This week on Wrestling Omakase we talk Dick Togo in Osaka Pro, Kobashi vs. Nagata from NOAH in 2003, a classic Blood Generation vs. DoFIXER 6-man from Dragon Gate in 2005, Honma in BJW and TAKA & Sasuke in the WWF. If you haven’t listened to a 5 Matches episode yet, 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!

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John is joined by returning guest Joe Gagne (@joegagne) from the 5 Star Match Game, our second quiz show host in three days! John starts by asking for Joe’s takes on the hot topic of the week, EVILGATE, before we quickly head into discussing our 5 Match picks of the week. Here they are in order:

1. Super Delfin, Super Demekin & Tsubasa vs Black Buffalo, Daio QUALLT & Dick Togo, Osaka Pro 3/25/00 (Youtube, Match starts at 32:12)
2. Kenta Kobashi vs. Yuji Nagata, NOAH 9/12/03 (Youtube)
3. Tomoaki Honma vs Ryuji Yamakawa, BJW 6/20/99 (BilliBilli, Note: Does not work on mobile, only desktop)
4. Ryo Saito, Dragon Kid & Genki Horiguchi vs. CIMA, Naruki Doi & Don Fujii, DG 7/3/05 (BilliBilli, Note: Does not work on mobile, only desktop)
5. The Great Sasuke vs. TAKA Michinoku, WWF 7/6/97 (WWE Network)

Topics that come up along the way include: DICK WORLD, really hoping a wrestler is wearing a mask because otherwise it looks distressingly like blackface, John quizzes the quizmaster (again!), lots of head drops, Nagata channeling the very spirit of NJPW against the NOAH ace, Honma does way more cool moves in a deathmatch than he ever did in NJPW (even back when he was still good), FLAMING KENDO STICK BALCONY ATTACKS, Dragon Gate six-mans are tough to do play-by-play on, ‘Stone Cold’ Dragon Kid, adventures in Japanese pronunciation, and indeed, what a maneuver.

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