A few days late, but here’s a report from Sebastien on this past Sunday’s IMP Hall show and the birth of Bad Stream.
It starts on a sad note though because neither Gordi nor Kae were there. I was expecting Gordi to be revealed as the “mastermind” behind the new heel group (or the “Oyabun” as Mihara called Storm) but unfortunately, it didn’thappen! But of course Kenji was here, and there was also Ranmaru promoting her show: she told me “I love you” and then introduced me as her “sex-friend from France” to another joshi wrestler. In and out of the ring, Ranmaru never takes a break from entertaining the fans!
The first match was nothing special. Nothing horrible either and Setoguchi was entertaining. I forgot to mention before that Setoguchi has a new look now, with black tights, a goatee and he enters the ring with a red towel around his neck, Inoki style. He looks good, the fans love him, so I expect some good things from his teaming with Tigers at the Festival.
Second match was much better than I expected. It may have been the best match of the show actually, in part thanks to the girls who really hit hard on each others but also on the male wrestlers. I always find mixed tags kind of awkward when men are fighting women, but not here. Highlights of the match include Buffalo head-butting Kana and 5 (or 6?) german suplexes in a row from Nakajima on Kana. After the match, Spider accepted to join Tako and even kneeled before the takoyaki king.
The comedy match was hilarious. Aja was awesome: she joined in all the comedy spots while remaining frightening. Yoshino was so funny, his face twisted by fear everytime he had to break a move from Aja. I really wasn’t expecting Aja Kong to be so funny (haven’t seen her stuff in Hustle).
The tag team title match was slow paced as expected. Lots of double team moves from the smaller guys everytime they had a chance, like a great looking double-Kinniku Buster. The heel turn was OK I think. The new gaijin looked competent while hitting various power moves on Bodyguard and Zeus. Mihara shocked the crowd when he delivered a chairshot to Zeus and then spoke to the crowd with a big voice he rarely used up to now. Does this mean no more Yohnel Sanders? Too bad. Quiet Storm is the boss of the new unit. I hope it will work. I haven’t seen enough of Storm to judge if it’s a smart move or not, but Kenji and I were booing him loudly as our way to welcome him to the job. Also, hearing Kenji shout “you suck” about a hundred times was the best thing of the day!
The main event was good. Not great, but very solid with lots of reversals and big moves. Tigers was more over with the crowd than Billy. I thought it lacked the emotion and the brutality from last week’s match between Billy and Buffalo though.
Tigers then said that a lot happened and many people left, but Osaka Pro was still THE place for quality wrestling and that would not change because he and Billy were still there.
And then the rudos came back and trashed the party to end the show.
Nobody knew who the new gaijin was. This may be his first appearance in Japan.
I really really hope that Bad Stream will be booked strong and will get the fans interested. As Tigers said, the wrestling is still excellent in Osaka Pro, but without a good story and interesting characters, many casual fans won’t care about the ring work.