Tonkotsu Big Fireworks ~ Pro-Wrestling's Mecca of the West!
review by Kevin Wilson
Date: March 21st, 2014
My real love in Puroresu, to be honest, is small weird Indy promotions. While there haven’t really been any events from 2014 that fit that description yet to make video, this is the closest that we have had so far. It does have some name people but it also has some wrestlers I have never heard of and has an “Electric Chair” Death Match that just sounds fascinating. Here is the full card:
- Jason Lee vs. Mineo Fujita
I will try to find out who these wrestlers are as I review this event and I will add them to the site in the next few days if they are not already on here somewhere. Onto the matches!
Jason Lee vs. Mineo Fujita
Match Thoughts: A really basic opening match (lots of dropkicks), but generally not offensive. I hadn’t seen Fujita in a while, doesn’t seem like his career has progressed since last time I did see him however. Lee came down with some belts so I guess he was the ‘better’ wrestler going in, and he did dominate the match when Fujita wasn’t connecting with his groin-based offense. Not much to it but nothing actively bad either. Score: 4.5
Asosan, Junji Tanaka, Kitai Kubo, and The Atchee vs. Hosaka, Yaguchi, Fujii, and Yasu Uike
Yaguchi knocks Tanaka to the mat and tags in Fujii. Fujii picks up Tanaka and stands on Tanaka by the ropes. Fujii picks up Tanaka and throws him into the corner, tagging in Hosaka. Hosaka chops Tanaka into the corner and he hits a vertical suplex. Cover, but it gets a two count. Hosaka tags in Yaguchi and Yaguchi knocks his opponents off the apron. Yaguchi picks up Tanaka and chops him in the corner, Irish whip, and he hits a lariat. Uike comes in the ring next and he hits a jumping knee on Tanaka. Kicks by Uike and he connects with a kick to the side of Tanaka’s head, cover, but it gets two. Uike waits for Tanaka to get up but Tanaka catches his kick and applies a crab hold. Fujii quickly breaks it up and Uike tags in Yaguchi, Yaguchi comes off the ropes but Tanaka catches him with a pair of kicks and tags in Asosan. Asosan hits a lariat onto Yaguchi, Irish whip to the corner, reversed, but Asosan kicks Yaguchi as he charges in and delivers a dropkick. Asosan’s teammates come into the ring, Yaguchi is snapmared to the mat and everyone hits falling strikes on Yaguchi ending with an Asosan senton. Cover, but it gets a two count. Kubo is tagged in, he goes off the ropes and he dropkicks Yaguchi in the knee. Shining Wizard by Kubo, cover, but it gets a two count. Spinning heel kick by Yaguchi and he tags in Hosaka as Kubo tags in Tanaka. Hosaka dropkicks Tanaka and he tags in Fujii. Fujii comes in the ring with his teammates and they all hit running strikes on Tanaka in the corner. Scoop slam by Hosaka to Tanaka and Fujii hits an elbow drop. Another elbow drop by Fujii, cover, but it gets a two count. Fujii and Hosaka pick up Tanaka and they hit a double vertical suplex. Cover by Fujii, but Asosan breaks it up. Fujii grabs Tanaka but Tanaka snaps off a backdrop suplex. Cover, but it gets two. Tanaka picks up Fujii, he puts him onto his shoulders and hits a Samoan Drop. Tanaka goes up to the top turnbuckle and delivers a diving headbutt. Cover by Tanaka, and he picks up the three count. Your winners: Asosan, Junji Tanaka, Kitai Kubo, and The Atchee
Match Thoughts: A pretty blah affair. None of these guys are particularly good wrestlers (as far as I am aware) and this match kinda showed that. Pretty basic match with lots of strikes and not overly exciting offense. It isn’t the worst match I have seen but certainly was dull as hell. Score: 3.5
Daemon Ueda, KAMIKAZE, and Sugawara vs. Hidaka, Masato Tanaka, and Omatayuuchaku
Tanaka lariats Ueda out of the ring but Sugawara attacks him from behind. Double Irish whip to Tanaka but Tanaka lariats both KAMIKAZE and Sugawara. Tanaka picks up Sugawara, Irish whip to the corner and Tanaka hits a jumping elbow strike. Mounted punches by Tanaka in the corner, he goes off the ropes but Sugawara ducks his attack and hits an enzigieri. Sugawara tags in KAMIKAZE and KAMIKAZE hits a overhead kick to Tanaka. Vertical suplex by KAMIKAZE, cover, but it gets a two count. Elbows by Tanaka to KAMIKAZE, he goes off the ropes but KAMIKAZE kicks Tanaka in the chest. KAMIKAZE picks up Tanaka and goes for a slam but Tanaka lands on his feet and hits a DDT. Tanaka tags in Hidaka and Hidaka hits KAMIKAZE with a missile dropkick. Omatayuuchaku and Tanaka come into the ring too, they throw Ueda into the corner and Hidaka hits a springboard attack. Hidaka picks up Ueda and slams him to the mat, Tanaka goes up top and hits a diving headbutt. Cover by Hidaka, but Sugawara breaks it up. Hidaka elbows Sugawara but Ueda attacks him from behind. Double Irish whip to Hidaka but he hits a tornado DDT onto Sugawara. Hidaka waits for Ueda to get up, kick by Ueda and he goes for the Shiranui but Ueda shoves him off. Sugawara dropkicks Hidaka, then KAMIKAZE slams Hidaka to the mat and he delivers a moonsault. Ueda picks up Hidaka and drops him with a brainbuster, cover, but it is broken up. Ueda waits for Hidaka to get up and goes off the ropes but Hidaka ducks the lariat and applies La Magistral for a two count. Hidaka goes off the ropes but Ueda catches him with a lariat, cover, but Hidaka kicks out at two. Ueda picks up Hidaka and nails Lucifer’s Hammer, cover, and he picks up the three count. Your winners: Daemon Ueda, KAMIKAZE, and Sugawara
Match Thoughts: A little better than the last match which I guess isn’t saying much as the wrestler quality was a bit higher. Seemed like a waste of Tanaka who is probably the best wrestler on this entire card, but he seemed like he was having a good time. Not much to it but nothing really wrong with it either. Score: 5.0
Daichi Hashimoto and Kazuki Hashimoto vs. Kohei Sato and Yoshikazu Yokoyama
Kazuki kicks Sato in the corner and hits a series of boot scrapes. Cover, but Sato kicks out at two. Kazuki goes off the ropes but Sato hits a side slam and tags in Yokoyama. Yokoyama picks up Kazuki, Irish whip to the corner and he hits a running shoulder tackle. Scoop slam by Yokoyama and he hits a reverse splash for a two count. Sato comes in the ring, double Irish whip to Kazuki and Yokoyama hits a powerslam. Sato hits a Falcon Arrow and Yokoyama follows with a diving elbow drop. Cover, but Daichi breaks it up. Yokoyama picks up Kazuki but Kazuki gets away, Yokoyama goes off the ropes but Kazuki levels him with a lariat. Kazuki tags in Daichi, and Daichi kicks Yokoyama in the chest. More kicks by Daichi and he finally sends Yokoyama to the mat. Cover, but Yokoyama is in the ropes. Daichi hits a backdrop suplex on Yokoyama, cover, but again it gets two. Daichi puts Yokoyama in a choke hold while Kazuki puts Sato in an ankle hold, but Yokoyama gets into the ropes to force a break. Daichi picks up Yokoyama, Irish whip to the corner and Kazuki hits a jumping knee as does Daichi. Triangle Kick by Daichi, cover, but Sato breaks it up. Daichi picks up Yokoyama and goes for a suplex but Yokoyama blocks it. Knees by Daichi, he goes off the ropes but Yokoyama elbows him. Back kick by Daichi and he hits a DDT. PK by Daichi, cover, but Yokoyama kicks out. Daichi picks up Yokoyama and hits a Rising DDT, he picks him up again and delivers a second one. Cover, and Daichi picks up the three count. Your winners: Daichi Hashimoto and Kazuki Hashimoto
Match Thoughts: This was a typical match that has Sato and Hashimoto in it… lots of strikes throughout the entire match. So if you enjoy strike battles you may like this one a lot, to me it was just ok. I hadn’t seen Yokoyama before, he looked pretty solid and both teams worked well together so it didn’t seem like two thrown together teams (even if it was). The ending was definitive, maybe overly so, and it was nice to see Daichi actually pick up a pinfall win over someone. Some good and some bad, but overall certainly watchable. Score: 6.0
(c) James Raideen vs. Ryouji Sai
Match Thoughts: This was a pretty so-so affair. It was just ‘there’, it was not particularly exciting or interesting from start to finish. Raideen is solid for the big muscle guy but lacks charisma (think of a slightly smaller Rob Terry), and the match just wasn’t really captivating. I can’t say it was bad, the action was solid, it was just missing that special something to make it memorable or make it seem like it was a title match. Score: 5.0
Atsushi Onita and Shinjiro Otani vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara and Yoshihiro Takayama
Onita gives the camera a great “I’m too old for this shit” face as he gets back up, and he kicks Fujiwara out of the ring. He goes to Takayama but Takayama elbows Onita and clubs him in the back. Otani attacks Takayama from behind and drops him with a backdrop suplex. Otani puts Takayama near the corner and Otani hits the bootscrapes, but the last one sends Otani into the barbed wire ropes, which sets off an explosion as Otani falls out of the ring. Onita drops Takayama with a DDT, cover, but Takayama gets a shoulder up. Takayama gets the better of things and stomps on Onita, but Otani crawls back into the ring and hits Takayama from behind. Onita gets the barbed wire bat and hits Takayama with it, then both Otani and Onita shoulderblock Takayama into the barbed wire, setting off another explosion. Onita hits Takayama with another DDT, cover, but Takayama kicks out. Elbow drop by Otani to Takayama, another cover, but again it gets two. Otani kicks Takayama out of the ring as Fujiwara rolls back in it, and Onita sprays green mist into Fujiwara’s face. Otani gets a chair and sits it in the middle of the ring, and then sits Fujiwara on it. Onita then hits the Big Red Button, which turns off the lights. As the lights come back on, Onita has the explosive barbed wire chair. Onita hits Fujiwara in the chest with the barbed wire chair, causing a big explosion. Cover, but Fujiwara somehow gets a shoulder up. Fujiwara hulks up and headbutts both Otani and Onita to the mat, Fujiwara picks up Onita and headbutts him as Takayama gets back in the ring, and all four men brawl. As they are fighting all four of them bumble into the barbed wire, setting off a final explosion. Onita is the first one up and slowly covers Fujiwara, and he picks up the three count. Your winners: Atsushi Onita and Shinjiro Otani
Match Thoughts: Not really sure what I just watched. It was sloppy and kinda sad, but also captivating. I mean I know the explosions are partly for show but Onita’s arm had a noticeable burn on it so it wasn’t all fun and games. So we have four wrestlers with an average age over 50 doing ugly brawling and mostly just repeatedly falling into the barbed wire to make it go “BOOM!”. I can’t call it a good match, I just can’t, there wasn’t someone like a Hayabusa or a Great Sasuke to give the match any flair that it desperately needed. But it was a good throwback to the heyday of FMW, even with the silly ending (Fujiwara didn’t touch the barbed wire on the last spot, he should have just been pinned after the chair shot). So even though it was rough to watch, it was still… interesting and it is a match that I am glad I saw since it is just further proof that wrestlers are crazy. Score: 6.0
Best Match: Atsushi Onita and Shinjiro Otani vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara and Yoshihiro Takayama. By default, right? I mean this whole event was built around this match, I think they went out of their way to make the rest of the card dull just to make the main event better. But it was a crazy match, especially considering how old the wrestlers were. Sure it was really sloppy and lacked structure and was dull aside from the explosions, but it still had that FMW feel to it and it was oddly captivating. Worth watching.
MVP: Yoshiaki Fujiwara. Considering his age, Fujiwara was not afraid to get down and dirty in the main event. He took the "big bump" of the match and also showed the most fire with his headbutts. Also even though he was the oldest wrestler in the main event he wasn't the most plodding (that award goes to Takayama) and stayed pretty active throughout the match. Not bad for a senior citizen.
Overall: This was the epitome of a one match card. The first five matches had no real variety... just multi-man matches before a dull title match leading up to the big finale. And the main event didn't disappoint in many ways, it was certainly crazy, but it was also really sloppy and ugly. Which in a way is part of the charm, but it really needed one younger wrestler that could fly around and take the bumps so the older guys could get a breather. Instead they just... got blown up when they needed a breather. It is in a way worth seeing the show just for the main event but you may end up being disappointed, and there is nothing on the rest of the show that anyone needs to go out of their way to see.Grade: D