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In Topic: Masanobu Fuchi vs Hiro Saito-AJPW (6/12/1986)

Today, 01:38 AM

Impossibly gritty, underrated, blood-drenched classic. Saito bloodying Fuchi's ear in the opening and contstantly attacking it with nasty punches was some amazing violent pro wrestling. Fuchi throwing wild punches and fist drops like Jerry Lawler was great, and his dropkick was such a fantastic, simple spot. The finishing stretch of the match was really well worked and felt equal to a high end lucha brawl. Loved Fuchi leaving a bloody imprint of his ear on Saito's side while applying the back suplex. I wouldn't be surprised if this ended up in my Top 3-5 80s AJPW singles matches. After watching this I was wondering if Fuchi ever had a hair match in Tijuana, and thinking I should really watch more Hiro Saito.

In Topic: Toshiaki Kawada vs Shinya Hashimoto (AJPW Excite Series 02/22/04)

Yesterday, 02:12 PM

Even for two beaten up old guys past their primes, I thought this was a world class pro wrestling match. They stuck to a more methodical pace in a match built around selling and limb damaging, which worked really well and built to an incredibly tense 2nd half. Hashimoto may be the greatest ever at selling wounded but dangerous, and here we also got him working as a beast next to the smaller Kawada.

Early on, Kawada was just overwhelmed by Hashimoto. I don't know if Kawada being unable to throw Hash properly was intentional or not, but it worked great in the context of the match. So we get Hashimoto as One Man Gang, working like an invincible wall of doom that Kawada has to figure how to topple. Hashimoto's facial expressions were absolute top tier acting and some of the best shit I've ever seen in a wrestling match.

Then of course you get two of the baddest dudes ever standing face to face and dishing out punishment to eachother. The dueling limbwork was a great way to avoid the trite "stand there and wait to get hit" crap japanese matches sometimes have. Instead, you had two angry bears, one on one leg, the other with one arm, hacking away at eachoter's weakpoints. Just an epic battle.

For the record, I thought Kawada's selling was near perfect. But Hashimoto's performance, all leading up to his eventual downfall, is the real integral part to the match. Just incredible stuff.

In Topic: Mexican Death Match: Hector Guerrero vs. Jose Lothario 6/8/84

Yesterday, 04:24 AM

The previous match was a chaotic, violent eruption. Here, Chavo had sat Lothario down and they shook hands before the match. So, this starts out with Jose and Hector wrestling with all good clean wrestling exchanges while Paul Boesch puts over Chavo's hot sauce. That weird beginning aside, this soon gets surely when Hector gets frustrated by Jose one-upping him. Hector starts the fun attacking Jose with some nasty side headbutts before quickly drawing blood with the steel ringpost and it's ON. The match quickly turns into the kind of gritty double juice massacre you want. It's pretty much impossible to have a bad match with even old flabby Jose Lothario in that situation. Jose was pretty great here as a tank with nothing but punches as offense, giving this the flair of a gritty seeding boxing match, while Hector used more standard wrestling offense that still looked good. Probably had a bit too many falls and was not quite the wild brawl I expected, but this was psychologically very sharp justifying the methodic nature of the match and let to a cool/silly finish (nice foreshadowing there Boesch) that got awesome reactions. Great little bloodbath.

In Topic: Etsuko Mita & Michiko Omukai vs Mima Shimoda & Yumi Fukawa (ARSION 01...

Yesterday, 12:01 AM

A Parejas Increibles Match! More disjointed pretty girl action! To make this even more disjointed, they clipped a 20 minute match down to about 6. I don't really bemourn this being clipped as it looked like their typical affairs that I wasn't in love with from 1999, plus they didn't really play up the Parejas Increibles aspect. To be fair, some of the exchanges here were kind of fun.

In Topic: Ayako Hamada & Mika Akino vs Rie Tamada & Mikiko Futagami (ARSION 01/...

Yesterday, 12:01 AM

Another clipped match. Hamada and Akino still seem to be working as plucky underdogs. What they show of this was mostly spots and double teams. The stuff looked good and Futagami is really fun in this type of match as she has nice unpredictable submissions and cradles. Still, I'm waiting for something complete.