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In Topic: Jerry Lawler

03 December 2017 - 03:57 PM

I'm not sure if it's on youtube or the likes, but this is one of the yearbook threads for a '93 promo that people loved. I thought it was maybe the best Lawler promo I'd seen and it's still the one I remember most when talking about Lawler on the mic. 

In Topic: RINGS (The Fighting Network!)

03 December 2017 - 09:12 AM

Yoshihisa Yamamoto v Nobuaki Kakuta (12/19/92)
Well this was sort of a miracle. For starters, I think it might've been a shoot, and so far there haven't really been any of those that've been good. Secondly, it's Kakuta, and history tells us you don't really want to be watching Kakuta in a shoot for 20+ minutes (or an anything for 20+ minutes). And yet this actually kind of ruled! It's the earliest version of the Yamamoto we know and love (I assume we all love Yamamoto). Those bouts with Naruse offered glimpses of what he could do, but they were very much about the young guys finding their feet. This was him turned loose and just all over an opponent. He gave Kakuta no reprieve and thoroughly dominated him on the ground through the first three rounds. Then Kakuta started swinging with the leg kicks and body shots, managing to narrowly avoid being submitted, always being in with a striker's chance. Crowd were crazy into the last couple rounds and I found myself all the way behind Yamamoto pulling off the upset. Just as the final round was coming to a close we got some controversy, as Kakuta seemed to maybe catch Yamamoto low with a knee, and the ref' apparently called for the TKO as the time limit expired. Yamamoto was having none of it and eventually they - the judges at ringside, I guess? - decided it wasn't a knockdown and the fight would continue into a sixth round. It only lasted another fourteen seconds, but man were the people all in on those fourteen seconds. Best thing Kakuta's done by a pretty significant margin and our first real look at the Yamamoto we'd come to adore.
Mitsuya Nagai v Sergei Susserov (12/19/92)
This was pretty good stuff as well. Susserov looked like a machine at points with the way he'd toss Nagai around, plus he had some flashy stand-up and a couple neat moments on the mat (fitting, as Han is his cornerman/possible trainer). A few of those throws were awesome -- he'd really snap into them, all hips and torque. You look at him initially and wonder if he's maybe going to be another kickboxer, but he was much more along the lines of your Eastern European grappler. Nagai had his moments and looked pretty solid as well. He was never full blown manhandled or anything, and on the "if this was a real fight" scale it looked like he could've held his own okay. His final flurry of strikes certainly looked brutal enough that you could buy it as a stoppage. Susserov's name is familiar to me so I'm guessing he shows up again later down the road, and I'm more than okay with that.
Rudy Ewoldt v Georgi Keandelaki (12/19/92)
If I were to guess, based on Keandelaki LAYING IT IN with the body punches, I'd maybe venture that this was a shoot. It would be a ropey guess at best, however. This was a round and a half and they kept it moving along, no real pissing about, but after the scintillating five and a bit rounds of Nobuaki Kakuta that you never thought you'd ever live to see, this was always going to struggle to pop.

In Topic: Obscure Japanese 90s Indies (Yume Factory, W*ING, KAGEKI, IWA Japan, Capture...

03 December 2017 - 08:29 AM

Watched Yoshiaki Yatsu/Masayoshi Motegi v Isao Takagi/Hirofumi Miura from the 9/5/94 SPWF show. Thought it was really fun. You had the potato shots, the establishment of hierarchy with Yatsu and Takagi being the chunky team leaders, some nice peril segments, even a bit of blood and guys skidding around a grimy gym floor. 


Canek/Principe Maya v Motegi/Kamikaze from what I think is the first WYF show (3/31/95) is a totally badass little match that I kinda loved. Canek and Maya basically worked as Murdoch and Adonis for stretches, heeling it up and throwing out a bunch of cool offense. Motegi's hot tag ruled, not just because he came in and cleaned house and capped it off with a killer tope, but because the crowd loved him and one possibly-drunk section of fans were popping huge for everything he did. I don't know who Kamikaze is, nor do I know how good he might actually be, but he was fun in this. He took a beating early and when he got to reel off some offense he had some pretty neat stuff, including an enziguri flush under Maya's chin and a springboard moonsault where Motegi was a launch pad of sorts. Maybe a wee bit ragged in parts and it felt like the heat segment on Motegi ended a bit abruptly, but for twelve minutes this ticked all the boxes. It's also one of the better 90s Canek performances.

In Topic: RINGS (The Fighting Network!)

28 November 2017 - 09:01 AM

Willie Williams v Yukihiro Takenami (11/13/92) 
This was some spectacular carny horseshit and I loved it. The crowd is alllll about Williams and his hobo karate! Takenami is in the mood to fight! It lasted about three minutes and the heat was outrageous! I mean I can't explain why people were so thoroughly losing their mind for this but as a viewer I'm grateful that they were (because rabid crowds make the RINGS even better). Williams isn't good, but man he's fun in this type of short spectacle, with his sloppy palm thrusts and wheel kicks. I have absolutely no problem with him doing this every other show, which is not the stance I expected to take after seeing him for the first time however many shows back.
Dick Vrij v Hans Nyman (11/13/92) 
Nyman is announced as "the one and only Hans Nyman," which is like that time back when I went to rent Devil May Cry from the Blockbuster and it was already taken but the guy behind the desk told me to rent Kabuki Warriors instead. This is a rematch from a previous show that I remember kind of sucking, This one was a wee bit better, but not really something you need to see for six rounds/hours. They at least had spurts of half decent stand-up and some of Nyman's strikes looked like they actually had some impact behind them, as opposed to just looking pretty. I don't know what the finish was all about. I don't think Nyman did either, though he was gracious about it despite being annoyed (with good reason!).
Andrei Kopylov v Chris Dolman (11/13/92)
Perhaps I was hasty in my assessment that Dolman, after his fight on the previous show, had little left to offer in the twilight of his career. Because this was way better. It probably helped being in there with a gamer like Kopylov. I liked how Dolman would try to control with his judo and use his size advantage on the mat. Kopylov is tricky and we've seen how he can submit guys in plenty of ways, but Dolman was patient and used the extra weight. Excellent finish, too. Pretty fun bout.
Akira Maeda v Dimitri Petkov (11/13/92)
I like how the booking of this was basically a rocket-fuelled version of Hulk Hogan v whatever member of the Heenan Family was up next for him to feud with. Petkov came in on the last show, looked good, picked up the win, and now he's onto the ace. That they did it as part of a tournament was smart, in that it wasn't completely obvious they were setting Petkov up as the next guy for Maeda to run through. As a standalone bout I also thought this was really good, so it gets thumbs up all around. Petkov was super fun as a sort of shoot style King Kong Bundy, shrugging off Maeda's strikes and telling him to bring it, being pretty damn solid on the ground and tossing Maeda around with some awesome slams. There was one cool bit where he just picked Maeda up like it was nothing and walked around the ring, Maeda helpless, Petkov soaking in the moment before slamming him. He also reeled off a killer headlock takedown that the crowd lost it for. I thought they were kind of obvious in setting up the finish at first, but they threw in a bit of a curve ball and overall I really dug this.

In Topic: Tajiri vs Little Guido (ECW on TNN 01/28/00)

28 November 2017 - 07:50 AM

Yeah, I liked this a bunch, and for a match-up I feel like I've seen a hundred times, it never really gets stale. Is it the best match-up in ECW history? Tajiri was really fun again here and I liked how organic the Tarantula spot came across. The mocking of Guido's punch drunk selling was pretty great, too.