New Japan/CMLL Fantastica Mania 1/18 Report, Korakuen Hall
Opening Match: Maximo vs. Jado vs. Taichi
Match of the night contender right off the bat (Not really, but I’m seriously loving it). Lots of great comedy moments in this match. Maximo and Jado should take their show on the road. Great spot where Maximo kissed Jado on the mouth, causing Jado to do the Flair Flop. If ever there was a reason to Flair Flop, I guess that’s it. The kissing did not stop there (fortunately?). Maximo kissed one of the commentators who afterwards needed to be piggy backed out to the back, or straight to the emergency room by the looks of it. Fortunately, the commentator managed to return to the commentary desk a few minutes later, though he was visibly shaken up. Maximo must have one heck of a kiss on him.
Jado at one point went for a Randy Orton Punt Kick on Maximo. Maximo moved out of the way, with what felt like hours to spare. Jado’s Punt Kick attempt looked atrocious. Even worse than Orton’s, and Orton’s looks like hot poop.
Match ended with Maximo kissing Taichi into a state of shock, and then hitting La Magistral.
Notes: Jado looks like a Japanese Christopher Daniels.
Maximo is my new hero!
Match 2: Rey Cometa/Stuka Jr. vs. Yujiro Takahashi/Okumura
I forgot the names while writing so I made up new ones. Blue Guy did a hilarious looking dive off the top turnbuckle where instead of hitting the guy who you expect him to hit in the ring, he hits the guy behind him on the outside of the ring. Cool stuff. Noticed some similar spots a few times throughout the show. It’s a pretty good fake out. Rey Cometa hit a nice running corkscrew to the outside off the second rope. Rey Cometa has some pretty great lucha moves.
The Sex Wrestler won (I guess that’s Yujiro) by beating the Blue Guy with a move of some sort. OK match. Rey Cometa was cool.
Match 3: Kushida/TigerMask/Fuego/Titan vs. YOSHI-HASHI/Niebra Roja/Vangelis/Rey Escorpion
Kushida still dresses as Marty McFly from Back to the Future. That’s a good thing. Silver Mexican Village People Character is creepy looking.
Highlight of the match was the Orange Guy who is not Curry Man, and the Blue Guy who is not Shark Boy (not the Blue Guy from the previous match, either. A different blue guy). Face team has some fun wrestlers.
Creepy Silver Mexican Village People Character got the win with a nice German Suplex Bridge.
Note: Where did YOSHI-HASHI disappear to in that match? Maybe he was just “Nope. This style ain’t for me. I’m going out for pancakes. Later”.
Match 4: BUSHIROAD/Volador Jr. (from this point known as Captain Amexico) vs. El Desperado/ Mascara Dorado (Gold Guy)
I was interested to see what El Desperado was like in the ring after only seeing him for the first time at Wrestle Kingdom 8. First thing he did was get elbowed to the ground by BUSHIROAD. ANTICLIMACTIC! He did do the splits later on though. So that’s something.
Desperado did a sweet flip through the ropes to the outside. I like when guys do flips through the ropes, rather than over the ropes.
Another fun much, great highflying stuff by all involved. Cool spot in the stands where Captain Amexico (’cause he was dressed like Captain America sort of) leapt over a set of stairs onto El Desperado.
El desperado picked up the win with a pretty nasty looking finisher. Don’t know the name or if it’s supposed to look the way it did. Fun match again.
Match 5: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Rush
Nakamura has joined the Prince Devitt Body Paint Party because…I don’t know. Rush came out looking like an adult sized el Torito (Sorry El Torito, you’re an adult, too), who I keep accidentally calling El Dorito. He ain’t corn chips, I know. Is that Rush’s gimmick? Is he El Torito’s papa?
Nakamura removed his mask before the match started to reveal some super creepy face paint to go with his ab-tastic body paint.
Fairly slow paced match, at least in comparison to the previous matches. Is Rush a face or heel? I cant tell. He said “cabron” to Nakamura, so I guess heel, but he interacts with the crowd like a face would. Maybe he’s both face and heel, maybe he’s a FEEL. You’re welcome. Either way, Nakamura beat Rush clean with Bomaye.
Good match, but nothing special. The crowd was a bit crap during this one.
Semi Main is up next. This show felt like it was flying by.
Match 6: Tetsuya Naito/Hiroshi Tanahashi/La Sombra vs. Tomohiro Ishii (Japanese Michael Elgin)/Kazuchika Okada/Ultimo Guerrero
La Sombra is wearing his long sleeved fat shirt. I don’t know if he’s always wrestled in a long sleeve fat shirt, or if he has body issues or what. But it looks like a fat shirt to me. Get rid of it, man. Your bod is fine.
Tanahashi nearly stacked it climbing down from the top turnbuckle early on in the match. It looked like he might have tweaked his leg in doing so. Hopefully not. It didn’t seem to bother him later on in the match so he’s probably fine.
Okada and La Sombra had a nice little get-into-the-ring off. Okada won. They also had some nice let’s-do-each-others-signature-styles/gestures moments. Okada was especially great.
Guerrero’s Senton de la Muerte move in the corner is a good thing. Ultimo Guerrero looked strong in this match. I haven’t seen much of his work before, but I liked what I saw tonight.
Japanese Michael Elgin did a nice delayed, real Michael Elgin style Superplex to Tanahashi off the second rope. Strong guy.
Naito took a nasty bump when he didn’t flip over all the way and landed on the back of his head after getting clotheslined by Japanese Michael Elgin. Looked uncomfortable. He seemed fine though.
La Sombra and Ultimo Guerrero had some good high impact spots together. It seemed like everyone was paired off with a particular opponent for this match; Sombra and Guerrero, Naito and JME (Japanese Michael Elgin), Tanahashi and Okada. They didn’t stray far from each other during this match.
La Sombra did a nice Florida Keys (Mexican Keys?) for a pin attempt. Sorry for that one. By the way, I love when a wrestler is running and is lightly kicked from behind, causing the wrestler to go flying up onto the top rope, as seen here by Guerrero to La Sombra. Gravity be damned.
Guerrero picked up the win with a Reverse Suplex off the middle turnbuckle to La Sombra.
Probably the match of the night, but not the match of my heart. That will forever go to Maximo. After the match, Guerrero said some words in Spanish to La Sombra, who listened to the words in Spanish. I understood some them. He may have said perro.
Also, Naito and JME had a short post match head-butting contest. There was no winner.
Match 7 Main Event: Mistico vs. Mephisto (isn’t that a Marvel Comics villain?)
This version of Mistico is good, but is lacking something that the original had. Mephisto’s mask is pretty great. It’s got teeth. I think Mephisto’s singlet says that he is the King of Hell. It’s good that he can leave Hell to go wrestle in Japan. I wonder who’s in charge while he’s gone. Michael Jackson? (Sorry).
Lots of quick pin attempts by Misty (new nickname) early on. None successful. Obviously. Mistico has a golden “M” on the front of his tights. I thought he was sponsored by Mcdonald’s for a moment. It’s late and I’m getting sleepy.
Holy Shooting Star Press, Batman! Misty hit a terrifying Springboard Shooting Star Press to the outside onto Mephisto. I thought he was going to die.
Match ended with Mephisto hitting a second rope Devil Wings (sounds delicious) for the win.
Again pretty fun stuff. Mistico is super athletic, he just needs a bit of that OG Mistico charisma.
The King of Hell was a pretty nice guy to Mistico post match. That makes me happy.
Great Show! Well worth the 15 bucks. Lots of fast paced action and exciting highflying spots.