Outside The Box with The Crazyboxman #2“zero1 Powerxpowerxpower &Ldquo;
The CrazyBoxMan returns with his insight on Puro action! This time he goes on about ProWrestling Zero1 and their PowerxPowerxPower Show.
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Zero1 - A Promotion once built on Tradition, Work rate and Wrestling. Their Focus mainly being on In-Ring skill and ability. With their Old School feel and talent for pulling a crowd into the match themselves. This is My Review of Zero1’s May “POWERxPOWERxPOWER” Show.
Pro Wrestling Zero1presents.. “Zero1 POWERxPOWERxPOWER “
~ Tokyo Korakuen Hall ~ (05-16-2012) ~
Match 1 : Hiroyo Matsumoto (Ice Ribbon) vs. Yuhi
~ Here we are, the opening match, we have the 26 year old “Lady Destroyer” of Ice Ribbon facing up against the rookie Z1 prodigy Yuhi. Yuhi a trained Kickboxer at the young age of 17! Made her Z1 debut just a few short months ago and has shown great potential but tonight she faces a tough challenge in Matsumoto, in a tough back and forth match with lots of good action. Yuhi lands alot of kicks (her kickboxing background shows) but still displayed excellent wrestling and high flying skills. Landed a nice looking Tiger feint back-kick variant on Matsumoto, later attempted a sloppy German Suplex hold. Despite her efforts over powered by the more experienced Matsumoto, who finished her off with a sloppy backstabber. A good opening match with a few flaws but was still very enjoyable!
Match 2 : Battle Royal : Shito Ueda vs. Takuya Sugawara vs. Nick Primo vs. Craig Classic vs. Raideen vs. Marcus Bean vs. Sean O’Shea vs. Mikey Broadrick vs. Menso~re Oyaji (Okinawa Pro) vs. Yusaku Obata (Freelance)
~ Midcard Batte Royal to keep this show rolling, featuring 4 of Z1’s home team, 4 Gajins & 2 Outsiders. Lots of spots in this one, Ueda and Former K-Dojo/Apache Pro challenger Yusaku Obata really taking it to each other in the early part of this match, both knocking each other out and continuing to fiercely brawl all the way to the backstage Area. A possible feud could be brewing between these two up and comers. The Aussie Team of O’Shea & Broadrick take over as they eliminate Canadian Marcus Bean and Nick Primo. (son of Former WCW Cruiserweight , Prince Iueka) Both where then in turn eliminated by Menso~re Oyaji after a bit of comedy followed by a spot where Sugawara attempted to use his DG Plastic Container (a Favorite Foreign Object of Dragon Gate competitors) after a ref bump that saw Sugawara eliminated by Craig Classic with a lil help from Raideen, Sugawara in retaliation pulls Craig off the ropes and eliminates him leaves Menso~re Oyaji to face the tought Aussie Raideen. After some back and forth and a BIG Spinebuster from Raideen, Oyaji is finally eliminated with a Huge Lariat from the big Aussie. A solid win Raideen who know looks to challenge Shito Ueda for his NWA United National Heavyweight Title. A Good match with lots of spots and feud building!
Match 3 : Zero1 vs. BJW : Daichi Hashimoto & Yoshikazu Yokoyoma vs. Kazuki Hashimoto (BJW) & Takumi Tsukamoto (BJW)
~ In a continuing series of matches between promotions we see the Son of the Legend, Daichi Hashimoto & rising midcarder Yoshikazu Yokoyoma face off against the Rugged young team Kazuki Hashimoto & Takumi Tsukamoto of Big Japan. Very tight and hard fought match here between the young guns, Yokoyoma shows that he has come a long way. Kazuki Hashimoto tries to out power chop Daichi in spot but it’s young Daichi that gets the win in the end for his team. Solid match. This reviewer sees a bright future for the young men that where involved in this matchup.
Match 4 : NWA International Lightweight Tag Team Title : Jimmy Susumu (Dragon Gate) © & Jimmy Kagetora (Dragon Gate) © vs. Mineo Fujita & Takafumi Ito ~ Mineo Fujita & Former BattlARTS regular Takafumi Ito take on the Team of Jimmy Susumu and the former KAGETORA for the NWA International Lightweight Tag Team Titles. This match was quite surprising as when normally watching a match involving Dragon Gate wrestlers you expect to see a certain face paced style normally infamous of it’s typical matches, but this was not the case. Susumu & Kagetora showed they could be versatile and work a slower more methodical pace and go move for move with the Z1 Jrs. But it was Ito who shinned here with his BattlARTS submission style, locking in holds a couple of times one thought for sure was the end of these outsiders holding Z1s International Lightweight Titles. In the end the DG team retains after a very brutal match. This match has really changed my mind about the ability of some of the Dragon Gate wrestlers and I look forward to see some more of Ito’s in ring work as well!
Match 5 : Shinjiro Otani, Ryouji Sai & Zeus vs. Kohei Sato, Tomoaki Honma & KAMIKAZE ~ A very stiff match here between different grouping of Vets. We see the Heel team of Sato, Honma (Appearing in only his 2nd match in Zero1 since leaving NJPW.) & The ever present company man KAMIKAZE take on Z1 Boss Shinjiro Otani, Ryouji Sai and the Powerful Zeus! Honma heels it up from the start working on Otani, (crowd was behind the Veteran Otani) Big spot where all of the heel team took turns trying to out chop the badass Zeus to no avail. In the end the baddies take this one after Honma hits Sai with a flying headbutt. Damn good match with a lot of back and forth stiff action.
Match 6 : Zero1 vs. NOAH Special Tag Match : Masato Tanaka & Ikuto Hidaka vs. Naomichi Marufuji (NOAH) & Taiji Ishimori (NOAH)
~ Match starts off with alots of chain wrestling and lots of close falls. A solid match that showcases the skills of the visiting NOAH Jrs. As well the Z1 regulars Tanaka & Hidaka. This match was the epitome of what a great undercard match between good wrestlers should be, lots of great action in this one and believed the visiting NOAH team would come out victorious, Hidaka and Tanaka pull a rabbit out their collective hats as Tanaka finishes off Ishimori with brutal Larait followed by 2 Sliding D. This was a DAMN good match. (side note : Ishimori is soo underrated!)
Main Event : World Heavyweight Title vs. NWA World Premium Heavyweight Title : Akebono (c) vs. Daisuke Sekimoto (BJW)
~ The Ex Sumo Star facing the Powerful Big Japan Heavy. Even on Paper this match has you thinking, “Perhaps this might be a struggle of Power!” This outing was far from that. Sekimoto went right to work on Akebono and did so all match. Looking impressive when he even lifted the big Sumo for a German Suplex Hold! The match pace continued the same with Sekimoto basically having his way for about 7 mins until Akebono turned it around, hit Sekimoto with 3 Belly Flops, a Samoan Drop and then another Belly Flop for the win. This was a disappointing Main Event to what was pretty good overall show.
Final Thoughts :
Overall a Pretty good show with a lot of solid in ring action with a bit of a disappointing finish but still a very enjoyable show overall. -7.0/10