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#1 peachchaos

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 02:31 PM

This is something I've been thinking about while reading through this classic old thread. For years, Jeff Bowdren's list of 80's matches was the defining list among tape traders. Well, we've come a long way baby together over the past decade. Throughout the DVDVR Best of the 80's project, we've been able to formulate a consensus on this material. Even as more and more footage becomes available, I still believe we well on our way to coming up with the definitive "Best Matches of the 1980's" at this point. 

 

With the Wrestling Matches Hall of Fame starting up, it seems like perfect timing to get everyone's feedback on the 1980's results.

 

With nominations and voting closed for a good number of sets, I thought it would be interesting to look back at the "Top 20" matches from all the sets. Obviously, results aren't in for Puerto Rico and Portland and we may not see any new sets moving forward. I went ahead and made some predictions (okay, okay, they're just personal picks). Anyway, here are the #1 and #2 winners from each promotion in chronological order.

 

First place winners are in red. Second place winners in blue.

 

Andre the Giant vs. Stan Hansen (NJPW 9/23/81)

 

Jerry Lawler vs. Bill Dundee (Loser Leaves Town) (CWA 6/6/83)

 

The Fabulous Freebirds vs. The Von Erichs (WCCW 7/4/83)

 

MS-1 vs. Sangre Chicana (CMLL 9/23/83)

 

5-on-5 Gauntlet Challenge (NJPW 4/19/84)

 

Sgt Slaughter vs. Iron Sheik (WWF 6/16/84)

 

Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Super Tiger (UWF 12/05/84)

 

Terry Gordy vs. Killer Khan (Texas Death Match; Special Guest Referee, Kerry Von Erich) (WCCW 11/22/84)

 

Ted DiBiase vs. Hacksaw Duggan (No DQ, Loser Leaves Town, Coal Miner's Glove on a Poll, Tuxedo, Cage match) (Mid-South 3/22/85)

 

Jerry Lawler vs. Bill Dundee (No DQ, Loser Leaves Town) (CWA 12/30/85)

 

Buddy Rose & Doug Somers vs. Midnight Rockers (AWA 8/30/86)

 

Espanto Jr. vs. El Hijo Del Santo (Mask vs. Mask) (CMLL 8/31/86)

 

Nick Bockwinkel vs. Curt Hennig (AWA 11/21/86)

 

Ricky Steamboat vs. Randy Savage (WWF 3/29/87)

 

Dick Murdoch vs. Barry Windham (UWF 7/11/87)

 

Nobuhiko Takada vs. Akira Maeda (UWF 11/10/88)

 

Genichiro Tenryu & Toshiaki Kawada vs. Stan Hansen & Terry Gordy (AJPW 12/16/88)

 

Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Genichiro Tenryu (AJPW 6/5/89)

 

 

My picks for the remaining promotions:

 

Portland:

Buddy Rose vs. Rick Martel (2/3 falls) (PNW 4/26/80)
Rip Oliver, The Assassin & Dynamite Kid vs. Curt Hennig, Billy Jack & Buddy Rose (6/25/83)

 

Puerto Rico:

Carlos Colon vs. Stan Hansen (Cage Match) (WWC 3/14/87)
Carlos Colon vs. Stan Hansen (2/28/87)

 

GCW:

Tommy Rich vs. Buzz Sawyer (Cage Match) (GCW 10/23/83)
Ole Anderson vs. Paul Ellering (Cage Match) (GCW 10/23/83)

 

CWF:

Barry Windham vs. Ron Bass (CWF 11/19/83)
Ric Flair vs. Barry Windham (CWF Battle of the Belts II 2/14/86)

 

JCP:

Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat (NWA 3/18/89)
Ric Flair vs. Ricky Morton (Cage Match) (NWA 7/05/86)

 

AJW:

Lioness Asuka v. Jaguar Yokota (AJW 8/22/85)
Chigusa Nagoya v. Lioness Asuka (AJW 2/26/87)



#2 paul sosnowski

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 03:51 PM

I think for JCP you probably mean 7/5/86 for the Flair Morton cage match



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Posted 08 August 2017 - 04:43 PM

I think for JCP you probably mean 7/5/86 for the Flair Morton cage match

 

Thanks, I meant the one from the Horsemen DVD not the one that aired in Japan.



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Posted 08 August 2017 - 04:55 PM

Here is Bowdren's Top 20 cleaned up. and the other 78 chronologically.  Blue is available in full.  Red is not available at all.  Green is partially available.  Please feel free to update any I haven't color coded.  I'll tackle the rest of the list later.

 

#1  WCW - Ric Flair v. Ricky Steamboat (5/7/89, Nashville, Tn.)  *NOTE* ON WWE NETWORK
#2  NJPW - Dynamite Kid v. Tiger Mask (Sayama) (4/23/83, Tokyo, Japan) 
#3  AJW - Lioness Asuka v. Jaguar Yokota (8/22/85, Tokyo, Japan) *NOTE* was not fully available at the time the list was made.
#4  WCW - Ric Flair v. Ricky Steamboat (2/20/89, Chicago, Il.) *NOTE* ON WWE NETWORK
#5  WCCW - Ric Flair v. Kerry Von Erich (12/25/82, Dallas, Tx.)  *NOTE* ON WWE NETWORK
#6  AJPW - Riki Choshu/Yoshiaki Yatsu v. Jumbo Tsuruta/Genichiro Tenryu (1/28/86, Tokyo, Japan) 
#7  CWF - Ric Flair v. Barry Windham (2/14/86, Orlando, Fl.)
#8  AJW - Chigusa Nagoya v. Lioness Asuka (2/26/87, Kawasaki, Japan) 
#9  NJPW - Tatsumi Fujinami v. Akira Maeda (6/12/86, Osaka, Japan)
#10 NJPW - Choshu/Fujinami/Maeda/Kimura/Super Strong Machine v. Inoki/Sakaguchi/Mutoh/Hoshino/Fujiwara (8/19/87, Tokyo, Japan)
#11 NJPW - Dynamite Kid v. Tiger Mask (Sayama) (8/5/82, Tokyo, Japan) 
#12 WCW - Ric Flair v. Ricky Steamboat (4/2/89, New Orleans, La.) *NOTE* ON WWE NETWORK
#13 MEMPHIS - Bill Dundee/Buddy Landel v. Jerry Lawler/Dutch Mantell (3/24/86, Memphis, Tn.) *NOTE* Full Match = HOLY GRAIL
#14 WCW - Ric Flair v. Terry Funk (11/15/89, Troy, N.Y.) *NOTE* ON WWE NETWORK
#15 JCP - Ric Flair v. Barry Windham (1/20/87, Fayetteville, N.C.) 
#16 AJPW - Tiger Mask (Misawa) v. Kuniaki Kobayashi (6/21/85, Tokyo, Japan)
#17 MID-SOUTH - Ted Dibiase v. Jim Duggan (3/22/85, Houston, Tx.) 
#18 AJPW - Stan Hansen/Terry Gordy v. Genichiro Tenryu/Toshiaki Kawada (12/16/88, Tokyo, Japan)
#19 MEMPHIS - Eddie Gilbert/Ricky Morton v. Masa Fuchi/Atsushi Onita (9/4/81, Tupelo, Ms.) 
#20 NJPW - Antonio Inoki/Tatsumi Fujinami/The Cobra v. The British Bulldogs/David Shultz (7/1/84, Tokyo Japan)
 
1980 (0)
 
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1981 (3)
 
MEMPHIS - Wayne Ferris/Kevin Sullivan v. Bill Dundee/The Dream Machine (5/26//81, Louisville, Ky.) *NOTE* I believe only the final minutes and post match brawl are availalble.
WWF - Pat Patterson v. Sgt. Slaughter (4/21/81 @ MSG) 
AJPW - Bruiser Brody/Jimmy Snuka v. Dory/Terry Funk (12/12/81, Tokyo, Japan) 
 
 
1982 (2)
 
WWF - Satoru Sayama v. Dynamite Kid (9/2/82 @ Madison Square Garden)
AJPW - Stan Hansen/Bruiser Brody v. Dory/Terry Funk (12/13/82, Tokyo, Japan)
 
1983 (6)
 
JCP - Ricky Steamboat/Jay Youngblood v. Sgt. Slaughter/Don Kernodle (3/12/83, Greensboro, N.C.) *NOTE* was not fully available at the time the list was made.
NJPW - Tatsumi Fujinami v. Riki Choshu (4/3/83, Tokyo, Japan) 
MEMPHIS - Jerry Lawler v. Bill Dundee (6/6/83, Memphis, Tn.) 
WCCW - Freebirds v. The Von Erichs (7/4/83), Fort Worth, Tx.) 
AJPW - Dory/Terry Funk v. Stan Hansen/Terry Gordy (8/31/83, Tokyo, Japan)
NJPW - Riki Choshu/Animal Hamaguchi/Yoshiaki Yatsu v. Akira Maeda/Tatsumi Fujinami/Kengo Kimura (12/8/83, Tokyo, Japan)
 
1984 (10)
 
Nobuhiko Takada v. Yoshiaki Yatsu (4/19/84, Tokyo, Japan) 
Eddie Gilbert/Tommy Rich v. Koko Ware/Norvell Austin (5/14/84, Memphis, Tn.) 
Sgt. Slaughter v. Iron Sheik (6/16/84 @ MSG) 
Freebirds v. The Von Erichs (7/4/84), Fort Worth, Tx.) 
Dynamite Kid v. The Cobra (7/5/84, Tokyo, Japan) 
Satoru Sayama/Nobuhiko Takada v. Akira Maeda/Yoshiaki Fujiwara (7/23/84, Tokyo, Japan)
The Cobra v. Kuniaki Kobayashi (8/2/84, Tokyo, Japan) 
Terry Gordy v. Killer Khan (11/22/84, Dallas, Tx.)  
Satoru Sayama v. Yoshiaki Fujiwara (12/5/84, Tokyo, Japan) 
Tiger Mask v. Pirata Morgan (12/8/84, Nagoya, Japan)
 
1985 (9)
 
Ric Flair v. Bruiser Brody (1/4/85, St. Louis, Mo.)
Ric Flair v. Kerry Von Erich (1/25/85, St. Louis, Mo.) 
Chigusa Nagayo v. Lioness Asuka (5/85)
Ric Flair v. Terry Taylor (6/1/85, New Orleans, La.) 
Antonio Inoki v. Bruiser Brody (9/16/85, Tokyo, Japan)
Ric Flair v. Butch Reed (10/27/85, Oklahoma City, Ok.) 
Jim Duggan v. Buzz Sawyer (11/11/85, New Orleans, La.) 
Magnum T.A. v. Tully Blanchard (11/26/85, Greensboro, N.C.) 
Ted Dibiase v. Dick Murdoch (12/31/85, Oklahoma City, Ok.)
 
1986 (12)
 
Crush Girls v. Jumping Bomb Angels (3/20/86, Tokyo, Japan) 
Fantastics v. Sheepherders (4/19/86, New Orleans, La.) 
Midnight Express v. Rock n Roll Express (4/86, Charlotte, N.C.) 
Riki Choshu v. Killer Khan - Texas Death Match (7/31/86, Tokyo, Japan) 
Midnight Rockers v. Buddy Rose/Doug Somers (8/31/86, Las Vegas, Nv.)
Owen Hart/Ben Bassarab v. The Viet Cong Express (9/6/86, Calgary, Al.) 
Bull Nakano/Candor Saito v. Dump Matsumoto/Yasuko Ishiguro (10/86) 
Akira Maeda v. Don Nakaya Neilsen (10/9/86, Tokyo, Japan) 
Chigusa Nagoya v. Dump Matsumoto - hair v. hair (11/7/86, Osaka, Japan) 
Nick Bockwinkel v. Curt Hennig (11/21/86, Las Vegas, Nv.) 
Nobuhiko Takada/Shiro Koshinaka v. Tatsumi Fujinami/Keiji Mutoh (11/24/86, Sapporo, Japan)
Riki Choshu/Yoshiaki Yatsu v. Jumbo Tsuruta/Genichiro Tenryu ( 12/2/86)
 
1987 (13)
 
Crush Girls v. Yumi Ogura/Kazue Nagahori (1/4/87, Tokyo, Japan) 
Nobuhiko Takada v. Shiro Koshinaka (2/5/87, Tokyo, Japan)
Akira Maeda/Nobuhiko Takada v. Keiji Mutoh/Shiro Koshinaka (3/20/87, Tokyo, Japan)
Ricky Steamboat v. Randy Savage (3/29/87, Pontiac, Mi.) 
Antonio Inoki v. Masa Saito (4/27/87, Tokyo, Japan) 
Akira Maeda/Nobuhiko Takada v. Kazuo Yamazaki/Yoshiaki Fujiwara (5/25/87 in Sendai) 
Terry Taylor/Eddie Gilbert v. Sting/Shane Douglas (6/1/87, New Orleans, La.) 
Ric Flair/Tully Blanchard/Arn Anderson/Lex Luger/J.J. Dillon v. Dusty Rhodes/The Road Warriors/Nikita Koloff/Paul Ellering (7/4/87, Atlanta, Ga.)
Negro Casas v. El Hijo Del Santo (7/18/87, Los Angeles, Ca.) 
Akira Maeda/Nobuhiko Takada v. Kazuo Yamazaki/Yoshiaki Fujiwara (9/1/87 in Fukuoka) 
Crush Girls v. Bull Nakano/Condor Saito (10/6/87)
Chigusa Nagoya/Yumiko Hotta/Mika Suzuki/Yachiyo Hirata/Mika Takahashi v. Lioness Asuka/Mika Komatsu/Kazue Nagahori/Mitsuko Nishiwaki/Etsuko Mita (12/5/87, Tokyo, Japan)
Stan Hansen/Terry Gordy v. Genichiro Tenryu/Ashura Hara (12/11/87, Tokyo, Japan) 
 
1988 (16)
 
Nobuhiko Takada v. Hiroshi Hase (2/4/88, Osaka, Japan) 
Keiichi Yamada v. Hiroshi Hase (2/5/88, Tokyo, Japan) 
Jumbo Tsuruta v. Tiger Mask (3/9/88, Yokohama, Japan) 
Midnight Express v. Fantastics (3/27/88, Greensboro, N.C.)
Ric Flair v. Sting (3/27/88, Greensboro, N.C.) 
Midnight Express v. Fantastics (4/26/88, Chattanooga, Tn.) 
Owen Hart v. Keichi Yamada (6/10/88, Hiroshima, Japan)
Owen Hart v. Shiro Koshinaka (6/24/88, Osaka, Japan) 
Foot Loose v. Shinichi Nakano/Shunji Takano (7/19/88) 
Ted Dibiase v. Randy Savage (7/22/88 @ MSG) 
Yoshiaki Fujiwara v. Don Nakaya Nielsen (7/31/88, Tokyo, Japan) 
Antonio Inoki v. Tatsumi Fujinami (8/8/88, Yokohama, Japan) 
Genchiro Tenryu/Ashura Hara v. Yoshiaki Yatsu/Jumbo Tsuruta (8/28/88, Tokyo, Japan)
Foot Loose v. Shinichi Nakano/Shunji Takano (9/20/88) 
Jumbo Tsuruta v. Genichiro Tenryu (10/28/88, Yokohama, Japan) 
Ric Flair v. Lex Luger (12/26/88, Norfolk, Va.) 
 
1989 (7)
 
Tully Blanchard/Arn Anderson v. The Rockers (2/16/89, Hershey, Pa.) 
Ric Flair v. Ricky Steamboat (3/18/89 @ The Capital Center) 
Jumbo Tsuruta v. Genichiro Tenryu (6/5/89, Tokyo, Japan) 
Jushin Liger v. Naoki Sano (7/13/89, Tokyo, Japan) 
Ricky Steamboat v. Lex Luger (7/22/89, Philadelphia, Pa.) 
Ric Flair v. Terry Funk (7/23/89, Baltimore, Md.)
Jushin Liger v. Naoki Sano (9/20/89, Osaka, Japan) 


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Posted 08 August 2017 - 06:42 PM

I've seen a few mentions on the board that people have seen this match in full.   Does anyone have it?

 

Fantastics vs Sheepherders (4/19/86, New Orleans, La.) (I WAS AT THIS SHOW AND EVEN NOW, IT S ONE OF THE BEST LIVE MATCHES I VE EVER SEEN. )
- Watts' ex-wife claims to have this on video in full. I wish she would release this damn show. 



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Posted 09 August 2017 - 10:38 AM

I've seen a few mentions on the board that people have seen this match in full.   Does anyone have it?

 

Fantastics vs Sheepherders (4/19/86, New Orleans, La.) (I WAS AT THIS SHOW AND EVEN NOW, IT S ONE OF THE BEST LIVE MATCHES I VE EVER SEEN. )
- Watts' ex-wife claims to have this on video in full. I wish she would release this damn show. 

I know there were extended clips released.  Not sure about the whole match.  I'm sure Bix or somebody like that would know.



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Posted 09 August 2017 - 10:55 AM

There should be a way to remember miscellaneous territories: St. Louis, Houston (which has had a huge boom), Southwest, Canada, Continental etc...

 

American Power Six

 

WWF - 1. Sgt Slaughter vs Iron Sheik - MSG 6/16/84 2. Tito Santana vs Greg Valentine - MSG 6/16/84 3. Bob Backlund vs Ken Patera - MSG 5/19/80, Texas Death

 

JCP -  1. Ric Flair vs Ricky Morton - Horsemen DVD Steel Cage Match 2. Tully Blanchard vs Magnum TA - Starrcade 85 I Quit Cage Match 3. Greg Valentine vs Roddy Piper - Starrcade 83 Dog Collar Match

 

AWA - 1. Nick Bockwinkel vs Curt Hennig - Hour Draw 2. Buddy Rose & Doug Somers vs Midnight Rockers - Blood In The Sand 3. Rick Martel vs Nick Bockwinkel - Winnipeg 9/20/84

 

Mid-South - 1. Ric Flair vs Terry Taylor - New Orleans 6/1/85 2. Ted Dibiase vs Hacksaw Duggan - Houston Loser Leaves Town, Tuxedo Coal Miners Glove Cage match. 3. Hacksaw Duggan vs Buzz Sawyer - New Orleans 11/11/85

 

Memphis - 1. Jerry Lawler vs Dutch Mantell - 3/22/82, No DQ 2. Jerry Lawler vs Bam Bam Bigelow - Texas Death Match 3. Jerry Lawler vs Austin Idol - 4/27/87, Cage, Hair vs Hair

 

WCCW - 1. Freebirds vs Von Erichs - 7/4/83 2. Kerry Von Erich vs Michael Hayes - Loser Leaves Town Cage Match 3. Terry Gordy vs Killer Khan - Texas Death Match

 

America Misc: 1. Randy Savage vs Ronnie Garvin - ICW 2. Terry Funk vs Bob Orton - Southwest 3. Buddy Rose vs Rick Martel

 

Japan Big Two:

 

AJPW - 1. Funks vs Stan Hansen & Terry Gordy 2. Funks vs Bruiser Brody & Jimmy Snuka 3. Stan Hansen vs Terry Funk - 4/14/83

 

NJPW - 1. Andre The Giant vs Stan Hansen 2. Andre The Giant vs Killer Khan 3. NEED TO WATCH MORE

 

Japan Misc: 1. Fujiwara vs Super Tiger - 12/5/84 2. Fujiwara vs Super Tiger - 9/7/84 3. Fujiwara vs Super Tiger - 6/24/85



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Posted 09 August 2017 - 11:37 AM

Houston is definitely worth including. Not sure if there's anything on this level for St. Louis or Canada necessarily.

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Posted 09 August 2017 - 12:01 PM

Flair vs Dusty 1/1/82 is a good one from St. Louis.



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Posted 09 August 2017 - 01:00 PM

Flair vs Brody, no? Never seen it. There are better Flair vs Kerry matches. I feel like there is something obvious from St. Louis, I am missing.



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Posted 09 August 2017 - 01:02 PM

I really like this:

 

 

But I'm not sure if it's "OF THE 80s" material instead of just being really freaking cool.



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Posted 09 August 2017 - 01:13 PM

Re: St Louis, Blackwell v Butch Reed sometime in 1982 is really damn good as well. I certainly prefer it to any of the Flair/Brody matches that I've seen (from anywhere). 



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Posted 09 August 2017 - 01:19 PM

Can I toss in Pete's old adage that STL was not a territory, it was a "town"?

 

I mean I'll watch anything with Jerry Blackwell but idk about those picks.



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Posted 09 August 2017 - 01:20 PM

FWIW if anyone is completely insane they can view the Flair-Brody rematches on Roy Lucier's channel. That's right, they met again in '84 and '85.



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Posted 09 August 2017 - 02:25 PM

I enjoyed their 1983 match at the Checkerdome but I don't know if I enjoyed it enough to watch it two more times



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Posted 09 August 2017 - 09:33 PM

Can I toss in Pete's old adage that STL was not a territory, it was a "town"?
 
I mean I'll watch anything with Jerry Blackwell but idk about those picks.


I mean regardless if matches happened there that qualify as the Best of the 80s they should be counted. I think a case for Flair vs Kerry from Hawaii as the best match of the 80s can be made. Just because Hawaii was a layover/working vacation spot doesn't DQ it from contention.

Leave no ROCK unturned

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Posted 10 August 2017 - 07:10 AM

 

Can I toss in Pete's old adage that STL was not a territory, it was a "town"?
 
I mean I'll watch anything with Jerry Blackwell but idk about those picks.


I mean regardless if matches happened there that qualify as the Best of the 80s they should be counted. I think a case for Flair vs Kerry from Hawaii as the best match of the 80s can be made. Just because Hawaii was a layover/working vacation spot doesn't DQ it from contention.

Leave no ROCK unturned

 

I can think of one that can be left unturned (at least for a certain era):

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Posted 10 August 2017 - 07:39 AM

Lol. The only man to have a bad match with Greg Valentine in 80s WWF. Those were some borefests.



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Posted 10 August 2017 - 08:12 AM

 

Can I toss in Dylan's old adage that STL was not a territory, it was a "town"?
 
I mean I'll watch anything with Jerry Blackwell but idk about those picks.


I mean regardless if matches happened there that qualify as the Best of the 80s they should be counted.

 

I wholeheartedly agree, it's just that the few St. Louis matches that were being mentioned were not exactly Kerry-Flair.



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Posted 10 August 2017 - 08:48 AM

I thought Blackwell/Reed was genuinely better than Kerry/Flair, though I'm super bored of Kerry v Flair as a match up in general at this point.

 

I get that I'm most likely in the minority.






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