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?