Big Japan "Endless Survivor" 2015
A review by Kevin Wilson
Date: May 5th, 2015
Since I reviewed the finals of the Death Match Survivor Tournament, it only made sense to also review the show that gave the winner their shot at the BJW Death Match Heavyweight Championship. Besides that championship match we also get a Tag Team Championship defense as well as Okabayashi vs. Kawakami in a Strong match. So this should be good. Here is the full card:
- Koji Kanemoto and Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs. Shinobu and Kazuki Hashimoto
The opener either wasn’t recorded or wasn’t uploaded but it was just a rookies match so no harm done. Onto the review!
Koji Kanemoto and Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs. Shinobu and Kazuki Hashimoto
Takaiwa chops Shinobu into the corner and he hits a lariat. Shinobu gets up to the top turnbuckle and he hits a missile dropkick on Takaiwa. Hashimoto comes in and both attack Takaiwa in the corner. Lariat by Shinobu to Takaiwa and Hashimoto hits a PK for a two count. Shinobu throws Kanemoto out of the ring and he hits an Asai Moonsault. In the ring, Hashimoto picks up Takaiwa and he hits a fisherman buster for two. Hashimoto charges Takaiwa but Takaiwa hits a Takaiwa Driver. Shinobu comes in but Takaiwa plants him with a powerbomb. Kanemoto hits a tiger suplex on Shinobu, Takaiwa goes off the ropes and he lariats Hashimoto. Takaiwa picks up Hashimoto and he nails the Death Valley Bomb for the three count! They did all they could with seven minutes, Kanemoto is tons of fun to watch and Shinobu played this one straight. Not a long match but action packed, lots of hard strikes and constant action. Good stuff. Mildly Recommended
Jaki Numazawa, Masashi Takeda, and Tsukamoto vs. Ryuji Ito, Masaya Takahashi, and Ueki
Numazawa comes in but Takahashi hits a spear on both of them. Jumping elbow by Takahashi in the corner, he puts a board against Tsukamoto and he hits a cannonball into it. Scoop slam by Takahashi and he puts a ladder and chair as well as the board before hitting a senton down onto the pile. Takahashi picks up Tsukamoto but Tsukamoto suplexes Takahashi onto the chair and tags in Numazawa. Takahashi is triple teamed in the corner but Ito runs into help. Tsukamoto kicks Takeda by accident, then Ito hits a pescado down onto Tsukamoto. Numazawa lariats Takahashi in the ring and sets up a ladder, he slams Takahashi in front of it and goes up top, but Takahashi recovers and joins him. Superplex by Takahashi and he tags in Ueki. Numazawa tags in Takeda and they trade blows, crossbody by Ueki and Ito comes in to clear the apron. Tsukamoto hiptosses Takeda into a barbed wire board, Ueki picks up Takeda and he hits a Samoan Drop onto the board for two. Ueki goes off the ropes and hits a spear, Ueki puts a board down but Takeda knees him. Takeda picks up Ueki and drills him with a Reverse U Crash, and he gets the three count. While I do like barbed wire board matches more than lighttube matches, they started to run out of things to do. Ueki as the whipping boy made sense, no issues there, but it got a bit repetitive. Some good carnage but nothing that really stuck out as memorable.
Great Kojika, Hoshino, and Masato Inaba vs. Isami Kodaka, Inematsu, and Ryuichi Sekine
Ryuichi Kawakami vs. Yuji Okabayashi
Vertical suplex by Okabayashi and he covers Kawakami for two. Okabayashi and Kawakami trade strikes back and forth but Kawakami catches Okabayashi with a German suplex. Okabayashi fires back with a lariat and both wrestlers are slow to get up. Kawakami clubs on Okabayashi but Okabayashi catches him with a powerslam for two. Scoop slam by Okabayashi, he goes up top but Kawakami gets his knees up on the Golem Splash. German suplex by Kawakami but Okabayashi hits a lariat. Another lariat by Okabayashi but Kawakami stays up, Okabayashi goes for a suplex but Kawakami hits a brainbuster onto his knee for a two count. Running elbow by Kawakami but it gets a two as well. Kawakami picks up Okabayashi but Okabayashi gets away, Okabayashi puts Kawakami up in the Argentine Backbreaker as Kawakami tries to squeeze Okabayashi’s head to get out of it. Okabayashi doesn’t let go however and Kawakami goes out, causing the referee to call for the bell! Okabayashi is your winner and the #1 Contender. This was a really solid “Strong” match. It wasn’t off the charts but it had a good slow build and they really made every big move mean something. I like Okabayashi matches as even a vertical suplex feels like an important spot and Kawakami came out of it looking really good in defeat. Entertaining all the way around, if you enjoy the style you’ll like this one. Recommended
(c) Kohei Sato and Shuji Ishikawa vs. Daisuke Sekimoto and Kamitani
Falcon Arrow by Sato to Sekimoto, he goes for a powerbomb but Sekimoto hits a back bodydrop. Sato goes off the ropes but Sekimoto catches him with a big lariat. Sekimoto tags in Kamitani, he hits a judo throw on Sato and goes up top, hitting a diving shoulderblock. Kamitani picks up Sato, elbows by Kamitani but Sato catches him with a big elbow. Ishikawa comes in and they both knee Kamitani in the stomach, but Sekimoto breaks up the pin. Ishikawa knees Sekimoto in the corner as does Sato, they pick up Kamitani but Kamitani hits a backdrop suplex on Ishikawa. Sekimoto comes in and Sato is double teamed in the corner. Sekimoto grabs Sato and he slams him to the mat, Kamitani goes up top and he hits a diving elbow drop. Ishikawa comes in and he hits Sekimoto with a release dragon suplex, but Sekimoto fires back with a lariat. Kamitani elbows Sato and he hits an enzigieri. Backdrop suplex to Kamitani, cover, but it gets a two count. Kamitani elbows Ishikawa but Ishikawa hits him with a running headbutt. Ishikawa picks up Kamitani and Sato hits a release German on Kamitani. Running knee by Ishikawa to Kamitani, Sato picks up Kamitani and he plants him with a piledriver. Sato picks up Kamitani and nails the German suplex hold, picking up the three count! Sato and Ishikawa are still your champions. This was a small step down from the last match but still entertaining. Kamitani was out of his league here, he isn’t bad but he just isn’t on everyone else’s level. So the outcome was never in doubt but there were still plenty of hard hits to go around even if it was a bit anti-climatic. Mildly Recommended
(c) Yuko Miyamoto vs. Abdullah Kobayashi
Miyamoto avoids Kobayashi’s double chop attempt and he knees lighttubes into Kobayashi’s chest. Lariat by Miyamoto and he lays out a few rows of concrete blocks. Miyamoto puts Kobayashi on them and goes up top, but Kobayashi moves and Miyamoto hits a senton onto the blocks. Shining Wizard by Kobayashi, cover, but it gets a two count. Kobayashi throws Miyamoto into the barbed wire side of the ropes and he hits a Uraken. Kobayashi goes up top and he hits a diving elbow drop. Kobayashi applies a crab hold but Miyamoto gets to the ropes. Irish whip by Kobayashi, Miyamoto goes for a handspring attack but Kobayashi catches him. Miyamoto rolls up Kobayashi but Kobayashi gets a shoulder up, he hits La Magistral but that also gets two. Headbutts by Miyamoto and he drops Kobayashi with the Yankee Driver. Miyamoto puts the bed of nails onto Kobayashi, he goes up top and he hits the corkscrew senton! Cover, but Kobayashi gets a shoulder up. Miyamoto tries to pick up Kobayashi but Kobayashi blocks it, he grabs Miyamoto but Miyamoto blocks the powerbomb and back bodydrops Kobayashi onto the bed of nails. Miyamoto charges Kobayashi but Kobayashi back bodydrops Miyamoto onto the nails. Kobayashi applies a crab hold, pushing Miyamoto down onto the nails in the process. Miyamoto is literally stuck and he has no choice but to submit! Kobayashi is your new champion! I am not the biggest fan of Kobayashi but he worked his ass off here. The spots stayed a bit varied since they had the blocks, barbed wire, lighttubes, and nails so it never got dull, and they didn’t really waste time setting up complicated spots. As far as death matches go this is probably about as good as you’re going to see in current Big Japan, even though I’m still not thrilled that Kobayashi won the title. Recommended
There was certainly a lot to like about this show. There were the same number of Death Matches as Strong matches which is good (for me anyway) and the opener was a pleasant surprise. There were still two skippable matches but both of the Strong matches delivered and the main event was probably as good as it could have possibly been considering the participants. While I don’t think any of these matches will be on any MOTY lists, there was definitely some solid action here. If you are into BJW, don’t skip this one.