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  1. On 4/23/2021 at 2:50 PM, Jetlag said:

    Creepy Japanese handheld guy is back online, and he seems to be doing Google Drive filesharing now. He hasn't responded to my email, though. Too bad because he seems to have a pile of hard to come by joshi footage.

    Definitely worth following up with him, especially if he will deal using Google Drive.

    Over several years, I got over over 200 discs from him, full of AJW TV and handhelds from 1978 thru 1991.  Based on the lists he has, There is a LOT more to get from 80 to 89.

    He is difficult to deal with (at least it was difficult for me), but I don't know any anyone who has the AJW footage he has.

    Keep us posted.

    Dan Ginnetty

  2. Can't thank you enough for this amazing stuff!

    One minor correction concerning Dyanamite Kid's tour in 1979:

    "Hara’s next pair of defenses would take place two months later, on 1979.07.20 and 1979.07.21, and the latter was a double title match for a belt he’d already held. In his first major Japanese appearance (a draw against Isamu Teranishi on 1979.07.19 was also broadcast in clipped form, though the first Hara match wasn’t)"

    I have a thick magazine covering the IWE, and it happens to have TV "relays", or match listings for all the TV shows.

    This magazine claims these were the listings covering that July tour:


    7/23  (taped 7/17)
    Chain Death Match: Ashura Hara def Ox Baker
    Rusher Kimura/Mighty Inoue (DCOR) Andre the Giant/Alexis Smirnoff
    7/30  (taped 7/16)
    Alexis Smirnoff (8:33 pin) Animal Hamaguchi
    *Rusher Kimura/Ashura Hara (10:47 DQ) *Ox Baker/Haystack Calhoun
    Andre the Giant (5:04 canadian back breaker) Mighty Inoue
    8/6  (taped 7/20)
    WWU World Junior Heavyweight Title: Ashura Hara* (18:37 DCOR) Dynamite Kid
    IWA World Heavyweight Title: Rusher Kimura* (10:25 DCOR) Andre the Giant
    8/13  no show
    8/20  (taped 7/21)
    Animal Hamaguchi/*Mighty Inoue (6:18 pin) Andre the Giant/*Haystack Calhoun
    IWA World Heavyweight Title*: Alexis Smirnoff (2-1) Rusher Kimura
       1: Kimura (8:48 pin)
       2: Smirnoff (2:50 pin)
       3: Smirnoff (3:16 pin)
    8/27  (taped 7/21)
    12-man Battle Royal Final: Andre the Giant (5:55 COR) Animal Hamaguchi
    * Other participants: Rusher Kimura, Great Kusatsu, Mighty Inoue, Goro Tsurumi, Snake Amami, Moretti
    Alexi Smirnoff, Ox Baker, Texas Outlaw, Haystack Calhoun, Ed 
    WWU World Junior Heavyweight/British Commonwealth Mid-Heavyweight Double Title: 
    Ashura Hara [WWU] (4min 7R time limit draw) Dynamite Kid [BC]
    9/3  (taped 7/19)
    The Mongolian: *#1/#2 (16:35 pin) *YANG Sun-hi/KIM Kwang-sik

    Isamu Teranishi (30min limit draw) Dynamite Kid


    I have searched everywhere for that 8/6 episode, but have only located the Andre match from that show.

    Carry on!

    Can't wait to see what you post next.


    Dan Ginnetty

  3. I would love to get an All Japan book along the lines of the IWE and NJ releases.  Specifically, I would love to get AJ tv listings, at least up through the 1970s.  We already have access to house show attendances.  It would be cool to get actual Tv ratings for all the feds, sunce that is also something of a "black hole" in my Showa Puroresu research. 


    Dan Ginnetty

  4. On 4/26/2020 at 5:39 PM, dawho5 said:

    I have been playing around with Fire Pro World for a while and I have hit on the one thing that is missing from every "fighting" wrestling game ever.


    It's always a strike or a grapple.  If there is a knockdown you do an elbow drop/whatever or submission that lasts so long and reset.  There is no flow to the next move, like say a guy who is in a weardown armbar on the ground gets up (if their defense succeds, lets say) and the attacker still has the armbar.  Maybe the next thing that happens is a whip to the ropes, maybe the  attacker manages to get it back down to the mat.  Or maybe the attacker transitions into something else from the original armbar before the escape.  Things like that contribute to a match in a lot of ways and it just doesn't exist in the games people have made about pro wrestling.

    Part of that is all of these games are made as "fighting games" where you are always trying only to win.  Having an entertaining match (or even better, one with a good story) is less than an afterthought.

    There are several Japanese wrestling games for the PS1 or PS2 that incorporate transitions and incorporate the crowd response.  Toukon Retsuden 3 and 4, for example.

    Giant Gram 2000 for the Sega Dreamcast is also very good.  

    Dan Ginnetty

  5. Davey Boy Smith, Bruce Hart, Keith Hart, and Robbie Stewart (Chic Cullen) vs Duke Myers, Kerry Brown, Dynamite Kid, and The Great Gama

    Says it is from 10/9/81.

    We get the last 14:40 of a 59:15 min match.  JR Foley rings the bell early to save Gama from submitting before the time runs out.

    A little postmatch stuff, then long interviews in the ring with both teams after the crowd leaves the arena.

    Dynamite with the crazy post match interview, claiming everyone is getting stretchered out next week, including Stu!

    Dan Ginnetty

  6. Billy Robinson vs. Ray Stevens 

    15:03 total segment time

    we get 14:16 of the 16:27 match

    Video starts 2:11 in.

    Ray Stevens has yet to enter the ring, it appears.  He is doing his best Larry Zbyszko impersonation, apparently

    At 1:56, Ray enters the ring, the match starts, and Mean Gene's commentary begins

    47 seconds of post match stuff, with the crowd going crazy

    Dan Ginnetty

  7. 18 hours ago, WingedEagle said:

    Those new Hidden Gems sound incredible.  I don't want to get too hot about it until we see if and how strongly they're clipped, but this reads like quite the haul.

    The Kotch/Goulet tag match runs 27:00 with intros, from film

    Martel-Robinson runs 17:09 with match jip

    Thesz-Longson runs 19:14 with intros

    Hodge tag runs 7:41, jip from film

    Takadas match runs 4:10  (This aired on NJ TV, NJ Classics, and a comm release as well



  8. The fact that the Robinson match was a mess is precisely why I think it's so great. It's not quite as good as Robinson/Baba but there's no shame in that--that's a MOTD contender. There's no Inoki match of that era where it looks so likely that he's going to lose and therefore none quite so dramatic. Even if it's Billy going off on his own, that just adds to the match's mystique for me. I liked the Brisco match when I saw it too, but almost entirely because I thought it was an otherworldly performance from Jack while Inoki was sort of along for the ride.




    Most of us knew the result before we even watched the match.

    I think it would have been much more dramatic if we didn't know the result going in.


    The 2nd fall coming so late in the match set the stage for a crazy sprint to the finish that the live crowd certainly enjoyed.


    Would I have preferred them having 5 minutes left for the last fall? Absolutely.

    But the match looked good to me.


    Much less stooging from Billy, compared to his Baba 3 fall match

    It looked more like a legit contest, especially for 1975 standards.


    Dan Ginnetty

  9. Fujinami was not booked to lose that match.

    When Maeda hit him with the high kick in the corner, it caught Fujinami just right and he started bleeding buckets.

    Maeda was a bit nervous, knowing the finish, so they improvised the double KO finish.


    The crowd bought it, thankfully, since the NJ vs. UWF feud was red hot at this time.


    Dan Ginnetty

  10. Believe it or not, Riki and I discussed it on Toukon Retsuden months before it happened. I recall many wrestling fans questioning AJs future after Baba passed. The wrestlers were loyal to Baba, but not his wife, who was now running things. Misawa and Motoko (Babas wife), did not see eye to eye on how to run AJ. Eventually, Misawa got the backing and support of NTV. Now he could form NOAH, and would have NTV airing shows. The split decimated AJ, leaving them with only Kawada and Masa Fuchi. They had NO tv coverage of any kind from June 2000 til late 2000, when GAORA picked them up. IMO, AJ never recovered, and now is a mere shadow of what it once was.

  11. Glad you enjoyed the show!


    Sadly, Youtube took all our old shows (over 100 episodes) down.

    Can't understand why ;-)


    The website Toukon theatre is still up, but those torrents take forever to download!


    The show relaunch did occur in 2013, and we have done almost 40 episodes

    since then. Only an hour long now, but it is still fun to do.


    If you are interested in watching our old episodes, or the relaunch episodes, I uploaded almost all of them to my Google Drive account.


    I also uploaded some of our talk show called The Wrestling Scene. It was a live show with callers. I spent most of my time trying to talk about anything but wrestling, but it was a good time!


    Shoot me an email at [email protected] I will share the Google Drive folder with anyone that wants them.


    Dan Ginnetty