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William Bologna

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In Topic: RIP Vader

Yesterday, 11:04 AM

Watching the Fujinami matches, it really struck how fast he got good. He wasn't terrible when he showed up in New Japan in 1987, but he was obviously green. By the time he won the IWGP belt in the tournament in 1989, though, he was damn good, and he'd only started in 85.

 

He was still effective, diminished but dangerous, in his All Japan run, and that gives him 20 years of solid work. Remarkable longevity for a man that size working a rough style.

 

Update: I'm so stricken by grief that I got mixed up about the difference between 10 and 20. Let's just all pretend it was 20 years.


In Topic: Tatsumi Fujinami

19 June 2018 - 10:28 AM

IWGP Heavy & Gray test 18 club certification both championship game Tatsumi Fujinami vs Riki Choshu 1/4/1992
 
It's a special occasion here in the Tokyo Dome. The announcers are wearing tuxedos, and the capacity crowd is electric for this, the last Fujinami vs. Choshu singles match I have to review!
 
It's a big one, as Fujinami's putting his IWGP heavyweight championship on the line, while Choshu is risking his bullshit, made-up-ass Greatest 18 Club title.
 
They pick up where they left off in the 80s with some deliberate matwork. Too much for a twelve minute match. Fujinami tries to get things heated up with an unsportsmanlike slap off a rope break, but Choshu's not quite ready, so we do some more matwork.
 
And even though I was a little bored, it seems that Riki was correct. Based on the reaction of the crowd, the pacing here cannot be faulted. The spectators were never uninterested and became downright ecstatic as things reached their end.
 
That end comes when Choshu hits three consecutive lariats - two to the front of Fujinami and one to the back - to win one title and retain another.
 
If it weren't for the finish, which was not only clean and definitive but also an example of the escalation of punishment required to win a match, this could have come right out of 1983.

In Topic: Comments that don't warrant a thread - Part 4

14 June 2018 - 09:04 AM

There was a Three Stooges where Curly had to replace a wrestler who looked like Action Bronson. I don't know if it was good, but it was something.


In Topic: Dave Meltzer stuff

14 June 2018 - 06:57 AM

When you hear him talk about good matches - "Well, they'll have a good match" - it's almost a mechanical thing. Number of hot moves plus number of nearfalls equals good match.

 

Serious question: Has there ever been a PWG-style Meltzerbait match that he didn't fall for? Has he ever been bored by lots of moves and nearfalls?


In Topic: Comments that don't warrant a thread - Part 4

13 June 2018 - 02:01 PM

Random Question: what is the best "wrestling themed" episode of a TV show?

 

The Its Always Sunny episode with Piper pops into my head right off the bat. Obviously Vader on Boy meets world is classic.

 

I saw that Always Sunny episode three or four times before I realized that the guy Da Maniac is wrestling at the beginning is Don Frye.