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Battle Station Osaka Puroresu 2/2/00 Osaka Pro Wrestling Legend taped 1/4 Osaka Namihaya Dome Sub Arena
-1hr 25min. Q=TV Master

Kuishinbo Kamen vs. Ebessan. This was one of the better comedy matches I've seen because, while the comedy was constant, they did better and better wrestling moves and sequences as the match went on. **3/4

The Goddess Chikako Shiratori vs. Dynamite Kansai. 2:45 shown

Ultra Ace & Ultra Monkey vs. Gokuaku Kaiju Z Mandora & Gokuaku Kaiju King Mandora. Flying and comedy. These guys have a lot of kinks to work out, but the Ultra's have potential. *1/2

Tsubasa & Yoshihito Sugamoto & Super Demekin vs. Black Buffalo & Daio QUALLT & Police Me~n. Fast-paced fairly spectacular Lucha. Police Me~n is getting better, and he surprised me by pulling out a shooting star press. 6:51 shown

3 minutes 5 rounds: Naohiro Hoshikawa vs. Takehiro Murayama. Good worked mixed match, except the finish fell flat because the knockdowns weren't stiff enough.

Osaka Puroresu Shodai Oza Ketteisen: Super Delfin vs. Dick Togo. I really liked this match because it was so diverse, yet they brought it all together so it made sense and meant something. This was just a really solid match that went in all directions. ****1/4

Battle Station Osaka Puroresu 3/29/00 Survival Road Series 2 taped 3/18 Osaka Umeda AM Hall
-1hr 25min. Q=TV Master

Kuishinbo Kamen vs. Policeme~n. Kamen fought seriously. It wa a little indyish, but a good little junior match with nice moves by both men. One interesting spot saw Police stop Kamen from reentering the ring by kicking his briefcase into him. 6:12 shown.

The Monkey Magic & Super Demekin vs. Ebessan & Kaiju Z Mandora. Comedy match. Monkey, who was holding his sore butt, jumped onto the ref after Mandora gave him an atomic drop, so the ref slapped Monkey and kicked him in the butt. There was a quadruple headlock spot where Demekin dropkicked Ebessan, who was at one end, causing everyone to fall. Demekin then walked all over everyone and they acted like they were going to throw up. In additon to the clowning there was a lot of decent wrestling. **

Takehiro Murahama vs. Shusaku Wada. Quick worked shoot style match to put over Murahama as legit.

Naohiro Hoshikawa vs. Yoshihito Sugamoto. Hoshikawa looked good, but Sugamoto was screwing up early on. No one gave Sugamoto a chance to win, and the match was consistent with that philosophy. Sugamoto did a cool move where it looked like he was going to do a spinning headscissors, but he turned it into a DDT. **

Super Delfin & Masato Yakushiji & Tsubasa vs. Dick Togo & Black Buffalo & Daio QUALLT. Heels controlled the match, mainly destroying Delfin. Delfin countered into some good brief comebacks. This led to a surprise finish where he actually pinned QUALLT off a huracanrana counter. Delfin, Togo, & Buffalo were good, but this finish came much too soon. The finish had it's point which I can respect, but in grading the match I also have to say that it clearly hurt the overall quality because they hadn't even reached the point where the near falls could be the finish. **1/2

Battle Station Osaka Puroresu 5/24/00 taped 5/7 Tokyo Ota-ku Taiikukan
-1hr 25min. Q=TV Master

HELLO TOKYO! OPENING ACT: Shusaku Wada vs. Takashi Tachibana 4:08. This didn't have the look of a rookie match even though it was just strikes and dropkicks. The difference is they had confidence in what they were doing and showed some fire and charisma. It was very short, but not bad to watch if you don't mind matches without even medium level offense (which these guys are too inexperienced for). *

good-by Nise Onita: Nise Great Nita vs. Nise Atsushi Onita 5:04 of 7:21. The regular fake Onita was fake Great Nita this time. The fake Onita wore this ridiculous mask that was like a bandaged up rabbit. He even had a tail! His wrestling was better than the real Onita. The problem was comedy match was not funny. They pretty much just did the Onita spots like Onita. As they aren't funny when Onita does them, they aren't funny simply because imposters are doing them. They needed to change them in some way to make them humorous. *

Chikako Shiratori vs. Takako Inoue 10:34. This was embarassing. Takako was doing her "striker" gimmick even though her strikes were usually worse than Shiratori's, who is at least smart enough to know she's not a striker and barely use any. These two didn't work well together. Their execution wasn't good, but also spots didn't look right because the person taking the move wasn't going with it quick enough. There were a lot of near falls at the end and the fans got into it even though it stunk. *

Yoshihito Sugamoto & The Monkey Magic & Dream Casko vs. Kaiju Z Mandora & Kaiju King Mandora & Policeme~n 6:21 of 15:20. Good moves here. The highlights were Dream did a moonsault attack off the top to the floor and Policeme~n superplexed Monkey off King's shoulders. Unfortunately, it was not real smooth and kind of deliberate. One comedy spot was Policeme~n hitting Dream Casko (does a Dreamcast gimmick) with a Playstation. Seemed like an average match. 6:21 shown

Kuishinbo Kamen vs. Ebessan 5:14 of 10:53. These two aren't the most talented wrestlers, but they have a really good act together that combines laughs with the best wrestling you'll find in a comedy match. This wasn't as funny as some of their others, or maybe the comedy was clipped since that occurs more during the early stages, but it's hard to complain about a joker like Kamen when he finds a way to give you a quebrada, Frankensteiner off the top, and twister/tornado. Pretty good stuff. 5:14 shown

Masato Yakushiji & Naohiro Hoshikawa & Super Demekin vs. Dick Togo & Black Buffalo & Daio QUALLT 15:18. The best tag in the brief history of Osaka Puroresu. Not surprisingly, it was in the vein of the classic Michinoku 6 mans with Yakushiji, Hoshikawa, & Togo still doing a tremendous job and Buffalo being a very underrated tag performer. Inexperienced Demekin & QUALLT not being able to live up to the standard set in Michinoku is a given. However, Demekin shows a lot of potential in holding his own, and is already a big improvement over having Seno on the face side, and QUALLT, who is actually Seno under a hood, seems much bigger in his new gimmick, adding the element of power without compromising the Lucha style. The main difference between this match and the Michinoku ones is the length. This was a little over 15 minutes, so it a pauseless full speed ahead sprint. Aside from one section where QUALLT slowed things down, it was almost too fast to keep up with. Togo is clearly the ring general of the promotion. Unlike most stars who dog it in the 6 mans, Togo is front and center, taking charge early and appearing often. Though Togo & Hoshikawa were great, Yakushiji, who is one of the quickest wrestlers ever, made this into a vehicle to show his tremendous atheticism. Yakushiji isn't the singles wrestler Hoshikawa is because he's not as willing to take charge, but Togo & Buffalo provide both with tremendous setups for their impressive spurts of hyper action. The highlight for me was Togo catching Demekin's head in midair (he was trying a diving shoulderblock) and using his momentum against him with an Ace crusher. ****

Osaka Puroresu Senshukenjiai Ishu Kakutogisen 3 Minutes 5 Rounds: Super Delfin vs. Takehiro Murahama 3R 2:00. It would have been better if it wasn't supposed to be a shoot, but Murahama (who still fought with gloves) had been built up huge as a "shooter" and this title win was designed to solidify him as a star (of course, you aren't much of a star when almost all your performances are before a few hundred people but at least they had over 2000 for their Tokyo debut). It was weird seeing a masked guy "shooting," but the match was still intense and had good heat. Although this doesn't compare favorably to some of the mixed matches that the U.W.F. guys have had like Yamazaki vs. Clarke or Maeda vs. Nielsen, Delfin deserves credit for totally altering his style so the match could have some credibility and integrity. he showed a lot more shooting prowess than I expected. It had it's share of holes, but it was both exciting and successful. **1/2

Battle Station Osaka Puroresu 6/4/00 HEAT WAVE 2000 taped 5/28 Osaka Umeda HEAT BEAT
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Shusaku Wada vs. Takashi Tachibana

Super Demekin vs. Kaijo Z Mandora

CMLL JAPAN Joshi Senshukenjiai: Chikako Shiratori vs. Pesadejya Roca 10:57. Roca was much better than I anticipated, certainly the better wrestler of the two. She controlled the early portion with basic heel tactics and submissions, combining the two when she had the opportunity. She soon busted out some good moves though including a nice huracanrana, Frankensteiner off the top, and moonsault. the sequences weren't the greatest because they weren't used to each other, and Shiratori at least is a slow reactor. **1/4

3 Way Dance: Kuishinbo Kamen vs. Ebessan vs. The Monkey Magic

Chikako Shiratori sings

Debut 1st Anniversary 100,000-en Ladder Elimination Match: Super Delfin & Masato Yakushiji & Naohiro Hoshikawa & Yoshihito Sugimoto vs. Dick Togo & Black Buffalo & Daio QUALLT & Policeme~n 16:35. A very odd match. On one hand it's a tag match, but on the other only the wrestler who climbs the ladder and grabs the paper gets to cash in for 100,000. They used two big ladders, so clumsy that Togo quickly gave up climbing them on his own. The first few minutes were great with Delfin establishing himself early, and the expansion to 8 wrestlers adding a bit more diversity and keeping the pace that much higher. Unfortunately, the ladders were always set up after the first few minutes, so there was less and less of what they do best as the match progressed. Some of the new spots were nice additions to Osaka rings, though the requisite ladder moves overall such as the moonsault off and the crotch spot. Fans of ladder matches will no doubt enjoy it for the genre staples, but I found it disappointing because there was too much Shawn Michaels and too little of what makes these guys so good. They had a hard time making the ladders fit their style rather than compromising it by creating an obstacle course, and there was simply too much climbing. While it's good they did something different, the fact that their regular tag match is far superior was all too obvious when they couldn't follow the early great wrestling once the gimmicks came into play. ***

Battle Station Osaka Puroresu 9/6/00 Summer Adventure Series 2000 Dai-9-sen taped 8/13/00 Osaka Umeda AM Hall
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Masato Yakushiji vs. Super Demekin

Dick Togo & Black Buffalo & Daio QUALLT vs. Super Delfin & Tsubasa & Yoshihito Sugamoto

Naohiro Hoshikawa vs. Takehiro Murahama

Full match list coming soon

PPV Battle Station Osaka Puroresu 11/29/00 taped 11/6/00 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Takashi Tachibana vs. Shusaku Wada

Yoshihito Sugamoto vs. Policeman

Man & Woman Mixed Tag Match: Ebessan & Kaiju Zeta Mandora & Yuki Miyazaki vs. Kuishinbo Kamen & Monkey Magic & The Goddess Chikako Shiratori

Super Delfin vs. Takehiro Murahama

Masato Yakushiji & Naohiro Hoshikawa & Tsubasa vs. Dick Togo & Black Buffalo & Daio QUALLT

Chikako Shiratori Official Video Chikako 2000 Commercial Tape 2/13/00-3/24/00
-1hr 20min. Q=Master

2/13/00 Kyoto KBS Hall, CMLL JAPAN Joshi Senshukenjiai: Chikako Shiratori vs. La Diabolica

3/23/00 Strait Messe Shimonoseki CMLL JAPAN Joshi Senshukenjiai: Chikako Shiratori vs. Yuki Miyazaki 12:29

3/24/00 Okayama Budokan, Osaka Puroresu Special Mixed Match: Super Delfin & Super CHIKAKO & Super Demekin vs. Kuishinbo Kamen & Ebessan & Yuki Miyazaki 19:15

Chikako Shiratori sings

OSAKA WARS NO CUT OSAKA PRO-WRESTLING Vol: 4 MURAHAMA IMPACT PART-1 CHALLENGE Commercial Tape
-2hr 15min. Q=Master. 2 DVDs

3/17/00 Osaka Umeda AM Hall: Takehiro Murahama vs. Daio QUALLT. Daio actually fought shoot style. Murahama is so quick that especially with gloves on he ought to be able to throw some fast punches that have enough impact to be credible. He almost had a KO from some lame strikes when the lights went out. QUALLT spewed him when they came back on, disposed of the ref, and chokeslamed him with a bull rope. L.O.V came in and beat Murahama until Justice saved, but Murahama still decked Delfin rather than join him. The angle was much better than the match. 6:56. *

3/25/00 Osaka NGK Studio: Takehiro Murahama vs. Naohiro Hoshikawa. Fairly credible mixed match since Hoshikawa has all the Battlarts experience. Hoshikawa must have told Murahama to hit him because his strikes were definitely better here, though he still missed or grazed too many times. They kept it even for the first three rounds then did several big moves and near finishes in round 4. That style can work in a regular pro style match, but you never see near finish after near finish in a shoot. An enjoyable match with some definite problems. R5 1:30. ***

5/7/00 Tokyo Ota-ku Taiikukan Osaka Puroresu Senshukenjiai Ishu Kakutogisen 3 Minutes 5 Rounds: Super Delfin vs. Takehiro Murahama. It would have been better if it wasn't supposed to be a shoot, but Murahama (who still fought with gloves) had been built up huge as a "shooter" and this title win was designed to solidify him as a star (of course, you aren't much of a star when almost all your performances are before a few hundred people but at least they had over 2000 for their Tokyo debut). It was weird seeing a masked guy "shooting," but the match was still intense and had good heat. Although this doesn't compare favorably to some of the mixed matches that the U.W.F. guys have had like Yamazaki vs. Clarke or Maeda vs. Nielsen, Delfin deserves credit for totally altering his style so the match could have some credibility and integrity. he showed a lot more shooting prowess than I expected. It had it's share of holes, but it was both exciting and successful. **1/2

6/18/00 Osaka NGK Studio Osaka Puroresu Senshukenjiai Ishu Kakutogisen 3 Minutes 5 Rounds: Takehiro Murahama vs. Super Delfin. Delfin's positioning and transitions were surprisingly good. Since he's not well versed in this style they just burned through what he could do and got out. The match was entertaining while it lasted and didn't expose Delfin even though his offense isn't right for shoot style. 2R 1:27.

6/24/00 Osaka Umeda AM Hall: Super Delfin & Takehiro Murahama vs. Masato Yakushiji & Naohiro Hoshikawa. Fast-paced all action match that everyone contributed to and kept getting better and better. Murahama permanently switched from shoot style to PuroLucha style. This was kind of inevitable since he couldn't keep fighting Hoshikawa forever, but isn't it pointless to give a rookie the title for a month then have him change his style as soon as he loses it? Now it was like he was starting from scratch again. Murahama & Hoshikawa had developed better chemistry & timing, so they were now able to choreograph some kicking sequences. More importantly, Hoshikawa could carry him a lot better since Murahama was now doing his style. Murahama immediately looked better in his new style simply because he wasn't doing all those fake looking punches. 16:12. ***1/2

7/1/00 Osaka Umeda AM Hall: Super Delfin & Naohiro Hoshikawa & Takehiro Murahama vs. Black Buffalo & Daio QUALLT & Dick Togo. This was in the vein of the classic Michinoku tag matches as far as how it was structured and worked, though it was faster-paced and not as long. The extra two guys on one hand improved the quality over the previous match because the pace was increased and there were more dives, but QUALLT isn't made for this style and was the only guy that wasn't good. 16:43. ***1/2

OSAKA WARS NO CUT OSAKA PRO-WRESTLING Vol: 4 MURAHAMA IMPACT PART-2 TRIAL Commercial Tape
-2hr. Q=Master

7/22/00 Osaka Umeda AM Hall MURAHAMA TRIAL 5 1st Match: Takehiro Murahama vs. Black Buffalo. Buffalo is capable of doing the opponent's match, and is out there to make them look good. In one of Buffalo's best performances, he expanded his game to include UWF style stiffness and matwork to keep Murahama in his comfort zone. Murahama's transitions on the mat were really slick, and he was starting to get good at lucha segments. Buffalo controlled the match, setting Murahama up for brief hot segments before cutting him off. Just as a legitimate Murahama comeback seemed imminent, Murahama injured his leg, blasting the post when Buffalo avoided a kick. This allowed Buffalo to incorporate some of his brawling, but staying with the focus of the match, he quickly transitioned to leg submissions. The story of the match is Buffalo throwing everything he can at the phenom to defeat him, but still being unable to put him away. The finish was wholly unconvincing, as Murahama never had the big run we expected, instead taking Buffalo out with a few strikes that shouldn't beat anyone, and in fact it was ridiculously obvious Buffalo kicked out at 2 1/2. Murahama was exciting but flawed, but Buffalo was on top of his game, doing an excellent job of carrying the green but gifted opponent. If they had seen it through, going another 3 minutes to a legitimate finish this would likely have been an excellent match. Beyond the obvious, the problem with the finish is you didn't feel bad for the face when, after LOV protested the bad count, QUALLT spewed mist in Murahama's face and chokeslammed him to set up the next challenge. 15:28. ***1/2

7/23/00 Osaka Umeda AM Hall MURAHAMA TRIAL 5 2nd Match: Takehiro Murahama vs. Daio QUALLT. You know you've put together a bad match if QUALLT has to carry it. Daio, who has the dullest offense in PuroLucha, dominated the match. He actually did a pretty good job of putting Murahama over when he tried, but Murahama hadn't figured out how to use all his athleticism to make his opponent look better and that task was his main one for the match. They had one nice idea where QUALLT lifted Murahama up for his chokeslam, but Murahama high kicked him in the head. 12:21. **

7/30/00 Osaka NGK Studio: Takehiro Murahama & Tsubasa vs. Dick Togo & Black Buffalo. Togo was acting tougher, more dickish and arrogant than normal. He was really blasting Murahama. Tsubasa wasn't much of a factor except in double teaming. Good match, but Murahama's team was overmatched. 13:20. ***

8/6/00 Osaka NGK Studio MURAHAMA TRIAL 5 3rd Match: Takehiro Murahama vs. Dick Togo. Murahama was taking it to Togo with the shoot stuff, so Togo turned it into a brawl, piledriving Murahama through a table. Togo also put a chair over Murahama's face and jumped off the 2nd with a stomp. Murahama facebustered Togo onto a chair, but he was overmatched in this world and quickly succumbed to DICKMANIA. Good while it lasted, but now you have a guy that's less than 2 months removed from being the champ not even able to hang with your top guys. 7:01. **1/2

8/12/00 Osaka Umeda AM Hall MURAHAMA TRIAL 5 4th Match: Takehiro Murahama vs. Masato Yakushiji. Like the previous, this match started more towards Murahama's style then shifted to his opponent's. The difference is Murahama was able to get it back to his style. Good work, but not a lot of direction. Minute for minute the Togo match was better, but this lasted twice as long. 13:53. **3/4

8/13/00 Osaka Umeda AM Hall MURAHAMA TRIAL 5 THE LAST TRIAL: Takehiro Murahama vs. Naohiro Hoshikawa. Pretty much a worked shoot. Transitions and counters were nice, but the execution was a bit suspect, particularly some incredibly lame mount strikes by Murahama. 12:57. ***

11/6/00 Tokyo Korakuen Hall: Takehiro Murahama vs. Super Delfin. Better than their previous matches. Murahama had improved a lot and it wasn't hampered by the mixed match style, plus Murahama was clearly better in Delfin's style at this point than Delfin had been in Murahama's. Murahama's kicks were solid and his transitions from submission to submission were really nice, especially since he didn't get as much help as he would from a ground guy. There was one extremely bad part where Murahama stumbled trying to do his tope con hilo, bouncing off the top rope to the floor. He then slammed Delfin on the floor and reentered to do it again. Considering this was a bigger arena and the deciding match between the two, I expected a lot more build and drama. 16:24. ***

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