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[1997-04-18-FMW] Megumi Kudo vs Mayumi Ozaki (No Rope Barbed Wire Barricade Double Hell Death)

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There appears to be some minor clipping throughout this. Not sure if there's a completely unedited version out there somewhere or not. Yet another great match in the month of April, as Kudo is the master of this style and Ozaki is a great brawler who can carry the performance with her charisma and facial expressions. These two are pretty fearless, as Kudo I think has found an opponent that's even going to push her to do a little more than usual in this environment. But even the nutty spots are built up well and sold properly. And that's the genius of Megumi Kudo (and maybe you could say the same thing about Ozaki) as a worker -- she gives meaning and weight to every crazy thing she does by selling it properly, timing it properly within a match and building to those big moments as something special. I'd call her the Mick Foley of Joshi in that some people are just going to write her off as an unnecessary risk taker, but there's something smarter going on than that in the performance. 1997 has been really good to her, and it's unfortunate that this is the last full match we're getting from her. Luckily, Ozaki isn't quite done with us yet.

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There appears to be some minor clipping throughout this.

There's a few diff versions

The most common 1 shows about 12 of 17 mins from story of the F 2 which is the version i've got.

There's a longer full/near full fan cam version available and I think it may have gotten released on another VHS tape back in the day too.

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I thought this was much better than the Kandori matches, though with the clipping it's hard to tell exactly how good it is. If you're going to work death matches then barbed wire ones are the best as the action is confined to the ring more, which I prefer over crowd brawling. I also liked the constant struggling to throw each over onto the barbed wire board. That was a great dynamic.

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I absolutely loved the spot where Kudo hits a powerbomb into a pinning position. But Ozaki kicks out and with momentum, Ozaki ends up going off the side of the ring into the barbed wire board below. There is plenty of ring action to go along with the good spots built around the barbed wire boards. The Kudo retirement tour has been good.

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Clipping was odd but action within this match was super with great build and timing to the big spots and brutality. We bid adieu to Kudo in a sad moment. Ozaki's stock is really rising in my eyes as she has been great in the 1997 stuff so far.

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I don't know why they felt the need to clip this, but this was another smartly worked death match with two ladies in their element and good build to the big confrontations with barbed wire, particularly the beds on the floor. Even with all of the weaponry surrounding them, they take a less-is-more approach to both the big bumps and the match layout itself--it's simple, right down to the finisher-trading at the ending, but simpliicty works. Toyoda and now Kudo retiring definitely leaves FMW with a major void.

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#364 - placetobenation.com/countdown-top-500-matches-of-the-90s-400-351/2/

 

This made the list for the Top 500 matches of the 90s by Loss. As noted, it's listed at 364. I watched it today, but it wasn't really my cup of tea. I thought I'd just note on the board where it ranked.

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Would love to see a full version of this but the clipped version is still pretty damn fantastic. Super violent of course with great pacing and build with some truly amazing, imaginative and unique transitions. I liked Ozaki working from underneath against Kudo who had more experience in this sort of setting. Some of the selling was iffy but the attention to detail made up for it. **** 1/4

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Does there exist a full version of this match? Because the 12 minutes we get here is sensational.

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