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It’s another Patreon-exclusive 5 Matches episode of Wrestling Omakase as we talk an incredibly stiff WCW battle (from one of the worst PPVs of all time), Tanahashi and Shibata from G1 24, Super Dragon vs. Necro Butcher from 2006, Kobashi vs. Takayma from 2004 and the Funks vs. Hansen & Brody from 1982! 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 first time guest Todd Martin (@ToddMartinMMA) from the PWTorch, as John and Todd start by discussing when it might be possible for both of them to return to Japan after this pandemic is over, hopeful signs for vaccines and more. Once that’s out of the way they turn their attention to this week’s 5 Match picks, which are in order:

1. Lord Steven Regal vs. Belfast Bruiser (Fit Finlay), WCW 3/24/96 (WWE Network)
2. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Katsuyori Shibata, NJPW 7/26/14 (NJPW World)
3. Super Dragon vs. Necro Butcher, PWG 9/2/06 (Highspots Network; match starts around 1:49:15)
4. Kenta Kobashi vs. Yoshihiro Takayama, NOAH 4/25/04 (Youtube)
5. Stan Hansen & Bruiser Brody vs. Terry & Dory Funk Jr, AJPW 12/13/82 (Youtube; match starts around 6 minutes)

Topics that come up along the way include: boy was the rest of Uncensored 96 horrendous, Australia gets introduced to PPVs in the worst way possible, for once a DQ finish in WCW has a good explanation, Tanahashi and Shibata’s real-life heat, BACHI BACHI, Super Dragon’s career gets ended, John tells that Super Dragon story again, what makes a good Takayama match, they don’t make them like Kenta Kobashi anymore, Terry Funk’s first of seventeen thousand retirements, Stan Hansen gets mad at a trophy and more. Plus we wrap things up with some quick thoughts on the New Japan Cup USA!


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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 episode!