I'm about half way through the second episode and got name dropped so I thought I'd chime in.
Firstly, I loved everything Jimmy said about Fujiwara. I agree with everything she said about the way he move around the ring, his defense, mannerisms, sight gags and goofy headbutts. I love everything about Fujiwara. I love the fact he's a better wrestler than everybody else. I love that he drinks harder than anybody else. And I love that he swears in English during his fights. He would have made my top 10 and vied for No.1.
It warms the cockles of my heart to hear people finally praise Pat Roach. The thing about Roach is that no matter how angry he gets in the ring when he picks a mic he's this incredibly articulate English gentleman who'll deliver the sincerest, most softly spoken promos you'll ever hear. Total juxtaposition to his angry "bear with a sore head" ring style.
Pirata Morgan doesn't get enough credit for being a true all-rounder. There was a period in the late 80s where he could do it all. I think that's something that hasn't been conveyed well by lucha fans and instead he's just known as an apuesta guy or a brawler. He could work any style in his prime and was a truly dynamic guy. He seems to get lost in the shuffle a bit because he doesn't have the go-to matches of a Chicana or a Satanico, but he was supremely talented.
Finally, Myers. What people probably don't realise is when I think of early Myers I think of him as a West Indian. The West Indies was (and still is) part of the British Commonwealth and during the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s they produced a number of exceptionally talented cricketers. In fact, during the period where we have the most WoS footage (1974-85) the West Indies was the best cricket team in the world. Joint Promotions had a large contingent of workers they billed as being from the Indies even if most of them were born in England and had never been there. There was Myers, Caswell Martin, Bond, Kincaid, Lenny Hurst, Kid Chocolate, Jamaica Kid, Jim Moser, and probably others I'm forgetting. It's impossible to watch those guys and not think of the great West Indian cricket team. And that West Indian cricket team was full of the coolest motherfuckers you will ever see in sports. When you think of West Indian cricket, you think of Viv Richards. And when I think of early Myers, I think of a guy who must be like Viv Richards.
Myers actually wasn't anywhere near as cool as Viv since he wasn't from the Windies and didn't have that cool Caribbean accent and shit, but that's the parallel I made in my head. I don't know why he adopted the Iron Fist gimmick. It had something to do with the Bruce Lee/Kung Fu boom in the late 70s and the fact that he was an arm wrestling champion. Some of his stuff from that period is flashy and exciting. A lot of it is downright disappointing. He still has great matches with Grey, but everybody had great matches with Grey. He still has moments of great selling and he had tremendous, tremendous upper body strength, but he goes from being a slick ass grappler to a guy who changes his wrestling stance to a stand-up fighter essentially and that's not cool. I mean it's cool in Japan but not in UK halls. And I don't like the pants, the shoes or the headband. I thought he was cooler in trunks. I can understand why people think he's still a good worker in the 80s because he is a good worker in the 80s, but contrary to what Matt said, Joint Promotions was a place where no-one moved with the times and he could have easily kept being plain old Clive Myers and no-one would have blinked. When promoters like Orig Williams started repacking guys it sucked. Aside from Paul Lincoln Promotions in the 60s, repackaging guys isn't something UK promoters did well. But he probably spent more of his career as Ironfist than in a regular pair of trunks so it's something that can't be helped.