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While I'm at it, here's the New Japan list, if that can also be edited:

 

Kensuke Sasaki vs Satoshi Kojima (NJPW 02/11/99)

Keiji Muto vs Kensuke Sasaki (NJPW 02/14/99)

Masa Chono vs Atsushi Onita (NJPW 04/10/99, Explosive Barbed Wire Match)

Kensuke Sasaki vs Satoshi Kojima (NJPW G-1 Climax 08/11/99)

Great Muta vs Great Nita (NJPW 08/28/99, No Rope Barbed Wire Land Mine Exploding Death Match)

Keiji Muto & Scott Norton vs Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata (NJPW 09/23/99)

Keiji Muto vs Manabu Nakanishi (NJPW Tokyo Dome 10/11/99)

Candidates for finish only/cuts.

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On the Battlarts front, you have to include Ikeda vs. Otsuka from 4/26. I can't think of another match quite like it. It's like a cross between shoot-style and a lucha brawl. The two guys spend 20 minutes kicking the crap out of each other, choking each other out, and doing insane dives. Seriously, Ikeda does a space flying tiger drop. That alone should be enough to get it on the set.

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There is a promo on tv by Onita promoting an Explosion Death Match with Chono on NJPW TV that is the best promo I've ever seen on Japan TV. He was intense and he was blowing up watermelons to show how dangerous the explosives were. That has to be on the 99 set.

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Here is every six-man tag from Toryumon in 1999, along with a few others that looked notable. Don't mind the pg number, that's a note for me. What's worth picking up, and what's worth skipping altogether?

 

Toryumon TV 02/15/99 (Pg 1796)

Magnum Tokyo, Saito & Dragon Kid vs Sumo Fuji, Judo Suwa & Shiima Nobunaga (Toryumon 01/31/99)

 

Toryumon TV 02/18/99 (Pg 1796)

Shiima Nobunaga vs Magnum Tokyo (Toryumon 02/05/99)

Dragon Kid vs. Dr. Cerebro (Toryumon 02/06/99)

Dragon Kid vs Judo Suwa (Toryumon 02/07/99)

Great Sasuke vs Magnum Tokyo (Toryumon 02/07/99)

 

Toryumon Be Crazy: Crazy Max Films 1999 (Pg 1697)

Shiima Nobunaga, Sumo Fuji & Judo Suwa vs Magnum Tokyo, Dragon Kid & Kennichiro Arai (Toryumon 04/22/99)

Shiima Nobunaga, Sumo Fuji & Yoshikazu Taru vs Magnum Tokyo, Taka Michinoku & Kennichiro Arai (Toryumon 07/16/99)

 

Toryumon TV 05/14/99 (Pg 1761)

Shiima Nobunaga, Sumo Fuji & Yoshikazu Taru vs Yoshiyuki Saito, Genki Horiguchi & Susumu Mochizuki (Toryumon 04/25/99)

Dragon Kid vs Judo Suwa (Toryumon 04/25/99)

 

Toryumon TV 07/30/99 (Pg 1778)

Magnum Tokyo, Kennichiro Arai & Yoshiyuki Saito vs Shiima Nobunaga, Yoshikazu Taru & Sumo Fuji (Toryumon 07/04/99)

Great Sasuke, Magnum Tokyo, Tiger Mask & Kennichiro Arai vs Shiima Nobunaga, Sumo Fuji, Sasuke the Great & Yoshikazu Taru (Toryumon 07/11/99)

 

Toryumon TV 09/03/99 (Pg 1730)

Shiima Nobunaga, Sumo Fuji & Yoshikazu Taru vs Taka Michinoku, Magnum Tokyo & Kennichiro Arai (Toryumon 07/16/99)

 

Toryumon TV 09/24/99 (Pg 1747)

Shiima Nobunaga, Judo Suwa & Sumo Fuji vs Makoto, Yoshiyuki Saito & Stalker Ishikawa (Toryumon 09/14/99)

Magnum Tokyo vs Yoshikazu Taru (Toryumon 09/14/99)

 

Toryumon TV 11/27/99 (Pg 1697)

Shiima Nobunaga, Sumo Fuji & Judo Suwa vs Magnum Tokyo, Kennichiro Arai & Maasaki Mochizuki (Toryumon 11/17/99)

Shiima Nobunaga, Sumo Fuji & Yoshikazu Taru vs Magnum Tokyo, Saito & Maasaki Mochizuki (Toryumon 11/19/99)

 

Toryumon 01/03/00 (Pg 1697)

El Hijo del Santo, Genki Horiguchi & Dragon Kid vs Blue Panther, Kennichiro Arai & Bombero Infernal (Toryumon Dec 1999)

Magnum Tokyo vs CIMA (Toryumon 12/18/99)

 

Toryumon Comes To Japan (Pg 1711)

Magnum Tokyo, Dragon Kid & Saito vs Sumo Fuji, Judo Suwa & Shiima Nobunaga (Toryumon 01/31/99)

Dragon Kid vs Dr. Cerebro (Toryumon 02/06/99)

Dragon Kid vs Judo Suwa (Toryumon 02/07/99)

Great Sasuke vs Magnum Tokyo (Toryumon 02/07/99)

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Dragon Kid vs Judo Suwa (Toryumon 02/07/99)

skip

 

Great Sasuke, Magnum Tokyo, Tiger Mask & Kennichiro Arai vs Shiima Nobunaga, Sumo Fuji, Sasuke the Great & Yoshikazu Taru (Toryumon 07/11/99)

Would put this in the "only if there's room left over pile"

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Thanks. Here's some Osaka Pro, if anyone knows anything about these.

 

Osaka Wars Vol. 1 May 1999 (Pg 1711)

Super Delphin, Masaru Seno & Masato Yakushiji vs Violencia, Black Buffalo & Dick Togo (Osaka Pro 05/04/99)

Dick Togo vs Naohiro Hoshikawa (Osaka Pro 05/05/99)

 

Osaka Pro Wrestling Digest Vol 2 July 1999 (Pg 1730)

Dick Togo, Black Buffalo & Police Man vs Super Delphin, Masato Yakushiji & Masaro Seno (Osaka Pro 07/24/99)

 

Also, some IWA:

 

IWA Samurai TV 04/21/99 (Pg 1762)

Terry Funk & Keisuke Yamada vs Mr. Pogo & Shoji Nakamaki (IWA Toda 04/11/99)

Terry Funk, Keisuke Yamada & Yoshiya Yamashita vs Mr. Pogo, Shoji Nakamaki & Gran Sheik (IWA Tokyo 04/13/99, Barbed Wire Baseball Bat Glass Bottle Death Match)

 

Other odds and ends:

 

WAR 06/20/99 (Pg 1734)

Genichiro Tenryu & Magnum Tokyo vs Nobutaka Araya & Sumo Fuji (WAR 06/20/99)

Genichiro Tenryu, Nobutaka Araya & Shoji Nakamaki vs Atsushi Onita, Sambo Asako & Shigeo Okamura (WAR 06/20/99, Street Fight Tornado Death Match)

 

Onita Pro Samurai TV 06/16/99 (Pg 1778)

Genichiro Tenryu, Shoji Nakamaki & Ichiro Yaguchi vs Atsushi Onita, Sambo Asako & Shigeo Okamura (Onita Pro Tokyo 05/13/99, No Rope Barbed Wire Street Fight Tornado Death Match)

 

NOW Samurai TV 05/06/99 (Pg 1779)

Genichiro Tenryu, Kendo Nagasaki & Maasaki Mochizuki vs Yoshiaki Fujiwara, Takashi Okamura & Nobutaka Araya (NOW Tokyo 04/04/99)

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Seeing these lists in a way makes me depressed at how little wrestling I have seen in the grand scheme of things but excited that I should be seeing at least some of it relatively soon.

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Dragon Kid vs Judo Suwa (Toryumon 02/07/99)

skip

To elaborate on this because it's a match that at the time did have a bit of a buzz.

 

Back when Tory was still fresh and ppl hadn't seen much of these guys yet, a lot of folks were going crazy over the high spots Kid was busting out here and I believe this is the match whear they invented the rana into a sunset flip power bomb spot.

 

Reason I say skip is that when you take away the "wow, they're doing cool shit i've never seen before" factor it's just an average match and just for 99 there's much better Tory stuff that should get a higher priority whear you can see them do the same spots anyways.

 

WAR 06/20/99 (Pg 1734)

Genichiro Tenryu, Nobutaka Araya & Shoji Nakamaki vs Atsushi Onita, Sambo Asako & Shigeo Okamura (WAR 06/20/99, Street Fight Tornado Death Match)

 

Onita Pro Samurai TV 06/16/99 (Pg 1778)

Genichiro Tenryu, Shoji Nakamaki & Ichiro Yaguchi vs Atsushi Onita, Sambo Asako & Shigeo Okamura (Onita Pro Tokyo 05/13/99, No Rope Barbed Wire Street Fight Tornado Death Match)

Fuck, completely forgot about the awesome run of Tenryu vs Onita death matches in 99, so yeah, the above are MUST haves as well as these from Onita Pro

 

3/7/1999 (No Rope Barbed Wire Street Fight) Atsushi Onita & Masato Tanaka vs Yukihiro Kanemura & Shoji Nakamaki

 

6/27/1999 (No Rope Barbed Wire Street Fight Double Hell Death Match) Atsushi Onita, Shigeo Okamura, Sambo Asako & Mitsunobo Kikuzawa vs Tenryu, Shoji Nakamaki, Ichiro Yaguchi & Hiroshi Ono

 

8/22/1999 (Exploding Barbed Wire Match) Atsushi Onita, Sanshiro Takagi, Sambo Asako & Mitsunobu Kikuzawa vs Tenryu, Shoji Nakamaki, Hiroshi Ono & Ichiro Yaguhi

 

9/29/1999 (Falls Count Anywhere Street Fight) Mr. Pogo, Shoji Nakamaki, Dr. Luther, Dr. Hannibal & Ichiro Yaguchi vs Atsushi Onita, Nobutaka Araya, Sambo Asako, Shigeo Okamura & Mitsunobu Kikuzawa

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FLIK, thanks, this is fascinating.

 

I will be posting more late 90s odds and ends questions over the next couple of days. In the meantime, I know you were holding off on the GAEA '99 recommendations for now. Feel free to make another similar post like your excellent ones for 1997 and 1998. I am working on 1997-1999 concurrently.

 

You would think that this stuff would be more talked about than some of the older stuff, since it happened more recently.

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in the meantime, I know you were holding off on the GAEA '99 recommendations for now.

Heh, was I? I think that just a combination of laziness & forgetfulness :)

 

But yeah, i'll get to it in the next day or 2

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New Japan Samurai TV that looks interesting to me:

 

NJPW Samurai TV 03/13/99 (Pg 1816)

Shinjiro Otani & Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs El Samurai & Gran Hamada

 

NJPW Samurai TV 04/10/99 (Pg 1764)

Jushin Liger, Great Sasuke, El Samurai, Masao Orihara & Maasaki Mochizuki vs Shinjiro Otani, Koji Kanemoto, Dr. Wagner Jr., Kendo Ka Shin & Tatsuhito Takaiwa (NJPW 02/14/99)

 

NJPW Samurai TV 04/16/99 (Pg 1764)

Genichiro Tenryu & Shiro Koshinaka vs Tatsumi Fujinami & Kazuo Yamazaki (NJPW 02/14/99)

 

NJPW Samurai TV 04/23/99 (Pg 1764)

Jushin Liger & Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Shinjiro Otani & Koji Kanemoto (NJPW 03/06/99)

 

NJPW Samurai TV 04/30/99 (Pg 1764)

Shinjiro Otani & Koji Kanemoto vs Dr. Wagner Jr. & Kendo Ka Shin (NJPW 03/06/99)

 

NJPW Samurai TV 05/15/99 (Pg 1764)

Shinjiro Otani & Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs Dr. Wagner Jr. & El Samurai (NJPW 03/22/99)

Jushin Liger vs Kendo Ka Shin (NJPW 03/22/99)

 

NJPW Samurai TV 05/29/99 (Pg 1781)

Jushin Liger & El Samurai vs Shocker & Black Cat (NJPW 04/21/99)

 

NJPW Samurai TV 06/18/99 (Pg 1782)

Jushin Liger & El Samurai vs Shinjiro Otani & Kendo Ka Shin (NJPW 05/03/99)

 

NJPW Samurai TV 06/25/99 (Pg 1782)

Jushin Liger, El Samurai, Gran Hamada & Kendo Ka Shin vs Minoru Tanaka, Tatsuhito Takaiwa, Masao Orihara & Shocker (NJPW 05/19/99)

 

NJPW Samurai TV 07/02/99 (Pg 1782)

El Samurai, Kendo Ka Shin, Dr. Wagner Jr. & Shocker vs Koji Kanemoto, Minoru Tanaka, Tatsuhito Takaiwa & Maasaki Mochizuki (NJPW 05/25/99)

 

NJPW Samurai TV 07/17/99 (Pg 1735)

Dr. Wagner Jr., Kendo Ka Shin, El Samurai & Gran Hamada vs Tatsuhito Takaiwa, Shocker, Masao Orihara & Maasaki Mochizuki (NJPW 05/31/99)

 

NJPW Samurai TV 07/24/99 (Pg 1735)

Shinjiro Otani, Dr. Wagner Jr., Koji Kanemoto & Maasaki Mochizuki vs Kendo Ka Shin, Shocker, El Samurai & Gran Hamada (NJPW 06/04/99)

 

NJPW Samurai TV 07/30/99 (Pg 1735)

Jushin Liger, Gran Hamada, El Samurai & Minoru Tanaka vs Shinjiro Otani, Masao Orihara, Dr. Wagner Jr. & Tatsuhito Takaiwa (NJPW 06/08/99)

 

NJPW Samurai TV 08/14/99 (Pg 1735)

Jushin Liger, Dr. Wagner Jr. & El Samurai vs Shinjiro Otani, Tatsuhito Takaiwa & Kendo Ka SHin (NJPW 06/27/99)

 

NJPW Samurai TV 08/21/99 (Pg 1735)

El Samurai vs Koji Kanemoto (NJPW 07/01/99)

 

NJPW Samurai TV 08/27/99 (Pg 1735)

Jushin Liger, Dr. Wagner Jr. & El Samurai vs Shinjiro Otani, Koji Kanemoto & Kendo Ka Shin (NJPW 07/20/99)

 

NJPW Samurai TV 09/11/99 (Pg 1750)

Yuji Nagata vs Kazuo Yamazaki (NJPW 07/21/99)

 

NJPW Samurai TV 10/02/99 (Pg 1750)

Jushin Liger, El Samurai & Kendo Ka Shin vs Shinjiro Otani, Koji Kanemoto & Tatsuhito Takaiwa (NJPW 09/15/99)

 

NJPW Samurai TV 10/16/99 (Pg 1750)

Jushin Liger & Kendo Ka Shin vs Shinjiro Otani & Koji Kanemoto (NJPW 09/18/99)

 

NJPW Samurai TV 11/05/99 (Pg 1750)

Jushin Liger vs AKIRA (NJPW 09/23/99)

 

NJPW Samurai TV 11/13/99 (Pg 1750)

Shinjiro Otani & Koji Kanemoto vs Dr. Wagner Jr. & Kendo Ka Shin (NJPW 10/17/99)

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How is this for a U.S. indy list?

 

Mike Modest vs Christopher Daniels (APW 01/15/99)

Hardy Boyz vs Serial Thrillaz (OMEGA 01/29/99)

Christopher Daniels vs Jeff Peterson (ECWA Super 8 02/27/99)

Christopher Daniels vs Matt Hardy (ECWA Super 8 02/27/99)

Christopher Daniels vs Steve Bradley (ECWA Super 8 02/27/99)

Matt Hardy vs Jeff Hardy vs Christian York vs Joey Matthews (MCW 03/20/99)

Christopher Daniels vs Jeff Peterson (ECWA 04/99)

Hardcore Nick Gage vs Justice Pain (Break the Barrier 05/15/99)

Erin O'Grady vs Boyce LeGrande vs Donovan Morgan (APW 05/22/99)

Lance Diamond vs Cheetah Master (ECWA 09/17/99)

Reckless Youth vs Jeff Peterson (ECWA 09/17/99)

Low-Ki vs Mike Quackenbush (FWA 11/20/99)

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I'd also like to look at Music City TV for '99. Wolfie D was pretty heavily featured.

 

OVW started TV blocks in July, so I'd like to go through those and find interesting stuff as well. If anyone watched OVW at the time and has any recommendations, I'd be interested in hearing about it.

 

Are there any other indies that had TV with semi-notable regulars?

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Mike Modest vs Christopher Daniels (APW 01/15/99) - Keep for sure

 

Low-Ki vs Mike Quackenbush (FWA 11/20/99) - Easy cut, just an average match

 

I'd add this from CZW 10/16/1999 (Cage of Death) Justice Pain vs Lobo - More for historical context then anything. CoD is always a huge draw by indy standards and this was the first one.

 

One I don't think has been mentioned i'd also add

 

Michinoku Pro 5/9/1999 Christopher Daniels & Pablo Marquez vs Magnum Tokyo & Kendo

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Okay, so, GAEA in 1999, the best year from the best joshi promotion ever in my opinion, what's to say. Not everyone will share the greatest ever opinion I know but at the least for 1999 itself almost everyone at the time would agree GAEA was #1 & those that wouldn't would probably say ARSION was, the AJWs & JWPs had lost their place at the top of the food chain by now.

 

The matches

*Note* I'm listing most of these by the date the tv aired, too lazy to go back & insert the taping date but all occured in 99

 

1/30/1999 (Premium League Tournament) Meiko Satomura vs Chikayo Nagashima

 

1/30/1999 Lioness Asuka & Mayumi Ozaki vs Toshiyo Yamada & Kaoru - Lioness first match in the promotion, great match, crazy spectacle, famous for KAORU getting hung from the balcony

 

2/21/1999 (Premium League FINAL) Meiko Satomura vs Toshie Uematsu

 

2/21/1999 Mima Shimoda & Etsuko Mita vs Toshiyo Yamada & Sonoko Kato

 

2/21/1999 Mayumi Ozaki & Lioness Asuka vs Kaoru & Meiko Satomura

 

2/21/1999 Chigusa Nagayo & Toshie Uematsu vs Aja Kong & Chikayo Nagashima - Only goes 7 seconds but there's a huge post match GAEA vs SSU pull apart brawl

 

3/18/1999 Aja Kong & Carlos Amano vs Toshiyo Yamada & Meiko Satomura (OZ Academy Show)

 

3/18/1999 Mayumi Ozaki vs Mima Shimoda (OZ Academy Show)

 

3/30/1999 Mima Shimoda & Etsuko Mita vs Toshiyo Yamada & Meiko Satomura

 

3/30/1999 Aja Kong & Chikayo Nagashima vs Sonoko Kato & Meiko Satomura

 

3/30/1999 Aja Kong & Lioness Asuka vs Sonoko Kato & Meiko Satomura

 

4/4/1999 KAORU & Toshiyo Yamada vs Mima Shimoda & Etsuko Mita - A divisive match, really famous at the time, ppl either thought it was the greatest thing ever or hated it, I fall on the positive side.

 

4/4/1999 Meiko Satomura & Sonoko Kato vs Aja Kong & Mayumi Ozaki - Meiko pins Aja

 

4/4/1999 (For Control of GAEA) Chigusa Nagayo vs Lioness Asuka - Lioness wins controll of the company for SSU

 

5/5/1999 Sugar Sato, Kaori Nakayama & Mayumi Ozaki vs Toshie Uematsu, Sonoko Kato & Toshiyo Yamada (This is from FMW's show and I think I allready mentioned it in my FMW pimping but i'm mentioning it again here since it fits)

 

5/20/1999 Chigusa Nagayo vs Kaori Nakayama & 5/20/1999 Lioness Asuka vs Sonoko Kato - included as a pair, Chigusa wins in 35 seconds, Lioness upstages her by winning in 32. I thought it was a cool angle.

 

5/20/1999 Lioness Asuka, Mayumi Ozaki & Mima Shimoda vs Kaoru, Sonoko Kato & Meiko Satomura

 

6/19/1999 (3AW Title) Chigusa Nagayo © vs Aja Kong - Aja wins the title

 

7/17/1999 Chigusa Nagayo vs Etsuko Mita - A dejected Chigusa left the country to go on a training mission to Venice Beach california whear she drops a ton of weight & gets in great shape. This is her return match whear she comes in & destroys Mita.

 

8/12/1999 (3AW Tag Titles) Aja Kong & Mayumi Ozaki © vs Sugar Sato & Chikayo Nagashima - Great match, great moment. Sato & Nagashima win the titles & from their mentor Ozaki a year after her & Aja beat them for them. Post match a Akira Hokuto makes her return from having her 1st kid to rejoin Ozaki & crew.

 

9/8/1999 Lioness Asuka vs Sonoko Kato - Kato turns her back on GAEA post match to join Lioness as her protoge.

 

9/8/1999 Aja Kong, Mayumi Ozaki & Akira Hokuto vs Chigusa Nagayo, Toshiyo Yamada & Meiko Satomura

 

9/9/1999 (For Control of GAEA) Mima Shimoda, Etsuko Mita & Lioness Asuka vs Aja Kong, Mayumi Ozaki & Sugar Sato (OZ Academy Show) - After Hokuto returned, most of SSU split away to form Nostradomous, tiring of Lioness leadership leaving Kato & LCO as her only allies. OZ & pals try a coup d'etat here.

 

9/15/1999 Sakura Hirota vs Devil Masami - Hirota comedy matches were a HUGE part of the promotion starting in 99 so should be represented in some way and this was always a favorite of many ppl.

 

9/15/1999 Akira Hokuto & Mayumi Ozaki vs Mima Shimoda & Etsuko Mita

 

9/15/1999 (3AW Title) Aja Kong © vs Meiko Satomura

 

9/15/1999 (For Control of Gaea) Chigusa Nagayo vs Lioness Asuka - Chigusa wins control back of the company

 

10/21/1999 Chigusa Nagayo, Toshiyo Yamada, Kaoru & Meiko Satomura vs Lioness Asuka, Mima Shimoda, Etsuko Mita & Sonoko Kato - Final match of LCO's run, they wouldn't return to the company for another 2 years. Lioness is left with Kato as her only remaining ally.

 

10/21/1999 Mayumi Ozaki & Akira Hokuto vs Lioness Asuka & Sonoko Kato

 

11/23/1999 Meiko Satomura vs Saika Takeuchi - Saika Takeuchi who was the focus of the GAEA Girls documentry debut match

 

11/23/1999 (High Spurt 600 Finals) Sonoko Kato vs Meiko Satomura

 

11/23/1999 Mayumi Ozaki & Akira Hokuto vs Chigusa Nagayo & Toshiyo Yamada

 

11/23/1999 Kaoru & Meiko Satomura vs Lioness Asuka & Sonoko Kato

 

11/23/1999 Sonoko Kato vs Chigusa Nagayo

 

12/28/1999 (GAEA vs Nostradomous Gauntlet Match - Losers get handcuffed for the winners to beat on) Chigusa Nagayo, Sakura Hirota, Kaoru, Toshie Uematsu, Meiko Satomura & Toshiyo Yamada vs Aja Kong, Mayumi Ozaki, Kaori Nakayama, Akira Hokuto, Sugar Sato & Chikayo Nagashima. Team GAEA wins but RIE/Bad Nurse Nakamura brings out Saika Takeuchi wraped in barbed & holds her hostage to force them to let the heels go. Oh and Takeuchi's parents are in the crowd too and try to save her but they get kicked away.

 

1/3/2000 (Taped 12/27/99) Chigusa Nagayo & Meiko Satomura vs Lioness Asuka & Sonoko Kato - A match that I still wish to this day they'd have let go longer as we basically get the first 7 mins of a 20+ min 4 star plus match but then Nostradomous runs in to beat up both teams and a huge brawl breaks out. The aftermath leads to the short lived but awesome Team Dead or Alive forming with Aja & Kaoru taking sides with Lioness & Kato and more importantly it sets the stage for the Crush Girls reuinion as they temp join forces to fight ppl off and bust out a few of their old double team moves n shit. This match sets the stage for 2000

 

The Story

 

Obviously the big thing to capture for the year is the entire angle with SSU - Super Stars Unit which consisted of Lioness, Ozaki, Aja, Mita, Shimoda, Nagashima, Sato & Kaori Nakayama. Most of the big details I covered above with them coming in, taking over, falling apart due to infighting then losing the power they gained. It's sorta comparable to the NWO if the NWO wasn's stretched out for eternity and got payed off with the good guys winning.

 

Besides that there's lots of other cool stories througout the year.

LCO vs Kaoru/Yamada

The remaining trainees getting major wins over established stars and being cemented at a lvl whear you can take them seriously as consistent threats & not just youngetrs getting occasional upsets.

The origins of the Meiko vs Aja feud which is still going on to this day 14 years later.

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Out of curiosity, anyone have any memories/thoughts on the 99 IWA Puerto Rico jr title tournament?

It was super stacked, Tajiri, Crazy, Taka, Christopher Daniels, Great Sasuke, Tiger Mask 4, Alexander Otsuka, Reckless Youth, Mr Aguila, Jeff Hardy, Pablo Marquez & a few local guys.

 

It's prob been over a decade since i've watched it so my only real memory is that most of it was actually super disapointing for a number of reasons (bad booking, weird finishes, guys getting short amounts of time) but that there were maybe 1 or 2 good matches that came out of it, I just can't remember which ones they were.

 

You would think that this stuff would be more talked about than some of the older stuff, since it happened more recently.

It was talked about a ton at the time. Not just GAEA/joshi but a lot of the non mainstream stuff (IE not NJPW, AJPW, WWF, WCW & ECW). That you don't see as much talk today is a combination of many of the fans who were around at the time having moved on & many of the places whear it was talked about (Crazy Max forum, Smarks Choice, Older DVDVR forum, etc...) all getting deleted over time with no archive remaining & the "tape review website" era coming to an end. So now we're kinda in this unique phase whear the fans that are around now get to re-discover these things :)

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Of those matches, which are the absolute musts? I'm curious what you think are the best of the matches listed too. That's always fun to read.

Hmmm, narrowing things down to JUST in ring (which leaves out a lot of what makes GAEA special) then this would be the list of top matches

 

Feel fairly confident in these as the top 3

 

9/15/1999 (3AW Title) Aja Kong © vs Meiko Satomura

4/4/1999 KAORU & Toshiyo Yamada vs Mima Shimoda & Etsuko Mita

1/30/1999 Lioness Asuka & Mayumi Ozaki vs Toshiyo Yamada & Kaoru

 

Then these would round out the top 20 or so in some order

 

1/30/1999 Meiko Satomura vs Chikayo Nagashima

2/21/1999 Meiko Satomura vs Toshie Uematsu

3/18/1999 Aja Kong & Carlos Amano vs Toshiyo Yamada & Meiko Satomura

3/18/1999 Mayumi Ozaki vs Mima Shimoda

3/30/1999 Aja Kong & Chikayo Nagashima vs Sonoko Kato & Meiko Satomura

4/4/1999 Meiko Satomura & Sonoko Kato vs Aja Kong & Mayumi Ozaki

4/4/1999 (For Control of GAEA) Chigusa Nagayo vs Lioness Asuka

5/20/1999 Lioness Asuka, Mayumi Ozaki & Mima Shimoda vs Kaoru, Sonoko Kato & Meiko Satomura

6/19/1999 (3AW Title) Chigusa Nagayo © vs Aja Kong

8/12/1999 (3AW Tag Titles) Aja Kong & Mayumi Ozaki © vs Sugar Sato & Chikayo Nagashima

9/8/1999 Aja Kong, Mayumi Ozaki & Akira Hokuto vs Chigusa Nagayo, Toshiyo Yamada & Meiko Satomura

9/15/1999 Akira Hokuto & Mayumi Ozaki vs Mima Shimoda & Etsuko Mita

9/15/1999 (For Control of Gaea) Chigusa Nagayo vs Lioness Asuka

11/23/1999 Kaoru & Meiko Satomura vs Lioness Asuka & Sonoko Kato

12/28/1999 (GAEA vs Nostradomous Gauntlet Match)

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I'd also like to look at Music City TV for '99. Wolfie D was pretty heavily featured.

 

OVW started TV blocks in July, so I'd like to go through those and find interesting stuff as well. If anyone watched OVW at the time and has any recommendations, I'd be interested in hearing about it.

 

Are there any other indies that had TV with semi-notable regulars?

 

Michael Hayes was headlining Power Pro with guys like Baldo, Lawler, Angle and I think Jim Cornette was involved too.

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Here's the other Joshi I currently have on deck for '99. How is this for a list?

 

AJW

Etsuko Mita & Mima Shimoda vs Kaoru Ito & Tomoko Watanabe (AJW 04/11/99)

Lioness Asuka, Mima Shimoda & Etsuko Mita vs Manami Toyota, Kaoru Ito & Nanae Takahashi (AJW 07/11/99)

Etsuko Mita & Mima Shimoda vs Momoe Nakanishi & Nanae Takahashi (AJW 09/29/99)

Etsuko Mita & Mima Shimoda vs Tomoko Watanabe & Kumiko Maekawa (AJW 12/08/99)

Manami Toyota vs. Kyoko Inoue (AJW 12/08/99)

 

JWP

Hikari Fukuoka, Hiroumi Yagi & Candy Okutsu vs Azumi Hyuga, Carlos Amano & Commando Bolshoi (JWP 03/28/99)

 

ARSION

Mariko Yoshida vs Mika Akino (ARSION 01/17/99)

Mariko Yoshida vs Hiroumi Yagi (ARSION 02/18/99)

Hikari Fukuoka & Mikiko Futagami vs Aja Kong & Candy Okutsu (ARSION 03/16/99)

Mariko Yoshida vs Mikiko Futagami (ARSION 04/14/99)

Mariko Yoshida vs Yumi Fukawa (ARSION 05/04/99)

Mariko Yoshida vs Michiko Omukai (ARSION 05/04/99)

Aja Kong vs Mariko Yoshida (ARSION 08/06/99)

Mariko Yoshida vs Yumi Fukawa (ARSION 09/26/99)

Aja Kong vs Mariko Yoshida (ARSION 12/11/99)

Ayako Hamada & AKINO vs Etsuko Mita & Mima Shimoda (ARSION 12/11/99)

 

JD'

The Bloody & Fang Suzuki vs Sugar Sato & Chikayo Nagashima (Jd' 01/24/99)

Lioness Asuka vs Kyoko Inoue (Jd' 01/24/99)

Cooga & Sumie Sakai vs The Bloody & Fang Suzuki (Jd' 06/13/99)

Lioness Asuka vs Yoko Kosugi (Jd' 06/13/99)

Lioness Asuka vs Kyoko Inoue (Jd' 08/22/99)

The Bloody & Fang Suzuki vs Sumie Sakai & Megumi Yabushita (Jd' 09/05/99)

The Bloody vs Yuko Kosugi (Jd' 11/01/99)

Lioness Asuka vs Cooga (Jd' 12/28/99)

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