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Vader vs Stan Hansen (NJPW vs AJPW Tokyo Dome 02/10/90)

NJPW AJPW NJPW vs AJPW Tokyo Dome February 10 1990 Vader Stan Hansen Vader vs Hansen 3*

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#1 Loss

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 10:32 PM

Talk about it here.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 11:13 AM

This is famous for Vader's eye basically falling out. They kept going for a while and had a fun brawl, but they probably would have had a much better match without that, ahem, little mishap. But I'm not sure the match would be as remembered.

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 08:38 PM

Obviously this will come up again later in the year, but eyes and eye afflictions and eye injuries FREAK ME THE FUCK OUT. It took me 17 years to muster up the courage to even put a contact lens in. I've avoided seeing this match for almost as long and that continues here. I simply cannot and will not watch.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 04:20 PM

I actually don't think they would have had a better match sans eye injury. This was a hell of a fight and exactly what I'd want from this pairing. You had the crazy stiff shots from beginning to end. You had them rampaging around ringside like uncaged zoo animals. You had Vader unleashing a nasty attack on Stan's ribs and Stan selling it like a pro. You had Vader hitting that awesome dropkick as a counter to the lariat. I agree with Loss that the match is more remembered than it would have been without the eye injury. But the freak-show image has served to flatten our collective memory of the whole thing, and that strikes me as a disservice. It was my MOTN, which is saying a hell of a lot given the Choshu-Tenryu tag and the unexpectedly excellent AWA title match.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 04:25 PM

They have a 25-minute match sans eye injury on 6/12, so we'll see which one seems better. I eagerly await the day when you agree with me on a wrestling match! :)

#6 Childs

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 04:31 PM

I respect your opinion, so when I disagree with you, it seems worth noting.

#7 jdw

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 06:08 PM

They also had the short match in 1991 at WrestleWar. John

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 09:31 PM

Ghastly eye injury that had me cringing. Have never seen this but have heard about it. I can tell something is wrong with Vader but we don't get a good close up at first which annoys me. Then when we finally see it I'm barely able to watch. Vader is freaking out at first and looking like he wants to just leave the ring. I'd be totally scared if something like that happened to me. He continues to battle on with Stan Hansen of all people. Not a great match but it is very physical. They do a lot of teases of getting counted out so when it finally happens it's pretty obvious but also kind of disappointing.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 11:37 AM

I swear every time they show that first closeup of Vader's eye it makes me cringe and rub my eye instinctively. Really lively match from two bulls. The short little elbows and shots early on were especially vicious. I have never seen the rematch before so I eagerly look forward to that match on the set. This match ended a run of 4 real good matches on this dome show.

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 11:54 PM

Man, how was Vader's eye ever OK after this? Are we sure he hasn't been rocking a glass eye the past several years? Anyway, this was a war, and major props to Vader for finishing this match with his eye in that kind of shape, and not really slowing down much, either. Is it as good a match as it would have been if he had two good eyes? Maybe not, but I also didn't see Vader noticeably scale back his repertoire as a result, either.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 02:46 AM

Thought this was pretty much what you'd expect from these two in this sort of setting even with the eye injury. Decent outing for a Dome show but it would've been more heated in a venue like Denen Coliseum, which was used for Hansen/Andre (though it was closed by this point.)

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 07:57 AM

Obviously this will come up again later in the year, but eyes and eye afflictions and eye injuries FREAK ME THE FUCK OUT. It took me 17 years to muster up the courage to even put a contact lens in. I've avoided seeing this match for almost as long and that continues here. I simply cannot and will not watch.

If it helps, you don't really see the worst of the injury. By the time the camera gets a good look at Vader's face afterwards, it's already swollen up and basically just looks like a really bad black eye.

Man, how was Vader's eye ever OK after this? Are we sure he hasn't been rocking a glass eye the past several years?

The doctors managed to save his eye, but they did have to install a steel plate onto his orbital bone. That's come back to bite him on occasion, like when an unusually-stiff chokeslam from a still-learning Kane made the plate pop out of place.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 02:27 AM

This infamous contest was a damn ugly match, and not just because Vader nearly lost an eye. Even by their standards it was unbelievable how hard they were hitting each other. There was some enjoyment in the brutality. Half the time was spent outside the ring and everytime the crowd would groan anticipating the DCO. They teased many times before the inevitable. A memorable one for sure.

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 05:09 PM

This is infamous for Vader's eye injury and it is also a very good match. This match is an all out war with both guys just laying in punches and brawling all over the ringside area. I would probably rank this as the best match of this show.

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Posted 07 August 2013 - 08:52 PM

HOLY SHIT. As the eye swells more and more, Vader has shades of Sloth from the Goonies. Stiff meaty action here, as one would expect. What a night of wrestling in Tokyo. I'm not sure if this would be my MOTN though, in a weird way, I preferred the other 3. If I had to dish out ratings, this would be a ***1/2, and the other three around ****.

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Posted 13 December 2014 - 10:25 PM

My new number one in the "Other" category for the month and the year to date. If these two had that hellacious a brawl after Vader nearly lost an eye, I can't wait to see what happens when he's 100%. Just two big bulls beating the hell out of each other all over the Tokyo Dome. Both men sold, but neither took a backward step. Simply incredible. It's number two overall right behind Garvin/Valentine, and not by much. With a decisive finish, it would have been number one.

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Posted 10 November 2015 - 08:20 PM

I can't remember if this was the first Stan Hansen match I saw, or the 2/28/93 Kawada match. Either way, Hansen's most famous match from a casual fan's perspective.  When they fought in AWA, he was Leon "The Baby Bull" White, and now baby has grown up.  Vader talks about how the start of all this was Hansen swinging his bull rope at him and knocking him in the head, which made Vader mad and that's what the opening exchange was about. Well, that doesn't happen here. Maybe it happens in the June match, but I've seen that several times and I've watched for that specifically. Oh well, this is a perfect foreigner spectacle for this show, and by the way, this 2/10 show is turning out to be a whopper.  After Hansen hits the lariat and they go outside for the count out, you can feel the intensity heighten even more, and like this release. Hansen doesn't talk much about this in his book, but it's very interesting that he would allow Vader to take his lariat like that. Makes sense as he was the IWGP champion and this was essentially an exhibition, but still, Hansen was very protective of his finisher.

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Posted 30 January 2017 - 10:12 PM

This watching I noticed Hansen's selling over anything else.  He sells the ribs like a champ, which probably wasn't hard given the shots Vader was taking at them.  One of those rare matches where a lot of Hansen's offense looked less stiff than his opponent's.

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Posted 03 June 2018 - 07:46 PM

I am surprised there aren't more people raving about this. It's two monster gaijin beating the hell out of each other in front of a hot Tokyo Dome crowd, so it's pretty hard to not get into. The shots these guys throw at each other and the ensuing eye injury to Vader are god damn gruesome and really make this match stand out as a brutal one. Besides that, it's nuts how Hansen keeps throwing shots to Vader's eye even when it's clear there's a problem. It's like watching two angry drunks fighting each other and there's a lingering feeling things might go just a little too far and someone could get killed. About the only criticism I have is that the camerawork wasn't that great at capturing shots thrown by these guys at each other. There's a moment where Hansen is on his knees and Vader delivers some stiff as fuck slaps that look like they could knock someone out. Not to be outdone, Hansen later puts his full weight behind some stiff kneedrops straight on Vader's injured eye of all places. The match is worked in such a way that it's clear from the beginning it's only a matter of time until things explode, so by the time the double count-out it feels like nothing else would have worked for the finish. I'd go at least ****1/4, probably higher if I watch a better quality version than what's on Dailymotion and my dog wasn't distracting me.


Also, not like anyone was doubting the brutality of this match, but here's Vader talking about how doctors had to cut off and reattach his eye, as well as do facial reconstructive surgery because of this match.


#20 ShittyLittleBoots

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Posted Today, 11:48 AM

There aren't many matches with a more genuine feel of chaos & danger than this one. Just two asskickers beating the crap out of each other. It's amazing. ****1/2

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