This week on Wrestling Omakase we give you a double dose of BIG VAN VADER, more Sting, a DDT Ironman Heavymetalweight Battle Royale, some 2014 DG action featuring Akira Tozawa and early weekly PPV era TNA! If you haven’t listened to a 5 Matches episode yet, every week John and the guest each choose 2 matches to watch and talk about on the episode. Then we each choose a third match, which is put up to a vote on the @wrestleomakase Twitter account, letting the listeners choose our fifth and final match of the week! It’s a fun retro format featuring all sorts of different wrestling!
John is joined by returning guest Jake (@Oatgan) to discuss a very unique set of five matches. Before they get into this week’s set of matches Jake and John briefly discuss the Yakuza game series which is now helping John pass these many lonely quarantine hours at home, plus there’s some talk about some recent empty arena wrestling shows and how some of the new ones out of Japan have been improving as well. Once that’s out of the way we get into our five picks for this week, and here they all are in order of discussion:
1. T-Hawk vs. Akira Tozawa, DG 5/9/14 (Youtube)
2. Vader & Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Rick & Scott Steiner, NJPW 6/26/92 (NJPW World)
3. Ken Shamrock vs. Sabu, TNA 7/24/02 (Youtube)
4. Ironman Heavymetalweight Battle Royale, DDT 11/3/19 (DDT Universe, match starts at 32:40)
5. Sting vs. Vader, WCW 12/28/92 (WWE Network)
Some of the discussion points that come up along the way include: DG units of the time period and where things went sideways with the Millennials, how Vader, Bam Bam and the Steiners came together here and then immediately went off in different directions never to meet again, TNA’s long history of top heel units including lots of SEX talk, DDT jokes that are easy to get vs. harder ones, and where this particular match stands up in the Sting-Vader pantheon.
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