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FIGHTING NETWORK RINGS TV ASTRAL STEP 1st SPIRIT-U 5/11/91 Yokohama Arena
-1hr 55min. Q=Ex

Peter Smit vs. Herman Renting 15:02

Willie Peeters KO Marcel Haarmans 10:51.

Chris Dolman vs. Bill Kazmaier R5 1:10 via submission.

Akira Maeda vs. Dick Vrij 11:05

FIGHTING NETWORK RINGS ASTRAL STEP 2nd. AQUA HEAT Commercial Tape 8/1/91 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan
-1hr. Q=Master

Mitsuya Nagai vs. Herman Renting

Chris Dolman vs. Tom Van Maurik

Willy Wilhelm vs. Pieter Smit

Akira Maeda vs. Dick Vrij

FIGHTING NETWORK RINGS ASTRAL STEP 3rd KAMUI Commercial Tape 9/14/91 Sapporo Nakajima Taiiku Center
-1 1/2hr. Q=Near Perfect 1st Gen

WATER BOUT: Mitsuya Nagai vs. Herman Renting

Bert Kops Jr. vs. Willie Peeters

UNIVERSE BOUT: Dick Vrij vs. Tom Van Maurik

EARTH BOUT: Akira Maeda vs. Willie Wilhelm

FIGHTING NETWORK RINGS TV ASTRAL STEP FINAL BLAZE UP 12/7/91 Tokyo Ariake Coliseum
-1hr 55min. Q=VG-Ex

Grom Zaza vs. Koichiro Kimura 24:46

Nobuaki Kakuta vs. Herman Renting 5R

Chris Dolman vs. Tiger Levani 11:29

Dick Vrij vs. Willie Peeters 9:08.

Gerard Gordeau vs. Mitsuya Nagai R4 0:34

Masaaki Satake vs. Hans Nyman 5R

Akira Maeda vs. Volk Han 12:16

FIGHTING NETWORK RINGS TV MEGA-BATTLE 1st. KAITEN 1/25/92 Tokyo Bay NK Hall
-2hr. Q=Ex.

Herman Renting vs. Shtorm Koba

Mitsuya Nagai vs. Koichiro Kimura

Willie Peeters vs. Bert Kops, Jr.

Nobuaki Kakuta vs. Rob Kaman

Willy Wilhelm vs. Igor Kolmykov

Masaaki Satake vs. Gerard Gordeau

Akira Maeda vs. Dick Vrij

FIGHTING NETWORK RINGS MEGA-BATTLE 2nd Ibuki (Breath) Commercial Tape 3/5/92 Amagasaki-shi Kinen Koen Sogo Taiikukan
-2hr. Q=Master

Adam Watt vs. Hans Nyman

Volk Han vs. Genaji Gigando

Nobuaki Kakuta vs. Rudy Ewoldt

Willy Williams vs. Pieter Smit

Masaaki Satake vs. Fred Oosterom

Akira Maeda vs. Buzariashivili Ramazi

FIGHTING NETWORK RINGS TV MEGA-BATTLE 3rd. IKAZUCHI taped 4/3/92 Hiroshima Sun Plaza
-2hr 20min. Q=1st Gen. 1 DVD

EARTH BOUT: Koichiro Kimura vs. Ted Tenguiz

AQUA BOUT: Nobuaki Kakuta vs. Tom Van Maurik

FIRE BOUT: Willie Peeters vs. Yoshinori Nishi. Intense shoot. Mainly standup with a lot of hard kicks. Not much technique, but definitely a good hard fought bought that went OT.

AIR BOUT: Dick Vrij vs. Marcel Haarmans. This was more like AIR POLLUTION.

THUNDER BOUT: Mitsuya Nagai vs. Willy Williams

UNIVERSE BOUT: Herman Renting vs. Masaaki Satake

ASTRAL BOUT: Akira Maeda vs. Volk Han. Very good, highly dramatic match. Not as many cool spots from Volk as in later years, but Maeda was a hell of a lot better here than he was in their later meetings. Maeda's bad knee eventually did him in.

FIGHTING NETWORK RINGS The 1st Anniversary KOHRIN MEGA-BATTLE 4th Commercial Tape 5/16/92 Tokyo Ariake Coliseum
-2hr. Q=Master

Yoshihisa Yamamoto vs. Masayuki Naruse

Volk Han vs. Grom Zaza

Peter Aerts vs. Adam Watt

Mitsuya Nagai vs. Dick Vrij

Willy Williams vs. Bitsadze Ameran

Masaaki Satake vs. Bert Kops, Jr.

Akira Maeda vs. Hank Newman

RINGS MEGA-BATTLE 4th. SHI SHI KU Commercial Tape 6/25/92 Sendai Miyagi-ken Sports Center
-2hr 35min. Q=Master. 2 DVDs

Yoshihisa Yamamoto vs. Masayuki Naruse

Yoshinori Nishi vs. Willie Peeters

Mitsuya Nagai vs. Nobuaki Kakuda

3Min 5Rd: Naoyuki Taira vs. Eric Edelenbos

Willy Williams vs. Tom Von Maurik

Volk Han vs. Herman Renting

Masaaki Satake vs. Willie Peeters

Akira Maeda vs. Hans Nyman

FIGHTING NETWORK RINGS 1992.7.16 OSAKA MEGA-BATTLE 6th Commercial Tape 7/16/92 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan
-2hr 40min. Q=Master. 2 DVDs

Yoshihisa Yamamoto vs. Masayuki Naruse. Lots of cool kicks hit and attempted. Crisp execution. Yamamoto was really dominant on the mat, which was surprising to me. His size advantage helped him a lot in the takedown department. Good match with both showing a lot of potential. The mat technique was kind of basic, but the kicking was strong.

Nobuaki Kikuta vs. Yukihiro Takenami

Mitsuya Nagai vs. Willie Peeters. Very intense shoot. Defense wasn't the greatest and they took a lot of chances, as you would expect with Peeters involved, so there were a lot of big moves.

Dick Vrij vs. Hans Nyman. A bad bout with a lot of striking, of course.

Chris Dolman vs. Busariashibin Ramaji

Peter Oele vs. Masaaki Satake

Volk Han vs. Andrei Kopylov. Not surprisingly, this was a good mat match. Kind of slow because they went so long. A lot of cool looking submissions and counters though.

Akira Maeda vs. Willy Williams. Williams isn't carryable. Below average bout.

RINGS MEGA-BATTLE SPECIAL ISHIZUE Commercial Tape 8/21/92 Kanagawaw Yokohama Arena
-2hr 55min. Q=Master. 2 DVDs
RINGS MEGA-BATTLE SPECIAL ISHIZUE 8/21/92

Koichiro Kimura vs. Masayuki Naruse

Nobuaki Kakuda vs. Yoshinori Nishi

Mitsuya Nagai vs. Cvetlan Paolov

Grom Zaza vs. Shutorm Kova

Chris Dolman vs. Herman Renting

Kick Rule 3Min 5Rd: Masaaki Satake vs. Rob Kaman

Volk Han vs. Dick Vrij

Akira Maeda vs. Andrei Kopylov

RINGS BEST BOUT 1992 1/2 LASERDISK
-2hr 40min. Q=TFLD. 2 DVDs

MEGA BATTLE 1st 1/25/92 Tokyo Bay NK Hall

Willie Peeters vs. Bert Kops, Jr.

Akira Maeda vs. Dick Vrij

MEGA BATTLE 2nd 3/5/92 Amagasaki Shi Kinen Koen Sogo Taiikukan

Nobuaki Kakuta vs. Rudy Ewoldt

Akira Maeda vs. Buzariashivili Ramazi

MEGA BATTLE 3rd 4/3/92 Hiroshima Sun Plaza

Mitsuya Nagai vs. Willy Williams

Masaaki Satake vs. Herman Renting

Akira Maeda vs. Volk Han

MEGA BATTLE 4th 5/16/92 Tokyo Ariake Coliseum

3 Minutes 5 Rounds Special Kick Rule: Peter Aerts vs. Adam Watt

3 Minutes 5 Rounds: Masaaki Satake vs. Bert Kops, Jr.

MEGA BATTLE 5th 6/25/92 Sendai Miyagi-ken Sports Center

Yoshinori Nishi vs. Peter Dijkman

3 Minutes 5 Rounds: Mitsuya Nagai vs. Nobuaki Kakuta

MEGA BATTLE 6th 7/16/92 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan

Volk Han vs. Andrei Kopylov

Akira Maeda vs. Willy Williams

MEGA BATTLE SPECIAL 8/21/92 Kanagawa Yokohama Arena

Volk Han vs. Dick Vrij

Akira Maeda vs. Andrei Kopylov

RINGS MEGA-BATTLE TOURNAMENT '92 1st Round Commercial Tape 10/29/92 Nagoya Rainbow Hall
-2hr 25min. Q=Master. 2 DVDs

Dimitar Petkov vs. Vladimir Kravchuck

Georgi Kandelaki vs. Hanse Nyman

Willie Peeters vs. Herman Renting

Andrei Kopylov vs. Sotir Gotchev

Dick Vrij vs. Nobuaki Kakuta

Chris Dolman vs. Grom Zaza

Masaaki Satake vs. Mitsuya Nagai

Akira Maeda vs. Volk Han

 

RINGS MEGA-BATTLE TOURNAMENT '92 2nd Round Commercial Tape 11/13/92 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan 2
-2hr 20min. Q=Master. 2 DVDs

Masayuki Naruse vs. Yoshihisa Yamamoto

Herman Renting vs. Nobuaki Kakuta

Willy Williams vs. Yukihiro Takenami

Dick Vrij vs. Hans Nyman

Chris Dolman vs. Andrei Kopylov

Akira Maeda vs. Dimiter Petkov

FIGHTING NETWORK RINGS MEGA-BATTLE TOURNAMENT '92 Junkessho Commercial Tape 12/19/92 Tokyo Ariake Coliseum
-2 1/2hr. Q=Master. 2 DVDs

Nobuaki Kakuta vs. Yoshihisa Yamamoto

Mitsuya Nagai vs. Sergei Sousserov

Georgi Kandrakki vs. Rudy Ewolt

Volk Han vs. Sotir Kochiev

MEGA-BATTLE TOURNAMENT '92 Junkessho

Dick Vrij vs. Herman Renting

Akira Maeda vs. Chris Dolman

RINGS MEGA-BATTLE TOURNAMENT '92 Kesshosen Commercial Tape 1/23/93 Tokyo Bay NK Hall
-2hr 20min. Q=Master. 2 DVDs
RINGS MEGA-BATTLE TOURNAMENT '92 Final 1/23/93

Mitsuya Nagai vs. Masayuki Naruse

Sotir Gotchev vs. Todor Todorov

Yoshihisa Yamamoto vs. Yoshinori Nishi

Volk Han vs. Andre Tournamidze

MEGA-BATTLE '92 3rd Place Match: Akira Maeda vs. Herman Renting

MEGA-BATTLE '92 Final, 3Min 5Rd: Chris Dolman vs. Dick Vrij

RINGS on WOWOW Korakuen Experiment League Round 1 taped 2/28/93 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
& RINGS on WOWOW Korakuen Experiment League Round 2 taped 4/30/93 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-2hr. Q=VG/Ex

2/28/93

Sergei Sousserov vs. Masayuki Naruse 12:26

Mitsuya Nagai vs. Sandor Telgen 5:27

3Min 5R: Naoyuki Taira vs. Toshiyuki Atokawa R5

4/30/93

3Min 5R: Mitsuya Nagai vs. Nobuhiro Tsurumaki R3 0:37

Yuki Ishikawa vs. Koichiro Kimura R3

Masayuki Naruse vs. Atsushi Tamaki 24:22

3Min 5R: Adam Watt vs. Nobuki Iwashita R1 1:56

RINGS on WOWOW BATTLE DIMENSION '93 OSAKA METROPOLITAN CIRCUIT #1 taped 3/5/93 Amagasaki-shi Kinen Koen Sogo Taiikukan
-2hr. Q=VG

Nobuaki Kakuta vs. Masayuki Naruse 13:28

Siera Khvitcha vs. Kiril Barbutov 6R

Pieter Oele vs. Yoshihisa Yamamoto 7:56

Willie Peeters vs. Sergei Sousserov 4:49

Dick Vrij vs. Mitsuya Nagai 4:53

Volk Han vs. Andrei Kopilov 8:30

RINGS on WOWOW BATTLE DIMENSION '93 TOKYO BAY AREA CIRCUIT #1 taped 4/24/93 Yokohama Bunka Gym
-2hr. Q=VG

Masayuki Naruse vs. Yoshihisa Yamamoto 8:48

Ramazi Buzariashivili vs. Grom Zaza 11:40

Todor Todorov vs. Sergei Sousserov 11:46

Pieter Oele vs. Dick Vrij 6R

Bart Vale vs. Hans Nyman 8:35

Volk Han vs. Mitsuya Nagai 16:05

RINGS on WOWOW 2nd Anniversary BATTLE DIMENSION '93 TOKYO BAY AREA CIRCUIT #2 taped 5/29/93 Tokyo Ariake Coliseum
-2hr. Q=VG-Ex

Masayuki Naruse vs. Yuki Ishikawa 30:00

Glove Match: Georgi Keandelaki vs. Mikhail Simov R3 1:34

Willie Peeters vs. Nobuaki Kakuta 10:18

Dick Vriji vs. Andrei Kopilov 7:06

Chris Dolman vs. Mitsuya Nagai R4 0:40

Volk Han vs. Willie Williams 11:46

RINGS Korakuen Experiment League Round 3 Commercial Tape 6/19/93 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-2hr 10min. Q=Master. 2 DVDs

Koichiro Kimura vs. Hideaki Mikata 5th 2:48

Masayuki Naruse beat Atsushi Tamaki 8:39

Sambo exhibition: Yoshikazu Endo vs. Hori Yone

Mitsuya Nagai vs. Yoshinori Nishi 5R

Bob Schrijber vs. Toshiyuki Atokawa 5R

RINGS BATTLE DIMENSION '93 OSAKA METROPOLITAN CIRCUIT #2 Commercial Tape 7/13/93 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan
-2hr 25min. Q=Master. 2 DVDs
RINGS BATTLE DIMENSION '93 OSAKA METROPOLITAN CIRCUIT #2 7/13/93

3Min 5Rd: Georgi Kandelaki vs. Yoshihisa Yamamoto

3Min 5Rd: Masayuki Naruse vs. Wataru Sakata

Nikolai Zouev vs. Tudor Todorov

3Min 5Rd: Hans Nyman vs. Mitsuya Nagai

3Min 5Rd. Willy Williams vs. Bitsadze Tariel

Ranking Match: Volk Han vs. Dick Vrij

RINGS Korakuen Experiment League Round 4 Commercial Tape 8/6/93 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1hr 40min. Q=Master

Satoshi Honma vs. Yasunori Okuda R1 2:57

Yoshihisa Yamamoto vs. Eric Edlenbos 11:09

sambo exhibition: Nikolai Zouev vs. Wataru Sakata

Masayuki Naruse vs. Carlos Dieke 10:22

Kickboxing: Jan Lomulder vs. Bob Schrijber R5

RINGS BATTLE DIMENSION '93 TOKYO BAY AREA CIRCUIT #3 Commercial Tape 8/21/93 Kanagawa Yokohama Arena
-3hr. Q=Master. 2 DVDs

Masayuki Naruse vs. Tigr Levani 30:00

3Min 5Rd: Yoshihisa Yamamoto vs. Mihail Simov R3 1:39

Pieter Oele vs. Willie Peeters 12:01

Nikolai Zouev vs. Grom Zaza 15:59

3Min 5Rd: Bitsadze Tariel vs. Hans Nyman R5 0:39

Special Match: Willy Williams vs. Dick Vrij 5R.

Special Match: Volk Han vs. Chris Dolman 6:20

RINGS Korakuen Experiment League Round 5 Commercial Tape 9/10/93 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-2hr 5min. Q=VG-

Satoshi Honma vs. Fumio Akiyama

Yoshihisa Yamamoto vs. Nobuhiro Tsurumaki

Grappling & Submission Demonstration

Kickboxing: Shigeo Imai vs. Minoru Shinkai

Masayuki Naruse vs. Dieseul Berto

Andrei Kopylov vs. Mitsuya Nagai

FIGHTING NETWORK RINGS BEST BOUT 1993 BATTLE DIMENSION
-2hr 40min. Q=Near Perfect 1st Gen. 2 DVDs

History of Akira Maeda

    BATTLE DIMENSION '93 3/5/93 Osaka Metropolitan Circuit

Masayuki Naruse vs. Nobuaki Kakuta. Good bout.

Yoshihisa Yamamoto vs. Peiter Oele. Average.

Willie Peeters vs. Sergei Sousserov. Bad.

    BATTLE DIMENSION '93 4/24 Yokohama Bunka Taiikukan Tokyo Bay Area Circuit #1

Bart Vale vs. Hans Nyman. Awful.

Volk Han vs. Mitsuya Nagai. Great performance by Han, who does all sorts of sleek and innovative submissions. Nagai was also quite good and the crowd was really pulling for him. Great.

    BATTLE DIMENSION '93 RINGS 2nd Anniversary 5/29/93 Tokyo Ariake Coliseum Tokyo Bay Area Circuit #2

Dick Vrij vs. Andrei Kopylov. Hellacious Vrij high kick KO. Average.

Han vs. Willy Williams. Williams was so awful. Average due to Han.

    '93 Round 1 2/28/93 Tokyo Korakuen Hall

Nagai vs. Sandor Telgen. Okay

Kickboxing: Naoyuki Taira vs. Toshiyuki Atokawa. Bad.

    '93 Round 3 6/9/93 Tokyo Korakuen Hall

Toshiyuki Atokawa vs. Bob Schrieber. Ok

    '93 Round 4 8/6/93 Tokyo Korakuen Hall

Masayuki Naruse vs. Carlos Dieke. Average.

    '93 Round 5 9/10/93 Tokyo Korakuen Hall

Nagai vs. Kopylov. Ok

    BATTLE DIMENSION'93 7/13/93 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan Osaka Metropolitan Circuit #2

Nagai vs. Hans Nyman. Ok

Han vs. Vrij. Very good bout. Han was excellent and he was able to hide that Vrij is far from excellent.

    BATTLE DIMENSION'93 8/21/93 Yokohama Arena Tokyo Bay Area Circuit #3

Vrij vs. Williams. Slow, plodding, and fake looking. Bad.

Han vs. Dolman. Ok.

RINGS BATTLE DIMENSION TOURNAMENT '93 1st Round Commercial Tape 10/23/93 Fukuoka Kokusai Center
-2hr 35min. Q=Master. 2 DVDs

Yoshihisa Yamamoto vs. Willie Peeters

Peter Oele vs. Bitsadze Tariel

Herman Renting vs. Hanse Nyman

Volk Han vs. Masayuki Naruse

3 Min 5 Rd: Willy Williams vs. Dick Vrij

Andrei Kopylov vs. Nikolai Zouev

Akira Maeda vs. Sotir Gotchev

RINGS BATTLE DIMENSION TOURNAMENT '93 2nd Round Commercial Tape 11/18/93 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan
-2hr 15min. Q=Master. 2 DVDs
RINGS BATTLE DIMENSION TOURNAMENT '93 2nd Round 11/18/93

Naniev Olegg vs. Georgii Galdava

Georgi Kandelaki vs. Masayuki Naruse

Mitsuya Nagai vs. Vladimir Petkov

BATTLE DIMENSION TOURNAMENT 2nd Round:

Bitsadze Tariel vs. Dick Vrij

Chris Dolman vs. Willie Peeters

Volk Han vs. Nikolai Zouev

Akira Maeda vs. Herman Renting

RINGS BATTLE DIMENSION TOURNAMENT '93 Semifinal Commercial Tape 12/8/93 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan
-2hr 40min. Q=Master. 2 DVDs

Grom Zaza vs. Hank Newman

Masayuki Naruse vs. Tudor Todorov

Georgi Gandelaki vs. Sarsania Zolab

Dick Vrij vs. Yoshihisa Yamamoto

Volk Han vs. Pavel Orlov

Tournament Semifinal: Bitsadze Tariel vs. Nikolai Zouev

Tournament Semifinal: Akira Maeda vs. Chris Dolman

FIGHTING NETWORK RINGS BATTLE SHOT at NIIGATA Commercial Tape 12/25/93 Niigata-shi Taiikukan
-3hr. Q=Master. 2 DVDs

Tsuromaki vs. Moriyasu

Koichiro Kimura vs. Honma

Bob Schreiber vs. Mori Kazuya

Masayuki Naruse vs. Eric Edlenbos

Andrei Kopylov vs. Orlav Pavel

Akira Maeda vs. Mitsuya Nagai

FIGHTING NETWORK RINGS BATTLE DIMENSION TOURNAMENT '93 Grand Final
Commercial Tape 1/21/94 Tokyo Nippon Budokan
-2hr 40min. Q=Master. 2 DVDs

Fred Oosterom vs. Andre Tourmanidze

Bart Vale vs. Peter Smit

Kickboxing: Rene Rooze vs. Rob Esdonk

Volk Han vs. Yoshihisa Yamamoto. Dramatic match with Yamamoto showing a lot of spunk and charisma. Great heat. Han did his typical assortment of cool submissions. A bit one-sided, but still a very good and exciting bout.

Dick Vrij vs. Mikhail Simov

Chris Dolman vs. Nikolai Zouev

Battle Dimension Final: Akira Maeda vs. Bitsadze Tariel. Very heated sprint. Passable.

FIGHTING NETWORK RINGS 1994 TV taped 3/19/94 Yokohama Arena
-1hr 55min. Q=1st Gen

Naniev Oleg vs. Yoshihisa Yamamoto

Dimitre Petkov vs. Masayuki Naruse

Todor Todorov vs. Herman Renting

Judo Exhibition

Kickboxing: Kim Lee Klin vs. Rob Esdonk

Bart Vale vs. Dick Vrij

Mixed Match: Volk Han vs. Gueorgui Keandelaki

Bitsadze Tariel vs. Vladmir Klementiv

Akira Maeda vs. Andrei Kopylov

RINGS RINGS 1994 in Sendai Commercial Tape 5/17/94 Miyagi-ken Sports Center
-2hr 30min. Q=Near Perfect. 1 DVD

Yoshihisa Yamamoto vs. Sergei Sousserov 3:13

David Khakhaleshvili vs. Mikhail Simov 5:49

Dick Vrij vs. Masayuki Naruse 5:16

Volk Han vs. Mitsuya Nagai 9:03

Bitsadze Tariel vs. Hans Nyman 6R

Akira Maeda vs. Willie Williams 2:38

RINGS RINGS 1994 IN ARIAKE Commercial Tape 6/18/94 Tokyo Ariake Coliseum
-2hr 50min. Q=Ex. 1 DVD

Willie Wilhelm vs. Dimitri Petkov 8:52

Willie Peeters vs. Mikhail Simov R3 0:29

Yoshihisa Yamamoto vs. Bitsadze Ameran 5:18

Mikhail Ilioukhine vs. Mitsuya Nagai 14:42

Willie Williams vs. Masayuki Naruse 10:54

Dick Vrij vs. Bitsadze Tariel 8:04

Akira Maeda vs. Volk Han 18:06

FIGHTING NETWORK RINGS RINGS 1994 IN OSAKA TV 7/14/94 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan
-1hr 55min. Q=1st Gen

Kickboxing: Georgi Keandelaki vs. Rene Rooze 5R

Masayuki Naruse vs. Yuri Bekichev 6:18. Short, but explosive match with a ton of action. Knockdowns back and forth highlighted by Bekichev putting Naruse down with an incredible rolling heel kick. Very good.

Mitsuya Nagai vs. Stefanov Petrov 10:35. Exciting bout with a lot of action. Good.

Andrei Kopylov vs. Yoshihisa Yamamoto 9:38. Another good bout with a lot of action. Kopylov's performance was strong. Started off hot, but they never turned it up a notch so it didn't quite reach it's potential, but on the other hand you wouldn't have expect any better than good coming in.

Volk Han vs. Hans Nyman 6:50. A good bout, which is rare with Hans involved but Han is the man. Han was absolutely destroyed during the standup portion. Bout was somewhat disappointing because Han won as soon as it hit the mat.

Akira Maeda vs. Dick Vrij 2:54. Vrij went for the quick win. Stiff bout that was good while it lasted, which was for less than 3 minutes. I suppose that's more good minutes than you normally get from Vrij, but this was awful short for a main event. Okay bout.

RINGS RINGS in YOKOHAMA Akira Maeda vs. Chabadze Zaour Commercial Tape 8/20/94 Kanagawa Yokohama Arena
-2hr 55min. Q=Master. 2 DVDs
RINGS in YOKOHAMA 8/20/94

3Min 5 Rd: Tsuyoshi Kosaka vs. Nobuhiro Tsurumaki

Masayuki Naruse vs. Satoshi Honma

Willie Wilhelm vs. David Hahareshivili

Willie Peeters vs. Yoshihisa Yamamoto

Tony Halme vs. Thomas Lurosi

Volk Han vs. Georgi Gandelaki

Akira Maeda vs. Chabadze Zaour

RINGS on WOWOW RINGS 1994 IN RUSSIA RUSSIAN BATTLE MISSION taped 8/27/94 Ekaterinburg, Russia Ekaterinburg Sports Palace
-1 1/2hr. Q=VG-Ex

Masayuki Naruse vs. Todor Todorov. Decent

Pieter Dykman vs. Youri Bekichev. Ok.

Mihail Simov vs. Bitsadze Tariel. Bad match. Awful doesn't even describe how bad Tariel is.

Hans Nyman vs. Grom Zaza. VQ gets bad then unwatchable in the midst of this match, but is back to normal for the next bout.

Volk Han vs. Sotir Gotchev. Slow developing match that never got exciting. Ok, but very disappointing given Han was involved.

Pieter Oele vs. Vladmir Klementiv. Really bad bout mainly consisting of really fake strikes.

Mitsuya Nagai vs. Nikolai Zouev. Well booked match that became exciting and heated, but wasn't always that great. Pretty good.

RINGS on WOWOW RINGS 1994 TOURNAMENT 1st ROUND taped 9/21/94 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan
-1hr 50min. Q=Ex

Pieter Oele vs. Aldinov Roussimov 6:05

Mikhail Ilioukhine vs. Willie Peeters 9:56

Mitsuya Nagai vs. Bitsadze Ameran 7:24

Hans Nyman vs. Masayuki Naruse 4:37

Tony Halme vs. Dimitri Petkov 5:14

Grom Zaza vs. Andrei Kopilov 8:41

Dick Vrij vs. Akira Maeda 2:54

RINGS on WOWOW RINGS 1994 TOURNAMENT 2nd ROUND taped 10/22/94 Fukuoka Kokusai Center
-1hr 55min. Q=Ex

Bart Vale vs. Masayuki Naruse 7:04

Yoshihisa Yamamoto vs. Grom Zaza 7:41

Willie Williams vs. Pieter Oele 6:41

Chris Dolman vs. Mitsuya Nagai 4:25

Hans Nyman vs. Nikolai Zouev 6:35

Tony Halme vs. Bitsadze Tariel 4:19

Dick Vrij vs. Mikhail Ilioukhine 6:06

Andrei Kopilov vs. Volk Han 10:05

RINGS 1994 TOURNAMENT 2nd ROUND Commercial Tape 10/22/94 Fukuoka Kokusai Center
-2hr 25min. Q=Master. 2 DVDs

Bart Vale vs. Masayuki Naruse 7:04

Yoshihisa Yamamoto vs. Grom Zaza 7:41

Willie Williams vs. Pieter Oele 6:41

Chris Dolman vs. Mitsuya Nagai 4:25

Hans Nyman vs. Nikolai Zouev 6:35

Tony Halme vs. Bitsadze Tariel 4:19

Dick Vrij vs. Mikhail Ilioukhine 6:06

Andrei Kopilov vs. Volk Han 10:05

RINGS 1994 TOURNAMENT 3rd. ROUND TV taped 11/19/94 Tokyo Ariake Coliseum
-1hr 55min. Q=1st Gen

Wataru Sakata vs. Nobuhiro Tsurumaki

Masayuki Naruse vs. Rene Van De Zander

Mitsuya Nagai vs. Dmitre Petkov

    3rd Round Matches

Dick Vrij vs. Hans Nyman

Chris Dolman vs. Yoshihisa Yamamoto

Volk Han vs. Willy Williams

Akira Maeda vs. Tony Halme

FIGHTING NETWORK RINGS
RINGS 1994 TOURNAMENT Semi-Final Commercial Tape 12/16/94 Nagoya Aichi-ken Taiikukan
-2hr 35min. Q=Near Perfect 1st Gen. 2 DVDs

Wataru Sakata vs. Minoru Tanaka. The inexperienced Tanaka was no match for Sakata in this shoot.

Kickboxing: Jan Lomulder vs. Alben Belinski. Exciting bout with a lot of heavy kicks by both men. Defense wasn't all that great as these guys appeared to be bangers. Very good.

Willie Peeters vs. Pieter Oele. Appeared to be a shoot. A lot of striking with the out of shape Peeters taking a beating. Entertaining bout with a lot of high impact blows. Oele's low kick was very strong.

Mitsuya Nagai vs. Masayuki Naruse. Fairly even match that the fans were into. Strong technique as well as good strikes, particularly by Nagai. Very good.

Bitsadze Tariel vs. Bitsadze Ameran. Terrible. Just a bunch of fake looking strikes.

    Semi-Finals

Volk Han vs. Hans Nyman. Very good short match due to an excellent performance by Han. It was Han's submissions vs. Hans' kicks, with Han allowing himself to be rocked in between catching Hans in a submission.

Akira Maeda vs. Yoshihisa Yamamoto. The fans were really into this. Yamamoto showed great charisma and the fans were going nuts at one point screaming Yamamoto until he made it to the ropes to escape Maeda's hiza jujigatame. Yamamoto's selling was quite good. Maeda looked slow on his strikes, but worked really stiff. It's really a shame Yamamoto's body didn't hold up as he had the potential to be great. Very good to excellent match.

RINGS BATTLE SHOT at NIIGATA VOL. 2 Commercial Tape 12/24/94 Niigata-shi Taiikukan
-2hr 30min. Q=Ex. 1 DVD

Kazunori Hase vs. Kazuo Tachi 5R

Wataru Sakata vs. Takeshi Ono 11:28

Tsuyoshi Kohsaka vs. Daisuke Ikeda 8:17

Vassili Chvaia vs. Masauki Naruse 11:10

Volk Han vs. Mitsuya Nagai 15:15

Akira Maeda vs. Yoshihisa Yamamoto 11:44

FIGHTING NETWORK RINGS RINGS 1994 TOURNAMENT GRAND FINAL TV Live 1/25/95 Tokyo Nippon Budokan
-2hr 55min. Q=1st Gen. 2 DVDs

Wataru Sakata vs. Tsuyoshi Kosaka

Herman Renting vs. David Khauchaleishyuli

Bob Schrieber vs. Aldinov Roussinov

Sotir Gotchev vs. Masayuki Naruse

Mitsuya Nagai vs. Mark Ashford

Dick Vrij vs. Tony Halme

Tournament 3rd Place Match: Yoshihisa Yamamoto vs. Hans Nyman. Really strong performance by Yamamoto to turn this into a good bout.

Tournament Final: Maeda vs. Han. Bombs from start to finish. Major heat. Huge pop for the finish even though the fans hero lost.

FIGHTING NETWORK RINGS International Free Fight Gala TV taped 2/19/95 Amsterdam Holland, Sports Hall South
-1hr 55min. Q=Ex

Andrei Kopylov vs. Hans Nyman

Ronnie Rivano vs. Piet Bernzen

Masayuki Naruse vs. Willie Peeters

Yoshihisa Yamamoto vs. Ruud Ewoldt

Dick Vrij vs. Mitsuya Nagai

Akira Maeda vs. Chris Dolman

David Levecky vs. Herman Renting

John Ovverkerk vs. Joop Vid Ven

RINGS RISING SERIES YAYOI Akira Maeda vs. Dick Vrij Commercial Tape 3/18/95 Tokyo Ariake Coliseum
-2hr 10min. Q=Master. 1 DVD
RINGS RISING SERIES YAYOI Akira Maeda vs. Dick Vrij 3/18/95

3Min 5Rd: Valentin Davidov vs. Bob Schreiber

Masayuki Naruse vs. Wataru Sakata

Bitsadze Tariel vs. Bart Vale

Mitsuya Nagai vs. Yoshihisa Yamamoto

Volk Han vs. Nikolai Zouev

Akira Maeda vs. Dick Vrij 5:38

RINGS on WOWOW RISING SERIES UZUKI Chris Dolman Retirement taped 4/28/95 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan
-1hr 55min. Q=Ex

Tsuyoshi Kosaka vs. Wataru Sakata. Probably a shoot. More interesting than their last match, but still not too good. Okay

Willie Peeters vs. Mitsuya Nagai. Exciting match with a lot of big strikes. Peeters wanted nothing to do with the mat, so it was almost all standup. Good.

Dick Vrij vs. Todor Todorov. Vrij dominated with his kicks. Todorov seemed to just grab Vrij once in a while without doing any kind of hold to him. Fair.

Hans Nyman vs. Goditedze Bakouri. Pretty good match that the fans were into. Some cool big moves, especially a great ipponzeoi by Bakouri.

Volk Han vs. Masayuki Naruse. Exciting match, but one of Han's least believable. At one point he had Naruse trapped in an udehishigigyakujujigatame in the center of the ring, but he basically just let his arm go since it wasn't the finish. It seemed like Han either got injured or had the wind knocked out of him in the middle of the match. Good.

Rankingsen: Akira Maeda (#2) vs. Bitsadze Tariel (#4). Had heat, but wasn't good in any regard.Maeda did a lot of standup because that's Tariel's strength, but they are both too slow and lumbering to make it look good.

Chris Dolman Retirement Match: Chris Dolman vs. Joop Kasteel

RINGS on WOWOW RISING SERIES Satsuki taped 5/20/95 Kagoshima Arena
-1hr 55min. Q=Ex

Wataru Sakata vs. Nobuhiro Tsurumaki 30:00

Sotir Gotchev vs. Tsuyoshi Kohsaka 8:30

Herman Renting vs. Masayuki Naruse 5:21

Mitsuya Nagai vs. Andrei Kopilov 8:00

Willie Williams vs. Grom Zaza 6:47

Akira Maeda vs. Nikolai Zouev 9:10

RINGS on WOWOW RISING SERIES Minazuki taped 6/17/95 Tokyo Ariake Coliseum
-1hr 55min. Q=Ex

Yuri Bekichev vs. Wataru Sakata 5:06

Sergei Sousserov vs. Tsuyoshi Kosaka 11:30

Mikhail Ilioukhine vs. Masayuki Naruse 9:26

Mitsuya Nagai vs. Carl Greco 3:35

Akira Maeda vs. Vladimir Klementiev 3:26

Ranking Match: Volk Han vs. Yoshihisa Yamamoto 15:15

RINGS on WOWOW RISING SERIES Fumizuki taped 7/18/95 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan
-1hr 55min. Q=Ex

Bob Schrijber vs. Kenneth Felter 5R

Masayuki Naruse vs. Tsuyoshi Kosaka 11:00

Bitsadze Tariel vs. Mitsuya Nagai 7:06

Hans Nyman vs. Bitsadze Ameran 3:59 via submission

Ranking Match: Yoshihisa Yamamoto vs. Dick Vrij 9:04

Akira Maeda vs. David Khakhaleshvili 3:30

Ranking Match: Volk Han vs. Tony Halme 6:36

RINGS on WOWOW RISING SERIES Hazuki taped 8/27/95 Tokyo Bay NK Hall
-1hr 55min. Q=Ex

Dimitri Petkov vs. Tsuyoshi Kosaka 11:35

Mikhail Ilioukhine vs. Christopher Haseman 5:43

Yoshihisa Yamamoto vs. Herman Renting 5:00

Ranking Match: Hans Nyman vs. Mitsuya Nagai 8:59

Ranking Match: Dick Vrij vs. Tony Halme 2:43

Ranking Match: Bitsadze Tariel vs. Volk Han 8:26

Ranking Match: Andrei Kopilov vs. Akira Maeda 9:29

RINGS RISING SERIES NAGATSUKI Akira Maeda vs. Volk Han Commercial Tape 9/22/95 Hokkaido Sapporo Nakajima Taiiku Center
-2hr 20min. Q=Master. 2 DVDs

Wataru Sakata vs. Sotir Gotchev

Georgi Gandelaki vs. Svilen Roussinoff

Tsuyoshi Kosaka vs. Joop Van Den

Peter Oele vs. Mitsuya Nagai

Yoshihisa Yamamoto vs. Dick Vrij

Akira Maeda vs. Volk Han

FIGHTING NETWORK RINGS BEST BOUT 1995 Commercial Tape
-2hr. Q=Near Perfect 1st Gen

    3/18 Tokyo Ariake Coliseum

Yoshihisa Yamamoto vs. Mitsuya Nagai. Strong technical match with very smooth matwork. Very good bout with a great finish.

Maeda vs. Vrij. Alright.

    4/28 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan

Maeda vs. Bitsadze Tariel. Ok.

    5/20 Kagoshima

Maeda vs. Nikolai Zouev. Good bout.

Han vs. Yoshihisa Yamamoto. Long hard fought match. Strong performances by both men. Hot, pro Yamamoto crowd. Great bout.

    7/18 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan

Yamamoto vs. Vrij. Vrij works super stiff. Really exciting. Great bout.

    8/27/95 Tokyo Bay NK Hall

Maeda vs. Kopylov. Ok

Han vs. Tariel. Really heated. Han was awesome smoothly going from submission to submission. Han made Tariel's fairly weak strikes look impressive. Dramatic match with awesome selling by Han. Surprisingly excellent bout.

    9/22 Sapporo Nakajima Taiiku Center

Yamamoto vs. Vrij. Good bout.

Han vs. Maeda. Good match, but not enough of Han's stuff.

RINGS on WOWOW MEGA-BATTLE TOURNAMENT 1995 1st Round 10/21/95 Fukuoka Kokusai Center
-1hr 55min. Q=Ex

MEGA-BATTLE TOURNAMENT 1995 1st Round Matches:

Mitsuya Nagai vs. Gogitidze Bakouri 6:38

Mikhail Ilioukhine vs. Nikolai Zouev 12:27

Yoshihisa Yamamoto vs. Bitsadze Ameran 4:36

Hans Nyman vs. Ramazi Buzariashvili 4:31

Andrei Kopilov vs. Grom Zaza 10:32

Volk Han vs. Pieter Oele 4:14

Bitsadze Tariel vs. Dimitri Petkov 4:36

Akira Maeda vs. Dick Vrij 4:58

FIGHTING NETWORK RINGS MEGA-BATTLE TOURNAMENT 1995 Second Round
Commercial Tape 11/16/95 Nagoya Aichi-ken Taiikukan
-2hr 10min. Q=Near Perfect 1st Gen. 1 DVD

Willie Peeters vs. Wataru Sakata. This had a lot of showmanship, but it was a shoot. At one point Sakata ducked a high kick and Peeters went over the top rope to the floor. Sakata then got a red card for attacking Peeters on the apron, and when Peeters got up from this he was ready to kill Sakata. Peeters soon caught Sakata with a vicious knee and kept pummeling him until he crashed to the mat like a rock. Good bout with some vicious strikes.

Dennis Raven vs. Tsuyoshi Kosaka. Exciting shoot with Kosaka taking a lot of punishment

    Tournament Round 2

Mikhail Ilyukhin vs. Hans Nyman. Big style clash here, which was made worse by the fact that Mikhail wasn't all that used to working RINGS at this point. Ok

Yoshihisa Yamamoto vs. Mitsuya Nagai. Pretty good match, but not nearly as good as I expected as neither were up to their usual standard. Mainly not all that exciting matwork. Pretty good.

Volk Han vs. Andrei Kopylov. Pretty much all on the mat with finishers

Akira Maeda vs. Bitsadze Tariel. As bad as you'd expect.

RINGS WORLD MEGA-BATTLE TOURNAMENT 1995 Junkessho Commercial Tape 12/19/95 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan
-2hr 5min. Q=Master

Wataru Sakata vs. Emil Krastev. Shooter vs. kickboxer, with Krastev fighting with gloves on. The usual style for these kind of matches with Sakata going all out to get it on the ground, and Krastev grabbing the ropes ASAP once Sakata got him down. Interesting match, but it was really short. Sakata did a good job, but Krastev seemed out of his element.

Tsuyoshi Kosaka vs. Grom Zaza. Way better than I expected. Kosaka hadn't come into his own yet, and I'd never seen a Zaza match that wasn't BORING, but this was actually very good. Kosaka was very good though, and Zaza gave his best performance. It was fast-paced, and they went though a lot of points. It actually could have been excellent if Kosaka was allowed to compete. ***1/2

Vladimir Klementiev vs. Pieter Oele. Almost all standup, but the striking wasn't particularly impressive. *

Mitsuya Nagai vs. Nikolai Zouev. Solid, well worked match. Not that exciting, but fairly "realistic." **1/4

WORLD MEGA-BATTLE TOURNAMENT Junkessho: Volk Han vs. Yoshihisa Yamamoto. It was definitely a work, but the way they were able to work together to do the complicated sequences or even just keep reacting to each other and avoiding the potential submissions is really what made the match. They thought and reacted so quickly. As soon as one guy tried to apply a submission, the other was rolling or spinning into a position where he could try to go right into a submission. There was really no advantage in this sprint because as soon as you seemingly had it, the other guy took it right away from you. Right off the bat they were trying to lock submissions on, but their opponent would always turn, spin, on one occassion even "dance" his way out of trouble. The match was built in the sense that in the beginning all the attempts at submissions were quickly avoided, but as time went on they'd come closer and closer to catching their opponent and advancing to the final of the annual MEGA BATTLE TOURNAMENT. Read Review. ****1/2

WORLD MEGA-BATTLE TOURNAMENT Junkessho: Akira Maeda vs. Hanse Nyman. It was all action, but it was short and came off flat after the previous classic because these guys didn't chain anything together. *1/4

RINGS TV MEGA-BATTLE TOURNAMENT 1995 Final 1/24/96 Tokyo Nippon Budokan
-1hr 55min. Q=Ex

Michail Ilioukhine vs. Wataru Sakata

Willie Peeters vs. Christopher Haseman

Vladimir Klementov vs. Gogitidze Bakouri

Mitsuya Nagai vs. Tony Halme

Maurice Smith vs. Tsuyoshi Kosaka

Bitsadze Tariel vs. Dennis Raven

MEGA BATTLE TOURNAMENT 1995 3rd Place Match: Volk Han vs. Hanse Nyman

MEGA BATTLE TOURNAMENT 1995 Final: Akira Maeda vs. Yoshihisa Yamamoto

RINGS TV 2/96 FREE-FIGHT GALA 1996 THE KING OF MARTIAL ARTS taped 2/18/96 Amsterdam, Holland Sporthallen Zuid
-2hr. Q=Ex

Wataru Sakata vs. Yoshihisa Yamamoto R1 3:28

Tjerk Vermanen vs. Valentijn Overeem R1 3:05

John Benner vs. Jimmy Porter R2 2:33

Michael Tielrooy vs. Edwin Gertenbach R1 5:00

Mitsuya Nagai vs. Ruud Ewoldt R2 2:11

Thai Boxing: Rene Rooze vs. Rob Esdonk R1 1:08

Tsuyoshi Kosaka vs. Willie Peeters R2 0:11

Emil Kristev vs. Bob Schrieber R1 4:07

Hans Nyman vs. Allen Harris R2 1:30

Lee Hasdell vs. Andrew Mannaart 2R

Dick Vrij vs. Hubert Numrich R1 1:37

RINGS TV MAELSTROM 1st taped 3/25/96 Niigata Shi Taiikukan
-1hr 55min. Q=Ex

Iouri Bekichev vs. Emil Kristev

Wataru Sakata vs. Christopher Haseman

Mikhail Ilioukhine vs. Mitsuya Nagai

Tsuyoshi Kosaka vs. Hanse Nyman

Volk Han vs. Dick Vrij

Yoshihisa Yamamoto vs. Bitsadze Tariel

RINGS TV MAELSTROM 2nd taped 4/26/96 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan
-1hr 55min. Q=Ex

Michael Stann vs. Jacob Hamilton

Wataru Sakata vs. Todor Todorov

Mitsuya Nagai vs. Glenn Brown

Bitsadze Tariel vs. Willy Williams

Maurice Smith vs. Dick Vrij

Volk Han vs. Nikolai Zouev

Yoshihisa Yamamoto vs. Tsuyoshi Kosaka

RINGS TV MAELSTROM 3rd taped 5/25/96 Ekaterinburg, Russia Sports Club
-1hr 55min. Q=VG-Ex

Mikhail Ilioukhine vs. Tsuyoshi Kosaka

Yuri Kochiken vs. Emil Krastev

Mitsuya Nagai vs. Yuri Bekchen

Dick Vrij vs. Vladimir Kuramenchev

Volk Han vs. Hanse Nyman

Andrei Kopylov vs. Bart Vale

Yoshihisa Yamamoto vs. Busariashibin Ramaji

Nikolai Zouev vs. Willie Williams

RINGS TV MAELSTROM 4th taped 6/29/96 Tokyo Bay NK Hall
-1hr 55min. Q=Near Perfect

Wataru Sakata vs. Willie Peeters

Masayuki Naruse vs. Todor Todorov

Bitsadze Ameran vs. Dennis Raven

Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Dick Vrij

Tsuyoshi Kosaka vs. Jacob Hamilton

Volk Han vs. Mitsuya Nagai

Yoshihisa Yamamoto vs. Maurice Smith 30:00

RINGS TV MAELSTROM 5th taped 7/16/96 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan
-1hr 55min. Q=Ex

Wataru Sakata vs. Valentijn Overeem

Masayuki Naruse vs. Sergei Sousserov

Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Willie Peeters

Dick Vrij vs. Christopher Haseman

Bitsadze Tariel vs. Joop Kasteel

Volk Han vs. Tsuyoshi Kosaka

Yoshihisa Yamamoto vs. Hanse Nyman

RINGS TV Debut 5th Anniversary Commemorative MAELSTROM 6th taped 8/24/96 Tokyo Ariake Coliseum
-2hr. Q=Ex

Willie Peeters vs. Wataru Sakata

Masayuki Naruse vs. Egen Inoue

Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Maurice Smith

Mitsuya Nagai vs. Dick Vrij

Walter Schnabelt vs. Vladimir Kuramenchev

Volk Han vs. Tsuyoshi Kosaka

Mikhail Ilioukhine vs. Adilson Lima

Yoshihisa Yamamoto vs. Ricardo Morias

RINGS on WOWOW 9/29/96 MAELSTROM 7th taped 9/25/96 Sapporo Nakajima Taiiku Center
-1hr 55min. Q=Ex

Peter Dijkman vs. Wataru Sakata 5:26

Masayuki Naruse vs. Christopher Hazeman 9:12

Mitsuya Nagai vs. Tsuyoshi Kosaka 11:05

Volk Han vs. Kiyoshi Tamura 10:32. ****3/4

Hans Nyman vs. Bitsadze Tariel 5:19

Yoshihisa Yamamoto vs. Andrei Kopylov 12:33

RINGS on WOWOW 10/27/96 MEGA BATTLE TOURNAMENT 1996 Ikkaisen taped 10/25/96 Nagoya Aichi-ken Taiikukan
-2hr. Q=Ex

Tournament Ikkaisen

Todor Todorov vs. Gogitidze Bakouri 8:09. Dull match. It wasn't believable, and they didn't exactly sacrifice believability for entertainment value. *

Tsuyoshi Kosaka vs. Dick Vrij 5:35. Kosaka fought Vrij much like Tamura, keeping the match in standup almost the whole time where he mainly took Vrij's strikes. Vrij wasn't nearly as stiff with Kosaka as he is with Tamura though. Kosaka did a good job of putting Vrij over, barely getting back to his feet before the 10 counts. It was good for what it was, but Yamamoto & Tamura have done much better with Vrij. *3/4

Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Mikhail Ilyukhin 14:40. They mainly wrestled on the mat, displaying a high level of technical prowess. Watching these two manuever their way out of trouble was particularly beautiful. Tamura got behind on points, and Mikhail faired particularly well in the final third of the match, Mikhail just couldn't trap Tamura in a submission. ***1/2

Mitsuya Nagai vs. Willie Peeters 9:36. I was disappointed in this match. It was slow moving and dull. They didn't do anything to make it look realistic, and Peeters can't come close to displaying the intensity he shows in a shoot. *1/2

Nikolai Zouev vs. Bitsadze Tariel 5:34. They went through most of the allotted points in five minutes, but Tariel isn't even carryable by Tamura, much less Zouev. Tariel thinks he can strike, but he has no athleticism so his kicks and knees are unimpressive. Zouev didn't do much of anything, which made no sense because he was TKO'd from lost points. DUD

Volk Han vs. Masayuke Naruse 10:24. Han was really on top of his game here, carrying Naruse to the best match I've seen him in. Han is jst the master of making worked shoots exciting and dramatic, and this was no exception. He made the fans believe in Naruse, so they got into rooting for Naruse to win. Naruse actually had Han down to the final down. This was damn good. ***3/4

Special Match

Yoshihisa Yamamoto vs. David Khakhaleishvili 2:24. David is very overweight and can't work at all. They kept it really short, but Yamamoto couldn't get anything out of this slug. DUD

Akira Maeda Fukkisen (comeback match): Akira Maeda vs. Andrei Kopylov 4:54. This was below both men's standards. They mainly just rolled around on the mat. It was pretty weak technically, and the finish was lame. Maeda didn't look good. *

RINGS on WOWOW 11/24/96 MEGA BATTLE TOURNAMENT 1996 Nikaisen taped 11/22/96 Osaka Jo Hall
-2hr. Q=Ex

Nikolai Zouev vs. Wataru Sakata 10:01. Solid, but unspectacular match. Sakata was overmatched, but he showed some spunk here by hanging in the whole way. **

Masayuki Naruse vs. Dick Vrij 6:16. I was all ready to hate this match and call it another Vrij turd. However, by some miracle, this match pretty much ruled. It was a fast paced match with both men fighting really hard and stiff. As was the case with last month's match against Han, Naruse showed a ton of heart and refused to give up even though Vrij was just wrecking him in standup. Naruse did knock Vrij down twice to show he wasn't all submissions though. The highlight of the match came when when both men were down to the final down and Vrij blasted Naruse with a vicious high kick. Naruse was in the center of the ring, but somehow he was blown back enough that he was able to grab the top rope and pull himself up to avoid the TKO. ***1/2

Tournament Nikaisen

Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Mitsuya Nagai 6:13. I thought this would be an excellent match, but it wasn't even average. This was like watching a (lack of) Pride match, it just seemed like nothing of note happened in the entire match. *1/4

Volk Han vs. Tsuyoshi Kosaka 10:27. An excellent match that was pretty much only held back by the length (not that 10 minutes is short for a worked shoot). Han was the man here. He did all of his favorite moves, but the match was even more explosive than normal. Between all the big moves and counters, they really kept you on your toes. Han really put the ever improving Kosaka over, particularly in standup. ****

Feature on the 96 Sambo championships

Yoshihisa Yamamoto vs. Gogitese Bakhouri 4:52. This two didn't work well together, so the match was kind of hit and miss. The match wasn't very interesting because they lacked intensity, and they didn't chain anything together or do any nice counters. *1/4

Bitsadze Tariel vs. Hans Nyman 10:11. What an awful match! These guys are too big and slow to look impressive as strikers, but it may as well have been a kickboxing match because the only time anyone left their feet was when they were knocked off them. DUD

Special Match

Akira Maeda vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara 10:55. Traditional UWF style bout. At one time, this might have looked good, but the style had evolved to the point that this slow matwork was no longer viable. This should have had great heat because Maeda was still very much over, and these guys hadn't been in the ring with each other in a long time because they both formed their own companies when UWF split up. Unfortunately, it was a dull match with no heat. *1/4

RINGS on WOWOW MEGA BATTLE TOURNAMENT 1996 Junkessho taped 12/21/96 Fukuoka Kokusai Center
-2hr. Q=Ex

Masayuki Naruse vs. Dick Vrij 6:01. *1/2

Mitsuya Nagai vs. Gogitidze Bakouri 8:59. *3/4

Tsuyoshi Kosaka vs. Hans Nyman 9:24. *1/2

Maurice Smith vs. Bitsadze Amiran 4:54. 1/2*

Feature on the '96 Sambo Championships

MEGA BATTLE 1996 Junkessho

Volk Han vs. Bitsadze Tariel 6:17. **1/4

Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Yoshihisa Yamamoto 9:49. ***1/4

Special Match

Akira Maeda vs. Vladmir Klementiev 3:17. 1/2*

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