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It’s time for another 5 Matches episode on the Omakase Patreon, as we cover matches from four different decades in Japanese wrestling! If you haven’t listened to a 5 Matches episode yet, each episode John and the guest each choose 2 matches to watch and talk about. Then we each choose a third match, which is put up to a vote on the Patreon, letting the patrons choose our fifth and final match to discuss. It’s a fun retro format featuring all sorts of different wrestling!
John is joined by first time guest WH Park (@whpark9) from Post Wrestling. They start off by discussing WH’s recent return back to Canada from Japan, memories of various Japanese wrestling venues, whether or not it was a good idea to attend shows during the pandemic and a whole lot more. They then get into their match picks for the episode, which are:
1. Stan Hansen & Genichiro Tenryu vs. Jumbo Tsurata & Yoshiaki Yatsu, AJPW 12/6/89 (Youtube)
2. Manami Toyota vs. Aja Kong, AJW 11/20/94 (Youtube)
3. Tiger Emperor (Kotaro Suzuki) vs. Ricky Marvin, NOAH 4/2/05 (Youtube)
4. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. Suwama & Shuji Kondo, AJPW 11/24/08 (Youtube)
5. Arisa Hoshiki vs. Tam Nakano, STARDOM 6/16/19 (STARDOM World)
Topics that come up along the way include: the Real World Tag League tournament in 1989, some of the reasons why Stan Hansen always decided to stay in Japan (and the kind of hilarious ways his short AWA & WCW runs ended), the Tenryu & Hansen team in general and how great they were during their all-too-brief run, Yoshiaki Yatsu takes an ass kicking, Manami Toyota bumps all over, Aja Kong’s jumping piledrivers, wrestling moves that should never be attempted again, DVDVR comp tapes, the strangeness of doing a mask vs. hair match when you’ve only had four matches under the gimmick total, Kotaro Suzuki’s booking in NOAH in general, Ricky Marvin rules, NJPW units outliving their usefulness, somehow the VOODOO MURDERS still exist too, Shuji Kondo also rules, Arisa Hoshiki’s second retirement was very sad, Tam Nakano as Toshiaki Kawada, 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 every time.