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Kazushi Sakuraba & Katsuyori Shibata vs Wataru Inoue & Hirooki Goto (NJPW The N...

17 December 2017 - 04:48 PM

A part of Laughter7's magic is missing here. It could have something to do with both members losing their singles matches at Wrestle Kingdom or that they aren't rushing their opponents like they have done during their other tag matches, something just seems off about their aura.


Goto brawling with Shibata is still worth sticking around for, as Goto seems like a much better fit for Shibata than Makabe. I wasn't a fan of Goto no-selling the back suplex, looked mega hokey. Inoue and Sakuraba's interactions aren't anything special and Saku only just barely managing to hang with Wataru freakin' Inoue doesn't do him any favors what so ever.



Kazushi Sakuraba & Katsuyori Shibata vs Wataru Inoue & Togi Makabe (NJPW Power...

17 December 2017 - 03:40 PM

The awfully-named Always Hypers rush Laughter7 as soon as they're in the ring as they know they don't stand much of a chance playing fair. It seems to work until Inoue is left in the ring with Shibata, who starts brushing off his measly strikes and shows poor Wataru how to dish them out correctly. Shibata just oozes charisma here. Sick of seeing his partner tenderized, Makabe tries to attack Shibata, and they end up brawling into the crowd. Sakuraba takes over Inoue and schools him on the mat before putting him away with a submission.


Not as good as the first match, but this sets up the Makabe/Shibata singles match at Wrestle Kingdom perfectly.



Kazushi Sakuraba & Katsuyori Shibata vs Wataru Inoue & Togi Makabe (NJPW King o...

17 December 2017 - 03:04 PM

What a way to re-introduce Shibata and Sakuraba to the audience. An absolute war with a red-hot crowd. Everyone has a role here, and they play it magnificently. Laughter7 are here to kick ass and show precisely zero fucks, Inoue is the whipping boy with a belly full of fire and Makabe is here to flip people off and to receive a hot tag, so thankfully he doesn't bog this match down too much. Pretty much a squash with a few hope spots. Inoue's spear was a thing of beauty and it caught me completely off-guard. Makabe & Inoue realize they have to play dirty if they want to stand a chance. They rush the illegal Sakuraba of the apron in order to double-team Shibata, but this is only a minor setback for Laughter7 who then make quick work of the Always Hypers.



Los Boricuas vs Head Bangers (WWF One Night Only 09/20/97)

06 September 2017 - 01:59 PM

The Head Bangers were so ridiculously over here.


Miguel Perez might be one of the hairiest wrestlers I've ever seen, it's like he's wearing a sweater. He hits a neat seaton/standing moonsault combination onto one of the Head Bangers and nobody pops what so ever. The Los Boricuas work an extended control segment on Thrasher, it's nothing fancy but the crowd being so behind The Head Bangers creates a lot of atmosphere and drama.


Mosh finally gets the tag and it's not too long before he picks up the win, with the crowd reaching Bulldog/Bret Summerslam '92 levels of excitement. I wish I was joking.



(WWF One Night Only 09/20/97)

06 September 2017 - 01:41 PM

What a train wreck this was. Tiger Ali Singh debuts with his father in his corner and no-one cares. He picks up the win after a top rope bulldog on proto-Al Snow. An utter waste of 5 minutes.


Not even Sunny could save this one. Come to think of it, this is probably the least I've enjoyed a wrestling match. Nothing memorable nor historical, nothing 'so bad, it's good', just utterly dull and lifeless wrestling.