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Posted by G. Badger, in 1980's, 1970's 27 April 2018 - - - - - - · 56 views
Andre the Giant, Bruno Sammartino
Earlier this week my fiance saw Kurt Angle while driving at the mall. I didn't believe her at first since we had just watched some special about him on the WWE network. But, with that fact in mind, I figure his face is going to be fresh in her mind. Most of what little doubt I had was in the fact that I didn't get to see him! :DSo, that by itself is prett...


AJPW Classics 175: 1989

Posted by G. Badger, in 1980's 20 April 2018 - - - - - - · 47 views
AJPW, Joe Malenko, Johnny Ace and 1 more...
AJPW CLASSICS # 175I took a little bit of a break there but, I'm back in the game. And I'm going to tackle AJ Classic #175 covering early 1989.Joe Malenko vs Mighty Inoue (01/25/89): The Junior Heavyweight title is up for grabs. Remember this is WRESTLING so, there is a lot of grappling here. It's a bit dry and not as lively as I was needing at the time o...


AJPW Classics 174: 1989

Posted by G. Badger, in 1980's 25 March 2018 - - - - - - · 27 views
AJPW, Joe Malenko, Kenta Kobashi and 1 more...
AJPW CLASSICS # 174Masa Fuchi vs Joe Malenko (01/20/89): This is for the Jr. title. I think it's the PWF Jr. title...that sounds correct. Anyhow, if you've seen either guy before and have enjoyed it then, there will be no disappointment here. This played up to both guys strengths as it wrestled in sorta a traditional title match style. Seriously, you'd be...


AJPW: More from '88

Posted by G. Badger, in 1980's 17 March 2018 - - - - - - · 19 views
AJPW, Genichiro Tenryu and 2 more...
The next batch of DVDs in the AJPW Classics series pick up with 1989 but, I'm not quite done with '88.Here are some more great matches from 30 years ago!Yatsu & Tiger Mask vs Tenryu & Kawada (01/23/88): This is a highly recommended bout. Good action, stiffness, and a little hardcore excitement makes this one memorable.Footloose vs Mighty Inoue...


AJPW You Might Have Missed: Umanoseke Ueda

Posted by G. Badger, in Spotlight, 1980's 11 March 2018 - - - - - - · 20 views
AJPW
Umanoseke Ueda theme here today! Hahaha! This dude is sleazy in the best way. Very much reminds me of IWA Japan when he's in the ring. I think his most watched match nowadays is the 03/26/86 NJ team match.Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta vs Tiger Jeet Singh & Umanoseke Ueda (12/11/80) Now this was a great brawl like Abby & the Sheik were doing in th...


AJPW Classics 173: 1988

Posted by G. Badger, in 1980's 10 March 2018 - - - - - - · 17 views
AJPW, Stan Hansen, Yoshiaki Yatsu
Episode #173 collects matches from late autumn of 1988.Shunji Takano vs Shinichi Nakano (09/15/88): I'm skeptical of the date on this because it looks like there is a different mat in the next bout. This one IIRC is an all blue mat. But that's the date that everyone has for this match so why not :) This is very much my type of non-cooperative wrestling. S...


AJPW Classics 172: 1988

Posted by G. Badger, in 1980's 03 March 2018 - - - - - - · 18 views
AJPW, Rock n Roll Express and 2 more...
AJPW Classic Selection #172Stan Hansen & Danny Kroffat vs Robert Gibson & Ricky Morton (10/26/88): Gibson seemed like he had a bad ankle and was really only in for the key spots. Ricky therefore wrestled his butt off with Kroffat and Hansen. The story focus seemed to be on Rock n' Roll vs Hansen which helped in the drama department. I believed tha...


AJPW Classics 171: 1988

Posted by G. Badger, in 1980's 24 February 2018 - - - - - - · 14 views
AJPW, Stan Hansen, Jumbo Tsuruta and 1 more...
So, this is where my official massive block of AJ Classics starts. Boy, its a good start :)Great Kabuki & Akio Sato vs Jimmy Snuka & Tiger Mask II (09/15/88): A really enjoyable match with great offense from Jimmy & Tiger. Kabuki was really effective when inside the ropes & Sato made everyone look good. I recommend checking this out especi...


NJPW You Might Have Missed: Keiichi Yamada

Posted by G. Badger, in Spotlight, 1980's 18 February 2018 - - - - - - · 12 views
NJPW, Keiichi Yamada and 1 more...
I really enjoy puro from the late 80's so, I'll admit that I probably get more rewatch value from pre-Jushin Liger Yamada than most. I think when I think about his work with and without a mask, he's probably in my top 10...I think! There's been a backlash against the 90's NJ Jr. style but, I've also seen that with the 80's Jr. stuff as well. That's cool b...


AJPW Classics 153 & 154: 1987

Posted by G. Badger, in 1980's 17 February 2018 - - - - - - · 15 views
AJPW, Stan Hansen, Ted DiBiase and 2 more...
More 1987 AJPW goodness!AJ Classics Selection #153Takashi Ishikawa & Mighty Inoue vs Isamu Teranishi & Masanobu Kurisu (07/30/87): Well, this was a barrel full of monkeys! I loved it. All kinds of different offense or should I say 'awe'fense. Cheesy like Kraft. This took a little bit to get going in terms of direction and pace but, turned into a...


AJPW Classics 149 & 150: 1987

Posted by G. Badger, in 1980's 10 February 2018 - - - - - - · 17 views
AJPW, 1987, Road Warriors and 2 more...
I've recently acquired a big chunk of the AJPW Classics broadcast in 1999 & 2000. Generally speaking, I've got a good portion of 1988-early 1990 covered. There are a couple notable matches missing but, I'm more interested in finding hidden gems. I'm looking forward to seeing matches people talked about in the distant past and have since been forgotte...


Assorted NJPW from 1987

Posted by G. Badger, in 1980's 03 February 2018 - - - - - - · 12 views
NJPW, Nobuhiko Takada and 3 more...
No one really seems to talk about the 1980's Japan anymore. That ship has sailed and people have moved on to other stuff, I suppose. A few years ago...maybe 5 years...I can't remember, NJPW, AJPW, and essentially UWF were being watched in depth and ranked by a good handful of folks. Pretty awesome stuff. I've got the lists saved on a USB drive. I'm not go...


Mixed Up Monday: AJPW, Dick Murdoch, AJW

Posted by G. Badger, in 1990's, Women's Wrestling, 1980's 29 January 2018 - - - - - - · 23 views
AJPW, AJW, Dick Murdoch
Giant Baba, Kenta Kobashi & Mitsuharu Misawa vs Toshiaki Kawada, Masanobu Fuchi & Akira Taue (01/29/94 AJPW): What do ya know!? Another match from today's date :) Just stumbled across this write up in the back of a notebook.The 6 man matches of AJPW were really something. I know you're probably a little worried about Giant Baba working a match in...


AJPW You Might Have Missed (01/28/86)

Posted by G. Badger, in 1980's 28 January 2018 - - - - - - · 10 views
AJPW
Its always a bit of fun when you're going back to write about or watch wrestling matches and it's the date of a historically important match. Or is that just me? Today is the 32nd anniversary of the much loved Choshu & Yatsu vs Jumbo & Tenryu tag match in AJPW. It's like a holiday :) No celebration but, still pretty cool and a reason to be hyped f...


Assorted NJPW Tags from 1986

Posted by G. Badger, in 1980's 27 January 2018 - - - - - - · 63 views
NJPW, 1986
Here are some really great tag matches from New Japan in 1986 that don't get much talk. Thought I'd share the love!Nobuhiko Takada & Osamu Kido vs Antonio Inoki & Keiichi Yamada (02/05/86): Wow what a great little match! The crowd really lets you know what's up since the work isn't mind-blowing or anything. This is the beginning of the legendary...


Spotlight: Hiroshi Hase

Posted by G. Badger, in 1990's, Spotlight, 1980's 26 January 2018 - - - - - - · 23 views
Hiroshi Hase, NJPW, AJPW
Hiroshi Hase: Hase is probably the most overlooked great in-ring worker of Japan's 1990's golden era. His abilities and athleticism have been compared to Kobashi in the past. However, he was not regarded as such within NJ. First he was considered an excellent Jr. until Liger and contemporaries changed the style. He was a heavyweight but, would only see ta...