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    Monday, August 15, 2016

    #MustWatchMonday (8/15/16): That Time the G1 Climax 26 Winner Wrestled a Nine Year Old Girl

    Yesterday, NJPW wrapped up its annual G1 Climax tournament. In a great finals match between two unexpected candidates, Kenny Omega defeated Hirooki Goto to become the 26th winner of this tournament and only the first gaijin (foreign talent) to do so.

    If you followed Kenny Omega's career track since he debuted in Japan though, you would have never thought that he would become such a historical figure in New Japan.

    Debuting in 2001, Omega wrestled for seven years in North America for promotions like Premier Championship Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Syndicate, and even made it to WWE's developmental promotion at the time: Deep South Wrestling. His time there disillusioned him, however, and in 2008, he went to Japan and debuted for DDT (Dramatic Dream Team). DDT is a promotion which is known for being Japan's parody of sports entertainment, using comedy, wacky spots, and even incorporating things like PowerPoint presentations in their promos. Despite this, DDT does not lack for talent, and also has its fair share of quality matches and great wrestlers.

    Kenny Omega was a staple of DDT for six years, and along with his partner Kota Ibushi (who you are probably aware of now because of the Cruiserweight Classic), had great tag team matches such as this one versus Prince Devitt (Finn Balor) and Ryusuke Taguchi.

    Although Omega was more than capable of putting on matches of this caliber, he became popular in the media for his gimmick matches, such as those against Yoshihiko (a blow-up sex doll) and the match below.

    In this match, Omega visits the joshi promotion STARDOM, and wrestles Haruka, a nine-year old girl with a background in amateur boxing. Matches like these aren't too unusual in Japan. In fact, Haruka wrestled 19 times in 2011 for this very promotion. The match is short, only going three minutes, but Omega displays his character weight and penchant for being a heel. In terms of match quality it's pretty standard, but the spectacle of a grown man wrestling a nine-year old is something you need to see, especially when you consider that in five years time, that same grown man would go on to become a historical figure in Japanese wrestling.

    What do you think of the match? Leave a comment below!


    Brandon Sy is a PhD student in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics currently based in Sydney. Since he wasn't allowed to watch wrestling as a kid, he's been overcompensating ever since. Despite being a huge fan of Japanese wrestling, he still holds a soft spot in his heart for WWE's Kane. He's good for recommending matches from pretty much anywhere, whether it be Japan, Europe, the US or Mexico. He'd be ecstatic if you watched Dragon Gate though.
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