Wrestlers brawl on packed Japanese bullet train as wild fight spills down middle aisle

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Two hard hitting professional wrestlers swapped the ring for the rail on a super-fast Japanese bullet train.

Veterans Minoru Suzuki and Sanshiro Takagi fought for around half an hour in a wild match in a very tight space as part of an unusual event organised by DDT Pro-Wrestling.

According to JR Central, all 75 seats sold out within 30 minutes for the bout, which was held on the 180mph Nozomi Shinkansen bullet train between Tokyo and Nagoya on Monday.

The duo locked each other in chokeholds and flipped each other down the aisle as delighted onlookers filmed the action and cheered on the stars.

The promotion – which is known for its innovative and often over the top bouts – has previously held matches in unusual locations, including a bookshop and a campsite.

This time, DDT hired out the entire carriage for the clash, which saw Sukuzi emerge victorious.

A piledriver on a packed train (Picture: JR Tokai via REUTERS)

Minoru Suzuki and Sanshiro Takagi brawled in front of passengers on the bullet train (Picture: JR Tokai via REUTERS)

DDT Pro-Wrestling put on a unique show (Picture: JR Tokai via REUTERS)

There were plenty of cameos from other big names in Japanese wrestling, including the legendary Kenta Kobashi, regarded by many as one of the greatest of all time.

It was a very different kind of role for him here though, as he popped up as a train conductor, hilariously interrupting the match to check some tickets.

Naturally, the wrestlers weren’t allowed to actually cause any damage to the interior, but they made the most of the environment – and some fans even stayed on the train for a more peaceful return journey.

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‘This actually looks like a badass match,’ wrote one fan on X (formerly Twitter) as clips of the match started to catch people’s eyes, while another quipped: ‘Imagine just trying to get to work and this is going on lol.’

‘Man, the penalty for not having a ticket is a bit harsh,’ joked a third fan, while someone summed it up perfectly as they wrote: ‘THIS IS WHY I LOVE WRESTLING.’

Suzuki – who has also appeared for the likes of All Elite Wrestling (AEW) – has a reputation for both the physical and silly sides of wrestling, and another fan said: ‘That’s one of 893 reasons why Suzuki is the best.’

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