TAKA Michinoku 25th Anniversary Show results 9 4 17

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Last week, Kaientai Dojo held TAKA Michinoku’s 25th Anniversary show. Wrestlers from Kaientai Dojo, NJPW, Pro Wrestling NOAH, Stardom, Okinawa Pro Wrestling, Michinoku Pro Wrestling, and a handful of freelancers came together for the joint-promotion show at Tokyo’s Korakuen Hall. In the main event, TAKA teamed up with Kota Ibushi to face Gedo and IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada.

This was a really fun show, and you can see it in its entirety here. Thanks to the Real Hero Archive for making so many of these shows (that those of us outside of Japan would never see), along with an amazing archive of Japanese promotions, available to us. It is greatly appreciated.

TAKA Michinoku 25th Anniversary Show Results

Marines Mask & Yoshihiro Horaguchi defeated Dickey Mayer & Taylor Adams.

Hi69 & Yasu Urano defeated Daigoro Kashiwa & MIYAWAKI.

HZK & Io Shirai defeated Bambi & ERINA.

I will just take a moment to wax poetic on the glory that is HZK and Io Shirai. If you haven’t seen these women in Stardom, you are really missing out.

Bambi & ERINA had a good showing in this one, but they just aren’t on the level of Io and HZK yet. Io hit a gorgeous Moonsault on ERINA to win the match for her team. Really fun match from these four women.

FYI… You can get Stardom World for around $6.50 a month. The streaming service for Stardom has great wrestlers from around the world, English subtitles, and amazing matches. Well worth the small price.

Dino Stones (Dinosaur Takuma & Kotaro Yoshino) & Ricky Fuji defeated Dick Togo, Super Delfin, & The Great Sasuke.

Ok, if you haven’t seen Dinosaur Takuma and Kataro Yoshino, you are missing out. Just imagine Fred Flintstone and Dino as wrestlers, and you’ve got a pretty good idea of what their gimmick is. Takuma has a tail and everything. It’s great. And, I swear Ricky Fuji will never retire. At 51, he’s still going strong…even if he does look a bit like an aging 80s hair band member.

Their opponents were legends in every sense of the word. With 81 years of in-ring experience between them, they are still kicking ass. This was a fun match. I always enjoy seeing the legends in the ring, especially when they are interacting with younger talent. Plus, Dinosaur Takuma is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Kataro Yoshino got the win for his team after pinning Super Delfin.

RoS (Kaji Tomato, Shiori Asahi, Taishi Takizawa, & Yuma) defeated Magatsuki (Ayumu Honda, Kunio Toshima, Kyu Mogami, & Tank Nagai).

TOMATO!!! Here’s another guy you need to search out if you haven’t seen any of his work. He’s just adorable and fun and pretty damn good in the ring, too. The clown creeped me out a bit, but then again, they always do.

Really good 8-man tag team match. A lot of fun and some great, intense action from both teams.

Minoru Suzuki defeated GO Asakawa.

There’s nothing better at midnight than watching MiSu trying to rip someone’s arms out of their sockets. It’s always fun. Then, when he follows it up with kicks and slaps, it’s even better. When he follows all that up by beating a poor soul with a chair, it’s glorious.

GO gave it the old college try, and he even managed to get in some decent offense on occasion, but our favorite Murder Dad was just too much to overcome. He seemed mortally offended whenever GO got any kind of advantage and then just hit him twice as hard on principle. Not surprisingly, MiSu won this one after hitting the Gotch Style Piledriver.

Kazuchika Okada and Gedo defeated Kota Ibushi & TAKA Michinoku.

The first thing we learned from this bout is that Okada has no clue what to do when it comes to streamers. They may be his kryptonite (Take note, EVIL, Kenny, & Naito).

The second thing we learned from this match is that at 43, TAKA can still outwork most people on any roster anywhere in the world.

I will admit it was nice to hear Okada get booed all the way to hell and back. He’s a natural heel; I don’t know why NJPW doesn’t play that up. I mean, that’s what his character was supposed to be from the get-go. Plus, Gedo is there, in all his random cussing glory. Nothing but heel shit from these two.

I still want to see a singles match between Ibushi and Okada sometime soon. They work so well together. Okada is so smooth in the ring, and Ibushi, along with being batshit insane, is incredible and takes Okada out of him comfort zone (and in all honesty, when Okada is wrestling outside the box, that’s when he’s at his best).

This was a really good, entertaining match, but my one problem with it was that TAKA couldn’t even get the win at his anniversary show in his own promotion. Why Gedo had to get the cheap win with an eye poke and the Gedo Clutch is beyond me. Maybe I am missing something, but you’d think TAKA at least deserved to get the pin on his own show.

All in all, this was a good show and worth checking out.

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