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Unread 07-23-2018, 09:05 AM
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Not sure if this the correct way to look at it right now, but from my limited BCG experience I pretty much see the singles scene as Torii, Funakoshi, Ikoma, and then everyone else. That's partly why I think Miura could use the rub to get to the YMGP finals and get his name in that group. I don't know what BCG looks like at the start of the CornellVerse game but that's my impression looking at things.
Interesting way of thinking. Gives me a lot to comment on and much of it I'd like to incorporate on my next "Yoshizawa and Maeda behind the scenes" narrative, so thanks for the inspiration. Few comments on that though:

- My BCG looks nothing like the start of the game, since half their roster always gets raided by rivals GCG or top players BHOTWG, leaving them with the loyalists and declining veterans. It's why I've flooded the roster with young lions, in hopes of building up the next generation of loyalists I can invest in without fear of having them snatched away.

- Picking up from the previous point, Funakoshi, Ikoma and Torii are BCG's "Holy Trinity" of skilled, popular and loyal Main Eventers. Miura is capable, but not loyal. His regular tag partner was already signed off and after losing Big Bruiser Findlay which messed up my TagMania winning team, I wasn't going to risk having the same happen with Miura. I think Miura has entered a transitional phase where he needs to prove himself before getting a serious push, creatively presented as a journey of rediscovering himself as a singles wrestler after losing his tag partner.

- The GP was a great chance to see how people carry themselves in singles matches while scouting out chemistry as well, same way TagMania was earlier. My biggest concern since the raids has been a solid midcard backbone to bridge the gap between young lions and loyal/declining main eventers. Okimasa, Matsuzawa and Shikitei have proven they can be just that, along with Yokokawa (who's nearing his 40s but still hasn't hit decline). Smith will likely take over as main gaijin monster heel after Findlay's departure, while Brody has been the greatest disappointment due to bad performances, inconsistency, a lack of stamina and many other big men, japanese or gaijin, better suited to fill his role.

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Really fine show with a great main event. Those two hopefully will stay healthy because they are sorely needed.
Thanks, figuring out all the participants, matchups and outcomes to keep things interesting has been a complicated but very rewarding experience (hooray for spreadsheets!), hopefully the 2017 YMGP will be even better thanks to a better roster and me knowing more about them. Like I said, Funakoshi and Ikoma along with Torii are my "Holy Trinity" for the future until the whole "loyalty and mentorship" project pays off.
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As far as talent goes have you considered foreign workers that normally aren't grabbed by the larger companies? I am thinking of the likes of Lenny Mochin and Austin Smooth who might be worth signing for a tour or two to see how they do.
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As far as talent goes have you considered foreign workers that normally aren't grabbed by the larger companies? I am thinking of the likes of Lenny Mochin and Austin Smooth who might be worth signing for a tour or two to see how they do.
I've done a quick BCG run in the past, just as an experiment to get the hang of touring promotions (which admittedly, I still haven't quite gotten). Smooth had become a regular and so had Ray Snow and Darin Flyn. Also had a great run with Avalanche Takano once he was back from his IPW excursion and Haranobu Kobayashi, who for some reason PGHW were dumb enough to let go. Was also lucky enough to have both Takano and Kobayashi become BCG loyalists so I'm hoping to repeat that, especially since I've picked up some great re-renders from the forums here!

For now, I'm still in the middle of a roster restructuring and keeping a tight leash over my spending, but expect an influx of gaijin workers pretty soon!
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No matter what puro company I'm doing I usually bring in Pavel Vanzycha, his Puro and technical ability are great.
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No matter what puro company I'm doing I usually bring in Pavel Vanzycha, his Puro and technical ability are great.
Good pick as well. I have him filed under "hugely perf>pop guy" in by book next to fellow European Nigel Svensson who starts the game working for SAISHO.
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This time Maeda didn't have to knock. I invited him for our promised chat as soon as the final show of the Grand Prix was over.

"You seem to be in a good mood, Maeda-san" I pointed out, before offering him a seat and something to drink.

"Putting together the Grand Prix is no small feat, my friend" he said with a smile of obvious satisfaction. "You've pulled it off nicely, had us all guessing till the end. I was pretty sure myself that Miura would make it to the final. He could use the exposure, after all."

"Miura hasn't even hit his peak yet" I bit back with a smile of my own. Despite our friendly tone, we were both aware of what was really being communicated here. "And besides, Yoshizawa left him to find his own footing as a singles competitor. That gave me ample excuse to make him come close, but not all the way. He'll have his chance eventually. Couldn't risk having our Grand Prix winner signed by a bigger company like we lost Findlay."

Maeda's expression got a little softer. Despite losing the smile, that was actually a good thing. "You played it safe then. And what about the Tag Team contenders?"

"Loyalty should be rewarded. It's all we have in times like these, with everyone hitting us from all sides. Besides, now I've also secured the main event for Test of Champions. Funakoshi and Torii won't be leaving us for another company."

Maeda nodded. It was all good, but he wasn't hearing what he wanted to hear. "And who will face Team Taku at Test of Champions then?" he asked again, this time blunt.

"I have a few ideas" I said to buy myself some time. "The obvious choice is to replace Findlay with Brody. American Demolition Mk. II or something. Smith is still in it so the TagMania win doesn't feel like it was in vain; they have a right to fight for the titles, even if tarnished. They're both big gaijin. My only concern is Brody was an utter disappointment in the Grand Prix."

"That he was" said Maeda with a serious tone. "Perhaps you shouldn't have had him finish with more points than Matsuzawa."

There he was. That's where he was getting to all along.

"Brody is a gaijin monster heel, Maeda-san" I said, trying to sound more confident than angry or defensive. "A terrible one, but a monster nonetheless. He couldn't finish last and neither could Matsushita, even if they both sucked. It would destroy their credibility forever and there's not much else they could do to hope for a repackage. Same thing with the A Block. Suzuki is good, but he's fresh here; he finished low, but came away with a title shot. As for Okimasa, I'll agree he did better than his point total would suggest, but he was stuck in there with the stars and the veterans."

"And what are the other options besides American Demolition Mk II?" the sly fox turned things around again. There was a certain irony to the tone he used when uttering that team's name. It probably felt like a cheap knock-off to his eyes, but there was only so much I could do in our position. "Shiga and Miyake have great chemistry, but I can't justify them getting a title shot out of nowhere. Besides, Miyake is still a young lion, as soon as people see the matchup they'll know he' the one who'll take the pin. No, that's a plan for long term development, use Shiga to teach Miyake."

Finally, ideas were starting to flood my mind. "Another option is to put Matsuzawa or Okimasa there. Use the tour to try out combinations that might work, besides the ones they teamed with for TagMania. Make up for keeping them down in the Grand Prix. If not..." I turned to face him in the eye "I really want to deviate as little as possible from the original plan, Maeda-san. American Demolition won TagMania and American Demolition should be the ones to wrestle for the title, even if they do so with a different lineup. If Brody can't be trusted, Animal Harker will have to step up."

"Why not just bring the Berzerkers back for the match?" he asked me, as if he didn't even register my suggestions. "They're better workers and more popular in Japan."

I knew it was a trap.

"Because the Berzerkers made it to the finals and lost to American Demolition" I responded confidently. "Hand them the shot and it's like you're rewarding them for failure. Any credibility Smith and American Demolition got from winning the tournament disappears."

"Very well" he conceded. "But this is a great opportunity to scout the international market, mind you. Lot of good talent to be brought in.

I had won. I knew I had. "You mean like the Ring Generals I brought in for TagMania? I am well aware, my friend. You of all people know best, there's a method to my madness. We've earned ourselves a first crop of loyal young lions and thanks to the tournament, we know Okimasa and Matsuzawa can be the midcard backbone to fill the gap between the rookies and main eventers. Now it's time to deal with the gaijin; rid ourselves of dead weight like Brody and bring in some fresh faces. I promise you this, Test of Champions will be truly worthy to its name."
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Unread 07-24-2018, 10:40 AM
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BCG Test of Champions Tour
Saturday, W2 of April 2016
Toyama Hall, Chubu
Attendance: 622

In a decent match, Bunrakuken Torii, Yoshisada Matsuzawa and Rokuemon Matsushita defeated Blast Ikoma, Sofu Ozawa and Kiyotaka in 10:30 when Yoshisada Matsuzawa defeated Kiyotaka by pinfall with a Double Arm DDT.
Rating: D+

Comments: "Machine Gun" Bunrakuken Torii once again carried this match from bell to bell, adding some variety between his rapid fire chops thanks to some improved Rumble skills while Matsushita also had improvement in the same area, apparent in his slams and big power moves. Boasting a good mix of star power, experience and energy in both teams, the opening bout got the show off going strong, raising the hopes of BCG fans in Chubu who have been subject to some disappointing shows lately by the promotion.

In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Bulldozer Brandon Smith and Giant Brody defeated Shiga & Miyake in 10:13 when Giant Brody defeated Motoyuki Miyake by pinfall with a Single Handed Choke Slam.
Rating: D

Comments: The match definitely got the crowd hotter thanks to a combination of Smith's in-ring work and Brody's dominant performance, but it was Motoyuki Miyake that really impressed with his work, largely aided by his chemistry when teaming with the veteran Shiga.

In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Naonobu Murakami defeated Gidayu Katou in 9:38 by pinfall with a Belly To Belly Suplex.
Rating: D

Comments: An interesting master vs apprentice matchup, given that Murakami is known to have taken Katou under his wing backstage. Both men went above and beyond in the ten or so minutes this lasted, with Murakami improving his Performance skills and Katou topping his master's in-ring work despite ultimately taking the pin.

In a bout that had good wrestling and a decent reaction from the crowd, Funakoshi defeated Noritoshi Miura in 21:20 by pinfall with a Butterfly Backbreaker.
Rating: B-

Comments: Just one night after the big final show of the Yoshifusa Maeda Grand Prix, winner Funakoshi clashed with his block's runner up. With both men battered from the gruelling tournament and their Grand Prix match having ended as a time limit draw, this match had all the potential of being one for the ages and the competitors were well aware of it, pacing themselves for a slow, methodical spectacle that kept on escalating towards a big climatic finish. Momentum of the fight swung back and forth several times in a very evenly matched bout and both wrestlers obviously improved their Performance skills, but it was Funakoshi who really shone in the squared circle. Pushing the match past the twenty minute mark to reference their tournament draw, Funakoshi proved he's the undisputed and well-deserved man on top by finally putting an end to it all with a devastating Butterfly Backbreaker.

Show Rating: D+
Comments: It really is a shame how inferior Production Values brought the overall show grade down despite a stellar main event, but at least it was good enough to compensate fans for previous events in the area and bring some of them back into the fold.
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Grand Prix finals made a lot of sense, and I can't say I'm not hyped up for Funakoshi/Torii.

Really enjoyed the backstage segment, characterization-wise you've done a whole lot with very little and that's impressive.

Glad to see Miura stepping up in a big way in the main event of this past tour. I thought Brody really surprised me in his last Grand Prix match but he may have been the weak link in that encounter as well. If his team with Brody doesn't work out, I'd love to have some Bulldozer press conferences where he basically says anyone who can pin him can challenge for the tag titles with him, and have him just go through guys until someone tough enough shows up.
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BCG Test of Champions Tour
Thursday, W3 of April 2016
Shimonoseki Hall, Chugoku
Attendance: 241

In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Sofu Ozawa and Kyuichi Matsumoto defeated Masayuki Shiga & Motoyuki Miyake in 10:06 when Sofu Ozawa defeated Motoyuki Miyake by pinfall with an Arm-Trap Belly To Back Suplex.
Rating: D-

Comments: Shiga and Miyake are getting better at their whole master-apprentice act that builds on their chemistry. Between that and Matsumoto having improved his Performance skills, this mirror image opener got the fans going and warmed up the crowd sufficiently for what was to come.

In a decent match, Blast Ikoma and Nobuharu Yokokawa defeated Bunrakuken Torii and Yoshisada Matsuzawa in 16:23 when Nobuharu Yokokawa defeated Yoshisada Matsuzawa by submission with a Stump Puller.
Rating: C-

Comments: With one champion in each team, this match had a lot of potential to set up a future title bout down the road and even though it ultimately did not, the concept along with the workers' performance was enough to captivate the audience and make for a great semi main event.

In a bout that had great wrestling and a decent reaction from the crowd, Funakoshi defeated Yoshinaka Taku in 20:35 by pinfall with a Butterfly Backbreaker.
Rating: B

Comments: Slowly trying his hand at being a singles wrestler, Yoshinaka Taku had a chance to showcase both his ability and improved Performance skills away from the shadow of his father and up against the 2016 Yoshifusa Maeda Grand Prix winner. Not an easy fight at all and one he had no shame in losing, Taku still held his own in a slowly built bout with Funakoshi before succumbing to the Butterfly Backbreaker

Show Rating: C-
Comments: Production Value penalties aside, this was the best touring show BCG has produced thus far and is bound to bring in new fans in the area to the promotion.
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BCG Test of Champions Tour
Saturday, W3 of April 2016
Kochi Halls, Shikoku
Attendance: 180

In a bout that had sub-par wrestling and little heat, Bulldozer Brandon Smith and Animal Harker defeated MUSCLE Serizawa and Shuzo Utagawa in 9:48 when Animal Harker defeated Shuzo Utagawa by pinfall with a Stump Piledriver.
Rating: D-

Comments: Another strong start to the show with the team of gaijin monsters squashing a pair of young lions. Smith and Utagawa seemed to have improved their Performance skills while Smith had a nice chain wrestling with Utagawa that allowed him to showcase his improved Technical skills.

In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Toshinobu Taku defeated Omezo Shikitei in 9:43 by pinfall with a Gutwrench Tombstone.
Rating: D

Comments: Much like his son in the previous BCG show, Toshinobu Taku wrestled a singles match and his opponent was youngster Omezo Shikitei, who got the rub from the experience to learn how to better utilize both his Performance and Technical skills. A rough trial for both aged veteran and inexperienced rookie, the match kept fans engaged for the ten or so minutes it lasted, setting up the main event next.

In a decent match, Hitomaro Suzuki defeated Naonobu Murakami in 21:24 by submission with a Suzuki Lock.
Rating: C-

Comments: Another pairing that ended their Yoshifusa Maeda Grand Prix match with a draw, Murakami and Suzuki were given the extra time to reach a conclusive finish in this one. Pacing themselves to use psychology and slowly build towards a climatic finish, the two men wrestled a good match in which the #1 contender for Yokokawa's BCG Challengers title proved he did not earn his shot by luck or accident. Finally submitting the veteran Murakami after twenty plus minutes in the match, Suzuki got another big win in his resume as he's building momentum towards his title match.

Show Rating: D-
Comments: Not as good as the show that preceded it due to most main eventers not being on the card, this one was still good enough to rope in new fans for BCG in the region, despite the usual Production Value penalties.
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BCG Test of Champions Tour
Thursday, W4 of April 2016
Fukuoka Hall, Kyushu
Attendance: 224

In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Yoriie Ippitsusai and Sharaku Okimasa defeated Masayuki Shiga & Motoyuki Miyake in 9:36 when Sharaku Okimasa defeated Motoyuki Miyake by submission with a Scorpion Deathlock.
Rating: D

Comments: Slowly becoming a regular tag team, Shiga and Miyake still pile up the losses as they establish themselves, though Miyake did impress with his in-ring performance once again. On the opposite end, Ippitsusai held his own despite nearing retirement, while Okimasa picked up the win to recover some of the momentum he'd lost during the Yoshifusa Maeda Grand Prix.

In a decent match, Blast Ikoma and Sofu Ozawa defeated Bunrakuken Torii and Naozane Goto in 9:47 when Blast Ikoma defeated Naozane Goto by pinfall.
Rating: D+

Comments: An interesting matchup for the main event as Ikoma teamed up with the aging but experienced Ozawa against champion Torii and the young but massive Goto. Both the young lion and Ikoma were obviously better in terms of Performance skills even if the best overall in-ring performance belonged to Torii. Predictably, Goto lost but it took quite some effort, since Ikoma had no chance of using his vast array of suplexes on him, including his usual finishing maneuver.

In a bout that had great wrestling and a decent reaction from the crowd, Funakoshi defeated Naonobu Murakami in 21:07 by pinfall with a Butterfly Backbreaker.
Rating: B

Comments: Another stellar puroresu showdown between traditionalist Funakoshi and the straightforward brawler Murakami, the main even was slowly built, open-ended and masterfully executed. Despite sharpening his Performance skills, Murakami took the fall, adding both momentum and an aura of legitimacy to the 2016 Yoshifusa Maeda Grand Prix winner.

Show Rating: C-
Comments: The usual juxtaposition of great wrestling but poor production values is quickly becoming BCG's thing, reflecting the promotion's overall status as having a roster of skilled talent but limited finances to better showcase it.
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BCG Test of Champions Tour
Saturday, W4 of April 2016
Gunma Hall, Kanto
Attendance: 300 (sold out)

In a poor match, Giant Brody and Eikichi Itou defeated Noritoshi Miura and Kiyotaka in 9:33 when Giant Brody defeated Kiyotaka by pinfall with a Single Handed Choke Slam.
Rating: D-

Comments: Heavyweights Brody and Itou teamed up to win the opener, despite Itou seeming slightly off his game but having improved his Performance skills. Not the flashiest of bouts, but it did the job of warming up the crowd alright, getting the show off on a strong start.

In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Rokuemon Matsushita and Kadonomaro Kamisaka defeated Masayuki Shiga & Motoyuki Miyake in 10:04 when Kadonomaro Kamisaka defeated Motoyuki Miyake by submission with a Triangle Choke.
Rating: D

Comments: Slightly off his usual game, Shiga let his teammate down for the count despite their usual chemistry making for some nice double team spots. Matsushita was on-point with his usual power game, but it was Kamisaka who really stole the show here, rightfully scoring the submission after having shown considerable improvement in his Rumble, Technical and Performance skills.

In a bout that had good wrestling and a decent reaction from the crowd, Funakoshi defeated Blast Ikoma in 20:46 by pinfall with a Butterfly Backbreaker.
Rating: B-

Comments: Revisiting their Yoshifusa Maeda Grand Prix finals bout as the main event for the all-important Kanto area show, Funakoshi and Ikoma had a chance to provide an alternative match as they were not wrestling two matches on the same night. Funakoshi came out on top after clearly having outwrestled Ikoma in a methodical, slowly climaxing match, but Ikoma came out of it with a much better grasp of Rumble and Technical skills.

Show Rating: D+
Comments: Not good enough to put them in the lead of the Regional Wars in the area, the show was still good enough to earn BCG some new fans in Kanto.
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BCG Test of Champions Tour
Thursday, W1 of May 2016
Muroran Hall, Hokkaido
Attendance: 253

In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Bunrakuken Torii and Gidayu Katou defeated Sofu Ozawa and Shuzo Utagawa in 9:51 when Bunrakuken Torii defeated Shuzo Utagawa by pinfall with a Spinning Forearm Smash.
Rating: D+

Comments: Showing some sharper Performance skills between the ropes, champion Bunrakuken Torii carried the opening match from bell to bell, even scoring the pinfall to fire up the live crowd.

In a decent match, Nobuharu Yokokawa defeated Yoshisada Matsuzawa in 9:49 by submission with a Stump Puller.
Rating: D

Comments: A good showing from both men, with title holder Yokokawa picking up the win while Matsuzawa once again earned himself fans despite the loss, no less thanks to some honed Performance skills.

In a decent match, Yoshinaka Taku defeated Naonobu Murakami in 20:36 by pinfall with a Full Nelson Bomb.
Rating: C+

Comments: Aided by the apparent chemistry between its two competitor, the main event ended up being even better than expected, further establishing Taku as a legitimately dangerous opponent after managing to defeat the veteran Murakami.

Show Rating: D
Comments: Fortunately for BCG, the show was boosted by an unexpectedly good main event to earn them new fans in the much contested area of Hokkaido.
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BCG Test of Champions Tour
Saturday, W1 of April 2016
Matsumoto Hall, Tohoku
Attendance: 258

In a decent match, Team Taku defeated Funakoshi and Yoriie Ippitsusai in 9:35 when Toshinobu Taku defeated Yoriie Ippitsusai by pinfall with a Taku Tag Treatment.
Rating: C

Comments: Despite only there to warm up the crowd, the opener got a great reaction thanks to Funakoshi's presence, along with the experience of Team Taku and the ever-improving performances of Yoshinaka Taku himself. Yoriie Ippitsusai was, understandably, the weakest link in the mix as he nears retirement and thus got pinned, but not before Funakoshi had a chance to showcase some improved Performance skills.

In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Hitomaro Suzuki and Omezo Shikitei defeated Masayuki Shiga & Motoyuki Miyake in 9:47 when Omezo Shikitei defeated Motoyuki Miyake by submission with a STF.
Rating: D

Comments: Hitomaro Suzuki really shone in this match, even if he wasn't the one scoring the pin, which went to Shikitei who's trying to establish himself as a credible midcarder in the company.

In a decent match, Blast Ikoma defeated Noritoshi Miura in 20:33 by pinfall with a Northern Lights Bomb.
Rating: D+

Comments: The polar opposite of the match that opened the show, the main event was brought down by both competitors being sloppy and seeming to have a bad night. Ikoma was borderline better within the ropes, but the match will not go down in history as one of the year's finest any time soon.

Show Rating: D-
Comments: Despite the main event tanking, BCG were lucky enough to have it happen in an area where their popularity is limited, so in total the show still earned the promotion some new fans, despite constant penalties for inferior Production Values.
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BCG Test of Champions Tour
Thursday, W2 of May 2016
Shimonoseki Hall, Chugoku
Attendance: 200

In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Animal Harker and Bulldozer Brandon Smith defeated Giant Brody and Naozane Goto in 10:01 when Bulldozer Brandon Smith defeated Naozane Goto by pinfall with a Backdrop Driver.
Rating: D

Comments: An straightforward hoss hustle, the opener had four of BCG's biggest men slug it out to get the fans going. Between Harker's improved Rumble skills and Smith's outstanding performance, their team rightfully won the match after heavyweight Smith was able to hit the Backdrop Driver on Goto.

In a decent match, Bunrakuken Torii and Sharaku Okimasa defeated Rokuemon Matsushita and Sofu Ozawa in 9:51 when Bunrakuken Torii defeated Sofu Ozawa by pinfall with a Spinning Forearm Smash.
Rating: D

Comments: Once again, Torii carried this tag match with his performance, a job made even harder by the fact that big man Matsushita and veteran grappler Ozawa don't seem to function well as a team, with their timing being all over the place to actually hinder instead of assist them.

In a decent match, Nobuharu Yokokawa defeated Naonobu Murakami in 20:52 by submission with a Stump Puller.
Rating: C-

Comments: The next chapter in Murakami's ongoing struggle to break his losing streak, this match provided him with a chance to do so in a big way, as pinning Yokokawa would earn him a shot at the BCG Challengers Series title in the future. However, Yokokawa proved he's championship material in the end, defeating Murakami after having wrestled significantly better than him. Silver lining for the loser, his Performance skills improvement.

Show Rating: D
Comments: Last show of the tour before BCG Test of Champions, another decent show to earn BCG new fans in the area despite inferior Production Values.
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