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  1. Good to know I can STILL thrust myself from 6 years ago. This was awesome, bloody and ass-stomping indeed. The cool thing about these 80s main events from germany/austria is that you get to see guys like Slaughter stretch out and do these ultra simplistic carnage ladden main events with no fluff whatsoever. So, after some warm up stalling and heat mongering, this is largely Slaughter wasting Wanz with punches and awesome knees on the ground. We also get Slaughter throwing chairs and bashing a bloody Wanz's head into the glass barrier. The announcer was telling the fans to stay in their seats for their own safety at that point. Wanz didn't get a lot of offense which is not a huge problem, and when he did something Slaughter would bump like a motherfucker. Another strong finish. This type of super minimalist wrestling is not anything that will blow people's minds but still extremely enjoyable.
  2. This is interesting just because it's footage of Wright and Wanz from the mid 70s baby! The match wasn't much, because the japanese guys treated the europeans like nothing special at all. The match starts with the japanese guys working chinlocks on Otto which is not really what you want. Wanz and Wright tried to work as a heel team, double teaming the natives, but their attempts were thwarted. Wright didn't do any matwork or flashy stuff here, but you could tell from the way he moved and executed basic moves like a takedown that he was the real deal. Another interestig thing was Wanz throwing punch combos. He would bully his opponent into the ropes or corner, and then attack with shoulder blocks and fast punches, almost like a proto-Vader. Otto was a pretty good boxer before his wrestling days and still mobile at this point so he could throw some nice punches. A pity that none of this amounted to much of a match, but still cool to see the europeans in such unusual roles. Hopefully more of their 70s japan stuff can be unearthed.
  3. Two fat bastards punching eachother a lot. Same deal as usual with Wanz, right? Well, this was the early 80s and Wanz was in way better shape than later on. He was still a fat bastard, but actually looked like an in shape fat bastard. He doesn't do anything out of the extraordinary but there are some impressive floating style lifts. Sailor White can punch Otto in the ear and does some impressive bumps for a short fat dude with comical arms. Dare I say - he was pretty clever with his bumps. The problem with the match is that it goes needlessly long - pretty sure not even Sailor White himself knew why the hell he would be booked in a match this long, but this was the convention for german main events - so probably could have shaved off a resthold or two. Also, unlike in other matches Wanz didn't seem to be in much peril. As usual the surrounding presentation is of the match is off the charts as all the austrians pile up when the action spills to the outside. Oh and Wanz has Mile Zrno and Steve Wright as his seconds, with Wright doing all kinds of fist pumping and looking like he wants to jump into the fray himself. The unusually gruesome finish makes up for it though as Wanz just kicks a bloody Sailor in the kidneys and ribs until the ref stop. Enjoyable bout.
  4. Kind of a formative match for these two. The story is that Bull shocked the world and took the title off of Wanz, now the question is can the old champ withstand the beast and take his title back? Wanz was already pretty slow and couldn't do much anymore, and this wasn't as violent as some of their matches, but it was a fight like all their matches are. You could argue that there were a lot of restholds, but they always moved right back to beating the snot out of eachother. Vader was mostly interested in bashing Wanz's skull in, while Wanz for some reason did a lot of knee strikes and european uppercuts. These super minimalist, long Wanz matches really make you appreciate the most basic spots, such as getting the boots up in the corner or catching a charging opponent with a clothesline. And the crowd really loved every single thing Wanz did. I can't think of 5 more beloved babyfaces of the top of my head. Folks were jumping up and down and waving the austrian flag at the most simple things. The recurring theme of the match was a) things kept spilling to the outside (something that seemed to happen a lot more often in the brightly lit Graz Ice Skating Hall) and guys kept getting safed by the bell. I think both themes were solved nicely in the finish, altough it would have looked dated even in the 70s. Still, Otto Wanz vs. Bull Power is always a special match.
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