We’re here. With the two semi-finals and the grand final of the V*TOP tournament, we’ve reached the final regular episode of Big Egg Podcasting Universe.
There’ll be one more episode coming soon where we look at the legacy of the biggest show in women’s wrestling history and book our own fantasy 2023 supercards. But for now, here’s our final match-by-match analysis of AJW Doumu Super Woman Great War Big Egg Wrestling Universe, which ends with the question “Is this show actually good?”
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Semi-final: Akira Hokuto vs Combat Toyoda
Semi-final: Aja Kong vs Dynamite Kansai
V*TOP Tournament final: Aja Kong vs Akira Hokuto
Eddie Kingston backfists CM Punk
Aja Kong vs Dynamite Kansai starts with a huge uraken: Kong’s trademark spinning backfist. Noted lover of 90s puro Eddie Kingston used a similar trick in his match against CM Punk at Full Gear in 2021 – watching Punk’s soul leave his body before the bell had even rung.
Kansai’s run with the Red Belt
In this episode we mention that Dynamite Kansai eventually won the WWWA title from Aja Kong in 1995. That’s true, but we didn’t mention that it came after Kong’s three-year reign ended at the hands of one Manami Toyota and Kong swiftly won the title back. Kansai was the next person to take the red belt and run with it, until Toyota finally worked her way to a longer run with the title.
After 1,000 days of Bull Nakano followed by an endless Aja Kong run, this must have felt like chaos – especially with Kansai taking AJW’s title back to her home promotion, JWP.
All of this happened during the course of 1995 and you will be shocked to learn that all of the matches are bangers.
Draw, Lose or Draw
When David’s not watching wrestling he’s watching Partick Thistle. As an indication of how well this usually goes for him and all fans of Glasgow’s third football team, he works on the official fan podcast which is called Draw, Lose or Draw.
This special documentary edition of Draw, Lose or Draw is a deep dive into Partick Thistle’s amazing run in the 1993 Tennents’ Sixes tournament – an indoor six-a-side tournament at Glasgow’s SECC.
Jags for Good
Partick Thistle fans who are supporting their community through incredible initiatives like free football tickets to help asylum seekers get out and meet people, running food banks, and energy top-ups for people struggling with their bills.
Industrial Music for Industrial Action
David will be among those performing at this IM4IA night at the 13th Note in Glasgow on 23 April, raising funds for workers involved in disputes at Saramago cafe.
Must See Matches
Mark Buckledee and Kieran Lefort are watching 100 matches that were nominated as ‘must see’ by wrestling Twitter. Sarah has appeared on episodes featuring Chigusa Nagayo, Jaguar Yokota, Bull Nakano, Akira Hokuto and more, as well as their spiritual successors like Sasha Banks.
Women Love Wrestling
A collection of essays by and about women who love wrestling, including Sarah’s writing on the history of the female wrestling fanbase (yes, there have always been women who like wrestling). Proceeds go to RAINN in the US and Women’s Aid in the UK. Endorsed by Mick Foley.
Reviews, recommendations and essays from CMLL to ChocoPro, via losing at mahjong and how Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling is the natural successor to the King’s Road. This is an essential newsletter for anyone who wants to expand their wrestling mind.
George’s Twitch stream
Mahjong! Pokemon! Crosswords? George’s Twitch stream has diversified in recent months but is still very much open for your viewing pleasure. Tune in every Thursday at 8pm and yell crossword answers at him in the chat.
David’s Instagram: @villanoxiv
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Sarah’s Twitter: @SarahParkin1