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  1. Was there live and of course, there's no beating the atmosphere of a live wrestling match. It will always, always, always top the video experience which makes the video critical for a more balanced perspective on the match. Since, statistically, most viewing of wrestling in the world happens via recording, this is significant. That being said, there's still going to be some bias reflected in this rating. And I can easily see that this rating will be much, much higher than what I might have normally given it. There's a lot of good in this match. I liked the early grappling, the atmosphere translates well since Tajiri really just is a top of the line superstar. I liked Fabio trying to move out from under Tajiri's shadow but the vet being just one step ahead. Also, those chops looked amazing in person and they look great here too. The piledriver was great to act as a highspot. It's great that that move still holds a treasured place among local fans. Nice to see the mist always. Production wise, the video quality is top notch and the angles are quite refreshing compared to the monotonous presentation of mainstream wrestling like the WWE. I would say though that much of this felt like a greatest hits of Tajiri, which is honestly all it really needed to be to satisfy the live crowd. They came to cheer Tajiri, see a kick, and see the mist. And the match delivered on that, nothing wrong there but on video nothing to write home about either. The commentary was still a little rough around the edges too. I know two of the commentators personally but let's call a spade a spade. Not very good. ***1/4
  2. G. Badger

    Spotlight: TAJIRI

    Its been over a month since my last blog post but, I've been watching plenty of wrestling. I'm revisiting Kurt Angle's awesome early years in TNA as well as bouncing around YouTube for classic match ups. My Wahoo McDaniel kick has been a blast by the way! In addition to that great stuff, I've been catching up on some Tajiri stuff that I've missed. Not his WWE stuff mind you but, some odds and ends after he went back to Japan as well as some Tajiri as ECW fan favorite era stuff. So here we go! Spotlight: Yoshihiro Tajiri Yoshihiro Tajiri vs Super Crazy (02/06/99 ECW Fancam Taping - Concord, NC) Gotta start with the classic match-up but, a lesser known one. There's something to be said of these fancam tapings. For one, you're not dealing with the doppy fans that most TV tapings have. These people are just there to see some wrestling. Anyhow, these folks got their money's worth in this match-up. They do their perfect blend of lucharesu here and it really rivals some of their best bouts. It was so fast and crisp and surprising. They did counters here that I don't remember them doing, or if anything this was the first time they did them. Plus the crowd made it great because they were reacting to everything. It reminded me of Tiger Mask vs. Dynamite in Madison Square Garden because these people just had never seen anything like this before...the Japanese Buzzsaw and the Insane Luchador were like something from outer space. They were throwing caution to the wind but, it was a brilliant display of athleticism and spectacular spots. Of course, the selling and development of a story were minimal but, this type of wrestling and the burgeoning feud doesn't lend itself to that type of match. I'm not sure that they ever topped this match in terms of execution, "Toyota" pace, and diversity. This really made both men look like budding superstars. Great match vs Steve Corino (05/14/00 ECW Hardcore Heaven) ECW was on one knee at this point and it's apparent in presentation and the audience composition. It just didn't feel like ECW anymore and this somewhat tame spot match reflects that. However, this still outshines what WWF & WCW were doing in terms of the hardcore wrestling style. I mean, Corino is bleeding bad and that is just damn entertaining to see Honestly, I did not write anything of note regarding Tajiri here so, I figure he was pure babyface spotting in this match with his Tarantula which was as over as ever being the key spot. That's cool. This was a good to perhaps very good match depending if you're giving nostalgia points out. And dammit, I am! BIG JUMP in time here vs Fit Finlay (02/19/12 SMASH 25): SMASH was Tajiri's spiritual successor to Hustle and this was SMASH's final big show. There's a really great lead-in video from Tajiri talking about the importance of this match, as well as, talking about the ferocity of Dave Finlay. It really establishes the drama of this title match in that it is not only about Tajiri having the title at the close of the promotion but, also in proving something to himself. The Buzzsaw looked really good early on getting ahead of Finlay. Of course, Fit came back strong by upping the violence. He attacked our hero Tajiri in the ring and on the floor. Yoshihiro wouldn't quit and tried to mount a counter attack but, the Belfast Bruiser was one step ahead. He blocked, reversed or straight countered Tajiri's signature offense. The Japanese man was in the fight of his life (which played off the lead-in video SO well). This desparation made him doubly dangerous and he finally put Fit on defense. Who would survive? This was such a punishing, dramatic match. It was everything I hoped it would be. A near classic (if not a classic) encounter. It is a must see if you're a fan of either man OR just a wrestling fan in general. Tajiri & Mikey Whipwreck vs Yusuke Kodama and YO HEY (05/26/12 WNC): This is from the 2nd show of Tajiri's new company. Mikey gets on the mic and asks the fans if they want a hardcore match ECW style. They're hell yeah! and so am I. He and T have spikes and give the younger team a tour of the building. The Buzzsaw tries to toss YO HEY from the balcony, oh man! But, I could call this a comedy ECW match but, Kodama and YO HEY aren't having that. They bring the offense that forces the vets to up their game. Sure they get a couple more gags in but, it gets good at the end. This was a ton of fun especially if you miss Mikey, he does great and gives an emotional talk at the end. vs Starbuck (02/17/14 WNC): I'll admit I was never stoked on Starbuck from a name standpoint back a few years ago. Clearly, I could only think of the coffee chain store and I was pretty sure that this dude was some kinda high-flyer. Eh...no thanks. But boy! Was I wrong! He's a very solid back to basic European wrestler. Right on! Tajiri was vicious in his armlocks and kicks so 'Buck had to make space whenever he could - rolling out of the ring, getting a rope break etc. The Veteran would not let up but, Starbuck would turn that aggression against him by timing his counters. This wasn't the most modern match but, it was very good stuff. It told a good story, the execution of moves and body language was spot on. It was simple believable stuff and I dug it! vs Sanada vs Matt Hardy (Wrestle-1): Fuzzy on the date but surely after 2014. Another fun nostalgia match but, with some good wrestling and laughs. It was good to see Hardy and Yoshihiro can put on a good three way dance without having to try for their moves of yesteryear...especially since Sanada was more than happy to do it for them! Man, I dig pre-NJPW Sanada. A total feel good smile on my face the whole time match - right on! That's a good way to close out this entry! Thanks for reading and sorry for the long wait!!
  3. Surfing around Youtube and found a neat bunch of Junior matches from the IWA Puerto Rico which was sorta kinda linked to the much loved IWA Japan while Victor Quinones was alive. Afterwards, eh I'm not sure...but, with talent from Japan, the US Indies, Mexico and Puerto Rico, it has Quinones' stylistic stamp on it. Taka Michinoku & Pepe Prado v Super Crazy & Rey Bucanero: Nice fun tag match. TAKA & Crazy is sorta a dream match fulfilled. Maybe it happened in WWE n the early 2000's but, I didn't see it! Pepe and Bucanero are equally great. Not a ton of substance as will be a theme but, an enjoyable Jr match. Super Crazy vs Tajiri: An earlier encounter of this epic pairing but, it was no less spectacular. Heck, it was spectacular by today's standards. This was slightly clipped but what was shown from the 5 minute match was very good. Crazy is not as polished as he would be but, it doesn't matter especially in this setting. If it has been 15 years since you've seen these guys wrestle one another, do yourself a favor- take the Youtube time machine, it's worth it! Antifaz vs Tiger Mask IV: 5+ minutes of fireworks and damn was this good! It's hard to rate this as a very good or great match at just around 5 minutes but, this was clawing at those accolades. These guys had great chemistry and a good face/heel dynamic. For ECW fans that remember Antifaz del Norte check this out. He is/was as awesome as you remember. TM IV reminded me of Ultimo Dragon. He was very smooth with his roll-ups, his kicks were crisp but not too stiff for the setting, and more importantly, the fans were solidly supporting him. That is a big thing here because these folks are as wild and crazy as you want a arena to be. It makes the action that much more exciting. Christopher Daniels vs Pepe Prado: Prado is good stuff so, he works well with Daniels (who actually has hair). The Fallen Angel hams up his bad guy schtick with the crowd to entertaining results. This was only 6 minutes but, seemed natural for it to go 10+. These two weren't as overtly flashy as the above bouts but, they really had a cohesive and fuller match going. Tiger Mask IV vs Great Sasuke: M-Pro in Puerto Rico with Sasuke as the cheating heel. That was weird to see but, fun nonetheless. I'll say this was worth seeing as it was crazy stuff BUT was only 3 minutes long. Short enough to get a taste but, totally wishing for more. TAKA Michinoku vs Reckless Youth: Now would probably be the time to say that all of these guys were assembled for a IWA-PR Jr. Heavyweight tournament. So, imagine like the Ted Petty 2004 in 1999 and Puerto Rico. Or I guess just like the Super J Cup or Best of the Super Jrs.type thing. I think it was a one night tourney hence the shortness of the matches. Anyways, both guys' move execution was flawless. It looked dangerous but, you know they are keeping each other safe. This was a very good bout despite a fast counting ref. Jeff Hardy vs Super Crazy: Again, maybe this happened in the early 2000s but, this was an interesting match up...at least on paper. It was quick with a ton of highspots but, not real logical in their organization. Tajiri vs Black Scorpion: JIP, Tajiri already had the goods in 1999. He was a good seller and riled up the crowd which made Scorpion's comebacks that much more rewarding. 6 minutes of probably an 8 minute match. ...and here's where I sorta lost interest in the matches. Don't get me wrong there are probably a few more really good matches including a battle royale that sets up the Jr. Tourney bracket. I watched a few minutes and it reminded me of early TNA X-Division battle royales, in a good way! The thing is that all of the matches are relatively quick and underdeveloped. That is great in that I watched 4 matches in a row but, bad in that I couldn't really say "I loved this match!" I think these are from a TV show so, everything is the cliff notes version of a 10-15 minute match. That being said, these were super fun and great to watch when you don't feel like investing a lot of time and energy into wrestling. I totally hope others check out the other combinations available on this dude or dudettes YT channel. Thanks! P.S. Watched Jeff Hardy vs Rasta Man and it was pretty good. No idea on who Rasta Man is/was but, he & Jeff were a good match...although he might not necessarily be a junior by Puerto Rican wrestling standards. Dude was pretty jacked!
  4. About 12 of 21 minutes shown. Too bad because this looked like some of the best junior action of the year. The lucha vs. Shootstyle matwork they did was just beautiful – so smooth and Tajiri knew exactly to go into desperation mode whenever Hidaka locked in a hold. These are of course two guys with high end movesets and spectacular spots galore, but everything made sense and they never got overly cute.
  5. ShittyLittleBoots

    [2014-02-27-WNC] Tajiri vs StarBuck

    Started off with some pretty good work on the mat, but once Tajiri started unleashing those deadly kicks of his & started targeting 'Buck's arm, things got really good. Tajiri was truly awesome working the heat on StarBuck, and StarBuck's comebacks were solid. A very good match for sure. ***1/2
  6. Very fun junior workrate match. There were two instances where they were setting up the next spot and it looked bad (them turning around in the corner so Metalik could strike Tajiri and Metalik not falling to the floor to set up the Dragon Screw) and I wasn't a fan of them faux-dramatically using Tajiri's high kicks as highspots just to have Dorada come back from peril in the next move. Still there was some fun stuff, Dorada is an elite high flier and Tajiri is the kind of base you want to see him against, Tajiri's offence was on point, I'm sure everyone's pointed out his strikes and kicks still look good but I was impressed by the impact of his knee drop and neckbreaker as well, and the Tarantula variation he busted out was badass. ***
  7. Shake Them Ropes March 19, 2015 Episode 71 http://traffic.libsyn.com/shakethemropes/str71.mp3 Download Rob McCarron and Jeff Hawkins are back, a day late but with our dollar in tact, to discuss all the big happenings from this week’s WWE Raw. Plus, we’ll discuss Jimmy Jacobs’ signing to WWE, his role in NXT, and who else might be joining him soon. We also continue our Top 100 Matches on WWE Network review countdown with Super Crazy vs Tajiri from ECW Guilty as Charged 1999! We also have an announcement about a special show this weekend we're doing with @mookieghana, and an update on our post-WrestleMania audio plans. Subscribe
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