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Zen Nihon Junior Oza Ketteisen: Saemi Numata vs. Akemi Torisu. Basic nothing rookie match. Neither of these two were worth anything in their prime, much less here. 1:33 of 6:54
Kaoru Ito vs. Miori Kamiya. Looked like a pretty good match, but all we got were the spots at the end. Based on that, it had some of the best effort of the night.
Suzuka Minami & Mima Shimoda vs. Bat Yoshinaga & Tomoko Watanabe. Appeared to be alright at best. Shimoda relied on her athleticism, but she was far less smooth then in later years when she wisely spotted those moves and focused on things she did better. Bat was pretty useless since she didn't kick. 3:43 of 13:36
Zen Nihon Senshuken Jiai: Takako Inoue vs. Mariko Yoshida. If ever there was a match where there was too much effort, this was it. They acted like it was the biggest match of their lives, in total desperation for the duration. This produced a lot of good near finishes, but on the other hand they were too hyper performing some of their moves, resulting in looseness and wasted motion. Much of the match was mat oriented with Yoshida working Takako's back and Takako working Yoshida's knee. Takako hurt her ankle and was hobbling around a bit, but applied a quick tape job and was good to finish. 17:16. **3/4
Debbie Malenko & Sakie Hasegawa interview
Nichipai Shinsedai Tag 5-bon Shobu Saishusen: Debbie Malenko & Sakie Hasegawa vs. Aja Kong & Bison Kimura. Kind of the equivalent of a junior vs. heavy match. Malenko & Hasegawa had the Zen Nihon tag titles, a title for the younger girls, but were trying to hang with the meanest veterans in the land. Hasegawa, who had a bad back but one wonders if that even played into it, was totally overmatched. Malenko didn't fair well, but she wasn't completely destroyed. This was one of those medal of bravery matches where you were rewarded for simply hanging on as long as you good, surviving even in defeat. Work was fine, but there's no drama in this type of match. 22:44. **1/2
Manami Toyota & Toshiyo Yamada vs. Yumiko Hotta & Kyoko Inoue. Yamada vs. Hotta was quite a good rivalry during the 1991-94 period, as they were the main AJW wrestlers influenced by the UWF. There stuff was closer to the quality you'd expect, with Yamada being the standout. Everyone else was good. Consistent quality, but no flashes of greatness. 18:33. ***1/4
Bat Yoshinaga & Tomoko Watanabe vs. Saemi Numata & Akemi Torisu. 1/2*
Suzuka Minami & Rie Tamada & Cynthia Moreno vs. Yumiko Hotta & Miori Kamiya & Kaoru Ito. *1/4
Japan Grand Prix ’92: Mariko Yoshida vs. Sakie Hasegawa. ***3/4
Japan Grand Prix ’92: Aja Kong vs. Bison Kimura. Brutal match. Read Review. ****1/2
Kyoko Inoue & Takako Inoue vs. Bull Nakano & Akira Hokuto. ****
Manami Toyota vs. Toshiyo Yamada. The actual wrestling is better than in their more famous hair match. *****
Kaoru Ito & Cynthia Moreno vs. Tomoko Watanabe & Saemi Numata
Mima Shimoda vs. Takako Inoue
Sakie Hasegawa vs. Debbie Malenko
AJ Title: Mariko Yoshida vs. Etsuko Mita
Aja Kong & Miori Kamiya & Terri Power vs. Bull Nakano & Yumiko Hotta & Suzuka Minami
WWWA Tag Titles: Toshiyo Yamada & Manami Toyota vs. Akira Hokuto & Kyoko Inoue ****
Tomoko Watanabe & Akemi Torisu vs. Saemi Numata & Chikako Hasegawa
Mima Shimoda & Cinthia Moreno vs. Miori Kamiya & Kaoru Ito
Terry Power & Debbie Malenko vs. Suzuka Minami & Yumiko Hotta
Japan Grand Prix '92 Blue Zone Koshiki Leaguesen: Kyoko Inoue vs. Mariko Yoshida
Handicap Match: Bull Nakano & Etsuko Mita vs. Toshiyo Yamada & Takako Inoue & Sakie Hasegawa
Japan Grand Prix '92 Red Zone Koshiki Leaguesen: Manami Toyota vs. Aja Kong
AJ Junior Title Sparkling Hussle: Candy Okutsu (JWP) vs. Rie Tamada. *1/2
Little Bigman no Arena Daiboken (big adventure): Abdullah the Kobutcher (Buddhaman) vs. Great Little Muta (Little Frankie). *
AJ Tag Titles: Kaoru Ito & Tomoko Watanabe vs. Miki Handa & Kurenai Yasha (LLPW team). ***
Space Flying Gymnastic: Chaparrita ASARI vs. Hikari Fukuoka (JWP). *3/4
Professional Wrestling Bible: Suzuka Minami & The Goddess Chikako Shiratori vs. Megumi Kudo & Nurse Nakamura (FMW team). **1/4
IWA Women’s Title: Manami Toyota vs. Plum Mariko (JWP). ****1/2
Amazon House: Yumiko Hotta & Takako Inoue vs. Eagle Sawai (LLPW) & Reggie Bennett. **1/2
JWP Tag Titles: Mayumi Ozaki & Cuty Suzuki (JWP team) vs. Etsuko Mita & Mima Shimoda. Mita & Shimoda win JWP tag titles. ***1/4
Demolition Woman Hot Running: Sakie Hasegawa vs. Dynamite Kansai (JWP). ***1/4
All Pacific Title Major League Derby Match: Toshiyo Yamada vs. Kyoko Inoue. Kyoko wins title. ****1/4
Dangerous Queen FINAL Countdown: Aja Kong & Bull Nakano vs. Akira Hokuto & Shinobu Kandori (LLPW). ****1/2
Yuka Shiina & Misae Genki vs. Kumiko Maekawa & Yoshiko Tamura. 1:50 shown
Hair vs. Mask: Mr. Buddhaman vs. Tigrijo. A few dives here at least. Tigrijo seemed pretty good actually, but had nothing to work with. 2:52 shown
EMLL Campeonato Mundial De Miniestrellas: Mascarita Magica vs. Espectro De Ultratumbido. Good action, but awfully short. 3:07 shown
WWWA Sekai Midget Senshuken Jiai: Little Frankie vs. Ultramancito. 2:09 shown
New Face Pin Up Board: Saya Endo. Not exactly the person that comes to mind when you see the words pin up...
Zen Nihon Tag Senshuken Jiai: Rie Tamada & Yumi Fukawa vs. Saya Endo & Tanny Mouse. They clip a bunch of matches that were probably really good after this to show almost all of this match? TamaFuka worked pretty well as a team, but Tamada was deliberate and sloppy as usual, while Saya & Tanny brought nothing to the table. *1/4
Mima Shimoda vs. Tomoko Watanabe. 3:21 shown
Mariko Yoshida & Kaoru Ito & Chaparrita ASARI vs. Toshiyo Yamada & Etsuko Mita & Takako Inoue. This had great action and look like it could have been ****, but only 1/3 is shown.
Zenjo G*TOP Week Special Digest: Highlights of Takako vs. Watanabe, Toyota & Yamada vs. Aja & Kyoko, Toyota & Yoshida vs. Mita & Shimoda, and Hotta vs. Ito
Shin Zenjo Greatest 4: Manami Toyota & Yumiko Hotta vs. Aja Kong & Kyoko Inoue. Not the most spectacular match they've ever had, but it was a little over 20 minutes of solid action with every spot hitting. ***1/2
Retrospective of Fukawa's ARSION days.
10/13/96 Tokyo Korakuen Hall WWWA Sekai Superlightky Senshuken Jiai: Chapparita ASARI vs. Pequena Azteca (Alda Moreno). An exhibition of spots. Cool flying moves, but Pequena is not exactly known for her execution. **1/4
ASARI shows us her parent's shop, her house, and her room. She has a lot of cool originals that she's on, and plenty of stuffed Disney animals.
Costume Collection Part 1. She models in half the costumes she's ever worn to the ring or wrestled in.
11/4/96 Tokyo Korakuen Hall Tag League The Best '96 Koshikisen: Kyoko Inoue & Chapparita ASARI vs. Aja Kong & Yoshiko Tamura. ASARI did her cool moves, but didn't execute close to her normal level, in part because her and Aja didn't work that well together. 3:43 shown
ASARI goes to Mexico, and they show her climbing a pyramid and walking around in a church
11/8/96 Arena Mexico, D.F. CMLL World Women's Title Decision Tournament: Highlights of Lady Apache vs. Xochilt Hamada & ASARI vs. Diabolica then ASARI vs. Apache Final. The final was short, but it was good while it lasted. They got a lot more out of the big spots than I expected by putting them over and doing dramatic near falls.
Interview where ASARI is asked about her various flying moves, which are shown
Short where ASARI saves a little girl from Yone Genjin and his mini estrella thugs. I was amazed that I never realized how short Pierroth was when I saw him in the ring with ASARI...until I realized it was Pierrothito.
Costume Collection Part 2
11/10/96 Arena Coliseo, D.F.: Lola Gonzalez & Lady Apache & Chapparita ASARI vs. Martha Villalobos & La Diabolica & Lady Star. Technicos had a pretty good team, but you have to have something to work with and they didn't. Martha is so good that she makes makes Eagle seem like the greatest big woman in history.
ASARI practices her gymnastics
This is Motoya’s first modeling video, which in this case they call "Idol wrestler sexy & image video." This is about what you would expect from a first video. Motoya in bathing suits was all I had to hear, and I wasn’t disappointed. Of course, Kanako looks awesome, and if you don’t find her attractive, you must not be a guy. Read Comments
8/17/95 Osaka: Ozaki vs. Hikari Fukuoka. Excellent match.
3/17/95 Hakata Starlane Street Fight: Ozaki vs. Dynamite Kansai. ****1/2 in unedited form, but this version ruins the build of the match by snipping parts out.
10/15/95 Tokyo Korakuen Hall: Ozaki vs. Cuty Suzuki
11/4/95 Kawagoe: Ozaki & Cuty vs. Fukuoka & Kansai
Plus extra curricular activities such as Oz learning to ride a horse, learning to scuba dive, etc!
K-2 GRAND PRIX '93 1st Round
Ernesto Hoost vs. Manson Gibson. Gibson gave Hoost a tough fight. The scoring was really weird because Hoost dictated the fight in regulation, although Gibson's defense was such that Hoost didn't do much damage. I couldn't really say Hoost beat Gibson, but I think he controlled the fight enough to get the decision. The judges called it even and sent it to overtime where Gibson had his best round yet 2/3 judges now gave the round to Hoost. Really good.
Bob Zenqifo vs. Adam Watt
Changpuek Kiatsongrit vs. Rob Kaman. Both guys threw nothing but power blows. Round 2 had some excellent exchanges. Definite quality.
Tass "Tosca" Petridis vs. Toshiyuki Atokawa
Special Match Women's Fight: Lucia Rijker vs. Yoriko Okamoto. Okamoto made these evil stares, but that was about it for her "offense." Rijker pummelled her continually. To Okamoto's credit, there was no quit in her, but she was totally outclassed. After a while you were hoping the ref would just stop it before she really hurt herself.
Ernesto Hoost vs. Adam Watt. Hoost was sharper here and his opponent wasn't as tough. It appeared that Watt lost because he didn't know you had to be up by 4 in the first two rounds on a knockdown, but Hoost would have won sooner or later anyway.
Tass "Tosca" Petridis vs. Changpuek Kiatsongrit. Good close fight.
Special Match: Andy Hug vs. Eric Albert
K.I.C.K. Super Heavyweight & I.S.K.A. Heavyweight Double World Title Decision Match: Masaaki Satake vs. Jeff Hollins. Satake looked good here, particularly with his punches.
K-2 Final: Ernesto Hoost vs. Changpuek Kiatsongrit. These were the two best fighters in the tournament, and they had a good technical fight. Hoost was more accurate here, which made a big difference since he definitely has the power advantage. He was able to fight his style. Kiatsongrit was good, but Hoost fought a great fight.
Jeff Roufus vs. Takeshi Tanaka. Exciting, but one-sided.
Orlando Wiet vs. Taiei Kin. Pretty good fight.
Yoshihisa Tagami vs. Hector Pena. Slaughter.
Changpuek Kiatsongrit vs. Michael Thompson. Kiatsongrit landed the more damaging blows, but Thompson was more active. Finish was kind of fishy if you ask me, as it ended on a Miyato spinning savate kick 2 seconds into a round.
Ernesto Hoost vs. Mark Russell. Russell was able to get up from a killer high kick in the third round, but he was still on dream street and Hoost was pummelling him. Russell showed good heart here, but that only goes so far when your opponent is the best.
Toshiyuki Atokawa vs. Tasis "Tosca" Petridis. Atokawa was unable to stop Tosca's punches. Tosca couldn't really get his kicks and knees going, but eventually his hooks and straight punches did so much damage that he was able to use his legs on his wobbly foe. Atokawa was basically a punching bag in round 5.
Branco Cikatic vs. Stan The Man. Slow, deliberate fight. Neither man was very active, and it was rather dull.
Andy Hug vs. Patrick Smith. Smith came out with all guns blazing again, but this time Hug was ready for him. Flashy, all action fight. May have been a work as there were so many big swings in the short time it lasted, but one knee from Hug was really the only good blow that landed.
WKA World Muay Thai Super Heavyweight Title: Dennis "Hurricane" Lane vs. Masaaki Satake. Typical dull Satake match. Highlight was Lane hitting a nice uraken, but he looked a little silly doing it since he wound up falling down.
*cover picture is a xerox $25*
Tsuyoshi Nakasako vs. Tofan Pirani
K-1 Grand Prix '99 Qualifying Tournament B Block First Round
Phillippe Gomis vs. Stefan Leko
Kirkwood Walker vs. Cyril Abidi
Michael McDonald vs. Combat Zijo
Alexander Semenovich vs. Samir Benazzouz
Stefan Leko vs. Cyril Abidi. Excellent fight. Both are very quick and active, and were more than willing to trade blows. The defense could have been better, but weak defense kind of makes for a better fight in cases like this.
Combat Zijo vs. Samir Benazzouz
Final: Stefan Leko vs. Samir Benazzouz
Ernesto Hoost vs. Igor Vovchanchin. I give Igor credit for being willing to take on a fighter the quality of Hoost, who has way may talent and way better technique. I tend to doubt Igor could have hung with him before he got into shooting, but it was obvious that all the shoots have screwed up Igor's instincts as he was going for takedowns when he knew Hoost was going to kick even though that kind of thing is illegal under these rules. Hoost kept attacking Igor's left leg right above the knee until Igor was in such bad shape that he'd fall everytime Hoost hit the area.
Peter Aerts vs. Sam Greco. A good fight while it lasted, but the finish looked awfully fishy.
Sam Greco vs. Ray Sefo
Musashi vs. Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic. Good fight with a lot of action. Musashi had some bad luck like getting hurt by an accidental headbutt, but overall he wasn't that impressive.
Ernesto Hoost vs. Andy Hug. Both men fought really hard and were always working. They threw a lot of blows, and they had a lot of them. Hug bloodied Hoost's nose. However, it was Hoost who was picking Hug apart. His low kicks are so nasty.
Jerome Le Banner vs. Peter Aerts. Le Banner couldn't seem to get going, but he was really pushing the action. I was expecting Aerts to kill him because he was aggressive to the point of sloppiness, leaning and such. Aerts did put him down twice in the first minute, but Le Banner bullied Aerts into the corner and KO'd him with a killer left.
Sam Greco vs. Mirko Filipovic. Greco hurt his foot kicking Mirko in the knee and was never the same the rest of the fight. It seemed more like he was beat by his own injuries than by Mirko, not that Mirko didn't get the job done.
Ernesto Hoost vs. Jerome Le Banner. Round 1 & round 2 were like totally different fights. In round one Hoost couldn't get going and Le Banner was overpowering him and nailing him with some nasty punches. In round 2 Hoost hurt Le Banner almost immediately with one punch and then had a big flurry for the KO.
K-1 Super Fight: Harry Hooft vs. Stefan Leko
Final: Ernesto Hoost vs. Mirko Filipovic. I think everyone knew that Hoost was going to win this, but they still went totally nuts for the third round as Filipovic was clearly on his last leg.
Michiko Omukai vs. Yukari Osawa
Rumi Kazama vs. Mizuki Endo
Eagle Sawai & Utako Hozumi vs. Mikiko Futagami & Carol Midori
Bull Nakano vs. Kurenai Yasha
Shinobu Kandori & Harley Saito vs. Miki Handa & Mizuki Endo
Michiko Omukai vs. Chaparrita ASARI (AJW). Less than 1/3 aired, but what they showed was good action with lots of big spots.
Mikiko Futagami & Mizuki Endo vs. Tomoko Watanabe & Rie Tamada (AJW team). Good fast-paced match with non-stop action.
Rumi Kazama & Carol Midori & Michiko Nagashima vs. Nurse Nakamura & Miwa Sato & Yukie Nabeno (FMW team). This tried to be a good match, but the FMW team and Rumi are just bad. All action including everyone doing a plancha. Average.
Jenn Yukari & Miki Handa vs. Etsuko Mita & Mima Shimoda (AJW team) 22:21 (16 or so shown). LLPW picked up the pace big time. Handa was largely up to the task, but Jenn was a bit sloppy. Still, the action more than made up for a few problems. LCO did a very nice job, elevating the quality of the opposition and delivering a fast-paced match with a lot of big spots. ***/12
Kurenai Yasha vs. Megumi Kudo (FMW). Yasha tries to work fast-paced, but she doesn’t have the spots for that style. Then again, she’s not good in any style. Average.
Harley Saito & Noriyo Tateno vs. Kyoko Inoue & Takako Inoue (AJW team). Workrate match. Kyoko & Harley are really good. Takako & Tateno don’t take it down to much. Very good.
Eagle Sawai vs. Combat Toyoda (FMW). Slow and plodding. Decent.
Chain Death Match: Shinobu Kandori vs. Bull Nakano (AJW) 22:11. Brutal bloody brawl. Selling is actually quite good. The pacing is very slow because of the length, but the amount of blood lost (and Bull's lack of stamina) makes that logical. They could have done more actual wrestling and been more creative with the chain, it was very much an 80's chain match where the weapon was a novelty so they felt they didn't have to do too much beyond use it repeatedly. Bull, of course, used it for the guillotine leg drop, which Kandori sold magnificently acting like it destroyed her eye. Bull carried this and she was still good, but at this point was better with a more energetic opponent. Kandori provided some intensity, but disappointingly the rivalry stuff was largely at the outset. ***
5/19/00 Tokyo Korakuen Hall: Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs. Shinya Makabe
5/2700: Koji Kanemoto vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa
5/30/00 Tsukubo Cabio: Shinya Makabe vs. Dr. Wagner, Jr.
6/5/00: El Samurai vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa
6/7/00: Koji Kanemoto vs. Dr. Wagner, Jr.
6/8/00 Takamatsu Shi Sogo Taiikukan: Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs. Gran Hamada
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5/23/00: Shinjiro Otani vs. Minoru Tanaka
5/24/00: Kendo Kashin vs. Kid Romeo
5/30/00 Tsukubo Cabio: Minoru Tanaka vs. Minoru Fujita
6/3/00: Shinjiro Otani vs. Katsumi Usuda
6/5/00: Kendo Kashin vs. Katsumi Usuda
6/7/00: Kendo Kashin vs. Shinjiro Otani
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Tatsuo Nakano vs. Shigeo Miyato 30:00. Good match.
Kazuo Yamazaki vs. Norman Smiley 15:30. Good match.
Nobuhiko Takada vs. Akira Maeda 25:18. Excellent match.
Yoji Anjo vs. Shigeo Miyato 20:04. Match was quite good when they did stuff, but they were stalling to stretch it to 20 minutes. Striking was good and would get intense. The submissions weren't as good as a whole, but each had one impressive takedown into a submission. 20:04. ***
Tatsuo Nakano vs. Tsunehito Naito 2;07. Really short, but a fun little route with no wasted time. The young punk Naito stood toe to toe with Nakano and tried his best, but just got wrecked. 2:07
Nobuhiko Takada vs. Norman Smiley 6:43. Pretty good while it lasted, but short and rather one-sided. Smiley wasn't a threat, but the fans were really into it anyway and Takada threw some nice high kicks. 6:43. **
Akira Maeda vs. Kazuo Yamazaki 10:50. Yamazaki's stuff holds up the best of the old UWF guys because its more believable due to him understanding and sometimes utilizing the real positions and his work generally being tighter. He didn't hit as hard as some of the other guys, but he would use fakes and feints to set up his attacks rather than just having his opponent stand there looking stupid when he whacked them. Yamazaki's matches were good at showing the consequences of faulty attacks. Such spots included Yamazaki catching Maeda's roundhouse kick and booting the knee of the plant foot, kneeing Maeda in the head when he shot (obvious now but uncommon in UWF/UWF-I), & Maeda booting Yamazaki when he was on the ground after he failed to put Maeda down with a standing kneel kick. Yamazaki was excellent and totally made the match, but he wasn't even allowed to push Maeda much. The finish came too soon and was even more of a let down because Maeda's kicks didn't look very good. 10:50. ***1/4
Yuji (Masakatsu) Funaki vs. Tatsuo Nakano 9:04
Minoru Suzuki vs. MacDuff Roesch 30:00
Nobuhiko Takada vs. Shigeo Miyato 10:43
Akira Maeda vs. Yoji Anjo 10:42
Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Kazuo Yamazaki 29:09
Shigeo Miyato vs. Kiyoshi Tamura 9:07
Tatsuo Nakano vs. Minoru Suzuki 7:35
Kazuo Yamazaki vs. Yoji Anjo 13:32
Nobuhiko Takada vs. Masakatsu Funaki 12:00
Akira Maeda vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara 18:16
Yoji Anjo vs. Kiyoshi Tamura 8:34. Even as a rookie Tamura's movement was good. Actually, he was already a better worker than Anjo. Pretty active match with good transitions. Obviously Tamura was outranked, but at least Anjo let him put a few over on him. 8:34. **3/4
Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Norman Smiley 6:57. Fujiwara didn't take Smiley seriously (that became common, but Smiley wasn't a wiggler in these days) and not much happened. About the only thing of note was a comedy spot where Smiley applied a leg lock, but Fujiwara just lay there like he was taking a nap. 6:52. *
Nobuhiko Takada vs. Tatsuo Nakano 10:21. Nakano put up a fight and Takada was taking more than giving, but Nakano still wasn't a threat and they didn't do most of their best stuff. 10:21. **1/4
Minoru Suzuki vs. Johnny Barrett 10:53. Barrett's waist size is twice Suzuki's and he's just a big bore. Suzuki didn't know what to do with him, but he was stuck going along with Barrett's lame offense most of the match anyway. 10:53. 1/2*
Kazuo Yamazaki vs. Bart Vale 11:11. Vale is usually bad, but he really stunk today with fake kicks and generally weak and sloppily executed offense. To make things worse, Vale was so out of his depth that Yamazaki couldn't even manuever well. 11:11. *1/4
Akira Maeda vs. Shigeo Miyato 6:15. Maeda was wrestling like he was in a bad mood and wanted to take it out on Miyato. He wasn't breaking clean, instead hitting Miyato, and he was also punting Miyato when he was down. The crowd went nuts for Miyato's comeback, which started with his signature spinning savate, but unfortunately after a few more moves Maeda regained control and won. Not a great technical match by any means, but the attitude gave it a lot of potential. Unfortunately, Maeda didn't take this attitude to the ring with someone that could have given him a fight. 6:15. **1/2
Shigeo Miyato vs. Tatsuo Nakano 7:09. Miyato's kicks vs. Nakano's suplexex, and they didn't waste any time getting to them. I liked their execution a lot. They struggled for the moves, and had a burst on them when they finally did them. ***1/2
Kakutogisen: Changpuek Kiatsongrit vs. Yoji Anjo R5. I expected this to be a work, but if it was they sure as hell fooled me. Incredibly intense. Kiatsongrit looks like he wants to injure his opponent with each shot. Anjo didn't have much luck doing anything to him because Kiatsongrit stayed so close to the ropes. He would wind up taking a few shots coming in so he could grap Kiatsongrit, but Kiatsongrit would keep hitting him and use the ropes to prevent the takedown. It was kind of monotonous, but so heated that it didn't bother me too much. Good fight.
Kakutogisen: Minoru Suzuki vs. Maurice Smith R4 1:29. Suzuki didn't fair too well here. He took pretty many blows, which resulted in a bloody nose. When he actually was able to take Smith down, Smith just crawled to the ropes. Decent, albeit one-sided. **
Kakutogisen: Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Dick Leon Vrij R2 0:37. Vrij did some good kicks, but Fujiwara was able to absorb them and take Vrij down. Okay, but nothing special. *3/4
Kakutogisen: Kazuo Yamazaki vs. Chris Dolman R3 0:48. Even Yamazaki couldn't get anything interesting out of Dolman. It's not really his fault though since Dolman dictated the match. Dolman kept taking Yamazaki down and for the most part just laid on top of him. *
Kakutogisen: Nobuhiko Takada vs. Duane Koslowski 10:55. Koslowski, I believe, never worked before or after, so this wasn't going to be one of the classic Takada bouts. Technically, Koslowski was great for his experience level. He was a great amateur wrestler, but he wasn't one of those guys that gets to the pros and just rides you once he gets you down. He wasn't a phenom, but he did throw a nice suplex and keep active. His problems were all acting related. He didn't have the timing or the facials, so he made a credible Takada high kick knockdown look pretty lame. **
Kakutogisen: Akira Maeda vs. Willy Wilhelm R2 1:28. Wilhelm was better than expected. He was hardly the most graceful, but he worked hard and kept at it. The match never really got going though. Maeda did a few kicks, but the idea was for this to look like a shoot so he didn't use his more questionable offense and was content to essentially get a submission out of nowhere. *3/4
Shigeo Miyato vs. Kevin Kastelle 6:32. Miyato was good in all aspects, while Kastelle was a kickboxer that was fair when it came to striking but didn't appear to posess any other skills. *1/2
Minoru Suzuki vs. Wellington Wilkins, Jr. 12:43. Although Suzuki did a nice Matt Hughes type of slam then a dropkick, this match was dull for the most part. Suzuki was solid and at points impressive, but Wilkins didn't show much. *1/4
Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Tatsuo Nakano 13:44. Aside from the headbutts being in excess, this was a good match. Tons of heat. Nakano got a bloody nose, as usual. Nakano did better than I expected as far as getting offense in, but he did lose all his points quickly. The fault of the match was that Fujiwara wasn't going to give up any points, so even though Nakano was competitive, the match was just getting more onsided because points wise and no one really expected Nakano to miraculously knock Fujiwara out or make him submit in spite of being down to his last point or two. **1/2
Kazuo Yamazaki vs. Yoji Anjo 11:57. Submission oriented until the last few minutes, which were virtually all striking. Solidly worked match.
Akira Maeda vs. Nobuhiko Takada 23:04. These two have so much confidence in their abilites, even when things are going bad they never look even remotely rattled. The key to the success of this match was the illusion that they were always doing something. It was a long match and they certainly rested, which was good since Maeda didn't blow up, but during feeling out and submission sections that they made you think had meaning. Not the most exciting match, but they spread what they did out well and you didn't feel like there were lulls. Well, it actually it was the old technical style where there isn't a lot of quick movement and they stay in the holds for a while, but it was good technically and this style is how they did it during the time period the match was a part of. This was hardly all Takada, in fact Maeda was the one that seemed to be dictating the flow of the match. This was before he was too old and out of shape, so he did well striking, even putting Takada down. The finish came off poorly because it happened soon after a long break from an accidental eye gouge. ****
Tatsuo Nakano vs. Johnny Barrett
Minoru Suzuki vs. Shigeo Miyato
Yoji Anjo vs. Wellington Wilkins, Jr.
Nobuhiko Takada vs. Kazuo Yamazaki
Akira Maeda vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara
Bart Vale vs. Shigeo Miyato 10:15
Masakatsu Funaki vs. Minoru Suzuki 8:53
Akira Maeda vs. Tatsuo Nakano 7:42
Nobuhiko Takada vs. Yoji Anjo 19:15
Kazuo Yamazaki vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara 18:30
Masahito Kakihara vs. Yusuke Fuke 10:00. These guys had the moves at this point, but the setup and transition came later. Fuke was the better submission wrestler, and he got it to the mat. As always with Kakihara, there were flashes of explosive brilliance. Surprisingly, Fuke had the best flurry of the match. Interesting enough, but not exactly smooth and polished. **1/4
Tatsuo Nakano vs. Bart Vale 9:27. Considering standup is Nakano's strength and Vale was never much on the mat, I thought they'd focus on that aspect. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case and even though Nakano did a few of his nice suplexes, Vale succeeded in killing another match. There was a bizarre spot where Nakano started to Dragon screw him and instead of going with it he basically enzuigiri'd the air. If you thought Vader doing powerbombs in a "shoot" was pushing it, Vale did a Razor's edge. *1/2
Minoru Suzuki vs. Bart Kopps, Jr. 10:13. Suzuki did a good job here. Kops was mainly a wrestler, but he got a good submission oriented match out of him. What made it successful is that they understood positioning. You can sell a submission all you want, but when it's put on within a few feet of the ropes, people (especially in '90) aren't too likely to believe it'll end the match. These two sold the moves well, and at the same time struggled from near the center to try for the break. **1/2
Akira Maeda vs. Yoji Anjo 13:52. One of Maeda's more impressive performances of the 90's. Seeing him in RINGS, especially in the later years, it's easy to forget how good a kicker he was. Both guys showed good standup here, and used it to get to the mat. Maeda's matwork has always been slow for my tastes, but it was more tolerable here because it was in between good standup and he was so over that the fans went nuts anytime he was close to a submission. Anjo was no more than competitive, though it went about as far as it could without him actually challenging. Maeda made this more dramatic than I expected and I was always into it even though I knew Anjo couldn't win. Cool finish where Maeda caught a high kick against his head and turned it into an akiresukengatame. Well worked with good balance and impressive performances from both. ***1/4
Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Dick Leon Vrij 7:58. Vrij is only worth watching when he's knocking the hell out of an opponent that is both skilled and willing to take a big beating. Fujiwara is neither, so you knew this wouldn't be much, but Fujiwara had Vrij trying to do submissions. Basically, Fujiwara didn't want to take much punishment, so they did some uninspiring matwork and a submission out of nowhere. 3/4*
Nobuhiko Takada vs. Masakatsu Funaki 12:18. These two were actually fairly similar in style at this point except Funaki was much quicker. This had the makings of a classic. The strikes were overly realistic with Takada getting a bloody nose and Funaki getting cut on the cheek. Unfortunately, Takada also got a bloody immediately swelling left eye that resulted in a doctor stop. This certainly did not appear to be the planned finish. While they did an excellent 12 minutes, they were building it up and the best was yet to come. ***1/2
Ayako vs. Sakai, Rosetta, AKINO, & Aja, Yoshida vs. ASARI
Full match list coming soon
Michiko Omukai nude modeling
This tape follows Shiratori on her quest to win the newly created title. It highlights the five match series with La Diabolica that set her up to challenge for the title, showing the complete deciding match. It also highlights the five match series against Lady Apache for the new title, showing the complete final match. In between it shows her during private time, training, with her family (she has a sister, but she's not nearly as divine), etc.
Akiyama sexy modeling.