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BJW Korakuen Hall 1/24/16 Review

Tokyo, Japan

Korakuen Hall

January 24, 2016

It’s time for a double review of BJW from Korakuen Hall on January 24, 2016. The card is very promising and simple with only 6 matches. Let’s get right into the action, featuring Yuji Okabayashi vs. Ryota Hama for the BJW Strong Heavyweight Championship. Izzac has the bottom four matches and Trask has the top two. The best wrestling company in the world is locked and ready to go. With that being said, let’s get to the matches!

Speed Of Sounds (Hercules Senga & Tsutomu Oosugi) & Jaki Numazawa vs. Brahman Kei, Brahman Shu & Takayuki Ueki**1/2

The Brahmans threw at least 10 liters of water at the crowd just during their entrance alone. Ueki is drinking someones orange juice a minute into the match. Ueki did a crossbody and the Brahmans come in and do some cool kicks — The Brahmans are quite good wrestlers as well. Shortly after the kicks, they did the signature bowling ball spot. Ueki did a hilarious gun spot where he made everyone put there hands up but he purposely botched his rope walk; but that allowed Oosugi to hit a splash from the top to win. Very entertaining.

(G-Shock Deathmatch) Heisei Gokudo Combi (Kankuro Hoshino & Masato Inaba) & Masaya Takahashi vs. Yankee Two Kenju (Isami Kodaka & Yuko Miyamoto) & Takumi Tsukamoto***1/2

Isami destroys Takahashi early on with cinder blocks! Isami is just throwing cinder blocks everywhere! Very dangerous spots involving chairs and cinder blocks throughout this bout. Tsukamoto was bodyslammed and suplexed onto cinder blocks! Gross. Hoshino missed a top rope senton and flat back bumped onto eight cinder blocks. Last few minutes were so good. This definitely turned into a Yankee Two Kenju match in the back half of the match. Hoshino pinned Yuko Miyamoto with a Gedo clutch! Big win for Yoshino.

(Barbed Wire Board Deathmatch) Abdullah Kobayashi & Masashi Takeda vs. Ryuichi Sekine & Ryuji Ito***1/4

20 seconds into the match and Abby is bleeding from the forehead. Sekine got his kicks in early but that’s all the so called ‘wrestling’ we saw for a little while. Abby and Sekine go through barbed wire tables. So many weapons and stupid head shots. Takeda made a nice hot tag that ended with him suplexing Sekine onto the barbed wire board. Very good action. Honestly, everyone is giving a ton of effort, even Ito is good. Very well done believable nearfalls towards the end. Abby hit a shining wizard but Sekine kicked out. Kobayashi put Sekine away with a top rope elbow.

Team Yamato (Daichi Hashimoto & Kazuki Hashimoto) vs. Atsushi Aoki & Daisuke Sekimoto***3/4

No messing around in this match. K-Hash and Aoki threw bombs at one another. It was a fight until Sekimoto tagged in and grappled for a little while but he then just wanted to fight with Daichi. The Hashimoto’s kick Sekimoto a new asshole but Daisuke nails a dropkick and tags in All Japan’s Aoki. Kazuki and Daisuke go back to killing one another with slaps, forearms and everything else you can think of. Team Yamato are my favorite tag team, they rarely have anything that isn’t at least good. Our lord Daisuke Sekimoto payed homage to Akiyama and hit an exploder suplex! Kazuki Hashimoto seemingly knocks out Aoki with two head kicks and PINS ATSUSHI AOKI with a death valley driver. Big win for Kazuki Hashimoto leading into the AJPW Jr. tournament which begins later this month.

Hideki Suzuki, Seiya Sanada & Yoshihisa Uto vs. Twin Towers (Kohei Sato & Shuji Ishikawa) & Hideyoshi Kamitani

Trask taking over as Izzac couldn’t handle life’s banter and had to go to sleep. I’m running off of 2 hours of sleep. This match is fantastic on paper. This was a really good BJW 6 man as per usual. Lots of things were done here to set up future matches as well as stay entertaining. Sanada did fine for his first venture into the big six man land of BJW. He didn’t do a lot compared to others in the match, but when he was in the ring, he worked a faster style than grappling in the strong division or hitting hard entails; and it was nice to see a refreshment like such. Twin Towers & Kamitani totally lived up to the hype as a tag team, and killed it with their awesome dynamic in whatever they were doing — but the Towers still held true to their own duo as they brought the fire (once again as per usual). The most entertaining dynamic of the match was Yoshihisa Uto getting absolutely dismantled by his opposition, continuing to learn things the hard way against much bigger, better, and stronger opponents in the strong division. The crowd eats it up, and it comes off as the deadliest form of punishment for even being in the same ring as Twin Towers & Kamitani. The big match set-up off of this match was Hideki Suzuki vs. Shuji Ishikawa. They were ‘beefing’ at many times, having a staredown that actually triggered Suzuki getting beat up on a bit. Then came Kamitani & Uto. More so near the end of the match, the two brought it to each other, trying to outdo one another when they were in 1 vs. 1 situations. That, along with everything else, made for a great co-main event that ended when Kamitani pinned Uto after a backdrop.

(BJW World Strong Heavyweight Championship) Yuji Okabayashi (c) vs. Ryota Hama

It’s time for the strongest of the strong main event, that I’ve only seen some pictures of; which were great! This was a spectacle to behold. It will go down as one of the most unique matches this year, and Yuji Okabayashi will forever be regarded as a saint for his efforts to make Ryota Hama look as ‘killer’ as possible. Hama in BJW is something you have to see, regardless if you’ve ever even watched BJW, W-1, or Hama before. This is a MOTYC, and represented all that embodies Big Japan Pro Wrestling. I’ve never seen so much drama, emotion, and great wrestling from Ryota Hama. Even commentary at points were marking out too hard to keep their voices in-tact. The fans were getting behind Okabayashi the more and more Hama seemed impossible to beat. Elbows, ass attacks, splashes, forearms; Hama brought it all. Okabyashi has never sold better. The man made it look like Ryota was about to take his title from him with the increasing (in multiples) offense. The definitive example of this was when Hama delivered not one, not two, but three splashes on Okabayashi. Yuji still managed to kickout. After Okabayashi struggled to get through the final boss’s tremors, there was a big break. Hama got stuck on the top rope, and what proceeded after was pro wrestling magic. Okabyashi LIFTED the man more than once, taking him to the mat with suplexes. He also lariated his damn booty, which does indeed count as a work-over spot. The match ended after Okabayashi gave not one, not two, but three GOLUM splashes to Hama. This was so simplistic, yet through Okabayashi’s selling and Hama’s offense — a medium was created in which a fantastic story was told. Scope this match out and watch it ASAP. It deserves all the praise it gets.

This was another world class quality show from Big Japan. You had your fun undercard which did no harm, and three fantastic top matches, all booked to perfection as we move on to the next Korakuen that features Hoshino & Inaba vs. Isami & Miyamoto for the All Asia Tag Championship. That, as well as Okabayashi & Maruyama vs. Team Yamato, and Hama & Kamitani vs. Twin Towers goes down in just over a weeks time. Until the next BJW show…we’re out.

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