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Friday, December 31, 2004

BAPE STA!! Pro Wrestling results

The fifth ever BAPE STA!! Pro Wrestling tour was concluded yesterday. For those of you unfamiliar, BAPE STA!! is a short series of shows annually booked by Satoshi Kojima and sponsored by BAPE wear. The matches themselves usually involve the wrestlers wearing BAPE gear too, and are always co-promoted with an Indy fed. The last tour was with Osaka Pro, and this tour it was primarilly with Michinoku Pro, though several other indy workers like the Gods of Comedy, Ebessan & Kuishinbo Kamen, and future hardcore legend Kintaro Kanemura also worked the tour.

The highlight of the tour this time around was the a-k-a Tournament, featuring Great Kosuke (Satoshi Kojima), Masked Volcano (Kensuke Sasaki), Love Machine Arashi, AKIRA, Black Ebessan (lol!) and THE APEMAN (Kaz Hayashi this time around).

Day one of the tournament saw Masked Volcano advance over AKIRA, who was decked out in some killer Kabuki gear! And a big shocker as Love Machine Arashi advanced over Great Kosuke! Everyone was predicting a Volcano/Kosuke final, but this threw everyone for a loop!
The main event for the day was a big six-man tag that saw the team of Keiji Mutoh, Katsuhiko Nakajima & Ebetosan (Ebessan's Keiji Mutoh gimmick) VS Shikokuemon Saburo (Jinsei Shinzaki in a mask), Taiji Ishimori and Tsubo Genjin. Shocker of the match was when Genjin gave everyone kisses during the match, including Nakajima who embarassingly admitted after the match that it was his first kiss. Awww...

ZEPP TOKYO - 1,100 Fans

1. Mixed Tag: Michiko Ohmukai, Aja Kong & Kushinobu Kamen beat APE WOMAN, Tsubasa Kuragaki & Ebessan (16:48) when Ebessan used the Kansai International Airport Tornado on Kamen.
2. Nobukazu Hirai beat Akira Raijin (11:35) with a moonsault.
3. NOSAWA Rongai, MAZADA & TAKA Michinoku beat Kaz Hayashi, Kohei Suwama & Taichi Ishikari (13:43) when TAKA used the Just Facelock on Ishikari.
4. Nobutaka Araya & Tomoaki Honma vs. Kintaro Kanemura & GENTARO beat Nobutaka Araya & Tomoaki Honma (10:05) when Kanemura used the Samson Clutch on Honma.
5. BAPE STA!! PRO-WRESTLING a-k-a Tournament - Round 1: Masked Volcano beat AKIRA (8:47) with a lariat.
6. BAPE STA!! PRO-WRESTLING a-k-a Tournament - Round 1: Love Machine Arashi beat Great Kosuke (10:29) with a horizontal cradle.
7. Keiji Muto, Katsuhiko Nakajima & Ebetosan beat Shikokuemon Saburo , Taiji Ishimori & Tsubo Genjin (13:53) when Nakajima beat Genjin.

The second day of the tour saw another shocker in the a-k-a Tournament when THE APE MAN beat the super heavyweight Love Machine Arashi to advance to the finals! The second semi final saw Masked Volcano beat Black Ebessan (lol again!) to get the finals, where he would then defeat APE MAN to win the tournament!

BAPE STA!!, 12/30/04
ZEPP TOKYO - 1,500 - Super No Vacancy

1. WOMENS PRO-WRESTLING: APE WOMAN & Tsbuasa Kuragaki beat Michiko Ohmukai & Aja Kong (23:11) when APE WOMAN used an flying elbow drop on Kong.
2. BAPE STA!! PRO-WRESTLING a-k-a Tournament - Semi Final: THE APEMAN beat Love Machine Arashi (6:16) with a horizontal cradle.
3. BAPE STA!! PRO-WRESTLING a-k-a Tournament - Semi Final: Masked Volcano beat Black Ebessan (7:30) with a lariat.
4. Taichi Ishikari, Kushinobu Kamen & Tsubo Genjin beat NOSAWA Rongai, MAZADA & TAKA Michinoku (9:20) when Ishikari pinned NOSAWA.
5. Toshiaki Kawada, Nobutaka Araya & Nobukazu Hirai beat Tomoaki Honma, Kohei Suwama & Akira Raijin (18:56) when Araya used a moonsault on Raijin.
6. Keiji Muto, Jinsei Shinzaki & Taiji Ishimori beat Katsuhiko Nakajima, Satoshi Kojima & AKIRA (20:51) when Shinzaki used the Gokuraku Gatame on Nakajima.
7. BAPE STA!! PRO-WRESTLING a-k-a Tournament - Final: Masked Volcano beat THE APEMAN (11:40) with a Tiger Suplex hold.

On a side note, I just received the tapes of the May 2004 BAPE STA!! shows, and it's really fun from what I've seen so far.


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