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22-07-2009, 15:23   #46
 
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Not watched that match yet. The second I saw it announced I had it marked as a huge match.

For people looking for 90s japanese matches and are unsure of whether you would liek the styles and so on, I would also say look out for a fella called Tsuyoshi Kikuchi, a super quick sympathetic babyface. Any match I have seen with him involved is just brilliant, most notably



The crowd here are wild. Incredible match
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Did anyone look at KENTA Vs Low Ki?
I did just their. Others have described its goodness in much more articulate terms than me though.
I do hope Low Ki gets called up but he has been injured so long, I would not be surprised if Vince decided to release him to cut costs.
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Not watched that match yet. The second I saw it announced I had it marked as a huge match.

For people looking for 90s japanese matches and are unsure of whether you would liek the styles and so on, I would also say look out for a fella called Tsuyoshi Kikuchi, a super quick sympathetic babyface. Any match I have seen with him involved is just brilliant, most notably


The crowd here are wild. Incredible match
Aw, man I absolutely adore that match, I'd have it in my top 10 of all time easily. The bauld Alan4L calls it the greatest ever and its easy to see why. Are the Can Ams the most underrated team ever? I'd say so. Easily Kikuchi's finest hour and tyhe young Kobashi is supreme as ever. You're right about the crowd in Sendai, that night the were as un-Japanese as you can get.

As for Davey/KENTA, thats one I've on the back burner for a rainy day. When a match like that gets hyped beyond recognition, I always give it a few months to let the dust settle, as I hate going into a match with expectations the match couldn't possibly keep. Davey is f*cking on fire this year though.
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For KENTA matches in ROH, I fell in love with his match with Davey Richards this year.
I haven't watched this one yet either. I'm up to Steel City Clash, so I should get to Supercard of Honor soon. Looking forward to it. Davey's fairly taken alot of Japanese influence, and used it wisely to improve his own stuff.

That AJPW bout is absolutely fantastic. If i remember right, i think it might be Fin Martin's (editor of Powerlam) favourite match ever.
Kikuchi's fire is just so exciting- he was a great partner to Kobashi, and actually made Kobashi seem reserved (for me Kobashi's always been the more emotional, intense in almost all partnerships). That said, this one was all Kobashi. The sequence towards the end leading to the Double Arm DDT is unreal.
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Hulk Hogan Vs Great Muta New Japan 1993

OK time to bump this thread and time for the second of our matches in our look into the wonderful world of Puro. I've gone for A Hulk Hogan match from New japan pro Wrestling, because:

1) I want fans not familiar with Japanese wrestling to look at this and the curiousity factor of seeing hogan work the japanese style may attract them
2) It proves Hogan could actually work when he had to (See 3.27 into part 3 where he his a motherf*cking ENZIGUIRI!!!)
3) It introdues one of the legends of Puro, the Great Muta. Hes a bit more accessible to non-Puro fans because hes probably the most "Sports Entertainment friendly" Puro star. He was as much about the gimmick as the wrestling and people will remember him from JCP and WCW. One of the features of the gimmick is no selling, just be warned, so him and Hogan have more than one similarity.

I'll write up more about Muta et al tomorrow, I'm tired.
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Never seen Hogan work in Japan before. That was an eye opener. Not a great match by any means, but it was miles from any of the other WWE/WCW Hogan stuff I have seen.

Good post.
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Well, did anyone watch the Hulkster work his socks off?
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I was always a fan of Hulk Hogan Vs Stan Hansen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvYrS3w-tro
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vPhB...eature=related

Hansen is not Japanese but probably the most succesful foreign wrestler to make his career there.

I remember this being the first time I saw anything from Japan as it was included on a Hulkamania Coliseum VHS I had when I was a kid. I remember thinking how much of a fight it was compared to his WWF stuff.
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Good lad cannibal, we must nurture this thread so it blossoms and grows into something quite wonderful.

I'm a hopeless mark for Hansen. Greatest ever gaijin without a doubt. I love the way he'd storm to the ring through the audience swinging his bullrope and throwing little Japanese people out of his way. The bout with Vader from New Japan is ridiculously stiff, for anyone that hasn't seen or heard of it, he punches Vader so hard in the face that his eyeball pops out. Vader being the man that he is just pushes it back in and resumes the fight. Westlers today aren't real men at all.
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I have only recently learned of Hansens greatness. There are a few versus Kobashi which are just outstanding and one I watched a few weeks ago Vs Steve Williams which is a beaut as well.

Ill watch that Hogan one when I get home.
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Westlers today aren't real men at all.
You want a real man? Two words: Shinya Hashimoto.

The closest way I can describe him is being the Samoa Joe of his generation (that's being very generous to Joe, Hashimoto sh*ts all over him in every way conceivable). A tad overweight but he looked and wrestled like the meanest motherf**ker on the planet.

As soon as he entered the ring, it was obvious his physique was not to be questioned. He had the speed and stamina of many a man half his age, and the reaction to his fiery comebacks had to be seen to be believed.

He sadly died in 2005.

Top ten moves of Shinya Hashimoto: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azyXSNs4N_o

Great Muta VS Shinya Hashimoto (part 1): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7hdDIF1WGQ

Great Muta VS Shinya Hashimoto (part 2): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXzmo...eature=related
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A boy scumdog, one of the few men I've heard to appreciate the greatness that is Hashi! Criminally underrated as you said, his connection with the audience was second to none. People bang on more about Mutoh and Chono, but Hashi was the best of the three musketeers IMO.
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Finally burnt NJPW Divergence to DVD after skipping through it on the laptop.

Match listings:

NJPW "DIVERGENCE", 05.05.2009
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
2,005 Fans - Super No Vacancy

1. Jado vs. Nobou Yoshihashi

2. Ryusuke Taguchi & Prince Devitt vs.
Milano Connection A.T. & Taichi

3. Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Jushin Thunder Liger & AKIRA vs.
Yuji Nagata, Super Strong Machine & Mitsuhide Hirasawa

4. Manabu Nakanishi, Takao Omori & Tiger Mask vs.
Giant Bernard, Karl Anderson & Black Tiger

5. Togi Makabe, Wataru Inoue & Tomoaki Honma vs.
Shinsuke Nakamura, Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii

6. Special Tag Match - NJPW vs. NOAH Battle Intentions:
Hirooki Goto & Kazuchika Okada vs. Takashi Sugiura & Atsushi Aoki

7. Special Tag Match - NJPW vs. NOAH & DDT Battle Intentions:
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Koji Kanemoto vs.
Takeshi Morishima & Kota Ibushi
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I havnt been keeping up with my pouresu but who is this . This video alone is very entertaining . Best Diva Ever !! Again i tip her to be in the WWE .

http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/80699807/
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I havnt been keeping up with my pouresu but who is this . This video alone is very entertaining . Best Diva Ever !! Again i tip her to be in the WWE .

http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/80699807/
Ahhh, I can't remember her name but I think she was part of that wacky HUSTLE promotion.
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