PRO-WRESTLING ZERO1-MAX Puroresu Tapes Videos

01-MAX Battle Station 3/8/08 7th Anniversary of ZERO-ONE New Century Creation - SEVEN - taped 3/2/08 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-2hr. Q=Perfect

Minoru Fujita & Kamikaze vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa & Shito Ueda 0:41 of 8:41

Yujiro vs. Osamu Namiguchi 4:57 of 7:11

Mitsuhide Hirasawa & Tetsuya Naito vs. Ryuji Sai & Shota Takanishi 11:21 of 11:40

Takao Omori vs. Manabu Nakanishi 6:53 of 17:50

Masato Tanaka & Ikuto Hidaka vs. Koji Kanemoto & Ryusuke Taguchi 20:26

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kohei Sato 16:43 of 17:08

01-MAX Battle Station 3/26/08 Celebration from the Yasukuni Shrine taped 3/23/08 Yasukuni Shrine Sumo Wrestling Hall
-2hr. Q=Near Perfect

Don Arakawa vs. Kikutaro 2:55 of 7:26

Ikuto Hidaka & Munenori Sawa vs. Masaaki Mochizuki & El Blazer 10:00 of 14:20

Himalayan Tiger & Tengu Baron & Tengu Kaiser vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa & Shota Takanishi & Shito Ueda 12:39 of 13:24

Falls Count Anywhere Match: The Great Sasuke & Great Otani vs. Minoru Fujita & Takuya Sugawara 21:21 of 22:00

Akebono & Ryuji Sai & Sandy Beach vs. Daisuke Sekimoto & Yoshito Sasaki & Kohei Sato 9:13 of 14:51

Masato Tanaka vs. Takao Omori 21:25 of 22:08

01-MAX Battle Station 7/2/08 FANTASTIC FIGHTING taped 6/26/08 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-2hr. Q=Perfect

ZERO1-MAX vs. BattlARTS ~ BATI-BOKO: Osamu Namiguchi & Ken Saito vs. Yuto Yoshikawa & Keita Yano

BATTLE-SOUL-NOW: Minoru vs. Munenori Sawa

KAMIKAZE & Shito Ueda vs. Kohei Sato & Minoru Fujita

ZERO1-MAX vs. GBH: Masato Tanaka & Ryoji Sai vs. Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma

ZERO1-MAX vs. New Japan ~ Dauntless: Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Shinjiro Otani & Takao Omori

International Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Masaaki Mochizuki vs. Ikuto Hidaka 17:07 of 17:21. A very good match, but I felt like it didn't live up to the tremendous potential they have together, or even the early potential the match showed. They devoted the first half to working each other's knees, which I thought was a very promising start. Mochizuki injured Hidaka's with a kneebreaker onto the apron, and Hidaka came back catching a kick on the apron and hitting a Dragon screw into the ring. The knee injuries didn't set up the second half all that well though. Sure, there was a spot where Hidaka's swandive move was compromised, but he went back to it for the swandive missile kick to set up the Shawn capture, which was not only stopped by Mochizuki, but he even rolled into his own kneebar! That was really the climax of most of the knee activities though, and for the most part the second half was about doing nice moves as if neither had injured their knees. These guys can really go, but they are better with more basic offense and more developed sequences and counters than at trading bigger moves. ***1/2

01-MAX Battle Station 7/30/08 HEAT-1 GP FIRE FESTIVAL 2008 taped 7/27/08 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-2hr. Q=Perfect

Fire Festival B Block: Daisuke Sekimoto vs. Ryoji Sai

Fire Festival A Bloc: KAMIKAZE vs. Kohei Sato

Fire Festival B Block: Masato Tanaka vs. Manabu Nakanishi

Fire Festival A Block: Togi Makabe vs. Shinjiro Otani

01-MAX Battle Station 8/9/08 HEAT-1 GP FIRE FESTIVAL 2008 taped 7/31/08 & 8/3/08
-2hr. Q=Perfect

7/31/08 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan 2

Fire Festival A Block: Shinjiro Otani vs. Masaaki Mochizuki

Fire Festival B Block: Masato Tanaka vs. Ryoji Sai

8/3/08 Tokyo Korakuen Hall

Fire Festival B Block Finalist Decision Match: Masato Tanaka vs. Takao Omori vs. Manabu Nakanishi

Fire Festival Final: Masato Tanaka vs. Togi Makabe

01-MAX Battle Station 11/9/08 Tenka-ichi Junior Heavyweight Tournament 2008 Opening taped 10/30/08 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-2hr. Q=Perfect

Ryoji Sai & Shito Ueda & Durango vs. KAMIKAZE & Osamu Namiguchi & Yusaku Obata

Tenka-Ichi Junior Tournament Round 1: The Great Sasuke vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa 9:32 of 12:48. These two were looking their age, and even a bit clumsy. Sasuke did a bunch of nice moves including the Sasuke special where he does the diving headbutt with his opponent on the apron and missing a senton atomico to the floor, but Takaiwa was useless and the match wasn't flowing at all. Junior wrestling is about being graceful and fluid, and this was anything but, and it was just kind of sad to see because you see this matchup and you think it should be good. *3/4

Tenka-Ichi Junior Tournament Round 1: Minoru Fujita vs. Kimbos Rice

Tenka-Ichi Junior Tournament Round 1: Takuya Sugawara vs. Munenori Sawa

Tenka-Ichi Junior Tournament Round 1: Ikuto Hidaka vs. Minoru 23:31 of 24:16. It's been a long time since these two have had a chance to really show what they can do on the mat. I'm not talking about the usual Minoru hits a flying armbar, his opponent struggles to the ropes, and then they run around again. This was an excellent technical match with some really well developed hold and counter hold, with really intricate and super fast movements on the mat. They really knew what they were doing, and could manipulate their body anyway they wanted. The timing was slightly off early on, as they haven't worked with each other of late, but they were really consistent after the early stages, and it was so good when they were on. Minoru attacked Hidaka's hand early, so Hidaka kept shaking it long after he went on the offensive. Hidaka worked Minoru's leg to set up the Shawn capture, but this was a match where they could be opportunistic hookers rather than settling for the usual methodical focus the lesser technical wrestlers are more suited to handle. They did some spectacular stuff as well, including Minoru hitting the nadare shiki fisherman buster after Hidaka blocked the Dragon suplex, but no matter what they did, the moves themselves took a back seat to the speed, quickness, and athleticism. ****

ZERO1-MAX vs. WPF: Shinjiro Otani & Masato Tanaka vs. YaYa Brazil vs. Mr. Wrestling III

World Heavyweight Title: Yuji Nagata vs. Kohei Sato

01-MAX Battle Station 11/16/08 Tenka-ichi Junior Heavyweight Tournament 2008 Final taped 11/8/08 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan 2
-2hr. Q=Perfect

Shito Ueda vs. Osamu Namiguchi

Tenka-Ichi Junior Tournament Semifinal: Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs. Munenori Sawa 14:07 of 14:20. A tough go stylistically putting a power wrestler without any great size against a shooter. Takaiwa leaned more toward Sawa's style, but it wasn't as good as it could have been because Sawa didn't have enough on his strikes. Takaiwa began to throw Sawa around in the second half, but didn't really get nasty until the end. Sawa increasingly switched to Muto mode as the match progressed, which never helps. It was all quite watchable, but you never got the sense that they were clicking. **

Tenka-Ichi Junior Tournament Semifinal: Tenka-Ichi Junior Tournament Semifinal: Minoru vs. Minoru Fujita

Chick Fights SUN 3 Way Match: Saki Maemura vs. Hikaru vs. Haruka Matsuo

Ikuto Hidaka & Yuta Yoshikawa vs. Yusaku Obata & KAMIKAZE

The Great Sasuke & Masato Tanaka & Shinjiro Otani vs. Kohei Sato & Ryoji Sai & Takuya Sugawara

Tenka-Ichi Junior Tournament Final: Minoru vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa 19:34 of 20:48. It'd be nice if every major league effort put the kind of effort into a lesser league tournament that Minoru did. The Hidaka match was two excellent wrestlers pushing each other to achieve a level of technical excellent they aren't able to with pretty much anyone else they wrestle, but Minoru was the one who had to make everything happen here. Takaiwa showed little aptitude to make the power wrestler vs. shooter work earlier in the night against Sawa, but Minoru has high end matches with opponents of any style because he understands how to adapt. This was the usual, Minoru working his shoot style in by countering pro style moves then focusing his attack on a body part. As Minoru was the visiting wrestler, he played heel some, including a chair shot to the knee in his knee attack. Minoru just did technical pro wrestling as opposed to the super flashy shoot style hooking we saw against Hidaka on 10/30/08, but although my preference is toward two equals matching each other, Minoru found a way to make this match excellent as well. As Takaiwa is simply a guy who is going to work in his killer moves, that usually meant doing a number of memorable high spots including Minoru hitting an Orihara moonsault, Takaiwa nearly getting a ring out with a Death Valley bomb on the floor, Minoru countering the Mochizuki powerbomb by going into a kneebar after the first powerbomb, Minoru using Takaiwa's Death Valley bomb on him, and so on. Takaiwa did attack Minoru's injured hand some, so he showed some technical wrestling, but it's always mostly going to be his power moves that make him worthwhile. I've been giving most of the credit to Minoru because he supplied the skill and made it work, but Takaiwa really stepped it up and wrestled the sort of badass, concussive match he's infamous for. I've only watched him sporadically, but it's been quite a while since I've seen him at this level while in full control. ****