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With the G1 finally in the rearview we’re back here on the Omakase Patreon for our first 5 Matches episode in over a month! 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 Mike Spears (@fujiiheya), co-host of VOW’s Dragon Gate podcast Open the Voice Gate and AEW podcast Everything Elite. John and Mike start out discussing their share degeneracy and their joy at Tomoyuki Oka being allowed to keep living his best life, among other topics. Once that’s out of the way we get into our match picks for this episode, and it’s uh, an eclectic bunch:
1. U-T vs. Super Shisa, DG 4/16/19
2. Yokosuka Jumper contra Yokosuka Jumper Elimination Match: Shin M2K (Masaaki Mochizuki, Kenichiro Arai, Dragon Kid, Raimu Mishima & Second Doi) vs. Do FIXER (Magnum TOKYO, Susumu Yokosuka, K-ness, Genki Horiguchi & Ryo Saito), Toryumon Japan 3/9/03 (DG Net)
3. ACH vs. Lee Moriarty, GCW 10/9/20
4. Taiji Ishimori, Shu Sato & Manabu Murakami vs. SUWA, Mini CIMA, SUWAcito & Small Dandy Fuji, Toryumon X 8/22/03 (DG Net)
5. Chris Hero & Claudio Castagnoli vs. Milano Collection AT & Skayde, CHIKARA 2/26/06 (Google Drive)
Topics that come up along the way include (but are very much not limited to, as this was a REAL tangent-heavy show): the history of PRIME ZONE, Super Shisa’s spelling, a complete M2K history lesson, the ballad of Mishima, Magnum TOKYO was kind of a jerk, HOW DO YOU NOT BAN CROWD BRAWLING DURING A PANDEMIC, please someone explain why people like Danhausen, ACH and Lee have a great wrestling match that’s airing at 3 am for some reason, the complete disaster that was Toryumon X and why, what all these guys ended up going on to do in pro wrestling, SECRET BASE: What The Fuck, Milano comes to America, that time my friend Quinlan was the unofficial timekeeper on a northeast wrestling show in the middle of a New Jersey forest that drew like 20 people, and much, much 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.