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Tuesday, October 03, 2006


Big Japan Death Match Wars #72

We begin this April 1st, 2006 edition of Big Japan Death Match Wars with a look back to the last Korakuen Hall show where Takashi Sasaki won the Death Match title off Abdullah Kobayashi in a brutal match where Sasaki had a nail stub stuck to the back of his head penetrating his skull! The new champion is back in action tonight, and in a 6-man tag death match no less!

Shadow WX & Mammoth Sasaki VS Yuko Miyamoto & Shinobu
I was surprised at the amount of offense the 666 tandem of Shinobu & Miyamoto got in this match despite the immense size difference between them and the Big Japan tag champions. They didn’t necessarily had to rely only on their speed, but actually took it toe-to-toe with the big men Shinobu being able to take down WX after a series of Sex Bomber lariats, and Miyamoto was actually able to overhead belly-to-belly suplex Sasaki!
I really like the ending of the match where both teams did a series of tandem offense moves, the way good tag wrestling is supposed to be about! When the 666 team thought they had things going their way and were about to pull off a huge upset, the tag champions rebounded with two sick lariats in stereo, followed by a pair of brainbusters to take the win. The champions were obviously impressed by the new comers since you tell from the looks on their faces after the match that they seriously underestimated this team and gave them props after the match.
For the record, my favorite spot of the match was the “audience interaction” big where Mammoth gave a chair to a guy in the audience, asking him to hold it while he smacked Shinobu’s head into it ^_^.
Match Rating: **

Backstage and despite recently losing his title to Sasaki, Kobayashi (still heavily scarred from the title match), Numazawa (still bandaged up) and Sekimoto are still able to laugh and crack jokes to THE COMEDY MUSIC!
Jump to Team Go Forward (Ito & Sasaki), and Sasaki (with a heavily bandaged head) is talking about his title win. Ito suddenly jokes around, wanting his shot at Sasaki’s belt and tries to take it from him. The main event is next!

Light Tube Death Match: Ryuji Ito, Takashi Sasaki & MASADA VS Abdullah Kobayashi, Daisuke Sekimoto & Jaki Numazawa
Surprisingly, this actually was a tag match, and not the usual six-man scrambles these types of matches tend to be. I’m guessing it’s probably because of Sasaki’s condition, and you really got to give him credit for getting back in there this early and letting a maniac like Numazawa stab a light tube where the nail stub penetrated his skull! He even took another Koba-driver in the match.
Still, the match did have it’s fair share of six-man brawling, and I got to see my favorite Big Japan foreigner MASADA in action! And he did the flaming punch too! Just how does he do that?!? There was also a cool spot where Sekimoto caught Ito out of mid air out on the floor, and used him as a weapon to take out Sasaki and MASADA before giving him a death-valley bomb on the floor.
The finish of the match saw Numazawa hit his rolling senton off the top through a bundle of light tubes on MASADA to pick up the win for his team, and post match Numazawa put in his bid to challenge Sasaki for his newly won Death Match title.
Fun match, and using the standard tag rules for this one made it more interesting than the usual brawls.
Match Rating: **1/2

Post match, Numazawa does his sexy-pants promo, again putting in his bid to challenge for the title. And Ito playfully tries to steal Sasaki’s title belt before again saying he’d like a shot for the belt at some time. Why doesn’t MASADA get any promo time?!?


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