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Sunday, July 09, 2006


Big Japan Death Match Wars #62

Kicks off with a look back to Apache Pro’s 1/15/06 Blue Field show where Takashi Sasaki turned his back on Apache Pro and joined forces with Big Japan, teaming with Ryuji Ito & Daisuke Sekimoto in the main event to defeat Apache Pro head honcho Kintaro Kanemura, Bad Boy Hido and GENTARO in the main event of the show.
The war continues tonight with a huge double-ring scaffold six man tag death match!

Katsumasa Inoue & Asian Cougar VS Hiroyuki Kondo & MASADA
The big selling point of this match was the confrontation between regular tag partners Inoue and Kondo who make up Team Wakagumi. The two of them looked pretty even going back and forth trading some loud thudding headbutts, and a rather funny spot where they both tried to get fisherman’s busters on each other, leading up to both men hitting the move individually. They even managed to kick out of each other’s finishers at one point, but Inoue won out in the end hitting a tombstone piledriver followed by a big diving headbutt for the win.
You take a look at a guy like Asian Cougar and you really wonder why he isn’t signed with a major promotion, or at least make a few appearances in the big leagues based on his talent. The guy is even willing to take it to the extreme doing things like a slingshot senton out of the ring onto his opponent laying under a pile of chairs!
And then there’s MASADA, who I can never give enough praise to as one of the most underrated gaijin workers in Japan, considering I’ve never seen him in any US indies. I would really like to see this kid get a shot in either of the big leagues in Japan as there is definitely more to him than just being a hardcore garbage wrestler, and Big Japan definitely see it too since they bring him back more often than guys like Mad Man Pondo and Necro Butcher.
Overall, an enjoyable match to kick off the show, and no hard feelings shown between Inoue & Kondo despite the outcome.
Match Rating: **

Backstage and the Apache Pro team of Kanemura, Kuroda & Inematsu cutting a promo and promising victory in the main event.
When than see the Big Japan team and Ito & Sasaki argue a bit over the name of the team (Takugi-ken Gundan or Takashi Gundan?) while Numazawa plays with his Pokemon toys. I love this stuff!

Double Ring Spider-net Death Match: Ryuji Ito, Takashi Sasaki & Jaki Numazawa VS Kintaro Kanemura, Tetsuhiro Kuroda & Saburo Inematsu
The set up for this match is that there are 2 rings, one is a regular ring, and the other is lined with a barb-wire spider-net and a scaffold overhead.
This was a fun wild brawl as expected, and that barb-wire spider net sure didn’t last long as all it took was Kuroda & Kanemura tossing Ito off the scaffold and Inematsu super-plexing Numazawa onto it to completely take it down and out. Good to see they were still able to make use of the scaffold set up though, as Kuroda & Kanemura did this fun spot where they jacked up Numazawa and hit his head on the bottom of the scaffold several times, and Ito did an insane plancha off the top of the scaffold down to the floor to take out everyone.
Everyone got to hit their spots in this one by the end of the night, with no one really standing out I would say. Ito hit a crazy springboard Dragon-splash out of the ring, Kanemura did his usual table splash and senton spot, as well as a powerbomb to Ito up on the scaffold, Inematsu seems to be able to generate some good crowd heat when he gets his offense going, same with Kuroda who I still say is very overlooked, even in the indies, Sasaki brought the stiff kicks, and Numazawa became the first person I think to ever use the blood dripping from his head as a mist attack!
A great main event won by the Big Japan team after Ito hit the Dragon Splash on Inematsu.
Match Rating: **1/2

Funny that they end the show with a backstage interview with the winning team, and Ito & Sasaki still haven’t decided on the team name yet while Numazawa is still playing with his Pokemon toys! So how do they decide the name? Leave it up to the fans to vote at the BJW website!
Preview for the next episode shows the Big Japan tag title match between champions Abdullah Kobayashi & Daisuke Sekimoto defending against Shadow WX & Mammoth Sasaki.


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