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In Topic: Matches of the Month

17 April 2017 - 06:50 AM

April 1992:

 

1)      Jushin Liger vs. El Samurai (NJ 4/30/92) **** ¾

2)      Stan Hansen vs. Toshiaki Kawada (AJ 4/19/92) **** ¼

3)      Jushin Liger vs. El Samurai (NJ 4/16/92) **** ¼

4)      Atlantis vs. La Fiera (CMLL 4/3/92) **** ¼

5)      Aja Kong vs. Bull Nakano (AJW 4/25/92) **** ¼

6)      Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Jumbo Tsuruta (AJ 4/2/92) ****

7)      Octagoncito, Misteriocito & Mascarita Sagrada vs. Espectrito, Piratita Morgan & Pequene Pierroth (CMLL 4/17/92) ****

8)      Manami Toyota vs. Kyoko Inoue (AJW 4/25/92) *** ¾

9)      Bret Hart vs. Roddy Piper (Mania 4/5/92) *** ¾

10)  Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Terry Gordy (AJ 4/26/92) *** ¾

11)  Wild Pegasus vs. 2 Cold Scorpio (NJ 4/16/92) *** ¾

12)  Mitsuharu Misawa, Toshiaki Kawada, Kenta Kobashi & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs. Jumbo Tsuruta, Rusher Kimura, Masa Fuchi & Yoshinari Ogawa (AJ 4/18/92) *** ½

13)  Ric Flair vs. Genichiro Tenryu (SWS 4/18/92) *** ½  

14)  Ric Flair vs. Randy Savage (Mania 4/5/92) *** ½

15)  Stan Hansen vs. Mitsuharu Misawa (AJ Carnival Final 4/17/92) *** ½

16)  Blue Panther vs. Love Machine (Mask vs. Mask) (CMLL 4/3/92) *** ½

17)  Eddy Guerrero vs. Negro Casas (NJ 4/16/92) *** ¼  

18)   Randy Savage vs. Shawn Michaels (Munich 4/14/92) *** ¼

19)  Jushin Liger vs. Eddy Guerrero (NJ 4/19/92) *** ¼

20)  Rick Rude, Steve Austin & Arn Anderson vs. Barry Windham, Dustin Rhodes & Ricky Steamboat (Pro 4/4/92) *** ¼

21)  Ric Flair vs. Davey Boy Smith (London 4/13/92) ** ¾

22)  Paul Orndorff vs. Hector Guerrero (SMW 4/11/92) ** ¾

 

April was certainly another strong month. Helped by a good Champs Carnival and BOSJ, this was similar to many months of 1991 with it’s run of consistently good matches.

 

I’ve never really ‘got’ Liger as a GOAT contender, so for me to say he has been my wrestler of the year is really saying something. Him as the Junior version of the fighting champion, who will take on all comers who provide him with all kinds of challenges, yet eventually overcomes, has been fantastic. I’ve seen the El Samurai match before and thought it was really good, but it really benefited from watching the prior match and Liger in 1992 in general. It was a match where two people looked like they were trying to murder each other, not so much with brawling and weapons, but with wrestling moves, which seems an incredibly tough thing to pull off. Certainly my MOTY as this point.


In Topic: Top 500 of the 90s In Progress

18 November 2016 - 05:01 AM

Absolutely great work, Loss. As someone who's working their way (very slowly) through the Yearbooks, it's been great to go through and see what I remembered, what I'd forgotten, and what I have to look forward.

 

A fitting conclusion to an incredible project and lots of hard work from you (and others!) that has made you, personally, an index or encyclopedia for 90s wrestling.


In Topic: Matches of the Month

17 September 2016 - 01:50 PM

March:

1) Manami Toyota & Toshiyo Yamada vs. Aja Kong & Bison Kimura (2/3/ Falls) (AJW 3/20/92) **** ¼

2)      Stan Hansen vs. Mitsuharu Misawa (AJ 3/4/92) ****

3)      Cien Caras, Máscara Año 2000, & Sangre Chicana vs. Konnan el Barbaro, Perro Aguayo, & El Rayo de Jalisco Jr. (CMLL 3/1/92) ****

4)      Toshiaki Kawada vs. Akira Taue (AJ 3/31/92) *** ¾

5)      Toshiaki Kawada vs. Kenta Kobashi (AJ 3/20/92) *** ¾

6)      Vader & Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Masa Chono & Shinya Hashimoto (NJ 3/9/92) *** ½

7)      Steve Williams & Terry Gordy vs. Jumbo Tsuruta & Akira Taue (AJ 3/4/92) *** ½

8)      Arn Anderson vs. Ricky Steamboat (Pro 3/28/92) *** ½

9)      Ric Flair & Sid Justice vs. Hulk Hogan & Roddy Piper (MSG 3/23/92) *** ¼  

10)  Masa Chono vs. Shinya Hashimoto (NJ 3/1/92) *** ¼

11)  Ricky Morton vs. Brian Pillman (WCWSN 3/14/92) ***

12)  Tim Horner vs. Rip Rogers (SMW 3/14/92) ** ¾

13)  Roddy Piper vs. Shawn Michaels (Prime Time 3/29/92) ** ½

 

Took a week off before I start my PhD next week, however I wasn’t really in a mood to watch wrestling. I tried plenty to watch a whole range of stuff, but just wasn’t feeling it, so returned to watch a bit of the Yearbooks.

 

March was not as good as January or February, but that has been true of the previous two Yearbooks as well. This was definitely more of an angle-centred month, which was probably needed, and I’ve enjoyed the build to Wrestlemania more than 90/91, which SMW has been pretty entertaining and the Dangerous Alliance storyline carries along. To that end, I think all of the major promotions across the world were running hot, and producing notable matches and angles. Whilst I’m not always the biggest Lucha fan, I do agree with Loss that the best wrestling was coming out of Mexico. I still think that the ‘average’ (pfft) match is much stronger than previous yearbooks.


In Topic: Matches of the Month

11 July 2016 - 09:38 AM

February

1)      Jushin Liger vs. Pegasus Kid (NJ 2/10/92) **** ½

2)      Doug Furnas & Dan Kroffat vs. Toshiaki Kawada & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi (AJ 2/22/92) **** ½

3)      El Texano, Silver King & Gran Hamada vs. Negro Casas, Dr. Wagner Jr. & Rambo (UWA 2/29/92) **** ½

4)      Barry Windham & Dustin Rhodes vs. Steve Austin & Larry Zbyszko (SuperBrawl 2/29/92) **** ¼

5)      Jushin Liger vs. Norio Honaga (NJ 2/8/92) **** ¼

6)      El Texano, Silver King & Gran Hamada vs. Negro Casas, Dr. Wagner Jr. & Mike Lozansky (UWA 2/16/92) ****

7)      Bestia Salvaje vs. Huracan Sevilla (Hair vs. Hair) (CMLL 2/14/92) ****

8)      Sting, Dustin Rhodes, Barry Windham & Ricky Steamboat vs. Rick Rude, Arn Anderson, Bobby Eaton & Larry Zbyszko (WCWSN 2/22/92) ****

9)      Brian Pillman vs. Jushin Liger (SuperBrawl 2/29/92) ****

10)  Keiji Muto & Hiroshi Hase vs. Scott Norton & Brad Armstrong (NJ 2/10/92) *** ¾

11)  Hiromitsu Kanehara vs. Masakazu Maeda (UWFI 2/29/92) *** ¾

12)  Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Kenta Kobashi (AJ 2/27/92) *** ¾  

13)  Rick Rude vs. Ricky Steamboat (SuperBrawl 2/29/92) *** ¾  

14)  El Canek vs. Dos Caras (UWA 2/2/92) *** ¾

15)  Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Yusuke Fuke (PWFG 2/24/92) *** ½

16)  Masa Chono & Hiroshi Hase vs. Tatsumi Fujinami & Shiro Koshinaka (NJ 2/4/92) *** ¼

17)  Jerry Lawler, Jeff Jarrett & Junkyard Dog vs. Moondogs (Arena Clips) (USWA 2/29/92) *** ¼

18)  Rick Rude vs. Brian Pillman (Pro 2/15/92) *** ¼

19)  Vader, Cactus Jack & Mr. Hughes vs. Sting & The Steiner Brothers (Main Event 2/9/92) *** ¼

20)   Steve Austin vs. Ricky Steamboat (Power Hour 2/7/92) ** ¾

21)  Jerry Lynn vs. Barry Horowitz (GWF 2/14/92) ** ¾

22)  Randy Savage vs. Jake Roberts (SNME 2/8/92) ** ½

23)  Big Bad John vs. Eddie Gilbert ($25,000 Bounty Match) (2/21/92) ** ½

24)  Hulk Hogan & Sid Justice vs. Ric Flair & The Undertaker (SNME 2/8/92) ** ¼

25)  Ric Flair vs. Roddy Piper (Cage Match) (Worcester 2/24/92) ** ¼

 

February continued to deliver in a huge way. I’m not sure it was definitively the best month of the yearbooks so far (I was quite partial to November 1990, August 1991 and November 1991) but it certainly is up there. I mean, just look at that lengthy list with so many snowflakes, it was definitely spectacular. I think the ‘median’ match on the yearbook has improved significantly.

 

Match of the Month:   Jushin Liger vs. Pegasus Kid (NJ 2/10/92) **** ½ - I really like the idea of Liger as junior version of the traditional face champion who takes on a variety of tough guys and oddballs. This had a lot of the great stuff from the Honaga match but with added flips and shit.

 

Not an easy decision – the Kawada/Kikuchi tag was probably my favourite thing on the yearbook so far – only left off the top spot because I feel the 5/22 match will be even better. The Los Cowboys six man I rated **** ½ was also brilliant – I thought it merged so many styles brilliantly, from traditional lucha dives and chain wrestling, big Puro power spots, to Southern US tag double-teaming and comedy spots. Probably the most ‘different’ match I’ve ever called a legit MOTYC. As I said, hot month.

 

Angle of the Month – There’s more promos and segments this month and that’s very welcome. That said, I think the DA vs. WCW is the best angle for this month, and from what I’ve seen so far they seem to do most of this development in the ring, but no complaints from me. I also liked Jake Robert’s promo with Undertaker at the end of month – everything he touched turned to gold in the early 90s.

 

MVP: Jushin Liger – see above comments. The Pillman match was real good as well. I still don’t see him as a GOAT contender, but I liked everything he did this month.

 

Think I may have overcooked it watching two whole months in 10 days, and this may be why I didn’t love February as I could have. Writing my comments has made it sound a fantastic month of wrestling, which it undoubtedly was. I think I may return in September to watch a few more months of 1992. 


In Topic: Matches of the Month

07 July 2016 - 05:06 AM

A brief return home led to me picking up the next yearbook. Here we go!

 

1992:

 

January:

1)Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Toshiaki Kawada (AJ 1/21/92) **** ½

2)Moondogs vs. Jeff Jarrett & Robert Fuller + Jerry Lawler (Concession Stand Brawl) (USWA 1/17/92) **** ¼

3)Jumbo Tsuruta & Akira Taue vs. Kenta Kobashi & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi (AJ 1/26/92) **** ¼

4)Mitsuharu Misawa, Kenta Kobashi & Toshiaki Kawada vs. Jumbo Tsuruta, Akira Taue & Masa Fuchi (AJ 1/24/92) ****

5)Mitsuharu Misawa, Kenta Kobashi & Toshiaki Kawada vs. Jumbo Tsuruta, Masa Fuchi & Yoshinari Ogawa (AJ 1/10/92) ****

6)Jeff Jarrett & Jerry Lawler vs. Moondogs (Arena Brawl) (USWA 1/25/92) ****

7)Royal Rumble (Rumble 1/19/92) ****

8)Dos Caras, Silver King & El Texano vs. Lightning Kid, Jerry Lynn & Dr Wagner Jr. (Hamada's UWF 1/19/92) *** ¾

9)Arn Anderson vs. Dustin Rhodes (WCWSN 1/4/92) *** ¾

10)  Naoki Sano vs. Jerry Flynn (PWFG 1/15/92) *** ¾

11)  Rick & Scott Steiner vs. Sting & The Great Muta (NJ 1/4/92) *** ¾

12)  Fuerza Guerrera vs. Octagon (CMLL 1/31/92) *** ¾

13)  Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Stan Hansen (AJ 1/28/92) *** ¾  

14)  Tracy Smothers & Terry Taylor vs. Brian Pillman & Marcus Bagwell (Clash 1/21/92) *** ½

15)  Sting & Ricky Steamboat vs. Rick Rude & Steve Austin (Clash 1/21/92) *** ½

16)  Steve Austin, Bobby Eaton & Rick Rude vs. Sting, Ricky Steamboat & Marcus Bagwell (Pro 1/18/92) *** ½

17)  Vader & Mr. Hughes vs. The Steiners (Clash 1/21/92) *** ½

18)  Pegasus Kid vs. Villano III (UWA 1/26/92) *** ½

19)  Pegasus Kid & Negro Casas vs. El Hijo del Santo & Villano III (UWA 1/19/92) *** ¼

20)  Arn Anderson, Larry Zbyszko & Rick Rude vs. Dustin Rhodes, Ricky Steamboat & Ron Simmons (WCWSN 1/11/92) *** ¼

21)   Riki Choshu vs. Tatsumi Fujinami (NJ 1/4/92) *** ¼

22)   Arn Anderson vs. Dustin Rhodes (WCWSN 1/25/92) ***

23)  Cactus Jack vs. Van Hammer (Falls Count Anywhere) (Clash 1/21/92) ** ¾

24)  Bret Hart vs. The Undertaker (MSG 1/31/92) ** ¾

25)   Roddy Piper vs. The Mountie (Rumble 1/19/92) ** ½

26)   Bob Backlund vs. Jerry Lawler (WWA 1/10/92) **

 

January was a terrific month – we’ve had 4 stellar AJ matches, hands-down the craziest brawl I’ve ever seen, a great Rumble, some very enjoyable WCW and an almost impossible amount more. It will be interesting to see how people who have watched the Yearbooks chronologically may see things differently than those who watched them on their release dates (I was originally going to begin with 1991). I think I enjoyed the All Japan matches more for seeing their very gradual build since 1990, and it’s so refreshing to see WCW put out so many solid matches after a barren spell. All around, I think January has picked up where 1991 left off strongly, and just built upon it.

This seemed a very match heavy month. I don’t know if that’s a running theme of 1992, January is generally a packed month (1991 was similar) or if a long Rumble took up space. I always thought I was a match person above angles or the complete picture, but watching the yearbooks (especially what was coming from USWA and Texas) have really shown me how wrong I was. However, like ’91, when the matches are so good, I’m happy to just roll with it.

Match of the Month: Jumbo/Kawada – This was an awesome war where Jumbo looked at his most vulnerable so far, yet still came through to win. I actually think I might (maybe) prefer this to the Misawa/Jumbo matches of 90/91.

 

Angle of the Month: Moondogs/Jarrett/Lawler etc – the best matches USWA had produced, and the most captivating brawling I’ve ever seen. Between this and Cactus/Hammer, they look way ahead of their time, and are early prototype of the ECW and Attitude style I would grow up with. But better, of course.

 

MVP of January: Difficult, there were a lot. Ultimately saying Jumbo Tsuruta.

 

TL;DR: 1992 is off to a flier. The best may be yet to come.