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?