Sunday, June 6, 2021

[Michinoku Pro][RESULTS] 2021 Tokyo Tournament-One Sword Cut- 06/04/21

Michinoku Pro made its return to the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo for the first time this year on June 4 for pro-wrestling action, highlighted by the return of an AEW star and a one-on-one match between two legends of the ring.

In the first match, Yapper Man 1 & Yapper Man 2 faced Koji Kawamura & Yasutaka Oosera.

Although Koji Kawamura & Yasutaka Oosera have not teamed together often, they were able to give Yapper Man 1 & Yapper Man 2 tough competition in this back and forth match.

However, Yapper Man 1 & Yapper Man 2's tag team experience was the most influential factor in this match, resulting in a victory for the former Tohoku & UWA World Tag Team Champions.

Next it was time for legend and AEW star Emi Sakura and her Gatoh Move promotion, as she teamed with Yuna Mizumori to go against Baliyan Akki & Mei Suruga. Sakura and Mizumori are both former Asia Dream Tag Team Champions, and Akki and Suruga are the current Champions.

Gatoh Move impressed fans in attendance at Michinoku Pro's previous event at the Korakuen Hall in December, and they did not disappoint this time either.

In the end, the Asia Dream Tag Team Champions prevailed, with Mei Suruga forcing Emi Sakura to submit.

In the next match, Rasse & Rekka went against GAINA & Taro Nohashi.

GAINA and Taro Nohashi have seen much success as a tag team, being Tohoku & UWA World Tag Team Champions multiple times. But Rasse and Rekka gave both men their all in this match that displayed a good showing by both teams.

In the end, Taro Nohashi gained the win for his team with a pinfall victory over Rasse.

In the semi-main event, Ken45, Manjimaru & Rui Hiugaji faced Ayumu Gunji, MUSASHI & Yasuyoshi Ogasawara.

Like I had mentioned in a previous post, Ayumu Gunji, MUSASHI, and Yasuyoshi Ogasawara consider themselves to be the new generation of Michinoku Pro, and they are striving to be at the top of the company. Meanwhile, Ken45 has been a part of Michinoku Pro for 17 years, Majimaru is the longest-reigning Tohoku Junior Heavyweight Champion in Michinoku Pro history, and Rui Hyลซgaji is the current Tohoku Junior Heavyweight Champion (and is in his third reign)- they have earned their spots in the company and have no plans on stepping aside. Which is why this match was an action-packed war.

In the end, Rui Hyugaji showed how he has earned his spot at the top of the Michinoku Pro mountain when he picked up the win for his team after delivering a diving elbow drop.

Due to coronavirus precautions, the main event underwent many changes. Three wrestlers pulled out of the match, which meant it was time for a plan b. And sometimes, "plan b" is, "plan BETTER". What was originally scheduled to be a six man tag team, "Coffin" match changed to a one-on-one, "Coffin" match between two legends of the ring- Jinsei Shinzaki and The Great Sasuke.

Jinsei Shinzaki has wrestled for companies all over the world.

The Great Sasuke was the original holder of the J-Crown, a unification of eight different titles from eight different companies worldwide.

With 59 years of in-ring experience between the two of them, Jinsei Shinzaki and The Great Sasuke always have the ability to make their encounters memorable. However, matches between the two men are a rarity. Shinzaki and Sasuke have wrestled each other only a handful of times in singles action previous to this match. And on this night, it happened for the first time in the legendary Korakuen Hall. So fans in attendance were witnessing history being made.

At the beginning of the match, they approached each other cautiously, fully aware of the skillset of their opponent.

The two legends then engaged in tests of strength.

They then put on a wrestling clinic, attempting to gain an upper hand via technical holds.

Both competitors became more aggressive as the match continued, with The Great Sasuke trapping Jinsei Shinzaki's arm in the coffin, and Shinzaki attacking Sasuke's leg with a chair.

Jinsei Shinzaki walked the top rope as easily as he did 20 years ago.

The Great Sasuke showed he still has the high-flying skills that earned him the J-Crown.

After powerbombing The Great Sasuke into the coffin and then closing it, Jinsei Shinzaki was the victor.

While the fans left the hall and the ring was dismantled, The Great Sasuke remained in the coffin.

Michinoku Pro will return to the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo on Friday, September 10 (6:30 PM start time, doors opening at 5:45 PM)! But not only will this event be limited to only 713 seats, but Michinoku Pro will be appearing at Korakuen Hall only two more times this year! So don't miss this event! Tickets will be available for advance sale on June 18 (Friday) at 10:00 AM via Michinoku Pro Wrestling Online Shop. On June 19, tickets will be available at Lawson, Ticket Pia, e +, Famiport, Pro Wrestling Champion, and via Michinoku Pro Wrestling Telephone Reservation- 019 (687) 2431.

Special ringside seats are 7,000 yen (7,500 yen on the day), Ringside seats are 6,000 yen (6,500 yen on the day), Reserved seat A is 5,000 yen (5,500 yen on the day), and Reserved seat B is 4,500 yen (5,000 yen on the day).

In an important note, if you purchase a ticket from someplace other than the online shop, you will have to write your address, name, and phone number on the ticket stub (the smaller one) in order to be able to enter the arena. This is a part of contact tracing procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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