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#21 G. Badger

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Posted 09 July 2017 - 02:59 PM

 
W*ING once held a scaffold match - on an actual construction scaffold crane/truck.  It had sturdy guard rails and the guys could do actual spots during the match.

Just watched the scaffold match. I thought it would be Kanemura or Mitsuhiro Matsunaga so I was surprised it was The Iceman vs. Miguel Perez Jr. duking it out. OK fellas...good luck!

Seriously, its a crane scaffold and they raise it to damn near the ceiling. At start, I'm just thinking 'OK, that looks about right...what!? Why is it going up more..no...no they're going to bring it down a lil bit.' Nope...looks like near death height

The camera shots were great at playing this up and like Tabe mentioned, they were able to actually wrestle & brawl and do a few spots including a insane one by Perez Jr. that I won't spoil.

I'm not a scaffold match fan (who is?) but this is well worth a watch!

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 08:45 AM


Tarzan Goto matches in IWA have yet to disappoint.

 

So far Tarzan Goto matches anywhere have yet to disappoint. The dude always does the same thing, fucking dudes up, but builds really effective southern tag structure around.

 

I just watched the 1998 Indy World show. It's the only show available from this fed. Phil reviewed the main event for his Fujiwara project. I didn't think it was a GREAT match but a great find for sure. Really fun stuff, Ryuma Go was a maniac. Then there was a Tarzan Goto vs. Kaientai 6 man tag which I liked even better, I can't believe the DVDVR crew used to hate Goto. There also was junior tag spotfest featuring all your sleaze kings TAKA, Orihara and Asian Cougar spottin and runnin. Great show, I'm having way more fun watching these indy cards full of sleazy heavyweights and insane juniors than I've had watching current wrestling the last couple years.



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Posted 11 July 2017 - 09:40 AM

Gonna finish the first W*ING box set tonight. I'll post some thoughts on it. I think I'm gonna jump to IWAJ after I finish the second W*ING box set

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Posted 12 July 2017 - 08:03 AM

I wanted to check out the bleached blonde Mr. Danger Matsunaga in W*ING since I've enjoyed some stuff in BJW.

Leatherface vs Mitsuhiro Matsunaga (Original Spike Nail Death Match) 12/20/92

Eh this was just alright... Leatherface was pretty bland on offense and frankly Matsunaga was as well. At least I can sense his kicks being harmful rather than Leather's paltry punching and stomping. They tease the nails, kill the heat by incorporating a knee brace story element, and the match ends with one guy rolling onto a single nail board :-/ Mind you they (W*ING) have set up like 5 boards on each side of the ring so, it really looks they're trying to put the 'death' in death match but nah...1 board and then they (W*ING wrestlers) carry the defeated man off in a blanket like volunteers carrying a rehabilitated dolphin back to the ocean. Its Matsunaga...he lost...am I spoiling anything at this point?

So, I found the rematch with higher hopes.

5/5/93 Spike Nail rematch

So, the rematch was better. The general offense was pretty lame and meandering but, they teased the nails a lot better this time including fighting on the apron. Leatherface went off the top rope a couple times which was an improvement. This finish was a lot better and appropriate for the stipulation. I won't really recommend this match in full form but maybe a clipped version is out there worth checking out.

Overall disappointing but, they can't all be gems...

#25 G. Badger

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Posted 12 July 2017 - 12:46 PM

Wanted to revisit W*ING since I was pretty bummed by the bed of nails matches.

Fortunately, I came across Mr. Pogo vs Matsunaga in a Barbwire bat Texas Death match. This is from 5/9/93 and is clipped a little but not so much where its jumping around in the match too much. Its exactly what I was looking for with the action. Both guys are bleeding and taking to the bat like champs. Pretty sure Mr. Danger gets hit in the throat. Great finish too!

Same show, Headhunters vs Miguel Perez Jr. & Yukihiro (Wing) Kanemura -Barbwire Cage match. I was hyped that I found this. Perez Jr. is a guy that I've become a fan of through W*ING. This match was fantastic with everyone tasting the wire, guys going off the top rope & cage etc. The fact that it was a non escape match was plus. May have had some clipping (a constant with W*ING & IWA) but nothing offensive. A great death match, heck a great match in general.

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Posted 12 July 2017 - 03:39 PM

Still gonna post thoughts when I get a chance but one quick comment I'd like to make about W*ING. Their fans were really into it

#27 G. Badger

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Posted 12 July 2017 - 06:51 PM

Still gonna post thoughts when I get a chance but one quick comment I'd like to make about W*ING. Their fans were really into it


I agree wholeheartedly! Its really clear that they were having a blast. I can't believe people brought their kids! Looking forward to your W*ING box set thoughts :)

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Posted 14 July 2017 - 04:34 PM

Scramble Bunkhouse Captain Fall Elimination 10 Man Tag Match: Freddy Krueger & Jado & Gedo & Invader II & & Invader IV vs. Crash The Terminator & Shoji Nakamaki & Masayoshi Motegi & Nobutaka Araya & Fukumen Taro - W*ING 8/25/93

Fantastic match, is listed in the Supplemental Viewing folder for '93.

For IWA Japan, found Silver King vs Texano from '94. 5/23/94, Cagematch is showing it as a very early show...perhaps the 3rd and looks to be the first tape they released. It is a highly recommended match. Lucharesu style, Los Cowboys stiffing the heck out of each other, nice sequences, a match like this I would think to see in Michinoku Pro. Interestingly, also on this show is Dick Murdoch vs Motegi :D might have to track that puppy down.

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Posted 15 July 2017 - 12:46 PM

Decided to watch a W*ING show that was up on Youtube after browsing this thread.

 

W*ING Odawara Blazing Night 10/31/93

 

Zuleyma vs Jannet

Unfortunately this appears to be just clips. I liked what was shown from Jannet though. She seemed like she wasn't afraid to take some nasty bumps, including doing a dropkick off the apron. She also took some nasty tosses through the first couple rows of chairs. Zuleyma takes the win after a nice powerbomb and a running tombstone piledriver. Would have definitely liked to have seen that match in full.

 

Ryo Miyake vs. Dale "The Kangaroo" Storen

I take it Storen must be a shoot guy, based on his offense of trying to get Miyake with takedowns. Doesn't really work though. Miyake taps Storen quickly with a cross armbar. Storen wasn't very impressive and I guess I just don't really see the point in this.

 

Masahiko Takasugi vs. Hideo Takayama

Takayama is a young Bad Boy Hido. More clipping. Ugh. Hate that shit. You can tell Hido is a rookie as his offense isn't too convincing. Takasugi on the other hand definitely lays in his strikes nicely. Hido takes some particularly brutal kicks and knees in this, and a nasty lariat. Takasugi seems kind of random when he's in control though. Like he wastes Hido with a lariat and a big back suplex...then goes outside to grab a chair to choke Hido with it. Then he piledrives him on the chair and locks in a half crab. Takasugi eventually takes it with an octopus stretch. Entertaining squash, Hido definitely needed work on some of his fundamentals at this point.

 

Nobutaka Araya vs. Tarou Fukumen

More clips. Doesn't look like it has affected this match much. Looked pretty blah. Araya wins it after a powerbomb and moonsault.

 

Team W*ING (Masayoshi Motegi and The Winger) vs. Team SPWF (Shinichi Nakano and Shouichi Nabuyama)

Another clipped match, goddamn it. This starts out really hot with Team SPWF and Motegi just smacking the shit out of each other. Nakano and Motegi play the team leader roles in this match. Whenever those two are in the ring they just beat each other up. Nakano in particular brings a real intensity to this, he actually looks like he's really mad. Nabuyama is pretty good as the face in peril, Winger wrecks him with numerous suplexes and Team W*ING stretch him out with a cool double team STF. A strange finish, as Nabuyama never gets the hot tag and Winger pins him with a German Suplex. Looked to be pretty good, but again I wish the clipping in every match thing would stop.

 

Barbed Wire Baseball Bat Match: Leather Face vs. Freddy Krueger

I always love how the Japanese fans run away and scatter whenever these horror movie characters come out to have a match. Leather Face is Rick Patterson. Freddy is Doug Gilbert. Crowd is super hot for this match. The beginning moments are the two brawling throughout the crowd, fans scattering everywhere and rows of chairs being knocked down. Leather hits a huge moonsault to the outside onto Freddy, looked awesome seeing such a big dude nail it so clean. It's crazy to see how over with the crowd Leather Face is. The crowd pop huge for him whenever he gets on offense. Not too much use of the bat in this one. In a neat table spot, Freddy piledrives Leather onto it without it being set up. Leather returns the favor with a two powerbombs onto the unset-up table to get the win. Surprisingly entertaining due to the hot crowd. Probably the best night of Rick Patterson's career, he had the whole crowd chanting for him after the match...that is, until Freddy and his manager attack him with a bat with nails through it.

 

Scramble Fire Bunkhouse Death Match: Yukihiro Kanemura and Shoji Nakamaki vs. Gedo and Jado

A rather infamous match. There are torches surrounding the ring and the ropes have been replaced with barbed wire. Shit is crazy from the go as Jado and Kanemura have a duel with a torch and a chair outside the ring. Kanemura sets his arm on fire and clotheslines Jado! Jesus. Kanemura then dives over the fire to land on Jado outside the ring. What a nut. Not much action on the inside of the ring in this one. I don't think there was really much that they could do without getting burnt. The ring looks really slippery too. Very noticeable when Gedo or Nakamaki are trying to go for powerbombs and they lose their balance. Kanemura gets powerbombed onto a torch and is IMMEDIATELY engulfed in flames. The ref rings the bell as the ring crew frantically puts Kanemura out. What a fucking insane spectacle. Kanemura definitely established himself as one of the craziest hardcore wrestlers, that's for sure. Kanemura gets up after having buckets of water poured on him and you can see his charred up back. Wow.

 

Verdict: Mixed. I really like the presentation of this. W*ING was definitely doing ECW before ECW. The matches all had a bit of wild brawling thrown in them, but the matches are all different. Just on this show there was a women's lucha match, a faux shoot style match, a squash where an older wrestler beats up a young one, a heated inter-promotional tag match, and two crazy deathmatches to end the show. However, I would have to say the biggest gripe for me would be the clipping in the first five matches. Would have loved to see the full matches for Zuleyma vs. Jannet and Team W*ING vs. Team SPWF. But I could see myself watching more of these shows, at a breezy hour run time who wouldn't want to?



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Posted 16 July 2017 - 09:02 AM

The shorter match times have been a real boon when going through what's available online. If you've got 15 minutes somewhere, fill it with a W*ING or IWA-J match :)

I do honestly think the clipping is a plus for most of their shows. I'd like think that most of what is clipped is Muta like stalling or an arbitrary Boston Crab or two.

With that being said, gonna have to check the last 3 matches of the Blazing Night show. Gotta see the Leather Face moonsault!

So, I watched 2 Murdoch in the sleazies matches. In IWA Japan vs Motegi: This was pretty darn good stuff. Technical bout with nice kicks and arm work by Motegi. Dude stayed focused like a laser on Dick's arm. Everyone was buying that pain. Murdoch was no slouch either finding escapes out of holds and pounding the life out of Motegi when he could. High recommendation.

Then, there's Dick vs Matsunaga in W*ING '92. This is more karate vs wrestler than, brawling which is what I was expecting. This was clipped but, again I didn't see any fault in that. Both guys really laid it in...moreseo Murdoch. For every 5 Mr. Danger kicks to the arm & body Capt. Redneck elbowed straight down to the face. Yup, this was good stuff.

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 11:11 PM

Perez is one of the most entertaining workers of the '90s. Obscenely versatile.



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Posted 19 July 2017 - 11:33 AM

On the topic of Perez Jr. & clipping, The Iceman vs Miguel Perez Jr. from 2-92. Man oh man! We only get clips of this match the worst fact is that all of a sudden both guys are covered in blood. Come on W*ING! If anyone knows of a full or even less clipped version that'd be awesome. Perhaps a W*ING holy grail, if there is such a thing :)

Also Perez vs Kanemura from 9-92 is out there at 2+ minutes :/ looks awesome too

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 01:51 PM

Elimination Match Puerto Rico vs. W*ING: Mr. Pogo & Super Invader & The Headhunters vs. Jason the Terrible, Masaru Toi, Hiroshi Shimada & Mitsuteru Tokuda from 6/92...this was a really great Korakuen multi-man match and pretty straight for a W*ING match. Super Invader did 3 dives in a row, Toi, Shimada & Tokuda brought the wrestling to the wing-ring, Kanemura was at ringside but couldn't help but get involved as well as a surprise W*ING hero. Oh eliminations can come from getting thrown over the top rope. Surprisingly, shown in full so watch this puppy. Its hard to go wrong with these type of matches in the sleazies...

Plan to see if W*ING vs. PUERTO RICO All-out War 2/5/93 is available too.

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Posted 25 July 2017 - 07:44 PM

Branching out to include Onita Pro into the mix. Its got the right mix of old timers, guys that have been thru the ringer, friends of the promoter, and young guys who get beat up by the aforementioned groups. Not sure if there's any random westerners though hmm...Dr. Luther & Dr. Hannibal probably are.

Tested the waters with two that should be good:

Masanobu Kurisu vs Kengo Takai 6/22/99 - ha! Watch Curly Sue beat the ever loving crap out of Kengo. Watch Kengo piss off Curly Sue by trying his move against him (the headbutt) and get his head stomped like a empty beer can.

Onita & Masato Tanaka vs Wing Kanemura & Shoji Nakamaki 1999 - Video says '99 but cannot find a show from Cagematch or Quebrada (edit: found an Onita '99 comp that says this is 03/07/99) Nonetheless, its a pretty good clipped barbwire romp. Not enough Tanaka for me though and Kanemura certainly has seen better days. Speaking of better days, with sarcasm aside, Nakamaki has never gotten this much offense...let alone have it look this good! Best Nak offense day ever.

Definitely gonna check some more of this stuff out, I know there's a hidden gem in there somewhere!

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Posted 27 July 2017 - 08:42 PM

From what I can tell the big Onita Pro matches are clipped or at least the ones online are...so what the heck let's jump in and get possiblythe most clipped one...Onita & Masaji Aoyagi & Katsuji Ueda v Sambo Asako & Shooter #1 & Fake Onita from 9/29/99. This is 2 and a half minutes of "what the hell am I watching!?" Starts out good with some nice Onita punches to his imposter, jumps in time then, we get Shooter #1 (?) seemingly shooting on Ueda (in boxing gloves) on the floor, and then Aoyagi trying to spinning heel kick Fake Onita in the face. Wisely, oh so wisely, the young man doomed to be a fake Atsushi Onita turns and sells it too soon to save getting blasted. Again, I say wisely because he probably got $50 for the show. They do this 3 or so more times because Aoyagi isn't happy with it. And in his defense, the first looks like shit but man, they keep going for it yet it cannot be saved. Its the Hindenburg of finishes.

Its a couple minutes, go watch this :D

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 12:47 PM

Grisly, insane, clipped. That's the best summary in a nutshell for Onita & Sambo Asako & Shigeo Okamura vs Tenyru & Nakamaki & Ichiro Yaguchi (No Rope Barbed Wire) 5/13/99.

Its 8 minutes of a 16 minute match from what I can tell was Onita Pro's first show. Why was this clipped!? Its a shame because the pace is frenetic, guys are getting tossed into the wire, the blood is flowing, Tenryu & Onita are toe to toe...sounds like a match you wanna feature...

No matter, watch for Sambo's tope of sorts and stick around for Onita getting wrapped in the wire and nearly blinding Yaguchi in the closing minutes. This is the crazy stuff I was looking for!

Going to see if the other Onita-Tenryu multi-man encounters can beat this one...

Edit: OK so I watched the 2nd match in the series since I was psyched on the first. Onita, Okamura, Asako & Mitsunobu Kikuzawa vs Tenryu, Nakamaki, Yaguchi & Hiroshi Ono in a barbwire rope and board match. 6/27/99 in Mr. Onita's Punch and Blood wrestling group, internationale.

Man...this might be a good as the first. Only 5 minutes chopped out and Tenryu wrestles in a dress shirt and pants. I kid you not! :D He starts out with a tie as well but, I guess he figured it was more of a business-casual event. Nonetheless, he was still the boss. The man monkey flipped an Onita dude from the ring to the floor onto a barb wire board! Also, think that he later threw another board (wire side down) onto a group of ringside Onita fans! Like here you punks go! Yay Onita this! *faces covered in barb wire*...brutal Tenryu...brutal.

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Posted 01 August 2017 - 11:51 AM

Just finished the blow off to the Tenryu & co. vs Onita Pro feud from '99. Quebrada has the title of the match as No Rope Yuushitessen (barbed wire) Skapegoat Hell Barricade Mat Street Fight Tornado 8 Man Tag Death Match. Man, that screams Onita melodrama!

So its: Onita, Takagi, Asako & Kikuzawa vs. Tenryu, Nakamaki, Yaguchi & Hiroshi Ono from 8/22/99 and in simpler terms a C4 barb wire match. Half was clipped out so, I don't know if that was good or bad. The action wasn't as explosive as the previous matches which I feel was the result of the gimmick limiting movement. Still, it was a blast to watch!

All puns intended :P

Tenryu does make 1 last appearance with Onita in '99 so might as well check that out too...

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Posted 03 August 2017 - 04:01 PM

Back to the basics, IWA Japan - The Headhunters vs Shoji Nakamaki & Hiroshi Ono 10/16/94. You can't go wrong with the 'hunters! They're bloodthirsty twin Vaders...stiff, going off the top rope, and willing to take their shots.

For instance, in the first minute a Headhunter takes a tandem clothesline to the mouth, a sandwich clothesline, and a big ol' Nakamaki headbutt. Really, watch this for the bros. destroy Nak & Ono and man, do they ever! The finish and post match is vicious. A nice barbwire and glass romp.

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 01:47 PM

Finished IWA Japan's contribution to the 4/2/95 super show in the Dome. Despite the setting limiting their brawling and the hype level of the fans, this was pretty good.

Again, the Headhunters were tons of fun on offense even doing some turnbuckle to ramp stuff. I've never been more excited to see Leatherface with his chainsaw...it actually looked good here...um what else??? Foley and Funk were very good esp. once the Funkster got his 2nd wind. Yeah...it was pretty good, not awesome as it went longer than it needed to but, I'd recommend it. Oh Yeah! Nakamaki did nothing but bleed, get demolished, scream, and win the match. Nakamaki fans rejoice ;)

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 02:20 PM

Finished IWA Japan's contribution to the 4/2/95 super show in the Dome. Despite the setting limiting their brawling and the hype level of the fans, this was pretty good.

Again, the Headhunters were tons of fun on offense even doing some turnbuckle to ramp stuff. I've never been more excited to see Leatherface with his chainsaw...it actually looked good here...um what else??? Foley and Funk were very good esp. once the Funkster got his 2nd wind. Yeah...it was pretty good, not awesome as it went longer than it needed to but, I'd recommend it. Oh Yeah! Nakamaki did nothing but bleed, get demolished, scream, and win the match. Nakamaki fans rejoice ;)

 

The thing I remember most about this match is that insane Steiner Bulldog that Nakamaki takes outside the ring. What a nutjob.







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