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It’s time for another 5 Matches episode here on the Omakase Patreon, and it’s a special Australian edition as Voices of Wrestling’s resident Aussie gives us a crash course on their wrestling scene (but there’s some puro and some KEVIN NASH here too, don’t worry!) If you haven’t listened to a 5 Matches episode yet, each episode John and the guest each choose 2 matches to watch and talk about. Then we each choose a third match, which is put up to a vote right here on the Patreon, letting the patrons choose our fifth and final match to discuss. It’s a fun retro format featuring all sorts of different wrestling!
John is joined by returning guest (but getting his first solo episode!) Kevin Chiat (@kevinchiat) from VOW, and they start things off with a lot of other random talk before getting into the titular five matches this week. Topics discussed include the current state of COVID in Australia, a little Australian geography lesson and how that relates to their wrestling scene, Kevin’s trip to Japan in 2016, and a whole lot more. Once all that’s out of the way they get into this week’s matches, which are as follows:
1. Michael Morleone vs Davis Storm, EPW 8/31/19 (Vimeo, match starts at 1:58:15)
2. Shinya Hashimoto vs. Keiji Mutoh, NJPW 5/3/95 (NJPW World)
3. Davis Storm vs Gavin McGavin, EPW 12/5/20 (Vimeo, match starts at 1:47:16)
4. Kento Miyahara vs. Naomichi Marufuji, AJPW 4/30/18 (Dailymotion)
5. Kevin Nash vs. Sting, WCW 10/13/00 (Youtube)
Topics that come up along the way include: an obvious Godfather reference that somehow John completely missed, what match styles work better when you’re just dropping into a promotion cold with no background, bad audio mixing, great ring work, a little Three Musketeers action, the Dragon lineage, what the hell kind of name is Gavin McGavin, keeping the train on the tracks when things go a little wrong, boy do we miss real Japanese crowds, Marufuji can be your angel or your devil, a real Aussie mat classic, why were the Natural Born Thrillers more well behaved than the babyfaces, and much more on a jam packed episode!
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Missed any of the 5 Matches episodes or just want to revisit one of the matches discussed previously but aren’t sure what episode it took place on? Here’s a handy Google Doc with links to every single match we’ve discussed on this series so far, which will continue to be updated every time!