This week on Wrestling Omakase we talk a crazy 14-man elimination tag from Dragon Gate, a coming out party for a super rookie in STARDOM, a WWE classic from 2004, a rare good match for Yujiro Takahashi and an infamous TNA tag sprint from 2008. 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!

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John is joined by returning guest Andrew Rich (@andrewtrich), host of the VOW network podcast Music of the Mat. We talk a little bit about the neverending boredom of our current pandemic lives, because really what else is there to talk about, before John makes a brief but impassioned plea for everyone to #WatchHameFura. We then get into this week’s 5 Matches, which in order are:

1. Naruki Doi, Masato Yoshino, Magnitude Kishiwada, Gamma, Cyber Kong, Genki Horiguchi & Jack Evans vs. CIMA, Ryo Saito, Susumu Yokosuka, Dragon Kid, BxB Hulk, Anthony W. Mori & Matt Sydal, DG 4/17/07 (BilliBilli, Note: Does not work on mobile, only desktop)
2. Mayu Iwatani vs. Utami Hayashishita, STARDOM 9/24/18 (STARDOM World)
3. Cactus Jack vs. Randy Orton, WWE 4/18/04 (WWE Network)
4. Tetsuya Naito vs. Yujiro Takahashi, NJPW 7/21/14 (NJPW World)
5. Naruki Doi & Masato Yoshino vs. Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin, TNA 6/12/08 (Youtube)

Topics that come up along the way include: clipping woes, Andrew the Move Name Robot, lots of flash pins, Utami impresses, Mayu bends, actual good WWE announcing, Mr. Socko or Barbie, Yujiro’s awesome saxophone theme, Naito will never get his revenge, the most stereotypical theme song of all time, USA ack-pooey and a whole lot more.

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