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PWFG PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING Fujiwara Gumi Grand Opening 1st Commercial Tape 3/4/91 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1hr 40min. Q=Master

Yusuke Fuke vs. Wellington Wilkins, Jr. 12:00. A fairly believable match, but not a particularly entertaining one as they just sort of layed then rolled around for a dozen minutes. The positions, and their transitions in and out of them, were the truest on the card to real fighting, but it’s more than a bit odd to have the first match in the history of the promotion end with that staple of realism, the leg split. Neither man was bad, but they also weren't impressive in any way. **

Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Johnny Barrett 7:12. Fujiwara tried to push the shooting style in the direction of believability, but as a result his matches tended to lack entertainment value. It didn’t help that his opponent, who was at least 75 pounds overweight, looked like someone you would come up with if, for some unknown reason, you needed a standin for Earthquake Ferris. All Barrett wanted to do was lie around on the mat. In his defense, that was his strength, if he could be said to have one, as he was more or less competent on the ground but his standup wasn’t sharp. Fujiwara knocked Barrett down with a headbutt out of a clinch, but generally accomodated his opponent by keeping it on the canvas. Both were nonetheless passable, but the match was brief and uneventful. *1/4

Wayne Shamrock vs. Minoru Suzuki 30:00. Being one of the newest and youngest fighters in U.W.F., Suzuki had a hard time seizing the limelight, but really came into his own as a regular top of the card performer in PWFG. He made a great impression from the get go, stealing the show in a match designed to build anticipation for a main event rematch. Fujiwara’s match was definitely more believable, but it was the younger fighters that Fujiwara gave the spotlight to, particularly Suzuki, who set out to evolve the shooting style by working and countering the holds rather than just lying around and taking rope escapes as many a man had been content to in U.W.F. While it wasn't the smoothest match and it didn't have the best sequences, I was impressed by the active matwork with regular position changes. Most shooters can counter, but one thing that elevated this match above the pack was the intensity and effort they fought with. Everytime you thought one man had made some headway, the other took the advantage at least partially back. The frustration seemed genuine, particularly when Shamrock rope escaped Suzuki’s ankle lock. I was impressed by how hard they fought throughout the duration of the contest. It never felt as though it would be a marathon, in part because they never stalled, but much of their success was in getting over the concept that they were equals without the usual corniness that has full time draw written all over it. I appreciated their lack of laziness, not so much in keeping the pace, but the fact that Suzuki, and to a lesser extent Shamrock, understood the importance in putting the effort into their grimacing and contorting to maintain the interest, anticipation, and credibility of what they were doing. They worked some highspots into the submission oriented match such as the overhead belly to belly suplex with a float over and a dropkick, and did some nasty striking in the second half, but the crowd really took to this one because they made their attempts and refusals seem important. By the end of the night, these two had the crowd in the palm of their hands. There was some booing for the draw, but they soon gave the performers a big hand for their exceptional effort. ****

Masakatsu Funaki vs. Bart Vale 17:36. Even though they didn’t stick to the U.W.F. tradition of a no time limit main event, I’m guessing they wanted to send people home after a match that had a decisive victory because the draw was viewed by their fan base as something of a gimmicky copout. The problem is there was no way this was going to be able to compete with the quality of the previous match to the extent that the crowd would be riveted. Vale’s technique is good enough, but he’s just not that energetic, and a slow, inactive match was a tough sell after Suzuki vs. Shamrock. Compounding the problem, this was a style clash with the technical master Funaki going against the sluggish striker that lacks stamina in a match long enough to send Vale right into patient, time killing mode. Vale, not surprisingly, did most of his damage with kicks, but his striking generally wasn’t that crisp. He did do an Owen Hart style enzuigiri that looked damaging, particularly due to the way Funaki sold it, though this wasn’t exactly scoring points for credibility. The match never picked up, and was just kind of there. *1/2

PWFG PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING Fujiwara Gumi Grand Opening 2nd Commercial Tape 5/16/91 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1hr 25min. Q=Master

Minoru Suzuki vs. Kazuo (Yoshiki) Takahashi

Yusuke Fuke vs. Bart Vale

Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Wellington Wilkins, Jr.

Naoki Sano vs. Wayne Shamrock

Masakatsu Funaki vs. Johnny Barrett

PWFG ONE FOR ALL AND ALL FOR ONE Commercial Tape 7/26/91 Tokyo Bay NK Hall
-2hr. Q=Master

Kazuo Takahashi vs. Mark Rose

Bart Vale vs. Lato Kiraware

Wayne Shamrock vs. Duane Koslowski

Ishu Kakutogisen: Yusuke Fuke vs. Rawei Nabataya

Minoru Suzuki vs. Naoki Sano

Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Masakatsu Funaki

PWFG PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING Fujiwara Gumi Grand Opening 4th Commercial Tape 8/23/91 Hokkaido Sapporo Nakajima Taiiku Center
-1hr 10min. Q=Master

Duane Koslowski vs. Kazuo Takahashi. This went pretty much like I'd expect if it was legit with Koslowski controlling the match with his far superior wrestling skill. Unfortunately, that didn't make for a particularly exciting match.

Jerry Flynn vs. Bart Vale. It looked like it was going to develop into a good match, but then just ended out of nowhere.

Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Lado Kirawai (sp?). Kirawai had the Tugboat Taylor "physique" and really sucked, but that made it kind of funny. Even Fujiwara was having a hard time keeping a straight face in points. Fujiwara decided he was going to use this match to prove that he could strike, so he pretty much made Kirawai into his punching bad. The striking wasn't good from a technique sense, but it had a lot of action. Not a good match, but entertaining in a somewhat perverse way.

Ishu Kakutogisen: Minoru Suzuki vs. Lawi Nabataya. Nabataya threw a few hard kicks, but it was over once Suzuki got the Muay Thai fighter to the ground.

Masakatsu Funaki vs. (Ken) Wayne Shamrock. U.W.F. style. Stiff and very intense. Funaki was excellent. The standing portion was excellent because they made it look real with the speed and power of the blows to go with the intensity. The mat was kind of dull though because it was slow and they didn't really chain anything together. Still, it was a very good long match.

PWFG Battle of the Lions Commercial Tape 9/28/91 Fukuoka Hakata Starlanes
-1 1/2hr. Q=Master

Kazuo Takahashi vs. Lato Kiraware (sp?)

Yusuke Fuke vs. Wellington Wilkins, Jr.

Naoki Sano vs. Bart Vale

Masakatsu Funaki vs. Mark Rose

Wayne Shamrock vs. Minoru Suzuki

PWFG Battle of the Lions 2 Commercial Tape 10/17/91 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1 1/2hr. Q=Master

Yusuke Fuke vs. Jerry Flynn

Wayne Shamrock vs. Wellington Wilkins, Jr.

Masakatsu Funaki vs. Kazuo Takahashi

Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Mark Rose

Minoru Suzuki vs. Bart Vale

PWFG Battle of the Lions 3 Commercial Tape 11/3/91 Hamamatsu-shi Taiikukan
-1hr 25min. Q=Ex

Jerry Flynn vs. Wellington Wilkins, Jr.

Bart Vale vs. Yusuke Fuke

Wayne Shamrock vs. Kazuo Takahashi

Masakatsu Funaki vs. Duane Koslowski

Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Wayne Shamrock 30:00

PWFG Roar of the Lion Kings PART 1 Commercial Tape 1/15/92 Kanagawa Yokohama Bunka Taiikukan
-1 1/2hr. Q=Master

Kazuo Takahashi vs. Wellington Wilkins, Jr.

Naoki Sano vs. Jerry Flynn

Minoru Suzuki vs. Yusuke Fuke

Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Bart Vale

Masakatsu Funaki vs. Wayne Shamrock

PWFG Roar of the Lion Kings PART 2 Commercial Tape 2/24/92 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1hr 35min. Q=Ex

Lato Kirawarik vs. Wellington Wilkins, Jr.

Bart Vale vs. Kazuo Takahashi

Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Yusuke Fuke 15:58

Minoru Suzuki vs. Jerry Flynn 8:46

Masakatsu Funaki vs. Wayne Shamrock 40:00

PWFG THE TOUGHEST OF THE TOUGH MEN Commercial Tape 3/20/92 Miami, FL James L. Knight Center
-1hr 20min. Q=Master

Kazuo Takahashi vs. Jerry Flynn

Yusuke Fuke vs. Dieseul Berto

Masakatsu Funaki vs. Mark Rose

Minoru Suzuki vs. Wayne Shamrock

Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Bart Vale

PWFG Lion King Legend Part 1 4/19/92 Tokyo Taiikukan
-1hr 30min. Q=Ex

Kazuo Takahashi vs. Yuki Ishikawa

Yusuke Fuke vs. Ryushi Yanagisawa

Bart Vale vs. Lato Kirawarik

Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Jerry Flynn

Minoru Suzuki vs. Wayne Shamrock

Masakatsu Funaki vs. Roberto Duran

PWFG REACHING FOR ONLY THE BEST, THE STRONGEST, AND THE HIGHEST Commercial Tape
-1hr 55min. Q=Master

Highlights of the best bouts from every show

3/4/91 - Fuke vs. Wilkins, Fujiwara vs. Barrett,  (Ken) Wayne Shamrock vs. Suzuki, Funaki vs. Vale

5/16/91 - Suzuki vs. Takahashi

7/26/91 - Fuke vs. Nabataya, Sano vs. Suzuki, Fujiwara vs. Funaki

Fujiwara demonstrates submission holds

8/23/91 - Suzuki vs. Nabataya, Funaki vs. Shamrock

9/28/91 - Suzuki vs. Shamrock

10/7/91 - Funaki vs. Takahashi

Suzuki demonstrates super sparring, chain reaction, & stack stance

11/3/91 - Fujiwara vs. Suzuki

1/15/92 - Suzuki vs. Fuke, Funaki vs. Shamrock

2/24/92 - Funaki vs. Shamrock

3/20/92 - Funaki vs. Rose

4/19/92 - Takahashi vs. Yuki Ishikawa, Fuke vs. Yanagisawa, Fujiwara vs. Flynn, Shamrock vs. Suzuki, Funaki vs. Roberto Duran (complete)

PWFG Lion King Legend Part 2 5/15/92 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan
-1hr 50min. Q=Master

Deisuel Bert vs. Ryushi Yanagisawa

Jerry Flynn vs. Yuki Ishikawa

Minoru Suzuki vs. Kazuo Takahashi

Masakatsu Funaki vs. Yusuke Fuke

Bart Vale vs. Wayne Shamrock

Don Nakaya Neilsen vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara

PWFG TURN OVER act. 1 Commercial Tape 6/25/92 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1hr 15min. Q=Master

Jerry Flynn vs. Ryushi Yanagisawa

Minoru Suzuki vs. Yuki Ishikawa

Masakatsu Funaki vs. Kazuo Takahashi

Bart Vale vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara

PWFG TURN OVER act. 2 Commercial Tape 7/27/92 Hakata Starlanes
-1hr 45min. Q=Ex

Ryushi Yanagisawa vs. Dieusel Berto 1:30

Kazuo Takahashi vs. Yuki Ishikawa

Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Johnny Barrett 4:00

Wayne Shamrock vs. Jerry Flynn

Minoru Suzuki vs. Duane Koslowski

Masakatsu Funaki vs. Bart Vale 30:00

PWFG Lion King Legend Side Story Commercial Tape 8/15/92 Toshima Shiritsu Taiikukan
-1hr 35min. Q=Master

Jerry Flynn vs. Yuki Ishikawa

Johnny Barrett vs. Galtaba Georgie

Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Mark Rose

Wayne Shamrock vs. Kazuo Takahashi

Masakatsu Funaki vs. Ryushi Yanagisawa

Minoru Suzuki vs. Joe Sorkof

PWFG TURN OVER act. 3 Commercial Tape 9/4/92 Sapporo Nakajima Taiiku Center
-1hr 45min. Q=Ex

Yuki Ishikawa vs. Dieusel Berto

Duane Koslowski vs. Ryushi Yanagisawa

Oleg Naniev vs. Jerry Flynn

Bart Vale vs. Kazuo Takahashi

Masakatsu Funaki vs. Alexsei Medvedev

Minoru Suzuki vs. Wayne Shamrock 30:00

PWFG STACK OF ARMS Commercial Tape 10/4/92 Tokyo Dome
-1 1/2hr. Q=Near Perfect 1st Gen

Yuki Ishikawa vs. Ryushi Yanagisawa. Long slow boring draw. Once in a while one of them would lock a submission, leading to a rope break. 10:52 of 30:00

Joe Sorcoff vs. Galtaba Georgie. These guys appeared to be Greco-Roman wrestlers. One cool suplex, but mainly a bunch of grappling. 6:52

Naoki Sano vs. Jerry Flynn. I expected a lot more from this. Slow cautious match match with too much marginal matwork and no big kicks. 9:00 of 11:08

Bart Vale vs. Alexsi Medbji. This actually wasn't a bad match. Vale wanted to kick, but Medbji wasnte to wrestle on the mat, so at least it was a battle of the varying styles. 8:07 of 10:26

Duane Koslowski vs. Naniev Oleg. Another match that was mainly on the mat, but that was okay since they were active. 8:39

Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Zaour Otarorich Chabadge. Match was nothing special, but it was the first one today that had a buzz from the crowd. 6:10

3 Min 5 Rd: Kazuo (Yoshiki) Takahashi vs. Superman Sattasaba. Takahashi was wider in these days. The finish was dramatic, with Takahashi going nuts when he won. 1R 2:37

Ishu Kakutogisen: Ken Shamrock vs. Don Nakaya Nielson. Shamrock took Nielson down and armlocked him. That was the whole match. 1R 0:45

Minoru Suzuki vs. David Gobediishvili. The fans went nuts for the finish, but otherwise it was blah. 5:17

Ishu Kakutogisen 3 Min 5 Rd: Masakatsu Funaki vs. Maurice Smith. A show saver. Smith won the first round because it was entirely standing, but he didn't get any big blows in and Funaki held his own. They did a lot of moving and faking, which is something you don't see nearly enough of in the standup portions of works, I suppose because they don't usually involve intelligent highly skilled kickboxers or guys like Funaki that understand the intricacies of about any style. Smith started landing more in the 2nd round, but Funaki answered him to some extent. Smith put Funaki down with a front kick at the 2nd round bell, but there was no count (I'm not sure if it was supposed to be late or they had a saved by the bell rule). Funaki finally tried for some takedowns in round 3, with a very exciting portion when he finally succeeded. The 5th round was the best, particularly the closing minute where Funaki took Smith down 3 times. Smith would struggle mightily and dive to the ropes, as you always get with these matches, but the thing is this match wasn't all about that and they mixed those frustrating failures with some takedowns in the center of the ring (thus Smith wasn't portrayed as a guy that would lose immediately if he didn't have the ropes to bail him out). Though no one succeeded in any major techniques, the match was really good. It was more realistic than you'd expect, but if I was booking it I would have given Smith one knockdown and Funaki one near submission rope escape because that would still have been even, but you would have had two major reactions. 15:00. ***3/4

PWFG TRY AGAIN Vol. 1 Commercial Tape 12/5/92 Niigata-shi Taiikukan
-1hr 30min. Q=Near Perfect

Yuki Ishikawa vs. Mark Ashford-Smith (Mark Starr)

Bart Vale vs. Ryushi Yanagisawa

Kazuo Takahashi vs. Alexsei Medvedev 30:00

Minoru Suzuki vs. Jerry Flynn

Wayne Shamrock vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara

Masakatsu Funaki vs. David Gobejishvili

PWFG Reborn Fujiwara Gumi Debut 1st Battle: Submission Hell Classroom Commercial Tape 6/1/93 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1 1/2hr. Q=Master

10 count for Mr. Soronaka

10 Minute Exhibition Match: Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Shinobu Kandori. Fujiwara gave Kandori a lesson in humility 101. He just let her attack him then countered with a submission. Kandori tapped more times in 10 minutes than in the rest of her career combined. Fujiwara made a joke or two and kissed Kandori at one point, but otherwise it was a serious exhibition.

Jerry Flynn vs. Diusel Bert. Flynn put on a pretty good show, but Bert is pretty colorless. Standup had some nice strikes, particularly from Flynn, but the ground wasn't very good.

Yuki Ishikawa vs. Carl Greco. Technically sound, but not the most exciting match you'll see even though there were a lot of escapes and some hard blows.

Mark Ashford vs. Bart Vale. Good standup. Vale did this one jumping high kick where he (I guess accidentally) nearly killed Ashford dead. I mean, it wound up being full force and you could here a loud pop on impact. Ashford somehow got up, and Vale gave him another one of these kicks later, but this one wasn't insane.

Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Joe Malenko. All matwork. Malenko is a good solid technician, but Fujiwara was still his boring self that doesn't put his opponents over and more than he "has to." A lot of weardown and positioning, but not a lot of near finishes.

PWFG Grappling Hell Classroom Fujiwara vs New Japan Young Lion Commercial Tape 7/21/93 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1hr 35min. Q=Master

Charlie Anderson vs. Carl Greco

Jerry Flynn vs. Mark Ashford-Smith

Bart Vale vs. Yuki Ishikawa

Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Tokimitsu Ishizawa 30:00

PWFG FIGHT IT OUT Commercial Tape 8/29/93 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1hr 15min. Q=Master

Carl Greco vs. Mark Ashford

Jerry Flynn vs. Charlie Anderson

Bart Vale vs. Joe Malenko

Tokimitsu Ishizawa vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara

Duane Koslowski vs. Yuki Ishikawa

PWFG GOTCHISM #1 Commercial Tape 10/29/93 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1 1/2hr. Q=Ex

Carl Greco vs. Katsumi Usuda

Charlie Anderson vs. Dieusel Berto

Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Masashi Aoyagi

Joe Sorcoff (Joe Malenko) vs. Yuki Ishikawa

PWFG GOTCHISM #2 Commercial Tape 12/5/93 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1 1/2hr. Q=Master

Carl Greco vs. Shoichi Funaki

Don Arakawa vs. Daisuke Ikeda

Deisuel Berto vs. Katsumi Usuda

Yuki Ishikawa vs. Charlie Anderson

Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Glenn Jacobs

Sparring: Antonio Inoki vs. Yuki Ishikawa

PWFG GOTCHISM #3 Commercial Tape 1/24/94 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
& PWFG FUTURE STAR II Commercial Tape 8/13/94 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1hr 55min. Q=Ex

1/24/94

Katsumi Usuda vs. Shoichi Funaki

Mark Ashford-Smith vs. Minoru Tanaka

Jack Buthrider vs. Daisuke Ikeda

Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Dieuseul Berto

Glen Jacobs vs. Yuki Ishikawa

8/13/94

Naohiro Hoshikawa vs. Minoru Tanaka

Carl Greco vs. Shoichi Funaki

Glenn Jacobs vs. Daisuke Ikeda

Yuki Ishikawa vs. Katsumi Usuda

Man & Woman Mixed Tag Match: Yoshiaki Fujiwara & Thunder Crack vs. Jol Malenko & Shinobu Kandori

PWFG THE 3rd Anniversary RISING Commercial Tape 2/28/94 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1 1/2hr. Q=Master

Shoichi Funaki vs. Minoru Tanaka

Otaku Hozumi & Shinobu Kandori vs. Harley Saito & Mikiko Futagami

All Japan Kickboxing: Satoshi Kobayashi vs. Parsaknoi Chochuchin (sp?)

All Japan Kickboxing: Shinji Matsuura vs. Rurai Saraweite (sp?)

Ishu Kakutogisen: Dieusel Berto vs. Marparon Shutoportoton

Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Katsumi Usuda

Glen Jacobs vs. Yuki Ishikawa

Yuki Ishikawa won a 50,000-en intergender battle royal

PWFG FUTURE STAR Challenge to the Unknown Commercial Tape 6/4/94 Tokyo Tele Theater
-1hr 20min. Q=Master

Shoichi Funaki vs. Minoru Tanaka

Katsumi Usuda vs. Joe DiFuria

Bart Vale vs. Daisuke Ikeda

Michinoku Puroresu Rules: Wellington Wilkins, Jr. & Yuki Ishikawa vs. Naohiro Hoshikawa & Hanzo Nakajima

Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Mark Ashford

PWFG FUTURE STAR II Commercial Tape 8/13/94 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1hr. Q=Master

Naohiro Hoshikawa vs. Minoru Tanaka

Carl Greco vs. Shoichi Funaki

Glenn Jacobs vs. Daisuke Ikeda

Yuki Ishikawa vs. Katsumi Usuda

Man & Woman Mixed Tag Match: Yoshiaki Fujiwara & Thunder Crack vs. Jol Malenko & Shinobu Kandori

PWFG vs Michinoku Puroresu 1st Dream Special Battle Commercial Tape 1/22/95 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1hr. Q=Master

Wellington Wilkins Jr. & Don Arakawa vs. Yone Genjin & Tsubo Genjin. Digest

Takeshi Ono vs Minoru Tanaka. Digest

Shoichi Funaki vs. Shinjiro Otani. Digest

Yuki Ishikawa & Naohiro Hoshikawa vs Daisuke Ikeda & Hanzo Nakajima

Yoshiaki Fujiwara & The Great Sasuke vs TAKA Michinoku & El Samurai

PWFG Fujiwara Festival Commercial Tape 5/19/95 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1hr. Q=Master

Tsubo Genjin vs. Monkey Magic

Takeshi Ono vs. Naohiro Hoshikawa

TAKA Michinoku vs. Minoru Tanaka

Daisuke Ikeda & Katsumi Usuda vs. Shoichi Funaki & Yuki Ishikawa

Riki Choshu & Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Akitoshi Saito & Shiro Koshinaka

PWFG The Yokohama Super Battle: Fujiwara Incident Commercial Tape 11/19/95 Yokohama Bunka Gym
-1hr 30min. Q=Master

Takeshi Ono vs. Satoshi Yoneyama

Minoru Tanaka vs. Alexander Otsuka

Katsumi Usuda vs. Kaoru Oishi

Yuki Ishikawa vs. TAKA Michinoku

Hisakatsu Oya & The Gladiator vs. Mark Ashford & Daisuke Ikeda

Ishu Kakutogisen: Ryuji Murakami vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara

British Junior Heavyweight Title Match: The Great Sasuke vs. Shoichi Funaki

PWFG Commercial Tape 5/23/96 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1hr. Q=Master

Geguero vs. Takeshi Okamura

Apolo Sugawara vs. Hiroaki Hatanaka

Hiroaki Junshima (?) vs. ? Kikawada

Tsubo Genjin vs. Don Arakawa

Masao Orihara vs. Onryo

Street Fight Death Match: Dick Slater & Masanobu Kurisu vs. Mr. Pogo & Toryu

Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Dick Murdock

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