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CMLL 2006   El Hijo del Santo/La Mascara vs. Blue Panther/Tarzan Boy, 1/1/06 Mistico/Negros Casas vs. Averno/Mephisto, 4/14/06 El Hijo del Santo/Negro Casas/Mistico vs. Atlantis/Black Warrior/Ultimo Guerrero, 8/04/2006 El Hijo del Santo vs Perro Aguayo Jr, 8/25/06 Black Warrior vs. Mistico, mask vs. mask, 9/29/06   Negro Navarro/Villano 4/Villano 5 v. Dos Caras Jr./Heavy Metal/Solar 1, AULL 11/2/06   While searching for this stuff, I kept reading that CMLL didn't have a good year in 2006. Still, I liked these better than the matches from 2005.   The Mistico/Casas tag was really good... Probably the best match I've seen in the new style. It helped that the third fall was long & they worked a bit of story into it. It was obvious to all and sundry who was gonna win, but lucha is satisfying like that. Personally I've had a problem with Casas' offence since the mid-90s onwards & I'd love for Averno and Mephisto to have more rudo shtick, but this was great work even if it was aping New Japan juniors.   The Mistico/BW match was also a perfectly acceptable two out of three falls sprint. I think I saw an edited version, but it doesn't matter. As important as masks are in Mexican wrestling culture, the majority of mask vs. mask matches are amazingly shitty, and since the thought of Black Warrior being unmasked leaves me unmoved, this sufficed.   The Santo/Panther tag was weak... Panther's always been a better worker than Santo, IMO, and showed it again in his brief exchanges with La Mascara. Santo's always been predictable, he just gets away with it because even predictable Santo is excellent. As far as being a big match singles worker, he can still bring it in spades. The match with Perro wasn't as good as their match from 2004, but it was good stuff. I kinda get the impression that Perro thinks WWE is cool, though.   Once again, Negro Navarro shows up and is part of a really great, old school trios match. In a sense it was bread and butter stuff, and I was just excited because it built in a way I'm familiar with, but an entire fall of mat wrestling in the latter part of this decade is like mana. It really is.

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Floyd's Wrestlemania 2 Review

Floyd’s Rant for Wrestlemania II   Wrestlemania 2 has always been a childhood favorite of mine. IN fact, it’s easily the Wrestlemania event I’ve seen the most times. This year Vince McMahon wanted to do what Jim Crockett did for Starcade and stage a big card in more than one venue. He chose Three, the first being in:   New York: Ray Charles sings the national anthem. Despite some feedback, does a awesome job on it. Ray Charles > Limp Bisquick any day. Roddy Piper cuts a promo saying if Mr. T knocks him out he will quit wrestling. He also adds a creepy line about saying he “will quit dating girls”, then puts his arm around Orton and says “I’ll stick with you”.   New York commentators: Vince McMahon and Susan Saint James. I still don’t know who the fuck Susan Saint James is and why she’s here, and don’t feel like looking it up after hearing her awful commentary. Seriously I wish I had a Spanish track or something instead of McMahon/James.   1. Paul “Mr. Wonderful” Orndorff Vs. “The Magnificent” Muraco (w/manager Mr. Fuji) – I remember seeing some old pre-Hogan-days Muraco and he looked pretty awesome, but he went waaayyyyyy downhill after he had to get big for WWF 80’s day IMO. Orndorff was also really good until his injury. Muraco gets an early slam but Orndorff gets a slam right back for a huge crowd pop. Muraco stomps Orndorff in the corner but Mr. Wonderful quickly gets the advantage and works on da arm. He works the arm for awhile until Muraco gets a Samoan Drop to break the hold. Both guys start slugging it out until they both tumble out of the ring. The ref separates them and someone RINGS THE BELL! THEY RINGS THE F*^#%&ING BELL!… The crowd starts yelling “Bullshit Bullshit!” and without meaning too I am as well. That’s crap. Super short match which is the sad norm for this show, not even a real match DUD   Mr. T cuts a promo and holy crap he reminds me more of Eddie Murphy imitating Mr. T rather than the real deal. You know, I’m not sure what the end of Orndorff/Muracos was, I’m guessing a Double DQ.   2. INTER-CONTINENTAL TITLE: “Macho Man” Randy Savage (w/ manager Elizabeth) Vs. George “The Animal” Steele – Savage comes out to the High School graduation theme. Steele was a big player who I think wrestled both Bruno Sammartino and Bob backlund. Steele has a hard-on for Elizabeth. Savage was just awesome here. He was seriously ahead of the curve with just about anybody else in the promotion. One thing I remember about Savage is how fast he was in his matches. George starts running around like a loony so Savage bails. Savage goes in and out of the ring until Steele finally goes after him. Steele catches him and starts biting Savage'sleg! Savage unwisely goes after Steele so George uses his monster ape-like strength to toss him around. Steele goes after Elizabeth to proclaim his undying love, so Savage gets him tied up in the ropes and puts da boots to him. Flying bodypress gets 2 but on the kickout Steele kicks Savage right out of the ring. Back in and back out. Back in and back out. Jesus Christ Savage is spending more time outside then in. Hey wait.. Where’d he go? Savage goes under the ring and Pearl Harbors Steele from behind. Brains over Brawn. Steele simply bites him in the arm. WTF ref!?? Savage takes a bouquet of flowers that was for Elizabeth and slaps the taste out of Steele, so Steele bites his arm again and tries to stuff the flowers down Macho’s mouth! Steele goes to celebrate by eating a turnbuckle. He uses the stuffing as a weapon somehow to blind and suffocate Savage. Macho’s out…. again…. Steele professes his love to Elizabeth which enables Macho to get a top rope axe handle Hehe hell yeah!! Back in and Macho hits a Top-Rope elbow!! 1,2,3 it’s over Macho wins and… wait…..WTF!!!?? Steele kicked out? That’s crap. Anyway Macho cheats with his feet on the ropes and gets the real pin. Steele doesn’t care and keeps eating the turnbuckle to drown his sorrow. I like Steele and all but Savage was completely wasted here, he should’ve fought Santana, or Steamboat or someone who could’ve kept up with him. *1/4   3. Jake ‘the Snake” Roberts Vs. George Wells – Wells and I share the same last name so I automatically thought he was cool, which is a shame cause I never saw him ever again. Anyway Ex-football player Wells (who looks like a roided up Virgil/Vincent) comes out fast and starts pounding Roberts in and out of the ring. Flying football tackle and head butt puts Jake facedown. Flying headscissors by Wells and Jake calls for a time out. Jake is selling really good. Powerslam gets 2. Jezz, Jake is getting mauled. But Roberts get the old Greco-Roman eye-poke. Wells is swinging blindly and walks right into a knee lift and then….. DDT!!!! It’s ovah! Go ahead and bring the casket down and sprinkle Wells’s ashes cause NO ONE gets out of the DDT back then. Jake brings Damian out of the bag and wraps it around George Wells, who foams/pukes at it. This match showed that no matter what happens, one DDT and it’s all over. *   4. Roddy Piper (w/ Bob Orton & Lou Duva) Vs. Mr. T (w/ Haiti Kid & Smoking Joe Frasier) – Replay shows how stupid Mr. T was at SNME where he was outsmarted by Piper and Orton and was whipped like a dog in the middle of the ring. Piper also shaved the Haiti Kid on Piper’s Pit to make him look like Mr. T. Joan Rivers is a guest ring announcer, I bet she pulls a Lillian Garcia and forgets who the wrestlers are.   Guest Judges: Basketball Glass Breaker: Darry Dawkins (cool), Scat-man Cab Calloway (awesome), Judge G. Gordon Lilddy (whatever) , Guest ring announcer……………Herb.. Herb?? Who the crap was Herb!?!?!?! He prances around like a hairdresser and I don’t remember any of these B and C-celebs in the orginal clipped version. This is a boxing match by the way.   Piper starts talking trash that Mr. T tries to ignore. Suddenly they goes nose-to-nose. Ah hell yeah!!! It’s on now biyatch! I’m not going to lie, I love this match. A lot of people call this one of the worst embarresments for wrestling and consistantly give it a negative million stars galore, but when I think of John Cena’s reign, it’s nowhere near as bad.   [Round 1] They go right at and Piper gets a cheap shot out of out of a break. Mr. T with a Jack Lamotta peek-a-boo defense avoiding Piper who’s swinging like crazy. Round ends with both guys still going at it and the seconds around the ring have to break them up. Pretty even round. Piper walks over between the round and talks more trash..   [Round 2] Early on the ref and Mr. T notice Piper has a lot of grease on his forhead. Hehehehehehe. Cheater! It’s wiped off and Piper starts getting some combos in. Mr. T gets stuck in the corner and is wailed upon. Mr. T is hurt! He on wobbly legs. He’s knocked down and falls like a tree!!! Rocky II my ass. A-Team huh? Mr. T gets up but Piper keeps up the onslaught, and in fact the crowd starts chanting “Roddy! Roddy!” Mr. T collapses at the bell and gets a standing 8 count. Mr. T is hurt. Roddy dances in victory! In between the round Orton throws water at Mr. T. This is awesome! It’s like a clown sketch at the circus.   [Round 3] I laugh again when Roddy starts shuffling around like Piper Ali. Mr. T throws some bombs and Piper gets knocked on his ass in the corner. He looks knocked out!! He gets up by 8. A dazed Piper calls out Mr. T. Now the crowd chants “T! T! T!” Turncoats! Big ass left jab Frasier must’ve taught him, and Piper gets knocked right out of the ring!! Orton’s practically shoving Piper’s semi-conscious carcass back into the ring by 9. Piper somehow lasts the round but is beat up. In between the round and now Mr. T comes over and talks trash to Piper.   [Round 4] Piper throws a chair at Mr. T to start the round. Both guys are weary and start trading shots at each other. Mr. T’s mouthpiece is knocked out by one. Piper’s getting the advantage! No.. Now Mr. T is!.. Both men are exhausted. What tha..? Piper shoves the ref down.. and bodyslams Mr. T! 10,000 people run into the ring to separate them. Mr. T gets his arm raised in victory so Piper jumps him. The melee continues like a Jerry Springer episode. I was hoping for the Haiti kid to be flung like a discus into the crowd. Smark rating: *, Fun rating: **** Overall: **1/2   Chicago: Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon, Mean Gene Oakerlund, Guest Celebrity Cathy Lee Crosby.   5.WOMEN’S TITLE: “The Fabulous” Moolah Vs. Velvet McIntyre. Yeshh talk about a squash. Moolah gets some hair tosses. McIntyre comes back with some one-footed dropkicks, then goes for a Snuka splash only to belly-flop for the Mollah 1,2,3 pin. DUD   6. Corporal Kirchner Vs. Nikolai Volkoff (w/ manager “Classy” Freddie Blassie) – This is a flag match. Corporal Kirchner is infamous for a bad reason. After leaving the WWF he went to Japan as Leatherface and was jailed for destroying some guys face in a fight, then was blacklisted for nearly killing poor Shoji Nakamaki by legdropping and powerbombing him into a bed of nails. When you gets kicked out of IWA for being TOO violent, you got problems. Nikolai sings the Russian anthem again. I think this is a re-match from a SNME flag match where in a BIG upset Nikolai won. Another ridiculously short match. Corp blades early which is a big deal in Vince McMahon's 80’s WWF, although it’s only a paper-cut sized trickle. The ref gets bumped and Blassie throws in the Deadly Cane of Doom, only for Corp to intercept it and waffle Nikoli for the win! I guess cheating's OK. USA! USA! USA! DUD   7. Football Vs. Wrestlers Battle Royal. This has a lot of NFL football players, capitalizing on the Chicago bears popular 86 Superbowl run. Anyone remember the Superbowl shuffle? HAHAHA that old lady who used to do the “Where’s the Beef” line in Wendy’s commercials had her mic turned off. That was money well spent Vince… Special outside refs: Dick Butt-kiss and “Too Tall” Jones (ex football players/manager). Looks like Ernie Ladd (ex-football and wrestler) is a guest commentator who does a good job. According to Gorilla, the combined weight of all the participants is 5,612 lbs, which is about the same weight as Two King Mabel’s and a side order of Rikishi.   Participants: Pedro Morales, Tony Atlas, Ted Arcidi, Dan Spivey, Hillbilly Jim, King Tonga, The Iron Sheik, The Killer Bees, The Hart Foundation, Big John Studd, Bill Fralic, Jimbo Covert, William “Refrigerator” Perry, Harvey Martin, Ernie Holmes, Russ Francis, Bruno Sammartino, and Andre the Giant. - Hard to review this match. Refrigerator Perry and Big John Studd go at it. Last 10 or so: Shiek eliminated 3 guys right away. Bill Fralic gets tossed. Bruno backdrops da evil Shiek out. Studd eliminates 180 yr old Bruno Sammartino. Perry tackles BOTH Hart Foundation guys over the top to a huge pop, but they stay in. Perry goes for another tackle but Studd sidesteps him like a matador. Ole! So Perry goes right over the top rope. HAHA But then he gives Studd a congradulary handshake and Studd gets pulled out! STUDD YOU DUMBASS! Four guys left. The Hart Foundation, Russ Francis, and Andre. Double dropkick gets Andre tied up in the ropes. Francis tries to run but the Harts soften him up and toss him. Double team on Andre including a slingshot tackle. They try to toss him but Andre kicks them off. Another slingshot tackle but Bret Hart eats a mouthful of Andre’s boot. Double noggin knocker! And in one of the crazier looking bumps ever, Andre lightly kicks Neidhart, who proceeds to backpedal about 20 steps and eliminate himself! Bret Hart tries to be sneaky and climb to top but gets caught and tossed over the top rope (one-handed too!) by Andre onto Neidhart. Andre wins! Really fun Battle Royal. **   Piper gives another cool promo about Mr. T’s hair and cheating. “I don’t have to shave my head like an Indian and I don’t have to paint myself black”. Hmmmm. Hey Piper. Did you forget that when you fought Bad News at WM 6? Football player Jumbo Covert cries like a little schoolgirl at being thrown out. Sheik gives another undecipherable promo.   8. TAG TAM CHAMPIONSHIP – The Dream Team (Greg “The Hammer” Valentine & Brutus Beefcake w/”Luscious” Johnny Valiant) Vs. The British Bulldogs (Davey boy Smith & The Dynamite Kid w/manager Captain Lou Albano) – Just to start off, this is my MOTY for 1986. Now there were a lot of better matches this year, Windham/Flair and Fujinami/Maeda quickly come to mind, but this is a big mark-out moment for myself as the Bulldogs finally get their chance at the champs at the biggest show of the year, this time with an outside ref to watch out for the Dream team’s chicanery. For some reason Ozzy Osbourn is ringside. I’m hoping he isn’t too coked up at ringside, as he’s about to see a great match.   Davey Boy and The Hammer start off. Davey quickly tosses Greg 10 ft in the air right on his ass. Slugfest back and forth and I suddenly feel bad for Valentine cause he’s tough and it’ll be him taking the hard shots from the Bulldogs whereas Beefcake hates to get his hair messed up. Dynamite is tagged in and he hits a 65mph shoulderblock on Greg. Super intense snap suplex and the Hammer is seeing stars. Davey boy comes in and hits a vertical suplex for 2. Valentine goes outside to takes a powder (not from Ozzy) from the Bulldog onslaught. Stiff forearms by Valentine and a headbutt into Daveyboy’s chestnutts and now he’s a soprano (Not the gangster). Beefcake enters the ring and the match automatically goes down 2 stars. Beefcake works on the arm, Daveyboy counters by hitting a NASTY military press. I mean Davey bounced about 4 feet off the canvas after slamming Beefcake. Dynamite comes back in and chops the shit out of Brutus. Davey boy back in and he hits a perfect-plex for 2. Standing front facelock and Beefcake makes a smart move by backing up, tagging Valentine and holding Davey boy for a Hammer shot from the top-rope.   Valentine takes over. Monsoon and Gene put over Valentine’s Hall-of-Fame father. Valentine with a headlock but this time Davey returns the favor, backs up and gets a tag while Valentine is stuck. Dynamite and Greg trade stiff shots like they were back in Japan or something. That’s the thing with Dynamite. He would kill himself for his opponent, but he would also KILL his opponent to get a great match. Side back breaker and Dynamite almost gets the 3 but Beefcake makes the save. Lotsa quick double team moves that you never see nowadays. Valentine hits a sit-down piledriver for a close 2. Dynamite’s hurt!! Somehow Dynamite recovers and now all Four men get involved. Davey boy presses Dynamite over his head to throw at Valentine but he recovers and bails from the ring at the last minute. Tag to Davey and a big time Running Powerslam. Man Greg’s getting killed here, what the hell is Beefcake doing? Valentine reverses an irish whip and Davey gets his arm posted. Hammerlock and Beefcake gets a tag and top rope fist drop. Beefcake takes over the hammerlock and in a NASTYASS bump does THIS:   JESUS CHRIST!! ->   They keep working on Davey boy’s arm and Valentine gets a running shoulder breaker. For 1..2.. He pulls him back up!!? What’s he thinking? Ahhh..I think he just wants to punish him some more. Davey boy in desperation whips Valentine into the corner where he hits head to head with Dynamite, who flies off the top right onto the floor (Looked nasty too, shame the camera didn’t get a shot if it). Valentine stumbles backwards and falls on his back, Davey collapses on him for the 1…2… 3!!! Wow that came out of nowhere! Beefcake tried to make the save but the outside ref grabbed his leg. There were better Bulldog/Dream team matches but this was just awesome as the Bulldogs finally got the titles after months of chasing and getting screwed. Dynamite blades just for fun outside. ****1/4   Los Angles: Commentators: Gov. Jesse da Body Ventura, Lord Alfred Hayes and Elvira and Elvira’s boobs.   9. Hercules Hernandez Vs. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat – Rumor has it that Steamboat was going to take on Bret Hart here, but they switched to Hercules at the last minute. {Sigh}…Herc attacks right away and starts beating the stuffing out of the dragon. Bunch of reversals and the ArmDragon gets his first 2 armdrags. Herc powers out but Steamboat runs around until he gets the arm again and works more on it. Elvira and Jesse mock Steamboat and call him a wuss for wearing a bandanna on his leg. Hey who’s the one wearing the boa here Jesse? Herc gets out again but Steamboat’s way to fast for him and Steamer gets a suplex on the big man. Herc powers out again and this time clothesline the crap out of Steamboat. Herc starts putting the knees to Steamboat’s skull, gets a bearhug, then drops him throat first onto the top rope. Crowd chants “Steamboat! Steamboat!” Steamboat draws power from the fans and tries a desperation powerslam, but Hercules is too fat and almost gets a 3 when he falls on him. Steamboat’s stumbling around the ring like Floyd on one Dollar margarita night. Hercules looks a bit like Eugene to me. Steamboat gets some big time chops in but Herc stops that nonsense with another clothesline, and gets 2. Press slam by Hercules and he didn’t just toss him, but really rammed Steamboat hard into the mat full force. Another press slam and Herc makes dumb heel mistake #24 by going to the top rope. He tries a Herc splash but Steamboat gets the knees up! Steamboat shows him how it’s done and hits a flying bodypress for the 3 count. Alfred Hayes and Jesse argue about the ref’s count speed. **1/2   10.“Adorable” Adrian Adonis (w/ manager Jimmy hart) Vs. Uncle Elmer – This may come to a huge shock to a lot of people, but Adonis was an AWESOME worker back in the day. He was a fat guy but was ridiculously fast and agile, and could sell like a mofo. I’m not sure why Vince punished him, I’ve heard it was either cause he refused to job to people or wouldn’t lose weight. Anyway, he got stuck with the “gay” gimmick but like Repo man and Dusty Rhodes, took a shitty gimmick and actually got over with it. Ughh, but it’s heart-breaking to see Adonis dressed up and acting like this. As for Uncle Elmer, Vince just had a hard-on for Hillbilly wrestlers, maybe he thought he was making fun of Ted Turner of something I dunno..   Elmer starts with a cheapshot and 300lb Adonis hits a freaking Flair flip in the corner! Crazy stuff, it’s like seeing Mark Henry doing Curt Henning-like selling. More crazy-ass bumping by Adonis and he’s flopping around like Rey Mysterio Jr. Adonis is thrown to the outside and Jimmy Hart argues with the ref. Back in and Uncle Elmer starts undressing Adonis. Elmer with a stomach-block or whatever and Adonis flips over the top ropes and gets caught in the ropes. Adonis gets out only to get a huge Avalanche from Elmer! Uncle Elmer Splash attempt misses and Adonis goes to the top rope for a top rope headbutt, Benoit eat your heart out. Adonis and Hart prance around the ring a few times. That bumping was CRAZY but pretty much a squash. *   11. Tito Santana & JYD Vs. Terry & Dory Funk Jr. – Terry and JYD had been feuding for months and this is the blowoff. Hogan gets his 2nd interview of the card. Terry Funk starts shoving the ref around before the match. Funk was a youngster, only 40 yrs old or so for this match. If you didn’t know that both Terry and Dory are two of the GREATEST wrestlers in history, you need to seriously stop reading this and go find some of their matches….. RIGHT NOW….. JYD starts attacking the Funks so Terry starts throwing chairs into the ring. Terry’s completely insane and Dory has to calm him down. Dory and JYD start off. Dory goes for an irish whip, JYD reverses it, and Dory hits his brother who for some reason falls into the ring like a drunk madman. 5 sec in and this is already awesome. JYD starts bodyslamming both Funks out of the ring. Terry jaws with the fans. Dory gets a cheapshot on Chico, who gets tagged in. So Dory tags in Terry. Terry with some chops but Chico whips him into the ropes. Terry hits the ropes front first and nearly goes over them. It’s hard to describe what’s going on but Funk’s selling is pretty funny/awesome. Funks gets clotheslined right outtra da ring and Chico starts dropkicking Dory who tried to sneak in. Both Funks are out again and Terry’stumbling and punching at ghosts outside. Back in and Terry Funk tries to out punch JYD but ends up being spun around like a top. JYD rams Funk’s head into the turnbuckle 10 times and Terry having trouble standing up. So what does JYD do? He grabs him and rams him 10 more times into the turnbuckle. Another crazy bump to the outside and Terry Funk’s in trouble….. again…   Now it’s Dory Funk Vs. Chico. Dory Funk with European uppercuts. Back and forth on the ropes and Santana hits the Flying Jalapeno!! Terry Funk makes the save but of course gets wailed on some more. They do the Funk’s cool double criss-cross thing, which surprisingly works this time as Santana get a Terry Funk knee in the back. Terry tosses Chico outside where Jimmy Harts gets some boots in. Terry gets a suplex for a long 3 and a pissed-off Funk pushes the ref around, who pushes him back. Another suplex attempt but Chico reverses it. They hit head to head and Terry falls luckily right into his corner where Dory tags in. Dory with a butterfly suplex for 2. Chico tries to get the his corner.. almost there….Nope not quite. More Chico beatdown and Terry goes for a legdrop but misses. Chico’s crawling…. almost there again… almost…there…. Nope not quite. Terry mocks Chico by offering him his hand for a tag, but Chico uses his West Texas football evasion moves and gets the hot tag for JYD!! Terry wraps a chain around JYD when the ref is busy, but JYD is inhuman and no sells it! Terry charges and gets backdropped to the concrete floor! Ouch! JYD slams Terry Funk onto a table.. which breaks.! ECW! ECW! ECW! ECW! ECW! This is crazy stuff for the WWF in it’s day. I think Harley Race had the next WWF table bump (which sadly didn’t go so well), and then it was 10 yrs until Bret Hart did the next one. Uh-oh Terry’s leg is hurt! Jimmy Hart is on the apron and JYD pops him in the mouth. All 4 guys in the ring. Suddenly from stage left a megaphone is thrown into the ring, Terry catches and knock out JYD for the 3! That was an awesomely fun match. If you liked this check out the JYD, Hogan VS. Funks SNME match too. ****   MAIN EVENT TIME!!   12. WORLD TITLE MATCH - Hulk Hogan Vs. King Kong Bundy (w/ manager Bobby Heenan) – This is a Cage match. King Kong Bundy (with Don Muraco’s help) broke Hogan’s ribs at SNME and now the Hulkster gets his revenge inside the confines of the steel cage.   Celeb watch: Guest Ring announcer: Tommy Lasorda (fat Dodgers coach) Guest Timekeeper: Ricky Schroeder (B-list actor in Silver Spoons) Guest referee: Robert Conrad (another TV B-celeb, I hope Bundy squashes him)   Bundy is awesome. His body is shaped like a Milk Dud or a M & M, and looks like he could legitimately snap you in half. Hmmmm just noticed all the security guys around the ring are fat, must be a Union. Hogan enters the ring with his ribs still taped. I’m so glad Ventura is calling this Hogan match. They slug it out and Hogan gets the advantage. Chops and then a big stink Hulkster boot to the head. Because Hogan is such a role model, he uses Bundy’s straps on his outfit to choke him. It’s all Hogan, but he can’t knock the big man off his feet. Bundy gets some rib shots and now Hogan’s hurt! New World Champ in the making? More Rib work and Hogan is in terrible pain. And he’s locked in a cage, so there is no escape! Hogan’s on his back and Bundy goes for the door. Hogan dives and stops him at the last minute. Bundy picks up Hogan and rams Hogan’s back -first into the cage. Bundy tries to escape again but Hogan dives and stops him. Heenan is having a heart attack outside at all these near escapes. Bundy unwraps the ribs and turn-about-is-fair-play as he chokes out Hogan with the bandages. In a smart move Bundy ties up Hogan to the cage and goes to the door! Bundy’s nearly out! But Hogan stops him at the last minute. Now Hogan is making a comeback. He rams Bundy into the cage and Bundy blades! A decent one too for the WWF at the time. Hogan works on the cut and Bundy bleeds more. Hogan throws Bundy around the cage like a pinball. Hogan picks up Bundy, but Bundy falls right onto Hogan with his 400lb + body weight.   Bundy goes for the door! Hogan grabs the tape and chokes Bundy. Bundy goes to the eyes and whips him into the corner. AVALANCE!!! Not only that but big Bundy splash!! It’s over! New champ!! He goes for the door. He’s almost there!! Another dive and Hogan stops him. Bundy lays the shots in and Hulkster starts Hulking up! DAMMIT! F*&$^! Hogan whips Bundy and bodyslams Bundy on the rebound. He hits his silly legdrop and now Hogan climbs the cage. Bundy climbs the turnbuckle to stop him at the last minute. Heenan is trying to stop him from the outside too. Hogan kicks Bundy down and continues climbing. Heenan’s trying to stop him. Bundy crawls to the door. Who will win the race? Hogan drops down and wins at the last minute! Somehow a part of me knows that match wasn’t good but I still liked it. **1/2   After the match Hogan the big mean bully he is whips poor 70lb Heenan (who may or may not have had his nasty neck injury at this time) into the cage. Heenan takes a bump better than Hogan would EVER take, even while dreaming. One atomic Drop later and Heenan bumps right out of the cage. Thankfully they didn’t include an extra DVD just for Hogan’s pose down.  

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Floyd's Wrestlemania 1 Review

I used to do reviews of shows long ago. Since it's a few months before Wrestlemania I'd figure I'd do a review for every Wrestlemania for those who haven't seen the shows.   ****************************************************   Floyd’s Rant for Wrestlemania I   Show starts off with Mean Gene Oakerlund singing the national anthem. Gov. Jessee da Body says Mean Gene rates right up there with Robert Goulet.   1. Chico Santana Vs. The Executioner – The Executioner is Buddy Rose, which means .. damn! He’s super skinny compared to Rose 2.0 in a few years. In the interview Executioner says he’s going after Chico’s leg that was hurt by Greg the hammer valentine and needed surgery.   By the way, Chico Sanata is one of my all-time favorites. Being Hispanic myself probably scores him points, but he was an awesome worker and even during his 90’s job days always put out a great match for his opponents. Chico starts with a Taco House O’ fire! And dropkicks Executioner outside. Chico works a headlock Man… I miss Gorilla Monsoon’s and Jesse’s commentary… L Chico makes a dumbass good guy mistake and gets beat on for awhile. Executioner works on the leg but Chico counters into a cool pinning move. Chico’s Tacoing up!! Executioner pleads like a bitch but them outsmarts that dumbass Chico again. Executioner goes to the top rope!! Chico catches him! Flair slam off the top! But AGAIN Chico makes a dumbass mistake and Executioner works on da leg. Chico kicks Executioner all the way out where he lands sitting down on a chair. Back in and Chico hits the Flying Jalapeno! Chico uses his nemesis Greg Valentine’s finishing move, the Figure-Four leglock, gets the submission! Really fun opener. **1/2   2. King Kong Bundy (w/ manager Jimmy Hart) Vs. S.D. Jones – S.D. stands for Special Deliver and he was a really good jobber in the days. Hey cool, the original I used watch as a kid was clipped and never had these interviews Both Jones and Bundy are pretty good. Shame the interview’s lasted twice as long as the match!! For years afterwards they would say it was a record time of 9 sec. It was more like 20 but still an impressive start to Bundy’s year-long push to next year’s Wrestlemania, as this isn’t the last time we’ll see Bundy. A spatula and mop bucket is brought out for S.D. Jones. DUD   3. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat Vs. Matt Borne – Matt Borne would be known more famously as… Doink the Clown I. He was a pretty good wrestler too though back in his Portland and Mid-South days. Both Jesse and Monsoon put over Borne’s father. Steamboat starts quick and gets a headlock. And in a move I haven’t seen in years because today’s wrestlers are too “primma donna” to take it: AN ATOMIC DROP!!!! Borne’s on rubber-legs. Steamboat mocks poor Borne’s pain. So Borne takes over and stomps on the Dragon for awhile. Steamboat goes into “sympathetic sell-mode” AHHAHAHA YES!. Dr. Monsoon gets his first medical analysis in. I had to rewind it 5 times but it was something like this: “What we call an External pertipal octuberance on the back of your head there” instead of just saying “A Karate Chop”.. More fast paced action and counters by Steamboat until hits a flying body press for the win. Another good match. **   4. David Sammartino (w/ Father Bruno Sammartino) Vs. Brutus Beefcake (w/ manager “Luscious” Johnny Valient) – Johnny Valiant looks and talks like that guy Andy Kaufman used to do, Tony Clifton, except with Blond hair:     Bruno looks about 80 here but looks like he could kick both guys asses as well as Beefcake’s lover, Hogan... Big pop from the MSG for big Bruno. Tie up and Brutus shows he’s stronger. Brutus stalls, another tie up and David gets the advantage with smarts and good wrestling. Brutus cries like a whiny runt bitch outside. Back in and more amateur stuff into a front face lock. Ahh..slow 80’s wrestling. If it was Wrestlemania 22 they’d be a top-rope vertebreaker and two broken Spanish announce tables by now. More 20min headlocks, this time by Brutus. David gets out and keeps Beefcake grounded with more restholds, working on the leg/knee. 40min later and Beefcake gets out and starts kicking Bruno’s son’s ass. David waits for the crowd to cheer and he makes a surprise backdrop comeback! He starts laying into Bruti so Brutus throws him outside in desperation where Valiant, in a particularly diabolical move for it’s day, bodyslams him on the floor. 120 year old Mummy Bruno comes around and, to the biggest pop of the night so far, kicks both their asses to earn a Double-DQ. *   5. INTER-CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP: Greg “The Hammer” Valentine Vs. The Junkyard Dog – JYD is an awful wrestler, but I always really liked him for some reason. JYD swings his chain around and the Hammer bails. Greg Valentine is the son of the legendary Johnny Valentine for those interested, but he was a pretty bad ass wrestler on his own. JYD was a HUGE star in Lousiana before moving to the WWF. JYD thumps him around the ring. WTF, this isn’t boxing ref, stop him or DQ him! The Hammer misses an elbow and JYD does his headbutting routine, knocking Greg out of the ring. Greg works the arm and lays da hammer down with hard forearms before working on the legs. JYD powers out and starts headbutting Valentine so bad he does a Flair flop. Jimmy Hart sticks his nose in and is grabbed by the JYD. This enables Hammer to cheat and get the pin! Chico Santana runs and tells the ref he cheated. The ref buys it and counts The hammer out. JYD wins by Count-Out! That’s CRAP. Greg loses the [kayfabe] winner’s money purse [/kayfabe] cause Chico stuck his nose in, but that’s good fodder for their future feud. Hmmmm, not as good as I remembered. 1/2*   6. TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP: The U.S. Express (Mike Rotundo & Barry Windham w/ manager Capt. Lou Albano) Vs. The Foreign Evil Dudes (Iron Shiek & Nikoli Volkoff w/manager Ayatolla Freddie Blassie) – Mike Rotundo and Barry Windham are both two *extremely* underrated wrestlers. Particularly Windham who may have been the Top 4 or 3 workers in the World from 86-88 or so. Nikoli sings the Soviet National Anthem. Sings pretty good too. So good that the fans throw spitballs into the ring. USA USA USA! The U.S. Express gets a huge pop, but I swear the monkeys in the back jacked up the volume for it. Rotundo and Sheik start off. All-American Mike Rotundo hits a dropkick 10 feet away from Sheik’s face, but Shiek sells it. Quick double-team moves by U.S. Express with the bad guys acting like the Three Stooges and making dumb mistakes and hitting each other. More quick tags and they work on Nikoli’s arm. Nikoli rams Rotundo into Sheiks curley, deadly shoes to get the advantage. Rotundo reverses a vertical suplex but is so beat up he can’t make the tag. The Rotundo beatdown continues. USA USA USA Chant! Monsoon claims there’s 25,000 at MSG tonight. Hehehe I kinda doubt it, but it sure sounds like it, MSG always rocked. Rotundo gets free, lunges, and makes the hot tag! Windham’s clearing house! Bulldog to Nikoli but Sheik makes the save. Rotundo knocks Sheik to the outside. The ref throws Rotundo out while the Shiek sneaks up and hits Windham with the dreaded Cane of Death! (Breaks it too) Windham is knocked the FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFfuck out! 1,2,3,. NEW CHAMPS!!! WTF? Where’s Chico? Why doesn’t he come out and tell the ref what happened? The evil foreigner dudes steal the belts! Fun match but too short. **1/2   Gene Mene asked Blassie where’s your Cane? Blassie: “What Cane!?! I didn’t have no Cane.”…   7. Andre the Giant Vs. Big John Studd (w/ manager Bobbie “The Brain” Heenan) – This is a 15,000$ bodyslam match. If Andre can slam Studd he gets 15,000. If he can’t Andre must retire. Scheme Gene tries to steal some bills from the bag but gets his hand slapped by Studd and Heenan. Typical Andre match from those days. I’ve heard that Andre didn’t like Studd and used to stiff him in the matches. Studd gets a low blow and tries to slam Andre, but hurts his back. Studd you moron. The fans start chanting “Slam Slam Slam!” Slow match with Andre dominating. Andre softens up the leg and GETS DA SLAM!! Andre is awarded the money and starts throwing it to the fans!!! So Heenan sprints in the ring like Carl Lewis and grabs the bag! Fun match cause Andre was in it. but Slooooowwwwwwwwww and Boooooooooooooooring.. 1/4*   8. WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP: Leilani Kai (w/ Fabulous Moolah) Vs. Wendi Richter (w/ International Superstar Cyndi Lauper) – Ummm do you have enough makeup there Richter? Jezz you even make Sherri Martel go “GODAMN Girl, that’s a lot!” Sting too. Nice mat work by both girls, especially Kai. Lotsa hair pulling throughout the match. Kai distracts the ref and Moolah grabs Richter’s hair. 40 lb soaking-wet Lauper knocks Moolah on her ass. Kei goes for a Steamboat Flying Bodypress but Richter reverses it (although she screwed it up).. Surprisingly good match. I mean if they did this same match in Japan, Aja Kong would beat their asses up for being so crappy and leave them broken and bleeding in the alleyway, but compared to today’s WWF Women’s matches it was like Flair/Steamboat. **   MAIN EVENT TIME!   The Celebraties are introduced: Guest Referee: Womanizing Pat Patterson Guest Ring Annoucner: All around nice guy baseball manager: Billy Martin Guest Time Keeper: Man’s Man and Pat Patterson’s favorite celeb: Liberace (with the Rockettes watching his back) Guest Outside Referee: Boxing legend Muhammed Ali   10. World Champ Hulk Hogan & Mr. T (w/ Jimmy Snuka in their corner) Vs. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper & Paul “Mr. Wonderful” Orndorff (w/ "Ace Cowboy" Bob Orton in their corner) – Big pops for the celebs. Piper and friends come out first with a Bag-pipe band playing for them. Ha pretty cool!.. Hogan and T come out to a nuclear pop. Got my money on the heels here. Legit tough guy Liberace rings a super-gay looking bell. Only Manly-man Liberace could get away with sometime so fruity. This match won PWI’s MOTY for 1985, let’s see if it’s any good.   Hogan and Orndorff start off. The crowd is super hot for this. They circle and Piper is jumping up and down for the tag. A tag and now Piper’s in. They circle and now Mr. T’s jumping up and down, screaming for a tag in. WTF is he thinking? He’s not a real wrestler?… Hogan asks the crowd and obliges with a tag to T. . Piper… looks… pissed…. They go nose to nose. Slap by Piper! Slap by Mr .T! Slapfest continues until Piper gets a quick boot and takes that wussy celeb wanna be to the mat. But Mr. T escapes! Piper’s embarresed. Tie –up and Mr. T wins. Piper’s embarrassed again! And… is… MORE… pissed.. He rushes in and Mr. T with a firearms carry into a bodyslam!     Piper rushes again suddenly all six guys jump into the ring for a brawl. Ali comes and around AND TAKES A SWING AT PIPER!!! THEN RUNS AFTER ORTON AND TAKES A SWING AT HIM! THE CROWD IS GOING CRAZY!!! Billy Martin’s laughing at all this crazy shit. The heels are scared at Ali and stay on the outside. Piper then says “Fuck it”, flips off the crowd and they start walking to the back to a chorus of boos..   Referee pat Patterson starts counting them out. Hogan stops him and begs the heels to come back, which they do. They slowly enter the ring and then suddenly charge Hogan only to get a double-noggin knocker. Super Atomic-Drop by Hogan to Piper! Piper’s nutts be all like broken! .. Hogan bounces Pipers head off the mat a bunch of times and they both slug it out until Mr. T is tagged in for a double clothesline to Piper. Mr. T bodyslams and hip tossed both heels. Hogan back in and Piper looks out on his feet. Big boot to Piper and he’s out of the ring. Orndorff sneaks a clotheline to Hogan, knocking him out of the ring too. Outside and Piper hits a chairshot on him!!! This is equivalent to a DDT on broken glass back then. Piper runs when Ali comes over but the damage is already done. Piper looks very pleased with himself and starts getting payback to the Hulkster in the ring. The heels cut the ring in half and taunt Mr .T which lets them double team Hogan. Double-Atomic Drop on Hogan and then a cool Steve Austin looking elbow by Orndorff. Both the heels continue to maul Hogan with quick tags and nice moves. Orndorff goes for a top rope elbow..AND MISSES! Orndorff you dumbass! The crowd is going bananas! Hogan crawls over to Mr. T while a hurt Orndorff goes to tag Piper. Can he make it? Mr. T is tagged in!!!!! But the heels smartly cut him off short and Orndorff and Piper keep him grounded with amateur moves to wear him down. Uh-oh…. Now Mr. T is in for da beating. Mr. T draws power from the fans and explodes for a tags in to the Hulkster! Another double noggin knocker but Orndorff hits a back suplex to end that shit. Orton runs in only to get headbutted out by Snuka. All six guys are in the ring again for a melee! Orndorff has Hogan in a full-nelson! Piper runs after him but is intercepted by Mr. T. The ref(s) try to break up Piper and T, meanwhile Orton sneaks to the top rope for a match and possible career-ending “arm-caste shot” to Hogan. But Hogan moves and he hits Orndorff instead!!!!!!! Snuka knocks Orton outta da ring and Hogan gets the 3 count on Orndorff!! Piper is so pissed and knocks out the ref before leaving. Him and Orton leave an unconscious Orndorff in the ring. He wakes up and looks for Piper and Orton, but they’re gone. This’ll set up their feud including a great SNME match. Yes I’m definitely overrating this main event, and although it wasn’t an Guerrero/Benoit technical clinic, it was a really fun match to watch. ****   ********************************************** Anyone see the show? If so what did you think of it? Not the best Wrestlemania obviously, but better than any card the WWF had done so far.

floyd

floyd

 

2005

CMLL 2005   Mistico vs. El Averno, 2/11/05 Mistico vs. Ultimo Guerrero, 2/25/05 Dr. Wagner Jr./Mistico vs. Ultimo Guerrero/Rey Bucanero, 3/12/05 Mistico vs. Perro Aguayo Jr, 5/13/05 El Hijo del Santo/Mistico/Dr. Wagner Jr. vs. Ultimo Guerrero/Averno/Mephisto, 8/26/05 Perro Aguayo Jr, Mr Aguila, Halloween & Damian 666 vs. Pierroth, Apolo Dantes, Mascara 2000 & Universo 2000, 10/14/05 El Hijo del Santo vs. Atlantis, 11/05/05 Halloween vs. Universo 2000, hair vs. hair, 12/02/05 El Hijo del Santo/Negro Casas vs. Averno/Mistico, 12/16/05   El Texano, Negro Navarro & El Signo vs. Super Astro, Ultraman & Solar, IWRG, 02/10/05   OK, so I idolise late 80s-early 90s CMLL and pretty much anything from before then, with this being my first real foray into recent lucha. It's not the lucha I know, so let's see if I can get to grips with it.   Might as well start with Mistico... I wasn't expecting him to be a great worker, so it wasn't much of a surprise... His timing is good & he's unbelievably quick. Gets amazing height. What he really lacks is poise. Back in the days of matwork, technicos would string together a sequence that left the rudos reeling... A rudo would back himself to go mano a mano, they'd trade holds and then -- like pulling a rabbit from a hat -- that show of superior technique... I can hardly remember anything about Mistico vs. Averno, except that the rudo worked at the pace of the technico, matching him hold for hold. I could hardly tell you who upstaged whom, where, what, when... It was all a blur. Shortened matches have really upped the pace. I suppose we're beyond the point where an armbar is magnifico, but Mistico needs to learn rhythm; how to work those spots so they really mean something. If you look at 1984 Atlantis he hardly had it together, but he ended up building a magnificent technico career out of the same repeated spots. It's all about poise.   The Mistico/UG match accomplished a fair bit in 10 minutes & the Perro match was quite good. I don't buy into Mistico as an underdog, but he's a decent technico (which isn't easy) & has the crowd behind him. The act just wears a bit thin after a while. The best lucha always feels like improv, even when it's not. That's something heel Atlantis struggles with. Long serving, excellent technico, but sucks as a rudo. Wagner, on the other hand, is ungodly charismatic. Wagner never used to be this good, now it feels like everything he does is off the cuff. He's gotta be my favourite guy in Mexico.   The Perros/Capos stuff was OK. The hair vs. hair match was... listless. I'm all for broken down rudos working hair matches, so long as they're actually brawling.   I haven't really cared for the Santo/Casas team since they were feuding with Bestia Salvaje & Scorpio, Jr. I don't like the way they bought into the new workrate style... Averno and Mephisto have cool entrances and aren't bad workers, but as rudos they're workrate machines & sadly recyclable. Don't see how they're different from Los Guerreros del Infierno, to be honest.   The Los Misioneros de la Muerte trios is still the best match I've seen from 2005. Once a year Negro Navarro shows up on tape to remind us what real lucha is like.

ohtani's jacket

ohtani's jacket

 

DVDVR Mid-South/UWF Matches of the 80's Disk #1

My thought on Disk #1 (Ranked in order of best-to-worst):   Cream of the crop:   1. Junkyard Dog & Mr. Olympia vs. Ted Dibiase & Matt Borne (Loser Leaves Town) (10/27/82) - Whoever loses the fall must leave town. This was supposed to be Hacksaw defending the belts but he couldn't make it so Portland Matt Bourne took his place. DiBiase/Bourne make a good heel tag team. Really fun tag match with an ending so awesome if made it my #1 for the set.   2. Ted DiBiase vs. Hacksaw Duggan (Street Fight) (7/29/83) - Super Awesome. Don't know how the feud started but apparently these guys really didn't like each other.   3. Mr. Olympia vs. Chavo Guerrerro (6/24/83) - Somehow Mr. Olympia had turned heel and apparently screwed over Chavo as this is the grudge match. Great match with Mr. Olympia being a bastard heel and Chavo doing good moves to a hot crowd.     Very good too:   4. Mr. Wrestling II & Magnum T.A. vs. Midnight Express (2/10/84) - If anyone wanted to know what the Midnight Expresses was all about, this might be the match to show them. Nothing mid blowing but sheer brilliance in working the crowd. How Jim Cornette was never beaten to death in a fan riot I'll never know.   5. Mr. Olympia vs. Bob Roop (7/15/82) - Sweet match here. Almost like the stereotypical heel Vs. the stereotypical babyface. Both guys stock goes up for me in this match, especially Mr. Olympia who does a running dive to the outside on the concrete. Good stuff, but again since it's TV too short to really place high for me.   6. Mr. Wrestling II & Junkyard Dog vs. Matt Borne & Ted DiBiase (2/16/83) - The revenge match with Mr. Wrestling II taking the gone Mr. Olympia's place. Good tag match.   Good:   7. Junkyard Dog & Mr. Olympia vs. Ted DiBiase & Hacksaw Duggan (8/18/82) - Fun tag match. I like the DiBiase/Duggan team and Mr. Olympia continues to be great, reminding me of classic babyfaces like Tito Santana.   8. One Man Gang vs. Buck Robley (Lumberjack Match) (9/15/82) - Never seen Buck Robley before but he looks like a mix of Necro butcher and 70's George Carlin. I'm also guessing Robley didn't have to have testosteroe theory in his later years like everyone else. OMG is a pimp sized bump-master here! For a guy who weighs 8,000 pounds, man he was thowing his body all around the ring and to the outside. Also the entire match the commentators keep saying how much they like Robley and how sad it is that there's no way he can win. They basically start making funeral preperations for him. Which makes his comeback so much better at the end. Just a fantastic small guy/big fat guy story. Lumberjack Dick Murdoch was standing with his back to the camera with a "All japan" T-shirt on which was pretty neat.   9. Midnight Express vs. Bill Watts & Stagger Lee (4/22/84) - You wanna talk about fucking crowd heat? Jesus Christ the crowd shaking the entire building during this match. After getting tarred and feathered by the Midnights, Bill Watts brings in a ringer. The dangerous shooter, the masked Stagger Lee. In the unlikely event of his team losing, Jim Cornette has to wear a diaper after the match.   10. Bob Roop vs. Mike George (12/16/81) - pretty cool opening match on the set between two guys i've never seen before. Mike George played a good heel and Bob Roop was awesome with his heel-ishness.   11. Mr. Wrestling II & Magnum T.A. vs. Butch Reed & Jim Neidhart (Cage Match) (12/25/83) - I've seen this match highly praised by everyone over at DVDVR but I can't understand why, and not just best on Disk #1 but a top pick for the entire set. It's a really good match but I dunno, nothing amazing to me. Both Magnum and Mr. Wrestling II have to make big comebacks in an attempt to win the tag titles. Reed looked good here.   Good to OK   12. Mr. Olympia vs. Paul Orndorff (2/3/82) - Never seen Mr. Olympia before. He's the Mississippi Champ here. Mr. Wonderful looks alot more mobile and quick here than in the WWF. Good match, wished it had been longer.   13. Midnight Express vs. Bill Dundee & Porkchop Cash (4/6/84) - ha I liked the team of Porkchop Cash and Dundee. Formulaic Midnight Express match, which means it's good.   14. Stagger Lee & Mr. Olympia vs. Ted DiBiase & Matt Borne (12/18/82) - Sadly Mr. Olympia's partner couldn't be here, so he got a great replacement in the masked Stagger Lee.   15. Butch Reed v. Iron Sheik (4/8/83) - It's almost weird seeing how unbroken and mobile Sheik was here, doing neck bridges and taking bumps around the ring. There's one memorable part where the ring crew really should've tightened the ropes/turnbuckle more. Plus Shiek was a master at evil heel cliches.   16. Bob Roop vs. Ted DiBiase (4/2/82) - Cool Roop again with his old school heel work. Roop defends his N.A. title. The plus here was some really great mat work you don't see anymore.   OK but ain't no Top 20 or nothin:   17. Midnight Express vs. Rock N Roll Express (No DQ: Tag Titles vs. $50,000) (5/23/84) - Dream match between the soon to be long-time rivals. R N R Expess put up the belts against Jim Cornette's momma's $50,000. Good match but nothing fantastic.   18. Nick Bockwinkel vs. Dusty Rhodes (5/20/83) - Bockwinkle defends the AWA World title here. Pretty OK match, nothing special.   19. Buddy Landel & Butch Reed vs. Rock N Roll Express (3/28/84) - I'm guessing the R n R Express was new here, as it seemed to be a spotlight for their team. Jim Cornette is at ringside taking notes.   No Sir. I Didn't like it:   20. Junkyard Dog vs. Nick Bockwinkel (6/11/82) - Gah! Didnt like this one at all. And this from a JYD fan growing up, plus Bockwinkle/Heenan are one of the greatest twosome ever. If Bockwinkle wins he get's JYD's crown. If the JYD wins this one he gets bump master Heenan in the ring after the match. Too slow here.   ***********************   Thought fo' Disk #1:   - Bob Roop was pretty good. A classic heel but who also had a nice technical background.   - Mr. Olympia was awesome, either as a good guy or heel. How come I never of him?   - Hacksaw Duggan's spear is to be feared.   - The tag team matches in Mid-South are great.   - One should not worship false idols. But as far as wrestling goes, Cornette IS a demi-God.   - How the FUCK aren't the Midnight Express in the Hall-of-Fame!?!??   ********************** Floyd's Ongoing Mid-South Top 10:   1. Junkyard Dog & Mr. Olympia vs. Ted Dibiase & Matt Borne (Loser Leaves Town) (10/27/82) 2. Ted DiBiase vs. Hacksaw Duggan (Street Fight) (7/29/83) 3. Mr. Olympia vs. Chavo Guerrerro (6/24/83) 4. Mr. Wrestling II & Magnum T.A. vs. Midnight Express (2/10/84) 5. Mr. Olympia vs. Bob Roop (7/15/82) 6. Mr. Wrestling II & Junkyard Dog vs. Matt Borne & Ted DiBiase (2/16/83) 7. Junkyard Dog & Mr. Olympia vs. Ted DiBiase & Hacksaw Duggan (8/18/82) 8. One Man Gang vs. Buck Robley (Lumberjack Match) (9/15/82) 9. Midnight Express vs. Bill Watts & Stagger Lee (4/22/84) 10. Bob Roop vs. Mike George (12/16/81)   ***********************   Your thought on Disk#1? Or any of the Mid South matches? Feel free to flame any of picks as long as you discuss why first. ;-)

floyd

floyd

 

Wrestling Observer 2007 Awards

Just got the Observer in the mail here's the results. Forgive any mispellings, I can't type very well..:   Lou Thesz/Ric Flair Award (Wrestler of the Year):   1. John Cena (437 #1 votes) - 2,459 pts 2. Bryan Danielson (77) - 928 3. Hiroshi Tanahashi (42) - 728 4. Shawn Michaels (32) - 579 5. Takeshi Morishima (41) - 565 6. Mistico (6) - 510 7. Mitsuharu Misawa (33) 8. Cibernetico (28) - 290 9. Kurt Angle (7) - 202 10.Edge (16) - 196     MMA MVP   1. Randy Couture (334) - 2,254 2. Quinton Jackson (105) - 1,446 3. Chuck Lidell (116) - 1,209 4. Frank Shamrock (3) - 353 5. Anderson Silva 6. Geirge St. Pierre 7. Kid Yamamoto 8. Forrest Griffin 9. Yoshihiro Akiyama 10. Masato     Most Outstanding Wrestler   1. Bryan Danielson (434) - 2,646 2. Shawn Michaels (46) - 468 3. Hiroshi Tanahashi (62) - 642 4. Naomichi Marufuji 5. Nigel McGuiness 6. Samoa Joe 7. KENTA 8. Takeshi Morishima 9. Edge 10. John Cena     Most Oustanding MMA Fighter   1. Quinton Jackson (157) - 1,554 2. Anderson Silva (151) - 1,508 3. Randy Couture (131) - 1,235 4. Urijah Faber 5. Tyson Griffin 6. Clay Guida 7. George St. Pierre 8. Fedor Emelianenko 9. Matt Serra 10. Kid Yamamote     Best Box office Draw   1. John Cena (331) - 2,299 2. Chuck Lidell (267) - 2,192 3. Mistico (133) - 1,603 4. Randy Couture 5. Quinton Jackson 6. Tito Ortiz 7. Cibernetico 8. Kid Yamanoto 9. Perro Aguayo jr. 10. HHH     Feud of the Year   1. Undertaker Vs. Batista (148) -1,160 2. Bryan Danielson Vs. Takeshi Morishima (89) - 1,119 3. Briscoes Vs. Steen & El Generico (121) - 1,045 4. John Cena Vs. Shawn Michaels 5. Matt Hardy Vs. MVP 6. Frank Shamrock Vs. Phil Baroni 7. Matt Hughes Vs. Matt Serra 8. Tito rotiz Vs. Chuck Lidell 9. Gran Apache Vs. Billy Boy 10. Vince McMahon Vs. Donald Trump     Tag Team of the year   1. Mark & Jay briscoe (474) - 2,641 2. Chris Sabin & Alex Shelly (58) - 1,132 3. Kevin Steen & El Generico (0) - 690 4. Giant bernard & Travis Tomko 5. Matt & Jeff Hardy 6. Paul London & Brian Kendrick 7. Lance Cade & trevor Murdoch 8. Masato Yoshino & Naruki Dio 9. KENTA & Taiji Ishimori 10. Ricky Marvin & Kotaro Suzaki     Most Improved   1. MVP (305) - 1,966 2. Claudio Castagnoli (34) - 564 3. Tomko 4. Takeshi Morishiam 5. Candice Michelle 6. Jeff Hardy 7. Umaga 8. John Cena 9. Hirooki Goto 10. Batista     Best on Interviews   1. John Cena (151) - 1,243 2. Santino Marella (133) - 1,208 3. Edge 4. Quinton jackson 5. Larry Sweeny 6. Christian Cage 7. Frank Shamrock 8. Tito Ortiz 9. Mr. kennedy 10. Ric Flair     Most Charismatic   1. John Cena (358) - 2,447 2. Quinton Jacklson (158) - 1,491 3. Ciberetico 4. Randy Couture 5. Shawn Michaels 6. Tito Ortiz 7. Mistico 8. Edge 9. Jeff hardy 10. Forrest Griffin     best Technical Wrestler   1. Bryan Danielson (529) - 2,928 2. Nigel McGuiness (15) - 784 3. Yuji Nagata 4. Fit Finlay 5. KENTA 6. Kurt Angle 7. Naomichi Marufuji 8. Mike Quackenbush 9. Shawn Michaels 10. Samoa Joe     Brusier Brody Best Brawler Award   1. Takeshi Morishima (157) - 1,464 2. Umaga (101) - 1,199 3. Samoa Joe (115) - 1,129 4. Fit Finlay 5. Necro Butcher 6. Togi Makabe 7. John Cena 8. Abyss 9. Undertaker 10. Rhyno     Best Flying Wrestler   1. Mistico (162) - 1,394 2. Ricky Marvin 3. jack Evans 4. AJ Styles 5. Pac 6. Matt Sydal 7. Jeff Hardy 8. Matt Cross 9. Dragon Kid 10. Rey Mysterio jr.     Most Overrated   1. Giant Khali (187) - 1,210 2. Mr. Kennedy (80) - 586 3. HHH 4. Bobby Lashley 5. Batista 6. Big Daddy V 7. Randy Orton 8. Kurt Angle 9. Kevin Nash 10. Mistuharu Misawa     Most Underrated   1. Shelton Benjamin (98) - 735 2. Jamie Noble 3. Paul London 4. Alex Shelly 5. William Regal 6. Brian Kendrick 7. Matt Hardy 8. Go Shiozaki 9. AJ Styles 10. Christopher Daniels     Promotion of the Year   1. UFC (280) - 2,479 2. ROH 3. WWE 4. NOAH 5. AAA 6. CMLL 7. New Japan 8. Dragon Gate 9. Strikeforce 10. TNA     Best Weekly TV Show   1. The Ultimate Fighter (390) - 2,463 2. WWE RAW 3. WWE Smackdown 4. AAA 5. CMLL 6. Wrestling Society X 7. NOAH 8. Inside MMA 9 & 10. Bodog Fight Costa Rica & TNA Impact (tie)     Worked Match of the year   1. Bryan Danielson Vs. Takeshi Morishima (8/25) (118) - 1,199 2. KENTA & Taiji Ishimori Vs. Kota Ibushi & Naomichi marufuji (7/15) (131) - 1,108 3. Bryan Danielson Vs. Nigel McGuiness (6/9) - (146) - 1,061 4. John Cena Vs. Shawn Michaels (4/23) 5. John Cena Vs. Umaga (1/28) 6. Briscoes Vs. Kevin Steen & El Generico (9/15) 7. John Cena Vs. Shawn Michaels Vs. Edge Vs. Randy Orton (4/29) 8. Cima, Shingo Takagi & Susuma Mochizuki Vs. Dragon Kid, Ryo Saito & Masaaki Mochizuki (No Date given, ROH match?) 9. Hiroshi Tanahashi Vs. Hirooki Goto (11/11) 10. Hiroshi Tanahasi Vs. Yuji Nagata (4/13)     Shoot Match of the year   1. Randy Couture Vs. Tim Silvia (3/3) (202) - 1,453 2. Nick Diaz Vs. Takanori Gomi (2/24) 3. Tyson Griffin Vs. Clay Guida (6/16) 4. Frank Shamrock Vs. Phil Baroni (6/22) 5. Frank Edgar Vs. Tyson Griffin (2/3) 6. Chris Horodecki Vs. Shad Lierley (6/1) 7. Forrest Griffin Vs. Maruricio Rua (9/22) 8. Quinton Jackson Vs. Chuck Lidell (5/26) 9. Quinton Jackson Vs. Dan Henderson (9/8) 10. Steve berger Vs. Piotr Jackacynski (No date Given, Costa Rica)     Rookie of the year   1. Eric Stevens (106) - 756 2. Joe Doering (88) - 752 3. Tim Donst 4. La Sombra 5. Cyber Kong 6. Ted DiBiase Jr. 7. Ted McNailer 8. Lince Dorado 9. Seiya Sanada 10. Bobby Dempsey     Best Non-Wrestler   1. Larry Sweeney (382) - 2,269 2. Vince mcMahon (97) - 847 3. Jim Cornette 4. Jim Mitchell 5. William Regal 6. Sharmell 7. Karen Angle 8. Lacey 9. Armando Estrada 10. Generalissimo Takada     Best Television Announcer   1. Jim Ross (325) - 2,257 2. JBL (184) - 1,609 3. Joe Rogan 4. Mauro Ranallo 5. Mike Goldberg 6. Dave Prazak 7. Frank Mir 8. Mike Teney 9. Joey Styles 10. Kenny Bolin     Worst Television Announcer   1. Don West (269) - 2,204 2. Micheal Cole (116) - 1,130 3. Johnathan Coachman 4. Todd Grisham 5. Mike Teney 6. Jerry Lawler 7. Col. Bob Sheridan 8. Joey Styles 9. Taz 10. Leticia Cline     Best Major Wrestling Show   1. ROH Man Up (188) - 1,296 2. WWE Wrestlemania (133) - 1,138 3. Pride 2nd Coming 4. ROH Driven 5. Pride Otoko Matsuri 6. Strikeforce/EXC Judgement Day 7. WWE Backlash 8. UFC 68 9. UFC 66 10. UFC 76   Worst Major Wrestling Show   1. WWE/ECW December to Disremember (12/3/06) - 298 pts. 2. TNA Lockdown 3. WWE Unforgiven 4. TNA Hard Justice 5. UFC 78 6. TNA Victory Road 7. TNA Final Resolution 8. WWE Jugement Day     Best Wrestling Maneuver   1. KENTA's Go To Sleep - 98 pts. 2. Randy Orton's running soccer kick 3. Petey Williams Canadian Destroyer 4. Bryan Danielson's Cattle Mutilation 5. Matt Sydal's shooting Star press 6. Bryan Danielson's elbows 7. Samoa Joe's muscle buster 8. Takeshi Morishima's backdrop driver 9. CM Punks Go To Sleep 10. Shawn Michaels' superkick     Most Disgusting Promotional Tactic   1. TNA Signing Pacman Jones/Making it Rain - 317 pts. 2. Vince mcMahon's death 3. WWE's entire handling of post-benoit re: Steriods 4. Hornswoggle as Vince's illegitament son 5. Giant Khali as World Champion 6. WWE doing Benoit tribute show     Worst Television Show   1. TNA Impact - 476 pts 2. WWE/ECW - 122 3. WWE RAW 4. Wrestling Society X 5. WWE Heat 6. IFL Battleground     Worst Feud of the Year   1. Kane Vs. Big Daddy V - 204 pts 2. VKM Vs. Christy Hemme - 121 3. Eric Young Vs. Robert Roode 4. Batista Vs. Giant Khali 5. Vince McMahon Vs. Bobby Lashley 6. Layla Vs. Kelly kelly 7. Kane Vs. Giant Khali 8. Cody Rhodes Vs. Bob Holly 9. Abyss Vs. Black Reign 10. WWE Vs. Honesty & John Cena Vs. Giant Khali (TIE)     Worst Match of the Year   1. Chris Harris Vs. James Storm (Blindfold match - 4/15) - 149 pts 2. Fake Donald Trump Vs. Fake Rosie O'Donell (1/8) - 119 3. Giant Khali Vs. Kane (4/1) 4. Giant Khali Vs. Horsnwoggle (11/17) 5. Layla Vs. Kelly Kelly (11/27) 6. Monsters Battle Royal Kane Vs. Giant Khali Vs. Mark henry (10/30) 7. Big Daddy V. Vs. Boogyman (9/18) 8. Kane Vs. Mark henry (6/3) 9. Chrsity Hemme Vs. Fat Oily Guy (2/11) 10. Giant Khali Vs. Batista (10/7)     Worst Promotion of the year   1. TNA - 520 pts 2. WWE - 42 pts 3. IFL 4. All-Japan 5. AAA 6. IWA Puerto Rico     Best Booker   1. Gabe Sapolsky - 495 pts. 2. Joe Silva - 128 3. Riki Choshu 4. Michael Hayes 5. Dorian Roidan 6. Vince McMahon     Promoter of the year   1. Dana White - 412 pts 2. Vince mcMahon - 113 3. Cary Siikin 4. Joachim Roldan 5. Paco Alonso     Best Gimmick   1. Santino Marella - 344 pts. 2. Black Machismo Jay Lethal - 52 3. MVP 4. Fetus 5. Takeshi Morishima 6. Matt Classic 7. Delirious 8. King Booker 9. Chris Hero 10. Awesome Kong     Worst Gimmick   1. Black Reign - 203 pts 2. Horswoggle McMahon - 88 3. Pacman Jones 4. Big Daddy V 5. Jillian Hall singing 6. VKM 7. Abyss 8. Fat Oiley Guy 9. Boogyman 10. HG & Giant Khali (TIE)     Best Pro Wrestling Book   1. Hitman by Bret Hart - 266 pts 2. A Lion's Tale by Chris Jericho - 237 3. Brody Vs. Larry Matysik 4. Hardcore Diaries by Mick Foley 5. NWA by Tim Hornbacker 6. Lucha Loco by Malcom Venville 7. Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Heels by Oliver/Johnson     Best Pro Wrestling DVD   1. Ric Flair and the Four Horsemen - 332 pts 2. History of the AWA - 73 3. The Ladder matches 4. Shawn Michaels: heartbreak & Triumph 5. The New and Improved DX  

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Top 10 matches of 2007

Except for some ROH shows, I think Ive seen most of what I wanted to, so here's my picks for the Top 25 matches of 2007!   ********************************************   25. Mitsuharu Misawa Vs. Takuma Sano (NOAH Spring Navigation - 4/28) - Misawa gets in trouble quickly and has to regroup or else he'll lose his GHC World title.   24. Mschif Vs. Awesome Kong (Shimmer Vol. 9 - 4/7/07) - The Awesome Kong invasion continues when she takes on NWA Women's champ Mschif (Non-title match)   23. John Cena Vs. Shawn Michaels Vs. Edge Vs. Randy Orton (WWE Backlash - 4/29) - Fun 4-way for the RAW World title with a great finish.   22. Mistico Vs. Dr. Wagner Jr. (CMLL 2/3 Falls - 7/27) - Wagner beats the crap out of Mistico and even steals his mask after winning the 1st fall! Now Mistico must make the comeback.   21. Takeshi Morishima Vs. Samoa Joe (ROH Fifth Year Festival: NYC - 2/16) - Two fat bruisers pound each other around during Samoa Joe's last ROH tour.   20. The Briscoe Brothers Vs. Kevin Steen & El Generico (Death Before Dishonor V: Night 1 - Street fight - 8/10) - Insane Streetfight that goes all over the arena with career threatening bumps.   19. CMLL Cage of death (Mistico Vs. Hijo del Perro Aguayo Vs. Villano V Vs. Dr. Wagner Jr. Vs. Ultimo Guerrero Vs. Hijo de Lizmark Vs. Blue Panther Vs. Atlantis) (CMLL 74th Anniversary Show - 9/28) - Cage match where the goal is to escape the cage until two wrestlers remain. Those two then have a regular match with the loser getting unmasked or head shaven!   18. Jun Akiyama & Takeshi Rikio Vs. Yoshihiro Takayama & Takashi Sugiura (NOAH Spring Navigation - 4/28) - Akiyama & Rikio defend the GHC Tag titles in a great match.   17. KENTA & Taiji Ishomiri Vs. Naomichi Marufuji & Kota Ibushi (NOAH Summer Navigation - 7/15) - NTV Cup finals between two spot-tastic Jr. tag teams.   16. Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama Vs. Kenta Kobashi & Yoshihiro Takayama (NOAH Winter Navigation - 12/2) - Kobashi dramatically return after 18-months and he gives it his all in this emotional tag team match.   15. The Briscoe Brothers Vs. The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelly & Chris Sabin) (ROH Good Times, Great Memories - 4/28) - TNA invades ROH with the Machine Guns using evil heel tactics to combat the Briscoes double-teaming-ness. If you want to see the two top tag teams of 2007 go at it, here it is.   14. John Cena Vs. Shawn Michaels (WWE RAW - 4/23) - After Randy Orton got kicked from the show, it gave Cena and Michaels more time to work a match, 57 minutes actually. A hot crowd and a back and forth match.   13. Takashi Sasaki Vs. Yuko Miyamoto (Big Japan - Fluorescent Lighttubes Construction Site Scaffold Death Match - 3/14) - Cool deathmatch where both guys take insane punishment but refuse to stay down.   12. Bryan Danielson vs. KENTA (ROH Driven - 6/9) - Danielson/KENTA III is the rubber match and as it never aired on the PPV, could this be considered as the greatest dark match ever?   11. The Briscoe Brothers Vs. Castagnoli & Matt Sydal (ROH Respect is Earned - 5/12) - Awesome tag team match with non-stop perfectly timed spots and hot near-falls.     TOP 10!   10. Bryan Danielson Vs. Go Shiozaki (ROH Live in Tokyo – 7/16) - A tremendous sleeper match of the year as ROH visits Japan for the 1st time.   9. John Cena Vs. Umaga (WWE Royal Rumble - Last Man Standing match - 1/28) - Despite broken ribs Cena still defends the WWE World title against the Barbaric Umaga.   8. The Briscoe Brothers Vs. Kevin Steen & El Generico (ROH Man Up Ladder match) - The ladder match was banned in ROH after this match. So yeah it's pretty bad.   7. Takeshi Morishima Vs. Bryan Danielson (ROH Manhattan Mayhem II - 8/25) - Danielson finally gets his shot at the unstoppable monster Morishima.   6. Jimmy Jacobs Vs. BJ Whitmer (Supercard of Honor - Cagematch - 3/31) - Hellacious cage match that will settle the feud once and for all!   5. Chris Harris Vs. James Storm (TNA Sacrifice - Texas Death match - 5/13) - Another nasty feud-ending match. An anything goes match between former tag team partners.   4. Yuji Nagata Vs. Togi Makabe (New Japan - 7/6) - Nagata defends his IWGP World title here and Makabe out for revenge from their first match. Makabe's all confident coming in and has no respect for Nagata. He dominates the early portions and inflects ghetto scissors damage. This isn't your grandma's New Japan! The tables turn however as Nagata shows he's tough and both guys end up bleeding all over the place but refusing to lose.   3. Bryan Danielson Vs. Nigel McGuinness (ROH Driven 6/23) - Whoever wins this match gets a shot at Morishma's ROH World title. Both guys are driven to win.   2. Hiroshi Tanahashi Vs. Hirooki Goto (New Japan - 11/11) - Tanahasi defends the IWGP title. Tremendous match that went back and forth with Goto getting his knee jacked-up throughout and Tanahasi nearly dying off a move.     1. The Briscoe Brothers Vs. Ricky Marvin & Kotaro Suzuki (NOAH - 1/21) - The Briscoes were defending their newly won GHC Jr. tag titles here to a hot crowd. It's a near constant spotfest for over 25 minutes with the Briscoes trying to retain their title in their first defense and Marvin/Suzuki desperatly trying to keep the titles in Japan.

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Look-back: Top 10 matches of 2006

Since I have time off I've been trying to catch-up with some recommended matches for 2007. In the meantime here's my Top 10 from 2006.     10. Akira Taue Vs. Naomichi Marufuji (NOAH - Tokyo Nippon Budokan Show – 3/5/06) – This was big man (and recent GHC World Champion) Akira Taue thumping on little Marufiji. Marifuji was on a roll so far in the year but he needed a big win over one of the established stars. While maybe not a blow-away match, this one had some awesome spots and Taue was extremely game in allowing Marufuji on offense rather than going the usual NOAH big-guy Vs. little-guy route.   ********************************************************************************     9. Edge Vs. Mic Foley (WWE Wrestlemania - Falls Count Anywhere match – 5/2/06) – Despite WWE having a less-than-steller year for wrestling, Wrestlemania still has an aura about it as the biggest show of the year, and this was the best show on the card by far. After having a great match against that useless turd Randy Orton in 04, Foley returned again and had a disappointing match against Carlito Cool. So here at Wrestlemania Foley seems determined to appease the salivating sicko fans who want to see him beaten and bloodied just one more time. He brings in the usual WWE diet-hardcore fair like fire, barbed-wire bats and thumbtacks! Thumbtacks by gawd! Edge is my pick for the best WWE Wrestler of the year and he gamely keeps up with Foley by taking some big bumps. Lita’s also here for a beating, perhaps fulfilling a contract stipulation for Matt Hardys return.. A typical Foley hardcore match but it always delivers and had some original stuff in it like a barbed-wired Mr. Sock and Foley outsmarting the Spear. The Flair/Foley I-Quit match may have been more brutal than this but this one was paced better and was more memorable on the bigger stage.   ********************************************************************************   8. Takeshi Morishima & Takeshi Rikio Vs. KENTA & Naomichi Marufuji (NOAH - Summer Navigation 2006 - 7/16/06) – This was the David Vs. Goliath tag match where the two Jr. guys have to survive against the big dudes. Rikio and Morishma dominate portions of the match with the power of their fat but KENTA & Marufuji counter using their quickness and tag teams moves. KENTA and Takeshi Morisihma, two of the future stars for NOAH, especially want to beat the crap out of each other. For such a long match there is not too much of a slow down and the crowd is screaming at the end with all the near-falls and big moves.   ********************************************************************************   7. Austin Aries & Roderick Strong Vs. The Briscoes (ROH – Unified – 8/12/06) – ROH had a tremendous run of tag team matches in 2006 proving that the art isn’t quite dead yet. (You reading this Vince?) Out of all the great tag matches this is probably my favorite with Strong & Aries defending the straps against ROH’s prodigal sons the Briscoes. The U.K. crowd was red-hot for the match and both teams hit on all cylinders with incredible timing and tag team moves. Lots of brain-killing finishers and near falls made this a match to remember for 2006.   ********************************************************************************   6. Do Fixer (Dragon Kid, Genki Horiguchi & Ryo Saito) Vs. Blood Generation (Cima, Naruki Doi & Masato Yoshino) (ROH Supercard of Honor - 3/31/06) – While a very exciting match, I thought this was very overrated and I doubted it would make my final Top 10. But Dammit! Here we are and sadly I can’t deny it as it comes in at #6. :-( All six guys are from the Japanese-based Dragon’s Gate promotion and brought their exhibition match stateside for the ROH fans. The first half of the match was one of the good guy getting beat up with 6-man moves, but this was just a prelude to the quick-as-lightening finish where big spots were popping let and right with near-falls galore. This was like a TLC match, but without Ladder’s and stuff.   ********************************************************************************   5. Kurt Angle Vs. The Undertaker (WWE– No Way Out – 2/19/06) - It was built up as a MMA “grappler” Vs. “striker” match and while imagining The Undertaker as a supreme-fighting-machine striker is pretty funny, the match exceeded ALL possible expectations for it. Undertaker was incredibly game here selling left and right and taking big bumps including a nasty looking top rope belly-to-belly torpedo driver that he almost died taking. And despite being a shadow of his former self, Angle is still awesome. Lots of counters and reversals here with Taker busting out his big moves and using a triangle-choke as a counter. Angle’s thirsty for blood as he works on the ankle and is going for the tap-out win like a rapid dog. (He even had a chance to retain by count-out but demanded the match to continue so he could submit the phenom) Whoever wins the match gets the Smackdown World title and a main event slot at Wrestlemania.   ********************************************************************************   4. Bryan Danielson Vs. Roderick Strong (ROH – Supercard of Honor - 3/31/06) – Bryan Danielson always put out great defenses for his title, but it seems like he’s always one step ahead of the other guy and is controlling the match even when he’s losing, ala Ric Flair. Roderick Strong however, comes off as the Anti-American Dragon and gives the true sense that he CAN beat him for the title. It’s simply a matter of time. Danielson’s pasty white skin has a hard time against Strong’s hella-nasty Flair-chops, which loosen fans teeth fillings as they reverberate shockwaves throughout the arena. Also all those goddamn backbreakers can’t be good for his lower lumbar region. Another long match that may bore some fans with its long mat work and wear-down sequences. But if you get into it, it’s an incredible back-and-forth contest with an exciting finale. At the end Danielson almost seems to be buying time to get to another 60:00 minute draw and retain his title.   ********************************************************************************   3. KENTA Vs. Naomichi Marufuji (NOAH – Autumn Navigation - 10/29/06) – A lot of people didn’t like this match and I think I’ve figured out why. NOAH fans are so accustomed to seeing big guys thump and chop each other around for the World title while the Jr. Heavyweights waste time in the mid-card. 2006 was supposed to be the year of KENTA, but surprisingly it was Marufuji who kicked ass all year long slowly gaining steam until upsetting Jun Akiyama for the GHC World Championship. His second defense was against his tag team partner KENTA. KENTA has history on his side as he scored a big win over Marufuji in their January match. Some nasty big moves like an Asai moonsault over the railing (nearly killing Marufuji) and a slingshot Doublestomp OVER the ropes ONTO THE CONCRETE!! Nasty stiff kicks and concussion-inducing suplexes also litter the 40 minute match. Luckily they both no-sell paralysis and keep on going, throwing everything at each other until both guys are exhausted. These two guys knew each other so well it seems they were thinking 2 or 3 moves ahead with all the counters and reversals. Although the Marufuji experiment only lasted a few month before Misawa won the title, it was a good test run for NOAH putting their Jr. guys on top, and this was the pristine match for perhaps the future of the promotion.   ********************************************************************************   2. Bryan Danielson Vs. Nigel McGuinness (ROH – Unified – 8/12/06) – Danielson is the ROH World Champion. Nigel McGuinness is the ROH Pure champion. This was a unification match where the winner would take both belts. The rules were modified so they MUST be a winner (No Count-out or Double DQ crap like that). Also the match is contested under “Pure rules”, meaning if you get in trouble and make the ropes the ref breaks up the move. Each wrestler only has 3 rope breaks though, so after that the ref can’t break the hold. Nigel has a huge home crowd advantage as the match takes place in Great Britain. McGuinness has been close to defeating the American Dragon in previous matches, and now that his Pure title is on the line he has more incentive to win. Could this be the night? Danielson’s beat them all but McGuinness has that “There's NO way I’m going to lose tonight” look in his eyes going into the match.   ********************************************************************************   Floyd’s 2006 MATCH OF THE YEAR:   Team ROH (Bryan Danielson, Samoa Joe, Adam Pearce, B.J. Whitmer & Ace Steel ) Vs. Team CZW (Necro Butcher, Chris Hero, Claudio Castagnoli, Nate Webb & Mystery partner)   (ROH – Death before Dishonor 4 – Cage of Death – 7/15/06)     - After lots of soul searching I still couldn’t find a reason why not. Yup. This is it. The best match of 2006 despite it being a garbage match filled with trashcans, barbed-wire and thumbtacks. All the 70’s mat masters are turning over in their graves right now. The ROH Vs. CZW feud of 2006 was incredible booked. It benefited both promotions giving fans a taste of each new talent and it helped elevate some mid-card guys (Adam Pearce, B.J. Whitmer, Nate Webb, etc…) Throughout the feud CZW seemed to have an edge, winning most of the matches or at least coming out ahead at the end, including out-brawling and winning the big 6-man fight at “The 100th Show” and performing the Passion of B.J. Whitmer at “Arena Warfare”. So this match was made to be the end-all finish for the feud. ROH had the home court advantage, but CZW had the advantage inside their original type of match……. The dreaded…. CAGE OF DEATH!!! The rules are the same as the Wargames, a huge ass cage where two guys from each team start out. After a while a coin is tossed and the winning teams sends in another wrestler for a 2-1 advantage. This continues until all the wrestlers are in the cage and then, and only then, can the match end by pinfall or submission.   The booking of this match was a thing of beauty. Get rid of all the plunder and trashcan shots and we have a great story unfolding that Shakespeare himself would’ve booked. I respect you bookerman! It’s a story of tragedy, betrayal, determination, heroes, villainy and ghetto forks. I don’t want to spoil too much of this match cause I want everyone to watch it, but it had more memorable moments than I can possible remember and despite getting wild at moments, was paced perfectly to tell the story and keep the crowd into it. The match was about 50 minutes long but I swear you don’t even notice it. Also I thought it was pretty cool some of the wrestlers had signature weapons they used in the match (MO’ COWBELL!). A couple of storylines managed to pop out of this too like the B.J. Whitmer/Necro Butcher match and what Cornette does afterwards. Props to all the wrestlers and people involved in the whole ROH Vs. CZW feud which kicked all kinds of ass and culminated in this outstanding Match of the Year for 2006.     .. And that's that! Sorry to TNA fans. I actually saw every PPV they had this year but didn't feel they had a match better than my #10 pick. Maybe I'll do a separate Top 10 TNA matches for 2006 list.

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My favourite match list

I'd been thinking about doing this for awhile but have never gotten around to doing it. Basically, I"ve always wanted to do a long list of matches where I'd rate them. I had a couple of problems though as I'd always forget matches that I've matched. The second problem is that I"m kind of eh on the star ranking system. I like it and I don't. So after thinking about it, I"ve decided to rate all matches on a personal enjoyment scale. All marks will be out of 10 and even those aren't definite either. A match may also have the same enjoyment rating as another match on here but that doesn't mean I felt the same about both matches. Some matches I may enjoy for their flow while others for their athetic feats and so on.   I have watched an awful lot of wrestling but don't expect every match to be on here. Like I said, I can't remember everything and there will be no match here listed that's under a 6/10. This is a celebration of all my favourite matches and not a place where I"m going to diss matches hence the word favourite.   Leave comments if you want.     Resident Evil's Favourite Matches Ever. Continually updated   1969   Antonio Inoki vs Chris Markoff, JWA 05/16/69 6.5/10 --- Really good spirited battle with the evil villan battling the classic face.       1981   DYNAMITE KID vs TIGER MASK 8.5/10 -- The best bridge of all time? Tiger Mask certainly makes a case for it here.   DYNAMITE KID vs KEITH HART STAMPEDE 8.1/10 -- Very short match but still awesome enough for a lot of enjoyment. Dynamite and Keith go at each other so hard that it would make Kobashi, Misawa and company wince. Dynamite flies off the top of the ringpost onto the floor. I"m not sure on what year this is.   1983   DYNAMITE KID vs TIGER MASK 4/21/83 10/10 -- The best of the series imo as it's easily the most emotional. A terrific ending that does give you a suitable conclusion to the seriesbut still leaves you with the biggest "what if" in wrestling history.   RICKY STEAMBOAT & JAY YOUNGBLOOD vs SGT SLAUGHTER & DON KERNODLE JCP 03/12/83, Cage Match 8/10 -- Very, very good cage match. I also really enjoyed the prematch contract signings.     1986       1987   RICKY STEAMBOAT vs MACHO MAN 1987 MAPLE LEAF GARDENS 9.1/10 -- Excellent match from Maple Leaf Gardens which I think occured in 1987.   HULK HOGAN vs ANDRE THE GIANT WRESTLEMANIA III 8.5/10 -- Awesome match between two legends. The bodyslam heard round the world.   RICKY STEAMBOAT vs MACHO MAN WRESTLEMANIA III 6.5/10 -- Two counts!         1988   RICKY STEAMBOAT vs RICK RUDE ROYAL RUMBLE 6/10 -- Good solid bout   1989   Rip Rogers vs Terry Taylor WCW 9.8/10 Im not sure of the date of this at all but it is one of my favourite matches of all time. I'm a mark for everything here. 2 undercard cards fighting a competitive match but yet there's still hierachary. (lease forgive the spelling of that word) Everything looks really rough with the lighting adding to the effect. This is something I always preffered over the non imposing lighting of the WWF at the time. And I love cheering for Rip Rogers! He should've been world champion.. I always wanted to see the Pillman matches from WCW.   BRIAN PILLMAN/BRUCE HART vs MIDNIGHT COWBOYS aka RIP ROGERS and STAMPEDE 1989 7.1/10 -- JIP big time but it's enough to show a really fun match. Pillman and Rogers both shine in this one with Pillman bringing some insane heigth (Pillman had already been having a lot of injury problems in Stampede) to his flying moves and Rogers working a smart match.   CACTUS JACK vs NORMAN THE LUNATIC aka MAKAHN SINGH aka a million other identities WCW 7.1/10 -- I've only seen limited Cactus Jack from his initial? run in WCW. Here he gets a lot of offense and proves that he can put a match together at this stage of his career. The very charasmatic Makahn Singh is always capable and proves here that he knows what he's doing too. He deserves much more than being remembered as Bastion Booger.   1990   STEINERS vs NASTY BOYS Halloween Havoc 90 9.2/10 -- 2 tough teams just go out there and obliberate each other. The Steiners just look like they're from another world here if you're just used to watching the WWF. This is the best Nasty Boys match I've ever seen. But it's just not stiffness here. The match is put together well.     1991   ULTIMATE WARRIOR vs MACHO MAN RANDY SAVAGE Career vs Career 9.9/10 -- This is one of the matches that really stirs me up emotionally. The ending with Savage just crawling out of the ring is epic. I don't know if the WWE will ever be able to top the angle afterwards which is helped tremendously by the match preceding it.   TED DIBIASE vs VIRGIL SUMMERSLAM 9.5/10 -- Very emotional. This was years in the making.     CACTUS JACK vs KENTA KOBASHI ALL JAPAN 6/10 -- The offense is what gets this match up here. Really good match energy on a fam cam. All Cactus Jack fans should make sure to check out the ending on this one.     1992   RICKY STEAMBOAT vs RICK RUDE BEACH BLAST IRONMAN 9.1/10 -- What a bout that managed to put both men over. The ending was especially great with Steamboat surviving an excellent sleeper spot by Rude and than getting the pinfall. Than Rude wrestles "face like" in a last bit high paced desperation effort to tie the hockey game up which is what this felt like at the end. Ending gets a lot of points for being unique and smart.   BRET HART vs RODDY PIPER WRESTLEMANIA VIII 8.9/10 -- Rare face vs face match at the time with some nice storytelling. I love the ringbell spot   BRIAN PILLMAN vs Z-MAN WRESTLEWAR 92 7.1/10 -- Nice match and a good atmosphere. I loved seeing the crowd have sustained heat for a match with the Z-Man since I always was a fan.   NIKITA KOLOFF/RICKY STEAMOBAT vs DR. DEATH STEVE WILLAMS/TERRY GORDY 6.2/10 -- For the most part, one of the most realistic matches I've ever seen. Dr. Death always has these awesome looking amatuer exchanges with his opponents wether it's with Steamboat, Koloff or Kawada.   Sting/Steamboat/Windham/Rhodes vs Rude/Arn/Eaton/Zbyszko, WCW Saturday Night 02/22/92 6/10 -- What I enjoyed about this is how well everyone had their roles down pat in this bout. There is no noticable weak link here in the ring. This brings me back to the days where I was an absolute WCW and New Japan fanatic.     1994   CHRIS BENOIT vs GREAT SASUKE JCUP 94 9.8/10   -- A different feel than the Lyger match earlier in the night and appropiately so. An epic way to end the tournament   JUSHIN LYGER vs GREAT SASUKE JCUP 94 9.8/10 -- This is one of my favourite puroresu matches and is their best match together by a long shot. Great underdog battle here with exciting action all the ways through. Looove the much talked about ending which actually adds to the match.   GREAT SASUKE vs EL SAMURAI JCUP 94 9/10 -- The ending sequence enthralls me especially with Sasuke's talking to the reff at the end which makes the match seem so competitive, real and important   Bret "The Hitman" Hart vs 1-2-3 Kid 07/11/94 9/10 -- Bret defends the title in a beautifully told story where the upstart 123 Kids attempts to take the title away from Bret.   MISAWA vs KAWADA 6/3/94 8.3/10 -- If you're reading this, odds are you know about this match!   1995   CHRIS BENOIT vs GEDO JCUP 95 9.8/10 -- To me the best match of the tournament. I looooved Gedo's selling here of the match he just want through. Gedo crawls through the tournament by the skin of his teeth by getting "lucky" each time. First against Caras and now against Benoit. Fluke move at the end, a controversial 3 count and every mark/smark is cursing Gedo upside down. I really liked Gedo in this tournament.   CARAS vs GEDO JCUP 95 9/10 -- Gedo heels it up and I love it. Always a mark for Caras' submission moves.   BRIAN PILLMAN vs JOHNNY B. BADD FALL BRAWL 95 9/10 -- Face vs face battle where Pillman turns eventually turns into a heel for the match. I love the match finish as it's a fav spot of mine but also how it perfectly into what they were doing   Bret Hart vs Hakushi Raw 7/1995 9/10 -- Memories, this was the match that reminded me of how awesome Bret Hart could be. I enjoyed it as much as the KId match. The spot that has forever stayed with me is Bret deciding he can fly too and does that awesome rope aissisted splash from the ring apron to the floor. Space Flying Tiger Drop!       2000   KOBASHI vs AKYIMA 12/2000 8.5/10 -- I enjoyed the long fought out battle here. Make sure to check out Kobashi's eye at the end of this. Ouch!     2004   SAMOA JOE vs CM PUNK III ROH 7/10 -- Really good match here and one of my favourites from ROH. The work around the sleeper was pretty cool.     2007   Chris Benoit vs MVP Backlash 8.7/10 -- It's hard to talk about any Benoit matches. This was a great match and I can't help but give any match that has the highspot of the flying splash only to be met by the knees a high mark   Chris Benoit vs MVP Judgement Day 9.3/10 -- My kind of match. The fans unfortunately didn't bite into it like they could have but still put together really well. It had a chance for me to be absolutely epic if it had gone on longer. Still a fitting end as this set up another rematch but unfortuanately they didn't get to finish the series.   Fit Finlay vs Ric Flair Smackdown 6/10 -- Really good little match and this makes it because I love how Flair gets revenge on Finlay for attacking his leg by doing what else? Attacking Finlay's leg! Good way to get the crowd into it. It also looks like Finlay has a new leg submission. Flair has improved since a few years ago but I still think he should retire for his own health.

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Part II Benot list

Benoit vs Flair 2/9/04 Raw   Benoit vs Michaels 2/16/04 Raw   Benoit vs Batista 2/23/04 Raw   Benoit/Micheals vs Orton/Batista 3/1/04 Raw   Benoit vs Matt Hardy 3/8/04 Raw   Benoit vs HHH vs Michaels 3/14/04 Wrestlemania XX   Benoit/Michaels vs Orton/Flair/Batista 3/15/04 Raw   Benoit vs Rhyno 3/22/04 Raw   Benoit/Michaels vs Flair/Batista 3/29/04 Raw   Benoit vs Rob Conway 4/5/04 Raw   Benoit/Michaels/Foley/Benjamin vs Flair/Batista/HHH/Orton 4/12/04 Raw   Benoit vs Michaels vs HHH 4/18/04 Backlash   Benoit/Edge vs Flair/Batista 4/19/04 Raw Tag title match   Benoit/Edge vs Flair/Batista 4/26/04 Raw   Benoit vs Michaels 5/3/04 Raw -- Showdown in the Desert -- this is an excellent match   Benoit vs Matt Morgan OVW 5/21/04   Benoit/Eugene vs Cade/Coach 5/24/04 Raw   Benoit/Edge vs La Resistance 5/31/04 Raw   Benoit/Edge vs La Resistance/Kane 6/7/04 Raw   Benoti vs Kane 6/13/04 Bad Blood   Benoit/Jericho/Edge vs Flari/Batista/Orton Elimination match 6/14/04 Raw   Benoit vs Kane 6/28/04 Raw -- Better than Bad Blood it's a shame more people don't talk about this. A definite overlooked match.   Benoit/Edge vs Flari/Eugene/HHH 7/5/04 Raw   Benoit vs HHH from Vengeance 7/11/04   Benoit vs Eugene 7/12/04 Raw   Benoit vs Batista 7/19/04 Raw   Benoit vs HHH Ironman 7/26/04 Raw   Benoit/Jericho/Edge vs Flair/Orton/Batista 8/2/04 Raw   Benoit vs HHH/ORton 8/9/04 Raw   Benoit vs Orton 8/15/04 Summerslam   Benoit vs Orton 8/16/04 Once again the Raw match in better than the PPV match. For whatever reasons Benoit is allowed to cut loose with his moveset here. Very intense, nice story, nice heat and a couple of real slick spots that play off of Summerslam   Benoit vs Tyson Tomko 8/29/04 Sunday Night Heat   Benoit/Regal/Tajiri/Rhyno vs Flair/Batista/La Resistance Raw 9/6/04 -- How many times can Benoit wrestle the same people?   Benoit/Regal vs Flair/Batista 9/12/04 Unforgiven   Benoit vs Conway 9/13/04 Raw   Benoit/Benjamin/Orton vs Flair/Batista/HHH 9/20/04 Raw   Benoit vs Rodney Mack 10/3/04 Sunday Night Heat 10/3/04 -- Benoit vs Batista 10/4/04 Raw   Benoit/Michaels/Edge vs HHH/Flair/Batista 10/11/04 Raw   Benoit vs Michaels vs Edge 10/18/04 Raw   Benoit/Edge vs La Resistance 10/19/04 Taboo Tuesday Tag title match Benoit and Edge win but Edge deserts Benoit mid match   Benoit/Edge vs La Resistance 11/1/04 Raw -- Resistance wins titles   Benoit vs Edge 11/8/04 -- Very good as the match does exactly what it should do   Benoit/Orton/Jericho/Maven vs Batista/HHH/Snitsky/Edge 11/14/04 Survivor Series   Benoit/Benjamin vs Edge/Christian 11/15/04 Raw   Benoit vs Edge Steel Cage 11/22/04 Raw -- Brutal   Benoit in Battle Royal 11/29/04 Raw   Benoit vs Edge vs HHH 11/29/04 Raw -- Benoit looks really great here   Benoit/Jericho vs Batista/HHH 12/6/04 Raw   Benoit/Jericho vs Batista/HHH 12/13/04 Raw   Benoit vs Viscera 12/27/04 Raw         Benoit vs Batista 1/3/05 Raw -- Their best match together   Benoit vs Edge vs Jericho vs Orton vs Batista vs HHH 1/9/05 New Year's Revolution   Benoit/Jericho vs Christian/Tomko 1/10/05 Raw   Benoit vs Jericho 1/17/05 Raw   Benoit/Jericho/Michaels vs Christian/Edge/Tomko 1/24/05 Raw   Benoit in Royal Rumble 1/30/05   Benoit/Jericho vs La Resistance 1/31/05 Raw   Benoit vs MVP 4/21/07 Vienna Handheld   Benoit vs MVP 5/5/07 Handheld

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Benoit List as of May 2007

This is a match list for every Benoit match that you can possably see. It's not a matchlist of every single match he's ever wrestled but rather every match I know of that at one time or another has existed on video tape.     There are going to be mistakes and there are no doubt going to be omissions. If someone wants to correct something feel free to do so and if someone knows about the existence of more matches feel free to speak up. The search for new Benoit matches never ends.   Also, If you have any questions or want to comment about any of the matches go right on ahead.     There are about 7 or 8 Benoit matches that I've heard of but don't know enough about their existence so I didn't put them down. I'm also not familiar with the complete run of New Japan Classics so of course not everything's going to be complete but the list will still be fairly complete.   Stampede dates are in most cases the "arena" dates and not the televison dates. Their matches were shown on more than one channel and as a result you can find different amounts of footage for each match. TSN is the channel that showed the most footage and is the channel Stampede should be watched from   New Japan dates tend to be the arena dates.   WCW matches tend to be the television dates.   ECW matches tend to be the television dates.     Spolers are in this thread because I have made brief comments about some of the matches so beware.   Part 1       Benoit/Patterson vs Moffat/Hammer 11/29/85   Benoit/Patterson vs Assasin/Terminator 12/6/85   Benoit/Cobra vs Moffat/Assasin   Benoit in Battle Royal 12/27/85   Benoit/Bad News Allan vs Singh/Brown 1/3/86   Benoit vs Mephisto JIP Very Early 1986 -- Mephisto is Kawada. Good match.   Benoit/Basserb vs Ron Starr/Honkey Tonk Man 2/28/86 Very good. Honkey uses some shoot style like submissions!!   Benoit/Basserb vs Disalvo Handicap Match 2/14/86   Benoit vs Gama 1/3/86   Benoit/Richie vs Gama/Singh 12/27/85   Benoit/K.Hart vs Honkeytonkman/Cuban Assasin 5/9/86   Benoit/K.Hart vs Scott/Foley 5/16/86   Benoit/Keith Hart vs Kerry Brown & Duke Myres 5/30/86   Benoit/Keith Hart vs Kerry Brown & Duke Myres 6/6/86   Benoit vs Cuban Assasin 12/26/86   Benoit/Hashimoto vs. Sano & Goto 2/5/87   Benoit vs Viet Cong Express #1 3/27/87 Lots of fun. Would look right in place in New Japan.   Benoit/Jeff Wheeler vs Kerry Brown/Duke Myers 4/3/87   Benoit/Hashimoto vs. Chono & Goto 5/14/87   Benoit vs Masa Chono 5/25/87   Benoit vs Funaki 6/9/87   Benoit vs Wellington Stampede 8/14/87   Benoit vs Gama 8/21/87 Benoit backdrops Gama over the top rope   Benoit vs Gama 8/28/97 No DQ title match   Benoit vs Gama 9/4/87 Lumberjack match,   Benoit/Pillman/B.Hart vs Gama/Zodiac/Jason 9/11/87   Benoit/Pillman/B.Hart vs Singh/Zodiac/Jason 9/18/87   Benoit vs M. Singh 9/25/87 KC Houston interferss   Benoit/Wellington vs M. Singh/Jerry Morrow 10/2/87   Benoit/Johnny Smith vs Viet Cong #2/Goldie Rogers 10/9/87   Benoit vs Zodiac 10/16/87   Benoit/Owen vs Jason/Zodiac 10/23/87 -- One of Benoit's top matches in Stampede   Benoit vs Jason 10/30/87   Did some Japan here   Benoit vs Takada!! 11/16/87   Benoit/Holiday vs Singh/Portz 12/25/87   Benoit vs Gama 1/1/88 -- Non title   Benoit vs Gama 1/8/88 -- TItle match   Benoit vs Gama 1/15/88 -- Gama wins by "botched" German   Benoit/Jason vs M. Singh/Rogers 1/22/88   Benoit vs Rip Rogers 1/29/88   Benoit vs Rip Rogers 2/5/88 Smith interferes   Benoit/Smith vs Rip/Brown 2/12/88   Benoit/Smith vs Rip/Brown 2/19/88 Smith "injures" leg   Benoit/Smith vs Rip/Brown 2/26/88 Smith turns   Benoit vs Morrow 3/4/88   Benoit vs Gama 3/11/88   Benoit vs Gama 3/18/88 Title win!   Benoit vs Gama 3/25/88   Benoit vs Assasin 4/1/88   Benoit vs Goldie Rogers 4/8/88   Benoit vs Yang Chung 4/15/88   Benoit vs Yang Chung 4/22/88 -- The Benoit vs Yang Chung matches are very good and even more fun   Benoit vs Rogers 4/29/88 Benoit uses the sunset flip off of top rope   Benoit/Thatcher vs Commandoes 5/6/88   Benoit/Wellington vs Commandoes 5/13/88   Benoit vs Kenny Johnson 5/20/88   Benoit vs Smith 5/27/88 -- Their first match with an ending similar to Benoit vs Jericho from Summerslam   Benoit vs Smith 6/3/88 -- Maybe their best match together. Superb heel domination period by Smith in this. There are two terrific knee shots to the stomach off of an Irish whip here which are the best I've ever seen for that manuever.   Benoit vs Smith 6/10/88 -- M. Singh interferes   Benoit vs Smith English Rounds 6/17/88 --   Benoit vs Smith English Rounds 6/24/88 -- Weasel interference. Arguably their best match. The ending is truly memoarable.   "did not" wrestle 7/2/88   "did not" wrestle 7/9/88   Benoit vs Smith 7/16/88 -- Same match that is on the New Japan Calgary DVD   Benoit vs Gama 7/22/88 Good match   Benoit/Wellington vs Smith/Gama 7/30/88   Benoit/Hart/Pillman vs Smith/Gama/Singh 8/5/88   Benoit vs Assasin 8/12/88   Benoit/Idol vs Commandoes 8/19/88 -- The Benoit Idol vs Commadnoes series is perhaps the highlight of Benoit's stay in Stampede. The wrestling, the Benoit/Idol storyline and the interviews are so much fun. The Commandoes are Jerry Morrow and the "Canadian" Cuban Assasin   Benoit/Idol vs Commandoes 8/25/88 -- Idol is a very good wrestler.   Benoit/Idol vs Commandoes 9/2/88   Benoit/Idol vs Commandoes 9/9/88   Benoit/Idol vs Commandoes Texas Tornado match 9/16/88   Benoit vs Assasin 9/23/88   9/30/88 -- Apparantly The show of older bouts with Dynamite Kid, Bret and Davey   Benoit/Idol vs Commandoes 10/7/88   Benoit/Idol vs Akam/Gama 10/14/88   Benoit/Idol vs Rip/Goldie 10/21/88   Benoit/Idol vs Commandoes 10/28/88   Benoit vs Idol 11/4/88   Benoit/Wellington/Hart vs Smith/Commandoes 11/11/88 -- A ring a ding dong dandy!   Benoit/B.Hart vs Commandoes 11/18/88   Benoit/B.Hart vs Commandoes 11/25/88 No DQ match   Benoit vs Wellington 12/2/88   Benoit vs Rip Rogers 12/9/88   Benoit vs V. Singh 12/16/88 -- Singh is Gary Albright   Battle Royal Benoit/Johnny Smith/Davey Boy/Dynamite Kid and M. Singh are among the participants 12/23/88   Benoit vs Smith 12/30/88 -- JIP which is too bad because the beginnings of the Benoit and Smith matches are always so fun to watch. You can tell Benoit and Johnny Smith were really feeling it that night and the result is a superb match.   Benoit vs Smith 1/6/89 JIP -- One of the Alberta channels has an awesome earlier exchange that TSN doesn't show. However, TSN still shows more footage.   Benoit vs Smith 1/13/89 -- English Death match Only very brief highlights and footage of this are shown because it got too brutal. Highlights are different depending on what channel you watch. This looked very promising.   Benoit vs Gama 1/20/89 -- Gama uses knuckledusters   Benoit vs Gama 1/27/89   Benoit vs Gama 2/3/89 nice pinning sequences at end. You can tell that Benoit was pumped that Dynamite was back in the territory.   Benoit/Wellington vs Smith/Gama 2/10/89   Benoit/Wellington vs Gama/Goldie 2/17/89   Benoit vs Kim Shau 2/24/89   Benoit vs Larry Cameron 3/3/89 Bulldog Bob interferes, Afterwards Dynamite almost does a retirement speech and gives his boots to Ed Whalen to give to Benoit. Dynamite calls Benoit the wrester of the 90s.   Benoit/Davey/Pillman/Richie vs M.Singh/Gama/Albright/Cameron 3/10/89 Big Skip   Benoit vs Goldie Rogers 3/17/89   Benoit/Wellington vs Singhs 3/24/89   Benoit/Wellington vs Singhs Bulldog Bob Brown is reff 3/31/89   Benoit vs Bulldog Bob Brown 4/7/89; may not have been the only match that night   ????   ????   Benoit/Wellington vs Smith/Hara 4/28/89   Benoit/Wellington vs Commandoes 5/5/89   Benoit vs Cameron 5/12/89 Ron Starr Interferes   Benoit vs Cameron 5/19/89 Starr interferes   Benoit/Wellington vs Cameron/Angel of Death 5/26/89   Benoit/Wellington vs Cameron/Angel of Death 6/2/89 -- Tv Date is 6/19/89   Benoit/Wellington vs Bulldog Bob/Kerry Brown 6/9/89   Benoit vs Smith 6/16/89 -- Tv Date is 7/3/89   ????? This might be Benoit vs Kerry Brown 6/23/89 or Benoit/Davey/Rice vs Cameron/Browns 6/23/89 Apparantly Benoit wrestled twice that day   Benoit/Johnson vs Dynamite Kid/Smith 6/30/89 Dynamite bumps like a freak for Benoit despite being crippled in their short exchange including taking a hit on to the cement. I have only seen the short version of this so I'm not sure what Benoit and Dynamite did earlier on in the match. I suspect there's a longer version of this on TSN. Edit -- And indeed there is!   Benoit vs Kerry Brown 7/7/89   Benoit vs Cameron 7/14/89   ????? There is a Benoit vs Cameron 7/18/89   Benoit vs Gama 7/28/89   Benoit vs Gama 8/4/89   Benoit vs Gama 8/11/89   Benoit vs Gama 8/18/89   Benoit vs Holiday 8/25/89   Benoit vs Sumo Hara 9/1/89   Benoit vs Holiday 9/8/89   Benoit vs Holiday 9/15/89   ?? 9/22/89   ?? 9/29/89   10/6/89 -- Benoit is not on card, Tv date is 10/23/89     10/13/89 -- Benoit is not on card, Tv date is 10/30/89   10/20/89 -- Benoit is not on card, Tv date is 11/6/89   Benoit/Wellington vs Goldie Rogers/Mason 10/27/89 -- Tv date is 11/13/89   Benoit/Wellington vs Anderson/Mason 11/3/89 -- Tv date is 11/20/89   Benoit/Wellington vs Zhivago/Anderson 11/10/89 -- Tv date is 11/27/89 -   Benoit/Wellington vs Blackhearts 11/17/89 -- Tv date is 12/4/89   Benoit/Wellington vs Blackhearts 11/24/89 -- Tv date is 12/11/89   Benoit/Sano vs Lyger/Nogami New Japan 2/10/90 -- Benoit's first match back in New Japan   Benoit/Cheetah Kid vs Lyger/Iizuka 3/2/90   Benoit vs Lyger New Japan 3/19/90   Benoit/Sano vs Lyger/liuka 3/22/90   Benoit/Wellington vs Liger/lizuka 6/24/90   Benoit vs Owen Hart New Japan 6/26/90   Benoit/Williams vs Bigelow/Owen Hart 6/30/90   Benoit vs Lyger June or July 90 Local Tv   Benoit/Wellington vs Hase/Sasaki June or July 90 Local Tv   Benoit/Williams vs Muto/Chono 7/3/90 HH   Benoit/Rheingans vs Chono/Sasaki 7/5/90 TV   Benoit/Williams vs Muto Chono 7/5/90 HH   Benoit vs Hiro Saito Limited Footage shown -- 7/6/90   Benoit vs Wellingotn 7/22/90 HH Sapparo Japan   Benoit vs Iizuka 7/23/90   Benoit/Sasaki/Iizuka vs Kid??/Brad Armstrong/???? ?? Not sure who was in this match   Benoit/Kido vs-kid/Armstrong 7/25/90   Benoit/Gotoh/Strong Machine vs Lyger/Sasaki/Koyabashi 8/18/90 Tv date?   Benoit vs Lyger New Japan 8/19/90   Benoit/Hiro Saito vs Lyger/Lizuka 9/7/90 HH   Benoit/Strong Machine vs Hase/Sasaki 9/8/90 HH   Benoit/Villano V vs Owen Hart/Lyger New Japan 10/11 /90 HH   Benoit/Saito vs Lyger/Lizuka -- shown on Classics -- 10/19/90   Benoit vs Osamu Matsuda New Japan 10/31/90 -- Handheld   Benoit vs Lyger 11/1/90 New Japan Junior Heavy Title Match   NOTE -- The next 4 matches are from Vienna in early 1991 on handheld   Benoit vs Johnny Smith   Benoit vs Colonel Brody -- Real good little match. In a cool looking spot Benoit uses the Colonel's extra large mustaches against him   Benoit/Tony St. Clair vs Finlay/Johnny Smith -- This is a terrific match but unfortunately it doesn't last as long as you would hope for.   Benoit vs Cowboy Cruz   NOTE -- The next match is sometime from 1991   Benoit vs Peterson -- Handheld from Bremen   Benoit vs. Finley 2/5/91   Benoit/Finlay/Demolition Axe vs H. Saito/Hase/Sasaki 2/8/91 HH   Benoit/TJ Shin/Kurisu vs Fujinami/liger/B Cat 2/9/91   Benoit/SS machine/Bam Bam Bigelow/ vs Chono/Koshinaka/Lyger 2/11/91   **Benoit/Norton vs Choshu/Saito HH 2/12/91   Benoit/Kurisu/Tiger Jeet Singh vs Fujinami/Koshinaka/Aoyagi 2/14/91 New Japan   **Benoit in tag match from Classics 428 2/16/91   Benoit vs Villano III 3/3/91 UWA Mexico -- Benoit wins WWF title   Benoit vs Honaga HH 4/15/91   Benoit vs Owen Hart 4/18/91 -- Handheld   Benoit vs Casas HH 4/28/91   Benoit vs Honaga 4/30/91 from Classics 445   Benoit/Machine vs Lyger/Muto New Japan 5/27/91 HH   Benoit/Bigelow vs Choshu/Osamu Kido New Japan 5/28/91 HH   Benoit/Miguel Perez Jr. vs Lyger/Koshinaka 5/30/91 HH   Benoit/Strong Machine vs Hase/Sasaki New Japan 6/20/91 New Japan   Benoit/Honaga/Gotoh vs Kobayashi/Koshinaka/Lyger 6/26/91 New Japan   Benoit vs Lyger Mask vs Mask 7/4/91 New Japan   Benoit vs Franz Schumann CWA Handheld 8/91   Benoit vs Finlay CWA Handheld 8/91   Benoit/Norton vs Chono/Saito 9/10/91 HH   Benoit/Armstrong vs Strong Machine/Saito 9/12/91 from Classics 472   Benoit/Brad Armstrong/F Anderson/Machine vs Kobayashi/Akira Nokami/ Yamamoto/Kido   Benoit vs Black Cat 9/21/91 HH   Benoit/H. Saito vs Sahiroshi/Akira Nokami 9/22/91   Benoit/Armstrong/Kokina/Fatu vs Kimura/Kido/Koshinaka/Black Cat 9/23/91   Benoit/Scott Norton vs Nogami/? 10/5/91   Benoit/Scott Norton vs Nogami/? 10/8/91   Benoit/Saito/Norton vs. Choshu/Saito/Nogami 10/10/91   Benoit/Samu/Kokina vs. Choshu/Hashimoto/Nogami 10/12/91   Benoit/Vader vs. Nogami/Chono 10/13/91   Benoit/Samu/Kokina vs Hiro Hase/Keiji Muto/Akira Nogami   Benoit vs Lyger 10/18/91 -- I believe this was the match shown on WCW TV   Benoit vs Villano III UWA Mexico Mask vs Mask 11/3/91   Benoit vs Colonel Brody -- Sometime in 1992 shown on Eurosport   Benoit/Villano III/Dos Caros vs Rambo/Killer/Fishman From UWA sometime in 1992   Benoit vs Villano III UWA 1/26/92   Benoit/Scorpio vs Lyger/Nogami 2/4/92 from CLassics 486   Benoit/Brad Armstrong vs Hashimoto/Nogami 2/8/92 from Classics 488   Benoit vs Lyger New Japan 2/10/92 -- Match where Lyger's ribs are hurt. One of their best matches together   Benoit/Scorpio vs Lyger/Nogami 2/16/92 -- Classics 492   Benoit vs Scorpio 4/16/92 HH -- Benoit is fantastic here   Benoit/Eddie Guerrero vs Nogami/lizuka 4/18/92 HH   Benoit/Casas vs Chono/Nogami 4/19/92 HH   Benoit vs Casas 4/21/92 From Classics 508   Benoit vs Lyger 4/23/92 HH   Benoit/Lyger vs-Iizuka/Nogami 4/24/92   Benoit vs Honaga 4/26/92 NJPW TV On Classics 510   Benoit/Finlay vs Eddie/Casas 4/30/92 HH -- Fantastic unknown match   Liger/Pegasus vs. Samurai/Negro Casas 5/1/92 -- On episode 516 on New Japan Classics -- Very cool match with some spots that help it stand out from the pack   Benoit vs Kanemoto New Japan Challenger Soldier 5/17/92 -- Kanemoto is underneath the Tiger Mask gimmick!   Benoit/Iizuka vsSamurai/Kanamoto 5/21/92   Benoit/Armstrong/Halme vs. Saito/Goto/S.S. Machine 5/25/92   Benoit/Samurai vs Koshinaka/Kobayashi 5/28/92   Benoit/Lyger vs Tony St. Clair/F Anderson 5/29/92   Benoit/Iizuka vs Lyger/Kanamoto 6/1/92   Benoit/Lyger vs Samurai/Tiger Mask 6/2/92   Benoit/Lyger/Kido vs-SS machine/Goto/H Saito 6/20/92   Benoit/Kurisu vs Kido/Kanamoto 6/21/92   Benoit/Wellington vs Lyger/Pillman WCW Clash of the Champions 6/22/92   Benoit vs Super Strong Machine NJPW Classics 6/26/92   Benoit vs El Samurai 7/1/92 JIP on NJPW TV   Benoit/Neidhart vs Lyger/Fujinami 8/6/92 -- Benoit and Neidhart do Hart Foundation moves!!!!   Benoit vs Lyger 8/12/92   Benoit vs El Samurai NJPW 8/15/92 -- Limited footage is shown on the New Japan junior history tape series; also shown on NJPW Classics 536   Benoit vs Villano IV UWA 9/26/92 for the WWF lightheavyweight title -- Reccomended match   Benoit/Villano III/Enrique Vera vs Miguel Perez Jr./Dr. Wagner Jr./El Loco Zandokan UWA 10/3/92   Benoit/Malenko vs Kanemoto/Kojima 10/9/92   Benoit/Lyger vs H. Saito/Honaga 10/18/92   Benoit/Malenko vs Kanemoto/Kojima HH 10/29/92   Chris Benoit/Dean Malenko vs Jushin Liger/Takayuki Iizuka -- From New Japan Battlezone Space II 11/23/92   Benoit/Malenko/H.Saito/Honaga vs Lyger/Samurai/Hoshino/Kanemoto   Benoit vs Brad Armstrong 1/13/93 -- Clash of the Champions   Benoit vs Bagwell 1/16/93 WCWSN   Benoit vs Scorpio 1/23/93 HH   Benoit vs Johnny Rich 1/23/93 WCWSN   Benoit vs Tom Zenk 1/30/93 WCWSN   Benoit vs Joey Maggs 1/31/93 Worldwide   Benoit vs Itallion Stallion 2/7/93 WCW Main Event   Benoit vs 2 Cold Scorpio 2/21/93 WCW Superbrawl   Benoit vs Lyger AWF Handheld 2/26/93 Excellent match   Benoit vs Johnny B. Badd Tv Title tourney Match 2/28/93 WCW Main Event   Benoit/Malenko vs Lyger/Samurai New Japan 3/9/93   Benoit/Malenko vs Nogami/lizuka 3/20/93   Benoit/Malenko vs Lyger/Samurai 3/23/93 -- New Japan Hyperbattle (New Japan vs WAR) 3/23/93 Tokyo. They actually had two matches in March 93 which can be confusing.   Benoit vs Dean Malenko AWF Handheld 4/3/93 -- Malenko decides to have some fun and turns from face into heel at the beginning of the match. Fanstasic heeling by Malenko   Benoit vs Lyger AWF Handheld 4/4/93 Excellent match   Benoit/Eaton vs Zenk/Gunn 4/20/93 WCWSN   Benoit/Eaton vs Joey Maggs/Mike Winner 5/2/93 WCW Worldwide   Benoit vs Regal 5/8/93 HH   Benoit/Eaton vs Coles 5/22?/93 WCW Power Hour   Benoit/Bobby Eaton vs Scorpio/Bagwell Slamboree 5/23/93   Benoit vs Orihara 5/26/93 Clipped   Benoit vs Malenko 5/28/93   Benoit vs Ohtani 5/29/93   **Benoit vs Scorpio Classics 576 6/5/93   Benoit/Honaga vs Lyger/Ohtani 6/6/93   Benoit vs Lightning Kid 6/8/93 Clipped   Benoit vs Yuji Nagata 6/9/93   Benoit vs Finlay 6/10/93   Benoit/Scorpio vs Black Cat/Nakanishi 6/11/93   Benoit vs Eddie Guerrero 6/12/93   Benoit vs El Samurai 6/14/93 BOSJ FInal   Benoit/El Samurai vs Ultimo Dragon/Dean Malenko 6/15/93   Benoit/Eaton vs Coles 7/24/93 WCWSN   Benoit/Eaton vs Flair/Anderson 7/25/93 WCW Main Event   Benoit vs Tiger Mask #3 8/3/93 New Japan   Benoit/Eaton vs Slashinger/Shanghai Pearce 8/7/93 WCWSN   Benoit vs Lyger IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title match 8/8/93 -- TV date is 8/21/93   Benoit vs Erik Watts WCW HH 8/15/93   Benoit vs Erik Watts WCW HH 8/17/93   Benoit/Eaton vs Nasty Boys 8/22/93 WCW Worldwide   NOTE: There is a Benoit/Eaton vs Pillman/Whindam match that was shown on the international version of Worldwide in the UK. I do not know the date   Benoit/Eaton vs Sting/Davey 8/29/93 WCW Worldwide   Benoit/Eaton vs Thunder and Lightning 8/29/93 WCW Main Event   Benoit/Orndorff vs Sting/Rhodes 9/25?/93 WCW Power Hour   Benoit/Lyger vs Chono/Hashimoto 10/15/93 Tag Tourney   Benoit/Lyger vs Norton/Hercules 10/19/93   Benoit/Lyger vs Muto/Hase 11/1/93   Benoit/Lyger vs. Takayuki Iizuka/Akira Nogami 11/4/1993   Benoit/Max Moon/Scorpio Jr. vs Liger/Takayuki Iizuka/Akira Nogami 1/30/1994   Benoit vs Ohtani 2/16/94 HH New Japan   Benoit/Max Moon vs Ohtani/Samurai -- Limited footage shown on Fighting Spirit 94 tape; 2/17/94. This is also available on Classics   Benoit vs Sabu Handheld 2/19/94 -- 2 different handhelds exist of this. THe Benoit vs Sabu matches matches are a great example of the quality of worker Benoit was.   Benoit vs Lawler NWA Handheld 3/26/94   Benoit/Lyger vs Steiners 4/4/94; Tv date is 4/16/94   Benoit vs Black Tiger 4/16/94 J Cup   Benoit vs Gedo 4/16/94 J Cup   Benoit vs Sasuke 4/16/94 J Cup   Benoit vs Terry Funk -- handheld from the NWA 4/23/94   Benoit vs Ohtani BOSJ tourney 5/26/94 Awesome match, a show of complete unselfishness   Benoit vs Ishizawa 5/28/94 Clipped   Benoit vs Finlay 5/30/94 Clipped   Benoit vs Malenko 6/1/94 HH -- Better than their 93 BOSJ match. Terrific counters.   Benoit vs Black Tiger 6/6/94 Clipped but a good portion shown   Benoit vs Delphin 6/8/94 -- New Japan Classics #656   Benoit/Malenko/Black Tiger vs Samurai/Ohtani/Ishizawa 6/13/94   Benoit/Black Tiger vs Dean Malenko/Brad Armstrong NJPW Classics 6/15/94   Benoit/El Vampiro/El Rayo de Jalisco vs Negro Casas/ManaNegra/Pierroth Jr. 7/8/94 Tv date is 7/24/94   Benoit/El Vampiro/El Rayo de Jalisco vs Silver King/El Texano/El Dandy 7/8/94 Tv date is 7/24/94   Benoit/Atlantis/El Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs Pierroth Jr./Bestia Salvaje/Emilio Charles Jr. 7/15/94 Tv date is 7/31/94   Benoit/El Vampiro vs Pierroth Jr/Emilio Charles Jr. 7/22/94 Tv date us 8/6/94   Benoit/El Vampiro vs Silver King/El Texano 7/29/94 Tv date is 8/13/94   Benoit vs Sabu Handheld 8/5/94 -- Match where Beniot does the suicide dive into a steel chair   Benoit vs Al Snow NWA handheld 8/7/94 -- If I could quote deathvalleydriver this match is a million billion stars. Benoit and Snow wrestle their hearts out in front of hardly anyone. Different than their famous ECW counter as Snow is more on Benoit's level kayfabe wise here. Definite reccomendation.   Benoit vs Scorpio 8/27/94 NWA Heavyweight Tournament -- Only shown in highlighted form   Benoit vs Chad Austin ECW 8/28/94   Benoit vs Nishimura ECW 8/28/94   Benoit/Norton vs Power Warrior/Hawk 9/19/94 New Japan   Benoit/Chono vs Nogami/lizuka 9/20/94 New Japan HH   Benoit/Chono vs Nogami/Fujinami NJPW 9/22/94 -- Very little footage shown on New Japan Maso Chono Premium Issue tape   Benoit/Norton vs Steiners 9/23/94 -- Very good to great match.   Benoit/Muto vs Lyger/Choshu 9/24/94 -- Lyger screws his ankle up   Benoit/Steiners vs Hase/Choshu/Fujinami 9/26/94 HH   Benoit vs Eddie Guerrero 9/27/94 1 night Junior Tournament   Benoit vs Honaga 9/27/94 Finals and maybe the most overlooked Benoit match ever   Benoit vs Ricky Moore ECW ?????   Benoit/Ohtani vs Sasuke/Black Tiger 10/9/94 -- Excellent match   Chris Benoit/Shinjiro Otani vs Dean Malenko/Tokimitsu Ishizawa 10/18/94   Benoit/Ohtani vs Sasuke/Black Tiger 10/18/94 -- Excellent match   Benoit vs Ray Oddesy ECW 10/18/94   Benoit vs Tazz ECW Time limit draw 10/25/94   Benoit vs Sabu "10/25/94" TV???? On one of the TV shows they show highlights of a Benoit vs Sabu match where Benoit attacks Sabu's broken ribs and the match is called off. The same ribs that were injured shortly before in the Mick Foley vs Sabu match where Sabu moonsaults the guardrail.   Benoit vs Sabu Broken Neck match ECW 11/5/94   Benoit vs 2 Cold Scorpio -- ECW HH 11/5/94 -- This occured after the Sabu broken neck incident.   Benoit/Santana/Scorpio vs Estrada/Blue Panther/La Parka WWC 11/6/94 - Benoit and Panther tear it up-   Benoit/Atlantis/El Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs Pierroth Jr./Bestia salvaje/Emilio Charles Jr. 11/7/94 TV   Benoit vs Scorpio; handheld match with the brick wall 11/9/94   Benoit/Black Tiger/Hamada/Cat vs Aguayo/Sagrada/Santo/Mexicano Clipped on New Japan Commercial tape 11/21/94     Benoit vs Honaga 11/25/94 End shown on Junior History Tape   Benoit/Norton vs Steiners 12/11/94   Benoit/Ohtani vs Scorpio/Samurai 12/12/94 HH   Benoit/Samurai/Scorpio vs Black Tiger/Saito/Hamada 12/13/94 HH   Benoit vs Hack Myers 12/27/94 TV   Benoit vs Scorpio ECW 1/24/95 Tv Date -- Scorpio hits a Pele kick and goes low blow crazy against Benoit   Benoit vs Tazz Handheld ECW from Flagstaff 2/3/95   Benoit vs Al Snow ECW Double Tabes 2/4/95   Benoit/Malenko vs Sabu/Taz ECW Return of the Funker 2/25/95 -- Very fun match   Benoit/Ohtani vs Kanemoto/Black Tiger NJPW 3/7/95 -- The finish here plays a role in the upcoming championship bout between Benoit and Kanemoto. Benoit cuts a promo after the match is over!   Benoit vs Kanemoto -- 3/13/95 Benoit has one of his best preformances here   Benoit/Eddie vs Honaga/Hamada 3/19/95   Benoit/Malenko vs Tazz/Rick Steiner vs Public Enemy 4/8/95 ECW   Benoit/Ohtani vs El Gran Hamada/Kanemoto 4/13/95; Tv date is 4/22/95   Benoit/Norton vs Steiners NJPW Battlewonderland 4/23/95   Benoit vs Hase from North Korea 4/28/95   Benoit vs Scorpio from North Korea 4/29/95   Benoit vs Scorpio Fukuoka Dome 5/3/95   Benoit/Malenko vs Whipwreck/Smiley 5/19/95 Clipped   Benoit vs Ohtani 6/25/95 BOSJ Tourney   Benoit vs Black Tiger 7/4/95 -- "Unknown" classic between the two. From NJ Tokon V Special VOL. 28 Best of the Super Jr. II Commercial Tape   Benoit vs Samurai 7/7/95 -- Fantastic match which is one of Benoit's best that doesn't follow the typical formula of a New Japan junior match. Benoit is a machine in this   Benoit vs Black Tiger 7/13/95 -- One of their best   Benoit vs Ohtani 7/13/95 BOSJ   Benoit/Hamada vs Sabu/Black Cat Handheld 7/31/95   Benoit/Scorpio vs Steiners 8/26/95 ECW -- Arena date, match is clipped   Benoit vs Regal NJPW 9/23/95   Benoit vs Kanemoto 9/25/95 IWGP juniorheavyweight title fight -- Beautiful match and one of Benoit's best preformances   Benoit vs Eddie Guerrero WCW Nitro 10/16/95 WCW Redebut match   Benoit/Malenko vs Eddie/Guerrero/J.L. Nitro 10/23/95   Benoit vs Mark Starr Pro 10/28/95 -- Good stuff   Benoit vs Alex Wright WCWSN 10/28/95 -- Very good bout   Benoit/Malenko vs Blue Bloods Havoc Night 10/29/95   Benoit vs Eddie Guerrero Nitro 11/6/95   Benoit vs Scott D'amore 11/11 or 10/21 Worldwide presumably   Benoit vs Sasaki Nitro 11/13/95 -- Energetic sprint   Benoit vs Vern Henderson Pro 11/18/95   Benoit vs Eddie Guerrero WCWSN 11/18/95 -- Classic match. Benoit and Eddie's best against each other in WCW   Benoit vs Otis Apollo Worldwide 11/19/95   Benoit vs Eddie Guerrero WCWSN 11/25/95 -- Rematch from the previous week's classic bout   Benoit vs Sasaki World War 3 11/26/95   Benoit vs Quatermain Pro 12/2/95   Benoit/Pillman vs Caasanova/Lancaster WCWSN 12/9/95   Benoit vs Black Bart Worldwide 12/10/95   Benoit/Malenko vs Sabu/Hiro Saito NJPW 12/11/95   Benoit vs Jericho War 12/13/95   Benoit vs Gedo War 12/13/95   Benoit vs Rad Radford Stu Hart Tribute Show 12/15/95, There are two versions of this   Benoit vs Regal Pro 12/16/95 -- Benoit and Regal baby   Benoit vs Lyger Starrcade 12/27/95   Benoit vs Regal Nitro 1/1/96   Benoit/Flair/Anderson/Pillman vs Kanyon/Starr/Lancanster/Maggs Pro 1/6/96   Benoit vs Alex Wright Nitro 1/8/96 -- Great   Benoit/Pillman vs Sawyer/Quatermain Pro 1/13/96   Benoit vs Eddie Guerrero 1/14/96 Worldwide and the Prime, Prime may be 1/21/96 -- The Worldwide version shows more footage. Reccomended match.   Benoit/Pillman vs Harlem Heat Main Event 1/14/96   Benoit vs Eddie Guerrero WCWSN 1/20/96   Benoit/Pillman vs Scott/Steve Armstrong Worldwide 1/21/96 -- Really good   Benoit vs Becker Pro 2/3/96   Benoit vs Macho Man WCWSN 2/10/96 -- FOR TITLE, Flair and Arn interfere   Benoit/Pillman vs Bario Brothers Worldwide 2/11/96   Benoit vs Joey Maggs WCWSN 2/17/96   Benoit vs Johnny B. Badd WCWSN 2/24/96   Benoit vs Eddie Guerrero WCWSN 3/2/96   Benoit/Pillman vs Pat Tanaka/Collins Worldwide 3/3/96   Benoit vs Eddie Guerrero WCWSN 3/9/96   Benoit/Ishizawa vs Lyger/El Samurai NJPW Classics 3/9/96   Benoit/Norton vs Lyger/Hashimoto New Japan 3/13/96; tv date is 3/23/96   Benoit/Lyger/Samurai/Hamada vs Taka Michinoku/Shinjiro Otani/Koji Kanemoto/Tokimitsu Ishizawa 2/3 falls 3/14/96 -- Yet another in the great series of New Japan junior bouts. Definite Reccomendation, This match is from Valis #31   Benoit/Booker T/Stevie Ray vs Hashimoto/Hirita/Nishimura 3/17/96 -- Match is from New Japan Classics   Benoit vs Ohtani WCW Cruiserweight championship match from NJPW -- 3/20/96; tv date is 4/6/96 -- Superb ending   Benoit/Lyger vs Ohtani/Kanemoto 3/26/96 -- Highlights of ending and aftermatch are shown on New Japan juniorheavyweight history tape   Benoit vs Dave Sullivan WCWSN 4/13/96   Benoit vs Alex Wright WCWSN 4/27/96   Benoit vs Brad Armstrong Worldwide 4/28/96   Benoit vs Eddie Guerrero 4/29/96 Nitro   Benoit vs Babarian WCWSN 5/4/96   Benoit vs Brad Armstrong Pro 5/18/96   Benoit/Sullivan vs Fargo/Hayner WCWSN 5/19/96   Benoit vs J.L. 5/24/96 BOSJ New Japan   Benoit vs Collins Worldwide 5/26/96   Benoit vs El Samurai NJPW Classics 5/28/96   Benoit vs Alex Wright Handheld World Peace Festival from LA 6/1/96   Benoit vs Eddie Guerrero Worldwide 6/2/96   Benoit/El Samurai vs Ohtani/Takiawa from Classics 6/12/96   Benoit vs Sasake Worldwide 6/16/96 -- Fun match   Benoit vs Kevin Sullivan Bash at the Beach PPV 6/16/96   Benoit/Anderson vs American Males Nitro 6/17/96   Benoit/Anderson vs Rock'n'Roll Express WCWSN 6/22/96   Benoit vs Black Tiger NJPW 6/11/96; Tv date is 6/22/96   Benoit vs Eddie Guerrero Worldwide 6/23/96   Benoit vs Long Pro 6/29/96   Benoit/Anderson vs Rock'n'Roll Express WCWSN 6/29/96   Benoit/Flair/Mongo/Arn vs Gomez/Renegade/Gibson/Morton Nitro 7/1/96   Benoit vs Cobra WCWSN 7/6/96   Benoit/Anderson vs Sullivan/Giant Bash at the Beach 7/7/96   Benoit vs Sgt. Craig Pittman 7/8/96 Nitro   Benoit/Flair/Anderson vs Wright/Cobra/Starr WCWSN 7/13/96   Benoit vs Eddie Guerrero 7/15/96 Nitro   Benoit vs Bubba Rogers WCWSN 7/20/96 -- Nice match.   Benoit/Flair/Mongo vs Sting/Luger/Savage Nitro 7/22/96   Benoit/Mongo/Flair/Anderson vs American Males/Powers/Chavo Guerrero WCWSN 7/27/96   Benoit/Flair/Mongo vs Sting/Luger/Savage Nitro 7/29/96   Benoit vs Brock Pro 8/3/96   Benot vs Macho Man WCWSN 8/3/96   Benoit/Anderson vs Powers/Gomez Worldwide 8/4/96   Benoit vs Wright 8/5/96 Nitro   Benoit vs Dean Malenko 8/10/96   Benoit vs Ron Studd Nitro 8/12/96 -- Benoit prepares for the Giant and hits a superplex off of the top rop on the very tall Studd   Benoit vs Giant Clash 8/15/96   Benoit vs Gomez Pro 8/17/96   Benoit/Flair/Anderson/Mongo vs High Voltage/Gomez/Renegade WCWSN 8/17/96   Benoit vs Bobby Eaton Nitro 8/19/96   Benoit/Mongo vs Sting/Luger Nitro 8/26/96   Benoit vs Pittman Worldwide 9/1/96   Benoit/Mongo/Flair/Arn vs Meng/Sullivan/Rogers/Babarian Nitro 9/2/97 -- 3rd match on Benoit Tape D   Benoit/Anderson vs Faces of Fear Worldwide 9/8/96   Benoit vs Ron Studd Main Event 9/8/96   Benoit vs Bobby Walker WCWSN 9/14/96   Benoit vs Powers Main Event 9/15/96     Benoit/Mongo vs Lex Luger Nitro 9/16/96   Benoit/Animal vs Muto/Rick Steiner 9/20/96 -- Arena date   Benoit/Anderson vs Rock'n'Roll Express Worldwide 9/22/96   Benoit vs Mr. J.L. Pro 9/22/96   Benoit vs Lyger 9/23/96 -- This is Lyger's return match from brain surgery   Benoit vs Rick Steiner Nitro 9/30/96   Benoit/Mongo vs Rock'n'Roll Express WCWSN 10/5/96   Benoit vs Juventud Guerrera Worlwide 10/13/96 -- One of the best short matches you will ever see! Full of cool offence. The story is excellently executed with Benoit trying to catch Guerrera while Guerrera tries to pull off the upset.   Benoit vs Pittman WCWSN 10/19/96   Benoit vs Powers Worldwide 10/20/96   Benoit/Anderson vs Nasty Boys Pro 10/20/96   Benoit/Anderson vs Hall/Nash Handheld from California 10/24/96 -- Benoit/Anderson are the heels as the crowd is decisively in favour of Hall/Nash   Benoit/Anderson vs Konnan/Sullivan Handheld 10/25/96   Benoit vs Pittman WCWSN 10/26/96   Benoit vs Jerry Lynn Worldwide 10/27/96   Benoit vs Eddie Guerrero Nitro 10/28/96   Beniot vs Lex Luger Handhled 11/1/96     Benoit vs Jericho WCWSN 11/2/96   Benot vs Hector Guerrero Nitro 11/4/96   Benoit vs Morrus WCWSN 11/9/96   Benoit vs Jeff Jarrett Nitro 11/11/96   Benoit vs Hector Guerrero 11/16/96 WCWSN - Night of locker room attack   Benoit vs Eddie Guerrero Nitro 11/18/96   Beniot vs Kevin Sullivan HIghlights from Baltimore 11/23/96   Benoit in World War 3 PPV 11/24/96   Benoit in World War 3 PPV 11/26/95   Benoit vs Juventudd Guerrera WCWSN 11/30/96   Benoit vs Rick Steiner Worldwide 12/1/96   Benoit vs Regal 12/2/96   Benoit vs Eddie Guerrero -- 12/23/96   Benoit vs Renegade Pro 12/28/96   Benoit vs Wallstreet Worldwide 12/29/96   Benoit vs Jericho Nitro 12/30/96 --   Benoit vs Jarrett Nitro 1/13/97   Benoit vs Kevin Sullivan Nitro 1/20/97   Benoit vs Sullivan Clash of Champions 1/21/97   Benoit vs Hugh Morrus Nitro 1/27/97   Benoit vs Konnan 2/3/97 Nitro   Benoit/Mongo vs Chavo??/Jarrett 2/10/97 Nitro   Benoit vs Billy Pearl 2/15/97 Nitro   Benoit vs Roadblock 2/17/97 Nitro   Benoit vs Billy Kidman 2/22/97 Pro   Benoit vs Rick Fuller -- 2/22/97 WCWSN   Benoit vs Sullivan Death Match -- 2/23/97 Superbrawl   Benoit/Lyger vs Ohtani/Takiawa New Japan -- 3/8/97.   Benoit/Lyger/Samurai vs Ohtani/Takiawa/Kanemoto 3/15/97   Benoit/Piper/Mongo/Jarrett vs Hogan/Hall/Nash/Savage vs Luger/The Giant/Steiner WCW Uncensored 3/16/97   Benoit vs Kidman -- 3/17/97 Nitro -- Jetlag means nothing to Benoit!   Benoit vs Hugh Morrus -- 3/31/97 Nitro   Benoit vs Malenko -- 4/6/97 Spring Stampede   Benoit vs Ice Train -- 4/7/97 Nitro   Benoit vs Powers 4/12/97 Pro   Benoit vs Scotty Riggs -- 4/12/97 WCWSN   Benoit vs Sullivan -- 4/12/97 NJPW Tokyo Dome;match is clipped   Benoit vs Babarian -- 4/13/97 Nitro   Benoit vs Mark Starr Pro 4/19/97   Benoit vs Fuller Worldwide 4/20/97   Benoit vs Bunkhouse Bunk -- 4/26/97 Pro   Benoit vs Regal -- 4/28/97 Nitro   Benoit vs Big Al -- 5/10/97 WCWSN   Benoit vs Mike Enos -- 5/12/97 Nitro   Benoit vs Enos -- 5/17/97 Pro   Benoit vs Meng -- 5/18/97 Slamboree Death Match #1   Benoit vs Babarian -- 6/2/97 Nitro   Benoit vs David Taylor Worldwide 6/7/97   Benoit vs Bobby Walder -- 6/14/97   Benoit vs Meng -- 6/15/97 Great American Bash Death Match #2   Benoit/Flair/Mongo vs Chono/Bagwell/Norton 6/30/97 Nitro   Benoit vs Fuller 7/5/97 WCWSN   Benoit/Mongo vs Steiners 7/7/97 Nitro   Benoit vs Sullivan 7/13/97 Retirement Match Bash at the Beach   Benoit/Flair vs Hall/Nash 7/21/97 Nitro -- Benoit is awesome in this.   Benoit vs Jarrett 7/26/97 WCWSN Benoit wins by DQ   Benoit/Mongo vs Texas Hangmen 7/28/97 Nitro   Benoit vs Syxx 8/4/97 Nitro   Benoit/Mongo vs Villano IV/V 8/9/97 WCWSN   Benoit/Mongo vs Jarret/Malenko Elimination match 8/10/97 Road Wild   Benoit/Mongo vs Steiners 8/11/97 Nitro   Benoit/Mongo vs Eddie/Jarret 8/18/97 Nitro   Benoit vs Hector Guerrero 8/23/97 WCWSN   Benoit vs Jarret 8/25/97 Nitro Jarrett wins   Benoit vs Eaton 8/30/97 WCWSN   Benoit vs Scott Armstrong 8/31/97 Pro   Benoit/Mongo vs Eddie Jarret 9/1/97 Nitro   Benoit vs Dr. Wagner Jr. 9/10/97 New Japan   Benoit vs Hector Guerrero 9/14/97 Worldwide   Benoit/Henning/Flair/Mongo vs NWO War Games 9/14//97   Benoit vs Dr. Wagner Jr. 9/17/97   Chris Benoit/Jushin Liger/El Samurai/Kendo Kashin vs Chris Jericho/Shinjiro Ohtani/Koji Kanemoto/Tatsuhito Takaiwa 9/22/97 - Niigata, Japan -- Fantastic match from New Japan Valis #40   Benoit/Lyger/Samurai vs Jericho/Dr. Wagner Jr./Kanemoto 9/23/97   Benoit vs Henning WCWSN 10/4/97   Benoit vs Henning 10/6/97 Nitro   Benoit vs Eddie Guerrero 10/20/97 Nitro   Benoit vs VK Wallstreet 10/25/97 Worldwide   Benoit vs Fit Finlay 10/27/97 Nitro   Benoit vs Ohtani 11/2/97 Fukuoka Dome New Japan   Benoit vs Saturn 11/10/97 Nitro   Benoit vs Syxx 11/15/97 Worldwide   Battle ROyal 11/23/97   Benoit vs Sickboy 11/24/97 Nitro   Benoit vs Kidman 12/1/97 Nitro   Benoit vs Blaze 12/6/97 WCWSN   Benoit vs Lodi 12/8/97 Nitro   Benoit vs Riggs 12/15/97 Nitro   Benoit vs Van Hamer 12/22/97   Benoit vs Saturn 12/27/97 WCWSN   Benoit vs Saturn 12/28/97 Starcade   Benoit vs Van Hammer 12/29/97 Nitro               Part II       Benoit/Mongo vs Riggs/Saturn 1/5/98 Nitro   Benoit vs Konnan 1/10/98 Worldwide   Benoit vs Malenko 1/12/98 Nitro   Benoit vs Janetty 1/19/98 Nitro   Benoit vs Jericho 1/22/98 Thunder   Benoit vs Raven 1/24/98 WCWSN   Benoit vs Raven 1/24/98 WCW/NWO Souled Out II   Benoit/Malenko vs Jericho/Eddie 1/29/98 Thunder   Benoit vs DDP 2/5/98 Thunder   Benoit vs David Sierra 2/7/98 Worldwide   Benoit vs Raven 2/7/98 WCWSN   Benoit vs Raven 2/12/98 Thunder   Benoit/Makenko vs Jericho/Eddie 2/16/98 Nitro   Benoit/DDP vs Raven/Saturn 2/19/98 Thunder   Benoit vs Raven Handheld From Vegas Clipped? 2/20/98   Benoit/Malenko vs Enos/Bloom 2/21/98 WCWSN   Benoit vs DDP 2/22/98 Superbraw   Benoit vs Raven 2/23/98 Nitro   Benoit vs DDP Thunder 2/26/98 Thunder   Benoit vs Raven 2/28/98 WCWSN   Benoit vs Riggs 3/2/98 Nitro   Benoit/DDP vs Raven/Saturn 3/9/98 Nitro   Benoit vs Black Cat 3/14/98 Worldwide   Benoit/Malenko vs Chavo Guerrero Jr./Jericho 3/14/98 WCWSN   Benoit vs DDP vs Raven 3/15/98 Uncensored   Benoit vs Raven 3/16/98 Nitro Spring Break   Benoit vs Norton 3/19/98 Thunder   Benoit/DDP vs Saturn/Van Hammer 3/21/98 WCWSN   Benoit vs Booker T 3/23/98 Nitro   Benoit vs Chavo Guerrero Jr. 3/26/98 Thunder   Benoit vs Booker T Nitro 3/30/98   Benoit vs Konnan 4/9/98 Thunder   Benoit vs Eaton 4/11/98 WCWSN   Benoit vs Glacier 4/13/98 Nitro   Benoit vs Norton 4/16/98 Thunder   Benoit vs Booker 4/19/98 Spring Stampede No time limit   Benoit vs Henning 4/20/98 Nitro   Benoit vs Disco Inferno 4/27/98 Nitro   Benoit vs Jericho 4/29/98 Brian Pillman Memorial Show   Benoit vs Booker T Handheld Tv title match 5/1/98   Benoit vs Booker T 5/2/98 WCWSN   Benoit vs Booker T 5/11/98 Nitro   Benoit vs Robbie Rage 5/14/98 Thunder   Benoit vs Finlay 5/17/98 Slamboree   Benoit vs Booker T 5/25/98 Nitro First Match of "Best of 7" series   Benoit vs Booker T 5/28/98 Thunder   Benoit vs Booker T 5/30/98 WCWSN   Benoit vs Booker T 6/1/98 Nitro   Benoit vs Booker T 6/4/98 Thunder   Benoit vs Horrowitz 6/6/98 Worldwide   Benoit vs Booker T 6/8/98 Nitro   Benoit vs Booker T 6/11/98 Thunder   Benoit vs Booker T 6/14/98 Great American Bash   Benoit vs Finlay 6/15/98 Nitro -- Great, probably their best match against each other although thier 97 Nitro bout may have had more of a fight to the death kind of feel to it.   Benoit vs Eddie 6/18/98 Thunder   Benoit vs Bret Hart 6/22/98 Nitro   Benoit/Mongo vs Wright/Inferno 6/25/98 Thunder   Benoit/Mongo vs Booker T/Stevie Ray 6/29/98 Nitro   BENOIT HAS ELBOW SURGERY   Benoit vs Finlay 7/18/98 Worldwide   Chris Benoit/Dean Malenko vs Disco Inferno/Wright 10/19/98 Nitro   Benoit vs Hart 11/16/98 Nitro   Benoit vs Enos 11/21/98 Worldwide   Benoit in Battle Royal 11/22/98   Benoit vs Norman Smiley 11/23/98 Nitro   Benoit vs Prince Iaukea 11/28/98 WCWSN   Benoit/Malenko vs Eddie Guerrero/Chris Jericho 11/29/98 Brian Hildebrand Tribute Show   Benoit/Mongo vs Raven/Kanyon 12/3/98 Thunder   Benoit/Malenko vs Armstrongs WCWSN 12/5/98   Benoit vs Kanyon 12/10/98 Thunder   Benoit/Malenko vs Adams/Vincent 12/19/98 WCWSN   Benoit vs Iaukea???? Not sure about this at all   Benoit vs Horace Hogan 1/4/99 Nitro   Benoit vs Whindam 1/7/99 Thunder   Benoit/Mongo vs Henning/Whindam 1/14/99 Thunder   Benoit vs Enos 1/17/99 Souled Out   Benoit/Flair/Mongo vs Norton/Ray/Vincent 1/21/99 Thunder   Benoit/Flair/Mogo vs Hogan/Hall/Nash 1/25/99 Nitro   Benoit/Malenko vs Henning/Whindam 2/1/99 Nitro   Benoit vs Scott Hall 2/1/99 Nitro   Benoit/Malenko vs Hayashi/Van Hammer 2/11/99 Thunder   Benoit/Malenko vs Adams/Vincent 2/13/99 Worldwide   Benoit/Malenko vs Finlay/Taylor 2/15/99 Nitro   Benoit/Malenko vs Adams/Horace Hogan 2/18/99 Thunder Very good Steel Cage match. Benoit hits his first and most meaningfull headbutt off the top of the cage and the fans go crazy.   Benot/Malenko vs Henning/Whindam 2/21/99 Superbrawl   Benoit/Malenko vs Henning/Whindam 2/21/99 Superbrawl   Benoit vs Hart 3/1/99 Nitro -- Reccomended match. Benoit tranistions via brawling and a couple of knees to the stomach off of irish whips. It doesn't sound like it but it's one of the most memoarable, intense transistions I've ever seen.   Benoit/Malenko vs Didorderly Conduct 3/11/99 Thunder   Benoit/Malenko vs Henning/Whindam 3/14/99 Uncensored   Benoit/Malenko vs Babarian/Morrus 3/15/99 Nitro   Benoit/Malenko vs Henning/Whindam 3/20/99 WCWSN   Benoit/Malenko vs Raven/Saturn 3/22/99 Nitro Spring Break -- Handicap match until Raven decides to help Saturn. Benoit/Malenko are now heel while Saturn and Raven are faces.   Benoit/Malenko vs Kidman/Rey Mysterio Jr. 3/29/99 Nitro from Canada   Benoit/Malenko vs Hayashi/Chavo 4/1/99 Thunder   Benoit vs Raven 4/8/99 Thunder   Benoit/Malenko vs Kidman/Rey Mysterio Jr. 4/17/99 WCWSN Reccomended match   Benoit/Malenko vs Scott/Steve Armstrong 4/19/99 Nitro   Benoit/Malenko/Kidman vs Raven/Saturn/Mysterio Jr. 4/22/99 Thunder   Benoit/Malenko vs Disorderly Conduct 5/1/99 WCWSN   Benoit/Malenko vs Texas Hangmen 5/6/99 Thunder   Benoit/Malenko vs Rey Mysterio Jr./Kidman vs Raven/Saturn 5/9/99 Slamboree   Benoit/Malenko vs Raven/Saturn 5/17/99 Nitro   Benoit/Malenko vs Konnan/Rey Mysterio Jr. 5/19/99 Brian Pillman Memorial Show   Benoit vs Buddy Lee Parker 5/24/99 Nitro   Benoit vs DDP 5/27/99 Thunder   Benoit vs Flair 6/3/99 Thunder   Benoit/Saturn vs DDP/Bigelow 6/7/99 Nitro   Benoit/Saturn vs DDPnyon 6/10/99 Thunder -- Changes into tag after a Saturn vs DDP match   Benoit/Saturn vs DDP/Kanyon 6/13/99 Bash at the Beach   Benoit/Malenko/Saturn/Bagwell vs DDP/Kanyon/Flair/Piper 6/14/99 Nitro   Benoit/Malenko vs Taylor/Finlay 6/24/99 Thunder   Benoit/Saturn vs Regal/Taylor 6/28/99 Nitro   Benoit/Malenko/Saturn vs Page/Kanyon/Bigelow 7/5/99 Nitro   Benoit vs Kanyon 7/8/99 Thunder -"unknown" match that was better than last year's bout. Very good.   Benoit/Malenko/Saturn vs Juventudd/Chavo/Psicosis 7/10/99 WCWSN   Benoit/Saturn vs DDP/Bigelow 7/11/99 Bash at the Bash -- Extreamly fun match.   Benoit/Saturn vs Henning/Whindam 7/19/99 Nitro   Benoit vs David Flair 7/26/99 Nitro   Benoti/Saturn/Malenko vs Flair/DDP/Kanyon 7/29/99 Thunder   Benoit vs DDP 8/2/99 Nitro   Benoit vs DDP 8/5/99 Thunder   Benoit vs David Flair 8/9/99 Thunder   Benoit vs DDP 8/14/99 Road Wild   Benoit vs Disco Inferno 8/16/99 Nitro   Benoit vs Psicosis 8/21/99 WCWSN   Benoit vs Rick Steiner 8/23/99 Nitro   Benoit/Saturn vs Sid/Steiner 8/26/99 Thunder   Benoit vs Flynn 8/30/99 Nitro   Benoit vs Malenko 9/6/99 Nitro   Benoit/Saturn/Douglas vs Regal/Taylor/Adams 9/9/99 Thunder   Benoit vs Enos 9/11/99 WCWSN   Benoit vs Sid 9/12/99 Fall Brawl   Benoit vs Malenko 9/13/99 Nitro -- Excellent, classic intense match.   Benoit vs Rick Steiner 9/13/99 Nitro Tv Tile Match   Benoit vs Sting 9/20/99 Nitro -- Very good   Benoit vs Lash LeRouz 9/25/99 WCWSN   Benoit vs Ernest Miller 9/27/99 Nitro -- Good match   Benoit vs Blaze 10/2/99 WCWSN   Benoit vs Bret Hart 10/4/99 -- Great, underappreciated match   Benoit vs Brian Knobbs 10/7/99 Thunder -- Reccomended match   Benoit/Hart vs Luger/Steiner 10/11/99 Nitro   Benoit vs Lyger 10/17/99 New Japan Great match. The Tv date is 11/6/99   Benoit/Lyger vs Ohtani/Takiawa 10/19/99 New Japan Great match. The Tv date is 11/13/99   Benoit vs Rick Steiner 10/24/99 Havoc -- Good match   Benoit vs Malenko Last Man Standing match 10/25/99 Nitro   Benoit vs Sid Thunder 10/28/99   Benoit vs Malenko Steel Cage 11/1/99 -- Nitro   Benoit/Saturn vs Sid/Steiner 11/4/99 Thunder   Benoit vs Madusa 11/8/99 Nitro   Benoit vs Darsow 11/13/99 WCWSN   Benoit vs Scott Hall 11/15/99 Nitro   Benoit vs Bagwell 11/18/99 Thunder   Benoit vs Jarrett 11/21/99 Mayhem   Benoit vs Hart 11/21/99 Mayhem   Benoit vs Malenko Flag Match 11/22/99 Nitro   Benoit vs Jarret vs Sting 11/29/99 Nitro   Benoit vs Lyger 12/2/99 Great match but it's really only "1/2" of a match   Benoit vs Riggs 12/4/99 WCWSN   Benoit vs Nash 12/6/99 Nitro   Benoit/Sid/Dustin vs Hall/Nash/Jarrett 12/9/99 Thunder   Benoit vs Devon Storm 12/11/99 WCWSN -- Good match   Benoit vs Jarrett Bunkhouse Brawl match 12/13/99 Nitro   Benoit/Sid vs La Parka/Vincent/Ron and Don Harris/Henning 12/16/99 Thunder   Benoit vs Jarret Ladder Match 12/19/99 Starrcade   Benoit vs Jarret Ladder Match 12/20/99 Nitro   Benoit vs Hart 12/23/99 Thunder   Benoit vs Tenzan 1/4/00 New Japan Tokyo Dome   Benoit/Sid vs Jarret/Nash 1/12/00 Thunder   Benoit vs Sid 1/16/00 Souled Out -- Title Match, Benoit's last bout in WCW   Benoit vs HHH 2/3/00 Smackdown   Benoit/Malenko/Saturn/X-Pac/HHH vs Rock/Too Cool/Jack/Rikishi 2/7/00 Raw   Benoit vs Rikishi 2/10/00 Smackdown   Benoit vs Rock 2/14/00 Raw   Benoit vs Test 2/21/00 Raw   Benoit vs Kane 2/24/00 Smackdown   Benoit/Malenko/Saturn vs Too Cool/Rikishi 2/27/00 No Way Out   Benoit vs Tazz 2/28/00 Raw   Benoit/Malenko/Saturn vs Jericho/Too Cool 3/2/00 Smackdown   Benoit vs Rock Steel Cage 3/6/00 Raw   Benoit/Saturn vs Rock 3/9/00 Smackdown   Benoit/Saturn vs Venus/Test 3/13/00 Raw   Benoit/Saturn vs Hardys 3/16/00 Smackdown   Benoit vs Jericho 3/20/00 Raw   Benoit vs Angle 3/23/00 Smackdown   Benoit/Eddie vs Jericho/Chyna 3/27/00 Raw   Benoit vs Jericho vs Angle 4/2/00 Wrestlemania   Benoit vs Tazz 4/3/00 Raw   Benoit vs Rikishi 4/6/00 Smackdown   Benoit/Malenko/Saturn vs Rikishi/Taylor/Tazz 4/10/00 Raw   Benoit/Malenko vs Hardys 4/13/00 Smackdown   Benoit vs Holly 4/16/00 Sunday Night Heat   Benoit vs Show 4/17/00 Raw   Benoit vs Angle 4/20/00 Smackdown   Benoit vs Road Dogg 4/24/00 Raw   Benoit/Saturn vs Jerico/Tazz 4/27/00 Smackdown   Benoit vs Jericho 4/30/00 Backlash -- Great, hard fought wrestling match/fight -- IC title match   Benoit vs Tazz 5/1/00 Raw   Benoit vs Jericho 5/4/00 Smackdown IC title match   Benoit vs Angle 5/6/00 Insurrextion   Benoit vs Jericho 5/8/00 Raw IC title match   Benoit vs Godfather 5/11/00 Smackdown   Benoit vs Rock Submissioin match 5/15/00 Raw   Benoit/Holly vs Jericho/Venus 5/18/00 Smackdown   Benoit vs Jericho Submission match 5/21/00 Judgement Day   Benoit vs Venus 5/22/00 Raw   Benoit vs Regal 5/25/00 Brian Pillman Memorial Show -- Fantastic, hard hitting wrestling/fight match. One of the best examples ever of two wrestlers professional wrestling instead of two wrestlers trying to professional wrestlr   Benoit vs Angle 5/25/00 Smackdown   Benoit vs Jericho 5/28/00 Edmonton -- Handheld match   Benoit vs Holly 5/29/00 Raw   Benoit vs D Lo Brown 6/1/00 Smackdown   Benoit vs Rikishi 6/4/00 Heat   Benoit vs Road Dogg 6/5/00 Raw   Benoit vs Jeff Hardy 6/8/00 Smackdown   Benoit vs Venus vs Jericho vs Holly 6/11/00 Heat   Benoit vs Matt Hardy 6/12/00 Raw -- Great, Better than their 03 Smackdown bout   Benoit vs Kane 6/15/00 Smackdown   Benoit vs X-Pac 6/19/00 Raw   Benoit vs Rikishi 6/22/00 Smackdown -- IC title bout   Benoit vs Rikishi 6/25/00 King of the Ring   Benoit vs Rikishi 6/26/00 Raw   Benoit/Venus vs Rikishi/Eddie 6/29/00 Smackdown   Benoit vs Jericho IWA Summer Auttidude Show Summer/?/00   Benoit vs Eddie 7/3/00 Raw -- Short but oh so much fun   Benoit/Edge/Christian vs Rock/Eddie/Chyna 7/5/00 Smackdown   Benoit vs Rock 7/10/00 Raw   Benoit vs Eddie/Chyna 7/12/00 Smackdown   Benoit/Edge/Christian vs Farooq/Bradshaw/Rock 7/17/00 Raw   Benoit/HHH vs Rock/Jericho 7/20/00 Smackdown   Benoit vs Rock 7/23/00 Fully Loaded   Benoit/Angle vs Rock/Kane 7/24/00 Raw   Benoit/Stratus vs Jericho/Lita 7/27/00 Smackdown   Benoit/Angle vs Dudleys 7/31/00 Raw   Benoit/Show vs Rock/Kane 8/3/00 Smackdown   Benoit vs Rock No DQ 8/7/00 Raw   Benoit/Val Venus vs Jericho/Eddie 8/10/00 Smackdown   Benoit vs Undertaker 8/14/00 Raw   Benoit vs Steve Blackman 8/17/00 Smackdown   Benoit/Edge/Christian vs Jericho/Hardys 8/24/00 Smackdown   Benoit vs Jericho 2/3 falls 8/27/00 Summerslam   Benoit/Test/Albert vs Jericho/Farooq/Bradshaw 8/28/00 Raw   Benoit vs Undertaker 8/31/00 Smackdown   Benoit vs Kane 9/4/00 Raw   Benoit vs Rikishi 9/7/00 Smackdown   Benoit/Kane vs Rock/Undetaker 9/11/00 Raw   Benoit/Kane vs Farooq/Bradshaw 9/14/00 Smackdown   Benoit vs Kane 9/18/00 Raw   Benoit/Kane/Angle vs. Rock/HHH/Undertaker - Smackdown 9/21/00   Benoit vs Undertaker vs Kane vs Rock 9/24/00 Unforgiven   Benoit vs The Rock 9/25/00 Raw   Benoit/Angle vs HHH/Rock 9/28/00 Smackdown   Benoit/Kane vs Rock/Rikishi 10/2/00 Raw   Benoit vs Jericho 10/5/00 Smackdown   Benoit/X-Pac vs Jericho/HHH 10/9/00 Raw   Benoit/Saturn vs HHH Road Dogg 10/12/00 Smackdown   Benoit vs Road Dogg 10/5/00 Sunday NIght Heat   Benoit vs Angle vs HHH vs Rock 10/19/00 Smackdown   Benoit vs HHH 10/22/00 No Mercy   Benoit vs Road Dogg 10/23/00 Raw   Benoit/Malenko vs HHH/Road Dogg 10/26/00 Smackdown   Benoit vs HHH 11/2/00 Smackdown   Benoit/Saturn/Malenko/Eddie vs Road Dogg/HHH/Chyna/Billy Gunn 11/6/00 Raw   Benoit vs Jericho vs Kane vs Undertaker 11/9/00 Smackdown   Benoit/Saturn/Malenko/Eddie vs Chyna/Rock/Austin/Gunn 11/13/00 Raw   Benoit vs Rock 11/16/00 Smackdown   Benoit vs Austin 11/20/00 Raw   Benoit/Kane vs Jericho/Austin 11/23/00 Smackdown   Benoit/Malenko/Saturn vs Jericho/Hardys 11/27/00 Raw   Benoit/Kane vs Jericho/Billy Gunn 11/30/00 Smackdown   Benoit vs Undertaker 12/2/00 Rebellion   Benoit vs Bob Holly 12/4/00 Raw   ??Benoit vs Blackman 12/10/00 Heat   Benoit vs Bill Gunn 12/10/00 Armeggodon   Benoit vs Gunn 12/11/00 Raw   Benoit/Saturn vs Hardys 12/14/00 Smackdown   Benoit vs Jeff Hardy 12/18/00 Raw   Benoit 12/21/00 Smackdown Check listings on this   Benoit/Malenko vs Hardys 12/25/00 Raw   Benoit vs Matt Hardy 12/28/00 Raw   Benoit vs Test 1/1/01 Raw   Benoit vs Jericho 1/4/01 Smackdown   Benoit/Malenko/Saturn vs Jericho/Hardys 1/8/01 Raw   Benoit/Edge/Christian vs Jericho/Dudleys 1/11/01 Smackdown   Benoit vs Jericho Ladder match 1/21/01 Royal Rumble   Benoit/Big Show vs Jericho/Rock 1/22/01 Raw   Benoit/Rikishi/HHH/Haku vs Undertaker/Kane/Austin/Rock Handheld from MSG 1/27/01   Benoit/HHH vs Rock/Austin Handheld from Phily 1/28/01   Benoit vs Rock vs Big Show vs Jericho 1/29/01 Raw   Benoit vs Dinsmore 1/31/01 OVW   Benoit vs Crash Holly 2/4/01 Heat   Benoit vs Snow 2/5/01 Raw   Benoit/Saturn vs Hardys 2/8/01 Smackdown   Benoit/Saturn/Terri vs Hardys/Lita 2/12/01 Raw   Benoit vs Austin 2/15/01 Smackdown   Benoit/Angle vs Austin/Rock 2/19/01 Raw   Benoit/Eddie vs Jericho/X-Pac 2/22/01 Smackdown   Benoit vs Eddie vs Jericho vs X-Pac 2/25/01 No Way Out   Benoit/Eddie vs Credible/X-Pac 2/26/01 Raw   Benoit vs X-Pac 3/1/01 Smackdown   Benoit vs Saturn, than Malenko, than Eddie in a gauntlet match 3/8/01 Smackdown   Benoit vs Eddie Guerrero 3/12/01 Raw   Benoit vs Haku 3/18/01 Sunday NIght Heat   Benoit/Angle/Regal vs Jericho/Rock 3/19/01 Raw   Benoit/Angle vs Rock 3/22/01   Benoit/Hardys vs Angle/Edge/Christian 3/26/01   Benoit/Test vs Angle/Eddie 3/29/01 Smackdown   Benoit vs Angle 4/1/01 Wrestlemania   Benoit vs Angle/Regal 4/5/01 Smackdown   Benoit vs Jericho 4/9/01 Raw   Benoit/Jericho vs Angle/Regal/Edge/Christian 4/12/01 Smackdown   Benoit vs Regal 4/16/01 Raw   Benoit/Jericho vs Dudleys Table match 4/19/01 Smackdown   Benoit/Jericho vs Angle/Regal 4/23/01 Raw   Benoit/Jericho vs Angle/Regal Regal's Queensbury rules 4/26/01 Smackdown   Benoit vs Angle 30 minute submission match 4/29/01 Backlash   Benoit vs Angle 2/3 falls Insurrection 5/5/01   Benoit vs Edge 5/10/01 Smackdown   Benoit/Jericho vs Edge/Christian 5/14/01 Raw   Benoit/Rikishi vs Angle/Regal 5/17/01 Smackdown   Benoit vs Angle 2/3 falls with stips 5/20/01 Judgement Day   Benoit/Jericho participate in tag team turmoil 5/20/01   Benoit/Jericho vs Austin/HHH Tag Title match 5/21/01 Raw -- great, emotional match   Benoit/Jericho vs Dudleys vs Hardys vs Edge/Christian TLC III 5/24/01 Smackdown   Benoit vs Austin Heavyweight title match from Calgary 5/28/01   Benoit vs Austin Heavyweight title match from Edmonton 5/31/01 -- Fantastic, emotional match   Benoit vs Big Show 6/4/01 Raw   Benoit/Jericho vs Farooq/Bradshaw, Big Show/ , Austin McMahon gauntlet style 6/7/01 Smackdown   Benoit vs Angle Steel Cage 6/11/01 Raw   Benoit/Jericho vs Edge/Christian 6/14/01 Smackdown -- Very good match, better than the 5/17/01 match   Benoit/Jericho/Spike Dudley vs Austin/Dudleys 6/18/01 Raw   Benoit/Jericho vs Dudleys 6/21/01 Smackdown   Benoit vs Jericho vs Austin 6/24/01 King of the Ring -- Benoit's last match before he goes for neck surgery   Benoit/Eddie vs Dudleys 7/1/02 Raw -- Benoit's return match and a nice match to boot   Benoit vs Bubba Ray Dudley 7/8/02 Raw   Benoit/Big SHow/Nash/X-Pac/Eddie vs Booker T/Goldust/Rob Van Dam/Spike & Bubba Ray Dudley 7/8/02 Raw   Benoit/Eddie/Regal vs Spike/Jeff Hardy/Bubba Ray Elimination match 7/15/02 Raw   Benoit/Eddie vs Bubba/Spike Tables match 7/21/02 Veangeance   Benoit vs Booker T 7/22/02 Raw   Benoit vs Van Dam 7/29/02 Raw -- Match is for the IC belt   Benoit/Eddie vs Rock/Edge 8/1/02 Smackdown -- Benoit and Eddie jump ship   Benoit/Eddie/Angle vs Cena/Mysterio Jr./Edge 8/8/02 Smackdown   Benoit vs Rock 8/15/02 Smackdown   Benoit/Eddie vs Rock/Edge 8/22/02 Smackdown   Benoit vs Van Dam 8/25/02 Summerslam IC match Smackdown vs Raw   Benoit vs Rikishi 8/29/02 Smackdown   Benoit vs Undertaker vs Angle 8/29/02 Smackdown   Benoit vs Doug Basham 9/4/02 OWV   Benoit/Eddie/Angle vs Undertaker/Rikishi/Edge 9/5/02 Smackdown   Benoit vs Rikishi 9/12/02 Smackdown   Benoit/Angle vs Palumbo/Gunn 9/19/02 Raw   Benoit vs ANgle 9/22/02 Unforgiven   Benoit vs Angle vs Mysterio 9/26/02 Smackdown -- Great match   Benoit vs Mysterio 10/3/02 -- Reccomended match   Benoit/Angle vs Cena/Kidman 10/10/02 -- Overlooked match   Benoit/Angle vs Eddie/Chaveo 10/17/02 Smackdown   Benoit/Angle vs Mysterio Jr./Edge 10/20/02 No Mercy -- Best tag I've ever seen on North American soil   Benoit vs Angle 10/24/02 Smackdown   Benoit/Angle vs Eddie/Chavo 10/26/02 Rebellion   Benoit vs Edge 10/31/02 Smacksown   Benoit/Angle vs Edge/Rey 2/3 falls 11/7/02 Smackdown -- Not as good as No Mercy but still fantastic   Benoit vs Eddie vs Edge 11/12/02 Super Tuesday   Benoit vs Angle 11/14/02 Smackdown   Benoit/Angle vs Edge/Rey vs Guerreros 11/17/02 Survivor Series   Benoit vs Chavo 11/21/02 Smackdown   Benoit/Angle vs Eddie/Chavo 11/28/02 Smackdown   Benoit vs Edge vs Angle vs Eddie 12/5 Smackdown   Benoit/Kidman vs Guerreros 12/12/02 Smackdown   Benoit vs Eddie Guerrero 12/15/02 Armegdeddon   Benoit vs Angle 12/19/02 Smackdown   Benoit vs Big Show 12/26/02 Smackdown   Benoit/Edge vs Haas/Benjamin 1/2/03 Smackdown   Benoit vs Benjamin 1/9/03 Smackdown   Benoit/Edge vs Haas/Benjamin/Angle 1/16/03 Smackdown   Benoit vs Angle 1/19/03 Riveting, edge of your seat match Royal Rumble   Benoit vs Haas 1/23/03 -- Pretty good match   Benoit/Edge vs Haas/Benjamin 1/30/03 Smackdown   Benoit vs Angle 2/6/03 Smackdown -- Too short but it's still clear they have lots of ideas left. The visual of Benoit doing the cuthroat with the bleeding eye should've been put on the starting of Smackdown   Benoit vs A-Train 2/13/03 -- This is an underrated series and the matches ideally should be watched one after each other.   Benoit vs A-Train 2/20/03 Smackdown   Benoit/Lesnar vs Team Angle 2/23/03 No Way Out   Benoit/Rhyno vs Matt Hardy/Shannon Moore 2/27/03 Smackdown   Benoit/Rhyno vs Haas/Benjamin 3/6/03 Smackdown   Benoit/Rhyno vs Eddie/Chavo 3/13/03 Smackdown -- Maybe the most overlooked match of the year. Reccomended pick up.   Benoit vs Benjamin 3/20/03 Smackdown   Benoit/ vs A-Train/Big Show 3/27/03 Smackdown   Benoit/Rhyno vs Haas/Benjamin vs Eddie/Chavo 3/30/03 Wrestlemania   Benoit vs A-Train 4/3/03 Smackdown   Benoit vs Rhyno 4/10/03 Smackdown   Benoit/Jeter/Dinsmore vs Conway/Damaja/Doug Basham OVW Spring Breakout 4/11/03   Benoit vs Cena #1 Contender tourney finals 4/17/03 Smackdown   Benoit vs Nunzio 4/24/03 Smackdown   Benoit/Rhyno vs Stamboli/Palumbo 5/1/03 Smackdown   Benoit vs The Big Show 5/8/03 Smackdown   Benoit/Rhyno/Kendrik vs Cena/Stamboli/Palumbo 5/18/03 Judgement Day   Benoit vs Matt Hardy 5/22/03 Smackdown   Benoit vs Sean O'Haire 5/29/03 Smackdown   Benoit vs Cena 6/5/03 Smackdown   Benoit/Rhyno vs Bashams 6/12/03 Smackdown   Benoit vs Rhyno 6/19/03 Smackdown   Benoit/Rhyno vs Bashams 6/28/03 Smackdown   Benoit/Rhyno vs Bashams 7/3/03 Smackdown   Benoit/Rhyno vs Hardy/Moore 7/10/03 Smackdown   Benoit vs Matt Hardy 7/17/03 Smackdown   Benoit vs Eddie Guerrero 7/27/03 Veangance -- US title match   Benoit vs Doink The Clown 7/31/03 Smackdown   Benoit vs Eddie Guerrero which turns into Benoit/Tajiri vs Eddie/Rhyno 8/7/03 Smackdown   Benoit vs Eddie vs Tajiri vs Rhyno 8/24/03 Summerslam   Benoit vs A-Train 8/28/03 Smackdown   Benoit vs A-Train 9/4/03 Smackdown   Benoit vs Rhyno 9/11/03 Smackdown -- Pretty good match   Benoit/Mysterio Jr. vs Rhyno/Tajisri 9/18/03 Smackdown   Benoit vs Big Show Handheld from MSG 9/20/03   Benoit vs Haas 10/2/03 Smackdown   Benoit/Bradshaw vs A-Train/Bashams 10/9/03 Smackdown   Benoit vs Doug Basham 10/16/03 Smackdown   Benoit vs A-Train 10/19/03 No Mercy   Benoit/Angle vs Cena/A-Train 10/23/03   Benoit/Angle vs Cena/A-Train 10/30/03   Benoit/Angle vs Show/Lesnar/Morgan/Nathan Jones 11/06/03 Smackdown   Benoit/Cena vs Lesnar/Show 11/13/03 Smackdown   Benoit/Angle/Holly/Cena/Bradshaw vs Lesnar/Show/Jones/A-Train/Morgan 11/16/03 Survivor Series   Benoit vs Nathan Jones 11/20/03 Smackdown -- Good match, Benoit hits a super impressive dropkick off of the top rope   Benoit vs Morgan 11/27/03 Smackdown   Benoit in Battle Royal 11/27/03 Smackdown   Benoit vs Cena 12/4/03 Smackdown   Benoit vs Lesnar 12/4/03 Smackdown -- Personal favourite of mine as I loved the intensity, flow and the moveset.   Benoit vs Palumbo 12/18/03 Smackdown   Benoit vs Eddie Guerrero 12/25/03 Smackdown           Benoit/Cena vs Nunzio/Stamboli/Palumbo 1/1/04 Smackdown   Benoit in mini Royal Rumble match with FBI 1/8/04 Smackdown   Benoit/Cena vs Lesnar/Rhyno/Morgan/Show 1/22/04 Smackdown Overlooked match   Benoit in Royal Rumble 1/25/04 Royal Rumble   Benoit vs Mark Henry 2/2/04-- Benoit's first match back on Ra

Resident Evil

Resident Evil

 

Observations on what I've been watching

I've been watching a Ted DiBiase compilation, covering his time in WWE, and the one thing that stuck out for me is that it became clear how Ted managed to wear his neck out to the point he suffered the herniated disc in 1993 that ended his career. In all of his matches with Randy Savage, when Savage would snap his throat across the top rope, Ted would take the resulting bump by falling backwards and then arching up using his shoulders and forcing himself to roll backwards, with all the weight going on his neck. He'd do that at least once or twice a match with Savage, and considering the run they had he had to be doing that an awful lot in 1988. And it's not just in that spot in the Savage matches that Ted takes the bump; whenever he goes for his missed reverse elbow off the second rope, where he faces away from ring, he takes that same bump when he lands. It doesn't look like a dangerous bump, and it looks very ordinary today, but watching those matches and knowing that Ted was doing that night after night for six years, and what the end result was, it makes you wince a little every time he takes that bump.   I know wrestlers gain career ending injuries from all sorts of bumps, some more crazier than others, but this was an ordinary looking bump that Ted did almost every night of the year. It makes it a little different, the bump being an ordinary one that he took nightly, rather than a crazy one he did once in his life.

HTQ

HTQ

 

Best Wrestling Matches I've Seen

Stolen completely from Loss. I like putting together lists, so I'm going to do one of the top wrestling matches by year, according to me. I left out matches that were significantly edited. I'll post additions at the bottom and will occasionally change or remove the status of a match. Comments appreciated, because I'd love to re-watch some of these, but generally don't have the motivation to do so without a good reason (too many unwatched matches kicking around).   1970 Antonio Inoki vs Dory Funk Jr. (9/2/70, ***3/4)   1973 The Destroyer vs Mil Mascaras (10/9/73, ****1/4)   1974 Mil Mascaras vs The Destroyer (7/25/74, ****1/2)   1976 Jumbo Tsuruta vs Terry Funk (6/11/76, ****1/2) Jumbo Tsuruta vs Jack Brisco (8/28/76, 2/3 Falls, ****) Jumbo Tsuruta vs Giant Baba (5/1/76, ****)   1977 Jerry Lawler vs Bill Dundee (8/29/77, ***3/4) Jumbo Tsuruta vs Harley Race (6/11/77, 2/3 Falls, ***1/2)   1980 Dynamite Kid vs. Tatsumi Fujinami (2/5/80, ****) Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Dick Slater (5/1/80, ****) Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Dick Murdoch (2/23/80, ***1/2) Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Dick Murdoch (3/5/80, ***1/2)   1981 Bruiser Brody & Jimmy Snuka vs. Terry Funk & Dory Funk Jr. (12/13/81, ****1/4) Bob Backlund vs. Sgt. Slaughter (3/21/81, ***1/2)   1982 Bob Backlund vs. Adrian Adonis (1/18/82, ****1/4) Bruiser Brody vs. Dory Funk Jr. (3/21/82, ***3/4) Dynamite Kid vs. Tiger Mask (8/5/82, ***3/4) Tiger Mask vs. Bret Hart (7/30/82, ***1/2)     1983 Dynamite Kid vs. Tiger Mask (4/21/83, ****) Stan Hansen & Brusier Brody vs Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenryu (12/12/83, ***3/4) Tiger Mask vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi (1/6/83, ***3/4) Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood vs. Sgt Slaughter & Don Kernodle (3/12/83, ***1/2) Ric Flair vs Harley Race (11/24/83, ***1/2)   1984 Sgt. Slaughter vs. The Iron Sheik (6/16/84, ****) Adrian Adonis & Dick Murdoch vs. The Brisco Brothers (12/28/84, ****) Kazuo Yamazaki vs Nobuhiko Takada (12/5/84, ***3/4) Super Tiger vs Akira Maeda (9/11/84, ***3/4) Adrian Adonis/Dick Murdoch vs. Bob Backlund/Brian Blair (7/7/84, ***3/4) Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs Super Tiger (12/5/84, 25:36 of 27:19 shown, ***1/2) Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs Nobuhiko Takada (10/22/84, ***1/2) Jumbo Tsuruta vs Nick Bockwinkle (2/24/84, ***1/2) Super Tiger vs Yoshiaki Fujiwara (9/7/84, ***1/2)   1985 Jaguar Yokota vs. La Galactica (2/27/85, ****1/2) Devil Masami vs. Chigusa Nagayo (8/22/85, ****1/2) Nobuhiko Takada vs. Kazuo Yamazaki (9/11/85, ****) Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs Super Tiger (9/11/85, ***3/4) Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs Super Tiger (7/17/85, 10:23 of 15:15 shown, ***3/4) Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs Akira Maeda (3/2/85, ***3/4) Nobuhiko Takada vs. Super Tiger (9/6/85, ***3/4) Dump Matsumoto & Rosy Moreno vs. Lioness Asuka & Chigusa Nagayo (1/5/85, ***3/4) Nobuhiko Takada vs Yoshiaki Fujiwara (7/8/85, 11:23 of 15:04 shown, ***1/2) Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs Kazuo Yamazaki (1/7/85, ***1/2) Ricky Steamboat vs. Bob Orton Jr. (7/20/85, ***1/2) Greg Valentine vs. Ricky Steamboat (6/21/85, ***1/2) Super Tiger vs Yoshiaki Fujiwara (6/24/85, ***1/2)   1986 Akira Maeda/Yoshiaki Fujiwara/Osamu Kido/Nobuhiko Takada/Kazuo Yamazaki vs. Antonio Inoki/Tatsumi Fujinami/Kengo Kimura/Umanosuke Ueda/Kantaro Hoshino (3/26/86, ****1/2) Hart Foundation vs. Killer Bees (2/17/86, ****1/4) Nobuhiko Takada vs. Keiichi Yamada (5/1/86, ****) Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat (7/27/86, ****) Nobuhiko Takada & Shiro Koshinaka vs. Akira Maeda & Osamu Kido (12/8/86, ****) Akira Maeda/Yoshiaki Fujiwara/Osamu Kido/Nobuhiko Takada/Kazuo Yamazaki vs. Tatsumi Fujinami/Kengo Kimura/Shiro Koshinaka/George Takano/Kantaro Hoshino (9/16/86, ***3/4) Nobuhiko Takada vs. The Cobra (6/17/86,***3/4) Nobuhiko Takada vs. Kazuo Yamazaki (8/7/86, ***1/2) Nobuhiko Takada vs Shiro Koshinaka (9/19/86, ***1/2) Ricky Steamboat vs. Jake Roberts (8/9/86, ***1/2)   1987 Ric Flair vs. Barry Windham (1/20/87, ****1/2) Nobuhiko Takada & Akira Maeda vs. Keiji Muto & Shiro Koshinaka (3/20/87, ****1/4) Ricky Steamboat vs. Randy Savage (3/29/87, ****) Yukari Omori vs. Lioness Asuka (4/15/87, ***3/4) Nobuhiko Takada & Akira Maeda vs. Keiji Muto & Shiro Koshinaka (3/26/87, ***1/2) Nobuhiko Takada vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi (8/20/87, ***1/2)   1988 Stan Hansen & Terry Gordy vs Genichiro Tenryu & Toshiaki Kawada (12/16/88, ****3/4) Jumbo Tsuruta vs Genichiro Tenryu (10/28/88, ****1/4) Nobuhiko Takada vs Akira Maeda (11/10/88, ****1/4) Nobuhiko Takada vs. Hiro Hase (3/11/88, ****1/4) Kazuo Yamazaki vs Nobuhiko Takada (8/13/88, ****) Jumbo Tsuruta vs Tiger Mask (3/9/88, ****) Akira Maeda vs Gerard Gourdeau (8/13/88, ****) Nobuhiko Takada vs Bob Backlund (12/22/88, ***3/4) Akira Maeda vs Kazuo Yamazaki (5/12/88, ***3/4) Nobuhiko Takada vs. Shiro Koshinaka (2/4/88, ***3/4) Hiroshi Hase vs. Shiro Koshinaka (2/7/88, ***3/4) Nobuhiko Takada vs Akira Maeda (6/11/88, ***1/2)   1989 Genichiro Tenryu vs. Jumbo Tsuruta (6/5/89, ****3/4) Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat (4/2/89, ****3/4) Genichiro Tenryu vs. Jumbo Tsuruta (10/11/89, ****1/4) Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat (5/7/89, ****) Yoji Anjoh vs Masakatsu Funaki (6/14/89, ****) Masakatsu Funaki vs Tatsuo Nakano (7/24/89, ****) Naoki Sano vs. Jushin Liger (7/13/89, JIP, 10:56 of 13:48 shown, ****) Jushin Liger vs. Naoki Sano (8/1/89, JIP 11:04 of 15:26 shown, ****) Akira Maeda vs Yoshiaki Fujiwara (8/13/89, ***3/4) Yoji Anjoh vs Minoru Suzuki (10/25/89, ***3/4) Akira Maeda vs Kazuo Yamazaki (5/21/89, ***3/4) Jushin Liger vs. Naoki Sano (9/20/89, ***3/4) Kazuo Yamazaki vs Yoji Anjoh (8/13/89, ***3/4) Kazuo Yamazaki vs Nobuhiko Takada (5/4/89, ***3/4) Nobuhiko Takada vs Akira Maeda (1/10/89, ***3/4) Shiro Koshinaka vs. Hiroshi Hase (3/16/89, ***3/4) Riki Choshu & Masa Saito vs. Super Strong Machine & George Takano (3/16/89, ***3/4) Nobuhiko Takada vs Yoshiaki Fujiwara (10/25/89, ***1/2) Jumbo Tsuruta & Kenta Kobashi vs. Stan Hansen & Genichiro Tenryu (8/6/89, ***1/2) Atsushi Onita vs Masashi Aoyagi (10/6/89, ***1/2) Jumbo Tsuruta & Yoshiaki Yatsu vs. Genichiro Tenryu & Toshiaki Kawada (1/7/89, ***1/2) Jumbo Tsuruta & Yoshiaki Yatsu vs. Genichiro Tenryu & Toshiaki Kawada (2/23/89, ***1/2) Yoji Anjoh vs Minoru Suzuki (4/14/89, 13:41 of 19:39 shown, ***1/2)   1990 Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Jumbo Tsuruta (9/1/90, ****3/4) Jushin Liger vs. Naoki Sano (1/31/90, ****1/2) Mitsuharu Misawa/Kenta Kobashi/Toshiaki Kawada vs. Jumbo Tsuruta/Masa Fuchi/Akira Taue (10/19/90, ****1/2) Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Jumbo Tsuruta (6/8/90, ****1/2) Southern Boys vs. Midnight Express (7/7/90, ****1/4) Nobuhiko Takada vs Akira Maeda (6/21/90, ****) Stan Hansen & Dan Spivey vs. Terry Gordy & Steve Williams (4/19/90, ****) The Great Muta vs. Hiroshi Hase (9/14/90, ****) Nobuhiko Takada vs. Kazuo Yamazaki (2/9/90, ***3/4) Steve Williams vs. Toshiaki Kawada (JIP, 13:27 of 16:22 shown, ***3/4) Steve Williams & Terry Gordy vs. Genichiro Tenryu & Stan Hansen (3/6/90, ***3/4) Genichiro Tenryu & Ricky Fuyuki vs. Jumbo Tsuruta & Tiger Mask II (1/14/90, ***3/4) Genichiro Tenryu vs. Jumbo Tsuruta (4/19/90, ***1/2) Nobuhiko Takada vs Akira Maeda (1/16/90, ***1/2) Hulk Hogan vs. Stan Hansen (4/13/90, ***1/2)   1991 Jumbo Tsuruta/Akira Taue/Masanobu Fuchi vs. Mitsuharu Misawa/Toshiaki Kawada/Tsuyoshi Kikuchi (10/21/91, ****1/2) Jumbo Tsuruta vs Toshiaki Kawada (10/24/91, ****1/2) Mitsuharu Misawa/Toshiaki Kawada vs. Jumbo Tsuruta/Akira Taue (11/29/91, ****1/2) Keiji Muto vs. Masahiro Chono (8/11/91, ****1/4) Jumbo Tsuruta vs Mitsuharu Misawa (4/20/91, ****1/4) Terry Gordy & Steve Williams vs. Mitsuharu Misawa & Toshiaki Kawada (3/3/91, ****1/4) Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Terry Gordy (6/1/91, ****1/4) Jumbo Tsuruta/Akira Taue vs. Toshiaki Kawada/Kenta Kobashi (9/27/91, ****1/4) Mitsuharu Misawa/Toshiaki Kawada vs. Terry Gordy/Steve Williams (12/6/91, ****1/4) Mitsuharu Misawa & Toshiaki Kawada vs. Terry Gordy & Steve Williams (07/24/91, ****) Bret Hart vs. Mr. Perfect (8/26/91, ****) Nobuhiko Takada vs Kazuo Yamazaki (10/6/91, ****) Ric Flair/Larry Zbyszko/Barry Windham/Sid Vicious vs. Sting/Brian Pillman/Scott Steiner/Ric Steiner (2/24/91, ****) Jumbo Tsuruta/Akira Taue vs. Mitsuharu Misawa/Tsuyoshi Kikuchi (9/1/91, ****) Toshiaki Kawada/Kenta Kobashi vs. Akira Taue/Masa Fuchi (9/23/91, ****) Mitsuharu Misawa/Toshiaki Kawada vs. Kenta Kobashi/Tsuyoshi Kikuchi (11/24/91, ****) Shinya Hashimoto vs. Masahiro Chono (8/9/91, ***3/4) Toshiaki Kawada vs. Akira Taue (1/15/91, ***3/4) Terry Gordy & Steve Williams vs. Mitsuharu Misawa & Toshiaki Kawada (5/24/91, ***3/4) Toshiaki Kawada vs. Steve Williams (6/16/91, ***3/4) Stan Hansen/Danny Spivey vs. Terry Gordy/Steve Williams (12/4/91, ***3/4) Mitsuhara Misawa & Toshiaki Kawada vs. Jumbo Tsuruta & Akira Taue (09/24/91, ***1/2) Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Toshiaki Kawada (4/6/91, ***1/2) Bull Nakano vs Yumiko Hotta (1/23/91, ***1/2) Jumbo Tsuruta/Akira Taue/Masanobu Fuchi vs. Toshiaki Kawada/Kenta Kobashi/Tsuyoshi Kikuchi (10/27/91, ***1/2) Mitsuharu Misawa/Toshiaki Kawada/Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs. Jumbo Tsuruta/Akira Taue/Masa Fuchi (1/27/91, ***1/2) Toshiaki Kawada vs. Akira Taue (4/18/91, ***1/2) Toshiaki Kawada/Kenta Kobashi vs. Stan Hansen/Danny Spivey (9/1/91, ***1/2) The Great Muta vs. Tatsumi Fujinami (9/23/91, ***1/2)   1992 Manami Toyota & Toshiyo Yamada vs Dynamite Kansai & Mayumi Ozaki (11/26/92, ****3/4) Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Toshiaki Kawada (10/21/1992, ****1/2) Manami Toyota vs. Toshiyo Yamada (8/15/92, ****1/2) Jushin Liger vs. El Samurai (4/30/92, ****1/4) Kyoko Inoue vs Akira Hokuto (1/4/92, ****1/4) Kyoko Inoue vs Akira Hokuto (11/26/92, ****1/4) Vader vs Sting (12/28/92, ****1/4) Jushin Liger vs. Pegasus Kid (2/10/92, ****1/4) Jushin Liger vs. Brian Pillman (2/29/92, ****) Aja Kong & Kyoko Inoue vs. Manami Toyota & Toshiyo Yamada (12/13/92, ****) Bret Hart vs. British Bulldog (8/29/92, ****) Ric Flair vs. Randy Savage (4/5/92, ****) Nobuhiko Takada vs Gary Albright (9/21/92, ****) Pegasus Kid vs. Jushin Liger (8/12/92, ****) Hiroshi Hase vs Great Muta (12/14/92, ****) Stan Hansen vs. Mitsuhara Misawa (08/22/1992, ****) Bull Nakano & Aja Kong vs. Akira Hokuto & Toshiyo Yamada (8/15/92, ****) Mitsuharu Misawa & Toshiaki Kawada vs. Akira Taue & Jun Akiyama (12/04/1992, ****) Stan Hansen vs. Mitsuharu Misawa (3/4/92, ****) Toshiaki Kawada vs. Kenta Kobashi (3/22/92, ****) Masa Chono vs. Keiji Muto (8/11/92, ***3/4) Bull Nakano vs Aja Kong (11/26/92, ***3/4) Vader vs. Sting (7/12/92, ***3/4) Jumbo Tsuruta/Masanobu Fuchi/Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Mitsuharu Misawa/Toshiaki Kawada/Kenta Kobashi (1/12/92, JIP, 19:30 of 26:00 shown, ***3/4) Nobuhiko Takada vs Gary Albright (5/8/92, ***3/4) Stan Hansen vs Mitsuharu Misawa (4/17/92, ***1/2) Kyoko Inoue & Mariko Yoshida vs Manami Toyota & Sakie Hasegawa (5/24/92, ***1/2) Aja Kong & Bison Kimura vs Akira Hokuto & Etsuko Mita (5/24/92, ***1/2) Bret Hart vs. Roddy Piper (4/5/92, ***1/2) Jumbo Tsuruta & Masanobu Fuchi vs. Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi (1/2/92, ***1/2)   1993 Akira Hokuto vs. Shinobu Kandori (4/2/93, *****) Stan Hansen vs Kenta Kobashi (7/29/93, *****) Toshiyo Yamada & Manami Toyota vs. Dynamite Kansai & Mayumi Ozaki (4/11/93, ****3/4) Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs. Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue (06/01/93, ****1/2) Terry Gordy & Steve Williams vs Mitsuharu Misawa & Toshiaki Kawada (1/30/93, ****1/2) Mitsuharu Misawa vs Toshiaki Kawada (3/27/93, ****1/2) Aja Kong & Sakie Hasegawa vs. Toshiyo Yamada & Kyoko Inoue (10/10/93, ****1/2) Stan Hansen vs Toshiaki Kawada (2/28/93, ****1/4) Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Akira Taue (2/28/93, ****1/4) Mitsuharu Misawa vs Toshiaki Kawada (7/29/93, ****1/4) Steve Williams vs Mitsuharu Misawa (9/3/93, ****1/4) Stan Hansen vs. Kenta Kobashi (4/16/93, ****1/4) Vader vs. Sting (2/21/93, ****1/4) Mitsuharu Misawa vs Stan Hansen (3/30/93, ****1/4) Akira Taue vs Kenta Kobashi (1/26/93, ****1/4) Shinya Hashimoto vs. Genichiro Tenryu (8/8/93, ****1/4) Kyoko Inoue vs. Shinobu Kandori (8/25/93, ****1/4) Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue (12/3/93, ****) Toshiyo Yamada vs. Dynamite Kansai (10/9/93, ****) Mitsuharu Misawa/Kenta Kobashi/Jun Akiyama vs Toshiaki Kawada/Akira Taue/Yoshinari Ogawa (7/2/93, ****) Bret Hart vs. Mr. Perfect (6/13/93, ****) Steve Williams vs Kenta Kobashi (8/31/93, ****) Aja Kong & Akira Hokuto vs. Shinobu Kandori & Eagle Sawai (4/11/93, ****) Shinya Hashimoto vs. Keiji Muto (12/10/93, ****) Shinya Hashimoto vs Genichiro Tenryu (8/8/93, ****) Kyoko Inoue & Takako Inoue vs. Mayumi Ozaki & Cuty Suzuki (4/2/93, ****) Aja Kong vs. Dynamite Kansai (8/25/93, ****) Nobuhiko Takada vs Vader (12/5/93, ***3/4) Akira Hokuto vs. Rumi Kazama (8/25/93, ***3/4) Shinya Hashimoto vs. Power Warrior (12/13/93, ***1/2) Akira Hokuto vs. Yumiko Hotta (8/21/93, ***1/2) Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Stan Hansen (5/21/93, ***1/2) Vader vs. Cactus Jack (10/24/93, ***1/2) Kenta Kobashi vs Terry Gordy (5/21/93, ***1/2) Kyoko Inoue/Takako Inoue/Toshiyo Yamada vs. Aja Kong/Kaoru Ito/Infernal Kaoru (8/21/93, ***1/2)   1994 Mitsuharu Misawa vs Toshiaki Kawada (6/3/94, *****) Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs Akira Taue & Toshiaki Kawada (5/21/94, ****3/4) Super Vader vs. Nobuhiko Takada (8/18/94, ****3/4) Aja Kong vs Yumiko Hotta (1/24/94, ****3/4) Kenta Kobashi vs Steve Williams (9/3/94, ****3/4) Toshiaki Kawada vs Steve Williams (4/16/94, ****1/2) Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart (3/20/94, ****1/2) Manami Toyota & Toshiyo Yamada vs Etsuko Mita & Mima Shimoda (1/24/94, ****1/2) Wild Pegasus vs. Great Sasuke (4/16/94, ****1/2) Mitsuharu Misawa vs Toshiaki Kawada (4/11/94, ****1/4) Toshiaki Kawada vs Steve Williams (10/22/94, ****1/4) Toshiaki Kawada vs Akira Taue (4/1/94, ****1/4) Shinya Hashimoto vs. Hiro Hase (12/13/94, ****1/4) Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Gary Albright (8/18/94, ****1/4) Jushin Liger vs. Great Sasuke (4/16/94, ****1/4) Bull Nakano vs Kyoko Inoue (1/24/94, ****) El Samurai vs. Great Sasuke (4/16/94, ****) Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs Steve Williams & Johnny Ace (12/10/94, ****) Akira Hokuto & Aja Kong vs Dynamite Kansai & Yumiko Hotta (8/24/94, ****) Manami Toyota vs. Aja Kong (11/20/94, ****) Kyoko Inoue vs. Dynamite Kansai (11/20/94, ****) Kenta Kobashi vs Akira Taue (3/27/94, ***3/4) Giant Baba & Stan Hansen vs Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue (12/10/94, ***3/4) Jushin Liger vs. Super Delfin (6/18/94, ***3/4) Shinya Hashimoto vs. Genichiro Tenryu (2/17/94, ***3/4) Shinya Hashimoto vs. Riki Choshu (6/15/94, ***3/4) Manami Toyota & Toshiyo Yamada vs. Kyoko Inoue & Takako Inoue (10/9/94, ***3/4) Aja Kong vs. Dynamite Kansai (11/20/94, ***3/4) Nobuhiko Takada vs Gary Albright (6/10/94, ***1/2) Bret Hart vs 1-2-3 Kid (07/01/94, ***1/2) Cactus Jack & Kevin Sullivan vs. The Nasty Boys (5/22/94, ***1/2) Shinya Hashimoto vs. Shiro Koshinaka (8/7/94, ***1/2) Bull Nakano & Kyoko Inoue vs. Aja Kong & Manami Toyota (3/3/94, ***1/2) Aja Kong vs Yumiko Hotta (12/4/94, ***1/2)   1995 Akira Taue & Toshiaki Kawada vs Kenta Kobashi & Mitsuharu Misawa (6/9/95, AJPW Double Tag Titles, *****) Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue (1/24/95, ****3/4) Mitsuharu Misawa vs Akira Taue (4/15/95, ****1/2) Toshiaki Kawada vs Akira Taue (4/8/95, ****1/2) Mitsuharu Misawa vs Kenta Kobashi (3/26/95, ****1/2) Jushin Liger vs. Ultimo Dragon (12/95, ****1/2) Mitsuharu Misawa vs Toshiaki Kawada (7/24/95, ****1/4) Mitsuharu Misawa vs Toshiaki Kawada (4/6/95, ****1/4) Kenta Kobashi vs Akira Taue (7/24/95, ****1/4) Bret Hart vs. British Bulldog (12/17/95, ****1/4) Koji Kanemoto vs. Shinjiro Otani (7/13/95, ****1/4) Jushin Liger vs. Gedo (12/95, ****1/4) Toshiaki Kawada vs Gary Albright (10/25/95, ****) Mitsuharu Misawa vs Akira Taue (4/12/95, ****) Akira Taue vs Kenta Kobashi (3/21/95, ****) Lionheart vs. Wild Pegasus (12/95, ****) Ultimo Dragon vs. Shinjiro Otani (12/95, ****) Mitsuharu Misawa vs Akira Taue (9/10/95, ***3/4) Kenta Kobashi & Mitsuharu Misawa vs Akira Taue & Toshiaki Kawada (10/15/95, ***3/4) Mitsuharu Misawa vs Kenta Kobashi vs Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue (12/9/95, ***3/4) Shinya Hashimoto vs. Keiji Muto (5/3/95, ***3/4) Bret Hart vs. Diesel (11/19/95, ***3/4) Mitsuharu Misawa vs Kenta Kobashi (10/25/95, ***3/4) Jushin Liger vs. Gran Naniwa (12/95, ***3/4) Shinya Hashimoto vs. Keiji Muto (8/15/95, ***3/4) Shinya Hashimoto vs. Kensuke Sasaki (1/4/95, ***1/2) Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs Steve Williams & Johnny Ace (3/4/95, ***1/2) Ric Flair vs. Keiji Muto (8/13/95, ***1/2) Toshiaki Kawada vs Jun Akiyama (3/21/95, ***1/2) Nobuhiko Takada vs Vader (4/20/95, ***1/2)   1996 Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue vs Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama (12/6/96, *****) El Samurai vs. Shinjiro Otani (1/21/96, ****3/4) Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue vs Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama (5/96, ****1/2) Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama vs Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue (7/9/96, ****1/2) Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Shinjiro Otani (3/17/96, ****1/2) Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin (11/17/96, ****1/2) Shinjiro Ohtani vs. Ultimo Dragon (8/4/96, ****1/2) Shinjiro Otani vs. Wild Pegasus (3/20/96, ****1/2) Black Tiger vs. Wild Pegasus (6/11/96, ****1/2) Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama vs Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue (11/29/96, ****1/4) Toshiaki Kawada vs Akira Taue (3/31/96, ****1/4) Mitsuharu Misawa vs Kenta Kobashi (3/31/96, ****1/4) Jushin Liger vs. Black Tiger (6/12/96, ****1/4) Mitsuharu Misawa vs Akira Taue (5/24/96, ****1/4) Antonio Inoki vs. Vader (1/4/96, ****) Chris Benoit vs. Dean Malenko (8/10/96, ****) TAKA Michinoku/Koji Kanemoto/Shinjiro Otani vs. Gran Hamada/El Samurai/Jushin Liger (4/5/96, ****) Shinya Hashimoto vs. Riki Choshu (8/2/96, ****) Kenta Kobashi vs Akira Taue (7/24/96, ***3/4) Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue vs Steve Williams & Johnny Ace (11/22/96, ***3/4) Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama vs Kenta Kobashi & The Patriot (11/22/96, ***3/4) Jushin Liger vs. Dick Togo (British Jr. Title, ***3/4) Nobuhiko Takada vs. Shinya Hashimoto (4/29/96, ***1/2) Kenta Kobashi vs Toshiaki Kawada (5/24/96, ***1/2)   1997 1 Kenta Kobashi vs Mitsuharu Misawa (1/20/97, *****) 2 Kenta Kobashi vs Mitsuharu Misawa (10/21/97, *****) 3 Jushin Liger vs. Shinjiro Otani (2/9/97, ****3/4) 4 Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue vs Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama (12/5/97, ****3/4) 5 Mitsuharu Misawa vs Kenta Kobashi (4/19/97, ****1/4) 6 Hiroshi Hase vs Kenta Kobashi (8/26/97, ****1/4) 7 Bret Hart vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin (3/23/97, ****1/4) 8 Kenta Kobashi vs Jun Akiyama (3/30/97, ****) 9 Jushin Liger vs. Ultimo Dragon (1/4/97, ****) 10 Mitsuharu Misawa & Hiroshi Hase & Toshiaki Kawada vs Kenta Kobashi & Akira Taue & Jun Akiyama (9/26/97, ****) 11 Toshiaki Kawada vs Mitsuharu Misawa (6/6/97, ***3/4) 12 Toshiaki Kawada vs Kenta Kobashi (4/19/97, ***3/4) 13 Mitsuharu Misawa vs Jun Akiyama (9/6/97, ***3/4) 14 Mitsuharu Misawa vs Toshiaki Kawada (4/2/97, ***1/2) 15 Mitsuharu Misawa vs Akira Taue (7/25/95, ***1/2) 16 Shinya Hashimoto vs. Keiji Muto (6/5/97, ***1/2) 17 Kenta Kobashi & Johnny Ace & Johnny Smith vs Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama & Satoru Asako (8/22/97. ***1/2)   1998 Kenta Kobashi vs Toshiaki Kawada (6/12/98, ****3/4) Mitsuharu Misawa vs Kenta Kobashi (10/31/98, ****1/2) Kenta Kobashi & Johnny Ace vs Akira Taue & Toshiaki Kawada (6/5/98, ****1/2) Shinya Hashimoto vs. Kazuo Yamazaki (8/2/98, ****1/2) Mitsuharu Misawa vs Toshiaki Kawada (3/29/98, ****) Jun Akiyama vs Mitsuharu Misawa (1/26/98, Triple Crown, ****) Jun Akiyama vs Kenta Kobashi (7/24/98, Triple Crown, ****) Akira Taue & Toshiaki Kawada vs Kenta Kobashi & Johnny Ace (1/25/98, ****) Kenta Kobashi & Jun Akiyama vs Stan Hansen & Vader (12/5/98, ***3/4) Kenta Kobashi & Jun Akiyama vs Akira Taue & Toshiaki Kawada (10/11/98, ***3/4) Mitsuharu Misawa vs Jun Akiyama (4/18/98, ***3/4) Shinjiro Otani vs. Ultimo Dragon (1/4/98, ***3/4) Toshiaki Kawada vs Mitsuharu Misawa (5/1/98, ***1/2) Akira Taue vs Kenta Kobashi (9/11/98, Triple Crown, ***1/2)   1999 Mitsuharu Misawa vs Kenta Kobashi (6/11/99, ****1/2) Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue vs Kenta Kobashi & Jun Akiyama (1/7, 17:28 of 25:58 shown, ****1/4) Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa vs Kenta Kobashi & Jun Akiyama (10/23/99, ****1/4) Mitsuharu Misawa vs Toshiaki Kawada (1/22/99, ****) Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Vader (5/1/99, ****) Bret Hart vs. Chris Benoit (10/4/99, ****) Kenta Kobashi & Jun Akiyama vs Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa (3/6/99, ****) Vader vs Kenta Kobashi (4/16/99, ***3/4) Mitsuharu Misawa vs Toshiaki Kawada (7/23/99, ***3/4) Ayaka Hamada/Mika Akino vs Mima Shimoda/Etsuko Mita (12/11/99, ***3/4) Kenta Kobashi & Toshiaki Kawada vs Mitsuharu Misawa & Akira Taue (6/4/99, ***3/4) Raven & Saturn vs. Dean Malenko & Chris Benoit (4/11/99, ***1/2) CIMA vs Minoru Fujita (10/19/99, ***1/2) Ryuji Yamakawa vs Tomoaki Honma (6/20/99, ***1/2)   2000 1 Kenta Kobashi vs Jun Akiyama (12/23/2000, ****1/2) 2 Jun Akiyama vs Mitsuharu Misawa (2/27/00, ****) 3 Vader vs Kenta Kobashi (2/27/00, ****) 4 Jun Akiyama vs Kenta Kobashi (8/6/00, ****) 5 Kensuke Sasaki vs. Toshiaki Kawada (10/9/00, ***3/4) 6 Masa Fuchi & Toshiaki Kawada vs. Yuji Nagata & Takashi Iizuka (12/14/00, ***3/4) 7 Jun Akiyama & Kenta Kobashi vs Vader & Steve Williams (2/20/00, ***3/4) 8 Kenta Kobashi vs Toshiaki Kawada (1/17/00, ***3/4) 9 Jun Akiyama & Kenta Kobashi vs Mitsuharu Misawa & Akira Taue (8/5/2000, 2/3 Falls, ***1/2) 10 Toshiaki Kawada vs Genichiro Tenryu (10/28/00, ***1/2) 11 Genichiro Tenyru vs. Kensuke Sasaki (1/4/00, ***1/2) 12 Shinya Hashimoto & Takashi Iizuka vs. Naoya Ogawa & Kazunari Murakami (1/4/00, ***1/2)   2001 1 Jushin Liger vs. Minoru Tanaka (6/4/01, ****1/4) 2 Minoru Tanaka vs. AKIRA (5/28/01, ****) 3 Toshiaki Kawada vs. Satoshi Kojima (6/6/01, ****) 4 Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. Mike Barton & Jim Steele (12/11/01, ****) 5 Jun Akiyama vs. Mitsuharu Misawa (7/27/01, ****) 6 Naomichi Marufuji vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa (4/18/01, ****) 7 Keiji Muto & Taiyo Kea vs. Osamu Nishimura & Tatsumi Fujinami (10/28/01, ****) 8 Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama vs. Shinya Hashimoto & Yuji Nagata (3/2/01, ***3/4) 9 Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Toshiaki Kawada (1/4/01, ***3/4) 10 Keiji Muto vs Genichiro Tenryu (6/8/01, ***3/4) 11 Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Yuji Nagata (1/4/01, ***3/4) 12 Toshiaki Kawada & Mitsuya Nagai vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima (9/16/01, ***3/4) 13 Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs Naomichi Marufuji (12/9/2001, ***3/4) 14 Takehiro Murahama vs. Minoru Tanaka (4/20/01, ***3/4) 15 Keiji Muto & Jushin Liger vs. Tatsumi Fujinami & Osamu Nishimura (10/19/01, ***3/4) 16 Yuji Nagata/Osamu Nishimura/Takashi Iizuka vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan/Satoshi Kojima/Scott Norton (4/20/01, ***3/4) 17 Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Jun Akiyama (4/11/01, ***1/2) 18 Taiyo Kea vs. Genichiro Tenryu (3/3/01, ***1/2)   2002 Masayuki Naruse & El Samurai vs. Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru (9/23/02, ****) Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs. Yuji Nagata & Jun Akiyama (2/17/02, ***3/4) Kenta Kobashi & Kentaro Shiga vs. Jun Akiyama & Akitoshi Saito (10/19/02, ***3/4) Satoshi Kojima vs. Genichiro Tenryu (7/17/02, ***3/4) Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Osamu Nishimura (2/16/02, ***3/4) Osamu Nishimura vs. Yoshihiro Takayama (8/10/02, ***3/4) Jushin Liger/Great Sasuke/Tiger Mask IV vs. Dick Togo/Gedo/Jado (1/4/02, ***3/4) Yuji Nagata vs. Jun Akiyama (1/4/02, ***3/4) Great Sasuke/Jinsei Shinzaki/Dick Togo vs. TAKA Michinoku/Gran Naniwa/Kaz Hayashi (11/8/02, ***3/4) Masahiro Chono vs. Yuji Nagata (10/26/02, ***1/2) Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Yoshihiro Takayama (8/4/02, ***1/2) American Dragon vs Low Ki (3/30/02, ***1/2) Samoa Joe vs Low Ki (10/5/02, ***1/2) American Dragon vs AJ Styles (11/9/02, ***1/2)   2003 Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Jun Akiyama (8/17/03, ****1/2) Kenta Kobashi & Tamon Honda vs. Jun Akiyama & Akitoshi Saito (6/06/03, ****1/4) Makai Mask IV & Makai Mask V vs. Yutaka Yoshie & Hiroshi Tanahashi (7/09/03, ****) AKIRA/Super Crazy/HEAT/Masahito Kakihara/Tiger Mask IV vs. Minoru Fujita/Gedo/Koji Kanemoto/El Samurai/Jushin Lyger (2/16/03, ****) Jun Akiyama/Makoto Hashi/Akitoshi Saito/Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Tamon Honda/KENTA/Tsuyoshi Kikuchi/Kenta Kobashi (5/14/03, ***3/4) Doug Williams vs. Chris Daniels (3/22/03, ***3/4) Tamon Honda vs. Kenta Kobashi (4/13/03, ***1/2) Chris Benoit vs. Kurt Angle (1/19/03, ***1/2) Kazunari Murakami vs. Yuji Nagata (12/10/02, ***1/2) Osamu Nishimura vs. Yuji Nagata (2/02/03, ***1/2)   2004 CM Punk vs. Samoe Joe (10/16/04, ****3/4) Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Kenta Kobashi (4/25/04, ****1/2) CM Punk vs Samoa Joe (12/4/04, ****1/2) Akira Taue vs. Kenta Kobashi (9/10/04, ****1/4) Bryan Danielson vs Samoa Joe (10/2/04, ****1/4) Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Kensuke Sasaki (12/12/04, ****1/4) Takeshi Rikio & Naomichi Marufuji vs. Kenta Kobashi & KENTA (11/28/04, ****1/4) Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan (8/15/04, Final, ****1/4) Mark Briscoe vs Colt Cabana vs Austin Aries vs Homocide vs Bryan Danielson vs Samoa Joe (6/24/04, ****1/4) Low Ki & Bryan Danielson vs Samoa Joe & Jushin Thunder Liger (11/6/04, ****) Brock Lesnar vs Eddy Guerrero (2/15/04, ****) Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kensuke Sasaki (11/03/04, ****) Austin Aries vs Samoa Joa (12/26/04, ****) Low Ki vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru (9/10/04, ****) Austin Aries vs Bryan Danielson (8/7/04, ****) Jay and Mark Briscoe & Jimmy Rave & John Walters vs Alex Shelley & Jack Evans & Austin Aries & Roderick Strong (5/22/04, ****) Takeshi Rikio vs. Kenta Kobashi (3/06/04, ***3/4) CM Punk vs Samoa Joe (6/12/04, ***3/4) Great Sasuke & Dick Togo & Nobutaka Moribe vs Minoru Fujita & Ikuto Hidaka & Macho Pump (8/22/04, ***3/4) SUWA vs. Magnum Tokyo (2/08/04, UDG Title, ***3/4) Bryan Danielson vs Jushin Thunder Liger (11/5/04, ***3/4) Yoshinari Ogawa & Kotaro Suzuki vs. Naomichi Marufuji & KENTA (4/03/04, ***3/4) KENTA vs. Kenta Kobashi (10/09/04, ***1/2) Toshiaki Kawada vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan (12/5/04, ***1/2) Jun Akiyama vs. Kenta Kobashi (7/10/04, ***1/2) Kenta Kobashi & KENTA vs. Akitoshi Saito & Takashi Sugiura (11/28/04, ***1/2) Kurt Angle vs Eddy Guerrero (3/14/04, ***1/2)   2005 Kenta Kobashi & Go Shiosaki vs. Kensuke Sasaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima (11/5/05, ****3/4) Kenta Kobashi & Makoto Hashi vs. Jun Akiyama & Yoshinobu Kanemaru (8/19/05, ****1/2) Naomichi Marufuji & KENTA vs. Ikuto Hidaka & Minoru Fujita (5/7/05, ****1/2) Low Ki vs. KENTA (12/17/05, ****1/4) Bryan Danielson vs. James Gibson (9/17/05, ****1/4) AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe (12/11/05, ****1/4) KENTA vs. SUWA (9/18/05, ****) Kenta Kobashi vs. Samoa Joe (10/1/05, ****) Roderick Strong vs. Bryan Danielson (10/29/05, ****) Kenta Kobashi & Homicide vs. Low Ki & Samoa Joe (10/2/05, ****) Eddy Guerrero vs. Rey Mysterio (6/23/05, ****) Mitsuharu Misawa/Kenta Kobashi/Jun Akiyama vs. Naomichi Marufuji/KENTA/Makoto Hashi (4/2/05, ****) James Gibson vs. Austin Aries (4/16/05, ****) Naomichi Marufuji & Minoru Suzuki vs. Akitoshi Saito & Takashi Sugiura (9/11/05, ****) Chris Daniels vs. James Gibson vs. Samoa Joe vs. CM Punk (8/12/05, ****) KENTA vs. Mushiking Terry (10/28/05, ****) CM Punk & Spanky vs. Samoa Joe & Jay Lethal (3/12/05, ****) Kenta Kobashi vs. Takeshi Rikio (3/5/05, ***3/4) Satoshi Kojima vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (3/26/05, ***3/4) Satoshi Kojima vs. Toshiaki Kawada (2/16/05, ***3/4) Satoshi Kojima vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan (2/20/05, ***3/4) Chris Daniels vs. Samoa Joe (11/5/05, ***3/4) KENTA vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru (7/18/05, ***3/4) Roderick Strong vs. Bryan Danielson (11/5/05, ***3/4) Spanky vs. Bryan Danielson (4/2/05, ***3/4) Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Takashi Sugiura vs. Richard Slinger & Low Ki (8/27/05, ***3/4) Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Yuji Nagata (4/19/05, ***3/4) Mitsuharu Misawa & Mohammed Yone vs. Kenta Kobashi & Go Shiozaki (4/17/05, ***3/4) Low Ki & Homicide vs. Samoa Joe & Jay Lethal (8/13/05, ***3/4) KENTA/Naomichi Marufuji/Kotaro Suzuki/Ricky Marvin vs. Takashi Sugiura/Yoshinobu Kanemaru/Makoto Hashi/SUWA (4/17/05, ***3/4) James Gibson vs. Homicide vs. Austin Aries vs. Samoa Joe (7/8/05, ***3/4) Shawn Michaels vs. Kurt Angle (4/3/05, ***3/4) Toshiaki Kawada vs. Minoru Suzuki (8/11/05, ***1/2) Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi (8/7/05, ***1/2) Satoshi Kojima vs. Kensuke Sasaki (11/19/05, ***1/2) Samoa Joe vs. Jay Lethal (12/3/05, ***1/2) Black Tiger vs. Koji Kanemoto (10/30/05, ***1/2) Shinsuke Nakamura & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Yuji Nagata (1/30/05, ***1/2) Jun Akiyama & Makoto Hashi vs. Minoru Suzuki & Naomichi Marufuji (7/18/05, ***1/2) Kenta Kobashi vs. Kensuke Sasaki (7/18/05, ***1/2) Yuji Nagata vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan (8/13/05, ***1/2) Chris Daniels vs. CM Punk (7/23/05, ***1/2) Minoru Suzuki vs. Mohammed Yone (9/18/05, ***1/2) Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Toru Yano (8/4/05, ***1/2) Naomichi Marufuji & KENTA vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Takashi Sugiura (6/5/05, ***1/2) Kenta Kobashi/Mohammed Yone/Go Shiosaki vs. Takeshi Rikio/Takeshi Morishima/Naomichi Marufuji (2/20/05, ***1/2) Takeshi Rikio/Mohammed Yone/KENTA vs. Jun Akiyama/Genichiro Tenryu/Go Shiosaki (5/17/05, ***1/2) Satoshi Kojima vs. Keiji Muto (7/26/05, ***1/2) Bryan Danielson vs. Homicide (2/19/05, ***1/2) Colt Cabana vs. Austin Aries (2/19/05, ***1/2)   2006 Samoa Joe vs. Bryan Danielson (8/5/06, ****1/2) Kenta Kobashi vs. Naomichi Marufuji (4/23/06, ****) KENTA & Naomichi Marufuji vs. Takeshi Morishima & Takeshi Rikio (NOAH 7/16/06, ****) Samoa Joe/Adam Pearce/BJ Whitmer/Ace Steel/Bryan Danielson vs. Chris Hero/Claudio Castagnoli/Nate Webb/Necro Butcher/Eddie Kingston (7/15/06, ****) Bryan Danielson vs. KENTA (12/2/06, ****) KENTA vs. Bryan Danielson (9/16/06, ***3/4) Nigel McGuinness vs. Bryan Danielson (8/12/06, ***3/4) Roderick Strong vs. Bryan Danielson (3/31/06, ***3/4) Kenta Kobashi vs. KENTA (3/5/06, ***3/4) Kurt Angle vs. Undertaker (2/19/06, ***3/4) Necro Butcher vs. Low-Ki (4/1/06, ***3/4) Naomichi Marufuji vs. KENTA (10/29/06, ***3/4) Naomichi Marufuji vs. Akira Taue (3/5/06, ***1/2) Yuji Nagata vs. Giant Bernard (4/30/06, ***1/2) Homicide vs. Bryan Danielson (6/3/06, ***1/2) Colt Cabana vs. Bryan Danielson (8/26/06, ***1/2) Abdullah Kobayashi vs. Takashi Sasaki (3/31/06, ***1/2) Lance Storm vs. Bryan Danielson (4/1/06, ***1/2) Edge vs. Mick Foley (4/2/06, ***1/2) Samoa Joe vs. Bryan Danielson (10/28/06, ***1/2) Jimmy Rave vs. Bryan Danielson (2/25/06, ***1/2) Genki Horiguchi/Ryo Saito/Dragon Kid vs. CIMA/Naruki Doi/Masato Yoshino (3/31/06, ***1/2) William Regal vs. Chris Benoit (10/8/06, ***1/2) Kenta Kobashi & Kensuke Sasaki vs. Genichiro Tenryu & Katsuhiko Nakajima (2/11/06, ***1/2) Samoa Joe vs. Christopher Daniels (4/13/06, JIP, ***1/2)   2007 CM Punk vs. John Morrison (9/4/07, ***1/2)   2012 Kazuchika Okada vs. Tetsuya Naito (3/4/12, ****1/2) Kazuchika Okada vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi (2/12/12, ****)   2013 Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kazushi Sakuraba (1/4/13, ***1/2)

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1980's Other Japan Ballot

Here's my ballot from the DVDVR 1980's Other Japan project, with a few comments on some of the matches (mostly early ones before I got lazy).   1. Nobuhiko Takada vs Akira Maeda (11/10/88 UWF) 2. Kazuo Yamazaki vs Nobuhiko Takada (8/13/88 UWF) 3. Akira Maeda vs Gerard Gourdeau (8/13/88 UWF) 4. Kazuo Yamazaki vs Nobuhiko Takada (9/11/85 UWF) 5. Nobuhiko Takada vs Bob Backlund (12/22/88 UWF) 6. Yoji Anjoh vs Masakatsu Funaki (6/14/89 UWF) 7. Masakatsu Funaki vs Tatsuo Nakano (7/24/89 UWF) 8. Kazuo Yamazaki vs Nobuhiko Takada (12/5/84 UWF) 9. Akira Maeda vs Yoshiaki Fujiwara (8/13/89 UWF) 10. Yoji Anjoh vs Minoru Suzuki (10/25/89 UWF) 11. Akira Maeda vs Kazuo Yamazaki (5/21/89 UWF) 12. Kazuo Yamazaki vs Yoji Anjoh (8/13/89 UWF) 13. Kazuo Yamazaki vs Nobuhiko Takada (5/4/89 UWF) 14. Nobuhiko Takada vs Akira Maeda (1/10/89 UWF) 15. Nobuhiko Takada vs Yoshiaki Fujiwara (10/25/89 UWF) 16. Super Tiger vs Nobuhiko Takada (9/6/85 UWF) 17. Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs Super Tiger (9/11/85 UWF) 18. Akira Maeda vs Kazuo Yamazaki (5/12/88 UWF) 19. Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs Super Tiger (7/17/85 UWF) 20. Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs Akira Maeda (3/2/85 UWF) 21. Super Tiger vs Akira Maeda (9/11/84 UWF) 22. Nobuhiko Takada vs Yoshiaki Fujiwara (7/8/85 UWF) 23. Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs Super Tiger (12/5/84 UWF) 24. Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs Nobuhiko Takada (10/22/84 UWF) 25. Atsushi Onita vs Masashi Aoyagi (10/6/89 FMW) 26. Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs Kazuo Yamazaki (1/7/85 UWF) 27. Super Tiger vs Yoshiaki Fujiwara (6/24/85 UWF) 28. Yoji Anjoh vs Minoru Suzuki (4/14/89 UWF) 29. Super Tiger vs Yoshiaki Fujiwara (9/7/84 UWF) 30. Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs Masakatsu Funaki (5/4/89 UWF) 31. Nobuhiko Takada vs Marty Jones (2/18/85 UWF) 32. Yuko Miyato vs Minoru Suzuki (5/4/89 UWF) 33. Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs Osamu Kido (9/6/85 UWF) 34. Akira Maeda vs Super Tiger (1/7/85 UWF) 35. Riki Choshu vs Genichiro Tenryu (2/21/85 JPW) 36. Osamu Kido vs Akira Maeda (7/21/85 UWF) 37. Super Tiger vs Nobuhiko Takada (7/21/85 UWF) 38. Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs Kazuo Yamazaki (8/29/85 UWF) 39. Super Tiger vs Marty Jones (3/2/85 UWF) 40. Akira Maeda vs Kazuo Yamazaki (2/18/85 UWF) 41. Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs Kazuo Yamazaki (7/24/89 UWF) 42. Super Tiger/Joe Malenko vs Yoshiaki Fujiwara/Osamu Kido (5/25/85 UWF) 43. Masami Soronaka vs Scott McGhee (12/5/84 UWF) 44. Nobuhiko Takada vs Masami Soronaka (3/2/85 UWF) 45. Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs Osamu Kido (2/18/85 UWF) 46. Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs Yoji Anjoh (5/21/89 UWF) 47. Osamu Kido vs Akira Maeda (1/29/85 UWF) 48. Minoru Suzuki vs Johnny Barrett (10/1/89 UWF) 49. Ryuma Go vs Atsushi Onita (4/30/89 Pioneer) 50. Rusher Kimura vs Alexis Smirnoff (11/22/80 IWE) 51. Mighty Inoue/Higo Hamaguchi vs Carlos Plata/El Doberman (11/27/80 IWE) 52. Bob Backlund vs Masakatsu Funaki (5/21/89 UWF) 53. Carlos Plata/El Doberman/Goro Tsurumi vs Higo Hamaguchi/Isamu Teranishi/Mach Hayato (11/22/80 IWE) 54. Super Tiger/Akira Maeda vs Nobuhiko Takada/Yoshiaki Fujiwara (7/23/84 UWF) 55. Kazuo Yamazaki vs Chris Dolman (11/29/89 UWF) 56. Riki Choshu/Yoshiaki Yatsu/Kuniaki Kobayashi vs Hiro Saito/Shunji Takano/Super Strong Machine (11/2/85 JPW) 57. Nobuhiko Takada vs Akira Maeda (5/25/85 UWF) 58. Atsushi Onita vs Masashi Aoyagi (6/2/89 Ultimate Karate Ikki Kajiwara Memorial) 59. Shozo Kobayashi & Haruka Eigen vs Mighty Inoue & Isamu Teranishi (6/29/80 IWE) 60. El Gran Hamada vs Perro Aguayo (4/11/84 UWF) 61. Mighty Inoue/Higo Hamaguchi vs Spike Huber/Rocky Brewer (7/25/80 IWE) 62. Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs Akira Maeda (7/13/85 UWF) 63. Tarzan Goto vs Mitsuhiro Matsunaga (12/4/89 FMW) 64. Higo Hamaguchi/Isamu Teranishi/Mach Hayato vs El Cobarde/Herodes/Goro Tsurumi (3/26/81 IWE) 65. Akira Maeda vs Kazuo Yamazaki (10/22/84 UWF) 66. Osamu Kido vs Super Tiger (7/8/85 UWF) 67. Kazuo Yamazaki vs Jack Snuka (9/11/84 UWF) 68. Osamu Kido vs Yoshiaki Fujiwara (7/25/85 UWF) 69. Cuban Assassian/Phil Lafleur vs Super Tiger/Osamu Kido (10/22/84 UWF) 70. Carlos Plata/El Doberman vs Mighty Inoue/Mach Hayato (11/1/80 IWE) 71. Super Tiger vs Osamu Kido (8/29/85 UWF) 72. Atsushi Onita/Dick Murdoch vs Masanobu Kurisu/Jos LeDuc (12/4/89 FMW) 73. Jimmy Backlund vs Mitsuteru Tokuda (10/6/89 FMW) 74. Killer Khan vs Stan Hansen (??/??/86 JPW) 75. Pete Roberts/Akira Maeda vs Keith Hayward/Osamu Kido (12/5/84 UWF)     Rusher Kimura vs Alexis Smirnoff (11/22/80 IWE) - I doubt this will be a popular pick, but I liked it. There was a lot of very, very basic and deliberate matwork, but it wasn't inactive matwork . Sometimes one hold would be held for 2 or 3 minutes at a time, but both guys would constantly try to fight their way out of those holds, and eventually, it turned into a solid and focused leg attack from Smirnoff. I'll take basic and deliberate combined with active and focused any day.   Super Tiger vs Akira Maeda (9/11/84 UWF) - I loved the back and forth in this match. Great counters and great momentum swings made this really dramatic for me.   Masami Soronaka vs Scott McGhee (12/5/84 UWF) - This was perhaps the most realistic match on the set so far. A lot of chain/amateur wrestling going on here, with both guys working for holds, and moving along in a realistic and smooth way. For how great of an amateur Kurt Angle was, these two seem to have a better grasp of how to translate that style into the pros.   Pete Roberts/Akira Maeda vs Keith Hayward/Osamu Kido (12/5/84 UWF) - A complete bore for 25 of the 30 minutes this match went. Lifeless matches aren't a big deal when they're short, but when they're long, it's just painful. Maeda did nothing except kill one of the first exciting sequences of the match. The other three only picked up their game during the last 10 minutes or so. There was little or no direction, focus or action and it lasted 30 minutes.   Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs Super Tiger (12/5/84 UWF) - Absolutely brutal. The early portions of the match are peppered with some great mat sequences, with both guys working for holds, transitioning to other holds when those weren't working and just looking really believable in general. Then Tiger starts killing Fujiwara with kicks. For about seven minutes. This was actually good and bad in that it was silly that Tiger was allowed to kick the hell out of Fujiwara while he was down and supposedly taking a ten count. If a ten count is going to be used for knockdowns, the other guy can't be allowed continue beating his opponent after the opponent gets knocked down. It ruins the point and drama of the knockdown. The whole finishing sequence would have been better if Fujiwara was taking the beating on his feet, along with making a few more attempts at a comeback. But I can't complain too much, since this is still early UWF, and the workers were still perfecting the style.   Kazuo Yamazaki vs Nobuhiko Takada (12/5/84 UWF) - This was more or less a better version of Tiger vs. Maeda from 9/11/84. A great swing match, where both guys had their moments. Great, fluid matwork early, awesome transitions from one move attempt to the next and a fantastic back and forth stretch run where the outcome was very much in doubt.   Osamu Kido vs Akira Maeda (1/29/85 UWF) - Maeda actually sold a bit. Early portions were very dull, as Maeda was in control for 95% of the first 10-15 minutes. Things picked up at various points, but the work was never more than good. Ends up being merely decent, which is a lot better than I thought it would be after the first few minutes.   Nobuhiko Takada vs Marty Jones (2/18/85 UWF) - Good bit of fun here, with some clever reversals, great body language from both guys and a neat mini-story revolving around the headscissors. Not much drama, just a solidly worked, shoot-style wrestling match.   Akira Maeda vs Kazuo Yamazaki (2/18/85 UWF) - Not such a great first 15 minutes, although it wasn't all bad. Things got really good when Yamazaki was allowed to make his comeback and get in some quality offense. Most of the match was mediocre, but the stretch run made it good enough to get a decent placement on the list.   Riki Choshu vs Genichiro Tenryu (2/21/85 JPW) - This was one of those matches where they don't waste any time in moving the match along, as Tenryu tried to bomb Choshu out of there right at the start, which made the whole match seem like a stretch run. If the sort of work these guys did was at the end of 15-20 minutes of build, this would be a MOTYC. As it was, it's just merely good, but a lot of fun regardless.   Nobuhiko Takada vs Akira Maeda (5/25/85 UWF) - This was way too clipped, showing only six of nineteen minutes. What I saw was mostly good, and was enough to put it over some of the weaker matches, but I didn't see enough for this to really get a good placement.   Nobuhiko Takada vs Yoshiaki Fujiwara (7/8/85 UWF) - The main point here was that Fujiwara is a prick, and that makes Takada angry. Angry Takada decides to kick the crap out of Fujiwara, but that doesn't really stop Fujiwara from being a prick. Short match, but it had a nifty story and it was a ton of fun.   Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs Kazuo Yamazaki (8/29/85 UWF) - There was some nifty matwork here which led to some bizarre positions, along with a couple of neat counters. The match never really got hot, and the ending was somewhat abrupt, but it was still a solid match due to how good the early portions were.   Kazuo Yamazaki vs Nobuhiko Takada (9/11/85 UWF) - Tough call between this match or their 12/5/84 match, but I went with this one. The early portions of this match were hit or miss and weren't as strong as their previous encounter, but the stretch run was a lot better. Only problem was that it may have gone on a little too long. In any case, this match seemed like a blueprint for UWF2, as this was worked much like the bigger UWF2 matches, with a lot of knockdowns, comebacks and tons of drama.   Kazuo Yamazaki vs Nobuhiko Takada (8/13/88 UWF) - Takada was actually heeling it up here, twice kicking Yamazaki while he was down, along with punching him right in the face. The opening 5-10 minutes of this match was full of neat little spots and story sequences like that. Later, Takada started going after Yamazaki's leg but couldn't put him away. One complaint is that the dragon suplex wasn't treated well, as it didn't even get a close near-fall, and it wasn't sold very well either. Finishing sequence was incredible and the actual finish was incredibly hot. Excellent match.   Nobuhiko Takada vs Akira Maeda (11/10/88 UWF) - Incredibly dramatic and epic match. Both guys were just whaling on each other by the end. Really great story, with Takada getting the worst of it early, and only being one knockdown away from losing, only to reverse the tide and storm back for the win. The finish was just beautiful, as they were drilling each other with their best shots, and it was only a matter of who would go down first. Maeda's selling was fantastic and it was the best performance of his that I've seen.

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