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  1. Matt Farmer

    Puerto Rico Wrestling

    Not a lot, but I also have not really started collecting results for the early 90's yet. There's actually a lot of new information that has been researched over the last few years for the territory. I started a Facebook group that has some great information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/456473817891680/ There's another site that we've worked with too that has shown some awesome stuff too. https://www.facebook.com/historialuchalibrepr/
  2. Matt Farmer

    Puerto Rico Wrestling

    Here is what I have: January 28, 1989 Carolina PR, Poli-Deportivo Guillermo Angulo Jason the Terrible beat Carlos Colon*- Win WWC World TV Title Abdullah the Butcher* vs TNT- WWC North American Title Rufus R Jones vs Chicky Starr Dan Kroffat & Tama* vs Brad & Bart Batten- WWC World Tag Title Texas Death Match Huracan Castillo Jr & Miguel Perez Jr* vs Mr. Pogo & Kensuke Sasaki- Caribbean Tag Titles Ricky Santana* vs El Profe- WWC Junior Heavyweight Title Dr. Death vs Victor Jovica February 25, 1989 Carolina PR, Poli-Deportivo Guillermo Angulo Carlos Colon beat Jason the Terrible*- WWC Universal and World TV Title Barbed wire match Abudda Dein beat TNT*- Win WWC Puerto Rican Title Brad & Bart Batten* vs Chicky Starr & White Angel- WWC World Tag Titles Ricky Santana vs Kensuke Sasaki- No DQ WWC Junior Heavyweight Title Rufus R Jone & Mr. Pogo vs Huracan Castillo Jr & Miguel Perez Jr Dan Kroffat vs Tama Victor Jovica vs El Profe March 4, 1989 San Juan PR, Hiram Bithorn Stadium a: 8,000 Carlos Colon* beat Adudda Dein- WWC Universal Title Invader I beat Chicky Starr Mark & Chris Youngblood beat Ninja Express (Mr. Pogo & Kensuke Sasaki)*- Win WWC Caribbean Tag Titles TNT* beat Jason the Terrible- WWC Caribbean Title Brad & Bart Batten* beat Dan Kroffat & Tama- WWC World Tag Titles Steve Strong beat Rufus R Jones Ricky Santana* beat El Profe- WWC Junior Heavyweight Title Joe Savoldi beat White Angel (This card was Jose Gonzalez first match back after being acquitted for murdering Bruiser Brody. Jose received a huge ovation from the audience. This was the Youngbloods first match back since the incident as well) March 11, 1989 Caguas PR Carlos Colon* vs Abudda Dein- WWC Universal Title Invader I vs Chicky Starr Jason the Terrible & Steve Strong beat Brad & Bart Batten*- Win WWC World Tag Titles TNT vs Tama Joe Savoldi vs White Angel Ricky Santana & Rufus R Jones vs Mr. Pogo & Kensuke Sasaki Victor Jovica vs Dan Kroffat April 1, 1989 San Juan PR Ninja Express (Mr. Pogo & Kensuke Sasaki) beat Huracan Castillo Jr & Miguel Perez Jr*- Win WWC Caribbean Tag Titles April 2, 1989 Dorado PR or Aguadilla PR Brad & Bart Batten beat Ninja Express (Mr. Pogo & Kensuke Sasaki)*- Win WWC Caribbean Tag Titles Jonathan Holiday beat Ricky Santana*- Win WWC Junior Heavyweight Title May 6, 1989 Bayamon PR Carlos Colon & Invader & TNT vs Rip Rogers & Chicky Starr & Steve Strong Super Medico* beat Jonathan Holiday- WWC Junior Heavyweight Title Abudda Dein vs White Angel Bart Batten vs Miguel Perez Jr Brad Batten vs Huracan Castillo Jr Ricky Santana & Rufus R Jones vs Mr. Pogo & Kensuke Sasaki Victor Jovica vs El Profe
  3. Matt Farmer

    Puerto Rico Wrestling

    Wanted to bump this thread as it's one of my favorites.
  4. Matt Farmer

    WON HOF 2017

    I still don't see Fujiwara, if he's getting in on work alone. What sets him apart from a dozen other mid-card Japanese wrestlers? He's was no better, and IMO not on the same level as guys like Kuniaki Kobayashi, Kengo Kimura, Animal Hamaguchi, Yoshiaki Yatsu and dozens more.
  5. Matt Farmer

    WON HOF 2017

    Maybe I need to go back and watch a bunch of Fujiwara matches. I've seen hundreds of Fujiwara matches but he was never someone that made me take a second look at his work. His work always reminded me of mid-card NJPW level work, which is not bad at all.
  6. Matt Farmer

    WON HOF 2017

    Maybe Fujiwara should be included in the non-wrestler category. As a "worker" he wasn't even close to being a hall of famer. I don't see where he was even all that influential, there were others that were far more influential than Fujiwara. His biggest influence was when he motivated an entire roster of wrestlers to leave his promotion to start their own company because they were tired of how he was operating his business. He is definitely on the bottom list of the list. In truth he shouldn't even be on the ballot. If you look at him during the peak of his career, he wouldn't even be in the top 20 in terms of relevance to the country. For a career mid-carder to be hall of fame worthy they would have to be a world class worker, or have an undeniable track record of being influential. Neither of those things Fujiwara could claim. I liked him, and his "shoot aura" but I also liked Haku and his similar aura.
  7. Matt Farmer

    WON HOF 2017

    Fujiwara was a career mid-carder and multiple failure as a promoter. So bad in fact he caused a mass exodus of talent. He shouldn't even be on the ballot.
  8. Matt Farmer

    WON HOF 2017

    Can someone give me a good argument why Yoshiaki Fujiwara is being voted for?
  9. Matt Farmer

    WON HOF 2017

    It's disappointing how much the smaller territories get written off, by Dave especially, for not drawing huge crowds when they didn't have the population bases to do so anyway. Having a successful money making promotion for decades is impressive even if your biggest arena could only hold 3,000-4,000 instead of 10,000. Memorial Coliseum held way more than 4,000. So did Key Arena. Don promoted more than a dozen cards at the Memorial Coliseum, with varying success. A few did excellent business, some did just a few thousand. He also ran some cards at the Expo Center that held around 5,000 fans and sold it out a few times. Not once did Don Owen promote a card at Key Arena (or Seattle Center Coliseum). Don did run shows at the much smaller Seattle Center Arena (5,000 seats) and when Dutch Savage was running Washington they did okay, but despite what Dutch would tell people they rarely sold it out and did not have a run of sellouts like he in told people. Don was the ultra conservative promoter. That might be why he survived for more than 60 years in the business, and that would be Don's biggest achievement.
  10. Matt Farmer

    Puerto Rico Wrestling

    Today Javier Rodriguez uploaded a bunch of stuff to Youtube. Including how the rivalry between Stan Hansen & Bruiser Brody vs Carlos Colon & Abdullah the Butcher began. Bruiser Brody vs Jorge Clemente TV match And Stan Hansen vs Huracan Castillo Jr We're having a discussion about it on the History of Puerto Rico Facebook page.
  11. I may be in the minority here, I always enjoyed the weird mixed style matches New Japan presented during this time. Sure there were some stinkers yet as I fan I always found enjoyment when styles clashed like this. I didn't judge them on match quality, just enjoyed seeing how these guys would match up in a working sense.
  12. Matt Farmer

    Lucha in 1990-91

    Yes he was. Of course he and his brothers as Los Hermanos Dinamita were one of wrestling more underrated trios draws. Mascara Ano was a top guy in his own right, in fact the semi-final of Mexico's biggest wrestling event in front of 50,000 fans at Plaza de Toros was Mascara dropping his mask to Perro Aguayo. Even late into his career he drew well on top.
  13. Matt Farmer

    Billy Goelz and other 50s finds

    I was excited to see Stojack in action as he's something of a local wrestling legend. Stojack was a local guy who went on to be NWA World Light heavyweight champion and multiple time Junior Heavyweight Champion. He also spent time playing football for the old Brooklyn Dodgers NFL team. He wrestled often locally while also being Pierce County Sheriff. Inside the 20,000 seat Tacoma Dome there is a large mural of Frank Stojack outside a small sports Hall of Fame as he's a member of the Pierce County Hall of Fame.
  14. Matt Farmer

    Prowres in southeastern europe

    Not sure what time periods you are looking to research. But at one time or another nearly every country had some form of pro wrestling at a major league level. If you want to take a look at some older research from around the globe, I'd recommend a site I've helped with. The Historical Wrestling Society. http://www.prowrestlinghistoricalsociety.com/index.html there is also a Facebook page.
  15. Matt Farmer

    Lucha in 1990-91

    I've spent a TON of time researching this era of Mexico. What made this era so unique and ground breaking is television. Lucha on television in Mexico City was not common. There were some cable channels that carried it, but for the majority of homes in the Federal District (most populated state in Mexico) lucha was not on television. It wasn't until 1989 that EMLL got a regular television time slot and the wrestlers that were featured became instants stars. Prior to this time the number one promotion in terms of attendance was probably UWA but once television entered the picture EMLL started moving ahead. In 1990 both promotions were doing excellent business. By 1991 EMLL was clearly ahead and doing record business, including 5 straight Friday night sellouts at Arena Mexico (the building was not ran full time during this era). El Canek became a huge star during a period of time when lucha libre was on fire in Mexico. In terms of fans paying to see live wrestling, the late 1970's and early 80's was probably the most prolific period of time in terms of paying customers in Mexico. It's unlikely any promotion in history drew as many paying customers per year as the UWA was pulling in during this time. Second to them was EMLL at the time. El Canek was one of the top stars in UWA at the time so his name was built off of this time. He was a larger and more muscular than average luchador and he had charisma and was a good worker. In Mexico once you build your name, it carries on for a long time. Konnan was very similar to Canek, which may explain some of the heat between the two. Konnan was bigger and more muscular than most, plus he had a ton charisma. A good look and charisma gives you a huge edge in becoming a star. The thing about Konnan is he got over right away, in numerous regions before becoming a big star in Mexico City. Mexico was set up similar to how territories were in the United States. For instance if you worked in Monterrey for Carlos Elizondo, you'd work his big shows every Sunday at the Plaza de Toros then he would book you out around the state the rest of the week. Foreigners in the early 90's were making very good wages in a territory like Monterrey. Perro Aguayo was/is possibly the biggest live attendance draw in the history of Mexico. While he's not the cultural star that Santo, Blue Demon, Mil Mascaras or El Solitario are. I'd be willing to be that Aguayo attracted more fans to pay money to see him than anyone in Mexico. In the late 80's/early 90's he was so over and so respected he was allowed to headline for both promotions. When Konnan and Antonio Pena were booking EMLL for Paco Alonso, many names were brought up for Konnan to drop his mask to. Konnan and Pena suggested Perro even though he was the rival UWA's top star. The biggest drawing cards in Mexico for 90' - 91' were (in no order) Perro Aguayo - Konnan - Cien Caras - Rayo de Jalisco Jr - El Canek - Dos Caras - Fabuloso Blondy (Ken Timbs) - Villano III - El Hijo del Santo - Sangre Chicana - Mascara Ano 2000 - Atlantis - Ringo Mendoza - Octagon - Atlantis - Vampiro I may be missing a few but this is a good start.
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