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http://placetobenation.com/digging-in-the-crates-6/ Phil is joined by Childs Walker as they discuss Ricky Morton v. Nick Bockwinkle 7/2/82 from NWA Classics Scotty Blaze v. Preston Quinn NWA Virginia August 2005 https://www.youtube....h?v=JQttRLnu3Ok Hijo Del Santo/Negro Casas v. Bestia Salvaje/Scorpio Jr. 2/5/99 https://www.youtube....h?v=1zHa0LM64hc Genichiro Tenryu/Masa Fuchi v. Nobutaku Araya/Toshiaki Kawada 6/30/01 http://theditch.us/T...raya6-30-01.avi We also recommend some tunes from Gallant https://www.youtube....h?v=qh7BCluk3wc and Wussy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdtUwzK1dWE
Death From Above posted a topic in October 2004http://youtu.be/c46JC32BUrY I'm probably the last person qualified to talk about lucha as I've seen less lucha than probably any of the super serious wresting fans on this board, but this seems like the kind of thing worthy of discussion as a slight oddity due to location at the very, very least. I'm stunned by how few Youtube views this has because I found it on a whim running a search for, to me, two of the biggest names ever in lucha just curious to actually see a singles match between the two. This was a match that was part of a university exhibit in England on Mexican wrestling. This seems to be an old event listing of it that is still available: https://www.essex.ac.uk/arenamexico/events.htm I'm pretty sure this is the match that several years ago board member S.L.L. had a really long, detailed post about breaking down how much he enjoyed seeing these guys work a non-traditional wrestling audience. Overall this is probably a great match for someone like me that hasn't been exposed to a lot of these guys or Mexican wrestling on the whole, because it does definitely feel like a big match being worked as an exhibition for an audience where they're trying to show them the whole range of stuff they can do. Crowd is really great for this and are 100% behind Santo. You have to love a crowd that gives Blue Panther heat basically any time he throws any kind of strike at all. With pre and post-match cut this is probably right around 30 minutes even. It's interesting that they work about 10 minutes on the mat, then things pick up into a big action sequence for a while, then they take it back to the mat, and then go into another big action sequence for the finish. It's definitely easy to stay into their wrestling sequences as both guys have ways of getting themselves into positions for crazy lucha holds without being totally over-contrived about it. The majority of the match is controlled by Santo which means a lot is put on Panther's selling and he overall does a great job of taking a lot of holds and moves here, while also getting in his good share of offense in a couple stretches. There are a couple slightly unclean moments when things don't come off the way they'd like but again both guys are veterans and pros and really don't have any problem at all working around that without it disrupting the flow of the event at all. To me, I feel like I got what I came for here. A really long, entertaining match where two legendary workers really show you the range of their skills. Kind of surprised that based on view count this is a fairly obscure match. It seems like exactly the sort of thing these folders are about finding and discussing, so what the hell, I thought I'd put a thread out there.
1997 doesn't have as many complete matches as the other years I have watched but the top quality is amazing. I feel like I am fairly stingey with my ***** and this year has five of them. The #1 match from the year I am ready to declare the greatest match of all time. Beyond that, this year features amazingly memorable storylines and was the peak of creative forces in wrestling matching the athleticism. ***** 1. Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Kenta Kobashi (AJPW 1/20/97) 2. El Hijo del Santo vs. Negro Casas (Hair Match) (CMLL 9/19/97) 3. Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin (I Quit Match) (Mania 3/23/97) 4. Toshie Uematsu vs. Yoshiko Tamura (GAEA 7/19/97) 5. Etsuko Mita & Mima Shimoda vs. Kaoru Ito & Tomoko Watanabe (Cage Match) (AJW 9/21/97) **** 3/4 6. Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Kenta Kobashi (AJPW 10/21/97) 7. Torneo Cibernetico (CMLL 4/18/97) 8. Shawn Michaels vs. Undertaker (Hell In A Cell) (Badd Blood 10/5/97) 9. Eddy Guerrero vs. Rey Misterio Jr (Havoc 10/26/97) 10. Jushin Liger vs. Shinjiro Otani (NJPW 2/9/97) ****1/2 11. Volk Han vs. Kiyoshi Tamura (RINGS 1/22/97) 12. El Hijo Del Santo vs. Psicosis (Promo Azteca 10/3/97) 13. Yoshihisa Yamamoto vs. Tsuyoshi Kohsaka (RINGS 4/4/97) 14. Yuki Ishikawa vs. Daisuke Ikeda (BattlARTS 4/15/97) 15. El Hijo del Santo vs. Felino (CMLL 7/4/97) 16. Great Sasuke & Super Delphin vs. Mens Teoh & Shoichi Funaki (M-Pro 11/9/97) 17. Bret Hart vs. The Undertaker (One Night Only 9/20/97) 18. Terry Funk vs. Sabu (Barbed Wire Match) (BTBW 8/9/97) 19. Bret Hart, Owen Hart, Davey Boy Smith, Jim Neidhart & Brian Pillman vs. Steve Austin, Ken Shamrock, Goldust & Road Warriors (Canadian Stampede 7/6/97) 20. Megumi Kudo vs. Shinobu Kandori (Street Fight) (FMW 3/14/97) 21. Bracito de Oro, Cicloncito Ramirez & Mascarita Magica vs. Damiancito El Guerrero, El Fierito & Pierrothito (CMLL 10/3/97) 22. Shinya Hashimoto vs. Riki Choshu (NJPW 1/4/97) 23. Daisuke Ikeda vs. Yuki Ishikawa (BattlARTS 9/1/97) 24. Jushin Liger vs. Koji Kanemoto (NJPW 6/1/97) ****1/4 25. Jushin Liger vs. Koji Kanemoto (NJPW 2/16/97) 26. Atlantis vs. Blue Panther (CMLL 12/5/97) 27. Shawn Michaels vs. Davey Boy Smith (One Night Only 9/20/97) 28. Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Hiromitsu Kanehara (Kingdom 12/2/97) 29. Volk Han vs. Kiyoshi Tamura (RINGS 9/26/97) 30. Etsuko Mita & Mima Shimoda vs. Tomoko Watanabe & Kumiko Maekawa (AJW 8/20/97) 31. Owen Hart & Davey Boy Smith vs. Shawn Michaels & Steve Austin (RAW 5/26/97) 32. Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama vs. Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue (AJPW RWTL Finals 12/5/97) 33. Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Toshiaki Kawada (AJPW Carnival 3/30/97) 34. Daisuke Ikeda vs. Alexander Otsuka (BattlARTS 11/5/97) 35. Shawn Michaels vs. Steve Austin (KOTR 6/8/97) 36. Great Sasuke, Oriental, Tiger Mask IV & Norihiro Hoshikawa vs. Men's Teioh, Dick Togo, Hanzo Nakajima & Shoichi Funaki (Elimination Match) (M-Pro 8/17/97) 37. Taka Michinoku, Mens Teoh, Masayoshi Motegi, Dick Togo & Shoichi Funaki vs. Great Sasuke, Super Delphin, Gran Naniwa, Gran Hamada & Masato Yakushiji (M-Pro 3/16/97) 38. Cicloncito Ramirez vs. Damiancito El Guerrero (CMLL 1/7/97) 39. Genichiro Tenryu vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara (WAR 11/24/97) 40. Aja Kong & Kyoko Inoue vs. Etsuko Mita & Mima Shimoda (AJW 8/9/97) 41. Bret Hart vs. Terry Funk (Wrestlefest 9/11/97) 42. Ric Flair, Roddy Piper & Kevin Greene vs. Scott Hall, Kevin Nash & Syxx (Slamboree 5/18/97) 43. El Hijo del Santo vs. Felino (CMLL 7/25/97) **** 44. Great Sasuke & Super Delphin vs. Mens Teoh & Shoichi Funaki (M-Pro 11/2/97) 45. Eddy Guerrero vs. Chris Jericho (Fall Brawl 9/14/97) 46. Megumi Kudo vs. Shinobu Kandori (Street Fight) (LLPW 1/5/97) 47. Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin (Revenge 4/20/97) 48. El Hijo Del Santo, Emilio Charles & Dr. Wagner vs. Negro Casas, Felino & Ultimo Dragon (CMLL 6/20/97) 49. Cibernetico Torneo (CMLL 3/18/97) 50. Kenta Kobashi vs. Hiroshi Hase (AJPW 8/26/97) 51. Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue vs. Gary Albright & Yoshihiro Takayama (AJPW 3/1/97) 52. Owen Hart vs. Davey Boy Smith (RAW 3/3/97) 53. Tsuyoshi Kohsaka vs. Mikhail Ilioukhine (RINGS 11/20/97) 54. Shawn Michaels vs. Mankind (RAW 8/11/97) 55. Dynamite Kansai vs. Hikari Fukuoka (JWP 4/8/97) 56. Masato Tanaka vs. The Gladiator (FMW 9/28/97) 57. Shinjiro Otani, Koji Kanemoto, Mens Teoh, Dick Togo & Hanzo Nakajima vs. Great Sasuke, Super Delphin, El Samurai, Norio Honaga & Gran Hamada (2//3 Falls) (NJPW 5/3/97) 58. El Hijo Del Santo, Scorpio Jr. & Dr. Wagner vs. Negro Casas, El Fiero & Ultimo Dragon (CMLL 6/6/97) 59. Owen Hart vs. Steve Austin (SSlam 8/3/97) 60. Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama vs. Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue (AJPW 11/28/97) 61. Toshiaki Kawada vs. Kenta Kobashi (AJPW Carnival 4/19/97) 62. Taka Michinoku vs. Great Sasuke (M-Pro 10/10/97) 63. Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels (SSeries 11/9/97) 64. Akira Taue vs. Johnny Ace (AJPW 10/21/97) 65. Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Don Frye (NJ 8/2/97) *** 3/4 66. Raven vs. Tommy Dreamer (Wrestlepalooza 6/7/97) 67. Randy Savage vs. Diamond Dallas Page (Las Vegas Street Fight) (Havoc 10/26/97) 68. Genichiro Tenryu vs. Tarzan Goto (WAR 7/6/97) 69. Shinya Hashimoto vs. Kazuo Yamazaki (NJPW 2/16/97) 70. Steven Regal vs. Ultimo Dragon (Slamboree 5/18/97) 71. Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama vs. Kenta Kobashi & Johnny Ace (AJPW 11/15/97) 72. Ultimo Dragoncito & Cicloncito Ramirez vs. Pierrotito & Damiancito El Guerrero (CMLL 3/14/97) 73. Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Kenta Kobashi (AJPW 4/19/97) 74. Vader vs. Owen Hart (One Night Only 9/20/97) 75. Hulk Hogan & Dennis Rodman vs. Lex Luger & The Giant (BATB 7/13/97) 76. Terry Funk vs. Sabu (ECW 8/8/97) 77. Akira Hokuto vs. Kaoru (GAEA 4/12/97) 78. Koji Kanemoto vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa (NJPW 5/20/97) 79. Mayumi Ozaki vs. Chigusa Nagayo (Street Fight) (GAEA 2/23/97) 80. Kenta Kobashi vs. Jun Akiyama (AJPW Carnival 3/30/97) 81. Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Akira Taue (AJPW 7/25/97) 82. Koji Kanemoto vs. El Samurai (NJPW 6/5/97) 83. Tomoko Watanabe & Kumiko Maekawa vs. Etsuko Mita & Mima Shimoda (AJW 6/18/97) 84. Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue vs. Kenta Kobashi & Johnny Ace (AJPW 10/11/97) 85. Akira Maeda vs. Kiyoshi Tamura (RINGS 12/23/97) 86. Shawn Michaels vs. Undertaker (Ground Zero 9/7/97) 87. Taka Michinoku, Mens Teoh & Dick Togo vs. Great Sasuke, Gran Naniwa & Masato Yakushiji (Barely Legal 4/13/97) ***1/2 88. Jushin Liger & Wild Pegasus vs. Shinjiro Otani & Tatsuhito Takaiwa (NJPW 3/8/97) 89. Atsushi Onita, Masato Tanaka & W*ING Kanemura vs. Cactus Jack, The Gladiator & Terry Funk (FMW 4/29/97) 90. Hiroumi Yagi vs. Tomoko Kuzumi (JWP 3/9/97) 91. Megumi Kudo vs. Mayumi Ozaki (No Rope Barbed Wire Barricade Double Hell Death Match) (FMW 4/18/97) 92. Chris Benoit vs. Fit Finlay (Nitro 10/27/97) 93. Shinjiro Otani vs. Yoshihiro Tajiri (NJPW 5/20/97) 94. Shinya Hashimoto vs. Naoya Ogawa (NJPW 4/12/97) 95. El Hijo del Santo vs. Negro Casas (CMLL Japan 2/6/97) 96. Cactus Jack vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley (Street Fight) (RAW 9/22/97) 97. Lioness Asuka vs. Jaguar Yokota (Jd' 10/21/97) 98. Bret Hart vs. Sid (RAW 2/17/97) 99. Hulk Hogan vs. Diamond Dallas Page (Nitro 10/27/97) 100. RVD & Bill Alfonso vs. Tommy Dreamer & Beulah McGillicutty (AGAIG 9/20/97)