Quebrada Pro Wrestling, Puroresu, & Mixed Martial Arts Reviews by Mike Lorefice

NOAH NOAH'S voyage #30 1/26/02 Navigation in Raging Ocean
taped 12/17/01 Sendai Miyagi-ken Sports Center

Yoshinari Ogawa & Takuma Sano & KENTA vs. Scorpio & Michael Modest & Donovan Morgan 8:35 of 12:26. Solid efforts with KENTA working the hardest, and Scorpio and Morgan making legitimate contributions. Hardly the advanced match they were capable of, but there was enough talent involved to make it worthwhile. **1/4

Daisuke Ikeda & Takashi Segiura vs. Vader & Richard Slinger 8:40. Essentially an exhibition match with some comedy tossed in to help pass the time. Vader & Slinger warmed up by lariating each other, so Tamon Honda, who played Segiura’s mentor, followed suit by batting Segiura on the head, though Takashi didn’t take too kindly to the gesture. Vader was the wrecking ball here. He could have beaten either opponent at any time, but preferred to toy with them. Inversely, Slinger was the whipping boy, but the opponents were so lowly they even had to double team him most of the time to get any offense in, and the real purpose of their offense was to set Vader up to come in and bowl them over. *1/4

Akitoshi Saito & Kentaro Shiga vs. Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & Jun Izumida 15:09. Your run of the mill, forgettable house show match. Izumida gives you nothing, and the others were fair. Shiga was the best, not only on talent but he’s also the only one who showed some actual energy. Kikuchi is a bit odd to watch because he can do every style passably, but since his body is shot he winds up halfway between Mr. Versatility and a comedy wrestler. He worked stiffly enough with Saito to be passable, but their wannabe toughguy interactions and mannerisms were difficult not to laugh off. *3/4

Akira Taue & Masao Inoue vs. Takao Omori & Yoshihiro Takayama 13:01. Well done basic work with a lot of striking, but not the kind that would excite anyone. No Fear always give a decent effort, but they weren’t able to get the crowd into the match until the final minute. Taue made a decent effort to carry the match when he was in, even pulling out the enzuigiri. Of course, Inoue carried the load for his team. **

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