I’m pumped for this Big Japan show and I want to write about it. I hope that’s cool with all of you beautiful souls. Death Vegas is Big Japan’s second biggest event of the year and the card is stacked, with top matches both in the strong and deathmatch divisions. Let’s get into the preview.
Where to watch: WWW Puroresu Stream at 10 p.m. PST, 1 a.m. EST, 6 a.m. GMT
Yuji Okabayashi & Yasufumi Nakanoue vs. Yoshihisa Uto & Kazumi Kikuta
The man that main evented the BJW Sumo Hall is now working the opener. Amazing how things work. That may sound like I’m complaining but I’m really not. This is pitting two semi-veterans against one of the most underappreciated young boys in Yoshihisa Uto, and a guy who is very inconsistent as of late in Kazumi Kikuta. This will go under 10 minutes and will be a very good opening contest. I could see Uto getting a big win over Nakanoue here to set up a challenge to Kamitani, but more than likely the veterans will get the victory.
Tsutomu Oosugi, Hercules Senga, Atsushi Maruyama & Shinobu vs. Shu Brahman, Kei Brahman, Jaki Numazawa & Tatsuhiko Yoshino
I think S.O.S and The Brahman’s have faced each other at least 100 times this year. You think they face a lot in BJW? They also wrestle against each other a TON in Michinoku Pro as well. This match will feature water, blow up animals and whatever else they can find at the local $2 store in Kanagawa. Yoshino is working a new gimmick where he has a selfie stick and takes selfies throughout the match. Shinobu will be beautiful and do an Asai Moonsault. Lots of shenanigans in this one, don’t expect any sort of work rate.
Table Crash Deathmatch: Masashi Takeda & Takumi Tsukamoto vs. Takayuki Ueki & Masaya Takahashi
Well, this should be lots of fun! Ueki and Takahashi love their table crash deathmatches. They even beat Yankee Nichu Kenju twice in table crash deathmatches. Takeda can make anything he’s involved in interesting and the team with BASARA’s Takumi Tsukamoto intrigues me a lot. He’s very good. I prefer his non deathmatch work but he can most certainly hold his own in deathmatches. I am praying Takeda puts someone through a table, challenging Hoshino by the end of the night.
Ryota Hama & Daichi Hashimoto vs. Ryuichi Kawakami & Kazuki Hashimoto
The Hashimoto boys are back to beefing and I love it. Let’s forget that they tagged recently and now are back to killing one another. I really hope they pull the trigger on the singles match at the January Korakuen Hall show. These guys are so familiar with one another and could put on a classic. Kawakami is really starting to get his groove back, I’m very excited for every match of his now. I really believe he’s going to main event Sumo Hall in 2017. Ryota Hama is here and you know what that means. I love him and I think I will love this match. Shoots will be had.
Tetsuori Fluorescent Light-tube Tag Deathmatch: Ryuji Ito & Toshiyuki Sakuda vs. Yuko Miyamoto & Isami Kodaka
Yay! When I saw this I was super happy and most of y’all who don’t enjoy death matches will skip this but I urge you not to. These guys had a tremendous match back in October in the Saikyo Tag League, I gave it ***3/4. Isami and Yuko are here, so, of course it’s going to be great. Ito as of late really looks good and it’s tremendous how good he is considering his age and experience. Sakuda teaming with Ito is nothing but good, he is only going to continue to learn under his tutelage. I think Ito gets his win back over Yankee probably pinning Yuko? I don’t know. This will be fun.
Kohei Sato & Shuji Ishikawa vs. Hideki Suzuki & Takuya Nomura
OKAY LADS FIRE THE F**K UP, BECAUSE WE ARE GETTING TO THE JUICY MEAT OF THE SHOW. I love all of this card but if you are asking me what I am personally most pumped for it would have to be this match. These guys had a killer tag match in the Saikyo Tag League and BOY they are going to do it again and it’s going to be better. I just cannot contain my excitement for this. I don’t know who’s going to win or what’s going to happen but I know it’s all going to be lit and the kind of wrestling I love. This match is truly a Brother Morten VH special. Hideki hasn’t been pinned since like March and has gotten a push as of late. I pray he gets the big W here and goes onto challenge whoever wins the next match up.
BJW World Strong Heavyweight Championship Match: Hideyoshi Kamitani (c) vs. Daisuke Sekimoto
Sekimoto Daisuke looking to reclaim his title. I don’t give a shit what any of you say. This title will always be HIS. When you think of the strong division you think of Sekimoto. Heck, if you’ve got any brains, when you think modern day Japanese wrestling–you think Daisuke Sekimoto. Reminder that Sekimoto is taking the entire month of February off so unless he drops the title in January it’s highly unlikely he wins here sadly. That sucks because I want Sekimoto back as champion. He’s the best wrestler and a tremendous draw when on top. Kamitani’s title reign has been…. mediocre to say the least. Nothing worth watching except the match where he won the title. This will be a hell of a match though, don’t get me wrong. I see Kamitani walking out champ after two back drop drivers.
BJW Deathmatch Heavyweight Championship – Fluorescent Light-tube Double G Shock Death Match: Kankuro Hoshino vs. Abdullah Kobayashi
So as someone that has recently discovered love for deathmatches I am not too excited for this one. Frankly I am a little worried about the match quality. I love Abby with all my heart and he is a tremendous guy and all that stuff but he’s moving pretty rough these days. He will pick and choose his spots, but will that be enough for the main event of Death Vegas? We will soon find out. Hoshino is a dad as well but he moves very well, I’ve really enjoyed his reign as Deathmatch champ. This will get fans into the building though, don’t you worry. Remember that BJW is the top deathmatch promotion in the world and that’s the biggest draw to their events. I see Hoshino defeating Abby which is the last of the old guard and then moving onto someone like Takeda or Tsukamoto.
There you have it, my BJW Death Vegas preview. Tried to keep it short and sweet. Thank you all for reading and be sure to check back for the review of the show.