Suzuki September – Minoru Suzuki & Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Kensuke Sasaki & Kazunari Murakami
April 19 2006
We’re in Big Mouth LOUD (and Korakuen Hall). Big Mouth LOUD was a short lived promotion that lasted all of eight shows spanning just under a year. Founded by Fumihiko Uwai it was another of these shoot-style promotions. Uwai tried again after BML failed and Uwai Station lasted even less time. BML is probably most famous for being where Katsuyori Shibata hung out after leaving New Japan in 2005. Shibs headlined all but two of BML’s cards. On this show this match was the semi-main to a main of Shibata vs. Nakajima.
Minoru Suzuki & Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Kensuke Sasaki & Kazunari Murakami
Suzuki gets into a heated duel with Sasaki from the bell and I’m already fired up for nearly twenty minutes of this action!
Murakami is one of those legitimate motherfuckers with judo and sumo background. It probably won’t shock you to learn he has an MMA background too with a 5-5 career record.
He does a lot of stuff like this. Suzuki treats him with zero respect, having an MMA career record of 30-20, operating at a higher level mostly in Pancrase. It’s easy to forget, because MiSu has such an incredible pro wrestling career, that he also had a great MMA career too. He gives Murakami an awful lot of this match considering those reputations and does a fantastic job of making wrestling holds look like a fucking shoot. It doesn’t matter how goofy something looks as long as it feels legitimate and you can feel Minoru Suzuki. The match is a bit of a waste of Sasaki, who just wants to clubber someone. So we end up with the bulk of the match featuring Murakami, which is not ideal. It’s not that he’s bad but he’s not good at conveying the usual things that make a wrestling match. His selling, for example, is pretty woeful. I really couldn’t see him working outside of the worked shoot environment.
Where the match is successful is Suzuki. He wants to fight everyone. He gets chopped into the match by Fujiwara and takes out his rage on the world. Then Fujiwara manages to open himself up hardway headbutting Sasaki. He was 57 years old at the time. Can you imagine, 57 years old, going home to your missus with blood all over your face? Oh, what happened dear? Headbutted Kensuke Sasaki. Sorry. Did you at least win dear? No.
Final Rating: ***