Welcome back! Another Big Japan show from 2007. This is another DVD from Highspots that they no longer sell in the U.S. Its listed as BJW #134 & #135 (07/08/07) but I believe it is episodes #132 & #133 if that'll help you locate it elsewhere. Let's begin!
Hiroyuki Kondo & Onryo vs Men's Teioh & Shinobu - clipped comedy match mainly. Really cool finish.
Takashi Sasaki vs Ryuji Ito: 300 light tube death match for the title. Sasaki and Ito do not disappoint at all. A great death match for most of the bout but I felt that they really kicked up the intensity/brutality in the final third. Ito went for more light tubes (if that was possible) whereas Sasaki went for harder strikes...well that one axe kick on Sasaki was pretty damn vicious. I don't know what else to say. This was another classic death match in my book. Sasaki strikes a perfect balance between his pro wrestling and the death match props. Ito depends upon the props a little more but, never to the point where you think he needs them to win the match or put on an entertaining show.
Jun Kasai & Naoki Numazawa vs Abdullah Kobayashi & Yuko Miyamoto - Scaffold match. This started out well enough. It reminded a little of the BJW of old...not much action but really good spots. This got better and better as it went on. It was like a FMW match like that. By the end this was really good stuff...utilizing the prop but still putting on an exciting match with good moves and dramatic nearfalls. Kasai and Yuko Miyamoto were the best.
"Crazy Monkey" Jun Kasai
Yoshihito Sasaki & Daisuke Sekimoto vs Katsumasa Inoue & Mammoth Sasaki - 22 minutes of wrestling. You'd better believe that this was some hard hitting no nonsense puro. Mammoth Sasaki isn't a physical specimen like Sekimoto but my goodness, he hits just as hard. Inoue is striking out on his own. He and Mammoth are trying to take the belts from Sekimoto and Yoshihito. This was a great battle and perhaps a near classic. I could tell that they didn't want to steal the show from the Ito vs Sasaki main event. Otherwise Mammoth and Daisuke would have had more one on one time. Nevertheless, this was still awesome. Great to see Yoshihito Sasaki - its been awhile!
The big 3 matches were excellent examples of the variety & quality puro BJW was putting out there in '07. It's something I had no idea of at the time. A couple folks that recommended this in the past - thank you! BJW is not for everyone BUT its not as niche a promotion as you might believe. I think it's because the focus is still on wrestling and not shocking or disturbing the fans in attendance. 2 of the 3 big matches aren't anymore gruesome than anything you'd see on TNA for instance. All that aside, this was a great purchase. Definitely seek out the death match and the puro tag match.
More Big Japan Wrestling in 2023, for sure!
Thanks for reading! Gonna try to sneak in another post or two before the end of the End of 2022 / Best Match Watched post.