REWIND-A-WAI #155: HUSTLE 3 (May 8, 2004)

REWIND-A-WAI #155: HUSTLE 3 (May 8, 2004)

John Pollock and Wai Ting discuss the infamous Japanese wrestling promotion known as HUSTLE through a review of its third event from May 2004 featuring Toshiaki Kawada vs. Mick Foley.

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They discuss the promotion’s founding by Pride Fighting Championships owners Dream Stage Entertainment as an attempt to present American “sports entertainment” wrestling to a Japanese audience, shoot-style icon Nobuhiko Takada’s rebranding as “Generalissimo Takada”, the history between Hustle Army leaders Shinya Hashimoto and Naoya Ogawa, and the circumstances which led to Mick Foley taking over Bill Goldberg’s significant payday on just days notice.

Featuring a very diverse roster also including Scott Hall & Kevin Nash, Dusty Rhodes, Riki Choshu, Tiger Jeet Singh, Sabu, Mike Awesome, TAKA Michinoku, Low Ki, Spanky, Zebraman, Pimpinela Escarlata, Mascarita Sagrada, Mark Coleman, and more.

This subject was chosen by Espresso Executive Producer, Alex from Quebec.

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Saturday, May 8, 2004
Yokohama Arena

  • Shinya Hashimoto & Naoya Ogawa vs. Kevin Nash & Scott Hall
  • Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship: Toshiaki Kawada (c) vs. Mick Foley
  • Dynamite Hardcore Hustle Six-Man Tag Team Weapons Match: Masato Tanaka, Tetsuhiro Kuroda & Tomoaki Honma vs. Kintaro Kanemura, Sabu & The Gladiator
  • Shinjiro Otani & Wataru Sakata vs. Dan Bobish & Mark Coleman
  • Riki Choshu vs. Adamonster
  • Tiger Jeet Singh vs. Zebraman
  • Steve Corino vs. Dusty Rhodes
  • Faby Apache, Gran Apache, Mini Abismo Negro & Polvo de Estrellas vs. Cynthia Moreno, Mascarita Sagrada, Oscar Sevilla & Pimpinela Escarlata
  • Low Ki & TAKA Michinoku vs. Kaz Hayashi & Leonardo Spanky

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