PWO Monday Match Madness
- I'll start by posting a match with a write-up for everyone to watch and leave their thoughts. Anyone is welcome to participate.
- At the end of the weekend, I will nominate a poster who rated my match to post a match of their choosing for the next week's pick.
- At the end of of that weekend, the nominated poster will choose another user to take over and so on.
Hope that all makes sense. Also, always include a link for the match that you will be nominating.
Week 2 (as nominated by gordi): Vader & John Tenta vs Gary Albright & Kazuo Yamazaki (UWFi Kings Road 10/08/94)
The nutshell version of the background for this match is: Albright was UWFi's top gaijin from near the beginning in '91, feuding with Takada. When Super Vader arrived, he supplanted Albright as the top gaijin and Albright was moved down the card.
In 1994, UWFi held the "Best in the World" Tournament which Vader won by beating Takada in the finals. On the same night, Albright beat Kiyoshi Tamura to finish 3rd in the tournament. UWFi started to build toward a dream match between the two huge gaijin. This match is one of two between these teams, both of which drew a white-hot, sold-out crowd as part of that build.
Vader: The UWFi Champion. An "unstoppable force" type of monster.
Tenta: An "immovable object" type of monster.
Albright: Against almost anyone else he'd be a monster himself, but in this case he's the scrappy underdog who has clawed his way back to the main event from the mid-card. Albright has the most legit background in amateur wrestling of anyone n this match, though Tenta was also no slouch in that department.
Yamazaki: The ultimate scrappy underdog. The Ricky Morton or Tsuyoshi Kikuchi of shoot style pro wrestling.
Why this match: cactus gave us Laughter7 bringing their beautiful shoot style into a pure pro wrestling promotion. This is Tenta & co bringing pro wrestling psychology and crowd work into a pure shoot style promotion.
I don't want to give too much away, and I want to leave some stuff for other people to notice and write up, but: The crowd is rabid to see Vader vs Albright. Look at how they use that to draw heat.
There is a moment here where Tenta perfectly illustrates how "no-selling" can work as a story-telling device. He uses it judiciously to get his character over. It's one of the many fine examples of pro wrestling psychology sprinkled throughout this match.
Please enjoy one of my absolute favourite matches of all time:
(Actual match starts about 6 minutes in. Don't miss the crowd work at the very beginning).