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Vader vs Nobuhiko Takada (UWFI 08/18/94)

UWFI August 18 1994 Budokan Hall Vader Nobuhiko Takada 4.75* Title Changes

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#1 Loss

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 12:12 PM

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Posted 05 June 2012 - 08:17 PM

Without a doubt the best Takada match I've seen on a yearbook. This is amazing. I strive to be specific when I can be talking about these matches, but in this case, it's difficult. My only observation is "Yeah, it's pretty great." This is the best UWFI match ever, right?

#3 silverwidow

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Posted 05 June 2012 - 08:42 PM

It's certainly pimped as the best UWFI match ever, but I remembered liking Takada/Sano 10/14/94 better. Will have to rewatch that at some point.

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 08:10 PM

This is more like it for me with Vader involved. Really good match and one of the few of these match types that I am able to really enjoy. Takada unleashes a ton of kicks at Vader to get him down a few times. Loved the powerbomb by Vader but felt Takada got up a bit too easy at that point of the match when he had already taken a beating. I also like how much they put over the title with Thesz just being there involved.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 01:25 PM

Without a doubt the best Takada match I've seen on a yearbook. This is amazing. I strive to be specific when I can be talking about these matches, but in this case, it's difficult. My only observation is "Yeah, it's pretty great." This is the best UWFI match ever, right?

The most epic without a doubt.

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 05:58 PM

Excellent match. Vader is tremendous here. I really liked the strikes in this from both guys. The mat work was good too but the stiff exchanges with both guys attempting to knock out the other is what makes this great.

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 09:13 AM

An epic battle and a match were Takada's superman tendencies work because he is matched up against such a huge monster in Vader that for the entirety of the match, every time he was on the ropes he regained the advantage whether it be impressive mat work, a short kidney punch, etc. Nothing was easily achieved until Vader gained the distinctive advantage. Vader winning felt like the biggest moment of his career and it really shows how Vader really has had two of the most distinctive victories for a heel or foreigner in wrestling (this and the Vader/Sting GAB 92 match being the other). Overall one of the better matches of the year.

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Posted 16 May 2014 - 10:02 PM

No point system in play here, enabling these guys to go all-out with as many knockdowns, counts, and rope breaks as they want. Pretty epic fight in front of an absolutely nuclear crowd, probably the crowd of the year. Great teases of the cross armbreaker that Takada never quite gets to apply, having to stick to stand-up kicks to inflict his damage. But it's not enough, as Vader power bombs him through the canvas and while that probably should have been the actual finish, it at least serves as the de facto end for Takada. Lou Thesz awards Vader his original world title belt--ironic, as I'm pretty sure Thesz ended up disassociating himself from UWFI because of this result.

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Posted 20 April 2016 - 08:34 PM

In the opening 5m they went at it hammer and tongs. In shoot style promotions there was a genuine possibility that a big main event could be over in a few minutes. It soon became apparent that the points system was not in effect. I've never seen so many down counts in one match. Takada's strategy was to ground the big man with kicks and then grab a submission hold. The vast majority of the time he was on the defensive however. Vader's powerful blows continually knocked the native down, but he kept getting back up. Never say die attitude. They went at it so hard it's amazing that Super Vader's stamina held up for someone of his size. Looks can be deceptive.

For nearly 20m it was a great spectacle with high drama, great heat and brutal stiffness. On the downside they certainly overdid the knockdowns, and there were odd moments where they weren't sure what to do next. Overall it deserves to be in the discussion for the greatest UWFI bouts. After the victory, Vader's boy joins him in the ring for some big post-fight celebrations.

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Posted 20 April 2016 - 09:18 PM

Takada's hope comebacks are SO good. And then he gets a giant bearpaw swipe to the face anyway. Absolutely love this match.

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 12:55 PM

#269 - placetobenation.com/countdown-top-500-matches-of-the-90s-300-251/2/


Yeah, this was pretty great.  I liked Vader throwing his weight around when they were on the mat.  Around 17 minutes in, there is an amazing exchange of big kicks and a knee from Takada that leads to a monster punch from Vader.  That may have been my favorite spot.  This is my favorite Takada match that I've seen, but Takada/Sano from '94 sounds really interesting.  I'll have to check that out if it's not on this countdown.

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Posted 01 February 2017 - 05:42 AM


This is the ultimate pro-wrestling shoot style match. It's all strike exchanges and knockout attempts with none of the beauty of shoot style matwork. I can understand liking it if you're super into Vader (pun intended) and it feels like he's shooting from the hip when he cuts his promos, but I don't think this would make my top 50 shoot style matches of all time. And I don't think it's on the same level as the top stuff from any of the shoot style promotions. Hell, I don't even like it as much as Kawada/Albright or Hashimoto/Fujiwara. And I actually enjoyed their 12/93 match more on this go-through of Loss' picks. So, in case you were still wondering -- not a fan.

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Posted 01 February 2017 - 07:38 AM

I do love Vader, but I'd agree Kawada/Albright was better. That is actually my favorite match in the Top 500 countdown thus far. I'm in the 250s right now.

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 05:32 AM

I saw this match for the first time a decade ago while I was in high school and loved it. It was pretty much my introduction to shoot style wrestling and I think it holds up. One thing I've always loved about Vader's UWFi run is that he was still doing pro style moves but he's goddamn Vader so it works. I don't think that Takada ever had a better match than this and I say that as someone who loves the Battle Formation match with Hashimoto. He's really good on comebacks and there's a couple of instances where it looks like he's actually gonna go up 2-0 on Vader. I love the kind of deadlift powerbomb Vader drills him with towards the end and the finish itself is awesome. There are matches from UWFi that I think are probably 'better', but none of them come close to being as epic as this match. *****

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