News and Report Archive
12/31/2002- Final update of 2002. I want to wish everyone a happy and healthy new year, thanks for supporting and visiting us this year! As I promised yesterday, today I am posting my awards for 2002, but first a TV programming tidbit. The GAORA TV guide has changed what the January T2P special will be showing from the 12/26 Korakuen to 10/27 Differ and 12/7 Mexico. While I would certainly love to see 12/7, I can't help but think this is a mistake, as 10/27 is far outdated, and was covered in digest form already. But...they mention Milano vs. CIMA in the description for the normal VamoAmi, which is still only listed as covering 12/20, 25, and 30. Added a unit profile for the ItaConne, and updated Ultimos'. Now without further ado, the Toryumon USA 2002 year end awards!
Technical Award: K-Ness
Best Bout: CMAX vs. M2K vs. Seikigun 3 Way 6 Man, 7/7/2002
Best Card: 9/8 Ariake Coliseum
Young Dragon Award: Henry III Sugawara (close runner up: Condotti Shuji)
Most Improved: Genki Horiguchi
Best Storyline: Fujii steals Mikeru
Best feud: CMAX vs. ItaConne
Biggest Shock: Yasushi Kanda retires
Wrestler of the Year (visitor voted): K-Ness (full results here)
12/28/2002- Final results of 2002, for today's Chicken show up. The card was shuffled around due to Ultimo being unable to appear. He was scheduled to wrestle, but after the Nagoya show he experienced intense pain in his arm and had to go to the hospital. They instead ran a one night tag tournament, like last years' 12/30 Chicken show. Apparently Don Fujii will not be changing his name this year, although he could just be lying^^ Game schedule is updated through April, and Taiji Ishimoris' profile is updated with a new picture courtesy of Rio and 30 Point.. Thanks!. According to SoCalUncensored, WPW and Toryumon have signed into a 3 year deal for talent exchange and such. This isn't necessarily a bad thing (yes, I realize I have been critical of the indies in the US a few times), but it all depends on the talent involved. Last day to vote in the Wrestler of the Year poll. I'll be back tomorrow with the results of that, plus my own awards
12/28/2002- Nagoya results up. No Saturn, but Smiley and Kintaro Kanemura did appear. After the opener, Mochi invited Iwasa, Doi, and Ogawauchi to join Japan. They accepted, although Iwasa said he had been invited to join CMAX, which Mochi pointed out never happened....
12/27/2002- Back again...so much going on, so little of it clear. There are a lot of reports going around about Saturn and Smiley staying for a long time, and while I personally haven't heard anything like this, I can't say whether or not they are true. Saturn was long rumoured to be AJPW bound, but he isn't booked at all ay time soon for them, so it wouldn't be a stretch. Norman, who knows. He was announced on the GAORA site some time back, but in the same paragraph as Buccanero and Guerrero, who will be leaving soon, so once again, don't know. The. Lanzarse site has reports for 12/25 and 26 on the BBS, with a full transcript of CIMAs' speech after he beat Milano. It's very interesting to read what he said about the T2P dismissal. As of now the 1/27 T2P show in Korakuen is still on, and is sold out, but the way things sound, T2P is dead in name and possibly more. My Japanese is pretty lacking in a lot of areas, so I could be mis-reading some aspects. The show tonight will give us a lot of indication, as will the 12/30 Chicken show. On to new content on the site today. I added 2 new profiles, for the Black Shachihokos (who DID intrude on the Syachi Mask match, just no early reports mentioned it^^;;) and the Sato twins. Both are just pictures and basic info for now. Also updated Ryos' profile with a photo of his DF costume. Pics are courtesy of Koji Yamamoto and Extreme Party, to whom I am very grateful. Check out his site for a ton of 25 and 26 pics and full reports. Also, a bunch of new profiles are done in the Japanese section, for those who are interested. News flash tonight if possible (dependant on sources).
12/26/2002- Man, a lot of false reports out there today. People should read here more often. But I'm just a fanboy.. not an insider, so who cares if I have the correct information before they can even have false info, right? Got the urge to write a little, so I did up a little column on my thoughts on the last week and 2002 and 3 in general. Click here to read it. (link fixed)
12/26/2002- T2P Results and Report.
--Shachihoko Machine 3 and 4 unmasked. They are twins named Kei and Shu Sato. They will join X, unmasked,
--K-Ness vs.YOSSINO was a clean fight, and K-Ness respectfully accepted his defeat. The finish was a reversal sequence starting with a Darkness Buster attempt and ending in the Torbellino--Sol Naciente combo. YOSSINO wants to challenge for K-Ness' NWA Welterweight title in the near future.
--Ultimo finished his comeback tour with an American style match.
--After his victory, CIMA asked that T2P be disbanded as was stipulated. He then said this was the prologue to Toryumon Chapter 2, and, he said anyone,. including the Royal Brothers. Italian Connection, and anyone who loves pro wrestling can come to the Japan ring and show it. Magnum said Do FIXER was already writing chapter 2, however Mochi expressed some apprehension.....
12/25/2002- Ultimos' partners tonight will be Norman Smiley and Perry Saturn, thankfully not Piper. Then again, this still doesn't leave much to be thankful for...More on the dismissal of Sekigun. Mochi said everyone is free to do as they want now, with no obligations. This paves the way for many new alignments, as T2P begins to integrate fully next year. Super Shisa is currently suffering from a shoulder separation, and will be out until the new year. For those wondering about Venezia (because you surely are, right?), he (?) is currently locked up in the Ueno Zoo......
12/25/2002- Results/report from Korakuen.
--Yagi now has to grow out his hair.
--Ichikawa appeared as a 3rd year school student, and stole Oyanageis' running shorts....
--Ultimo made the horrifying mention of the name Roddy Piper, saying he would team with him and Smiley, along with Sonny Onoo as manager in a 6 man tonight. Gah. (Lets hope this one is more of Ultimos' idle talk or a really botched translation on my part.)
--YASSINI received a Schwein after the ItaConne run in. If Milano loses to CIMA tonight, T2P is no longer allowed in Japan.
--Although Araken was close to throwing in the towel, Mochi managed to KO Owashi. They then shook hands (!!). Mochi said Seikigun no longer existed, and everyone in Japan needed to be alone for some time.
12/24/2002- Merry Christmas to all who celebrate it! Hope your holidays are happy and healthy. Some new content up tonight. The tape lists have returned, in the form of a VamoAmi guide. Same as before, now with comments about each, a cleaner format, and none for sale (T_T). Speaking of VamoAmi, I received the December episode today. Highliy entertaining, probably the best normal episode of the year. A lot of focus on the Ryo heel turn, which was done very well. Match listing is up. News flash for the big Korakuen show starts in a few hours. Also, out of sheer boredom, I finished something else I had been meaning to do, I translated (and answered) the Toryumon Lovers 100 Questions Quiz that a Japanese site made up awhile back.
12/23/2002- Keeping with the new minimalist
thing I got going here, i have a couple new little banners for anyone out there
who has me linked. Please use these^^;;
12/20/2002- Korakuen results/report.
--There was an open "election" of sorts before the matches began, these would be for the 25th and 26th shows, basically, there were nominations for opponents by some wrestlers. SUWA boycotted, along with some other confusing stuff, which ended up giving us:
25th- Mochi vs. Owashi, Stalker vs. Oyanagei, Yagi vs. Araken
26th- CIMA vs. Milano, K-Ness vs. YOSSINO (!!!)
--In the opener, Ryo was originally scheduled to be on the Sekigun side, but he transferred to the Fixer side, making it 5 on 3. Iwasa and Anthony came out to even things out.
--Ryo was officially welcomed into Do FIXER, Magnum said he would get his jacket soon, and that would be when he was officially a member. Ryo said he would unveil newfound dancing ability soon.....
--A giant Gorilla intruded after match 2, knocked out YOSSINO, and made Venezia leave with him.
--The Giant Gorilla was revealed to be El King Kong, and was the announced X, as C-MAXs partner. His mask came off revealing himself to be Don Fujii (who else?). Appears Venezia has been kidnapped....
--Ultimo thanked everyone, and said his dream had come true by being able to return to a Japan ring.
12/23/2002- Today's results up. After his match, Ultimo said he would be leaving soon to help improve what he called a lukewarm Jr. situation elsewhere in Japan. During the intermission, there was a CIMA and SUWA autograph session, but the ItaConne intruded and there was a big brawl.
12/20/2002 #2- Some odds and ends to add to the earlier reports. Ryo should get his DF jacket tonight, it will probably be orange^^;; The election thing that they did for the 25th and 26th card determination, was more of a lottery type thing where envelopes were drawn with numbers on them that corresponded to a wrestler, I still really have no clue how it worked though....When Fuji came out as El King Kong, he brought a mirror with him, and showed Venezia his (its'?) reflection. Fujii was pretending to be its' parent, and managed to coax it into leaving with him hand in hand....Might be time for Venezia to return to Mexico...err...I mean the Jungle....^_~. Some personal feelings now. The 25th and 26th are going to be dream shows, if they come off as good as they look. The 26th especially has the biggest possible singles match they can do at the moment, in CIMA vs. Milano, with the possible stip of, if Milano wins, all of T2P can invade Japan full time. I can't help but think Magnum is going to screw CIMA in this, and DF will align with the ItaConne, even if only passively. K-Ness vs.YOSSINO is MY personal dream match, as it will place my favourites from Japan and T2P against each other. I eagerly await this one. Stalker vs. Oyanagei is the comedy match everyone was clamoring for back in the early days of T2P, and while I think Oyanageis' comedic impact is a lot lower than what it was then, this should still be quite entertaining, if short. Yagi vs. Araken at least has the distinction of being the first ever match where the loser has to grow their hair out. As for Mochi vs. Owashi.....it will be heated, and SUWA will probably be all over it.
12/15/2002- Kanazawa results up. Ryo cooperated with Sekigun today with no problems, although he was sulking and looking depressed most of the time. He helped Magu during his match, then tried to dance with FIXER again. They again said he needed to get better.
12/12/2002- Toryumon involvement on today's WMF show.
Mr. Ikeda (6:25-Kancho Block~Hip Drop) Stalker Ichikawa
Dragon Kid (3:28-Huracanrana) Onryo
12/6/2002- Tape dealers rejoice, January will feature no less than 6 hours of new VamoAmi. First, first airing on the 10th, is a Ultimo Dragonj Comeback World Tour special, presumably covering all his comeback matches, and hopefully the rest of the 12/9 Mexico show with the Young Dragons Cup (possibly the first real TV exposure for Toryumon X beyond the Mini MAX match on the August T2P special). Following on the 17th will be a T2P special, covering the Korakuen show on December 26th with CIMA vs, Milano (the hugest possible singles match that can be done right now, hands down), and the Syachi mask match, among whatever else gets announced. Finally, closing out the month on the 24th, will be the normal VamoAmi, covering the Korakuen shows on the 20th and 25th, and the Chicken show on the 30th (the traditional year ending Chicken show with a lot of cool stuff always happening). As for December, this months' VamoAmi airs on the 14th, and will cover 11/27 Korakuen. Schedules page is updated to reflect these and all the replays (each episode airs 3 times) T2P will hold their first show of the new year in Korakuen Hall on 1/27.
12/5/2002- Received the
November VamoAmi today. The focal point of the show is Kandas' retirement,
showing a short retrospective of his career, then the match with Ichikawa
in full. Very emotional, before, during, and after. I got goosebumps
during his entrance with the orginal M2K. It was obvious Kanda shouldn't
even have wrestled this 3 minute match, as he was grimacing and clutching
at his neck after every move. Otherwise, I was pretty surprised to see how
blown off the 11/27 T2P show was, with just a very short highlights
package. Hopefully the December show won't get such treatment. Content
wise, the matches were pretty typical, if you aren't a fan, nothing here
will make you one, if you enjoy Toryumon, then by all means pick it up.
Apparently having not learned from this past summer, Ultimo will be
bringing more Luchadores in for guest spots. This time it's Rey Bucanero
and Ultimo Guerrero of EMLL. I'm going to go out on a limb and say they
are coming over mainly to lose to Ultimo in his Japan ring comeback,
but they are scheduled to be around for the entire 2nd half of December,
probably coming back with Mochi and Dragon Kid after their Mexico tour.
All is quiet otherwise. Here is the match listing for November VamoAmi:
1. Yasushi Kanda retrospective, Kanda vs. Stalker, Kanda retirement ceremony.
2. Darkness Dragon/Dragon Kid/Ryo Saito vs. Magnum TOKYO/Susumu Yokosuka/Genki Horiguchi
Highlights of 11/27 T2P show
3. Kness/Kid vs. Super Shisa/Raimu Mishima
4. Genki/Magu/Susumu vs. Kid/Masaaki Mochizuki/Ryo
5. SUWA vs. Touru Owashi
6. CIMA/Don Fujii/TARU vs. Milano Collection AT/YOSSINO/"brother" YASSINI, which becomes:
7. CIMA/Don Fujii/TARU/SUWA vs. Milano Collection AT/YOSSINO/"brother" YASSINI/Pescatore Yagi
12/4/2002- Added M2K group profile/history. Kintaro Kanemura returns to Toryumon for the 12/28 Aichi show.
12/3/2002- Toryumon USA quietly passed it's 2 year anniversary in late November, a hell of a lot longer than I expected it to last. What started out as something I did out of boredom one night during a snowstorm on a Dreamcast web browser has become what some may argue is the largest resource for Toryumon on the web (in English, anyways). I want to thank everyone for their support over the last 2 years, it means a lot to me. In celebration of me remembering it has been 2 years, I have added some new content. Don't ask why I didn't so these to begin with, but I have begun adding unit profiles to the profile pages, currently only CMAX and FIXER ones are completed, but at least M2K, ItaConne and Royal Brothers will follow shortly. Japan and Sekigun profiles may be a tad redundant, since they tend to be "everyone not in CMAX, DF, ItaConne" but I will do something for them ^_~. The FAQ (which is almost laughably out of date by now) will also get a facelift this week at some point. To access the aforementioned unit profiles, click the group logo on the profile page.
12/1/2002- Results up from Akashi. Ryo refused to help Kid throughout the opener, not offering any assistance or cooperating. Ryo shook hands with Magu, but received an Erect Smash for his trouble. Magu said because Ryo wasn't a DF member. President Okamura will wrestle on the upcoming Shimonoseki show, probably vs. Stalker. CIMAs appearance on the variety show Pacific Saury from earlier this year will be re-broadcast on New Years Day.