BASARA “VAJRA 25 ~SHIPPUJINRAI~”, 25/12/2016
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
1. Hercules Senga & Tsutomu Oosugi defeated Daichi Kazato & Koji Iwamoto when Senga pinned Kazato with the Inverted Hurricanrana (9:04).
2. Great Reversal Pro Wrestling Trial: Kohei Sato defeated Gouma Ryu, Atsushi Maruyama and Tatsuhiko Yoshino when Sato was declared Not Guilty (11:28).
3. Special Single Match: Trans-Am ★ Ryuichi defeated Takumi Tsukamoto with the Perfect5 (12:30).
4. What Is METAL? ~What Is A Real Metal Wrestler?~: FUMA, Madoka & Yusuke Kubo defeated Jun Kasai, MIKAMI & Tanomusaku Toba when FUMA pinned Toba with the Jaw Breaker (13:27).
5. SAGAT’s First Great Match In The First Generation!: Jun Akiyama defeated SAGAT with the Exploder Suplex (13:43).
6. Yokohama Shopping Street 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Abdullah Kobayashi, Masaya Takahashi & Takayuki Ueki (c) defeated Koji Kanemoto, Ryuichi Sekine & Ryota Nakatsu when Kobayashi pinned Sekine with the Diving Bakachinga Elbow (15:42).
*V4 for Abdullah Kobayashi, Masaya Takahashi & Takayuki Ueki.
7. Union MAX Title: Isami Kodaka defeated Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi with the Isamuashi Ki (19:33).
*Isami Kodaka becomes the 6th Union MAX Champion!
Merry Christmas again! Two big shows in one day. When DDT “NEVER MIND 2016” was completed, BASARA took over Korakuen Hall in the evening for their final show of 2016. The main event saw the return of the Union MAX Title, formerly belonging to Union Pro now revived for BASARA. The title was declared vacant so the last champion Isami Kodaka was fighting to win it all over again rather than defending it. His opponent Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi has had a strong year, proclaiming himself as the brand’s ace ever since winning the Heaven Summit ~Itadaki~ tournament, beating Kodaka in the final. This match would determine who really was BASARA’s top star. Kodaka kicked out of the Perfect Plex and countered another one with a Vertical Drop Brainbuster. Hiroshi refused to stay down until Kodaka hit the Isamuashi Kick to the back of the head, putting Hiroshi down for the count.
Both wrestlers were down and out after the match. While still laying against the bottom rope, Kodaka called for Hiroshi on the microphone and asked what can he see? Hiroshi said he can see the ceiling. Kodaka corrected him and said he can see the whole venue. Hiroshi meant that too, just his vision is just bad after getting kicked in the back of the head. Kodaka talked about knowing various wrestlers who have retired and organisations that have gone away during his 15 years in wrestling. If there is one thing he has learned, it is you cannot lose to yourself. Kodaka has been fighting for BASARA in its first year of existence and now he is fighting for the Union MAX Title. He doesn’t want to stop and hopes that Korakuen will give him a few more dates. Then on the screen a message appeared announcing BASARA’s next Korakuen show on 29th April, 2017. Then another message came announcing a show on 1st October too. Kodaka said he will never run away, escape or give up on BASARA. And he will never give up on wrestling!
After a slight worry that he wouldn’t show up, Koji Kanemoto arrived with Cavalry to go after the Yokohama Shopping Street 6-Man Tag Team Titles. Kanemoto was nicknamed the General of the Cavalry Division by his teammates and was trusted to lead the way to victory. The champions arrived looking more like they wanted to get into the Christmas spirit. Abdullah Kobayashi & Masaya Takahashi wore reindeer head covers while Takayuki Ueki wore a Santa hat and shirt. In the build-up Kobayashi had been using Ryuichi Sekine’s Let’s Combine Crab Hold to win matches. He wasn’t able to do the hold here but he still pinned Sekine to win the match and keep the titles.
SAGAT was in for the fight of his life when he had to take on Jun Akiyama. He was overwhelmed at the start, Akiyama whipped him into the corner post outside the ring then Body Slammed him onto the floor mat. Akiyama then laid SAGAT on the ring apron and struck him with a Knee Drop to the back of the head. More Knee Strikes and a Piledriver almost put SAGAT away but he kicked out at two. SAGAT fired back with some Elbow Strikes followed by a Senton. Akiyama stopped him with the Front Neck Lock. He tried to set up the Exploder Suplex but SAGAT bit his arm to escape. He then bit his neck to force him back and create some distance. SAGAT went for the Goregrind but Akiyama countered with a Knee Strike. SAGAT still showed some life until he was hit with the Exploder Suplex and that was it. Akiyama said that never in his 25 years of wrestling did somebody break out of his Exploder Suplex by biting him. SAGAT described Akiyama as a true elite and SAGAT just experienced the real Royal Road.
Heavy metal reputations were on the line when IRON PRIEST went up against The Suicide Monkeys. To show how seriously he took it, Yusuke Kubo wrestled in a brand new skull mask he dubbed Heavy Metal Respect. They taunted Jun Kasai when they could, causing Kasai to flip them off and swear back at them. MIKAMI hit a big dive out of the ring, taking him and Kubo out of the match. FUMA took Tanomusaku Toba’s Straight Right Punch and hit him with a High Kick at the same time. Toba took the worst of the exchange, allowing FUMA to bring back his old Jaw Breaker kick finisher to win the match. They earned Kasai’s respect and he posed with them after the bout.
Trans-Am ★ Ryuichi entered the ring to the American National Anthem for his match with Takumi Tsukamoto. The two shook hands but when Tsukamoto asked Ryuichi to take off his sunglasses, Tsukamoto attacked him to start the match. Ryuichi was powered up by the USA chants from the fans and used that energy to win. Tsukamoto graciously accepted defeat and shook Ryuichi’s hand again.
Court was in session for a scandalous trial for Gouma Ryu and Atsushi Maruyama to fight over. The mystery defendant was accused of being engaged with the operations of a pro wrestling organisation while also being a gang member. Tatsuhiko Yoshino was called up as a witness, proclaiming his “brother” was not a gang member. The mystery defendant was then called to the stand. It was Zero1 wrestler Kohei Sato! Maruyama shouted it was obvious by Sato’s appearance that he is part of a gang. He even has a sword with him! Sato explained the sword was his prize for winning this year’s Fire Festival and he has to carry it with him everywhere. More witnesses were called over: Hercules Senga, Tsutomu Oosugi, Ryuichi Sekine and Yuya Okada. They all agreed that Sato is part of a gang. Sato was so angry by this accusation that he attacked everyone and knocked them out. Judge Kyohei Wada declared that Sato was innocent and it was in fact Ryu and Maruyama who are guilty.
For some reason referee Yuya Okada received a lot of chants from the fans in the opening match.
Tomoya Kawamura greeted the fans during the opening introductions. He apologised for not being on the card because of shoulder problems. He talked about previously going through surgery for the injury and how it is not easy for him to go under the knife again. He is not quitting wrestling but he is unable to compete for the time being. He hopes to return someday and when he does it will be for BASARA.