Feb 18 2011, 08:54 AM
Talk about it here.
Mar 11 2011, 11:35 PM
Fujiwara stepped out of the spotlight for the majority of his time in PWFG but by the time 1993 came along he had lost a number of his students when they left to form Pancrase. Joe Malenko was already well established in the company's hierarchy at this point but in 1993 he was looking like a star attraction (at least from where I'm standing). In a lot of ways this match showcases Malenko's position in the company and allows him to demonstrate just how incredible his mat assault could be. Of course Fujiwara is no slouch and there is some incredible struggle in here but Malenko still feels like the aggressor. If you love high end mat wrestling there is a lot to love here and a lot of detail to observe.
Apr 19 2011, 07:37 PM
I don't have much to add to what Graham Crackers said. I thought this match was really good, but never quite kicked in to the next gear. It felt a little more like an exhibition than a match.
Apr 20 2011, 08:09 PM
This was so much fun, just a pair of true maestros pulling pushing and twisting each other until someone gives. This wasn't an exchange of holds, it was a constant battle by both men to find some advantage or defense. This was really a Malenko show, as he controlled with great takedowns, and constant attacking, with Fujiwara really focused on defense. Of course Fujiwara is the greatest defensive pro-wrestler of all time, so the defense stuff ruled.
I liked this a lot. Really felt like two guys on the mat just poking and prodding to see if there's a weakness worth exploiting. There's moments where they'll both have a hold of a wrist or ankle and start twisting to see who releases or forces the break first. Fujiwara sprawling out with his head resting on his elbow while he has Malenko in a kneebar was also great, and a Fujiwara spot I always love.
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