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This week on Wrestling Omakase we talk some shoot-style NJPW, a couple of awesome BJW matches and a match where puro style meets one dead ass WWE crowd on another Patreon-exclusive episode. 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 (or on the Patreon!), 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 Robin Reid from the VOW Quiz Night (@TheWrestleQuiz) and ex-host of the Brit Wres Roundtable. Before getting into this week’s 5 Match picks the two talk a number of different topics, but the big one is of course more on the controversial EVIL double title win from Dominion and the ongoing fallout and reactions. Plus, an interesting side discussion on why other promotions, especially AEW, don’t quite get the same reactions and heated discussions out of people. Once that’s out of the way they turn to discussing the match picks, and here they are in order:

1. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kazushi Sakuraba, NJPW 1/4/13 (NJPW World)
2. Nobuhiko Takada vs. Shinya Hashimoto, NJPW 4/29/96 (NJPW World)
3. Daisuke Sekimoto vs. Shinobu, BJW 6/30/14 (Google Drive)
4. Yuji Okabayashi vs. Hideyoshi Kamitani, BJW 7/24/16 (BilliBilli, Note: Does not work on mobile, only desktop)
5. Roman Reigns vs. Daniel Bryan, WWE 2/22/15 (WWE Network)

Topics that come up along the way include: Nakamura’s history with the white belt (and John turns the tables on the quizmaster!), wrestling transitions fucking rule, knees to the damn face, Hashimoto is a portly badass, Takada’s last stand, Rob has to do battle with the Russian government to bring us this wrestling match, the batshit finish of Sekimoto-Shinobu, John’s 2016 MOTY and does it still stack up for them, Kamitani’s peak (that he’s never been able to reach again), WWE crowds already sucked by 2015, boy is Vince McMahon stupid, and a whole lot more.


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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 with every new episode.