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It’s our first 5 Matches episode in a while, on the Omakase Patreon! If you haven’t listened to a 5 Matches episode yet, John and the guest each choose 2 matches to watch and talk about on the show. Then we each choose a third match, which is put up to a vote on the Patreon with the winner becoming our fifth match of the week. It’s a fun retro format featuring all sorts of different wrestling!

John is joined by returning guest Sean Sedor (@SASedor2994) from Voices of Wrestling, most known for his ROH coverage there (which certainly makes his match picks make sense). John discusses how this is the final Omakase episode in a major era, and Sean brings up another way it’s an end of an era too that they didn’t even think of. They then get right into the matches, which are:

1. Kenny King & Rhett Titus vs. Mark & Jay Briscoe, ROH 9/17/11 (Honor Club)
2. Tetsuya Naito vs. Michael Elgin, NJPW 2/11/17 (NJPW World)
3. Kevin Steen vs. Michael Elgin, ROH 10/13/12 (Honor Club)
4. Yokozuna vs. The Undertaker, WWF 1/22/94 (WWE Network)
5. Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Kota Ibushi & Kenny Omega, NJPW 10/11/10 (NJPW World)

Topics that come up along the way include: Sean explains the entire history of 2011 ROH for you if (like me) you weren’t watching them at that point, John really hates multi-person ladder matches, K-I-N-G KING, lots of blood, Michael Elgin is in the news lately but this became the Elgin Episode just by coincidence, Elgin’s weirdly great leg selling that he’d never really show in another match in his career, Naito bumps like a madman as always, a brief history of Naito’s incredible 2017 IC title reign, Steen saying things in his matches is fun, Jim Cornette gets fired, when finisher kickouts work vs. when they don’t work, Undertaker vs. Yokozuna is better than you think (at first!), ten heels can’t beat one (dead)man, “it would seem the power of the urn is escaping and perhaps with it The Undertaker’s power is leaving him as well”, Haikus by The Undertaker, when the first 5 minutes of the 2010 Tokyo Sports Best Bout award winner leave you wondering what the fuck they were thinking, and when the last 10 minutes make it exceptionally clear.

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Missed any of the 5 Matches episodes or just want to revisit one of the matches discussed previously but aren’t sure what episode it took place on? Here’s a handy Google Doc with links to every single match we’ve discussed on this series so far, which will continue to be updated with every episode!