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IWGP Heavyweight Champion Keiji Mutoh vs Hawk - NJPW 7/13/95

Yesterday, 09:24 PM

IWGP Heavyweight Champion Keiji Mutoh vs Hawk - NJPW 7/13/95

 

Given down years for WWF & WCW and the fact that New Japan drew 50k+ on three separate dome shows in 1995, you could say that Hawk, muthafuckin Hawk, is challenging for the most prestigious championship in the biggest pro wrestling company in the world. That is surreal. Couldn't find it, but Keiji Mutoh ended Shinya Hashimoto about 1.5 year stranglehold on the IWGP Championship at 5/3/95 Fukuoka Dome Show. He proceeded to successfully defend his title against Hiroyoshi Tenzan who was getting a major push in 1995 with title challenges against both Hashimoto & Mutoh in '95, along with becoming Chono's #2 after Chono turned heel. Tenzan is the first native to be pushed in New Japan since The Three Musketeers, Sasaki & Hase broke out in the late 80s. Mutoh's second title defense comes against Hawk, who was not doing much as the Hellraisers wrapped up in late '94 and Kensuke Sasaki is back to just being Kensuke Sasaki.

 

The first ten minutes are brutally dull. It is basically an exhibition in who can sell less. I think in a weird way Mutoh wins. Hawk works holds. I mean seriously. Once Hawk comes flying off the top and injures his knee, this actually gets really good. Like surprisingly good. Mutoh works the knee really well foreshadowing his 21st Century persona with the figure-4, I also his signature elbow but landing it on the knee. I thought Hawk sold really well. Hawk blocks the back handspring elbow, but Mutoh elbows. Then Mutoh hits a picture perfect dropkick right to the mush. Mutoh is deadset on hitting this back handspring elbow, but this time hits the railing and then Hawk just clobbers him. Alright, I am digging this. Hawk hits a lariat off the apron. Then hits his Doomsday Device lariat from the top to ring and Mutoh takes a great bump. Damn good nearfall. Hawk gets a pair of powerbombs, almost good stuff. Mutoh hits his backbreaker -> moonsault, but only gets two. Then he hits an awesome missile dropkick to the back of Hawk and another moonsault and wins. Last five minutes was really entertaining wrestling. First ten sucked. Watch it JIP, they probably wrestled it with that intention of how it would be viewed. ***


IWGP Tag Team Champions Hellraisers vs Shinya Hashimoto & Keiji Mutoh - NJPW 7/13/93

Yesterday, 05:04 PM

IWGP Tag Team Champions Hellraisers vs Shinya Hashimoto & Keiji Mutoh - NJPW 7/13/93

 

The Hellraisers had been defending against such world class tag teams as Tony Halme & Rambo (who?) and Tony Halme & Bobby Eaton (what?). This was their first defense against a major native tag team and what a duo, basically the two biggest stars of the 90s. Mutoh was in the midst of his IWGP Heavyweight Reign as the Great Muta. He would wrestle matches as Mutoh during this reign and seemed that they were winding him down at this time as he competed in the G-1 Climax in 1993 as Keiji Mutoh and would drop the title to Hashimoto in September of '93 and would wrestle the majority of time as Keiji Mutoh from here on out.

 

Definitely the best Hellraisers match I have seen thus far. I really liked the macho pissing contests involving Sasaki. The chop battle with Hashimoto, then the test of strength with Mutoh and then a knucklelock with Hashimoto but they started headbutting each other while in the knucklelock. Hawk was just kinda there. Hawk takes the FIP which is about as interesting as a Hawk FIP is ever. I did like his pushups in the Indian Deathlock, but that's it. The finish run was hot. Hashimoto misses his rainbow kick and Sasaki tags in and great dropkick to Hashimoto. Sasaki calls for Doomsday Device, Mutoh breaks it up. Hashimoto DDT! 1-2-NO! Great sell from Sasaki. Hashimoto/Mutoh hit a great double team, but Hawk saves. Mutoh tags in and gets caught in his back handspring elbow and it is a RIDICULOUS German from Sasaki! Big Lariat from Power Warrior! Now he wants the Doomsday Device again, but Hashimoto breaks it up. Mutoh gets a big nearfall from the German Suplex. That's twice Hashimoto/Mutoh have gotten big nearfalls off broken up Doomsday Devices. Backbreaker-> Moonsault->HAWK SAVES! Big save because it is over. Sasaki gets a powerslam off the running the ropes. He calls for the Doomsday Device! Will the third time be the charm? Yes it is! Hawk blocks Hashimoto, 1-2-3! Hellraisers retain the IWGP Tag Team Championships. Really strong last three minutes makes this an easy thumbs up. ***1/2


Hulk Hogan & The Great Muta vs The Hellraisers - NJPW 9/23/93

14 January 2018 - 05:44 PM

Hulk Hogan & The Great Muta vs The Hellraisers - NJPW 9/23/93

 

A lot has changed since the Hogan vs Muta confrontation in May both men have lost their championships, Hogan to Yokozuna and Muta to Hashimoto three days prior to this. The Hellraisers were not tag champs at this point, the classic tag team of Scott Norton & Hercules is. So no gold on the line. This match and Tenryu/Hase drew 18,000 to Yokohama Arena, which is a pretty impressive figure.

 

The novelty on the surface is Hogan and Muta as a tag team besides a couple weird looks from Hogan to Muta there is not much there. The real novelty is Hogan eating all of Sasaki's offense like a champ. A lot of people take easy on Hogan, but Sasaki set the tone early with stiff chops. He hit with a pretty wicked lariat and powerslam. He even got Hogan in the Scorpion Deathlock. Sasaki don't give a fuck who you are. Hawk was pretty useless in this match. Hawk and Hogan have a terrible opening with Hawk having trouble getting Hogan up for the Press Slam and Hogan executing the shitting juji-gatame ever but that was mostly Hawk's fault. Hawk vs Great Muta was a contest of who could sell less and guess what Muta won! Muta as a face in peril was just dumb. His whole character does NOT sell. The Muta/Sasaki parts were pretty decent and I am bummed I cant find anything online. The finish is pretty good. Muta mists Hawk when he was setup to take the Doomsday Device. Then Muta mists Sasaki. Hot tag to Hogan and AXE BOMBAH~! Watch Hogan & Tenryu vs Road Warriors for a crazy Hogan tag match in Japan. This is just fun to see Sasaki kick Hogan's ass.


IWGP Heavyweight Champion Shinya Hashimoto vs Scott Norton - NJPW 3/21/94

12 January 2018 - 08:50 PM

IWGP Heavyweight Champion Shinya Hashimoto vs Scott Norton - NJPW 3/21/94

 

Having defeated Muta twice, Sasaki and Chono at the Dome, Hashimoto had burned through a lot of challengers, a perfect time for top gaijin in New Japan, Scott Norton to step up. Looking at Scott Norton, he seems like he should be a favorite of mine as a big brick shithouse type wrestler, but I have not seen much to judge.

 

The first ten minutes or so of this is excellent. Really riveting David vs Goliath type shit which is not something you get to see from Hashimoto often. Norton is trash talking him telling him to hit the ropes. Hashimoto cant budge the big man. I love how he no sells the rainbow heel kick and then no sells the railing and comes back with a big clothesline. I mean Hashimoto cant get anything going. He is outside collecting him and Chono is cheering him on. Kicks, chops nothing doing. He tries to stretch out Norton arm and Norton does a fucking bicep curl and then short arm clothesline. This was great stuff and they were working around Norton's limitations. Dude has no charisma and not much offense. Turns out he hits the same desperate lariat a lot. Eventually Hashimoto wrestles him down into a tight armbar when he sees that short arm clothesline come again. Credit where credit is dude, Norton sells that arm for the rest of the match. Best spot of the match is Hashimoto hits his DDT gets two and then goes for the leaping version, Norton catches him and puts him into the corner and hits a superplex. Great spot it is all down hill from there. Somehow Hashimoto is the one who takes over and he runs through a short finish stretch before Norton runs through his powerbomb, powerslam and Samoan Drop. He sells the arm and then Hashimoto hits some of the worst enziguiris this side of Tenryu. He hits like a half a dozen of them. Cant get the pin. Slop drop, nope. Jumping DDT finally. Awesome front half that just gets progressively worst as they run through a very tepid finish run. A good IWGP title run from Hashimoto but not one for the ages. ***1/4


IWGP Heavyweight Champion Shinya Hashimoto vs Power Warrior - NJPW 12/13/93

11 January 2018 - 10:46 PM

IWGP Heavyweight Champion Shinya Hashimoto vs Power Warrior - NJPW 12/13/93

 

I was expecting the Hoss Battle of the Century here. I am remember really liking their 1/4/95 match, but I actually don't remember anything about it besides the fact I really liked it. I thought this was a pretty good I run through my routine you run through your routine match because at the end of the day they both have really good movesets. I was hoping for more testosterone and  macho pissing contests. Sasaki controls early on the mat and he is not half bad. I am more pissed about the fact that Hashimoto was in a cross armbreaker for as long as he was and didn't even sell. He really shouldn't be in one for that long either. Sasaki executed it fine. I thought the holds were well-executed especially the Scorpion Deathlock; Hashimoto just didn't sell. Hashimoto drawing Sasaki into a macho pissing contest of chops seemed like a smart strategy for Hash once he started destroying him with kicks. Then Sasaki hit a lariat and bulldog. There was this weird stretch where nothing seemed to matter and they just hit moves. Like Hashimoto hits a missile dropkick and then Sasaki hits a suplex. At some point Saski does gain control and runs through his finish stretch. He has a hot submission move with is like a headscissors neck vice. It is over. if there is one thing New Japan does better than any other pro style company is get submissions over. Hashimoto escapes and sweeps the leg! Sasaki sells the leg! Hashimoto works over the leg before hitting a pair of DDTs and a German. Bunch of kick outs there. Hashimoto is ready to finish him. Sasaki kneelift back to the submission good wrinkle in the Hashimoto finish run to give Sasaki one last gasp. I liked the transition to the finish a lot. Sasaki goes for the bulldog again but Hashimoto turns into him quickly snaps off a deep armdrag and then hits a vicious DDT for the win. That's what was missing from the match better transitions. People were just taking over willy nilly. More missed moves and mistakes. More struggle. New Japan needs more grit. ***1/4