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  1. A really fun slice of pro wrestling between two all time great wrestlers. This was 1 fall and in front of a silent japanese crowd, and the transitions weren't exactly hard fought, so the match felt a little like an exhibition. Still, there was plenty of excellent hold for hold work and some vicious brawling with Santito hitting especially stiff kicks. He even elbowed Panther in the face when he tried to block the Camel Clutch. That and him trying to prevent the Sharpshooter may have been my favourite moments of the match. Santito really had his working boots on and hit every spectacular dive he knows. I also liked how hard his flying headbutts connected.
  2. AKINO & Ayako Hamada vs Mima Shimoda & Etsuko Mita (LCO) (06/09/01 Arsion): This match begins slowly and in a rather loose manner. I don't recall when it picks up but, its sometime when Mita starts bleeding! Yes, yes very good. Then more action, Shimoda's bleeding... Moving along swimmingly. AKINO's really standing out but, I'll skip to the highlights! There are chairs, tables, (aforementioned) blood, dives, double teams, and false finishes. This really picked yp into something special. If you're a fan of Yoshi, women's wrestling, and/or ECW, I highly recommend that you watch this! Lioness Asuka vs Mariko Yoshida (07/03/01): This is all good. Mariko wrestles, Lioness wrestles. Mariko strikes, Lioness strikes. I couldn't ask for anything more. A perfect mix of wrestling & gimmick spots with superb execution. A match with fantastic build that led to logical submission and pinfall attempts. This really looked like 2 champs battling. This was great! Hijo del Santo, Yoshihiro Asai & Gran Hamada vs Negro Casas, Blue Panther & Fuerza Guerrero (WWA 1990): If you're a fan of Michinoku Pro like me, I think you'd dig the beans outta this. Its a compact match with everyone pairing off evenly. Hamada & Fuerza leave me with the most lasting impression. Casas & Negro are great as always. Asai (Ultimo) was very good but, with Panther, seemed off their mark. Overall this was 2000 pounds of fun. If you're into M-Pro, I highly recommend the match for you. Its time well spent! Akira Hokuto vs Manami Toyota (08/21/93 AJW): This wasn't a perfect match BUT is a perfect way to be introduced to Joshi, Hokuto, and Toyota. This bout is full of stretches, stiff kicks, and maneuvers. I think their 08/19/90 match is better (which I reviewed a couple weeks ago) and their 09/02/95 encounter is worth going back to review as well. But! This is the place to start High recommendation!
  3. Another quality workrate trios from the CMLL crew which lacked maybe a slightly more stretched out opening to be be closer to the 4/24 trios. Still, all 3 falls were just excellent pro wrestling and it's really cool to see guys like Niebla and Aguila mix it up with the legends. This was worked technicos vs. Technicos so there is no rudo beatdown, however there is a general semblance of the greenhorns having to fight uphill against the savvy vets. For example Nieblas knee gets attacked in some pretty nasty moments, and Aguila eats a few boots to the face when getting too cute with his flying moves. Both Niebla and Aguila have some truely spectacular moves and Rivera holds up his end in a cool mat section against Santito. Some clever spots, Panther and Santito once again bust out a Doomsday Device variation in the middle of an exchange, I also loved Hijo del Santo's cheap dropkick in the 3rd fall. He also busted out his awesome diving headbutt->tope combo just to show these punks he's still the man. Also got a kick out of Blue Panther's tricky armlock getting a nice response. High quality stuff, the CMLL crew could do no wrong in 1998.
  4. CMLL was ridiculously loaded with great wrestlers in the 90s. It was funny to watch Santito and Negro Casas working as a best buddy tag team complete with synchronized sequences and hot tag after their year long rivalry. This was a high end workrate tag, the afromentioned Santo/Casas double teames were extremely intricate and executed perfectly. Also, because Casas and Fuerza were somewhat feuding at this time („Somewhat“ because nothing really seemed to come out of it... thanks, CMLL bookers) their exchanges were pretty violent, Fuerza throwing punches and Negro booting him in the face. It may come as a shock since he's been a clown for so long, but once upon a time Mr. Niebla could bring the workrate too. Black Warrior took some huge bumps and hit a great dive. This hit all the spots.
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