I’ve recently discovered that I’m really drawn to a particular type of move in wresting that I’ve taken to calling Delayed Doom. I was going to call it Delayed Death, but that feels a little dark. Delayed Doom is a style of move where the wrestler holds their opponent in a position which they can’t move or escape the move before finishing them off. There are usually a few seconds where the opponent is just waiting for the trigger to be pulled before they’re slammed into oblivion. Delayed Doom.
Usually when I choose a BWE(TW), my choice is based on a great match I’ve just seen the chosen wrestler have, or a culmination of great matches over time. In Akira Tozawa’s case, match quality is not the discerning factor in his becoming BWE (TW). That’s not to say his matches aren’t good. They are. In fact, often times they’re great. I particularly love Tozawa’s bridging delayed German suplex finisher, where his opponent has to suffer the torture of knowing the end is coming and there being nothing that can be done about it. However, Tozawa is the best wrestler this week on account of his personality, and his remarkable knack for not taking himself too seriously.
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- On this week’s J-Shoot Koala Mask fills in for Zach while he’s in Mexico starting an orphanage for the children/a black market underground wrestling school. Koala Mask and Bonski discuss the New Japan Cup finals and the upcoming Invasion Attack card. Also BJW, Zero1, Dragon Gate, and AJPW Champion Carnival blocks. They also talk about Tatsumi Fujinami and his WWE HOF induction. All that and lots more.
- Match Recommendations:
- Kohei Sato, Ryuichi Kawakami & Kazuki Hashimoto vs. Daisuke Sekimoto, Yuji Okabayashi & Hideyoshi Kamitani (BJW)
- Tsutomu Osugi, Hercules Senga & Shinobu vs. Shu Brahman, Kei Brahman & Takayuki Ueki (BJW)
- “Dangan Yankees” Masato Tanaka & Takashi Sugiura (c) vs. Kohei Sato & Daisuke Sekimoto (ZERO1)
- Hideki Suzuki vs. Masakatsu Funaki (ZERO1)
- Akira Tozawa, Masato Yoshino & Shingo Takagi vs BxB Hulk, Big R Shimizu & Kzy vs Jimmy Susumu, Jimmy Kanda & Jimmy Kagetora vs YAMATO, Naruki Doi & Cyber Kong (Dragon Gate)
- T-Hawk & Flamita vs Masaaki Mochizuki & Dragon Kid (Dragon Gate)
- I’m on top of the NJPW World Recommendation: In honour of Tatumi Fujinami’s WWE HoF induction at this year’s WrestleMania Play Button, here are a couple of his top matches in New Japan. Both matches earned the Tokyo Sports Match of the Year award in their respective years.
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Dragon Gate’s “The Gate of Victory” on October 9th in Korakuen Hall saw Dia Hearts take on Monster Express in a Three Singles Match Series.
The first of the three matches was between Shingo Takagi of Monster Express and Dragon Kid of Dia Hearts. That match was immediately followed by ME’s resident Speed Racer Yoshino against current Dragon Gate Open the Dream Gate Champion BxB Hulk. The third and final match pitted ME’s Akira Tozawa against DH’s Masaaki Mochizuki.
Dia Hearts is the newest unit to be formed in Dragon Gate, while Monster Express has been a strong unit for a while now, which also includes Ricochet and Uhaa Nation.
The series was a brilliant exhibition of top-notch wrestling, storytelling and working the crowd.
The first match, which was as big a mismatch as can be in Dragon Gate, was a really well worked big man vs. small man battle. It’s was an excellent showing for Dragon Kid, who had some great moments, including a great “fighting spirit” spot near the end, proving he can go and hang with the best (and biggest) of them.
Before DK and Shingo could even leave the ring after their match, BxB Hulk and Yoshino were already in the ring. It worked really well to keep up the energy of the crowd from the end of the first match to the start of the second.
After Yoshino’s and Hulk’s quickly paced battle, Akira Tozawa and Masaaki Mochizuki came in for the third and final match, which saw Mochizuki’s vicious kicks and veteran instincts face Akira Tozawa’s youth and heart. A great spot was when Tozawa, who will be facing BxB Hulk in an upcoming show for the title, used a few of Hulk’s signature moves on Mochizuki in what was a really good sequence.
I highly recommend checking out Dia Hearts vs. Monster Express Three Singles Match Series, which you can do right here!
Pre-Show Match: K-ness, Super Shisa vs. Yosuke♡Santa Maria, Yuga Hayashi
Fun little opener. Yosuke sat on Super Shisa’s face while he had Yuga in a surfboard. Yosuke accidentally kissed Yuga when K-ness moved out of the way. Yosuke still mated to kiss K-ness so it worked out in the end. K-ness pinned Yuga with Hikari no Wa.
Yosuke♡Santa Maria is wrestling comedy gold. Yuga’s becoming a fan favourite underdog, much like Yohei Komatsu in New Japan.
Jimmyz and Mad Blankey came out to talk about their match for later, or something. I think they’re choosing captains for the elimination match.
1. Uhaa Nation, Shachihoko BOY vs. Jimmy Kagetora, “Mr. High Tension” Kotoka
Really good tag team match. Very quick action. Uhaa can move incredibly well for a heavyweight. Lots of dives and high flying. Uhaa eventually out away Kotoka with combination standing moonsaults.
2. Punch Tominaga vs. Don Fujii
Fujii accidentally knocked out the ref. While the ref was down, Fujii was handcuffed to the ropes. Gamma came out and stole the key off of Mondai Ryu and freed Fujii. Fujii brought in a table. Funny moment when the table got tangled up in the corner and Fujii couldn’t remove it. Fujii chokeslammed Punch onto the table, though it wasn’t set up so he didn’t go through it. Fujii got white powdered by Ryu. Punch used the itokan (a yellow box) on Fujii, and then on the ref to get himself DQ’d. Good match, but a lot of interference. That seems to be the usual style of a Punch match now.
3. B Block: T-Hawk, Eita vs. CIMA, Gamma
CIMA is great, but I don’t understand the arrows in his tight that point to his bunghole.
Gamma hit an early inverted kneeling piledriver on Eita. That move is way to big to be a throwaway mid-match move. Piledrivers are finishers. Gamma used it like it’s an arm drag.
Gamma did his usual water spitting gimmick to Eita. Pretty gross. Big Topé con Hilo by Eita. Eita missed his rolling dropkick out of the corner on Gamma. Great knee to CIMA’s head by Eita. Gamma went completely nuts on Eita and T-Hawk. It took both of them to slow him down. T-Hawk hit Night Ride on Gamma for two. Eita quickly capitalized and put Gamma in his submission but CIMA broke it up.
Amazing sequence where CIMA hit a top rope stomp on Eita, who was being held in a crucifix position by Gamma. CIMA rolled through and hit a backstabber on T-Hawk in the other corner. Really smooth. Great final sequence. Eita went for a Frankensteiner but CIMA rolled through it and put EIta into a submission, then a pin attempt and then the Zebra Special all in one motion. T-Hawk was about to make the save, but Gamma tackled him and kept him down. Eita had no choice but to tap. Fantastic match. CIMA was simply amazing.
4. Open the Brave Gate Championship Match: Flamita vs. Kzy
Flamita was in control until Kzy literally grabbed him by the nuts. That slowed him down. Kzy covered Flamita with chairs on the outside and did a slingshot senton on top of him. Ouch. Awesome Tope con Hilo by Flamita using the second rope as a springboard. Flamita hit a 450 but Kzy kicked out of the lazy cover. Punch tripped Flamita when he came off the ropes. Kzy took advantage and hit a middle rope leg drop followed by CDJ, a swanton and Kzy Time (Frogsplash) but Flamita kicked out. Flamita reversed Impact into a huricanrana. Flamita hit a codebreaker from the muscle buster position. Finally Flamita hit the Flam Fly out of nowhere for the win. Excellent match. I was surprised how well Kzy can wrestle given the right opponent and match type.
K-Ness came out and challenged Flamita after the match.
After the break, BxB Hulk debuted his new unit’s name. They are known as Dia Hearts. What does that mean? Day Hearts?
5. BxB Hulk, Masaaki Mochizuki, Dragon Kid vs. Akira Tozawa, Masato Yoshino, Shingo Takagi
Funny moment when Mochizuki told Tozawa to go for a kick. Tozawa did and Mochizuki checked it. Mochizuki had an answer to everything early on.
Dragon kid hit a crazy stunner on Yoshino. Of course it was sold like it had the impact of an arm drag. That’s Dragon Gate! Great missile dropkick/senton combination by Yoshino. Big standing top rope Frankensteiner by Dragon Kid to Takagi.
Lots of crazy action with guys hitting big move after big move after big move. Mochizuki hit a million kicks on Tozawa to finish him off. Seriously, Mochizuki kicked Tozawa at least a million times.
Dia HEARTS win. Fun match. Incredibly fast action. Impossible to keep up with.
After the match, Mochizuki proposed a series of singles matches between Monster Express and Dia HEARTS members. The challenge was accepted.
6. Jimmyz vs. MAD BLANKEY Loser Revives Survival Instant Comeback Captain’s Fall Elimination Match: Jimmy Susumu, Jimmy Kanda, Mr. Quu Quu Tanizaki Naoki Toyonaka Dolphin, Genki Horiguchi H.A.Gee.Mee!! vs. YAMATO, Naruki Doi, Cyber Kong, Mondai Ryu
Doi and Susumu are captains.
Fighting outside to start the match. Mondai Ryu was the first to be eliminated after a lariat by Susumu. Tanizaki and Kong fought on the apron. Kanda kicked Kong off the apron to eliminate him. Dolphin was eliminated by YAMATO to bring Ryu back, who was instantly eliminated again. Horiguchi was eliminated by YAMATO with Gallaria to bring Kong back. Tanizaki was eliminated by Kong to bring Ryu back. Kanda was eliminated after getting hit with the itokan and kicked off the apron by Doi. Susumu is all alone now. Susumu pinned YAMATO to bring Kanda back. Susumu got hit with the itokan and Doi hit the Bakatare sliding kick for a near-fall. Susumu hit Jumbo no Kachi!-gatame on Doi for the win after Doi accidentally got white powder thrown in his face by Kzy.
Jimmyz win. Another very fun, fast paced match.
VTR (CIMA, GAMMA and Fujii) came out and challenged for the Triangle Gate championship after the match.
K-ness has to defeat Kanda to get his title shot against Flamita.
Another great Dragon Gate show. Fantastic matches from top to bottom. Eita and T-Hawk vs. CIMA and Gamma was my personal favourite. Flamita looked great in his match against Kzy, who also wrestled well (better than I’ve seen in the past).
The captain’s fall elimination match was very fast paced and really fun.
My only complaint, and it’s basically the go to complaint about Dragon Gate, was the lack of selling. I love the car crash style matches, but if a guy hits a piledriver, you shouldn’t be getting back up right away. Sometimes big moves feel meaningless.
Still, it was a really enjoyable show as always.