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  1. Wrestling pirates invade BattlARTS! Yes Gulliver X and Gulliver XX are indeed wrestling pirates. They come in wearing bright neon outfits, hockey masks and carrying big goofy weapons. They have a manager with them who is dressed in hat, coat and eye patch. He also has a rifle that he likes to bash people with. I won't bore you with in-depth analysis of this spectacle so let me give you the highlights. Ishikawa goes all shoot matwork on the buccaneers asses! Sasuke busts out an insanely stiff spin kick & jumping headbutts! Pirates love announce table spots! Their manager loves to bear hug! Ishikawa literally kicks ass before stuffing the smaller pirates corpse under the ring (What?)! Larger Pirate acts like Brody! Great Sasuke is INSANE! Ishikawa busts out a flip dive! Smaller Gulliver takes a huge corner bump! All in a days work. I will say I appreciate that they didn't run this joke into the ground. If the Gullivers were to debut today they'd probably become a running joke for months/years. Gullivers getting lengthy programs with Danshoku Dino. One Gulliver getting an appearance in the BOSJ before becoming a serious wrestler and challenging Okada in Tokyo Dome. And so on, South of Heaven, etc. But no, they had one bizarre, funny and highly entertaining Christmas time match and left it at that. Pirates were fun competent pro wrestlers and Sasuke and Ishikawa were a blast in this. I have no idea why this match isn't famous.
  2. This was a weird one. Dirtbike Kid takes most of the match with vanilla junior heavyweight offence, just hitting spot after spot, which Sasuke reacts to by just kicking out at one. Kid misses a splash and then Sasuke just kicks the shit out of him and Guillotines Him for the finish. This was a mask tournament, and apparently Dirtbike Kid threw a fit about jobbing in the opening round and unmasked himself before the entrance because of that, with Sasuke responding the way he did. Definitely worth watching if you're a fan of 2 minute matches that turn into real fights.
  3. I was always a fan of Fujita's and it was disappointing to see how similar this was to many of the modern puro matches I dislike. Early matwork was fun but between the boring legwork, weird timing on the kick-outs and the overreliance on strike exchanges and the Front Necklock I didn't really feel it. It was violent enough to keep me mildly amused throughout, Fujita has some really pretty kicks but I don't feel especially motivated to watch a Manjimaru match ever again. Finishing stretch had a lot of moves that could be described as nearfalls but they rarely finish matches in situations in which they were used here and the audience is aware of that as well so they don't get much heat so they aren't really proper nearfalls. Manjimaru's finisher spam looked violent and got the desired reaction but by the time they got to it I was just glad there wasn't more kicking out and then a heroic Fujita comeback as that would've been too much. ***
  4. Very nationalistic crowd to start with, with a big "ME-XI-CO" chant, but Casas eventually seems to turn the crowd against him as this goes on. I hesitate to keep beating the phrase "meat and potatoes" to death and use it for any match in 1996 where a limb gets worked for 3 consecutive seconds, but that's the phrase that comes to mind here. Until the finishes, the first 2 falls are entirely mat-based and the third is about half matwork and a quarter apiece flying and shtick. There's not much overly advanced here but Casas continues to be a master worker--every time he gets near Tiger Mask in Sasuke's corner he pratfalls, framing TM for tripping or hitting him, and then takes the opportunity to low blow Sasuke or commit some other rudo act. That nets him the second fall and gains him an advantage in the third. Sasuke does his big spots well and holds his own in working holds, but he is showing a pretty consistent tendency to completely blow off the limb work so he can get his flying spots in, and it's as bad as ever here. This is still a very good match overall, sort of a lesser man's Malenko vs. Rey in terms of high-end technical stuff, but more smartly booked.
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