Shane Storm vs. Gran Akuma from Running in the Red 2005


Philadelphia, PA

This match is on the Best of 2005 DVD, which is available for purchase at Smart Mark Video.  For a more informed opinion on this match, check out Kevin Ford’s review.

Recap from TJ Hawke:

This is a MASK vs. MASK match. Thus, this match is a HUGE deal.

Akuma got control after a bit. He started to rip off the mask, but I think he was just trolling him. Akuma went for a coast-to-coast dropkick, but he came up a few inches short. I cackled, because I am an awful human being. Storm came back out of nowhere with a middle rope implant DDT. Akuma came back with a crucifix driver for a nearfall. Storm ate some kicks, but caught one of them and hit an Air Raid Crash. Storm then hit a tope con hello. Back in the ring, Storm hit a Jackhammer for a nearfall. Akuma came back with a springboard swinging DDT. Akuma SWEPT the leg, and Storm fell on his shoulder. Sweeney earlier speculated on commentary that Storm had injured the shoulder. Akuma got a nearfall with a Shining Wizard. Storm got a nearfall with a Falcon Arrow: 1…2…NO! BUT NO ONE KICKS OUT OF THE FALCON ARROW!!?!? Storm reversed a super Yoshi Tonic into a diving Air Raid Crash. Storm had him pinned, but Akuma managed to grab a rope. Bryce had counted to three, and in the confusion, Icarus hit Storm in the balls. The match re-started. Icarus took out Mister ZERO. Akuma hit three consecutive frog splashes: 1…2…NO! Storm came back with a saito suplex. Storm then dropped him on his head with another suplex, but Akuma no-sold it. Akuma drove Storm’s knees into the turnbuck;e and then dropped him on his knees. Storm came right back with a seated dropkick and two straight THAT JAPANESE MOVES: 1…2…3!

Gran Akuma took off his mask after the match. He looked a lot like Gran Akuma.

This match felt like a big deal, and luckily, that helped to carry the match. However, the match had a lot of awkward spots and clunky moments that brought the match down for me. While I have not really seen any Akuma singles matches from this time, I’m inclined to say that Storm is to blame for this match not doing a ton for me. He just does not interest me in the ring at all based on the half dozen matches of his that I’ve seen.

Match Rating: ***


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