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My thoughts on each match:
El Samurai vs Shinjiro Otani
Rick & Scott Steiner vs Hiroshi Hase & Keiji Muto
Shinya Hashimoto vs Kensuke Sasaki
Manami Toyota & Sakie Hasegawa vs Kyoko Inoue & Takako Inoue
Posted 08 November 2011 - 02:01 PM
Lawler vs. Snowman worked-shoot Mid South Colosseum match from June 1990
Jerry Lawler v. The Snowman USWA 6/11/90-GREAT
Totally bizarre spectacle. This is set up by a shoot angle with Snowman coming out of the audience at the TV studio and interrupting a Lawler interview. He accuses Lawler of ducking him because he is Black and they have a really frenetic pull apart. That leads to this match and it was one of the most realistic "guys aren't cooperating" matches I have ever seen. Lots of wild swinging awkward punches and cool Lawler takedowns, there are parts where both guys are going for the eyes which is kind of what you would expect in a racial tinged street fight. Crowd is totally electric, you get the sense they really got the crowd to buy into the whole angle. Reminded me of a Southern Fried version of Onita v. Aoyagi. Match is pretty short (about five minutes, although the footage maybe clipped) and that keeps this from the Epic pile, but it is definitely worth seeing, and something unique for Lawler.
Fucking amazing find by Loss. I think everyone is pretty familiar with the Snowman/Lawler angle, but to find this match and have it be great is what makes the current age of DVD trading so awesome. Loss told me this was a PWFG style match in Memphis. That description is just about perfect, as it feels very organic, your typical Fujiwara versus Olympic Russian wrestler 7 minute match. I was compiling my personal ***** matches list this weekend and the fundamental flaw with star ratings is how do you rate something this awesome, but compare it to regular 15 minute matches or epic 30+ minute matches?
On my short list, this has to be one of the greatest sub 10 minute matches. Right there with MX/Fantastics (Clash I - though that might be 10:30, close enough); Windham/Luger vs. Tully/Arn (Clash I), Jindrak vs. Basham [\quote]
Is this online?
Posted 08 November 2011 - 11:31 PM
11/2/1991 - Owen Hart vs Danny Boy Bollins - Europe, CWA i'm guessing?
Absolute hidden gem. It's a rounds match and the first 2 are made up of some of the best chain wrestling i've seen in a while and the rest of the bout is a masterpiece of back & forth counter wrestling. Really feels like something that should be put up thear with the Bret, Bulldog, Liger, etc... stuff as something that gets talked about as one of the very best Owen Hart matches ever. Danny's a guy I REALLY should start paying more attention to too. He randomly keeps poping up in footage I watch, be it WoS or random other Euro feds or Michinoku Pro and no matter what setting or year I see him in he's never anything but awesome but i've never taken a deeper look at his body of work.
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Too Cold Scorpio v. Gangrel
I also watched a really fun Togo v. Regal match from Shotgun Saturday Night that was arguably better than this, but man this was a fucking insane spotfest. Gangrel and Scorp both take lunatic bumps off of multiple crazy impactful/dangerous looking suplex variations. Scorp crushes Gangrel with a spin kick and a huge moonsault. Finish is the Impaler off Christian interference. Just a balls to the wall match. Lots of fun
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After watching a couple of Coliseum Video matches between Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon, I'm left thinking that Michaels had better chemistry with the 1-2-3 Kid than he did with Razor. Michaels and the Kid never had more than ten minutes to wrestle, so they don't have any singles matches as famous as Michaels' three main ones with Razor, but they make for a good matchup.
This one is a non-title match from Superstars in April 1996. It's not as good as either of the RAW matches between these two, but it's still good. There's nothing really noteworthy about it until Michaels makes his comeback, at which point they try to get over that Michaels has a mean streak. It starts with a scary piledriver that affords the Kid absolutely no protection. Then Michaels press slams the Kid to the floor. Out there, the Kid takes a flipping bump that looks nasty. Michaels puts him out of his misery with maybe his best superkick of the year.
I have no idea what the story was with the dangerous-looking piledriver. I don't know if that was Michaels being reckless or the Kid volunteering for something reckless, but either way it looked like it hurt.
Posted 10 November 2011 - 03:10 PM
Watched this short match last night before bed. Their styles really don't mesh well, and so there's a lot of downtime. Jake's a master at heeling it up, though, and he tries really hard here to pump the crowd using his usual stooging and stalling and cheating and working with the snake. It's entertaining at points, but it just doesn't come together. The one aspect I liked is that Hash's frustration with Jake for not working a regular and honorable match seems all too real.
Misawa vs Kobashi - NOAH, 3/01/2003
I have never been the biggest Kobashi fan. I appreciate what he does and how much the crowds get behind him. But his whole chop-fu schtick, especially since NOAH, becomes uninteresting for me pretty quickly. Still, this is a big-time match, and I figured I should get around to seeing it eventually.
Both guys move pretty well in the early moments, especially considering 10 years in AJPW is like 25 in the WWE in terms of wear and tear. We soon move into joint-locks and chain rasslin, that picks up the pace again -- leading to Kobashi's being viciously head-dropped. We're only about 2 minutes into this thing, and they're already diving to the floor. Misawa is dominating early-on, and I'm getting excited. Kobashi tries to start up his chopping, but MM knocks him on his ass with a strategic elbow. About the time Misawa flies head-first into the metal guardrail and starts bleeding from the mouth, I know this is not two old boys sleepwalking through a nostalgia match.
There's an awesome sequence about half way through where Kobashi gets German'd and then Tiger'd. He counters with a nasty spinning backhand chop, but MM finally puts him down with a big forearm. The crowd goes nuts!
I don't want to write out the whole match, since it's 35 min. But I will say the intensity stays dialed up to 11, and these guys are fearless veterans giving it their all. They do a few seriously fucked up moves, though, including a double-underhook to the floor, which even quiets the crowd a bit before waking them back up with a lovely near-double-countout.The final moments actually felt a bit rushed. No, rushed isn't the right word. It was more like Kobashi's comeback seemed a bit easy. But maybe the story being told was that they spilled all they had, so someone was going to finally hit a big move and win.
Great, great stuff. I am a bit uncomfortable watching Misawa get repeatedly head-dropped, though.
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