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Jun Akiyama © vs. Suwama (AJPW – 01/02/16)

Jun Akiyama © vs. Suwama for the Triple Crown
All Japan Pro Wrestling
January 2, 2016
Korakuen Hall
** ½

A lot has been written in recent years about matches about matches that purposefully set out to be epic. In a nutshell, the idea is that certain matches try too hard to be epics rather than letting that drama flow naturally or not at all. The end result is a match that is not very good and might have been better off had it not attempted to clear such a high bar.

Not all epic matches are bad, although I have noticed the criticism creeping in that direction. Some matches are deserving of a grandiose structure and some wrestlers are able to execute big time main events in a way that feels natural. I contend that a justifiable and well done epic match is the most enjoyable match. Most wrestlers probably feel that way as well, which is why we constantly see examples of wrestlers trying to force an epic match out of a situation does not exactly warrant one. Continue reading

Hideki Suzuki © vs. Masato Tanaka (ZERO1 – 01/01/16)

Hideki Suzuki © vs. Masato Tanaka for the ZERO1 World Heavyweight Championship
Pro Wrestling ZERO1
January 1, 2016
Korakuen Hall
*** ¼

Hideki Suzuki’s ongoing run as the king of the Japanese minor leagues is resulting in the most high profile, entertaining and productive output of his pro wrestling career. That is sort of damning with faint praise; almost any run after six years toiling in the obscurity of the Inoki Genome Federation will be high profile and productive by comparison. His presence and dexterity in the ring while holding the top championships in WRESTLE-1 (last year) and ZERO1 (currently) is worthy of praise. Continue reading

Kazuki Hashimoto, Daichi Hashimoto & Toshiyuki Sakuda vs. Atsushi Maruyama, Tatsuhiko Yoshino & Kazumi Kikuta (BJW – 01/04/16)

Kazuki Hashimoto, Daichi Hashimoto & Toshiyuki Sakuda vs. Atsushi Maruyama, Tatsuhiko Yoshino & Kazumi Kikuta
Big Japan Wrestling
January 4, 2016
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

Daichi Hashimoto might be in the need of some career counseling.

Daichi’s decision back in 2011 to begin his pro wrestling career in the promotion is father founded (ZERO1) not only made sense from a legacy standpoint but was also a fine from a career development point of view. ZERO1 was low profile enough but with enough veteran workers that it made sense as the home base for an inexperience wrestler who was going to have a lot of expectations placed on him. From an outsider’s perspective at least, Daichi’s career appeared to be heading down a fine path through the end of 2012 as he gained some experience wrestling on some NOAH tours and was scheduled to debut in New Japan by teaming with Keiji Mutoh at the Tokyo Dome. New Japan has always seemed like his ultimate destination – particularly if he is as interested in upholding his father’s legacy as he appears to be – and that would have gotten his foot in the door. Instead an injury caused him to pull out of the show. Another injury in 2014 again altered Daichi’s career path. While sidelined, Daichi’s ZERO1 contract expired and he decided not to renew. Continue reading