Jun 18 2011, 09:09 AM
Talk about it here.
Jul 7 2011, 08:52 PM
This owned, Fujiwara is the worlds best Toru Tanaka. It was really fun to watch him work a completely different style, then he works in a normal PWFG show. He isn't the legend that the young guys have to get past, he is the dirty foreigner cheap shotting your local hero. No real Fujiwara matwork or reversals, no cool moves to speak of, but it was great. You get the sense that Fujiwara would have had an amazing career as a Gary Hart managed guy feuding with Dusty or a Tojo managed Akio Sato tag partner.
Jul 17 2011, 06:16 PM
Really fun to see this style worked in front of a U.S. audience that pops for different things. Fujiwara knows this and does a great job setting up spots for Vale to look strong and get big pops. Fujiwara complaining about Vale going after his eye and getting in a few cheapshots is great! Fun match.
Jul 20 2011, 02:40 AM
Weird seeing Fujiwara in boxing shorts. Was this the show that took place in Miami? Really seed like a rowdy wrestling crowd. Fun match.
Aug 15 2011, 01:58 PM
I liked this, and it wasn't worked like how I was expecting it. I guess Vale would be considered a high spot worker in this style with the cool kicks.
May 9 2012, 06:52 PM
I adore this match. I haven't seen it since I got the PWFG set from Will a few years ago. Fujiwara walking away with a grin on his face after the first headbutt was awesome. Loved Vale doing the headbutts on the ground and seeing Fujiwara complain in such a crybaby heelish way. It's cool seeing how Fujiwara reacts towards Vale's kicks, like he's so overwhelmed by them and intimated by the striking of Vale. This is so great.
Jul 3 2012, 09:16 PM
I'm not going to lie, I don't think I've ever been less invested in a Fujiwara match. The pro-US crowd were really hot for Vale, and it looked like Fujiwara wanted to give him something when Fujiwara would back off, but Vale would just grab him and they'd wind up on the mat. Didn't seem like anything was going on on the mat, either. Just holding each other. Fujiwara being the sort of-foreign heel is something that should have happened a lot more, though.
Sep 18 2012, 04:32 PM
Surprisingly fun. The rowdy partisan crowd made it a wild atmosphere. It was for the "Shootfighting Championship of the World" after all. Dull on the mat but the strikes were much better. Fujiwara did a great job heeling it up and riling the fans with a couple of headbutts. The hometown fighter went over, props to Wara for carrying him.
Sep 19 2012, 04:54 AM
This was just what I needed to wash away the memories of the Kaki/Silver match. It's one third the length and eons more appealing. It was funny watching Fujiwara play despicable foreign heel, all that was missing was throwing a handful of salt into Vale's eyes.
Mar 11 2013, 03:59 PM
Ha he really does look like Toru Tanaka. I wasn't aware PWFG ran any US shows, but it probably meant a hotter crowd than we would've had in Japan. Fujiwara's heel work and facials highlighted this. Not as big a fan of this as the UWFI but still great to watch to see what else was going on in the world. Fujiwara is continually working towards an armbar, and eventually the crowd goes home happy with Vale knocking him out of the ring with a high kick for the victory.
That wraps up a pretty interesting disc -- a bunch of promos, angles and highlights from WCW, WWF, Memphis & SMW mixed in with a couple domestic matches, a little NJ, Joshi, shoot style and Donahue. Talk about eclectic.
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