MPro Fighting Tohuku Legend 6th ~ Iwante Vol.
review by Kevin Wilson
Date: March 19th, 2006
Just to show that I don't only watch the big promotions, here is a review from a Michinoku Pro show from this year. I like a lot of different promotions, it is just easier to find events and information for the larger ones. Michinoku Pro is the longest running independent promotion in Japan and has created a lot of stars over the years, two of which will be competing on this card: Jinsei Shinzaki and Great Sasuke. Plus my man Yoshitsune is wrestling, so this is bound to be fun. The following matches from the show aired:
- GAINA Return Match: Jinsei Shinzaki and GAINA vs. Kei Sato and Maguro Ooma
Super Delfin appears before the show and challenges Shinzaki to a match on a later date. Shinzaki did not seem to be against this idea.
Jinsei Shinzaki and GAINA vs. Kei Sato and Maguro Ooma
Match Thoughts: A minute or so was cut from the beginning but it doesn't seem like we missed much. Pretty simple match, I was surprised that GAINA actually picked up the pinfall. His offense seems pretty one dimensional (this is the first full match I have seen as his), but they hit their moves well and the action kept at a decent pace. Shinzaki mostly watched, but he helped when he was needed. Not much to it, but if GAINA being back was a big deal then I'm happy it went well. Score: 4.5
Great Sasuke vs. Shu Sato
Sato covers Sasuke, but Sasuke gets a foot on the bottom rope. Quick kicks to the head by Sato, he goes off the ropes and delivers a dropkick. Cover, but again it gets a two. Savate kick by Sato, cover, but Sasuke kicks out. Sato picks up Sasuke and slaps him repeatedly in the face, but Sasuke blocks the kicks and kicks Sato in the leg. The two trade punches and then slaps, boot to the chest by Sasuke and he chops Sato in the head. Knee by Sasuke, but Sato comes back with a jumping kick. Cover, but it only gets a two count. Sato rolls out of the ring and slides multiple chairs into the ring. Sato slowly piles them up while Sasuke waits on the mat, Sato picks up Sasuke and suplexes him onto the chairs. Sato goes up to the top turnbuckle, but Sasuke is up in time and joins him. Superplex by Sasuke into the pile of chairs, hurting both wrestlers. Sasuke is up first and he starts setting the chairs upright facing each other. I think these two are obsessed with chairs. Sasuke is still stacking them, now with six on the bottom with two on top of it. He then gets on top his stack with a steel chair in theory to jump onto Sato, but Sato is up and dropkicks him off the tower. Sato goes to the top turnbuckle with a chair and dropkicks it into Sasuke's head. Sato then piles the chairs on top of Sasuke, goes up to the top turnbuckle and delivers a body press. Cover, but Sasuke barely kicks out. Kei Sato comes out nowhere and starts beating Sasuke with a big wooden stick, and the match is declared a No Contest.
Match Thoughts: This match took everything I love about Michinoku Pro and discarded it while implementing all the things I don't like about Big Japan. By biggest complaint about death matches is sometimes they take too long setting up big spots and not enough time wrestling... but at least Big Japan delivers on the big spots. There were just too many times that the action stopped so that chairs could be gathered... and what the hell was Great Sasuke doing with his tower? He spends a full minute building a tower of chairs but only planned to jump off of it? Is the top turnbuckle no longer the cool thing to use? Not to mention I have no idea why this was called a No Contest since Kei Sato interfered, and I don't know why he interfered when his partner had the match well in hand. Some of the individual spots were fun, but overall the match was just too slow and too illogical for my tastes. Score: 3.5
Takeshi Minaminno, Mango Fukuda, and Pineapple Hanai vs. Yoshitsune, Rasse, and Nakajima
Rasse makes the tag to Nakajima, and Nakajima dropkicks Minaminno to the mat. Hanai and Fukuda come into the ring as well, but Yoshitsune knocks them to the mat with a double Cyclone Elbow Strike. Yoshitsune then sails out onto Fukuda with a Space Flying Tiger Drop while Nakajima kicks Minaminno in the ring. Irish whip by Nakajima and he delivers a forearm. Vertical suplex by Nakajima, cover, but it gets a two count. Irish whip by Nakajima, but Minaminno reverses it and hits a high kick. Cover, but it gets a two count. Back up, Minaminno and Nakajima trade forearms and slaps, but Nakajima kicks Minaminno in the back of the head. Nakajima goes for a German suplex, but Fukuda runs in and pushes Nakajima, sending both Nakajima and Minaminno out of the ring. Rasse comes in with a springboard dropkick on Fukuda, he goes for a scoop slam, but Fukuda is too heavy and lands on top of him for a two count cover. Fukuda goes for a suplex, but Rasse slides behind his back. He also goes for a vertical suplex, but Fukuda reverses it into one of his own. Fukuda picks up Rasse, Irish whip from the corner and he delivers a lariat. He goes for a second one, but Rasse ducks it and hits an enzigieri. Fireman's carry slam by Rasse, he goes up to the top turnbuckle but Fukuda rolls out of the way of the Firebird Splash. Fukuda goes off the ropes and hits a lariat, cover, but Yoshitsune breaks it up. Yoshitsune and Hanai stay in as the legal men, Irish whip by Yoshitsune from the corner and he connects with a diving forearm. Yoshitsune goes off the ropes but Hanai catches him with a slam. Hanai picks up Yoshitsune, Yoshitsune get away from him, but Hanai hits a spinebuster. Face crusher by Hanai, cover, but it gets a tow count. Hanai picks up Yoshitsune, but Yoshitsune spins away and hits a heel kick. 619 by Yoshitsune, he goes up to the top turnbuckle and nails the Shooting Star Press. Cover, but Minaminno breaks it up. Rasse comes in and kicks Minaminno out of the ring, but Fukuda enters as well and hip tosses Rasse to the mat. Nakajima comes in and gives Fukuda a backdrop suplex, but Fukuda pops to his feet and hits Nakajima with a lariat. Hanai grabs Yoshitsune from behind and holds him for Minaminno, but Yoshitsune ducks and Minaminno kicks Hanai by accident. Yoshitsune quickly rolls up Hanai and he picks up the three count! Your winners: Yoshitsune, Rasse, and Nakajima
Match Thoughts: A better match then we have seen so far, but still pretty simple. Course I might just be bitter because Yoshitsune wasn't in the match much, but when he was at least he hit all his moves very well. Rasse plays a good rag doll, but some of the Pineapple group's offense wasn't very convincing. Maybe it was because they were so in and out of the match, but really no wrestler had a chance to make a serious impression. Normal mid-card multi-tag entertainment, except less fun then usual. Score: 5.5
Kagetora vs. Makoto Oishi (K-DOJO)
Kagetora picks up Oishi and slides him back into the ring, Kagetora gets back in himself, Irish whip, reversed, but Kagetora hits a diving lariat. Kagetora picks up Oishi, Irish whip from the corner and he connects with a running lariat. Cradle Side Slam by Kagetora, cover, but it gets a two count. Kagetora waits for Oishi to get up, but he misses the kick and Oishi kicks him in the leg. Oishi dropkicks Kagetora out of the ring and then hits an Asai Moonsault off the top rope. Oishi slides Kagetora back into the ring and elbows him into the corner. Irish whip by Oishi, reversed, but Oishi avoids the lariat. Moonsault off the second turnbuckle by Oishi, cover, but it gets a two count. Oishi picks up Kagetora and nails the Sambo Suplex, Kagetora comes back, but Oishi gives him another one. Again Kagetora pops up though and this time delivers a lariat, but falls down afterwards. Kagetora is up first, but Oishi gets up as well and the two trade forearms. Oishi goes off the ropes, but Kagetora catches him with a forearm. Quick roll-up by Oishi, but it gets a two, as does a small package. Crucifix pin by Oishi, but Kagetora kicks out at two. Aztec Suplex Hold by Oishi, but Kagetora barely kicks out. Oishi picks up Kagetora and goes for a dragon suplex, but Kagetora gets out of it and delivers a kick to the head. Brainbuster by Kagetora, cover, but it only gets a two count. Kagetora picks up Oishi, goes off the ropes, and hits a lariat from the back followed by an enzigieri. Another lariat by Kagetora, cover, but Oishi barely kicks out. Back up, Kagetora hits a wrist-clutch driver, but it also only gets a two count. Hangetsu by Kagetora, he picks up Oishi and drills him with the Ikkitousen. Cover, and he picks up the three count. Your winner and new champion: Kagetora
Match Thoughts: Not too bad, Kagetora is a wrestler I have really been enjoying so far this year. Oishi never had a chance here, which hampered the match a bit, but he put in a good effort. The early leg work was well done, but while Kagetora sold it for a few minutes afterwards it was a non-issue the last third of the match. Since none of Oishi's finishing moves seem to deal with the leg I am not sure why that was the focal point, but that's pretty standard in puroresu matches. The strike battle right at the end of the match seemed oddly placed, but things picked up and they had a pretty hot finish. Kagetora's dive onto the hard gym floor was sick, I don't know what possesses wrestlers to do things that they know are going to hurt.... but I salute them for it. Kagetora's power moves looked great here, he is a real up and comer that within a few years will be making a strong impact in one of the larger promotions (such as Dragon Gate, Zero-One MAX, or All Japan). Overall it was a fun match and definitely the best one of the event. Score: 6.5
This was a clipped down event that aired on a show called Puroresu Kings, a program that shows events from different promotions. The event didn't have any great matches and was pretty short, so I can't recommend it. Kagetora is worth watching for sure and his match was good, but none of the others are worth going out of your way to see. Please note that just because I did not like this event does not mean that Michinoku Pro in 2006 isn't entertaining.... it is just one show, and you can't judge an entire promotion off of one show. But unless you are a Michinoku Pro completist or really want to see Kagetora doing his thing, there is no need to pick this show up.