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  1. Voodoo Murders (Minoru, Rene Dupree, TARU & Toshizo) vs. F4 (Hiroshi Yamato, KAI, Satoshi Kojima & Zodiac) - AJPW Excite Series 2010 - Day 2 07/02/2010 What a gem this was. I love parachuting in to a promotion, not knowing what’s happening and finding magic. And Mutoh Era All Japan is perfect for that. This is a Losing Stable Disbands match between F4 and Voodoo Murders. I believe this is Captain Falls rules so if either TARU or Kojima are pinned, it’s over immediately. Nice idea in theory but it was always going to end up with Kojima and TARU at the end. And that was actually pretty great. TARU was really good the entire match. I’m not sure if TARU is actually good - TARU is definitely the popular guy in the match - or just well protected for this match but everything he did seemed to gel really well with everything else in the match. Whether it was being the subtle chickenshit being on the sidelines while his boys did most of the work or taking it to Kojima at the end who was a supergod the whole match. But everything before that was really good wrestling too. Voodoo Murders were a blend of cheating heels and faces depending on the moment in the match while F4 were the clean faces but it all combined together to make a compelling match. F4 were on the backfoot the whole match which allowed Hiroshi Yamato and KAI to shine as sympathetic faces. Yamato more so than KAI though, thanks to his fiery comebacks and his selling. Minoru was great on the VM side as well. His technical offence and team work with TARU at the end was pretty awesome. Everyone played their role superbly in the match. Well worth seeking out. ****1/4
  2. Wanted to give this another look as a number of folks were touting it as one of All Japan's best from the 80s. Really strong start with some work around holds and an amateur exchange where Kerry looks credible while Jumbo looks confident and ready for the NWA World Champion. Great butterfly suplex following Kerry's struggle to block it. Some nice arm work from Kerry follows but Jumbo counters with a crossbody for a nice near fall. Big fan of how he throws some nice wrinkles into amateur & power offense. Our first tease of the Claw comes with Kerry fighting out of a kneebar. Jumbo blocks it so he grabs the stomach and sells it well when they' standing. Enough of this feeling out -- backbreaker, jumping knees and the backdrop suplex take the first fall. Clean as possible with the challenger going over strong with clear, measured escalation is exactly how this should go. Jumbo strikes in the second open Kerry up! The blood adds quite a bit of drama with Jumbo furiously looking to put him away in 2 straight falls. Really hot start here and fired up Jumbo is a great version of this great wrestler. This falls apart a bit for me as he hits a piledriver for a 2 count, and then they transition to Kerry throwing punches that set up the Claw for the finish. Just out of nowhere. After relentless Jumbo control for so long and the blood loss, I'd expect a more compelling or creative way to put Kerry on top. No real issue with the flash finish off of the Claw, but it was as though they just switched roles on a dime without showing us how that happened. The third fall has the awesome work by Jumbo on Kerry's hand, just brutalizing it with strikes, stomping it, smashing it into the turnbuckle & cable. Jumbo is not waiting for a motorcycle accident in the states a few years later -- he wants Kerry losing a limb tonight. Kerry is just phenomenal here as well, selling the damage and follow up armbreakers for all he's worth. Inconclusive finish as apparently they weren't about to have Jumbo take the loss here even against the NWA Champion. This was a really good match. I loved the start, the blood and the limb work. But they really missed an important beat on the second fall transition, and as great as the hand work was, it really needed a failed Claw or some similar exclamation point to seal its effectiveness but instead it didn't even play into the finish or a key spot down the stretch. ****1/4
  3. I thought this is a notch above their tag league final match from two years before. Worked in the same vein of the aforementioned match with the utter chaos, bleeding, brawling, drama, heated crowd and amazing Terry Funk selling and gruesome gusher. Everyone play their role perfectly, but this is still the Terry Funk show. Really great stuff.
  4. THE match that made Terry Funk a giant babyface in Japan. Great heat, violence and drama. Must-see ****
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