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Aja Kong vs Kaoru Ito (AJW Zenjo Perfection 01/20/97)

AJW January 20 1997 Tokyo Aja Kong Kaoru Ito

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#1 Loss

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 06:25 PM

Talk about it here.



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Posted 25 July 2013 - 08:31 PM

Last few minutes. Looks to be a decent match, slower paced with more selling. Kong does her own top rope double stomp as a revenge spot, which is interesting. Even before the talent exodus which would come later, this feels like a dying promotion compared to the glory years. Match goes to a 30-minute draw after Ito powerbombs Kong from the top rope. I'm not sure if I'd like this match if I saw it in full or not. I could see it going either way. This was included to show the Ito push really beginning.

#3 FLIK

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 10:47 PM

This was included to show the Ito push really beginning.


Should also note that this is a mentor/protege match too

this feels like a dying promotion compared to the glory years


What (about this match) made you think that out of curiosity?

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 04:48 AM

Darker lighting and a crowd that cared, but less so than usual.

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 06:45 PM

I liked the clips we got here and thought it really showed that Ito could hang. the draw ending with the top rope powerbomb felt like the appropriate spot to end the match with.

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 10:52 AM

In a nice piece of long term booking this was the 4th consecutive year that Kong and Ito had a televised singles bout. Ito was her long time second before joining a group led by Toyota in 1995. Each year Ito would get closer and this time she was able to get a draw. She'd have probably won in 98. So the booking was strong but the match certainly wasn't. It was approached from the attitude of 'how do we fill the time?' It wasn't planned well at all, with slow pacing and too much outside stuff. The tag title match from this show is underwhelming too.

#7 PeteF3

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Posted 13 June 2015 - 09:29 AM

Ito holds Kong to a draw, which feels like a significant result.



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Posted 03 December 2017 - 02:33 PM

Darker lighting and a crowd that cared, but less so than usual.

 

Yes, overall the production felt careless - the overhead lights in each corner are visible and shining into every ringside camera shot. Also, the logo in the center of the ring was chipping and fading away, which seems like some foreshadowing. 



#9 El-P

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Posted 08 December 2017 - 04:43 PM

No money left. AJW was indeed fading away.







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