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In Topic: Mitsuharu Misawa & Toshiaki Kawada vs Jumbo Tsuruta & Akira Taue (AJP...

19 July 2017 - 09:22 AM

Jumbo Tsuruta & Akira Taue vs Mitsuharu Misawa & Toshiaki Kawada - AJPW 12/7/90


First Ten Minutes: I feel like Misawa & Kawada always come off heelish in 1990, but are still wicked over. They are the original anti-heros. Japanese crowds tend to root for whoever is getting beaten up so there were plenty of Taue chants. Interesting to see Taue do well against Misawa until Kawada kicked him in the back early while running the ropes. Taue tagged out and Jumbo just steamrolled Kawada and elbowed Misawa off the apron. Crowd popped huge for that! This was pretty much who could beat up the junior member of the team more. At the end of the first ten minutes that was Taue who seemed to hurt his knee on a kneelift (which he may have hurt early running into the buckles). Kawada was just merciless with the leg holds on Taue. In a fracas, Misawa hit a massive diving elbow to Jumbo (great save by Misawa as Jumbo was out of position so he hit a baseball slide and re-established the setup it was noticeable but a logical save). So Jumbo is out holding his head, which was pretty much his 1990 and Taue's knee is fucked. How will they come back? Or will Misawa & Kawada cement their rise?


Second Ten Minutes: Seven minutes of very good Taue heat segment. Lots of varied offense from leg holds to double teams to strikes. Suplex on the outside by Kawada was nice. Frogsplash by Misawa for a nearfall. Taue was really good at selling, which not something we talk about a lot. Most of the heat was around Jumbo and his injury. Taue gets an enziguiri early into heat segment, but finds out that he has no one to tag, which is a spot I always love. Then when Jumbo has recovered to finally get in and help, Kawada hits a barrage of knees to the injured head to draw boos. Taue finally gets a back suplex outta the corner. They do the WWE spot where both men fatigued and battered tag their partners. Who will this oncoming clash of Misawa vs Jumbo?

In Topic: Mitsuharu Misawa/Toshiaki Kawada vs. Steve Williams/Terry Gordy (AJPW 10/7)

19 July 2017 - 12:18 AM

Miracle Violence Connection vs Mitsuharu Misawa & Toshiaki Kawada - All Japan 10/7/90


There are no world tag team champions in All Japan because Kabuki left AJPW for Tenryu's SWS. The tag champs would decided as a part of the Real World Tag League. This was a series that was the signature feud of the tag division in 1991 All Japan.


There was a weird opening moment where Gordy takes Misawa out to the crowd and then does not do anything. The beginning was Misawa was pretty aimless. The Kawada stuff was great. Taking it right to Gordy with Gordy needing a dramatic fall off the top rope and Doc distracting Misawa to hit a powerbomb on the floor to gain the advantage. Kawada's selling and tight back psychology make for a solid FIP segment. Doc, who I have LOVED in 1990, had a tendency to sit in some pretty loose restholds. Best Gordy has looked outside of the RWTL Finals. He was moving with zip and hitting with vigor. Clothesline was vicious. Loved the hope spot where Doc hits the corner and Kawada gets a back drop driver. Doc & Gordy just keep pouring it on. There is way more standing around and breathing in this match than ultra sprint that was Hansen/Spivey vs MVC RWTL '90. The rifling kicks from Doc & Gordy were great. The hope spots with the crazy knees to Gordy's head was awesome. Tag frequency in All Japan is so well done. Doc called a great sequence. Missing clothesline and eating a crossbody, but kicking out at two. So he shoves Kawda in corner and goes for the big tackle and Kawada hits an explosive clothesline out of the corner. Awesome! Misawa and it is dropkicks for everyone. Stampede on Misawa? Misawa slips out and gets a Fisherman's Suplex? That's different! Doc big reverse elbow and powerslam. Kawada saves. Gordy takes a German suplex from each of the natives in the finish sequence. Gordy misses the same corner clothesline and it is a Kawada powerbomb on Gordy!!! Holy Shit!  I love Doc just shouldertackling mutahfuckas. Kawada tries running at Gordy eats a boot to gut and it is a powerbomb for the finish. There is a brawl post match Misawa attacks MVC, but is overwhelmed and Kawada runs them off with a chair.


It is JIP and first 11 minutes is basic, sold pro wrestling good transition to the heat with fall off the top and powerbomb on the fall. I thought the transition to the hot tag was great just when you think Kawada is dead meat he hits a massive clothesline The finish stretch was  a good amount of fireworks, Kawada hitting a powerbomb was good comeuppance.  Eventually he ran into the brick wall that was Gordy and got nailed with a powerbomb. Establishes Kawada as a force, but MVC are still the bigger, badder team. ***1/2

In Topic: Jumbo Tsuruta & Akira Taue vs Kenta Kobashi & Johnny Ace (AJPW Octobe...

18 July 2017 - 11:43 PM

Jumbo Tsuruta & Akira Taue vs Kenta Kobashi & Johnny Ace - AJPW 10/7/91


I should watch a Johnny Ace shoot and read an interview he did because I would be interested to know what the Four Corners like as people outside the ring. He is by far the most mediocre talent All Japan had but he still could hold his own with the best wrestlers of all time, which is saying something. The Ace Crusher looked more like a shitty Stunner than a Diamond Cutter in this match, but overall I thought Ace was pretty good in this match.


Loved the beginning with Kobashi trying to dive on Jumbo but eats a knee as we JIP. Jumbo sells the knee, but then gives him repeated kneelifts. All of sudden, Taue loses control and Johnny Ace of all people is world beater. He is killing Taue with dropkicks. Taue plays face in peril so weird. He kinda just ragdolls. Kobashi just takes him up and powerbombs him at one point and then moonsault. Not a lot of hope spots or selling. I felt like Jumbo & Taue were phoning it in more than being giving. The one heated section was Jumbo finally starts to interfere after like 5-7 minutes and Kobashi blasts him off the apron with a Lariat. Jumbo gets the hot tag and Johnny Fucking Ace of all people overwhelms him with slaps. WHAAAAAAAT??? Ace Crusher and they do a finish run on Jumbo. Before Jumbo gets a Thesz Press and goes home pretty quickly pinning him with a back drop driver.


Unexpected layout. Felt more like an offensive exhibition for Kobashi & Ace and Jumbo just showed up at the end to win the match. Taue had this one in cruise control also. Kobashi & Ace looked pro here.

In Topic: Stan Hansen & Dan Spivey vs Steve Williams & Terry Gordy (AJPW Real W...

18 July 2017 - 11:19 PM

Ya'll are crazy! This match was badass. Insane pace these guys cut. Action-packed, never a dull moment and wicked physical. Great sense of urgency. I love shit like Gordy and Spivey are the legal men, but Doc comes in and just starts clashing with Hansen like two rams. Or the sequence where Hansen rams into the railing as Doc follows in Hansen moves and Doc slams into the railing. The whole finish sequence is insane and hot. Ill have to watch again because I was eating lunch, but I loved this!

In Topic: Mitsuharu Misawa & Toshiaki Kawada vs Kenta Kobashi & Johnny Ace (AJP...

18 July 2017 - 09:44 AM

Mitsuharu Misawa & Toshiaki Kawada vs Kenta Kobashi & Johnny Ace - AJPW 9/29/90


Kawada in the Black & Yellow! All is right with the world.


Fun Fact: Ive have never seen a Johnny Ace match before. I will give him an A+ for effort. It is like he knows what a pro wrestler should act like and does it, but he comes off corny and goofy. The crowd actually laughs at him for loud he is. I think he was going for Bruiser Brody with the hussing, but his croaking voice just sounds like he is breathing out sawdust. His reaction to getting the hot tag was hilarious. There is a fine line between him and Rick Martel. He just looked silly. The Doomsday Devices was bitchin! They all fucked up the finish so I wont blame him. He looked competent, but he in with three of the best.


Oh my god, it is September of 1990 but mid-90s All Japan is already here. The urgency and the fire was off the charts. The way Kobashi was trying to prove himself and then the beating he took. I loved how he would slap Kawada and that would just fire him up. The intensity was off the charts. I loved the amount of physical contact. They were always pressing and suffocating each other. There was very little time not in contact. They were just attacking. Kobashi goes flying out to Kawada and then Kawada sends him to the railing and slams him hard into the floor. The back work on Kobashi was great! Misawa dishing it out like he was a heel was cool. Huge Kobashi chants. Yep it might as well be 1995. Kawada with those nasty kicks in the corner. TOSHIAKI MUTHAFUCKIN KAWADA IS HERE!!!


Why love All Japan? Kawada goes for powerbomb, Kobashi blocks. Immediately goes for hot tag smart. He avoids the death knell needs to get out of there. Ace dropkicks Kawada but he goes into Misawa so Misawa tags in eats a dropkick. That is a great logical way to get the next dude to feed. Misawa overwhelms Ace with elbows. Misawa is still the man, but Ace is firing back. There is a struggle to the slugfest. So Ace tags out because Kobashi always bites off more than he can chew. Kawada buries the knee to the back. HUGE REACTION! It was such an awesome sequence.


Kawada desperately trying to powerbomb Kobashi and failing all three times is All Japan Pro Wrestling. I liked Kobashi/Ace's finish stretch nearfalls. It felt like they could pull off the major upset. Misawa/Kawada were a well-oiled machine, but yeah everyone botched the finish. I thought it was a draw. Ace was horrible getting position. Misawa covers, but Kawada does not block Kobashi, so Kobashi breaks it up but Misawa/Kawada was supposed to go over there. Werid.


Everything before that was gold. Loved it. Kawada vs Kobashi was amazing. ***3/4