Video – Abe Vs Hidaka In The Tenkaichi Tournament

November 22, 2018

BASARA “BASARA 82 ~FEAST~”, 17/11/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING
243 Fans – No Vacancy

Tenkaichi Jr. Tournament – Round 1: Fuminori Abe Vs Ikuto Hidaka


BASARA “BASARA 82 ~FEAST~” Results

November 17, 2018

BASARA “BASARA 82 ~FEAST~”, 17/11/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING
243 Fans – No Vacancy

1. Takumi Tsukamoto, Takato Nakano & Yasu Urano defeated Best Stretchman V3, Best Stretchman Amazon & Stretchman Man when Urano submitted Stretchman with a Mexican Stretch (9:38).
2. 3 Way Match: Ryuichi Sekine defeated Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi and Jun Masaoka when Sekine submitted Hiroshi with the Lotus Let’s Combine (8:01).
3. Sparky Vs Sakigake!! Iron Family: Naoki Tanizaki & Akiyori Takizara defeated FUMA & Yusuke Kubo when Tanizaki pinned Kubo with the Implant (14:59).
4. Tenkaichi Jr. Tournament – Round 1: Fuminori Abe defeated Ikuto Hidaka with a Cradle (14:13).
5. Sento Minzoku Vs Ganbare☆Wrestling: Minoru Fujita & Daiki Shimomura defeated Keisuke Ishii & Shota when Fujita pinned Shota with the Modified Samson Clutch (11:09).
6. Union MAX Title: Ryota Nakatsu (c) defeated SAGAT with the Crescent Moon (16:37).
*V2 for Ryota Nakatsu.

The show was focused on establishing the Nakatsu Gundan, who are now going to be called Sparky. With new yellow baseball jerseys being worn by every member and black strips under their eyes, today was the first time Ryota Nakatsu, Naoki Tanizaki and Akiyori Takizara were all together since the unit’s formation. Nakatsu defeated SAGAT in the main event to defend the Union MAX Title. He countered a Perfect Plex from SAGAT into the Crescent Moon modified Crab Hold to make the challenger submit. They shook hands afterwards and Sparky ended the show celebrating by drinking beers with the fans around the ring.

The Sento Minzoku Vs Ganbare☆Wrestling match turned into a brawl early and kept the bad tension all the way through. When the match was over Daiki Shimomura wanted to get Keisuke Ishii’s attention but Ishii ignored him.

Fuminori Abe’s win over Ikuto Hidaka means that he advances to the semi-final of the Tekaichi Jr. Tournament in Zero1. As part of the tournament gimmick, Abe is now in possession of two crystal balls. The tournament winner ends up possessing all of the balls and can use them to make a wish.

The finish of the 3 Way Match had Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi put himself in an upside down lotus position to meditate. Ryuichi Sekine simply grabbed onto Hiroshi from that position and applied the Let’s Combine to make him give up.

Best Stretchman V3 is starting to act like Yasu Urano is the 4th member of the Best Stretch team. He called him Uranoman throughout the opener and asked to team with him the next time BASARA is in Shin-Kiba 1st RING.


All Doin Tomorrow, YaroZ Part 7, Haruna Debut, BASARA Gets Tenkaichi Match, Imanari Gets Inspired

November 8, 2018

“ALL DOIN”, 09/11/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. 100 Glow Sticks No Electricity No Explosion Delayed Entry Battle Royal: Hen China Vs Gundan Hitori Vs Kim Yotchan Vs Kim Yotchan V3 Vs Kim Michinoku Vs Chinkasu Haan Vs Invisible Man Uno Vs Invisible Man Dos Vs Folding Chair
2. Naoshi Sano, Momo Ne & ZIMA Yoshida Vs Fuminori Abe, Big Bear & Movie Star
3. El Uranai Vs Cherry
4. Fumihito Kihara & Kentochu Miyanara Vs Yumehito Imanari & Mikiya Sasaki (w/ GM Okuma)
5. Mizuhime Saijo Vs Hyper Misao
6. Eririn Takagi, Monster Halloween & ONAKIN Vs MEN’S Teioh, HARASHIMA & Shota
7. Tiger Mask V (Self-Proclaimed) Vs Pero Pero Oyakata
8. First Encounter! The Monster Man Of The Indies Vs Tokyo Sports 2006 Buzz Award! Special Single Match: Survival Tobita Vs Mecha Mummy

The super indy supershow will air live on DDT Universe.

YAROZ “YAROZ PART 7”, 14/11/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. YaroZ Specialty! Special Single Match: Antonio Honda Vs Ryuichi Sekine
2. FFF (Fundoshi For Future) Match: Sanshiro Takagi & Abdullah Kobayashi Vs Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi & Yuki Iino
3. YaroZ Specialty! Heisei Last Glamorous No. 1 Decision Fight!: Yuna Manase Vs Himeka Arita (Special Referee: Yumehito Imanari)
4. Pro Wrestling Round System Match ~Super Dragon Vs Self-Proclaimed Gatekeeper Of DDT~: Tatsuhito Takaiwa Vs Gorgeous Matsuno (Special Ring Girl: Karin Tachibana)
5. YaroZ Vs Mote Mote Army All Out Fight!: Gota Ihashi Vs Konosuke Takeshita
6. YaroZ Vs Mote Mote Army All Out Fight!: Kazusada Higuchi, Toru Owashi & SAGAT Vs Akito, Makoto Oishi & Yuki Ueno

Gota Ihashi is no longer the literal punching bag in the YaroZ boxing match. That important role is now being given to 57 year old Gorgeous Matsuno.

Himeka Arita is a former idol now wrestling for Actwres girl’Z.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “5th ANNIVERSARY SHINKIBA TOUR 2018 AUTUMN THREE”, 17/11/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. Haruna Debut Match: Shoko Nakajima Vs Haruna
2. Yuu Vs Yuki Aino
3. Yuki Kamifuku Vs Hinano
4. 3 Way Match: Yuna Manase Vs Raku Vs Mina Shirakawa
5. Miyu Yamashita & Nodoka Tenma Vs Maki Ito & Hyper Misao
6. TOKYO Princess Tag Team Titles: Yuka Sakazaki & Mizuki (c) Vs Hikari & Miu

Haruna is the first of three trainees making her debut before the end of the year. Her official ring name will be revealed soon.

BASARA “BASARA 82 ~FEAST~”, 17/11/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. 3 Way Match: Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi Vs Ryuichi Sekine Vs Jun Masaoka
2. Best Stretchman V3, Best Stretchman Amazon & Stretchman Man Vs Takumi Tsukamoto, Takato Nakano & Yasu Urano
3. Nakatsu Gundan Vs Sakigake!! Iron Family: Naoki Tanizaki & Akiyori Takizara Vs FUMA & Yusuke Kubo
4. Tenkaichi Jr. Tournament – Round 1: Fuminori Abe Vs Ikuto Hidaka
5. Sento Minzoku Vs Ganbare☆Wrestling: Minoru Fujita & Daiki Shimomura Vs Keisuke Ishii & Shota
6. Union MAX Title: Ryota Nakatsu (c) Vs SAGAT

Naoki Tanizaki & Akiyori Takizara are the two men joining Ryota Nakatsu for his new unit. The Nakatsu Gundan will hit the ground running by going against the Iron Family for their first show together.

I think this is the first time a Tenkaichi tournament match will be held outside of ZERO1. It’s normal for the tournament’s opening round to consist of only a handful of matches while the majority of entrants join in at Round 2. Ikuto Hidaka has a long history with Tenkaichi, winning it three times. Fuminori Abe is entering for the first time and will be in the unique position of having the home field advantage in the opening match.

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “TOTAL RECALL 2018”, 22/11/2018
Ichigaya Nankai Memorial Clinic

1. Ganbare☆Wrestling’s 41 Year Old Representative Ken Ohka Send Off Match For Korakuen Hall: Ken Ohka Vs X
2. Mr. Showtime Vs Real Tiger Mask Again!!: Shota Vs Shuichiro Katsumura
3. Elegy Of Ganpro Transfers: Keisuke Ishii Vs Kouki Iwasaki

Yumehito Imanari has been working on the intro video for Ganbare☆Wrestling’s next Korakuen Hall show in December. Imanari recently watched Michael Moore’s new documentary “Fahrenheit 11/9” about Donald Trump’s presidency and has become heavily influenced by Moore’s work. His role at the next Ganpro show is to film more footage for the video using Michael Moore’s style of film making.


BASARA “BASARA 78 ~LUYANG NO HOKO~” Results

September 21, 2018

BASARA “BASARA 78 ~LUYANG NO HOKO~”, 21/09/2018
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
860 Fans

0. Special Dark Match ~ Shit Boss, Remember To Hurry! Season 2: Yasu Urano defeated Gouma Ryu with a Running Neckbreaker Drop (4:38).
1. Manabu Hara & Jun Masaoka defeated Yusuke Kubo & SAGAT when Hara submitted SAGAT with a Chickenwing Armlock (7:49).
2. Best Stretchman V3, Best Stretchman Amazon & Stretchman Man defeated Daiki Shimomura, Akiyori Takizawa & Takato Nakano when V3 pinned Nakano after the Double Stretch Kick (7:34).
3. Takumi Tsukamoto 9th Anniversary Memorial Match: Takumi Tsukamoto & Toru Sugiura defeated Kazuki Hashimoto & Tatsuhiko Yoshino when Tsukamoto pinned Yoshino with the Zudon (10:48).
4. Cielo Presents Special 6-Man Tag Match: Don Fujii, Ryuichi Sekine & Fuminori Abe defeated FUMA, Trans-Am ★ Tanaka & Trans-Am ★ Ryuji when Sekine submitted FUMA with the Let’s Combine (13:07).
5. Hardcore Cage Match: Masashi Takeda defeated Isami Kodaka with the Reverse U Crash (11:28).
6. Yoga Vs Aikata! Tag Showdown!: Ikuto Hidaka & Minoru Fujita defeated Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi & Osamu Nishimura when Fujita pinned Hiroshi with the Samson Clutch (11:06).
7. Union MAX Title: Ryota Nakatsu defeated Naoki Tanizaki (c) with the V Slider (16:35).
*Naoki Tanizaki fails in V3. Ryota Nakatsu becomes the 11th Union MAX Champion!

BASARA’s return to Korakeun Hall ended in joy because Ryota Nakatsu is now the new Union MAX Champion! It was a challenge for him to dethrone Naoki Tanizaki. He had to kick out of both the Reverse Implant and the regular Implant back to back to stay in the match. Nakatsu shouted out Ryuichi Sekine’s name as he mounted his comeback. This led to Nakatsu putting Tanizaki in the Let’s Combine submission hold. Tanizaki kicked out of the V Slider but was then trapped in the Crescent Moon half crab hold. Nakatsu eventually let go of the hold and wore down Tanizaki with Buzzsaw Kicks before putting him away with another V slider.

Sekine was the first person to congratulate Nakatsu on becoming the champion. He also came to the conclusion that now is the time for Cavalry to split up. There is nothing negative behind this decision, Sekine thinks it should happen because he wants to challenge Nakatsu for the belt. In order to become even stronger, they must fight each other eventually. Nakatsu agreed and accepted the split but he ensured everyone they will still get along as friends. Nakatsu said he was glad to discover pro wrestling and join BASARA and today he has become BASARA’s top wrestler! He cut himself off thinking that Isami Kodaka would give a different opinion but Kodaka communicated to him that he can’t speak and had to go to the hospital. More on that below.

Last May Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi & Osamu Nishimura were opponents. Today they became tag partners. Meanwhile Ikuto Hidaka & Minoru Fujita wrestled in matching black and white gear that they recently debuted in Michinoku Pro. They both puy Hiroshi & Nishimura in Sleeper Holds but the Yoga team peacefully resisted the moves by meditating. The referee wanted them to show movement so he began a ten count. Hiroshi woke up and fought back against Fujita. However Hidaka decided to join in with Nishimura’s meditation. Hiroshi tried to put Fujita in a Cobra Twist but it was countered into the Samson Clutch, giving Fujita the pinfall victory. After the match Fujita was now deeply meditating and wouldn’t budge no matter who kicked him so he had to be carried to the back, still in his yoga pose.

Unfortunately Kodaka didn’t come out of the Hardcore Cage Match in one piece. The chair shots and cage smashes took their toll and left Kodaka with a fractured jaw. Kodaka tried to sneak by with a win with the European Clutch but Masashi Takeda kicked out of it. Takeda then struck Kodaka with a steel can and pinned him with the Reverse U Crash. The two signalled afterwards that they want another match against each other sometime.

Don Fujii enjoyed his time at BASARA today. He described his team with Ryuichi Sekine & Fuminori Abe as if they’ve been friends for 20 years. They were like senior high school students today even though Sekine and Abe went to high school decades after Fujii did. The team were rewarded with alcohol by the match sponsor Cielo.

Takumi Tsukamoto got to celebrate his 9th wrestling anniversary with a few of his friends from Big Japan and FREEDOMS. Tsukamoto teamed with Toru Sugiura to beat Kazuki Hashimoto & Tatsuhiko Yoshino. The four of them reminisced backstage about their early years as rookies after the match. Tsukamoto came out of it feeling blessed that he was strong both mentally and physically to advance past his early career and become what he is today 9 years later. He thinks he might bring back the wrestling class of 2009 for his 10th anniversary.

Daiki Shimomura did what Kodaka asked of him and attached a tail to his costume. Takato Nakano also made his entrance carrying a samurai sword given to him by Kodaka. The Best Stretchmen promoted their new T-shirts then made Stretchman Man remove the hook from his hand for everyone’s safety. He later put the hook back on to do his finisher but Best Stretchman V3 stopped him so they could all do their stretch pose instead. Akiyori Takizawa & Takato Nakano interrupted the pose with Dropkicks but Nakano got singled out and was slashed by Stretchman Man’s hook. He was then pinned with the Double Stretch Kick by the V3 & Best Stretchman Amazon.

Yusuke Kubo entered to a new theme song. He was able to save SAGAT from defeat a couple of times but was taken out by Jun Masaoka’s Thrust Kick. That left SAGAT with no choice but to submit when Manabu Hara put him in a Chickenwing Armlock.

Before the dark match began, Gouma Ryu entered the ring with Sekine for last minute training. Sekine taught Ryu how to do a Wristlock and Ryu was able to use it move against Yasu Urano. Ryu also asked the audience to point at the video screen whenever Ryu spun his finger around so Urano would get distracted. That way Ryu can do his Running Neckbreaker finisher. Urano did fall for the trick but he dodged the Running Neckbreaker and gave Ryu his own version of the move to win.


BASARA “BASARA 77 ~FEAST~” Results

September 6, 2018

BASARA “BASARA 77 ~FEAST~”, 05/09/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING
182 Fans

1. Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi, Yusuke Kubo & SAGAT defeated Takumi Tsukamoto, Daichi Kazato & Yasu Urano when Hiroshi pinned Kazato with a Backslide Pin (12:50).
2. Gouma Ryu defeated Stretchman Man by Disqualification when Stretchman refused to break a 5 Count (0:34).
2a. Rematch: Stretchman Man Vs Gouma Ryu ended in a Double Disqualification after a Double Fake Weapon Attack (5:29).
3. Benmaru Tournament 0: Daiki Shimomura defeated Jun Masaoka with the Orange Sunset (10:33).
4. Aikata Vs Bozu! Tag Showdown: Ikuto Hidaka & Minoru Fujita defeated Ryuichi Sekine & Fuminori Abe when Fujita pinned Abe with a Modified Samson Clutch (11:00).
5. Naoki Tanizaki & Akiyori Takizawa defeated Ryota Nakatsu & Takato Nakano when Tanizaki pinned Nakano with the Reverse Implant (13:39).
6. Doki! Hardcore Match Full Of Cans: Isami Kodaka defeated FUMA with the Isamuashi Zan (16:21).

Isami Kodaka was left bloodied but victorious over FUMA in their Hardcore match main event. Steel cans made up most of the weapons available but chairs and a ladder also came into play in a painful manner for both men. FUMA gave Kodaka a Brainbuster from the ladder onto a pile of cans. Later the ladder was bridged across two chairs and FUMA was given a Superplex onto it. Kodaka overwhelmed FUMA with his kicks and knee strikes until the Isamuashi Zan put FUMA away. Kodaka asked for a rematch afterwards. No matter how many times they fight each other, Kodaka always feels a new excitement over it. Kodaka ended the show by inviting the BASARA roster into the ring to hype up their next big show at Korakuen Hall on 21st September. Kodaka also talked about his upcoming trip to America for a death match tournament held by Game Changer Wrestling. He promised to win it and become the world’s best death match wrestler!

Ryota Nakatsu admitted he was disappointed with today’s performance when his team lost to Naoki Tanizaki’s side. Tanizaki added insult to injury after the match when he attacked Tanizaki and gave him the Implant. That made Nakatsu angry and more determined to take the Union MAX Title from Tanizaki at Korakuen.

Match #4 turned playful when Ikuto Hidaka ended up sitting on Minoru Fujita’s shoulders. That then encouraged Fuminori Abe to climb onto Ryuichi Sekine’s shoulders so the two teams could play a game of chicken in the ring. Cavalry were able to knock Hidaka off Fujita’s shoulders. The play time ended when Fujita gave Sekine a Low Blow. When Abe fell off, Fujita rolled him into a Samson Clutch for the three count.

Daiki Shimomura used a new arm assisted cradle move called the Orange Sunset to beat Jun Masaoka and win the Benmaru Tournament. Shimomura called Kodaka down to the ring afterwards to confirm there was no prize on the line. Kodaka admitted so. Kodaka then invited Masaoka to wrestle for BASARA on a regular basis including a rematch with Shimomura somewhere down the line. Masaoka nodded in acceptance. Shimomura was content with there being no prize because he has something else he wants. Shimomura wants to team up with Kodaka and form a unit together! The Korakuen card has already been determined so the new unit will have to be formed afterwards. Kodaka then told Shimomura he has to grow a tail until then. If he’s going to do his best to impress Kodaka then Shimomura needs to have a monkey tail growing out of him!

The match between Gouma Ryu and Stretchman Man went off to a bad start when Ryu asked for the match to be changed to a Pro Wrestling Trial. When that was declined, Stretchman pushed Ryu up against the ropes and refused to move away during the 5 count so he got disqualified. An immediate rematch was agreed upon. Stretchman complained to Yuya Okada for counting too slow for his pins. Okada denied such a thing then counted fast when Ryu gave Stretchman a School Boy. Okada later took a ref bump which allowed Stretchman to grab his hook and Ryu to grab his law book. When Okada got back up, Ryu and Stretchman threw their weapons at each other and both faked being attacked by the other. Okada fell for both tricks and disqualified the two of them resulting in no winner. Stretchman demanded a rematch for next time and Ryu told him it will be settled in court!


BASARA “BASARA 76 ~FEAST~” Results

August 20, 2018

BASARA “BASARA 76 ~FEAST~”, 20/08/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING
223 Fans

1. FUMA & SAGAT defeated Takato Nakano & Daiki Shimomura when FUMA submitted Nakano with the Iron Maiden (10:18).
2. Best Stretchman V3, Best Stretchman Amazon & Stretchman Man defeated Takumi Tsukamoto, Gouma Ryu & Yasu Urano when Stretchman Man pinned Ryu after the Stretch Kick (10:47).
3. Isami Kodaka & Minoru Fujita defeated Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi & Yusuke Kubo when Kodaka pinned Kubo with an Inside Cradle (13:56).
4. Official Tag No. 1 Decision Battle: Ikuto Hidaka defeated Fuminori Abe with the Stray Dog High Kick (16:20).
5. Ryota Nakatsu & Ryuichi Sekine defeated Naoki Tanizaki & Manabu Hara when Sekine pinned Hara with the Dragon Kick (13:44).

The Dove Pro team tried to protest the result by saying Manabu Hara kicked out before three but the result stood. Naoki Tanizaki wanted to provoke Ryota Nakatsu after the match but Nakatsu was able to annoy him with his replies instead. Ryuichi Sekine wished Nakatsu the best of luck in winning the Union MAX Title on 21st September and he rallied the crowd to give Nakatsu a toast to show their support.

Ikuto Hidaka defeated Fuminori Abe in a match between the current NWA International Lightweight Tag Team Champions in ZERO1. There were no bad feelings by either man over the result after the match.

The former Hercules Senga/Banana Senga has transformed into Stretchman Man! He wrestles in his own Best Stretchman costume and also has a large hook over his right hand. Best Stretchman V3 called the transformation a perfect remodel of a wrestler. Stretchman Man used his hook to slash across Gouma Ryu’s chest. He then commanded the two other Stretchmen to finish Ryu off with the double Stretch Kick. V3 told the fans that the strongest trio in BASARA history is now born!

FUMA promoted “FUMA FEST VOL.2” happening on 8th December. He admitted there are no bands or wrestlers booked yet. There isn’t even a date decided for tickets to go on sale. But he is still enthusiastic about the event.


BASARA “VAJRA 73 ~REIGN SUPREME~” Results

July 12, 2018

BASARA “VAJRA 73 ~REIGN SUPREME~”, 12/07/2018
Shinjuku FACE
360 Fans – No Vacancy

1. Takumi Tsukamoto & Yasu Urano defeated Takato Nakano & Akiyori Takizawa when Tsukamoto submitted Nakano with a Crab Hold (10:44).
2. Shit Boss, Remember To Hurry!: Yoshihisa Uto defeated Gouma Ryu with the Reverse Tiger Driver (5:41).
3. Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi, SAGAT & Yusuke Kubo defeated Fuminori Abe, Manabu Hara & Takuya Nomura when SAGAT pinned Abe with the Goregrind (12:57).
4. Two Major Renaming Matches – Name Contra Name: Ryuichi Sekine defeated Trans-Am ★ Ryuichi with the Dragon Kick (8:54). (Special Referee: Tsutomu Oosugi)
*Trans-Am ★ Ryuichi must now be renamed Trans-Am ★ Ryuji.
5. Two Major Renaming Matches – Name Contra Name: Best Stretchman V3 defeated Banana Senga with the Explosive Axe Bomber (12:26). (Special Referee: Tsutomu Oosugi)
*Hercules Senga is supposed to be renamed Banana Senga for the rest of his life. Instead he will become a Best Stretchman.
6. Isami Kodaka Debut 16th Anniversary Memorial Match: Ikuto Hidaka & Minoru Fujita defeated Isami Kodaka & Naomichi Marufuji when Hidaka pinned Kodaka with the Iwami Ginzan (15:10).
7. Heaven Summit ~Itadaki~ – Final: Ryota Nakatsu defeated FUMA with the V Slider (17:56).

Ryota Nakatsu defeated FUMA in a wild match to win this year’s Heaven Summit ~Itadaki~! The match found its way outside the ring a couple of time with FUMA Double Stomping Nakatsu along one of the rows. FUMA later climbed one of the nearby counters and jumped off so he could do the Heavy Metal Anthem. Nakatsu moved out of the way and FUMA landed on the floor. Both of them narrowly returned to the ring in time to continue fighting. Nakatsu avoided FUMA’s Jawbreaker Kick and blocked a Wrist Clutch Exploder to gain control of the match. Nakatsu then hit several Buzzsaw Kicks, a German Suplex and finished FUMA off with the V Slider to win. He thanked FUMA for the match and told him they will face each other again someday. Nakatsu received the 500,000 yen prize money and passed it over to Ryuichi Sekine. He then told everyone his next plan. He wants to challenge for the Union MAX Title at Korakuen Hall on 21st September! He knows Naoki Tanizaki is out there somewhere listening. He better be ready for him!

Isami Kodaka & Naomichi Marufuji did well teaming together but ultimately couldn’t overcome Ikuto Hidaka & Minoru Fujita. Kodaka & Marufuji did sandwich Knee Strikes to their opponents and Kodaka even did a Shirauni. Hidaka recovered to stun Kodaka with a High Kick and got the three count with the Iwami Ginzan Gutbuster. All four wrestlers shook hands after the match. Kodaka also appealed for a singles match with Marufuji. Backstage Kodaka and Marufuji joked about the idea. Marufuji said he doesn’t want to do it. Kodaka’s response was he won’t book Marufuji for his 20th Anniversary show. Marufuji said he will buy a ticket and come anyway. In all seriousness, Marufuji was honored to be chosen by Kodaka to be his partner for this big occasion. He doesn’t know if he will come back but Kodaka can always get in contact with him.

There were two gigantic matches with everything on the line today. Never mind the Heaven Summit Final or Kodaka’s Anniversary, there were wrestling names on the line! Tsutomu Oosugi had a busy day by being the referee for both matches. First up, Ryuichi Sekine got the upset victory over Trans-Am ★ Ryuichi. It took some effort but Sekine kept the former MAX Champion down with the Dragon Kick. The result means that Trans-Am ★ Ryuichi must now be renamed Trans-Am ★ Ryuji. He describes today as Armageddon but accepts his fate. He is already teaching the fans how to pronounce his new name.

The 2nd Name Contra Name bout had the stakes reversed. This time the loser between Best Stretchman V3 and Banana Senga would be forced to keep their name for the rest of their life! At first Oosugi didn’t know what side to take. Both wrestlers tried to make him pose with them only for the other guy to cut them off. When Senga pinned Stretchman with his feet on the ropes for leverage, Oosugi refused to count and told Senga he is judging this match fairly. Stretchman began taking the match so seriously that he stripped out of his costume and fought with even more spirit. He put Senga away with the Explosive Axe Bomber. Hercules Senga must now stay as Banana Senga forever! Senga accepted his fate until Stretchman changed his mind. Senga is no longer going to be a banana. Senga is now going to become a Stretchman! Senga protested but V3 knocked him out with the Trigger Point and carried him out of the ring laughing maniacly. Next month will see the debut of a third Best Stretchman! Backstage Gouma Ryu tried to stop them because without Hercules Senga around, the Pro Wrestling Trials no longer have a prosecutor.

Takuya Nomura’s first visit to BASARA saw him pitted against three of the more colorful characters in the Metal Family. He didn’t know what to think of Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi shrugging off his kicks with the power of yoga. Nomura & Manabu Hara’s kicks were able to leave a mark eventually but their reliance on doing them allowed both Hiroshi & Yusuke Kubo to vitally counter them with Dragon Screws. SAGAT withstood Fuminori Abe’s Octopus Hold and he hit the Goregrind to win one for the Metal Family.

Gouma Ryu relied heavily on Isami Kodaka distracting the referee to have even a slight chance of beating Yoshihisa Uto. The distractions meant the ref missed Ryu tapping out to a Crab Hold. He also missed Ryu hitting Uto with his law book. Ryu thought he had something when he successfully gave Uto the Running Neckbreaker Drop. It all came crashing down though when Uto cut him off with a Lariat. From there Uto picked up the win with the Reverse Tiger Driver.

The opener saw Takato Nakano & Akiyori Takizawa being fired up to take on the veteran team of Takumi Tsukamoto & Yasu Urano. The fire was there, the experience was not. Tsukamoto trapped Nakano in a nasty looking Crab Hold to end the match.