WARNING: STRONG VIOLENCE AHEAD

It’s spooky season once again. You know what that means. It’s time to dive into another 31 deadly, bloody, horrifying deathmatches as we go into the 3rd annual deathmatch calendar. As always, this will be a day-by-day calendar of gore as we break into some of the greatest, nastiest, and most infamous of deathmatches across the years culminating with my pick of the year so far at the number 31 spot. With the preamble out of the way, let’s see what is awaiting us in this year’s tour of wrestling terror.

Welcome back to the future of Japanese deathmatch double bill. Yesterday we talked about Hikari Noa and her work in TJPW and DDT when it comes to showing her passion for deathmatches. Now, we’re heading to Ice Ribbon for another new contender to the deathmatch scene, Suzu Suzuki. Since February this year, Suzuki has embarked on a series of seven against some of deathmatch wrestling’s deadliest fighters and biggest name. She started and ended the series with horrifying matches against Yuko Miyamoto and took on the likes of Takashi Sasaki, Masashi Takeda, Jun Kasai, Isami Kodaka, and Abdullah Kobayashi in between. It was a very heavily fought series when much like Noa, she fought in losing efforts but left her mark on the battle-tested deathmatch legends. She was even making waves as people took note of such a young lady dedicating her body to deathmatches. Suzuki has even referenced how she wants to be a bride with scars and to me that just sounds fucking badass. Hell, once FMW-E established its women’s division, Suzuki was hand-picked by Atsushi Onita himself. For the purposes of the calendar, we’re going to focus on one of my favourites of the seven, Suzu Suzuki vs Takashi Sasaki.

Just over a month after her first hardcore determination match against Yuko Miyamoto, Suzu Suzuki was set to take on FREEDOMs owner and world-renowned deathmatch veteran Takashi Sasaki at his own game. She’d chosen bells as her weapon and had even brought out a board covered in them. Whilst an odd choice, we’d seen she could effectively use them. She didn’t even wait for Sasaki to be ready, dropkicking him outside and diving onto him with a crossbody. She threw Sasaki back in the ring and hammered away at him with a chair, breaking it over his head. That fired Sasaki up and he kept shunting Suzuki for not hitting him hard enough. He slammed her into the mat and made a chair pile, lobbing them over Suzuki for added emphasis. They danced around the pile and the bell board as Sasaki kept putting the brakes on her plans. He whipped her into the bell board and lined her up again to break it with a Suplex. He kept the punishment going with a chair pile slam and woke her up with a forearm exchange before nastily dumping her on the mat again with a sidewalk slam. He tortured her with a half crab then choked her out with a chair and trapped her legs in it. Sasaki posed as she struggled and when she eventually got free brained her with even more chairs. He went for another swing but she bridged under and dropkicked the chair into his face. She upended a bucket of bells over them both after a body slam and evened her odds on a Suplex with a kick to the balls. Sasaki landed hard on the bells so Suzuki buried him under chairs and climbed to the top. He erupted and rocked her with a pelted chair. As she sat up top, he made a chair contraption and joined her up top. Once again, Suzuki hit low and smashed him with forearms and headbutts until he crashed down into his own contraption.

She followed him down with a missile dropkick and the pair fought around a ladder as Sasaki upped the ante again. Suzuki tripped him onto it and kept rocking him with killing blows but couldn’t get the three-count. She tried to fly again but Sasaki stunned her with a face full of bells and dumped her through a table with a Fire Thunder Driver. That got two so he powerbombed her into the chair pile and let her fight back up. He quashed that resistance with a high knee then ended things with another driver onto the ladder. This might not have been the bloodiest match of the series but it was a compelling look at Suzuki’s approach to hardcore wrestling. It also showcased her fighting spirit as Sasaki refused to give her an inch. She earned his respect that day and in the deathmatch world, that means a lot. Come back tomorrow for the next deathmatch delight.

All images courtesy of Ice Ribbon

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