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In Topic: Rick & Scott Steiner vs Keiji Muto & Hiroshi Hase (NJPW Tokyo Dome 01...

Yesterday, 08:43 PM

I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who found this lacking. I understand that New Japan likes its matches to begin with matwork, but I'd like to see it actually mean something to the rest of the match instead of being thrown in just because it's traditional, and here it doesn't.


Rick actually biting Muta's butt is something he wouldn't even try in the U.S. where the "Dogface Gremlin" stuff is actually understood, and it looked ridiculous here.


Thise who vall for the screwdriver to be a no-ifs-ands-or-buts finisher have it exactly right. It's one of those moves that exposes the business otherwise, as in "No way he's getting up from that if wrestling was real".


Rick couldn't execute the suplex off the top correctly either time he tried it, and it's only because he's so strong and Muta and Hase each took a big bump for it that it looked even halfway decent. I can see what most people mean about Rick getting sloppy by now, and it's a damn shame that Scotty chose to follow him down the same path a few years later.


Hase's running clothesline looked nice, but he took so long to get to Rick that Rick looked like an idiot for not dropping down. That's two moves in this match that non-fans looking to prove a point would ridicule mercilessly.


I think the crowd here was much more into Inoki-Tenryu for obvious reasons, but I still would have expected more heat for this. Maybe the Japanese were getting tired of the Steiners by now, since most of their matches in Japan have been basically the same since they started coming over. I know you can say that about most guys, but Rick and Scotty don't seem to have as much oomph, for lack of a better word, as they used to. I can see it in their American matches as well, although they looked really good against Bret and Owen earlier in the month.


Am I the only one who wonders how the third match of this unofficial round robin (Harts vs Muta/Hase) would have turned out? I guess it would depend on whether the match was held in America or Japan. In Japan, it could have been a classic. In America, Muta and Hase would most likely have come out with Fuji and been reduced to chops, nerveholds, and salt throwing (although Vince may have let Muta use the handspring elbow and moonsault).

In Topic: Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs Toshiaki Kawada & Masa Fuchi (AJP...

28 March 2017 - 08:36 PM

This has to be the most physical feud in wrestling right now. The only one who didn't look to be seriously hurt at the end of this was Fuchi. Kawada's knee went out again, Misawa's sternum was at least bruised, and Kobashi thought he was in Cleveland, where he almost certainly has never been in his life. Just another night in AJPW.


No disrespect to Taue, but Kawada and Fuchi make a much nastier team. Fuchi may not be able to go move for move with too many people anymore, but he can certianly still give beatdowns with the best of them.


The Misawa-in-peril section was briefer than I thought it would be, but it was still great. Given the injury Kenta was selling, I thought he was moving a bit too fluidly at the end; he seemed  too together to have a moderate to severe concussion. Then again, plenty of athletes have looked fine while they were competing only to not remember a blessed thing later. I liked the fact that he was too messed up to tag at one point when he could have reached out and touched Misawa by sheer accident, so the next time he was in range Misawa raced down the apron to make sure he was in can't-miss position. We seldom see that kind of attention to detail at any time in wrestling history.


Nice history lesson from John about the AJPW hierarchy around this time. I'm not sure if it was a coincidence that the top six spots most of the time went native-gaijin-native-gaijin-native-gaijin, but it serves to remind us that up-and-coming native workers had a tougher hill to climb than they would have if the American guys hadn't been there.


Where was ​Taue anyway? He wouldn't have had a Triple Crown match, since Misawa was in the match we saw. Was he working with Stan or Doc, or did he just have the night off for some reason?

In Topic: Mitsuharu Misawa, Kenta Kobashi & Giant Baba vs Toshiaki Kawada, Akira Ta...

27 March 2017 - 07:58 PM

I enjoyed this a lot, but there was nothing remotely five-star about it compared to some of the other matches in this feud going back to 1990. I wouldn't even say it did much for Kobashi overall, since anyone who knew the Kawada team's lineup in advance could guess who was doing the job. If he'd beaten Kawada, or even Taue, that cleanly, we're talking at least a game modifier, if not a game changer.


Nice to see Baba get actively involved in his number one feud. He wasn't in there much, but he looked to be having a blast when he was. Kawada and friends didn't go out of their way to take it easy on him just because he's the boss, either, which I'm sure he appreciated.


Fuchi stole the show as usual. Using Kenta's chin for a stair climber was a great spot, but I also liked him letting Kenta get within an arm's length of Baba (especially considering Baba's height and reach), then casually reaching out and hooking the tights without making a move to pull Kenta away from his corner. It's like he was saying, "Go on, tag if you want to so badly. What's the matter, little man? Are your little arms too short to reach?"


The Kawada side showed a lot more teamwork, and I'm wondering if part of that was because the Misawa side had to work around Baba a bit, which they'd never had to do before in a setting like this.


I'd like to see Misawa play FIP once in a while, if only so they could stress the idea that a pinfall win over him in one of these multi-man matches makes the man who gets it a top contender for the Triple Crown. Or did they even emphasize stuff like that in AJPW? If they didn't, they missed a golden opportunity to push possible threats to Misawa (or whoever the Triple Crown champ was at a given time).

In Topic: Genichiro Tenryu & Tatsumi Kitahara vs Keiji Muto & El Samurai (WAR 0...

26 March 2017 - 08:34 PM

This was okay, but nothing much I'll remember in a few hours. Most of this felt like two separate matches: Muta-Tenryu and Samurai-Kitahara. There wasn't much interaction between "opposites"; in fact, I doubt Muta was in there with Kitahara for more than a few seconds total.


I missed quite a few moves due to the choppy camerawork, plus Muta insisted in taking the match right into the middle of a sea of people at one point. I might have missed a few of the more dynamic moves because of this, and as I said above, what was left was just okay. There are definitely bigger moments ahead in what remains of this feud.


I agree about Tenryu's chops on Samurai being loud. Maybe that's why those two were in together more than Muta and Kitahara were. Samurai sold Tenryu's offense like a champ, that's for sure.


Are we absolutely sure that this is a handheld? At the very end, there appeared to be a globe logo onscreen, and I didn't know that you could do stuff like that with a regular home camcorder.

In Topic: Interview: Dennis Corraluzzo (SMW TV 01/29/94)

26 March 2017 - 08:00 PM

I should have remembered that. Thanks, Tim!