MATCH : Dick Togo/Taka Michinoku/Terry Boy v Gran Hamada/Great Sasuke/Yakushiji

PROMOTION : ECW

EVENT : Barely Legal

VENUE : ECW Arena, Philadelphia

DATE : 13th April 1997

STIPULATION : Six Man Tag Match

Background : Barely Legal was the first ever ECW Pay Per View and it almost never happened due to cable companies point blank refusing to transmit a PPV from a company that was portrayed as blood thirsty and far too extreme. Eventually it was picked up and shown but at a later time than WWF, WCW or UFC were showing their PPVs. All six men in this match worked for a Japanese Indie company called Michinoku Pro Wrestling but were brought in by ECW to showcase the Japenese/Lucha style to the American audience. These men had been having good six man tag matches on ECW television along with Gran Naniwa who was replaced in this match by Yakushiji due to injury.

MATCH REVIEW : This was a great match up that really had me jumping out my seat on a constant basis. A bout full of counters and high risk moves made this match into one of the most exciting matches on a US PPV. The athleticism shown throughout is nothing short of phenomenal and the crowd soaked it up entirely which made the match even more enjoyable. One of the most unbelievable aspects is that the match became so fast paced and daring but was almsot flawless with it. Absolutely no botches here!! What this match done so well was to show off the Japanese style mixed in with Lucha Libre which was getting called 'Lucharesu'. This was certainly enough to impress Vince McMahon who signed Taka Michinoku and several other Michinoku Pro stars in the months following this PPV for the WWF. Vince McMahon wasn't the only person impressed either as I along with countless others rate this match as a classic.