Sunday, December 18, 2022

[Michinoku Pro] [RESULTS] 2022 Tokyo Tournament Vol. 2- 12/15/22

Michinoku Pro made its return to the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo for the last time this year on December 15 for pro wrestling action, highlighted by costumed chaos in Michinoku Pro’s 17th annual year-end special match, “Space War”.

In the first match, Yamaya Ringo went against Ayumu Gunji.

With Yamaya Ringo's (who has also been known as, "Ringo Yamatani") career starting earlier this year, he has shown a lot of improvement since his previous appearance at Korakuen Hall. In July during Ringo's match with Rasse, although Ringo showed heart, he showed no real offense. This time, he showed offense many times.

However, Ayumu Gunji has 10 years of experience in the industry and was always able to get one step ahead of Yamaya Ringo with his technical skills. In the end, Gunji forced Ringo to submit to a submission.

Next, it was time for the wrestlers of Gatoh Move to show what they could do, as "Too Much Energy" Chie Koishikawa and Sayaka went against Mei Suruga and Kaori Yoneyama. Gatoh Move is owned by legend and AEW star Emi Sakura.

Actually, Kaori Yoneyama is not a member of the Gatoh Move roster- she is the owner of a promotion of her own, YMZ. But being that Yoneyama is a former tag team titleholder in Gatoh Move, with her reign being the fifth-longest in the Asia Dream Tag Team Championship's history, Yoneyama makes a good representative of the Gatoh Move product.

Gatoh Move talent always wrestles on Michinoku Pro events that take place at Korakuen Hall, to show the fans in attendance the fast action, comedy, surprises, and high-flying maneuvers that are trademarks of Gatoh Move matches.

In the end, Kaori Yoneyama & Mei Suruga were victorious.

In the next match, Rasse faced OSO11.

OSO11 joined Michinoku Pro earlier this year, and he's currently one of the most unorthodox wrestlers on the roster. Bear-like in behavior, right down to carrying a fish around, OSO11's opponents are never sure what he's going to do next.

Rasse often has a strength advantage during his matches, using power moves on his opponent. However, OSO11 is powerful as well, along with being amazingly fast and agile for someone who is 254 pounds, so he provided a tough challenge, emerging as the victor in this contest.

Next, Jinsei Shinzaki & Dick Togo went against Rui Hyugaji & Rekka.

There was an abundance of tag team expertise in this match. Jinsei Shinzaki is a five-time Tohoku Tag Team Champion (with his fifth reign being the sixth-longest in the championship's history), as well as a former UWA World Tag Team Champion and former All Asia Tag Team Champion. Dick Togo has also held the Tohoku Tag Team Championship, as well as the KO-D Tag Team Championship, the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, and the NWA International Lightweight Tag Team Championship. While Rui Hyugaji's tag team experience is not as vast as his opponents', Hyugaji too has held the Tohoku Tag Team Championship and UWA World Tag Team Championship; and Rekka had the opportunity to tag team with him in 2020 and 2021. While he and Hyugaji had the advantage in speed during this match, it was not enough to overcome the combined 61 years of in-ring experience between Togo and Shinzaki, as Togo pinned Rekka for the win.

The action was hard-hitting in the next match, as Yasutaka Oosera teamed with Tohoku Tag Team Champions Kazuki Hashimoto & MUSASHI to go against Ken45, Manjimaru, and Tohoku Junior Heavyweight Champion Fujita Jr. Hayato.

There was bad blood in this match, and for good reason. Not only did Fujita Jr. Hayato defeat MUSASHI for the Tohoku Junior Heavyweight Championship, but Kazuki Hashimoto & MUSASHI defeated Ken45 and Manjimaru for the Tohoku Tag Team Championship.

Fujita Jr. Hayato gained the win for his team after pinning Yasutaka Oosera, but before doing so Hayato battered him with multiple stiff kicks, at least one of them apparently hitting Oosera in the face. Hayato proudly showed off Oosera's bloody face after the match.

In the main event, it was “Space War”, Michinoku Pro’s annual year-end special match. Michinoku Pro fans always look forward to Space Wars featuring chaos, costumes, weapons, the ring being taken apart, and The Great Sasuke putting his life on the line as he and his team attempt to save the world from their opponents.

The match started off with The Great Sasuke and Pretty Ota representing their teams, but a brawl involving both teams began not long after that.

The Great Sasuke climbed a ladder and stood on top of a makeshift platform, but The Brahman Brothers pushed the ladder over, sending Sasuke crashing down onto the now-exposed wood of the ring.

Refusing to stay down, The Great Sasuke was later powerbombed onto a ladder.

Determined to win, The Great Sasuke continued to fight, but once again was thrown onto the ladder, this time by The Brahman Brothers.

The tide turned when The Great Sasuke successfully dodged a stop sign/kendo stick attack.

With the help of his team, The Great Sasuke endured and eventually delivered a Senton Atomico with a ladder around his neck to pick up the win.

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