Sunday, December 26, 2010



Before we get into finishing this up, I'd like to thank everyone for sending in their ballots. This was a lot of fun. We also have a winner, some cat named Mike won the contest. I don't think I know for sure who he is but he's getting some free DVDs. Hopefully I can run another contest in the future, as I think it's kind of fun. Also apparently this whole thing has gotten my blog quite a few clicks. So thanks a bunch for checking it out. I hope you enjoyed this. 


(1 #1 Vote, 3 Top 5)
Over the last year and a half, Shinsuke Nakamura has really pulled it together. When Tanahashi went down with an injury, Nakamura stepped up and not only carried the title, but was putting on great fights with a variety of people. His clobbering of Takayama at the beginning of the year is one of my favorite puro matches of the year.

Though he hasn't been winning a whole lot( big losses to Goto, Makabe, Kojima, and Tanahashi) he's been highly reliable and consistent for a good match. It's no wonder he's in the Top 5.

(2 #1 Votes, 2 Top 5)
Takashi Sugiura is the man. THE MAN. I love him. He received the second most total votes in the poll, but the majority of them were in the 10-20 area - making his total signifcantly less. You guys need to get on the ball. Sugiura has been good all year, in tags, in singles, in everything. He's the most fun GHC champion since Misawa was doing his old Clint Eastwood act, knocking out guys with elbows. 

His battles this year have been immense and if you haven't checked out him against Takayama, Shiozaki, or Morishima from this year, you are a fool. GET ON IT.


(1 #1 Vote, 6 Top 5)
Let's face facts: KENTA will always be popular. Something about being Japanese and working Ring of Honor shows automatically give you an American fanbase for life. He's got cool moves, fun intensity, and wears brown and yellow. BROWN AND YELLOW. His history of good fun matches is long and it's because of his reputation built on fights with the likes of Nakajima and Marufuji that people continue to download his stuff. With two Marufuji fights this year and a pretty good title match with Kanemaru, KENTA has had a pretty decent year.

He could face Muhammed Yone and people would still watch it.


(7 Top 5 votes)
I honestly think Tanahashi is one of the best in the world. I know that make some of you want to vomit but I will not apologize for it. I think he's got awesome charisma, he executes everything well, and his "epic matches" don't always feel like two guys trying really hard to be EPIC. His matches with guys like Hirooki Goto, Yuji Nagata, Shinsuke Nakamura, have been MOTYC over the last few years, and his matches with the rest of the roster have been pretty solid. Even Tanahashi vs. Jon "Strong Man" Andersen was pretty good from this year. But then again, I'm a little biased. 

Hopefully he ends this little Kojima IWGP Champion charade at the Dome Show. After a run in from a Brody like SUWAMA.


(8 Top 5 Votes)
While he didn't get any #1 Votes, Devitt just plain got more. And the majority of them were high. So maybe he wasn't anyone's #1 guy, but he was often a #2 or #3. Dude is just plain popular. Building off his great year last year, Devitt solidified his spot as one of the best Juniors in the World when he finally won the IWGP Jr. title from Naomichi Marufuji. Devitt is a charismatic wrestler who can fly and keep it grounded if he needs to. There are a hundred so-called "hybrid" wrestler's taking up space in the American Independent scene that wish they were half as good as Prince Devitt. He carries an air of legitimacy while not being over the top intense about it (I'm looking at you Kyle O'Reilly and Davey Richards).

He feels organic and fun in a time when wrestler's are often too plotted out and serious. That doesn't mean he can't get intense, it just means it's not a hat he has to wear to get over. 

I fully endorse Prince Devitt as a #1 even though I don't think I voted for him. (Possibly and oversight on my part.) He's a popular guy and one of the most fun pro-rassler's in the squared circle today, in Japan or anywhere else.

So that was fun. Wasn't it?....wasn't it? I think it's a neat list and while I personally don't agree with some choices that popped up, it is a vote and the majority rules. I hoe that if you're reading this and you didn't get involved that you do get involved next year. Participation is key, and I think the more who participate the more fun the results.

Pissed that Morishima didn't get many votes, but whatever.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on the final list and who are guys that you wished were higher. Or guys you wished were sucked into a vacuum and destroyed.

I hope you guys enjoyed the pictures I found, it was fun looking for them. 

Should I do one for American guys? 

Tuesday, December 21, 2010



Cracking into the Top 10 Baby. Some cool cats in this bunch. 


(4 Top 5 Votes)
I don't even know why one has to explain the appeal of Yuji Nagata. The man is a straight up ass kicker. And back kicker. And face kicker. And everything kicker. In the last few years he's been apart of some of the best matches in New Japan. While he's been slightly pushed down the card in order to push aces like Nakamura and Tanahashi, he has still represented New Japan in their feud with ZERO-1. 

In 2010 Yuji was kicking ass in tag matches; he and partner Wataru Inoue became Tag Champs in March. After the duo lost their titles over the summer, they went on to win the G-1 Climax Tag League. After they came up short in their title opportunity, it appears Yui will be focusing on the threat of old rival Minoru Suzuki. The two will be facing each other at the Wrestle Kingdom Dome Show to kick off 2011. Expect some ass kicking.


(1 #1 Vote, 4 Top 5 Votes)
They said Go Shiozaki has potential. He was strong, has amazingly loud chops and fiery charisma. Sounds like a great combination, to me. Shiozaki had an extensive tour of America gaining exposure through RoH, FIP, and Harley Race's WLW. Upon his return, Shiozaki was paired up with Misawa and the two went on to win NOAH's Global Tag League and challenge then champions Akitoshi Saito and Bison Smith.  It was evident that NOAH had big plans for him.

It was on June 13th, 2009 that Shiozaki's life changed drastically when his partner Misawa died in the ring during their title fight. Losing the legend was a tragedy and the companies direction changed drastically. Shiozaki was thrust into the main event scene, winning the vacant GHC Heavyweight Title. 

After a short reign, Shiozaki has been working hard representing NOAH outside the company. He and Atsushi Aoki were AAA tag champs and competed at TripleMania, where they lost the titles. Later he competed in the G-1 CLIMAX. In the tournament he fought New Japan star Shinsuke Nakamura to a 30 minute draw. Because of the split points, Shiozaki missed the finals. The two fought again in order to settle things in a no time limit match, which Shiozaki won. 

He will represent the company at Wreslte Kingdom, facing, again, Shinsuke Nakamura, on the biggest stage in Japan. 


(3 #1 Votes, 2 Top 5 Votes)
Despite having more #1 Votes than any wrestler on the list. Marufuji finds himself at #8. Marufuji is a tough wrestler to love. Sometimes he seems to be the best wrestler in Japan, other times he's spotty and mechanical. It's tough to figure out which Marufuji you're going to get on any given night.

Marufuji spent the first half of the year being the New Japan Jr. Champion. Having fun defenses against Prince Devitt and KENTA. After losing the title in June, Marufuji was scheduled to take part in the G-1 Climx. An arm injury suffered in a match with Kenny Omega took him out of the tournament before it even started and kept him on the shelf until recently. Marufuji recently fought KENTA on 12/5 in which he was dominated. Moving forward, Marufuji looks at tag team success with partner Atsushi Aoki. The two will try to regain the Noah Jr. Tag Titles from outsiders Koji Kanemoto and Tiger Mask.


(1 #1 Vote, 1 Top 5 Votes)
Kota Ibushi, is one of the most popular indy wrestlers in Japan. His style is slick and exciting and it's not hard to see why he's popular among voters. His team with the popular Kenny Omega(who narrowly missed the Top 20) is a fun duo to watch and have gained a lot of attention from Puroresu fans. Recently the two won the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight tag titles from the strong team of Prince Devitt and Ryuske Taguchi. 

Check out his singles match with Daisuke Sekimoto in DDT. I really enjoyed it.

(1 #1 Vote, 1 Top 5)
Takayama was a pretty consistent vote getter on the ballots. Somewhere around the time he won the Triple Crown it became apparent that Takayama was getting his groove back. Between his stroke and his general ring age, Takayama seemed to be a lumbering shadow of his former self, providing just enough to get by, and using his magnetic personality to make up for the rest. But over the last couple of years he's resurged as one of the best heavyweights in Japan. 

This past year he won NOAH's first Global league and had a slugfest with Takashi Sugiura over the GHC Title. His tag team with Takuma Sano has been very successful, as they are currently the GHC Tag Champions. I highly recommend their recent tag match against the Kings of Wrestling. Takayama really worked well with Claudio Castagnoli. I'd also suggest a personal favorite of mine: his match with Shinsuke Nakamura at this year's Wrestle Kingdom. I thought it was a great match that had a legit big match feel. It's currently in my Top 5 Puro matches of the year. CHECK IT OUT.

The grand finale! Who will be #1

I'd love to hear some guesses.

Monday, December 20, 2010



It's been really fun so far. Today we get 3 cats from Dragon Gate and some hosses who would be more than happy to throw them around.

(3 Top 5 Votes)
Here's a quote from one of the ballots I received:
Seriously he fucking runs fast. I would be perfectly content with just seeing him running the ropes for 5 minutes.
Dragon Gate had a pretty big year as they continued their expansion into the United States Indy market with DGUSA. I've been to three of their shows and I always see one guy who knows the wrestlers tell his friend that he dragged along: "Watch this dude, he is fucking FAST!" And then Yoshino runs really fast, and people get hooked. As DGUSA continues to expand it's no surprise that their roster members stay popular among internet fans. Yoshino's style and over-all athleticism sets him apart from the rest of his Dragon Gate brothers, and that's why you see him in the Top 15.


(2 #1 Votes, 1 Top 5 votes)
Yamato has gained quite the bit of popularity over the past couple of years. His heel act that he developed after the New Hazard break-up was a charisma bomb of awesomeness. Earlier this year Yamato defeated one of the strongest booked Open The Dream Gate champions, Naruki Doi. Yamato's reign saw him defend the title against some heavy foes like SHINGO and Masaaki Mochizuki. 

One person wrote to me: 
If YAMATO was a heel this year he'd be higher.

And I think that's true, even one of Yamato's biggest supporters over the past couple of years said that his man-passion for Yamato has cooled a bit this year. Maybe that slight drop in support came from a possibly unwarranted character change. Hopefully a return to form is in store for Yamato fans in 2011.


(2 Top 5 Votes)
There isn't much to explain. Kensuke Sasaki is probably one of the healthiest Japanese heavyweights of his generation. This former holder of the Triple Crown, GHC Heavyweight Title, and IWGP Heavyweight Title, is a legend and still commands a look from puroresu fans the world over. With Japana having a shortage in pure heavyweight style wrestlers Kensuke Sasaki scratches that itch. His team with Takeshi Morishima, his battles with Yoshihiro Takayama, and his work with Jun Akiyama has received praise. For fans looking for big meaty slug fests you can't go too wrong downloading some Kensuke Sasaki.


(2 TOP 5 Votes)
Shingo, probably the most popular Dragon Gate star among foreign fans, began building his international reputation working for Ring of Honor. When he came back to Dragon Gate he was a beast, putting on awesome matches with the entire roster. His power style sets him apart from some of the more agile competitors in the company. His match with Davey Richards was called one of the best matches of last year and put him on even more people's radars. 

This past year Shingo had big matches in the states and in his homeland. The hair vs. hair match with rival BxB Hulk has gotten quite a bit of buzz, and I personally enjoyed his Dragon Kid match at the Chicago Dragon Gate USA show. He was also among the list of wrestler's Bryan Danielson(Daniel Bryan) faced during his Indy Tour in between WWE stints. 

SHINGO is probably my favorite of the Dragon Gate wrestlers. I generally look forward to anything he does, and I will never skip any match of his on any show.


(1 Top 5 Vote)
While only getting one Top 5 vote, Daisuke Sekimoto was a consistent cote getter. His 2010 has been a strong year, starting off with his match against Tohiaki Kawada in ZERO-1. In DDT he had awesome title matches against Takanashi and Kota Ibushi. In Big Japan he's been a participant in some of their most heralded matches this year, including a 8 man tag on 9/15 and a 6-Man tag on 9/19 as well as some very cool tag matches.

Sekimoto has, in my opinion had one of the best years, in terms of consistent output, of any wrestler in Japan or the world. I'm not a huge fan of his, but I can say every match of his recommended to me this past year has been pretty solid. The big guy just has it going on and has worked great matches with a variety of wrestlers in a variety of promotions. Hopefully this year will spark more to watch him next year and maybe he'll move into the Top 10.

We get into the Top 10 with 10-6. Some heavyweight ass kicker's on the horizon.

Sunday, December 19, 2010


This ain't about who had all the 5 Star Matches, baby. This is  about who drew the clicks. This is about who's matches you find yourselves watching even though they're facing Muhammed Yone. This is about the wrestlers who make you download two 700 mb .rars so you can watch their ten minute opener. This is the  2010 DMC PURORESU POWER 20 !!!!!

I'll be sending the winner an email now. If they respond to me within 72 hrs after I send the email, they get the DVDs. If they fail at this, then I move on to a different randomly picked ballot. So check yo inboxes.

18 Ballots were counted. A total of 106 different wrestlers received votes. 4 wrestlers received #1 Votes and didn't make the Top 20. One of those was mine, so F you guys. Underneath each wrestler I'll show how many #1s and how many Top 5 votes they received. This isn't how many total votes they got.

(Received one Top 5 vote)
He is one of the most popular personalities in pro-wrestling. "King Dick" Minoru Suzuki has a big year.  In March he wrestled in All Japan's first Cage Match against rival Masakatsu Funaki.  Later he won the Champion's Carnival for the second straight year and after that won the Triple Crown for the second time.

A week ago Suzuki attacked old rival Yuji Nagata and the two will face each other in New Japan's Tokyo Dome event on Jan. 4th. 

I certainly suggest checking out the cage match with Funaki as it's one of my favorite matches of the year. The man has such an aura that people often feel the need to watch his matches, but are sometimes left disappointed. In 2010, his matches were generally solid, delighting his long time fans and earning him a second look from the jaded.

(received one #1 Vote)
It's been tough being a Hirooki Goto fan. Goto exploded onto everyone's hard drives in 2007, with his MOTYC against Hiroshi Tanahashi. Goto's fire and offense earned him a spot on many people's "To-DL" list.   In 2008 it seemed as though he was destined to be wrestling atop the New Japan Roster after winning the G-1 Climax. In 2009 He won the New Japan Cup. Despite being a tournament favorite, Goto still hasn't been able to reel in the biggest prize in the company - the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. 

In 2010 Goto failed to usurp GHC Champion Takashi Sugiura. Won The New Japan Cup again. Failed to beat Shinsuke Nakamura for the IWGP. Won the 6 Man tournament with partners Taguchi and Devitt. He fell short in the G-1 Climax. And later had his #1 Contendership, a spot he earned by defeating Nakamura, revoked by champion Kojima.  And then later lost a non-title match. FRUSTRATING.

But regardless of him coming up short in his opportunities at the IWGP Heavyweight Title,  Hirooki Goto has been a constant threat to being the face of the biggest company in Japan. Will 2011 finally be the year Goto wins the big one? I have no idea. But I imagine there will be many fans watching his matches as he continues on his quest to be the IWGP champion.

(Only wrestler in Top 20 to not get a Top 5 Vote)
It's no surprise that one of the most popular American Indy wrestler's would be getting votes. His work in Japan with Kings of Wrestling partner Claudio Castagnoli has been top notch this year. Whether it's comedy spots or high end competitive matches, Hero and Claudio have given consistently good performances inside the green ring of NOAH.

Just recently they had a great match with Takayama and Sano that, in the opinions of some fans, stole the show. (I personally like Sugiura trying desperately to hurricanrana Morishima, but that's just me) Definetly check that match out though, Hero hustles his ass off in that match.

(received two Top 5 Votes)
It's been an intriguing year. Suwama has been building up credibility since his Champion's Carnival win in 2008 and Triple Crown win. After losing the title, Suwama continued to have strong matches while developing as the future face of the organization. His team with Shuji Kondo was both dominant and popular among fans.

In 2010, seems to have taken the reins. Satoshi Kojima leaving the company rubbed Suwama the wrong way and he was said to be very upset with how Kojima handled business on the way out. This was some of the most interesting backstage news to come out of a puroresu locker room all year, and certainly put some eyes on the former Triple Crown champion. 

At the end of August, Suwama finally shut up critics and more importantly his rival when he pinned Minoru Suzuki for his second Triple Crown reign. Later he disbanded the New Generation stable. When the crowd booed him he got crazy and threw a microphone in the crowd, hitting a fan! So the dude certainly is gaining a kind of old school, wild and crazy aura about him and it's leading to downloads. 

Suwama is one of my Top 5 guys and he's one of the best heavweights of the current generation of wrestlers. Dude is cool as hell and I certainly suggest you check out more of his stuff. All Japan guys could always use a little more love anyway.

Speaking of All Japan guys......

(One #1 and a Top 5 Vote)
Funaki's return to pro-wrestling was met with plenty of excitement and, despite being an older name, was a fresh face in the All Japan Roster. His feud against Minoru Suzuki was a heated one that provided multiple interesting and exciting matches. Their cage match in particular was lots of fun, and I so recommend people check it out.

Funaki's is hoping to get a Triple Crown reign in the future, so a possible title match-up with SUWAMA should get folks buzzing in 2011.

15-11. Duh. 
3 of the next 5 are wrestling in the same company. Can you guess the company?

And leave comments about what you think so far. Anyone make the Top 20 so far that surprise you? Disgust you? Excite you? Make you stop reading?

Sunday, December 5, 2010


So as you know I'm doing the Totally Awesome  Devil May Care Power 20 of Puroresu 2010!!!!
But now I've decided that because it's that time of the year, I'm going to giving something back. If you get your ballot in by the end of December 19th, you will be entered in a drawing to win free DVDs. One lucky person will get their choice of any 5 DVDs from this list:

Tag League 1980-82
Tag League 1983-85
10/27/2002 (2 Discs)
8/27/2006 (2 Discs)
Champion Carnival 2008(comm, 2 Discs)
6/14/08 &  6/21/08
3/14/2009 (2 Discs)
8/17/09 & 8/24/09
8/30/2009 (2 Discs)
8/31/09 & 9/7/09


4/1/08 & 4/8/08
5/23/08 & 6/8/08
6/17/08 & 6/24/08

5/21/09 & 5/28/09

Dragon Gate
PPV World 2005 (3 Discs)
Tsushin 144, 145, 146, 147 (dates are 1/18, 1/25, 2/01, 2/08 of 2008) This features the NEX-1 Tournament
3/20/2008 (2 Discs)
7/27/2008 (2 Discs)
7/192009 (2 Discs)
7/24/2009 (2 Discs)

Grand Slam 1995(2 Discs)
5/5/96(2 Discs)

Kensuke Office

Michinoku Pro



70s Classics # 68 & # 69
MSG Tag League 1983 Vol.1 
MSG Tag League 1983 Vol. 2 
NJPW Super Fights 1990 (2 Discs)
1/4/1993 (2 Discs)
Super J Cup 1995 (2 Discs)
Sky Diving J 1996
12/11/04 (2 Discs)
3/26/05 (2 Discs)
4/13/2007(2 Discs)
1/4/2009 (2 Discs)

7/10/2004 (3 Discs)
7/18/2005 (3 Discs)
12/2/2007 (2 Discs)

Osaka Pro


That's right, if you win, you get to pick 5 Discs. So if some event is labeled as having 2 or 3 Discs, that's 2 or 3 of the 5 you get to choose from. I get most of my stuff  from IVPvideos and so if you want to salivate over some match listings you can go there and check it out. I also suggest buying something, because he's got low prices and a generally quick turnaround on orders.

So there you go. Make up your ballot and you might be chosen to win free DVDs. OF WRESTLING! Check out this previous post for all the details on how this all began. And get in on the fun!

Kaz Hayashi Says:
"You'll have a better shot at winning if I'm on your ballot!"*

*That's not true. He has no influence on this contest. But don't tell him I said that.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Look-it what I found!

It'll always be the WWF to me!

Went thrift store hunting. Found this. Paid $1.41. I love thrift stores.

Oh and if you didn't notice, in the previous post, I'm doing a little Puro Wrestler Top 20(with a little twist) and you should get involved! I've had some folks tell me they were interested. Join them, and be interested too!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

I need you to make a list.

Favorites. Everybody has them. They're the guys who's matches you watch first. They're the guys who you would pay to see if they ever came to your country. They're the guys you know were carrying KENTA through that whole damn match.

I was getting back on the puroresu wagon, and saw Morishima kill Sugiura in a couple of minutes. I got so excited to be watching wrestling again. I hadn't watched any(NONE) in a month or so. It made me think that guys like Morishima are guys that I consider my "go to guys" when it comes to wanting to get back into wrestling. Guys like Hiroshi Tanahashi, Takashi Sugiura, Minoru Suzuki, are the kind of dudes I gravitate to when I'm trying to come up with something to watch.

So then I was thinking of doing a list. My Power 20 of Puroresu - wrestlers that I'll watch even if their opponent is awful. Then I was thinking that I wanted to know what everybody else thought. Which brings me to:

The Devil May Care Power 20 of Puroresu 2010!!!!

Allllllll you've got to do is make a Top 20 list of the wrestlers you enjoyed watching in 2010. You know, with #1 being the MOST IMPORTANT. #2 being less important than #1 but more important than #3 and so on and so forth. The criteria is that they had to wrestle in a Japanese promotion(duh) in the last year(2010). Your reasons can vary. Maybe a certain wrestler just had an amazing year, and you grabbed up everything they were apart of. (I was digging a lot of Hiroshi Yamato's stuff this year.) Maybe you've just got old favorites that still wrestle, like Kawada or Mutoh, and you watch their stuff even though they aren't quite who they used to be. I know I do. This is a list of who drew you to puroresu the most this past year.

So make your list. Send it to me (jaerenfrow at g mail dot com). Then I'll do a big f'n count down and we can see who is the #1 attraction in puroresu today! I'll throw some confetti in the air when I hit "publish post"! If you want to give reasons for why they're on your list - do it. I'll use your quotes in the count down. All I ask is that everything is in a nice list format. 

DEADLINE: DECEMBER 19th, 2010(It's a Sunday) This should be much easier than making a list of the best matches.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: As I said in a more recent post, I'll be doing a drawing of all the ballots and one luck winner wins free DVDs. Check out this post to see the list of awesome DVDs you might win. 

Yuji Nagata says:

"You can do this."

Monday, November 1, 2010


Shit is getting real.


VOTE TOMORROW. Vince is now getting hit with a letter telling him he can't be giving away free WWE merch as a reword for people voting. Vince is going to tell them to Suck It and throw some glow sticks at them. 

And when you're standing in that booth tomorrow, keep this in mind:

Thursday, October 28, 2010


I'm Standing Up for the WWE as they march to Washington. I'm doing this by creating motivational images with my most favorite patriotic battle cry.

Monday, October 18, 2010


So I'm finally continuing with my "Learning" series, where I look at a wrestler I don't know and possibly discover something cool or crappy. Currently I'm watching a series of matches involving German Star Otto Wanz. I know nothing about him, other than he ran a promotion and his gut is big. So far he seems like a lot of fun, working a pretty long match with Fred Ottman in PART 1. Today we see how well he does against one of the baddest big men on the planet, Big Van Vader.


They play up the patriotism for this, which kind of surprises me. Vader doesn't seem like the kind of guy that represents a country but here he is, coming out to BORN IN THE USA and standing tall for the American National Anthem.

This is certainly harder hitting than the match with Tugboat that we covered in PART 1, but I wouldn't say it's actually much better. Vader is pretty one dimensional here, and it's essentially a rinse repeat of him landing Vader Hammers in the corner and clotheslines. Vader getting brutal is obviously more fun than anything The former Natural Disaster has ever done, but the lay out of the match doesn't have the same kind of tension. The ending is kind of lame, as I didn't feel like Vader was anywhere near being so broken up that his corner needed to toss in the towel.

Otto Wanz, also seems less fiery in this.He got slugged a lot and him flopping around was good, but he just didn't look as hot in his comebacks as he did with Fred Ottman. The match is also just too long. I know there's intermissions and what have you but it still adds up to 27 minutes and I think this one should have tightened up and ended near the finish of round 3.

So this isn't a great performance from him, but the point of looking a ta wrestler is taking in the good with the bad, and this was certainly a weak night for the Wanz-meister.

I'd kill for some comments, so if you've got an opinion about Otto Wanz, lay it down.

In Part 3, which I promise will be happening sooner than this one did, will be Otto's match against a former WWF superstar who was managed by Mr. Fuji.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

BATTLARTS 03/14/2010

Mother f'n BATTLARTS, kid! I've been feelin' real shooty lately so hopefully this gives me my fix.

Yano is tricky because I like him, or I want to like him, but his out put can be sketchy. Sometimes he's all over it and you think he's a few steps away from full blown awesome. Other times he's lay an egg, and you'll be left wondering where the hell that almost awesome guy went. This match, thankfully, is one of those goodies. Narita and he exchange some awesome holds and counters. Yano has some cravat work that Narita sells like he's being choked. There's a really neat counter out of one of those cravats down about midway, too. Yano doesn't do too much, which I think he's had problems with in the past. He keeps it relatively simple and mat based. There's some great strikes like Narita's foreram and that lays Yano out, and a some nasty punches to the back of the head. Yano also busts something that looks similar to Daniel Bryan's LeBell Lock but kind of worse. Nice 8 minute match and restores my faith in Keita Yano.

SLAPS TO THE FACE. This is brutal. Poor Takeshi just gets his head knocked around for 8 minutes. Slaps. Kicks. It's totally one dimensional in that way, and it kind of makes you feel bad. AS things go on Takeshi keeps answering the ten count and some members of the crowd start to get behind him. You want him to survive but he's totally outclassed. Even when he finally gets counted down, he's still climbing the ropes trying to make it. So even though it's one dimensional it gets some story across, which is nice. Poor Takeshi's face. It all kept coming on the same side too, so he started to look like Harvey Dent in the last act of Dark Knight.

Hayato and Akifumi are both Sayama(Original Tiger Mask) Trainees. I think Tiger Shark is too, but I'm not for certain. Those three all made debuts in 2007. Apparently they watched the first match because both Mashita and Tiger Shark use that hold on each other and it's even the finish to the match. I thought that was kind of lame since I had already seen the move earlier and they both seemed capable of bringing something else. It's still not  a bad match but it gets really sloppy in the finishing stretch and feels really disconjointed. I dug TAGAI's matwork with Saito and Tiger Shark looked pretty slick a couple of times with his front neck locks and kicks. I'm not for sure yet but he might be the best masked guy with Tiger in his name wrestling right now. Even though I think current Sayama is pretty fun despite being older and pretty plump. Could have been better, but I still enjoyed all the participants.

I might be turning the corner on Super Tiger II. I've been down on him in the past. Some of the more heavily hyped Battlarts bouts have had him in it, and I've always thought he was the weak link. Even above, I mentioned Tiger Shark being a better masked Tiger wrestler. I might be wrong. Something about about what SuTigerII did in this match really connected to me. Everything was so smooth in the chain wrestling and his kicks felt on point and nasty. Yamamoto was really good to. They're just great dance partners and it made me like both of them a lot. The transition into the finash is awesome, even though it too looks familiar to the hold that's finished other matches on the card. What's up with that move anyway.

This match was pretty good. Usuda and Walter work really well together and I enjoy Ishikawa, but Sawa is sometimes hit or miss for me. I think he's great in certain instances but for soome reason he didn't fit in this match for me. There's plenty of fun stuf though like Usuda and Walter kicking the beejebuss out of Ishikawa. Usuda even gets in some shots from the apron for the hell of it. I think they really work well together. The finish was okay and was something different than the last four matches.

I think this is a pretty strong 5 match card and if you're into BA then this should be a fun card to watch. If you're thinking about checking out Battlarts, this doesn't have much in the way of real blow-away matches that could turn you into a fan for life, but there's some strong performances that may get you primed to watch more. I totally recommend it. Maybe not as a "buy it" but at least give it a watch.

Sunday, September 26, 2010


The Wife and I walk over to the Congress Theatre ready to rock and roll. About a half a block away I realized we were walking next to Jimmy Jacobs. Crazy. He looked like he was getting pumped up for the show so I didn't feel like bothering him. I really felt like giving him a hug after his "Revealed" YouTube Videos.

Once we get inside the line has already started for Bryan Danielson. We got some THUNDERSTIX and a couple of posters and I got a FREE TICKET to see  LA PARKA the next day at the Congress. I'll be sure to tell you about that when that today, I guess. WRESTLING!

Let's get to the Bonus Card

I swear I wanted to remember these guy's names. One dude was called El Gringo, I think. But these three fellas were selected from the tryout/seminar that was held earlier that day. Da Soul Touchaz are an awesome group that I've seen before, here in Chicago. I was a little disappointed because C-RED was on the other side of the ring from me, and he's a pretty funny dude. I probably missed out on something. the match was okay. 

The crowd was really into the Da Touchaz, and Willie "Da Bomb" was killer as usual. I love this guy. He murders one guy with a sit out power bomb that looked pretty insane. And his Pounce at the end sent the guy flying into the ropes. It just looked scary as hell. Really good showing for them and I hope they become a part of the company moving forward. The Jabronies were nothing too special and nothing really stood out about them. Other than they got their SOUL TOUCHED!.... what ever that means.

Silas Young is the AAW Champion. Samuray works here in the midwest, but I've only seen him in a couple of videos online. He looked somewhat impressive, so I think he's fit in really nice with these guys. It's a pretty solid match that had some spots I hadn't seen before. I don't think there were many folks familiar with Samuray but he did get in some really awesome spots and I think he walked out with more fans than he had before. SILAS YOUNG has an awesome finish that I don't think I'd seen him do before. You know that Lucha thing where a guy stands on his head on the top turn buckle? He does that and then pulls his body in really fast and twists so that he ends up bouncing his ass off the top rope and doing a moonsault. It's like Rey's version of the split-legged moonsault that isn't "split-legged". Because he's trying to pull in really fast so he can hit it, Silas has a ton of momentum going backwards and it looks pretty cool. Really fun and quick three way that everyone looked strong in.

Not really a fan of Kyle O'Relly but I love me some Arik Cannon. I might wonder if his forte is mult-man matches though. There was good story going on here. Some wrestling holds being applied early on. There was one cool moment where some fans were asking Arik Cannon to chop Kyle, so he did. Really lit him up a couple of times. Later when Kyle is coming back he says, "So you guys want chops, huh?" And goes to chop Arik but Arik counters and delivers some chops again. Funny stuff. Arik's twisty brain buster finish looked the sickest I've ever seen it. Just a nasty freaking move that feels like he broke somebody's neck. I was really happy to see him get the win.

I went back out and checked out the 5 dollar bins. Found some All Japan Classics, and some 80's New Japan that I don't need since I've got THE BEST of that Era for that company. There was some North Eastern Wrestling tapes that I wanted to get because I didn't know the company but I think Great Sasuke was involved. My wife keeps asking about seeing BxB Hulk. Did I mention she LOVES BxB Hulk. Well she does. I end up buying the previous two Chicago Shows on DVD, with the plan being that I'm going to have Shingo sign it later.

Once we make our way back to the seats, I notice that Section C, which is opposite the entrance ramp is a ridiculous section. Just some really odd folks showing up and their third row has added like 7 extra seats. Also in the 1 st Row there were two open seats that some guys just walked up from the general admission sections and sat in. I'm telling you this because things happen later.

I'm not sure what happened to Jigsaw as he and Quack were originally scheduled to face Speed Muscle, and Hulk and Tozawa were supposed to have a non-title fight. But instead this went down. It's still a non-title fight. BxB comes out and the girl with him is acting really shitty. She rolls her eyes at his whole routine and isn't even clapping to the beat. My wife is PISSED. She had said before the show started that they needed to get dancers that actually gave a shit and she got the most not shit giving person possible. Turns out it was all apart of an evil plot, because when Hulk finishes she hits him in the nuts. Apparently she's with Moxley, and he comes out and takes her to the back while Tozawa capitalizes. Quack of course rushes in as the third opponent to even things up.

Tozawa is AWESOME in this. I had to boo him because he was a big cheater and BxB Hulk is the mother f'n man, but holy crap was Tozawa funny. Straight up told the ref to "Shut the fuck up" and would count with him when the ref would administer a 5 count. Just hilarious stuff. He definitely had the crowd eating it up. It's a really fun 3-Way and Quack was having lots of fun, but it wasn't a stand-out performance for him. Which isn't saying he was bad or anything, Quack is so consistent it's insane, he just didn't stand out the way Tozawa did. BxB Hulk straight up murders Tozawa with some kicks to the skull just nasty looking stuff before winning. He takes the mic and tells Kamikaze USA he's going to take them out. 

So the my boys came back out and I got kind of excited, thinking they were gonna call some body out or whatever, AND THEY DID. They challenged anybody from DGUSA to come get some. Out comes BRODIE LEE, who takes them all on at the same time. And beats them. FACT: I was pissed. I came in so excited to see Da Soul Touchaz, and they were awesome. And then Brodie Lee kills them. Fuck that guy. I'll boo his ass any day of the week now. He gets on the mic and says he isn't done, he's coming for a Japanese Man next. My wife pats me on the shoulder and says, "He's coming for you, kick his ass, Jae!" I say, "He beat up Da Soul Touchaz, what the hell am I gonna do?" 

SO this match was great. But I had a serious fucking problem. Remember that Section C that I told you about. There was some Drunk Teenagers yelling the most racist fucking shit. They were doing the "Love you long time!" stuff, telling Shingo they were sorry he had a small dick. It was fucking awful, and I hadn't heard shit like that since I was a kid growing up. I cannot tell you fucking irate I was during this match. These guys weren't heckling because they didn't like Shingo or anything, they were just being assholes and making fun of them because they were Japanese. When I was a kid, I got teased for looking different. I was the only Japanese kid in my school. People would pull at their eyes and do the "Me Chinese" rhyme, and I tell ya, hearing teenagers do this shit 20 years later gets under my goddamn skin. I know you guys and gals that are reading this came here for a wrestling report, but I have to tell you about this shit. It isn't right, and the fact that I'm sitting here and this other Japanese kid is sitting a row in front of them, while they're doing their best Charlie Chan and yelling "wonton soup" or "Shweet and showah sauce" is ridiculous. Of course, I looked around to see if anyone else gave a shit, but no. No one did. They make this hollow announcement about being a family friendly show and how folks should be respectful, and there's no one there to  enforce it. Which I'll get to later.

This match was awesome, and I can't wait to watch it again on my TV to see what I missed while I was pissed off. I didn't think it was going to be so hot going in even though I like both guys. But I just don't feel like their styles have ever meshed very well in the past. But they really made it work. You've probably seen a match similar to this if you keep  up with DG's show Infinity, as it felt very familiar to me. But it's hella fun to see live. Especially if you're in a section where people aren't being racist assholes. Shingo nails a lariat that looked like it caught Kid right in the face and Kid was his usual consistent self. The crowd had some very pro-Shingo fans, so this was probably a great bout as, he got to do a lot of power spots with the smaller Dragon Kid. It took a couple of finishers, but eventually Kid stayed down. 

Also sometime during this match those guys I mentioned earlier that took those front row seats left. The reason they were empty was because -

Chicago Street Fight

Jon Moxley comes out, rampaging around the ring, grabs those two chairs that were empty and tosses them into the ring. Those were his, I guess. But either way, I guess those guys aren't getting their seats back. So yay. 

Jimmy Jacobs comes out and he's wearing the Age of the Fall Gear. He's got the bloody Jacket and a huge chain. He had said in his videos that he was going to do something he never thought he'd do again and it looks like this is it. He starts talking about how here in Chicago he hung a man upside down and drank his blood, and the crowd is getting into it. Then he takes off the bloody jacket and throws it at the ring. 

"But that was all in the past. You see, before that. Before the Revolution. Before I fell in love... there was a time when you could say, people would say...I was a little... berserk." 

He then rips off his pants to reveal the fuzzy boots and the HUSS tights. And Shit is ON! They take this through the crowd and fight quite a bit right next to me. Jimmy Jacobs just takes it to Moxley all through the crowd and one guy holds up a chair and Jimmy runs  his head into. They make their way to the ring where Jimmy is still in control. The crowd is loving the Huss stuff. Moxley finally gets the upper hand and starts beating Jimmy down. Eventually he picks up the big chain and rears back to charge Jimmy with it. But then Jimmy reaches into his boots and pulls out two SPIKES. Moxley Charges anyway, misses and gets spiked in the forehead. BLOOD.

This was a really fun match and one of my favorite Jimmy Jacobs matches in recent memory. I really had a lot of fun watching this. Both guys get really brutal with each other, and I highly recommend checking this one out when it finally airs. Jimmy wraps the chain around Mox's throat and applies the choke on him. Yamato comes out and breaks it up to save his Kamikaze USA brother. Then Brodie Lee comes out and apparently the Japanese man he's come for is Yamato. They fight to the back. Moxley still gets the upper hand, and takes Jimmy's jacket and puts it over his head. He then wraps the chain around his neck so that it stays, and proceeds to beat the crap out of with a chair, until Jacobs stays down for a three count.

I was disappointed with the outcome but I can't think of really anything bad to say about it. Jimmy Jacobs was just really awesome in this, and looked really inspired. GREAT MATCH.

BxB Hulk and Shingo were both outside during intermission and I finally got my BxB Hulk 8x10 signed. I only need Dragon Kid left out of the seven I've collected. They had more 8X10's but the one's I didn't have weren't at the show so I held off until hopefully the next show. I also saw Shingo and got him to sign my DVD. YAY.

I tried to find some one that looked like they worked for the show, to talk to them about these assholes in section C, but everyone was dressed the same so who knows. I walked over to a guy at the Dragon Gate table and talked to him about it. I asked "Is there anyone I can talk to about doing something about them?"

He responds: "...well... I don't see what we should do about it know...."

Awesome. So now I'm going into the second half of this show pretty much ready to stab somebody. 

As we sit down these assholes take their seats and move it CLOSER to ME. I can feel my whole body tense up and my wife is doing that thing that women do when they know their guy is about to lose their shit. You know, that silent grab of the arm. But then this fifth member to their party shows up. And he's apparently the Dragon Gate fan. Through out the rest of the card there's no more racist shit, and I think I have this guy to thank. The trade off being that he smelled of beer piss, so I had to sit next to that, but I'll take it over people ruining YAMATO vs. Danielson with racist shit. But fuck did I want to bash their faces in.

Pretty fun match indeed. The story going in is Johnny Gargano and Drake Younger hate each other. I like Gargano and I really don't like Drake Younger. These are where my allegiances lie. Drake gets taken out big time early on. Johnny has this move he he carries a guy like he's going to do the snake eyes and then tosses you into the second turn buckle. It's a sick move. But he takes it up a notch here and does into the guardrail. I'm telling you right now, I was sitting right there, I saw the impact with my own eyes, Younger took that rail with the side of his head and it was DISGUSTING. So he was was out for most of the match. It was just hellacious, and I hope it got caught on tape. 

Gargano and Chuck decide to be bros and beat up on Rich Swann who is a pretty slick dude. There's two moments where Chuck and Gargano almost turn against each other but to decide to "Hug it Out". Rich makes a big come back and starts getting psyched for something big. I think it's Gargano is lying down, and Rich starts hopping and attempts a STANDING 450 SPLASH. Sadly he doesn't make it and it becomes a 360 Foot Stomp, but holy crap was he close, and thankfully it came off really cool. But yeah, I wanna be there when pulls that shit off. Drake Younger makes his return and hits his spots, and he's bloodied up. I really don't care for this guy, regardless of the ridiculous bumps he takes.

The finish is fun because Gargano goes for the kill and Chuck tosses him off the top rope and hits the Awful Waffle for the win on Rich Swann, I think. Really fun match and I highly suggest checking out Rich Swann.

Even before seeing the last two matches, I'm pretty positive this is already a better show than the last Chicago show.

Originally this was supposed to CIMA vs. Ricochet as a tryout match for being a member of Warriors International. I'm really glad this match happened instead because it was really really AWESOME. The first half was like your typical Dragon Gate tag. Speed Muscle was really laying it in on CIMA and Ricochet. But this eventually became Ricochet's coming out party. This guy is sick. He does a Sasuke Special that ends with this crazy no hands corckscrew over the top rope that you can't even imagine until you see it. Just outrageous. Him and CIMA's Corner was on my side of the ring, and there was one really cool moment with us and Ricochet. Twice in the match Yoshino called for  a top rope move and both times CIMA blocked it. On the second time a dude in the front row went "Dam you CIMA!" Ricochet, who's laying on the apron beat up, says wearily, "hey....that's my partner." I love shit like that. 

I seriously thought going into this that Ricochet was the obvious fall guy but his team not only wins but he makes the pin. And holy shit was it crazy. He went up top, and pulled a move I didn't even know was possible. A DOUBLE MOONSAULT. It was INSANE. It was the craziest thing I'd ever seen. WATCH THIS MATCH. 

CIMA is incredulous. Doing the finger spin thing and asking Doi and Yoshino "How many times?"

Then CIMA grabs the mic, and I'm pretty sure this could be one of the greatest promos ever. Last time CIMA had the mic he was reading his English from a paper, but he was way more fluent and confident now. First thing he says, " a move!.....Holy SHIT." And so the crowd goes into a Holy Shit chant. CIMA then gives him a ton of praise and is cracking me up. Then Johnny Gargamo comes out to boos, as no one wants him to mess this moment up. 

Gargano tells CIMA that he's had a lot of growing up to do and he's got a long way to go. But tonight he's going to give credit where credit is due and tells Ricochet that he deserves it. Crowd cheers. He lifts Ricochet's hand and everyone is so excited. By the way, I'm reviewing EVOLVE 3 where Gargano fights Ricochet, and I suggest checking it out.

CIMA grabs the mic from Gargano and says, "Johnny Gargano you go backstage now, okay?" And Gargano leaves. I swear I almost doubled over laughing, and I'm now saying this line all the time. CIMA extends a membership to Ricochet and asks him to lead the crowd in an "Uuuuu" chant. Ricochet has now idea what to say right now and just leaves it at "Uuuuu"

You're going to hear about this match a lot, and you're going to hear about Ricochet being "the real deal." Check it out. The guys is just plain out of this world, and I'm really happy for him. Just a great guy and an awesome match.


Bryan came out to his new WWE music, much to many of the fans disappointment. You know what they wanted. 

This match was rad as hell. I had heard that some folks were worried Danielson was going to "play it safe" but I assure you this isn't the case. I'm not going to go into too much detail as I think there was just so many cool things about it. But there was some great build ups. For example, Bryan would do some cheating and Bryce would count to 5. Everyone in the crowd would say, "The Line" and Bryan wouldn't say anything. He'd just give Bryce a look. Then really late into the match, Bryan busts out Cattle Mutilation and everyone gets excited. YAMATO makes the rope and Bryce gives the count. Bryan lets go. He's out of breath, beat up, and says" Heeeeeey. I've got till 5." It was the coolest delivery and just a hilarious moment that got the crowd chanting "That was Awesome." Which, I know sounds silly, but it really fucking was. 

There's also a really cool moment where Danielson is going to dive on Yamato but Yamato climbs under the ring and sneaks up behind him. This happens again later, except Danielson is wise to the act and follows Yamato to the other side. When Yamato tries to sneak in, Daneislon drop kicks him off the apron. Yamato flings himself over the railing into the crowd and lifts his hands up basically saying "HA HA No dive for you, come and get me, bitch." But Danielson springs onto the top rope and dives into the crowd after him. AMAZING. 

Just a really fun match, and I feel really lucky to see it live. Danielson went nuts with the elbows and slapped on the Lebell Lock for the tap out. Moxley came out for the sneak attack but BxB Hulk came out for the save. Afterwards Danielson made a great speech to the crowd.

"I'm not big. I'll never be big. I'm not a superstar. And I'll never be a superstar. I'm a wrestler. And I'm proud to be a wrestler.
But sometimes wrestling isn't enough. Sometimes you have to fight. And Johnny Moxley, at Milwaukee I'm not going to wrestle you. I'm not going to slap on a wrist lock or an arm bar. I'm GOING TO FIGHT YOU. So. If ANY of you PEOPLE want to see JOHNNY MOXLEY GET HIS FUCKING HEAD KICKED IN, YOU WILL BE IN MILWAUKEE TOMORROW NIGHT!"

Just so much passion it sent chills up my spine. He also made a funny joke about how if everyone would come to the WWE shows and hum "Final Countdown" maybe he could get the music and he'd actually be over. There's a reason why Bryan Danielson is called the best in the world and it isn't just because he can wrestle. It's because he's a real guy with real passion, and I look forward to the day I can cheer him on to his first World Title.

I had one last 8x10 that I needed signed and it was of Dragon Kid. Guess who was already waiting for me when we hit the lobby? I ran over and got his autograph to finally get it and  he reached out and shook my hand. It was totally a better reward than when I finally saved Princess Peach from Bowser.

I'm still pissed about the way the event staff handle the crowd. The staff aren't obviously the staff as the ushers are dressed the same as you or me. And of course if you talk to some one about, it's met with apathy. I can feel my fingers telling me to type a big angry email to DGUSA about it, but I'm trying to let me head cool.

Regardless of those assholes, I truly  believe this was a better show from top to bottom than the other two Chicago Shows DGUSA has had. The first one might be better but I'd have to watch it again. I think the big difference is the American indy guys really came through and held their own. There's more characters to cheer for and boo outside of the main attraction Japanese guys. Their American counterparts are really stepping up and don't look so out of place in the ring with them.
Didn't get any word on the next time they'd be coming back, which makes me sad, but I really can't wait. If DGUSA comes to your neck of the woods - GO.