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  1. It's Ishikawa facing the most insignificant first period BattlARTS guy on a random AJPW card in the 2nd match on the card. It can't be more than just a fun little exhibition? And well that's WRONG because these two just do one of the most brutal under 5 minute sprints of the decade. Crowd brawling that looks legit (why is Ishikawa, a quasi shootstyle working Inoki worshipper arguably the best crowd brawler in japanese wrestling history?), some of the stiffest slaps you'll ever see, and then probably the stiffest Enzugiri you'll see ever, insane Maeda/Fujinami blood, stoppage drama... yeah this kicked ass.
  2. This was pretty good... No one really stood out for me here and everyone played their part well. We get some Malenko-Ishikawa exchanges which were nice, but I know they can do far better. Hijikata gave this a little less of a Bati Bati feel whenever he was involved, but he had some firey offence at times and Usuda had some great looking kicks and some flashy submissions such as going for an enzuigiri after a catched kick and transitioning into a triangle choke from the bottom. The finish was sweet as its signaling towards the Malenko feud seems like the next path Ishikawa will take post Murakami feud. ***
  3. I didn't really care one way or the other about Hijikata and his fighting spirit business, but Ono was outstanding again. He looks like one of the best wrestlers in the world in 2000/20001 and yet he mostly seems to be dicking around in barely-spotlighted undercard fights. Surely the one major blemish on Yuki Ishikawa as a booker/human being. Hijikata jumped Ono before the bell here, running him into the barricade before throwing him into the first row, and as Ono made his way into the ring for the first time he had this "okay so we're doing that, are we?" look on his face and you get a little giddy at what you fully expect him to do. Naturally he went and kicked the shit out of Hijikata. Some of his selling towards the end was incredible, like the crumpled sell of a lariat and the way he made it back to his feet like a cobra in answer to the snake charmer's punji. And like most dealings with a cobra, Hijikata wound up getting bit when he came too close.
  4. Well I can add Takeshi Ono doing a springboard to the list of things I've seen in life. Pretty neat Ono carry job. Not that Hijikata was bad or anything but outside of doing Tenryu spots and working a little more pro style he didn't really leave that much of an impression. Literally the first spot in the match was Ono punching Hijikata straight in the face and knocking him down, you don't get a better hook than that. Ono's punching and kicking combinations ruled, his sliding kick in particular is something definitely worth stealing, incredibly unique and something that would look super efficient in a world where pro wrestling physics would be real. Ono's shaking his leg and trying to escape while in the Fisherman Buster ruled, those moments of struggle really make everything mean more. ***1/4-***1/2
  5. There's nothing more depressing than watching two shoot style guys work through mundane pro style holds. Not bad, and I'd much rather watch a house show match between kickers than pretty much anything New Japan produces right now but nothing special either. They throw some nice kicks with Hijikata's sliding one being a highlight, and I liked how Sato leaned Hijikata on the apron instead of doing so on the ringpost which always looks stupid (especially with the missed ringpost strike being such a lazy transition) but they've seen better days. **1/2