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Yuji Nagata/Kazunari Murakami VS Minoru Suzuki/Yoshihiro Takayama - Big Mouth Loud Illusion 7 8/20/2006
JJZ: First I want to say that I watched this match with my son. Also JJZ. I asked him to give me a quick review of the match for the blog.
JJZito: I'd give this match an 8 outta 10. (For reference he would give Daniel Bryan VS Kofi Kingston from WM 10/10).
I liked their wrestling skills.
JJZ: I knew what I wanted from this match going in and I got it. Super stiff. True heat from the rivalry these guys have had for years with each other. A hot crowd that wanted to watch these four hit each other harder and harder. The elbows between Suzuki and Nagata were worth the price of admission alone. I'd assumed you may have seen this before going in but I was just in the mood for this. I hope it's new to you and that you enjoy it as much as I did.
CJD: This is the last match in Big Mouth Loud history and I think I skipped this show back when because I was disappointed to see them sputter out so quickly. I really liked what BML was trying to do and wanted them to succeed, but like so many upstart Japanese promotions it was a great idea with lackluster execution. It seems like Nagata was playing off an angle a promotion had done previously with a masked Blue Justice character that actually ended up being Gran Naniwa. Would love to see that. No swerve this time and like you said you can sense the competitive rivalry and fun these guys are having squaring off from beginning to end. Loved loved loved Kohei Wada throwing shade at Takayama. Also one of the cooler shining wizard set ups I've ever seen and Nagata firing Murakami up was choice. This is the most reserved I've ever seen Kaz, you told me on the phone that el Hijo de JJZ said he still looked demonic here, but I'm used to him at 11 at all times. Maybe the promotion closing shop had him a bit more reserved. Either way this was a lot of fun and took me back to a feeling in Japanese wrestling where things were very transitional and full of potential.
Friday, January 1, 2021
Laredo Kid VS Candice LeRae VS Cloudy VS Louis Lyndon - Absolute Intense Wrestling 4/8/2016
JJZ: Alright! So this Louis Lyndon match hunt was one for the books. I literally couldn't even find any on Daily Motion. I did find this fun spotfest though. I can imagine being in the crowd for this match and popping for every highspot. I'd think this would've been second on the card which would be perfect to get the crowd hot. Candice was the star of the match which is a big reason I played it forward. Louis adds nice touches while the other guys play good bases to get them over. Hope you enjoy baby cakes!
CJD: Laredo Kid's first match in AIW is a cool little piece of history. He made a huge impression and opened up this match like a kid with a too tight backpack in a moshpit. Cloudy was such a sleazy dickhead, he definitely got heat with me for one of them spots. You can absolutely see here why AIW depends heavily on Lyndon as he helps so much with the structure and pace. And Candice is the heart, driving the story of a very substantial 4 corner 10 minute spotfest. This was exactly what it should have been and is a good reminder to me not to skip random AIW undercard multiwrestler matches!