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This week on Wrestling Omakase we take a completely randomized look at six different Best of the Super Juniors finals!
John is joined by returning guest Joey Bay (@joey_bay). They talk a little about what things have been like during the ongoing reopening of the US, and John gives a Gambling Report™ on how their trip to Atlantic City went, for the fellow degenerates out there (with a bonus story about the time they got mugged!). Once that’s out of the way they get into their main topic for the episode, a random look back at six different finals from New Japan’s annual Best of the Super Juniors tournament. You can see what we got below, unless you’d rather be surprised as you listen (in which case you should stop reading right now!):
1993: Pegasus Kid (Chris Benoit) vs. El Samurai (BilliBilli)
1998: Dr Wagner Jr. vs. Koji Kanemoto (Google Drive)
2003: Koji Kanemoto vs. Masahito Kakihara (Google Drive, match starts around 1:38:30)
2007: Wataru Inoue vs. Milano Collection AT (Google Drive)
2010: Kota Ibushi vs. Prince Devitt (Youtube)
2013: Prince Devitt vs. Alex Shelley (NJPW World)
Topics that come up along the way include: a match not really worth the awkwardness of having to watch a Benoit match, actually they DIDN’T always know how to sell back in the day, Wagner’s Tour of the Holds, Kanemoto survives a good ‘ol fashioned murdering, shoot-style grappling rules, the KAKI CUTTER buck-o, Wataru Inoue’s sad little career, Milano’s last triumph, some absolutely insane spots you won’t even believe, an unfortunate ending to an amazing match, the fucking BULLET CLUB is here to ruin everyone’s fun, and finally a brief little discussion of how interference is literally everywhere.
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