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  1. Wow, this was great! Andre doing a basic chinlock or suplex looks like death. He has so much offense that would be so completely hokey in anyone else's hands but works well for Andre. This really picks up when Khan makes the comeback and goes after Andre's leg. I've never seen Khan work as a babyface, so him having so much fire surprised me. This feels kinda like a man in the wild trying to take it to a bear caught in a trap and having some success but still being overmatched. Still, they get over the damage Khan has been able to do in short spurts, because Andre sells and is wobbly even when he's in control. I love him covering himself so he can't feel Khan's punches anymore. No one really gets the cinematic possibilities of working as a giant quite like Andre. ****1/4
  2. Tenryu's back and we get the addition of Masa Saito to the mix, but yet again we get another underwhelming match. Despite my liking of Masa Saito, his selling and facials were pretty bad. Killer Khan however did throw some mean looking stomps namely at Tenryu which are one of the highlights of this, along with Joe Higuchi losing control of the match again and it ending in utter chaos with Tenryu and Choshu just endlessly going at each other. The post match stuff is awesome. After the entire Tenryu and Choshu brawl, Rusher Kimura cuts a promo and on the opposite side of the ring there's Tiger Mask brawling with a bunch of guys and then Choshu and Tenryu go back it and fists are just flying everywhere. Crazy stuff despite the this being an underwhelming match.
  3. Apparently Tenryu had injured his leg and was in the ring pre-match with crutches, so he can't physically participate in the match, but he can stick around ringside and do commentary. Choshu hates him and has no sympathy for him and mouths off at him once he makes it to the ring. Due to this injury, we get some fresh faces thrown into these matches -- Killer Khan and Masanobu Fuchi which are fantastic additions to this rivalry. This is easily the worse of all the matches in the rivalry. We got more Choshu here bullying Ishikawa and Fuchi here than in the previous matches, but Tenryu's absence in the match is noticeable -- the crowd interaction and intensity are much less than when Tenryu is involved. The Choshu and Jumbo interactions were alright, but I don't feel there was much else noteworthy going on here as no one excelled at anything particularly here. Take away the post match scuffle between Choshu slapping the headset off Tenryu at the commentary table and this is skippable.
  4. This is the stuff right here. Beginning is about what you'd expect from a big Choshu match with these two gauging the distance between them and carefully attacking, awesome lock-ups etc. I'm certain I heard the commentator react to Khan not wearing any paint, which-idk, I don't remember ever seeing Khan wear paint but let's build the narrative on him not wearing paint as he's decided to paint his face with CHOSHU'S BLOOD. Ahem. Match really picks up when Khan starts stomping Choshu in the head-the stomps look really good and are reminiscent of the kind of head stomps you'd see in high end lucha matches, the kind of stuff Santo did during his rudo run. Khan misses a Knee Drop on the floor for the big transition which looks just ungodly brutal. Choshu's reaction to this opportunity if to just thorougly beat Khan's ass with awesome punches, kicks, and of course head stomps because fuck you Killer Khan Riki Choshu is the greatest wrestler of all time. Choshu really makes sure you buy into Khan bleeding here-most guys would just be done after one ringpost shot and get to the bleeding part as soon as possible but Choshu slams Khan's ringpost into the head a couple of more times and hits him with the awesome lucha through the ropes kicks and punches to make sure you really believe Khan should do a blade job for this. And it rules. The big hope spot for Khan comes when he reverses a Choshu Lariat with a big boot-a counter that would be very predictable in say, a modern WWE or New Japan match, but the way All Japan uses rope running moves and irish whips in the 80s is that they have a much bigger chance of working so you buy into the sequence more, plus the actual counter looks great and is timed well. Khan's big nearfalls are some of the most brutal knee drops you'll ever see and his delusional heeling complements them perfectly. Choshu uses the awesome looking Backdrop both as a means of coming back into the match and as a means of wearing down Khan and setting him up for the finish-which included one of best nearfalls I've ever seen, it couldn't have been timed any better. ****1/2
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