Korakuen Hall 10/14/2005
MIYAWAKI & Yuichi Taniguchi VS Katsumasa Inoue & Hiroyuki Kondo
Now this was a surprisingly good booked match. It was one of those matches where the time went by, and you didn’t notice it! Didn’t hurt that both teams worked well here, and this is probably the best I’ve ever seen of MIYAWAKI in a long time. Taniguchi even kept the comedy down to show some great mat wrestling as well as team work with MIYAWAKI. Taniguchi also did a rare show of strength as he gave both Inoue & Kondo a northern lights suplex at the SAME TIME, and was able to hold them down for a near fall! I also find it interesting that Kondo played the stronger half for his team for a change, but Inoue still looked like the more skilled of the two. An Inoue VS MIYAWAKI tag match would definitely be interesting if it ever came about. Another fun note about this match was that it ended 8 SECONDS short of the time limit!Match Rating: **
Backstage interview with Kasai & Numazawa who are confident in winning the tag titles tonight. The champions are shown next shaking up some protein shakes (complete with comedy music!). Sekimoto says something along the lines of champions drink protein shakes for strength, but Kobayashi is shaking a coke which spills everywhere since he shook up the bottle before opening it! They toast and drink, and were on to the main event!Big Japan Tag Titles – 250 Light Tube Death Match: 045 Junkies (“Kokutenshi” Jaki Numazawa & Jun Kasai) VS Muscle & Heart (Daisuke Sekimoto & Abdullah Kobayashi)
This was the first time I ever saw a death match where the audience literally had nowhere to run to avoid debris from the ring! The fans were literally hit by broken glass here every time someone got whipped into the light tubes lining the ring ropes! Maybe they should have given the fans in the first few rows complimentary goggles for eye protection?!?
The match itself was all the usual insanity you’d expect from the 045 Junkies. And it still surprises me the crazy things these guys are willing to put their bodies through despite the ring mat being covered with broken glass. Kobayashi took it a step further this time when he “powered up” by taking his pants off and finishing the bout wearing a sumo mowashi! Sure I’ve seen Dansyoku Dino take his pants off in DDT before, but have you ever seen a guy in a thong towel do a piledriver on broken glass?!? Or anything that requires you to land on your ass while there’s broken glass everywhere?!?
Sekimoto once again showed a lot of heart here, despite his limited move set which I seem to bring up in every Big Japan review I do. But like I always say, he does the best with what he’s got, and still has one of the best German suplexes I’ve ever seen thanks to his brute strength.Match Rating: ***1/2
Post match, Kasai & Numazawa both strip off their pants and Kasai challenges Kobayashi to a “Sexy Pants For Sexy Pants” Death Match for their next Korakuen Hall show! Unfortunately the match would never come about since Kasai would be diagnosed with an intestinal infection and would be out of action from here on out. Get well soon Crazy Monkey!