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Yuki Ishikawa vs Daisuke Ikeda

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#1 Loss

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 07:26 AM

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 08:13 PM

Not as transcendently brilliant as the April match, but how could it be? Still an incredible match. RINGS isn't the best comparison for this style, as it's much nastier than your typical RINGS stuff. Check out Ikeda raking Ishikawa's face or locking in a headscissors that is dangerously close to a choke while Ishikawa's face turns red and he gasps for air. The audible selling and screams of pain take this to the next level. There's a real desperation from both guys that is conveyed really well and that reminds me of Tamura/Uematsu from GAEA in July. The stiffness is also unreal, like they watched a Flair vs Garvin match and decided they needed to hit each other even harder. This is an awesome rivalry and is in some ways as close to capturing everything great about the in-ring artform as any feud that ever existed. More hate grappling, please!

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Posted 22 September 2013 - 11:18 AM

It's a match that actually benefits from having a small crowd. The focus is completely what is going on in the ring. This isn't a long match by any means but both guys look totally spent from the beatings they have took. Ishikawa waking up after being choked out is great as he looks completely shocked by what happened but ready to continue on fighting.

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Posted 21 November 2013 - 10:52 AM

I'm not sure I had seen this before, but it was an awesome installment in their series. I actually liked it a bit more than the April match, because it was tighter and had a cooler finish. I thought of Nintendo Logic's "ass kickingest matches" thread while watching, because this was pretty much the definition, with some of the sickest strike exchanges you'll ever see. Easily one of my favorite matches of the year.

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 03:05 PM

One of my favorite matches of the year and I also liked this a smidge better than April.  Everything is done with such violence and hatred that the smallest things get amplified.  I cringed no less than five times while watching this and look forward to the entire series between these two.

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Posted 22 December 2015 - 09:37 PM

Terrific and tighter match than the April one--this was a war that I agree felt like it could have been in a WTBS studio or Irish McNeil Boys Club and worked better in this setting than in a big arena. And a terrific finish, too.

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Posted 09 February 2017 - 08:52 PM



I agree. You could feel the hatred. These guys worked their asses off, and their emotions were well displayed. Being less familiar with the promotion, I coundnt help but feel bad for them (in some ways) - working that hard in such a small venue with noticeably empty seats... anyways... ****. I think as I learn more about this promotion and the wrestlers/stories/characters ... it could bump this.

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 09:39 AM

Yuki Ishikawa vs Daisuke Ikeda - BattlArts 9/1/97

Two things I love about BatBat are the register of moves and the transition of defense to offense. The register of suplexes as dangerous but not world ending is great. Perfect between not selling and selling too much. In addition plenty of showcases of them being pinned and instead of kicking out transiting into a hold through a bridge. Great BattlArts match with insanely violent strikes and heated struggles on the mat. Ishikawa had control with stiff punches to head and holds. Ikeda made in roads with shots to head. I loved Ikeda being pissed outside in the ring when he couldn't get the submission was great. Triangle choke was big for him to get back to even. I also loved Ishikawa going for suplexes having Ikeda DEFEND that and transition into a choke or armbar. Brilliant! Ikeda seemed obsessed with leg work kicks targeting Ishikawas leg or a dropkick. He gets a rolling heel hook takedown and then a kneebar. Finally Ishikawa looks in danger. Ishikawa makes his last stand throwing hands and Ikeda BLASTS him with a lariat. As Ishikawa was standing shaken Ikeda grabbed a choke and won.

Brutal (duh!) I liked how everything was set up. Story of Ishikawa slowly losing control and Ikeda hanging on getting kneebars but like all great Ishikawa/Ikeda it is decided standing up. ****1/4

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