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  1. Just rewatched this after their July match, and it is even better than I remembered. What a fucking fight, Id say this and the July match are the two best Piper matches Ive ever seen. This is just a violent masterpiece, the violence is simple but so effective. Both guys bleed buckets, and whike the territory leaned too far into the bladejobs, it was a needed element to put over the brutality. Pipers blade job to the ear is an all timer in terms of effectiveness, really puts the match over the edge. I like the way they used the chain, there were no cute creative spots just grinding and hitting each other with it like a dog fight, pun kinda intended. Watching this back, I didnt mind the finish as much as I remember. Yes, as Superstar said the bump off the ropes was probably the safest of the match, but the shots afterwards were great and the match really didnt feel like it could go on much longer with the damage they had inflicted. That being said, a more climactic finish probably would hve put it at the full 5 for me, but it is one of the best brawls I have seen and the best use of the collar/chain gimmick I can remember. ****3/4
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    Roddy Piper vs Greg Valentine 7/9/83

    This kind of discovery is what makes having the Network worth it. My god what a brawl, as has already been stated the striking was absolutely off the charts great from both guys, Pipers punches were some of the best I can remember seeing from him, and Valentines foreams and punches to the ear looked amazing. Gregs gutbuster looked brutal, as did his follow up knees. Brutal is a great word to sum this fight up. This had a sense of hate that most wrestling cannot reach, I need to rewatch the dog collar match stat to see how well that holds up after watching this. Essential viewing, so glad this showed up and I am so excited to see what other unseen footage is found. Great time to be a fan. ****1/2
  3. I had never seen this famous match, and thought it was great. Terrys performance is out-of-this-world great, his selling of the leg has to be one of the all time great sell jobs. I loved the frenetic pace and how there was no quarter given by either team. Of course, the post match with Hamsen wreaking havoc and the famous forever promo puts this over the top as oneof the best all round presentations of the 80s *****
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    Chavo Guerrero vs. Masa Fuchi (AJPW 8/31/83)

    Yeah the crowd heat helped make this one. There were a lot of cool moments in this - Fuchis rolling short arm scissors, Chavos electric chair drop to the turnbuckle being teo ones that stood out to me - and everything escalated logically. Chavo was really good at this point, and both did the small detail work that really makes a match for me. ***3/4
  5. Yeah this was really good, just an all action match with great finishes for the first two falls and an out of control feel to match the double DQ finish. I was pleasantly surprised with how clean the finish of the first fall was, the knee drop really did look like it could end a fall. On a tangent, but WCCW was a very kneedrop heavy territory, it seems like we see multiple in each match I watch! Really fun stuff. ****
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    Six-Man Tag Team Champions Von Erichs vs Fabulous Freebirds - WCCW 8/12/83

    I wasnt as high on this match as you, Superstar. I am finding these Von Erich tags to be frustrating in the sense that I think they could have a really good heat segment on them, as all three are quite good sellers (especially David), but it seems like the Freebirds never get a sustained advantage over Fritzs boys. I think a more traditional southern style tag between the teams would be amazing, but if I accept that this is what we are going to get, then this was fun enough. This is a side note, but were the ropes in WCCW lower than in other territories? If so, that would explain why a lot of the rope running looks a bit clumsy and awkward in these matches. I really liked Gordy in this one, especially his punches and elbows to David. I also like the finish as a way to keep the feud moving along. Fun stuff, but not at the level of their best work. ***1/4
  7. Like all of the other Fujinami/Choshu matches Ive seen, this was an intense, mat based war. They were able to convey an intensity going back and forth in their exchanging of holds that is not seen too much these days. The way they would work holds and treat them was more realistic than the typical body part weakening/selling that is more prevalent in the US. An example being Choshu hitting a shoulder breaker and then going into the scorpion. Yes, his previous attack was on the shoulder, but the scorpion deathlock is a deadly hold and when the opportunity arises, why wouldnt you go for it. An analogy would be in MMA, if someone is working a leg kick game standing and then when it goes to the ground a choke is available, should they pass and dive for a knee bar on the leg theyve been kicking? Of course not, you would go to the hold that is most likely to finish. They did a great fake out of a typical 80s count out finish, with Choshu lariating Fujinami from behind and sensing him headfirst into the post, resulting in Fuji coming up bloody. After the tease, they end up delivering on the count out finish, with Fujinami hitting an enzuigiri and backdrop suplex on the floor to sqeak out the win. This obviously sets up rematches down the line, and plays off of previous finishes. Overall, I thought this was really good and look forward to seeing the rematches later. ****
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    Proposal for 2018: Match Review Trades

    Works dominating my life at the moment, I think I might have to skip this week so I can catch up on my reviews, which I will get to as soon as I have the time sorry
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    Proposal for 2018: Match Review Trades

    For Time Evans, I am giving Arn Anderson vs Tommy Rich, 03/31/91, a really fun TV title match. https://youtu.be/3QuIZC9vNMw
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    Proposal for 2018: Match Review Trades

    Finally got around to reviewing MattDs match, Ted Dibiase vs Dick Murdoch, 12/29/85. What an awesome match! http://prowrestlingonly.com/index.php?/topic/36111-ted-dibiase-vs-dick-murdoch-122985-houston/?p=5829645&do=findComment&comment=5829645 Will get around to SPSs match sometime soon!
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    Ted Dibiase vs Dick Murdoch (12/29/85 Houston)

    Got this recommendation from MattD in the Secret Santo thread, and a damn fine one it was! Having the match in full shows what a shame it is that the NWA on Demand service is no longer releasing this kind of stuff. Murdoch was an absolute beast in this, his extended heat segment was full of cool, violent looking offence. One of my favourite parts was when he rammed the back of Dibiases head into the buckles, a seemingly simple spot but looked great in the way it was delivered and sold. Ted was at the top of his game in 85, and kept up with Murdoch as well, and when it was time for the comeback matched the intensity level. I love Murdochs stagger sells of punches, Ted really had to move to get into position to strike him again rather than being fed in a contrived way. Dibiases Texas jab combo looked great as well. When they go outside, Dick hits him in the back of the head with the point of a chair a couple of times, which he made look career ending but were probably totally safe. Im probably underselling these shots, to me they looked more brutal and painful than most of the shots in ECW, just without the concussions. The finish was great, after Ted kicks out of the awesome calf branding, he really makes a show of weiggling his hand and adjusting the glove so the back of the arena could see it. He gets out the back door of the brainbister and hits Murdoch with a great punch for the 3. What a match! THIS is how you do a grudge match, just super intense and violent but also with great transitions and story. The match really compliments the angle that set it up, and the post match makes you look forward to the upcoming tags. I could watch this type of wrestling all day. ****1/2
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    Proposal for 2018: Match Review Trades

    Ive been super busy, but will get to both MattD and SPSs matches asap. For SPS, Im recommending a super fun tag match from Chikara Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli vs Mike Quakenbush & Jigsaw https://youtu.be/A1QzDuhGLbE
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    Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs Ted DiBiase - Mid-South, Houston 7/29/83

    This is such agreat feud. I love Boeschs line of A come as you are fight means you wont leave how you came. Im a sucker for street fights with jeans and cowboy boots, the type of thing that you donmt see much of anymore. As far as the match goes, I love that there were pretty much zero actual wrestling moves and actually resembled a fight. The transitions were all fought for and it had a real feeling of a struggle. I love Duggans big right hands, and Dibiase was great bumping for him. For the type of match this was, it went about the right length. Greedily I would have liked to see more but Im very happy with what we did get. ****1/4
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    Proposal for 2018: Match Review Trades

    Posted my review of the Bret Hart vs Issac Yankem cage match here http://prowrestlingonly.com/index.php?/topic/14901-bret-hart-vs-isaac-yankem-wwf-monday-night-raw-101695-cage-match/&do=findComment&comment=5828334 For MattD, I picked Tully Blanchard vs Don Kernodle, 05/11/85. I thought this was a really fun match, interested to see your take on it.
  15. Thanks to SirEdger for giving me this match in the Secret Santo thread. Some basic work by both to start, solid but unspectacular. I do miss this sort of work on WWE tv, feels much more organic and less scripted. Another thing I prefer from back then is how in their instant replays, they dont speed up the shot right before impact. Yankem took a cool bump when Bret pulled his legs out from under him while standing on the top rope, resulting in him landing face first in a cool way. I really like all the shenanigans with Lawler, but in one of those pro wrestling logic things, why did they have the shark cage conveniently there and empty for half of the match? Was this a part of the stip, where if Lawler interfered hes end up in the cage? It would make sense due to how their Summerslam match ended. The action takes a back seat at this point, but picks up when Bret gets crotched on the top rope. Eventually Bret hits a second rope elbow and then escapes over the top, which felt kind of anticlimactic. Overall, the match was ok, but seemed more as a backdrop to Lawler comedy than anything else. Jacobs as Yankem, in this match and in general, was really not much, he really lucked out by picking up the Kane gimmick as this (and Fake Diesel) didnt really show what he could do, in-ring and character wise. This seemed more like House Show Bret than Big Match Bret, which given the fact that the focus was off of the match for a good portion of it, is probably to be expected. More like a Coliseum Video exclusive type match than the Raw main events these days, which isnt necessarily a bad thing as long as you go in with those level expectations. *1/2 - Just read Strummers post about it being a dark match that actually aired, that really makes sense when you look at the match and how it was worked.