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Zenjo

Member Since 11 Feb 2012
Offline Last Active May 18 2017 03:31 PM
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In Topic: Mitsuharu Misawa vs Akira Taue (AJPW Championship Carnival 04/12/95)

16 May 2017 - 04:32 PM

The Carny continues to deliver. Taue dukes it out for 30 minutes with the top dog, competing as an equal. I actually think this is one of those occasions where a countout victory would've worked well. There was good quality wrestling throughout, but the draw was clearly signposted. About 10m in they halted the momentum and did a reset, which was a clear signal to me. Still the crowd were supportive and it's well worth half an hour of your time.

In Topic: Toshiaki Kawada vs Akira Taue (AJPW Championship Carnival 04/08/95)

07 May 2017 - 03:42 PM

You'd have never guessed these two were tag partners if you hadn't known. They launched straight into battle and never took a backwards step. Terrific workrate throughout. It never felt like a draw was on the cards. One of the things I love about Taue is that he wouldn't take the worst of it in an exchange because of ego. Because of their pride Kawada, Kobashi and Akiyama would keep exchanging strikes even in situations when their opponent had the upper hand. Taue was all business, he wrestled to win.

This was an impressive level throughout and got better the longer it progressed. They battled back and forth until Taue landed the ring apron nodawa. Kawada was in trouble and went into defensive survival mode. He was rolling away and Akira was chasing after him, trying to catch his prey. A high end finish that helps make this a top 10 match for 1995. The result was an upset yet didn't feel like one. It simply felt right and just. The duration, the layout, the final move. All spot on. Taue was on fire and peaking.

In Topic: Mayumi Ozaki, Reiko Amano, Sugar Sato & Chikayo Nagashima vs Chigusa Naga...

07 May 2017 - 03:21 PM

The rivalry between Chigusa and Ozaki was hot. Both have such strong personalities in different forms. Here they were leading their students into battle. The action was relentless throughout as you'd expect in an 8 man. I got thinking how this would've been a mess with just the 6 kids out there. Add in a veteran to each side and there's a huge difference. They provide the structure and the layout, keeping everything under control. Hirota was just starting out so got her ass kicked. Aside from an abrupt finish this was good stuff.

In Topic: Wild Pegasus & Shinjiro Otani vs Gran Hamada & Koji Kanemoto (NJPW Ba...

07 May 2017 - 03:08 PM

Hamada looked tiny when in the ring with the roided up Benoit. A watchable match and nothing more. The crowd was dead and it didn't feel consequential in any way.

In Topic: Mitsuharu Misawa vs Toshiaki Kawada (AJPW Championship Carnival 04/06/95)

07 May 2017 - 03:02 PM

During the opening exchange Misawa suffers the injury from an innocuous looking kick. He was initially stunned, but the tough as nails warrior put that to one side and fought on without complaint. He sure didn't ask Kawada to go easy on him or limit the physicality of what was to come. There were a couple of moments when his timing was a little off. But by the end I'd forgotten about the injury. Instead I was remembering last time out. Having watched all the post 95 Yearbooks it's great to go back to a time when this rivalry was hot.

Once they got motoring it turned into a hell of a battle. Both dishing out the punishment and going full steam ahead. It wasn't paced like a draw in the middle stages. Then during the final 10m the smart booking of the previous Carny matches bore fruit. They'd had decisive finishes so why not here? Add in a red hot crowd, this was excellent.