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Fujita retains I.W.G.P. Title
By JOHN F. MOLINARO -- SLAM! Wrestling

  I.W.G.P. World Heavyweight champion Kazuyuki Fujita defeated former WCW star Yuji Nagata in the main event of New Japan Pro Wrestling's pay-per-view show today before a reported 13,200 fans at Tokyo's Nippon Budokan Hall.

  The referee stopped the match after 10:57 of brutal action. Fujita had Nagata cornered in the ropes and was delivering a series of sweeping leg kicks to his knees before nearly 'knocking him out' with a vicious knee to the head.

  This was Fujita's first marquee title defence since winning the title from Scott "Flash" Norton on April 9th in Osaka, Japan.

  In the semi-main event, Keiji Mutoh (AKA The Great Muta) defeated Hiroshi Hase in 39:08. Hase, a former I.W.G.P. World Junior Heavyweight champion, is in semi-retirement and currently wrestles on a limited basis due to his responsibilities as a member of the Japanese Diet (the equivalent of the U.S. Senate).

  All Japan Pro Wrestling stars Jinsei Shinzaki (formerly the WWF's Hakushi) and Taiyo Kea teamed up with Jushin "Thunder" Liger to defeat Akira Nogami, Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Masa Chono in 16:51 when Shinzaki forced Nogami to submit.

  The show also featured a best-of-five series between New Japan Pro Wrestling and All Japan Pro Wrestling. All Japan won the series 4-1 on the strength of victories by Masa Fuchi over El Samurai, Masahito Kakihara win over I.W.G.P. World Junior Heavyweight champion Minoru Tanaka, Mitsuya Nagai's defeat of Takashi Iizuka and Toshiaka Kawada's win over Satoshi Kojima. New Japan's only win in the series came from Manabu Nakanishi (formerly Kurosawa in WCW) who defeated Mike Barton (formerly Bart Gunn in the WWF).

  In the opener, Shin'ya Makabe and Katsuyori Shibata defeated Kenzo Suzuki & Hiroshi Tanahashi.

  -- With files from Zach Arnold



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