It’s Takataichimania a Taka Michinoku and Taichi produced show in lieu of Taichi 15th anniversary, with a few interesting match-ups on the card, lets see how it goes.
Match 1 – Dinosaur Takuma, Kotaro Yoshino & Marines Mask vs. Ayumu Honda, Kyu Mogami & Tank Nagai
Decent little opener to kick things off, Honda’s team get a bit of control but it’s mainly back and forth with some solid action, in the end Yoshino and Takuma hit a double samoan drop to get the victory.
Winner: Takuma/Yoshino/Mask (via double samoan drop) **3/4
Match 2 – Ayame Sasamura & Bambi vs. Koharu Hinata & Saori Anou
This was a solid little match-up, very back and forth and they kept the action flowing with a good pace. In the end Bambi hits a lariat to get the win.
Winner: Bambi/Sasamura (via lariat) **3/4
Match 3 – Hikaru Sato & Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) vs. GO Asakawa, Taishi Takizawa & Yoshitatsu
Good match. They start brawling right from the get go and Yoshitatsu gets singled out giving Suzuki-gun/Sato a fair portion of control, eventually Tatsu makes the tag and the match becomes much more even. Quite surprised that Suzuki is the guy who ends up in it the most for his team, even taking a fair wad of offence, though ultimately he gets the win for his team. Nicely done six man.
Winners: Sato/Suzuki-gun (via Gotch Style Piledriver) ***1/4
Match 4 – Jun Kasai vs. Takashi Iizuka
A 2018 Iizuka singles match doesn’t exactly sound like the most riveting thing, but this was actually a fun match. They start off brawling around the hall and both get busted open. There a fair amount of head biting and the violence continues to escalate with wooden skewers and a board with little machetes on which Kasai’s splashes off a ladder onto. In the end the match goes to a no contest when the ref stops it after getting pushed a way trying to prevent Kasai from using one of the little machetes on Iizuka.
No Winner via ref stoppage ***
Match 5 – Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI & Hiromu Takahashi) vs. Kaji Tomato & TAKA Michinoku
This was a very good tag match. I was happy to see Kaji Tomato in there, he’s a good talent and did really well here, even doing a crossbody off one of the exits. Both teams get their own portion of control early on but it grows very competitive as the match goes on and has a very fun little finsihing stretch with LiJ ending up with the win after an electric chair assisted MX.
Winners: LiJ (via Electric Chair assisted MX) ***1/2
Main Event – Taichi vs. Tetsuya Naito
This was a really good main event and probably the best match Taichi has had. Of course he uses some of his usual antics like the bellhammer and stuff, but he does all that stuff early on and is the match goes in, it becomes much more competitive with Taichi pulling out all the stops to try and get the win. In the end though he fails and a Destino by Naito keeps him down for the 3 count. Naito was of course his usual cocky and confident self, probably thinking this would be quite a breeze, but that obviously wasn’t the case. Very enjoyable match and crowd were really into it too.
Winner: Naito (via Destino) ***3/4
This was a quite a fun show overall, nothing super spectacular on it but I enjoyed everything and it had both a good Iizuka and Taichi match, so that’s certainly something. I’d say it’s worth checking out if you want a simple and enjoyable 2 hour show with some unique matches you’ll more than likely never see anywhere else.
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