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AJPW 2010 PURORESU LOVE in RYOGOKU Vol. 9 PPV 3/21/10 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan
-3hr 50min. Q=Perfect. 2 DVDs

Seiya Sanada & Hiroshi Yamato vs. Super Crazy & Yasufumi Nakanoue 8:30

Taiyo Kea & NOSAWA Rongai, & MAZADA vs. Rene Dupree & Hate & Toshizo 7:56

Kiyoshi & Bushi vs. Chessman & Dark Ozz 7:17

Masayuki Kono vs. Suwama 19:30

Taru & Big Daddy Voodoo & Minoru vs. Osamu Nishimura & Akebono & Shuji Kondo 8:30

9/26/09 Yokohama Bunka Taiikukan: Masakatsu Funaki vs. Minoru Suzuki 10:44. Given the DQ finish, most veterans would just do a throwaway match, but these two did anything but loaf around and take it easy. They instead did just the opposite, doing the sort of intense and brutal worked shoot the long awaited rematch of the Pancrase founders deserved to be. There was a nasty exchange of the old Pancrase open hand strikes, but Funaki was clearly winning the standup, as his kicking was far superior to Suzuki's. He knotted his thigh up with low kicks, and mixed in the lower percentage spinning and jumping ones as well. I didn't think Funaki throwing in his modified tombstone and missile kick was worthwhile as that was all the non shoot style action in the fight, but my complaint would be more that the match was a bit too showy in the sense that they got the submissions on too easily. Still, it was great to see a high quality worked shoot in 2009, and all the more impressive that it wasn't just a shallow rehash of their PWFG stuff from the early 1990's. Suzuki was able to get it to the ground and make it a submission match, and the mat work was very impressive as well. However, he was getting frustrated at his inability to seal the deal, and suddenly lost it, repeatedly trying to choke sleeper Funaki in the ropes, tossing the ref for the DQ rather than respecting the rope break. Although arguably the biggest accomplishment of the U.W.F. these two were an important part of was no gimmicky finishes, the fact that they took it so seriously made you not only forgive the indescretion, but actually really want to see the big cage match it was setting up. ***1/4

Cage Match: Masakatsu Funaki vs. Minoru Suzuki 19:03. The big cage match was a huge letdown given the amazing promise of the 9/26/09 match. It was a combination of 80's UWF and 80's NWA, but they strayed too far from what worked in the previous match, replacing it with steel cage cliches that weren't good 30 years ago and mainly gained popularity because they didn't take any actual skill. Although the 9/26/09 match was too short, that was a lot closer to the length they would probably be most successful at, as this seemed stretched out and lacked the spark, electricity, and intensity that made the previous match notable. Both men bled early with Funaki mounting and busting Suzuki open with rather contrived headbutts and punches then Suzuki coming back by catching Funaki trying a flying knee and dropping him backwards into the fence. Most of their offense was kicks and submissions, but it just never never felt like a shoot. The matwork wasn't to their capability, but there were a lot of impressive strikes in the 2nd half, with a few big palm blow exchanges and Funaki showing his athleticism and flexibility with various kicks and knees. The gimmick and blood and whatnot gave it the feel of a big match, yet they weren't able to make it particularly dramatic. **3/4

World Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Kaz Hayashi vs. KAI 16:58. KAI makes a nice showing in his first really high profile junior title match (second challenge overall). Though Hayashi is going for the defense record, KAI isn't at all overmatched, and in fact gets the better of the top dog for the majority of the match. It's quite a spectacular contest, but it's not structured at all, pretty much all flash and no substance. They spend a lot of time on the outside, where Hayashi injures his ribs when KAI hits a footstomp off the apron onto a table. However, while Kaz keeps acting injured, this never plays a genuine role in the bout, and neither really does anything else. There's a lot of nice stuff such as dueling swandive missile kicks and an avalanche style final cut, but I always felt as though I were watching an exhibition. ***1/2

Triple Crown Heavyweight Title Match: Satoshi Kojima vs. Ryota Hama 20:15

AJPW BBanquet #262 6/21/10 RISE UP TOUR 2010 Opening taped 5/16/10 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
& AJPW BBanquet #263 6/28/10 RISE UP TOUR 2010 Opening taped 5/16/10 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1hr 50min. Q=Perfect

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Hiroshi Yamato vs. KAI 11:47 of 15:08. These two partners came through the All Japan dojo together in 2007. KAI has been the more successful of the two in their brief careers, but this was a fierce action packed battle where Yamato proved the two up and coming juniors were at equals at the very least. This was no friendly match, they fought like they meant it, throwing everything they had at each other both in terms of offense and impact. It wasn't shocking that KAI ended up bleeding, although it obviously wasn't intended as they cracked heads late in the match when KAI stopped Yamato's charge with an elbow. Otherwise, it was mostly very well executed. The action was really good and the effort was certainly there, but the structuring wasn't much, they pretty much just rolled out whatever they were capable of Dragon Gate style, so nothing felt overly important and they couldn't sustain the crowd reaction. Still, it was definitely a memorable match with many impressive spots. Yamato's tope style spear where he tackled KAI off the apron to the floor may have been the first time a spear has ever impressed me. KAI got a measure of revenge by putting Yamato through a table with a diving footstomp off the apron. ***1/2

Ryota Hama & Masayuki Kono & Seiya Sanada vs. Minoru Suzuki & Masakatsu Funaki & Masa Fuchi 15:17 of 20:04

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NOSAWA & MAZADA & FUJITA vs. Minoru Tanaka & Hate & Toshizo 6:11 of 8:55

TARU & Rene Dupree & Lance Cade vs. Taiyo Kea & Akebono & BUSHI 6:36 of 9:18

Satoshi Kojima & Kaz Hayashi vs. Suwama & Shuji Kondo 18:09 of 22:04. Kaz vs. Kondo is always magic. There wasn't enough of their segments though, as they were integrated with the heavyweights. Suwama is always going to fight a heavyweight style. He did it well, but he was more suited to wrestling Kojima, even if Kojima was the worst in the match. Kojima is good when it comes to wrestling the juniors, and did a better job against Kondo (though most of the credit goes to Kondo) than Suwama did with Hayashi, but he was on autopilot, just going through his routine, and he's been a lot quicker on sequences and transitions. Hayashi made everyone else look slow here, but Kondo still caught him with his big power moves. Overall though, just too much of the heavyweights, who weren't doing a big match. ***

AJPW BBanquet Puroresu Live Special Cross Over 2010 Final 7/4/10 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan
-3hr 45min. Q=Perfect. 2 DVDs

Voodoo Murders (Rene Dupree & TARU) vs. Masanobu Fuchi & Yasufumi Nakanoue 11:46

KAI & Power Pro Kamen (Kaz Hayashi) vs. Antonio Thomas & TAKA Michinoku 10:33

Lance Cade vs. Seiya Sanada 9:21

Team Challenge Captain's Hair vs. Hair Match: BUSHI & Hiroshi Yamato & Shuji Kondo [c] vs. Voodoo Murders (Hate & MAZADA [c] & Minoru) 14:01

Masakatsu Funaki vs. Big Daddy Voodoo 7:33

World Tag Title Decision Match: Partisan Forces (Akebono & Taiyo Kea) vs. New Generation Force (Ryota Hama & Suwama) 20:36

Triple Crown Heavyweight Title Match: Minoru Suzuki vs. Masayuki Kono 25:19

AJPW 2010 PURORESU LOVE in RYOGOKU Vol. 10 PPV 8/29/10 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan
-4hr. Q=Perfect. 2 DVDs

Osamu Nishimura & Antonio Thomas vs. Masa Fuchi & Hiroshi Yamato 10:57

Shuji Kondo & KAI & BUSHI vs. Minoru & MAZADA & Hate 7:41

Taiyo Kea & Akebono vs. Ryota Hama & Super Crazy 9:26

Masakatsu Funaki vs. Masayuki Kono 13:09. It was Funaki's show, and he drew more upon his NJPW junior background than all his years in worked and legit shoots despite an opponent who has also spent considerable time in Pancrase. Although it was an ultra stiff match with lots of striking and a few leg locks, it was contested almost totally in a pro wrestling manner, complete with rope running, corner charging, and even Funaki dropkicking Kono off the top to the floor and following with a pescado. Funaki is still very athletic, and was quite crisp. Kono did fine as well, but again failed to overtake the former Pancrase kingpin in this rematch from the 2010 Champion Carnival semifinals. **1/2

Asia Tag Title Match: TARU & Big Daddy Voodoo vs. Manabu Soya & Seiya Sanada 22:40. They gave the appearance of a total route, having Voodoo Murders dominate the first half in the most routine of manners. The pace was incredibly slow, with TARU & Voodoo just standing around, hitting their helpless prey when they felt like putting that much effort into the match. Soya & Sanada did all the stupid small guy spots to make Mabel look like a king, running at him so he'd either bowl them over or slam them and Soya even tried to lift him fireman's carry style only to get clubbed in the back. The faces ever so gradually did better, with Sanada's quickness and athleticism finally beginning to show minor dividends. Eventually they had Voodoo in trouble, which prompted TARU to jump in and put the stick to them. The final portion was pretty good, and Soya & Sanada scoring the upset is a major plus that will lead to much better matches in the future, but too much of the match was a dull plod. **

KENSO (Kenzo Suzuki) vs. The Great Muta 10:30

World Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Kaz Hayashi vs. Jimmy Yang 18:30. Although it wasn't in the class with the epic 2009 PPV Jr. title matches, it overachieved considerably, easily being the best Yang singles match I've seen. What they sacrificed in length and build they somewhat made up for in action without making it particularly implausible. Yang was in full control of his body and totally on with his timing, hitting everything he tried. Hayashi was in top form, and dominating the match to allow Yang to play the Sasuke role of selling then coming back with some spectacular flying was the recipe for success. Hayashi clipped Yang's knee at every turn, with his early kneebreaker off the apron onto the guard rail being the highlight of the match. ***3/4

Triple Crown Heavyweight Title Match: Minoru Suzuki vs. Suwama 44:24. Hard fought 70's style title match, building ever so slowly with body work leading to submission. I was never blown away, but I felt like they were progressing toward the finish rather than doing a lot of neat stuff because they could. They did a good job of setting up the holds and counters, taking advantage of their positioning. Suwama hurt Suzuki's knee early with a reverse Dragon screw, and abused it often when he was on offense. Suzuki focused on submission, looking to put Suwama to sleep but content to win any way he could. The length combined with the effort translated into ever increasing drama. Both men were credible and succeeded at what they were trying to accomplish. It might not be a match of the year, but I was into it throughout, which says something for a no frills match of this length. ***1/2

AJPW BBanquet Special #283 1/10/11 2010 World's Strongest Tag League Final taped 12/7/10
-1hr 55min. Q=Perfect

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