Scaffold Death Match
Masashi Takeda vs. Yuko Miyamoto
July 12, 2009
Big Japan Wrestling

This match was tremendously fun to watch.

Deathmatch wrestling and I have an interesting relationship. The best way to describe it is being very hot and cold. When it’s really good, it resonates really well with me. I have Masashi Takeda vs. Isami Kodaka as my number seven match of the year in 2018 and have loved many hardcore matches. Those matches are wrestling matches with deathmatch elements. I don’t like watching matches where guys just hit each other with shit. Those matches don’t have cohesion or connective tissue. This match had all of those things.

I have been a fan of Takeda for some time. Anytime I turn on a match of his, I am enthralled with what happens. He knows how to string together spots and dramatic elements in his matches. It was also one of the matches that Jon Moxley recommended in his book “Mox” which was one of my favorite biographies of all-time.

“One of my all-time favorites. These are the kind of guys that can do a beautiful perfect bridging German suplex, high on their toes and their nose, but they choose to do it on a bundle of light tubes because they don’t give a fuck what you think.”-Moxley

Moxley said it perfectly. This was a tremendous match with the use of weapons and a scaffold built in. They used the scaffold multiple times in this match, including with the finish. It wasn’t those that stood out in the match, but rather how creative these two got with the light tubes. They did bridging German suplexes onto them, running knees into the corner, and a spike piledriver. They used weapons with both variety and brutality.

More than anything, what stood out to me was how technically sound and explosive the suplexes were from these two warriors. The best deathmatches are ones that are great wrestling matches, and this massively delivered. ****¼

Regarding who gifted me this wonderful match, I would guess it was one of three people: Kelly Harras, Jonathan Hernandez or Kevin Hare. They all know really good deathmatch, but I will go with Kelly. This one feels right up his alley, and I thoroughly enjoyed my excellent present.