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Complete Playbook: BJW on Samurai TV August 1, 2006

February 23, 2007 | Posted by Ryan Mancuso
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Complete Playbook: BJW on Samurai TV August 1, 2006  

Hello again, I have returned with another review. This time I am entering the world of Deathmatch wrestling with Big Japan Pro Wrestling. After having a really good 1999 and 2000 with a crew of talent that attracted fans, Big Japan went through some hard times for a few years. This was due to a mix of bad booking, and main eventers leaving the company or breaking down physically due to injuries. It looked like they needed a miracle to survive. They seemed to found that miracle with the rise of Ryuji Ito. Ito was the perfect guy for BJW to promote as their top star. He has the look of someone who they could put in the center of a poster and draw. For BJW, he is also willing to do the Deathmatches that they need to draw in fans. He also is very athletic which means he can use that to make his Deathmatches even more exciting.

With Ito at the helm, they were also able to create a couple of stars beneath him like Daisuke Sekimoto, Jaki Numazawa and Abdullah Kobayashi. Along with them, BJW also used established stars from the Apache Army like Kintaro Kanemura, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Hido and Jun Kasai. From the Apache Army, the man who has been associated with BJW the most was former DDT star Takashi Sasaki. Recently, they would also use some connections with Zero-One MAX in having Masato Tanaka and Yoshihito Sasaki on some shows.

With a mix of all those elements, Big Japan has seen an improvement in attendances. For Korakuen shows, they went from being lucky in having a 25% attendance to selling out or close to it. These attendance improvements seem to be all over and not just Korakuen. To make things even better, Samurai TV has been airing weekly 1 hour episodes of BJW shows for over 2 years now. This is great for fans who want to see as much BJW on TV as they can. Everything is looking up for fans that enjoy watching Deathmatch wrestling and BJW.

This show aired on Samurai TV on August 1, 2006 and taped at Koshigaya Katsura Studio in Saitama on July 30, 2006. The theme of this show seems to be more established wrestlers facing the younger guys. Hiroyuki Kondo & Hyoma try to upset Jun Kasai & Jaki Numazawa, and Yuki Miyamoto & isami enter the Deathmatch world against kings of that environment in Ryuji Ito & Takashi Sasaki. Enough with the hype and onto the hype:

Before the show began, they showed highlights of Yuko Miyamoto & isami doing some hardcore stuff. Miyamoto was using lighttubes, and isami was being thrown around on some barbed wire boards. They were both interviewed. After that, the show begins.

Jun Kasai & Jaki Numazawa vs. Hiroyuki Kondo & Hyoma

This was a decent match where the winners were obvious, but the match was never boring. Kondo & Hyoma were giving it everything they had to try to pull the upset, but Kasai & Numazawa did just enough to be able to defeat their opponents. The match starts out as a rookie style of match with holds, strikes and quick pins. A few minutes into the match, Kasai & Numazawa decide to take their opponents into their environment by throwing them into the floor. They would use chairs and throw their opponents into the first few rows in the crowd. Hyoma was thrown into the ring and worked over with chairs by his opponents. Hyoma fought back and tagged in Kondo. It was obvious that Kondo was the better of his team as his execution of moves was better than Hyoma’s. Kondo did a good job hanging with the more experience opponents, including using a nice variation of the Scorpion Deathlock where he would tie up the arms instead of the legs. Once he tagged Hyoma back in, things went downhill with Kasai using double underhook facebuster. Kasai covered by just putting his knee on Hyoma and got the three.

Both teams were interviewed about the upcoming match.

Florescent Lighttubes Deathmatch: Ryuji Ito & Takashi Sasaki vs. Yuko Miyamoto & isami

This deathmatch has lighttubes that are attached in a parallel way on two sides of the ring ropes. The other sides are just regular ring ropes. Both teams carried extra lighttubes to the ring. Miyamoto & isami rode to the ring in a motorcycle, and attacked their opponents before they could enter the ring. isami did a tope suicida, while holding on some lighttubes, onto his opponents on the floor. Since the lighttubes didn’t break on first contact, isami smacked Ito on the back with them. Miyamoto took his turn to dive next and connected with a Space Flying Tiger Drop onto Ito & Takashi.

From there, it was another match on this show where the winner was not in much doubt. It seemed more of an initiation to the deathmatch world for Miyamoto & isami because they took a beating. Ito & Takashi would just torture them with shots from the lighttubes. isami & Miyamoto fought valiantly through the punishment. Miyamoto would scored some near falls after planting Takashi with an Emerald Fusion on the lighttubes and a moonsault onto Ito with lighttubes placed on his stomach. After that, the more experienced deathmatch team took over and Ito scored the pin after using his Dragon Splash onto isami. After the match, Ito & Sasaki told Miyamoto & isami that they put up a great fight and raised their hands out of respect.

The 411: This was not one of the better TV episodes from recent BJW. The matches were decent, but never gave the sense that an upset could happen. The highlight was Miyamoto & isami continuing to pay their deathmatch dues by getting beaten up badly with the lighttubes. Overall, this episode has nothing that I would recommened to check out.
Final Score:  4.0   [ Poor ]  legend

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