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Osaka Pro TV 1/27/08 Saturday Night Story taped 1/5/08 Osaka Delfin Arena
-1 1/2hr. Q=Perfect

Kanjuro Matsuyama vs. Takoyakeyder 6:37

3 Way Match: Kuishinbo Kamen vs. Ebessan vs. Miracle Man 7:25

Tigers Mask & Tadasuke vs. Super Delfin & Zeus 10:39

Asian Cougar & Tsubasa & Robert Tanaka vs. Black Buffalo & Hideyoshi & Condor 16:29 of 17:30

Osaka Puroresu Tag Title Match: Zero & GAINA vs. Atsushi Kotoge & Daisuke Harada 27:54 of 28:32

Osaka Pro TV 3/1/08 Osaka Hurricane 2008 taped 2/11/08 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan
-2hr. Q=Perfect

Daisuke Harada & Takoyakeyder vs. Robert Tanaka & Tadasuke 6:49 of 8:55

Ultimo Dragon & Takaku Fuke & Flying Kid Ichihara & Atsushi Kotoge vs. Hideyoshi & Masamune & Condor & Kamui 6:53 of 11:57

Jinsei Shinzaki vs. Zeus 6:40 of 15:08

Special Six Man Tag Match: Akebono & Super Delfin & Kuishinbo Kamen vs. Miracle Man & Ebessan & Kanjuro Matsuyama 10:40

Billiken Kid Return Match: Naomichi Marufuji vs. Billiken Kid 8:44 of 13:15. Extremely disappointing match. Billy Ken pushed himself to return for the big show, and even if he were 100% it would be a tough go against the only junior to hold NOAH's heavyweight crown. Billy was a little off his game, while Marufuji was simply uninspired. There was some good action, but Marufuji wasn't taking Kid seriously, and thus didn't put the effort in to make it anything beyond a standard match. Billy was relegated to getting points by hanging with Marufuji, and even there, he didn't kick out of that much, and only had one decent chance at a flash pin with la espalda. **1/4

Osaka Puroresu Tag Title Match: Zero & GAINA vs. Tsubasa & Asian Cougar 14:38 of 19:59

Osaka Pro Singles Title, Mask vs. Mask Match: Tigers Mask vs. Black Buffalo 19:41 of 20:38. They tried for an epic, dramatic match as everything was on the line, but I'm not sure how much of it came off. The problem with these Osaka Pro matches is they don't tell a story, so even in a big blowoff match of a program such as this where there is lengthy backstory, the actual wrestling is just kind of random. The difference here is they took time to sell, tons of time actually. Even early on, they were putting moves over longer than 90's Triple Crown main events. I kind of liked this, but the thing is they hadn't really done anything out of the ordinary to justify that much downtime. That's not to say this was a standard match, as there was a lot more offense, with Tigers making a genuine effort to be more spectacular to complement Buffalo, who doesn't have great offense but is a most willing foil. The match seemed to mean more to Buffalo. He's one of the few remaining originals, a man who had never quite made it to the top despite always being one of their most respected performers, and who had recently made it back after over a year absence due to alcoholism and depression. As a Buffalo fan, you just had to mark out a little seeing Buffalo pour his heart out, trying all he could think of to end the reign of his slightly younger opponent. Buffalo got over that it was a career changing match, one way or the other. Keep in mind that it was with this reign that Tigers had gone from Buffalo's also ran, stuck in the shadow position into a star that larger companies were beginning to take notice of. Buffalo knew that was in his grasp, but so was the revelation that he was former garbage wrestling president Keisuke Yamada. ***

Osaka Pro TV 4/13/08 Osaka Holiday Paradise taped 3/23/08 Osaka Delfin Arena
-1 1/2hr. Q=Perfect

Tadasuke vs. Masamune 8:35

Ebessan vs. Black Buffalo 0:48 + 5:22

Zeus & Daisuke Harada vs. Zero & Condor 12:19

Super Delfin & Asian Cougar & Kuishinbo Kamen vs. Miracle Man & Kanjuro Matsuyama & Takoyakeyder 14:07

Tigers Mask & Tsubasa & Robert Tanaka vs. GAINA & Hideyoshi & Atsushi Kotoge 15:55

Osaka Pro TV 5/11/08 Osaka Pro-Wrestling Story #41 The 9th Anniversary taped 4/29/08 Matsushita IMP Hall
-1 1/2hr. Q=Perfect

Daisuke Harada & Tadasuke vs. Takoyakeyder & Tomoya Kinukawa 5:11 of 8:20

Osaka Puroresu World's #1 Title: Miracle Man vs. Kanjuro Matsuyama 7:53

Black Buffalo & Tsubasa & Asian Couger & Robert Tanaka vs. Hideyoshi & Masamune & Condor & Atsushi Kotoge 8:45 of 11:59

Special Singles Match: Akebono vs. Zeus 8:51

Delfin Army Re-Formation Special 10 Man Tag Match: TAKA Michinoku & Super Delfin & Jinsei Shinzaki & Gran Naniwa & Yone Genjin vs. Tigers Mask & Super Demekin (Zero) & GAINA & Kuishinbo Kamen & Ebessan III 15:48

Osaka Pro TV 6/15/08 Saturday Night Story Future Generation taped 5/31/08 Osaka Delfin Arena Dotonbori
-1 1/2hr. Q=Perfect

Mecha Mummy vs. Super Robo K 5:39

Tadasuke vs. Naoki Setoguchi 6:46

Miracle Man & Ebessan III vs. Super Delfin & Kanjuro Matsuyama 13:42

Hideyoshi & Masamune vs. Tigers Mask & KUSHIDA 15:37

Black Buffalo & Asian Cougar vs. Atsushi Kotoge & Daisuke Harada 12:59

Osaka Pro TV 7/13/08 Osaka Pro Chapter 42 Osaka Tag Festival 2008 taped 6/29/08 Osaka Delfin Arena Dotonbori
-1 1/2hr. Q=Perfect

Black Buffalo vs. Kazuaki Mihara 5:59 of 6:45

Hideyoshi & Masamune vs. Tigers Mask & Takoyakeyder 10:54 of 11:07

Osaka Tag Festival Semifinal: TAJIRI & KUSHIDA vs. Zeus & Daisuke Harada 15:11

Super Delfin & Kuishinbo Kamen & Ebessan III vs. Tsubasa & Miracle Man & Kanjuro Matsuyama 11:41 of 13:22

Osaka Tag Festival Final: Zeus & Daisuke Harada vs. Atsushi Kotoge & Tadasuke 15:07 of 15:21

Osaka Pro TV 9/21/08 Osaka Pro Chapter 43 taped 8/31/08 Matsushita IMP Hall
-1 1/2hr. Q=Perfect

Naoki Setoguchi Return Match: Kazuaki Mihara vs. Naoki Setoguchi 4:25 of 8:38

Super Delfin & Takoyakeyder vs. Takaku Fuke & Ebessan III 9:15 of 13:14

Osaka Owari Title & 3 Way Match: Kanjuro Matsuyama vs. Kuishinbo Kamen & Kikutaro 11:32 of 11:37

Special Singles Match: Toshiaki Kawada vs. Tigers Mask 9:59. I would have loved to see Tigers give Kawada a real fight, but having the guy who dominated your promotion for the past year and a half be a jobber to the stars isn't much of an idea. Tigers put up a good fight for a little while, and considering the match was so short and one-sided, it was surprisingly good, as Kawada at least showed up and gave us a hard fought match. Kawada laid into Mask good, laughing off Tigers baseball pitch slap and forcing Tigers to throw some serious shots. Tigers stepped up the stiffness, throwing some of his best kicks, and mixing in an occasional athletic move. The abrupt much too soon ending was really sorry though, as Kawada just put him away out of nowhere with a lariat and stretch plum. **1/2

Zeus & Atsushi Kotoge & Daisuke Harada & Tadasuke vs. Black Buffalo & Tsubasa & Masamune & Miracle Man 15:51. The sort of match that makes you hopeful, as the young generation produced a higher end match, and the old generation was shining right along with them. They started fast, and pretty much ran the ropes or brought stiff strikes for the duration. The match was very consistent with the quality was more or less equally good no matter who was in. Zeus was the exception, but he has coordinated his movements a lot better and can actually move pretty fast now that he's not tripping over his feet or muscles. I won't say he's a nice change of pace, but he showed the potential to be if his offense develops beyond the most generic strong man spots. The match wasn't exactly dynamic or even dramatic despite B&G having to split up if they failed to win. About the only change is they kicked it up a gear for the final few minutes, bringing their dives and more spectacular flying moves. It came down to Buffalo and Harada, with Harada surviving Buffalo's surge and scoring the upset. ***1/4

Osaka Pro Singles Title: Hideyoshi vs. Billiken Kid 20:18 of 26:56. Billy once again proved his worth as a wrestler, giving a much different performance than we might expect, but proving to be in total command of this more thoughtful encounter. He crafted an extremely focused story match with Hideyoshi injuring his arm crashing the post when Billy avoided his corner charge, and Billy working it for all he was worth. Billy reintroduced the arm to the post and directed his highspots such as the missile kick and the diving footstomp when Hideyoshi was using the ropes to pull himself up, all for the purpose of setting up an arm submission. They worked a medium pace, doing a very good job of selling. Hideyoshi made several brief comebacks, but his arm always let him down. There was a nice spot where Billy reversed an irish whip and hit an ipponzeoi into an armbar. They came close to seeing it through to the end, only to have Hideyoshi unconvincingly win with his katanagari cobra clutch submission almost out of nowhere after Billy had spent the entire match totally debilitating the arm and pulled out the Kimura, several jujigatames, and so on. ***3/4

Osaka Pro TV 10/19/08 Saturday Night Story taped 9/13/08 Osaka Delfin Arena Dotonbori
-1 1/2hr. Q=Perfect

Kazuaki Mihara vs. Naoki Setoguchi 5:05 of 8:47

Takoyakeyder vs. Miracle Man 5:07

Billiken Kid vs. Atsushi Kotoge 15:22

Super Delfin & KUSHIDA vs. Kuishinbo Kamen & Kanjuro Matsuyama 13:20

Hideyoshi & Black Buffalo & Masamune vs. Zeus & Daisuke Harada & Tadasuke 14:47

Okinawa Pro TV 11/19/08 Tsujo Eigyo taped 10/25/08 Okinawa & Delfin Arena Kokusaidouri
-1 1/2hr. Q=Perfect

3 WAY Match: Captain "Churaumi Pirates" Zack vs. Agu & Kijimuna 7:12 of 7:16

MWF World Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Goya Mask vs. Golden Pine 13:24 of 13:28

Super Delfin & Kaijin Habu Otoko & Menso~re Oyaji vs. Mil Mongoose & Shisaou & Kanmuriwashi Yoko 16:14 of 16:20

Osaka Pro TV 12/14/08 TEN-NO-ZAN 2008 KING of OSAKA PRO-WRESTLING taped 11/23/08 Osaka Delfin Arena Dotonbori
-1 1/2hr. Q=Perfect

Zeus & Atsushi Kotoge & Daisuke Harada vs. Tigers Mask & Masamune & Orochi 9:14 of 11:49

Asian Cougar Return Match: Hideyoshi & Billiken Kid & Asian Cougar vs. Takaku Fuke & Ebessan III & Kanjuro Matsuyama 9:04

TEN-NO-ZAN Round 1: Miracle Man vs. Kuishinbo Kamen 12:58

TEN-NO-ZAN Round 1: Masanori Ishikura vs. Tadasuke 14:05

TEN-NO-ZAN Round 1: Black Buffalo vs. Tsubasa 14:50

Osaka Pro TV 1/12/09 TEN-NO-ZAN 2008 KING of OSAKA PRO-WRESTLING taped 12/7/08 Matsushita IMP Hall
-1 1/2hr. Q=Perfect

Tadasuke vs. Kazuaki Mihara 6:01 of 7:19

TEN-NO-ZAN Semifinal: Black Buffalo vs. Hideyoshi 8:41. Effective short story match. Buffalo's turn back to his comfortable heel position has resulted in new vigor. Buffalo and his soldiers jumped the champ as he came out, and ganged up on him for much of the match. Hideyoshi's arm was bandaged, and Buffalo used some tactical violence, working it over consistently. It quickly becomes clear that Hideyoshi was going to have to defeat 4 men rather than 1, as when he finally gets one move in they distract the ref and double team him. Hideyoshi still managed one brief run, but then Tigers gets nasty, in theory. Unfortunately, the finish was pretty lame, as Tiger's hit with the billy club that sets it up is as phony as could be. **

TEN-NO-ZAN Semifinal: Billiken Kid vs. Asian Cougar 1:59. The reason I like tournaments to be one match per night is wastes such as this. These two undoubtedly would have had a good match if not for Billy having to come back for the final. Granted, Cougar's knees are all bandaged up and supposedly just about dead coming in, but you know he would have went 15 minutes before succumbing rather than 2 if this were a regular show. Instead, Billy did two kneecap dropkicks, and Cougar couldn't stand move so Tsubasa threw the towel in. I do like that they are telling stories and using health as a deciding factor in who advances, but it's hard to imagine this not being the most useless match of either of their careers. DUD

Tigers Mask & Masamune & Orochi vs. Zeus & Atsushi Kotoge & Daisuke Harada 11:29

Tsubasa & Takaku Fuke & Miracle Man vs. Kuishinbo Kamen & Ebessan III & Kanjuro Matsuyama 14:25

TEN-NO-ZAN Final: Billiken Kid vs. Black Buffalo 18:48. I knew it was going to be Tactical Violence ganging up on Billy, but was expecting a bit more here. Buffalo seemed to wrestle the semifinal with more urgency, and simply be repeating himself in the first half of the match. They changed it up when Hideyoshi had enough, and got his friends to help him forcefully return Buffalo's crew to the locker room. This jumpstarted Billy Ken, and the match in general, though Billy still never approached the level he was at before his repeated arm injuries. Buffalo was no longer able to dominate, and he was running out of gas, having actually wrestled a semifinal. They told the story and put over the toll of the match well, but once Buffalo was forced to go 1 on 1 you knew there was no way he was coming out on top. Billy won the TEN-NO-ZAN tournament for the first time, but was once again sidelined, injuring his shoulder in the process. **3/4

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