Sunday, March 6, 2011
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Big Japan Shop presents the newest of BJW tee shirts with Shinya Ishikawa's original design Drop Kick From Hell tee. BBM Weekly Pro Wrestling calls Ishikawa "the future of Dai Nihon Puroresu". Choice of sizes S,M,L,XL and also optional autograph option.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Craig Classic, who made his debut in Japan with BJW Big Japan Pro Wrestling is the reigning NWA World Jr. Heavyweight champion and will defend his belt in Japan this March at Puroresu 01 's tenth anniversary super show in the 13,000 seat Ryogoku Kokugikan.
BJW-USA, Big Japan Shop, and all of Craig's Japanese sponsor companies wish him the best of luck in what should prove to be the match of the evening.
From Craig Classic's official Facebook page:
Pro Wrestling Zero-One
ZERO1 10th Anniversary
March 6th, 2011
Shinjiro Otani (ZERO1) vs. Yoshihiro Takayama (Takayama Hall)
Ikuto Hidaka (ZERO1) vs. Takafumi Ito (PANCRASE-ism)
Destruction Prince Daichi Hashimoto Debut Match
Masahiro Chono (ARISTRIST) vs. Daichi Hashimoto (ZERO1)
Masato Tanaka (ZERO1) vs. Yuji Nagata (NJPW)
NWA World Jr. Heavyweight Title
Craig Classic © (NWA) vs. Munenori Sawa (BattlArts)
Saturday, January 8, 2011
YOKOHAMA AMAZON RIVER PIRANHA DEATH MATCH
Special Bout Review for BJW by Harold Williams c2011
In this review, we will look at Kendo Nagasaki vs. Mr. Danger Mitsuhiro Matsunaga from August 19, 1996 in a, "Yokohama Amazon River Piranha Deathmatch". Hardcore wrestling and controversy tend to go hand in hand. Moments that shock the pro-wrestling industry, while also being innovative and setting the bar. This match was a great example of that. Barbed wire boards were placed in the corners of the ring, and in the middle of it- a tank containing piranhas. The winner would be the wrestler who was able to hold their opponent in the tank for ten seconds. It was a specialty match that had never previously been done, nor had ever been conceived.
The ironic aspect of this match is that even though the central part of it was the piranha tank and mere mention of it is enough to paint a nightmarish image in one's mind, it was only a small part of this match. There were many exciting deathmatch spots during this match, which the piranha tank played no part in. The piranha tank was merely a bonus aspect to an already exhilarating match. The two wrestlers who participated in this match were two talents who are not just recognized for their matches in BJW, but outside of it as well. Nagasaki wrestled in WCW using the name, "The Dragonmaster" before his involvement with BJW. Matsunaga wrestled in ECW before coming to BJW.
At the start of the match, Nagasaki and Matsunaga circled each other, glancing down at the piranhas that awaited their unfortunate victim. Nagasaki gained an early advantage by kicking Matsunaga in the stomach after feigning a locking attempt, and then placing him in a side headlock. After unsuccessfully attempting to break out of it, Matsunaga managed to make his way into the ropes, and Nagasaki then broke the hold. Matsunaga then came at Nagasaki with roundhouse and shoot kicks, battering him to a corner. Once Nagasaki was sitting on the mat, Matsunaga delivered a stomp to his back, and then stood on the second rope to stomp on his head and corner foot choke him.
When Nagasaki was able to escape the corner, he hit Matsunaga with kicks of his own to Matsunaga's leg, dropping him to the mat. After hitting Matsunaga with a couple of stomps, Nagasaki picked him up from the mat and brought him over to the piranha tank. As Nagasaki tried to force Matsunaga into it, Matsunaga held on to the top of the tank. Nagasaki eventually let go of him, and kicked Matsunaga in the ribs. Once he got back to his feet, Nagasaki sent him back to the mat again by hitting him with a kick to the chest and a forearm to the back. Nagasaki then continued with kicks to Matsunaga's chest and head, and a knee to the side of his head.
Nagasaki then stood Matsunaga up, placed a hammerlock on him, and led him towards one of the barbed wire boards. Matsunaga placed one of his feet up against the board to prevent Nagasaki from bringing him closer to it. When Matsunaga eventually removed his foot so that he could hit Nagasaki with knees to the right arm in attempt to break the
hammerlock, Nagasaki let him go and nailed him with two forearms. Matsunaga fell backwards into the barbed wire board and immediately felt pain from the sharp wire digging into him.
Nagasaki began pushing Matsunaga further into the wire with his hands, and then with his foot, until the board began to break into two pieces. Matsunaga fell to the mat in a sitting position, one half of the board under him, and the other half on top of him. Nagasaki stood on top of the board, putting Matsunaga in an excruciating barbed wire sandwich.
After Nagasaki got off the board and Matsunaga was finally able to remove himself from the mess of barbed wire, Nagasaki continued his assault with stomps to Matsunaga's left arm and back, and then slapped on a leg lock. In a true display of integrating psychology in such a unique deathmatch, the leg lock wasn't being used as a submission, it was instead being used to weaken him, so that when Nagasaki would attempt to hold Matsunaga in the piranha tank, it would be more difficult for him to resist going in. The legs represent 60 percent of the human body's strength.
After releasing the hold, Nagasaki gave Matsunaga a stomp to the back, brought him to his feet, and led him over to the piranha tank. Eyes filled with fear, Matsunaga grabbed hold of the top of the tank, jumped over it, and rolled out of harm's way. Not wanting him to have even a moment to catch his breath, Nagasaki followed Matsunaga, brought him to his feet, and pushed him back first into a barbed wire board. Matsunaga made a comeback by raking Nagasaki's eyes twice, hitting him with a standing axe kick (which was amazing, considering the fact Nagasaki was still standing at the time and is the taller of the two), and a series of shoot kicks.
Feeling that Nagasaki was now sufficiently weakened enough, Matsunaga brought him over to the piranha tank. Despite his resistance, Matsunaga managed to force the the top of Nagasaki's head into the water, but only for a few seconds. Nonetheless, it was enough time to scare Nagasaki back into action, as he escaped from Matsunaga's grasp with a forearm shot to the back. Nagasaki then tossed Matsunaga through the second rope out to the floor. Nagasaki followed Matsunaga to the outside, threw him into a chair in the front row, and then threw 3 chairs (that connected to each other), on top of Matsunaga. The middle chair struck him on top of his head, opening a cut.
After bringing Matsunaga back into the ring, Nagasaki attempted to push him into the piranha tank again. As Matsunaga's head was forced downward towards the water, blood from his cut poured into it. Piranhas sense blood in water, and when they do, they tend to attack the larger animal- which would not be a good situation for Matsunaga to be in. Although Nagasaki was able to put Matsunaga head into the water a number of times, he wasn't able to keep it there for ten seconds. Nagasaki eventually let Matsunaga go, who fell to the mat.
Nagasaki continued his assault with a stomp to Matsunaga's back, and then stood him up to deliver a punch to the back that sent Matsunaga out of the ring. Nagasaki followed him to the outside, but was met with a series of kicks to the chest and stomach. Matsunaga then picked up a barbed wire board that was on the floor, and bashed Nagasaki over the head with it. Matsunaga then threw the board on top of Nagasaki and jumped on top of it, pressing the sharp wire into him. Matsunaga made further use of the board by placing the edge of it against Nagasaki's neck and choking him with it.
Keeping the momentum, Matsunaga brought Nagasaki to his feet and rammed him into a ringpost, shoulder first. Matsunaga went on to ram Nagasaki's head into a ringside table, followed by delivering a chairshot to the back, sending him to the floor. When Nagasaki got back to his feet, Matsunaga delivered a roundhouse kick, but Nagasaki returned with a kick of his own, a chop to Matsunaga's chest, and then threw him down headfirst onto the leg of a table that was lying on it's side. Nagasaki followed up by picking up the table and throwing it down on top of Matsunaga, who was lying face down on the floor.
Staying in control, Nagasaki picked up the same chair that he had been hit with moments earlier, and whacked Matsunaga in the back with it twice, causing him to writhe on the floor in pain. Nagasaki went on to bring Matsunaga to his feet and throw him into rows of empty chairs (many fans in attendance had left their seats in an effort to get out of the way of the heated brawl), and then picked up the table and hurled it at Matsunaga's head as he tried to get back to his feet, which made contact with a loud crack. As more blood began to flow from Matsunaga's cut, Nagasaki then threw 3 connected chairs onto Matsunaga. The referee attempted to intervene at this point, as it was apparent that Nagasaki didn't plan on taking the match back into the squared circle. Ignoring the referee, he began leaning his 260 pound frame into the chairs, adding pressing onto Matsunaga.
Finally heeding the referee's instruction, Nagasaki reentered the ring. However, he brought the chair that he had been using earlier into the ring with him. When the bloody Matsunaga finally crawled into the ring, he was met with a chairshot to the back, and when he attempted to make it to his feet, was hit with a chairshot to the head, which landed him on his back. Matsunaga then rolled out of the ring to recover from the onslaught. Nagasaki grabbed a barbed wire board that was in a corner of the ring and put it on top of the piranha tank, barbed wire side up. He then pulled Matsunaga into the ring, kicked him in the chest, and then pressed his body onto the wire, the edges piercing Matsunaga's stomach and chest as he yelled in pain. This was very innovative on Nagasaki's part, seeing the tank as being useful for more than just the piranhas that it contained.
Nagasaki went on to remove Matsunaga from the barbed wire board and kicked him in the face, but Matsunaga returned with kicks of his own to Nagasaki's chest and back, sending him to the mat. Matsunaga then maintained his momentum by stomping on Nagasaki's head. Still in control, Matsunaga brought Nagasaki to his feet and rammed him headfirst into the barbed wire board that was still on top of the piranha tank, and then nailed him in the back with roundhouse and axe kicks, followed by shoot kicks to the chest. With Nagasaki now slumped in a corner, Matsunaga, ready to finish him off, uncovered the piranha tank, brought Nagasaki over, and tried to force him into it. However, Nagasaki held on to the top of the tank, and kept his legs draped over it as well. Matsunaga eventually let him go and hit him in the back with an axe kick.
Nagasaki appeared to become desperate at this point, reaching into the piranha tank and splashing water at Matsunaga, but he began to mount a decent defense after Matsunaga punched him in the head. Nagasaki delivered a kick to the stomach and a chop to the chest, leading to the two men trading forearm shots. Nagasaki gained the upper hand and tried to toss Matsunaga over the top rope, to no avail. Matsunaga fell to the mat and rolled onto the apron, where Nagasaki stomped on his head three times, sending him to the floor.
Nagasaki followed Matsunaga to the outside, and threw him back into the ring. Nagasaki then bodyslammed Matsunaga to the mat, picked up a barbed wire board, and delivered a big splash, holding the board in front of him, wire side facing outward. Ready to finish Matsunaga off, Nagasaki picked him up from the mat and delivered a powerbomb, holding Matsunaga in a prawn hold for a few moments. Nagasaki then hit Matsunaga with a jumping piledriver, before bringing him to his feet forcing him all the way into the piranha tank. The piranhas went into a frenzy, and the bell rang, signaling Nagasaki as being the winner. Matsunaga was in obvious pain, and when he was finally able to escape, it could be seen that although Matsunaga was in the tank for mere seconds, the piranhas had enough time to chew a bleeding hole in his chest.
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Saturday, January 1, 2011
Big Japan Shop has added several great new BJW DVDs and related titles to its web store. BJW's official international store as added some great titles from 2010 and 2009 as well as some related federations like FREEDOM's, NEO, and OZ Academy.
DVDs page: http://www.bigjapanshop.com/bjw-dvds.html
More merchandise to be added over the next few days.
2011 is looking good for BJW. Busy schedule all over Japan and more BJW wrestlers going abroad to fight in CZW and wXw. Lots of great stuff to look forward to.
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Wednesday, December 29, 2010
In this review, we will look at Ryuji Ito & Shuji Ishikawa vs. Masashi
Takeda & Isami Kodaka in a BJW Tag League Series Semi Final from April
28, 2009 in Korakuen Hall. And it wasn't just any semi final match. In
true BJW style, it was a, "Light Tube Death Match"! Light tubes draped
over the ropes, a light tube board at the disposal of the competitors,
bundles of light tubes scattered about- Big Japan Pro-Wrestling
displayed once again what has made them the home of the best in hardcore
wrestling action for over a decade.
With Ito & Ishikawa already in the ring, they didn't have to wait long
for the action to start, as Takeda & Kodaka entered the ring and
attacked before the bell. Light tubes were draped over the ropes, and
Takeda & Kodaka quickly attempted to take advantage of them, as they
irish whipped their opponents towards the ropes. Ito & Ishikawa did a
reversal, Takeda & Kodaka put on the breaks, dodged a rushing attack
from their opponents, and then resumed their assault, knocking them out
of the ring. Takeda & Kodaka then both grabbed a light tube, and
proceeded to smash each other in the head with them, psyching themselves
up for the severely hardcore action that was sure to follow.
As the match continued outside the ring, Kodaka irish whipped Ito
through a row of chairs, while Takeda grabbed hold of a barbed wire
board and placed it on the floor. He attempted to suplex Ishikawa onto
the board, but Ishikawa blocked the move, reversed their positions, and
suplexed Takeda onto the unforgiving barbed wire, following up by raking
the sharp edge of a discarded snack bag across Takeda's eyes, stomping
on his face, and pressing Takeda's forehead against the sharp barbed
wire. Meanwhile, Ito had gained the upper hand in his brawl with Kodaka,
throwing Kodoka into a row of chairs as had been done to him earlier. As
their battle continued in the crowd, Ishikawa brought Takeda over to
ringside. With Takeda laying on the floor after being rammed into a
ringpost headfirst, Ishikawa threw the barbed wire board on top of him
-barbed wire side first- and then jumped on top of the board, digging
the wire deeper into Takeda's flesh.
Ishikawa then rolled Takeda back into the ring, who was bleeding from
his forehead at this point. Ishikawa attempted an irish whip into a
light tube board that was in a corner, but Takedo put on the breaks.
Ishikawa then tried to charge him, but Takeda moved out of the way,
causing Ishikawa to almost run into the board. Takeda atempted a charge
attack of his own, but ran into a knee to the gut by Ishikawa, sending
him to the mat. Ishikawa followed-up with another irish whip attempt,
and this time it was successful. Takeda flipped and hit the board back
first, smashing two of the light tubes. As he rolled around on the mat
in pain, Ito tagged in to continue the assault. He irish whipped Takeda
into light tubes that were draped over the ropes, exploding them, and
then sent him to the mat with a roundhouse kick to the chest. Ito went
for the cover, only getting a two-count.
While Takeda sat on the mat attempting to regain his breath, Ito placed
two light tubes against his back, and then delivered a roudhouse kick,
exploding the light tubes into Takeda's spine. He went for the cover
again, getting a two-count. Ishikawa then tagged in, and after stomping
on Takeda's already injured back, grabbed two light tubes, placed them
on the mat, and bodyslammed Takeda on top of them. Takeda rolled onto
his stomach, writhing in pain, but Ishikawa didn't let up, placing a
light tube on Takeda back and smashing it with knife hand chops,
following that up with a stomp to Takeda's back.
Ito then tagged back in. When Takeda struggled back up to his feet, he
was greeted by three roundhouse kicks to the chest that sent him back to
the mat, and Ito went for the cover, getting only a two-count. Wanting
Takeda to stay down, Ito then placed three light tubes on the mat,
slammed Takedo onto them, and once again went for the cover. However,
Takeda managed to kick out before a three-count could me made. Ishikawa
tagged in, grabbed a chair from a stack that was in one of the corners,
and smashed it across the back of Takeda. He then sat up two more
chairs, placed a bundle of five light tubes across them, and attempted
to suplex Takeda through the light tubes. Takeda blocked the attempt,
reversed their positions, and went for the same move. Ishikawa blocked
it, delivered knees to Takeda's stomach & chest, and took a few steps
back. He charged towards Takeda, and was met with a releasing northern
lights suplex, sending him crashing through the same light tubes that
Ishikawa himself had set up.
While Ishikawa recovered, Takeda took the opportunity to crawl to his
corner and tag out to Kodaka. Once Ishikawa got to his feet, Kodaka
rocked him with a missle dropkick, but it wasn't enough to put Ishikawa
down. He then hit Ishikawa with a front dropkick to the left leg, which
did put him down. Proving that BJW features the best hardcore talents in
the industry, Kodaka then displayed ring psychology by following up on
his leg attack with a dragon screw legwhip. Kodoka then climbed to the
top turnbuckle and attempted a cross body block, but he was caught by
Ishikawa, who went on to smash Kodaka back first into light tubes that
were draped over the ropes, and then hit him with a fallaway slam.
Wanting to continue working on the back, Ishikawa irish whipped Kodaka
into a corner, and then charged towards him. Kodaka met him with two
boots to the face, and then tried to deliver a tornado DDT. When he
jumped forward however, Kodaka was unable to swing Ishikawa around, and
was forced into more light tubes back first. He then sent Kodaka to the
mat with a releasing northern lights suplex before going for the cover,
only getting a two-count.
Ito then tagged in, and when Kodaka stood up, hit him in the stomach
with a sole kick. Kodaka bent over in pain, and was promptly hit in the
back with an Ito axe kick. Kodako fell to the mat, and Ito delivered a
running leg drop, which he had a lot of height on. Ito went for the
cover, but was only able to get a two-count. He then slid the light tube
board into position, and northern light suplexed Kodaka onto it, once
again only getting a two-count. Intent on gaining a pinfall over Kodaka,
Ito quickly followed up with a perfect moonsault. It appeared that a
three-count was on it's way, but a bloody & weary Takeda entered the
ring and broke up the pin.
After Ito tossed Takeda out the ring, Kodaka sat up, and Ito placed a
bundle of light tubes against Kodaka's chest. Ito went for a roudhouse
kick, but Kodaka had done his homework, and knew what Ito had planned on
doing. Kodaka laid on the mat, dodging the kick, quickly sprang up while
holding the light tubes and tried bash Ito in the head with them. Ito
blocked the attack, but retaliated with a kick to Ito's gut, and then
successfully made contact with the light tubes onto Ito's head. Kodaka
followed up by putting Ito down with a savate kick and tagging out to
Not hesitating for a moment, Takeda entered the ring and speared Ito as
soon as he got up. After knocking Ishikawa off the apron and irish
whipping Ito into a corner, Takeda charged towards him a bundle of light
tubes. The impact exploded the light tubes into Ito's midsection, but
also injured Takeda's shoulder in the process. Fighting the pain,
Takeda stayed on Ito with a kick, a double axe handle, and elbow
smashes, while Kodaka entered the ring and picked up a barbed wire
board. After irish whipping Ito into a corner, Takeda and Kodaka smashed
the board into Ito, who then collapsed to the mat on his back. Takeda
placed the board on top of the now-prone Ito, and Takeda and Kodaka then
took turns hitting it with chairs, digging the barbed wire deeper into
Ito's skin. Ishikawa entered the ring to help Ito and was confronted by
Kodaka, who tried to give him a double knee facebreaker, but Ishikawa
escaped. However, Takeda then grabbed him from behind and successfully
executed a belly to back suplex, sending Ishikawa on top of the board
that Ito was still under. Kodaka then delivered a baseball slide to
Ishikawa's upper torso to remove him from the ring.
Takeda & Kodaka continued their doubleteam assault by snapmaring Ito to
the mat and hitting him with front dropkicks. They then hooked his legs
and went for a double pin, but Ito kicked out. Ishikawa was now back in
the ring, and was met by a kick to the stomach from Kodaka. He and
Takeda then hit Ishikawa over the head with light tubes, but they had
little effect, as Ishikawa retaliated with a headbutt to Kodaka and a
knee to Takeda's stomach. He then attempted to double-chokeslam both men
to the mat, but they blocked it, kicked Ishikawa in the stomach, and
then rocked him with a double savate kick, followed by a double suplex.
Ishikawa slowly rolled out of the ring, and Takeda & Kodaka returned
their focus to Ito. Takeda bodylsammed him to the mat and left the ring
to make sure that Ishikawa wouldn't get back in. Meanwhile, Kodaka
climbed to the top rope carrying a chair, appearing that he was
preparing to deliver a diving elbow drop while holding the chair
underneath his arm. However, Ishikawa kicked Takeda in the stomach and
nailed him with a foream outside the ring, got up on the apron, and hit
Kodaka in the head with a light tube, stunning him and causing him to
let go of the chair. Ito recovered at this point and climbed to the
second rope, and he and Ishikawa performed an aided superplex- as Ito
superplexed Kodaka, Ishikawa powerbomb Ito to the mat, putting his own
weight behind the move to increase it's impact on Kodaka. It knocked the
wind out of Ito also, but putting one's own body on the line is nothing
new for the no limit warriors of BJW.
As the match continued, Ito utilized moves that he is best known for in
an attempt to finish Kodaka off. Ito hit him a sitout scoop slam
piledriver, placed a set of light tubes on top of him, and launched
himself to deliver his, "Dragon Splash" finisher. However, at the last
moment, Kodaka had lifted his knees and positioned the light tubes on
top of them, so Ito took the entire brunt of the move, the light tubes
exploding upon impact. When Ito slowly stood up, Takeda hit him with a
German suplex, almost getting a three-count. Wanting to make Ito stay
down, Kodaka took things to another level, bringing a ladder into the
ring. He climbed to the top of it, and after Takeda bodyslammed Ito,
Takeda handed Kodaka a bundle of light tubes. Kodaka prepared to leap
off the ladder onto Ito, but Ishikawa entered the ring and shook the
ladder. Kodaka lost his balance, fell off the ladder and crashed on top
of the light tubes, chest & ribs first. When Kadaka sat up, Ishikawa hit
him with a single leg running dropkick, hooked Kodaka's leg and went for
the pin, but Takeda made the save.
Ishikawa tossed Takeda to the outisde and followed him, leaving Ito and
Kodaka in the ring. When Kodaka sat up, Ito placed a set of light tubes
up against his chest, and then hit them with roundhouse kick, exploding
the light tubes into Kodaka's chest. Ito went for the cover, and victory
seemed certain, but Kodaka lifted a shoulder a fraction of a second
before a three-count could be made. Ito was shocked & frustrated. He
then hit Kodaka with a dragon suplex, but Takeda managed to make it back
into the ring in time to break the pin attempt. Ishikawa, who followed
Takeda back into the ring, kicked Takeda in the stomach as he tried to
stand up, and while Takeda knelt over in pain, smashed three light tubes
over his back. Ito placed the ladder on top of Kadaka, and Ishikawa gave
Takeda a Splash Mountain onto the ladder. Takeda rolled away in pain,
and Ito followed up with the, "Dragon Splash" for the win.
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Cage Hell Fluorescent Pool of Blood Kigurui Crazy Sonata" match! Yuko
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Corners Death Tower Death Match" BJW Tag League Championship Final! Yuko
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Tag League Semifinal tag match!
Monday, December 13, 2010
MAKI sings Kimigayo Japanese National Anthem at BJW 2010 12 12
MAKI sang a wonderful rendition of Kimigayo and is quickly gaining popularity in Japan. For booking information on booking this singer contact her via http://www.bigjapanshop.com/