A Review by Kevin Wilson
Dates: June 21st, July 13th, and July 21st of 2014
Announced Attendance: Various
Now I am getting really obscure, but you can't say you will review all the events from 2014 and then skip ones that no one has heard of. If this review gets more than 50 page views I will be surprised. I had literally never hard of YMZ until I saw it on Lynch's DVD List, so if you were looking for some history on the promotion, you're looking the wrong place. Although I can tell you that it is run by Yoneyama and Madoka and that it stands for Yoneyamadoka da ze so there is that. I am happy to report I know who 80% of the wrestlers are though which is worth noting, the same guys go around to all the Indies so at least its not like that Youth Wrestling event I am going to have to review sometime soon. This DVD has the cards from three different events, here are the matches:
June 21st, 2014
- Byi vs. Yasu Urano
- Hulk Woman vs. Tsubasa Kuragaki
- PSYCHO vs. Sunrise Kamen
- Madoka and Kaori Yoneyama vs. Takeshi Minamino and Manjimaru
July 13th, 2014
- Kaori Yoneyama vs. Taro Yamada vs. Kazuhiro Tamura
- Kengo Mashimo vs. Tsubasa Kuragaki
- Battle Royal with Tsubasa Kuragaki, Aki Kanbayashi, Kengo Mashimo, Kazuhiro Tamura, Hulk Woman, Kaori Yoneyama, and Taro Yamada
July 21st, 2014
- Kaori Yoneyama and Sunrise Kamen vs. Tsubasa Kuragaki and Aki Kanbayashi
- Madoka vs. Yasu Urano
- GENTARO vs. PSYCHO
Oh boy, here we go.
June 21st, 2014 (Volume 11)
Byi vs. Yasu Urano
Byi is a child, if that type of thing makes you feel icky.
They circle to start, tie-up, Urano pushes Byi into the ropes and gives a clean break. Tie-up again, Byi gets Urano into the ropes and he slaps Urano in the chest before backing off. Tie-up, wristlock by Urano but Byi rolls out of it and reverses it. Urano gets out of the hold and Byi stops to tie his shoe, they lock knuckles and Urano pushes Byi to the mat. Snapmare by Urano and he applies a neck crank to Byi. Back up, Urano pushes Byi into the corner and squeezes his head before clubbing Byi in the back. Crossface by Urano but Byi gets a hand on the ropes to force a break. Stomps by Urano, he picks up Byi, snapmare, and Urano kicks Byi in the back. Cover, but it gets a two count. Urano rams Byi into the turnbuckle, Urano stomps Byi down to a seated position and pushes his boot into Byi's face. Slaps by Urano but Byi returns fire, and Byi chops Urano to the mat. Cover, but it gets a two count. Byi charges Urano in the corner and hits a jumping elbow followed by a second one. Cover, but again it gets two. Byi picks up Urano but Urano hits a backbreaker, Irish whip by Urano but Byi hits a crossbody for a two count. Back up, Urano picks up Byi and hits a scoop slam. Knee drop by Urano, cover, but it gets a two count. Urano picks up Byi but Byi gets away, roll-up by Byi but it gets a two count. Byi applies a sleeper, roll-up by Byi but Urano gets a shoulder up. Chops by Byi but Urano hits a headbutt. Urano picks up Byi and goes for a tombstone, but Byi wiggles out of it. Side headlock by Urano, Byi almost makes it to the ropes but he can't, and the referee calls for the bell. Your winner: Yasu Urano
Match Thoughts: You know, all this match really showed is just how simple the 'basic' pro wrestling match is. I mean this kid is about ten years old (I am bad with ages), but the match went over eight minutes and was perfectly fine. Obviously Urano was controlling things and it may have been better pre-planned than most wrestling matches, but if this had been two adults it wouldn't have looked any different. It wasn't a great match of course as it wasn't really trying to be, but for a 'young wrestler' type of match there was nothing wrong with it. Some may not like it since it had a child but Urano protected him and it never felt uncomfortable. A decent opener. Score: 5.0
Hulk Woman vs. Tsubasa Kuragaki
This was advertised as Hulk Woman's debut match. They circle each other to start, tie-up, but they break cleanly. Waistlock by Hulk Woman, Kuragaki reverses it but Hulk Woman gets to the ropes to force a break. Irish whip by Kuragaki, Hulk Woman goes for a shoulderblock but Kuragaki doesn't go down. She tries again with the same result, then Kuragaki successfully hits a shoulderblock. Kuragaki picks up Hulk Woman and applies a backbreaker, but Hulk Woman gets out of it. Club to the back by Kuragaki and she applies a modified crab hold, but Hulk Woman gets to the ropes. Kuragaki picks up Hulk Woman, Irish whip to the corner and she hits a lariat. Another lariat by Kuragaki and she clubs Hulk Woman in the back. Chop by Kuragaki as Hulk Woman gets up, kick by Hulk Woman, Irish whip, and Hulk Woman hits a big boot. Leg drop by Hulk Woman, cover, but she gets a two count. Backdrop suplex by Kuragaki, cover, but it gets a two. Kuragaki picks up Hulk Woman but Hulk Woman rolls up Kuragaki for a two count. Sunset flip by Hulk Woman, but that gets a two as well. Hulk Woman goes off the ropes but Kuragaki plants her with a lariat for the three count. Your winner: Tsubasa Kuragaki
Match Thoughts: I am not sure if Hulk Woman is another wrestler I know just under a mask, but this wasn't a good match. This was one of the worst Hulk Hogan impressions I've seen (and I've seen quite a few over the years) as she didn't really sell it well, and there just wasn't much Kuragaki could do to make this a good match. Not much good to say here, except at least it was short so the pain didn't last long anyway. Score: 3.0
PSYCHO vs. Sunrise Kamen
They circle each other to start, Kamen plays to the crowd and PSYCHO kicks her in the back. They lock knuckles, hammerlock by PSYCHO, reversed by Kamen but PSYCHO reverses it back. Side headlock by Kamen and she takes PSYCHO to the mat, but PSYCHO reverses positions with her. Headscissors by Kamen but PSYCHO applies a side headlock. Kamen reverses it and both wrestlers return to their feet, PSYCHO throws Kamen into the corner and kicks her down to a seated position. Dropkick by PSYCHO, Irish whip, and he hits a drop toehold. PSYCHO applies the Twister but Kamen rolls to the ropes to force a break. PSYCHO picks up Kamen, Irish whip, and PSYCHO hits a jumping knee in the corner. PSYCHO goes for a suplex but Kamen blocks it, Kamen goes off the ropes and hits a shoulderblock. Quick roll-up by PSYCHO but it gets two. PSYCHO hangs from the ceiling and kicks Kamen, PSYCHO charges Kamen but Kamen pulls the rope down and PSYCHO tumbles to the floor. PSYCHO gets on the apron but Kamen punches him down and poses him for the crowd. PSYCHO drops Kamen onto the top rope and then twists her legs in the bottom rope. PSYCHO slaps at Kamen but Kamen elbows him back and they trade blows. PSYCHO gets the better of it but Kamen rolls him up for a two count. Kamen gets back up and hits a big boot, she picks up PSYCHO and hits a snap vertical suplex. Kamen goes for an elbow drop but PSYCHO moves and hits one of his own. PSYCHO goes for a scissors kick but Kamen moves, PSYCHO grabs Kamen's arm and rolls her up out of the corner for the three count. Your winner: PSYCHO
Match Thoughts: This was a comedy-esque match since Kamen does some comedy spots, but the bigger issue is that Kamen just isn't very good. PSYCHO is a career indy wrestler that appears to just be coasting at this point (although I'm not sure he was ever much better than average), so needless to say this match wasn't great. PSYCHO did give Kamen some respect, it wasn't a squash which is a plus, but beyond that not a whole lot happened before the sudden ending. Score: 3.5
Madoka and Kaori Yoneyama vs. Takeshi Minamino and Manjimaru
Yoneyama and Manjimaru start things off. Yoneyama stomps on Manjimaru's foot when he asks for a tie-up, Irish whip by Manjimaru as Yoneyama goes for a shoulderblock, but Manjimaru doesn't go down. She tries again with no luck, she goes off the ropes again but Manjimaru hits a scoop slam. Spinning armdrag by Yoneyama, she picks up Manjimaru and applies an Octopus Hold into a roll-up for a two count. Yoneyama tags in Madoka as Manjimaru tags in Minamino, tie-up, side headlock by Minamino, Madoka Irish whips out of it but Minamino hits a shoulderblock. Minamino goes off the ropes but Madoka hits an armdrag, dropkick by Madoka and he tags in Yoneyama. Double Irish whip to Minamino and they both hit a dropkick. Yoneyama picks up Minamino and tries to throw him down by the hair, but Minamino blocks it and flings Yoneyama to the mat. Stomp by Minamino and he tags in Manjimaru. Manjimaru knocks Madoka off the apron and punches Yoneyama to the mat. Another punch by Manjimaru, he goes off the far ropes but Yoneyama hits a drop toehold and Madoka follows with a dropkick. Madoka goes outside the ring with Manjimaru and takes him up into the crowd, but Manjimaru fights back. Madoka regains the advantage but Manjimaru hits a low blow as they make their way back to ringside. They go up into the crowd again while Yoneyama chases Minamino around, as Manjimaru and Madoka make it back to the ring again. Yoneyama meets them in the ring, Manjimaru is thrown into the corner and both hit running strikes. Yoneyama tags in Madoka, Madoka picks up Manjimaru as Yoneyama comes back in and they stomp on Manjimaru. Manjimaru fights back but is overwhelmed, snapmare by Madoka and he hits a knee drop. Cover, but it gets a two count. Madoka tags in Yoneyama, and Yoneyama applies a camel clutch. Madoka helps by pulling back on Yoneyama, but Yoneyama tells him to knock it off and releases the hold. Yoneyama puts a rope around Manjimaru's neck but Manjimaru fights out of it, Manjimaru picks up Yoneyama, snapmare, and he rakes her in the face. Elbow to the head by Manjimaru, he looks to his corner but Minamino is still nowhere to be found. Manjimaru throws Yoneyama into the corner and kicks her, as he asks the referee where his partner is.
Manjimaru drags Yoneyama to the middle of the ring and applies a crab hold, but Madoka breaks it up. Manjimaru and Yoneyama have a discussion, Yoneyama goes for a kick but Manjimaru catches it and throws her to the mat. Manjimaru picks up Yoneyama and knees her in the chest, he goes for a scoop slam but Yoneyama reverses it with a DDT. Yoneyama goes up to the second turnbuckle but Manjimaru moves when she jumps off and he throws her into the corner. Yoneyama leaves the ring to help hold Minamino, who is off camera but I am assume is being held by Kamen. She gets back in the ring as Manjimaru applies a sleeper as Minamino finally makes it back to the apron. Manjimaru tags in Minamino, Minamino picks up Yoneyama and hits a snapmare. Kick to the back by Minamino, cover, but it gets a two count. Minamino punches Yoneyama into the ropes, he picks her up and hits another punch. Manjimaru is tagged in and he puts Yoneyama into a crab hold as Minamino runs over to cut off Madoka. Madoka finally manages to break it up anyway and Manjimaru tags in Minamino. Minamino picks up Yoneyama, double Irish whip and they hit a double elbow followed by a double elbow drop. Cover, but Madoka breaks it up. Minamino chops Madoka in the corner and Madoka and Yoneyama are thrown into each other. Yoneyama hits an armdrag on both Manjimaru and Minamino and tags in Madoka. Madoka dropkicks Manjimaru and Madoka, he goes to slam Manjimaru but Minamino hits him from behind. Madoka is thrown into the ropes but he hits a double dropkick. Madoka picks up Manjimaru and hits a scoop slam, Manjimaru gets back up and hits a waistlock,
Madoka gets out of it and goes off the ropes but Manjimaru hits a big boot and tags in Minamino. Minamino picks up Madoka and hits a DDT, cover, but it gets a two count. Irish whip by Minamino and he hits a spinebuster. Cover, but Yoneyama breaks it up. Minamino throws Madoka into the corner and hits a lariat. He goes off the ropes again but this time Madoka hits an elbow and tags in Yoneyama. Yoneyama picks up Minamino and applies a waistlock, reversed by Minamino, reversed back, Madoka comes off the apron with a sunset flip on both of them but it gets a two count. Madoka throws Manjimaru out of the ring while Yoneyama rolls up Minamino for a two count. Crucifix pin by Yoneyama but that gets a two count as well, and the bell rings as time has expired. The match is a Draw.
Match Thoughts: The thing that stood out to me the most here is that Manjimaru just really didn't care. There is a lack of emotion, and then there is just going through the motions in a non-interested way and here he fell into the latter category. Since he was in the bulk of the match obviously that was a problem, I guess everyone takes days off but you'd hope for a bit more in the main event. Beyond that it was fine, Yoneyama held her own against the men for the most part and the other wrestlers looked decent, it just screamed uninspired house show. Nothing was memorable or special, and there wasn't even a satisfying ending to send the small crowd home happy. Score: 3.5
July 13th, 2014 (Volume 12)
Kaori Yoneyama vs. Taro Yamada vs. Kazuhiro Tamura
Everyone is dressed like Tsubasa Kuragaki, just to make my life more difficult.
They all tie-up to start but they break cleanly. They lock knuckles, Yoneyama rolls out of it and applies a wristlock to Yamada, but Tamura then applies a wristlock to Yoneyama. Yamada gets to the ropes to force a break, snapmare by Tamura to Yoneyama and he applies a reverse chinlock, but then Yamada applies a reverse chinlock to Yoneyama. Yamada throws Tamura and Yoneyama into the corner and goes for a lariat, but both of them move. Lariat by Yoneyama on Tamura and Yamada in the corner and everyone poses. Yoneyama and Yamada Irish whip Tamura but Tamura rolls through it and hits a double dropkick. Tamura picks up Yoneyama but Yoneyama elbows him off, Yoneyama goes for a backbreaker but Tamura elbows out of it. Tamura then tries the same but doesn't have any luck, Yoneyama goes to do a springboard move but slips and falls. Yamada also goes for one but falls, and Tamura kicks on Yoneyama. Elbows by Tamura to Yoneyama, he goes off the ropes and hits the springboard dropkick. Cover by Tamura but it gets a two count. Tamura picks up Yoneyama and hits lariats from the back and front, he goes off the ropes and hits the lariat. Cover, but Yamada breaks it up. Yamada picks up Yoneyama and slams her in front of the corner, he goes up to the top turnbuckle but Yoneyama rolls out of the way of the moonsault. Tamura hits a scoop slam on Yoneyama, he goes up to the second turnbuckle but Yoneyama is up and gets Tamura onto her back. Yamada walks over and pushes Yoneyama over, he then goes off the ropes and hits a double lariat. Yamada picks up Tamura and goes for the powerbomb, Tamura gets out of it and Yoneyama lariats Tamura. Yoneyama goes for a lariat on Yamada but Yamada ducks it and applies a backslide into a wing clutch hold for the three count. Your winner: Kazuhiro Tamura
Match Thoughts: A silly match that would probably only appeal to fans of Kuragaki as it was a 'tribute' match of sorts to her. Everyone was trying to do Kuragaki's moves, with results intentionally mixed, so none of the wrestlers were really able to shine as themselves so to speak. It is one of those odd things where, if the ultimate goal is to win a match, why try to do moves you know you can't do instead of just winning? Definitely a match that you can only watch if you are not thinking too hard, but even the tribute aspects I thought fell a bit flat even though it did make me shake my head a few times which was the intended reaction. Not a bad match as I guess it did what it was trying to do, but not overly entertaining. Score: 4.0
Kengo Mashimo vs. Tsubasa Kuragaki
Tie-up to start,
but they break cleanly. Waistlock by Kuragaki, reversed by Mashimo into a waistlock, but Kuragaki applies a wristlock. Mashimo reverses it and then applies a hammerlock. Side headlock by Mashimo but Kuragaki reverses it into her own headlock, Mashimo Irish whips out of it and they collide with no result. Kuragaki goes off the ropes but she can't knock down mm, Mashimo goes off the ropes but he can't knock Kuragaki down either. Both wrestlers go off the ropes and this time Mashimo is able to knock down Kuragaki with a shoulderblock. Clubs to the back by Mashimo, he picks up Kuragaki and applies a wristlock. Hammerlock by Mashimo on the mat and he drops a knee onto Kuragaki's arm. Mashimo waits for Kuragaki to get up and Kuragaki chops him in the chest, lariats by Kuragaki but Mashimo chops Kuragaki to the mat. Mashimo picks up Kuragaki and applies a wristlock before throwing her into the corner. Mashimo twists Kuragaki's arm in the top rope, he goes out to the apron and he twists on Kuragaki's arm before snapping it over the top rope. Mashimo stomps on Kuragaki, he picks her up and hits a hard elbow. Irish whip by Mashimo to the corner and he hits a jumping back elbow. Mashimo takes Kuragaki to the mat while applying an armbar, he then applies a cross armbreaker but Kuragaki is too close to the ropes as she forces a break. Mashimo picks up Kuragaki, Kuragaki fights back with clubbing blows, she goes off the ropes but Mashimo applies a waistlock. Kuragaki locks knuckles with him and tosses Mashimo to the mat, and Kuragaki hits a lariat in the corner. A second lariat by Kuragaki, she picks up Mashimo and hits a backdrop suplex. Cover, but it gets a two count. Kuragaki goes up to the second turnbuckle and hits a missile dropkick, cover, but it gets another two. Kuragaki picks up Mashimo and tries to him on her shoulders, but Mashimo blocks it and elbows Kuragaki in the arm. Kuragaki goes off the ropes but Mashimo ducks the lariat and hits an armbreaker. Seated armbar by Mashimo and he rolls it into the cross armbreaker, he then applies a keylock. Kuragaki struggles back up and gets out of it with a scoop slam. Kuragaki picks up Mashimo, she gets him onto her shoulders and hits a Samoan Drop. Kuragaki picks up Mashimo and hits front and back lariats, she goes off the ropes but Mashimo hits a big boot. Mashimo goes off the ropes but Kuragaki hits a lariat, cover, but it gets a two count. Kuragaki picks up Mashimo but Mashimo grabs her arm, elbow by Mashimo to Kuragaki but Kuragaki returns with a short range lariat. They trade blows, thrust kick by Kuragaki, Irish whip attempt but Mashimo grabs her arm and snaps it to the mat. Mashimo waits for Kuragaki to get up and knocks her to the mat before applying an armbar. Mashimo then applies the Mudo in the middle of the ring, and Kuragaki has to submit. Your winner: Kengo Mashimo
Match Thoughts: This was a methodical match but a good one. Mashimo stayed on Kuragaki's arm the entire match, and when that happens all I ask is that the wrestler finish with a move targeting that limb, which Mashimo did. If he had won with a powerbomb or something I would not have been amused. Kuragaki started slow but got in her shots by the end, and definitely did not seem too over-matched. Fundamentally sound but nothing here that needs to be sought out unless you're already a big Mashimo fan. Score: 6.0
Battle Royal with Tsubasa Kuragaki, Aki Kanbayashi, Kengo Mashimo, Kazuhiro Tamura, Hulk Woman, Kaori Yoneyama, and Taro Yamada
This appears to be an impromptu battle royal and starts with everyone already in the ring. Over half the wrestlers of course are dressed like Kuragaki.
Everyone attacks Kuragaki to start the match and she is covered by three people, but it only gets a two count. Mashimo throws Tamura, Yoneyama, and Kuragaki into the corner, and then hits a lariat on all of them. Kuragaki and Kanbayashi throw Mashimo into the corner and everyone hits him with running strikes. Kanbayashi ends with a seated senton but she gets grabbed and covered for a three count. Kanbayashi is eliminated. Hulk Woman and Mashimo face off, slaps by Hulk Woman but Mashimo isn't phased and punches Hulk Woman. Hulk Woman stomps on Mashimo's foot, Irish whip by Hulk Woman and she hits a big boot, but Mashimo doesn't budge. Hulk Woman goes off the ropes but Mashimo hits a big boot this time and Mashimo hits leg drop. Cover, and he gets the three count. Hulk Woman is eliminated. The remaining wrestlers brawl, Kuragaki gets Tamura and Yoneyama onto her shoulders while Mashimo gets Yamada onto his shoulders, and they dump everyone over the top rope, leaving just Mashimo and Kuragaki as the legal wrestlers. Waistlock by Kuragaki but Mashimo goes for her arm and gets Kuragaki to the mat. Mudo by Mashimo but Kuragaki gets a foot on the ropes to force a break. Mashimo argues with the referee, the referee takes off his shirt and trades blows with Mashimo. The referee goes off the ropes but Mashimo hits a jumping kick, he charges the referee but the ref dumps Mashimo out to the apron. Mashimo kicks the referee back, and Kuragaki joins Mashimo on the apron. Mashimo and Kuragaki trade elbows, Kuragaki almost falls out but people at ringside catch her. Mashimo argues with people at ringside, giving Kuragaki time to get back into the ring and she lariats Mashimo off the apron to the floor. Your winner: Tsubasa Kuragaki
Match Thoughts: This was just a 'bonus' so to speak, as they broke into a battle royal when doing their 'end of the card everyone poses in the ring' thing that indies like to do. So I won't judge it too harshly, the positive out of this is that Kuragaki got one over on Mashimo after he had just beaten her, and allowed her to end the show on a high note. A nothing match but not a bad way to end the event. Score: 5.0
July 13th, 2014 (Volume 12)
Kaori Yoneyama and Sunrise Kamen vs. Tsubasa Kuragaki and Aki Kanbayashi
Yoneyama and Kuragaki start things off, waistlock by Yoneyama, reversed by Kuragaki and she trips Yoneyama as they jockey for position on the mat. Back to their feet, and they tag in Kamen and Kanbayashi. Kanbayashi rolls up Kamen but it gets a two count. Kanbayashi picks up Kamen and throws her to the mat by her head. She does it a second time before twisting Kamen in the ropes and ripping at her face. Yoneyama breaks it up, double Irish whip to Kanbayashi but she hits a double lariat and tags in Kuragaki. Kamen is thrown into the corner, Kuragaki hits a lariat as does Kanbayashi, then Kuragaki hits another one before posing for the crowd. Kuragaki twists Kamen's legs and applies a submission hold, she releases it after a moment and kicks Kamen in the back. Kuragaki tags in Kanbayashi, stomp by Kanbayashi and she hits Kamen with a wooden stick. Irish whip by Kanbayashi but Kamen ducks the stick swing. Kanbayashi hits her anyway and goes off the ropes but Kamen hits a body block. Scoop slam by Kamen and she goes for an elbow drop by Kanbayashi moves out of the way. Small package by Kanbayashi but it gets a two count. Kamen tags in Yoneyama, but Kanbayashi elbows Yoneyama into the corner and hits a seated senton. Monkey flip by Kanbayashi but Yoneyama rolls out of it and dropkicks Kanbayashi into the corner. Yoneyama charges Kanbayashi but Kanbayashi moves out of the way and kicks Yoneyama in the back. Kanbayashi picks up Yoneyama, Irish whip, kick by Kanbayashi but Yoneyama wiggles free. Slam by Kanbayashi and she hits a senton, cover, but it gets a two. Kanbayashi tags in Kuragaki, Kuragaki goes for a lariat but Yoneyama ducks and applies a waistlock. Kamen elbows out of it, Yoneyama ducks the lariat and hits a crossbody. Yoneyama picks up Kuragaki and applies a waistlock but Kuragaki muscles out of it. Press slam by Kuragaki, she picks up Yoneyama and goes for a backdrop suplex but Yoneyama elbows out of it and hits a face crusher. Yoneyama tags in Kamen, Kamen picks up Kuragaki but Kuragaki hits a vertical suplex. Kuragaki grabs Kamen but Yoneyama runs in to help, double Irish whip to Kuragaki into the corner but Kuragaki blocks it and lariats both of them. Kamen picks up Yoneyama and rams both Kuragaki and Kanbayashi with her. DDT by Yoneyama to Kuragaki and Kamen follows with an elbow drop. Cover, but it gets a two count.
Back up, Kamen punches Kuragaki but Kuragaki kicks her back and hits a lariat. Backdrop suplex by Kuragaki, cover, but Yoneyama breaks it up. Kuragaki goes off the ropes, Kamen ducks the lariat but Kuragaki lariats her from behind. Yoneyama elbows Kuragaki, big boot by Kamen and she gets a two count. Kamen goes off the ropes, Kuragaki gets her onto her shoulders but Yoneyama breaks it up. Kanbayashi runs in to help, Kuragaki puts both Kamen and Yoneyama onto her shoulders and she applies an Argentine Backbreaker to both, causing Kamen to tap. Your winners: Tsubasa Kuragaki and Aki Kanbayashi
Match Thoughts: This was fine, I guess, although kinda flat. Kamen isn't much of a wrestler and Kanbayashi didn't do much here, so it was mostly up to Yoneyama and Kuragaki to control the match. Yoneyama isn't the best either, so in general the action itself was lackluster. I think I am just being more generous because nothing from this DVD has been particularly good. So this wasn't the worst match anyway even if it wasn't good in the traditional sense of the word. Score: 4.5
Madoka vs. Yasu Urano
They circle each other to start, waistlock by Urano, reversed by Madoka into a wristlock, Madoka pushes Urano into the ropes and he gives a clean break. Tie-up, side headlock by Urano and he hits a snapmare, wristlock by Madoka and they trade holds on the mat. Madoka trips Urano and applies a kneelock, but Urano rolls out of it and reverses the hold. Back up, wristlock by Madoka, reversed by Urano and they trade holds. Side headlock by Madoka but Urano reverses it, Madoka reverses it back, they continue trading holds until both wrestlers return to their feet. Urano shoves Madoka, Madoka chops him and they trade shots. Madoka hits a big boot, sending Urano out of the ring. Madoka goes to do a dive but Madoka holds a child up to prevent Madoka from doing a move. The kid gets away, Madoka goes off the ropes and he hits a baseball slide. Urano is thrown back into the ring and Madoka hits a scoop slam. Urano rolls up Madoka from behind and he gets a two count. Tie-up, armlock by Urano and he gets Madoka to the mat. Urano slams Madoka's arm into the mat and kicks Madoka in the back. Slaps to the back by Urano but Madoka chops him back. Urano gets behind the referee so Madoka chops him, Urano holds up Madoka's hand and then kicks him in the stomach. Irish whip by Madoka to the corner and he hits a running big boot. Waistlock by Madoka, reversed, and Urano rolls up Madoka for a two count. Urano goes off the ropes and Madoka hits a hurricanrana. Scoop slam by Madoka, kick by Urano, he throws Madoka into the corner but Madoka avoids the charge. Cover by Urano but Madoka bridges out of it and applies a backslide for a two count. Another backslide by Urano but it gets two again. Irish whip by Urano, reversed, and Madoka applies a cobra twist. Urano gets out of the hold, he offers Madoka his hand but sneaks in an inside cradle for a two count. Another one by Urano but it gets another two. He goes for a third, Madoka reverses it, but the bell rings to signify that time has expired. This match is a Draw.
Match Thoughts: This just screamed exhibition match. Why are two veterans having a match with just a ten minute time limit anyway? The bulk of this match was just trading pins or submissions, at no point did anyone take control or do any moves that would take control. It was actually insulting to watch, it was the most epic coast job between two veterans I've ever seen. There was nothing to get excited about, they didn't even try to do anything interesting. Just a nothing match with no point that was driving for the time limit draw from the time the bell rang. Disappointing match to say the least and a waste of time. Score: 2.5
GENTARO vs. PSYCHO
They tie-up to start, GENTARO pushes PSYCHO into the ropes and goes for a chop, but PSYCHO moves out of the way. Waistlock by GENTARO, reversed by PSYCHO and they jockey for position on the mat. GENTARO gets a submission hold on PSYCHO's leg but PSYCHO gets to the ropes and rolls out of the ring. Back in the ring, wristlock by PSYCHO, reversed by GENTARO but PSYCHO rolls out of it. PSYCHO applies a kneelock to GENTARO but GENTARO gets to the ropes and leaves the ring to re-group. He returns to the ring after a moment, PSYCHO pushes GENTARO into the corner and hits a running dropkick. Another dropkick by PSYCHO, and GENTARO falls out of the ring. Pescado by PSYCHO to the outside and PSYCHO kicks GENTARO while he is against the ring post. GENTARO fights back and throws PSYCHO into the post. They get back in the ring, GENTARO picks up PSYCHO and he hits a vertical suplex. Chops by GENTARO in the corner, snapmare, and he applies a headscissors. PSYCHO gets out of it and applies a half camel clutch into a chinlock, GENTARO reverses that into a kneelock and snaps back on PSYCHO's leg. PSYCHO quickly applies a triangle choke but GENTARO gets out of it. GENTARO kicks PSYCHO in the corner and he applies another kneelock but PSYCHO reverses it into a choke. GENTARO gets out of it and goes back to the knee but PSYCHO makes it to the ropes. PSYCHO chops GENTARO but GENTARO knees him in the stomach. Kneebreaker by GENTARO and he then hits a dragon screw leg whip. GENTARO goes for the Scorpion Deathlock but PSYCHO gets to the ropes, roll-up by PSYCHO but it gets a two count. Jumping knee by PSYCHO in the corner and he hits a scoop slam. PSYCHO goes up to the top turnbuckle and hits a diving knee. Cover, but it gets a two count. PSYCHO goes for a submission but GENTARO reverses it into a cross kneelock, GENTARO picks up PSYCHO and he hits a backdrop suplex. Cover, but it gets a two count. GENTARO goes for the Scorpion Deathlock again but PSYCHO gets out of it and hits a spinning heel kick in the corner. PSYCHO grabs GENTARO and goes for the Scorpion Deathlock but GENTARO blocks it and kicks PSYCHO to get out of it. GENTARO goes for the Deathlock again but PSYCHO rolls out of it and applies his own Scorpion Deathlock. GENTARO gets to the ropes to force up the break, he goes off the ropes and goes for a kick but GENTARO ducks. GENTARO ducks another kick and he hits a lariat. Cover by GENTARO but it barely gets a one count. He goes for another lariat but PSYCHO ducks it and hits a jumping kick. Scissors kick by PSYCHO, and both men are hurt on the mat. Scorpion Deathlock by GENTARO and PSYCHO has to submit. Your winner: GENTARO
Match Thoughts: This one was technically and fundamentally sound I suppose, but just boring as all hell. GENTARO stayed focused on PSYCHO's leg the entire match so at least he did stick to the game plan, I just wish he had more fun ways to target the leg than kneelocks. Kneelocks have been an exciting move in pro wrestling exactly never, it is a good way to start on the leg but at some point it would be appreciated to move on to something more interesting. PSYCHO almost did nothing here, a few fancy kicks and a pescado, but otherwise he just was lying on the mat having his knee worked on. I am not sure what I was expecting but it was something more interesting than this, just not very entertaining. Score: 4.0
Best Match: Kengo Mashimo vs. Tsubasa Kuragaki. This was the only good match on the entire event so it automatically is the best match. And it was a perfectly fine match between the two, even if it wasn't overly exciting or anything I would actually recommend to anyone to actively seek out.
Overall: I may have seen a worse wrestling event in my life, but off the top of my head I am having trouble of thinking of one. Its odd in that the event wasn't sloppy, I didn't get the impression these wrestlers are untrained or don't know what they are doing. It was just incredibly dry and boring, with the only emotion really being shown in the Battle Royal of all things. I know this is a small promotion that has a really small fan base (if they have one at all), but I just didn't see any attempt here to put on an entertaining show. If this promotion ran in my backyard I wouldn't go, it just wasn't fun. I'm not sure who this would ever appeal to, but it sure isn't me.
review completed on 11/25/14
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