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Passion also faced Larry Sweeney in a dance-off on night one of the event.
For more exciting photos from this momentous event...
Standing way too long in line. The 7 p.m. start time turned out to be closer to 8, however the wait was well worth it.
A Lithuania celebration was going on nearby where they were blasting over loud speakers a catchy song with the lyrics "Welcome to Lithuania, the land of beautiful ladies". Despite the promise of beautiful ladies, Kate and I decided to go ahead as planned and attend the wrestling show.
Despite being nearly last in line, and not holding an advance ticket, we still managed to grab seats in the fourth row. For just $15, this show was a much better value than any of the shows we went to in Japan.
While most of the fans in the audience were eagerly awaiting the main event, Kate and I were far more interested in the second match of the night... Passion vs. Don Paysan. In Japan we became great admirers of Los Salseros Japonese, a faction of brightly attired Mexican-themed wrestlers. They left a lasting impression on me at my first wrestling show in Onoe when bad-boy Pineapple Hanai stole my shoe to use as a weapon on his opponent.
Over our time in Japan we got a chance to see in action and meet all the members of LSJ minus one: Passion. Sadly Passion ended up losing the match, but Kate and I were just happy to finally get a chance to see him in action.
Team Toryumon takes the UWA Light-heavyweight title back to Japan/Mexico.
The very shiny Ultimo Dragon gets backed into a corner.
The main event featured Japanese puroresuru legends Ultimo Dragon and Jushin Thunder Liger in a tag match against a local tag-team. The title bout was advertised to be a 1-on-1 battle between these old rivals, but was switched for some reason at the last minute. The audience didn't seem to mind the bait-and-switch, or the short length of the bout and went totally nuts from beginning to end. Not surprisingly, the jobber Canadian tag-team was quickly crushed by the masked duo. After the match Ultimo, in true Japanese style, gave a great little speach thanking us for coming out and ended by asking the audience repeat after him the phrase "He who wears the mask does not fear death". What a great show!
Good to know you’re still getting your wrestling fix.
Does Kate live in Canada or was she just visiting?
That will be up to Immigration Canada to decide I guess. Wish us luck!
Ah, good luck then!
Hahahaha! You’re a visitor at your own blog!
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