This week on Wrestling Omakase we talk one of the greatest AND one of the worst matches of all time plus a whole hell of a lot more! 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 Bryan Quinby from Street Fight Radio, making his first appearance on the show in a number of years. Before they get into the five match selections today John & Bryan catch up on a ton of topics, including how they’re hanging in during this whole pandemic thing, wondering if you should even plan any live shows at all for the rest of 2020, what life might be like after this passes and whether or not John should go to Vegas, arcades, and some more talk on empty arena wrestling. Then we finally get into our 5 matches for the week, and it’s honestly a pretty incredible list:

1. WALTER & Timothy Thatcher vs. Dominic Garrini & Tracy Williams, EVOLVE 1/13/18 (Youku, match starts around 20:30)
2. Sabu vs. The Sandman, ECW 11/30/97 (WWE Network)
3. Brock Lesnar vs. Dean Ambrose, WWE 4/3/16 (WWE Network)
4. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kohei Sato, Z1MAX 3/2/08 (Google Drive, match starts around 1:30:47)
5. Kazuchika Okada vs. Katsuyori Shibata, NJPW 4/9/17 (NJPW World: English or Japanese)

Topics that come up along the way include: where we wish US wrestling could have gone vs. where it ended up going, Timothy Thatcher rules actually, John didn’t know who Dominic Garrini was and feels bad because he was great, setting up elaborate spots and botching every single one, Sandman’s flips (are good), Brock Lesnar destroying WWE, interpromotional feuds and why they rule, and finally a detailed breakdown of one of the best matches of all time (and maybe it’s more okay to love it now that things turned out a little better with Shibata at the LA Dojo). It’s a really packed episode!

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Missed any of the 5 Matches episodes or just want to revisit one of the matches discussed previously but aren’t sure what episode it took place on? Here’s a handy Google Doc with links to every single match we’ve discussed on this series so far, which will continue to be updated every week!