Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Red's Top 5 Michinoku Pro Matches

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One of the most unique wrestling promotions in the world is also one of the most forgotten. I suppose this happens when the market is over-saturated, and I agree they haven't got the strongest roster these days, but let's at least take a moment to recognize the brilliance of these five Michinoku Pro gems.


5.Great Space War VII NR
12/13/12
We start with a comedy infused multi-man. I mean, it's just fun and a good way to start this list, too. Sekimoto as the Hulk with a head and body that don't match? Captain America, Iron Man, and Catwoman teaming up? Watch this one with an open mind and heart and you'll leave with a smile and while it isn't the best thing ever from a purist stance (I didn't even rate it due to the amount of comedy), it made the list for just being awesome in general and one of my favorite outputs from the fed.

4.Heat vs Tigers Mask ***3/4
08/31/12
This is one of my favorite sub-10-minute matches. As a huge fan of Minoru Tanaka, it's always fun to see his work under the mask, too. Cherry on top here.  If you love Japanese junior style, consider this very nice sprint for consumption.

3.Elimination: Kaientai DX vs Sasuke, Hamada, Naniwa, Delfin, Tiger Mask ***3/4
12/09/96
This is chaotic and utilizes a hybrid mixture of styles. As a result, not only is it a great, entertaining match, but also it's a good definition of the early days of MPro and a solid introduction to Kaientai DX.

2.Jushin Liger vs Tiger Mask ****
04/01/00
Over 19 years old, this high energy match was great but also has an extra bonus that benefits this list, too. Years ago, seeing stars like this in MPro wasn't that rare. I mean, they even had the Undertaker in. Another added bonus is you get a reminder of why these two are so respected to this day. We'll miss you, Liger!

Honorable Mention: Kaientai DX vs Super Delfin, Hoshikawa, Yakushiji
10/10/97
Before we get to #1, I wanted to give this one an honorable mention. I was unable, even with assistance, to locate this one but I remember really enjoying it years ago. If I had been able to find a link and rewatch it, I bet it would have been #2.

1.Kaientai DX vs Hamada, Naniwa, Yakushiji, Super Delfin, Tiger Mask ****1/2
10/10/96
When most people think about this promotion, this is the match they think about. Wildly considered one of the best matches of the 90's and a perfect showcase of the lucharesu style that MPro was all about. This is a classic worthy of essays and If you're only going to watch one match on this list, make it this one!


CLOSING STATEMENTS:
They may have had a lot of great matches over the years, but in my opinion, these are the best. If you'd like, here's a little something extra if you end up wanting to know more about Michinoku Pro.

I may do this for other promotions soon.

Thanks for reading and let me know your thoughts, personal favorites I may of missed, etc in the comments or the comments section of the various places I share this!

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