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Kazushi Sakuraba vs Hiromitsu Kanehara (UWFI 12/25/96)

UWFI December 25 1996 Kazushi Sakuraba Hiromitsu Kanehara Fukuoka 4*

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#1 Loss

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Posted 05 December 2010 - 10:32 PM

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#2 Loss

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 11:55 AM

Great matwork, with Kanehara impressing me way more than Sakuraba, and a great finish, with the ankle lock scaring the hell out of me.

#3 Zenjo

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Posted 19 April 2014 - 09:20 AM

I love the dubbed entrance themes they used to have. The action is decent enough but the crowd is very quiet and there's an undercard vibe. Matches like this benefit from having commentary, which I don't think UWFI events ever had.



#4 PeteF3

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Posted 02 June 2015 - 07:24 PM

Scientificwrestling.com apparently has (legally) uploaded all 75 episodes of the Bushido series, which is UWFI with English commentary. So there's that, though I don't think it has the end-of-the-line matches like this.

 

I'm about over this company--this match is fine, but with the promotion about dead, many top stars gone, and having been emasculated by NJPW and then WAR it doesn't really feel like there are any stakes anymore. It's a Takada vanity project with some talented undercarders--okay, maybe it always was, but it feels more transparent now.



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Posted 05 June 2015 - 03:18 PM

Puro with English language commentary is the stuff of nightmares for me. Muted would be preferable. I should never have complained. :D



#6 soup23

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Posted 18 December 2017 - 12:40 PM

I dug this and thought Sakuraba looked good on the mat. The transitions were fast and the mat work and struggle was gritty. The finish did come out as a surprise but felt violent enough to be a fitting end to the fight overall. The aesthetics of this building also added to the atmosphere. ***3/4



#7 tim

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 12:04 PM

Fun match with some good grappling. Sakuraba looks impressive and did some cool stuff; at one point he looked to be working for a shoot sharp shooter! Good ending with a killer looking submission.







Also tagged with one or more of these keywords: UWFI, December 25, 1996, Kazushi Sakuraba, Hiromitsu Kanehara, Fukuoka, 4*

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