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[1996-06-23-Michinoku Pro] Great Sasuke & Super Delfin vs Dick Togo & Shiryu & Mens Teoh (Handicap)

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It's a bit redundant at this stage, but the 6/23 Sasuke/Delphin vs. Togo/Teioh/Shiryu handicap match is another fun M-Pro match. I actually thought the beatdown Kaientai put on Sasuke and Delphin was the best heel beatdown during the feud. There's a neat split screen of Togo ripping the shit out of Delphin's mask while Teioh and Shiryu put Sasuke through a table.

 

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Very southern tag layout here, just with more advanced moves. Sasuke & Delfin make for terrific underneath babyfaces to go along with the flashy offense, and Kaientai of course make for great evil opponents. I suspect the Shield and their opponents may have studied these matches as there are a lot of similar spots. Sasuke takes a crazy kneebreaker off a stage through a table that effectively removes him from the match, but Delfin is able to keep you guessing almost until the end whether or not he can pull off a 1-on-3 miracle. Another super-fun match from MPro combining high-end '90s offense with terrific character work.

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Surprised this did not make the set.

 

Kaientai (Dick Togo, MENS Teioh, Shiryu) vs Great Sasuke & Super Delphin - Michinoku Pro 6/23/96

 

Somehow Super Delphin has turned babyface and created a super team with the ace, Great Sasuke. Together they are taking out the hot heel act of Kaientai. This is original Kaientai of Dick Togo (formerly SATO), MENS Teioh (formerly Terry Boy) & Shiryu (Kaz Hayashi in a mask). Taka Michinoku & Sho Funaki have not yet joined. Kaientai tries to jump them early, but Sasuke & Delphin fight back. Sasuke gets a quebrada wiping out two members of Kaientai. Sasuke & Delphin isolate Shiryu and go to town of him with a barrage of suplexes and aerial offense. Kaientai eventually use the numbers game to overwhelm their two opponents. They really work over Sasuke with some great triple teams. Lots of crowd brawling. Sasuke takes some wicked chair shots. They just start dropping on Sasuke from the top rope. Sasuke being Sasuke his hope spots involving a lot of no selling, but they are fun. Sasuke hits a somersault off the apron on Togo. Here comes Delphin now! Sasuke & Delphin are rolling. Missile dropkick from Sasuke. Crucifix Powerbomb. Sasuke & Delphin have Teioh & Shiryu in a pinning predicament, but Dick Togo is still loose and breaks it all up. Dick Togo misses a big senton. He bounces off the mat. Delphin & Sasuke dive train ensues. Delphin is holding Togo as Sasuke ascends the top to finish him off, MENS Teioh throws a chair at him knocking him off the top. Togo ballshots Delphin. This is when the match goes from a good M-Pro match to a great M-Pro match. We get a split screen of Dick Togo ripping Delphin's mask and Teioh throwing Sasuke off the stage knee-first through a table. WOW! Now that's a heel beatdown. They give Delphin a little bit of hope with a rana out of the Shield Bomb. Before Kaientai hits the Shield Bomb and then each hits a dive on Delphin from the top rope finishing with Dick Togo's awesome Senton to win the match definitively. Eerily reminiscent of the Shield matches with lots of chaotic brawling, the heel team isolating one opponent by demolishing his partner (in this case Sasuke's knee through the table) then followed by a three-on-one mugging of the last opponent complete with a Shield-Bomb. Enjoyed the match a lot, the finish really puts it over the top. Kaientai is a force to be reckoned with! ****

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