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[1993-07-24-Michinoku Pro] Great Sasuke vs Super Delphin

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Feels more FMW than Michinoku Pro, which makes sense given the time period. But it's a terrific match that I liked way more than I expected. I'd compare it to Kanemura/Tanaka in FMW in August of '96 as a match. Super Delphin is so second-rate Liger, but he's still a favorite of mine. Sasuke's post-match celebration is insane!

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Liked this but not near as much as you did. Something just felt off about it, too much start & stop maybe. They'd do all these really impressive high spot sequnces and then when they were done there'd be 30 seconds or more of dead time. Just a screwy flow to the whole thing, like they had a lot of really great ideas but didn't quite know how to put them together.

 

Feels more FMW than Michinoku Pro

Random fun fact, Onita was one of Delphin's trainers.

 

That aside, except for the post match celebration with the fans rushing the ring I didn't get much of an FMW vibe off of this myself

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Legitimate fireworks to start the match as they go off in the sky above the ring. Big flip dive by Sasuke off the ropes to the outside. Then I'm kind of fading in and out during middle part of match. Didn't feel like I was missing anything from what I'd see from these guys before. Pretty good action last part of match though and did get me back. Did like like post match celebration as really played up how big the win was. Winning matters in wrestling!

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This was pretty fucking great. Actually it reminded me a ton not of FMW, but of Kid vs. Lynn in the PWA. This has lots of pretty moves from two junior heavyweights, but these two never lose sight of the basics, of their character, of a babyface/heel dynamic, and of telling a basic story. This is my first time watching Delfin heel it up, and he's a lot more fun in such a setting. He kills Sasuke to death with all sorts of head spikes, and Sasuke's flying comes off as a concerted strategy more than a way of showing off. I immediately thought Sasuke was going to age as badly as early-'90s Ultimo Dragon, but he's so far ahead of him at this point that it isn't funny.

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The fireworks were so bizarre. Anyway, this really worked for me. There was some silliness and indy stand off but it never felt arbitrary because the core was built around wrestling and the heel performance of Delphin. Delphin was great here working over Sasuke but also feeding into his comebacks and putting an emphasis on his high flying comebacks. The first great M-PRo match for my money. ****

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I enjoyed this one more than the tag match.

 

Delphin was a total heel here and proved to be very good at it, and he was also an extremely effective offensive wrestler. I liked his work on Sasuke's back especially. Speaking of whom, he got very little offense in that didn't involve high flying, which ended up to be the major storyline of the match. Delphin was clearly the better wrestler on the ground and outside the ring, but he was helpless against Sasuke's aerial attack, and that's what ended up costing him the match.

 

Delphin's Japanese second/manager with an American dollar sign painted on his face? What was that about?

 

The prematch fireworks ended up playing a part in the match itself, as Delphin was distracted enough by them to allow Sasuke to hit a dropkick in the back plus a moonsault to the outside, which proved to be his only offense for at least ten minutes.

 

I noticed that Sasuke and Delphin were fighting over a UWA belt. I always understood the UWA to be a Mexican organization, so how did one of their belts end up in Michinoku Pro? Was it a temporary situation until the new organization could crown its own champions, or was Delphin in on tour from Mexico?

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UWA World Welterweight Champion Super Delfin vs Great Sasuke - M-Pro 7/24/93

 

Super Delfin won the title from a luchador, Celestial in Japan and for the rest of mid-90s the title would swap between Japan and Mexico. I have not watched much M-Pro, but am excited to get into it. I think Junior wrestling in 90s had the most prominent influence on today's in-ring style focusing on moves and less on transitions and storytelling. So I would like to see if that's true and how this evolves.

 

Apparently, this is outdoors as there are fireworks before the match. Sasuke is wicked over throughout the entire match. That's definitely still one big difference compared to today is that the fans are still more invested in the wrestler rather than the moves. Delphin does get a chant going for himself, but as he is soaking in the adulation Sasuke dropkicks him and hits a massive dive. I loved this. Thought it was a great way to work in a highspot and make Delphin pay for his hubris.

 

The match was basically a classic Japanese blowout. Where one guy controls so much of the match, you can just feel like he is going to lose. Super Delphin is the choke artist du jour. Delphin is a pretty good heel in this going after the mask and choking on the ropes. The enziguiri was a nice transition. My major malfunction was that Great Sasuke just kinda played ragdoll for him. He was not making him earn the moves. It was just too nice & neat. On top of that, there was not much in the way of hope spots. I thought the selling was good. Sasuke did a nice job selling more and more down the stretch as the moves got bigger and bigger. This cooperative wrestling and lack of struggle feels really remission of today's wrestling. I thought Delphin did a great job escalating his offense. Late in the match when Sasuke did start the hope spots they were great.

 

The handspring back elbow was an excellently timed cutoff. The Asai Moonsault was a great hope spot that wiped out Delphin, but caused so much damage to Sasuke he couldn't follow it up. I thought Delphin's response to go even bigger with his moves: really high impact suplexes and finally going for top rope splashes was great. They did a nice job teasing the countout off a big dive by Delphin with Sasuke getting in at 19.

 

The fact that Sasuke rollthrough on a crossbody was a transition was just weird. Like all of sudden he has energy to hit a dropkick was kinda lame. SPACE FLYING TIGER DROP~! I feel like the name is cooler than the move even the move is pretty bonkers. Quebradas and springbaord hurricanarana wins the day for the hero of M-Pro.

 

The offense in this was pretty spectacular. Sasuke's highspots were all awesome and that's pretty much all he did. His selling was good, but there not enough struggle and hope spots. Delphin escalated his offense well and was a decent heel. Visually impressive but lacking that extra oomph. ***1/4

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