If you didn’t catch episode one, welcome to 31 Days of Deathmatches. This is an advent calendar-style countdown to Halloween offering you a door of deliciously gory wrestling per day. Our trip to the spookiest day of the year will take us around the world and through time. This will chronicle some of the most significant deathmatches throughout the years but will mostly consist of my absolute favourite barbed wire bouts and glass shattering matches. Without further ado, let’s open the next door.
This will probably be the most obscure match I do for the calendar. Until a few days ago I had no idea what the Blast Queen Title was, nor did I know a promotion known as Super Fireworks Pro Wrestling existed. Now I am aware of both. I’ll be honest, this match came to me through Twitter gifs originally. I saw someone being put through an exploding table and had to find out what the hell was going on. As it turns out, this was the main event of Zero1’s Super Fireworks Current Blast Festival. An outdoor, cross-promotional event held in Kawasaki Japan.
The actual match for the Blast Queen Title was a No Ropes, Barbed Wire, Current Blast, Double Hell and Current Blast Table match. I think they took their naming conventions from FMW. Anyway, the match was between then-champion Nanae Takahashi taking on Hiroyo Matsumoto. That second name may sound familiar to you as she has a strong run in the second Mae Young Classic Tournament. A match that started with flared tempers and the action spilling out into the crowd as barbed wire boards, ladders and other assorted came from seemingly nowhere. Takahashi was merciless, throwing the barbed wire boards and stamping them into the back of Matsumoto. This was probably the most powerless I’ve ever seen Matsumoto in a match, Takahashi seemed to revel in attacking her with every possible barbed wire implement. A mishap with a ladder caused them both to tumble into the exploding barbed wire. Now the playing field was a bit more even. Once the pair had regained consciousness, Takahashi was at it again except this time dishing out power moves and strikes, well, before being powerbombed into barbed wire.
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This back and forth continues with more trips into the exploding wire and some teases of the blast table being activated until Matsumoto put Takahashi into hell with a Powerbomb into the exploding table. It was a fantastic spot to view. She finishes the match with the Rock Drop after one last board shot sends Takahashi into the exploding wire. This was chaos. Brutal chaos between two incredibly tough Japanese Women. Even after the match, the pair kept fighting. I don’t think I’d seen quite that many explosions in a match before, okay that’s a lie but still, it was amazing fun. This is a hidden gem I’m glad I was able to find. The camera makes the match a bit hard to follow at times but holy shit does Matsumoto go through Hell to achieve that title. An excellent watch to any and all deathmatch fans who want something snappy and explosion happy.
Come back tomorrow for your next deathmatch treat!
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