I did a podcast on this show here:
This is Part 2 of my review. Part 1 is here: http://prowresblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/fmw-5th-anniversary-show-551994.html
World Brass Knuckle Tag Title Street Fight Tag Match: Mr. Pogo & Hisakatsu Oya vs. Tarzan Goto & Mitsuhiro Matsunaga
Goto was around since the very first FMW show and was a former AJPW guy. While not the best wrestler, he was decent enough and definitely unoffensive in his role as Onita's foil. I always have a soft spot for him as he was "Powder Keg" in WCW vs The World and he looks like a wrestler. Matsunaga was the 90's Jun Kasai and was a very big indy deathmatch star for a while. Pogo was another Onita foil and a longtime vet who was limited to garbage wrestling. Oya was your solid midcard hand who didn't have much of a personality but was a good technical wrestler.
|"Mr. Danger" Matsunaga|
|The champs~! - Mr. Pogo(facepaint) and Oya.|
|Goto half-KO'd Oya with this as he stumbled around after|
No Rope Explosive Barbed Wire Cage Death Match - Onita retires if he loses - Atsushi Onita vs. Genichiro Tenryu
This is the main event and a pretty special one, with Tenryu taking part in a hardcore match. Supposedly, Onita put his career on the line for this due to tickets not selling well. Apparently, when he beat Tenryu in a tag, people figured Tenryu would get the win back in exchange.
|A younger Tenryu with Baba|
|Onita with Giant Baba|
|Onita - Baba - Tenryu|
They had a lead in match to this one with Tenryu teaming with Ashura Hara to fight Onita and Tarzan Goto.
Tenryu beat Onita with a Thunder Fire Powerbomb. Excellent match with movie like scenes at times. Tenryu destroyed Onita the whole time by working his knee and throwing him into the cage. Onita mainly just tried to hold on with headlocks but got dismantled and finished off. Onita sold strong here and the theatrics made this quite the spectacle. Onita's straight kick to Tenryu's face was brutal and I was really surprised by how much offense Onita gave Tenryu. The explosions were of course cool and they definitely got a lot out of them. What I liked most about this match though is that it was mostly a wrestling match with some explosions, instead of an explosion match with a little wrestling. They didn't hit a ton of moves, but everything they hit meant something and it all looked really legit. This is easily a contender for the 1994 MOTY and one of my favorite matches. Rating:****1/2
Overall thoughts: This show had a little bit of everything and was good overall. The M-Pro tag was the first highlight with all the M-Pro crew looking great. The women then stepped up and had a good match. Later on, Terry Funk stole the show with his selling and we got to see Mike Awesome murder junior heavyweights. The semi-main was violent but too long. The main event was easily the best thing on the show though and was a classic match. It had theatrics, cool gimmicks, a hot crowd and good wrestling. I do recommend this show and I think it has something for every fan.