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A year before this, at the previous Indy Summit, Ibushi was headlining as the young DDT up and comer who was seen as the potential weak link in a multi man tag where he pulled off what could have been considered an upset. A year later he's working under Battlarts rules. Despite the Battlarts rules, this is very un-Battlarts as we don't get the gritty matwork and this is more Jr. heavyweight oriented pro-wres. Sawa is a Battlarts dojo Japanese indy guy who also works in the comedy setting as Lingerie Muto which is a parody version of Keiji Muto wearing lingerie... Hayato at this point was still a Michinoku Pro rookie who had some MMA training under Norifumi "K.I.D." Yamamoto before venturing into pro-wres -- his finisher is a guillotine choke he calls the K.I.D. in honor of KID. As I mentioned before, this is very un-Battlarts like and more Jr. heavyweight oriented pro-wres, so not everyone will enjoy it. This is mostly setup to push a potential feud between Ibushi and Sawa as they go at it from the bell and hit each other with some slaps and kick exchanges. There's some meaningless matwork here -- such as kneebars... We also get some pretty weak Mochi head kicks and Fujita shows signs of his brilliance here by packing some heat into his kicks when he's able to unleash. Despite being the underdog, the fans buy into him potentially pulling off the upset as he locks in the K.I.D. on Mochi, but Mochi reaches the ropes before blasting him with some head kicks for the KO. If you dig Jr. Japanese indy wrestling, then I would recommend you check this out.
This was announced as the Kaientai DX revival match and it's basically a Kaientai DX showcase instead of a passing of the torch type match. The indy side is really composed of a mix of guys from different organizations. Shinjitsu Nohashi is a Michinoku Pro guy who was heavily influenced and may have been trained by Jinsei Shinzaki. Not a MOTYC by any chance or a great match or anything that compares to peak Michinoku Pro Kaientai DX or even Michinoku Pro Skull 'n' Crossbones even and something that's just mostly fun watching for the nostalgia of watching Kaientai DX together once again.
These Indy Summit events are joint shows run by various Japanese organizations. This is the main event and it's a young, rookie Jr. showcase for some of the potential top stars from K-Dojo, Osaka Pro, DDT, Michinoku Pro and IWA JAPAN. At the time Ibushi was the youngest and was seen as the weak link in the match, but he's the one who's peaked the most out of all of these while others disappeared into obscurity. Given the companies these guys work in front of regularly, this is the biggest crowd a lot of them have ever worked in front of before. Given the participants here, the ones we get the most footage available for are Shanao, Tigers Mask, Ibushi and Kagetora. Shanao is Takuya Sugi who's wrestled all over the Japanese indies under a variety of aliases -- Sugi, El Blazer, Yoshitsune, Mini CIMA, The★Zest, etc. and he's also worked in AAA as Sugi. Tiger Mask is an Osaka Pro guy and was one of their aces for years. Kagetora is a former Dragon system guy. There's been some footage from K-Dojo, but I don't know of anyone who followed them close enough to actually give a proper opinion of PSYCHO, Oishi or Asahi, although Oishi was a guy who later broke out and worked in other places such as DDT and BJW where he was a member of MEN'S Teioh's MEN'S Club. This is a showcase match as I mentioned before, so the main point is to put on display all of the cool spots these guys can perform with a mix of a little comedy from Tigers Mask. With Shanao you know you'll get some cool looking spots and some horrendous botches and that's exactly what you get here from him. Everyone else was perfectly fine and no one particularly excelled with a groundbreaking performance or anything. The finishing stretch didn't go into overkill and the finish was pretty amazing with Ibushi pulling out a Golden Star Splash which was a 630 Phoenix Splash which is spot I've never seen anyone ever be able to replicate. Pretty fun match and something you should check out if you're into Japanese indies.