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[1991-11-07-UWFi-Moving On 8] Yoji Anjo & Jim Boss vs Kiyoshi Tamura & Yuko Miyato

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Young Tamura is always a lot of fun, especially when matched against a first-class jerk like Yoji Anjo, but I think this match would have been much better with a lot less time and filler. Miyato and Boss didn't really do much for me at all, so every time they were in, they were standing in the way of the singles match I wanted to see. Tag team shoot style only works for me when they go really pro wrestling in the layout, and this match didn't do that nearly enough.

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Man did UWFI have some bizarrely random foreigners. I keep expecting to see Bob Cook get signed by the company for his boxing skills. He seems to have a clue what he's doing, but that's about it. Point is taken about tag shootstyle--it seems the most enjoyable matches inevitably involve Vader and/or Albright or the NJPW guys. The same was true of the UWF, which needed the Brits as a change of pace. That said, Tamura works a pretty good FIP segment and his little exchange of near-submissions with Boss is a turning point where this match gets pretty good.

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Jim Boss had me thinking a cross of Jim Ross and Bossman. Be cool if the dude was wearing a cowboy hat and beating up guys with a night stick. I don’t embrace these UWFI tag matches outside of the pro wrestlers being involved.

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Anjo vs. Tamura was good. Everything else made my mind wander and with the tag structure it was just a sequence of restarts and subdued action.

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This match was at its best when it mixed in traditional pro wrestling throws with the shoot style holds and moves. Boss in particular was good at this, at one point even breaking out a powerbomb. of all things. In general, Anjo and Boss looked like the better all-around unit, such as there can be a unit in this kind of match, and the outcome was never really in doubt.

 

This was a lot better than I remember the first shoot style tag on the set being, although I agree that shoot style is best as a singles discipline. I can't think of too many established teams who would do well in a promotion like UWFI; the one that comes to mind off the top of my head would be the Steiners, but I don't think they'd be quite as willing to take pain and stiffness from others as they are to dish it out themselves.

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I don't care for shootstyle tag either. That said, they did work this in an interesting way. Tamura didn't seem to know what to do with Boss, so he tended to give him to Miyato, who had much better luck. Anjo vs. Tamura was for sure the highlight. I liked Tamura getting pissed after the two knockdowns and coming after Anjo with a vengeance. Only for Anjo to roll out of the ring, charge back in and immediately cower into the corner when it was clear Tamura was coming right back at him. At the end they used the tags well to keep a guy in who was not as close to being submitted. That being said I will echo some of the above posters. I want the Anjo vs. Tamura match, not this tag stuff.

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Come on you guys are confusing Tom Burton for Jim Boss. Burton still doesn't have much of a clue...but he does have a little bit as far as when he's throwing suplexes or powerbombs. But yeah, this was all about the Tamura/Anjoh exchanges, which you need to sit through 20 minutes to catch about 8 minutes of interaction. Loved Tamura's whiplash takedown before he starts taking it to Anjoh and Anjoh bails. He also has such a spirited single leg crab -- I mean, he's laying all over the place trying to keep it on before turning it into the facelock. 

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