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This week on Wrestling Omakase we get ready for the 2021 Champion Carnival with a completely randomized look back at past Carnival finals over the years!
John is joined by returning guest & VOW contributor Jeri Evans (@TheJerriest_Jer). John and Jeri discuss the OTHER wrestling-related thing that’s happening this weekend, the superspreader event in Florida, and how John always feels a little left out this time of year around VOW. Jeri meanwhile plugs her five thousand previews and audio and reviews she’s doing, as she is definitely NOT left out. They then turn their attention to this week’s topic, and here’s the five randomly selected Champion Carnival finals they went over on the episode:
1980: Jumbo Tsurata vs. Dick Slater (Youtube)
1995: Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Akira Taue (Youtube)
2000: Kenta Kobashi vs. Takao Omori (Youtube)
2008: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Suwama (Dailymotion)
2019: Kento Miyahara vs. Jake Lee (AJPW.tv)
Topics that come up along the way include: lots of nearfalls here in this 1980 wrestling match, next time someone tells you they don’t sell like they used to show them this spot, poor Dick Slater’s eyeball, Akira Taue is Actually Good, don’t fuck with Misawa’s elbows, getting booed out of the building just for rakin’ some eyes, Kobashi and Omori fuck around for like ten minutes and do nothing (and somehow still have an awesome match), the most fatal lariat of all time, Tanahashi the Heel, let us take you back to the days when Suwama could actually move, a very excitable young woman on commentary, no one has ever been more sure of anything than Jake Lee was about this pinfall, and finally: the Hiney.
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