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Masahito Kakihara vs. Kazushi Sakuraba (UWFI, 8/17/96)

Today, 08:40 AM

It’s a beautiful day for a fun shoot-inspired pro-wrestling bout between two equally matched friends/rivals. There was a lot of back-and-forth on the mat, until Sakuraba decides to German suplex Kaki but when he gets greedy, Kaki takes him down with the Fujiwara armbar. Kakihara’s FINALLY able to connect with his big spinning heel kick, following it up with a high kick and a slough of palm strikes. He delivers an awesome suplex throw but Sakuraba immediately grabs an arm upon impact, trying to work his way down into an ankle hold. The finish was pretty cool, with Kaki coming at him with a combo of strikes and a suplex to set up the sleeper but in a terrific counter, Sakuraba flips him over and quickly taps him with the armbar. 


Masahito Kakihara vs. Shinjiro Ohtani (NJPW, 1/3/96)

17 September 2017 - 09:40 AM

A fun shoot-inspired pro-wrestling match, with Kaki looking uncharacteristically strong and focused, coming off his frenzied gambit of open hands and a solebutt that downs Ohtani. Ohtani answers with some knees and a German suplex throw, taking Kakihara to the ropes with the cross armbreaker. They fight over a leglock, slapping each other silly, until Kakihara’s able to turn it into a kneebar and continues targeting it throughout. He misses the big spinning heel kick (surprise, surprise) so Ohtani sneaks in with a grounded sleeper but Kaki is able put the pressure back on Ohtani’s leg. Good stuff. Ohtani fires off an awesome backdrop suplex and goes back to the armbar but he can’t close the deal and after the Kaki Cutter, Kaki submits Ohtani with the choke.

Masahito Kakihara vs. Nobuhiko Takada (UWFi, 6/18/95)

16 September 2017 - 09:20 AM

This is a pretty sweet sub-10:00 mathc. Kaki rocking the sleek purple because he really outshined Takada here. This had that pesky youngster vs. pissy veteran dynamic, which I love, and it created some rather memorable moments. Almost immediately, Sano bitch slaps Takada and Takada seemingly lays down on the mat out of fear for Kaki’s unpredictability. Kaki uses an arm-trap necklock to force Takada to the ropes but when he grabs an ankle and twists, Takada loses his cool and doubles down on the kicks, hacking Kaki’s leg to spaghetti and taking him down again and again. Kaki’s last gasp is great, as he catches Takada’s kick, barrages him with slaps, necklock suplexes him to the mat, and then squeezes out an unfortunately positioned armbar.  His big “oooh ahhh” moment before Takada promptly chokes him out. 

Masahito Kakihara vs. Gary Albright (UWFi, 5/17/95)

15 September 2017 - 10:29 AM

This borrows that same template from the 4/20 Sano match of Kakihara getting dominated for about 80% of the match and sneaking a submission win out, via the same roll up kneebar. Gary is being Gary here, taking Kaki down with a belly-to-belly suplex and then just trying to wear him out with the grounded full nelson. Albright uses his girth to essentially smother Kakihara on the mat, and Kaki doesn’t have much to answer with. When he tries striking, Albright snatches a leg and takes him back down or at one point, counters with an awesome leg-catch throw. He folds Kaki up with a big boy German but when he catches another kick, Kaki counters with the enziguri. Copy-and-paste finish from the Sano match. 

Masahito Kakihara vs. Naoki Sano (UWFi, 4/20/95)

15 September 2017 - 10:27 AM

What I love about Kakihara is how spastic and scrappy he is, completing whiffing on his spinning heel kicks, landing about 68% of his strikes, falling all over himself trying to grab a leg or an arm. Sano’s similar to that effect, especially in this match, as he aimlessly rolls around the mat, not quite sure which way he wants to go. I loved the struggle Kakihara conveys when he tries locking on the armbar, with Sano looking the most “in danger” he looks the entire match. Typically, a Kakihara match starts and ends the same way. Here, he trades strikes with Sano, until Sano dominates him down the home stretch, hitting suplexes, knees, and kicks, overwhelming Kaki until he tries for another German and Kaki rolls him up with a kneebar and quickly taps him. Lucky.