Shiima Xion is now known as Zema Ion in TNA (and still AIW). Nobutaka is from the Japanese promotion, DDT. This match is a preview of the soon to be released DVD, “AIW: Best of Shiima Xion”
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We were very fortunate to have Zema Ion thoughts on this match. Check out Zema (known as Shiima Xion in AIW) on his Twitter. Off topic: We highly recommend that you check out Zema’s appearance on Colt Cabana’s Art of Wrestling podcast as it was one of the better editions of the podcast (which is most definitely saying something).
Thoughts from Zema Ion:
Nobutaka Moribe was a guy who, along with Dick Togo, took me under his wing when I was a 19 year old kid touring Japan. They taught me the basics of lucha libre, which became an obsession of mine. Moribe stayed in the US for 3 months in 2007, doing shows with me and continuing to teach me lucha libre. Our match in AIW was his final match in the US, and a showcase of everything he had taught me during that time.
Recap from TJ Hawke:
They went back and forth for a while at the start. Nobutka got the advantage briefly, but Zion came back with a nice top rope dropkick and slingshot sex factor. The two went back and forth some more after that, trading nearfalls. Nobutka hit a nice frog splash for a nearfall, but Xion recovered and hit a snapmare driver for the win! The crowd booed him for winning. They raised each other’s hands after the match.
When I first saw this, I incorrectly assumed this was the only time that these two worked each other, but with Zema’s thoughts in mind, it’s clear why these two had great chemistry. Xion clearly had potential here, but he has grown so much in presence since this match.