Itâ€™s taken longer than I thought but I got back to watching some KENTA & Marufuji stuff. On the docket today we have their final four big matches as a regular team – all three of their matches from the 2005 Differ Cup and the big June 2005 title change against Sugiura & Kanemaru.
Differ Cup 2005 1st Round: KENTA & Marufuji vs. Ibushi & Kudo
This was before Ibushi and Kudo had everyone’s attention and going into the match they were merely two young DDT (small indy group) guys who were gonna get their butts handed to them. What actually happened was they stepped right up to the plate and put on what was at that time a career performance for them. K&M sold their asses off throughout the match, eating all of Kudo’s kicks full on and taking Ibushi’s flying perfectly. The went about 15 minutes and it was a damn fine 15 minutes. KENTA & Marufuji of course progressed to the semi finals, with the end coming from a brutal Busaiku Knee Kick on Ibushi. ****
Still on KENTA & Marufuji – THE TAG YEARS~!
4 matches this week. I’ll see if I can fire through the rest next week. While I’m definitely not getting sick of watching these matches, finding different things to write about them is becoming hard.
Kenta & Marufuji vs. Ogawa & Suzuki â€“ 4/3/2004
Former GHC HEAVY champ Yoshinari Ogawa drops down to the junior division here to get a crack at Kenta & Marufuji. He picks Kotaro Suzuki as his partner. This was the youngsters first title shot and easily his biggest match ever. They went a half hour and to itâ€™s credit it never got boring. Suzuki had some slip ups here and there but that added to the story. Marufuji got a huge win pinning Ogawa with a top rope Shiranui after surviving a couple of backdrop suplexes. Very good defense ****1/4.
Kenta & Marufuji vs. Misawa & Ogawa â€“ 4/25/2004
Quite the awesome dynamic here. Kenta & Marufuji go for the HEAVYWEIGHT tag belts, a true step up. Ogawa wants to prove himself after the junior champs beat him and Suzuki a few weeks prior, and Misawa wants to prove that pesky little men deserve nothing but elbows in the face, lots and lots of elbows in the face! Kenta & Marufuji have faced heavyweight competition before but never in a match of this importance.
And we continue on with the KENTA & Marufuji tag years here in the second week of the From The Vault series. Three more matches from our heroes as they close out 2003.
KENTA & Marufuji & Kotaro Suzuki vs. Kanemaru & Sugiura & Hashi 10/5/03
Kotaro added to the mix brought something a little extra to the equation. He was still in his young lion days here and thus took quite a beating throughout. Although he gave back plenty in return and was surprisingly the star of the match. Sugiura and Marufuji had some excellent exchanges, expecially down the stretch. Sugiura sure isn’t afraid to throw a man. Overall this was mainly just a build up type match, they didn’t go ALL OUT but it was still damn good. ***3/4
KENTA & Marufuji vs. Juventud & Marvin 11/1/03
So I watch ALOT of wrestling every week, and in addition to all the current stuff I also go back and watch alot of things that maybe I missed out on when they happened or maybe something I just wanted to rewatch. I figured a nice regular piece I could do would be a From The Vault style column, just reviewing some of the things I saw during the week. The other guys have pretty much all the bases covered on the current stuff so I thought instead of providing a second Raw review or something like that, I’d go this route. Most everything I will talk about is easily accessible so feel free to contact me if you want to check out what I’m writing about.
We start this week with KENTA & Marufuji – the tag years. This will be a multi-part edition of From The Vault.
I’ve been meaning for a long while to rewatch all the KENTA & Marufuji stuff from when they were a regular team. This was some of the first puro I ever saw and while it blew me away, I don’t think I would have appreciated it then like I would now. So with a dearth of new puro in the last week or so, I said now is the time to check all this out again.
I’m three matches in and WOW is all I can say.