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NJPW The History of Antonio Inoki Box Set Vol. 1
-3hr 10min. Q=Perfect. 2 DVDs

Part 1

Antonio Inoki vs. Dory Funk Jr. - NWA World Title (60-minute match, 12/2/69)

Antonio Inoki vs. Jack Brisco - UN Title (8/5/71)

Part 2

Antonio Inoki vs. Dory Funk Jr. - NWA World Title (60-minute match, 8/2/70)

Antonio Inoki vs. Dick Murdoch - UN Title (12/4/71)

NJPW The History of Antonio Inoki Box Set Vol. 2
-3hr 45min. Q=Perfect. 2 DVDs

Part 1

Antonio Inoki vs. Karl Gotch (3/6/72)

Antonio Inoki/Sakaguchi vs. Karl Gotch/Lou Thesz (10/14/73)

Antonio Inoki vs. Johnny Powers - NWF Title (12/10/73)

Part 2

Antonio Inoki vs. Seiji Sakaguchi (4/26/74)

Antonio Inoki vs. Killer Karl Krupp (5/8/74)

10/9/75 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan, NWF World Heavyweight Title Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Lou Thesz 17:40. It's amazing what a high level Thesz could still work at despite being almost 60-years-old, especially when you consider this isn't any kind of a nostalgia match, it's just as serious as the "shoot" matches he was doing in his 20's or 30's. Thesz does a great job of carrying Inoki to a memorable technical match in his less unrealistic style, and Inoki should also be praised for his ability to seamlessly follow the master. They based the early portion around the hammerlock, with Thesz consistently maintaining the advantage with primitive Kimura sweeps. Inoki failed to elbow his way out, but managed to drop into his own hammerlock in the scramble, which set up a sweet spot where Thesz tried to snapmare his way out, but Inoki maintained control of the lock on the way over. Thesz slowly inserted his heel tactics to rile Inoki up, always getting a cheap shot or two in such as a short punch to the midsection instead of breaking cleanly on the ropes. Inoki finally wised up and answered Thesz's elbow on what should be the break with one of his own, and maintained control slapping a headlock on. The match was excellent up until this point, but began to break down after this, as it felt like they just didn't know how to get to Inoki going over. I expected Inoki to eventually lose his temper & start brawling, but they didn't build anymore to a response that wasn't coming, instead going back to technical mode for a little while without advancing the match then going to the clunky finish. You knew Thesz wasn't going an hour at his age, but the bridge to the finish should have been better, or more acurately actually existant. Obviously Inoki wasn't just going to staight up knock the legend out or something, but the clash of heads when Thesz was backdropping Inoki into the ring was contrived at best & then Inoki finished a still dazed Thesz off with his own backdrop & a blown bridging fallaway slam that was so mangled Thesz ultimately didn't really take a bump on. Inoki getting the pin over Thesz, even a semi-retired old Thesz, was a momentous occasion in his career, I can't underscore how HUGE it was for his reputation in general and especially as a "shooter". In the end, it was an impressive if incomplete match that could have been a lot better given what a great start they got off to. ***3/4

12/11/75 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan, 2/3 Falls NWF World Heavyweight Title Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Billy Robinson 60:00. A great, great performance by Robinson, carrying Inoki to one of his best matches, and really doing it in a multifaceted manner where he got more out of him by making him answer him but also by knowing how to play his emotions to rile him up & thus escalate the tension. Regardless of who had the advantage, Robinson kept making Inoki work. If Robinson had the advantage, Inoki was just going to stay trapped until he did something to counter, and if Inoki had the advantage, Robinson would keep putting out responses to force Inoki to either work the hold more to make him break/stop or change his position to end it. Inoki may look better physically, but you always got the sense that Robinson was 2 steps ahead of him & had 10 answers to whatever offense Inoki might try, when Inoki wasn't just busy trying to dig himself out of the latest hole. The big problem with this match, as with Thesz match, is Inoki isn't remotely in his opponent's class, but in this case both were in their 30's & primes, so there wasn't the semi-retired legend excuse to even things up. Beyond that, the hour draw wasn't really to their advantage, as it slowed Robinson down way too much. When you look at Robinson's matches against Jumbo or Baba, they're aggressive action oriented matches that take advantage of Robinson's ability to counter & develop sequences even if they're as long as this, and Robinson's opponents really add a lot to the match, even if in Baba's case it's more amazing effort & a willingness to throw everything he could think of at Robinson than than solid technique. This was a much more mat oriented match, for better & worse, and a very slow building one at that. They used a grappling base where they'd lock up, one would gain a quick advantage, & the other would spend the next few minutes working his way out from under this. The holds were worked for minutes at a time, but too often for my liking they'd eventually get to a break then basically just restart with something else rather than keeping things going countering & chaining the holds & playing off the past sequences. Rather than a unique technical classic, it felt more like a not fully developed World of Sport match. I liked the spot where Robinson tried to bodyslam his way out of the cravate, but Inoki maintained the hold. You got that kind of big moment here and there early on, with the highlight being an exchange of elbows with Robinson in the ropes because neither were breaking cleanly from the outset, leading to Robinson just losing it & belly to belly suplexing Inoki (and himself) over the top to the floor because he could! However, for the most part the match was just working an advantageous position for as long as you could. Things began to pick up when Robinson injured Inoki's back with his backbreaker 19 minutes in. I thought this would lead to the 1st fall finish, but Inoki withstood Robinson's Boston crab & subsequent back stretches & eventually recovered. Robinson has the real fight mindset of winning being the important thing & the manner just being the means to the end, so he isn't the type of fighter that always needs to beat you with the same move or series. He failed to take Inoki out with a back move, but he really didn't care, he's always just taking whatever is available, so he switched to the neck for a while, working the cravate again until he hit a big reverse neckbreaker. The match was very much like an MMA match in that regard, it's not a continuous pro wrestling story where they target a certain area or have a specific injury theme, but rather a series of advantages that are exploited until they no longer can be, at which point they happily move on to something else because it's not about the particulars, it's about being in control & using that control to ultimately get to a spot the opponent can't escape from. The match changed after Robinson finally scored the first fall with a flash backslide 43 minutes in, as Inoki shifted to desperation mode & really pushed to get the fall back. This final third is more standing whereas the 1st 2/3 were almost totally on the ground, and this works better for Inoki because they can just exchange some suplexes & dropkicks, which doesn't take much more than the opponent waiting for you to do your move. I felt Inoki's desperation added to the match, but there still wasn't much beyond the elbow exchange in the final minute that really reached the level of urgency & intensity that Robinson & Jumbo Tsuruta were at in their brilliant 3/11/77 draw when the G+ edit starts somewhere in the 1st fall, much less after they'd upped the level so many times throughout that masterpiece. For me, unlike Robinson's AJ matches, this wasn't particularly improved by the high spots so much as simply moving on to other things with an increasing level of urgency that I would have liked them to be able to show before this on the mat. I feel the main problem is that although Inoki can follow Robinson well enough that Robinson gets the most out of Inoki, Inoki just doesn't possess the creativity or spontaneity to challenge Robinson, much less drag next level moments out of him, so it winds up being a Han vs. Maeda great one man show that results in a really good battle of top stars rather than a Han vs. Tamura give & take that's just magic back & forth. Inoki really brings little to the match beyond his unwillingness to lose & the same old idea it's supposed to be real, and it's pretty clear he's the big reason it doesn't measure up to Robinson's AJ matches, with Baba giving 100 times the performance against Robinson simply on will, effort, and actually having a concept of how to get the most out of what he can bring to the match. Lou Thesz seemed to handle Inoki's limitations better than Robinson because Thesz has a more set routine he's guiding the opponent through whereas Robinson is really doing a primitive version of MMA where the opponent's reactions are necessary to change things up, otherwise there's no reason for him to not maintain the same hold/position/control. I didn't like that Inoki's big push to even the match up led to Robinson trying to stall out his 1-0 lead rather than push himself to regain the dominance he had over Inoki for the first 43 minutes & actually take the title home with him. Sure, it got heel heat & incited Inoki, but Robinson has better ways to do this, and I don't think you can actually win the title without 2 falls (unless NWF has different rules). Even if you could, it still just felt false for a cocky fighter such as Robinson to not be pushing forward. There was massive excitment when Inoki managed to finish Robinson with his manjigatame at 59:12 to even things up, a real classic wrestling dramatic finish without actually being a finish, and from Inoki's standpoint that late finish surely "proved" he would have won the match if time didn't expire (though the last minute was actually back to playing even), but even Inoki would have earned more if he managed to counter an overconfident Robinson than one who was running out the clock (technically he does lock it after ducking a big Robinson chop). In the end, the match earns high marks for managing to consistently work, and it's nice that it's totally different than anything Robinson would go on to do in All Japan, but his best All Japan matches are so much more energetic & interesting worked & structured. ****

NJPW The History of Antonio Inoki Box Set Vol. 3
-3hr 25min. Q=Perfect. 2 DVDs

Part 1

Antonio Inoki vs. Strong Kobayashi - NWF Title (3/19/74)

Antonio Inoki vs. Kintaro Oki - NWF Title (10/10/74)

Antonio Inoki vs. Strong Kobayashi - NWF Title (12/12/74)

Antonio Inoki vs. Seiji Sakaguchi (4/21/78)

Part 2

Antonio Inoki vs. Hiro Matsuda (12/16/78)

Antonio Inoki vs. Rusher Kimura - Kimura left bloody! (11/5/81)

Antonio Inoki vs. Masa Saito - Island Death Match (10/4/87)

Antonio Inoki vs. Genichiro Tenryu (1/4/94)

NJPW The History of Antonio Inoki Box Set Vol. 4
-4hr 15min. Q=Perfect. 2 DVDs

Part 1

Antonio Inoki vs. Wilhelm Ruska (2/6/76)

Antonio Inoki vs. Wilhelm Ruska (12/9/76)

Antonio Inoki vs. Monsterman (8/2/77)

Antonio Inoki vs. Chuck Wepner (10/25/77)

Antonio Inoki vs. Lumberjack Johnny Lee (4/4/78)

Antonio Inoki vs. Karl Mildenberger (11/9/78)

Antonio Inoki vs. Mister X - World Martial Arts Title (2/6/79)

Part 2

Antonio Inoki vs. Left Hook Dayton - World Martial Arts Title (4/3/79)

Antonio Inoki vs. Willie Williams - World Martial Arts Title (2/27/80)

Antonio Inoki vs. Leon Spinks (10/9/86)

Antonio Inoki vs. Shota Chochoshvili (4/24/89)

Antonio Inoki vs. Shota Chochoshvili (5/25/89)

NJPW The History of Antonio Inoki Box Set Vol. 5
-4hr 5min. Q=Perfect. 2 DVDs

Part 1

Antonio Inoki vs. Tatsumi Fujinami (5/30/80)

Antonio Inoki vs. Tatsumi Fujinami (3/19/82)

Antonio Inoki vs. Tatsumi Fujinami (9/19/85)

Antonio Inoki & Seiji Sakaguchi vs. Tatsumi Fujinami & Kengo Kimura - IWGP Tag Final (12/12/85)

Antonio Inoki vs. Akira Maeda (5/27/83)

Part 2

Antonio Inoki vs. Tatsumi Fujinami (60:00 minute match, 8/8/88)

Antonio Inoki vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara (2/6/86)

Antonio Inoki/Kevin Von Erich vs. Keiji Mutoh/Kengo Kimura (11/3/86)

Antonio Inoki vs. Hiroshi Hase (1/4/92)

NJPW The History of Antonio Inoki Box Set Vol. 6
-3hr 45min. Q=Perfect. 2 DVDs

Part 1

Antonio Inoki vs. Riki Choshu (4/19/84)

Antonio Inoki vs. Riki Choshu (5/18/84)

Antonio Inoki vs. Riki Choshu (8/2/84)

Antonio Inoki vs. Riki Choshu - IWGP Title (2/4/88)

Antonio Inoki vs. Riki Choshu (7/22/88)

Antonio Inoki vs. Riki Choshu (2/22/89)

Antonio Inoki vs. Yoshiaki Yatsu (11/3/83)

Part 2

Antonio Inoki vs. Strong Machine (9/7/84)

Antonio Inoki & Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Akira Maeda & Osamu Kido - Tag Final (12/11/86)

Antonio Inoki & Seiji Sakaguchi & Keiji Muto & Yoshiaki Fujiwara & Kantaro Hoshino vs. Riki Choshu & Tatsumi Fujinami & Akira Maeda & Kengo Kimura & Super Strong Machine - Elimination Match (8/19/87)

Antonio Inoki & Riki Choshu & Kantaro Hoshino vs. Tatsumi Fujinami & Masahiro Chono & Shinya Hashimoto - Tag Final (12/7/88)

Antonio Inoki vs. Shiro Koshinaka (4/13/89)

Antonio Inoki & Seiji Sakaguchi vs. Masahiro Chono & Shinya Hashimoto (2/10/90)

NJPW The History of Antonio Inoki Box Set Vol. 7
-4hr 10min. Q=Perfect. 2 DVDs

Part 1

Antonio Inoki vs. Tiger Jeet Singh (6/20/74)

Antonio Inoki vs. Tiger Jeet Singh (6/26/74)

Antonio Inoki vs. Tiger Jeet Singh (3/13/75)

Antonio Inoki vs. Tiger Jeet Singh (6/26/75)

Antonio Inoki vs. Stan Hansen (2/8/80)

Part 2

Antonio Inoki vs. Stan Hansen (4/3/80)

Antonio Inoki vs. Stan Hansen (9/25/80)

Antonio Inoki vs. Stan Hansen (4/23/81)

Antonio Inoki vs. Bruiser Brody (4/18/85)

Antonio Inoki vs. Bruiser Brody (8/1/85)

Antonio Inoki vs. Bruiser Brody (8/3/85)

NJPW The History of Antonio Inoki Box Set Vol. 8
-4hr. Q=Perfect. 2 DVDs

Part 1

Antonio Inoki vs. Andre the Giant (10/7/76)

Antonio Inoki vs. Andre the Giant (6/1/77)

Antonio Inoki vs. Andre the Giant (6/17/86)

Antonio Inoki vs. Bob Backlund - 60:00 (7/27/78)

Part 2

Antonio Inoki vs. Bob Backlund (11/30/79)

Antonio Inoki vs. Hulk Hogan (6/2/83)

Antonio Inoki vs. Hulk Hogan (6/14/84)

Antonio Inoki vs. Hulk Hogan (6/13/85)

NJPW The History of Antonio Inoki Box Set Vol. 9
-3hr 50min. Q=Perfect. 2 DVDs

Part 1

Antonio Inoki vs. Pak Song (10/10/76)

Antonio Inoki vs. Akuram Pedwam (12/12/76)

Antonio Inoki vs. Tiger Jeet Singh (2/10/77)

Antonio Inoki vs. Great Antonio (12/8/77)

Antonio Inoki vs. Roland Bock (11/26/78)

Part 2

Antonio Inoki & Bob Backlund vs. Stan Hansen & Hulk Hogan (12/10/80)

Antonio Inoki vs. Rusher Kimura & Isamu Teranishi & Animal Hamaguchi (11/4/82)

Antonio Inoki vs. Masa Saito (3/26/87)

Antonio Inoki vs. Riki Choshu & Big Van Vader (12/12/87)

Antonio Inoki vs. Ric Flair (5/1/95)

NJPW The History of Antonio Inoki Box Set Vol. 10
-4hr. Q=Perfect. 2 DVDs

Part 1

Antonio Inoki vs. Ernie Ladd - NWF Title (3/20/74)

Antonio Inoki vs. Brute Bernard (2/4/75)

Antonio Inoki vs. Frank Monte (12/15/75)

Antonio Inoki vs. Inferno #2 (2/5/76)

Antonio Inoki vs. Victor Rivera (5/11/76)

Antonio Inoki vs. Majeet Akra (8/4/76)

Antonio Inoki vs. Ricky Hunter (8/14/76)

Antonio Inoki vs. Superstar Billy Graham (9/10/76)

Antonio Inoki vs. Pat Patterson - NWF Title (12/1/77)

Part 2

Antonio Inoki vs. Jerry Brown (2/2/78)

Antonio Inoki vs. Chris Markoff - NWF Title (11/1/78)

Antonio Inoki vs. Texas Red - Martial Arts Title (12/18/78)

Antonio Inoki vs. Bob Roop - NWF Title (1/12/79)

Antonio Inoki vs. Jack Brisco - NWF Title (5/10/79)

Antonio Inoki vs. Leroy Brown (7/6/79)

Antonio Inoki vs. Dusty Rhodes - NWF Title (11/1/79)

NJPW The History of Antonio Inoki Box Set Vol. 11
-4hr. Q=Perfect. 2 DVDs

Part 1

Antonio Inoki vs. Pedro Morales - NWF Title (12/4/79)

Antonio Inoki vs. Ken Patera - NWF Title (9/30/80)

Antonio Inoki vs. Bobby Duncum - NWF Title (12/9/80)

Antonio Inoki vs. Bad News Allen (8/2/81)

Antonio Inoki vs. Masked Superstar (8/6/81)

Antonio Inoki vs. Roland Bock (1/1/82)

Antonio Inoki vs. Abdullah the Butcher (1/28/82)

Antonio Inoki vs. Jesse Ventura (4/21/82)

Antonio Inoki vs. Scott McGhee (6/18/82)

Part 2

Antonio Inoki vs. El Canek (7/6/82)

Antonio Inoki vs. Sgt. Slaughter (9/19/82)

Antonio Inoki vs. Adrian Adonis (12/9/82)

Antonio Inoki vs. King Kong Bundy (2/6/85)

Antonio Inoki vs. Dick Murdoch - IWG Final (6/19/86)

Antonio Inoki vs. Bam Bam Bigelow - IWGP Title (8/2/87)

Antonio Inoki vs. Steve Williams - IWGP Title (10/25/87)

Antonio Inoki vs. Van Vader (7/29/88)

NJPW The History of Antonio Inoki Box Set Vol. 12
-3hr 10min. Q=Perfect. 2 DVDs

Part 1

Antonio Inoki vs. Great Muta (5/1/94)

Antonio Inoki vs. Wilhelm Ruska (9/23/94)

Antonio Inoki vs. Gerard Gourdeau (1/4/95)

Antonio Inoki vs. Sting - Tournament Final (1/4/95)

Antonio Inoki vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara (3/19/95)

Part 2

Antonio Inoki & Koji Kitao vs. Riki Choshu & Genichiro Tenryu (5/3/95)

Antonio Inoki vs. Big Van Vader (1/4/96)

Antonio Inoki vs. Willie Williams (1/4/97)

Antonio Inoki vs. Tiger King (Satoru Sayama) (4/12/97)

Antonio Inoki & Tiger King vs. Kensuke Sasaki & Kazuyuki Fujita (7/6/97)

Antonio Inoki vs. Nobuaki Tsunoda - sparring (3/22/98)

Antonio Inoki vs. Don Frye - Inoki Retirement Match (4/4/98)

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #1
-2hr. Q=Perfect

8/24/73 Los Angeles,CA Olympic Auditorium, 2/3 Falls NWA North American Tag Title Match: Antonio Inoki & Seiji Sakaguchi vs. Pat Patterson & Johnny Powers

12/10/73 Tokyo Taiikukan, 2/3 Falls NWF World Heavyweight Title Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Johnny Powers

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #2 10/10/02
-2hr. Q=Near Perfect

4/26/74 Hiroshima Kenritsu Gym: Antonio Inoki vs. Seiji Sakaguchi

5/19/75 Canda, 2/3 Falls NWF World Heavyweight Title Match: Tiger Jeet Singh vs. Antonio Inoki

3/20/75 Kuramae Kokugikan: Antonio Inoki vs. Tiger Jeet Singh. Digest

Montreal, Quebec NWF World Heavyweight Title Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Tiger Jeet Singh. Digest

6/26/75 Kuramae Kokugikan, 2/3 Falls NWF World Heavyweight Title Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Tiger Jeet Singh

NJPW NET TV Special Showdown at Shea taped 6/25/76 Flushing, NY Shea Stadium
-1 1/2hr. Q=PG

Kakutogi World #1 Decision Match: Andre the Giant vs. Chuck Wepner R3 1:15

Los Angeles,CA Olympic Auditorium: Wilhelm Ruska vs Don Fargo

Kakutogi World #1 Decision Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Muhammad Ali 15R

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #3
-2hr. Q=Perfect

10/7/76 Kuramae Kokugikan, NWF World Heavyweight Title Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Andre The Giant. Digest

6/1/77 Aichi-ken Gym, NWF World Heavyweight Title Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Andre The Giant

6/10/77 Virginia Convention Center, NWA North American Tag Title Match: Tiger Jeet Singh & Umanosuke Ueda vs. Seiji Sakaguchi & Strong Kobayashi

7/21/77 Miyagi-ken Sports Center, Tag Title Match: Antonio Inoki & Seiji Sakaguchi vs. Black Gordman & Great Goliath

7/21/77, 2/3 Falls NWF Asia Heavyweight Title Match: Tiger Jeet Singh vs. Strong Kobayashi

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #4
-2hr. Q=Perfect

5/30/77 Okayama Budokan: Antonio Inoki vs. Victor Rivera

6/29/77 Osaka Furitsu Gym: Antonio Inoki & Riki Choshu vs. Asian Terrors #1 & #2 (Great Goliath & Black Gordman)

6/29/77: Shozo Kobayashi vs. Umanoseke Ueda

12/1/77 Osaka Furitsu Gym: Riki Choshu vs. Wilhelm Ruska

1/23/78 NY, NY MSG WWWF Junior Title Match: Jose Estrada vs. Tatsumi Fujinami

6/9/78 Los Angeles, CA Olympic Auditorium, WWWF Junior Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Carlos Mata

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #5
-2hr. Q=Perfect

12/11/75 Kuramae Kokugikan, 2/3 Falls NWF World Heavyweight Title Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Billy Robinson

7/27/78 Nippon Budokan, WWWF Junior Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Ryuma Go

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #6
-2hr. Q=Perfect

2/2/77 Osaka Furitsu Gym: Antonio Inoki vs. Stan Hansen

8/3/78 Mexico City Palacio De Los Deportes, 2/3 Falls WWWF Junior Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Ray Mendoza

9/19/78 Osaka Furitsu Gym: Tiger Jeet Singh vs. Umanoseke Ueda

10/6/78 Niigata-shi Gym: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Tony Rocco

10/6/78 2/3 Falls: Brute Bernard & Killer Karl Krup & Executioner vs. Antonio Inoki & Riki Choshu & Seiji Sakaguchi

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #7
-2hr. Q=Perfect

2/10/77 Nippon Budokan, NWF World Heavyweight Title Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Tiger Jeet Singh

2/2/77 Osaka Furitsu Gym, 2/3 Falls NWA North American Tag Title Match: Seiji Sakaguchi & Strong Kobayashi vs. Tiger Jeet Singh & Umanoseke Ueda

8/11/78 Los Angeles, CA Olympic Auditorium, WWWF Junior Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Mando Guerrero

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #9
-2hr. Q=Perfect

4/1/77 Kuramae Kokugikan, 2/3 Falls NWA North American Tag Title Match: Antonio Inoki & Seiji Sakaguchi vs. Tiger Jeet Singh & Umanoseke Ueda

4/8/78 Los Angeles, CA Olympic Auditorium, WWWF Junior Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. El Goliath (Great Goliath)

11/1/78 Aichi-ken Gym, NWF World Heavyweight Title Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Chris Markov

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #41
NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #42
-1hr 50min. Q=Perfect

7/27/78 Tokyo Nippon Budokan, 2/3 Falls WWWF Heavyweight Title: Bob Backlund vs. Antonio Inoki

5/30/78 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan: 1st MSG Series Final: Antonio Inoki vs. Andre The Giant

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #10
-2hr. Q=Perfect

10/7/76 Kuramae Kokugikan, Kakutogi World #1 Decision Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Andre The Giant

3/20/78 NY, NY MSG Judo Jacket Match: Wilhelm Ruska vs. Seiji Sakaguchi

1/18/90 Toyama-shi Taiikukan: Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Hiro Saito

1/18/90: Masa Saito & Shinya Hashimoto vs. Big Van Vader & The Great Kokina (Yokozuna)

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #11
-2hr. Q=Perfect

10/10/76 NWF World Heavyweight Title Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Pak Song

3/20/78 NY, NY MSG WWWF Junior Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Gypsy Rodriguez

1/18/90 Toyama-shi Taiikukan: Riki Choshu vs. Umanosuke Ueda

1/25/90 IWGP Junior Next Challenger Decision League Match: Owen Hart vs. Black Tiger

1/25/90 Sapporo Nakajima Taiiku Center, IWGP Junior Next Challenger Decision League Match: Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Akira Nogami

1/25/90: Kuniaki Kobayashi vs. Super Strong Machine

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #12
-2hr. Q=Perfect

12/9/76 Kuramae Kokugikan, Kakutogi World #1 Decision Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Wilhelm Ruska

1/25/90 Sapporo Nakajima Taiiku Center: Riki Choshu & Hiroshi Hase vs. Tatsutoshi Goto & Hiro Saito

1/25/90: Big Van Vader vs. Masahiro Chono

1/31/90 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan, IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Naoki Sano vs. Jushin Thunder Liger

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #13
-2hr. Q=Perfect

12/12/76 Pakistan Karachi National Stadium, 2/3 Falls 5Min 6R Kakutogi World #1 Decision Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Akarum Pedwam

7/21/77 Miyagi-ken Sports Center, 2/3 Falls NWF Asia Heavyweight Title Match: Tiger Jeet Singh vs. Strong Kobayashi

12/8/77 Kuramae Kokugikan, Kakutogi World #1 Decision Match: Wilhelm Ruska vs. Buffalo Allen (Bad News Allen)

1/31/90 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan: Masahiro Chono vs. Hiroshi Hase

1/31/90: Riki Choshu & George Nakano vs. Super Strong Machine & Tatsutoshi Goto

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #14
-2hr. Q=Perfect

9/2/77 Aichi-ken Gym NWF World Heavyweight Title Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Stan Hansen

12/8/77 Kuramae Kokugikan, 2/3 Falls NWA North American Tag Title Match: Seiji Sakaguchi & Strong Kobayashi vs. Pat Patterson & Steve Wright

3/30/78 Kuramae Kokugikan: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Ivan Koloff

1/31/90 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan: Masa Saito & Shinya Hashimoto vs. Big Van Vader & Great Kokina

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #15
-2hr. Q=Perfect

11/9/77: Andre The Giant vs. Stan Hansen

3/20/78 Kuramae Kokugikan, NWF World Heavyweight Title Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Masked Superstar

4/21/78 Kuramae Kokugikan, 1st MSG Series Opening: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Umanoseke Ueda

2/10/90 Tokyo Dome: Naoki Sano & Pegasus Kid vs. Jushin Thunder Liger & Akira Nogami

2/10/90 Tokyo Dome: Hiro Saito & Tatsutoshi Goto & Norio Honaga vs. Hiroshi Hase & Kuniaki Kobayashi & Kantaro Hoshino

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #16
-2hr. Q=Perfect

12/1/77 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan, NWF World Heavyweight Title Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Pat Patterson

8/2/77 Nippon Budokan, Kakutogi World #1 Decision Match: Antonio Inoki vs. The Monsterman (Eddie Everett)

10/25/77 Nippon Budokan, Kakutogi World #1 Decision Match: Seiji Sakaguchi vs. Buffalo Allen

5/30/78 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan 2/3 Falls: Bob Backlund & Tony Garea vs. Riki Choshu & Tatsumi Fujinami

2/10/90 Tokyo Dome: Steve Williams vs. Salman Hashimikov

2/10/90 Tokyo Dome AWA Heavyweight Title Match: Larry Zbyszko vs. Masa Saito

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #17
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10/25/77 Nippon Budokan, Kakutogi World #1 Decision Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Chuck Wepner

1/13/78 Okayama Budokan 2/3 Falls: Antonio Inoki & Riki Choshu vs. Tiger Jeet Singh & Umanoseke Ueda

5/30/78 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan, 1st MSG Series Final: Antonio Inoki vs. Andre The Giant

2/10/93 Gifu Sangyo Kaikan: Osamu Nishimura vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa

2/10/93: Hiroyoshi Yamamoto vs. Yuji Nagata

2/10/93: Shinjiro Otani vs. Satoshi Kojima

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #18
-2hr. Q=Perfect

12/8/77 Kuramae Kokugikan: Antonio Inoki vs. Great Antonio. This is supposed to have turned into a shoot. It may not have gone entirely as planned given Great was difficult to control to say the least, really didn't like to lose, & was basically illiterate even in his native language. Furthermore, given all that, who knows how much of Inoki's own idea for the match was shared with Great to begin with, but when you look at Great's other famous match in Japan, 6/2/61 against Inoki's mentor Rikidozan, it bears some striking similarities, as Rikidozan beats him up with open hands to the head then finishes him with a kick to the face when he's prone. Great Antonio was a lot more annoying than Great, one of those big guys who was only interested in putting himself over. The eccentric 450 plus pound strongmen, cited in Guinness Book of World Records for pulling a 433-tonne train 19.8 metres & pulling four city buses loaded with passengers, basically just discounted all of Inoki's offense. Great didn't really attack, instead he just made Inoki look like a fool by brushing off all his attempts to engage & have a wrestling match. He discounted his low kicks, acted like his dropkick didn't even occur, & kept telling him to hit him harder in the gut, with the idea that Inoki's fist would basically bounce off the pillow. Great finally attacked with some pretty heavy but sloppy clubbing "forearm" slaps to the upper back & probably accidentally the back of the neck, and boy did the match deteriorate quickly, as Inoki erupted with some stiff palm blows, took him down (with Great finally cooperating), and hit 3 soccer ball kicks that may or may not have been fairly legitimate - the camera was well positioned so they look fierce but Great's head is blocking the point of connection - then repeatedly does fake pro wrestling stomps to the back of Great's head as Great's manager jumps in, protesting, and the fight is stopped for the knockout. Great comes up bloody, but he's been laying face first with his hands around his head and you can see something small in his left hand that's almost undoubtedly the blade. Great either retired or at least didn't have any more high profile matches, but it seems like he was just brought in so Inoki could put himself over as a shooter with something of a reenaction of Great's match with Rikidozan. As a bizarre curio, I suppose this is interesting enough to watch once, but in the end it's mostly pro wrestling mythology.

Aired 2/24/78 Sapporo Nakajima Taiiku Center: Antonio Inoki vs. Jerry Brown

10/30/78 Okayama Budokan 2/3 Falls NWA North American Tag Title Match: Seiji Sakaguchi & Strong Kobayashi vs. Baron Karl Von Krupp & Brute Bernard

4/5/79 Tokyo Taiikukan, WWWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Perro Aguayo

2/10/93 Gifu Sangyo Kaikan: Osamu Kido vs. Black Cat

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #19
-2hr. Q=Perfect

2/3/78 Sapporo Nakajima Taiiku Center, NWF World Heavyweight Title Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Tiger Jeet Singh

10/6/78 Niigata-shi Taiikukan: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Tony Rocco

4/5/79 Tokyo Taiikukan, UWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Title Match: Gran Hamada vs. Baby Face

2/10/93 Gifu Sangyo Kaikan: Hiroshi Hase & Jushin Thunder Liger & Manabu Nakanishi & & Akira Nogami vs. Tatsutoshi Goto & Hiro Saito & Super Strong Machine & Norio Honaga

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #20
-2hr. Q=Perfect

4/21/78 Kuramae Kokugikan, MSG Series Tournament: Antonio Inoki vs. Seiji Sakaguchi

10/30/78 Okayama Budokan: Antonio Inoki vs. The Executioner (Mr. X):

2/10/93 Gifu Sangyo Kaikan: Masahiro Chono & Keiji Muto vs. Tony Halme & Perry Saturn

2/10/93 Gifu Sangyo Kaikan: Brad Armstrong & Rambo vs. Hell Raisers

2/10/93 Gifu Sangyo Kaikan: Kengo Kimura & Kuniaki Kobayashi & Shiro Koshinaka vs. Takashi Iizuka & Riki Choshu & Tatsumi Fujinami

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #21
-2hr. Q=Perfect

7/27/78 Nippon Budokan, 2/3 Falls WWWF Heavyweight Title Match: Bob Backlund vs. Antonio Inoki

2/13/93 Okayama-ken Taiikukan: Shinjiro Otani vs. Tokumitsu Ishizawa

2/13/93 Okayama-ken Taiikukan: Hiroyoshi Yamamoto vs. Satoshi Kojima

2/13/93 Okayama-ken Taiikukan: Black Cat vs. Perry Saturn

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #22
-2hr. Q=Perfect

11/1/78 Aichi-ken Taiikukan, NWF World Heavyweight Title Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Chris Markov

12/5/78 2/3 Falls NWA North American Tag Title Match: Seiji Sakaguchi & Strong Kobayashi vs. Umanosuke Ueda & Thunder Sugiyama

2/13/93 Okayama-ken Taiikukan: Masa Saito vs. Tatsutoshi Goto

2/13/93 Okayama-ken Taiikukan: Jushin Thunder Liger & Osamu Kido vs. Super Strong Machine & Hiro Saito

2/13/93 Okayama-ken Taiikukan: Masahiro Chono vs. Rambo

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #23
-2hr. Q=Perfect

1/12/79 Kawasaki-shi Taiikukan, NWF World Heavyweight Title Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Bob Roop

2/2/79 Sapporo Nakajima Taiiku Center, 2/3 Falls NWA North American Tag Title Match: Seiji Sakaguchi & Strong Kobayashi vs. Bob Roop & Kurt Von Hess

2/16/93 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan: Shinjiro Otani vs. Osamu Nishimura

2/16/93 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan: Hiroyoshi Yamamoto & Yuji Nagata vs. Satoshi Kojima & Manabu Nakanishi

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #24
-1h 30min. Q=Perfect

2/2/79 Sapporo Nakajima Taiiku Center: Antonio Inoki vs. Tony Rocco

4/5/79 Tokyo Taiikukan, NWF World Heavyweight Title Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Tiger Jeet Singh

2/16/93 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan: Brad Armstrong vs. Akira Nogami

2/16/93 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan: El Samurai vs. Masao Orihara

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #25
-1h 30min. Q=Perfect

4/22/79 Mexico El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, NWF World Heavyweight Title Match: Antonio Inoki vs. El Canek

2/16/93 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan, 2/3 Falls NJ vs. WAR 10 Man Tag Match: Tatsumi Fujinami & Riki Choshu & Osamu Kido & Hiroshi Hase & Takayuki Iizuka vs. Genichiro Tenryu & Ashura Hara & Takashi Ishikawa & Hiromichi Fuyuki & Koki Kitahara

NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Shinni Junior Gekitoshi~ #2 4/8/02
NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Shinni Junior Gekitoshi~ #3 4/15/02
-1hr 50min. Q=TV Master

Wonderland Junior #2

3/20/78 NY, NY Madison Square Garden WWWF Junior Heavyweight Title: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Gypsy Rodriguez. Rodriguez was an awkward, deliberate, overseller with terrible timing and no offense. In short, he showed no signs of skill. Fujinami couldn't come close to saving it. 1/2*

8/13/78 Mexico City Palacio de los Deportes, 2/3 Falls WWWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Rey Mendoza 8:59, 3:31, 5:22. It was weird seeing Fujinami doing moves such as the flying headscissors and enzuigiri. He worked a more Lucha oriented style, but ultimately it was more his match than Mendoza's. A good, highly technical match where both men did a good job of working in and out of the holds that was much more interesting to me than mid 90's and beyond Fujinami. They started out using a simple hold such as an armbar as the basis of a series, working some athleticism in through their counters. Fujinami took the first fall, but Mendoza’s persistent stretching began to break the champion down. Fujinami’s left leg was injured in the second, a hobbling title holder giving the crowd some real hope their boy could outlast him. Mendoza worked the injury, setting up his Mendoza special (kind of a standing figure 4 where he splits his legs and squats forward) to take the second fall. Mendoza continued his leg attack in the third, but they inexplicably scrapped the injury when Fujinami came back with his Dragon missile (tope). The action was quite good from this point forward, but the failure to transition from Mendoza’s legwork to Fujinami’s finishing sequence in a remotely believable manner was a glaring liability. Fujinami crashed the turnbuckle trying a jumping tackle when Mendoza reentered, but although Mendoza had dominated the last fall and a half, the suplex this set up was his final hope spot with Fujinami running around as though his leg were fine during the finishing segment. The moves were nothing special by today's standards, and I felt let them down during the fast-paced running segments though that’s more a product of the times than a specific liability of the particular wrestlers whose offense was certainly above average. More importantly, they got pretty good mileage out of the moves and the leg injury greatly added to the drama and fan interest before they dropped the ball in scrapping it. ***1/2

Wonderland Junior #3

7/27/78 Tokyo Nippon Budokan WWWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Ryuma Go. I didn't realize that Go could actually do some wrestling at one point. He had a surprising amount of support too given this was before his days as a Shah type of fan favorite. Good technical match that the fans were in to. It was pretty basic, but they made the holds interesting by wrenching them and struggling desperately. Go didn't show too much ability, but Fujinami was at the top of his game so Go's desire was enough. Go was overmatched, but his run of offense made it exciting. ***1/2

8/11/78 LA, CA Olympic Auditorium WWWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Mando Guerrero. This was one of the coolest matches I've ever seen that didn't go anywhere. Interesting takedowns and amateur wrestling. Lots of cool bridges and counters. Guerrero had great balance and body control. I liked how he got out of a headscissors by doing a headstand into a standing position. They basically did 21 interesting minutes without doing one "good wrestling move." I was all excited when they finally stood up expecting a segment that would live up to the high quality of the matwork, but all I got was a dropkick from each, a double dropkick, and a suplex from each to end it. Oh well. ***1/2

NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #45 2/6/02
-50min. Q=TV Master

8/13/78 Mexico City Palacio de los Deportes, 2/3 Falls WWWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Rey Mendoza 8:59, 3:31, 5:22. It was weird seeing Fujinami doing moves such as the flying headscissors and enzuigiri. He worked a more Lucha oriented style, but ultimately it was more his match than Mendoza's. A good, highly technical match where both men did a good job of working in and out of the holds that was much more interesting to me than mid 90's and beyond Fujinami. They started out using a simple hold such as an armbar as the basis of a series, working some athleticism in through their counters. Fujinami took the first fall, but Mendoza’s persistent stretching began to break the champion down. Fujinami’s left leg was injured in the second, a hobbling title holder giving the crowd some real hope their boy could outlast him. Mendoza worked the injury, setting up his Mendoza special (kind of a standing figure 4 where he splits his legs and squats forward) to take the second fall. Mendoza continued his leg attack in the third, but they inexplicably scrapped the injury when Fujinami came back with his Dragon missile (tope). The action was quite good from this point forward, but the failure to transition from Mendoza’s legwork to Fujinami’s finishing sequence in a remotely believable manner was a glaring liability. Fujinami crashed the turnbuckle trying a jumping tackle when Mendoza reentered, but although Mendoza had dominated the last fall and a half, the suplex this set up was his final hope spot with Fujinami running around as though his leg were fine during the finishing segment. The moves were nothing special by today's standards, and I felt let them down during the fast-paced running segments though that’s more a product of the times than a specific liability of the particular wrestlers whose offense was certainly above average. More importantly, they got pretty good mileage out of the moves and the leg injury greatly added to the drama and fan interest before they dropped the ball in scrapping it. ***1/2

10/6/78 Niigata Shi Taiikukan: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Tony Rocco 13:02. This match aged pretty well because Rocco's offense was crisp and believable. Even if the moves themselves weren't that interesting, a side suplex was one of the big highlights from Rocco, he at least made me believe they did some damage. They played the leverage game early, but although Fujinami began hobbling after escaping the Romero special, they never really developed any sort of storyline or body. The hold and counter hold was solid, and the finish was energetic with several dropkicks from Fujinami, but the match didn't really build and wasn't very dramatic. ***

NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Shinni Junior Gekitoshi~ #4 4/22/02
NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Shinni Junior Gekitoshi~ #5 4/29/02
-1hr 50min. Q=TV Master

Wonderland Junior #4

6/9/78 LA, CA Olympic Auditorium WWWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Carlos Mata. The first match in the series that was a "true" junior style match. Much faster paced than typical Fujinami and Lucha oriented because of Mata. Still very technical, but more standing and transitions and little sitting in the holds. Fujinami did this wicked backdrop where he had such amazing arch that Mata went into the canvas at an angle somewhere between 6-7 o'clock. Had some dull moments that sometimes had focus and meandered some, but had a lot of peaks as well. The actual wrestling was the most exciting up to this point in the series, but the crowd wasn't overly interested. Great near fall where Mata looked done for being caught in Fujinami's highly effective German suplex, but was able to get his foot on the rope. A nice long match, but that makes the cheesy over the top rope finish that much more annoying. ***3/4

4/5/79 Tokyo Taiikukan WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Perro Aguayo. Fujinami once again worked Lucha style to suit his opponent. Unfortunately, Perro did nothing to change my mind about him probably never being any good. His selling was comical, and offensively he relied totally on low impact and elevation sentons. All the quality came from Fujinami, who gave a really good performance that was different for him because he relied on his flying to keep it interesting. Fujinami was actually exciting, doing some nice sequences like a cartwheel to avoid Perro's monkey flip then 2 flying headscissors and a dropkick in rapid succession. Short match and Perro was still a dog though. **1/2

Wonderland Junior #5

6/7/79 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. El Canek. I can see where Canek's style would work well against a big foreign stiff. I expected a lot more from him against a talented opponent though, certainly more than test of strengths, rest holds, and shoulderblocks. Canek showed no technical skill here, just strength and slow sloppy flying. Fujinami ripped Canek's mask so he could bleed, while Canek undid Fujinami's boot for reasons known only to them. **

10/2/79 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Ryuma Go. Not as good or heated as their previous match, but it was once again a quality match where Go was more than carryable. Go does a cool swinging neckbreaker looking takedown from snapmare position. ***

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #49 3/6/02
NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #50
-1hr 50min. Q=Near Perfect

Wonderland #49

10/30/78 Okayama Budokan 2/3 Falls NWA International Tag Title Match: Seiji Sakaguchi & Strong Kobayashi vs. Killer Karl Von Krupp & Brute Bernard. Really dull match between a bunch of slow unskilled guys. Killer & Brute were really talentless and unathletic to the point they didn't even fall well. Lots of exciting moves like the bear hug and ground claw, though the gaijins at least focused on Sakaguchi's knee. The heels were strictly brawlers, and the faces were without talent or fire. 17:32 & 3:27

4/5/79 Tokyo Taiikukan WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Perro Aguayo. These two worked well together, both being able to do the others style, though it was far more Fujinami working quicker sequences with more transitions and running to suit his opponent. Fujinami looked great, both skill wise and also in being fiery and exciting to make people care about his technical prowess. Perro did an admireable job of hanging with him. Though his selling was comical, and offensively he relied mostly on low impact and elevation sentons, the more important thing is the two were able to play off and counter one another well. Most of the quality came from Fujinami, who gave a really good performance that was different for him because he relied on his flying to keep it interesting. Fujinami was actually exciting, doing some nice sequences like a cartwheel to avoid Perro's monkey flip then 2 flying headscissors and a dropkick in rapid succession. Short match and Perro was still a dog though. ***1/2

#50

12/5/78 Fukuoka, 2/3 Falls NWA World Tag Title: Seiji Sakaguchi & Strong Kobayashi vs. Umanosuke Ueda & Thunder Sugiyama

6/15/79 Los Angeles Olympic Auditorium, WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Tony Rocco

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #51
NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #52
-1hr 50min. Q=Near Perfect

51

2/2/79 Sapporo Nakajima, NWA North American Tag Title Match: Seiji Sakaguchi & Strong Kobayashi vs. Bob Roop & Kurt Von Hess

5/18/79 Niigata-shi Taiikukan, 2nd MSG Series League Match: Stan Hansen vs. Andre the Giant

#52

4/22/79 Mexico El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, NWF World Heavyweight Title Match: Antonio Inoki vs. El Canek

6/15/79 Olympic Auditorium NWA North American Tag Title Match: Masa Saito & Hiro Matsuda vs. Seiji Sakaguchi & Riki Choshu

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #53
NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #54
-1hr 50min. Q=Near Perfect

53

5/10/79 NWF Heavyweight Title Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Jack Brisco

6/7/79 2nd MSG Series Final: Antonio Inoki vs. Stan Hansen

54

6/7/79 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. El Canek

5/10/79 2/3 Falls: Antonio Inoki & Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Mr Saito & Tiger Jeet Singh

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #26
-1h 30min. Q=Perfect

5/10/79 Fukuoka Sports Center, NWF World Heavyweight Title Match: Antonio Inoki vs. & Jack Brisco

5/18/79 Niigata-shi Gym, MSG Series Decision League: Stan Hansen vs. Andre The Giant

3/9/93 Akita Shiritsu Taiikukan

Young Lion League: Shinjiro Otani vs. Tokimitsu Ishizawa

Young Lion League: Satoshi Kojima vs. Osamu Nishimura

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #27
-1h 30min. Q=Perfect

12/8/77 Kuramae Kokugikan, Kakutogi World #1 Decision Match: Wilhelm Ruska vs. Buffalo Allen

6/7/79 Kuramae Kokugikan

WWWF Junior Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. El Canek

MSG Series Final: Antonio Inoki vs. Stan Hansen

3/9/93 Akita Shiritsu Taiikukan Young Lion League: Hiroyoshi Yamamoto vs. Manabu Nakanishi

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #28
-1h 30min. Q=Perfect

6/15/79 Los Angeles, CA Olympic Auditorium

WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Mark Rocco

2/3 Falls NWA North American Tag Title Match: Masa Saito & Hiro Matsuda vs. Seiji Sakaguchi & Riki Choshu

3/9/93 Akita Shiritsu Taiikukan

Pegasus Kid & Dean Malenko vs. Jushin Thunder Liger & El Samurai

Akira Nogami & Takyuki Iizuka vs. Great Kabuki & Akitoshi Saito

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #29 5/15/03
-1h 30min. Q=Perfect

7/6/79

Tatsumi Fujinami & El Gran Hamada vs. Tony Rocco & Ultraman

Antonio Inoki vs. Leroy Brown

2/3 Falls NWA North American Tag Title Match: Seiji Sakaguchi & Riki Choshu vs. Strong Kobayashi & Kengo Kimura

3/9/93 Akita Shiritsu Taiikukan: Masahiro Chono & Keiji Muto & Riki Choshu & Seiji Sakaguchi vs. Scott Norton & Hercules & TNT & Axe Boulder

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #30 6/1/03
-1h 30min. Q=Perfect

8/2/79 Shirakawa Prince Hotel Gold Hall, NWF World Heavyweight Title Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Tiger Jeet Singh

8/10/79 Los Angeles, CA Olympic Auditorium, NWF World Heavyweight Title Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Tiger Jeet Singh

4/6/93 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan

Great Kabuki vs. Akira Nogami

Michyoshi Ohara vs. Takashi Ishikawa

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #56
NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #57
-1hr 50min. Q=Near Perfect

56

8/2/79 NWF Heavyweight Title Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Tiger Jeet Singh

9/28/79: Antonio Inoki vs. Masked Superstar

57

8/2/79 NWF Heavyweight Title Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Tiger Jeet Singh

8/31/79: Antonio Inoki vs. Tiger Jeet Singh

9/6/79 NWA North American Heavyweight Title Match: Seiji Sakaguchi vs. Masked Superstar

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #31 6/5/03
-1h 30min. Q=Near Perfect

8/31/79 Miyagi: Antonio Inoki vs. Tiger Jeet Singh

9/6/79 Fukuoka Sports Center, NWA North American Title Match: Masked Superstar vs. Seiji Sakaguchi

4/6/93 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan

Osamu Nishimura vs. Tokimitsu Ishizawa

Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Yamamoto vs. Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #32 6/12/03
-1h 30min. Q=Near Perfect

9/6/79 Fukuoka Sports Center 2/3 Falls: Antonio Inoki & Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Tiger Jeet Singh & Masa Saito

3/9/93 Akita Shiritsu Taiikukan Raging Staff vs. Heisei Ishingun Single 4 Battles

Norio Honaga vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi

Hiro Saito vs. Masaji Aoyagi

Tatsutoshi Goto vs. Kengo Kimura

Super Strong Machine vs. Shiro Koshinaka

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #33 6/13/03
-1h 30min. Q=Near Perfect

9/28/79 Aichi-ken Gym: Antonio Inoki vs. Masked Superstar

11/8/79 WWF North American Heavyweight Title Match: Pat Patterson vs. Seiji Sakaguchi

4/6/93 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan

Jushin Thunder Liger & El Samurai vs. Ultimo Dragon & Norio Honaga

IWGP Tag Title Match: Hell Raisers vs. Masahiro Chono & Takayuki Iizuka

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #34
-1h 30min. Q=Perfect

10/2/79 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan: Antonio Inoki vs. Tiger Jeet Singh

12/19/79 Mexico City Palacio de los Deportes, 2/3 Falls: El Canek vs. Riki Choshu

4/6/93 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan

Handicap Match: Shiro Koshinaka & Kengo Kimura & Akitoshi Saito vs. Koki Kitahara & Hiromichi Fuyuki & Tatsutoshi Goto & Hiro Saito

Tatsumi Fujinami & Osamu Kido vs. Ashura Hara & Super Strong Machine

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #35
-1h 30min. Q=Perfect

11/1/79 Sapporo Nakajima Taiiku Center, NWF World Heavyweight Title Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Dusty Rhodes

11/8/79 WWF World Heavyweight Title Next Challenger Decision Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Dusty Rhodes

3/23/93 Tokyo Taiikukan Young Lion Cup Tournament: Manabu Nakanishi vs. Osamu Nishimura

4/6/93 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan: Riki Choshu vs. Genichiro Tenryu

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #36
-1h 30min. Q=Perfect

11/30/79 WWF World Heavyweight Title Match: Bob Backlund vs. Antonio Inoki

3/23/93 Tokyo Taiikukan

Jushin Thunder Liger & El Samurai vs. Wild Pegasus & Dean Malenko

Masahiro Chono & Takayuki Iizuka vs. TNT & Tony St. Clair

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #58
NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #59
-1hr 50min. Q=Near Perfect

58

11/1/79 NWF Heavyweight Title Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Dusty Rhodes

11/8/79 WWF North American Heavyweight Title Match: Pat Patterson vs. Seiji Sakaguchi

59

10/2/79 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Ryuma Go

11/8/79 WWF Heavyweight Title Next Challenger Decision Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Dusty Rhodes

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #60
NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #61 5/29/02
-1hr 50min. Q=Near Perfect

60 taped 11/30/79

2/3 Falls: Tatsumi Fujinami & Osamu Kido vs. Tiger Jeet Singh & Pedro Morales

WWF Heavyweight Title Match: Bob Backlund vs. Antonio Inoki

#61

10/2/79: Antonio Inoki vs. Tiger Jeet Singh

12/6/79 WWF Heavyweight Title Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Bob Backlund

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #37
-1h 30min. Q=Perfect

12/6/79 Kuramae Kokugikan WWF World Heavyweight Title Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Bob Backlund

12/19/79 Mexico City Palacio de los Deportes, WWF Junior Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Angel Blanco Jr.

3/23/93 Tokyo Taiikukan: Great Kabuki vs. Akira Nogami

NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Shinni Junior Gekitoshi~ #6 5/6/02
NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Shinni Junior Gekitoshi~ #7 5/13/02
-1hr 50min. Q=TV Master

Wonderland Junior #6

6/15/79 LA, CA Olympic Auditorium WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Tony Rocco. Solid technical match. Fujinami was much quicker, smoother, and more advanced than Rocco. I was surprised that Rocco was going to do a Tiger suplex, but he just rolled back into a pin from that position. **1/2

2/1/80 Hokkaido Sapporo Nakajima Taiiku Center 2/3 falls WWF Junior Heavyweight & NWA World Junior Heavyweight International Double Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami (WWF champ) vs. Steve Keirn (NWA champ). Keirn didn't fight junior style at all. The match was basically Keirn beating Fujinami up with uninteresting brawling. Keirn was DQ'd in the 1st fall for repeatedly punching Fujinami in his previously wounded forehead to keep him from reentering the ring. *1/2

Wonderland Junior #7

12/4/79 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Greg Valentine. Fujinami worked much stiffer for Valentine. Fujinami showed his diversity here, while Valentine was just stiff. Fujinami displayed more fire here. Fujinami did a victory flip called a Dragon roll out of nowhere for the win. It was excellent while it lasted, but it could have been developed a lot more and went a lot longer. ***1/2

12/19/79 Mexico Palacio de los Deportes 2/3 Falls WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Angel Blanco. Slow submission oriented match. Wasn't Lucha and wasn't Fujinami's mat style. Wasn't good either. It took 6 minutes into the third fall before it got interesting, and 2 minutes later there was a double pin so Fujinami retained without really winning. *1/2

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #62 6/5/02
NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #63 6/12/02
-1hr 50min. Q=Near Perfect

#62 taped 12/4/79 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan

Bob Backlund vs. Tiger Jeet Singh

NWF World Heavyweight Title: Antonio Inoki vs. Pedro Morales

12/19/79 Mexico City Palacio de los Deportes: Riki Choshu vs. El Canek

#63

12/4/79 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Greg Valentine. Fujinami worked much stiffer for Valentine. Fujinami showed his diversity here, while Valentine was just stiff. Fujinami displayed more fire here. Fujinami did a victory flip called a Dragon roll out of nowhere for the win. It was excellent while it lasted, but it could have been developed a lot more and went a lot longer. ***1/2

12/19/79 Mexico Palacio de los Deportes 2/3 Falls WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Angel Blanco. Slow submission oriented match. Wasn't Lucha and wasn't Fujinami's mat style. Wasn't good either. It took 6 minutes into the third fall before it got interesting, and 2 minutes later there was a double pin so Fujinami retained without really winning. *1/2

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #38
-1h 30min. Q=Perfect

2/1/80 Sapporo Nakajima Taiiku Center

Riki Choshu & Antonio Inoki vs. Stan Hansen & Bad News Allen

NWA Junior Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Steve Keirn

3/23/93 Tokyo Taiikukan 4th Young Lion Cup Final: Hiroyoshi Yamamoto vs. Osamu Nishimura

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #64 6/19/02
NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #65 6/26/02
-1hr 50min. Q=Near Perfect

#64 taped 2/1/80 Hokkaido Sapporo Nakajima Taiiku Center

Antonio Inoki & Riki Choshu vs. Stan Hansen & Bad News Allen

2/3 falls WWF Junior Heavyweight & NWA World Junior Heavyweight International Double Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami (WWF champ) vs. Steve Keirn (NWA champ). Keirn didn't fight junior style at all. The match was basically Keirn beating Fujinami up with uninteresting brawling. Keirn was DQ'd in the 1st fall for repeatedly punching Fujinami in his previously wounded forehead to keep him from reentering the ring. *1/2

#65

2/5/80 Nagoya Aichi-ken Taiikukan WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Dynamite Kid. Fujinami was greeted like a big star, while Dynamite flipped off the crowd because he got hit with a roll of toilet paper as soon as he entered the ring. Dynamite brings such intensity to everything he does. He just pounded on Fujinami, focusing on the right side of his forehead where Fujinami had a bandaid over that cut that wasn't healing. Fujinami was busted open before long, but Dynamite also got a bloody nose. Not much technical wrestling here since Dynamite set the stiff brawling tone early, but this match didn't need technical wrestling. It should have been a great match, but like many Fujinami matches from this period, it looked like it was going another 5-10 minutes but just ended. This was worse though because Dynamite went down to a leg trip into a Dragon leg roll clutch hold after whooping Fujinami almost the whole match. Dynamite tended to lose his junior title matches here in that kind of fashion, but at least Tiger Mask's German suplex has some impact so it's not all the "element of surprise" or whatever the supposed justification is for this kind of finish. But anyway Dynamite was awesome and Fujinami ran with what Dynamite was doing so well, unlike many other greats that won't recognize their equal or superior and impose their will for the worse of the match. ****1/2

2/8/80 Tokyo Taiikukan 2/3 Falls NWA World Junior Heavyweight International Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Steve Keirn. Unlike their previous double title debacle, Keirn actually wrestled here. His highlight was the 1st fall finish where he landed on his feet for Fujinami's vertical suplex and put him away with a German suplex hold. After 5 1/2 minutes that were totally technical, Fujinami screwed up the bump that Foley made famous where instead of going to the floor he gets his neck tied in between the top/middle rope. Keirn had to tie Fujinami up himself so he could "lose it" for no reason at all other than to avoid doing a real job in the 2nd fall. The third fall started with Keirn wrestling technically again. This was actually a good wrestling match, but the screw job in the middle made it kind of silly. Doing 3 falls in 11 minutes didn't help either, especially when the 2nd was illogical and the 3rd obviously coming too quickly. **3/4

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #66 7/3/02
NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #67 7/10/02
-1hr 50min. Q=Near Perfect

#66

2/7/80 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan: Antonio Inoki vs. Stan Hansen

2/8/80 Tokyo Taiikukan NWF Heavyweight Title Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Stan Hansen

67

4/4/80 Kanagawa Kawasaki-shi Taiikukan: Kotetsu Yamamoto & Kantaro Hoshino vs. Goro Tsurumi & Katsumi Oiyama

4/3/80 Kuramae Kokugikan NWF Heavyweight Title Match: Stan Hansen vs. Antonio Inoki

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #39
-1h 30min. Q=Perfect

2/5/80 Aichi-ken Gym, WWF Junior Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Dynamite Kid

2/7/80 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan: Stan Hansen vs. Antonio Inoki

3/23/93 Tokyo Taiikukan

Super Strong Machine & Tatsutoshi Goto & Hiro Saito & Ashura Hara vs. Akitoshi Saito & Kuniaki Kobayashi & Shiro Koshinaka & Kengo Kimura

IWGP Tag Title Match: Hell Raisers vs. Scott Norton & Hercules

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #40
-1h 30min. Q=Perfect

4/4/80 Kawasaki-shi Taiikukan

Antonio Inoki vs. Stan Hansen

NWA World Junior Title Match: Mike Graham vs. Tatsumi Fujinami

3/23/93 Tokyo Taiikukan

Hiromichi Fuyuki vs. Shinya Hashimoto

Takashi Ishikawa & Genichiro Tenryu vs. Riki Choshu & Tatsumi Fujinami

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #68 7/17/02
NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #69 7/24/02
-1hr 50min. Q=Near Perfect

#68

4/4/80 Kanagawa Kawasaki-shi Taiikukan NWA World Junior Heavyweight International Title Match: Mike Graham vs. Tatsumi Fujinami. Strictly technical wrestling, much of which doesn't age well like the long bodyscissors. The first 15 minutes were slow paced then Fujinami did a pescado and there was fast action until the finish. Graham didn't have any high spots, but the last 3 1/2 minutes were still really good even though they had almost nothing to do with the early portion. They did some smart spots like Graham avoiding a diving knee drop then going for his figure four. ***

5/9/80 Fukuoka Sports Center NWF Heavyweight Title Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Stan Hansen

69

5/9/80 Fukuoka Sports Center WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Chavo Guerrero. This match got off to such a slow boring start with Chavo dominating with unimpressive heavyweight style offense. Chave did do a backflip out of the corner, but it served no purpose and took him forever to set it up with the ref having to hold his butt like he was Choshu. Chavo did a shoulderbreaker from Death Valley bomb position, although it appeared to have little to no impact. Just when I'd given up hope, Chavo finally stopped punching and they did some athletic moves like the rolling senton and diving body attack. The last 3 minutes were exciting enough that, considering it was 1980, I don't have any problem saying it was an adequate match. It's just frustrating that they had to nearly put me to sleep first. **

5/30/80

Hulk Hogan vs. Bob Backlund

Andre the Giant vs. Stan Hansen

NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Shinni Junior Gekitoshi~ #8 5/20/02
NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Shinni Junior Gekitoshi~ #9 5/27/02
-1hr 50min. Q=TV Master

Wonderland Junior #8

2/5/80 Nagoya Aichi-ken Taiikukan WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Dynamite Kid. Fujinami was greeted like a big star, while Dynamite flipped off the crowd because he got hit with a roll of toilet paper as soon as he entered the ring. Dynamite brings such intensity to everything he does. He just pounded on Fujinami, focusing on the right side of his forehead where Fujinami had a bandaid over that cut that wasn't healing. Fujinami was busted open before long, but Dynamite also got a bloody nose. Not much technical wrestling here since Dynamite set the stiff brawling tone early, but this match didn't need technical wrestling. It should have been a great match, but like many Fujinami matches from this period, it looked like it was going another 5-10 minutes but just ended. This was worse though because Dynamite went down to a leg trip into a Dragon leg roll clutch hold after whooping Fujinami almost the whole match. Dynamite tended to lose his junior title matches here in that kind of fashion, but at least Tiger Mask's German suplex has some impact so it's not all the "element of surprise" or whatever the supposed justification is for this kind of finish. But anyway Dynamite was awesome and Fujinami ran with what Dynamite was doing so well, unlike many other greats that won't recognize their equal or superior and impose their will for the worse of the match. ****1/2

2/8/80 Tokyo Taiikukan 2/3 Falls NWA World Junior Heavyweight International Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Steve Keirn. Unlike their previous double title debacle, Keirn actually wrestled here. His highlight was the 1st fall finish where he landed on his feet for Fujinami's vertical suplex and put him away with a German suplex hold. After 5 1/2 minutes that were totally technical, Fujinami screwed up the bump that Foley made famous where instead of going to the floor he gets his neck tied in between the top/middle rope. Keirn had to tie Fujinami up himself so he could "lose it" for no reason at all other than to avoid doing a real job in the 2nd fall. The third fall started with Keirn wrestling technically again. This was actually a good wrestling match, but the screw job in the middle made it kind of silly. Doing 3 falls in 11 minutes didn't help either, especially when the 2nd was illogical and the 3rd obviously coming too quickly. **3/4

Wonderland Junior #9

5/9/80 Fukuoka Sports Center WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Chavo Guerrero. This match got off to such a slow boring start with Chavo dominating with unimpressive heavyweight style offense. Chave did do a backflip out of the corner, but it served no purpose and took him forever to set it up with the ref having to hold his butt like he was Choshu. Chavo did a shoulderbreaker from Death Valley bomb position, although it appeared to have little to no impact. Just when I'd given up hope, Chavo finally stopped punching and they did some athletic moves like the rolling senton and diving body attack. The last 3 minutes were exciting enough that, considering it was 1980, I don't have any problem saying it was an adequate match. It's just frustrating that they had to nearly put me to sleep first. **

9/26/80 Hiroshima Kenritsu Taiikukan NWA World Junior Heavyweight International Title Match: Kengo Kimura vs. Tatsumi Fujinami. This is one of those matches that's never all that great, but it's usually interesting and looks better than most as a whole. Long even match where both bled. It started off technical since that's their style, but also because its was a rare title match between natives. Tempers flared when Kimura released a failed scorpion because Fujinami was in the ropes, but Fujinami started giving Kimura low licks from his side ala Inoki. They calmed down and went back to mat, and unfortunately it was of the poorly aging variety with headscissors and the like. It was a match about parity, so when it picked up they were both missing the same moves. Kimura gave Fujinami a wicked jumping piledriver, which Fujinami didn't put over enough. Kimura actually did a pescado. What seperated this match from the others in the series is it had a long segment of action with many dramatic near falls. What killed the match is the cheesy finish where Fujinami dropkicked Kimura off the top to stop his flying move, with Kimura taking a flip bump into the ring even though that was the exact opposite direction the momentum would have knocked him. Fujinami wasn't that bad off in my opinion, but apparently the deadly impact of hitting the canvas after he hit this dropkick was enough that, like Kimura, he couldn't answer the 10 count. They went much longer than normal, almost 25 minutes, for that? ***1/4

NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Shinni Junior Gekitoshi~ #10 6/3/02
NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Shinni Junior Gekitoshi~ #11 6/10/02
-1hr 50min. Q=TV Master

Wonderland Junior #10

4/4/80 Kanagawa Kawasaki-shi Taiikukan NWA World Junior Heavyweight International Title Match: Mike Graham vs. Tatsumi Fujinami. Strictly technical wrestling, much of which doesn't age well like the long bodyscissors. The first 15 minutes were slow paced then Fujinami did a pescado and there was fast action until the finish. Graham didn't have any high spots, but the last 3 1/2 minutes were still really good even though they had almost nothing to do with the early portion. They did some smart spots like Graham avoiding a diving knee drop then going for his figure four. ***

8/9/80 Flushing, NY Shea Stadium WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Chavo Guerrero. Much faster paced and more athletic than their title match in Fukuoka. Match not being as long was a plus because they didn't lie around. It slowed for a few minutes in the middle, but then they did a shortened and somewhat altered version of the same good finishing sequence. The moves at the end being good made up for the match somewhat losing it's way during the second half. ***1/4

12/29/80 NY, NY Madison Square Garden WWWF Junior Heavyweight Title: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Don Diamond. Short technical match that didn't really pick up. Diamond showed no offense. *3/4

Wonderland Junior #11

9/11/80 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Tony Rocco. Pretty even match that was split into a section of Fujinami controlled matwork, a shorter section of Rocco controlled matwork after they'd both go for the same move like a dropkick at the same time, and a section of highspots. Fujinami's matwork was very nice because he would have an answer for Rocco that would allow him to stay in control or quickly regain it. Rocco is more a guy that sets his opponent up for something impressive than does it himself, so this style match worked for him. He's certainly a solid worker, but even though he's not the most graceful he did do some nice moves like the missile kick. Actually, this match had the most moves off the top rope we've seen thusfar in the series. The final 4 minutes were certainly excellent with a high level of excitement and drama. ***3/4

9/30/80 Tokyo Nippon Budokan WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Ron Starr. Starr didn't look or wrestle like a junior. Fujinami let Starr take it to him becuse he's kind of the rough and rugged type, but this killed the match since Starr has no good offense and Fujinami was hardly countering him. The match dragged on as the matwork was pretty dull with too many arm bars and headlocks. *1/2

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #41
-1h 30min. Q=Perfect

9/30/80 Tokyo Nippon Budokan, NWF World Heavyweight Title Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Ken Patera

4/4/80 Kawasaki-shi Taiikukan, Kotetsu Yamamoto Retirement Match: Kotetsu Yamamoto & Kantaro Hoshino vs. Oiyama & Goro Tsurumi w/Retirement Ceremony:

5/3/93 Fukuoka Dome

Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Yamamoto & Osamu Nishimura vs. El Samurai & Takayuki Iizuka & Akira Nogami

Akitoshi Saito vs. Michiyoshi Ohara

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #42
-1h 30min. Q=Perfect

9/22/80 WWF North American Heavyweight Title Match: Larry Sharpe vs. Seiji Sakaguchi

4/23/81 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan

Tiger Mask vs. Dynamite Kid. Tiger Mask Debut

NWF World Heavyweight Title Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Stan Hansen

5/3/93 Fukuoka Dome: Brutus Beefcake vs. Masa Saito

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #43
-1h 30min. Q=Perfect

9/23/81 Tokyo Den'en Coliseum

Tiger Mask vs. Solar I

WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. El Solitario

Andre The Giant vs. Stan Hansen

IWGP Asia League: Antonio Inoki vs. Tiger Toguchi (Kim Duk)

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #268 12/5/11
-1 1/2hr. Q=Perfect

4/23/81 Kuramae Kokugikan: Tiger Mask vs. The Dynamite Kid

9/23/81 Den'en Coliseum: Tiger Mask vs. Solar

11/5/81 Kuramae Kokugikan: Tiger Mask vs. Gran Hamada

2/5/85 Aichi-ken Taiikukan: Black Tiger vs. The Cobra

5/11/85 Fukuoka Sports Center: Gran Hamada & The Cobra vs. El Canek & Hiro Saito

NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ 9/18/02
-55min. Q=TV Master

9/11/80 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan, NWF World Heavyweight Title Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Stan Hansen

9/25/80 Hiroshima-kenfu Taiikukan, NWF World Heavyweight Title Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Stan Hansen

NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Shodai Tiger Mask Hen~ #1 10/24/99
& NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Shodai Tiger Mask Hen~ #2 10/31/99
-1hr 50min. Q=TV Master

NJ Tadakai no Wonderland Shodai Tiger Mask Hen #1 10/24/99

5/1/81 taped 4/23 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan: Tiger Mask vs. Dynamite Kid. Sayama's debut as Tiger Mask

6/14/81 taped 6/4 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan: Tiger Mask & Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Chris Adams & Mike Masters

9/18/81 taped 9/18 Hiroshima Kenritsu Taiikukan: Tiger Mask & Tatsumi Fujinami vs. El Solar & El Solitario

Wonderland Shodai Tiger Mask #2

8/18/81 taped 8/14 Tokyo Korakuen Hall: Tiger Mask vs. Scorpio

11/13/81 taped 10/30 Anjo Shi Taiikukan: Tiger Mask & Kengo Kimura vs. Negro Navaro & El Signo

11/6/81 taped 11/5 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan: Tiger Mask vs. Gran Hamada

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #44
-1h 30min. Q=Perfect

11/5/81 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan

Tiger Mask vs. Gran Hamada

Abdullah The Butcher vs. Dino Bravo

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Animal Hamaguchi

9/7/84 Fukuoka Sports Center: Antonio Inoki vs. Strong Machine

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Shodai Tiger Mask Hen~ #3 11/7/99
& NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Shodai Tiger Mask Hen~ #4 11/14/99
- 50min. Q=TV Master

Wonderland Tiger #3

10/8/81 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan, Mascara Contra Mascara: Tiger Mask vs. Masked Halcon 7:07. **1/4

12/8/81 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan: Tiger Mask vs. El Canek 11:34. ***1/2

2/9/82 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan, WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tiger Mask vs. Baby Face 12:43. **

Wonderland Tiger #4

12/1/81 Nagoya Aichi-ken Taiikukan: Tiger Mask & Tatsumi Fujinami vs. El Canek & Super Machina

1/1/82 Tokyo Korakuen Hall, WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tiger Mask vs. Dynamite Kid

1/28/82 Tokyo Taiikukan, WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tiger Mask vs. Dynamite Kid

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Shodai Tiger Mask Hen~ #5 11/21/99
- 50min. Q=TV Master

9/23/81 Tokyo Ariake Coliseum: Tiger Mask vs. El Solar

3/19/82 Tiger Mask & Kantaro Hoshino vs. Blackman & Carlos Colosetti

5/26/82 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan, WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tiger Mask vs. Black Tiger

NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #95 1/23/03
& NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #96 1/30/03
-1hr 50min. Q=TV Master

Wonderland #95 taped 11/5/81 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan

Tiger Mask vs. Gran Hamada

Lumberjack Death Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Rusher Kimura

Wonderland #96 taped 11/5/81 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan

Dino Bravo vs. Abdullah The Butcher

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Animal Hamaguchi

12/1/81 Nagoya Aichi-ken Taiikukan: Antonio Inoki vs. Hulk Hogan

NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Shinni Junior Gekitoshi~ #12 6/17/02
NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Shinni Junior Gekitoshi~ #13 6/24/02
-1hr 50min. Q=TV Master

Wonderland Junior #12

11/6/80 Mie Tsu Shi Taiikukan WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Steve Keirn. They did a long feeling out process where it took 10 minutes for anyone to truly gain an advantage. Suddenly, Fujinami got fired up for a knee attack. Once they got into it they looked like they meaned it, but the match would have worked better if they weren't so laid back and conservative initially. 16:40. **3/4

7/3/81 Tokyo Korakuen Hall WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Les Thornton. Thornton's NWA title wasn't on the line. As you'd expect, this was a highly technical match that was a strong example of the lost art of basic holds and counter holds. Very nice countering. They roughed it up too, with Thornton throwing his nice European uppercuts, but this was a secondary aspect that Thornton usually used to sneak an advantage and apply some more locks. The main problem was overexaggerated selling, which with them jumping to the floor set up the lame screw job finish. 15:48. ***1/4

Wonderland Junior #13

9/30/80 Tokyo Nippon Budokan NWA World Junior Heavyweight International Title Match: Kengo Kimura vs. Chavo Guerrero. This match also took a long time to get going, but featured more rough housing than Fujinami's matches. The fans got into it more and more, with good hard shots and a few nice suplexes and breakers. Even match throughout, unfortunately leading to no winner because of a screw job. 15:51. ***

9/23/81 Tokyo Ariake Coliseum WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. El Solitario. Probably as exciting as Fujinami gets. They traded rest holds for lucha and legitimate submissions, greatly improving the early portion. Solitario is a guy that can match Fujinami's athletic offense move for move, which doesn't sound like that great a feat since action Fujinami is dropkicks and headscissors, but it's only true of a few guys Fujinami's fought in this series (Dynamite, Mando, maybe Mendoza) and those are his best matches. Both men were very impressive, with Solitario being a good puncher/slapper as well as a guy that does a dive. They got tied up in positions I practically didn't even know existed. 11:58. ***3/4

1/1/82 Tokyo Korakuen Hall WWF Junior Heavyweight Crown Decision Match: Tiger Mask vs. Dynamite Kid. Dynamite was all over Tiger's knee, totally persistent with Tiger fighting him off for his life. He tied it in the ropes and stomped from the right side until the ref pushed him away. Instead of backing off he circled around, so when the ref turned his back and tried to pry Tiger loose, he came in from the left side and stomped it some more. Tiger did some of his best selling here. I like how Dynamite was the fiercest most aggressiev bastard yet he was still wary of his opponents impressive techniques. The match was mainly knee work, but that made the lightning fast counters that much more impressive. Moves keep getting better and better, but still no one has been able to match the speed of the counter sequences these guys did together, and they were very intricate ones done precisely. There was a particularly great sequences where Tiger tried to come back with kicks, but after some counters I could barely keep up with, Dynamite had Tiger beat with his tombstone and diving headbutt only to pull him up. The wrestling was exceptional and they wasted no time, but it was so short I'm not sure I can rate it a great match. 8:31. ****1/4

NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Foreigners Story~ Lou Thesz & Karl Gotch 10/29/02
& NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Foreigners Story~ Steve Williams 12/10/02
-1hr 45min. Q=TV Master

10/14/73 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan, 2/3 Falls World's Strongest Tag Match Part. 2: Karl Gotch & Lou Thesz vs. Antonio Inoki & Seiji Sakaguchi

1/1/82 Tokyo Korakuen Hall: Karl Gotch vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara

10/9/75 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan, NWF World Heavyweight Title Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Lou Thesz

Steve Williams

10/19/87: Steve Williams vs. Keiji Muto

12/6/89 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan: Steve Williams vs. Shinya Hashimoto

12/11/90 Nagoya Rainbow Hall: Steve Williams vs. Masahiro Chono

 

NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #99 2/20/03
NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #100 2/27/03
-1hr 50min. Q=TV Master

Wonderland #99

12/10/81 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan, 2nd MSG Tag League Final: Antonio Inoki & Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Andre The Giant & Rene Goulet

taped 12/1/81 Nagoya Aichi-ken Taiikukan

Tatsumi Fujinami & Tiger Mask vs. El Canek & Super Maquina

Killer Khan vs. Stan Hansen

12/10/81 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan: Andre The Giant vs. Tiger Toguchi

Wonderland #100 taped 1/1/82 Tokyo Korakuen Hall

Karl Gotch vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara

WWF World Heavyweight Title Match: Bob Backlund vs. Tatsumi Fujinami

10min 5rd: Antonio Inoki vs. Roland Bock

NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #104 3/27/03
-55min. Q=TV Master

2/9/82 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan: Antonio Inoki vs. Rusher Kimura

2/14/82 Mexico El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, UWA World Middleweight Title: Centurian Negro vs. Gran Hamada

NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #105
& NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #106
-1hr 50min. Q=TV Master

#105 taped 3/19/82 Kagoshima Kenritsu Taiikukan

Andre the Giant vs. Killer Khan

Antonio Inoki vs. Tatsumi Fujinami

4/1/82 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan, WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tiger Mask vs. Steve Wright. Wright is very flexible, but stylistically he's a better opponent for Fujinami. What I like about his technical game is how he uses leverage and his opponent's momentum. Wright grounded Tiger and had him selling for much of the match, so while Wright is proficient this was pretty dull by Tiger's standards. Even once it picked up it was more of a striking and submission match, but they mixed it up pretty well and it did have some nice athletic spots like Wright countering a headscissors with a cartwheel. 17:48. ***1/4

#106 taped 4/1/82 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan

Dusty Rhodes & Dick Murdoch vs. Riki Choshu & Tastsumi Fujinami

Andre the Giant vs. Killer Khan

NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #107
& NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #108
-1hr 50min. Q=TV Master

#107 taped 5/6/82 Fukuoka Sports Center

Osamu Kido & Kantaro Hoshino vs. Carlos Jose Estrada & Perro Aguayo

"Playboy" Buddy Rose vs. Yoshiaki Yatsu

WWF Junior Championship Decision Match: Black Tiger vs. Gran Hamada 11:30 & 6:34. This was similar to Tiger vs. Baby in that it was high quality when they were running, but bogged down by all kinds of unfocused restmissions (and in this case stomps) in between. Hamada was a very good athlete, but that didn't cut it when Tiger was around since the primary enjoyment of both was their athletic spots. This was kind of an odd match because it was picking up when they had a double count out. Though they restarted it because they needed to give someone the belt, these guys came closer to starting over than picking up where they left off. Hamada did a tope and missed a plancha, but probably the coolest spot was when Tiger tried to come off the top with an axe (probably), but Hamada fingertipped him over for a body slam. . **1/2

#108 taped 5/12/82 Okinawa

5/7/82 Fukuoka Sports Center: Bad News Allen & Abdullah The Butcher vs. Tatsumi Fujinami & Seiji Sakaguchi

Abdullah The Butcher vs. Seiji Sakaguchi

Tatsumi Fujinami & Yoshiaki Yatsu vs. Hulk Hogan & Buddy Rose

NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #109
& NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #110
-1hr 50min. Q=TV Master

#109 taped 5/26/82 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan

5/12/82 Okinawa NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Les Thornton vs. Kantaro Hoshino. An incredible bore. Hoshino just wanted to hold a standing side headlock the whole match, though eventually he got real aggressive and took Thornton over so he could do it on the mat. Thornton was more than willing to lay around, and just let Hoshino hold his arm. The highlight would have been Hoshino trying a tope at the start of the match, except he didn't get through the ropes cleanly. 13:29. *

Seiji Sakaguchi & Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Bad News Allen& Perro Aguayo

WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Black Tiger vs. Tiger Mask. Started off with all the impressive arm bar/drag/whip counters. Tiger entered the ring with the gymnastics move that Muto later used often where he slingshots over and lands on his feet. Tiger did similar if not the same spots he did in the title match against Hamada, but they were much more impressive here because of the difference in athleticism between Tiger & Hamada. Similarly, what kept it down was that instead of building momentum, Black would kill it with a rest hold or some mediocre brawling. The match had Mask's best finishing sequence so far in the series starting when he missed a pescado, but Black still couldn't pin him with the suplex back into the ring. 14:15. ****

#110 taped 6/18/82 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan

5/26/82 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan: Hulk Hogan vs. Abdullah the Butcher

El Canek vs. Tatsumi Fujinami

Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant

Antonio Inoki vs. Scott McGhee

NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Shinni Junior Gekitoshi~ #14 7/1/02
NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Shinni Junior Gekitoshi~ #15 7/8/02
-1hr 50min. Q=TV Master

Wonderland Junior #14

2/9/82 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tiger Mask vs. Baby Face. The thing you have to understand about Tiger is his athleticism and body control are unparalled. He could essentially find a way to land on his feet from any position, and this aspect was so spectacular that the traditional highspots (ie highspot=something that supposedly does a lot of damage) often took a back seat. The running portions were very impressive, especially a sweet segment where Tiger landed on his feet for a backdrop and did a jumping dropdown with Baby Face leaping over him with a somersault while Tiger was still in the air. The problem with the match is it just about stopped in between these highlights, with too many restmissions. Match lacked flow and direction. They should have essentially done a lucha match because that's the only aspect Baby showed proficiency in here, and Tiger made such an impression in Mexico that every Japanese guy that toured after was held to his standard. 12:43. ***

4/1/82 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tiger Mask vs. Steve Wright. Wright is very flexible, but stylistically he's a better opponent for Fujinami. What I like about his technical game is how he uses leverage and his opponent's momentum. Wright grounded Tiger and had him selling for much of the match, so while Wright is proficient this was pretty dull by Tiger's standards. Even once it picked up it was more of a striking and submission match, but they mixed it up pretty well and it did have some nice athletic spots like Wright countering a headscissors with a cartwheel. 17:48. ***1/4

Wonderland Junior #15

1/28/82 Tokyo Taiikukan WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tiger Mask vs. Dynamite Kid. The opposite of their last match, as Dynamite was the one doing all the selling and Tiger was attacking his knee. Dynamite was taking some wild bumps where he'd jump/be propelled high and far, but even though Dynamite is the better seller, a Dynamite focused attack makes for a better match because his ferocity makes you buy into him wanting to hurt his opponent and Tiger has the better comeback offense plus is so over it'll surely get a big reaction. All that being said, what might have hurt this the most is that it was so much slower. Not that they can't have a high quality slow match, but their speed sequences are what separates them. Though this is probably their worst match available, it was still very good and had some serious highlights. Tiger did this wicked implant DDT where he lifted Dynamite so he was parallel to the mat then dropped down, with Dynamite's body being straight up and down when his head hit the mat. The finish was a crazy scramble with Dynamite landing on his feet (surprisingly sloppily) for a verticle suplex into the ring then 3 lightning go-behinds into a German suplex. The match really never took off though, and the added time was a negative if anything. 12:36. ***1/2

5/6/82 Fukuoka Sports Center WWF Junior Championship Decision Match: Black Tiger vs. Gran Hamada. This was similar to Tiger vs. Baby in that it was high quality when they were running, but bogged down by all kinds of unfocused restmissions (and in this case stomps) in between. Hamada was a very good athlete, but that didn't cut it when Tiger was around since the primary enjoyment of both was their athletic spots. This was kind of an odd match because it was picking up when they had a double count out. Though they restarted it because they needed to give someone the belt, these guys came closer to starting over than picking up where they left off. Hamada did a tope and missed a plancha, but probably the coolest spot was when Tiger tried to come off the top with an axe (probably), but Hamada fingertipped him over for a body slam. 11:30 & 6:34. **1/2

NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #116 11/12/03
-55min. Q=TV Master

Wonderland #116

8/5/82 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan: Seiji Sakaguchi & Tiger Toguchi vs. Adrian Adonis & Greg Valentine

8/30/82 NY Madison Square Garden

Bob Backlund vs. Buddy Rose

WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tiger Mask vs. Dynamite Kid

NJ Tadakai no Wonderland Encore #125 7/14/99
& NJ Tadakai no Wonderland Encore #118 7/15/99
-1hr 50min. Q=TV Master
(seems to have an extra non-related audio track)

NJ Tadakai no Wonderland Encore #125 7/14/99 originally aired 9/24/82 taped 9/21/82 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan

Tiger Mask & Kantaro Hoshino vs. Black Tiger & Villano III. ***

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Animal Hamaguchi. **

Sgt. Slaughter vs. Antonio Inoki. 1/2*

NJ Tadakai no Wonderland Encore #118 7/15/99 originally aired 5/28/82 taped 5/26/82 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan

WWF World Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Black Tiger vs. Tiger Mask. Tiger Mask wins title. ****

Seiji Sakaguchi & Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Bad News Allen & Perro Aguayo. **1/4

Hulk Hogan vs. Abdullah The Butcher. DUD

NJ Tadakai no Wonderland Encore #119 7/21/99
& NJ Tadakai no Wonderland Encore #120 7/22/99
-1hr 50min. Q=TV Master

NJ Tadakai no Wonderland Encore #119 7/21/99 Originally aired 6/18/82 taped 6/18 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. El Canek. Really heated. 3:30 shown

WWF Sekai Junior Heavykyu Title Match: Tiger Mask vs. Ultraman. ***3/4

Andre The Giant vs. Hulk Hogan. -**

Antonio Inoki vs. Scott Maghee. DUD

Originall aired 7/9/82 taped 7/6 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan

Antonio Inoki vs. El Canek. 1/2*

NJPW Wonderland #120 taped 7/6/82 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan

WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tiger Mask vs. Ultraman

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Dick Murdock

Andre The Giant vs. Hulk Hogan

NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #113
& NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #114
-1hr 50min. Q=TV Master

#113

7/23/82 Ishikawa-ken: Dick Murdoch vs. Tatsumi Fujinami 21:42. They sum exceeded individual pieces because the match was never static. Murdock attacked Fujinami with his elbows before the bell when Fujinami ducked his head so the ref could check him, immediately giving reason for the fiery Fujinami who mixes it up to show up. The match was still more technical than not, and these portions tended to be rather random, but it was rarely stagnant, as they changed advantages often, or just went back to brawling. The unpredictability of the match, or rather the refusal to clump the technical wrestling & brawling into separate sections, made the match seem considerably shorter than it actually was. Unfortunately, the excitment of the unorthodox built was somewhat negated by the match just kind of ending with the typical non finish. ***1/4

8/5/82 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tiger Mask vs. Dynamite Kid. One of the reasons this is one of the couple best series of all time is they'd always do a different match. Most series just fall into a groove - especially the ones like this where the same guy wins every match - but getting to the same place didn't stop these two from doing a different scenario and experimenting along the way. It would take much longer to describe the sequences than it did for them to do them. They extended the match by combining the speed with the substance, mixing bursts of action between Tiger's knee attack. The big difference was the way they used the floor to allow for new and innovative spots/sequences. Tiger knocked Dynamite over the top to the floor with his rolling savate then ran the ropes to get up a head of steam for his dive. Dynamite immediately re-entered to avoid it, so Tiger simply high cross bodied him when he stood up. Tiger suplexed Dynamite over the top to the floor, but Dynamite held on enough to take Tiger over with him. Dynamite realized that instead of guys always jumping to the floor to set up the next move, he should just throw the guy there and do the move, in this case a suplex. Tiger realized that instead of doing the pescado like several guys, he could just run and leap over the top onto his opponent. It looked like Tiger was going to side suplex Dynamite back into the ring, but instead he dropped him for a new version of the piledriver. 15:57. *****

#114 taped 8/27/82 Tokyo Korakuen Hall

Seiji Sakaguchi & Yoshiaki Yatsu vs. Rusher Kimura & Animal Hamaguchi

Tiger Mask & Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Black Tiger & Pete Roberts 10:45. Some excellent stuff from the Tigers, both in terms of garnering heat for the rivalry &, of course, in state of the art junior wrestling. Black attacked Mask with the flowers they presented him before the match, with Mask soon returning the favor. They did some really fast, counter laden sequences, providing the pure action. Roberts was very fun as well with his leverage based British offense. There was a lot of potential for athletic counters there with Tiger, but he was mostly paired with Fujinami. Fujinami was actually the least interesting in the match, but the UK style was nonetheless a really good fit for him because it's a lot more based on athleticism & movement than the Japanese or American technical styles of the day. Fujinami wasn't a true junior or heavyweight stylist, but this could have been the perfect mix of the two. ***1/2

Antonio Inoki & Hulk Hogan vs. Ed Leslie (Brutus Beefcake) & Sgt. Slaughter

NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #115
& NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #116
-1hr 50min. Q=TV Master

#115

8/5/82 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan, WWF World Heavyweight Title Match: Bob Backlund vs. Tatsumi Fujinami 25:15. Slow paced, technical match. 80% of the match was Fujinami working Backlund's left arm. Backlund was staying in the locks forever, doing loads of oft corny overselling with the goofy faces & flailing arms. The match was, I suppose, good for what it was, but there just wasn't a whole lot of movement or countering or back and forth. Backlund worked the leg a little, but generally did very little the entire match then managed to win with a flash pin to retain. **

8/30/82 New York Madison Square Garden, WWF World International Heavyweight Title Match: Gino Brito vs. Tatsumi Fujinami. Fujinami wins title. *1/2

#116 taped 8/30/82 New York Madison Square Garden

8/5/82 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan: Greg Valentine & Adrian Adonis w & Freddie Blassie vs. Kim Duk & Seiji Sakaguchi

Bob Backlund vs. Buddy Rose

WWF World Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tiger Mask vs. Dynamite Kid. Excellent

NJ Tadakai No Wonderland Encore #124
& AJ Chogei Selection #136
-50min. Q=TV Master

NJ Tadakai No Wonderland Encore #124 7/8/99 originally aired 9/3/82 taped 8/30/82 New York Madison Square Garden

WWF World Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tiger Mask vs. Dynamite Kid. Excellent

WWF World International Heavyweight Title Match: Gino Brito vs. Tatsumi Fujinami. Fujinami wins title. *1/2

WWF World Heavyweight Title Match: Bob Backlund vs. Playboy Buddy Rose. *3/4

 

NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Shinni Junior Gekitoshi~ #16 7/15/02
NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Shinni Junior Gekitoshi~ #17 7/22/02
-1hr 50min. Q=TV Master

Wonderland Junior #16

5/12/82 Okinawa NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Les Thornton vs. Kantaro Hoshino. An incredible bore. Hoshino just wanted to hold a standing side headlock the whole match, though eventually he got real aggressive and took Thornton over so he could do it on the mat. Thornton was more than willing to lay around, and just let Hoshino hold his arm. The highlight would have been Hoshino trying a tope at the start of the match, except he didn't get through the ropes cleanly. 13:29. *

5/26/82 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Black Tiger vs. Tiger Mask. Started off with all the impressive arm bar/drag/whip counters. Tiger entered the ring with the gymnastics move that Muto later used often where he slingshots over and lands on his feet. Tiger did similar if not the same spots he did in the title match against Hamada, but they were much more impressive here because of the difference in athleticism between Tiger & Hamada. Similarly, what kept it down was that instead of building momentum, Black would kill it with a rest hold or some mediocre brawling. The match had Mask's best finishing sequence so far in the series starting when he missed a pescado, but Black still couldn't pin him with the suplex back into the ring. 14:15. ****

8/30/82 New York, NY MSG WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tiger Mask vs. Dynamite Kid. This match really stood out to me when I first got into puroresu because many people that weren't overly into Japanese wrestling considered it a classic, perhaps the best ever in Madison Square Garden. The match was like a decade ahead of it's time in the U.S.; really not until the Liger vs. Pillman matches was there something so good and stylistically different than anything else that was being done here. What I really noticed about the match this time was the incredible reaction it got. The myth was always that no one wanted to see the little guys because they could never beat the big roiders. They certainly needed to win the fans over, it just didn't seem that way because the crowd was just in awe of the speed and the gymnastic style they'd never seen before, so they were reacting from the get go. The execution was extremely crisp execution and the moves had a lot of impact, but really the best part was the opening where they were just doing the amazing gymnatic counters. Match really flies by and is excellent at the very least. 6:35 of 9:36.

Wonderland Junior #17

8/5/82 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tiger Mask vs. Dynamite Kid. One of the reasons this is one of the couple best series of all time is they'd always do a different match. Most series just fall into a groove - especially the ones like this where the same guy wins every match - but getting to the same place didn't stop these two from doing a different scenario and experimenting along the way. It would take much longer to describe the sequences than it did for them to do them. They extended the match by combining the speed with the substance, mixing bursts of action between Tiger's knee attack. The big difference was the way they used the floor to allow for new and innovative spots/sequences. Tiger knocked Dynamite over the top to the floor with his rolling savate then ran the ropes to get up a head of steam for his dive. Dynamite immediately re-entered to avoid it, so Tiger simply high cross bodied him when he stood up. Tiger suplexed Dynamite over the top to the floor, but Dynamite held on enough to take Tiger over with him. Dynamite realized that instead of guys always jumping to the floor to set up the next move, he should just throw the guy there and do the move, in this case a suplex. Tiger realized that instead of doing the pescado like several guys, he could just run and leap over the top onto his opponent. It looked like Tiger was going to side suplex Dynamite back into the ring, but instead he dropped him for a new version of the piledriver. 15:57. *****

9/21/82 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tiger Mask vs. Black Tiger. Unlike the previous match, the extra length wasn't beneficial. It seemed like they were holding back. The 1st 13 minutes were mainly submissions, strikes, and athletic counters. Those counters might have helped a lot, but Mask was off and couldn't land on his feet cleanly. Black was carrying the match as usual, and I think he might have reset Mask's comebacks after Mask didn't get the first counter right. In any case, this wasn't as exciting as usual. Black wound up attacking Mask's knee later in the match, which then gave Mask an excuse for not flying like usual. Black did a double axehandle to the floor like Savage made famous. After the match, he attacked Mask including a tombstone on the floor. 19:08. ***1/4

NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #117
& NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #118
-1hr 50min. Q=TV Master

Wonderland #117 taped 9/17/82 Tokyo Korakuen Hall

Tiger Mask & Kantaro Hoshino vs. Black Tiger & Villano III 15:53. Good match, but one of Tiger's least memorable. Lots of good moves, but little that was spectacular. Both worked Lucha style with V3. They heated up the Tiger vs. Tiger fued with a post match fight on the outside. ***1/4

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Animal Hamaguchi 15:22. Hamaguchi didn't have to be a heel. In fact, he probably wasn't meant to be one because he was a pretty talented wrestler. The one thing he lacked was big moves. He was up for the task of enterting Fujinamit's world, and they delivered a good technical match. It kept getting better and better culminating with an impressive few minutes of junior style action. ***1/2

Antonio Inoki vs. Sgt. Slaughter 6:12. Slaughter couldn't do puroresu well, and wound up fighting like he was in the US with the ridiculous overexaggerated bumps, corny facials and goofy mannerisms. Match never got going much less hit any kind of stride. Slaughter was treated as though he was nothing special, never getting Inoki in trouble. *

#118 taped 9/21/82 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan

10/21/82 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan: Seiji Sakaguchi vs. Abdullah The Butcher

WWF International Heavyweight Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Masked Superstar

Rusher Kimura vs. Antonio Inoki

NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #118 12/13/03
& NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #119 12/27/03
-1hr 50min. Q=TV Master

Wonderland #118

10/21/82 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan: Seiji Sakaguchi vs. Abdullah The Butcher

9/21/82 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan:

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Masked Superstar

Antonio Inoki vs. Rusher Kimura

Wonderland #119

9/21/82 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tiger Mask vs. Black Tiger. Unlike the previous match, the extra length wasn't beneficial. It seemed like they were holding back. The 1st 13 minutes were mainly submissions, strikes, and athletic counters. Those counters might have helped a lot, but Mask was off and couldn't land on his feet cleanly. Black was carrying the match as usual, and I think he might have reset Mask's comebacks after Mask didn't get the first counter right. In any case, this wasn't as exciting as usual. Black wound up attacking Mask's knee later in the match, which then gave Mask an excuse for not flying like usual. Black did a double axehandle to the floor like Savage made famous. After the match, he attacked Mask including a tombstone on the floor. 19:08. ***1/4

10/21/82 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tiger Mask vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi

NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #128 7/23/99
-50min. Q=TV Master

NJPW Wonderland #128 taped 11/4/82 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan

WWF International Heavyweight Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Riki Choshu

Handicap Tag Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Rusher Kimura & Animal Hamaguchi & Isamu Teranishi

NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #122
NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #123
-1hr 50min. Q=TV Master

#122 12/9/82 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan

Dick Murdoch & Masked Superstar vs. Killer Kahn & Tiger Toguchi (Kim Duk)

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Dino Bravo

Hulk Hogan vs. Andre The Giant

#123

12/10/82 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan, 3rd MSG Tag League Final: Antonio Inoki & Hulk Hogan vs. Killer Kahn & Tiger Toguchi

1/6/83 Tokyo Korakuen Hall: Masa Saito & Riki Choshu vs. Killer Kahn & Seiji Sakaguchi

NJ Tadakai no Wonderland # 132 8/11/99
-55min. Q=TV Master

Wonderland #132 taped 1/6/83 Tokyo Korakuen Hall

Kengo Kimura vs. Jesse Ventura

Tiger Mask vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi

2/3/83 Hokkaido Sapporo Nakajima Taiiku Center: Blackjack Mulligan & Killer Khan vs. Hulk Hogan & Seiji Sakaguchi

NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Shinni Junior Gekitoshi~ #18 7/29/02
NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Shinni Junior Gekitoshi~ #19 8/5/02
-1hr 50min. Q=TV Master

Wonderland Junior #18

10/26/82 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tiger Mask vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi. This quality of match was determined more by how they did it than by what they did, especially early on. What they did was somewhat typical, but they were intense and struggling for everything to the point you could almost believe they weren't cooperating. They gave it purpose. Unfortunately, as the match progressed, they reverted back to the more standard way of doing things. The match also had its share of down time. The athletic sequences were very graceful though, and it was a nice mix of styles. Tiger did 2 elbow drops and a somersault senton within 4 seconds. He also did an impressive All Japan style backdrop. The highlight was when Kobayashi stopped Tiger's rounding body press by punching him to the floor because Tiger took the bump off the top straight to the floor instead of the requisite landing on the apron and rolling off. Kobayashi followed with a pescado then back in the ring he got inexplicably aggressive tying Tiger in the tree of woe and stomping him until well after he was DQ'd, as well as trying to rip his mask. Oddly, the opening was the best wrestled portion. 16:56. ****

11/4/82 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan WWF Junior Heavyweight & NWA World Junior Heavyweight Double Title Match: Tiger Mask vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi. Tiger was extremely spectacular here, even by his own standards. His offense had evolved considerably, so now he was able to use his athleticism to sometimes do damage while gaining the advantage. He basically decided he was going to show off every chance he got. This wasn't an exhibition of spots though because Kobayashi was trying to ground Tiger, theoretically doing his best to keep it where he had the advantage and prevent Tiger from doing his thing. Also, Tiger used his aerial manuevers and suplexes to set up submissions. There were all kinds of highlights, many of which were well thought out. For instance, the great opening where Tiger jumped off the top as always, but this time he immediately jumped again, dropkicking a surprised Kobayashi to the floor then catching him with a suicida. It was one of the only times that it wasn't annoying that they didn't scrap the intros and keep fighting because the ref was holding Kobayashi back the whole time. Another smart spot saw Kobayashi retain the advantage even though Tiger landed on his feet for a back body drop because knowing what Tiger is capable of, Kobayashi immediately turned around and dropkicked him before Tiger could try a move. Tiger's backflip double kneedrop is one of the greatest athletic moves because you have to be a supreme athlete to do the backflip from the standing position and it's one of the rare aerial moves that would actually do noteworthy damage. This match continued where the 10/26 one left off with Kobayashi this time succeeding in ripping Tiger's mask, which changed the result from a probable Tiger count out to a Kobayashi DQ. Tiger was incensed at the mask ripping and "lost it, tying Kobayashi in the tree of woe and kicking him repeatedly. The post match was pretty amazing because one guy would kick the crap out of the other until he was restrained then the other would quickly recover and gain the advantage because he didn't have anyone in his way. Even though it was silly and not properly sold, it was very memorable and a major heat/hate generator. 13:38. ****3/4

Wonderland Junior #19

2/3/83 Hokkaido Sapporo Nakajima Taiiku Center NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tiger Mask vs. Gran Hamada. Tiger's best matches come when the opponent is calling and setting him up, but Hamada is also a technico and not one to carry a match. Hamada still dictated more than Tiger, but he was going in dull direction rather than making it a battle of perhaps the two best athletes in the division. Poor development, a surprising amount of wear down locks, and Hamada not being that sharp resulted in one of Tiger's least memorable title matches. 17:19. **3/4

6/2/83 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan WWF Junior Heavyweight Crown Decision Match: Tiger Mask vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi. Kobayashi believed in a big start before getting into the body of the match. I agree with this mentality when there actually is a body because it grabs the crowds attention and buys you some time to develop the match without them getting impatient. Kobayashi made it work for him the way few have though because having already done some damage made his submissions more credible. Though the match started as a sprint, the way they came out fired up and intense and kept the success rate low showed the urgency and importance. I mean, these guys were just dead set on not letting the other get the advantage. At the same time, the match was extremely well choreographed. There were new sequences like Tiger landing on his feet for a back body drop, avoiding a 360 kick, then hitting a rounding high kick. They knew when to use the moves and how to incorporate them. Kobayashi stopped Tiger's reverse diving body attack by sticking his knee out for a stomach breaker then followed with a traditional stomachbreaker and a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. This was one of the few matches where you believed Tiger could lose. The fans were going nuts toward the end, especially when it appeared Kobayashi was 1 move away from victory. Unfortunately, after so much brilliance the finisher was real lame and slow, not to mention probably a bad call by the ref. 18:03. ****3/4

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Heisei Hen~ #29 2/25/04
NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #124 3/3/04
-1hr 50min. Q=Perfect

Heisei #29 taped 10/14/96

Osamu Kido & Junji Hirata vs. Lord Steven Regal & David Taylor

SG Tag League Match: Riki Choshu & Kensuke Sasaki vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Satoshi Kojima

SG Tag League Match: Shinya Hashimoto & Scott Norton vs. Tatsumi Fujinami & Shiro Koshinaka

NJPW Wonderland #124 taped 1/6/83 Tokyo Korakuen Hall

NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tiger Mask vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi. This wasn't quite as good as their previous matches because Kobayashi was more successful in grounding Tiger. It was probably the closest pre-UWF Tiger Mask match to what he'd go on to do as Super Tiger in the UWF, but it wasn't as intense as their last couple of matches. In between Kobayashi's judo and Tiger's kicks and submissions they'd still do the Lucha segments, with Kobayashi being the workman who set Tiger up for several explosive comebacks. The fighting out of the ring was articularly notable. Tiger jumped so far on his dive over the top that he cleared Kobayashi's head and landed on the guard rail. There was a great segment where Kobayashi hit a pescado, but Tiger reversed his whip into the bars. Kobayashi stopped Tiger from reentering though and suplexed him, but Tiger just slid back in at 19. Another cool sequence on the outside saw Tiger run Kobayashi into the ring post then German suplex him when he bounced off. Match wasn't as consistently good as some of their others since it went so long, but Kobayashi had a better chance of winning since it was more his style and thus he was in control more. 23:09. ****1/4

Tatsumi Fujinami & Antonio Inoki vs. Animal Hamaguchi & Rusher Kimura

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Heisei Hen~ #30 3/10/04
NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #125 3/17/04
-1hr 50min. Q=Perfect

Heisei #29

10/14/96: Tadao Yasuda & Osamu Nishimura & Yuji Nagata vs. Kengo Kimura & Tatsutoshi Goto & Michiyoshi Ohara

10/25/96 Takasaki-shi Sogo Taiikukan: Riki Choshu & Kensuke Sasaki & Junji Hirata vs. Kengo Kimura & Tatsutoshi Goto & Michiyoshi Ohara

10/16/96, SG Tag League Match: Masahiro Chono & Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Kazuo Yamazaki & Takashi Iizuka

#125 taped 2/3/83 Hokkaido Sapporo Nakajima Taiiku Center

NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tiger Mask vs. Gran Hamada. Tiger's best matches come when the opponent is calling and setting him up, but Hamada is also a technico and not one to carry a match. Hamada still dictated more than Tiger, but he was going in dull direction rather than making it a battle of perhaps the two best athletes in the division. Poor development, a surprising amount of wear down locks, and Hamada not being that sharp resulted in one of Tiger's least memorable title matches. 17:19. **3/4

Riki Choshu & Masa Saito vs. Antonio Inoki & Tatsumi Fujinami. Choshu was really intense. He & Saito pretty much stomped and used dull lengthy submissions for the entire match. Inoki, who was actually the one beaten on here, finally came back without Fujinami's help and pinned Saito. 15:06. **1/4

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Heisei Hen~ #31 3/24/04
NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #126 3/31/04
-1hr 50min. Q=Perfect

Heisei #30

10/14/96: Norio Honaga & El Samurai vs. Shinjiro Otani & Yutaka Yoshie

10/16/96

Tatsumi Fujinami & Osamu Nishimura vs. Osamu Kido & Tadao Yasuda

Yuji Nagata & Junji Hirata vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Satoshi Kojima

Keiji Muto & Rick Steiner vs. Riki Choshu & Kensuke Sasaki

Wonderland #126

1/6/83 Tokyo Korakuen Hall: Kengo Kimura vs. Jessie Ventura

2/3/83 Hokkaido Sapporo Nakajima Taiiku Center: Hulk Hogan & Seiji Sakaguchi vs. Killer Khan & Blackjack Mulligan

4/21/83 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan: Akira Maeda vs. Paul Orndorff. Karl Gotch was in Maeda's corner. Started typically with moves out of the lock up and arm bar, but then Maeda did a front suplex, a lame knee kick, and pinned Orndorff in a bridging suplex. 3:33

4/21/83 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan, WWF International Heavyweight Title: Riki Choshu vs. Tatsumi Fujinami. Crowd was extremely loud. Fast started leading to an early figure 4 by Fujinami. He kept on the knee leading to a sasorigatame attempt. Fujiname had a taped up knee that Choshu went after. Choshu got frustrated when Fujinami escaped a few sasorigatames, so he hung Fujinami over the guard rail for the screw job. A pity because the early portion was very good. Choshu attacked a hobbling Fujinami after the match. Fujinami would try to get up and take revenge, but he could hardly stand. 13:58. ***1/4

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #45 10/03
-1h 30min. Q=Perfect

3/30/83 Tokyo Korakuen Hall

Iron Mike Sharpe vs. Kengo Kimura

Kuniaki Kobayashi & Isamu Teranishi vs. Norio Honaga & Nobuhiko Takada

Masked Superstar & Don Muraco vs. Tatsumi Fujinami & Seiji Sakaguchi

Riki Choshu & Animal Hamaguchi vs. The Zambaui Express (Kareem Muhammad & Elijah Akeem)

5/3/93 Fukuoka Dome: Hiroshi Hase vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #46 10/24/03
-1h 30min. Q=Perfect

4/17/84

Kareem Muhammed (Ray Candy) & Elijah Akeem (Leroy Brown) & Hercules Ayala vs. Riki Choshu & Yoshiaki Yatsu & Animal Hamaguchi

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Iron Mike Sharpe

Antonio Inoki vs. Masked Superstar

5/3/93 Fukuoka Dome, IWGP Tag Title Match: Hell Raisers vs. Shinya Hashimoto & Masahiro Chono

6/5/93 Tsu-shi Taiikukan: Satoshi Kojima vs. Black Cat

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Heisei Hen~ #32 4/3/04
NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #127 4/10/04
-1hr 50min. Q=Perfect

Wonderland #32 taped 10/25/96 Takasaki-shi Sogo Taiikukan

Yugi Nagata & Shinjiro Otani vs. Jushin Thunder Liger & El Samurai

Tatsumi Fujinami & Osamu Nishimura vs. Kazuo Yamazaki & Takashi Iizuka

SG Tag League Match: Keiji Muto & Rick Steiner vs. Satoshi Kojima & Manabu Nakanishi

NJPW Wonderland #127 taped 4/21/83 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan

NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title Decision Match: Dynamite Kid vs. Tiger Mask

Antonio Inoki vs. Masa Saito

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Heisei Hen~ #33 4/17/04
NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #128 4/24/04
-1hr 50min. Q=Perfect

Wonderland #33 taped 10/28/96 Kagoshima Kenritsu Gym

Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Norio Honaga

Yuji Nagata & Osamu Nishimura & Tadao Yasuda vs. Kazuo Yamazaki & Osamu Kido & Takashi Iizuka

10/25/96 Takasaki-shi Sogo Taiikukan, SG Tag League Match: Masahiro Chono & Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Shinya Hashimoto & Scott Norton

Wonderland #128 taped 5/6/83 Fukuoka-shi Sports Center

Big John Studd & Enrique Vera vs. Akira Maeda & Seiji Sakaguchi

IWGP Decision League Match: Hulk Hogan vs. Killer Khan. Khan was not able to get anything out of Hogan, who was his typical deliberate and phony self. Aside from a few of Hogan's patented punchs of his own hand there was nothing embarrassing, but it was unskilled and dull. Hogan didn't Hulk up in these days, so he just stopped selling when he was finally successful in reentering the ring and put Khan away. 10:57. *1/2

IWGP Decision League Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Andre The Giant. Inoki knocked Andre down withing 30 seconds with a missed enzuigiri. Inoki went full force when he had Andre down, but it quickly got slow and grew progressively slower. The coolest thing about Andre was how he'd kick out by heaving his opponent off him. I felt this really added to his aura as an unstoppable mass. Inoki did an enzuigiri style kick to Andre's arm and tried to start attacking that appendage, but Andre dumped him over the top for the typical screw job. Neither really got anywhere with one another. 11:54. 1/2*

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Heisei Hen~ #34 5/1/04
NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #129 5/8/04
-1hr 50min. Q=Perfect

Wonderland Heisei #34 taped 10/28/96 Kagoshima Kenritsu Gym

Hiro Saito vs. Tatsutoshi Goto

SG Tag League Match: Masahiro Chono & Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Keiji Muto & Rick Steiner

Shinya Hashimoto & Junji Hirata & Scott Norton vs. Kensuke Sasaki & Satoshi Kojima & Manabu Nakanishi

#129 taped 5/19/83 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan

Akira Maeda vs. Killer Khan

IWGP Decision League Match: Andre The Giant vs. Big John Studd

IWGP Decision League Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Hulk Hogan

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Heisei Hen~ #35 5/15/04
NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #130 5/22/04
-1hr 50min. Q=Perfect

Wonderland Heisei #35

10/28/96 Kagoshima Kenritsu Gym: Tatsumi Fujinami & Riki Choshu vs. Akira Maeda & Kengo Kimura

11/1/96 Hiroshima Green Arena

Kazuyuki Fujita Debut Match: Yuji Nagata vs. Kazuyuki Fujita

SG Tag League Match: Shinya Hashimoto & Scott Norton vs. Keiji Muto & Rick Steiner

#130 taped 5/27/83 Takamatsu Shimin Bunka Center

Hulk Hogan vs. Andre The Giant

Antonio Inoki vs. Akira Maeda

6/1/83: Seiji Sakaguchi vs. Rusher Kimura

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Heisei Hen~ #36 5/29/04
NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #131 6/5/04
-1hr 50min. Q=Perfect

Wonderland Heisei #36 taped 11/1/96 Hiroshima Green Arena

Jushin Thunder Liger & El Samurai vs. Shinjiro Otani & Norio Honaga

Michiyoshi Ohara & Tatsutoshi Goto vs. Kensuke Sasaki & Junji Hirata

Masahiro Chono & Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Hiro Saito vs. Riki Choshu & Tatsumi Fujinami & Satoshi Kojima

NJPW Wonderland #131 taped 6/2/83 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan

Andre The Giant vs. Killer Khan

1st IWGP Final: Antonio Inoki vs. Hulk Hogan

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Heisei Hen~ #37 6/12/04
NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #132 6/19/04
-1hr 50min. Q=Perfect

NJPW Wonderland Heisei #37 BATTLE FINAL '96 taped 11/26/96 Hirosaki Shimin Taiikukan

Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Yutaka Yoshie 7:50. *

Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Chavo Guerrero, Jr. 9:30. **1/4

Tatsutoshi Goto & Michiyoshi Ohara & Akitoshi Saito vs. Tadao Yasuda & Osamu Nishimura & Yuji Nagata 12:51. ***

Keiji Muto & Junji Hirata & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Power Warrior & Animal Warrior & Hawk Warrior 6:50 *

#132

6/2/83 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan WWF Junior Heavyweight Crown Decision Match: Tiger Mask vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi. Kobayashi believed in a big start before getting into the body of the match. I agree with this mentality when there actually is a body because it grabs the crowds attention and buys you some time to develop the match without them getting impatient. Kobayashi made it work for him the way few have though because having already done some damage made his submissions more credible. Though the match started as a sprint, the way they came out fired up and intense and kept the success rate low showed the urgency and importance. I mean, these guys were just dead set on not letting the other get the advantage. At the same time, the match was extremely well choreographed. There were new sequences like Tiger landing on his feet for a back body drop, avoiding a 360 kick, then hitting a rounding high kick. They knew when to use the moves and how to incorporate them. Kobayashi stopped Tiger's reverse diving body attack by sticking his knee out for a stomach breaker then followed with a traditional stomachbreaker and a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. This was one of the few matches where you believed Tiger could lose. The fans were going nuts toward the end, especially when it appeared Kobayashi was 1 move away from victory. Unfortunately, after so much brilliance the finisher was real lame and slow, not to mention probably a bad call by the ref. 18:03. ****3/4

5/30/83 Chiba Koen Taiikukan

Akira Maeda vs. Hulk Hogan

Antonio Inoki & Seiji Sakaguchi & Kengo Kimura vs. Andre The Giant & El Canek & Big John Studd

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Heisei Hen~ #38 6/26/04
NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #133 7/2/04
-1hr 50min. Q=Perfect

NJPW Wonderland Heisei #38 BATTLE FINAL '96 taped 11/26/96 Hirosaki Shimin Taiikukan

12/1/96 Nagoya Rainbow Hall: Akitoshi Saito & Tatsutoshi Goto & Michiyoshi Ohara vs. Yuji Nagata & Osamu Kido & Yutaka Yoshie

Shinya Hashimoto & Satoshi Kojima vs. Tatsumi Fujinami & Kengo Kimura

Masahiro Chono & Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Hiro Saito vs. Kazuo Yamazaki & Takashi Iizuka & Osamu Kido

#132

6/1/83 Nagoya Aichi-ken Taiikukan: Antonio Inoki & Akira Maeda vs. Hulk Hogan & Big John Studd

6/12/83 Mexico El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos 2/3 Falls WWF Junior Heavyweight Crown Decision Match: Tiger Mask vs. Fishman. The match was good when Fishman utilized Tiger's ability to roll out of moves to their advantage. It's always good when Tiger is on offense, but Fishman doesn't do much so it's hard for Tiger to have much of a match with him. Fishman did do one interesting move where he set Tiger on the second and threw him past the center of the ring, kind of like a press slam. The big mistake of the match was the fall Fishman won was the shortest. I'll write this (and it being much more contrived) off to it being Mexico, but Tiger always withstands tons more and never loses, so it was very hard to take. The pacing was very awkward with the match basically stopping then starting again, and Fishman stalled too much. Tiger sometimes found interesting ways out of Fishman's submissions, but as a whole they did more harm than good. Had it's moments though not as many as usual and wasn't as good in any other area to make up for that, but barring a series of miscues Tiger is entertaining enough that his presence guarantees a good match. 11:03, 4:37, & 6:53. ***

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Heisei Hen~ #39 7/10/04
NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #134 7/17/04
-1hr 50min. Q=Perfect

NJPW Wonderland Heisei #39 BATTLE FINAL '96 taped 12/7/96 Okayama-ken Taiikukan

Michiyoshi Ohara & Tatsutoshi Goto vs. Osamu Kido & Black Cat

Kengo Kimura vs. Hiro Saito

12/1/96 Nagoya Rainbow Hall

Jushin Thunder Liger & El Samurai vs. Shinjiro Otani & Koji Kanemoto

The Road Warriors vs. Satoshi Kojima & Tadao Yasuda

#132

5/30/83 Chiba Koen Taiikukan: Killer Kahn & Kuniaki Kobayashi vs. Rusher Kimura & Isamu Teranishi

6/12/83 Mexico El Torneo De Cuatro Caminos UWA Heavyweight Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. El Canek

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Heisei Hen~ #40 7/24/04
NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #135 7/31/04
-1hr 50min. Q=Perfect

NJPW Wonderland Heisei #40 BATTLE FINAL '96 taped 12/1/96 Nagoya Rainbow Hall

Tatsumi Fujinami & Kengo Kimura vs. Keiji Muto & Osamu Nishimura

Riki Choshu & Kensuke Sasaki vs. Shinya Hashimoto & Junji Hirata

Masahiro Chono & Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Kazuo Yamazaki & Takashi Iizuka

#135

6/1/83 Nagoya Aichi-ken Taiikukan: Andre The Giant vs. Killer Kahn

7/7/83 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan: Dick Murdock vs. Abdullah The Butcher

8/4/83 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan: Rusher Kimura vs. Animal Hamaguchi

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #47 11/7/03
-1h 30min. Q=Perfect

6/14/84 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan

Riki Choshu & Masa Saito & Yoshiaki Yatsu vs. Dick Murdock & Adrian Adonis & Ken Patera

'84 IWGP Final: Antonio Inoki vs. Hulk Hogan

6/5/93 Tsu-shi Taiikukan

Best Of The Super Jr. III League Match: Eddie Guerrero vs. Lightning Kid

Best Of The Super Jr. III League Match: Pegasus Kid vs. Flying Scorpio

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #48 11/21/03
-1h 30min. Q=Perfect

6/11/84 Nagoya Aichi-ken Taiikukan

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Adrian Adonis

Hulk Hogan & Masked Superstar vs. Riki Choshu & Masa Saito

Antonio Inoki vs. Andre The Giant

6/5/93 Tsu-shi Taiikukan

Best Of The Super Jr. III League Match: Shinjiro Otani vs. Norio Honaga

Jushin Thunder Liger & El Samurai vs. David "Fit: Finlay & Dean Malenko

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #136 8/7/04
NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #137 8/21/04
-1hr 50min. Q=Perfect

#136

7/7/83 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tiger Mask vs. Isamu Teranishi. What was Teranishi doing here? He's not athletic, has no offense, and was too clumsy and awkward for Tiger to do his thing with. He was killing the match with rest holds and incompetence, though that was an improvement over nearly killing Tiger early when he lost his balance near the ropes as Tiger was trying to monkey flip him, with Tiger's weight sending both over the top to the floor. Tiger needed to step up here, but he wasn't doing as much of interest as usual. What he did do didn't come off as well because Teranishi's positioning was suspect and selling so exaggerated. Kobayashi was in the front row, and he and Tiger got into it after Kobayashi gave Teranishi a boost to help him reenter following Tiger's suicida. Kobayashi attacked Tiger after the match, destroying Tiger's mask so we got a glimpse of his face before they went to the long shot, and running off with the title belt. 15:58. **1/4

8/4/83 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tiger Mask vs. Isamu Teranishi. Tiger didn't have much confidence in Teranishi after the last debacle and was basically trying to figure out how he could have a good match without relying on his opponent to help him pull the spots off. He did a lot of kicking and knee dropping, but the submission stuff was totally dull without the movement and counters. The second half was action packed, though Tiger was still hardly Tiger, but had some problems because Teranishi reacts slowly and sometimes Tiger would clearly be waiting for him. Tiger was better here than in their first match, and I can't fault the adjustments he tried to make, but Teranishi is a hopeless wrestler that makes everything look worse than it should so they didn't really work. 14:35. *3/4

#137

7/7/83 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan, WWF International Heavyweight Title Match: Riki Choshu vs. Tatsumi Fujinami

8/4/83 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan, WWF International Heavyweight Title Match: Riki Choshu vs. Tatsumi Fujinami

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #140 10/2/04
NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #141 10/13/04
-1hr 50min. Q=Perfect

#140 taped 9/21/83 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan

Seiji Sakaguchi & Akira Maeda vs. Dick Murduch & Tony St. Clair

Antonio Inoki vs. Rusher Kimura

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Riki Choshu

#141 taped 10/14/83 Osaka-fu Rinkai Sports Center

Big John Studd vs. Killer Kahn

Akira Maeda vs. Paul Orndorff

Riki Choshu & Animal Hamaguchi & Yoshiaki Yatsu vs. Antonio Inoki & Kengo Kimura & Tatsumi Fujinami

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #49 11/28/03
-1h 30min. Q=Perfect

9/7/84 Fukuoka Sports Center

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Abdullah The Butcher

Greg Valentine vs. Riki Choshu

9/20/84 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan

The Strong Machines No.1 & No. 2 vs. Kantaro Hoshino & Kuroneko (Black Cat)

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Greg Valentine

Ishu Kakutogisen: Antonio Inoki vs. Anoalo Atisanoe

NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Shinni Junior Gekitoshi~ #20 8/12/02
NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Shinni Junior Gekitoshi~ #21 8/19/02
-1hr 50min. Q=TV Master

Wonderland Junior #20

8/6/83 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Stanley Lane. Lane hadn't developed the Sweet Stan style or persona yet. He fought technically for the most part with a little brawling thrown in as the match progressed and his frustration increased. Fujinami did a good job of carrying this, but it wasn't good because Lane didn't add much and there was no build or finishing segment. 9:26 of roughly 15:30.

6/12/83 Mexico El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos 2/3 Falls WWF Junior Heavyweight Crown Decision Match: Tiger Mask vs. Fishman. The match was good when Fishman utilized Tiger's ability to roll out of moves to their advantage. It's always good when Tiger is on offense, but Fishman doesn't do much so it's hard for Tiger to have much of a match with him. Fishman did do one interesting move where he set Tiger on the second and threw him past the center of the ring, kind of like a press slam. The big mistake of the match was the fall Fishman won was the shortest. I'll write this (and it being much more contrived) off to it being Mexico, but Tiger always withstands tons more and never loses, so it was very hard to take. The pacing was very awkward with the match basically stopping then starting again, and Fishman stalled too much. Tiger sometimes found interesting ways out of Fishman's submissions, but as a whole they did more harm than good. Had it's moments though not as many as usual and wasn't as good in any other area to make up for that, but barring a series of miscues Tiger is entertaining enough that his presence guarantees a good match. 11:03, 4:37, & 6:53. ***

Wonderland Junior #21

6/18/82 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan WWF Junior Heavyweight Crown Decision Match: Tiger Mask vs. Ultraman. Lucha style match with some exceptional offense. What kept this from being an excellent match is that, due to their lack of familiarity and the two technico problem, their offense was way ahead of their ability to work with each other. Their sequences only had a couple of steps and then they'd kind of wait. Though the moves weren't particularly well utilized you still had to be impressed. Tiger did things like turn Ultraman's arm drag into one of his own in midair and land on his feet when Ultraman jumped off the top into an arm drag. Tiger did his space flying Tiger drop here. He also used the move originally known as the Tigerdriver, which was kind of a cross between a snap suplex and DDT. 12:37. ***1/2

1/6/83 Tokyo Korakuen Hall NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tiger Mask vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi. This wasn't quite as good as their previous matches because Kobayashi was more successful in grounding Tiger. It was probably the closest pre-UWF Tiger Mask match to what he'd go on to do as Super Tiger in the UWF, but it wasn't as intense as their last couple of matches. In between Kobayashi's judo and Tiger's kicks and submissions they'd still do the Lucha segments, with Kobayashi being the workman who set Tiger up for several explosive comebacks. The fighting out of the ring was articularly notable. Tiger jumped so far on his dive over the top that he cleared Kobayashi's head and landed on the guard rail. There was a great segment where Kobayashi hit a pescado, but Tiger reversed his whip into the bars. Kobayashi stopped Tiger from reentering though and suplexed him, but Tiger just slid back in at 19. Another cool sequence on the outside saw Tiger run Kobayashi into the ring post then German suplex him when he bounced off. Match wasn't as consistently good as some of their others since it went so long, but Kobayashi had a better chance of winning since it was more his style and thus he was in control more. 23:09. ****1/4

NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Shinni Junior Gekitoshi~ #22 8/26/02
NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Shinni Junior Gekitoshi~ #23 9/2/02
-1hr 50min. Q=TV Master

Wonderland Junior #22

8/5/82 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tiger Mask vs. Dynamite Kid. One of the reasons this is one of the couple best series of all time is they'd always do a different match. Most series just fall into a groove - especially the ones like this where the same guy wins every match - but getting to the same place didn't stop these two from doing a different scenario and experimenting along the way. It would take much longer to describe the sequences than it did for them to do them. They extended the match by combining the speed with the substance, mixing bursts of action between Tiger's knee attack. The big difference was the way they used the floor to allow for new and innovative spots/sequences. Tiger knocked Dynamite over the top to the floor with his rolling savate then ran the ropes to get up a head of steam for his dive. Dynamite immediately re-entered to avoid it, so Tiger simply high cross bodied him when he stood up. Tiger suplexed Dynamite over the top to the floor, but Dynamite held on enough to take Tiger over with him. Dynamite realized that instead of guys always jumping to the floor to set up the next move, he should just throw the guy there and do the move, in this case a suplex. Tiger realized that instead of doing the pescado like several guys, he could just run and leap over the top onto his opponent. It looked like Tiger was going to side suplex Dynamite back into the ring, but instead he dropped him for a new version of the piledriver. 15:57. *****

7/7/83 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tiger Mask vs. Isamu Teranishi. What was Teranishi doing here? He's not athletic, has no offense, and was too clumsy and awkward for Tiger to do his thing with. He was killing the match with rest holds and incompetence, though that was an improvement over nearly killing Tiger early when he lost his balance near the ropes as Tiger was trying to monkey flip him, with Tiger's weight sending both over the top to the floor. Tiger needed to step up here, but he wasn't doing as much of interest as usual. What he did do didn't come off as well because Teranishi's positioning was suspect and selling so exaggerated. Kobayashi was in the front row, and he and Tiger got into it after Kobayashi gave Teranishi a boost to help him reenter following Tiger's suicida. Kobayashi attacked Tiger after the match, destroying Tiger's mask so we got a glimpse of his face before they went to the long shot, and running off with the title belt. 15:58. **1/4

Wonderland Junior #23

7/6/82 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan WWF Junior Heavyweight Crown Decision Match: Tiger Mask vs. Ultraman. This was a little sloppy, but overall better than their previous match because they did longer sequences and utilized each other's athleticism more. The chemistry wasn't close to what Tiger has with Dynamite or Kobayashi, but the match boasted some spectacular new spots like Tiger doing a one-arm cartwheel to counter Ultraman jumping off the top into an arm drag. It probably would have been excellent if it went a few minutes longer, but I can understand why this was kept shorter. 12:42. ***3/4

4/21/83 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan NWA World Junior Heavyweight Crown Decision Match: Tiger Mask vs. Dynamite Kid. Dynamite was all jacked up, totally determined to finally beat Tiger. I loved the early sequence where he was preventing Tiger from a spectacular arm bar counter. Tiger finally does two quick rolls reverse only to have Dynamite do a beautiful head spring out of the arm bar. They were a little more hesitant here to show that they were leery of going to the risks to soon because their opponent was so adept at making them backfire. They were that much stiffer than they'd ever been, measuring each other than bringing it with the extra impact. Tiger even did the western lariat. What really set this match apart from their others was the screw jobs. Normally one is an automatic rating deduction in my book, and this match had 3! However, they amazingly worked, primarily by exploiting their own ridiculousness. This was a match about closing the gap between Tiger and Dynamite, and the finishes were more showing how equal they were and that they needed to keep going than anything else. Dynamite would keep petitioning for a restart in between attacking Tiger again. They set some of the spots up pretty well like how Dynamite couldn't do his tombstone during the first match, but then he kicked Tiger when they were petitioning for the second match, which gave him the opening. The one problem with this match was on the second screw job. They were out of the ring for 1:15 for the ref to give a 20 count, which would have been fine if the ref was finally close to 20 when Tiger reenter, but since he wasn't Dynamite had to stumble around out there for almost 30 seconds. The whole match was just a crazy out of control spectacle. Some of their lesser matches were better technically, but this is kind of like the 8/15/92 Toyota vs. Yamada where you not only have a great match but an entire scene that's wholly memorable. Finally, when they got tired of fighting after the third screw job Dynamite grabbed the ref's arm and raised it so it looked like the ref was declaring him the victor then got on the mic and said he'd just won the belt. 11:11, 3:32, & 1:52. *****

NJ Shodai Tiger Mask Commercial Tape Vol. 1 Part 1
-1hr 45min. Q=TFLD

4/23/81 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan: Tiger Mask vs. Dynamite Kid. Tiger's debut

6/4/81 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan: Tiger Mask & Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Chris Adams & Mike Masters

8/2/81 Tokyo Korakuen Hall: Tiger Mask vs. Scorpion

9/18/81 Hiroshima: Tiger Mask & Tatsumi Fujinami vs. El Solar & El Solitario

9/23/81 Tokyo Den'en Coliseum: Tiger Mask vs. El Solar

10/30/81: Tiger Mask & Kengo Kimura vs. El Signo & Negro Navaro

11/5/81 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan: Tiger Mask vs. Gran Hamada

12/8/81 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan: Tiger Mask vs. El Canek

1/1/82 Tokyo Korakuen Hall: Tiger Mask vs. Dynamite Kid

1/28/82 Tokyo Taiikukan: Tiger Mask vs. Dynamite Kid

NJ Shodai Tiger Mask Tiger Battle Chapter Commercial Tape
-1 1/2hr. Q=Master. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

5/26/82 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukan WWF Jr. Title: Tiger Mask (Satoru Sayama) vs. Black Tiger (Marc Rocco). Solid match with a really hot finish. Very good.

3/30/82: Antonio Inoki & Tatsumi Fujinami & Tiger Mask vs. Masked Superstar & Don Muraco & Steve Wright. Only the portions Tiger worked are shown.

4/1/82 Ryogoku Kokugikan WWF Jr. Title: Tiger vs. Steve Wright. Definite style clash here. Slow paced for a Tiger match. Wright did some cool stuff that you don't see anymore, but after a while the match began to drag when he was on offense. Good.

7/6/82 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukan WWF Jr. Title: Tiger vs. Ultraman. Smooth work. Excellent when it wasn't on the mat. Very good.

7/23/82 Ishikawa: Tiger vs. Dynamite Kid. Awesome match with tremendous performances by both men. Great fluid work. Execution, timing, etc were all top notch. Cool athletic counters and some beautiful sequences. Interesting to see Tiger refusing to break when Dynamite gets the ropes, which leads to a young Bret Hart interfering on Dynamite's behalf. Normally I hate screw jobs, but this might be the most successful count out ever. ****3/4

7/30/82 Nagoya Aichi-ken Taiikukan WWF Jr. Title: Tiger vs. Bret Hart. Only about 4 minutes shown. Dynamite tries to lend Bret a hand, but it backfires.

8/30/82 NY Madison Square Garden WWF International Junior Heavyweight Title: Tiger vs. Dynamite. Off the charts work. Tremendous while it lasts, but too short and spot intensive. Great match.

NJ Shodai Tiger Mask Commercial Tape Vol. 1 Part 3
-1 1/2hr. Q=Gd

11/4/82 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan NWA World & WWF Jr. Heavyweight Double Title Match: Tiger Mask vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi

1/6/83 Tokyo Korakuen Hall NWA World & WWF Jr. Heavyweight Double Title Match: Tiger Mask vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi

4/21/83 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan NWA World Jr. Heavyweight Title: Tiger Mask vs. Dynamite Kid

8/4/83 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan NWA World Jr. Heavyweight Title: Tiger Mask vs. Isamu Teranishi

NJ Shodai Tiger Mask The Final Legend Of Tiger Mask Mohko Densetsu Vol. 1 Part 3
-2hr. Q=TFLD

11/4/82 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan NWA World & WWF Jr. Heavyweight Double Title Match: Tiger Mask vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi

1/6/83 Tokyo Korakuen Hall NWA World & WWF Jr. Heavyweight Double Title Match: Tiger Mask vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi

4/21/83 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan NWA World Jr. Heavyweight Title: Tiger Mask vs. Dynamite Kid

8/4/83 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan NWA World Jr. Heavyweight Title: Tiger Mask vs. Isamu Teranishi

10/26/82 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan WWF Jr. Heavyweight Title: Tiger Mask vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi

TIGER 4-DIMENSION TECHNIQUES-Highlights of Tiger's favorite moves

NJ The Final Legend Of Tiger Mask Mohko Densetsu (Fierce Tiger Tradition) II Laser Disk-1st Dimension
-2hr. Q=Taped directly from the laser disk
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Note : Some matches on this four volume set are edited, and some are shown in complete form.

2/5/82 Sapporo Nakajima Taiiku Center WWF Jr. Title: Tiger Mask vs. Bret Hart. Very good match. Tiger has tremendous flurries, chaining together spots with incredible speed. Bret is very solid, predominantly taking good bumps and providing a base for Tiger's tremendous spots.

3/12/82 Tokyo Korakuen Hall: Tiger Mask vs. Blackman. Very good Lucha style match. Blackman was really athletic in his day, but he didn't have high spots that were in the same stratosphere as Sayama's. Mat oriented early, picking up at the 10-minute mark for a great, albeit short, finishing sequence that was highlighted by Sayama exploding through the ropes with a suicida.

3/31/82 Nagoya Aichi-ken Taiikukan: Tiger Mask & Kengo Kimura vs. Steve Wright & Blackman. Good, but nothing special. Highlights were Wright's cool cartwheel counters and Tiger and Blackman working together at a super speed. Kimura's work was cut out.

2/9/82 Sapporo Nakajima Taiiku Center WWF Jr. Title: Tiger Mask vs. Baby Face. Good match, but Baby Face didn't have anything to offer. Work was solid, but had no heat and wasn't very exciting. After the match, Dynamite demands a title shot because he's the true champion.

4/21/82 Tokyo Sumo Hall WWF Jr. Title: Tiger Mask vs. Black Tiger. Great match with really good work. Peers throwing bombs. Sayama was forced to sell here. Tiger does a really cool slingshot plancha. Finish was kind of lame because Tiger "snapping" didn't make much sense to me.

7/31/82 Osaka Rinkai Sports Center 2/3 Falls: Tatsumi Fujinami & Tiger Mask & Kengo Kimura vs. Greg Valentine & Dynamite Kid & Bret Hart. Good, interesting match. Hart looked really sharp working with Sayama, who got destroyed in this match, as was Kimura. Valentine worked American style and looked totally out of place.

8/5/82 Tokyo Sumo Hall WWF Jr. Title: Tiger Mask vs. Dynamite Kid. Super ***** match. Tremendous work with great speed and fluidity. Really choice counters. The body was really strong and they took it up and down at the right time. Spots were off the chart for 1982, including Sayama using an incredible suicida over the top and even a moonsault. It's hard to believe this match took place 16 years ago.

NJ The Final Legend Of Tiger Mask Mohko Densetsu II Laser Disk-2nd Dimension
-2hr. Q=Taped directly from the laser disk.

5/25/82 Shizuoka NWA Jr. Title: Les Thorton vs. Tiger Mask. Merely good. This match was all wrong for Sayama. Sayama's style was light years ahead of his time, while Thorton was a throwback technician. So, it was kind of like the 1990's meeting the 1960's. The match didn't work and was too long, even though it was pretty short. Tiger wins the NWA World Jr. Title!

6/18/82 Tokyo Sumo Hall WWF Jr. Title: Tiger Mask vs. Ultraman. Good match. These two blew some spots, but generally worked really well together. Ultraman lacked offense and didn't really push Tiger at all. Sayama did his awesome invention, the space flying Tiger drop!

6/25/82 Sapporo Nakajima Taiiku Center: Tiger Mask & Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Ultraman & El Purago (sp). The 6 minutes were shown were good, but not really notable.

9/21/82 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan WWF Jr. Title: Tiger Mask vs. Black Tiger. This one was edited down. It didn't seem as good as their match on 1st Dimension, but was definitely a quality battle of the comic book rivals.

9/17/82: Tiger Mask vs. Chris Adams. Adams was a weird opponent for Sayama because his style wasn't exactly juniorish. Not bad by any means, but Adams style wasn't right and his offense was too limited. Slow paced, with Sayama using mainly strikes and matwork. Crowd really pulls for Sayama's comeback.

10/8/82 Tokyo Korakuen Hall: Tiger Mask vs. Martin Jones. Very good match. Jones is like a poor man's Dynamite Kid here. His offense wasn't as spectacular, but it was a wrestled like a grudge match (though it lacked heat) with great work and execution. If the finish didn't come out of nowhere, it probably would have been great.

1/14/83 Yamaguchi: Tiger Mask & Gran Hamada & Kantaro Hoshino vs. Los Missioneros de la Muerte (El Signo, El Texano, & Negro Navaro). Very good to great fast-paced Lucha action. Animal Hamaguchi and Rusher Kimura, among others, destroy Sayama before the match. Highlight is Tiger against Texano, as they do some super counters.

2/3/83 Sapporo Nakajima Taiiku Center NWA Jr. Title: Tiger Mask vs. Gran Hamada. Very good match. Too much matwork, as it got a bit dull and lacked heat. Well booked and worked match that kept Hamada strong.

NJ The Final Legend Of Tiger Mask Mohko Densetsu II Laser Disk-3rd Dimension
-2hr. Q=Taped directly from the laser disk
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

9/3/82 Fukuoka Sports Center WWF Jr. Title: Tiger Mask vs. Villano III. Hot crowd and beautiful Lucha action, but only 6:38 was shown.

9/10/82 Kumamoto: Tiger Mask vs. Pete Roberts. Worst match from Sayama's prime that I've seen. Roberts didn't want to do anything but rest holds, and he apparently had less no high spots. Dull. Only notable because Black Tiger attacked Sayama before the match, but Sayama kicked his butt then Roberts tossed Black Tiger to the floor.

10/26/82 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan WWF Jr. Title: Tiger Mask vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi. Excellent match. Kobayashi got build and psychology out of Sayama. Matwork was strong and for a purpose, which was not usually the case in a Sayama match. Kobayashi used simple heel techniques, but they were new spots against Sayama and got big time heat. Kobayashi worked at a much higher level than most of Sayama's opposition, though it doesn't seem like most people give him credit for what he could do in his day.

1/28/83 Ibaraki: Tiger Mask & Kantaro Hoshino vs. Black Tiger & Jose Estrada. Very good when the Tigers were in together, but generally nothing special.

2/7/83 Tokyo Sumo Hall WWF Jr. Title: Tiger Mask vs. Black Tiger. 1/2 the match was shown and it was another **** or better match. Tiger looked better here than in their previous encounters as his arsenal was larger and his work seemed better.

1/20/83 Oita: Tiger Mask vs. Negro Navaro. Just ok. Navaro was unimpressive. Too much time wasting. Signo & Texano jump Sayama after the match, but Kobayashi makes the save.

2/10/83: Tiger Mask & Hoshino vs. Hamada & Kobayashi. Very good match. Like the NJ junior tag matches of 1997, it had nice work and told a story. Hamada & Kobayashi concentrate on trying to unmask Tiger.

6/2/83 Tokyo Sumo Hall NWA Jr. Title: Tiger Mask vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi. Great match. Excellent work and a hot crowd. Only problem was that the finish was flat.

NJ The Final Legend Of Tiger Mask Mohko Densetsu II Laser Disk-4th Dimension
-2hr. Q=Taped directly from the laser disk.

6/12/83 El Toreo, Mexico WWF Jr. Title: Tiger Mask vs. Fishman. Interesting to see Tiger work Lucha in Mexico, but Fishman has never impressed me, so this was not one of Tiger's better title matches.

2/8/83 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan WWF Jr. Title: Tiger Mask vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi. Another great match between these two. Kobayashi pushes matwork before the high spots. Heated match. Finish is along the same lines as their match on 3rd Dimension, but works a lot better here.

7/29/83 Toyama City Taiikukan: Tiger Mask vs. El Falcon. Average Lucha style match. Falcon didn't show much offensively and wasn't too competitive.

7/20/83 Asahikawa City: Tiger Mask & Hoshino vs. Kobayashi & Isamu Teranishi. Work was good, but the match itself is unspectacular. Mainly just Kobayashi & Teranishi using heel tactics on Tiger to get heat. Notable because Tiger's team actually loses.

8/1/83 Gifu: Tiger Mask & Osamu Kido vs. Kobayashi & Teranishi. More of the same as Kobayashi & Teranishi concentrate on unmasking Tiger.

7/7/83 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan WWF & NWA Jr. Titles: Tiger Mask vs. Isamu Teranishi. Good match. Teranishi just doesn't strike me as a junior at all. There's really nothing juniorish about his look or style. Tiger supplied some highlights, but the match was dull in points. After the match, Kobayashi rips Tiger's mask off and runs away with the title belt.

7/14/83 Sapporo Nakajima Taiiku Center WWF Jr. Title: Tiger Mask vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi. Very good match.

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Nobuhiko Takada Hen~ #1 7/18/99
& NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Nobuhiko Takada Hen~ #2 7/25/99
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Nobuhiko Takada Hen~ #1 7/18/99

8/19/83 taped 8/13 Canada Stampede Pavilion: Nobuhiko Takada vs. Anthole Foley

3/22/84 taped 3/22 Amagasaki Shi Taiikukan: Kantaro Hoshino & Nobuhiko Takada vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi & Isamu Teranishi

3/30/84 taped 3/30 Tokyo Korakuen Hall: Nobuhiko Takada & Norio Honaga vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi & Isamu Teranishi

NJPW Wonderland Takada #2

4/18/84: Nobuhiko Takada vs. Bruce Hart

1/3/86 Tokyo Korakuen Hall: Nobuhiko Takada vs. Akira Maeda

3/14/86 Kagashima Kenritsu Taiikukan: Nobuhiko Takada & Akira Maeda & Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Tatsumi Fujinami & Kengo Kimura & Kantaro Hoshino

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #142 10/27/04
NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #143 11/3/04
-1hr 50min. Q=Perfect

NJPW Wonderland #142 taped 11/3/83 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan

NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title Decision Match: The Cobra vs. Davey Boy Smith

Animal Hamaguchi vs. Seiji Sakaguchi

#143 taped 11/3/83 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan

Riki Choshu vs. Akira Maeda 12:58. ***1/2

Killer Khan vs. Tatsumi Fujinami

Antonio Inoki vs. Yoshiaki Yatsu

NJ Sekigun vs. Ishingun 4 vs. 4 Commercial Tape 11/3/83 & NJ Sekigun vs. Ishingun 5 vs. 5 Commercial Tape 4/19/84
-2hr 25min. Q=VG/Ex

11/3/83

Seiji Sakaguchi (Sekigun) vs. Animal Hamaguchi (Ishingun). Neither of these guys looked any good. Bad

Akira Maeda (Sekigun) vs. Riki Choshu (Ishingun). Great heat, although every match on these two tapes had great heat. Choshu's execution was really precise. Finish is similar to the vastly overrated Hart vs. Austin from WM 13, although there's no blood. Good match.

Tatsumi Fujinami (Sekigun) vs. Killer Kahn (Ishingun). Selling was really strong. Given the limitations of Kahn, this was probably a very good match, but overall just average.

Antonio Inoki vs. Yoshiaki Yatsu. This had the best heat due to Inoki being super over, but it was a pretty boring match with nothing beyond a couple of big spots by Inoki. Bad

4/19/84

*This is a series of singles matches with the winner staying on until one team has no more wrestlers left*

Fujinami vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi (Ishingun). Technically excellent, but much too short. Good match

Fujinami vs. Isamu Teranishi (Ishingun). Teranishi launched an all out attack on Fujinami's bad hand. Better than the Kobayashi match because of the storyline.

Fujinami vs. Yatsu (Ishingun). Yatsu immediately attacks the bad hand. Average

Nobuhiko Takada (Sekigun) vs. Yatsu. Takada was really over as the young junior punk pushing the established heavyweight star. Great near falls with the fans believing Takada could win. Takada was excellent here. Great match.

Kengo Kimura (Sekigun) vs. Yatsu. Kimura looked very good here and carried this to a good match. Lots of big spots for the time.

Kimura vs. Animal Hamaguchi (Ishingun). Hamaguchi wasn't very good and this was just average.

Yoshiaki Fujiwara (Ishingun) vs. Hamaguchi. Hamaguchi ripped the patch on Fujiwara's head off and Fujiwara bled. Fans were really into Fujiwara, but neither was that good. Average.

Antonio Inoki (Sekigun) vs. Riki Choshu (Ishingun). Mainly rest holds then Inoki did a few of his signature spots for the win. I expected them to do more for Choshu. Bad.

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #144 11/17/04
NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #145 12/1/04
-1hr 50min. Q=Perfect

NJPW Wonderland #144 taped 11/25/83

Kengo Kimura & Seiji Sakaguchi vs. Animal Hamaguchi & Riki Choshu

Tatsumi Fujinami & Akira Maeda vs. Andre The Giant & Swede Hanson

Antonio Inoki & Hulk Hogan vs. Dick Murdock & Adrian Adonis

#145 12/2/83 Kagoshima Kenritsu Taiikukan

Riki Choshu & Animal Hamaguchi vs. Akira Maeda & Tatsumi Fujinami

Antonio Inoki vs. Andre The Giant. DUD

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #146 12/15/04
NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #147 12/29/04
-1hr 50min. Q=Perfect

NJPW Wonderland #146 taped 12/7/83 Takamatsu Shimin Bunka Center

Andre The Giant vs. Killer Khan

4th MSG Tag League Finalist Team Decision Match Yushosen Shinshutsu Team Ketteisen (team advance to final decision match): Adrian Adonis & Dick Murdock vs. Riki Choshu & Animal Hamaguchi

Tatsumi Fujinami & Akira Maeda vs. Antonio Inoki & Hulk Hogan. 1/2*

#147 taped 12/19/83 Vancouver Agro Dome

Nobuhiko Takada vs. Hiro Saito. Takada's execution was sharp, but he was still developing his offense. **3/4

The Cobra & Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Davey Boy Smith & Bret Hart. Solid 80's style match. **1/4

Antonio Inoki vs. Kerry Brown. 1/2*

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #148 4/4/05
NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #149 4/11/05
-1hr 50min. Q=Perfect

NJPW Wonderland #148 taped 1/6/84 Tokyo Korakuen Hall

Junior Heavyweight Champion Decision League Match: Dynamite Kid vs. Isamu Teranishi. Match was above *** when Dynamite was on offense kicking Teranishi's ass, but no better than * when Teranishi was putting me to sleep with his restmissions. **

Bad News Allen & Abdullah The Butcher vs. Riki Choshu & Animal Hamaguchi

Antonio Inoki & Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Dusty Rhodes & Buddy Rose

#149

1/6/84 Tokyo Korakuen Hall, Junior Heavyweight Champion Decision League Match: The Cobra vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi. Intense, heated match with very good drama. Kobayashi bleeds. At one point Cobra sidesteps a suicida, sending Kobayashi right into the security rail. ***1/2

1/27/84 Nagoya Aichi-ken Taiikukan: The Cobra vs. Dynamite Kid

2/23/84: Antonio Inoki & Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Mike Sharpe & Hulk Hogan

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #150 4/18/05
NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #151 4/25/05
-1hr 50min. Q=Perfect

NJPW Wonderland #150 taped 2/3/84 Hokkaido Sapporo Nakajima Taiiku Center

Badnews Allen & Rusher Kimura vs. Kengo Kimura & Seiji Sakaguchi

Dynamite Kid vs. Davey Boy Smith

Hulk Hogan & Mike Sharp vs. Antonio Inoki & Akira Maeda

WWF International Heavyweight Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Riki Choshu

#151 taped 2/9/84 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan

Hulk Hogan vs. Rusher Kimura

Riki Choshu & Animal Hamaguchi & Yoshiaki Yatsu vs. Antonio Inoki & Akira Maeda & Yoshiaki Fujiwara

NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title Match: The Cobra vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi. Another excellent Kobayashi opening with Tiger entering with his backflip only to have Kobayashi knock him to the floor with a spinning high kick then follow with a suicida. He pulled Cobra's jacket off and tossed it into the crowd, but Cobra didn't react to any of this and just waited for the intros. Aside from the lack of fire, the other big difference was Cobra didn't react to/counter Kobayashi's stuff nearly as well as Tiger. He just kind of waited for his chance to go on offense, which really hurt Kobayashi's submissions since they didn't seem like anything to worry about. Kobayashi was Kobayashi, but Cobra didn't play off him and had some obvious flubs so it was nothing special. 14:29. ***

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #152 5/2/05
NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #153 5/9/05
-1hr 50min. Q=Perfect

NJPW Wonderland #152 taped 3/16/84 Kagoshima Kenritsu Taiikukan

Adrian Adonis vs. Yoshiaki Yatsu

Dick Murdock & Ed Leslie vs. Seiji Sakaguchi & Kengo Kimura. *

Antonio Inoki & Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Riki Choshu & Animal Hamaguchi. *1/4

#153 taped 3/22/84 Amagasaki-shi Taiikukan

Nobuhiko Takada & Kantaro Hoshino vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi & Isamu Teranishi

Seiji Sakaguchi & Kengo Kimura vs. Dick Murdock & Adrian Adonis

Animal Hamaguchi & Riki Choshu & Yoshiaki Yatsu vs. Seiji Sakaguchi & Tatsumi Fujinami & Yoshiaki Fujiwara

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #154 5/16/05
NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #155 5/23/05
-1hr 50min. Q=Perfect

NJPW Wonderland #154 taped 4/18/84 Ogaki-shi Sports Center

Nobuhiko Takada vs. Bruce Hart

Kengo Kimura & Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Riki Choshu & Animal Hamaguchi. *1/4

Antonio Inoki & Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Masked Superstar & Hercules Ayala

5/11/84 Fukuoka Sports Center IWGP League Match: Andre The Giant vs. Ken Patera. DUD

#155 taped 5/11/84 Fukuoka Sports Center

Tatsumi Fujinami & Kengo Kimura vs. Riki Choshu & Masa Saito. **1/2

IWGP League Match: Hulk Hogan vs. Antonio Inoki

5/18/84 Hiroshima Kenritsu Taiikukan: Hulk Hogan & Masked Superstar vs. Dick Murdock & Adrian Adonis

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #156 5/30/05
NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #157 6/6/05
-1hr 50min. Q=Perfect

NJPW Wonderland #156 taped 5/18/84 Hiroshima Kenritsu Taiikukan

IWGP League Match: Andre The Giant vs. Tatsumi Fujinami

IWGP League Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Riki Choshu

5/24/84 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan

Andre The Giant vs. Seiji Sekaguchi

IWGP League Match: Dick Murduch vs. Adrian Adonis

#157

5/24/84: Antonio Inoki & Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Riki Choshu & Masa Saito

6/1/84 Takamatsu Shimin Bunka Center

Tatsumi Fujinami & Kengo Kimura vs. Masa Saito & Yoshiaki Yatsu

IWGP League Match: Andre The Giant vs. Riki Choshu

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #158 6/13/05
NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #159 6/20/05
-1hr 50min. Q=Perfect

NJPW Wonderland #158

6/14/84 Kuramae Kokugikan: Riki Choshu & Masa Saito & Yoshiaki Yatsu vs. Adrian Adonis & Dick Murduch & Ken Patera

8/2/84 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. David Schultz

Antonio Inoki vs. Riki Choshu

Wonderland #159 taped 6/11/84 Nagoya Aichi-ken Taiikukan

Riki Choshu & Masa Saito vs. Hulk Hogan & Masked Superstar

IWGP League Match: Andre The Giant vs. Antonio Inoki

IWGP League Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Adrian Adonis

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #160 6/27/05
NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #161 7/4/05
-1hr 50min. Q=Perfect

NJPW Wonderland #160

6/1/84 Takamatsu Shimin Bunka Center, IWGP League Match: Adrian Adonis vs. Antonio Inoki

6/14/84 Kuramae Kokugikan, IWGP League Final: Hulk Hogan vs. Antonio Inoki

#161

8/2/84 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan, NWA Junior Heavyweight Title Match: The Cobra vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi. Again, Cobra showed a lot of promise. He was much more aggressive here, attacking Kobayashi before the bell for revenge, including ripping his T-shirt up and choking him with it. Kobayashi didn't get into his submissions today, which was for the best given the opponent. Instead, they did a more out of control (in the good way) match, which made sense because the rivalry was escalating. I thought they really put a lot of heat on the program here, with the final minutes being very exciting and dramatic. The finish was totally stupid though. Why would the challenger suplex the champ into the crowd when he's so close to winning the title and knows they have the corniest of rules that the match ends when both guys are propelled into the crowd? I mean, how hard is it really to turn the guy 90 degrees and drop him on the floor, which does more damage anyway? 15:04. ***3/4

8/24/84 Tokyo Korakuen Hall: Riki Choshu vs. Bob Backlund

NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Shinni Junior Gekitoshi~ #24 9/9/02
NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Shinni Junior Gekitoshi~ #25 9/16/02
-1hr 50min. Q=TV Master

Wonderland Junior #24

8/4/83 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Tiger Mask vs. Isamu Teranishi. Tiger didn't have much confidence in Teranishi after the last debacle and was basically trying to figure out how he could have a good match without relying on his opponent to help him pull the spots off. He did a lot of kicking and knee dropping, but the submission stuff was totally dull without the movement and counters. The second half was action packed, though Tiger was still hardly Tiger, but had some problems because Teranishi reacts slowly and sometimes Tiger would clearly be waiting for him. Tiger was better here than in their first match, and I can't fault the adjustments he tried to make, but Teranishi is a hopeless wrestler that makes everything look worse than it should so they didn't really work. 14:35. *3/4

11/3/83 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan NWA World Junior Heavyweight Crown Decision Match: The Cobra vs. Davey Boy Smith. Cobra had a huge entrance where he sat like an emperor and was carried out by famous juniors from around the world plus a fake Tiger Mask. This was basically like a lesser version of the early Tiger Mask vs. Dynamite Kid matches, with both being positioned as proteges rather than wannabes. Davey should be the poster boy for bigger isn't better. He really powerful here, and he used his power in impressive ways so anyone with their eyes open could see this was one strong guy. However, he didn't have the ridiculous muscles that kept him from being able to move or bend and really just got in his way. At this point he was not only able to move fluidly, but able to do all the athletic and gymnastic stuff that's much more important than power when it comes to having good matches. This was chock full of excellent athletic counters to basic moves. It had it's share of imperfections and didn't have the spontaneity of Tiger vs. Dynamite, but the problem with this match was more that we'd seen it done better before. It was a nice model to use though, and I thought it was well recieved. I just don't know why Cobra couldn't build on this match. It wasn't the best style for him because he's hardly the smoothest and most fluid wrestler around and just isn't a natural, but when the guy pulls it off well when there are plenty of reasons they shouldn't you have to wonder why they don't succeed when there are reasons they should. 20:06. ***1/2

Wonderland Junior #25

2/9/84 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title Match: The Cobra vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi. Another excellent Kobayashi opening with Tiger entering with his backflip only to have Kobayashi knock him to the floor with a spinning high kick then follow with a suicida. He pulled Cobra's jacket off and tossed it into the crowd, but Cobra didn't react to any of this and just waited for the intros. Aside from the lack of fire, the other big difference was Cobra didn't react to/counter Kobayashi's stuff nearly as well as Tiger. He just kind of waited for his chance to go on offense, which really hurt Kobayashi's submissions since they didn't seem like anything to worry about. Kobayashi was Kobayashi, but Cobra didn't play off him and had some obvious flubs so it was nothing special. 14:29. ***

8/2/84 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title Match: The Cobra vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi. Again, Cobra showed a lot of promise. He was much more aggressive here, attacking Kobayashi before the bell for revenge, including ripping his T-shirt up and choking him with it. Kobayashi didn't get into his submissions today, which was for the best given the opponent. Instead, they did a more out of control (in the good way) match, which made sense because the rivalry was escalating. I thought they really put a lot of heat on the program here, with the final minutes being very exciting and dramatic. The finish was totally stupid though. Why would the challenger suplex the champ into the crowd when he's so close to winning the title and knows they have the corniest of rules that the match ends when both guys are propelled into the crowd? I mean, how hard is it really to turn the guy 90 degrees and drop him on the floor, which does more damage anyway? 15:04. ***3/4

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #162 7/11/05
NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #163 7/18/05
-1hr 50min. Q=Perfect

8/2/84 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan: Tatsumi Fujinami & Seiji Sakaguchi vs. Roger Smith & Duke Myers

9/7/84 Fukuoka Sports Center

Riki Choshu vs. Greg Valentine

Antonio Inoki vs. Strong Machine

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Abdullah The Butcher

9/20/84 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan

Strong Machine No. 1 & No. 2 vs. Kantaro Hoshino & Cronic

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Greg Valentine

Ishu Kakutogisen 3Min 10Rd: Antonio Inoki vs. Anoalo Atisano

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #164 7/25/05
NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #165 8/1/05
-1hr 50min. Q=Perfect

4/19/84 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan: Antonio Inoki vs. Riki Choshu

9/18/84 Aichi Konan Shimin Taiikukan

Kuniaki Kobayashi & Isamu Teranishi vs. Tony St. Clair & Greg Valentine

Strong Machine No. 1 & No. 2 vs. Kantaro Hoshino & Norio Honaga

Antonio Inoki & Tatsumi Fujinami & Kengo Kimura vs. Riki Choshu & Yoshiaki Yatsu & Animal Hamaguchi

10/19/84 Region Plaza Indoor Stadium

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Cowboy Bob Orton. JIP

Antonio Inoki & Kengo Kimura & Kantaro Hoshino vs. Strong Machine No. 1 & No. 2 & Hiro Saito

NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title Match: The Cobra vs. Black Tiger

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #167 12/8/99
& NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #168 12/9/99
-1hr 50min. Q=TV Master

Wonderland #167

8/3/84 taped 8/2/84 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan

NWA Junior Heavyweight Title Match: The Cobra vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi

Tatsumi Fujinami & Seiji Sakaguchi vs. Roger Smith & Duke Myers

9/17/84 taped 9/7 Fukuoka Sports Center: Riki Choshu vs. Greg Valentine

Wonderland #168

8/24/84 Tokyo Korakuen Hall: Riki Choshu vs. Bob Backlund

9/7/84 Fukuoka Sports Center

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Abdullah The Butcher

Antonio Inoki vs. Strong Machine

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #169 12/15/99
& NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #170 12/17/99
-1hr 50min. Q=TV Master

Wonderland #169

9/18/84: Antonio Inoki & Tatsumi Fujinami & Kengo Kimura vs. Riki Choshu & Yoshiaki Yatsu & Animal Hamaguchi

9/20/84 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan:

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Greg Valentine

Ishu Kakutogisen 3Min 10Rd: Antonio Inoki vs. Anoalo Atisano

NJPW Wonderland #170

9/20/84 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan: Strong Machine No. 1 & No. 2 vs. Kantaro Hoshino & Cronic

9/18/84 Aichi Konan Shimin Taiikukan : Kuniaki Kobayashi & Isamu Teranishi vs. Tony St. Clair & Greg Valentine

10/19/84:

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Cowboy Bob Orton

Antonio Inoki & Kengo Kimura & Kantaro Hoshino vs. Strong Machine No. 1 & No. 2 & Hiro Saito

NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Shinni Saikyo Gaikokujin Hen~ #21 Bob Backlund 3/11/03
-55min. Q=TV Master

8/5/82 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan, WWF World Heavyweight Title: Bob Backlund vs. Tatsumi Fujinami

9/7/84 Tokyo Korakuen Hall: Bob Backlund vs. Riki Choshu

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #171 12/22/99
& NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #172 12/24/99
-1hr 50min. Q=TV Master

NJPW Wonderland #171

9/18/84: Strong Machine No. 1 & No. 2 vs. Kantaro Hoshino & Norio Honaga

10/19/84 NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title Match: The Cobra vs. Black Tiger

11/1/84 Tokyo Taiikukan, WWF International Heavyweight Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Cowboy Bob Orton

NJPW Wonderland #172

12/6/84 Hiroshima Kenritsu Taiikukan: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Dick Murdock 11:08. ***

11/1/84 Tokyo Taiikukan:

NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title Match: The Cobra vs. Black Tiger

Antonio Inoki & Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Strong Machine No. 1 & No. 2 11:06. *

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #166 8/8/05
NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #167 8/15/05
-1hr 50min. Q=Perfect

11/30/84 Nagoya Aichi-ken Taiikukan: Adrian Adonis vs. Kengo Kimura

11/1/84 Tokyo Taiikukan

WWF International Heavyweight Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Cowboy Bob Orton

Antonio Inoki & vs. Strong Machine No. 2

12/6/84 Hiroshima Kenritsu Taiikukan: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Dick Murdoch

11/1/84 Tokyo Taiikukan, NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title Match: The Cobra vs. Black Tiger

11/30/84 Nagoya Aichi-ken Taiikukan: Antonio Inoki & Andre The Giant vs. The Strong Machines No. 1 & No. 2

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #50
-1h 30min. Q=Perfect

11/30/84 Nagoya Aichi-ken Taiikukan

Adrian Adonis vs. Kengo Kimura

MSG Tag League: Antonio Inoki & Tatsumi Fujinami vs. The Strong Machines

6/5/93 Mie Tsu-shi Taiikukan

Hiroshi Hase & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Hiro Saito & Super Strong Machine

Bobby Eaton & Tony Halme vs. Masahiro Chono & Takashi Iizuka

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #51
-1h 30min. Q=Perfect

12/6/84 Hiroshima Kenritsu Taiikukan

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Dick Murdoch

Antonio Inoki & Andre The Giant vs. The Strong Machines No. 1 & No. 2

Super Heavyweight Battle Royal

6/5/93 Mie Tsu-shi Taiikukan

Michiyoshi Ohara vs. Masaji Aoyagi

Shiro Koshinaka & Kengo Kimura vs. Shinya Hashimoto & Tatsumi Fujinami

NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #168 8/22/05
NJPW Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #169 8/29/05
-1hr 50min. Q=Perfect

12/3/84 Okayama Budokan: Kantaro Hoshino vs. Hiro Saito

12/6/84 Hiroshima Kenritsu Taiikukan

Antonio Inoki & Andre The Giant vs. The Strong Machines No. 1 & No. 2

Super Heavyweight Battle Royal

12/8/84 Philippines Quezon Araneta Coliseum: Seiji Sakaguchi & Tiger Toguchi (Chung Lee) vs. Jerry Morrow & Kerry Brown

12/3/84 Okayama Budokan

Kengo Kimura & Seiji Sakaguchi vs. The Strong Machines No. 1 & No. 2

Antonio Inoki & Tatsumi Fujinami & Tiger Toguchi vs. Dick Murdoch & Adrian Adonis & Andre The Giant

NJPW World Pro Wrestling Immortal Fighting Spirit Tradition #52
-1h 30min. Q=Perfect

12/3/84 Okayama Budokan

Kantaro Hoshino vs. Hiro Saito

Kengo Kimura & Seiji Sakaguchi vs. The Strong Machines No. 1 & No. 2

Antonio Inoki & Tatsumi Fujinami & Tiger Toguchi vs. Dick Murdoch & Adrian Adonis & Andre The Giant

6/5/93 Mie Tsu-shi Taiikukan: Keiji Mutoh & Akira Nogami vs. The Great Kabuki & Akitoshi Saito

NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #173 12/29/99
& NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #174 12/31/99
-1hr 50min. Q=TV Master

Wonderland #173

12/84 Okayama Budokan: Kantaro Hoshino vs. Hiro Saito

11/30/84 Nagoya Aichi-ken Taiikukan: Kengo Kimura vs. Adrian Adonis

12/6/84 Hiroshima Kenritsu Taiikukan: Super Heavyweight Battle Royal

11/1/84 Tokyo Taiikukan: Antonio Inoki vs. Strong Machine No. 2

Wonderland #174

12/6/84 Hiroshima Kenritsu Taiikukan: Antonio Inoki & Andre The Giant vs. Strong Machine No. 1 & Strong Machine No. 2

12/8/84 Philippines Quezon Araneta Coliseum: Seiji Sakaguchi & Tiger Toguchi (Chung Lee) vs. Jerry Morrow & Kerry Brown

12/84 Okayama Budokan: Antonio Inoki & Tatsumi Fujinami & Tiger Toguchi vs. Andre The Giant & Dick Murdock & Adrian Adonis

NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #175 1/5/00
& NJ Tadakai no Wonderland ~Showa Hen~ #176 1/7/00
-1hr 50min. Q=TV Master

Wonderland #175

12/3/84 Okayama Budokan: Seiji Sakaguchi & Kengo Kimura vs. Strong Machine No. 1 & Strong Machine No. 2

12/28/84 Phillipines, WWF World Tag Title: Adrian Adonis & Dick Murdock vs. Tatsumi Fujinami & Kengo Kimura 18:17. US plotting with heels controlling the bulk of the match, keeping the face cut off from his corner and double teaming in their own. Fujinami & Kimura tended to wait until the last few minutes to deliver the action, so this worked well for them because they'd get a minute of hot offense when they were finally able to tag, spreading the action across the match rather than withholding it. Adonis & Murdock, aside from being smart tag wrestlers, also have much better offense than most of the faces of their day, so in spite of being heels the duo dominating the match actually helped the quality. Murdock & Fujinami were both very impressive, clearly outshining their partners. Fujinami was particularly fiery in stretches, which showed how great he could have been. He was NJ's best heavyweight of the decade because of his technical skill and diversity, but he actually had some of Choshu's fire in him, he just didn't show it often enough or with any consistency. ***1/2

1/18/85: Seiji Sakaguchi vs. King Kong Bundy

Wonderland #176 taped 1/18/85 Kumamoto

Shunji Takano & The Cobra vs. Black Tiger & Hiro Saito 12:09. Hiro's brawler push continues in this mixed bag. Black Tiger does by far the best wrestling, with Cobra having a good day with sharp execution for once and good chemistry with Tiger. Shunji is much taller than everyone else and not a junior, nor much of a worker, but he had a bad knee that they beat on to make his time passable. Hiro didn't have any chemistry with anyone, but Ueda was at ringside and eventually jumped in, causing a wild postmatch brawl where Shunji was beaten bloody and Fujinami eventually made the save. **3/4

Antonio Inoki & Tatsumi Fujinami & Kengo Kimura vs. Strong Machines 15:41. Fans were into this, but I found it rather dull and run of the mill. Hard to get into the Machines when they are one in the same, they don't even bother giving them numbers or doing anything to distinguish one from the other. They did a lot of triple teaming. Fujinami was fired up and it went up several notches each time he came in. *3/4

1/25/85: Antonio Inoki vs. Abdullah The Butcher

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