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#100 - Mitsuharu Misawa vs Stan Hansen (AJPW 03/04/92)

So close, yet so far away. That's Misawa on March 4. By this point, he's clearly being even more protected than he had been -- Hansen and Jumbo were the only guys with a shot at beating him, and even Jumbo wasn't a guarantee. But at least at this point, he still couldn't beat Hansen. Misawa pushes him much farther than either Kawada or Kobashi did in their challenges, so we do walk away with the thought that there are only so many times Hansen is going to be able to hold off Misawa before he finally comes through. Misawa ate the pin, but make no mistake about it: Hansen put Misawa over.

 

#99 - Jushin Liger & Brian Pillman vs Ricky Steamboat & Nikita Koloff (WCW Great American Bash 07/12/92)

Ah yes, the famed re-education show under Bill Watts. Mat wrestling isn't over like it was in years past, so let's build an entire show around mat wrestling to try to change that! That stubborn commitment to a vision was both one of the best and worst things about Watts. But while the Bash is largely remembered as a bland show, it did feature at least three good-great matches, and this is one of the best matches of the night. You may not be quite sure what to expect when Liger and Nikita Koloff interact in the ring, but surprisingly, they mesh really well. There are flaws that keep this from hitting the next level, but some of those flaws are endearing on their own. The moment when Steamboat finally gets the hot tag and the place erupts, followed by Liger immediately cutting him off with the pin, is some pretty fucked up in-ring timing for Southern tag team wrestling, and it probably caused Ole Anderson to roll his eyes and jump into a boring monologue in the back. But the moment still had a charm about it and was athletically impressive. What makes this match stand out as good is the failures more than the successes. And that sounds like an odd thing to say as a positive, but as we often hear about wrestling, it's sometimes more important to be different than good. For U.S. tag team wrestling -- a style that doesn't lend itself well to thinking outside the box, and for good reason -- this, a babyface match involving wrestlers of highly disparate skill levels and backgrounds, is about as good as different can really be.

 

#98 - Mitsuharu Misawa, Kenta Kobashi & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs Jumbo Tsuruta, Akira Taue & Masa Fuchi (AJPW 10/17/92)

It's here that we bid farewell to Jumbo Tsuruta, a man many believe to be the greatest wrestler who ever lived, competing in the last notable match of his storied career. The match has the usual world class heavyweight action, but the understated, unspoken finality of a great career takes center stage. It's Taue who spends most of the match in the ring, who acts as the workhorse and who gets the win over Kikuchi. We witness the end of a great era, just four days before Misawa and Kawada start an even better one. In a strange way, the ceding of the spotlight is the highlight on its own, as when Jumbo doesn't do much, it's hard not to notice.

 

#97 - Riki Choshu & Shinya Hashimoto vs Hiroshi Hase & Kensuke Sasaki (NJPW 10/21/92)

Despite having a few really awesome matches, 1992 New Japan was largely the calm before 1993's storm. Hase and Sasaki, a terrific tag team, get in what is likely their last chronological appearance as a team, against two guys gearing up for a blockbuster year. While it's true that there isn't much here that we don't see done better later, Hase and Hashimoto locking up is always fun. And Sasaki may not be a world class worker, but he works hard and seems motivated to prove his worth. That he stands out in a match with the other three -- two of whom that have a natural charisma that he doesn't, and one that is a larger-than-life personality -- is a credit to him.

 

#96 - Bart Vale vs Kazuo Takahashi (PWFG 09/02/92)

One of the most fun aspects of reliving 1992 is remembering what has largely been forgotten. Such is the legacy of Bart Vale and Kazuo Takahashi. Vale in particular has gotten some play over the last couple of years among PWFG fans, and in a match like this, it's easy to see what he does well. But Takahashi is a guy who seems to have been forgotten who had potential. The matwork in these things is always good and this is no exception. It takes more than a good matwork for me to really get into a match in this style -- I need a little drama. Takahashi's confidence is what makes this memorable, and it's a shame he didn't go on to be a star.

 

#95 - Wild Pegasus vs 2 Cold Scorpio (NJPW 04/16/92)

These two have a match against each other that's more famous than this one, and that's likely a better match than this one is by comparison. But don't let that fool you -- there are definite things this match has going for it that the SuperBrawl III match does not. There's no perfectly timed complex finishing sequence here, but there is plenty of dabbling in everything from lucha libre, European matwork to the house style of the New Japan juniors. The SuperBrawl III match is rightfully remembered as a great one, but putting the first half of this match and the last half of that one together would have produced one for the ages.

 

#94 - Barry Windham & Dustin Rhodes vs Steve Williams & Steve Austin (WCW Halloween Havoc 10/25/92)

There was no reason to think Halloween Havoc wouldn't be a strong show. Rude and Chono had a great match in Japan two months before this, so matching them up again in Philly seemed like a good approach. Pillman/Steamboat ... that sounds pretty good. Sting/Jake should be a hot main event. And the match where Barry and Dustin won the tag titles from Williams and Gordy on TBS was excellent. So giving them 30 minutes to face each other again at Havoc, having Doc and Gordy put them over on a bigger show, seemed like a good approach too. Well, we know where roads paved in good intentions lead us, and we ended up not getting the MVC vs Windham/Rhodes rematch we thought we would. Instead, we got a very game Steve Austin, who in '92 was starting to find his way, but he was no Terry Gordy. So this isn't at the level of an MVC vs Windham/Rhodes match. But as a heavyweight spotfest, it's pretty terrific. There's lots of explosiveness and big moves, I guess because when all else fails just beat the hell out of each other and throw bombs. That's definitely what they did here.

 

#93 - Yoshihiro Takayama vs Hiromitsu Kanehara (UWFI 12/20/92)

You go into this match thinking there's no way in the world Takayama is losing. He wrestles with such confidence that there's no way he can't win, it seems, if only because he refuses to give Kanehara an inch. Kanehara has the more versatile game of the two, but Takayama is far more determined, kneeing the shit out of his smaller opponent to equalize any advantages he may have. But the whole time, while it seemed like Takayama was controlling Kanehara, it was Kanehara that was quietly steering the ship. He let Takayama tire himself out and managed to secure the win at the end. It's a really satisfying, basic wrestling story.

 

#92 - Toshiaki Kawada vs Akira Taue (AJPW 09/09/92)

Misawa has finally staked his claim as the Triple Crown champion in All Japan, and this match was key in building up Kawada as his first challenger. Kawada and Taue had a rivalry for years at this point, and being both friends and foes worked for them at different times. Here, they're in full on rivalry mode, and they come after each other with such hate that it's hard not to get sucked into the match. If you watch these matches retroactively, then you know that Kawada challenges in October, so it's unlikely that he's losing this match. However, Kawada ate enough of Taue's best offense that I found myself second-guessing the outcome a few times. It takes multiple stretch plum attempts to finally put Taue away, but he ultimately does. The end result is a good one -- a challenger with some momentum, beating Taue in a way where it seemed like he had accomplished something really important.

 

#91 - Barry Windham & Dustin Rhodes vs Rick Rude & Steve Austin (WCW Great American Bash 07/12/92)

#90 - Mitsuya Nagai vs Sergei Sousserov (RINGS 12/19/92)

#89 - Mitsuharu Misawa & Toshiaki Kawada vs Steve Williams & Terry Gordy (AJPW 11/30/92)

#88 - Bestia Salvaje vs Huracan Sevilla (CMLL 02/14/92)

#87 - Ric Flair vs Bret Hart (WWF Worcester, MA 12/27/92)

#86 - Toshiaki Kawada vs Kenta Kobashi (AJPW 03/20/92)

#85 - Barry Windham & Brian Pillman vs Ricky Steamboat & Shane Douglas (WCW Starrcade 12/28/92)

#84 - Kiyoshi Tamura & Kazuo Yamazaki vs Gary Albright & Mark Silver (UWFI 07/12/92)

#83 - Jushin Liger & Koji Kanemoto vs Ultimo Dragon & Masao Orihara (NJPW 12/11/92)

#82 - Nobuhiko Takada vs Naoki Sano (UWFI 12/20/92)

#81 - Manami Toyota vs Toshiyo Yamada (AJW 06/21/92)

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#80 - Rick & Scott Steiner vs Keiji Muto & Kensuke Sasaki (NJPW 08/12/92)

#79 - Randy Savage vs Shawn Michaels (WWF Munich 04/14/92)

#78 - Jumbo Tsuruta vs Mitsuharu Misawa (AJPW 04/02/92)

#77 - Genichiro Tenryu, Takashi Ishikawa & Koki Kitahara vs Shiro Koshinaka, Kengo Kimura & Masayo Aoyagi (NJPW 11/23/92)

#76 - Jushin Liger vs El Samurai (NJPW 04/16/92)

#75 - Rick Rude vs Ricky Steamboat (WCW SuperBrawl II 02/29/92)

#74 - Naoki Sano vs Jerry Flynn (PWFG 01/15/92)

#73 - Stan Hansen vs Toshiaki Kawada (AJPW 04/19/92)

#72 - Ric Flair vs Genichiro Tenryu (SWS 04/18/92)

#71 - Atlantis vs La Fiera (CMLL 04/03/92)

#70 - Jumbo Tsuruta vs Kenta Kobashi (AJPW 02/27/92)

#69 - Lightning Kid, Jerry Lynn & Dr Wagner Jr vs Dos Caras, Silver King & El Texano (Hamada's UWF 01/19/92)

#68 - Jeff Jarrett & Jerry Lawler vs The Moondogs (USWA Mid South Coliseum 01/20/92)

#67 - Mayumi Ozaki & Cutie Suzuki vs Dynamite Kansai & Hikari Fukuoka (JWP 10/07/92)

#66 - Kiyoshi Tamura vs Kazuo Yamazaki (UWFI 10/23/92)

#65 - Jushin Liger vs Brian Pillman (WCW SuperBrawl II 02/29/92)

#64 - Jumbo Tsuruta & Akira Taue vs Kenta Kobashi & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi (AJPW 01/26/92)

#63 - Yuki Ishikawa vs Kazuo Takahashi (PWFG 07/27/92)

#62 - Aja Kong & Kyoko Inoue vs Bull Nakano & Akira Hokuto (AJW 11/02/92)

#61 - Stan Hansen vs Toshiaki Kawada (AJPW 06/05/92)

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#60 - Manami Toyota & Toshiyo Yamada vs Aja Kong & Bison Kimura (AJW 03/20/92)

#59 - Arn Anderson vs Dustin Rhodes (WCW Saturday Night 01/04/92)

#58 - Manami Toyota & Toshiyo Yamada vs Akira Hokuto & Kyoko Inoue (AJW 06/27/92)

#57 - Jushin Liger & Kensuke Sasaki vs Ricky Steamboat & Shane Douglas (WCW Philadelphia 12/29/92)

#56 - Rick & Scott Steiner vs Tatsumi Fujinami & Tayayuki Iizuka (WCW Wrestle War 05/17/92)

#55 - Hiroshi Hase vs Kensuke Sasaki (NJPW 06/26/92)

#54 - Manami Toyota & Toshiyo Yamada vs Debbie Malenko & Sakie Hasegawa (AJW 11/02/92)

#53 - Sting, Dustin Rhodes, Barry Windham & Ricky Steamboat vs Rick Rude, Arn Anderson, Larry Zbyszko & Bobby Eaton (WCW Saturday Night 02/22/92)

#52 - Doug Furnas & Dan Kroffat vs Toshiaki Kawada & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi (AJPW 02/22/92)

#51 - Vader & Bam Bam Bigelow vs Keiji Muto & Hiroshi Hase (NJPW 05/01/92)

#50 - Hiromitsu Kanehara vs Masakazu Maeda (UWFI 02/29/92)

#49 - Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs Yusuke Fuke (PWFG 02/24/92)

#48 - Jeff Jarrett & Jerry Lawler vs The Moondogs (USWA Kennett, MO 01/17/92)

#47 - Mitsuharu Misawa, Kenta Kobashi & Toshiaki Kawada vs Jumbo Tsuruta, Masa Fuchi & Akira Taue (AJPW 01/24/92)

#46 - Jumbo Tsuruta vs Toshiaki Kawada (AJPW 01/21/92)

#45 - Jumbo Tsuruta & Akira Taue vs Steve Williams & Terry Gordy (AJPW 10/07/92)

#44 - El Canek vs Dos Caras (UWA 02/02/92)

#43 - Barry Windham & Dustin Rhodes vs Steve Williams & Terry Gordy (WCW Saturday Night 10/03/92)

#42 - Silver King, El Texano & Gran Hamada vs Negro Casas, Dr Wagner Jr & Mike Lozansky (UWA 02/16/92)

#41 - Mitsuharu Misawa, Toshiaki Kawada & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs Jumbo Tsuruta, Akira Taue & Yoshinari Ogawa (AJPW 08/20/92)

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#40 - Bret Hart vs Davey Boy Smith (WWF Summerslam 08/29/92)

#39 - Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs Bart Vale (PWFG 06/25/92)

#38 - Barry Windham & Dustin Rhodes vs Steve Austin & Larry Zbyszko (WCW SuperBrawl II 02/29/92)

#37 - Mitsuharu Misawa & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs Jumbo Tsuruta & Akira Taue (AJPW 05/30/92)

#36 - Aja Kong vs Bull Nakano (AJW 04/25/92)

#35 - Genichiro Tenryu vs Shiro Koshinaka (NJPW 12/14/92)

#34 - Mayumi Ozaki & Hikari Fukuoka vs Yumiko Hotta & Takako Inoue (JWP 12/01/92)

#33 - Ric Flair vs Genichiro Tenryu (SWS 09/15/92)

#32 - Blue Panther vs Love Machine (CMLL 04/03/92)

#31 - El Hijo del Santo vs Espanto Jr (UWA 05/14/92)

#30 - Bull Nakano vs Aja Kong (AJW Dream Rush 11/26/92)

#29 - Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs Jumbo Tsuruta & Akira Taue (AJPW 06/05/92)

#28 - Manami Toyota vs Toshiyo Yamada (AJW 08/15/92)

#27 - Bull Nakano, Aja Kong & Kyoko Inoue vs Toshiyo Yamada, Yumiko Hotta & Mariko Yoshida (AJW 09/15/92)

#26 - Jushin Liger vs Pegasus Kid (NJPW 02/10/92)

#25 - Kenta Kobashi & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs Doug Furnas & Dan Kroffat (AJPW 05/25/92)

#24 - Octagoncito, Misteriocito & Mascarita Sagrada vs Espectrito, Piratita Morgan & Pequene Pierroth (CMLL 04/17/92)

#23 - Volk Han vs Andrei Kopylov (RINGS 07/16/92)

#22 - Rick & Scott Steiner vs Steve Williams & Terry Gordy (WCW Clash of the Champions XIX 06/16/92)

#21 - Rick Rude vs Masa Chono (NJPW G-1 Climax 08/12/92)

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#20 - Volk Han vs Dick Vrij (RINGS 08/21/92)

#19 - Vader vs Sting (WCW Great American Bash 07/12/92)

#18 - Jushin Liger vs Norio Honaga (NJPW 02/08/92)

#17 - Angel Azteca, Solar I & Super Astro vs Blue Panther, La Parka & Rambo (AAA 08/21/92)

#16 - Akira Hokuto vs Kyoko Inoue (AJW Dream Rush 11/26/92)

#15 - Cien Caras, Mascara Ano 2000 & Sangre Chicana vs Konnan, Perro Aguayo & Rayo de Jalisco Jr (CMLL 03/01/92)

#14 - Atlantis vs Emilio Charles Jr (CMLL 08/11/92)

#13 - Kenta Kobashi & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs Masa Fuchi & Yoshinari Ogawa (AJPW 07/05/92)

#12 - Blue Panther vs Super Astro (AAA 10/09/92)

#11 - Rick Rude vs Ricky Steamboat (WCW Beach Blast 06/20/92)

#10 - Vader vs Sting (WCW Starrcade 12/28/92)

#9 - Mitsuharu Misawa vs Toshiaki Kawada (AJPW 10/21/92)

#8 - Mitsuharu Misawa & Toshiaki Kawada vs Kenta Kobashi & Giant Baba (AJPW 11/27/92)

#7 - Mitsuharu Misawa, Toshiaki Kawada & Kenta Kobashi vs Jumbo Tsuruta, Akira Taue & Masa Fuchi (AJPW 05/22/92)

#6 - Sting, Ricky Steamboat, Barry Windham, Dustin Rhodes & Nikita Koloff vs Rick Rude, Steve Austin, Arn Anderson, Bobby Eaton & Larry Zbyszko (WCW Wrestle War 05/17/92)

#5 - Manami Toyota & Toshiyo Yamada vs Aja Kong & Kyoko Inoue (AJW 12/13/92)

#4 - Silver King, El Texano & Gran Hamada vs Negro Casas, Dr Wagner Jr & Rambo (UWA 02/29/92)

#3 - Jushin Liger vs El Samurai (NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Final 04/30/92)

#2 - El Dandy vs Negro Casas (CMLL 07/03/92)

#1 - Manami Toyota & Toshiyo Yamada vs Mayumi Ozaki & Dynamite Kansai (AJW Dream Rush 11/26/92)

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Since there isn't a new set exactly in your hand yet, if you have some time in the coming week, it would be interesting to see you edit in some reflecting comments above on your throughs about them after seeing the entire year's worth of matches. Similar to how you did in 1996. I think we all enjoyed those reflections as much as the ordering itself.

 

John

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#1 - Manami Toyota & Toshiyo Yamada vs Mayumi Ozaki & Dynamite Kansai (AJW Dream Rush 11/26/92)

With this being number one and the FMW/WWA trios from L.A. dropping off I'm not sure if I can articulate my thoughts more coherently than "rabble rabble rabble rabble" for now.

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Zenjo's Top 100 Matches of 1992



100) Kyoko Inoue vs Akira Hokuto (AJW 1/4/92)
99) Jushin Thunder Liger vs Pegasus Kid (NJ 8/12/92)
98) Blue Panther vs Ultimo Dragon (CMLL 1/31/92)
97) Ricky Steamboat, Nikita Koloff & Dustin Rhodes vs Arn Anderson, Bobby Eaton & Larry Zbyszko (WCW 5/11/92)
96) Bull Nakano, Aja Kong & Kyoko Inoue vs Toshiyo Yamada, Yumiko Hotta & Mariko Yoshida (AJW 9/15/92)
95) Mitsuharu Misawa vs Stan Hansen (AJ 8/22/92)
94) Octagoncito, Misteriocito & Mascarita Sagrada vs Espectrito, Piratita Morgan & Pequene Pierroth (CMLL 4/17/92)
93) Debbie Malenko & Sakie Hasegawa vs Mariko Yoshida & Takako Inoue (AJW 4/25/92)
92) Stan Hansen vs Toshiaki Kawada (AJ 6/5/92)
91) Blue Panther vs Super Astro (AAA 10/9/92)

90) Big Van Vader, Super Invader, Rick Rude & Jake Roberts vs Sting, Nikita Koloff, Rick & Scott Steiner (Elimination) (WCW 9/2/92)
89) Devil Masami vs Dynamite Kansai (JWP 8/23/92)
88) Fuerza Guerrera vs Octagon (CMLL 1/31/92)
87) Rick Rude vs Dustin Rhodes (WCW 5/30/92)
86) Etsuko Mita vs Mariko Yoshida (AJW 6/27/92)
85) Genichiro Tenryu, Takashi Ishikawa & Koki Kitahara vs Shiro Koshinaka, Kengo Kimura & Masaji Aoyagi (NJ 11/23/92)
84) Mitsuharu Misawa & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs Jumbo Tsuruta & Akira Taue (AJ 5/30/92)
83) Volk Han vs Andrei Kopilov (RINGS 7/16/92)
82) El Dandy vs El Satanico (Hair vs Hair) (CMLL 9/17/92)
81) Akira Hokuto vs Takako Inoue (AJW 12/13/92)

80) Toshiaki Kawada vs Akira Taue (AJ 9/9/92)
79) Pegasus Kid vs Villano III (UWA 1/26/92)
78) Villanos IV & V vs Dr Wagner Jr & Espanto Jr (UWA 5/29/92)
77) Sting vs Cactus Jack (Falls Count Anywhere) (WCW 6/20/92)
76) Atlantis vs La Fiera (CMLL 4/3/92)
75) Kiyoshi Tamura vs Kazuo Yamazaki (UWFI 10/23/92)
74) Jushin Thunder Liger vs Norio Honaga (NJ 2/8/92)
73) Barry Windham & Dustin Rhodes vs Steve Austin & Larry Zbyszko (WCW 2/29/92)
72) Big Van Vader vs Sting (WCW 7/12/92)
71) El Hijo Del Santo vs Espanto Jr (UWA 5/14/92)

70) Takako Inoue & Mariko Yoshida vs Debbie Malenko & Sakie Hasegawa (AJW 1/5/92)
69) Grom Zaza vs Shtorm Koba (RINGS 8/21/92)
68) Manami Toyota vs Kyoko Inoue (AJW 4/25/92)
67) Rick Rude vs Ricky Steamboat (WCW 2/29/92)
66) Mariko Yoshida vs Sakie Hasegawa (AJW 7/15/92)
65) El Hijo del Santo, Atsushi Onita & Tarzan Goto vs Negro Casas, Horace Boulder & Tim Patterson (Indy 5/16/92)
64) Volk Han vs Akira Maeda (RINGS 4/3/92)
63) Stan Hansen vs Mitsuharu Misawa (AJ 4/17/92)
62) Big Van Vader vs Ron Simmons (WCW 8/2/92)
61) Big Van Vader & Bam Bam Bigelow vs Keiji Mutoh & Hiroshi Hase (NJ 5/1/92)

60) Aja Kong vs Bison Kimura (AJW 6/21/92)
59) El Canek vs Dos Caras (UWA 2/2/92)
58) Rick & Scott Steiner vs Tatsumi Fujinami & Tayayuki Iizuka (WCW 5/17/92)
57) Yumiko Hotta & Suzuka Minami vs Manami Toyota & Toshiyo Yamada (AJW 10/17/92)
56) Perro Aguayo vs Sangre Chicana (CMLL 3/20/92)
55) Masahiro Chono vs Shinya Hashimoto (NJ 3/1/92)
54) Blue Panther vs Angel Azteca (AAA 9/4/92)
53) Aja Kong vs Toshiyo Yamada (AJW 8/30/92)
52) Mitsuharu Misawa vs Terry Gordy (AJ 4/14/92)
51) Combat Toyoda & Megumi Kudo vs Akira Hokuto & Bull Nakano (FMW 9/19/92)

50) Toshiaki Kawada vs Akira Taue (AJ 3/31/92)
49) Akira Hokuto vs Kyoko Inoue (AJW 11/26/92)
48) Suzuka Minami vs Akira Hokuto (AJW 9/15/92)
47) Randy Savage vs Ultimate Warrior (WWF 8/29/92)
46) Masahiro Chono vs Shiro Koshinaka (NJ 7/31/92)
45) Manami Toyota & Toshiyo Yamada vs Aja Kong & Kyoko Inoue (AJW 12/13/92)
44) Stan Hansen vs Mitsuharu Misawa (AJ 3/4/92)
43) Genichiro Tenryu vs Shiro Koshinaka (NJ 12/14/92)
42) Eriko Tsuchiya & Yoshika Maedomari vs Bat Yoshinaga & Tomoko Watanabe (AJW 10/17/92)
41) Angelito Azteca, Mascarita Sagrada & Octagoncito vs Espectrito, Jerrito Estrada & Picudito (AAA 10/23/92)

40) Nobuhiko Takada vs Gary Albright (UWFI 5/8/92)
39) Steve Williams & Terry Gordy vs Rick & Scott Steiner (WCW 6/16/92)
38) Takako Inoue vs Mariko Yoshida (AJW 4/29/92)
37) Manami Toyota & Sakie Hasegawa vs Kyoko Inoue & Mariko Yoshida (AJW 5/24/92)
36) Bret Hart vs Davey Boy Smith (WWF 8/29/92)
35) El Hijo del Santo vs Negro Casas (UWA 1/5/92)
34) Kiyoshi Tamura vs Yoji Anjoh (UWFI 8/28/92)
33) Genechiro Tenryu & Koki Kitahara vs Shiro Koshinaka & Kengo Kimura (WAR 10/23/92)
32) Great Muta vs Hiroshi Hase (NJ 12/14/92)
31) Rick Rude vs Ricky Steamboat (30m Ironman) (WCW 6/20/92)

30) Masahiro Chono vs Hiroshi Hase (NJ 12/11/92)
29) El Dandy vs Negro Casas (CMLL 7/3/92)
28) Royal Rumble Match (WWF 1/19/92)
27) Mitsuharu Misawa & Toshiaki Kawada vs Kenta Kobashi & Giant Baba (AJ 11/27/92)
26) Manami Toyota & Toshiyo Yamada vs Aja Kong & Bison Kimura (AJW 3/20/92)
25) Jushin Thunder Liger vs El Samurai (NJ 4/30/92)
24) Manami Toyota & Toshiyo Yamada vs Sakie Hasegawa & Debbie Malenko (AJW 11/2/92)
23) Masakre vs Pirata Morgan (Hair vs Hair) (CMLL 2/28/92)
22) Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs Jumbo Tsuruta & Akira Taue (AJ 6/5/92)
21) Jumbo Tsuruta & Akira Taue vs Kenta Kobashi & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi (AJ 1/26/92)

20) Bull Nakano vs Aja Kong (AJW 11/26/92)
19) Brian Pillman vs Jushin Thunder Liger (WCW 2/29/92)
18) Aja Kong & Bison Kimura vs Akira (Hokuto) & (Etsuko) Mita (AJW 5/24/92)
17) Stan Hansen vs Toshiaki Kawada (AJ 4/6/92)
16) Manami Toyota vs Toshiyo Yamada (AJW 6/21/92)
15) Rick Rude vs Masahiro Chono (NJ 8/12/92)
14) Jumbo Tsuruta vs Toshiaki Kawada (AJ 1/21/92)
13) Big Van Vader vs Sting (WCW 12/28/92)
12) Mitsuharu Misawa vs Jumbo Tsuruta (AJ 4/2/92)
11) Nobuhiko Takada vs Gary Albright (UWFI 9/21/92)

10) Kenta Kobashi & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs Masanobu Fuchi & Yoshinari Ogawa (AJ 7/12/92)
9) Manami Toyota vs Toshiyo Yamada (Hair vs Hair) (AJW 8/15/92)
8) Bestia Salvaje vs Huracan Sevilla (Hair vs Hair) (CMLL 2/14/92)
7) Atlantis vs Emilio Charles Jr (CMLL 8/11/92)
6) Sakie Hasegawa vs Mariko Yoshida (AJW 6/21/92)
5) Mayumi Ozaki & Hikari Fukuoka vs Yumiko Hotta & Takako Inoue (JWP 12/1/92)
4) Mitsuharu Misawa vs Toshiaki Kawada (AJ 10/21/92)
3) Sting, Dustin Rhodes, Ricky Steamboat, Barry Windham & Nikita Koloff vs Rick Rude, Arn Anderson, Bobby Eaton, Larry Zbyszko & Steve Austin (War Games) (WCW 5/17/92)
2) Kenta Kobashi & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs Doug Furnas & Dan Kroffat (AJ 5/25/92)
1) Manami Toyota & Toshiyo Yamada vs Mayumi Ozaki & Dynamite Kansai (AJW 11/26/92)

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Check back in 2017 and I might have done one of these for all the years in the 90's. B) It takes quite a lot of viewing. 1992 was an amazing year and not even a top 100 can contain all the recommended stuff. The blue highlighted matches are not on the 1992 Yearbook. I'll put them in the other matches worth watching thread. They're mainly AJW, which as you might guess by my username is my favourite promotion. I love the Kings Road classics of course. New Japan is my #2 all time promotion. WCW was amazing in 92 with numerous bouts just falling outside the top 100 as well. I think the lucha may turn out to be the highlight of these sets. Everyone gets the yearbooks for a combination of US & Japanese footage so the Mexican stuff is a fantastic bonus. All matches are listed by taping date, which may not always correspond with listed dates on the Yearbook.

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6) Sakie Hasegawa vs Mariko Yoshida (AJW 6/21/92)

Love to hear you elaborate on what you liked about this.

I liked it a lot myself but thought it fell apart a bit near the end which droped it down for me.

 

31) Genechiro Tenryu & Koki Kitahara vs Shiro Koshinaka & Kengo Kimura (NJ 10/23/92)

This was on a WAR show not NJ

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By the way, Liger/Aoyagi is actually 6/12/90, and will be on the 1990 Yearbook.

I was wondering why this hadn't made the set. :rolleyes: The karate crossover star was one of the highlights of the 80's Other Japan set for me as well.

 

And thanks for doing these ranking lists in the first place Loss. It's definately inspiring, and you seem to appreciate pretty much any style of wrestling.

 

Nearly everyone has some type of wrestling they don't like much or can't get into. It often seems to be Lucha (2 refs WTF?), Joshi (screaming Japanese women flying about at 100mph) or shoot style (Bor-ring). For me I just didn't get anything out of the UWSA or SMW. But that's what's so great about the yearbooks. You could hate 2/3 of the stuff on it and it would still be worth getting.

 

31) Genechiro Tenryu & Koki Kitahara vs Shiro Koshinaka & Kengo Kimura (NJ 10/23/92)

 

This was on a WAR show not NJ

Thanks FLIK. That's good as I can add one more promotion to the list.

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So I rewatched a few where I wasn't confident in my rankings and have adjusted things ever so slightly, including at the very top:

 

1) Mitsuharu Misawa, Kenta Kobashi & Toshiaki Kawada vs. Jumbo Tsuruta, Akira Taue & Masa Fuchi (AJ 5/22/92)

2) Manami Toyota & Toshiyo Yamada vs. Mayumi Ozaki & Dynamite Kansai (AJW 11/26/92)

3) Jushin Liger vs. El Samurai (NJ 4/30/92)

4) War Games (Wrestle War 5/17/92)

5) Manami Toyota & Toshiyo Yamada vs. Aja Kong & Kyoko Inoue (AJW 12/13/92)

6) Genichiro Tenryu, Takashi Ishikawa & Koki Kitahara vs. Shiro Koshinaka, Kengo Kimura & Masayo Aoyagi (NJ 11/23/92)

7) Akira Hokuto & Toshiyo Yamada vs. Bull Nakano & Aja Kong (AJW 8/15/92)

8) Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs. Jumbo Tsuruta & Akira Taue (AJ 6/5/92)

9) Bull Nakano vs. Aja Kong (AJW 11/26/92)

10) Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Toshiaki Kawada (AJ 10/21/92)

11) El Dandy vs. Negro Casas (CMLL 7/3/92) (Poor VQ)

12) Doug Furnas & Dan Kroffat vs. Toshiaki Kawada & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi (AJ 2/22/92)

13) Kenta Kobashi & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs. Doug Furnas & Dan Kroffat (AJ 5/25/92)

14) Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Toshiaki Kawada (AJ 1/21/92)

15) Royal Rumble (Rumble 1/19/92)

16) Jushin Liger vs. El Samurai (NJ 4/16/92)

17) Jushin Liger vs. Pegasus Kid (NJ 2/10/92)

18) Rick Rude vs. Ricky Steamboat (Ironman Challenge) (Beach Blast 6/20/92)

19) Manami Toyota & Toshiyo Yamada vs. Aja Kong & Bison Kimura (2/3/ Falls) (AJW 3/20/92)

20) Randy Savage vs. Ultimate Warrior (Summerslam 8/29/92)

21) Vader vs. Sting (GAB 7/12/92)

22) Hiroshi Hase vs. Kensuke Sasaki (NJ 6/26/92)

23) Brian Pillman vs. Jushin Liger (SuperBrawl 2/29/92)

24) Stan Hansen vs. Toshiaki Kawada (AJ 4/19/92 actually 4/6/92)

25) Mitsuharu Misawa, Toshiaki Kawada & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs. Jumbo Tsuruta, Akira Taue & Yoshinari Ogawa (AJ 8/20/92)

26) Barry Windham & Dustin Rhodes vs. Steve Williams & Terry Gordy (WCWSN 10/3/92)

27) Mitsuharu Misawa & Toshiaki Kawada vs. Kenta Kobashi & Giant Baba (AJ 11/27/92)

28) Ric Flair vs. Bret Hart (Saskatoon 10/12/92)

29) Jushin Liger vs. Pegasus Kid (NJ 8/12/92)

30) Cien Caras, Máscara Año 2000, & Sangre Chicana vs. Konnan el Barbaro, Perro Aguayo, & El Rayo de Jalisco Jr. (CMLL 3/1/92)

 

Its not as historical as Dream Rush or the Top of the Super Juniors final (which I originally ranked higher), but on a rewatch the 5/22 AJ 6-man stood out as my favorite match of the year. I haven't watched 4/20/91 in a while so I don't know how I'd compare them, but this never felt slow and built fantastically with a tremendous finishing sequence.

 

It may be taboo in these parts, but I'm leaning towards preferring Dream Slam II to Dream Rush right now, though the little things that Oz brought to the table in this year's version make it a tough call. All Japan Women may not be on prevalent on the set as other promotions, but they delivered the goods with 4 of my top 10 matches on the year. Didn't expect to love Yamada so much more than Toyota coming out of this, but her and Nakano were easily my 2 favorites heading into 1993.

 

I was surprised to see Liger pop up four times in my final list, but he's an all time great who happened to be involved in two classic feuds so it shouldn't be too much of a shock.

 

Seems like I'm higher than most on the NJ/WAR 6 man tag from November, but that had be enthralled and on the edge of the couch like few other matches this year. Every single match in that feud in 1993 thus far has been no worse than good, and its the best thing going on in that year as well. Don't know how I slept on it for so long. I've finally seen the light on Tenryu and absolutely get the praise for him as a GOAT candidate.

 

Absolutely loved going through this and am looking forward to completing 1993 and moving through the rest of the decade.

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