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  1. puropotsy

    [1990-09-22-Maritimes] Rip Rogers vs Big Stephen Pettipas

    Just wanted to add in that Petitpas was much better pre-1988 when he and Leo Burke were touring All-Japan, with Petitpas working as A. Sheik (I know Tony Stubbs worked that gimmick in earlier years but in 1988 it was Petitpas). Anyway, apparently a magazine was photographing Petitpas and his tour partner Tiger Jeet SIngh playing basketball when Petitpas blew out his knee. There are some good matches of him from the Maritimes as well as Montreal where he worked as Sheik Ali, a bumping big man heel. Rip Rogers did a tour of the Martitimes as Hercules Simard in 1978. He was brought in and made champion in 1988 and then again in 1990. A lot of guys liked working the territory as it was seasonal (spring to fall) and they got to work seven days a week during that time. Also, it was a nice area to vacation in summer so it was a bonus that way. Here are a couple of Rogers matches from 1988. Rip Rogers vs Leo Burke https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_UkFBGoedI Rip Rogers vs Rock N Roll Rebel Dino Ventura https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3iX1I8bzWg
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    [1990-07-07-WWC-Anniversario] Abdullah the Butcher vs Zeus

    This is pro wrestling's answer to The Room, apparently the bed bad movie of all time. I don't know what I love more, that Zeus' overhand strikes were so bad or that Abby's scar-tissued forehead was so paper-thin that he still bled.
  4. I thought Zack's submission and arm work here was amazing as usual and Goto looked great fighting his way through it. The interference takes the match down slightly for me but Goto looked good fighting off Suzuki. Sabre's near-fall after the match was also good and Goto shined in the finishing stretch. ****1/4
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    [2017-04-23-EVOLVE 83] Lio Rush vs Zack Sabre Jr

    Rush was great as the high-flying babyface toughing it out against the technical wizard. This show was amazing and this match was part of that. ****1/4
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    [2017-04-22-EVOLVE 82] Matt Riddle vs Timothy Thatcher

    I would have liked to see it go a little longer but man this was great. Riddle was in a role of having surpassed Thatcher but still had to duke it out with him here. Great technical wrestling. ****
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    [2017-04-22-EVOLVE 82] Keith Lee vs Kyle O'Reilly

    These guys matched up incredibly well. Lee doing his "bask in my glory" thing was coming back to haunt him with O'Reilly's relentless submission work. This is what indy dream matches should be in 2017. ****3/4
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    [2017-04-23-EVOLVE 83] Matt Riddle vs Drew Galloway

    Riddle is one of the best wrestlers in the world right now I would say. Great brawl with Drew being the badass he has been throughout his time in EVOLVE but Riddle working great underneath and managing to overcome. ****1/2
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    [2017-04-23-EVOLVE 83] Fred Yehi vs Kyle O'Reilly

    I thought this was the best technical wrestling match so far this year and is one of my top matches of the year. This is the Kyle O'Reilly I have always wanted to see and Yehi was right there with him. ****3/4
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    [2017-03-20-Stardom] Io Shirai vs Kairi Hojo

    This was great. That moonsault off the entrance was in some ways one of the riskiest things I have seen in a long time. I liked Io teasing the piledriver on the apron to play off their previous match. And even though the moonsault finish landed on the legs I am fine with that because I think it still works as offense. ****1/2
  11. I thought this was fantastic. I loved the use of the two tombstone spots and Fale's apparent tribute to Undertaker. Fale's repeated success at getting out of the Rainmaker built well to when Okada finally hit it. Fale was great at playing the big man here and Okada was great at overcoming the big man. ****1/4
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    [2017-05-03-NJPW-Wrestling Dontaku] Kenny Omega vs Tomohiro Ishii

    I thought this was great action and an awesome example of what both guys are capable of. My excitement for Ishii doing a reverse rana knows no bounds. I really hope Omega gets the belt because his title defenses will be something else. ****1/2
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    [2017-04-29-NJPW] Hiromu Takahashi vs Ricochet

    I thought this was a great match. The opening flurry of offense by Ricochet was something different. The action back and forth was strong and it actually felt like Ricochet had a chance of winning. Takahashi came off as a strong champion pulling out the win with his finishing stretch. ****1/4
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    [2017-04-29-NJPW] Tetsuya Naito vs Juice Robinson

    I thought Juice did a good job on working underneath but thought he should have taken more of the match to come off as a credible contender. I enjoyed Naito's leg submission work and Juice sold it well. ***1/2
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    [2017-04-29-NJPW] EVIL vs Hiroshi Tanahashi

    With the exception of the interference I loved this match. Probably my favorite Tanahashi performance in a while. EVIL is ready to break out in the next year in my opinion and got some great offense in here on Tana.****