Masashi Takeda (c) vs Jun Kasai
King of FREEDOM World Championship
taped 12/25/2018, aired 01/03/2019
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
(reviewed 01/05/2019) Not quite as brazen or brutal as their best matches together but something that manages to remain terribly enjoyable all the same. More than just about any other style of wrestling, deathmatches are able to navigate the waters of a fairly friendly, lighthearted contest between pals without completely losing sight of the shore. I guess it’s because getting smashed through a board of razor blades is going to hurt regardless of whether or not there’s animosity or ambition behind it. There’s a grounded reality in there somewhere, you know? More than that this match succeeds because it manages to weave together blood-curdling body horror with elements of friendship, rivalry, and, ultimately…
Violent nonsense that is fun fun fun fun fun. If you’ve ever liked what these two have done together, don’t miss this one.