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Vader vs Nobuhiko Takada (UWFI 04/20/95)

UWFI April 20 1995 Nagoya Vader Nobuhiko Takada 3.5* Title Changes

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#1 Loss

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 05:35 PM

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 08:15 AM

This is of course awesome. I remember nothing about the '93 match except the result, so I don't know if this is "better", but it definitely made a better first impression on me. I love all the powerbomb teases before it's finally delivered, although Takada getting up so quickly when Vader finally gets it isn't much better than Hogan. I also like the way that Takada keeps high kicking and it has no impact on Vader because he's blocking all the kicks, so he starts after the legs, which works much better. This and the Tamura match in February of '93 are the most fun I've had watching Takada because he is fighting like he has something at stake way more than he normally does. Vader is also fantastic and has maybe the best in-ring style of all time, because it works in any setting. His selling is great here, because UWFI is supposed to be more legit, so he sells those kicks like he's about to cry, but he's trying not to cry. He makes some slight modifications, like adding a cross armbreaker, but for the most part, Vader is still Vader. I don't think this was epic feeling enough to be a great match (not sure how to place what is missing), but all the ingredients of a great match are definitely there.

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 02:13 AM

The "epic" match of theirs was the 1994 one. This was more Vader's go home match: contract up. John

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 02:54 AM

Did Vader always wrestle in UWFI without the mask? This was great. Takada was brutal with the kicks and Vader sold them well. Then you have Vader just throwing Takada down and the awesome powerbomb and punches. And Lou Thesz is even there.

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Posted 18 September 2014 - 08:29 PM

Good stuff, but the '94 bout is definitely more memorable. After getting KO'd then, Takada has to take a more thinking man's approach, keeping his distance and hitting leg kicks before he can think about stuff like the cross armbreaker. Vader still has the advantage almost every time Takada gets close, but the power bomb doesn't put him away this time. Agreed that Takada got up way too early. Vader makes us forget that by charging across the ring and leveling him, and then busting out some new submissions. Good way to get Vader over and to get Takada over by forcing Vader to go out of his comfort zone. They tease a submission, but Takada comes back to KO Vader with a series of kicks. A worthy final match in the trilogy, but not the MOTYC that '94 was. Lou Thesz says that all the judges think Takada won--thanks for that insight, Lou.



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Posted 29 June 2017 - 12:20 AM

I loved the first two encounters in their famous trilogy. I didn't care for this third instalment. There was some entertainment value with the big match atmosphere and natural dynamic between them. The flaws are numerous and severe however.

Let's see. The theatrical start was horrible. Takada's selling absolutely sucked. It was too pro style, even for Vader in UWFI. The narrative and structure had been so strong before. Not so here. Vader had lost some of his aura and Takada was also in decline. A big disappointment.

#7 Microstatistics

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Posted 01 August 2017 - 11:45 PM

I actually thought this was the best of the trilogy and also the most "epic". Had the most dramatic and intense exchanges, stuff like Takada learning from the 8/1994 match and adapting his approach and strategy as well as a great sense of urgency from both guys. **** 1/4 







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