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Mitsuharu Misawa, Kenta Kobashi & Toshiaki Kawada vs Jumbo Tsuruta, Masa Fuchi & Akira Taue (AJPW Super Power Series 05/22/92)

AJPW Super Power Series May 22 1992 Mitsuharu Misawa Toshiaki Kawada Kenta Kobashi Jumbo Tsuruta Masa Fuchi Akira Taue 4.75* Sapporo

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#21 Kevin Ridge

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 07:46 PM

Excellent match. Loved the heeling up by Jumbo and company when they get Misawa isolated in their corner. Felt like Fuchi spent more time in the ring interfering than being the legal man. He was a lot of fun in the match and just fits so well in these six mans. Crowd were really jeering all three of them but then Jumbo raised his arm and they cheered him briefly. Misawa and team some double teaming themselves when they get an injured Taue in the ring. Finish is great with everyone in the ring and Kawada, Misawa and Kobashi having their opponents in submissions.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 03:49 PM

Somehow in going through the month's threads I skipped over the likely MOTY to this point. Not a ton to add here as most has been covered quite thoroughly. I thought this match featured some of the better heel work that I've seen from Jumbo & co., as they dialed up the antics here quite a bit -- i.e. during Misawa's extended FIP run, Taue ramming Misawa against the turnbuckle and then quickly tagging in Fuchi like a third down sack specialist to brutalize a dazed QB, grinding his boot into him. On the other side you had Kawada flipping out, staring down and raising a middle finger at Jumbo's squad when he's in there. His performance here solidified him as one of the year's standout individual performers along with Negro Casas. The finish was great and felt huge too. Try me tomorrow and I may go full monty on this one. ****3/4

#23 PeteF3

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 11:04 PM

Goddamn, the beginning of May was a teensy bit of a lull from the awesomeness of the early spring, and now we've got back-to-back matches approaching the ***** range. (I was not a big star-ratings guy for a long while but I began thinking of matches in terms of ratings more and more through the '80s projects, and now star ratings in particular thanks to the Where the Big Boys Play guys.) I don't like to just pass out snowflakes for the fuck of it, but man, it's hard not to. Two things I love most about this among many, many things to love: the Super Generation Army is out to show they can be just as good at being bastard motherfuckers as Jumbo's Army usually are. So we get Kobashi doing a faceslam on Fuchi to the arena floor and the babyfaces paying the heels back for just about every spot, like strangling them against the ropes and doing double-teams. I can't remember if we got a spot where Taue or Jumbo got his knee dropped on the barricade or table, but that would have been heavenly. Second is how Southern Wrasslin' this feels. This is easily the most electric crowd of any AJPW match of the '90s, there is a clear good/evil divide, we get babyface payback spots as mentioned above, Jumbo actually TURNS AROUND TO YELL AT THE FANS who are chanting for Kawada, and the finish is right out of a Crockett 6-man where the whole Horsemen team gets figure-foured. We also see our first Yearbook look at Taue's "proper" nodowa otoshi, which is about the 97th most notable thing about the match but is instantly a better move than his golden arm bomber thing. Liger/Samurai instantly became one of my favorite matches ever. I'm not sure this match isn't just as good.

#24 soup23

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Posted 28 July 2013 - 09:57 AM

Goddamn, the beginning of May was a teensy bit of a lull from the awesomeness of the early spring, and now we've got back-to-back matches approaching the ***** range. (I was not a big star-ratings guy for a long while but I began thinking of matches in terms of ratings more and more through the '80s projects, and now star ratings in particular thanks to the Where the Big Boys Play guys.) I don't like to just pass out snowflakes for the fuck of it, but man, it's hard not to.


I was in the same boat as you forever Pete. In the past two years, I have watched a good bit of wrestling though and do find that star ratings do provide a tidy area to locate the tiers of matches you have watched and what you instantly thought of it on last watch. It is not a perfect system by any means and I am actually tinkering towards more of a grading system myself, but it is one of the best systems for categorizing the matches I think.

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 03:27 AM

Lots of great stuff here from all six. I think Kawada was the standout performer here, which was fitting with him picking up the win for his team. The stuff that mostly stuck with me was from Kawada, like taking that knee to the midsection from Jumbo and jumping back to his feet and leveling him with the elbow. Right before the finish, when Taue charges and Kawada levels him with the ganmengiri was another spot I liked, the timing was a bit off, but it still worked for me.

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Posted 10 March 2015 - 08:17 PM

The one major thing thing I took away from this is that every big nearfall at the end was a move that that person had finished off that victim with before.  Every single one.  Add that to the multitude of other awesome stuff.  Also, in case anyone was unaware they did a run-through of this match with Ogawa in Taue's spot on 4/19/92 to finish the tour before.  It's not as good, but well worth the time.



#27 garretta

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Posted 25 February 2016 - 03:39 PM

There's not much to add, as another poster said about half a page ago. This was a tremendous match, and a fitting if unintended end to the six-man series between these two sides, at least as far as the Yearbooks are concerned.

 

What stood out to me was the feeling of all six men going all out to win. These guys have all had enough of each other, and they want to end each others' careers and move on with their own. The first few of these were relatively respectful, but that's all past now. They cared nothing about rules anymore; they just wanted to win by any means necessary. There were more saves and countersaves in this match than in any ten other AJPW matches put together, and that helped ensure that the crowd stayed molten hot. Loss did a tremendous job breaking the match down into its parts, and Misawa, Kawada, and Taue were the MVPs of this for withstanding their respective beatings and coming back to be key players in the remainder of the bout.

 

I liked the ending, as Misawa's side finally got the once-and-for-all victory they needed so badly. I know it wasn't intended to be that way, and that Jumbo's illness prevented at least a few more showdowns like this, but as things stand it was a fitting blowoff. All that's left of the feud on the Yearbook now are three (I think) tag matches, one of which comes in June and another of which is Jumbo's final Yearbook appearance in October.

 

The only one to get short shrift in this match is Kobashi, who was only in for a few minutes here and there. Was that the plan or were they covering up an injury? He looked good when he was in, by the way.

 

This may be the best in-ring feud I've ever seen, and it's a shame that Jumbo's illness forced it to end before its time. I'm looking forward to the last few tag matches.



#28 JKWebb

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Posted 27 February 2017 - 11:19 PM

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This blew me away. This is up there with one of my favorite Taue performances I've seen. Jumbo is always so damn good in these tags (well, in everything). Damn near perfect ****3/4. Very memorable finish.





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