyweight title defeating IWGP World Junior Heavyweight champion Jushin "Thunder" Liger. Sasaki used his signature Northern Lights Bomb to score the pinfall.

 The Sasaki-Liger contest was just one of several matches pitting a heavyweight against a junior heavyweight. Former WCW star Yuji Nagata forced 1999 Top of the Super Juniors tournament winner Kendo Ka Shin to submit to his patent Nagata Leg-lock. Heavyweight Don Frye disposed of junior heavyweight Koji Kanemoto by submission in ten minutes. Satoshi Kojima defeated Shinjiro Otani, scoring a pinfall after executing his lariat clothesline.

 In a special grudge match, Masa Chono defeated The Great Muta by DQ after Muta sprayed the referee with his fog mist.

 In a press conference prior to the show, WCW official Paul Orndorff signed Muta to a WCW contract, setting up the upcoming WCW invasion angle in New Japan. The angle will see WCW send several of their Power Plant wrestlers to New Japan, working as part of a clique headed by Muta. The angle will see a disenfranchised Muta declare war on New Japan and lead a WCW invasion on the company. Muta was accompanied to ringside for his match by WCW valet Mona.

 Last year's G1 Climax tournament champion Manabu Nakanishi, better known as Kurosawa to WCW fans, defeated Scott "Flash" Norton by submission.

 In other action, Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeated Yutaka Yoshie by pinfall and Takashi Iizuka defeated Kazunari Murakami by submission.

 Part of the show was broadcast live in Japan over the TV-Asahi national network. The card failed to sellout the Dome, drawing a disappointing crowd of 40,000 fans.

-- With files from Shootangle

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