PRO-WRESTLING ZERO1-MAX Puroresu Tapes Videos

01-MAX Battle Station 3/13/05 taped 2/4/05 Sendai Miyagi-ken Sports Center
-2hr. Q=Perfect

Ikuto Hidaka vs. Osamu Namiguchi 5:18 of 9:24. Hidaka led Namiguchi through a passable junior style match mixing athleticism and submission. There was no doubt Hidaka was going to win, it was just about Namiguchi gaining some experience in the meantime. *3/4

Juventud Guerrera vs. Shinsuke Z Yamagasa 11:21

Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Rikiya Fudo (Kuroge Waguta) 4:44

Steve Corino & Satoshi Kojima vs. Minoru Fujita & Takao Omori 18:56. An epic stallfest. There's old school, and then there's competing with The Rock for most chinlocks. After 13 minutes of doing nothing they woke up, and went through their favorite moves for the final 6. That final portion was quality, mainly due to obvious jobber Fujita, but I was just annoyed by then. Kojima was the 2nd best, but more because his talent even when simply going through the motions exceeds the capability of the others. *3/4

E-Style: Super Crazy & Masato Tanaka vs. Sonjay Dutt & Spanky 14:20. A tribute to ECW that was a lot of fun, though not exactly what you'd call a good match. It was highly athletic with a lengthy brawling sequence, but just too sloppy with everyone but Tanaka looking lame on at least one occasion. They brawled all over the arena early, using whatever objects they could find and teasing tossing each other off the balcony. After a triple dive sequence off the balcony, they returned to the ring and proceeded to have a regular junior style match. Tanaka & Crazy showed some nice teamwork including a superplex/superfly combo and a spot I've never seen before where Crazy Romero specialed Spanky onto a chair then Tanaka dropkicked the chair into his face. You never really felt like Tanaka's team could lose this match, and the finish was thus rather anticlimactic. **1/2

Shinjiro Otani & Kensuke Sasaki vs. Kohei Sato & Tatsuhito Takaiwa 17:32. Having Otani & Sasaki come out and dominate didn't add intensity or drama to what already seemed an academic main event. Sato performed admirably, doing his best to stand up to the veterans, but it was more energy and enthusiasm than ability. He was the main striker, still trying to parlay his 2 MMA bouts into puroresu credibility. Sato did eventually have a good run, but then Sasaki overwhelmed Takaiwa with his strength. Sasaki didn't do many chops here, instead just being a brute and overwhelming the opposition with his power offense. It was pretty much one way traffic when Sasaki was in, but while Otani did sell some, he generally did a lot less to distinguish himself. In the end, Sasaki & Sato did enough to make it worthwhile, but the outcome was never in doubt so it felt more like a nice semicompetitive undercard runthrough than a main event. **1/2

01-MAX Battle Station 3/22/05 01US E@"CORE.1" taped 3/15/05 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-2hr. Q=Perfect

Osamu Namiguchi vs. Lil Nate 8:15

Kevin Steen vs. Takashi Sasaki 11:25

Mixed Tag Match: Amazing Kong & Steve Corino vs. Saki Maemura & Spanky 9:04

AWA World Junior Heavyweight Title Tournament Qualifying Match:
Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs. Ricky Reyes 13:51

Ikuto Hidaka & Minoru Fujita vs. CW Anderson & Jay Lethal 16:48

Japanese E-Style Tag Match: Kohei Sato & Shinjiro Otani vs. Ryoji Sai & Takao Omori 17:17

Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match: Dick Togo & Sonjay Dutt vs. Alex Shelley & Masato Tanaka 18:22

01-MAX #5 4/29/05 S-ARENA Special Presentation taped 4/22/05 Saitama Citizen Gymnasium
& 01-MAX #6 5/6/05 Chikaru Matsuri taped 4/23/05 Gifu Chamber of Commerce
-2hr. Q=Perfect

Takao Omori & Kamikaze vs. Ryoji Sai & Yoshihito Sasaki 13:47

Amazing Kong vs. Tanny Mouse 7:00

Shinjiro Otani & Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs. Kohei Sato & Fuyuki Takahashi 14:20

Final E-Night: Masato Tanaka & Super Crazy vs. Ikuto Hidaka & Minoru Fujita 11:16 of 19:19. Super Crazy was leaving for Chainsaw Vinnie's morgue, so this was his big wrestling farewell. He did some impressive athletic, counter laden sequences with Hidaka, though it was mostly Hidaka's doing. Hidaka was simply in a league of his own here, and no one could have kept up with him except that wouldn't really have helped the match. But his speed, quickness, athleticism, body control, and timing were standing out in a major way. Unfortunately, Fujita was lacking all those things. He seemed to be injured and just kind of trying to half ass his way through the match, almost just hoping no one would notice that he was going through the motions. Tanaka was good, and it's to his credit that he can wrestle as proficiently in the junior style as he does normally in the heavyweight division. This time he did his superfly and Crazy followed with his moonsault. They kept cutting here and there, so the rhythm was a bit off and I wasn't expecting the match to end already when Crazy turned the Shawn capture into his rolling Crazy. *** range


Yoshihito Sasaki vs. Super Crazy 10:53

Shinjiro Otani vs. Fuyuki Takahashi 11:47

Takao Omori vs. Ikuto Hidaka 8:45 of 10:53. Good little junior vs. heavy match. Omori did a great job of taking Hidaka's moves the way one of his junior opponents would, not slowing him down or making things look clumsy as you'd expect from a heavy. Omori's own offense was pretty lame, mainly rough housing and restmissions, but Hidaka's hot breaks made the match. It was too short and Hidaka didn't exactly push, but it was a far better worked match than I expected, and definitely quite exciting when Hidaka was on offense. **1/4

Masato Tanaka & Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs. Ryoji Sai & Rikiya Fudo 14:12 of 17:52. Tanaka made what could simply have been a standard glorified squash interesting. They roughed Fudo up, with Tanaka putting him through a table with a diving body press then busting him open breaking the table half over his head. Fudo finally made the hot tag, and Sai turned it into a match with his energetic and enthusiastic work, pushing the pace and working some good sequences. Fudo showed no particular skill and was merely carryable, but Tanaka vs. Sai was genuinely good. You knew Sai's team had no chance, but they at least worked themselves into the match during the later stages. **3/4

14-Man Battle Royal 10:02

01-MAX Battle Station 5/28/05 Tenka-ichi Junior Tournament taped 5/20/05 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan 2
-2hr. Q=Perfect

Takeshi Sasaki & Masanobu Kurisu vs. Rikiya Fudo & MIYAWAKI 9:46

World-1 Jr. Tournament B Block: PSYCHO [2] vs. Alex Shelley [0] 6:14 of 9:52. Some decent British style chain wrestling at the outset leading into the more flashy & athletic counters. Shelley was the base, trying to set up PSYCHO, who is just a fantastic athlete though one who is very much still trying to figure out how to capitalize on that. It was entertaining enough while it lasted, but felt very incomplete. **1/4

World-1 Jr. Tournament A Block: Minoru Fujita [2] vs. Danshoku Deino [0] 9:41. I guess when Tomohiro Ishii can make the finals I can't really defend the standard or rich history of the Tenka-ichi tournament, but at least he tries to do something beyond fondle his opponent. This match boasted the silliest croch spot ever. Deino was standing with 1 foot on the middle rope and 1 foot on the top rope poised for a diving move when Fujita dropkicked the top rope to try to knock him off. Instead of falling then or doing the flying move, Deino stands up and starts doing a rope walk (in the opposite direction of where Fujita is lying no less) and then suddenly is "knocked" off balance by the reverberation or something. Well, that about summed how good this one was up, but Deino did eventually pull Fujita's pants down just in case Ricky Fuji was the lone remaining member of the audience who hadn't flipped the channel yet. -*

World-1 Jr. Tournament B Block: Ikuto Hidaka [2] vs. Takehiro Murahama [0] 8:17 of 12:56. The one match in the tournament you absolutely couldn't wait to see, so of course it's short to begin with and then they inexplicably edit nearly 5 minutes out in favor of Deino's ball squeezing. Oy! Two of the best athletes in the sport doing a back and forth, high energy sprint. It was very fluid and perfectly executed, but just so rushed it felt more like an exhibition. Murahama kept flurrying with kicks while Hidaka attacked the knee with high spots to set up the Shawn capture. What they did looked great, but it just had no time to develop. **3/4 range

Takao Omori & Kamikaze vs. Jason the Legend & Justin McCully 15:48

World-1 Jr. Tournament A Block: Tatsuhito Takaiwa [2] vs. Yoshihito Sasaki [0] 16:34

Kohei Sato & Ryoji Sai & GAMMA vs. Shinjiro Otani & Masato Tanaka & Osamu Namiguchi 15:48