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U.W.F. Kakuto!! UWF Debut Commercial Tape 4/11/84 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
& UWF Video Bout Series 10 9/11/84 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-2hr. Q=Near Perfect

UWF Debut 4/11/84

El Texano & El Signo vs. Mach Hayato & Mano Negra

Ryuma Go vs. Vinnie Valentino

Rusher Kimura vs. Scott Casey

Gran Hamada vs. Perro Aguayo

Akira Maeda vs. Dutch Mantell

UWF Video Bout 10

Kazuo Yamazaki vs. Jack Snuka 11:11

Nobuhiko Takada vs. Mark Lewin 8:40

Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. UFO 7:28 of 13:50 shown

U.W.F. Sayonaras Tiger DVD 7/23/84 & 7/24/84 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
U.W.F. The Tiger Shin Kakutogi Training DVD
-1 1/2hr. Q=Perfect

The Tiger & Nobuhiko Takada vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara & Akira Maeda. This was supposed to be one of the 100 best of the 1980's, but it only seemed very good. The work was real good, but it was just bizarre. It was a UWF style match, but they threw in pro style high spots that held no water like Sayama's diving headbutt and somersault senton. Kind of like the goofy fun you get today from Battlarts. Maybe if I watch more of the less strict, more traditional pro wrestling oriented original UWF I'll appreciate this more than coming to it from an evolved shoot style perspective?

Kazuo Yamazaki vs. Fantasma

The Tiger vs. Mach Hayato

Tiger Mask demonstrating his training regiment and offensive techniques

U.W.F. Jitsuryoku No.1 Ketteisen (#1 Most Powerful Playoffs) Super Tiger Birth Commercial Tape 9/7/84 & 9/11/84 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1hr. Q=Master

9/7/84: Super Tiger vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara

9/11/84: Super Tiger vs. Akira Maeda

U.W.F. Handheld 10/17/84
& SWS WrestleDream Handheld 4/1/91 Kobe
-1hr 55min. Q=VG

UWF 10/17/84

Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Cuban Assassin

Super Tiger vs. Stephen Pettipas

Akira Maeda& Osamu Kido vs. Phil Lafleur & Tapu Samoa

Nobuhiko Takada vs. Kazuo Yamazaki

SWS 4/1/91

Minoru Suzuki vs. Apollo Sugawara

John Tenta vs. Koji Kitao. The infamous match where Kitao refused to sell Earthquake's offense, shot on him, and ultimately told the crowd wrestling was fake.

U.W.F. Shooting Puroresu Clash No Fall Death Match Commercial Tape 12/5/84 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1hr. Q=Master

No Fall Death Match: Super Tiger vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara 25:34 of 27:19. Satoru Sayama is often considered the Sandy Koufax of puroresu, generally only credited for the style changing and innovative work he did in the New Japan junior division from 1981-1983 that produced so many great matches no one argues against his hall of fame credentials. As the most breathtaking wrestler to ever grace the squared circle up to that point in time, it’s hard not to be initially disappointed with his shoot style work. After all, it was his graceful flying that set him apart, and that was not going to be allowed in a “real” fighting scenario. However, in many ways, his work in the the first U.W.F. further sets him apart as one of the great innovators to ever grace the squared circle, as it gives him a platform to utilize his explosive speed and amazing quickness in both similar and different manners. Once you get past the fact that he’s not going to be as exciting in shoot style as in pro style, it’s hard not to be impressed by the thrills he provides in this forum, unless of course you are looking strictly for realism. If there’s a flaw in Tiger’s U.W.F. style, it’s certainly that it’s at least a bit too much like pro wrestling. Tiger isn’t pulling backflips, but his m.o. is certainly to choose entertainment over realism at every turn. Tiger arguably has enough discipline to not get too out of control, so he’s more akin to a precursor of Volk Han in terms of making shooting exciting without being preposterious than say any of the Battlarts wrestlers who merely dabbled with shooting but never fully committed to any one style of wrestling. Fujiwara controlled this contest with essentially pro wrestling submissions, giving Tiger openings for violent bursts of lightning kicks and, for whatever reason, kneedrops. ***

Kazuo Yamazaki vs. Nobuhiko Takada 23:18 of 23:57. Yamazaki’s early excellence tends to get lost in the shuffle due to Takada getting the featured matches due to his IWGP Junior Title run, but this smart simple match shows what a high level he was wrestling, and more importantly, thinking at even very early in their careers. They built everything around and out of a few basic positions, essentially starting in the same couple places but doing different counter sequences out of the base position. Early on it was mostly submission oriented as Yamazaki did well, but Takada got pretty violent with his strikes toward the end, forcing Kazuo to sustain a hell of a beating. The match became incredibly intense as Takada was just blistering him, and it kept looking like Yamazaki would lose any second. The fans were just eating this up, and it only made them pull harder for Yamazaki. After taking two tombstone piledrivers and countless crushing kicks, Yamazaki finally turned the tables, causing the fans to go nuts. After a great series of kicks to set up submission attempts which were still mainly blocked or countered, Yamazaki hit a German suplex for the win. Though an excellent match, it mainly shows the stupidity of the 2nd U.W.F. & UWF-I bookers, as Yamazaki was Kawada to Takada’s Misawa. Even if not a golden boy like Takada, Yamazaki had all the potential, ability, and fan respect to succeed as a legitimate 1B to Takada’s 1A, if only the victories weren’t lacking as time went on. ****1/4

U.W.F. Kakutogi Road Koshikisen (League Match) II Commercial Tape 1/20/85 & 2/18/85 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1hr. Q=Master

1/20/85

Last Mask Match: Super Tiger vs. Nobuhiko Takada 13:07. As you’d expect, pitting the two showiest shooters in the league produced a far flashier match than normal. That said, they delivered a solid psychological contest, playing off the obvious as Tiger’s shoulder was all taped up. Takada was able to mount a legitimate shoulder attack because he catered his own strength, his kicks, to Tiger’s fragile area then tried to finish with his patented cross armbar. Tiger kept fighting the armbar, but finally Takada overwhelmed him with kicks for the major upset. ***1/2

Akira Maeda vs. Osamu Kido 25:46. Kido is one of those wrestlers who more or less every Japanese fan respected, but I’m not sure how many of them truly enjoyed his matches because he never seemed to need a reason to be too conservative and dull. They did a very slow match, mainly keeping things on the mat with one grasping an appendage or attempting to wrench it into a submission. The problem with some of the early UWF shows both in the 1st and 2nd run is there weren’t enough guys on the roster, so they’d have matches that were way too long to try to give the fans their money’s worth time wise. The last few minutes were good, but 15 minutes would have been more than ample for these two. Kido finally caught Maeda in a chickenwing armlock for the 2nd huge upset of the night. **

2/18/85 Kazuo Yamazaki vs. Akira Maeda 19:10 of 22:12. Even in his final days, Maeda was certainly never someone you’d describe as a boring fighter, but one thing that kept him from being a standout is his activity level varied greatly from opponent to opponent. Generally, Maeda would be more than willing to go for it when in with an opponent who wanted to work, but let’s just say he’d concede that a lot of matches weren’t going to be making anyone’s match of the year ballot before he even stepped into the ring. Maeda’s activity level was minimal against Kido, but tonight he appeared poised to make an effort against the always game Yamazaki. Even in his youth, Yamazaki was an excellent manueverer. For me, the primary reason he was the best of the UWF-I wrestlers (Tamura exceeds him in the end, but most of his standout work was in RINGS) lies in his ability to credibly, effectively, and slickly manuever himself or even his opponent in and out of holds. The level of counterholds and the difficulty and credibility of the transitions are just far greater and more realistic in a Yamazaki match than that of his peers. Yamazaki was obviously still developing here, and much of this match was controlled by star Maeda. It got off to a good start, and seemed well on it’s way to being the high end match you’d assume these two would deliver, but Yamazaki simply wasn’t booked to be a legitimate threat to Maeda. At some point after Maeda had been in control for minute after minute, Yamazaki just disappeared. I kept waiting for Yamazaki to finally mount his comeback, but once Maeda seized control he didn’t allow Yamazaki to do, well, anything. Except for the fact he lasted over 20 minutes, Yamazaki wound up coming off as a jobber. **1/2

U.W.F. Kakutogi Road Koshikisen III Super Tiger No Mask Match Commercial Tape 2/18/85 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
U.W.F. Kakutogi Road Koshikisen IV Pancration Match Commercial Tape 3/2/85 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1hr 55min. Q=Near Perfect

2/18/85

Super Tiger vs. Mach Hayato

Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Osamu Kido

3/2/85 Tokyo Korakuen Hall

Super Tiger vs. Martin Jones

Kakutogi Road Koshikisen: Nobuhiko Takada vs. Masami Soranaka

Kakutogi Road Koshikisen: Akira Maeda vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara

U.W.F. Kakutogi Nettai Road Shooting Match Commercial Tape 7/25/85 Tokyo Ota-ku Taiikukan
U.W.F. Last Match Commercial Tape 9/11/85 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1hr 55min. Q=Near Perfect

7/25/85

Kakutogi Nettai Road League Match A Block: Nobuhiko Takada vs. Keith Haward

Kakutogi Nettai Road League Match A Block: Super Tiger vs. Akira Maeda

Kakutogi Nettai Road League Match A Block: Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Osamu Kido

9/11/85

Kazuo Yamazaki vs. Nobuhiko Takada

Super Tiger vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara

U.W.F. Video Bout Series Vol. 1-5 Commercial Tapes
-2hr 20min. Q=VG-Ex. 1 DVD

U.W.F. Video Bout Series Vol. 1 Commercial Tape 7/8/85 Hiroshima Kenritsu Taiikukan

Akira Maeda vs. Keith Haward 3:00 of 16:03 shown. Haward competed in freestyle wrestling at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

Nobuhiko Takada vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara 11:22 of 14:04 shown

Super Tiger vs. Osamu Kido 10:45 of 11:52 shown

Video Bout 2 7/13/85 Shizuoka

Super Tiger (Sayama) vs. Keith Haward

Nobuhiko Takada vs. Osamu Kido

Akira Maeda vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara

Video Bout 3 7/17/85 Osaka Rinkai Sports Center

Osamu Kido vs. Keith Haward

Nobuhiko Takada vs. Akira Maeda

Super Tiger vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara. Great for its day. Tremendous heat. Very stiff & intense.

Video Bout 4 7/21/85 Tokyo Korakuen Hall

Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Keith Haward

Super Tiger vs. Nobuhiko Takada. Excellent technique and strong strikes. Excellent match with a great finish.

Akira Maeda vs. Osamu Kido

U.W.F. Video Bout Series Vol. 5 Commercial Tape 8/25/85 Gifu Industry Pavilion

Kakuo Prospect A League: Osamu Kido vs. Nobuhiko Takada 7:31 of 18:43 shown

Super Tiger vs. Kazuo Yamazaki 10:38 of 14:47 shown

Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Akira Maeda 9:27 of 20:33 shown

U.W.F. Video Bout Series Vol. 6-10 Commercial Tapes
-2hr 15min. Q=Ex. 1 DVD

U.W.F. Video Bout Series Vol. 6 Commercial Tape 8/29/85 Omiya Skate Center

Akira Maeda vs. Nobuhiko Takada 6:30 of 13:54 shown

Super Tiger vs. Osamu Kido 8:44 of 14:41 shown

Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Kazuo Yamazaki 9:53 of 14:09 shown

U.W.F. Video Bout Series Vol. 7 Commercial Tape 9/2/85 Osaka Rinkai Sports Center

Osamu Kido vs. Kazuo Yamazaki 7:00 of 11:55 shown

Super Tiger vs. Akira Maeda 7:49 of 18:57 shown

Nobuhiko Takada vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara 9:17 of 18:22 shown

U.W.F. Video Bout Series Vol. 8 Commercial Tape 9/6/85 Tokyo Korakuen Hall

Super Tiger vs. Nobuhiko Takada 8:01 of 13:44 shown

Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Osamu Kido 16:03 of 17:42 shown

Video Bout Series Vol. 9

7/13/85: Yoji Anjo vs. Tatsuo Nakano (clipped)

7/25/85: Yoji Anjo vs. Satoru Hiromatsu (clipped)

9/6/85: Yuko Miyato vs. Osamu Hoshina (clipped)

9/11/85: Yoji Anjo vs. Osamu Hoshina (clipped)

UWF Video Bout 10 9/11/85 Tokyo Korakuen Hall

Kazuo Yamazaki vs. Jack Snuka 11:11

Nobuhiko Takada vs. Mark Lewin 8:40

Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. UFO 7:28 of 13:50 shown

U.W.F. Video Bout Series Vol. 11-15 Commercial Tapes
-2hr 10min. Q=Ex. 1 DVD

Video Bout 11 9/7/84 Tokyo Korakuen Hall

Kazuo Yamazaki vs. Frenchie Martel 11:13

Nobuhiko Takada vs. Pierre Leffeiel 11:35

Video Bout 12

12/5/84 Tokyo Korakuen Hall: Scott Maghee vs. Kuchu

9/7/84 Tokyo Korakuen Hall: Akira Maeda vs. Mark Lewin

Video Bout 13 1/7/85 Tokyo Korakuen Hall

Masami Soranaka vs. Bernard Wright

Nobuhiko Takada & Osamu Kido vs. Mike Brannan & Johnny Londos

Video Bout 14 12/5/84 Tokyo Korakuen Hall

Osamu Kido & Keith Haward vs. Akira Maeda & Pete Roberts 29:20 of 30:00 shown

Video Bout 15

Tatsuo Nakano vs. Yoji Anjo

2/14/85 Tokyo Korakuen Hall: Nobuhiko Takada vs. Martin Jones

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