IWA Japan Nail Hell Death Match 12/13/94
I have no idea what I'm about to watch.
Kiyoko Ichiki vs Shintani
I'm not sure which woman is which. Short Hair right away applies a knee bar and they both kick each other repeatedly while the hold is applied. Short Hair gets out and does a series of snap mares. Snap suplex. Big body slam gets a two count. Long Hair does a springboard cross body and applies a half crab. She then turns it into a deathlock like move. Then she does an actual deathlock. Dropkick. Long Hair does a few headlock take downs and a dropkick. And it's over. A 5 minute draw.
Yoshihiro Tajiri vs Taisuke Taue
Tajiri! Young lion Tajiri. So young he's pre-blue trunks Tajiri. He throws the first shot with a slap to the face in the ropes. Taue hits a few dropkicks and a headlock take down. Tajiri does a head scissors and a kick to the back. Taue does one of his own. Strike battle. Tajiri cheats and does a slam before locking on a chin lock. Taue works a cross arm breaker. Tajiri eventually gets out. Float over snap suplex and a standing moonsault. Taue goes up and hits a missile drop kick. Then a cross body. Half crab. Tajiri gets to the ropes. He comes back with a corner lariatooo and another snap suplex. Grounded lariato. Boston crab. Taue apparently gives up. Tajiri wins.
Cynthia Moreno vs Shintani
Shintanti is the short haired woman from the opener. I'm not sure why she's in a second match. Moreno immediately takes her to the mat. Dragon sleeper. Moreno attempts a piledriver and it is reversed. She gets up and right away starts working over the leg. Half crab. Rope break. Cynthia is mean. Snap suplex. Shintani makes a come back with dropkicks and a spinning spinebuster. Cynthia is back on offense shortly after because she's mean like that. Boston crab. It is turned into a half crab. More dropkicks. Women wrestling in Japan love dropkicks apparently. Shintani tries to run up the ropes and falls to the floor. Cynthia has no sympy and continues the beat down. Powerbomb. Northern light suplex. Missile dropkick right in the fucking mouth gets Cynthia the win.
Miguel Perez/Jiraya vs Takashi Okano/Aguila Negro
This was the same Perez that was involved in GANG WARZ. Aguila and Jiraya start out. They have a pretty basic exchange. Tags are made. Perez was hairy as fuck even in 1994. They have a lucha exchange/indie respeck stand off. And then they tag back out. Arm drags and leap frogs. Jiraya doesn't quite get the distance on a dive he had hoped. Okana is tagged in and works a chin lock. Jiraya turns it into a half crab. Okana does one of his own. Agulia is tagged in. Jiraya hits a Perfect Plex and tags out. Another lucha sequence. I thought Perez worked in PR, which I didn't think was the same style as lucha. Actually a lot of this is lucha flavored. Perez hits a lariatooo. Head scissors. STF from Aguila. Perez plays the FIP for a while. He won with a Rock Bottom OUTTA NOWHERE. Decent enough.
Dick Murdoch vs Johnny Gomez
Those fucking bird legs. Excellent. All I want is a great punch and a brainbustahhhh. If there was more footage of Murdoch in his prime, I bet he'd be considered one of the the all time greats. In the comparatively little I've seen from him, I have no doubt he was incredible when he gave a shit about what he was doing. Or was even half sober. Respectful lock ups. Headlock take down from Dickie. Gomez backs Dick into the corner, which fires Dick up. BONERS! Gomez seems scared of that Dick. Dick hits a bionic elbow and punch to the mug. And he does it in every corner. I love those 70s punches. Dick grounds it with a body scissors and then a hammer lock. Gomez tries to target the obviously enlarged liver. Murdoch counters punches with a Fujiwara arm bar. More 70s punches. I love them. Gomez goes back on the offense. Dickie with a powerslam. Punch combo. Give me the brainbustaaaah! Brainbustaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! Murdoch wins.
Kendo Nagasaki vs Nobutaka Araya
Kendo isn't wearing his fencing gear, so I'm not that interested. He pretty quickly takes it to the ground. Due to tape quality, I can't tell if Araya is wearing pink or purple. I think it is pink. Not that it matters. This is weird. It feels kind of like those Bob Roop fucking dudes up clips on Youtube. Lots of submission work and Kendo seemingly taking liberties. They go to the floor and Kendo hits a few chair shots. Most of this match is long submissions and weirdness. Kendo took this dude around the building, throwing him into walls and beating the fuck out of him. I have to be honest, I wasn't really paying a lot of attention to this. Piledriver from Kendo ends the match.
TO THE BACK. Araya gave a promo after the show.
Shoji Nakamaki/Hiroshi Ono vs Leatherface I & II Barbwire Board Bed Of Nails Death Match
Shit is about to get real. TWO Leatherfaces. As in Leatherface from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Complete with chainsaws and masks. The second and top ropes have beds of nails on them. The corners have barbed wire covered tables. Blood immediately. Dudes are shoved into the nails. Then dudes are thrown into the barbed wire boards. I should have picked a show with Freddy and Jason. This match sucks. Camera work also sucks as they miss piledrivers and powerbombs. Irish whip into a bed of nails. On both guys. This is stupid, but adequately seedy. Of course there is a random fire ball. Lol, this bed of nails death match ends with a school boy. The Japanese guys win. After the match, the Leatherfaces continue a beat down. They were eventually run off by a random collection of faces, including Dick Murdoch.
DQ Count: 0 out of 7 matches.
Pretty weird collection of matches. 2 women matches featuring the same woman in both matches. Dick Murdoch. Baby Tajiri. Bed of nails death match. I kind of enjoyed it, though.