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There's one thing I wanted to bring up on the podcast, but it felt like an unnecessary tangent in a situation that doesn't allow for that luxury, so I'll ask it here.

 

Is it weird that I think the Kerry '84 match is way, WAY better than the Flair '83 match? Because I really do. The latter is a really good, really long NWA Title match that I could take or leave, but the Kerry match is amazing, a total war, and I think the only time in history that I've ever really, truly got into the Claw as a move.

 

I need Parv to come in and tell me if I'm being contrarian or not.

No, I ranked the Kerry match No. 1 on the DVDVR set.

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The Flair matches are wildly overrated by some. Kerry match is great

 

I agree with this. I've found all of his Flair matches, going back to the UN Title one, to be disappointing to weak to laughable at times. I like the Jumbo-Kerry more than any Flair-Jumbo or Flair-Kerry match, while admitting that I like a typical Flair-Kerry more than Flair-Jumbo.

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Not sure where else to put this, but Jumbo's son Yuji has a tribute page on facebook that he's pretty active with, posting scans of old All Japan programs and such: https://www.facebook.com/TommyJumboTsuruta/. I'm an AJPW mark and sucker for memorabilia like this in general, so I love the work he's putting in to keep his dad's memory alive. Gordi, give Yuji my thanks. :)

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I passed on your thanks, he had this to say:

 

Hey, Gordi. Really? I am really glad to hear that. Thank you for telling me.

 

So, you made Jumbo's son happy. :)

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His '86-'92 run is an all-time great run. Tremendous striker and made everything he did look painful as hell. Excellent as the veteran and ace looking to teach those young Four Pillar whippersnappers a lesson. Even if it wasn't a blood feud, he always looked pissed off and ready to hurt someone. Everything prior to '86 I find pretty boring, but maybe that's because I got so used to pissed-off, grumpy Jumbo that everything prior came off as a bit of a shock. Even the Kerry match, which is good, seemed a bit underwhelming compared to what he did in later years.

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